Dan and Cat would you please share this with the community. Thanks
Carl Tompkins, our good friend and former Dixielander & Sunshine States member, passed away Monday evening. Carl was one of the sweetest and gracious persons to have ever passed through our lives. He was dedicated to his family and especially to taking care of Judi through all her illnesses these past few years. Cards of condolence can be sent to Judi at:
36 Woodtree Lane
Troutman, NC 28166
Oct 29, 2015 JR Slaten
Oct, 20, 2015 Eddie Williams
Sept 7, 2015 Bob Heller’s Dad
Aug 12, 2015 Update Alex Sirum
If you have any questions please call Jeff. Ramona is busy taking care of Alex.
Aug, 9, 2015 Alex Sirum
On Sunday, August 9, 2015 8:56 PM, Suzanne Tase <email@example.com> wrote:
We just found out today (and subsequently spoke with Alex) that Alex has been admitted to the hospital in MA. On Friday he wasn’t feeling so good and when Romona asked what she could do for him, he said “call 911.” She did.
He sounded good and knows he is in a good place; two of his brothers have had cardiac surgeries in this same hospital.
If you want to put something out, cards can be mailed to:
c/o Baystate Medical Center
759 Chestnut St.
Springfield, MA 01199
June 11, 2015 Leigh Harrison
Kim Weeks put this on facebook.
Please remember Leigh in your thoughts and prayers.
May 2, 2015 Dan Meyer’s stepmom
Dan’s stepmon passed away this morning!
April 13, 2015 Vivian & Jim Bolick’s Son
> On Apr 13, 2015, at 6:26 PM, Suzanne Tase <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> It was in the obituaries that Vivian’s 45 year son passed away last week.
Jan 6, 2015 Barbara Perry
Barbara is in the hospital please put her in your prayers for a fast recovery!
Jan 4, 2015 Dan Gregg
I regret to inform you Dan Gregg from GMCMI lost his battle with cancer. Please put Teri and her family on your prayers!
Aug 11, 2014 Jackie Ring’s son
Please put Jackie, Bill Ring and their family in your prayers. Jackie’s son Jason passed away last night.
May 23, 2014 Jean Robinson I received the following information on Jean Robinson.
Sue TaseSent from Suzie
May 1, 2014 Faye Williamson
I just talked to Faye and she was flooded with all the rain. She has lost both cars her motor home (SOB) and she had 3" of water in her house. If there is anyone in the area that could help her she needs to take all her furniture out into the garage and remove all the rugs in the house. Her home phone is not working or her internet but her cell phone is working. Thanks Cat
8333 Seminole Blvd. #159
Seminole, FL 33772
Services are scheduled for:
>> May 12th @ 2:00
>> C.W. Bill Young VA Center (formerly known as Bay Pines)
>> 10000Bay Pines Blvd.
>> Bay Pines, Fl 33744
April 9, 2014 Sally Sirum
Sally has been having back problems. Please keep her in your prayers for a fast recovery.
July 19, 2013 Update on Jacque Ring and her son
June 11, 2013 Bob Hughson and Don Fenwicks Dog Carly
Bob and Don had to put their beloved dog Carly down due to cancer. Please keep them in your prayers. Any one that has lost a beloved pet knows the pain.
From: “Bill & Jacque’ Ring” <email@example.com>
Date: April 18, 2013, 1:30:32 PM EDT
Subject: Fw: Girls luncheon Fri. Apr. 19th
Got bad news last night. My son, Jason has cancer of the Esophagus. It is quite advanced with thickening of the esophagus and large tumor(5). They are going to put a feeding tube in his stomach to build up his strength. He will be in the hospital a few days to adjust to the tube. He has not been able to swallow/eat and has lost a tremendous amount of weight. To start chemo asap. Keep him in your prayers that God will be with him and have him heal quickly without a lot of after effects.I am so upset that it has taken so long for them to finally find out what is going on. He has been suffering with the classic symptoms of cancer of the exophagus for some time. Over 6 months to a year.Christie has asked that a lot ofpeople do not call her, and especially not Jason at this time. They have their hands full right now.LUA. Jacque’
March 29, 2013 Bill Rings brother
Please put Bill and his family in your prayers. His brother passed away last night in Springfield, MO.
March 29, 2013
Update on Janie Bounds Dad I posted a couple of pictures on his Guest Book. Robert Hewitt
March 21, 2013 Janie Bounds Dad
Please put Janie Bounds and her family in your prayers. Her father passed away while she was on her way to Dothan rally.
