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>SLOAN, Louis Kelly  -Bartow- April 18, 1946 age 31
A resident of Homeland, died of suffication yesterday when he collapsed and fell in his citrus grove, his face becoming buried in mud.
  Mr. Sloan was born in Homeland and resided there all his life, He was a farmer. >
Survivors include; His wife - Father, J. B. Sloan and 3 sisters.> Funeral services will be held Sunday at 3:00 at the Homeland Baptist Church, with Rev. Oscar Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Homeland Cemetery.
> WHIDDEN, Walter"Grady"  - 97 - Carpenter - ( The Ledger, Dec. 29, 2005, pg. B - 3)
 Homeland - Mr. Walter "Grady" Whidden of Homeland died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2005 at Good Shepherd Hospice, Auburndale, Fl. He was 97. B; June 28, 1908 he lived in Homeland all his life. He was a carpenter by trade. He served in the Army Air Corps and fought in WWII. He was a Methodist.
  Mr. Whidden was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth H. Whidden , and survived by his nephew Hugh and a niece Hellen.
Visitation at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Services to follow at the funeral home..
> WHIDDEN, Elizabeth H."Beth"  - 95 -
Mrs. Whidden was a native of Ft. Meade, she died on Thursday, March 10, 2005 at Good Shepherd Hospice Residential Center in Auburndale ,she was 95.  Elizabeth was born in Ft.Meade on April 19, 1909 , she was a lifelong resident of Homeland, she was a bookkeeper for Bartow Bargin House. Mrs. Whidden was a member of the First Baptist Church of Homeland where she also the church organist for many years. >Mrs. Elizabeth Whidden is survived by her husband, Walter "Grady" Whidden.  Visitation at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow with services to follow in the funeral home chapel. ( the Ledger, March 12, 2005,pg. B- 4 )
>WILLIAMS, Clois HURST - 81 -Fla. National Bank -
Clois was a retired vice president of Florida National Bank in Bartow, died Wednesday - ( July 19, 2000 ) at Rohr Nursing Home in Bartow, Fla. after suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Clois was one of the nicest people, said her nephew, William Hurst.  Clois was born in Homeland on July 9, 1919, she lived in the area her entire life. She retired after 30 years of service, starting at the bottom and working her way up to vice president of the Florida National Bank of Bartow. She lived for her church and Warner Southern College. She was a member of South Lakeland Church of God. Clois is preceded in death by her husband, John A.Williams, and many Nieces and Nephews.
  Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. ( The Lakeland Ledger, Friday,July 21, 2000
>TAYLOR, JOHN FRANKLIN - 85-
 Bartow - John Franklin Taylor of the Bartow Air Base Subdivision, died yesterday, Monday, April 22, 1961, in Roberts Nursing Home in Plant City.  John was a native of Polk County and a former resident of Lake Hamilton. > Survivors include his widow, Mrs. John Taylor of Bartow; 4 daughters, Mrs. Geraldine Pinner of Haines City, Mrs. Ruby Wise of Lake Hamilton, Mrs. Johnnie Hall of Bartow and Mrs. Jeanette Boatwright of West Palm Beach; one son, Louis Taylor of Hialeah; 2 sisters, Mrs. Nettie McCall  and Mrs. Lizzie McCullum of Homeland, a brother, Will Taylor of Bartow; 6 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.> Funeral services are scheduled for tomorrow at Whidden Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Hawkins officiating. >Interment was held in the Homeland Cemetery.
>SUMNER, ERNEST - ( Ledger, Jan. 20, 1935 )
 Homeland - Jan. 19, 1935 - Funeral services for Ernest Sumner, who passed away at the Morrell Memorial Hospital Wednesday, were held at the Homeland Cemetery Thursday. Services were conducted by Rev. J. T. Mitchell of Kathleen, assisted by Rev. Osewell Palmer, pastor of the Methodist Church here. >It was a most beautiful and impressive service to the host of friends and loved ones present on this occasion. Many lovely floral offerings bore mute testimoney to the esteem in which he was held.
 He leaves a wife, Mrs. Vera Sumner and a son Billie. A brother, Boss Sumner of Lakeland and a sister Mrs. Herman Streetman of Fort Meade.> Pallbearers were, F. K. Weyand, W. W. Wilson, Robert Mitchell, J. V. Crum of Homeland, and W. E. Hall and Mr. Hill of Bartow.
