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Vol. 17 No. 41 - July 26, 2017


Joseph Irvin Bobbitt, Sr.

Joseph Irvin Bobbitt, Sr. (Irv) went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 14, 2017.

Irv was born on Sept. 29,1927, in Greensboro, N.C. He graduated from New Hanover High School in Wilmington, N.C., in 1945; served as a lieutenant in the 24th Infantry Division in Japan immediately after World War II.

He graduated from Duke University in 1952, spent the next 27 years in New York and Mountain Lakes N.J., where he became president of King Container Corp. Moved to Anna Maria, Fla., in 1979, was owner/operator of Shoreland Water Co. in Bradenton. He was saved at Island Baptist Church (now CrossPointe Fellowship) in June of 1983, serving through the years as Sunday school superintendent, deacon and xhairman of the Mission Team. He also served on the administration committee of the Manatee Southern Baptist Association and as a member of the State Board of Missions of the Florida Baptist Convention and as a board member of the North River Care Pregnancy Center.

He is survived by his wife Eloise of 27 years; sons Joseph Bobbitt Jr. (Sandy), of Bradenton, Smith Bobbitt (Lisa), of Houston Texas, sister-in-law Gayle Spear/Bergquist (Richard); grandchildren Elizabeth Soffera (T.J.) Josh Bobbitt (Laura), of Wilmington, N.C.; Lee, Evan and Scott Bobbitt, of Houston Texas, and Geri Nuckols (Philip), of Jonesborough, Tenn.; adoptive granddaughter Tsukasa Sato, of Tokyo, Japan; great grandchildren Thomas and Mathew Soffera, Lily and Gus Bobbitt, Isaac and Mallory Nuckols. A memorial service was held at CrossPointe Fellowship, Holmes Beach, on Saturday July 22. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to North River Care Pregnancy Center or The Mission Team of CrossPointe Fellowship.

Shawn J. Long

Shawn J. Long, 52, Bradenton, died July 19, 2017.He was predeceased by his mother, April DellaCroce; survived by wife, Lisa; sons, Nick and Kyle; father, Joseph; brothers, Kevin and Michael; and sisters, Jen Bowman and Maggie Ingraldi .

Memorial services will be held by the family at a later date. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge. Condolences

Mark Edwin Leasure

Mark Edwin Leasure, of Bradenton, Fla., passed July 19, 2017, after a long fight with kidney cancer.

Mark was born Dec 3, 1951, in Greenville, Pa., to Robert & Vivian (Cooper) Leasure. He has been a resident of Bradenton since 1983. He attended Greenville High School and graduated from Penn State with a bachelor of science in business administration. He was a member of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity. He moved to Newport News, Va., and was in management at Rose's department store. He also worked in the construction field. He moved to Bradenton and managed Circle K stores on Anna Maria Island before going to Honduras with the Peace Corps from 1985-1987.

When he returned, he went to work for Kmart in 1987, where he met and married his wife, Ann, in 1988. His greatest accomplishment is his two sons, Mark, Jr. and Steven. The boys were the light of his life, the apples of his eye, his whole world. In 1990, he started his own business, Leasure's Lawn Service. He retired in March of 2016. He enjoyed sports of all kinds He was very involved with soccer and baseball with his sons, coaching and managing their teams. He helped manage an undefeated MSLL team, Wood Title, with friend Bob Knox. He worked many hours as a volunteer and was a recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award. He also liked to spend afternoons at Fratello's with his friends, especially Frank Hayworth and gosh, could he nurse a brewski! Right, guys? He always looked forward to, and was very pleased, to get a visit yearly from friends Dwight and Sharon Walker, from Virginia, when they would visit the area.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Marie (Cryderman, Sprouse, MacIntosh); sons, Mark, Jr. and Steven; stepsons, Michael MacIntosh and Shawn Sprouse (Chandra); granddaughters, Micayla Ann and Lillian Marie MacIntosh; sister Carol and brother-in-law, Harry Ramsey; nephew, Robert; great-nephew, Isaac Ramsey; niece, Susan (Rex Kirby); great niece, Layla; granddogs Sadie and Sport.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Vivian (Cooper) Leasure, brother James and sister Susan.

Visitation was held on Monday, July 24, 2017, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, 43rd Street Chapel, 604 43rd St. W., Bradenton, FL 34209. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, Inc. Condolences made to

Jacqueline 'Jackie' Bolle Meaker

Jacqueline "Jackie" Bolle Meaker, of Holmes Beach, Fla., born July 7, 1932, passed away May 22, 2017.

She is survived by her children Gerrit, Sarah, and Mrs. Matthew (Rachel) Malinowski; and grandchildren Lily Meaker, Jacob and Nicolas Malinowski.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave W., Bradenton.

She will be buried with her daughter Rebecca in Torrington, Conn. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to American Association of University Women -AAUW of Manatee County Scholarship Fund.

Charles 'Ed' Walker

Charles “Ed” Walker, 73, of Holmes Beach, died on July 16, 2017, at Blake Medical Center of natural causes due to complications with pneumonia. He grew up in Kirkland (Frankfort), Ind., but made Florida his home.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Neva (Davis) Walker, of Kirkland, Ind. He is survived in death by his significant other, Barbara (San) Slayton; three children, daughters, Marsha (Cliff) Bifaro, of Floral City, Fla., and Michelle (preceded in death) (Brad) Stone, of W. Lafayette, Ind. and son, Jack (Jodie) Walker, of Mulberry, Ind. Ed had seven grandchildren, Tosha Sandvold, Jacob Walker (preceded in death), Jason Oliver, Alex Oliver, Zackary Stanfield, Jordan Walker, Shelby Bifaro and Joey Bifaro. He also had 10 wonderful great grandchildren. He had four brothers – Floyd Walker, Larry Walker, Alvin Walker and Richard Walker; and two sisters – Judy Blackburn and Brenda Maggart.

Ed was the most fun loving, caring and a wonderful son, dad and brother. You could not ask for a better person He will be missed so much.

There will be a celebration of Ed's Life at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the Anchor Inn on Holmes Beach. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel, Bradenton, is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made to


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