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> DOROTHY GRIFFIN CHEATWOOD – 87 - Ledger, Oct. 7, 2011
TAMPA - Dorothy Griffin Cheatwood, passed away on Oct 5, 2011 from heart failure. >She is preceded in death by her husband, Herman Cheatwood.  > She is survived by her children, Roy Cheatwood, Mary Whillock and Greta Morrissey; 7 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was a loving mom, grandma and great-grandma and will be greatly missed. The family wishes to thank the staff at Florida Hospital-Carrollwood for their amazing and loving care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to FH-Carrollwood Foundation or Donate to American Heart Association . Visitation will be held at Blount & Curry Carrollwood Chapel  Friday, Oct 7. 2011. There will be a graveside service at Socrum Cemetery, Lakeland, for the immediate family. 
PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- Mrs. Ruth E. Cheatwood of Pine Bluff, Ark., formerly of Lakeland, died Saturday (Dec. 6, 2003) in Pine Bluff. Graveside services will be at 10:30 this morning at Socrum Cemetery in Lakeland. Gentry-Morrison Northside Funeral Home –Ledger, Dec. 11, 2003
> BESSIE L. CHEATWOOD – 94 – Retired  Beautician - Ledger, Dec. 22, 2002
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Bessie L. Cheatwood of Lakeland died of heart failure Saturday (Dec. 21, 2002) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was born Nov. 19, 1908, in Decatur, Ala., she came here 84 years ago from Alabama. She was a retired beautician. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Lakeland. > Mrs. Cheatwood is survived by her sister, Nell Lester, Lakeland; Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Gentry Morrison Northside Chapel. Interment will follow in Socrum Cemetery.
LAKELAND - On December 21, 2007, Heaven received our angel "Granny" Bessie M. Davis, due to heart failure. Bessie was born on May 12, 1926 in Indianapolis, IN to Charles and Elizabeth (Moon) Hughes and moved to Florida in 1946. Bessie was a wonderful mother and grandmother who loved to crochet and fish. > She is preceded in death by her husband, George C. Davis and two sons and a daughter.> Bessie is survived by her sons, George Davis & Family of Umatilla, FL, Willis Davis & Family of Lakeland, Bobby Davis & Family of Lakeland and Dale Davis & Family of Fletcher, NC; sisters, Dorothy Parkerson of Georgia and Virginia Summerall of Florida; brothers, William, Daniel and Partrick Moon all of Florida; 15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Friends will be received, Wednesday at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Northside Chapel where funeral services will be held that day at 11 a.m. Burial will take place in Socrum Cemetery. –Ledger, Dec. 24, 2007 - Note- Brothers last name is stated as MOON - Parents as Hughes ? your guess- 
> HAZEL FLORINE DAVIS – 84 -  Textile Weaver
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Hazel Florine Davis of Lakeland died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Sunday (April 23, 2006) at Tandem Health Care at Socrum Loop. She was born in Raeford, N.C., on April 4, 1922, she came to Lakeland from there. She was a weaver in the textile industry. > Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband, Franklin Davis; son, William E. Billy Davis, Raeford; daughter, Ann B. Erickson, Lakeland; stepsons, Rodney Davis, Minneapolis, and Douglas Davis, Concord, N.H.; stepdaughters, Teresa Fogarly and Cindy Joyce, both of Minneapolis, and Deborah Stohrer, Concord, N.H.; sisters, Alene Ketchel, Bowie, Md., and Sara Mae Tucker, Wilmington, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sandy Grove UMC Church. David Russell Funeral Home, Lakeland. –Ledger, April 26, 2006
> WILLIS CLINTON DAVIS – 59 - Equipment Operator
LAKELAND - Mr. Willis Clinton Davis, died of heart disease Saturday Sept. 6, 2008 . his father George Davis, Born in Lakeland on Oct. 15, 1948, he was a lifelong resident. He was an equipment operator and a member of Trinity Pentecostal Church of God. He was a good and loving husband, father, and grandfather. > Mr. Davis was preceded in death by, and mother Bessie Davis. >He is survived by his wife Betty A. Davis, Lakeland; sons Tony Elrod, Sr., Lakeland, Charles "Jeff" Elrod Sr., Ashville, N.C., Harold Elrod, Lakeland; daughter Barbara Faye Keller, Mulberry, TN.; brothers Bobby Davis, Dale Davis, both of Lakeland, George Davis, Umatilla, FL.; nephew Jim Slappey and his wife Shirley, Lakeland; 6 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday at Lanier Funeral Home chapel. Services will follow at Lanier Funeral Home chapel. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. –Ledger, Sept. 9, 2008
> RUTH KRESS DeCATUR – 90 -  Kraft Foods  -  Ledger, July 22, 2003
