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>ALENE DURRANCE - 72 - Of Brandon, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2005, A native of Ona, Hardee Co. Fl. Alene was a member of the Hardee County Pioneer Families of ROBERTS and DURRANCE. Alene is survived by: Husband, Jim Durrance; Son; Jamie Durrnce - Ledger- Below is obit from Tampa Tribune
Brandon -  Alene Durrance, 72, of Brandon, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2005. A native of Ona, Fla., she was a member of the Hardee County pioneer families of Roberts and Durrance.
She is survived by her husband, Jim; son, Jamie Durrance, Brandon; four daughters, Pam Vargo, Ocala, and Sheila Durrance, Brenda Duggan and Laura Durrance, all of Brandon; brother, Roy Roberts, Ona, Fla.; sister, Vivian McKeehan, Temple Terrace; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted, Thursday, June 23, 2005, at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home, 6919 Providence Road, Riverview, with the family receiving friends one hour prior to services. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3010 W. Azeele St., Tampa, FL 33609. - TBO.com, June 21, 2005
>Durrance, James Freeman -  89 – Teacher -  passed away Sunday, May 20, 2007, at his home in Bartow from respiratory failure. He was 89. Mr. Durrance was born March 3, 1918 in Frostproof and grew up in Brewster, FL. He was the son of the late Leslie and Angie Durrance, who were pioneer Floridians. Mr. Durrance joined the Army Air Corps in 1940, and was a veteran of WWII, serving in the 5th Air Force, 8th Bomb Squadron, 3rd Bomb Group in the Pacific Theater. He attended the University of Florida and earned a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1949. He remained an avid Gator fan throughout his life. He used his degree to become a very successful Teacher and High School Coach. He coached football, basketball, and baseball for several high schools from the Gainesville area to Port Charlotte, even earning Teacher of the Year honors from Port Charlotte High School before later retiring.
 Mr. Durrance is also preceded in death by his first wife, Geraldine Mitchell Durrance, his sisters Ruth D. Simpson, and Mabel D. Sweat.
  He is survived by his wife; Adele Bevis Durrance, daughter; Barbree Keith (Bob) of Jonesborough, Tenn., step daughter; Hilda Chamberlain of Bartow, brothers; Morris Durrance (Martha) of Plant City, Richard Durrance (Doris) of Ozark , AL, and Kenneth L. Durrance (Mary) of Gainesville, niece; Vicki Sweet of Bartow and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren along with nieces and nephews.
 Visitation will be Tuesday May 22, 2007 from 6 PM to 8 PM at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 East Main Street, Bartow. Graveside services for Mr. Durrance will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at 10:00 AM in Homeland Cemetery, Homeland, FL. 
>Doris Durrance, 72 years old, passed away early Wednesday morning November 29, 2006. Born May 30, 1934, a lifelong native of Polk County, Mrs. Durrance relocated to Fort Worth, TX earlier this year. She is the daughter of the late Rusty DePuy, proprietor of Durrance, DePuy Hardware in Winter Haven and is the widow of Benjamin Durrance, former Executive Director of Bartow Airport Authority. Mrs. Durrance is a graduate of Winter Haven High School and a 1956 graduate of Florida State University where she was a member of the FSU Marching Chiefs and Delta Zeta sorority. In the late 1950s, she served as a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines. She later taught elementary school in Bartow and Fort Meade.
  Mrs. Durrance is survived by her two sons, Jon Durrance of Newnan, Georgia, Ben Durrance of Fort Worth Texas, and nine grandchildren. Family members will pay respects at a private service in Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that Mrs. Durrance's friends and loved ones identify a needy family and help ensure that they have a blessed Christmas
  YARBROUGH, Doris Marie, (Durrance)  - 68 - of Lake Placid died Tuesday, September 12, 2006, in the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa. Doris was a Lake Placid native born to Jesse and Eathel Durrance in Sebring, November 23, 1937. Doris retired from the Highlands County Sheriffs Department after 18 years of service as Financial Director. Doris was a United States Air Force veteran, serving three years for her country. She was a member of the Kingsway Fellowship in Lake Placid and loved teaching the Word of God.
