Lakeland, Polk County, Florida
Obits -page 1


>LAMAR, MR.  HENRY-> Funeral Services for Mr. Henry Lamar , of 639 West Third St., Lakeland, Fla. who died Saturday, March 3, 1973, will be held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, March 8, 1973 from the Bethel A.M.E. Church with the Rev. R. J. Blaine pastor of Bethel A. M. E. Church, officiating. Friends may call Wednesday from 12 noon till 8:00 p.m. Thursday from 8 till 2. The remains will lie in state at the church   Interment will follow in Tiger Flowers Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of H. W. Oldham Funeral Home.>>Notes: I found the name of Henry Lamar listed in marriage records 3 times- Not saying each Henry is the same man- Henry Lamar B: March 19, 1893 -  D: March 3, 1973 - 
Funeral services for Mrs. Alberta Cole Cason of 1788 Bayview Drive, Lakeland, Fla. who died in Rochester, New York Friday, March 9, 1973 will be held Sat. March 17, 1973 from the St. Luke Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. O. L. Williams, pastor, Bishop Henry I. Ross of Refuge Church of Our Lord, officiating. Friends may call Friday, March 9 and Sat., March 10. 1973. Interment will follow in Tiger Flowers Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of W. H. Oldham Funeral Home.>>
Notes: I found an Albertha Virginia Cole who married to a Robert Earl Cason on Feb. 14, 1945. - Albertha is also listed in cemetery records as B: Nov. 4, 1927 - D: March 9, 1973 - as listed in records for Polk Co., Fla. 
>NEAL, MR. JIM  -  Funeral services for Mr. Jim Neal who passed away on Thursday, March 1, 1973, will be held on Thursday, March 8, 1973 from the Triumph Brotherhood Church, corner of 3rd. St. and Ohio Ave. with priest M. A. Summers, pastor. The elder Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Tiger Flowers Cemetery. Friends may call this evening at the Charles A. Lewis Funeral Home. Also remains will lay in repose for viewing at the church from 1:30 p.m. until funeral time. >>Notes: I found in the cemetery listings that a Mr. John Henry Neal, B: June 4, 1894  - D: March 1, 1973 - was PFC, U.S. ARMY WW1 - >Jim married Eula Mae Neal in Dec. 1937 - Eula B: Dec. 6, 1909 - D: Jan. 31, 1998 - as listed in burial records for Polk Co.,Fla.
>ROBINSON, MRS. DAISY -  70 -  Funeral services for Mrs. Daisy Robinson of 503 West 12th. Street, Lakeland, Fla., who died Wednesday, March 14, 1973 will be held Saturday, March 17, 1973 from the New Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. C. H. Bolden, pastor of the church, officiating. Friends may call Friday from noon till 8:00 p.m. -Sat. from 8 till 12 noon. Interment will follow in Tiger Flowers Cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of H. W. Oldham Funeral Home. 
LAKELAND - Mildred Baker,  passed away on Nov. 7, 2009  from heart failure. Services Sat. 11 am graveside at TigerFlower Cemetery. View Sat. from 9-10 am Coney Funeral Home. – Ledger, Nov. 12, 2009.
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Marenda Rubertha Bell was a lady with a strong faith in God and often sang a favorite hymn, "Down at the Cross." Mrs. Bell died of heart failure Friday (Feb. 14, 2003) at Tandem Health Care Center. She was born in Hargisville, Ga., Dec. 14, 1921, she came to Lakeland from Thomasville, Ga., 63 years ago.
