Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Tadrina Lesha Dort

Tadrina Lesha Dort, age 24, of Orlando, FL passed away Tuesday, September 13th, 2022 at Orlando Regional Medical Center.   She was born in Orlando, the daughter of Althea Amanda (Chenault), of Orlando, FL 32805 and Marcksen Dort also of Orlando, Tadrina was a CNA student.

In addition to her parents, Tadrina leaves to cherish her memory daughters Jaliah Sessions; Jamaria Sessions; four sisters, Laquanda Beacham, Megan Dort,  Gerdina Dort, Naomika Dort; four brothers, Trane Chenault, Joseph Robinson, Marc Dort,  and Remarcson Dort, all of Orlando, and her significant other Joe Williams.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, September 24th, 2022 at Dobbs Funeral Home at 9:30 am, followed by the funeral service at 10:30 am with Rev. Marckson Noel officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral service at Orlando Memorial Gardens in Apopka.

Monday, September 19, 2022

Nathaniel I. (Bob) Burkett

Nathaniel I. (Bob) Burkett went to be with his Heavenly Father on September 13, 2022. Bob is survived by his wife of 68 years, Alma Thompson Burkett, his son Bob (Arlene) Burkett, daughter Cindy (Bob) Hutchison, and daughter-in-law Natalie Burkett. He is predeceased by his son Bill Burkett and his sister Frankie Bassett. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren: Martha (Jason) Brackett, Robert (Courtney) Hutchison, Brad (Hiromi) Burkett, Mary (Michael) Veira, Amy (Brad) Ruhmann, Angela (Tim) Young, Daniel Hutchison, Rebecca (Anthony) Tisci, Sara Beth (Hunter) Bryant, Anna Burkett, and Will Burkett. He was blessed with 13 great grandchildren. Madilyn, Jameson, Ashlyn, Brody, Joseph, Bryson, Ansley, Noah T., Stephen, Rachel, Nathaniel, Noah B., and Leah. A new great grandson, Colton is expected in January.

Bob was born on November 25, 1932 in Laurel Hill, Florida to J.D. Burkett and Claudie Mae Hodge Burkett. Sadly, his father passed away when he was only one year old. His childhood was spent in Florala, AL; Mobile, AL; and Pascagoula, MS. Upon graduating from Pascagoula High School, he moved to Childersburg, AL with his mother, sister, and step-father. In 1953, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and eventually was stationed in Orlando where he served the remainder of his duty and met the love of his life, Alma. They married on April 16, 1954.

In 1957, shortly after his discharge from the Air Force, he began his career with Publix. As Publix expanded, Bob was transferred to south Florida where he was assistant manager in Lighthouse Point and then in Coral Ridge. In 1961 he was promoted to manager of a brand new store in Boca Raton and then to West Palm Beach. He worked his way up through the retail side of the business and retired as a Regional Director of Retail Operations in the Miami Division in 1995.

Bob’s faith in God was central to his life. As a young boy, he and his mother walked to a revival “tent meeting” and that is where he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. He then recommitted his life to Christ in his early adult life at a revival in Orlando. At that time, he and Alma committed to tithing and have been faithful servants ever since. Bob and Alma raised their three children in West Palm Beach where they were members of Haverhill Baptist Church for many years. While living in Boca Raton, they were active members of Bible Town/Boca Raton Community Church. Upon retiring, Bob and Alma moved back to the Orlando area and joined First Baptist Church Orlando. An important part of Bob’s life was serving in the church. Participating on various committees, ushering, serving as a deacon and teller, and helping in the widow ministry are just a few examples of how Bob desired to honor the Lord by actively engaging in church community. God honored his faithfulness and Bob lived a very blessed life. His life verse was 1 Peter 3:15 “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

Bob loved his wife and treasured Alma as a gift from God. He loved his family and when he wasn’t working, they were who he desired to be with. Above all, he loved the Lord and desired all to know Jesus as Savior. Bob was a man of great character - honest, a hard worker, reliable, compassionate, and generous. He prayed faithfully for his family and friends. He could always be counted on and was a wise counsel to many. He was a tenacious problem solver, a perfectionist, and a wonderful handyman. He was a devoted fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide. As an avid golfer, he truly enjoyed his Thursday golf with friends. 

Bob will be greatly missed by his family and friends. There is great comfort in knowing that although he is no longer here with us in this temporary world, he is in the presence of his Lord and Savior waiting for us to join him one day. That is the hope that gives us the peace that passes all understanding. Bob would agree with David in his Psalm 23:6, "Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." 

The celebration of Bob’s life is Friday, September 23rd at 1:00pm in Henry Chapel, First Baptist Church Orlando with a reception to follow at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be given in memory of Bob Burkett to First Baptist Church Orlando - Grace Ministry or Florida Baptist Children’s Home Lakeland (


Monday, September 12, 2022

Hamishee Dorian Williams, Jr.

Hamishee Dorian Williams, Jr., age 17, of Orlando, FL tragically passed away Friday, September 9th, 2022.  He was born in Orlando, on September 7, 2005, the son  of Shenell (Callwood)  and Hamishee Williams, Sr.  and was a high school student.

Hamishee leaves to cherish his memory along with his parents, six sisters, Shacoya Williams, Shamoya Clemmence, Diamond Williams, Lisa Williams, Hamisha Williams,  Harmony Williams, two brothers, Shacoi Williams and Shamoi Clemmence, all of Orlando.

