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>DAVIS, David  Edward  -87 - Painter- Retired - ( Ledger, Thursday, Dec. 22, 1955 ) 
 David was a resident of Drand Field Road, he died Tuesday  at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mr. Davis was a retired painter. He had lived in Lakeland for the last 10 years and was a member of the First Nazarine Church. He was a Spanins American War Veteran. >   David is survived by 4 daughters, Miss Evelyn Davis and Mrs. Sherman Hawes, both of Lakeland, Mrs. R. Courtney Smith of Nashville, Tenn. and Mrs. J. H. Lambert of Homestead, Florida. and 2 grandchildren.- Services were held Friday, Dec. 23, 1955 at the Gentry Morrison Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment was in New Home Cemetery. 
>DAVIS, Mrs. David E. -( Gertrude ) - 78 -  ( Ledger, Sunday, Feb. 27, 1955 )
 Mrs. David E. "Gertrude" Davis -, died suddenly Friday, Feb. 25, 1955, at her home in Southwest Lakeland. Gertrude had been a resident here for the past 10 years. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene.
Survivors include her husband, David E. Davis( listed above-   4 daughters, Mrs. R. Courtney Smith of Nashville, Tenn., Mrs. Sherman Hawes and Miss Evelyn Davis both of Lakeland, and Mrs. J. H. Lambert of Little Rock, Ark. and one granddaughter, Fonda Lambert. Srevices were held on Monday, Feb. 28, 1955 in the Chapel of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home . Interment followed in New Home Cemetery.  
>TANNER, Mrs. Laura I. - 78 -  - Note- Laura is buried in New Home Cemetery. husband is listed above
 Mrs. Laura I. Tanner died Thursday morning in North Florida. Laura had made her home here with a daughter, Mrs. J. E. WYATT, 2101, Bartow Road for the last 4 years. >Laura is survived by 3 sons, Frank Tanner, Wyatt H. Tanner, both of Lakeland, and William H. Tanner of California, 2 other daughters besides Mrs. Wyatt, Mrs. Dorothy Turner of Orlando, and Mrs. Ethel French of St. Louis, Mo.; 2 sisters, 10 grandchildren. Services were announced on a later date. ( Ledger, Friday, March 9, 1956 ) Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home.
>TANNER, I. W. > ( Notice does mention that I. W. Tanners wife was identified incorrectly as Louise- Her name is Laura ).
 I. W. Tanner was 82 years of age, he was a resident of Nights Station Road for 32 years. Mr. Tanner died Friday morning at Marion, Ill. > He was a carpenter and a member of Winston Baptist Church.  > Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Louise Tanner ( Laura ) ; 3 sons, W. H. , F. R. and H. W. Tanner of Lakeland; 3 daughters, Mrs. J. E. Wyatt of Lakeland, Mrs. Dortha Turner, of Orlando and Mrs. J. W. French of St. Louis, Mo.; 2 sisters, Mrs. D. Palmerly of Chicago and Mrs. Jack Berry of E. St. Louise, Mo.; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home will announce funeral arrangements at a later date. ( Ledger, Sunday, Oct. 3, 1954 )
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TANNER -  Funeral Service -(Ledger, Friday, Oct. 4, 1954 )
 Funeral services for I. W. Tanner who died in Marion, Ill., Friday, will be held Wednesday afternoon at the chapel of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home with interment at New Home Cemetery.
 The name of Mr. Tanner's widow was imcorrectly given previously. She is Mrs. Laura I. Tanner.
