Obits for Pioneering Families of Polk Co.
Individual listings for various family members.
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>BROWNING, William  E. -  "W. E. "  (aka "Dad" Browning ) - Funeral services listed below
The Ledger, Monday, Feb. 28, 1927
Many friends mourn the death of a beloved Pioneer Resident in Lakeland, William Browning passed away Sunday, Feb. 27, 1927 at 11:30 at the residence, 115 South Tennessee Ave. Mr. Browning had made his home here for the past 25 years and was known to both young and old as "Dad" Browning.
  The body was prepared for burial bySherrill and Smith and will be taken to Thomasville, Ga. former home of the family, following a funeral here, following the arrival by the son PAUL Browning, who is on the way from his home in Cordele, Ga.
  Mr. Browning was born in Thomasville, Ga. on Oct. 14, 1856, and was therefore past 71 years of age. He was a member of the First Methodist Church.
  Mr. Browning is survived by his devoted wife, Mrs. Dorothy J. BROWNING, the son Paul of Cordele, Ga. and a daughter, Miss Annie Browning of this city and a grandson, Paul Lamar Browning of Cordele, Ga.
  For 35 years "Dad" Browning was connected with the Lakeland Police Department, giving up his duties on account of failing health. His cheerful service was observed and admired not only by associates, but by the citizens in general, in and out of the office. Mr. Browning was continually adding to his number of friends. Death came at the end of a long illness that had kept him confined to his bed most of the time for the last year, during which time he recieved the devoted attention of his family and expression of interest and affection from many friends.
> BROWNING, W. E. "William E." - Funeral services- The Ledger, Tuesday, March 1, 1927 -
Relatives and Friends pay Tribute to Loveable Pioneer:
  Funeral services over the remains of William E. Browning, whose death occurred at his home on S.Tenn. Ave. Sunday afternoon, were held from the parlors of Sherrill and Smith this morning in the presence of a large company of friends. Dr. W. K. Piner, Fort Pierce, formerly of Lakeland and Dr. W. A. Myres, pastor of the First Methodist Church here, conducted the service. The remains were taken this afternoon to Thomasville, Ga. his place of birth for interment..
 Dr. Piner, who knew "Dad" Browning over a period of years, commented on his unfailing cheerfulness and expressed the hope that when the trumpet is sounded for himself and others , it may be said of them, like it could be said of the deceased, that their years were spent in scattering sunshine. No one can recall when Dad Browning did not have a cheerful word for all his friends and when one came to know him, he at once entered that class.
 Dr. Myres read the scripture lessons and a quartette composed of George Bayless, first tenor; L. W. Bloom, second tenor; Bon Cook, first bass; and John Ray, second bass, sang "Nearer, My God to Thee" and "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning".  Honorary pallbearers were , Sam H. Farabee, H. H. DeLoach, J. K. Stephens, C. E. Holmes, J. R. Powell and J. W. Reddick. A profusion of lovely flowers covered the casket.
>WOODROW  W. HANCOCK - 1907 - 1978
Woodrow W. Hancock of Fort Meade, was 70 years of age, he lived at 201 N. Pine Ave. Woodrow died Wednesday,June 21, 1978 at Lakeland General Hospital.
Mr. Hancock was a member of a Pioneer Family of Fort Meade which engaged in the early development of the cattle industry. He was also a citrus grower and belonged to the First Baptist Church and Florida Cattlemen's Association.
Woodrow is survived by his wife Beulah Maxine Russell Hancock of Fort Meade; his daughters, Sandra H. Mitchell, Winter Haven and Karen Hancock, Farmville, N.C.; His son, Woodrow "Woody" W. Hancock, Jr., Orlando; his sisters, Clara Harrell, Orlando and Alene Collins, Fort Meade.
Moody Funeral Home of Fort Meade in charge of arrangements.
(The Ledger, Friday, June 23, 1978 )
Funeral Notice;
Funeral services for  Woodrow W. Hancock, age 70 of Fort Meade, were held at Moody Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, June 24, 1978, with the Rev. V. Miles Patterson officiating
Interment followed in Hancock Cemetery, Fort Meade.
Marriage Notes for Woodrow W. Hancock:
Woodrow and Beulah Maxine Russell were married in Polk County on; Aug. 26, 1934 -

no death date for Beulah at this time ,but her birth was said to have been- Nov. 7, 1914.


