Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Obituaries- Flora Sims, James Bailey, Beatrice Ballard

Beatrice Ballard, age 95, of LaBelle, passed away January 19, 2017 in Lehigh Acres.

She was born Nov. 18, 1921 in Alva, FL, to the late Willie Francis and the late Pleaman (Morgan) Green. She was a member of Church of God-LaBelle for the past 72 years and served as Sunday School Secretary for 65 years.

Survivors include her children: Joan (Joseph Martin) Thomas, Jeanette (Dale) Small and Sam (Cyndi) Ballard, all of LaBelle, grandchildren, Tina Limberger, Teri Marroquin; Stephanie Stratton, Nerissa Williams and Bart Ballard; nine great-grandchildren and nineteen great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hiram Ballard, parents, brother: Francis Green, sisters: Marie Thomas, Ruby Brown, Mae Summerall and Laura Walston and grandchildren: Tami Ballard and Steven Williams.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 10:00 am at Church Of God-LaBelle, LaBelle with Rev. Cliff Gobble and Steve McCormick officiating. Interment followed in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Visitation was Monday from 6-8 p.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle, FL.

James Bailey, Jr. age 84, of Alva passed away January 19, 2017 in Lehigh Acres Hospice. He was born July 29, 1932 in Columbus, OH. James is the son of the late James and the late Ola (Beaver) Bailey, Sr.

He served in the Korean War from 1954-1956, as a PFC in the Army. James was employed by GM as an Autoworker for 29 Years in Michigan.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years; Pauline A. (Remore) Bailey , Daughters: Valerie (Andy) Watring and Regina (Dan) Nellis, and sons: Roy (Pam) Bailey & Bill (Catherine) Bailey, Also survived by Grandchildren; Jennifer Watring, Nick (Kim) Bailey, Ken (Katelyn Howell) Nellis, & Angela Nellis, Stephanie (Mike) Allen, Great Grandchildren; Mia & Seren Allen.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Oak Park/RAC or contributions may be made to the Burns Grange #160, c/o Peggy Johnston 404 S. Oak Street, Durand, Michigan 48429. Jim was a Grange member for many years, helping with chicken dinners and some building updates.

The family is planning a Celebration of Life for Oak Park friends this winter and for Jim's northern family and friends there will be a Celebration of Life in Michigan this summer. Details will be shared at a later date. Cremation arrangements by the Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Fort Myers.

Flora L. Carver Sims, age 84, of Clewiston, passed away January 23, 2017 in Lehigh Acres.

She was born Aug. 2, 1932 in Sweet Water, TN, to the late Alec and the late Suzie (Williams) Lance. She was a homemaker, raising her children. She married Carl Carver; he preceded her in death, she later married Foy Sims; he preceded her in death on July 4, 2007. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother who will be greatly missed by her entire family.

Survivors include her children; Harry Carver, Connie Wilson and her husband Malcolm, Carla Carver, Robert Carver and one sister Dorothy Abercrombie, seven grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren.

Flora was preceded in death by her two children; Bruce Carver and Denise Jones, two grandchildren; Karrie Jones and Christopher Wilson.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, January 27, 2017 in Ridgelawn Cemetery with Pastor Johnny Abercrombie officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm in Akin-Davis Funeral Home.

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