The Dash Poem

I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of his friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
from the beginning...to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
and spoke of the following date with tears,
but he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
that she spent alive on earth…
and now only those who loved her
know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
the cars…the house…the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard…
are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left.
That can still be rearranged

If we could just slow down enough
to consider what’s true and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
and show appreciation more
and love the people in our lives
like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile…
remembering that this special dash
might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read
with your life’s actions to rehash...
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent your dash?

by Linda Ellis

Phil Acevedo
Daniel Charles Archbell
Stephen Patrick Arnold
Linda Carol Bell

9/10/2015

Wayne Madison Branch
Brian Elliott Brookins

3/23/1996

Kent Winston Carter

3/4/2013

Willian Edward Conley Jr

7/26/2010

Barry Logue Drake
Michael Edward Fernandez

5/5/2011

Lamar Fitzpatrick
David Freeman
Patricia Marie Griffin Sanchaez

3/2/2013

Michael Hallo
Linda Jerkins
Bob Kinyon

7/26/2018

Julia Kay Lafferty

12/10/2010

Phyllis F. Lang
Dale Licwov
Linda Anne Lindsey
Joann Ethel Mason
Toni Matson Mullikin
Laurie Renee Miller
Odell Pembelton

9/9/2018

Carla Melinda Ray Andrews

3/23/2003

James Phillip Rowland Jr
Phillip Aaron Sells

4/13/2002

Terry Lee Shoemaker

5/23/2015

Marilyn Gail Smith

7/7/2018

Marilyn Gail Smith Ceconi passed away on July 7, 2018, at age 66.  She was born on March 7, 1952 in Paducah, Kentucky to Charlotte Carr Smith and the late Robert Glen Smith.  Gail was a graduate of King High School in Tampa, Florida, and was a member of University Baptist Church.  Gail loved gardening, the beach, and was proud to have worked as a legal secretary for over forty years.  She was kind, loving, cherished by, and devoted to her family.  Gail has met her father and sister, Jaime Love South in heaven, and will be greatly missed by her mother, Charolotte Carr Floyd, sister, Melody Merritt, daughters, Carla and Carrie Ceconi, three granddaughters, and four nieces.  She will forever be in our hearts.  She will be laid to rest in Kosciusko, Mississippi

Roger Dale Thompson

4/4/2012

William Alexander Ure

2/23/2010

Sharon Yvonne Waller
Shirley Watson
Debra Ann Yawn
Patti Ann Zimmerman

2010

Gene Zimmerman

5/97

Jeff Jennings

/32013

Roy Key
Vince Turner
Donny Leonard Valentine

8/2013

Marcia Woodside Rivers

6/20/2018

Mike Fernandez
David Redman
Carla Andrews
Brian Gassaway

Date: Monday, May 20, 2019 6:30:46 PM
Visitor message: I think Brian Gassaway passed away several years back. Thanks.

Name: Bryan Earl Gassaway
Last Residence: 33617 Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA
Born:11 Nov 1952
Died:12 Jan 2010
State (Year) SSN issued:Florida (1966)

Name:Bryan Earl Gassaway
Birth Date:11 Nov 1952
Issue year:1966
Issue State:Florida
Last Residence:33617, Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida, USA
Death Date:12 Jan 2010

Larry Parker

Date: Monday, August 5, 2019 10:33:31 AM
Visitor message: SADLY YOU CAN ADD LARRY PARKER TO THE LIST OF FALLEN LIONS RSP

Frances Leslie Manchester Cabe

Name: Frances L. Cabe
Birth Date:23 Jan 1952
Issue year:1965
Issue State:Florida
Last Residence:34689, Tarpon Springs, Pinellas, Florida
Death Date:25 Aug 2010

David Gray Beal

Name:David G., Jr. Beal Jr
Birth Date:4 Oct 1951
Issue year:1965
Issue State:Florida
Last Residence:33617, Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida
Death Date:5 Aug 2005

Cheryl Lynn Cadrecha

Name: Cheryl Lynn Cadrecha
Gender:Female
Death Age:65
Birth Date:26 Dec 1952
Death Date:8 Jun 2018

deceased, File Number 18 CP 1109 by the Circuit Court for Hernando County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 20 N. Main Street, Brooksville, FL 34601; that the decedent's date of death was June 8, 2018