Dec. 26, 2012 Barbara Perry’s Dad
January 18 2013
Please keep Ken Henderson in your prayers today . His mother Gladys Ellis passed away today At 95 years of age .
Dec 2, 2012 Bob Huhghson’s grandson Please keep Bob Hughson
and his family in your Prayers. I received the following email.
Cat I thought the club would like to know that Bob’s grandson
passed away on 25 November at the age of 17 after a long illness
let’s keep Bob and his family in our thoughts and prayers
if anyone would like to email him at Hughsonb@me.com
Dec. 24, 2012
Nov. 17, 2012 Carl Ebeling I just received the following email from Pat Brewer about Cal Ebeling a former GMC Sunshine Statesman. Past president of GMC Sunshine Statesman.
Please let everyone know in the sunshine statesman that Carl Ebeling passed away Thursday evening from a heart attack here in Brooksville. He was past president of the GMC Sunshine Statesman; He had suffers from a lengthy illness in later years. Carl was retired from General Electric and a graduate of the University of Florida. His son Al Ebeling lives in Tampa.
Funeral services and burial will be in Richfield, Ill Friday. . Pat Brewer
Oct. 24, 2012 Jim Bounds Mother
I am sorry to inform you that Jim Bounds mom passed away. I received the following email.
Sent: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 11:12 AM
Sam, Jim Bounds mother Frances Bounds passed away Tuesday 10/23 in Orlando. Her funeral will be Monday 11:00 AM Graveside in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Jacksonville, Fl next to her Husband. I do not have Cat’s e-mail address can you forward this to her so she can get it out to the Sunshine Statesman. Pat
Oct. 13, 2012 Skip Ridge
I’m sorry to inform you our good friend Skip Ridge passed away. He has been battling Lou Gehrig’s disease for some time.
The celebration of Skip Ridges life will be Nov. 4, 2012 1 Pm to 4 Pm. at Bilmar Beach Resort 10650 Gulf Blvd. Treasure Island, Fl 33706 Phone# 877-484-4159.
If you have any good pictures of Skip please email them to me for the family. Also if you plan on attending please let me know so Audrey has an approximate amount of people for the food. Casual Dress. Also if you want to get up and talk about some of the good times you remember with Skip you will be welcome to do that. Cat
April 27, 2012 Sue Sussems
I received the following info from Sally about Sue. Please put her and Dave in your prayers.
Is there any way you can get the below info out to the group ASAP???///// We are rec’g calls from members not knowing what to do…Not that I don’t love talking to folks, but they need a heads up…And….
The Sessums will not be attending as Dave called to tell us Sue has had to go back under chemo treatment (after 16 years in remission….darn) and will not be up to par. Let’s all keep her in our prayers and think positively for a good outcome.
April 14, 2012 Willie Williamson
With Heart Felt Sorrow I regret to inform you of the passing of Willie Williamson one of our members. Please
keep Faye in your prayers. The viewing will be Thursday April 19, 2012 Oak Lawn Funeral Home from 5 to 7 pm
and the funeral will be Friday April 20, 2012 at 11am Oak Lawn Funeral Home Chapel 619 New Warrington Road, Pensacola, FL 32506 850-453-2321http://www.oaklawnfunerals.com/ with burial to follow at Barrancas National Cemetery.
April 2, 2012 Willie Williamson Willie and Faye need your prayers. Willie’s cancer has returned and it has spread. He is very sick.
I have added below a message from Faye.
Yes you can tell them. He is fighting this w/ chemotherapy . No results yet so we do not know how well/or not it is working. He has had 2 —(3-days each) treatments and promptly came down w/ shingles and pneumonia after the first treatment .After another long round in the hospital he has came home Friday and spent the weekend here for the first time since our cruise.
Jan 14, 2012 Update on Gerry & Phyllis Isaacs daughter
I received the following email from Gerry & Phyllis Isaacs. Please keep his daughter in your prayers.
—– Forwarded Message —– From: G erald ISAACS <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: GMCSunshineStatesman@yahoogroups.com Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2012 5:34 PM Subject: Re: [GMCSunshineStatesman] January and February rallies
We are sorry to say we have had to cancel our cruise. The Oncotype DX test on daughter Linda’s breast cancer tumor showed that she was at high risk for future re-occurence of cancer at this or other locations. For this reason, she is being placed on an aggressive chemotherapy program starting this coming Wednesday.She is staying with us in our care, so there is no way we could go on the cruise. This program will continue for three months and be followed by radiation treatment, thus our attendance at future rallies this year will be doubtful.
