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> CHARLES R. LANIER, Sr. - 90 - Lanier Funeral Home
LAKELAND - Charles R. Lanier, Sr.  passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2017. He was born on January 16, 1927 in Lakeland, FL, a son of the late Dallas Judson and Hettie Moore. He was a member of Lakeland Masonic Lodge # 91 and co-member of the Eastern Star #26 & #57. He attended the Crystal Lake United Methodist Church. He began his career as orderly at Carpenters Home at the age of 16. He then started in the funeral industry serving Polk County families for over 67 years beginning with Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes and then in 1982, he started Lanier Funeral Home. He was a southern gentleman, serving as substitute granddaddy to many of Polk County residents. >He was preceded in death by his first wife, Johnnie Maye, grandson Stephen Hileman and granddaughter Jennifer Hanna. >He is survived by his wife Joyce, his daughter Cheryle (Walt) Webb, Lakeland; sons Rick (Susan) Lanier, Michael (Kathleen) Lanier; 10 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 1 great great-grandchild. Visitation will be on Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Bethel Baptist Church. Funeral will be held at the church. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. - Ledger, Oct. 31, 2017
 > RICHARD "RICK" LANIER,  - 63 - Air Conditioning Technician
LAKELAND - Richard "Rick" Lanier, died of heart failure Sunday (February 3, 2013). Born in Tampa on October 5, 1948, Rick was a lifelong resident. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and an air conditioning technician. He was >preceded in death by his father Stanley Lanier; mother Edith Margaret Lanier; sisters Edith Margaret and Mildred Earline. >He is survived by his brothers James Harry Lanier, Thomas Edward Lanier, both of Lakeland, FL; sister Elizabeth Faye Leon, Lakeland; and his good friend Molly. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, 2/7/13 at Socrum Cemetery. Lanier Funeral Home.- Ledger, Feb. 6, 2013.
LAKELAND - Mr. Thomas R. Raschke passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019. He was born in Morristown, NJ and came to Lakeland, FL as a child. Thomas worked for GTE for 30 years. He was a U.S. Air Force and Army Reserves veteran. Thomas loved spending time with his family, camping, gardening and bird watching.> He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Diane Raschke; sons, Craig (Stephanie) Raschke, Ryan (Becky) Raschke, all of Lakeland; daughter, Tiffany Harrelson of Brandon, FL; 5 grandchildren, Corey, Austin, Chasidy, Kellcee, Keaton and great grandchild, Austyn. Visitation will be Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:00 am at Gentry Morrison Funeral Home, Serenity Gardens Chapel, 3350 Mall Hill Dr. A graveside service will follow, 11:30am at Socrum Cemetery. Condolences to the family may be offered at - Ledger, March 12, 2019
> ANN WATKINS SHERROUSE - 70  - Office Manager for Red Wing Shoe Store
LAKELAND - Ann W. Sherrouse went home to be with The Lord on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. She was born in Edison, GA and moved to Lakeland in 1959 from Cuthbert, GA. Ann worked as an office manager for many years for Red Wing Shoe Store and Lakeland Comfort Shoes. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Lakeland. Ann loved to cook for family and friends. >She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin E. Sherrouse; step son, Irvin E. Sherrouse, Jr. and parents, Earl and Donnie Bell Watkins.   >Survivors include her son, David (Carrie) Bayhan; step daughter, Tonya Sherrouse (Bill Stricklin); brothers, Lee (Kathy) Watkins, Wayne (Zdenka) Watkins; sister, Jane (Joe) Vaughan; grandchildren, Elleri & Ben Bayhan; nephews, Matt Vaughan (Kerri), Steven Watkins (Meagan); Niece, Amy Skaggs (Shawn). Visitation with the family will be Friday 3/15/19 from 10 - 11 am at Bethel Baptist Church. Memorial Services will begin at 11am. In lieu of flowers, donations to Cornerstone Hospice will be appreciated. Condolences to the family may be offered at www.gentry-morrison. com - Ledger, March,10, 2019.
