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>CHARLES CHESTER MEYER, Sr. - 84 - Construction Superintendent
LAKE WALES - Charles Chester Meyer Sr., of Lake Wales passed away Saturday, February 01, 2014, at the Winter Haven Hospital due to respiratory failure. He was born February 2, 1929, in Frostproof to the late Fred & Eliza Meyer; and has been a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired construction superintendent, a member of the Church of God in Frostproof and was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army. He was an avid Miami Dolphins fan and loved his pet dog, Dusty. He enjoyed flowers and his wife was seldom without roses. >Chester was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Meyer; daughter, Vanessa O'Loane; son, Charles Chester Meyer Jr.; six brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Meyer; son, Fred Meyer of Frostproof; son-in-law, Vern "Cookie" O'Loane of Birmingham, AL; many nephews and nieces; step-son, Barry Dodson and wife, Robin of Richburg, SC;
step-daughter, Lynn Laughter and husband, Ben of Dalton, GA; seven step-grandchildren, Judson, Mark, Mary Lynn, Drew, Kent, Robert and Dia; and five step-great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Frostproof.  Graveside service will be held 1:00 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at the Silver Hill Cemetery in Frostproof with Rev. Rodney Cannon officiating. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com . – Ledger, Tues. Feb. 4, 2014
>JAMES VIRGLE TODD – 81 – Retired Maintenance Citrus World
POLK CITY -- Mr. James Virgle Todd, a lifelong resident of the area, grew up in Lake Wales when the town was first being established.  The retired maintenance supervisor for Citrus World died of heart failure Tuesday (Dec. 9, 2003) in Lakeland. > "He watched Lake Wales go from just a few key families in Lake Wales -- the people that actually founded the Lake Wales area. He watched that community come up from that," < said his son, James Troy Todd of Polk City. "You would be amazed at some of the pictures that I have of Lake Wales -- Mountain Lake when there was nothing there." He was born in Ybor City on Feb. 24, 1922, Mr. Todd came to Lake Wales when he was less than 6 months old. He graduated from Lake Wales High School and the University of Florida, where he met his future wife, Evelyn, who was also a student at the college. Years before the couple met, their fathers had worked together building Bok Tower. Mr. Todd worked for Citrus World for more than 20 years, retiring as a maintenance supervisor before moving to Polk City in 1993. In his younger years, he was an avid hunter, fisherman and enjoyed camping. "Dad and Granddad used to fish whenever they could. We camped a lot when we were younger, when my mother was alive," James Todd said. While living in Lake Wales, Mr. Todd attended Lake Wales Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir. He also sang in the choir at Green Pond Baptist Church, where he was a member. >Mr. Todd was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Roberta Todd, in 1967. > In addition to his son, he is survived by his daughter, Judy Vernea Todd, Lakeland; son, Luther Wayne Todd, Crystal River; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be Saturday at Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales. Burial will be in Lake Wales Cemetery. Ledger, Dec. 11, 2003 
>DALE RUSSELL WATERS – 54 – Florida National Growers
LAKE WALES - Dale Russell Waters of Lake Wales passed away Monday, July 16, 2012 at his residence due to complications of diabetes. He was born November 21, 1957 in Lake Wales to the late Russell and Cinderella (Tucker) Waters; and has been a lifelong resident of this area. Dale worked for Florida Natural Growers for 36 years as a Fork Lift Operator, was a member of the New Harvest Worship Center and was active in the Crossfire Men's Fellowship. He loved spending time with his family, was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. > Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Sherry Waters; sons, Kevin Dale Waters of Lake Wales and Travis Darren Waters (Joni) of Lake Wales; brother, Paul Waters (Karen) of Lake Wales; three grandchildren, Kiyla, Jayden, and Makinlie; two nieces, one great-niece, and two great-nephews. >Visitation will be Thursday, July 19, 2012 and funeral services will be held Friday, July 20, 2012 at Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Lake Wales, with Rev. Steve Livingston officiating.  Interment will follow at the Lake Wales Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to offset expenses.Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com . – Ledger, July 18, 2012
