>MARGARET CROWELL WILLIFORD - 81 -Retired, Winter Haven Hospital
WINTER HAVEN- Mrs. Margaret Crowell Williford of Winter Haven, passed away 10/27/12 from Alzheimer's disease. Born October 29, 1930 in Winter Haven, she has lived here her entire life. She retired from Winter Haven Hospital, and was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Margaret is survived by her son: Steven W. Williford, daughters: Linda Williford Long and Debra Williford Collins; her sister: Annette Groover; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Tuesesday at Oak Ridge Funeral Care, Winter Haven, funeral services to follow. - (Ledger, Oct. 29, 2012 )
>ANITA LALLY FRANCIS - 85
WINTER HAVEN - Anita Lally Francis, 85, passed away Friday, October 26th from cancer under the care of hospice.She was born March 17, 1927 to Joseph and Florence Lally in Newport News, Virginia. She lived the majority of her adult life in St Augustine, Florida and moved to Winter Haven with her husband several years ago to be close to her daughter. Anita retired from the Florida School for the Deaf. She loved the beach, wildflowers, birds, and "making memories" with her grandchildren.
Survived by her husband of 62 years, Richard, daughter Susan McPhail-Taylor, son in law Bill Taylor, grandsons Matthew and Adam McPhail, and a sister Florence Schwanbeck. She has a large extended family of great grandchildren, step grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
A simple Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends with internment at a later date at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice or Bok Tower Gardens. - ( Ledger, Oct. 30, 2012 )
>WALTER A. "W.A." COTHRON – 85 - Master Carpenter
WINTER HAVEN - Walter A. "W.A." Cothron, 85, of Winter Haven, died at home on November 8, 2012 of congestive heart failure. He was born in Plant City in 1927 and moved with his parents to Winter Haven as an infant. He served two terms in the US Army and married his wife Verona in 1958. He was a self-employed master carpenter and a member of Winter Haven Church of God.
He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Synthia Cothron, his daughter, Joann Cothron, his great granddaughter Kimmie Handlowich and his sister, Cleo Harper.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Verona "Vicky", three daughters, Debbie Sweat of Orange Park, Florida, Shirley Wildman (Richard) of Lake Wales and Lynn O'Neal (Billy) of Ocala; two brothers, Clyde Cothron (Ruby) and J.W. Cothron (Marie), 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven. Funeral services will follow.
Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery. - ( Ledger, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 )
WINTER HAVEN - Mrs. Kathleen M. Klote, 75, of Winter Haven, passed away January 24, 2007 from cancer. Born September 20, 1931, Mrs. Klote came here from St. Petersburg, FL in 1951. She was a member of St. Matthew's Catholic Church and enjoyed hunting and fishing with her husband.
Survivors include her husband, Fred B. Klote, Winter Haven; 2 sisters, Rose McGuire, and Marie Cokenias, both of Silver Springs, Maryland.
A visitation will take place Tuesday, January 30, 2007 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Crisp-Coon Funeral Chapel, Winter Haven.
A Funeral Mass will take place Wednesday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Matthew's Catholic Church. Internment will follow at Rolling Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice. ( Ledger, January 28, 2007 )
WINTER HAVEN -- Mrs. Lee Davis Roe of Winter Haven died of cancer Monday (Nov. 7, 2005) at home. She was 76. Born in New York, she came to Winter Haven from Hollywood, Fla., in 1956. She was a homemaker. She was president of the Humane Society of Polk County in Winter Haven. She attended St. Marks Episcopal Church in Haines City.
Mrs. Roe was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick W. Roe.
She is survived by her son, Nelson Roe, Winter Park; daughters, Constance L. Roe, Port Orange, and Shawn Durelle Williams, Chapel Hill, N.C.; brother, Dwight D. Davis, Sarasota; and six grandchildren.Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Marks Episcopal Church in Haines City.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Polk County, 555 Sage Road, Winter Haven, FL 33881. Kersey Funeral Home, Auburndale. - ( Ledger,November 10, 2005 )
>GENEVIEVE F. HURD - 95 - Pilot
WINTER HAVEN - Genevieve F. Hurd died Thursday, Oct. 2 of heart failure at age 95.
She was a native of Morgantown W.Va. before moving to Florida in the 1950's.
Mrs. Hurd was a pioneer in the early years of aviation, being licensed as the first wom-an pilot of W.Va. She barnstormed with Amelia Earhart to promote general aviation and municipal airports.
She is survived by her daughters, Linda Haskins of Winter Haven and Vicki Switzer of Vista, CA and her grandchildren, Hunter Haskins, Kenohe, Hawaii and Shannon Switzer, Vista, CA.
A garden memorial service will be held at Hope Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, Oct. 7th.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Presbyterian Church, 2110 Cypress Garden Blvd, SE, Winter Haven, FL 33884.-
( The Ledger, Oct. 5, 2008 )
>SANDRA FAYE GUEMBLE – 65 - Grife Brothers Plastics
WINTER HAVEN - Sandra Faye Guemble of Winter Haven passed away from heart failure Wednesday, February 6, 2013. She was 65.
A native of Auburndale, born March 16, 1947 to Douglas and Margaret Purvis, Sandra has been a lifelong resident of the area. Sandra formerly worked for Grife Brothers Plastics in Auburndale, and she was a member of the Wahneta Church of God.
