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Date of Issue: December 17, 2008

Obituary

J. Roger Blake

J. Roger Blake, 81, a resident of Holmes Beach for 35 years, died Dec. 8.

No services were held. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by sons Kenneth of Moundsville, W. Va., and Randall of Atlanta, Ga.; daughters Barbara Eyler of Crystal River, and Lori Shakespeare of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and eight grandchildren.

 

Richard Allen ‘Rick’ Boyd Jr.

Richard Allen “Rick” Boyd Jr., 53, of Anna Maria and formerly of Prince George’s, Md., died Dec. 8.

Born in St. Georges, Mr. Boyd moved to Manatee County at an early age. He was an entertainer, singing at many venues locally, including Café on the Beach in Holmes Beach for seven years. He played John the Baptist in the Promise production in Branson, Mo., for three years. He was a graduate of the Rhema Bible School in Oklahoma, and served with the U.S. Army as an entertainer during the Vietnam era.

A celebration of life was held Dec. 13. Private services will be held at a later date at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to the Bay Pines VAMC Hospice Unit, 10000 Bay Pines Blvd., Bay Pines FL 33504. Condolences may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Shannon Funeral Home, Town Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by parents Richard A. Sr. and Barbara of Palmetto; sisters Wanda Rettedal and husband Mike, and Kelley Woods and husband Joshua, all of Sapulpa, Okla.; and nieces Ashley and Briana Boyd and Haley Woods.

 

Allen N. Clow

Allen N. Clow, 85, of Bradenton, died Dec. 7.

Born in Ypsilanti, Mich., Mr. Clow moved to Bradenton in 1979. He was former owner and operator of Ypsilanti Machine and Welding Shop, worked at Michigan Consolidated Gas Co., and was supervisor and superintendent of Tidy Island, Bridgeport and Summer Sands condominiums. He was a city councilman in Michigan and implemented a nationwide practice to reduce phosphate in waterways, as well as being in the forefront of recycling. He was a member of Faith United Methodist Church, Bradenton.

No services were held. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas TX 75284-0692. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife Alexine; sons Scott of Wyoming and Dan of Spring Hill, Fla.; two grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Kenneth William Holmes

Kenneth William Holmes, 91, of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died Dec. 6.

Mr. Holmes was born in Dracut, Mass., and moved to Holmes Beach in 1977. He grew up in Billerica, Mass., where he worked in the family business, the Billerica Diner. He graduated from Howe High School in 1935 and worked for the Boston & Maine railroad. He was a member of the U.S. Naval Air Force as a nose gunner on a PB4Y Privateer and received a Purple Heart among other citations and medals. After the war he returned to the railroad and later retired from John Hancock Life Insurance Co. as an agent. He attended St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, where he was a pancake cook. He was a volunteer at Meals on Wheels. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society.

Memorial Mass was Dec. 13 at the church. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothea “Dolly”; son Kevin and his wife Fane; brother Paul of Billerica, Mass.; sister Catherine Houlne of Nashua, N.H.; grandchildren Kenneth and his wife Kristen, Neil, Timothy and Kristina; and great-grandchildren Corbin, Jenna, Connor and Makayla.

 

Drusilla ‘Sue’ Norton Parks

Drusilla "Sue" Norton Parks, 77, of Bradenton, died Dec. 6.

Mrs. Parks was born on Martha’s Vineyard Island, Mass., and moved to Manatee County from Edgartown, Mass., in the 1990s. She was an artist and owned an antique shop as well as holding a real estate license. She was a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Art with a degree in fashion design and illustration. She was Methodist.

A gathering of family and friends will take place at a later date. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in  charge of arrangements.

She is survived by brothers S. Bailey Norton Jr. and wife Joan, and Floyd C. Norton and wife Janet, all of Edgartown; nieces Nancy N. Monahan and husband Kenneth R. of Hingham, Mass., and Deborah B. Norton and husband Bill Snyder of Essex Junction, Vt.; nephew Stuart L. Norton and wife Cathi of Bloomington, Ind.; five grandnieces; one grandnephew; one great-grandniece; and three great-grandnephews.

 

Ina J. Raburn

Ina J. Raburn, 92, of Bradenton, died Dec. 7.

A memorial service and celebration of Mrs. Raburn’s life will be held for family and friends at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The family suggested memorial donations may be to a favorite charity or the Anna Maria Island Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mrs. Raburn is survived by two sons, Doyal and wife Becky and James and wife Janet; daughter Deborah and husband Joe DeVary; grandchildren Kim and husband Mark Ibasfalean of Cortez, Doyal and wife Sandy Raburn, Jason and wife Connie Ison, Autumn and husband Al Rudolph, Justin and wife Melissa Raburn and Amanda Brown; and seven great-grandchildren.

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