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> WALTERS, JOHN JAMES  - 51 - Alabama -
 John was born Aug. 28, 1958, in Aliceville,Al. , he was the son of  James and Mattie Lanier Walters. John was a lifelong resident of Springfield, MD., He graduated from Commerce High School in 2003 and moved to Lakeland, Polk Co.,Fl. where he was employed at Yami's Hair Braiding Salon as a maintenance worker.  He leaves his mother, Mattie Lacewell of Springfield,MD.; daughters; Crystal Brown and Priscilla Copeland, both of Lakeland; sons John , Kaysone and Tyson Walters and stepsons, Thomas and Sheldon Caldwell all of Springfield, MD. sons-in-laws, grandchildren ; sisters Annie Still of Springfield, Valarie Collins of Upper Marlboro, MD. and Tara Funches of Triangle, Va. ; a brother Andrew Williams of Baltimore,MD. he also leaves friends and former wife Sarann Dixons to mourn his passing.  John will be laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery in Springfield, MA.  -Ledger, Sun., Jan. 17, 2010 
> SMITH, AMOS HENRY - 101 - Funeral Notice only
Lakeland - Amos Smith, 101, passed away of natural causes March 18, 2012. Viewing was held at Ewing Memorial SDA  940 W.6th. Street. Funeral was Sunday at the church. Oldham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
 Chad Sabastian Arrington of Lake Wales, died on Oct. 26, 2010 of cardiac respiratory failure at home. Chad was born in Lake Wales a 1964 graduate of Roosevelt High School. He was a retired U.S.Air Force veteran honorbly discharged after 26 years of service. > Survivors include; son, Chad S. Arrington, Jr., Burbank, CA. ; brothers, Lonnie Houser, Sr., New Orleans, L. A. , James Houser, Lakeland,Fl., Max C. Houser, Arelious S. Houser, Donald L. Houser and Booker T. Young, Jr. of Lake Wales; sisters, Altha H. Smith, Ft. Pierce, Fl., Patricia O. Craft, Lakeland, Roslyn J. Dixon, Hesperdes, Fl. Amaryllis Pam Houser and Peggy Jean Williams of Lake Wales, Vanessa D. Pope, Stockbridge, Ga., Barbara A. Branch and Carolyn E. Eaglin of Flint, MI.  Memorial service were held Thursday at Epps Memorial Funeral Home.> Military Honors and Inturment Services; Monday at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fl., Epps Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. ( Ledger, Nov. 20, 2010 )
> WILLIE ANDERSON, Sr. – 98 - All Saints Episcopal Church - ( Lakeland Ledger, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2012 )
LAKELAND - Willie Anderson, Sr., passed away on August 18, 2012 at home due to complications from Alzheimer's. Willie was born February 5, 1914 in Surrency, Georgia and moved to Lakeland as a teenager. He was a member of The Greater St. Paul M. B.I. Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge 52, and a past member of the Social Sessions Club. Willie retired after 45 years of service from All Saints Episcopal Church as the church's sexton. He was also the custodian at WONN radio station, an affiliation of Hall Communications, and retired after 47 years' service. He also retired after 43 years' service as a custodian from James I. Black & Co Stock Brokers. >  Willie was preceded in death by his father The Late Walter Anderson and his mother The Late Nora Anderson, a sister, the Late Katie Butler. > He is survived by his wife of 62 years Johnnie Z. Anderson, daughter Alice Robinson, Erie PA, daughter Debra Anderson, son Willie "Billy" Anderson, Jr., daughter Pamela Anderson-Williams, all of Lakeland and son Gregory Anderson, Sr., Rome, Italy, Alice Williams, Lakeland, sister-in-law, Noah Roundtree, Lakeland, brother-in-law, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. >  Family will receive friends  Friday, August 24, 2012 at Oldham Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at the Greater St. Paul M.B.I. Church, Saturday, August 25, 2012.  Internment will be at Laurel Hill Cemetery. -  Ledger, Thur., Aug. 22, 2012 .
