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Fort Myers News-Press, July 16, 2013 - Arlene W. Pacetti, 85, of Cape Coral, Fl. passed away on Friday, July 12, 2013. Arlene was born in Pensacola, Fl. on July 30th, 1927 to Houston and Lottie Wall. She met the love of her life, Rodney Truman Pacetti and married him in 1945. They eventually settled in Ft. Myers, Fl. Arlene is preceded in death by her husband Rodney, her parents, and five of her siblings. She was an avid bridge player and recognized by The American Contract Bridge League as a "Gold Life Master". Arlene will be missed by her surviving children, Celeste Pacetti Ford (Joe Hensley), Greg Pacetti (Marcia Trainor), Rodney Pacetti (Pam), 7 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Cynthia Mitchell and staff at Holland House (assisted living) and those from Freedom Christian Fellowship church that supported the Pacetti family during this time. A grave side ceremony at Ft. Myers Cemetery in Ft. Myers, Fl. will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Freedom Christian Fellowship, 1406 Port Neches Ave., Port Neches, Texas 77651Please refer to Melancon's Funeral Home at www.melancons.org for more details.
     Fort Myers News-Press, March 11, 2005 - Marta Rosa Ferrer Pacetti, 84, of Fort Myers, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2005. Marta graduated from Ft. Myers High School in 1940, was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Ft. Myers, the 101er's Club of First National Bank, and Beta Sigma Pi Chi Master Sorority with 17 years of perfect attendance. Marta is survived by her devoted and loving son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Shirley Smith, many cousins and a host of friends. The family will receive friends from 2-4 PM Sunday, March 13, 2005 at the Kiser Funeral Home, 9231 Cypress Lake Drive. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 AM Monday, March 14, 2005 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with burial following at Fort Myers City Cemetery.
     Fort Myers News-Press, November 24, 2013 - Rose (Pavese) Pacelli – Fort Myers Pioneer, original owner of Rose and Eddie’s and the Surf Club on Fort Myers Beach died November 21, 2013 with her two daughters, Toni Pacelli-Hinkley and Marion Pacelli, by her side. Rose was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Vincent Pacelli. Born December 11, 1924, Rose was a life-long, proud resident of Fort Myers and never failed to inform anyone she met that she was a “local” –born and raised here with her sisters: Lucy Lasek, Marie DeCristoforo, Amelia Castenir and Ann Palmer. Rose’s family and her religion meant everything to her. She loved regaling her granddaughter, and her many nieces and nephews with family and local lore. They were her “jewels” and her joy. From her first Communion to her wedding at St. Frances Xavier, to hosting Mass in the San Carlos Inn Restaurant she owned with her husband on Fort Myers Beach in the 50s, to helping found the Church of the Ascension there, to bringing meatless, home-made cheese pizza to Father Neff and Father Hickey at St Cecilia’s Catholic Community, Rose embraced life as a Roman Catholic. Rose loved being called Mom, Gram, GG and Aunt Rosie. She called herself “Nosey Rosie” because of her innate curiosity. She loved learning and sharing her knowledge via clipped articles, a tradition she carried on from her father, Rocco Pavese. It is in that spirit of her love of learning that we ask in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Mary Bankhardt Elementary Education Fund c/o St Cecilia Catholic Community, 5632 Sunrise Drive, 33919 or the charity of your choice. Rose is survived by her three sisters, Lucy, Amelia and Ann, her daughters Toni (Bob Hinkley) and Marion Pacelli, her granddaughter Andrea Nicole Hinkley-Hynes, M.D., Tony Hynes, and grandsons Jack and Nathan Hynes and her many nieces and nephews, and cousins.   We want to thank the wonderful physicians who cared for her through her health issues: Dr. Shailaja Hedge, MD, Dr. Michael Danzig, Dr. James Reeves and wonderful folks at Lee Memorial Home Health Services. Visitation will be held at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens on Colonial Blvd., Monday, November 25th between 6-8 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 26th at 10 AM at St. Cecilia Catholic Community. Her son-in-law Robert Hinkley with her nephews Stephen Palmer, David Palmer, Jeff Palmer, cousin Sherriff Michael Scott and grand-nephew Hugh Drawdy will guide her procession. If attending, the family asks that you wear Rose’s favorite color Green or your favorite color. We would like to celebrate her life in a vibrant and positive way. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555. Online condolences may be made at:   www.fortmyersmemorial.com.
     Cape Coral Daily Breeze, March 11, 2009 - Jorge Pacifico, 86, of North Fort Myers, passed away Monday, March 9, 2009. He was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Joao Perera and Isabel Marcondes. He has lived in Lee County for more than 28 years. He is survived by his loving family, including his wife, Maria Pacifico; children, Antonio Pacifico, Ademir Pacifico, Angela Broadus, Lou Pacifico, Joe Pacifico, Rose Dias, Jorge Pacifico Jr., Perola Levy, Silvano Pacifico, Carla Pacifico and Milvia Nogueira; grandchilden, Carolina, Jeff, Danielle, Kyle, Nichole, Nathan, Michel, Leslie, Aaron, Bryan, Monica, Stephen, Christopher, Jessica, Stephanie, Gabriella, Abraham, Daniel, Jorgedebro, Melissa, Vannessa and Larissa; and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Monday at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Road. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. following the visitation at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements by Coral Ridge Funeral Home.
    Fort Myers News-Press, February 22, 2001 - Albert E. Paddock, 90, of Lehigh Acres, left this world for a better place February 19, 2001. He was born in Maquoketa, IA a son of the late Edward A. and Ruth Paddock. Albert served in the Navy during WWII and owned and operated a dry cleaning business in Morrison, IL, until his retirement in 1972 at which time he moved to Lehigh Acres. He was a member of United Church of Christ Congregational of Lehigh Acres. Mr. Paddock is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Elfriede (Marx) Paddock; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson. Albert was predeceased by his wife Maxine L. Paddock in 1981, his daughter, Phyllis J. Hamilton in 1998, and son Richard Paddock in 1955. A funeral service will be conducted in the United Church of Christ Congregational on Friday at 10:00 a.m. There will be a visitation at the church between 9:30 and 10:00 a.m. The family will receive friends at the Farley Memorial Funeral Home on Thursday evening 7 - 8 p.m. Entombment will be in Lee Memorial Park.
    Fort Myers News-Press, April 21, 2001 - Elfriede B. Paddock, 84, Lehigh Acres, passed away Thursday, April 19, 2001. She was born in Germany and came to Lehigh Acres in the early 1950's. She was a charter member of the First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Lehigh Acres and had been active in The Order of the Eastern Star and a number of Civic Organizations in Lehigh Acres. She is survived by a son-in-law, Kennard Hamilton, Gainesville, along with two sisters in Germany, five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and many loving nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert on Feb. 19, 2001. Funeral services will be celebrated on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational United Church of Christ with visitation one hour prior to services. Entombment will follow in the Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. Farley Memorial Funeral Home is charge of arrangements.
    Fort Myers News-Press, August 13, 1995 - Albert C. Padgett, 77, of Cape Coral, formerly of Felda, passed away Thursday, August 10, 1995. A resident of Southwest Florida for the past 40 years, he taught for the Collier County School District for 25 years. He as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps during WWII, serving in the European Theater. He was a member of the First Assembly of God of Fort Myers.He is survived by his wife, K. Lenore; children, Sharon Bowdler, Jeannette LeMasters and Curtis Padgett, all of Fort Myres; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and one sister, Lula May Gibson of Marianna, FL. Graveside services will be 10;30 a.m. Monday, August 14, at Lee Memorial Park, with Pastor Bill Campbell of the First Assembly of God of Fort Myers officiating.
     Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sunday, January 17, 1954 - Andrew Laurance Padilla, 69, of 1010 Cocoanut Avenue died Friday night at the Sarasota Municipal Hospital. He was a resident of Sarasota for two years and a native of Key West. He was a commercial fisherman. Surviving are four sons: Antonio L. of Boca Grande, Lee Albert of Sarasota, Raleigh of Naples, and Floyd Padilla of Fort Myers; four daughters, Mrs. Angelo Bell of Boca Grande, Mrs. Clyde Bigelow of Fort Myers, Mrs. John Thompson and Mrs. Albert Norris of Tampa; one brother, Phalo Padilla of Boca Grande, two sisters, Mrs. Simon Shatraw of Tampa and Mrs. Sophie Rodriguez of Boca Grande. 23 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral and burial will be in Fort Myers. Robarts-Shannon Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Monday, April 26, 1965 - Mrs. Anna Bell Padilla, 75, a resident of Diego Street, and a lifetime resident of Lee County, died yesterday. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Laura Howell, Tice, Mrs. D. B. (Juanita) DeLacey, Pine Island, and Mrs. Ralph (Anna Jean) May, LaBelle; four sons, Jesse Padilla, John Padilla, Julius Padilla, all of Pine Island, Andrew Padilla, Fort Myers; two brothers, King Gomes, Pine Island, Salvadore Gomes, Naples; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Tucker, North Fort Myers, Mrs. Mellie Padilla and Mrs. Shelly Coleman, both of Pine Island, and Mrs. John Ogdon, Key West; 21 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Harvey Funeral Home.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Thursday, October 27, 1955 - PADILLA’S DEATH HELD DROWNING The death of Tony Padilla, 44, guide and fisherman whose body was found floating in the Gulf off Boca Grande Tuesday, was attributed by authorities yesterday to drowning. Dr. Herbert Wilson, after an autopsy, said marks on Padilla’s legs apparently were made by his striking the side of the boat in which he left the docks on Gasparilla Island about 6 p.m. Monday. Padilla went fishing alone. The boat washed up on Gasparilla and the body was discovered Tuesday afternoon by a Coast Guard helicopter from St. Petersburg.-- FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Friday, October 28, 1955 - Funeral services for Antonio Laurence (Tony) Padilla, 44, of Boca Grande, will be at 2 p.m. today from St. Lukes’s Episcopal Church, with Rev. Richard I. Brown, rector, officiating. Interment at Fort Myers Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Brad Bylaska, Ted Bylaska, Sam Whidden, Louis Zinsser, Ray Futch, Coram Lanier, Lonnie Futch and Johns Knight. Funeral arrangements by Young-Harvey, funeral directors.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Thursday, February 25, 1943-- Bessie Leona Padilla, 17-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli J. Padilla of South Evans Avenue, died yesterday after a short illness. She is surived by her parents, a sister, Alice, and a brother, Eli, Jr. Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon at the graveside in the Fort Myers Cemetery with the Rev. J. J. Musselwhite officiating. Lawrence A. Powell has charge of arrangements.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Saturday, July 20, 1996 - Curtis Ray Padilla, Sr. 68, of North Fort Myers, died July 18, 1996. He was a son of the late Walter Padilla, Sr. and Nellie Gomez Padilla. Mr. Padilla was preceded in death by a son, Curtis R. Padilla, Jr. and a brother, Walter Padilla, Jr. Survivors include daughters; Lynda Padilla Suggs of Concord, N.C., Sandra Padilla Stanford of Irwinton, GA and Sherry Padilla Moore of Fort Myers; sons; David Padilla of Riverside, CA, Jeffrey Padilla of Lehigh Acres, Gregory R. Padilla of Fort Lauderdale, Kevin Padilla and Reginal Padilla of Fort Myers; brothers; Frank Padilla Sr. of Bell, FL, John William Padilla of Tampa, Robert J. Padilla of Bell, FL and Jack S. Padilla of New Mexico; sisters, Marjorie Tooke of Trenton, FL, Doris Padilla of Chiefland, FL, and Rosa Lee Peiffer of Fort Walton Beach, FL; 19 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Graveside funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Lee Memorial Park with Rev. Frank L. Padilla, Sr. officiating. Pallbearers will be Larry Williams, Jimmy Suggs, Johnny Jackson, Jeffrey Padilla, Jr., Toney Moore, Jr., Dale Moore, Greg Knight and Johnny Stanford. The family will receive friends on Sunday, 2-4 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, Inc. 3654 Palm Beach Boulevard.

FORT MYERS NEW-PRESS, Tuesday, August 4, 1964 - Funeral service for Curtis (Butch) Ray Padilla Jr., 12, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home with Rev. James L. Gier officiating. Interment will be in fort Myers Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bob Padilla, Bill Padilla, Felder Hayes, Frank Padilla Jr., Seth Tooke and Tony Delacey. Survivors include his parents Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Ray Padilla; sisters, Lynda, Sandra, Sherri; brothers, David, Reginald, Jeffrey and Kevin, North Fort Myers; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Padilla, Pine Island; uncles, Robert Padilla, Walter Padilla Jr., Fort Myers, John William Padilla, Tampa, Jack Stanley Padilla, Iowa and Frank L. Padilla, Fort Myers; aunts, Mrs. Marjorie Tooke, North Fort Myers, Mrs. Doris Seales, Fayetteville, N.C., Mrs. Rosalee Pfiefer, Dothan, Ala. and Mrs. Janet Shradrick, Evansville, Ind.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 1969 - Eli J. Padilla, 69, of Ellis Street in North Fort Myers died Wednesday morning. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Isora Padilla; daughters, Mrs. Georgia Mae Cooley of North Fort Myers, Mrs. Alice Brooks of Davenport, FL; sons, Joe Padilla of Denver, Colo., and Donald Padilla; sister, Mrs. Ezella Dooley of Fort Myers; brothers, Walter Padilla of Matlacha, Jim Padilla of North Fort Myers and John Padilla of Tampa; 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Friday, December 27, 1974 - Elizabeth M. Padilla, 59, of 2307 Hunter St. died Thursday. She had lived here for the past 15 years. Survivors include one son, Raleigh Tony Padilla of Fort Myers and a daughter, Georgia Mae Padilla. Funeral service will be held Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Burial will be in Fort Myers Cemetery, Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Sunday, August 29, 1965 - Floyd A. Padilla, 41, of 961 Coconut Dr., Tropic Isles, North Fort Myers, died Saturday. He was a lifetime resident of Lee county.  Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Pauline Padilla, two daughters, Rhonda Nell Padilla and Patricia Ann Padilla, a son Lawrence A. Padilla, North Fort Myers; brothers, Lee Albert Padilla, Boca Grande, Raleigh Padilla, Panama City; sisters, Mrs. Angelo Bell, Boca Grande, Mrs. Ruth Smith, Mrs. Peggy Lavoie, Fort Myers, Mrs. Winnie Looper, Fort Pierce; his mother, Mrs. W. H. Tucker, Fort Myers.  He was a member of Tropic Isles Baptist Church and a veteran of world War II. Funeral service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Tropic Isles Baptist Church with Rev. Felton Moseley officiating.  The American Legion Post will conduct graveside service at Fort Myers Cemetery.  Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Boca Beacon June 25, 2010 Grace Kahl Padilla, 94, passed away on Saturday, June 19. She was born November 15, 1915 in Detroit, Mich. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Albert Padilla and a great-great grandchild, Aliya.She is survived by two sons, Ralph Padilla of North Carolina and James Padilla of Englewood; a daughter, Judy Grace Fries of North Carolina; A step-son Bobby Sherman of Fort Myers. Five grandchildren: Jenny, Jennifer, Jorge, Brahim and Salima. Six great-grandchildren: Melissa, Amber, Jamie, Gregory, Sebastian and Nadia. One great-great grandchild; Toby.A funeral service to remember Grace will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 26 at the Lemon Bay Funeral Home at 2 Buchan's Landing, Englewood.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Suncoast Humane Society at 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood FL 34224.You may share your memories and condolences to the family by visiting lemonbayfh.com. Her remains will be placed with her husband at the Fort Myers Cemetery.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Tuesday, August 31, 1976 - James E. Padilla, 71, of 435 Redlin St., North Fort Myers, died Sunday. He had lived here for the past 33 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church in North Fort Myers. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nellie Ruth Padilla; two sons, Early Padilla and Jeffrey Padilla; three daughters, Marie Padilla, Julie Padilla and Rebecca Padilla, all of North Fort Myers; a sister, Mrs. Ezella Dooley of Fort Myers and a brother, Walter Padilla of Trenton, Fla. Funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home with Dr. H. Fred Williams officiating. Pallbearers will be Corbett Levens, Troy Daughtrey, Edward Dooley, Billy Dooley and Kenny Corbitt. Burial will be at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Friday, August 6, 1976 - James Phillip Padilla, 16, of Redlin St., North Fort Myers, died Wednesday in an automobile accident in Seattle, Wash. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James E. Padilla; two brothers, William and Jeffrey; three sisters, Marie, Julie and Rebecca Padilla of North Fort Myers and his grandmother, Nellie Bauldree of Alford, Fla. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Wednesday, March 18, 1987 - Jannie Isora Padilla, 68, of 423 Ellis Street, North Fort Myers, passed away in Aransas Pass, Texas. A native of Georgia, Mrs. Padilla has lived in this area for 68 years. She is survived by two sons, Joe Padilla of Aransas Pass, Texas and Donald Padilla of Fort Myers; two daughters, Georgia Mae Cooley of North Fort Myers and Alice Brooks of Davenport, Fla.; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, eight step grandchildren and 16 great-step-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Anderson Funeral Home, 3654 Palm Beach Boulevard, with Rev. Perry Ellis, Pastor of Riverside Baptist Church, officiating. Pallbearers will be Mike Saylor, Ray Padilla, Bobby Joe Padilla, Junior May, LuJack Waldron and Early Padilla. Burial will be in Fort Myers Cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Tuesday, February 20, 1990 - Jesse T. Padilla, 76, of Matlacha died Monday.  Born July 13, 1917 on Big Hickory Island near Bonita Springs, he was a lifelong resident of Lee County.  Mr. Padilla was a commercial fisherman who owned and operated fish businesses in Lee County for 36 years, the latest being St. James Fish Company in Bokeelia.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pine Island, Lee County chapter of O. F. F.,  D. A. V. Chapter #75 of Fort Myers, American Legion Post #38 of Fort Myers, V.F.W. Post #4353 of Fort Myers, Moose Lodge #2199 of Cape Coral and Elks Lodge #1288 of Fort Myers. Mr. Padilla is survived by his wife of 53 years, Velma Padilla; three daughters, Virginia Morton, Susie Robertson both of Bokeelia, and Deborah Bryce of Cape Coral; a brother, Andrew L. Padilla of Panama City, Fla.; a sister, Anna Jean May of Cape Coral; 11 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. A funeral service will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., with the Rev. Tommy Rickards officiating. Local interment will follow. Friends may call today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Thursday, February 8, 1968 - John B. Padilla, 47, of Pine Island, died Wednesday. A commercial fisherman, he had resided here all his life. Surviving are three brothers, Jesse Padilla and Julius Padilla of Pine Island and Andrew Padilla of Fort Myers, and two sisters, Mrs. Laura B. Howell and Mrs. Anna J. May of Fort Myers. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Harvey Funeral Home.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1972 - John L. Padilla, 75, a member of a Pioneer Lee County family died early Monday morning. Padilla who lived at 2306 Procopio Lane, was a grandson of a wealthy Spanish merchant who settled on Cayo Costa. A veteran of World War I, he was a commercial fisherman. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Agnes Fuller and Mrs. Betty Raulerson, both of Fort Myers, and Mrs. Edith Darna Fort Myers News-Press, February 20, 2012 - Lois (Farabee) Kurtz, 93, of Ft. Myers, FL passed away on Sun., Feb. 17, 2013 peacefully in her home with loving family members by her side. She was born in Jacksonville, FL on June 12, 1919 to Dewitt & Edith (Collins) Farabee; later married Thomas Kurtz in 1949; was active with United Methodist Women's group, Matron of Order of the Eastern Star, and Royal Matron of Amaranth; Lois retired from the Lee County Clerk's office fulfilling many duties after 40 years with her last two years serving as Clerk of Circuit Court. An amazing woman, she had lived in Fort Myers for 90 years and truly enjoyed handcrafts, flowers, carving birds, bird watching, butterflies and her family and friends. She is survived by her son, Henry Kurtz & his wife Bette Ackerman of Memphis, TN; brother, Maurice Farabee of GA; sister, Irene Crow of Ft. Myers, FL; nephew & caregivers, Max R. (Terry J.) Crow, Jr. of Ft. Myers, FL and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and wonderful friends. She was predeceased by her husband, Thomas Kurtz; brothers: Dr. A. Waldo Farabee, Dewitt Farabee, Jr. and sister, Florence Farabee.Visitation for family and friends will be held from 6-8pm on Thurs., Feb. 21, 2013 at the Anderson-Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services chapel, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33916,  239-694-4121  . Funeral services will be held at 11:00am on Fri., Feb. 22, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church with private burial following. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Florida United Methodist Children's Home, 51 Children's Way, Enterprise, FL 32725of Boca Grande; a son, Barney Padilla; a sister, Mrs. Ezella Dooley of Fort Myers; two brothers, Walter Padilla of Pine Island and Jim Padilla of North Fort Myers; and 15 grandchildren. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home with the Rev. E.S. Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in Fort Myers Cemetery.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Wednesday, February 5, 1975 - Julius W. Padilla, 53, of Pine Island, died Monday. A native of Boca Grande, he was a life resident of the Pine Island area. A commercial fisherman, he was a member of the Organized Fishermen of Florida and the VFW. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Joy Padilla; three daughters, Miss Audrey Padilla, Miss Celia Padilla, both of Pine Island and Mrs. Cindy Mason of North Fort Myers; three sons, Mike Padilla, Gary Padilla and Barry Padilla, all of Pine Island; two brothers, Andrew Padilla of Fort Myers and Jesse Padilla of Pine Island; a sister, Mrs. Anna Jean May of Fort Myers and four grandchildren. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the chapel of the Harvey Funeral Home with The Rev. Marion A. Cobb, pastor of First Baptist Church of Matlacha, officiating. Burial will be in Coral Ridge Cemetery.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 1966 - LEE A. PADILLA, 50, of Boca Grande died Friday. Survivors include his wife Grace P. Padilla of Boca Grande, sons; Ralph Lee of Sarasota, James A. of U.S. Army in Saugus, Calif., Bobby Lamar of Sarasota; daughter, Judy Grace Padilla of Boca Grande; brother Raleigh Padilla of Marathon; sisters; Myrtle Bell of Boca Grande, Winnie Looper of Fort Pierce, Ruth Smith, Peggy LaVoie of Fort Myers and his mother Mrs. Mary Tucker, North Fort Myers. He was a veteran of World War II, member of the American Legion Post No. 38 and Catholic Church. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Rosary service will be held Monday night at 8 p.m. at Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fort Myers Cemetery. Military graveside service will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 38.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Friday, July 9, 1943 - Funeral services for Mrs. Lizzie Padilla, 75, who died Tuesday afternoon at her home near the Pine Island bridge, will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon from the Lawrence A. Powell chapel on First street with the Rev. James J. O'Riordan, officiating. Interment will be in the Fort Myers Cemetery.

Fort Myers News-Press, Sep 11, 2003 - Perry T. Padilla, 92, of Boca Grande, FL passed away Monday, September 8, 2003 at his home in Boca Grande. Mr. Padilla was born on February 20, 1911 on Cayo Costa, FL to John and Dolly (Coleman) Padilla. Perry was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II surviving in both the European and Pacific theatres of operation. Perry moved from Cayo Costa to Boca Grande in 1923 where he was an independent painting contractor. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rosa (Caputo). Surviving is a son, Ronald

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Monday, July 25, 1966 - Raleigh H. Padilla, 45, resident of North Fort Myers died Saturday night in Veterans Hospital, Coral Gables. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Padilla; one son, Tony Padilla, North Fort Myers; sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Bell, Boca Grande, Mrs. Winnie Looper, Vero Beach, Mrs. Ruth Smith, Mrs. Peggy LaVoie; his mother, Mrs. Mary Tucker, North Fort Myers.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Friday, December 5, 1980 - Raphel Phalo Padilla, 92, died Dec. 3. Born in Cayo Costa, Florida, he was a native of Boca Grande where he was a fishing guide. Survived by a son, Perry, of Boca Grande, daughters, Bea of Englewood, Nell, Marguerite and Theresa of Boca Grande and Juanita of Coral Gables; six grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Services today at 3:00 p.m. at Lemon Bay Funeral Home, Englewood Chapel, with burial at Gulf Pines Memorial Park.

FORT MYERS-NEWS PRESS, Friday, April 14, 2000 - Robert Michael (Mike) Padilla, Sr., 42, of Cape Coral, FL, died Tuesday, April 11, 2000, in Tampa, FL. He was born in Tampa, FL, and has lived all of his life in the Fort Myers area. He was a member of Covenant Community Ministries in Fort Myers. He was a board member and coach of Cape Coral Babe Ruth Baseball, coach of Cape Coral Junior Football and an avid bowler at Coral Lanes Bowling Lanes. He is survived by his wife, Lujuan; two sons, Robert (Michael) Padilla, Jr., Christopher (Tyler) Padilla both at home. His mother, Vora Sigmon, father, Robert Joe Padilla, grandmother, Eula Edwards of Bell, FL; brother, Terry Eugene Padilla of McMinnville, TN and sister Vickie Watson of New Orleans, LA. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 17, at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, interment will follow. The family will receive friends Sunday from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m. The family ask that memorials be made to The Cape Coral Babe Ruth Baseball in memory of Mike. The Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery is in charge of arrangements.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Wednesday, October 30, 1974 - Roy T. Padilla, 32, of Matlacha, died Monday.  A lifetime resident there, he was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the V.F.W.  He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Padilla of Matlacha, maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Pivlor of Russellville, Ala., and three sisters, Mrs. Virginia Ann Morton of Pine Island, Mrs. Susie Anna Robertson of Pine Island and Mrs. Debra Gail Walton of North Fort Myers. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the chapel of the Harvey Funeral Home with the Rev. U. Curry Walton of the First Baptist Church of Pine Island and the Rev. E. S. Anderson of Riverside Baptist Church officiating.  Active pallbearers will be Larry Weston, Neil Morton, Fred Halloway, Dennis Neilson, Luther Futch and George Rowell.  Honorary pallbearers will be Morty Slater and Mitchell Morton. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home today from 2 till 9 p.m.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Monday, January 9, 1950 - Funeral services for Ted Louis Padilla, 40, will be held at 2 pm today at the McQueen and Young chapel with Rev. Peter Reilly officiating. Interment will be in Fort Myers Cemetery. Padilla died Saturday at his home at 439 East Martin Street and is survived by his father, Tony Padilla, four brothers, John, Walter and Jim of Fort Myers and Eli of Englewood; and two sisters, Mrs. Annie Wilson and Mrs. Ezella Dooley of Fort Myers.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Thursday, February 6, 1947 - Tony J. Padilla, Jr., 51, died yesterday at his home on Pine Island of a heart attack. He leaves his widow, Mrs. Laura Padilla, a son, James C. Padilla, his father, Tony J. Padilla, Sr., two sisters, Mrs. Ezella Dooley and Mrs. Annie Wilson, five brothers, J. L., Eli, W. A., James, and Ted. Funeral arrangements in charge of Lawrence A. Powell will be announced later.

1951 February 12 - FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Wednesday, February 14, 1951 - DIES AT HOME HERE Tony Joseph Padilla, age 80, died Monday night at his residence. A native of Key West, he had been a resident of Lee County for the past 70 years. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. E. S. Dooley and Mrs. Jesse J. Wilson, both of Fort Myers, four sons, John L. Padilla, Eli J. Padilla, Walter A. Padilla, and James E. Padilla, all of Fort Myers; 23 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the McQueen & Young chapel at 3 o’clock with Father Sennet officiating. Pallbearers will be Corbett Levers, Seth Tooke, Jesse Padilla, A. L. Padilla, Roy Padilla, William Padilla and Edward Dooley.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Thursday, March 18, 1948 - Torivia Joe Padilla, 67, died early yesterday morning at his home on Ballard Road. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Anna Padilla, three daughters, Mrs. Laura Padilla, Mrs. Juanita DeLacey, Mrs. Anna Gun May, four sons, J.T., J.B., J.W. and A. L. Padilla, two sisters, Mrs. Rose Shatraw and Mrs. Sophie Rodriguez, three brothers, T. J., A. L. and Ralph Padilla. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o’clock from the chapel of Lawrence A. Powell with the Rev. James J. O. Riordan officiating. Pallbearers will be Neil Lanier, Jim Keene, Kenneth Keene, Lewis Piner, Loyd Brown and Colin Howell. Interment will be in the Fort Myers Cemetery.

   Fort Myers News-Press, April 4, 2012 - Velma Ieva Padilla, 92, a long time Pine Island resident, passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2012. She was born on February 25, 1920 in Russellville, Alabama to Maude and Susie Plylar. Velma lived on the family farm with her parents and siblings until 1936 when she met her husband, Jesse Padilla. Jesse, who was a pioneer of Cayo Costa Island was working in Russellville on the Civilian Conservation Corps (CC Camp). After marrying, the couple moved to Pine Island where they built their life together. There were so many ways in which she and Jesse shaped Pine Island as we know it today. Velma was a very hard worker and worked side-by-side with her husband to establish fishing businesses in Matlacha, St. James City and Bokeelia. In 1990 Jesse passed away, and Velma continued with their business until retiring at the age of 73. Their business, Jug Creek Fish Company & Marina in Bokeelia is still thriving and is operated by her daughter and son in law, Virginia and Joey Morton. Velma is survived by her loving family including her three daughters, Virginia (Joey) Morton, Susie (Pete Laupp) Robertson, Deborah (Tom) Hamilton; two sisters, Lecie Moody and Mary Horton; 11 grandchildren; 33 great grandchildren; and numerous great great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Thomas Padilla, son, Roy Thomas Padilla, brother, Travis Plylar; sister, Nancy Tompkins. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7th, 2012 at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Rd., with burial to follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Fort Myers. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave thoughts and memories for her family

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Thursday, June 22, 1972 - Walter A. Padilla, Jr., 49, of Pine Island, died at his residence Wednesday. He was a veteran of World War II. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Delma Padilla of Pine Island; brothers, Frank Padilla of Titusville, Curtis Ray Padilla, of Fort Myers, William Padilla of Tampa, Jack Padilla of Kansas, Robert Padilla of Fort Myers; sisters, Mrs. Margie Tooke, Mrs. Dora Seals of Archer, Mrs. Rosalee Pieffer of Trenton, Florida. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home.
     Cape Coral Daily Breeze, June 1, 2011 - Gilberto "Junior" Pagan, Jr., 51, of Cape Coral died Monday, May 30, 2011 at Hope Hospice. A funeral will be celebrated 11:30 a.m., Friday, June 3, at Fuller Metz Funeral Home in Cape Coral. Burial will follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Please visit  www.fullermetz.com  to share a memory and leave a condolences.
    Fort Myers News-Press, September 1, 2013 - David F. Page, 77, of Cape Coral, FL passed away on August 29, 2013. He was born February 13, 1936 in Elmwood, IL. He graduated from Elmwood High School and entered the U.S. Navy, where he saw the world and developed the background for his life which he passed on to family and friends in his way. His stories were funny and his antics were never rehearsed - it was always "what's next." He loved boating but most of all he loved his wife, Judy. It was she that made him the happiest. Dinners with the family would bring out the best in him. His smile and laughter will be missed by all who attended. He was kind, generous and honest- a true Midwestern farm boy. He was a friend to all animals and loved his cats. He is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Cheryl, son Stephen, and granddaughter Jamaisa. He will be missed by all who met him and yes dad there is weather at your house. Funeral services will be at 9:30 am on Thursday, September 5th at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. Visitation will begin at 9am. Burial with Military Honors will be at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave thoughts and memories for his family.
     Cape Coral Daily Breeze, September 18, 2009 - Harold B. Page, 86, of Cape Coral, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Cape Coral Hospital. He was born May 4, 1923, in Elmwood, Ill., a son of Darl and Jessie Hope Page, now deceased. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving honorably in World War II and Korea. He was a retired air traffic controller. He was a member of the VFW Post 8463 and was a sailing enthusiast. For the past year, he was a resident of Coral Trace Nursing Home. He had resided in the Cape since 1978. He is survived by his daughter, Constance Updike of Cape Coral; son, Allan Page of Wauchula, Fla.; grandchildren, Teresa Robertson, Jody Carroll, Andrew Page, Shannon Page and Alexander Page; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Ferries, Amanda Carroll, Tyler Carroll, Kaylee Carroll, Kaylee Page and Maddox Kerrels; and brothers, David Page of Cape Coral and Larry Page of Fort Myers. He was preceded in death by his wife, Imogene Page; brothers, Wayne Page and Rollen Page; and sister, Marcella Teets. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Coral Ridge Funeral Home. There will be no prior calling hours. Interment with military honors will follow in Coral Ridge Cemetery.

      Lance Loyce Page

Fort Myers News-Press, 2004-06-17 -- Rayma Cherry Page, 72, of Ft. Myers, went to be with her Lord and Savior on June 10, 2004 at Lee Memorial Hospital. She was born October 13, 1932 in Miami, Florida, the daughter of the late Ansel E. Cherry and Virginia Cherry. She is survived by her husband Paul K. Page of 53 years; sons, P. Douglas Page (Gay Ferrell) and Gregory A. Page (Colleen), four grandchildren, Meredith (Jimmy) Perna, Jason Harper, Chad Page, Heather Page, and one great grandchild, James Douglas Perna, all of Ft. Myers, her sister Virginia (Ginny Morton, brother-in-law Fred Morton and brother Tom Rayma Cherry, aunt Sally Waters, nieces and nephews. Rayma moved to Ft. Myers with her husband and family in 1958, she quickly became involved in her community, first with PTA, which began her devotion to the world of education, and many civic organizations. In 1968 she was the first woman to be elected to Lee County School Board and re-elected for five terms. She was chairperson 10 year and led the district to State and National recognition by being elected President of the State Board Association. She has served on National Education Committees appointed by both President Carter and President Reagan. She served on the Southern Association of Colleges & School. The Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges and State Postsecondary Planning Commission. The Lee Health Resources Board and Southwest Community Foundation. She touched most organizations in the Community. She received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Roberts Wesleyan College, where she attended, for her contribution to mankind and education. She was honored as Lee County Celebrated Woman in 1981. She was involved in her church serving in Sunday School, daily Vacation Bible School, choir and leader. Directed Youth Camp, elected to the National Board of Managers of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. She was motivated by her deep devotion to God, family and mankind. Rayma loved what she did; all will miss her! In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be direced to Diabetic Treatment Center, Lee Memorial Hospital, 2776 Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers, FL 33901, the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation, 1821 University Avenue W., S256, St. Paul, MN 55104-2897 or the Christ Community Church Memorial Fund. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on June 20, 2004 at 4:30 at Christ Community Church of the C&MA, 4050 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers, 33912. Lee Memorial Park.
    Cape Coral Daily Breeze, June 24, 2009 - Edith Grace (Pulice) Palmento, 85, of Cape Coral, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009. She was born May 6, 1924, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Guiseppe and Annina Pulice. She moved to the area in 1982 from Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a communicant of St. Andrew Catholic Church and the Italian American Club. She enjoyed reading and loved her cats. She also loved to cook for family and friends. She is survived by her loving family, including son, Carl (Gail) Palmer of North Fort Myers; and grandsons, Steven (Krista) Palmer and Kenny Palmer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Palmento. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 S.W. Pine Island Road. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 2628 Del Prado Blvd., with entombment to follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Arrangements by Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery.
    Fort Myers News-Press, July 18, 2013 - Allen Ignacius Palmer was the first child born to Louise Samuels and Ernest Palmer, both of who preceded him in death. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica on November 20, 1924. He was educated in the Kingston public school system. He moved to the United States in 1952 and later became a citizen. He later met Mary S. Cross and in 1977 they were united in holy matrimony. Allen Palmer became a member of Mount Olive AME Church and together with Mary he raised a family in a loving and stable home. He enjoyed many family outings, vacations and good times with his children and grandchildren. He worked at Harper Brothers, Inc. until he retired. He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife, Mary who stood with him until he was called home to the Lord's presence; two sisters: Carmen Bentley and Beverly; two brothers: Noel Palmer (Lorraine) and Cyril Palmer (Mavis); two sons: Allen Palmer Jr. (Sharon) and James Jiles, Jr.; three daughters: Jackie McKelvey (Sonny), Marquerite Cross (Johnny) and Nikki (Willam); brother-in-Law : Richard Sapp (Rutha); sisters-in-Law: Veronica S. Shoemaker, Estella S. Cook and Daisy S. Benjamin (Earlie); 9 grandchildren: 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, loved ones and sorrowing friends who will all miss him dearly. The funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM Sat., July 20, 2013 at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park. Interment will be in Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. Info (239) 334-4880.

      Fort Myers News Press, August 3, 2012 - Catharine (McIntyre) Palmer, 71, of Kennedy, Alabama passed away on April 3, 2012. She was born in Sebring, Florida on December 13, 1940, the daughter of Carl and Mildred McIntyre. She worked as a secretary at Tice Elementary School, then served as an administrative assistant at Sprint for 18 years in Fort Myers, FL. After retirement, Catharine and her husband Jack Palmer moved to their beloved home in the mountains of Maggie Valley, NC. After Jack passed away in 2006, she moved to Alabama to live with her daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Keith Martin..Catharine loved her family. She is survived by her daughter Andrea Martin of Kennedy, AL, her son Chuck Smith of Fort Myers, FL, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Catharine is one of nine children and is survived by her sister Ellen Joyce Cain, brothers Bob McIntyre and Donnie McIntyre. She was preceded in death by her sisters Carol Rogers, Eileen Brannon, Elva Jean McIntyre and her brothers Buck McIntyre and Ray McIntyre. Catharine was very involved in her church and community. She was a dedicated volunteer for Meals-On-Wheels, cooking and delivering food to needy families. She learned to be an excellent Southern cook from her mother, Mildred, and enjoyed sharing her meals with others. Catharine was devoted to Bible Study and was always available if anyone needed assistance. She devoted many hours teaching reading to adults. Catharine will be greatly missed by her family and friends
    Fort Myers News-Press, January 22, 1987 - Ella Palmer, 76, of 21730 Pearl St., Alva, died Tuesday.   A native of Tennessee she had been a resident of this area for the last 36 years.  She is survived by one sister, Mary Elizabeth Hart of Alva; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Jesse Palmer and Maudie Palmer, both of Medina, Tenn.; four nieces, Plene Gilbert, Betty Jackman and Nancy Spurlock, all of Alva and Rose Wheeler of Georgia.   Funeral services will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 a.m. from the Alva Church of God with Rev. J. J. Kittrell and Rev. Charlie Johnson officiating,  Burial will be in Alva Cemetery.   Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd.

