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>DEANA  BOTTOMS  WELBAUM- 32 -   Bank of America
JACKSONVILLE -- Ms. Deana Welbaum of Jacksonville, formerly of Lakeland, died Sunday (Feb. 9, 2003) of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Mulberry. She was born in Fort Sill, Okla., on June 28, 1970, she moved to Jacksonville from Lakeland three years ago. She was a telecommunications specialist for Bank of America. She was a Methodist.  >Ms. Welbaum is survived by her parents, Delmas A. Bottoms Jr. and Edna Bottoms, Lakeland; sons, Jeffrey Welbaum, Troy, Ohio, and Alex Welbaum, Jacksonville; and sister, Lori Baranowski, Lakeland. Visitation will be Thursday at Dukes-Steen Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mount Tabor Cemetery. - Ledger, Feb. 12, 2003
>EDWIN WILKERSON - 82 -   Food Machinery Corp.
LAKELAND -- Mr. Edwin Wilkerson of Lakeland died of cancer Wednesday (July 26, 2006) at home. He was born in Bradley Junction on June 13, 1924, he was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a shipping clerk for Food Machinery Corp.  He also retired from Borden's Dairy and Food Machinery. He was a Navy Veteran. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church. >Mr. Wilkerson was preceded in death by his wife, Clara Wilkerson.  >He is survived by his son, Ronald E. Wilkerson Sr., Lakeland; daughters, Carolyn Lott, Ann Johnson, Betty Mason, all of Lakeland; brothers, Hugh Wilkerson, Plant City, Clyde Wilkerson, Esra Wilkerson, both of Lakeland; sisters, Louise Basel, Pat Brown, both of Lakeland, Joyce Smith, Willow Oak, Barbara Walker, Willow Oak; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Saturday at Lanier Funeral Home chapel. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Mount Tabor Cemetery. -Ledger, July 28, 2006
>MARY E.  WILKERSON  - 90 - 
LAKELAND - Mary E. Wilkerson, died of natural causes Nov. 1, 2014. Graveside service will be on Thursday, 11/6/14 at Mt. Tabor Cemetery at 12 noon. Heath Funeral Ch.-Ledger, Nov. 5, 2014
>RICHARD NEIL WARNER -  43 - Auto Body Technician 
LAKELAND -- For years, Mr. Richard Neil Warner raced his No. 31 four-cylinder bomber and No. 78 mini stock car at the Auburndale Speedway and USA International. " He had been involved
in racing a good almost 10 years or so ."He  had (been involved in racing) all his life but he owned his own car about 10 years," said his wife and childhood friend, Deborah Warner .The couple, who were together for 15 years, would have celebrated their first anniversary on Feb. 19. Mr. Warner, an auto body technician for Douglas Collision, died of a heart attack Friday (Jan. 20, 2006) at home. He was  born in Hartford, Conn., on March 30, 1962, he grew up in Deep River, Conn. Mr. Warner followed in his father's footsteps, becoming an auto body technician. After Mr. Warner's father came to Lakeland, he followed a year later, living here for nearly 16 years. He had been employed with Douglas Collision for just under a year, and he enjoyed working on his own cars as well. "He  loved to do body work. He has a beautiful garage that he built himself and that was his own little domain out there. That was his pride and joy," Deborah Warner said. "He was a child at heart always. He liked to get into everything. "In  addition to racing cars, Mr. Warner enjoyed taking his speed boat out for rides. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Winter Haven. > Mr. Warner is survived by his wife, Deborah Warner; mother, brothers, Fred Hersom, Glenburn, Maine, Donald Warner, Maiden, N.C., Bob Warner Jr., Bath, Maine, Dana Warner, Essex, Conn. Visitation will be Thursday at Lanier Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Mount Tabor Cemetery. A reception will follow the service at the family home. - Ledger, Jan. 25. 2006
LAKELAND - Ronald K. Brinson of Lakeland passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 3, 2016, at home. Born in Mulberry, FL on October 29, 1934, at 5 years old he moved to Nashville, GA where he was raised. He graduated from Nashville High School in 1952, and joined the U.S. Army in 1953, and served 3 years and was honorably discharged in 1956.  When he moved to Lakeland, FL in 1957, he went to work for Pensulia Telephone Co. which became GTE, where he worked as a central office technician for 41 years. He loved baseball and coached Little League teams, and enjoyed wood working where he made wooden toys for mission trips. Ronald was a member of Parkview Baptist Church and a deacon. >Ronald was preceded in death by parents, Lyman W. and Della Brinson; son, William B. Brinson; and daughter, Kimberly A. (Brinson) Colasanti.  >He is survived by his wife, Joan (Ballard) Brinson; son, Mark L. Brinson; 5 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; and sister, Joyce Weber. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice of Lakeland, FL. A visitation will be held from on Tuesday, August 9th, at Parkview Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM. Burial will be at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the Good Shepherd staff for their love and care during Ronald's final days. -Ledger, Aug. 7, 2016