>PHILLIPS, Billy Russell - 36 - Nursery Business
 Billy of 909 Chestnut Road, died Sunday,( May 24, 1959) at a Bartow Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Polk County,Fl.. He was in the Nursery Business. -Mr. Phillips was a vetran of WWII having served with the U. S. Air Force. > All of Billy's survivors reside in Lakeland. They are his widow, Mrs. Maxine Chestnut Phillips, 1 son, James; 2 sisters, Mrs. Dorothy C. Bates , and Mrs. Helen Carl, 2 brothers, Percy W. and James E. Phillips. Services were held Tuesday, May 26, 1959 at New Home Baptist Church with burial in New Home Cemetery. Friends called at the Chapel of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home tonight- Monday, May 25, 1959
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Funeral Services- Billy R. Phillips, honorary - The Rev. Larry Lafferty, pastor officiated at the New Home Baptist Church.assisted by, Rev.  Bascom Sutton. The church choir sang one selection. Pallbearers were, Warren English, Bob Jamerson, Virgil Roberts, Eugene Roberts, Woodrow Britt and Underwood Coleman. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
>GRIMES, James Floyd- 56 - Brickmason - ( Ledger,Dec. 31, 1952 ) this was a very bad obit copy -
 James of North Lakeland, died in the Bartow Hospital yesterday, Sunday, Dec. 30, 1952 after a long illness, He was a lifelong resident and a brickmason by trade.-  Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan.1, 1953 in the chapel of Snook Funeral Home. The Rev. J. M. White, pastor of the Church of God Gospel Mission of which he was a member and L. C. Glenn Procter of the Salvation Army will officiate.   Interment was in the family plot in the New Home Cemetery.- > Mr. Grimes is survived by his wife, Grace ; 2 daughters, Mrs. ? North Moore of (looks like ) Charleston, S. C., and Mrs. Robert Crenshaw of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother Cal Grimes of Lakeland and 3 grandchildren. 
>HARLOW, Roberta T. - 74 -
Roberta of 90 West Lake Apartments, died Tuesday at Lakeland General Hospital after a long illness. She was a native of Dothan, Alabama, and came to Lakeland 40 years ago. She was a member of Central Avenue Baptist Church. >Survivors include 3 daughters, Mrs. Thelma Wyatt, Lakeland, Mrs. James W. Carroll, Winter Park and Mrs. Alma Barnhill, Ocala; one brother William L. Taylor, Miami; 9 grandchildren. B; Jan. 16, 1896 - D; June 16, 1970 -  according to info from Bartow Historical Library site- Roberta is buried in New Home Baptist Church Cemetery, Lakeland, Polk Co., Fl.
> PHILLIPS, JAMES WILLIAM - 82 -   (Ledger, Wed. Oct. 20, 1948 ) - h/o Flora Phillips
 James William Phillips  was a resident of Polk County for 37 years, he died suddenly at his home on route 4, yesterday. James was a retired farmer and member of the Methodist Church. >  Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Flora Phillips, Lakeland; three sons, Percy W. and J. E.  Phillips, Lakeland, and Billy Phillips with the Army, Tokyo, Japan; two daughters, Mrs. Harry Bates and Mrs. Larry Carl, both of Lakeland; 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Funeral services will be announced later by the Gentry-Norrison Funeral Home. 
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 PHILLIPS - Rites- ( Ledger, Thur.,Oct. 21, 1948 )
 Funeral services for James William Phillips, who died Tuesday at his home will be held tomorrow at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at the New Home Baptist Church Cemetery. 
>TYSON, James (W) or (D) -Ledger list both middle initals - same man-  age 38 -
  >Pedestrian is Killed at Haines City- Ledger, Monday Evening, Jan. 18, 1954- front page-<
A 38 year-old Lakeland man, pedestrian, was killed instantly shortly before midnight Saturday, when he was struck by an auto near Haines City. According to Patrolman Glynn Guthrie of the Florida Highway Patrol, who with Assistant County Soliciter Glen Darty, investigated the fatal accident, the victim was James W. Tyson of 614 N. Dakota Ave. Guthrie said Allie John Belleto of Route 5, Lakeland, the driver of the vehicle which struck Tyson, told them he suddenly saw Tyson, in front of his car and did not have the time to stop. Guthrie explained that Tyson had either steped in front of the auto or had been walking in the road. The accident was unavoidable on Belleto's part, the patrolman said. Tyson, a resident here since 1945, was employed by the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.  >  Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary Tyson; his mother Mrs. Sara Tyson also of Lakeland, and Mrs. Marvin Trowell, Lakeland; and Mrs. J. W. Cook of Seffner; 2 brothers, Robert Lee Tyson and June A. Tyson, both of Lakeland.
