Polk County, Florida


Mrs. Elizabeth Bennett of 620 W. Adams St., died early this morning at a local nursing home after a long illness. She was a native of Polk County, having lived in Lakeland for 50 years.>  Elizabeth is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Carrie BEDGOOD of Lancaster, Pa. and Mrs. Annie ALDERMAN of Cocoa; 3 sons, J.E. of Charlotte, N.C. C.R. of Clearwater and D.W. BENNETT of Miami; and 16 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. > Services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 4 at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home Chapel.  Burial will be at Roselawn Cemetery. ( Ledger, Wed. Aug. 9, 1961 page 2A )
>DUDLEY, GEORGE W.  - Atlantic Coast Line -  1886 - 1919
G. W. Dudley passed away at his home on Tenn. Ave. of pneumonia, following an attack of influensa. Mr. Dudley was taken ill Wednesday night and it developed into pneumonia by Sunday night, causing his death on Monday afternoon. He had been in poor health for the past year and last summer spent several months in Minneapolis, and returned improved. He was planning to return there in about ten days. George was born at Aelma, Alabama in Oct. 2, 1866 and was 12 years of age when he moved to Florida and when he was 18 years of age he began working for the railroad and was the oldest man in point of seniority on the Altantic Coast Line. George was a  member of the Elks, O. R. C., and a Shriner.  >  He leaves a wife, Mrs. G. W. Dudley, 3 sons, Armel, who was in France, Bob and Tom and a sister, Mrs. Miller of Floral City, Florida and a brother, Palbert Dudley, of Wildwood, Florida, they have the sincere sympathy of the community. >  The funeral services were held the afternoon of this obit at the cemetery. The Masons having charge and Rev. W. B. Curtis officiating.  > According to info found at the Bartow Historical Library, it states George was buried on Jan. 28, 1919 in Roselawn Cemetery.
 Mrs. Bernice Ellen Firestone a resident of Route 1, Plant City for 35 years, died at Morrell Hospital ( noe Lakeland Regional Medical Center- in Lakeland ) yesterday after a long illness. She was a member of the Presbyterial Church. >Survivors are a son, E. H. Firestone, Lakeland, two daughters, Miss Esther Firestone, Miss Elizabeth Firestone, both of Plant City and two grandchildren. > Funeral services were held tomorrow at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Roselawn Cemetery.  ( Ledger, Thursday, Oct. 21, 1948 )
 Archer Hutchinson Goodwin, 508 E. Lime St., died last night at Morrell Hospital. He was a retired Engineer of the Dodson Printing Supply Co.., Atlanta, he had lived in Lakeland 18 years. >  He served during WWII on the Lakeland area rationing board and as assistant to the head of the Plane Spotting Group. He had also served as chairman to the Disaster Relief Committee of the Lakeland Chapter of American Red Cross. Archer was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church, 32nd. degree Mason, a Shriner, a member of the American Legion and a veteran of WWII. > Survivors include his widow, Mrs. May Brown Goodwin of Lakeland and 2 nieces in Oregon.  Services will be held tomorrow Jan. 26, 1955, in the chapel of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home with Dr. John L. Newton, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church officiating.  Interment in Roselawn Cemetery. ( Ledger, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 1955, Front page )
> HOUSER, WHEELER W. - Funeral Services -  Held- March 2, 1946
 Funeral services for Wheeler W. Houser were held yesterday, Sat., March 2, 1946, from the Church of Christ, with Rev. Denton M. Neal, assisted by the Rev. Charles Taylor of Gainsville, officiating. The church choir sang 3 numbers. Active pallbearers were, A. W. McAlister, Sam Kirby, M. R. Lisenby, L. W. Boswell, Thomas Farthing and Douglas Andrews. Honorary pallbearers were, Lester Whitlow, O. M. Whitlow, William R. Cade, George Miller, E. A. Goodwin, D. C. Boswell, J. E. Williams, and Mnroe Jowers.  Interment was in Roselawn Cemetery. Gentry-Morrison in charge of arrangements. (  Ledger, Sunday, March 3, 1946 )
>JACKSON, ROBERT A.  - Services held-  March 1, 1946
 Funeral services for Robert A. Jackson who died Wednesday, were held from the Futch-Steen funeral home Friday afternoon  March 1, 1946  with the Rev. R.Eugene Rutland, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating, assisted by Rev. Claude Harden, pastor of the Cornelia Ave. Methodist Church. Edgar E. Tolle, accompanied by Mrs. Tolle,sang "Rock of Ages" and "Home of the Soul". >  Interment was in Roselawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were, C. E. Richardson,George P. Brantley,Sr. , Preston Cook, Leslie Duncan, Buford Duncan and D. U. Duncan. 
