Friday, November 23, 2012

Mary Magdalene Lauradin

Mary Magdalene Lauradin, age 64, of Orlando, FL, passed away Friday, November 16th, 2012.   Mary was born in St. Lucia, West Indies, Indies on November 21, 1947, the daughter of the late Josephine (Leon)  and Joseph  Bissette.  She moved to Central Florida from the Virgin Islands in 1972 and was employed as a housekeeper in the hotel industry. 
Mary leaves to cherish her memory, husband Frank Lauradin of Orlando; daughter, Mary Lee Rogers, of Minneola;  step daughter, Rosemica Lauradin, of Orlando;  two step sons Max Lauradin, of Orlando; Emerson Lauradin, of Orlando;  three sisters, Angeline Bissette, of New York; Pamela Bissette, of St. Lucia; Felicia Bissette, of St. Lucia; four brothers, Thomas Leon, of England; Cletus Leon, of New York; Peter Leon, of St. Lucia; Gerard Leon, of St. Lucia;  and 3 grandchildren. 
The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 11:00 am  until 12:00 noon on Saturday, November 24th, 2012.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated following the visitation at the funeral home with Father Leo Hodges officiating.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Charles Daub Evans

Charles, Charlie, "Doc" Evans was born August 22, 1925,in Lebanon PA, the only child of Eva and Charles Evans. Charles married Mary Alyce Anderson, also of Lebanon on June 19, 1948.  He is survived by his two children, Sue Anne Laur, Apopka Florida, his son Charles R. of Clarcona, his Son-in-law David Laur and his grand-daughter Elizabeth Anne of Mt. Gretna, PA.

Charlie proudly served his country in the US Navy from 1943-1946, receiving his high school diploma aboard his ship while in the pacific.  He has been a member of the Mt. Moriah Masonic Lodge of Maryland for 57 years; he has also been a member of the Bahia Shrine Temple for 37 years as a member of the drum and bugle corps, concert band and the BINGO bunch. Charlie was must proud, however, of his work  with the Shriners Crippled Children's hospital in Tampa, Fl.
Charlie moved his young family to Florida in 1956 from Baltimore, Maryland as a transfer from the Bendix corporation to begin the Martin Marietta Corporation where he was a Engineering supervisor; he retired from Martin in 1982.
As a young child, under the guidance of his mentor, Harry Moyer, Charlie became an avid RC model airplane enthusiast. He was a published author of many articles on RC flying and also had many of his own designs published. He was always willing to lend a hand to new and young people interested in flying, returning the guidance he had received so many years ago.  Always willing to try something new, his last adventure was learning to fly electric-something he thought to be the "cleaner" way to fly.  Charlie lost his battle with cancer on November 15, 2012.  He was loved by his family and will be missed. 
The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012  from 10:00 until 11:00 am followed by the service at 11:00 am.  Interment will be at Dr. Phillips Cemetery with military honors and a masonic service. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Agatha Cathy Mark

Agatha Cathy Mark, age 63, passed away on November 11th, 2012 at her home in Ocoee.  Born to Sarahnie Charles and Pappit Joseph, Agatha’s journey began on August 1st, 1949 in Morne-Jaloux, Carriacou, Grenada.  Affectionately known as “Gatty”, “Cathy”, or “Mother”, Agatha quickly developed a charm and a strong will which made her a leader within the family. The eldest child raised by her grandmother, Agatha learned early on how to take charge of almost any situation; a quality she exemplified throughout the rest of her life. Years later, Agatha blossomed into adulthood and had her first child, Casiea. Casiea was her pride and joy and Agatha spoiled her in any and every way possible.  In 1971, Agatha’s love for law and law enforcement led her to join the Royal Grenada Police Force where she remained until she moved to New York in 1975.  Several years later, Agatha met and married the love of her life, Shurland, and gave birth to her last child, Shurlyn.  Shurlyn was also the apple of Agatha’s eye and up until her demise, there was nothing she didn’t do to ensure Shurlyn’s, as well as Casiea’s happiness.  Agatha also gained a stepson, Shurland Jr., whom she loved like her very own.

In 1991, Agatha graduated from New York University and began working as a paralegal.  She was respected and adored by her coworkers and served as an invaluable member at the prestigious law firm Anderson, Kill, Olick, & Oshinsky. Two years later, Agatha’s grandchild Kiara was born.  In her usual custom, Agatha doted on Kiara in all ways and loved her very dearly. Agatha’s other cherished grandchildren came from Shurland Jr. and include Micah, Silas, and Langston.  In 2003, Agatha and her family relocated to Florida where she quickly became a much-loved member of the community. She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Orlando.

From young adulthood until present, Agatha was undoubtedly known for her grace, elegance, beauty, selflessness, generosity, and kindness. An excellent cook, she was also famous for her fondness of entertaining.  Nearly every day she would cook more than necessary in order to have enough for, as she often said, “a hungry stranger.” She was also an amazing seamstress who in her earlier years expressed her love of fashion with unique and trendy designs. In addition to her practicality, Agatha had other intangible qualities. She was a tower of strength and bravery. She was a voice of reason, a discerning counselor, and always found a way to console a burdened soul. 