>BILLIE JAMES BRISSEL, Sr.  - 68 - Maintenance Mechanic  IMC
MULBERRY - Mr. Billie James Brissel, Sr. passed away on Sun. Jan. 28th, 2007 at his home due to complications from cancer. Mr. Brissel was born May 17, 1938 in Jessup, Ga. He was a maintenance mechanic for I.M.C. Phosphate for 30 years. He attended First Baptist Church of Mulberry, was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a volunteer with The Share Program of Polk County. > Mr. Brissel is survived by his wife of 34 years, Pacita L. Brissel of Mulberry, sons, Rodger and Anthony Brissel, both of Bartow and Terrance Brissel of Lakeland, daughters, Ashley Rae Butler of Mulberry and Jennifer McClain of Ft. Meade, brothers, Ervin and Robert Radford, sisters, Glenda Grace and Patricia Robitzsch, all of Bartow, 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Tues. (today) 1/30/07 at Gentry Morrison-Dukes Steen Chapel, 1833 S. Florida Ave. Services will be conducted Wed., 10 am at First Baptist Church of Mulberry. Interment will follow at Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Ledger, Jan. 30, 2007
>NANCY OVENA BROCK  -  95  - Lunchroom Attendant
LAKELAND - Nancy Ovena  Brock died Saturday, November 14, 2015. Born in Mayo, Florida, on July 26, 1920, Mrs. Brock came here from Mayo in 1994. She worked in the lunchroom for the Lafayette County School Board. Nancy was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church before moving to Naples after her husband passed away. >Mrs. Brock was preceded in death by her husband William Guy Brock. She is survived by her son William Brock (Ema), Interlachen, FL; daughter Gail Monroe, Lakeland; 6 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and 3 great- great- grandchildren. Visitation will be  Wednesday, Nov. 18 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Services will follow at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.Ledger, Nov. 17, 2015
>JAMES LOUIS BUTTS  - 85 -Juice Bowl
LAKELAND - Mr. James Louis Butts died Thursday Sept. 13, 2007 . He was born on December 20, 1921, in Coffee County, Alabama. He was a machine operator at Juice Bowl and a WWII Air Force Veteran. >Mr. Butts was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Mae Butts. > He is survived by his son, Kenneth Butts and his wife, Janice Myers; daughter, Peggy Gibson; daughters-in-law, Lydia Butts, Patricia Butts; sister, Nettie Mae Hudson; 14 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren.Visitation will be Sunday Sept. 23, 2007 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. -Ledger, Sept. 20, 2007
>JACK "MOULTRIE" CASTLEBERRY -  64 - U.S.Postal - Letter Carrier
KATHLEEN - Mr. Jack "Moultrie" Castleberrry passed away Oct. 7, 2011 of cancer.  Jack was born in Moultrie, GA on Jan. 25, 1947. He served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam Veteran. Jack was a Letter Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and a member of the Seventh Cav.> Jack was preceded in death by his mother, Vera Castleberryson, Frank Castleberry; sister, Jeanette Roberts; and brothers, Billy and Lamar Castleberry. >He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Margie Plymel Castleberry; daughters, Janet (Jeremy) Hiles, Amanda (Tim) Bazzle, Susan (Sammy) Hohnerlein and Laura (Trey) Wells; brother, Roger Castleberry; and 9 grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday (Today) at Gentry-Morrison Northside Chapel, 5245 US 98 N. Lakeland. Services will be conducted Monday at 11 am at Bethel Baptist Church with interment to follow at Mt. Tabor Cemetery. - Ledger, Oct. 9, 2011
>KENNETH 'KIDD' CECERE  - 30 -   Ledger, Sept. 1, 2016
LAKELAND - Kenny Cecere  passed away 8/19/16. Born in Vineland, N.J., on 11/2/1985, he came to Lakeland at an early age.  >Kenny is survived by his wife Kathryn 'Katie' Cecere, three loving children: Shad'e, Brisa & Horacio, mother Alice Cecere and companion Wes Erwin, father Joseph Hall, brother Jason Cecere, grandmother Susan Marrero, grandfather Frankie Marrero, uncle Mike Cecere, aunt Judy Cecere, cousin, Jazmarie Tilley, husband Matt, and their daughter Aaliyah, cousin John Carlo Rivera and wife Cortney Rivera, cousin Angelo Cecere and companion Bryanna Porter, uncle Tony and his wife Stephanie Cecere, uncle Eddie Cecere, cousins Johnny and Eddie. Service will be Thursday at Heath Funeral Chapel. Viewing to follow. Graveside service Fri. at 3 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