Sandra is survived by her daughters: Belinda Scroggins of Nashville, GA, Deana Owens of Tampa, FL, and Trina Slaughter of Lake Wales; her brothers: Jerry Purvis and Ray Purvis of Winter Haven; and her sisters: Elaine Thomas of Lawrenceville, GA and Linda Lacy of Bartow. Sandra also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven.
Funeral services will be Monday from the funeral home chapel.
Interment will be at Rolling Hills Cemetery. – Ledger, Friday, Feb. 8, 2013
JOHANNES, 81 - Dental Assistant
WINTER HAVEN --June 13, 2001 - Mrs. Grace Myrl Johannes of Winter Haven died of heart failure Wednesday (June 13, 2001) at Winter Haven Hospital. She was 81. Born in Sale City, Ga., on Feb. 9, 1920, she came to Winter Haven from Georgia, 79 years ago. She was a dental assistant. She was a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Johannes.
She is survived by her sister, Alma S. Powell, Winter Haven; brother, Ray H. Smith, Lake Wales. Graveside services will be at 10 this morning at Oak Hill Cemetery, U.S. 98 S., Lakeland. A.M. Seigler Funeral Home.
(She lived in Winter Haven for 79 of her 81 years- make her an almost born there. )
GROSS - 87
WINTER HAVEN- Mrs. Helen Roby Gross, 87, passed away peacefully on March 20, 2012 at Good Shepherd Hospice due to respiratory failure.
Helen was born in Winter Haven on February 16, 1925 to the late Donald and Nell Roby. She was raised in Winter Haven, attending Winter Haven High School and Florida State College for Women, now Florida State University. She was a most loving, supportive, and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Helen was active in civic and educational affairs throughout her life. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Winter Haven; it's Presbyterian Women; and PEO Chapter U. She was a founding member and the first president of Planters Garden Club, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Helen is preceded in death by her husband, Walter Edwin Gross, and son, Donald George Childs.
Helen is survived by her loving family: daughter, Deborah Childs Stuart, of Lakeland; grandson, Rex Roby Childs, and granddaughter, Madelyn June Childs, both of Naples, Florida.
Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 24, 2012 .
A. STANINGER, Jr. - 80 -Tampa Electric
WINTER HAVEN - Mr. Charles A. Staninger, Jr., age 80, died of renal failure Friday (March 30, 2012) at home.
He was born in Winter Haven on June 3, 1931, and graduated from Winter Haven High School, class of 1950. He was a retired equipment operator for Tampa Electric, and a Boy Scout leader for Troop #555. He enjoyed quail hunting and was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Mr. Staninger is survived by his wife of 58 years Carol Staninger; son Eric Staninger, Winter Haven; daughter Andrea Moen (Steve), Iowa City, Iowa; brother Gerald Staninger, Valle Crucis, N.C.; sister Mary Ann Boyd (George), Dade City, FL; grandchildren Alex & Elaine Moen; 1 great grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, 2012 at Crisp-Coon Funeral Home, Winter Haven.
Cremains will be scattered at St. Paul's Episcopal Garden at a later date. ( April 1, 2012 )
HOOD, 82, - Haven Civic Leader
WINTER HAVEN - June 11, 2001 - Mrs. Eloise Hood was active in the Winter Haven community through her volunteer work and her lifetime membership in the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. The retired employee for the Florida Department of Agriculture died of respiratory failure Monday (June 11, 2001) at Winter Haven Hospital. She was 82. "She was very organized and a good leader," said her longtime friend and fellow member of Beta Sigma Phi, Wanda McMahon of Winter Haven. "She could figure out how to do things," Born in Winter Haven on Dec. 16, 1918, she was a lifelong resident. She worked for the Department of Agriculture for many years before she retired in the mid-1980s. Mrs. Hood was active in the Girls Club, the Salvation Army, her sorority and political events, the latter because her late husband, Elmo HOOD, was an aide to Congressman James Haley. "She was so outstanding. She was president of the sorority so many times, and chairman of the social programs. She made it look so easy," McMahon said. "We had the best parties when she was a program chairman." An example, she said, was Chinese-themed party Mrs. Hood organized, with the decor and food planned perfectly. "She had a lot of influence over me. I listened to her because I thought she was wise," McMahon said. "She was such a good friend." She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Winter Haven. She was a member of the Garden Club and the Winter Haven Women's Club. She was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Christine Schroder, Webster; brothers, James W. Weeks, Winter Haven, and Ralph B. Weeks, Lakeland; sister, Florence Haizlip, Tallahassee; two grandchildren.
Visitation was held at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, 645 W. Central Ave., Winter Haven. Services were held Thursday at the funeral home chapel.
AUBURNDALE - Bobby "B.L." Lanier, 78, of Auburndale, FL passed away, Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the Shands Trauma Center in Gainesville, FL due to complications from a ruptured aortic aneurysm, with his family at his bedside.
