Friday, May 14, 2021

Noreen Geyer Burroughs

Noreen Geyer Burroughs, 1927-2021, peacefully passed away on May 11th, 2021 in Orlando, FL.  

She is survived by her son, Donald Anthony Burroughs, Jr. of Atlanta, GA; her daughter, Penny Robinson, of Orlando, FL; grandsons Steven, Bryan, and Jonathan Burroughs and Richard Danese, granddaughters, Mariellen Batchelor, Kellianne Robinson &  April Danese; eight great grandchildren; her brother, Russell I Geyer, Jr. (Elizabeth Dixon) of Miami, FL and the many hearts she touched through education, mentoring, and friendship. 

She is predeceased by her beloved Husband, Donald A. Burroughs Sr., two of her four children, Annette Danese Williams and Mary L. Burroughs; and her parents, Russell I. Geyer and Mamie K Geyer.  

Noreen was born in Tampa, FL.  She graduated from Miami High School and attended Stetson College in Deland, FL where she met her Partner in Life for 59.5 years, Donald Anthony Burroughs. Noreen and Don were married September 1946 at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Miami. 

Noreen went on to earn her Masters in Education at Barry College. She had a 25-year teaching career with the Miami-Dade Public Schools teaching kindergarten and first grade. 

After retiring, Don, Noreen, and Penny moved to Sautee-Nacoochee where she became known to many as “Nana”. Spending much of her time volunteering in her Granddaughter’s (Mariellen Batchelor) classrooms as a reader, tutor, and all around classroom Nana. 

Noreen proudly served as the President of the Daughters of the King at Grace Calvary Episcopal Church, for the Atlanta Diocese of the Episcopal Church and as President of the Nacoochee Women’s Club at the Sautee-Nacoochee Community Center.

Nana spent her later years in Orlando, FL surrounded by sunshine, her great-granddaughters, Kiley Dawn & Aubri Lane Batchelor, and Mickey Mouse. 

A memorial service and celebration of life  will be held on her 94th birthday, June 30th 2021, at the Grace Calvary Episcopal Church in Clarkesville, Georgia. 

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Johnson Akinniranye


Johnson Akinniranye, age 60, of Orlando, passed away at 2227 pm, Wednesday, April 28th, at AdventHealth Winter Park,  Johnson was born in Nigeria,  on December 21, 1960, the son  of the late Agnes (Adeniyi)  and Moses  Akinniranye and was employed as a driver.  

Johnson leaves to cherish his memory,  daughter Courtney of Minnesota;  he is also survived by two sisters, Wura Ogunbodede, and Jumoke Babalola, both of Nigeria; and 1 grandchild along with other sorrowing family members and friends.


The family will have a Song Service on Friday, May 14, 2015 from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home.

Calling hours will be held at 9:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 15th, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL .  Interment will follow the service at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Apopka, FL.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Altagracia Claudio-Santos

Altagracia Claudio-Santos also known as Mimi, 57, of Bronx, NY peacefully passed away at home with family in Orlando, FL on Tuesday, May 4th, 2021 after 5 valiant years of battle with lung cancer.  

She is survived by her mother Altagracia Santos, her siblings Edith Claudio, Mariel Claudio, Felix Correa, her children, Jeanette Santos, Jennifer Rodriguez, Jessica Santos, Jesus Claudio-Santos, and Jasmin Dorsett. She was also survived by her 8 grandchildren: Jeremyah Rodriguez, Novaley Santos, Germain Santiago, Luis Berrios, Gizel Santiago, Diamond Berrios, Zion Rodriguez, and Chasity Rodriguez. 

 

Mimi lived a free spirited and fun life. She was and is always loved and embraced her family and friends to the fullest. She was known as the life of the party, and enjoyed helping others. Mimi loved music, dancing, spending time with those she loved and loved traveling with her children. 


She is well known in her hometown of Bronx New York,  Allentown, Pennsylvania and Orlando, FL and she will deeply be missed. 

 

Her funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home 430 N Kirkman Rd, Orlando at 12:00pm, Service is at 2:00pm and her final resting place will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando, FL. 

 

“Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more.”

Psalms 71: 20-2

Earl Maurice Barnett


Earl Maurice Barnett was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, the son of Earl Barnett Sr. and his late mother Arlene Moore Barnett on May 11, 1969.  He unexpectedly passed away on Sunday, April 25, 2021.  Not only was Earl the eldest brother to his sister Arvis Grier and late brother Shawn LaDon Barnett; he was the younger brother of his older sisters Bonita Ghant and the late Sharon Moore Pillot.  He was also the loving fiance' and soulmate of Denisse Henriquez, a wonderful father to Eric Barnett, and an admired father figure to Angel Morales.

Even though Earl's life was too short for many, but those who were touched by his wisdom understood his strength and knew that the quality of his existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives.  He was a man who would push others to strive for more in their lives and not to listen to those who would tell you that you could not do something.  He would say, "Research what you want to do and obtain the education you need for that area of expertise.  Then, be whomever you wanted to be in life".

Earl was a very smart man who had many goals and was very talented.  He was a basketball, football, and track and field star from elementary school all the way through his college years.  While at Valdosta State  University, he became a proud member of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and from there on he was known as "Avalanche" to his fraternity brothers and his Zeta Phi Beta sisters.

