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> DOROTHY BOREE - 73 - GTE- Telephone Operator - Verizon  - Ledger, Tuesday, March 10, 2020
BARTOW - Dorothy Boree of Bartow, FL, a loving sister and aunt went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. She passed away at home surrounded by her loving family after a battle with cancer. She was born on March 17, 1946 in Kissimmee, FL, to the late Hyman and Edna Carroll.  Mrs. Boree graduated from Summerlin Institute in 1965. She worked as a Telephone Operator for GTE - Verizon where she retired after 30 years. She also worked for D.O.T. in Bartow where she retired after 10 years. She married Sam Boree in February 1989. She enjoyed outdoors, fishing, traveling, music and spending time with family and friends. >Mrs. Boree is preceded in death by her husband Sam Boree, father and mother Hyman and Edna Carroll, sister Geneva Carroll, brothers, Eddie, Franklin and Hyman (Benny) Carroll. >She is survived by her sisters Edna Eloise Wilson, Bartow, Fay Wisham, Kay Kinojosa, Bartow, Sandra Edgemon (Lynn), Plant City, brothers Wilson (Pete) Carroll (Mary), Florida City, Marcus Carroll, Lakeland, and many niece and nephews. A Celebration of life will be held on March 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at The Vineyard Church of God, 490 W. Vine St., Bartow. 
> EARL WILLIAM STARK, JR 'Bill' - 80 - 
WINTER HAVEN - Earl William Stark, Jr. 'Bill', beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away from heart complications on April 11th, 2020. He passed away at home with his wife and children by his side. Bill was born in Chicago, IL to parents Earl and Jan Stark. The family moved to Bartow Florida when he was a young child. Bill became known as 'Bartow Bill' and graduated high school from the Summerlin Institute in 1958. He played guard on the high school basketball team and help lead them to their high school's first ever Class A State Championship in 1958. Bill graduated from the University of Florida in 1963 where he was a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Bill met his wife Pam shortly after college, got married and adopted their two children, Mike and Jen. The family settled in Winter Haven where they lived for the past 43 years. Bill and Pam Stark were married for 53 wonderful years. Bill was merchandise manager for Rheinauer's in Winter Haven for many years and finished up his career working for Bogdahn Consulting, also out of Winter Haven. In retirement he enjoyed playing golf, bridge and poker with his friends. Bill was devoted to his church Holy Cross and served on the vestry and financial committees for many years. >Bill is survived by his wife Pam, son Michael Kevin Stark, daughter Jennifer Stark Toole, grandchildren Davis Simmons and Ireland Toole and brother, Robert Lee Stark. A Celebration of Life service for Bill will be held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Winter Haven at a future date to be announced.- Ledger, April 25, 2020 
> LAMAR WILKES  - 82 - U.S. Army
BARTOW - Lamar Wilkes, a former resident of Bartow, passed away Sunday March 17, 2013, due to respiratory failure. He was born in Columbus, GA, in 1931. He attended Summerlin Institute and retired from the US Army as a Staff Sergeant & Korean War veteran. >He is survived by his wife Nancy, a brother W.H. (Billy) Wilkes, four grandsons and two step-daughters. > He was predeceased by a son, Gary Wilkes, two brothers ; and three half-brothers. Arrangements will be forthcoming. -  Ledger, March 21, 2013.
> GLADYS ANN  GRIFFIN WEAKLAND - 1944 - 2019 - Mosais Phosphate - Ledger, June 2, 2019
LAKELAND - Gladys Ann Weakland passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 26, 2019. She was born at home February 19th, 1944, to Ruth and Lonnie Griffin in Lake Garfield, just south of Bartow, Florida. She was the eighth child in the family, which would grow to ten children by 1952. She was a lifelong resident of Polk County. Gladys graduated from Summerlin Institute 'Class of 1962' in Bartow, Florida. While attending, she participated in numerous school activities, including becoming a member of the high school Glee Club which she loved. After graduation, Gladys worked at Bartow Memorial Hospital before beginning a career at Mosaic Phosphate Mine, from where she retired in 2003 after over twenty years of service. Gladys met the love of her life, Walt Weakland, and they were married for 34 years. >Gladys is preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Lonnie Griffin, her five brothers, Albert, James Lonnie, Jr., Walter, Jack, Tommy and one sister Pearl N. Daye. >She is survived by her husband Walt Weakland, her three sisters, Venoy Moore, Alice McBee (Tommy), and Valerie Hastings (Jeff), numerous nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. She was a shining star in the dark world of cancer who never complained about her disease, but rather, praised her Lord for all her blessings. Visitation will be held 9:00-10:00 am, Monday, June 3, 2019 at Gentry-Morrison Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Road, Lakeland. Funeral services will be at 10:00 am Monday, with burial at Oak Hill Burial Park. -
LAKELAND - Neva passed peacefully on October 12, 2019 with family at her side at Highlands Lake Center in Lakeland, Florida. Neva was born December 13, 1934 in Cedar Springs, Georgia to C. T. and Alma Scott. She graduated from Summerlin Institute in Bartow in 1952 and then finished business college in Lakeland. She worked in the accounting field for many years before retiring from the Louisiana Department of Labor in 1996 and retiring to Florida with her husband David. She enjoyed a variety of activities including hunting, fishing and camping with David. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, shopping, canning and cooking for family and friends. She also enjoyed Bingo and playing cards. She loved Tennessee and especially Cades Cove. But her favorite time was time spent with her family. >She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Bobby Boatwright, her granddaughter Courtney, her husband Calvin White, and the love of her life her husband of 53 years David Farrer. > She will be missed by her daughters Sharon (Mike) McLeod, Kathy (Jay) Badeaux, Becky (Jimmy) Highsmith and Debbie Parker and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a great great granddaughter, her sister Mavis (Mac) Brown, her brothers Elton Scott, Oscar (Sandy) Scott and Charlie (Donna) Scott and a host of family and friends. We thank Cornerstone Hospice. We will be forever grateful for the love and wonderful care given to 'Nene' by the staff at Highlands Lake Center. Service to celebrate her life will be held October 26th at Peoples Church 3800 Recker Hwy, Winter Haven, FL 33880. Family will receive family and friends at 10 o'clock with service to follow immediately at 11 o'clock. - Ledger, Oct. 16, 2019  -  Burial Place ?
