He retired to the Chattanooga area several years ago to help care for his mother, who preceded him in death. He was recently a nominee for induction into the new Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.
Armed with a quick wit and pleasing radio voice, Dennis was a natural for morning drive time listeners. He created numerous contests and promotions, designed to grab the attention of his audience.
Dennis's brother said his body would be cremated, and no memorial service is planned at this time. He is survived by his brother, and several nieces and nephews. Please no flowers, all donations will go to the All Saints Healing Ministry per her request. She was the first woman, as well as the first Hispanic, to hold a management position in the Orlando area broadcast media.
When Mexico City suffered severe earthquake damage , she began a a campaign for medical supplies for the victims. She retired from the Sheriff's Office in Vaught's late daughter Karen. Vaught played baseball with the St. Louis farm system in Winston Salem, NC. Frank began his broadcasting career in Huntington, got a call from Channel 2 in Daytona Beach in , and moved here to start his TV.
Soon after 2, Channel 6 in Orlando hired Vaught where he was mostly in the role of sports broadcasting, on the news morning, noon and night for 16 years. He organized and hosted charity golf tournaments and was noted for his attention to local schools and athletics. Vaught was inducted into the Florida Citrus Bowl hall of fame, media category. A public memorial service for Frank Vaught will be December 9, at 11 a.
Vaught will be receiving full military honors on the 13th of December, at Bobby passed quietly at Florida Hospital Tuesday night June 14th, Bob Church was born in Owensboro, Kentucky. When he was two, he contracted polio, which affected his legs.
He never let it stop him from pursuing his music. Like most people I know in radio, Bobby was crazy and we loved him!! Ron was born July 11, in Lexington, KY. Along with broadcasting, he maintained a passion for racing throughout his life. He is survived by two sons who both live in Kentucky. Beloved Husband of Karen Yannacito Samansky.
Son of Phyllis Samansky. Brother of Ronda Mike Gengler. Son-in-law of Josephine "Jody" Yannacito. Brother-in-law of John Yannacito and James Yannacito. Bill was the father of two children, Joseph W. Bill became interested in radio as a student at Oak Ridge High in Orlando. When he was a Junior he had "Green and Gold Radio" on the air. Willis, Orlando Sentinel Bill Stamper talked for a living as a sports announcer and talk-show host for WDBO-AM , but he also had other talents his listeners may not have known about.
He was an accomplished singer and bowler and an amateur poet, and he did impressions, too. The younger Bill said his father's impressions sometimes made their way onto his radio show.
Stamper, of Orlando, died Tuesday of heart failure. Stamper sang in churches throughout his life, including the Reformation Lutheran Church in Orlando, where he was a member. He gave singing lessons in his native Philadelphia before moving to Orlando in the early s. With a combined 46 years on the air in Philadelphia, Jackson, Miss. He served as WDBO's sports director from until his retirement in , and for most of the s he was co-host of a sports call-in show. Starting in , he delivered WDBO's morning "drive time" sports reports, his own commentaries and live reports from events such as the Tangerine Bowl, now the Capital One Bowl.
Stamper was a radio broadcaster when radio meant more to sports lovers, said Wayne Weinberg , former news director of WDBO. Before the Internet and smart phones, people relied more on radio for scores.
During the year before his departure, Stamper took Anez to practices at high schools, UCF and Rollins College and introduced him to key sources. His job required him to get up at 3: Stamper passed along his passion for sports to his three children-especially to his oldest son, Bill, who coached the Oak Ridge High School girls track and field team for 31 years. Christopher and Robin, Stamper's two younger sons, live in Orlando and are sports aficionados as well. Christopher, a physical therapy assistant, is a football and basketball fan.
Robin, who followed in his father's musical footsteps and earned his master's in piano from the Julliard School, likes professional tennis. Stamper also is survived by his wife, Blanche; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. A resident of Winter Haven, Florida; Hank died January 15th, from complications related to congestive heart failure. After graduating from Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan he joined the Marines and served for three years before being discharged.