      Fort Myers News-Press, January 16, 2013 - Kathryn (Miller) Geraci Palmer was born in Burlington, Iowa, on October 29, 1919, to Orville and Harriet Miller. She was the oldest of 3 children. At age 4, she moved to Fort Myers from Danville, Iowa, with her parents and maternal grandparents. After the move here, no one ever thought of Kathryn being from anywhere but Fort Myers. Katy (her friends called her either and both) graduated from Fort Myers High School's class of 1937. Upon graduation she attended a local business school, after which she was employed by The Lee County Board of Public Instruction as secretary to the Superintendent, Mr. Harry F. Hendry. Kathryn was a stunning redhead and was named Miss Fort Myers and was also selected as the 3rd Queen of Edisonia in 1941. Due to "The War" (WWII) she was the longest reigning Queen, serving until 1946. Kathryn married Sal Geraci in 1943 and they had two children, Margaret and Jerry. Her beloved, Sal passed away in 1984. In 1997, Katy married Richard Palmer, deceased in 2007.Kathryn was the epitome of a Southern lady. She was soft of voice, kind of heart, charming in manner, and gracious and caring of others. Katy was also courageous, and conservative of belief but tolerant of others. She was firm in resolve and loyal to those she loved and befriended. All of these attributes were lived as part of her Christian faith. To further that Southern image, she always adorned a stylish hat when she dressed to go out for the day (Of course that had much to do with her fair skin and red hair and served as protection from the hot Florida sun). The softness of voice sometimes left her - but only briefly - usually this occurred when she was in her season tickets (or) watching from TV, her beloved Boston Red Sox. That fierce loyalty was there for her Sox!! Additionally, she enjoyed College Football rooting her favorite teams, The Alabama Crimson Tide and Auburn Tigers in that order. Kathryn was a member of The First Presbyterian Church, Fort Myers, She faithfully served her Lord and master every day. Katy taught Sunday school for 7 years and also served on FPC's Board of Trustees. She loved the old hymns, most of the newer gospel songs and she had a particular fondness for old spirituals. She liked none of these played too loudly. She served as a President of the Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, President of the Fort Myers Women's Community Club, a member of the Elizabeth Benevolent Society, The Key Investment Club and also served on the City of Fort Myers Beautification Committee. Kathryn loved Fort Myers-Lee County and bettered it by living and serving here. She was particularly fond of "Hadherway Place" in Alva. She loved her friends dearly and had many of all ages. She lived for her God and her family. She lived a life that called upon her faith, courage and strength several times. God gave that strength and courage to her. She lived an exemplary life. "Her children called her blessed!"In addition to her parents and two husbands, Katy was predeceased by her sister, Jane Myers, her daughter, Margaret, and her granddaughter, Jessica Margaret Gregorie. She is survived by her son, Jerry Geraci (Linda Hart Sutherland), her loving grandchildren, Dylan Geraci, Kathryn Thompson (Jimmy), great granddaughter, Delaney Kathryn Thompson, son-in-law, Dr. Dan Gregorie, brother, Alan Miller, nieces, Meg Collins and Barbara Chastain, and nephews, Kelly Myers and Richard Geraci and her special friend, Phillip Baker.A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church located at 2438 Second Street, Fort Myers, Florida 33901 on Friday, January 18th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.
    Fort Myers News-Press, Mario A. Palumbo, 32, of Fort Myers died March 7, 2007. Formerly of Gordonsville, TN, he had resided here for the past 10 years. A graduate of Gordonsville High School, Mario was the operations supervisor for Jet Blue in Fort Myers.He is survived by his mother, Marie Winfree, father, Paul Palumbo, sister, Dawn and her husband Nick Moyers, 2 nieces, Madison and Mackenzie, paternal grandmother, Evelyn Warden, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and his Jet Blue family.Funeral services will be held Saturday March 10, 2007 at 11 AM from the chapel of Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home, 12777 State Rd. 82. Interment to follow at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. Lee Memorial Park,
334-4880.
    Fort Myers News-Press, June 26, 2009 - James Pampinella, 93, of Cape Coral died Thursday June 25, 2009 at Hope Hospice. He was born in Chicago, IL in 1915 to James and Virginia Pampinella. He served his country honorably with the US Navy during WW II. James moved to Cape Coral in 1969. He was a member of V.F.W. Post # 8463. Survivors include his wife of seventy years, Marianna, Children; James ( Janet), Virginia (Michael) Munkvold, Mary Jane (Jack) Harvey, grandchildren; James (Fabienne), Christopher (Traci), Joy-Lyn (Chip), Scott (Rachel), Erik, Jonathan, Jared (Jill), great-grandchildren; Jessica, Jason, Emma, Sophia, Aline, Lilly, Julianne, Grace, sister Mary Vosnos, and an uncle to many. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 9:30 AM Saturday, June 27, 2009 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Fort Myers. Burial will follow at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends for viewing Friday (Today) evening from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Metz Chapel of Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Homes, Cape Coral where online condolences may be made at  http://www.metzfuneralhome.com. .In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice.
    Fort Myers News-Press, March 24, 2011 - Marianna (Bondi) Pampinella, Age 93 of Cape Coral, Florida died peacefully at home on March 22, 2011 after an extended illness. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, James. Mrs. Pampinella was born in 1917 in Chicago, IL to Antonio and Maria Bondi (Rizzo). She was a resident of Cape Coral since 1969. She is survived by her son, James Pampinella (Janet) and daughters Virginia Munkvold (Michael) and Mary Jane Harvey (Jack); seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A Visitation will be held at Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Services, 3740 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral on Friday March 25, 2011 from 6:30-8:30 P.M. with a Vigil service beginning at 7:00 P.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Cape Coral on Saturday March 26, 2011 at 1:30 P.M. Entombment will follow at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens, Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.Please visit www.fullermetz.com to view Marianna's Life Tribute and leave a condolence.
   Daily Press, Newport News, VA, November 4, 2013 - Mario R. Pane, 98, affectionately known as the "Sicilian Charmer" graduated to the next life on Friday, November 1, 2013. He was a resident of Newport News and a native of Palermo, Italy. Before moving to Newport News in August, he was a past resident of Cape Coral, Florida. Mario was a self-employed interior designer. He was a parishioner of St. Jerome Catholic Church and a former parishioner of St. Andrews, Cape Coral, Florida. He was also a charter member and past exalted ruler of the Elks Club of Cape Coral, Florida. Mario volunteered in the Foster Grandparent program in Lee County Schools, as well as the adult education program where he taught English and Italian. Mario was preceded in death by his first wife, Etta Pane; his second wife Millie Pane; and two brothers. He is survived by his daughters, Angela Stroup and husband, Thomas; Kathleen Cassara and husband, Ben; son, Charles Pane, and wife Pam; six grandchildren, Sarah, Anthony, Kenny, Joseph, Laura, and Amanda; and thirteen great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A Celebration Mass will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 116 Denbigh Blvd. Newport News, VA 23608. Interment will be held at a later date at Coral Ridge Cemetery, Cape Coral, FL In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburgh www.williamsburghospice.org or the Menchville House www.menchvillehouse.org. Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and words of condolence with the family. Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave. in Hampton, 23666.
      Fort Myers News-Press, April 7, 2011 - Leonora Helen Panio (Vastano), 72, of Cape Coral, FL passed away on Monday, April 4, 2011 at her home. She was born on December 1, 1938 in New York to Joseph and Josephine Vastano. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family, she was a great wife and mother. Mrs. Panio retired in 2004 from Gulf Coast Village as the Resident Service Coordinator.  She is survived by her loving family including her husband of 53 years, John J. Panio, Sr.; children, Joseph Panio, Laura (Mike) Richardson, John (Niki) Panio, Jr. Michael Panio, Catherine Panio and Toni (Ernest) Skinner, all of Cape Coral; 14 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Friday from 5 to 8 pm at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. Funeral Services will be at 11:30am on Saturday at the funeral home with the interment to follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to share in her life story and leave online thoughts and memories for her family

Fort Myers News-Press--Jan 5, 2005 Carole Jones Pankow, 60, of Naples, passed away on January 3, 2005 @ 7:00 p.m. Carole was born in England on January 1, 1945. She moved to Fort Myers, Florida when she was 2 and was a graduate of Fort Myers High School in 1962. She was preceded in death by her loving mother, Nancy A. Jones. She is survived by her two loving children, Sherri (Mark) Callahan and (Jerry) Williams. Carole is also survived by her father, Stanley and his wife, Nadine Jones; 3 brothers, Les (Cyd) Jones ,Keith Jones , and Michael Jones MD.; Aunt, Bobbie Coleen Jones Wert; Nephews, Ben (Sonia) Jones, Sean(Jessie) Judge, Nathan Jones, Nikolai Jones; and her niece, Anna Jones and many loving cousins. Carole was the happiest when she was spending time with her children, family, friends and 5 grandchildren, Conrad, Hunter, Bailey, Madison and Wade. A memorial service was celebrated at First Presbyterian Church of Naples, 250 6th Street South, Naples, FL 34102, Friday, January 7th. The family asks that the donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association in the honor of Carole J. Pankow.
    Fort Myers News-Press, August 9, 2008 - Antoinette Panza, 85, a 34 year resident of Lee County, passed away peacefully on August 8, 2008 after a brief, but courageous battle with cancer. She was born to the late Sylvester and Rose Nola in Queens, NY on November 20, 1922. Nettie (as she was affectionately known to everyone) was always a tom-boy at heart, but her grace and true athletic ability were never more apparent than when she was dancing, (most notably performing at the 1939 New York World's Fair). She was also a real-life "Rosie the Riveter", patriotically serving her country by helping assemble airplanes during World War II. Upon moving to Florida in the 1970's, she joined softball and bowling leagues, went back to school and was a dedicated employee of Lehigh Acres General Hospital from 1976 to 1984. In her later years, she could be found volunteering at school, driving neighbors to the stores and church, playing bingo and lending a hand to anyone who asked. Of course, her favorite pastime was always cooking. Nettie was never one to follow a recipe, but by just using a pinch of this and a dash of that, she could create a culinary masterpiece. Anyone who was fortunate enough to be invited to the dinner table knew they were being treated to a royal feast. Above all else, Nettie was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend who always had a smile and kind word for everyone she met. Her positive attitude, unconditional faith and genuine goodness are an inspiration to anyone lucky enough to have known her. She shared a happy 52 year marriage with her beloved husband, Sylvester "Will" Panza, until his death in 1996. Left behind to cherish her memory are her daughters, Annette (Richard) Strompf and Nola (Ted) Schneider, grandchildren, Justine (Dom) Bono, Greg (Jeanie) Fusco, Elaine Hatcher, Jim (Courtney) Fusco and Kristin (Christian) DiIorio; great-grandchildren, Gregory, Andrew, Anthony, Alex, and Jimmy; sister, Marie Zaino and brother Louis (Terry) Nola and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Nettie was preceded in death by her daughter, Maureen (Jim) Fusco, granddaughter, Jennifer Strompf, sisters, Lee, Joy, Anna (Jim) and Rose; and brother Joe (Theresa). Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord, 8121 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, Fl., on Monday August 11, 2008 at 9:30 AM. Interment will be at Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Park 334-4880
    Fort Myers News-Press, December 5, 2010 - Caroline Thomas Pape, age 86, of Clewiston, passed away Dec. 2, 2010, in West Palm Beach. She was born Nov. 13, 1924, in Hawthorne, daughter of the late Russell B. and the late Claudia Dot (Beckham) Thomas. She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Richard L. Pape. Caroline was raised in Hawthorne and met her husband, Richard, while he was a student at the University of Florida . They married after his graduation and moved to Clewiston. She worked as an administrative assistant for many years with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and also US Sugar, retiring from both. She continued running Pape Farms for twelve years after the death of her husband in 1989. Caroline was active in the Green Thumbs Garden Club, Clewiston Museum, Habitat for Humanity and the American Cancer Society. She was a active member of First United Methodist Church, Clewiston and Orange Creek Methodist Church, Hawthorne. Survivors include daughters, Amy Carole Pape (Lisa) of Wellington, and Mary Melissa Pape-Harker of Hawthorne; special cousin, Mary Beckham Beardsley of Clewiston; grandchildren, Carlos (Shelli) Herring Jr., Anthony Galan, Richard "Caleb" Harker, Adeline Nicole Harker; and great-grandson, Micah Christopher Herring. Caroline cherished her dear friends and the many cousins with whom she shared her childhood. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at First United Methodist Church, 331 W. Osceola Avenue, Clewiston, with Pastor Ron Thomas and Pastor John Hicks officiating. A graveside committal service followed Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at Fort Myers Cemetery, Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to either First United Methodist Church, 331 W. Osceola Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440 or to the Orange-Creek Methodist Church, P.O. Box 840, Hawthorne, FL 32640 Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.
      Fort Myers News-Press, April 6, 2008 - Joan C. Biedermann Parant, 66, wife of Harry W. Parant III died Friday April 4, 2008, at her home in Summerton, SC. Born November 11, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late Fredrick and Rose Thiel Biedermann. She was of the Lutheran faith, and loved flowers and gardening. Surviving besides her husband of Summerton are two sons, Neal J. Parant of Bradenton, Fl. and John M. Parant and his wife Debra of Salt Lake City, Utah; four grandchildren, Jessica and Joseph Parant of Cleveland, OH., and Hannah and Paige Parant of Salt Lake City, Utah;, two sisters, Nancy Guldenbecker of Joliet, Illinois, and Susan Lentz of Naples, FL. The family will receive friends Thursday 5-8 PM at Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Friday April 11, 2008 at 10:00 AM at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Unit 541, P.O. Box 301439, Houston, TX 77230-1439. Lee Memorial Park, 334-4880.

Fort Myers News-Press, May 5, 2004 - Dean Michael Parker, treasured son of Gerald and Martha Parker, was born on March 5, 1970, and departed this life on May 1, 2004. His loving mother, Martha; his oldest brother, Duane and sister-in-law Mary; his beloved sister, Denise; his brother and friend Darryl and sister-in-law Julie, nephew Chris and niece Samantha; and his girlfriend Maureen Robinson survive him. Dean was a graduate of North Fort Myers High School, class of 1989. He served in the Navy from 1990-1993. Upon his completion of duty, Dean returned to N. Ft. Myers and worked with his father, Gerald Parker, who had successfully established Comfort Service, Inc., a non-emergency transportation service. Upon their father's death in 1998, Dean and Darryl owned and operated Comfort Service until 2001, when Dean took over solo, carrying on the good name and reputation of the business. In 2003, Dean started his own business, D.M. Enterprises, Inc. His new career as a professional truck driver included sub-contracting for William M. Garlick Trucking. Dean knew the secret of life, and joy putting others before himself. All who knew him were deeply touched by his generosity, his loyalty, his skillfulness, his quick wit and humor. It is said that there is in every person something beyond description, inexpressible, unique to that person. Dean possessed a quality of life that mere words cannot express. Those who knew him were made better people because of his influence. Dean had a way of uplifting others just by his presence. Thank you Dean for a life so lived that in losing you we lose something irreplaceable. Thank you for the gift of you. Thank you for your love. We will ever miss you and ever love you. Funeral services will be held on Saturday May 8, 2004 at 12:30 PM at North Shore Alliance Church, 330 West Mariana Ave., N. Ft. Myers. The family will receive friends from 12 Noon until time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the North Ft. Myers Fire Control District, in honor of Dean Michael Parker. Please make your contribution by check if possible, made payable to N. Ft. Myers Fire Control. Arrangements by North Fort Myers Memorial Funeral Home.
     Fort Myers News-Press, 2 Apr 2005-- Elizabeth D. Parker, 97, of Fort Myers, passed away Friday, April 1, 2005 at Hospice House in Cape Coral. She was born November 3, 1907 in Fort Denaud, FL and lived most of her life in Naples before moving to Fort Myers in 1999. She was a homemaker and was very active in her community. She was a member of the Naples United Methodist Church and attended the First United Methodist Church in Fort Myers. She was a past member of the Collier County School Board and was member of the Order of Eastern Star. She and her late husband, William Lee Parker, Sr. owned and operated Naples Fisheries for many years and developed real estate in Collier County. She loved people, traveling, taught children to know and love God and was an inspiration to all. Mrs. Parker is survived by her son: William L. Parker, Jr. (Linda) of Carrabelle; six grandchildren: Paige Richards (Mike) of East Pointe, Patty Clewell (Ted) of Lehigh Acres, William Lee Parker, III of Carrabelle, Captain Phillip O'Bannon (Mary) of Boca Grande, Rick O'Bannon (Linda) of Punta Gorda and Susan Flint (Tony) of Lehigh Acres. Also surviving are ten great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband: William L. Parker, Sr. in 1972, daughter: Alice Josephine "Jo" O'Bannon in 2002 and a son: David Parker in 1955. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Monday, April 4, 2005 at Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers with burial to follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Arizona Republic, March 26, 2014 - Eugene Parker, passed away at age 83 on March 11, 2014. Eugene was a beloved husband, father, brother and friend. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Barbara, son Daniel and nephew Arthur Robins and niece Rose-Ann Robins Hinds. Donations can be made in Eugene's honor to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Montgomery, Alabama or the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Memorial services will be held at the Messinger Indian School Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Road, Scottsdale on March 30th, 2014 at 11 am.

    Fort Myers Tropical News, April 8, 1931 - Funeral services for James B. Parker jr., who died Monday, will be held at 11 this morning at the Parker home in Poinciana park. Dr. C. T. Tew of the First Baptist church will be in charge of the ceremony. Burial will follow in the Fort Myers cemetery. Members of the Order of DeMolay, the Wesley Bible class and the class of 1926, Fort Myers high school, as well as a large number of other friends and acquaintances will attend the service. His former classmates have been asked to assemble at 10:45 at the home of Mrs. Frank Prather and attend the service in a body. Pall bearers announced yesterday at the Lawrence A. Powell funeral home are Joe Ansley, Curtis Prince, Bill Graham, Joe Kepler, Guy Howerton and Carl Roberts. Honorary pall bearers include Clayton Norris, Whit Ansley, Santi Armeda, Dr. C. Gordon Merrick, Martin Shultz and John K. Woolslair. Mrs. Pearl Kinnebrew and Mrs. Jakie Taylor of Jacksonville, sisters of Mr. Parker, John Woolslair of the University of Florida and Charley Wood of Tampa are among those who will arrive today to attend the funeral.
   Fort Myers News-Press, April 28, 2009 - James Vernon Parker, 81, of Fort Myers passed away on April 21, 2009. He was born on August 2, 1927 in Hollywood, Florida and has lived in Fort Myers since 1961. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War, a lifetime member of the Lee County Sheriff's Posse, and owner of J.V. Parker Land Clearing. James will be greatly missed by his son, Mike Parker; daughter-in-law Pat Parker; and daughter, Sue Parker. He was preceded in death by wife of 45 years, Irene Parker. Celebration of James' life was held on April 25, 2009 at National Cremation Society and Funeral Home, N. Fort Myers with interment at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery.

Fort Myers News-Press, 2004-12-08 - Jane Moreland Parker, 67, died early Sunday morning, December 5, 2004. Born in Atlanta, GA, Jane was a resident of Spartanburg, SC for many years, graduating from Spartanburg High School and later, Gulf Park College in Mississippi. She moved to Ft. Myers, FL in 1962 and was active in numerous community groups as well as being a long standing member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Jane retired after several years as a Governmental Affairs Consultant for the law firm of Pavese, Shields, Haverfield, Dalton, Harrison and Jensen. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of Economic Development Coalition of Lee County, the Executive Director of the Southwest Florida League of Cities and a lobbyist with former area State Representative, Ted Randell. She spent several years in Tallahassee each spring lobbying legislators on behalf of Southwest Florida cities, businesses and the EDC of Lee County. Her community involvement began in the 1960's and included serving as a Governor's Appointee on the Lee County Crusade for Safety, President of the Ft. Myers Junior Womens Club, Secretary for the National Federation of Womens Clubs, Chairman for the City of Ft. Myers Cable Television Committee, Lee County Comprehensive Plan's Economic Element Advisory Committee, Lee County Affordable Housing Committee and Chairman of the Keep Lee County Beautiful Board of Directors. She had not one green thumb, but two, from leading the Edison Gardening Club to her love of native ferns, orchids and bromeliads, her homes were always a lush, green oasis of calm and quiet. Her favorite places included Corkscrew Swamp, Devil's Garden and Babcock Ranch. She made a last trip through the Fakahatchee Preserve only 10 days before her passing. Jane was born in 1937 to Robert Benjamin Moreland, Sr. and Mary Haney Moreland. She is survived by her sister, Joanne Martin of Hickory, NC and her brother, Robert Moreland, Jr. (Lynn) of Columbia, TN and her four children, all of Ft. Myers; Wiley Parker, Jr. (Marla), Harrison Lerett (Jamie), Robert Parer and Alise Flanjack (Chuck). She is also survived by six grandchildren: Jazzmine, Erinn, Charlie, Holden, Melissa and William. Services will be held 10:00 AM Friday, December 10, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church with a reception immediately following in the Parish Hall. Cremation arrangements by Kiser Funeral Home, 9231 Cypress Lake Drive, Ft. Myers, FL.

On June 4, 2003 - Langley Edward Parker, Sr., a loved brother, father, grandfather & friend completed his journey on earth. Born on October 18, 1942 to Dewey & Nellie Parker on Captiva Island, he lived in Ft. Myers his entire life. He is survived by his brother Gene and his wife Pam Parker of N. Ft. Myers; son Langley Edward Parker, Jr., of Ft. Myers; son Christopher Norman Parker, Sr., and wife Susan Parker of Lehigh Acres; nephew Scott Parker; grandson Christopher Norman Parker, Jr.; granddaughters Cindy Marie Parker-Day, Jasmine Marie Parker & Lillian Jeanette Parker; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles all over southwest Florida. His family is as large as the love in his heart. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 10, 2003 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Anderson Funeral Home, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd., Ft. Myers.
   Louis “JR” Parker, age 83, went to be his Lord on March 18, 2012. A Florida native, he was born on April 24, 1928. JR worked in the swimming pool construction business and retired from the News Press.His passion was attending his church, Church of God of Prophecy and fishing. JR was great at taking care of his family and had many friends. He is survived by his brother, Harold Parker of Fort Myers and sister, Latricia Bass of Alabama. Also surviving are 2 nephews, David (Sherri) Parker of South Carolina and Keith (Patricia) Parker of Fort Myers. He also has one great nephew, three great nieces and 6 great great nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held 6 – 8pm Friday, March 23, 2012 at the Anderson – Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services chapel, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33916 (239) 694.4121. Funeral services will begin 10am Saturday, March 24, 2012 at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Fort Myers Cemetery on Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers.
    Fort Myers Tropical News, September 3, 1896 - The remains of Mrs. Capt. O. J. Parker were brought here from Tampa, Tuesday evening and interred by the side of her husband, who died at the Hendry House in this village July 12, 1890.
    Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda, FL - Sidney Parker, Jr., 79, of Punta Gorda passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2012. He was son of Sidney Parker, Sr, and Edna (Brady), born and raised in Punta Gorda on June 1, 1932. Sidney served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of Cleveland United Methodist Church and enjoying going fishing, hunting and walking his dog. Sidney will be great missed by his daughter, Martha (Timothy) Hayostek of Salisbury, NC; sons, Robert of Polk City, FL, Danny (Sherrie) of Pilot Mountain, NC and John of Punta Gorda, FL; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty and grandson, Keith. The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Sunday, May 13, 2012 at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.  A service to celebrate Sidney's life will be at 11:00 am, Monday, May 14, 2012 at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services. Burial to follow at Indian Springs Cemetery. 
    Fort Myers News-Press, March 3, 2005 - Verdie (Higginbotham) Parker, 94, of Buckingham, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, she was born to Drew and Mamie Higginbotham on January 19, 1911 in Buckingham. Mrs. Parker is survived by her children Jerry (George) Mills, Rusty (Jo) Parker of Buckingham, Patsy (Lewis) Hickman of Virginia, her brother Addison Higginbotham of Buckingham, her 10 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Russell G. Parker, a baby son and four brothers Upton, Alfred (FMHS 1929), Ned and Fred. Mrs. Parker enjoyed taking care of her cows, chickens and dog until late in her life, she loved being with her children and grand kids, they were the joy in her life, she was a life long member of The First Baptist Church of Buckingham. A funeral service celebrating her life will be conducted in the Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Saturday at 10:00 AM, the family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 5-8 PM. In her memory memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice. Interment will be in Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home 239-936-0555.
     Fort Myers Tropical News, June 26, 1928--Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock this morning from the family home, Glenholme in Dean Park, for A. T. G. Parkinson, widely known pioneer Lee county citizen, who died early yesterday at the age of 86 years. He had been in ill health for the last five weeks. Mr. Parkinson passed away shortly after dawn surrounded by members of his family and mourned by a host of friends throughout Southwest Florida. Born in the vicarage of Morley near Leeds, England, in 1842, he came to the United States 42 years ago and made his home near Olga where he managed large citrus groves and other properties. For some time he operated a ferry service on the Caloosahatchee, carrying his friend Thomas A. Edison and the inventor's bride across the river when they came to their new home in Fort Myers. Mr. Parkinson married Miss Penellope Pearde, who with two children, Travers and Winifred, survives him. Funeral services today will be conducted by Judge N. G. Stout, member of the vestry of St. Luke's Episcopal church in the absence of the rector, Rev. F. A. Shore. Pallbearers will be J. E. Foxworthy, C. M. Foxworthy, Conrad Menge, Capt. J. F. Menge, Capt. E. L. Evans and Vernon Widerquist. Interment will be in the Fort Myers Cemetery.
    Fort Myers News-Press, July 8, 2012 - David S. Parkinson, 73, of Fort Myers, Florida passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2012. Mr. Parkinson was born in Brooklyn, New York, a son of the late William L. Parkinson and Gertrude Abbott Parkinson. David was a retired Vice President of Marketing in the Silver Manufacturing Industry and retired from Reed & Barton Silversmith in Taunton, MA. He was truly devoted to his wonderful family always putting others first. David was an active member of the New Hope Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers and had been a former Boy Scout leader for many years. He loved the game of golf.He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Katharine Parkinson of Fort Myers, Fl; his devoted children, Stephen (Patti) Parkinson of Rhode Island, Richard (Elizabeth) Parkinson of Wyoming, James (Betty) Parkinson of Fort Myers, FL and Nancy (William) Dreisbach of Colorado; his grandchildren, Michaela, Nathan, Matthew, David (Megan), Jeffrey, Daniel, Sarah, Joshua, Gavin and Luke; his great grandson, Leo Parkinson; a brother, Robert (Ann) Parkinson of Missouri and several nieces and nephews. A Memorial Celebration of Life Service will held Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 11:00 AM in New Hope Presbyterian Church, 3825 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, Florida with the Rev. Dr. Curt McDaniel officiating. Inurnment will be in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fortmyersmemorial.com.
    Fort Myers Tropical News, February 10, 1926 - Edward Parkinson, 65 years old, prominent merchant and citrus grower of Alva, died at his home Monday night of a heart attack. For many years Mr. Parkinson was a director of the Florida Citrus Exchange and later served several terms as county commissioner and member of the county school board. Mr. Parkinson was also a merchant in Clewiston, Moore Haven and Alva. He was born in Barnsley, england, the son of the Lord Mayor of that city. Shortly after graduating from college he came to America and settled in this section of Florida where he spent the rest of his life. He was a member of the Church of England, an Elk and a Mason. Mr. Parkinson is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Verdier Parkinson, three sons, Frank, Cecil and Harvard and one daugher, Edwina. He is also survived by his sister, Miss Gertrude Parkinson of Barnsley, England. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. F. A. Shore from Mrs. Parkinson's home at 9 o'clock this morning. Interment will be in the Fort Myers cemetery. Services at the grave will be held at 11 o'clock by the Masons of the Tropical lodge. All Masons have been requested to assemble for the services at the Elk's club house at 10:30 o'clock.
     Fort Myers News-Press, July 25, 1950 - William Pearde Parkinson, seven-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Travers Parkinson and brother of Travers Gage Parkinson, died yesterday at his residence, 1823 Hough Street, after a long illness. He was a grandson of Mrs. A. T. G. Parkinson of Fort Myers and a nephew of Mrs. Winifred Ralston of Tokyo, Japan. Surviving also are a great-aunt, Mrs. G. Arthur Howell Sr., an aunt, Miss Mary Dunlap and uncle, J. V. Dunlap, who will come to Fort Myers from Atlanta for the funeral services. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Luke's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Richard I. Brown, rector, officiating. Interment will be in Fort Myers Cemetery. Pallbearers: Gilmer Heitman Jr., Marshall Bridges, Earl Bobbitt, Bob McCullough, Bill Wiggins and William Guess. Arrangements are by McQueen & Young, funeral directors.

     Fort Myers News-Press, November 28, 2010 - Martha Rebecca (Anderson) Parnell left this world Wednesday, November 17, 2010. She passed peacefully at her home in Altamonte Springs, after a long battle with breast cancer.Smart, talented, beautiful and, as her children will tell you,"…the strongest woman we've ever known". She showed all who knew her, through example, that anything is possible through courage, intelligence, discipline and perseverance..Martha Rebecca Anderson was born December 29, 1919 in Doerun, Georgia. The Anderson Family moved to Sarasota in the early 1920s and later to Fort Myers. Martha graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1937.(See letter below). 

P.O. Box 1356 
Venice, FL 34284 
July 26, 1984

Editor 
Fort Myers News-Press
Fort Myers, FL

Dear Sir:
It was Spring, 1937; possibly a year earlier. A bright balmy South Florida day. I recall it now as if it were yesterday. Those to graduate had received their caps and gowns, all tried them on in anticipation.
For some reason I had taken my old Brownie 120 (or 620?) box camera to school. Then I saw her, I knew I had to try to capture her happiness, her vivacity, her joie de vivre, in a picture. So I took a "snap shot." Ernie Hart, in the then News-Press Arcade, made the ordinal enlargement (and, too, where is he now?). I had earlier developed the reel and made the prints.She must have gone away to college; I lost track of her. Then I went away to school in Gainesville, then became a soldier, then back in school, then again in the Army. My Brownie went with me overseas the first time; and I have pictures taken in Iran and Iraq. Strangely, none from India. Maybe the British wouldn't let us take pictures? I don't recall.I found the picture several days ago. It had been stored away with the odds and ends one accumulates.Now I am bothered with this question, after nearly half a century, did she find the happiness she anticipated, were her dreams ever a reality, were her aspirations realized?I guess I loved her, in the sense that all of us loved all the girls. They were the innocent days when we were naive in regard to totalitarian regimes. But I have now forever locked in my memory this one day as I recorded it.
Sincerely yours, 
Lloyd Kitchen
U.S. Army, Retired

Yes, Martha made her dreams a reality. She attended Florida State College for Women in Tallahassee, Florida 1937-39. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Rollins College, Winter Park in 1977. She also took graduate courses at Crummer of Rollins, Winter Park in 1978.In the 1950s, Martha, a divorced mother of two little girls, found it difficult to support her family in Fort Myers on secretary's wages. But she had a plan. She applied for a secretarial job in the Pentagon and was hired. So she packed the girls into her old Buick and moved to the Washington, D.C. area where she worked for about year, saving her money.On returning to Fort Myers, she started her own business, Glamour Glads, Inc., a wholesale cut-flower brokerage. To grow her business, Martha borrowed money and sent her girls to camp each summer, while she hit the road to take orders from florists throughout the southern states. She supplemented her income by substitute teaching physical education at Fort Myers High School. There, she met and married the football coach, Troy Parnell. They had two boys before their divorce in the early 1960s.Always active and athletic, Martha was an avid swimmer and water-skier, and taught her children to do both. She played tennis and golf, and enjoyed scuba-diving. She continued to swim into her 70's, and competed in the Senior Olympics.Martha sold real estate in Ft Myers, Altamonte Springs and Winter Park. She was a published author, a student of Christian Science, a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and Daughters of the American Revolution. Martha is survived by her sister, Marvine Hawkins of Tampa; and her four children, Sandy Parnell Johnson and husband Jim of Fort Myers; Deva Genie Parnell and husband Hugh White of Saint Augustine; Clay Parnell and wife Kristen of Longwood; and Jeff Parnell and wife Lisa of Fort Myers. Surviving grandchildren include: Dawn Geraci, Scott Johnson, Mandy Stillwagon and husband Dale, Leslie Monteiro and husband Ben, Jackson Parnell, Gabriel Parnell, Cole Parnell, Will Parnell, Connor Parnell and Blake Parnell. Great-grandchildren include: Mallory Geraci, BailyGeraci, Lindsey Monteiro, Madison, Monteiro, Christopher Gandy and wife Emily, and Kelly Stillwagon. Martha is predeceased by her parents, Henry Clifford Anderson and Weldon Brown Anderson; her brothers Clifford Anderson and John Brown Anderson; and her granddaughter, Wendi Gayle Johnson.Special thanks to Martha's niece, JoAnn Hawkins, who cared for her with amazing love, tenderness and respect during the final month of her life.
On November 20th a memorial service and celebration was held with the family and friends to honor the passionate life of this amazing woman.

      Fort Myers News-Press, October 6, 1967 -  Funeral service for Mrs. Ruby L. Parnell, 74, of Miami, a former resident of Fort Myers and widow of the late Dr. Henry Parnell, will be Saturday at l:30 p.m. at Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home with Rev. William B. Petherick officiating. Burial will be in Hendry-Frierson Cemetery. Survivors include a son, James Parnell, Boyton Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Sara Parnell, Australia; three sisters, Mrs. Josephine Knight, Clewiston, Mrs. Lloyd Crotteau, New Port Richey, Fla.,; Mrs. Clarence DeMasters, Fort Myers; three brothers, Gus Hendry, Naples, John Hendry, Jacksonville, Fla., Paul Hendry, Fort Myers; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
    Fort Myers News-Press, Dec 17, 2007 -- Sidney Brandon Parnell, 88 of Fort Myers passed away Dec. 15, 2007. He was the son of Travis and Maude Parnell of Punta Gorda. Born in 1919 in Sebring, FL. He grew up in Punta Gorda. He married his high school sweetheart, Alla May Durrance and they were married 58 years. He was the loving father of four daughters; Sandra, Sylvia, Sydney and Alla. He received a football scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was a fullback and played his entire career at Gainesville. He obtained a degree in Forestry through the College of Agriculture.Upon graduation, he entered the military. He proudly served, as a Lieutenant, in the United States Navy in the Pacific during WWII. After the war he came home and became the Agriculture County Agent in Ocala, Fl. In 1950 He went to work for Wilson & Toomer Fertilizer Co. where he was salesman and manager of the Fort Myers office. He later started Producer's Fertilizer Co. on Hanson Avenue in 1964 which served Fort Myers and surrounding counties with both commercial grade and home fertilizer until he and Alla May sold the business in 1987.He served as a member of the Lee County School Board as well as the Lee County Housing Authority in the 1960's and the 1970's. He was one of the founders of South Florida Bank. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Rotary Club, the Royal Palm Yacht Club and the First Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Alla May; his daughter Sylvia Parnell Hudson; his sister Fannie Lou Smith. He is survived by three daughters: Sydney D'Alessandro(Joseph) of Fort Myers; Sandra Keist of Fort White, FL and Alla Bradley (Richard) of Morganton, NC. Five grandchildren: Debbie Couey of Ocala, FL; Michelle Banks(Kenny) of Orange Park, FL; Sylvia Lannen(Raymond) of Fort Myers, Fl; Joseph D'Alessandro Jr.(Cassie) of Keller, TX; and Meghann Bradley of Morganton, NC.Sidney was proud to be a "GATOR"Funeral services will be at Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 1:00 PM. Burial with military honors will immediately follow at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family will receive visitors on Tuesday December 18 from 5-7PM at Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home.If preferred, donations may be made to Hope Hospice House of N. Fort Myers in memory of Sidney B. Parnell.

    Onetta (Armour) Parrish, age 93, passed from this life on April 20, 2012 at her home in Manchester, TN. with her family by her side. She was born in Cash, AR. to her parents, the late Henry and Ann McAnnally Armour. Mrs. Parrish enjoyed sewing and gardening in her younger days. She was a member of the Red Hill Church of Christ.  She is survived by her daughters, Georgia (Elliot) Bradley of Lakeland, FL. and Anita (Ray) Westberry of Manchester, TN; grandsons, Ronnie (Suzanne) Pinder of Chelmsford, MA and Larry (Kim) Westberry of Lehigh Acres, FL; granddaughters, Teresa (Joseph) Connor of Franklin, MA and Danita (Patrick) Thomas of Estill Springs, TN; great-grandchildren; Kati Pinder, Alan Clifford, Ashton Thomas, Amanda Clifford, Trey Westberry and Samantha Westberry; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Virgil E. Parrish; brothers, George Armour, C.G. Armour and F.R. Armour and sisters, Mildred Menser and Edoth Hall.  A Graveside Service was conducted Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 3:00 p.m. at Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle, FL with Minister Steve Hildebrand officiating. Arrangements by: Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle

Fort Myers News-Press, February 3, 2004 - John Parshall, a loving husband and father went home to be with the Lord on January 30. He is survived by his wife of 50 years Shirley, three children, nine grandchildren, two great-granddaughters, one brother and one niece. John was involved with Gideons International and was a deeply committed Christian. For 33 years he was an active member of God's army. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Southwest Community Church for Missions to further the Good News of Christ. Memorial Service will be held Wednesday (2/4), 7:30 p.m. at Southwest Community Church 8951 S.W. 44 Street. Alligood Carroll Funeral Home 17345 South Dixie Highway Perrine, FL.
    Caloosa Belle, December 21, 2006 -  Benny Hodge Parson, age 70, passed away on Dec. 2, 2006, with his wife and children by his side after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Benny spent over 50 years doing what he loved best; farming the land so dear to him. He touched many lives sharing his knowledge of agriculture in both Niceville and Belle Glade with his special warmth and unique charm. Besides his love of the land, Benny played playing golf with his friends and family.Benny leaves behind a loving wife, Sue; children, Jason, Laurel and Josh, Benny Joe of Ft. Payne, Ala., Linda and Jeff of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Rebecca of Savannah, Ga.He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is survived by a brother, Tony Parson of Ponce DeLeon, and two sisters, Carol Bowman of Athens, Tenn., and Joyce Borst of Belle Glade.Benny leaves behind hundreds of customers for Parsons Produce which he and his wife owned for 13 years. All who shopped there best remember Benny greeting them with samples of "what's in season." He also leaves behind numerous fellow farmers in the Glades area of South Florida. The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to all his doctors and nurses for providing loving care during his struggle with cancer. We especially thank Dr. Haney and Dr. Derby for not only the compassion they showed Benny but also for the heartfelt counseling received by the family. The family celebrated Benny's life at a memorial service held on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Niceville. Funeral services were held at McLaughlin-Twin Cities Funeral Home in Niceville.In lieu of flowers, the Parson family requests that contributions be made to his children's educational fund at Regions Bank. Donations can also be made in Benny's memory to Covenant Hospice.
    Fort Myers News-Press, December 30, 2007 - Judge Broward N. Parsons, (Ret.) age 87, of LaBelle, passed away December 28, 2007 in Fort Myers. He was born Nov. 20, 1920 in Moore Haven to John Samus Parsons and Margaret Ann (Mott) Parsons and grew up on the family homestead at Lake Hicpochee. Broward graduated from LaBelle High School and attended Holland Law School at University of Florida. After high school he worked for U.S. Sugar Corp. He married his high school sweetheart Daisy Allen Apr. 6, 1941 and they moved to Jacksonville where Broward took a job at a shipyard. Broward enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corp after the Pearl Harbor attack and served until the end of WWII. He served as a Hendry County Commissioner for 4 years and was elected Hendry County Judge in 1960 and served until 1992. Broward was a member of First Baptist Church, was ordained a Deacon and also became a Trustee of the church. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion, VFW, Lions Club and Elks Club. Survivors include son: Joseph Burke Parsons of St. Petersburg, daughters: Dorothy Poling of LaBelle, Ramona Burchard (Easton) of LaBelle, Peggy Sands (Frank) of Fort Myers, brother: Woodrow Parsons (Burt) of Bushnell, sister: June Dana of LaBelle, nine grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-six years, Daisy, parents: John and Margaret, brothers: Joseph, John, Bill, David and Leonard, sisters: Margarite and Norma and grandson: Bruce White.Funeral services will be held Wed. January 2, 2008, 2:00 pm at First Baptist Church of LaBelle with Rev. Frank Deerey Jr., Dr. Les Morgan and Rev. Homer Brewer officiating.Interment will follow at Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle. Military Honors will be conducted by American Legion Post #130 in LaBelle. Visitation will be Tues., Jan 1 from 6-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home in LaBelle. Pallbearers will be Matthew Sands, Michael Grindrod, Mark Lynch, Adam Oliver, James Paul, James Cochran, Kory Bennington, Ron Stender and Michael White. Judge Parsons loved his community and loved serving it.Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle

Fort Myers News-Press, January 25, 2005 - Douglas H. Parsons, 72, of Raleigh, NC and Ft. Myers, FL died Thursday, December 16, 2004 at City of Oaks Nursing Home in Raleigh, NC following a lengthy illness. He was born in Philadelphia, PA on March 18, 1932 where he attended school, later moving with his family to Buffalo, NY. Doug entered the Navy in 1950 and served in the Mediterranean. He moved from Massachusetts to Florida and settled in Ft. Myers in 1978. Mr. Parsons was a mechanical engineer and general manager of Cape Coral Fabricating. In 1984, he co-founded Paragon Metal Fabrications with his son, Dana Parsons. After Paragon's sale in 1989, he stayed on until 1998 overseeing operations. He was involved with a local artist in designing & fabricating many manatee sculptures, which can be seen in and around Ft. Myers area today. One manatee sculpture marks the entrance to the winter refuge for the manatees off the Calossahatchee River in Ft. Myers. Mr. Parsons retired to NC in 1999, Doug will always be remembered as an intelligent, caring man with a great sense of humor. He is survived by his loving wife, Millie, sons Douglas Parsons, Jr. and his wife, Linda of Nokomis, Dana Parsons and his wife, Allyn, Donald Parsons, both of Ft. Myers, Duane Parsons of California, Darren Parsons and his wife, Jennifer of Missouri; step-children, Scott Everett of Raleigh, Tracy Everett and his wife, Ginny, of Idaho; 11 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren, sisters, Meredith Higgins and her husband Glenn of Pine Island, FL, Cynthia Ross and her husband, Donald of Andover, MA: cousins, Linda Coryell and Ralph Etris of Newtown Square, PA, Nelson Coryell of Albuquerque, NM; and several nieces and nephews. Arrangements by L. Harold Poole Funeral Service & Crematory, Knightdale, NC.

