Thursday, October 27, 2022

Arnold Gopaul


July 24, 1959 - October 21, 2022

It is with great love and sadness that our family share in the sudden passing of our dear son, husband, brother, and uncle. Arnold died peacefully at Health Central hospital. He was 63 years old.  He was predeceased by his father Ivan. He leaves to mourn his mother Amy, his brother Samuel (Sita Carol), brother Daniel (Ann), sister Rosana (Danny), and his wife Parbattie Bissoon.  He also leaves to mourn his sons Shanell, Simon and Leon. He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his grandchildren. He was an uncle to Samuel Jr., Samantha, Joel, Nathaniel, Jessica, Lucanus, Rhea.

Arnold was known to be a loving and caring person. He was loved by all who knew him.  It’s such a blessing to know that although he closed his eyes on earth, he opened them in heaven. God has him in his arms and we have him in our hearts.

A viewing will be held at Dobbs Funeral Home 430 N. Kirkman Road, Orlando, Florida on Thursday 27th October, from 10AM to 12 noon followed by a Lutheran Service then to Orlando Memorial Gardens for burial.  

Rest In Peace. Fly High my Friend

Mildred “Tootsie” L. Calhoun went to be with the lord peacefully in the early morning hours of October 24, 2022 at the age of 84 years young. 

In addition to her parents, Mildred is now reunited with her siblings, James Edge Jr., Wayne Edge, Sue Edge and Avery Edge; preceded in death daughter Patricia Anderson and son Jeffery Scott.   Mildred leaves behind to cherish her memory, (sisters) Elaine Martin, Janice Driggers, Lynn Reagan, (children) Lisa Castelli, Hershel Scott Sr., Sherry Sawyer, and Valerie Shaffer and their respective spouses. She also survived by her 9 grandchildren; followed by 15 beloved great grandchildren. 

“Tootsie” as many called her, was a remarkable woman who brought love and happiness to so many. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a true friend that will be dearly missed but always remembered. 

“Gods garden must be beautiful, He always takes the best”.

The family will be receiving friends at 9:45am on Sunday, October 30th, 2022 followed by the funeral service at 10:00am at Dobbs Funeral Home 430 North Kirkman Road, Orlando FL with Preacher Rosewell Chapmen officiating.  Interment will follow the funeral service at Lake Hill Cemetery.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Hazel Marie Howell Bass

Hazel Marie Howell Bass, 91 of Ocoee, Florida went on to be with the Lord on October 23, 2022. She was born March 19, 1931 in Cascilla, Mississippi. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was preceded in death by: Jesse and Eva Franklin (Parents), Curtis Dewitt Howell (Husband), Sandra Carter (Daughter) and Danny Howell (Son) She was survived by her children: Curtis (Marie) Howell, Ricky (Linda) Howell, Mark (Kathy) Howell and Jerie Carter (Son-in-law). Grandchildren: Carla Dunn, Cindy (John) Shank, Amanda (Drew) Peyton, Rebecca (Lloyd) Howell, Melissa (Timmy) Tilman, Curtis (Courtney) Howell, Kimberly (Danny) Motes, Kelley Hudson, Scott (Erin) Howell, Angie (Phil) Massey, Billy (Kayla) Carter, Lisa (Danny) Cyr and John (Jaime) Mercer. Forty-three great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.

She found great love and joy being a member of the West Orange Park Community Church, where she was the last surviving original member of the church as well as the treasurer and pianist.  She loved to spend time with her family, singing gospel and playing musical instruments.

Services will be held on Friday October 28,2022 at 10am:

West Orange Park Community Church

9929 Lake Meadow Road

Apopka, FL 32703

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

JoAnne Wood Jacobs

Jo Anne Wood Jacobs of Orlando, FL passed away in the early morning of October 24, 2022 at her home, surrounded by loved ones.  She was born November 15,1936 to the Late Nancy and Samuel Wood of Rock Castle - Goochland, VA.  Jo Anne had an older brother, Dowell T. Wood (deceased) and a younger brother, Samuel M. Wood (deceased).  She was a devoted wife to the late Reuben "Jake" Jacobs and survived by her three children, sons Reuben "Buddy" Jacobs Jr. Eli Jacobs and daughter Nancy Jo Jacobs.

Jo Anne was a golf enthusiast to say the least.  She was an upstanding member of West Orange Country Club in Winter Garden, FL for over 35 years.  Jo Anne was also a long-time member of the Greater Orlando Orchid Society and grew hundreds of various varieties of orchids at her home in Orlando.

Jo Anne will be laid to rest on Sunday October 30, 2022 alongside her mother, father and brother at Smyrna Baptist Church 1470 Rock Castle Rd. Goochland, VA 23063. A viewing will take place at the church at 1:00pm with interment to follow.

In lieu of flowers the family requests you send donations to Smyrna Baptist Church.

Robert Eugene Deal

Robert Eugene Deal, age 76, passed away at the Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, FL on October 20, 2022 at 4:45pm with family by his side. He was born on June 5,1946 to Carl Deal and Marjorie Pauline Henry in Lima, OH.

On September 7, 1972 he married Lenita Mellano at the US Embassy in the Philippines while serving as a Captain in the U.S. Navy (1969-1973) during the Vietnam war. Robert attended firefighting school, Assault Boat Coxswain School,  and the National Training Center for seaman, Petty Officer 3&2 class, Boatswain Mate 3&2. He was also trained in minelayers as an E-4, E-5.  He earned the National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star. 

