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LAKELAND - Ruth Smith Ruedebusch passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 7, 2016 in Ruskin, Florida. She was born on November 10, 1922 to Walter and Jennie Smith in Dadeville, Alabama. She was the youngest of four siblings and is predeceased by her brothers Walter Douglas Smith, Jr. ('Cotton') and Max Fowler Smith, and sister Virginia Smith Reddick. Mrs. Ruedebusch moved to Lakeland as a young child and graduated from Lakeland High School and Lakeland Business College. She then worked for the Veterans Administration in Miami and in Washington, DC. In 1947, she married Donald E. Williams and they moved to southern California where they built their own home, and she learned to fly airplanes. The marriage ended in divorce in 1968, and Mrs. Ruedebusch and her two daughters returned to Lakeland.   In 1971, she married John W. Ruedebusch. They relocated to Winter Garden, Florida where she worked as the church secretary for the First United Methodist Church for 12 years. In 1983, Ruth and John Ruedebusch returned to Lakeland where she worked for the Bishop's Office of the United Methodist Church. After Mr. Ruedebusch passed away in 1987, Mrs. Ruedebusch divided her time between Lakeland and the Washington, DC area, near her daughters and grandsons. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and a member of the Blue Danube Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which she joined in 2010, when briefly living in Vienna, Austria with her daughter Donna and son-in-law, William C. Eacho, then the US Ambassador to Austria.
Mrs. Ruedebusch is survived by her daughters: Donna Williams Eacho of Chevy Chase, Maryland and Ann Brantley Williams, of Tampa, Florida, and by three grandsons, Douglas Carlton Eacho, Gregory William Eacho and David Walker Eacho. >Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Heath Funeral Chapel, Lakeland. Service will be Monday, August 15,2016 at First United Methodist Chapel, 72 Lake Morton Dr., Lakeland. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at . Ledger, Aug. 10, 2016 .
Patricia "Pat" Williams Ohnikian passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013 at Good Shepherd Hospice, due to cancer. She was a lifelong resident of Lakeland, born March 15, 1933. > She was predeceased by parents R. Paul Williams, Sr. and Eloise H. Williams.  Mrs. Ohnikian graduated from Lakeland High School and attended Florida South College, became a member of the Delta Zeta Sorority and Post Mistress at FSC. After rearing three children, she worked as a sales representative for Coldwell Banker Real Estates, substitute teacher and Massage Therapist. > Mrs. Ohnikian is survived by two brothers, Dr. Robert P. Williams, Jr. (Ann), John W. Williams (Paulette) and sister Mary Lee Harrell (Herman), daughter Carol O. Walker (Bobby), son M. Anthony Ohnikian, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. > She was preceded in death by son Robert A. Ohnikian. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Kryger Park. Ledger, March 5, 2013 - Listed burial is at Roselawn Cemetery 
>BRYCE GLEN WATSON -   B- 8-5-2004 - D: 8-13-2004  - Ledger, Aug. 13, 2004.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Graveside services for Mr. Bryce Glen Watson of Charleston, S.C., who died Aug. 5, 2004, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21,2004  at Roselawn Cemetery. Lakeland Funeral Home. - 
LAKELAND - Evelyn Stedham Whipple went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday July 4, 2012 after a long struggle with cancer. She was a devoted Christian, wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend to many. All who knew her would attest to her unfaltering faith, warmth, compassion, and wonderful sense of humor. Born September 13, 1923 in Birmingham, AL, to Reverend Marvin Van Buren Stedham and his wife Mettie. > She was preceded in death by her husband William Whipple of Lakeland. >She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Simmonds of Kansas City, MO and Pamela Abbott of Lakeland; three grandchildren, John ("Jackson") Simmonds of New York, NY, and Ashley Abbott and Melanie Abbott, both of Lakeland; a brother and sister-in-law, Reverend Ray Stedham and his wife Pat; and two nephews, John Stedham and James Stedham. Having graduated from Tift College (now part of Mercer University, Macon, GA) in 1945, she moved to Atlanta and worked at Grady Memorial Hospital for Emory Medical School. In 1948, she came to Lakeland, where she lived the remainder of her life, other than for a 12-year