Friday, May 18, 2018

Obituaries-Cummings, O'Ferrell, Padron, Harris, Morejon, Pellot

Merritt Max Cummings, age 88, of Clewiston, passed away May 15, 2018 in Palms West Hospital.

Max was born Apr. 9, 1930 in Avard, Oklahoma to Lester and Bernice (Hosman) Cummings. He honorably served his country in the United States Navy from 1947-1952. He met and married the love of his life and wife Angielean Nazworth in Jacksonville, Florida. He and Angie have lived in Jacksonville, Florida, Melbourne, Florida, Wichita, Kansas, Oklahoma, and finally making Clewiston their home in 1993. He and Angie were members of First Baptist Church of Clewiston. Max was a loving Christian man who loved his family and enjoyed spending time with each one of them.

Max leaves behind his loving wife of 66 years Angielean of Clewiston, children; Kay Walker and her husband Byron of Plantation, Florida, Sandi Schaper and her husband Doug of Loxahatchee, Florida, six grandchildren; Kendra Wells and her husband Dr. Brian, Derek Davis and wife Amie of Dallas, Texas, Amanda Walker of Plantation, Florida, Brandon Walker of Plantation, Florida, Alicia Hobson and her husband Darryl of Lake Worth, Florida, Austin Schaper and his wife Maria of Loxahatchee, Florida, eight great grandchildren, one sister; Winnie Woolcock of Hayward, California

Max was preceded in death by his daughter; Sheila Curtis, sister; Jean Murphy, brothers; Gary Cummings, and Carl Cummings.

Celebration of Max's life will be held Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in First Baptist Church with Rev. Raul Zaldivar officiating. Visitation will be one hour before service. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery.

Laura K. "Peggy" O'Ferrell, age 82, of LaBelle, passed away May 15, 2018 in Fort Myers.

She was born Mar. 11, 1936 in Miller County, AR, to the late Earl Edward and the late Ina (Brint) Krieger.

She is survived by her loving husband: Lawrence H. O'Ferrell, son: Larry O'Ferrell (Tammy), daughters: Regina Richardson (Allen) and Tammy Powell (Mark), brother: John Krieger, sister: Nellie Fraizer, grandchildren: Brad Richardson, Greg Richardson, Trey O'Ferrell, Justin O'Ferrell (Kayla), Staci O'Ferrell Tomlinson (Learon), Gavin Powell, Dillon Powell, Jada Powell and great grandchildren: Deacon O'Ferrell and Prezley Powell.

She was preceded in death by her brother; Edward Krieger and sisters; Pansy Chambless, Carrie Martin and Shirley Jones.

A memorial service was held Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:00 am at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church, LaBelle. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Carlson Memorial United Methodist Church. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at Christ Central LaBelle.

Nelson Valdes Padron, 72, of Clewiston, passed away May 14, 2018 in Clewiston. He was born Apr. 14, 1946 in Cuba, to the late Silvino and Carmen Valdes Padron.

Survivors include two sons: Ernesto Valdes and Alexis Valdes, two brothers: Guillermo Valdes Padron and Arnaldo Valdes Padron, one sister: Caridad Valdes, Grandchildren,

Graveside service will be held Friday, May 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm at Ridgelawn Cemetery.

Dora "Ethelene" Harris, age 88, of LaBelle, passed away May 13, 2018 in LaBelle.

She was born May 25, 1929 in Port Salerno, FL, to the late James Archie Whidden and the late Leona (Blackman) Messor.

She is survived by her two daughters: Lucretia Strickland (James) and Iris Lynn Wooten, grandchildren: Chad Perkins, Ed Harris, Shelley Wooten and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank W. Harris, her son, Edwin "Birdie" Harris and granddaughter, Amanda Daniels.

Funeral services were held Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 11:00 am at Church of God-LaBelle. Visitation was Thursday one hour prior to service at Church of God-LaBelle. Interment will be in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle.

Abel Arnaldo Morejon, 54, of Clewiston, FL passed away May 11, 2018.

He was born July 26, 1963 in Cuba, to the late Nicandro and Dalia (Mayonada) Morejon. Survivors include two daughters: Anisleidys Morejon and Yusaidys Morejon, three brothers: Nicandro Morejon Jr, Jorge L Morejon and Miguel A Morejon,

Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 12:00 pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston. Interment was Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Clewiston. Visitation was Wednesday from 11 AM to 12 PM at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL.

Martha Yolanda Pellot, 68, of LaBelle, passed away May 15, 2018 in LaBelle. She was born Oct. 15, 1949 in Honduras, to the late Ogdulio and Maria (Reyes Ortiz) Mejia.

