ELEANOR MARIE KINZIE (BESSELLIEU) (FMHS 1960) 2001-05-08 Marie Kinzie Bessellieu of Alva, Florida died on Saturday, May 5, 2001. She was born in Fort Myers, Florida on May 28, 1942, to Girard and Eleanor Kinzie. She is survived by her husband, C. Cecil Bessellieu, stepsons Steven D. Bessellieu, his wife Ana, granddaughter, Lindsey Marie of Bryn Mawr, PA. Thomas L. Bessellieu, his wife Candance, two grandsons, Graham and Luke of Pennington, NJ. Her father preceded her in death. She is survived by her mother Eleanor Kinzie, her sister Betty Ann Prevatt, her husband Darrell, nieces, Melanie Forbrick, her husband Steve, of Orlando, FL. Angela Katz, her husband, Lenny, of Cape Coral. Brother, Walter E. Kinzie, wife Trish and son Richard. She was a member of the Lehigh Acres Christian Church. Her love for her Savior Jesus Christ was a testimony she lived by, by example and purpose. Her church family meant so much to her. She leaves for her husband the wonderful memories of their marriage, so full of love, happiness and joy. As a 'Mom' and 'Grandma Re' she had a very special love for her 'sons', daughter-in-laws and grandchildren. She was a graduate of Fort Myers High School and the University of Florida, College of Architecture, School of Interior Design. Her professional career was with Belk Store Services Corporate Office, Charlotte, NC for over 27 years as a retail planning designer for their over 325 stores. She was a professional member of A.S.I.D., she was appointed Senior Design Manager for the company in 1982 and continued in that position until her husband's retirement in 1993, returning to Fort Myers. Marie was a member of the P.E.O., Philanthropic Educational Organization, which is active in raising finds for women's education. Her life was one of great interest. She was an avid horse enthusiast, having bred, trained, and shown horses, competing at many levels of western riding and showmanship, and was a member of 'United States Dressage Federation', she raised and trained her performance horse for the dressage performances. Among her other hobbies, she was a trained aircraft pilot. She also built and flew radio controlled model aircraft with the local flying clubs. She enjoyed her greenhouse, where she grew bromeliads, and was a member of The Caloosahatchee Bromeliad Society, and was an accredited judge for B.S.I. Marie was an accomplished artist in all media, wildlife was her first choice. Her zest for life was the excitement of each new venture. Her greatest challenge was her ongoing battle with breast cancer, a battle that she fought with every fiber of her being, for almost five years, Family will receive friends Tuesday, May 8 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, 2701 Lee Blvd, Lehigh Acres, FL, (941) 368-7080. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be conducted on Wednesday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lehigh Acres Christian Church, 50 Bell Blvd. In Lehigh Acres, (941 368-1400, officiated by Minister Larry Gutridge, assisted by Jeff Mize, associate minister. Burial will be in Fort Myers Cemetery on Michigan Ave. The family will establish an educational scholarship in Marie's name at the Florida Christian College and suggest, should you care to, in lieu of flowers. Mail your gifts to: Lehigh Acres Christian Church, 50 Bell Blvd N., Lehigh Acres, FL 33936. Donations may also be made in her memory to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

ELOISE NUTE FOXWORTHY (BARBER) 2001-06-12 Eloise Nute Foxworthy Barber, age 95, and a resident of Fort Myers since 1910 died June 11, 2001. Born in Mt Carmel, Kentucky, Mrs. Barber was a member of the Foxworthy family who settled in Fort Myers in the late 1800's. She and her husband, the late Lewis B. Barber owned the Barber Furniture Company. Active in church and community affairs she had been a member of the First United Methodist Church since 1915, where she belonged to the Fidelity Wesley Bible Class and the Altar Guild. In addition she was a past president of the Woman's Community Club Other organizations in which she was involved include the Key Investment Club, the Magna Charta Dames, the Plantagenet Society, the National Society of Colonial Dames, XVII Century, Southern Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Barber Perkins and son-in-law, John Earle Perkins, III of Tallahassee; grandsons, John Earle Perkins, IV, of Palo Alto, California, Lewis Barber Perkins of Atlanta, brother, Clifton Foxworthy of Pensacola and brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Betty Foxworthy of Ocala. Memorial services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on June 13, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church 2466 First St, Ft. Myers, FL 33901, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, 12734 Kenwood Lane, Suite 72, Ft. Myers, FL 33907 or Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

ROBERT WHEELER "BOBBY" WELCH (FMHS 1963) 2005-04-05 Robert Wheeler Welch, 59, of Ft. Myers, passed away Saturday April 2, 2005 at Ft. Myers. He is survived by his two sons; Robert Jr. and Bryan Welch, (FMHS 1989) his daughter Lanie Welch Gooch, his two grandchildren Caleb, and Savannah, his sister Sherri Westberry, his grandmother Pauline Jobe, his fiance Sally Saberton, his aunts and uncles Glenn (FMHS 1947) and Linnie Cary (FMHS 1948), Joe (FMHS 1942) and Susan McClure. He is also survived by many loving family members and friends. Graveside funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday April 7, 2005 in the City of Ft. Myers Cemetery with Hope Hospice Chaplain Jeff Trees officiating. Anderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

ALLEN KELLY (FMHS 1943) 12-25-1946 NEWS ARTICLE: ALLEN KELLY dies After Beach Hunting Accident - Ft. Myers News-Press, December 25, 1946 - Allen Kelly, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Kelly, injured in a hunting accident, died yesterday morning at Lee Memorial Hospital. Death was ascribed to the leg wounds he received when his gun discharged while he was loading it on a small island near Fort Myers Beach. The charge struck a box of shells at his feet and apparently exploded them. Despite a fracture of his right leg, and extensive bleeding, Kelly made his way through the water to the beach road where he was picked up by an army colonel and two enlisted men. Transfusions were given throughout the night at the hospital but failed to enable Kelly to rally. The young man was an all-conference end on the Fort Myers high school football team and played with the Green Wave alumni against the Punta Gorda veterans last Friday night. He was discharged from the navy 10 months ago after serving in both Atlantic and Pacific action. The Christmas Eve mishap was made even more tragic when County Judge Hiram Bryant revealed yesterday that Kelly was married on Oct. 17 to Miss Betty Ellis (FMHS 1947) of East Fort Myers in a private ceremony at the judge's home. The marriage was to have been announced on Christmas - today. During his years of war service, Kelly took part in the invasion of Okinawa, and the battles around Leyte and Saipan. He returned to his home here following an honorable discharge from the navy. Survivors, in addition to his wife and parents, are five sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Berry of Miami, Mrs. Herman Hastings (Cecilia Kelly FMHS 1932), Miss Joyce Kelly of Jacksonville, Miss Patricia Kelly, and Sister Olive Denis of Sacred Heart academy, Tampa; and five brothers, Everett of San Francisco, Emmett, Nicholas, Conrad, Edward, and Thomas of this city. Services will be held from the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church at 9:30 o'clock Thursday morning, Father J. J. O'Riordan, Pastor will officiate. The active pallbearers will be O.D. Garner, Charles Roan, A.C. Williams, Archie Williams, Jack Strasbaugh, and Joe Hawkins. Honorary pallbearers are Charlie Bevis, Elmo Ballard, Pete D'Alessandro, Nick Santini, and Herman Hastings. Interment will be in Fort Myers Cemetery, Lawrence A. Powell is in charge of arrangements. via Kim, slightly edited from the Fort Myers News-Press. GREEN LINE

