BARTOW, FLORIDA
Polk County
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>DORSEY WIGGINS – 89 – Mobil Chemical Company
BARTOW -- Mr. Dorsey Wiggins of Bartow died of heart failure Friday (Sept. 15, 2006). He was born Sept. 26, 1916, in Crawford, Ga., Mr. Wiggins moved to Bartow from Georgia. He served in the Army during World War II. He worked as a maintenance mechanic for Mobil Chemical Co., Bartow, for 29 years. He attended Bartow Church of God. >  Mr. Wiggins is survived by his wife, Norma Wiggins; sons, Jerry H. Wiggins, Bartow, James H. Wiggins, Glasgow, Ky.; daughters, Elaine W. Baskett, Blue Ridge, Ga., Diane W. Smith, Lithia; 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.   Visitation will be Monday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Church of God, 1460 E. Stuart St., Bartow, FL 33830. Wildwood Cemetery – Ledger, Sept. 17, 2006
>NORMA JEAN WIGGINS GRACE – 68 -  Homemaker -w/o Abe Grace,Jr.
ALTURAS -- Mrs. Norma Jean Grace of Alturas died of pneumonia Friday (June 3, 2005) at Winter Haven Hospital. She was born Aug. 19, 1936, in Daytona Beach, she was a former resident of Bartow before moving to Alturas 52 years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Victory Life and Praise, Bartow.
 Mrs. Grace is survived by her husband, Abe Grace Jr.; son, Jonathon Grace, Roanoke, Va.; daughters, Jeanie Y. Mitchell and Julie G. McDonald, both of Alturas; brothers, Edward Wiggins, Bartow, George Wiggins, Fort Meade, Kenneth Wiggins, Las Vegas; sisters, Ida Shriner, Ocala, Patsy Smith, Dundee; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Visitation will be, Monday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Wildwood Cemetery – Ledger, June 5, 2005
>MARY MORGAN WIGGINS – 87 - Homemaker  -  Ledger, March 17, 2003
BARTOW -- Mrs. Mary Wiggins of Bartow died of respiratory failure Saturday (March 15, 2003) at Bartow Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 15, 1915, in Live Oak, she was a lifelong resident of Bartow. She was a homemaker. She attended Bartow Church of God. >Mrs. Wiggins was preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Morgan, and second husband, Clyde Wiggins. >  She is survived by her son, James Morgan, Brooksville; daughter, Diane Harris, Fort Meade; brother, C.H. Mclntosh, Madison; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow, Fl. 
>ABE GRACE, Jr.,- 82 - Heavy Equipment Mechanic -> h/o-Norma Jean Wiggins Grace
BARTOW - Abe Grace, Jr., passed away Friday, October 7, 2011 at his residence due to heart failure. He was born August 4, 1929 in Sampson, AL,> Abe served his country in the US Army. He was a Heavy Equipment Mechanic for Florida Equipment & Service. Mr. Grace was a member of Victory Life & Praise Church.
 He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Jean Grace & Son, Joey Grace.> He is survived by Two Daughters, Jeannie & husband Roy Mitchell and Julie & husband Billy Mills both of Bartow; son, Jonathon E. Grace of Roanoke, VA; sister, Barbara Hopson of Lake Placid; granddaughter, Kaley McDonald of Bartow; four grandsons, Jay Mitchell, II and Matthew McDonald both of Bartow, John Mitchell of Zolfo Springs and Kevin Mitchell of Wauchula; & Nine Great Grandchildren. Family will receive friends Monday, October 10, 2011 at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 East Main Street in Bartow. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at  Whidden-McLean Funeral Home. Interment will be held at Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow. Condolences to family at www.WhiddenMcLeanfuneralhome.com . – Ledger, Oct. 10, 2011
> WILLIAM UPTON GRACE, 88 - Albritton Citrus - b/o Abe Grace
MULBERRY - Upton Grace died Mon 11/24/08 of pneumonia. Visit: Fri 11/28 6-8 pm Whidden-McLean F.H. Service: Sat 11/29 at 2 pm at funeral home. – Ledger, Nov. 26, 2008
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>WILLIAM UPTON GRACE - 88 - Albritton Citrus
MULBERRY - William Upton Grace, died Monday, November 24, 2008, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center from pneumonia. Born June 16, 1920 in Samson, AL, Mr. Grace has been a resident of Mulberry 32 years, moving from Alturas. Mr. Grace was a citrus caretaker for Albritton Citrus of Alturas for 26 years. He also worked for the County of Polk for 24 years. He was a Deacon at the Southside Baptist Church of Mulberry.