Smith and Dukes, morticians were in charge.
>ROWELL, Mrs. Maude T. - 86  -
Fort Meade - Mrs. Maude T. Rowell died Tuesday, Jan. 31, 1995 in Lakeland. Maude was born in Hardee County on Jan. 15, 1909, she moved to Fort Meade from Homeland. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Homeland.
 Maude was preceded in death by her husband, Wayard L. ROWELL. > Survived by her daughters, Glenda Stokes, Fort Meade and Jeraldine Beard, Lakeland; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.> Visitation was held Wed. Feb. 1, 1995 at Moody Funeral Home, 945 E. Braodway, Fort Meade.> Graveside services held Thursday at Homeland Cemetery. ( Ledger, Wed. Feb. 1, 1995 )
>WILSON, Matilda Harper - 89 - Registered Nurse - ( Ledger, Friday, Jan. 27 , 1995.)
 Homeland- Mrs. Matilda Harper Wilson of Homeland died Thursday, Jan. 26, 1995 at her home. Matilda was born in Willacoochee, Ga. on Feb. 26, 1905, she moved to Homeland from Lakeland in 1944 .
 Matilda was preceded in death by her husband, Verne WILSON, in 1982. > She is survived by her brother, Morris Odam, Ga.; sisters Eunice Morris, Lakeland and Helen Scott, Bartow; 8 grandcildren and 4 great grandchildren.> Visitation was held Saturday at A.M. Seigler Funeral Home , 1300 E. Canal St., Mulberry. Graveside services held Sunday, Jan. 25, 1995 at Homeland Cemetery
>MARTIN, MARY O. - 79
HOMELAND - Mary O. Martin, age 79, died Sunday, September 9, 2012, due to complications of a stroke at Palm Terrace of Lakeland. Born December 15, 1932 in Jacksonville, FL. Mrs. Martin attended public schools in Fort Meade, moving to Homeland with her husband in 1950. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist of Homeland and Polk County Historical Society.
Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. "Bob" Martin and daughter, Jean Brown.
Mary is survived by two daughters: Joy Cantwell & husband William of Savannah, GA and Jan Fussell & husband Herman of Englewood, FL; 11 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren & 3 great great grandchildren. >Family will receive friends Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at McLean Funeral Home, Fort Meade. >Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 13, 2010 at the First Baptist Church, 208 Church St, Homeland.
Interment will follow at Homeland Cemetery -(The Ledger, Sept. 11, 2012) -Mary is the wife of Robert Eugene Martin-d: Dec. 25, 1991 
>THARRINGTON, Virginia A. PAGE, 89,
Virginia of Brandon, peacefully passed away August 11, 2012. She was born in Homeland, Fla., July 30, 1923, to Tom and Eula Page and raised in Sebring. Virginia was genuinely sweet, kind, witty, and selfless, always thinking of others. She was a devoted wife, caring mother, and a favorite aunt.
 Virginia was predeceased by her husband, Milton "Easy" Tharrington; and three sisters, Clarice, Doris, and Colleen. >Virginia is survived by her sons, Tom Tharrington of Nashville, Tenn., and Trevin Tharrington of Brandon, Fla.; sister, Catherine Jackson of Lakeland, Fla.; extended family which includes niece Geraldine Henley and nephew Adrian Jackson, friend Marianne Fors, and her friends at Brandon Health and Rehabilitation Center, including Sandy "Boo" Russell, Carolyn Glover, Amber Patee, Sharon Allen, Kate Weeks, Phyllis Seger, Ruth DeRosia, Greg Laugelli, Kathy Heyboer, Carol Copeland and many more.> A private graveside service will be held when Virginia is laid to rest in the Page family plot in Homeland Cemetery. - ( Tampa Tribune, Aug. 17, 2012 ) – Stowers Funeral Home
>HUNT, PEGGY SUE -  78 -
FORT MEADE - Peggy Sue Hunt, 78, of Fort Meade passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Bartow Center from respiratory failure.
