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Smiley, Jim*  
Jim Smiley (James Spalding Smiley) died on the 20th of March, two weeks from what would have been his 97th birthday. Friends, family, all those who knew and loved him, will find it fitting that he died on the first day of Spring because his life was in a sense a series of beginnings, the first when he was born in April of 1918 in Cleveland, Ohio to Edwin Smiley and Maude Spalding. As a teenager Jim was involved in a head-on collision which left him seriously injured, but he survived to begin a new life in Manhattan where he studied to be an artist. There he married Elizabeth Bledsoe. He is survived by two children from that marriage, Fran Krug of Hayward, California, and Michael Smiley (Bonnie) of Milwaukie, Oregon, and two grandchildren, Erin Michele and Marc Awbrey. After studying art in New York, Jim spent 20 years in the printing business before he decided it was time to begin his real career-teaching. He enrolled as a graduate student in Art Education at Florida State University. While completing course work for his Master's Degree, he accepted an offer from FSU's prestigious University School to teach art in the Elementary grades. In the years he spent at the school he was known as "the pied piper" because of the many young students who followed him around. As if graduate school and full time teaching weren't enough, Jim continued painting in watercolor, a medium he preferred since his art school days. His scenes from an island off the Florida's panhandle became one of the most successful exhibitions in the history of the Le Moynes Art Foundation in Tallahassee. Every painting was sold. One would think this would have encouraged Jim to forget teaching and work full time at his art. Instead, he left Tallahassee to become a full time instructor at Daytona Beach Community (now Daytona State) College where he remained until his retirement. "I enjoyed the classroom," he once explained. "Teaching is its own art." As proof, many of his students became successful artists. When he quit teaching, Jim devoted his creative energies to painting, including experiments with more abstract and non-representational images, in a sense another rebirth because, as he put it, "I want to show people a new way of seeing the world." And he did, not just as an artist but as a man. His life demonstrated to all who knew him that getting old was a state of mind, life itself an art, that age should not stop anyone from having new experiences, from grasping new passions. Nor should it dull one's sense of humor, especially about life's little ironies, something Jim demonstrated until the end. Such qualities explain why all those who knew Jim never thought of him as old, even when his health declined. Jim wanted to be cremated after his death, and insisted on a private and informal farewell-no sermons, no contributions. His wishes will be granted because, as his friends and family also knew, he could be charmingly stubborn. The ashes will be scattered in the backyard of the home where so many of his birthdays were celebrated. The ashes will no doubt help the Spring flowers to flourish, just as the love for him, and the memories of him, will flourish. It will be another beginning.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Mar. 29 to Mar. 31, 2015

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Shafner, Suzanne Lynn "Suz"*  
Suzanne "Suz" Lynn Shafner of Ormond Beach, Florida passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015. Born in Belleville, Illinois on January 20, 1959 to Lee Clintion Bramlette Jr. and Barbara E. Galati Bramlette. She moved to Fairfax Virginia in 1960 and then to Oakton, Virginia in 1968 were she grew up. Suz was a long time resident of Virginia until she moved to Florida in 2003 where she met the love of her life and married John L. Shafner in 2004. She is preceded in death by her father, Lee Clinton Bramlette, her sister, Jennifer Rose Bramlette and fur baby, Princess Shafner. Survived by beloved husband, John L. Shafner and fur baby P2, mother, Barbara E. Galati Bramlette, sisters, Denise Philpott, Janet Lee Dehart Swift, Kimberly A. Brown, nieces and nephew, Leah M. Ward, R. Kevin Philpott Jr., Emily A. Philpott, Dylan L. C. Bramlette, Noel McArther, Monica L Brown and great nephew, Isaiah (The King) Brown-Tuppince. There will be a celebration of life on Sunday March 29, 2015 at 12:00pm held at the Iron Horse Saloon, 1068 N. US 1, Ormond Beach. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Flagler Humane Society in Suz's name.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 29, 2015
Sherba, Ignace (Pete)*  
Pete passed away peacefully Feb. 9th, 2015 at Halifax Hospice. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II, a retired construction worker in New Jersey. Survived by his wife MaryLou Face-Sherba; 9 children; 28 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by children: Peter, John, Meg. A parishoner and eucharistic minister at Prince of Peace, a parishoner at Our Lady of Lourdes. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lourdes Academy Daytona Beach, FL 32118 in memory of Ignace Sherba. Service to be at later date.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 29, 2015
