FROSTPROOF OBITS
Polk County, Florida
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> GRIFFIN, James Thomas, ( J.T. ) -  68, -
 Winter Haven passed away Thursday, August 4, 2011 at his residence due to COPD.  He was born August 14, 1942 in Frostproof to the late Tommy & Helen (Winegard) Griffin; he moved from Avon Park to Winter Haven one year ago. He was a retired truck driver for Minute Maid Food Division, and of the Baptist faith.-> James was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Paul and a sister, Joyce.
> Survivors include his wife, Wanda Griffin; daughter, Tina Griffin (Brian) of Lake Wales; sons, Timothy Griffin of Lake Wales, Andy Griffin (Dionna) of Lake Wales, Joe Griffin of Lake Wales and Paul Murray (Mary) of Lake Wales; sister, Martina Griffin of Sarasota; brother, Tommy Griffin (Karen) of Avon Park; and sister-in-law, Betty Gragus (Ted) of Winter Haven, 11 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren. Graveside service will be held Monday, August 8, 2011 at the Lake Wales Cemetery with Rev. Paul Dixon officiating. Visitation will be held at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales.-  Lakeland Ledger on August 6, 2011, pg. B-5
>JOHNSTON, Judy Clair Milton  - 72 -
 Frostproof passed away Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Somers Hospice House in Sebring. She was born April 30, 1939 in Lake Wales, FL to the late Julian A. Milton and Othel Clair Pearce Milton of Frostproof. She was a second generation Floridian, raised in Frostproof and attended Florida State University and was a member of the Pi Beta Phi Society. While raising her children, she was an active school, community and charity volunteer. She worked for the Polk County School Board from 1997 until her retirement in 2006. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Frostproof, a charter member of the Library Board in Frostproof and a former member of the Frostproof Care Center. She enjoyed reading and other activities but she was a devoted mother and grandmother, and always said her greatest accomplishment was her children. >Judy Clair is survived and deeply missed by her children Elizabeth Tippett Johnston Burrows (Danny) of Freeport, Bahamas, Matthew Milton Johnston (Kimberley) of Danville, CA and Juliana Johnston (George Nsiah) of London, England; brother, Julian A. Milton, Jr. of Frostproof and Montana; four grandchildren, Julian and Jacob Johnston, Chardé and Sheigen Jonsiah; and numerous cousins and dear friends. - Visitation will be held Sunday, October 30, 2011 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Frostproof. The funeral service will be held 10:30 am, Monday, October 31, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church in Frostproof with Rev. William "Buzzy" Elder Jr. officiating.-  Interment will follow at the Silver Hill Cemetery.
 Dorothy Louise Whidden SMITH - 1921 - 2011
Frostproof, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at the Lake Wales Medical Center.
Dorothy was born  September 16,1921 in Hillsborough County,Fl. to the late Cecil B. and Sally ( Sweat ) Whidden and came to Frostproof  from Manatee County, Fl. in 1947. She was a member of the Southside Baptist Church. > Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Roscoe Hinton Smith, and one daughter, Louise Elizabeth Hall, 2 sisters; Delores Glover and Doris Susan Harrison. >  Survivors include her daughter, Linda Jean Respress of Frostproof, 2 sons Allen Alfred Smith, of Frostproof, and Cecil David Smith of South Carolina; one brother, Harney Cecil Whidden ; 8 grandchildren- 6 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild. -Funeral services were held Friday, September 9, 2011 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Frostproof.  Interment wil follow at the Silver Hill Cemetery in Frostproof, Polk Co.,Florida.
