Monday, October 26, 2020

John Andrew Elliott

On Wednesday Oct 14 after more than two years battling cancer, John Andrew "Grizz" Elliott, age 62, passed into heaven. John was the eldest son of Earl "Buck" Elliott and Delia D Elliot, both deceased. He was also the loving big brother to James "Jimmy" Elliott, who preceded John in death in 2011. A true Orlando native, John loved his Colonial Town community and Florida's natural parks and beaches. He was an alum of Boone High and UCF, where he excelled in biology and chemistry. John attributed his natural athletic ability to his Grandfather, Andrew "Ponzi" D'Alessandro a 4-time straight pool World Champion and inductee to the Billiard Congress of America's Hall of Fame. John's applied his Ponzi given gifts to the game of table tennis, traveling the US while winning 5 national titles in Men's doubles, all with a different partner.

John discovered his true passion in the hospitality industry, where he was proud to be a Dining Room Manager and Server at the most exclusive establishments in Orlando. John created memorable meals and events for four US Presidents, six Florida Governors and a myriad of celebrities at Lake Nona Country Club, Park Plaza Gardens, Charlies Steak House, Cattleman's and Pebbles, just to name a few. He was also a part of the opening team and the assistant manager at the exclusive car club, Luxautica. He loved people and worked all holidays, including every Thanksgiving morning to serve the needy at the Coalition for the Homeless.

John was extremely grateful for the exceptional care he received at Advent Health Cancer Institute with Dr. Muhammd Imam, Dr. Yaphet Tilahun and their entire teams. They treated him like family and quickly joined John's large circle of friends. Dr Imam commented that he was grateful to John for introducing him and his staff to classic Opera. He learned that just a few minutes of Andrea Bocelli at the end of a stressful day really could melt his stress away!

John was an tremendous supporter of the Arts, from the music of local bands or big-name performers, to stage plays and art festivals. It was his wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the newly formed Greater Orlando Performing Arts Relief at GOPAR.ORG. In partnership with St Luke's, GOPAR provides financial relief and other resources to our local Actors, Musicians, Designers and Technicians devastated by the COVID shutdowns.

John will be dearly missed by his large circle of family and friends, but most especially by his aunts Louisa D. Weever and Madeline D. Masters. A post COVID memorial toast and wake (TBA) will be held at Lee Wortman's Sportstown, where a memorial chair at the bar with John's name and his moniker "The Watcher", will be displayed at every NBA Game.

Friday, October 2, 2020

William Herbert Pruitt

William Herbert Pruitt, known to everyone as Herb, passed away on September 30, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.  Herb was a devout Christian and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and neighbor.

Herb is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 73 ½ years, Mary, one daughter, Linda Vaughn and her husband Ronnie, son, Robin Pruitt and his wife Kathy. He also leaves behind 6 grandchildren and their spouses Barton & Stacy Vaughn, Bradley & Cheyenne Vaughn, Britney (Vaughn) & Matthew Graves, Matthew & Samantha Pruitt, Michael & McKenna Pruitt, and Christopher & Sarah Pruitt. He is also survived by 13 great grandchildren with 1 more on the way.

Herb was born in Cullman, Alabama on November 1, 1926. He was drafted near the end of World War II forcing him to give up his football scholarship to Auburn. He served in the United States Army for 18 months. Fourteen of those were in Germany. On his return to the states he pursued and married his beautiful Mary Glenn Barton.

Herb and Mary owned and operated “Herb’s Fabrics” in Ocoee for over 20 years.

In 1952, Mary and Herb visited Florida in the month of December and he knew this was the place for them because he could waterski year-round. He asked Southern Bell for a transfer to Orlando where he lived the rest of his life. He retired at the age of 55.  Herb served as a deacon and later an elder for West Orange Church of Christ. After his retirement he worked full time as an elder for the Church until he was 81 years old.

Herb’s light hearted sense of humor entertained everyone who knew him. He was always full of joy and he shared it with others. His servant heart was always ready to be used. He will be deeply missed.

The family will be receiving friends at Concord Street Church of Christ, located at 626 E. Concord St., Orlando on Saturday, October 3rd at 1:00 pm.  The funeral service will follow at 2:00 pm. Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Gotha.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Sukhrani Bachu

Sukhrani Bachu, age 64, of Orlando, Florida passed away Sunday, December 27th, at the Rehabilitation Center of Winter Park.  She was born in Bath Settlement, Guyana, the daughter of the late Parbati (Ramsaroop)  and Rattan  Ramsaroop and was was a homemaker.

Sukhkrani is predeceased by sister Daywattie; brothers Chato, Buddy and Rawlo.  She leaves to cherish her memory, husband Kemnauth Bachu of Orlando;  four daughters, Tara Ramotar of Hudson, FL, Nanda Jaipersaud of Cambridge, Canada. Hemwattie Khan of Mississuga Canada; Rushmani Bachu of Orlando and  Radhika Sukhram who was like a daughter to her.  She is also survived  8 grandchildren, Beejai, Devon, Aleef, Stefanie, Cindy, Steffon, Keshav, Emma; son-in-laws Gopaul and Mehandra; sisters Reena, Kamo.  