Bob was born to Marvin and Leona Lanier on May 26th 1933 in Winter Haven. He had ten sisters and one brother. After graduating from Winter Haven High School he served in the Army at Patrick Air Force Base. He fell in love and married Sara "Sally" Tapp on February 3rd 1956 and raised two wonderful children together. Sally passed away in November 2000 after 46 years of marriage to Bob. Bob started and built several very successful businesses within the citrus industry. He was also an active member of the community. He served on several organizations including the Florida Citrus Commission, The Elks Club, and the Cotton Exchange. He was also a member of the Family Motor Coach Club and the N.W. Turkey Federation. He generously contributed to the Sheriff's Boy's Ranch, Ducks Unlimited, and also sponsored a bowling team for many years. In 2002 Bob married the second love of his life, Rose Mary Shelton, who brought to the family two children of the heart: Sherri Weeks and Gary Shelton; and three grandchildren, Audrey and Michael Weeks and Dalton Shelton. During Bob's life he enjoyed many hobbies- including flying single engine airplanes, hunting, fishing, boating, traveling, and most of all, spending time with his family and dear friends.
Bob is survived by: his loving wife, Rose Mary; his son, David, David's wife Marla and their two children, Cassey and Bobby; his daughter, Linda Tremaine, her husband Larry and their children, Mitch, Chelsea, Nate and Lauren. Bob is also survived by six sisters: Vivian Jasso, Elizabeth Patton, Opal Trusskey, Betty Jasso, Sue Lanier and Janet Lopez; as well as numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved very much.
The family will receive friends Thursday, April 5, 2012 at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, April 6, 2012 at New Hope Assembly, 651 Carl Floyd Road, Winter Haven.
Interment will follow at Rolling Hills Cemetery. - News Chief, April 3, 2012
>HEATH, CLIFFORD A. - 87 - Carpenter - husband of Vestell- below-
WINTER HAVEN - Clifford A. Heath, 87, of Winter Haven, Fl, died Saturday, April 28, 2007 at Winter Haven Hospital due to heart failure.
Born December 30, 1919 to John and Dora Heath in Albertville, AL, he moved to the area in 1949. Mr. Heath was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred, a retired carpenter and was a veteran of the US Army having served during WWII.
His survivors include: his wife of 61 years, Vestell Heath; a son Roger L. Heath of Atlanta, GA; four daughters, Betty H. Edwards of Wahneta, FL, Dolores Ann Williams of Lakeland, FL, Sheilan Runnels of Lake Alfred, FL and Elena Reimer of Lake Alfred, FL; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 3, 2007 at the First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Rocky Branch officiating.
Interment will follow at Auburndale Memorial Park. The family has asked that memorials be made to First Baptist Church of
Lake Alfred, Building Fund, 280 East Pierce Street, Lake Alfred, FL 33850. - Ledger, April 30 to May 1, 2007
>HEATH, VESTELL – 86 - Homemaker - wife of Clifford - above-
WINTER HAVEN - Vestell "Nanny" Heath, 86, of Winter Haven, FL died Sunday, March 9, 2008 at the Good Shepherd Hospice Resident Center in Auburndale due to respiratory failure.
Born June 26, 1921 in Ocoee, FL she has lived here since 1949 after moving from Alabama. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred. > Preceded in death by her husband Clifford Heath.
Her survivors include a son Roger L. Heath of Kennesaw, GA; four daughters, Betty H. Edwards of Wahneta, FL, Dolores Ann Williams of Lakeland, FL, Sheilan Runnels of Lake Alfred, FL and Lena Reimer of Lake Alfred, FL; 3 brothers, Henry Voss of Lakeland, Donald Voss of Orlando and Robert T. Voss of Fannettsburg, PA; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends from Wednesday, at the First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 13, 2008 in the Church with Dr. Rocky Branch and Rev. Mike Jones officiating.
Interment will follow at Auburndale Memorial Park.
Nanny loved the youth of her church and wished to promote their ministry. In lieu of flowers please give donations to the youth ministry at First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred, 280 East Pierce St., Lake Alfred, FL 33850. - Ledger, March 11, 2008
>KELLER, GLADYS B. - 101
WINTER HAVEN - Mrs. Gladys Keller of Winter Haven died Thursday (April 4, 2013) at Good Shepherd Hospice. She was 101.
Born in Wilkinsburg, PA, on March 30, 1912, she moved to Winter Haven from Flint, Mich., in 1971.
Mrs. Keller was preceded in death by her husband Hixson Keller. >She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was a Stephen Minister.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 15th, at First Presbyterian Church, Winter Haven. Memorials may be made to the church. - Ledger, Friday, April 12, 2013
>CARTER, JUNE BILBREY - 77 -
WINTER HAVEN - June Bilbrey Carter, 77, of Winter Haven, Florida, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013 surrounded by her loving family due to heart failure.
She was born June 27, 1935 to the late Shirley and Viola Bilbrey and was a life-long resident of Winter Haven. Known to her grandchildren as "Nanny", she was quick with a hug and a meal, and she taught her love of family and the outdoors by example. She loved flowers, entertaining on her porch, her pet squirrel, and taking care of her family.
Mrs. Carter is preceded in death by her daughter, Vicki Westrich.
