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Polk County, Fl.


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>MARGIE L. LEE - 79 -   Breton's Restaurant
LAKE CITY -- Mrs. Margie L. Lee of Lake City, formerly of Bartow, died of heart failure Monday (July 12, 2004) at Avalon Health Care and Rehab in Lake City. She was born in Alexander City, Ala., on Oct. 24, 1924, she was a longtime resident of Bartow before moving to Lake City two years ago. She was a waitress at Breton's Restaurant in Bartow. She also worked at the Bartow Bakery for several years. She was a Methodist.> Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Lee Jr. >She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Crnkovich, Lake City, Connie Lynn Lee, Bremen, Ga.; sons, Larry Lee, Leitchfield, Ky., Wayne Cleveland, Jimmy Cleveland, both of Alexander City, Ala., Glenn Cleveland, Lake City; brother, Worth Dunaway, Alabama; sister, Lavert Vickers, Alexander City; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 E. Main St., Bartow. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland. - Ledger, July 13, 2004
>ADDIMAE MASSIE CAVERLY- 90 -   First National Bank, Retired
ST. PETERSBURG -- Mrs. Addimae Massie Caverly of St. Petersburg, a native of Lakeland, died of natural causes associated with old age Thursday (June 22, 2006) at Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Home. She was born in Lakeland. She was a retired bank teller for First National Bank in St. Petersburg. She was a Jehovah's Witness.> Mrs. Caverly was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Fred Caverly. > She is survived by her cousins, Eleanor Massie Montague, John Montague and David Massie Montague, all of Tampa, Barbara Gil, Sarasota, Eugene Massie, Hopkinsville, Ky., George Carr, Sandy Bryant, and Pat Williams, all of Lakeland, Franklin Moody, Sedona, Ariz., Jackie Wilson, Seminole, Mike Massie, Panama City, David Massie, Fort Myers, John McKoin Massie, Texas. Graveside services will be at 1 this afternoon at Roselawn Cemetery, 705 N. Ingraham Ave., Lakeland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home. Ledger, June 27, 2006
>RUBY A. CLOUD - 88 - 
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Ruby A. Cloud of Lakeland died Friday (Oct. 4, 2002) at Tandem Health Care of Lakeland.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland. Lanier Funeral Home. - Ledger, Oct. 7, 2002 
>PEGGY JEAN DENNIS -  1930 - 2018 - ( # 1- husband,Bert Rogers - # 2- Fred Phillips )
LAKELAND - Peggy Jean Dennis was born June 6, 1930, in Lakeland. FL. The youngest of three and the only girl, born to Beulah and Dolphus Dennis, Peggy and her two older brothers Fred and Dolphie grew up surrounded by family. The home they lived in during the 1930's still stands. She told us of the many 'firsts' she experienced there: an icebox, a telephone, a sewing machine and her favorite, her first pair of roller skates. A cherished family tradition was playing Monopoly on the front porch every Sunday afternoon after a home cooked meal at their grandparents' home. >Peggy married her high school sweetheart, Bert Rodgers, and together they started what would become Florida's largest real estate school. Raising her two children was the highlight of her life. In the 1970's the family moved to Howey-in-the-Hills, FL. Peggy was an excellent cook (her chili and spaghetti sauce were legendary), accomplished seamstress, and leader of her daughter's Girl Scout Troop for several years. She loved her home in Howey on Little Lake Harris and enjoyed watching the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Several years after she and Bert divorced, Peggy realized her childhood dream of becoming a nurse in mid-life, graduating with a BSN and working for 15 years as an RN at Waterman Memorial in Eustis, FL. During this chapter in her life she met Fred Phillips and they spent the next thirty plus years together. Their adventures included scuba diving in the Keys, scalloping at Crystal River, and shrimping on the Indian River. They spent happy summers at Fred's cabin in upstate New York, growing and canning fresh veggies. Peggy made friends wherever she went, always happy to lend a hand and share a smile. >Peggy's final years were spent in Sarasota, FL. She enjoyed reading and her puzzle books as well as her daily glass of red wine. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her final years. > She is survived by her son Clay Rodgers of Howey, FL, and daughter Lori Rodgers of Sarasota, FL, grandchildren Amanda (Evan), Julia, and Jason, and great grandchildren Addison and Elizabeth. She also leaves behind many loving relatives and friends, both in Florida and New York. >Graveside Service will be held on Saturday December 29, 2018 at 2pm in the Roselawn Cemetery, 501 E Lemon St. Lakeland Florida. Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home is entrusted with final care.  
