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Antoine Demetrius Smith

Lance Corporal Antoine Demetrius Smith died 15 November 2004 during the battle to take Fallujah in Iraq. I never met Antoine Smith or "Toine" as his mother referred to him, but I felt I knew him through the stories and photos his mother shared with me on a regular basis. Toine's mother frequented the library where I worked and we often spoke of her beloved son.


Carol Ann Doxie Roberts

Obituary for Carol Ann Roberts

Carol Ann Doxie Roberts, 78, of Lake Mary, Florida passed away on July 3rd, 2015.

Mrs. Roberts was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on October 31, 1936 to the late Melvin A. Doxie and Mary G. “Jean” Swesso Doxie. She moved to New Smyrna Beach in 1956 and married Harold R. Roberts of New Smyrna Beach in 1961. Shortly afterwards they moved to Sanford and she has lived in the area ever since.


Bobby L. Respress

Bobby L. Respress, 78, of Frostproof passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at his residence.

He was born April 28, 1937 in Frostproof, Florida to the late Eddie and Cleo (Tindell) Respress and he has been a lifelong resident of this area. He was a retired supervisor for Alico Inc. after 36 years. Bobby loved flower and vegetable gardening, being with his grandkids and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Frostproof.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, W.D. “Bill” Respress of Zephyrhills and Harry Respress of Sarasota.


Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Albert Schaake

(April 3, 1942 – November 30, 2014)


Florence Eleanor Gildea


Miss Florence E. Gildea, 81, died Saturday at Oceanside Nursing Center after a long illness.

A native of Savannah, she served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps during World War II. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4392 and American Legion Post 154.

Surviving are a sister, Sister Mary Daria Gildea, R. S. M., of Savannah; four nephews, John H. Fischer, Neil J. Fischer, Francis J. Fischer and Charles E. Fischer; and a number of great-nephews and great-nieces.


George Abdulkerim Saraf

George Abdulkerim Saraf was murdered in his shop on Friday, June 13, 1941.

Savannah Morning News: Saturday, June 14, 1941 – Page Fourteen
Geo. A. Saraf Victim of Gunmen Last Night
Four Negroes Seen Fleeing From Vicinity

George A. Saraf, operator of a small bar and confectionery store at the northeast corner of Duffy and West Broad streets, was shot and killed shortly after 10 o’clock last night.



Donald Edward Bellanger, of Stuyvesant NY, went to be with his Lord at his home on June 18, 2015 after bravely battling against bladder cancer complicated by kidney failure. He was born in West Springfield, MA on Sep 19, 1932 to the late John and Grace (Gladden) Bellanger.


Suzanne "Suzy" Angele Reno

Suzanne Angele Reno of Sanford Florida, 82 years young, passed away peacefully in her sleep on 11 June 2015.


John Sobik, Jr. founder of Sobik's Subs

John Sobik Jr., founder of Sobik's Subs, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 19 in Albany, New York at the age of 76.

He was born on June 4, 1938 in Rome, New York to John and Mary Karash Sobik.

John Sobik Jr., was a street smart, successful entrepreneur, self-made – yet humble; a devoted Rotarian, a family man with a big heart and an active and caring member of his community.


James John Cofino

James John Cofino (birth name Vincenzo) was born on Monday, May 16, 1910 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was the second child of Anna Gaudiello and Luigi Cofino, immigrants from Sarno, Italy and their first born in the United States. In 1911, the small family moved to New Rochelle, NY and later to Port Chester, NY. It was there that his younger siblings, Anthony, Margaret and Neil were born and where he and his older brother, Joe spent their childhood years.


Dr Isiah Meggett

Meggett, Isaiah (Dr.) (DOD 9/5/1994); Section 28V, Lot 129
Dr. Isaiah Meggett was a physician who practiced family medicine in New York area hospitals and was involved in initiating and supporting community based health care programs. Dr Meggett was born as a South Carolina Geechee in Edistol Island South Carolina Dr Meggett was married to Joyce D Wiltshire daughter of Dr Joseph A Wiltshire of Lake Wales Fl.Both attended Fisk University and the couple was admitted to Medical School in Tennessee.There was one child born to this union.Monica Meggett..Dr. Meggett founded the Geneva B Scruggs Free Clinic in Buffalo New York.Dr Meggett was the Medical Director and consultant for People,Inc and was on staff at Sheehan Memorial Hospital,Buffalo General Hospital and Children's Hospital.Dr Meggett was Chief Resident of Family Medicine at Deaconess Hospital in Dr Meggett was only 45 years old at the time of his death.


Robert Frederick Kieser, Major, USAF Ret.

Robert Frederick Kieser, Major, USAF Retired

Born in Orlando on 3 Sept 1938, Bob was the son of Robert J. and Elizabeth (Stalder) Kieser. He attended Kaley Elementary, Cherokee Jr. High and was a graduate of Boone High School (1956). He was a member of Delaney St Baptist Church. He later graduated from Florida State University (1961) and received his Master’s degree from Troy State in Alabama. He entered the Air Force after college and retired as a Major, specializing in training for the AWACS program.