Public visitation will be held from 5:00 until 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 22nd, 2022 at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL.  The funeral service will begin at 6:30 pm with Apostle Rowland Young-Jack officiating.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Harriet Phillips-Green

Harriet Phillips-Greene was born in Miami Florida on August 5, 1959 to Hattie and Corris Phillips.  She is the sixth child of 7 children. She also was brought up in the church in a Christian home, where her Father Corris Sr. Was a pastor.

Harriet attended elementary school in Miami, Florida.  Later attended Dudley Elementary, Nobel Middle and DC Virgo Middle  in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Harriet graduated from New Hanover High School 1977. She also went to Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina  with a major in Criminal Justice with  an Associate degree in welding. 

She worked with the State of North Carolina as  Probation Officer for a few years. 

Myrtle as we affectionately called her became disabled in 2006. She moved to Orlando, Florida to continue medical treatment and to be close to family. 

She leaves to mourn her loving son  Larry  Burton , her beautiful granddaughter Faith Burton, siblings Polly Hamilton , Charles Phillips (Yvonne ), Carolyn Blue and Debra Ann Moore. Also, three sibling from her father, Chris Phillips , Carol Phillips (in Tampa) , and Dionne Phillips (in Atlanta) A host of Nieces ,Nephews and Cousins and  Long time friends Liz Yates, Ms Ann and Cookie Carr both from Wilmington, North Carolina and Betsy Johnson of Miami Florida.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, September 16th, 2022 at 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service which starts at 11:00 am at Dobbs Funeral Home with Rev. Linda Jafari officiating. Interment will be at Orlando Memorial Gardens in Apopka.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Patrick McGovern


Patrick McGovern died tragically on August 25 in Orlando, Florida at the age of 58.

Patrick is survived by his aunt, Carol (Kerkes) Wilson, and eleven loving cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother Evelyn (Kerkes) DiMare, his father William “Jimmy” McGovern, his sister Donna McGovern, his aunt Audrey (Kerkes) Velgot, his Uncle Ronald Kerkes, and his cousin, Stanley Velgot.

Patrick was born on November 20, 1963, in Boston, Massachusetts to Evelyn Kerkes and William “Jimmy” McGovern. He graduated from New Smyrna Beach High School in New Smyrna Beach, Florida in 1982. Following High School Patrick joined the United States Navy to serve his country. Since 1991, Patrick worked as a stagehand with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

Patrick had many dear friends through his work, all of whom would agree he was a kind soul, with a sparkle in his eye and love in his heart. He loved New Smyrna Beach and spent countless hours at the beach often with his beloved pup, Memphis.

A service is being held for Patrick at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando on Friday, September 9, 2022 from 4:00p until 7:00p with a wake service at 6:00 pm. Those who wish to contribute to Patrick’s memory can make donations to the American Diabetes Association or the Florida Humane Society, two causes very dear to Patrick.

Friday, August 26, 2022

Raymond "Buddy" Leo Conrad

Raymond Leo Conrad, age 86, of Orlando, FL passed away August 14, 2022 at his residence after a long battle with cancer.  He was born in Ocoee, FL, on September 26, 1935.

Buddy graduated from Lakeview High School, Class of 1953.  Shortly after, he joined the Armed Forces as an Airman First Class until January 16, 1963.  He was stationed at ITAZUKE Airbase in Fukuoka, Japan for most of his tour.

He later returned to his hometown of Ocoee, FL where he secured a position with Lockheed Martin as an accountant working on special projects and making a difference within the company.

Buddy loved his family and friends and often spoke about how much he enjoyed attending the Conrad and Hawthorne family reunions.  He especially loved his sister Brenda, as they were always together and were inseparable, always making sure to take care of each other.

When he wasn't with family or friends, Ray was an avid participant with his church overseeing the switchboard for the music and all for the less fortunate, always  helping with the food banks or the Veterans.  He enjoyed reading books and watching documentaries.

Buddy is now reunited with this father Leo Conrad, mother Willie Conrad, and two sisters Brenda Conrad and Ila "Doris" Deal.  He is survived by his niece Beverly Brown and two nephews, Scott and Roberts Owens; followed by four great nieces and three great nephews, five great great nieces, nephews and several cousins.  Buddy will be missed but will rest with his family.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service at Dobbs Funeral Home on Monday, August 29th, 2022 at 11:00 am.

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

John F. Golder

 John F. Golder

March 22, 1936 - August 23, 2022


John F. Golder, age 86, of Windermere, FL passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 in his home.  Beloved Husband, Daddy, Mampies, Popa and brother was born on March 22, 1936 in Enfield, England.  He was the son of the late William John Golder and Vera Lillian Golder Kucer.

John sailed to America in 1946 as a young boy with his mother.  He graduated from Wintersville High School in 1954 where he met his high school sweetheart whom he later married.  In 1955, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.  John and Joretta were married in 1956.  He was a decorated United States Air Force veteran who served our country for more than 20 years in many locations including Vietnam.  His favorite assignment was the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.  John earned the rank of Senior Master Sargeant. 

John was the ultimate family man.  He didn’t hunt, golf or fish, but loved spending time with his family.  John always said, “Family is everything.”  He loved automobiles, collecting model trains and remote-control vehicles.  He enjoyed playing cards and dominoes with friends. He was a die-hard Florida State Seminole football fan!  John was a dog lover and had many cherished pets through the years.  However, his greatest joys were his wife and family.