Earl played many roles throughout his life but being in the educational field was such an inspiration for him that he wanted to share his passion for learning with others.  He would always say, "We have to keep moving forward.  We have to keep pushing to make things happen in our lives.  If we don't who will".  His one priority was to make sure his family and students were taken care of and were provided the same opportunities as everyone else.  He was incredibly tough in laying down the law on the first day of school.  Then, from that point forward he changed lives and gave his kids the confidence that normally would have been pushed by the wayside.  The impact he had was legendary.  Earl was probably the most well-beloved educator in history.  His memory and legacy will forever be cherished in the lives of the loved ones he left behind.  

Earl will always be remembered as a devoted fiance', loving father, brother, brother-in-law, caring uncle, thoughtful great uncle, cousin, best friend, friend, father figure, grandfather, coach, and inspiration to many.  He will be greatly missed by all.

The family will be receiving friends at 11:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 12:00 pm on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home with Pastor Tyrone Thompson officiating.

The service can be viewed by following the link below:

fb.me/e/1obyp5oNn   or call Earl Barnett at 386-682-7345

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Roopnarine (Ram) Kissoon

Roopnarine (Ram) Kissoon of Clermont Florida passed away on May 3rd 2021 at the age of 80. He was born in Trinidad on February 6th 1941 to Kissoon Bissessar and Popo Kissoon.  He immigrated to the United States in 1987 where he built an amazing and successful life for his family in Jamaica, Queens NY. Kissoon was a dedicated small business owner who ran his own construction company for many years.  However at retirement age, and since he never loved the cold weather, he decided to move to Clermont Florida to enjoy the sun and spend time with his grandchildren.


Kissoon is survived by his devoted wife Florence, to whom he was married for 56 years.  He is also survived by his seven loving children: Leena Mangroo (Lincoln), Rena Kissoon-Udit (Rueben), Nalini Humphrey (William), Devi Sookram (Sas), Naipaul Kissoon (Caroline), Kamla Arnold (Gary), and Ravi Kissoon (Tenneille).  He was also dearly loved by his sixteen grandchildren: Dylan Sookram, Ryan Sookram, Kymberli Humphrey, Elizabeth Humphrey, Kirsten Udit, Ethan Udit, Eric Kissoon, Jonathan Kissoon, Kenneilla Carter, Jayden Kissoon, Ariyah Kissoon, Brandon Mangroo, Jason Sukhu, Emily Sukhu, Sophia Arnold, and Colby Arnold.

Kissoon was a devoted Hindu who belonged to Sri Vishnu Sahastranam Mandir (Dharma Inc.) in Kissimmee, under the guidance of his spiritual leader Pt. Rabidutt Maharaj. He enjoyed going to Mandir and loved listening to satsang, especially the Ramayana.
We are forever grateful for the many sacrifices our father made to ensure the absolute best livelihood for our mother, his children, and his grandchildren.  Where there was despair he found hope.  He was the guiding light of our family and his memory will live on forever in our hearts.

Viewing for Roopnarine Kissoon will be held on Monday, May 10th from 8:30am-9:30am immediately followed by a service in Hindu Rights at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 North Kirkman Road, Orlando Florida.  After service, a procession to the cremation site at Metro Crematory, 715 South Bluford Ave, Ocoee, to follow.

In compliance with Florida State Covid guidelines, social distancing and mask will be required.          

Monday, May 3, 2021

Judith "Judy" K. Greene

Judith “Judy” K. Greene, 74, of Brandon, FL passed away on Friday, April 30, 2021.  She is survived by her children Tracy Greene, Travis and wife Karin Greene, Trenton and wife Courtney Greene, four grandchildren Tyler, Logan, Bennett and Charlotte, her sister Janice Rushing, her brother Jeff and wife Jane Wilson, and many beloved nieces and a nephew.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger P. Greene in 2009, her parents Claude Olan and Vivian Maxine Wilson, and her brother, Jay Wilson.

 A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 8th at 2:00pm at Bell Shoals Baptist Church, 2102 Bell Shoals Rd, Brandon, FL, 33511, in the Multipurpose Room (original worship center).

Judith Kay Wilson was born on June 29, 1946 in Aransas Pass, Texas but was raised in Grand Isle, Louisiana, a close-knit community of oilfield workers and their families. She married her high school sweetheart, Roger, in 1969 after graduating from Louisiana State University (LSU) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in history. They then began their love affair with big game fishing. Although she served as a teacher in New Orleans, they spent much of their summers pursuing blue marlin and sailfish in tournaments in the Bahamas, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Hawaii, and the south pass of the Mississippi River.

After their twins graduated from high school, Roger and Judy moved to Florida, settling in Key West where she served with the Department of Children and Families and with the 16th Judicial Circuit Court as an Operations Manager/Emergency Coordinating Officer. She volunteered for many organizations while in the Keys, including the United Way.

Retiring in 2008 and moving to Brandon, FL, she spent much of her time with her beloved Bell Shoals Baptist Church family in the choir, in the Shepherd’s Ministry and in serving others.  If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the United Way of Collier and the Keys, P.O. Box 2143, Key West, FL 33045, or by going to their website at www.keysunitedway.org

Thursday, April 29, 2021

John Lee Nielsen

John Lee Nielsen, was born on December 19,1962 and peacefully passed from this Earth on April 20, 2021, following a valiant year and a half long battle with metastatic pancreatic cancer.

