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>MARTHA  W. 'MARTI'  DOWNS  - 75 - Teacher  - Ledger, Oct. 1, 2014
SMYRNA, TN. - Martha W. 'Marti' Downs passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014, in Smyrna, TN, of heart failure. Born December 30, 1938, in Enterprise, AL, she moved to Bartow at a young age. She was the daughter of the late J.C. Watkins and Nelle Parrish Watkins.> She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Shirley Kay Watkins and Linda Watkins Wolfe and a brother, J.L. Watkins.  Mrs. Downs graduated from Bartow Summerlin Institute High School, class of 1958, and Florida State University in 1962. She taught in the public schools of Gadsden County, FL, for over 37 years. Mrs. Downs was a member of LifePoint Baptist Church of Smyrna, TN.
>She is survived by her daughter Aundrea Berkey and son-in-law Chris of Murfreesboro, TN; two grandchildren Maxwell and Phoebe; two brothers: Kenneth Watkins and wife Linda of Brandon, FL, Tom Watkins and wife Beverly of Melbourne. Family will receive friends Friday, October 3, 2014 at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow, FL. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Bartow Wildwood Cemetery. Condolences to family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com -
>ADELE TIMBERLAKE  BEVIS - DURRANCE  - 101 -
BARTOW - Margaret 'Adele' T. Bevis Durrance was called home to be with our Heavenly Father on May 3, 2019. She was born on October 27, 1917 to James and Jesse S. (Timberlake ) in Arcadia, FL. Raised in Bartow, Adele graduated from Summerlin Institute and attended Florida State College for Women. In her adult life, she was an assistant buyer for Jesslyn's Gift Shop, in Bartow. She was active in her community; Past President and one of the oldest members of the Bartow Cricket Club, member of the Live Oak Circle Garden Club, United Methodist Women and PEO Sister. She was a lifelong, active member of First United Methodist Church of Bartow where she taught Sunday school for almost 50 years, greeted church members, decorated the church for various holidays and the fellowship hall for Wednesday night suppers and special events. Adele enjoyed decorating, gardening in her yard and home in Maggie Valley, N.C., playing Bridge, and spending time with her family and friends. Adele was a generous, selfless, beautiful soul who would do anything for anyone. She was a mother or grandmother figure to those who knew her. Some even called her 'Aunt Del.' Her last words to everyone who loved her were 'Don't cry for me - celebrate!' > She is preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Harry Lindenfelser; first husband, W.F. Bevis; second husband, James Freeman Durrance; sister, Audrey T. Taylor; brother-in-law, Crawford F. Taylor; niece, Vicki T. Sweet; bonus daughter, Hilda B. Chamberlain; and bonus great grandsons, Cameron Chamberlain and Corey Keith. > Adele is survived by her great niece, Alison S. Ready (Chris) of Auburndale, FL; great nephew, Matthew R. Sweet (Caala) of Bartow, FL; great-great nieces and nephews, Jessalyn, Andrew, Ella Adele, Kaleb, Gavin, and Wyatt; bonus grandchildren, Carole Marler (Jim) of Lakeland, FL, Bill Chamberlain (Jean) of Brandon, FL, Jordan Chamberlain of Apollo Beach, FL, Blake Chamberlain (Gail) of Mulberry, FL; Bonus great grandchildren, Nathan, Shawn, Christina, Davin, Melissa, and their families; bonus daughter, Barbree Keith (Bob) of Gray, TN.  Funeral Services will be at First United Methodist Church, Bartow, FL, on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Celebration of Del's life will begin at 11:00 am. Graveside immediately to follow Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First United Methodist Church of Bartow at 455 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL 33830. Condolences to the family at  www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com - Ledger, May 7, 2019
>THOMAS FORTNER - 86 -  W.R.Grace
