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Joan Katherine Romer

Joan Katherine Romer, age 65, of Okeechobee, died Thursday, May 10,2001, at Raulerson Hospital.

Born Oct. 12, 1935, Mrs. Romer had been a resident of Okeechobee for 16 years. She loved her church, Oakview Baptist, and her sisters and brothers in Christ. Her greatest hope was that all her family would one day be reunited in Heaven.

Survivors include: her husband of 33 years, Allen Romer of Okeechobee; seven children; 15 grandchildren; and, two great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation or services. Her wish was that everyone remembers her with a smile.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Oakview Baptist Church Building Fund.

Kenneth Richard Elias

Kenneth Richard Elias, age 49, of Okeechobee, died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in West Palm Beach.

Born Feb. 23, 1952 in Detroit, Mich., Mr. Elias had been a resident of Okeechobee for over 12 years. He worked as a customer service manager at Wal-Mart. Mr. Elias was a lifetime member of AmVets.

Survivors include: his parents, Leo George Elias and Catherine Pearl Elias of Okeechobee; one brother, Anthony D. Elias of Upper Michigan; and two sisters, Gloria Elias of Avon Park and Nesema Whitis of Pembroke Pines.

Friends may call at the Buxton Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 16, from 2 until 4 p.m. A funeral service will follow visitation at 4 p.m.

Interment will take place at a later date in Edgewood Cemetery, Saltsburg, Pa.

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

Mary Anna Bursott

Mary Anna Bursott, age 83, of Metamora, Ill., died Monday, May 14, 2001, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill.

Born Oct. 29,1917, in Metamora, Ill. to Clarence M. and Francis "Schierer" Rohman. She married Bernard E. "Red" Bursott on Nov. 26, 1936, in Metorma, Ill.

She was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Metamora, Ill. and its Altar and Rosary Society.

Survivors include: her husband, Bernard E. "Red" Bursott; two sons, Dale (Donna) of Metamora, Ill. and D. Michael of Sandy, Ore.; three daughters, Patricia (Danny) Gillham of Okeechobee, Diana (Randy) Randall of Metamora, Ill. and Debra (Dan) Ottenhacher of Portland, Ore.; one brother, Bertram (Lois) Rohman of Metamora, Ill.; 15 grandchildren; and, 27 great-grandchildren.

Two sons Bob and Bernard Jr. preceded her in death.

A funeral Mass will be Thursday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, with Rev. Dacien Batt officiating.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 16, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora, Ill., with recitation of the rosary at 8 p.m.

Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Metamora, Ill.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Mason Funeral Home in Metamora, Ill.

Charles R. (Bob) Wilson

Charles R. (Bob) Wilson, age 66, of Okeechobee, died Saturday, May 12, 2001. He was born Aug. 4, 1934, in Frankfurt, Ind., and came to Florida 20 years ago from the Southeast. He was retired and an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include: two daughters, Kimberly Ann Weiss of Atlanta, Ga. and Lesli Renee Graham of Bradenton; and, three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in his home at 2001 S.E. 29th St., Okeechobee at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19. A gathering in his memory will follow at Good Spirits in Okeechobee.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society via telephone at 800-227-2345. His daughter Lesli Graham at 6023 26th St. W. No. 160, Bradenton, Fla. 34207 would like to acknowledge all remembrances and requests her name and address be mentioned with memorial calls.

Arrangements are entrusted to the All County Funeral Home and Crematory.

Laurlene K. Mims

Laurlene K. Mims, age 54, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter. Born Oct. 23, 1946, in Fort Pierce, Mrs. Mims was a lifetime resident of Okeechobee.

Survivors include: husband, Paul G. Mims, Jr., mother, Rennie Lee McClead, both of Okeechobee; son, Brad Mims of St. Cloud, father and stepmother; D.R. and Dannie Kilpatrick of Moore Haven; sister, Ann Aiken and husband Cecil of LaBelle; step-sister, Glenda Lucey of Clewiston, and step-brother, Russell Kilpatrick of Moore Haven.

