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Date of Issue: March 30, 2005

Obituary

Arthur Towne Ballman
Arthur Towne Ballman, 65, of Bradenton and formerly Holmes Beach, died Sept. 21.

Born in Miami, Mr. Ballman received a degree in architecture from Georgia Technical Institute in 1961. He was a partner in an Essex, Conn., international architectural firm specializing in residential and multifamily designs for clients in Los Angeles, New York, Vermont and Connecticut. In 1971, he opened his own practice in New Haven, later expanded to Litchfield, Conn., and produced projects in New York, Acapulco, Mexico and Connecticut including the Litchfield Congregational Church. He moved to Florida and developed a "boutique" semi-retired professional practice as he became involved in the Anna Maria Island art and theater community. He served two terms as president of the Artists Guild Gallery in Holmes Beach. He also designed renovations to the existing Fellowship Hall and kitchen for Roser Memorial Community Church, expansion and renovations to the Key Royale Club and custom houses on Anna Maria and Longboat Key. He performed in numerous Island Players .

A memorial service for friends and associates will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Friends are invited to bring hors d'oeuvres to share and bring their own "adult beverages." For information or to be included among the speakers, call Marge McKeever at 952-1592.

He is survived by cousins Joseph and Dorthea Gunson of Davie, Fla., and Tonie Carter of Davenport, Fla., as well as many friends.

Blake E. Banks
A Celebration of Life at noon Saturday, Oct. 30, will honor Blake E. Banks, lifelong Cortez resident and commercial fisherman who died Oct. 16 of a heart attack at age 59.

The observance will be at the Cortez Community Center, 4523 123rd St Ct. W. Those attending will share a covered-dish meal and offer condolences to family and friends. Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity.

Born Jan. 3, 1945, Banks was owner and captain of the commercial fishing boat "Medusa" as an offshore fisherman. He served in the Army and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Surviving are his wife Betty Jane; sisters Barbara J. Alexander of Little Rock, Ark., and Emilie Sowers of Nokomis; three nieces; one nephew; seven great-nieces; and two great-nephews.

Julia Escalante Cigarran
Julia Escalante Cigarran, 95, of Holmes Beach and Sarasota, died Oct. 21.

Born in Tampa, Mrs. Cigarran was a painter and protégé of artist Syd Solomon.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 247 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

She is survived by Dr. Kenneth Alonso and Pilar Alonso; sister-in-law Paquita Escalante; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Joe Kee Jr.
Joe Kee Jr., 77, of Anna Maria, died Oct. 19.

Born in Mobile, Ala., Mr. Kee moved to Manatee County in 1927 and to Anna Maria in 1968. He was a retired supervisor for Florida Power & Light, where he worked for 40 years. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a former city commissioner in Anna Maria. He was Baptist.

Visitation was Oct. 21. Burial will be at Old Spanish Cemetery, Lillian, Ala. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Faye N.; daughters Lori Fournier of Bradenton and Linda Hise of Ocala; son Jody of Fort Lauderdale; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Perina C. Tison
Perina C. Tison, 82, of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 20.

Born in New York City, Ms. Tison moved to Holmes Beach in 1953. She was a homemaker.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ONE Foundation, 450 Valley Drive, Suite 1, Vista CA 92084.

She is survived by daughter Geri Hendricks of Winter Haven; son Wayne Edwards of Palmetto; three sisters; and one grand-daughter.

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