Howard A. "Art" COUNTS

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  • "You will be sorely missed by all who knew you. Your honest..."
    - Pattii Bilotta
  • "Jerry & Desiree I am so sorry to hear about your Dad. My..."
  • "My deepest sympathy for the loss of Mr. Counts. May you..."
    - ~ Brenda
  • "For all of you that would like to attend our Father's..."
    - jerry counts
  • "Your job is now complete. A good man, a good friend, a good..."
    - Rick Counts
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COUNTS, Howard A. "Art" 77, of St. Petersburg, died July 11, 2014, peacefully at Shore Achers Rehabilitation and Health Center. Art was born a second generation native Floridian on March 27, 1937 to Jerry and Ruby (Hall) Counts. He Graduated from St. Petersburg High School, and attended St. Petersburg College working on his associate's degree in Business Management. In his sophomore year of high school, Art began working at the St. Petersburg times. After graduating High School, he married Shirley Devine and was drafted into the United States Army where he served honorably as a Topographer making maps for our troops in Germany and the Vietnam war. After his discharge from the Army he returned home to St. Petersburg and continued working for the St. Petersburg Times, and retired as the Superintendent of the Mailroom in 1981. Those of you that knew Art knew he was always in motion, and lovingly referred to as a workaholic. In the early 70's Arts Entrepreneurial spirit led he and his family into raising and showing Chinchillas and manufacturing a specialty line of fur lined hats, fur coats, and fashion accessories from their award winning pelts. From there he took his interest in imported Mexican clay pots and wrought iron stands to the Wagon Wheel Flea Market. He started with 2 booths there and quickly grew to 7. His wife Shirley expanded the business into a variety of porcelain figurines and the largest collection of Emmett Kelly Jr. collectables. As the fad for Mexican pottery faded, he merged into selling Screen printed T-shirts, Baseball hats, and sunglasses. That line grew into the distribution from 4 different Flea Markets weekly. After 7 years the family decided to close the business. He and his wife relocated to Ft. Lauderdale then to Jacksonville, FL where they divorced. Missing his home town and family, Art came back to St. Petersburg for a family reunion and decided to stay. He was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Counts, his mother Ruby H. Counts, and his brother Tim Counts. He was an amazing Father and is survived by his brother Rick Counts of Belleair and his children Desiree Counts Glowa and Jerry A. Counts and his fiance Lisa Hutchins. Art has 7 grandchildren, Marcus, and Ian Glowa, Kaylynn, Maranda, and Dylan Counts, Andrew Hutchins and Tyler Wilson. He also has 2 beautiful great granddaughters, LillyAnn Glowa and Annabelle Leigh Stockwell. Memorial services will be held Sunday July 20, 2014 at 4:00pm Northeast Presbyterian Church 4400 Shore Acres Blvd. NE., St. Petersburg, FL 33703
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 19, 2014