Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Obituaries - Eplin, Ethridge, Clark

Ann E Eplin, age 89, of LaBelle, passed away November 15, 2017 in Lehigh Acres. She was born July 11, 1928 in Printer, WV, to the late Kenna Ray and the late Etta (Nelson) Byrnside.

Survivors include two sons: Don Eplin and Jerry Eplin, and three daughters: Brenda Williams, Judy Van Natter and Ruby Eplin, Great-Grandchildren, Many; Great-Great Grandchildren, Many; 15 grandchildren. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.

Patricia Ethridge 82 of Clewiston died Monday 11-13-17 at Hospice of Palm Beach County, born March 16, 1935 in Long Island New York to Mary Walton and Patrick Wade, married to Walter Ethridge Feb, 14. 

She was a kindergarten teacher and mother of six. She loved spending time with her family and friends. 

She is survived by her sons Ernie B. Gurganious of Grand Junction CO. Walter C. Gurganious of Clewiston Fl. Daughters Janet L. Blair of Clewiston Fl. Tina M. and son in law John Jensen of Lakeland Fl. Angela M. Sutton of Clewiston Fl. Patricia has 21 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. 

She is proceeded in death by her parents, husband Walter Ethridge, and two sisters and a brother. Daughter; Debra Todd, granddaughter; Debra M. Carithers, grandson; Charlie C. (Gator) Kellar Jr., great grandson; Dustin C. Patterson and three son in laws; Larry A. Todd, Paul D. Sutton, and Ronald Blair.

A grave side service will be held at Ridgelawn Cemetery. Wed. Nov. 22 at 1:30p.m. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - Clewiston.

Ray Parker Clark, age 76 passed away at his home with his three children and wife by his side on November 8, 2017 in Clewiston, Fl. He was born in Winter Haven, FL, to Jack R and Coley (Bowers) Clark. 

The family moved to Clewiston when he was in the fourth grade. He married Marion Gale Bembry in 1963. He went to work for United States Sugar Corporation after he graduated from High School until 1973 at which time he went to work for Evercane Sugar Refinery. He retired from Evercane Refinery in 2000. Ray was a dedicated fan of the Clewiston Tigers and rarely missed a Clewiston Tiger game. He coached Pop Warner football in Clewiston for 15 years.

In later years after retirement he enjoyed spending time at his beloved campground, "the RiverBend Campground” in Hiawassee, Ga. He will be forever remembered as a quiet man who led by example. He was a loving caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle who will be greatly missed by his entire family and all of his friends.

His is survived by his very loving wife of fifty four years, Marion Gale Clark of Clewiston, children: Stephen Clark, Shawn Grooms and Carson Clark, brother: Pat Clark, sister, Sharon Coots and her husband Raymond. Four grandchildren, Erica and Micah Grooms, Caela and Alyssa Clark and six great grandchildren. He also had several nieces and nephews that he loved very much.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Coley Clark and one brother: Michael Clark.

A memorial celebration of Ray’s life was held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Evangel Assembly of God Church. Cremation arrangements were handled by Akin-Davis Funeral Home – Clewiston.

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