MARTHA JANET RITCH (UNDERHILL) (FMHS 1942) 2004-02-05 Martha Janet Ritch Underhill, age 79, a lifelong resident of Ft Myers, FL, passed away on February 2, 2004 at Belleair Bluffs, FL after an extended illness. She attended Ft Myers Senior High School and was a charter member of Wesley Memorial Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Burl A Underhill, Sr., former Chief of Police and Mayor of the City of Ft Myers, 2 sisters, Betty Ruth Welborn (FMHS 1947) of Clermont, FL and Hettie Luttrell of Dundee, KY; 4 children; Burl A Underhill, Jr (Tracey) of Lockhart, TX, Dr Timothy Underhill (Pam) of Ft Myers, FL and Debi d'Antignac (Jack) of Crescent, GA, David Underhill and Tom Campbell of Clearwater, FL; 6 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held for the immediate family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to eith Hope Hospice or American Red Cross Blood Bank. via Trill71. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

HARRY EUGENE HEINKEL (FMHS 1949) 2005-05-08 Harry E. Heinkel, 73 of N. Ft Myers passed away on Friday May 6, 2005. He was born November 21, 1931 in Gibsonton, Florida. He moved to N. Ft Myers from the Tampa area when he was just a teenager. This is where he met the love of his life Leona (Sissy) Long. They married in March 1952 and were happily married for 38 years. He was very active in the NFM Pop-Warner Football, NFM Little League and he also owned his own Plastering Business for over 40 yrs. Not only was he a well respected man in the construction business, he also was a very kind, considerate and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed not only by his family but many friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 38 years Leona (Sissy) Heinkel. He is survived by his children, Donald (Karen), David, Doug (Sandy) Heinkel, Dianna "Del" Holloway all of N. Ft Myers and Dale "Misty" Heinkel of Clearwater, FL also 13 grandchildren, Danny, Christopher, Emily, Michelle, Benjamin, Destiny and Dakota Heinkel, Morgan Holloway all of N. Ft Myers, Ryan and Jeremy Heinkel of Clearwater, FL and Whitney Heinkel of Tennessee, Melissa and Denise Hubbard and 4 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Wed May 11, 2005 11 AM at Lee Memorial Park Funeral Home, 12777 SR 82. The family will receive friends on Tues. May 10, 2005 from 6-8 PM at the funeral home. The Rev. Gardner will be officiating. via Kim, slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

CAMILLE JONES (HERRINGTON) (FMHS 1939) 2004-05-27 Camille (Jones) Herrington was born on August 18, 1920 in Jacksonville, Florida to Jennings Bryant and Carrie Lee Jones. She came to Fort Myers in December of 1926. Little did she know that her future husband also came to town at that exact same time. They met in the first grade but lost contract for several years, only to find each other again in high school. Camille married Ruel (Gilbert) Herrington on October 13, 1938. As a young woman Camille had many friends but as she grew older the true love and focus of her life was her family, which consisted of 3 children, 13 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren. She and her family spent many summers at the Red Coconut trailer park on Fort Myers Beach. Their time at the beach involved hours of snook fishing, sunbathing on a queen-sized raft anchored to the Gulf's floor, and many other fun filled adventures. During the winter there family hunting trips and when they were not playing in the woods there always seemed to be something going on. Camille was an avid Nascar race fan and had lots of racing paraphernalia to prove it. Traveling to many races was yet another thing that she and her family were able to enjoy together. Traveling was something that Camille took full advantage of. There were trips taken to: L.A., Branson, Missouri, Mexico, Niagara Falls, and many other places. Camille enjoyed arts and crafts. Her home is filled with handmade touches including shell cottages under glass, hand painted ceramics, and her Christmas tree was always adorned with intricately made ornaments, each with their own special flare. Presented to each baby born into the family, no matter how distant the relative, was a one-of-a-kind Afghan made by Camille herself. The many joys that Camille brought to her family's life are endless. She was an amazing woman to all who knew her and she will always be loved. Her oldest child, Frances Lee Ireland, preceded Camille in death. Camille was survived by her husband Ruel (Gilbert) Herrington, brother J.B. Jones (Pearl), her children: Ronnie (Betty) Herrington, Janice, A.K.A "Suggie", (Sam) Perri, and Frances's husband, Ralph Ireland, her grandchildren: Carrie Myers, Ralph Ireland, Reagen (Tina) Herrington, Frances (Danny) Green, Tamra (Michael) Kufro, Camille (Felix) Martinez, Heather Schmitz, Catherine Fellabaum, Chrisy Perri, Vincent Perri, Beth Ann (Danny) McMillen, Doug Lindsay, and Greg Lindsay, her great-grandchildren; Brandy Ireland, Stephanie Ireland, Samantha Myers, Ronald Myers, Jr., Kinzie Myers, Devin Kufro, Colin Kufro, Aubree Martinez, Cole Schmitz, Madison Schmitz, Alexis Trowbridge, Brittany Herrington, Kirsten Herrington, Tori Herrington, Ryan Herrington, Jessica Green (deceased), Joshua Green, Rachel Green, Stephanie McMillen, and David McMillen. Camille was also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Saint Michael Lutheran Church at 3595 Broadway, Ft. Myers, FL at 1:00 PM, Saturday, May 29, 2004. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

MARK HENRY INFINGER (FMHS 1939) 2004-06-06 Mark Henry Infinger, 83, of Ft. Myers died on Tuesday, June 1, 2004. Born on May 5, 1921 in Harleyville, South Carolina, Mr. Infinger was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Helen Infinger and his daughter Janet Wathey. He was retired after 22 years of service as an Army Medic serving during WWII and the Korean Conflict. Mr. Infinger can be best be remembered as the famous Captain Doorman as the Royal Palm Yacht Club having been at the post for 35 years. He is survived by his granddaughter Constance Truax, son-in- law Ernest Wathey, 5 nieces, 5 nephews, brother-in-law John Johnson, and many friends, including his special friend Florida McGee. No services are scheduled and interment will take place in Ohio at a later time. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Salvation Army in his memory. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home of Ft. Myers. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

FRANCES LEE HERRINGTON (IRELAND) (FMHS 1958) 2004-02-01 Frances Lee Ireland, 64 passed away January 21, 2004 at Hospice House after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born to Gilbert and Camille Jones Herrington (FMHS 1939) and was raised in Ft. Myers, FL. Frances married Ralph Ireland (FMHS 1955), on June 1, 1958. She graduated from Ft. Myers Senior High School in 1958. She had moved to South Carolina in 1979. She worked as a Video Store Manager and oversaw operations for a number of stores in SC and NC. She had moved to Moore Haven in Nov 1998. In May of 2002, she built a home in and returned to Ft. Myers. Frances is survived by her parents, her husband of 45 1/2 years, two children Ralph Ireland, Carrie Myers (Ronald), 5 grandchildren, Brandy Ireland, Stephanie Ireland, Samantha Myers, Ronald Myers, Jr., and Kinzie Myers, her brother, Ronald Herrington (Betty) nephew Ragan, niece Frances Green, sister, Janice Perri (Sam), nieces, Tamara, Camille, Heather and Kathy. She was honored by the State of South Carolina, House of Representatives on motion of Representative Joseph G. Mahaffey, Members of the House of Representatives, Honor and Recognize Francis Lee Herrington Ireland upon the auspicious occasion of her 64th birthday. This outstanding citizen was a pioneer in developing, building and managing multi-video stores in both North and South Carolina for Pic-A-Flick Video movie rentals and sales. She always had the company's best interests at heart and was a Most Loyal and Faithful Employee; we join with her family and many friends in wishing her a most happy birthday, given Oct. 18, 2003. Memorial services at St. Michaels Lutheran Church on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Hope Hospice or American Cancer Society in Frances' honor. via Kim, slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