Visitation is Thursday, May 17, 2001, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Bass Funeral Home.

Funeral Services is Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at Grace Brethren Church, with Pastor Larry Zimmerman officiating.

Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

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

Johnny C. Leach

Johnny C. Leach, age 53, of Macclenny, died Friday, May 11, 2001, at Northeast Florida State Hospital, Macclenny. He was born and resided in the city of Okeechobee where he attended and graduated Okeechobee High School before moving to Macclenny. Mr. Leach was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Dean's Court. He was preceded in death by five siblings, Joan, Mercedes, Ronald, Gloria and Larry.

Survivors include: a son, Johnny Leach Jr., of Okeechobee; four sisters, Dorothy Davenport of Cuthbert, Ga., Givens Caldwell of Okeechobee, Geraldine White of Orlando and Rosia Dobbins of Okeechobee; four brothers, Joe, James and Robert Leach all of Okeechobee and Willie Leach of Lakeland; and, one granddaughter.

Friends may call from 11 until noon on Saturday, May 19, at New St. Stephens AME Church, Okeechobee, with Rev. Billy E. Johnson officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Stone Brothers Funeral Home.

Dorothea R. Cruts

Dorothea R. Cruts, age 83, of 83, of Okeechobee, died Tuesday, May 15, 2001, at her residence. Born Dec. 29, 1917, in Mineral Wells, Texas, Mrs. Cruts had been a resident of Okeechobee for 11 years. She was a member of the VFW Women's Auxiliary.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Frank Cruts of Okeechobee.

There will no visitation or services.

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

Laurlene K. Mims

Laurlene K. Mims, age 54, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at Jupiter Medical Center, Jupiter. Born Oct. 23, 1946, in Fort Pierce, Mrs. Mims was a lifetime resident of Okeechobee.

Survivors include: husband, Paul G. Mims, Jr., mother, Rennie Lee McClead, both of Okeechobee; son, Brad Mims of St. Cloud, father and stepmother; D.R. and Dannie Kilpatrick of Moore Haven; brother, Drayton Kilpatrick and wife, Betty of Chipley; sister, Ann Aiken and husband Cecil of LaBelle; step-sister, Glenda Lucey of Clewiston, and step-brother, Russell Kilpatrick of Moore Haven.

Funeral Services is Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. at Grace Brethren Church, with Pastor Larry Zimmerman officiating.

Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

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

John M. Howell, Sr.

John M. Howell, Sr., age 54, of Okeechobee, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001, at his residence. Born May 6, 1947, in Portageville, Mo., Mr. Howell had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1955. He was a member of New Haven Ministries.

Survivors include: his loving wife of 31 years, Jeanette Howell of Okeechobee; two sons, John Michael Howell, Jr., of Okeechobee and Ronnie Glen Howell of Springfield, Mo.; three daughters, Sharry Lynn Kicklighter and Tammy L. Howell, both of Okeechobee and Patty Dalton of Neosho, Mo.; nine grandchildren; and three brothers, Charles Howell of Ocala, Billy Howell of Vassalboro, Maine and James Ray Victor of Kansas City, Mo.

Friends may call at the Buxton Funeral Home on Friday, May 18, 2001, from 4 to 6 p.m. A funeral service will be conducted at 6 p.m. with Reverend David Burnie of New Haven Ministries, officiating.

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

Nora D. Abney

Nora D. Abney, age 87, passed away peacefully May 18, 2001, at the Okeechobee Health care Facility. Nora was born July 23, 1913, in Douglas, Ga., moving to Sebring, in her youth. She married Benjamin Parker Abney in 1932, and resided in Brighton, before moving to Okeechobee to raise their family. Parker and Nora were in the cattle business, created Rock-A-Way Construction in 1956, and were involved in the sable palm business for Palm Sunday with Seminole Tribe of Florida in Brighton. She was devoted wife and mother, a member of Fountain of Life Church and the Okeechobee Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 128.