Fort Myers News-Press, August 11, 1931 - The body of Miss Moreta Browning, 18 years old, killed Sunday night in an automobile accident on the Tamiami trail, will leave this morning at 9:15 o'clock for Mobile, Ala., where funeral services will be held. The body of Hewitt Parsons, 21, of Fort Myers, killed in the same accident, left for New York last night. The mother and a sister of the young man reside in New York and requested that the body be sent there for burial...Parsons had been studying law in the office of J. Bowers Campbell here for some time. He was an honor graduate of the Fort Myers high school and attended Georgia Tech for a time, studying law.
     Fort Myers News-Press, January 7, 2014 - Dr. John I. “Jack” Parsons, 79 passed away January 4, 2014 from a sudden illness in Fort Myers, Florida. Prior to this illness he fought a valiant battle with cancer and gave it his all. Jack was born on March 24, 1934 in Huntington, West Virginia to Dr. John Y. Parsons, a Dentist and Helen Parsons. He graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He was a grand master of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and President of Inter-fraternity Council. Jack served with The United States Marine Corp as a Captain from 1953-1958. He was a jet pilot for the photographic squadron. Being a Marine was one of his proudest accomplishments. Jack met Sue, his wife of 53 years while at Denison University. He then attended Dental School at Indianapolis University. Jack and family moved to Fort Myers in 1970 where he was a well respected dentist for 30 years. Jack was a person who made a profound impact on family and friends. His interests were golf, tennis, skiing, and watching football (especially the Florida State Seminoles).He is survived by his loving wife, Sue; daughters Kimberly (Chris) Peterson; Kelli (Alan) LeBlanc; Holly (Ron) Wademan; grandchildren Steven; Eric; Morgan; Cameron; Corinne; Lindsey; Connor; and Chloe; Sister, Patty (Thad) Hogan brother in law Richard (Carole) Shanley and extended family.Visitation will be held Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Memorial Gardens from 6 to 8 pm.A Celebration of Life and reception will be held at 11 am Friday, January 10th at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Interment will be at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens at 3 pm. Condolences may be shared at www.fortmyersmemorial.com. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society and/or Hope Hospice
    Fort Myers News-Press, August 22, 2003 - John Leonard Parsons, age 65, of Pembroke Pines, passed away August 20, 2003 in Plantation, FL. He was born February 21, 1938 in LaBelle, to Leonard Parsons and Lillian Margaret Harn Parsons. Survivors include his ex-wife & good friend Kathryn Kesler of Pembroke Pines, father: Leonard Parsons of LaBelle, brother; Tommy Parsons of LaBelle and wife Frances, and sister: Collen Ballington of Titusville and many nieces and nephews. He ws preceded in death by his mother, Lillian and sisters, Evelyn Booth and Glenda Lepore. Funeral services are scheduled Saturday August 23, 2003, 4:00 PM at Caloosa Baptist Church in LaBelle with Reverend Homer Brewer officiating. Interment will follow at Fort Denaud Cemetery. Visitation is tonight from 7-9 PM at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle.
    St Petersburg Times, August 13, 2010 - Joseph Burke Parsons, age 57, of Pinellas Park, passed away August 9, 2010 in Pinellas Park. He was born Apr. 12, 1953 in Fort Myers, the son of the late Broward N. Parsons and the late Daisy Emma (Allen) Parsons. He was a longtime resident of Pinellas Park. Survivors include his sisters: Dorothy Poling of Lehigh Acres, Ramona Burchard (Easton) of LaBelle and Peggy Sands (Frank) of North Ft. Myers and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held Wed, Aug 18, 2010, 1:00 p.m. at PARC, 3190 Tyrone Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33710. A Graveside Service will be held Fri. August 20, 2010, 11:00 am at Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to PARC, 3190 Tyrone Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33710 or Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33760
    Fort Myers News-Press, August 3, 2006 - Leonard L. Parsons, age 95, of LaBelle, passed away July 29, 2006 in LaBelle. He was born June 17, 1911 at New Castle, FL to John S. and Margaret A. Mott Parsons. His family moved near Moore Haven, just west of Lake Hicpochee on the Caloosahatchee River, in 1920.He married Lillian Harn in 1937 and they had two daughters, Evelyn and Coleen, who they raised along with John, Glenda and Tommy. Leonard was a farmer, Caterpillar mechanic and a hunter.He is survived by his son: Tommy Parsons (Frances), brothers: Woodrow and Broward Parsons, sister: June Dana, twelve grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and other extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian in 1994, his parents, daughters: Evelyn Booth, Colleen Ballington and Glenda Lepore, son: John Parsons, brothers: Joseph, John, Bill and David Parsons, and sisters: Marguerite LaMontagne and Norma Brown Miranda.Funeral Services will be Friday, August 4, 2006, 11:00 a.m. at Caloosa Baptist Church in LaBelle with Rev. Homer Brewer officiating. Interment will follow at Ft. Denaud Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle.Arrangements by: Akin-Davis Funeral Home- LaBelle

Fort Myers News-Press, April 2, 2003 - Wade H. Parsons, of Fort Myers, passed away on March 31, 2003. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 17, 1946. Wade first moved to Fort Myers in 1958 with his mother and sister. He attended and graduated from local schools and Edison Community College. He graduated from USF and joined the Air Force in 1964. A decorated Vietnam War Veteran, he graduated second in his law class from the University of Florida and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1976. He is survived by his two children, Matthew H. Parsons and Kelly J. Parsons of Alva, Florida, and his two sisters, Amy Sue Barnhart of Fort Myers, Florida and Jaclyn Ferraro of Thousand Oaks, California. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2003, at 1:30 p.m. at Daniels Road Baptist Church, 5878 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers, Florida. Arrangements have been entrusted to Horizon Funeral Home
      Fort Myers News-Press,  June 26, 2010 - Payton Lynne Partain, 17 months old of Lehigh Acres passed away in her parents arms Thursday, June 24, 2010. Payton was born on January 5, 2009 in Gainesville. She was always full of life and love. She always had her bright big eyes looking right up at you. She was always ready for a hug and a kiss. She loved dancing and twirling around. Her life was too short. We are not ready to let Payton go. But God needed Payton as a beautiful little angel in Heaven. He has work for her to do. We know she is already dancing and twirling around in Heaven for Mema and Da and grandma and grandpa.She is survived by parents Arlette Patricia Bransfield and Paul Joshua Partain "Josh", grandparents Denise and Mark Spaniak Houghtaling, William (Lori Flipse) Bransfield, Rhonda Korpi and Paul Partain, great grandparents Arlette and Gary Spaniak, Sr. and Shirley Grimm, Aunts Alexandra Bransfield, Brittney Bransfield, Billie Jo Bransfield, Brandi Bransfield, Caitlin Houghtaling, Amber Houghtaling, Amanda Flipse, Rebecca Flipse, Khrista Flipse, Uncles Jeffrey (Brittany Holzinger) Partain, Matthew (Leslie) Korpi, Ryan Korpi, Great Uncle Gary (Jodi) Spaniak, Jr., Brian Bransfield, Kevin Bransfield and Don Partain, Great Aunts Laura Bower, Maureen Moravec and Janice Partain and great great-uncle Dennis (Linda) Spilotros. Paytons love will live on. She will always be in our hearts and souls, twirling and dancing around.A visitation will take place on Sunday from 6-8 pm at the Metz Funeral Home, 1306 Lafayette St., Cape Coral. A funeral service to celebrate Payton's life will be held on Monday June 28, 2010 beginning at 10:00 am at the First Assembly of God West, 133 NE Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. Burial will follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery.

      Fort Myers News-Press, November 3, 2011 - J. Foster Pate was born in Rochester, NY, on April 18, 1928. A congenital problem with his aorta resulted in him being the 19th cardiovascular surgery in the world in 1946. When the defect could not be repaired at that time, Foster embraced life with the attitude of making the most of each day. He moved to Ft. Myers in 1956, and bought 2,000 acres of land in what was then the sleepy area south of Ft. Myers. This purchase included a three mile stretch extending from Page Field to Daniel's Road, one mile deep to Ten Mile Canal. His first development was Ft. Myers Villas at a time when current building didn't extend much beyond Hanson Street. Foster followed the advice given to him by Carl Johnson and saved as many trees as possible as he developed the land. In 1957, Foster returned to Boston where new medical technologies allowed him to receive a transplant that repaired his aorta.Foster discovered that the lack of building and zoning standards in Lee County allowed unscrupulous builders to pour foundations without steel reinforcing rods so he successfully petitioned the county commission to institute the first building codes. When Arlo Diebler arrived in Ft. Myers with the hope of establishing a symphony orchestra, Foster joined local attorney Bill Sheppard in funding the endeavor for the first few years until a Board and Foundation could be established. Foster was one of several businessmen who donated the money to purchase the land for Edison Community College and later donated again to establish a Nursing Chair. As the Villas grew into a flourishing community, Foster donated the land for Villas Elementary School as well as the South Trail Fire Station. He also served as an unpaid Sheriff's deputy to provide law enforcement coverage to the south part of the county and even assisted in the birth of a baby during Hurricane Donna. Foster provided the county with its first nursing home when he opened Beacon Manor in 1963, and was instrumental in the establishment of several banks. Foster also funded a scholarship at FGCU in honor of his parents. While Foster expanded his original land purchase by adding Villa Pines, a Sheraton Hotel, and several commercial buildings, his next major endeavor was the first of its kind locally. He built an all-inclusive resort community, The Landings Yacht and Racquet Club, located along McGregor Boulevard. The beautifully landscaped development with a marina, country club, and golf and tennis courts remains a premier location to this day. Foster's last major development, Fiddlesticks, initiated the building boom along Daniels Parkway.Foster was predeceased by his parents, Jane and C. Bertrem Pate, Sr. and his brother, C.B. (Bud) Pate, Jr. He leaves behind his wife, Sherry, and her extended family; his daughter, Paula, her husband Al Pfeiffer and their children, Mariah and Ian; his son, Jeff (J.F. Pate, Jr.), Jeff's wife Darice and children, Kirsten, Audrey, Jon (J.F. Pate III), and Geoffrey; and son, Garrett Pate and Ann Tycer as well as Foster's sister, Nancy Wallace and her family and the family of his brother, Bud. Foster also leaves two "surrogate sons:" Philip Weisner of NYC and David Kehler of Marion, NC. A celebration of Foster's life will be held at The Landings Clubhouse (5200 S. Landings Drive, Ft. Myers on Dec. 4 at 11:00 AM followed by a brunch. This man of remarkable vision and entrepreneurship will be missed by all who loved him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harry Chapin Food Bank, 3760 Fowler Street Ft. Myers FL 33901.

Grand Rapids Press, Feb 6 2005-- Betty Jean Moore Patrick touched the lives of all who knew her. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandma.. In 1925, America in the midst of the Roaring 20's, a decade of jazz, prosperity, and good fortune. Allen Homer Clement and his wife Beatrice Moore, on August 24, 1925, welcomed Betty into their home in Ft. Myers, Florida. With her older sister Georgia, Betty spent her childhood in Ft. Myers. Her father ,a veteran of World War I, was a cabinet maker and designer, and owned a building supply store. He later become a pharmacist. Betty's mother took care of the house and also prepared meals in the local school cafeteria. Betty was known as a bit of Tom boy, always rough and tumble and eager to play ball with the local kids. But Betty simply enjoyed being outdoors, and she would often help her mother with her fruits and vegetables garden. When the war broke out in Europe, Fort Myers held nightly blackouts. Betty and her friends would head down to the beach to light up bonfires, to attract the attention of the MP's who would come by to make them put out the fire. She was her fathers fishing buddy on many occasions. Betty attended Edgewood Elementary and Ft. Myers High School, then sought a nursing degree. WWII was being fought in Europe, and thousands of injured returned home for treatment. Betty began working at a hospital that tended to wounded soldiers. During her late teens, she met an Army Air Corp Flight Instructor , Albert Patrick. They soon became friends, and after a short while they began dating. After his discharge, Betty and Albert married on November 30, 1945 in the rectory of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Ft. Myers, FL. Betty and Al were blessed with eight children., Carol, born 1946; James, born 1949; Mary in 1950; John in 1952; Tom in 1955;Joe in 1958;Pam in ; Ken in 1962 .After Betty's kids grew older and moved out of the house, she began working again. She took a job at the Crystal Flash Office in Sparta, and she also worked as a cook at the Swan Inn on Alpine Avenue. She later worked at Michigan Bulb Company, a job she enjoyed because she got a good discount on flower bulbs for the family garden. Betty grew and canned vegetables every summer. Betty was an active volunteer at St. Mary's church, frequently lending a hand at their food and clothing pantry. When her mother became elderly, Betty invited her to come live with her in Grand Rapids; she agreed and spent her last fifteen years in Michigan with Betty's loving company. When Al retired, he and Betty spent more time each year in Florida and North Carolina, While visiting Betty's sister Georgia, Al suffered a sudden heart attack. He passed away on August 6, 1999 at the age of seventy-five. When it was clear that her time was not long, her family was called to be with her. All of her children and many of her grandchildren were at her side when she finally joined her beloved husband Al and son Tom in her heavenly home. Betty died on February 4, 2005. She leaves behind to celebrate her gentle spirit, her seven children, Carol (Nick) Marino, James (Liz) Patrick, Mary (Jim) Meulendyk, John (Susan) Patrick, Joseph, (Tammy) Patrick, Pam (Mike) Boland, Ken Patrick; 14 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; her sister, Georgia Clement Bush; nephews; Gordon, Allen, and Gerald Bush and Larry Dillenbeck; and many friends. Betty was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church where the funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday morning February 8, 2005, at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
    Fort Myers News-Press, February 18, 2013 - Patricia Ann (Pombier) Patrizi, of Fort Myers passed away on February 16, 2013 in Fort Myers, Fl. Mrs. Patrizi was was born in Springport, MI, to the late Edward Pombier and Irene Pombier Barker. Valedictorian of her high school class, Pat received a Bachelors degree from Illinois State and her Masters from Nova University. During her youth Pat was an accomplished trumpet player and received a scholarship to play in the All State Band at Interlochen Music Camp. Pat was a lifelong educator of elementary school children. Pat spent 12 years as the principal at Orangewood Elementary School where her philosophy was "kindness is spoken here". She was a member of St. Cecilia's Catholic Community where she served as an Extraordinary minister. Pat was well known for her vast collection of nativities and her love for the Holy Family. She loved travel, dance and music. Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, Edward Pombier. She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 57 years, Mario; her children, Lisa Weiland (Andy), Michael Patrizi and Beth Patrizi (Robert Schram); her grandchildren, Jessica Weiland, Kelly Patrizi, Anthony Patrizi, Roberta Perkins, Justin Patrizi and Stephanie Kirkwood. Visitation will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2013 from 5-7 PM in the chapel of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM in St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, 5632 Sunrise Drive in Fort Myers. Interment will follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.fortmyersmemorial.com

  Fort Myers News-Press, March 5, 2010 - Jill Rene (Gulnac) Patterson, 44, passed away February 26 after a courageous battle with cancer. A Fort Myers native, Jill was a dental hygienist and spent the last several years as an instructor and clinical coordinator at Edison State College.She is survived by her husband Jim, parents Don and Dorothy Gulnac, sister Robin (John) Jones and family, mother in law Jeanne Patterson, and brothers in law Tom and Bob (Alison) Patterson and family.A memorial service will be held Friday March 5th at 4 pm at McGregor Baptist Church, Hope building, 3750 Colonial Blvd in Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to a scholarship fund in her name at Edison State College, Spay Lee or your favorite pet charity.

Fort Myers News-Press, May 2001 - Patricia Roberts Patterson, of Gainesville, Florida, a native of Fort Myers, died May 22, 2001 at Hospice House in Gainesville at the age of 71. She is survived by her husband Benton R. Patterson, Gainesville; two daughters, Marce Wood, Grand Marais, MN, and Gina Branham, Gainesville, and three sons, James R. Patterson, Carrollton, TX, Benton R. Patterson, Jr., Shreveport, LA, and Coleman Patterson, Abilene, TX; and 14 grandchildren. Local arrangements were under the direction of Williams-Thomas Funeral Home, Gainesville, Florida. She will be cremated and the remains interred at the Patterson family plot in New Orleans, LA.
    Fort Myers News-Press, October 23, 2013 - Robert Bruce Patterson, 52, passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, of natural causes after a lifetime defined by generosity and Christian humility. He was a noble soul who bore the scourge of schizophrenia for more than 32 years. The disease interrupted his education and his work in food service. He was born Aug. 11, 1961, in Philadelphia and is a 1979 graduate of Fort Myers (Fla.) High School. Despite his own ills, Bob was first to empty his pocket for someone else in need. He was warm and witty; he loved to laugh, and hated going to the doctor. He worried about family and friends as much as they did about him, and he adored his little dog MacMac. Bob had a keen intelligence, delighted in history and football and in a juicy steak, and understood that the change we wish to see in the world must begin with each of us. Bob was a man of great faith, who believed all people of faith should act to care for the least among us. He is no doubt rejoicing in spirit for having, at last, achieved his hard-earned heavenly reward. Bob is survived by his mother, Joan; brothers Don (spouse Cheryl) and Steven (May); sisters Karen, Donna (Ron) and Debbie (Dennis); stepmother Maureen; aunt Eleanor; nieces and nephews Ryan, Brittany, Michael, William, Melanie, Juliana, Will and Carolyn; and cousins, friends and others touched by his warmth, humanity and resilience. His father, Don; grandparents Bill and Olive, and Helen; and uncle Bill predeceased him. We who remain behind are broken-hearted. Visitation is 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Anderson-Patterson Funeral Chapel in Lehigh Acres, Fla., 2701 Lee Blvd., with funeral at noon and interment to follow at Lee Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's memory to your local food bank
    Cape Coral Daily Breeze, December 5, 2009 - John Paul Patton, 89, of Cape Coral, died Dec. 4, 2009. He graduated from Morehead University after which he served in the military during WWII in the European Theater of Operations in the 9th Air Force 391 St Bomb Group. He was later employed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, as a federal employee at the Civilian Air Force Research and Development Command where he rendered 34 years of faithful service. While living in Ohio, he was very active a the Dayton Baptist Temple where he served as deacon, sang in the choir and ministered in many other areas for many years. After retirement he worked with several service organizations in Dayton, Ohio, such as Sertoma (service to mankind) and FISH, helping to meet the physical and social needs of many. In 1987 he and his wife, Miriam, moved to Cape Coral. There he enjoyed working in his garden among the beautiful flowers. He was a member of McGregor Baptist Church where he served in many different capacities. Especially close to his heart was his Sunday School class, the Go-Getters. He was the beloved husband of Miriam A Patton; loving father of Lynne Glenn and Dr. W. Douglas Patton (Marianne); the beloved grandfather of five grandchildren, Michelle Datillo, Allison Mineer (Grant), Lindsey Wegley, Ashley Coyne (Jon) and John Douglas Patton. He also is survived by three sisters, one brother, and four great-grandchildren as well as many loving friends. Visitation will be held at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7. The funeral will follow. Burial will be at the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery on Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers. Memorials may be sent to the McGregor Baptist Church Building Fund.

Fort Myers News Press, 2004-08-26 -- Muriel Clark Patzke died Sunday, August 22, 2004 at Hope Hospice. Muriel was born Nov. 10, 1915 to Jesse and Ethel Clark, in Chicago, IL. She met and married the love of her life, Harold 'Hattie' Patzke in 1937. Hattie preceded her in death in 1977. The moved to Ft. Myers Beach in 1952 where Muriel opened Muriel's Ceramics. She worked in that field unitl she retired in 1987. Muriel leaves one daughter, Sally Crawford of Ft. Myers, three grandchildren, Dawn Cullen and Scott Thomas of Ft. Myers and Lisa Allison of Winder, GA, four great grandchildren, Jason and Josh Ward and Jordan Cullen of Ft. Myers, Tab & Zoe Swartzbaugh of Winder, GA.
    Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL - John R. Paul, Jr., age 75, of LaBelle, passed away September 1, 2014 in Cape Coral. He was born May 1, 1939 in Winter Haven, FL, to the late John R. and the late Ida Frances (Murrell) Paul, Sr. He is survived by his son: John R. Paul III, daughter: Julie P. Obney (Jeff), grandchildren, Beryl Paul, Jasper Obney, Juniper Obney, brothers: Gene Paul and Bryan Paul. He was preceded in death by his wife Julia Paul, brother: James Paul and sister: Carolyn Wheeler.  Funeral services will be held Friday, September 5, 2014 at 11:00 am at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, LaBelle with Pastor Joe Wallace officiating. Interment will be in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Visitation will be Friday, 1 hour prior to service at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, LaBelle, FL. You may view the online obituary and leave condolences to the family at www.akin-davis.com Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
    NewsZapFl, September 19, 2013 - Julia Maddox Paul, age 74, of LaBelle, passed away Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 in her home in LaBelle. She was born April 17, 1939 in Bartow, Fla., to the late John Clyde and the late Melissa (Smith) Maddox. She attended Wauchula High School, Agnes Scott College in Atlanta and earned a Law degree from the University of Florida. She worked for the Circuit Court of Vero Beach and practiced law in LaBelle. After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, she was very active with the National M.S. Society. She is survived by her husband of 45 years, John R. Paul, Jr.; son, John R. Paul III; daughter, Julie Paul Obney (Jeff); grandchildren, Beryl Laurent Johnson Paul, Jasper Obney, Juniper Obney; and caregiver and loving friend Nancy Conklin. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., today, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, LaBelle, Fla. with Pastor Joe Wallace officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Interment will be in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
    Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, Fort Myers, FL - Bonnie J. Pauley, age 61, of Lehigh Acres, Florida passed away on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Land O' Lakes, Florida. Family and friends are invited to attend a funeral service at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, Florida 33913 on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow in Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. For information, please call (239)334-4880. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to The Myositis Association, 1737 King Street, Suite 600, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone (800)821-7356 or online at www.myositis.org. Arrangements are under the direction of Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, Fort Myers, Florida. Online condolences may be offered at www.leememorialparkfuneralhome.com.
    Ther Fort Myers Press, January 2, 1930 - Funeral services for August F. Paulson, 70, who died at his home at Buckingham yesterday afternoon will be held from the chapel of L. W. Engelhardt's funeral home at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, the Rev. W. J. Martin of the Edgewood Methodist church officiating. Mrs. H. O. Kight will sing a solo.
     Cape Coral Daily Breeze, May 1, 2013 - Marie Janet (Granquist) Pavel, 96, of Cape Coral passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Hope Hospice. She was born in Moline, Ill., in 1917 to Edward and Bertha Granquist. A pioneer of Cape Coral, she moved here in 1962 where she worked for Gulf American Corporation, the original developers of Cape Coral. She retired in 1987 after 25 years. She was an avid bowler and a founding member of Diplomat Wesleyan Church. Survivors include her two sons, Jimmy Pavel and Larry (Renae) Pavel, both of Cape Coral; six grandchildren, Troy, Laraina, Susan, Steve, Tim and Mike; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter, Joan Condreay. A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday May 2, at Fuller Metz Funeral Home with Pastor Rick Stevens officiating. Burial will follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends for viewing Wednesday evening from 6-8. Please visit  www.fullermetz.com  to view Marie's Life Tribute and share a memory or condolence.
    Fort Myers News-Press, 26 Oct 2007 -- Frances Marie Pavese d 24 Oct 2007 @ 87 yrs Florida Native; sis/o Frank Pavese, Sr, Louise Clark, Honey (Fred) Edrich; b Ft Myers FL Fort Myers

News-Press, November 5, 2010 - Today, Deborah Pavleka left this world to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Debby is in a better place today than she has been for the past several years - having struggled with the early onset of Alzheimer's. Praise God for all those Angels that have cared for Debby during that time in our home, at Arden Court of Fort Myers and from Hope Hospice.Debby will be missed by her loving husband Ray, daughters Betsy (James) Hanks and Amy Pavelka, two beautiful grandchildren Jacob and Katherine Hanks, her father James C. White, brothers Jim Jr. (Sonya) and Waldo (Loretta) and nieces and nephew Tory, Ashley and Jay. Debby was predeceased by her loving mother Ruth Babcock White in 1998. Debby was born in 1949, grew up in Ithaca, NY with a special love for music, dancing, nature and competitive swimming, having set many records in the YMCA pools of upstate New York. Debby graduated from Ithaca High School (The Little Red) in 1967 and the University of Rochester in 1971, returning to Ithaca to work in her field of Library Science.Debby moved to Captiva Island in 1974 to join her future husband Ray and to share in their Florida adventures; a long anticipated wedding in 1979, a move to Fort Myers in 1981, starting a family in 1982 and expanding that family in 1986. Debby was very active at Sanibel Community Church and a tireless volunteer for the Sanibel Elementary and Cypress Lake School PTA's. She also was an all-star tennis player on several Dunes Golf and Country Club teams.We will all miss Debby's beautiful smile, outgoing personality and sense of humor…until we meet again! A Celebration of Life Service will be announced at a later date. Memorial gifts may be sent in Debby's name to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908, or the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, 10051 McGregor Blvd, Suite 101, Ft. Myers, FL 33919.
    Fort Myers News-Press, January 27, 2013 - Sophia M. Paxton, 95 of Cape Coral was born on March 3, 1923 to her parents John and Zofia Modrzynski in Toledo, OH and passed away on January 17, 2013 in Cape Coral, FL. She is survived by her grandson Alex Damalas, 1 great-grand daughter, and 1 sister. She is preceded in death by her son, brother, and sister. Sophia moved to Miami in the mid 1950's from Cleveland, OH. After living in Miami for 25 years she moved to Cape Coral where she lived for over 30 years. She was a member of St Andrew Catholic Church, Cape Coral, FL. Fuller Metz Funeral home is handling her cremation arrangements and her final resting place will be Coral Ridge Cemetery in Cape Coral, FL.

The Charlotte Observer Sep 27, 2002 Dora Louise Stephens Payne, 65 of Fort Myers died Wednesday. She retired in 1999 after 41 years of service with United Telephone/Sprint. She is survived by a son Rick (Terri) Payne; her father, Cecil Stephens; two brothers, Gerald Stephens and David (Ellen) Stephens; a sister, Dorothy Coleman; five grandchildren, Ronnie Graves, Richie Payne, Trissi Woods, Dalton Payne and Shelbi Payne; and five great-grandchildren, Treston and Matthew Woods, Gaige and Savanna Schield and Daiton Johnson. She is preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie (Jerry) Woods; her mother, Edith Stephens; a sister, Gloria Charles. Visitation will be Friday from 6 - 8 p.m. at Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home, 12777 S.R. 82. Funeral services will be Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at Lee Memorial Park.
   Fort Myers News-Press, May 31, 2013 - Lois Conklin Payne died on Monday, May 27, 2013 at Otterbein North Shore Senior Lifestyle Community in Lakeside—Marblehead, Ohio. Lois was born in Oak Harbor, Ohio, daughter of Effie and Wesley Balduf. She graduated from Port Clinton H.S. as Valedictorian, attended Tiffin University, after which she worked in the Personnel Department on the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio. There she met and married Charles S. Conklin of the  University of Minnesota. The had two sons, lived in many cities and traveled much of the world. The retired to Cape Coral, FL in 1977 where her husband died in 1989. No matter where the Conklin's lived, Lois was always involved in Community Affairs. In Toledo, Ohio in the 1970's Lois co-chaired the first three Decorator Showcases including the Stranahan home. She also volunteered to raise funds for the Hospital Ship Project Hope as well. While in Cape Coral, Lois was very active in the Faith Presbyterian Church, serving as Moderator of the Deacons and the Elder and Chairman of Membership. She was a past President and Founder of her beloved PEO Chapter GD. She was General Chairman of the State PEO Convention in Fort Myers in 1991. She had been an avid golfer, winning several Club Championships in New Jersey, and was a former member of the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio and Palmetto Pines CC in Cape Coral, FL. In 1995, she married Orville D. Payne, her childhood sweetheart, of Port Clinton, Ohio in Sarasota, FL. When she moved to Sarasota, she became a member of PEO Chapter BM. Mrs. Payne is survived by her son William H. Conklin and wife Sandra of Raleigh, NC and granddaughters Caryn Conklin Quinn of NY and Dr. Heather Conklin of Memphis, TN and her child Calvin; son: Craig Conklin and his wife Margaret of Tidewater Island, Ft Myers, FL and grandson Bradley of Powell, OH; her only sister Marjorie Benedict of Port Clinton, OH and her three daughters; and three step-sons: Jack, Bob and Tom Payne. Lois was blessed to have had two wonderful husbands that loved her dearly. She will be missed by her family and many friends. Private graveside services will be held at Coral Ridge Cemetery, Cape Coral, FL. Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral  Home, Port Clinton is handling arrangements. On line condolences may be shared with the family at  www.neideckerleckcrosser.com  .
    Fort Myers News-Press, January 21, 2011 - Marge (Quesenberry) Payne, long time resident of Fort Myers, passed away January 16, 2011, in New Port Richey, FL. Marge was 86 years old. Originally from Jumping Branch, WV, Marge and her husband Oliver (married 1947, Ravenna, OH) moved with their three children to Fort Myers in 1967. Marge worked for Dr. Peter Pisaris, DDS, before entering a long and prosperous career in real estate, joining firms such as King Symonds, Russ Gorgone, Evans Realty and Rawlings Realty to name a few. Oliver and Marge were active members of the social community such as The 200 Club in the 70's and 80's, sharing a love of music and dance that embraced the big band era. Marge remained in Fort Myers after Oliver's passing until her health directed her nearer family members. Marge was predeceased by her husband Oliver in 1984, and her sister Clarice Roliff of Kent, Ohio, in 2009. She is survived by her daughter Dianne Ponce de Leon (husband Armando) of New Port Richey, FL; daughter Deborah Jerrell of Murphy, NC; and son Barry Payne of Jacksonville, FL. Marge has brothers Earl and Harrell Quesenberry, sisters Ruth Lilly, Lois Francisco, and Judy Lilly all from WV, as well as three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Marge succumbed to complications suffered from a fall before the holidays. The family visitation to greet friends will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm in the Small Chapel of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL. 33907. Followed by Funeral Service at 1:00pm in the Small Chapel of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery. Interment will be at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. Donations to your local hospice organization are requested in lieu of flowers. Marge will be interred immediately following services at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens alongside her husband, Oliver. Dancing in their memory is strongly encouraged for those who knew them. Arrangements are under the care of Hardage-Giddens Edgewood Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32205.
    Fort Myers News-Press, February 12, 2013 - Mazie V. Payne, 81, of North Fort Myers, FL died on February 10, 2013 at her home under the care of Hope Hospice. She was born on June 23, 1931 in Pine Hill, AL, a child of Benjamin and Lillie (Moore) Bradley. A resident of North Fort Myers for the past 65 years, she was a former member of the North Fort Myers Baptist Church and many years ago worked at the J. Colin English Elementary School in North Fort Myers; she loved to fish and pick peas. Wife of the late James M. Payne Sr. who died in 1997, she is survived by her sons, James M. (Gail) Payne Jr. of Knoxville, TN and Tommy G. Payne of North Fort Myers, FL, her grandson, Tommy J. (Kim) Payne of North Fort Myers, FL and her sister, Della Mae Murphy of Tarpon Springs, FL. In addition to her husband she was predeceased by her daughter, Pamela Diane Payne and her granddaughter, Becky Diane Payne. Funeral serviceswill be held on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM in the Northside Baptist Church, 8250 Littleton Road, North Fort Myers, FL where friends may call after10:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Susan G. Komen for the Cure , Attn: Donor Services, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Interment Fort Myers Cemetery. Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.
      Fort Myers News-Press, August 1, 2013 -Phyllis (Welch) Payne, 85, passed away July 30, 2013. She was born May 22, 1928 in Elmira, New York to the late Roy and Ora (Balmer) Welch. In addition to her parents, Phyllis is preceded in death by her son, Guy Douglas Payne; and sister, Carrie VanAtta. After being born and raised in Elmira, she relocated to Lee County in 1975. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Phyllis loved to crochet hats to send to Salt Lake City for new born babies around the world and locally. She also crocheted lap robes for Hospice patients. Phyllis also enjoyed cooking. Left to cherish her memory are her husband of 63 years, Leroy; son, Robert and his wife Beverlee of Cape Coral; daughter, Jill and her husband Mark McGinnis of Fort Myers; sister, Esther Enright of Elmira, New York; grandchildren, Andrew, Stephen, Elizabeth and Darien; great-grandchildren, Josiah, Alivia and one on the way. There will be a funeral service on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3105 Broadway, Fort Myers. Interment will follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Condolences may be left online at www.fortmyersmemorial.com.

Fort Myers News Press May 24, 2008 William O. Payne died on April 15, 2008, at Lee Memorial Hospital, as the result of a fall at his home. Bill was born on Shelter Island, New York, on June 8, 1945. he studied at the Preparatory Division of the Juilliard School of Music in New York City and at the School of Music in Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.After serving in the Navy, Bill settled in Niagara Falls, where he was employed by AirCo Industries for 5 years. He and his wife, Maggi, moved to Elmira, NY, where Bill worked at Linn S. Chapel Co. Inc., for nearly 3 decades. One of the great joys of his life was serving as music director of The Cantata Singers, a sacred ecumenical concert choir. He was also honored to hold the post of music director and conductor of The Elmira Symphony and Choral Society for 8 seasons. In 1999 Bill and Maggi moved aboard their sailboat, "Payne Reliever." After cruising and living aboard for a year, they settled in Fort Myers. Bill served as music director, organist, and pianist at First Presbyterian Church, The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepard, Fort Myers Christian Church, and the Christian Science Society of Bonita Springs.Bill is survived by his wife, Maggi; sisters Roberta Simons of Mattituck, NY, and Cynthia Labrozzi of Shelter Island, NY; and his beloved corgi, Annie Rose. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Elma Howe Payne and William O. Payne II; brother Frederic W. Payne; and mother-in-law Gladys R. Biery.A memorial service celebrating Bill's life will be held at Thomas A. Edison Congregational Church, 1619 Llewellyn Drive at McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, on Thursday, May 29, at 11:00 AM. Please omit flowers. For those wishing to honor Bill's memory, contributions may be made to Sunshine Corgi Rescue, 1401 Edmunshire Lane, Orlando, FL 32806; READing Paws, 118 Beacon Pointe Drive, Ocoee, FL 34761; AFCAAM Center, 3681 Michigan Ave., Fort Myers, FL 33916 or to any other organization of your choice. SOLI DEO GLORIA

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS -Alvin Payton, 80, of N. Ft. Myers passed away Monday July 14 2003. Mr. Payton served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, worked for Phillips Petroleum Company for twenty years as a heavy equipment mechanic and auto mechanic. He was a life member of the American Legion Post 274 of Ft. Myers Beach, and Dads of Veterans of Foreign Wars of Ft. Myers Beach and served as National Vice President 1980-1982 and National President 1987-88. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-one years Alyce C. Payton, eleven children Barbara Jean Shelton, J. Alvin Jr., Gary Allen, Billy Joe, Donald Lee, Ronald Dee, Nancy Marie Payton, David Dwayne, Orville Thomas, James Leroy and Lial George, twenty four grandchildren, Tuan, Huong, Hanh, Tung, Thom, Mai, Scott, Diane, Chris, Darla, Heather, Nickolas, Jonathan, Josh, Jennifer, Jeremy, Jonathan, Tracy, Michelle, Sheila, Dalton, Cameron, Orville's son and David's son, twenty seven great grandchildren, five brothers, Bobby, Freddie, Frankie, Charles, Richard, five sisters Norma Marshell, Pat Frost and Rita Hallett, Rosie Payton and Kathrine Payton. Mr. Payton is preceded in death by two daughters Mary Martha and Denise Dane and two brothers Donnie and Lloyd. Funeral service will be conducted Saturday July 19, 2003, at 2:00 PM at First Christian Church of Ft. Myers. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. Mr. Payton will be missed very much by all who knew him.'We love you, Dad.' The family is being ministered to by the staff of Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens funeral Home.

      Fort Myers News-Press, June 26, 2013 - Thelma (Plane) Payton, the daughter of the late Henry Plane, Sr. and Evelyn Watson Plane, was born on March 1, 1932 in Evanston, IL. She died on June 20, 2013 in Fort Myers, Florida. She graduated from Evanston Township High School, and attended Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN, receiving a B.S., Sociology. She earned a M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City. Thelma became a mature professional in the field of psychiatric social work during her 30+ year career. She performed social work and education services in 6 states for multiple service organizations and colleges. She and Benjamin Franklin Payton met as graduate students and were married in New York City. Their relationship spanned nearly 54 years. During her husband's 33 years as President of both Benedict College (SC) and Tuskegee University (AL), Thelma was a gracious First Lady for both institutions. Thelma was an active member of many community organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and The Links, Inc. She was baptized in the Second Baptist Church of Evanston, IL, and she and her family became faithful church members in every community in which they resided. Thelma was an enthusiastic traveler, an accomplished artist, and an avid reader. She was especially fond of music, particularly that of The Tuskegee University Choir. Thelma was preceded in death by her brother, Henry Plane, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory a loving husband, Dr. Benjamin F. Payton; a son, Mark Payton; a daughter, Deborah Payton; a niece, Christine Neal; two nephews, Jeffrey Plane and Kenneth Plane; four grandchildren; and many loving cousins, other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held in the Tuskegee University Chapel on the campus of Tuskegee University on Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Fort Myers News-Press, 2004-07-28 -- Oscar "Pete" Peace, born July 1, 1922 to Edwin and Lolita in Ft. Myers, FL died July 23, 2004 in Charlotte, NC. Pete had a distinguished 30-year career in the US Navy. He was also a member of Ft. Myers Pioneer Club. Pete is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; 3 daughters; sister, Lolita Rohrbacher of Ft. Myers, 7 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at Providence Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Harry & Bryant Co., Charlotte, NC. Fort Myers News-Press Jul 23, 2004 Lt Cmdr (USN Ret) OSCAR "PETE" PEACE, was born July 1, 1922 to father Edwin and mother Lolita in Fort Myers, FL, and died July 23, 2004 at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte, NC as a consequence of Parkinson's disease. Pete enlisted in the US Navy in 1940 at the age of 17. A distinguished 30 year career at sea followed, spanning 3 wars. During World War II he served aboard the USS Trenton and the USS Sampson, which fought at Guadalcanal and escorted General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines. He later served aboard the USS Missouri and was present at the signing of the peace accords that ended the Pacific campaign in victory against Japan. During the Korean war he served on the USS Porter, and during the Vietnam War on the staff at Com Nav Air Lant. He retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in 1970 and moved to Charlotte NC.Pete was a member of Ft. Myers Pioneer Club. On the day of his retirement from the service he was hired by Products Research to oversee shipbuilding and repairs on naval and cruise vessels and he traveled the world in this capacity. A devoted family man, Pete is survived by his wife of 40 years, Elizabeth (Betsy); daughters Julie Peace and husband, Chris of Charlotte, Paula (FMHS 1970) and husband, Andy Reiss of Nashville TN, and Pamela Wood of Naples, FL; grandchildren Olivia and Roman Peace, Louisa and Will Reiss, Danielle and Christine DeSantis, and Katie Wood; and 3 great grandchildren; mother-in-law, Martha Farmer, sister-in-law, Ellen Howell, sister, Lolita Rohrbacher; nephews, Joseph, James and David Norcom and Roger Rohrbacher; nieces, Laura Owens and Patricia Norcom. Memorials may be sent to the Providence Presbyterian Church Restoration Fund. The family also urges friends to support Parkinson's disease research in order to discover a cure for this terrible disease. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Road, Charlotte, 28226 with the Reverend Roy Coker officiating. Interment in the church cemetery with full military honors will follow. The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 PM Monday evening at Harry & Bryant Company, 500 Providence Road, Charlotte. FMHS 1941

Boca Beacon, Jan 14 2004-- Sarah Helen Pouncey Clark Peach, 72, died Sunday, Jan. 9 at Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte.She was born in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the daughter of Ruth S. Pouncey-Brucker and the late Roy W. Pouncey.Sarah came to Boca Grande when she was 2 months old. Her mother was a seamstress and a homemaker, her father was a fishing guide and chauffeur.As a young child, she lived in the Palm Hotel, a boarding house owned by her grandparents, Capt. and Mrs. William C. Sprott, who also owned the Boca Grande Ferry Company.One of her favorite childhood memories was when she locked a friend inside the walk-in safe on the second floor of the railroad depot. When she was 12 she moved into a house on Palm Avenue, the same house her daughters and granddaughters live in today.As a teen she worked at Fugate's as a "soda Jerk." She also worked at the Gasparilla Inn where she operated the elevator. She was a graduate of the Boca Grande School, where she attended all 12 years. She was a member of the Boca Grande Historical Society and the Lighthouse United Methodist Church of Boca Grande.She married an island friend, Don Clark, at the Baptist Church. They had six children. In 1986 she married Greg Peach. She worked 30 years for Charlotte County schools where she was a secretary to principals and guidance counselors, and retired as a bookkeeper from Lemon Bay High School. Survivors include her husband Gregory L. Peach of Englewood, her mother Ruth S. Pouncey-Brucker of Boca Grande; daughters Melynda Read of Plant City, Jennifer Burch of Boca Grande, Donette Todd of Englewood and Ruth Amen of Boca Grande, sons Roy Clark of Rotonda West and Mark Clark of Punta Gorda; a brother David Pouncey of Blairsville, Ga., 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her first husband, Donald Clark of Port Charlotte. Sarah was laid to rest at Gulf Pines Memorial Park Cemetery.

Fort Myers News-Press, Dec 31, 2004 - Bridget Ann Donnelly-Peacock, 36, of North Fort Myers, died December 25, 2004. Born in Rock Island, IL, she had been a resident of North Fort Myers most of her life. Bridget was a people person and especially enjoyed helping the elderly. Survivors include her loving mother, Judy Donnelly of North Fort Myers, FL; children, Joshua, Shane, Lauren, Thomas and Charles; brothers, Thomas, Randy, John, Patrick; and sisters, Patricia, Theresa and Tammy. Her father, Thomas P. Donnelly, brother, Michael, and sister, Maxine, preceded her in death. Friends will be received Monday, January 3, 2005 from 5-7 PM at North Fort Myers Memorial Funeral Home, 3453 Hancock Bridge Pkwy., where funeral services will begin at 7:00 PM. Additional services and burial will be in Rock Island, IL. Memorials in Bridget's name may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Cr., Ft. Myers, FL 33908. Arrangements by North Fort Myers Memorial Funeral Home, 239-995-1113.

