Lakeland, Polk County, Florida
OBITS - page 2



> GERTRUDE THOMAS - 96 -  Ledger June 15, 2009
LAKELAND - Gertrude Thomas died June 9, 2009 of cardiac arrest. Visit: Oldham Chapel, 5-7pm, Mon.Service Tues, 11am, Mt. Pleasant AME Ch. Burial-Tiger Flowers Cemetery. -
> MARY LEWIS THORPE - 93 -   Homemaker
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Mary Lewis Thorpe of Lakeland died natural causes associated with old age Monday (April 18, 2005) in Winter Haven. She was born in Hawthorne on April 21, 1911. She was a homemaker. She was a member of New Bethel AME Church in Lakeland where she was a past member of the Stewardess Board and the Usher Board. > Mrs. Thorpe is survived by her granddaughter, Mary J. Jackson, Lake Wales; grandson, Ollie Thorpe, Auburndale; and two other grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at Charles A. Lewis Funeral Home, 609 W. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at New Bethel AME, 2122 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Lakeland. Burial will follow in Tiger Flower Cemetery. Charles A. Lewis Funeral Home, 609 W. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland.- Ledger, April 22, 2005.
>  LUCY TUNSIL, - 84 -  Domestic Services-Private
LAKELAND - Lucy Tunsil died Aug. 15, 2009 of respiratory failure. Services: Wed 11am at Tiger Flowers Cemetery. Oldham Funeral Home.- Ledger. Aug. 24, 2009
>  INEZ HOWELL 'MA-DEA' BELL - 84 -  Private Caregiver
LAKELAND - Inez Howell 'Ma-Dea' Bell  passed away on 4-17-2017. Viewing Fri. 5-7:00 at Coney Chapel. Service will be Sat. 11:00 a.m. at New Mt. Zion. Coney F.H.-Burial listed as Tiger Flowers Cemetery- Ledger, April 27, 2017
> THELMA BROWN - 51 -   Certified Nurse's Assistant
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Thelma Brown of Lakeland died Monday (May 19, 2003) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. The cause of death is pending autopsy results. She was born in Fort Pierce, she came to Lakeland 44 years ago. She was a certified nurse's assistant in nursing homes in Lakeland.>  Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Larry C. Brown.  >She is survived by her sister, Christine Bellinger, Lake Wales; mother, Pearl Morrison, Lakeland; daughter, Sabrina Mobley-Hyde, North Palm Beach; son, Christopher McCall, Jacksonville. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at God's House Ministries at Northside, formerly Northside Baptist Church. Burial in Tiger Flowers Cemetery - Ledger, May 23, 2003
>  LUCILLE HARRIS CLAYTON - 85 -  Tiny Tot Day Care Nursery
LAKELAND - Lucille Clayton passed away 1-25-18. View: Sat. 10-11 am. Svervice at 11:00 a.m. All services at 6th Street Church of Christ. Coney F.H.- Tiger Flowers - Ledger, Feb. 1, 2018
> RUTH WILSON ALLEN FORD - 89 - Housekeeping  - ( I think maiden name is Wilson )
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Ruth Allen Ford of Lakeland died of cancer Thursday (Aug. 18, 2005) in Lakeland. She was born April 13, 1916, in Simpson, Ala. She worked in housekeeping. She was a member of Lotela Avenue Church of God. > Mrs. Ford is survived by her sons, Hayward Allen Jr., Lakeland, Harrison Allen, Lakeland, John Allen, Marietta, Ga., and Quincy Allen, Lakeland; daughters, Annie Allen, Hazel Keith, Vivan Canady, and Myra Roudtree, all of Lakeland; sisters, Beatrice Williams, Mildred Ford, and Lois Pugh, all of Lakeland; brothers, Dewey Wilson, Lakeland, L.C. Wilson, Lakeland, James Monroe Wilson, Lakeland, George Wilson, Lakeland, and Albert Wilson, Miami; 27 grandchildren; and 56 great-grandchildren. Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lotela Avenue Church of God. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel AME Church. Coney Funeral Parlor Inc. - Burial listed as Tiger Flowers Cemetery -  Ledger, Aug. 24, 2005
> HELEN MARIE ANTHONY GEORGE - 79 -  Social Worker  - Ledger, Nov. 1, 2018
LAKELAND - Helen George, 79, passed 10-27-18. Viewing Fri. 5-7 p.m. at Coney Chapel. Svervices are Sat. 1:30 p.m. St. Marks United Methodist Church. Coney F.H.- Burial listed as Tiger Flowers Cemetery -
> JOHN HENRY ANTHONY, Sr.,  - 88 - Educator/Rochelle
LAKELAND - John Anthony Sr., 88, passed 9-11-2017. Viewing Fri. 10-11:00 a.m. Services at 11:00 a.m. All services will be at Greater New Jerusalem. Coney F.H. Ledger, Sept.. 21,2017.
