Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Ineta T. Lewis

Ineta T. Lewis, age 41, of Orlando,  passed away Friday, July 26th, 2013 at her residence with her family by her side.   She was born in Antigua, West Indies the daughter of the late William and Deborah Smith. She was a homemaker and member of Mount Sinai Seventh Day Adventist Church in Orlando.

The family will be receiving friends at Mount Sinai Seventh Day Adventist Church, Orlando from 10:00 am until 12:00p followed by the funeral service with Pastor Herman L. Davis, Sr. officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Marcus Lamar Johnson

Marcus Lamar Johnson was called home to be with his Savior and Lord on Wednesday, July 10, 2013.  He was born on October 21, 1973 to John W. Johnson and Edna M. Clay in Orlando, Florida.  A lifelong Floridian, he was employed as a chef and was a member of New Life Ministries.

He is predeceased by his father John Wesley Johnson Sr; grandparents Addie Lee Clay, Eddie Clay and Candacy Johnson.  Marcus leaves to cherish his memory, mother Edna M. Johnson; brothers John W. Johnson Jr, Keith Johnson; aunts and uncles Dosie Lee Weatherspoon (John), Mattie Mallett, Zedora Weatherspoon (James), Joseph B. Clay (Wanda), Irene Thomas, Lousie Smith (Leroy), Leroy Johnson (Esther) Cardell Barker (Geneva); great aunts Ann Morrison, Rosa Bowles, Rosetta Townsend, Mary Francis Clay, Calvin Jones (Jackie) William Hawkins; three lovely nieces Stephanie M. Johnson, Keitia J. Johnson, Keitresse M. Johnson; and a host of loving cousins and friends.

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Saturday, July 20, 2013 from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm.  The funeral service will follow visitation with  Elder Joseph B. Clay officiating.

Twenty Third Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restores my soul, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for Thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Johnny Basil McLeod

Johnny Basil McLeod, age 53, of  Apopka, FL passed away Tuesday, July 9th, 2013 at Florida Hospital Orlando, Orlando.   Johnny was born in Orlando, FL  the son of the late Maryann (Barber)  and Jordan  McLeod.  He was employed as a construction foreman. 
Johnny leaves to cherish his memory, wife Bonita  (Dozier)  McLeod of Apopka ;  two daughters, Sheila McLeod, of Apopka; Michelle McLeod, of Apopka; a son,Daniel Dozier, of Minnesota;  brother, Joseph McLeod, of Apopka and grandchildren Jayden Roger and Ciera McLeod of Apopka.
The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Saturday, July 13, 2013 from 2:00 until 3:00 pm, followed by the service at 3:00 pm with Pastor Thomas Hensley officiating.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Thomas F. Hale

Thomas F.  Hale, 60, passed away on July 5, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.  Tom is survived by his devoted wife Mary; children Shawn (Tiffany), Justin (Alison), Joshua, Kathleen and Elizabeth; grandchildren Shawn, Riley, Mason, William, and Cy; siblings Kenneth and  David Hale and Cheryl Somerset.  He was born in England at a US military base, where his father was stationed.
Shortly after his birth, his family relocated back to the states, eventually settling in Winter Garden, Florida. After graduating from Lakeview High School, Tom served four years in the United States Air Force as a crew chief on C130 airplanes.   After leaving the military, following in his father's footsteps, he was blessed with a passion for his career as a truck driver.    He drove for The Martin Brower Company for 31 years, delivering to McDonald's throughout the state of Florida. During those years he won numerous truck driving competitions at both local and state levels.
It was while delivering to McDonald's, Tom met Mary.   They were married in December of 1988, celebrating 25 years of marriage this year. His role as a father added great meaning to his life. He enjoyed coaching his three son's baseball teams, and was thrilled to eventually have two daughters to complete his family.  As a family, they looked forward to and enjoyed many vacations both here in the states and cruising the Caribbean. Tom enjoyed a variety of hobbies over the years, including model building, fishing, bowling, flying single engine planes, and eventually settling into a good game of golf. Tom and his family were long time parishioners at Saint Andrews Church. 
Diagnosed early this year with advanced lung cancer, he courageously battled the awful disease.  Faced with a challenging prognosis, he agreed to fight the disease aggressively. He was introduced to a wonderful group of doctors, nurses, technicians, and therapists at Orlando Health. During his 7 week stay in ICU, this team, lead by Dr. Mark Vollenweider, worked daily to overcome the many obstacles he faced.  We cannot express the gratitude for the wonderful personalized care and compassion Tom received. 
Family will receive friends on Monday, July 8th from 7-9 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home, located at 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando. Funeral Mass will be at Saint Andrews Catholic Church in Orlando on Tuesday, July 9th at 4pm with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Fr. Andy O'Reilly, CPPS  (211 Green Dolphin St., Morehead City, NC 28557) to support his preaching ministry. Tom thought the world of Fr. Andy and his work in Parish Missions.
     Tom lives with us in memory and will forever more.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