BARTOW - Thomas Fortner was reunited with Joyce his wife of 49 years, on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Tom was  born January 6, 1931 in Bartow, FL.  He lived in Bartow his entire life. He graduated from Summerlin Institute and served in the US Army during the Korean War.  He worked at W.R. Grace as a Maintenance Supervisor for 36 years. Tom also owned Citrus & Cattle. Tom never met a stranger. He loved to talk to people and invite them to Peace Creek Baptist Church where he was a deacon. > He was preceded in death by his parents Wiley Clifford Fortner and Vera Susan Dossey Fortner, brothers: James Floyd Fortner and W.C. Fortner, sister: Lavada Layman and his wife Joyce Flowers Fortner. > He is survived by his sister Lavon Adkins of Fort Meade, daughter Jane Riddle & Paul of Denton, TX, son Timothy Fortner & Debra of Bartow and many nieces & nephews. Family will receive friends Saturday, June 24, 2017 at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home.  Funeral service will follow on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 11:00 am at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home. Interment will be held at Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow, FL. Memorials may be made to Florida Baptist Children's Homes, P.O. Box 8190 in Lakeland, FL 33802. Condolences to family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com - Ledger, June 23, 2017
>WERNER CLAY "SKEET" FULTON  -  89 - Citrus Grower
WINTER HAVEN - W.C. "Skeet" Fulton died Friday, April 4, 2014 of heart failure at his residence in Winter Haven, FL.  He was born May 13, 1924 in Bartow, FL to the late Surgeon L. and Gladys Jones Fulton. He was a resident of Winter Haven for seven years, having been a long time resident of Frostproof. He attended school in Bartow and was a member of the Summerlin Institute Class of 1942.  He studied briefly at Auburn University before joining the United States Air Force where he served as a flight instructor until the end of World War II. In 1946, he married his childhood sweetheart, Betty Jane Keen of Frostproof, and together they attended the University of Florida where he received a B.S. in Agricultural Economics. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After graduation from college, Skeet and Betty Jane returned to Polk County and he began work at the Florida Citrus Experiment Station in Lake Alfred, FL. They eventually moved to Frostproof where he was employed by Armour Fertilizer. > In 1949, Mr. Fulton opened Fulton Grove Service, Inc. in Alturas, FL, the predecessor company to Fulton-Cole Seed Co., a full service grove caretaking, seed harvesting and fruit production organization. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Frostproof where he taught Sunday School, served as Chairman of the Building Committee and Chairman of the Administrative Board. He was a member of the American Legion Post 95 and Past President of the Frostproof Lions Club.  In later years, he and his wife joined the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a Deacon. Skeet enjoyed raising registered Quarter horses and participating in horse shows with his family.  He was an avid fisherman, hunter and golfer, and was a member of Pinecrest and Lake Wales Country Clubs. > He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Betty Jane Fulton of Winter Haven, his three daughters; Deborah Keen Sizemore (Dr. Alan Sizemore) of Winter Haven, Jan Fulton Crawford (C. Hugh Crawford, Jr.) of Bartow, Lynn Fulton Aaron of Winter Haven, and his sister, Yvonne Fulton of Jacksonville. > He is also survived by two granddaughters and four grandsons: JaLeeann Johnston (Jeremiah) of Winter Haven, Lorilynn Cox (Adam) of Naples, Dr. B. Clay Sizemore (Marcy) of Thomasville, Ga., Preston A. Sizemore (Marie) of Palm Beach Gardens, W.A. "Drew" Crawford of Bartow, and Claudius H. "Chip" Crawford, III of Providence, R.I.; and seven great grandchildren.  His family will forever treasure the love he had for his wife, his wonderful sense of humor, and his unfailing devotion. The family will receive friends Thursday, April 10th 2014, 1:00-2:00 pm, at the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 205 E. Stanford Street, Bartow. Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 pm at the Church. Interment will be held at Silver Hill Cemetery, Frostproof. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, 33823, or charity of choice. Condolences to family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com - Ledger, April 7, 2014
>KENNETH J. GODWIN -  81 -  Game WARDEN, State of Florida
