Monday, November 21, 2022

Terrence "Terry" Coburn

    Our beloved Terrence “Terry” Coburn, went to be with the Lord on November 18, 2022. He was married to “his girl” Judy, the love of his life, for sixty years. He would tell everyone he knew that it was love at first sight. Terry was a tender, loving, and faithful husband. He was a father of two daughters: Kathy (husband Dan) and Julie (husband Brian).

    Terry was loved dearly by his six grandchildren: Kristina (husband Brandon), Jennifer (husband Scott), David, Andrew (wife Courtney), Amy (husband Brandon), and Kerri, as well as his great-grandson, Jonathan. He was a constant and devoted presence in their lives and deeply proud of each one of them. Family was a priority second only to his relationship with Christ.

     Terry and Judy split time between their cottage in Pentwater, Michigan and condo in Sarasota, Florida after his retirement from a career in mathematics education. While in Pentwater, he spent many hours in the Pentwater Artisan Learning Center to conduct woodworking projects. The cottage is filled with his hand-made furniture and built-ins. He played golf weekly with the Tuesday Men’s League that he organized, and he proudly flew his Michigan Wolverines flag every football Saturday. Terry and Judy attended Pentwater Baptist Church, where they attended Sunday service and participated in small groups during the summer months.

    In Sarasota, Terry enjoyed time spent with friends at the Heritage Oaks Country Club. He played golf, went on dinner and movie dates with Judy and friends, and enjoyed the warm Florida winters. Terry and Judy were involved with Sarasota Baptist Church, where they attended Sunday service and participated in small groups during the winter months.

    Terry was a life-long learner, a wonderful storyteller, and he had a quick-witted sense of humor. Time spent with Terry was always complete with thoughtful conversation and insights. When delivering one of his classic jokes, he often struggled to hold back a chuckle or two before delivering the punchline. This only added to the joy and laughter that he loved bringing to those around him.

    As Terry aged, he found much joy in hearing old Christian hymns because of the powerful words that touched his soul. He sang many of them until his very end. During his life and throughout his final days, he told everyone he could that he was not afraid to die because of the assurance of salvation he had in Christ Jesus his Lord.

    Terry enjoyed discussions and books about Heaven, and he lived in anticipation of meeting his Savior face-to-face. He had a deep faith in Jesus, and he was inspired by Psalm 118:8: “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” Ever the mathematician, Terry would tell you that this verse marks the exact center of the Bible.

    Terry’s life was marked by service and generosity towards others and towards the Lord. That’s why in lieu of flowers and gifts, the family asks that any gifts be made as donations to his granddaughter Kristina’s non-profit, Victory Road Co. to honor Terry’s life. Victory Road Co. exists to Serve Those Who Serve by equipping missionaries and organizations for service.

    All donations are tax-deductible and can be made online at www.victoryroadco.org or by check (made out to Victory Road Co. and mailed to 11713 S. Victory Road, Haven, KS 67543).

    The family is planning a memorial service for Terry, to be held on a date to be determined in Pentwater during the Summer of 2023.

Friday, November 18, 2022

Roger Fred Hurlburt


Roger Fred Hurlburt was born to Fred and Minnie Hurlburt on September 11th, 1945 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Roger was the youngest brother to three sisters, Ruth, Alice, and Lamar. After graduating high school, Roger enlisted into the United States Navy to serve his country during the Vietnam War. Following his tour overseas, Roger left the Navy and used his expertise in Information Technology to manage some of the earliest computer systems at General Electric. During his time at GE, Roger attended night school at the University of Cincinnati (Go Bearcats!) where he graduated with a degree in accounting.

Roger met the love of his life, Dana Lynn Hurlburt, at a singles event at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. He courted Dana for two years, and they wed on May 24th, 1980. Roger cherished his new role as a father to Dana’s young daughter, Devyn. Three years later Roger and Dana began their adoption journey and welcomed Caleb, Sylvia, and Benjamin to their loving family.  

Throughout his career, Roger prioritized his family above all else, taking on various positions to ensure the family was well provided. He worked his way through part time jobs, night shift work, and moved his family to Orlando, FL in search of greater opportunities. All the while, he remained strong and steadfast in the plan that he knew God had for his life. He finally received his retirement from the City of Kissimmee after working as an accountant for ten years.

Roger’s core values centered around his faith and his family. His faith and love for Jesus Christ guided him throughout his life since an early age. Roger toured as a gospel singer with his band, The Crownsmen, and volunteered as lead drummer for the praise team at his church. During the COVID shutdown when Roger could no longer attend church in person, he still maintained his passion to serve the Lord, volunteering as an online host for First Baptist of Orlando.  

