OFFICERS OBITUARIES
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>CARTER, James Ray - former Lakeland Police Dept. Motorcycle Officer. - 1937 - 2010
James passed away May 25, 2010. He was born in Medulla,Fl. on March 21, 1937,son of Dewey S. & Ethel A.(Sapp) Carter. He served in the Coast Guard during Korean Conflict as an E-5/MM2. He worked for the Lakeland Police Dept as a motorcycle officer. 13 years on the force and attained the rank of detective , after seperating he spent time working for Owenby Auto Parts. He is survived by his wife of 36 yrs; 3 sisters; 1 brother;  2 sons ; 3 daughters; sister-in-law and first wife.; 6 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
>Funeral services at Lanier Funeral Home. >Interment to be in Florida National Cemetery.
(source; Lakeland Ledger, May 28, 2010 page B-5 )
>JACOBS, Dennis Wade  -  58 - former Sheriff Deputy in Polk County, died Sept.10, 2010
1951 - 2010
Dennis was born Sept. 25, 1951 in Bartow,Polk Co.,Fl. He was a vetran of the U.S.Air Force serving during the Vietnam War; he was also a member of the Faternal Order of Police (FOP), Lodge # 46; Sheriffs Honor Guard; Noah's Ark; and worked with the Special Olympics. Dennis began as a Deputy Sheriff with the Polk Co.Sheriff;s Office in 1976, during which time he served various city and state law enforcement agencies. He was most recient a detention deputy. Dennis was preceded in death by his father James Ross Jacobs; he is survived by his wife; 1 son and 1 daughter; and his mother; 2 sisters and sisters-in-laws,and several other family members.
  Funeral services were held-in the chapel at Oak Ridge Funeral Home with Interment in Sunrise Cemetery in New Haven WVA.
>ELLIOTT, Daniel Patrick -
 Daniel was 60, born on February 11, 1951, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Daniel died October 8, 2011. He was adopted by William Virgil Elliott and Clara Wicker Elliott of Haleyville, Ala. The family moved to Winter Haven in 1952 where Daniel was raised, he attended  Winter Haven High School and was an Eagle Scoutt, he later earned an associates degree from Polk Community College before joining the Winter Haven Police Department in 1972 as a police officer for over 26 years where he moved up through the ranks and retired as Lieutenant in 1998.
 Daniel is survived by his daughter, Jennifer who is also a Police Officer at the Winter Haven Police Department, a son Corey Elliott and his wife and 2 grandchildren.
 Friends and family gathered at the Winter Haven Police Department Training Center, on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011.
 Crisp Coon Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. ( Ledger, Thursday, October 13, 2011 ) 
>BOWEN, LARRY -  1938 - 2006
 Larry Paul Bowen was 67, he was born in Babson Park Dec. 7, 1938 and was a life long resident of this area. He was a retired Police Officer and a Baptist.
 Larry is survived by his son, Larry Paul Bowen Jr., of Bartow; his daughter Rebecca Adams, Bartow; brothers; James H. Bowen,Bartow, David Wayne Bowen, Orlando, and Daniel Perry Bowen, Georgia; and 4 grandchildren.
 Memorial services were held Saturday Jan. 14, 2006 at Lake Ruth Baptist Church in Bartow.
>SCHLICHTING, John Henry, Jr. - Deputy Sheriff- Retired
 Lakeland- John passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 at home of cancer. John was born on Oct. 31, 1960, the son of Jack and Joyce Schlichting, he served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Polk Co. Sheriff's Office for 26 years, retiring in 2005.
 John is survived by his wife Laura; sons, Wayne and his wife,and Kriss; daughter, Brandiseveral grandchildren and Lucy and Reese, his loyal K-9' companions; sisters, Donna and Karen and several nieces and nephew's.
 A meorial of rememberance was held at St. Pauls Lutheran Church, Jan. 23, 2010. The family thanked everyone for their support and prayers during the 2 years of John's battle with cancer. - ( Ledger-Jan.22, 2010 )
RUEBEN HAMPTON, Sr., 86 - Lake Wales Policeman
 LAKE WALES - Rueben Hampton, Sr., 86, died 3/20/12 of cardiac arrest. Rueben was born in Greenville,Florida, he was a Policeman for the city of Lake Wales, a motor vehicle inspector and a truck driver.
