Thursday, November 8, 2018

Roy Croft Brand



Roy Croft Brand passed away on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018.  He was born in Lake Worth, Florida on December 13, 1936. He was the youngest of four children. He is survived by his two sisters Elizabeth Respess and Carolyn Smith as well as his son Roger Brand (Deirdre) and daughter Ashley VanDerMark (Skip) and seven grandchildren: Peter, Jack, Grace, and George Brand and Connor, Riley and Harper VanDerMark. He is preceded in death by his mother Odessa and older brother Joe.

Like many from his generation, Roy worked all his life and gave tirelessly of his time and resources to help others. His first job was delivering milk and then he had a paper delivery route. Even before he could drive, he parked cars for Harlan Blackburn (a member of the Cigar Mafia). While in high school he worked for George Stuart Office Supply, and at sixteen he became an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Boone High School in 1954 and elected to go into the Naval Reserve where he served honorably for eight years. He worked for Southern Bell as a lineman before attending Florida State University where he graduated with a degree in Accounting in 1962.

Roy was introduced to State Farm Insurance by Bill Gunter and started his own agency, which was his main occupation for 47 years. He was a pilot and one of the founders of the Orlando Aero Club at Herndon Airport. When he was 33, he dabbled in politics, by running for Orange County Commissioner. He was an active member and past President of the West Orlando Rotary Club where he was extremely involved. While in Rotary he built literally hundreds of wheelchair ramps for people in need. Rotary International honored him with the Paul Harris Fellow Award for his service. From the early 1980’s he maintained a contractor license helping many people build and renovate their homes as well as businesses. Roy’s passion was always in helping others so it should be no surprise that he was also a lifelong blood donor to the Central Florida Blood Bank, donating over 50 gallons. 

He seemed to be most fond of his service as a Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary State Trooper. Roy not only gave of his time and resources he also was a philanthropist and patron of the arts, donating countless dollars and hours to the Winter Park Playhouse, Orlando Opera, Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic and the Orlando Museum of Art.

Roy’s entire life demonstrated his love for people. He truly had a servant’s heart. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him.

A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway, in The Henry Chapel, Saturday, November 10th at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Cannonball Kids’ cancer Foundation, 
(www.cannonballkidscancer.org), a charity near and dear to his heart.





Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sandi Feliciano


 October 17 1948 to October 14 2018


She was preceded in death by Parents Marvin and Flossie Clemons Orlando, and  Cousin Letha Domingues Beckley WV.

Remaining to mourn her are: Husband Lou Feliciano Orlando - Son - Just A Name ( David Hunsinger) LA Calif - Sister - Karen Hunter Bean Station, Tenn and - Sister Becky Ellis Apopka

She will be greatly missed by family and friends – We all love you Sandi may you rest in peace.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Cecille Elizabeth Jones Hall

Cecille Elizabeth Jones Hall (affectionately called Betty), was the 2nd of 4 children born to Harold and Clara Jones at Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica on September 13th, 1947. Cecille attended Whitfield Town All-Age School, North Street Seventh Day Adventist School and Tutorial College. As a child growing up Cecille had a passion and a love for nursing, and after graduating from Tutorial College in 1967 she received a Government Scholarship to East Surrey Hospital School of Nursing in London, England. Cecille was elated to stay the least. Prior to leaving for London, Cecille had a brief encounter with a dapper gentleman by the name of Dennis Hall, at the Registrar General Office (aka Record Office) in Spanish Town. She urgently needed to obtain a birth certificate to apply for her Passport to leave for London. Dennis was quite happy to expedite this request for this attractive young lady. It just so happens that the birth certificate was completed that same day around lunch time and Dennis invited her to lunch. She accepted, and after lunch went back home, while Dennis returned to work. Cecille obtained her Passport shortly thereafter and went to London. They stayed in contact over the next two years and became engaged by Proxy in 1968. In September of 1970, Cecille fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a Registered Nurse, and returned to Kingston, Jamaica. In December 1970, Dennis and Cecille got married. Cecille worked for a short time at the Nuthall Hospital in Kingston, then migrated to New York in late 1971. Dennis joined Cecille in August 1972. While in New York, she worked for Visiting Nurse Services and at South Nassau Community Hospital in Long Island where she was a Charge Nurse. As a Passionate Charge Nurse, she made it her way of life, and conducted several health seminars throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Another lifelong passion of Cecille from an early age was her commitment to her church and putting the Lord first. There wasn’t a scripture or gospel song she didn’t know. She took her love for the Lord seriously, and only missed church when she had to work. In 1973 Dennis and Cecille decided it was time to add to the family, and Cecille gave birth to her first daughter Lisa, and her second daughter Tenille followed in 1977. Dennis’s children from Jamaica, Sandra and Tony joined the family in 1978. She enjoyed being a mother and gave this new and expanded role her all, from sewing clothes, to cooking to shopping for her family, Cecille did it all with love and commitment, always putting God first and foremost in their lives. In 2002 the family relocated to Florida and Cecille worked for a couple of years, after which she went into retirement.

Cecille took being a grandmother to 3 beautiful girls as a gift from God, she instilled her class, grace and the love of the Lord in their lives.  After retiring Cecille joined her husband Dennis in Orange County Sheriff’s Office as a volunteer for the Citizens on Patrol Program. She enjoyed this new position of keeping her neighborhood of 254 homes safe with her husband (A program he started in Pine Hills), and after 10 years, Cecille had to retire from the Citizens on Patrol Program due to poor health. Cecille received numerous awards for her many devoted years of unselfish hospitality, commitment and service to her communities. Cecille lived the remainder of her life under doctor’s care and passed peacefully from this life on the evening of October 24th 2018 at her residence. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during the last days of her life.

Cecille is preceded in death by parents Harold and Clara, and sister Grace. She is survived by her loving husband Dennis, daughters, Lisa, Tenille, Step daughter Sandra, Step son Tony, son-in-law’s Prince, Garth, Matthew, granddaughters, Njani, Nyala, Nakari, sister – Yvonne, brother Easton, cousin Dorothy, and a whole host of family and friends.