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Celebrating Robie Watson (Memorial Service Information)

Robie Watson, 53 life-long resident of Brooksville passed away October 6, 2014. 
He was a 1979 graduate from Hernando High School. Robie had the love for baseball. He was a past owner and cook of Catcher's Mitt in Booksville, loved being in the kitchen, and worked at Mizell's and Red Lobster to name a few. Robie enjoyed life and his family, spending time outside by the fire, and on his tractor and with his beloved pit bull, Dozer. 
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Suzanne Watson of Brooksville; daughters, Tiffany Tsoutsos (Chris) of Spring Hill; Courtney Marion (Caleb) of Spring Hill; step-son, Mike Roe of Brooksville; grand-daughter, Hadley; future grand-daughter, Ella; brother, RickyWatson (Debbie) of Brooksville and Terry Chapman of Brooksville; sisters, Tina Mizell of Brooksville; Tammy and Brandy (?) of Brooksville; step-brother, mother, Sandra Mizell (Bo) of Brooksville; grandmother, Granny Mizell of Brooksville and father, RichardWatson (Vicky) of Brooksville.


Brewer Memorial Home 

Thursday, October 09 
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM  


Robie Watson (Class of '79) RIP 10/6/14 Loving Brother to Ricky Watson

   With regret and sadness Robie Watson (HHS class of '79) Brother of our classmate and friend Ricky Watson, has passed away. Robie's wife found him yesterday (Oct 6, 2014). Unsure of any details other than what is being told at this time. I will update you when I have memorial service or more information. Please reach out to Ricky and Watson family.Cards can be sent to Ricky's home address at 22188 Hayman Rd.,Brooksville FL 34602  Our thoughts and prayers are with our friend and classmate, Ricky Watson.  We are here for you.  Please let us know what we can do to help you during this sorrowful moment and loss.  You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. 

Mark Venable 3-8-69 to 7-24-14 (Laura Venable Griffin's Brother)

Our thoughts and prayers are with our friend and classmate, Laura Venable Griffin who lost her brother, Mark Venable on July 24. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. Mark Venable 3-8-69 to 7-24-14

Canelia A. Dyer (Michele Dyer Fenner Sister)

Canelia A. Dyer, 51(Feb 24, 1963 - Apr 26, 2014), Centerhill, FL. passed away on April 26, 2014 under the loving care of her family in Leesburg, FL. Mrs. Dyer was born on February 24, 1963 in Clearwater, Florida. She was a Case Manager / Community Facility Coordinator for Life Stream. She moved to Centerhill 14years ago from Tampa, Florida and was a member of the Church of Christ. Mrs. Dyer enjoyed sewing, beadwork and cooking, but she had a true love for people and serving those who truly needed help. She is survived by her loving husband of 8 years: Ronnie Stokes of Centerhill, FL; a loving sister: Michele Fenner of Homosassa, FL; a niece: Maresa Fenner of Homosassa, FL. Services entrusted to Page-Theus Funeral Home, Leesburg, FL. On line condolences and memories may be shared by visitingwww.pagetheusfuneralhome.com

Jerome Brown's father passed away, Wille Jerome Brown II

Please keep Willie Jerome Brown, II family and friends in your prayers. Our Classmate, Jerome Brown III, Father passed away last night at the hospital.   Funeral is Next Saturday May 3, 2014 At 11:00AM At The Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church 200 Mt. Fair AVE. Brooksville, Florida 34601


Shawn Moore (Lorna Moore-McLaughlin's brother) passed away

Service for Shawn Moore (Lorna Moore McLaughlin brother) Jeanne Griffin Moore and The Moore family has invited friends and family to join them this Jan 3,  2014  Friday, 2:30 at the Brooksville Cemetery (this is an informal service due do the situation) afterwards come by the Pitts Lounge and celebrate Shawn's life with stories and personal moments.


Cards can be sent to Lorna Moore at her home: 5315 Twin Palms Road, Fruit Land Park, FL 34731

Marsha Clarke's Mother Passed Away

Mrs Clarke passed away Oct. 28.  Services . The Celebration of Life for mother will be on Saturday 10/26/2013 @ 11:00am at Mt. Pilgrim Freewill Baptist Church 863 School Street Brooksville, Florida.

From Marsha: You are the most wonderful classmates. Thank you so much for your words of comfort

(Skinny) Troy Smith Passed Away

Troy Smith Class of '84 (Erica Smith's Brother) passed away Oct 21, 2013.  