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Ruth Kress DeCatur of Lakeland died of congestive heart failure Sunday (July 20, 2003) at Tandem Health Care in Lakeland. She was born in Georgetown, Ohio, on July 17, 1913, she came to Lakeland from Georgetown, Ohio, 57 years ago. She was a selector for Kraft Foods and a cook at Union 76. She was a caretaker of the elderly. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. > Mrs. DeCatur is survived by her daughter, Diane Ward, Lakeland; sons, David Evans, Eddie DeCatur, both of Lakeland, Ronnie DeCatur, Winter Park; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren. >Visitation will be Wednesday at Countryside Funeral Chapel. Services will be Thursday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Socrum Cemeter
PUNTA GORDA -- Mrs. Margaret Edith Chadwick of Punta Gorda, formerly of Plant City, died of lung cancer Thursday (March 13, 2003) at home. She was born in Tampa on Aug. 18, 1941, she moved to Punta Gorda from Plant City in 1997. She was a homemaker.  >Mrs. Chadwick is survived by her husband, Jack Chadwick; daughter, Donna Palmer, Lakeland; brothers, James Lanier, Rick Lanier, Tom Lanier, all of Lakeland; sister, Elizabeth Leon, Lakeland; two grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Socrum Cemetery, Lakeland. Lanier Funeral Home, Lakeland –Ledger, March 15, 2003
> GEORGE “HONEY” CATLETT, JR. – 78 – Coal Miner
LAKELAND -- Mr. George "Honey" Catlett Jr. of Lakeland died of pneumonia Sunday (Jan. 23, 2005) in Lakeland. He was born in Prosperity, W. Va., on Dec. 4, 1926, he came to Lakeland from Daniels, W. Va., in 1976. He was a coal miner and a member of Miners Union locals No. 29 and No. 2325. He was a member of the Moose Lodge. He attended Lakeland Acres Baptist Church. >Mr. Catlett is survived by his wife, Ruth Elaine Catlett; daughters, Gay Thomas, Poca, W. Va., Joe Ellen Bragg, Beaver, W.Va., Lois Miles, Daniels, W. Va., Kanita Smith, Glen Morgan, W. Va.; stepdaughter, Heidi Hughes, Lakeland; sons, Dale Catlett, Mount Hope, W. Va., George "GW" Catlett III, Danville, Ky.; stepson, Timothy Yohn, Lakeland; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday at Lanier Funeral Home, 717 Griffin Road, Lakeland, 33805. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bethel Baptist Church, 3125 W. Socrum Loop Road, Lakeland, 33810. – Ledger, Jan. 25, 2005
> HERBERT  M. CALLAHAN – 90 – Ryder- Truck Driver
LAKELAND - Herbert M. Callahan, passed away Wednesday November 20, 2013. He was born June 5, 1923 in Soperton, Georgia. Herbert came here from Soperton, Georgia in 1924. He graduated from Lakeland Senior High in 1943, retired from Ryder Trucking, and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. > Herbert was preceded in death by:father; William Charles Callahan; mother, Maymie Callahan, and first wife Carolyn Mock Callahan. > Herbert is survived by wife Bernese Callahan; Lakeland, Florida; son, Will (Linda) Callahan, Lakeland, FL,  son, Patrick Callahan, Clearwater, FL; son, Clay Callahan, Lakeland, FL; Winkie (Thomas) Astronskas, stepdaughter, Lakeland, FL; Lisa Callahan, daughter-in-law, Lakeland, FL; sister, Thera (Grady) Witter, Lakeland, FL; 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.> Visit Saturday 11/23/13, at Bethel Baptist Church. Funeral service Saturday 11/23/13 at Bethel Baptist Church. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery – Ledger, Nov. 24, 2013
LAKELAND - Mrs. Patricia Ann "Tricia" Childers passed away due to heart failure on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2012. Tricia was born on Sept. 21, 1954 to Leo and Mary Barber in Tampa, FL. She attended Kathleen Baptist Church and volunteered at the Dixieland Lions Club. > She is survived by her husband, Greg Childers; son, James R. (Heather) and their children, BaiLeigh and Colby Carlson; son, Gary M. (Michelle) Carlson; parents, Mary K. and Leo D. Barber; brother, David L. (Lisa) Barber; sister, Chyrll (Hugh) Bowyer and also numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kathleen Baptist Church. > A visitation will be held on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Gentry-Morrison, Northside Chapel. Funeral services will be on Monday at Kathleen Baptist Church, 3939 2nd St. NW, Lakeland, FL 33810. Burial will follow at Socrum Cemetery. Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Northside Chapel. – Ledger, Aug. 10, 2012
> JAMES 'ROYCE' DIXON – 75 - Phosphate Supervisor
LAKELAND - James 'Royce' Dixon, of Lakeland passed away at his residence on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Mr. Dixon had been a resident of Lakeland since 1968, coming from Turkey Creek, Plant City area. He was a Supervisor of a Phosphate Mine for many years. Royce was a veteran serving in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.> Survived by his wife, Sandra Cumbie Dixon; son, Jeff W. Dixon; daughter, Joy Lynn Harwell; brother, Robert Gail Dixon; grandson, Cody Dixon.> A visitation will be held on Wednesday (today) April 22, 2015,at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 3350 Mall Hill Drive, Lakeland. Graveside services on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Socrum Cemetery with Pastor Wayne Roberts and Paul Dixon officiating.
