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>FLORA, Gladys Louise COSTINE - 93
 Lakeland- Gladys passed away on May 7, 2011. She was born on June 14, 1917 in the Community of Providence ( North of Lakeland ) to the late A. W. "Babe" and Della BROWN COSTINE. Gladys was a lifelong resident of the community. Gladys graduated from Kathleen High School in 1936 where she was the first homecoming queen. She had many occupations throughout her life, homemaker, farmer, cattle rancher, Paradise Fruit and working 17 years in the Polk County School Food Service Association. She was an active member of Bethel Baptist Church. Her favorite pastimes were; spending time in her North Carolina home, quilting, playing "Hand & Foot" and being hostess to her friends and family.
 Gladys is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Delbert Flora; 2 sisters, Rosalee Bowen and Opal Foshee; and a foster brother, Herman Wesley "Jack" Brown.
 Gladys is survived by 3 daughters; Patricia (Glen) Bridges, Faye ( Charles R. ) Bingham, Betty ( Don ) Fisher- all of Lakeland, Fl. 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Visitation was held Monday, May 9, 2011 at Bethel Baptist Church.( aka-Socrum Cemetery )  Funeral services held Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at the church.
> ETHEL COSTINE  MILLER - 80 - Proof Operator
 LAKELAND - Ethel Caroline (Costine) Miller, passed away from heart failure at home on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 surrounded by her loving family and faithful dog Chico.
 She was born Saturday August 1, 1931 in Kathleen, FL. She was proud to be a "Strawberry Girl" born, raised and deceased on the family farm land. She graduated from Kathleen High School in 1949 where she was a cheerleader and member of the girls basketball team. As a teenager, she worked in the Kress dime store in downtown Lakeland. In March 1951, Kress lost their candy counter girl the day Bill Miller strolled in wearing his Air Force uniform. It was love at first sight and in August they eloped to Georgia. After retirement from the banking industry, she enjoyed reminiscing about her younger years, sharing her Costine and Bryant family history, cooking meals and spending time with her family. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her pride and joy.
 Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her loving husband William Miller; parents Henry Leonard and Susan (Bryant) Costine; siblings Henry, Horace, Eugene, Edith (Gagnier), Edna Sue, L.V. and grandson Christopher Roy Miller.
 She is survived by her sons William "Bill" (Robbie) Miller and Dudley Miller; grandchildren William Shawn (Michelle) Miller, Kristy (Jasson) Drinkard and Rebecca (Christopher) Curran; great grandchildren William Pryce Miller, Christopher Riley Miller, Jayden Drinkard and Brynn Curran; brother-in-law Duane (Mary Ellen) Miller.
 The family would like to thank the awesome caregivers of Good Shepherd Hospice.
 A funeral service will be held Monday, March 12  at Lanier Funeral Home. ( Ledger, March 11, 2012 )
>EARLIE  EASKER "JOE" BOWDEN, Jr., 67
 POLK CITY - Mr. Earlie Easker "Joe" Bowden, Jr. age 67 a resident of Polk City went to be with his heavenly father on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 due to pulmonary fibrosis.
 Mr. Bowden was born January 5, 1945 in Lakeland to Earlie E. and Lois E. (Costine) Bowden,Sr. He was a lifetime Polk County resident who graduated from Lakeland High School Class of 1963 and retired as an Independent Assurance Engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation after 30 years of service. Joe was a
United States Air Force veteran (he was a supply sergeant) serving during Vietnam (1964-1968) and a member of the First Baptist Church in Polk City. He enjoyed the outdoors, traveling and his family.
 He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters and 1 brother.
Joe is survived by his loving family: wife of 43 years: Faye Bowden of Polk City, son: Brian K. (Nancy) Bowden of Polk City, 2 daughters: JoLynn Gilbert of Auburndale, JoyLea (Jeffrey) Taylor of Polk City, 6 grandchildren: Chase, Nathan, Bryce, Andrew, Brittany & Grant, extended family.
In lieu of flowers donations in Mr. Bowden's name maybe made to; First Baptist Church of Polk City, (Building Fund), 212 Hamolia Ave., Polk City, FL. 33868. A memorial service will be held  Sunday, August 5, 2012 at the First Baptist Church of Polk City, 212 Hamolia Ave. Polk City.
Arrangements By: Kersey Funeral Home, 108 E. Lake Stella Dr., Auburndale.
Ledger, Aug. 3, 2012 – Friday.
>MRS. HILDA BOZEMAN COSTINE – 68- Packer
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Hilda Bozeman Costine of Lakeland died of kidney failure Thursday (Jan. 8, 2004) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was 68 .Born in Auburndale on July 31, 1935, she came to Lakeland from there in 1938. She was a packer. She was a member of Lakeland Acres Baptist Church, where she was a member of Joyce Wilson's Sunday school class.
 Mrs. Costine is survived by her husband, Harold "Andy" Costine; sons, Cleveland Clark, Kathleen, Rick "Shady" Costine, Lakeland; daughters, Ruth Elaine Catlett, Linda Costine Campbell, both of Lakeland; brother, J.R. Bozeman, Lakeland; sisters, Mary Louise Knight, Veta Mae Fetters, Vivian Faye Adams, all of Lakeland; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
 Visitation will be Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church. Services will follow at the church. Lanier Funeral Home. - Ledger, Jan. 9, 2004
>HAROLD ANDREW COSTINE- 73 – Cattleman’s Livestock Auction
LAKELAND - Mr. Harold Andrew Costine was born March 28, 1934 in Lakeland, Fl. Harold went to be with the Lord on Aug. 8, 2007.
 He is preceded in death by his wife Hilda E. Costine and his parents John E. Costine and Allie Costine and brothers and sisters.
He was a lifelong resident of Lakeland; he also worked for Cattleman's Live Stock Auction during the late 50's and 60's. He served as a Lakeland Impounding Officer for 12 years. He coached Pony League Baseball at Winston Ball Park. He loved God, Family and Country. He enjoyed camping, hunting and dancing.
 He is survived by his sons Shady (Rick) Costine, Cleveland Clark, daughters Linda Campbell, and Elaine Catlett, all of Lakeland. Harold is also survived by 13 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
 Visitation will from 6-8 PM Friday, August 10, 2007. Funeral service will be 11:00 AM, all located at Bethel Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida.
Interment will follow at Socrum Cemetery.
Services entrusted to Brewer & Sons Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 132 E. Magnolia St. Groveland, Fl.  - (Ledger, Aug. 11, 2007 )
>VELMA FLORENCE COSTINE TIDWELL - 93 – Homemaker
WINTER HAVEN - Velma Florence Tidwell passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2011 of natural causes. She was 93. A native of Lakeland, born February 22, 1918 to Roscoe and Cora Lee Vickers Costine, Velma moved here in 1955 from Lakeland. She was a homemaker, member of the First Baptist Church of Winter Haven, was formerly a member of the Bridge Club, and the Lakeland Garden Club.
 Velma was preceded in death by her husband J.D. Tidwell. > She is survived by her son: Larry Fahnestock and her grandson: Justin Fahnestock of Winter Haven; her sisters: Marie Smith of Georgia, Hilda Combee and Bernice Buchanan of Lakeland; her brother: Erlo Costine, and sister-in-law, Betty Costine, both of Lakeland. Velma also leaves behind many nieces & nephews.  Visitation will be Saturday at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at Oaklawn Cemetery in Winter Haven. Condolences to the family can be made to: www.oakridgefuneralcare.com . – Ledger, Nov. 11, 2011
>Notes: Velma Florence Costine married David B. Fahnestock in Polk Co., Fl. on April 23, 1939 -

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