 Mrs. Johnson of 111 E. Magnolia St. passed away yesterday, Sunday, April 23, 1961 at Lakeland General Hospital. She was a native of Florida and moved to Lakeland 38 years ago from Jasper, Fl. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.  Mrs. Johnson is survived by a son, Willie L. Johnson of Tampa; a brother, George W. SMITH of Jasper; and a sister, Mrs. Cleo T. MORGAN of Savannah, Ga. >  Services were held on Tuesday, April 25, 1961 at Dukes- Steen Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Arthur Rich, pastor of First Baptist will officiate. Burial is in Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland. ( The Ledger, Monday, April 24, 1961 )
>LUNDQUIST, MRS. ELLA STANLEY -  Ledger, Tuesday Evening, Jan. 19, 1954
Ella died Sunday night, funeral services were held Wed. Jan. 20, 1954  at the chapel of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, with the Rev. Stacy Selph, pastor of Orange Heights Methodist Church, officiating. Interment was at Roselawn Cemetery.
>MOORE, MRS. RACHEL L.  - 41 - 1955
 Mrs. Rachel Lucille Moore of 913 S. Tennessee Ave., died last night at Morrell Hospital. Mrs. Moore had lived in Lakeland for the last 36 years. >  Rachel is survived by her husband, Harvey L. Moore and one son, Jackie, both of Lakeland; 5 daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Edwards of Brewster, Mrs. Frances Shea of Hartford, Conn., and Miss Charlotte Moore, Miss Shirley Moore and Miss Linoa Moore, all of Lakeland; one grandchild; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. JOHNSON of Lakeland; 2 brothers, B. B. Johnson of Tampa and Murphy Johnson of Lakeland, and one sister, Mrs. Pearlie Mae Hughes of Pierce, Fl.  Services were held Friday, Dec. 23, 1955 at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Roselawn Cemetery.
>MR. WILLIAM DAVID HELM, SR. – 93 – Retired Truck Driver
LAKELAND -- Mr. William David Helm Sr., a retired truck driver for the Railway Express Agency, died of natural causes associated with old age Tuesday (April 12, 2005) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was 93.
"He didn't talk much. He was a man of a few words, and if it was worth doing, it was worth doing right," said his daughter, Mary Ann Johnson of Lakeland. >  William was born in Tuckerman, Ark., on Sept. 11, 1911, Mr. Helm came to Lakeland from Newport, Ark., in 1926. He graduated from Lakeland High School in 1931. After the United States entered War II, he was drafted into the Navy and served as a radar operator in the Atlantic theater aboard the destroyer USS Satterlee. > In the mid 1930s, Mr. Helm had married his neighbor, Winnifred "Winnie" Taylor.After 19 years of marriage, she passed away in 1953."He never was with anybody before or since," Johnson said. Mr. Helm worked for REA as a truck driver for 30 years, retiring about 1980. "That belonged to the railroad years ago. It was a delivery service."Back then, they shipped a lot of fruit out of here. They were before UPS and FedEx."He was described as a family-oriented man who enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World. He was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.  In addition to his daughter, Mary Ann Johnson, Mr. Helm is survived by his daughter, Hilda "Suzy" Hefner, Lakeland; William D. "Buddy" Helm Jr., Lakeland; son, brother, Oscar Lee Helm, Citrus Heights, Calif.; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. > Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Roselawn Cemetery. Lanier Funeral Home. – Ledger, April 13, 2005
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William David Helm married Winnifred “Winnie” Taylor on Aug. 28, 1934 in Polk Co., Fl.