John is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Joretta Six Golder; his two favorite daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie & Doug Krenzer and Roni & Chris Smith; his three treasured granddaughters and grandsons-in-law, Jennifer & Dennis Cavilla, Lauren & Nick Nesta and Kirsten & Zack Kozial; his five precious great-grandbabies, Brinlee, Callie and Coleman John Cavilla and Aria and Bella Nesta.  He is also survived by two wonderful siblings and their spouses, Tom & Julie Kucer and Susan & Bill Ward.  He was preceded in death by his only son, William John Golder. 

There will be a celebration of life at St. Lukes United Methodist Church on Friday, August 26th at 2pm.  4851 S. Apopka Vineland Road Orlando, FL 32819.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to his favorite charity, Florida United Methodist Children’s Home (

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Matheus De Oliveira Sessa

Matheus de Oliveira Sessa, 20 years old, resident of Orlando FL, passed away on Thursday August 11th. He was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil on December 21, 2001, son of Luciana Ferreira de Oliveira and Marcelo Sessa, and beloved brother of Raphael de Oliveira Sessa. 

Matheus graduated from Dr. Phillips high school and was a highlight of the soccer team. He was studying marketing at Warner University and worked at the YMCA as a lifeguard. 

Matheus was an exemplary son, loved by his family and friends from Brazil and Orlando.

He will always be remembered by his companionship, charisma and joy.

The family will be receiving friends from 2:00 until 3:00 pm, followed by the funeral service on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Dobbs Funeral Home. 

William "Bill" Yamber

William “Bill” Yamber passed away on August 13, 2022, after a spinal cord injury and paralysis due to a car accident. Resistant to Christ his whole life, he eagerly accepted Jesus as his Savior in his last days, so we find hope in the promise that we will see him again. He is now without a doubt shouting victory in Jesus.

Born in Augusta, GA on February 10, 1954, he was adopted by William “Bill” J. and Minalie “Peg” M. Yamber. Bill grew up as an only child and Army brat living in Georgia, California, Massachusetts, Virginia, Germany, and Florida.

An upstanding man, living by a code of honor and integrity, Bill committed his life to the service and protection of others, first to his country as a 1st Lt in the Army. Hooah! He took pride in being a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne division, Military Police, and Florida National Guard Reserves. He held great pride in the military and service to his country. In addition to the military, Bill protected his community as an Orange County Deputy Sheriff and retired after 30 years of service. Specifically, his career included Road Patrol, Criminal Investigation Division, SWAT, Dive Team, and Voice Stress Analysis in Personnel.

Bill enjoyed time with friends and family; it was at these times his quiet nature could really open up to cut a corny joke or two and zing a sarcastic and “sensitive” line. He loved seeing old coworkers at retiree breakfasts and tailgating with his longtime Lamda Chi Alpha (LXA) brothers before sweating in the SWAMP for an assured Gator victory. To say he was an avid Gator is an understatement. He has seen many Gator greats, with Danny Wuerffel as his favorite. From the painful days of 70s to the highly anticipated new Billy Napier era, in “all kinds of weather” Bill bled orange and blue! In recent years, he enjoyed traveling with Linda and a few LXA brothers and their wives.

When not crashing, he loved to ride his bike and scooter. He also could be found in front of the TV watching the stocks, news, old Gator reruns, or latest cop drama. A man of impeccable taste, his favorite meal was a #1 (whatever that happened to be) or hot dogs, chips, and a coke! He was a master of mess, one minute phone calls, few words, pinching two cents out of penny, a fashion icon, and technology bewilderment.

Bill did not often wear his heart on his sleeve, but he cared deeply for his friends and family. He was a good, dependable man. He viewed providing for his family of utmost importance, valuing being a son, husband, father, and brother. He was tough and brave, and a kind, generous, and good friend.

In Bill’s final days, he was at peace with the reality of his circumstances and the assurance of spending eternity with the Lord. As Linda put it, “He worked for an hour but received a full day’s pay.” Matthew 20:1-16. He and his family were blessed with support, prayers, and visits from pastors providing his last communion, friends, fraternity brothers, extended family, coworkers, and incredible neighbors. Special thanks to Colleen Gregory, Lynn Stickley and Glen and Kelly Gettings. God’s presence was so evident, and He graciously gave the gift of time to Bill, Linda, Courtney, and Griffin.

After the passing of his parents Bill and Peg, he was fortunate to meet his birth mother Helen Greene, stepfather Roy (deceased), and five of his siblings Ronnie, David, Lynn Spring, Scott, and Robert and their families. He was predeceased by sister Debbie and brother Kerry. He is survived by his wife Linda of 38 years, daughter Courtney of whom he was incredibly proud, and his favorite dog Ben Hill “Griffin”. He is additionally survived by his mother in law Edith Childs, sister-in-law Joanne Davis, brother-in-law Kirk Chadwick, and several Yamber cousins with whom he shared many memories.

Bill’s Celebration of Life service will be held on August 24, 2022, at 2:00 pm in Henry Chapel, First Baptist Church of Orlando.  3000 S. John Young Parkway in Orlando, FL .Live Stream – begins at 1:55 

Bill would be honored for you to wear a tribute of some orange and blue. However, he would completely understand if it would pain you too much, as there are several colors he would not wear himself!

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to:

-   Desire Street Ministries (Danny Wuerffel)

-   Wreaths Across American (Veterans)

-    First Baptist’s KIDS (Linda’s volunteer, type KIDS Bill Yamber in the memo)


Monday, August 15, 2022

Ann Marie Ray

Ann Marie Ray, age  95, of Groveland, FL passed away Wednesday, August 10th, 2022 at Residence.  She was born in Chicago, IL on August 24, 1926, the daughter of the late Mary (Penza)  and Ilario  Alvino.  Ann was employed as a Quality Control Engineer at Lockeed Martin.