Survivors include her husband: Geobany Pellot, two sons: Eduardo Guzman and Jose Guzman, one daughter: Geovanna Pellot,  one brother: Marcos Antonio Ortiz, five sisters: Raquel Montoya Ortiz, Julia Maradiaga, Lillian Mejia, Maribel Sorto and Vilma Ortiz, 9 grandchildren

Carol Mae Thorman, 84, of LaBelle, FL. passed away May 10, 2018 in LaBelle. She was born Apr. 25, 1934 in Cleveland, OH. to the late Adolph late Edith (Mansfield) Aerni.

Survivors include one son: David Thorman, one daughter: Nancy Steuber, two granddaughters Shelby Steuber; Joeanna Steuber

World Class Barbershop Gets Ready For Summer

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle, owned by Hugo Vargas, invites area residents and visitors to visit the barber shop located at 216 South Main Street in LaBelle to start out 2018 with an expert trim, shave or haircut to get ready for your upcoming summer events and vacation.

Among services Hugo and his barbers offer are regular & scissor cuts, flat tops, shaves, and hair styling for all ages.  

World Class Barbershop is open Tuesday through Friday from 8:45 am until 5 pm and Saturday from 7 am until 2 pm. 

Phone: (863) 674-1775

World Class Barbershop is a sponsor of Southwest Florida Online.

Friday, May 11, 2018

15th Century Ship Replicas "Pinta' and 'Nina" Arrive At Fort Myers

FORT MYERS,  FL. - –On Friday, May 11th, at 12:00 pm the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of two of Christopher Columbus’ ships, arrived in Fort Myers. The ships docked at Pinchers Restaurant, at the Ford Edison Marina, 2360 West 1st Street, and will be docked there until their departure early Monday morning May 21st.

The ships open to the general public Saturday, May 12th. The Nina was built by hand and without the use of power tools and is considered to be the most historically correct Columbus Replica ever built. The ‘Pinta’ was recently built in Brazil and is a larger version of the archetypal caravel. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and $6.50 for students 5 – 16. Children 4 and under are Free. 

The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 787 672 2152 or visit our website, click on ‘Take a Tour’ and fill out online form. Minimum of 15. $5.00 per person. No Maximum.

Photo by Don Browne

William "Eddie" Perry Jr Dies At 84

Mr. William "Eddie" Edward Perry, Jr., 84, of Leesburg, GA, passed away on his birthday Friday, May 4, 2018, at his home while surrounded by his family.

Mr. Perry was a former principal at LaBelle Middle School.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018, at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Albany. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
Born May 4, 1934, in Sweet Water, TX, Mr. Perry was the son of the late William E. Perry and Vallie Curtis Perry. He proudly served his country in The United States Army, coached Pop Warner football, high school football and was an FSU Booster for many years. Mr. Perry earned his master's degree from North Texas State and retired as a principal from LaBelle Middle School in LaBelle, FL. He was active at St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Albany, GA.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Perry was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Patricia, and son, Steven Carl Perry.
Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Perry Faircloth of Leesburg, GA; son, Scott Perry of Galveston, TX; grandchildren, Weston Edward Jones, Jarrett Case Jones, Ryan Edward Perry and Sean Patrick Perry.
In William "Eddie" Perry's memory, "In Lieu of flowers," an account has been set up to offset the costs of cancer treatments for his daughter-in-law, Cathy Perry. Eddie and his wife, Patricia, both battled cancer, and in their honor, we would prefer that tax-deductible donation be made to assist another loved one at this time. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to CenterState Bank, c/o Cathy Perry, 45 N. Bridge St., LaBelle, Florida, 33935, bank phone: 863-675-0224.

Condolences and memories may be shared at
Joseph W. Jones Funeral Home of Leesburg was given the honor to serve the Perry family.
Joseph W. Jones Funeral Home
Leesburg, GA
Graveside service officiated by Fr Panel Guerrier of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church will be held Saturday, June 2nd at 9 AM

at Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle Florida followed by a reception for Ed's LaBelle Friends details to follow. Ed was a member and Junior Warden at Good Shepherd LaBelle, for a number of years

Monday, May 07, 2018

Ortona Lock Closed June 4

ORTONA, FL. -- Notice is given that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is notifying the public, marinas, commercial and recreational vessels traveling the Okeechobee Waterway that Ortona Lock will be closed for maintenance 4 through 16 June 2018. This will be the first lock closure along the Okeechobee Waterway in 6 years

Maintenance is necessary to repair aging and damaged infrastructure in addition to improving public and vessel safety. Repairs will require the lock chamber to be dewatered for crews to perform inspections, replace gate seals and repair Manatee Protection system components. 

During the closure, barges, floating cranes and divers will be working in the lock entrance, requiring vessel operators in the area to use minimal speed and caution for safety.

Note: The other locks on the Okeechobee Waterway (other than Ortona) and Canaveral remain in full operation.