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.
Philip A. Lewis
Phil has been a Licensed Funeral Director since 1985 and became the Location Leader for Akin-Davis in 2022. He has been married to his wife, Donna, for 40 years and has lived in the LaBelle area all of that time. He and Donna have a daughter named Kristi Lewis Soud.
Octavia S. Lozano
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.
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.
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 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.
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”.