With great sadness and a heavy heart as I inform you that Troy Smith (class of '84 & Erica Smith's Brother) passed away tonight at his beach house. Troy had a heart attack. Troy is married to Terri Heule Smith Tershner. 

Troy "T Roy" "Skinny Troy" Smith  ·        May 20, 1966 - October 21, 2013

 Brooksville, Florida

 Brewer and Sons Funeral Homes  1190 S. Broad Street   Brooksville, FL 34601 

 “Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy. We have a lot of great memories with Troy. RIP our Friend. Friends and Classmates of HHS 1983 ” 
 | Posted by: HHS Class of 1983 - BrooksvilleFL 



Saturday, October 26 
5:30 PM    
Smith Dairy

11454 Smith Dairy Road Brooksville, FL 34601


Erica Wood, daughter of Tracie Barbee-Wood

Dear Friends and Classmates, I just received word that our classmate Tracie Barbee Woods,

youngest daughter Erica Wood, 29 (mother of two) passed away today from an Aneurysm. I will keep you informed as more information is available.  

Please keep Tracie and her family in your prayers. 

Leave a note or send a card to Tracie & Robert Woods 

7155 Oxley Road Brooksville, FL 34601

Craig Lisk, son of Carl Lisk and Son In Law to Jimmy & Michele Minnie

Our hearts are saddened as the news of Craig Lisk passing.  May17, 1989- June 13, 2013

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Lisk Family & Minnie Family. Craig Lisk passed away from a motorcycle accident. He leaves behind his wife Ryan & their little girl. Services will be GA and bringing Craig back to lay him next t to his Father, Carl Lisk (our classmate) Fri and Sat next week. Craig's wife Ryan is the daughter of Michele Rivers-Minnie. When more information is forthcoming I will let you know. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers.  Cards can be mailed to Michele Minnie 549 East Ave Brooksville 34601 .

 Service information: A service will follow in Brooksville, FL on Saturday June 22, at 11:00 a.m. from the Merritt Funeral

Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the Merritt Funeral Home on Friday evening from 6-8

p.m. Interment will be in the Lake Lindsey Cemetery in Brooksville, FL








Terry Churchill-Bianconi's Father, Gerald Chruchill Passed away 5/14/13

Our thoughts and prayers are with Terry Churchill-Bianconi  and her family during these difficult times.  Cards can be sent to Terry at 11375 Tanager Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32225  OR email: sunraz46.tb@gmail.com

Service for Gerald Churchill     Saturday, 5/18/13   4-6 pm

Brewer's Memorial 1190 S. Broad Street Brooksville, FL, 34601

Sandra Howell's Father passed away, May 13, 2013

  With deepest sympathy, Our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and her family during these difficult times.

Cards can be sent to Sandra Howell:  1335 PIPER RD SPRING HILL, FL 34606   OR email: davidnsandy2012@yahoo.com

(Notice of service will be updated as that information becomes available)

Brenda Millron O'Brien's Mother passed away 4.12.2013


Varian Millirons, 86 of Troy, NY., formerly of Brooksville, FL., passed away April 12, 2013. She was Baptist by faith and attended the Church of the Holy Spirit and First Baptist of Brooksville. Varian retired with Hernando Christian Academy. 
She is survived by her daughters, Rebecca Cadotte of Candler, NC., and Brenda O'Brien of Cropseyville, NY; grand-daughter, Rachael Ercolano; grandson, James J. Childers; great grand-daughter, Elizabeth Oddo and great-grandson, Austin Towns. 

Visitation April 16th from 6-8 p.m. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home with a Celebration of Life on Wednesday, April 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Brooksville. Burial will follow at Brooksville Cemetery.

Our thoughts and prayers go to Brenda Millron O'Brien and her family during this difficult time.  Cards & emails  can be sent to Brenda:

38 Dumbleton Rd Cropseyville, NY 12052 

email: turquoise.zebras@yahoo.com

Lorie Holbrook (class of '84) Passed away 12/31/12

R.I.P Lorie Holbrook (HHS 1984) This was posted by her sister Kelly Holbrook...

