Obituaries - Naples Native
Brown Burress Richard Benjamin Burress - Palm Royale Cemetery

January 19, 2008

Spec. Richard B. Burress, United States Army, 25, of Naples, passed away January 19, 2008 while serving his country in Al Jabour, Iraq. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Tabitha; his daughter, Alyssa; father and step mother, Richard and Anita Burress; his mother and step father, Tina and Anthony Ruiz; step mother, Ronnie Burress; his brothers, Raymond Burress, Casey Burress and Michael Ayers; sister, Taylor Burress; Maternal grandmother, Josie Kirkland; his paternal grandparents, Jerry Burress, Patricia and Richard Kugler; father in law and mother in law, William and Donna McDonald; his mother in law and father in law, Erin and Andrew Marfongella; and many aunts,1 uncles, cousins and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Harrison Benjamin Kirkland, whose ancestors were among the original founding members of Collier County.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 27th from 4:00 to 8:00pm at Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Road, Naples.

Funeral services will be on Monday, January 28th at 11:00am at New Hope Ministries, 7675 Davis Blvd., Naples.

Internment with full military honors will be in Palm Royale Cemetery.

Kasey Renee Brown - Naples Memorial Gardens

Lawrence Fennell Brown, Jr. - Naples Memorial Gardens

c - Crump Richard Mason Crump - Marco Island Cemetery

R. M. Crump
Naples, August 29, 1961
Richard Mason Crump, 87, died here in his home this morning. He has been a resident of Collier County for the past 35 years, and an employee on the ACL Railroad. He was a native of Portsmouth, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ollie Crump, his daughters, Miss Barbara Crump, Mrs. Josie Kirkland and Mrs. Mildred Roland of Naples, Mrs. Ruth Ann Brown of Chokoloskee, Mrs. Virginia Hoffman and Mrs. Bonnie Moore of Everglades, Mrs. Louise Hilliard of Cross City, and one son, Edward Percy Crump of Fort Myers; two sisters, Mrs. Wyche Millender and Mrs. Edna Earl Hoggard of Portsmouth, Virginia; 20 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

The gradeside service will be held Thursday at 11:00am in the Marco Cemetery. Forest Walker of Naples will conduct the service.

The pallbearers are Harvey Stephens, Robert Bowers, Kelly Gantt and R. A. Griffis, all of Marco. Pittman Funeral Home in Naples is handling the arramgements.

Ollie Mae Crump (Nash) - Naples Memorial Gardens

Entered into eternal rest Tuesday, February 19, 1974.

Ollie Mae Crump, 62, of 537 Cape Florida Lane, died Tuesday in Naples Community Hospital.

She is survived by seven daughters, Mrs. Virginia Newberry and Mrs. Mildred Roland both of Naples, Mrs. Ruth Ann Brown of Chokoloskee, Mrs. Josie Kirkland and Mrs. Barbara Griffis, both of Miami, Mrs. Louise Hilliard of Cross City and Mrs. Bonnie Moore of Immokalee; one son Percy E. Crump of Fort Myers; sixteen grandchildren and 14 step-grandchildren.

She is also survived by four brothers, Fred Nash, Bob Nash, Lonnie Nash and Mutt Nash, all of Naples; three sisters, Mrs. Maude Kirkland, Mrs. Bessie Walker and Mrs. Nellie Walker, all of Naples.

The Reverend R. L. Beavers of the Assembly of God Church, Naples, will conduct the funeral service Thursday at 2:00pm at Pittman's Naples Chapel, 850 4th Ave. N.

Buriel will follow in Naples Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call at the Naples Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m. this evening.

d - Durfey Nola Shannon Durfey (Campbell) - Woodlawn Memorial Park

June 12, 1981

Mrs. Byron E. Durfey

Mrs. Nola S. Durfey, 80, of 28 Sommerville Avenue died Friday in Memorial Hospital.

Born in Deer Park, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Manda A. (Phillips) Campbell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron E. Durfey.