She is survived by her husband, Holland A. Carter of Winter Haven; sister, Betty Waters of Winter Haven; brother Wayne Bilbrey (Linda) of Winter Haven; daughter Jan Carter Cassidy and son-in-law David Cassidy of Lake Alfred; grandchildren, Bryan, Holly (Sean), Amy, and Aaron; two great granddaughters, Morgan and Reagan; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Lakeside Memorial Park in Winter Haven. - Ledger, Tuesday, April 9, 2013
>HARMON, WILLIAM CLAYTON – 78 -
HENDERSON, NC - William Clayton Harmon, 78, or, "rather 29 and holding" passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013, of heart disease, at his home in Hendersonville, NC. Clayton was born and raised in Winter Haven, Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Kenneth Harmon, Sr. and Cleo Weeks Harmon, and brother, Robert Kenneth Harmon, Jr. He served in the US Army, helped run his family business, The Harmon Family Citrus Co. until the death of his parents. Then, he and his brother Robert joined together to run The Harmon Brothers Citrus, Inc.
He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Gurley and her husband Michael of Bradenton, Florida; two nieces, Jane Bourkard and Kay Harmon, both of Florida; many grand nieces and nephews, and a multitude of loving friends.
He was an avid gardener, collector of antiques, a moviegoer, loved traveling and when younger, waterskiing, snow skiing, and scuba diving.
A memorial service in Florida will be announced at a later date.- Ledger, Friday, May 17, 2013
>McNEER, RICHARD "DICK" R. - 63 - McNeer Groves LLC
WINTER HAVEN - Richard "Dick" R. McNeer, 63, passed away at Winter Haven Hospital on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 from complications of an aortic aneurysm.
Born in Winter Haven, FL on Dec. 24, 1944 to the late Mr. & Mrs. F. Lynn McNeer of Lake Alfred, and he was a lifelong resident of Winter Haven. He attended the University of Florida and was a member of the AGR fraternity. He was a lifelong citrus grower and a partner in McNeer Groves LLC. His greatest love, though, was music. Over the years he was a member of many local bands- the latest being "Second Nature". He was a founding member of the Anchor Bar Social Club.
He is survived by his loving wife Lu, four sons Dr. Richard (Dalia) McNeer II, of Miami, Gregory (Marie) McNeer of Florida City, Jason (Angela) McNeer of Lake Alfred & Senior Airman Ashley (Helena) McNeer of Winter Haven, a brother Hunter (Patty) McNeer III of Lake Alfred and sister Flo (Bob) Hamilton of Lake Alfred, 8 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dick McNeer Young Musicians Fund. Donations may be sent to Wachovia Bank. – Ledger, March 20, 2008
"BOB", JR. – 81 - Lee Williams Gas Co.
WINTER HAVEN - Robert Lee "Bob" Williams Jr. 81, of Winter Haven, passed away on May 18th, 2013, due to heart failure.
He was born in Eagle Lake, FL to Robert Lee Williams Sr. and Julia Ann Williams. He was the owner and operator of Lee Williams Gas Company in Eagle Lake, and a veteran of the US Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Evelene, and two cousins, Carl Green (Joyce) and Velvee Lee Bush, and many step children, step grandchildren, step great grandchildren, and step great-great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Monday, May 20th, from 6 to 8pm, and funeral service will be held Tuesday, May 21st, at 2 pm. Both at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home in Winter Haven.-Ledger, Monday, May 20, 2013
>FRANCES GARNELL MONTS DE OCA – 89 -
WINTER HAVEN - Frances Garnell Monts de Oca, 89, of Winter Haven, FL, passed away peacefully while sleeping on June 22, 2013, due to respiratory failure. Garnell was born in Chiefland, FL on March 1, 1924. She graduated High school from the Medulla, FL School System and continued on to Florida Southern College where she was an active sister with Alpha Delta Pi and received her AA degree in Business.
Garnell married her one and only true love, Charles Morris Monts de Oca on March 17, 1946; they were married for 30 years and she never re-married after Morris's passing in 1976.
Garnell worked mostly as a loving house wife and mother. She was a founding member of The Jacaranda Garden Club starting out in 1950 and devoted many years of her life to this organization. She loved God and was involved in Hope Presbyterian Church producing beautiful flower arrangements for many of the Sunday services.
She is survived by her children, Marlene Monts de Oca-Olson, Charles M. Monts de Oca, James M. Monts de Oca, Vicki M. Monts de Oca, Clifford L. Monts de Oca, twelve grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and nieces Donna (Smith) Kurbanick and Linda (Smith) Messersmith.
Garnell is preceded in death by husband Charles Morris Monts de Oca and her parent's James and Donnie Smith.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held, on July 14, 2013 at the Winter Haven Garden Center, 715 3rd St. NW, Winter Haven, FL 33881. -
Ledger Sunday, June 30, 2013
QUINN, KENNY MATTHEW, SR. – 71 - Insurance
WINTER HAVEN - Mr. Kenny Matthew Quinn Sr., 71, passed away on June 26, 2013 due to complications related to Dementia and Parkinson's. He was surrounded by his loving family.
Kenny was born on May 5, 1942 at Bartow Memorial Hospital and was a lifelong resident of Polk County. He graduated from Auburndale High School in 1961 and attended Polk Junior College and Florida Southern College. Kenny owned Kenny Quinn
Nationwide Insurance agency in Bartow until his retirement in 2008.
Kenny was a past president and active member of the Lions Club, past president and board member of the Peace River Country Club and was active with the Bartow Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed being outdoors and had a passion for fishing and hunting. He was an avid runner and had numerous medals and trophies recognizing his participation in 5k races.