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>TYSON, James D. -Jan. 19, 1954- Ledger Evening , Tuesday
 Tyson Rites - Funeral services for James Daniel Tyson, who died Saturday night, will be held Wed. July 20, 1954, at the chapel of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, with the Rev. J. N. Gilgreath, pastor of New Home Baptist Church, officiating. Interment at New Home Cemetery. Note> another Tyson Rites in Ledger, Wed. Evening, Jan. 20, 1954 - much the same -
>TYSON, Mrs. Sarah E. - 73 - ( Ledger, Wednesday Evening, July 21, 1954 -
 Mrs. Sarah E. Tyson died yesterday morning at a local nursing home where she had been for about a year. A native of Georgia, she had lived in Polk and Hillsborough Counties for the past 14 years. She was a member of the Holiness Baptist Church in Georgia. > Survivors are 2 sons, Robert Lee and June A. Tyson, Lakeland; 2 daughters, Mrs. Marvin Trowell, Lakeland and Mrs. J. W. Cook, Seffner; 2 sisters, Mrs. J. J. Crosby, Adel, Ga., and Mrs. Pearl Hancock, Nashville, Ga.; 1 brother, Milton Bennett, Adel, Ga. 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 22, 1954 at the New Home Baptist Church Cemetery. Hopkins Funeral Home of Plant City in charge of arrangements.
>KEMP, Donnie Victoria - 94 - School Bus Driver - ( Lakeland Ledger, May 3, 2012 )
 Lakeland- Victoria died April 30, 2012 at her home due to natural causes. She was born, Oct. 7, 1917 in Dexter, Ga. and moved to Lakeland in 1948. She was a member of Griffin Baptist Church and drove a school bus for Polk County Schools for 23 years. > Mrs. Kemp was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Kemp; sons Warren and Hugh Kemp and sister Bernice Boutwell. >  Victoria is survived by; son Kenny ( Donna ) Kemp, daughter Annette (Tommy ) Jones; daughter-in-law Karen Kemp; brothers Thomas ( Elaine ) Butler, James ( Joyce ) Butler; granddaughters, Leslie ( Alvin ) Smith, Kelly ( Bobby ) Moody, Paige ( Joey ) PHOA, Courtney ( Matt ) Franzino, Teresa ( Harry ) Robb, Robyn ( Boie ) Yernell; and 13 great grandchildren.- Visitation was held Friday, May 4, 2012 at Lanier Funeral Home. A graveside service was held Sat. May 5 at New Home Baptist Church Cemetery.
>PHILLIPS, Mrs. Flora A.  - 68 -  w/o James William
 Mrs. Flora A. Phillips died this morning ( Monday, Nov. 9, 1953 ) at her home in Southwest Lakeland at 2:30 after an illness of more than 2 years, she was a member of the Methodist Church. > Survivors are 3 sons, Percy W. and Jamrs E. Phillips od Lakeland and Billy R. Phillips of Sumter, S.C.; 2 daughters, Mrs. Harry T. BATES and Mrs. Arthur L. CARL, both of Lakeland; 13 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and a brother, Charles W. GIBBS of Newberg, Ore.  Friends may call at the chapel of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home tonight, funeral  arrangements to be announced later.
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Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1953- Phillips Rites - Funeral services for Mrs. Flora A. Phillips, who died yesterday morning, will be held tomorrow    ( Nov.11, 1953 ) at 3:00 at the chapel of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home. Interment will be at New Home Cemetery.
> THOMASSON, Mrs. Margaret A. PHILLIPS/ - 85 - ( Lakeland Ledger,Tuesday, June 28, 1949 )
Mrs. Margaret Ann Phillips Thomasson of 503 Dade Ave., died at the Bartow Hospital lat night (Monday) at 10:10, She had made Lakeland her home since 1925 coming here from S.C. Mrs. Thomasson was born, Oct. 3, 1863 in Bellair, S.C., the daughter of Mr. William Jackson Phillips and Mrs. Elizabeth Gordon Phillips. Margaret was married to Robert Flemming THOMASSON in 1882, he died in 1908. She was a member of the Catawba Baptist Church near Leslie, in York County, S.C. where she lived for the greater part of her life. >  Survivors include 4 sons, Albert Ivy, Fennel B., Robert Thomasson, all of Lakeland, and C. Jack Thomasson of Plant City, Fl.; 4 daughters, Mrs. Carrie Elizabeth Putnam of Lacoochee; Mrs. Mayme Kate Smith, of Catawba, S.C., Mrs. Ada Mae RUSSELL of Cayce, S.C., and Mrs. Willie Bell Smith of Baltimore, Md. Margaret is also survived by 24 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home Chapel Wed. June 29, 1949. Interment was at New Home Cemetery.