Andrew Glenn Carreira

Obituary for Andrew G. Carreira
Carreira, Andrew G., 66, of Tampa, passed away peacefully December 6, 2017. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. Andy was a truly loyal, fun loving, and no-fuss kind of guy. He loved golfing, fishing, hunting, and driving around in the woods in search of new hunting spots with his friends.  He loved having people over for parties so he could show off his master grilling skills, and he loved to make people laugh and have a great time. More than anything else, Andy was a family man. He worked hard at his 32 year plus job, from which he retired at GTE/Verizon. He proudly served his country with the US Army, and he remained patriotic and loyal everafter. He was a calm and loving man. He will be missed everyday by those who are heartbroken by this loss. Andy was preceeded in death by a son, Shawn. He leaves behind his wife of 42 yrs Peggy; daughter Christina; 8 grandchildren, Jordan, Rayne, Camren, Kaidyn, Jaedin, Eithan, Adasyn, Landon; 3 brothers, Joe, Danny, Steve; and 2 sisters, Debbie, and Cheryl; as well as many loving family members and great friends.
A service to Celebrate Andy’s life will take place Saturday December 23rd 2017 1pm at Oldsmar Baptist Church 650 Burbank Road Oldsmar, Fla.
Private burial will take place at a later date.

Dorothy Lois Combs Kiepke

KIEPKE, Dorothy L. "Dotsy"

67 of Wesley Chapel, FL passed away July 9, 2019. She is survived by her husband Ronald; daughter, Amy DeSalvo and husband, Jason; grandson, Levi DeSalvo; brother, David Combs; sisters, Kathy Anthony, Cindy Combs and Diane Crosson. Visitation for family and friends will be from 4-6 pm Saturday, July 13 at the Swilley funeral home.


Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 12, 2019

Darrell Leroy Delk

DELK, Darrell

62, lifetime resident of Tampa, passed away on April 15, 2015. He is survived by his wife, Christene Delk; father, Leroy Delk; son, Jeffrey Quinn; daughters, Erin Neylan, Deanna Ellis and Julia Delk. An open house celebration of life will be held Sunday, April 26, from 2:30 - 5:30 pm at the Pebble Creek Golf Club located at 10550 Regents Park Drive, Tampa, FL 33647.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Apr. 22, 2015

Glenn Howard Floyd

Name:Glenn Howard Floyd
Birth Date:20 Jan 1951
Death Date:19 May 2015
Cemetery:Garden of Memories Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place:Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States of America
Has Bio?:N
URL:https://www.findagrave.com/mem...

OBITUARY
Glenn Howard Floyd
January 20, 1951 – May 19, 2015

Glenn Floyd passed too soon on May 19, 2015. He loved the outdoors, motorcycles, music, his family (both biological and those whom he adopted), and making people laugh. This obituary represents everything he would have hated, making a fuss over his passing and spending money on unnecessary things. He is survived by a number of friends and family members: best friend, Jannie; daughters, Megan and Brandi (Jason); siblings, Joyce (Jack) Jones, James Clyde, Roy, Don (Kenny), Michael (Danny), Debbie (Thomas) and Steve (Jeannette); sisters-in-law, Rachel, Belinda, and Nina; friend, Sybil and his many nieces and nephews, who each held a special place in his heart.
Heaven will be a little more rambunctious as he joins his brother, Bobby. Luckily, his mother and father, Louise and Johnnie will be there to keep the two of them in line. He is in the company of cherished loved ones who have gone before him.
There will be a Memorial Service Friday, May 19, 2015 at 10:30 am at Veterans Park. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to whatever Republican candidate ends up running against Hilary Clinton, the NRA, or buy a Veteran lunch. Make someone laugh today, pray for our troops, and keep his spirit alive.

Ben Steven Grubbs

Name:Ben Steven Grubbs
Birth Date:4 Mar 1952
Issue year:1965
Issue State:Florida
Last Residence:33617, Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida
Death Date:23 Aug 2009

Clarence Burton Johnson II

Name:Clarence Burton Johnson II
Birth Date:17 Feb 1952
Birth Place:Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States of America
Death Date:2 Sep 2006
Death Place:Oregon, United States of America
Has Bio?:Y
URL:https://www.findagrave.com/mem...