GERALD NATHANIAL STEPHENS (FMHS 1945) 2005-01-16 Reverend Gerald Nathanial Stephens, 77, passed away Dec. 30, 2004 at his home in Wylie Texas. Gerald was preceded in death by his father and stepmother, Cecil E. and Edith McLeod Stephens of Ft. Myers, FL and sisters, Gloria Ann Stephens Charles (FMHS 1950) and Dora Louise Stephens Payne (FMHS 1956). Survivors include an adopted son Chris L. (Linda) Stephens of Wylie, TX, granddaughter Christy Stephens of Wylie TX., grandson Nathan L. (Christy) Stephens, great granddaughter Christy Roy Stephens, all of Wylie TX., brother, David E. (Ellen) Stephens of Spring City, TN., sister Dorothy Stephens Coleman of Fort Myers, FL., aunts Velda (Clarence) Thompson Hersey of Chattahoochee, FL, Lucille (Laverne) Thompson Holmes of Ft. Pierce, FL and Lois Thompson Merrifield of Sarasota, FL., uncle Cylde (Dorothy) Stephens of Land O Lakes, FL., and many cousins, nieces and nephews in Ft. Myers, FL., Lakeland, FL and Cumming, GA. Gerald attended FMHS and Edison College in Fort Myers. He attended FSU and several Colleges and Universities in preparation for the priesthood. Gerald was born Feb 16, 1927 in Bartow Florida and grew up in the Ft. Myers area. He enlisted in the military, serving both in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army for 30 years. He served in both the Vietnam War and the Gulf War. He also served in Iceland, Germany, Panama, Alaska, Louisiana and Michigan. After retiring from the Army as a Major, he settled in Wylie, Texas where he served as an Assistant Priest in the Dallas Fort Worth Diocese. Arrangements were made under the direction of Allen Funeral Home in Wylie, TX. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

JOHN KENNETH "JK" LONG SR (FMHS 1952) 2004-09-22 John K. Long, Sr., 'J.K.', a 4th generation pioneer, died September 12, 2004 at Tampa General Hospital. Born in Lee County, J.K. was a member of the First Baptist Church, Plant City, FL, and of the Masons. He was the son of the late William Long and Thelma Keheley Long. Surviving are his children, John K. (Tina) Long, Jr. of North Fort Myers, FL; Tony (Wendy) Long of North Fort Myers, FL, Cathy (David) Hiers of Kissimmee, FL, David (Jennifer) Williams of Kissimmee, FL, Melvia (Greg) Kingen of Plant City, FL, Patricia (Billy) Reinhard of Brandon, FL, Regina (Jim) Le Heup of Thonotosassa, FL; brothers, J.C. Long of Moore Haven, FL and William Long of Cape Coral, FL; sisters, Midge Nipper of Tacoma, WA and Zona Faraci of Cape Coral, FL; 19 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Thursday, September 23, 2004 from 6-8 PM at North Fort Myers Memorial Funeral Home, 3453 Hancock Bridge Pkwy., North Fort Myers, FL. Graveside service will be held Friday, September 24, 2004 at 10:00 AM at Fort Myers City Cemetery, Michigan Ave., Fort Myers, FL. North Fort Myers Memorial Funeral Home 239-995-1113. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

FLORENCE SAYERS LARIMER (BLACK) (FMHS 1928) 2004-02-05 Florence Larimer Black passed away Feb 3, 2004. She was born July 13, 1910 in Harrison, Arkansas the daughter of Mary Jean Powdrel and William Wesley Larimer. Florence moved with her family to Ft. Myers in 1927 and graduated from Ft. Myers High School in 1928 in the auditorium of Edison Park School. She attended the University of Florida and for many years was employed by the Florida State Welfare Department of Lee County. Florence married Irby in 1940 and moved to her 'dream home' on Sandra Drive where she lived for more then 69 years. Florence was very community minded and served on the Edison Home Advisory Board for 31 years. She was also a member of the Ft Myers Women's Community Club, the Edison Pageant of Light, the Edison Garden Club, the Ft Myers Antique Collectors Club, the Elizabeth Benevolent Club, the Key Investment Club, the First United Methodist Church and Altar Guild, the Royal Palm Yacht Club, FGCU Town and Gown, and Charter Member of the Edison/Ford Foundation. Florence was a very generous person, always positive and very wise in her thinking and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was a great business women and always looked forward to learning something new each day. Florence especially loved entertaining in her home and backyard on Manuels Branch. Working in her yard and gardening gave her great pleasure. She also enjoyed cooking and always had just the right way of adding that special touch to make everything delicious. Some of her favorite things were her summer home in Highlands, North Carolina, reading, flower arranging and antique collecting of satin glass, cut glass and cranberry glass. The Edison Pageant was one of her delights in the community. She served on the committee that made the first and second set of robes used for the King and Queen for the Edison Pageant of Light. For many years she helped make flower arrangements for the King and Queen Royal Table at the Royal Balls. A great honor was bestowed on her when she was appointed as a representative to the Charles Edison Fund of New Jersey by Governor Charles Edison, to oversee the possessions loaned to the Edison Winter Estate so that they might be preserved for generations to come. Florence and her husband were best of friends with Mary and Robert Halgrim and their children Robert P and Tommy Halgrim. Over the years they took many family trips across the United States together helping to collect Edison Home treasures. They were also neighbors on Sandra Drive where they raised their families. Florence loved her many wonderful friends and family and the City of Ft Myers. She will be sorely missed by everyone who knew and loved her. Florence was preceded in death by her sister Catherine Larimer Daubman and brothers Robert and William Larimer. She is survived by her daughter Margie Jean Black Willis and granddaughters Marguerite Suzanne Willis and Tiffney Jean Willis Hilton and her husband Ray, son David Walker Black and his wife Gail and grandsons Bryan Walker Black and Grant David Black and former son-in-law John Kenneth Willis. She is also survived by her nieces Betty Larimer Keller of Naples, Florence Ellen Larimer Welch of Orlando, Catherine Larimer, Luanza Black Maitland and Sherry Ann Daubman Pena of Ft. Myers, Mary Denise Black Gelb of Wesley Chapel, FL and many nieces and nephews in Alabama. Family will receive friends Thursday, Feb 5, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Harvey-Engelhardt Chapel, 1600 Colonial Blvd. Memorial service will be conducted Friday, Feb 6, at 12 noon at the First United Methodist Church, 2466 First United Methodist Church, 2466 First St, with Rev. James Rosenberg, officiating. Interment will be private in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Edison Ford Foundation, First United Methodist Church Altar Guild or Hope Hospice. via Kim. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