This was the first cruise we booked and bought trip insurance, so we hope to get most of our money back.
Your prayers will be appreciated.
Gerry and Phyllis Isaacs
Nov. 16, 2011 Phyllis & Gerry Isaacs daughter
I received the following email from Gerry & Phyllis Isaacs. Please keep their daughter in your prayers.
I was thinking of you when I replied to Jacque
Gerry — On Wed, 11/16/11, G erald ISAACS <email@example.com> wrote:
Sorry we will not be at the December rally. We are performing that weekend at our church’s musical production of the “Boar’s Head Christmas” with a setting of medieval England. It is the 10th annual production and we think our last as participants
We just learned this week that our daughter Linda here in Gainesville has early stage breast cancer and will have surgery on November 23. The complication is that it may be the type cancer that spreads and they may have to go to chemo. They won’t know until after surgery
You thoughts and prayers will be appreciated.
Gerry and Phyllis
Oct. 6, 2011 Alice Martin
Bob and Alice Martin were scheduled to attend, but due to an unfortunate fall, Alice broke her wrist and cracked her hip, so they weren’t able to make it. A get well card was passed around and signed to send to Alice.
Sept 29th 2011 Carl Ebeling
I received the following about Carl Eberling. Please put him in your prayers.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Sent: Thu Sep 29th, 2011 10:58 AM EDT Subject: Medical Report
Hello Cat, Sunshine Lady
Carl Ebeling, past President, is home now recuperating after 12 days of hospitalization for a Pulmonary Embolism. This problem manifested itself principally in extreme shortness of breath. He thanks the Good Lord for his survival, and for all your prayers on his behalf.
Sept. 24, 2011 Jack Mohrbeck
I was away and only received this message about Jack. Please put Marlene in your prayers.
Date: September 25, 2011 6:59:01 AM GMT+10:00 Subject: Jack Mohrbeck
Fellow club member Jack Mohrbeck passed away this morning,
Sept 24th from Melanoma cancer.
Jack may have been one of the longest serving members of the
GMC Sunshine Statesmen club. he has been beset with several
operations to remove the Melanoma to no avail. The cancer had
returned and was advancing quite rapidly the last several weeks.
Some of you know Jack from his restored dark green1977 GMC
Motorhome with gold ribbons on the sides.
He and Marlene had a most interesting life with Jack having been a
hard hat diver, nuclear certified pipe fitter, and entrepreneur in
several different business ventures in NJ & FL.
Jan & I have known Jack and Marlene for nearly 20 years and the
Big Guy will be missed.
Services are being arranged and Marlene will let me know details
soon. Jan and I will attend representing the club.
Dave Greenberg Past President,
GMC Sunshine Statesmen, 2003-2004
Port St Lucie, FL 34952
Sept. 12, 2011 Tami NelsonPlease keep Tami & Marsha Nelson in your prayers. Tami is going through some rough health issues and could use your prayers and Well wishes. There address is 182 Big Oak Lane, Wildwood, Fl 34785.
July 28, 2011
Everyone is invited
To: Celebrate the life of Ray Alden
When: September 3, 2011, Luncheon at 12 noon
Where: Shrimp R Us and more, County Hwy 309, Welaka, FL
Please come share happy memories and funny stories about Ray with all those gathered.
We will follow this luncheon with a cruise down the St. Johns River in our friends’ wooden boats. We will have plenty of space in one of the boats if you can join us.
All are welcome to cruise and we know some of you will opt out. That’s OK.
To Judy @ 904 471 6083, cell 904 501 7067 or email @ firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can bring a boat for our cruise please email Guy Marvin @email@example.com
Directions: Welaka is south of Palatka FL off of hwy 17.
From north turn R at the light in Satsuma onto county hwy 309 a few miles later you will come to the light in Welaka and don’t blink. Shrimp R US is just south of the light on the R
From the south on hwy 17 turn L onto county hwy 308 to Welaka. Turn L at light in Welaka and don’t blink. Shrimp R Us on Your R
June 29, 2011 Raymond Erving Alden Obituary
Raymond Erving Alden passed away June 29, 2011 at home after a short illness. He was born Feb 2, 1928 in Auburn, MA to Alice and Kenneth Alden. He served in the occupation army in Japan after the war and did brief service in the Merchant Marine. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1953 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He had a life long love of all things automobile.
