Miscellaneous Okeechobee County, Florida Obituaries

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Francis Harold "Hal" Stratton

Francis Harold "Hal" Stratton, age 36, of Okeechobee, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie. Born February 18, 1965, in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Mr. Stratton had been a resident of Okeechobee for 20 years. He attended the Dunklin Memorial Church, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, kitty cats and teddy bears. Hal will be sorely missed by his loving family, but he will continue to live on in the lives of five organ recipients through his unselfish gift of life.

Survivors include: his mother, Sue Neville, stepfather, Hubert Neville and brother, Danny Stratton, all of Okeechobee; uncles, Oscar Price, Ray Price and Timmy Price of Okeechobee; aunt, Muriel Lawley of Lantana; and a host of cousins.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Buxton Funeral Home on Monday, April 30, 2001, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Mike Brown, Pastor of Dunklin Memorial Church, officiating.

Interment will be in the Boynton Beach Memorial Park in Boynton Beach.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Larry Brockett

Larry Brockett, died Friday, April 27, 2001. Retired Coral Gables Chief and firefighter for over 36 years. A resident of Okeechobee, formerly of Miami.

Survivors include: his wife, Linda; daughters, Tammy Shore, Lawren Seider and Shelly Phillips; sons-in-laws, Mike, Greg and Paul; grandchildren, Dustin, Randall, Samantha, Olivia and Isabele; sisters, Margaret Shirley and Dorothy Vanostran.

Celebration of Life service will be Wednesday, May 2, at 1 p.m., at the Peace Lutheran Church in Okeechobee.

Donations may be used to Peace Lutheran Church, Larry Brockett Memorial Fund, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane., Okeechobee, Fla., 34974.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Aaron Cremation and Burial Service in Miramar.

John Harrington Mitchell

John Harrington Mitchell, age 63, of Okeechobee, died Friday, April 27, 2001, at Grace Health Care of Clewiston.

Born Oct. 19,1937, in Medford, Mass., Mr. Mitchell had been a resident of Okeechobee for 10 years.

Survivors include: his dear friend, Paula Baldi of Okeechobee; and, two nephews Brian Crouse and Kerry Crouse.

There will be no visitation or services.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Robert L. Eubanks, Sr.

Robert L. Eubanks, Sr., age 48, of Bartow, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, at his residence. Born on July 6, 1952, in Pavo, Ga., Mr. Eubanks was a Citrus Caretaker, and affiliated with the Lord's Temple Church.

Preceded in death by his brother, Danny R. Eubanks.

Survivors include: his wife, Phyllis Eubanks of Bartow; two daughters, Phyllis West and Trudy Mae Hagwood, both of Lakeland; three sons, Robert Eubanks, Jr. of Lakeland, Jacob Eubanks and Randy Sellers, both of Bartow; father, Bobbie L. Eubanks of Okeechobee; stepmother, Dolly L. Eubanks of Okeechobee; sister, Linda Eubanks of Okeechobee; two step sisters, Doris Hawkins and Sharee Eubanks, both of Okeechobee; two step brothers, Billy Hawkins of S.C. and Andy Hawkins of Fort Pierce; two half brothers, Steve Hawkins and Matt Eubanks, both of Okeechobee; three step daughters, Nancy Norton and Lenita Norton, both of Orlando, and Gwenellen Weaver of Ellijay, Ga. And 13 grandchildren.

Visitation is at the Lord's Temple on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, between 10 and 11 a.m. in Lake Wales.

Funeral services to follow on Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the Lord's Temple in Lake Wales, with Reverend William Waddle officiating.

Interment to follow in Kenansville Cemetery.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Whidden-McLean Funeral Home of Bartow, Fl.

Vera Burton

Vera Burton, age 87, of Okeechobee, died Monday, April 30, 2001. Born January 7, 1914, in Tampa, Mrs. Burton has been a resident of Okeechobee for 49 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was a past member of the Women's Club of Okeechobee and the Eastern Star. Mrs. Burton was formerly employed as the bookkeeper and office manager of the family owned Burton's Plumbing.

Survivors include: her loving husband of 65 years, Bobbie; two sons, Roger Allan Burton and wife, Pamela, of Akron, Ohio and James Wayne Burton of Okeechobee; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Edgar Lee and wife, Peggy of Okeechobee; and two sisters, Helen Willmore of Canton, Ohio and Della Faye Regets and husband, John, of Okeechobee.

