ACKERMAN, Ralph S., 88, of Temple Terrace, died Friday, July 22, 2005. A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., he grew up as the son of the ambassador to the Dominican Republic. He attended McCauley Academy, University of Southern California, and Annapolis. He served as a medic during World War II. Ralph's love for music and the theater was apparent by all the years he spent teaching and performing. The arts remained an important part of life. In 1994, he came with his wife, the Rev. Nichia Colman Ackerman, to Tampa, where they worked together as founders and leaders of Tampa Bay Church. Memorial services will be 7 p.m. August 19, 2005, at Tampa Bay Church, 4600 E. Busch Blvd. In lieu of flowers, donations to Tampa Bay Church would be appreciated. Hodges Family Funeral Home (352) 567-0000
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Published in TBO.com on July 29, 2005