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> DOROTHY LEE YOUNGINER – 86 -
LAKELAND - Dorothy Lee Younginer,passed away Tuesday, February 25, 2014, as a result of natural causes. She was born March 11, 1927 in Macon, GA, to Tom and Carrie Belle Hill.  Mrs. Younginer loved to cook and had many wonderful recipes. She loved flowers and created beautiful floral arrangements. She loved to shop and was always on the lookout for a good sale. More than anything else, she loved her family and delighted particularly in her grandchildren and great grandchildren. > Mrs. Younginer was preceded in death by her beloved husband Floyd Younginer of 51 years,   > She is survived by her daughter, Donna Doran and her husband, John; son, Biff Younginer and his wife, Julie; brother, Jimmy Hill and his wife, Katie; 3 grandchildren; and 2 great grandchildren.  A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Oak Hill Burial Park in Lakeland. In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Younginer's family requests that donations be made, in her memory to the charity of your choice . Condolences may be made to the Younginer family at www.lakelandfuneralhome.com . –  Ledger, Friday, Feb 28, 2014
> MATTHEW S. MITCHELL - 72 -  ( Ledger, Sunday, May 6, 1973 )
 Matthew of  914 South Missouri Ave. Lakleand died Thursday ( May 3, 1973 ) . A  N.Y. City native, he came to Lakeland in 1924 from Penns Grove, N. J. and was a building contractor. He was a veteran of WWII and a former officer in the Navy.  > Survivors include his widow, Genevieve, of Lakeland; 3 daughters, Mrs. R. M. Langer, Arlington, Mass., Mrs. Richard B. Connors, Greenwich, Conn, and Mrs. Don Cook, of Paris, France; 1 brother, Milton W. Mitchell; 3 sisters; Miss Myrtle Mitchell, Miss Maude Mitchell and Mrs. Marion Duey, all of Lakeland; 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.  Dukes-Steen Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
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Funeral Srevices for Matthew S. Mitchell will be held Monday in Oak Hill Burial Park with the Military conducting graveside funeral rites.  Funeral service was listed in same day paper as obit. Listed above.
> ELNER L. CHAPMAN - 53 - Phosphate Industry - Ledger, Sat. Feb. 21, 1953
Elner Lowell Chapman of Richmond Road, died unexpectedly Saturday at Morrell Hospital at 4 p.m. death was attributed to a heart attack.  Mr. Chapman who was superintendent of maintenance for Davison Chemical Corporation, had long been identified with the phosphate industry in this area. Coming here 34 years ago from Columbus, Ga., he assisted in the establisment of the Tiger Bay Phosphate Company operations near Medulla and later was with Southern Phosphate Corporation. > He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Mildred Chapman who is national secretary of Home Demonstration Clubs; his father, S. P. Chapman of Columbus, Ga., and a brother, John Robert Chapman of Phenix City, Ala.   Mr. Chapman was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 10:30 a. m.  at Snook Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Milburn McLeod, pastor of First Methodist Church officiating, assisted by Dr. Monte Johnson, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park.
> HILLORY "BILL" REGISTER, Sr. -  77 -  U.S. Steel -   h/o Dorothy Hazel Register
LAKELAND - Hillory "Bill" Register, Sr., of Lakeland, died Wednesday, December 27, 2006 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Lakeland of complications due to surgery. He was born March 18, 1929 in Lake City, FL to Gilford and Lillie (Wheeler) Register. Bill moved to Lakeland in 1958 coming from Highland City. He served over 32 years in the Florida National Guard and is a retired supervisor from US Steel with 22 years employment. >He is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Eloise Holder.    Bill was united in marriage on June 4, 1949 to Dorothy Hazel Harris. >She survives.>  Bill is also survived by his son, Hillory "Sonny" & Lori Register of Lakeland; a daughter, Shirley & Lester Pope of Lakeland; brothers, Sherman & Jearline Register of Ocala, Bobby Register of Austin, TX, Jack Register of Alturas, FL and Charles & Elaine of Ocala; sisters, Geneva Hill and Charlotte & Phillip Walker all of Alturas; grandchildren, Meredith & Kyle Spresser, Marissa & Colby Beck, Jordan Pope and Ethan Hillory Register all of Lakeland and a great grandson, Gabriel Beck of Lakeland. -Friends will be received Saturday with funeral services immediately following at the funeral home. Interment will take place in Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Southside Chapel, Lakeland is in charge of arrangements. – Ledger, Dec. 30, 2006
