HAINES CITY, FLORIDA
OBITS - 2
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> VIOLET JUDY GILL – 93 - Citrus Industry -  Ledger, March 28, 2009
HAINES CITY - Violet Judy Gill,  went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 27, 2009 due to natural causes. Violet was born on July 14, 1915 in Polk City, FL and was the last remaining child of Polk County pioneers Frank and Laura Judy and moved to Haines City in 1935. During her early working years, Violet worked in the citrus industry at local packing houses. She also spent many years working in local school cafeterias. Violet's favorite activities included gardening, quilting, and cooking. She was a strong Christian woman who loved the Lord and her family. She was a member of Crossroads Chapel in Davenport, FL. >Violet was preceded in death by her parents, her eleven siblings, and her husband, Homer E. Gill. >  She is survived by her son, Ernie Gill of Haines City; daughters, Myrtle Emmit (Jim) of Haines City, Peggy Lathrop (Robert) of Garland, TX, Karline Wilmoth (Robert) of Haines City, sisters-in-law, Lillian Judy of Niles, MI, and Marjorie Judy of Polk City; 9 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren, 3 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Monday,3/30/09  at Oak Ridge Funeral Care, Haines City with services to follow at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Davenport. Condolences may be sent oakridgefuneral care
> CHARLES A. "RANDY" BARNES - 55 - aka- The Clock Man of Randy's Clock Repair
HAINES CITY - Charles R. "Randy" Barnes, also known as "The Clock Man" of Haines City, Fl passed away Tuesday (8/24/10) from heart failure. Randy was born May 5, 1957 in Haines City and was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a clock repairman and had owned Randy's Clock Repair in Haines City. >He was preceded in death by his father William H. Barnes and > is survived by his mother Wiley O. (Taylor) Barnes, brother William "Bo" Barnes, sisters Jeanie Barnes and Peggy Hairston, nephew, Shane Barnes and his beloved cat Gabby, all of Haines City, Fl. Visitation for Randy will be Friday (8/272010) with services starting at Oak Ridge Funeral Care, Haines City. Condolences may be sent via: www.oakridgefuneralcare.com – Ledger, Aug. 26, 2010
> ROSA  BLACKSHEAR  BATTLE  PITTERS – 83 -  Educator & Youth Director
HAINES CITY - Rosa Blackshear Battle Pitters, born May 2, 1932; and died June 20, 2015. Rosa was a dedicated educator with the Polk County Public School System. She provided over forty (40) years of distinguished service. Mrs. Pitters spent her years teaching in Winter Haven and Auburndale, Florida. Her tenure was spent primarily at Jewett High School, Bridgers Elementary, and Stambaugh Middle School respectively. Mrs. Pitters (Mother Pitters) was very active in her church (New Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Haines City, Florida) in many capacities, serving both on a local, district, and regional level. Mother Pitters was Youth Director for First South Florida Missionary Baptist Association Congress #3. All children had a special place in her heart. > She leaves to cherish her memories and legacy: two sons:Darryl Enrico Battle (Audrey) and Winston Emil Pitters, one daughter Lesli Maria Pitters Ahonkhai (Emmanuel), four grandchildren, one sister and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, god children, friends and acquaintances. > She was preceded in death by Two husbands: Horace Battle and Witford Pitters respectively. Visitation will be held on Friday at New Mt. Zion MBC, 713 N. 8th St., Haines City, FL. Homegoing service will be Sat. at her church. Holmes Funeral Directors, Haines City. – Ledger, Thur. June 25, 2015
>JANIE BELL CALDWELL WILLIS – 74 – Sales Associate at Wal-Mart