Ann is survived by grand daughters Audrey Ann Graves of Ohio, Sandra Jean Ray of Florida, Jamie Lynn Ray-Decker of Florida; grandson Robert Glenn Ray of Florida; 5 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren of Florida.

The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am, followed by the service at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 20th at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Orlando, FL  with Father Leo Hodges officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Charles E. Woodsby

    Charles Edward Woodsby (Charley) passed away peacefully on July 28, 2022 at the age of 91. Charley was a devoted Christian man born in Spartanburg, SC to the late Lucy Sanders and William Dan Woodsby. Charley came from a family of nine where everyone had to pitch in to make ends meet. Charley’s parents worked hard to keep a roof over their heads and bellies full during the Depression, which taught him a valuable lesson. Living through these difficult times motivated him to strive for a better way of life. This drive brought Charley nearly 70 years of success in the restaurant industry.

Charley got his first job at a grocery store when he was 11. At the age of 15, Charley enlisted in the Air Force for three years. He then attended Cecil Business College followed by The Hotel and Restaurant School of New York City, majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

             Charley bought and operated his first restaurant in 1954 at the age of 23 in Atlanta, GA. Two years later he sold that establishment and converted an old grocery store into a 200-seat restaurant. In 1960, he moved to Jacksonville, FL and formed a business partnership that would change the rest of his life.

While in Jacksonville, Charley purchased the Thunderbird Restaurant with his new business partners William and D.C. Darden. Two years later, Charley and his partners bought Gary’s Duck Inn, one of the most famous family restaurants in Orlando. Numerous other restaurants were started by the team in the early sixties including The Green Frog in Adel, GA, The Coach House in Greenville, SC, the Towne House in Columbia, SC and the Old South in Jacksonville, FL. 

             With the success of Gary’s Duck Inn, Charley had a vision for a family style seafood restaurant offering affordable prices. In developing this concept, he applied what he learned to be the three principles of success in his industry: quality, value and service. He felt strongly that a restaurant that offers fine food, served promptly and congenially, at an affordable price, would succeed.

In 1968, Charley and William Darden opened the first Red Lobster in Lakeland, FL. It was an immediate success and within two years, five more Red Lobsters were opened. In 1970, the pair received a generous offer from General Mills Restaurants, Inc. to acquire the business. Charley signed a three year management contract where he helped develop and open 72 Red Lobster locations. As part of his responsibilities, he supervised the corporation’s real estate, construction, purchasing and operations departments. As Red Lobster continued to grow, he developed four regional offices in St. Louis, Atlanta, Dallas and Orlando.

At the age of 42, Charley retired from the General Mills organization but in just one year, he was back in business with his son, Ron. Together they opened the first Talk of the Town Restaurant in Lakeland, FL. Over the next five years, they opened Talk of the Town Restaurants in Winter Haven, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Orlando. In 1984, they took their restaurants in a new direction and opened a high-end steakhouse using only the highest quality and standards. Ron suggested renaming the restaurants after their founder – and Charley’s Steak House was created. Talk of the Town Restaurants encompassed 10 restaurants with 5 different concepts in Central Florida. They employed nearly 1500 people, making a sizeable impact on the area’s economy.

Charley’s faith was central to his life and guided his many charitable endeavors. Feeling blessed by his success, in 1998 Charley and his first wife, Jean, established a private foundation. Through the foundation, they contributed to numerous ministries throughout Central Florida, the United States and globally. Some of their most gratifying work was done in Honduras where they sponsored 6 children every year, which meant providing healthcare, clothing, food allowances and tuition for their education. They were most proud of funding the building of four churches in Honduras to promote the Christian faith.

Sadly in 2005 Charley lost the love of his life, his wife of 55 years, Jean Harris Woodsby. But God was good and sent him a second soulmate, MaryLou Johnson, and in 2007 they were married. Charley and MaryLou loved to travel both for pleasure and to take the gospel to unreached areas of the world. In recent years the couple has continued the original vision of the foundation by placing their focus on the Jesus Film, a motion picture made in 1979 according to the Gospel of Luke. It has now been translated into over 2,000 languages around the world. When they were not traveling, Charley and MaryLou loved spending their summers away from the Florida heat at their mountain home in Highlands, NC. There they loved playing cards and golf croquet with their many friends. 

Charley was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to his beautiful family, of which he was very proud. He enjoyed golf, tennis, fishing, swimming and spending time with his family. He will be remembered as a kind, generous, thoughtful, fun-loving friend to all who had the honor of knowing him.

             “My motto has always been quality, value, service and integrity; be honest, be truthful and treat people with respect. My faith has also always been very important to me. I believe God guided me in all directions of my life, putting the right opportunities and the right people before me at the right time.” – Charley Woodsby

Charley is preceded in death by his wife, Jean Harris Woodsby, and grandson Joshua William Parrish.

Charley is survived by his wife, MaryLou Woodsby; children, Ronald Edward Woodsby (Dana), Deborah Woodsby Thrash (John), and Sherry Woodsby Parrish (Earl); stepdaughters, Jennifer Christine Snell (Nate), and Kristin Johnson Levy (Sean); grandchildren, Edward Clark Woodsby (Emily), James Harris Woodsby (Sarah), Shannon Thrash Parrish (Jay), Jennifer Thrash Lassabe (Keith), John Edward Thrash, III (Yesenia), and Nicole Jean Parrish; and step grandchildren, Dylan Hageman, Beckett Snell, Hendrix Snell, Brooklyn Levy, Londyn Levy and Asher Levy. He was also survived by brother, Billy Eugene Woodsby (Joanne) and many nieces and nephews. 