Kenny is survived by his beloved son, Kenny Matthew Quinn, Jr. (wife Angela Quinn) and his precious daughter Cynthia Quinn. He also has 5 grandchildren; Anthony, Tiffany, Dane, Makala and Trysten.
Mr. Quinn's family will receive friends Monday July 1, 2013 from 6-8 PM for visitation at Kersey Funeral Home, 108 East Lake Stella Drive in Auburndale, Florida. A celebration of his life will be conducted Tuesday July 2, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Kersey Funeral Home. Interment will immediately follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. - Ledger, Sunday, June 30, 2013
WINTER HAVEN -- The passion for fishing that Mr. William Ernest Croft developed while growing up in Polk County brought him back to the area after living briefly in his wife's hometown of Chicago. "We went home to Chicago and he said `no way,' said Betty L. Croft, his wife of more than 50 years. It was the fishing rather than the warm weather that he missed, she said. Mr. Croft, the retired owner of Radio Communications, died Friday (May 19, 2006) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center of complications from an auto accident. He was 76.
His parents went from the United States to Cuba to live temporarily, and Mr. Croft was born in LaGloria, Cuba, on Jan. 10, 1930. After a short stay, they came to Polk County, where Mr. Croft attended Mulberry grammar school and high school. He enlisted in the Coast Guard, serving one tour of duty as an engineman stationed in New Orleans. During this time, he met his future wife. They returned to Polk County and while working for James Eich, Mr. Croft learned the radio trade. He and his wife later owned and operated Radio Communications, a business that installed and repaired twoway radios for the grove industry. "He was always mechanically oriented," Betty Croft said. "He was good about repairing stuff around the house. I think he had every tool that Craftsman ever put out." He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church of Winter Haven.
In addition to his wife, Betty L. Croft, Mr. Croft is survived by his sons, Kevin Croft and Mark Croft, both of Winter Haven, and William E. "Bill" Croft Jr., Portland, Ore.; daughters, Mary Moore, Winter Haven, and Karen Rose, Auburndale; brother, Charles Croft, Indianapolis; sister, Ruth Kirkland, Columbus, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winter Haven.- Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Auburndale. - Ledger, May 23, 2006
>BOTKIN, ROBERT STEPHEN "BOB" - 80
FT. LAUDERDALE- Robert Stephen Botkin, 80 (Bob) went home to be with the Lord on July 22, 2013 at the age of 80 due to heart failure after a rich and fulfilling life. Born September 10, 1932 in Carthage, IL., Bob moved with his family to Winter Haven, FL. where he met the love of his life, Sue, in the ninth grade. They married in 1956 and had 57 wonderful love-filled years together.
Bob graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1950 and proudly served his country for five years in the United States Army. Graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in civil engineering, Bob later pursued a career as a Real Estate Broker.
A resident of Fort Lauderdale since 1960, Bob was an avid tennis player, a member of the Kiwanis Club, and a longtime and very active member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and volunteered every Monday for over 20 years cooking for the needy and homeless. As well as being exceptionally artistic and creative, Bob's sense of humor brought joy to all and his keen memory amazed his friends and family.
Bob was a dedicated servant of his Lord and a devoted husband, father and grandfather who deeply and generously loved his family, especially his "Susie." He loved being a father and never missed any of Steve's or Brad's many athletic events.
In addition to his wife, Sue, he is survived by his two sons Steve (Sally) and Brad (Jill) Botkin and four grandchildren, Susanna, Maggie, Betsy and Matt who dearly loved their Poppy.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 26th, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, 401 SE 15th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale 33301. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in honor of Bob to the Music Ministry of First Presbyterian Church.-
Ledger, Wed. July 24, 2013
WINTER HAVEN - Mrs. Dorothy Hart of Winter Haven died July 14, 2013, of heart failure at Life Care Center. She was born in Nichols, FL, on Sep. 2, 1924. She was a retired accountant for John Miller and then Perdue Groves. Known as "Brownie" she was a Girl Scout leader for 14 years. Mrs. Hart was actively involved in her community volunteering for American Cancer Society, member and past president of the Pilot Club of Winter Haven and also Beta Sigma Phi, member of Winter Haven Junior Women's Club and active with WHHS Class of '42. She belonged to Beymer United Methodist Church in Winter Haven.
Mrs. Hart was predeceased by her husband of 50 years Leonard Hart, and her sister Anne Ross. - She is survived by her daughter Janet Hart, Winter Haven.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Crisp Coon Funeral Home, Winter Haven. Services will follow at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Lakeside Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale – Ledger,Thur. July 18, 2013
WINTER HAVEN - Pearl Hulsey of Winter Haven passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at the Good Shepherd Hospice Center from congestive heart failure. She was 88. A native of Anniston, AL, born April 1, 1925 to Thomas and Hassie Stone Wilkerson, Pearl moved here in 1955. She retired as a Cafeteria Worker from Westwood Middle School of Winter Haven, and also from Publix Bakery. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Eagle Lake.
Pearl was preceded in death by her husband Walter E. Hulsey.
She is survived by her sons Steve Hulsey Sandra of Auburndale, Kevin Hulsey Carol of Winter Haven; her daughters Sharon Palmer John of Auburndale, Shirley Danford Bobby of Winter Haven, and Marion Smith Irving of Bartow. Pearl also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren, and a great-great grandchild on the way.