 Doris is survived by her son, Bruce Yarbrough of Lake Placid; brothers, Wade and David Durrance both of Lake Placid; grandchildren, Rebekah Leigh and Jacob David; neice, Haly Joy Durrance; and several other neices and nephews.  Friends and family will be received at the Michael A. Brochetti Funeral Home, 6-8:30 p.m., Thursday, September 14, 2006. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Friday, September 15, 2006, at the Church of God Placid Temple in Lake Placid.  Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Placid. Reverend Floyd Holland and Pastor Greg Davis will celebrate. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Kingsway Fellowship Int., 3707 SW 9th St., Des Moines, Ill., 50315 in memory of Doris Yarbrough. Funeral Arrangements are under the loving devotion of: Michael A. Brochetti

>DURRANCE Lillie Mae, 90, passed away on August 24, 2006 in Orange Park, FL. She was born in Live Oak, FL and resided in Clay County for over 50 years. Mrs. Durrance was a member of Orange Park United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, William Lewis Durrance in 2004 and a daughter, Leslie Mae Durrance.
 Survivors include her son, William Lewis Durrance, Jr.; daughter, Betty (Lannis) Beasley; sister, Eula Sullivan; 3 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Monday, August 28, 2006, 2 PM at Hardage Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home, 127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park with Rev. Luanne Kemper officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service at the chapel. Burial will follow in Jacksonville Memory Gardens. ( Florida Times-Union, Aug. 26, 2006 )
>DURRANCE, William J.
GROTON -- William J. Durrance, 89, of Groton, a former longtime Billerica resident, yesterday, July 5, at Beth Israel Medical Center in Boston. He was the husband of the late Mary B. (Clancy) Durrance.
He was born in Tampa, Fla. on June 5, 1917, a son of the late Lorenna and Mary (Bray) Durrance. He lived in Billerica for 32 years and then resided in Leominster before recently moving to Groton. For 28 years, Mr. Durrance was a maintenance supervisor with the former Deran Confectionery Co. in Cambridge.

 He is survived by three sons, George Durrance of Lunenburg, John Durrance of Newton and Paul Durrance of Leominster; one daughter, Mary Hanson of Groton; and six grandchildren.   Lowell Sun on July 6, 2006  )

>DURRANCE, Willard Kelly - May 1, 2011
 Mr. Durrance age 75, went home to be with the Lord he faithfully served, April 29, 2011. He was a much loved and respected man who spent his entire life in Hardee Co.,Fl.
 Willard was born Jan. 21, 1936 in Wauchula, Hardee Co., Fl. to the late Rev. Dow and Nell S. Durrance; his son Steve Martin Durrance and a brother , the Rev. M. D. “Tiny”  Durrance.
 He is survived by; his wife of 55 years, Gloria R. Durrance; his son and daughter-in-law Kelly and Elizabeth Durrance, and the light of his life , 4 grand daughters, Erica, Rebecca, Shelby and Caroline, who brought him untold pleasure. Three sisters also survive Willard, Faye Shackelford, Noveta Beeson and Jean Hancock; an uncle, Elmo Roberts; and several nieces and nephews.
 Willard was a successful citrus grower, rancher, watermelon farmer and principal in D & S Cattle Company, a past president of Hardee County Cattleman’s Association, and for many years a member of New Hope Baptist Church at 1999 State Road 64 East, Wauchula where he served as a deacon, teacher and choir member.
 Funeral services took place to honor his memory, Sunday, May 1, 2011 at the church in Wauchula, Fl.  Willard’s nephew, Marcus Shackelford conducted the service assisted by his Pastor Chris Bishop. Burial followed at New Hope Cemetery in Wauchula, Hardee County,Fl.
DURRANCE, Lance Denver, 24 - April 16, 2008
 Lance of Lake Placid, Fl. passed away on Sat. April 12, 2008. Lance was born in Arcadia, Fl. He was a day worker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Venus. He was a graduate of Lake Placid High School class of 2003.
 Lance is survived by his parents, Steve Millard and Peggy Sue Pearce Durrance of Lake Placid, Fl.; grandmother, Korlis Durrance; grandparents Lonnie and Dahlia Pearce; brother, Blake Durrance of Lake Placid; sister Stephanie Durrance of Lake Placid; Uncle BoBo and Aunt Tracey Pearce; Uncle Jimmy  and Aunt Tierney Pearce; cousins, Casey, Stacy, Tami, Loni, Chris and Courtney; A large extended family and friends.
