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> SEENY RISK - 91 -   Medulla Elementary & Risk Roses
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Seeny Elizabeth Risk of Lakeland died of complications following a stroke Monday (April 24, 2006) at home. She was born in Lakeland on Dec. 22, 1914, she was a lifelong resident. She was a teacher at Medulla Elementary School for 23 years. She also owned Risk Roses in Lakeland, along with her husband, the late Joseph Risk. She was a member of South Lakeland Church of God. >Mrs. Risk was preceded in death by her first husband, Harris Hart, and second husband, Joseph Risk.  > She is survived by her daughter, Frances Macarro, Lakeland; sisters, Ida Dodd, Edith Houk and Joy Wilbanks, all of Lakeland; one grandchild; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Epic Church, formerly South Lakeland Church of God. Burial will be in Oak Hill Burial Park. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 115 S. Missouri Ave., Lakeland, FL 33815. Lanier Funeral Home. - Ledger, April 26, 2006.-   Oak Hill Burial Park is on 98 South.
> THOMAS D. RISK - 86 -  Retired Lineman Lakeland Electric  - -Ledger, June 1, 2003
LAKELAND -- The inspiration of his God drove Mr. Thomas D. Risk, both in his beliefs and his art. Mr. Risk, of Lakeland, died of pneumonia Friday (May 30, 2003) at Lakeland Hills Center. He was born Nov. 26, 1916, in Clearwater, he had been a lifelong resident of Lakeland. "I was his niece, but he was like a grandfather to me," said Katherine Brod of Miami. Brod says that she enjoyed her conversations with Mr. Risk, who was very talkative. They often spoke about the religious poems and songs he composed, such as "I Love Him So." "They really spoke to your soul," she said. "He sang in a wonderful tenor." Mr. Risk served as a minister at Southside Baptist Church 40 years ago. He was a Veteran of the Coast Guard, serving during World War II. He was a retired lineman for Lakeland Electric. He was a member of the Lakeland Businessmen's Club and First Baptist Church at the Mall. Bord recalls the family gatherings around Thanksgiving, which were special because Mr. Risk's birthday was around the same time. "He was always glad to see you, just happy you were there," she said. >Mr. Risk was preceded in death by his wife, Dessie Risk. >In addition to his niece, he is survived by his brother, Charles Risk, Trenton. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church at the Mall. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the church. Lanier Funeral Home, Lakeland. -
> CHARLES A. "CHUCK"  CAPPS - 78 -  Retail Clothier
LAKELAND -- Mr. Charles A. "Chuck" Capps of Lakeland died of lung failure Monday (July 3, 2006) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Lakeland on Oct. 25, 1927, he returned to the area from Newfoundland in 1964. He was a retail clothier. He also was a crossing guard for the Polk County School Board. He served in the Navy and the Coast Guard and retired as a master sergeant in the Air Force. He was past master of the Lakeland Lodge No. 91, and an honorary member of Eastside Masonic Lodge No. 382. He was a district instructor and a mentor of the Grand Lodge F&AM of Florida. He was a member of the Southland Lodge No. 256 F&AM, and York Rite Bodies of Lakeland. He was a member of the Scottish Rite of Lakeland, and he was past high priest of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem Bethlehem No. 9. He was a member of the Palm Shrine No. 25 and he was a district deputy grand high priest of the Grand Commandery K.C. of Florida. He was a member of the Pentagon York Rite College No. 62, and a past member of the Lions Club. He was a past member of the Sesame Grotto. He was commissioned a colonel of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels. He received the Eagle Scout award from Troop No. 5, and was a Scout master for Troop No. 6 at Earnest Harmon Air Force Base. He was assistant district commissioner of the Gulf Ridge Council, B.S.A. He was awarded the Order of the Purple Cross by the York Rite Sovereign College of North America. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. >Mr. Capps was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Irma Capps. He >is survived by his daughter, Diana Capps, Lakeland; sons, Robert Capps, Sun City Center, Ronald Capps, Omaha, Neb., Timothy Capps, Winter Garden, John Capps, Lakeland; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Inc., 1000 East State Road Parkway, Suite 1, Schaumburg, IL, 60173. Visitation will be Saturday at Lanier Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Oak Hill Burial Park. -Ledger, July 6, 2006
> HENRIETTA  CASON - 93 -  Ledger Aug. 5, 2009
LAKELAND - Mrs. Henrietta Cason went to be with the Lord August 2, 2009 due to heart failure. She was of the Baptist faith; a resident of Emeritus Assisted Living in Lakeland.  > Preceded in death by her parents, husband of 60 years Norman L. Cason, sister: Ermma  L. Fussell, brothers: AA Parker, Sam Parker, Murcer Parker, Harris Parker, Hicks Parker. >Survived by, daughter: Norma R. Houghton, Florida, sister: Frances L. Barton, Lakeland, several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Thursday August 6, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Lakeland Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m.She moved to Lakeland in 1921 from Albany, GeorgiaInterment will be Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland. An online guest book is available at www.lakelandfuneralhome.com
> SAMUEL KENNETH CASON, Jr. - 61 - ARR-MAZ Custom Chemical Co.
