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Faircracker SUMMER 2019 In loving memory of those who cared to make a difference . .


OLIVE RUTH BARKER INMAN 1939-1-4-2019


Olive, of Hawthorne was deeply involved with Keystone United Methodist Church as Worship Leader, she was also leader wih the Heifer Project, a strong supporter of the Jacksonville 4-H Club, an avid volunteer and mainstay for the Jacksonville Fair. Olive is survived by her husband Frank, two daughters, and three grandchildren.


RICHARD YOUNG 1928-2018


Richard served on the Board of Direc- tors for the Southwest Florida & Lee County Fair from 2003-2018.


BRYAN MCCAIN “MAC” SMITH 3-13-1929-4-29-2019


Mac attended Plant City High School and the University of Florida. He was a retired US Navy Aviator, earning the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and served 24 years.


Mr. Smith served as a member of the Florida Strawberry Festival Board of Directors for over 45 years and was Past President. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marion “Cookie” Smith; daughters Debbie Petrina, Kathy Wood, and Marion Smith; six grand- children and six great grandchildren. Ser- vices with military honors were held at Oak-


lawn Cemetery in Plant City.


DORIS WOLFE ROOKS 5-4-1933-5-11-2019


ART GUST RUSSAKIS 7-14-1935-2-4-2019


Art, a lifelong resident of Ft. Pierce, was in the grove business for 40 years then went into the trucking business. He was a 30 year board member of the St. Lucie County Fair and served twice as president. Survivors include his wife Helen; children: Gust Russakis, Christ Russakis, Despina Hopkins, Loural Flynt and Tiffany Rooks; 17 grandchil- dren; 13 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held at Riverview Memorial Park Cemetery.


KIM M. MASSAGEE 2-26-2019


Born in Batavia, NY she was a long time board member of the Alachua County Youth Fair & Livestock Show. She was a devoted 4- H leader for over 20 years. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Tom, three chil- dren: Tara, Ashley, and Thomas and five grandchildren.


MICHAEL LYNN KITE 5-23-1966-2-15-2019


“Mickey” was born in Pensacola, FL. He was a Captain in the Army where he served for 18 years. He was secretary of the Santa Rosa County Fair. He is survived by his wife Lor- raine, his father Howard, children: Allison, Melissa, Conner, and William. Burial at Bar- rancas National Cemetery.


Please help us honor and recognize our friends in the Fair industry who pass


away during the year by sending their names and Fair affiliation to the Federation for inclusion in the Resolutions passed at each year’s Convention and also be included in the next issue of the newsletter. Please include person’s affiliation with your Fair or company and years of service. Send to floridafairs@gmail.com For complete obituaries most are on www.findagrave.com


Born in West Virginia where she was Queen Po- mona to the Preston County Fair. Doris taught school in Citrus and St. Lucie County for over 30 years, being named Teach of the Year several times.. She served on the Citrus County Fair Board of Directors for several years, being first elected in 1988. After her husband Almyr died in 1997 she returned to West Virginia. Doris is sur- vived by three daughters, 3 sons, 14 grandchil- dren and several great-grandchildren


CHARLENE BURES BRIGGS 11-23-1942-5-12-2019


Matriach of the Briggs Family, owners of Modern Midway Entertainment. Predeceased by her loving husband of 48 years, Frank Briggs. She is survived by sons Frank Jr., Edward, and Robert. Also five grandchildren. Services were held in Chicago with burial at Assumption Cemetery, Glen- wood, IL


ANITA LYNNE GILLESPIE 1-23-1957-6-2-2019


A native of Plant City, she was Director of Westminster Academy, She and her husband Larry were strong supporters and financial contributors to the Hillsborough County Fair. Besides her husband she is survived by daughters, April (Adam) Jones and Amber (Jody) O’Brien and four grandchildren. Ser- vices and interment at Hillsboro Memorial Gardens.


REES BRYN, JR 10-31-1927-5-6-2019


Born in Youngstown, Ohio, Rees served on the SW FL & Lee County Fair Board beginning in 2001 and moved to Emeritus status in April 2018. He served as President 2006- 2007.


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