HAINES CITY - Janie Bell Caldwell Willis of Haines City, FL passed away on March 25, 2016. She was born on October 6, 1941 in Sewanee, TN and moved to Davenport, FL in 1942. Janie was a sales associate at Wal-Mart in Haines City for some 20 years and attended First Baptist Church of Davenport. She loved to read, do puzzles and watch sports and she is fondly remembered for going fishing. > Janie is predeceased by her husband, Henry Coy Willis; parents Virgil W. and Netchel Meeks Caldwell; daughter, Victoria Willis; brother, Simon Franklin Caldwell and brother-in-law, Freddie Gill.  > She is survived by her children, William Ricky (Terri) Willis of Fairborn, OH, Gerald Scott (Jennifer) Willis of Haines City, Larry Don Willis of Murphy, NC, Mary Ann (Duncan) Owens of Haines City; siblings, Carl (Denise) Caldwell of Mulberry, FL, Rudene Allred of Haines City, Mary Ellen Gill of Haines City; 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A funeral will be Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 10 am at First Baptist Church of Davenport and interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Davenport. Condolences via: www.oakridgefuneralcare.com  – Ledger, Tuesday, March 29, 2016
>ROGER WARREN BAILEY – 54 -  Shop Foreman – City of Haines City
HAINES CITY - Mr. Roger Warren Bailey  passed away on April 17, 2009 after a valiant four-year struggle with pancreatic cancer. Warren was born to Chester H. Bailey and Annie Lottie McGee Bailey in the Kissimmee Hospital on July 7, 1954. His Mother passed away in January of 1986. Warren attended Haines City High School and after which he obtained employment with the City of Haines City as an auto mechanic where he worked until his retirement after 29 1/2 years in 2005. He loved working on vintage automobiles and never saw a "Mustang" he did not like. Warren loved spending time with his sons at auto races, auto shows and other like recreation. >  Warren is survived by his loving and adoring wife and companion of 28 years, Debbie Bailey, three sons, Roger Warren Bailey, Jr. of Winter Haven, Heath Bailey of Haines City, Christopher Brooks of Davenport and Step-Daughter Brandy Miller of Bartow. Also, the love of his life grandson Joshua and grandsons Cameron and Tres and granddaughter Melissa. His Father Chester H. Bailey half-Sistersof Haines City, Brother John C. Bailey of Georgia and Sister Candy Greene of Davenport also survive Warren. > He is also survived by his half-Brother Chester H. Bailey, USAF, Sharon Bailey Powell of Haines City and Celeste Bailey McNair of Winter Haven along with 8 nieces and 3 nephews. His numbers of friends are uncountable! "He will be greatly missed" Graveside Services are at Forest Hills Cemetery, Haines City, Florida at 10:30 am on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. David Russell Funeral Home in Lakeland, Florida. – Ledger, April 20, 2009
>CHARLES "TYRONE" BAILEY – 59 – Telephone Construction Business - Ledger, April 4, 2013
FT. MYERS BEACH - Charles "Tyrone" Bailey, of Ft Myers Beach, FL, passed away from liver disease on March 29, 2013 at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, FL. Tyrone was born in Winter Haven, FL on February 23, 1954, a son of Cecil and Vertie (Tanner ) Bailey. He graduated from Haines City High School in 1972. He was in the telephone construction business for 38 years, traveling throughout the United States and the Pacific Rim. > He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Pamela (Hamilton) Bailey, daughter, Traci (Chris) Pascale, granddaughters, Marissa and Julia Pascale, all of Naples, FL, sister, Betty Simmons of Haines City, FL and brother, Wathon Bailey of Thomasville, GA. > In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his sister, Shelia Diane Redden and brother, Kenneth Bailey. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Parkway Life Church, 5975 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Hope Hospice, 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL, 33908. Friends may sign the guest book at www.horizonfunerals.com 
>CORLISS ALFORD – 58 – Homemaker
WINTER HAVEN - Corliss Alford, of Winter Haven died Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Winter Haven from heart failure. She was born September 10, 1955 in Haines City to Cecil and Corrine (Miles) Alford. She graduated from Haines City High School and was a homemaker. > She was predeceased by her father and > is survived by her mother Corine Alford of Davenport; son Michael Brewer of TN; grandchildren Cody and Brittany Brewer of KY; sisters Marylin Collins of Haines City, Linda McCarta and Gail Anderson of Auburndale, and Stephanie Hudspeth of Haines City; and brothers Rex Alford of Davenport and Archie Alford of Winter Haven. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Oak Ridge Funeral Care Haines City, with a graveside service to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery at 3 p.m.. Condolences may be sent to www.oakridgefuneralcare.com  – Ledger, Jan. 13, 2014