> IDA S. JOHNSON -  92 - Home Care Specialist  - Lakeland  Ledger, Nov. 1, 2012 )
LAKELAND - Ida S. Johnson, departed this earth on Oct. 25, 2012, due to natural causes. She was a devoted mother to her only son, Lewis Kavis Johnson, Jr., a loving wife and above all, a faithful servant of the Lord. She was a faithful member of New Bethel AME Church where she served as Sunday School Teacher, Usher and Missionary Board Member. She was a Home Care Specialist for many notable families in Lakeland. Miss Ida's passion was baking sweet potato and pumpkin pies, sour crème pound cakes and her humming bird cake for hundreds of people to enjoy. >She leaves to cherish her memories, a devoted son, Lewis Kavis Johnson, Jr. (Pamela), Tallahassee; sisters, Mattie Boyer, Francena Barnes, Barbara Stanton, Margaret Stanton & Cassie Huntley; brothers, Theodore Stanton & John Henry Stanton, three grandchildren, Meagon L. Johnson, Alexis R. Johnson & Stanton D. Johnson; several adopted daughters & sons. > She was preceded in death by her husband Mr. Lewis Johnson, Sr. > Visitation Wake Service will be Friday, at Oldham Funeral Chapel. Homegoing Celebration will be Saturday, 11 am at New Bethel AME Church (2122 MLK Ave., 
> GUS  BUTLER, Jr. – 78 - Supervisor Packing Co., Lakeland-   (Ledger, Monday, Nov. 26, 2012)
LAKELAND - Gus Butler, Jr. died Tuesday, November 20th at Valencia Hills Health & Rehabilitation Center. Cause of death was due to respiratory complications. Mr. Butler was born in Fort Gaines, GA. He was educated in the Clay County School system, and moved to Lakeland in the early 1950s. He retired as a supervisor from the Lakeland Packing Company in 1996. He was active in community service work, a member of the Moorehead-Robinson Quarters Historical Society, and was a Deacon at the Greater New Jerusalem Baptist Church. > Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Cleotha Butler of Lakeland; sons, David Williams of Tampa, James and Frank of Lakeland; daughters, Frances, Dorothy, and Marynell of Lakeland; nine grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren; brother, James Williams, Sr. of Lakeland; sisters, Fairbelle Williams and Stella Keith of Tampa. >Visitation will be held Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 at the Coney Funeral Home, 1404 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Lakeland. >Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the Greater New Jerusalem Baptist Church, 1125 N. New York Ave., 
> ASONIA WASHINGTON – 91- Beautician - Ledger, Thursday, March 7, 2013.
BARTOW - Asonia Washington, of Bartow, FL, died Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Spring Lake Nursing Center in Winter Haven, FL, due to heart failure. She was a member of the First Providence Missionary Baptist Church.She was beautician. She was the daughter of the late James Waldon and the late Alberta Waldon. >She is survived by one daughter: Vendarae Lewis (Clifton), Bartow, FL, one step-daughter Celesta Washington Crosby (Manny), Bartow, FL, two grand-daughters, Maya Johnson (Jason), Bartow, FL. Beverly Washington Pringle & Family, Bartow, FL, two grandsons Cameron Lewis, Washington D.C., Gary Crosby & Family, Atlanta GA., one great granddaughter Lyric Johnson, Bartow, FL. Arrangements are being handled by Gause Funeral Home, 625 S. Holland Parkway, Bartow, FL The family will receive friends, Friday, March 8, 2013 at First Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Bartow, FL. Funeral service will be at the church Saturday, March 9,2013
> ANITA LOUISE FORD – 51 -Winter Haven Hospital - Ledger, March 6, 2008
WINTER HAVEN - Anita Louise Ford, died of a heart attack Wednesday Feb. 27, 2008 at Winter Haven Hospital. Born in Winter Haven on May 27, 1956, she was a lifelong resident. She was employed by the Winter Haven Hospital for the past 33 years where she was currently serving as bed utilization coordinator in the admitting department. She was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church. >Ms. Ford is survived by her daughters Rashawnda Harvey, Tim Miramar, Fl., Vernika Ford, Mike Winter Haven; mother Corrine Lane, Winter Haven; brother, Charles Argro, Winter Haven, FL.; 4 grandchildren.  Visitation will be Friday at First Missionary Baptist Church, 200 Avenue R. N.W., Winter Haven, FL. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Interment will be in Rolling Hills Cemetery. Alexander Funeral Home, 620 Avenue T N.E., Winter Haven. –