period when she lived in Sewanee, TN, when her husband served as Vice President of Development for the University of the South. Evelyn was very active in church activities all her life, teaching Sunday School, working in the library, and singing in the choir. While at Southside Baptist Church in Lakeland, she was president of the Women's Missionary Union. In the community, she was involved in several organizations. In Lakeland, she was a member of the Junior Woman's Club, Garden Club, and Pionette Business and Professional Women's Club during her life. While in Sewanee, she was involved in the Woman's Club, the Hospitality Auxiliary, and the Episcopal Church Women's Club. Evelyn enjoyed playing piano, traveling, making Belleek porcelain and playing bridge with friends. She was an avid reader, loved crossword puzzles, and was interested in current events. She also liked to cook and entertain. However, her first love was always her family. Evelyn's passing on our nation's Independence Day will forever serve as her reminder to us to that we must embrace our own independence. She was a sweet and loving woman whose prayer for everyone was to be self-sufficient and strong, leading happy and fulfilled lives.  Memorials may be made to Cooperative Baptist Fellowship online at or by mail to P.O. Box 2556, Lakeland, FL 33806. You may also reach them at 863.682.6802 to learn more.  Visitation will be Sunday, July 8, 2012 in the Tribute Center at Heath Funeral Chapel, 328 South Ingraham Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 9 at 10:00 am at Heath Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow immediately at Roselawn Cemetery on Ingraham Avenue. Condolences may sent to the family at . - Ledger, July 6, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG - Blanche Y. Anderson Hanks McLeod passed away, of natural causes Saturday, July 28, 2012. Born March 16, 1913 in Neillsville, Wisconsin, Mrs. McLeod moved to St. Petersburg in 2003 from Lakeland.  >Mrs. McLeod was preceded in death by her parents, three husbands, eleven siblings, and several nieces and nephews. > She is survived by sons, Dennis Anderson and wife Sue, Harold Hanks Jr. and wife Judy, and Darryl Hanks; daughters, Loretta A. VanDuzen and husband Duane, and Carol A. Hanks; grandchildren Terri Byrum, Michael Anderson, Michele Porter, Kristen Kirch-haine, Rachel Smith, Brian Hanks, and Kevin Hanks, seven great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren. >Funeral services for Mrs. McLeod will be held at the Gentry-Morrison / Dukes-Steen Chapel, 1833 S. Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL, on Saturday August 4. Visitation will be from noon till 1 PM, with service immediately following. Rev. Harold G. Hanks Jr. will officiate. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to New Life Ministries (Harold Hanks) or H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa. - Ledger, Aug. 3, 2012
>EVELYN L. MOORE- 73 -   Homemaker -    w/o - James M. Moore
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Evelyn L. Moore of Lakeland died of heart failure Wednesday (March 5, 2003) at Grace Healthcare of Lakeland. She was born in Jacksonville on Aug. 6, 1929, she came to Lakeland at an early age. She was a homemaker. She was a Baptist. > Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her husband, James M. Moore. She is survived by her sons, James T. Moore, Gary M. Moore, both of Lakeland; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland. Lanier Funeral Home, Lakeland. - Ledger, March 6, 2003
>JAMES M. MOORE - 77 - Retired Foreman for City of Lakeland -  H/O Evelyn L. Moore
LAKELAND -- Mr. James M. Moore of Lakeland died of cancer Thursday (Sept. 26, 2002) at Grace Healthcare of Lakeland. He was born in Wollbridge, Ohio, on July 18, 1925, he came to Lakeland in 1928. He was a retired foreman for the city of Lakeland after 38 years of service. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Alabama. He was a Baptist.> Mr. Moore is survived by his wife, Evelyn L. Moore; sons, James T. Moore, Gary Moore, both of Lakeland; brother, Claude A. Moore, Swartz Creek, Mich.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland. Lanier Funeral Home. - Ledger, Sept. 27, 2002
>DOROTHY M. MUMBAUER - 96 - Homemaker 
LAKELAND - Mrs. Dorothy May Mumbauer passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at her residence of cancer. She was a native of Cadillac, Michigan and had resided in Lakeland since 1924 from Cadillac. Mrs. Mumbauer was a homemaker and involved with the "Life Ministry" at Kathleen Baptist Church.