LEON MORSE CLEMENT JR (FMHS 1942) 2004-02-20 Leon Morse Clement, Jr. (Uncle Bubba, Grandpa), 81, of Fort Myers, died Sunday, February 15, 2004 at Cypress Community Care Center. He was born in Moore Haven, FL the son of the late Leon and Mary Blanche Clement and was predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth and brother, Lewis Clement. Leon was happily married to his wife, Doris for 59 years before her death in 2003. He was retired from the Lee County School Board. He was an active member of Edgewood United Methodist Church. Leon loved the Lord and has gone to be with him. Leon is survived by his devoted children, Leon M. (Violita) Clement III (FMHS 1966), of Great Falls, Montana, Victoria Moore of Fort Myers, grandchildren, Robert Lania of Virginia Beach, VA, Maria Clement of Denver, CO, Jayson and Daniel Moore, both of Fort Myers, eight great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, sisters, Maryann Smith of Lake Wales, FL, Alice Clement and Thelma Mays, both of Fort Myers and brother, William F. Clement of Fort Myers. Funeral services will be conducted at 12:30 PM on Saturday, February 21 at Edgewood United Methodist Church, 930 Fremont St., Fort Myers with Pastor Paul Vernon officiating. The family will receive friends on Friday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers and on Saturday from 11:30 AM until the time of the service. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

THOMAS WALTER "TOM" NICKELL (FMHS 1969) 04-02-2002 Thomas Walter Nickell, 50, of Charlotte, died April 7, 2002 at Carolinas Medical Center. Born in Cincinnati, OH, son of the late Walter M. and Nancy R. Nickell, he had lived in Charlotte since 1985. Tom worked for many years for Terminex Services inc., and was also very active at First Baptist Church of Matthews. Tom spent many hours building model ships and watching NASCAR races. He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Pamela Tucker Nickell, of the home; three daughters, Tonya Marie Lovelace and husband Kevin of Kings Mountain, NC, Stacey Louise Nickell and Nancy-Joe Nickell of the home; twin brother, Timothy M. Nickell of Greensboro; and uncle, Millard Nickell of Florida; and stepmother, Jeanette West of Port Orange, FL. He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara Nickell Wilhelm. Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, at First Baptist Church of Matthews with The Reverend John M. Butler officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mint Hill Chapel of McEwen. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to First Baptist Church of Matthews, P.O. Box 248, Matthews, NC 28106. Arrangements are by McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service, Mint Hill Chapel. Via Stacey Nickell 05/16/05 with minor edits GREEN LINE

BARBARA REID NICKELL (WILHELM) (FMHS 1965) 03-24-1997 ASHEBORO NC - Mrs. Barbara Nickell Wilhelm, 49, of 834 Sherwood Road, died Thursday, March 20, 1997. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, 1997, at St. John's Lutheran Church. Via Stacey Nickell, with minor edits GREEN LINE

ESSIE MAE COOK (SIMONS) (FMHS 1945) 2002-10-04 Essie Mae Simons (Cook), born Sept 2, 1925 in Fort Myers, FL. She was lifelong resident of Fort Myers, FL, passed away 10/2/02. She is survived by two sons Ralph Simons (Cyde) of Clearmont, FL, Allen Simons (Julie) of Ft Myers, FL; daughter Laura Wheeler (Bruce) of Lehigh Acres, Fl; sister Beadie Jones of Cape Coral, FL; brother Richard Cook (Dart) of England; grandchildren Matthew, Jeffrey, Tamara, AJ, Wayne and Pamela; great grandchild Julia. Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted in St. Raphael Catholic Church, Lehigh Acres on Saturday at 10:00 AM. The family will receive friends at the Farley Funeral Home, 1100 Lee Blvd, Lehigh Acres on Friday at 5-7PM. ==PICTURE== Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

MICHAEL JOSEPH "MIKE" PRYMAS (FMHS 1972) 2005-07-21 Michael Joseph Prymas, 50, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2005 at his home in E. Ft. Myers. Michael is survived by his mother, Norma M. Prymas, his sister Kathy Cowart, her husband Michael, nieces, Kelsi Horton, Masey and Kendall Cowart a nephew Jimmy Horton, as well as his long time friend and companion Jane Dixon. He was preceded in passing by his brother Mark Dyess Prymas and his father E.J. "Mike" Prymas. Friends will be received Friday, July 22, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM with the funeral service immediately following. Both will be held at Anderson Funeral Home, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd., Ft. Myers, FL (239) 694-4121. Interment will follow the funeral service at Alva Cemetery, Alva, FL. Flowers can be sent to Anderson Funeral home or memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Foundation. via Kim, slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

WINIFRED WYNONA "TONY" GUNNIN FMHS 1940 2005-02-17 Winifred W. "Tony" Gunnin, 82, of Lakeland, FL passed away February 14, 2005. She was born on Nov. 21, 1922 in Ft. Myers, FL and lived in Lakeland since 1948. Tony was retired from the Labor and Delivery Dept. of Lakeland Regional Medical Center after 35 years of service. She was a member of Riverside Baptist Church of Ft. Myers and Lakeland Moose Lodge. She is survived by her caregivers Donald and Penny Fussell of Lakeland, FL. Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005 at 10:00 AM at Lakeland Funeral Home with funeral service at 11:00 AM in the chapel of the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SPCA, 5850 Brannen Rd., Lakeland, FL 33813. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

DOROTHY MOORE HOLLIS FMHS 1931 2005-08-03 Dorothy Moore Hollis, 92, of Fort Myers, FL died July 23, 2005. Dorothy was born on Nov. 19, 1912 in Wilson, NC to the late Walter J. and Lalla Rookh Moore. She moved with her family to Fort Myers in 1919. She was a graduate of Fort Myers High School in 1931. After marrying her late husband Ernest R. Hollis in 1934, they were owners of Ryal's Drug Store on Hendry Street in Fort Myers. After a while she went to work for Sears Department Store and retired after 22 years. She loved working in her yard with her plants and flowers at her home of 62 years in Edison Park. She was the oldest member of her Sunday School Class at 1st United Methodist Church at 2466 First Street. She was preceded in death by husband Ernest R. Hollis, and her mother Lalla Rookh Moore. She is survived by five generations, her children, Lalla (Ellieb) Payne, Dorothy (Dutch) Holland, Thomas (Barbara) Hollis and Roberta Atchison, her sister Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Hollis, her grandchildren, Debbie Burton, Susan Bray, Karen Payne, Pam Payne, Troy Atchison, Robin Faircloth and Tara Hollis, nine great-grandchildren, seven great- great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 4th at the 1st United Methodist Church Chapel located at 2466 1st Street, Fort Myers, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice of Lee County. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

MARGARET BOLICK (JONES) (FMHS 1939) 2004-02-06 Margaret Elizabeth Bolick Jones, 84, Cherry Log, GA, died Jan. 23, 2004. Born in Ft. Myers in 1919, she was the daughter of the late Augustus and Elsie Helene Johnson Bolick. She attended Edison Park School and Ft. Myers High and was a member of Ft. Myers First United Methodist Church for decades. She also served as Luncheon Manager at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School for many years. When her husband, S.D. Jones, retired (as Postmaster at N. Ft. Myers) for several years they kept residence in both Cherry Log and N. Ft. Myers. Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by a son, Thomas David 'Buddy' Jones. Survivors include her husband Samuel David Jones [deceased 2005] and son-in-law Margaret and George Shaw of Cherry Log and Elizabeth Singley of Powder Springs, GA; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held Jan. 25 at 3 PM from the Cornerstone Baptist Church with Paul Mims, pastor officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mrs. Jones may be made to Cornerstone Baptist Church, P.O. Box 217, Cherry Log, GA 30522, or Health Education Scholarship, C/O Fannin Regional Hospital Auxiliary, 2855 Old Hwy. 5, Blue Ridge, GA 30513. Akins Funeral Home of Blue Ridge was in charge of the arrangements. via Kim. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