Roger Hurlburt went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on November 12th, 2022 at the age of 77. He is survived by his wife Dana, his daughter Sylvia, and his sons Caleb and Benji. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you kindly donate to Tunnels to Towers, a charity that benefits families of first responders and veterans who were either injured or killed in the line of duty. As a volunteer firefighter, this was Roger’s favorite charity of which he was a regular supporter. Donations can be made at www.t2t.org. 

A memorial service will be held at  Dobbs Funeral Home on Monday, November 21st, 2022 at 1:00 pm.

             

Don Donner Carter

Don Donner Carter the Artist, husband and amazing friend and father! Don settled in Central Florida back in the early 70’s. He relocated from New Jersey with his wife and young son Chad to start a new life and career. Soon after they settled in – along came their baby girl Danielle.  In 1979 Don moved into Wekiva, in a ‘edge of woods’ lodge style home, where he would remain for the rest of his days. His new town work career began with Fry Hammond & Barr -where he remained for the next 27 years.   In 1990 he met his wife, Theresa. They did not get married until 2005 at his now or never request!  Their interest in love of water, enjoying each other and giving one another enough space to do what made them happy – secured their relationship to the end.

Don’s favorite pastime was anything to do with water and spending time together. He loved fishing and his boat or turning a pile of wood into a fabulous 3-tiered deck or a studio which would become his home away from home! He also had his fair share of fun and fast cars.  Around 2002 Don retired from FHB and became a Film/Video/Print consultant. He loved that freedom and continued for the next 5 years.  Somewhere along the way Don turned his love and passion for his love for boating and the water, into an a real-time work of art.  Without any formal training, Don had it naturally in his heart and in his eyes to create the most incredible, ‘come to life’ boat Replicas that you only would experience and get to see in a historical museum.  He loved history and was an avid reader. Once he figured out he could build these masterpieces, we would lose him for days and weeks while he toiled away on one boat after the other. What drove him more than the construction was the reason for their existence. He wanted to preserve the nautical history that he studied passionately and became so endeared to. Don made it known he built his fleet of boats with no intention of selling them – he was connected to every single one of them.

From 2005 to 2015 Don was proud to bring his fleet to life at Art shows from Winter Park to Bar Harbor, Maine. I remained his first mate as we made our way from show to show. As life was passing on, Don knew when he was losing his knack and quietly stopped making his way to the studio to bring to life another boat on his list.  For the last 7 years we managed our way through navigating his best health. He was such a trooper and willing to do whatever it took to beat any odds that may have come our way.

Moving into our life journey, Donner was the consummate and willing participant in paving a path of best health for his best life. Don maintained his class, style, dignity, and a glowing gentle soul – no matter how puzzling life became. He will remain in so many hearts for many years to come.  He is survived by his wife Theresa Carter, brother Richard Cater, his son Chad Carter, his wife Julie and daughter Isabelle, Danielle Vogel his daughter, Eric her husband and their 2 sons Austin and Jake. 

 A memorial service will be held at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, located at 526 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park FL 32789 on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 2:00 pm.

Monday, November 7, 2022

Antonio Lopez


In loving memory of Antonio Lopez who has passed in his sleep on November 6, 2022 at the age of 78 years old. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather. 

He was blessed with a large family and is survived by his wife of 48 years, Balbina Lopez. His children Guadalupe, Rosa, Isabel, Rosaura, Antonio, Zoraida, George and Alex. His siblings Samuel, Nicolas, Leorino, Florentino, Manuel, Alfonso, Juanita, Santiaga and Juana. He is also survived by 18 grand children and 25 great grand children. 

Visitation will be held for him at Dobbs Funeral Home on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 1:00 pm  until 3:00 pm followed by the funeral mass at 3:00 pm with Deacon Spencer Silvers officiating.

 

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Martin "Marty" Kreppein

Martin "Marty" Kreppein, age 70, of Orlando, FL passed away Friday, October 14th, 2022 at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.  He was born in Richmond Hill, NY, the son of the late Mary (Devine)  and Gustave  Kreppein and was employed as a mason with New York City Transit.

He graduated from Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School where he was a track star, holding many records for generations, some only to be broken by his own grandson.  He could possibly still hold one record.  This is a legacy he was very proud of.