> DOROTHY HAZEL REGISTER – 84 - Fruit Packer -   w/o- Hillory "Bill" Register
LAKELAND - Dorothy Hazel Harris Register, passed away April 1, 2014 at Good Shepherd Hospice due to respiratory failure. She was born January 5, 1930 in Samson, Alabama and moved here in 1947 from Alabama. She was a homemaker and also worked as a fruit packer in the citrus industry. She enjoyed quilting and Sunday school outings.  Mrs. Register was preceded in death by her husband Hillory "Bill" Register, Sr.; parents Joseph and Carrie Harris; 4 sisters and 6 brothers. >She is survived by daughter Shirley (Lester) Pope; son Hillory "Sonny" (Lori) Register, Jr.; sister Betty (Don) Turner; grandchildren Meredith Spresser, Marissa (Colby) Beck, Jordan Pope, Ethan Register; great grandchildren Gabriel Beck and Miller Beck. A funeral service will be held Friday, April 4, at 2:00 P.M. at Medulla Baptist Church with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. – Ledger, April 3, 2014
> BILLY W. CUMBIE - 35 - Ledger, Wed., Nov. 27, 1974
Billy Cumbie of Box 144A, died Monday. He was a native of Mitchell County, Ga., he came here 20 years ago from Camilla, Ga.. He was a construction worker and a member of Lakeland Revival Center. > Survivors: are his wife Phyllis D. Cumbie of Kathleen; 4 sons, George and William Jacob Cumbie, both of Lakeland and David and Craig Shellenberg, both of Kathleen; 4 daughters, Billie Jo Shellenberg of Kathleen, Rose Martene Cumbie of Lakeland, Wanda and Christina West, both of Lakeland; 2 brothers, Irvin of Mulberry and Lynn of Lakeland; 3 sisters, Mrs. Johnnie Dorman of Kathleen, Mrs. W. C. Blalock of Polk City and Linda Ellerbe of Lakeland; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Cumbie of Lakeland. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Lakeland. Burial in Oakhill Burial Park
> PAULINE V. LEVERETT - 54 -   Ledger, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1974 
Mrs. Pauline V. Leverett of Colonial Mobile Village, died Monday ( Nov. 25, 1974 ), A native of Scott County, Va., she came to Lakeland 25 years ago from Bristol, Tenn. She was a homemaker and a member of Medulla Church of God. Survivors; husband Jessie L. Leverett of Lakeland; 1 daughter, Opal Mae Ward Leverett of Lakeland; 1 brother, Roscoe Wagner of Alva, Florida; 3 sisters, Virginia Dowson of Lakeland, Lucille Hazen of Elyria, Ohio, and Thelma Doss of Marion, Va.; 3 step-brothers, Bill, Walt and Jim Doss all of Bristol, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews. Gentery-Morrison Funeral Home of Lakeland. > Funeral services were held Friday  Nov. 29, 1974 from the Glenn W. Morrison Chapel by Rev. Ray Moyer, Pastor of Richland Baptist Church. (according to Bartow Historical Marked Burial Index, Pauline is buried in Oakhill Burial Park in Lakeland burial was Nov. 29, 1974)
> NORMA M. KELLEY – 87 -  Homemaker
GAINESVILLE, VA - Norma M. Kelley passed away Thursday April 14, 2011 due to renal failure. She was born in Lakeland, FL and has been a lifetime resident. Norma is a member of Ardella Baptist Church. She was known as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Norma was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Curtis Kelley.  > Survivors include sons, Kenneth Kelley of Bradenton, FL, Donnell Kelley of Gainesville, VA, daughters, Jean Platt, Gail Shiver both of Lakeland, 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.Visitation will be Thursday at Gentry Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd. Funeral services and interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park. –Ledger, April 19, 2011 -
> NANCY WARREN CANADY - 76 - Ledger, June 4, 2013 - & -Memoriam: Wed. June 4, 2013 – The Ledger
LAKELAND - Mrs. Nancy W. Canady went home to be with the Lord on Sunday June 2, 2013 due to heart failure. She was born in Sebring, FL and has been a lifetime resident of the Lakeland area. Nancy was a lifetime member of First Baptist Church in Lakeland. After graduating Lakeland High School she worked 14 years with Dr. David Kenet.. > She was preceded in death by her grandson, Luke Seymour. > Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Devon Canady; daughter, Susan Seymour; grandson, Drew Seymour all of Lakeland. Visitation will be Thursday,  at Gentry Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd. Interment following at Oak Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice. Condolences to www.gentry-morrison.com –
> MINNIE LEE ENGLE NELMS – 83 -
LAKELAND - Minnie Lee Engle Nelms, passed away Monday, June 2, 2014, as a result of complications of a stroke. Mrs. Nelms was born May 11, 1931 in Decatur, AL. She and her family moved to Lakeland in 1964. She attended Working Together with Jesus Ministries in Auburndale.
