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> MAMIE LUCRETIA RICHARDSON - 102 - Owner of ML's Beauty Nook
LAKELAND - Sister Mamie Lucretia Richardson, 102, was born August 29, 1917 to parents Henry Richard and Bessie B. Wilcox. She passed away Feb. 29, 2020.  She graduated from Washington Park High School in Lakeland, FL, class of 1935, and Orange Blossom Cosmetologists Association, Inc., Tampa where earned her doctorate in cosmetology. She was the owner of ML's Beauty Nook, a lady attendant for H.W. Oldham Funeral Home and a receptionist for W.J. Johnson, M.D. She was a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church (Helping Hands Ministry, Sunday School Teacher, Adults & Usher and Orange Blossom Cosmetologists' Association (State of Florida Legislative Secretary). Helping Hands Ministry, Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, later renamed Mamie L. Richardson Helping Hands Ministry which is a food pantry and clothes closet for the needy in the community. > Sister Richardson was preceded in death by both parents, her sister, Josie Mae Brown and daughter, Carolyn B. Greene. To forever cherish her in loving memories are: daughter, Charlene (Leroy) Brinson; grandson, Lawrence (fiancee' Natalie) Cole, II; granddaughter, Garbrielle (Johnathon) Allen, and great-grandson, Julian Allen. Other survivors include special cousins Harding Brown, Noisettia Delores Lewis, Vivian Underwood and Dorothy Jones. Many other sorrowing cousins and friends will miss our beloved Sister Mamie L. Richardson. Visitation is Friday, 5-7 pm at Harmony MB Church (1645 N. Webster Ave.). Homegoing Celebration will be Saturday, 2 pm at the Church. - Ledger, March 6, 2020.
> MICHAEL 'MIKE' CORNELIUS ARDIS -
LAKELAND - Michael 'Mike' Cornelius Ardis was born in Slocomb, Alabama on April 16, 1929; and passed away June 28, 2016. He spent his formative years in Alabama where he was educated at the Geneva County Training School. Mike attended Washington Park High School and graduated with the class of 1949. Mike attended Bethune-Cookman College where he received his BS degree in Education; He entered Bethune-Cookman University Hall of Fame having won SIAC conference championships for the BCC Wildcats in Golf, Basketball and Football. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Mike served his country as a member in the United Stated Army during the Korean War. Upon his return, Mike coached and taught school at Mickens High School in Dade City, Florida. Mike never retired and he never stop playing golf, he just moved from one golf club house to another and then he added fishing to his résumé. The Wake will be held on Thursday, July 7, 2016, from 5pm -6:40 pm. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July, 8, 2016 at 11:00 am. All scheduled events will be held at Harmony M.B. Church, Lakeland, FL. Oldham Funeral Homes presiding. Ledger, July 6, 2016.
> COLONEL FREDDIE CLARENCE AUSTIN - 
LAKELAND - Freddie Clarence Austin was born May 30, 1930 in Lakeland to Daisy Belle Washington and Aaron Eddie Austin. He attended Washington Park High School where he was a member of the varsity basketball and softball teams, class president and graduated valedictorian in 1948. He was a graduate of S.C. State College (BS Degree 1950), Lincoln University (Master's Degree-Education 1964), and George Washington University (Master's Degree -Administration 1976). He became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at S.C. State College where he served as President and Treasurer. In 1954, he joined the US Army where he began a stellar career in the military consisting of many tours and rising to the rank of Colonel. He earned numerous citations including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Legion of Merit Citation. He retired in 1984 and returned home to Lakeland. During retirement, he served as President of Washington Park High, Class of 1948; VP & President of Washington Park Rochelle Alumni Assoc. (1993-2015), President of Tiny Tots Daycare Board of Directors and Junior Partner, Lakeland Assoc. of Investors. He was inducted in the Polk County Schools Hall of Fame. On Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, he peacefully answered his Father's call. > He leaves to cherish his memory Lena Pickett, Bernice Smith, Hazel Gray, Constance Fennell, Gloria Perkins, Russell King, Inez King, Reginal King, Ellard Boles, Edna Diane Williams, first cousins, second, third and fourth cousins. The Visitation will be Friday, 5-7 pm at HW Oldham Funeral Home. The Homegoing Tribute will be held December 7th, Saturday, 12 pm at Word Alive Ministries (1019 N. Tennessee Ave., Lakeland).- Ledger, Dec. 4,  2019.
> ONA MAE  BRYANT - 86 - 
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Ona Mae Bryant had one thing to say when family members called her from Philadelphia or North Carolina. "She would always say `When you coming, when you coming,' " said her daughter, Shirley Bryant-Best of Philadelphia. When her relatives did come for visits, Mrs. Bryant loved introducing them to everyone she knew. Bryant-Best said this sometimes embarrassed her. "But she would just say `I'm the mama, I'm the mama,' " Bryant-Best said, meaning Mrs. Bryant didn't want any resistance. Mrs. Bryant of Lakeland, a nurses' assistant known for her bright smile, died of secondary anemia Wednesday (Sept. 4, 2002) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Lakeland, Mrs. Bryant was a lifelong resident. She graduated from Washington Park High School in 1935 and was a Gray Lady volunteer at Lakeland's Morrell Hospital. For 15 years, she worked as a nursing assistant at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. "She was just willing to be the best caregiver she could be," Bryant-Best said of her mother's bedside manner. "Her smile made people feel better. She had a willingness to care. "Mrs. Bryant was a member of Mathis Chapter 170 of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a past worthy matron. She was a member of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the deaconess board and the mission board. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tony Bryant. >In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Bryant is survived by her sons, Edward Lattimore, Newbern, N.C., and Gerald Miller, Bartow; daughters, Ruby Miller and Joyce Townsend, both of Philadelphia, and Ona Clarke, Lakeland; sister, Iniska Patience, Philadelphia; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be this evening from 6 to 8 at New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church. H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. Ona Mae Bryant, 86, Nursing Assistant Ona Mae Bryant loved to host visitors. By Rachael Pleasant The Ledger, Sept. 9, 2002.
> JAMES DEADWILEY - 83 - Wastewater Management Supervisor
LAKELAND -- Mr. James Deadwiley of Lakeland died Monday (Aug. 15, 2005) at Good Shepherd Hospice Center. The cause of death is pending investigation by a medical examiner. He was born March 24, 1922, in Madison, and came here from Bradenton 15 years ago. He was a wastewater management supervisor with the city of Bradenton. He attended Washington Park High School in Lakeland. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. >Deadwiley is survived by his daughters, Marian Deadwiley, Tallahasse, and Cierra Brown, Lakeland; brother, Willie Charles Deadwiley, Lakeland; and one grandchild. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the H.W. Oldham Funeral Home. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Lakeland. Burial will follow at Florida National Cemetery.- Ledger, Aug.18, 2005.

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