> LUE BERTHA WHITE – 61 - School Teacher - Ledger,Thursday, August 22 , 2013
BARTOW - Mrs. Lue Bertha White, age 61, died of respiratory failure Sunday (August 18, 2013) in Lakeland. Born in Bartow on Jan. 24, 1952, she was a lifelong resident. She was a school teacher and a member of Morning Star M.B. Church. > Mrs. White is survived by her husband Lee White, Bartow; daughters: Melissa Threatt (Cornelis), Christina White Williams, both of Lakeland; son Lee White, Jr. (Alice), Winter Haven; sisters: Merita Bethea, Pamela Carter, both of Bartow, Felicia Carter,Texas; brothers, Darryl Carter, Ocala, FL, Samuel Carter,Bartow;10 grandchildren;2 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Fri. at Morning Star M.B. Church, Bartow. Services will be Saturday at St. James A.M.E. Church, Bartow. Williams Funeral Home, Bartow. 
> ELIZA E. ROBINSON POWELL – 97 -  Publix Supermarkets  - Ledger, Feb. 7, 2014
LAKELAND - Born in Jackson, AL on Nov. 21, 1916, at the age of 8, she relocated to Starke, FL where she was educated and joined the Bethel MB Church. In 1945, she and her family moved to Lakeland, FL where she joined the First Baptist Institutional Church as a faithful member for over 50 years where she served on Choir #2 and Women Senior Mission. She worked professionally at the Publix Supermarket and domestically until she retired. As the book of life closed on Feb. 3, 2014, due to natural causes. >She leaves to cherish her memory a loving family: her daughter, Joyce Powell Clayton (Dennis) and son, Lonnie Flowies, Jr.; a host of other relatives and friends. Visitation will be First Baptist Institutional Church 932 MLK Ave., Lakeland,  Funeral Service will be celebrated Saturday at the Church. Services entrusted to: HW Oldham Funeral Home. 
> LEROY CANADY, Sr. -  88 - Greyhound Busline - U.S. Army WWII -  
LAKELAND - Leroy Canady, Sr., died of natural causes on June 11, 2013. He moved to Florida 60 years ago from Valdosta, GA. He has been a resident of Lakeland and a member of Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church for over 50 years. Mr. Canady served in the US Army during World War II to protect and honor his country. Leroy worked & retired from the Greyhound-Trailways Busline for over 30 years and the Phosphate Mines for a number of years.>He was preceded in death by his wife, Bennie Mae Canady in 1985 and 2 sons, Clifford & Wheeler Canady. >He is survived by his loving granddaughter & care-giver, Tonya Young of Lakeland; two daughters, Earnestine Smith & Cindy L. Bowers (Herman); 2 sons, Leroy Canady, Jr. (Mary) & Jimmie Lee Canady; 19 grandchildren, 50 great –grandchildren, 6 great great grandchildren & a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and sorrowing friends. Visitation will be Friday, at Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church (1240 N. Ohio Ave, Lakeland). Funeral will be Saturday at the Church. –   Ledger, June 20, 2013
>ERNEST "BUBBA"SANDERS - 91 - Swift Mining Co.  -  Ledger, Oct. 4, 2013
FORT MEADE - Mr. Ernest Sanders died of heart failure Monday, September 30, 2013 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, FL. Mr. Sanders was born in Florida on April 22, 1922. >He is survived by three sons, Charles Sanders, Alvin Sanders and Michael Sanders (Janice) of Fort Meade. Step- children include Cheyenne Hannon (Joe), Brenda Ming (William), Marian Barfield (Jerry), Janice Middleton, Villette White (deceased), Alonzo White, and Chester White (Brenda). He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends and visitors on Friday evening, October 4th, 2013 at Mr. Sander's home at 804 South Seminole Avenue, Fort Meade. Funeral services will be on Saturday, October 5th at Beulah Baptist Church in Fort Meade. Viewing will precede at the service. Central Florida Casket Store and Funeral Chapel of Lakeland, FL.
