Roland Schmidt, 75, of Melbourne, Fla., formerly resided in the Leesburg area along with his wife, Christine and granddaughter, Christin (Strawbridge) Hunt. After a lengthy illness, he passed away on Monday, April 27, 2009 at Life Care Center in Palm Bay, Fla. He is survived by his wife; and loving daughter, Michelle of Huntsville, Ala.; granddaughter, Christin S. Hunt and Ryan; a twin brother, Ray (Lois); and a sister, Jackie Huband (Granville); along with many beloved nephews and nieces. Mr. Schmidt was at the helm of Waste Management's Town and Country Refuse from 1983-1996. Memorial service will be held beach-side in July. You may call Mrs. Schmidt at (321) 724-1122 for more information.
John Spence Jr.
John Spence Jr., 75, of Fruitland Park, Fla., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 5, 2009. He will truly be missed by his beloved sisters: Shirley White of Belleview, Fla., and Donna Gillespie of Tampa, Fla. His accomplishments in life include serving in the U.S. Navy as a UWDT with the Navy Seals from 1950-1955. He was also a member of the Moose Lodge, VFW and the American Legions. John served the City of Leesburg as purchasing manager for a period of 39 years before retiring. John lived a full life and will be missed dearly by his loved ones. His family will hold a private service.
Millard C. Kiser, Jr.
Millard C. Kiser, Jr., age 65, of Wildwood, passed away Monday, April 27, 2009. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, a retired carpenter and a member of Wildwood Assembly of God Church. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and creating furniture. He is survived by his wife, Patti of Wildwood; his mother, Gertrude Kiser of Virginia; three daughters, Penny (Chris) Dyal of Ocala, Jessica (Anthony) Green of Wildwood and Krystal (Roger) Dale of Ocala; two brothers, Gene and Joe, both of Virginia; and five grandchildren. He is preceded in death by one daughter, Katherine Kiser. Memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Banks/Page-Theus Funeral Chapel. Friends are welcome to come one hour prior to the service. Arrangements entrusted to Banks/Page-Theus Funeral Home, Wildwood.
Tyler Dean Yates
Tyler Dean Yates, 17, of Wildwood, died Monday, April 27, 2009. He was born March 28, 1992 in Leesburg. He was a sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and 4-wheel drive trucks. He is survived by his parents, Richard and Michelle Yates of Wildwood; sister, Meghan Yates of Wildwood; maternal grandmother, Nancy Wilbanks of Wildwood, and many more loving family members and friends. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 2, 2009 at 11 a.m. at Beyers Funeral Home Chapel, Leesburg. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, May 1, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. Interment will be at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Arrangements Entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg.
Robert N. Ashby Jr.
Robert N. Ashby Jr., 71, of Eustis, FL, died Thursday, June 4, 2009. Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis, FL.
Emily Gail Hall
Emily Gail Hall, 73, of Wildwood, passed away Tuesday, June 9, 2009. Born in Webster, Gail was a Baptist and had worked in insurance with First National Insurance, MANCO and Lassiter Ware Insurance. Gail is survived by her brother, Udell (Carol) Hall of Webster; sister, Wynette Pergola of Jacksonville; brother-in-law, Johnnie Dyess of Wildwood and Herb Wadsager of Brandon; best friend, Vivian White of Wildwood; and 10 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sisters, Marjory Derden, Theda Dyess and Eleanor Wadsager; brothers, Ewell T. Hall and Royce Hall. Services for Mrs. Hall are to be held Friday, June 12, 2009 in the Purcell Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m. Interment is to follow in the Garden of Memories Cemetery, Webster. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SCARC of Bushnell. Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, entrusted with arrangements.
Mary Helen Vauris
Mary Helen Vauris, 91, of Clermont died Friday, July 3, 2009. Cremation Choices, Minneola.
Bettye Sue Blackmon
Bettye Sue Blackmon, 77, of Acworth, Georgia, died Sunday, June 28, 2009. She was born October 4, 1931 in Dothan, Alabama. Bettye moved to Leesburg from Dothan, AL in 1947. She was a graduate of Leesburg High School, Class of 1950. She was a member of First Baptist Church-Leesburg. She is survived by three Sons, Earl "Butch" M. (Jo Ann) Blackmon of Morreville, NC, Jerry D. (Patty) Blackmon of Acworth, GA and Michael "Mickey" (Ruth Ann) Blackmon of Oxford, FL; two sisters, June Gray of Lady Lake, FL and Gail (Arthur) Hampy of Eustis, FL; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at10:00 AM at Leesburg First Assembly of God. Visitation will be held at Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg on Friday, July 10, 2009 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Burial will be at Lone Oak Cemetery. Arrangements Entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, FL.