E. LEON RESPRESS -  83 - Former Frostproof Police Chief
 FROSTPROOF - E. Leon Respress, of Frostproof passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012 at his residence due to heart failure. He was born April 7, 1928 in Frostproof to the late Horace Iverson & Caroline Marie-Anna (Carroll) Respress; and he was a lifelong resident of the area. In his youth, he was a Boy Scout and the projectionist for the Ramon Theatre for many years. Following his military service in Korea with the U.S. Army  he returned to Frostproof and served his community in many capacities. He was the former Frostproof Police Chief, served on the City Council and as a deputy constable in South Polk County. He was a member & served as a deacon at the Corinth Primitive Baptist Church in Bereah and enjoyed fishing. He was a field foreman and citrus buyer for Tropicana for over 25 years, following his retirement he became an independent citrus contractor. >  Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Jessie Respress; daughter, Rhonda Respress Garcia (Frank) of Frostproof; sons, Ernest Respress Jr (Lynn) of Frostproof, Grady Respress (Donna) of Frostproof and Richard Respress of Frostproof; nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 1, 2012 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Frostproof.  Funeral service were held  Monday, April 2, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Frostproof. -  Interment will follow at the Silver Hill Cemetery in Frostproof. . - Ledger, March 31, 2012 
ELBERT (BOZY) BLACKWELDER - 72 - Retired Master Sergent- U.S.Army
FORT MEADE - Mr. Elbert (Bozy) Blackwelder, passed away Sun., May 13, 2012 in Sebring of heart failure. Mr. Blackwelder was born in Frostproof, FL on Sept. 5, 1939 and moved to Fort Meade in 1979. He was a retired Master Sergeant with the U.S. Army serving in Vietnam, National Guard Finance Officer and also a contractor for All Types Aluminum. Mr. Blackwelder was a faithful and devoted member of the Cornerstone Church of God, Fort Meade, where he served as the church clerk for 25 years and also a leader of the "Prime Timers" adult group. He was a member of the Toastmasters and Rotary Club, graduate of Frostproof High School and attended both Florida Southern College and the University of Florida. >  Mr. Blackwelder was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters. >  He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Ginger Blackwelder, Fort Meade, FL; sons, Eric Campbell, Arkansas, Thomas Long, Bartow, FL, B.J. Wood, Carrier, Miss., Charles Tucker, Fort Meade, FL, Herb Albritton, Lakeland, FL; daughters, Karen Campbell, Arkansas, Eva Bryant, LaBelle, FL, Carolyn Aldridge, Naples, FL, Shirley Chavis, Fort Meade, FL, Patricia Mathers, Bartow, FL, Darlene Team, Mulberry, FL and Angel Powella, Bartow, FL; brother, Larry Blackwelder, Frostproof, FL; twenty-one grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.- Visitation was held  Thurs., May 17, 2012 at the Cornerstone Church of God, 10 S. Seminole Ave., Fort Meade.  Funeral services followed with the Rev. Phillip Williams officiating.  Interment follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade.  Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade. 863-285-8171
>CAROLE MANLEY  BEASLEY - 71 - Secretary
Frostproof - Carole M. Beasley of Frostproof passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 at the Lake Wales Medical Center due to cancer. She was born May 8, 1941 in Bowling Green, Fl. to the late John K. & Gladys Manley. She was a graduate of Fort Meade High School and Jones Business College in Orlando. She moved to Frostproof 53 years ago. She was a retired secretary and member of the First Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling and family times. >Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Wayne Beasley; daughters, Debby B. Dawes and husband, Greg of Oralndo and Pamela B. Martin and husband, Gene Cooper, Jr., of Rock Island, Tn; sisters, Joy Polk of Concord, N.C., Mary Lou Brantley of Frostproof and Gay Rose of Silinas, Ca.; brothers, Kent Manley of Naples and Bob Manley of Fort Meade; 4 grandchildren, Kyle Dawes, Katelyn Acevedo, Derek Martin and Justin Martin.  Visitation will be held Wed., Dec., 19, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Frostproof with services Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012 also at the church. Interment will follow at the Silver Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Baptist Church, Building fund. ( 96 West B. Street, Frostproof, Fl. 33843 ) - Ledger, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 -
Notes > Carole Vivien Manley married Samuel Wayne Beasley on Feb. 17, 1962 in Polk Co., Fl.