 Visit. Friday, March 23, 2012 & Services on Saturday, March 24,2012, both at Allen Temple AME Church, Lake Wales.
 Interment in Bushnell, Florida. ( Epps Funeral Home, Lake Wales in charge of arrangements )
( Ledger, March 22, 2012 )

JANIE ALLEN LUSTER, 86 - Sheriff Crossing Guard
  LAKELAND - Janie Allen Luster, 86, went to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to respiratory failure, with her family at her side. As a faithful member of Harmony MB Church, she served as a member of the Usher Board #1, and Women's Bible Class. She was also a member of City Wide Ushers.
 She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph "Bo" Luster.
 She leaves to cherish her memories a loving family: daughters, Janie Wright (Elijah) and Shirley Edmond (Arthur) of Lakeland; son Gregory Boyd (Linda), Columbus, GA.; 3 sisters; 1 brother; a host of grands, great grands, and great great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
 Visitation will be on Friday, 6:00 till 8:00 pm at Harmony MB Church, 1645 N. Webster Ave., Lakeland. Services will be Saturday, 11am at the church. - H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland.

>CRAIG ANTHONY DAVIS - 41 - Corrections Officer
 MOULTRIE, GA. - Mr. Craig Anthony Davis of Moultrie, Ga. died Monday, April 23, 2012 at home, after a long battle with cancer.
 Craig was born in Lakeland on March 16, 1971, he held an Associate Degree in criminal justice. He was a U.S.Army Vetran and a Corrections Officer for the State of Georgia with Autrey Prison in Pelham. He was a Baptist.
 Mr. Davis is survived by his wife Lorrie Lefebvre Davis; sons Jacob, Kaleb , Joseph and Kristopher Davis; Parents; Carol Ann Glass, Lakeland, Farris and Janet Davis of Moultrie ,Ga. , grandfather J. W. Peavy, Lakeland; brother, Allen Davis, Longwood, Fl. .
 Craig was predeceased by his grandparents Lucille and William BYRD, Pappy Davis and Velma Davis and Ruth Peavy.
 Funeral service was held Saturday, April 28, 2012 at Baker Funeral Home.
 Interment was held in Pinecrest Memory Gardens. ( Ledger, Thursday, April 26, 2012
>JONES, John Paul "J. P." - 64 -  Retired Probation Officer -
 Polk City, Florida - Mr. John Paul Jones passed away Monday Nov. 1, 2010 in Lakeland. He was a native of Winter Haven and was a Winter Haven Police Officer, a Polk County Sheriff's Deputy with PolkCounty Correctional and retired as a Probation Officer. He was also a member of Florida FOP and a U.S.Marine, during the Vietnam era.
 John is survived by his wife of 33 years, Katie Jones of Polk City, sons, Eric ( Candace ) Jones and Frank ( Dina ) Roderus, daughters, Dawn ( Paul ) HAIIFLICH and Melisse ( Brian ) EISEMAN, brother Terry Jones ( Michelle ). 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
 A memorial service was held Thursday, at the Life Church at Auburndale. Kersey Funeral Home Auburndale in charge of arrangements. ( Ledger, Nov. 4, 2010 )
<WAYNE JACKSON WYANT, Sr. -  76
 BARTOW - Wayne Jackson Wyant, Sr., age 76, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2012 at his
residence in Bartow due to respiratory failure. Wayne was born, June 19, 1936 in Baldwin, FL, he was a member of the Wildwood Baptist Church, where he previously served as treasurer. Mr. Wyant retired from the Polk County Sheriff's Office with over 27 years of service and also served in the Florida Air National Guard. Wayne was the Owner of Wyant's Photography.