Name:Clarence Burton Johnson
Gender:Male
Death Age:54
Birth Date:17 Feb 1952
Birth Place:Tampa, Florida
Residence Place:II, Oregon, Lebanon, Burt, California, Elkton
Death Date:2 Sep 2006
Obituary Date:26 Sep 2006
Obituary Place:Elkton, Douglas, Oregon, USA
Parents:Burt Johnson; Jean Johnson
Spouse:Margo
Child:Burt , Janessa
Siblings:Sharon Joyce , Silvia Brown

Timothy David Langford

In loving memory of our brother

Timothy David Langford

July 4, 1952 - February 27, 2012

It has been seven years since God called you home. Our thoughts of you everyday always brings a smile to our face. We love and miss you so much and you will, forever, be in our hearts. Sharon, Charles, Brenda and family
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Feb. 27, 2019

Arlene M. Larosa Gray

Name:Arlene GRAY LaRosa
Gender:Female
Death Age:64
Birth Date:abt 1953
Residence Place:Tampa
Death Date:3 Apr 2017
Obituary Date:5 Apr 2017
Obituary Place:St. Petersburg, Florida, United States of America

Arlene Larosa Gray
November 8, 1952 - April 3, 2017
Arlene LaRosa Gray 64 passed away April 3, 2017. Born in Tampa, Fl, November 8, 1952 to Angelo & Martha LaRosa. Graduate of the University of South Florida, and retired after 38 years from the Hillsborough County Public School System. Arlene specialized in educating children with disabilities. Her last school that she taught at was Memorial Middle School. Arlene was and avid volunteer at numerous local hospitals as well. She is pre-deacesed by her father Angelo LaRosa, and survived by her mother Martha LaRosa, brother Mark LaRosa, two nephews Mark LaRosa II, Nick LaRosa, and Godson Jerrick Blue. Arlene was a caring teacher and wonderful friend. She loved helping others, and loved the mountains of North Carolina. She dedicated her life to teaching children with disabilities. Memorial services will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations to Hillsborough Education Foundation in memory of Arlene.

Diane Lozier Rollins

Name:Diane L. Rollins
Birth Date:26 May 1953
Issue year:1971-1972
Issue State:Pennsylvania
Last Residence:29457, Johns Island, Charleston, South Carolina, USA
Death Date:25 Nov 2000.

Donald Ray Mastin

Name:Donald Ray Mastin
Birth Date:9 Feb 1952
Issue year:1965
Issue State:Florida
Last Residence:Florida, USA
Death Date:13 Aug 2011

Edward David McGeachy

Name:Edward D. McGEACHY
Gender:Male
Death Age:55
Birth Date:abt 1953
Birth Place:Winter Haven, Fla.
Residence Place:Land O ' Lakes
Death Date:2 Feb 2008
Obituary Date:5 Feb 2008
Obituary Place:Tampa, Florida, United States of America
Father:Jack
Spouse:Sandy
Child:Claire , Frances
Siblings:Roy

Donald Isaac Scott

Name:Donald I. Scott
Birth Date:21 Mar 1951
Death Date:19 Aug 2006
Cemetery:Hillsboro Memorial Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place:Brandon, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States of America
Has Bio?:N
URL:https://www.findagrave.com/mem...

Terry Frank Swilley

Name: Terry Frank Swilley
Birth Date:15 Jan 1952
Death Date:30 Sep 2009
Cemetery:Memorial Park Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place:Plant City, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States of America
Has Bio?:N
Spouse:Nellie Ruth Swilley
URL:https://www.findagrave.com/mem...

Laura Elaine Washington Glasgow

Laura Elaine Glasgow
October 18, 1952 ~ March 15, 2019 (age 66)
 