He was a resident of Spring Valley for 32 years before moving to the Village on the Green in He is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Dorothy H. Ecklund, the love of his life. He also leaves behind his son Alan Robert Ecklund, Jr. Qualls and husband Steve of Oviedo, FL; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In his last conversation with his wife, Alan said his greatest accomplishment in life was his family. Alan graduated from Northwestern Univ. A memorial service will be held Thursday March 15th at Viewing will be held on Thursday, December 30, from PM at the church.
Earthly Bed of Slumber: Born in Illinois, he moved t Orlando from Jacksonville in She is survived by her husband of 58 years, James D. Carole is predeceased by her parents Berton and Mary, and a nephew Raymond Viato. She also leaves dear friends Inger and Sally, and dog Sable.
From his involvement as a civil-rights activist to his conservative commentaries and imprisonment, Crossley's biography covered a wide swath of American history spanning the last five decades. But information about when he died was not available.
Starting in the s as a civil-rights activist and union organizer, the longtime Deltona resident later found his faith in the s. He was ordained as a Baptist minister and became an outspoken conservative talk-show host on both radio and television stations starting in the s.
But in , he was convicted of trying to arrange the murder of his ex-mistress' husband and served nearly three years at Union Correctional Institution in Raiford. After his release, he worked to help restore ex-cons' voting rights and eventually rose to become president of the Central Florida American Civil Liberties' Union. Following that, he founded CopWatch, an organization devoted to arriving at crime scenes, videotaping and witnessing officers' actions in an attempt to battle heavy-handed police tactics.
Crossley's wife, Agnes, died at age 80 in After his release from prison in , he discussed his conviction, calling it a "stupid, senseless act," in an interview with The News-Journal. He had begged for his wife's forgiveness. It was my fault.
I've sinned against you and I ask you to forgive me,' "Crossley said, noting that she had. More recently, he had returned to radio. He was preparing to go on the air just before his 6 p. The radio was not just his work, it was why he existed. Born in Chemnitz, Germany, in September of After his retirement in , he continued to broadcast Stetson sporting events as well as many DeLand High School Football games as the play by play announcer as he had since He retired from his broadcasting duties following the baseball season in Dick was most proud of his 55 year association with Stetson, especially his work in the athletic department as the radio voice of Stetson baseball for over 3 decades.
Dick was predeceased by his father, Andrew Westervelt, his mother, Marion Westervelt, his daughter, Christine Westervelt and daughter-in-law, Kathy Westervelt.
A memorial service will be held on Friday at In lieu of flowers, donate if you wish to your favorite charity or donations can be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church - Building Fund. The address is West Wisconsin Ave. Tuesday, May 18, at 6: A retired University of Florida journalism professor, who started at UF's The University of Florida's public television station in its early years and helped launch the university's public radio station, has died.
Mickie Edwardson, 80, died Saturday in Gainesville following complications from an accident. She retired in after 38 years with UF but continued to stay involved with the College of Journalism and Communications and the radio station as a contributor and fundraiser.
She was a mentor to students and faculty for many decades," said Dave Ostroff, chairman of the college's department of telecommunication. Sid Pactor, who was a student of hers in the s and later a colleague on the journalism faculty, said she was very demanding as a teacher and dissertation adviser but also fair and kind.
Edwardson also served as a film critic for The Gainesville Sun. She continued to stay involved with the college after her retirement. She contributed financially toward student documentaries after the budget was cut for the Documentary Institute and helped pay for a trip to Haiti for a documentary student after the university restricted the use of its funding because a ban on travel there. She established an endowed scholarship at the college in memory of James Lawrence Fly, a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and director of the American Civil Liberties Union, who was a subject of her research.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Edwardson, a professor in UF's agronomy department. Kimble was a lucky man — he spent nearly a century doing what he loved: His mother was an organist and taught him to play when he was 4; he got his first part-time job as an organ player for a Titusville theater at He would play the Wurlitzer organ during silent films, which also featured the sounds of castanets, snare drums and train whistles.
Kimble of Winter Park met his wife while playing at one of his concerts, also partially supporting the two of them by giving private piano and organ lessons until he was He also performed at nightclubs, joined a radio station as a staff organist, and had a minute show on Orlando's first television station. Kimble, born in Philadelphia, received degrees in music from Rollins College and the University of Michigan.