BARTOW - Kenneth J. Godwin  passed away Tuesday, January 6, 2015, from respiratory failure. Kenny was born May 18, 1933, in Bartow, FL.  He spent two years in the U.S. Army after graduating from Bartow Summerlin Institute.  He served in Korea 1954-1955 during the Korean Conflict as a Field Radio Mechanic and 8 years U.S. Army Reserves.  Mr. Godwin was a Game Warden for the State of Florida, worked as a Elevator Technician and ended his career as a Maintenance Mechanic Electrician for the Phosphate industry.  He was member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and a Mason. > He was preceded in death by his wife Shirley. > He is survived by three sons Mike Godwin & wife Betsy of Winter Haven, Tim Godwin & wife Karen of Lakeland and John Godwin & wife Julia of Bartow, four grandsons Jacob Godwin, Nick Godwin, Tim Godwin, Jr. and Justin Godwin, two sisters Teresa Corbitt & Barbara Gomez and great granddaughter Rylann Godwin.  Family will receive friends Thursday, January 8, 2015 at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow. Funeral service will be held Friday, January 9, 2015, at 10 00 am at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Bartow. Burial will be held at Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow. Condolences to family at
www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com - Ledger, 
>LORRAINE ALDINE WILSON BROWN - 96 -  Teacher
MIAMI  SHORES -- Mrs. Lorraine Aldine Wilson Brown of Miami Shores died of congestive heart failure Friday (Jan. 31, 2003) at her home. She was born Nov. 24, 1906, in Bartow, she came to Miami Shores from Bartow 67 years ago. She was a graduate of Summerlin Institute, Bartow, and Wesleyan College, Macon, Ga. She was a schoolteacher. She was a member of Everglades Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and Miami Chapter, A PEO.  >Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Andrew G. Brown. >She is survived by her daughter, Beverly B. McCorquodale, Miami Shores; brother, Donald H. Wilson Sr., Bartow; two grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, graveside, at Bartow Wildwood Cemetery. Whidden-McClean Funeral Home. Ledger Feb. 3, 2003 
>NETTIE R. HARRISON CLARK -  90 -
BARTOW - Nettie R. Clark passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, December 11, 2011 of natural causes. Born in Lowery Alabama on August 25, 1921, Mrs. Clark moved with her family at the age of 14 to the Lake Garfield area in 1935. She is the eldest daughter of the late Melvin and Sabina Harrison. She was a graduate of Summerlin Institute, class of 1940. > She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Vernon "Bud" Clark; sister, Mamie L. Anderson; and granddaughter, Ellen R. Harrison. > She is survived by brothers, James A. Harrison of Lake Buffum, and Van B. Harrison of Bartow, and a sister, Betty J. Young (Bill) of Bartow. Mrs. Clark is also survived by her four children: Reba E. Ellis (Milton), Anita R. Harrison, Glenn J. Clark (Diane), Jeffrey A. Clark and her "adopted" son, Jack E. Davis, Jr., all of Bartow. Mrs. Clark has 12 grandchildren: Regina D. Dalton (David), Rhonda E. Miller (Richard), Michael L. Ellis (Tammie), Bradley V. Ellis, Julia A. Olivier (Brad), Alan H. Harrison (Jane), Eugene C. Harrison (Caryn), Benjamin H. Harrison (Christy), Rachel E. Clark, Matthew B. Clark and Rebecca S. Clark. Mrs. Clark also has 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. > She and her husband moved to a tiny one-room building located near the old 91 Mine to a lot on the Old Homeland Road in 1942, and began their family where Mrs. Clark lived for the past 70 years. Retired from Ametek in 1992, Mrs. Clark previously worked for Polk County Public Schools and Ben Hill Griffin. Mrs. Clark's biggest love was her family and the home that she built with her late husband. She enjoyed being outside, and the time that she spent with her extended family. She will be remembered by her family, friends and acquaintances for her unwavering strength, determination, candor and sense of humor. Family will receive friends Thursday, December 15, 2011 at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Graveside funeral services will be held Friday, December 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM at Bartow Wildwood Cemetery. Condolences to family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com  - Ledger, Dec. 13, 2011
>MARTHA JEAN (ARNESON) CRAIG - 78 -  Lab Tech Polk Co., Hospital Bartow
LAKELAND - Martha Jean Craig, died July 9, 2017. Born in Miami on January 30, 1939.  > Survived by son Ricky (Katie) Hooks; daughter Christina; sister Evelyn Hughes; nephew Joe R. (Carolyn) White. Martha graduated from Summerlin Institute in Bartow in 1958. She became a lab tech. in Polk County Hospital in Bartow.  > Preceded in death by Dawsey Craig.  Memorial Service will be held Wed., July 19, at 11 am at Crystal Lake United Methodist Church. - Ledger, July 17. 2017