Note: Russell Waters & Cinderella Tucker married in Polk Co., Fl. on 7-18-1953
>WILLIAM FRANKLIN WATERS – 72 – Supervisor for Fl. National Growers
LAKE WALES - Frank 'Buddy' Waters, of Lake Wales, Florida, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at his residence due to heart failure. He was born February 9, 1942, in Lake Wales, Florida, to the late Clifton and Marie Daughtry Waters and he has been a lifelong resident of the area. He was a Supervisor for Florida National Growers. Frank enjoyed fishing, boating on his pontoon boat, Yankees baseball, Hockey, old western movies, wrestling and he attended the Winter Haven Church of God.  >He was preceded in death by his grandson, Matt, sister, Judy Collins, brothers, Lamar Waters and Olan Waters, passing 9/13/2014.  >Survivors include his wife, Genny Waters, daughters, Debbie Waters of Hudson, Janet Partain and husband Rick of Babson Park; son, David Waters of Lake Wales, sister, Gwen Foster of Lake Wales; 11 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 20, 2014, at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home with Rev. Joseph Heard officiating.  Interment will be held at the Lake Wales Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Friday, September 19, 2014, at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com . – Ledger, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014
>JOHN WILLIAM SANDERS – 89 – Former Owner of Stark & Chipley Radio Stations
LAKE WALES - Mr. John William Sanders, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 30, 2010 from heart failure. John was born on February 11, 1921 in Moultrie County, Illinois. Mr. Sanders was a former owner and operator for Starke Radio Station and Chipley Radio Station. He was a member of the Shriners International and was a Master Mason. John was a Lake Wales resident since 2004 formerly of Starke, Florida. >John was preceded in death by his brother Charles Sanders. > He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Norma J. Sanders of Lake Wales, sons, John D. (Mary) Sanders of Kansas, Robert R. (Jennifer) Sanders of Texas, Paul W. (Colleen) Sanders of Alabama and Mark (Patti) Sanders of Tennessee. Family will receive friends on Sunday, October 3, 2010 at Lakeland Funeral Home, 2125 S Bartow Rd, Lakeland. Funeral service will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children's at (800)241-GIFT(4438). Online condolences available atwww.lakelandfuneralhome.com  - Ledger, Oct. 2, 2010
>RICHARD EDWARD DRIGGERS, SR. – 81 - Insurance Agent
LAKE WALES - Richard Edward Driggers, Sr., died Sunday, December 21, 2008 from respiratory failure. Mr. Driggers was born September 6, 1927 in Auburndale, FL. He was a WWII US Navy veteran. He worked as an insurance agent with Independent Life & Accident. He was of the Baptist faith. > He is survived by his daughter, Linda Scott; sons, Eddie Driggers, Billy Driggers, both of Dade City, FL; 7 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008 at Lakeland Memorial Gardens. Interment will be in Lakeland Memorial Gardens. – Ledger, Dec. 25, 2008
>MARY RUTH DRIGGERS – 77 -  Homemaker
DADE CITY -- Mrs. Mary Ruth Driggers of Dade City, a native of Lakeland, died of heart failure Monday (Feb. 3, 2003) at home. She was born in Lakeland on April 7, 1925, she moved to Dade City from Bartow last year. She was a homemaker. She was a Baptist.Mrs. Driggers is survived by her husband, Richard E. Driggers Sr.; sons, Eddie Driggers, William Driggers, both of Dade City; daughter, Linda Scott, Lake Wales; brothers, Tommy Woodrow Britt, Pine Crest, Ray Willard Britt, Lakeland; sisters, Emmie Granell, Barbara Jean James, both of Lakeland, Melvina Wood, Auburndale; seven grandchildren; 14 great -grandchildren.Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lakeland Memorial Gardens. Lanier Funeral Home. – Ledger, Feb. 6, 2003
>JERRY KEEN – 59 – Cattle Rancher
LAKE WALES -- Mr. Jerry Keen of Lake Wales died of heart failure Thursday (May 26, 2005) at Lake Wales Medical Center. He was born in Lake Wales on Sept. 12, 1945, he was a lifelong resident. He was a cattle rancher and a member of the Florida Cattleman's Association. He was the former owner of Keen's Cloverleaf. He attended New Harvest Worship Center. > Mr. Keen is survived by his wife, Lajuaia Keen; daughter, Stacy Keen, Lake Wales; son, Jason Keen, Lake Wales; two grandchildren.Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Lake Wales Cemetery. Memorials may be made to New Harvest Worship Center building fund. - Ledger, May 28, 2005
