Wednesday, February 28, 2018

William Bill Barnett

To know him was to love him. William Bill Barnett (aka Bill Bill) died on Sunday, February 25th, after a brief illness, surrounded by the big, boisterous, loving family that he and his wife Noel Barnett created.  He died exactly one year to the day that he lost the love of his life, Noey.

Bill was known as a loyal Gator, with season tickets on the 50 yard line and a car horn that played the UF fight song in the 1980s. He always loved the University of Florida where he earned a B.A. in English and a J.D. He never forgot how to recite the preface to the Canterbury Tales and loved quoting Andrew Marvell’s carpe diem love poem: “though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run.”

He grew up in Hallandale, Florida and and went to South Broward High School. He was State Master Councilor of the DeMolay for the State of Florida and a Mason. Bill was a charismatic trial attorney, a rational legal mind and an empathetic guide to clients in his criminal defense and family law practice. He was a “LITIGATOR” who was a member of the Florida Bar for 50 years, leading the firm Barnett & Barclay and then joining Weiss, Grunor, Barclay & Barnett before his retirement in 2017. The family called him “the walking encyclopedia” and he was the “go to” man for advice on everything from marriage and child-rearing to the best historic and romantic Tuscan towns to visit. 

Bill and Noel lived their life to the fullest, travelling to places like South Africa, Thailand and Ireland. His five surviving children- Pamela Barnett of Philadelphia, Jennifer Seminara of Casselberry, Rebecca Barnett of Atlanta, Molly Barnett of Orlando and Brad Barnett of Orlando-- cherish memories of “Donuts in the Dark” (a 3am run to Mister Donut on 17-92), train rides to the Sanford Zoo, reggae concerts with Pato Banton, countless Florida Gator games, and family dinners at a table seating over 20 at a time, with family members and often dear friends who became family. His sons in law and daughter in law -- Jeff Hornstein, Joseph Seminara and Ashley Barnett--always felt they lucked out in joining his family. He was a big man who lived large and loved large.  He adored his many grandchildren and he and Noel made Christmas magical every year for: Jimmy, Paulina and Angie Seminara, Ruby and Elliott Albert and Max and Daphne Barnett. He is also survived by his sisters and their husbands, Janie and Ray Caragher and Gale and Harry Kappes in Plantation, FL. 

Bill and Noel were united by their deep faith and were active members of Grace Church. They gave generously to a variety of charitable organizations, always grateful for their blessings.

“To another perfect day!”

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The funeral will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 10am at Grace Church Orlando, 2300 Pembrook Drive, Orlando, FL 32810., with Pastor Mike Adkins, officiating.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Burton Nathanial Bibbs

Burton Nathanial Bibbs, age 68, of Orlando, passed away Monday, February 12th, 2018 at Cornerstone Hospice at Orlando Health.  He was born in Millville, NJ on April 8, 1949, the son of the late Annie Louise (Pennington)  and John Wesley Bibbs.  Burton served in the US Army and was employed as a mechanic.  

He was very proud to be the only heavy machinery mechanic at Mabey Bridge and Shore where he worked from 1993 until he retired in 2011.  After his retirement he started his own janitoral services with Vangard.

Burton leaves to cherish his memory, daughter Sophia Fields, of Orlando; brothers Charles and William Thomas Bibbs; sisters Marie and Hastie Bibbs; niece Lena Bibbs; and grandchildren Kamryn Fields, Anica , Alivia, Kourtney and Aubrie Roper.

A memorial service will be held from  2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL .

Friday, February 16, 2018

Shirley F. Lloyd

Shirley F. Lloyd, age 82 of Apopka, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2018 with her loved ones by her side.  She was born in Alexandria, Alabama, the daughter of Carlton and Margie (Voss) Fincher and was employed as a hospital and nursing home CNA.

Shirley leaves to cherish  her memory, daughter Diane Soelter; son Tommy Lloyd and wife Janice; 9 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.  To know her is to love her, she was mother and grandmother to so many more.

The family will be receiving friends from 5:00 until 8:00 pm on Monday, February 19, 2018 at Dobbs Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at West Orange Park Community Church with Pastor Wayne Howell officiating.  Interment will be at Orlando Memorial Gardens.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Harold James Neil, Sr.