 
He is survived by his wife, Ann Wyant of Bartow; two daughters, Diane Pannebaker & husband Parker of Bartow and Edie Roden & husband Jim of Winter Haven; three sons, Wayne "Jack" Wyant, Jr. & wife Pam, John Wyant Sr. & wife Crystal and David "Pudge" Wyant & wife Dawn all of Bartow; sister, Mary Price of Waynesville, NC and brother, Ernest Brock of Panama City; fourteen grandchildren & six great grandchildren. Wayne was the youngest of 13 children.
 Family will receive friends Wednesday, September 12, 2012 ,at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow.
 Funeral service will be held Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 11:00 AM at the Bartow First Assembly of God.
 Interment will be held at Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow. The Ledger, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2012
>HOWARD E.  HURD – 73 - Fleet Administrator
LAKELAND - Howard E. Hurd, 73, passed away April 6, 2011 of heart failure.
Mr. Hurd was born in Brighton, AL on July 27, 1937. He was a veteran of the Air Force and past Fleet Administrator for the Office for overPolk County Sheriff's 20 years. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
 Mr. Hurd is survived by his sons, Randy and Ronny Hurd; daughters, Leigh Anne Fox and Alecia Dotson; sisters, Sara Savage and Frankie Walsh; grandchildren, Amanda Rychel, Cole and Kayleigh Fox, Logan Alderman and Landon Dotson.
Visitation will be Tues. at Gentry-Morrison Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd., Lakeland.
Services will be conducted at the funeral home, with interment to follow at Oak Hill Burial Park. - The Ledger Sunday, April 10, 2011
>O. T. SMITH - ( Oliver Thomas Smith )
Deputy Sheriff Smith Killed by Negro - ( Ledger, Jan. 18, 1922 )
 Word was recieved at Sheriff Logan's office Monday night of the fatal shooting of Deputy Sheriff, O.T.Smith at 11:30 Monday night at Nalaea by a negro named Godbolt.
 Godbolt is alleged to have fired at E. Hartzog, foreman of a sawmill at Nalaea after arguing over an account, and it was this charge that Smith attempted to place Godbolt under arrest when he was fatally wounded.
 Sheriff Logan and a posse are scouring the county around Nalaea but at an early hour this morning, no trace of Godbolt had been found.
> LEON ROLAND COBBS -  82 -  U.S. Army – Bartow Police Dept. Officer
LAKELAND - Mr. Leon Roland Cobbs, age 82, died of heart failure Tuesday (March 13, 2007) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Detroit, MI., on December 1, 1924. He served in the U.S. Army for 26 years, and was a former Bartow Police Department officer. He was a member of St. John Primitive Baptist Church of Medulla.
 Mr. Cobbs is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn (Sweet) Cobbs of Lakeland; sons, Fred Cobbs of Atlanta, GA., Bobby Cobbs of Lakeland, FL.; daughters, Sheila Cobbs of Lakeland, Tina Baker of Ft. Meade, FL., Leona Cobbs of Atlanta, GA.; 18 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.
 Visitation will be Monday, March 19, 2007, at Gause Funeral Home and Monday at St. John Primitive Baptist Church of Medulla.
Services will be at noon Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at St. John Primitive Baptist Church of Medulla. Burial will be in Medulla Memorial Cemetery in Lakeland. gausefuneralhomeinc.com -  Ledger, Sat., March 17, 2007
> RUEBEN HAMPTON, Sr. - 86 -
Lake Wales Policeman LAKE WALES - Rueben Hampton, Sr., 86, died 3/20/12 of cardiac arrest.
Visit. Fri, 6-8:30pm & Svc. Sat. at 3pm, both at Allen Temple AME Church, Lake Wales. Epps F.H.- Ledger, March 22, 2012
>LINDA ANNE LEWIS – 61- Polk County Sheriff's Service Officer
WINTER HAVEN- Mrs. Linda Anne Lewis, age 61, of Winter Haven, FL died Thursday, February 14, 2013 due to cancer. She was born October 4, 1951 in Erie, PA the daughter of Earl Spencer Parker and Virginia Anne (Clark) Parker. She worked with the Polk County Sheriff's Office as a Sheriff's Service Officer. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church.
Linda was preceded in death by her mother: Virginia Anne Parker.