John was lovingly welcomed into this world by father John Lawrence Nielsen and mother Esther Nielsen in December of 1962, in Southern California. He spent his teenage and young adult years in the great state of Texas.

John enjoyed a distinguished and accomplished career in the automotive industry, understanding the intricacies of the business from turning a wrench, to writing technical service bulletins, speaking to congress and advocating legislation, to giving radio and television interviews on all matters automotive related. In addition to his technical skills, he gained a skill for public speaking and leadership, and took great pride in his work while posturing those around him for success.

He exhibited a passion and exuberance in learning and teaching, both through academic and autodidactic endeavors. He enjoyed sharing this found knowledge with anyone and everyone. This thirst of knowledge and self-improvement was exhibited in many of the activities in which he immersed himself, including cooking, music, fishing, orchids, and of course, cars (always the cars). John was an avid boater and had a love of the water, where he would captain his boat with his wife, family, and friends aboard. John expressed great love for many aspects of his life, but none more so than for his friends, family, and faith.

John is survived by his wife Rachel Nielsen; daughters Rachael Gentry, with husband Jayson and children Ava and Jaycob; and Sarah Bronson, with husband Chris and son Colt; sons Nathaniel Bayliss, with wife Stephanie and children Nicholas, William, and James; Robert Bayliss, with wife Krystle and son Everett; brother Mark “Ben” Nielsen, and sister Tawnya Wren.

The funeral service will be held at noon, Saturday, May 8, at Ascension Episcopal Church, 4950 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32819.  Please see link below for Zoom.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5397456263

Reception to follow at: Orange Tree Country Club, 7540 Woodgreen Dr, Orlando FL 32819.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to PanCan.org 

or the Boys & Girls Club of Seminole County

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Thomas I. Carlile


Thomas I. Carlile, age 77, of Winter Garden, FL passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 25 in Clermont with his family by his side.   Tom was born in Miami, FL on July 29, 1943 to George and Mary Carlile and was the youngest of 3 children (George & Ray).  Tom was a self-taught musician from the age of 14 and at age 17 began a career as a professional singer and songwriter that would last his entire life. 

Tom’s career started in Miami which quickly led to headlining at the popular Miami Beach Newport room for several years.  His popularity led to appearances all around the Miami club scene from the Fountainbleau, The Deauville, Marco Polo and others throughout the area.  Tom took his stage show on the road, touring all across the country for many years, from concerts and shows to appearances in Las Vegas.  All this led to releasing several albums with all original songs that played on radio stations from the West coast to the East coast.  Tom wrote and performed over 200 original songs in genres from Pop, Rock, Blues, Holiday, Christian, & Country music that are all streaming today across the world. 

Tom’s career accomplishments were numerous and his talent and passion for music showed in his performance and songwriting.  But it was family that he cherished the most and everything he did in life he would always say he did for them.  Tom married Laraine on Nov 20, 1960 and together they raised 6 children.  Tom’s amazing life and legacy will continue through his family.  Tim (son) and Suzanne, Debbie (daughter), Tommy (son) and Judy, DeAnna (daughter) and Peter, Kim (daughter) and Brian, Chris (son) and Nikki.  Tom adored his “amazing” grandchildren as he often said.  Timothy, Michael, Ashton, Summer, Meghann, Ryan, Olivia, Kylee, Logan, Ashley, Emily, Dylan, AnaLuna, Rece, Laney, Hayden, Malley, Macayle, and Mackenzie and most recently his bonus-grandchildren, Kaylen and Jaidynn.

Tom passed away peacefully, early Sunday morning, April 25 at 2:25 am with his family by his side, finishing his “last show” for the evening, which he had done his entire career.

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 9:00 until 10:00 am followed by the funeral service on Friday, April 30th, 2021 with Pastor Ray Lloyd officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral service at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Donations can be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association.  See link below:

https://www.apdaparkinson.org/0000d4l/?gclid=CjwKCAjwj6SEBhAOEiwAvFRuKJhn4z8fQ1EfQVLf3w1yrlyn9IatDJu2PzppzLSus3PEnftzXIml1BoCpqYQAvD_BwE 

 

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

John D. Shaw, Jr.


John D Shaw Jr. age 47, spirit departed his body April 22, 2021 at 11:50 AM in Orlando Florida.

The second oldest of four children, John graced this earth on December 5, 1973 to father John Shaw and mother Berthina (McKinney) Shaw.

A Beloved father/grandfather and a proud auto mechanic, John enjoyed spending quality time with family, appreciated delicious food and was fascinated with working on cars, to which he often offered his services for free all throughout Orlando.

Though he is physically no longer with us, his memory lives on through his siblings; Berthina “Dee Dee” Shaw, Tammy Shaw, and James Shaw,  his  children; Jasmine Shaw, Charmaine Shaw, Shakira Shaw, Rayshad Shaw and Na’Isha Shaw, and his granddaughter Kendi Boyd.

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm, followed by reflections.  There will be a chapel service at 1:00 pm with Pastor Ray Lloyd officiating.