Charley was blessed with 14 precious great-grandchildren, Cora, Ruby, Jasper, Belle, James, Rose, Leila, Jayce, Alex, Madison, Tanner, Aiden, Zyair and Bentley.

On Wednesday, August 3 there will be a Visitation at 10 a.m. and a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. held in the Henry Chapel at First Baptist Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando. A reception will immediately follow. There will be a private family burial.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: One More Child, 1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL, 33815. 

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Tessie Peros


        Tess Peros (a.k.a. “Tessie”, a.k.a. “Anastasia”, a.k.a. “Why are you asking me so many questions?”), 83, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, passed away peacefully at home in her sleep on Tuesday, July 26th, 2022.  Her dazzling blue eyes opened for the first time on October 23rd, 1938, the youngest of three children - and the only daughter - born in New York City to John and Stavritsa Ayvas, both Greeks, driven out of their native Turkey during the Greek and Armenian genocide.

        Tess graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, alongside singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka.  She wanted to continue her education to become a kindergarten teacher, but was discouraged by a well-intentioned, but sadly “old world” mother, who repeated the thankfully retired mantra: “What man will ever want you if you have an education?!” 

        And so, she began working a Manhattan music industry office job at famed 1650 Broadway - at which she excelled.  Soon after, at a Greek dance in Brooklyn in 1957, 19-year-old Tess was asked for her phone number by a 24-year-old Greek immigrant rascal named George Peros.  Tess said No.  But when George flashed the same insistent smile and Greek dancing moves at a second dance, she said yes.

        Tess and George were married on September 27th, 1959, had three sons, Michael, John, and Steven (who all sport “George” as their middle name), and in 1968 moved from Brooklyn to North Babylon, New York, where they raised their young family in working class Long Island.

        Tess, an indisputably world class cook of all things Greek, aided George as he founded “GP Painting and Decorating” (later re-christened, “George’s Painting & Decorating”).  Tess became an active member of Babylon’s Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and its Ladies Philoptochos, and alongside George was instrumental in the tireless fundraising that allowed the church to grow from its humble beginnings in a tiny former synagogue to breaking ground on what is today a glorious cathedral in West Babylon.

        As her children grew, Tess worked as a beautician for many years, first in a salon, then privately at her home, and then as a bookkeeper.  But it wasn’t until after “retirement” that she decided to take another stab at what her mom had shot down: working with kindergarten children.  She answered an ad to be a Teacher’s Aid and was hired, enjoying her work more than she ever had in her life. 

Tess is survived by her sons, Michael (Barbara), John (Jim), and Steven (Deana), as well as niece Stephanie, nephews John, Teddy, and Gregory, grand dogs, lots of extended family, and her most precious and loyal Misty.  A viewing and Celebration of Life will be held at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N. Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32811, on Sunday, July 31st, from 6pm to 8pm.  Colors and laughter are encouraged.  Funeral services will be held at Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 129 N Halifax Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32118 on August 1st at 11:30am.

        In lieu of flowers, contributions in Tess’s name would be appreciated to Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in West Babylon, NY, or Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Daytona Beach, FL, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  The family would also greatly appreciate an online condolence, with any story or anecdote you wish to share, by visiting this link:

William "Billy" Gundersen

        William “Billy” Gundersen, a resident of Poughkeepsie, NY, passed away at the age of 74 on July 24, 2022 in Clermont, FL. Billy was born on June 10, 1948 to Lucille and William Gundersen in The Bronx, NY. He entered the workforce while in school at the age of sixteen, at a deli, to help support his mother and father, who was a combat wounded veteran of WWII. Billy graduated from Evander Childs High School in The Bronx. Afterwards, he went on to attend Fordham University for one year, then went on to work for NY Tel. He continued to help support his parents but was quickly drafted into the U.S. Army and served one tour in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged shortly after. During his time in Vietnam, still being the generous man he is, Billy sent almost all the money he made back home to his parents. After he returned home from Vietnam, he took some time to pursue his love of travel where he visited several states and countries. Billy went on to work for phone companies in the CWA union for almost 30 years. Being the hard-working provider, he then went on to work for another 14 years as a Conductor for Metro North Railroad and retired at the age of 70. 

Billy met Donna Graf in July of 1982 when they started talking and never stopped. Billy loved talking to Donna almost as much as he loved her, so much so that on their first date they closed a restaurant talking to each other. He was so captivated by her that they only realized the restaurant was closed because they were vacuuming around them. Billy went on to marry Donna on July 23, 1983, at St. Christopher’s Church in Red Hook, NY. While living in Lake Peekskill, NY they had two children, and then a third in Poughkeepsie, NY. Billy’s favorite thing to do in his free time was spend it with his family and going on travel dates to casinos and horse races with Donna. 

Billy is survived by his wife Donna Gundersen and three children, Jennifer Orifici, Billy Gundersen, Christopher Gundersen, his two grandchildren Lucille and Caden Orifici, his son in-law David Orifici, his two sisters Charlotte Tarantino and Debbie Gundersen and his little buddy Mickey the wiener dog. 