Friends may call at the Buxton Funeral Home on Thursday, May 3, 2001, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Funeral Services will be conducted in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 4, 2001, at 11 a.m., with Reverend Randy Huckabee, Pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Emma A. Allen

Emma A. Allen, age 63, of Okeechobee, died Monday, April 30, 2001, at her residence. Mrs. Allen was born on March 19, 1938, in Tampa, and was a waitress by trade.

Preceded in death by her husband, Bill Allen.

Survivors include her sister, Thelma Marie Jones and husband Phillip of Okeechobee.

There will be no visitation or funeral services.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Stephen Lewis Lore

Stephen Lewis Lore, age 49, of Okeechobee, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at his residence. Born October 5, 1951, in Albany, Ky., Mr. Lore had been a resident of Okeechobee for one and a half years.

Survivors include: his mother, Caroline King of Okeechobee; one sister, Brenda L. Ballesteros and husband Ernesto of San Antonio, Texas; three nephews; two nieces; wife, Dona Lore and stepsons, David, Randy, Randy, Dan, Shawn and Cody, all of San Antonio, Texas.

There will be no visitation or services.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home.

Jacqueline Darlene "Jackie" Neely

Jacqueline Darlene "Jackie" Neely, age 70, died Sunday, April 29, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Mrs. Neely was born July 14, 1930, in Bowling Green, Ohio, to Paul Crawford and Fordyce Hutchinson. Although Jackie spent her entire life facing hardships, she did not complain or share her personal discomfort and pain. She kept a smile on her face, and was satisfied with simple pleasures. Jackie loved to be "impish" and make people smile by playing the clown. She required little to make her happy and babies made her smile. With her special loving gift for giving more than she received, Jackie brought joy and happiness to everyone, from aging Veterans, to newborn babies and their proud parents. Jackie loved Okeechobee and felt she belonged here. Many people befriended her, for she was a truly special person who touched the hearts of so many and special gratitude is extended to those who supported and cared for her during her many hospitalizations.

Survivors include: two daughters, Katherine Jean Lansdale and Elizabeth Ann Kipp; one son, William Kipp. As a mother, Jackie was fiercely loving, and raised her children to believe that they were the brightest, most beautiful children. She never allowed the words "I can't" to come out of her kid's mouths. In addition, she is also survived by her brothers, Richard, Jim and Bob Rager.

There will be no visitation or services.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of St. Lucie County, 106 Savanna Road, Fort Pierce, FL. 34948.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Kathryn A. "Kae" Johnson

Kathryn A. "Kae" Johnson, age 61, of Okeechobee, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born October 30, 1939, in San Francisco, Calif., Mrs. Johnson had been a resident of Okeechobee for 23 years and was member of the North Okeechobee Church of God.

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Gary Don Johnson; one brother, Raymond M. Emerson; and two sisters, Isabel M. McConnell and Marian B. Emerson.

Survivors include: two daughters, Kellie Scalf and husband, David, and Samantha Johnson; one son, Gary D. Johnson, Jr.; and grandson, Wayne Patterson, all of Okeechobee; and sister, Jean Ellen Dixon of Albany, Ore.

Friends may call at the Buxton Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 2, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2001, at 11 a.m. at the North Okeechobee Church of God, 15949 N.W. 30th Terrace, with Reverend Noah Taylor, Pastor, officiating.

Interment to follow at the Basinger Cemetery.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Harvey J. Smith

Harvey J. Smith, 83, of Okeechobee, died Sunday, April 29, 2001. Mr. Smith was a native of Okeechobee and traveled to Delaware when the Markham Canning Plant moved there. Later, the Dupont Corp. employed him many years in Seaford, Del. In 1958, he moved to Jupiter, and was employed by Pratt and Whitney for a time before going to work in the construction trade in Palm Beach and surrounding counties. Upon retirement, he moved back to Okeechobee. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Okeechobee and a charter member of the Jupiter Light Masonic Lodge.

Preceded in death by his first wife of 51 years, Jane G. Smith.

Survivors include: his wife, Margaret Smith of Okeechobee; son, John (Anita) of Hobe Sound; daughter, Karen Smith of Okeechobee; granddaughter, Wendy Smith of Gainesville; step children, Tommy Gaughan; Patricia (Richard) Cooper; Sarah (John) Brennan and step granddaughter Krista Boring.

Memorial service will be held on Friday, May 4, 2001, at 3 p.m., at the Bass Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Thomas Dees officiating. Ashes will be interred at Riverside Memorial Park in Jupiter.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Addie B. Williams

Addie B. Williams, age 61, of Riviera Beach, died Sunday, April 30, 2001, at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Born December 18, 1939, in Ala., to the late Johnnie and Melissa Walker, Addie grew up in Okeechobee and attended the Douglas Brown School.

