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AGNES E. BLACKMON SLATER - 91 -Retires as Cook from Publix Supermarkets - Ledger, Oct. 29, 2012 
LAKE ALFRED - Agnes E. Slater of Lake Alfred, FL, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2012 at the Consulate Health Care in Winter Haven. She was a native of Riverview, Alabama, born July 18, 1921 to Archie and Myrtle Turnipseed Blackmon,  Agnes moved here 8 years ago from Lakeland. She retired as a Cook from Publix Supermarkets. > Agnes was preceded in death by her husband, Dale Slater, and her daughter, Mary Ann McKenna. > Agnes is Survived by her son: Tony Slater of Lake Alfred, her daughter and son-in-law: Nancy and Paul Grubb of Sunrise, FL, her brother: W.R. Blackmon of Ocala, FL, and a sister: JoAnn Houser of Lakeland, FL. Agnes also leaves behind 4 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren.  
> DORIS HUMSTON GALLO – 67 -   Ledger, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013
FARMINGTON, ME. - Doris Humston Gallo, of Farmington, Maine, formerly of Lake Alfred, Florida, died February 2nd, 2013, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine, after a long battle with COPD.
> Doris leaves her husband of 49 years, Joseph Gallo, Jr. She is also survived by her sons Joseph III, and his wife Lisa of Lake Alfred, Florida, Bryan Gregory and his wife Kelly of Ocean View, Delaware and Jeffrey Scott and his wife Denise of Reisterstown, Maryland. Doris leaves behind her siblings Barbara Periman of Florida, Reverend Richard Humston of Tennessee, Marilyn Humston of Florida, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  Doris was the daughter of Ruby (Carter) and Lloyd Humston of Auburndale, Florida. She was born in Kentucky, and moved to Florida at the age of 5.  Doris graduated from Auburndale Senior High School in 1963. She also attended Polk Community College in Winter Haven, Florida, and Franklin Pierce University in Nashua, New Hampshire. She had many talents including oil painting, watercolors, pen and ink, clay sculpting, pottery, writing, knitting and many other crafting activities. Doris was the most cherished wife to her husband Joe, and a devoted mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling from Maine to Florida to visit with her children and grandchildren and her very special friends. The family suggests that those who may desire, in lieu of flowers, consider a donation in her memory to the COPD Foundation. 
KENNETH JOHN DEIGEL – 72 -                        
LAKE ALFRED - Kenneth John Deigel passed away at home on Friday, June 28, 2013 surrounded by family after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Born March 24, 1941, in Riga, NY, Kenneth was the son of the late William and Marie Deigel of Haines City. After moving with his family to the area in 1953, Mr. Deigel lived most of his life in Lake Alfred. He enjoyed many hobbies including boating, camping, motorcycling, and restoring homes, and his charismatic personality allowed him to develop friendships that extended well beyond the borders of his small-town lifestyle. Early in his career, Mr. Deigel secured a position as a City of Lake Alfred Police Officer, after which he worked as a truck driver with Gray Truck Line. As an employee of the Polk County School Board, Ken served as a Commercial Vehicle Driving Instructor with Ridge Technical Center and also as a Safety Specialist in Transportation Services. Late in his career, Mr. Deigel worked in the safety department of Indian River Transport Company and as a Loss Prevention Representative with Keenan Transport Company. He was also a Volunteer Firefighter and an independent Commercial Driver License Examiner for many years.  Mr. Deigel was a member of the Winter Haven Moose Lodge, the Winter Haven Nautical Club, the Gold Wing Road Riders Association, and the Florida Flywheelers Antique Engine Club. >Ken was preceded in death by his brothers, Karl Deigel, Clarence Deigel, and William Deigel and by his sister Mildred Rohring. >He is survived by a loving family that includes his wife of 50 years, Barbara J. Deigel of Lake Alfred, daughters Sandra L. Snyder (Greg) of Lakeland and Cynthia L. Sorensen of Melbourne, and two granddaughters, Morgan P. Snyder and Jenna C. Snyder of Lakeland. Kenneth also leaves behind his brother Donald R. Deigel (Lois) of Lake Alfred, several nieces and nephews, many wonderful friends, and his faithful cat, Pebbles. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Oak Ridge Funeral Care, 2425 Havendale Blvd., Winter Haven. Burial in Forest Hills Cemetery in Haines City will follow. oakridgefuneralcare.com. - Ledger, Sunday, June 30, 2013
