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Updated: 12/28/2017 08:30:02AM


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Gwendolyn M. Baker


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Gwendolyn M. Baker

Gwendolyn M. Baker, 72, of Tampa, Fla., transitioned from her earthly body to be with the Lord on Dec. 20, 2017. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 56 years, Alvin E. Baker Sr., two sons, Alvin E. Baker Jr. and Kim S. Baker, her daughter Sophia L. Alexander, other relatives and friends. Born on April 10, 1945, Mrs. Baker is a graduate of Smith Brown High School in Arcadia. She and her husband in 1965 moved to Tampa, where she finished her career as a teacher’s aide. Visitation is Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, from 4-8 p.m., services are Saturday at 11 a.m., both at Mt. Olive AME Church, 2927 W. LaSalle St., Tampa. All flowers should be sent to Zion Hill Mortuary. An online guestbook is at

Mary Banks Coker

Mary Banks Coker, age 92, passed away on Dec. 23, 2017, at her home in Arcadia, Fla. She was born an identical twin on Dec. 21, 1925, in Dry Valley, Ala., to the late Reason Lewis and Ida Mae Latimer Woolley. Mary was of the Baptist faith and a member of First Baptist Church of Arcadia.

In 1940, Mary’s family moved to Arcadia, Fla., where she participated in basketball and cheerleading before graduating from DeSoto County High School in 1944. After high school, Mary and her greatest love, Murl J. Coker, were married and would celebrate 68 years together. Mary was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and will be sorely missed by all. She enjoyed reading, bowling and working crossword puzzles in her spare time.

She is survived by her husband, Murl J. Coker of Arcadia, Fla.; four children, sons Dennis Coker of Huntington, Calif., John Coker of Vero Beach, Fla., and Gary Coker of Palm Springs, Calif.; daughter Linda Coker Stitt of Arcadia, Fla., and two grandchildren, Stephanie Stitt of Palm Springs, Calif., and Micah Stitt of Murrieta, Calif. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, twin sister Margaret B. Huddleston, sister Gladys Sanders, brothers Pete Woolley and Henry Woolley.

A visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, from 10-11 a.m. at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia.

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. at the chapel, with the Rev. Matt Roberts officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Arcadia. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Tidewell Hospice and Palliative Care, 919 N. Arcadia Ave., Arcadia, Fla. 34266x

Online condolences can be made at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Homes have been entrusted with the arrangements.

Dorothy Mitchell Sarro

Dorothy Mitchell Sarro, 78 years of age, resident of Port Charlotte, FL, passed away on Dec. 21, 2017.

She was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 11, 1939.

Dorothy attended The College of Staten Island and studied music. She had been married to William Sarro for over 25 years. Dorothy retired from her job as College Assistant in the Education Department at the College of Staten Island. She was a member and volunteer at The Sarasota Opera House and Port Charlotte of Charlotte County. She had a passion for all music, but especially loved opera.

She is survived by daughters Lynn Sarro, Nancy Boyland-Moots; and was preceded in death by her son Michael Anthony Sarro. She is also survived by grandchildren Robert Boyland, Christopher Boyland, Michelle Boyland and Lucas Moots, and great-grandchildren Wyatt Asher Boyland and Olivia Boyland.

The funeral will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28, at Kays-Ponger & Uselton in Port Charlotte.

Condolences can be made to the family c/o Nancy Moots, 16 N. Osceola Ave, Arcadia FL 34266, or Lynn Sarro, 2 Stuyvesant Oval #10D, N.Y., N.Y. 10009.

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