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SABINO, Yetemwork Tadesse, "Emue" passed away October 14, 2023.  Emue was born on December 20, 1967, in Asella, Ethiopia. The 12th of 13 children to Ababa Tadesse and Emaye Demese. Emue grew up with a strong foundation of Faith in God, Love of family, and Hope in all circumstances. Prior to moving to the US in 1990, Emue attended Asella High School where she developed lifelong friendships and a passion for adventure around the world. In the US, Emue completed her training in cosmetology that she built up into a successful career, where many of her clients became cherished friends and brethren in Christian fellowship. In 2000, Emue met the love of her life, Angelo Vito Sabino, with whom she would spend 19 years of marriage full of life, laughter, love, adventure, and joy as shared with families, friends, and all who knew them together. Emue's core values, character, and beliefs were cemented since childhood on Christ Her faith in the Holy Trinity ("Selassie") sustained her journey of life through the difficult and the joyful moments that defined her essence. Emue joins in heaven her oldest sister Tiye Tsege, her oldest brother, Alemu ("the world"), her brother, Abraham, her nephew Gabriel and her niece Waki ("flood of light"). Emue is survived by her beloved husband, her beloved sisters and brothers, and her beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins around the world. Emue was truly "Precious Anywhere" as her name Yetemwork defines and will be forever missed and forever alive in the memories of all those who loved her, and whose lives she touched everywhere. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:30 - 11:00 am, Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Northwest Tampa Church, 5131 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL 33624. Funeral service is 11:00 am with interment to follow services at Oak Grove Cemetery, 3012 W Sitka Street, Tampa, FL 33614.

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IVEY, Robert Alan, 52, of Tampa, passed away unexpectedly, October 18, 2023. He was born on March 23, 1971, in Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Robert was a dedicated teacher at Tampa Bay Technical High School for over 22 years. He was known for his passion for teaching and his expertise as a master welder. 
Outside of his career, Robert was a loving father to his son, Tyler Ivey, He cherished his family and was a devoted son to his mother, Shirley Ivey, and a caring brother to his sister, Jana Ivey. 
Robert attended Jefferson High School and later pursued his passion for teaching by joining Tampa Bay Technical High School. His commitment to his students and his enthusiasm for welding made him a respected mentor and role model.
There will be a viewing service held from 6:00 -8:00pm, Friday, October 27, 2023, at Swilley Funeral Home located at 1602 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33604. The graveside service will be held 1:00 pm on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at the Antioch Cemetery located at 10650 McIntosh Road, Thonotosassa, FL 33592. Friends, family, and former students are invited to come together to honor and remember Robert's life.
Robert Alan Ivey will be dearly missed by all who knew him. His dedication, love, and impact on the lives he touched will be remembered and cherished forever.

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"For Great is Your Love reaching to the Heavens;
Your Faithfulness reaches to the Skies" - Psalm 57:10
SEELEY, Ronald Joseph, 86, of Tampa passed away October 26, 2023, with family by his side. He was an Airforce veteran serving from December 1956 until December 1960. Ronald is survived by his wife Margaret Seeley, daughter, Tammy (Michael); 2 grandchildren; brother, Roderick Seeley who was Ronald's twin; sisters, Juanita and Ellen. Visitation for family and friends is 10:30 am until Noon Friday, November 3, 2023 at the funeral home, 1602 W Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33604. Interment with military honors will be at 2:00 pm at Florida National Cemetery, in Bushnell, Fl.
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MARTINEZ, Migna Judith, 77, peacefully transitioned to her Heavenly Hone on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, surrounded by her loved ones. She was born on October 13, 1946 in Utuado, Puerto Rico to Juan and Carmen Velez. She is the 4th of eight children.
Migna was a homemaker her whole life dedicating all her time to raising her four sons. She loved to cook and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren who she loved dearly. She also shared a special bond with her sisters and enjoyed wearing matching blouses when they all go together.
Survivors include her four sons, Luis Alberto (Carmen), Javier (Zenaida), Orlando (Ashlee), and Marcos; ten grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Ana Almodovar and Doris Jimenes; two brothers, Johnny Velez and Freddie Velez, and many many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan and Carmen Velez; her husband, Pedro Alberto Martinez, her siblings Reynaldo Velez, Angel Velez, and Lily Velez,.
