Saturday, March 18, 2017

Frances Mataline Morgan Swartz

Frances passed away peacefully Thursday, March 16 at the Lakeview Manor Assisted Living Facility where she has been a resident since 2013. She was the third of six children born to Albert Morgan and Lela Vaughn Morgan in Piggott, AR. Her father, a sharecropper, died when she was six and her mother struggled raising a family during the Depression.
Frances moved to Anderson, Indiana just before the war where she lived at the YWCA, and took a factory job at Nicholson File. Robert Thomas Swartz caught his "bird"  after a short courtship on May 16, 1943. They built a home in Van Buren and later relocated to Lexington, Ky, raising four children: Karl, Karen, David, and Barbara. Frances enjoyed music, cooking, sewing, and gardening, but most of all, being a Mother and Grandma.
Frances and Bob retired to Eustis, Fl, where she remained active in church, social and charitable activities before moving to Orlando in 2002 and focusing on being a Grandmother to her 17 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren. In addition to her children, Frances is survived by her brother, Albert Jackson Morgan of Bryan, TX.
We extend a special thanks to our friends, the staff at Lakeview Manor, who have been  family to Frances for the last four years. We appreciate the loving care that you provided to our Mother and we are forever in your debt. Thank you so much and God bless you!
Honorary donations may be made in Frances' name to the Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation at or the Alzheimer's association at A graveside service open to the public will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 22 at Greenwood Cemetary in Eustis, FL. For additional information contact David Swartz, 407-281-4560/

Friday, March 17, 2017

Bruce R. Smith, Sr.

Bruce R  Smith Sr., age 71, of Orlando passed away Tuesday March 7th, 2017.   He was born in Decatur, NE , the son of Mr. & Mrs. Oliver Smith.  He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  Upon leaving the Navy, moved to Orlando and worked at Remco Trucks until he started his own business.  

Bruce leaves behind to cherish his memory, many friends, 2 sons, 3 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Caroline C. Beasley

Caroline C. Beasley, age 78, of Orlando, passed away Friday, March 10th, 2017 at Florida Hospital East.  A life long Florida resident, she was born in Eustis, FL the daughter of the  late Mary (Bush) and Joe Causey. She was employed as an electronics assembler.

Caroline leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Vicki  Simmons of Deltona, Kimberly Owens of Orlando; three sisters, Ann Harris of Kissimmee, Lee Campbell of Palatka, Pat Buchanan of Orlando; two brothers, Gordon Causey of North Carolina, Buddy Causey of Bushnell; 2 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren

The family will be receiving friends from 12:30 until 1:30 pm followed by the funeral service on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at Liberty Baptist Church with Rev. Aaron Robertson officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Chapel Hill Cemetery.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Laurette L. Langton

Laurette L. Langton, age 71, of Orlando passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2017.  She was born in Trinidad the daughter  of the late Leila (Evangelist) and Bruno  Rochard and was employed as a US Postal  Clerk.

Laurette leaves to cherish her memory, daughter Michelle Langton and son Phillip Langton both  of Orlando; two sisters Noreen Simon Thomson, Ira Ali both of Trinidad; and 3 grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10:00 am followed by the mass at 11:00 am at St. Andrew Catholic Church with Father Leo Hodges officiating.  Interment will be at Winter Garden Cemetery.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tamara Ann Smoley

Tamara Ann Smoley, “Tami” to all who knew and loved her, peacefully left us surrounded by her brothers, sisters, nieces, nephew, in-laws, and loved ones on Sunday, the 25th of February, 2017.  She was employed as a hospice nurse for over 40 years in Central Florida.  Tami’s certainty for a better future fueled her courageous battles against her myriad health conditions and were an inspiration to all.  

Tami ended this earthly journey to join her parents, John and Jeannine Smoley and nephew Dean New at Florida Hospital Celebration.

Tami is survived by her loving sisters and brothers Kim Peaslee of Glendale, AZ, John Smoley of St. Cloud, FL, Valjean New of Orlando, FL, Michael Smoley of Ocoee, FL; her 11 nieces and nephews.

When her health allowed, she was a supporter and participant in the monthly Lord’s Lunch program provided by Ocoee United Methodist Church at the Christian Service Center.  She prepared her signature meals for those in need.  Continuing her passion to erase hunger for children and their families, Tami also supported the New Day Program that stocks a food pantry in local schools in low income neighborhoods enabling schools to send home food for families in children’s backpacks. 

Tami’s celebration of life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday March 4, 2017 at Ocoee Oaks United Methodist 201 Clarke Road, Ocoee, FL 34751

In lieu of flowers the family requests donation be made to the New Day Project that provides a food pantry at local schools for children in need.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Noël Maxwell Barnett

Noël Maxwell Barnett passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving husband and children on Saturday, the 25th of February, 2017.  She transitioned into glory at the age of 68 and is with her Lord and Savior.  Noël fought valiantly against leukemia and her courage and spirituality were an inspiration to all.

Noël was predeceased by her parents, Muriel and Bud Maxwell, and her brother Fred Maxwell. 

She is survived by her adoring husband of 44 years, William B. Barnett; and her children, Pamela Barnett of Philadelphia, PA, Jennifer Seminara of Casselberry, FL, Rebecca Barnett of Atlanta, GA, Molly Barnett of Orlando, FL, Bradford Barnett of Orlando, FL; her 7 grandchildren; and her sister Sande Maxwell of Lorane, OR.

She was an active member of Grace Church Orlando.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to  "Grace Church Orlando" with a note in the memo section "Pastoral Care-Noel". 

Grace Church Orlando:
2828 Edgewater Drive
Orlando, FL 32804

Noel's memorial service will be held Friday, March 3, at 4:00 PM at Orangewood Presbyterian Church, reception to follow in Parish Hall. 

Orangewood Presbyterian Church:
1300 Maitland Blvd.
Maitland, FL 32751

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Oma Devi Persaud

Oma Devi Persaud, age 59, of Ocoee, FL passed away Monday, February 20, 2017 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee.  Oma was born in Georgetown, Guyana, the daughter of the late Sheila (Singh) and Thakur  Persaud and was employed as a seamstress.

Oma leaves to cherish her memory, two sons Wayne Bacchus of Ocoee,  Gavin Lall of Orlando; five sisters, Kathleen Narine, Murth Geer, Etsy Salickram, Yvonne Sataur,  all of Guyana, Monica Algu, of Tampa; three brothers, Rohan Persaud, Rohit Persaud both of Guyana; Robby Persaud of Tampa and 4 grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends from 6:00 until 9:00 pm on Thursday, February 23, 2017 with a traditional Hindu service from 8:00 until 11:00 am on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Dobbs Funeral Home with PT. Sri Krishna Maharaj (Priest) officiating.  Interment will follow at Metro Crematory in Ocoee.