MILDRED JEANETTE SMITH (JOHNSON) (TURNER) (FMHS 1946) Nov 7, 2004 Mildred Jeanette Smith Turner, 75, of Naples, passed away Sunday, November 7, 2004. She was born in Ybor City, FL and lived in Southwest Florida all her life. She was a retired cosmetologist and secretary at Naples Bible Church. She is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Ralph W. Turner; three sons, Robert L. (Kathy) Johnson Jr., Grady (Pat) Johnson, Joseph P. (Nadareh) Johnson; two daughters, Maggie L. (Lamar) Forbes and Jeanette (Marty) Ross; two brothers, Joe (Marilyn) Smith and Ray (Janice) Smith; three sisters, Willette Turner, Verna (Ken) Kitchell, and Jean (Glenn) Yontz; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Friends are invited to call on the family on Wednesday, November 10, 2004 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Naples Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery, 525 111th Avenue North, Naples. Services will be on Thursday November 11, 2004 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow the services at Naples Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery. Naples Memorial Funeral Home and Cemetery 597-3101 From the Naples Daily News Nov 7, 2004 GREEN LINE

MICHAEL CHARLES MCCORMACK (FMHS 2005) 2005-07-06 Our loving son smiled into the hands of the Lord on July 3, 2005. Michael graduated cum laude from Ft. Myers High School and was a freshman at the University of South Florida. He had a job with Spectrum Painting waiting for the fall term to begin. While his time on this earth was ever so brief, he touched many lives beyond his immediate family. Michael possessed that special gift that many have termed charisma, along with the ability to draw those around him toward his infectious humor. It was his fast wit, and to adapt to an ever changing world that propelled him to excel in school and his personal life. While the time he was allotted, dealt no justice to his potential, Michael did however, show all of us how to live life to the fullest. He visited Maine and was able to observe whales, surfed the California sea, enjoyed his trip to New York City, and experienced many events here in Florida. The example of his life shall remain with his family and friends in that his love is eternal, and we shall never forget the cherished moments he bestowed upon all of us. Our family wishes to acknowledge all the thoughts and prayers that have been forthcoming since the passing of Michael. It has been a great comfort to know Michael touched so many lives in his brief time with all of us. Michael is survived by his parents Mary McCormack and Ricardo McCormack, his stepmother Joy McCormack, his maternal grandmother Marian Sutton, his paternal grandparents Ricardo and Emma McCormack, his older sister Nicole McCormack, his older brother Vincent McCormack (FMHS 2002), his stepbrothers, Matthew Coffee and his stepsister Kate Coffee. Michael also had a large extended family that all love and will miss him dearly. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 7, 2005 at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Resurrection, 8121 Cypress Lake Drive, Ft. Myers. Final rest will follow in the Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Family will receive friends Today, Wednesday, July 6 from the hours of 6-9 PM at the Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Chapel, 1600 Colonial Blvd. The Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home & Crematory of Ft. Myers has been entrusted with Michael's arrangements. 936-2177. Via Kim, slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

JOSEPHINE ARMEDA (DEBORDENAVE) (FMHS 1927) 1998-12-13 Josephine A. DeBordenave, 89, of Fort Myers, died December 11, 1998. She was born November 22, 1909, in Fort Myers and had been a lifetime resident. Mrs. DeBordenave was a member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" DeBordenave (FMHS 1926). Survivors include two nieces, Armeda "Prissy" Hamilton of West Chester, Penn., and June Armeda Santini Johnson (FMHS 1932) of Fort Myers; a nephew, Nick Armeda (FMHS 1952) and wife Suzanne of Alva. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, with Dr. Gary Baldwin officiating. Burial will be in Fort Myers Cemetery. Anderson Funeral Home, Inc., 3654 Palm Beach Blvd., is in charge of arrangements. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

LARRY WILLIAM PERKINS (FMHS 1966) 2005-06-18 Larry William Perkins, 56, of Delray Beach, FL went to be with the Lord on June 15, 2005. Predeceased by his mother, Juanita Perkins and his father, James Perkins. Larry is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 36 years, Sondra "Sonnie" Perkins and wonderful sons Timothy "Tim" Perkins and Chad Perkins. Born November 2, 1948 in Kay Jay, Kentucky, Larry moved to Ft. Myers, FL as a child and graduated from Ft. Myers HS. After serving in the US Army, with a tour in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, Larry and his family moved to Broward County where they resided for 27 years. Larry was employed by the Broward County Transportation System for 25 years, where he was often recognized for his outstanding work. An avid golfer, Larry played with (other beat) both of his sons, his brother, and one brother-in-law. In addition to his immediate family, Larry leaves behind an extended family who both mourn his loss and celebrate his new life with Christ; sisters, Wanda Bess, Lora Murphy and Nellie Walters (husbands Lloyd Bess, John Murphy and Richard Walters), and brother Randall "Randy" Perkins (with wife Theresa Perkins). He also leaves a large group of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews, all of whom dearly love their "Uncle Larry". Larry was an exceptional man, a kind and loving husband and father, and a good friend to many. A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 18, 2005, 2 PM at the Lorne & Sons Funeral Home, 745 N.E. 6th Ave. (N. Federal Highway), Delray Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to the American Cancer Society or to the Vitas Health Care Society. via Kim, slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

ROBERT J "BOB" SCHWELLENBACH (FMHS 1993) 2005-06-01 Robert J. Schwellenbach, 31, of Ft. Myers Beach and Crown Point, IN died May 27, 2005. He was born Feb. 24, 1974 in Kenosha, WI and graduated from Ft. Myers High School in 1993. Bob was employed by McDonalds as a crew person. He is survived by his parents Mary and John Schwellenbach; brothers; Paul Schwellenbach, Timothy Schwellenbach, Kevin Noble, Dennis Noble, David Schwellenbach, Peter Schwellenbach, Andrew Schwellenbach, Terrence Noble, John Schwellenbach, and sisters; Mary Kown, Mary Beth Schwellenbach, Kathleen de Geus, brothers-in-law Michael Kown, Frans de Geus; sisters-in-law Linda Schwellenbach, Shelly Schwellenbach, Christy Schwellenbach, Karen Noble, Nicole Schwellenbach. Funeral service on June 1, 2005 at Our Lady of Consolation, Crown Point, IN with burial at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Chicago, IL. Donations in Bob's name to the Ronald McDonald House, 845 E. 57th St., Chicago, IL 60637. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

CHARLIE B STURGIS (FMHS 1970) 2005-08-05 Funeral services for Charlie Sturgis, 53, will be conducted on Saturday at 11:00 AM, at St. John First Baptist Church with Pastor R.L. Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Myers Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 until 8 this evening at the Church. Arrangements entrusted to Carlos Jones Funeral Home, Sarasota, FL. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