Fort Myers News-Press, 2001-05-02 - Mary Christine Peacock, age 78, of LaBelle, died April 30, 2001 at LaBelle. She was born December 24, 1922 at Nocatee, Florida to James F. Hodges and Susie Tyler Hodges. Survivors include her sons, Richard Peacock of Bonifay and Charles Peacock of Clewiston, daughter, Martha Maddox of LaBelle; brothers, Robert Hodges and Harry Hodges, both of LaBelle, Kenneth Hodges of Atlanta, GA, and Wayne Hodges of Fort Myers; sister, Dorothy Bussey of LaBelle; ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 3, 2001, 10:00 a.m. at LaBelle Church of God with Rev. Vep Hudson, officiating. Visitation will be Tonight from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS- November 1, 1957-- Anthony Wilbur (Tony) Pearce, 72, retired farmer of Alva, died early Thursday morning at the Lee Memorial Hospital after an illness of six days. A native of Brownville, Florida, he moved to Alva in 1933 from Arcadia. His wife Buena M Adcock Pearce preceded him in death in 1933 and his wife, Elizabeth Fichter Pearce, preceded him on April 22, 1954. Mr. Pearce is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Leon (Marie) Rewis, Alva and Mrs. Leon(Wilburta) Rennolds, LaBelle; two sons, Clarence C., U.S. Army and Gordon L. Pearce, North Fort Myers; a brother, S. C. Pearce, Arcadia; 4 sisters, Mrs. Rosa P. Lippincott and Mrs. Irene Watkins, North Fort Myers; Mrs. T. O. Baldwin and Mrs. J. F. Baldwin, Vero Beach, Fla., and 9 grandchildren. Burial in Joshua Creek Cemetery, DeSoto Co FL. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Harvey Funeral Home.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS - April 23, 1954-- Mrs. Elizabeth Fichter Pearce, age 56, a lifelong resident of Olga, died Thursday after a long illness. Besides her husband, A. W. Pearce, she is survived by two brothers, Henry Fichter of Miami and James Ficter, Gainesville; a sister, Mrs. Margaret Hasley and four stepchildren, C. C. Pearce, Columbus, GA, Gordon Pearce, N. Ft. Myers, Mrs. Marie Rewis, Alva and Mrs. Wilberta Rennolds, LaBelle. Funeral services will be held from the Alva Methodist Church Saturday at 4:30 o'clock with the Rev. J. H. James officiating. Interment in Alva Cemetery. Arrangements by Young-Harvey, funeral directors. Pallbearers, active: LeRoy Higginson, George Sowerby, Coleman Minor, Ivan MacCannon, Rayburn Lee and Cecil Murphy. Honorary: Vivian MacCannon, David Bull, B. F. Walker, Joe Lewis, Sam Snyder and Bob Latham.

Fort Myers News-Press 7/6/2008 Henry Edward Pearce, 78, died June 25th at his mountain home in Murphy, NC. He was an Eagle Scout and played Green Wave Football at Fort Myers High, graduating in 1948. He attended the University of Florida Gainesville, where he pledged Theta Chi. He was a member of Love and Grace Church. Henry married Jewel Fowler on July 9, 1950. He farmed with his Father, Walter Pearce, until he started his own real estate company "See It By Air" in 1956. He worked with Chuck Bundschu, Inc., then, retired from Forbes Realty in 2005. when he and Jewel moved to Murphy, NC. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Walter and Mellie Pearce, brother Gwynn and sister Thelma Watson. He is survived by his sons; Clint (Gail) of Sylva, NC, and Buddy Pearce, his daughter Ginny (Vern) Belt of Murphy, NC, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on July 12th at the home of his son, Clint.

Henry Pearce

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Saturday, March 26, 1983 - Mellie L. Pearce, 91, of Fort Myers, died Thursday, March 24, 1983. She had been a resident of Fort Myers for the past 70 years and had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Fort Myers. She is survived by one son, Henry E. Pearce and one daughter, Mrs. Frank (Thelma) Watson, both of Ft. Myers, also 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 11:00 a.m. at the Chapel of Memories, Fort Myers Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bryan Robinson, officiating. Interment will follow. Arrangements by Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, June 27, 1936--Mrs. Teitia Pearce, 88-year old wife of the late P. S. Pearce, died yesterday morning at the home of her son, Henry Pearce, in East end. Mrs. Pearce had lived in Lee county for 17 years, coming here with her family from Arcadia in 1919. Mrs. Pearce is survived by four sons, five daughters, 36 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Peter Raulerson of Okeechobee. The sons are W. H. Pearce of Lake worth, Henry W., Walter G., and Bryant E. Pearce of Fort Myers, and the daughters, Mrs. A. H. Draughon and Mrs. J. T. Kinsey of Fort Myers, Mrs. L. P. Anderson of Jacksonville, Mrs. J. M. Langford of Lakeland and Mrs. P. R. Read of Arcadia. Funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock this morning aat the Lawrence A. Powell chapel on First street. The Rev. H. L. Wiggins will officiate and the Rev. Carlock Hawk will assist. Burial will be at the Oak Ridge cemetery at 11:30 in Arcadia with six grandsons acting as pallbearers.

Walter Pearce

Fort Myers News-Press 7/27/2007 Robert Lewis Pearl, 87, of Altoona, FL, formerly of N. Fort Myers, FL passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2007. He was born in Benton Harbor, MI on Oct. 24, 1919. On April 29, 1943 he married Caroline Anderson who preceded him in death on Jan. 6, 2000. He had been a resident of the Fort Myers area from 1925 until 2003. He is survived by his children; Melody (Gary) Perkins of Coudersport, PA, Richard (Teresa) Pearl of Garner, NC and David (Christina) Pearl of Altoona, FL. He is also survived by his grandchildren; Jason Perkins of Ashtabula, OH; Jeff Perkins of Greensboro, NC; Kristen Perkins of York, PA; Robert A. Pearl of Gainesville, FL; Bryan Pearl of Chattanooga, TN and Phillip Pearl of Deland, FL and four great-grandchildren. Mr. Pearl served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He worked in lawn service for several years and retired from the Lee County Electric Co-op 1985. He had been a member of the Fort Myers Historical Society. The family will receive friends on Saturday July 28, at Fort Myers Memorial gardens Funeral Home from 9-11:30 AM. The funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Fort Myers News-Presss, Aug 13 2004-- Funeral services for Lumer Wesley Pearsey, Jr. will be 12 Noon, Saturday, August 14, 2004 from Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, 2250 Palm Ave., Ft. Myers, FL. Visitation will be 6-8 PM TODAY from Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 3105 Douglas Ave., Ft. Myers. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Hickson Funeral Home, Inc., 2530 Highland Ave., Ft. Myers, FL 334-6440.

Fort Myers News-Press, Feb 4 2005-- Funeral services for Vernon Lee Pearsey, Sr. will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 5, 2005 at St. Mary Baptist Church with Rev. Tommie Brown, Jr. officiating. Family and friends may call at the church Friday February 4, 2005 from 6-8 PM. Interment will be at Ft. Myers Cemetery, Ft. Myers. Arrangements entrusted to Hickson Funeral Home, Inc., Ft. Myers. 334-6440

St Pete Times May 15, 2010 PEARSON, Walter Loyall 87, of Largo, passed away peacefully May 13th at Bellair East HealthCare. Born July 10th, 1922, in Toledo, OH, to Walter Leigh Pearson and Eugenia Lucas Pearson, he attended Cornell College and graduated from the University of Iowa, where he became a life-long member of Phi Delta Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II and later in the U.S. Airforce Reserve during the Korean War. His early career was spent working in radio broadcasting. He later became an insurance executive, working for the Prudential, Hartford, and Colonial Penn Insurance before he retired to Florida in 1982. He was a Mason and a Shriner. A longtime member of Rotary International, he held leadership positions in both Philadelphia and Seminole clubs, serving as President-(1990-1991) and for many years as District Chairman of the Youth Exchange Program. He was predeceased by granddaughter Sara Courtney Bradshaw. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois Grumstrup Pearson; children Paul Louis Pearson-(Cynthia), Penni Pearson Bradshaw-(Michael), Pamela Jean Pearson, and David Loyall Pearson; grandson Christopher Bradshaw; and sister Nancy Pearson Kunzman. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 21st, at 1 pm at Reese Funeral Home 391-9954

William "Bill" McKay Peed, age 75, died Tuesday, April 22, 2008. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on February 8, 1933. His childhood was spent in Gladewater, Texas and Bardstown, Kentucky. After serving in the U.S. Marines, Bill graduated from the University of Kentucky and then moved to Fort Myers in 1958. Bill spent his entire career working for the Lee County System; first as an English teacher at Fort Myers High School DCT coordinator, later as the Director of Adult Education as well as other administrative positions. During this time he received his M.Ed. from Duke University. But, no matter what position he held, he was always a teacher.He is survived by his wife, Linda Jacobs; his daughter, Kitty Pike (Steve); his son, George Peed (Jeanne); his step-son, Robert Jacobs (Rebecca). In addition, Bill has nine grandchildren: Mindy, Christine, Valan, Kara Jo, Keely, Brandi, Tucker, Henry and Harper and three great-grandchildren: Kalli, Peyton and Brice.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26th at 10:30 AM at Hope Hospice Community Room, located at 2430 Diplomat Parkway East in N. Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to All Faiths Unitarian Congregation, P.O. Box 07477, Fort Myers, FL 33919. A congregation of love, support and friendship. Arrangements under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, Florida 33907 239-936-0555, toll free 877-936--0555.

Fort Myers News-Press, 2 Dec 2006-- Donald Alfred Peeples, Jr.,"Big D" age 56, of Moore Haven, passed away November 30, 2006 in Fort Myers. Donnie was born Aug. 14, 1950 in Arcadia, the son of Donald Alfred and Dorothy Jean (Crosby) Peeples. He was a Rancher with his family's Peeples Ranch at Moore Haven.He was a member of the Glades County Cattleman's Assn., formerly served on the Glades County A.S.C.S. Committee, Glades County Fish and Game Club, Glades County Sheriff's Posse, and Glades County Youth Livestock. Survivors include his wife: Cathy (Baxter) Peeples, son: Steven Allen Peeples, Parents Donald and Dorothy Peeples, brother: James Richard "Jimmy" Peeples(Carol), grandson: Donald Gates, granddaughters: Kristen and Jenny Gates, all of Moore Haven. Funeral services will be held Sun. December 3, 2006 at 2:00 pm at Ortona Cemetery Pavillion with Reverend Jeff Clemons officiating. Interment will follow. Visitation will be Saturday from 2-4 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle.

Caloosa Belle Jan 6, 2010 Emma Laura Peeples, 93 VENUS - Emma Laura Peeples, passed away Monday, January 4, 2010, in Fort Myers. She was 93. She was born October 2, 1916 in Williston, daughter of the late Evander B. Bethea and the late Iris (Stevens) Bethea. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Henry Peeples Jr.; son, Joe Henry Peeples III; and grandson, Justin Peeples. Survivors include her children, JoAnn Peeples, John Peeples and Gerald Ezel; brother, Robert Bethea; sister, Willa Mae "Snook" Kelsoe; grandchildren, Linda Peeples Martin, Kimmy Griffen, Byron Peeples and Joe Henry Peeples IV; great-grandchildren, Jenna Stephens, Haley Stephens, Brody Griffen, Hank Peeples, Justin Peeples and Taylor Martin; and other grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2010, at the Ortona Cemetery Pavilion in Ortona, with Rev. Earl Cline officiating. Interment will follow in Ortona Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle.

Fort Myers News-Press--Jan 19, 2009 Juanell Pearce Peeples, age 82, of Moore Haven, passed away January 17, 2009 in Moore Haven. She was born Aug. 16, 1926 in Okeechobee to the late Austin Pearce and the late Rosa Lee (Parker) Pearce. She married her husband, William Hosea "Billy" Peeples in 1945 and has been a resident of Moore Haven ever since. She worked with Billy as a partner at their ranch, "Billy Peeples Ranch" and she continued running the ranch after his death in 1992. She was a member of Florida Cattlemen's Assoc., National Cattlemen's Assoc. and Glades County Youth Livestock.Survivors include daughters: Jeanette Peeples of Moore Haven, Janet P. (Byron) Storey of Moore Haven, brothers: J. F. Pearce and D. L. Pearce, both of Okeechobee, special nephew, John Austin (Kim) Collier of Okeechobee, grandchildren: Anita (Langley) Bryant, Sissy (Ronnie) Wherrell, Leslie (Weston) Pryor, Erin (Brad) Schonauer, Whitney Storey and Billy Carlton, great-grandchildren, Emily Wherrell, D L. Bryant, Sara Wherrell and Harley Rae Pryor.She was preceded in death by her husband, William Hosea "Billy" Peeples and twin sister, Juanita Pearce.Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 11:00 am at Ortona Cemetery Pavilion in Moore Haven with Frank Dana officiating. Interment will follow at Ortona Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Moore Haven Scholarship Foundation, Hope Hospice, Susan G. Komen for the CureSusan G. Komen for the CureSusan G. Komen for the CureSusan G. Komen for the Cure or your favorite church or charity in her memory. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Caloosa Belle April 14, 2009 FELDA - Mary Leona Peet, of Felda, passed away April 12, 2009, in Felda. She was 64. She was born Sep. 16, 1944, in Starks, La., the daughter of the late Cable Franklin and the late Beullah (Doyle) Franklin. Survivors include her husband, Thomas Peet; daughters, Bridget Peet, Khrisleigh Peet, Allison Peet, and Kaitlin Peet; son, Jeremiah Peet, all of Felda; grandson, Aaron Peet and fiance Michelle Redmond; great-granddaughter, Ryan Peet, all of LaBelle; niece, Teresa Stewart and husband Larry of Felda; great-niece, Brittany Stewart; great-nephew, Bobby Stewart, all of Felda; nephew, Spence Hull and wife Nikki and family, all of LaBelle. Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
     Cape Coral Daily Breeze, May 22, 2013 - Shaun Adam Pegler, 29, of Cape Coral and a Lee County resident for the past 10 years, formerly of Woodbridge, VA, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, May 15, 2013. He was born June 22, 1983 in Woodbridge, VA to Bruce Pegler of Cape Coral and the late Debra Pegler. Shaun was a Lee County Port Authority Police Officer and was also a proud US Marine Corps. veteran who previously served in Afghanistan. He was the 2009 recipient of the Phoenix Award from the Port Authority. Shaun was a proud father, a loving son, brother and husband. He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of four years, Brenda Pegler of Cape Coral; two children, Damian and Cameron Pegler also of Cape Coral; and one brother, Jason Pegler of Tampa. Funeral services were held 2:00pm, Monday, May 20, 2013 at Cape Christian Fellowship, 2110 Chiquita Blvd, Cape Coral, with Pastor Corey Baker officiating. Entombment will follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery with military rites. The family will receive friends at the church on Monday from 12 noon until the hour of service. Memorial contributions in memory of Shaun A. Pegler are suggested to his children's college education fund in care of Mullins Memorial, 1056 NE 7th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33909. Friends are invited to send condolences via the on-line guest book which can be found at  www.MullinsMemorial.com. Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.

Fort Myers News-Press, August 7, 1950 - Ralph Peitz, about 50, former publisher of the Clinton, Ill., Journal, died here Friday in an ambulance which was speeding him to a hospital He had been ill for some time. Cause of death was not known. The body was sent by train today to Clinton for services and burial.

Fort Myers Nes-Press, May 11, 2005 - Friends invited to share a celebration of life. Amy Pekol-Dixon, a well known area resident and respected real estate professional, died tragically April 17, 2005, in her home, along with her precious daughter Olivia and sweet baby Grace. Amy was a beautiful, loving, incredibly kind, generous, and gracious woman, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Amy opened her arms to the world and people were drawn to her warmth. Amy was born on March 21, 1970, in Joliet, Illinois, attended the Joliet Montessori School, Troy Craughwell, Troy Shorewood, Troy Junior High School, before moving to Southwest Florida. Amy graduated from Bishop Verot High School in 1988 (voted Most Outgoing), attended the University of Central Florida. Amy lived in Jamaica for a short time and ran a children's day care in Nagril. Amy joined her mother's real estate firm in 1990, sharing the family real estate practice since that time. Amy also helped in the family's third generation restaurant business in Illinois, whenever she had the opportunity. In the past year, Amy proudly represented her family firm, June Pekol Realty Inc., managing the sales at High Point Place, a new high-rise development off McGregor Boulevard, on the Caloosahatchee River in Fort Myers. Amy met the challenge and enjoyed sharing the excitement of bringing new life to an area she believed in with her family, friends and associates. Amy loved to design, decorate, garden and shop. She was an excellent cook and loved to entertain. Amy's clients, customers, friends and family will miss the many benefits of her warm personality, thoughtful manner and creative abilities. The will remember her bright smile. Amy Pekol loved life. She made people feel good about themselves. She treated everyone with equal respect and compassion. Amy looked people straight in the eye, she listened with sincere interest, she was spiritual, she gave good advice, she did small thoughtful things and made many generous gestures for those she knew and loved as well as for total strangers. She never looked for a thank you...when small favors were left unnoticed. She believed that giving has its own reward. Amy loved her family and they were wonderfully close. She encouraged her mother to sell her home and live with them, to help with the girls and plan a new home near hers. The family worked together daily and could often be seen out at the end of the day enjoying an evening meal or sharing a Sunday visit. "Good night, sleep tight, wake up bright to do what is right with all your might".. a family credo. Amy Pekol-Dixon lived a good life, set many good examples and as long as there is memory, Amy will continue to inspire. Olivia and Gracie's lively and sweet spirits were a reflection of their mother's warmth, interest, love and devotion. Five year old Olivia loved to read, to draw, to paint,, to cook and to sing. She did a great "Two Minute Tidy". She was intent on finishing a project. She could reach the top of the stairs in four seconds. She caught a big fish, visited Disney in Orlando, and Chicago museums, aquarium, galleries, lakefront and family. Olivia loved her teachers and friends at school. She enjoyed ballet, gymnastics, and horse back riding. She just learned to ride her new bike without training wheels. Olivia was loving, smart, strong and able beyond her years. Little Gracie was joyous, free spirit, a precious baby filled with energy and bursting with life...walking and talking early. Gracie loved books and people and was like a little sponge, drinking in all that there is to learn in this new life she was living with enormous enthusiasm. Since their births, people had commented that the girls were "old souls" and had "wisdom and ability beyond their years". Grace adored her big sister and followed her every move, almost always with her bear "Coco" in tow. She loved to please and tease, to chase and be chased. She loved to snuggle and to be read to. Not yet two, she knew her vowels, animal names and sounds. She had a joyous laugh. She loved to splash in the bath. She loved to swing in the back yard and dance and run and happily took her naps with exhausted pleasure. Mother and daughters loved to love, laugh and lived very full days with their family and friends. They lived a good life. They share in God's love and light. Survived by their loving mother and grandmother, June E. (nee Puddicombe) Pekol of Ft. Myers, FL; father and grandfather, Robert J. (Patricia) Pekol of Joliet, IL; sisters and aunts, Alanna (Steve) Hunter of Ft. Myers and Temecula, CA; and Alexandra Pekol of Joliet, IL; brother and uncle, Bobby Pekol of Ft. Myers, FL; grandfather and great-grandfather, Edumund C. (Lu) Puddicombe of Joliet, IL; grandmother and great-grandmother, Dorothy (the late Syl, 1991) Pekol of Joliet, IL; great and great-great aunt, June Egger of Joliet, IL; aunt and great aunt, Diane (Howie) Schiedt of Harrisonburg, VA; uncles and great uncles, Mark Puddicombe and Leonard (Sue) Pekol.
    FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Feb. 26, 1935--James J. Pelham, 50-year-old farmer, died yesterday afternoon at his home near Bayshore after a short illness. He is survived by a brother, Willie Pelham, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Albritton of Avon Park and Mrs. C. C. Lowe of this city. Funeral services will be held at the graveside at the Fort Myers cemetery at 11 o'clock this morning. Rev. John Swanson will have charge of the service and L. W. Engelhardt and Sons are making arrangements. The pallbearers will be Sim Driggeres, H. N. Peterson, D. R. England, T. M. Williams, H. Law and Harvey Douglas.
    Fort Myers News-Press, June 27, 2013 - Margaret “Peg” (Himler) Pellen, 98, passed away on June 22, 2013 in Jamaica Bay in Fort Myers, Florida. Originally from Nazareth and Easton, Pennsylvania areas, Peg lived in the Jamaica Bay community in Fort Myers since the late 1980's. She was the wife of Henry Pellen who pre-deceased her in 1994. She was also predeceased by her parents, Ludwig and Rosa Himler and her seven siblings, William Himler, Walter Himler, Hilda Himler Marcellus, Helen Himler Marcellus, Victoria Himler Williamson, Elwood Himler, and Florence Himler O'Donnell. She also has many surviving nephews and nieces who will miss her greatly. In addition, her neighbors and friends in Jamaica Bay were her second family and will miss her so very much. Throughout the past years and especially in her last months, she was lovingly cared for by her neighbors, Nancy and Robert Burnett, in their Jamaica Bay home. She was a member of The Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church in Fort Myers Fl. Peg was a wonderful person who relished her faith and lived life to her fullest. She excelled in the art of conversation and inspired all around her with her passion for life. She was so thankful for every year she lived and held a party on her birthday to joyfully celebrate the friends and family around her. A private celebration of her life will be celebrated in Jamaica Bay. She will be laid to rest in Memorial Gardens, Fort Myers, FL. next to her spouse Henry. Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Friday, June 28, 2013 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests friends and family make contributions in her name to Joanne's House at Hope Hospice, 27200 Imperial Parkway, Bonita Springs, FL 34135-5801. To offer your memories, expressions and condolences, visit www.fortmyersmemorial.com. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555.

  Fort Myers News-Press, 5 Sep 2007 -- Tom Pellicer, 59, of Fort Myers died Tuesday. A thirteenth generation Floridian Dr. Pellicer was in the first graduating class out of North Fort Myers high school and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. He then received his graduate degree in dentistry from the University of Louisville in 1973. Since then he has been serving the Fort Myers community as a general dentist. He was a member of the American Dental Assoc., the Florida Dental Assoc. and the West Coast Dental Assoc. Outside of dentistry he enjoyed golf, fishing, gardening, raising koi and growing bonsai. He was a Rotarian and was active in the development of the Nature Center.He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Joni; 4 children, Marcie (Wayne) Henderson, Erik Pellicer, April (Steve) Lennon and Anthony "Tony" Pellicer; grandson, Vaughn Lennon and brother, Mark (Bobbi) Pellicer and numerous other extended family members. A Memorial service will be held Friday, August 31st at 6:00 PM in the Chapel of Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd.

    "The News-Press" Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - Jimmy L. Pendarvis, 63, of N. Fort Myers passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2008 after a hard fought battle with cancer. He was born November 4, 1944, in Fort Myers to Percy and Barbara Davis Pendarvis. He attended Lee County schools and graduated from Fort Myers High School, class of 1963. He was a member of the Florida National Guard. He worked many years for Norman Auto Supply and for the past 23 years for the City of Cape C oral as a mechanic II, retiring in 2007. Jimmy enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jimmy was preceded in death by his father Percy Pendarvis. Survivors include his mother, Barbara Davis Pendarvis; brother Ken (Susan) Pendarvis, sons Daniel (Judy) Pendarvis and James (Mindy) Pendarvis, granddaughters; Madelyn, Danielle, Amber, Ashlee and Amanda all of Fort Myers. He is also survived by step-children, John, Joanne, and Jack (Becky) Wilson; step-grandchildren; Taylor, Marie, James, Kyle, Leland, Morgan and niece Sheri (David) Phelps and their children Lauren and Garrin of Dothan, AL and nephew KW (Amy) Pendarvis, and Kamy-Jo of Fort Myers and his companion Mitzi Hammer of Cape Coral. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 11:00 AM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, 13932 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers officiated by Hope Hospice Chaplain Chuck Wester. Visitation will be on Wednesday April 2, 2008 from 6-8 PM at the Akin-Davis Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 25 Homestead Rd. North, Suite 35, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936.

       Fort Myers News-Press, February 2, 2011 - Susan K. Pendarvis, 62, of Fort Myers, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2011. She was born February 25, 1948 in Fort Myers to the late Louis and Mary (Kirby) Kennedy. She was a lifelong resident of Fort Myers and a Fire Commissioner for the Fort Myers Shores Fire Department. She loved her family and grandchildren, knitting, crocheting, geneology and football. Mrs. Pendarvis is survived by her husband, Kenneth of 44 years; daughter Sheri and her husband David Phelps of Dothan, Alabama; son, KW and his wife Amy Pendarvis of Alva, Florida; sisters, Ann Ballantine of South Fort Myers and Mary Margaret Prewitt of Chattsworth, Georgia; grandchildren, Lauren, Garrin, Kamy-Jo and Kason; and many nieces and nephews. There will be a visitation Thursday from 11:00am to 12:00pm at the Crossroads Baptist Church, 10721 Palm Beach Blvd. Fort Myers, Florida. Funeral will be at 12:00 noon with interment to follow at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens.Memorial contributions may be made to the Hydrocephalus Association, 870 Market Street, Suite 705, San Francisco, California 94102.

Fort Myers News-Press, Feb 5 2005-- Grace Dyches Pennington, 91, of Immokalee, born June 17, 1913 in Alva, FL passed away peacefully Feb. 3, 2005 at Hope Hospice in Cape Coral. She was a Charter Member of the First Methodist Church of Immokalee established December of 1952 in Immokalee. She was the very first president of the Womens Society of the First Methodist Church, which is now the First United Methodist Church of Immokalee and a life long member. She is preceded in death by her husband J.W. Pennington. She is survived by one son John Wayne Pennington and his wife Anita of Ft. Myers, one granddaughter Gina Pennington Scalfaro and husband Anthony Scalford of Bonita Springs, one sister Margaret Tuttle of Naples; two step grandsons Coyle Jones of Ft. Myers and Shane Barker of Dresden, TN, two sisters-in-law Frankie Wallace of Bartow & Virginia Terrill of Jenkins, KY and a host of nieces and nephews. She will be greatly missed by all, but never forgotten. Brister Funeral Home of Immokalee are in charge of arrangements. Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 5th at 2 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Immokalee. The Family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park in Ft. Myers.
      THE FORT MYERS PRESS - October 12, 1926 William Wallace Penrod, aged 76, died at 3 p.m. yesterday at the home of his son, L. B. Penrod, Van Buren Street, East End. The funeral services will be conducted at the home at 3 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. E. J. Massey of Zephry Hills officiating. Interment will be made in Fort Myers Cemetery in charge of L. W. Engelhardt, undertaker. Mr. Penrod has been failing in health for some months past, and his passing was not unexpected. He has been associated with his son in the Penrod and Son Lumber company since coming to this section some years ago. Previous to that time he had followed the lumber business in various sections of the state. He was born in Louis County, Ky. Mr. Penrod is survived by his wife, two sons, L. B. Penrod and D. C. Penrod, a daughter, Mrs. J. Deegan, of Miami, and a brother who is in Indiana. He had 17 grandchildren.
    Alexis Rodrigo “Alex” Perez, 13, of Fort Myers, Florida passed away on Monday, July 2, 2012. He was born on September 9, 1998 in Fort Myers, Florida. He was the son of Rodrigo and Juana (Castaneda) Perez. A visitation will be held from 6-8 PM on Friday, July 6, 2012 in the Chapel at Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services, 3654 Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33916 (239) 694-4121. A Memorial Service will be celebrated in the funeral home chapel the following morning, Saturday, at 10 AM. Burial at Fort Myers City Cemetery will take place immediately following the conclusion of services. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services, 3654 Palm Beach Boulevard, Fort Myers, Florida 33916, (239) 694-4121. Those who wish to express condolences to the family at this difficult time should visit Alex's memorial webpage at www.andersonpatterson.com and sign the guestbook.
    Fort Myers News-Press, April 24, 2012 - Gabriel Anthony Perez passed away on April 19, 2012 in Cape Coral, FL. He was born in The Bronx, NY in 1981 where he lived until 2004. He is survived by his parents, Jaime and Martha, sister Nathalie and brother Jaime Mitchell, beloved Erica, brother-in-law, nephew and nieces in MA, uncle in NC, maternal grandmother, uncles, aunts, cousins and friends in Aruba, Colombia, Holland, Belgium, Spain, FL, NY. Final Resting place will be at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens.
    Fort Myers News-Press, September 28, 2011 - Saydee (Almeida) Perez, 76 of Cape Coral, FL passed away on Friday, September 23, 2011. She was born on July 3, 1935 in Sagua La Grande Cuba. She was a Loving Wife, Mother and Grandmother. Saydee was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church.  Saydee is survived by her loving family including her loving husband of 58 years, Gregorio Perez; children, Alyta and Roberto Menendez, Greg and Frances Perez, Roly and Sue Perez and George Perez; grandchildren, Krystina, Bobby, Yessenia, Jorge, Karrie, Melissa, Greg, Stephenie, Sheina, George, Elsa, Julia, Sammy, Jayden, Jaisson, Helen, Jessica; great grandchildren, George Jr, Angelina Caden and Robby; sisters; Santa Rubio, Irma Almeida, Mirta Almeida; brother Jorge and Sonia Almeida; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by parents, Anastacio Almeida and Antonia Regaldo, daughter Else Maria, and sister Nereida. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Cape Coral with burial to follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave thoughts and memories for her family.
    Cape Coral Daily Breeze, March 7, 2011 - Albert J. Perino Jr., 81, of Cape Coral, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2011, following an extended illness. He was born May 6, 1929, in Detroit and moved to Cape Coral in 1986. He was the owner and operator of Al's Classic Car Wash and was the former owner and operator of All Star Lanes in North Fort Myers. He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Loyal Order of the Moose. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 22 years, Aurora S. Perino; his children, Mike Perino of Michigan, Patrick Perino and Kevin Perino, both of Naples, Hal Burgess and Steve (Gina) Saintours, both of Cape Coral, and Cindy Moore of Michigan. Also surviving are 18 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 12, at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 2628 Del Prado Blvd., with entombment to follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends will be received from 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 11, at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Lee County, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Online condolences may be made at  www.fortmyersmemorial.com.

Fort Myers News-Press -- 18 Jun 2005 -- Larry William Perkins, 56, of Delray Beach, FL went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2005. Predeceased by his mother, Juanita Perkins and his father, James Perkins. Larry is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 36 years, Sondra "Sonnie" Perkins and wonderful sons Timothy "Tim" Perkins and Chad Perkins. Born November 2, 1948 in Kay Jay, Kentucky, Larry moved to Ft. Myers, FL as a child and graduated form Ft. Myers HS. After serving in the US Army, with a tour in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, Larry and his family moved to Broward County where they resided fro 27 years. Larry was employed by the Broward County Transportation System for 25 years, where he was often recognized for his outstanding work. An avid golfer, Larry played with (other beat) both of his sons, his brother, and one brother-in-law. In addition to his immediate family, Larry leaves behind an extended family who both mourn his loss and celebrate his new life with Christ; sisters, Wanda Bess, Lora Murphy and Nellie Walters (husbands Lloyd Bess, John Murphy and Richard Walters), and brother Randall "Randy" Perkins (with wife Theresa Perkins). He also leaves a large group of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews, all of whom dearly love their "Uncle Larry". Larry was an exceptional man, a kind and loving husband and father, and a good friend to many. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 18, 2005, 2 PM at the Lorne & Sons Funeral Home, 745 N.E. 6th Ave. (N. Federal Highway), Delray Beach.

    Fort Myers News-Press, January 29, 2011 - On January 24, 2011 an extraordinary man was joyously received into his rightful Home. Randall "Kyle" Perkins' courage and strength was an inspiration to all whose lives he touched. Kyle was truly the embodiment of kindness, acceptance, compassion and unconditional love. Randall "Kyle" Perkins was born on May 14, 1962 in Oklahoma City, OK to Donna Lee Hall and David Arthur Perkins. He was preceded in death by his mother. He cherished his beloved children: Whitney Rose, Landon Kyle, Hannah Faith, and Hailey Grace. He is also survived by siblings Kim Northgard- Fowee of Fairfield, OH; Michael Perkins of Fort Myers, FL; Charlotte Longmire of Knoxville, TN; Regina Coberley of Choctaw, OK; Matthew Perkins of Del City, OK; Cynthia Hanna of Norman, OK; Christian Christy of Fort Myers, FL and numerous nieces and nephews. Kyle graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1980. He was employed for 32 years with the Lee Memorial Health System. Kyle's career culminated in March 2010 when he was awarded the first Compassionate Care Nurse of the Decade Award from the International Care Advocacy Foundation in Washington D.C., in collaboration with the American Heart Association. The family would like to thank Shawn Lamey, Gena Phillips, and countless other loving friends for their devotion and benevolence throughout Kyle's illness.A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First Christian Church of Fort Myers, 2061 McGregor Blvd, Monday, January 31, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Family will receive friends between the hours of 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to The Randall Kyle Perkins Living Trust dated 12/21/10, c/o 3858 Leeward Court, Hamilton, OH, 45011. Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com.

Ft Myers News-Press, June 6, 2001 - Truman Nathan Perkins, 81, of Olga, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at Fort Myers. He was a native of Goldsboro, NC. He had been a member of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, a member of the Riverdale Lions Club.Survivors include his wife Jaunita Perkins of Olga; his two sons, Rodney Truman Perkins of Goldsboro, NC, James David Perkins of Fort Myers; daughters, Carol Medley of Spruce Pine, NC; sisters, Ruth Simons of Boynton Beach, CA, Esther Wilson of Raliegh, NC and Inez Bush of NC; brothers, Arnold W. Perkins of Goldsboro, Eugene Perkins, Jr. of Atlanta and Elmer Perkins of Atlanta; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Family will receive friends Thursday, June 7, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:00 a.m. Friday, June 8, at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church with Father David Arle celebrating. Graveside committal services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Lee Memorial Park. Arrangements by the Anderson Funeral Home, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd.

Fort Myers News-Press May 4, 2008 Anthony D."Tony" Perrotti, 36, Oakland Park, FL died April 30, 2008 in his home. He was born the son of Anthony and Irene (Wortolec) Perrotti in Montclair, NJ January 6, 1972.Tony worked in the construction industry and was a man that loved life and good times. He was a risk taker that was fun loving and a joy to be around. He loved his family and friends and will be missed by all.He is survived by his loving mother and father Anthony and Irene, two sons Anthony and Vincent, a brother Vincent, and a sister, Linda (Nick) Sanchez niece and nephew Frank and Julia, five aunts Barbara (Louis) Calisanti, Linda (Raymond) Guglielmi, Dorothy (Arthur) Volk and Maria Ilczyszyn. He was preceded in death by uncle Walter and his grandparents.Funeral mass of Christian burial will be 10:00am Tuesday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, with burial in Coral Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday 5:00 to 8:00pm in Coral Ridge Funeral Home.Coral Ridge Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Fort Myers News-Press, 7 Aug 2005-- Chesley F. (Chet) Perry, age 95, son of a Fort Myers pioneer family, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 6, at Big Bend Hospice, Tallahassee, FL. Chet was born June 6, 1910 in Boston, Mass, son of Prof. Francis W. Perry and Jennie Cormack Perry. His father, Prof. Perry came to Fort Myers in 1897 from Bridgeport, Conn., served in the Florida State Legislature for 6 years, and was among the first highway enthusiasts to conceive the Tamiami Trail and his early efforts for this famous road through the Everglades were largely credited for its subsequent construction. Chet was brought to Fort Myers at the age of 6 months where he lived some 95 years, until recently moving to Tallahasse to be close to his daughter. Chet attended the University of Florida after graduating from Ft. Myers High in 1926. He began his newspaper career in 1930 and over a period of some 47 years he rose from bookkeeper to President and Publisher of the Fort Myers News-Press. He retired in 1976 following his negotiated sale of the News-Press to the Gannett Co. in 1971. A dedicated civic leader, Chet was especially proud of his service to Fort Myers Rotary Club and Royal Palm Yacht Club. He was also proud to have served Boy Scouts of America, Goodwill Industries, United Way, Lee Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, Childrens Home Society of FL., and other organizations too numerous to mention. Chet had a major roll in organizing the Civil Air Patrol in SW Fla in 1942 and was one of the remaining 15 charter members in the U.S. He was a life long founding member of First Christian Church. Early on he served as a Deacon, Superintendent of Sunday Schools, and sang in the choir. Chet loved boating and fishing. He was at home on the water and could navigate the waters of South Florida in his boat, 'Janda', with ease. He delighted in leading boat cruises through the Ten Thousand Islands, down to 'The Keys', up to Tampa Bay, or along the Intercoastal Waterway. During WW I his father owned the fastest boat in Lee County and it was confiscated by the government for the war effort. Surviving family includes his wife of 74 years, Janett Conroy Perry, of Tallahassee, his son, Chesley M. (Mike) Perry, Sr. of Fort Myers, his daughter, Lin Perry Voyles, of Tallahassee, 6 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held at First Christian Church, 2061 McGregor Blvd. in downtown Ft. Myers, Thursday, August 11, at 11:00 AM.

     Fort Myers News-Press, November 24, 2010 - Chesley Michael "Mike" Perry, Sr., long time resident and third generation pioneer family member of Fort Myers, passed away at his home on November 21, 2010. Mike was born on March 11, 1941 in Fort Myers, Florida.He was preceded in death by his parents, Chesley F. "Chet" Perry and Janett C. Perry. He is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Perry Fetterhoff (Charles) and Barbara Perry Dunshee (Scott); son, Chesley Michael Perry, Jr. (Gina); sister Lin Perry Voyles (Augmond); grandchildren, Steven, Molly, and Benjamin Fetterhoff, Caitlin and Cameron Dunshee, Isabelle and Grant Perry; as well as many aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.Mike's father Chet, former President and Publisher of News-Press, was instrumental in Mike's many years working for the News-Press, in a variety of roles. Mike also served as a national bank examiner in Atlanta, Georgia. Shortly after his career with the News-Press, he opened The Kitchen Cupboard retail store in the Edison Mall and eventually moved with his family to Franklin, North Carolina where he owned and operated Scottie's Drug Store. After living in Franklin for seven years, he returned to his home, Fort Myers. Mike was an avid boater and was very involved in community-related events, such as the Fort Myers High School Reunion Committee and the Fort Myers Pioneer Club Committee. He had been a member of Rotary Club of Fort Myers, Royal Palm Yacht Club, Edison Pageant of Light, and St. Luke's Episcopal Church.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to Goodwill Industries or The Southwest Florida Community Foundation. A memorial service will be held at Riverside Community Center on Saturday, December 4th, at 2:30. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com.

FORT MYERS TROPICAL NEWS, Wed., April 8, 1931--The body of Curtis Perry, 76-year-old winter visitor at Sanibel, will be sent today to his northern home in Brunswick, Me., for burial, it was announced by L. W. Engelhardt & Sons. Mr. Perry died Monday night of heart disease. He leaves two brothers and a sister.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Feb. 2, 1935--Prof. Francis W. Perry, 75-year-old musician, farmer and former Lee county representative, died yesterday morning at the Lee Memorial hospital after a lingering illness of several months. Members of his immediate family, advised of the seriousness of his condition, were at his bedside when death occurred. Always active in the civic and political affairs of Fort Myers and Lee county since first coming to Florida in 1897 from Bridgeport, Conn., Prof. Perry was one of the best known men in South Florida and numbered his acquaintances among the leading citizens of every section of the state. He served six years in the state legislature, was president of the old Fort Myers board of trade, a charter member of the Elks lodge of Fort Myers and a director of the Florida Citrus exchange for many years. On first coming to South Florida, Prof. Perry purchased grove properties near Alva but later moved to a small farm in Tice just outside the city limits. He recently moved to Fort Myers. Prof. Perry was among the first highway enthusiasts to conceive the Tamiami Trail and his early efforts for this famous road through the Everglades were largely credited for its subsequent construction. Prof. Perry was born at Bridgeport, Conn., and was educated at Brimfield academy, Amherst college. He taught both mathmatics and music before coming to Florida. Well known as a composer, Prof. Perry reorganized the Fort Myers concert band soon after his arrival here and was its leader for many years. He was a Shriner, A Knight Templar and a member of the Chi Phi fraternity. Prof. Perry is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jennie Cermack Perry, two sons, Gordon of LaBelle and Chesley, business manager of the News-Press, and one daughter, Miss Elizabeth. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon at the L. W. Engelhardt chapel on McGregor boulevard with the Rev. Kent pendletonof the First Christian church officiating. The News-Press office will be closed during the funeral hour. members of Troop No. 1 of Boy Scouts, of which Chesley Perry is scoutmaster, will attend the services in a body. The active pallbearers will be R. V. Lee, W. M. Harley, John M. Boring, John Morris, J. D. Lynn and Al G. Colcord. The honorary pallbearers will be N. G. Stout, Frank A. Whitney, L. A. Whitney, Holland McCormick, Harry Kreamer, Harry Poe Johnson, A. R. Stansifer, W. P. Franklin and C. Q. Stewart.

Fort Myers News-Press, 2005-08-16-- Janett Conroy Perry, loving wife and mother, and a true Southern Lady, age 99, passed away peacefully Monday, August 15, at Alterra Clare Bridge of Tallahassee. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 74 years, Chesley F. (Chet) Perry. August 6, 2005. Janett was born April 26, 1906 in Atlanta, GA, daughter of Edward Michael Conroy and Chessie Ogles Conroy. Shortly after her high school graduation in Columbus, GA, she moved with her family to Fort Myers. Arriving in 1926, and finding the Florida Boom in full swing and no available housing, she and her family lived on a houseboat while waiting for a home to be built. Janett soon found a job working as legal secretary for Jim Franklin, Sr., of the firm Henderson-Franklin. Mr. Franklin, recognizing her proficency, encouraged her to sit for the bar exam but this was cut short by her marriage to Chet who declaired his wife would not work. However, when Janett was offered a job as Social Secretary by Mrs. Thomas (Mina) Edison, Chet readily agreed. Janett enjoyed working for Mrs. Edison over the course of seven years and delighted in helping with preparations for the visits of the Fords, Firestones, and Lindburgs. When asked by Mrs. Edison to move on to the estate in 1940, because she needed her to be closer, she and Chet complied and lived there for one year. Janett lived the majority of her life in Fort Myers until recently moving to Tallahassee to be close to her daughter. Always active in civic affairs,Janett was a volunteer social worker for the Lee County Welfare Association, an early member of the Women's Community Club, Lee Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and the Royal Palm Yacht Club. She served as president of the Hammond Organ Society, the Collectors Club, and the Rotary-Ann Club of Fort Myers, which she founded. In 1958 she taught square dancing to some 700 students at Fort Myers High School. Over the years Janett never forgot her religious roots and in 1947, finding that she was the only member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint in Fort Myers, she decided to do something about it. She was instrumental in purchasing an army barracks building in Page Field for the purpose of obtaining the first LDS chapel in Fort Myers. She soon found volunteer carpenters, painters, plumbers, who assisted her in transforming the barrack into a house of worship. Her deep desire to share her faith led her to search out children without any religious upbringing and she was soon taking then to church and primary school, and, more often than not, buying them church clothes to wear. From that meager beginning, the LDS church now has three separate congregations in the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area. A highly spiritual woman, she has served in her church as a Primary president, pianist, organist, Sunday school teacher, and in-service leader. At age 85, she was called as the Ward Relief Society president, and at age 90, she served as the Fort Myers stake historian. Surviving family includes her son, Chesley M. (Mike) Perry, Sr. of Fort Myers, her daughter, Lin Perry Voyles, of Tallahassee, 6 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and a sister Thelma (Lee) Conroy Lawrence of Brigham City, Utah. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 19th, at 2:00 PM, Church of Jesus Christ Latter-Day Saints, 3105 S. Broadway, Fort Myers, with burial following in Memorial Gardens, 1600 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers.

Fort Myers News-Press, 2004-07-31 -- Pat Perry, age 65, of LaBelle, passed away July 28, 2004 in Gainesville. She was born June 21, 1939 in Houston, TX to Carl Ward Posern and Marlene Posern. Pat had resided in LaBelle since 1965 and served as librarian at both LaBelle Elementary School and LaBelle Middle School. She was named Teacher of the Year at LaBelle Middle School. Pat was a member of Beta Sigma Phi. Survivors include her husband of forty-four years, Ed Perry, son Scott Perry of LaBelle, daughter; Lisa Jones of Keystone Heights, brothers; Wayne Posern of Woodson, TX, Joe Posern of Pasadena, TX and Mike Posern of Galveston, TX and grandchildren; Weston Jones, Jarrett Jones, Ryan Edward Perry and Shawn Patrick Perry. She was preceded in death by her son, Steve Perry. A graveside funeral service will be held today, July 30, 2004, 11:00 AM at the Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle with Vicar Alan Kelmercit officiating. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle, FL.

FORT MYERS TROPICAL NEWS, Nov. 5, 1927--Thomas M. Perry, 85 years old, died at the home of his son, Harry H. Perry, 28 Wilma street, yesterday afternoon. Mr. Perry has been ill for several months. He is survived by his wife and son. Funeral services will be held at Engelhardt's chapel Sunday afternoon by the Rev. J. R. Henry. Burial will follow in Fort Myers cemetery.

Fort Myers News-Press 8/11/2008 Funeral services for Wiley Gene Perry, Jr. will be 2:00pm, Saturday August 12, 2000 from the Hickson Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be 6-8 pm today from Hickson Funeral Home.Arrangements entrusted to Hickson Funeral Home, 3696 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers, FL.FMHS 1983

   Fort Myers News-Press, April 21, 2011 - Willie Milton "Skip" Perry, Jr., 60, of Fort Myers, passed away Monday, April 18, 2011. He was born July 18, 1950 in Brighton, AL and moved to Fort Myers in 1981. He was a Band Director for Lee County Schools and taught at Three Oaks Middle School.Left to cherish Skip's memory is his wife of two years, Mary Evelyn Perry; his daughter, Deana Dow (Patrick) of Rhode Island; his two step-children: Kathryn Lewandowski (Stan) and Laura McFadden, both of Jacksonville and three grandchildren.Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Saturday, April 23, 2011 at First Baptist Church, 1735 Jackson St., Fort Myers with burial to follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Music Foundation of SW Florida, 13300-56, South Cleveland Ave., PMB 214, Fort Myers, FL 33907 for the Skip Perry Memorial Scholarship.Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, June 14, 1937--Mrs. Mary E. Peters, 80, died yesterday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Raulerson on Michigan avenue. Besides her daughter, she is survived by a son, Eugene S. Peters of Providence, R. I.; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Hollaway of Homestead and Mrs. Samuel Kyle of New Jersey and two brothers, F. Moherly and Millard Moherly of Homestead. The body will be shipped Tuesday afternoon to New York City with burial at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery at North Tarrytown, N. Y. Services will be announced later. Lawrence A. Powell is in charge of arrangements.

      Fort Myers News-Press, April 5, 2012 - Louis Emory Persons, 79, a native of Fort Myers, died of pancreatic cancer. He was the son of Tina and Charles Persons, long time Fort Myers merchants. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Becky Persons. Lou was a wonderful father to his three sons, Mark Persons (deceased), Paul Persons, and Jeffery Persons (wife Evelyn), grandchildren Nick Persons and Sarah Persons, nieces Julie Barr and Tina Kelly, and many cousins in the Fort Myers area. Dr. Persons was a graduate of Fort Myers High School, class of 1951, where he was selected by his classmates "Most Likely to Succeed". He received premedical education at the University of Florida and his doctorate of Optometry at the southern College of Optometry in Memphis. He was an Optometry officer in the US Air Force Reserve. His first Optometric physician's office was on Main Street in Fort Myers and later moved to Cleveland Avenue. He later had offices in Key West and returned to offices in Fort Myers in 2010. Dr. Persons was a member of the First Methodist Church, past president of the Downtown Kiwanis Club, on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army here and in Key West, and was a diplomat in the American Academy of Optometry.Lou became licensed by the FCC at age 14 as an amateur radio operator holding the call letters W4EYE, and has talked to over 300 countries on this short wave radio. He enjoyed scuba diving in oceans around the world including the Great Barrier Reef. Seeking the wonders of the world Lou visited over 100 countries in his lifetime. The family will receive friends at the Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home, Fort Myers on Friday April 13, 2012 from 3-4 pm. A Celebration of Dr. Person's life will begin at 4 pm. Please visit www.harvey-engelhardt.com to leave his family a condolence and view his Life Tribute.

Fort Myers News-Press, 21 Nov 2006-- Mark Louis Persons, 45, of Fort Myers, passed away November 19, 2006 after an extended illness. He was born in Fort Myers and graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1979. After receiving his Associate of Arts Degree from Edison Community College, Mark then graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelors Degree. Mark was a well-respected realtor in Boca Grande and Sanibel Island. Mark handled death as he did life: with humor and love for his family and friends.Mark is survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Louis (Sarah Rebecca) Persons, his brother, Paul David, and wife, Merril, and their children; Nicholas Walker and Sarah Katelyn, brother, Jeffrey Alan and wife, Evelyn, his aunt, Dr. Anne C. Utley, and her sons; Dr. Kevin Utley and wife, Lisa, and their daughters; Anna and Abigail, Jeffrey and wife, Gina, and their sons; Walker and Wyatt, and Stephan and wife, Caroline, aunt Kittye Hardin and husband, Stan, aunt Julie Clark, great-aunts, Sarah Miller and Janie Clark, and other aunts, Mrs. Lois Messler of Fort Myers and Mrs. Charles Persons, and her daughters; Julie and Tina of Sanford, FL, and friends, Dr. and Mrs. Hamilton Hunt of Tampa, as well as many other special friends. Mark is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Persons of Fort Myers, uncles, Charles Persons of Sanford and Jack Persons of Fort Myers, and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. George (Virginia) Walker of Friendship, TN.A celebration of Mark's life will be held on Wednesday, November 20th, 6:00 pm, at Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612

Fort Myers News-Press, 28 Jul 2007 -- E.L. Dewayne (D.P.) Peters, Sr., beloved Father, son, brother and friend. Dewayne was born in Fort Pierce, FL and moved to Fort Myers as an infant. Dwayne was employed by Bonita Springs Utilities but was best known for his workmanship as a Master Welder/Heavy Equipment Mechanic in his business of D.P. & Son Equipment Repair. He was a real southern gentleman that loved the outdoors. He is preceded in death by his Father James Albert Peters of Vero Beach and is survived by his Mother and Stepfather, Peggy L. and Ronnie Kirkland, son, E.L. Dewayne Peters, Jr., daughter, Cherish Hansen, grandchildren; Hope, Brent and Rylee, sisters; Leslie Gail (Wayne) and Bobbi Lynn (Steve), nieces and nephews; Wayne, Peggy, Brooke, Kirkland, Kaela and Karlin, fiancé Pam Parks and ex-wife Valerie Peters all of Fort Myers, Stepmother Mary Jordan and sisters Annette and Eliose of Vero Beach and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins .We will always love you and miss you dearly. Your smile and contagious laugh will never be forgotten.Funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM, Monday July 30, 2007 at Sonshine Worship Center, 12925 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers. Entombment will follow at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Sonshine Worship Center on Sunday, July 29, 2007 from 3-6 PM and also Monday from 9 AM until time of service at 11 AM. Arrangements by Fort Myers Memorial Gar

Fort Myers News-Press, Feb 8 2005-- Valerie E. Peters, 59, of Ft. Myers, died February 6, 2005. Born in Long Island, NY, she came to the area in 1968 from Long Island. Valerie loved her family and also loved reading. Survivors include her loving husband of 17 years, Martin A. Peters of Ft. Myers, FL; children, Karen (Harry) Whitaker of Arcadia, FL, Eugene (Tina) Weisensee, Jr. of North Fort Myers, FL, and John (Crystal) Weisensee of Deltona, FL; stepchildren, Evelyn (John) Shillo and Jason (Kathy) Peters, both of Cleveland, OH; brother, Henry Carlsen, Jr. of Tampa, FL; 14 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Her parents, Henry and Mary Carlsen, son, Timothy Weisensee, and brother, Richard Carlsen, preceded her in death. The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 9, 2005 from 5 -7 PM at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, where funeral services will begin at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in Valerie's name to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Cr., Ft. Myers, FK 33908. Arrangements by Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 239-936-0555.

      Fort Myers News-Press, December  2, 2011 - A Happehatchee celebration for Ellen Peterson will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 with the service beginning at 2:00 in the afternoon at the Happehatchee Center, 8791 Corkscrew Road, Estero.. In Ellen's own words this will be "a final bash (that's a funeral) …inviting any of my former Edison students, NOW partners, environmental activist cohorts, civil justice co-workers, marchers for the Immokalee tomato pickers, Fisheating Creek lovers, coal plant eliminators, and Everglades defenders…". Join us from 2-5:30 for food, music and friendship. Please carpool! Happehatchee Center 239- 992-5455
    Fort Myers News-Press, March 14, 2007-Ellis Melvin Peterson, 91, a resident of Lehigh Acres since 1970, passed away March 9, 2007, at South Bay Hospital, Sun City Center, Florida. Ellis was born in Jersey City, New Jersey to the late Otto and Marie Peterson. He was married to the love of his life Marion E. Schreiner on October 22, 1937. Ellis was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather. He was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church and served on the original Building Committee for the church. Ellis was a member of the Mossaic Lodge #197 in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey where he served as Master in 1961 and as a Grand Officer for the State of New Jersey. He also served as a Grand Officer for the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 291, and as a Grand Patron and Patron, numerous times, of the Grand Amaranth Court #70 in Lehigh Acres, Florida. Ellis was further honored to receive his 33 Degree in 1987 in the Scottish Rite, Araba, Fort Myers, Florida, where he served in numerous offices. He was an officer and member of the Air Stream Travel Club where he and Marion had many wonderful memories of their travels with the club. Ellis is survived by his son LTC. John (Judi) Petesron (Ret.); daughter, Diane (Bruce) Gore; grandchildren, Kirk (Yuka) Peterson, Drew (Kristi) Peterson, Todd (Kim) Gore, Melanie (Brian) White; great-grandchildren, Anna and Joseph Peterson, T.J., Jake, Jonah and Ella Peterson; Dillon and Owen White, Jack Gore and one sister-in-law Alvene (Harold) Scholtes. Visitation will be Saturday March 17, 2007 at Christ United Methodist Church on the corner of Homestead Rd. and Lee Blvd. from 10-11 AM. The funeral service will start at 11 AM at Christ United Methodist Church. The interment will be held at Lee Memorial Park after the services. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Farley Funeral Home, 369-2181
    Fort Myers News-Press28 Jul 2005 Johnny Boyd Peterson, age 61, of Alva, passed away July 24, 2005 in Cape Coral. He was born March 4, 1944 in Ruskin. Survivors include his sons; John Peterson, Greg Peterson, Jimmy Peterson, Brian Peterson and Ryan Peterson, daughter, Katlan Peterson, brother, Larry Peterson, sisters; Betty Jean Brag and Linda Wierengo and nineteen grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; Johnnie and Lula Peterson, daughter Cheryl McGhee, son Joshua Peterson, brother Earl Peterson and sister Brenda Douglas. Funeral services will be Friday, July 29, 2005, 10:00 AM at Crossroads Baptist Church in Fort Myers with Pastor Roger Bradley officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Myers Cemetery.
    Fort Myers News-Press Oct 30, 2009 Jonathan Wendell Peterson, age 20, of Fort Myers, passed away October 24, 2009 in Fort Pierce, FL. He was born June 25, 1989 in Cape Coral, the son of Johnny B. and Wendy S. (Crosby) Peterson Jr. He was a PV2 in the U.S. Army.Survivors include his parents Johnny B. and Wendy S. Peterson, Jr. and his two sisters: Britany Peterson and Kristen Peterson both of Fort Myers; grandfather, Wendel Crosby of N. Fort Myers; and his grandmother, Doris Vickers also of N. Fort Myers, FL. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 2, 2009 at 11:00 AM at Crossroads Baptist Church, 10721 Palm Beach Blvd., Fort Myers, with Pastor Brad Branson and Mr. Donnie Allen officiating. Interment and graveside Military Honors will follow in the Alva Cemetery, Alva. The family will receive friends Saturday, October 31, 2009 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Crossroads Baptist Church, Fort Myers, FL.Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Fort Myers.
    Fort Myers News-Press, March 28-30, 2014 - Agnes Catherine (Troth) Aring Petrell, age 98, of Fort Myers, Florida (originally of Cleveland, Ohio) went to meet her Lord peacefully on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Agnes was born on January 26, 1916 to the late William and Anna (Wilk) Troth in McKeesport, PA. She will be deeply missed by her loving children Carole Bible (husband Charlie) of Miami, FL and Brian Aring (wife Louise) of Aiken, SC. Also by her Sister Pat Hardy (husband Art) of Cape Coral, FL, her eight grandchildren Scott, Sandy, Jeff, Charles, Kimberly, Cindy, Heather, Amy-Catherine and eleven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years Henry Richard (Dick) Aring and second husband of 15 years Joseph Petrell; by her Daughter Beverly Miller, also her sisters Margaret, Helen, Eva and Esther. Agnes will have a small family service at Lee Memorial Park, Ft. Myers FL on April 2 where she will rest with her husband Dick Aring. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was a member of the Seven Lakes 18 hole and 9 hole Ladies Golf League. She also loved playing cards, rummy cube, traveling, cooking, and making Christmas cookies. She enjoyed activities with and was deeply dedicated to her family. She will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers we would appreciate a donation in memory of Agnes to Miami Gardens Manor, 915 Nw 175 Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33169.
    John Arnold Petsche, 78, of Cape Coral, FL passed away on September 1, 2013. he was born on December 13, 1934 in Toledo, OH to John L. and Irene Koenig Petsche. John was a Veteran of the US Army. Graveside services with Military Honors provided by VFW Post 8463 will be hels at 10am on Friday at Coral Ridge Cemetery.
        Fort Myers News-Press, September 5, 1950 - Olga Crash Fatal To LaBelle Man-- George L. Pette, 39, Dies Three Others Are Injured. George Loveland Pettee, 39-year old LaBelle man, was fatally injured yesterday afternoon when his car crashed into another at the intersection of the Olga road and the Palm Beach Boulevard. His death was Lee County's tenth traffic fatality of the year. Three persons received less serious injuries in the wreck. Highway Patrolman H.K. Jones who investigated the accident said Pettee came out of the Olga side road without stopping at the stop sign and crashed into the side of a 1949 Packard sedan driven by Howard Meals, 41 of Bradenton. Pettee's 1950 Plymouth sedan was demolished and Meals' car was damaged to the extent of $1000. Jones had passed the Meals car shortly before the accident and was on the scene almost at once. He and Sgt F.G. Burghart administered first aid and were assisted by Chief Deputy Sherriff Howard Greer. Pettee was rushed to Lee Memorial Hospital in a McQueen and Young ambulance and died two hours from injuries which were described as including a fractured skull and a possible broken neck. Meals was found to have rib injuries and a wrenched him. His wife Cora, 38, received bruises and cuts of the head, left leg and right hand. Their son Allen, 10, had broken left leg and possible fracture to the right arm. They were taken to the hospital in an Engelhardt ambulance. Pettee had no close relation in this area but is believed to have several aunts in Illinois. Funeral arrangements are in charge of McQueen and Young and will be announced later.

         Elmer Pettit

Fort Myers News-Press, March 3, 1932 - Funeral services for Marion S. Pettit, who died Tuesday at his home here, will be held at 10 o'clock this morning at the Lawrence A. Powell chapel. The Rev. W. H. Edwards, pastor of the Second Baptist church, will officiate. Interment will be in the Marco cemetery.
     Cape Coral Daily Breeze, November 18, 2009 - Thanh Pham-Do, 86, of Cape Coral, passed away Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. He was born March 23, 1923, in Hanoi, Vietnam, a son of the late Luan Pham-Do and Tinh T. Le. He was a senator for the Republic of Vietnam. He was also a colonel in the Vietnamese Army and president of the Vietnamese Veteran's Legion. A highly educated individual, he was a very family oriented person and his family was his main concern. He had resided in the Cape since coming from Boston, Mass. He is survived by his wife, Duc T. Tran of Cape Coral; children, Kim Chau Pham (Hung Le) of Boston, Mass., and children Tuan and Amy, Kim Mai (Van Mai) of Cape Coral and son Michael, Hung T. Pham-Do (Melissa) of Boston, Mass., and children Carol, Andrew, Jonathan and Sophia, Tuan Van Pham-Do (Kay) of Oregon and children Ada, Richard and Erick, and Ly Huong Pham (Gary Mielke) of California and children Christine and Meagan; brothers, Thuyet Pham-Do and Ngi Pham-Do, both of Vietnam; sister, Ngo Pham of Connecticut. Visitation will be held from 3:30-8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at Coral Ridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Sunday at the funeral home during the visitation. Entombment will be held at Coral Ridge Cemetery.
    Hodges-Farley Funeral Home, Lehigh Acres, FL - James O. Phebus, 73, of Lehigh acres passed away Sunday February 23, 2014. He was born in Steubenville, OH. He was in the US Air Force from 1963 to 1967 serving in Vietnam. He worked with Fahey Flowers in Weirton, WV. He moved to Lehigh Acres in 1973 where he owned and operated Our Creations Florist and the Denny Travel Agency. He was a member of the American Legion, the Araba Shrine Temple, the Scottish Rite, the Lehigh Players, and the Ohio and west Virginia Clubs. He was a longtime volunteer with the Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce, and was Honorary Mayor of Lehigh Acres many times. A Visitation will be held on Thursday February 27th from 10AM to 12PM at the Hodges-Farley Funeral Home 1100 Lee Blvd. Lehigh Acres. Funeral Service will be at 12PM at the funeral home with Pastor Glenna Tibs of the First Christian Church officiating. Entombment will be at Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens with Military Honors. Online condolences may be expressed at www.Farleyfuneral.com
    Fort Myers News-Press, July 29, 2012 - Dorothy May Sherkus Phillips - Angels have guided Dorothy to her heavenly home, July 23, 2012. Preceded in death by Emil N. Sherkus and Selwyn Phillps, son Edward Sherkus. Survived by son Frank (Cindy) Sherkus of Lehigh, daughters, Barbara (Harold) Delaroi of Forked River, NJ, Patricia (Andy) Kilpatrick of Ft. Myers, FL and Deborah (Randy) Panetta, of Berwick, PA; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Memorial service followed by interment of ashes at 2:00 PM Saturday, August 18, 2012 at St. Lukes Episcopal Church, 2635 Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers, FL. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908 Attn: Diplomat Pkwy. Branch.
    Gerald Max Phillips, 71, passed away August 4, 2012. He was born September 14, 1940 in Louisville, Alabama to the late Buford and Eloise (Dunn) Phillips. He retired as a Master Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp after 30 years of service to our country. He lived by the phrases, “the Best in America Bar None” and “Trust but Verify!” After retirement he moved to Lee County in 1988. Gerald loved spending time with his grandchildren, boating, fishing and was a huge Alabama Crimson Roll Tide fan. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 32 years, Patricia of Cape Coral; sons, Mark Conway of Mooresville, North Carolina and Michael and his wife Jodi Conway of Spencer, North Carolina; daughter, Patricia and her husband Ben Lane of Fort Myers, Florida; grandchildren, Jessica, Carolyn, Hannah, Carter, Gracie and Ella; sisters, Sadie and her husband Ken Young of Rush, Kentucky and Betty Faye and her husband Ronnie Jones of Scottsboro, Alabama and Dalton Edwards. There will be a memorial service on Friday, August 10th at 4:00 PM at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Graveside and Military Honors will follow.   
    James M. Phillips, II, age 74, of LaBelle, passed away April 25, 2013 in LaBelle. He was born Feb. 21, 1939 in Miami, FL, to the late James M. and the late Mayce (Simonette) Phillips.  Survivors include his son: James M. (Penny) Phillips III of LaBelle, daughter: Patricia Williams of Tallahassee, stepson, Robert F. Sayre of LaBelle and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his son, Tommy Phillips. A graveside funeral service was held Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 10:00 am at Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle with Pastor Mitchell Wills officiating. Interment followed in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. You may view the online obituary and light a candle in remembrance of James and leave your condolences to his family at: www.akin-davis.com. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
     Fort Myers News-Press, October 8, 2008 - Jerry Phillips, age 72, of Fort Myers, FL went to be with the Lord Oct. 5, 2008 in Fort Myers. He was born Nov. 24, 1935 in Kingston, W. VA. Survivors include his wife: Kay (Rives) Phillips, eight daughters: Tammy Phillips, Terri (Russ) Oteinger, Tina (Dan) Herring, Tanya (Jim) Hammil, Laura (Hurley) Johnson, Christine (Robert) Thompson, Susan Farrow and Cathy (Richard) Vaglienti, mother: Myrtle L. (Smith) Phillips, two brothers and one sister: Robert L. (Carolyn) Phillips, Joe Ann (Bud) Lively and William L. Phillips III,16 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter and many loving nieces, nephews, friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, William L. Phillips Jr. Funeral services will be held Thu. Oct 9, 2008, 11:00 am at Lake Harbor Community Methodist Church, Lake Harbor, FL with Rev. Rod Ruby officiating. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. Lee Memorial Park, Lehigh Acres, FL. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services at the church on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made in honor of Jerry to the Alzheimer Foundation of America or the American Diabetes Foundation. Donations may be made directly to the foundation or through the Lake Harbor Community Methodist Church, please state foundation of choice on check. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle
    Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, Fort Myers, FL - L.W. "Phil" Phillips, 89, of Lehigh Acres, passed away on September 2, 2012. He was born on November 26, 1922 in Cross Timbers, MO. He served in the US Marine Corp. during WWII and moved to Fort Myers in 1952. In 1976 he became the owner of Corner Grocery until 1987 when he retired and lived his remaining years in Fort Myers, until moving to Lehigh where he lived until his passing. He was a loving husband, father and Grandfather who loved to garden and loved to share his vegetables with the neighbors. He is survived by his wife, Edna; children, Rodney (Audra) of Altamonte Springs, Ruth (Roger) of Greenwood, MO, Myrna of MO, Donna of Independence, MO, and Lawrence Jr. (Dawn) of Morristown, TN; grandchildren, Sarah, Scott, Shane, Spencer, Tony, Jackie, Shelley, Lori, Sierra and Elizabeth; several great grandkids; several nieces and nephews; sister, Ila Stapleton of Alva; and his brother, Kenneth Phillips of Louisburg, MO. Phil was preceded in death by his father, David; mother, Pearl; son, Larry Dale; brothers, John, David and Dee; and sister, Louise. Visitation will be held at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, FL 33913, on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 from 5-8PM. A funeral service will follow on Friday at 11AM at the funeral home. Interment will be in Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Warren, Fred Warren, Evert Warren, Larry Russell, Scott Duval, and Cecil Raulerson; honorary pallbearers are Grandsons Scott , Shane , Spencer and Nephew Caleb Warren. Thanks to all the many family and friends for their help and support throughout his illness. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908, or the National Parkinson Foundation at www.parkinson.org. For information, please call (239)334-4880.
    Anderson - Patterson Funeral Home, Lehigh Acres, FL - Paul Hagan Phillips, 89, of Alva, FL and formerly of Fort Myers, FL and Norton, VA passed away July 5, 2014. He was born in Glenida, VA to the late Timothy and Myrtle Phillips. He shared 69 beautiful years of marriage with Irene Davidson Phillips. In addition to his wife, Mr. Phillips is survived by his sons, George (Penney) Phillips and David Phillips; grandchildren, Tim (Cheyenne) Phillips, Brian Phillips and Alan Phillips; great grandchildren: Delaney, Carson and Ethan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Paul was reunited in heaven with his daughter, Janita and son, Timothy who both preceded him in death. Paul served his country proudly in the United States Navy, serving in World War II. He was the owner of Paul's Paint and Body Shop in Fort Myers for many years. He will be remembered for his love of fishing, sports and gardening. Friends and family may gather to pay respects from 6 - 8pm, Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at Anderson - Patterson Funeral Home, 2701 Lee Blvd Lehigh Acres, FL 33971. Funeral services will begin at 11am, Thursday, July 10, 2014 in the funeral home, Pastor Norman Walker officiating. Interment will follow in Alva Cemetery. Please make contributions in Paul's memory to Hope Hospice.
   Fort Myers News-Press, November 17, 2000 - Phyllis I Phillips, 87, Cape Coral, died Wednesday, November 15, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. Saturday. Arrangements by Coral Ridge Funeral Home.
    Fort Myers News-Press, December 5-6, 2013 - Robert James Phillips, 75, of Alva, Florida, passed away on December 3, 2013. Formerly of Greenfield, MA, he was born February 16, 1938 to the late Harold and Vera (Gould) Phillips. Robert is survived by his son Scott Hastings Phillips and his wife Karen of Lehigh Acres, FL; his daughter Heather Mae Goorsky and her husband Bruce of Alva, FL; three grandchildren, Nora Mae, Ashley and Kaylee; and his loving companion Judy Wintermute. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife Carol Mae Phillips (Ingham) in 1992. Visitation hours will be held Friday, December 6, 2013, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. A service to celebrate his life will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, December 7 at All Souls Episcopal Church, 14640 N. Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers. Rev. Dr. David Jackson will be officiating. Interment will follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery, 1630 SW Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Robert was a Veteran who served in the United States  Army. He was employed in the advertising department at the Fort Myers News-Press for many years prior to his retirement. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family and loved ones, including his beloved poodle Buttercup. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to All Souls Episcopal Church or the  American Cancer Society
   Roy Allen Phillips, 97 of Cape Coral, FL passed away on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at his home. He was born on April 10, 1913 in Washington County, Indiana to Oren and Lucinda Griffin Phillips. He is a member of Southside Church of Christ, Fort Myers. He is survived by his loving family including his children, Betty (Vernon) Ford of N. Fort Myers and Patrick Phillips of Greer, South Carolina; five grandchildren, Vernon Ford, Jr., David Ford, Doug Ford, Kim Phillips Daily and Beth Phillips Campbell; six great grandchildren, Eric Ford, Nick Ford, Michael Ford, Will Campbell, John Campbell and Rhea Daily. In addition to his parents, Roy is predeceased by his wife, Phyllis and son, Michael. Funeral Services will be at 1:00pm on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 SW Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral with visitation 1 hour prior. Brother David Schmidt will officiate. Entombment will follow. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave online thoughts and memories for his family. Arrangements under the direction of Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery, Cape Coral, FL.
    Fort Myers News-Press, September 1, 2013 - Richard L Piacente, 71, of Cape Coral, FL joined his Lord on August 26, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on February 3, 1942 in NY and spent time in Orlando, FL and Franklin, NC. Richard will be carried in the hearts of his loving wife of 49 years, Jo-Ann, his 4 children, 16 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and sister. Richard was a devoted teacher for 45 years, a member of the Knights of Columbus who loved classic cars, camping and gardening. Memorial mass will be at 10 am on Thursday, September 5 at his parish, St. Katharine Drexell Catholic Church, Cape Coral. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the VFoundation for cancer research at www.jimmyv.org. Arrangements by Coral Ridge Funeral Home.
    Fort Myers News-Press, March 2-4, 2012 - Clara Agnes (Hapman) Picciano, 89, of Cape Coral, passed from our world to the glory of heaven and the arms of her beloved husband, John, on February 27, 2012. Born in Cleveland and resided in Euclid, Ohio for 35 years before moving to Cape Coral, Florida in 1986. At the age of 47, she was finally able to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse and received her cap and license at 50 years old - at the top of her class. Once in Florida she was able to enjoy her time making new friends, cooking and entertaining, and joined many organizations, such as Newcomers Club, The Italian-American Club, Buckeyes, and Tops. A consummate lover of all types of music and possessing a beautiful voice, she also was a performing member of the Cape Coral Singers. She enjoyed traveling to Europe and Japan, many trips to Hawaii and several Caribbean cruises. Clara was a "people person," with a welcoming smile and abundant hugs that would melt the glaciers, always loving and supporting her family and concerned with the details of the lives of all her friends. Clara leaves behind many grieving hearts: her three devoted children and son-in-law, John Picciano, Charles Picciano, Amy and Kiyoshi Aki; her grandchildren who adored their "Nana", Charles, Michael, Concetta, and John Picciano, Angela and Taro Hamano, and Kyla Aki; her long-awaited newborn Great-Grandson Lui Julian Hamano; the most caring Caregiver, Gail Collin; and her treasured list of kind and loyal friends. Visitation will be Sunday March 4, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the chapel of Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home 1600 Colonial Blvd, Ft. Myers, FL. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Cape Coral, FL on Monday, March 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with entombment to follow at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. Condolences can be made online at www.harvey-engelhardt.com
    Fort Myers News-Press Nov 7, 2008 John Angelo Picciano, 87, of Cape Coral, lost his brave battle with cancer on November 6, 2008. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio but raised in Castropignano, Italy before returning to Cleveland as a teenager. Married for 66 years to his beloved wife Clara (Hapman), they settled in Cape Coral after retirement some 25 years ago. Mr. Picciano proudly and valiantly served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He was a professional musician and music teacher and continued to compose and play his accordian in Florida. He loved gardening, the game and fellowship at the Cape Coral Bocci Association, his many friendships, but most of all his country and his family.He was a loving father to sons John and Charles, daughter Amy and son-in-law Kiyoshi Aki, and devoted "Papa" to his grandchildren Charles and Shelly, Michael, Concetta, John, Angela and Taro Hamano, and Kyla Aki.Visitation will be Sunday November 9, 2008 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. at the chapel of Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church on Monday November 10, 2008 at 11:30 a.m. with an entombment following at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be made online at www.Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz.com
   Fort Myers News-Press, December 26, 2012 - Jennifer Eva Pichette, 56, of Cape Coral, FL passed away on Thursday, December 21, 2012. She was born on June 18, 1956 in Montreal Quebec Canada to Antoni and Aniela Radyno. She moved to Cape Coral in 2004 coming from Cleveland, Ohio. She is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Gilles Pichette; step-daughter, Nathalie Pichette; and many extended family members and dear friends. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. A Catholic Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, with entombment to follow. Please visit www.CoralRidgeFuneralHome.com to share in Jennifer's Life Story and to leave thoughts and memories for her family.
   Fort Myers News-Press, August 14, 2012 - Josephine Eva Pickens, 96, of Fort Myers passed away Sunday, August 5, 2012. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law James B. and Suzanne Pickens, her granddaughters Karen Pickens and Robin (John) Rose and her great grandchildren Samantha, Catherine, Olivia and Edward James Rose. A memorial service will be held at Fort Myers Christian Church 5916 Winkler Rd. Fort Myers on Tuesday, August 14 at 1 pm. Memorial gifts may be made to Fort Myers Christian Church
    Fort Myers News-Press, June 27, 2013 - Ernest W. Pickering, 73 of Cape Coral passed away on June 24, 2013. He was born on May 27, 1940 to his parents Ernest and Laurel Pickering in Fall River, MA. He is survived by his loving wife Jean R. Pickering; children Ed, Jeanie, Joseph, grandchildren Isabella, Makayla, Zachariah and siblings Bob, Shirley and Roger. He was a devoted father and loving husband and will be greatly missed. The family will receive friends at the Fuller Metz Funeral Home on Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 6-8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 28, 2013 beginning at 10:00 am at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Cape Coral. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. Please visit www.fullermetz.com to view Ernest's life tribute and to leave the family a condolence.
  Fort Myers News-Press, Apr 26, 1949 -- Fannie Mae Pickering, 33, died yesterday afternoon after a long illness. She was born at Dayton OH, February 6, 1916. She had made her home here since 1946. Surviving is her husband, Robert L Pickering; a son, Robert L Pickering Jr; two daughters, Sallie Jean and Sandra Ann Pickering, all of Fort Myers; one sister, Mrs. Thelma Devorak, St. Louis MO. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Leo W Englehardt Funeral Home. (Fort Myers Cemetery)

Fort Myers News-Press, August 11, 2008 - Robert Pickering, long-time teacher and counsellor at FMHS passed away on July 14. He was 74. He had warm feelings for all his co-workers and he loved his students. A longtime member of the Baha'i Faith, he was a true believer in the oneness of humanity. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. Messages to his family can be sent to: classicimages99@aol.com FMHS 1983

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, February 16, 1984-- Ava Whidden Pierce was born April 16, 1900 in Fort Denaud, died February 14m 1984 in DeLand, FL. Mrs. Pierce was a charter member of Lee County Pioneer Association and a member of the Riverside Baptist Church. She sis survived by two children: Richard Pierce of Fort Myers and Mary Marie Monroe of DeLand, FL; one brother, Lewis Whidden of Fort Denaud; one sister Cordia McDonald of Warner Robbins, GA; 9 grandchildren, 18, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral service and interment will be at Fort Denaud Cemetery Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Mize Johnson officiating. Akin-Davis Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Aug. 12, 1964: Aubrey Lee (Billy) Pierce, former newspaperman in New York and New Jersey, who wrote a column on trailer park news here several winters, was found dead of natural causes yesterday at 3111 Cleveland Ave. He died sitting in a chair in his trailer at the Fort Myers Trailer Park. Pierce, 58, was a member of the McGregor Baptist church and the Masonic Lodge in Mt. Vernon, N. Y. The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Harvey Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert T. Liner, pastor of the McGregor church, officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Surviving are two brothers, Frank of Mt. Vernon and Albert of Raton, N. Mex., and three sisters, mrs. Rught Warner of Endicott, N. Y., Mrs. Alice Decker of Palmyra, N. Y. and Mrs. Marjorie Edes of St. Petersburg. Pierce worked all phases of reporting and desk work, starting with the Binghamton (N.Y.) Sun. His next work was on the Buffalo Evening News and he spent several years with Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger. He came here to be with retired parents, both whom died in the past two years

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Dec. 19, 1963: Rosa Alice Pierce, 81, a resident of 3111 Cleveland Ave., died yesterday at the Lee Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Pierce was a native of Lynchburg, Va., and a member of the McGregor Baptist church. She is survived by one son, Aubrey Pierce of Fort Myers and one daughter, Mrs. Robert F. (Marge) Edes of St. Petersburg. Arrangements will be announced later by the Harvey Funeral Home, Colonial Boulevard.--Dec. 20, 1963: Funeral service for Mrs. Rosa Alice Pierce, 80, 3111 Cleveland Ave., will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow from the Harvey Funeral Home on Colonial Blvd. with Rev. Robert T. Liner, pastor of the McGregor Baptist church, officiating. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Ruth Warner, Endicott, N.Y., Mrs. Alice Decker, Palmyra, N. Y., Mrs. Robert Edes, St. Petersburg; three sons, Frank E. Pierce, Mt. Vernon, N. Y., Aubrey Pierce, Fort Myers, Albert R. Pierce of Raton, N. M.; one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Paris, Lynchbburg, Va., 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Pierce was a Past Matron of endicott Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Endicott, N. Y. Interment will be in the Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

      Fort Myers News-Press, April 27, 2011 - Sgt. Linda L. Pierre, age 28, of Immokalee, Florida made the ultimate sacrifice, in service to her country, April 16, 2011. She served proudly in the United States Army as a Sergeant amidst Operation Enduring Freedom.Visitation will be held Friday, April 29, 2011 from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm at the First Baptist Church, 1411 Lake Trafford Road, Immokalee, FL 34142. Funeral services will be held, Saturday, April 30, 2011, 11 am at the First Baptist Church. Interment to follow at Lee Memorial Park, Fort Myers, FL.Arrangements entrusted to Anderson-Patterson Cremation & Funeral Services, 2701 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, FL, (239) 368-7080. To read the full obituary please visit www.andersonpatterson.com

Fort Myers News-Press May 21, 2008 Abbie Lois Pigott, 94, of N. Fort Myers, passed away on Saturday, May 17, 2008. She was born in Calvary, Georgia to Abner and Nancy Miller. She later moved to Fort Myers and has been a resident here for over 83 years. She and her late husband, Hoke S. Pigott were married for 64 years and owned and operated H.S. Pigott Construction Co., Inc.She is survived by her sons, Hoke (Darlene) Pigott, Jr., Don Pigott and Gary "Mike" Pigott; daughters, Jean Jacobs, Myrna Running, Jacqueline (Melvin) Hart, Nancy (Eddie) Edwards and Peggy (Larry) King; one brother, "E.A." (Violet) Miller; 13 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren. Visitation will be from 10-11 AM on Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at the Anderson Funeral Home of Fort Myers, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM with Chaplain Chuck Wester officiating. Burial will follow at the Fort Myers Cemetery.

      Fort Myers News-Press, June 14-16, 2012 - Annie Skinner Pigott, 98, died on June 12, 2012 in Fort Myers, Florida. She was born in Fort Myers on September 9, 1913. She is survived by her children Lavon Wisher, Eugene (Karen) Pigott, Richard (Gale) Pigott, Troy (Jane) Pigott, Bunker (Joyce) Pigott and Vivian Pigott. She had 18 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Pigott in 1978, son David in 1970, her parents Abraham and Florida Virginia Skinner and her eleven brothers and sisters. She was a lifelong member of the Church of God. Her love of God, her church and her family could never be questioned. They were the center of her life. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00am on Saturday, June 16, 2012, followed by a funeral service, at Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral and Cremation Services on Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers

Fort Myers News-Press-August 20, 2008- Don Pigott, 72, of Fort Myers died Tuesday, August 19, 2008.A devoted husband, loving father and doting grandfather, he was born in Fort Myers on January 12, 1936, to the late H.S. and Abbie Lois Pigott. A graduate of Fort Myers High School, he served in the U.S. Army, 11th Airborne Division. After serving in the Army, Don worked in the family business, Pigott Construction. He later received technical training in Dallas and worked in west Texas. After returning to Fort Myers, Don began a 30-year career with United Telephone Company.He was predeceased by his wife of 42 years, Margaret "Peg" (Burchard) Pigott.Surviving relatives include son Steve (Tamara) Pigott and treasured granddaughter Hayden Pigott; brothers H.S. (Darlene) Pigott, Jr., Jerry Pigott, and Mike Pigott; sisters Jean Jacobs, Myrna Running, Jacquelyn (Melvin) Hart, Nancy (Eddie) Edwards, and Peggy (Larry) King; brothers-in-law Rhey (Arlene) Burchard and Richard (Jan) Burchard.A memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday at Harvey-Englehardt-Metz Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers. Friends may gather with the family from 10:00 am until the time of the service. Private burial will take place at a later date in Fort Denaud Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Ft. Myers, FL. 33908.www.harvey-engelhardt-metz funeral home & crematory.com

The News-Press, March 20, 2007 - Frances Helen (Hansen) Pigott, 94, of Fort Myers, FL passed away March 16, 2007. She was predeceased by her husband, Donald A. Pigott in 2001. She is survived by her son, David M. Walton of Florida; sisters; Annabelle Williams and Marjorie Dean of CA, Josephine Allen and Jean Heard of Florida; brother, William H. Alexander of Florida; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Frances served her country as a WAC during WWII in the postal service. She and her family moved to Fort Myers from Dade City, FL in 1969 where she was a librarian. Employed for the March for Dimes for over 10 years, Frances held the title of National Executive Director of Lee Co. Her hobbies included dancing and playing the piano. Services will be held at Anderson Funeral Home, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd. in Fort Myers on Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 11 AM with visitation starting at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at Fort Myers Cemetery.