Preceded in death by one son, Leonard Williams.

Survivors include: daughter, Rachel Williams of West Palm Beach; five grandchildren, Lemar Williams (Penny), Parechia Jarvis (Cornelius), Latisha McBride and Eric Williams, all of Okeechobee, and Melissa Williams of Gainesville. In addition, 10 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends and neighbors survive her.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2001, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1057 N.E. 14th Ave., Okeechobee.

Funeral services will follow on Saturday, May 5, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Maurice Alexander, officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen cemetery.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Elizabeth M. (Amburgey) Anderson

Elizabeth M. (Amburgey) Anderson, age 74, of Okeechobee, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born July 31, 1926, in Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Mrs. Anderson had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1970. She was a member of the Ladies of the Elks.

Survivors include: two sons, David Herman Amburgey (Debbie) and Bruce Robert Amburgey (Cam); three daughters, Betty Ann Revitzer (Dennis), JoAnn Travis (Bob) and Dee Revitzer (Doug), all of Michigan; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Additionally, her beloved friends, Jean and Don Robinson survive her.

Friends may call at the Buxton Funeral Home on Sunday, May 6, 2001, from 12 to 2 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted following visitation at 2 p.m.

Interment will be at a later date in Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak, Mich.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Lucille Ward

Lucille Ward, age 81, of Okeechobee, died Thursday, May 3, 2001, in Raulerson Hospital. She was born December 21, 1919. Miss Ward was a nurse for the Okeechobee County Health Department for several years.

She is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Pelphrey of Toledo, Ohio.

Funeral services are on Friday, May 4, 2001, at 3 p.m., graveside at the Evergreen Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Pearl M. Edington

Pearl M. Edington, age 85, of Okeechobee, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born Dec. 5 1913, in Heflin, La., Ms. Edington can to Okeechobee from Washington, D.C. in 1959. She was a bank teller by occupation and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Ms. Edington was also a member of the Order of White Shrine of Jerusalern, order of Eastern Star, Okeechobee High Twelve Club, Okeechobee A.A.R.P. Club, V.F.W. Auxiliary No. 4423, Ladies of Elks Lodge No. 2258 and a life member of Merah Ladies.

Survivors include: her daughter, Betty Haworth (Alvin) of Jupiter; one son, Don Edington (Nancy) of Brandon; four grandchildren, Janice L. Haworth, James S. Haworth, Mia Edington and John Edington; two great-grandchildren, Laura A. Haworth and Cheryl A. Edington.

Visitation will be Monday, May 7, from 5 until 7 p.m. with an Easter Star Service at 7 p.m.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, May 8, at 10 a.m. at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Richard E. Whipple officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.

Ivan D. Kelchner

Ivan D. Kelchner, age 81, of Okeechobee, died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born Feb. 19,1920, in Dayton, Ohio, Mr. Kelchner came to Hialeah in 1956 and worked in Dade County in Shop One. He retired in 1981 and moved to Okeechobee in January of 1981.

Survivors include: his wife of 57 years, Mary Ellen Kelchner of Okeechobee; daughter, Joyce Opera of South Bend, Ind.; two sons, Ivan Dale and wife, Jenny Kelchner and Ted and wife Denise Kelchner; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and, two great-great-grandchildren. In addition, he is also survived by one brother, Raymond and wife, Margaret Kelchner of Arizona; three sisters, Mary Vanderveld of Dayton, Ohio, Doris Carter and husband, Don of Troy, Ohio and Vera Miller and husband Jack of Dayton, Ohio.

The family will receive friends at the Buxton Funeral Home on Thursday, May 10, from 5 until 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, May 11, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Scott Leslie, Pastor, Okeechobee Presbyterian Church and Rev. Dave Robertson, Pastor, Buckhead Ridge Christian Church, officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.

Linda Gail Stice

Linda Gail Stice, age 48, of Okeechobee, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born July 2, 1952, Miss Stice had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1974 and was a member of the Eastern Star of Okeechobee. She was an elementary school teacher in Okeechobee for 27 years and had taught at Seminole Elementary for the last 10 years. Her love of teaching consumed her life. She was a member of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus.

Preceded in death by her mother, Eva Stice, she is survived by her father and stepmother, Warner and Ruby Stice of Louisville, Ky.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Buxton Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at 5 p.m., with Father Emilian Swiatecki, Pastor of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus, officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, FL. 34973; American Cancer Society, Okeechobee Chapter, P.O. Box 382, Okeechobee, FL. 34973; or St. Teresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church, 123 Chobee Loop N.E., BHR, Okeechobee, FL. 34974.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.


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