Polk Co., Florida


WILLA W. SMITH-WILLIAMS, 78 - Homecare Specialist  - ( Ledger, April 14, 2009 )
MEDULLA - Willa Williams was born on Sept. 30, 1930. She passed peacefully at home on April 8, 2009 of respiratory failure. She was a faithful member of St. John PB Church in Medulla and an usher since she was 15 years old.
She leaves to cherish her memory: three sons, Robert F. Smith (Renae - Brandon, FL.), Tommie L. Smith and Michael J. Smith (Shirley - Lakeland), 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Visitation: Wednesday, at St. John P.B. Church (Medulla) and Homegoing services: Thursday, April 16th, at the St. John PBC (5235 Old Hwy. 37), Lakeland.  - H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland - 
> Willie Melton - 74 - Mining Supervisor -     July , 2001
LAKELAND -- Mr. Willie Van "Jett" Melton Sr., a retired mining supervisor at American Cyanamid Mining Co., died of heart failure Friday (July 6, 2001) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. "My daddy taught me how to take care of myself," said his daughter, Pauline McDougal Patterson of Lakeland. Born in Medulla on Oct. 18, 1926, he served in the Army during World War II. Following the war, Mr. Melton returned to Lakeland, where he met up with a childhood friend who was raising six children by herself. She later became his wife of 47 years. "He came back looking for her, wanting to know how she was doing," Patterson said. "My father came in and took care of my mother with six children - he took the ultimate challenge. We took him in." After 37 1/2 years at American Cyanamid Mining, he worked in security at Polk Correctional Institute and for Wackenhut Security. Mr. Melton was an avid fisherman, and often donated the fish he caught to fellow members of the community. He was a member of Pilgrim Rest Freewill Baptist Church of Lakeland. >In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his wife, Bessie Mae Speed-Melton; daughters, Carolyn Speed and Sylvia McDougal Simpson, both of Lakeland; sons, Leon McDougal, Paul McDougal, Demetrius McDougal and Xavier Melton, all of Lakeland; 18 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be. Friday at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will be Saturday at Pilgrim Rest Free Will Baptist Church. 
> LESTER K. "SKIP"HOFFMAN, JR. - 70 -  Real Estate Broker/Developer -F/o -Michael David Hoffman
LAKELAND - Lester K. "Skip" Hoffman, Jr.,  died Sat. November 7, 2009 at home of cancer. Skip was born in Medulla,Fl. on December 7, 1938 to Lester Keer & Ruth A. (Mills) Hoffman, Sr. and lived in Lakeland all his life. He was a Real Estate Broker/Developer involved in the development of many communities in the Lakeland area and founded Regal Development of Polk County, Inc. and Regal Real Estate, Inc. He was a member of Ardella Baptist Church. Prior to real estate, Skip was a master electrician working out of the Electrician's Local I.B.E.W. at the phosphate mines. Skip was a member of the National Association of Realtors, Florida Association of Realtors, National Auctioneer Association and the Gator Booster's club. Skip was always eager to help the working man get ahead. Skip was also an avid hunter and fisherman. > Skip is survived by his wife Barbara (Barley) Hoffman, sons Mike and Mark Hoffman, daughter Jill Hoffman McDonald, grandchildren- Tiffany, Amanda & Devin, great grandchildren- Ruthie, Grego, Abbey & Jackson, as well as many other family members and friends. Visitation will be held Thurs. November 12, 2009 at Ardella Baptist Church, 709 W. Pipkin Rd. Lakeland. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 A.M. Condolences may be sent to the Arrangements entrusted to Seigler Funeral Home-Mulberry, Fl.- Ledger,Nov.9, 2009
> MICHAEL DAVID HOFFMAN - 48 - Realtor - Son of Lester K. "Skip" Hoffman
BRADLEY - Michael David Hoffman, died Sunday November 14, 2010 at B.R.M.C. of liver failure. Michael was born in Lakeland on January 3, 1962, and moved to Bradley three years ago from Lakeland. Michael was a realtor and a member of Ardella Baptist Church. Michael was an avid outdoorsman. > Michael is preceded in death by his father L.K. "Skip" Hoffman.(above)  >Michael is survived by his two daughters Tiffany Del Valle and Amanda Murphy, mother Barbara Hoffman, four grandchildren: Claudia, Gregorio, Abigail & Jackson, brother Mark Hoffman, sister Jill McDonald and grandmother Lucille Barley.  Visitation will be Thursday, November 18, 2010 at Seigler Funeral Home-Hwy. 60 E. Mulberry, FL. Funeral services will be Friday November 19, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at Ardella Baptist Church-709 W. Pipkin Road, Lakeland, Fl, 33811. Condolences may be sent to the family Arrangements entrusted to Seigler Funeral Home-Mulberry, Fl. –Ledger,Nov.17, 2010
> DOYLE LAVARDE SANDERS – 76 -  Pedone Construction
PLANT CITY -- Mr. Doyle Lavarde Sanders of Plant City died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Wednesday (Aug. 30, 2006) at Lakeland Hills Center. He was born in Medulla on Dec. 27, 1929, he was a longtime resident of the area. He was a millright for Pedone Construction of Lakeland and Central Maintenance of Lithia. He was a member of Millwright's Union Local No. 1000 in Tampa. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of Willow Oak Baptist Church. >Mr. Sanders is survived by his wife, Gwen Sanders; daughter, Janice Sanders, Lakeland; son, Larry L. Sanders, Plant City; brothers, Wayne, Lakeland, James "JB", St. Petersburg, Gary, Houston, Texas; sisters, Dorothy Batts, Lakeland, Jeanette Bigman, North Carolina.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Research Regions Foundation. Gentry-Morrison Dukes-Steen Funeral Home. – Ledger, Aug. 31, 2006