>JUNE DYER DAVIS - 91 - Teacher
LAKELAND - June Dyer Davis passed away January 20th, 2019. > June was predeceased by husband Charles Davis,  >and is survived by many family members, friends, and students that loved her dearly. June was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher, and she will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, and grace.  June graduated high school from Summerlin Academy (Class of 1945) in Bartow, FL. She attended Flora Macdonald College (now St. Andrews Presbyterian College) for two years and completed her college education at Florida State University (Class of 1949). June was a schoolteacher for over 30 years, with the majority of those years at Dixieland Elementary School in Lakeland, Florida. Those wishing to honor her life can make a donation in her name to United Methodist Temple, or to the Florida Fidelis Rho Scholarship Fund, to help fund scholarships that assist young women pursuing a profession in excellence in education (checks payable to Florida Fidelis Rho Scholarship Fund, mailed to 447 Lake Carolyn Cir, Lakeland, FL 33813). June was an active member of her church and was a charter member of the Florida Fidelis Rho chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa (an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism, and world understanding). She would have been a member of Alpha Delta Kappa for 50 years in March.
 A celebration of life will be held at United Methodist Temple on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at 11:30AM. A brief reception will follow. In celebration of June and all the joy she brought to those around her, the family requests that light or bright colors are worn to the service. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com- Ledger, Jan. 30, 2019
>DR. CLEMENT ALLEN - 85 - Doctor of Dental Surgery  - Ledger, Jan. 17, 2012
BARTOW - Dr. Ethan Clement Allen, Doctor of Dental Surgery, Captain, U.S. Navy, retired, passed away January 12, 2012, of heart failure. He was born on November 16, 1926 in Bradley, FL, the son of Ethan Commander Allen and Addie Marie Walker Allen. He was a graduate of Summerlin Institute, Bartow, FL, attended Vanderbilt University and Emory University where he received his D.D.S. degree. He completed the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs at the Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland and the residency program of the Chelsea Naval Hospital and Harvard UniversityHis Naval service included two aircraft carriers, the U.S.S Roosevelt and the U.S.S. Wasp, and Naval hospitals in Nap-les, Italy; Bethesda, Maryland; Chelsea, Massachusetts; Key West, Florida; Yokosuka, Japan; and Camp Pendleton, California. He retired from the Navy in 1973 and moved to Jacksonville where he served as Chairman of the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at University Hospital (now Shands). In 1974, he joined the Oral Surgery Practice of Hehn, Traver and Williams where he practiced for twenty-one years. He is a member of the American Society of Oral Surgery and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Allen was a loving husband, brother, uncle and friend. His religious principles guided his life and he was a devoted member of Riverside Presbyterian Church, where he served as Ruling Elder, Deacon, Choir member and member of several committees.> He is survived by his wife, Sarah; his sister, Mary Frances Sullivan of Lakeland; his brother, Kenneth Allen of Bartow and several nieces and nephews and their families. >  Two sisters, Marie Sloan and Frieda Hutton of Lakeland predeceased him. The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 East Main Street in Bartow, FL. Graveside Service will be held Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials in his name may be made to the Riverside Presbyterian Church, 849 Park Street, Jacksonville, FL 32204 or to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Road, Jacksonville, FL 32257. Condolences to the family at . www.WhiddenMcLeanfuneralhome.com
>GEORGE PAUL KISTNER, Sr.  -  99 -  Ledger, Dec. 21, 2014
PLANT CITY - George Paul Kistner, Sr.,of Plant City, passed away Sunday December 14, 2014. Born in New York City on July 25, 1915, his family moved to Bartow in 1916, where he graduated from the Summerlin Institute in 1934. He served in the United States Navy from 1934-1938 and 1941-1945 and was a World War II veteran.