 Gone from our sights but never from our hearts, rest well John.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Earnest Green

Earnest Green, age 58 left us on April 18th, 2021 at 10:11 am in Orlando, Florida with his wife Connie D. Tarver Green by his side.  

Earnest was born on February 26, 1963 in Covington County, Alabama to his father, Willie Findley Green and his mother, Rosa Loucile Green.  He was the youngest of 15 children.

Earnest enjoyed life.  He enjoyed, travel, fine food, and family.  Earnest loved to eat, having fun and making you laugh.

He is preceded in death by 7 brothers and 3 sisters and leaves to cherish his memory wife Constance (Tarver) Green of Orlando; daughter Mareshea Foster and her spouse James Foster; 2 sons Findley Green and Lamar Green, all who live in Rochester NY; brothers Curtis Green , Jack Green, Kennith Green all of Alabama; sisters Annie Faye  Smith of Rochester NY, Minnie Green of Texas;  sister-in-law Charlene Harris, a special aunti Eulays Tarver; 4 grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will be receiving friends at 2:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home with Elder Jeffrey Scott, Officiating.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Maria de Lourdes Valim De Oliveira

Maria de Lourdes Valim De Oliveira

February 25 1947 - April 13 2021

We lift our voices in prayer to celebrate the life of Maria de Lourdes.

Maria de Lourdes was born in Cambuquira, MG Brazil to her parents Jose Valim and Zelina Ferreira dos Santos Valim. Her brothers and sisters are José, Dulcelina, Maria da Glória, Paulo Afonso and Antônio.

Maria de Lourdes was the beloved wife of Ariel for 52 years, and the loving and devoted mother of Gilson, Ariani, Adriana, and Rafael. She was the adored  grandmother of William, Victor, Phillip, Christopher, and Stephanie. An inspiration for her daughters-in-law Alice, Ana, and Khadine. Maria de Lourdes exemplified an example of Faith and God's love to her congregation.

She lived her life in strength and nurtured her family in love. She was a constant pillar of inspiration for those around her.

Through the love she felt in her heart and life for Jesus she cared for, loved, and embraced everyone around her. No matter the circumstances,  she never stopped smiling.

The family will be receiving friends at 1:00 pm followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Igreja Assembleia de Deus em Orlando, located at 4151 W. Oakridge Road, Orlando FL 32839.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Francisca Perez (Paquita)

Our precious mother Francisca Perez (Paquita) age 89, passed away on April 9, 2021. She is survived by her five (5) children, Juan Antonio Acevedo, Paula Rosa, Rafael Acevedo, Maria R. Francis, and Maria del Lourdes Cruz. She was preceded in death by: children Nelly M. Encarnacion and Wilfredo Acevedo.

Besides her children, Francisca is survived by twenty-six (26) grandchildren, fifty-four (54) great grandchildren and more than ten (10) great-great grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 17th, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  Interment will follow the service at Greenwood Cemetery.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Gregory Allen Wheatley

Gregory Allen Wheatley, age 73, of Debary, Florida passed away Sunday, April 4th, 2021.  He was born in St. Augustine, Florida, the son of the late Catherine Janette Natale (Hannon)., and was employed as a HVAC Coordinator.  

Gregory is  survived by his daughter, Beth Wheatley of Orlando; brother Thomas Wheatley.   A graveside service will be held 1:00 PM on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 at Oakdale Cemetery in Deland, FL  with Pastor Thomas Hensley officiating. 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Michael Keith Nelson

It is with heavy hearts that the family of Michael Keith Nelson announce that he passed away on April 1, 2021.  

Michael (Mike) was born in Walnut Creek California on August 11, 1988.   He started elementary school in Santa Cruz Bolivia, then went on to attend school in Sugar Land, Texas, Danville, California, and then graduated High School in Sugar Land, Texas.  He started college life at the Rosen School of Hospitality at the University of Central Florida.  After a year at UCF he then transferred to Full Sail University in Winter Park Florida, where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Audio Engineering. 

Mike moved to Denver Colorado in 2013 to pursue his dream of being an audio engineering technician.   He had jobs with multiple companies there including ESPN Radio and the Comedy Club (where he met and ran sound boards for multiple high profile comedians).   He decided to continue his education in Denver by obtaining an AA degree from the Community College of Aurora in General Business, and then started working towards his degree in Finance/Accounting at the University of Colorado-Denver.  In 2019, he moved back to Orlando, FL to be closer to family and friends. 

Once back in Orlando, he started to work as a volunteer at First Orlando Church by helping them with their streaming services for their Monday night service.  He then landed a part time job at Disney as an Entertainment tech in early 2020.   When COVID hit, he was furloughed from Disney, but remained a cast member until the end of 2020.   In the meantime, he finished up more Finance classes at Valencia and was in the process of transferring back to UCF to finish his Bachelors Degree in Finance.  

Mike had two real passions, sports and music.   He was a Varsity Basketball Player in High School and set a school record for 3 pointers in a single game.   He was an avid football fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (we watched the Super Bowl Video they put out in 2002 more times than you can imagine), the Oklahoma Sooners and the UCF Knights.   He managed to attend several Sooner and UCF games over the years.   But the latest thrill was seeing his beloved Buccaneers win another Super Bowl in 2021.   But it wasn’t only football, he loved Premier League Soccer (or properly “football” in the UK), NBA basketball (an avid Warriors fan), hockey, UFC, you name it, he knew more about it than anyone we could imagine.   He had discussions going with all his friends and family on all of those sports.  

