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Tarver, Sammie  
Sammie Lee Tarver Sammie Lee Tarver, 78, of Tallahassee passed at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare on Thursday, February 26, 2015. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Jacob Chapel Baptist Church. Viewing-visitation is 3-7 p.m. Wednesday (tomorrow) at TILLMAN OF TALLAHASSEE (850) 942-1950. A native of Pittsview, AL, Mr. Tarver was a retired truck driver for FSU's Grounds Department and a member of Jacob Chapel. Treasuring his love and legacy are his wife, Pearlena Green Tarver; children, Michael (Lisa), Meachell (Rudi) and Cassandra; brother, Oliver (Deborah) Tarver; special nephews, Pastor Melvin (Dorothea) Crawford, Walter Monroe, Jr., Steven (Maggie) Lowe and Alton (Wiley) Bailey; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. His parents, Henry Tarver and Joanna Jackson; brother, Joseph Tarver and sister, Ocie Tarver all preceded him in death.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Mar. 3, 2015
Thomas Jr., Joseph Washington "j.w."  
Joseph Washington "J.W." Thomas, Jr. Joseph Washington "J.W." Thomas, Jr. Joseph Washington "J.W." Thomas, Jr., 90, went home to be with the Lord on March 4, 2015. He died of natural causes at Advent Christian Village, where he lived the last two years of his life. He was born in Lee, Florida on July 19, 1924. He was the son of Mamie and Joseph Washington Thomas, Sr. He was the last surviving child of a very large old Madison County Family. He had one full brother, Stacy, and many half brothers and sisters. He left Madison County in the Mid 1940's to work in the fruit industry that had boomed after the war. While working for one particular fruit packing house, he said his eye was often drawn to the manager's daughter, "a pretty little thing," named Edith Juanita Daniels. J.W. and "Nita" were married in September, 1947. Together with his father-in-law, J.W. built his family home just outside Eagle Lake, Florida. J.W. was later employed by U.S.S. Agri. in Bartow for more than 25 years. He was a mechanic, welder and electrician. For most of his adult life, he owned a small cattle ranch in Alturas, FL. His children and grandchildren have wonderful memories of him working with his cows and bottle-feeding calves. We will miss his sense of humor and a certain boyishness that remained in him to the end. He and Nita were married for 66 years before she preceded him in death in May, 2014. He is survived by two daughters: Laneece Vann Condry and Dale Thomas (husband Jerry McDonald), grandchildren Josie Gaskins (husband Daniel) and Jessica Diericks, one great-grandchild, Katie, and sister-in-law, Myrtle Daniels. There will be a graveside service at Midway Baptist Church in Lee, FL Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. Flowers may be sent to Beggs Funeral Home at 235 NW Orange Ave., Madison, FL.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Mar. 5, 2015
Tilton, Eric  
Eric Tilton Eric Tilton, 68, of Tallahassee, Florida died Friday, February 27th, surrounded by his family. He was born to the late Polly Lou Briggs and Francis Tilton on May 27, 1946 in Circleville, Ohio. He graduated from Sarasota High School in 1964 and received a B.S., an M.B.A., and a J.D. from Florida State University. He was an attorney for 36 years and became Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice by The Florida Bar in 2008. He was an avid foosball player and a Silver Life Master bridge player. He is survived by his wife of ten years, Marta Hardy; his daughter, Adrienne (Jeff) Bodeen; and her mother, Betty Tilton. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Florida State University or Big Bend Hospice. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date. Todd Wahlquist with Bevis Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements, 850-385-2193, www.bevisfh.com
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Mar. 1, 2015
Troupe, Mary Lou  
Mary Lou Troupe Mary Lou Troupe, 58, passed away Friday, February 20, 2015 at Moffitt Cancer Center Hospital in Tampa, FL, surrounded by her devoted and loving children. She was a loving mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend and will be dearly missed. She was born to Robert Lee Bryant and the late Eva Doris Bryant on August 7, 1956 in Tallahassee, FL. She was raised in Cocoa, FL where she graduated from Cocoa High School. After 24 years of dedicated service, Sergeant Troupe retired from the Leon County Sheriff's Department. Mary is survived by Her 6 devoted children: Kristanya Henson-Parker (O'Shaman Parker), Tekealla Troupe, Tiffanie Troupe, Sabrina Troupe-Thurman (Patrick Thurman), Ryan Harris and Garrett Proctor; Her 13 loving grandchildren: Kashif Pompey, George Sanders IV, Demetric Pompey, Jr., Keith Adams, Jr., Kai Adams, Ali Duval, Geordan Adams, Zechariah Adams, Zoree Alexis, Salic Mitchell, Serenyte Thurman, Jireh Acoff and Kaylee Parker; Her Grandmother : Mary Bryant; Step Mother: Monica; Siblings:Laverne Bryant-Kilpatrick; Patricia, Samuel, Sylvia, Diane, Tonya, Quinn, Roberta and Yolanda Bryant; Cynthia Woods, Michelle Bailey, Gina Harris, Brenda Thomas, Tisa, Dee, Tina, Monica; Dedicated Nephew: Marcus White; Special Tributes: Willie James Troupe, Denise Hayes, Tonya Mackey, Anjennette Peterson, Kim Morgan, Latonya Bryant and Melky Pierre along with a host of other nieces & nephews, cousins, aunts & uncles and neighbors affected by this loss. Preceding her in death: Mother: Eva Doris Bryant; Sisters: Lucretia and Gloria Bryant: Granddaughter: Serenyte Eva McCain. A memorial and celebration of Mary's life will be held at Old West Enrichment Center 2344 Lake Bradford Rd. - Tallahassee, FL 32310, Friday, February 27, 2015 at 12:00 noon. Sandra St. Amand, owner of Pax-Villa Funeral Home is assisting the family with their arrangements, 407-246-0555 and www.paxvilla.com
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Feb. 26, 2015
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