History & Staff

Personalized service options allow you to honor your loved ones in a way that is both meaningful and healing. We hope to provide support and caring while delivering memorial services that celebrate life and help families find the peace they deserve.
If you’re seeking an honorable celebration of life, we invite you to learn more about where we came from, our vision, and the dedicated people behind our work.

A History of Caring

Akin-Davis Funeral Homes has been serving the Clewiston community for decades, long enough to remember a time when funeral homes also operated ambulance services. In 1973 they opened their second location in LaBelle to better serve the needs of the community. 

It was originally named Clewiston funeral home until the early 1980s when Cecil Akin and Luther Davis purchased the business and renamed the funeral home Akin-Davis. In 1998 they expanded to a third location in Fort Myers. In 2009, the Akin children, Daniel and Kimberly continued the family tradition and took over management of the firm.


Our Staff’s Dedication to Respectful Care

A funeral, or memorial service, should provide family members and loved ones with the chance to reflect, remember, and celebrate a life well-lived. Our goal is to create exceptional services and experiences that fulfill the wishes of your loved one. Our experienced Funeral Directors provide guidance on the crucial first steps toward healing.

Paul D. Gales
Location Leader

Paul D. Gales has been with Akin-Davis Funeral Home for 5 years. He and his wife Vicki have called SWFL home since 2010 moving from Endicott, NY.

He is a Veteran of the United States Air Force from 1986 to 1993 as a Sergeant/ Fire Fighter/EMT.

He graduated from the Simmons Institute of Funeral Service Syracuse, NY in January 1996. He has worked at privately owned and Corporate owned funeral homes in NY and FL.in various positions from Funeral Director to Area Manager.

He spends most of his time away from work with family and the grandsons.



Octavia S. Lozano
Lead Administrator

Octavia has been with Akin-Davis Funeral Home since 2013. Before she joined the Funeral Business, she worked at a Ford Dealership for more than 15 years in the Finance Department.

Octavia has lived in LaBelle for 46 years. She enjoys doing what she does and assisting the families of Hendry & Lee counties. Octavia has 2 beautiful adult daughters and a proud grandmother of one grand-daughter named Grace.



Carl Beck
Senior Funeral Director

Carl is from a small town in Illinois, called Windsor. He is one of three children in his family. All of his family still live in Illinois, he gets to see them about twice a year.

Carl earned his funeral director degree at Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana and he worked for several funeral homes in Illinois before moving to Florida fifteen years ago to join the staff of Akin-Davis Funeral Home and has called LaBelle home ever since.

While being in Florida, Carl has earned his Bachelors Degree in General Studies and his Masters Degree in Education Intervention both from Ottawa University.

When not at the funeral home, Carl is a home body and spends most of his days watching tv shows, movies or reading a good book.



Saul Zuniga
Lead Cemetery Services

Saul is a long-time resident of Labelle. He started working at Akin-Davis Funeral Home after graduating from Labelle High School and has been with the company for 13 years and counting.

When he’s not at work, you can find Saul enjoying the outdoors with his family, trying new recipes, or cheering the University of Miami Hurricanes football team.



Mereida Leos
Administrative Assistant

Mereida Leos is an administrative assistant for Akin-Davis. She joined the FPG team in September of 2021 and has lived in the LaBelle area for 46 years. She enjoys bringing her positive attitude to work and to inspire others.

Mereida is happily married and has four wonderful children, three young women and one young man, as well as three beautiful grandkids. In her spare time, she loves to bake and cook.



Sarah Clark
Funeral Director in Training

Sarah joined the Akin-Davis team in September 2021. She is currently serving as a Licensed Apprentice while obtaining a degree in Mortuary Science to become a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer.
 
Sarah enjoys serving families in their time of need and learning alongside the other team members who work hard and pursue excellence with passion in everything they do.
 
When she is not at work, she enjoys tending to her small business, and enjoys creating new sculptures for her business's website. She also enjoys spending time with her two nieces.



Coral Marino
Funeral Director in Training & Embalmer Intern

Coral joined the Akin-Davis team in September of 2021. She currently is serving as a Licensed Apprentice while pursuing a degree in Mortuary Science to become a Licensed Funeral Director.

Coral enjoys working with and learning alongside the other team members who work hard and pursue excellence with passion in all they do. She is devoted to helping families and her community.

When she is not at work she enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her husband.



Paije A. Nichols
Funeral Director in Training & Embalmer Intern

Paije joined the team in May 2022 and is serving as a Funeral Director and Embalmer Intern while obtaining a Florida license. She moved to Florida in September 2020 from Colorado and graduated from Arapahoe Community College with a degree in Mortuary Science.

In her spare time, Paije works on her art and plays Roller Derby with her mom and spends time with her family.



Timothy B. Taylor
Licensed Prearrangement Advisor & After Care Specialist

For the past seven years, Timothy B. Taylor has served families in the funeral profession as a Licensed Prearrangement Advisor. In his earlier career, Timothy served as a Pastor in Texas and Florida. His work with the church inspired him to minister to those making difficult life decisions, leading him to his current path, where he believes that prearrangements result in less stress for the bereaved at their greatest time of need.

When he is not walking alongside families through their end-of-life care options, Timothy spends his time with his wife, Beth, and their two boys, Joshua and Caleb. Timothy and Beth enjoy the life they are building together and find joy in watching the boys play soccer, basketball, and baseball. The Taylor family truly understands what Dr. Seuss meant when he said, “you’ll never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”.