>MR. ELBERT “BURT” A. McLEOD – 82 - Citrus and Cattle
FROSTPROOF -- Mr. Elbert "Burt" A. McLeod of Frostproof died of cancer Wednesday Wednesday (Nov. 27, 2002) at home. Born in Babson Park on June 14, 1920, he was a lifelong resident of the area. He worked in citrus and cattle. He was a member of the Frostproof American Legion and the Florida Highway Patrol Auxiliary. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Frostproof. >Mr. McLeod was preceded in death by his wife, Lorene McLeod.  > He is survived by his son, Kenneth McLeod, Bay Village, Ohio; brother, Howard McLeod, Frostproof; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from this afternoon at Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Frostproof. Graveside services will follow at  Silver Hill Cemetery.-  Ledger, Nov.30, 2002
>Ms. CHARLOTTE  R. HAMPTON – 62 – School Custodian
FROSTPROOF -- Ms. Charlotte R. Hampton of Frostproof died of cancer Thursday (March 6, 2003) at home. Born in Sylvester, Ga., on Oct. 17, 1940, she later came to Frostproof. Charlotte was a school custodian. She was a member of ASGHSMO Assembly in Frostproof. >Ms. Hampton is survived by her sisters, Louise Marlin, Sylvester, Fannie Robinson, New York, Willa J. Edwards, Tifton, Ga. Services will be this afternoon at Gause Funeral Home, 625 S. Holland Parkway, Bartow.-  Burial will be in Silver Hill Cemetery.-  Ledger, March 8, 2003 
>CARL C. CARROLL - 80 - American Cynamid Supervisor
LAKELAND -- Mr. Carl C. Carroll of Lakeland died of lung cancer Monday (Nov. 1, 2004) in Lakeland. He was 
born in Frostproof on Nov. 18, 1923, he was a lifelong resident of Polk County. He was a supervisor for American Cynamid for 37 years. He was a member of Christina Park Baptist Church. > Mr. Carroll is survived by his wife, Mary L. Carroll; son, Wayne Carroll, Lakeland; stepson, David Starling, Bunnell; daughter, Gloria Jones, Lakeland; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.  Memorial services will be Thursday at Lakeland Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823. – Ledger, Nov. 3, 2004
>ALBERT W. WHITLOCK, JR. – 74 -  Road Crew Superintendent
WINTER HAVEN - Albert W. "AL" Whitlock, of Winter Haven died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2006 at his residence from cancer. Born August 8, 1932 in Frostproof, FL, he was a resident of Winter Haven since 2005, moving here from Bradenton. He was a Retired Road Crew Superintendent for Gator Asphalt in Bradenton. He was of the Protestant Faith, and a Veteran of Korea serving in the US Army. He loved fishing, car racing, football, and baseball. > Survivors include: Wife: Lonnie Whitlock of Winter Haven; Mother: Mary "Maggie" Whitlock of Lake Wales; Sons: Alfred W. Whitlock of Bushnell, Fl., Jimmie L. Whitlock of Winter Haven, Terry L. Whitlock of Bradenton; Brothers: Henry Whitlock of Winter Haven, Norman and John Whitlock both of Lake Wales; Sisters: Myrna Bennett and Patricia Carothers both of Lake Wales; 7 Grandchildren.  Funeral Services will be held Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales. Visitation will be held on Wednesday at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers family requests donations to Good Shepherd Hospice. Marion Nelson Funeral Home handling arrangements. - Ledger, Dec. 27, 2006
>DAVID CROSBY -  80 – Self-Employed Mechanic
FROSTPROOF - David Crosby of Frostproof passed away Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at his residence due to heart failure. He was born August 26, 1933 in Canal Point, FL to the late David W. Crosby & Agnes P. Benton Prine; and he came here from Indian River County in 1940. He was a self-employed mechanic, a member of the First Baptist Church of Frostproof and a veteran of Korea, serving in the U.S. Navy. >David was preceded in death by his father, David W. Crosby; mother, Agnes Prine; step-father, Dexter Prine; sister, Myrtle Crosby Arnold; sister, Elizabeth Prine Albritton; and granddaughter, Della A. Williams.  > Survivors include his wife Joelyn Crosby; five daughters, Rita Ann Crosby of Frostproof, Leta Jan Clements of Frostproof, Nita Lynn Walters Deal of Frostproof, Ginger Lea Spence of Frostproof and Tina Lorraine Scali of Frostproof; three sisters, Marie Brinson of Fort Meade, Mary Louise Register of Virginia and Shirley Jackson of Frostproof; nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren; "Poppy" to many. Visitation will be held Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Frostproof.  Funeral service will be, Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the First Baptist Church in Frostproof with Rev. Heath Woolman and Rev. Darrol Hood officiating. Interment will follow at the Mt. Zion Cemetery. . – Ledger, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013