It is with great sadness that I share this news with everyone who knew my vibrant sister, Lorie Holbrook. On Monday, December 31st, Lorie passed away. Although not confirmed until we receive the toxicology reports, it appears that Lorie lost a long-term battle with her demons by taking her own life. As a family, we truly believe Lorie is now at peace. For those of you who would like to attend the funeral service, it will be held on Saturday, January 5th at Merritt Funeral Home in Brooksville, Florida, from 3-5pm. During the service, at 4:30pm, we will have a short prayer and give people the opportunity to share memories about Lorie. We encourage friends to bring and share memories and photos of Lorie. The circumstances of her death may be dark, but we would like to focus on the Lorie we all knew and loved - brilliant, beautiful, fun and always willing to help others. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation in Lorie's name to a dog rescue that she was passionate about: Heidi's Legacy Dog Rescue, 3102 Nichols Road, Lithia, Florida 33547,

Thinking of you and your family.


Sorry for the loss of your Mother, Bettie.  We are sending prayers to comfort you and your family.  Your classmates and friends are here for you.

Please let us know if you need anything.

-Cheryl Holley 


Cheryl Holley
Tad Smith's mother, Bettie Smith passed away

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Tad Smith, who's mother (Bettie Maxine Smith) Passed away on Christmas after a long illness. 

Cards can be sent to Tad at his home address

8 Westview Dr. Raymond, ME. 04071

Marsha Clarke, Father passed away Ernest James Clarke


Ernest James Clarke


Deacon Ernest James Clarke was born in Ellaville, Georgia on April 15, 1925 to the late Ed Clarke and Lousie Terry Clarke.

After graduating high school Deacon Clarke enlisted in the United States Army from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1946. Deacon Clarke married the love of his life Bennie Mae Trenton Clarke on June 8, 1952. Ernest started working as a truck driver in 1962 for West Coast concrete and worked there until his retirement in 1992.  He was a life long member and deacon at Mount Pilgrim Freewill Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death his mother Louise Clarke; father, Ed Clarke; brothers John Henry and Sammy and sisters, Martha Lee and Dorothy.

He leaves to cherish his memories, wife Bennie T. Clarke of Brooksville, FL; daughters, Marsha Clarke-Everett (Charles) of Upper Marlboro, MD and Sylvia L. Gibson of Lakeland, FL; three grandchildren, Courtney A. Everett of Upper Marlboro, MD, Deborah Hawkins and Julius Gibson both of Lakeland, FL; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.


Viewing: Saturday, November 17, 2012 ~ 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. ~

Mt. Pilgrim Freewill Baptist Church ~ 863 School Street ~Brooksville, FL


Services: Saturday, November 17, 2012 ~ 11:00 A.M. ~ Mt. Pilgrim Freewill Baptist Church ~ 863 School Street ~ Brooksville, FL

Interment: Brooksville Cemetery ~ Brooksville, FL


Cards can be mailed to Marsha Clarke at her home address:

 9400 Croom Acres Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772


David Glenn's wife Shaun passed away 8/29/2012

Our hearts and prayers go out to our friend and classmate, David Glenn. David's wife Shaun passed away Aug. 29. David & Shaun were married 21 years and have a daughter and son. Cards can be mailed to The Glenn Family at 1140 NE 10th ave Gainesville Fl 32601

I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.

Gaby Uribe

Gaby Uribe
Michele Dyer Fenner, Father past away 3/27/12


With Sympathy and warm thoughts to Michele Dyer Fenner, who's Father past away 3/27/12


Our thoughts and prayers go to Michele and her family.


Michele can be reached by email: michele_fenner@yahoo.com


Cheryl Holley
In Sympathy


Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. If there is anything I can do, please do not hesitate to call. 904-334-4974.

With warm thoughts,

Dawn Van Buskirk - Salano

Dawn VanBuskirk
With deepest sympathy!


I am so sorry for your loss. May you find peace and comfort in the Lord.


Debbie Mckean Warner

Debbie McKean
Diana Bedwell-Fender's husband Bill Fender passed away 2/10/12

Sending Diana and her family thoughts and prayers. 

His Celebration of Life service is on Monday February 13th @ 10 a.m. at Gulf to Lake Baptist Church is Crystal River. Their phone # if you need directions is 352-795-5088. I lieu of flowers, we ask that you donate to Hospice of Citrus County.

Susan and Family.


My sincere sympathies to you and your family. I remember your husband from the old Lykes Memorial EMS days. May God grant you peace in your time of sorrow.

                   Ray Elliott and Family

Ray Elliott
Susan & Family

My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family during this time of loss of John.  You had a beautiful life together.  Sending you love and hugs. 

-Cheryl Holley


Cheryl Holley
Thoughts and prayers to Susan Sargent-Hagans on the loss of her husband, John

John Hagans lost his fight against cancer.  Our thoughts and prayers go to Susan and family. 