>PETE MIXON – 84 -  Cowboy for Zipprer & Ace Ranches
LAKE WALES -- Mr. Pete Mixon of Lake Wales died of heart failure Monday (June 2, 2003) at Lake Wales Medical Center. He was born in Adel, Ga., on Feb. 5, 1919, he came to Lake Wales from there in 1925. He was a cowboy for Zipprer and Ace Ranches. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. > Mr. Mixon was preceded in death by his wife, Ramona Mixon. > He is survived by his stepdaughter, Teresa Burkacki, Babson Park; son, Johnny Mixon, Martinique, Ga.; stepsons, Michael Freeman, Lake Wales, Gary Freeman, Hollywood, Fla., Frank Cisky, North Carolina; brother, John Mixon, Harrisburg, Ark.; sisters, Levinia McCants, Chiefland, Julia Thomas, Lake Okeechobee, Annie Mac Pitts, Frostproof; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Visitation will be Friday at Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales. Graveside services will follow at Lake Wales Cemetery. – Ledger, June 4, 2003
>RAMONA C. MIXON – 74 -  Homemaker  - w/o - Pete Mixon
LAKE WALES -- Mrs. Ramona C. Mixon of Lake Wales died of heart failure Monday (Nov. 18, 2002) at The Grove Center. She was born in Miami on June 14, 1928, she came to Lake Wales from there in 1974. Mrs. Mixon was a homemaker. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She was a Protestant. >Mrs. Mixon is survived by her daughter, Teresa A. Burkacki, Babson Park; sons, Gary W. Freeman, Hollywood, Fla., Michael B. Freeman, Lake Wales, Frank A. Cisky Jr., Charleston, N.C.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.  Funeral Mass will be at noon today at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales. – Ledger, Nov. 20, 2002 - Husband buried in Lake Wales Cemetery - 
>ANSLEY H. “SHORTY” MIXON – 82 -  Waverly Growers
LAKE WALES -- Mr. Ansley H. "Shorty" Mixon of Lake Wales died of heart failure Tuesday (June 3, 2003) at Mariner Health Care. He was born in Atmore, Ala., on May 20, 1921, he came to Lake Wales from Alabama in 1941. He later moved back to Alabama, returning to the Lake Wales area in 1999. He was a retired mechanic for Waverly Growers and self-employed in auto repairs. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a life member of the Winter Haven Moose Lodge.  > Mr. Mixon was preceded in death by his wife, Reatha Mixon.> He is survived by his son, William H. "Bill" Mixon, Live Oak; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City. Marion Nelson Funeral Home of Lake Wales. – Ledger, June 5, 2003
>WILLIAM S. "BILL"BAIR -  65 - The Ledger
LAKE WALES - William S. "Bill" Bair of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Florida Hospital Orlando due to complications of heart surgery. He was born June 8, 1948, in Hudson, NY, and came here from Auburndale in 1972. He was a reporter/columnist for the Daily Highlander for 6 years and most recently the Lakeland Ledger for 31 years. > Bill was preceded in death by his father, Frederick H. Bair, Jr. and a brother, Rick Bair. >Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Martha Bair; daughter, Cinnamon Bair and husband, Brandon Walts of Dry Drayton, UK; son, Eric Bair and wife, Rayne of Montgomery, AL; mother, Margaret H. Bair of Auburndale; sister, Laura Jesseph of Bloomington, IN; and one granddaughter, Amelia Bair. Memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Thursday, March 13, 2014, at the First Presbyterian Church of Auburndale with Rob Quam officiating. For those who wish, donations may be sent to any if charity of choice . Marion Nelson Funeral Home – Ledger, March 12 – 13, 2014
>VIRGINIA HELEN BRINKWORTH - 99 - Mountain Lake Corp.  -  Ledger, July 22 & 23, 2014.
LAKE WALES - Virginia Brinkworth, of Lake Wales, Florida, passed away Monday, July 21, 2014, at her residence. She was born March 27, 1915, in Beatrice, Nebraska, to the late Ernest O. and Mabel H. (Stolzer) Brinkworth and has been a resident of the area since 1928 moving here form Ft. Meade, Florida. She was a retired Bookkeeper for Mountain Lake Corporation. Virginia enjoyed cooking and taking care of her home. She was of the Protestant faith.
 She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters, Joyce Brinkworth. > Survivors include her brothers, Jim Brinkworth of Babson Park, FL, Richard Brinkworth of Jacksonville, FL; sister, Betty Pendleton of Lake Wales. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home with Funeral Services with Rev. Chad Reynolds Officiating.  Interment will be held at the Lake Wales Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund or any local charity. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com . Marion Nelson Funeral Home handling arrangements. 
