Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bernita Pricilla Shaw Daniels

Bernita Shaw, age 52  of Orlando, passed away on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, Florida.  A lifelong Floridian she was born in Umatilla, Florida the daughter of Louvenia (Brown) Shaw and was a homemaker.  Bernita leaves to cherish her memory, mother Louvenia Shaw of Orlando;  sons Byron, Joseph and Marquis; brother Leon; sister Sheila; 4 grandchildren  and many sorrowing relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Washington Park Cemetery.

Armond Black

Armond Black, age 52 of Orlando, passed away Friday night, August 29, 2014 at his home with family at his bedside.  He was born in Chicago, Illinois the son of Sheila Black and Melvin Bradley.  He was employed as a security guard.
Armond is preceded in death by his mother and best friend Sheila Bradley.  His memory is celebrated by his father Melvin Bradley, his favorite aunt Elaine M clurkin and her husband Frank.  Two younger brothers, Donnell Winston, and Marcelus Bradley (LaKisha).  His best friend in the form of a pet "SCRAPPY".   His couins with whom he grew up with Jonathan, Evette, and Andre Daniels. Younger cousins Tameka, Carmelita, Lynnette, Danella, Tonja, Dominick (Joyce), Harold, and Kenny.  As well as an array of nieces and nephews, including his closest nephew Parys, whom he liked to call "His son".
The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 10:00 am.  The funeral service will follow visitation at 11:00 am, and interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Orlando.

For those that would like to contribute with a financial gift towards the funeral's expenses, please call the funeral home by 3:00 pm.,  Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 407-578-7720 for information.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

David Lee Balser

David Lee Balser,  age 74, of  Apopka, FL passed away Thursday, August 21st, 2014 at Florida Hospital Apopka.   David was born in Elwood, IN., the son of Genevieve (Manghelli)  and Billie R. Balser and moved to Central Florida from Elwwod, IN in 1959.   He lived with his son Tony and daughter Michelle and was employed and retired from Continental Can Corp in Winter Garden, Florida.  He was also a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
David is preceded in death by wife Shelby Bruce Balser; grandchildren Mandi Renee Balser and Anthony Lee Balser.  He leaves to cherish his memory  sons David Bruce and James Anthony Balser; daughter Tonya Michelle Swadley; brothers William Robert and John Edward Balser; grandchildren Jennifer Christine Swadley, John David Balser, Shawn Nicholas Swadley, Valerie Michelle Balser, Shelby Annmarie Swadley, Ethan Michael Balser.
The family will be receiving visitors at Dobbs Funeral Home on Friday, August 29, 2014 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.  The funeral service will follow visitation at 12:00 pm with Pastor Bruce Clark officiating. Interment will be at Orlando Memorial Gardens in Apopka.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Shirley Ann Enwright

Shirley Ann Enwright, age 67, of  Orlando,  passed away Sunday, August 10th, 2014 at her residence.  Shirley was born in Clinton, IA the daughter of Betty (Mayer) Hickenbottom of Clinton, IA and the late Darrell Hickenbottom.  Shirley married Gerald A. Enwright on June 1,2 1965.   She was a devoted Mother, crafter, and homemaker.  She also worked for several Orange County schools in a variety of office positions for more than 20 years,  member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church  in Apopka and also a member of Beta Sigma Phi. 
Shirley is  leaves to cherish her memory husband Gerald (Jerry) Enwright of Orlando; two daughters, Susan Enwright Hicks of Ashville, NC, Sandra Enwright of Washington, DC; son Grant Enwright of Pembroke Pines, FL;  five sisters, Susan Burns of Cedar Rapids, IA, Sandra Lara of Orlando, Sally Smith of Clinton, IA,  Sheila McMininy of Clinton, IA,  Sherri Sorem of Camanche, IA; two grandchildren, Emma Enwright of Pembroke and Linus Hicks of Ashville.
The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Apopka, FL at 11:00 am on Friday, August 15th,  with Father Paul officiating.

Denise Bates Enos

Denise Bates Enos, 52, passed away August 11th.  A woman of incredible intelligence and compassion, she will be missed deeply by all who knew her.  Denise was born in 1961 in Aurora, CO, the daughter of Dr. John Bates and Dixie Lee Bates.  As Dr. Bates was in the Air Force, Denise traveled a good bit in her earlier years with the family settling in Ft. Walton Beach when Dr. Bates was transferred to Eglin Air Force Base.  She graduated from Choctawhatchee High School in 1979, and Florida State University in 1982, with both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in English.  A freelance writer, her work has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers.  She had also just finished her first novel, and was in the process of looking for a publisher.  Her excellent editing services were often in demand by several publications.
Denise is survived by her children, John Marshall Katheder and Charlotte Katheder, as well as her husband Jeff, her father Dr. Bates, and her brother John Bates.
Denise was a member of Holy Family Parish, and a woman of deep Catholic Faith.  Therefore, in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to the Orlando branch of the St. Martin de Porres Catholic Charity.  A memorial mass will be scheduled at a later time. 

Rachel Alty

Rachel Alty, age 1 month and 4 days, passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Winnie Palmer Hospital.  Rachel was born in Orlando, Florida the daughter of Nahomie Pierre and Paterson Alty who will cherish her memory.