Sorry for your loss

So sorry for your loss. We will keep you in our prayers.

Brenda Millirons
Guest book for Bill Baldwin



William Austin Baldwin, Jr. was born on March 24, 1964 and passed away on September 8, 2011.

He is survived by his wife Priscilla Baldwin; sons Jeremy Baldwin and Joshua Mejorado; daughters Stephanie Kesterson and Ashely Mejorado; mother Faith Baldwin; brothers Richard, Tim and Steve; sister Lori Darts; and grandson Derrick.
Sending prayers to Richard Baldwin and family

Richard your friends and classmates are here for you.  We are sorry for your great loss.  Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family. 

-Cheryl Holley

Cheryl Holley
Richard Baldwins brother, Bill Baldwin '82 passed away.

Our thoughts and prayers go to Richard Baldwin and his family on the loss of his brother,  Bill Baldwin  (Class of "82) who passed away today, September 8, 2011 due to a fatal motor cycle accident.  Service arrangements:

Monday 10-3 viewing service at 3.

  Jeter & Son Funeral Home

 4830 W Illinois Ave Dallas tx 75211

Bill and Priscilla have two children.

Cards and emails can be sent to Richard Baldwin at: 2152 Rudge Dr. Mims, FL 32754

Wesley Johnson's father Joe Johnson...

Wesley Johnson lost his father, Joe Johnson this week funeral arrangements are to be held at Brewer's from 2-4 and 6-8 and Tuesday is funeral @ 10 am at First Baptist in Brooksville. Our thoughts and prayers are with Wesley and his family.

Brent Bailey's father Jim Bailey passed away Jan. 8 2011

Our thoughts and prayers go to Brent Bailey and Family on the loss of his father, Jim Bailey. The funeral service for Jim Bailey will be Wednesday January 12 at Brewer & Sons in Brooksville. The viewing will be at 11:00am and the funeral will follow at 12:30pm and he will be buried at Brooksville Cemetery.  James "Jim" Bailey lost his battle with cancer Jan. 8.

Jodie & Greg Jones

My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.  Your friends and classmates are here for you.  Please reach out when you want to talk or just cry.  We love you.  Sending you hugs.

-Cheryl Holley

Cheryl Holley
Memory of Ryan Gregory Jones, son of Jodie Burdin-Jones & Greg

Our thoughts and prayers go to the family of Jodie Burdin-Jones & Greg on the loss of son, Ryan Gregory Jones MAR 16, 1989 - DEC. 27, 2010

Services to be held this Friday, 12/31/10 AT 11:00 AM
Trinity Memorial Funeral Home
12609 Memorial Drive, New Port Richey, FL 34655 (727-376-7824)

In lieu of flowers please make donations to:

Clearwater Marine Aquarium in memory of Ryan Jones
249 Windward Passage Clearwater, FL 33767 (727-441-1790)

Jodie's email & home address:


7 Majestic Hills Loop Brooksville FL, 34601

Corey Wade Becker

The son of Curt and Pam Gordon-Becker has passed away at the age of 17.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them.     Pam's email is: rascalsdidtoo1@yahoo.com 

Corey Wade BECKER


BECKER, Corey Wade, 17, died June 30, 2010. He was born in Orlando, Fla., and resided in Brooksville,   Corey Wade Becker 8-21-92~6-30-10

Fla., the last 10 years. He was a 2010 graduate of Hernando High School. He is survived by his parents, Curtis Becker and Pamela Gordon Becker; sister, Jennifer Becker; and niece, Jane; paternal grand-mother, Diane Becker; maternal grandfather, Monroe Gordon; maternal grandmother, Linda Woodside; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 10, 2010, at Gulf Ridge Park Baptist Church, 20200 Manecke Road, Brooksville, for family and friends.



Patricia Young, Brent & Bucky (Michael) Mom

Patricia Young, 67 of Brooksville passed away on May 13, 2010.
She was born in Bainbridge, Georgia, lived in Virginia and Louisiana before moving to Tampa, Florida where she graduated from Plant High School in 1960 and had lived in Brooksville for the past 41 years. Pat worked for Golden Corral in Brooksville for 23 years. She loved spending time with her grandsons, traveling with her sister, and was a GREAT cook who enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.
Pat is predeceased by her parents and her husband, Larry Wayne Young. She is survived by 2 sons; Michael Young and Brent Young and his wife Jody Young, 2 grandchildren; Jared and Justin Young, sister; Sandra Self, niece; April Self and her daughter Jessica.