Surviving are four sons, Benjamin E. Durfey of Franklin, N.C.; Leroy H. Durfey of Jacksonville, Fla.; Oliver D. Durfey, Naples, Fla.; and Phillip L. Durfey of Miami, Fla.; a brother, Clyde Campbell of Pittsburg, and four sisters, Alice Underwood of Deer Park, Margaret Leidinger, this city; Ruth Broadwater of Deer Park and Janet Smith of Mountain Lake Park; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received at the Wendt Funeral Home today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm. Services will be conducted in the funeral home tomorrow at 10am with the Rev. Jack Altman officiating. Internment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park at Miami.

Betty Jean Durfey (Rutherford) - Cremated and ashes spread at Stiltsville, Biscayne Bay, Miami

October 30, 1990

Betty Durfey of Miami, died Tuesday, October 30, 1990.

She is survived by her husband Phil; two daughters, Patty Durfey and Donna Conner; two sons, Robert Durfey of Naples and Roy Durfey of Miami.

The family wishes to thank the efforts of the Heart Transplant Team at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Fla.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, November 2nd, 7 to 9pm at Woodlawn South Cemetery, 11655 SW 117th Avenue, Miami, Fla.

Phillip L. Durfey - Cremated and ashes spread in Otto, NC in his blueberry patch and at Stiltsville, Biscayne Bay, Miami

Phillip L. Durfey, 65, suffered a heart attack on the 14th hole at his favorite golf course and passed away October 9, 1999. Phil moved to Otto, NC after retiring from Western Electric in Miami, FL where he lived most of his life. He was a long-time member of the Miami Springs Power Boat Club and spent many years enjoying the clubhouse at Stiltsville with his family and friends. Phil lived life to its fullest, was loved and respected by many, and will be missed by all who knew him. Survivors include his four children, Patty Durfey, of Miami Fla.; Robert Durfey and his wife Chris of Naples, Fla.; Roy Durfey and his wife Lee, of Tuscon, Ariz.; and Donna Durfey of Miami, Fla.; and his companion, Barbara McCollum of Otto, NC. He was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Betty Durfey. Cremation Society of the South.

h - Hoffman David Jerrold Hoffman - Naples Memorial Gardens

September 2, 1962

2 Collier Countians Die in Plane Crash

Two men were killed Sunday afternoon when the light plane in which they were stunting went into a spin and plunged into the shallow waters of Chokoloskee Bay in the view of scores of witnesses fishing from the causeway in the area.

The dead were William C. Reifenberg, 35, of Ochopee, pilot of the plane and David Jerrold Hoffman, 31, of Everglades. It was several hours before the bodies of the men were removed from the wreckage with Sheriff's deputies and volunteers struggling against the tide to drag the plane onto a sand bar.

According to witnesses, the plane had made several loops after taking off from the Everglades airfield before going into the fatal spin. Just before it crashed the plane reportedly spun around twice and then dived nose down  straight into the shallow water.

A masonic funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon for Hoffman.

Born and raised in Everglades, Hoffman was engaged in an ice manufacturing business there. He was a Korean War veteran and a member of Tamiami Trail Lodge 262, F. & A. M.

Hoffman is survived by his wife, Virginia, and two daughters, Suzanne and Patricia. He is also survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Ivan Hoffman Sr., of Everglades; a brother J. Ivan Hoffman, Jr., Everglades and three sisters, Mrs. Barbara Braman, Everlades, Mrs. Anita Parker of Fort Myers, and Mrs. Armida Potter of North Carolina.

The Rev. Homer Weisbecker of the First Community Church of Everglades officiated at Wednesday's service at the Richard A. Pittman Funeral Home. Burial was in Naples Memorial Gardens.
k - Kirkland Reese Costella Kirkland - Kirkland Family Cemetery

May 2, 1961
Reese C. Kirkland, 82, of Trail Acres, East Naples, died at Naples Community Hospital Tuesday morning. He had resided in Collier County for the past 69 years.