Winnifred passed away Sept. 1953- records show 2 dates for this- one states –9/4/1953 OTHER STATES 9/8/1953- I will investigate this. She is buried in Roselawn Cemetery.
>POWELL, MRS. LULA  - 84 -
 Lula of 813 S. Florida Ave, died yesterday ( Monday, Jan. 18, 1954 ) at Morrell Hospital. She had lived in Lakeland 50 years, coming here from Brooksville. She was born in Wellborn, Fl.  > Mrs. Powell was a and a charter member of Southside Baptist Church. >   widow of James R. PowellSurvivors are a sister, Mrs. Florrie Powers of Lakeland, a grandson and a granddaughter. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, July 20, 1954, at the chapel of Snook Funeral Home, with Dr. Charles W. Knight, pastor of Southside Baptist Church, officiating. Interment was at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland, Fl.
 Funeral services for John W. Reynolds, who died Saturday, were held yesterday afternoon,( July 20, 1954 ) at Dukes-Steen Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Michael J. Schultz pastor of the Eastside Baptist Church , assisted by the Rev. Steve Simmons of Gapway Baptist Church officiating. >  Mrs. Dwight Blanchard, accompanied by Mrs. Elizabeth Jones sang 2 selections. > Pallbearers were Curtis and Clayton Black of Auburndale, Everett and Ralph Gaffney of Hines City, Dick Finger and Raymond Hennecy. Honorary pallbearers were Cecil Reynolds, Edgar Reynolds and Clem Black. >Interment was in Roselawn Cemetery. ( Evening Ledger, Wed. July 21, 1954 )
>SYLVESTER, Mrs. CLARA CLYDE  - 39 - Last Rites-
 Mrs. Clara Clyde Sylvester of Carter's Corner died this morning at 9:20 after a long illness. She was 39 years old and had been a resident of Lakeland and vicinity for 25 years. > Clara is survived by her husband, Ed Sylvester of Carter's Corner; one daughter, Betty Jane ( or Jean ) Sylvester of Carter's Corner; 2 sisters, Mrs. Sally Ann THOMPSON, of Lakeland and Mrs. Mary Pearl BRICKER of Lakeland; 3 brothers, Cecil Bozeman of Lakeland, Finnie Boxeman of Auburndale and Toy Bozeman of Lakeland; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held on Monday, March 4, 1946 , at the Carter's Corner Baptist Church.   Interment was in Roselawn Cemetery. Gentry-Morrison in charge of arrangements. ( Lakeland Ledger, Sunday, March 3, 1946 )
>ROACH, DORIS EUGENIA  -  82 - Office Clerk
LAKELAND - Doris Eugenia Roach died of congestive heart failure Tuesday (July 31, 2012). Born in Bartow, FL, on August 31, 1929, she was a lifelong resident of the area. Doris was an office clerk and a member of Lakewood Park UMC. <  Mrs. Roach is survived by her husband Gene Roach, Lakeland; sons Joel Greene, Cummings, GA, Eddie Roach, Lakeland, Kenny Roach, GA, Timmy Roach, Franklin, N.C.; daughter Kim Devanna, Boston, MA; brother Ralph Carter, Atlanta, GA; 7 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.  Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 at Lakewood Park UMC. Services will follow at 2pm Friday at the church, Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery.-Lanier Funeral Home.
(Ledger, Thur. Aug.2, 2012 ) 
LAKELAND - Earl Howell Chandler died from complications of kidney failure on Nov. 1st, 2013, at LRMC. Born April 25th, 1925 to Fred C. Chandler (1884-1964) and Eva Eugenia Bryant Chandler (1890-1938), Earl spent most of his childhood on Tampa Bay and moved to Lakeland where his mother died when he was thirteen and his older sister, Margaret Eva, was fifteen. Earl was active in boy scouts, became an eagle scout and first-string quarterback for Lakeland High School in his junior & senior year, and joined the Navy in 1944. He was wounded in kamikaze attacks on the U.S.S. Ticonderoga while pushing aircraft overboard that were loaded with fuel and bombs, lined-up on the flight deck for take-off. For rehab he was assigned to the Great Lakes Naval Air Station and soon met his future wife, Rosella (1924-1995).  > Earl is survived by his son. Jeffrey of Madison and his niece Gwin Atkins Hager and daughters Patricia Hager Logue and Monica Hager Pozowicz, plus his niece Anne Mooney of Chicago. > In Lakeland he is survived by his very favorite cousin Jeanne Hill and husband Jim Hill.
