In loving memory of
Donald R. Bias
  • July 22, 1943
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  • September 13, 2017

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Donald Ray Bias, 74, passed away peacefully at home in Tavares, FL on September 13, 2017.  Don was born to Louise & Otis Bias in Oklahoma City, OK on July 22, 1943.

Besides his wife of 32 years, Barbara, Don is survived by his beloved children; Steven (Martina), Don Alan (Cindy), Kerrie (David) and Wesley; step-children, Darren (Dee Dee) Downing and Kelly Downing; his sister, Peggy Lane.  Don’s 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren were the loves of his life.  He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Sharon Black.

Don spent his life in the printing profession, starting out as a press helper, pressman, plant manager and eventually East Tennessee Sales Manager for Lithographics in Nashville, TN.

After retiring and moving to Tavares, FL in June of 2008, Don became a member of First United Methodist Church, Mount Dora, where he volunteered at Lake Cares Food Bank.

Don was an avid fisherman who loved spending the day fishing on the water with his kids and grand-kids. He was a past Commodore of the Aqua Knots Boat Club and was also very active in Imperial Terrace East activities.

He liked to end each day going for a golf cart ride with his special pal, “Honey Bunny”, and loved to greet all his friends throughout the community.

A Memorial Service will be held in Knoxville, TN on Sunday, October 1, 2017.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Imperial Terrace East Clubhouse in Tavares, FL at 11:00 am Saturday, October 28, 2017, with a luncheon to follow.  Pastor Gary Upleger will be officiating.


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  1. 28 Sep 2017
    Liz and Joel Olson says:
    Our friend and neighbor leaves a hole in our hearts and in our community. We can only remember all the great times we had and know he left good deeds in so many activities he accomplished. He made this word a better place and he will grace the next word free of pain and worries.

  2. 26 Sep 2017
    Kelly Downing says:
    Don was a wonderful parent to me and my best fishing buddy. He was very funny. I'm so blessed he was in my life. He will be greatly missed.

  3. 26 Sep 2017
    Emily says:
    We are going to miss Uncle Don so much. I still can't imagine that as I type this he isn't at home in Florida riding around in his golf cart. As much as I'm saddened for my own loss, I'm even more sad for my Aunt, cousins and my mom. I know that he's in a beautiful place (even more than Florida) and he will always be with us in our memories and hearts. He was the best Uncle and I will miss him. ❤️

  4. 26 Sep 2017
    Dale and Gena lit a candle:
    Lit since September 26, 2017 at 9:11:42 AM

  5. 26 Sep 2017
    Sandra Laird says:
    Take comfort in knowing how many people loved Don (and you). Know that as you go through the coming days not only will your family and friends be there for you, but I bet Don will be close by also.

    Sending prayers of peace, strength and
    love.
    Sandy and Rick Laird

  6. 26 Sep 2017
    Meadows says:
    We didn't know Don very well but he always had a smile an would help you anytime. He will be missed

  7. 26 Sep 2017
    Nancy and Don Carpenter says:
    We celebrate your time together. We are saddened for your loss. We enjoyed the times we spent together. Don was a fun loving guy!

  8. 26 Sep 2017
    Larry and Carole Hensel says:
    Larry and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Don was a wonderful man and would do anything to help anyone in need. He will be truly missed.

  9. 20 Sep 2017
    IRIS CAINES says:
    I EXTEND MY SYMPATHY TO BARB AND ALL OF DON'S FAMILY. I WAS DEEPLY SADDENED TO HEAR OF DON'S PASSING. HE WAS A WONDERFUL, KIND MAN. I ENJOYED VISITING WITH HIM AND BARB WHEN THEY WERE OUT FOR A RIDE IN THEIR GOLF CART. HE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL. IRIS CAINES

  10. 17 Sep 2017
    Simon and Geri Buwalda says:
    Barb -- our condolences on the passing of Don. We, too, had a loss. Our son Brian Buwalda was electrocuted on Monday, Sep 11, 2017, by a down power line in Winter Park during the Irma hurricane storm. We together grieve but we have hope that they are now at rest with Our Lord!
    Simon and Geri Buwalda

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