–Ledger, Wed., April 23, 2015.
> SANDRA L. DIXON – 74 - Polk Co. School Board  – Ledger, May 2, 2015 - w/o-James Royce Dixon
LAKELAND - Sandra L. Dixon,  passed away at her residence on Monday April 27, 2015. Mrs. Dixon was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She moved to Lakeland in 1968 coming from Turkey Creek, FL. She was a former purchasing agent for the Polk County School Board for many years. > Predeceased by her husband James R. Dixon. >Survivors include her son Jeff W. Dixon; daughter Joy Lynn Harwell; nephew Harvey Cumbie III; grandson Cody Dixon. Visitation Sunday May 3, 2015, at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 3350 Mall Hill Drive, Lakeland, FL. Graveside services on Monday, May 4, 2015, at Socrum Cemetery with Pastor Wayne Roberts officiating. 
> CARL NORMAN BLEWETT – 90 -  Carl Blewett Auto Sales - Ledger, May 2, 2012
LAKELAND - Mr. Carl Norman Blewett died of heart failure Monday (April 30, 2012). Born in Wigham, GA, on May 3, 1921, he came here from Durham, N.C., in 1959. He was the owner and operator of Carl Blewett Auto Sales. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII, and was member of the American Legion. He was a member of Gibsonia Baptist Church, and the Moose Lodge. >Mr. Blewett was preceded in death by his wife Blanche E. Blewett; sons Thomas L. Blewett and Daniel C. Blewett.  >He is survived by his sons Jack N. Blewett, David L. Blewett, both of Lakeland; daughter Jill E. Humphrey, Lakeland; sister Connie Roberson, Boston, GA; 4 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday, May 3, 2012, at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, 2012 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. – 
> FRANKIE CLARIDY BISHOP – 82 - L.R.M.C. -  Ledger, June 2, 2011
CLARKSVILLE, IN. - Ms. Frankie Claridy Bishop, passed away on Friday, June 24, 2011 due to complications of emphysema. Frankie was born on July 25, 1928 to Russell and Zinnie Claridy in Lakeland, FL. She worked for 30 years in food service at LRMC. > She is survived by her daughter Karon L. Hosey; brothers Bill, Kenny and Russell Claridy; granddaughter Mistine Hosey; 2 nephews, Jeff and Nathan Claridy; and 4 nieces Rachel, Allison, Stephan and Lona. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Northside Chapel. Graveside services will be at 10 AM on Thursday at Socrum Cemetery.  
> PAUL EDWIN BAUER - 78 - Owens Illinois
LAKELAND - Mr. Paul Edwin Bauer, died of heart disease Tuesday (June 14, 2011). Born in Hill Station, OH, on Oct. 5, 1932, Mr. Bauer came here from Okeechobee, FL, in 1993. He was a systems engineer with Owens Illinois, and a veteran of the National Guard. Paul attended First Baptist Church at the Mall. He was a loving husband of 59 years and a great father and grandfather. >He is survived by his wife Lenora Bauer; son Daryl Bauer, Flintville, TN; daughter Linda Bauer Burdsall, Lakeland; sons Michael Bauer, Lakeland, Charles Bauer, Mason, OH; sisters Wilma Bingham, Marianna, FL, Jane McHarg, Crystal River, FL; 5 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren. > Funeral services will be Friday, June 17, 2011 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. Donations may be made to First Baptist Church at the Mall, 1010 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, 33805. – Ledger, June 16, 2011
> ROBERT E. "Bob"  BETZ – 74 - Fisheries Specialist  -  Ledger, July 21, 2006
LAKELAND -- "When Bob arrived the party began," said Rowena Betz of her husband, Robert E. "Bob" Betz, who was known for always keeping his friends and family laughing."He always had a joke, always had a story to tell."Mr. Betz died because of complications of dementia Wednesday (July 19, 2006) at home."A city boy from St. Louis," Mr. Betz was born there Sept. 28, 1931, then moved to Lakeland 51 years ago after his service in the Army during the Korean War. He also served two years in England working in communications.
