Lakeland, Polk Co., Florida
Obits - Page 4



>NELSON WAYNE SCHELL - 92 - Picture Framer & Woodworker
LAKELAND - Nelson Wayne Schell passed away peacefully at Lakeland Hospice House on November 2, 2016. Born August 15, 1924, in Fremont, Ohio, he served in World War II and then worked as a picture-framer and woodworker for over fifty years. >  Many homes and offices in Lakeland still have cabinets made by him. He was a faithful member of Church at the Mall.
>He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen and his son, Timothy. >He is survived by his grandchildren, David (Taylor), Joshua, John (Macy), and Amanda; and daughter-in-law, Kim. A family graveside service will be held on Wednesday at Roselawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Church at the Mall. Condolences may be sent to 1912 Suzanne Lane, Lakeland, FL 33813. - Ledger, Nov. 4, 2016
ROCKLEDGE - Mrs. Jeanette Bennett Shamrock passed away on Monday, February 1, 2010 from Alzheimer's disease. She was born on May 21, 1919 in Warwick, GA and was a lifelong resident of Florida. Mrs. Shamrock was a beautician and owned her own beauty shop. > She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Glen Shamrock; parents, Jessie and Ethel Murphy Bennett; and brothers, Alton Bennett, Son Bennett, and Norman Bennett.  > Mrs. Shamrock is survived by her sons, Johnny Cindy Shamrock of Florida and Dan Linda Shamrock of Tennessee; and 3 grandchildren. Family will receive friends on Friday, February 5, 2010 at Lakeland Funeral Home, with a service to follow at 11 00 AM. Interment to follow at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland. Online guest book available at Ledger, Feb. 4, 2010
>JOHN "STUDIE" S. STAPLES, - 87 - Department of Education, Retired
TALLAHASSEE - John "Studie" S. Staples died at his home on November 23, 2009 of heart failure, after a long, vigorous and loving life.  John was born in Owensboro, Kentucky and lived throughout the Southeast United States before settling in Tallahassee in 1968. He met Jean Freeland, the love of his life and wife of 52 years, at the University of Alabama. John was a sophomore All-American for the Crimson Tide football team in 1942. During that same year, he joined the United States Marine Corps during halftime of Bama's final home game. John served the country he loved during World War II and the Korean War, attaining the rank of Major. He received the Bronze Star for heroic achievement during WWII Battle of Iwo Jima. When the war ended John returned to the University of Alabama where he played another year of football and received his bachelor's and master's degrees. After playing for the New York Giants, he then began a career in coaching and education. John retired in 1981 from the State of Florida, Department of Education. Known to his large extended family as "Daddo", > he is survived by five children: Rebecca S. New, Donna S. Hill (Kyle), Susan S. Love (Gary), Sally Staples Coultas (Charles A.), John F. Staples (Kym); twelve grandchildren: Case Prince, Francesca Prince, Travis, Luke (Cara), Kellie (Billy), Katie (Thomas), Bryan, John Charles, Sarah Jean, Ash (Michelle), Blair and Darby; three great grandchildren: Emilie, Bradley, Gracey Jane; and his brother, Virgil Staples. >  John was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Freeland Staples. John had a passion for the Lord, his family, friends and country. > Funeral services will be held Friday, November 27, 11:00 a.m. at North Florida Baptist Church, with burial at Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home-Riggins Road Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled Veterans Association, or Big Bend Hospice. Ledger, Nov. 26, 2009
LAKELAND - Donald Alonzo Black passed away on 11/12/15. Graveside service at Roselawn Cemetery on 11/16 at 11am. Central Florida Casket Store, Lakeland. Ledger, Nov. 15, 2015
>Floy Alice Bush - 89 - Dry Cleaning Clerk
COVINGTON - Floy Alice Bush died December 25, 2008 of heart failure. She was born on July 10, 1919 in Pavo,  GA. She came here from Pavo, GA in 1923. She was a dry cleaning clerk. She was a Baptist. > She is preceded in death by: Barney M. Bush (husband). > Survivors: Annette and Tommy Cosper (Daughter), Grandsons: Scott Cosper, Todd Cosper; Great Grandchildren: Austin Cosper, Lydia Cosper, Jonah Coper, Mariam Cosper. Visitation: Monday, 12/29/08 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral: Tuesday, 12/30/08 at 11:00 am at Griffin Baptist Church. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery. 
