March 13, 1916 – May 4, 2018
E. Estalee Eckert passed away at the age of 102, at her home in Tampa with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren Eckert, and two sons, Darryl Eckert, Alvin Eckert Sr. and son-in-law Ronald Gay. She is survived by her children, Leroy (Rhonda) Eckert, Charles (Jean) Eckert, Lana Gay and Lenny (Sandy) Eckert, Ten grandchildren, Carla Vogt, Alvin Eckert Jr., Derek Gay, Auree’ Strickland, Tina Brennan, Bobbie Hutchinson, Angie White, Tammy Jacobs, Tanya Baskette, and Elisa Cusimano. Twenty-three great-grandchildren. Two great-great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews and friends. A visitation will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm with funeral service to take place at 2:00pm at Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon, FL. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery, Brandon, FL. Pall Bearers will be Derek Gay, Ron Strickland, Kevin Strickland, Chris Brennan, Alvin Eckert Jr. and JJ Avila.
- Visitation Saturday, May 12, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, May 12, 2018
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May 10, 2018
My dear, sweet, strong, wonderful, beautiful Grandma, I love you so much. So many memories of my life include you. You lived, you laughed, you loved and you did so with your whole heart. You are one of my heroes. You are an example of everything a woman should be. You loved your family and stood by them no matter what, you're one of the most sincere people I've every known. I will love you forever, I will love you for always.
May 9, 2018
Mom you came into my life as my other Mother 27 years ago. The love and wisdom you have given me will forever be with me. We talked and shared many secrets, we laughed and cried together. You would help me eat what your son would not.
You are and always will be my hero and in my heart until we meet again.
Until then I will take One Day at a Time as you sang so beautifully, my favorite.
I love you Mom
May 8, 2018
I love you Grandma
May 8, 2018
I think my brother Lenny said it very well. The only thing I would add would be that if you were not acting right she would not wag her finger while she scolded you. It was the stern look of them black eyes and a pointed finger and we knew we better straighten up and fly right.
I would visit her every Sunday and when I left I always told her I would see her later.
So mother, "this is not good-by. I'll see you later"
I love you
May 8, 2018
Many memories of Mother. She loved to sing about Jesus. She didn't just have a songbook, she had a bag-o-songbooks. When we were kids we stayed in the church. Mom would lay a blanket down on the floor at her feet. If we happened to get a little "rowdy" like kids often do, she'd reach in that book bag and pull out a mason jar (with had hot dogs in it) and she'd wave a hot dog under our noses. That would keep us quiet for another 15 minutes or so. She used to make homemade yeast rolls every day. We'd come home from school and we could smell them 2 blocks away. She always made it work no matter what the situation. We had "hamburger helper" way it was ever a "big thing" in the stores. But no matter what, she always said "The Lord's been good to me".....her hospital stays, nurses would ask her age and she'd tell them. They'd say "wow".....she simply said "The Lord's been good to me". He certainly has. He blessed her with 102 years, 1 month and 3 weeks of life on this Earth. Mom will be missed terribly but what a blessing and an HONOR we had to be able to call her MOTHER! Your life on this Earth is done, you have served the Lord faithfully since your teenage years. Your work has finish, God called you to your new home. But as a Christian, I have the promise I will see you again. LOVE YOU MOMMA!