FORT MEADE - Dlanie Barber 98, of Ft. Meade died of natural causes at Bartow Center 11-19-2010.
Born Dlanie Cowart in Silco, Georgia on June 12, 1912. Traveled to Florida that same year, 1912, on a wagon pulled by oxen. She grew up raising chickens, cows, and farming the land in rural Polk and Hardee Counties before eventually settling down on the outskirts of Fort Meade. Worked for the Polk County School Board as a "lunchroom lady" during the 1960's and 1970's at Riverside Elementary School in Ft. Meade, serving lunch to students during school and selling chocolate chip cookies and moon-drops out the back door of the lunchroom after school. She was a fantastic cook. Her cinnamon rolls and yeast rolls were the best.
Married to Joe Coulter, now deceased, May 28, 1927.
Married to C. A. Barber, now deceased, Dec 24, 1942.
Survived by: sons Joe Coulter of Ft. Meade, Hubert Coulter of Ft. Meade, Jimmy Coulter of Ft. Meade, Calvin Barber of Bowling Green. Daughter Valeria Murray of El Dorado, CA & Many grandchildren, great gra- ndchildren, and great great grandchildren.
 Preceded in death by: Sisters Jinnie and Famie, daughter Frances Free of Texas, son Jack Coulter of Ft. Meade.
Funeral Services will be held Nov. 21, 2010 at 3pm at McLean Funeral home in Ft. Meade. 
>LAWRENCE MCNEILL – 88 - ( Husband of Betty Byrant McNeill ) -  Ledger, Wed. Sept. 4, 2013
LAKELAND - Mr. Lawrence McNeill, a member of one of Florida's Pioneer families, died Sept. 2nd, 2013 of complications from infections. He was the son of the late Walter McNeill and Rachel McNeill and was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years Betty Ann Bryant McNeill, his sisters Rachel Rand and Barbara Yow.
 He is survived by his daughter Anne Olliff husband Lamar sons Lance McNeill wife Angie and Mark McNeill of Lakeland. He is also survived by two grandchildren Taylor and Cason McNeill, along with several nieces and nephews.
 He graduated from Lawrenceville Prep School and the University of Florida BA and Law School. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 50 years, active in many civic organizations, the Boys Club was one of his favorites. He was a long standing member of the Florida Council of 100. He lived life to the limits, loved nature and the out-of doors, golfing, tennis, hunting and fishing. He did not know a stranger; he liked people and enjoyed talking to anyone and everyone but family was the most important thing in life. He loved his children and supported them in all endeavors. Every Father's Day, Betty Ann would say that the best gift she ever gave her children was selecting Larry as their father.
 Memorial services will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida on Thursday September 5th., In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice. 
>BETTY BRYANT McNEILL -  81 –  (Wife of Lawrence McNeill )
LAKELAND - Betty Bryant McNeill, a member of one of Florida's pioneer families, died December 17th, 2008 of cancer. She was at her home with family by her side.
 She was the daughter of the late Tom and Lydia Bryant and was preceded in death by sisters Margaret Marie Bryant and Nell Kibler.
 She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Lawrence McNeill; daughter, Anne Olliff (husband, Lamar) sons: Lance McNeill (wife, Angie) and Mark McNeill of Lakeland. She also is survived by two grandchildren, Taylor and Cason McNeill along with several nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Lakeland High School and Duke University. She was a member of the Junior League of Greater Lakeland and the First Presbyterian Church.
 Memorial services will be Saturday,at the First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church or a charity of your choice. Heath Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
 - Ledger on Dec. 19, 2008
>WILLIAM M. "BILL" KEEN -  77 - State of Florida - 5th. Generation Rancher
LAKE WALES - Mr. William M. "Bill" Keen of Lake Wales passed away Thursday, February 3, 2011 at the Lake Wales Medical Center due to heart failure.
 He was born December 5, 1933 in Sumica, Kissimmee Island, Lake Wales to the late Barney Stafford & Leila Olive (Jenkins) Keen and was a graduate from Florida Southern College and earned a degree in Citrus Production and Agriculture. He was retired from the State of Florida Department of Agriculture as a specialist supervisor after 30 years and four months; he was also a 5th generation rancher and president of K Rocker Ranch, Inc. and active in the grove business. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 242 of Lake Wales, Wayside Baptist Church in Lake Wales, Pi Kappa Alpha Delta-Delta Chapter Florida Southern College, Florida Cattleman's Association and former president of the Citrus Club in Lakeland.
 Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Doreen H. Keen; daughter, Bonnie Keen of Lake Wales; son, Loren J. & Vera Keen of Lake Wales; sister, Eva Keen Bowers of Lantana; two grandchildren, Craig A. Keen and Raymond Keen; and four grandchildren, Allyson Keen, Landon Keen, Katelyn Keen and Wyatt Keen.
 Visitation will be held until the funeral service Tuesday, February 8, 2001 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales with Rev. Herb Schlenker and Rev. B.J. Hudson officiating. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Cornerstone Hospice, his fraternity in care of Florida Southern College or the Masonic Lodge #242. Condolences may be sent to the family and the webcast of the service can be viewed at Ledger,Feb. 5, 2011

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