Nora was preceded in death by: her husband Parker Abney; sisters; Ruby Whitaker, Jessie Montsdeoca and Nonnie Parrish; and brothers; Wes, Floyd and Mitch Davis.

Survivors include: daughter Faye Haverlock of Okeechobee; two sons, Ben Abney of Orlando and John W. Abney, Sr. of Okeechobee; brother, Bob Davis of West Palm Beach; sister, Barbara Dean of Belle Glade, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Friends of the family may call at the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, May 21, 2001, from 4 to 7 p.m., with an Eastern Service to follow at 7 p.m. on Monday.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, May 22, 2001, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Joe Bishop of Fountain of Life Church officiating. Interment will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery.

If you wish, donations may be made to the Sherry Abney Fund, C/O Big Lake National Bank, 1409 S. Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, FL. 34974, in memory of Nora Abney.

All arrangements are entrusted to the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.

Daren Claude Lane

Daren Claude Lane, ate 18, of Buckhead Ridge in Okeechobee, died Saturday, May 19, 2001, at Columbia Raulerson Hospital.

Born Oct. 18, 1983, in West Palm Beach, Mr. Lane had been a resident of Okeechobee for eight years.

His occupation was lawn maintenance, and he was a volunteer for Hospice.

Survivors include his father, Brett Lane of West Palm Beach; mother, Juanita Corcione of Summerville, S.C.; three sisters, Amanda Corcione and Michel Corcione of Summerville, S.C., and Rachel Lane of West Palm Beach; paternal grandparents, Claude and Alice Lane of Okeechobee; maternal grandmother, Sally Moody of West Palm Beach; and, special aunt Corrine Rooney of Okeechobee.

Friends may call at the Buxton Funeral Home on Thursday, May 24, 2001, from 4 until 7 p.m.

Following visitation, funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. with Rev. Dr. John Keith, pastor of Oakview Baptist Church, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Fla., 34973.

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

Andrew Andela, Sr.

Andrew Andela, Sr., age 81, of Burlington Flats, N.Y., died May 15, 2001, at his daughter's home in Burlington Flats. He was born on March 21, 1920, in Clifton, N.J., the son of Nicholas and Jessie (Hamersma) Andela. In 1944, he married Catherine Zigterman of Prospect Park, N.J. She predeceased him in August, 1998.

He was a resident of New Jersey until his retirement. Since then, he has resided in Richfield Springs, N.Y., Burlington Flats, N.Y., and Okeechobee. For many years he was a self-employed contractor, and later worked for the Passaic (New Jersey) Parks Department. He was an active member of the Preakness Christian Reformed Church in Wayne, N.J., and after retirement a member of the Mohawk Reformed Church in Mohawk, N.Y.

Survivors include: two sons: Ronald of Unadilla Forks, N.Y. and Andrew of Flushing, N.Y.; two daughters: Ruth Yielding of Okeechobee and Kathleen DeJong of Burlington Flats, N.Y. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers; Richard and Walter and two sisters; Jane Appelo and Agnes Kuiken.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2001, at 10 a.m. at The Church on the Hill in Flushing, N.Y., after which his cremains will be interred in the Memorial Rose Garden at the church.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home, Edmeston, N.Y.

Pablo Escamilla

Pablo Escamilla, age 34, died February 12, 2001, in Beaumont, Texas. Pablo was born April 23, 1966, in Coahuila, Mexico.

He was a bouncer at Los Dos Compadres in Okeechobee, and returned to his homeland in Mexico in 2000.