> LUTHER PERRY BLANTON, Jr. – 70 -
LAKE ALFRED - Luther Perry Blanton, Jr. died Saturday October 19, 2013 of heart complications. He was born on December 12, 1942 in Lake Alfred, FL and was a US Navy veteran.  >He is survived by his wife Patricia Branch, Lake Alfred, FL; sons: Curtis L. Blanton, Lithia, FL,  Randy Blanton, Lakeland, FL,  Brad Blanton, Lakeland, FL, and Shannon G. Branch, Bartow, FL; daughters: Patricia B. Lott, Winter Haven, FL, Allison Blanton, Lithia, FL; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother: Jerry Blanton, Bartow, FL; sister: Mary Nell Blanton, FL. > Memorial service will be held Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Lions Park, Lake Alfred, FL.  -Ledger, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
> ANN JEANETTE FOWLER -  57 - (wife of S.J.Fowler)  - News Chief -  June 6, 2008
Ann Fowler of Lake Alfred, died of Pneumonia Tuesday, May 27, 2008 in Davenport. A native of the Lake Alfred, she was born Sept. 9, 1950. She was a cook for Haines City Heath Care Center and was a member of Bethel M.B. Church in Lake Alfred. >She was survived by her husband, S.J. Fowler of Lake Alfred; daughter, Shenita Drayton Williams of Jacksonville; three sisters, Bennie Johnson, Brenda Drayton and Mary Francis Adamson Martin, all of Lake Alfred; a brother: Leroy Adamson of Lawton, Okla.; and an uncle, Rev. Robert King of Lake Alfred; and a grandchild. Visitation will be held Friday at Bethel Baptist Church in Lake Alfred. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Williams Funeral Home Bartow.-  News Chief - June 6, 2008 - 
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> S.J. "TOP-CAT" FOWLER - 74 - ( husband of Ann Jeanette Fowler )
LAKE ALFRED - S.J. Fowler, died of heart failure 10/31/13. Visitation at Holmes Funeral Home. Services Sat. 2 p.m. at  St. Mary's Primitive Baptist Church , 2855 Orchid Dr. Haines City. – Ledger, Nov. 1, 2013
> Florence Kathryn Hawley - 85 -  Lakeland Ledger, Jan 5, 1964.
LAKE ALFRED – Mrs. FLORENCE KATHRYN WASHBURN HAWLEY, of Marantha Heights, Lake Alfred, died yesterday morning at her residence after a lengthy illness. She was a native of Tidioute, Pa., and came to Lake Alfred in 1952 from Bedford, Pa. >She is survived by her husband, B. S Hawley; two sisters, Mrs. Emma Pratt, St. Petersburg and Mrs. Olga Williamson, St. Petersburg; one brother, Frederick Yeager, St. Petersburg. Services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at Marantha Heights with the Rev. David E. Dietzel, pastor of Lake Alfred Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Lake Alfred. Mitchell Funeral Home.  
> DONALD ROBERT DEIGEL - 1929 - 2017 - b/o-
LAKE ALFRED-Donald Robert Deigel passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, July 6, 2017 in the company of his loving wife. Born December 7, 1929, in Rochester, New York, Don was the son of the late William and Marie Deigel of Haines City, Florida. After moving to Florida in 1954, Don lived in Haines City and Lake Wales, where he met and married his wife, Lois. Over the years, the couple also lived in Sarasota, and Lake Alfred, where they settled in 1978. For the greater part of his career, Don worked for TexGas Corporation where he served in several capacities, including Driver, Service Technician, System Trainer, and the Regional Manager responsible for Bulk Gas and Service Departments. Mr. Deigel enjoyed many hobbies including boating with the Winter Haven Boat Club, camping throughout the southeastern United States in his RV, and riding his Honda Gold wing motorcycle. He was a good friend to all he met and cherished the relationships he formed through his work and his hobbies. Don joined the Masons as a member of the Blue Lodge (No. 242) over 40 years ago. He was a proud member of Shriners International, the Masonic Low Twelve Club, and the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, all organizations that make a difference in the lives of adults and children in need.> Don was preceded in death by his brothers, Karl Deigel, Clarence Deigel, William Deigel, and Kenneth Deigel and by his sister Mildred Rohring . >He is survived by a loving family that includes his wife of 59 years, Lois C. Deigel of Lake Alfred, his sisters-in-law, Barbara Deigel and Kay (Mark) Dennison, many nieces and nephews, wonderful friends, and his faithful cat, Miss Kitty. Graveside Services will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City on Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10:00 am. Friends are welcome. Memorial donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice, 2590 Havendale Blvd., NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881 or to a charity of the donors choice.-Ledger, July 16, 2017
