Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tyler James Cravens


Tyler James Cravens (age 50) died Saturday, December 9th at 9:15am, surrounded by friends and family, after a brief but valiant battle with cancer. He was a professional actor, successful restaurateur, loyal friend, and above all, beloved and devoted husband.
Tyler was born June, 28, 1967 in Evansville, Indiana but soon relocated several times before settling for the duration of his childhood in Jackson, Mississippi. It was there, in high school, Tyler discovered his lifelong love and passion for acting, which entered his life by way of the annual theater competition.
Professional acting, however, didn't become reality until some time later.  First, Tyler entered the US Army Reserves. He attended basic and advanced training at Ft. Jackson, SC, after which he enrolled at the University of Arkansas-Ft. Smith for a year and a half before opting for active duty. During his six-year military career he held duty stations at The Air Assault School (Ft. Campbell, KY), a year long stint in South Korea (Camp Humphreys), and then the 5th Special Group (Ft. Campbell, KY). It was with 5th Group that Tyler deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Storm, earning the respected status: combat veteran. He ultimately achieved the rank of Sergeant, qualified as a Paratrooper (38 airborne jumps), became qualified in Air Assault tactics and Rappel Master, and attended Primary Leadership Development School where he finished 5th in his class.
Throughout his life in the military, Tyler never lost his desire for the art of acting. Upon returning from the Gulf War (1991), he began performing regional theater and appeared in several local and regional commercials. Acting became Tyler's life while the Army was his day job. In time, he left the military (1993) to pursue his dream to become a successful actor.
After bouncing around the country from Nashville to New York, Tyler landed in Orlando, FL where he really hit his stride. He began taking acting classes and working as an actor at several different venues. He was a contracted performer at Universal Studios where he dazzled audiences in shows like The Ghostbusters Spooktacular Show, Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies, and The Horror Makeup Show.  At the same time, he also worked nights at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show and Capone’s Dinner Show.  But this wasn’t enough for Tyler. Tyler knew he was supposed to be in Film and Television.
Tyler searched for the right agent to represent him and that’s exactly what he found in Traci Danielle of Brevard Talent Group. Little did he know this would begin a partnership that would last over 20 years. With the help of Traci, Tyler began auditioning and booking. He was off and running. Some notable credits include: From Earth to the Moon, Maximum Bob, S Club 7, Tigerland, and For Love of Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story. During this run he got to work with some amazing people: Tom Hanks, Beau Bridges, Dylan Walsh, Colin Farrell and Andy Garcia just to name a few.   
Tyler was on the rise and Hollywood was calling. In the late 1990s, he moved to Los Angeles. This move would prove to be the most gratifying of his life. It was here he met the love of his life, his Soulmate, Patcharee Suksamran. Like most actors who move to L.A., Tyler worked a day job to pay the bills. While working as a financial manager for a casino, a co-worker suggested that he come to dinner with her, her husband and some friends.  Tyler agreed. That evening he met Patcharee for the first time and it was over. From that moment on, Tyler James Cravens was officially off the market. After dinner, he and Patcharee spent the rest of the evening talking about anything and everything. They spoke of how they came to be in L.A. They spoke of hopes and dreams. They spoke of previous trials and tribulations. They smiled. They cried. They laughed. In short, they fell in love. And on December 22nd, 2004 Tyler and Patcharee were married.
After their wedding, the new couple moved back to Central Florida and opened a restaurant together.  On June 1st, 2008 Thai Blossom was born. This beautiful restaurant is located in the historic Edgewater Hotel in downtown Winter Garden. Thai Blossom was an instant hit. Tyler and Patcharee were an amazing team. Patcharee accumulated and perfected recipes, concentrating on delivering the most delicious dishes possible; Tyler, perfectly suited, ran the business side of the restaurant. They both would often be seen speaking with customers, welcoming them into their restaurant, and making sure they had a great time.  Tyler and Patcharee were a well-oiled machine when it came to running the restaurant. Their hard work and determination resulted in Thai Blossom winning many awards including Best Thai Restaurant, year after year, from Orlando Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, MyCityEats, Talk of the Town, and Trip Advisor.
With Thai Blossom doing well, Tyler went back to auditioning for film and television. He was back with a vengeance, booking roles left and right, including Letters to God, Endure, Graceland, and Sleepy Hollow. Recently, his most notable role was as the cool, efficient hitman, Ralph Lawler, in the Netflix Original series Bloodline.
Tyler will always be remembered for his love for his wife, his passion to create, his dry sense of humor that lead to his contagious laugh, and his indomitable spirit.
Tyler is survived by his wife, Patcharee Cravens, and his siblings, Thomas J. Cravens, Teresa “Tracey” Cravens Haney, Tamara Cravens Tateosian and their children.  A Celebration of Life will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday, December 4, 2017 at Dobbs Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider donating to www.standuptocancer.org in his name.

