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,  

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:

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.