LAKELAND - Samuel Kenneth Cason, Jr. passed away Sunday, April 4, 2010 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. He was born August 24, 1948 in Bradenton, F1. He graduated from Lakeland Sr. High School and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He retired from ARR-MAZ Custom Chemical Co. after 30 years of service. >He was preceded in death by his father Samuel Kenneth Cason, Sr. and his mother Thelma Lane Cason.  >He is survived by his wife Patricia, sons Franklin Wayne Cason, Kenneth Scott Cason, Kimberly Baker (Chris) and Cynthia Applewhite (John), daughters brother Terry P. Cason (Mary) of Charlotte, NC., sisters Glenda Jones (Stan) of Pilot Mound, IA and Andre Smith (Matt) of Sugar Hill, GA., eight grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Antonio Trindade and the entire staff of the Clark &  Daughtery  Medical Group for their care and kindness during Sam's illness. Visitation will be Thursday April 8, 2010 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Fellowship Assembly of God, 4405 N. Galloway Rd., Lakeland, Fl. 33810. Funeral services will be Friday April 9, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at Fellowship Assembly of God followed by interment at Oak Hill. Condolences may be sent to the family @  seiglerfuneralhome.net. Arrangements entrusted to Seigler Funeral Home-Mulberry, Fl. - Ledger, April 7, 2010
> JOHN R. "BOBBY" GRIFFIN, - 74 - Cattle/Citrus Industry
LAKELAND - John R. "Bobby" Griffin of Lakeland, Florida, formerly of Bartow, Florida, passed away as a result of heart failure on February 11, 2009. He was born in Bartow on November 20 1934 and retired in 1998 from Florida Citrus Mutual as Marketing Director.  Bobby was raised on E. F. Griffin Road and graduated from Summerlin Institute. Bobby and his brother Sonny cleared the land now known as Circle B and raised pure bred Brahman cattle there. They worked long hours in the family citrus groves in Lake Placid, Lakeland, Bartow and Alturas. Bobby was paramount in the formation of the Lakeland Lighthouse Mission and was a member of the CBMC for many years. Bobby gave his life to Jesus Christ at the age of 32 and served at the First Baptist Church of Bartow and Lakeside Baptist Church of Lakeland, for many years, as a Sunday school teacher and deacon. He also taught financial planning to many young couples as a part of his ministry. >Mr. Griffin is survived by his wife of 37 years, Bonnie Griffin; 5 daughters, Dee Wade of Bartow, FL, Linda Griffin of Nashville, TN, Dawn Griffin, Melinda Liddy and Karrie Stinson all of Lakeland, FL; a brother Sonny Griffin of Bartow, FL; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Sunday, February 15, 2009, from 4-6pm at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home Southside Chapel at 1727 Bartow Road, Lakeland, FL. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, February 16, 2009, at 11am at Lakeside Baptist Church at 1736 New Jersey Road, Lakeland, FL. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park. Ledger, Feb. 14, 2009
> MARY OUTLAW WALKER - 89  - Book keeper for Peoples Bank of Lakeland
LAKELAND - Mary Outlaw Walker of Lakeland passed away July 23, 2019. Born in Lakeland to Jesse Outlaw and Lucy Strickland Outlaw on January 19, 1930. She was a bookkeeper for Peoples Bank of Lakeland for many years and worked her way up to become an Assistant Vice President before her retirement. She was the heart of her family and her faith was an inspiration to all. She enjoyed cooking large meals and hosting her family and friends at every occasion. No birthday ever went by that she didn't bake the birthday cake. She loved flowers and always had a rose garden. Mary was always involved and supportive of her family and friends. She was a devoted, longtime member of Parkview Baptist Church in Lakeland. >She is preceded in death by her loving husband George Raymond Walker; her parents; her brothers Charles and Earl Outlaw and her sister