Visitation will be Sunday at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven. Funeral services will be Monday at the First Baptist Church in Eagle Lake. Interment will follow at Auburndale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice. - Ledger, Friday, July 19, 2013
HIAWASSEE, GA. - Mr. James Garrett Hughes, age 75, of Hiawassee, GA, passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2013 following a period of declining health. He was born to the late Cecil and Josephine (Ripley) Hughes on May 06, 1938 in Winter Haven, FL.
He is survived by two special friends, Judy Goodwill and Mel Pasha; and many cousins also survive.
Jim was very active with the University of FL in research for the citrus industry and was also a teacher at Polk Community College in drafting and building construction in FL. He took over his families' citrus groves and was a citrus grower and architect for many years. He was a Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers and was an old car and old boat enthusiast. He was a member of the Key Club, The Men's Club of Sharp, a member of Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church of Young Harris, GA and a member of First Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, FL.
Memorial services were held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Sharp United Methodist Church with Rev. David Tinsley officiating. Music was provided by Pam Leslie.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 66, Young Harris, GA 30582. Banister Funeral Home of Hiawassee in charge of arrangements. -Ledger, Wed.,Aug. 14, 2013
WINTER HAVEN - Jerry Wayne Earl "J.W.", 63, passed away on September 25, 2013 at his home in Winter Haven, Florida. He was born in Polk County, Florida on October 5, 1949. Jerry graduated from Lakeland High School ( in about 1967 ), earned degrees at Polk Community, and United States Air Force College. Jerry was a 20-year veteran, United States Air Force, retired. Jerry loved his family, friends, fishing, motorcycles, muscle cars, and traveling. He was a carefree spirit- At times his life was like an amazing race, and other times it was like "Mission Impossible". And yet at despite all odds, he kept a smile on his face. Jerry was a generous person and his laughter was infectious. He had a way of making everyone around him laugh.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Jack C. and Dorothy "Dot" Earl.
He is survived by sisters, Martha Kimbrough (Bob), Jackie Kelly (Randy), nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends throughout the world, including former wife, Terri Lee Earl.
A memorial service will be held Friday, October 4, 2013 at Lakeland Memorial Gardens, High-way 98 South, Lakeland. – Ledger, Thurs. Oct. 4, 2013
WINTER HAVEN- Margery E. Bell, passed away on September 25, 2013 due to dementia. She was born on February 5, 1925 in Sanford, FL to Wilma G. And Loren B. Carter. She graduated from Winter Haven High in 1942 and Florida State College for Women in 1946 with a B.S. degree in Dietetics.
Margery met her husband, the former Walter G Bell, attorney, at the Methodist Church in Miami where she was working as a dietitian at Jackson Memorial Hospital and he was attending University of Miami School of Law. They married Dec 19, 1949 and were married 56 years. They took the entire family on the Disney Cruise to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Moving back to Winter Haven upon Walter's graduation, Margery worked as a Registered Dietitian and Manager of the kitchen and Dietetic Department at Lakeland General Hospital. She was a Girl Scout leader for 12 years, teaching numerous skills including outdoor cooking on many camping trips. She taught Science and was head of that department at Golfview Jr./Union Academy for 15 years. Margery was a loving, devoted mother and grandmother. She was a lover of animals and gardening. Margery was recognized for 50 years of Membership from the American Dietetic Association. She was a member of Beymer Methodist Church for 76 years, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority for 59 years and Bouquet Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter G Bell.
She is survived by her two daughters Kathy Brinton (Tom), Trudy Adams (Dan); 5 grandsons: Mathew (Ana) Brinton, Evan (Karina) Brinton, Carter, Chris and Nathan Adams, and great-grandchildren Audrey and Lissette Brinton and Jesse Adams.
Visitation will be at Oak Ridge Funeral Home in Winter Haven on Monday, September 30, 2013 . The service will be held at Beymer Methodist Church on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013. Memorial donations can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice or Beymer Methodist Church. – Ledger, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013
WINTER HAVEN -- Mr. Clinton Eugene Turner Sr. of Winter Haven died of heart failure Wednesday (Nov. 13, 2002) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Born in Ashford, Ala., on Aug. 6, 1927, he came to Winter Haven from there 65 years ago. He was an independent truck driver. He was a Baptist.
Mr. Turner is survived by his son, Clinton E. Turner Jr., Coleman; daughters, Sandra Kay Brown, Winter Haven, Debbie L. White, Peggy L. Davis, both of Bushnell; brothers, Jim Turner, Lake Alfred, Bill Turner, Winter Haven; sister, Mary Frances Dewberry, San Jacinto, Calif.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday at Crisp-Coon Funeral Home, Winter Haven. Services will be Monday at the funeral home chapel.
Burial will be in Auburndale Memorial Park. – Ledger, Nov. 16, 2002
WINTER HAVEN - Roy C. Summerlin, Esq., J.D., died of heart failure Monday (Feb. 19, 2007) at home. Roy was born in Winter Haven, FL., on May 8, 1923. As an attorney, he was founder of Summerlin & Connor in Winter Haven, and an active member of the Florida Bar for over 50 years. He was formerly on the Florida State Bar Board of Governors. He also served on the board of directors for First Federal Savings and Loan and American Bank. He was a veteran of World War II, and a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Summerlin was preceded in death by his son, Roy C. Summerlin, Jr.
