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Plant City Observer Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012 6 years ago

OBITUARIES: 08.02.12


Bruce Crumpton, Jacqueline Elspeth Cudmore Grace and James L. Tomlinson

Bruce Crumpton

Bruce Crumpton, 82, of Plant City, died July 28.

He was born Aug. 11, 1929, to the late Wesley and Mildred Dolloff Crumpton.

Mr. Crumpton was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean conflict. He also was an educator for more than 38 years, retiring from Plant City High School in 1990 after 28 years of service as an industrial arts teacher.

He was an active member of the Plant City Lions Club, where he was a Grand Lion. As a final gift to Lion’s Eye Research, he was an eye donor. Mr. Crumpton was also a member of Plant City’s First Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara H. Crumpton; son, Paul Wesley Crumpton; and brother, Roland Crumpton.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Ann Palmer Crumpton; daughter, Nancy Sue (Bill) Gerhard; stepchildren Rick, Gary, Arthur and John Greene, and Debra Rivett; grandchildren William and Alison; and four step-grandchildren: Kade, Kenzie, Sidney and Andrew.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the PAWS program of Southeastern Guide Dogs, 4210 77th St. E., Palmetto, FL. 34221, or the South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation, 301 N. Alexander St., Plant City, FL. 33563-4303.

Funeral Services were Aug. 2, at Haught Funeral Home Chapel, 708 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Plant City. Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at

Jacqueline Elspeth Cudmore Grace

Jacqueline Elspeth Cudmore Grace, 74, formerly of East Aurora and Elma, N.Y., currently of Plant City,  died July 5, in Ontario, Canada.

She was born on Oct. 12, 1937. She was predeceased by her parents, Ottelie and John Cudmore, her four siblings, and her granddaughter, Janet Elspeth Gonzalez.

Mrs. Grace will be remembered for the years she shared her gifts and talents with others. In New York, she was a Sunday School superintendent and teacher at St. Matthias Episcopal Church; a life member of the Order of the Eastern Star; a volunteer at the Elma Public Library; a Girl Scout leader; a member of the Silver Spur Riding Club; and organizer of their annual Arabian Horse Show. In Florida, she volunteered at the local hospital. She sang in the choir at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. She gave the gift of reading as a literacy volunteer and the gift of compassion as a Hospice volunteer.

Mrs. Grace’s life was made complete by the many animals she loved and cared for — large and small.

Mrs. Grace is survived by her husband of 56 years, Edward “Ned” Grace; and children: Powel Crosley and his children, Andrea, Milena, and Sophi; Victoria Halstead (Preston) and their children Katherine, John, and Justin; and Meredith and her son, Jarrod Gonzalez.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Decorah Eagles Raptor Resource Project at and the Bruton Memorial Library of Plant City.

James L. Tomlinson

James L. Tomlinson, 77,  died July 26.

He was a lifelong resident of Seffner, a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of First Baptist Church of Dover.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara Tomlinson; two sons, James Leslie Tomlinson, of Montana, and Charles Eugene Tomlinson, of Arkansas; brother, Charles Tomlinson (Brenda), of North Carolina; sisters, Virginia Evans and Louise Hudson, both of Valrico; and four grandchildren: Jennifer Mobley, Shannon Range, Christina Tomlinson and C.J. Tomlinson.

Visitation and funeral services were July 30 at the First Baptist Church of Dover, with the Rev. Benny Keck officiating. Interment followed at Dover Cemetery.

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