> HUTTO, Margaret "Aunt Maggie" - 98 -  Welder -( w/o Otha Hutto)
 Mrs. Margaret Hutto of Lakeland died of heart failure, Sunday,March 23, 2003 at The Health Center of Plant City, (Hillsborough Co.Fl.), She was born in Blackwater, Va. on March 14, 1905, she came to Lakeland from Chattanooga, Tenn, in 1941. She was an Industrial Welder. She was a member of New Home Baptist Church in Lakeland, Polk Co.,Fl. - >Mrs. Huttoe was preceded in death by her husband Otha Hutto.  >  Margaret is survived by; her son, Joseph Thompson, Lakeland, 7 grand children, 16 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great- grandchildren. Visitation this evening, Wed. March 26, 2003 at Gentry-Morrison Northside Chapel. Services at 11 hursday March 27, 2003 at New Home Baptist Church, 901 N. Galloway Road, burial to follow in the New Home Cemetery.
>NOTE; Otha P. HUTTO - b; June 18, 1902 - d; Feb. 26, 1986
>HUTTO, Otha - 83 -  ( h/o Margaret "Aunt Maggie) - notice some spellings are Huttoe - ?
Lakeland - Mr. Otha Pleamons Hutto of 1110 Gary Road, died yesterday, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1986 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Otha was a native of Laurens County, Georgia and came to Lakeland in 1946 from Miami. >  >Otha is survived by his wife, Margaret Hutto, Lakeland; sons, Ottis Henry Thompson and Joseph W. Thompson, both of Lakeland; daughters, Dora Nelson, Coral Gables, Emma Zella Gay, Eastman, Ga., Billie Tanner, Ethel Clark, Eddie H. Thomas and Merrie Silas, all of Lakeland; 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Lakeland. ( Ledger, Friday, Feb. 28, 1986 )
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>Funeral Notice; Services for Otha Pleamons Hutto will be held Saturday in New Home Baptist Church, with Rev. Don Allen, Pastor and Rev. James Sledge, Pastor of the Lakeland Baptist Temple, officiating.
 Interment will follow in the New Home Cemetery. Gentry-Morrison 417 North Mass.
>PARRISH, Robert H. - 57 - Ledger, Sunday July 24, 1960 - h/o- Flora Parrish
 Robert Herman Parrish of route 4, Holly Road, died Friday morning at a Bartow Hospital. He had lived here 31 years, coming from Cottondale. He was employed as a grove worker. >  Robert is survived by his widow, Mrs. Flora Parrish; 6 daughters, Miss Thettie Parrish, Mrs. Pillie Stewart, Mrs. Audrey Walker, Mrs. Clyde Combee and Mrs. Z. T. Esteridge, all of Lakeland, and Mrs. Tammy Monk of Wauchula; 2 sons, Carl Maze and Theodore Maze, both of Rantore, Washington, his father, Robert G. Parrish of Lakeland; 2 sisters, Mrs. George Kitchens of Lakeland and Mrs. Nellie Rohn of Davenport; 2 brothers, John Parrish of Cottondale and George Estridge of Weeki Wachee; 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.  Services will be tomorrow ( July 25, 1960 ) at the chapel of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home. Burial will be in New Home Cemetery.
>Flora PARRISH - 79 - Ledger,  w/o- Robert H. Parrish
 Lakeland - Flora Parrish Lipham of 4340 Ollie Road, died Monday, Feb. 26, 1979 in Lakeland. Flora was a native of Kentucky, she came here 46 years ago. She belonged to Westside Church of God. >Survivors include her son, Carl Maze; her daughters, Audrey Walker, Wilma Lawson and Marjorie Combee, all of Lakeland; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Lakeland.
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>Funeral service for Flora Parrish Lipham, were held Wednesday, from the Westside Church of God with Rev. W. W. Thomas, pastor of the church, officiating. Interment was in New Home Cemetery. Gentry-Morrison 417 North Mass.
>McALLISTER, John Samuel - Infant  - - Monday Evening Ledger, Oct. 17, 1949 
 John Samuel McAllister, infany son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer G. McAllister, died at Morrell Hospital Saturday night. (Oct. 15, 1949)  > Survivors in addition to his parents, include a sister, Patricia Ann McAllister. The family resides at a New Tampa Highway address.  Funeral services were to be held at the New Home Cemetery this afternoon with the Rev. J. N. Gilbreath officiating, Dukes-Steen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. - 
>McALLISTER, LaRUE -  Infant
Graveside services for LaRue McAllister, New Tampa Highway, who died yesterday at 12:10 a.m. at Morrell Hospital were held this morning at the New Home Cemetery. The Rev. J. N. Culbreath ( not able to read this very well ) New Home Baptist pastor, officiated. > Survivors in addition to parents, are a sister Patricia Ann, the maternal grandmother Mrs. S. M. Dupree, Lakeland; and the paterinal grandfather, J. H. McAllister, Ashburn, Ga.- Dukes-Steen Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (Lakeland Ledger, May 1, 1952)
>A.J. ALLEN BARFIELD – 72 - Polk Equipment Co.