A Gathering in Pat’s Memory will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2010 from 9-11 a.m. at the Brooksville Chapel of Brewer & Sons Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Service will immediately follow at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to The Salvation Army.

Brent Young's mother, Pat Young passed away May 13 2010.

Brent & Bucky Young's mom, Pat Young  passed away May 13.
Service is May 29th at Brewer Memorial in Brooksville @ 11am. 9-11 for visitation.

You may send Brent a card to: 610 Erin Way, Brooksville, FL 34601 OR email: byoung4965@yahoo.com

Our thoughts, prayers are with our friend and Classmate Brent & Bucky Young.  May it give you peace of mind and ease you sorrow, too.  To know many thoughts and prayers are going out to you. 

-From your friends and classmates. 

Beverly Sikes-Miller Father Lester Sikes, passed away 3/24/10


Our thoughts and prayers go to Beverly and her family. Cards may be sent to her home: 6880 83rd Ave North Pinellas Park, FL 33781  email: blondiebb@juno.com

Lester Sikes


SIKES, Lester of Brooksville since 1972, died on March 24, 2010 at Morton Plant Hospital. He was a retired Corporal of the Florida Highway Patrol and also served in the U.S. Navy. He is predeceased by his son, John. He is survived by his son, Jim; daughter, Beverly; and loving family. Friends will be received on Thursday from 6-8 at the Brooksville Chapel of Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and again on Friday from 9-11 am with Reverend Tom Derryberry attending. He will be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell following the service. To sign guest register and to view full obituary please go to www.brewerfuneral.com. Brewer & Sons/352-796-4991

Published in St. Petersburg Times on March 25, 2010
Ryan Majors 21, Passed away Monday, March

The loss of Ryan Majors, 21

Ryan Majors, 21 the youngest son to our friend and classmate Jill Whaley-Majors and Sam Majors  (Ryan's Parents), passed away Monday, March 8, 2010.  Ryan was in Panama Beach visiting friends and family. 

His services will be held Friday at 1:00 (Central Time) Southerland Family funeral Home located 100 East 19th Street Panama City, Florida   32405.  Their phone number and website Toll-Free: 1-800-785-8575  Phone: 850-785-8532  http://www.southerlandfamily.com/ 

Cards maybe sent to Jill at her home: 9250 Bruck Hause #319, Raleigh, NC 27617.  Jill's email: jjjjr4@aol.com 

Please keep Jill, her family in your prayers. I know she will be needing the support and love of her friends.  If you can  please reach out to her.  I know she would appreciate it.  Cathy Ritchie and Pam Bailey are in Panama Beach to be with her.  You can leave messages or photo's for Jill here.    In lieu of   of  flowers the family donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation in Ryan Majors name.  Donation to the Juvenile Diabetic Research Foundation of North Florida 9700 Phillips Highway Jacksonville, FL 32256

706.945.3006 706.945.3006
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 This photo of Ryan and Jill was taken on Dec 31, 2009, New Years Eve.

ROTC Teacher Joe Kyle Douthat Passed away Feb 25

DOUTHAT, Joe Kyle Age 80, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at Brooksville Regional Hospital. He served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force and after retirement taught Aero Space Science (JROTC) at Hernando High School for sixteen years. He was also coach of the tennis team. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Bernice Douthat; brother Max Douthat; sister Beatrice Knipp; grandson Kyle Funke. He is survived by his wife Jean; son Barry (Terry) of Monroe, NC; daughter Tina (Peter) Funke of Raleigh NC; 3 grandchildren, Jacob and Lara Funke and Gina (Nate) Douthat of Durham, NC; one brother Billy Douthat of Tennessee; & several nieces and nephews. Service and burial will be in Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Brooksville. Arrangements By Merritt Funeral Home Brooksville Chapel 352-796-6699

Class of '82 Lois May has passed away

With regret and sadness, our classmate, our friend Lois May passed away Sunday, Feb 7, 10.  Funeral arrangements will be held at Wages Funeral Home 120 Highway Lawrenceville, Ga 30046  770.682.0410 www.wagesfuneralhome.com   visitation will be Friday, Feb. 12 visitation 6 pm services 7 pm. 