He is survived by his daughter, Lynn Campbell, New Orleans, LA.; sister, Doris Davis, Winter Haven, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society of Polk County, 555 Sage Road, Winter Haven, FL., 33880. Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven. - Ledger, Feb. 22, 2007
LAKELAND - Mrs. Verna Crawford died Wednesday, May 22,2012 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center of heart failure. Mrs. Crawford graduated from Winter Haven High School in 1958, attended the University of Florida, and was a member of Gamma Mu 3509 Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a service sorority for 40 years. Verna was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Thomas, her daughter, Alexis C. Livesay (Steven), son Timothy H. Crawford (Jamie), 7 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and sister, Joyce Balentine.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 25, 2012 at Heath Funeral Chapel with a reception following in the Tribute Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. Ledger, Thursday, May 23, 2012
WINTER HAVEN - Mrs. Evon Ellerbe Reed, born (June 11, 1934) of Winter Haven passed away Sunday December 8, 2013, at the Winter Haven Hospital from lung disease. Mrs. Reed was a native of Catahoula Parrish, Louisiana and had lived in the Auburndale and Winter Haven area since 1983 coming from Galliano, Louisiana. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents Joseph & Palestine Ellerbe; son Johnny Ray Ola and grandson Joseph David Ola, Jr. Survivors include her husband Luther "Luke" Reed of Winter Haven; 3 daughters Robyn (Donnie) Ellis, Lisa Sawyers and Patricia Griffith, all of Auburndale; 2 sons Joseph Ola and Rene (Darla) Ola, all of Auburndale, 2 step-daughters Sandy (Tony) Bomesberger and Barbara Ann Nickels, all of Moore, Oklahoma; 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Memorial Services will be held Friday December 13,2013 at Kersey Funeral Home, 108 Lake Stella Drive, Auburndale. Visitation will be before the service. – Ledger, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
WINTER HAVEN- Mrs. Ruby Carnes died peacefully at her home of ovarian cancer on Saturday, July 23, 2011 in Winter Haven, Florida. Married to Charles D. Carnes for 37 years, she moved to Winter Haven from Bartow in 1964. She was born on December 15, 1918 in Altoona, Alabama. She had two sisters and three brothers.
She moved to Florida in the 1920's where she attended Florida schools and graduated from Bartow High School. Ruby was a member of Lake Region Country Club since 1964 where she served as President of the Ladies Golf Association. She was a member of local garden clubs and Hope Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Pamela Muma (son-in-law Leslie Muma) of Clearwater, FL. and Marsha Carnes of Tampa, Fl.; sister Jewel Denham of Bartow, Fl.; four granddaughters Kimberly Lyle Shirley, Lisa Muma Weitz, Michelle Gufrin and Katie Gurle: four grandsons Dwayne Lyle, Shane Lyle, Kenneth Powell and Sam Powell; eight great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren.
Memorial Service will be held at Hope Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, Florida on August 10, 2011, the Reverend Dr. Thomas McGrath officiating. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida. – Ledger, Aug. 7, 2011
WINTER HAVEN -- Mrs. Gene Viertel of Winter Haven died of heart failure Tuesday (April 1, 2003) at Baylor Medical Center in Richardson, Texas. Gene was born in Watertown, Mass., on July 21, 1919, she came to Winter Haven from Massachusetts in 1945. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Beymer Memorial United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Viertel was preceded in death by her husband, Edmond Viertel.
She is survived by her daughter, Pamela Brickett, Richardson, Texas; brother, Alan Hemenway, Winter Haven; one grandchild.
Graveside services will be Friday at Lakeside Memorial Park, Winter Haven.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in Dallas. Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven. – Ledger, April 3, 2003
WINTER HAVEN -- Mrs. Charmaine Marie Hemenway of Winter Haven died of cancer Wednesday (Oct. 29, 2003) at Life Care Center in Winter Haven. Born in Ormand Beach on May 23, 1928, she came to Winter Haven from Gainesville in 1952. She was a homemaker and formerly a concert pianist and organist. She graduated from the University of Florida where she was in the first coed class. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Frostproof.
Mrs. Hemenway is survived by her husband of 53 years, Alan H. Hemenway; son, Richard A. Hemenway, Winter Haven; brothers, George J. Linzmayer III, Jacob B. Linzmayer, William Linzmayer, all of Gainesville; sisters, Teresa L. McKinney, Marie L. Parker, both of Gainesville, Matilda L. Wilcox, Keystone Heights; three grandchildren.
Graveside services will be Saturday at Lakeside Memorial Park, Winter Haven.Memorials may be made to the Charmaine Hemenway music scholarship, C/O Grace Lutheran Church in Winter Haven. Oak Ridge Funeral Care, Winter Haven. - Ledger on Oct. 30, 2003
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WINTER HAVEN - Karetha Jones McKenzie, "Kate or Re", Winter Haven, died on December 26, 2013, of complications due to renal failure.
Karetha was the daughter of the Enoch Jones & Lizzie Brinson Jones, born in Winter Haven, FL in 1952. She was a graduate of Winter Haven High School class of 1969 and was a dedicated employee of Packing Corporation of America (PCA) for more than 20 years. She was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Winter Haven.
She was preceded in death by her mother and her brother, Calvin Jones.