A visitation for family and friends will be welcomed on Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 5-7pm at the funeral home, 1602 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 33604
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WINN, Ernest L. "Bill", 88, of Tampa, passed away peacefully on November 1, 2023, after a short battle with cancer. He predeceased by his wife of 61 years, Rena Verga Winn. He leaves behind his fiancé Tracy Treas; 5 children, Renee Campbell (Jon), Marysue Mathews (Jim), Bill Winn (Roberta), Anthony Winn, Teresa Winn; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth and Kyle Baldwin, Jonathon and Tiffany Campbell, Ashley Cortes, Ben and Dalyn Mathews, Caitlin Campbell, Danielle and Baron Feraro, Walter Winn, Chelsi and Jeff Hughes, Jordan Mathews, Samantha and Ryan Ward; 12 great-grandchildren, Brynn, Breckin and Brantley Campbell, Lilly and Ellie Baldwin, Ayden and Camryn Mathews, Alez and Caleb Cortes, Atlas Feraro, Waylon Hughes and Sutton Ward, Paul Winn and family and Micky and family. A Celebration of life will be held December 2, 2023, from 1:00-4:00pm, Pavillion #9 at Hillsborough State Park. 
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TONEY, Al J.,Tech Sgt Retired, 93 of Tampa, FL passed away November 7, 2023. Al was born December 11, 1929, in Spartanburg, SC. He is survived by his wife Delores; son, Stephen Mark Toney; daughter, Barbara J Price; grandson, Robert A Price II; great-granddaughter, Cierra Jade Brown; great grandson, Robert Price III; brothers Furman and Thomas Toney. Al retired as a Tech Sargeant from the United State Airforce after serving 20 1/2 years.
He was a member of Carrollwood Baptist Church. A memorial service will take place 5pm Friday, November 17, 2023, at the church 5394 Ehrlich Road, Tampa, FL. Visitation for family and friends will be from 1:30-2:00 pm Saturday November 18, 2023, at Swilley Funeral Home, 1602 W Waters Ave with funeral service to take place at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow at 3:00 pm at Sunset Memory Gardens Cemetery, 11005 N Us Hwy 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592. Military Honors will be provided by the U.S. Airforce Honor Guard.
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SOLANO-MOLINARY, Elvin A. 77, of Seffner, Florida passed away November 18, 2023, at Tampa General Hospital. Elvin was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico to Enrique Solano and Irma Molinary. He is survived by his wife Nayda Carrion; daughters, Mayra Solano, Susan Solano and Irma Solano; son, Elvin Solano Carrion; 12 grandchildren; granddaughter, Emys Contreras as well as many other family members. Elvin was an excellent husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was a car enthusiast, loved driving race cars and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Funeral Services will take place Sunday, November 26, 2023, from 1:00-3:00pm at the funeral home, 1602 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL 
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STEPP, Lee Martin, 86 of Lutz, Fl, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2023, in New Port Richey FL. Lee was predeceased by his wife, Faye Irene. He is survived by his son, Martin Lee Stepp; daughter, Crystal Coleman and husband Raymond; two grandson, Joshua and Jacob. He is an Army veteran. Graveside services will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at the Lutz Cemetery, in Lutz, Florida.
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GASKINS, Paula L., 64, of Tampa passed away December 1, 2023. Paula is survived by her loving husband Thomas Robert Gaskins; son, Robert Gaskins and wife Julie; daughter, Christina Hopskins and husband Jordan; 3 grandchildren, Emma Gaskins, Kate Gaskins and Braden Hopkins; brother, Johnny R Schaeffer. She was predeceased by her parents, Paul H. Schaeffer Sr mother Sylvia L Miller Schaeffer and brother, Paul H. Schaeffer Jr. She was devoted to her family especially her grandchildren whom she enjoyed being with them every time she got a chance. Paula was a lover of music and a graduate of Leto High School in Tampa, FL.  She will be truly missed by her family and her many friends. The family has requested in lieu of flowers to please make contributions to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation a cause she was dedicated to and loved participating in for more than 10 years. A Celebration of Life will take place Friday, December 15, 2023, from 2:00-5:00pm at Trinity New Life Church, 11134 Challenger Ave, Odessa, FL 33556.
