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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

All Souls Catholic Church parishioner Carol Ann Doxie Roberts of Lake Mary, Florida passed away on July 3rd, 2015. Carol 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 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 "Honey" Eleanor Gildea died Christmas Eve 1994 at Oceanside Nursing Center after a long illness. My Aunt Honey was born in Savannah, on April 11, 1913 - the second child in her family with the name Florence. she served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps in Southhamton England during World War II. She was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4392 and American Legion Post 154.


George Abdulkerim Saraf

HISTORY OF GEORGE ABDULKERIM SARAF 1896-1941 by his granddaughter Kim Marie Fischer Peters

George Abdulkerim Saraf was born in Aintab, Turkey 2 March 1896 into a family of brothers and sisters who were much older than he. George grew up in the Ottoman Empire during the time of the Armenian Genocide, and his family experienced the atrocities that were inflicted upon the Armenian people by the Turks. Were it not for the courageous efforts of Antoine Saraf, the family would have perished like so many hundreds of thousands of others in Turkey and Syria.



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

All Souls Catholic Church parishioner, Suzanne Angele Reno of Sanford Florida passed away peacefully in her sleep on 11 June 2015.


James John Cofino

James John Cofino (birth name Vincenzo Cofino) was born on Monday, May 16, 1910, in West 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.


My Grandfather

Joseph Agustus Samms was affectionally referred to as Poppa by his grandchildren. He was from the Samms clan in the Byberry District, St. Elizabeth. He was the father of Hugh, Nancy, Loretta, Enid and Neville.