>PAUL McDONALD YOUNG - 57 – Golf Pro at Lake Wales Country Club  - Ledger, May 16, 2013
JACKSONVILLE - Paul McDonald Young, passed May 10, 2013 in Jacksonville, FL after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Lake Wales, Fla. to the late Max Owen and Marilyn "Mimi" Young. He graduated from Lake Wales High School in 1974. He was an avid and accomplished golfer playing for LWHS and Florida State University golf teams. He was the Polk County High School Champion, winner of the Billy Tomasello Junior Tournament, Club Champion at the Lake Wales Country as well as winner of many tournaments through his life. He began his career as a golf professional at Lake Wales Country Club and was most proud of his accomplishments with junior golfers. He moved to Jacksonville in 1985 where he was a successful business owner for over 25 years. As an employer, he cared deeply for his customers and co-workers and enjoyed serving his community. His kind spirit and great sense of humor attracted many lifelong friends. He enjoyed following all sports and was a huge fan of Florida State University. The real passion in life was his children, Owen and Abigail whom he treasured as, late life miracles. Their mother, Kim Goode Young remained a close friend and source of strength. His family was also extremely important to him. >He is survived by his children, Owen and Abigail Young of Jacksonville; brother, Steve (Jan), niece Kristin Nimnicht (Ed) and children, Caroline and Edward; brother, Chris (Nina), nephews Kevin and Brian; sister, Maggie Young Phillips (Tommy) of Winter Haven, Fla. A celebration of his life will be held at the Lake Wales Country Club on Friday, May 24, 2013. The family requests in honor of Paul, to please perform an in-kind act or two of for someone – 
>ALBERT KIRKLAND – 66 -  Polk Community College
LAKE WALES -- Mr. Albert Kirkland of Lake Wales died of heart failure Nov. 17, 2005, at home. He was born in Pompano Beach on Oct. 13, 1939, he came to Lake Wales from Fort Pierce 40 years ago. >He was a retired professor of political science at Polk Community College. >He was a former teacher at Roosevelt High School, Oakland High School and Haines City High School. He graduated from Florida A & M and Florida State University. He was former mayor and city commissioner for the city of Lake Wales. He was a former board member of the Lake Wales Charter School system. He was a former member of the Lake Wales Rotary Club and a life member of the Lake Wales Branch NAACP. He was a member of Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church where he served as a member of the trustee board, and past youth department assistant. > Mr. Kirkland is survived by his wife, Marion Kirkland; daughter, Bridget O'Neal, Atlanta; sons, Albert Kirkland Jr., Winter Haven, Wayne Warmack, Miami, Anthony Kirkland, Winter Haven; mother, Mary Glover, Lake Wales; sisters, Marilyn Highes, Ocala, Carolyn Whitehurst, Gainesville, Jacquelyn Cherry, Macon, Ga., Masie Greenleaf, Ocala, Johnnie Mae McBride, Deerfield Beach, Naomi Williams, Jacksonville; brothers, Anthony Kirkland, and Emory Kirkland, both of St. Louis; eight grandchildren. >Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Mount Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 12 B St. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Albert Kirkland Sr. Gymnasium, 409 N. Third St., Lake Wales. Burial will be in Lake Wales Cemetery. Alexander Funeral Home, Lake Wales. – Ledger, Nov. 24, 2005
>IDA OLEAN SKINNER/ DAUGHTRY/ RHUDY- JENKINS – 82 -  Homemaker  - 
LAKE WALES -- Mrs. Ida O. Jenkins of Lake Wales died of heart failure Thursday (May 5, 2005) at Lake Wales Medical Center. She was born in Lake Wales on Nov. 12, 1922, she was a lifelong resident. She was a homemaker. She was a member of the Friendly Fellowship Church of God in Haines City. > Mrs. Jenkins was preceded in death by her first husband, John Walter Daughtry, B: 12-24-1921 - D: 11-21-1964 In Polk Co. .> She is survived by her # 2- husband, Charles H. Jenkins; daughter, Glentis Newman, Davenport; sons, Donald Daughtry, Lake Wales, Hank Daughtry, Fort Lauderdale; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday at Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Lake Wales Cemetery. Ledger, May 7, 2005 >  NOTES: Ida O. Skinner married John Walter Daughtry in Polk Co., Fl on, 02-01-1941 - ( Ida also seems to have married an Ernest  Lee Rhudy in Polk Co., Fl. on 12-13-1966, Not sure what happened to this Ernest  as in Divorce or what ) Listed in her obit as husband # 2 is Charles Henry Jenkins in which Ida married in Polk Co., Fl on 06-12-1971 -
>ANGELA JEAN (MILLER) ABERCROMBIE – 68 - B: abt 1941 -
WINTER HAVEN - Angela Jean (Miller) Abercrombie of Winter Haven passed away Thursday, March 19, 2009 due to respiratory failure. Angela graduated from Lake Wales High School, abt, 1959 and received a BA degree in English and Science from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a teacher, served as a CNA and was an environmental activist. She served on the board of the Rotary Club of Lake Wales, was a member of the Winter Haven Women's Republican Club Network and was a faithful member of the Church of Christ.  > Angela is survived by her husband of 48 years, Vaughan (Ted) Abercrombie; a son Brandt Abercrombie of Bedford Texas; daughter Christa Davis of Winter Haven and was a proud grandmother with four grandchildren. Memorial services will be held Sunday evening, March 22,2009 at the Central Church of Christ, 1232 Robinson Drive in Haines City. – Ledger, March 22, 2009

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