He became the organist at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park, United Church of Christ in the late s after playing at several other churches in downtown Orlando. He stayed on for 36 years. Kimble helped install the church's pipe organ in The pipe organ was his favorite instrument. He compared the elaborate instrument to a Cadillac, and he needed a ladder to climb up to fix the pipes. He played during choir rehearsals, weddings, memorial services and Sunday worship.
In a interview with the Sentinel , Kimble said "I don't like to brag, but… I've probably not missed more than four regular church services in the 36 years and the same number of rehearsals. He left the organ bench in the mids after his doctor recommended he retire to take care of his health.
But he never quit his music, performing for his grandchildren. And he could play any style of music — from classical to dance to rock.
Married for 72 years, he frequently played at home for his wife, Hallie. When the couple had to move into the Winter Park Towers, an assisted-living community, Kimble made sure to bring a keyboard, filling the apartment with music while his wife drew. She died in January, which was a big blow to her husband. Kimble played her favorite song, "The Twelfth of Never," for the last time at a memorial service at the Towers about a week ago. Courtright, age 74, of New Philadelphia died peacefully early Saturday evening, April 3, , in Union Hospital at Dover in a room which overlooked the WJER radio station where his broadcasting career began.
He was proud of his Swiss heritage being the first generation of his family to have been born in America. Long after his departure, Ken's unique tone was still heard for EBS alert testing and the Sunday evening "sign-offs.
Throughout his career, Ken covered some well-known news stories in Northeast O. Among his favorite stories is the time Tab Hunter at the height of his popularity hid in the back of Ken's car to avoid throngs of screaming fans. Ken left a legacy within the Northeast Ohio broadcasting industry, one that has spanned more than 45 years. Ken's voice can still be heard from time to time doing PSA commercials, and top of the hour news intros for some radio stations, as well as sign-on and sign-off spots.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday today , April 7, , from 5 to 8 p. Ken's longtime colleague and friend from the Tuscarawas Broadcasting Co. Kevin Baker, will lead a memorial service celebrating Ken's life in the funeral home's chapel on Thursday, April 8, , at 2 p. Those unable to attend may send personal condolences to Ken's family by signing the online guest registry located on the funeral home's Web site.
Robert Morton Weeks Jan. Robert was the proud owner and broadcaster of Weeks Broadcasting Inc. Known for his deliberate delivery and pregnant pauses, Harvey's broadcasts were heard on more than 1, radio stations and Armed Forces networks and his commentaries appeared in newspapers, according to his Web site. He was surrounded by family members when he died. Harvey helped clean the station and was eventually was allowed to fill in on air, reading news and commercials.
Brantley's contributions to the community are innumerable as were his acts of kindness to others. He was involved in local schools, charities, churches, government and civic improvement causes.
Orange County schools, fire stations, parks and individuals all benefited from his energy. He was known as the unofficial "mayor of Orlo Vista" throughout that little community just west of Orlando -- the person to consult when you needed help dealing with a government agency or official. An Orlando native, Slaughter worked with electronic equipment during a hitch in the Army.
Lawyers came at Slaughter with condemnation lawsuits, but not until a Valencia trustee asked what he wanted was a deal reached. Slaughter promoted community parks and better schools and lobbied for street lights and sidewalks.
He and his blue truck were a daily sight at the neighborhood Publix, picking up food to deliver to the needy and elderly. He was happy to support other causes, too, and was well-known in nearby Pine Hills and farther north in Apopka. People like that always make a difference. He didn't care how important someone thought they were or how small they thought his issue was," said Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell.
But he told the docs he had to get out the word about problems at a school-crossing zone right then -- in case he never woke up. Linda Florea can be reached at lflorea orlandosentinel.
Greg Galloway talks of his memories of Brantley. He was a very nice guy and a great engineer. I remember one time we were having problems with our control board at the FM station in Winter Garden license was for Mt Dora. The tower was so close to the building that it was causing problems with the sound.
Brantley fixed the problem by covering the entire control room with copper mesh wire. That meant taking down all of the wall and ceiling panels. It was a mess. The room was about 10x10 and the room next to it was about the same size that held the transmitter and the bathroom. That was one small station.
