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Thursday 12/14/2017
Mosley Sever Barker

   Mosley Sever Barker, age 97, of Homestead, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2017

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James (Jim) Ira Jackson

   James (Jim) Ira Jackson passed away on November 15, 2017 after battling cancer.  Jim was born in Japan on August 28, 1948 to Clifton and Evelyn Jackson.

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Friday 12/08/2017
Obituary - Leona (Lee) Russell Connors Pruey

Lee passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017 following a brief

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Friday 12/01/2017
Obituary - Walter Elmore

   Walter M. Elmore “Murrah” passed away on November 20, 2017.  Murrah was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky to Walter M. Elmore and Martha Jewel (Halbert) Elmore on November 17, 1938.

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Obituary - Caulion Singletary

Caulion Singletary of Homestead, Florida passed away at the age of 83 years on November 9, 2017.

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Thursday 11/16/2017
Obituary - Richard "Dale" Wright

Richard “Dale” Wright, 46, of Homestead, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Baptist Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. His loving family was by his side.

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Saturday 11/11/2017
Obituary - Janice Dunlop

Janice Dunlop, 89, Miami, Florida, died Saturday, September 30, 2017, at Miami Baptist Hospital.

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Obituary - Luke P. Benson

Luke P. Benson passed away November 4, 2017 in Franklin, Tennessee.

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Thursday 11/02/2017
In Loving Memory - Ashley R. Francois

February 12, 1993 - October 24, 2017

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Obituary - Larry Powell Browning

   October 7, 1944 - September 8, 2017

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Obituary - Charles E. Ness

   Charles E. Ness was born January 10, 1930 in Huntington, Indiana.  He was one of eleven children.

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Obituary - Luther Franklin Wiggins Jr.

December 6, 1932 - October 29, 2017

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Thursday 10/19/2017
Obituary - Bennie Austin Champion, Sr.

Bennie Austin Champion, Sr. Born on 4/30/1950 in Alabama was called home on 9/28/2017.

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Obituary - Lole Melendez

July 12, 1949 - October 13, 2017

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Thursday 10/12/2017
Obituary - Thomas Mason Alger

   Thomas Mason Alger passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, October 8, 2017 at an assisted living facility in Houston, Texas. Tom recently celebrated his 81st birthday with two of his favorite things, singing and ice cream.

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Obituary - Betty Thompson Scronce

   Betty Thompson Scronce, age 82, of Crouse, North Carolina, passed away on October 6, 2017, after a brave battle with Parkinson’s Disease. 

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Thursday 10/05/2017
Obituary - Barbara Ann Boero

Barbara Ann Boero, 84, of Land O'Lakes FL, formerly of Kenosha, WI and Homestead, FL died peacefully with family members by her side on Friday September 15, 2017, at Bayfront hospital in Dade City, Florida.

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Thursday 09/28/2017
Obituary - Muriel J. Lordan

   Muriel J. Lordan passed away quietly in her sleep at the age of 94, on September 21, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. She was born in 1923 in

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Obituary - Nina Mildred (Bullard) Chapman

1/1/1924  –  8/24/2017  

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Friday 09/22/2017
Obituary - Richard Borek

Richard Borek (60), passed away peacefully in his home on September 5th after a long illness.  He was born in Westbrook Maine and was a longtime resident of Homestead. His father started farming in Miami-Dade in the 1940's. Richard and his five brothers continued that legacy. His passions in life were his children, farming, collecting antique tractors, and his many well loved dogs.

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Thursday 08/31/2017
Germaine Herrold (Newton)

   It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of Germaine Herrold (Newton) of Homestead, Florida. Born in Marrakech, Morocco on July 30, 1932. She passed away surrounded by her loving family on August 28, 2017.

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Obituary - George Thomas Byrd

George Thomas Byrd, age 85, passed away Friday evening, August 11, 2017, surrounded by his family. Mr. Byrd is survived by his wife, his son, his daughters, and several grandchildren.

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Obituary - Juanita “Nita” Jane Sparkman

   Juanita “Nita” Jane Sparkman, born Junita Jane Smith and later named in marriage Juanita Jane Walker, passed quietly in her hometown on

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Thursday 08/24/2017
Obituary - Frank Cummins

September 26, 1934 - August 21, 2017

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Thursday 08/17/2017
In Loving Memory - Paul J. Becker

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Obituary - Michael Charles Harrison Penna

Michael Charles Harrison Penna of Homestead and Silver Springs Florida.

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Obituary - Arthur “Art” Silver

Arthur “Art” Silver, age 73, passed away on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. He was born in Trenton, NJ to Abe and Pauline Silver but he didn’t stay there long. His family moved to Miami when he was a year old and then to Homestead, Florida when he was 10. He lived in Homestead for most of his life. It was there where Art helped to build a community. He worked at Redland Supply Company, Inc. on Mowry Drive for the 53 years the Silver family owned it, starting at the age of six, and eventually expanded the business to another location in the Redlands for irrigation supply to the nurseries.

