February 2023 obituaries


February 24, 2023

Jorge Velazquez Roman, 72, of Apopka, Florida passed away on February 18, 2023.  Mr. Velazquez Roman was born on December 14, 1950 to the late Antonio Velazquez and Maria Roman in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Mr. Velazquez Roman is preceded in death by his siblings Jose Antonio Velazquez and Natividad Velazquez. He is survived by his daughter Melissa Velazquez; stepdaughter Pastora Neshy (Pastor Omar) Lizasuain; grandchildren Ivan Abdiel and Michael Thaimys; as well as his great grandchildren Sofiya, Jace and Keilani. He will be missed by his many loved ones and friends.

February 17, 2023

Barry K. Wilemon, 71, of Apopka, Florida passed away on February 9, 2023.  Mr. Wilemon was born on June 28, 1951 to the late Paul and Helene Wilemon in Birmingham, Alabama. Mr. Wilemon is survived by his loving wife Cathy Wilemon; children Tiffany (Darren) Mobley and Blake (Julie Johnson) Wilemon; grandchildren Austin, Brayden and Carson and a great grandchild on the way. He will be missed by his many loved ones and friends.

Rick Anthony Bailey, 71, of Apopka, Florida passed away on February 8, 2023.  Mr. Bailey was born on March 17, 1951 to the late E.H. and Elaine Bailey in Natural Bridge, Virginia. Mr. Bailey is preceded in death by his siblings Wanda Bell, Betty Suggs and Trip Bailey. He is survived by his loving wife Karen Bailey; children Staci (Steve) Golden; siblings Libby Anderson; grandchildren Jackson Bailey Golden and Samantha Kendall Rose Golden; as well as his beloved pets Barkley, Brinley and Barrett. He will be missed by his many loved ones and friends


February 10, 2023

Diane Lynn Burrows, 71, Zellwood, passed away, She was in business management in the telcom industry. Survivors: sons Michael and Steven Cruickshank, brother Scott Cruickshank, two sisters Laura Skidmore and Kimberly Lunch, and two grandchildren.

Philip A. DeVita, 88, Apopka and Mount Dora, passed away Thursday, February 2. He was born in Bronx, NY. He was a successful Golden Gloves boxer, joined the US Navy Air Force, served in the Korean War, worked as a stage manager for NBC, a stage manager for the World’s Fair in 1963, and built the Texas pavilion. He owned and operated the family business, Coral Hills Farm until 2003, loved horses and was very active in the industry. From childhood on, he was flying and racing pigeons. Survivors: his wife Jill of 34 years, sons Philip John DeVita (Mary Beth), Travis DeVita; daughters: Deborah Ann Omerovic (Selmir) of Orlando, Denise DeVita of Loxahatchee; sister Angela Pear (Meir) of Sunrise, six grandchildren, several great- and great-great grandhildren, a nephew and service dog Lucy.

Arlen Mizell, 81, Apopka, passed away February 1, 2023. He was raised in Williamston, NC. He graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Education and a minor in Psychology. He was an athlete. He taught at Apopka Memorial High School, coached football and taught Physical Education. He moved to teaching marketing and started the DECA program and taught for 38 years in AHS. He was dedicated to helping the Apopka community.  Survivors: wife Brenda of 55 years, daughters: Stacy Clemens and Laura Taylor, son-in-law Christopher Taylor, 2 grandchildren, sister-in-law Diane Sanders Woodis and her son.

Marilyn M. Corbeil, 89, Apopka, passed away January 23. She was born in Salem, MA, and was married for 67 years to Richard L. Corbeil, Sr., who was a writer for The Apopka Chief newspaper for more than 30 years. She was an avid sports fan and an accomplished golfer. A member of Thrive Assembly of God church for many years, she was passionate about serving the Lord. Marilyn worked in real estate, accounting and office management. Survivors: children: Noelle and Jack Driscoll, Danvers, MA; Richard L. Jr. and Dee Dee Corbeil, Manteca, CA; Celeste Corbeil and Louis Carpinto, Peabody, MA, and daughter-in-law, Robin Corbeil, Eustis, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.