Burial and Life Notes


HAYMAN, Ruth Elizabeth Wilkerson Wiggins - age 73 at time of death on Nov. 9, 1994 -
I found a Ruth Elizabeth Wilkerson married to # 1-  Clifton Wiggins on Dec. 7, 1939 in Polk Co. Marriage records
I found a Ruth Wilkerson Wiggins married to # 2- Clyde Veryl Hayman on May 2, 1968 in Polk Co. Marriage records
Notes- # 1 - for ClydeV. Hayman - marriage # 1- appears to have been to a Charlotte Collins Cameron on Nov. 6, 1943 in Polk Co., Marriage records.
Notes # 2 - for Clyde Veryl Hayman - B; 6-9-1911 - D; 2-12-1994 burial in Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City, Polk Co., Fl.
Note # 1- for Ruth Hayman- a sister of Ruth, listed in her obit- Hazel Lee Wilkerson -B; 4-13-1918 - D; 10-01-1995- burial in Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City, Fl.
Notes for Charlotte Collins Cameron Hayman- B; 8-16-1914 - D; 11-7-1993 burial in Winter Haven Cemetery- (aka as Oak Lawn Cemetery)
>PEARMAN MASSEY "PETE" IRBY – 79 - Citrus Processing Industry Manager
LAKELAND - Pearman Massey "Pete" Irby, 79, of Lakeland died Monday, October 27, 2008 of heart failure. Born in Haines City, Florida, he was son of Dr. Marion Rivers and Selma Larue (Massey) Irby. Pete was a graduate of Haines City High School and spent most of his career in the citrus processing industry as a manager, entrepreneur and consultant.
 As an adventurous youth, he was a horse jockey, rodeo contestant and "old Florida" working cowboy. He enjoyed many sports as a participant and spectator throughout his life. Most people knew him for his positive determination and tender heart. He loved helping people. His family remembers him as a wonderful father and grandfather who led by example, a faithful loving husband and generous provider. He was a visible Christian who allowed Christ to live through him.
 He is survived by his wife Bonnie B. Irby; sons Pearman M. "Pete" Irby, Jr., and Mark R. Irby; grandsons Pearman M. "Pete" Irby, III, Clinton M. Irby, Austin R. Irby, Travis D. Irby, and M. Logan Irby; and sisters Margaret Torgersen and Evangeline Queen.
 He was preceded in death by brothers Dr. Claridge Rivers Irby and Milton Wade Irby. Visitation is offered on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008  at Heath Funeral Chapel, 328 S. Ingraham Ave., Lakeland. Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at The Lakeland Vineyard Church, 2023 West Pipkin Road, Lakeland, where he was a member.
Condolences may be made to the family at HeathFuneralChapel.com - Ledger, Oct. 29, 2008
HAINES CITY - Eugene 'Gene' Whitaker, passed away on November 4, 2014, after battling cancer. Born on May 31, 1929, in Haines City, he was a hard worker and enjoyed spending time with his family on the weekends. He loved to fish, hunt, watch NASCAR races, and drink coffee with the men at NAPA.
 He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Bonnie of Haines City; children Barbara & Wilbert Brown of Cape Coral, Glenda & Bill Sanderson of Asheville, North Carolina, Terri & Kenneth Whitehead of Davenport, and Michael & Carol Williams of Lake Alfred; grandchildren Bill & Alison, Chris, Angela, Crystal, Ronnie & Amy, Robert & Danika, Timmy, Brandy, and Aaron; and 17 great-grandchildren.
 Visitation Saturday, November 8,2014 at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City. The funeral service begins at 11 am with the burial at Forest Hill Cemetery. - Ledger, Nov. 6, 2014
>DONALD EARLE WARD - 87 - Accountant for Holly Hill & B.C.Cook & Sons
LAKELAND - Donald E. Ward, of Lakeland passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014, due to heart failure. Don was born in Georgiana, AL, on July 1, 1927.  His family settled in Haines City in 1937, where he resided for 70 years; he then moved to Lakeland in 2006.  Don served in the US Army during the Korean War. He worked as an accountant for Holly Hill and B.C. Cook & Sons and was a member of First United Methodist Church, Haines City. > Don was preceded in death by his parents, Dempsey & Eleanor Ward, siblings >Annie Will Schneider, Clayton Ward, Marguerite Byrd, Oneita Lindvall, and Elsie Provoyeur.