He worked for Genuine Parts Company for 20 years running NAPA auto parts distribution centers in Syracuse NY, Jacksonville FL, and Atlanta GA. In 1978 he went with Dana Corporation to run their European aftermarket auto parts distribution companies. While with Dana he served as Chairman of the Board for the Toledo Second Harvest Foodbank.
Along with his love of all things automobile he was a member and participant in several auto clubs including The Antique Automobile Club, Porsche Club of America, Porsche Club Great Britain, The GMC International, and the Rolls Royce Owners Club. He also restored antique boats and was a member of The Antique and Classic Boat Society.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years Judy, two children Jud Alden, Judy Lycke and three grandchildren Zane and Keil Lycke and Ally Alden and two nephews Ken and Rick Alden.
A celebration of his life will be held at a date and place to be announced. It was Ray’s wish that memorial donations be made to the Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma Research Foundation, PO Box 44, Needham, MA 02494.
6/15/2011 Ralph Kennerknecht
I am sorry to inform you that Ralph was killed in his shop June 13, 2011. I received the following information from Jim Bounds.
The “gathering” will be Tues. 21st at Beach Funeral home: http://www.beachfuneralhome.com/Indian_Harbour_Beach_214936.html
1689 S. Patrick Dr.
Indian Harbour Beach
3-4PM with a service at 4. No viewing
Jim Bounds Cat
3/27/2011 Dan Meyer
Dan had a 3 way by pass on March 21, he is doing good with the heart but had a complication his thoraxis duct was punctured and we are trying to correct it with medication and a special diet if all goes well and it stops he goes home next week. If not he needs to have surgery to repair it. Please keep him in your prayers that he does not need surgery.
2/5/2011 Ken Link
Ken had a TIA which is a mini stoke or a warning stroke while at the rally. He spent the night in the hospital and is on his way home to watch the super bowl. Jeff and Sally are following him home just be sure that everything is all right. Cat
Ken & Liz sent the following Thank You,
Ken & Liz would especially like to thank Cat & Dan for making him go and for taking Ken to the hospital emergency room across the street from our Brooksville rally site. He was diagnosed to have had a T.I.A. (mini stroke) and was sent home after one night with instructions to up his aspirin from 81mg to 324 mg daily AND to see his primary doctor at the VA Hospital in WPB . We also especially appreciate Sally & Jeff for packing up our GMC and moving it to the Hospital parking lot and then waiting around until Ken was discharged at 2:30 PM. They also followed us down the Turnpike until we parted north of Yehaw Junction. We also thank those who came to the hospital and called after we got home in the Super Bowl first quarter. Liz appreciated very much the special attention from the single guys at Sat night dinner ; ALL THE FLOWERS and the bouquet/beer for Ken. We appreciate and love our GMC friends.
12/15/2010 Marge Sirum
It is with a heavy heart that I am informing you that Marge Sirum has passed away. Her visitation is Sat. Dec.18th from 9am to 11am funeral immediately following. Taylor Modeen Funeral Home 250 Center Street Jupiter, FL 33458 Phone Number: (561) 744-2030 http://www.funeralhomesguide.com/Florida/Jupiter/TaylorModeenFuneralHome.html
11/13/10 Joe Ziegler
Please keep Joe and Lan Ying in your prayers. Joe had a heart attack Sat night and is on the mend. He has a lot more work to be done after he rests a few weeks. They are on a trip to California to visit his dying aunt. When they return he will see a cardiologist for a follow up and more treatment. Thanks Cat
10/13/10 Dave Perry’s Mom
Please put Dave, Barbara and their family in your prayers. Dave’s mom passed away last night in West Virginia. Thank You, Cat
9/17/2010 Carole Ebeling
I received the following email from Carl Ebeling. Please send cards and and keep Carole in your prayers. Thanks, Cat
My wife, Carole Ebeling, whose hearing the past several years was reduced
to 50% in one ear with a total loss of hearing in the other ear lost the
50% over the Labor Day weekend, and she now is totally deaf, and unable
to answer the phone because she can’t hear it or to have a two-way
conversation. She tries to lip read, but is only partially successful in
doing that, otherwise communication is by exchanging notes. I’m sure she
would appreciate anyone sending her a card. Her address is: E 1218, Hwy
M-35, Bark River, MI 49807-9723.
