Saturday, January 22, 2022

Emiro Ojeda Fernandez

Emiro Ojeda Fernandez, 74, of Maracalbo Venezuela, passed away Saturday, January 15th, 2022 at Health Central Hospital in  Ocoee,   He was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela,  the son of the late Luzmila (Fernandez)  and Emiro  Fernandez and was employed as a beverage sales manager.

Emira leaves to cherish his memory, wife Ana Luisa  also of Venezuela; daughter Ana Monica Ojeda, of Orlando; son,Alfredo Ojeda, of Chile'; 3 grandchildren; Santiago Govea, Laura Govea both of Orlando and Paula Ojeda of Chile'.

The family will be receiving friends from 4:00 until 6:00 pm with the funeral mass at 5:00 pm on Monday, January 24th, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home, with Father Heitor Castoldi officiating.


Oh Dios, cuya Misericordia es infinita y cuyos tesoros de compasion no tienen limites, miranos con Tu favor y aumenta Tu Misericordia dentro de nosotros, para que en nuestras grandes ansiedades no desesperemos, sino que siempre, con gran confianza, nos conformemos con Tu Santa Voluntad,  la cual es identica con Tu Misericordia, por Nuestro Senor Jesucristo, Rey de Misericordia, quien con Vos y el Espiritu Santo manifiesta Misericordia hacia nosotros por siempre.  Amen.

Lall Beharry

Lall Beharry, age 72, was a caring husband, loving father of three children and an affectionate grandfather of four grandchildren. Lall was born on July 5, 1949 in Bath Settlement, Guyana and grew up surrounded by his large family where he had 9 brothers and 3 sisters.

He was known for being a kind man with a warm spirit. He had a passion for playing cricket when he was in high school and even went to the extent of scoring well over a century (187 runs) in a single game!  As a cricket player he had the position of being a top end fast bowler along with being an excellent batsman. In his village, he was acknowledged as being the most feared cricket player they had ever seen.

While Lall resided in Guyana he took on the job of being a carpenter as well as working on an estate. From there he decided to move to the United States on May 17, 1979 along his family and ended up in Cleveland, Ohio. From here now, he worked long hours as a machine operator in which he took the responsibility of taking care of his wife and kids. Lall was influenced by his family to be a loving and caring man, always giving his time for others, and he incorporated that into his fatherhood. He was known for spoiling his kids along with his grandchildren with anything they wanted. When it came time to having breakfast or dinner he would prepare his famous dishes for the family.

In his leisure time, he loved working in his garden planting various plants, playing ball with his grandkids and fishing. Aside from all of this he was a dedicated Hindu who followed his religion to the best of his abilities. Lall even when on to teach his kids and grandkids about the Hindu faith and had them engaged in religious service. 

Lall was known for having nicknames such as Nemo. He is a devoted and well respected individual that will be greatly missed by his family and friends. In addition, he will be dearly missed by his wife, children and grandchildren and will continue to live in their hearts and minds forever.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm on Monday, January 24, 2022, followed by the funeral service on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 9:00 am until 11:15 am at Dobbs Funeral Home.  Interment will follow the service at Metro Crematory in Ocoee.


Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Luis Fernando Velez

Luis Fernando Velez Restrepo, 65, of Orlando FL, passed away, Sunday January 9, 2022 at his home with the love of his life, his wife. 

A celebration of life service will be held on  Wednesday January 19 at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N. Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32811.

Luis was born July 28, 1956 in Colombia. He lived most of his youth in Medellin, Colombia. Were he married the love of his life Miryam (Vargas) Velez in 1982. In 1983 they welcomed their first child, a son, Johao Fernando Velez.  It was later that year that they decided to make a change, and they migrated to the United States. A few years after in 1987 they welcomed their second child, a daughter, Kelly Velez. They settled in Port Chester, NY and lived their until 2018. When they finally retired and moved to Florida.

Luis loved sports, especially soccer, where his favorite teams were the Colombian National soccer team and Athletico Nacional. He worked as a maintenance manager for 20 years. He spent his free time watching various sports games live and on TV; and he played soccer, ping pong and swam on the weekends. He also enjoyed movies and playing on his tablets. Luis was always there to spend time with relatives and friends and help with household projects.