 He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mary T. Grace. >He is survived by three sons: Bill Grace & wife Debbie of Ethridge, TN, Larry Grace & wife Toni of Bartow & Tommy Grace & wife Jeanette of Bartow; three daughters: Margaret Smith & husband John Allen of Bartow, Charlotte Brown of Mulberry, Joyce Hall & husband Robert of Canton, NC; one brother: Abe Grace of Alturas; two sisters: Barbara Hopkins of Lake Placid & Emma Weeks of Mobile, AL; 18 grandchildren & 31 great grandchildren. Family will receive friends Friday, November 28th, 2008 at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 29, 2:00 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be at Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow, Fla. Condolences to family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com. – Ledger, Nov. 27, 2008
>BILLY JOE ODUM – 84 -  IMC Phosphate  - h/o - Hazel Winburn Odum
BARTOW - Billy Joe 'B.J.' Odum, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015, at his home in Bartow. Born in Lakeland on Jan. 3, 1931, he was the son of the late Walter Conrad and Lessie Golden Odum. Mr. Odum was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He retired as a Production Supervisor from I.M.C. Phosphate after 40 years of service and was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Lake Garfield. > Billy Joe is preceded in death by his wife Hazel Odum in 2010. > He is survived by two sons: Joe Odum (Leila) of Grove City, OH, Conrad Odum (Vicki) of Bartow, his sister Pat Coker of Lakeland, three grandchildren Brian Odum (Julie), Alicia Hartman (Chris), Brittney Davis (Terry) and six great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Friday, April 24, 2015, at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow. > Funeral services will follow at the funeral home chapel. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Lake Garfield building fund, 1170 Eighty Foot Rd., Bartow, FL, 33830. Condolences at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com – Ledger, Tues. April 21, 2015
>HAZEL WINBURN ODUM – 79 - Ledger, Dec. 12, 2010 - w/o -Billy Joe Odum 
BARTOW - Mrs. Hazel W. Odum, passed away from respiratory failure December 10, 2010. Born March 7, 1931 in Lakeland, Mrs. Odum was the daughter of the late Andrew Lee and Lela (Mason) Winborn. She was a homemaker and a member of Lake Garfield Baptist Church. > She is survived by a loving family that includes her husband of 59 years, Billy Joe Odum of Bartow, two sons; Joe Odum and wife Leila of Grove City, OH, Conrad Odum and wife Vicki of Bartow, three grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Arrangements are being handled by Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 East Main Street in Bartow where the family will receive friends on Tuesday December 14, 2010. > Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am at the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823. Condolences at www.whid- denmcleanfuneralhome.com
>>Note: In obit Haxel's is listed a Winborn- In the marriage records it is listed as Winburn
>KATHERINE ROGERS BYRD – 89  -  W/O Benjamin F. Byrd
BARTOW - Mrs. Byrd, of Bartow, died Saturday, October 17, 2009, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale of Congestive Heart Failure. Her family and friends are invited to the old family home place on Floral Avenue on Monday, October 19, 2009 for a time of remembrance and fellowship. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 20 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lakeland. Born September 11, 1920, in Pulaski, GA, a daughter of the late Oscar Wesley and Debbie Boyett Rogers, she grew up in Metter, GA, and Highland City, FL. Katherine graduated from Summerlin Institute in Bartow where she met Benjamin Franklin Byrd, Jr., whom she later married on March 6, 1943.  Frank preceded Katherine in death on November 19, 2006. Katherine, after gaining a business school's education, worked at Lakeland Highlands Canning Co., Howell Motor Co. in Hartsville, SC, Southern Tool and Die Co. in Winston-Salem, NC, and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in Atlanta, GA., where she rose to the office of Treasurer. During her years of working for SACS, she and Frank created and grew the very successful Industrial Mixer Corp. As they approached retirement, Katherine and Frank entered into their long-term dream to return to Florida to pursue the citrus business. They tended their groves with tender loving care for many years until their health began to fail in their 80's. Katherine had a brilliant mind for numbers and throughout her last years, even as she was blinded with Macular Degeneration, could work figures in her head faster than most could with a calculator.  >Survivors include her son, Bill Byrd and his wife, Mickey, of Stallings, NC; daughter, Bonnie Ley and her husband, Charles, of Bartow; brother, Oscar W. "Johnny" Rogers and his wife, Jane, of Highland City; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; very special friend, Carolyn Gay; and a number of nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents and Frank, Katherine was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Rogers, Betsy Perryman and Sybil Roberds; and brothers, Homer, Rudolph "Rudy", and J. B. "Red" Rogers. Bill and Bonnie thank Carolyn, Dr. Batardo and Elena, as well as the wonderful staffs of Bartow Regional Medical Center and Good Shepherd Hospice, for their loving and attentive care of our mother. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Tenoroc High School, 4905 Saddle Creek Road, Lakeland, FL 33801. Katherine's family is being served by Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow. – Ledger, Oct. 18, 2009
>BENJAMIN "FRANK" BYRD -  85 -  H/O Katherine R. Byrd
Bartow - Mr. Benjamin F. "Frank" Byrd of Bartow, died Sunday, November 19, 2006, from heart failure, at his residence in Bartow, FL. Born October 14, 1921 in Bartow, the son of the late Ben and Bessie Dempsey Byrd, he graduated from Summerlin Institute in 1939 and was a cum laude graduate of the University of Florida, class of '43. Mr. Byrd served with the US Army during both WWII and Korea, advancing to the rank of captain. In Korea, he was a field artillery battery commander. Early on, Mr. Byrd taught agriculture and worked in the fertilizer industry. He left Polk County in 1955, continuing his work in the agriculture industry. He specialized in fertilizer manufacturing and the developing and equipping of fertilizer blend plants throughout the Southeastern U.S. Mr. Byrd lived for many years in Atlanta and Alpharetta, GA., and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Atlanta and Lodge #235 AF & AM in Alpharetta. In 1995, Mr. Byrd returned to Bartow to tend his citrus groves. >  In addition to his parents, his sisters, Dorothy Byrd and Patricia Blankenship and her husband, Carl, all preceded him in death. > He is survived by his wife, Katherine Rogers Byrd of Bartow, FL., son, William E. "Bill" Byrd (Mickey) of Stallings, N.C.; daughters, Bonnie Gibson Ley (Charles) of Alpharetta, GA.; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Tuesday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow. Funeral services will be at Oak Hill Burial Park at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 22, 2006. Memorial contributions can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, 33823. Ledger, Nov. 21, 2006
>David Lamar Hiers 72 -
David passed away on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, while staying with family in Lakeland.  Born Nov. 27, 1943 in Bartow, he was the youngest of four children born to Harley Lee Hiers and Thelma Carlton Hiers.  He graduated from Summerlin Institute in Bartow in 1961. He attended the University of Florida on a football scholarship. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He served in the Army Reserves for six years.  > He was a biology teacher and head football coach at Bartow High School in the early 1970s. He changed careers in 1974 to become a real estate broker with Griffin Real Estate and continued his career with Quality Real Estate before retiring in 1998.  He lived in Bartow most of his life with his wife and two children, and later retired to his cabin in the Ocala National Forest. He was an avid outdoorsman for most of his life. > He is survived by his son, David Judson Hiers; and daughter, Keely Hiers Chestnut (Kevin); and his former wife, Judith Britt Hiers, whom all reside in Lakeland. He is also survived by his siblings, H.L. Hiers, Jr. (Thalia), JoAnn Henderson and Janice Wolff. He also leaves behind a large extended family of cousins, nephews and nieces.
 He made many friends through the years with whom he shared many fond memories. He enjoyed a good conversation whether it was with a friend or someone he just met. He made us all laugh at one time or another. He lived a good life; loved his family and friends, the Florida Gators, and fishing and hunting. He will be deeply missed. The family will receive friends, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 E. Main St., Bartow. Funeral service will follow, at the funeral home. Condolences to family may be made at whiddenmclelanfuneralhome.com. Fort Meade Leader, Tues., Jan. 19, 2016.
