Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Obituaries - Clinard, Williams, Leeming

William Tod Clinard, age 51, of Clewiston, passed away April 15, 2018 in Clewiston.

Tod was born in Pahokee, Florida to the late William Ray Clinard and Anna Postell Clinard on February 10, 1967. He married Yvonne Louise Andress. He owned and operated an used car dealership in Clewiston for many years. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family and had a passion for motorcycles. Tod was a loving and caring son, husband, father, uncle, brother and grandfather who will be greatly missed by his entire family.

Tod leaves behind his loving wife; Yvonne Louise Clinard, mother; Anna Clinard, children; Tiffany Vanderbaan and her husband Kris, Yvette Clinard and Garrett Clinard, a granddaughter; Kaylianne Vanderbaan, youngest sister; Kristi Durance and her husband Kevin, along with his niece and nephew; Kacie Durance and Kody Durance. Tod is preceded in death by his father, Ray Clinard and younger sister; Connie Clinard.

The celebration of Tod's life will be held on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Evangel Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. with Memorial service starting at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

John N Williams, Sr, age 79, of Clewiston, passed away April 15, 2018 in his home with his family around him.

John was born in Yulee, Florida on December 27, 1938 to the late Jasper and Ida M. Bennett Williams. He married Martha Joyce Whitehead. He was a diesel mechanic for many years. He and Joyce attended Evangel Assembly of God church in Clewiston for many years.

John leaves behind his wife; Joyce of Clewiston, sons; Jason Williams and his wife Lori, John N. Jr, daughters; Julie LaChance and husband Daniel, Jenette Jenkins and husband Jeff, Jennifer Atkinson and husband David, 12 grandchildren, 39 great grandchildren, one precious great- great grandchild, one brother; J.W. Williams, five sisters; Margaret Folkner, Virginia Taylor, Dora Chapel, Linda Bocciello, and Irma Gilles.

Celebration of John's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in Evangel Assembly of God Church. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Nicole Michele Leeming, age 30, of LaBelle, passed away April 10, 2018 in LaBelle.

She was born January 27th 1988 in Fort Myers to father Timothy Leeming and mother Phyllis Leeming.

Nicole was a dedicated hard worker. She was employed at Save-a-Lot since she was 15. She also worked part-time at Shortcakes in LaBelle for her long-time friend Ashley Short. She was also employed at Love's in Moore Haven where she had her special family of friends. She will be missed dearly by all of her co-workers. She was always smiling and had a warm caring heart.

She was a member of the Moose Lodge in LaBelle.

She leaves behind her Dad, Timothy Leeming of Okeechobee, Mom, Phyllis Leeming and Step-Dad, Mike Knotek of LaBelle, Sister, Kristin Leeming (Shane Widden) of Alabama, Maternal Grandmother, Charlotte Harvey of Morriston, Maternal Grandfather, Harold Harvey of Williston, Paternal Grandmother, Nancy Conklin of Palmdale, Paternal Grandfather, the late Gene Conklin. Aunts – Dot Cates, Dianne Davis, and Kim Searcy, all of LaBelle, Uncles – Mike Davis of LaBelle, Eddie Hall of Naples, Shaun Harvey of Williston, Shawn Searcy of LaBelle and Bill Leeming of Sebring, Niece, Daisy Widden and Nephew, Slayd Widden of Alabama, 1st Cousins- Charles Troia (Kimberly Williams) and Travis Searcy of LaBelle, June Hall of Alaska, Zeb Hall of Naples, LeAnn Hall of Punta Gorda and Jessica Harvey of Williston. She had many 2nd cousins.

Funeral Services were held April 14th at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Pastor Bill Maddox officiating.

Minority Health Month Highlights Partnerships

The Florida Department of Health is emphasizing health equity—each individual achieving optimal health—during National Minority Health Month. The 2018 Minority Health Month theme is "Partnering for Health Equity,” which provides an opportunity to highlight the partnerships that help reduce disparities in health and health care.

"Current research confirms that there are many factors which contribute to our health,” said Health Officer/Administrator Joe Pepe. “As a result, some people bear a higher burden of disease than others. The Health Department teams in Hendry and Glades, along with our community partners, are working daily on programs to protect, promote and improve the healthiness of our community.”

The conditions in the places where people are born, grow, live, work, play, learn and age have significant impact on the health outcomes of individuals, families and their communities. The department's Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) continues to bridge efforts across Florida to help decrease and eliminate health disparities, accelerate health equity, and build stronger and healthier communities.

