Nov 25, 1933 - Dec 03, 2023
Berdie Mae Glover
Jun 30, 1935 - Feb 23, 2024
Born June 30, 1935 - Deceased February 23, 2024 Services at Bible-Based Fellowship Church, 4811 Ehrlich Road, Tampa, Florida 33624 Monday March 4, 2024 10:30 am Viewing 11:00 am Service Rev. Dr. Anthony C. White, Pastor Officiating Burial immediately following Services at Blount & Curry Garden of Memories Cemetery, 4207 E. Lake Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33610 RePast at Bible Based Fellowship Church Berdie Mae Glover, age 88, was born in Nahunta, Brantley County, Georgia, on June 30, 1935 to the late Rev. Walter Lee Henderson and Mamie Jackson Henderson as the oldest of three children but sadly her siblings, Evelyn Thomas and Walter Jackson Henderson, predeceased her. After graduating from public schools she married at a young age to the late Alex Glover and moved to Augusta, Georgia and they had four children. She later moved her family to Brunswick, Georgia where she attended her Father's Church, Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, where she was active in the choir and women's ministry. She worked for Sea Pack and retired in 1999 after 26 years with Brunswick Memorial Hospital in the ER admissions department. After the passing of her Father she moved to Tampa, Florida to be closer to family. She worked with Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and volunteered at Bible-Based Fellowship Church where she served in the Choir, Sage Ministry and Women's Ministry. Berdie was a very approachable lady who never met a stranger. A classy dresser who could sport a hat and head wrap with attitude. A creative cook, baker, and seamstress. Her angelic soprano voice was showcased in the choir she enjoyed serving. An avid reader, enjoyed word search puzzles, christian poems and all music by Gladys Knight, James Brown and Aretha Franklin. Berdie's Legacy Son, Alexander B. Glover, Sr. who pre-deceased her but left a loving wife Cecelia and two children, Alexander B. Glover, Jr.,and Latoya Miles (Antrell):, Son, Gerald Glover (Rachel) who has two children, Zoe Glover and Tony Glover: Daughter, Deborah Glover-Pearcey (Mark) who have two children Kendall Pearcey (Gabriela) and Kenya Pearcey; and Daughter, Mamie Glover. Three great-grands, Talesha Parker (Xavier), DeAndre Hazelwood, Kiana Hazelwood and one great-great granddaughter,Aubrey Parker A beloved first cousin Stan Jackson, nieces and nephews and many friends to include Mae Pearcey her long time roommate.
Catalina (Cathy) Serafina Pena
Jan 02, 1936 - Feb 24, 2024
Catalina (Cathy) Serafina Pena, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 24, 2024, in Tampa Florida. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1936 to Francisca and Domingo Severino. Cathy received her Diploma Maestra Normal and enjoyed being a schoolteacher. She married Jose Pena and in 1963, moved to Des Moines, Iowa where other family resided. After several years raising their two children, Mark and Mary, Cathy and Joe moved to New Jersey where Cathy enjoyed a lengthy career at Blue Cross and Blue Shield. She broke down many professional and cultural barriers and worked her way to Senior Manager. Moving to Florida in 1992, Cathy continued her career at Suncoast Hospital in Largo and later, University Community Hospital in Tampa. In Florida, Cathy and Joe became parishioners at Incarnation Catholic Church in Tampa. Cathy joined the Incarnation Council of Catholic Women (ICCW) and later the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW). What followed was many years of service with her sisters-in-Christ supporting the local community as well as seeking legislative change in Tallahassee. She served at countless conferences and events supporting the Bishop of St. Petersburgh to further God’s message of love and service to one another. Cathy had a drive with energy to spare. With courage to move to a foreign country as a young mother, Cathy taught others that with self-love, confidence, and sincerity, we can do anything. She is the epitome of the American dream. Cathy is survived by her devoted husband of 66 years, Joe Pena; her son Mark Pena and his wife Carla; and her daughter Mary Grace Leonard and her husband William; her granddaughters: Serafina, Carolina, and Kayla; her nephew Henry Pena and his wife Katerina and their daughter Helen; niece Jaquie Pena; and grandnephew Martin Pena and is wife Theresa. The family would like to thank the people at A Country Place ALF, in Tampa, for the kind and attentive care given to Cathy; Accent Care Hospice and the compassionate nurses; Dr. Eschelbacher, M.D., for the individualized attention given. We’d like to thank Karen Kennard, who came in as therapist yet gave Cathy so much more by way of time and love. Thanks to the ministries and fellow-ship from Incarnation church and Cathy’s sisters-in-Christ of the ICCW and DCCW. A funeral mass will be held 10:30am Saturday, March 9, at Incarnation Catholic Church Tampa (8220 W. Hillsborough Ave, Tampa 33615) with reception to follow.