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 6:00 until 9:00 pm on Thursday, October 1, 2020.  followed by the funeral service from 9:00 am until 11:15 am on Friday, October 2nd, 2020 with Pandit Sharma officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Brent Ashton Young

B R E N T  Y O U N G  08.20.1983 - 09.25.2020


 Brent Ashton Young, 37 of Apopka FL, passed away September 25, 2020 in his home.  Brent was born on August 20, 1983 in Orlando to Robert Young and Marlene Rice-Olson.  He attended Forest Lake Academy and continued his education at Rollins College, graduating with a BA in International Business.  Following college, Brent worked in Information Technology for a Fortune 500 company and owned his own remodeling company, Bay Remodeling LLC.

Raised in central Florida, Brent’s early years were spent skateboarding, dirt biking, surfing, and exploring the beaches and springs throughout the state, often with his siblings and cousins by his side. His fiancé Sabrina Rios also shared his love for travel, and they often spent time together in their garden and at the beach. He loved spending time with family and friends and was a captivating story-teller. Equipped with a truly unique sense of humor, he brought endless laughter and smiles to those around him.

He also had a passion for music and was a gifted bassist. Along with his life-long best friend, Travis Smith, he helped form the band Trivium in 2000, and later went on to form BlackNova in 2017.

 Brent was preceded in death by his grandfathers Robert Young, LeRoy Rice; his uncle Greg Rice; step father Leland Olson, and cousin Andrea Walker. He is survived by his grandmothers Phyllis Young, Hazel Rice, his fiancé Sabrina Rios, his father Robert Young (Brooke), his mother Marlene Rice-Olson, his brothers Brandon (Rebecca) and Zach Young (Heather), half-sisters Sarina and Samantha Young, aunt and uncle George and Maureen Grimmett, aunt and uncle Jon and Linda Walker, and cousins Trenton, Ashleigh, Tim, Troy, Ryan, and Sophia, nieces and nephews Kayla, Tyler, Isabell and Harlen.

   A funeral service will be held at Whole Life Church at 2:00 pm, Tuesday October 6th, 2020, located at 2800 N Orange Ave., Orlando, FL. with Pastor Scott Moore officiating.

The service will be live streamed at 2pm via: 

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Stennett Lloyd Knight

Stennett Lloyd Knight, age 45, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, passed away on Thursday, September 17th, 2020  at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, in Orlando.   He was born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica,  on September 7, 1975, the son  of the late Cynthia Joyce (Morgan)  and Herman Alexander Knight and was employed as a driver for a delivery company.

Stennett leaves to cherish his memory, wife Priscilla  Knight of Miami Gardens; daughter Angel Knight of Orlando; four sisters, Marie Cassanova of Ft. Lauderdale, Dawn Cassanova of Austin, TX,  Dionne Cassanova of Jamaica, Adette Knight of Jamaica; two brothers,  Lendon Nicholson of Canada and  Gauntlet Cassanova of New Jersey.

Visitation will be held at Dobbs Funeral Home on Friday, October 2nd, 2020 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am, followed by the funeral service.  Interment will follow the funeral service at Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando.

Masks Required and Social Distancing Mandatory

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Doris "Bunny" E. Megargee

Doris “Bunny” E. Megargee, age 96, wife of Humphrey “Bud” P. Megargee, Jr., passed away on Monday September 14, 2020 in the Parkview Rehabilitation Center Winter Park.

Born on February 11. 1924 in Taunton, MA, she was a daughter of the late George and Gertrude (Bowen) Brindle.  Bunny served in the Womens Army Corp during World War II enlisting on November 9, 1944.  Upon her enlistment she served as a Dental Technician until she received her Honorable Discharge on March 11, 1946.  Bunny married the love of her life in Temple, TX on February 15, 1946.  They settled in Phoenixville, PA where she raised her family until 1973.  In 1973 they moved to Orlando, FL. She retired from and was a dedicated member of St Andrews Roman Catholic Church.

Bunny is survived by three sons: James of Newburg, NY, Bud of Cochranville, PA and Alan of Apopka, FL. She is proceeded in death by her daughter Cheryl of Irondequoit, NY. She has six grandchildren: Fara, Jason, Michael, Brian, Lindsey and Casey.  Her great grandchildren: Avery, Hailey, Abby, Matty, Easton and Evelyn.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, September 18, 2020 at St. Andrew Catholic Church located at 801 N. Hastings Street, Orlando 32808 

               Masks Required and Social Distancing Mandatory

Friday, September 11, 2020

Julio Enrique Quinones

Julio Enrique Quinones, age 80, of Orlando, FL passed away Saturday, September 5th, 2020  at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando. He was born in New York, NY  the son of the  late Mercedes (Castro)  and Enrique  J Quinones.  Julio served in the U.S. Air Force and was employed as a purchasing agent for New York City Transit.

Julio leaves to cherish his memory wife Elizabeth (Matos) Quinones of Orlando; daughter Cynthia Rabito of Long Island, NY; three sons Julio E. Quinones, Jr. of New York,  James Sarno of Orlando, Robert E. Sarno of Orlando; sister Lina Rudnick, of Orlando;  brother Louis A. Quinones of Orlando, and is also survived by 3 grandchildren,  Desiree Quinones, Jaden Quinones and Gabriella Rabito all of NY.

The family will be receiving friends from  6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Friday, September 11th at Dobbs Funeral Home and Saturday, September 12, 2020 from 9:30 am until 11:00 pm.  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 am with Pastor David Crowe officiating.