Survivors include: his wife, Teresa Escamilla, of Beaumont, Texas; son, Pablo Escamilla, Jr. of Texas; his parents, Candelario and Paula Escamilla of Beaumont, grandparents, Maria DeJesus and Gerardo Escamilla of Mexico; brothers, Efrian (Hope), Candy, Abel and David, and Albert (Sussy), all of Texas; four sisters; Lorena Escamilla, Nancy (Ignacio) Lopez, all of Texas, Maria (Gustavo) Aguilar of Okeechobee, and Olga (Juan) Martinez of Fort Pierce. 12 nieces and nephews also survive him.

Place of burial was Live Oak Cemetery in Beaumont, Texas.

All arrangements were under the direction and care of the Calvary Mortuary, Beaumont, Texas.

Marion "Glenn" Boyette

Marion "Glen" Boyette, age 74, died Friday, May 25, 2001, at the Veterans Hospital in West Palm Beach, after an extended illness. He was born in Denaud, and was a resident of Okeechobee for 11 years, previously coming from LaBelle and the Fort Pierce area. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 through 1949, serving his country overseas in Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines. While he was stationed in San Diego, Calif., he married Evelyn Kreeger and moved back to Florida, to the Fort Pierce area with daughters, Wanda and Beverly. Mr. Boyette was a heavy equipment operator and a pioneer in the establishment and completion of the Florida Turnpike, which originated in Miami and ended in Fort Pierce. He assisted in completing the dike surrounding Lake Okeechobee and was proficient as a dragline operator. He continued to work through out his senior years and was operating a grader for McArthur Dairy in Okeechobee until shortly before his illness. He was Commander in Chief of the V.F.W. Post #10100 in LaBelle and participated in numerous VFW sponsored events including Swamp Cabbage Festival Parades and activities. He was active in Little League and served as "coach" for many years. He raised thoroughbred horses in Okeechobee and took pride in owning a filly from the Kentucky Derby winner, "Secretariat".

Preceded in death by: his mother, Sallie Hadden of Moore Haven and his father, Asa Boyette of Bradenton.

Survivors include: daughters; Wanda Fay Poole of Fort Pierce, Beverly Ann Bustin of Port St. Lucie, step-son, Gary Carroll of Fort Myers, granddaughters; Michele Arthur of Port St. Lucie, Denise Hicks (Curtis) of LaBelle, Kimberly Poole of Hampstead, N.C., one grandson Christopher Arthur of North Vernon, Ind., four great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter. He leaves behind his long time friend, Evelyn Rayner of Port St. Lucie and his loving companion of the previous 10 years, Marlene Burnstein of Okeechobee.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2001, at 11 a.m., at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, in LaBelle.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle.

Charles Barney Crews

Charles Barney Crews, age 96, died Saturday, May 26, 2001, in Jacksonville. Born on November 14, 1907, in Henscratch, Florida, he had lived in Jacksonville for the past five years.

Survivors include: his wife, Wilma Cleo Crews; three sons; Elbert, Donald and Marshall Crews; two daughters; Fawn Stewart and Betty Ann Carr; sister, Cassie Allen and the grandchildren representing five generations.

Funeral services will be held at the graveside, Thursday, May 31, 2001, at 1 p.m. in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lake Placid, with Reverend Bob Galentine officiating.

All arrangements under the direction and care of the Fraser Funeral Home in Jacksonville.

John Henry Pfennig, Sr.

John Henry Pfennig, Sr., age 88, died Saturday, May 26, 2001, at the William Hargrave Health Care Center in Haines City. Born on August 30, 1912, in Baltimore, Md., Mr. Pfennig was a Shop Foreman and affiliated with the Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Lions Club and the Okeechobee Lodge #237 F&AM.

Survivors include: sons; John H. Pfennig, Jr. and wife Angie of Okeechobee, John Eugene Pfennig of Soddydaisy, Tenn.; daughter, Marian Pfennig Brown of Soddydaisy, Tenn, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation is on Wednesday, May 30, 2001, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.

Funeral service is on Wednesday, May 30, 2001, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, with Reverend Dr. Edward A Weiss, OSB of the Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Church officiating.