The Reverend James Milford Brazzell
The Reverend James Milford Brazzell, 86 of Lakeland, passed away Thursday. Celebration of life services to convene on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 at 12 noon, St. James AME Church, 725 E. McDonald Avenue, Eustis with Rev. Richard King officiating. Public viewing on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 from 6-8PM at the Eustis Chapel. Family and friends may sign guesbook at www.hayesbrosfunerals.com. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home, Eustis Chapel, 352-589-4666
Dean E. Goodell
Dean E. Goodell, 84, of Leesburg, FL., died Tuesday, June 30, 2009. He was born March 28,1925 in Ashtabula, Ohio. He was a member of First Christian Church of Leesburg. Dean served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He is survived by his wife, Beverly, son, Marc, daughters, Carol, Sharon, Karen, daughter-in-law, Paula, brother, Bill (Kitty), grandchildren, Lisa, Amy, Colin, Dustin, and Chelsea and great grandchildren, Jaden,Triston and Trinity. He was preceded in death by his son Randy. The Family will have a Private Service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
First Christian Church of Leesburg, 1701 Vine Street, Leesburg, FL 34748. Arrangements Entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, FL.
Clyde Pearson Hyatt
Clyde Pearson Hyatt, 84, of Wildwood, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2009. Arrangements are entrusted to Banks/Page-Theus Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Wildwood, FL.
Keith Arnold Sevenbergen
Keith Arnold Sevenbergen, 79, of Leesburg, Florida, died Wednesday, July 1, 2009. Born May 26, 1930 in Marshalltown, Iowa he moved to Leesburg in 1968 from Mansfield, OH. He was the original Service Manager at Birdsong Volkswagon for eight years. He owned and operated Keith's Auto Repair for 20 years. Keith was a member of Morrison United Methodist Church in Leesburg for 40 years and served as an usher. He was one of the original volunteers at the Op Shop since 1999. He was a Navy Veteran of The Korean War. He was a Nascar fan and country music fan. He enjoyed camping and his family. Surviving is his wife of 51 years, Jacqueline B. Sevenbergen of Leesburg, FL; four sons, Stanley (Nina) Coe of Belleview, FL, Steven Coe of Belleview, FL, William (Debra) Coe of Ft. Myers, FL, and John Sevenbergen of Leesburg, FL; one daughter, Vicki (Stanley) Bair of Fruitland Park, FL; one brother, William (Lois) Sevenbergen of Newton, IA; two sisters, Mary Ida Butler of Newton, IA and Shirley (Floyd) Choat of Bakersfield, CA; seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at Morrison United Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 11 AM with Rev. Karen Burris and Rev. Dr. M. McCoy Gibbs officiating. Visitation will be held at Beyers Funeral Home, Leesburg on Monday, July 6, 2009 from 6 - 8 PM. Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell with Military Honors by Lake Co. War Veterans Honor Guard. Friends who wish may make Memorial donations to Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, Inc., 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778. Arrangements Entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, FL.
Karen Ann Maginniss Sviben
Karen Ann Maginniss Sviben died Thursday, June 18, 2009 at the age of 66 in Norfolk, Va., following a short illness. A resident of Shamong Township, N.J. since 1975, she had moved to Leesburg, Fla., in 2006. Karen was born on Nov. 24, 1942 in Camden, N.J., to Lloyd and Anna (Ledrich) Maginniss and spent her childhood years in Wynnewood, Pa. She earned a B.S. degree from Pennsylvania State University and was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. Karen was a registered dietitian and certified school nutrition specialist and retired with 25 years in food service management at the Eastern Camden County Regional School District in Voorhees, N.J. She was a member of the American Dietetic Association and the American School Food Service Association and volunteered on many boards and committees for nutrition related activities for school children. In her later years she was a volunteer for Samaritan Hospice and Meals on Wheels. In Leesburg, Fla., she worked at DaVita Dialysis Center, planning menus for dialysis patients. Karen was a member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Tabernacle, N.J., and Corpus Christi Episcopal Church in Okahumpka, Fla., where she was an active volunteer. She most recently enjoyed a variety of activities and clubs at her Florida community of Royal Highlands including bridge, nature club, singles club and theater. An enthusiastic traveler for many years, Karen had many memorable trips with family and friends, including Ireland, Jamaica, Italy and Hawaii. She loved the beach and enjoyed many vacation spots along the Atlantic Ocean and recently came to love exploring nature and bird watching. Karen is best remembered for her role as a mother and grandmother, which brought her the greatest joy. She is survived by her two daughters and sons-in-law: Lisa R. Smolar (Scott) of Marlton, N.J., and Stacy A. Bien (Frederick) of Chesapeake, Va.; five grandchildren, Justin & Jennifer Smolar and Halie, Maxwell & Alexander Bien, and one step-grandchild, Eric Bien. Also surviving are her sisters, Kathleen M. Brockett (Ronald) of Concord, N.H., and Irene M. Gilbert of Mansfield, Ohio; a special aunt, Emma Weber of Ocala, Fla., and several nieces and nephews. Karen had a kind and generous spirit and made friends wherever she went. She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends in her personal and professional life. A memorial service will be held at the Corpus Christi Episcopal Church, 3430 County Road 470, Okahumpka, FL on Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.
