FORT MYERS, FL – Residents and employees of Shell Point Retirement Community were shocked and saddened to hear of the death of David Fribley, Lance Corporal, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, who died during an ambush by Iraqi troops faking surrender, on Sunday, March 23 near Nasiriyah in Iraq.
News of the young man’s death sent shock waves throughout the community earlier this week. David Fribley was a bright and energetic employee of Shell Point Retirement Community from April, 2001, through May, 2002. A graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in recreation and sports management, Fribley moved to Southwest Florida, where he accepted a position as a program coordinator for the resort services department of the retirement community which serves more than 1,700 residents.
Fribley was working at Shell Point during the attacks in New York and Washington on 9/11/01. Following the 9/11 attacks, David decided to become a United States Marine. When he left for Camp Lejeune, NC, in 2002, he wrote a farewell letter to his manager at Shell Point. In the letter he stated, “The greatest gift one can give to another is the gift of service. I do not know who said this, but I have heard the saying before. The following is my gift to you and others: May I honor you and our fellow countrymen and women. I will earn the privilege to wear the eagle, globe and anchor for all those that cannot. With all the strength of my fellow Marines, we shall always provide you with the comforting feeling of safety that you have each day.”
According to Lynn Schneider, director of community relations, David will be missed by all who knew him at Shell Point and will be remembered as a kind and enthusiastic person dedicated to his country and to serving others.
A Fitting Tribute to Those Who Served
FORT MYERS, FL – Kemper Lorraine, a retiree living in The Woodlands at Shell Point Retirement Community, still thinks back with deep fondness to the older brother who gave his life for this country. In September, 1944, Kemper was just 17, and a freshman in college, when he heard the news about his older brother. Following in his beloved brother’s footsteps, and against his mother’s wishes, Kemper enlisted in the Naval Air Corps one month later. “That was a terrible time for me,” said Kemper recently in an interview at The Woodlands. “My brother was a special person and while we occasionally fought like brothers often do, it was a devastating blow to lose him.”
When the terrorist attacks occurred last year, Kemper and his wife, Elizabeth, were in their home in Rosemont. The devastating tragedy of September 11 spurred the couple to take action and create a memorial to their brothers and fathers who served this country so faithfully in both World War I and World War II.
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Shell Point Continues as “King’s Crown”
||Dr. Bernard S. King
March 30, 1913 – July 12, 2001 Treasurer of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (1952-1977), First Treasurer of the Alliance Development Association (1963), Member of Shell Point’s Board of Directors (1963-1977), Shell Point’s Executive Director (1977-1985), Shell Point Resident (1986-2001) More than just a wise steward of God’s resources…
More than just a God-fearing leader…
Dr. King was indeed the very image of Shell Point.
His wisdom and hard work brought Shell Point to financial stability.
He instituted the Resident Quarterly Meetings, ensuring that management and residents would function hand-in-hand.
His unconditional commitment to Shell Point became clear whenever he spoke, while his humility and dedication to the one true King shone through his actions.
Let it be known that Shell Point is truly a Crown to the King.
Shell Point’s WWII Veterans Have Stories to Tell
FORT MYERS, FL (May 19, 2001) – May is a month of remembrance, with two important holidays dedicated to the men and women who served our country in times of conflict. Armed Forces Day, celebrated this year on May 19th, has saluted all branches of the armed forces since its inception in 1949, when the services were unified under the Department of Defense. Memorial Day honors the nation’s armed services personnel killed in wartime and was first observed in 1868 as a salute to those lost in the American Civil War. This year, the holiday is on Monday, May 28th.
The following articles, which recognize several of Shell Point’s veterans, were originally printed in the March issue of the Land & Sea Journal and are reprinted here in an abridged version.
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