The tower was just a few feet from the building and it was very tall. Long since gone but my memories of Brantley and the stations live on. Jones, who died Dec. She died while visiting family in California, said the Rev. Oliver Wells, pastor of Greater St. Paul Baptist Church in Cocoa. She will be missed by friends and family, but her influence will be felt for many years to come, he said. She was a bridge for all of us to get to where we are now. Jones moved to Cocoa in She married Osborne Herman Jones two years later.
Together, the couple had three children, Robert, Anna Laura and Rebecca. The school began with 25 students in a garage apartment at her home. Later, a school was built on Poinsett Drive, which she operated for 30 years, teaching both black and white children. Known by her former students as Mama Rosa, it was at this school where Mrs. Jones inspired many of Cocoa and Rockledge's future black leaders. He said he owes his success to her early tutelage and training. I don't know any person who had such love and admiration for her students.
I am so grateful for the influence she had on my life. Moore, one of Brevard County's most influential civil rights activists and founder of Brevard County's branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Always involved in civic and social events, the Rev. Jones also had a wonderful gift of gab. Jones received the distinction of having a street renamed in her honor. The Cocoa City Council wanted to recognize people who were influential to the community while they were still living, said Joan Clark, Cocoa city clerk.
Poinsett Drive was renamed Rosa L. Jones was a member of Mt. Wells said he is happy Mrs. Jones got to experience having a street named after her, and got to see the first black person elected as the president of the United States. The community will miss Rosa Jones.
Born and raised in Miami, Grace was in junior high school when he became curious about on-air radio personalities. During a time when black disc jockeys were unheard of, Grace asked his mother if he could meet a disc jockey she enjoyed listening to. Grace began observing the DJ on weekends, until the day he left Grace alone in the booth. When the record ended and Grace took over, the station's owner called, asking who the unfamiliar voice was.
That day marked the start of Grace's lifelong career in radio, making him one of the first black voices on the airwaves in Florida. In high school, Grace continued his radio gig but made time to perform with the Melody Echoes, a gospel group he formed with three friends. The group made its on-air debut soon after and eventually performed live at Carnegie Hall in New York and in South Florida. Grace worked at stations in Miami, Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, often commuting between cities during his early years.
It was while working in Daytona Beach that he made the switch to rock 'n' roll and took on "Little Daddy" as his on-air name. When the station was sold, he was hired as the morning disc jockey for WOKB in Orlando, where he remained from to He also was known for the dances he held during summers and on weekends. They were yearly galas, where boys dressed up in tuxedos and girls wore their best dresses, he said.
Francina Boykin remembers Grace as the disc jockey who kept youth out of trouble by hosting those dances throughout Central Florida. We didn't have violence. It was just a bunch of kids dancing," Boykin said. Grace moved to Jacksonville in the early s. He was back at WOKB from to , when he left the station for good to return to gospel. He loved young people. The couple had six children. She died in He was profound, knowledgeable and wise, he said. Grace is survived by more than 30 children, according to friends and family.
Zanders Funeral Home, Apopka, is handling arrangements. Martha Phifer can be reached at mphifer orlandosentinel. From his very early years working in plastics, where he engineered many new innovations in the industry, to his years with Boeing at the Cape, Howard was always giving attention to the community, including United Way and many other various local charities. Howard also took great joy broadcasting on the air.
Combining his radio career with the local surfing festivals, Howard was the driving force bringing many surfing legends to Brevard. No memorial service per Howard's request. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen and sister, Winelle. He was known as "Mr. He also worked for WRKT. In he went to work for Lockheed as a systems engineer until his retirement in Marshall, who captured the faces of more than , children in black-and-white candid photos during the past 35 years, died of carcinoid cancer Wednesday at his home in Thornton Park.
She still has photos on her wall of her own children, now 26 and 29, when they were young. It's not finding cures for diseases or feeding hungry children. I don't get carried away. In he joined the Illinois National Guard and later moved to St. Louis, where he and other investors bought a radio station, and he dropped his last name. He was so impressed with Winter Park during a visit with his retired parents in that he moved his family to the area.