 He was a loving husband of 50 years, a father, grandfather and great grandfather.  Robert is survived by his wife, Lenita; 2 sons: Richard and Rizalde “Steve” Mellano (wife Shannon); 5 grandchildren: Miles (Ruth Anne), Mason (Shelby), Mitchell (Cheyenne), Mamie (Bryce), Shyanne (fiancĂ© Wyatt); and 4 great-grandchildren: Oliver, Felicity, Henry, Audrey; sister, Janice Henderson, as well as nieces and nephews. He  was preceded in death by his son (Robert Deal, Jr.), his parents, brother (Jim), and sister (Phyllis). 

Services will be provided by Dobbs Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 26, 2022 from 3-6 pm.  Viewing  is scheduled for 3pm-4:45pm; Memorial service will immediately follow. The address for the service is 430 North Kirkman Road, Orlando FL 32811.  The service will also be on Facebook live, at 4:30pm. 

In lieu of flowers, there will be a drop box for donations in Robert’s honor to the organization, Semper Fi & America’s Fund.  If you cannot attend the service, please send donations to:  825 College Boulevard, Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.

Stephen "Steve" Robert Erwin

Steve Erwin, 79, of Winter Springs, Florida passed away on October 19, 2022, of natural causes.  He was born in Columbus, Ohio on September 13, 1943, son of Bill Erwin and Virginia Erwin. Steve graduated from Eastmoor High School in 1961, earned a degree from Columbus College of Art & Design in 1965, and pursued a successful career as a commercial artist and illustrator.  Steve was involved in creative endeavors throughout his life including painting, sculpting, writing, and photography. Following his retirement and relocation to Winter Springs, he remained active in the Central Florida arts scene. Steve freely gave his time and talents to various civic and cultural organizations including The Kerouac Project of Orlando, The Lake Mary Museum, Orlando Downtown Arts District, The Orlando Fringe, St. Richard’s Winter Park Episcopal Church, Columbus Folk Music Society, Westerville Progressive Alliance, The Shamrock Club and various Irish-American groups.

Steve is survived by his wife, Marilyn Erwin, his son Robb (Brenda) Erwin, son Ryan (Brandi) Erwin, and daughter Corrie (Kevin) Wassum. He is also survived by two siblings, Tom (Ilona) Erwin and Jean (Robert) Toda, four grandchildren, and twelve nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Johnny Erwin.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Stephen Robert Erwin to the Columbus College of Art & Design General Scholarship Fund at or Columbus College of Art & Design Development Office, 107 N. 9th St. Columbus, OH 43215.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Essie D. Word

Essie D. Word, 81, of Pine Hills, Florida passed away Thursday, October 6th, 2022.  She was born in Maryville, Tennessee the daughter of the late Lela (Hurst)  and Walter B. Dykes and was a homemaker.

Essie leaves to cherish her memory, sons Billy, Timmy and Rusty Word of Orlando; sisters and brothers in Tennessee along with numerous grandchildren and other relatives in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

The graveside service was held at Cape Canaveral National Cemetery in Mims, Florida on Friday, October 14, 2022 at 1:30 pm.

The Lord is my Shepherd,  I shall not want. He maketh me lie down

 in green pastures;  He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restores my soul, 

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk

 through the valley of the shadow of death,  I will fear no evil; 

for Thou art with me,  thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 

Thou preparest a table before me in the  presence of mine enemies; thou anointest

 my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

 all the days of my life; and I will dwell in  the  house of the Lord forever.

-Psalm 23

Monday, October 10, 2022

Basdaiya Persaud

Basdaiya Persaud, age 90, of Orlando, FL,  passed away on Friday, October 7th, 2022 at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.  She was born in Georgetown, Guyana,  the daughter of the late Somaria (Persaud)  and Lil  Maraj and was a homemaker.

Basdaiya is  survived by her daughter Deokie Hansraj of Orlando; two sons Onkar Persaud, of Orlando, Navendra Persaud of Queens, NY; 14 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren. 

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Wednesday, October 12th, 2022, followed by the funeral service on Thursday, October 13th, 2022 from 6:30 am until 8:30 am.  Interment will follow the service at 9:00 am on Thursday morning at Metro Crematory.

Friday, October 7, 2022

Lucy Weisenberger Newton

Lucy W. Newton passed away on October 6, 2022.  She was born March 20, 1929 in the Panama Canal Zone.  She grew up in Fort Benning Georgia, met her husband Walter C. Newton (Newt 1930 - 2005) in Bradenton Florida.  They were married in Presque Isle, Maine in 1953 and lived in 20 different homes in their first 19 years of marriage, including multiple tours in Japan.  Throughout her marriage Lucy was a school teacher.  She taught 4th and 5th grade for roughly 20 years in the North Syracuse Central School District in Cicero, NY where she also generated curriculum for the district.  After retirement, they settled in Punta Gorda, Florida where Lucy served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in multiple callings including Relief Society President.  She also served a mission with her husband, Newt, in Arcadia, Florida.  For many years, Lucy was a temple worker in the Orlando Florida Temple and would travel from Punta Gorda to Orlando each Thursday to serve.  She was also a member of the Isles Yacht Club, the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association, and the Noyac Civic Association in New York.  Though an accomplished educator and active volunteer, Lucy’s priorities were her husband and her children Bob (Nannette), Sherry (Lee) & Hal (Theresa), as well as, her grandchildren Amanda, Brittney, Hunter, Trevor, Dolan, Amy, Bobby, & Sarah, and her great grandchildren Oliver, Gabriel, & Benjamin.  She was devoted to her husband of nearly 52 years and a dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  To her grandchildren she will always be known as Duckie!


The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 22, 2022 followed by the funeral service at 11:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located at 3001 S. Apopka Vineland Road in Orlando, FL .