WEDDING, C. Randolph "Randy" 77, architect and former Mayor of St. Petersburg (1973-1975) passed away on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 after a brief illness. Randy was proud to tell you that he was born at Mound Park Hospital in St. Petersburg on Nov. 16, 1934. His parents were Charles Reid and L. Marion "Toots" Whittaker Wedding. Randy attended high school at The McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN and was a graduate of the University of Florida. After serving in the U.S. Army, he started his architectural practice in 1960 and did many distinctive projects in St. Petersburg and the surrounding area. He served on numerous Boards in the City and Pinellas County, including chairing the Pier Advisory Task Force. He was a past chairman and active with the Downtown Partnership. He was the founding chairman of the Canterbury School of Florida, a board member of the Neighborly Center and a past-chair and current member of the Pinellas County Local Planning Agency. Survivors include his wife, June Wedding; a son and his wife, Douglas and Janet Wedding and their children, [FIEDLER, Elizabeth] and Charlie; two daughters and their husbands, [Daryl] and Steve Shepherd and their children, Erin and Clayton; Dorian and Steve Cameron and their children, Drew and Tad; a stepson and his wife, [Greg Gruendel] and Ann Nipper and their children, Matthew and Delaney and a stepdaughter and her husband, Kristie and Rob Johnston and their children, Shaun and Spencer; his brother and his wife, Robert and Sally Wedding and their sons, [Christopher] andMichael, and his wife, Jennifer and their son, Ryan. The family suggests memorial contributions in Randy's name would be welcomed by the Charles R. and L. Marion Wedding Scholarship Fund at The McCallie School, 500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404; Boley Centers, Inc., 445 31st Street North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713; or St. Anthony's Hospital Foundation, 1200 7th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. Visitation will be on Wednesday, Feb. 15th from 5-8 pm at Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Center, 2201 Dr. MLK Jr. St. North, St. Petersburg, FL. A Memorial Gathering of Friends will be at 9 am, Thursday, Feb. 16th, also at [Anderson-McQueen]. www.AndersonMcQueen.com
WHITE, Donald Phillip, USAF (Ret.) 87, passed away on Feb. 5, 2012. Donald was born in Presque Isle, ME. He served his country in World War II, Korea and Vietnam retiring in 1968 after 20 years of distinguished military service to his country. As a combat crew member of the 307th Bombard- ment Wing, he was on board one of the B-29 Superfortresses and was part of the largest daylight air battle over North Korea as chronicled in the book, Black Tuesday Over Namsi written by Earl J. McGill, Lt Col. USAF (Ret). Donald flew in one of the nine B-29 aircraft sent to knock out the Russian MIG-15 airfield at Namsi, North Korea, also known as MIG Alley. Protected by U.S. fighter escorts F-86 and F-84, what ensued was one of the greatest jet engagements in the history of aerial warfare. Six of the nine B-29 aircraft perished in the bombing raid. Donald survived in one of the three returning aircraft. Operating with only two of the four engines, and sustaining over 400 MIG cannon holes in the body of the aircraft, his plane safely landed at a U.S. airbase in Japan. All crew members survived. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the love of his life, Virginia M. White of Largo; son Don White and his wife Ann of Belleair; nephew Lawrence Thompson and wife Windy of Largo and 7 wonderful grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be offered to Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760. Friends are calling on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012 from 2-5 pm at the Moss Feaster Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, FL 727-562-2080 along with funeral services on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 at 2 pm. Entombment will follow in Serenity Gardens Memorial Park. Condolences may be offered at www.mossfeasterlargo.com.
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