She is survived by her father: Earl Spencer Parker; husband: Phillip A. Lewis; daughters: Earlanne Lewis and Stephanie Lewis; son, John Lewis; and brother: Norman O. Parker (Judy).
Memorial Services are Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 am with the family receiving friends beginning at 10:15 am both at Grace Lutheran Church, 327 Avenue C SE, Winter Haven, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Lutheran Church. – Ledger, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013

>GERALD "JERRY" H. GRIMES -  75 - Polk Co. Sheriff's Dept.
EAGLE LAKE - Gerald "Jerry" H. Grimes, 75, passed away of heart failure Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at his home in Eagle Lake.
Born September 5, 1937 in Barnesville, OH, Jerry served in the
United States Navy for 21 years and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal (5th award), Sailor of the Month, National Defense Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He retired from the Active Duty on August 22nd, 1975. Jerry started a career with the Polk County Sheriff's Office as a correctional officer in September 1975. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in June 1993 after 19 years.
He was a member of Parkland Baptist Church in Winter Haven; a member of the American Legion,
VFW
and Fleet Reserve Assn.
 Jerry is preceded in death by his son, Michael K. Grimes and his parents, Hobart and Mildred
Grimes.
 He is survived by: his wife of 51 years, Shirley Grimes; 2 sisters, Ruth Vaughn of Hastings, MI and Alice Elizabeth Siddle of Columbus, OH; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Friday, March 15, 2013 at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Winter Haven.
Funeral Services will be Saturday, March 16, 2013 in the Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jim McKinney Officiating.
 Interment will follow at Lakeside Memorial Park with Navy and Sheriff Honors.
In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations in his name to the Florida Baptist Children's Home in Lakeland. -  Ledger, Thursday, March 14, 2013
>TOMMY  HOLCOM -  73 - Polk Co. Sheriff's Office
LAKELAND - Tommy Holcom, 73, of Lakeland, Florida passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at his residence of heart failure.
He was born March 20, 1940, in Lakeland, Florida to T.E. "Red" and Maxine Holcom and has been a lifelong resident. Tommy was a retired Major with the Polk County Sheriff's Office.
Tommy is survived by his wife, Jackie Holcom; sons, Kevin Holcom and Sean Holcom; brother, Jimmy Holcom; step-son, Dean Boring IV and four grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday, August 7, 2013,at Lakeland Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Polk County Sheriff's Office (Memorial Fund), 1891 Jim Keene Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33880. - Ledger, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013    
>FRANK VAUGHN - 70 -
Winter Haven - Frank Vaughn of 119 Ave. S. W. died yesterday ( Sat. Jan. 25, 1958 ) at him home following a long illness. A native of Highland City, Polk Co., lived in Polk Co., all his life. He was a retired citrus grower and real estate agent and was the First Night Police Officer in Winter Haven. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Winter Haven.
  Mr. Vaughn is survived by his widow, Mrs. Blanche W. Vaughn of Winter Haven ; 2 sons, Paul H. and James O. Vaughn both of Winter Haven, Fl.; 2 daughters, Mrs. Lamar Louise Beauchant of Winter Haven and Mrs. James Marguerite McAshan of Knoxville, Tenn.; 2 brothers, John Avon and Rufus Vaughn, both of Eagle Lake; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jennie Reynolds of Lakeland and Mrs. Rosie Denhman of Georgia and 10 Grandchildren.
 Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow ( Jan. 27, 1958 ) at Mitchell's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Albert L. Carnett  pastor of First Baptist Church
and the Rev. August Bernthal, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at Oaklawn Cemetery. Friends may call this afternoon and tonight at the funeral home.
FRANK M. WILLIAMS , Sr. - 74 - Formerly a Motorcycle Patrolman & Chief of Police
 Lakeland - Frank M. Williams, Sr. of 201 W. Magnolia St., died Monday night in a local nursing home. A native of Monticello, Ga. he had lived in Lakeland for more than 50 years. He was formerly a motorcycle patrolman for the Lakeland Police Dept and later named Chirf of Police, he went on from Deputy, Constable, Probation Officer and was elected as Sheriff of Polk County and served from Jan. 1949, until Aug. 1950. He was a veteran of WWII a member of the American Legion and he was a Baptist.