Her survivors include her daughters, Tachelle Jones, Orlando, FL, Pamela Smith (Sterling Sr.), Tallahassee, FL & LaDonna Smith (Robert Sr.), Winter Haven, FL; her spouse, Manzie McKenzie, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren , brothers: Jerome Jones (Gwen), Valrico, FL & Lester Jones (Jackie), Apopka, FL, a long lost father, Enoch Jones, 3 aunts & 2 uncles.
Visitation: Hurst Chapel AME Church 875 Ave O NE Winter Haven, FL 33881, Friday, Jan 3, 2014. Services: Sat. Jan 4, 2014. Same location. Charles A. Lewis Funeral Home, Winter Haven. – Ledger, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
LAKELAND - Janice Barrow went home to be with the Lord Thursday July 14, 2011 due to cancer. She was born in Winter Haven, FL and has been a lifetime resident of the county. As an expert horticulturalist, Janice was manager for the Havendale Garden Center for 20 years. She was a member of Victory Church, a devout Christian and sang in choirs for most of her life. Grandchildren, cooking and flowers were her favorite pastimes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John.
Survivors include son Todd Barrow and family Michele, Jonathan, and Alexandra of Lakeland. Daughter, Pamela D. Barrow of Annapolis, MD. Sister Lucille Newbold and husband Charles of Winter Haven, a niece and her family, Cherie, Greg and Trevor Gamble of Hudson, FL. The family will receive friends on Thursday at Victory Church. Funeral services will begin at 10:30 am. Interment will follow at Auburndale Memorial Park. Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Southside Chapel. – Ledger, Sunday, July 17, 2011
WINTER HAVEN - Mrs. Patsy Jean Brown Wolfe, died Sunday (Nov. 22, 2009) from COPD. Born in Winter Haven on Aug. 24, 1928, she was a Winter Haven High School class of 1946 graduate where she was a member of the tennis team and a cheerleader. She attended Murray State College, Murray, KY. On Oct. 14, 1951, she married Charlie Wolfe who predeceased her on Feb. 15, 1981. Mrs. Wolfe worked for Swift and Company, and co-owned with her husband, Wolfe's Sporting Goods. She worked for Jim Bagley Bait Company for more than 25 years before retiring in 1992. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Winter Haven High School Reunion Committee. Mrs. Wolfe was an avid outdoors woman who loved hunting and fishing.
She is survived by her son Charles "David" Wolfe; daughter Ann Elizabeth Wolfe Combee; grandchildren: Brittani Wolfe Newton, Lori Ann Wolfe, Madison Ann Combee & Charles "Charlie" Randal Combee; great grandchildren: Shyann Newton & Skyler Newton; niece Gayle Day Finster; nephew Douglas "Skip" N. Day, Jr. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 from 10-11 a.m. followed by the service at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Winter Haven, FL. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery, Winter Haven. Steele's Family Funeral Services, Winter Haven. – Ledger, Nov. 24, 2009
WINTER HAVEN -- Mr. Orlester "Hoggie Bear" Glanton Jr. of Winter Haven died Monday (Dec. 29, 2003) of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Lake Wales. Born in Haines City on July 9, 1966, he came to Winter Haven from Tampa 15 years ago. He was a retired drill operator for Ridge Pallets.
Mr. Glanton is survived by his stepdaughters, Shaquika Lamb, Lakeland, Maria Lamb, Doniesha Lamb, both of Dundee; mother, Mamie Lou Glanton, Winter Haven; father, Orlester Glanton Sr., Tampa; stepmother, Marlena Glanton, Haines City; sisters, Katrina Nealy, Sherry Robinson, Brittney Glanton, all of Winter Haven, Tiwana Robinson, Lake Wales, Tianna Glanton, Tampa; brothers, Shannon Williams, Jason Glanton, both of Tampa; fiancee, Roberta Pettiford, Winter Haven; one grandchild. Visitation will be Friday at Alexander Funeral Home, 620 Ave. T. N.E., Winter Haven. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Church of God by Faith, 130 Palmetto Ave., Winter Haven. Burial will be in Rolling Hills Cemetery, Winter Haven. – Ledger, Jan. 1, 2004
WINTER HAVEN - Sammy V. Haag, Sr., born October 26, 1939, in Kokomo, Indiana; went home to be with the Lord, September 9, 2014, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, after a long battle with cancer. Sam Haag, who everybody knew as 'Pop,' was loved by everyone. He loved to hunt, fish, golf and be in the woods or whatever the family did to have a good time. He worked hard to provide for his wife and sons. He was always there for his family and everybody else that needed him. He graduated from Summerlin at Bartow in 1957. He proudly served in the U.S. Army. Sam retired from New Wales, Inc., and the Polk County School Board. He attended Winter Haven Church of God and was a member of Schalamar Community Church. The greatest thing of all was Sam was ready to meet the Lord and Pop loved his family dearly.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Samuel & Annie Crum and his parents Carl and Daphne Haag and sister Judy Haag.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Linda Haag and three sons: Gary Haag, Skip Haag (Maria), Sam 'Hap' Haag (Debra), a wonderful grandson Mason Haag and many extended family and friends.
The family will receive friends Thursday, September 11th at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow. Funeral services will follow Friday, September 12th at 10:00 AM at the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. Condolences at
www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com - Ledger, Thur. Sept. 11, 2014