> ANN WOODARD YAGER - 87 - Execuitive Secretary
HAINES CITY - Ann Woodard Yager moved to her permanent home in Heaven June 9, 2019. Born Oct. 22, 1931, in Holopaw, FL, she was a retired executive secretary. She graduated Summerlin Institute in 1949 as the first Girl president of the National Honor Society. She also became the first lady hired at Lakeland's Police Dept. Leaving in March 1954 to marry Robert E. Yager,> her husband of 59 years, who predeceased her, as did her brother Jim Woodard, and granddaughter Jodi Summers. >She is survived by sons David Yager (Genny) and Mark Yager (Keitha), grandson Matt Yager, and granddaughters Maranda Bell and Shayna Conklin, six great grandchildren. A celebration of Ann's Life will be June 22 at 10 a.m. at Landmark Baptist College Chapel, 800 Hinson Ave., Haines City; fellowship and light refreshments to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to WLVF at Gospel903. com or Landmark Youth Camp (in Ann's memory), 2020 Hinson Ave, Haines City, 33844. Ledger, June 16, 2019  - Burial Place ?
> GEORGE WASHINGTON CURRY - CF Industries in Bartow
LAKELAND - George was born in Mulberry, FL, but grew up in Bartow, Fl.  >He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Mattie Curry, sister Shirley Godwin and daughter Terry.  >He is survived by the love of his life, his wife Nancy and his siblings Don, Betty and Linda. Between George and Nancy, they had 6 children, 8 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. George was a Christian from an early age and was a member of Scott Lake Baptist Church. George graduated in 1956 from Bartow Summerlin Institute. He was the quarterback for the football during his 4 years of high school. He loved football with a passion and was a big fan of the Florida State Seminoles. He was also a great golfer. He worked for CF Industries in Bartow for 45 years. After retiring he worked for CDM out of Orlando for 4 years. 'Rest in peace my precious husband, I loved you with all my heart and will miss you beyond words.' The family will receive friends Monday, July 1, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at Seigler Funeral Home-Chapel. A celebration of George's life will follow at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Alzheimer's Association-280 Patterson Road, #6, Haines City, FL, 33844 in memory of 'George.' Arrangements have been entrusted to Seigler Funeral Home, Mulberry, FL.- Ledger, June 28, 2019.
BARTOW - Edward Ezekiel Etheredge, M.D., Ph D. Professor of Surgery Emeritus at Tulane University,  passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Bartow. Born May 22, 1939 in Jacksonville, FL., he was the son of the late Ezekiel Y. and Raymer (Johnson) Etheredge. Ed was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Bartow. He moved to Bartow at the age of two. He graduated from Summerlin Institute, Yale University, and Yale University College of Medicine and the University of Minnesota, earning his PhD. and did his surgical training in renal transplants, vascular and general surgery. Dr. Etheredge served as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army and earned an Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service while practicing at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Ed was an accomplished artist and a world class fisherman. He devoted his service to the United Methodist Church in New Haven, CT, Minneapolis, MN, Chevy Chase, MD, St. Louis, MO, New Orleans, LA and Bartow, FL. Dr. Etheredge was also an environmentalist, historian, collector and author of numerous publications and surgical books. He was a member of the Bartow Kiwanis Club and President Emeritus of the Polk County Historical Association. Dr. Etheredge served on the Board of Directors for the Peace River Center, Bartow Community Healthcare Foundation and Luster All Training Center of Hope. >Along with his parents, his is preceded in death by his brother Lee 'Buzz' Etheredge. >He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Beverly H. Etheredge of Bartow, his two sons: Edward Etheredge, Jr., William G. Etheredge (Cynthia), all of Lakeland and his sister-in-law Peggy Etheredge of Fort Myers. He also leaves behind his grandchildren: Claire and Jake Etheredge, along with his nephews: Wade Etheredge (Lori) and Will Etheredge (Erin). Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Bartow. The family is so grateful for our special team of Home Instead Caregivers. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial contributions, please consider the First United Methodist Church, 455 S. Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL 33830 or Polk County Historical Association, P.O. Box 2749, Bartow, FL 33831. - Ledger, Oct., 11, 2019 -Burial place?