 Funeral service was held Friday, April 18, 2008 in the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Placid and burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Pastor Bill Moss will be officiating, Arrangements entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home 125 East Park St.
>DURRANCE, Korlis - 87
 Korlis passed away September 18, 2011, at Hope Hospiece in Sebring, Highlands, Fl. She wad born in Fort Meade, Polk Co., Fl. and came to Lake Placid in 1969 from Polk County. Korlis worked at First Bank and Trust of Lake Placid for 20 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake Placid. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star for over 50 years, Past Worthy Matron of Bowling Green #23 member of Lake Placid #260 and Sebring #126.
 She was preceded in death by by her daughter, Sheryl Lynn Grice; and grandson Lance Durrance in 2008 ( above ).
 Korlis is survived by; son, Steve Durrance and wife Peggy Sue, of Lake Placid; 4 grandcildren, Christopher and Courtney Grica and Stephanie and Blake Durrance; and 4 great-grandchildren.
 A graveside service was held, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Placid, Fla.  Minister Michael E. Ford officiated. Arrangements are entrusted to Chandler Funeral Home in Lake Placid.
AUBURNDALE - Mr. Donald Claude Durrance, of Auburndale passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in Winter Haven due to respiratory failure. Mr. Durrance was born January 16, 1932 in Bowling Green, Florida to Dexter and Ermine (Worn) Durrance. He was a lifetime Polk County resident and a United States
Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Berea Baptist Church in Auburndale and retired as a Boiler Maker.
 He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers & sisters.
 Donald is survived by his loving family: wife of 16 years: Kathy Durrance of Auburndale, FL, son: Donald Clarence Durrance of Lakeland, FL, 3 daughters: Lisa Coffinberry of Auburndale, FL, Sheri Higgins of Grayson, GA, Teri (Tim) Glover of Alturas, FL, sister: Grace Gilliard of Bradley, FL, 6 grandchildren: Jackson, Jeremy, Donnie, Michael, Amber & Lydia, 3 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held, Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Kersey Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Friday, June 15, 2012 at the funeral home. ( Ledger, June 16, 2012 )
>3 persons named- Donald Claud Durrance in Polk Co. marriage records- maybe one and the same, maybe not.
Dexter C. DURRANCE – d- June 6, 1955  -  ( always check your records, I could be wrong about my info )
Ermine V. DURRANCE – d- April 5, 1958  -  (both in Polk Co.- Evergreen Cemetery) 
>Mrs. J. A. DURRANCE  - Ledger, April 5, 1940
 Bartow -  April 5- ( Special ) -  Services for Mrs. J.A.Durrance, 80, a Polk County Pioneer who died here yesterday afternoon-
 ( April 4, 1940 ) - were to be held at 4 this afternoon from the Bowling Green Methodist Church. Rev. J. F. Clark, pastor, is to officiate with interment in Pisgah cemetery near Bowling Green. Mrs. Durrance was a member of the CARLTON Family of South Florida and was the wife of the late J. A. DURRANCE, County Commissioner when the Polk County Courthouse was built. She moved here from Madison, her birthplace when she was 10 years old.
 Survivors include; 4 sons, W. H. Durrance of Sebring, Fred A. and L. Byron Durrance of Bartow, and S. M. Durrance of Fort Meade;2 daughters, Mrs. Ellie WEEMS of Enterprice and Mrs. Meda MOODY of Miami; 3 brothers, J. B. CARLTON of Bowling Green, P. J. CARLTON of Oneca and Marion CARLTON of Myakka; a sister, Mrs. J. L. DURRANCE of Zolfo Springs; 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Whidden Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
> Notes: I found in the marriage records for Polk County these names>
Gabriella Carlton  married  J. A. Durrance on Feb. 20, 1884 in Polk County
>also listed in this obit is the name: see just below
  J. L. Durrance -maybe - Joseph L. Durrance married L. M. Carlton in Polk Co., on March 20, 1884
 Joseph B. Carlton married Martha A. Peeples on Jan. 26, 1897 in Polk Co.