CARL SKINNER (FMHS 1945) 2005-04-24 Carl Skinner, 79, of Ft. Myers died on April 22, 2005 at Hope Hospice North, Cape Coral. He was born in Ft. Myers into a pioneer family on November 2, 1925, a son of the late Abraham and Virginia (Waldron) Skinner who settled in Ft. Myers in 1909. Carl worked throughout the State of Florida and many other states representing the State of Florida Agricultural Department, Inspection Division. He honored his country by serving in the military and was a lifelong member of the Church of God. He is survived by his sister, Annie Pigott of N. Ft. Myers, his brother, Fred Skinner (FMHS 1941) of Carrollton, GA, many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bill, Abe, Noah, Dan and Luke Skinner and his sisters, Emmie Skinner and Katherine. A funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at 2:00 PM in the Ft. Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd. (239) 936-0555, where the family will receive friends after 1:00 PM. Burial will be private. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

HENLEY BOWDEN CLARK (FMHS 1945) 2005-06-05 Henley B. Clark, 77, of Alva, died Thursday, June 2, 2005 in the care of Hope Hospice of Cape Coral. Mr. Clark's family were early pioneers of Ft. Myers and Lee County coming to settle in this area in 1894, establishing Henley Corners. Mr. Clark served his country during WWII with the Navy in the Pacific. He had been a member of McGregor Baptist Church. Survivors include his two sons; Gary (Debbie) Clark of N. Ft. Myers and Robert Clark of Alva and his great-grandson Devin Clark and his dear friend Louise Bordeaux. Mr. Clark was preceded in death by his wife Helen Patricia Moore Clark (FMHS 1947). Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 8, 2005 with Chaplain Tom Rickards officiating. Friends may call Tuesday evening June 7, 2005 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in the Anderson Funeral Home, 3654 Palm Beach Blvd. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Hope Hospice. via Kim, slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

GEORGE LEITH HARRELL II (FMHS 1958) 2005-06-14 Funeral services for George Leith Harrell II, 65, will be held Monday, 2:00 PM June 13, 2005 in the chapel at Jacksonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home 111 Blanding Blvd. Orange Park, Florida with Rev. Bill Dike officiating. Inurnment will follow at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida. Mr. Harrell was born on March 31, 1940 in Charlottesville, Virginia and went home to be with the Lord on June 8, 2005 in Gainesville, Florida. Mr. Harrell graduated from Fort Myers High School, in 1958. He received a B.A. History from Florida Southern College in 1962. He then went on to get a J.D. from Stetson University School of Law in 1971. Mr. Harrell served his country proudly in the United States Army as a Captain from 1963-1968. He served as an advisor in the Vietnam War 1964-1965. He was decorated with a purple heart and a bronze star for his accomplishments in the military. Mr. Harrell's professional career included: Attorney for Florida Department of Law Enforcement 1971-1972, Asst. State Attorney in Fort Myers, Florida 1972-1975, private practice in SW Florida 1975-1995, and Asst. Attorney General attached to Florida Department of Transportation (Jacksonville, FL) 1995-2005. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Masonic Lodge, Lion's Club, and the Jaycees. Mr Harrell was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and will be greatly missed by all that loved and knew him. Family will receive friends on Monday prior to the service from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM at Jacksonville Memory Funeral Home. Family requests memorials be made to Shands Transplant Center at the University of Florida. Via Kim, slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

CAROL C LORETTA COLLINS (CRAWFORD) (FMHS 1938) 2005-06-10 Carol C. Crawford, 83, died on April 30, 2005 in Winter Park, FL. She was a long time resident of Cape Coral and the loving wife of the late Col. Richard C. (Dick) Crawford. Mother's roots in South West Florida were deeply entrenched. Her Grandmother was the wife of the Light House Keeper on Sanibel Island in the late 1800's. Her Aunt Pearly built the first hotel on Sanibel. Her Uncle Clarence was the owner of the property that is known today as the Rutland House located in the Ding Darling Park on Sanibel Island. Her late husband, "Dick" Crawford, was the founder of the Cape Coral Breeze Newspaper. Survivors include her daughter Sandra Stockberger, Orlando, FL and son Kenneth D. Cox, Bokeelia, FL. Two sisters, 6 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hope Hospice. via Kim, slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

CHARLOTTE KINZIE (WHITE) (FMHS 1932) 2004-02-13 Charlotte Kinzie White, 89, of Charlotte Harbor, Florida, died Sunday, February 8, 2004, following a lengthy illness. Mrs. White was born April 12, 1914, in Fort Myers, Florida to Andrew L. Kinzie and Charlotte Eyber Kinzie. The Kinzie family were early residents of Fort Myers dating from 1887. Charlotte graduated from Fort Myers High School in 1932 and the Florida State College for Women in 1936. She earned her certificate in Medical Technology from St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1937. During World War II, Charlotte enlisted and served as active duty officer in the United States Navy from 1943-1946. She attained the rank of Lieutenant (JG), and served as a Medical Technician stationed at the United States Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. She further served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1946-1954. Charlotte returned to Fort Myers following the death of her father in 1949. She worked in the family business, Kinzie Brothers Steamer Line, in Fort Myers and Sanibel from 1949- 1963. In 1966 Charlotte married C. Duane White. Charlotte and Duane lived on Sanibel where they owned and operated the Casa Blanca Apartments. Duane was active in the city government and Charlotte took a great interest in civic affairs, the arts, island history and conservation. She moved to Charlotte County with her husband in 2001, after spending her retirement years in Connestee Falls, North Carolina and later in Lake Placid, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband in July 2003, and is survived by a niece, Rebecca Holmes of Port Charlotte, Florida; a nephew, Andrew Kinzie of Barrington Rhode Island; a niece, Andrea Bennett of Zachary, Louisiana; a nephew, William Ogden of Fort Myers, Florida and several grand- nieces and nephews. Memorial Services will be held at 1 PM on Friday March 12, 2004 at Kays-Ponger Funeral Home, 2405 Harbor Blvd., Port Charlotte, FL. Memorial donations may be made to P.E.O. - Program for Continuing Education, 3700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312-2899. via Kim, slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press HALICZER, REGINA "GINA" (FRIEDLANDER) (FMHS 1958) GREEN LINE

REGINA "GINA" HALICZER (FRIEDLANDER) (FMHS 1958) 2005-08-06 Gina Haliczer Friedlander, of Delray Beach, FL passed away August 5, 2005 at Hospice By the Sea, Boca Raton, FL. Born April 19, 1940 in Darlington, SC to Margaret Shepard Haliczer and the Julian Haliczer. Graduate of Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University with a Masters Degree. She was a licensed Mental Health Counselor and the Director of Nova Community Mental Health Center for many years. She is survived by mother Margaret (Shep) Haliczer Atkinson and two daughters Jill Friedlander Sabine (Brian), Meg Friedlander Eachus (Ben), brother James S. Haliczer (Paula) and grandchild Jacob Eachus. Services Monday, August 8, 2005 at The Gardens Memorial Park at 1:00 PM, Boca Raton, Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice By the Sea, 1531 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33486-3395 or American Cancer Society. via Kim, slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