>EDNA M. ARNOLD – 76 -  Citrus Worker -  Ledger, Jan. 18, 2007
HAINES CITY - Edna M. Arnold died of cancer Jan. 15, 2007. A native of Starlake, FL., born on Dec. 14, 1930, she was a lifelong resident of Haines City, Fl. She attended Roosevelt High School. She was a citrus worker. > Survivors include 5 sons, Wardell Arnold, Jr., James Arnold, Robert Pinkney, Edward Arnold, Anthony Frazier, 2 daughters, Florida J. Arnold, Felicia Pinkney, a brother, Charles Pinkney, Jr., 5 sisters, Louise Carthon, Janie Williams, Marie Baker, Christine Hall, and Agnes Frazier, 22 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Visitation  Friday at Holmes Funeral Directors, Haines City. Services will be at 11 a.m. Sat. Covenant Community Church, Haines City.    
>MARY NAFZIGER ASHOFF – 99 – Executive Secretary Fl. Citrus Commission
LAKELAND - Mary Nafzinger Ashoff died Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, at Highlands Lake Center. Mary grew up in Davenport, FL, graduating from Haines City High School. She was executive secretary at Florida Citrus Commission in Lakeland. She played the organ and piano for Sunday school classes at First Presbyterian Church where she was a member. In her later years, Mary and her husband Bud enjoyed wintering in Mexico and also helped support an orphanage there. > She is survived by her sister, Eloise Thompson, her children: 3 daughters, MaryJo Henderson, Sara Hubbard, Katherine McQuoun, son John Firebaugh, 4 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren A family memorial service will be held March 22 in Davenport. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., 33801. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com  – Ledger, Feb. 15, 2015
>MITCHELL LEE  BAILEY – 57 -
HAINES CITY - Mr. Mitchell Lee Bailey of Haines City passed away on Thursday January 23, 2014 at Auburndale Hospice due to heart failure. Mr. Bailey was born October 12, 1956 in Haines City to Cecil Wathon and Joyce Juanita (Cumbie) Bailey. He was an independent telecommunications contractor. He graduated from Haines City High School in 1974. He furthered his education by attending University of Central Florida and graduated in 1978 with a bachelor degree in Mass Communications. He was a member of the TKE Fraternity. He was a member of Emanuel United Methodist Church of Bradenton. He loved the beach, fishing, travel, most importantly spending time with his daughter and granddaughter. >Mitchell is survived by: his parents Wathon and Joyce Bailey of Bradenton, 1 daughter Brandi Bailey of Auburndale, 1 brother Gregory Bailey of Haines City, 1 granddaughter Audrie Hoerler of Auburndale and Christopher Albright of Dundee. There will be a Celebration of Life at Desoto Beach. – Ledger, Feb. 2, 2014
>DOROTHY LEE BALDWIN – 81 - Winter Haven Hospital - Ledger, Oct. 23, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Dorothy Lee Baldwin expired Oct. 15, 2009 of heart failure. Born in Haines City, Jan. 24, 1928 to Samuel and Janie L. Sheriff, she attended Washington Park, graduated from Phillips High School, Chicago, IL, and attended Polk Vocational for nursing.  She retired from Winter Haven Hospital after over 30 years. > She was preceded in death by husband of 59 years, Julius Baldwin, and daughter, Oretha Carson. She attended 5th Ave. Church of Christ and was a Christian woman of unselfish love, known for her kind heart and forgiving nature. Survived by sons, James Baldwin (Rose), Julius Baldwin, Jr., Samuel Baldwin (Bonnie), Allen Baldwin, daughters, Pat-ricia B. Cater (Frank), Dorothy B. Latimer (Thomas), sister, Mildred McMillon (Sam), and half brother and sister, Leon and Patricia Sheriff of Chicago, IL, sisters-in-law, Minnie Lee Hill of Miami, Johnnie Ruth Baldwin, Mary Alexander (Marvin) and Eloise Goodson (Marvin), special relatives, Linda Hun-ter and Shirley Williams, 20 grandchildren, 17 great grands, and 3 great, great grands. Visitation Fri, 10/23/09 at Gause Funeral Home from 5 pm-7 pm, and service Sat, 10/24/09 at 11 am at Highlands Church of Christ, 5730 Lakeland Highlands, Rd., Lakeland.