In Orlando, Marshall worked at a number of projects including emceeing, publishing, radio and television. But it was his knack for taking candid pictures of children that made him a household name for many families.
Ferguson said she has been helping her father since he started in photography, first in the dark room, then on the computer, and has gradually worked into taking the photos. She said he would take one to three photos of each child and be out of the classroom in five minutes. He had an easy rapport with his young subjects. Since about , Marshall and his wife, Lynn, have been supporters of the Orlando Ballet and among the founders of Friends of Orlando Ballet.
He also survived by his son, Joshua Ferguson of Tuckahoe, N. Ocoee Family Funeral and Cremation Chapel is handling arrangements. There will be a memorial service at 10 a. Tuesday in the Opera Hall at the Dr.
Phillips Performing Arts Center. Thelma did her own marketing and found her sponsors during her eleven year run on Central Florida Radio. His true love was radio broadcasting, specifically "smooth jazz. A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 1 p. Shepherd's Church Street Chapel. Chaplain Art Slagle will officiate. Box , Fletcher, N. Box , Hendersonville, N. An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting www.
Gordon was born in Patterson, NJ. He was a member of the US Navy and the teamsters. Gordon loved horses, boxing, the New York Yankees and animals. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 9th at 5: Friends and family are welcome.
Lippert was known as "the radio voice of high school football in Brevard County. He was treated at the scene and then transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday at a location to be announced. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations toward a scholarship it is creating for aspiring sports radio broadcasters. Bob began his career in radio during his stint in the Army during the Vietnam era.
Bob passed away at home and, instead of a memorial service, his ashes were scattered at sea from the Flagler Beach pier. Bob leaves his wife of 25 years, Linda Christman, three sons, a daughter and four grandchildren.
Fred has supplied loads of information, pictures and great stories to this website. We will have more details as they become available. Fred was born on February 4, in Lancaster. He also studied at Franklin and Marshall College. He made a switch to rock 'n roll at WLAN radio in He continued to work along the East Coast as a D. In , he returned to Lancaster and was employed by Friendly Transportation.
Fred's interest was always music, especially jazz, big bands, and later, Rock 'N Roll. He also was especially fond of animals, and he made many contributions to the Lancaster County Humane League. He has six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A private interment will be held at the convenience of the family. Along the way, she stayed active with the busy lives of her five children as well as civic activities.
In time, her talents branched out to creating newspaper ads and working in public relations. Helene Roberson, former owner of the company and longtime friend, described Robertson as "a great friend and mentor to me for her work ethic and devotion to her family. An avid reader, she also enjoyed family genealogy, bridge, travel, crocheting, writing letters to family and friends, music, plants and flowers, but most of all, she enjoyed playing practical jokes on her friends.
Ormond Beach, FL Lohman Ormond is in charge. He moved to Orlando in He served in the U. Army, worked in radio as part of the team of Rick and Dick.
Dick is survived by his sister, Shirley Foster and, her husband Porter L. He was a regular at Malcolm's Hungry Bear in Orlando back in the s.
Most recently he worked for Wal-Mart in Sanford. Just a few of those who attended a remembrance luncheon were: Born in Donora, Pa. Ammon moved here in from Pittsburgh. He performed in three off-Broadway productions. He was known as the "voice of Deland. Deltona Memorial, Orange City, is in charge. Murray Pendleton was fearless. He loved fast cars and dangerous missions. The Port Orange man died Monday at age Pendleton was born in St. John, New Brunswick, and moved to the United States when he was A veteran of the U.
Army Air Forces, he was wounded twice in North Africa defusing bombs. He also was awarded the U. He spent his free time visiting the hospital to lift the spirits of injured soldiers. His job included picking up VIPs at the airport, announcing races, working traffic control and clearing the track.
During the s, Pendleton and his wife started Million Dollar Bandstand, a portable disco that traveled to weddings and entertained teens at recreation centers and dances.
He wore a prosthesis and never let his disability stop him from participating in any activity, said his wife, Elaine. He worked on his car, changed his own oil and could fix anything. His oldest daughter, Betty Jean "Ringo" Pendleton, said she has fond memories of tagging along with her father to races.
