The Dash Poem
I read of a man who stood to speakat the funeral of his friend.He referred to the dates on her tombstonefrom the beginning...to the end.He noted that first came the date of her birthand spoke of the following date with tears,but he said what mattered most of allwas the dash between those years.For that dash represents all the timethat she spent alive on earth…and now only those who loved herknow 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 loveand 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 rearrangedIf we could just slow down enoughto consider what’s true and real,and always try to understandthe way other people feel.And be less quick to anger,and show appreciation moreand love the people in our liveslike we’ve never loved before.If we treat each other with respect,and more often wear a smile…remembering that this special dashmight only last a little while.So, when your eulogy’s being readwith your life’s actions to rehash...would you be proud of the things they sayabout how you spent your dash?by Linda Ellis
GARNER, Gary Niles 69, of Tampa, passed away suddenly Oct. 16, 2013. Gary is survived by the love of his life and wife of 47 years, Carol Moreland Garner; his daughters, Krista Maddox (Clint), Camille Collier (Joe); his three grandchildren, Peyton and Grayson Maddox, and Carter Collier; his sister, Frankie Harrell (Stan); his brother, Mac Garner; his niece and nephew, Whitney and Christopher Harrell; and his two bonus grandchildren, Katelin and Anna Leigh Collier. After graduating from Robinson High School in 1962, Gary followed in his father's footsteps and voluntarily enlisted in the Marine Corp where he proudly served his country during Vietnam. Upon returning home to Tampa, Gary met and married Carol and graduated from the University of South Florida. Gary spent his career in Tampa as a Commercial Real Estate Broker and with Tuflex. He was a member of Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church and the Tampa Yacht Club. Gary was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, boating, and hunting. He loved his dogs, cooking for friends and family, his country, and most of all, his family. Gary was a true patriot who will be missed dearly by those who knew and loved him. His family takes comfort knowing he is no longer in pain and he's walking tall with his Lord. Visitation will be held on Thursday Oct. 24 from 5-7 pm at Blount & Curry Funeral Home, 605 S MacDill Ave. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 am on Friday, Oct. 25 at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church in Tampa. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Metropolitan Ministries in Tampa. Guestbook may be signed at: www.BlountcurryMacdill.com.
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ANOTHER FALLEN KNIGHT SUE MC LAUGHLIN WARD CLASS OF 62. Sue passed away last night 2/20/16.
Ronald Lee Abernathy, 72, died Wed. Memorial service 2pm Sat, Warren F. Toler Funeral Home. Visit after 12pm Sat. www.tolerfuneralhome.com
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The visitation and funeral service for Tom Grantham, brother-in-law of our Sally Wood DaveSally Grantham has been confirmed for Friday March 25, 2016. Details below:
GRANTHAM, Tom, 73, of Tampa passed away Sunday, February 14, 2016. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio and moved to Florida as a young child. Tom proudly served in the United States Air Force. He worked for many years in the steel industry and then later in life opened and owned a sign manufacturing company. Tom lov...ed sports and, in particular, he enjoyed playing golf. He loved music and laughter and was a pro at trivia. Tom took pride in providing much laughter to his family and most of all he loved being with his family and spoiling his grandchildren. He is survived by his loving, Hollie, wife of two years; two sons, Matthew Thomas Grantham and his wife Aleia, Chad Thomas Grantham and his wife Mary; five daughters, Shannon Bowlin and her husband Dustin, Shelley Grantham, Cammi Grantham-Stacy and her husband TJ, Amy Robertson and her husband Mat, Lizzie Agosto and her husband Damon; three brothers David Grantham and his wife Sally, Bob Grantham and Scott Grantham, 14 grandchildren, Finnegan, Amelia, Alice, Lily, Luke, Grayson, Jarlen, Chloe, Caylen, Brantley, Maddox, Malcolm, Maxwell, Spencer. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the family to assist in Tom’s medical bills at https://www.gofundme.com/p3pvwdrg. Words of comfort may be expressed for Tom’s family by clicking “Share a Memory”.
Visitation Information 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Loyless Funeral Home - Main Office & Chapel 5310 Land O'Lakes Blvd, Land O'Lakes, Florida
Service Information 10:00 AM Loyless Funeral Home - Main Office & Chapel 5310 Land O'Lakes Blvd, Land O'Lakes, Florida
Funeral Information 12:30 PM Florida National Cemetery Bushnell, Florida
Our friend and classmate Al Ballensinger passed early morning on July 4, 2016 at his home in Foley, Alabama. Al was at Ballast Point Elementary, then Monroe before some of the best times of his life at Robinson. Al went on to Emory University and graduated in 1966 before a career in Human Resources that lasted more than 37 years. Al always said the friendships forged at Robinson were the greatest and would always endure. Don Vandergriff
Arthur Robert "Artie" Tassoni, 72, of St. Petersburg, died from ALS on May 11, 2017.Art was born in the Bronx, NY and served in the USAF and attended SPJC and USF. He was an optician, most recently with Dr. Nancy Bryant.Artie is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carol; and son, Michael. He also leaves his brother-in-law Bob Tegarden; nieces, Susan and Linda; and nephew, Tom. Artie was predeceased by his sister, Carol; brother, Rick; and parents, Ferdinand and Isabel.A small internment service was held at the Bay Pines National Cemetery. An Open House Celebration is being held on June 3rd fro 6-11 pm at the Azalea Adult Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N. The dress is comfortable--Artie style.A very special thank you to all our wonderful family and friends for their generous love and support. If you choose to donate, please consider The Paralyzed Veterans of America, SCI unit, James A Haley Veteran Hospital, Tampa, FL.