Luis is survived by his wife Miryam of 40 years, son Johao Fernando Velez, daughter Kelly Velez, and 5 grandchildren Luis, Elyjah, Faith, Leyah, and Isaac. Luis was a loving father, husband, grandfather, and friend to everyone. He brought a smile to everyone’s face with his laugh and his charismatic way of life.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Scott Woodruff

Scott Woodruff was born September 13,1971 and passed away December 15, 2021.  He was a kind loving man. He loved his family and friends with all his heart and was a firm believer that "family helped family".

Scott worked at Sea World Orlando for more than 20 years. He loved sharing his park tickets and showing friends around the park.  Scott also loved to fish it didn’t matter if it was in a small pond or out on the ocean.

Scott and I reconnected in 2004. Our families have known each other since Scott was 3 and I was 5. I never expected to meet such a loving caring compassionate faithful man, but I am thankful I did and it was Scott.

Scott had several medical conditions, when we first reconnected he told me of his rheumatoid arthritis and how it he was in pain all the time. Even though he was in pain everyday it never stopped Scott from getting up and going to work everyday. In 2018 Scott had a massive heart attack. This changed our lives as we knew it.

We were married in the hospital and I was by his side all the way. Scott hated being in the hospital because it was never a quick stay.. but he found a way to laugh and make others laugh as well and it usually involved scaring a nurse or even a Dr. This was something he continued at home with the nurses as well. It was what he loved to do most.

Scott has gone on to a better place where he no longer suffers from his arthritis, heart condition or infections. Although he left us way too soon, we have a life time of memories to share.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Ruth Ard Giddens

Ruth Ard Giddens passed away peacefully surrounded by her daughters in the early morning hours on December 11, 2021, at the age of 86 years young.

Ruth was born to James and Lillie Mae Ard on February 18, 1935, in Damascus, Georgia and moved to Orlando at a young age.

 Ruth and her husband, Earl, raised their four children in Orlando, Florida. She also raised up many grand and great grandchildren thought-out her years, always affectionally known as Granny to them. Ruth had a way of taking anyone in and many neighbors have come to know and love her. She had a close relationship with all of her children, and she will be dearly missed. 

Ruth was preceded in death by her mother, farther, husband, all of her brothers and sisters as well as her beloved Son Ronald E. Giddens. 

Ruth is survived by her three daughters, Patricia Diane Patton, Shirley Ruth Lay, Connie Sue Foley, as well as her 6 Granddaughters, 3 Grandsons, 10 Great Granddaughters, and 7 Great Grandsons

The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  Interment will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery.

Friday, December 17, 2021

Florence Frana

Florence Frana, age  83, of Clermont, FL passed away Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Florida.  She was born in Nanticoke, PA , the daughter  of the late Mary (Drazba)  and Stanley J. Wasilczyk. and employed as a clerical worker at Disney. 

Florence is preceded in death by her parents Stanley and Mary; husband Bobby, sons Robert, James and Michael and brother Stanley.  She is survived by daughter Lynda Frana of Groveland; and son Joseph Frana of Clermont; daughter-in laws Missy and Lisa; grandchildren Trevor, Shelby, Alyssa, Logan, Hope and Jacob; and great granddaughter Stella.

The family will be receiving friends at 10:30 am on Monday, December 20, 2021, followed by an 11:30 am funeral mass at St. Andrew Catholic Church with Father Bob Kurber officiating.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Reba M. Clinton

Reba M. Clinton, age 98, of Winter Garden, passed away Sunday, November 28th, 2021.  She was born in Wrightsville, GA  the daughter a  of the late Lizzie (Eady)  and Archie  Tanner and was employed as a railroad clerk.  

Reba leaves to cherish her memory, daughter, Clarice Clinton-Davis, of Winter Garden;  grand daughter Victoria Williams of Winter Garden; grandson Benjamin Williams, III of New York; great grandchildren - Crystal Williams, Benjamin Williams IV both of Orlando, Keilyn Solomon of Winter Garden; 9 great-great grand children,

The family will be receiving friends from 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 8th, 2021 at City of Destiny Church in Apopka, FL .  Interment will follow the funeral service at Orlando Memorial Gardens.

Dear Mom,

 Thank you, Mom! Thank you for loving me. Thank you for all those words of     wisdom   that  are  resonating in my ear and providing solace during this trying time.