 When he moved to Florida he became a fisheries specialist with the Game and Freshwater Fish Commission. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 256 where he was a Shriner. Mr. Betz attended Lake Gibson United Methodist Church. Mr. Betz and his wife danced at the Buttons and Bows Square Dance Club, sometimes "going away to dances out of town," Rowena Betz said. Mr. Betz had "many different interests in life. He was a lover of the outdoors and liked to golf and hunt," Rowena Betz said. He took great pride in his grandchildren and enjoyed raising cows. "He made toy boxes for each grandchild when they were born," Rowena Betz said. She said he also saved all their report cards and papers.The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary July 2. 2006 > In addition to his wife, Rowena Betz, >Mr. Betz is survived by his daughters, Renee Sangster, Lakeland, Beverly Miller, Tallahassee; five grandchildren. > Visitation will be this evening at Lake Gibson United Methodist Church. Services will follow at the church. Burial will be in Socrum Cemetery
> ELSIE MAE GRIFFIN WALL – 95 - Lunch Room Manager
LAKELAND - On April 1, 2015, Elsie Mae Griffin Wall was promoted to glory.> She is survived by her four children Randy, Larry, Brooke and Chris and an honorary daughter, Gloria Shiver Williams Elsie always said you could ride the river with Gloria ; her eleven grandchildren Gavin, Grant, Kim, Andrea, Steve, Scott, Mendy Mae, Joshua, Whitney, Seth and Jay; and eighteen great grandchildren. Four of her grandchildren and great grandchildren carry on her name and are blessed to have her as a model to follow. >  Elsie was born on October 29, 1919, to Murray and Opal Griffin in Americus, Georgia. In 1925, Murray moved his family to Griffin, Florida, where they farmed and sold produce at the Lakeland curb market. Also, Murray drove a school bus and Opal sold flowers to Publix Supermarket. Elsie graduated from Lakeland High School and became a hairdresser.  In the early 40s Elsie married Adolph Wall. By the early 50s they had four children and they bought land north of Kathleen for a family farm. After all her children were in school, Elsie returned to work at the Kathleen High School cafeteria where she advanced to the manager position that she held until retirement. Then she focused on enjoying her farm. Forty-one years ago, Elsie enrolled as a Salvation Army Soldier. She was League of Mercy Secretary and visited local nursing homes for decades. She was also a member of Home League. In all that she did, Elsie had a positive impact on the people and situations she was involved with. Even in her later years, as her health declined, she still loved to interact with people and share a good meal. She will be missed by all that knew her. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015, at Socrum Cemetery. – Ledger, Wed. April 8, 2015
LAKELAND - Mr. Stanley Roland Kendrick, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 31, 2015. He was born in Jacksonville, NC, and moved to Lakeland in 1952. Roland worked as a Lineman for GTE for 26 years. He was a member of First Baptist Church at The Mall, and also member of the GTE Breakfast Group. Roland graduated from Kathleen High School in 1967. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener. He was an advocate for furthering research to cure Parkinson's disease. > Roland was preceded in death by his father Stanley Kendrick; brothers in law Wayne and Charles Bryant.  >Survivors include his wife Joyce; mother Agnes Kendrick of Lakeland; sisters Mary Sall of Tomball, TX, Brenda Downie of Lakeland; brothers in law, Irvin James, Harry, and John Bryant and many nieces and nephews. >Visitation will be Wednesday, at Gentry-Morrison at Serenity Gardens Funeral Home, 3350 Mall Hill Dr. and Thursday, at First Baptist Church at The Mall, 1010 W. Memorial Blvd. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am with interment to follow at Socrum Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation. Please make checks payable to UF Health Center for Movement Disorders, P.O. Box 112742, Gainesville, FL, 32611. Please include 'In memory of Roland Kendrick.' – Ledger, Tuesday, June 1, 2015
> EDWARD T. WILDER - Sr., – 62 - Communication Specialist
BERLIN, GERMANY - Mr. Edward T. Wilder, Sr., died of pneumonia October 17, 2009. Born in Lakeland on Sept. 30, 1947, he moved to Berlin, Germany from Tonawanda, N.Y., in 1979. He was a communication specialist and worked in the communication field all of his life. He was an Army veteran and amateur radio operator. > Mr. Wilder was preceded in death by his father Ray H. Wilder. > He is survived by his wife Marlis Wilder, Berlin; mother Sallie R. Wilder, Orlando, FL; son Edward T. Wilder, Jr., San Francisco, CA; daughter Vanessa Rehkoph, Rolla, MO; sisters Judi Brown, West Palm Beach, FL; sister Kaye Bozard, Orlando, FL; 4 grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 12p.m. noon Friday at Socrum Cemetery. Lanier Funeral Home. – Ledger, Oct. 29, 2009
> JAMES HILTON ROACH – 83 -  Tile Contractor  - Ledger, Monday, Feb. 29, 2016