> JOSEPHINE W. BALLOON - 95 - Retired Educator
LAKELAND - Josephine W. Balloon died at home on May 16, 2016. Funeral service will be at 11am on Wednesday at H.W. Oldham Funeral Chapel. Ledger, May 17, 2016.
> ROSA L. HAGGINS, - 89 - Family Services Specialist
LAKELAND - Rosa L. Haggins died 12/7/16, at Valencia Hills HCC. Visitation: Fri., 6-8 pm @ Greater New Jerusalem Baptist Church. Funeral: Sat., 11 am @ the Church. - Ledger, Dec. 15, 2016.
> CLIFFORD L. HARRIS  - 60 - Barber
LAKELAND - Mr. Clifford L. Harris died Thurs., May 17 at Lakeland Regional. Cause of death was heart failure.  Mr. Harris was a self employed barber. > He is survived by his mother, Dorothy Robinson; sons, Kelly Green (Kimberly) and Clifford Harris Jr. (Monica), all of Lakeland and daughter, Vicky Wheeler of Upstate, NY; sisters, Alacia Smith, Mercedes Hardee, Nina Mae Blades and Cheryl Hopkins; brothers, Booker T. Robinson Jr., Julius Harris, Reynard Robinson and Joe Bonney; 12 grandchildren and a host of cousins and other sorrowing relatives and friends. Visitation will be Fri., May 25, 3-5pm at Coney Funeral Parlor. Funeral: Sat., May 26th, 11am, Sixth Street Church of Christ. Services entrusted to Coney Funeral Parlor. - Ledger, May 24, 2007.
> DONALD HANKERSON  - 72 - Canada Dry Distribution Center
ST. PETERSBURG - Donald "Donnell" Hankerson, died on Jan. 11, 2010. Cause is pending. A native of Lakeland, FL, he was a truck driver/deliverer for the Canada Dry Distribution Center. >Survivors include four sisters: Dorothy H. Lamb of St. Petersburg, Dr. Gwendolyn H. Porter, LPC of Hampton, VA., Brenda H. Slaughter (Rudy) of Tallahassee, and Trushielda  E. Hankerson of Tampa; two brothers, Samuel Hankerson, Jr. of Hampton, VA., and Greene P. Hankerson (Madeline) of Winter Haven; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services were Wed., Jan. 20, 2010 at 11am at Tenth Street Church of God, Lakeland. Visitation was Tues, Jan. 19th from 4-7pm. The family received friends at 6pm at Smith Funeral Home Chapel. Share condolences at www.smithfhinc.com . Smith Funeral Home & Cremation Service, St. Petersburg, 727-894-2266. - Ledger, Jan. 8, 2010.- Burial listed as Tiger Flowers Cemetery, Lakeland, Fl
> ROBERT HAWK  - 85 - Allied Van Lines Mover
LAKELAND - Robert Hawk, 85, passed away on 8-6-15. Viewing will be Thurs. 7-9 p.m. at Coney Chapel. Svc. Fri. at 1:30 p.m. at First Institutional Bapt. Church. Coney FH.  - Ledger, Aug. 13, 2015.       