MULBERRY - Mr. A.J. Allen Barfield died of heart failure Tuesday Sept. 18, 2007 . Born in Lakeland on May 19, 1935, A.J. was a lifelong resident of the Lakeland area. He retired after 35 years of service as a salesman from Polk Equipment Company in Bartow, the Florida affiliate of Bucyrus-Erie Inc., based in Milwaukee, WI. He was also a member of The New Home Baptist Church in Lakeland. > Mr. Barfield was preceded in death by one brother, Charles F. "Buddy" Barfield. >He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Barfield, Mulberry; son, Joel Barfield, Chesapeake, VA.; daughter, Betty Darlene Adams, Lakeland; 4 sisters, Allie Mae Canady, Mae Belle Walker, Martha Louise Stillwell, Alice Lorene Foster, all of Lakeland; 7 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.
 Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Fri. at New Home Baptist Church. 
 Interment will be in New Home Cemetery.- Ledger, Sept, 20, 2007
>KITCHENS RICHARD "DICK" ALLEN  – 72 - Supervisor
LAKELAND - Mr. Richard "Dick" Allen Kitchens passed away Nov. 9, 2008 of heart failure.
Mr. Kitchens was born in Lakeland on June 14, 1936 to Remer and Annie Kitchens, and remained a lifelong resident of the area. He was a supervisor for Union
Camp for 35 years. Mr. Kitchens was a member of Dixieland Baptist Church, and the National Guard. He was an outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, photography and woodworking. >  Mr. Kitchens was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Reva McAlister and Sue Spivey. > 
He is survived by his step daughters, Wanda Sams and Sharon Lynn; sisters, Helen Mitchell, Emily Alvarez and Ruth Grady. Visitation will be Wed.  at Gentry-Morrison Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd., Lakeland. Graveside services will be conducted Thurs. at 11 a.m. at New Home Baptist Church Cemetery. - 
Ledger,Nov. 11, 2008    
>TROWELL, Marvin S. - 41 -  Lakeland Packing Co. - Ledger, Monday, Dec. 19, 1955
 Marvin Sam Trowell of Southwest Lakeland, died last night in a Bartow Hospital. Mr. Trowell had been a resident of Lakeland for the past 20 years and was a member of the New Home Baptist Church. He was employed by the Lakeland Packing Company. >Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary K. Trowell; 2 sons, Jack Trowell in the USAF, stationed in Phoenix, Ariz. and Sam Trowell of Lakeland; 1 daughter, Miss Barbara Trowell of Lakeland; his father, Fisher Trowell of Groveland; 1 brother, Clarence Trowell of Lakeland; 1 step-brother, Bryant Wooten of Lakeland; a step-sister, Mrs. P. W. Phillips of Lakeland; 3 half-brothers, Johnnie Trowell of Albany, Ga. and Robert Trowell of Largo, Fl. -  Services will be announced later by the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home.
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>TROWELL - Rites - Ledger, Dec. 22, 1955 -  Services for Marvin Sam Trowell of Southwest Lakeland who died last Sunday, were held yesterday at the New Home Baptist Church. The Rev. J. N. Gilbreath, pastor officiated, assisted by the Rev. E. L. Foster, pastor of the Winston Baptist Church. 2 selections were sung by Willard Collins, Mrs. Pricilla Collins, Mrs. Mildred Wright, Clarence Hostetter and Milton Bartlett, Mrs. Bill Brock played the piano accompaniment.
 Pallbearers were Ernest Crews, Palmor Beach, Alton Wooley, Ben Dawson, Clarence Tanner and Halley Wooley. Honorary pallbearers were, Sherman Hawes, Lindsey Elliot, Clyde Law, Frank Tanner, Otha Hutto, Carl Harrell, Lawton Priest and Harry Bates.  Interment followed at the New Home Baptist Church Cemetery with Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
>BENJAMIN ACE BROWN – 84 – Seaboard Coast Line R.R.