LAKELAND - Arlene Jean Carrigan Sherrouse was born on April 16, 1936 to Charles and Edith (Coykendall) Carrigan, in Odessa, New York. (Kuykendall )  As a teenager, her parents moved to Polk Co., Florida, where she remained for the rest of her life. She passed gently into the night on November 27, 2019, surrounded by her children and grandchildren.  Mrs. Sherrouse graduated from Kathleen High School in 1955.  On May 16, 1956, she married Raymond T. Sherrouse. The couple had seven children. They are: Ray T. (Lisa), Linda S., Kevin C. (Faye), Robert W., and Iva M., all of Lakeland; Sandra (Jack) Baker of Oregon, and Dale A. (Deborah) of Oklahoma. She had 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. >She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, all of her siblings, and her grandson Matthew T. Sherrouse. For the majority of her life, she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She loved nature, traveling, reading her Bible and puzzles and games. She will be missed by all who knew her. Visitation will be Tues at Bethel Baptist Church (Former Sanctuary), with services to follow at 11 am at the church. - Ledger, Dec. 1, 2019. Burial at Socrum Cemetery.   >>NOTE: According to obits the last name spelled as Coykendall most likely is the wrong spelling- Kuykendall is most likely the proper spelling.
> BILLIE SHERROUSE - 79  - Seamstress
BONIFAY - Billie Sherrouse of Bonifay, went home to be with the Lord on February 14, 2017 at the Bonifay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bonifay, Florida.  Billie was born on February 2, 1938 in Altoona, Alabama to Norman Kuykendall and Sue (Jones) Kuykendall. She worked as a seamstress and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida. >She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Claude Sherrouse.
>She is survived by her son: Calvin Sherrouse, Jr. and wife Marsha of Bonifay, Florida; two daughters: Carla Parrish and husband Everett of Polk City, Florida, Caye McGill and husband Joe of Greenville, South Carolina; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 11a.m. EST Monday, February 20, 2017 at Bethel Baptist Church in Lakeland, Florida with Rev. Jason Grime officiating. Interment will immediately follow in Socrum Cemetery. Obert Funeral Home of Chipley, Florida directing. The family will receive friends for visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.- Ledger, Feb. 18, 2017
> MATTHEW THOMAS SHERROUSE - 36 -  Paramedic Polk Co., Fire Rescue
LAKELAND - Matthew Thomas Sherrouse was born on December 3, 1982 to the parents of Ray T. and Lisa Day Sherrouse. He left this world on December 13, 2018 at the young age of 36. He was a life long resident of Polk County, FL and a 5th generation Floridian. >Mr. Sherrouse is survived by his parents, Ray and Lisa Sherrouse; his brothers, Cody Ray (Lacey) Sherrouse and Jayson Day all of Lakeland; his sisters, Krista (Jordan) Ellithorpe and Susan (Zack) Berkheimer, both of Valrico; his nieces, Makenzie and Lindsey and nephew, Cody Raymond. He is also survived by his paternal grandmother, 4 uncles and 5 aunts.  >He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather.  Mr. Sherrouse graduated from Bartow High School. He was a member of the marching band, ROTC, Explorers and the medical club. Upon graduation Mr. Sherrouse became an Emergency Medical Technician and later a Paramedic. He was employed at the Polk County Fire Rescue for almost 13 years. Mr. Sherrouse left Polk County to become a supervisor for a private ambulance company. He decided to leave that position to focus on his education. At the end of life, he was working as a monitor technician at BayCare - South Florida Baptist Hospital.  Mr. Sherrouse was very involved in his community. While at Polk County Fire Rescue, he became involved with the union for the employees. He was their treasure for many years. He also acted as shop stewart representing employees in discipline hearings. He became a guardian ad litem to protect the at-risk children in the community. He recently volunteered at Emergency Management placing individuals with special needs in shelters during emergency situations. Mr. Sherrouse devoted his life to helping those in need. Mr. Sherrouse loved a number of things including education, politics, traveling and University of Florida football. In his young life he was blessed to be able to travel all of the United States, Canada, Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti and more. He will be missed by all who knew him. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home 1727 Bartow Road Lakeland, FL. An additional visitation will be held  on Thursday, December 20th at Bethel Baptist Church. Funeral service will follow at 10:00 am. - Ledger, Dec. 18, 2018 -Socrum Cemetery
> MYRNA L. KENNEDY SHERROUSE, - 54 - w/o-Ray Sherrouse
VALRICO - Myrna L. Sherrouse of Valrico, Florida entered into eternal rest on December 10, 2013, due to cancer.