>BETTY LYNN DOUBERLY – 83 -
BARTOW - Betty Lynn Douberly, passed away Friday, February 6, 2015, at her home in Bartow. Born March 4, 1931, in Gadsden, AL, Mrs. Douberly was a resident of Bartow since 1945, moving from Alabama. She was a member of the Highlands Church of Christ of Lakeland, an avid bowler, former member of the Bartow Junior Women's Club and an avid Gator Fan. > Mrs. Douberly is survived her husband of 64 years Kenneth E. Douberly of Bartow; two sons Kenneth R. Douberly and Tracy Douberly (Cindy), both of Bartow; a daughter Rosemary 'Lynn' Praay (Tim) of St. Augustine; a brother: Fred Russell of Bartow; a sister: Rosemary Burnett of Ormond Beach, FL, 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Family will receive friends Monday, February 9, 2015, at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 10, 2015,at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home. follow at  >Interment at Glen Abbey Memorial Gardens, Auburndale. Memorials may be made to Central Florida Bible Camp, 23813 County Road 44 A, Eustis, FL, 32736 or Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale 33823. Condolences to family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com  – Ledger, Feb. 7, 2015
>SYLVIA W. BOHDE – 72 - Elementary School Teacher
BARTOW - Sylvia W. Bohde passed away Saturday, December 10, 2016 at her residence in Bartow. Born July 8, 1944 in Bartow, Florida, Sylvia was a lifelong resident. Upon graduation from Summerlin Institute in Bartow, Sylvia enrolled at Brenau College in Gainesville,Ga, where she received a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She was a life member of Chi Omega Sorrority. She was an elementary school teacher. She taught in the Fulton County, School System in Atlanta, Georgia for one year with the balance of her teaching career in the Polk County, Florida School System. She was a member of the Bartow First Presbyterian Church. > She was survived by her husband of 49 years: Frederick J. Bohde, Bartow; three sons: William F. Bohde (Kelly) and Gregory J. Bohde (Kelli) all of Bartow; John M. Bohde (Lori) Mulberry; sister: Carolyn Bullard (Bob) Tallahassee, FL; brother: James F. Whidden, Jr. (Pat) Cumming, GA and seven grandchildren. > Family will receive friends Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Memorial services will be held Thursday, December 15, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church, 355 S. Florida Ave. Bartow. Memorials may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 2590 Havendale Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33880. – Ledger, Dec. 13, 2016
JOHN WILLIAM PADGETT - 81 -  Ledger, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015 
BARTOW - John William Padgett passed away on Friday, February 13, 2015, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center with complications from Diabetes. Born on March 13, 1933, in Lake Garfield, John attended Summerlin Institute and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November of 1951. He served for twenty three years of active duty during the Korean and Vietnam Wars retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He served on the USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47); USS Shenandoah (AD-26); USS O'Brien (DD-725); USS Clarke County (LST-601) and the USS Laffey (DD-724). During the Viet Nam War he served in combat with the Naval Mobile Riverine Forces in Vietnam's Delta Region. After retiring from the military John returned to Bartow and was employed by WR Grace in the phosphate industry for fourteen years and remained in the Naval Fleet Reserve thru May 1, 1981. He was of the Protestant faith. > He was preceded in death by his wife, Lacona Padgett; his parents, Rev. William 'Will' and Sara Padgett. He is survived by a sister, Shirley Johnson of Bartow and a brother, Tommy Padgett and his wife Annette of Lake Wales. Also numerous nieces and nephews.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow with funeral services at 11AM. For those who wish donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.       at: www.diabetes.org/Donate in memory of John.  Condolences may be sent to the Family  at: www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com
>JULIA G. LEWIS - 90 - Educator  - Ledger, Sunday, May 19, 2019
BARTOW - Julia G. Lewis peacefully passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Lakeland on December 15, 1928. Julia was the daughter of the late W.O. Gibson and Mamie Johnson Gibson. Julia and her family moved from Lakeland to Bartow when she was 6, where she graduated from Summerlin Institute in 1946. She was a graduate of Florida Southern College where she was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority.  Julia was very involved in the Bartow community where she taught school for 27 years. She was also involved in Bartow's Lioness' Club, Garden Club, Order of Eastern Star, and Junior Service League. > Julia was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Clifford Lewis and by her brother and sister, Walter Gibson and Mary O. Vent.  >She is survived by her children: Vicki Lewis of Bartow and Clifford Lewis Jr. of Ft Myers. Julia attended Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Bartow. Condolences to the family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com .
