Henry Minard 'Bill' Williams, Sr., age 76, of Alva, passed away Nov. 26, 2002. Bill was born April 30, 1926, at Avon Park. Most of his adult life he was a contractor in General Construction. He was a member of the Alva Church of God.
Survivors include his wife, Viola Guy Williams of Alva, sons Henry M. 'Billy' Williams, Jr. (Sherri), California, Sherral Keel (Brenda), Lehigh, daughters Kay Joyner, North Carolina, Nelda Carter, Lakeport, Sharon McCormick (Steve), LaBelle, Pamela Barnard (Ronald), Alva, Iris Dahlgren, Fort Myers, Edith Clemons (Ernest), Fort Myers; brothers, Lawrence Williams, Wauchula, James Williams, Avon Park, Richard Williams, Sarasota, sisters, Mildred Journigan, Sebring, Rozella Wells, Brandon, 28 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a wife, Barbara Rice Williams.
Visiting will be Saturday 2 - 5 p.m. at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle Chapel.
Funeral services will be SUNDAY at 2:00 p.m. at the Alva Church of God with Rev. Ray Johns officiating. Burial will follow in the Ortona Cemetery.
Memorial suggested to the Alva Church of God, Alva, FL 33920, for the benefit of Mrs. Williams and the family.
Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home-Riverdale Chapel.
Ralph Buckles, 82, of Bokeelia died of cancer January 21, in Michigan. Former Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club and active member of the American Legion, Ralph was a devoted husband to his wife Nettie, proud father of two sons, a daughter, and a grandfather. Ralph cherished his family, Bokeelia, and his beloved dog, Kayla.
Memorial services are scheduled for Sunday 12 Noon at Bayshore Community Chapel, North Fort Myers.
The family asks that any donations be made in his name to the Bayshore Community Chapel.
Nancy Glover Flanigan, 84, a resident of Fort Myers since 1982, and a former Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania resident for 64 years, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003 in Fort Myers.
Born August 30, 1918 in Beaver Falls, she was the daughter of the late Milton P. Glover and Edith Russell Glover. She was a graduate of Beaver Falls High School and Geneva College.
She is survived by a daughter and her spouse, Sally J. and Gregory J. Guandolo of Chesterfield, Missouri; two sons, Michael G. Flanigan of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Marshall D. Flanigan of Fort Myers, Florida; and four granddaughters, Gia Guandolo Gause and Michael L. Gause, of Frisco, Texas, Meta Ann Guandolo of Los Angeles, California, Laura Elizabeth Guandolo of Chesterfield Missouri, and Tara Jones Bain and Scott E. Bain, of Center Township, Pennsylvania.
The funeral service will be held at Hill and Kunselman Funeral Home in Beaver Falls on Tuesday, February 4th, with private interment to follow in Beaver Cemetery, Beaver, Pennsylvania.
For those friends and family who will be unable to travel to the funeral, a memorial celebration of life will be held at 'Unity of Fort Myers', 11120 Ranchette Road on Sunday, February 16th at 1:30 p.m.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made, if desired, to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, Florida 33908 or A.C.T. (Abuse, Counseling and Treatment), Post Office Box 60401, Fort Myers, Florida 33906.
Alan Gish, 61, of Sanibel Island passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2003.
He is survived by his loving wife Sharon; sons, Michael (Beth), Andrew (Shari), and Samuel Gish; daughter, Laurie Gish (Mark) Hagen; his mother, Jean Gish; brother, Ronald (Toby); grandchildren, Alexander and Isabella Gish-Hagen.
Alan was on the Board of Directors of the Sanibel Rotary Club, member of the Sanibel Optimist Club and owner of the Black Orchid Art Gallery on Sanibel. Alan retired from his family's 80 year old business, Eagle Electric Manufacturing of NYC, NY.
Services will be held 12:30 p.m. Sunday, February 2, 2003, at Temple Beth-El, 16225 Winkler Rd., Fort Myers. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Joseph Edward Williams, LTCM, U.S. Navy, Ret., left this beautiful world on January 30, 2003, at the age of 88 years.
Born in Zwolle, LA on June 19, 1914, his parents later moved to Texarkansa, Texas. Joseph attended Texarkansa, Texas Junior College and then to Hendrix College, Conway, Arkansas with a degree in Biology, graduating Cum Laude.
Joseph begin his military career as a draftee in the Army and went through basic training for three months, but his real love was the Navy and he was transferred into the Navy where he entered as an Ensign. He saw active duty in the South Pacific.
In 1954, he was commissioned Lt. Commander. After the war he remained in the Reserves and attended Western Reserve University Graduate Business School, a two year course in Economics of National Security, graduating with honors. In 1964, he was appointed Instructor in the Naval Reserve Officer's School, teaching Industrial Relations.
Joseph spent 35 years in the U.S. Government, Washington, D.C. and Cleveland, Ohio as Chief Postal Inspector, investigating major mail fraud. While in Cleveland, Ohio he married Nancy Haskell and they were married for 38 years before her death with cancer. Joseph has one daughter, Suzanne Dykema of Newport Beach, California. Prior to his wife's death they moved to Fort Myers, Florida where he joined the law firm of Henderson-Franklin.