Ledger, Dec. 28, 2008
>MITTIE L. WEATHERFORD - 86 -   Lakeland. - Ledger, Oct. 29, 2002
LAKELAND -  Mrs. Mittie L. Weatherford of Lakeland died of heart failure Sunday (Oct. 27, 2002) at Tandem Health Care of Lakeland. She was born in Valdosta, Ga., on March 10, 1916, she came to Lakeland from Webster in 1936. She was a member of Gapway Baptist Church in Lakeland. >  Mrs. Weatherford was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie B. Weatherford. > She is survived by her son, Perry Weatherford, Lakeland; daughters, Geraldine Adams and Lucille Moses, both of Lakeland; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Rose Lawn Cemetery in Lakeland. Central Florida Casket Store, 
LAKELAND - Ruby Black died of a stroke Feb. 6, 2011. Survived by her loving family. Service at Rose Lawn Cemetery 2/9 at 1 p.m. at Central Florida Casket Store.- Ledger, Feb. 9, 2011
>WILLIAM A. READ, Jr. - 1923 - 2019 - 
BARTOW - William A. Read, Jr. peacefully died on 9/29/2019 at the Forsythe Hospice House in Auburndale. Bill as he was known to all was born on July 5, 1923 in Tampa to the late William and Georgina Read. He spent his childhood growing up with a deep appreciation for the Florida coast and its history as well as a strong patriotic love for his country. He graduated early from Plant High School and went directly to Georgia Tech. Determined to follow in his father's footsteps when war broke out, Bill left school to enroll in the Royal Canadian Air Force seeking active duty while he was still underage. He served for a year and returned to the USA to eventually finish his military service. In peacetime, Bill pursued a career as a professional land surveyor and made his way to Bartow. There he met and married the love of his life, Myrtle Jones and they shared a lifetime of wonderful memories. In 1959, they established W.A. Read, Jr. & Associates, a local land surveying firm where they worked side by side for many years. Due to his longevity in his profession, Bill was an amazing resource for information on Florida land development. It wasn't always the project but the people he met and worked with that made his life experiences so interesting. He had a deep faith in God and was a longtime member of the Bartow ARP Church where he served as an elder for many years.>  Bill was predeceased by his wife Myrtle Read, sister Elizabeth Kenefick, brother James S. Read and niece Suzie Temple. >He is survived by his nephew Billy Kenefick, cousin Ed Read and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Monday, October 14, 2019, at the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, 205 East Stanford Street, Bartow. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland. Condolences to family at   - Ledger, Friday, Oct. 4 2019.
> CHARLES WARREN LINDSEY  - 49 -  paper date > Wed. May 15, 1935  -
Last Rite - Funeras services for Charles- aka- C.W.Lindsey - of 214 West Olive St, who died last night at 8:30 at the Morrell Hospital, will be held tomorrow , Thur., May 16, 1935, morning at 11:00 from the Futch Funeral Home with Rev. J.E. Ellis of the First Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Lakeland, Fl.  - Mr. Lindsey who was 49 years old, came here three and 1/2 years ago from Savannah. He was a retired Druggest. In addition to his widow, he is survived by 4 sons, R.E.- C.W., Jr. - Walker and Thomas Lindsey, All of Lakeland; a brother ; H.G.Lindsey of Irvington, Ga. and 3 sisters.
>Thursday, May 16, 1935 - Funeral services for Charlew Warren Lindsey, who died Tuesday Night , were held this morning at 11:00 from the Futch Funeral Home, with Rev. J. E. Ellis of the First Methodist Church officiating. Edgar Tolle, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Tolle, sang"Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Rock of Ages."  There was a large crowd present and many beautiful floral offerings.  Interment was in Roselawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bolivar Hyde, Frank Sparrow, L.P. Boudreaux, Frank Walker, Joe Savard and Lee Gregg.
> RHOADES, John Franklin Bruce - 47 - B: 03-05-1902 - D: 01-25-1949, born in Lakeland, Fl. to Jordan J. & Phara Belle Cowan Rhoades - John F. Rhoades is survived by his wife, Margaret Mae Spencer Rhoades >Rhoades Rites- Ledger, Tuesday, Feb. 1, 1949 - Funeral services for Bruce Rhoades, who died Sat. morning- (Mon. Jan. 31, 1949) at Morrell Hospital as the result of an automobile accident, were held yesterday at 4 p.m.  at the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. J.M. Parrish, pastor of the East Main Street Baptist Church, officiating. Members of the cgoir sang 2 selections. Interment was at Roselawn Cemetery, in Lakeland, Fl. 