When Pendleton retired in , the couple purchased a recreational vehicle and traveled around the United States. White , 84, of Leesburg died Tuesday, July 16, Born in South Hill, Va. She was a member of Main Street Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, Jim White of Jacksonville; daughter, Kathy Smith of Center Hill; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg. Kuffel was born in Landstuhl, Germany, and worked in radio for almost 30 years. There he had top market ratings and helped the station win the small-market station of the year award from the Country Music Association.
He was a disc jockey for three Central Florida radio stations, a ringmaster for Circus World and an emcee for Boardwalk and Baseball. Sandridge, an Orlando resident for more than 30 years, died Wednesday of melanoma.
Sandridge's career began in the Army, where he worked at a communications base in Ethiopia. Ward said Sandridge was a loving uncle, and once even asked all the clowns at Circus World to take a picture with his 4-year-old niece. A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date.
Gregory, born at St. Joseph Hospital in Elmira, N. Walter "Jack" Kaufman Jr. He was a safety consultant. He was an Army veteran. He graduated from Hastings High School in While in high school, he began working for the Palatka Daily News.
He was a senior reporter with 30 years of service. He enjoyed theater, regularly attending plays in Palatka, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala and Orlando, and he was a volunteer at the Hippodrome State Theater in Gainesville for many years. He enjoyed collecting Lauren Bacall and Tallulah Bankhead memorabilia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence A. He was born in Palatka, but grew up in Hastings. Downey was born Sean Morton Downey Jr. Downey attended military school and earned a marketing degree and a law degree. He pursued a number of professions including businessman, author, radio host, singer and songwriter.
In the late s he became a household name with "The Morton Downey Jr. Show" from until He moved to Central Florida in from Jacksonville. Leatherwood, who enlisted in , served aboard various battleships and destroyers in the Pacific Theater, was awarded seven battle stars, and retired as a chief signalman. He was a guitar player and singer. In March of , Dick took time off to recover from surgery. Clear Channel, owners of the station, would not comment on the nature of his illness.
Dick was native of Salem, Oregon. He left behind his wife, Julie and daughter, Natasha. He enjoyed performing arts and fishing, for which he won various tournaments and trophies. He died Wednesday, July 5, at home.
He began his radio career in New Jersey. He worked for GTO in Cocoa. He entered his 35th year of broadcasting this season and was an active member of the theatre community. For the past three years, he has been partners with Allison McKay and Mavis Ray in "McKay's Masquers", a nonprofit children's theater, which tries to bring knowledge of theater and film history to young actors in Brevard County.
The group began their summer camp this week. No local calling hours are scheduled. A memorial service will be Aug. Palm Bay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Civic activist, Florida Strawberry Festival board member, local radio station owner and on-air personality, Albert Ercelle Smith died Tuesday, April 18, Smith, a year-old native of Plant City, passed away at his home, said one of his daughters, Debbie Heaton.
Smith's father, William, founded the station in the early s "with the intent of a gospel station, to spread God's word," Heaton said. In later years, the station added country music to its format and a popular local talk show called "This n' That," according to Berry. The show ran between 8 and 10 a. Heaton recalled the show had a very casual, informal tone, well-set for a small agricultural community. He was very intense about what he did. The new owners changed its call letters and relocated the station to Tampa.
In , Smith joined the Florida Strawberry Festival Association as an associate director, said Patsy Brooks, general manager for the annual festival. Five years later, Smith became a member of the Florida Strawberry Festival's board of directors, Brooks said. While hosting the "Organic Olympics," a cow chip throwing contest at the festival, Smith liked to inject his own brand of humor as errant chips occasionally flew into the audience.
Smith even provided the chips from his farm in Wesley Chapel. In addition to his work at the radio station and the strawberry festival, Smith was an elder at the Plant City Church of Christ at N.
In , he was named Plant City's Citizen of the Year, an award given to one citizen in recognition for contributions to the community. Post Office, East Orange, 39 years ago after working there for 36 years.