Services will be held at 1:30 PM on July 28th at the Family Church Chapel in Windermere. Teaching Pastor Nick Goelz will officiate the services, and a reception will follow for family and close friends. Memorial services can also be viewed at a link to be provided after funeral services. Professional services will be handled by Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL. Billy was loved by all that met him and we miss him immensely.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Allen Charles Layton

Allen Charles Layton passed away peacefully in his home in Orlando, FL on July 22, 2022. He was born in Detroit, MI, on August 2, 1939, the son of Dr. Charles Layton and Antoinette Layton.. He grew up in Miami and attended S. Broward High School. Al Layton received his initial degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami. He then transitioned to major in physics and received his MS in Physics. 

After graduation, he joined Auburn University where he taught physics and did research in electro optics including the interaction of light with surfaces. He accepted an opportunity to join Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control (the heritage Martin Marietta Orlando Aerospace) where he focused on laser development and infrared sensors including thermal night vision systems. This work led to the development of several of the Lockheed Martin’s iconic products that are in use around the world.

He served on four NATO Industry Advisory Committees and has been granted multiple patents and awards including Corporate Inventor of the Year and induction into the Inventors Hall of Fame. His assignments have taken him to numerous foreign countries including Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Far East.

His work has been published in juried journals and many other publications. His final assignment prior to retirement was as Chief Scientist for Sensor Systems. 

His hobbies include photography and image processing, wood working in his home shop and travel to interesting places around the world. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Dr. Sarah Layton.

The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. at Dobbs Funeral Home.  Interment will follow the service at Dr. Phillips Cemetery.


Monday, July 25, 2022

Jenese Haskell Warren

Jenese Warren, 93, of Windermere, peacefully passed away on July 15, 2022 surrounded by loved ones in Apopka.   Jenese was born on April 29, 1929 in Manassa, CO. She was the oldest daughter of Green Dwight Haskell and Lena Richardson Haskell. She went to high school in Monte Vista, CO where she met the love of her life while working as a soda jerk at the local drug store. Jenese married Roy Lloyd Warren on August 10, 1947 in her parents' Monte Vista home. They had 2 beautiful children and moved to Hereford, TX to help with the family farm. In 1961, they moved to Boynton Beach, FL and ran a successful propane business. They then relocated the business to Orlando, Florida where they stayed and built a wonderful life together. 

Jenese worked in the family business and was a dedicated homemaker. She loved her husband and children, and spent her life making sure that they were healthy, happy, and loved. She never forgot her family roots back in the west and was deeply devoted to her parents and siblings and often went back to visit. Jenese loved people and cultivated many cherished lifelong friendships. She also loved the gospel of Jesus Christ, and was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints all her life.

Jenese is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lloyd Warren and is survived by her daughter, Melanie Ambs (Clark) and her son, Lloyd Dean Warren (Gayle); as well her grandchildren: Candace Ashby, Steffanie Gillrie, Christopher Warren, Brian Taylor, Lianne Barr, Carolann Wedlund, Paul Ambs, Clark (Buddy) Ambs, AnaJenese Flores, Lanie Gillespie, and their respective spouses. She is also survived by 26 beloved great grandchildren and by her two sisters, Carolee Larsen and Lujean Smith. 

 The family will be receiving friends at 8:30 am on Saturday, July 30th, 2022 followed by the funeral service at 10:00 am at The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints across from the Orlando Temple at 3001 S Apopka Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32835.  

Pallbearers are Brian Taylor, Paul Ambs, Buddy Ambs, Christopher Warren, Adam Barr, Steve Wedlund, Will Flores, Jake Gillespie, and Adam Gillrie.

Interment will follow the funeral service at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Rihanna K'shema Campbell

Rihanna K'shema Campbell age 16 of Orlando passed away on June 26, 2022. She was born in Jamaica on the 30th of June 2006 to Nickalous Campbell and Tanechia Campbell. She was a bright and vibrant young lady full of life with a beautiful smile that will captivate you. 

She was beloved by a host of people. Rihanna leaves to cherish her memory, Father Nickalous Campbell, Mother Tanechia Campbell,  Sisters Ashley Campbell, and Nickola Campbell, Brother Javlyn Campbell, Grandparents Albert Campbell, Barbara Sewell and Paulette Blissett, Aunts Sophia Campbell, Christal Morris, Peach Treasure, and Okaylia Campbell, Uncles Garfield Bennett, Tryone Bennett, Dwane Smith, Christoper Morris, Close Cousins Garfield Bennett and Richardo Campbell and host of friends and family members.

The family will receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home on Friday, July 8th, 2022 from 6 until 8 pm.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at 11:00 am at Love for Souls Ministries located at 630 Emeralda Dr. Hidden Plaza Suite 105, Orlando FL, 32808.                             


Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Annie Mae Woodson

Annie Mae Woodson, age 85, of Orlando, FL passed peacefully from this life on Sunday, June 26th, 2022 surrounded and supported by her loving family.  She was born on March 28th, 1937 , in Yazoo City Mississippi, the daughter of the late Jacob and Ida Jane Steward.  In the early 1950’s Annie along with her parents and brother relocated to Saginaw Michigan.  Saginaw Michigan would be where she began her family.  She dedicated over 20 years of service to General Motors, and became a pillar within her community by serving others.  After retiring from General Motors, Annie took a visit to Orlando Florida and fell in love.  Upon her return from Orlando, Annie decided it was time for her to relocate.  In 1991, after raising her two daughters, Annie, moved to Orlando where she lived the remainder of her life.

Annie loved the Lord and dedicated her life to Christ at an early age. Annie faithfully began her days by dedicating her first waking hours to reading her Bible and spending time with her Lord and Savior.  She was a faithful member at Church at the Cross.  She was also a member of Friends Forever life group.