>DALLAS C. CHESTNUT, Jr.  - 77 - Retired Publix Security
LAKELAND - Dallas C. Chestnut, Jr., died December 15, 2007 due to heart failure. Dallas was a lifelong resident of Lakeland and graduated from Kathleen High School class of 1948. He retired from Publix as a security officer after 20 plus years of service and was a member of the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and especially enjoyed deer and turkey hunting. A loving husband father and grandfather he will be missed.> He is survived by his wife, Marya  M. Chestnut of Lakeland; daughters, Debra D. Chestnut of Lakeland, Janene Fulger of Lakeland, Cynthia L. Cannon and husband Gary of Greenville, SC; son, Daniel D. Chestnut and wife Denise of Lakeland; brothers, George H. Chestnut of Nashville, TN, Jimmy A. Chestnut of Lakeland, Loren "Red" Kirkland of AL; sisters, Janice Rosemary Roberts of Lakeland, Betty Weatherington of AL; Aunts, Carrie Brown of Hawthorne, FL, Mable Strain of
Hawthorne, FL; 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. A funeral will be held Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. Internment will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. - Ledger, Dec. 17, 2007
LAKELAND - Norma Brown Fountain  went to be with Jesus Jan. 10, 2018. Norma was born on June 29, 1937 in Norfolk VA.  >She was preceded into heaven by her loving husband Jack A. Fountain Sr., 3 of her siblings and 3 of her grandchildren. >She is survived by her sister, Nancy Brown Forbes of Hampton VA; daughters, Jean Burbank (Larry) of Lakeland, Jane Haddock (Glen) of Powhattan, VA, Julie Shrake (Edward) of Boonsville, TX; stepson, Jack A. Fountain, Jr. (Linda) of Port St. Lucie, FL; step daughter, Linda Velez (Joseph) of Pompano Beach, FL; 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Norma took great pleasure in helping in all areas of her children's interests. She was a Girl Scout volunteer and a PTA board member. She was an avid Bunco and Scrabble player and bowler. She was also a past member of Amvets. Norma was a member of Lake Gibson Church of the Nazarene for 40 years, with 10 of those years being the church secretary. Services will be at Lake Gibson Nazarene Church on Sat. 1/20. Visitation at 10 am and funeral service to follow at 11 am. Interment will be at Mt Tabor Cemetery. Condolences at www.gentry-morrison. com . In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Samaritan's Purse. - Ledger, Jan. 17, 2018
>CARRIE HALL - 87 - Florida Tile  - Ledger, April, 19, 2012
LAKELAND - Carrie Hall  passed away on April 18, 2012 due to Alzheimer's disease. She was born on July 12, 1924 in Colquitt, Georgia. She was a member of the Parkview Baptist Church. Carrie is preceded by her husband, Joe N. Hall.  > She is survived by her two sons, Joe N. Hall Jr. of Dothan, AL and John I. Hall of Lakeland, FL, 2 daughters, Lorrie  H. Eager of Lakeland, FL and Patti A. Raymond of Calera, AL, 13 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held on Friday, April 20, 2012 at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Lakeland. Condolences may be sent to the family at
> DOROTHY LILLIAN HUFFMAN - 82 -  Polk Co., School Bus Driver
LAKELAND - Dorothy Lillian Huffman passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. A native of Fort Meade, Florida and lifelong resident of Polk County, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Ely Roberts and Eunice Irene Goodman.  >Dorothy was preceded in death by her late husband of 10 years, R.P. 'Bob' Huffman and by her first husband of 32 years, Jack Coy Spivey, Sr.; brothers, Randall Costine and Gary Roberts. > She is survived by her beloved family: daughters, Lana (Michael) Myers and Neva Wininger; sons, Jack Coy (Lynn) Spivey and Reginald Eli Spivey; brother, Robert Allen Costine; sister, Shelley DiGiacomo; 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Dorothy was a member of Little Flock Church for 12 years and worked for the Polk County School Board as a bus driver for 30 years. Family will receive friends on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Lanier Funeral and Cremation Services, 717 Griffin Road, Lakeland, FL 33805. Graveside service will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Mt. Tabor Cemetery in Lakeland at 2:30 PM with brother David Byrd officiating. Online condolences may be left for the family at - Ledger, April 20, 2018
ORLANDO - Eunice Watkins Miller, 73, died 11/7/17. Graveside services Sat. 10:30 am at Mt. Tabor Cemetery, Lakeland. Gentry Morrison Funeral Hm.- Ledger, Nov.9, 2017

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