Obituary & Services

Mrs. Laura Elaine Washington Glasgow
A homegoing celebration for Mrs. Laura Elaine Washington Glasgow of Tampa, Florida who passed away on Friday, March 15, 2019 will be held Saturday, March 23rd, 2:00 p.m. at Revealing Truth Ministries, 5201 N. Armenia Ave., Revealing Truth pastor, officiating. The interment will be in Mayberry Cemetery. Laura Elaine Washington Glasgow was born on October 18, 1952 to the union of David and Laura Bell Washington. Laura Elaine Washington Glasgow attended Hillsborough County Schools. She graduated from King High School with the class of 1970. She than relocated to Rochester, New York with aunt Dorothy. She returned to Florida and started a career with Winn Dixie Grocery Stores. She worked in several departments of the Winn Dixie Stores in Thonotosassa, Florida. She was a free-spirited person who loved the Lord. She received Christ at an early age from Loving Hill Primitive Baptist Church. Prior to her death she was a member of Revealing Truth Ministries Church. She had a contagious cheering spirit that redirected to those who she came in contact with. Elaine loved talking about the Lord. She passed a positive and encouraging mind. She truly enjoyed her life and showed it by always singing uplifting songs. Her life was truly God filled. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Laura Bell Washington. She leaves to mourn and cherished memories with sisters, Dinah Butler (Oscar) and Juanita Washington and special friend, John Trodgon; brother, David Thomas Washington, Jr. (Kelly); nieces, Nicole Butler, Telsalla Thomas (Antoine Stone) Ariel Washington and Denise McCutheon; nephews, Cyrum Thomas, Avantae Steplight, Tajar Welch, Stankey Thompson, Lamont Thompson and Myron McCutheon; great-niece, Tajarie Welch; great-nephews, Tareeq Welch, Jakeem Johnson, Antonio Stone III and Tajiri Stone; aunts, Cottie Mae Starks, Lonnie Mae Otis and Angela Edwards; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, neighbors, friend and other relatives. The visitation will be held at Aikens Funeral Home on Friday, March 22nd from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The family and friends are asked to meet at the church on Saturday for the service.

Frank Youdis

YOUDIS, Frank Patrick, 59, of Zephyrhills, Fla., passed away May 21, 2011,

in Zephyr-hills. He was born November 15, 1951, in Tampa. Frank was a ware-house supervisor and of Episcopalian faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in Vietnam and a member of Zephyrhills Disabled American Veterans. Frank was a drummer, enjoyed playing in local bands and was an avid animal lover. He is survived by a sister, Linda (Siegfried) Barry of Land O'Lakes, Fla.; a brother, Barry Youdis of Bushnell, Fla.; an uncle, George Dill of Land O'Lakes; a niece, Jennifer Barry of Land O'Lakes; a nephew, Jeffrey Barry of Brandon,

Fla.; and several other extended family and friends. Graveside services will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, June 6, 2011, at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Humane Society of Tampa Bay, 3607 N. Arnenia Ave., Tampa, FL 33607, in Franks memory.

Name:Frank Patrick Youdis
Birth Date:15 Nov 1951
Birth Place:Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, United States of America
Death Date:21 May 2011
Death Place:Zephyrhills, Pasco County, Florida, United States of America
Cemetery:Florida National Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place:Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida, United States of America
Has Bio?:Y
URL:https://www.findagrave.com/mem...

Cindy Jo Yturrino Ebanks

Name:Cindy Yturrino Ebanks
[Cindy Yturrino Yturrino]
Gender:Female
Death Age:56
Birth Date:abt 1953
Residence Place:Thonotosassa, Fla.
Death Date:29 Jun 2009
Burial Date:2009
Obituary Date:1 Jul 2009
Obituary Place:Tampa, Florida, United States of America
Father:Joe Yturrino
Child:Joey Ebanks , Kristian Ebanks
Siblings:Brenda Register

EBANKS, Cindy Yturrino, 56, of Thonotosassa, Fla., entered into rest June 29, 2009, with her children at her side, after losing her battle with colon cancer. She was preceded in death by her grand-mother, Mamie Charleston "Gran Gran." She is survived by her father, Joe Yturrino; mother, JoAnn Yturrino; sister, Brenda Register (Terry); son, Joey Ebanks (Erica Smith); daughter, Kristian Ebanks (J. R. Pulaski); grand-daughters, Madison Ebanks and Amanda Breier; devoted soulmate, James Phelps; sister-in-law, Sandy Jones; nieces, Cassi Jones and Kim Register; and nephews, Chris and Scott Register. "To James, her devoted soulmate of two and a half years, you are a wonderful man and an angel from God. We will forever be indebted to you for your unconditional love for our mother. To our friends, the family wishes to express their sincere gratitude for all the love, support and prayers during her hard-fought battle with cancer." Funeral services will take place 10 a.m. Wednesday at Stowers Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Tuesday (today) at the Funeral Home. Stowers-Brandon

 
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