Juanita Bautista Ortiz
May 28, 1930 - Feb 16, 2024
Juanita Bautista Ortiz, 93, of Cidra, Puerto Rico, passed away on February 16, 2024 in Tampa, FL. Juanita was born in Cidra to Santiago Luna and Juana Rivera on May 28, 1930. She married Andrés Ortiz on December 31, 1946 at Parroquia Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Cidra. She worked for many years alongside her husband, Andrés, at their business, Andy’s Restaurant in Brooklyn, NY. Her greatest achievement was raising her five children with love, strength, and dignity. Juanita is preceded in death by her husband Andrés Ortiz, her sons, José and Robert, her sisters Maria and Cruz, her brothers, Domingo and Santiago Jr., and her grandsons Michael and Jake. Juanita is survived by her children, Agnes and husband Kevin, Eddie and wife Cora , Sonia and life partner Mike, her siblings, Norberto, Heriberto, and Isabel, her grandchildren Anthony, Andreas and wife Kawanna, Sherisse and husband Sam, Maria and wife Sarah, Alexis, Joseph and wife Tiffany, Louis and wife Virginia, and her great-grandchildren Liliana, Gianna, Arianna, Aidan, and Logan. She also will be dearly missed by her many beloved nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Monday, March 4, 2024 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church. Inurnment will follow at St. Josephs Cemetery in Hackensack, NJ. Arrangements are by Gonzalez Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers and memorials, please donate to your local church in Juanita’s name.
Mary Kathleen Olvey
Dec 05, 1939 - Feb 13, 2024
Mary Kathleen Olvey, 84, of Tampa, Florida passed away peacefully at home on February 13th, 2024 attended by loving family. Kathleen was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At age 16, she left home for London to attend Queen’s College. It was there in London that she met her future husband and the love of her life at a New Year’s Eve Party. It was a mutual case of love at first sight. In 1959, in Rio de Janeiro, Kathleen married Lee Donne Olvey and moved with him to the United States to begin a family which quickly turned into five children. Much of her adult life was spent at the United States Military Academy at West Point where she raised her children and supported the many social events of the Department of Social Sciences. She endured tragedy with the loss of a daughter (Vera) and a son (John), but she was always an amazing anchor of support to her family throughout. Her incredible love and devotion to her husband, children, and grandchildren during troubling times was a testament to her strength of character. Kathleen truly was a “girl from Ipanema,” in every sense. She was a woman of exceptional beauty both without and most importantly, within. Friends and acquaintances alike were taken inevitably by her beautiful green eyes, elegance and genuine kindness. She always took an interest in those around her and had a very special ability to make them feel instantly warm and welcomed. Her humor and wit and sense of fun brought constant joy and laughter to those around her. Kathleen was predeceased by her daughter, Vera Costello, and by her son John Olvey. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, B.G. (ret) Lee Donne Olvey of Tampa, FL, daughter Elisa Smalley and her husband Robert Smalley of Chappaqua, NY, son Patrick Olvey and his wife Lisa Olvey of Columbus, OH and son Anthony Olvey and wife Jacquelene Olvey also of Tampa. She also leaves behind two sisters, Jacqueline Smith of Rio de Janeiro and Terry Myers of Fort Myers, Florida and 11 loving grandchildren and 4 great grandsons whose lives will be forever enriched by her love, wisdom and generosity. She will be deeply missed. Funeral services will be held at West Point, New York on March 14, 2024 at 1:30 PM
Oct 20, 1934 - Feb 24, 2024
"I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one. I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun; Of happy memories that I leave when life is done."
Troy Dean Thomas
Apr 01, 1962 - Feb 13, 2024
"Troy Dean Thomas passed away on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at St Joseph’s hospital hospice. Troy was born April 1, 1962 in Tampa to Armando Thomas and Jennie Sierra Thomas. He was predeceased by his father Armando Thomas, his brother, Armando Thomas, II, his daughter Kali Thomas and his cousin like a brother, Scott Hernandez. He is survived by his daughter Tara D. Thomas, his granddaughter Kali Harrison, his mother Jennie Sierra Somers, his forever fiancée Paula O’Rourke, his brother Sean Thomas, his sister Tina Westbrook, and many, many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and other family members as well as a myriad of close friends. Troy was beloved by all who had the good fortune to know him. He was a business man and entrepreneur who owned his own moving company, operated as captain of his own charter fishing boat, and ran a salvage business. He was a handyman who could fix or repair just about anything. Troy was a long-time active member of Club UNICO, a Tampa social and charitable organization which provided college scholarships to underprivileged children. More than anything, Troy was a warm, generous and loving man who “never met a stranger”. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him and most of all by his family. Be at peace, Troy. You will forever live in our hearts."