LAKELAND - Hilton Roach, of Lakeland, passed away February 26, 2016, at LRMC due to congestive heart failure. Hilton was born February 28, 1932, in Moultrie, GA to Seymour and Lois Roach. He spent his formative years in Sparks, GA. He moved to Lakeland in 1955, after serving his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Hilton was a tile contractor for 35 years, working for many Lakeland builders. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved spec fishing on Lake Kissimmee, gardening on his property and sitting in his swing. He loved watching the Atlanta Braves and the Tampa Bay Rays. Most of all, he loved his family, but especially his four great granddaughters. >  Hilton was preceded in death by his son, Wayne; one sister, Claudette; and two brothers, Earl and Roy. > He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lynell; daughter and son in law, Marilyn and Jeff Clyne; son and daughter in law, Danny and Brenda Roach; brothers Gene, Charles and Jerry Roach, five grandchildren, Kyle (Stacey) Clyne, Colin (Shannon) Clyne, Jessica (EJ) Pate, Chad Roach (Allison), and Tyler Roach. He also leaves behind four beautiful great granddaughters, Marylee and Grace Clyne, Riley and Addie Pate, all of Lakeland. Visitation with the family will be Tuesday,  at Gentry Morrison Funeral Home at Serenity Gardens, 3350 Mall Hill Dr. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 pm.Tues. Interment will follow at Socrum Cemetery. – 
> HILTON “WAYNE” ROACH – 50 – Owned the Family’s Tile Business -  Ledger, July 19, 2009
Hilton "Wayne" Roach, passed away on Friday, July 17, 2009 at his home after a three year battle with Leukemia. He was born in St. Petersburg, FL on March 31, 1959. After graduating from Kathleen Sr. High School, he joined his family's tile business which he owned until his passing. He was an avid outdoorsman that loved lobster diving and offshore fishing in the Florida Keys and Bahamas. Wayne had an outgoing, charismatic personality and never met a stranger. > He is survived by his parents Mr. and Mrs. James Hilton Roach, sister Marilyn Clyne (Jeff) and brother Danny Roach (Brenda) both of Lakeland, FL. His numerous joys in life were the times spent with his niece and nephews; Jessica, Chad, and Tyler Roach and Kyle and Colin Clyne. Wayne always included them in his many outdoor adventures. He will be truly missed by his many friends and family. A visitation will be held on Monday July 20th at Springhead Baptist Church, 3106 S. Wiggins Rd, Plant City, FL at 10am with a service to follow at 11am. Burial will follow at Socrum Cemetery in Lakeland, FL. Donations can be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823 or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3319 Maguire Blvd., #101, Orlando, FL 32803.  Burial in Socrum Cemetery
> JUANITA FOSHEE – 86 – Co-Owner of Foshee Jewelers, Inc. - Ledger, Tuesday, March 29, 2016
LAKELAND - Mrs. Juanita Foshee, died Friday, March 25, 2016. Born in Covington, KY, on March 29, 1929, she came here from Chattanooga, TN, in 1936. She was a homemaker and co-owner of Foshee Jewelers, Inc. She was a member of Griffin Baptist Church. Her passions were painting and the outdoors, including walking through the pastures with the cows. >Mrs. Foshee was preceded in death by her parents and sister Mary Ellen Mitja. >She is survived by her husband Clyde R. Foshee, owner of Foshee Jewelers, Inc.; her 3 children: Christopher (Duska) Foshee, Pamela (Ed) Cothern, Belinda (Ron) Valdez; 7 grandchildren: Christina (Dustin) Lewis, Travis (Patience) Foshee, Mandy (Jason) Cobb, BethAnne (Dustin) Kirkland, Rhilip Russo, Ian Valdez, D. Ray Valdez; 6 great grandchildren: Charlee Foshee, Shane Martin, Sarah Curby, Sierra Cothern, Jade Russo and Layla Russo. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Griffin Baptist Church. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. The family would like to extend gratitude for all the prayers and concern shown by so many acquaintances. 
> K. C. FOSHEE - 53 -  Ledger, Sunday, Feb. 3, 1957 -
 K.C.Foshee died Friday at 5 p.m. at his home on Route 3. He had lived in Lakeland for 33 years. He was a member of the Baptist Church and was a maintenance man for Sasson King, Inc. >Survivors  include his widow, Mrs. Georgia Foshee and 1 son, Clyde R. Foshee, both of Lakeland; 3 daughters; Mrs. Tom Matthews, Miss Loretta Foshee, both of Lakeland and Mrs. Barbara Clements, Hialean; 4 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Herman Foshee, Lakeland, and John  Foshee of  Clearwater,; 4 sisters, Mrs. Florence  Downs of Birmingham, Ala.; Mrs. Earline Massais of Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Gladys Walker of Avon Park, Fl.; and Mrs. A.B. Galloway of Clermont.  > Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church. Burial will be at Socrum Cemetery with Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
> Funeral Services - Ledger, Monday, Feb. 4, 1957.
Services for K. C. Foshee, who died Friday afternoon at his home in North Lakeland were conducted yesterday at 3 p.m.  at the First Baptist Church. The Rev. Byron Wilkinson, pastor, was assisted by the Rev. T.S. O'Steen, pastor of Skyland Baptist Church. 2 selecctions were sung by the Selph Brothers Quartet. > Pallbearers were Harold Odom, Lloyd Dees, Harold Crawford, Jake Dorman, Osborn Lanier and Roy Palmer. - Burial was at Socrum Cemetery under the direction of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home.