>LOYD F. HUMSTON - 89 - Retired Polk Co. School District  -f/o- Doris Humston Gallo -
AUBURNDALE -- Mr. Loyd F. Humston of Auburndale died of lung failure Monday (Nov. 29, 2004) at home. He was born in Evansville, Ind., on Jan. 26, 1915, he came to Auburndale from Louisville, Ky., in 1951. He had retired from the Polk County School District. He was a Navy veteran. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Auburndale for 53 years. >Mr. Humston is survived by his wife of 68 years, Ruby Humston; son, the Rev. Richard E. Humston, Fort Meade; daughters, Marilyn June Humston, Auburndale, Doris E. Gallo, Farmington, Maine, Barbara H. Periman, Lakeland; brother, Morse Humston, Brandenburg, Ky.; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren . Visitation will be from 5 to 7 this evening at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, 2198 K-Ville Ave., Auburndale, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church, 316 Ariana Blvd., Auburndale. Services will follow at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church building fund, P.O. Box 636, Auburndale, FL 33823, or to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823. - Ledger, Dec. 1, 2004-  Is it Loyd or Lloyd
>RUBY F. HUMSTON - 86 - Retired School Secretary, Polk Co. - - Ledger, Jan. 7, 2005
AUBURNDALE -- Mrs. Ruby F. Humston of Auburndale died of congestive heart failure Thursday (Jan. 6, 2005) at home. She was born in Leitchfield, Ky., on Feb. 17, 1918, she came to Auburndale from Kentucky in 1951. She was a retired school secretary for the Polk County School Board. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Auburndale where she served as president of the United Methodist Women and program chairperson for the TLC luncheons for several years. >Mrs. Humston was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd F. Humston. >She is survived by her daughters, Marilyn Humston, Auburndale, Doris E. Gallo, Farmington, Maine, Barbara H. Periman, Lakeland; brother, Roger Carter, Auburndale; sisters, Edna Fentress, Mattoon, Ill., Mabel Pryor, Leitchfield; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Saturday at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Auburndale. Services will be Sunday at First United Methodist Church sanctuary, 316 Ariana Blvd., Auburndale. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Auburndale building fund, or Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. 
> JAMES CLAY - 78 -  Retired Service Superintendent for City of Lake Alfred
LAKE ALFRED -- For 78 years, Mr. James Clay lived in the same spot he was born."His father was a minister, and they move ministers around. So when they left Lake Alfred, the property was his," said his wife of 61 years, Frankie Clay."When we got married, we moved in the house that they had. We bought the property from his daddy. My husband was born here and he died here."The retired service superintendent for the city of Lake Alfred died of cancer March 3, 2005. He was born in Lake Alfred on Jan. 14, 1927, Mr. Clay attended Fruitland Park Elementary School. His enlistment in the Army during World War II interrupted his education. After the war, he returned to Lake Alfred and graduated from Jewett High School. Mr. Clay worked for the city of Lake Alfred for 36 years before retiring as a service superintendent."He retired the first time and then he went back to work," Frankie Clay said. "They had started a grove and he said, `I'm going to work until this grove stops bearing fruit,' and he did."Mr. Clay enjoyed taking care of his yard and growing vegetables. He also enjoyed helping children repair their wagons and bicycles, his wife said. He belonged to Bethel M.B. Church in Lake Alfred. >In addition to his wife, Mr. Clay is survived by his sons, Clevelin E. Clay, Columbus, Ga., Donald J. Clay, Lake Alfred, Franklin B. Clay, Dacula, Ga.; daughters, Nellwyn L. Fones and Sheila Clay, Winter Haven, Bernice C. Ladler, Lakeland; sisters, Pearl Varner, Opa Locka, Queen Dunmore, Hollywood, Barbara Haynes, Delray Beach; brother, Eddie Clay, Delray Beach; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Williams Funeral Home, Bartow. - Ledger, March 10, 2005

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