His music passion started at a young age.   We realized at the age of about 5, while taking piano lessons, that he had “perfect pitch”.   He could hear a note and know what it was.   That carried into his desire to do audio engineering at Full Sail University, where he learned how to mix, and he did some independent mixing for various musician friends as he pursued other careers.   His favorite band was 311.   He traveled multiple places in the US to see them and always tuned into “311 Day” on March 11 every year.  His real career desire was to be hired back into Disney as an entertainment tech in a post Covid world.

In addition to all of this, Mike was an avid reader.   One of the most intellectual and knowledgeable people you could ever meet.   His room was full of books on every subject you can imagine, and he could carry on a competent conversation on just about any of them. 

But more than any of his passions, Mike was a compassionate soul.   His legacy was being able to help people, and he understood the downtrodden people whose life was not so good. He was able to meet and identify with people of completely different backgrounds and strike up a friendship.   He had a spiritual sense to him from a very young age (he memorized Psalm 91 at age 5) and he confirmed his faith in Christianity when he arranged to be baptized at First Orlando in December 2018 when he was at a particularly low point in life. 

Mike passed away peacefully while working on his laptop on April 1, 2021.  Mike had been dealing with a lot of serious medical issues over the past years and was determined to find the cause of his pain.  Mike never quit in pursuing his dreams even while being frustrated with doctors being unable to diagnose his pain.  Mike lived life with a positive attitude and truly had a desire to make others happy.  He was also a great proponent for mental health.  He would want anyone reading this to live with a positive attitude and to enjoy life to the fullest.

We miss him dearly, but know he is not suffering any longer.  We know he is in heaven with Grandpa Sunday (trying to find a way to beat him in chess) and Grandma and Grandpa Nelson (we are sure Granny is fixing him more of his favorite mac and cheese) and other family members.  We know we will see him again.  

Mike is survived by his parents, Kenneth Nelson and Glenda Sunday-Nelson, and his brother and sister-in-law, Glen and Zoe Nelson. 

A small immediate family and close friends Memorial Service will be held at First Orlando on Friday April 9 at 11AM.   You can use the link below to watch the service being streamed. 

In lieu of flowers, we ask everyone to donate to a local Mental Health foundation in Michael Nelson’s name.  He was a big advocate of Mental Health issues.   

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Esther Kodwiw


Esther Kodwiw, age 49, of Longwood, Florida, passed away on Monday, March 29th, 2021 at South Seminole Hospital.  She was born in Accra, Ghana, the daughter  of Felicia (Korley), of Ghana and the late Henry Laryea.

Esther was employed as a banker and was a member of First Baptist Church of Orlando.  She leaves to cherish her memory, husband Anthony Kodwiw of Longwood; mother Felicia Korley of Ghana; brothers Jimmy and Harold Laryea and sister Gifty Laryea all of Manchester, UK.

The family will be receiving friends in the Henry Chapel at First Baptist Church of Orlando at10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 in the Henry Chapel.  Interment will follow the service at Orlando Memorial Gardens in Apopka.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Michael Boyd Ellis, Sr.

Michael Boyd Ellis, Sr., age 69 of Winter Garden, Florida, passed away Friday, March 19th, 2021 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.  He was born in Denton, Georgia, the son of  the late Syhla Louise (Trowell)  and Marcus  Ellis.  He was employed as a forklift operator for 42 years at Louis Dreyfus Citrus in Winter Garden.  

Michael leaves to cherish his memory, wife Martha S. Humphrey-Ellis of Winter Garden and son Michael Boyd Ellis, Jr. of Alabama.   

Monday, March 22, 2021

James Alexander Rhyne, Sr.

It is with deep regret and heavy hearts that the family of James Alexander Rhyne Sr. of
Clermont, Fla. announce his passing on March 21, 2021.  He was born March 4, 1936 to the late Herman A. Rhyne and Eva R. Babb.  Jim grew up in Palm Beach County, graduated from Palm Beach high school and Palm Beach Junior college where he was active in all sports and De Molay fraternity.  While serving in the US Marine Corps Reserve, he attended the University of Florida earning his degrees in Forest Management (1960) and civil engineering (1962) where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

Throughout his professional engineering career he held many offices and received many honors and awards in his professional organizations.  He was an active, member of the Georgia Engineering Society (named engineer of the year in 1980) and served as vice president of the national society of professional engineers.  During his career he built many roads and bridges in the U.S. and Turkey and mentored many young engineers.

Though he loved his chosen career his priorities were always the love of his life Marilyn and his children.  He spent precious time coaching his children in their many sports.  Camping in the motor home at the beach was a favorite activity as well as golf, fishing and boating and travel.

Jim's special family and friends has made possible a life filled with love and joy.  Jim's memory will be cherished by his best friend and loving wife, Marilyn, of 62 years and their children.  James A. Rhyne Jr. and wife Lesley, Kimberly Rhyne Cantu and husband Mark, Kristen Rhyne Booth and husband Matthew.  He was blessed with 7 grandchildren and 1 great grand child.

Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery following a memorial Mass at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 801 N. Hastings, Orlando FL. on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 10:00 am.   In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to: Shriners Children's Hospital, 855-661-5683, www.loveshriners.com  

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Hollis Rudolph Smith

Hollis Rudolph Smith passed away on Friday, March 12, 2021 at Parkview Rehabilitation Center in Winter Park, Florida at the age of 83 from colon cancer. He was born Rudolph Smith on May 1, 1937 in Chaguanas, Trinidad, West Indies to Alexander Smith and Lauretta Smith (Marlow). He migrated to New York City in 1968 where he worked in a vinegar factory. Hollis married Justina Lynn Joseph on October 5, 1968. The following year, their daughter, Judy, was born on October 4, 1969. In 1974, Hollis and his family moved to Jersey City, New Jersey. He obtained his GED at Martin Luther King High School which he was very proud of; and he tutored  adults in Math and Reading. He encouraged many adults to continue their education and earn their GED. 

Hollis worked in the textile industry for Shoreland Textile and Eldridge Textile as a sales representative. After retiring from the textile industry, he became a school bus driver for Jersey City Board of Education. Eventually, Hollis moved to Central Florida and worked for Payless Shoes and Old Tyme Pottery. After retiring from retail, he moved to Trinidad to live for a short time. He then moved back to Central Florida and settled in Orlando. 

Hollis made many friends. He enjoyed having long conversations about his family, politics and religion. He loved listening to Calypso, Steelpan, Reggae, R&B, and classic music, He also enjoyed watching good movies and reading good books including Astrology. 

Hollis leaves to mourn his daughters, Judy Belton (Clarence), Kendra Cooper; stepdaughter, Victoria Justice (William); sons, Hollis Vankummer (Paula), Hollis Smith Jr.; Stepson, Winston Braithwaite; grandchildren, Sharmaine, Jenelle, Dominic, Natalie, Kamieo and Fanaka; step-grandchildren, Lisa, Diana, Winston Jr., Jermaine (Crystal), Christopher, Amanda; step-great-grandchildren, Valerie and Nicole; siblings, Edith Boyd, June Layne (Esau), Alexander Smith Jr., Jennifer Jones, Arthur Smith-Baptiste (Elizabeth), Judith Ann Scott (Roger) and Debra Ann Smith-Baptiste; nieces and nephews, Ruth, Francesca, David, Lisa, Gerard, Ayesha, Atiba, Meesha, Khalil; nine great-nieces and great-nephews and several step nieces and nephews. Hollis also leaves dear and close friends to mourn especially Bertrand and Joan Moore, James and Rosemary Babb, Carl Pinder Jr., Esther Arthur and Pamela Rock.

His funeral will be held on Friday, March 19, 2021 at St. Andrews Church, 101 N. Hastings St., Orlando, Fl. 32808. Viewing will be at 10:00AM followed by the Mass at 11:00AM. His final resting place will be Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando, Florida. For live stream: http://standrew-orlando.org/

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

James Paul Carlo

James Paul Carlo, also known as “Jim” or “Beast”, 68, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 14th, 2021. He was born on December 17, 1952 in Morristown, NJ, along with his twin brother Peter Daniel Carlo, to their parents Vito Anthony Carlo and Patricia Hendricks Carlo. His family moved to Maryland where he grew up.  

James was very mischievous and curious as a child. He was an insatiable reader, especially enjoying science fiction and books on military history and aircrafts. He was the original Jersey boy, spending many summers at his parent’s beach house in Seaside Heights, NJ where he became an accomplished fisherman and crabber. As a teen, he was a medal-winning debater and, for a short time, a high school wrestler. He became proficient at photography, auto mechanics, and an expert on military history. James was sometimes boisterous, always loud but had a tender heart for the disadvantaged and lost. He graduated from South Hagerstown High school in 1970. 

 

After moving to Orlando, Florida James met and married his wife Betty-Jo Carlo on June 21, 1987. Together they raised their two children, Barbara Carlo and Robert Russell.  

 

James was a strong, smart, fun, and loving man. He enjoyed history, science-fiction, books, NASCAR, movies, and making people smile. His energy and mood were contagious and he will be forever missed. 

 

James is survived by his wife Betty-Jo Carlo; his children, Barbara Carlo and Robert Russell; his brother Peter Carlo; and his two grandchildren, Kai and Eli McLeod. 

 

Monday, March 15, 2021

Marie "Annette" Bass

Marie “Annette” Bass, 78, finished her work on earth on Friday, March 12, 2021. She was born in Haleyville, Alabama on October 3, 1942 to Elmer Joseph Brown and Maxine Brown. She lived in Orlando, Florida except for the last 8 years of her life, she lived with her daughter in Lakeland, Florida. She was married to Bobby D. Bass on February 6, 1970. She had 2 daughters, Shana and Shelley and a son, Wayne.