LAKELAND - Benjamin Ace Brown, died October 18, 2008 in Lakeland, FL. of heart failure. He was born Sept. 29, 1924 in Lake Wales, FL. He moved to Lakeland in 1928. He was employed by Seaboard Coast Line R.R. He was a US Navy vet. >  He is survived by his wife Marian Brown of Lakeland; five sons: Larry N. Brown (Debbie) Washington, PA., David L. Brown (Barbara), Lakeland, FL., Timothy G. Brown (Marilyn) Lakeland, FL., Jeffrey L. Brown (Kimberly), Lakeland, FL., Benjamin A. Brown III, Lakeland; one sister: Margaret B. Cook, Lakeland, FL., one brother: Julian W. Brown, Lakeland; 13 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008 from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. at Central Florida Casket Store and Funeral Chapel. Graveside services will be Oct. 22, 2008 at New Home Baptist Cemetery, 11 a.m. Arrangements are being handled by Central Florida Casket Store & Funeral Chapel, 2090 E. Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, FL. -  Ledger, Oct. 21, 2008
>DARLENE AKRIDGE - 50 - Homemaker
 LAKELAND - Darlene Akridge  died of a heart attack May 23, 2012. Survived by mother Laverne. Visit: Thur. 6-8 pm Lanier Fiuneral Home. Services at 10 am Fri. at  New Home Baptist Church. – Ledger, May 24, 2012
>MARLENE JEANETTE COLE – 75 -  Publix
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Marlene Jeanette Cole of Lakeland died of heart failure Thursday (Jan. 2, 2003) at IHS at Oakbridge. She was born in Jasper on Aug. 3, 1927, she was a longtime area resident. She retired from Publix Super Markets after 11 years of working at the bakery plant. She was a member of New Home Baptist Church. Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by her husband, William Cole Jr. She is survived by her sons, Kenneth Cole and Wayne Cole, both of Lakeland; daughter, Loretta Freeman, Lakeland; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at New Home Baptist Church, 901 N. Galloway Road. Services will follow at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Gentry Morrison Funeral Home Northside. – Ledger, Jan. 4, 2003
>MARY KATE TROWELL -  93 -  Citrus Packer
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Mary Kate Trowell of Lakeland died of complications of pneumonia Wednesday (Sept. 3, 2003) at Winter Haven Hospital. She was born in Adel, Ga., on April 20, 1910, she came to Lakeland 63 years ago. She was a packer in the citrus industry. She was a member of New Home Baptist Church in Lakeland. >Mrs. Trowell was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Trowell. > She is survived by her son, Sam Trowell, Lakeland; daughter, Barbara Engel, West Palm Beach; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild.Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Friday at New Home Baptist Church, 901 N. Galloway Road, Lakeland. Services will follow at 2 p.m. at the church. Heath Funeral Chapel. – Ledger, Sept. 4, 2003 - Burial in New Home Cemetery-
>AUDREY BEATRICE WALKER – 75 -  Homemaker
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Audrey Beatrice Walker of Lakeland died of lung failure Sunday (Jan. 18, 2004) at home. She was born in Morehead, Ky., on June 29, 1928, she came to Lakeland from there in 1935. She was a homemaker. She was a member of New Home Baptist Church. > Mrs. Walker is survived by her husband of 60 years, James "Paul" Walker; sons, James "Jamie" Walker, Lakeland, Second Lt. Jeff Walker, Fort Mitchell, Ala.; daughter, Paula Reynolds, Lakeland; 10 grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 this evening at Lanier Funeral Home, 717 W. Griffin Road, Lakeland. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at New Home Baptist Church in Lakeland. – Ledger, Jan. 21, 2004
>GORDON L. GAY – 76 - Railroad Conductor Atlantic Coast Line
LAKELAND -- Mr. Gordon L. Gay of Lakeland died of cancer Sunday (Jan. 25, 2004) at his home. He was born Jan. 11, 1928, in Meigs, Ga., he was a lifelong resident of Lakeland. He was a conductor for Atlantic Coast Line, Seaboard Coast Line and CSX railroads. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving in Korea. He was a member of New Home Baptist Church. > Mr. Gay is survived by his wife, Lois Gay; son, Clinton Gay, Kissimmee; daughter, Janice Horner, Lakeland; brother, Marvin Gay, Harwell, Ga., Philip Gay, Ogden, Utah; sisters, Betty English, Iris Grimsley and Marian Brown, all of Lakeland; and four grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday at Lanier Funeral Home. Services will be Wednesday at New Home Baptist Church, Lakeland. –Ledger, Jan. 26, 2004

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