> She is survived by her husband of 19 years Ray; children Krista Ellithorpe  (Jordan), Susan Sherrouse, Matthew Sherrouse, and Cody Sherrouse (Lacey); grandchildren Trey, Kayla, Makenzie, Cody, and Lindsey; father Robert Kennedy, Sr.; siblings Scott Kennedy (Jennifer) and Melissa Robinette (Bruce); adopted children Austin, Crystal, and Logan; and numerous loving family members. >She was preceded in death by her mother Della Rosemary Walker and brother Robert Kennedy, Jr.  The family would like to thank Dr. Yvonne Lattimer of Brandon Medical Group and LifePath Hospice. A Celebration of life will be held on Friday, December 13 at 7:00 P.M. at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 CR 39 S., Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 6:00 P.M. Expressions of condolence at  - Ledger, Dec. 13, 2013
> THOMAS 'GERALD' SHERROUSE - 76 - Farmer & Rancher
LAKELAND - Thomas 'Gerald' Sherrouse passed away Nov. 25, 2017.  Mr. Sherrouse was born on Apr. 10, 1941 in Lakeland, and remained a lifelong resident of the area.  He graduated from Kathleen High School, Class of 1959, and was active in the FFA. He was a lifelong member of Bethel Baptist Church, and a part of the Kathleen Area Historical Society.  Mr. Sherrouse was an avid hunter, fisherman and musician. He enjoyed guitars and Bluegrass music.
> Mr. Sherrouse is survived by Rebecca Sherrouse; son, Bill Sherrouse; daughter, Esther (David) Harvey; brothers, Dayton (Lisa) Sherrouse and Kenneth (Laura) Sherrouse; sister, Lois (Lamarr) Murphy; grandchildren, Jennifer Furnell, Clarissa Gust, Joshua Sherrouse, Silas Harvey and Brogan Harvey; and 3 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Thurs. from 10-11 am at Bethel Baptist Church, with services to follow at11 am at the church. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethel Baptist Church or the Kathleen Area Historical Society. Ledger, Nov. 28, 2017
> NORMAN CARL SHERROUSE - 2 Days old - 1969 - 1969
Norman Carl Sherrouse, two-day old infant of Route 2, Lakeland, dies Thursday morning. >Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Sherrouse; 1 brother, Claude Jr. ; two sisters, Corla and Caye; and grandparents, Norman and Mrs. Kuykendall. --Grave side services was scheduled at 2p.m. this afternoon for the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude Sherrouse, at Socrum Cemetery. Gentry Morrison Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
> MARTHA "LOUISE" STILWELL - 84 - Homemaker
LAKELAND - Martha "Louise" Stilwell died May 31, 2012 at LRMC due to respiratory failure. Mrs. Stilwell was born and raised in Lakeland and was a member of New Home Baptist Church.  >She was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Stilwell;  sister, Allie Mae Canady and brothers, Buddy and A.J. Barfield. > She is survived by sons, Rex (Carol) Stilwell, Kenny (Rose) Stilwell; daughters, Mary (Junior) Rayborn, June (Jimmy) Linton; sisters, Mae Belle Walker, Lorene Foster; sisters in law, Joan Barfield, Betty Barfield; 16 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren and 10 great -great -grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Monday, June 4 at New Home Baptist Church at 11 am. Visitation will be from 10-11 am at the Church. Lanier Funeral Home.-  Ledger, June 3, 2012
> VIRGINIA MAE GLOVER - 96 - Sectionizer
LAKELAND - Virginia Mae Glover died March 12, 2008 of natural causes. Virginia moved to the central Florida area in the 1920's and worked as a sectionizer and in quality control for Kraft Foods with 24 years of service. A member of Faith Baptist Church, she was a loving, kind and nurturing lady that enjoyed reading, flower gardening and fishing. >She was preceded in death by her husband Charlie and son Fred. >She is survived by her granddaughter, Ethyl "Winkie" Astronskas and husband Tom, grandson, Ryan Astronskas, and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Monday, 3/17/08 from 10AM to 11AM at Lanier Funeral Home. Funeral Services will follow at 11AM, in the funeral home chapel. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. Ledger, March 15, 2008
> CHARLES "CHUCK" DEES  - 79 - Founder of Dees Water Ski School & Retired CSX Railroad