Smith, Donovan Pfenner "Don"*  
Donovan "Don" Pfenner Smith passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Wednesday, the 11th of March 2015, at the age of 82. He was born on the 4th of October 1932 in Buffalo, New York to Clayton H. Smith and Leora Pfenner Smith. Following his graduation from Lancaster Senior High School in Lancaster, NY, Don married Caroldene Jeanette Buckley in 1952. Don was an Army Veteran of the Korean War 1952 to 1954. After serving his country, Don and Carol purchased a working horse farm in upstate NY and began a family. They spent many family vacations in Ormond Beach, Florida, which drew them to make this their permanent residence in 1972. They purchased a home on John Anderson Drive and raised their five children, Sherri, Robin, Heather, Christine and Bryan. Carol passed away of Breast Cancer in 1990, with Don having cared for her throughout her courageous battle. Don worked for Mutual of Omaha and also was a Realtor in the local community. Don was a man who loved to fix things. He never found a broken object that he couldn't fix with a little help from his partner-in-crime, duct tape. A loving and devoted husband and father, Don cherished his time with his family, spending countless hours playing baseball with his son Bryan, instilling the best of all qualities in his daughters, and giving of himself to friends and strangers alike. In 1995 Don met and fell in love with Sigrid Durham and they were married in 1998. They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Germany to visit family and friends, and especially enjoyed following the lives of their growing grandchildren. Wishing to remain active and continue his skills at repairing anything, Don worked part time at the Daytona Beach Auto Zone until early 2014. He enjoyed helping people and was the first to suggest a new way to fix something. Don is predeceased by his first wife, Caroldene Buckley Smith, his sister Cleo Huff, and his parents. He is survived by his wife Sigrid Durham Smith. He is remembered with love by his children Sherri Passman, Robin Strader and husband Marc, Heather Uhlik and husband Peter, Christine Lawry and husband Tobias, Bryan Smith, Jimmy Yelvington and wife Jennifer and his grandchildren whom he cherished: Joshua Connerly, Sydney Passman, Phillip & Matthew Strader, Jacqueline, Luke & Leanne Uhlik, Helena Lawry, Ashley & Kirstin Yelvington and Great - Grandchild Kieran Connerly. He is also survived by his sister Carolyn Martzolf, his brothers C. Roger Smith and John Alan Smith. A celebration of Don's life is being planned. Don would have appreciated any contributions in his memory to go to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org .
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 29, 2015
Stump, Martha Ann Blanton*  
Martha Ann Blanton Gaylord Stump, 82, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2015 at the Florida Memorial Hospice Home in Palm Coast, FL after a battle with pneumonia. Martha was born on February 23, 1933 in Chamblee, Georgia. They lived over the family store, now known as the Blanton House. Her family moved to Florida when she was two, first to Jacksonville, then to Daytona Beach where the family opened a road side store. Martha graduated from Mainland Senior High School in 1951. Martha married Irvine Gaylord in 1953 in Folkston, GA. Irvine and Martha met as he was her taxi driver. They were members of Stetson Baptist Church of DeLand and transferred their membership to First Baptist Church of Palm Coast in 1985. Martha was very dedicated to the Financial Committee and Children's Sunday School. After Irvine died, the church rallied around Martha and she met Dave Stump. Martha and Dave married in 1995. Martha enjoyed crafting and shared her passion with her family and church family through her Card Ministry. She was very active in the Mainland Senior High Alumni Group. Over the years she worked as a financial clerk for many fine businesses including Dr. Randolph Carter and Bauldauff Construction. She was a Shaklee Distributor for many years. Martha is survived by her sons Richard, "Rick" Gaylord (Miriam) of DeLand, Florida and Rev. Alan Gaylord (Debbie) Crawfordville, FL; her grandchildren Rev. Jonathan Gaylord (Keri) of Marion, North Carolina; Joshua Gaylord of Crawfordville, FL; Ashton Arlene Gaylord of Jacksonville, FL, Ryan Gaylord of Colorado Springs, CO; Anthony Gaylord of San Antonio, Texas; Alyssa Gaylord of Crawfordville, FL; Andrew Gaylord of Crawfordville, FL, Alexis Gaylord of Crawfordville, FL and Aimie Gaylord of Crawfordville, FL and several nephews. Martha was preceded in death by her first husband, Irvine Gaylord in 1994 and her second husband, Dave Stump in 2003, son George in 1968, parents Ulysses, "UG", and Amanda Childers Blanton and her sisters Dessie Mae Blanton Pierce, Sylvia Jane Blanton, Katie Irene Blanton Walker Pierce, and Brother Ulysses Grant ("UG") Blanton Jr. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Palm Coast, 6050 Palm Coast Pkwy NW, Palm Coast, FL 32137. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Florida Memorial Hospice Care, http://www.floridahospitalhospice.org .