 Interment/ memorial service is planned at Roselawn of Lakeland in March and memorials in lieu of flowers can be sent to Paralyzed Veterans of America or Wounded Warriors with heartfelt appreciation. – Plans to become a wetlands conservationist were scuttled by his war injury and he became an electrical engineer involved in designing/testing inertial guidance systems for NASA's Apollo
Lunar Command Module.
Ledger,Sunday  Nov. 10, 2013
>MRS. ALICE WEISENBERGER - 84 - Ledger, Wed., April 3, 1940
Bartow- April 3- Special - Mrs. Alice Weisenberger died last night at the home of her son and daughter-in-law. Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Stewart, 114 Hephzibah Ave. >  The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 10:30 from the Smith and Dukes Chapel and Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery. >  In addition to her son, >Mrs. Weisenberger is survived by 2 brothers, Elmer V. Greathouse of Dade City and N. V. Greathouse of West Frankfort, Ill.
>MRS. JOHN R. ( Ella L. ) DURDEN - Lakeland Ledger, Sat. Feb. 21, 1953 -
Mrs. Durden of 304 East North St., died at Morrell Hospital at 5:15 p. m. Sat.. A member of Mt. Enon Baptist Church. Mrs. Durden came here 30 years ago from Barnesville, Ga.. >  Survivors include her husband; Mr. John Robert Durden; 2 sons, Alex C. Durden of Savannah, Ga. and J. M. Durden of Norton, Va.; 4 daughters, Mrs. E. Cox of Tampa, Fl.; Mrs. O. E. Snow of Macon, Ga.; Mrs. Shelby Smith of Barnesville, Ga. and Mrs. Marie Coffee of Baltimore, Md.; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p. m. Monday at the Snook Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Isaac Davis and the Rev. Fred C. Williams officiating.  Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland Florida.
>CUMBIE, KATIE L. - 62 - ( Ledger, Thursday, May 7, 1936 ) 
Mrs. Katie Cumbie, wife of Davis H. Cumbie, died yesterday afternoon ( Wed. May 6, 1936 ) at 905 South Florida Avenue, her home for 28 years. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 3 from First Christian Church, of which she was a member, with Rev. C. E. Wyatt officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery under the direction of Smit & Dukes, morticians.  >In addition to her husband, Mrs. Cumbie is survived by a brother, C. W. Baker of St. Petersburg, and a half-sister, Mrs. W. H. Hillard of Mulberry, Fl.  Mrs. Cumbie had been ill for more than a year.
>Many Sorrowing Friends Attend WALLACE Funeral - Ledger Evening Ledger & Star Telegram - Tuesday, June 5, 1928 -pg.3
> Mrs. EMMA LOU WALLACE-  A large number of relatives and friends gathered at the First Baptist Church this morning at 10 to attend the funeral services for the late Emma Lou Wallace, which were conducted by Rev. Porter M. Bailes, assisted by Rev. T. J. Bolen, of Tampa. Interment was made in Roselawn Cemetery. > Honorary pallbearers were: Messrs, A. J. Peddy, Cooper, R. O. Cresap, C. Mizell, Rice, Jack Price and Messrs. E. J. Kaufmann, J.L. Gibson, A. C. Wright, Duncan, Sidney Kennedy and J. J. Haldeman were active pall-bearers. The beautiful flowers attested the esteem in which the deceased was held. The T. E. L. class, of which Mrs. Wallace was a member, attended the services in a body.