LAKELAND - Charles "Chuck" Dees left us to join his Savior on Monday, May 17, 2010 after fighting a courageous 5-year battle with cancer. He was born in Lakeland, FL on November 28, 1930 and was a graduate of Kathleen High School. He worked for CSX Railroad over 40 years, while operating one of the first world renowned water ski schools in the U.S. For over 50 years, he trained and coached beginners, knee-boarders, show-skiers, and competitive skiers, many of whom have become National and World Champions, including his own son Frankie Dees. Chuck was a member of the Florida Water Ski Federation Hall of Fame and received the American Water Ski Foundation Award of Distinction in 2009. He is considered a pioneer and legend in the sport. > Chuck is survived by his wife Sharon Dees; daughter Sandy Dees Perlewitz; sons Frankie and Gary Dees; sisters Bertha Richardson and Paulene Thorn; 13 grandchildren as well as 10 great grandchildren. >He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Annie Mae and Frank Dees, his daughters Charlene Dees Upshaw and Lanette Dawn Dees, and his sister Lorene Carter. > A memorial service will be held to celebrate Chuck's life at Parkview Baptist Church, 509 Parkview Place, Lakeland, FL on Friday, May 21st, 2010 at 6:00p.m. Condolences may be made to the family in the obituary guest book at > In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to Parkview Baptist Church of Lakeland, Good Shepherd Hospice of Auburndale or to the American Water Ski Educational Foundation to the "Legacy of Chuck Dees" in recognition of his many contributions to the sport. Ledger, May 20, 2010 - Burial listed as in Socrum Cemetery.
LAKELAND - Leslie R. Gleaton of Lakeland, FL died Sunday, January 27, 2019 at her residence after a courageous 10-year battle with cancer. She was born in Lakeland to Silas & Rebecca 'Becky' (Johnston) Bryant. Leslie attended schools in Polk County and was a 1993 graduate of Lake Gibson High School. She then attended Hillsborough Community College where she graduated with an Associates of Science Degree. She was a faithful lifelong member of Bethel Baptist Church, and enjoyed traveling as much as possible with her favorite place to visit being Cades Cove in the Great Smokey Mountains. > Leslie was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Clarence & Oleta Bryant, her maternal grandparents Carolyn Shiderman & Joseph E. Johnston. >She is survived by her son, Porter Gleaton, parents Silas & Becky Bryant, brother James, niece Blakely, her fiancé Robby Walker, and his children Kassidy, Jordan, and Holly, all of Lakeland. Leslie's family will receive friends on Saturday, Feb 2, 2019 from 10:00 am until service time at 11:00 am at Bethel Baptist Church, 3125 W Socrum Loop Rd, Lakeland, FL 33810; she will be laid to rest next her grandfather at Socrum Cemetery. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Good Shepherd Hospice for the excellent care and comfort they provided to Leslie. While flowers will be graciously accepted, those desiring to make a donation to honor Leslie, are asked to please consider the building fund at Bethel Baptist Church, 3125 W Socrum Loop Rd, Lakeland, FL 33810 or Good Shepherd Hospice, 3470 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33805.-Ledger, Feb. 2, 2019
LAKELAND - William McKinley Glass went home to be with the Lord on Monday, November 26th at the Consulate Health Care in Lakeland, FL due to complications from Parkinson's.  William was born June 22, 1929 in Lucille, GA to McKinley and Mattie (McCullers) Glass. He moved to Lakeland in 1952 after serving in the Korean War as a staff sergeant with the combat engineers. He worked in construction before beginning in 1956 a 32 year career at Publix then retiring in 1988. William enjoyed anything involving family. He built a beautiful log cabin in NC where family and friends gathered for many vacations and then later purchased lake property in South Georgia.  >He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Eloise, his son Randal Glass and daughter Donna (Harry) Clark; granddaughter Halie Clark, grandsons Trevor (Liz) Clark, Tyler (Stacy) Clark and Derek (Heather) Glass and great grandchildren Kody and Pailyn Glass and Evan and Ellie Clark all of Lakeland, FL. A visitation will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Northside Chapel with funeral services to follow at 3:00 pm.- Ledger, Nov. 28, 2012
> GARFIELD GIVANS, Jr. -  86 - Iron Worker