LAKELAND - Charles E. Sanders, died Thursday (Nov. 10, 2011) due to heart failure. Charles E. Sanders was born on Nov. 27, 1938 to the union of Alberta and Robert Sanders in Lakeland, Florida. He was the 12th child of 13 children. He attended school at Rochelle and was a drum major. He later joined the Army and served faithfully until 1967.  In 1981, he met and married Linda Freeman. Charles surrendered his life to God in 1983 and served at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle in 1989 until God called him home. > He is survived by his devoted wife Linda Sanders; children Lanita Price (Vaughn) Tucson, AZ, Charleton Sanders, Las Vegas, NV, Stephanie Sanders, Atlanta, GA, Cacentra (Buffy) Ross (Quentin), Lakeland, FL, Robert (Petey) Jenkins, Plant City; 2 brothers: George Sanders and Tilmon James Sanders (Pat), Lakeland; sister-in-law Patricia Sanders, Lakeland, FL; 10 grandchildren; 9 Godchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Visitation will be Friday, Service Sat. both at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle. Coney Funeral Chapel – Ledger, Nov. 18, 2011
> ELMIRA COLE SUTTON – 73 - Ledger, May 14, 2009 
LAKE ALFRED - Elmira Cole Sutton, of 914 Adamson Ct., Lake Alfred, FL died on May 10, 2009. The cause of death was complications due to Coronary Artery Disease.> She is survived by her husband, Willie Sutton, 6 sons, 5 daughters, a brother, a sister, 31 grandchildren & 31 great grandchildren. Visitation on Friday, 5/15/2009 from 6 pm till 8 pm, First Missionary Baptist Church located on Ave R NW in Winter Haven, FL. Funeral services, Sat., 5/16/09, 11:00 AM, at the same location. Burial will follow the services at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Lake Alfred, FL. - 
> NORMAN LEE “Mr. Flew” FLEWELLEN, Sr. – 71 - Norman's Wesco Gas Co.- son of Beatrice DuBose
HAINES CITY -- Mr. Norman Lee "Mr. Flew" Flewellen Sr. of Haines City died of heart and lung failure Monday (March 20, 2006) at Brandywyne Healthcare Center. He was born in Columbus, Ga., on April 23, 1934, he came to Haines City from there 47 years ago. He owned Norman's Wesco Gas Company for 23 years. He also was a construction worker for Florida Pipe and Iron Foundry, having assisted with building Walt Disney World and the Cinderella castle. He was an Army veteran and a member of the American Legion. He was a former member of Beulah Baptist Church.> Mr. Flewellen is survived by his wife, Annie Laura Flewellen; mother, Beatrice DuBose, Haines City; sons, Allen Ray Battle, Winter Haven, Norman L. Flewellen Jr., Haines City; daughters, Annie Solomon, Dundee, Alma Ree Bostic, Irvington, N.J., Sandra K. Tarver, Haines City; sisters, Jeanette Reed, Orlando, Beatrice Patricia Bland, Haines City, Lisa King, Columbus, Ga., Theresa Yancey, Bridgeport, Conn.; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be. today at Holmes Funeral Home, 601 Claude Holmes Sr. Ave., Haines City. Services will be Saturday at Friendship M.B. Church, 306 S. Myrtle St., Dundee. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery – Ledger, March 24, 2006
> BEATRICE W. "MRS. BEA" DuBOSE – 92 -  Domestic Engineer - Mother of Norman Flewellen