William Lee Ford, III
Oct 26, 1951 - Feb 26, 2024
A home going celebration for William Lee Ford, III will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 at First Baptist Church of Progress Village, 8722 Progress Blvd, Tampa, Florida with Pastor Todd E. Hammond, officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens, 11005 US-301, Thonotosassa, Florida. William Lee Ford III was born October 26, 1951 in Tampa, FL to the parentage of William Lee Ford, Jr and Ruth A. Hires. He was blessed to be reared by Tom Brown (deceased). William was educated in the Hillsborough County School System. He graduated from Howard W. Blake High School – Class of ‘69William was affectionately known as “Don”, “Uncle Don” Daddy and “D-Fo” among some of the endearing names by his friends and family. In his earlier adult years was known to many as a “Billy Dee Williams” look alike.William had a love for the auto repair industry having secured a long career path with the Ford Corporation; having worked for several Ford dealerships in the Pompano Beach (Delray Lincoln Mercury and Metro Ford) and Tampa area (Bill Currie and Ernie Haire Ford) until retiring. He was also a security guard. He was quite the auto repairman and handy man – a jack of all trades. His current employment was Hart Transportation as a transport driver which was the joy of his life. He called himself a “professional driver” and loved shooting pool with his co-workers after his daily shift would end. He loved the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, WWE wrestling, fishing, shooting pool and boating as a sport.William was loved by so many because of his contagious personality and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He had a big and caring heart and the backbone of support to his family and many friends always imparting a nugget of wisdom for life usually with great humor. He was a big jokester who would keep you laughing in any situation.William and his family were long-time residents of The Progress Village community and a member of The First Baptist Church of Progress Village under the pastorate of the founding Pastor, Rev. B. T. Williams. He recently re-committed his life to Christ under the pastorate of the current Senior Teaching Pastor Todd E. Hammond. He was looking forward to performing future ministry as the church van driver.William married his current wife; Jackie Davis Ford who would become the love of his life and loving caregiver until they were parted in death.William leaves to cherish loving memories with his beloved wife: Jacqueline Davis Ford; children: Brandon Donard Rogers and Catherine Leann Ford; bonus children: Victoria West, Rebekah West, Sarah West (who he raised as his own), Dwayne (LeShai) Sanders, Jocelynn Townsend, and Aleshia Campbell; grandchildren: Rynecia, Brandon Jr, Ryan, Tarique, Jayda, Jayden, Amauri, Mason (his fishing buddy), Brenn, Aubreii, Jaselle, Anai, Asir and Kai; Brothers: Thomas Brown, Gary (Jerri) Brown and Rick (Cynthia) Brown; Sisters: Bonnie Brown and Sandra (Leslie) Jackson; (preceded in death by siblings, Brenda Welch, Loleeta and James Brown); bonus brothers and sisters: Clayton (Wynie), Carl, Preston, Kevin, Dwight and Reginald Anderson, Marjorie (Ernest) Stephens and Ava Moorer; nieces: Felecia (Calvin) Glover, Tenecia (Claude) Strong, Tiffaney Brown, Shonda (Derricus) Lockwood, Tritisa (Ledarion) Leonard, Debra Brown, Desiree Jackson, Brittney Green, Lesley C. Jackson, Rachel Brown, Letitia and Falaunzsa West; nephews: Tommy Brown, Gary Brown II, Donald Welch, Cory Carmichael, Isaac Brown, Otavio West Jr. and Jake Dorsey; 3 great grandchildren, cousins, great nieces and nephews, sister and brother in laws, The Hart Transportation Family; among many of his closest best friends were Charles (Cheese/Soul Brother) Davis, Apostle John Mohorn, Lester Allen, Al Patterson and former neighbors Victor and Melissa Cruz. His entire Progress Village Forever Family and other friends who loved him dearly, among whom are the Sanders,Tolberts, Williams and Wilson families and a great host of others who loved him but are too numerous to name.To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of William L. Ford, III, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.
