John "Johnny" Fletcher Doub passed away September 10th, 2016, at Oakbrook Nursing Home in LaBelle, Fl. at 88. He was born in north LaBelle on April 21st, 1928, to the late Harris Fletcher Doub and the late Maria Susana (Motino) Doub. Johnny attended LaBelle High School and enlisted in the U.S Army as soon as he was old enough. After discharge he worked for Alico briefly and then started a career with the Florida State Road Department in the Engineering Section which lasted 31 years. When he retired he remained a resident of LaBelle until his death, believing "LaBelle had everything, why would he ever leave".
After his retirement, his memories of state road work compelled him to point out the many projects of which he had an active role to visiting family and relatives. If you missed any on a visit, he'd make sure to point them out again on your next trip. A mandatory ride around of LaBelle would end with lunch at one of his favorite locations: Alva Dinner, Flora & Ella's, lately SalCal.
In earlier times Johnny's favorite recreation was to take family and friends swimming in Fish Eating Creek or barbecuing in Pollywog. He was convinced no place existed that compared to all LaBelle had to offer.
Johnny adored his sister-in-law Irene Doub. They were a constant pair, always attending LaBelle events with Irene leading Johnny to the front of many activities Although he felt no need to leave LaBelle, she could get him to travel, join a square dance troupe as her partner, and enjoy a robust social agenda that included Felda and Muse jam sessions with pot luck dinners.
He was an active member of the LaBelle AA group with a record of 18 years attendance and sobriety; LaBelle Heritage Museum; and the Greater LaBelle Garden Club.
Johnny was preceded in death by his sisters Laura Lockmiller of Belle Glade and Rosa Nash of Nashville, TN, his brothers William "Pete" Doub of Immokalee, Landon Alfred Doub of LaBelle, and Charlie Doub of LaBelle.
Survivors include: daughters Tracey C. Doub of Woodbridge, VA, Susan J. Miller (Robert) of Clewiston, Debra L. Strickland, of Woodbridge, VA; Sisters Carmella Mayton of Alamogordo, NM, and Julia Chappell of Jupiter, FL; Sister-In-Law Irene M. Doub of LaBelle; Grandchildren Christina and Kayla Spears, Ryan Miller and one great-granddaughter Janelle Howell. Nieces and nephews: Millicent Vilmerding of Murfreesboro, TN, Yvonne Lockmiller of Wellington, Melissa Musk of Belle Glade, Susan Sullivan of Jupiter, Nadia Roman of Lehigh Acres. Nephews: Curtis Doub of Lehigh Acres, Jim, Bill, Rodney Mayton of Alamogordo, NM, Jeffrey, Stuart and Bill Chappell of West Palm Beach. And many lifelong friends of LaBelle.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church with Father Chester Domaszewicz officiating at 11am on Thursday, September 15, 2016. A visitation will be held from 6-8pm at Akin-Davis Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Interment will follow funeral service at Ortona Cemetery in Glades County.
Eva Lena Smith Tanner passed away peacefully the evening of September 11, 2016. She was 99 years old. Eva Lena was born in Clearsville, Pennsylvania March 26, 1917 to Emma Williams and Wesley Smith. Evalena married Manual Clant "Mutt" Tanner January 22, 1938.
She is survived by her children Dean Tanner, Gene Tanner, Wesley Tanner, Josie Emma Cooper, Eddie Lee Tanner, foster daughter Diane Weyer; 20 grandchildren, 46 great grandchildren and 15 great great grandchildren. Evalena was preceded in death by her loving husband Manual "Mutt" Tanner and her daughter Diane Johnson. Evalena will be remembered for her unconditional love, strength and dedication to the Lord. We would like to express our gratitude to Hope Hospice, Oakbrook Nursing Home and Dr. Chow.
Graveside service will be held at Fort Denaud Cemetery Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 9:00 am.
Arrangements made by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle