Hillsborough County Florida Obituaries
Surnames Beginning With B


Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Beerup, 83, of 220 W. Jackson St, will be held at 3 p. m. Saturday in the Palmyra Methodist Church.  She died at the home of a son, Ollyn Beerup, of  Gainsville, Fla. whom she was visiting. Mrs. Beerup was born Sept. 7, 1971, the daughter of S. J. Steidley and Clara Rice Steidley, in Palmyra. She attended what is now MacMurray college, Jacksonville, and was graduated from the college in Bushnell.  For two years before her marriage to Neville Beerup, she taught in Chatham schools.  She and her husband resided Palmyra until their retirement.  Mr. Beerup proceeded her in death in 1946. Mrs. Beerup was a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Palmyra, a member of the Woman's club, the Rebekah lodge and the Palmyra Methodist Church. for many years she wrote for the Palmyra Weekly Transcript and she was Palmyra correspondent for the Illinois State Register. Remains will arrive at 10 a. m. Friday and will be received by Stults funeral home Palmyra.

[Source: Springfield Journal, Springfield, Illinois, June 22, 1955.]

Submitted by Dorothy Babiak.


Tampa Tribune - Tuesday, 16 May 1932

Funeral services for John Baccus, 39, of Six Mile Creek, who died Friday, will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the J. L. Reed & Son funeral home. The Rev. A. M. Bennett, of the Palm Avenue Baptist church, will officiate. Internment will be in Myrtle Hill cemetery.

Transcribed by Marla Zwakman


Tampa Tribune - Saturday, 13 Mar. 1920 RAIFORD, March 12. -- John L. Branch, former tax collector at Hillsborough county, who was serving a five-year term at the state prison farm, died here suddenly tonight of apoplexy. Mr. Branch had been here about one year and was popular with his fellow prisoners. The remains probably will be sent to Tampa or Plant City for burial. Mr. Branch was about fifty years old and was born in Hillsborough county near Plant City. He served several terms as county tax collector and was one of the most popular public officials in the county for several years. He is survived by a widow and three children, all of whom are in Asheville, N. C. The oldest daughter is the wife of Dr. Albert Holmes of Asheville. The other daughter is Miss Fay Branch, and the son is John L. Branch, Jr., about fourteen years old. He leaves many relatives in the Plant City section.The shortage of which Mr. Branch was convicted several years ago was approximately $82,000.

Transcribed by Marla Zwakman


Dunneleon, June 20.-- (Special.) --Samuel Bruce, 46, employee of the Yarnell Trucking and Warehouse company, Lakeland, dropped dead here at noon today while superintending the moving of household furniture. He is survived by his wife, who is ill in the Lakeland hospital. The body will be sent to Lakeland.

[ Source: Tampa Tribune, 1932-06-21.]
Submitted by BZ

LAKELAND, June .20. -- (Special.) Mrs. Ethel Buchanan, 40, who died Sunday, will be buried at the family home In New Brunswick, N. J.


BENITEZ--Funeral services for Mrs. Clotilde Benitez, aged 37 years, who died Saturday morning at a local hospital, will be held at her home, No. 1320 Eleventh avenue, at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery under the direction of W. Primo Lord.

Submitter also included this notation: Clotilde was my great grandmother. She was born February 7, 1890 in Matanza, Cuba. Her parents were Nicholas and Dolores Gonzalez Garcia. She married Ramon Benitez, December 26, 1904 in Matanza, Cuba. They have a total of nine children; Ramond Jr., Nicholas, Delfin, Pastora, Graciela, Alfonso, Dalia, Hortensia and an infant that died during birth, one week before Clorilde died.

[ Source: The Tampa Tribune: February 3, 1924]
Transcribed and submitted by Tam Inman.


Funeral services for Mrs. Josefa Benitez, of 1414 Ninth avenue, who died Saturday, were held yesterday at W. Primo Lord funeral home. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

[ Source: Tampa Tribune Jan. 12, 1931]
Submitted by Tam Inman.


Hillsborough County Funeral services for George N. Benjamin pioneer of Tampa who died at his home at Nineteenth avenue and River street Saturday afternoon, will be held from the funeral parlors of J. L. Reed this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, Interment will follow in Myrtle Hill cemetery. Mr. Benjamin was a Knight Templar, and the Hillsborough Lodge, No. 25, A.P. and A.M., will have charge of the services. Dr. C. W. Duke, pastor of the First Baptist church, will officiate. Besides his wife. Mr. Benjamin is survived by five sons, all of whom re-side in Hillsborough county. They are H. C., B. R., G. H., F. H. and J. L. Benjamin. Those who will act as pallbearers are Tucker Savage, A. C Clewis, Arthur Cuscaden, H. H. Scarlett, J. S. Craft, H. T. Lykes, H. C. Giddona, T. C. Keller, Benjamin Sullivan, Capt., Bill Bahart, Howard Macfarlane, M. O. Gibbons, M. W. Carruth, E. Pendas, J. E. Walls, S. J. Druwdy. John Miller; H. P. Byha, W. L. McNevin, Judge F.M. Robles, Harney Kendrick, A. L. Allen, Robert Cullen, R. J. McMasters, Mr. Edwards. Mr. Benjamin came to Tampa from Omaha in 1877, and during his more than 40 years hero was an active leader at all times for community betterment. He was a charter member of the Tampa Board of Trade and was for a number of years a director of the South Florida Fair. Benjamin Field, named in his honor, was donated by him to the Plant Syndicate when the Tampa Bay hotel, now the property, of the city, was being built. Mr. Benjamin learned the drug business before, leaving Omaha, and worked in his father's drugstore on Franklin street several years after he came to Tampa. He then extended his business operations to West Tampa, where he built several cigar factories and conducted other business. He was fond of yachting and for a long time was the owner, of one. He was also a member of Rocky Point Golf Club. His health having failed. he recently moved from his home on the Hillsborough river to his new home. "Two Pines." In 1878 he married Miss Letty May Collins, daughter of Dr. Philip Collins, and she and five sons survive him. He was 70 years old.

[ Source: Tampa Morning Tribune Monday August 9, 1926 Page 1 Col. 1]
Transcribed and submitted by Barbara Ziegenmeyer


Mrs. J. N. Brannen died, at her, home here today. She is survived by four sons, J. 0. Brannen, Bradenton; O. C. Brannen, Columbus, Ga.; C. C. Brannen, Moultrie, Ga.; and two daughters; Miss Mary Dean Brannen and Mrs. N. J. Ganey, Bradenton, Funeral services and burial will take place at Brantley, Ala., Thursday,

[ Source: Wednesday, November 29, 1933; Paper: Tampa Tribune (Tampa, FL) Page 2]

Submitted by Barbara Ziegenmeyer.

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