Approximately eight years after his wife's death Joseph married a long-time friend, Alice Mayhew. They were married in 1996 and spent several wonderful years traveling, enjoying golf, music, etc. Before he became ill, Joseph was a member of First Christian Church.
A funeral service will be conducted in Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Monday, February 3rd at 2:00 p.m. with interment in Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1 - 2 p.m.
Dorothy Allen Greer, 87, on April 11, 2003 of Bonita Springs where she resided for 23 years, coming from Philadelphia, PA. Beloved wife of the late John C. Greer, Dorothy was a District Deputy of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She will be missed by her many close friends at Imperial Bonita Estates.
All are invited to her Memorial Service at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church at 27690 Shriver Ave., Bonita Springs.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name to the Church would be appreciated.
Jimmy Ray Hunter, 60, of Cape Coral, Florida, passed away April 12, 2003 due to unexpected heart surgery complications. Jimmy Ray was born in Sheffield, Alabama.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; son Chris (Valerie); step-daughter Cindy (George) and seven grandchildren.
He served in the U.S. Army. He received his M.A. Degree in Accounting from The University of Alabama and his B.S. Degree in Accounting from The University of North Alabama in 1965. He worked for The State of Florida as a Senior Auditor for the Office of the Auditor General, and then began serving as the Budget Officer for the District School Board of Collier County. As a musician, he was the lead singer for The Del-Rays and inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
He requested immediate burial and is resting peacefully in Lee Memorial Park Cemetery in Fort Myers, Florida.
Arrangements by Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery. 334-4880
Michael took his last breath on earth and his first breath in heaven Friday, April 11, 2003. With great courage Michael fought a very brief but hard battle with cancer. It was because of his faith and love for the Lord Michael passed away with dignity many cancer patients aren't given.
Survivors include his wife of 18 1/2 years, best buddy and love of his life, Donna; mother, Marci McSorley-Spencer of Naples; sisters: Debra Schuller (Don) of Ft. Myers and Marta Bauer (Wayne) of Ft. Myers; nieces: Denise Gonzalez (Joel), Monika Frank of Muse and Jennifer and Jessica Frank, both of Alva; nephews: Ryan Frank, and Brian and Christopher Gatewood, all of Fort Myers; two grand-nephews; one grand-niece; mother and father-in-law, George and Margaree Frank of Fort Myers; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Frank and Ronnie Frank, and Bobby Frank (Sandy), all of Fort Myers and many, many wonderful friends. Michael was preceded in death by his twin brother, Mitchell, oldest brother Dennis and father Chuck.
There will be a memorial service Thursday, April 17, 2003, 1:00 p.m. at McGregor Baptist Church with Pastor John Davis officiating, with a gathering immediately following the service at L.J's Lounge, 16500 St. Rd 31, Ft. Myers.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Parkway E., Cape Coral, FL 33909 in Michael's name. They made the end of Michael's life as pleasant as possible.
Cremation arrangements by: Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, Florida.
Milton LeRoy Wells, 70, of Fort Myers, passed away on April 12, 2003 at Hospice House North from lung cancer. Milton was born in St. Petersburg, Florida in Mound Park Hospital on June 14, 1932 to the late Charlotte Cecilia Johnson and William James Wells.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years Ardiena (Ardie) Williams from Clarksburg, WV. Children; Mona Leary, Sherry (Jerry) Leonard, Sandra (Byron) Weightman. His grandchildren; Josh, Ryan, Lauryn, and Justin. Precious brother to Charlotte Wells. Uncle to Wayne, Kenny, & Shon Wells, Nioka, Delbert, Casey and Lacey Combs and many other nieces & nephews.
He was an army veteran and a staff sergeant for the Special Forces. By trade, he was a roughneck and worked on many oil rigs throughout Florida.
Memorial service to be held at Living Word Ministries, 2900 North Tamiami Trail on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at 1:00PM.
Cecilia Tommi D'Angelo (Bazzell) of Cape Coral passed away Tuesday June 3rd, 2003 at Hope Hospice after a hard-fought and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Syracuse, NY on January 11th, 1946 and was raised in Buffalo, NY. She has lived in Cape Coral since 1981. She is survived by her loving husband Peter D'Angelo, mother Marion Bazzell and brother Michael, her children David Major (wife Gina), Theresa Cross (husband John), Dean Major (wife Jasmine), and Michele D'Angelo-Choate (husband Jack) and granddaughters Skye Cross, Danielle Major, Emily Choate, Claire Choate, and Dominique Major. Tommi's stepchildren include Peter D'Angelo (wife Kathy), Robert D'Angelo (wife Nancy), Kenneth D'Angelo (wife Tracey), Jacqueline D'Angelo, Dean D'Angelo (wife Annette), and Michael D'Angelo (wife Susan). The D'Angelo step-grandchildren include Carrie, Tony, Connie, Greg, Peter, Mike, Anthony, Aaron, Tiffany, Steffany, Corey, Kelsey and Nicholas. Tommi retired from the Lee County Sheriff's Department in 1998 where she leaves behind many faithful friends. The family will be receiving friends from 4-8pm Friday, June 6th at Hope Hospice of Cape Coral, 2430 Diplomat Parkway. Arrangements Entrusted to Gallaher Funeral & Cremation, 239-337-7311.