>ARMOR EDWARD LANIER – 85 - Indian Lake Estates Golf Course - husband of Bobbye Lanier
FROSTPROOF -- Mr. Armor Edward Lanier of Frostproof died of heart failure Wednesday (Dec. 14, 2005) at The Grove Center. Born in Okeechobee on May 3, 1920, he was a longtime resident of Frostproof. He worked in maintenance at Indian Lake Estates Golf Course. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Frostproof. > Mr. Lanier is survived by his daughter, Pamela Donalson, Frostproof; son, Armor Dale Lanier, Babson Park; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.  Graveside services at the Silver Hill Cemetery. Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Frostproof.-  Ledger, Dec. 16, 2005
>BOBBYE J. LANIER – 72 - Teacher's Aide, retired- wife of Armor Lanier
FROSTPROOF -- Mrs. Bobbye J. Lanier of Frostproof died of heart failure Saturday (Jan. 25, 2003) at Dove Health Care. Bobbye was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Utica, Miss., she came here from Jackson, Miss., in 1949. She was a retired teacher's aide at Frostproof Elementary School and a former Avon saleswoman. She was a member of Frostproof Church of Christ. >Mrs. Lanier is survived by her husband, Armor Lanier; daughter, Pamela Donalson, Frostproof; son, Dale Lanier, Babson Park; brother, Golie Tompkins Jr., Bosier City, La,; sisters, Lorene Babb, Crosette, Ark., Florene Holloway, Jackson, Miss.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.  Visitation will be today at Marion Nelson Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be Tuesday at the Church of Christ, Frostproof. - Burial will be in Silver Hill Cemetery. - Ledger,Jan. 27, 2003
>Beatrice Lanier – 91 – Lunchroom, Frostproof Elementary
Frostproof,Beatrice died Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at The Grove Center. Born Jan. 11, 1916 in Frostproof; where she has been a lifelong resident. She was a retired lunchroom worker for Frostproof Elementary School
 and a member of the Frostproof Church of God. >  Mrs. Lanier was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Lanier in 1998, and her daughter, Vannessa Dozier in 1994. >Survivors include her brother; Kelly Sheffield of Frostproof; sisters, Melbert Hawkins of Frostproof; Alvena Arnold of Frostproof; Ruby Cannon of Lakeland; Alda Phillips of Lakeland; grandson, Jeriame Jackson of Frostproof; great-granddaughter, Madison Jackson of Frostproof.> Services were held Thursday, July 19, 2007 at the Frostproof Church of God with Rev. Leon Groover and Rev. Curtis Arnold officiating. Interment followed at the Eden Cemetery in Frostproof. Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Frostproof was in charge of arrangements. - NewsZapFL , July 26, 2007
>IMA JEAN ODOM – 74 -
FROSTPROOF - Ima Jean Odom, of Frostproof died of heart failure Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at the Lake Wales Medical Center. Born February 1, 1933 in Walton County, Florida; she has been a lifelong resident of the area. She was a homemaker.  >Survivors include her husband, Raymond Odom of Frostproof; son, Danny Odom of Frostproof; daughter, Donna Jean Davis of Frostproof; brother, Jimmy Daughtry of Englewood; sister, Fay Newman of Englewood; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 19, 2007 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Frostproof with Pastor Wayne Lee officiating. – Ledger, May 17, 2007
>ARTHUR  M. ALBRITTON  -  79 - Arthur Albritton's Garage