> ALONZO BARNES - 45 - Minister of Music 
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. The 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
> EMMANUEL E.L. SINGLETON - 90-   Polk County School Board
LAKELAND -- Mr. Emanuel E.L. Singleton of Lakeland died of anemia Monday (March 8, 2004) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Glory, Ga., he came to Lakeland from there 82 years ago. He worked in environmental services for the Polk County School Board for 10 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a former member of St. Luke Freewill Baptist Church.> Mr. Singleton is survived by his wife, Betty Evans Singleton; children, Debra Ann, Sanford, Leonard, Bernard, both of Jacksonville, Courtney, Lakeland. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 this evening at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Tiger Flowers Cemetery.  - Ledger, March 12, 2004
LAKELAND - Mrs. Izora D. Waldon peacefully passed away at home on August 23 of natural causes. She was a lifelong resident of Lakeland. She worked as a domestic engineer for 20 years and retired in the early 80's. She was a great woman and was loved by everyone she worked for. After retiring, she went fishing as much as she could until her health prevented her from doing so. Mrs. Izora Waldon, "Lady Zora" was born on Dec. 4, 1912 in Lakeland to the late Frank and Carrie Allen. At an early age she became a member of Mt. Pleasant AME Church and in 1991 became a member of Bethel Gospel Tabernacle where she remained until her departure to heaven. >She is preceded in death by her husband, Roy Waldon, Sr.; her son, Roy Waldon, Jr.; and brother, Hayward Allen. >She leaves to cherish her memories a loving and dedicated daughter, Barbara G. Davies of Lakeland, FL; 3 granddaughters, Debbie Crumbley (Mark), Michelle Davis and Victoria Daughtry (Dwayne) all of Lakeland; 1 grandson, Carlos Davis (LaNita) of Tampa, FL; 8 great grandchildren and 8 great great grandchildren. Visitation Fri., 5-7 PM, Coney Chapel; funeral, Sat., 11 AM, Bethel Gospel Tabernacle. Services entrusted to Coney Funeral Parlor.- Ledger, Aug. 28, 2008  -Burial listed as in Tiger Flowers Cemetery
> ELLEN LUCY DRAYTON  - 87 - Self-Employed Beautician -
WINTER HAVEN - Ellen Lucy Drayton 2107 4th St NE, Winter Haven, FL, died on July 14, 2008 at her residence. The cause of death was complications due to vascular disease. Mrs. Lucy was a Jefferson County native, but resided in the Florence Villa/Winter Haven area for more than 85 years. She was a self employed beautician by occupation but was also the owner and operator of the Lue's Kindergarten of Winter Haven. She was a member of the Hurst Chapel AME Church where she was active on the Usher Board. > She is survived by her husband, Eddie Drayton, Winter Haven, FL; Her children, Ronnie Drayton, Dwight Drayton, & Barbara J. Balsam, all of Winter Haven, FL, Michael Drayton, Jacksonville, FL, Beulah Grant, Los Angeles, CA & Chauncey Balsam, Deltona, FL, a sister, Lillie Bell Denmark Burnham, Winter Haven, FL; 14 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren & 6 great great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 18, 2008 from 6 till 8 pm at the Hurst Chapel AME Church located on Ave O NE in Winter Haven, FL. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 19,2008 at 11 AM at the same church. Charles Lewis Funeral Home, Winter Haven.-Ledger, July 17, 2008.
> Booker T. Robinson Sr. Booker T. Robinson Sr. -  71 - Not in Tiger Flowers - for  Info only- 
who retired from Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006. The service will be at 3 p.m. EST Saturday at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, with burial at St. Phillip AME Church Cemetery. The cortege will assemble at 2:30 p.m. EST Saturday at 830 Goodbread Lane. Viewing will be from 3 to 8 p.m. EST Friday at Richardson's Family Funeral Care (850-576-4144). He was a native of Tallahassee and a member of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. >He leaves to cherish his memories three devoted daughters and caregivers, Cora R. Brown (and husband Johnny), Verna Robinson (and husband Michael) and LaJwanda Robinson; a devoted sister, Elizabeth Robinson; two devoted brothers, Walter Robinson and George Robinson; 11 devoted grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and three devoted friends, Mary Beverly, Cathy Ellington and Mr. Ernest Gaskin. >He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis Robinson Sr. and Lugenia Johnson Robinson; his devoted wife, Vera M. Bryant Robinson; two devoted children, Booker T. Robinson Jr. and LaNeral Robinson; a sister, Martha R. Stevens; and a brother, Willie L. Robinson Sr.- Tallahassee Democrat- Jan. 12, 2006

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