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 29, 2015
Sutton, Pamela Lee*  
Pamela Lee Sutton, 61, of New Smyrna Beach, FL passed away after a short battle with cancer on March 25, 2015. She was born December 7, 1953 in Arrington, Cambridge-shire, England to Robert and Patricia Panayotis. She had four children with Bobby Sutton. Pam dedicated her entire life to caring for her children, grandchildren and her dog Bandit. She enjoyed the outdoors with a strong passion for fishing. Pam is survived by her four children Dana Nolet, Bobby Sutton, Jr, Susan Sutton, Brad Sutton, son-in-law Shawn Nolet and daughter-in-law Tara Sutton, two sisters Barbara Swaim, Cathy Sankowski, ten grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and her wonderful friends Rosemary Hyser and Cindy Golk. Pam is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers Bobby, Pete and Jimmy Panayotis. Life Celebration will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Riverbreeze Park in Oak Hill, FL. Memorial donations are requested to Hospice of Volusia / Flagler SE Care Center, 4220 S. Ridgewood Avenue, Edgewater, FL 32141. Share a memory with the family at www.BaldwinCremation.com .
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 29, 2015

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Semon, Joyce  
Semon, Joyce, 70, Edgewater, a former data support analyst in the manufacturing industry, died Wednesday.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 28, 2015
Shlater, William E.  
Shlater, William E., 61, Port Orange, a human resources director in the retail industry, died Saturday.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 28, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Slade, Chris*  
Chris Slade, 41, of Newburgh went to heaven with hugs and kisses on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 9, 1974 in Raleigh, NC to Lawrence and Kathy (Ovide) Slade. Growing up, Chris lived in San Antonio, TX, El Paso, TX, Washington, DC and Daytona Beach, Fl while his father was an Army doctor. In fourth grade, Chris joined the basketball team and his love of the game grew from there. For high school, Chris attended The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL. While in high school, he lived with his grandparents during the week and had a great admiration for his grandfather. Chris played football, ran track and was co-captain of the basketball team and all city in his senior year. He graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University in 1996. He was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. His senior year he played basketball for the Vanderbilt Commodores. At Vanderbilt he met Jennifer Koch, and they married in 2001 in Nashville. He worked for Tom Barrow Co. while in Nashville. In 2005 the couple moved to Evansville where Chris worked for Koch Air as a Sales Engineer. He led Koch Air to win the Carrier Top Gun Award for commercial HVAC for several years in a row. After college, Chris learned how to play the guitar and advanced his piano skills. Jennifer and Chris took dancing lessons for two years. Chris earned his pilot license and loved to play golf. In 2013 Chris underwent RCIA and became Catholic. Chris and Jennifer have three children together: Christian, Bennett and Avery. For 18 years, Chris gave cancer such a fight in a noble and gracious way. His family wishes to thank his doctors and caregivers over the years. His relationships were his most treasured gift. We celebrate his life, his love for his family, joy and happiness that he brought to us all and his sense of humor that we all loved. He leaves an amazing legacy of love and family behind. Chris is also survived by his parents, C. Lawrence Slade, M.D. and Kathleen (Ovide) Slade; siblings, Benjamin Ross Slade and Mary Slade Harmon (Gordon); grandmother, Lucile McAuley; sister-in-law, Kristen Patel; brother-in-law, David Koch (Sharlet); brother-in-law, Kevin Koch (Margaret); nieces, Mia Patel, Alexa Patel, Grayson Koch, Katy Koch, Krissy Koch and Addison Koch and nephews, Noah Harmon and Luke Patel. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Clement Slade and maternal grandparents, Raymond and Virginia Ovide. Visitation will be from 10:00 - 12:00 pm Saturday, March 28, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 613 Cherry St, Evansville, IN 47713. Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel is handling the arrangements. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 12:00 pm Saturday at the church with Fr. Stephen Lintzenich officiating. Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery - Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Montessori Academy, 4611 Adams Ave, Evansville, IN 47714. Condolences can be made on Chris's Facebook page: chrisslade30
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 27, 2015
Speed Jr., Henry*  
Your kind and thoughtful Expressions of sympathy Are deeply appreciated and Gratefully acknowledged. Special thanks to Herbert Thompson Funeral Home. May God bless each of you. Love: Henry Speed III, Katie Speed, Carolyn Sheffield and Willie Harvey
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Mar. 27, 2015
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