 She was a foster grandparent through the the Polk County Opportunity Council for eight years. She was known as "Grandma Bell." "She helped them with their work and was there for support. She helped them with their lunch and go to the bathroom -- clean them up. She always loved the children," said her grandson and caregiver, David J. Baker of Lakeland.  After leaving PCOC because of failing health in 1999, the students made her a carrying bag and a poster with all of their handprints on it. They continued to stay in touch. "She was a blessed lady and every time you saw her, she was the same person every time," Baker said. "I was with her all of her life. She believed strongly in God. She always said, `Whatever you do, put God first -- let God do it.' " "Being on time was very important to her. She would pick people up and carry them to church and she would tell them `I'm going to be there to pick you up for church and make sure you are on time because God is an on-time god.' " Mrs. Bell was an active member of Pilgrim Rest Freewill Baptist Church. She was president of Usher Board No. 2, a Sunday school teacher, a member of Home Mission No. 2, and the City Wide Ushers Union. > Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Herman Bell, in 1972.> In addition to her grandson, she is survived by her daughter, Ellen Davenport, Lakeland; stepdaughter, Clara Lee Bell, Lakeland; and brother, Johnnie B. Baker Sr., Carmichael, Calif. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Pilgrim Rest Freewill Baptist Church, 1047 N. Ohio Ave. Services will be at noon Saturday at the church – Ledger, Feb. 20, 2003. Burial was in Tigerflowers Cemetery, Lakeland – Ledger, Feb. 20, 2003
> ELLEN E. DAVENPORT-SMITH – 70 – Retired, Polk General Hospital -(daughter of Marenda Bell )
LAKELAND - Ellen E. "Lollie" Davenport-Smith passed away Nov. 18th 2013 (COPD) at LRMC, peacefully. She was born May 3, 1943 in Lakeland to Isaih Bostic Sr. & Marenda R. Baker-Bell. She retired in 1985 at Polk General Hospital (Bartow) after 20 yrs of service in the Pediatric Ward.  She enjoyed raising other people's children & was known as the Mayor of Emeritus Assistant Living. She was also a Sunday School Teacher, Musician, Usher Ministry, and Choir #2 at Pilgrim Rest FWB Church. >She was preceded in death by her father, Isaih Bostic Sr. (Thelma), mother, Marenda Rubertha Baker-Bell; brother Melvin Bostic and son, Johnnie W. Baker.  >She leaves to cherish her memory; son, Deacon David J. Baker, husband, Caryla A. Smith, daughter, Joyce Fisher; brothers, Isaiah Bostic, Jr. & Pleasant Bostic; sisters, Ernestine C. Frazier, Lisa C. Bostic, & Clara L. Bostic; grandson, Sgt. VanReese Baker Clinton, Sr. Visitation is Friday, 5-7 pm at Pilgrim Rest FWB Church (1047 N. Ohio Ave.). Funeral will be Saturday, 11 am at the Church. In lieu of flowers, you may donate to : Pilgrim Rest FWB Church. – Ledger, Nov. 22, 2013 -  Ellen may or may not be buried in TigerFlowers
THELMA LOUISE ADAMS – 79 – Retired Publix Warehouse
Lakeland –Thelma died of respiratory arrest October 13, 2006 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was a retiree from Publix Warehouse of 18 years.> She is survived by her sons, Willie Larry, Harold Adams Jr.;  daughters, JoAnn Larry, Gwendolyn Edwards, Gussie Larry and Thelma Adams II;  sister, Barbara Ann Daye. Viewing will be Friday at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will beSaturday at Six Street Church of Christ, 320 W. Sixth Street, Lakeland- Tiger Flowers Cemetery - Ledger, Oct. 19, 2006
ALEXANDER BARNES – 63 – Concrete Finisher  -  Ledger, April 19, 2005
LAKELAND -- Mr. Alexander Barnes of Lakeland died of lung failure Thursday (April 14, 2005) at Lakeland Hills Center. He was born in Sparta, Ga., he came to Lakeland from there 41 years ago. He was a concrete finisher for a construction company. He was a member of Second Darian Baptist Church in Sparta. > Mr. Barnes is survived by his sons, Aldrich Barnes, Sparta, Ga., Jeffrey Barnes, Maurice Pouncey, Almando Pouncey and Noah Robinson, all of Lakeland, and D'Jaun Barnes and Dwayne Barnes, both of Averia, Ga.; daughter, Tarsha Robinson, Lakeland; brothers, Eugene Barnes and Carl Barnes, both of Lakeland, and Collins Barnes, Milledgeville, Ga.; sister, Geraldine Burkes, Tampa; and 24 grandchildren. Visitation will be tonight at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will be at noon Wednesday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Tiger Flowers Cemetery.