>CLIFFORD A. LEWIS - 81 - Husband of Julia Gibson Lewis -
BARTOW - Clifford A. Lewis passed away Monday, August 8, 2011 from complications after a stroke. Born November 15, 1929 in Boston, MA,  Mr. Lewis was the only child of Wilmont A. Lewis and Hazel Waugh Lewis. He moved to Canton, MA at an early age attending local schools and was President his Senior class in 1948. He enrolled in Boston University and later signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox organization, before joining the US Air Force.  He came to Bartow in the 1950's and worked in the County Criminal Courts and the Sheriff's Department. He was also with Imperial Lumber Company 25 years. He was a member of the Bartow Lion's Club, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Past President of the Florida National Credit Association. He was active in the Bartow Little League serving as district director for 25 years and the Lake Region Football Official Association. > Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife of 55 years, Julia Gibson Lewis; a son Clifford A Lewis, Jr. of Ft. Myers and a daughter: Victoria Lewis of Orlando.  Family will receive friends Thursday, August 11, 2001, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 197, Bartow, 33831 or favorite charity. Condolences to family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com - Ledger, Aug. 10, 2011
>WALTER O. "Hoot " GIBSON - 80 -  Gibson Insurance Group - Brother of Julia G. Lewis
 BARTOW - Mr. Walter O. "Hoot" Gibson of Bartow, Fla., died Monday, December 18, 2006, at Winter Haven Hospital from heart failure. Born July 31, 1926, Mr. Gibson grew up in Bartow. He attended the University of Florida and was a member of the SAE fraternity. Mr. Gibson served in the U.S. Navy in WWII. (He was a former member of the Florida National Guard, serving as a Captain, also commanding Battery A in the Bartow Unit.) Mr. Gibson worked as an insurance agent and formed his own insurance company, Amalex until later becoming Gibson Insurance Group in Lakeland. Hoot was a member and past president of the Bartow Lions Club for the last 56 years. He also headed the Cancer Crusade for two years and worked with the Red Cross. Mr. Gibson served as the Chairman of the 7th Congressional District Democratic Executive Committee before later becoming a republican. He also served as Campaign Manager for former Gov. Farris Bryant in 1960. Mr. Gibson served on the Polk County School Board for six years and was a past chairman of the school board. He was a Mason. Mr. Gibson was formerly a member and Deacon of The First Baptist Church of Bartow and is a member or the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bartow. > Hoot is survived by his wife of 56 years Sarah Parker Gibson of Bartow. Along with Sarah he is survived by his sons, Walter O. "Dub" Gibson III and his wife Jenny of Middleburg, FL, Steven P. Gibson and his wife Alicia of Indialantic, FL, also his daughter Elizabeth Manley and her husband Conner "Chip" Manley, Jacksonville.  Mr. Gibson is also survived by his sister Julia G. Lewis and her husband Cliff of Bartow, and five grandchildren Rachel and Jordan Gibson of Middleburg, also Steven, Michael, and David Gibson of Indialantic. Mr. Gibson also survived by several nieces and nephews. Arrangements are being handled by Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow where family will receive friends Wednesday evening.  Funeral services will be Thursday December 21, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bartow, 205 East Stanford Street. Memorial Contributions can be made to any charity of choice. Ledger, Dec. 20, 2006 
>CHARLOTTE CRAWFORD - 81 - 
BARTOW - Charlotte Crawford passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 in Orlando. Born at Bartow Memorial Hospital on October 17, 1937 in Bartow. She was the daughter the late Bruce and Lucy Crawford and granddaughter of the late R.B., Sr. and Ethel Crawford and Jesse and Dora Jones. Charlotte and her family moved from Fort Meade to Bartow in 1945, where she graduated from Summerlin Institute in 1955. She was a graduate of Florida Atlantic University.  She authored the play, 'By Choice or Otherwise' and also two books: 'If You Are A Cracker' and 'Sterling'. >  Ms. Crawford is survived by her siblings: Bob Crawford (Nancy) of Crawfordville, Candy Crawford of Orlando, and two nephews and two nieces.  Above all, Charlotte cherished growing up in Bartow in the 40's and 50's and having roots in Fort Meade. Condolences to the family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com - Ledger, Sunday, May 19, 2019
>MARTIN  'MARTY'  LEE  ALTMAN  - 53 -  
