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Date of Issue: June 03, 2009

Obituaries

Edward E. Geyer

Edward E. Geyer, 89, of Holmes Beach, died May 30.

Mr. Geyer was born in Maysville, Ky., and moved to Holmes Beach in 1960. He owned and operated an air conditioning company and he and wife Pat have been the owners of Duffy’s Tavern since 1971. He served in the U.S. Army from 1935-39, and again from 1943-45 during World War II. He was a member of the National Guard from 1945-1974. He was a member of the American Legion.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4,at Shannon Funeral Homes Westview Chapel, 5610 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 5. Burial will follow the service at 2:30 p.m. at the newly dedicated Sarasota National Cemetery.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 3355 26th St. W., Bradenton FL 34205.

He is survived by wife Pat; daughters Mary Jean Wilk and husband William of Cincinnati, Patti Reid and husband Rodney, Pamela, Peggi Davenport and husband Bruce, Penni and Polli Stroup and husband Erick; and nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

 

William ‘Bill’ John Kepping

William “Bill” John Kepping, 62, died May 17.

He was born in Hazelton, Pa. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. He served as the code enforcement officer in Holmes Beach at one time and was an employee in the city public works department.

A memorial service is planned for a later date in Pennsylvania. Sauls Funeral Home, of Ridgeland, S.C., handled arrangements.

A rememberance celebration will be held starting at noon June 13 at Skinny's Place in Holmes Beach. Friends are invited to come and share their memories and stories.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Maggie Walters Kepping of Ridgeland; son Jeremy and wife Elizabeth, also of Ridgeland; daughter Ashleigh and husband Zack Spurlock of Savannah, Ga.; and two grandsons, Jacob and Evan.

 

Bobby Maddox

Bobby Maddox, 68, of Myakka City, died May 27.

Mr. Maddox was a lifelong resident of Myakka City and the founder of the Myakka City Fire Department in 1980, starting with two trucks and a few volunteers in a barn with a dirt floor. He led the department for 18 years. He and his volunteers worked alone until 1986, when the state designated Myakka as a fire-control district, with a board of fire commissioners authorized to levy taxes. When he retired in 1998, he was the longest serving fire chief in Manatee County. In 1992, Myakka became a dependent fire district under Manatee County government. He was chosen the first grand marshal for the Myakka City Christmas Parade in 1997. After his retirement from his woodworking business, he opened a shopping center in the community. He was an avid hunter and fisher.

Viewing was May 28 and services May 29. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl, formerly of Holmes Beach and Flamingo Cay; sons Lorrin and Royce; and four grandchildren.

 

Isabel Mary Whitehead

Isabel Mary Whitehead, 85, of Bradenton, died May 27.     Born in Kelowna, B.C., Canada, she emigrated with her family to the United States in 1935 and became a U.S. citizen when she turned 18. She was a graduate of San Diego State College, Calif., and became a school teacher in California and Maryland. She was a member of Eastern Star, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, Episcopal Church Women, and taught reading on behalf of the Literacy Council of Manatee County.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Church of the Annunciation, 4800 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospitals For Children, 12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa FL 33612-9499. Griffith-Cline Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by sons Ed, Allen and Bob; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Ray; son Tim; and granddaughter Suzi.

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