HAINES CITY - Beatrice W. DuBose, aka "B", of Haines City, FL, died of heart failure on Sat, July 26, 2008 at Haines City Health Care Center. Born on Valentine's Day in 1916 in Columbus, GA. She worked for the P'nut factory and was a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star in Columbus, Ga. She was a member of the Female Protection Society in Jonesville, a member of Mt. Pleasant AME Church in Gainesville serving as a recording secretary, then moved to Haines City and became a member of Greater St. Mark AME Church. She was a former operator of Graham's Inn and a member of the Fellowship Dining Association. > Her only son preceded her in her death, Norman Flewellen, Sr. >She is survived by a daughter in law Annie L. Flewellen of Lake Hamilton, 3 brothers Charles Holland of Chicago, IL, Freddie Cunningham of Geneva, GA and Eason Couch of Columbus, GA, a sister Eddie Mae Battles of Columbus, GA, 7 grandchildren: Annie Solomon, Alma Bostic, Alan Battle, Sandra Tarver, Jeanette Reed, Beatrice Patricia Bland and Norman Flewellen, Jr., 11 great grandchildren, 12 great great grandchildren and extended family members. Visitation will be on Fri. at Claude Holmes, Sr. Memorial Chapel. Services on Sat. 1 pm at Greater St. Mark AME Church, 826 N. 8th St. Haines City, FL. – Ledger, July 31, 2008.
> MARY BINGHAM STEPHENS - 79 - Unit Clerk/Hospital 
LAKELAND - Mary Bingham Stephens, Lakeland, passed away on Sept. 13, 2013 of heart failure. Mary Bingham Stephens was born on September 15, 1933 to Lillie Mae and Jaithers Lang in Morgan, Ga. She was raised by her maternal mother Mattie Frost until she was 13. > At that time she moved to Lakeland with her mother.  Mary was a graduate of Rochelle High School Class of 1951. After high school, she wed Jimmy Bingham and they had one child. Thereafter, she moved to Miami and later married Roger Stephens. She retired from North Shore Hospital as a unit clerk. Her favorite past-time was shopping at Macy's and ordering from HSN and QVC. Her favorite quote was "I'm as raggedy as a mango seed, But, I'm sweet.". >She was preceded in death by her mother, father, husband Roger Stephens and grand-daughter Monika Kaiefia Bingham. >She leaves to cherish her memories her daughter, Brozeta C. Bingham-Earby; stepson, Joseph Lee; grand-daughter, Brazzi R. Bingham-Gore (Lynn); great grand’s, Jevonte M. Gore, Taliyah B. Gore, Letavis D. Lattimore, Kiasia L. Smith, and Kailah I. Smith; special cousins, Bloss Smith and Octavia Wayman; special sister, Hattie Rich; and a host of loving family members and close friends. Her Celebration of life will be Friday 5-7 at Coney Chapel. Service will be Sat. 11 a.m. at Zion Hill P.B. Church. We entrusted our loved one into the care of Coney Funeral Home. – Ledger, Sept. 26, 2013
> DEACON JASPER WOOD -  86 -  Brick Mason Construction 
LAKELAND - Jasper Wood, died Oct. 1, 2014, at Hospice House, Lakeland. Service 11 am Mon., Oct. 6, 2014 at New Awakening Baptist Church, 1502 Powhatan. Oldham F.H. – Ledger, Sunday Oct. 5, 2014
LAKELAND - Horace B. Anthony was born in Lakeland, July 25, 1952. >He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Anthony Sr. & Dorretta Anthony; brother, David Anthony. He was a 1970 graduate of Kathleen High School & Honorably discharged from the United States Air Force (USAF) after 20 years of Service with USAF Military Intelligence. He received a variety of prestigious President's Award from U.S. President Ronald Regan, U.S. President George H.W. Bush, Awarded Joint Service Commendation Medal, & Awarded The Meritorious Service Medal Several Times Throughout Career. He served as a youth pastor at Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. > On Feb. 8, 2015, he received his final call for service at LRMC. In Horace's demise, he leaves to cherish his memories: four children, Tisha Anthony, Horace B. Anthony II, Brian C. Anthony, James C. Anthony; six grandchildren Ameera Janae, Monae A. Dawson, Aliyah Anthony, Alana Anthony, Brianna Anthony, Ava Anthony; two brothers, Willie Anthony, Jr., Maxi Anthony; three sisters Shirley Anthony, Eula Dixon, Laquinda Anthony-Davis; great aunt Justine Nelson and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation is Sunday at Oldham Funeral Chapel. Funeral Service will be Monday, 2/16/15, 10:30 am at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Oldham Funeral Home. –Ledger, Friday, Feb. 13, 2015
