Saturday, February 18, 2017

Obituaries - Bascom Smith, Carolyn Mathis, Oren Risher

Rev. Bascom O. Smith, Sr., age 82, of Alva, passed away February 16, 2017 at his home in Alva. He was born October 14, 1934 in Douglas, GA, to the late Charlie O. and the late Elizabeth (Arnold) Smith.

Bascom moved to Fort Myers in 1953, he worked at Gilan Auto Parts, Tanner Auto Parts and Fort Myers Auto Parts. He joined The Church of God of Prophecy in 1953, where he held many positions. He went to Bible Training Institution in Cleveland, TN and took a Bible course at Stetson University. He served as Associate Pastor for 6 years at The Church of God of Prophecy on Marion Street in Fort Myers. 

He was ordained as a Deacon in 1969 and then ordained as a Bishop in 1978. He started Pastoring churches in 1975 in Bokeelia, FL, Perry FL, Punta Gorda, FL and Fort Myers on Marion Street. He retired in 1999 and then was appointed again as an Associate Pastor at The Church of God of Prophecy on Marion Street in Fort Myers, FL. His favorite hobbies were fishing and working on old cars.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Jo (Hutcheson) Smith, two sons: Jimmy (Julie) Smith of Fort Myers, FL, Bascom Jr. (Kaylyn) Smith of Jacksonville, FL, three daughters: Mary Kathy (Dan) Newcomb, Tammy Jo Hillman of Fort Myers, Fl, Shirlene Cricket (Tim) Beehler of Dade City, FL, one brother: Colon (Arlene) Smith of Axon, GA, two sisters: Irene Courson of Statesville, NC, Pauline Blanchette of Lehigh Acres, FL, twelve grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Bascom was preceded in death by daughter, Karen Jo and five brothers, Robert Johnnie, James, Charles and L.D.

Funeral services will be held Monday, February 20, 2017 at 11:00 am at The Church of God of Prophecy, 3182 Marion Street, Fort Myers, FL with Bishop Robert Davis, Pastor Everett Holloway and Rev. Danny Hulburt officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at The Church of God of Prophecy. Interment will be Monday, February 20, 2017 in Alva Cemetery, Alva.

The pallbearers will be the grandsons: Jimmy B. Smith, Jason Smith, Josh Smith, Caleb Smith, Nicholas Newcomb and Taylor Beehler. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Fort Myers.

Carolyn Ann Mathis, age 69, of LaBelle, passed away February 15, 2017 in Lehigh Acres.

She was born Jan. 28, 1948 in Fort Myers, FL, to the late Finis Williams and the late Minnie (Fussell) Williams and was a lifelong resident of LaBelle. Carolyn was a devoted wife and mother.

Survivors include her husband of fifty-one years: Raleigh Eugene Mathis,sons: Kenny Eugene Mathis, Darren Keith Mathis and Kevin Brent Mathis, daughter: Donna Lynn Marney, brothers and sisters: Elton Williams, Dale Williams, Wayne Williams, Sue Goff and Pennie Davis,, and grandchildren: Logan Mathis, Sarah Marney and Hannah Marney. She was also preceded in death by her brother: Ray Williams and sister: Mary Williams.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:30 am at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Rev Graham Chancey officiating. Interment will be in Fort Denaud Cemetery, LaBelle. Visitation will be Saturday for 1 hour prior to the funeral service at Akin-Davis Funeral Home.

Oren Wallace "Wally" Risher, Jr, age 78, of Fort Denaud, passed away February 12, 2017 in Fort Myers. He was born May 23, 1938 in Washington , DC, to the late Oren Wallace Risher, Sr. and the late Dorothy Mae (Hill) Risher. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener who had a true love for nature. He was a friendly and kind person with a cheerful personality and a warming smile.

His profession was forestry and he worked with the Seminole Indians at Big Cypress in the late 1960's. Later on he was self employed for many years. Wally will be greatly missed by his beloved family.

He is survived by his wife: Regina (Mendez) Risher, son: Mark (Terry) Risher of Arcadia, daughter: Tara "Missy" (Steve) Soud of Fort Myers, sisters: Deanie (Frank) Cardimen of Michigan and Nancy (Elmer) Mott of Arcadia, grandchildren: Dane Risher; Josh Soud; Meghan Soud and Jacob Soud and aunts: Mildred Lewis of Fort Myers Esther Beavers of LaBelle.

A memorial services will be held Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 11:30 a.m. at Akin-Davis Funeral Home, LaBelle with Pastor W. T. Maddox, Jr. officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Hospice.

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