Percival Porcher Gregg, Jr. (Shay) died on June 16, 2012 after a short illness. Born on September 28, 1916 in Florence County, S.C., he grew up at the Ashby place, which is now known as Quinby.
The son of Percival Porcher Gregg and Constance Ashby Gregg, he graduated from Florence High School in 1934 and worked for the Home Owners Loan Corporation in Washington, D.C. before attending North Carolina State University.
Daniel Patrick (Dany) Magill, 56, of Englewood passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, June 17, 2012.
Dany was born on February 4, 1956 in Berwyn, Illinois but spent most of his childhood on Siesta Key in Sarasota. Dany Magill was always his own man. He got his first job at age 13 and never looked back. In spite of partial paralysis, he continued to work until his retirement three years ago. Dany was an entrepreneur from the beginning.
George Richard “Dick” Wetmiller, a friend to many in Boca Grande, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2012.
He was born on March 16, 1925, in Berlin, PA. He was the son of George H. and Elfreda M. Wetmiller. He grew up in Berlin, graduating from high school in 1943.
Mary Alice Escalante King passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in Boca Grande.
She was born in Tampa on May 30, 1933 to the late Carlos and Florinda Escalante. She is survived by: Her three daughters, Georgette Hassler, Lisa King and Andrea King; cousins Elaine Fernandez and Debbie (Jim) Wolfe and their son, Jack; the children and grandchildren of Carlos Escalante.
Paula Lynn Johnson was born in Mt. Clemens, Mich. on Feb. 16, 1947. She spent her childhood in Rochester and on the family farm in Curran, Mich.
After high school she worked as a corporate secretary, commuting between Detroit and Chicago. Disillusioned by the corporate lifestyle and a brief marriage, she began searching for a new direction. The search led her and a group of friends to the Self-Realization Fellowship Church (founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1920), where she married fellow church member Mike Machnik in 1971.
Following the birth of their son, Andy (2/14/72), they travelled in a converted panel truck to California, living a communal lifestyle with friends in a dome house in Mokelumne Hill.
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