The funeral service will be held at Dobbs Funeral Home on Friday, August 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm.  Interment will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Frances F. Sweatt Graham

Frances F. Sweatt Graham passed away on August 3rd, 2014, at her home in Ocklawaha, Florida.  She was 83 years old.  Frances had been struggling with the many complications which arise from Parkinson's Disease for the last 2-3 years. 

She was born Frances Myrtie Farrar on March 18th, 1931 in Rumford, Maine.  After she married, she moved from Maine and has been a Florida resident for the past 55 years.  She retired from AT&T.  She was actively involved with the Laureate Zeta Lambda Sorority for many years.  
She was the best mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend that anyone could ever ask for.  Her life was devoted to her family and there was nothing she enjoyed more than spending time with them.  She will be sorely missed by all.
Frances was preceded in death by her mother Amy Lillian (Chayer) Farrar, father Mearl Frank Farrar, brother George Harlan Farrar and husband Vernon W. Graham.  She is survived by her four sisters, Pauline Buckingham, Marion Cooper, Pat Hunt (Jim), and Sharon Philbrook; children Frank Sweatt (Lesia), Mary F. Sweatt-Inbody, Carl K. Sweatt, J. Michael Sweatt (Sandra) and Amy I. Nelson (Layne); her grandchildren Natalie Sweatt, Andy Sweatt, Adam Inbody, Jared Inbody, James Greer, Brian Sweatt, April Sweatt Bamberger, Bradley Sweatt, Lauren Sweatt and Clifford Dye; as well as many great-grandchildren
The family will be receiving friends at St. Andrew Catholic Church on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 10:00 - 11:00 am followed by the mass at 11:00 am with Father Leo Hodges officiating.  Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. 
 Family requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hospice of Marion County or Parkinson's Disease Foundation.  Please see the following:

Louann Ferrell

Louann Ferrell, age 81, of  Orlando passed away August 1, 2014. She was born in Bluefield, West Virginia, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Davis-Trivett) Osborne. She moved from South Carolina to Central Florida in 1964.  Louann was employed as an abstractor for an attorney title company and was a member of True Freedom Fellowship Church. 
She is preceded in death by sister Margie Hart (2007) and brother Harold Osborne (1995) and  leaves to cherish her memory son Mickey Ferrell of Port St. John; daughter Leesa Durocher of Ormond Beach, daughter Sherrie Gaulin and son Robert Ferrell both of Orlando;  9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Dobbs Funeral Home on  August 9th, 20014  at 12:30p followed by the funeral service at 1:30p., with Rev. Rick Shearouse officiating.  Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Charles Edward Hawthorne

Charles Edward Hawthorne, age 90 passed away August 1, 2014 from pulmonary complications following knee replacement surgery.
 A fourth generation descendant of homesteading West Orange pioneers, Charles was born on February 13, 1924 to Thomas Claude and Mary Lucy Hawthorne.  He also had a lifelong interest in politics and served as a member of several water management authorities.  Gator football game days were sacred and strangers were only "friends he hadn't formally met".
A 1943 graduate of Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA., Charles immediately enlisted in the Army Air Corps and participated in 49 missions as a tail gunner on a B-25 over Italy and  Germany.  Shortly before he shipped out, he married his grade school sweetheart, Grace Brown, of Winter Garden.  At the conclusion of World War II, he and Grace moved to Gainesville where he completed a BS in Agriculture under the GI Bill, graduating in 1949.
Returning to West Orange he began operating a citrus management company and acquired properties with opportunities to grow citrus.  Before the freezes of 1983, 1985 and 1989 his company managed over 7,000 acres of citrus being harvested for juice and fresh fruit.  Still desiring to be involved with horticulture he embarked into ornamental plants starting CharleStan Landscaping Nursery in Winter Garden and on the family homestead.  He loved nurturing his plants and worked at the nursery until he was 88. 
He served on the board of Florida Citrus Mutual and had a call in radio show relating to citrus management.  In addition he was active in Lion's Club International and the Winter Garden Baptist Church. 
Retirement included traveling the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa.  Charles and Grace celebrated 52 years of marriage before she passed away in 1997.  He subsequently met Alice Hoelzer of Deland Traverse City, Michigan on a Farm Bureau Tour of the Netherlands in 1998.  They  married in 2000 and moved to King's Ridge, an active adult community in Clermont.  This served as their base for exploring the globe.  Even with the constraints of Alzheimer's they were able to take a Road Scholar trip to Chincoteague Island in May and explore the art museums in St. Petersburg and Tampa in June. 
Charles was predeceased by his oldest child, Gretchen, in 1994.  His descendants include sons, Chuck (Louise) and Stan (Sherri) of Windermere, Florida, 6 Grandsons, 4 Granddaughters, 13 Great Grandsons, 5 Great Granddaughters and 3 babies expected later this year.  He was also predeceased by his older brother, James and his younger siblings, Betty (Shuman) and William.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mike Conley Hospice House of Cornerstone Hospice, the Alzheimer's Foundation, the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, Oakland Nature Preserve or a charity of your choice. 
A Celebration of Life will be held at Oakland Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 9th at 11:00 am.  Professional Arrangements by Dobbs Funeral  Home, 407-578-7720