FROSTPROOF - Arthur M. "Punk" Albritton, of Frostproof passed away Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at Somers Hospice House in Sebring due to heart failure. He was born February 23, 1935 in Frostproof to the late Morgan A. and Lucille Campbell Albritton; and has been a lifelong resident of the area. Arthur was the owner of Arthur Albritton's Garage in Frostproof and he was a member of the Southside Baptist Church, where he served as senior Deacon. >Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Joyce Bullard Albritton; daughters, Debbie A. Brown and husband, John of Frostproof and Kellie A. Wilbanks and husband, Michael of Frostproof; 5 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  The family will receive friends Friday, May 9, 2014 and the funeral services will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Frostproof with Rev. Steve Bass and Rev. Michael Arms officiating. Interment will follow at the Silver Hill Cemetery in Frostproof. For those who wish, donations may be sent to the Good Shepherd Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com . – Ledger, May 8, 2014
>NORMA JUNE KELLEY – 66 – Retired Scale House Operator Ben Hill Griffin Citrus
FROSTPROOF -- Mrs. Norma June Kelley of Frostproof died of heart failure Tuesday (March 30, 2004) at Lake Wales Medical Center. She was born in Frostproof on May 19, 1937, she was a lifelong resident. She was a retired scale house operator for Ben Hill Griffin Citrus Plant. She was a Baptist. >Mrs. Kelley is survived by her husband, Joe Kelley; daughters, Judy Youngblood, Joyce Kelley, both of Frostproof, Robin Sizemore, Fairbuff, N.C., Kim Piety, Sebring, Lisa Kelley, Alma, Ga.; sons, Joe "Bubba" Kelley, Frostproof, Bryan Kelley, Todd Kelley, both of Lake Wales; mother, Inez Brantley, Frostproof; brothers, Tommy Brantley, Johnny Brantley, both of Frostproof; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildrenVisitation will be this evening at Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Frostproof. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Silver Hill Cemetery. – Ledger, March 31, 2004 -
>WYMAN E. HELMS -  66 - Fiberglass Boat Manufacturing 
FROSTPROOF - Wyman E. Helms, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at his home in Frostproof. Born October 3, 1948, in Homeland, he was the son of Milford and Stella (Baxter) Helms. Wyman was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Vietnam War. Mr. Helms worked for many years as a fiberglass mechanic in the boat manufacturing industry. > Wyman is preceded in death by his wife, Cleo Helms. >He is survived by two daughters, Honi Helms, Krystina Helms, and two brothers, Jerry Helms and Calvin Helms. The family will receive friends Sunday, December 28, 2014, at McLean Funeral Home in Fort Meade. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 pm at the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell on Monday, December 29, 2014, at 12:30 pm. Condolences to the family at: www.mcleanfuneralhome.net . – Ledger, Thurs. Dec. 25, 2014
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>CLEO MAYES HELMS – 66 – w/o –Wyman Helms
FORT MEADE - Cleo Mayes Helms, died of cancer July 27, 2008. Visitation will be 6-8 pm Wed. Service 10 am, Thurs. McLean Funeral Home, Fort Meade. – Ledger, July 30, 2008.
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NOTES: Cleo McKinnish Mayes to Wyman Earl Helms on Oct. 3, 1995 in Polk Co, Fl. -  
Found notes that Cleo may have been # 2 wife to Wyman - # 1 being a Darlene Pitts Wilmoth  on Oct. 14, 1979  - Just check your notes-
>NELL J. SILER – 88 -  Blossom Shop
FROSTPROOF -- Mrs. Nell J. Siler of Frostproof died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Thursday (March 24, 2005) at Lake Wales Medical Center. She was born in Tombs County, Ga., on April 10, 1916, Mrs. Siler came to Frostproof from Bartow 47 years ago. She worked at the Blossom Shop in Frostproof. She was a Baptist. >Mrs. Siler was preceded in death by her husband, Wade H. Siler.> She is survived by her son, Jesse Wayne Siler, Fort Meade; stepsons, C.K. Siler, Greensboro, N.C., Henry T. Siler, Homeland; stepdaughters, Mary Alice Hancock, Bonlee, N.C., Berle Beal, Ramseur, N.C.; brother, Herman Jones, Lyons, Ga.; sister, Floric Oplinger, Augusta, Ga.; numerous step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.Visitation will be afternoon at McLean Funeral Home, 306 E. Broadway, Fort Meade. Services will follow at 3 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 9365 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park, FL 34666. – Ledger, March 26, 2005
>TIMOTHY ALAN BYRD – 53 -
FROSTPROOF - Timothy Byrd  formerly of Frostproof, died March 9, 2016 in Leesburg. Graveside Service Sat. 4/2, . at  Silver Hill Cemetery, Frostproof. Marion Nelson Funeral Home. – Ledger, Tues, March 29, 2016.
