Grace Mildred Roberts Sherrod, 98, of Immokalee FL died December 1, 2017. “Mil” was born April 15, 1919 in Immokalee, FL. She is survived by her son Phillip Sherrod of Felda and her daughter Jane Wood of Lakeland, seven grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Her son William (Bill) Sherrod preceded her in death. Her great grandchildren called her “Greatmother” and to all who knew her she was a great lady.
Mil served as secretary of the Florida Cattlemen and was an honorary director. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and honorariums from her community, civic and professional organizations. Until she moved to Ft. Myers, she lived on the same land she was born on and has an ancestry dating back to colonial America.
Robert Roberts, her Papa, owned the Red Cattle Company of Immokalee, Florida, making the cattle industry a life-long passion for her. She kept books for the company and drove her Jeep about the ranch enjoying God’s creation. One of her favorite rides was to accompany the cowboys driving steers from the Gator Slough pasture down to Rock Lake pasture, a distance of some 30 miles. She followed the cowboys in her Jeep, providing snacks, drinks and meals for the two-day drive. She never rode a horse since her Papa never had horses for girls to ride.
The Red Cattle Company was divided in 1980 and Mil has had her own herd ever since. Mildred valued the traditions of her family and worked diligently to preserve their way of life. “Sherrod’s Heritage”, her cattle ranch in Felda, has been managed by her son Phillip for the past eight years.
Visitation for Mildred will be held Friday, December 8, 2017, 10:00 am followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church of LaBelle. Graveside service at The Baptist Cemetery in Immokalee. A luncheon reception will follow at Felda Baptist Church in Felda.
Thomas John Koenes, age 71, of LaBelle, passed away November 30, 2017 in LaBelle. He was born Sep. 22, 1946 in Grand Rapids, MI, to the late John Harko Koenes and the late Annie Mae (Jenkins) Koenes.
He is survived by his wife: Mary J (Coppedge) Koenes, son: TJ Koenes (Kayln), daughter: Toi Hernandez (Benny), brother: Larry Koenes (Sherrie), grandchildren: Dyami X. Koenes, Karma R. Koenes, Shayla Koenes, Dalton Ty Koenes, Dayra Teal Koenes, Nicholus Peter Andrews and Lane Thomas Keith Andrews, nephews: Nathan Billie, Julius Billie and Clinton Billie and many other family members.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10:00 am at Big Cypress First Baptist Church, Clewiston with Pastor Salaw Hummingbird officiating. Interment was in Big Cypress Cemetery, Big Cypress Reservation. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.
William Spencer Hull, age 49, of LaBelle, passed away December 1, 2017 in Lehigh Acres.
He was born Oct. 18, 1968 in Clewiston, FL, to the late John Lawrence and Viola (Franklin) Hull.
Survivors include his wife: Jennifer Agnew-Hull, one son: Jarren Lane Hull and one daughter: Emyllee Jewel Hull, Two sisters: Kim Hull-Robicheaux and Linda Hull-Gant, He was predeceased by his brother Larry.
Funeral services was held Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 11:00 am at Mt. Zion Primitive Baptist Church, Felda, FL with Pastor Mitchell Wills officiating. Visitation waS Wednesday from 10 to 11 AM at Church. Arrangements by Akin-Davis Funeral Home - LaBelle.