> ELMA R. WEST  - 87 - 
BARTOW - Elma R. West died Saturday, October 18, 2008, at Rohr Nursing Home in Bartow of heart failure. Born August 7, 1921 in Adel, GA, Mrs. West was a longtime resident of Bartow. She was a member of the Peace Creek Baptist Church.> She was preceded by her husband Curtis West.  >She is survived by two sons: Larry & wife Gwen West of Bartow, Gary & wife Barbara West of Harker Heights, TX; brother: Bud & wife Helen Flowers of Bartow; 4 sisters: Uneta & husband Gordon Fortner of Rudy, Ark, Geraldine & husband David Mooneyham of Temple Terrace, LaVerne & husband Mac McCall of Bartow, Joyce & husband Tom Fortner of Bartow; 7 grandchildren & 17 great grandchildren. Family will receive friends Tuesday October 21, 6-8 pm at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Funeral services will be held Wednesday 2:00 pm at the funeral home. Condolences to family at www.whiddenmcleanfuneralhome.com -Ledger, Oct. 21, 2008
> ALONZO "BO " BARNES -  45 - 
WINTER HAVEN -- As a pianist and minister of music at San Hill Missionary Baptist Holiness Church, Mr. Alonzo "Bo" Barnes performed at numerous churches in Polk County. "He started playing at the age of 8," said his wife of 20 years, Donna Barnes, noting that he was mostly self-taught. "He had some teaching, but he mostly played by ear. "The retired maintenance engineer for Winter Haven Hospital died of cancer Tuesday (June 13, 2006) at Winter Haven Hospital. He was a lifelong Winter Haven resident was born on Oct. 13, 1960, and graduated in 1980 from Winter Haven High School, where he met his future wife. He was also a maintenance engineer at Winter Haven Hospital for 12 years before taking early retirement in January. He and his wife, who also plays the piano, owned and operated Flowers by Barnes in Winter Haven for seven years, where they worked together. "He helped do the arrangements," Donna Barnes said. In addition to playing the piano, Mr. Barnes sang tenor and had been a minister of music for at least 10 years at San Hill Missionary Baptist Holiness Church. > In addition to his wife, Donna Barnes, Mr. Barnes is survived by his mother, Lillie Mae Williams, Jacksonville; son, Quarakin McClendon, Detroit; daughters, Jeanna McClendon, Highland Park, Tyesha Barnes, and Vernetta Barnes, both of Winter Haven; brothers, Clarence Barnes, Thomasville, Ga., Robert, James, and Sammy Williams, all of Winter Haven; sisters, Amanda Nelson, Beatrice Williams, both of Jacksonville; three grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 this evening at San Hill Missionary Baptist Holiness Church in Lake Hamilton. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Missionary Baptist Church, 200 Ave. R., Winter Haven. Burial will be in Tiger Flower Cemetery. Holmes Funeral Directors, Haines City. -Ledger, June 16, 2006
> EDDIE DRAYTON, Sr.  -  80 - Cook/Landscaper
WINTER HAVEN - Eddie Drayton, Sr. of 2107 4th St NE, Winter Haven, died at the Winter Haven Hospital on April 3, 2009. The cause of death was complications due to renal failure. A native of Winter Haven, Mr. Drayton resided in Polk County area for most of his life. He attended the local schools and was a retired Cook and a Landscaper by trade. He was a member of the Hurst Chapel AME Church where he served on the Usher Board.  >He was preceded in death by his wife Ellen D. Drayton, and son Edward Drayton, Jr.  >He is survived by his children, Ronnie Drayton, Sr., Freida Drayton, Michael Drayton, Dwight Drayton, Wanda Drayton, all of Winter Haven, FL., Beulah Drayton Grant, L.A., Calif, Vanessa Wynn & Judith Wynn, both of Tampa, FL & Antoinette Drayton, Bartow, FL., brothers & sister, Robert Drayton, Winter Haven, Fl, Jacqueline Williams & John Williams, both of Plantation, FL. 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren & 6 great- great- grandchildren.  Visitation on Friday, 4/10/2009 from 5:30 till 7PM, Hurst Chapel AME Church located at 875 Ave O NE in Winter Haven, FL. Funeral services, Sat, 4/11/09, 10:00 AM, at the same location. Burial will follow the services at the Tiger Flower Cemetery in Lakeland, FL.-Ledger, April 9, 2009
> FANNIE BYRD FLORENCE - 89 -   Property Management
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Fannie Byrd Florence of Lakeland died of a heart attack Sunday (Oct. 26, 2003) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Boston, Ga., she came to Lakeland from there. She was selfemployed in property management. She was a member of Pilgrim Rest Freewill Baptist Church. Mrs. Florence was> preceded in death by her husband, Lucious Florence.  >She is survived by her sister, Doris Summers, Lakeland. Visitation will from 5 to 7 this evening at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Rest F.W. Baptist Church. Burial will be in Tiger Flowers Cemetery.  - Ledger, Oct. 31, 2003
> WALTER MAE KAGLER  - 88 - Polk Co. School Board  - Ledger, Sept. 17, 2009