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to the Library Foundation for Sarasota County, P.O. Box 17903, Sarasota, FL 34276-0903. - Ledger Dec. 28, 2018
>MARGARET SIMS FAVELL - 80 - Licensed Practical Nurse  - Ledger, Feb. 17, 2007
LAKELAND - Margaret Sims Favell passed away on Fri. Feb. 16th at Consulate Health Care at Lake Parker due to respiratory failure. Ms. Favell was born in Lakeland and was a lifetime resident of this area. She was a Licensed Practical Nurse and a member of Southside Baptist Church. > Ms. Favell was preceded in death by her husband, Sterling P. Favell, Jr. and is survived by a son, Joseph Favell of Tampa and granddaughters, Esther Christina Vlahos of Lakeland and Joelle Favell of Tampa. Visitation will be Mon. Feb. 19, 2007 at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Road, with services at 11:00 am in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery.
LAKELAND - James Hamilton 81, died 1/5/13 of COPD. Survived by Patty, Ellis, Ray & Anna. Graveside Wed 1/9/13 at 2 PM at Roselawn Cemetery. Gentry-Morrison So. - Ledger, Jan. 8, 2013.
>FLORA SMITH HEATH -101 - Supervisor, SH Kress Department Store 
LAKELAND - Flora Smith Heath went to be with the Lord on July, 4 2016. She was born in Lakeland, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence G. Heath. Flora is survived by a niece, great nieces, great nephews, great-great nieces and great-great nephews.  Flora was very active at First Presbyterian Church as an Elder, Sunday school teacher, and involved in the Women Circle and missions. > Visitation will be on Friday, July 8, 2016, from 10:00 - 11:00 am, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 am, at First Presbyterian Church Chapel. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church or the First Presbyterian Church Memorial fund.  Condolences may be sent to the family at  - Ledger, July 6, 2016
LAS VEGAS, NV - Leonard "Luke" Eric Hickson, 53, died in an auto accident in Las Vegas, NV on May 21st. > Leonard was born in Lakeland, FL on June 1, 1954 and lived there until he moved to Las Vegas 20 years ago. > Leonard is predeceased by his parents, Glenn Stanley and Virginia (Combs) Hickson and brother Byron Kenneth Hickson. He is survived by a sister, Linda Hickson Muller of Cardston, AB, Canada; brother Gary Gay of Tampa, FL; nephew Adam Hickson of Tampa, FL and niece Tracy Hickson of Winter Park, FL. His "adopted" daughters Michelle Coe of Arcadia, CA and Kristine Davies of Center Valley, PA will greatly miss their daddy "Luke". He will be sadly missed by Gavin, Wilhelm, Debbie, Gayle, Jeff, Jill, Tom and all of his other friends and associates too numerous to mention.