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

William Leon Tucker

William Leon Tucker, age 72, of Okeechobee, died Monday, May 28, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born Oct. 2, 1928, in Russell Springs, Ky., Mr. Tucker had been a resident of Okeechobee for 22 years.

Survivors include: his wife of 15 years, Marion E. Tucker of Okeechobee; three sons, Leon Tucker, Steven Rucker and Richard Tucker all of Cincinnati, Ohio; two daughters, Esther True of Indianapolis, Ind. and Bonnie Mitchell of Cincinnati, Ohio; 16 grandchildren; and, nine great-grandchildren. In addition, he is also survived by four brothers, Kenneth Tucker of Fairfield, Ohio, Joseph Tucker of Franklin, Ind., Carl Tucker of Greenwood, Ind., and Carson Tucker of Whiteland, Ind.; and, four sisters, Maxine Bray and Lorene True of Whiteland, Ind., Nelda Grimes of Indianapolis, Ind. And Frances Burnett of Beech Grove, Ind.

Friends may call t the Buxton Funeral Home on Saturday, June 2, from 9 until 10 a.m. Funeral services will follow visitation at 10 a.m. with Rev. Dr. John Keith, Pastor of Oakview Baptist Church, officiating.

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

Robert K. Butler

Robert K. Butler, age 75, an Okeechobee resident for 35 years, died Sunday, June 3, 2001. He was born in Hollywood and was a life-long dairy farmer. Mr. Butler moved his dairy operation to Highlands and Okeechobee counties in 1965. He served in the United States Air Force from March 1944 until October 1945. He was a charter member of Independent Dairy Farmers Association and Dairy Council of Florida and served on the board of Florida Dairy Farmers Association.

He was a past Master of the Hollywood Masonic Lodge No. 209, past president and member of the Okeechobee Kiwanis Club, a charter director of Commercial Bank of Okeechobee, served on the Okeechobee County Hospital Board, Board of Trustees of H.H. Raulerson Jr. Memorial Hospital from 1982-1984, 32nd Degree Mason - Okeechobee Amara Shrine Club. He was inducted into the Dairy Hall of Fame in 1992. He was past Deacon of Oakview Baptist Church.

Survivors include: his loving wife of 53 years, Mildred; three sons, Robert L. and his wife Pam, Ronald D. and his wife Rosa, and Roger P. and his wife Zoe; three sisters, Jewel Dalton (Honore) of Avon Park, Mary Yeuell (Leon) of Jacksonville and Audrey Gordon of Hollywood; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and, many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 5, from 4 until 7 p.m. at Oakview Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 6, at 10 a.m. at the Oakview Baptist Church with Pastor John Keith and Pastor Charlie Rice officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to the Oakview Baptist Church building fund, Okeechobee.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the care of the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.

William Ralph Jones Sr.

William Ralph Jones Sr., age 75, of Okeechobee, died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born Sept. 5, 1925, in Lottie, Ala., Mr. Jones had been a resident of Okeechobee for four years. He served in the Navy during World War II as a Guns Mate First Class. He was involved with the Lion's Club and was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include: his devoted wife of 55 years, Virginia Jones of Okeechobee; two sons, William R. Jones Jr., of Fort Lauderdale and Charles E. Jones (LaDonna) of Winter Springs; one daughter, Linda Wells (Robert) of Coral Gables; four grandchildren, Virginia, Lindsay, Ayse and Jessica; one great-grandchild; two brothers, V.H. Jones Jr. (Dorothy) of Homestead and Joe Max Jones (Shelby) of Mississippi; two sisters, Edna Ruth Griffin of McKenzie, Ala. And Bobbie Rae Davis of Hammon, La.

Friends may call at the Buxton Funeral Home on Thursday, June 7, from 5 until 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Buxton Funeral Home on Friday, June 8, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Dr. John Keith, Pastor of Oakview Baptist Church, officiating.

Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.

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

Cesare V. Coslop Jr.