Caroline Whidden a resident of Lakeland for 23 years, died at her home 2334 Everett Street at 8:40 p.m. yesterday. She was a member of the first Baptist Church. >  Survivors are 3 sons, B. H. of Seattle, Washington, H. R. of Auburndale, James T. of Lakeland; 5 daughters, Mrs. Edith Mae Brown, Mrs. Dorothy Lane, Mrs. Bea Ann Moore, all of Lakeland and Mrs. Emma Curry and Mrs. J. E. Martin of Tampa. She also leaves a brother, M. K. Keen of Sarasota; 4 sisters, Mrs. Mattie Locklear of  Charlotte Harbor, Mrs. Ruby Howard, Mrs. Jessie Monague and Mrs. Havana Sherrouse of Tampa; and a grand-daughter , Jo Ann Van Meter, who lived with her. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Dukes-Steen Funeral Home > Whidden Rites- Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline Whidden, who died Thursday at her home will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Dukes-Steen Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. T. S. Boehm, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating, Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery.    Ledger, Feb. 6, 1949
>LIZZIE BARFIELD – 78 – ( Ledger, Monday, Jan. 14, 1957 )
Mrs. Lizzie Barfield of 1023 Pinewood, died yesterday at 10:55 (looks like 55 ) a.m. at her home. She came to Lakeland 35 yrs. ago from Georgia and was a member of the West Lakeland Church of God. > Survivors include; 3 sons, Fred Barfield of Lakeland, Ellis Barfield of Detroit, Mich. and Andrew Barfield of Tampa; 3 daughters, Mrs. Bertha Mae Hancock of Tampa, Mrs. Theo Hatcher of Houston, Tex., and Mrs. Beatrice Barnett of Lakeland; 1 brother, Johnny Shores of Baton Rouge, La.; 1 sister, Mrs. Lester Jones of Vienna, Ga.; 24 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. > Services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the West Lakeland Church of God. Burial at Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland will be under the direction of Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home. ( Lizzie was buried; 01-15-1957 )
> >Funeral services for Mrs. Lizzie Barfield 1023 Pinewood, who died Sunday, were conducted yesterday at 2 p.m. at the Westside Church of God. The Rev. W. W. Thomas and the Rev. Lindsey F. Pratt officiated. Music was presented by Mrs. Leia Harden and Mrs. Marjorie Hicks. > Pallbearers were C. F. Barfield, Jr., Thurston Walker, Jeff Holt, A. J. Barfield, A.L Barfield and J. F. Gunn. Burial was at Roselawn Cemetery. – Ledger Wed. Jan, 15, 1957  
>JAMES WALTER MILLER – 26 – Auto Salesman – ( Ledger, Tues.,Jan. 15, 1957 )
James W. Miller died yesterday at noon at the South Florida Hospital in Plant City, He was a native of Lakeland, he lived at 813 N. Tennessee Ave. He was an automobile salesman and a member of Central Ave. Baptist Church. He formerly attended Lakeland and Kathleen schools. > Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Joyce Miller; 1 daughter, Marsha Lynn; his mother, Mrs. Esther Miller; 1 sister, Mrs. Marilyn Means, all of Lakeland; 1 brother, A. Leland Miller, Jr. of Jacksonville; and several aunts and uncles. Services are to be conducted tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the chapel at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home. Pallbearers were; Marshall Sibertson, C.C.Ward, Alex E. Brice, Devonne Canady, Fred Brown and Fred Harrison. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland.
> Mrs. HENRIE MARDIS McKERN – 58 -  
Mrs. McKern wife of W. H. McKern, died yesterday afternoon at her home 938 West Fifth Street after a long illness. She was born in Louisiana and lived in Arkansas before coming here 27 years ago. >  Funeral services will be held from the chapel of the Futch-Steen Funeral Home tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 with the Rev. Mr. Gaines of the Free Methodist Church of St. Petersburg. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery. >Besides her husband, Mrs. McKern is survived by 3 sons, T. D. Mardis and J. D. Mardis of Chicago; and a daughter, Mrs. W. L. Keen of Lakeland. Ledger and Star Telegram, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1937
> DONALD A. ANDERSON - 67 - Retired, Citrus Industry  - Ledger, Aug. 12, 2007 
FT. MEADE - Mr. Donald A. Anderson died Fri. 8/10/07 at Tampa General Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He is a lifetime resident of the Polk County area, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from the citrus industry. > Mr. Anderson is survived by his wife of 46 years, Trudy Anderson, son, Donnie Anderson of N. Ft. Myers, Fl., daughters, Debby (Steve) Kinman of Hawkinsville, Ga, Lea (Brian) Meier of St. Cloud, Fl. and grandsons, Andrew & Evan Meier. Graveside services will be conducted Tue., 10:00 am at Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202. Arrangements by, Gentry Morrison Funeral Homes, Southside Chapel. 