LAKELAND - Walter Mae Kagler was born on Dec. 30, 1920 in Lakeland, Fl. She heard and answered the Lord's call on Sept. 13, 2009 due to kidney failure. Walter Mae Kagler was a lifelong resident of Lakeland. She was a graduate of both Gibbs Jr. College and Bethune Cookman College, respectively. She became an educator with the Polk County School System. Ms. Kagler retired from Rochelle Elementary after 27 years of dedicated service. She accepted Christ at an early age and was a lifelong member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. > Ms. Kagler was preceded in death by her husband, Earl "Buster" Kagler, Sr. >She leaves to cherish her memories her sons: Earl W. Kagler, Jr. and wife, Betty of Tampa, FL, and Allen T. Kagler, and wife, Jean, of Greenville, SC; grandchildren: Fiesta, Stacie, Edward, and Bryan and 8 great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, 6-8, at Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, 1645 N. Webster Avenue. A service to celebrate her life will be on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, officiated by Pastor John Hooks. Interment will follow at Tiger Flowers Cemetery. Chandlers Funeral Chapel, 1425 Dr. MLK Way, Sarasota, FL - 
> LAWRENCE KENDLY - 93 -   Publix
LAKELAND -- Mr. Lawrence Kendly of Lakeland died of heart failure Monday (June 14, 2004) at Good Shepherd Hospice at Grace Health Care Center. He was born in St. Matthews, S.C., he came to Lakeland from there 82 years ago. He was a retired landscape architect for Publix Super Markets. He was a member of Lake Ridge Senior Citizens. He was a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. >Mr. Kendly is survived by his companion, Frances Williams, Lakeland. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Tiger Flowers Cemetery.-Ledger, June 19, 2004
> MELVIN MAGEE - 64 -   Crew Leader
POLK CITY -- Mr. Melvin Magee of Polk City died of a heart attack July 30, 2003, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Arcola, Miss., he came to Polk City from Hudson, N.Y., eight years ago. He was a crew leader in the citrus industry. He was a member of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a layman and sang in the male chorus. > Mr. Magee is survived by his wife, Josephine Neal-Magee; sons, Jimmy Bishop, New York, Deondre Baker, Lake Alfred, Rodric Mitchell, Greenville, Miss., Teddy Carter, Arcola, Miss.; daughters, Ruby Bishop, Geneva Magee, California, Annie Scott, Sharonda Magee, Katrina William and LaShonda Cooper, all of Lakeland, Temperance Freeman, Bartow, Shalonda Baker, Winter Haven; brothers, Oscar Rose, Polk City, James Magee, Greenville, Miss., Jerry and Joseph Magee, Lakeland; sisters, Mary Newell, Arcola, Miss., Pearlean Jones, Lakeland, Earlean Brown, Greenville, Brenda McFarland, Brooklyn, N.Y. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church. Burial will be in Tiger Flowers Cemetery. - Ledger, Aug. 7, 2003
LAKELAND - Walter Reddick passed away on 4-23-2014 of Respiratory Failure. A Graveside Service will be held on Wed. 6 p.m. at Tiger Flowers Cmty. Coney FH.-Ledger, April 29, 2014
> DOROTHY  L. HARRIS ROBINSON - 84 - Retired Child Care
LAKELAND - Dorothy L. Harris Robinson was born September 16, 1927. She passed away due to respiratory failure on May 3, 2012 at LRMC. A devoted wife, "Mama Dot" spent her life giving her very best to her family. She was considered a renowned chef, and after many years, retired from GB Williams Child Care. >She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Booker T. Robinson Sr., son, Clifford L. Harris; granddaughter, Vicky Wheeler; siblings, Hattie Mae Foster, James Harris (Lilliam), Doretha Harris, and Mildred Harris. >She is survived by step-daughters, Alacia Smith, Nina Mae Blades (Harold); step-sons, Booker T. Robinson Jr. (Mattie), Julius Harris (Carol), Reynaud Robinson (Donna), Joe Bonney (Brenda); grandchildren Kelly Green, C.L. Harris Jr. (Monica); four siblings, Lucille Clayton, Everett Harris (Pearl), Joyce Kelly, Lenwood Harris; and a host of great grandchildren and extended family.Visitation, Friday, May 11,2012 at Coney Funeral Home. The Funeral will be Sat. by the graveside at Tiger Flowers Cemetery. - Ledger, May 10, 2012
> MARY ELLA SANDERS - 83 -   Polk County Schools
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Mary Ella Sanders of Lakeland died of pneumonia Monday (May 29, 2006) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Lakeland on Aug. 11, 1922, she was a lifelong resident. She worked for the Polk County School Board for 42 years. She was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Lakeland. >Mrs. Sanders is survived by her daughter, Robbye J. Bolden, Tampa; brother, Nathan B. Fleming, Lakeland; two grandchildren; one great-grandson. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 1640 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Lakeland. Burial will be in Tiger Flowers Cemetery in Lakeland. H.W. Oldham Funeral Home. -Ledger, June 2, 2006 
LAKELAND - Jackie Santos, an infant, died Feb. 28, 2007.> Survived by parents, Jacqueline & Eliud Sosa; 3 siblings. Service 3pm Tiger Flowers Cemetery. Oldham F.H. - Ledger, March 7, 2007
> DEBORAH DEVLIN  - 58 - Peace River Center Health Care Advocate
LAKELAND - Deborah Devlin passed away 5-11-2017. Viewing Fri. 5:00-7:00. Svc. Sat. at 11 a.m. All services will be held at Bethel Gospel Tabernacle. Coney F.H.-Burial listed as Tiger Flowers Cemetery in Lakeland. Ledger May 18, 2017

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