Cesare V. Coslop Jr., age 79, of Okeechobee, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born May 30, 1922, in S. Vineland, N.J., Mr. Coslop had been a resident of Okeechobee since 1987.

Survivors include: two sons, Cesare V. Coslop III (Linda) of Vineland, N.J., and Michael Coslop of Malaga, N.J.; two daughters, Janet McCann of Melville, N.J. and Jean Ivey of Camolen, Maine; eight grandchildren; and, two sisters, Catherine Morgan of Melville, N.J. and Florence Winnermer of Egg Harbor, N.J.

There will no visitation or services.

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

Helen G. Bryant

Helen G. Bryant, age 88, of Okeechobee, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Florida Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. Born Dec. 24, 1912, in Terre Haute, Ind., Ms. Bryant had came to Okeechobee from Fort Lauderdale in 1954. She was a housewife by occupation.

She is survived by one son, Charles Bryant and one granddaughter, Jessica Bryant both of Okeechobee.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 6, from 9 until 10 a.m. with funeral service to follow at 10 a.m. at the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ralph Crowell officiating.

Interment will be in Dade Memorial Garden in Miami.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home.

Loui Allison Meredith

Loui Allison Meredith, age 83, of Okeechobee, died Friday, May 30, 2003, in Okeechobee.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 5, at 11 a.m., at the Dade Memorial Park in Miami.

All arrangements are under the direction of the Lithgow-Bennett-Philbrick Funeral Home, Miami. Phone: (305) 940-6304.

Doug Harper

Doug Harper, age 71, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at Life Care Center of Melbourne. Born on July 7, 1929, in Hebron, Texas, Mr. Harper came to Okeechobee from Melbourne in 1984. He was affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was a Security Guard by trade.

Survivors include: daughters; Darla Jean Rinehart (Bruce) of Palm Bay, Bonnie K. Gardner (Barry) of Melbourne; son, Darrell D. Harper of Melbourne; sister, Dorothy LaChance of Calif., four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation is Thursday, June 7, 2001, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home Chapel.

Funeral services is Friday, June 8, 2001, at 11 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, located at 310 S.W. Sixth Street, Okeechobee.

Interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

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

Virginia Lillian Hance Gamlen

Virginia Lillian Hance Gamlen, age 77, of Okeechobee, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at her residence. Born Oct. 7, 1923, in Philadelphia, Pa., Mrs. Gamlen had been a resident of Florida since 1957 and has resided in Okeechobee since 1974. She was retired after working 19 years as Administrative Assistant of Food Fair; and she had also worked for 11 years at Raulerson Hospital as superintendent of the insurance department. Mrs. Gamlen was a member of Peace Lutheran Church.

Survivors include: her husband of six years, Lewis B. Gamlen of Okeechobee; one daughter, Lynn Virginia Abis (Howard) of Miami; two grandsons, Wes A. Sutton of Denver, Colo. and Dwayne Quick of Miami; two stepsons, Scott Gamlen (Barbara) and Darren Gamlen (Rita) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; three stepdaughters, Judy Mauk (Lloyd), Lou Ann Gruetter (Stanley) and Dale Hawkins (Tommy) all of Chattanooga, Tenn.; 11 step grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and, one brother, John Joseph Hance of Doylestown, Pa.

A memorial service will be conducted at the Peace Lutheran Church, 750 N.W. 23rd Lane, on Monday, June 11, at 11 a.m. with Pastor John Hirst, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Okeechobee, P.O. Box 1548, Okeechobee, Fla., 34973.

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

Joseph Harry Osteen, Jr.

Joseph Harry Osteen, Jr., age 79, of Okeechobee, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie. Born November 22, 1921, in Wauchula, Mr. Osteen had been a resident of Okeechobee for 32 years. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, serving in England.

Preceded in death by: his wife, Jeanette and granddaughter, Elizabeth Michelle Osteen.

