Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Hendry-Glades Obituaries

Aaron Michael James Merritt five day old infant boy of Karina Movis and Rickey Merritt passed away after a short time on this earth on February 2, 2012, in All Children's Hospital in Saint Petersburg. Little Aaron was born in Fort Myers on January 28, 2012.

He is survived by his father Rickey Merritt and mother Karina Movis; Grandparents, Shaun Snider, Theo Snider; Maria Salas, and Jorge Salas; Uncles; Jacob Merritt, Austin Merritt, Michael Reyna, William Salas, and Bryan Salas; Aunts, Felina Snider and Veste Salas and Brandy Pearson; Great Grandparents , Rachel Laviolett, Craig Davis, Alberta Castillo ,and Antolin Hernandez, and a host of cousins and other family members.

The graveside service was held 10:00 am on Monday, February 6, at Fort Denaud Cemetery, 1170 Cemetery Road, LaBelle, FL with Rev. Frank Deerey Jr. officiating.

Jean Arlen Ross, 72, of Leesburg, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012. Born in Ortona, Florida, she moved to Leesburg in 2001 from Orlando, Florida. She graduated from Moore Haven High School Class of 1957. Jean was a homemaker, medical secretary, Media Assistant for Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando and a Front-End Manager for Home Depot, Orlando. She was a member of Calvary Assembly of God, Orlando and was formerly active in her church choirs.

Jean is survived by her husband of 52 years, Roy E. Ross, Leesburg, FL; son, James Ross, Houston, TX; brother, Earl Fussell, Cookeville, TN; 3 sisters, Juanita Collier, Kingston, AR, Irma Mercer, Huntsville, AR, Betty Walker, Huntsville, AR. The family will receive friends at the Harden/Pauli Funeral Home Chapel, Eustis, FL on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 4-7 PM.

Services were held at the Akin Davis Funeral Home Chapel, LaBelle, FL on Monday, February 6, 2012 at 2:00 PM. Interment followed at Ortona Cemetery, Ortona, FL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 3261 US Highway 441. #B2, Fruitland Park, FL 34731. Online Guestbook available at www.hardenpauli.com orwww.akin-davis.com.

Arrangements by Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis. Arrangements by: Akin-Davis Funeral Home-LaBelle.

Francis Daniel (Bud) Tompkins, 84, died February 5, 2012, at his home in the Lovedale Community of Bascom, Florida.

Mr. Tompkins was born in Arcadia, Florida September 24, 1927, to Daniel and Daisie (Walker) Tompkins. He grew up in LaBelle and Immokalee, Florida. 

From an early age he demonstrated responsibility and dependability. He was a WWII Navy veteran (Pacific theatre). On return He went to Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas.

Bud dedicated his life to helping others through family, teaching, the Southern Baptist Church & the Masonic Lodge. He was a science teacher, department head, yearbook sponsor and Beta Club sponsor from 1960 to 1986 at Immokalee High School. Bud served as Athletic Director and track coach for several years. He was awarded honors as Teacher of the Year and for Deacon Leadership.

Bud and his wife Shirley Logan Tompkins lived in Bascom, Florida 23 of the 25 years they were married. They retired there in 1988 and immediately became active in the community and at Lovedale Baptist Church.

Mr. Tompkins is survived by his wife Shirley and daughters Mary Dyess (husband John), Anita Bice, Marlene Cole and Karen Beeler. He is also survived by grandchildren: Anthony Cole; Daniel, Jesse (wife Brandi) and Sarah Beeler, his sister Sarah Blackburn and step sister Jeanne Hayes (husband Alvin). He will be missed by many for his faith, hard work, compassion, dedication and humor.

Memorial Services will be held at Lovedale Baptist Church in Lovedale, Florida February 9 at 11:00 a.m. Arrangements are with James and Sikes Funeral Home of Marianna Florida (850) 492-233.

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