 Peter J. Carlton married Annie H. Allbritton on Sept. 21, 1883 in Polk Co.
 Fred A. Carlton married Hortense LangfordMay 28, 1908 in Polk Co.
 Lessie Durrance married Angie Parrish March 19, 1911 in Polk Co.
 Ellie T. Durrance married H.C.D. Weems July 5, 1912 in Polk Co.
 Almeda Durrance ( maybe Meda ) married E. E. Donahue April 26, 1908 in Polk Co. -
 Then I find a - Meda Donahue married to  M.W. Moody May 21, 1916
(These are just my findings- always check your notes for real facts. I do try to offer clues for your search.)
> Roland DURRANCE and Mother  Mrs. J. R. DURRANCE - both died same day -
 Two More Die as result of Arcadia Crash - ( Lakeland Evening Ledger and Star Telegram, Wed. Dec. 14, 1932 )
 Arcadia - Dec. 14 -  H. P. TURNER, age 54, and Roland DURRANCE , age 33, died here today from injuries recieved in an automobile accident Monday ( Dec. 12, 1932 ).
 A truch driven by Turner and automobile driven by Durrance collided head-on near here. Mrs. J. R. Durrance, mother of the dead man, was killed instantly. Almost at the same hour of the wreck, Mrs. Durrance's youngest daughter was being married at Cleveland, O.
 A double funeral will be held for Durrance and his mother tomorrow.
> Augustus Lee DURRANCE - 68 - ( A. L. DURRANCE ) - ( Ledger Sat., Dec. 20, 1935 )
Augustus of 1402 Eigin Ave., died this morning at Morrell Hospital. He was born in the county and had made his home in Lakeland for the past 5 years.
 Augustus is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lela Durrance;a son, H. G. Durrance of Tampa; 2 daughters, Miss Mary Durrance and Mrs.. Ann CARLTON of Lakeland; and 3 grandchildren, Raymond and Ann Carlton and Alfred Lee Durrance.
 Funeral services will be held Monday morning from Smith and Dukes Funeral Home.
 Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Mr Durrance was a member of the First Methodist Church and of Knights of Pythias.
>Paul "Tim" Durrance, - 55 - ( Nov.2, 1956 – June 2, 2012 )
Paul of Ocoee, Florida passed away on June 8, 2012. He was born on November 2, 1956 in Orlando, Florida to Lee Russell and Corine Cox Durrance. Tim worked for 16 years as a Produce Manager for Winn Dixie Supermarkets and he coached girls softball for 34 years in Central Florida. He was also a devoted member of the West Orlando Baptist Church in Winter Garden.
 Tim is survived by his loving wife, Peggy Sue; his daughter, Heather Nicole Durrance; his brothers: Gary Durrance, Larry Durrance and David Durrance; and by his sister, Mary Donati.
 The Visitation and Funeral Service will all be held at West Orlando Baptist Church, 1006 East Crown Point Rd. Winter Garden. Visitaiton will at the funeral service to follow.  Interment will be held at the Winter Garden Cemetery, Winter Garden, Florida.
 (June 8, 2012 )
>MRS MARGARET DURRANCE - 77 -  Ben Hill Griffin Packing House
FROSTPROOF -- Mrs. Margaret Durrance of Frostproof died of lung cancer Monday (Sept. 9, 2003) at home. She was 77. Born in Fort Meade on July 13, 1926, she was a lifelong resident. She was a grader for Ben Hill Griffin Packing House. She was a Baptist.
Mrs. Durrance was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Durrance.
 She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Ann Brantley, Frostproof, Peggy Jo Richards, Avon Park; brother, Clyde Yates, Frostproof; sisters, Dora Johnson, Stuart, Myrtice Isom, Evelyn Fann, both of Frostproof, Josephine Owens, Lake Wales, Lillian Tidwell, Philadelphia, Miss.; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday at Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Frostproof. Services will follow at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Silver Hill Cemetery. -  ( Ledger, Sept. 11, 2003 )
>Mr. JUSTIN K. DURRANCE – 75 - Cattle and Citrus Grove Owner
LAKELAND – Mr. Justin K. Durrance of Lakeland died of complications from heart surgery Saturday (July 3, 2004) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was 75. Justin was born Sept. 15, 1928, in Wauchula. He was a veteran of the Army. He was a lifelong cattle and citrus grove owner. He was a member of Edgewood Church of Christ.
