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Updated: 04/26/2014 08:00:03AM

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William C. Price

William C. “Bill” Price, 93, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at his residence in Punta Gorda, Fla.

He was born Sept. 8, 1920, in Cleveland, Ohio, to Charles and Edna Price.

Bill was a twin to his sister, Patricia E. Price. Before moving to Port Charlotte, Fla., in 1971, he was a D-Day Veteran in the 1st Infantry Division. After the war, he started out as a journeyman machinist, and later worked his way up to Production Manager at Harshaw Chemical Nuclear Division. After moving to Port Charlotte in 1971, due to severe health problems, he painted houses for General Development & Richmond Homes for several years.

Bill was a life member of the U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 98. When the economy shifted, he worked for many pool companies. In 1980, Bill became the maintenance manager at Fishermen’s Village, then retired in 1985. Bill’s hobbies included guns, cars, photography and volunteering any chance he had. Bill was liked by nearly everyone, and was noted for being an outstanding volunteer at the Military Heritage Museum.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Carol Price of Waynesville, Ohio.

A Celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, at Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home, 2405 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte, with Military Honors.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda, or Tidewell Hospice. Please visit the online tribute for William “Bill” Price at


Warner E. Kesecker

Warner E. “Corky” Kesecker, 80, of Englewood, Fla., passed away Friday, April 25, 2014, at Tidewell Hospice House in Englewood, with his family by his side.

He was born Dec. 8, 1933, in Martinsburg, W.Va., to Lloyd L. and Alice M. (nee Bowers) Kesecker.

Corky retired from State Farm Insurance Co. in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., in 1996, after 25 years of service. He moved to Florida 18 years ago from Berkeley Springs.

Mr. Kesecker was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Englewood. He loved to ride his scooters.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 20 years, Gail; son, Kent (Terry) Kesecker of Berkeley Springs; daughter, Cheryl (Curtis) Keesecker of Martinsburg; stepson, Kevin (Genevieve) Miller of Berkeley Springs; two sisters, Lila Blink of Inwood, W.Va., and Phyllis Butler of Berkeley Springs; brother, Norman Kesecker of Berkeley Springs; six grandchildren, Tyler, Courtney, Brance, Kacie, Elizabeth and Emily; and two great-grandchildren, Bentley and Canyon.

Funeral services will be conducted from Helsley-Johnson Funeral Home Inc. in Berkeley Springs. The family request contributions in Mr. Kesecker’s memory be made to Tidewell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34238. You may share a memory with the family at

Arrangements are by Englewood Community Funeral Home Inc.


There were no deaths reported in North Port Friday.


Barbara A. Fort

Barbara A. Fort, 92, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Arcadia, Fla.

She was born Aug. 5, 1921, in Roanoke, Va., moving to Charlotte County, Fla., from Vinton, Va., as a small child.

Barbara was a graduate of Charlotte High School, Class of 1939. She retired from the DeSoto County School system after 36 years of faithful service as a bus driver and a cafeteria worker. Barbara enjoyed crocheting, knitting, reading and traveling with her family. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden, Fla.

She is survived by her son, Charles Fort of Fort Ogden; daughter, Ethel (James “JR”) Keene of Fort Ogden; two sisters, Betty Jean (Dave) Yates of California, and Virginia Jenkins of Tampa, Fla.; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Barbara was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 63 years, Jeff Fort; her parents, Albert and Maria Donaldson Hurst; and three brothers, Donald Hurst, Ronald Hurst and Charles Hurst.

Visitation will be conducted from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27, 2014, from the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 28, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Fort Ogden, with the Rev. Wayne Earnest officiating. Burial will be at Fort Ogden Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia.

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