USF researchers unearthed 55 bodies from Dozier, more than state

By Ben Montgomery
Times Staff Writer


Searching For Families

In the effort to identify the remains
of children buried at the former
Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys,
USF is seeking the public’s help.

Do you know anyone on this list?

Please contact Master Detective Greg Thomas, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, 813-247-8678, with information.

Child’s Name Parent or Guardian Year of Death Last Known Address

Willie Adkins George Adkins 1918 Tampa or possibly Polk County

Thomas Aikins Nancy Aikins 1918 Jacksonville, Florida)

Joe Anderson Ben Anderson 1919 Lake County, Florida

Walter Askew Toeury Askew 1925 Palm Beach, Florida

Samuel Bethel John Bethel 1929 443 N.W. 9 St., Miami, Florida

James Brinson Elizabeth Payton (Aunt) 1932 Putnam County, Florida

Waldo Drew Unknown 1914 Pinellas County, Florida

Llyod Dutton E.W. Dillon 1918 Ft. Myers, Florida

Louis Fernandez Unknown 1914 Monroe County, Florida

Hilton Finley J.D. Finley 1918 Tampa, Florida

Walter Fisher Unknown 1914 Hillsborough County, Florida

Edward Fonders Mamie Smith & Jim Fonders 1925 Melborne, Florida

George Grissam Peg Grissam 1918 Caryville, Washington County, Florida

Louis Haffin Unknown 1914 Duval County, Florida

James /Joseph Hammond Blanche Isham 1936 Palm Beach or Jensen, Florida

Schley Hunter M. Hunter 1922 Mayo, Florida

Billey Jackson Suzie and B.J. Jackson 1952 Daytona Beach, Florida

Joshua James Unknown 1916 Unknown

Clifford Jeffords Unknown 1914 Pinellas County, Florida

Clifford Miller John Miller 1924 Lake County, Florida

Tillman Mohind J.P. Mohind 1916 Duval County, Florida

Sam Morgan E. Morgan 1921 Lee County, Florida

Richard Nelson Unknown 1935 Lake County, Florida

Charlie Overstreet Mamie Jones 1924 Marvin, Georgia

Clarence Parrot Unknown 1914 Sutherland or Palm Harbor, Florida

Robert Rhoden Annie Doe & Jeff Rhoden 1929 441 12th St. N, St. Petersburg

Fred Sams Theodora Onie (Aunt) 1932 Jacksonville, Florida

Nathaniel Sawyer S. Sawyer 1920 R13, Box 677, Jacksonville, Florida

Archie J. Shaw Jr. Archie J. Shaw Sr. 1932 1609 Central Ave., Tampa, Florida

Leonard Simmons Ben Simmons 1919 Miami, Florida

Wilbur Smith Tam Smith 1918 Tampa, Florida

Lee Smith Rev. W.M. Smith 1932 18th Ave, Jacksonville, Florida

Joe Stephens Luke (Brother) & Elizabeth Stephens (Sister) 1932 Brevard County, Florida or possibly South Carolina

Lee Underwood Olivia & Dave Underwood 1932 Jacksonville, Florida

Puner Warner Unknown 1918 Atlanta, Georgia

Joseph Wethersby Fred Wethersby 1914 Duval County, Florida

Harry Wells Unknown 1914 Duval County, Florida

Ralph Whiddon Cornelius Whiddon 1918 Charlotte Harbor, Florida

Sim Williams Unknown 1916 Jackson County, Florida

Arthur Williams Lilla Williams 1921 Micanopy, Florida

John H. Williams Jeanie Williams 1921 Tallahassee, Florida

Calvin Williams Grosman Williams 1922 Wellborn, Florida

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