9/16/10 Bob Crowe
I have some very sad news. Bob Crowe has passed away. The wake is tonight 6-8pm Grissom Funeral Home. 803 Emmett Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741 | 407-847-3131. the funeral is 10 am St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church 700 Brown Chapel Rd, St Cloud If anyone can make it. Cat
8/20/10 Jeanne Slaten
Here is an update from JR Cat
So far this has been a roller coaster ride. But I think, we maybe finally arriving at the unloading platform. This is a kind of goofy comparison but that is the way it feels. After a week in the hospital and another week in the rehab hospital, we were able to bring Jeanne home. Wheeee! Within twenty four hours her pain was uncontrollable and her doctors told us to bring her back to the first hospital. They ordered an x-ray and then a MRI. These revealed a mass pressing on some nerves in her back. I thought it may be an overlooked tool left behind but they assured me it wasn’t. They operated on her again the next morning. The mass revealed itself as a blood clot pressing on nerves in her spine. Once the clot was removed the pain subsided to a bearable level. After two more days of observation and regulating meds, we were allowed to come home again. Wheeeee!
We are home now and Jeanne is feeling much better. We have to give her antibiotics twice a day through an IV line. Denise (my daughter) and I feel like real IV nurses. At this point, Jeanne feels pretty good and is determined to recover on schedule. The motorcycle carrot is still dangling. Wow, I feel much better. Wheeeeee!
8/2/2010 Jeanne Slaten
I received the following update on Jeanne Slaten. Please keep her in your prayers. Thanks Cat
Jeanne had extensive back surgery last Thursday. The two Dr’s that operated on her said that the seven hour procedure went well and that they acheived the results they wanted. She will be on limited movement restrictions for the next six weeks. After six months she will be allowed to resume her normal activities. Jeanne’s incentive is a new motorcycle in the garage and her goal is to ride by the end of January. We should be home by the middle of the week if she keeps improving.
Jeanne said to tell everyone hi and that she plans to make the International in September. She also wants to thank everyone for the thoughts, concerns and prayers before and during surgery. Don’t quit now, we still have a ways to go.
Thank all of you (y’all),
7/14/2010 Rose Whelan
I received the following email about Rose Whelan. Please keep her in your prayers. Thanks Cat
We spoke with Rose Whelan this morning. She was diagnosed with breast cancer recently and on July the fifth she underwent a lumpectomy surgery. She reports that everything went well and she has resumed her normal activities. On July 19 she will again have surgery to remove lymph nodes. Please keep Rose in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult period.
Judy and Flic
5/3/2010 Shirley Williams daughter
I received the following email from Shirley Williams Please keep her and her family in your prayers. Cat
Hi Cat I know i was talking about my daughter at the last rally…she lost her fight for life on tues apr. 27….we were in ohio when she left us….the funeral is friday the 30th….richardson-davis funeral hom,e galion ohio we know that God has a special angel with Linda Brown….
4/20/2010 Jack Mohrbeck update It turns out he had just had very low blood pressure causing him to pass
out. He is back in Tampa right now (Moffitt Cancer Ctr) for a follow up
to the 7 hour surgery he had last month.
David Lee Greenberg
4/20/2010 Phyllis Isaacs is on schedule to get her other knee done on August 26th. Her first knee is doing good.
4/10/2010 Jack Mohrbeck
I received the following email from Dave Greenberg. For those of you that remember Jack. Please keep him in your prayers.
Jack Mohrbeck has had a siezure today and is in the hospital…that;s all I know so far.
David Lee Greenberg
I also received a message that Phyllis Isaacs is doing well.
1/11/10 Shadow Girl Meyer Those of you that new our baby girl know that she was like a daughter to us. We lost her at 12:35am
this morning. Please keep her in your prayers that God is taking care of her now.
1/2/10 Phyllis Isaacs
I received the following email. Please keep Phyllis in your prayers.
Phyllis has knee replacement surgery on her left knee on January 7. We pray
all goes well.
1/2/10 Wiltha Lettington I regret to inform you that my good friend Wiltha Lettington lost her long battle with Parkinsons Disease at 5am this morning. Please keep Jon and his family in your prayers. I will update you when I have the funeral arrangements. Jon’s address is 1001 Sandpiper Ct., Dunedin, Fl 34698 Thank You, Cat
The funeral home is http://www.curlewhills.com/ Curlew Hills Memory Gardens 1750 Curlew Road (Between Belcher Rd. & CR 1) Palm Harbor FL 34683 Phone: (727) 789-2000 Fax: (727) 789-1741 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org the service is Friday Jan 8th 1pm -3pm with the memorial at 3pm. Thanks Cat
12/27/09 Barbara Perry’s mom passed away. Dec. 22 Her family will receive visitors from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 27, 2009 at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd. Funeral services will be on Monday, December 28th, 11:00 am at St. John’s Cathedral, 256 E. Church St. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery on Beach Blvd. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905 or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, NY, NY 10018. Please keep Barbara,Dave and the family in your prayers. Thank You, Cat
11/29/09 I received the following email about Christine Bond. Although they have not been active in a while but we have fond memories of her and she will be missed. Christine passed over on Nov 22. Anyone that knew her was aware of how she had fought illnesses for years. I think she got tired of the fight. She had the heart and respiratory failure. The EMT’s resuscitated her but it was too late.
