In Memory of....
Benjamin G. Parks 4/27/2010
Benjamin G. Parks, of Naples, FL, passed away April 24, 2010. He was born on
November 23, 1922 in Waycross, GA.
Ben has lived and practiced law in Naples since 1951. He retired his practice in
November, 2009. Ben attended Duke University for two years until he volunteered with
fellow classmates to join the U.S. Air Force. After serving in Air Force Intelligence, in
which he achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel, he graduated from the University of
Georgia with a B. S. degree and attended their Law School. He then transferred to
Stetson Law School where he received his J.D. Degree. He took many post-graduate
courses at Harvard Law School. In addition, he graduated from the Air War College, Air
University. Ben took summer courses at Oxford University, Cambridge University,
London School of Economics in England and University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Traveling and visiting over 150 countries was an important part of his life.
Ben was involved in many organizations. He was a trustee of Eckerd College, member of
Board of Overseers of Stetson Law School, potentate of Araba Temple in Fort
Myers, and royal director of Royal Order of Jesters. He was past president of the Collier
County Library Board, Naples Civic Assoication and the Collier County Bar Association.
He was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a fellow of
American College of Mortgage Attorneys. Ben was the founder, vice president and
attorney of the Naples Federal Savings & Loan Association (now Wachovia). He had
been Collier County School Board attorney and Naples City attorney and an elder in the
First Presbyterian Church of Naples.
Two of the highlights of his life were representing the United States as an official
representative at the World Law Conference in Athens, Greece and representing the
United States as a speaker at the "Conference on International Terrorism" in 2002. He
was honored by the Education Foundation in 2005 as a Man of Distinction.
Ben has been a member of the Port Royal Club, Hole-in-the-Wall Golf Club, Royal
Poinciana Golf Club and Naples Yacht Club. He was a long-time member of North
Naples Rotary Club.
Ben is survived by his wife, Jane; three sons, Benjamin G. Parks III, Harry J. Parks and
his wife, Dawn, and Randolph W. Parks; and four grandchildren, Chelsey Parks, Cally
Parks, Hannah Parks, and Benjamin Jackson Parks.
Memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Third Avenue South in
Naples on Saturday, May 1st at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, friends may wish to donate to the Collier County Library.
G.E. "SAM" SAMMONS
Grove Edwin (G.E., Sam) Sammons, 80, of Fort Myers, FL went
peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on
Sunday, February 7, 2010 at Hospice House, after a brave battle
with cancer. He would have us remember one thing: know Jesus,
live, walk, trust and rest in Him.
G.E. was a resident of Lee County for more than 50 years. He
was a co-owner of Ward Sammons Construction and along with
his father, Grove R. Sammons, dug all of the canals during the
development of Lehigh Acres. He served in the Florida National
Guard for 10 years, was a lifelong NRA member, dedicated
years of service as a trolley driver at Lee Memorial Hospital, and
was a member of Guiding Light Community Church. A 32nd
degree Mason in the Scottish Rite at Tropical Lodge #26 since
1961, G.E. was also a member of the Araba Shrine Temple,
Motor Escort Patrol, Provost Guard and numerous other Shrine
units. He was a member of both Amaranth and White Shrine.
G.E. was also a 50 year member of the Shrine Amateur HAM
Radio Unit and the Fort Myers Amateur Radio Club with the call
letters of WA4DQE.
He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Lee (Chris), and sons, Bill,
Chris, and David Sammons (Linda). Also surviving are
grandchildren, Brittany, Cassi and Jonathan Lee, Chase
Sammons and their grandmother, Patricia Sammons Verkler as
well as many cherished family members and lifelong friends. He
was predeceased by his son, Thomas E. Sammons, parents,
Grove and Mary Sammons and his wife, Colleen Sammons.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, February 19 at
10:00 AM at Guiding Light Community Church in N. Fort Myers
which meets at the Noah Lodge at 41 Willis Road. A private
inurnment will be held at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Guiding Light
Community Church P.O. Box 3949 N. Fort Myers, 33918 or to
the Shiners Hospital for Children in Tampa.
JAMES WILLIAM GRIFFIN
James William Griffin passed away peacefully at home on July 12, 2010 in
Tucson (SaddleBrooke), Arizona, after a long, brave battle with congestive
heart failure. He was born on March 23, 1934 in Rosedale, Indiana, to
Charles William Griffin and Mary Letha Boatman. He graduated from
Clinton (Indiana) High School and was a navigator and computer consultant
for the USAF from 1955-1975. He retired with the rank of Major. He
received his BGE degree from the University of Omaha and a Master's of
Science degree from Indiana University. He taught mathematics at Indiana
State University for two years and taught mathematics and computer
languages at Edison College (Ft. Meyers, Florida) for 17 years. He was a
50-year member of the Masons in Clinton, Indiana (Jerusalem Lodge
#99 F & AM) and a long-term member of the Shriners in Terre Haute,
Indiana, as well as a member of Araba Shriners in Fort Myers,
Florida. He enjoyed flying, sailing, photography, Sudoku and playing cards
with friends. He and Linda lived a year in Northern Ireland and he loved the
people and the land of all of Ireland.