Jeffery James (Bo) Reynolds
Sep 12, 1958 - Dec 15, 2023
Jeffrey Reynolds Obituary Jeffery James (Bo) Reynolds passed away in Tampa, Florida, on December 15th, 2023. He was born to parents James C Reynolds and Marva Rupert on September 12, 1958, in Youngstown, Ohio. When he was three, his stepmother, Mother Louise Reynolds, cared for him with love and devotion. Jeffrey enrolled at North High School and later pursued his education at Miami of Ohio University, where he demonstrated exceptional skill and achievement in football. In addition, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from ITT Technical Institute. Jeff is a longstanding member of The Reynolds Brothers, a musical group of himself and his four younger siblings. They have been performing together since 1969 and continue to do so currently. In addition, he served as one of the primary vocalists for the Doo Wop group known as the Edsel's, which was established by his father, James C. Reynolds. The Edsels achieved a Billboard national hit with their hit song "Rama Lama Ding Dong," ranking in the top 20. He was a Sunday school teacher and led devotional sessions at his father's church, the Early Morning Church of God in Christ. Additionally, he was lead vocalist for more than ten years on the Sunday night live church broadcast. Jeff was a passionate football aficionado, following the sport at the college and professional level. Jeff had a strong affection for visiting his relatives in Detroit, Michigan. However, in 1994, he permanently settled in the Tampa-Clearwater, Florida region. Jeff has a kind and serene nature cherished by his family and friends. He enhanced the holidays by singing songs, engaging in family games, and relishing Thanksgiving football with his family and friends. The individuals who will remember him are his parents, Dr. James and Louise Reynolds, as well as his siblings: Miriam Mitchell of Tampa, Florida; Baron (Gina) Reynolds of Brandon, Florida; Dr. Patrick F (Aida) Reynolds of Springhill, Florida; Christopher (Angel) Reynolds of Warren, Ohio; Carlise (Rosalind) of Clearwater, Florida; Lucheer Reynolds (Mark Holinshed) of Youngstown, Ohio; Sabrina (Brian) Smith of Titusville, Florida; Felecia (Janerio) Crankfield of Titusville, Florida; Daneen Dean of Detroit, Michigan; Debra Billingsley of Detroit, Michigan; and Dennis Dean of Detroit, Michigan. Many relatives, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews are mourning his death. In addition to his maternal and paternal grandparents, he is preceded in death by his (maternal) mother, Marva Rupert, Sister Debbie Reynolds, brother-in-law Carl (JD) Mitchel, nephew Randy Allen, niece Patrice Reynolds, and several deceased aunts and uncles. Visitation will be Saturday, January 20, 2024 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Price Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, 920 Dryden Ave., Youngstown. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 p.m. Guest are asked to wear masks. Arrangements entrusted to the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home. To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Jeffrey James "Bo" Reynolds, please visit our floral store. Read More
Ms. Salia D. Moorehead
Died : Feb 24, 2024
It is with a heavy heart that the Moorehead Family announces the passing of Ms. Salia Moorehead: a loving mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother. Salia passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Family and friends are welcome to join us at Salia’s Celebration of Life Service on Monday, March 4, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at Allen Temple AME Church, 2101 N. Lowe Street, Tampa, FL 33605, Rev. Dr. Glenn Dames, Jr., Pastor with Elder Joseph Cochran, Officiating. She was employed with Hillsborough County Schools for 35 years. She leaves to cherish her memory: her daughter, Antoinette Moorehead; son, Larry McBride (Claire); granddaughters, Britnee, Jasmine, Shanelle; mother, Barbara Collins; sister, Lillian Moorehead (Vincent); brother, Greg Moorehead (Charlyene); niece, Deanna; nephews, Greg Jr., Theodric, David, and Kiah; and a host of great nieces and nephews, family, and friends. A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2024, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Ray Williams Funeral Home, 301 N. Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606. Arrangements entrusted to RAY WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, Rhodes & Northern, Owners http://www.raywilliamsfuneralhome.com To to the family or in memory of Ms. Salia D. Moorehead, please
Dr. Alma Louise Seniors Hires
Died : Feb 21, 2024