Lois was not working and had no insurance so her sister Dale is asking for donations in lieu of flowers to help with the expense...s. Her address is 3556 Robinhill Way, Lexington, KY 40513.. Thank you everyone

Cheryl Brazeau's Mother Janice Brazeau Past away 1/5/2010


Janice Brazeau

BRAZEAU, Janice 68, died Jan. 5, 2010.
Our thought and prayers go to Cheryl and her brother Steve during these sad times.  Please know your friends are here for you.l
Cheryl's information is listed below if you would like to send an email or mail or card.
Cheryl Brazeau Bass
128 Pennsylvania Ave
Osprey, FL 34229
In Loving Memory of my Dad, Ian David Fleming

 In Memory of Jennifer Fleming-Lugo's father, Ian David Fleming Nov. 27, 1931 - Aug. 4, 2009

Kenny Exum and Rebecca Burress are engaged!!
Mary Jane McKethan, Funeral notice

Mary McKethan


 McKETHAN, Mary Jane Age 39, died Monday, July 20, 2009. She was born in Brooksville and recently moved home from Louisville, KY. Mary Jane was a salesperson for Saturn of Louisville, held a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, she loved hunting and fishing and adored her family and friends. She is survived by her son, Pierce Wingate Reed of Louisville, KY; father John Hale McKethan of Homosassa; mother Naomi Jane Bean and stepfather James Bean of Brooksville; brothers & sisters-in-law Darren & Gina McKethan of Brooksville and John & Erica McKethan of Crystal River; sisters Haley McKethan of Tampa and Scarlett McKethan of Crystal River; stepbrother Michael Bean; maternal grandmother Jane Wingate of Homosassa and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visitation for friends will be 5-7 pm, Friday, July 24, at the Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel. Funeral Services will be conducted 11 am, Saturday, July 25, at the Faith Presbyterian Church of Brooksville with Pastor Matthew Everhard officiating. Interment will be in the McKethan family plot at Brooksville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pierce Wingate Reed Trust, P.O. Box 4444, Homosassa Springs, FL 34447. Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel 352-796-6699 "Family Owned & Operated"
Coach Ernie Chatman and Peggy Farmer

This photo was taken at the PIH fund raiser for Peggy's brother, Dr. Paul Farmer.  To see more photo's

Jennifer Fleming Lugo, Jennifer Farmer and Peggy Farmer

PIH luau fund raiser 7/19/09

cathy Ritchie and Paul Farmer

PIH fund raiser 7/19/09

A note from Rebecca Chytka-Fields
Dear HHS Graduating Class of 1983,

    This is Rebecca Chytka-Fields.  I'm beginning to come out of my fog and think a little clearer. 

    Thank you Cheryl for getting the word out regarding Dan.  The supportive emails and heartfelt postings on the websites gave, and continue to give me strength during this devastating time in our lives.   Gradually I am fighting my way out of this cloud to find reality is still there.  The pain will never go away, but I, and the girls, will begin to cope with it.  I will ALWAYS be thankful to God for the 19 glorious years I spent with a wonderful husband, father... and friend.    Additionally, I will focus on how very blessed I am to have 2 beautiful girls and such loving, caring, supportive friends such as those in the Graduating Class of 1983.   
Many Blessings,



Class of '83 Sent a plant and ribbon's for David Billadeau's funeral

 Freinds and classmates HHS 1983 sent a plant and remberence ribbons for David Billadeau. 

Loss of Family Members

Please except my deepest sympathies from my family to yours.You all will be in our prayers.

God Bless All

John Wescomb & Family

John Wescomb
Rebecca, Kevin & Michelle

Please except my heartfelt sorrow for the loss of your love ones. I prayer that God gives you comfort and peace during this very trying time. When there is a sunset on earth there is a sunrise in heaven may you find peace in knowing that your love one is with God.

You all are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Sandi McNeal

Rebecca, my heart goes out to you and your girls. I hope that you find comfort among your family and friends. God bless you all.

Ron Roby

Ron Roby
Kevin Pope's father Bill Pope passed away Apirl 20, 2009
Bill Pope, Sr. 
Bill Pope Sr., was born in Uniontown, Alabama on January 06, 1935 to the late Cleveland Pope and Cora Pope Evans. He attended the public schools of Perry County in Uniontown, Alabama. At the blooming age of 17, he put on this traveling shoes in search for a place where “money grew on trees”. His search landed him here in the city of Brooksville, Florida.

In June of 1964, Bill found and married what Proverbs 18:22 describes as his “good thing”, Elder Rebecca Strother Pope. Over their 45 years of marriage, they raised several children, be it their own children, granchildren, or even their God children. Bill worked tirelessly to provide for his family. He labored for over 42 years at Florida Crushed Stone, where he was employed as an Industrial Mechanic.

