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.

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

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to 

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: 


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.