> JOSE ARRIAGA - 50 -  Construction Laborer  - Ledger, Aug. 21, 2015
LAKELAND - Mr. Jose Arriaga died Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Born in Mexico on May 21, 1965, Jose came to Lakeland from Cortazar, Mexico, in 1995. He was a construction laborer and attended Mass at Resurrection Catholic Church. Mr. Arriaga is survived by his brothers Jose Carmen Arriaga, Susano Arriaga, both of Lakeland; sisters Teresa Arriaga, Emelia Arriaga, both of Lakeland. Visitation will be  Friday, August 21, 2015, at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015, at Resurrection Catholic Church. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery. -
> ELIZABETH MAE ALDERMAN - 91 -  In paper for 2018 - ?
LAKELAND - Elizabeth Mae Alderman of Lakeland, FL. An angelic voice and child prodigy of Hollywood's Golden Age, Actress, model, dancer, and owner of the Remarkable Bookshop and Lakeland's first children's community theater, The Playhouse Theater School, passed Memorial Day, 2017. > Managed by Col. Tom Parker, her many accomplishments included: starring in her own radio show, WFLA in Tampa, FL; by age of 12, she sang for national recruiting and fundraising events for Florida Southern College; performed for our troops with the USO, and was a favorite at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. > She leaves behind her daughters: Elizabeth Barnum Robinson and Shauna Barnum Ray, along with her grandchildren: Jason Whiton, Adam Dooling, Khyra Lowe, Kyle James Barnum, and Logan Barnum-Rogers as well as four great grandchildren.Elizabeth will be remembered and sincerely missed by friends and family alike.   Elizabeth's Final Curtain; Burial Mass was held at the St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 29th at 1 pm followed by interment at Roselawn Cemetery. With humble hearts, help for Elizabeth's final expenses is needed, please send to: Shauna Ray, 617 Kerneywood St., Lakeland, FL 33803. Loving kindness of friends and family will be greatly appreciated. - Ledger March 27, 2018
>CLARA B. AVANT - 67 -   Homemaker -  Ledger, Dec. 15, 2005
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Clara B. Avant of Lakeland died of an airway obstruction Tuesday (Dec. 13, 2005) at Valencia Hills Health and Rehab in Lakeland. She was born in Lakeland on April 3, 1938, she was a lifelong resident. She was a homemaker. >Mrs. Avant was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Wendell Avant. >She is survived by her daughters, Rebecca Gary, Lakeland, Janie Jones, Tallahassee; son, Fred Avant Jr., Tallahassee; brother, Clinton D. Butler, Lakeland; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Countryside Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery
MARY 'MEME' L. STEVENS - 94  - Publix
Lakeland - Mary 'Meme' L. Stevens passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2016.
Mrs. Stevens was born on July 29, 1922 to Earl and Ila Lineberger in Lakeland, FL. She was a lifelong resident of the area, and worked for Publix in one of the original stores as a bookkeeper. Her most important job was babysitting her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of the Reformation Lutheran Church, and loved fishing, crocheting, crosswords and Scrabble. > She is preceded in death by her husband Frederick 'Ted' Stevens.  Meme is survived by son, Rick (Jo) Stevens; daughter, Kathy (Dave) Simpson and Suzanne (Doug) Cole; 7 grandchildren, Alicia, Ryan, Lindsay, Casey, Brooke, Brittany and Stephanie; 15 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland, FL. Condolences to the family may be offered at   Ledger, Dec. 21, 2016
>NELMA S. BRACKIN - 94  - GTE Operator , Retired
LAKELAND - Nelma Scarborough Brackin passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, of natural causes. She was born in Spring Field, Tennessee, on August 30, 1920, to George Riggs Scarborough and Amy Hilliard Scarborough. They came to Lakeland in 1920 and lived here all her life. Nelma retired from GTE after 32 years. She was a Methodist. > Nelma is preceded in death by her husband Cloyd Bert Brackin, her parents, and 2 sisters Jewel Smith, Mareitta Parsons and 1 brother Vernon Scarborough. A graveside service was held yesterday private at Roselawn Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at    Ledger, May 5, 2015
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Elizabeth Sue Brandon of Lakeland died of heart failure Friday (Aug. 5, 2005) at Life Care Center of Winter Haven. She was born in Genoa on July 17, 1922, she came to Lakeland from Arlington, Va., in 1967. She was a homemaker. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lakeland.> Mrs. Brandon was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace R. Brandon. >She is survived by her daughters, Janet Brandon, Patricia Betterly, both of Lakeland; son, Reid Brandon, Lakeland; one grandchild. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Roselawn Cemetery. Heath Funeral Chapel. Lakeland, Aug. 6, 2005.