> He is survived by his loving wife, Kay, of 61 years, children David, Eleanor Waller (Tom), Elizabeth Yawn (Tim), Douglas, Elaine Fife (Mike), and grandchildren, Rachel & Michele Waller, Christopher & Deanna Ward, Erin & Sarah Yawn, Joe, Josh & Jesse Fife. Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Cornerstone Hospice, 2590 Havendale Blvd, Winter Haven, FL, 33881. Condolences via: www. oakridgefuneralcare.com – Ledger, Sat. Nov. 15, 2014
WINTER HAVEN- Mrs. Edna Wadsworth was called to her heavenly home on April 11, 2012, due to natural causes. She called Haines City home from 1948 to 2005 and was currently living in Winter Haven. Edna was born in Wellsville, Ohio on January 2, 1920 to Charles and Myrtle Jarvis and followed her sister to Florida after graduating from Wellsville High School and business school. Her secretarial skills earned her praise at a commercial business in Tampa and later at MacDill Army Air Corps base where she accepted a job as the personal secretary to the commanding general of the 3rd Bomber Command.  >After World War II, Edna came to Haines City to work for Polk Canning Co. and met her future husband, John. They married on September 4, 1948 in Tampa, and called Haines City home for 57 years until John's passing in September 2005. Edna was the principal secretary and bookkeeper for the family business, John R. Wadsworth & Son House Moving for over 40 years and later an associate realtor with Town & Country Real Estate in Winter Haven for 16 years. She was a member of the Haines City Garden Club and Women's Club for many years and a founding member of the first Catholic church in Haines City, the Church of the Transfiguration, later renamed St. Ann's. She was a charter member of the Altar & Rosary Society and worked on the committee for the building of the current church. >Edna was the mother of Michael C. Wadsworth of Winter Haven and Kathleen Wadsworth Puckett (Phil) of Springfield, VA. She is also survived by six grandchildren: Michael's children Christi Wadsworth, Amber DiBaisie (Daniel), and Jennifer Wadsworth as well as Kathy's children Matthew, Jameson (fiancé Lindsey), and Sarah (fiancé Ben) Puckett. She was also a proud great-grandparent of Anthony and Gavin DiBaisie. >  In addition to her husband, John, she was predeceased by her infant daughter Janet Irene, as well as brothers DeWayne and Paul and sister Patty. A funeral Mass and Celebration of Life will be celebrated at St. Ann Catholic Church, Haines City, Monday April 16th, 2012 with gathering time one half hour before. Interment will follow immediately after the service at Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL or St. Ann Catholic Church Building Fund, Haines City. Condolences may be sent to oakridgefuneralcare.com . – Ledger, April 15, 2012
>JOHN RICHARD WADSWORTH – 85 –  Former Mayor Haines City
HAINES CITY -- Mr. John Richard Wadsworth, a former Haines City mayor and city commissioner, left college to take over his father's house moving business. The longtime Haines City resident died of heart failure Friday (Sept. 16, 2005) at Haines City Health Care. He was born Oct. 16, 1919, in Green Cove Springs, Mr. Wadsworth moved to Haines City from there in 1920. He was studying mechanical engineering at the University of Florida when his father became too ill to run the family business. >Mr. Wadsworth dropped out of school and stepped in. "I think he always regretted having to leave, but he knew going back to school was not an option," said his daughter, Kathleen W. Puckett of Springfield, Va. Under Mr. Wadsworth's stewardship, John R. Wadsworth and Son flourished. He prided himself on never having dropped a house during a move, a complicated process that often involved dismantling an entire house. Mr. Wadsworth saw to every detail. "He didn't sit in an office," his daughter said. "He was on the job supervising every day." For 50 years, Mr. Wadsworth ran the company, which remains in the family. During the late 1950s, Mr. Wadsworth was elected a Haines City commissioner and later served three years as mayor. In 1996, the city named him Pioneer of the Year, honoring him for his years as a business and civic leader. Mr. Wadsworth chaired the Florida Building Movers Conference of the Florida Trucking Association, and he was a member of the International Structural Movers Association. He attended First United Methodist Church in Haines City. > Mr. Wadsworth is survived by his wife, Edna R. Wadsworth; daughter, Kathleen W. Puckett, Springfield, Va.; son, Michael C. Wadsworth, Winter Haven; sister, Harriett Ragland, Atlanta; six grandchildren; one great-grandson. Visitation will be Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Haines City. Services will follow at noon at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Florida United Methodist Children's Home. Steele's Family Funeral Services, Winter Haven. – Ledger, Sept. 19, 2005 ( wife buried in Forest Hill Cemetery )

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