John P. Shimkonis

John P. Shimkonis, age 55, of Orlando passed away on 30 June 2013.  He was born at the  US Naval Hospital, Quantico, Virginia.   John had diverse interests. With an incredible in-depth knowledge and love of plants and plant life he owned and ran his own business, West Orlando Pro Lawncare. His work earned him landscaping awards around Orlando. John also spent a short time in the US Navy.  He was an avid reader, having a keen interest and knowledge in American history. He had and affinity for the ocean and surfing, painting and drawing and was musically inclined.   But most of all he had a beautiful mind and kind soul.

John is preceeded in death by father 1st Sgt. Frank Shimkonis USMC and survived by mother Joan L. Shimkonis, Orlando FL, brothers  Anthony N. Shimkonis, Wilmington, NC, Michael R. Shimkonis with wife Jennifer, nephew Nicolas, niece Ava Louise, Telluride, CO and Joseph D. Shimkonis, Honolulu, HI.

Wake Services will be held at Dobbs Funeral Home 430 N.Kirkman Rd., Orlando 32811 09 July 2013 from 7-9 pm. Mass and services will be held at St. Andrew's Catholic Church 801 N Hastings St., Orlando 32808 10 July at 1200 noon with reception following at church hall  In lieu of flowers please make a donation to: NAMI Greater  (National Alliance of Mentally Ill Greater Orlando)  or The Lustgarten Foundation (cure for pancreatic cancer). 

Friday, July 5, 2013

LaVerne Marie (Kahoun) Pritchett

Pritchett, LaVerne Marie (Kahoun) Age 90, passed away gently at Winter Park Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, with family and friends. LaVerne was born in Chicago, IL, on February 15, 1923, to Frank Kahoun and Mae (Bedner) Kahoun. LaVerne was a loving and devoted wife of 60 years to Oliver Roy “Bud” Pritchett, who passed away in September, 2007. She and Bud moved their family from Schererville, IN to Largo in December, 1959, when they became owners of Town and Country Mobile Home Park in Largo. LaVerne is survived by their son Keith and daughters Pat Estes, Gail Karcher, and Susan Pritchett (Greg Will), 7 grandsons, Josh Pritchett, Erich and Scott Estes, Brian and Tim Karcher, Justin Will, Jim Kelly, and one adorable great grandchild, Milledge Estes (son of Erich). 
LaVerne will be most remembered for her business acumen and love of beautiful antiques and gardens. During their life together, LaVerne and Bud enjoyed many adventures. They were pioneers in the mobile home park industry, and facilitated Town and Country becoming one of the first resident owned parks in the state. After they retired, they traveled extensively with their family to over 60 countries. They were true life partners, and strong believers in education. They were instrumental in seeing all ten of their children and grandchildren become college graduates. In retirement, LaVerne and Bud also enjoyed spending summers at their cabin in Otto, North Carolina. Since Bud’s passing in 2007, LaVerne has lived with her loving, devoted daughter Pat in Winter Park, FL. One of LaVerne’s last adventures was traveling with Pat to Chicago for her 70th reunion from Mercy High School, a Catholic girls school.
Visitation and a memorial service will be held at 2 pm on Monday, July 8, 2013, at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando, 32811 Interment will take place at 11 am on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 5233 118th Ave N., Clearwater FL 33760 In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Diamond Black Fan Anemia Foundation, P.O. Box 1092, W. Seneca, NY 14224