He is survived by his loving wife, Linda, to whom he had been married
almost thirty years. Additional survivors are his two children, son Chuck
(and wife, Ingrid); daughter Karen; three grandchildren: Alex, Fiona
(children of Chuck Griffin) and Max (son of Karen Griffin); and nephew
Bruce Behymer (wife, Susan and children). A son Michael, a sister Mary
Evelyn and his parents preceded him in death.
Funeral Services will be held 10:00 am Friday July 16, 2010 at Vistoso
Funeral Home, 2285 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd, Oro Valley. Burial will be in
Elmwood Cemetery in Yale, Michigan at 10:00 am Monday July 19, 2010.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Help Hospitalized Veterans
(PO Box 98988, Washington, DC 20090-8088 or hhv.org). To leave an
online condolence visit: www.vistosofuneralhome.com
Published in The News-Press on July 14, 2010
EDWARD K. HANSEN Sr.
Edward K. Hansen Sr. 77 passed away on July 13, 2010. He was the
second generation to be born in Ft. Myers he was born on October 1, 1932.
He is survived by his wife of 57 1/2 years Betty Barksdale Hansen, three
children, Edward (Magdalena) Hansen Jr., Susan (Tom) Gutknecht , and
Albert Hansen, five grandchildren Edward (Jennifer) Hansen III, Allison
(Gregg) Goebel, John Hansen, Virginia (Jason Cole) Gutknecht, Cheyenne
Channel, seven great grandchildren, Edward Hansen IV, Nicholas Hansen,
Gerald Goebel, Abigail Goebel, Zoe Cole, Neo Cole, Kai Cole, Edward also
leaves two brothers Ernest (Francis) Hansen, and Thomas (Betty) Hansen
as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in
death by his parents, Albert and Louise Hansen and a sister Christine
Edward was the Dockmaster of the City of Fort Myers Yacht basin for 35
years from 1957 to 1992. He was a member of Tropical Lodge #56 and a
charter member of Araba Shrine, and the Fort Myers Rotary Club, he was
also Past President of Cross State Okeechobee Waterway Association.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 17 at 11:00 A.M. at Lee
Memorial Park Funeral Home , 12777 SR 82. Visitation will be one hour
prior to the service.
Published in The News-Press from July 16 to July 17, 2010
WESLEY DAVIDSON Jr.
DAVIDSON JR., WESLEY, 84, of Cape Coral, died June 24.
Arrangements by Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.
Published in The News-Press on June 27, 2010
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CHARLES H. BALDWIN
CHARLES H. BALDWIN, 89, Fort Myers, died 08-10-2010.
Charles Horace Baldwin just received his angel wings. He was born on
Dec. 21, 1920, in Lawrence, Kansas. He died Aug. 10, 2010, in Ft.
Myers, Fla. Charles was the son of Clifford and Emma (DeMoss)
Baldwin. During WWII Charles served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S.
Brooklyn in the Mediterranean.
He graduated from the Baltimore College of Commerce, worked at the
Dept. of State in Washington, D.C. as a Foreign Service Officer in the
Office of the Executive Secretariat, serving directly under three
Secretaries of State. He was honored for his work with a Meritorious
Honor Award. Charles was a member of DACOR (Diplomatic and
Counselor Officers Retired).
He was a Mason, Scottish Rite, and a member of the Araba Shrine in
Fort Myers. He was a Coxswain, AUXOP, and Finance Officer in the
Coast Guard Aux. He belonged to American Legion and VFW.
Charles will be remembered as a good and caring man. He will be
greatly missed and long remembered by all who knew and loved him.
Charles is survived by his loving wife, Betty (Werner), a daughter, Bonnie
B. Collier and her husband, John, of Boyds, Md., a son, Charles H.
Baldwin Jr. and his wife, Beverly, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., a grandson,
Brooks Baldwin, a great-granddaughter, along with a number of nieces
His memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Sat. Aug. 14, in the
Hope Hospice House Chapel, 9470 HealthPark Circle. Memorial
contributions can be made in his honor to the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer
Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612, or to the Shriners
Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
Published in The News-Press on August 13, 2010