 Mr. Durrance is survived by his wife, Marilyn Whidden Durrance; daughter, Debra K. Dearing, Lakeland; son, Justin Durrance, II, Atlanta, Ga.; and one granddaughter.
 Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Edgewood Church of Christ with graveside services  Wednesday at New Hope Cemetery, Hardee County. -  Ledger, July 6, 2004
Richard Blaine Durrance, 56 OKEECHOBEE - Richard Blaine Durrance, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2010. He was 56. He was born November 10, 1953 in Winter Haven. He was a lead serviceman of JBT Corporation. Mr. Durrance moved to Okeechobee from Leesburg in 1983. He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Durrance proudly served our country in the U.S. Navy.
 Mr. Durrance is survived by his wife of 34 years, Carol Durrance; his mother, Yvonne Tomlinson; two daughters, Tonya Tyson (John) and Karrie Daniels (Gene), all of Okeechobee; four sisters, Bernadette Holland of Georgia, Angela Simpson of Edgefield, S.C., and Alicia Pittman and Charlotte Bailey, both of Okeechobee; three brothers, W.J. Durrance (Terisa) of Okeechobee, Mark Durrance (Kebra) of Umatilla and Dewitt Davis (Hazel) of Davenport; and three grandchildren.
 Visitation will be Sunday, March 14, 2010, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday, March 15, 2010, at Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home, with Pastor Jim Gilbert officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. All arrangements are entrusted to the loving care of Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home and Crematory, 205 N.E. 2nd St., Okeechobee. -
NewsZapFL., March 13, 2010
Carrie D. Smith - 86 - Friday, September 24, 1971 – Lakeland Ledger
Fort Meade – Carrie Drucilla Durrance/ Smith,, of 26 N. Palmetto died Thursday at Walker Memorial Hospital in Avon Park after a long illness. Carrie was a native of Fort Meade, she spent all her life here and was a member of 7th. Day Adventist Church in Fort Meade;
 Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Arthur McClellan of Fort Meade, 4 sons, Mabry D. Smith, Cecil D. Smith,  Walter Hancock , and William G. Smith of Dade City; 1 sister, Mrs. Eula Sharpe of Fort Meade > Note- daughter first name is- Estelle McClellan
Thomas Edward Durrance-  Thursday, Nov. 29, 1945- Fort Meade Leader -
A Fort Meade, resident of this county for 55 years, died Sunday morning at his home west of Fort Meade after being in ill health for a number of years.
Funeral service will be held at Marsh’s Funeral Home by Rev. Sam Durrance. The burial place was New Hope Cemetery and attended by a large gathering of sorrowing relatives and friends.
Thomas is survived by his widow, Mrs. Zora S. Durrance ; son Frank of Long Island N.Y. ; Pascal Durrance of Fort Meade; 2 daughters, Mrs. Carrie D. Smith, Mrs. Eula Sharpe, both of Fort Meade; several grandsons and granddaughters. ( it mentioned a sister, but did not mention her name ) - Pallbearers- Cleve Kelley – Harvey Crews – Angus Tillis, Sr. – Arthur Hancock – Mabry Smith and Arthur McClellan.
>W. RALPH DURRANCE, Jr.- 71 - Attorney At Law
LAKELAND - Mr. W. Ralph Durrance, Jr., Esq., 71, passed away at home on April 21, 2011 due to heart failure.
Mr. Durrance was born on October 17, 1939 at the Bartow City Hospital in Bartow, Florida. He attended Fort Meade schools and graduated in June, 1957. After high school, Ralph attended Emory at Oxford, Emory University and Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, graduating from Parsons in June, 1962.
 On August 1, 1963, Ralph enlisted in the United States
and served until August, 1966 in the White House Communications Agency. After returning to Fort Meade, Ralph worked for the family business and then entered Florida State University College of Law, graduating in 1971. He practiced law in Tallahassee and then returned to Polk County in 1978 where he practiced law until his death.
 He was preceded in death by his parents, W. Ralph Durrance, Sr. and Margaret L. Durrance, brother William L. Durrance who were all of Fort Meade.