He was also a lifelong member of the Freemasons. > He is preceded in death by his first wife, the former Annie Cautez Lynch in 1981 and his son, George Paul Kistner, Jr. in 2008. > He is survived by his second wife of 30 years, the former Omega Alred of Plant City, granddaughter, Angela Lynn Groshans, of Leicester, North Carolina, grandson, George Paul Kistner III, of Merritt Island, FL., great granddaughter, Amanda Hooker Smith and 3 great -great grandchildren of Waynesville, North Carolina. He is also preceded in death by his stepson George Alred. And also survived by stepchildren Patricia Bryant, Clara Waller, Mary Roland, Paula Belcher and June Smith, 16 Step grandchildren, 15 step great grandchildren and 1 step great - great grandchild. A viewing will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014, at Lakeland Memorial Gardens,  followed by graveside services. 
>SARA  A. BARBER BIERCE -  65 - 
HAINES CITY - Sara A. Barber Bierce passed away on Monday (September 9th 2013) at her home in Haines City, FL after a courageous five year battle with cancer.  She was born on December 29th, 1947 in Alturas, Florida,daughter of Harvey and Doretha Barber. Sara attended Alturas Elementary, Bartow Junior High, and graduated from Summerlin Academy in Bartow, Florida with the class of 1965. She had a family and raised two sons in Lakeland.  >In 1979, she became the first female outside sales person employed by Mutual Wholesale Company in Lakeland. She became a successful real estate agent in the Lakeland area during the early eighties. Sara went on to have a long, successful career in the healthcare industry. She graduated from Florida Hospital school of practical nursing. She graduated from the University of the State of New York as a registered nurse. She received a B.S. in Health Care Administration from Trinity College. She was director of nursing at Spring Lake nursing home and also Director of Nursing at Palm Garden Nursing Home both in Winter Haven, Florida. Sara became National Director of Nursing Services for Mariner Nursing homes and oversaw 350 nursing homes. Sara enjoyed trips with her husband in their travel trailer. She loved the outdoors. They visited many parks and campsites around the state. Her ashes will be scattered at one of her favorite spots under a big Oak. >She is survived by her husband James Bierce, one sister, three brothers and two sons, Mike and Scott Grace. She is also survived by five grandchildren. We miss you, Mom. - Ledger, Sept. 29, 2013
>ROBERT L. "BOB" BRYANT, -71 - DOT    - Ledger, Jan. 10, 2012
FT. MYERS - Mr. Robert L. "Bob" Bryant passed away at Hope Hospice House Ft. Myers, FL., on Sunday, January 8, 2012, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.  He was born October 8, 1940 in Bartow, Florida to the late Lonnie W. and Lillian Mc Duffie Bryant.  Bob was a 1958 graduate of Bartow Summerlin Institute. He began employment with the Florida Department of Transportation as a draftsman, later entering the engineering training program. Upon completion of the program he transferred to the maintenance department in Ft. Myers, Fl.  In 2003, after 45 years of service he retired as Assistant Maintenance Engineer.  He was an avid sports fan and was a member of Gulf Coast Church of Christ where he taught Sunday School for many years.
>Preceded in death by his parents and niece; Susan Bryant Hopkins. > Survived by his wife of 49 years, Jane Sanford Bryant, two sons: Shannon and wife Lisa of Cape Coral, Fl., Todd and wife Joanne of Powder Springs, Ga, one daughter Dawn and husband Albert Reilingh of Mableton, Ga, five grandchildren: Kendall, Cordelia, Jahnelle, and Joshua Bryant and Albert Reilingh, one brother: William G. "Bill" Bryant of Bartow, FL, one sister: Sybil Bryant Ward and husband Bill also of Bartow, Fl. He will be greatly missed by all his family as well as his beloved pets: Patches and Molly. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Jan. 11th, 2012 . Thursday at the Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home, 1600 Colonial Blvd, Fort Myers. Funeral will be Thursday at 11 am at the funeral home. Graveside service will be at the Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, FL on Friday at 11 am. 

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