> Mrs. Nelms was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Clifford Nelms and her loving daughters, Gretchen Nelms and Sandra Jenkins. > She is survived by sons, Robert Nelms and his wife, Clara, Dwight Nelms and his wife, Donna and Lee Nelms; sister, Gaynell Kent; brother, Bobby Engle; 5 grandchildren; and numerous great grandchildren. The Nelms family will receive friends Thursday, June 5, 2014, at Lakeland Funeral Home at 2125 South Bartow Highway in Lakeland. A graveside service will be conducted Friday, June 6, 2014, at Oak Hill Burial Park at 4620 US Highway 98 South in Lakeland. Condolences may be made to the Nelms family at - www.lakelandfuneralhome.com . – Ledger, Wed. June 4, 2014
> JAMES WALTON GRIFFIN – 94 - Atlantic Coastline, CSX Railroad - Ledger, Sunday, June 7, 2015
LAKELAND - James Walton Griffin, of Lakeland, died on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at his home. He was born on February 23, 1921, in Spring Hope, North Carolina. He was a member and deacon at Southside Baptist Church and was also a member of First United Methodist Church of Lakeland. > He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Matalie; son, Wally Griffin; parents, Carrie and Henry Griffin; sister, Virginia Sellers; brother, Edwin Griffin. > He is survived by his daughter, Jamie Lou Griffin of Lakeland; sisters, Francis Orrell (Bobby) of Wilmington, North Carolina, Becky Greene of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Betty Williams (Bill) of Hope Mills, North Carolina. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at Heath Funeral Chapel. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at Oak Hill Burial Park with a celebration to follow at First United Methodist Church, Lakeland. Memorial donations may be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com 
> JOYCE ESTELLA FURMAN YANCEY – 86 -
GAINESVILLE - Joyce Estella Furman Yancey of Gainesville, passed away peacefully from complications of a stroke on June 4th, 2015, with her son and daughter by her side. She was born September 5th, 1928, in Fostoria, Ohio, to the late Gilbert J. Furman and Frances Stella Elliott. Shortly thereafter the family moved to Port Huron, Michigan, where she was raised and attended school. Following her graduation from Port Huron High School in June 1945, she and her family moved to Lakeland, Florida, where she met and married her husband of 66 years, W. Bruce Yancey, Sr. in September 1948 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Lakeland. After attending Florida Southern College in Lakeland, she initially worked at Florida National Bank until leaving to raise her children. In the early 1970s, she became Business Manager of Golden Triangle Asphalt Paving Company in St. Petersburg, FL, with her husband Bruce serving as President. Following their retirement they moved from Clearwater, FL, to Gainesville, FL, in 1989 where she enjoyed visiting with friends, playing bridge and an occasional round of golf, watching the University of Florida Gators in basketball and football, and spending time with her family. She loved being with her three grandchildren, spending countless hours with them baking cookies, visiting beaches and parks, traveling to Disney World, volunteering at their schools, and playing a variety of board and card games, serving as a wonderful role model and inspiration to them.  > She is survived by daughter Barbara (Jim) TenBieg, son W. Bruce Yancey, Jr. (Judy M.), and grandchildren Tyler Yancey TenBieg, Kali Frances TenBieg and Leah Arrielle TenBieg. > She was preceded in death by her parents Gilbert in 1955 and Frances in 1974, by brothers Gilbert in 2006, Kenneth in 1984, and Lloyd in 1918, by sisters Velma in 1999, Catherine in 2000, and Pat in 2007, and by her best friend and sweetheart, husband Bruce, in October 2014. A Celebration of Life Service will be held privately for the immediate family at St. Joseph's Episcopal Church in Newberry, FL. As were her wishes, her earthly remains shall be cremated and placed in a poplar vessel made by her son Bruce, Jr. The burial and graveside service for the family will occur at the family gravesite at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lakeland, FL, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorials to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL, 32606. A caring and compassionate spirit, she always placed others' needs and concerns before her own, providing comfort, solace and love to all. Please visit her memorial page at: www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com  For further information Williams-Thomas West-area, (352) 376-7556. – Ledger, Sunday, June 7, 2015