No one who has ever met Agatha can forget her generosity, kindness, and warmth.  Her overall presence left a lasting impression on anyone she encountered.  In whatever she did, Agatha sought to be the best and always strived to please.  More often than not, putting her own needs or desires aside, she could be counted upon to help anyone who ever requested it. Mother, caretaker, provider, nurturer, friend, and confidant are just a few of the many hats that Agatha wore.  From beginning to end, her life was one filled with love, laughter, kind words, kinder deeds, and an immense sense of devotion to her family and friends.

Although she gave birth to two children, Agatha served as a mother to many more including Ren, Elias, Doris, Linda, Herbert, Martin, Gloria, and others too numerous to mention.  Agatha is survived by her husband, Shurland, daughters Casiea and Shurlyn, granddaughter Kiara, and numerous other family members and countless friends. Agatha’s six in-laws Greta, Eldica, Cynthia, Cecil, Herbert, and Willis became her dearest siblings.  The bond within the extended family was genuinely profound and Agatha cherished each one in a different way.  She also inherited beloved nieces including Natasha, Debra, Veronica, Petra, and Anelcia as well as nephews including Farley, Stewart, Travis, and Lawrence.  Agatha also left behind countless cousins on her side of the family including, Anastasia, Remy, Dessa, Omega, John, Vernon, Lionel, and Stephen, as well as aunts, Angela, Agnes, and Rita, and uncle, Toby. Lastly, Agatha’s closest friends Doreen and Alma and many others played a significant role in her life.  Truly irreplaceable, Agatha will sorely be missed and we pray that she may rest in everlasting and eternal peace. 
 The family will be receiving friends at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Sunday, November 18th, 2012 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church on Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 10:00 am.  Interment will follow the  Mass at Winter Garden Cemetery.
St. Andrew Catholic Church
801 Hastings Street ~ Orlando, Florida 32808
Repast at Mela Room
9677 South Orange Blossom Trail  Orlando, FL 32837

Monday, November 12, 2012

Myrtie Lee White

Myrtie Lee Taylor White, 91, of Kissimmee, Florida passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2012.   She was born March 7, 1921 in Doerun, Georgia to the late John Abraham & Sarah Frances (Hancock) Taylor.  Myrtie married Clifford W. White in June of 1938.  They moved from Georgia to Ocoee, Florida in 1944 then moved to Narcoossee, Florida in 1980.  Mrs. White moved to Kissimmee, Florida in 2005.  Myrtie was retired from Coca-Cola/Minute Maid where she worked as a fruit packer.  She was a member of The Church of God of Prophecy in Ocoee, Florida.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford W. White; son, Charles White; great grand-daughters: Rian Hawley & Ashley White; brothers: Wesley Taylor, Warren Taylor, Mayo Taylor, Henry Taylor & George Taylor; sisters: Bell Smith Renau, Sallie Voss Pruitt, Cora Lee Cole, Nellie Davis & Adean George.
She leaves to cherish her memory, son Clifford Jerry (Lillie) White of Maryville, Tenn.; daughter Judy Marcus of Kissimmee, Fla.; daughter-in-law Sharon White of Deltona, Fla.; grandchildren: Daniel (Brenda) White, Stephanie Salavarria, Delama (Timmy) Starling, John (Chrissy) White, Stephen (Stacie) White, Scott (Selma) White, Greg (Fiona) White, Mark (Heather) White, Christian Marcus & Kimberly Hawley; great grandchildren:  Allysen Marcus, Brianna Harris, Charice White, Courtney (Aaron) Stewart, Dillon White, Douglas Ribeiro, Faith White, Gabriel Marcus, Griffin White, Jonathan White, Jordan White, Katherine Salavarria, Kyle A. White, Kyle J. Starling, Nathan Salavarria, Rowan Hawley, Ryleigh Hawley, Shalah White, Taylor White, Tyler A. White, Tyler J. White & Victoria Salavarria and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The Funeral Service will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at The Church of God of Prophecy, 159 Taylor Street, Ocoee Florida, with Pastor Ron Bates and Reverend Lester Weldon officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Ocoee Cemetery.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Blonnie "Honey" Mae Burkhalter

Honey Mae Burkhalter, 93, of  Orlando, passed away  Monday, November 5th, 2012 at her grandson's home.  Honey was born in Alabama, the  daughter of the late Willie Joe and Alice Parham.   She was a homemaker,  employed as a Bell telephone operator and an over the road team truck driver.  She and her late husband Jess had his and her motorcyles (as they loved to ride).  Honey was  also a professional boxing trainer.  Out of 324 fights, her husband Jess (who she trained) won 319.   She was an incredible sewer and loved cardinals and butterflies. 

Honey is predeceased by her son Ray (1980) and her husband Jess (2007).  She leaves to cherish her memory grandsons, Michael Burkhalter of Ocoee, Jesse Burkhalter of Orlo Vista, Joe Burkhalter of Winter Garden; great grandchildren, Samantha Burkhalter of Valdosta, Brooke Burkhalter of Maitland, Jessica Keeley of Ocoee, Sage Keeley of Deland; Jennifer Burkhalter, Joey Burkhalter, Joanie Burkhalter of Winter Garden, Andrea Burkhalter of South Florida; 1 great-great grandchild, Peyton Perkins of Valdosta. 

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 6 - 8 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, November 9, 2012 at Dobbs Funeral Home,  with Pastor Harvey Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow the service at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.