On April 20, 2009, approximately 5:45 a.m. God saw fit to peacefully call Bill to his heavenly home where his mansion was prepared for him. He was preceded in death by his loving mother, Cora Pope Evans; his devoted sister, Deaconess Annie Bell Brown, and youngest nephew, Willie Jerome Brown.

He leaves to treasure his memory: the queen of his palace, Elder Rebecca Strother Pope; four sons: Willie James Strother (Wendy); Bill “Lil Bill” Pope Jr. (Sharon); Shawn “G”. Wayne Pope (Lashawn) all of Brooksville, Florida and Kevin “Daddy Bo” Devon Pope (Hope) of Kissimmee, Florida; Two daughters: Barbara Jean Davis (Tony) of Chattanooga, Tennessee and Elizabeth “Liz” Arre (Frank) of Woodbridge, Virginia; Twenty-two grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He will additionally be cherished by his brother-in-law, Willie Brown Jr. and the children of his only sister: Cleveland Pope, Sr.; Richard Marcus and Cynthia “Cissye” Brown Jackson, all of Brooksville, Florida. He will be remembered by his three sister-in-laws; Mary Strother Brown; Mariah Frazier (Richard); and Loella Strother, as well as his brother-in-law, Mitchell Strother (Patricia). He will be also missed by his extended Lee family (of Brooksville, Florida and Fort Wayne, Indiana), Strother family and Jones descendents as well as a host of nieces, nephews, God-children, relatives and friends.

Viewing: Saturday, April 25, 2009 – 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. – Brooksville Chapel – 830 School Street - Brooksville, Florida 34601

Services: Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 2:00 P.M. – Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church – 200 Mount Fair Avenue - Brooksville, Florida 34601 – Rev. Matthew Everhard, Pastor – Elder Stella Williams, Officiating

 Brooksville Cemetery – Brooksville, FL

Send Kevin and email: kpope@cfl.rr.com 



David Lee Billadeau

BILLADEAU, David Lee, 23, of Brooksville, Fla., passed away May 2, 2009. He is survived by his mother, Michele Billadeau; three sisters; Nicole, Heather and Natasha; one brother, Mark Staten; grand- mother, Shirley Wukas; two nieces and two nephews. Friends will be received 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 11, at the Brooksville Chapel of Brewer & Sons Funeral Home. A service will be held 2:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, at Grace World Outreach. He will be laid to rest at the Brooksville Cemetery following the service. Brewer & Sons (352) 796-4991

Tracie Barbee-Wood
Michelle and Family

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  I am so sorry for your sudden loss. 

-Cheryl Holley

God Bless You Michelle and Rebecca

God Bless You Michelle and Rebecca. 

Tracie Barbee-Wood

Our hearts go out to Michelle & family & Rebeccas family with our deepest sympathy.

From: The Bass family

Cheryl Brazeau
Michele Billadeau's son David Billadeau, 23 passed away

David Billadeau died from injuries that he had gotten in a motorcycle accident on May 2, 2009.  David worked for Littlewood and then Equestrian Sports Productions as a crew member in West Palm Beach, FL.   He was loved by many people and will be missed by those who knew him.  David was only 23 years old. 

Michelle and her family are having a difficult time financially and are needing funds to help with the funeral expenses and traveling.  There will be a car wash fundraiser at Wilkersons Auto on Sunday to help with his funeral expenses. Please if anyone can come by and donate.  In Lieu of flowers, any donation is appreciated.

 An account has been set up at Bank of America, Name of account: Nicole Billadeau for Michelle Billadeau

 Acct: 229010991414

Where: Luke's Auto Detailing (Wilkerson Auto)

Funeral arrangements: Monday, May 11 Visitation 6-8 p.m.. BREWER MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOMES 1190 S BROAD ST Brooksville, FL 34601-3110    ~ Tuesday, May 12  starting 2:30, Brooksville Assembly Of God 20366 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601-3802  Burial: Brooksville Cemetery

 Aug. 12, 1985 - May 2, 2009

My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family.  God Bless

Ray Elliott and family
Hugs to Becca

Oh my sweet little friend from so many years ago... how terribly sad I am to read this news.  I am truly sorry you have to deal with this loss so early in your family's earthly life together.  I was very pleased to read Leslie's note about how you have such a strong support system with you there now.  I have fond memories of times spent with you beginning in elementary school, and then again later when your family always made me feel so welcome in your home while I was dating Darren.  I will keep you and your little girls close in my prayers.  Blesssings to all your family and friends as well, for their loss and during their travels to see you.