> She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Mumbauer and is survived by her sons; William M. "Bill" Mumbauer, Sr. and Robert R. Mumbauer; daughters, Frances J. Stewart, Elise M. Ward and Dottie C. Jones. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Saturday, April 21, 2007 at Gentry-Morrison Northside Chapel with services following at 11 A.M. at the chapel. Interment will follow in Roselawn Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, Florida 33823. - Ledger, April 20, 2007 
>SHIRLEY C. OTTINGER - 87 - Homemaker
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Shirley C. Ottinger of Lakeland died Sunday (Aug. 20, 2006) at Wedgewood Health Care, Lakeland, of complications from diabetes. She was born in Winona Lake, Ind., on Nov. 30, 1918, she moved to Lakeland 75 years ago. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Kappa Gamma Sorority, the Women's Club and the Imperial Bird Club. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. >Mrs. Ottinger was preceded in death by her husband, Max Ottinger. >She is survived by her daughters, Willah Cockrell, Kathleen, Phyllis Whidden and Sherry Canto, both of Lakeland; son, Terry Ottinger, Lakeland; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will be  Thursday at Countryside Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. -Ledger, August 23, 2006
>MAIDA PHELPS - 92 - Homemaker - - Ledger, July 18, 2009
LAKELAND - Mrs. Maida Phelps passed away as a result of heart failure 7/15/2009 at Wedgewood Healthcare Center. Born: Aug.15,1916, Mrs. Phelps was a lifelong resident of Lakeland. She was a member of Gapway Baptist Church. >She was preceded in death by her husband; Pearman Phelps, two sons: Curtis "Buddy" Phelps and A.E. "Gene" Phelps, and a sister: Lucille Cash. > She is survived by her daughters: Linda Fritz and Laura Walker, a sister: Gladys Godwin, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A visitation will be conducted Monday, July 20,2009 at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel at 1727 Bartow Road in Lakeland. A funeral service will follow at 11am. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to The Arthritis Foundation     -
Sister of:  MADIA PHELPS > Buried in Roselawn Cemetery- 
WAUCHULA -- Mrs. Lucille Ellerbe Cash of Wauchula died of heart failure Friday (July 28, 2006) in Sebring. She was born in Lakeland on June 30, 1914, she moved to Wauchula in 1948. She was a member of Lake Dale Baptist Church where she was a pianist for 50 years. She also taught Sunday school for many years. >Mrs. Cash was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. "Jack" Cash.  > She is survived by her sisters, Maida Phelps, Lakeland, and Gladys Godwin, Pikesville, Tenn.; sons, Denton Cash, Wauchula, and Jerry Cash, Lady Lake; daughter, Joyce Grace, Wauchula; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday at Robarts Family Funeral Home, Wauchula. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lake Dale Baptist Church in Wauchula. >  Ledger, July 29, 2006 ->  >I placed the sisters together on one page for seekers Lucille is most likely not buried in Lakeland But in Wauchula-Hardee Co., FL. 