“Onward and Upward”

--Tyler

Monday, December 11, 2017

Donna Mae Bernice McArthur


Donna McArthur of Orlando, FL passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017.  Donna grew up in North Dakota then moved to Minnesota where she raised 3 kids with husband Roy while working.  She worked for Hornbachers & store manager of Cormorant store.  She was very active in the church with her children and with her grandchildren.  She loved to dance.  In 1983 she moved to Orlando Florida where she continued to work as head housekeeper then moved to different hotel as housekeeper until her retirement in 2005.  She loved to garden, her front porch of condo and patio were her greenhouses.  She also, stayed active with family, friends, and church.  Made lots of trips north to be with family, she was a very loving and caring person to all and never slowed down.

She is preceded in death by her husband Roy McArthur, son Douglas McArthur, daughter-in-law Jill McArthur, parents Christopher and Agness Sampson, brothers Clifford, Stanley, Russell, and Cecil Sampson.  Survived by sister Birdella Beach, brotherss Gordon (Eileen) Sampson and Lyle Sampson; sons Michael McArthur, Patrick (Glenda) McArthur, daughter Deborah (Stephen) McArthur-Mirra, daughter-in-law Rosalie Culhane, and close family friends Michael Crain and Krista Manchester.  Grandchildren Sheila (Ken) Johnson, Matthew McArthur, Andrew (Remi) McArthur, Ryan (Kari) Atkinson and Phillip (Melissa) Noe.  Great Grandchildren Madeline and Ella Johnson, Douglas and Chase McArthur, Delaney McArthur, Talaidh and Sadie Isaacs, and Reid Atkinson.

A memorial  service will be held at Holy Family Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 16th, 2017 at 11:00 am.  The family has asked in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Holy Family Episcopal Church or Dobbs Funeral Home.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kissore Singh

Kissore Singh,  age 81, of Mascotte, FL, passed away Saturday, December 9th, 2017 at Mike Conley Hospice House in Clermont.   He was born in West Bank, Guyana, the son of Parbatie and Udit Singh.  Kissore was employed as a fisherman.

Kissore is preceded in death by his wife Nearmattie Singh, son Dindyal Singh and leaves to cherish his memory, son Ramsingh Singh; daughter-in-law Bibi Singh; four brothers; two sisters; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and son Permanand Singh.

The family will have traditional Hindu services at Dobbs Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 6:00 until 9:00 pm  and Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 8:00 until 10:00 am.  Interment will follow the service on Wednesday at Metro Crematory located at 751 Bluford Avenue in Ocoee, FL.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Arthur Dale Bailey

"The light that burns twice as bright, burns half as long"

Arthur "Dale" Bailey , III
His light burned very, very brightly.

Born Into This Realm ~ October 8, 1975

Ascended Eternally Into All of Hearts
December 4, 2017


Dale was a man of candor, strength, kindness and unrivaled loyalty.  He was a masterful mechanic and loved turning wrenches.  His love for cars could only be rivaled by his passion for creating works of art.  A tattoo machine as his brush, some lucky individuals as his canvas.