> WILLIAM “BILL” FOSHEE – 71 -  Production Manager for Weyerhaeuser  - Ledger, July 17, 2005
LAKELAND -- Mr. William "Bill" Foshee of Lakeland died of lymphoma Thursday (July 14, 2005).  Mr. Foshee was born April 17, 1934, in Lakeland. He worked as a production manager for Weyerhaeuser. He was a veteran of the Navy who served in the Korean War. He was a member of Town & Country Baptist Church of Tampa and the Kathleen Area Historical Society. > Mr. Foshee is survived by his wife, Marilyn Foshee; sons, William Donald Foshee, Aurora, Ill., David DeWitt Foshee, Lutz; daughter, Deborah Anne Cusanelli, St. Louis, Mo.; sister, Nelda Cauley, Lakeland; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Visitation will be Monday at Bethel Baptist Church. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice or American Cancer Society. Lanier Funeral Home, Socrum Cemetery, Lakeland.
> MARY CARR FOSHEE MATTHEWS - 91 -   - Ledger, May 7, 2014
LAKELAND- Mary Carr Foshee Matthews, passed away May 4, 2014 due to natural causes. Mary came to Lakeland in 1929 from Coopers, Alabama with her family K.C. and Georgia Foshee. In 1939, she married Tom Matthews and they started their family. They started a bait company and sold worms and shiners to local businesses in the Polk County area. Mary worked for the Kathleen Senior High lunchroom and then was a salesperson at her brother's store Foshee Jewelers. Her greatest joy and accomplishment was her family. She loved to bowl and was a long time member of Bethel Baptist Church. She had a big heart full of love and will be deeply missed by those who knew her.>  Mary was preceded in death by her parents K.C. and Georgia Foshee, her brother Julius, her son Larry T. Matthews and granddaughter Tara Matthews. > She leaves behind her children; Jimmy Matthews, and Ella Matthews-Keeble, her brother Clyde Foshee and sisters; Barbara Hunt and Loretta Britt. Her eleven grandchildren; Kim Keeble-Murray, Deborah Matthews, Michael Matthews, Bettlyn Keeble-Babin, Cody Matthews, Timothy Matthews, Becky Keeble-Cannizzaro, and Dana Hall-Bradley. Great Grandchildren; Matthew Keeble, Justin Bates, Ashley Walden, Chad and Colton Matthews, Chonea and Chyanne Matthews, Austin Murray, Garrett Hall and Hope Matthews and her 6 great-grandchildren; Landon Bates; Mattisen, Ellisen and Piersen Keeble, Haylen Keene, and Braydon Matthews. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 8, 2014, with a service following at 11 am both at Bethel Baptist Church in Lakeland, FL
> CLINTON D. BUTLER, 72 -  Press Operator at Florida Tile
LAKELAND - Mr. Clinton Butler died at home in the loving care of his family and Good Shepherd Hospice on Saturday, September 13, 2008 from heart failure.  > Mr. Butler was born in Lakeland on December 1, 1935 and was a lifetime resident. He was a press operator for Florida Tile and was of the Pentecostal faith. > He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Bobbie J. Butler of Lakeland; son, Charles (and Jane) Butler of Canton, North Carolina; daughter Joan (and Daniel) Ford of Kathleen; six grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Tuesday September 16, 2008 and Wednesday, September 17, 2008 Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at Lakeland Funeral Home with Interment following in Socrum Cemetery. An Online Guest Book is available at lakelandfuneralhome.com . –Ledger, Sept. 16, 2008
LAKELAND - Stella Pearl Bryant died Thursday, December 8, 2016. Born in Lakeland on September 16, 1915, Mrs. Bryant was a lifelong resident. She grew up in Kathleen Baptist before moving to Gibsonia Baptist where she taught a ladies Sunday school class for several years. . She served Kathleen Senior High School as the principal's secretary for 25 years before retiring in 1977.  >Mrs. Bryant was preceded in death by her husband Robert Wayne Bryant. > She is survived by her brother Warren Rushing (Becky); sister Theresa Bare; her son Robert Wayne Bryant, Jr. (Pat), Scottsdale, AZ; daughter Ginny Hester (Ray), Lakeland; granddaughter Carmen Butfiloski (Ed); grandson Brannen Hester (Nina); granddaughter Michelle Heil (Mike); great grandchildren Robby, Eddie, Audrey, Alyssa and Savannah. > Visitation will be Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at Kathleen Baptist Church. Funeral will follow at the church. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. Lanier Funeral Home. – Ledger, Dec. 13, 2016
> WILLIAM HENRY WILT – 85 – Saw Mill Operator
William Wilt of Route 2, died yesterday at Arcadia. He was a native of Parsons, W. Va., and came to Lakeland in 1922 from Appomattox. He was a retired farmer and saw mill operator. He was a member of the Old German Baptist Church. >He is survived by four sons, Herman of Florida City and George, Roy and William H., Jr., all of Lakeland; seven daughters, Mrs. Nellie Bryant of Lakeland, Mrs. Mae Newson and Mrs. Ruth Sopensky, both of Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Goldie Wistner of Grover Hill, Ohio, Mrs. Sylvia Buford and Mrs. Pauline Richardson, both of Salem, Va., and Mrs. Lois Kinsey of Winter Haven; 32 grandchildren, 48 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. >Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Old German Baptist Church, with burial in Socrum Cemetery. - Ledger,  Feb 19, 1964
 > WILT, Tammy Nannette SCRUGGS – 52 -  Polk County School Bus Driver
> Tammy passed away due to Hydrocephalus on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Tammy was born on August 2, 1961 to Thomas and Marie Scruggs in Lakeland, FL. She was a lifelong resident of Lakeland. Tammy was a handicap school bus driver for the Polk County School System. She was a member of the Cornerstone Baptist Church where she also taught Sunday school.>She is survived by her husband, Jerry Wilt; son, Jeremy Wilt; daughter, Rachel Dixon; mother, Marie Scruggs; brothers, Dwight Scruggs and Mark Scruggs; sisters, Glenda Finley, Cathy Goldsmith and Sandra Filmore; grandchildren, Alexis Wilt, Jonathan Wilt and Chloe Dixon. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Compassionate Care Hospice, 2393 E.F. Griffin Road, Bartow, FL 33830.  A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Serenity Gardens Chapel, 3350 Mall Hill Drive, Lakeland. Funeral services to follow in the funeral home chapel at 10 am. –Burial at Socrum Cemetery, Lakeland,Fl.