> YANCEY, WALTER BRUCE SR. – 87 -
Gainesville- Walter Bruce Yancey Sr.  passed away peacefully at Haven Hospice Care Center on Friday, October 17, 2014 following an extended illness. He was born January 20th, 1927 in Pierson, Florida to Quillian B. Yancey and Arriebelle Maulden. Following his Graduation from Lakeland High School in June 1944, he enlisted in the United States Navy in January 1945. He was stationed in the Philippines and was honorably discharged in August 1946.  He returned to Lakeland where he met and married his wife of 66 years Joyce (Furman) in September 1948.  After he graduated from Florida Southern College in Lakeland with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in March 1950, he initially worked in Sales with Florida-Georgia Tractor Co., Richardson Tractor Co., and H. F. Mason Equipment Co selling heavy equipment. In the early 1970s he became Partner and President of Golden Triangle Asphalt Paving Company in St. Petersburg, FL with his wife Joyce serving as Business Manager. Following his retirement they moved to Gainesville, FL where he enjoyed visiting with friends, playing the occasional round of golf (and enjoying that rare opportunity of a 'hole-in-one' at Haile Plantation), watching the University of Florida Gators in basketball, baseball and football, and spending time with his family and three grandchildren. >He is survived by his wife, Joyce, daughter Barbara (Jim) TenBieg, son W. Bruce Yancey, Jr. (Judy M.), and grandchildren Tyler Yancey TenBieg, Kali Frances TenBieg, and Leah Arrielle TenBieg. > He was preceded in death by his parents Quillian in 1977 and Arriebelle in 1980 and by brother Quillian S. Yancey in 2005. A Celebration of Life Service will be held privately for the immediate family in the chapel of Grace at Fort Clarke United Methodist Church. 
  As were his wishes, his earthly remains shall be cremated and placed in a poplar vessel made by his son Bruce Jr. The burial and graveside service for the family will occur at the family gravesite at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lakeland, FL at a later date. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make memorials to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Boulevard, Gainesville, FL 32606. A loving and gentle soul, he lived his life in an honest and caring manner providing a path for others to follow. Please visit his memorial page at: www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com  – Ledger, Oct. 19, 2014
> KATHLEEN E. PAGE – 85 -
LAKELAND - Kathleen E. Page, went home to be with the Lord on Oct. 13, 2015. Mrs. Page was born in Lakeland on July 22, 1930, and remained a lifelong resident of the area. She worked as a dedicated bookkeeper for the City of Lakeland for 34 years, and was a member of the City Retiree's. She also was a longtime member of Ardella Baptist Church where she was a part of the Golden Agers Group.  Mrs. Page was a dedicated and beloved mother, grandmother and sibling. > Mrs. Page was preceded in death by her husband, Toger Page; and brothers, Dudley, George and Bert Elliott. > She is survived by her children, Myron Karen Page, Joe Diane Page, Millie Holmes, Kathy Hardaker, David Tina Page, Sheila Marvin Byrd and Peggy Russell Howard; brothers, Jim Flo Elliott and Paul Theresa Elliott; sisters, June Upton and Velma Scoggins, as well as many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Visitation will be Fri.  at Ardella Baptist Church, followed by services at 11 am at the church. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornerstone Hospice. – Ledger, Oct. 14, 2015
> RONNIE E. PAGE, Sr., – 68 - Truck Driver for FedEx - Ledger,Wed., March 15, 2016
HALEYVILLE, AL. - Ronnie E. Page, Sr., passed away on March 12, 2016 of COPD. He was a lifelong resident of Lakeland, FL.  >Preceded in death by his parents Arthur Green and Blanche Deal Page, brothers Charles Crosby, Toger Page, Benny Page, Paul Page, and Grady Page, sisters Evelyn Nehring, Almajean Harrel, Margaret Bozeman, Allamae Page, and Alice Page. > He is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years 'Susie' Linda Page; sons Ronnie Page, Jr. Melody , and Johnny Page Sherri ; daughter, Angela Page Meindl Chris , 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, March 16,2016 at the Gentry-Morrison Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd. followed by his funeral service at 10 30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow the service at Oak Hill Burial Park.
