WHIDDEN / COLLIER
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Polk County, Florida
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MARTIN, Amanda Viola, GRIFFIN - Lake Wales
> Mrs. Amanda Griffin / MARTIN, 84, of 18 W. Sessoms Ave., died Sunday (Sept 15, 1985) at the Lake Wales Extended Care Facility.
 A pioneer resident of lake Wales, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.
 She is survived by her daughters, Kathryn GRANT, Lakeland, Marie LACHER, Wildwood, and Rebecca EASTERLY, Tullahoma, Tenn.; sons, W.R. MARTIN, Kissimmee, T. F. Martin, Lake Wales, and W.V. Martin, Tampa; nine great grandchildren and five great grand-children.
 Marion-Nelson Funeral Home, Lake Wales.  ( Lakeland Ledger, September 17, 1985. )
NOTES;
Amanda Viola Griffin married Ray E. Martin in Polk Co.,Fl. on May 17, 1920
>TUCKER, Zilpha Ann
Zilpha Ann Tucker / WHIDDEN, 92
Lake Wales -
  Zilpha Ann of Route 5, Bx 920, Lake Wales, died Thursday. She was a native of Tyty, Ga. and had been in Lake Wales most of her life. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.
 Survivors: Henry WHIDDEN of Tampa, Morris Whidden of Lutz; daughters Lessie Schumacher, Lake Wales, Mrs. Leona SKINNER, Lakeland; 11 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchildren.
 Gentry Morrison Funeral Home Lakeland. ( The Lakeland Ledger October 2, 1976. ) - (Wife of Noah W. Whidden)
>SCHUMACHER, Lessie Estelle WHIDDEN
Lake Wales -
 Mrs. Lessie Whidden / SCHUMACHER- of Lake Wales died Tuesday (May 28, 1991)at Winter Haven Hospital following a short illness. She was 83. She was born in Winter Haven on December 9, 1907, she was a lifelong resident of this area. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church of Lake Wales.
 She was preceded in death by her Husband, E. J. Schumacher, in 1986.
 She is survived by her son, Conrad Schumacher, Belle Glade, Fla.; daughters, Marie RUSSELL, Cairo, Ga., Marita EVANS, Lake Wales; brother, Henry WHIDDEN, Tampa; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren.
 Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Lake Wales. ( The Lakeland Ledger May 29, 1991. )-  (Wife of Edward J. Schumacher)
>COLLIER, Retha Oveda
Lake Wales - Mrs. Retha Oveda JUSTICE/ STOKES of Lake Wales died Wednesday (March 8, 1989) at her home. She was 85. A native of Mulberry, she was a longtime resident of Lake Wales. She was a homemaker and former employee of Lake Wales Citrus Growers Association. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Lake Wales where she was a member of the TEL Sunday School Class and the Golden Hairs Choir, and was a former piano player at Westside Baptist Church.
 She is survived by her daughters, Margaret STOKES/ CLEMONS and Harriet JUSTICE/ MARTIN, both of Lake Wales, and Jonann STOKES/ JOINES, of Winter Haven, stepson, I. B. JUSTICE, Lake Wales; sister Neita Lee WILLIAMS, Bartow; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
 Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Lake Wales  (The Lakeland Ledger, March 8, 1989 ) -   (Wife of Emery Stokes)
>STOKES, Margaret  Levenia
Lake Wales - Margaret  Levenia (STOKES) CLEMONS, 87, of Lake Wales passed away on Saturday, May 07, 2011 at the Grace Health Care in Lake Wales. Margaret was born December 20, 1923 in Lake Wales, Florida to Emory and Oveida (Collier) Stokes. She was a Homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Lake Wales, she was The First  President of Lake Wales VFW Women’s Auxiliary, Lake Wales Girl Scout Leader, member of Daughters of the Confederacy, and she was involved with First Baptist Training Union, First Baptist Golden Heirs, and Young Girls Club.
 She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron Herb Clemons on, Oct. 10, 1985. Survivors include Daughters, Carol VALENTINE of Lake Wales, Jeanette NELSON (Vic) of Auburndale, Fl.; Sons, Rick CLEMONS ( Christine) of Sebastian, Fl, Randy CLEMONS (Shelley) of Lake Wales and David CLEMONS ( Cathy) of Lake Wales, Fl.; 14 Grandchildren and 11 great Grandchildren.
 Funeral Services were held, Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Lake Wales.
 Interment will be held at the Lake Wales Cemetery.
 Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Mission Ministries. ( The Ledger, May 9, 2011 )
> Myron H.Clemons was born; Nov.11, 1907
>Emory Stokes and Retha Oveida Collier married, June 12, 1920  in Polk County,Florida
>MIMBS, George Washington
Lake Wales - George W. Mimbs Sr., aged 87, of Rt. 1, Box 186 B, Lake Wales, died Friday morning in Clewiston after a brief illness. A native of Bartow he came to Lake Wales at an early age. He was a retired farmer and wasa member of Central Avenue Baptist Church.
 Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Viola NORTON of Pompano Beach, Mrs. Olave PLATT, Moore Haven; three sons, George W. MIMBS  Jr. and  George  E. MIMBS of Lake Wales, and Charles L. MIMBS of Lake City; one brother, Zeby C. MIMBS of Lake Wales, and one sister, Mrs. Lou WILLIAMS of Bradenton; 36 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
 Funeral services were held this afternoon at Central Avenue Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Johnson, a former pastor here, officiating.
 Interment was in the Lake Wales Cemetery. The Lake Wales Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements          (Married; Mary  L.  Johnson, October 23, 1902)
See; Mimbs Family File
>ROBERT COLLIER WAS VICTIM OF A HEART ATTACK
DIED SUDDENLY AT HIS HOME AT WEST LAKE WALES TUESDAY MORNING
 Robert C. Collier, 58,
For the past 35 years, Robert was a resident of this section, he died suddenly Tuesday morning about 8 o'clock at his home at West Lake Wales, with a hear attack.
  Mr. Collier had been in poor health the past year, but had recently felt much improved and his death came as a shock to his family and friends. Mr. Collier was born in DeSoto county in December 1874 and came to Polk in 1898.
He leaves a wife and six children, Mrs. M.F. Futch, L.W. Collier, F.S. Collier, Mrs. D.W. Bailey, Gertrude Collier, Lake Wales and A.B. Collier, Lake Wales, Mrs. Viola McCullough, Jacksonville.   The deceased won many friends on account of his honest and integrity, and was liked by all because of his jovial manner.
Funeral services in charge of Draper Funeral Home were held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock at the home with burial in Lake Wales Cemetery. - Lake Wales Daily March 22, 1933(Married Annie Skinner)
>ROBERT ALTON COLLIER - 59 -
 Lakeland- Robert "Buster" Alton Collier passed away, May 29, 2012, at Lakeland Reginal Medical Center. Buster was born, Dec. 28, 1952 in Lakeland and was a life resident of the area. He was a member of Cleveland Heights Baptist Church and was a radio announcer.
 Buster as he was called, was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Roberta COLLIER and his sister Marie Huntsinger.
 He is survived by his sisters, Barbara Sue Collier/PAYNE of Lakeland, Jeanette Collier PAYNE, of Dover, Merry Lee COSGROVE of Bartow and Tricia Ann Collier/DUNN of Lakeland. Also surviving are neices and nephews, his church family and his beloved dog Chloe.
 Visitation on Friday, June 1 at Lakeland Funeral Home. Funeral service held Saturday, June 2, 2012 at Cleveland Heights Baptist Church with interment to follow in Fitzgerald Cemetery. ( Ledger, May 31, 2012 )
>JOEL H. WHIDDEN
Joel H. Whidden, 48, of Lake Placid, Fla. died unexpectedly Saturday, February 9, 2008 in the Winter Haven Hospital. Joe was a native Floridian, born to Ms. Abbie Mae (Williams) and Vance Whidden on February 22, 1959 in Clewiston, Fla. Joel was employed by Everglades Equipment Co. in Okeechobee as a service technician for the past five years. Prior to that he worked for U.S. Sugar. Joel was an accomplished musician and was part of a band. He and his wife came to Lake Placid eleven years ago from Clewiston. Joel was a Baptist in his faith.
 Joel is survived by his loving wife, Sandy (Beam) who he married May 23, 1992 in Clewiston; mother, Abbie Mae Whidden of Moore Haven and children: Clint of Tallahassee, Tyler of Ocala, Fla., Devon of Lake Placid, Amanda Kent of Lake Placid and Cpl. Dana Kent of North Carolina; siblings, Evelyn (Howard) Barker of Houma, La., Sharon Flowers of Ft. Myers, Kathy (Michael) Miller of Belle Glade, and Paul (Kathy) Whidden of Lake Placid along with many nieces and nephews.
 Family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at the Michael A. Brochetti Funeral Home in Lake Placid.  Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 14, 2008 at the Eastside Christian Church in Lake Placid with the Rev. Robert Carroll officiating.
 Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Lake Placid. Funeral arrangements are under the loving devotion of the
MICHAEL A. BROCHETTI FUNERAL HOME, INC. 404 PLAZA AVE. LAKE PLACID, FL 33852 - (Feb. 12, 2008, Tampa Tribune )
>WHIDDEN, JAMES "Frank," 75”
Sebring, Fla.,James died Thursday, November 12, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Punta Rassa, Fla., to Henry Everett and Daisy Belle Whidden, January 29, 1934. He was a retired fighter pilot for the U.S. Air Force in April 1974. Frank taught at Sebring High School from January 1975 to January 1995. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Sebring and a member of Friendship Keeper Sunday School Class. Frank enjoyed sailing, golfing and fishing with his family and friends.