>DOYLE R. BENNETT – 69 – Grower & Produce Broker -  Ledger, May 27, 2016
FT. MCCOY - Doyle Richard Bennett passed away Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Ocala. He was born in Savannah, GA, March 28, 1947. He graduated from Haines City High School in 1965 and attended the University of Florida. > Doyle was preceded in death by his father, Cecil M. Conger; his mother, Lavurn Pippin Bennett; step-father, Bill R. Bennett; and sister, Cecilia Conger. He was a US Army veteran, a member of Forest Baptist Church, The American Legion Post #0400 and a past member of Haines City Kiwanis Club. He was a watermelon grower/produce broker for 45 years. He was past President of the Alabama Watermelon Association and served on the Board of Directors for the National Watermelon Association. > Doyle is survived by former wife and companion, Doniece Y. Bennett; daughters: Lori LeRoy and Karyn Musselman (Dan), and step-son, Jonathan Trombetto; 4 grandchildren: Chad Hayes, Sarah Hayes, Cody LeRoy, and Lauren Musselman, 3 great grandchildren; brothers: John Bennett (Kathy), and David A. Bennett (MaryAnn). A memorial service will be held Tuesday, May 31,2016, at 6:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church of Highland City, 5410 Yarborough Lane, Lakeland 33812. 
>NETCHEL MEEKS CALDWELL – 89 -  Donald Duck Citrus in Lake Wales
HAINES CITY -- Mrs. Netchel Meeks Caldwell of Haines City died of heart failure Friday (Oct. 3, 2003) in Winter Haven. Mrs. Caldwell was born Dec. 15, 1913, in Coalmont, Tenn. She was a sectionizer for Donald Duck Citrus in Lake Wales and a janitor for Tropicana in Ellenton. She was a Protestant. >Mrs. Caldwell was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil W. Caldwell. > She is survived by her daughters, Mary E. Gill, Rudene Allred and Janie Willis, all of Haines City; sisters, Vergie Anderson, Monteagle, Tenn., Ethelene Levan, Winter Haven; sons, Carl David Caldwell, Mulberry, Simon Franklin Caldwell, Florida; 17 grandchildren; 33 great- grands; eight great-great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be today at Oak Ridge Funeral Care, Haines City. Services will be Monday at the funeral home. - Ledger, Oct. 5, 2003
>MARY EMMA PIPKINS  - 90 -  Haines City Citrus Growers
HAINES CITY -- Ms. Mary Emma Pipkins of Haines City died of heart failure Friday (Nov. 18, 2005). She was born July 6, 1915, in Dale County, Ala., Ms. Pipkins moved to Haines City from there in 1948. She worked as a grader for Haines City Citrus Growers. She attended Eastside Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School. >Ms. Pipkins was preceded in death by her husband, Jodie Pipkins. She is survived by her son, Herschel Pipkins, Haines City; daughter, Juanita Nelson, Kissimmee; brother, George Carroll Ziglar, Samson, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.Visitation will be at Oak Ridge Funeral Care, Haines City. Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Eastside Baptist Church, Haines City.Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 1131 First St. S., Winter Haven, FL 33880. - Ledger Nov. 20, 2005
>JANICE FRANCINE GOSSETTE  RODENBAUGH - November 20, 1936 - December 23, 2018