CARL JEROME "JERRY" HANTON JR (FMHS 1948) 2004-10-14 Carl Hanton, Jr., son of the founding editor of the Ft. Myers News-Press went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 11, 2004. He was born in Duluth, MN on May 18, 1930. He moved to Ft. Myers, FL as an infant where his family started the Ft. Myers News-Press. He was a lifelong professional newspaperman working as a bookbinder, craftsman, and foreman. He was a Baptist. He is survived by his wife Gloria of Naples, two sons, Carl Hanton, III of Ft. Myers, Daniel Hanton of Coleman, three daughters, Lynn V. Pearson of Bradenton, Sharon Ann Hanton, (deceased), Sandra Hanton Lovett of Bushnell, a granddaughter, Sherri Pearson Hibbitts of Bradenton, four step-daughters, Bonnie, Linda, Pamela and Lynn, a stepson, Richard and their spouses John, Jim, Andy, Danny and Misty, thirteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren all of North Florida. Culleys Meadowood Funeral Home of 1737 Riggins Road, Tallahassee is in charge of arrangements. A private family service will be held in Bradenton on Saturday, October 16th. Special thanks from the family to the Naples and Big Bend Hospice for all of their love, respect and care. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

CHESLEY F "CHET" PERRY    (FMHS 1926)     2005-08-07 

Chesley F  "Chet"  Perry,  age  95,  son of a Fort Myers  pioneer 
family,  passed away peacefully Saturday,  August 6,  at Big Bend 
Hospice, Tallahassee, FL. 

Chet was born June 6, 1910 in Boston, Mass, son of Prof.  Francis 
W.  Perry and Jennie Cormack Perry. His father, Prof.  Perry came 
to  Fort Myers in 1897  from Bridgeport,  Conn.,  served  in  the 
Florida  State Legislature for 6 years,  and was among the  first 
highway  enthusiasts to conceive the Tamiami Trail and his  early 
efforts for this famous road through the Everglades were  largely 
credited  for its subsequent construction.  Chet was  brought  to 
Fort Myers at the age of 6 months where he lived some 95   years, 
until  recently moving to Tallahasse to be close to his daughter. 

Chet attended the University of Florida after graduating from Ft. 
Myers  High in 1926.  He began his newspaper career in 1930   and 
over  a  period  of some 47  years he  rose  from  bookkeeper  to 
President and Publisher of the Fort Myers News-Press.  He retired 
in  1976  following his negotiated sale of the News-Press to  the 
Gannett Co. in 1971. 

A  dedicated  civic  leader,  Chet was especially  proud  of  his 
service  to Fort Myers Rotary Club and Royal Palm Yacht Club.  He 
was  also  proud to have served Boy Scouts of America,   Goodwill 
Industries, United Way, Lee Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, 
Childrens  Home  Society  of FL.,  and  other  organizations  too 
numerous  to  mention.  Chet had a major roll in  organizing  the 
Civil Air Patrol in SW Fla in 1942  and was one of the  remaining 
15 charter members in the U.S. He was a life long founding member 
of  First  Christian  Church.  Early on he served  as  a  Deacon, 
Superintendent of Sunday Schools, and sang in the choir. 

Chet loved boating and fishing.  He was at home on the water  and 
could   navigate  the  waters  of  South  Florida  in  his  boat, 
Janda,  with  ease.  He delighted  in  leading boat 
cruises through the Ten Thousand Islands,  down to 'The Keys', up 
to Tampa Bay, or along the Intercoastal Waterway. During WW I his 
father   owned  the  fastest  boat  in  Lee  County  and  it  was 
confiscated by the government for the war effort. 

Surviving  family includes his wife of 74  years,  Janett  Conroy 
Perry,  of Tallahassee, his son, Chesley M. (Mike) Perry, Sr.(FMHS
1959) of Fort Myers, his daughter, Lin Perry Voyles (FMHS 1961), of 
Tallahassee,  6 grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren. 

Memorial  services will be held at First Christian Church,   2061 
McGregor Blvd.  in downtown Ft.  Myers, Thursday,  August 11,  at 
11:00 AM. 

Memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice,  9470  HealthPark 
Circle, Ft. Myers, FL 33908. 


Lee Pioneer Chet Perry Dies At 95

Former part-owner of News-Press was respected civic leader By MARK STEPHENS MSTEPHENS@NEWS-PRESS.COM Published by on August 7, 2005
News-Press Article Chet Perry, a former part-owner of The News-Press and one of the people who helped shape Lee County in the 20th Century, died Saturday at 95. Perry guided the newspaper's business affairs for more than 50 years and left a generous legacy of civic work. He died in the early-morning hours at a hospice in Tallahassee, where he and Janett Conroy Perry, his wife of 74 years, had moved earlier this year to be near their daughter. "It's really the end of an era in Southwest Florida," said Paul Flynn, head of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and a former president and publisher of The News-Press at the end of Perry's tenure. "I'm going to miss him very much. He was a mentor." Perry started as a $25-a-week bookkeeper in 1930 at the old Fort Myers Press, which merged with the Tropical News in 1931. Perry eventually served as general manager of the newspaper and was a part-owner. He was president and publisher when he retired in 1979. That was eight years after Perry and the other owners, including the Collier family of Naples, sold The News-Press to the Gannett Company. By the end of his career, Perry had taken his paper from an eight-page publication with sales of a little over 2,000 to a metropolitan daily with a circulation of 75,000. The News-Press circulation peaks at about 130,000 in the winter season these days. But Perry's work at the paper was only part of what he did for his community. He was instrumental in bringing Goodwill Industries to Lee County, where the organization has helped thousands of people with workplace disabilities. He held leadership positions at one time or another with Lee Memorial Hospital, United Way, the Lee County Welfare Federation, the Rotary Club of Fort Myers, the Royal Palm Yacht Club and other institutions. He was especially devoted to the Boy Scouts of America. He was one of the first two Eagle Scouts in Lee County and was a longtime Scoutmaster. He received the 1996 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts. He had a major role in organizing the Civil Air Patrol in Southwest Florida in 1942, and at his death was one of the 15 remaining charter members of the organization in the United States. Perry was a founding and life-long member of the First Christian Church in Fort Myers. "He was a superior person in every respect," said Bob Bruce, former vice president for advertising at The News-Press, where he worked for 32 years. "He was simply the fairest, most reasonable, most honest and loyal person I ever worked with. I never saw him angry, never heard him raise his voice. His door was open to anyone." Born in Boston in 1910 and brought to Fort Myers at the age of six months, Perry was of pioneer stock. His father, Prof. Francis W. Perry, had come to the town in 1897, served in the Florida Legislature for six years and was among the automobile enthusiasts who conceived what became the Tamiami Trail, linking Tampa and Miami. Young Chet _ his full name was Chesley _ graduated from Fort Myers High School and attended the University of Florida. In his early years with the paper, his shrewd bookkeeper's instincts served him well. Anticipating the possible closure of banks in the early Depression years _ two had already failed in Fort Myers and never re-opened _ Perry stashed several months worth of receipts at the office instead of depositing them. When President Franklin Roosevelt declared a "bank holiday" to stop withdrawals by nervous depositors, The News-Press was able to meet its payroll uninterrupted until the banks re-opened. The three weekly payrolls saved were only about $500 each, but employees and local merchants were grateful for any cash in those lean days. During World War II, Perry would rise at 3 a.m. to deliver papers to Buckingham Field, where the Army Air Force was training gunners. Perry would take breakfast at the officers' club, then head back to town for his regular job. He was determined military personnel keep in touch with the world and have some knowledge of Lee County. He wanted the men who served here to remember the area fondly and return as tourists after the war. Many did, and many settled here, which especially pleased Perry. Perry was proud that during his long tenure, through two relocations, the installation of five new presses, hurricanes, power outages and all the tribulations Florida newspapers are prone to, the paper never missed an edition. An avid boater and fisherman, Perry enjoyed leading cruises in his boat Janda, exploring coastal waters from Tampa Bay to the Keys. In addition to his wife, survivors include his son, Chesley "Mike" Perry Sr. (FMHS 1959), of Fort Myers; his daughter, Lin Perry Voyles (FMHS 1961) of Tallahassee, six grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at First Christian Church, 2601 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers. Memorial donations may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL, 33908. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

