Thursday, February 28, 2019

Desiree Ali

Desiree Ali, age 55, passed away on Monday, February 25, 2019 at Health Central Hospital.  She was born in Georgetown, Guyana, the daughter of Harry and Beryl (Rampaud) Persaud.  She was employed as a teacher in the school system.

Desiree leaves to cherish her memory, husband Farouk Ali of Orlando; daughters Shameeza Embroy of Deltona; Shazeela Ali, Fazeela Ali, Nafeeza Ali all of Orlando; and 5 grandchildren.  

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 9:30 until 10:30 am on Friday, March 1,2019.   The funeral Mass will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church at 11:00 am. with Father Leo Hodges officiating.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Richard Joseph Laur

Richard Joseph Laur, age 93, of Orlando, passed away Sunday, February 17th, 2019 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee,  Richard was born in Baltimore, MD,  son of the late Lena (Potthast)  and Richard A. Laur.  He retired from the U.S. Air Force .

Richard leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters Mary Paulus  and Carolyn Iannone, both of Apopka; five sons Richard Laur, II, of Gotha; Steven Laur, of Merrit Island; David Laur, of Apopka; Michael Laur, of Altamonte Springs; Robert Laur, of Longwood;  20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home from 7:00 until 9:00 pm.  The funeral mass will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at St. Andrew Catholic Church at 10:00 am with Father Leo Hodges officiating.  Interment will follow the mass at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Joyce Dolores McGregor

Joyce Dolores McGregor passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 4:20 pm in Orlando, Florida. Joyce was born on November 22, 1939 to the late Lurlean Louisa McKinney and Ivan White in Guabito, Panama. She was the eldest child of three and known to her siblings and friends as “Cutie”.

In 1960, Joyce arrived in New York where she began her career in healthcare. She was married in 1965 and had three daughters, Denise, Maxine, and Antonette. The family moved to Florida in the mid 70’s where she found a rewarding career in childcare. In Florida, Joyce positively impacted the lives of many with her kindness and loving spirit. She was an active member of Abundant Life Church, a business owner, director of a preschool in Orlando, and was determined to get her high school diploma, which she achieved at the age of 70.

God guided Joyce home to be with Him where she will no longer have pain and suffering. We are so blessed and honored to have had her in our lives and she will live eternally in our hearts. Joyce was born on Thanksgiving and passed away around a holiday of love. She is predeceased by her daughter, Denise (2012), and her brother, Enrique (2018). She is survived by her daughters, Maxine and Antonette, granddaughters, Nicole, Kayla, and Meagan, great-granddaughters, Aaliyah and A’Lani, her sister, Shirley, and a host of nieces, cousins, and other relatives and sorrowing friends. Rest In Peace.

The family will be receiving friends from 3:00 until 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The funeral service will follow at 4:30 pm with Reverend Craig Daugherty officiating. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Charles Milward Nash

Charles Milward Nash passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019. He was a loving husband, devoted father, grandfather and caring friend to all who knew him. Charlie was born in Geneva, Alabama on August 31, 1926, to the late Lee Hayes Nash and Wilkie Register Nash. He is preceded in death by Mary Louise Nash, his loving wife of 58 wonderful years. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville. Charlie is survived by his son William (Edna) Nash; daughter Mary (Cliff) Shepard; son Lee Nash; grandchildren Tyler Shepard, Morgan (Bryan) Traficante, and Spencer Shepard; cousin Sylvia Bruce Stone; brother-in-law Ray Wagner; sister-in-law Nancy Jones and many nieces and nephews. The funeral will be a graveside service conducted by Rev. Russell T. Belcher at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, February 18, 2019, at Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 400 Woodlawn Cemetery Road, Gotha, FL 34734. The route to the gravesite will be marked with signs upon entering the cemetery property at the main entrance. In lieu of flowers please make donations to First United Methodist Church of Jacksonville, 225 East Duval Street, Jacksonville FL, 32202.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

William Addison Call

William (Bill) A. Call, age 81, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at his home in Orlando. He was born January 25, 1938, in New Albany Indiana to Hobert and Frankie Call.  He was a graduate of New Albany High School class of 1956. After a short stent at Purdue University, he was drafted into the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1968.  He married Cynthia (Tucker) Call on June 13, 1970.  William worked as a mechanical engineer with ABC controls where he designed HVAC control systems for large buildings like the Orange County Convention Center.  Bill was a family man who loved spending time with his wife and children.  Bill had a great sense of humor and loved telling jokes to anyone who would listen.  He was an active member of his church where for many years he donated a lot his time.  He had a kind heart and loved helping others. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; sons Randy (age 43) and Chris (age 41); daughter Cathy (age 38); and grandchildren Austin (age 18), Caleb (age 17), Alyssa (age 8) and Brandon (age 6). 

Family, friends, and other whose lives Bill touched are invited to the Church at the Cross, 700 Good Homes Road, Orlando.  Viewing begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by a service at 11:00 a.m. to honor his life.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Mrs. Kathryn Fisher Henry

Kathryn Fisher Henry, age 100, wife of deceased husband James William Henry, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ January 31,2019. Kathryn accepted Jesus as her personal Savior at the age of nine and had the unique joy of being baptized with her father at the Hopewell Baptist Church in Robertson County. In later years she worked in Sunday School with students and loved being a part of God’s forever family. She was a member of First Baptist Church Hendersonvillle, Tennessee.