 He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Sebring; three sons, James F. Whidden II and his wife, Diane of Melbourne, Fla., Richard S. Whidden and his wife, Theresa of Sebring and Jerry T. Whidden and his wife, Sherri of Avon Park, Fla.; brother, Eddie Ray Whidden of Anniston, Ala.; sister, Helen Sternglanz of Grottos, Va.; five grand- children, Tania Stoner and husband, Andy, Justin Whidden, Darren Whidden Paizley Whidden and Brooks Whidden; and three great-grandchildren, Shelby Lee, Addison Kaye and Andrew Jake Stoner.
 A visitation will take place Saturday, at Morris Funeral Chapel. Services will take place Sunday, at First Baptist Church. 
  Morris Funeral Chapel Sebring, Fla. (Nov. 14, 2009 – Tampa Tribune )
>WHIDDEN, Dora Mae, age 100,
Dora of Wauchula, died Saturday, September 20, 2003. A lifelong resident of Hardee County, Dora Mae attended the Oak Grove Baptist Church.  She is survived by a niece, Margaret Henderson of Wauchula; and three nephews, Merle Whidden of Florida, L.J. Copeland of Perry, Ga., and Don Copeland of Abbeyville, Ala.
 Services will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at the Curry Raley Funeral Home.
 Friends may call on Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
 Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Curry Raley Funeral Home 863-773-9451
- (Tampa Tribune on September 22, 2003 )
>WHIDDEN, Barbara Blake, 98,
Barbara of Arcadia, Fla., died March 28, 2006. She was born January 22, 1908, in Richland, Neb., and came to this area 93 years ago from Nebraska. She was an elementary school teacher, having taught for the DeSoto County school system for many years. She attended Florida State College for Women (FSU) and graduated from Florida Southern College in 1951. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Retired Teachers Association and the Literary Club. She was very actively involved in the Adult Literacy Education program. She was a founding member of St. Paul's CatholiC Church, Arcadia, where she played the organ for many years. She was a member of St. Paul's Altar Society. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Marshall Tilden Whidden Sr. in 1971. She is survived by a son, Marshall Tilden (Hazel) Whidden Jr., Pensacola, Fla.; a daughter, Amelia Ann (Dan) Whisenhunt, Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren, Douglas Whidden, Sarasota, Fla., Joshua Whidden, Pensacola, Fla., Derek (Roxanne) Whisenhunt, Columbia, S.C., and Currie W. (Aaron) Terry, Austin, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann and Alex Whisenhunt, Columbia, S.C., 310 W. Whidden St., Arcadia, FL 34266. A rosary will be recited at 1 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2006, and a Mass of Christian burial will take place at 2 p.m., at St. Paul's Catholic Church, interment will be in Joshua Creek Cemetery. Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266, (863) 494-4101. Tampa Tribune
March 31, 2006
>BENNIE MAE WHIDDEN – 74 -
Bennie Mae Whidden, 74, Arcadia, died June 17, 2002. She was born Jan. 11, 1928, in Lake City and was a lifelong resident of Wauchula and Arcadia. Before retiring, she was employed as a nurse's aide at G. Pierce Wood Memorial Hospital. She volunteered with the Hope project for years and was a Pentecostal.
Survivors include son Rodney R. Morgan of Arcadia; sister Geneva Yomans of Wauchula; brother Joe Williams of Wauchula; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Visitation will be today at Ponger-Kays- Grady Funeral Home in Arcadia. >Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia.  -  Herald Tribune, June 19, 2002
>BARBARA BLAKE WHIDDEN – 98- Elementary School Teacher in Desoto Co.
Arcadia - Barbara Blake Whidden, 98, died March 28, 2006. She was born January 22, 1908, in Richland, Neb., and came to this area 93 years ago from Nebraska. She was an elementary school teacher, having taught for the DeSoto County school system for many years. She attended Florida State College for Women (FSU) and graduated from Florida Southern College in 1951. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Retired Teachers Association and the Literary Club. She was very actively involved in the Adult Literacy Education program. She was a founding member of St. Paul's Catholic Church, Arcadia, where she played the organ for many years. She was a member of St. Paul's Altar Society.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Marshall Tilden Whidden Sr. in 1971.
She is survived by a son, Marshall Tilden (Hazel) Whidden Jr., Pensacola, Fla.; a daughter, Amelia Ann (Dan) Whisenhunt, Charleston, S.C.; grandchildren, Douglas Whidden, Sarasota, Fla., Joshua Whidden, Pensacola, Fla., Derek (Roxanne) Whisenhunt, Columbia, S.C., and Currie W. (Aaron) Terry, Austin, Texas; and great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann and Alex Whisenhunt, Columbia, S.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the donor's local Catholic charities or the Literacy Council in care of Susan Barnes, 310 W. Whidden St., Arcadia, FL 34266.
A rosary will be recited at 1 p.m. Monday, April 3, 2006, and a Mass of Christian burial will take place, at St. Paul's Catholic Church, inturnment in Joshua Creek Cemetery.
Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia, FL 34266, (863) 494-4101. - TBO.com, March 31, 2006

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