Alice Faye Mansfield

Alice Faye Mansfield, 77, passed away Nov. 24, 2018, at the home of her daughter in Tallahassee, Fla. Alice was born May 13, 1941, in Punta Gorda, Fla., and was a lifelong resident of DeSoto County. Alice and her husband Don owned and operated a bakery in her early years. Once becoming a parent, she began to devote her life to being a full-time mother and homemaker. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

Survivors include one son, Gary A. (Kim Bolin) Mansfield, of Arcadia, Fla., and one daughter, Donna F. (Garry) Payne, of Tallahassee. Ms. Mansfield also leaves a sister, Jean Terry, of Louisville, Ky.; four grandchildren, Jason (Irene) Mansfield, Nicole (Taylon) Parrish, Molly Mansfield, Tyler (Alison) Mansfield; and three great-grandchildren, Wesley, Serena and Donavan. She is preceded in death by her parents, Earnest and Lena Butler Thompson; her husband, Don Mansfield; four sisters; Lillian Black Crutchfield, Lena Mae Thompson, Adel Thompson, Grace Thompson Hamilton; and six brothers, Charles Thompson Jr., Victory Thompson, Donald Thompson, Paul Thompson, Harold Thompson and Ronald Thompson.

Visitation was Dec. 1, 2018, at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia. Funeral services were with the Rev. Jerry Atkins officiating. Burial followed at Joshua Creek Cemetery, Arcadia.

Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia, handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.com.

Jean Elam Betts

Jean Elam Betts, 81, passed away Dec. 4, 2018, in Port Charlotte, Fla. Ms. Betts was born Dec. 20, 1936, in Richmond, Va., moving to DeSoto County 35 years ago from Sarasota, Fla.

Jean worked for several years as a head cashier for Panty Pride. She enjoyed gardening, taking care of her children, the neighbor’s children and her pets. She had a compassionate heart for the homeless. Jean was of the Baptist faith.

Her survivors include four sons: Neil (Dora) Thomas, Arcadia, Fla., Robert Thomas, Sarasota, Douglas (Diane) Thomas, Jacksonville, Fla., and Donnie Elam, Richmond, Va.; two daughters, Rebecca Thomas and Patricia “Trish” Thomas, both of Port Charlotte; 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Jean is preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters, Barbara Byers and Nancy Ragland.

Memorial services will be conducted Dec. 9, 2018, at 2 p.m., at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, with the Rev. Ellis Cross officiating.

Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.com.

James P. Burns Jr.

James P. Burns Jr. passed away Nov. 27, 2018, at his home in Arcadia, Fla. He was born Nov. 25, 1965, in Sarasota, Fla., to James Burns Sr. and Judy Thomas.

Mr. Burns is survived by daughters Jessica Burns of Arcadia, Rayna Burns of Arcadia; a son, Cory Burns of Arcadia; a brother, Steve (Desi) Burns, Wake Forest, N.C.; his mother, Judy (Doug) Thomas of Arcadia; grandchild Andrea Chavez; and two nieces, Sara and Brenna. James is preceded in death by his grandmother, Evelyn Hileman.

James had been a part of the DeSoto County community since the early 1980s. He had graduated from Sarasota High School. He loved animals, football and was an avid NASCAR fan. But his joy in life was spending time with his family and friends.

Memorial services will be held Dec. 16, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at the Arcadia AmVets, 2846 SW U.S. Highway 17, Arcadia.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the American Heart Association National Center, 7277 Greenville, Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75231. He had an artificial heart for three years.

Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at pongerkaysgrady.com.

(0) entries

Sign the guestbook.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.