He was a member of the Moose Lodge , Orlando, Fla. Surviving are his wife, Mertice E. Murrow, Winter Park resident Gordon Fraser was a pioneer in the early days of radio and television news. Fraser, who died Thursday at 91, was the on-camera announcer when President Franklin D.
That show, a weekend round-the-clock radio program of news and feature reports, was carried by stations around the country. It foreshadowed an era when news would be widely reported through shared resources of radio and television stations.
And when you're a trusted messenger, it's a privilege. He was drawn to the job because of his enthusiasm for teaching and his love for the medium, Seymour said. He wrote it and I listened to it. Copyright Sentinel Communications Co. Jim Walter's rags-to-riches story as one of the country's top home builders earned him fame, glory and more money than he could ever spend, but he never forgot his friends, even those he knew as a boy growing up in Plant City.
And they didn't forget him. In recent days, as the year-old man's hold on life slipped away, they visited him one by one. Walter, a millionaire many times over, died Thursday at his Tampa home of lung cancer. He took his last breath at about 7: He helped everybody," said son Jim Jr.
I'm kind of naked now. It started in with a two-line classified ad in the Sunday Morning Tribune: He was intrigued by the ad.
Before long, the Plant High School graduate was in business with Lou Davenport, who built the shells. The company sold partially-finished or "shell" homes to people who otherwise could not afford traditional housing. Most buyers finished the inside themselves. The business also offered financing to buyers who owned property.
Walter was profiled in newspapers and magazines across the country. The following year, he won the Horatio Algier Award along with 10 others, including President Eisenhower. Pipe and Foundry, and Celotex.
By , it had cracked the Fortune and climbed as high as No. But that relationship with Celotex, now an independent company also based in Tampa, would eventually haunt Jim Walter Corp. Renamed Hillsborough Holdings, the company landed in bankruptcy court the next year after asbestos claimants targeted Celotex, which sold building material containing the carcinogen.
It took five years to clear up the asbestos litigation. The company emerged from bankruptcy reorganization as the publicly traded Walter Industries. Jack Almand, 73, a friend since , said he often ribbed Walter about his one flaw: He gave to anyone who asked.
Azzarelli, 75, of Tampa, recalls a trip to the Bahamas. Walter, who served as director of many companies, was headed to a director's meeting. The plane was about 25 minutes from the city when Walter told the pilot to return to Florida.
Walter dropped off his friend and flew on to the meeting, late. In , he was named to Builder Magazine 's "Millennium " list of the most influential home building industry leaders of the 20th Century. After retiring from the corporation in , he turned his attention to Walter Properties, a real estate investment firm he owned with son Bobby.
Two weeks ago, he insisted on returning to the office for a last time. Too weak to walk or sit up, he was transported in an ambulance and wheeled in on a stretcher. Visitation is 1 to 4 p. A funeral service is planned for 11 a. In addition to his wife and two sons, he is survived by a grandson, Alexander J. His first wife, Monica, died in Janet Leiser can be reached at jleiser tampatrib.
Staff writer Jerome Stockfisch contributed to this story. But his voice is far from silent. And it will be heard on radio and television commercials across the country.
The son of Hungarian immigrants, Christian, not his birth name, grew up in Elyria, Ohio, a small town outside Cleveland, she said. He began working in radio while he was in high school. He won a football scholarship to Purdue University, but he quit college to help support his family when his father died, she said. Through the years, he worked as a talk show host at radio stations across the country, including Philadelphia, Orlando, Winter Haven and Pinellas Park.
He even had a hit country song in the early s called "Green Grows the Valley," Barbara Christian said. Back then, he was known as Mike Adams. In , Christian was host of a talk show in Winter Haven when he met Barbara, a champion swimmer, at Cypress Gardens. Christian adopted his wife's daughter after they married. Physicians had offered no hope for Reed when she was born, said Barbara Christian, a special education teacher. But with help from her parents, Reed, who is now 36, has became a certified riding instructor and has a license to drive.
Animals, as well as people, were attracted to his kind disposition, she said. And he loved to make others laugh. For the past couple of years, his heart had given him trouble, she said.
In , he had quadruple bypass surgery. In December, he was admitted to the hospital for congestive heart failure. But he was home with his family by Christmas.