BARNEY B DANIELS JR (FMHS 1944) May 28, 1967 NEWS ARTICLE FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, May 28, 1967 - Barney B. Daniels Jr., 40, of Daniels Road, died at his home Saturday. He was a lifelong resident of Lee County and had been engaged in the cattle business. Daniels was recently on the staff of the federal hospital at Bay Pines and was formerly associated with the city police department, fire department and highway patrol. He was a veteran of World War II, a member of Riverside Baptist Church, the Fort Myers Elks Lodge and attended Duke University and Stetson University. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ann H. Daniels, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Barney B. Daniels, Sr., all of Fort Myers. Funeral service will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home with Rev. E. S. Anderson in charge. Pallbearers will be Walter Walters, Harold Kuester, Harold Hanson, Parker Fredericks, Sheriff Flanders Thompson and Chief Burl Underhill. Burial will be in Fort Myers Cemetery. =PICTURE= Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

PAULINE DUBOSE (DART) (FMHS 1929) 2005-08-15 Pauline DuBose Dart of Fort White died Wednesday at her home of natural causes. She was 93. Mrs. Dart was born in Nocatee and moved to Fort White 19 years ago from Fort Myers. She retired from Sears, where she had worked as a head cashier and as a cashier in the automotive department. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and formerly the United Methodist Church in Fort Myers. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, R.M. Dart; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, Kimberly Hope Flaitz. Survivors include sons Maurice Elwood Dart of Winton, CA, Russell Marvin Dart (FMHS 1956) of Pearland, TX, and Edward Paul Dart (FMHS 1959) of Peoria, IL; a daughter Sarah Dart Ferrero (FMHS 1950) of Fort White; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and two great- great-grandchildren. Funeral services where held Sunday, August 14th, at United Methodist Church of High Springs with Rev. Gary L. Eldred officiating. Graveside committal and burial will be held at Fort Myers Cemetery in Fort Myers on Monday, August 15, 2005 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Paul Vernon. Arrangements are under the care of Milam Funeral Home Chapel, 17593 NW 441, High Springs, FL 32643. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hope Hospice of Suwannee Valley, C/O Hospice of N. Central FL, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32805 or First United Methodist Church of High Springs Building Fund, PO Box 911, High Springs, FL 32655 or the United Methodist Church in Fort Myers. =PICTURE= Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

ARTHUR WILLIAM "SPEED" KELLEY (FMHS 1942) 2005-08-28 Arthur William "Speed" Kelley, 83 of Fort Myers passed away Thursday August 25, 2005. Arthur was the son of the late Arthur and Isabelle (Hendry) Kelley and was a pioneer of Lee County and part of four generations of the Kelley and Hendry families born in Fort Myers. He was a devoted member of the Parkway Baptist Church and enjoyed his dedicated involvement with the church. He owned and operated Kelley Nurseries for over sixty years and was a member of the Fort Myers Rotary Club, County Farm Bureau and served on the State Board. Arthur was an avid hunter and fisherman and served his country in the United States Navy. He was predeceased by his brother Jimmy (FMHS 1932) and sister Matilda Ann "Tilda" Kelley (Lorraine) (FMHS 1943). Arthur is survived by his loving wife Dixie Peterson Kelley (FMHS 1947) of 55 years, two sons; Drew Kelley (FMHS 1969) , and Kent (Claudine) Kelley (FMHS 1971), his daughter Piper Dee Kelley (Michael) Hunt (FMHS 1973), four grandchildren; Aubrey (Bruce) Harwood, Nigel, Darby, and Ethan Kelley, also a brother Joseph (Gloria) (FMHS 1947) and his sister Julia Belle Kelley Pate (FMHS 1942). Family will receive friends Monday 6 PM to 8 PM at the Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers. Burial will be in the Hendry Frierson Cemetery in Fort Myers. A Memorial Service will be conducted at the Parkway (Briarcliff) Baptist Church, 6211 Briarcliff Road, Fort Myers Tuesday afternoon at 2 PM. Services will be conducted by the Pastor Leonard Anderson. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Parkway Baptist Church in Arthur's name would be deeply appreciated. =PICTURE= TRIBUTE Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

JAMES E "JIMMY" KELLEY (FMHS 1932) 2000-12-27 James E. Kelley (Jimmy), 86, of Cape Coral, passed on December 24, 2000. He was born in Fort Myers on April 16, 1914, a great-grandson of Captain F. A. Hendry, a Florida pioneer. He had lived in Fort Myers where he worked for Hough Chevrolet until World War II, when he enlisted in the Navy. After the war he lived in Miami and worked for Don Allen Chevrolet until he retired. He was a member of Westminister Presbyterian Church in Fort Myers, where he was very active in many aspects of church life. He leaves his wife Ruth; two brothers, Arthur W "Speed" Kelley (FMHS 1941) and Joseph "Joe" Kelley (FMHS 1947); sister, Julia Belle Kelley Pate (FMHS 1942); son, James Randall "Randy" Kelley (FMHS 1959); two grandchildren, Robbie Kelley and Crissie Kelley, and many nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will be conducted Saturday, December 30, 2000 at 10:00 a.m. at the Frierson Hendry Cemetery on Henderson Avenue, Fort Myers. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jimmy's memory to the Westminister Presbyterian Church, 9065 Ligon Court, Fort Myers, FL 33908. The Metz Chapel of Harvey-Engelhardt-Metz Funeral Homes of Cape Coral in charge of Cremation arrangements. 542-2134. Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press GREEN LINE

MARJORIE EDITH CARROLL (KELLY) (FMHS 1957) 2003-02-06 Marjorie Kelly, 63, passed away on Feb. 4, 2003 at Hope Hospice. Born the daughter of Emma (Newton) and Arthur W. Carroll. She was born in St. Petersburg, FL, attending school there, Barre, Mass and Ft. Myers. She graduated in 1957 from Ft. Myers Jr. Sr. High as salutatorian. She married James C. Kelly and became a homemaker and mother. She retired from Sears after 25 years employment. She was predeceased by her 14 yr. old son, James Kelly, Jr. Survivors include her twin sister, Marilyn Alice Carroll Barton (FMHS 1957) of North Fort Myers, brothers, Arthur F Carroll (FMHS 1958) and Donald Carroll of Vermont, three daughters, Dawn Fernstrom, Barbara Kelly and Kimberly Kelly who live locally. She has five grandchildren including her oldest grandson, Mr. Timothy Carver of Ft. Myers. Marjorie will be remembered for her unconditional giving of herself, her devotion to her family, being their trusted mainstay during good times and bad, and for her natural artistic and musical talent. Funeral services will be at North Ft. Myers Funeral Home on Feb. 6, at 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society. ==PICTURE== Slightly edited, from the Fort Myers News-Press



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