The Closing the Gap Grant program is administered by the OMHHE, and these grants are utilized to stimulate the development of community and neighborhood-based organizations to improve disparate health outcomes of racial and ethnic populations and promote disease prevention activities.

As part of the Closing the Gap Grant program, Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Inc. introduced the "Fresh Stop” mobile farmers' market bus in Central Florida. "Fresh Stop” was introduced in 2014 with the goal of reducing diabetes risk in areas that are considered food deserts due to a lack of fresh, nutritional and affordable food options. In addition to offering fresh produce, the "Fresh Stop” also provides healthy cooking and wellness lessons. More than half of residents in Eatonville that attended the wellness lessons had lost weight and reduced their risk of diabetes.

To ensure Floridians in all communities have opportunities to achieve healthier outcomes, the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Steering Committee has chosen health equity as one of eight priority health areas in the SHIP, which will guide strategic health interventions for the next five years.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

World Class Barbershop Of LaBelle

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 "celebrate" tax day with an expert trim or haircut in April.

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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Obituraries - Eddie Massey, Sonny Cisnero

Eddie Lee Massey, Sr., age 68, of Moore Haven, passed away April 9, 2018 in Moore Haven. He was born Aug. 18, 1949 in Somerset, KY, to the late Oscar and Julia (Brown) Massey. He served during Vietnam War in the U.S. Army from 11/30/1968 to 08/31/1970.

He and his wife own Uncle Joe's Fish Camp in Moore Haven, FL.

Survivors include his wife: Cynthia Jean (Smith) Massey, two sons: Eddie Lee Massey Jr. and Scotty Massey, three daughters: Susan Massey, Jennifer Werthman and Melissa Werthman, two brothers: Curtis Massey and Jerry Lawson, three sisters: Glenna Faye Coward, Ann Jones and Louise Manning, 13 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren

He was predeceased by his brother Cledith "Buddy" Massey and a sister Pauline Holzapfel.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Hatmaker Funeral Home, Lake City, TN. Interment will be Monday, April 16, 2018 in Massey Cemetery, Scott County, TN

Visitation will be Thursday April 12. 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, Clewiston, FL.

Sonny J. Cisnero, age 46, of LaBelle, passed away April 8, 2018 in Lehigh Acres. He was born Sep. 20, 1971 in Bryan, OH, to the late Tiodoso and Maria (Barraza) Cisnero, III. He was a semi-truck driver.

Survivors include his son: Sonny Cisnero, Jr and two daughters: Sonnya Cisnero and Shealah B Cisnero, grandson Alyis Cisnero, granddaughter; Aleah Faith Cisnero, mother; Maria Barraza, brothers; Tiodoso Cisnero, IV., Johnny Rios, Johnny Cisnero, sister; Teresa Cisnero Stephens, many aunts, uncles and cousins who loves him dearly.

Sonny was preceded in death by his father; Tiodoso Cisnero, III, and a brother; Esteban Juan Cisnero.

Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Panther Family Back In The Wild Today

panther photo
Photo by Carlton Ward Jr. in partnership with FWC.
A female panther and her two kittens are back in the wild today, after spending months in captivity. On April 10, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) panther team released the panther family on the Picayune Strand State Forest in Collier County. This is the first time the FWC has rescued, rehabilitated and released a family group of panthers.
FWC biologists rescued the adult female panther, known as FP224, in December 2017 after she was struck by a vehicle on Collier Boulevard in Naples. They took her to the Animal Specialty Hospital of Florida in Naples where veterinarians determined she had a broken hind leg. Following a successful surgery to repair the fracture, the FWC panther veterinarian took the panther to White Oak Conservation Foundation for rehabilitation.
In June, FP224 produced a litter of one female and two male kittens, and biologists suspected these kittens were near where their mother was injured. They set up cameras to locate the young panthers, and two of the kittens were photographed and captured immediately thereafter. Unfortunately, biologists were not able to capture the third kitten.
Biologists brought the two male kittens to White Oak Conservation Foundation. They were not immediately returned to their mother so that her leg had time to heal. Last month, the family was reunited in a 1-acre pen to maintain the family bond.
On Monday, veterinarians determined that all three felines were healthy and ready for release.
“Typically, orphaned kittens still dependent on their mothers need to be kept in captivity until they can survive on their own,” said Darrell Land, FWC panther team leader. “However in this case, the mother can continue to raise her kittens, teaching them the required survival and social skills they would not receive in captivity.”
FP224 is not new to the rescue and rehabilitation efforts of the FWC and partners. In 2013, she was struck by a vehicle and had to be rescued. In the years between the two accidents she has produced three litters of kittens, successfully contributing to the Florida panther population.