She lived a full life. She loved her family and friends and was always willing to help in any way that she could. She was a hairdresser by trade. Her other jobs included Dealer Services prior to her stroke 17 years ago, other jobs included Orange Memorial Hospital, Eagle Army Navy, Eckerds, Albertsons and Goodings (admin), Automotive Finance Corporation, Citrus Dealer Services as well as she at one time was a owner operator of Clarcona Beauty Salon. She was a huge Elvis fan, she loved going to church, gospel sings, shopping, getting her hair and nails done traveling with friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Maxine Brown, her beloved husband, Bobby Bass, and her son, Joseph Wayne Bass. She is survived by her two daughters and son in laws, Shana Ouellette(Tim) and Shelley Bass(Larry). She had 6 grandchildren, Stacey Saddler, Steven Saddler, Billy Pope, Daniel Barton, Tyler Hause and Elfie Bass. She had numerous great grandchildren that loved and adored her. She is also survived by her live-in caregiver, Pamela Thurston.


Her funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home 430 N Kirkman Road, Orlando at 11:00am, Service is at 12:00pm and her final resting place will be at Highland  Memory Gardens in Apopka.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Juanne C. Redman-Hall

Juanne was born on February 13, 1963 in Saint James, Barbados to Alma and Neville Redman.  She migrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1971.  In 1981, she attended and graduated from Eli Whitney Vocational High School in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  After graduating high school, she worked at Chemical Bank as a Secretary and was later promoted to Office Assistant.  She began her professional studies at LaGuardia Community College in Brooklyn, New York but changed course to begin a career in health care.  She attended Allens School of Health Sciences in Brooklyn, New York where she studied to be a Medical Assistant.  With this certification, she became a Medical Lab Assistant at New York Hospital in Manhattan, New York.  In 1990, Juanne relocated to Orlando, Florida, where she worked at the Florida Hospital as a Patient Financial Counselor until 2009 when she was unable to continue working due to her health.

In late 1990, Earle met Juanne in Orlando, Florida where both of their Mothers were friends.  Earle and Juanne fell in love and on May 19, 1992 Juanne and Earle were married.  Earle tells of a story of praying to God that Juanne would become his wife.  They became more than husband and wife; they were soulmates and a match made in heaven.  Juanne has left behind beautiful memories of a devoted wife, friend and a love story that is second to none.  Juanne and Earle were inseparable.  Whenever you saw or heard Juanne, you knew that Earle was right there in her presence.    As faith would have it, their first date was dinner and watching go karts race at an amusement park.  On Juanne’s last birthday a few weeks ago, Juanne and Earle reminisced their first date by having dinner and watching go karts race once again.    

Juanne attended Faith Cathedral Worship Center with her Mother and Grandmother where she was very active.  After several years, she joined Fountain of Living Water Ministries where she was a member for over 20 years, and in 1999 she received her Certificate of License to preach the gospel, perform marriages, administer the sacraments and direct the other functions of the ministry. In 2010, Juanne was again honored with The Humanitarian and Pastoral Aide Award.

In addition, in October 2014, Juanne received a License as an Evangelist to “Preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in accordance with the Holy Scriptures”.  She also received several plaques and trophies for her missionary work. 


Juanne loved to sing and spent many days singing at home, while Earle, her beloved husband played the keyboard and trumpet.  She loved to travel and spent a lot of time on the Florida beaches.  She also enjoyed creating fond memories with family and friends.  She was a devoted Christian who would often be involved in many community activities, including outreach ministries and church events.


Juanne is survived by Earle, her husband of 29 years; Jamique (Godson), Junior (J.R.) her brother, Nichele, her niece, Jovon, her nephew, Carlos (Los) her great nephew; her Aunts Elsie, Evadney, Dorothy and many loving cousins including Gail, Tanya, Marlene, Wendy, Andrew Richards, Andrew Grant, David, Chris, Nigel, Tyrone, Tyler, Maureen and a host of other relatives and friends. Juanne was also Godmother to seven boys.

She was preceded in death by Alma A. Redman, her Mother.  Juanne Redman-Hall was 58 years of age when she died on March 5, 2021 at 9:27pm, at Advent Health Hospital, Orlando, Florida.

Calling hours are from 9:00a until 10:00a, followed by the funeral service at 10:00a on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at The Fountains of Living Water Ministries, Inc., located at 2200 Silver Star Road, Orlando FL with Pastor Daniel Malcolm officiating.  Interment will take place at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.











Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Sadie Elaine Harris

Sadie Elaine Harris was born on April 5, 1939 in Buff Bay Portland Jamaica to the late Beryl and Clinton Phillips. She attended Buff Bay Primary School and Mt. Carmel High School in Annotto Bay.  Mrs. Harris then went on to The College of Arts,  Science and Technology (CAST) in Kingston, Jamaica.  In 1969, she married Carlton Harris, together they have two daughters and one son. The family migrated to the United States of America and resided in Hartford Connecticut.

Although she was an entrepreneur in sales, Mrs. Harris served over 25 years as a computer operator for the Hartford Insurance Company in Hartford, CT.  She was a distinguished contributor to her Caribbean Community.  As a member of the Caribbean American Society and St. Martin’s Episcopal Church of Hartford, she organized many social events, community mile-stone celebrations, and fundraiser to include; The Annual Marcus Garvey Reverend Collin Bennett fundraising Formal, Silver Tree Anniversary, and Church Harvest.  After many years of community service, a testimonial dinner was held in her honor.  After retiring, Mrs. Harris moved to Apopka, Florida where she lived out the remainder of her life with her loving husband of 51 years.  