Fort Myers News-Press 8/2/2004 James Richard 'Ricky' Pigott, Jr., 42, of Cape Coral died Saturday in Cape Coral. He was a native of Ft. Myers and 1980 graduate of Ft. Myers High School. Ricky had a long affiliation with the Cape Coral American Little League as a manager and Cape Coral Youth Football as a coach. He is survived by his wife, Janet; sons, Stephen, Ryan and Tyler; father, Richard Pigott of Ft. Myers, mother Patricia Longo of Ft. Myers, brother Kevin Pigott of Tampa; sister, Sherri Parker of Ft. Myers; half brother, Gary Pigott of Gainesville and half sister, Tracy Pigott of Ft. Myers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at 11:00 AM at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Coral Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Coral Ridge Funeral Home.

Fort Myers News-Press June 8, 2009 Leola Wright Pigott of Fort Myers, FL, was born April 3, 1916 and passed away peacefully at home on May 30, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband Park T. Pigott, Sr. She was a resident of Fort Myers since 1940, and was originally from Anderson, SC.Surviving are sons Park, Jr. and wife Jeanette of McCaysville, GA, Frank, Sr. and wife Sandra of Fort Myers, and a daughter, Dr. Melissa Pigott and husband David Fauss of Lighthouse Point, FL, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. A private graveside funeral was held. Internment was at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens.

Fort Myers News-Press Apr 3, 2002 Margaret 'Peg' Burchard Pigott, 64, of Fort Myers passed away Monday, April 1, 2002. She was born in Fort Myers, March 9, 1938 to the late R.O. and Lillian C. Burchard. A successful businesswoman, she was a local realtor for over 30 years. She began her career working side by side with her mother and late her son. She was very active in the Boy Scouts as a Den Mother, served on the local board, achieved Wood Badge and received the Silver Beaver Award. Mrs. Pigott is survived by her husband of 42 years, Don E. Pigott, her son, Steve (Tamara) Pigott, two brothers, Rhey O. (Arlene) Burchard, Jr. and Richard (Jan) Burchard, a granddaughter, Hayden Pigott and niece Stacy Wagner and nephew Joe Burchard. A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers. Friends may gather with the family from 1:00 PM until the time of the service. Private inurnment will take place at a later date in Fort Denaud Cemetery. Donations may be made in her memory to the Edison Park Foundation (in care of Edison Park Elementary, 2401 Euclid Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33901).

Florida Sun Sentinel Sep 30, 2000 Kristina Alison Pike, 17, of Cape Coral, passed away September 27, 2000. She was born October 21, 1982 in Nashua, NH and moved to Cape Coral in 1994 from Rochester, NH. She graduated in June 2000 from Ft. Myers High School, and was going to attend in the Spring Key West Community College where she was to obtain her degree in business and diving.She was a passionate and energetic person who loved life to the fullest. She was PJ's rock, and the perfect recipe for a daughter. She was an avid diver who graduated from advanced diving courses.She is survived by her loving parents, Peter and Zalia Pike of Cape Coral, her brother, PJ Pike of Cape Coral; her grandparents, Wesley and Helen Pike Sr. of FL, Aunt Maria Medeiros, of East Providence, RI, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.The family will receive friends on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2000 from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. at the Kath-McFarland-Schmidt Funeral Home. Services will be held on Monday, Oct. 2, 2000 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church in Cape Coral.Memorial donations in Kristina's memory may be made to Mote Marine Laboratories, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236 or to the Lee County Humane Society P.O. Box 50430 Fort Myers, FL 33994.Arrangements are under the direction of the Kath-McFarland-Schmidt Funeral Home.

Fort Myers News-Press, Feb 6 2005-- Tami Lynn Tatum Pike, 42, of Cape Coral, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2005. She was born Dec. 26, 1962 in Ft. Myers the daughter of Donald Eugene, Sr. and Jacquelyn LeAnn Rhea Tatum. Tami was the beloved mother of Joshua Pike of Orlando and Jason Pike of Cape Coral, she leaves 2 brothers Donald E. Tatum, Jr. (Kris) of Wisconsin and Bryan Tatum of New Jersey, parents Donald Eugene & Jacquelyn Tatum, grandfather J. Forrest Tatum, Jr. (Coralie) and 2 nieces Amber & Taylor Tatum. Family will receive friends Sunday, (TODAY) from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd.

THE FORT MYERS PRESS, Jan. 11, 1930--The body of John Pilkington, who died at Buckingham yesterday after a long illness, will be buried at 3 p.m. Sunday from the Powell Funeral home, the Rev. W. J. Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Fort Myers cemetery. Mr. Pilkington had been a resident of Buckingham for the past four years. he is survived by his widow. He was 64 years old.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, May 13, 1936--Mrs. Almira J. Pinder, 75, died at Lee Memorial hospital last night after a week's illness. She leaves one son, Paul B. Pinder, and a grandson, Burnell Pinder, two sisters, Mrs. Joe Lowe, and Mrs. W. A. Cooper, one brother, Charles E. Robert, all of Key West. Mrs. Pinder has made her home here for the past 14 months, coming here from Key West. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock in the First Methodist church, the Rev. Carlock Hawk officiating. Interment will be in the Fort Myers cemetery. Funeral arrangements are in charge of Lawrence A. Powell

Fort Myers News-Press, September 10, 2010 - Albert Lewis Pinkney, son of Albert Lee Pinkney and Maggie Coleman Pinkney was born November 16, 1945, in Millen, Georgia. He is the oldest of four children. At a very young age Albert and his family moved to Fort Myers, Florida. He joined St. Johns Baptist Church where he accepted Christ. He later became a member of Solid Rock International Ministries, of Garner/Raleigh, NC.He attended Dunbar High School in Fort Myers, FL, and graduated in 1965. Shortly after graduation he entered into the United States Army in 1966 and after completing his services, he received an honorable discharge. Albert was employed at Fort Myers News-Press (The Gannett Co.) and served that company for 33+ years. Albert was an extremely dependable and valued co-worker. We depended heavily on Albert to keep critical newsprint supplies flowing and schedules maintained. He married Jacqueline Briley Pinkney on August 15, 1984. Albert was a devoted and loving husband always concerned for his wife's well-being and safety. He enjoyed singing in the choir, attending and participating in his Tuesday night cell. Albert also was an avid sports fan, he played high school football and ran track. He loved music, studying history, and traveling.He is survived by his wife Jacqueline Briley Pinkney of the home, his mother and father Maggie and Albert Pinkney of Fort Myers, FL; two sons; Kendall Addison (Betty) of Jacksonville, FL, Patrick Bradley of Houston, TX, one daughter; Nicole Booker of Chesapeake, VA, and five grandchildren: Marjani Addison, Sabya Anderson, Akeshia Thomas, Vanessa Bradley and Bryant Bradley: three sisters, Lester McKinnon of Atlanta, GA, Mable (Alphonso), of St. Petersburg, FL and Brenda Nwapa of Atlanta, GA. Five aunts: Wille Mae Clark of Millen, GA, Viola Ruffin of Delaware, Hattie Bell Graham of Millen, GA, Picola Campbell of Waynesboro, GA and Elizabeth Jones (Pete) of Waynesboro, GA; two uncles, Otis Pinkney (Ernestine) of Millen, GA, Izel Pinkney (Rose) of Waynesboro, GA and many more nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

Fort Myers News-Press, October 30, 2008-- Mario W. Pino, 86, of Cape Coral passed away Monday, October 27, 2008. Mr. Pino was born in Brooklyn, NY, a son of the late Edward and Catherine Palladino Pino on April 10, 1922. Mario was retired from a Law Firm where he was a Supervisor of a large mailing department. He was a volunteer at Bishop Verot sporting events. He had resided in the Cape since 1989 coming from Rutherford, NJ.He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Maria A. Pino of Cape Coral; sons, Thomas (Jennifer) Pino of Cape Coral and William (Tot) Pino; daughters, Linda (William) Iacono and Catherine (Joseph Licciardi; 8 grandchildren, a brother Salvatore (Mary) Pino and a sister, Rachel Licciardi.Visitation will be held TODAY, Oct. 30, 2008 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Coral Ridge Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on SATURDAY, NOV. 1, 2008 at 1:00 PM in St. Cecelia's Catholic Church in Fort Myers. Interment will follow in Coral Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for Mass Cards for Mario or Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy. E., Cape Coral, FL 33909.

William Piper

Fort Myers News-Press, Oct 13, 2008-- Betty Jo Pirkle, age 77, passed away suddenly on October 10, 2008 in Greenville, SC. She was born May 27, 1931 to Lester and Elisabeth Norris in Fort Myers, FL. She grew up and lived most of her life in Fort Myers.Betty is survived by her children and grandchildren along with their families: son Robert Rutledge, his wife Mary, their children Matthew, Sarah Kendall, and Stephen; son John Rutledge, his wife Kathy, their children David and Jennifer; step-daughter Kathryn Carlson, her husband Ed, their children Valerie Miskovich and Virginia Guy. She is further survived by her brother Bill Norris and his wife Sherie; sister-in-law Ruth Norris. She was preceded in death by Jack her husband of 19 years and her brother Jack Norris. Betty was a kind, joyful, and beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She dearly loved her family and friends. There will be a visitation Wednesday, October 15, 2008 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home at 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL, 33907. A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 16, 2008 at 1:00 pm at Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home with interment to follow at Lee Memorial Park. Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be offered at: www.harvey-engelhardt-metz.com.
    Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, Punta Gorda, FL - Mark S. Pittman, 50, of Punta Gorda passed away September 28, 2006. He was born January 14, 1956 in Oregon, Ohio to James and Donna (Squeo) Pittman. Mark moved from Oregon, Ohio to Punta Gorda in 1979 and was the owner of P & C Mobil Lube. He coached Pop Warner Warriors for several years and was a member of Church of God of Prophecy. Mark enjoyed his family and friends, spending time outdoors and taking his boys out on the water. He will be greatly missed by his sons James R Pittman and Jarred Pittman both of Punta Gorda; fiancé Sarah McVicker and her daughter Nicole; brother Matt of Waterville, OH; sister Melinda Pittman Goss of Sandusky, OJ; father James Pittman of Waterview, OH; in-laws Loretta and Jim Bryant. Mark was preceded in death by his mother Donna Pittman, brother Mike Pittman and grandparents Paul and Nicky Squeo and Art and Virginia Pittman. The family will receive friends 5:00 - 7:00 pm, Monday, October 2 at the Punta Gorda Chapel of Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services. A service will be at 11:00 am, Tuesday, October 3 at Church of God of Prophecy with the burial will follow at Indian Springs Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Family Memorial Fund c/o Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services, 1515 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. To express condolences to the family, please sign the online guest book.
     Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Fort Myers, FL -  SPC Gamaniel “Gammy” Plaisir, 20, of Lehigh Acres, FL, died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Fort Campbell Kentucky. He was an active duty member of the US Army and had served several tours of duty in Afghanistan. He was born September 5, 1993 in Newark, NJ. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his father Jean Eric Plaisir and his wife Nerlende Eric December; his mother, Derlite Homere; brothers, Gioradny Plaisir and James Plaisir; sisters, Anita Constant, Johane Constant, Sophea Plaisir and Mary Constant; uncle, Raynold Plaisir; aunts Zette Plaisir and Josee Plaisir and many other aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Visitation will be held 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2014 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33907 and 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the First Church of the Nazarene, 13545 American Colony Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33912. Services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment with full military honors will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery 1589 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33907.
    Jo'Bree Jerome Platt - Born: Tue Sep 23, 1980 - Died: Tue Sep 4, 2012 - Vistation will be held 6-8 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2012 at the 34th Street Church of God, 3000 34th Street, Tampa, Florida. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the First Presbyterian Church, 2230 Hariet Street, Port Charlotte, Florida.  Interment will follow in Indian Springs Cemetery, Punta Gorda, Florida.
   Fort Myers News-Press, October 10, 2010 - Dean Ross Plattner, 53, of Fort Myers, passed away Friday, October 7, 2011. He was born December 9, 1957 in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Fort Myers from Bellmore, NY in 1968. He was a member of Temple Beth El and was currently an Assistant State Attorney where he served for 30 years. He attended Cypress Lake High School and graduated from the University of Florida where he received his undergraduate degree as well as his Juris Doctor degree and was an avid Gator fan. Dean is survived by his wife of 22 years, Lise Crane Plattner; his children: Alex Plattner and Griffin Plattner and his siblings: Jena Lewis of Fort Myers and David Plattner of McKinney, TX. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at Temple Beth El, 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL with burial to follow in Temple Beth El Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555. Online condolences may be made at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com
    Fort Myers News-Press, February 6, 2012 - Levi Henry Poff, Sr., 102 of North Fort Myers, Florida, formerly of Wisconsin, died peacefully at home of natural causes surrounded by family and friends, Friday, February 3, 2012. Levi was born August 30, 1909 in Argyle, Wisconsin. He was the oldest son of the late Jacob and Anna Poff. In his lifetime, Levi was a farmer, carpenter, restaurant/bar owner, motel owner and in his elderly years a train engineer at an amusement park. He loved dancing, playing cards and traveling. He always saw the good side of life. His sense of humor and quick, friendly smile was loved by young and old. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Alma (Conley) Poff, his son Levi H. Poff, Jr., his daughter Joyce J. Poff, 6 sisters and 6 brothers. Left to cherish his memory are four generations of grandchildren. Visitation was held Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Entombment took place at the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.Condolences may be left at www.fortmyersmemorial.com.
    Fort Myers News-Press, October27, 2011 - Warren Alvin Pohl, 83, passed away October 25, 2011. He was born August 18, 1928 in Cuba, Missouri. He served our country in the US Marines. He came to Lee County 25 years ago from Kansas City, Missouri where he was a member of the Masonic Lodge. Warren worked as a machinist for Jack Cooper Transport for 30 years. He was a volunteer fireman in Lake Lotawanna. He always lived on water and enjoyed boating, dancing, singing and playing guitar. There will be a visitation on Friday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Funeral service including a Masonic service will begin at 11:00. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.Mr. Pohl is survived by his wife of 29 years, Helen; stepson, Robert Lee Clark and his wife Connie of Kansas City, MO; 3 step grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children 12502 USF Pine Dr., Tampa, Florida 33612-9499.Condolences may be left online at www.fortmyersmemorial.com.
    Fort Myers News-Press Nov 21, 2008 Jermaine Rashard Pointer of Fort Myers passed November 12, 2008. Visitation will be held 5-7 PM, TODAY at the Church of Christ, 1827 Veronica Shoemaker Blvd., Fort Myers, FL. Funeral services will be held 11:30 AM, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008 at the Gulf Coast Church of Christ, 9550 Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile Cypress, Fort Myers. Interment to follow in Fort Myers Cemetery, 3200 Michigan Ave., Fort Myers.Funeral arrangements entrusted to Hickson Funeral Home, Inc., 3308 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Fort Myers, FL, 334-6440

  Fort Myers News-Press-August 12, 2008- Tia Marie Poklemba 25, of Fort Myers, FL passed away Friday, August 8, 2008. She was born February 20, 1983 in Naples, FL a daughter of the late Richard C. "Dickie" Poklemba and Debra S. Poklemba and had been a lifelong resident of Southwest Florida. She attended Estero High School and was a graduate of the Academy in Fort Myers. Tia had a love for life, her family and friends. She was a very free spirited person who lived life to the fullest. She was the type of person you couldn't help but fall in love with. When one thinks of Tia it's often followed by a smile. She is survived by her loving mother, Debra S. Poklemba of Bonita Springs, FL; two sisters, Tera Oben of Cape Coral, FL and Shayna Poklemba of Orlando, FL and two nephews, Tyler and Evan Oben. A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held Thursday, August 14, 2008 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church Parish Life Center 625 111th Ave. No. Naples, FL. In lieu of flowers an account will be set up at Colonial Bank for Tia's favorite charity."What A Wonderful World" Walter Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home.992-4982.Family Owned Since 1978.

Fort Myers News-Press March 10, 2009 Bill Polhemus of Fort Myers was a true inspiration to those who knew him. He was born in Seaside Heights, NJ on January 5, 1956. At age 53, while driving to Tennessee, he and his wife were unfortunately involved in a terrible automobile accident and the Lord called him home. He was survived by: his Poopsie Linda Polhemus. His two children: daughter, Sra. Carmela A. Polhemus, USAF and son Cpl. William J. Polhemus Sr., USMC, wife Ariel Polhemus and grandson William J. Polhemus, Jr. His parents: Father, William L. Polhemus, Sr., Sherriff of Ocean County, NJ and Mother, Agnes S. Polhemus. His Sister: Lorrain Adams, in addition to many more family members and friends to numerous to list but loved equally by Bill. His absence in our life will be far more painful then anything else we could ever experience but his faith and walk with God as well as his love for those around him; has given him eternal life. You're our hero and our idol. Our times together will forever be cherished and our love for you will only strengthen until the day you greet us at the Gates of Heaven. Bill was a greeter at Wal Mart and loved every moment of it.William L. Polhemus, Jr's viewing will be held on Thursday, March 12, starting at 1:00 p.m. and service starting at 4:00 p.m. The location of the service will be at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1589 Colonial Boulevard. We invite all friends and family close to Bill for the celebration of his inspiring life.
    Fort Myers News-Press, January 29, 2014 – Mary (Gringoli) Polizzotto, 93, of Cape Coral, FL passed away on January 27, 2014. She was born on March 21, 1920 in Altoona, PA to Michael and Angelina Sinisi Gringoli. She moved to Cape Coral in 1980 from North Haledon, NJ. Survivors include her son, Charles (Carmela) Polizzotto; grandchildren, Charles (Jessica), Lori (Todd), Michael (Michae); great grandchildren, Janell, Michael, Jacqulyn, Justin, Kaylee; sister, Carmella. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles. Services will be at 12 noon on Friday, January 31st at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral, with entombment to follow. Donations in her name may be made to Hope Hospice. Arrangements under the direction of Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery, Cape Coral, FL.
    Fort Myers News-Press, June 10, 1989--Adrian Q. Pollock, M.D., 59, of North Fort Myers, died Thursday June 8, 1989. A native of Fort Myers, Dr. Pollock was a pediatrician here for many years. Surviving are his daughter, Veralia D. Pollock of Fort Myers; his mother, Sarah J. Pollock of Cape Coral, and friend, Greg Gurley of Frot Myers. A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated today at 4 p.m. at St. Hilary's Episcopal Church with Father Robert G. Browning, Jr., officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations be made to the Save the Manatee Research Management Project, 2728 Providence St., Ft.Myers, Fla. 33916; the Audubon Society 15799 San Antonio Ct., Ft. Myers, Fla 32908; or to St. Hilary's Episcopal Church, 5011 McGregor Blvd., Ft. Myers, Fla. 33901. Arrangements by the Phil Kiser Funeral Home, Inc., 9231 Cypress Lake Dr.

DeCourcy M. Pollock

Don C Pollock Sr

Don C Pollock Jr

Fort Myers News-Press, May 7, 2003 - Hester “Tess” Hough Pollock died on May 2, 2003, after losing her brave battle with cancer. She was born on May 16, 1930 to Hester and Scott Hough in Ft. Myers, FL and she has lived in Boynton Beach since 1961. She is survived by her husband of over fifty years, James Harold Pollock, M.D., retired Orthopaedic surgeon, who was the only Orthopaedic surgeon between Lake Worth and Pompano Beach in 1961 when Bethesda Memorial Hospital was newly staffed. She is survived also by four children; her sons, James Scott Pollock (Lourdes) of Boynton Beach, FL and Gregory Hough Pollock (Holly) of Merritt Island, FL, and her daughters Elise Shankle (Stephen) of Peachtree City, GA and Leslie Bachman (David) of Moorpark, CA; her ten grandchildren: Benjamin, Daniel, and Nathan Shankle, Annalise, Alexander, and Lydia Bachman, Reed and Tessa Pollock, and Khiara and Jenelle Pollock; her two brothers, Van Hough of Mars Hill, NC and Scott Hough of Reston, VA; and her sister-in-law, Marilyn (Herm) Groezinger of Sebring, FL. Tess attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA and was graduated from Duke University in Durham, NC where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and several honorary societies. She was a member of The First Presbyterian Church 235 SW 6th Ave., Boynton Beach, FL 33435, in Boynton Beach and taught Sunday School for many years. She was also a member of the Seacrest Association of University of Women and the Round Table Book Club. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Boynton Beach on Tuesday, May 13th, at 11:00 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Christian Education at the First Presbyterian Church of Boynton Beach, The American Cancer Society, or The National Parkinson's Foundation. Lorne & Sons Funeral home, Delray Beach.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS - January 1, 1965--Infant Pollock, son of Dr.and Mrs. Adrian Q. Pollock, 1220 Statler Dr., died yesterday. Funeral service was yesterday afternoon at Fort Myers Cemetery with Rev. Robert C. Asmuth officiating. Leo W. Engelhardt Fuenral Home was in charge of arrangements.

D.M. Polock, 75, Dies, Rites Sunday DeCourcy M. Pollock, 75, a resident of Fort Myers for 32 years, died at his home on Alcazar Avenue late Thursday night. Pollock moved to Fort Myers in 1923 and was associated with his brother, Don Pollock, in the lumber business until his retirement some time ago. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home with Rev. Thomas C. Smart officiating. Burial will be at Fort Myers Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Pendleton, Tom Burgess, Brown Austin, Dr. Parke Lewis, Elmo Ballard and Ray Tipton. Honorary bearers will be Earl Crocker, Sam Johnston, Fred Miller, H.L. Nickell, S.I. Echelbarger, Porter Nalle, Bill Rump, James Franklin Sr., William H. Reynolds, J.M. Parshall, Charlie Moore and Glenn Gibson. Pollock spent his boyhood at Elgin, Ill. He attended Beloit College and the University of Minnesota. For some 15 years he made his home in High Point, N.C. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church, a member of Signa Phi faternity, the Fort Myers Shrine Club, the Valecnia Garden Club, and the Rotary Club. Surviving are his wife, Sarah Jones Pollock of Fort Myers; a daughter, H. Q. Heath of Sumter, S.C.; two sons, D. M. Pollock Jr. of Fort Myers, Dr. Adrian Quillian Pollock of Cleveland, OH; a sister, Mrs. W. A. Douglass of Oakpark, Ill; a brother, Don C. Pollock of Fort Myers.

Fort Myers News-Press, July 4, 1957--Don Pollock, Jr. Dies at Home--Don Pollock Jr., 46, president of Pollock Lumber Co., died at 2:10 a.m. yesterday of a heart attack at his home, 1649 Llewellyn Dr. Services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at Engelhardt Funeral HOme by the Rev. J. N. Montgomery. Pollock was born on Dec. 18, 1910 at High Point, N.C., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Don C. Pollock St. He came to Fort Myers as a young boy and attended Fort Myers schools and the University of Florida in Gainesville. He was a member of the Outboard Club, the Chamber of Commerce and the First Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Lois Pollock; a son Don C. Pollock III; two step-sons, Tommy and Bruce Collier of Fort Myers; and a brother, Kenneth Pollock, of Fordwick, Va. Honorary pallbearers will be R.B. Stewart Jr., Carl Collier, Ed Navarra, Ernest Hollis, and Flanders Thompson. Active will be Roland Shanahan, Donald Coons, Joe Maharrey, Thomas Howard, Bob Rendelman and Larry Ligon.

Fort Myers News-Press, Dec 28, 2004 - James Harold Pollock, M.D., died on December 18, 2004, after a long courageous struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was born on April 25, 1931, to Harold and Margaret Pollock in Columbus, OH. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Hester "Tess" Hough Pollock, in May of 2003. He is survived by his four children: his sons James Scott Pollock (Lourdes) of Boynton Beach, FL and Gregory Hough Pollock (Holly) of Merritt Island, FL, and his daughters Elise Shankle (Stephen) of Peachtree City, GA and Leslie Bachman (David) of Moorpark, CA; his ten grandchildren: Benjamin, Daniel, and Nathan Shankle, Annalise, Alexander, and Lydia Bachman, Reed and Tessa Pollock, and Khiara and Jenelle Pollock; his sister Marilyn Groezinger (Herman) of Sebring, FL; and his two brothers-in-law Van Hough of Mars Hill, NC and Scott Hough of Reston, VA; and his secretary of 40 years Carol Imboden. Jim grew up in Westerville, OH, and became an avid golfer at an early age. By the age of 14 he was competing and continued to do so for most of his life. He played golf for Westerville High School, Fort Myers High School (where he wintered with his family), and Duke University. While at Duke he was co-captain of the golf team with Mike Souchak. Through the years he won many titles, notably the 1951 Columbus District Amateur Golf Championship (an accomplishment he would later share with Jack Nicklaus who won the title five years later). Pursuing a career in medicine Jim graduated from Duke University and Duke University Medical School in Durham, NC where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and several honorary societies. While at Duke he was elected Inter-Fraternity Council President. Dr. Pollock completed his internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX. While in Dallas he went on to complete his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Baylor, Parkland Memorial, and Scottish Rite Hospitals. When he moved his young family to Boynton Beach in 1961 he became the only Orthopaedic surgeon between Lake Worth and Pompano Beach. Dr. Pollock served on the staff at Bethesda Memorial Hospital and retired in 1986. He was a member of The First Presbyterian Church in Boynton Beach where, for many years he was a member of the choir and often performed solos for Sunday services. He was also a member of Kiwanis, and an active supporter of Atlantic (originally Seacrest) High School's football program. As team physician for 20 years Dr. Pollock could be found most Friday nights during football season on the field with the team ready to attend to injuries as they happened. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of Boynton Beach 235 SW 6th Ave, Boynton Beach, on Saturday, January 8th, at 5:00 p.m.

Fort Myers News-Press, Oct 14, 2003 - Kenneth R. 'Ken' Pollock, 83, of Ft. Myers died Oct. 11, 2003, he was born in Ft. Myers the son of the late Don C. and Vesta F. Pollock. Ken served in the U.S. Navy during WWII for four years acquiring the rank of Lt. J.G., he graduated from University of Florida with a degree in chemical engineering, he worked as a manager and cost engineer for Lehigh Portland Cement Co. of Allentown, PA. for 36 years. He and his family moved back to Ft. Myers in 1986. He was a member of American Legion Post 274 of Ft. Myers Beach, Ft. Myers Elks, Ft. Myers V.F.W. and the Loyal Order of Moose, Ft. Myers Beach. Mr. Pollock is survived by his wife of 53 years Geraldine M., his daughter and son-in-law Carol Ann and Michael Bednar, of PA., his son Glenn Alan Pollock of Ft. Myers, his son and daughter-in-law Richard Edward and Lori Pollock of Ft. Myers, 6 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Wayne Richard Pollock Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home .

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, April 27, 1993-- Sarah Elizabeth Pollock, 87, ofFort Myers, died Saturday, April 24, 1993. She had been a longtime resident of Fort Myers. Among survivors are her granddaughter, Verella Pollock of Fort Myers, and one sister, Vail Weems of Sebring, Fla. Mermorial services will be conducted Wednesday, April 28 at 11 a.m. at the Pilgrim Church, Daniels Rd., Fort Myers with Rev. Dolph Allen officiating. Commital services will be conducted in Fort Myers Cemetery following the memorial service. Arrangements are by the Phil Kiser Funeral Home, Inc, 9231 Cypress Lake Drive.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, May 24, 1938--Mrs Don Pollock Dies, Funeral Today--Mrs. Vesta Elaine Pollock, 51 year old wife of Don C. Pollock, lumber and supply dealer, died yesterday afternoon at their home 1819 Barcelona avenue after a long illness. She had been a resident of Fort Myers for 15 years and was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church, Nellie McWilliams class, and Order of the Eastern Star. Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon at the Lawrence A. Powell chapel with Rev. W. G. Kennedy presiding. The Easteren Star will have charge of the graveside services at the Fort Myers cemetery, and members are asked to meet at the Masonic Hall at 2 o'clock. Pallbearers will be J.M. Parshall, E.T. Pepper, N.G. Stout, J.E. Brecht, Paul Weathersby, and H.G. Wilson. Mrs Pollock is survived by her husband, Don C. Pollock; two sons, Don C. Pollock Jr., Kenneth H. Pollock and two sisters, Mrs. A.E. Ransom of Seattle, Wash., and Mrs. Claude Hamilton of St. Paul, Minn.

Fort Myers News-Press, 31 Aug 2006-- George Neo Pons, Jr., 81, of Fort Myers, passed away Monday, August 28, 2006. He was born November 6, 1924 in New Orleans, LA and moved to Fort Myers in 2005. While in New Orleans, he was a member of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Union, Local #60 and Senior Friends. He was also a United States Army Veteran. Mr. Pons is survived by his wife of 59 years, Shirley Z. Pons and their two children, George Neo Pons, III and Charles Ernest Pons. Funeral services and entombment were held at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1589 Colonial Blvd., 239-936-0555.

Fort Myers News-Press Dec 21,2006 Georgiana Dadderio Ponzio, of N. Fort Myers died December 18, 2006. Georgiana was born in Philadelphia, PA, a daughter of the late George G. and Catherine M. Dadderio, she moved to Fort Myers in 1949 from Philadelphia. Georgiana worked as a communications supervisor for the Lee County Sherrif's Department for 17 years before her retirement in 1996, she enjoyed watching ice skating, she was an avid animal lover and she loved her family especially her relationship with her granddaughter Catarina . Mrs. Ponzio is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Gabi and John Brock of Cape Coral, her granddaughter Catarina Brock of Cape Coral, her sister and brother-in-law Loretta (Hughes)) and Larry Zeglis of N. Fort Myers and a niece and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother John Dadderio, her sister Carolyn Disney . Her funeral service celebrating her life will be conducted in the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Friday at 1 PM, the family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 noon to1 PM.Interment will be in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.Donations in her memory may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL, 33908.
      Fort Myers News-Press, August 2, 1931 - Mrs. Eliza Pool, 60 years old, died at 7 o'clock yesterday morning at her home, 737 Franklin street. She was the widow of the late J. D. Pool. Funeral services will be held at the Lawrence A. Powell funeral home this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Mrs. Pool is survived by six children, Mrs. Charles Darcy and Mrs. Charles Christian of Clewiston, J. D., Willie and Russell Pool of Fort Myers, and Everett Pool of Eau Gallie. She also is survived by 8 grandchildren. The Rev. E. N. Philpott of the Edgewood Methodist church, will officiate at the funeral services. Burial will be in the local cemetery.
     The Fort Myers Press, August 24, 1922-- The growing town of LaBelle was saddened yesterday by the death of Dorothy Leone Poole. The 13-months-old child of Mark and Florence Poole of LaBelle died at the Lee Memorial Hospital of a stomach affection. The child's body was buried in the Fort Denaud Cemetery.
    Fort Myers News-Press, March 15, 2014 - Samuel E. Poole, 87, a pioneer of Ft. Myers, passed away peacefully March 13, 2014 in Ft. Myers. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Virginia I. Poole, his daughter Kathleen P. Brocious, 2 sons, Samuel E. Poole Jr. and David C. Poole, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, ALL who loved him very much! Samuel served his country in the  US Navy  and retired from Independent Life Ins. Co. after 43 years. Samuel's favorite scripture verse was Jeremiah 33:3. Service arrangements are at Crossroads Baptist Church on Palm Beach Blvd on Saturday, March 15. Visitation is from 10-11 am. Funeral is at 11 am followed by a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Crossroads Baptist Church Building or Benevolence Fund. Please visit www.harvey-engelhardt.com for online condolences and details.
    Fort Myers News-Press, May 20, 2011 - My dad, William “Ab” F. Pooser was born in on Jan. 21, 1913 in Oneonta, NY and went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 18, 2011. Ab was preceded in death by his wife, Nannie Lee Pooser, whom he is now joining in Heaven. Surviving by his son Frankie (Patricia) Pooser , three grandchildren, Dawn (Eric) Mason, Wayne (Amy) Pooser and Janice (Wesley) Monroe. He is also survived by eleven great-grandchildren; Debra, Brittany, John and Cody Mason, Austin, Brandon and David Pooser, Chris, Mallory, Sara and Jewel Monroe. He was a very quiet and unassuming pressman, but a man who would take pride in his work and loved doing it, but would used his common sense that God gave him to solve problems as they would come up. He would say that his work is his hobby. Ab started in the newspaper business as a carrier around 1925, delivering the Ocala Evening Star. In 1932 he went to work for the rival paper across the street, the Morning Banner, as a stereotyper. He joined the Army in January of 1941 and served with distinction as a medic all through the Pacific campaign. He was decorated several times. Following his honorable discharge in December of 1945, Ab returned to his former vocation. In 1953 Ab got a job at Fort Myers News-Press and moved to Fort Myers as a pressman. He went thru different presses from a cold type all the way up to the off set press of today. Ab was never one to turn down a challenge if a problem came up on a press. He would figure it out before anyone else would. Ab possesses a rare mechanical ability. He would work with electricity, plumbing and press operations with equal ease. Ab has successfully supervised the rebuilding of a damaged press folder without interfering with printing deadlines. They would say, "Ab is the man to see when anything needs fixing." While working with the News-Press he received several awards. His boss kept trying to get him to move up to management, but he would turn it down and stayed at with the work that they had given him to do. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens and burial will be at 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Lee County. Condolences may be left online at www.fortmyersmemorial.com
    Fort Myers News-Press, September 11, 1956 -- Edgar O. Pope, 37, a resident of Brooklyn, New York, died suddenly yesterday while visiting relatives in Fort Myers. He was a former resident until he was called into service with the local National Guard Unit in 1940. Survivors inclue his wife, Mrs. Virginia Pope; a son, Robin Pope of Brooklyn; three sisters, Mrs. Frank Brown, Fort Myers; Mrs. Leo Haag and Mrs. Danny Longa, Brooklyn; three bothers, A. L. Pope, St. Marks; Joe L. Pope, Jamaica, N.Y. and Frank Pope, Tallahassee. Funeral arrangements are in charge of Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home. Interment in Fort Myers Cemetery.

Fort Myers News Press, 6 Feb 2007-- Herbert Chester Pope Sr., 87, years old of Vidor, Texas passed away on February 1, 2007 in the home of his son Nick Pope and family of Madison, MS. A native of Fort Myers Beach, Florida, he was born on July 26, 1919 and resided in Vidor since 1955. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II from 1940-1946. He served aboard the USS Trenton. Mr. Pope is preceded in death by his father Alonzo Pope, his mother Gertrude Sarah Santini and his step-father Nick Santini. He was a loving father to his five children and will be missed by all. He is survived by his sons; Herbert Pope Jr. and his wife Diane, Lonnie Pope and his wife Pam, Nick Pope and his wife PJ; his daughters, Yvonne Young and her husband Garland, and Julie Pope; seven grandchildren; Kim Mossbarger and her husband Lucian; Lonnie Pope Jr. and his wife Brooke; Brandi Wiser and her husband Donnie; Garland Young Jr. and his wife Tess; Christopher Young and his wife Melissa; Nathan Pope and Pennie Marie Pope; six great-grandchildren; Madelyn Wiser, Austin Young, Ashley Young, Kira Pope, Chloe Wiser and Elizabeth Young.Funeral services will be held at Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor on Wednesday, Feb. 7th at 10 AM. Interment will follow at Restlawn Cemetery in Vidor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Herbert Pope Sr. to the Blind Veterans Association.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, March 28, 1976 -- Homer R. Pope, 70, of 3225 E. Riverside Dr., died Friday.  He was a retired letter carrier from Colletsburg, KY and had resided here for the past 30 years and was a toll bridge tender for Lee County for the past 10 years.  He was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, National Association Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 254 and Hampton Lodge 235 F&AM of Colletsburg, KY.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elizaeth Pope of Fort Myers; a son, Lt. Col. Donald R. Pope of Mobile, AL; a daughter, Mrs. Ann Graham of Fort Myers; a brother, Charles W. Pope of Ashland, KY, 11 grandchildren, 2 nieces and a nephew.  Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Kiser Belcher Fort Myers Funeral Home, 1280 Cypress Lake Dr. with the Rev. Donald F. Kokomoor, pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, officiating. Pallbearers will be Jesse Thompson, W. F. Harris, Lou Murphy, Ray Williams, Louis Lane, G. M. Cline. Tropical Lodbe 56 F&AM will conduct Masonic graveside service n Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

FORT MYERS TROPICAL NEWS, July 31, 1928--Col. L. G. Pope was taken to the Lee Memorial hospital yesterday suffering from shock following the death Sunday morning of his wife, Katie C. Pope, 66 years old. Mrs. Pope had been afflicted with chronic heart disease for the past three years, according to Dr. M. F. Johnson, who attended her. Col. Pope's condition is not serious, he said, but it will be at least a week before he can be out. Funeral arrangements will not be made until it is known whether Col. Pope's sister, Mrs. Ellen Lewis of Nashville, Tenn., will attend. Another sister, Mrs. Pattern, is critically ill there. Mrs. Pope's two sisters and an aunt, the Misses Chandler, have been here for several months. Col. and Mrs. Pope came to this city from St. Louis, Mo., about 14 years ago.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Oct. 20, 1932--Mrs. Electra Miles Porter, sister of Charles Miles and daughter of the late Dr. Franklin Miles, died at 9:15 o'clock last night at her home in York Manor following a brief illness. Mrs. Porter, wife of Dr. J. B. Porter, was 52 years of age. Private funeral services will be conducted at 4:30 p.m. at the residence. Dr. William Graham Kennedy of the First Presbyterian church will officiate. Following the service here, the body will be sent north to Elkhart, Ind., where burial will take place in the Grace Lawn cemetery. Lawrence A. Powell, Inc, is in charge of local arrangements. Mrs. Porter was born Jan. 4, 1880 at Elkhart. Dr. and Mrs. Porter came to Florida in 1919 and lived here for eight years before returning to Indiana. They came back to Fort Myers in 1930 to become permanent residents of this city. In addition to Dr. Porter, she is survived by a son, Frank M. Cleveland, a grand daughter, Carlie Electa Cleveland, a sister, Mrs. J. H. Collins of Elkhart and her brother.

Fort Myers News-Press 08 /19/2007 Roland Clayton Porter died with his humor and dignity intact at Hope Hospice on August 16, 2007. He was born in 1932 in Long Beach, California.Clayton was preceded in death by his older brother Mel and most recently by his son Mark Porter.Clayton's remaining family includes: his daughters Tamara Yvonne Tolkin and Carrie Ann Mountain. and his stepson Tony Jordan, grandchildren Porter and Storey Tolkin and Anthony Jordan. Clayton will also be missed by his niece Madeleine Plummer and nephews Mike and Lee Porter. Clayton attended the University of Florida and served as an Air Force cartographer, stationed in Europe during the Korean conflict. He worked with his brother at Henderson Hardware and later at Williams Hardware. Clayton enjoyed sailboat racing, especially with his nephew Lee, gatherings around his dining room table with friends and family, weekends with his children at the beach and aboard his houseboat in Bokeelia. Clayton's wishes were for his ashes to be scattered by his family in the places that he loved. Sail on, Clayton.FMHS 1950
    Fort Myers News-Press, November 10, 2013 - Ann Lorraine (Taylor) Porterfield, age 91, of LaBelle, passed away November 5, 2013 in LaBelle. She was born Oct. 11, 1922 in Starke, FL, to the late Adam Lee and the late Clara (Calhoun) Taylor. She married Paul Martin Porterfield; he proceeded her in death on July 21, 1985. She and Paul owned and operated Porterfield Oil Distribution Company in LaBelle for over 55 years. Survivors include one daughter: Paula Porterfield Bischel and grandson Loren Bischel both of LaBelle. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. A graveside service will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in Fort Denaud Cemetery with Pastor L.W. Howard officiating. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Akin-Davis Funeral Home. The family of Mrs. Porterfield would like to thank all of the Hospice nursing staff and caregivers for the wonderful care and concern shown to her during her illness. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle. 