> OVEIDA R. RUSHING – 90 – Homemaker
WEBSTER - Mrs. Oveida Raulerson Rushing died of natural causes December 11, 2007. Born in Osceola County, Florida on Feb. 19, 1917, Oveida moved to the Croom-A-Coochee area in the mid 1960s. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.  >Mrs. Rushing was preceded in death by her husband Charles A. Rushing; daughter Cathy Tibbetts; sons, Charles W. Rushing, and Jack Rushing. > She is survived by her sons, James Joe Rushing, Croom-A-Coochee, FL., Ralph Rushing, Lake City; daughters, Mary Chestnut, Ridge Manor, FL., Barbara Sanchez, Susie Harlow, both of Tampa, Verna Jenkins, Luray, VA., Betty Gnadt, Croom-A-Coochee, Rosa Luer, Sarasota; 22 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Baptist Church (Old Sanctuary). Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery – Ledger, Dec. 13, 2007
LAKELAND - Sheena Thrasher went to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Sheena was born on January 13, 1949 to Roy and Margarie Chandler in Opelika, AL. She grew up in The Valley, AL until the age of 12 when they moved to Lakeland FL. Soon thereafter she met the love of her life, David, whom she was married to for 53 years. Together they raised three kids, Paula, Paul, and Shawn. A woman of great faith, Sheena loved the Lord with all her heart and was a prayer warrior. Her family was what she treasured in life the most. She enjoyed music including country, southern gospel and Elvis Presley, had a talent for making porcelain dolls, was an awesome southern cook and had a funny wit that remained with her, even in her last days. > She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Chandler.  >She is survived by her husband, David G. Thrasher; son, Paul Thrasher; daughters, Paula (Ronnie) Keel and Shawn (Steve) Dunning; mother, Margarie Chandler Parrish; sister, Lana Liesen; 7 grandchildren, Courtney (Josh), Cody, Trey, Dakoda, Abbi, Carter & Derek; and 1 great grandchild, Paisley. >A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 8, 2017  at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 3350 Mall Hill Dr. Lakeland. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, January 9, 2017  in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Socrum Cemetery. – Ledger, Fri., Jan. 6, 2017
> BILLY FRANKLIN DUNN- 31 - Clerk for Advanced Auto Parts - s/o- Willie & Carol Jean Dunn
LAKELAND -- Mr. Billy Franklin Dunn of Lakeland died at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Wednesday (Aug. 28, 2002) of injuries sustained in an auto accident. He was 31. Born in Lakeland on May 18, 1971, he was a lifelong resident. He was a clerk for Advance Auto Parts. He was a member of Kathleen Baptist Church. >Mr. Dunn is survived by his father, W. Franklin Dunn, Lakeland; mother, Carol Jean Dunn, Lakeland; sister, Judy A. Hoecherl, Tallahassee. Visitation will be, Saturday at Kathleen Baptist Church. Services will follow at the church. Lanier Funeral Home, Lakeland. Burial in Socrum Cemetery –Ledger, Aug. 29, 2002
> CAROL JEAN LEWIS DUNN - 66 - Minister of Music - w/o- Willie F. Dunn - m/o Billy Dunn
LAKELAND - Carol Jean Dunn died of cancer Jan. 27, 2008. Born in Hammond, IN., on April 10, 1941, Carol Jean moved to Lakeland from Hammond, IN., when she was just 18. Throughout her childhood, she studied music and played several instruments. Upon completion of her music degree at Baptist Bible Institute, she served the Lord by ministering through music. In her retirement years, she delighted in working with children's choirs and the nursing home ministry at Valencia Hills through Kathleen Baptist. She rejoiced on a daily basis, and found pleasure in everything. She always had a song in her heart and a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her on earth, but happily welcomed by her heavenly family.> Mrs. Dunn was preceded in death by her son Billy Dunn.  >She is survived by her husband W. Franklin Dunn, Lakeland; daughter Judy Jecko, Cairo, GA.; sister Shirley Schaller, Lakeland, FL., her loyal companion and loving spoiled dog Amber Jean; and numerous other beloved family members. Visitation will be Wednesday at Kathleen Baptist Church. Services will follow at the church. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, 33823, or Kathleen Baptist Church building fund – Ledger, Jan. 29, 2008 - Note- Carol Jean Lewis married Willie Franklin Dunn - in Polk Co., March 19, 1965
> WILLIE FRANKLIN DUNN – 85 – Engineering Inspector, City of Lakeland - h/o-Carol Jean Dunn