You prepared me for life and for your death. You said that when God called you that you would answer, and you did. You told me that you loved me, that you would regret leaving me, but your higher duty was to God!

You left me that night and I turned my head to shed a tear. When I turned back to look at you, I saw my Godmother. She was just smiling. I realized that she was reminding me of the deep enduring friendship that you shared. I turned away again and when I looked at you, I saw my aunts and uncles. It reminded me of the familial relationships that I grew up observing. By now, the tears were streaming down my face, and I turned away.

When I turned back there was a peaceful smile on your face that soothed my aching heart and dried up my tears. I saw you as a little girl growing up in Dublin, Georgia romping and playing. I saw the good times and the hard times: the loss of your brother under mysterious circumstances and the time that you were violated, and no one was held accountable. I saw the hunger for a better life that led you at age 16 to leave home, after graduating from high school, for greener pastures in Harlem, N.Y.

I saw you falling in love and marrying my father, which resulted in the birth of five children, with only1 surviving. Through the losses and the heartache, you were a caregiver for your mother, a loving wife and mother and Transit Authority Clerk.

You took great pride in the fact that you were a faithful member of Emanuel A.M. E. Church for over 40 years. You served as an usher and a senior class member to assist new members and assist the church in raising money and spreading the gospel to those outside the faith. Your reasonable service brought you joy and peace in leading others to Christ.

So, today I salute you for your strength and courage, for never giving up and instilling these qualities in me. Thank you. I love you, until we see each other again.

Your Loving Daughter,


My Grandmother:  By   Benjamin F. Williams, Ill

My maternal grandmother was not just a grandmother, she was grandmotherly. She was a fount of wisdom and knowledge that was not gained from just sitting behind a desk for hours upon hours in an institution of higher learning. Her perspective was gained by living through the Jim Crow south, World War 11, the Al Capone era, the civil rights movement, #Me too, Black Lives Matter, and the covid pandemic. So, when she shared her views and opinions, it came from the blood, sweat and tears of life.

She lived 98 years which meant that she saw more than all of us, she never judged. She told you what she thought and why, then let you decide what to keep and what to discard. She understood that her idiosyncrasies and opinions could be shared but not always adopted by the listener.

If life was a hardship, church provided support and joy. The gospel was her cane. Spirituality  washer most enduring pleasure. Grandma loved Sunday service. When I did not pray, she prayed for me. When I embarked on my own spiritual journey, she did not judge me, but merely stated, "as long as you believe in something baby."

No matter where I was in my life's journey, I always sought my grandmother's opinion. Good, bad, or indifferent, she imparted the truth. She was my Rock of Gibraltar, steady unmovable. I could not fathom life without her. We are a small family, that has now been decreased by one. But I know that she is looking down on us, as our guardian angel, making sure that we are all okay. No matter what I may have done, what may have been said about me, or how many times I may have been scolded, Grandma always came to see about me to make sure I was all right in every capacity, day after day, and week after week.

From here on out the months of my remaining years will be aptly renamed June, July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March April and Reba-May, RIP.

Your Loving Grandson,


Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Beverly Ann Hall

A true native Floridian, Beverly Ann Hall was born in Orlando on March 16, 1943 to parents Troy Garvin and Lottie Mae Myers Garvin. She was predeceased by her two older sisters, Kay Frances Garvin King and Norma Jean (Toby) Garvin Fryer. Beverly grew up on the west side of Orlando and graduated from Maynard Evans High School.

After living most of her life in the Orlando area, Beverly moved to Deland, Florida in 2001. She was active in the Garden Club in Deland and was an avid butterfly lover, searching out milkweed, creating waystations, protecting caterpillars and releasing new butterflies into the sky.

She was a homemaker, loved to shop and had an amazing eye for home d├ęcor. She had a green thumb and loved adding extensive flower beds all over her yards. She was a foodie, spending hours in the kitchen trying new recipes and cooking with her husband. Nothing made her happier than hosting parties and spending time with family and friends. She was known for her festive Christmas displays, filling her homes with multiple elaborately decorated trees.

Beverly moved to Clermont, Florida in 2019 after the death of her husband. She passed away on November 18, 2021. She leaves behind her daughter, Stacia of Winter Garden, FL and two grandchildren, Elysse of Miami, FL (husband Jorge) and Thomas of Winter Garden, FL.