HOLLIE L. BROWN - 84 - CSX Railroad
Lakeland - Hollie Lavergne "Vern" Brown died Sunday October 8, 2006 at the Bradford Terrace Nursing Home Starke, Florida of respiratory failure. He was born in Lakeland, he has been a lifelong resident. A WWII veteran and also a reservist during the Korean War, Mr. Brown was later employed by the CSX Railroad earning the position of Freight Agent. He retired in 1981 after 41 years of service. An avid golfer and Gators fan, he also enjoyed fishing, and growing roses as a member of the Rose Society as well as being a member of the Christian Businessmen's Association. An active 50 year member of Covenant Presbyterian Church he also served with the church choir along with serving as an elder for over 50 years.> Preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Ruth, he is survived by his children; Clyde Brown of Lakeland, Hollie Smith of Melrose, Fl., and Martha Brown of Gainesville, Fl. Three grandchildren also survive him. Visitation will be Thursday October 12, 2006 at the Gentry - Morrison Funeral Home Southside Chapel. Services will be Friday October 13, at Covenant Presbyterian Church Lakeland followed by interment at Roselawn Cemetery. Family request donations to either Haven Hospice 4200 NW 90th Boulevard Gainesville, FL. 32606 or Covenant Presbyterian Church 210 Poppell Dr. Lakeland, FL. 33801. -Ledger, Oct. 12, 2006
L. VIRGINIA BRYAN - 91 - Lakeland Electric , Retired
LAKELAND - L. Virginia Bryan, a lifelong resident of Lakeland and a fifth generation Floridian, died on December 11, 2012, of natural causes.  Born in Lakeland on December 22, 1920, she attended Lakeland Public Schools and Florida Southern College. She retired from Lakeland Electric in 1992 having served for thirty years as Administrative Assistant to three of the early Directors of the Utility: C.D. McIntosh, Jr.; William R. Lesnett and Robert J. Siegel. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was christened in the old Grey Stone Church on South Kentucky Avenue in 1921. She was a past member of the Woman's Club; a member of the Lakeland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and a sustaining member of the Junior League of greater Lakeland. >She was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Bryan Hendrix and Betty Bryan Graveline, and is  >survived by her two nieces, Rebecca G. Doane and Marcia Ann Hendrix; her two nephews, R. Bryan Graveline and Arthur Hodges Hendrix; four great nieces and three great nephews. >A graveside service will be held Friday, December 21, 2012, at the Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland, with Rev. David McEntire, pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will follow.  Northwood Funeral Home, West Palm Beach, is in charge of arrangements.- Ledger, Dec. 21, 2012 
>GEORGE CASON - 89 - Machinist 
LAKELAND - George Cason, Lakeland, died of renal failure, Wednesday, January 24, 2007.  He was born in Wildwood, Florida in 1918. He was a machinist in the phosphate mining industry. George was a WWII combat veteran who was wounded in action. An avid outdoorsman, he loved fishing and gardening.> He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie. He is survived by his son, Lloyd (Linda) McCraney, Englewood, FL; daughter, Patricia Durden (Jeff), Lakeland; 3 grandchildren; 2 brothers, Earl, Auburndale; James, Leesburg; sister, Ola Mae Solt, Pennsylvania. A graveside service will be held at Roselawn Cemetery, 1:00 PM, Saturday, January 27, 2007. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823. Heath Funeral Chapel - Ledger, Jan. 26, 2007

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