  

  Caloosa Belle,  July 27, 2010 - Lloyd Edwin Porterfield, age 60, of LaBelle, passed away July 24, 2010, in Lehigh Acres. He was born Nov. 22, 1949, in Fort Myers, the son of the late Paul Martin Porterfield and Ann Lorraine (Taylor) Porterfield. He was a lifetime resident of LaBelle. Lloyd earned a Bachelor's Degree from Western Carolina University and was a veteran of the Air Force. He was manager of Porterfield Oil Co. and worked there his entire life. Survivors include his mother, Ann Lorraine Porterfield; sister, Paula Bischel; and nephew, Loren Bischel, all of LaBelle. Services were held Wed. July 28, 2010, 10 a.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle with Pastor L. W. Howard officiating. Interment followed in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
    Fort Myers News-Press, November 6, 2010 - Rose Posner, a long-time resident of Lee County, died on Tuesday, November 2, at the age of 99. She moved to Fort Myers from New York City in 1946, when Fort Myers was still a very small town. In 1947, Rose, along with her husband Sam Posner, opened the original Ft. Myers Variety Store in downtown Fort Myers. That business, which later became American Department Stores, pioneered retailing on Cleveland Avenue in the 1950's.Although work and family took up a great deal of her time, Rose always found time to contribute to the community. In those early days, she was an active member of the Lions Club Auxiliary. Later she was one of the founding members of Temple Beth El and the original president of the Temple Beth El Sisterhood. After her retirement and the long years of caring for her ill husband, she devoted her free time to Lee Memorial's Pink Bazaar resale shop and the Lakes Park Friends of the Library Association. She also enjoyed spending time with her wide circle of friends playing mahjong, bridge, and even square dancing.Rose always enjoyed new experiences; the highlight of her travels was an extensive trip with her husband in 1965. They visited London, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc. Although she enjoyed them all, Hong Kong's shopping made it her favorite spot, and she treasured those memories for the rest of her life.Rose's many friends were drawn to her charm, her zest for life, and her enthusiasm. Her surviving family, consisting of her daughter, Barbara Douglas, her son and daughter-in-law, Arthur and Bonnie Posner, her daughter Susan Marsten, and her grandchildren, Michael Douglas, Laurie Rylant, Kevin Posner, Jeffrey Marsten, and Richard Marsten and five great grandchildren, will miss her but will always cherish their many joyous memories of her life..
    Fort Myers News-Press, November 24, 2007 - Frank John Postorino, 75, died early Thanksgiving morning at Hope Hospice House Cape Coral after a 3-year battle with prostate cancer of the bone. He passed peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loving family. Frank was born in Elizabeth, NJ. He graduated in June 1950 from Watertown High School, Watertown, NY where he played baseball and football. He married Patricia A. Feeley at Holy Family Church, Watertown in July 1952. The couple joyfully celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2002 with their entire family. Frank served in the US Army as an MP with the 101st Airborne Division from 1952-54. In July 1956 he opened the Philadelphia Superette grocery in Philadelphia, NY. In April 1969 he built the Philadelphia Big M Supermarket. He operated the store through 1975. Over a 20-year period Frank was a member of the Philadelphia Volunteer Fire Department, a member of American Legion Post 798, and served two years on the Village Board. In 1976 Frank moved his family to Fort Myers. He worked as a salesman with Original Foods Company and later operated Sunway Foods with his son Steve, servicing restaurant owners from Bradenton to Naples. Then from 1987 to 2004 he worked for the City of Fort Myers as a Tour Guide and Tram Driver for the Edison-Ford Winter Estates. He is remembered by his family and friends as a civic-minded man; very family-oriented and widely respected by everyone who knew him. Frank is survived by his wife of 55 years, Patricia F. Postorino, their children: Karen Corthell of Fort Myers, daughter-in-law Joan Haver Postorino of Glen Park, NY, Steven J. Postorino and his wife Kimberly of North Fort Myers, Lisa Bock and her husband Gary of Williamsburg, VA, and Patti Postorino and her husband Michael Cullen of Sarasota, FL. He is predeceased by a son, Frank Jerome Postorino, Fire Chief Glen Park VFD, Glen Park, NY who in 2004, at age 48, was struck and killed by a drunk driver. He is survived by six grandchildren: Erin Corthell Shelton and her husband Gary of Westminster, MD, Trevor J. Corthell, Tampa, FL, Craig J. Postorino, Brownville NY, Jason M. Postorino, Albany, NY and Grace N. Postorino of N. Fort Myers; granddaughter Sgt. Rachel Bock Reese and husband SSgt. Shawn Reese are currently serving in Iraq with the First Armored Division US Army Band. He is survived by three great-grandchildren and by marriage, four additional great-grandchildren. Frank also is survived by a brother, Jerome Postorino of Linden, NJ and a sister, Mary Scimemi of Monmouth Beach, NJ, a nephew Joseph Scimemi and his wife Barbara of Kendall Park, NJ, and aunts, great-nieces, and cousins in New York State, New Jersey and Florida.A memorial service will be held Sunday, November 25 at 1:30 PM at The Presbyterian Apartments, 1925 Virginia Avenue, Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers donations in his name may be made to Hospice House Cape Coral, 2430 Diplomat Pkwy E, Cape Coral, FL 33909.
    Fort Myers News-Press, Noverber 24-28, 2013 – Patricia (Feeley) Postorino died Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Hope Hospice House following a seven month illness with gallbladder cancer. Pat moved to Fort Myers in 1976 from northern New York State. She worked for the City of Fort Myers for 23 years as a guide at the Edison Ford Winter Estates where she helped develop a year-long living history program for the sesquicentennial birthday. Born in New York City December 1, 1932 to Malachi and Marguerite Akins Feeley, Pat graduated from Watertown High School in June 1950, and was employed as a telephone operator. On July 5, 1952, she married Frank J. Postorino. The couple raised their five children in Philadelphia, NY where they operated a family grocery. Throughout her life Pat was active in community theaters. She was a 20-year member of City of Palms Chorus of Sweet Adelines, and enjoyed performing and directing musicals with Gulf Coast Opera Company. She is survived by her children Karen Corthell, Westminster, MD; Joan Haver Postorino, Glen Park, NY; Steven J. and Kimberly Postorino, North Fort Myers, FL; Lisa and Gary Bock, Huntsville, AL; Patti A. Postorino and Michael Cullen, Sarasota, FL; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is further survived by brother-in-law Jerome Postorino, Linden, NJ; sister-in-law Mary Scimemi, Delray Beach, FL; nephew Joseph Scimemi, Kendall Park, NJ; cousin Janice Akins Horton, Theresa, NY, and beloved nieces and cousins in New Jersey and New York. She was pre-deceased by her husband of 55 years Frank Postorino, and a son Frank who was killed by a drunk driver in May 2004. Her ashes will be interred in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens at a private observance. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Guiding Light Community Church, 1360 Touchstone Road, North Fort Myers, FL 33903. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Guiding Light Community Church building fund.
    Fort Myers News-Press, October 27, 2000 - Albert N. Posze, 84, of Fort Myers, died October 25, 2000. He was born in Lorain, OH a son of the late Nicholas and Teresa Posze. Albert worked as an engineer at Metro Bottling Company for 45 years retiring in 1981, he moved to the local area in 1981 from Jersey City, NJ. He was a member of Church of the Resurrection. Mr. Posze is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Margaret; his son and daughter-in-law, Albert J. and Crystalline Posze of NJ; his daughter, Irene A. Posze of Fort Myers and his granddaughter, Jennifer M. Posze of NY. A funeral service will be conducted in the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home on Saturday at 12 Noon. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. In his memory memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Lee County. Entombment will be in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd, 936-0555
     Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Fort Myers, FL - Margaret P (Paul) Posze, 94, of Fort Myers, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014. She was born August 21, 1919 in Perth Amboy, NJ the daughter of John and Anna (Ambrusz) Paul. She moved to Fort Myers from Jersey City, NJ in 1981. She was a member of Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord. Enjoyed crocheting, Gardening, bingo, cooking and baking but especially enjoyed her granddaughter and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Albert N. Posze in 2000. Mrs. Posze is survived by her children: Albert J. Posze and wife, Crystalline, of Hackensack, NJ and Irene A. Posze of Fort Myers; Her granddaughter, Jennifer and her two great grandchildren: Paul and Anderson. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Private entombment will follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends will be received from 9:00 AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555. Online condolences may be made at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com.
    Frank Paul Potestio, Sr., 95 of Naples died Saturday, December 14, 2013. He was born September 30, 1918 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Francesco and Rosaria (Aiosa) Potestio.  Mr. Potestio was an avid musician – music was his life playing in “Frankie Paul and his Orchestra” until he was 90 years young. In his journeys, he played with greats like Aretha Franklin, Nat King Cole, Buddy Rich, Dina Shore and Jackie Gleason. He was a resident of Collier County, Florida for 20 years and belonged to the Rotary Club of Southfield, Michigan. Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 70 years, Rose T. Gagliardi Potestio; son, Frank (Linda) Potestio, Jr. of Naples, Florida; daughter, Roseanne A. (Stan) Gracki of Royal Oak, Michigan; and his 2 grandchildren, Nick and Jake.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the favorite charity of your choice.

  Fort Myers News-Press--Jan 22,2009 Tracy Anne Potpolak was a resident of Lehigh for the last 14 years. Tracy was born in Torrington, CT where she lived most of her life, and graduated from Torrington High School. Tracy's outgoing life was cut short at the very young age of 39.Tracy was a major part of a family owned tomato business - Immokalee Produce Shippers.Tracy leaves her beloved husband and friend John of 17 years. Tracy loved life and her children very much. Not a day went by that she didn't have a story to tell about one of her four fantastic children: Meghen 16, Johny 15, Aleyna 8 and Ryley 18 months.Tracy leaves her Mom and Dad, Barbara and Rich Levine of Fort Myers. Tracy leaves a brother and sister, Rick and Debra Levine. Also Richie, Lindsay, Ryan, Donald, Johnny, Ulyssia, Dylan, Brandon, Muriayah and Landon. Tracy leaves a sister, brother and a niece, Robin, Bruce and Breonna Provent; also Missy, Adrienne, Kaleigh, Isabella, Tyler and Aubrey. Tracy leaves her father-in-law John Potpolak from Winsted, CT; her sisters and brothers, Pam and Ron Banks, Debra and Mackenzie Michelson, Cheryl and Dabid Pecha. Also Katie and Alex Pecha.Tracy was a kind and loving person, always having a strong shoulder to cry on and being there for everyone around her. Tracy will be terribly missed by everyone who knew her and was touched by her compassionate personality.The memorial services will be held at Lee Memorial Park on SR 82 on Saturday, Jan. 3rd, 2009 from 3-5 pm.There is a "memorial college trust fund for Tracy Potpolak's children" to complete Tracy's wishes for her children's future. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made through Bank of America. If you have any questions feel free to contact Robin at 239.657.5555.
     The News-Press, June 12, 2008 - Paul H. (Bud) Potter of Apopka, Fl. died June 7, 2008. Born July 10, 1932, Paul served in the U.S. Army and was a Korean War veteran. He was well known in Pennsylvania and Florida in his occupation as an auto mechanic. He was loved by all and will be sadly missed. Paul is survived by his wife Helen Potter of Apopka, Fl., one daughter, Mary Ajitsingh of Sacramento, CA., one son, Darren Potter of Corsicana, TX, two step daughters, Bonnie Vary and Jean Mears of Fort Myers, Fl., two brothers Donald Potter of Apopka, Fl. and James Potter of Sayre, PA., nine grandchildren, Mike of TX, Devika, of CA, April, Jon, Lynn and Cynthia of Fl, Janelle, Kayleigh and Brandon, of MN, 8 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held Saturday June 14, 2008 at 10:00 AM at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial service was held June 8 at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Apopka.

      Tampa Tribune, March 28, 2014 - Sydney Kenneth Potter, Sr., 95, passed away peacefully at home March 24, 2014. He was predeceded in death by his sons, Sydney K. Potter, Jr. and Jeffrey L. Potter, and survived by his wife of 69 years, Thalia Lunsford Potter; his daughter, Geri Kail and son-in-law, Chris Kail Sr.; grand-daughters, Brooke Potter and Bridget McCully; and three great grandsons. Syd served for most of his career as Secretary-Treasurer of I.W. Phillips & Company, and later man-aged the local distribution office for Ace Hardware, from which he retired. A Tampa native, he worked successfully on numerous causes, including preservation of Florida's state capitol building, defense of the Hillsborough River, on which he and his wife lived for 58 years, and many political issues. In 2008 he was honored by The League of Women Voters of Hills-borough County when they established the "Sydney and Thalia Potter Civic Leadership Award" to recognize their "tireless commitment to good government, protection of the environment, and community activism". His funeral service is scheduled for Saturday, March 29, 2:00 PM, Myrtle Hill Memorial Park Cemetery, 4207 East Lake Avenue, Tampa.
    Fort Myer News-Press, August 7, 1936 - George Pottinger, 54-year-old operator of a Fort Myers Beach tourist camp, died Wednesday night at Lakeland following a major operation. He went to Lakeland last Saturday, was taken seriously ill and was placed in the Momorial Hospital there. His body was returned to Fort Myers last night by Lawrence A. Powell. Mr. Pottinger came to Florida 15 years ago from Valley Springs, S. D. and operated a drug store in Winter Haven for several years before moving to Fort Myers. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marie Blaize Pottinger, three dauhters, Mrs. Bill Reiker of Winter Haven, Mrs. Bill Gibbons of Lakeland and Catherine Pottinger of Fort Myers, three sons, Harry of Anna Maria Beach, Charles and George, Jr. of Fort Myers; his mother, Mrs. Charles D. Pottinger, and a sister, Miss Mayme Pottinger of Valley Springs, S.D. (Fort Myers Cemetery)
    The Fort Myers News-Press, April 23, 1993 - Milda H. Pottinger, 72, a lifelong resident of Fort Myers, died Wednesday, April 21, 1993. Mr. Pottinger was a graduate of the Class of 1938 of Fort Myers High. He was the owner of Pottingers Nursery, a member of the Florida Nursery Growers Assoc., the Pioneer Club, the James Hendry Hibiscus Society and St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Surviving are her son and daugher-in-law, Jerry and Susan Pottinger of Fort Myers; daugher, Theresa Sands of Fort Myers; daughter and son-in-law, Milla and Richard Voellinger of Fort Myers; brothers, John and Vincent Honc, both of Bokeelia; sisters, Elizabeth Himschoot of Fort Myers; sister, Kathleen Francis of Largo, Fla.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her late husband, George Pottinger. Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted Saturday, April 24 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Father Thomas Anglim officiating. Interment will be in Fort Myers Cemetery. Friends may call at the Phil Kiser funeral Home, 9231 Cypress Lake Dr. on Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Scripture services will be conducted Friday at 7 pm. at the funeral home.
    Fort Myers News-Press Feb 21, 2009 Richard Harold Potts, Jr., 44, of Fort Myers, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2009. He was born March 1, 1964 in Peoria, IL and moved to Fort Myers in 1966. Mr. Potts is survived by his mother, Kathleen Smith of Fort Myers; sisters and brothers: Candy Klesalek of Portland, OR, Barbara Joyce Perry, Portland, OR, David Eugene Smith, of Fort Myers, Timothy Mark Smith of Fort Myers, and Ruth Lynn Sanchez of Vancouver, WA, Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Monday, February 23, 2009 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with burial to follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends will be received from 10:00 until the time of the service. Memorial buffet for family and friends will be Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009, 4:00 PM, at 17288 Phlox Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33967.Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555. www.fortmyersmemorial.com

Fort Myers-News Press, Dec 18, 2004 - Stephen Powchak passed away at North Collier Hospital on Dec. 15, 2004. He came to Bonita in 1986 after leaving Swans Island, ME. He was the son of Christine & William Powchak whom came to this country from Austria. He was born in Haddam, CT Nov. 30, 1920, graduated from Yonkers, NY high school, served 4 years in the Army, was in the invasion of Algiers, North Africa, retired from Pratt 7 Whitney aircraft in 1977. He was preceded by his wife Glenice and daughter Barbara. He is survived by 3 nieces, Sandra Snyder, Shippensburg, PA; Gail Clark, Seminole, FL; Donna Douglas, Morrisville, VT and his longtime companion Gaye Barlow and her children Pamela Elliott and Barry Payson.
    Fort Myers News-Press, January 11, 1987 - Earl P. Powers, 76, of North Fort Myers, died Friday in Fort Myers, Fla. He was born in Lake Butler, Fla. and lived most of his life in Lee County. Earl was a farmer for Moody's Farm and attended Suncoast Baptist Church. Survivors include a son, Franklin Powers, Fort Myers; a daughter, Kay Alvarez, North Fort Myers; a sister, Pauline Jones, East Fort Myers; and five grandsons, Phillip, Roger and Mikal Powers and Calvin and Troy Alvarez. Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. at the Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home, North Chapel, 3453 Hancock Bridge Parkway with Rev. Danny Harvey officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to services Monday. Internment to follow in Fort Myers City Cemetery (Garden of Memories).
    The Fort Myers News-Press, July 8, 2008 - John A. Powers Jr., 86, of Lehigh Acres, FL former long time resident of Hicksville, Long Island, died on July 1, 2008 following complications from long term respiratory issues. Born June 1922 in New York City, he grew up in Greenwich Village and The Bronx. He was the eldest son of Mary Hines Powers and John A. Powers Sr. Brother to William, Robert, Ruth, Dorothy, Walter, Lenny, James, Louis, Harold, and Billie, and was preceded in death by spouses, Florence O'Neill (deceased 2/1962) and Patricia Brown (deceased 11/1999) as well as son, Stephen R. Powers, (deceased 12/1989). Surviving are his brother, Walter Simmons of FL, his children, Anna May Riddell of AZ, Michelle McCleary of NY, John A. Powers III of NY, Edward Powers of FL, Peter Knudsen of NY, Patrice Coley of FL, Stacy Connolly of TX, Sharon Knudsen of NY, Erin Powers of FL, and Kelly Staten of FL; his 26 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. He was a member of the Civilian Corps under President Roosevelt, a WWII Veteran, US Army Paratrooper, 82nd Airborne and Machine Gun Squad Leader; also a Highly Decorated Retired New York City Police Officer and Detective (1948-1968), Retired Retail Security Executive and Private Business Owner. He was one of the founding organizers of the football program for Holy Family Parish, Hicksville, NY. Our Dad loved being with his children and grandchildren, his other hobbies included playing and watching golf as well as tinkering in the garage and tending to his roses. His Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 10:00 AM in St. Raphael's Catholic Church, 2514 Lee Blvd, Lehigh Acres, FL with inurnment immediately following with military honors at Lee Memorial Park on Route 82, Fort Myers, FL. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 4575 Via Royale, Suite 110, Fort Myers, FL 33919.
    Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery, Cape Coral, FL - Louise Olive (Sarrach) Powers, 100, of North Fort Myers, FL formerly of Matlacha, FL passed away at home on March 13, 2014. She was born on November 27, 1913 in Two Harbors, Minnesota to Edwin and Olive Cunningham Sarrach. She worked for United Telephone Systems of Florida as a Draftsman. Mrs. Power attended Messiah Lutheran Church, and was a member of the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and American Legion. Mrs. Powers is survived by her loving family including her daughters, Geraldine (Paul) Holcombe, Diane (Buddy) Malcomb; sons, George (Alda) Letcher, Mark (Shirley) Letcher, Donald (Jan) Letcher; sister, Fyrnn Babbe; 35 grandchildren; 79 great grandchildren; 22 great-great grandchildren, and 3 great-great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband Cliff in 1978.  Visitation will be at Coral Ridge Funeral Home on Monday from 12:30 PM until the funeral service at 2:00 PM with Pastor Rusty May, officiating. Burial will follow at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Please visit www.coralridgefuneralhome.com to leave thoughts and memories for her family. Arrangements under the direction of Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cemetery, Cape Coral, FL.
     Cape Coral Daily Breeze, June 28, 2010 - Mildred Powers, 81, of Cape Coral passed away Saturday, June 26, 2010. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Lepore of Cape Coral and Susan (Kelvin) Greenleaf of Coconut Creek, Fla.; grandchildren, Marc (Julie Bearman) Lepore and Melissa (Brad) Schoolcraft; great-grandchildren, Gavin, Raine, Austin, Elijah and Alivia; and the extended Powers family and friends. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, June 29, at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 S.W. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, at the funeral home with entombment to follow. Arrangements are by Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery. Please visit  www.coralridgefuneralhome.com  to leave online thoughts and memories for her family.

Fort Myers News-Press, August. 15, 1938 - Frank A. Powell, 80, died at his residence at 138 Second street yesterday afternoon following an illnes of four months. Mr. Powell had been resident and leading citizen of Fort Myers since 1924, coming here from Atlanta, Ga. He was a member of the Masonic Piedmont lodge of Atlanta. He is survived by a brother, N. T. Powell, city treasurer of Los Angeles, California, a sister, Miss Ella Mae Powell of Washington and four sons, Lawrence A., and Marion of Fort Myers, Frank, jr., of Washington and George T. of Macon, Ga. His wife died a year ago here. The body will be taken to Atlanta for interment. Services here await the arrival of Frank Powell from Washington.
     Fort Myers News-Press, November 10, 1970 - John Homer Powell, whose parents settled in the Ft Myers area just after the Civil War, died at Lee Memorial Hospital Monday at the age of 92. Powell’s family fled a crop failure in South Carolina and settled here in 1867.Five years later the government opened the area to homesteading and Powell’s father, also named John, crossed the Caloosahatchee and staked out a claim for 460 acres of fertile woodland. He named it New Prospect. The elder Powell built a log cabin and it was here that John Homer Powell was born in 1878. Powell Creek and Powell Drive were named after his father. The ranch was located between what is now Weaver’s Corner and Evalina  Drive north of Bayshore Road. John Homer Powell managed the homestead beginning in 1901 when his father died. Powell was a cattleman and developer. He gave up active work in his father’s groves in 1946 after Florrie, his wife, died. He worked as an overseer and continued to drive an automobile until 1965. An acquaintance described him as a serene man who always admonished his children to ‘think before you speak.” He had many fond memories of his boyhood days such as setting traps for wild bear, deer and turkey which came in to graze on the vegetable garden. Powell often spoke of waiting for his father’s return from the nearest trade center, Key West. In his later years he lived with his daughter, Mrs. Sam (Stella) Sadler at 1786 Powell Drive. Survivors include Mrs. Sadler; one son, Lester Powell; five grandchildren, Mrs. Delores Stroup, Mrs. Maxine Swetnick, S J “Buddy” Sadler, and Tommy Powell of Fort Myers and Lamar Powell of Lyon, Michigan; 13 great grandchildren and 8 great-great grandchildren. Funeral Service will be held at the Leo W Englehardt Funeral Home at 3 P.M. Wednesday. Powell’s pastor, Rev. George Price of North Ft. Myers Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the New Prospect Cemetery. Funeral Home visiting hours will be from 7 to 9 PM tonight. Pall bearers at Wednesday’s service will be great-nephews Burt Linderhill, Benny Elwell, Orville Allen, Harry Hill, Albert Hingson and Elbert Walker.
    Fort Myers News-Press, January 15, 1933 - Louis Thornton Powell, 72-year-old resident of Alva, died at 3 p.m. yesterday in the Lee Memorial hospital. Mr. Powell was stricken with pneumonia a week ago and was taken to the hospital here Friday. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at the L. W. Engelhardt chapel. The Rev. C. T. Tew will conduct the service, while Mr. Powell's six sons, Will, Arthur, Bruce, Ben, Irving and Elmer Powell will act as pallbearers. Mr. Powell was born in north Georgia in 1861, the son of George W. and Susan Culpepper Powell. On May 18, 1881, he was married to Miss Marrietta Joyner. Survivors include four sisters, Mrs. E. A. Weeks, Mrs. J. W. Yent and Mrs. Harry Scott of Fort Myers and Mrs. C. M. Bock of Tampa; one brother, C. J. Powell of Tampa; one daughter, Mrs. J. O. Ball of Miami; and six sons, W. M., A. W., E. K. and T. C. of Everglades and B. C. and R. B. of Miami.
    Fort Myers News-Press, September 2, 1933 - Mrs. W. F.(Rhoda) Powell, 76 years of age and a resident of Southwest Florida for nearly 60 years, died yesterday morning at her bome on royal Palm avenue. She had been in ill health for six years and death was not unexpected. Mrs. Powell came to Florida from South Carolina. She was a member of the First Methodist church and active until a few years ago. Mrs. Powell's maiden name was Miss Rhoda M. Galloway. She was born on Nov. 3, 1857. She and W. F. Powell were married on June 9, 1873. Funeral services likely will be held Sunday, although definite arrangements had not been completed last night. The survivors are one son, Charles S. Powell, sr., of Fort Myers and three daughters, Mrs. Ernest Hobson of Fort Myers, Mrs. John M. Dean of Fort Myers and Rhode Island, and Mrs. R. E. Robinson of Jacksonville. Several grandchildren also survive. Lawrence A. Powell is in charge of arrangements.

      Fort Myers News-Press, November 26, 2011 - Thomas R. Powell of Fort Myers passed away on November 26, 2011. Tommy was born in Fort Myers on March 20, 1934. His great grandfather, John Powell, was one of the original settlers of the Fort Myers area. Tommy was preceded in death by his father, Earl Powell, his mother, Ruby Sanders and stepfather Hubert Sanders. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Rouse Powell and his three children, Michael Powell (Cheryl), Nick Powell (Marla), and Beth Lester (Tim). His grandchildren include Ian and Adam Powell, Jessica Demond (Drew), Morgan Powell, Ashley Anderson (Doug), Devin Lester (fiancée Christina Maniscalco), Nicholas Lester (Allysa). Tommy's great grandchildren include Jacob and Jaxson Anderson, and Jamie and Jordan Demond. Immediate family also includes sister-in-law, Sandy Hamilton, brother-in-law, Bill Hamilton, nephews and numerous cousins. Tommy (Red) graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1952 and was selected first team All-South Florida Conference in basketball. He attended the University of Florida. He owned and operated Powell's Upholstery for over 40 years. His love of music and song writing brought him great pleasure and many close musical friends. Tommy's other interests included hunting, fishing, golf, billiards and wood working. He was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, friend and will be forever missed. A memorial service celebrating Tommy's life will be held on Thursday December 1st at 5:00pm at the Vineyard Community Church of Cape Coral, 923 SE 47th Terrace in Cape Coral with Pastor Jamie Stilson officiating. Family and friends are invited to a reception at the church following the service. If desired, memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, Fort Myers Florida or charity of your choice

Fort Myers News-Press, September 14, 2005 - William R. "Bubba" Powell, 67, of Fort Myers passed away on Saturday September 10, 2005 in Cape Coral. He was born August 10, 1938 in Fort Myers to Charles Powell Jr. and Eudora Kurtz. He is survived by one brother Charles Powell III of Fort Myers, Florida, two nephews Chuck and Chris Powell both of Fort Myers, Florida, one great niece Erin Powell of Fort Myers, Florida, two great nephews Cameron and Ben Powell both of Fort Myers, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents and Aunt Elaine Kelly. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 AM on Friday September 16, 2005 at the Fort Myers City Cemetery. Reverend Tom Rickards will be officiating. Arrangements in the care of Anderson Funeral Home of Fort Myers (239) 694-4121.
    Fort Myers News-Press, March 31, 1968 - Funeral service for Joe E. Powers, 83, of 2536 Market St., will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at the Broadway Church of God with Rev. W. D. McKinney officiating. Pallbearers will be W. L. Powers, Harvey Powers, Dusty Summerall, Noah Powers, Frank Powers and Charles Nicholas. Burial will be in Fort Myers Cemetery. Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Fort Myers News-Press, July 20 1944 - John Wayne Powers, eight-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Powers, died yesterday afternoon at their home on McGregor boulevard.  He leaves, besides his parents, a brother, Franklin David Powers.  Funeral arrangements are in charge of Lawrence A. Powell.
    Fort Myers News-Press, June 5, 1937 - Mathews Powers, 79-year-old farmer, died yesterday at his home on 127 Blake street after a prolonged illness. He is survived by five sons, Joe, Willie, Jim, Noah and Elias of Fort Myers. Mr. Powers had lived in Lee county for 40 years and was widely known. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 o'clock this morning at the Lawrence A. Powell chapel with the Rev. Leroy Crider of the Second Baptist church officiating. Interment will be at the Fort Myers cemetery.
    Fort Myers News-Press, Friday, September 29, 1989 - Noah M. Powers, 65, of North Fort Myers, died Wednesday in Cape Coral; born in LaBelle, he was a life long resident of Lee County and was of the Methodist affilliation. Before retiring Mr. Powers was a salesman for Frye Wholesale in Fort Myers for 39 years. Surviving are his wife, Bib Powers; a son Noah Powers III of Vero Beach; two daughters and sons-in-law Pamela and Daniel Graviss and Belinda and John Watson of North Fort Myers; his mother Sephroney Tanner Powers of Fort Myers; three granddaughters and one grandson and one great-granddaughter with several nieces, nephews and cousins surviving. The family will receive friends at Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home North Chapel, 3453 Hancock Bridge Parkway, today from 6 to 8 p.m. with services being conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Larry Krewson of the North Fort Myers United Methodist Church officiating. Interment to follow at Fort Myers City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Blasingim, Daniel Frey, Bill Hayhurst, Doug Robertson, Leslie Jones and David Rickards. Arrangements by Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home North Chapel.
    Fort Myers News-Press, June 7, 1943 - Noah Mathews Powers, 39-year-old farmer, died yesterday morning at his home in Fort Myers. He is survived by two sons, Noah Jr. and Jack, and three brothers, Willie Powers of LaBelle, James Powers of Immokalee and Joe Powers of Fort Myers. Funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning at the Spooner and Engelhardt Funeral Home.*** Fort Myers News-Press, June 8, 1943 - A coroner's jury decided yesterday that Noah 'Shorty' Powers came to his death by diving headfirst into the concrete floor of the county jail. They reached this verdict after hearing other prisoners in the jail tell how Powers sprang into the air to land on his head and how afterward he banged his head repeatedly on the iron table in the cell. The jury concluded that he 'came to his death by his own means by striking his head.' Powers was locked up last week on a charge of drinking and was placed in a cell filled with teenage boys held for car theft and with a 60-year-old man held for living with a 12-year-old girl. 'He caught a fit,' said one of the boys. ' He folded his arms, jumped up in the air, turned a somersault and landed on his head. After that he would bang his head on the iron table and beat his face up and down on the concrete floor.' Jailer Abe Skinner called Dr. Baker Whisnant after Powers had injured himself diving into the floor. Dr. Whisnant took Powers to the hospital where his injuries were treated. Returned to the jail, Powers resumed beating his head on the table. He died early Sunday morning. Members of the jury were C. R. Wade, foreman, Vernon Whidden, J. E. Postlethwaite, J. Wheeler, Ralph Voore and J. H. Hancock.
    Fort Myers News-Press, December 7, 2006 - Harold H. Pratt, 96 of Fort Myers Beach passed away Tuesday December 5, 2006. He was born in Gas City, IN the son of the late Ora and Sadie Pratt. He owned and operated manufacturing businesses in Indiana before moving to Fort Myers Beach over 50 years ago where he became a successful Realtor, Broker, and Developer in the Fort Myers Beach area. He was a Charter Member of the Araba Temple in Fort Myers and a member of Lodge 635 in Fairmount, IN. Harold and Dena spent many summers traveling across the country and at their summer home in North Carolina. Harold is survived by his loving wife, of 74 years, Berdeneth; his daughter Barbara Pratt of Miami, his son Harold Pratt Jr. of Fort Myers and his grandson Harold Wayne Pratt III of Fort Myers.Visitation will be Friday from 6 PM to 9 PM and funeral service Saturday 2:30 PM at the Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Donations in Harold's name to the Shrine Children's Hospital, 12502 Pine Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612 would be deeply appreciated.
    Fort Myers News-Press, October 8, 2012 - John Joseph Predko was born on April 5, 1925 to his parents Felix and Theodora in Windber, PA and passed away at his home on October 4, 2012 in North Ft. Myers.  John is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Betty; his children Bonnie (Jack) Grgurich, Donald (Karen) Predko, William (Judi) Predko, and Kathy Predko; 3 Grandchildren and 4 Great Grandchildren.  A Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012 from 10 am - 11 am at North Fort Myers Nazarene Church; 6781 Bayshore Rd. N. Ft. Myers, Fl 33917. A Funeral Service will be celebrated at 11 am with interment to follow at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery.

Fort Myers News-Press, Friday, December 20, 1935 - Mrs. Carrie Adams Prentice, 70-year old winter visitor from Rockford, Ill., died suddenly Wednesday night at 1244 Tournament street. She had suffered with a heart ailment but was apparently in fair health until a sudden attack caused death after she had returned home from visiting friends the same evening. Mrs. Prentice is survived by her husband, Orville I. Prentice, and a daughter, Miss Zella, who were living with her in Fort Myers. They will accompany her body to Rockford for funeral services and will return to Fort Myers later in the season. Local arrangements are being made by L. W. Engelhardt and Sons.
    Fort Myers News-Press, August 8, 1940 - LaBelle, Aug. 7 (AP) - A coroner's jury returned a verdict today that George Prescott, 59, who lived alone in North LaBelle, committed suicide by shotting himself in the head with a shotgun which he held between his knees. Coroner James Couse said Prescott had been despondent and in ill health. The body was discovered by Prescott's daughter, Maybelle, who went to the house to take him medicine last night. (Fort Denaud Cemetery)

Fort Myers News-Press, Sunday, August 23, 1998 - Charlie Mae Presley, passed away at her new home in Rotonda West, Fla., Friday morning, August 21, 1998. Charlie Mae Parramore Presley was born in Thomasville, Ga., September 12, 1914. She moved with her family to Boca Grande in 1929, where she lived until the last year of her life. She married William "Bill" Presley in 1933. Charlie Mae and Bill were in business in Boca Grande for many years. They bought the Mercantile, the principle grocery store on the island in 1951. The Mercantile was where Mrs. Presley started Presley's Flowers, the business which became her life's career due to her love of flowers. She and her daughter, Roberta Johnson, opened Presley's Flowers and Things at the corner of 4th and Palm in 1974 which they operated until 1984. Mrs. Presley was a charter member of the Boca Grande Women's Club and a member of the First Baptist Church until her death. Charlie Mae is survived by her three daughters, Hazel Anne Singletary of Lake Wales, Fla., Roberta P. Johnson of Key West, Fla. and Boca Grande, Fla., and Karen June Presley of Key West, Fla.; five grandchildren, Raymond K. Singletary Jr., of Tampa, Fla., William B. Singletary of Tampa, Fla., Cherie L. Jerrell of Bainbridge, Ga., Sabrina S. Johnson of Key West, Fla., and Darian W. Johnson of Tampa, Fla.; and ten great-grandchildren. She also leaves one sister, Monteen Woody of Albany Ga.; one brother, Hazen Parramore of South Ga.; and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and many good friends. Visitation will be held Monday, August 24, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Englewood Community Funeral Home, 3070 S. McCall Road. Funeral service will be Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church of Boca Grande, with the Reverend Richard Sunblad, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Gulf Pines Memorial Park Cemetery.

The Tampa Tribune, Thursday, July 1, 1982 - Anabelle Prevatt, 73, of 4107 Sherwick Drive, Tampa, died Wednesday.  She was a housewife and lived in Tampa for five years.  She is survived by her husband, Perry Sr.; one son, Perry David Jr., of Tampa; one brother, W. B. Welchof Fort Myers; and one sister, Louise Cleveland of Chesapeake, Va.  Hillsboro Memorial Funeral Home.
    Fort Myers News-Press, September 19, 2006 - Eugene "Gene" Prevatt, 75, of Mt. Ida Arkansas and formerly of Ft. Myers, went to be with the Lord on September 17, 2006.Gene was born on September 14, 1931 in Ft. Myers to Charley and Rhoda Prevatt. Gene was a 1950 graduate of Ft. Myers High School, where he was a football and track standout (1947-1949). Gene was a fullback on the first team chosen for All South Florida Conference and was also chosen to play in the Florida State High School All Star Football game in Tampa in 1950. Gene then joined the Marines, serving in the Korean War where he received the Purple Heart. Gene was self employed until retiring first to Lakeport, Florida where he enjoyed many years of fishing and later moved to Mt. Ida, Arkansas, where he has lived for the past 15 years. He was a member of Lake Ouchita Baptist Church.He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Yvonne, 3 children, Mark (Conita) Prevatt, Marla (Nick) Powell, and Gena Prevatt, all of Ft. Myers, 2 step-children, Gary (Trish) Stanley of Mt. Ida, Ark., and Jackie (Ray) Warren in Indianapolis, IN, 5 grandchildren, Travis, Triesta, Jessie, Morgan, and Cole, 5 great-grandchildren, Lane, Raif, Wylan, Jamie Jean, and Whitlee, 2 sisters, Lucile West of Dothan, AL, and Betty Herzog of Cape Coral. Gene was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Shirlee (Denkhaus), and 10 brothers and sisters, Walter, Mack, Percey, Perry, Charles, Marie, Bill, Jim, Ruth, and Johnny.The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 21st, 10-11 am, at Crossroads Baptist Church, 4679 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, with a funeral service to follow at 11:00. Interment will be at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home of Fort Myers is in charge of arrangements.FMHS 1950

Fort Myers News-Press, January 27, 2009 - Herman "Smokey" Prevatt, 88 of Fort Myers, went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 22, 2009. He was born March 16, 1920, in Folkston, Georgia.He served in the CCC's and then the United States Army for 13 1/2 years, was a 32nd degree Mason, a master plumber by trade, loved being surrounded by his family and enjoyed hunting and fishing.Survivors include his daughter Karen Williams, son Henry Phillips, brother Jack Prevatt, eight grandchildren and many great grandchildren.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 28, 2009, at Crossroads Baptist Church in East Fort Myers where he was a member.

Fort Myers News-Press, August 30, 2010 - Horace E. "Buck" Prevatt, 103, passed away at his home in Middleburg Saturday Aug. 28th. 2010 surrounded by his loving family. Buck was born one of 7 children, all deceased, to Thomas Marion and Michael Ardelia (Williams) Prevatt , old South Florida pioneer parents. Both of his grandfathers were soldiers in the Civil War. He worked in the 1930's and 40's at the sugar mill in Clewiston, Fl. During WWII he was a Civil Service worker at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, FL. He was preceded in death by his wife Nina Morris Prevatt and 2 sons-in-law, George Smith and Robert Varnadore. Buck and Nina settled in Tampa, FL where Nina's family lived and raised 3 daughters. After retiring from Winn Dixie in 1972, they moved to Jacksonville, FL, where their youngest daughter and her husband lived. He worked for a time at Barnett Bank as a security guard. Survivors are his 3 daughters, Beryl A. Smith, Sandra M. Varnadore, Wanda J. Haley and husband Gail; 8 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great grandchildren. Buck was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, 1532 Long Bay Road, Middleburg, where the family will receive friends Monday night (tonight) from 6-8 pm, and the funeral service will be at 11:00 am Tuesday at the church. Pastor Ken Pledger will officiate. Burial will follow services at Holly Hill Memorial Park. Arrangements by Holly Hill Funeral Home, 3601 Old Jennings Road, Middleburg. Please join us in celebrating Buck's life at www.hollyhillfunerals.com
    Fort Myers News-Press, July 24, 2011 – LaVau “Candy” (Strickland) Prevatt, 93, of Fort Myers, passed away Friday, July 22, 2011. She was born October 17, 1917 in Bainbridge, GA and moved to Fort Myers in 1926. She was a member of Riverside Baptist Church and attended Northside Baptist Church. Mrs. Prevatt is survived by her daughters: Kay (Doug) Bartleson, Maxine Prevatt and Gwen Prevatt; her granddaughter, Lori (Ric) Baquero; her great grandchildren: Maya, Ayla and Tammen Baquero and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Maxie Prevatt; her parents: Pasha Lee Palmer and Jabe Strickland; her sisters: Virgie Skinner Thomas, Opal (Tip) Daniels and Sybil Strickland; her brothers: Wilton Strickland, Lorenzo Strickland and Douglas Strickland and her grandson, Curt Bowen. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with burial to follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends will be received from 6-8 PM on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at the funeral home. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907, 239-936-0555. Online condolences may be made at: www.fortmyersmemorial.com.

Fort Myers News-Press, January 3, 2002 - Ruby 'Nanny' Jean Danley Prevatt, 66, Fort Myers, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 2, 2002. A lifetime resident, Ruby was a member of the Revival Tabernacle. She was the only daughter of the late Fred and Annie Danley. A loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and great grandmother, she will be greatly missed. Mrs. Prevatt is survived by her husband of 49 years, Johnny; two sons, Glen (Joanne) and Vic (Lenora); a daughter, Cindy (Larry) Ireland; four granddaughters, Tracey (Adam) Barton, Tammy (Josh) Graves, Vicki Prevatt, and Lehigh Ann Prevatt; three grandsons, Bubba Ireland, J.B. Ireland, and Dalton Prevatt; and three great-grandchildren, Briana and Britany Barton, and Dawson Graves. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 4, 2002 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home, 3654 Palm Beach Boulevard. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2002 at Revival Tabernacle Church. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bubba Ireland, J.B. Ireland, Justin Simmons, Jimmy Lynch, Larry Keller and Dale Ammons. Arrangements by the Anderson Funeral Home.

     Walter Prevatt

Fort Myers News-Press, February 4, 1933 - Charles F. Price, an old time negro resident of Fort Myers who was widely and favorably known among white people, died yesterday of heart failure at his home in the Cleveland avenue section. Price was 61 years old and had lived here for 40 years. He came from Apalachicola where he was born. Some years ago Price kept a store and acquired considerable real estate, some of it in the Cleveland avenue section where he lived. He is survived by his widow, a son, G. A. Price, a dentist at Jackson, Miss., and a daughter who is the wife of Dr. E. E. Velasco, Fort Myers negro physician.

Fort Myers News-Press, December 28, 1936 - Homer Samuel Price, 69, retired merchant of Fishkill, N. Y., and a visitor in Fort Myers for the past two weeks, died yesterday after a short illness at a house on Hough Street which he had taken for the season. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Grace Price; a daughter, Miss Marian G. Price; a son, Homer, Jr., all of Fishkill, and another daughter, Mrs. Edith Nelson of Flushing, N. Y. The body will be returned to Fishkill for services and interment. The Engelhardt Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge of arrangements.

