May 2022 obituaries


May 27, 2022

HELEN VAUGHN BATEMAN, 88, Sorrento, died Monday, May 23. Mrs. Bateman was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Apopka High School in 1951 and was a longtime substitute teacher at Dream Lake Elementary School. Mrs. Bateman also taught dancing for the city of Apopka Recreation Department. Survivors: husband, Charlie; sons, Ronne, David; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

SALLY ADAIR WINSLOW PIETY, 81, Apopka, died Sunday, May 8. She was a floral designer and was the granddaughter of Harry John Ustler, a foliage pioneer of Apopka. She was born in Orlando, and was a lifelong resident of Apopka. Survivors: son, Jeff; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren. Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Apopka.

RUTH JANE CLAYPOOL, 90, Apopka, died Thursday, May 19. Highland Funeral Home, Apopka.

May 20, 2022

JAMES M. PUTERBAUGH, 67, Zellwood, died Friday, May 13. Mr. Puterbaugh was born in Paris, Illinois. He was a retired firefighter/paramedic with Reedy Creek Fire Department. Mr. Puterbaugh was a member and deacon of Trinity Baptist Church of Apopka. He enjoyed traveling, computer work, reading, and woodworking. Survivors: wife, Donna, Zellwood; sons, David, Tampa, Steven, DeLand; one grandson. Baldwin Brothers Funeral & Cremation Society, Apopka.

HARRIET ALICE STUTZ-MAN, 75, Apopka, died Wednesday, May 11. Mrs. Stutzman was born in Orlando and she graduated from Apopka Memorial High School in 1966. She was a homemaker and was a member of First Baptist Church of Mount Dora. Survivors: husband, Tom, Apopka; children, Shane, Orangeburg, South Carolina, Kristin, Mount Dora, Shannon Blake, Apopka; 11 grandchildren. Highland Funeral Home, Apopka.

JAMES FRANKLIN BLUNT, JR., 58, Apopka, passed away on Sunday, May 8. He was self-employed in the construction industry. He had “Mountain Dew Kid” on his truck during his high school years at Apopka High School. Survivors are wife Trisha, three daughters April, Danni, Jamie, one son Cole and brother Jason, mother and father Thelma and James Blunt, Sr., and five grandchildren.

May 13, 2022

DORIS WILLIARD, 77, Zellwood, died Saturday, May 7. Mrs. Willard was born in Zellwood. Survivors: children, Jeanette Jordan, Becky Vernon, Cynthia Willard Hutchinson, Glen; siblings, Albert Johnson, Tommy “T.J.” Johnson, Johnnie Johnson; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

JAMES FRANKLIN JR., 58, died Sunday, May 8. Mr. Franklin was self-employed in the construction industry. He had “Mountain Dew Kid” on his truck during his high school years at Apopka High School. Survivors: wife, Trisha, daughters, April, Danni, Jamie; son, Cole; mother, Thelma; father, James Sr.; five grandchildren.

May 6, 2022

BELINDA RODRIGUEZ, 64, Apopka, died Tuesday, March 15. Mrs. Rodriguez was born in Miami. Survivors: husband, Stan; children, Jennifer Fries, Amy Grubb; mother, Dottien Geldean; father, Robert Geldean; siblings, Alice Hamilton, Barbara Burt, Robert Geldean Jr., Alan Geldean; four grandchildren. Loomis Family Funeral Home, Apopka.

EILEEN LANGLEY, 81, died Friday, April 8. She was born in Media, Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Apopka Woman’s Club and Apopka Garden Club, and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Apopka. She enjoyed being with family and friends, as well as traveling, working in her yard, and home interior decorating. Survivors: Susan Ogburn, Zellwood, Pam Wilsky, DeBary; four grandchildren; sister, Nancy Pleicones, Sanford.