Dr. Alma Louise Seniors Hires of Tampa, FL passed away on Wednesday, February 21, 2024. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Olive AME Church, 1902 W. Lasalle Street, Tampa, FL 33607. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Memorial Park Cemetery, 4615 E. Hanna Avenue, Tampa, FL 33610. Dr. Alma Louise Seniors Hires was born in Tampa, Florida, the third daughter and the fifth child of the late Rev. William Moses and Mrs. Vivian King Seniors. Her sisters include Dr. Hazel Seniors Harvey and the late Vivian Seniors Robinson, and her brothers include Clarence H. Seniors and the late Robert T. Seniors. Alma was a longtime member of Allen Temple A.M.E. Church. She was baptized at an early age by the Rev. R. J. Blaine who became her Godfather. She was always active in the church; as a youth, singing in the Junior Choir, a member of the ACE League, pianist for the Sunday School, and was always a delegate to the various Sunday School Conventions. During her adult years, she was a past member of the Trustee Board where she served as Treasurer and Pro Tem; the Robert-Boroughs Women’s Missionary Society where she served as 1st Vice President; the Lay Organization where she served as 1st Vice President; the Women of Allen where she served as President, Class Leader of Class #15, and the District Lay Organization where she served as past 1st Vice President. Later in her adult years, she joined Mt. Olive AME Church. At Mt. Olive she served as President of the Favors-Wright Lay Organization and on the Conference Level Lay as Historiographer; she served as 1st Vice President and 3rd Vice President of the Carolyn A. Favors Women Missionary Society and on the Area Level of WMS as past chairperson of the Sunshine Committee, she is class leader of Class #16. She also represents the church as a member of Church Women United. Alma is a product of the Hillsborough County Schools. Upon graduation from Middleton Senior High School, she enrolled at Tuskegee (Institute) University where she graduated receiving the B.S Degree in Education. She further received the M.S. Degree from Atlanta University, the M.S. Degree from the University of South Florida as the recipient of a fellowship in Education for the Potentially Handicapped and the PHD Degree from Michigan State University as a Mott Fellow in Community Education. She did further graduate studies at USF and Georgia State University. Her employment history began as a Staff Intern with the National Student YM-YWCA where she traveled throughout the South assessing the needs of student involvement in the civil rights movement as a part of a black/white team meeting with student organizations on campuses, ten years as a classroom teacher with the Atlanta Public Schools, Guest lecturer in the Division of Black Studies at Emory University, Instructor in Education at Michigan State University, Instructor in Education at Eckerd College and retiring as Dean of Continuing Education from Hillsborough Community College. During her years at HCC, she was the recipient of many awards of recognition and plagues of distinguished service for her work as a community educator. To name a few; the City of Tampa Mayor’s Citation, Human Rights Award from the Tampa-Hillsborough Human Rights Council, The Silver Egret Award from the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, the President’s Award from the National Council on Community Service and Continuing Education, the Whitney M. Young Memorial Award from the Urban League. She was twice voted as Zeta of the Year from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and the Valiant Woman Award from Church Women United. She received the Community Service Award from the Conference the African Methodist Episcopal Church West Coast Conference Lay Organization. She became a Tuskegee University Eminent Associate in 2010. She was the first Black women named to the Girl Scouts Hall of Fame for Women of Distinction in the inaugural class. She was a Charter Member of the Central City YMCA Board, the Kiwanis Club of Ybor City and Leadership Hillsborough. In addition, she was a member of Leadership Brandon and The Tampa Connection. She was also very active in community civic and social organizations. Among them are Lifelong member of the Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League, the Tampa/Hillsborough Human Rights Council, the Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Board where she was a charter member, a Life Member of the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and a past president, past member of the Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library Board, Code Enforcement Board for the City of Tampa and the Noise Abatement Board for the City of Tampa, charter member and the first Basileus of the Tau Pi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the Friends Book Club and the Tampa Bay-Tuskegee University Alumni Association. She leaves to mourn her passing: her sister, Dr. Hazel S. Harvey; brother, Clarence H. Seniors; sister-in-law, Juanita Robinson; nephews, Dr. Maurice R. Harvey, Sr. and wife, Patricia, Jerry N. Harvey, Jr. and wife, Katrina, Robert T. Seniors, II and wife, Trenice, Ansel T. Robinson and wife, Cynthia, and Rodney R. Robinson and Marsha; nieces, Carla S. Kellum and husband, Dennis, and Dr. Paula Seniors; grandnieces, Felicia Harvey, Marissa L. Harvey, Jennifer H. Atis, Madison Atis, Ashleigh Robinson, Nicole Harvey, Robyn Seniors, and Ronice Seniors; grandnephews, Maurice Harvey Jr., Ashton Robinson and wife, Dennis Kellum Jr., Carlos Kellum, Cordell Lewis and Robert T. Seniors III; cousins, Abdurahe Baraka (Lo), the Granville’s, the Collin’s, the Ballard’s, the Seniors’, the Palmer’s, the Dixon’s and the Powell families; special friend, Shelly Watts; and longtime friends and classmates. Alma’s favorite quotation was, “No man knows what I can do but I myself; and I do not know that until I’ve tried.” A visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Olive AME Church, 1902 W. Lasalle Street, Tampa, FL 33607 Arrangements entrusted to RAY WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, Rhodes & Northern, Owners http://www.raywilliamsfuneralhome.com To to the family or in memory of Dr. Alma Seniors Hires, please