Harold James Neil, Sr. born in Detroit, Michigan August 24th, 1937 to William and Margret, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Deltona, Florida, surrounded by loved ones.

He was quick witted with a generous spirit and jovial attitude. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Frances Marie Neil; six son’s and three daughters; Jim (Big Jim), Butch (Harold Jr.), Chuck, Jim, William, Shawn, Linda, Paula, Dawn; 34 grandkids; one brother Donald and many extended family and friends.

Enlisted in the Army in 1956 and obtained his GED while he was in the United States Army.  Reaching the rank of Specialist 3rd Class, in the 68th Company of the 4th Chemical Battalion, stationed in New York and served two of his six years of service in Germany.

Harold lived his life as an avid musician traveling with the Hal James V and the Parliaments, an avid baker taking after his father, a coach for many, many years of little league baseball in Romulus, Michigan,  a member of the Citizens on Patrol for Volusia County, FL, worked for the City of Deltona; and worked many years as security with in the mall in Seminole County, and a huge sports fan of all Detroit Teams.

His memories, guidance, understanding and willingness to give will be lived on by all that he has touched.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Nathaniel Bartee

Nathaniel (Nat) Bartee, age 82 of Orlando , passed away on Friday, January 26, 2018.  He was born to Joe Bartee and Minnie Spencer Bartee, on August 4, 1933, in Quitman, Georgia.  He married Lucille Phillips Bartee in 1955, and later relocated to Orlando, Florida in 1970 where they remained.

Nathaniel was a dump truck driver and mechanic for many years until he was injured and was no longer able to work.

Nathaniel was preceded in death by both parents, wife, Lucille P. Bartee, daughter, Margaret Bartee, sister, Maxine Bartee, and granddaughter, Terrica Anderson.

He leaves to mourn four sons: Jerry Bartee, Charles Bartee, Howard Bartee (Regina), and Vincent Bartee (Diane), six daughters: Bonnie Dawkins, Sheila Bartee Lyons (Ronald), Dorothy Wynn (Lamar), Brenda Campbell (Ezekiel), Anna Bartee, and Bridgett Cannon (Arthur). He also leaves to cherish his memory 30 grandchildren, 40+ great-grandchildren, and a host of family and friends. His family, friends and neighbors will remember him as a quick-witted man with a love for people and animals.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm, followed by the funeral service at The Church of Power Praise & Deliverance, located at 701 W. South Street, Orlando with Pastor Willie Chambliss officiating.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Wayne Charles Nichols

Wayne Charles Nichols, age 53, of Ocoee, FL passed away Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 at Hospice of the Comforter, in Altamonte Springs.  He was born in  Columbia, SC, the  son of the late Nora May (Goozey)  and William Robert Nichols and was employed as a restaurant manager.

Wayne leaves to cherish his memory, wife Carol  Simmons Kelly of Ocoee; daughter Shannon Brown (Ryan) of Blue Springs, MO; daughter Caitlan Nichols of Ocoee; brothers Richard Nichols (Chris) of Kissimmee, Paul Nichols (Dawn) of Clermont and one grandchild Delaney Brown of Blue Springs, MO.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 10:00 until 11:00 am at Dobbs Funeral Home, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am with Pastor Brad Blyth officiating.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Katelyn Ann Pearce

Katelyn Ann Pearce, age 16, of Kissimmee, passed away Tuesday, January 30th,  2018 at Florida Hospital Celebration.  Katelyn was born in Chickasha, OK the daughter of Helen (Tate) and Matthew Pearce.   She was a student and a member of First Baptist Church of Orlando.

Katelyn leaves to cherish her memory,parents Matthew and Helen Pearce; two sisters Alexis Pearce, Briella Pearce, three brothers Connor Pearce, Malachi Pearce, Asher Pearce all of Celebration; paternal grandparents Allen & Renee Pearce; maternal grandparents Wilfred & Glatha Tate  all of Chickasha, OK.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 8, 2018 in the Henry Chapel at First Baptist Church Orlando  with Dr. David Uth officiating.