I know we hadn’t been active in the club, but we did cherish fond memories of our association with everyone.
We had fun doing our rally in the Hobo theme.
regards to all.
11/27/09 JOFF & Sally are getting Married Dec 5th Don’t forget to Congradulate them!!!
11/27/09 Please keep Wiltha & Jon Lettington in your prayers. Wiltha is not doing well she is getting weaker each day. Friendly Thinking of you cards may make her feel good. c/o Palm Garden Nursing Home 3480 Mcmullen Booth Rd, Clearwater, FL 33761
8/17/09 GREAT NEWS!! JOFF IS GETTING MARRIED
I received the following email from Joff
Greetings to All,
My new Stimulus Plan that I have been working hard of for the last few months is a great one for me. No direction from Washington; no town hall meetings; on government funding but lots of pay back. Ready for this? I AM GETTING MARRIED. No date yet but I do have an “I will” and she has a ring. Her name is Sally Jacob originally from the Detroit area now living in Satsuma which is a small village about 10 mi from Palatka, graduate from Wayne State, a 31 yr retiree from GM, Catholic, Florida Master Gardener, has all of her teeth, can enunciate and doesn’t like beer very much (I have to work some on that). A blond, but does out distance me by a couple of grade points. She has a Scottie dog which does like me and a African Gray Parrot which doesn’t. Bubba, my cat says that he will help me with that problem. I know you will lover her too and welcome her into our family of friends.
As it stands now we plan to sell both of our homes and have found a place around the corner from me which size wise is in between what we have now but on the river. Lots of guestaccommodations.
I will keep you informed.
You can pick yours selves of the floor now.
I received the following email from Shirley Williams. Cat
hi sorry we won’t be able to make it…..i had a bicycle accident and broke my arm tell everyone hi for us
we were looking foreward to this rally such luck bye shirley
I am happy to say I saw Romona at the GMC International rally and she looks great and is getting around great with her walker. I received a Thank You note from Romona as follows: To GMC Sunshine Satesman Thank You All for the card to cheer me up after my recent hip surgery. It means So much to Know that all my friends are cheering me along the road to recovery. I am doing very well and hope to be at the next GMC gathering. Thank you everyone for the card, prayers and phone calls. Sincerely, Romona Sirum
Subject: Re: Bill Ring
I received the following emails from Jacque’ Ring about Bill Ring. Please send cards and put him in your prayers. Thank You, Cat (Sunshine lady)
Sorry we missed everyone at Brooksville. Bill had been in the hospital for 18 days. He got home this past Saturday the 7th. He is doing fine. Just has to build his strength and stamina back up. Hope to be seeing everyone before long.
Bill and Jacque’ Ring
Bill had an intestinal problem that required surgery. His system took a long time to recover from both the problem and the effects and complications of surgery. Really too lengthy to go into detail. He is home and building up his strength and stamina. He went without food most of the time and lost some weight, but mostly strength and stamina. Is on the road to recovery.
Rita Nicholls needs your cards and prayers. I received this from Judy & Felix Acosta.
Received a note from John Nicholls yesterday ( the 24th) that Rita fell on the previous Sunday and broke her hip. John reported that they had pinned the break and she was on the road to recovery. Let’s pray that things go well in her recovery.
Judy and Flic
Please send cards and your prayers to RomonaSirum. I received the
following email from Sue Tase about her fall.
JR Slaten reported that while he an Jeanne were staying at Alex and
Romona Sirum’s house, Romona got tangled up with her feet while in
the kitchen, fell, and fractured a hip. This happened on Sunday and
surgery was performed on Monday.
I am sure a few get well cards would cheer her up…….. Please
pass the word to the GMC community.