Fort Myers News-Press, March 7, 2007 - John E. "Jack" Price Jr. passed away March 6, 2007 at his residence in Immokalee. He was born January 2, 1926 in Okeechobee, FL, the only child of John E. Price, Sr. and Aliese Potter Price. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II, and of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. Jack attended Dartmouth College and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in civil engineering.He and his wife of 50 years, Mildred, who predeceased him, moved to Immokalee in the early fifties and operated JB Ranch and Price Enterprises. Jack was responsible for the construction of many of the oil well sites in Collier County. His recent involvement included membership in the Florida Cattleman's Association and serving as Chairman of the John E. and Aliese Price Foundation. He was a long time supporter of the Junior Deputy League of Collier County and had served on the Big Cypress Basin Board.Jack is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Liesa and Russell Priddy, and two grandchildren, Alex and Allison, all of Immokalee. He is also survived by his good friend Helen Hinton of Immokalee.Friends may visit with the family Thursday, March 8 between 5-7 PM at the First Baptist Church, 1411 Lake Trafford Rd. in Immokalee. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Friday, March 9 at First Baptist Church of Fort Myers, 1735 Jackson St., Fort Myers. Interment will be private.Care has been entrusted to Brister Funeral Home, Immokalee, 239-657-3500.
    Cape Coral Daily Breeze, March 27, 2010 - Virginia "Ginny" (Nellis) Price, 64, of North Fort Myers went to be with the Lord Monday, March 15, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by two sons, Dean (Linda) Price of North Fort Myers and Mike (Kathy) Edwards of Cape Coral; three sisters, Rita Dube, Betty Hardy and Mary Bartlemus; one brother, John Nellis; her beloved grandchildren, Levi, Dustin and Marshall Campbell, Stephanie Edwards, Maegan Price and Shelly Wildman; and one great-grandson, Randy Wildman. She also leaves behind her best friends, Nancy Tangeman and Marlyn Kandra, as well as many nieces and nephews and many other close friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cathy Campbell, and her parents, Ernest and Gertrude Nellis. Her first job in life was being a great mother to Mike, Cathy and Dean. Her favorite and most proud moment was becoming "Nanaw" to her beloved grandkids. She worked for more than 30 years as a sailmaker and was the owner of Seaworthy Sails in Fort Myers. After retiring from the sail business in 2004, she became a C.N.A. and took care of many patients until she became ill in January 2008. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Cape Coral. She was a long-time member of CMCS Sailing Club and always very active with the sailing community. She enjoyed all things in life and was a firm believer in living for today. She loved sailing, gardening, cooking for her friends and family, music and dancing. She was the life of the party. If you knew her, you would never forget her. Her strength and determination to live and overcome her cancer never wavered right to the end. She was an inspiration to all of us. She will be dearly missed by us all. On Wednesday, March 31, visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the celebration of life at 1 p.m. at Coral Ridge Funeral Home, 1630 Pine Island Rd., Cape Coral, with interment to follow in Coral Ridge Cemetery. Please visit  www.coralridgefuneralhome.com  to share in Ginny's life story and to leave online thoughts and condolences for her family. Arrangements are by Coral Ridge Funeral Home & Cremation.

  Fort Myers News-Press August 4, 2009 - William G. (Bill) Price, born June 1, 1924 in Buckeye, Kentucky passed away peacefully in Naples, Florida on July 30, 2009. Bill moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida at the age of 5 and after high school attended the University of Florida before joining the US Navy to serve overseas in World War II. After the war ended he moved to Fort Myers, Florida and was an officer with First National Bank of Fort Myers where he met Rhoda Lane. He and Rhoda married in 1946 and had three children, Pat, Jan, and Steve. In 1963 he moved to Immokalee to become President and CEO of Bank of Everglades where he remained until his retirement in 1990.Throughout his 44 year banking career, Bill was active in community service in both Fort Myers and Immokalee. He received the Silver Beaver award from Boy Scouts of America and was inducted into the Business Leadership Hall of Fame by Junior Achievement of Collier County. He also served as the 1975-76 President of Florida Bankers Association. During his career, he served on the board of trustees of The School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University, served on the executive committee of the Community Bankers Division of the ABA and was an organizing director of the Independent Bankers of Florida.Bill was preceded in death by Rhoda, his wife of 53 years. He was also preceded by parents, John F. Price and Nannie L. Price; brothers, John P. Price, Robert C. Price, Paul E. Price, and Gordon E. Price; and sister, Josephine R. Petersen. He is survived by daughters Patricia E. Reed and Janilyn A. Reaves (Jean-Paul) and son Stephen L. Price (Janet); grandchildren Barbara Brister (Scott), Lane Price (Jen), Kristin Green (Alton), William T. King (Brandi), and John M. Price; great-grandchildren, Taylor Brister, Brandy Brister, Samantha Brister, Megan Price, Matthew Price, Zachary Price, Gavin Price, Kaylee King, William Cody King, Abby Green, and Alton Green IV; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Price, Virginia Price, and Kathleen Price.Visitation will be at First Baptist Church of Immokalee 6-8 PM, Monday evening. A funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church in Fort Myers at 10:00 AM on Tuesday with Pastor Rick Heers officiating. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Florida Bankers Education Foundation. Donations can be sent FBEF, in memory of Bill Price, PO Box 1360, Tallahassee, FL 32302-1360.Brister Funeral Home, Immokalee was entrusted with his care.
    Fort Myers News-Press, January 9, 2013 - Paralee Pridmore, 90, of North Fort Myers, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013 at Lee Memorial Hospital. Paralee was a member of the North Fort Myers Church of God. She is survived by her children: Michael and Paul Pridmore of North Fort Myers and Ralph and Gary Pridmore of Hendersonville, NC.; 13 Grandchildren; 22 Great grandchildren; and 3 Great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Christine Hearn. Visitation will be held at Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park on Wednesday, January 9 from 1 PM until the time of the funeral service at 2 pm. Rev. Jonathan Walker will officiate. Interment will be in Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. Info (239) 334-4880

   Fort Myers News-Press, January 20, 2011  - Robin Winslow Prihoda passed from this world on January 16 after a courageous battle against both heart and lung disease. Robin was preceded in death by her father, Alan Winslow Sr., her mother Marianna Moore Winslow, her daughter Victoria who was born prematurely and passed away after only 3 days in the world, and a nephew Seth Schmidt. Robin is survived by her husband David of 33 years. They first became friends in 1966 and attended high school together. Her son and best friend Karl, daughter-in-law Kathleen and two of the most precious and special people in her life, granddaughters Kaitlyn and Evelyn, who always put a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eyes. Her sisters Laura (and Theodore) Godsil of Tucson, AZ, Paula (and Barry) Schmidt of Afton, VA and her brother Alan (and Lori) Winslow, Jr. of Cape Coral, FL, and a very special friend and cousin Mary Jane Banwell of Madison, WI. She is also survived by nieces and nephews Rebekah, Jeremy, Sara, Melissa, William and Jesse. Robin was born in Syracuse, NY, grew up in New City, NY and graduated from Clarkstown High School in 1969. She moved to Cape Coral in 1977. Robin was blessed with the gifts of being both a musician and an artist, working in painting, pottery, jewelry and other mediums. Robin put her graphics arts talent to work and opened a business with her husband, Blue Sky Typesetting. One of Robin's passions was helping unwed mothers through the organization Lifeline and generously donating her talent and time to their quarterly newsletter. She was involved with Big Brothers and Big Sisters and was a big sister to girls in need. For years, she was a team mother with Cape Coral Little League. With her deep love of animals, Robin rescued many animals that had been abused or abandoned. She always believed she should help the less fortunate, whether they were animals or humans. There will be a memorial celebration of her life Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm at Epiphany Episcopal Church, 2507 Del Prado Blvd., Cape Coral. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lifeline Family Center, Cape Coral, FL, Animal Refuge Center (No kill shelter) N. Fort Myers, FL and The Harry Chapin Food Bank in Fort Myers, FL. As a true advocate for peace on earth, one of her last wishes was that people would be kind and compassionate to each other. We all wish for Robin that the peace she wanted for everyone, she has now found for herself. Robin was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by those she has touched and knew her. Affordable Cremations, A Dignified Alternative is in charge of arrangements.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, July 5, 1952-- Moses Primus, Sr., well-known pioneer Negro citizen, died Thursday night at his home, 1104 N. Cranford Avenue. For years he had worked for the city. He is survived by his wife, Mariah Primus, three daughters, three sons and fifteen grandchildren.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, Sept. 2, 1933--James Foster Prince, 54 years of age, died suddenly yesterday morning at the office of Dr. M. F. Johnson where he had been taken for treatment following a heart attack. Death came with shocking suddenness as Mr. Prince, although suffering for the last year from high blood pressure, had given no indication that his condition was serious. Mr. Prince and his son, Curtis Prince, were working yesterday morning at their electrical shop, moving equipment to their new location on Hendry street. After helping his son move a desk, Mr. Prince complained of indigestion, and when ordinary treatments failed he was taken to the doctor's office. There he seemed to respond to treatment, but while seated on a chair, he suddenly collapsed and died. The physician attributed death to dilation of the heart, induced by strain. Mr. Prince was born on April 27, 1879, at Fort Reed, Fla., and had lived in Fort Myers for 24 years. He opened the first electrical store in this city where the Lee County Bank now stands. Three years later he moved to Main street where Spencer's store is located. He had occupied several other sites since that time. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the L. W. Engelhardt & Sons funeral home. Dr. Joseph F. Bell of the First Methodist church and the Rev. C. T. Tew of the First Baptist church will officiate. Burial will be in the Fort Myers cemetery. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Carmen Prince, whom Mr. Prince married 21 years ago in Fort Myers; the son, Curtis; three brothers, W. S. Prince of Fort Myers, R. Q. and E. F. Prince of Tampa; and two sisters, Mrs. W. H. Ross and Mrs. Edna Gooden, both of Fort Myres. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

      Memorial services will be held for Murray A. Prince on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Tillamook Church of the Nazarene.Murray was born Oct. 2, 1944 in Tillamook to Archie and Dorene (Biggs) Prince and passed away peacefully at home in Tillamook in the presence of family and special loved ones on July 25, 2013 at the age of 68. Murray grew up on a dairy farm and attended the Maple Leaf Grade School, Tillamook Junior High and was a 1962 graduate of Tillamook High School. He served in the Navy from 1965 to 1968 and received numerous awards.Murray lived his entire life in Tillamook. He worked on dairy farms, for the Tillamook County Creamery Association and then in the plywood and lumber mill industry until he retired from Hampton Lumber Mill in 2005.Murray enjoyed spending time in the great outdoors hunting, fishing, clamming, crabbing, cutting firewood and gardening. He loved spending time with family and friends and was loved by everyone that knew him.Murray is survived by his five children, Monica Gale and her husband Steve of McMinnville, Ore., Matthew Prince and his wife Maria of Rockaway Beach, Jason Prince and his wife Kris of Tillamook, Courtney Prince of Tillamook, Brianne Prince of Tillamook; step children Sonja Rolak and her husband Larry, Kerry Brame and his wife Traci; five brothers and sisters, George, Tommy, Ronnie, Virginia and Betty; 10 grandchildren, Lyndsy, Bradley, Eiljah, Raina, Seth, Lily, Kaden, Jessa, Abby and Syler.He is also survived by his loving friend Marci Hallock who took wonderful care of him during his time of illness.Murray is preceded in death by his parents Archie and Dorene; brothers Billy Prince and Bob Prince; sister Phyllis Thies and the love of his life Ida May Brame.Memorial services will be held for Murray on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Tillamook Church of the Nazarene.Memorial contributions may be made to the Tillamook County Hospice Program.Inurnment will be held at Sunset Heights Memorial Gardens, Tillamook. Arrangements in care of Waud’s Funeral Home, Tillamook.

FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, September 22, 1942-- Ernest L. Prior, 75-year-old retired spice importer and owner of considerable property in Fort Myers and Daytona Beach, died yesterday at his home on Nelson Street after being in poor health for the past year. He had made his home in Fort Myers most of the time for the past 13 years after closing out his spice importing business in New York where he arrived from Oxford, England, when he was 21 years old. Practically every boy in Fort Myers know Mr. Prior because of his active and enthusiastic participation in Boy Scout affairs. My Prior had traveled all over the world and had a wide range of outdoor lore which he liked to teach to boys including his own four sons. He as a Boy Scout commissioner, member of the Explorers Club of America, and of the Camp Fire Club of America. In addition to his activities with boys, Mr. prior was a hard worker in the chamber of commerce and put on some of the best clean-up and beautification drives ever held in this city. Mr. Prior was noted for his good nature and ability to give extemporary talks on his travels, outdoor life and the value of clean living. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma L. Prior, two daughters, Mrs. Frank Frye of Long Beach, Calif, and Mrs. Charles Lutz of Lutherville, Md., and four sons, Mallam J. of Hastings on the Hudson, N.Y.; David J. of Brooklyn; John F. of Derry Village, N.H., and Dr. Joseph E. Prior of Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Prior was here at the time of his father's death.There will be a prayer service at 8 o'clock tonight for Mr. Prior at the Spooner and Engelhardt Funeral Home with the Rev. Father J. J. O'Riordan officiating. A requiem high mass will be held for Mr. Prior at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning at the St. Xavier's Catholic Church. Members of the Lee County Council of Boys Scouts will be active pallbearers and interment will be at the Fort Myers Cemetery.
    Helen (Majkowska) Prishivalko, 91, and her husband Paul N. Prishivalko, 89, of Lehigh Acres, Florida passed away on June 25 and June 24, 2012, respectively, of unrelated causes. Helen was born on April 26, 1921 in Yonkers, New York the daughter of Czeslaw and Wladyslawa (Mosakowska) Majkowski. Paul and Helen were married for 66 years, living in Lehigh Acres since moving from Brooklyn, New York in 1984. Paul was retired from the New York City Board of Higher Education, where he last served as senior Fiscal Manager at New York City Technical College. He was Brooklyn born and raised, left to just his mother’s loving care at 14, when his father died. Helen was born in New York, but grew up in Poland after her parents’ return to their native home. She left Poland as the Nazis invaded, and later came to live in New York with relatives. In Lehigh Acres, they took advantage of retirement years to travel often, especially on many cruises. They were members of the local Polish-American Club. Helen was also a proud member of the Red Hat Society. She loved to bake and distribute her cakes and cookies to everyone around. They are survived by their daughter, Geraldine, of Brooklyn, New York, and son, Ronald, of Reston, Virginia; grandchildren Paul and Kristin; and three great-grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Saint Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church, 2514 Lee Boulevard Lehigh Acres, Florida 33971. Internment of the double urn will follow at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, Florida 33913. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services, 2701 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, Florida 33971 (239) 368-7080. Those who wish to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time can visit Helen's memorial webpage at www.andersonpatterson.com and sign the guestbook.
    Paul N. Prishivalko, 89, and his wife Helen Prishivalko, 91, of Lehigh Acres, Florida passed away on June 24 and June 25, 2012, respectively, of unrelated causes. Paul was born on September 14, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Nicholas and Casimiera (Ranuskiewicz) Prishivalko. Paul and Helen were married for 66 years, living in Lehigh Acres since moving from Brooklyn, New York in 1984. Paul was retired from the New York City Board of Higher Education, where he last served as senior Fiscal Manager at New York City Technical College. He was Brooklyn born and raised, left to just his mother’s loving care at 14, when his father died. Helen was born in New York, but grew up in Poland after her parents’ return to their native home. She left Poland as the Nazis invaded, and later came to live in New York with relatives. In Lehigh Acres, they took advantage of retirement years to travel often, especially on many cruises. They were members of the local Polish-American Club. Helen was also a proud member of the Red Hat Society. She loved to bake and distribute her cakes and cookies to everyone around. They are survived by their daughter, Geraldine, of Brooklyn, New York, and son, Ronald, of Reston, Virginia; grandchildren Paul and Kristin; and three great-grandchildren. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 7, 2012 at Saint Raphael’s Roman Catholic Church, 2514 Lee Boulevard Lehigh Acres, Florida 33971. Internment of the double urn will follow at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery, 12777 State Road 82, Fort Myers, Florida 33913. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Anderson-Patterson Cremation and Funeral Services, 2701 Lee Boulevard, Lehigh Acres, Florida 33971 (239) 368-7080. Those who wish to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time can visit Paul's memorial webpage at www.andersonpatterson.com and sign the guestbook.

Fort Myers News-Press -- 25 May 2005 -- Virginia Beacham Pritchett died peacefully on the morning of Tuesday, May 24, 2005, at Hospice House North after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was 83. Virginia was born in Greenville, SC on Aug. 4, 1921, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Douthit Beacham. Her father, a prominent architect, designed many of the public buildings in downtown Greenville. Virginia graduated from Greenville High School and attended Furman University where she majored in Home Economics and Dance. It was on a trip to Lynchburg, VA to visit her sister, Frances Beacham Owen, that she met her husband Richard H. Pritchett, Jr. (Dick), who was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps. They married on November 15, 1942, and six weeks later Dick left for North Africa to serve his country in WWII. Dick was decorated Bomber pilot. Dick and Virginia moved to Ft. Myers in 1949, where they spent many happy years raising their 6 children; enjoying and appreciating the wonderful amenities of Southwest Florida. Dick and Virginia were avid outdoors people. They especially loved boating, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. They never tired of traveling and in their later years spent several months a year on their boat in the Bahamas. They also toured the U.S. and Canada in their motor home. Virginia was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She was active in the community, served her children's schools, the Girl Scouts and St. Luke's Episcopal Church. She was on the auxiliary board of Goodwill Industries and Lee Memorial Hospital. She participated in the Elizabeth Benevolent Society, and was a lifetime member of the Periwinkle Garden Club. Virginia was a fine athlete. She spent several months a year vacationing with her family on Ft. Myers Beach where she would walk for miles collecting shells. She appreciated and looked forward to the beautiful sunsets. She also loved to dance. She continued to swim, exercise and practice yoga late into her adult life. In 1953, Dick and Virginia bought beautiul Rainbow Farms where the family spent many memorable years riding through the orange groves, raising dogs, swimming in the lake and indulging their love of animals and nature. Virginia was an accomplished equestrian and her love of horses has been passed along through three generations of Pritchetts. It was with great sadness for Virginia and the family when Dick, her partner in life passed away on July 28, 1988, after a brave battle with cancer. The family would like to thank the loving team of women who took care of Virginia during her illness for more than five (5) years, especially Helga Murphy, Lillian Ramos and Maggie Hamilton. Virginia was blessed to have these wonderful people in her life. The family would also like to thank Nola Green for her lifetime of friendship, loving care and assistance with us. Virginia is pre-deceased by her husband Dick Pritchett, her brothers Jim Beacham, Bill Beacham, and her sister Frances Owen. She is survived by her six children, daughters Virginia (Ginger) Daniel, Wythe Platt, Frances Elizabeth Shields, Pamela Naylor, Anne Peters (Donn), and son Richard (Ric) H. Pritchett, III (Lynne). Grandchildren Phillip Khayat, Buff Platt, Bailey Platt, Charles Green, Ali Garner, Spencer Green, David Naylor, Chris Naylor, Ashby Naylor. Christy Pritchett, Ginnie Pritchett, Ricky Pritchett, Andy Pritchett, Trey Peters, Margo Peters, and six (6) great grandchildren. In spite the demands of a large family and a disabling disease Virginia never lost her wonderful sense of humor and that twinkle in her beautiful blue eyes. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. A Memorial Requiem Mass will be on Friday, May 27th, 11:00 AM at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 2635 Cleveland Ave., Ft. Myers, FL. A Celebration of Virginia's life will follow in St. Luke's Parish Hall.

The News-Press on 5/30/2009 -- Christian O. Probst Sr., 89, of Lehigh Acres died Thursday May 28, 2009. The family will receive friends Monday June 1 from 11:00 - 12:00 PM at Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home with Military services to follow at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorial contributions to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33913

Ft Myers News-Press, August 8, 2003 - Benedetto D. Proce, 86 of Cape Coral, formerly of New York passed away August 4, 2003. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann (Jeff) Letteri of Punta Gorda, sons, Dominick (Michelle) Proce, Knoxville, MD., Joseph (Mary Ann) Proce, Boise, Idaho, brother, James (Ursula) Proce of Cape Coral, 3 sisters, in New York, Mary Toto, Isabel Proce, and Rose Sargridi. He also leaves 4 grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Andrew Catholic Church. Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home
    Billie Gene Proctor, age 85, of Moore Haven, passed away September 3, 2012 in Clewiston. He was born September. 16, 1926 in Commerce, OK, to the late Hile T. and the late Mabel (Foster) Proctor. He served during World War II in the Navy. Survivors include his wife: Verda Maxine (Martin) Proctor and three sons: Jerry (Jan) Proctor, Vernon (Judy) Proctor, Jim (Vicki) Proctor, fifteen grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Steve Proctor and daughter Marilyn Proctor. Funeral services will be held Friday, September 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston with Pastor Darrel Branham officiating. Interment will be in Ortona Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 1 hour prior to service at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Fort Myers News-Press March 27, 2008-- Jean Croucher Proctor, 87, of Fort Myers, passed from this life on Saturday, March 22, 2008 in the loving arms of her family. She was loved by her family and many friends and leaves behind tender memories of her affectionate and giving nature, putting others before herself in everything she did. Her influence is most seen in her children and grandchildren whose strength and character she helped shape with her unconditional love and unwavering support. She was born on March 22, 1921 in Cambridge, MA. At the age of 3, she moved to St. John?s Newfoundland. She attended Memorial University in St. Johns, Newfoundland as well as business school in Boston, MA. She returned to Newfoundland where she worked with the Corps of Engineers at the construction site of the U.S. Army Base at Fort Pepperrell. In 1942, she transferred to the U.S. State Department and became part of the U.S. Diplomatic Corps. She served as an American Foreign Service Clerk at the American Consulate General in St. John?s Newfoundland, the American Legation at Reykjavik, Iceland, and the American Embassies in Oslo, Norway and Mexico City, Mexico. She was fluent in French, German and Spanish. It was during her time at the embassy in Mexico City that she met her life partner, George Proctor. They married in Mexico City and moved to Miami, Florida. In 1961, the family moved to Macon, GA where Jean began work at Warner Robins, GA. After retirement in 1983, they left Macon for Fort Myers, FL to be close to their daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and John Kagan. Jean has made Fort Myers her home for the last 24 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, George. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and John Kagan, of Fort Myers; three sons, George Thomas Proctor, Jr. of Villa Rica, GA; Robert Anderson Proctor of Douglasville, GA; and Carl Michael (Betty) Proctor of Cumming, GA; grandchildren, Andrew (Kellie) Kagan of Jacksonville, FL, Christopher Kagan, and Rachel Kagan of Fort Myers, FL; Charity Proctor, Joy Elbert, Grace Proctor, Michael Proctor, and Phillip Proctor all of the Atlanta, GA area; Tammy Proctor and Melanie Hughes both of Villa Rica, GA; and Camille Mathis and Robert Anderson Proctor, Jr. of Villa Rica, GA. Jean is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and great grandchildren. The family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses at Southwest Regional Medical Center for taking excellent care of Mom. Special thanks to Dr.'s Steve Zellner, Robert Casola, Michael Novotny, Abraham Sadighi, Sunil Pammi, Jeff Scott, James Abraham, Luis Silva, Jorge Perez, Guillermo Bohm, Sally Palmon, Charles Bisbee, Robert Turner, Joanne Calhoun, P.A. and the staff of CMICU and 1 South. Visitation will be on Friday, March 28, 2008 from 6 - 8 PM and Saturday, March 29, 2008 from 1 - 2 PM followed by the funeral service at 2:00 PM at Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Chapel located at 1600 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL. Interment will follow the service at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or to the Lee County Animal Care Trust Fund, 5600 Banner Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33912 or to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 4141 Deleon Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Fort Myers News-Press, March 4, 2007-Raymond G. Proffitt 71, of Fort Myers Beach passed away on March 01, 2007. Raymond was born in Indianapolis, IN. Raymond obtained the rank of Captain in the Indianapolis Police Department. Raymond retired in 1998 and moved to Fort Myers Beach. He enjoyed boating, fishing and Nascar racing. Raymond was a member of the Fraternal Order Of Police and was a Code Enforcement officer for Lee County. In retirement Raymond was able to show his kind heart and let his generous spirit shine. Raymond is survived by his wife Alda, two sons Raymond G. Proffitt Jr. and Mark C. Proffitt, and two daughters Debra L. Lipple and Joni E. Odrobinak. Raymonds wife's children and grandchildren also survive him. Raymond has two brothers Charles and Richard, and two sisters Joyce and Shirley. Raymond leaves six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Raymond also leaves his faithful companion Rock Roy. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday March 6, 2007 at 11:00 AM at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd 936-0555. Private cremation will follow. Visitation will be on Monday March 5, 2007 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Animal Refuge Center or American Heart Association.
    Elizabeth (Libby) “Toot-Toot” Proue, 98, of St. James City and more recently a resident of Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral passed away on Saturday, October 12, 2013. She was born August 27, 1915 near Lancaster, PA. She was preceded in death by her husband Louis Proue in 1986. Libby lived for many years in St. James City and was a good friend to all of her neighbors. She enjoyed life to its fullest.  She is survived by her stepson Paul of Dade City, FL; 3 granddaughters Therese Gotto of Sacramento, CA, Darlene Proue of Ocala, Laura Purks of Cape Coral and seven great-grandchildren. She is forever remembered and will live in our hearts always.  Graveside services will be held at a later date at Coral Ridge Cemetery.
    Fort Myers News-Press May 7, 2008 - Mrs. Marguerite M. Proulx, 76, a devout Catholic, adoring wife, and loving mother of seven children, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 5, 2008 with her family by her side. In life, she taught us to honor and obey our faith and to respect and love those that we touched everyday. Our beloved "Maman" and "Pumpkin" will forever be missed.She was born May 18, 1931 in Gatineau Mills, Quebec, Canada to the late Henri and Berthe (Souligny) Groulx. On August 17, 1957 she was united in marriage to Germain S. Proulx in East View, Ontario, Canada. Margo and Jerry lived in Montreal, Canada, Springfield, MA and East Hartford, CT before moving to Cape Coral in 1972.Marguerite is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Germain; her daughters, Michelle Proulx-Lemhouse of Titusville, FL and Celine Proulx of Cape Coral, FL; her sons, Marc-Andre (LeeAnne) Proulx of Lake Worth, FL; Benoit (Darlene) Proulx of Fort Myers, FL; Stéphane (Jane) Proulx of Taoyuan City, Taiwan; and Eric (Helen) Proulx of Brussels, Belgium; her brothers, Gerald (Pauline) Groulx and Armand (Jeannine) Groulx, and sister-in-law, Jeannine Groulx, all from Canada. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Carolynn (Todd) Cline of Des Moines, WA; Lauren (Ryan) Conforti and Ian (Erin) Proulx of Lake Worth, FL; Emerald Proulx of Cape Coral, FL; Matthew and Callum Proulx of Brussels, Belgium; and her great-grandchildren, RayLynn and Logan Cline of Des Moines, WA. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends throughout Canada and the United States. She was preceded in death by her son, Martin Pierre in 1985; sisters, Yvette, Fleur-Ange, and Lorraine; and brother, Louis-Marie.Funeral services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Friday May 9, 2008 at St. Andrew Catholic Church followed by interment at Coral Ridge Cemetery. Relatives and friends are welcome to the memorial viewing at Metz Funeral Chapel, 1306 Lafayette St, Cape Coral on Friday May 9, from 11:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.In lieu of flowers, her family requests that memorial donations be made to Hope Hospice or Catholic Charities USA. Arrangements by the Metz Chapel of Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Homes and Crematory, Cape Coral.
    Fort Myers News-Press, July 21, 2005 - Michael Joseph Prymas, 50, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at his home in E. Ft. Myers. Michael is survived by his mother, Norma M. Prymas, his sister Kathy Cowart, her husband Michael, nieces, Kelsi Horton, Masey and Kendall Cowart a nephew Jimmy Horton, as well as his long time friend and companion Jane Dixon. He was preceded in passing by his brother Mark Dyess Prymas and his father E.J. "Mike" Prymas. Friends will be received Friday, July 22, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM with the funeral service immediately following. Both will be held at Anderson Funeral Home, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL (239) 694-4121. Interment will follow the funeral service at Alva Cemetery, Alva, FL. Flowers can be sent to Anderson Funeral home or memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Foundation.
    Fort Myers News-Press, October 18, 2008 - Elizabeth L. Pryor, age 80, of LaBelle, passed away October 15, 2008 in LaBelle. She was born Apr. 18, 1928 in Campbell, OH to Andrew and Helen (Semelrik) Vaclav. She worked for many years as a cook for the Air Force. She was a resident of LaBelle for the past 30 years and is a former resident of Newark, OH. She was a member of the VFW Post #10100, Moose and the DAV, all in LaBelle. Survivors include sons: Bob Pryor of Carol Stream, IL, Teddy Pryor of LaBelle, daughter: Debbie Fonseca of Newark, OH, brothers: Andy Vaclav of Colorado Springs, CO and Robert Vaclav of Poland, OH, sister: Margie Hawkins of TX, grandchildren: Gary Michael Dugan, Bradley Pryor, Jackie Pryor and Cory Pryor. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Pryor in 1996. Funeral services will be held Sun., Oct 19, 2008, 11:00 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, in LaBelle with Dr. Pat Lucey officiating. Interment will follow in Lee Memorial Park, Lehigh Acres. Visitation will be Saturday from 5-8 p.m. at the Funeral Home in LaBelle.Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
   NewsZapFl, August 29, 2013 - Altagracia Puente, age 86, of LaBelle, passed away Thursday, August 22, 2013 in Lehigh Acres. She was born September 21, 1926 in Raymondville, Texas, to the late Jose and the late Elena (Vasquez) Gonzalez. She married Carlos Puente; he preceded her in death in 2011. She attended El Faro Asemblea de Dios Church in LaBelle. Survivors include one daughter, Rachel Puente; three brothers, Pedro Gonzalez, Victor Gonzalez, Francisco Gonzalez; and three sisters, Mari Arangel, Elena Hernandez, Juana Maldonado, grandchild, Carlos Jose Puente Funeral services were 11 a.m., Monday, August 26, 2013 at El Faro Asemblea de Dios Church, LaBelle with Rev. Isabel Valentin officiating. Interment was in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Visitation was Monday 1 hour prior to service at El Faro Asemblea de Dios Church, LaBelle, Fla.. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle

Richard 'Sam' Pugh died on Thursday, October 23, 2003 at his residence at the Carlisle in Naples, Florida. Sam was born on July 12, 1922 in Lake Wales, Florida. Sam was a star athlete at Lake Wales High school and upon graduation, received a football scholarship to Rollins College and belonged to the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Here he met his late wife Erma Van Gilder Pugh. In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S Army Air Corps. Lieutenant Pugh became a B-24 Liberator Bomber pilot and flew many heroic missions over Europe in World War II. In 1945, he resumed his education, continuing playing football and received a degree in mechanical engineering from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, OH. Sam's career began in Cleveland with the Smith and Obey Company and soon began his own mechanical contracting firm, PST Corporation. In 1973 Sam moved to Naples, Florida and created with his sons the Sun Mechanical Corp. Many of the plumbing and fire protection systems in Southwest Florida's multi-family condominiums, hotels, and commercial properties were designed and constructed under Sam. After his retirement, Sam and Erma enjoyed spending the summer months at their home in Spruce Pine, NC. Sam enjoyed golf, fishing and restoring antique chairs. Because of his skill he was fondly known in NC and FL as 'the Chair Man.' To his family, he was a loving father and Papa, always interested in what each family member was doing. Sam was a member of the Community Congregational Church. He will be deeply missed by his friends and surviving family: his son Philip Pugh ( Pat) of Naples, daughter Pat Mantis ( Scott) of Naples, daughter in-law (Olivia) Greenville, SC, and grandchildren Katy Pugh Smith ( Matt) of Greenville, SC, Bradley Pugh and his fiancee (Mary Bronson) of Atlanta, GA , Bryan Pugh of New York, NY, Chad Pugh of New York, NY, Casey Pugh of Naples, Jennifer Mantis Briggs ( Jason) of Naples, Nicholas Mantis of Naples and great-granddaughter Lila Smith of Greenville, SC., and his close friend Cecilia Turcotte. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Erma, and son, R. Dell Pugh. Visitation will be Sunday, October 26, 2003 between 4:00 and 6:00 at the Walter Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home in Bonita Springs. There will also be a memorial on Monday, October 27, 2003 at 1:00 at the Carlisle Senior Residence facility, 6945 Carlisle Court on Airport Road in Naples. 591-2200 The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the National World War II Memorial, P.O. Box 96766 Washington, DC 20090. Walter Shikany's Bonita Funeral Home 992-4982 Family Owned Since 1978

Fort Myers News-Press, Tuesday, May 14, 1974 - Donna Jeanne Purse, 12, of 1682 Hermitage Road, died Monday.  A seventh grade student at Cypress Lake Middle School, she was a life resident of Fort Myers and a member of Bible Baptist Church.  She survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emil R. Purse, two brothers, Roger Purse and Ray Purse, all of Fort Myers; a foster sister, Linda Finley of Brandon; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Lucy Ussery of Palatka, and maternal grandfather, Belmont DeLacey of Fort Myers Beach. Funeral service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the chapel of the Harvey Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray A. Lane, pastor of Bible Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 until 9 p.m. today, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday, and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday.
    Fort Myers News-Press, July 10, 2012 - Johnny W. Purser, age 76,formerly of Georgia, passed away on July 8, 2012. Johnny was a resident of North Fort Myers since the mid 1960's. His passions included NASCAR, feeding the neighborhood wildlife and the freedom of the open road. Survivors include, his loving wife of 25 years Lorelei; daughters, Rhonda (Al) Curry of Yatesville, GA., Sherry (Bill) Fleegle of Frisco, Texas; Sisters, Allene (Ralph) Nelson of Roanoke, AL, Sally Sauer of Coral Gables, FL., Millie Padgett of Morrow,GA.; Brothers, Olan (Linda) Purser of Griffin,GA., Joe (Belinda) Purser of Griffin,GA., Glynn (Betty) Purser of Lotus Grove, GA and Doyle (Millie) Purser of Powder Springs, GA. Also survived by 5 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Johnny was preceeded in death by his brothers, Robert and Arliss Purser. Visitation will be Wednesday from 11:00 to 1:00. Service to begin at 1:00 with burial to follow.
     Fort Myers News-Press, October 23, 1930 - Funeral services for four-year-old Mary Katherine Pursley will be held at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Pursley, on Grand avenue, at 3:30 o'clock this afternoon. The child's sudden death shortly after noon yesterday resulted after a brief illness from toxic poisoning. The Rev. Hubert Dodd of the Grand Avenue Methodist church and the Rev. G. S. Roberts of the First Methodist church will conduct the service and burial will be in the family plot in Fort Myers cemetery. The L. A. Powell funeral home assisted in the arrangements. A gift for singing manifested itself early in the little girl and she was a favorite in local talent entertainment. She was thus known to hundreds who recognized her on the street and made much of her. Surviving her are her parents, three brothers and her grandparents, Capt. and Mrs. J. Fred Menge.
    Fort Myers News-Press, October 1, 2006  - Walter Langford Pursley, died September 29, at the age of 88 under the kind care of the Hospice of the Florida Suncoast. Walter is survived by Billie, his wife of 65 years, two daughters, Linda Leckey of Tampa, Tricia Pursley, Pass-A-Grille, and a son, Walter Pursley, Jr., Anna Marie Island; grandchildren are Lillie McPherson, Rock Hill, SC, Leah Armstrong, Tampa, Lila Leckey, Miami, Charlie Pursley, Palm City; great-grandchildren are PJ and Sophie McPherson. Walter's love of horticulture and his business career began long ago in his hometown of Fort Myers. Though St. Petersburg was his home since the early 1940s when he was the Army Air Corp Base Commander at the Pinellas Airfield, he continued to say the he felt most at home after crossing the Caloosahatchee River. Pursley descended from a long line of early Florida pioneers; noteworthy was his great-grandfather Capt. Francis Asbury Hendry for whom Hendry County was named. Further noted, growing up with his grandfather Capt. Fred Menge, Pursley regularly enjoyed the company of Menge's friends, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Doubtless, the inventive spirit of these brilliant men sparked Pursley's belief that he could achieve his dreams. Pursley's entrepreneurial tenacity made him a leader the turf grass industry, where he was often honored and widely credited for raising its standards. Career highlights include the exclusive introduction to the market of specialized grasses, such as "Seville" St. Augustine. Pursley's marketing genius made the term "rooted grass plug" a household word. He was the first to bring to the public a "do-it-yourself" concept of lawn establishment, selling countless millions of pre-rooted grass plugs from Florida to Texas. Pursley holds a U.S. Patent for "Cashmere", a zoysiagrass he discovered growing up in the Florida Keys. As a young man, he acquired a love of fresh cut flowers while flying gladiolus bulbs from Cuba as owner of an air freight business. One of his first retail venues was a concession at Webb's City, as well as a florist, The Flower Dell, that he owned and operated from two locations on Central Avenue. Later, as his turf endeavors developed, Pursley saw a need for the public to have a "window" to his turf farms in Manatee County, and he eventually opened nine full service retail garden centers throughout the Tampa Bay area. Along another avenue of interest, Pursley was a pioneer in planned community developments in Pasco and Manatee Counties with involvements in golf course communities, such as Magnolia Valley in New Port Richie, and River Club in Bradenton. He loved fishing, golfing, flying, bird-watching, and traveling. He adored his family and traveled frequently with them, often spending six months of the year in North Wales. While the cities of St. Petersburg, Brandenton and Fort Myers are surely more beautiful as a result of his donations of thousands of Washingtonia Palms, his family and friends are equally graced as a result of his impact on their lives. A private graveside service will be held at the Frierson-Hendry Cemetery in Fort Myers, Pursley's family cemetery.
    Fort Myers News-Press, May 29, 2008 - Bert Purwin, of Cape Coral, died May 26, 2008. He was born in Mehlauken, East Prussia. Bert was a well-traveled man who studied in Italy, immigrated to Israel and then to the Dominican Republic, moving to the USA in 1958. He was fluent in 8 languages, an educator, restauranteur, musician, raconteur and all-around Renaissance man. He was preceded in death by Marianne, sisters, Dr. Kate Purwin and Erna Sass. Beloved husband of Diane Lamberton Purwin, father of Lenny (Maria) Purwin, and Lisa (Alan) Isaacson, grandfather of Katy and Alex Purwin, Amy (Dave) Cohen, and Jeffrey Isaacson, and brother-in-law Donald (Barbara) Lamberton, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services and burial were held in Cape Coral Florida. The family will be receiving friends Thursday, May 29th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the family home. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to your favorite charity in his name.

Fort Myers News-Press, January 27, 1955 - Requiem mass for Mrs. Frances Pusateri, who died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. George J. D'Alessandro, will be said Monday at 10 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Pittsburgh. Interment will be at the North Side Catholic Cemetery. Three daughters, Miss Mary Frances Pusateri, Mrs. George J. D'Alessandro and Mrs. James Indovina, a grandson, Charles D'Alessandro, and her son Angelo are accompanying the body of Mrs. Pusateri this morning at 10:10 scheduled to arrive in Pittsburgh at 5:40 p.m. Friday. Additional survivors include another son, Sam. S., Long Beach, Calif.; a brother Joseph and two sisters, Mrs. Cosima Rini and Mrs. Concetta Pusateri, all of Youngstown, Ohio; and nine grandchildren. Local funeral arrangements by Young-Harvey, funeral directors.
    Fort Myers News-Press, September 1, 2013 - Robert Stanley Putnam passed away on August 21, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida at the age of 61. He was born in Randolph, Vermont to Marguerite and Robert Fisher Putnam. He spent his early childhood in Vermont and then moved to Ft. Myers where he graduated from Ft. Myers Senior High School and Edison Community College. He subsequently graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from Florida State University with a major in Economics and returned to Ft. Myers where he lived until his return to Tallahassee in 2008. Robert was an ardent sports fan and followed the Seminoles in both football and baseball. He also enjoyed music and socializing with his family and friends. He was employed at the Apalachee Center. He is survived by his sister, Celeste Putnam, brother, Patrick Putnam, his brother-in-law, Pete Tanzy, nieces Erica Lawrence, Rachel Conner, Leah Roberts, and nephew Stephen Tanzy.A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church at 211 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida. Services will be held in the Chapel followed by a reception at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to NAMI-Florida at PO Box 14842, Tallahassee, Florida 32317-4842. 

Fort Myers News-Press, September 14, 2004 - Mary Grace Pyle, 58, died Friday, Sept. 10, after a six-month battle with cancer. She was active in the Lee County business world and until recent years in church activities. She was one of the original Sunday School teachers at Church of the Resurrection. Mary Grace was a sparkplug in the American Business Women's Association in the late seventies and early eighties. She served as president and in other offices of the Mocking Bird chapter. She was better known as a travel agent, holding offices in the Southwest Travel Industry Association and other travel organizations. Marjorie DeMaria, for whom she worked many years as manager of the Ports of Call agency in Myerlee Square, says Mary Grace was 'known by most in the industry as the travel agent's travel agent.' Television and newspaper reporters frequently contacted her for travel information and for local reaction to travel news stories. Mary Grace often went beyond expectations. She paid airline tickets for clients in emergencies when they were not able to do so, and drove clients to the airport when transportation was difficult. She had literally hundreds of friends. In the last few years she was associated with Geraci Travel and as her health deteriorated with Adventure Travel. She left behind her grieving husband Homer, a former newsroom executive at the News-Press, her lover and pal for thirty-one years; her son John of Columbus, Ohio; three stepsons, Mark and Dale of Orlando, and Norman of Greeley, Colorado; her mother Mary Walker of Palm Bay and father Edward Falzone of Buffalo, and sisters Diane of Palm Bay and Cathy of Sumter, South Carolina. National Cremation Society is making arrangements. A funeral mass, memorial service and reception begin at 10 AM, Sept. 24, in the Church of the Resurrection. Interment in the church's Memorial Garden .

 

 

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