MEDULLA - Mrs. Vivian Bryant Kirkland passed away at home on April 1, 2009 due to complications of dementia. Born in Providence, FL., on April 15, 1927 to the Polk County Pioneer Bryant family, she lived most of her life in the Medulla area. She was employed for a short period of time at Adams Packing Company in Auburndale. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Ardella Baptist Church. >She is death by preceded in her parents Leon Oscar & Lillian Pearl Vickers Bryant, her brother, Herbert F. Bryant, her sister, Artie Bryant Pericante and her infant granddaughter, Melanie Gail McCraw. >She is survived by her devoted husband Everette Kirkland, her daughters: Carol Glave and husband Harold, and Sandra Sutton and husband Marcus (all of Medulla), her grandchildren: Chris Lanier and wife Amy (Cincinnati, OH) Eric Lanier and wife Sara (Winter Haven), Ben McCraw (Nashville, TN), Rev. Matthew McCraw and wife Jennifer (Naples, FL), and Philip Sutton (Medulla), soon-to-be born great granddaughter, Isabella Anne Lanier (Cincinnati, OH), and her wonderful caregivers, Elizabeth Rodriguez and Cindy Butler.> In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Turner Syndrome Society, 10960 Millridge North Dr., #214A, Houston, TX., 77070, or Cincinnati Children's Medical Center, P.O. Box 5202, Cincinnati, OH., 45201-5202, (in honor of Isabella Anne Lanier). Visitation will be held at Seigler's Funeral Home in Mulberry on Friday, April 3, 6-8 p.m. and graveside services will be at Lakeland Memorial Gardens on Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 2 p.m. Condolences may be sent to the family – Ledger, April 2, 2009
LAKE WALES -- Mrs. Mary J. Williams' 35-year career with Publix began in the era of the Civil Rights movement. She worked as a cashier at the Lake Wales Publix store. "She broke the barrier by being the first African-American employee hired by Publix in Lake Wales," said her daughter, Cynthia Pinnock of Lakeland. "She received numerous awards for her dedicated service. "Mrs. Williams, who retired as an office clerk for the Lake Wales Publix store, died of cancer Sunday (July 3, 2005) at Lake Wales Medical Center. She was born in Eaton Park on Dec. 25, 1939, and was a lifelong resident of Polk County. She attended Moorehead Elementary School and graduated in 1957 from Rochelle Junior Senior High School. She remained in touch with her classmates throughout her life. "She considered her high school classmates her extended family," Pinnock said. "She enjoyed being around them and would often joke about their fun times together. "Her career with Publix spanned the years from 1968 to 2003. "She basically stated that she had the support of the Jenkins (family) and they were pretty much behind her," said her son, Credell Williams of Lake Wales. "She knew them well and they knew and liked her. She would tell me how Charlie and George (Jenkins) would come in and make it a point to come over and speak to her. "He described his mother as a very sweet woman with a warm smile. She was a longtime and dedicated member of the First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church and sang in Choir No. 2. In addition to her daughter, Cynthia Pinnock, and son, Credell Williams, >Mrs. Williams is survived by her brother, Herman McClary Jr., Eden, N.C., and two grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church, 205 D. St., Lake Wales. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Medulla Cemetery. H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. - Ledger, July 7, 2005
> HATTIE L. WILSON - 92 -   Domestic
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Hattie L. Wilson of Lakeland died of lung failure Dec. 8, 2004, at Oakbridge Healthcare Center. She was born in Ocala, she came to Lakeland from there 89 years ago. She was a domestic worker. She was a member of Zion Hill Primitive Baptist Church where she was a mother of the church, member of the Choir No. 1, and president of the Home Mission Ministry. >Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Porter Wilson Sr.  > She is survived by her daughters, Helen Mallard, Lakeland, Emmy Barnes, Orlando; son, Porter W. Wilson, Lakeland; sisters, Lee Emma Patterson, Medulla, Ethel Slater, Boston, Ga. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Zion Hill P.B. Church, 1348 Sidney Ave., Lakeland. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Medulla Cemetery.- Ledger, Dec. 16, 2004
> LELIA MAE BROWN - 91 -   Domestic    
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Lelia  M. Brown of Lakeland died of a heart attack Saturday (April 15, 2006) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Eaton Park, she was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a domestic worker. She was a member of First Baptist Institutional Church where she was a member of the choir. >Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Brown Sr.  >She is survived by her daughters, Vera Simmons, Newburg, N.Y., Violet "Arlene" Munroe, Lakeland; son, Ernest Brown Jr., Lakeland; 11 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren; four great-great- great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 this evening at First Baptist Institutional Church. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Medulla Cemetery. H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. - Ledger, April 21, 2006

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