Betty Morris. >Left to treasure her memory are her daughters Sharon McCawley and husband Michael of Lakeland, Kathy Lay and husband Tommy of Mulberry; grandchildren Shane McCawley and wife Melissa, Shawnee McCawley and wife Theresa, Kathryn Michelle Hall and husband Jeff; great grandchildren Chase, Delaney, Morgan, Riley and Taylor McCawley, Sera and Sydney Hall. Also surviving is beloved nephew Robert 'Bobby' Walker, of Lakeland, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held 12PM on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Parkview Baptist Church, with a funeral service at 1PM. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Burial Park.-Ledger, July 25, 2019
> BEULAH A. DYER - 77 - 
LAKELAND -- Ms. Beulah A. Dyer of Lakeland died of heart failure Wednesday (Dec. 18, 2002) at Meadowview Life Center. She was born April 17, 1925 in Bloomington Springs, Tenn., she came here in 1937. She was a member of Abundant Life Church Of God. > Ms. Dyer is survived by her brother, Frank Dyer, Lakeland; sisters, Irene Holt, Cora C. O'Mary, Lucille Killingsworth, and Lois Mills, all of Lakeland. Funeral will be 11 a.m. today at Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland, Fl.- Ledger, Dec. 22, 2002 
>  LASCELLES LEE 'OWEN' DYER, Jr., - 53 -  
LAKELAND - Funeral service for Mr. Lascelles Lee 'Owen' Dyer, Jr., of Riverview, who passed away on January 14, 2017, will be held on Saturday January 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Word Alive Ministries, 302 E. Memorial Blvd, Lakeland, Florida with Pastor Jesse L. McNeil, Officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. > He is survived by wife, children, mother and siblings. Viewing will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Word Alive Ministries.  'A Wilson Service.' > www.wilson-funeralhome .com . - Ledger, June 19, 2017
> GRACE FERRELL "JEFF" BARFIELD -85 - Barfield Groves/Wife & Mother- w/o Robert Leroy Barfield
LAKELAND - Grace Ferrell "Jeff" Barfield passed away on October 01, 2012 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to cancer. Jeff was born on June 15, 1927 in Tallahassee, FL to Fred and Jessie Ferrell. She was a member of the College Heights United Methodist Church and was active in Sprint Car Racing both locally and nationally. She was a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy. >Jeff is survived by her husband, R. Lee Barfield of Lakeland, her sons, Brad (Betty) of Lakeland, and Mark (Lisa) of Deltona, FL, three grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several great great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 1 pm at Heath Funeral Chapel with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com - Ledger, Oct. 3, 2012
>  ROBERT LEROY 'LEE' BARFIELD -92 - Barfield Groves In Polk City - h/o- Grace "Jeff" Barfield
LAKELAND - Robert Leroy 'Lee' Barfield died Saturday, October 20, 2018, of natural causes at home. He was born on December 22, 1925, in Vienna, Georgia to John and Blanche Barfield. After graduating from Georgia School of Technology in 1946, Lee completed his service in the U.S. Navy before moving here to Lakeland to live most of his life with his cherished wife of 65 years, Grace Earle 'Jeff' Barfield who passed October 1, 2012. They had two children, Brad (Betty - late) of Lakeland and Mark (Lisa) of Deltona, Florida. Lee had three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Lee was longtime co-owner and manager of Barfield Groves in Polk City. After serving as president of the Lakeland Water Ski Club 1963 to 1966, Lee's second love (after Jeff!) became and remained sprint car racing. Lee and Jeff were familiar faces on the sprint car circuit throughout the Midwest and Florida until their final days. Lee served on the board of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Iowa for two terms. For more than a dozen years, they sponsored the 'Barfield Clean Sweep' award, later known as the 'Jeff Barfield Memorial Clean Sweep,' for drivers of Top Gun Sprints. That sponsorship continues to this day. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 12-2 pm with services following at 2 pm at Heath Funeral Chapel, 328 South Ingraham Ave, Lakeland, Florida 33801. Interment will take place at Oak Hill Burial Park, 4620 US Highway 98 South, Lakeland, Florida 33812. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com - Ledger, Oct. 24, 2018