2/9/09 Jon Lettington has had a heart attack this morning. They did angioplasty and put a stint in his artery that was 100% blocked. He will be going home probably Thursday. He is in Mease hospital 3231 McMullen Booth Rd. Safe Harbor FL 34695. He has a 90% & 70% blockage in 2 other arteries which they will put stints in about 5 -7 weeks from now.
Please keep him in your prayers.
1/28/09 Please put Ava & Reese Backer on your prayer list. I received this email from Jim Bounds. I did not know
Just got word from a family member that Rowe Backer, a long time SS member, passed away a few months ago.Complications from a illness, Rowe had not been spry for a while. His coach will soon be for sale, I put them to
Jeff to maybe consign it there.
His name is Reese Backer. He and Ava lived in Stuart and he and Bob White were pretty close.
Most of the folks on your list probably never met the Backers but they once were active and great folks.
David Lee Greenberg
Please put Aline & DelMonte King on your prayer list. I received the following email.
Cathy, I hate to be the barer of bad news, but I thought you should know.
Delmonte (Gator Del ) King passed away early Friday morning. His Funeral will be held in Chiefland at the First Babtist Church Tuesday at 1:30 PM.
Del was a very close friend of mine, and he will be missed by all who knew him. Arrangements are under the care of Knauff Funeral Home– Chiefland, FL
Wayland ( Bob ) Martin
Please put Ann & Fred Stoothoff on your prayer list. They are having a few health problems. Hopefully they will be up and going again soon. I received the following email from Ann.
For your info:
Fred had surgery on his spine 9/9th He is currently in a neck brace for possibly 12 weeks +. don’t know when we will attend next rally. He can’t drive the coach. He does do some local driving, so watch out if in our area.
Ann had roto- rooter done on her legs 9/26. They are better, but still not ready for the Olympics.
As you can see we didn’t have a very good month of September.
Happy Wondering, Ann
I received this information on Hunter McCarthy from Judy Alden she let me know that
the McCarthy’s were active in GMC Sunshine Statesman so some of youmay remember them.
We are very saddened to pass on the information on the passing of Hunter McCarthy.
The last time we personally saw Hunter was in May,2000 when Bob was admitted to the
hospital in Greenville, NC where he passed away. That seems like such a long time ago.
Probably a very long time for Hunter who now finally goes to join him. You can see from
the note below that the McCarthy’s were very active GMCer’s while Bob was alive.
Please join us in remembering Hunter in your thoughts and prayers.
>>Judy and Flic
>>> Long time Dixielanders members will be saddened to learn of the death of Hunter McCarthy
on Thursday October 16. Hunter suffered a stroke about two weeks ago. She died at home.
Sons John and Rob and daughter Molly were with her when she passed. No service is planned.
>>> Hunter and husband Bob were very involved and active in the GMC community.
Bob died in May 2000 in route to a Dixielanders rally at Bean Station, TN.
>>> In addition to the Dixielanders, they were members of GMC Sunshine Statesmen,
GMC Greatlakers, GMC Classics and GMCMI. Hunter and Bob taught
a popular Line Dancing class at most of the GMCMI Conventions during the 90’s.
>>> Memories of Hunter and Bob can be sent to son John and his wife, Kathy at
P.O. Box 27, Lillian AL,36549. If you wish to make a memorial donation in
her name, Hunter has chosen:
>>> Baldwin County Animal Shelter 15050 N County Rd 49, Summerdale AL 36580 or
>>> The Animal Haven 559 Section St. S, Fairhope AL, 36532
Scheduled Venue- Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 2:00 PM
2PM Commencement with Multidenominational service and send off. Immediately thereafter a themed tribute celebration inclusive of:
Refreshments/finger food – Live Music,- Song & dance show, Tall tales and ??
Location: Lakeland Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens 2125 S. Bartow Road aka 98 N., Lakeland, FL 33801 (863) 686-2125
RSVP (813) 645-9203/ Barbara or e-mail to: Barbaratxtr@msn.com So we can best accommodate the event/ coordinate logistics.
It’s going to be quite a party. Sanlan Ranch Campground 3929 US Hwy 98 S, Lakeland, FL 338l3 (800 )524-5044 For those of you that remember Lakeland Rally — It is a beautiful spot, full of nature. The Polk Parkway Exit is #l0 and the campground is less than a mile South. From campground: Funeral home is about 3 miles north on left side of road. Barbara
I am sorry to have to inform all of you that Harleigh Texter has passed away 10/9/08 Barbara needed time before she made arrangements. She has informed me that there will be a Memorial Service in Lakeland 2 Pm Sat. 10/25/08. I will inform you of the church name and address as soon as Barbara sends me the information. Please keep Barbara in your prayers. Thank You, Cat GMC Sunshine Lady
Please pray for Wayland and Alice Martin. They have gone through a lot this year and are still dealing with health problems. Here is note I received from Wayland when I emailed him for an up date on his progress.