George C. Taveirne
George C. Taveirne, 60, of Tavares, died Tuesday, June 30, 2009. Hamlin & Hibish Funeral Directors.
Sun Hi Lee
Sun Hi Lee, 71, of Clermont died Monday, March 16, 2009. Becker Family Funeral Home, Clermont.
Richard E. Martin II
Richard E. Martin II passed away in Leesburg, on Tuesday March 17th, 2009 at the age of 50. Mr. Martin is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Mickee; and one son, Daniel. He is also survived by his parents, one brother, two sisters, and many other family and friends who loved him. A memorial service for Richard E. Martin II will be held on Saturday, March 21st, 2009 at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Lake Panasoffkee. Arrangements have been entrusted to Page-Theus Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Leesburg.
Carolyn L. Price
Carolyn L. Price, 51, of Leesburg died Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home, Eustis.
Heather DM Winslow
Heather DM Winslow, 40, of Sumterville, died Thursday, March 5, 2009 in Sumterville. She was born Feb. 21,1969 in Pittsfield, Mass. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Sumterville, and was a manager at Sonny's Bar-B-Q in Bushnell. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Pastor John Chip Winslow of Sumterville; daughters, Ashley Heather Winslow, Tabitha Normande Winslow, Bobbie Heather Winslow, all of Sumterville; son, Matthew David Winslow of Bradenton; father, Americio Cantarella; mother, Normande Cantarella; grandmother, Elisa Cantarella; brother, Myles Cantarella of Panama City; sisters, Tiana Bonilla and Mia Hagadorn of Crestview. A celebration of her life will be held at First Baptist Church of Sumterville on Saturday, March 21, 2009 at 10 a.m., Pastor John Chip Winslow will preside. Arrangements entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell.
Harold Ray Hord
Harold Ray Hord, 69, of Grand Island died Thursday, March 19, 2009. Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors, Eustis.
Elizabeth H. Shrader
Elizabeth H. Shrader, 82, of Mount Dora died Thursday, March 19, 2009. Central Florida Cremation, Tavares.
Garth Alonzo Smith
Garth Alonzo Smith, 73, of Leesburg, passed away Sunday, March 15, 2009 in Leesburg. Born in Mangrove Cay Andros, Bahamas, he moved to Florida from the Bahamas in 1956. He was a custodian and of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Julia Lowe-Smith of Leesburg; children: Ola Mae (Ernest) Graham of Leesburg; Tyrone (Peggie) Smith of Mount Dora; Teresa (Raymond) Coffie of Radcliff, Ky.; Brenda Gay Smith of Leesburg; Diane (Clarence) Peeples of Leesburg; Roylee (Joan) Mitchem of Leesburg; Aldanzo (Ruby) Pratt of Hollywood, Fla.; 23 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; six brothers: Fred (Lorinda) Smith, Cecil (Predencia) Smith; Alphonso (Sarah) Smith; Howard (Patricia) Smith; Ernest (Angie) Smith of Nassau, Bahamas; James Henry (Carolyn) Smith of Ft. Pierce; Sarahmae (Kenneth) Dawkins of Freeport, Grand Bahamas; aunts, Vese Campbell, M.C.A., Pearlene Bastian of Nassau, Bahamas; uncle, Clifford Smith of Mangrove Cay Andros, Bahamas; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Dean and Shirley (Leroy) Ward of Leesburg; one brother-in-law, Clarence (Vendell) Johnson of Tampa; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many, many friends. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Mt. Ararat Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church, 1108 East Main Street, Leesburg with the Rev. Albert Haddon, Pastor. Friends may call at Mt. Ararat M.M. Baptist Church on Friday, March 27, 2009 from 6-8 p.m. Burial will follow on at Lone Oak Cemetery in Leesburg. Arrangements by Eastside Funeral Home, Leesburg.
Robert N. Timmons
Robert N. Timmons, 91, of Orlando died Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Brewer and Sons Funeral Home, Clermont.
Edna Louise Biko
Edna Louise Biko, 81, of Tavares, died Sunday, July 5, 2009. Beyers Funeral Home.