 Mr. Durrance is survived by his son, W. Ralph Durrance, III (Melissa), Lakeland, FL; daughter, Stephanie Durrance Brown (Joel), Parkland, FL; two sisters, Stephanie Jane Billings (Thomas), Lakeland, FL and Dawn D. Beynon (Howard), Fort Meade, FL; grandchildren, William, Jacob, Nicholas, Addison, Brookes, Bennett and Amelia, and several nieces and nephews.
 Services will be, Monday, April 25, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church, 135 East Broadway, Fort Meade, FL with the Dr. W. Waite Willis officiating. Private family interment services will be held in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Fort Meade or to the Tommy Billings Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland, 1501 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803.
Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade 863-285-8171 - Ledger on April 23, 2011
>MORRIS LESLIE DURRANCE – 95 – American Cynamid
Morris Leslie Durrance, 95, of Plant City, Fla., departed this life October 19, 2010. He was
born in Fort Meade, Fla., October 3, 1915. He graduated from Brewster High School in 1934 in his class of 14, and he was the last one to go meet our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He worked for American Cynamid until 1970 when he went to Australia and worked for Peabody Coal as superintendent at Surface Mines. His work took him to many interesting places, including England, Trinidad, and British West Indies. He was the oldest member of Hopewell Baptist Church, and a lifetime member of Masonic Lodge - Turkey Creek 248. His true passions were reading and fishing in Lake June at Lake Placid, Fla., with his special friend Bill Brown.
 He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Angie Durrance; second wife, Zelma Jones Durrance; sisters, Ruth Durrance Simpson and Mable Durrance Sweat; and brother, Freeman Durrance.
 He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Martha Glover Durrance; daughters, Patricia Durrance of Lakeland, Fla., Verna Stephens (Jim) of McKenzie, Tenn., Doris Ranger (Lynn) of Gladstone, Australia, and Brenda Lemley (Jim) of Seffner, Fla.; sons, Wilton Joe Durrance, Alan Lewis (Terry), and David Lewis (Marlene) of Plant City; brothers, Ken Durrance (Mary) of Gainesville, Fla., and Richard Durrance (Dot) of Ozark, Ala.; sister-in-law, Del Durrance of Bartow, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; and many great-grandchildren, including Josh Brian Lewis who was the love of his life and special little fishing buddy.
 A celebration of life will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 23, at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 State Road 39 S., Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Entombment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Durant.
 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Hopewell Baptist Church Debt Retirement Fund, 6001 State Road 39 S., Plant City, FL 33567. - TBO.com, Oct. 21, 2010
>JAMES MILTON DURRANCE – 68 – Citrus Tree Removal
James Milton Durrance, of Ft. Meade, died Saturday, January 18, 2003 in Lakeland. He was born in Bowling Green, Florida and lived in this area all of his life. He was owner of Milton Durrance Citrus Tree Removal; a farmer and a rancher. He was a Hardee High School Graduate; a veteran of the US Army; and a member of First United Methodist Church, Ft. Meade.
 Survivors include; wife, Mary, Ft. Meade; son, James Milton "Jamie" Durrance, Ft. Meade; daughter, Lisa Gay Durrance, Avon Park; two sisters, Fannie Mae Parker and husband, Leon, Jacksonville, and Mary Lois Crawley and husband, Leonard, Ft. Green; grandson,Jacob Benjamin Durrance; and three step grandchildren, Trey Smith, Brooke Smith, and Justin Smith.
 Funeral services will be Tuesday, at Ft. Meade United Methodist Church with burial following at Bowling Green Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday at Robarts Family Funeral Home, 529 W. Main St. (at Florida Ave.), Wauchula. - TBO.com ,January 20, 2003
>EMMA LEE BRYAN DURRANCE – 83 – McDuff Appliance Company
Jacksonville - Emma Lee Bryan Durrance 83 of Jacksonville went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 22 in Jacksonville. A native of Florida, Mrs. Durrance was born in Ft. Mead to Mr. and Mrs. John & Electra (Timmerman) Bryan. She was a member of Murray Hill Baptist Church, attended Southside Baptist Church and Woodlawn Baptist. Emma retired from McDuff Appliance Company after many years of service.