Hi Cat, Thanks for the card,and the concern. I suppose you could say I’m feeling pretty good concedering bladder cancer removal earlier this year and finding out that I have prosetate cancer that will be dealt with with a new procedure called Cyberknife. At the monent I’m just waiting for them to call and tell me THEY are ready. As for Alice, she is getting stronger every day.She had major heart surgery earlier this year, a valve replacement. I tell everyone she had a valve job. Please keep us in your prayers. We are going to try to attend the Christmas rally, hope to see you there. We get most of our mail at email@example.com, if you want to make a note of it.
Cheers, Wayland (Bob) Martin
10/9/08 Prayers are needed for Harleigh Texter
I have attached a note from Barbara about his progress.
Thank you very much for card and everything. I expect he’ll be in intensive care about a month. Results of Gallium scan on Friday. Medical team keeps wanting to put him on ventilator or sign Do Not Resuscitate Order — i.e. choose to die. He did neither. I feel so helpless…. bt
10-5-08 I’m requesting prayers for my niece Jessica some of you met her Feb. 2007 in Brooksville. She just got married 9/30/08 and today she shipped out today to Iraq for 1 year this is her 3rd tour in Iraq. In Oct. 2009 she will be out of the service. Please pray for her safe return. Thank You, Cat
10-2-08 Prayers are needed for Harleigh Texter
Oct. 1 around 9 p in our kitchen — I dropped and shattered (for no reason) a beautiful, Warsteiner beer glass and went into Harleigh’s office to find him, at that moment, in acute respiratory distress unlike I’ve ever seen… He mouthed “9ll”. Within 3 minutes I had ambulance and fire truck at my door and six people loaded him up and swept the glass from my tile floor. When I arrived at the huge ER I was greeted by the ambulance drivers who had stayed at the entrance to make sure I was alright. Harleigh was in a life/death struggle in a private section and I stayed thru the night. It’s his first time in a US hospital. Oct. 2 He was moved to Room C232A/INTENSIVE CARE at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. There are no phones; nor visitors. They are treating him for pneumonia in his lungs. The head doctor wanted to put him on ventilator today. Harleigh declined for now. When I left this evening Harleigh was stabilized with wires, tubes and machines hooked over every inch. He has one lead doctor and 2 pulmonary specialists that I brought in. I’ll be spending lots of time there for a while… I ask the universe and you for every bit of prayer and good wishes you can muster and please send him healing energies and envision him healthy, vibrant and whole (with lungs functioning perfectly) — so we can keep him off the ventilator. Many thanks bt PS: 35 happy years of marriage and wanting more…
9-25-08 From Dave Greenberg I received this message he received from Bob Martin (Wayland) As for the Martin’s, we are making progress. Alice is making good progress, and It looks as if she will be her old self before long. As for me I’m scheduled for a Cyber Knife procedure for prostate cancer next week. This is a new non invasive robotic procedure for certain cancers. I guess you could call it nuclear medicine.
We have a happy announcement a new grandchild and a sad one Bill and Mary Ann won’t be to Florida this year due to surgery on her heel
I thought I would let our friends from FL know of our new arrival in the family.. Mary Ann’s son, Rodger, and his wife, Liz, had a baby girl on Wed, named her Rachael Ann. this the 4th grandchild for us, and we are just so happy. Wish we could see all of you this yr, but I am scheduled for surgery on my heel (bone spur) in Oct.. and will be out of commission for about 6 wks. or so don’t think traveling to FL this yr will work out.. We do miss not seeing and having fun with all of you., don’t give up on us! .. Mary Ann & Bill Grubb from Indiana
I would like to pass on the note I received from Dave Greenburg about Jack Mohrbeck. Jack Mohrbeck is having to undergo some extensive testing to determine some serious health issues. Cat
Audrey Ridge fell and fractured her elbow and injured her nose.
I would like to introduce myself to those of you who do not know me. My name is Cathy Meyer everyone calls me Cat. I have agreed to take over as Sunshine Lady. I would appreciate it if you can send me an email with you and your significant others birthdays and any anniversary’s. Also if anyone in the Sunshine Statesman that you know becomes ill or passes away please email me with the information so I can send cards and inform everyone.