Annie loved all sports and made sure to stay up to date with the statistics for both football and basketball.  Annie was an absolute fan of the Orlando Magic from 1992 – 1996, mainly due to one of her favorite players Shaquille O’Neal.  In addition to being a huge fan of Shaquille O’Neal, Annie enjoyed watching Lebron James and admired his talents on the court.  Aside from watching sports, Annie enjoyed shopping, cooking, spending time and having fun with her family.  She enjoyed being a tour guide to her relatives and friends when they traveled to Orlando.  To know her was to truly love her.  She was full of wisdom and knowledge.  You would always know where you stood with her, she was unapologetically herself.

Annie leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Patricia Steward and Carolyn (Lloyd) Riley.  Three grandchildren, Cortney Stewart, Torrey (Misako) Buckley, Jasmine (Michael) Thomas and five great-grandchildren, Courtney Rayana Stewart, T’Corey and Ryan Buckley, and Kai and Nova Thomas; brother Donald Brandon and sister Vickie Johnson.

Annie leaves many cherished relatives Walter and Barbara Davis, Roy Brown, Alan Brown Jr, Bernice Jones, Susanne Brown, Lula Reid, and Delores Washington.  Special friends Ms. Betty Richards and Mrs. Linda Wilhoit.

Annie is preceded in death by her parents Jacob and Ida Jane Steward, her brother Jacob Steward and sister Diane Brandon.

Special thanks to the doctors and nurses at ORMC North.  A special thank you to E.J. on 10 North.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, July 8th, 2022, starting with visitation at 10:00 am followed by the 11:00 am service at Dobbs Funeral Home, located at 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando 32811 with Pastor Dexter Johnson officiating.  Interment will be at Orlando Memorial Gardens, 5264  Ingram Road, Apopka, Florida 32703.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Lowell Floyd Bowman

Lowell Floyd Bowman, 87, of Orlando, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 25, 2022, at his home after a brief period of declining health.

Born in Timbuktu, Mali, West Africa on April 2, 1935 to CMA Missionaries Floyd and Dora Bowman, Lowell spent his early years of life and education on the mission field of Africa with his parents and three brothers. He returned to the United States to a boarding school for Missionary Kids in Zellwood, Florida for middle school and high school. Then before going on to graduate from Nyack College, Nyack, New York, Lowell was drafted and served in the United States Army.

After college, Lowell returned to the mission field in Mali where he served as the Administrator for Medical clinics and did itinerate preaching, although he never felt the call to be a preacher.

After his missionary service in Africa, Lowell’s love for missions continued to burn within him.  He worked in several secular positions stateside, and then became a Project Director managing a refugee camp in the Philippines for two and a half years.

Everywhere Lowell served, he left an indelible mark on the people around him. Upon his return to the U.S., Lowell served the Lord wholeheartedly in the local church.  He met and married his devoted wife, Ruby, in 1997. When they retired, they served for one year at the Mercy Ships International headquarters near Tyler, Texas managing the guest house and coffee shop. He humbly used his gardening expertise to beautify the campus, digging solid red clay and planting rose bushes, painting the iconic anchor and mentoring the young baristas who worked there. 

Together Lowell and Ruby shared the gospel on short term mission trips to Kenya (built a church), Honduras (trekked thru mountain villages handing out solar powered radios preset to Christian stations), Dominican Republic (teaching locals how to build rabbit cages and raise rabbits for food), Manila (counselors at million-person evangelistic crusade) and partnered with a South Carolina church to conduct block parties in order to share the gospel in underprivileged communities.

Lowell leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Ruby Miller Bowman; daughters who adored their “bonus-dad” and their husbands, Beth Nicholson Harris (Jay) and Allison Nicholson Robinson (Dennis), of Orlando; grandchildren to whom he was “Lolo”, Adam Bennett, Jessica Robinson, Nicholas Robinson, and Maxon Harris (Michelle); and three great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Roland and Ruth Bowman, and sister-in-law, Sandy Bowman, all of Deland; nieces and nephews, Rindi Bowman, Tami Fritz, Joy Bowman, Renee Phillips, Russ Bowman, Randy Bowman, Rachelle Bowman, three great-nephews and four great-nieces.

In addition to his parents, Lowell was preceded in death by brothers, Loyal and Harold Bowman, and niece, Pamela Bowman Collier.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church Orlando – Henry Chapel, with a reception to follow at Lakeshore Landings clubhouse.  Services will also be live-streamed.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that honorary donations be made to Madagascar Missions-for Lowell Bowman c/o First Baptist Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32805.  Donations may also be made online at - please designate your gift as “Madagascar-for Lowell Bowman”.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Maria "NaNa" Rodrigues

Maria "NaNa" Rodrigues, age 69, of Orlando, FL passed away Monday, June 20th, 2022 at her residence.   She was born in Angelim, Brazil,  on July 19, 1952, the daughter of the late Maria Sulidade Da Silva  and Gediel Rodrigues Marculino.  She was an ambitious business woman and was employed as a real estate investor.

Maria moved to New York from Brazil in 1975 and married her best friend Elias Bispo in 19976.  She lived in the Borough of Rutherford, New Jersey in 1981 and opened "C & K" Bakery successfully from 1984 until 1990 when they moved to Florida in 1990.  She became a real estate investor in 1992 and remained so throughout her life.

She was a beloved friend to all and was full of life and leaves to cherish her memory, daughter Kathleen Jensen of Richmond Hill, Georgia; son Christopher Bispo of Orlando; brothers Cicero Marculino of Brazil and Joao Marculino of Orlando; sister Maria Aparecida of Brazil; and her 5 grandchildren, Nathan, Tristen, Jasmin, Annabel and Vivian loving them all.