 Born in Caruthersville, MO on Feb. 22, 1935, she moved to the area 45 years ago. Peggy was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting and was of the Pentecostal faith.
 She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Hunt and sister, Linda Harrison.
 She is survived by two daughters, Judy Crockett of Opelika, AL and Peggy Sue Gilmore of Aurbundale, FL; two sons, Alan "Spanky" Gilmore of Fort Meade, FL and Michael Jason Hunt of Tallahassee, FL; two sisters, Carol Gorum of Fort Meade, FL and Barbara Onley of Caruthersville, MO; fourteen grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, one great great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.
 A visitation will be held Tuesday, March 19th from 10-11am at McLean Funeral Home in Fort Meade with funeral services starting at 11am. Peggy will be laid to rest beside her husband Ralph in Homeland Cemetery afterwards, where they will be together again. – Ledger, Monday, March 18, 2013

>HELMS, STELLA  M.  – 82 - Polk County School Board
FORT MEADE - Stella M. Helms, 82, a longtime resident of Fort Meade, passed away Wed., June 6, 2007, at her residence of heart failure.
A native of Enterprise, AL, Mrs. Helms has been a resident of Fort Meade since 1942, moving from Alabama. She was employed by the Polk County School Board for over 45 yrs, serving as lunch room manager and school bus attendant. She was a member of the Fort Meade Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a Baptist.
 She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 yrs, Milford Helms.
 Mrs. Helms is survived by 3 sons: M.J. "Jerry" Helms, Wyman E. Helms & James C. Helms, all of Fort Meade, 13 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.
 Family will receive friends  Sunday, June 10,2007 at McLean Funeral Home, 306 E. Broadway, Fort Meade.
Funeral services will be held Monday, 10 AM, June 11, at the graveside in Homeland Cemetery with Rev. Roy Hancock & her son M.J. "Jerry" Helms officiating.  - Ledger, June 8, 2007
>HELMS, BRUNICE RICE -  91 -
HOMELAND - Brunice Rice Helms, 91, of Homeland, beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Thursday, October 21, 2010 at Bartow Regional Medical Center from respiratory failure, surrounded by her family who loved her so much.
Mrs. Helms was born in Glendale, Florida on March 12, 1919 to James Lee and Rubirda Rice. She moved to Homeland at the age of 5 where she remained until her passing. She earned an elementary teaching degree from Florida State College for Women. She taught at the Old Homeland School and at Eagle Lake Elementary in the late 1940's and retired from her teaching career at the Oaks School in Bartow.
She was a former member of Homeland Methodist Church and Asbury United Methodist Church where she taught children's Sunday School and vacation Bible School most of her life. She was a current member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bartow. "Miss Brunice" or "Gram" as most called her, enjoyed an active life loving and taking care of her family until a stroke slowed her down 17 years ago.
 Mrs. Helms was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Helms & infant son, Darrell Helms. She is survived by a loving family that includes her daughter, Anita Lyle & son-in-law, Walker C. Lyle, Jr. of Homeland, her two grandchildren: Jason Lyle (Kelly) of Lakeland, Krista Greene (Gordon) of Homeland, and three great grandchildren: Anna Lynn, Clay Greene and Ansleigh Lyle.
The family will receive friends on Friday, October 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 East Main Street in Bartow.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday October 23rd at 2 p.m. at the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 205 East Stanford, Bartow.
Interment to follow at Homeland Cemetery. – Ledger, Oct. 22, 2010
HELMS, WYMAN E. - 66 - Lost It- Searching for obit- 
>HURST, MR. WILLIAM E. “Bill” – 80 - Fleetwing Corp. VP
BARTOW -- Mr. William E. "Bill" Hurst of Bartow died of cancer Thursday (Aug. 31, 2006) at Rohr Nursing Home in Bartow. He was 80.
Born in Bartow on Dec. 24, 1925, he was a lifelong resident. He was vice president of Fleetwing Corp. in Lakeland for 50 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Wildwood Baptist Senior Friends. He was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church in Bartow.
 Mr. Hurst was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Hurst.
 He is survived by his daughter, Debbie K. Hurst, Lakeland; brother, Buck Hurst, Lakeland; sister, Betty Murphy, Alturas.