Marty was a very devoted Catholic and loved praying for others and feeding the poor and homeless.  He devoted many years of his life researching and writing a screenplay about the life of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, "Padre Pio".  He was a Benedictine oblate  lay brother.  Outside of religious devotions, Marty was known for his love of Coca-Cola, The New York Yankees, Harry  Potter and watching movies.

Martin is survived by and leaves to cherish his memory, four daughters, Melanie Luck, Jill Kreppein, Theresa Kreppein, Bridget Kreppein; three sons Scott Kreppein, Joseph Kreppein, Michael Kreppein;  two sisters Julie Wissell,  Mary Ingrassia; two brothers Richard Kreppein, Thomas Kreppein and  16 grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his brother Michael and his son Jonathan.

Public Viewing was held on Friday, October 21st, 2022 at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL . The funeral mass was held Saturday, October 22nd, 2022 at Sacred Heart Traditional Catholic Church in Orlando, FL  with Reverend Jonathan E. Derrington officiating.  His final resting place is on the grounds of the church.

The family asks that you keep him in your prayers and continue to pray for the living and the dead.  They ask Catholics to say a rosary in his name and to remember him at Mass.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Arnold Gopaul

 OBITUARY OF ARNOLD GOPAUL

July 24, 1959 - October 21, 2022

It is with great love and sadness that our family share in the sudden passing of our dear son, husband, brother, and uncle. Arnold died peacefully at Health Central hospital. He was 63 years old.  He was predeceased by his father Ivan. He leaves to mourn his mother Amy, his brother Samuel (Sita Carol), brother Daniel (Ann), sister Rosana (Danny), and his wife Parbattie Bissoon.  He also leaves to mourn his sons Shanell, Simon and Leon. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his grandchildren. He was an uncle to Samuel Jr., Samantha, Joel, Nathaniel, Jessica, Lucanus, Rhea.

Arnold was known to be a loving and caring person. He was loved by all who knew him.  It’s such a blessing to know that although he closed his eyes on earth, he opened them in heaven. God has him in his arms and we have him in our hearts.

A viewing will be held at Dobbs Funeral Home 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando, Florida on Thursday 27th October, from 10AM to 12 noon followed by a Lutheran Service then to Orlando Memorial Gardens for burial.  

Rest In Peace. Fly High my Friend


Mildred “Tootsie” L. Calhoun went to be with the lord peacefully in the early morning hours of October 24, 2022 at the age of 84 years young. 

In addition to her parents, Mildred is now reunited with her siblings, James Edge Jr., Wayne Edge, Sue Edge and Avery Edge; preceded in death daughter Patricia Anderson and son Jeffery Scott.   Mildred leaves behind to cherish her memory, (sisters) Elaine Martin, Janice Driggers, Lynn Reagan, (children) Lisa Castelli, Hershel Scott Sr., Sherry Sawyer, and Valerie Shaffer and their respective spouses. She also survived by her 9 grandchildren; followed by 15 beloved great grandchildren. 

“Tootsie” as many called her, was a remarkable woman who brought love and happiness to so many. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a true friend that will be dearly missed but always remembered. 

“Gods garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best”.

The family will be receiving friends at 9:45am on Sunday, October 30th, 2022 followed by the funeral service at 10:00am at Dobbs Funeral Home 430 North Kirkman Road, Orlando FL with Preacher Rosewell Chapmen officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral service at Lake Hill Cemetery.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Hazel Marie Howell Bass

Hazel Marie Howell Bass, 91 of Ocoee, Florida went on to be with the Lord on October 23, 2022. She was born March 19, 1931 in Cascilla, Mississippi. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by: Jesse and Eva Franklin (Parents), Curtis Dewitt Howell (Husband), Sandra Carter (Daughter) and Danny Howell (Son) She was survived by her children: Curtis (Marie) Howell, Ricky (Linda) Howell, Mark (Kathy) Howell and Jerie Carter (Son-in-law). Grandchildren: Carla Dunn, Cindy (John) Shank, Amanda (Drew) Peyton, Rebecca (Lloyd) Howell, Melissa (Timmy) Tilman, Curtis (Courtney) Howell, Kimberly (Danny) Motes, Kelley Hudson, Scott (Erin) Howell, Angie (Phil) Massey, Billy (Kayla) Carter, Lisa (Danny) Cyr and John (Jaime) Mercer. Forty-three great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.

She found great love and joy being a member of the West Orange Park Community Church, where she was the last surviving original member of the church as well as the treasurer and pianist.  She loved to spend time with her family, singing gospel and playing musical instruments.

