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Plant City Observer Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 6 years ago

OBITUARIES: 08.16.12


Andrew C. ‘Shorty’ Cothron, Betty Jean Holt, Cecil J. Judah, Richard W. McDougall, Robert Thomas Rhodes, Donna Jean Sprouse and Danyell Christina Weber

Andrew C. ‘Shorty’ Cothron

Andrew C. ‘Shorty’ Cothron, 88, died Aug. 6, in Plant City.

He was born Oct. 14, 1923, in Winter Haven to Andrew C. and Dora L. (Harvey) Cothron.

He drove trucks his whole life and was retired from Seafood & Mariner Distributors. Mr. Cothron was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Plant City.

He is survived by five sons, Hayward (Gail), Gary (Chere), Kenneth (Melinda), Mike (Dorie) and Allen Cothron; his former wife, Lorraine Cothron; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Gail Cothron; two sisters; and one brother.

Funeral services were Aug. 9, Wells Memorial & Event Center. Burial was at Oaklawn Cemetery.

Condolences may be offered at

Betty Jean Holt

Betty Jean Holt, 81, of Plant City, died on Aug. 9.

Born Nov. 7, 1930, in Plant City, she was the daughter of the late William Hiott and Corey Hutson Hiott. She was the beloved wife of Richard Holt.

Mrs. Holt was a teller at SunTrust Bank for 32 years, an active member of Shiloh Baptist Church and loved vacationing at her home in North Carolina.

Survivors include a son, Richard C. Holt, Jr.; grandchildren Richard Lee and Jacquelyn Ann Holt; and a sister, Delores (Gene) Cooler.

She was predeceased by brother, Mickey Hiott.

A memorial service was Aug. 13, at Haught Funeral Home Chapel.

Online condolences may be made at

Cecil J. Judah

Cecil J. Judah, 73, of Plant City, died Aug. 8, at his home after a short battle with cancer.

Born Feb. 18, 1939, Mr. Judah was a devoted family man who loved God and the Florida Gators. He enjoyed fishing, country music and Southern gospel music. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from Mobil Chemical.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Faye; children, Michael, Phillip, Joel (Sherri), Russell ”Rusty” and Andrea (Ronny) Rosato; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his father-in-law, James C. Money.

The family received friends Aug. 10, at the Plant City Church of God.

Online condolences may be made at

Richard W. McDougall

Richard W. McDougall, 55, of Plant City, died July 4, at South Florida Baptist Hospital from complications of surgery.

Born Oct. 13, 1956, in Bethpage, N.Y., he was the son of the late Edward McDougall and Mabel McErlain McDougall.

He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force from 1978 until 1983.

Survivors include a brother, Thomas McDougall; and a sister, Marion Gabriel.

A committal service was Aug. 10, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.

Online condolences may be made at

Robert Thomas Rhodes

Robert Thomas Rhodes, 80, of Plant City, died on Aug. 8.

Born Sunday, June 12, 1932, in Moultrie, Ga., he was the beloved husband of Maxine Carter Rhodes.

Survivors include a son, Robert Thomas Rhodes, Jr.; daughters, Teresa Barfield, Donna Robbins and Elizabeth Taylor; brothers, Ronald Beasley and George William Beasley; and a sister, Mary Nell Cooper.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Aug. 16, at First Church of God, 601 N. Gordon St., Plant City. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.

Online condolences may be made at

Donna Jean Sprouse

Donna Jean Sprouse, 64, of Plant City, died Aug. 2, at her home.

Born Dec. 7, 1947, in Tampa, she was the daughter of the late Ollie Pick and the late Mary Russell Pick. She was the wife of Jack Sprouse.

Mrs. Sprouse was of the Baptist faith. She loved to cook and sew, and collected cookie jars and antiques.

Survivors include a son, Jack Ray Sprouse; daughters, Olyne Perez and Jacklyne Carter; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Online condolences may be made at

Danyell Christina Weber

Danyell Christina Weber, 38, of Lakeland, died Aug. 6.

Born Aug. 3, 1974, in Columbus, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Jimmy Bailey I, and Glenna Bailey. She was the wife of Ernest Weber.

Survivors include sons, Christopher Jack Raymond Weber and Jonathan Darrell Weber; and brothers, Jimmy Ray Bailey II and William Robert Bailey.

Services to be held at a later date in Kentucky.

Online condolences may be made at

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