> WILLIAM JEFFERSON HARRISON, Jr. - 81 - Golf Course Maintenance - Ledger, Oct. 10, 2002
LAKELAND -- Mr. William Jefferson Harrison Jr. of Lakeland died of heart failure Tuesday (Oct. 8, 2002) at Tandem Health Care of Lakeland. He was born in Tennile, Ga., on Oct. 24, 1920, he came to Lakeland in 1990.  He worked in maintenance for a golf course. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a Baptist. Mr. Harrison is > survived by his wife, Alberta S. Harrison; stepsons, Wyman Lawrence, Floyd Lawrence, William Lawrence, all of Lakeland; stepdaughter, Totsie Fleming, Sebring; sisters, Clarice Cooper, Bloomingdale, Ga., Pearl Tanner, Macon, Ga. Visitation will be from noon to 1 this afternoon at Lanier Funeral Home, 717 W. Griffin Road, Lakeland. Services will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland. -
> JOAN 'JO' MOCK HOOD - 1937 - 2018 - Bookkeeper for Jimbo's BBQ
LAKELAND - Joan Mock Hood, or Jo, as she was known to most, passed peacefully on June 6, 2018. Born in Lakeland, Fl. on March 20, 1937 to Rosa Lee and Sim Mock; she was a lifelong resident of her beloved city. She was a 1955 graduate of Kathleen High School and earned her AA degree from Polk State College. She worked as a bookkeeper for Jimbo's BBQ for 43 years and managed properties through her own company for many years. She was a lover of life, a traveler, a laugher, and a giver. She considered her family and friends her greatest asset. She was an avid reader, a tremendous player of Jeopardy and loved to spend hours talking on the phone to her friends and family. She traveled every year to the Georgia mountains with her husband of 40 years, Thomas Hood. She was extremely proud of her children, Lea Del Tosto, Mitchell and Darren Harvey and step daughter, Andrea Howlett. She had seven grandchildren and seven great- grandchildren. There will be a graveside service on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Oak Hill Burial Park at 11:00AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Societyindex.aspx%3Fcampaign%3Dlegacy2%26giftFi in the name of Joan M. Hood; 235 N. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland, Florida 33801. Online condolences may be left for the family at lanier.care. - Ledger, June 10, 2018
>  WALTER LEE MILLER - 82 -General Motors  -  Ledger, Dec. 11, 2010.
HIGHLAND CITY - Walter Lee Miller of Highland City, passed away December 8, 2010 due to heart failure.
Walter was born April 24, 1928 in Benham, KY to Jackson G. and Della (Hensley) Miller and moved to Polk County in 1981 from Rochester, MI. Walter is a General Motors retiree with over 30 years of employment and was a member of Auburndale Life Church. >He is preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Voyles, Edna Peavley, and a grandson, Paul Miller.> He is survived by his wife of 65 years, F. Arbutus; his sons, Charles (Denise) Miller, David (Carole) Miller and W. Gary (Bonnie) Miller; sister, Lois Brundage and Mary Lou Couch, Bernice Bernard; his brother, Glenn Miller; grandchildren, Janine, Brian, Jason and Melanie Miller, Monica Rendon and Matthew and Bridget Greenan; and his great-grandchildren, Vanessia and Rebecca Pena, Myranda, Alyssa, Kyle, Devin and Brooke Miller, Joshua Rendon and Gavin Aranda. Friends will be received on Sunday, 12-12-10 from 2-4 pm and 6-8pm at the Lakeland Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens Chapel. Pastor Shane Simmons will officiate funeral services at 10am on Monday, 12-13-10 at the funeral home. Interment will take place in Oak Hill Burial Park.  
