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Orange County FLGenWeb: Obituaries


Source: From an Orlando newspaper, October 23 and 24, 1901:

David L. HANCOCK, Clerk of the County Criminal Court, died at his rooms on Pine Street this morning at 10:30. Mr. Hancock has long been a sufferer and his death has been looked for by his friends for a long time. Within the last few weeks he has failed rapidly and those closest to him were aware that his death was coming soon. Although suffering very much, he was never heard to complain and bore his lot bravely and manfully. Mr. Hancock was born in Virginia and was 37 years of age. He is survived by seven brothers and one sister. One brother was with him at the last. He came to Orlando about sixteen years ago and has remained her since that time. He has been for the last four year Clerk of the County Criminal Court, and was the first member of the Old Shine Guards, of which organization he was first lieutenant, and was also the first member of the present Orlando Rifles, of which he was sergeant. He was ever a popular man and had very many friends who will lament his death. He was a kindly, brave, uncomplaining spirit.

The funeral will occur at the Presbyterian Church tomorrow afternoon at 2:30. The Rev J. I. NORRIS will officiate and the Orlando Rifles will act as escort to the body. The burial will be at Orlando Cemetery. [probably Greenwood]

The funeral of the late David L. HANCOCK occurred at the Presbyterian Church this afternoon. The church was crowded with the friends of the deceased and the services were very impressive. Orlando Rifles, under command of Lieut. Clark ROBINSON, were out in force and acted as escort. Rev. J. I. NORRIS officiated and made very impressive remarks on the occasion. He was assisted in the services by Rev. L. W. MOORE.

The body was escorted to the Orlando Cemetery by the Rifles, the pall bearers being
Judge Wm. MARTIN,
E. H. C RUZ,
and Lieut. A. C. HART.

A large cortege followed the body to the grave.

After a solemn committal, a soldiers volley was fired over the burial place of their comrade who had just been laid at rest with military honors.


John Wesley Simmons

Source: Newspaper clipping found on the back of the 1905 Orlando High School Class picture in the Central Florida Memory collection. The clipping has the year 1941 handwritten on it. The photo is from the same picture.

In Memoriam, by W. R. O'Neal

John Wesley Simmons, born in Paola, Indiana, Sept. 22, 1885; died in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 17, 1920.

Settled in Orlando in 1905 from East Florida Seminary; Superintendent of Orlando Public Schools; an unusual teacher and administrator

He was a Mason in all branches and member of the Methodist Church.