Services will be held on Friday October 28,2022 at 10am:

West Orange Park Community Church

9929 Lake Meadow Road

Apopka, FL 32703

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

JoAnne Wood Jacobs

Jo Anne Wood Jacobs of Orlando, FL passed away in the early morning of October 24, 2022 at her home, surrounded by loved ones.  She was born November 15,1936 to the Late Nancy and Samuel Wood of Rock Castle - Goochland, VA.  Jo Anne had an older brother, Dowell T. Wood (deceased) and a younger brother, Samuel M. Wood (deceased).  She was a devoted wife to the late Reuben "Jake" Jacobs and survived by her three children, sons Reuben "Buddy" Jacobs Jr. Eli Jacobs and daughter Nancy Jo Jacobs.

Jo Anne was a golf enthusiast to say the least.  She was an upstanding member of West Orange Country Club in Winter Garden, FL for over 35 years.  Jo Anne was also a long-time member of the Greater Orlando Orchid Society and grew hundreds of various varieties of orchids at her home in Orlando.

Jo Anne will be laid to rest on Sunday October 30, 2022 alongside her mother, father and brother at Smyrna Baptist Church 1470 Rock Castle Rd. Goochland, VA 23063. A viewing will take place at the church at 1:00pm with interment to follow.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you send donations to Smyrna Baptist Church.

Robert Eugene Deal

Robert Eugene Deal, age 76, passed away at the Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, FL on October 20, 2022 at 4:45pm with family by his side. He was born on June 5,1946 to Carl Deal and Marjorie Pauline Henry in Lima, OH.

On September 7, 1972 he married Lenita Mellano at the US Embassy in the Philippines while serving as a Captain in the U.S. Navy (1969-1973) during the Vietnam war. Robert attended firefighting school, Assault Boat Coxswain School,  and the National Training Center for seaman, Petty Officer 3&2 class, Boatswain Mate 3&2. He was also trained in minelayers as an E-4, E-5.  He earned the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star. 

 He was a loving husband of 50 years, a father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Robert is survived by his wife, Lenita; 2 sons: Richard and Rizalde “Steve” Mellano (wife Shannon); 5 grandchildren: Miles (Ruth Anne), Mason (Shelby), Mitchell (Cheyenne), Mamie (Bryce), Shyanne (fiancĂ© Wyatt); and 4 great-grandchildren: Oliver, Felicity, Henry, Audrey; sister, Janice Henderson, as well as nieces and nephews. He  was preceded in death by his son (Robert Deal, Jr.), his parents, brother (Jim), and sister (Phyllis). 

Services will be provided by Dobbs Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 3-6 pm.  Viewing  is scheduled for 3pm-4:45pm; Memorial service will immediately follow. The address for the service is 430 North Kirkman Road, Orlando FL 32811.  The service will also be on Facebook live, at 4:30pm. 

In lieu of flowers, there will be a drop box for donations in Robert’s honor to the organization, Semper Fi & America’s Fund.  If you cannot attend the service, please send donations to:  825 College Boulevard, Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.

Stephen "Steve" Robert Erwin

Steve Erwin, 79, of Winter Springs, Florida passed away on October 19, 2022, of natural causes.  He was born in Columbus, Ohio on September 13, 1943, son of Bill Erwin and Virginia Erwin. Steve graduated from Eastmoor High School in 1961, earned a degree from Columbus College of Art & Design in 1965, and pursued a successful career as a commercial artist and illustrator.  Steve was involved in creative endeavors throughout his life including painting, sculpting, writing, and photography. Following his retirement and relocation to Winter Springs, he remained active in the Central Florida arts scene. Steve freely gave his time and talents to various civic and cultural organizations including The Kerouac Project of Orlando, The Lake Mary Museum, Orlando Downtown Arts District, The Orlando Fringe, St. Richard’s Winter Park Episcopal Church, Columbus Folk Music Society, Westerville Progressive Alliance, The Shamrock Club and various Irish-American groups.

Steve is survived by his wife, Marilyn Erwin, his son Robb (Brenda) Erwin, son Ryan (Brandi) Erwin, and daughter Corrie (Kevin) Wassum. He is also survived by two siblings, Tom (Ilona) Erwin and Jean (Robert) Toda, four grandchildren, and twelve nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Johnny Erwin.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Stephen Robert Erwin to the Columbus College of Art & Design General Scholarship Fund at www.ccad.edu/givetoCCAD or Columbus College of Art & Design Development Office, 107 N. 9th St. Columbus, OH 43215.