CLEARWATER BEACH, FL. - Donald Ray Miller of Clearwater Beach, FL. passed away in his home, surrounded by his family, on March 10, 2020. Don was born in Chicago, and his family moved to Lakeland, FL. when he was 11. Don was an adventurer. When he was young he hitchhiked across the country, and then joined the Navy to see the rest of the world. He later traveled by RV with his wife Martha to all 48 states in the continental U.S. He finally settled part time in Colorado (later North Carolina) while maintaining his full-time residence in Lakeland, and after retirement, Clearwater Beach. Don was a competitive athlete. He played many sports, became a skier, and played softball until he was 78 years old. Don found his traveling companion, co-driver, and love of his life in Martha. Together they were active members in the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakeland and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Largo. The Lord and their Church provided a supportive and loving environment for both Don and Martha.> Don is also survived by his loving daughters, Teresa Miller and Susan Miller of Lakeland; his stepson Lance Wester of Clearwater; and his sister Linda Waller (Bob) of Lakeland and brother Bob Miller (Susan) of Denver.> Don was preceded in his death by his parents George and Lee Miller of Lakeland. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center or the St. Paul Lutheran School Scholarship Fund. Services will be held at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakeland on Saturday, March 14 at 11:30 am. A viewing and visitation will begin one hour before the service. Refreshments will be available after the service. Family are invited to attend a short burial service at Oak Hill Cemetery on Bartow Highway shortly after refreshments. Online condolences may be left for the family  at lanier.care- Ledger, March 13, 2020
>  EARLINE ESTELLE MILLER  - 91- US Steel Company
LAKELAND - Earline Estelle Miller  passed away Friday, July 5, 2013, as a result of natural causes. Mrs. Miller was born April 23, 1922 in Tuscaloosa, AL. She and her family moved to Polk County in the early 1950s and she remained a resident for over 65 years. Mrs. Miller was employed by US Steel Company. She retired as a buyer after over 30 years of service. Mrs. Miller was a member of Scott Lake Baptist Church where she sang in the choir. She loved music and enjoyed ballroom dancing, but she found her greatest joy in spending time with family and friends.> Mrs. Miller was preceded in death by her husbands, # 1 Bob McKeehen and # 2Charlie Miller; son, Wayne Kinard; brothers, George and James Howton; grandsons, Ken and Jeff Kinard; and granddaughter, Karen Leigh-Kinard. >She is survived by her son, Don Kinard and his wife, Laura; sister, Mary Carlsen; grandchildren, Kim, Linda, Leanne, Sarah, Richard and Wayne; 16 great grandchildren; and 10 great great grandchildren. Mrs. Miller's family will receive friends Friday, July 12, 2013 from 10-11 am at Lakeland Funeral Home at 2125 South Bartow Highway in Lakeland. A celebration of her life will follow at 11am with Charles Schwartz officiating. Interment will be conducted at Oak Hill Burial Park. Condolences may be made to Mrs. Miller's family at www.lakelandfuneralhome.com . Ledger, July 11, 2013.
>  FANNY 'ARBUTUS' MILLER -  88 - Retired Oakland University  -   Ledger, Aug. 3, 2017
PORT ST. LUCIE - Fanny 'Arbutus' Miller passed away July 28th, 2017. She was a resident at the Gardens of Port St. Lucie, Fl. and a previous resident of Highland City, Fl. Arbutus was born on Dec. 19th, 1928 in Whitley County, Kentucky to Arthur and Amanda Owens. She moved to Polk County from Rochester, Michigan in 1981. Arbutus is a retiree from Oakland University. >She is preceded in death by her husband Walter, son Charles 'Jack,' grandchildren Janine and Paul, daughter in law Carole, sister Frankie Copple, brother Bruce Owens, her parents Arthur and Amanda Owens and step-mother Mary. She is survived by her sister Diane Cox, sons David Leon and W. Gary Miller, daughters in law Bonnie and Denise Miller. She is also survived by eight grandchildren Brian and Jason Miller (Jennifer), Monica Rendon (David), Melanie Aranda (Eduardo) Bridget and Matthew (Sarah) Greenan, also twelve great grandchildren, Vanessia Dorsan (Joshua), Rebecca Ferrandino (Jeff), Miranda and Alyssa Miller, Kyle, Devon and Brooke Miller, Joshua and Noah Rendon, Gavin and Justin Aranda, and Brody Greenan, also two great great grandchildren Jordan Ferrandino and Cameron Dorsan. Funeral services will be at the Lakeland Funeral Home, 2125 S. Bartow Rd, Lakeland, FL 33801, on August 5, 2017. Viewing will be at 10:00 a.m. and service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will take place in the Oak Hill Burial Park. Condolences may be offered at: www.lakelandfuneralhome.com.