Frankee Hellinger
1938 - 2020
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Frances Nell Syfrett ("Frankee") was born 14 February 1938 in Washington County, FL. She was the youngest of 13 children of Ida and John Syfrett, farmers in the area known as White Oak. Graduated Chipley High School. Trained in Nursing at Tulane University, New Orleans. Married Richard Harriss Hellinger in 1957. Mother of 6 children. Served 7 years as Medical MIssionary with Southern Baptist International Mission Board in Bangalore, India. Frankee and Richard were responsible for the land acquisition, permitting, construction, fit-out and hiring of Indian medical team for Phase One of the Bangalore Baptist Hospital. While in India, they also established 12 Baptist churches and ran numerous public health clinics. Upon return to Orlando, Frankee served 2 terms on the Orlando Planning Board before running for City Commissioner, District 4. She was elected 2 terms as Orlando City Commissioner. In addition, she served as Mayor Pro Tempore, Treasurer of Lynx, member of MPO, founding member of Coalition for the Homeless, and numerous boards of charities and foundations. Frankee was active throughout her life in the Baptist Church, leading WMU, teaching Bible classes, and was the first woman invited to speak to the Florida Baptist Convention. Richard, her husband of 57 years, pre-deceased Frankee in 2015. On May 9, 2020 Frankee passed away peacefully in her sleep from complications of congestive heart failure. She is survived by her 6 childen: Frances; Richard Jr; Laura; John; Amy; Elizabeth; 10 grandchildren as well as innumerable nephews, nieces and friends. While heartbroken for the loss of her sparkling, outgoing personality, her family celebrates her re-union with Richard--and Jesus--in heaven. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked friends to consider a donation to Bangalore Baptist Hospital (BBH) through Samaritan Medical Outreach Ministries, a 501c3 which transfers electronically 100% of funds to BBH. Funeral arrangements are handled by Robert Bryant Funeral Home.

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Published in Orlando Sentinel from May 20 to May 24, 2020.
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May 23, 2020
Frankee was Chair of the Municipal Planning Board during the rezoning of the entire city of Orlando. I was liaison to the Board for Mayor Bill Frederick and his staff director. She chaired four public hearings over four days that ran as late as four in the morning with absolute graciousness and professionalism. And she displayed extraordinary integrity, presiding over the down-zoning of a piece of her property at a substantial financial loss to her and her husband. She never said a word that might have affected the vote. And no one in the room would have known. I recall that event and admire her example to this day. My condolences to Fran and the rest of the family. Lawrie Pitcher Platt Hall
Lawrie Platt Hall
May 23, 2020
Your mom and dad made a lasting impression on me as a child growing up in the FBC-O family. They were true examples of living a life of service. May God bless your family at this time.
Muffet Moses
May 22, 2020
Frankee Hellinger was an honorable Orlando City Commissioner, a friend and a mentor to me as a Winter Park City Commissioner. Richard and my husband, Dr. Calvin Peters, were medical colleagues and held each other in high regard. Our sympathies to this very special family.
Pamela A. Peters
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