 Surviving him are 2 sons, Frank M. Williams Jr. of Lakeland and Milton L. Williams of Tampa; 1 sister, Mrs. O.P. Haynes of Lakeland and 5 grandchildren. - Ledger, Thursday, April 25, 1968
>J. C. CONNELL, Sr. – 77- Retired Police Officer Auburndale
LIVE OAK - Mr. J.C. Connell, Sr., a resident of Live Oak and former resident of Auburndale passed away Sun. March 30, 2014 at Auburndale Oaks due to dementia. Mr. Connell was born June 9,1936 in Pavo, GA. to Palmer Lee and Polly Elizabeth (Carmichael) Connell. J.C. retired as a Police Officer from the Auburndale Police Dept. in 1980 and also retired as a Corrections Officer in 2001 from the Dept. of Corrections. He was also a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a member of the Live Oak Church of God, past Mason, enjoyed fishing and sitting on the porch watching the birds. A very special thank you to Cornerstone Hospice for all your help.
 He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Palmer Eugene Connell.
 J.C. is survived by his loving family: wife of 56 years: Shirley Connell of Live Oak, 2 sons: J.C. (Joyce) Connell, Jr., Howard (Amy) Connell, daughter: Denise (Daryl) O'Neal, all of Live Oak, sister: Polly E. Pitts of Wahneta, 6 grandchildren: Nickki (John) Wooden of Sterling, IL, Elizabeth (Cory) Hancock of Shreveport, LA, Justin Connell, Brian Connell, Scotty Connell, Travis Connell, all of Live Oak, 2 great grandchildren: Olivia & Blake.
 Graveside service will be Fri. April 4, 2014 at the Auburndale Memorial Park. Visitation will be held before graveside at Kersey Funeral Home – Ledger, Wed. April 2, 2014
>CHARLES PHILIP GUEST – 67 – Law Enforcement
Charles Philip Guest, passed away May 6th 2014 at his home, of heart failure. Born in Tampa, FL he was a lifelong resident of Lakeland. After high school, he joined the Air Force and served tours in Greenland, Iceland, and Vietnam. Once discharged he attended Florida State University where he obtained a bachelors degree in Criminology. He also went on to obtain a masters degree in Criminal Justice from Rollins College. He spent his working career in law enforcement serving 22 years with the Lakeland Police Department and 12 years with Tampa Police Department. He had recently retired in January 2014 from the State of Florida where he was an elderly abuse investigator.
 Survivors include his wife Debbie Guest, Daughter Vicki Newman and her husband Chris, Sons James Guest and his wife Cathleen, David Guest, and step children Tiffany Faulkner and husband Chris, Nick Lanier and wife Heather, Cyrstal LaFountain and husband Jeremy, Katie Zavala and husband Chris, and Chris Lanier; and 5 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, May 9, 2014, at Outreach Baptist Church, 11425 Rockridge Rd, Lakeland, FL 33809. - Ledger, Friday, May 9, 2014
>CONNIE ENGLISH – 79 -  Polk County Sheriff's Office
BARTOW -- Mrs. Connie English of Bartow died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Thursday (Feb. 6, 2003) in Lakeland. She was born in Brewster on Oct. 31, 1923, she was a lifelong resident of Polk County. She was a court bailiff for the Polk County Sheriff's Office in Bartow and was among the first women to serve as a bailiff in the state of Florida. >She was a charter member of the Bartow Lioness Club where she served as treasurer and on the board. She was a former secretary of her bowling league. She was a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bartow.
 Mrs. English is survived by her husband, John English; sons, Jesse Beasley, Palm Coast, Steve English, Slidell, La., Mike English, Kingwood, Texas; sister, Sondra Bowen, Seneca, S.C.; brothers, Martin Crawford, Okeechobee, Charles Crawford, Beulah, Mich.; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild. >Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 E. Main St., Bartow. Services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 9365 U.S. 19 N., Suite B, Pinellas Park, FL 34666. – Ledger, Feb. 8, 2003.

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