A graveside memorial service and internment is planned for Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland. Contact: - Ledger, May 27, 2008
>AVA LEE HOLLY - 86 - 
LAKELAND - Ava Lee Holly passed away from vascular complication on June 29, 2013, at the Santa Fe Care Center in Santa Fe NM. She was born January 26, 1927 in Walker County Alabama to the late Odus and Stella Duncan. Her family moved to Winter Haven in 1943. With perseverance despite many obstacles Ava Lee fought to receive an education. She graduated from the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind at St. Augustine FL in 1948. She is the author of two books: A Time to Speak (2008) and My Summers With Nancy (2012). While raising a family in Polk County she was a faithful member of the following churches sequentially: First Baptist, Haines City, First Baptist, Lake Wales, Central Baptist, Lakeland, and First Baptist, Winter Haven. A natural teacher and student, she felt privileged to share her love of the Gospel as a Sunday school teacher and a devoted volunteer. In 2001 she left the area to live with her youngest daughter in Santa Fe NM.  Faithful, caring, generous of spirit, Ava Lee was an unceasing source of encouragement to family and neighbors. She gave her daughters valuable gifts by imparting a lifelong love of learning, and by living Christ's teachings in her daily interactions. >Ava Lee was preceded in death by her husband Fred Holly, a Lakeland native, in 1995: and by brothers George and Newburn and sister Faye McLane. > Ava Lee is survived by daughters, Vera Holly, Merritt Island FL, Sarah Mankowski (Don), Merritt Island FL, Paula Waller (Mike), Santa Fe NM; grandchildren John Mankowski, Jennifer Waller, and Michael Waller (Stormi); great-grandchildren Logan and Brooke. >A graveside tribute will be held Wed. July 3rd at 11 AM at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland. Memorial contributions may be directed to the National Federation of the Blind Polk Chapter, 435 8th St. NE; Winter Haven 33881. Tributes and remembrances may be left at . Ledger, July 2, 2013
>JOE W. HOWELL, Sr. - 89 - 
Lakeland - Joe W. Howell Sr. died of complications to Alzheimer's disease on November 21, 2006.  Mr. Howell, a native of Florida, was a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Lakeland. During World War II, Mr. Howell served at Lodwick Airfield in Lakeland for the Army Air Corp. After that, Mr. Howell worked as an electrician for Lipscomb Electric and Wilson Electric for many years. He then became an electrical contractor for his own business, Howell Electric. >Mr. Howell was preceded in death by his wife, Francis Grace Howell . He is survived by his son, Joe W. Howell Jr., Winter Haven, Florida; daughter, Lisa S. Howell, Tampa, Florida; sister, Louetta Howell Ratliff, Lakeland, Florida; brother, Wilson "Kick" Howell, Lakeland, Florida; grandson, 1st Lt. Joshua A. Howell, Fort Riley, Kan.; granddaughter, Amy C. Howell, Winter Haven, Florida. Funeral services will be Saturday at Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland. Lanier Funeral Home. Ledger, Nov. 23, 2006
>VIOLET L. HUGHEY - 80 -   Homemaker
DeLAND -- Mrs. Violet L. Hughey of DeLand, formerly of Lakeland, died of heart and lung failure Sunday (May 11, 2003) in DeLand. She was born in Newport, Ark., she moved to DeLand from Lakeland in 2002. She was a homemaker.> Mrs. Hughey is survived by her son, Donald Hughey, DeLand; daughter, Juanita Milton, Sanger, Calif.; brother, Vernon Coleman, Searcy, Ark.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Graveside services will be  Thursday at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland. Lankford Funeral Home, DeLand. - Ledger. May 13, 2003
LAKELAND - Cynthia Mae Jones died on 12/31/10 of natural causes. She is survived by her sister Shirley Shepard; nieces & nephews. Innurnment 1/10/11 at 10am at Roselawn Cemetery. - Ledger, Jan. 6, 2011
>LUCILE JONES - 90 - Hospital Ward Clerk
LAKELAND - Mrs. Lucile Jones passed away Monday, November 26, 2007 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center of heart failure. Born in Sylvester, Georgia on August 5, 1917, Mrs. Jones was a long time resident of Lakeland, where she was employed by Lakeland Regional Medical Center for many years as a Hospital Ward Clerk. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond Jones. > Mrs. Jones is survived by 2 sons; Ronnie Jones (Brenda) of Miami, FL and Guerry Jones (Cindy) of Lakeland; 1 daughter, Karen Jones of Lakeland; 4 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. A private family service was held Friday, November 30, 2007, at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel. Interment followed at Roselawn Cemetery. Service and arrangements, Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes. Ledger, Dec. 2, 2007