Dale would give you the shirt off his back or a kick in the ass, whichever you needed more.  He happily obliged.  To be in Dale's good company, one felt at ease, safe, cared for and cared about.  Those blessed enough to Dale on a deeper level experienced an apparelled kinship - his family an unwavering love. (Yes, even Star Wars).  Yet for all of Dale's passions all paled in comparison to his love of his mother.

Still in the realm to carry on Dale's memory are his mother Carla King; father Tony Bailey; brothers Michael of Orlando and Raymond of Illinois; 5 nieces and 5 nephews. 

The family will be receiving friends  at Dobbs Funeral Home from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.  The funeral service will begin at 7:00 pm.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Delaverne Javone Thomas


Delaverne Javon Thomas, age 26, of Orlando, passed away Friday, November 24th, 2017. He was born June 10th, 1991 in Orlando, the son of Washbourne Thomas and the late Charlene (Brown). “DJ”, as he was affectionately known, spent his early childhood years in Chicago, but as a teenager he lived in Orlando and graduated from Ocoee High School in 2009, where he was an Honor Roll student and very active in Music and Drama.

He was a hard-working young man and was employed as a restaurant manager, but anyone that knew DJ, knew that his real passions were animals and his music.

Delaverne leaves to cherish his memory, father Washbourne Thomas; five sisters, Andrea Thomas, Melanie Thomas Livingston, Michelle DiGiorno, Tonya Thomas, Bianca Thomas; two brothers, David Thomas, Waylan Thomas; 17 nieces and nephews (10 girls and 7 boys); numerous cousins and many friends. (It would take 2 tractor trailers to hold them all.)

The family will be receiving friends at Dobbs Funeral Home from 2:00 until 3:00 pm  followed by the funeral service at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 10, 2017

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Pavielle LeShea Turner

 Pavielle LeShea Turner, age 27, of Orlando, passed away Sunday, November 26th, 2017.  Pavielle, a life long Floridian was born in Orlando, the son of Desiree (Anazagasty)  and Paul LeShea Turner.  He was employed as an Assistant Manager in Food Services.  

Pavielle leaves to cherish his memory, parents Desiree Anazagasty-Turner, father Paul LeShea Turner both of Orlando; three sisters, Anshelic  Nunez Turner of Largo,  Monique L. Turner of Arizona, Satara  C. Turner of Orlando; brother James L. Turner of Orlando; paternal grandparents  William Hodges of Statesboro, GA, Paulette E. Turner of Orlando; maternal grandparents Maria E. Alicia and Victor Santana both of Orlando.

The family will be receiving friends at 10:00 am, followed by the funeral service at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church of Orlando with Pastors Jeff Thomason and Jimmy Knott officiating.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Jeffrey David Lockey

Jeffrey David Lockey,  age 58,  formerly of Saginaw, died suddenly on November 30, 2017. Jeff was born in Cheboygan, MI, the son of John and Therese (Bourrie) Lockey. He graduated from Arthur Hill High School and has resided in Sarasota, Florida for the last several years where he has owned his own business in the pool maintenance industry.  

Jeff is survived by his parents, siblings: Steve Lockey - Bay City, MI, Greg (Deb) Lockey - Ocoee, FL, Mark (Helle) Lockey - Denmark, Anne Samuels - Slidell LA, Joe (Liz) Lockey - Orlando, FL, Mary (Tony) Laton - Concord, CA, Charles (Keri) Lockey - St. Cloud, FL & Tish (Jerry) Maestaz - Birch Run, MI. Nieces and nephews: Maggie, Erin, Rachelle (Michael), Nicole (Andrew), Jennifer, Hannah, Maja, Klara, Kristine, Kari (Lance), Zachary, Monica, Samantha, Andrew (Rochelle), Sarah, Emily, Gavin, Nicholas & Kayla and many great-nieces, great-nephews, extended family and many dear friends.  Jeff was truly loved by his nieces and nephews who he doted on.  He enjoyed riding his Harley and spending time at the beach. 

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 6th from 11:00 am until the time of the service at 12:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home, 430 N. Kirkman Rd., Orlando, FL.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to a charity of the donor’s choice.