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Date of Issue: November 01, 2007

Obituaries

Samuel W. Becker Jr.

Samuel W. Becker Jr., M.D., age 83, died on Oct. 16 at Taylor Care Center in Jacksonville, Fla.  Dr. Becker was born in Rochester, Minn., and was a longtime resident of Holmes Beach before recently moving to Jacksonville. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. Dr. Becker earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois in 1947.  He was a fellow in dermatology at the Mayo Clinic from 1948-1951. From 1951-53, Dr. Becker was a senior assistant surgeon for the U.S. Public Health Service, after which he entered private practice in Whiting, Ind., and later in Winter Haven, Fla.

Dr. Becker became a member of the American Dermatological Association in 1959. He served as president of the Chicago Dermatological Society in 1966. He joined the faculty of the dermatology department at the University of Illinois as an instructor in 1953 and held all academic ranks to clinical professor of dermatology in 1973. He continued the interest of his father, Samuel W Becker, M.D., in pigmentary disorders and submitted a number of important studies on the embryology and anatomy of human melanocytes.

He was of the Baptist faith.  Private services will be held at a later date.

Donations in Dr. Becker’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Kotrady-Hudgins-Croyle Funeral Home, St. Augustine, Fla. is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by sister Bess Brennan; son David W. Becker and wife Judie of Woodridge, Ill.; daughters Candace Becker Fleming and husband Tim of St Augustine, and Donna Stackpole and husband James of Orange Springs, Fla.; daughter-in-law Dee Becker of Holmes Beach; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

 

Peggy Estok

Peggy Estok, 66, of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 23.

Mrs. Estok was formerly from Snellville, Ga. She was a master stenciler, designer, teacher and business owner. She authored numerous books and was featured on many television shows. She was past president and a founder of SALI, a national organization of stencil artisans. She and her husband sailed the waters in and around the United States aboard their trawler for seven years.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

She is survived by husband John; son Rand Decker of Asheville, N.C.; daughter Christy Frances of Decatur, Ga.; brother Gary Nelson of Beloit, Wis.; sister Penny Reinholz of Holmes Beach; mother Barbara Hansen of Beloit; grandchildren Mitch, Allison and Andrew; and stepdaughters Julie, Abby, Jill and Janet.

 

Michael Kevin Neville

Michael Kevin Neville, 75, of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 25.

Mr. Neville purchased property in Holmes Beach in 1999 and moved to the Island in 2002. He was born in Batavia, N.Y. He was a manager of cargo sales for American Airlines and TWA in New York City, vice president of cargo operations with Zantop International Airlines, vice president of marketing and Trans Continental Airlines at Willow Run Airport, all in Belleville, Mich. He helped Chrysler Corp. create Traffic Management Corp., and served as president until his retirement in 1997. He was a graduate of Notre Dame. He served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a member of the Key Royale Club, Friends of the Island Library, Sarasota Notre Dame Club, Moose Lodge in Bradenton Beach, American Legion and Petroskey Eagles in Michigan. He was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach.

Visitation and services were Oct. 28. Brown and Sons Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Beverly; daughters Elizabeth Skidmore of Kittery, Maine, Moya Pierce and husband Rick of Holmes Beach, and Beverly Furl and husband Brent of Gibsonia, Pa., son Michael Sobleski and wife Lynne of Noblesville, Ind.; and grandchildren Kate, Keegan, “Princess” Makena, Katie, Nathan, Meredith, Isabel, Cameral and Joshua; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Thomas V. Reith

Thomas V. Reith, 64, of Cortez and formerly of Dayton, Ohio, died Oct. 20.

Mr. Reith was a regional manager of N.C.R. Corp. He was a member of of the Key Royale Club. He was a member of the Suncoast British Car Club.

Memorial services were Oct. 26 at Roser Memorial Community Church, Anna Maria. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34217. Brown and Sons Funeral Home, 26th Street Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Joyce; son Todd M. and wife Kelly of Castle Rock, Colo.; daughters Michelle of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Lisa M. of Dayton, Ohio; and sister Olivia Sethney of Seattle, Wash.

 

Louise Cummings Roby

Louise Cummings Roby, 87, of Lake Wales, Fla., died Saturday, Oct. 20.

Mrs. Roby was born in Barryton, Mich., on Feb. 2, 1920, and moved to Orlando in 1946 where she worked at the Orlando Air Force Base. When her children went to school, she went to work for Sears Roebuck in sales and later as supervising cashier. In 1988, she moved to Anna Maria Island where she was a member of Island Baptist Church.

Mrs. Roby moved in 2004 to Lake Wales to be closer to family in Orlando.

A memorial service was held Oct. 27 at the First United Methodist Church of Lake Wales. Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 230 N. Fifth St., Lake Wales FL 33853, or to the Anna Maria Island Historical Museum, 402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria FL 34216.

She is survived by daughter Debra Dout and son-in-law David Burns of San Francisco, Cal.; son Robert Dout; and daughter-in-law Debbie of Orlando; grandsons Robert III and William Dout, “adopted” daughter Phyllis Ruth of Holmes Beach; and sisters Madalyn Bacon, Irene Kroy, Arlene Skewes and Bernadean Welton.

 

John ‘Jack’ Harry Williamson

John “Jack” Harry Williamson, 85, of Bradenton, formerly of Holmes Beach and Farmington Hills, Mich., died Oct. 6.

Mr. Williamson worked for the Ford Motor Company for 43 years before his retirement in 1983. He was a graduate of Lawrence Technical Institute in 1953. He served three years in the U.S. Coast Guard as a pharmacist mate during World War II aboard the USS General George M. Randall. He was a volunteer fireman in Farmington Hills for 10 years, retiring as a district fire chief. He was a life-member of Masons, Redford Lodge No. 152 in Michigan, a member of Scottish Rite, Valley of Tampa, Sahib Shrine Temple in Sarasota, and a member of Gulf Shrine Club. He was a member of the American Legion, Kirby Stewart Post No. 24, Bradenton, where he served as president in 1994. He was a past member of the planning commission in Holmes Beach. He was a long-standing member of Roser Memorial Community Church in Anna Maria City, where he served as a trustee, deacon and usher.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorial donations may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, in care of Recorder, Sahib Temple, 600 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota FL 34232, or Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

He is survived by wife of 64 years Ruth; sons John Jr., Paul and David; daughter Susan Strayer; sister Suzanne Antisdel; son-in-law Jerry Strayer; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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