>JAMES “BIG JAMES” HENRY HAYES, Jr. – 75 – Retired Carpenter & Civil Rights Activist
LAKELAND -- Mr. James "Big James" Henry Hayes Jr. was a civil rights activist in the 1950s and an active member of the NAACP National Regional Level. "He talked to President Clinton over the phone and he sent him a picture," his niece, Marie Simeon of Fort Ogden, said. "He had a lot going for him." The retired carpenter for D.K. Harwell Construction died of a heart attack Dec. 2, 2003, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Lakeland.  Mr. Hayes was active in the community, serving as a poll worker during elections. He also coached boys' and girls' softball for the city of Lakeland in the youth training league for many years. "All the kids know him," Simeon said. She said her uncle enjoyed ballgames as well as working with children. He was a member of the local NAACP branch and of the national regional level. > Mr. Hayes is survived by his sons, Eddie C. Hayes, Elmira, N.Y., Leon Hayes, Orlando, and Thomas Bell, Boston; sister, Margaret Burnham, Fort Ogden; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; &11 great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel. – Ledger, Tues. Dec. 9, 2003
>ALPHONSO GRIFFIN - 73 - Mosaic Operator   - Ledger, March 29, 2012
MULBERRY - Mr. Alphonso Griffin, of Mulberry, FL, died of heart failure Tuesday (March 20, 2012) in Lakeland. He was born in Bartow on Jan. 10, 1939. He was a retired operator for Mosaic, and a member of St. Paul M.B. Church. > Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife Irene Griffin, Mulberry; 3 daughters: Jada Griffin, West Palm Beach, FL, Arletha Berry (Marvin), Memphis, TN, Vicki Griffin, Lakeland; 2 sons Alphonso A. Griffin (Barbra), Atlanta, GA, Quentin Griffin (Deshon), Lakeland; 10 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren. Visitation Friday, 5-7 pm at Mt. Olive, Bradley. Service 1 pm Sat. at St. Paul M.B. Church, Pierce. Williams Funeral Home, Bartow. 
JUANITA M. MELTON – 87 - Bordo's Citrus
WINTER HAVEN -- Mrs. Juanita M. Melton of Winter Haven died of heart failure Friday (June 23, 2006) at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. She was born in Laredo, Texas, on Aug. 29, 1918, she came to Winter Haven from there in 1959. She was a retired inspector for Bordo's Citrus Products. She was an Army Air Corps veteran. She was a member of the Knights of Columbiettes. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Winter Haven. >Mrs. Melton was preceded in death by her husband, Russell S. Melton. > She is survived by her son, John Melton, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; daughter, Sherian Barberree, Winter Haven; brothers, Aurelie Martinez Jr., Laredo, Tony Martinez, Alice, Texas; sisters, Beatriz M. Salas and Emma M. Barrios, both of Laredo; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven. Funeral Mass will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Winter Haven. Burial will be in Lakeside Memorial Park in Winter Haven. – Ledger, June 25, 2006
> LILLIAN GRAHAM CONYERS – 88 - Lic. Cosmetologist
