Frank Robinson "Bud" Etheridge – Founder & Board Chairman of Miller Bearings
Frank R. 'Bud' Etheridge of Lake Adair Blvd., North Orlando, died Sunday, July 29 from respiratory failure. Born in Atlanta, GA, he moved to Philadelphia at age 12. He graduated with a BS in business from Temple University where he was a member of Sigma Pi, Kappa Chapter. >He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII aboard the aircraft career U.S.S. Hancock CV-19 in the south Pacific.
He moved to Central Florida in 1957. Mr. Etheridge was the founder and Board Chairman of Miller Bearings, Inc. From its Orlando headquarters he expanded the company to 18 locations within Florida. He was a founder and past board member of Independent Bank of Ocala and Alliance Bank in Orlando, now merged with CNL Bank
He was a founder and past board member of Bearing Specialist Association and a member of Power Transmission Distributors Association, two international trade organizations.
He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity, a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner and also a member of the Country Club of Orlando.
He was a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke. He was a staunch and lifelong supporter of organizations for the benefit of youth and benevolence.
Frank married Edna Ruth Cox on Feb. 21, 1954 in Lakeland, Fl. In lieu of flowers, tax-deductible contributions may be made to the Frank L. Etheridge Nursing Education Fund and mailed to Dean, Mead, Egerton, P.O. Box 2346, Orlando, 32802. Funeral services will be held today, Thursday, August 2, 2001 at 2 PM at the Cathedral Church St. Lukes, 130 N. Magnolia Ave., Orlando. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery In Orlando, Fl.. Orlando Sentinel, Aug.1, 2001 - B: 7-4-1927 – D: 7-29-2001
Scottie a long-time resident of Orlando, FL passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2010. Scottie was born in Cairo, GA on January 31, 1934, to David Scott and Irene Cox.
After winning the title Miss Deep South at the age of 17, she moved to Lakeland, FL where she met and then married, the late Frank Robinson "Bud" Etheridge on February 21, 1954. She was involved with various charitable organizations throughout her life including the Junior Sorosis, Council of 101 (current member), and the Women's Committee of Florida Symphony Society (board member). She was also a member of the First Baptist Church of Orlando and the Country Club of Orlando. Upon the death of her husband, Scottie assumed a position of vice-chairperson at Miller Bearings, Inc., the company Bud founded with his father.
Family and friends will be received at the Baldwin Fairchild Lake Ivanhoe on Sunday, August 8, 2010. Funeral Services will be celebrated at Cathedral Church of St. Luke on Monday, August 9 at 2 p.m., interment at Greenwood Cemetery, with reception to follow. Please view and sign the online guestbook at www.baldwinfairchild.com . In lieu of flowers, the family requests tax deductible donations be sent to the FRE Nursing Education Fund c/o the Central Florida Community Foundation at 1411 Edgewater Dr., Suite 203, Orlando, FL 32804.- Orlando, Sentinel- Aug. 7, 2010