LAKELAND - Mr. Garfield Givans, Jr., went home to be with the Lord on May 7, 2013 while under hospice care at home due to natural causes. Mr. Givans was born in Salway, KY on September 19, 1926 to Fannie Skeeters and Garfield Givans, Sr.  During WWII he was an Army PFC who guarded military installations and German Officer prisoners of war. Since November of 1965 he was a member of Ironworker's Local No. 397. >He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, all formerly of Louisville, KY and a daughter, Melody Givans, formerly of Lakeland. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Norris Givans; daughter, Luanne (Richard) Dennis; son,Gary Ray (Connie) Givans, Sr.; 3 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Saturday at Kathleen Baptist Church, with services to follow at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Kathleen Baptist Church Music Dept. or Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. Gentry-Morrison Northside in charge of arrangements.- Ledger. May 9, 2013
LAKELAND -- Ms. Melody Givans of Lakeland died of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis Friday (March 25, 2005). She was born Dec. 30, 1951, in St. Petersburg, Ms. Givans came here from there in 1985. She was a musician. She was a member of Kathleen Baptist Church. She was a percussionist at Gibsonia Baptist Church and drummer and vocalist with the musical group "Mel's Diner. >"Ms. Givans is survived by her father, Garfield Givans Jr.; mother, Mildred J. Givans, Kathleen; brother, Gary Ray Givans, Kathleen; sister, Luanne Givans Dennis, Lutz. Visitation will be Tuesday at Kathleen Baptist Church. Services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice or Kathleen Baptist Church Music Dept. Lanier Funeral Home. - Ledger, March 27, 2005- Burial at Socrum Cemetery
> ROBERT LEON DORMAN - 57 - Truck Driver
LAKELAND -- After many years of separation from his high school sweetheart, Mr. Robert Leon Dorman was reunited with her, and the couple wed nine years ago. "We started corresponding through the telephone. He went to Maine and got me and brought me back," his wife, Jane Whitehead Dorman, said. "It was just like God put us back together again." The truck driver for Green Acres sod company died of cancer Thursday (June 17, 2004) at home. He was a lifelong resident born in Lakeland on May 22, 1947.  He and his wife met while attending elementary school together at Combee Elementary School.  They began dating while attending Kathleen High School, going their separate ways following school. Mr. Dorman worked for Publix, initially in their warehouse, and later began driving for the company. He retired from the company 14 years later. He had been driving for Green Acres sod company for at least the last 10 years. His wife described him as a very family-oriented, out doors loving person. "He loved to fish, mostly freshwater, but he just loved to fish. He loved to hunt and go camping," Jane Dorman said. "He had the greatest family there ever was." He was a Baptist. >In addition to his wife, Mr. Dorman is survived by his mother, Geraldine Dorman, Lakeland; sons, Robert E. Dorman, Greenwood, Gerald Hall Jr., Belfast, Maine; daughters, Marie Dorman, Lakeland, Lisa N. Smith, Greenwood, Tracy Hall, Lakeland, Donna Jamison, Auborn, Maine; brother, Lonnie Dorman, Homosassa; sister, Jean Odom, Lakeland; 10 grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday at Lanier Funeral Home, 717 W. Griffin Road, Lakeland. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel.- Ledger, June 18, 2004-
KATHLEEN - William Lamar "Pops" Dees of Kathleen, Florida, entered into eternal rest on February 14, 2013 due to congestive heart failure. >He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Dees, and son, William Lamar Dees, II. >He is survived by his children, Lavern Ritter (Terry), Lori Red (Christopher), and Michael Dees (Joy); sisters, Margaret Thomas and Arlene Owens (Thurman); and 6 grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at 11:00 A.M. at Gibsonia Baptist Church, 5440 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland, where the family will receive friends at 10:00 a.m..Interment to follow at Bethel Cemetery, Lakeland. Expressions of condolence at Ledger, Feb. 17 , 2013

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