She was born in Springfield, Tennessee, to the late Marshall and Hazel Pope Fisher. Kathryn received her high school degree from Orlinda High School and Draughns Business College. Her secretarial skills led her to work as a part time secretary at Belmont University, and later as church secretary at First Baptist of Nashville Eastland and Dalewood churches. She also worked as Media Buyer for Culbertson, King, and Condiles Advertising and in Retail and Special Events at Gaylord Opryland Hotel.

Kathryn is survived by her brother Jack Fisher of Springfield ,two sons, Jim (Jeanette) Henry of Orlando Florida and Joe (Kim) Henry of Nashville; five grandchildren ; eleven great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers for Kathryn are Danny de Armas, Asa de Armas, Seth de Armas ,Stan Campbell, Mike Henry, David Henry, James B. Henry III, Trey Henry, and Will Henry. Honorary pallbearers are Bill Carey, Walt Robinson, Steve Smith, George Aust, Bob Clement, Bruce Corbin, Ron Jackson, and Harris Scott.
In lieu of flowers Kathryn has requested gifts to be given to the Henry-Sturgeon Preaching Scholarship Endowment at Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary,3210 E. Guasti Road, Ontario California 91761-8642; or Missions Ministry at First Baptist Church 106 Bluegrass Commons Blvd, Hendersonville TN 37075 ,or your favorite charity.

The family will greet friends on Friday night, February 8th, from 6 PM till 9 PM at Spring Hill Funeral Home located at 5110 Gallatin Pike, Nashville. The celebration of Kathryn Henry’s life will be at Saturday, February 9th, at 10:30 at First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, TN. Burial will follow in the historic Spring Hill Cemetery.

Our family is grateful to God for a century of the blessed life of Kathryn Fisher Henry (MiMi).

Arrangements entrusted to Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5110 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216, 615-208-2161.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Jeanette Sue Henry

Orlando, Florida - Jeanette Sue Sturgeon Henry, age 79, wife of Pastor James “Brother Jim” Henry, went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ February 4, 2019, after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s.

Jeanette was born February 22, 1939, in Glasgow, Kentucky, to the late Samuel and Bertha Mae Sturgeon. She earned her high school diploma from Hiseville High School.  After high school, Jeanette attended Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky where she met Jim during her freshmen year of 1957.  They married on December 27, 1959, and shortly thereafter they moved to New Orleans so Jim could attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She later graduated Cum Laude from Belmont University in 1969, all while caring for three children and her husband!!
Jeanette accepted Jesus as her personal Savior and was baptized at the age of 9 during Vacation Bible School at Salem Baptist Church, Cave City, Kentucky.

For nearly 60 years, Jeanette was a pastor’s wife.  This journey took them to churches in Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida.  Jeanette possessed a graceful strength in her role as a pastor’s wife that earned her the love and admiration of the people they pastored from the smallest churches in Mississippi to the largest church in Orlando, Florida.  She was a unique blend of “blue grass and classical” that allowed her to connect with people from all walks of life.

Jeanette always found a place to make her mark in ministry alongside Jim’s pastoring.  She worked with children, cooked thousands of meals and led a large Sunday School class for adults during her years of ministry.  She was probably best known for her love of teaching the Bible.  The impact of her teaching still lingers in the lives of hundreds who are still members at First Baptist Church Orlando or have scattered to other churches around the country.  She also spoke at women’s events and pastors’ wives’ events around the country.  Her legacy can be marked by her receiving the Willie Turner Dawson Award for "distinct denominational contribution beyond the local church."

Jeanette’s dearest love, after Jesus and Jim, was her children and she devoted herself to their care with her time, attention, participation and unconditional love. She was fiercely committed to ensuring that her children did not grow up with the usual pressures that are often placed on pastors’ children.  She guarded and protected their freedom to be the children, teenagers and eventually, the adults that God created them to be.  She was always the voice of reason and the source of stability and strength for her family in the whirlwind of their exciting life!

Jeanette is survived by her husband of 60 years, Jim Henry and three children: Kate (Ira) Campbell, Betsy (Danny) de Armas, and Jim II (Tammy) Henry.  She has 5 grandsons: Trey Henry and Will (Leah) Henry in Nashville, TN; Caleb (Cali) de Armas in Ft. Benning, GA; Seth (Catherine) de Armas and Asa (Kinsey) de Armas in Orlando, FL.  She also has 5 great-grandchildren: Shiloh, Belle and Theodore de Armas (Caleb and Cali), SusanJane de Armas (Asa and Kinsey), Sturgeon de Armas (Seth and Catherine). Brothers Bobby Sturgeon of Cave City and Larry Sturgeon of Washington DC. 
Pallbearers for Jeanette are: Caleb de Armas, Seth de Armas, Trey Henry, Asa de Armas, Will Henry and Shiloh de Armas.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested gifts to be given to the Henry-Sturgeon Presidential Preaching Scholarship Endowment at Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary,3210 E. Guasti Road, Ontario California 91761-8642; The First Academy Student Scholarship Fund, 2667 Bruton Blvd, Orlando, FL 32805; or the Jeanette Henry Ministers’ Wives Endowment Fund care of the First Orlando Foundation, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32805

The family will greet friends Friday, February 15th, from 6 PM until 9 PM at First Baptist Orlando’s Henry Chapel located at 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32805. The celebration of Jeanette Henry's life will be Saturday, February 16th, at 1:00 PM at First Baptist Orlando, FL, 3000 S. John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL.  Doors open at 12:30 PM.  The service will be streamed live at

A brief service at the chapel with burial to follow will take place in the historic Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, TN on Monday, February 18, at 11 AM. 

Arrangements entrusted to Dobbs Funeral Home, Orlando, FL and Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville, TN.