>BERTHA LUE LANGFORD - 76 -   Reececliff Restaurant - W/O- George Langford
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Bertha Lue Langford of Lakeland died of heart failure Sunday (Oct. 9, 2005) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Cullman, Ala., on Jan. 10, 1929, she came to Lakeland from there 50 years ago. She was a retired waitress for Reececliff Restaurant in Lakeland. She was a Baptist. Mrs. Langford is survived by her husband, George H. Langford; son, Gary J. Hawkins, Lakeland; daughter, Patricia Ann Hawkins, Orlando; brother, Theron Tanner, Alabama; and sister, Willie Mae Milazzo, Maine. Visitation will be Wednesday at Gentry-Morrison Northside Chapel. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland. -Ledger, Oct. 11, 2005
>GEORGE H. LANGFORD - 92 - Florida Game Commission - H/O Bertha Langford
LAKELAND - Mr. George H. Langford, 92, died Monday, November 29, 2010 at LRMC due to natural causes. He was born April 8, 1918 in Mulberry, Fl. to James and Lulu Langford. George has been a lifelong resident of the Lakeland area. He joined the Navy and served 3 years in the South Pacific during WWII. He also enjoyed his work as a pilot with the Florida Game Commission. Mr. Langford was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha L. Langford; three brothers, Jim, Harry and Jack; two sisters, Martha Lee and Alma. His survivors include a son, Gary (Delores) Hawkins; and a daughter, Patricia Hawkins. The visitation will be Thursday night at the Gentry-Morrison Northside Chapel. The graveside services will be Friday at Roselawn Cemetery at 10:00 AM. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home-Northside Chapel - Ledger, Dec. 1, 2010 
LAKELAND - Mary Elizabeth (Payne) LeRoy,of Lakeland, FL passed away Jan. 3, 2007 of heart failure. Mrs. LeRoy was born in Williston, FL., December 4, 1910 to Walter & Jessie (Stanley) Payne. Mary moved to Lakeland in 1925 from Williston, FL. She married James C. LeRoy on March 21, 1929. She was a member of First Baptist Church at the Mall and a Charter Member of the Church Nursery Staff for almost 40 years. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Dumont & Jessie O. Payne, her husband of 20 years, James C. LeRoy. Mrs. LeRoy was a devoted mother to her 5 children. She is preceded in death by her son, John F. LeRoy, who died in 1979; she is survived by her sons, James C. LeRoy, Jr. of Kinard, FL; Thomas A. LeRoy of Marietta, GA. and Robert P. LeRoy of Lakeland, FL; daughter, Marian E. Daniels of Kinard, FL. She is also survived by her sisters, Thelma Nicodemus of Lakeland, FL., and Marguerite Bascom of Sarasota, FL and 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren & 10 great-great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Saturday Jan. 6, 2007 at 10:00am at First Baptist Church at the Mall 1010 Memorial Blvd, E. Lakeland, FL. The funeral service will begin at 11:00am. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland, FL. Arrangements by Central Florida Casket Store & Funeral Chapel, 2090 East Edgewood Drive, Lakeland, FL. -Ledger, Jan. 5, 2007
>JOETTA GAY LEWIS - 73 -   Day-Care Teacher
WINTER HAVEN -- Ms. Joetta Gay Lewis of Winter Haven died of cancer Wednesday (Jan. 8, 2003) at Good Shepherd Hospice in Winter Haven. She was born in Lakeland on July 17, 1929, she moved to Winter Haven more than 60 years ago. She was a teacher at a day care. She was a past member of the Garden Club in Winter Haven. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Winter Haven. Ms.. Lewis is survived by her daughter, Gail Hodges, Winter Haven; one granddaughter; one great-grandson. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Steele's Family Funeral Services, 207 Burns Lane S.E., Winter Haven. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. Graveside services will be at 12:45 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland. -Ledger, Jan. 10, 2003
>HECTOR LUIS LUGO, Sr. - 54 - 