> CLIFFORD "PETE" S. PAGE – 75 – Blount Brothers Corp.
LAKELAND - Mr. Clifford "Pete" S. Page, passed away on April 21, 2007 at his residence due to heart failure. Mr. Page was born in Homeland, Fl and was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran during the Korean Conflict. He was employed by Blount Brothers Corp. in Montgomery, Al. as an industrial engineer. > Mr. Page was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years Carla Ann Page, and is > survived by his son, Clifford S. Page, II of Lakeland, daughter, Julie Sutton of Roswell, Ga., brother, Clayton Page of Rome, Ga., sister, Lavonia Hutto of Bartow, Fl. and 5 grandchildren. Visitation will be Mon. (today)  at Gentry Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd. Services will be conducted on Tue. 11:00 am at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to, S.P.C.A., 5850 Brannen Rd. S., Lakeland, Fl. 33813. – Ledger, April 23, 2007
> INA ELIZABETH ACREE/ GUNNETT – 63 – Homemaker - Obit in Lakeland Ledger, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 1985
Lakeland- Mrs. Ina E. Gunnett of 1532 E. Elm Road, died Sunday ( Aug. 18, 1985 ) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. A native and lifelong resident of Lakeland, she was a homemaker, a member of the First United Methodist Church and of the Sorosis Club. > She is survived by her husband, William Gunnett of Lakeland; Son, William Gunnett, Jr. of Nuernberg, West Germany; Daughters, Duzanne Carlson and Nancy Alexander, both of Tampa, and Melissa McClain of Lakeland; Mother, Mrs. Ernie Acree of Lakeland; Brother, Stuart Acree of Gainesville; 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Gentry-Morrison Southside Funeral Home.
 >Funeral Service notice in Lakeland Ledger, Tuesday, August 20, 1985. 
> Funeral services for Mrs. Ina E. Gunnett -  63, of 1532 E. Elm Road, who passed away Sunday, will be held Wednesday, Aug. 21, 1985 at 11 a.m. from the chapel of the First United Methodist Church with the pastor, Doctor James C. Rowan officiating, Interment will follow in Oak Hill Burial Park, In Lieu of flowers, friends may wish to contribute to the American Cancer Society. Family will receive friends Tuesday, from 6 to 8:00 p.m.. Gentry-Morrison Southside, 1727 Bartow Road, Lakeland. - 
> MYRTLE MAE FOSHEE – 95 -  American Airlines
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Myrtle Mae Foshee of Lakeland died of complications of dementia Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2004) at Tandem Health care of Lakeland. She was born in Lakeland on Feb. 5, 1908, she was a lifelong resident. She was employed by Sky Chef for American Airlines. She was an active member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. Mrs. Foshee was > preceded in death by her husband, George Dewey Foshee.> She is survived by her daughters, Annie L. Overstreet, Gayle D. McElhaney, both of Mulberry; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren.Services will be Friday at Lanier Funeral Home, 717 W. Griffin Road, Lakeland. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, 33823, or the Alzheimer's Association, Tampa Bay Chapter, 9365 U.S. 19 N., Suite B, Pinellas Park, 33782.- Burial in Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland-  Ledger, Jan. 22, 2004
> LUCILLE JONES WRAY - 101 - 
TALLAHASSEE - Lucille Jones Wray (affectionately called Mama Wray by all who knew her) passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by family, early Sunday morning on June 16, 2019 in Tallahassee, FL.  She was born in Duluth GA in 1917. She was predeceased by her husband Raymond Buford Wray (Papa Wray) who passed away in December of 1988. While he was the love of her life, she didn't make it easy for him. Papa Wray had to ask for her hand in marriage twice! When asked why she said no the first time, her answer was simple, 'I didn't think he was ready yet.' While caught off guard and perhaps a little discouraged, he was not deterred. He did what he needed to do to get her to say yes and what followed was a true love story.