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KEEHN, Walter Major, 79, a residence of Tampa, FL. passed away on December 2, 2023. He is preceded in death by his parents, Walter C.D. Keehn and Cecila Major Keehn, and his sons, Clifford Keehn and Greg Keehn all of Tampa, FL., and his brother, Robert Keehn of Hawaii. He is survived by his daughter Emily Keehn-Patterson, son-in-law, Keith Patterson, and his granddaughter, Kyrsten Johnson all of Lake Butler, FL. He is also survived by his sister, Isabel Kitterling of Minnesota. He was loved and will be missed dearly.
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MCCLELLAN, Maria Dolores, 96, lived in the Tampa area for many years. She was born April 14, 1927, and passed away peacefully in Tarpon Springs, FL, December 11, 2023. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, James H. McClellan.  There will be a graveside service for Maria on Friday, January 5, 2024, at 3pm at Florida National Cemetery in Section 329 Site #296. Please Note, there will be no Cemetery Personnel to direct you to the space please follow map.
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TONEY, Delores J, 93, of Tampa, passed away peacefully, December 26, 2023, under the care of Melech Hospice. Delores was born in Minneapolis, MN, May 12, 1930, to Truman and Isabelle Abram. She is survived by her son Stephen Mark Toney; daughter, Barbara J. Price; grandson, Robert A. Price II; great-granddaughter, Cierra Jade Brown; great-grandson, Robert A. Price III. She was a member of Carrollwood Baptist Church. A Memorial will be held from 9:30-10:00am Saturday, January 6, 2024, at the church 5394 Ehrlich Road, Tampa, FL. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:30-11:00 am Saturday, January 6, 2024, at Swilley Funeral Home, 1602 W Waters Ave with funeral service to take place at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at 12:00 Noon at Sunset Memory Gardes Cemetery, 11005 N US Hwy 301, Thonotosassa, FL 33592.
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GRAY, Jeanette F., 105, of Lutz, FL passed away peacefully at Melech Hospice House in Temple Terrace. Jeanette was born in Bradenton, FL to the late Julian and Louise Fuller. She is survived by her son, Craig Gray and wife Nancy; daughter, Louise G Richards and husband Glenn; 2 grandchildren, Linda Gray and John Richards; 3 great-grandchildren, Christopher Richards, Katelyn Richards and Megan Richards. Graveside services will be 1:00 pm Friday. January 12, 2024, at Garden of Memories in the Chimes section. She will be laid to rest by her husband Malger Gray who predeceased her 2004.
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MITCHELL COX, Sherry Lee, was born in Evansville, Indiana on February 28, 1947, to Hazel Marie McGhin. She graduated from Hillsborough High School in 1965, and married her sweetheart, Thomas Richard Cox, soon after graduating. Sherry's first job was at a seafood plant. She had two children, Richard Ira Cox and Marie Kimberly Cox and spent her life in the Tampa Bay area. The majority of her working years were spent taking care of children in day-care schools. She also was a faithful volunteer in the children's department in her church. She loved children and children loved her. Crocheting filled her off-work hours and many of those she cared for and loved have treasures of blankets she crocheted just for them. Sherry took her last breath on earth and went home to be with her Lord and her beloved husband on December 20, 2023. Sherry is survived by her son and his wife and three children, her daughter, sister, brother and extended family as well as her beloved grand dogs. A Celebration of Life service will be held at West Broad Street Baptist Church located at 3809 West Broad Street, Tampa, FL 33614, at 1:00 pm on January 27, 2024. Interment will be held privately at a later date with immediate family only. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering via the International Mission Board website link: https://www.imb.org. 
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QUESADA VIDAL, Rosa Antonia, 81 of Tampa, Fl, passed away January 14, 2024, at a local hospital.  She is predeceased by her parents, Jesus Peron Quesada and Anna Conception Vidal. Rosa was born August 30, 1942 in Havana, Cuba. She is survived by her many friends especially Jose Lopez, Dalia Camara and Marilyn Garcia. No services have been scheduled at this time.
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CHIPPEAUX, Matthew Ryan "Matt" 43, of Odessa, FL, passed away on January 14, 2024. He was born on December 22, 1980, in Tapa, FL. Matt was a loving father, trusted business partner, ad a friend to many. He was known for his kind and compassionate nature, and his warm personality touched the lives of all who knew him. Matt was a beloved father to Abby and Nathaniel. He is also survived by his parents, Donna and Robert Ballenger, and his extended families, Scott and Cynthia Chippeaux, and Daniel and Kathryn Chippeaux. He will be dearly missed by his many nieces and nephews. Matt was preceded in death by his father, Earl Chippeaux; and his siter, Michele Chippeaux. Professionally, Matt had a successful career as a Chick-fil-A Franchise Operator. He was dedicated to his work and took pride in providing excellent service to his customers. In his free time, Matt enjoyed fishing in various locations, creating cherished memories with his children during theme park visits, and exploring new places through travel adventures. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Joshua House in Tampa, FL, or the National Autism Foundation. These organizations were close to Matt's heart, and any support would be greatly appreciated. The funeral arrangements are being handled by Swilley Funeral Home in Tampa, FL. For further information, please contact the funeral home directly. Matt Chippeaux will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all those whose lives he touched. May his memory be a source of comfort and inspiration to all who knew him.
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RELUE, Richard Wayne, 72, of Tampa passed away, under the care of Life Path Hospice, on January 28, 2024, with his family by his side. Richard was born August 2, 1951 to the late Ralph and Maria Relue; He is survived by his loving wife, Wendy; their daughters, Amanda J Relue and Lindsey M. Relue; sons, Richard Alan Relue, Robert Wayne Relue and Ryan Andrew Relue; 2 granddaughter and 1 great grandchild. Richard was a United States Army National Guard Veteran and a member of the UEWU. A Celebration of Richards life will take place from 5:30 - 7:30 PM Saturday, February 3, 2024, at the funeral home, 1602 W Waters Avenue, Tampa
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SUAREZ, Elizabeth A. (Betty), 86 of Tampa passed away peacefully, February 9, 2024, with her family at her side. Betty was born Elizabeth Agnes Macomber on February 5, 1938, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Betty is survived by her sister, Joan Wright; 3 wonderful sons, Jerry (Christine), Kenneth (Idalmis), Stephen (Jeanne) who gave her immense pride and joy; grandchildren, Stacy, Jerry, Caitlyn, Stephanie, Samantha, Sarah and Sabrina; 11 great-grandchildren. Betty was predeceased by her husband Ceferino Suarez, parents, Gerald and Mary Macomber; sister, Barbara Rorrer. Betty's family moved to Tampa when she was a teenager. Betty graduated from Hillsborough High School and in 1960 she married the love of her life, Ceferino Suarez. In 1967, she moved with her husband and children to the country and enjoyed raising the family, as well as the farm animals. She enjoyed vacationing in the mountains and cooking Sunday dinners for her family. Betty was also active at Citrus Park Little League in the 70's where her son's played baseball. She served as the Women's Auxiliary President as well as the official scorekeeper. She worked for the Hillsborough County School systems for 25 years, spending most of her time at Shaw Elementary, as an aide in the cafeteria, nurse's aide and retiring in 2002 as a teacher's aide. The family will receive friends from 9:15 until 9:45 am with a Funeral Mass celebrated 10am Thursday, February 15, 2024, at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church,10110 N Central Avenue, Tampa, FL. Reception following service at 1pm at Steve and Jeanne's home. Interment will be Monday, February 19th, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL for immediate family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shriners Children's Hospital or St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in memory of Elizabeth Suarez.
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Garcia, David Dean Sr, 64, of Tampa unexpectedly passed away, February 10, 2024. He is survived by his wife of nearly 44 years Alice Greene Garcia; sons, Jim and David Garcia Jr; granddaughter Dakota and brother Dan Garcia. David is preceded in death by his father, Louis Garcia, mother Marie Garcia Bermudez and sister, Cynthia Noto. David, a Tampa native, was born September 1, 1959, in Ybor City. He graduated from Jesuit High School and attended the University of South Florida receiving an associate degree in computer engineering. David, who retired last year, was best known for his love of animals, especially cats, and his ability to tinker (or break) just about anything and for his Spanish Bean Soup. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
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PARTRIDGE, Dorothy Mae, affectionately known as "Dot" passed away February 11, 2024. Dot was born February 23, 1938, in Tampa, FL to Robert and Lilamae Metts. She is survived by her children, Debbie Gayle, Tammy and Rick; 5 grandchildren, Ginger (Jason), Nelson (Melanie), Jack, Ana and Maksim; 5 great grandchildren, Robert, Tyler, Makayla, Lyla and Lydia; brother, Lamar Metts. The family will receive friends Sunday, February18, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the funeral home, 1602 W Waters Ave, Tampa, FL
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Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.
            Matthew 5:4