Preceded in death on March 25, 1996 by her husband of 55 years; Wilbur Grady Durrance, whom served as the Chief Deputy U. S. Marshall in the Jacksonville area for many years.
 Survivors include her four children: Judith Ardin Sharrett, John William “ Bill” Durrance, Luanne Durrance Williams and Grady Bryan Durrance. 13 grandchildren.
 The family will receive friends this evening (Thursday, Dec. 23) at Town & Country Funeral Home 7242 Normandy Blvd. where funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, Dec. 24.,2004. Pallbearers will be Johnnie Bryan, Glen Hopson, Jason Williams, Charles Crabtree, Leon Parker, Michael Parker and Tony Parker.
 The interment will take place at Riverside Memorial Park. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida or to a charity of your choice. Town & Country Funeral Home in charge of arrangements-
 Florida Times-Union on December 23, 2004
Edith P. (Polly) Durrance 90, of Fort Myers, passed away Friday April 20, 2007. She was born March 22, 1917 in Lakeland, FL. She was employed with Lee County HRS for 33 years. She contributed to numerous charities and was always there to help anyone in need.
 She was preceded in death by her husband Myron Durrance and son Robert Durrance.
 Polly is survived by her daughter Paula Stewart, sons Richard and Larry Durrance, 11 grandchildren and 25 great- grandchildren.
There will be a celebration of her life Wednesday April 25, 2007, 12 noon at the Woodmen Lodge on Packing House Road in Alva, FL. -
The News-Press, April 23, 2007
Charles "Crenshaw" Durrance, of Fort Myers, passed away September 9, 2007 in Cape Coral. He was born April 5, 1949 in Fort Myers, to William Odus Durrance and Lessie Mae (Underhill) Durrance. He worked as a carpenter for Owens-Ames Kimball Construction.
Survivors include his wife: Cheryl Ann (Platt) Durrance, Fort Myers, son: William Durrance (Patty), LaBelle, step daughter, Melissa Daum, New York; step son: Alan Daum, Alabama three brothers, three sisters, six grandchildren, brother & closest friend: Major Turner of Fort Myers.
Funeral services will be held Sat. September 15, 2007,at, Akin-Davis Funeral Home in Fort Myers with Rev. Wilburn Thompson officiating.
The graveside committal will be Saturday,at Venus Cemetery, Venus.
Visitation will be Friday, at the funeral home in Fort Myers.The News-Press,September 12, 2007
LAKELAND - Leone T. Durrance, died of cancer, Friday, May 30, 2014, at Good Shepherd Hospice House. Leone was born February 16, 1916 in Etowah, TN, to Albert Eugene and Minnie Groover Thornton. The family moved to Tallahassee when she was young. Leone graduated from Leon High School and FSCW (FSU) where she became a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
 In 1940, she married Rodney Leon Durrance. They lived in Washington D.C. during World War II while he served in the U.S. Navy. They also lived in Tallahassee and Tampa. They moved to Lakeland in 1967. During their years in Tallahassee and Tampa, Leone spent most of her time involved in her children's activities such as volunteering as a room mother, den mother and Girl Scout leader. She was always very active in the Methodist Church. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lakeland and an active member of Circle 10. She was also a member of PEO Chapter W, the Junior League and the former Garden Path Club of the Lakeland Garden Club.
 Leone was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Rodney Leon Durrance; sister, Virginia T. Marshall of Tallahassee; and brother, Albert Eugene Thornton, Jr. of Tallahassee. She is survived by her children, Rodney Leon Durrance, Jr. of Lakeland, Sam Thornton Durrance of Melbourne and twins, Daniel Groover Durrance and Catherine D. Blair, both of Butler, TN; sister-in-law, Angelina Thornton; grandchildren, Katie Blair, Benjamin Durrance and Susan D. Meracle; 7 great grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A celebration of Leone's life will be conducted Thursday, June 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the chapel at First United Methodist Church at 72 Lake Morton Drive in Lakeland. Gifts, in memory of Leone, are appreciated and may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 12470 Telecom Dr., Suite 300, Temple Terrace, FL 33637 or Children's Clothes Closet, First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Dr., Lakeland, FL 33801. Condolences may be made to Leone's family at www.lakelandfuneralhome.com . – Ledger, Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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