LAKELAND - Willie Franklin Dunn passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, on the anniversary of his marriage to late wife Carol Jean Dunn. A lifelong resident of Kathleen, Willie was a Engineering Inspector for the City of Lakeland. He was a member of the Kathleen Masonic Lodge, Woodmen of the World and Kathleen Baptist Church. There Willie was a former Deacon and received the Deacon Emeritus Award in 2007. > He was preceded in death by his wife Carol Jean Dunn, son Billy Franklin Dunn and sister Louise McNaughton. > Willie is survived by a daughter Judy Jecko and husband Scott of Tallahassee, two sisters Jane Jones of Sylva, NC and Susan Walker of Oakdale, CA, and very close to Franklin, his nephew Jerry Walker and wife Debbie of Lakeland, one grandson, two great-grandchildren and many other treasured friends and relatives. A visitation will be held on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Kathleen Baptist Church with services starting at 11 am. Burial will follow at Socrum Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kathleen Baptist Church or Good Shepherd Hospice. Lanier Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. – Ledger, Wed. March 22, 2017 - Note - Willie passed away same day as his marriage to Carol Jean Lewis/Dunn
> LLOYD O ALBRITTON – 76 – Heavy Equipment Operator, Road Construction - 
LAKELAND - Lloyd Olin 'Buddy' Albritton, passed away on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Born in Acardia, Buddy was a lifelong resident of the area and was a Heavy Equipment Operator in the Road Construction Industry. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #945 of Lakeland and enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching sports. Especially the Seminoles and Buccaneers. A loving husband, father and grandfather he will be dearly missed.> Preceded in death by a sister Mary Myers.> Buddy is survived by his wife Saundra K. Albritton, three daughters, Tonya Hoover, Regina Fletcher and Kim Martin; Son, Buddy Fletcher; sister Martha Caustic and brother Barney Albritton. Nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Lanier Funeral Home with Funeral services at 11 am. Burial will follow at Socrum Cemetery. Lanier Funeral Home in Charge of arrangements. –  Ledger, Wed. April 19, 2017
> WILLIAM ROBERT “ROB” FLETCHER – 82 – Retired City of Lakeland Water Dept.
LAKELAND - William Robert "Rob" Fletcher, Sr.,  died of heart failure Saturday (September 28, 2013). > Born in Tifton, GA, on Jan. 4, 1931, he was a lifelong resident of the area. Rob retired from the City of Lakeland Water Department with 30 plus years as a foreman. He was an Air Force veteran and member and past Deacon at Webster Memorial Baptist Church. > Mr. Fletcher was preceded in death by his wife Juanita Fletcher.  > He is survived by his daughters Becky Fletcher, Kathleen, Frances E. Williams, Lakeland, Karen Fletcher, Kathleen, son Robert Fletcher, Lakeland, daughter Claudia Baughman, Lakeland, brother Loyd Fletcher, Kathleen, sisters Dorothy Bridges, Kathleen, Frances Ballard, Tampa, brother Kenneth Fletcher, Kathleen, 8 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren. > Visitation will be Wednesday, 10/2/13 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral will be. Thursday, 10/3/13 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. Ledger, Oct. 2, 2013
> FRANKLIN DELANO FLETCHER – 72 - Railroad Switchman & Polk Co.,School Board
LAKELAND -- Mr. Franklin Delano Fletcher of Lakeland died of heart failure Thursday (July 7, 2005) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Auburndale, Fl. on April 18, 1933, he was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a railroad switchman. He also retired from the Polk County School Board. He was a member of the Kathleen Masonic Lodge. He was an Army and Air Force veteran, having served in the Korean War. He was a member of Kathleen Baptist Church. > Mr. Fletcher is survived by his wife, Geraldine Fletcher; sons, William Fletcher, Fort Myers, Edwin Fletcher, Lakeland; daughters, Cynthia Fletcher, Janet Fletcher, both of Lakeland; brothers, Lloyd Fletcher, Robert Fletcher, Kenny Fletcher, all of Lakeland;, Dorothy Bridges, Lakeland, Francis Ballard, Tampa; three grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday at Lanier Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Socrum Cemetery. – Ledger, July 9, 2005 -

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