George Meece Ellis, Jr. of Whittier, NC
passed away on September 27, 2012. He was born on August 5, 1936 in Ft. Myers, FL, the son of the late George Meece Ellis Sr. and Era Mae (Wamble) Ellis.
Raised in Collier County, Meece grew and worked at his parent's service station, restaurant, and cabin resort at Royal Palm Hammock on the Tamiami Trail; he later built and ran the first Gulf full-service filling station on Marco Island. He worked at Airport Garage in Naples from 1979-2000 as head mechanic and wrecker operator.
Meece enjoyed airboating and was one, if not, the first to build airboats using Cadillac engines. Meece loved going to the sawgrass and would go whenever he was able.
Meece is survived by his loving wife Barbara Ann Grant Ellis; his children, Steven Meece (Tracey) Ellis, Katherine M. Ellis, Mary Lessie ( Jeryl) Buck, Jessie Mae(Tony) Urbanowski; his grandchildren, Steven R. "Bobby" (Jessica) Ellis, Brian Meece Ellis, Kerilyn M. (Michael) Blum, Brittney D. (Jeremy) Ellis-Sesti, Lonnie James Sutton, Elizabeth Urbanowski, Hunter Urbanowski, Billy Meece Buck, Jonathan "Jon Jon" Buck, Emma Leigh Urbanowski, Kayla Olivia Urbanowski, Gracelyn Ann Buck; his great-grandchildren Devon Meece Ellis, Briana L. Ellis, expecting Rylee Michelle Sesti; Sister-in-law, Charlotte Grant Wangerin and brother-in-law G.B. Wangerin.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, 560 E. Hickpochee Av, LaBelle, FL 33935. The funeral will be on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 1:00 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home in LaBelle with Rev. Thomas Odom officiating and graveside services following at Fort Denaud Cemetery in LaBelle.
Pall Bearers; Steven Meece Ellis, G.B. Wangerin, Steven R. "Bobby" Ellis, Brian Meece Ellis, Michael J. Blum, and Jeremy P. Sesti.
Erin Sue Hayes, age 42, of LaBelle, passed away September 29, 2012 in LaBelle. She was born Apr. 14, 1970 in Dayton, OH.
Survivors include her daughter: Brianna Clayton and husband Austin of Shelton, WA, son: Carson Hayes of LaBelle, parents: Richard and Sally Berg of LaBelle, brother: Lane Berg and wife Laura of Fort Lauderdale, and nieces: Charlotte Berg and Chloe Berg.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 6, 2012, 11:30 a.m. at the LaBelle High School Auditorium in LaBelle.
Cremation Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.