The deceased had been a caretaker for B. W. Morris for about 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Emma, of Naples; three daughters, Mrs. Frances Whidden, of Las Vegas, Nev., Mrs. Dollie Walker, Montgomery, Ala., Mrs. Pat Cannaday, of Borger, Tex.; three sons, Tom, Otis, and Harrison, all of Naples; two brothers, Dan and Arthur, both of Goodland; 17 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Services will be held at the Little Marco Cemetery on Shell Island Road Saturday at 11 a.m. conducted by Mr. Forrest Walker. Pittman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Vera May (Johnson) Kirkland - Kirkland Family Cemetery

March 2, 1965

Mrs. Vera May Johnson Kirkland, 68, died this morning at her home in Goodland. A native of Michigan, she had been a resident of the Naples area for the past 15 years.

Besides her husband, Arthur Kirkland of Goodland, she is survived by four stepsons, Doyle, Jasper, Lawrence and Eugene Kirkland, all of Naples and a stepdaughter, Mrs. Myrtle Chesser of Sarasota.

Funeral services for Mrs. Kirkland will be held at 10 o'clock Monday morning at the Earl G. Hodges Funeral Chapel.

Rev. U. Curry Walton, formerly of Naples, now pastor of the Pine Island Baptist Church will officiate. Internment will be in Shell Island Cemetery.

Thomas Henry Kirkland - Marco Island Cemetery

March 18, 1963

Thomas Henry Kirkland, 55, retired fisherman who had made his home at Rattlesnake Hammock for the past 20 years, died Monday, March 18, in the Naples Community Hospital.

He is survived by his wife, Anna; two brothers, Otis and Harrison, both of Naples; and three sisters, Mrs. Frances Whidden of Nevada, Mrs. Budeta Cannady of Texas, and Mrs. Dorothy Walker of Alabama.

Friends may call at the Richard A. Pittman Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m., on Friday night, March 22nd.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 23, at 10 a.m. at Marco Cemetery.

Emma Kirkland (Goodman) - Oak Hill Cemetery, Polk County

May 26, 1970

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma D. Kirkland, 80, of Homosassa, former Naples resident who died early Tuesday morning at a Crystal River hospital, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Loughman Baptist Church of Loughman, Fla. with the Rev. Rex Thurman, officiating.

Internment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery near Loughman. Mrs. Kirkland will be on view at the Strickland Funeral Home in Crystal River from 4 to 9 today.

Mrs. Kirkland, a member of the Baptist Church, had moved to Homosassa from Naples about a year ago.

Survivors include two sons, Otis of Homosassa, Harrison of Fort Lauderdale; three daughters, Mrs. Frances Whidden of Las Vegas, Nevada; Mrs. Budeta Cannaday of Texas and Mrs. Dottie Walker of Montgomery, Ala.; three sisters, Mrs. Mar Turner and Mrs. Gracie Jones, both of Loughman and Mrs. Axie Parrish of Lakeland; and two brothers, Roundtree Goodman of Homosassa and Robert Goodman of Loughman.

Leon Harrison Kirkland - Cummings, GA

May 14, 1967

Final Rites Set For 2 Killed by Car

Funeral services for Leon Harrison Kirkland, 18, of 1063 Frank Whitman Blvd., will be held in Cummings, Ga., and services for David W. Dyess, 20, of Rock Creek Trailer Park will be held in Lakeland, Fla. Both young men were killed Saturday night about 11 o'clock when they were struck by a car while walking along Airport Road a mile east of Naples.

Friends may call at the Earl G. Hodges Funeral Chapel this evening from 7 to 9 o'clock, to pay their respects to Kirkland. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison B. Kirkland of Naples. A native of this city, Kirkland was an engineer's aide with the State Road Department.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a brother, James in Georgia; a half-brother Tony, and two half-sisters, Christine and Tina, all of Naples.

