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.