Lois (Wittenberg) Melton

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I'm so sorry for your loss

sally nichols-perryman
This is Rebecca's sister, Leslie. Just a note...
Hi Cheryl, this is Rebecca's sister, Leslie. There are six of us so you may ending up hearing from all of us on Rebecca's behalf before all is said and done.

Rebecca is doing surprisingly well, which is not to say she is not utterly devastated. We all know that he meant everything to she and the girls, so she is having a really tough time accepting that he is really gone. The wake/funeral is tomorrow night and I know she is dreading it as she has said it all still does not seem real...and if the wake/funeral doesn't happen then it won't have to be real.

Our parents, Dan's mother, step-father and brother, all but one of our siblings, Dan's closest friend since age eight, and one of his other longtime "best buds" are here now so everyone is just surrounding she and the girls with as much love, support and comfort as we can. There has been alot of laughter remembering all of Dan's craziness and zest for life, and I rather expect that to be the central theme at the service tomorrow.

I'd be remiss not to mention the incredible outpouring of love, sympathy, support and "take charge" action of her neighborhood family. I have met the majority of folks during my few visits here so knew that the community was very tight knit. But they have gone above and beyond in their support for Becca and the girls...all of them saying they know that Dan and/or Rebecca would do the same for them without hesitation. 

I hope you are able to make the service as I'm sure it will be just the type of gathering that Dan would really love. 

Thanks so much, Leslie


I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers!


J.C. Weeks

J.C. Weeks


Words fail me at times like this.  I hope your wonderful memories and the precious faces of your children will be of some comfort to you in these difficult days.


Lisa Shiveler 

Lisa Shiveler
our prayers are with you and your family


I am sorry and deeply saddened by your sudden loss.

May the Lord comfort and guide you in your time of need.

If you need anything at all even just a friend to lean on, please do not hesitate to call me and find comfort in knowing many friends here are praying for you and your family.


Kathy (Hinkle) Schatzan

Kathy Hinkle Schatzan
My sympathies to you

Becca, my heart and prayers go out to you and your family. I am truly sorry for your loss so soon in life.  Stay strong and remember you WILL see each other again some day. If you need anything feel free to contact me anytime. My Email addy is Thepuddymom@tampabay.rr.com

April Lothian-Herne
Sorry For Your Lost

Rebecca I am sorry for you loss. Be comforted to know that the bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I know this can in no way bring your husband back but hopefully you can be comforteded knowing this.

If there is anything at all that I can do don't hesitate to let me know only if it is nothing but listen. I can be reached via e-mail meverett24@verizon.net. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.


Marsha Clarke-Everett
With Deepest Sympathies

 With friendship and deepest sympathies, I am saddened to hear of your sudden loss.  My you find comfort in knowing your friends are here for you with thoughts and prayers.  Please let us know what we can do for you and your family. 

May God bless you with comfort, peace and love.

-Cheryl Holley


Danny and Rebbeca with daughters, Addison and Olivia

 Memorials may be made to the family for a scholarship fund for his daughters. On line expressions of sympathy may be made at www.laughlinfh.com.   For cards or calls:

 Rebecca Chytka-Fields

Addison and Oliva (Daughters of Rebecca and Dan Fields)

59 Lexington Lane

Highland, IL 62249

618.644.2303  HOME


Danny Fields, Loving husband to Rebecca Chytka-Fields Passed Away May 4, 09

Danny Fields

Danny Fields
Danny Joe Fields, 43, of Highland, Ill., born Aug. 8, 1965, in Ashland, Ky., died Monday, May 4, 2009, at his home.
Mr. Fields was a training specialist for Anheuser-Busch of St. Louis, Mo. He was a United States Navy veteran.
Danny was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Fields; and a sister, Sharon Ray.
Surviving are his wife, Rebecca, nee Chytka, Fields; daughters, Addison and Olivia Fields; mother, Linda, nee Cole, McManus; brother, Lawrence M. (Carol) Fields of Sarasota, Fla.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lawrence and Jessica Chytka of Brooksville, Fla.
Memorials may be made to the family for a scholarship fund for his daughters. On line expressions of sympathy may be made at www.laughlinfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 7, 2009, at the funeral home.

Funeral: Funeral Service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Carol Fields officiating. Danny's wishes were to be cremated.

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