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Obituary - Theresa Beaulieu Dube’

Theresa Beaulieu Dube’, 91, of Tallahassee died August 8, 2017.

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Friday 08/11/2017
Obituary - Agnes Sharon Fulcher Grunwell

Went to be with the Lord as she slept, Wednesday morning, July 26, 2017 in Redland, FL.

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Tuesday 08/08/2017
Obituary - Jose D. Martinez

Jose D. Martinez, 76, of Homestead, Fl. passed away on July 23, 2017. He was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

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Obituary - Julian Atkinson

Julian Atkinson went home to be with the Lord on July 21st, 2017.

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Thursday 07/27/2017
Obituary - Dr. John Gutleber

Dr. John Gutleber passed away quietly after a long struggle with cancer, on July 21, 2017, with his wife Maria Elena, and his son Oscar by his side.  He was 63 years old. 

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Friday 06/23/2017
Obituary - Wanda Good Newman

Wanda Good Newman, age 88, of Goulds.

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Friday 06/09/2017
Obituary - Dorothy MacIver Dimter

Dorothy MacIver Dimter, 94, passed away peacefully at the Columbus Hospice in Columbus, GA on June 5, 2017.

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Wednesday 06/07/2017
Obituary - JoAnne S. Dickinson

JoAnne S. Dickinson, 85, of Homestead, FL, passed on June 6, 2017.

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Obituary - Lucille V. (Sapp) Grady

Lucille was the daughter of Truby & Minnie Sapp of South Dade. She was born March 30, 1934 in Miami, FL. Lucy passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at St. Anne's Catholic Hospice in Miami. She was 83.

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Monday 06/05/2017
Obituary - William Nicholson Wheat

Oct 18, 1936 - May 28, 2017

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Obituary - John R. Robbins

John R. Robbins of Homestead went to be with the Lord at 3:40 AM Sunday, May 28, at home with his family.

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Friday 05/26/2017
Obituary - J. Antonio (Tony) Martinez

J. Antonio (Tony) Martinez, age 68, born in Fabens, Texas, passed away peacefully at home May 17, 2017.

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Thursday 05/25/2017
Obituary - Julia Rebecca Bray

Julia Rebecca Bray, 97, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, May 18, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina.

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Thursday 05/04/2017
Obituary - Orazio "Russ" Battiato

   Orazio “Russ” Battiato, a retired produce grower in Chester, NY and Homestead, FL., and a life long resident of Chester, NY died on April 18, 2017 at his home with his family around him. He was 90 years of age.

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Friday 04/28/2017
Obituary - John K. Shirila

John K. Shirila, formerly of Tampa, passed away on April 23, 2017. Survived by his sisters, Vicki, Jackie & Barbara- nieces Colleen & Kristyn and Nephews- Joey, David, Kyle & Chad. Preceded in death by his father John and his mother Martha.

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Obituary - Betty Mae Gardner

Betty Gardner, of Florence, SC, formerly of Homestead, FL passed away on Monday, February 27, 2017.

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Obituary - Robert Blevins

Robert Blevins, aka “BBQ Bob or pigroast Bob,” 60, passed away after a prolonged battle with colon cancer on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 8:33 A.M. at West Kendall Hospital in Florida.

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Friday 04/21/2017
Obituary - Richard A. Hackney

Richard A. Hackney, 67, of Venice, Florida, passed away Saturday, April 8, 2017.

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Thursday 04/20/2017
Obituary - Sam Engel, Jr.

Sam Engel, Jr. 82, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, passed away April 12, 2017. Sam was born in Homestead, FL, attended the University of Florida and started his architectural practice in Davie in 1972. He was a Charter Member of the Davie Cooper City Rotary club, a member of the American Institute of Architects, a NASCAR Fan of Steel, and a lifetime UF alumni member. He is survived by his wife of 52 years Carolyn Engel, his children: Mark Engel (Heidi) and Susan Tillman, his grandchildren: Kyle Engel and Erin Engel, his brother and sister: Richard Engel and Julia Maloney. Sam was preceded in death by his parents; Solomon and Amalia Engel, and his sisters: Emily Seymour, Mary Zinker, Emma Vihlen, Ruthie Tuten, Dorothy Gwinn and Frieda McDermott.

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Friday 04/07/2017
Obituary - John J. Torrese

John J. Torrese, 93, of Florida, died March 1, 2017.

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Thursday 03/30/2017
Obituary - Sylvia Pennington Geib

Sylvia Pennington Geib, 89, of Bamberg, SC and formerly of Homestead, FL died on March 16, 2017 at her residence.

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Obituary - Ted A. Ramsay, Jr.

Ted A. Ramsay, Jr., 80, of Pittsview, Alabama died Friday, March 24, 2017 at Crowne Health Care in Eufaula, Alabama. At Mr. Ramsay's request, no public services will be held.

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Monday 03/27/2017
Obituary - Delores Keller

Delores Keller, a resident of Richmond County NC and formerly of Homestead Fl. has joined the angels on March 12th.

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