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