ATLANTA - Martin 'Marty' Lee Altman passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016, at Our Lady Of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, in Lafayette, Louisiana, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the son of Royce Altman and Margaret Altman of Bartow, Florida.  He was an Interactive Design and Game Development Professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, Georgia.   He was born December 28, 1962. He grew up and attended school in Bartow, Florida, and in 1981, graduated from Summerlin Institute which is now Bartow High School.  In 1982, he joined the 82nd Airborne Division of the United States Army. He did a tour as a paratrooper that included a rotation in the Sinai desert. After discharge, he attended Polk Community College in Winter Haven, Florida and received his A.S. degree in Computer Science. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Central Florida in 1990, with a B.S. degree in Computer Science. In 2004, he completed his M. S. degree in Computer Science, also from the University of Central Florida. > He was preceded in death by his father, Royce Altman, Bartow, Florida and older brother, James 'Jim' Altman of Weaverville, North Carolina. > He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sara (Heath) Altman of Atlanta, Georgia; two children, son, Kent Michael Altman, Los Angeles, California; daughter, Jaime Lee Altman, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and her two children (grandson Gabriel and granddaughter, Lexi). > He is survived by his mother, Margaret Altman Bartow, Florida and younger brother, Thomas Altman, Winter Haven, Florida. Services were held on Saturday. July 2, 2016, in Lafayette, Louisiana. - Ledger, Aug. 7, 2016
>HAROLD BENTON -
BARTOW - Harold Benton of 2055 South Floral Avenue, Bartow, FL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 5, 2018 of heart failure, after conquering cancer five times.  A native of Lake Garfield, he had resided in Bartow all of his life with the exception of time spent in service to our country in the US Navy 1951-1955 during the Korean War.  He served aboard the USS Sicily and the later sixteen months at Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu Hawaii. He was the son of the late Lena and Garney Benton. He was a 1948 graduate of Summerlin Institute where he loved and excelled in sports. He later retired as Head of Accountants from Walden Lake, Plant City. He was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Bartow and activities at Floral Lakes.
> Mr. Benton is survived by his wife of 67 years, Laurene 'Laurie' Benton; son Daniel Benton; daughter Valerie Kirkland (Gerald); five grandchildren Amanda Craven (Bob-by), Lindsey Kirkland (Danielle), Allison Benton, Joshua Benton and Saralyn Benton; great grandchildren Kayla and Savannah Jackson, Hunter and Sophie Kirkland and many nieces and nephews. > He was preceded in death by sisters Ruth Mathis and Grace Thompson, as well as brothers Glen, Selma, Milton and Harry Benton. He dearly loved his family, including his Shih Tzu, Buttons. A Celebration of Life service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Bartow on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church at 355 South Florida Ave. Bartow, FL 33830. Condolences to the family at www.whiddenfuneralhome.com - Ledger, May 8, 2018
>WILLIAM "BUDDY" BARNES - 82 - CSX  - Ledger, Sept. 28, 2012
BARTOW - William "Buddy" Barnes of Bartow passed away on Wednesday September 26, 2012 at the Good Shepherd Hospice Forsythe House in Auburndale from complications of Alzheimer's. Born in Moultrie, GA on April 23, 1930 he was raised in Bartow and graduated from Summerlin Institute in 1948. After graduation Buddy served two years in the Army during the Korean War, then worked in trucking before settling in Jacksonville. He retired from CSX Railroad in Jacksonville as the Manager of Intermodal Operations, Maintenance & Repairs after 21 years of service, returning to Bartow in 1991. He was a golfer & a Hamm Radio operator and especially enjoyed driving and sharing a variety of cars, old and new, throughout his life. He was a loving father, grandfather and brother and was a very generous man, always willing to give freely to family and friends in need.>  Buddy was preceded in death by two children Tony and Linda Shaw. >  He is survived by two children Christopher "Scott" Barnes (Kim) of Mulberry and Cynthia "Cindy" Jackson and special friend Kenny Holder of Bartow, two sisters Christine Case (Bill) of Holly Hill and Sara McGinnis (Donn) of Pinehurst, NC, one brother Larry Barnes (Vicky) of Bartow and three grandchildren Kyle, Sierra and Nikki Jackson all of Bartow.  A visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30, at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow with Funeral Services to follow on Monday at 10am at the funeral home. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in the name William E Barnes to Good Shepherd Forsythe Hospice House, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com. - 

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