Combined with her literary prowess, a love for language arts and spirit of inquiry, she was quite the word smith well-known for educating all on the Latin root of words.  Her love for family and friends was demonstrated through her generous actions.  Additionally, her infectious laughter, her positive outlook on life and great sense of humor will long be remembered. 

On Tuesday March 2, 2021, Mrs. Harris’ earthly journey ended when the Lord called her home.  Mrs. Harris is preceded in death by her three sisters Cecile (Peaches) Whilby, Kaye (Plummy) Williams, Joan (Jean) Gaynor, and her brother William Phillips.  She leaves to cherish her memory, husband Carlton Harris, son Macardo (Larry) Harris, daughter Olivine Singh, Mahendra Singh (son-in-law), daughter Andrea Smith, and Northern Smith Jr. (son-in-law).  Mrs. Harris also leaves behind three sisters, Beverly (Bev) Rose, Pauline Phillips, Andrea Phillips, brother Cloxton (Sonny) Phillips, four grandchildren Priya Davis, Praveen Davi Sadie Singh, Kamini Singh, Northern Smith III, and three great-grandchildren Nyla Almestica, Cooper Davis, and Cameron Davis.  In addition, she leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of trusted friends throughout the United States and around the world.
                                                                      
                                                                                               She is loved by all.

The family will be receiving friends from 1:30 until 3:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at 3:00 pm on Friday, March 12th, 2021 at First United Methodist Church located at 201 S. Park Avenue, Apopka, FL 32703.

Andre Joseph Murat

Andre Joseph Murat, age 82, of Orlando, FL, passed away at 0615, Friday, February 26th,
2021 at Cornerstone Hospice at Orlando Health,  He was born in Gonaives, Haiti and was employed as an automotive mechanic.

Andre leaves to cherish his memory son Guerlens Murat of Orlando; and is also survived by 1 grandchild, Karlens Murat of Orlando.

Calling hours will start at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Dobbs Funeral Home followed by the funeral service at 2:00 pm with Deacon Laurence Herbert officiating.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Felicita Marquez Roman

Felicita Marquez Roman, age 94, of Orlando, FL passed away Thursday, January 28th, 2021 in Vero Beach, Florida.  She was born in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico,  the daughter of of the late Juana (Roman)  and Benito  Marquez and was employed as a seamstress.

Felicita is  survived by two daughters, Virginia Lopez of Orlando, Eileen Lopez, of Davenport 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held at 10:00a followed by the funeral mass at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 6th, 2021 at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Orlando, FL  with Father Leo Hodges officiating.

Interment was held at Highland Memory Gardens in Apopka, FL. 


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Mary E. Greene

With profound sadness, we announce the passing of Mary E. Greene, loving and devoted Mother, age 70 of Orlando, Florida on Sunday, January 24, 2021. She was born in Chicago, Illinois to the late Joseph and Helen Milazzo.

She is preceded in death by the love of her life, the late James "Wally" Patrick Greene, Airborne Ranger in the United States Army. Mary missed him dearly and is now united with him again.

Mary and Wally were married on November 13, 1976. Nine years later they were blessed with their only daughter, Kellianne. After Wally passed away in 1991, Mary would always say he had prepared her to handle anything and  she raised  her daughter by herself instilling that same independence  in her. Mary and Kelli were more than mother and daughter; they were best friends for the past 35 years.

In Chicago, Mary worked at Bell South for 34 years, where she retired as Project Manager. After moving to Orlando, she worked for Quick Transportation, where she was a key member of the reservation and billing team.

Mary loved to entertain and was famous for her 4th of July parties that she would host in honor of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, that she and her late husband Wally were members of in Illinois. Even after Wally's death, she continued the tradition. She loved cooking and loved to take care of others. She would always say "There is still food left, keep eating" .

Mary was a longtime member of West Orange Women.  Since joining in 2006 she held many offices and was currently serving again as the Treasurer. "In many ways Mary was the heart and hands of the West Orange Women", as stated in a recent WOW Newsletter. Mary and her daughter also chaired the WOW Charity Committee for the last several years, where she crocheted thousands of hats for newborns, soldiers and the less fortunate. Mary worked very closely with Matthew' s Hope Ministries, a faith-based homeless outreach ministry serving the needs of those who have some connection to West Orange County

Mary loved children and is survived by her daughter, Kellianne; Godson, Leo; and Leia, daughter of her friends, Stacy and Will, who she loved as her own grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to Matthew's Hope. https://www.matthewshopeministries.org

Mary touched so many lives and will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

A memorial mass will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 10:00am at St Andrews Catholic Church, 801 N. Hastings Street, Orlando, FL.

For those that cannot attend in person, a live stream has been scheduled for the service starting at 10:00am.  

Please follow these instructions to join us.

Type or copy this link in your search bar:  http://www.standrew-orlando.org/

  1. It will open the website for St. Andrews Catholic Church
  2. Click on the opening picture that says  “Click here to watch our live stream mass”  
  3. Once opened, scroll down to the picture of the church under  “Live Stream Mass Schedule” 
  4. Click on the 'white arrow' and that will bring you into the church LIVE