BARTOW - Janice Faira Hester Hartsaw passed away in comfort with the love of her family, on June 30th, 2019.> She is joined in heaven with her husband Billy Ray Hartsaw and her grandson Mason Hartsaw. Jan was a long time Bartow resident and graduated from Summerlin Institute before studying art at Florida State University; she taught elementary school, did social work and was employed by the election office in Polk County, before she found her passion in the field of antiques and estate appraisals. >Jan is survived by her family and their spouses, two sons, Steven (Beverly) and Douglas (Donna) Hartsaw, her daughters Lee Anne Deese (Darrel) and Kay Hartsaw Cochran (Steve), her sister Cookie Hester as well as two lovely grandchildren Jake, Andi Cochran and great granddaughter Victoria Rose Hartsaw. The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 6th from 10am to 11am at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow. A memorial service will follow at 11:00am at the funeral home chapel. Condolences to the family at  whiddenmcleanfuneral - Ledger, July 2, 2019
> ROBERT L. 'BOB' HUDSON, Sr.  - 85 - 
LAKELAND - Bob Hudson passed away November 14, 2019. Robert was born and raised in Bartow, Florida. Robert moved to Lakeland when he and Carole got married. Bob graduated from Summerlin High School, and retired from Royster Company after 33 years of service as Manager of the Maintenance & Electrical Departments. >He was preceded in death by parents, Volania & Joseph Thomas Hudson, brothers Tommy, Billy & Lonnie, and his sister Betty. Also, grandson Daniel Hudson. >He is survived by his wife Carole of 52 years of marriage. Bob & Carole have five children: Lee (Cindy) Hudson of Iron Station, NC, Fern (Jay) Jackson, Bartow, Tammy Edwards, Lakeland, Terry (Morris) Willett, Lakeland and Thomas Benjamin Hudson of Astor, Florida. Also, Bob is survived by his sister, Mary Pfohler of Sarasota, FL. In addition, Bob has four grandchildren. Bob served his country in the Florida National Guard for six years. In addition, he was a Master Mason of Lodge #91 in Lakeland and a member of the Egypt Shriners, as well as a 32nd degree perpetual member of the Scottish Rite. Bob was a co-founder and lifetime member of the 2720 Club in Lakeland. Memorial services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL, 33823. - Ledger, Nov. 18, 2019
PLANT CITY - Linda Courson O'Neal passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Lakeland Regional Health. Born September 30, 1947 in Bartow, FL, she was the daughter of Quinton Courson and Betty Lou Lawrence Courson. A longtime resident of Bartow, Linda was a graduate of Summerlin Institute, class of 1966. She was a member of the Bartow First Baptist Church, serving as church secretary for several years. Linda worked for Polk County Clerk of the Circuit Court in Bartow, and later with ICS Cremation. She has been a resident of Plant City for three years, moving from Lake Placid. >Linda was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, James 'Tom' O'Neal, Jr. She is survived by a loving family including her son, John T. O'Neal & wife Elizabeth of Griffin, GA, a granddaughter, Olivia O'Neal of Griffin, a brother, Quinton 'Pete' Courson & wife Carol of Plant City, and an uncle, Damon Lawrence of Bartow. Linda also leaves behind many cousins, nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 1 - 3 pm at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow. Funeral services will follow on Monday, August 26th at 10:00 am at the funeral home. Interment will be held at Davenport Cemetery, Davenport. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Bartow. Condolences to family at - Ledger, Aug. 23, 2019
LAKELAND - Harriet Reese Oglesby passed away on April 12, 2020, at her home in Lakeland. Harriet, born July 2, 1945 in Bartow, was the daughter of the late Jimmy and Eloise (Bruce) Reese. She was a member of the Summerlin Institute Class of 1963. Harriet was a homemaker, raising her two children and influencing many, many more. As a young lady she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Bartow and was married there in 1963. >She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Sarah 'Brucie' Parker. > Mrs. Oglesby is survived by her husband of 56 years, Hugh J. Oglesby, her children: Scott Oglesby and Teri O. Ray (Shawn) all of Lakeland. She also leaves behind her siblings: James P.(Butch) Reese, Jr. of Senoia, GA, Shirley Harkey (Bud) of Homosassa, Jon L. Reese (Carol) of Oviedo, Nancy Kesinger (Michael) of Winter Haven, Albert E. Reese (Angie) of Bartow, her grandchildren: Amanda, Megan, Barron, Skylar, and Savannah, as well as three great grandchildren, Bristol, Baylor, and Boone. A Memorial Service is planned for mid-May and will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to your favorite charity in her memory. Condolences to the family may be left at  Ledger ,April 15, 2020.