AUBURNDALE - Cynthia Marie Renfroe  of Polk City, FL passed away on 9/29/11 from cancer. Cynthia was born on 12/27/1964 in Lakeland, FL, to Louis Spivey and Maralyn Williams. She was loved by all. >Cynthia is preceded in death by her husband Everett Renfroe in 1995. > Cynthia is survived by son: Richard (Natasha) Blevins, daughter: Samantha (Larry) Bodwell, brother Louis Spivey, three sisters Sharon Manning, Deloris Brown, and Brenda Williams, 4 grandchildren: Jonathan, Jacob, Adam and Mason and her dear friend Mick.  Memorial service will be at New Home Baptist Church on 10/7/11 at 11AM, then a graveside service at 1:30 at Roselawn Cemetery.  Ledger, Oct. 5, 2011
>CLAUDE JULIAN RIDLEY  - 89 -  Educator
WINTER HAVEN - Claude Julian Ridley passed away on May 2, 2008 due to congestive heart failure. He was one of seven children and was born on December 10, 1918 on a farm in Sylvester, Georgia to Jack and Maggie Bozeman Ridley. He moved to Lakeland, Florida in 1925 with his family where he graduated from Lakeland High School in 1936. After attending college for one year, Claude volunteered for the military and was inducted into the Army Air Corps in 1941. He was a major and a B-17 pilot in the 15th Air Force, 97th Bomb Group during World War II and flew 51 missions in the European Theatre. He later joined the Air Force Reserves where he retired as a Lt. Colonel. After conclusion of the war, Claude received his bachelor's degree from Stetson University and earned a Masters of Education from the University of Florida in 1952. He was a lifelong educator. He served in several senior administrative positions in the Polk County school system and after retirement, was elected to the Polk County School Board. He was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church and was a past president of the Winter Haven Kiwanis Club. He and his beloved wife of 65 years, Ann Scobie, had two children, Claudia Ann (deceased) and Fred Scobie. In addition to Ann and Fred, Claude is survived by his brother, Alton F. Ridley of Winter Haven; his sister, Doris R. Gibson of Charlotte, NC; five grandchildren, Barry Andrew Bennett, Leslee Bennett Diaz, Maggie Sarah Ridley, Elizabeth Ann Ridley and Sydney Parker Ridley; and six great-grandchildren, Canaan Ridley Bennett, Isaac Andrew Bennett, Abigail Elizabeth Bennett, Sarah Ann Bennett, Nathan Everett Diaz, and Anna Grace Diaz.
>Private interment will be on Wednesday at the Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 2101 Overlook Drive, Winter Haven. The family will receive friends on Tuesday between 5 and 8 p.m. at Crisp-Coon Funeral Home, 201 1st Street W., Winter Haven. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Burning Hearts Ministries, Inc. -Ledger, May 5, 2008
>DORIS EUGENIA ROACH  - 82 - Office Clerk  - w/o - Wm.Eugene Roach
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 Friday at the church, Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Lanier Funeral Home. Ledger, Aug. 2, 2012
>WILLIAM EUGENE ROACH - 86 - Ceramic Tile Contractor - H/O- Doris E. Roach
LAKELAND - Mr. William Eugene Roach died Sunday, December 4, 2016. He was born in Moultrie, GA, on April 4, 1930. He was a ceramic tile contractor. Eugene was a member of the Lakewood Park UMC. >He was a preceded in death by his wife Doris; brothers Hilton, Earl and Roy; sister Claudette.> He is survived by his sons Eddie (Debra) Roach, Lakeland, Kenny Roach, GA, Timmy (Rita) Roach, Franklin, NC; daughter Kimberly (David) Devanna,  Boston, MA, adopted daughter Marilyn Scott, Lakeland, brothers Charles Roach and Jerry Roach, both of Lakeland; 5 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, from 10-11am at Lakewood Park UMC. Funeral services will follow at 11am at Lakewood Park UMC. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Ledger, Dec. 6, 2016
>BETTY JEAN ROYCE  - 70 - Convenience Store Clerk
ZEPHYRHILLS -- Mrs. Betty Jean Royce of Zephyrhills died of cancer Sunday (Sept. 8, 2002) at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Center in Dade City. She was born in Dayton, Tenn., on Jan. 19, 1932, she came to Zephyrhills from Manistee, Mich., 10 years ago. She was a convenience store clerk. She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary in Zephyrhills. She was a Baptist. >She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jerry Martin and Ray Royce.   >Mrs. Royce is survived by her son, Ricky Royce, Zephyrhills; sisters, Alma Brogdon, Debbie Wingate, both of Nashville, Ga., Julie Beck, Margie Reynolds, both of Lakeland; brother, Isaac Dotson, Zephyrhills. Visitation will be this evening from 6 to 8 at Countryside Funeral Chapel in Lakeland. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Roselawn Cemetery.- Ledger, Sept. 9, 2002

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