 Mama Wray and Papa Wray were married in 1942 and shared an amazing life together. Papa Wray started his career in the very first Publix grocery store in Winter Haven, FL. They would soon move to Lakeland FL where Publix established their corporate headquarters. Mama Wray and Papa Wray would spend the next 40+ years in Lakeland, working hard and raising a family. After Papa Wray retired from Publix, they traveled extensively. Always together, they visited too many foreign countries to list and every U.S. state, except for North Dakota. Shortly after Papa Wray passed away in 1988, unsure and a bit anxious about what life would look like without him, Mama Wray bravely moved to Tallahassee to be closer to her three daughters, Shirley, Judy and Donna. At the time, and in her wildest dreams, she never would have imagined her family would grow to the size it has. Whenever asked, she would always say her move to Tallahassee was one of the best decisions she ever made.  Mama Wray would spend the next 3+ decades in Tallahassee enjoying her rapidly growing family and countless number of friends while tirelessly traveling between Tallahassee, St. George Island, FL and Sky Valley, GA. Today, her family includes her three daughters Shirley Wray Pace of Tallahassee, FL; Judy Wray Shultz (John) of St George Island FL; and Donna Wray Stafford (Mark Stafford, deceased) of Crawfordville, FL. She also enjoyed her nine grandchildren: Amanda Pace Kollar (Bill Kollar, deceased/Frank) of Asheville, NC; Jake Pace (Leslie) of Atlanta, GA; Wray Pace of Tallahassee, FL; Tracy Dempsey (Bubba) of Crawfordville, FL; Mark Stafford of Atlanta, GA; Jeffery Stafford (Jennifer) of Tallahassee, FL, Michelle Hicks (Bert) of St. George Island, FL; Rick Kennedy of Tallahassee, FL; Wendy Loy (Derrick) of Tallahassee, FL. The list of great-grandchildren has now grown to 23 and the list of great-great-grandchildren now stands at 4.   Mama Wray lived to be 101. While she was an invaluable resource with a wealth of knowledge and experience she always stopped short of impressing her opinions upon anyone. Yet when asked she would share her thoughts - always honest, considerate and respectful.  When asked how she stayed so healthy for so long, her answer was always the same, 'Everything in life should be enjoyed in moderation' and 'Always have something to look forward to.' Over the course of her life she wore several hats and played countless roles all valuable. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. Mama Wray was a role model for her family and they were lucky to have her in their lives for over 100 years. The time spent with Mama Wray was a blessing and will be cherished forever.  A graveside burial service will be on Saturday, July 20th, at 11:00 am at Oak Hill Burial Park (4620 US Highway 98 South, Lakeland, FL 33812). Ledger, Sunday, July 14, 2019 
> CLARICE CAGLE COLE - 12-25-1927 - 01-09-2018
LAKELAND - Clarice Cagle Cole passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The daughter of James and Georgia Cagle, was born in Tennessee on Christmas Day, 1927. Clarice was a middle child of thirteen siblings, a blue-eyed, blonde child among mostly brown-eyed, dark-haired brothers and sisters. Clarice was born into a poor family during the Great Depression and endured a difficult childhood with scarce food, clothing or support. What she did have was an abundance of self-esteem and a determination to find a better life. In 1947, she married Jack Raymond Cole. She and Jack were young and adventurous and they shared a desire for a bright and prosperous life. They decided to move to Alaska to work toward their dream. Clarice got work immediately working in a laundry that supplied the airlines with white tablecloths and napkins. Jack trained as an electrician and soon earned a position with the Anchorage City Electrical Company. In 1948, they welcomed their first child and eventually added three more children to the family. The family prospered, but a child's chronic colds drove the family to move to a warmer climate. In 1960, they packed up their belongings and drove down the Alcan Highway to Lakeland, Florida. Although they returned to Alaska for a few years, they made Lakeland their permanent home in the 1970s.  In addition to raising her four children, Clarice developed many hobbies and talents. She taught herself to bake and sew and became known for her exceptional pies and beautiful quilts. She often sewed delicate and stylish dresses for her three daughters and granddaughter. She doted on her grandchildren and helped her children to care for them when they were young. When he was 90 years old, Jack, the love of her life, passed away. Although she missed him terribly, she continued to live an active life, making business decisions and enjoying her garden, her children, her grandchildren, and her great-grandchildren. >She is survived by and loved by her daughters, Debra Cole, Mildred Gschwender,  and Aline Cole Barrett, and her son, Jack Raymond Cole, II, as well as, 11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A gathering of family and friends will be begin at 2:30 p.m., followed by a chapel service at 3:30 p.m., on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Lakeland Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Oak Hill Burial Park. Condolences may be offered at: Lakelandfuneralhome.com. - Ledger,  Jan. 11, 2018.

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