LAKELAND - Mrs. Lillian Graham Conyers passed away Friday at Good Shepherd Hospice at Palm Terrace of cardiac disease. Mrs. Conyers was born on February 2, 1919, the First of eleven children to graduate from Washington Park High School. She became a licensed cosmetologist after graduating from Miles Beauty School in Virginia and Esther Beauty School in New York. While living in New York she was an active member of the Holy Trinity Church of God in Christ where she became a Deaconess. At the age of 50 Amo Later president of the board. She served there until moving back to Lakeland in 1997 where she became a member of New Bethel AME where she continued to serve as a Deaconess. She also served as a stewardess and was an avid member of the Senior Sunday School Class. > Mrs. Lillian G. Conyers leaves her best friend and companion, her husband of 65 years, Mr. Francis Conyers.> Mrs. Conyers was preceded in death by her sisters, Thelma and Evelyn and her brothers Charlie, Sidney, Alfred, Eddie, Robert, James, and Sollie. Visitation will be Wednesday at Coney Funeral Parlor. Funeral, Thursday at New Bethel AME Church. Services entrusted to Coney Funeral Parlor. – Ledger, Nov. 6, 2007
> FRANCIS McCLUSKY CONYERS - 88 - AT&T/Sprint Communications
LAKELAND - Mr. Francis McClusky Conyers passed away in his Lakeland home on April 8, 2011 of cancer. He was retired from AT&T/Sprint Communications and was a member of New Bethel AME Church. >He is preceded in death by his parents Edward and Sacious Conyers and his late wife Lillian Conyers. >Mr. Conyers leaves to mourn his wife, Margaret, children: Michelle Rhodes and Derrick Gaiter (Sonja), three grandchildren: Jazman, Camille and Sal; Godchildren, Britney Hicks, John Whiter and wife. Also, special cousin, Sacious Brunson and a host of relatives and friends. View Fri. in the Coney Chapel; funeral Sat. at New Bethel AME Church. Services entrusted to Coney Funeral Home.  – Ledger, April 14, 2011
> NATHAN B. FLEMING -  Mutual Wholesale - U.S. Army Veteran
LAKELAND - Nathan B. Fleming died Jan. 18, 2012 at Palm Terrace of Lakeland. He was born & reared in Lakeland where he was a graduate of Washington Park High (Class of 1946). During his lifetime, he was a member of St. Mark UME Church and later joined Mt. Sinai AME Church (in 2000). As a member of Mt. Sinai, he served as a Steward & Trustee. He retired as office manager of Mutual Wholesale after 30 years of service. > He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Dorothy L. Fleming; children, Marion, Phyllis, Tracey, Eddie & Sylvia; grandchildren Ebony, Keila, Dorothy, Kenny, San, & Eddie, Jr. -Wake Service will be Friday at Oldham Funeral Chapel during which time is allotted for friends to reflect. Funeral Service will be Saturday, 1:30 pm at Mt. Sinai AME Church (1029 Cherry Lane, Lakeland). HW Oldham Funeral Home. – Ledger, Jan. 26, 2012
> CHARLES "CHARLIE"   BROOKS, Jr. - 96 - Retired Second District Court of Appeals
LAKELAND - Charles 'Charlie' Brooks, Jr., passed away Nov. 11, 2016. He was born on February 28, 1920 in Smith Creek, FL to Charles and Mary Lewis Brooks. He attended Washington Park High School of Lakeland and retired from the Second District Court of Appeals after 30 years of service. Charlie joined Mt. Pleasant AME Church in 1928 at age of 8. There, he served as a Steward for more than 50 years and remained until his health failed.> He leaves to mourn, a very loving and dedicated wife, Dorothy; his children, who were his pride and joy, Marva Brooks Short (RT), Carol Brooks Harris, Errol Brooks, Beverly Brooks Boatwright, Charles Brooks (Bobbi), Kevin Brooks (Emma); two step-sons, Nathaniel (Barbara) Dunbar & Isaiah (Annie ) Dunbar of Orlando; a host of grandchildren, great grands, great great grandchildren, nieces, nephews & extended family. The visitation is Saturday, 10-11 am at New Bethel AME Church (2122 MLK, Lakeland). The Homegoing Celebration will be 11 am, Sat., Nov. 19, 2016 at the Church.- Ledger, Nov. 17, 2016

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