 Visitation will be Tuesday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 E. Main St., Bartow. Services will be Wednesday at the funeral home chapel. - Burial will be in Homeland Cemetery.  - Ledger, September 2, 2006
Peggy Joyce HUDNELL, 82, Polk County School Board - Retired
 Fort Meade, - Peggy died April 14, 2012, in Bartow of heart failure.
She was born Nov. 27, 1929, in Homeland. Peggy was retired from the Polk County School Board. Mrs. Hudnell was a member of Mount Pleasant Primitive Baptist Church.
 She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Hudnell.
 Survivors include her daughters, Priscilla Hudnell of Tyler, Texas, and Resa Hudnell of Fort Meade; her adopted daughter, Annette Lewis of Fort Meade; a son, Castadero Hudnell of Fort Meade; a sister, Barbara Wardell of Bartow; a brother, Chris Rowery of Atlanta; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
 Visitation: Friday, April 20, 2012, Mt. Pleasant P.B. Church.
 Funeral: Saturday, April 21, 2012, Mt. Pleasant P.B. Church.
Arrangements: Williams Funeral Home, Bartow.
>ROBERT  E. "BOB" GASSETT -  76 -
HOMELAND - Robert E. "Bob" Gassett, passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013 at his residence in Homeland of heart failure. Born July 28, 1937 in Homeland, FL, Mr. Gassett was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a retired Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army, serving in Korea & Vietnam. He was a member of the American Legion Post 3, Bartow, and the South Lakeland Moose Lodge.
 Mr. Gassett is survived by 2 sons Clifton Gassett & Dwight Gassett, both of Granite City, IL; sister Lois Reid John , Lakeland; brother James Gassett, Lakeland; 4 grandchildren, Ashlee, Chelsea, Shelbey & Nathan.
 Family will receive friends Friday, October 25, 2013  at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Funeral services will follow at the Homeland Cemetery with military honors. - Ledger, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013
>LINDA RAE CALVIN HELMS – 68 - Accountant
HOMELAND -- Mrs. Linda Rae Helms of Homeland died of congestive heart failure Saturday (May 1, 2004) at Bartow Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 14, 1935, in Farmersburg, Ind., she came to Homeland 13 years ago from Fort Lauderdale.  She was an accountant for the Broward County Commission. She was past president of Elk Mates, Lakeland Elks Lodge 1294. She was a Presbyterian. Mrs. Helms is survived by her husband, Ralph B. Helms; son, Richard Helms, Lakeland; daughters, Carolyn Gullett, Lakeland, Kay Revell, Fort Meade, Lindsey Helms, Homeland; brother, Jim Calvin, Orlando, Tom Calvin, Phoenix, Ariz.; sister, Kaye Calvin, Washington, D.C.; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elks Youth Camp, 4529 Harden Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33813 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 21475, St. Petersburg, FL 33742 – Ledger, May 4, 2004 - Burial in Homeland Cemetery
>DEAN CARLTON  LARUE - 90 - THE VILLAGES - Dean C. Larue, died of heart failure Jan. 29, 2007. He was born Nov. 18, 1916.   Survived by wife, Mary Louise, children & stepchildren. Service @ Homeland Cemetery., Wed., 2 p.m. Seigler F.H. - Ledger, Jan. 30, 2007
>VIRGINIA ANN LARUE ( also spelled as LaRue ) - 81 -
Virginia Ann LaRue died yesterday at a local nursing home. A native of Homeland, she came to Lakeland from Mulberry. She was a member of the Homeland Baptist Church. > Mrs. LaRue is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Frank Jones of Mulberry, Mrs. J. L. Steel of Miami, Mrs. S. C. Garner of Mexia Tex. and Mrs. Clyde Miller of  Brazil: 2 sons, Irvin LaRue of Wauchula (Hardee Co., Fl.) and Dean C. LaRue of Englewood, California: 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
 Services will be tomorrow ( Tuesday) morning at 10:30 at the Homeland Baptist Church. The Rev. Paul E. Parrish of Mulberry First Baptist Church will officiate.  Friends may call after 7 p.m. tonight at the A. M. Seigler Funeral Home in Mulberry and at the Homeland Cemetery - Ledger, Monday, July 25, 1960


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