He didn't want to disappoint Reed, who had worn a Bucs jersey for the entire week before the game. Father and daughter happily watched the Bucs beat Green Bay. Within a week, Christian was back in the hospital, this time for a heart catheterization. On the afternoon of Jan. Jim Abbott of The Sentinel Staff In a broadcasting career that spanned three decades, newsman Frank Lasko developed a style that always involved listeners.
Thursday at his Orlando home. Lasko was a morning-show fixture from until this past April, when the show was disbanded as part of a format change. In July, Lasko was hospitalized with liver cancer, which doctors soon realized was inoperable. Lasko came home Wednesday, said his father, Frank Sr. After his mother, Ruth, died in , the radio announcer had shared his home with his father.
His colleagues at WOCL remember his knack for plant-care, making coffee and working notoriously bad puns into news stories. Utter, an Army veteran of the Radio Corps, came to this area in from his native Jacksonville. He enjoyed amateur radio operating.
Volusia County Cremation Society is in charge. A native of Kinston, N. Tillman of Valdosta, Ga. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p. A funeral service will be at 2 p. Clark Thompson will officiate. The former disc jockey and retired Seminole County deputy sheriff died Sunday of complications from surgery.
He eventually worked at the Navy base in Mayport and later in Sanford. Bierly left the station in the early s to pursue a degree in law enforcement at Seminole Community College. He graduated in and was soon hired as a crime prevention officer for the Seminole County Sheriff's Office. He retired in He was always looking for a way to enrich his life,'' said Frances Bradshaw, a daughter.
Besides belting out tunes, the group advertised for the old B. Born and raised in Lavonia, Ga. Back then, operators would plug in the phone lines to a switchboard and sometimes even eavesdrop. What time is it? In , Crawford's uncle, Buren E.
Purcell, who owned the furniture store, invited the young man to move to Orlando and work for him. Crawford began his radio show soon after, and the quartet quickly became so popular it made a few records. George Patton in Europe. When people bought from him he would take them flowers when their furniture was delivered,'' his wife said.
Crawford also sang in the choir at North Park Baptist Church, where he was a member for 45 years. He also enjoyed serving as an usher ''so he could kiss all the little old ladies coming in,'' his wife said. I feel very lucky that my children got to know him,'' daughter Connie Herrera said. Survivors also include son, Woodrow ''Chip'' Jr. King was born in Dothan, AL. She came to Brevard County in Mizelle, an Army veteran, was born in Roanoke Rapids, N.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah. Baldwin-Hughey, New Smyrna Beach, is in charge. Bloch, 61, was released from prison in September after he was diagnosed in the final stages of lung cancer.
He was living in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. In the early s, Bloch pioneered infomercials for real estate and other products in Orlando. Eiland grew up in Logan, W. Eiland began his career in broadcasting in Charleston, W.
John Kennedy was a speaker at his graduation and was very impressed with Ted. He owned a radio station in Charleston and asked Ted to come and work for him," said his wife of 51 years, Lillian Eiland of Cocoa Beach. He retired from broadcasting in , and became a lecturer in communications at Western Carolina University. The Eilands returned to Cocoa Beach in Throughout his life, Mr.
Eiland maintained an active interest in the theater. He appeared in numerous plays in Melbourne and Cocoa Beach and traveled with the one-man show "Clarence Darrow". Matt Roush, a former Today critic, was quoted as saying, "'Clarence Darrow' is a provocative, stirring entertainment delivered with great style and energy by one of Brevard's best actors. The play also was aired on PBS. No calling hours are scheduled.
Services are at Burial will be in West Virginia. Delay , 89, Bradenton, died Nov. He was born Jan. He was a Baptist. He was a member of Masonic Lodge Bessler was a radio announcer and program and production director. Louis, he moved to Central Florida in Joseph McClure, Melbourne; and five grandchildren. Baggett and Summers, Daytona Beach, is in charge.
News staff members who performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Thompson likely saved his life that day. People knew him as ''the commander,'' Taylor said, because ''he took charge. Thompson, who lived in Winter Park, is survived by his wife, Alfreda, and his father and a sister in Louisiana.
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