March Obituaries 2022


March 25, 2022

RAY ENNIS MANGUM, 75, Apopka, died Monday, March 14. Mr. Mangum was born in Dunn, North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Army and then worked for Walt Disney World, retiring after 25 years there. He was a member of the Plymouth Church of Christ. Survivors: wife, Maude C.; son, Jason R.; daughter, Katherine Rae Gariepy; three grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

March 18, 2022

ELIZABETH A. BAAB, 83, Apopka, died Thursday, March 3. She was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Richmond Academy in Augusta, Georgia, and received a PhD from Georgia State University. She was a teacher. She traveled extensively, visiting more than 70 countries and 46 states. She also loved the arts and donated to many causes. Survivors: brothers, William H. Jr., Charles C., James M. Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Apopka Chapel.

ELIZABETH “BETH” V. ARNOLD, 94, died Friday, March 4. She was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She attended the Academy of the Holy Cross and Marjorie Webster Junior College. She worked at Department of Agriculture and Red Cross in Washington, D.C., and was also the executive secretary for Teamsters Local 385 in Orlando. She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Winter Park. She enjoyed many activities, including playing the piano and singing, boating and fishing, and traveling abroad. She enjoyed watching rocket launches from the cape. Survivors: daughters, Christine Sappraicone, Diana Mashburn, Teresa Levesque; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

BARBARA HAYES KELLEY, 78, Apopka, died Friday, March 11. She was born in Albany, Georgia. Her greatest love was her family. She enjoyed visiting the beach and traveling. Survivors: husband, George; daughters, Kim Jackson, Shannon Harper, Erin Biscan; sister, Carolyn Braswell; seven granddaughters; three great-grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

THOMAS ROY CROSBY SR., 76, Apopka, died Friday, March 4. Mr. Crosby was born in Samson, Alabama. Survivors: wife, Faye M.; children, Rene Drexel, Diane, Thomas R. Jr.; siblings, Blondell Byram, Jennette Note, Doris Harden, James; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

ROBERT MARNELL VELETA SR., 88, Apopka, died Monday, February 14. He was an owner and operator in the construction industry. Survivors: daughters, Gale White, Kimberly; sons, Robert Jr., Bruce. Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society.

MARK THOMAS NELSON, 66, Thomasville, Georgia, and formerly of Apopka, died Sunday, March 13. He was born in Miami. Mr. Nelson graduated from Apopka Memorial High School in 1977 and from Presbyterian College of Clinton, South Carolina, in 1977 where he played football all four years. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army. He owned and operated O.F. Nelson and Sons Nursery in Apopka, which was well known for its roses. Mr. Nelson was a member of Oakland Presbyterian Church where he was an elder and youth leader. Survivors: wife, Elizabeth “Beth”; children, Sean M., Anchorage, Alaska, Annee Catherine Nelson-Door, Winter Garden, Clay M., Winter Garden, Elly M. Jacksonville, Kit R., Canton, Georgia; brother, Stephen, Apopka; sister, Kimberly, Longwood; five grandchildren. Allen Funeral Home, Thomasville, Ga.

March 11, 2022

JUNE ANN SMALL, 83, died Wednesday, March 2. Mrs. Small was born in Lockhart. Survivors: son, Peter Jr.; daughter, Sandra King; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Gotha.

ROBERT MARNELL VELETA SR., 88, Apopka, died Monday, February 14. He was an owner and operator in the construction industry. Survivors: daughter, Gale White; son, Robert Jr. Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society.

JACK WILLIAM GRUBBS, 82, Apopka, died Saturday, March 5. Mr. Grubbs was born in Perry. He was a veteran who served in the United States Navy. Mr. Grubbs graduated from Florida State University and had a career in the restaurant industry. Survivors: wife, Theresa; children, Jack III, Deinna Dalton, Jacquelyn; siblings, Hilda Goldman, Meg Fisher, Bill; two grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

CHRIS D. LEIFFER, 57, Sorrento, died Monday, February 28. Mr. Leiffer enjoyed riding motorcycles and was a strong family man. Survivors: wife, Barbara; children, Corey, Brittany, Christopher, Leah, Catie, Hunter, Ashley; mother, Linda Samford Wainwright; father, Earl; stepmother, Dee; siblings, Kirk, Tammi, Craig, Ashley, Laurie; five grandchildren.

March 4, 2022

MAUREEN “MO” McVAY, 73, Zellwood, died Friday, February 11. Mrs. McVay was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Survivors: husband, Joe Dunleavy; siblings, Karen Ulrich, Marilyn White, Bill, Carole; several nieces and nephews.

GEORGE HENRY HEISEY JR., 91, Apopka, died Thursday, February 24. Mr. Heisey was born in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and grew up in Orlando, living in Apopka for 55 years. He graduated from Toccoa Falls College in Georgia. He and his wife, Carol, were married in 1965. Mr. Heisey was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Korean War. He also served on the Apopka City Council in the late 1980s. Through his faith as a deacon, he helped many in the community during their time of need. Mr. Heisey served as a sports official for more than 50 years and was inducted into the Central Florida Officials Association Hall of Fame in 2008. Survivors: children, Mike, Rebecca, George, Matt; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

SALVADOR C. CERENO, 84, Apopka, died Monday, February 14. Mr. Cereno was born in Ilocos Sur, Philippines. Survivors: children, Red, Karmin Ericksen; siblings, Priscilla Cabanit, Renato; two grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.