Survivors include: two sons, Robert C. Osteen (Signa) of Encinitas, Calif., and Kenneth L. Osteen (Paula) of Okeechobee; one daughter, Pamela L. Ashburn (Jerry) of Knoxville, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Buxton Funeral Home on Saturday, June 9, 2001, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Graveside funeral services and interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery on Sunday, June 10, 2001, at 11 a.m.

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

Valda May Padgett

Valda May Padgett, age 95, died Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at Northside Health Care in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Mrs. Padgett was born March 28, 1906, in Island Grove, Florida. She was a former resident of Okeechobee, the daughter of John William and Emma Upthegrove. Mrs. Padgett was a member of the Pioneer Upthegrove Family that settled into Central and South Florida in the late 1800's. She was a retired Citrus packing house worker and a homemaker.

Preceded in death by: her husband, Dan Padgett and her daughters, Juanita Margaret DaCamara and Dorothy Vivian Hudson.

Survivors include: her daughters; Patricia Adams of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Emma "Lou" Tamm of Vero Beach and Virginia "Tootsie" Holdorff of Chipley; brother, R.N. Upthegrove of West Palm Beach; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great grandchildren.

Graveside Funeral services will be Saturday, June 9, 2001, at Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee, with Pastor Timothy Sanders of Marianna Baptist Temple, Marianna, officiating.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Grissom Funeral Home, Kissimmee.

Robert Lee Tindall

Robert Lee Tindall, infant son of Deloan Tindall and Christina McCorts of Okeechobee, was born and died on Thursday, May 24, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring.

Preceded in death by his brother, Deloan Leroy Tindall, IV.

Survivors include: his parents; two sisters, Tracy Slusser and Katelyn McCorts; maternal grandparents, Dwight and Cathy McCorts; paternal grandfather, DeLoan Leroy Tindall, Jr.; paternal grandmother, Marion Sippert; paternal great-grandparents, Dave and Bessie Sheffield; paternal step-grandfather, Bobby Sippert and wife, Alice, all of Okeechobee.

Graveside funeral services and interment were conducted on Friday, June 8, 2001, at 1 p.m. with Reverend Dr. John Keith, Pastor of Oakview Baptist Church, officiating.

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

Floyd Calvin Lewis

Floyd Calvin Lewis, age 51, of Jacksonville,N.C., died Wednesday, June 6, 2001.

Survivors include: his wife Becky Pearce Lewis, formerly of Okeechobee, two sons, Mark Lewis of Raleigh, N.C. and Jeff Lewis and his wife Kim of La Plata, Md.; his mother, Doris Graham Lewis of Fernandina Beach; three sisters, Diane Ansley of Afton, Va., Jeannie Baughman of Jacksonville, N.C. and Nancy Combs of Fernandina Beach.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 10, 2001, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville, N.C.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 11, 2001, at 1 p.m. at Enon Chapel Baptist Church Midway Park, N.C., with Reverend James Kelley officiating.

Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville, N.C.

Donations may be made to the Enon Chapel Baptist Church benevolence fund, 102 Barbara Ave., Midway Park, N.C. 28544.

All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville, N.C.

Robert Lee Tindall

Robert Lee Tindall, infant son of Deloan Tindall and Christina McCorts of Okeechobee, was born and died on Thursday, May 24, 2001, at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Sebring.

Preceded in death by his brother, Deloan Leroy Tindall, IV.

Survivors include: his parents; two sisters, Tracy Slusser and Katelyn McCorts; maternal grandparents, Dwight and Cathy McCorts; paternal grandfather, DeLoan Leroy Tindall, Jr.; paternal grandmother, Marion Sippert; paternal great-grandparents, Dave and Bessie Sheffield; paternal grandparents, Bobby and Alice Sippert, all of Okeechobee.

Graveside funeral services and interment were conducted on Friday, June 8, 2001, at 1 p.m. with Reverend Dr. John Keith, Pastor of Oakview Baptist Church, officiating.

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


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