DAYTONA - Janice passed away peacefully on December 23, 2018. Janice was born and grew up in Haines City, FL. She was the daughter and youngest of two children born to Henry 'Jack' and Willie Lee 'Billie' Gossette. >Janice attended Haines City High and was a proud 'Haines City Hornet'. She was a member of the Haines City High School Marching Band and she played many instruments including: the bells, glockenspiel, piano, organ, and guitar. She graduated in 1954. She attended Florida State University until meeting her husband. >She met and married Hubert 'Earl' Rodenbaugh in 1959 and then moved to Holly Hill, then Daytona Beach where she raised a family of four. She enjoyed fishing, cooking and entertaining friends. After the birth of her youngest child, She became an adjudicator for the State of Florida Unemployment Office until her retirement. Earl preceded her in death in 1988. >Janice was an accomplished pianist, guitarist, organist, and vocalist and played for many charities, talent shows and special functions. She played the organ and piano for First Baptist of Lake Alfred for many years. She was a member of several bands including the Garage Band and also a not-for profit Senior Theatre program called Act IV Players that entertained at local community events and retirement homes. Additionally, she along with close friends, utilized their talents to bring the joy of music to the elderly in nursing homes.  Janice has many friends who will miss her greatly. >Janice is survived by her brother: Lewis S. Gossette (spouse; Lois, deceased) of Greensboro, Georgia. Her children: Hubert 'Bert' Rodenbaugh Jr. (Barbara) of DeLand, FL, Laura J. Brock (Galen) of Crab Orchard, Kentucky, Phillip P. Rodenbaugh of Daytona Beach, FL, and Amy L Barone (Chris), of Winter Springs, FL. She is also survived by her Grandchildren, Jebediah Britt (Jackie), Rachelle Britt, Hubert Rodenbaugh III (Jessica), Randolph Rodenbaugh, Travis Rodenbaugh (Heather), Sadie Barone and her Great Grandchildren, Lukas and Madalyn. > A memorial service will be held at First Baptist of Lake Alfred on January 5, 2019. Family visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., service will start at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be served in the Church hall following the service. Rev. Mike Jones will be officiating. - Ledger, Dec. 27, 2018
> PATRICIA C. COCHRAN - 51 - Teacher 
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Patricia C. Cochran of Lakeland, known as "Ms. C" to her students at Haines City High School, died of heart failure Thursday (July 3, 2003). She was born May 20, 1952, in Jacksonville, she came here from Haines City 16 years ago. A graduate of the University of Florida, Mrs. Cochran received her master's degree from the University of South Florida."My sister was a very popular person," said her brother, Mike Hodges of Lakeland. Mrs. Cochran had no children of her own, her brother said, which made her students that much more special to her.  Among other things, Mrs. Cochran enjoyed working with children on solos and ensembles and helping them to win awards in musical competitions."She could draw the best out of the children," Hodges said. Mrs. Cochran was named Teacher of the Year at Haines City High School. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Delta Delta Chapter.Other music ventures included being choir director for First United Methodist Church of Haines City and music teacher for Jewett Academy and Winter Park High School. > Mrs. Cochran is survived by her husband, Robert W. Cochran; father, F. Seaton Hodges, Lake Hamilton; stepmother, Sharon Hodges, Lake Hamilton; brother, Mike Hodges, Lakeland; stepsister, Susanna Strohmaier, Coral Springs; stepbrother, Aaron Strohmaier, Winter Haven. Visitation will be today at Oak Ridge Funeral Care. Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church of Haines City. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Research Institute 1450 N.W. 10th Avenue, #R77, Miami, FL 33136. - Ledger, July 5, 2003 

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