LAKELAND - Mr. Hector Luis Lugo, Sr., age 54, died of a heart attack Monday, May 26, 2014. Born in Utuado, Puerto Rico, on January 23, 1960, Hector came to Florida from there in the early 80s. He attended services at Vino Nuevo Worship Center. > He was preceded in death by his father Anibal Lugo. Hector is survived by his mother Luz M. Lugo; sons Hector L. Lugo, Jr., Anibal Lugo; daughters Julissa Gadeas, Marisol Lugo, Elsa Lugo; brothers Elvin Lugo, Wilfredo Lugo; sisters Maria Lugo, Abigail Lugo, Marilin Lugo, Elsa Montijo. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be Friday, May 30, 2014, at Roselawn Cemetery. Ledger, May 29, 2014
LAKELAND - Martha McAlister died of heart failure 7/9/12. Survived by several nieces & nephews & family. Graveside svc. Roselawn Cemetery at a later date. - Ledger, July 12, 2012
>MATTIE SUTTON - 93 -   Homemaker - Ledger, Nov. 21, 2003
BRADENTON -- Mrs. Mattie Sutton of Bradenton, formerly of Lakeland, died of natural causes associated with old age Tuesday (Nov. 18, 2003). She was born in Bucksport, S.C., on Dec. 24, 1909, she moved to Bradenton from Lakeland in 1930. She was a homemaker. She was a member of 43rd Street Church of Christ in Bradenton. > Mrs. Sutton is survived by her sons, Dr. Harold Sutton, Bradenton, Fred E. Sutton, Melbourne; sister, Beatrice Bryant Cone, Bradenton; brothers, Hoyt A. Bryant, Robert Bryant, both of Lakeland; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland. Memorials may be made to the Christian Home and Bible School, 301 W. 13th Ave., Mount Dora. Shannon Funeral Home, Town Chapel.-
>ALLYNE TAYLOR TYSON - 80 - Homemaker
LAKELAND - Allyne Taylor Tyson died of pneumonia and complications of dementia September 3, 2013. Born in Enterprise, AL, on November 20,1932, Allyne came to Lakeland from there in 1938. She was a homemaker, and a sales rep for Avon for over 20 years.>  Mrs. Tyson was preceded in death by her husband Chuck Tyson; son Aldean Douglas Gilbert; brothers, Louie R. Taylor, Huey D. Taylor, Dwaine Taylor, Clifton Taylor; sisters Sue "Tiny" Young, Nettie Lee Gruber and Eddie Mae Polston. She is > survived by her sister Shirley Reeder, Mayo, FL, twin sister Waydean Taylor; niece and caregiver, Charlotte Smith; numerous nieces and nephews. Inurnment will be in Roselawn Cemetery at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. Lanier Funeral Home. - Ledger, Sept. 25, 2013
>NELLIE M. WARREN - 92 - 1923 - 2016
LAKELAND - Nellie M. Warren passed away Saturday, February 21, 2016.  Nellie was born in Lakeland, FL on May 8, 1923, to William and Jessie Holland. Nellie spent her entire life here in Lakeland and was a life time member of First Baptist Church at the Mall.  >Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Warren and > survived by her daughter, Patricia Moses; sister Billieruth Combee, granddaughters, Tracey (Andy) Crews, Tricia Wilkerson, and Tara (Shane) Letchworth; great granddaughter, Toni; and great grandsons, Garrett and Grayson. The family will receive friends, Wednesday, February 24, 2016, from 6:00-8:00pm at Lanier Funeral Home, 717 Griffin Rd., Lakeland, FL. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016, at 10:00am at Roselawn Cemetery. -Ledger, Feb. 23, 2016
>WILLIAM "RUSS" WATERSON, Sr. - 94 - Intn'l Typographical Union
LAKELAND - William "Russ" Waterson of Lakeland, passed away Sept. 29, 2011 of natural causes. Russ was a long time resident of Lakeland working for many years as a printer with The Ledger, and was also a Union representative for the International Typographical Union, serving under many different presidents. He began his career with the Largo Sentinel, then joined The Ledger staff in 1946 where he stayed until becoming active in the union in the early 1950's. >He is survived by his wife of 62 years Helen, his children James "Jim" and wife Pauline, William "Rusty" and wife Deborah, and Donna Skinner and husband Clayton. He also leaves a daughter in law, Vicky Waterson, 12 grandchildren, Ra Laine, Will, Julie, Larry, Nichole, Jennifer, Clay, Daniel, Keith, Jacob, William, and Gina; his 17 great- grandchildren Hope, Haley, Ryan, Nicholas, Madison, Blake, Samuel, Kelsey, Micah, Brooklyn, Kendyl, Delaine, Loralei, Autumn, Nathan, Luke and Cayden. > Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 5245 US 98 N,. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to EITHER: Florida United Methodist Children's Home, 51 Children's Way, Enterprise, FL 32725 or Good Shepherd Hospice, Auburndale, FL. -Ledger, Oct. 2, 2011

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