>LOIS SHEFFIELD – 84 – Retired Bank Manager -  Ledger, Thur.,June 2, 2016
FROSTPROOF - Lois Sheffield, passed away Monday, May 30, 2016 at the Bartow Center in Bartow. She was born on August 17, 1931 in Metter, Georgia to the late Paul and Lilly B. (Lacy) Wilson and she has been a resident of this area since 1932 moving here from Metter, Georgia. She was a retired Bank Manager for Citizens Bank of Frostproof and she was a member of the Frostproof Church of God. Lois enjoyed traveling, playing cards, family times, reading and crocheting. >She was preceded in death by her brothers, Perry Wilson and Grady Wilson.  >Lois was survived by her husband of 69 years, Kelly Sheffield; daughters, Sissy Wise of Lakeland, Yvette Weghorst and husband Richard of Gainesville; son, Jerry Sheffield and wife Karen of Lake Wales; 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Visitation will be Friday, June 3, 2016 with the Funeral service at the Church of God Frostproof with Rev. Rodney Cannon officiating. Interment will be held at the Silver Hill Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the  family at  www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com  . Marion Nelson Funeral home handling arrangements.
>FRANCES WEBBER PITTS – 76 – Retired Citrus Packer
FROSTPROOF - Frances Webber Pitts, of Frostproof, Florida, passed away Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Sebring. She was born on August 8, 1939, in DeFuniak Springs, Florida to the late George Hiram and Burl (Straughn) Peavey and she has been a lifelong resident of this area. She was a retired Citrus Packer. Frances was an active Sunday School Teacher and a member of First Baptist Church of Frostproof. Frances loved and was proud of her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed classic country and gospel music. >She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Roy Eugene Peavey and James Edward Peavey Sr., and her sister Queen Elizabeth Peavey Blackburn.> Survivors include her sons, Randy Webber and wife Linda of Princeton, Alabama and Eddie Webber and wife Debbie of Frostproof; 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, June 5, 2016 with funeral services at 3:00 PM at the First Baptist Church of Frostproof with Rev. Darrol Hood officiating. Interment will be held at the Silver Hill Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com  . Marion Nelson Funeral Home Frostproof handling the arrangements. –Ledger, Thur., June 2, 2016
>SALLIE M. HADDEN KESSLER - 82 - 
FROSTPROOF -- Mrs. Sallie M. Hadden Kessler left her sharecropping farm in Georgia in hopes of making a better life in Frostproof. She died of heart failure Friday (Sept. 9, 2005) at Lake Wales Medical Center. She was born Dec. 19,1922, in Stillmore, Ga.,  Mrs. Kessler moved to Frostproof from Swainsboro, Ga., in 1945.   Economic conditions forced her and her husband to leave a 300-acre sharecropping farm where they grew tobacco and corn, according to her son, Larry Hadden of Frostproof. "The market was so bad at the time, you couldn't get anything," Hadden said. "They wanted a new life -- something, as they said, that was better than starving in Georgia. "Five children complicated matters. After settling in Florida, Mrs. Kessler gave birth to three more children, all of whom she cared for while working in canning and juicing factories. She retired from Procter & Gamble Co. in 1985. As an adult, Hadden asked his mother how she managed to raise eight children while working. Answer: She just didn't think about it.  "We look back, and the values of working, getting up early and going to bed early were all there," Hadden said. "That's something you wish you could can or put on a CD, but it doesn't come that way. It comes from mothers.  "Mrs. Kessler attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Frostproof. > She was preceded in death by her first husband, E.M. Pete Hadden and her second husband, James D. Kessler. >She is survived by her daughters, Johnnie C. Bradshaw, Lake Toxaway, N.C., Gladys M. Owen, Brevard, N.C., Ruthie W. Blasio, Frostproof, Deborah D. Marlow, Frostproof; sons, John M. Hadden, Albertsville, Ala., James K. Hadden, Larry K. Hadden and Ronnie B. Hadden, all of Frostproof; brother, Ed Mills, Lake Wales; sisters, Marie Martin, Sebring, Evell Anderson-Hadden, Frostproof, Nellie Fordice, Pittsburgh; 37 grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Frostproof. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church. - Ledger, Sept. 11, 2005

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