Thanks to Pete Simonson for the suggestion of remembering our radio friends who have passed on.  
We'll include our own articles as well as obituaries. 


Carol Lanier O'Neill         
Orlando Sentinel, The (FL) - Sunday, May 19, 2013
Carol Lanier O'Neill, went home to her heavenly Father on May 9, 2013 following a brief illness. She was born on June 18, 1939 to Constance & Tom Lanier and was born in St. Augustine, Florida. She was a member of Osceola County Pioneer Family. Carol leaves behind 2 sons, Keith and Kenneth Fender, 5 grandchildren: Ashlie, Lindsey, Lanier, David and Kaylee and 5 great-grandchildren. Carol was a 25 year member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha sorority and loved her sorority sisters. Carol had a true artistic gift for creating special and unique craft items, including ceramics and jewelry. She loved all animals, especially her cats Missy and Freckles and the family dog, Gabby. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for various companies, including WDBO(-AM 580) radio station. Carol was a true Florida "cracker" in every sense of the word and proud of it! She was active in the Osceola County Historical Society and loved anything to do with Florida history. Her memory will be cherished by her family and many friends. Memorial Services will be held Thursday, May 23 at 11 AM at Osceola Memory Gardens Funeral Home in Kissimmee. Interment will follow in Kenansville Cemetery. Services under the direction of OSCEOLA MEMORY GARDENS CEMETERY, FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY 1717 Old Boggy Creek Road, Kissimmee, Florida 407-847-2494
Violet D. Osborn
Violet Douglas Osborn, 104, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, September 25, 2006, bringing her life on earth to a peaceful end. She is once again with Leon, her loving husband of 42 years who passed away on July 28, 1982. Mrs. Osborn was born to the late Joseph W. Douglas and Minnie (Causey) Douglas on October 14, 1901 in Plant City, FL - a Native Floridian!! She moved to Orlando as a child, graduating from Orlando High School in 1919. After attending business school, Violet worked as a bookkeeper/secretary for WDBO(-AM 580) Radio, before it became Channel 6 Television. She went on to study Home Economics at Stetson University and taught at Zellwood Elementary and Delaney Elementary Schools. A resident of Zellwood, FL since 1938, Violet married Leon Osborn of Zellwood in 1940. Mrs. Osborn was a very active member of her church in Orlando and in Zellwood. She became a member of the Zellwood Methodist Church in 1941 and was their treasurer for many years. She was a State Officer and an excellent speaker for the Christian Endeavor Organization; a beloved Sunday School teacher; President/Treasurer of Fairfax Women's Circle; member of Zellwood United Methodist Women; and volunteer librarian and member of the Zellwood Community Center since 1946. Mrs. Osborn was also a charter member, President, and Treasurer of Zellwood Garden Club with several calendars dedicated to her, as well as a charter member of the Central Florida Day Lily Society. She even had a Day Lily named for her. Violet was an inspiration to us all! Mrs. Osborn is survived by one nephew, Merle B. Osborn and his wife, Judith of Tavares, FL, several great-nieces and nephews as well as many loving friends. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date and will be held at the Zellwood United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Mrs. Osborn's honor to Evergreen Cemetery, P.O. Box 386, Zellwood, FL 32798. Arrangements by ALLEN J. HARDEN FUNERAL HOME, 1800 N. Donnelly Street, Mount Dora, FL 32757. 352-383-8178. (

Ray Ovington,  author,  sportsman  3-12-92 
Ray Ovington, 74, Riverbreeze Boulevard, an author and illustrator, died Thursday at home of cancer. Mr. Ovington was born in New York City and first came to this area more than 40 years ago and returned in the 1970's to make Ormond Beach his home. A fly fisherman, hunter and outdoorsman all his life he used his experiences to write and illustrate more than 40 books on nature and recreational subjects. During his life he embraced several careers. He was a member of the Fred Waring Chorus, an arranger and composer of singing radio commercials, a writer of a daily outdoors column for the New York World  Telegram and Sun, and was familiar for many years for his articles on fly-tying and freshwater fishing in several men's magazines,  As a radio announcer he covered news and special sports events for CBS, NBC's "Monitor", and Mutual Radio Network.  While with CBS he covered the Daytona Beach race car events that were held on the beach.   Long time residents might remember him as an announcer with radio stations WROD(-AM 340) and WNDB(-AM 1150).  He was a noted lecturer for various conservation societies and sportsmen's clubs.  In recent years he participated in Career Day projects at Ormond Elementary School,  Ormond Middle School and Seabreeze High School, and was a mentor in the Volunteers in Public Schools.  He was a past member of the Volusia/Flagler Sierra Club, and donated several of his wildlife paintings for fund raising projects such as  the Bicentennial Youth Park, Deland, and the Bicentennial Park, Ormond-by-the-Sea.  Survivors include his wife, Moraima; a son, Roland; two daughters,  Roseanna Ovington and Rosada Ovington-Schwaab; a stepson Web Essex; two stepdaughters, Andrea and Arielle Essex and a granddaughter.  The family suggests memorial donations to Hospice of Volusia /Flagler Counties,  655 N. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach 32114.  Volusia County Cremation Society, Daytona Beach, is in charge.


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