April 2022 obituaries


April 29, 2022

EVELYN GEORGE, 92, Apopka, died Saturday, April 23. Mrs. George and her family moved to Apopka in 1964 from Alabama. She taught Bible classes throughout her life and operated George’s Day Care Center in Apopka for 22 years. Survivors: son, Doug; daughter, Joan Baab; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Apopka Chapel.

ROBERT KENNETH “KENNY” PARRY, 41, Apopka, died Thursday, April 14. Born in Chula Vista, California, Mr. Parry moved to Apopka in 1981. He was a construction and lawn maintenance worker for most of his life. Survivors: children Abigail M., William K.; mother, Janet; brother, William S.; sisters, Amy Easley, Allison.

JAMES BRIAN SCHAFFER, 77, Apopka, died Monday, March 21. Mr. Schaffer was born in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from Rye High School and Alfred University. He served in the Vietnam War, flying helicopters. He was shot down several times. Mr. Schaffer liked to collect antiques and spending time at the VFW. Survivors: wife, Margaret; daughters, Lisa Smith, Elizabeth Zdrodowski; brothers, John, Tom. Glen Haven Memorial Park, Winter Park.

JAVIER FIGUEROA RUIZ, 47, Apopka, died Sunday, April 24. Mr. Ruiz was born in Mexico City, Mexico. Survivors: wife, Marisol Rodriguez; sons, Brian Figueroa Rodriguez, Samuel Figueroa Rodriguez; one grandchild. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

SUE BOLING ROBERSON, 79, Lakeland, died Friday, April 22. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina, and Apopka. Survivors: husband, Robert (Robbie); son, Rex, Buena Vista, Colorado; daughter, Angii Kaiser, Lakeland; sisters, Judy McAnulty, Concord, North Carolina, Polly LaRock, Mount Dora; three grandchildren.

April 22, 2022

ELWANDA “WANDY” COLLIER SAVAGE, 78, Apopka, died Friday, March 18. She was a teacher in Orange County Public Schools for 37 years. She was afflicted with Lewy body dementia for the final three years of her life. She was cared for by her family and remained physically active at home until her final day when she was hospitalized with a major stroke. Survivors: husband, Fred; children, Rebecca, Andrew; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

PATRICIA DEMORE, 81, Zellwood, died Sunday, April 17. Mrs. Demore was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Survivors: children, Michelle Barranco, Michael Martin, Bruce Martin, Lisa Nelson, Shawn Dunn; sister, Sarah Moulton; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

April 8, 2022

NEFTALI APONTE, 76, Apopka, died Tuesday, March 29. Mr. Aponte was born in Rio Piedra, Puerto Rico. Survivors: wife, Irene; children, Irene Philips, Deborah, Neftali Jr., Sarah Agosto; siblings, Anita, Ruben; 10 grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

PHAROAH (BUDDY) SILCOX, 88, died Monday, March 14. Mr. Silcox was born in Ashford, Alabama. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Iowa battleship during the Korean War. He owned and operated Silcox Hardware in Apopka and later expanded to Silcox Wholesale Nursery Supply in Sorrento. His passions in life were health and fitness, his animals, and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Survivors: children, Allison Buchanan, Chip Henry; sister, Jane Henderson; one granddaughter; three great-grandchildren.