Glenna Jean Osborne
Glenna Jean Osborne, age 64, Mt. Dora, passed away on Saturday, June 20, 2009, after winning her 12-year battle against breast cancer, but losing the war to melanoma. Ms. Osborne was a champion of children's causes and an advocate for the underprivileged. Born in Rainelle, West Virginia, Ms. Osborne moved to Florida with her parents in 1956. She earned her education degree from the University of Tampa in 1966. After teaching English and serving as a principal for several New Jersey schools, Ms. Osborne retired and returned to Florida in 1994 to begin her second career in mental health. She worked for D.C.F. as a Protective Investigator Supervisor, served as the Program Supervisor for the Children's Home Society, was the Clinical Supervisor for Healthy Families Orange, and most recently was the Administrator for LifeStream Academy, Lake and Sumter Counties, serving emotionally disturbed children and children needing alternative education due to serious behavioral offenses. Ms. Osborne's accomplishments included being honored as the 2008 Administrator of the Year for the State of Florida by the Council for Community Mental Health and receiving in 2003 the prestigious George F. Hixson Fellow medal for Kiwanis International for her service as the first woman President of Kiwanis Club of Mt. Dora. Additional accomplishments included, among many others, serving as the Director of the Mt. Dora Community Trust, during which a resolution was recorded honoring her accomplishments, serving as the Chairperson of the Advisory Board of the Center for Drug Free Living Woman's Long-term Residential Program, serving as Vice-Chair of the Lake County School Readiness Coalition, serving as Vice President of Central Healthy Start Coalition, and being honored in Who's Who in America, in American Education, in American Women, and in Medicine and Healthcare. Ms. Osborne will be greatly missed by her parents, Billy and Jean Osborne, Eustis, her son, Thomas Osborne, and his family, her sister Carol, her niece Audrey, her many friends, her amazing cat, Roy, and all the children whose lives she improved. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church, 439 E. 5th Ave., Mt. Dora, Fl. Arrangements are by Beyers Funeral Home & Crematory, Leesburg, Fl. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1400 South Orange Ave. M.P. 700, Orlando, Fl 32806, or to the First United Methodist Church's Children's Ministries (mailing address is 440 E. 6th Ave., Mt. Dora, Fl 32757).
Mr. George C. Taveirne
Mr. George C. Taveirne, of Tavares, passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at the age of 60 years. Born in Detroit, MI, he moved to Tavares in 1960. George was a veteran of the US Army and served in Vietnam. He was employed by Jacob's Engineering in Greenville, SC and was known worldwide as an outstanding Industrial Electrical Superintendant. George enjoyed Golf, fishing and was an avid Florida Gator fan. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Eustis. George leaves behind many friends and loved ones, including his sons, Scott (Judith) Taveirne and Jason Taveirne, all of Odum, GA; sisters, Carol (Earl) Ollila of Detroit, MI and Paula Andrus of Niceville, FL; devoted companion, Barbara Fullwood of Fernandina Beach, FL and 3 grandchildren, Michael (18), Ryan (16) and Joshua (2). Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 8 from 11 am - 12 noon with a funeral service starting at 12 noon in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Lakeside Memory Gardens, Eustis. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Heart Association, 237 East Marks St., Orlando, FL 32803. Arrangements entrusted to Hamlin & Hilbish Funeral Directors, 326 E. Orange Ave., Eustis, 352-357-4193.
James Keith Fowler
James Keith Fowler, 80, of 21 Hartstone Lane, Hendersonville, NC, died Thursday July 9, 2009. Born in Greenwood, SC, he was the son of the late Downs and Lena Fowler. He was also preceded in death by his wife Mary Helen and son Jimmy. He was a graduate of Lander University and New Orleans Seminary. He retired from Lake County Florida School System in 1990. Keith was active in community theater with the Icehouse Theater and Bay Street Players. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Terry and Paul Casagrande of Hendersonville, NC.
Stephen Van McClellan
Stephen Van McClellan, 54, of Wildwood, FL, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2009. Retired from Sprint-Embarq. Survived by two sons, Stephen Matthew (Nikki) McClellan, 25, Taylor Hand McClellan, 17; one granddaughter, Scotti Nicole McClellan, 3; sister, Gloria Hamm of Bushnell; brother, Howard McClellan of Palm Harbor. Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 6:00PM at Banks Page Theus Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 410 Webster St., Wildwood, FL. with family friend Pastor Jim Pierce officiating. 34785, 352-748-1000.
Ida S. Olivera
Ida S. Olivera, 75, of Clermont, FL, died Wednesday, July 15,2009. Becker Funeral Home, Clermont.
Rocco Angelo Albanese
Rocco Angelo Albanese, 89, of Clermont died Monday, July 20, 2009. Brewer and Sons Funeral Home, Clermont.
Patsy D. Goodman
Patsy D. Goodman, 76, of Grand Island died Monday, July 20, 2009. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Umatilla.
Marian R. Keating
Marian R. Keating, 65, of Leesburg died Monday, July 20, 2009. Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg.