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Hooper, Bethanne - Homosassa  
Bethanne Pattillo Hooper, 53, of Homosassa, Florida, died April 15, 2015, at HPH Hospice, Lecanto. Arrangements by Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 17, 2015

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Higgins Jr., John Joseph - Homosassa  
John Joseph Higgins Jr., 93, of Homosassa, Florida, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2015. He was born Oct. 14, 1921, in Fox Chase, Pennsylvania and was the son of John and Beatrice Higgins. He was pre-deceased by his parents; and his three sisters, Grace, Beatrice and Flori; as well as his beloved wife, Evelyn, after almost 69 years of marriage. John retired from the military after 24 years in the U.S.A.F. During this time he was hand-picked by General Eisenhower to be a flight engineer aboard the General's plane following World War II. Eisenhower then brought his war flight crew to the Whitehouse with him and John was the Chief Flight Engineer and flew for President Eisenhower, President Kennedy and President Johnson. He was the last living survivor of the original Air Force I crew. After John retired from the Air Force on August 1, 1967, he flew for Boeing Aircraft of Seattle, Washington, and Lockheed Aircraft in Palmdale, California as flight engineer. Following that he flew as Executive Pilot for I.T.T. and retired after 15 years. Speaking to schools and fraternal organizations, he had many stories to share about flying presidential planes and helicopters and some of his interesting experiences with many dignitaries. John and Evelyn and sons lived in Paris and many American states, including California, Connecticut, Washington D.C., Arizone, Pennsylvania, and finally settling in Homosassa, Florida for the past 19 years. John is survived by his sons, John "Jack" Joseph Higgins, III of Inwood, West Virginia and Ronald Charles Higgins (wife Marilyn) of Clearwater Beach; his grandchildren, Adam Higgins (wife Michelle) of Chesapeake, Virginia, Alyson Mangum of Bellevue, Washington, CJ Higgins (wife Paige) and Kayla Delgado (husband Tony) of West Virginia; and seven great-grandchildren. A private graveside service for family members will be arranged at a later date. Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa. www.wilderfuneral.com.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 15, 2015

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Howard, Charlotte F - Hernando  
Mrs. Charlotte F. Howard , age 91 of Hernando, Florida, died Sunday, April 12, 2015 in Lecanto, FL. She was born January 15, 1924 in Dedham, MA, daughter of the late Maurice and Charlotte (Neidlinger) Collins.She worked as a School Principal for Newton Massachusetts School System for 27 years. She moved to Hernando, Florida from Dover, MA. Mrs. Howard was a member of the National Shrine of St. Jude, Chicago and the Heritage Foundation . Mrs. Howard was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband John F. Howard, Jr. Survivors include son, John F. (Lisa) Howard, III of Tucson, AZ, 3 Grandchildren: Sabrina Jones, John Howard, IV and Brittany Jones. Friends who wish may send memorial donations to Hospice of Citrus County P.O. Box 641270 Beverly Hills, FL 34464. Specifically designate donations to go to the Hospice House. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.HooperFuneralHome.com. Cremation arrangements by the Inverness Chapel of Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 14, 2015
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