The funeral service will be held at Tabernacle Baptist Church located at 6000 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando 32808 on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm with Pastor Steve Ware officiating.

Monday, June 20, 2022

Mary Anna Peterman

Mary Anna Peterman, age 84, of Winter Garden, FL passed away Wednesday, June 15th, 2022 at her residence.  She was born in The Bronx, NY the daughter of the late Rita (Miller) and Frank  Hanausek and was employed in Human Resource at Health Central Hospital.  

Mary leaves to cherish her memory, husband Joseph Peterman of Winter Garden; three daughters Judith Pizzonia, of Demorest, GA, Susan Byrd of Winter Garden, FL, Debra Batchelor of Leesburg, FL; son Joseph Peterman of Winter Springs, FL;  sister Michelle Delaney of Clermont, FL; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.  

On Sunday, June 26, 2022 at 1 pm, a Celebration of Life will be held at Hyde Park Reception Hall, 14253 W. Colonial Drive., Winter Garden, FL 34787 for family and friends to share some of their favorite memories of Mary.  

RSVPs are required by June 23, 2022 to Susan Byrd at 352-278-6590 or  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mary’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association at or call 1-800-272-3900.


Sunday, June 12, 2022

Michael William Clark

Michael Willliam Clark, age 61, of Orlando, FL went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 2, 2022.  A devoted husband and father, Michael was born in Gainesville, FL the son of Donald Lewis Clark and the late Peggy Jane McAlister.

Michael graduated in 1987 , summa cum laude, from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor’s degree   in Computer Science.  His wife, Kelly Dunlevy Clark, also graduated with him in 1987.  Eventually, Mike received a Masters degree from Golden Gate University while serving in the Air Force in Sumter, S.C. Michael proudly served in the Air Force for 12 ½ years, starting as an enlisted airman and later obtained the rank of Captain in 1991. His military experience took him to bases in Tampa, FL, Biloxi, MS, Sumter, S.C. and Keflavik, Iceland.  Michael enjoyed his tours in the Air Force and it was clear to others that it was his “calling.” When thanked for his service he would usually answer “ my pleasure” and he was grateful  for the opportunity to serve this great nation. His sense of humor brought joy to his family and those who knew him. Michael and Kelly were married 36 years.

Mike is survived by his wife, Catherine Kelly Dunlevy Clark and son William Lewis Clark of Orlando.   His father and mother, Dr. and Mrs. Donald L. Clark of Boone, N.C. two sisters, Rebecca Clark Carter and husband Dave Carter, and the late Donna Jane Clark.  Also surviving is one brother Rev. Edward Taylor and wife Janie Taylor , two neices and one nephew of Greensboro, NC.  and many cousins.

A celebration of life service will be held Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 9: 00 am in Marie Williams Chapel at First Baptist Church Orlando 3000 S. John Young Pkwy Orlando, FL 32805.  The commital will follow at Bushnell National Cemetary in Bushnell, FL.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made in his memory to assist with burial expenses. Please send to Dobbs Funeral Home 430 N. Kirkman Road Orlando, FL  32811    407-578-7720


Saturday, June 11, 2022

Max P. Mittelhammer

Max P. Mittelhammer of Orlando, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2022. He was 88.

Max was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on September 14, 1933. He was the son of Max and Veronika Mittelhammer, who emigrated from Germany, and older brother of Doris.

He attended the Academy of Aeronautics and graduated in 1956. He started working as an engineer at Lockheed Martin in Baltimore, Maryland, before moving to Orlando in 1957. He also completed projects at Cape Canaveral. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 2001.

Max loved to dance and listen to jazz music. He met his beloved wife, Veronica “Toots”, at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. They moved to Pine Hills, where he resided until his passing. They were married for 61 years.

Although a man of few words, Max had a quick wit and kind heart. He enjoyed spending time with his family and traveling abroad with his wife and daughter. He became an avid Georgia Bulldogs football fan when his granddaughter went to college.

Max is survived by his wife and children Paul Mittelhammer (Maddie), Alan Mittelhammer (Penny) and Justina Mittelhammer, and grandchildren Megan Mittelhammer (Paul), Scott George and Sean George (Alan).

He is preceded in death by his parents, Max and Veronika, and his sister, Doris Garand.

Max was an avid member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.

A visitation for family and friends will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 13 with a mass to follow at 11:30 a.m. 801 North Hastings Street, Orlando, FL  32808.

In lieu of flowers, family and friends are invited to make a donation to St. Andrews Catholic Church or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

Bruce Wayne Combs

Bruce Wayne Combs, age 56, of Winter Garden, FL  passed away Thursday, June 2nd, 2022.  He was born in Jacksonville, FL, the son of Charlotte (Yarborough) and the late Fred Combs and was employed as a deputy with Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Bruce leaves to cherish his memory, mother Charlotte Faye Combs of Alabama; wife Lisa (Fulmer) Combs; daughter Shelby Combs; son Matthew Combs all of Winter Garden, FL; sister Renee Wolfe of Alabama; two brothers Jerry Combs of North Carolina and Clayton Combs of Macclenny, FL.  

The memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 11th, 2022 at the West Orange Church of Christ located at 1450 Daniels Road, Winter Garden, Florida 34787.  The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bruce's name to SpiritHorse at Windermere Equestrian Center, 10504 Park Ridge Gotha Rd, Windermere FL 34786.  Attention: Shelby Combs.