Harrison Benjamin Kirkland - Kirkland family Cemetery

Daniel Jackson Kirkland - Kirkland Family Cemetery

A swallow of tick dip mistaken for cough medicine was blamed for the death of Daniel J. Kirkland, 78, of Goodland, Saturday morning. Kirkland had taken the patented mixture at his home in Goodland and had driven to the Kneir Shell Station on Central Avenue and the Trail. While backing out of a parking space there at 8:27 Saturday morning he collapsed. Police were called and he was rushed to Naples Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A lifelong resident of Collier County, Kirkland was employed as a commercial fisherman. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs Vera Marie Smith, two sons, James Jackson Kirkland and Theodore Kirkland, all of Naples, a brother Arthur of Goodland, eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are being made at the Earl G. Hodges Funeral Chapel in Naples.

James Jackson Kirkland - Cremated, Ashes spread at Kirkland Cemetery

September 11, 1986

James Jackson Kirkland, age 72, of 1142 Barbara Street, Labelle died Thursday, September 11, 1986. Mr. Kirkland had been a resident of Florida all his life where he worked as a commercial fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Daisy Kirkland of Labelle; a son, Daniel Kirkland of Naples; a daughter, Eleanor Nash of Arcadia, Fl; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Arrangements by the David K. Johnson Funeral Home, 4424 Tamiami Trail.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions will be accepted by the family.
n - Nash
w - Weeks David Alfonso Weeks - Marco Island Cemetery

April 17, 1952

Last Rites for Collier County Pioneer Held

Final rites for David Alfonso Weeks, Sr., 70, pioneer Collier County resident, were held last Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Marco Church of God with Rev. J. W. Allen of Naples officiating. He died following a heart attack last Thursday at his Naples home.

The deceased was born in Marco and resided all his life in Collier County. He was a commercial fisherman and guide.

Mr. Weeks is survived by Mrs. Weeks and seven children, David, Jr., of Naples; Ivan and Luther of Everglades; Norman of Tavenier; Mrs. Virgie Dixon, Marco; Mrs. Ethel Goldie, Naples, and Mrs. Geneva McDuffie of Lake Placid; two brothers, Alfred and John of Marco, and a sister, Mrs. George Cole of Naples.

Pallbearers were Leslie Bronson, Bert Vickers, Robert Griffith, Albert Anderson, Robert Cameron and Fred Worth.

Internment was in the Marco cemetery. The Leo W. Engelhardt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

John Leon Weeks - Marco Island Cemetery

August 10, 1952

Last Rites Held for John L. Weeks at Marco Island

Funeral rites for John L. Weeks, 61, who died suddenly last Saturday of a heart attack, were held Monday afternoon at the Church of God at Marco Island with David Lanier of Naples officiating. Internment was in the Marco cemetery.

Mr. Weeks was born at Cape Sable, Florida, January 4, 1891, and moved to Caxambas (Collier City South) as a small boy and resided there until his death.

Mr. Weeks was found dead in his boat near Blue Hill last Saturday by Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Weeks, Bud Kirk and Fred Skinner, who were fishing in nearby waters.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Equilla Golden Weeks; six children, Mrs. Dorothy Jeter of Fort Lauderdale, Mrs. Elizabeth Wheeler of Goodland, Mrs. Louise Sessions of Fort Myers, and Alvin (Buddy) Wardell and Ralph Weeks all of Goodland; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Cole of Naples; a brother, Alfred Weeks of Marco; and ten grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Mr. Weeks was affectionately known to his many friends as "John Bull". These friends filled every seat in the church at his funeral and over 100 people were forced to stand outside the church.

Mary Josephine Mae Weeks - Marco Island Cemetery


Mrs. Josie Kirkland, 62, died at her home in Naples yesterday morning. She leaves four daughters, Mrs. Bessie Walker, Mrs. Nellie Marshall, Mrs. Maud Kirkland, all of Naples, and Mrs. Ollie Crump of Marco, five sons, Lonnie, Lee, Fred and Robert Nash of Naples, Marvin Nash of Marco, three brothers, Dave Weeks of Everglades, Alfred Weeks of Naples, John Weeks of Collier City, a sister Mrs. Minnie Cole of Everglades, also 20 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at Marco with the Rev. O'Bannon officiating. Lawrence A. Powell is in charge of arrangements.