Obituaries from around the greater Englewood region.
Oct. 7, 2015
Lomus “Wes” Wellington Powell, 81, of Englewood, Fla., passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, Oct. 7, 2015.
He was born and raised in Hartsville, S.C., to the late Andrew Ervin Powell and Kathleen (Orr) Powell. After high school, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and went on to establish a career in engineering working within various industries.
He spent many years in the ‘70s coaching little league baseball, was an avid gardener, and loved the Carolina Gamecocks.
He moved to Englewood in 2014 and spent his time living out his dream of retiring in Florida.
Oct. 1, 2015
James William Fain (Jim), 77, loving husband of Ruth (Knowles) Fain for 57 years, passed from this life at home in Englewood, Fla., on Oct. 1, 2015.
His immediate survivors besides his wife are a son, Bill and his wife Lyn of Carefree, Ariz.; two daughters, Lori Sweet of Wakefield, R.l. and Lisa Goodwin and her husband John of Narragansett, R.l.; three grandsons: Charles J. Sweet, Brian C. Sweet, and Jack M. Goodwin; five grandaughters: Kerri L. Sweet (Andrew Kinee), Michelle B. Sweet (C.J. Wilkens), Jenna M. Goodwin, Emily F. Fain, and Natalie E. Fain; a great-grandson, Rex J. Wilkens; two sisters: Thelma Scruggs and Audrey Goldman of South Carolina. Jim was predeceased by sisters Peggy Cromer, WillieBelle Crook and Shirley Bentley, and an infant brother, Richard Lee Fain.
Oct. 6, 2015
Honoring the wonderful life and legacy of Betty Sue (Johnson) Gershon:
Betty passed away Oct. 6, 2015, in Englewood, Fla., where she resided with her dedicated husband of 63 years, Dr. Julian R. Gershon Sr.
Born on May 26, 1932, as the daughter of Clarence and Pearl Johnson in Milan, Mo., Betty went on to attend North Eastern Missouri University. She married the love of her life, Julian, on June 21, 1951, in Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Betty was known for her love of art, flowers (especially orchids), cats and the power of a great book.
Oct. 2, 2015
Brenda Willis, 86, of Cape Haze, Fla., (Fiddler’s Green), formerly of Amherst, N.H., and Niagara Falls, Ontario, died peacefully of natural causes on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, in Englewood, Fla. She was the wife of 57 years to James F. Willis.
Born in Chell, England, Brenda was the seventh of eight children of Joseph and Sabina Newton. She graduated as a registered nurse in 1953 and was a district nurse in London for five years before immigrating to Canada in 1957.
Brenda was an intelligent woman who loved the arts, mystery novels, golf and tennis, but most of all, caring for her family. Brenda had a beautiful voice that she shared lovingly as a choir member of Saint Monica’s Church in Niagara Falls, Ontario and Our Savior in Milford, N.H. She played golf as a member of the Amherst Golf Club and Rotonda Golf Club for many years. Brenda was a three-time cancer survivor who fought valiantly for her health. Her motto was “you’ve got to help yourself” and that was how she lived.
Sept. 29, 2015
David John Anderson, 86, of Englewood, Fla., formerly of South Bend, Ind., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, at Englewood Community Hospital with his family at his side.
Born Dec. 5, 1928, in Homestead, Pa., he made Englewood his home last year after wintering here for 20 years. He retired as vice president of international sales at LECO Corporation in St. Joseph, Mich.
Dave served in the US Army. He was a member of Community Presbyterian Church.
Sept. 15, 2015
Barbara Ellen Ervin, 76, of Rotonda West, Fla., died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at the Englewood Hospice House.
Born June 21, 1939, in Baltimore, Md., to Wendell and Helen Bean. Mrs. Ervin retired from the Federal Government after 13 years as an intelligence service specialist. She enjoyed gardening and reading.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Robert; son John (Colleen) Ervin II of Linthicum, Md.; grandson John Ervin III and granddaughter Shannon Nieman. Barbara was preceded in death by her son Robert Ervin Jr. in 1992.
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