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 https://www.firstorlando.com/give - 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 susanbyrd06@embarqmail.com  The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make donations in Mary’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org/renew 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. 

Monday, June 6, 2022

Barton "Bart" Hollan Bryant

Barton "Bart" Hollan Bryant, age 59 of Auburndale, Florida, entered the presence of Jesus on May 31, 2022. Bart was born on November 18, 1962, in Gatesville, Texas, to William "Dub" Bryant and Imogene Cearley Bryant.

Bart graduated from Alamogordo High School in 1981, where he played golf and was selected All State. He was awarded a scholarship to attend New Mexico State University and was two time NCAA All American.

Bart dedicated himself to the game of golf as his full time career. With hard work and persistence, Bart achieved multiple wins on the PGA Tour and PGA Champions Tour.

Bart was a most genuine, kind and generous man to everyone he met. He was an amazing and dedicated son, brother, husband, father, "Papa", uncle and friend. He recognized that even more important than his golf career was his relationship with Christ and his love for his family and friends.

Bart is preceded in death by his parents “Dub” and Imogene Bryant and his wife of 34 years, Cathy Cox Bryant. He is survived by his wife Donna Bryant, his daughters Kristen Gates and her husband Zach, and Michelle Bickerstaff and her husband Justin, his step children Tim Pehrson and his wife Emily, and Lauren Burns and her husband Eric, 10 grandchildren, his siblings Brad Bryant and his wife Sue, and Brenda Johnson and her husband Craig, and four nieces and nephews.

Service will be held Tuesday, June 7th, 2022, at 3:00 PM at Church at the Cross, 700 Good Homes Road, Orlando, Florida 32818.

 The service will be live streamed at https://catcorlando.online.church/

 Donations in his memory may be made to Baptist College of Florida. 5400 College Drive,  Graceville, Florida, 32440. https://www.baptistcollege.edu/give