> NATHEN  PITTIT  CAUTHEN - 68 -  B: 01-07-1882 - D:01-31-1949 - h/o- Ida R. Guess Cauthen , deceased.  Nathen, a resident of Lakeland for 27 years, died at 11 p.m. yesterday at his home, 214 Hunter Street. He was a member of the First Methodist Church. Survivors are a son; Clyde G. Cauthen, Lakeland; 2 daughters; Miss Rachel Cauthen, Lakeland, and Mrs. Eugenia Goff, Plant City; and 2 sisters; , Mrs. Pauline (Earl) Thomas and Mrs. Louise Cauthen Entenza, both of Jacksonville, Fl.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Dukes-Steen Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. R. J. Broyles, pastor of the First Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be at Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland,Fl.  NOTES- His parents are also buried in Roselawn Cemetery - Not sure where the son went-
Graveside services for Mrs. Margaret  Nelson Jackson of Miami, widow of Dr. Alfred M. Jackson, both former residents of Lakeland, who died Wednesday at Miami, will be held tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at Roselawn Cemetery. The Rev. L.G. Gebb, pastor of First Presbyterian Church will officiate. > Survivers are a daughter, Mrs. Jack Brown, Miami; two sons, William K. Jackson and Robert M. Jackson, both of Miami; her mother, Mrs. A.S. Nelson, Clearwater; four sisters; Mrs. A.A. Bankston, Ocean Springs, Miss. , Mrs. W.W.Clark, Miss Mary Nelson, Miss Jessie Nelson, all of Clearwater; and two brothers, Gideon C. Nelson, also of Clearwater and A.S.Nelson. Greenwood, S.C. - The  family erquests that flowers be omitted and thst memorial expressions be made to the American Cancer Society. Dukes-Steen Funeral Home in charge of local arrangements.  Friday Evening , June 23, 1950
AUBURNDALE - Aug. 11, 1948 - Wed. Evening Special - Funeral services for Pfc. Hayes Bessinger, 27, who was killed April 3, 1945 at the Battle of the Ruhr, will be conducted at Roselawn Cemetery with full military rites by the Auburndale American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. - Private Bessinger had been in service for 18 months at the time of his death. A resident of this city, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.A.Berringer.  >In addition to his parents he is survived by one daughter, June, one son, G.A.;  two brothers, H.A. of Milton and J.T. of Auburndale; 6 sisters, Mrs. H.B.Richardson and Mrs. Finley J. Harrell of Lakeland, Mrs. B.W.Lewis of Haines City and Mrs. S.B.Bass and Mrs. H.C.Morrison of Auburndale. Arrangements are under the direction of the Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Lakeland.
> William R. Nall - 75 -
died yesterday afternoon at 5:30 at his home, 1101 South Mississippi Avenue. He was a retired farmer,and came here 12 years ago from Alabama.  Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3:30 from Smith and Dukes Funeral Home.  Interment will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland, Polk Co., Fl. > Mr Nall is survived by his wife, Alcy Nall, a son , W. I. Nall ;three daughters, Mrs. Rillie Huggins, Mrs. J. W. Johns, and Mrs.W. L. Mitchell, all of Lakeland. and a sister: Mrs. Kirkland, of Hubbard,Texas.
Funeral Held for Mr. Roland Nall - 75
Funeral services for W. R. Nall, who died Monday afternoon,were held yesterday afternoon at 3:30 from Smith and Dukes funeral home, with the Rev. C. E. Putnam officiating. Musical numbers were given by Mr. and Mrs. Vivian Selph.  Interment was in Roselawn Cemetery. Pallbearers were,
James A. Davis, S. J. Gamble, T. D. Atkins, F. P. Selph, H. H. Kirkland and J. W. Johns. Mr. Nall was born April 3, 1860 -  ( his plaque says 1859) in Houston, Alabama, and was married about 50 years ago to Miss Alcy Brackin, who survives him. He also leaves a son and three daughters. He was a member and a deacon in the Baptist church for about 40 years and had been a resident of Florida for 12 years.
> WILLIAM ISIAH (ZAY)  NALL - 48 - Operator of a Mattress Factory
Willam I. Nall died at a hospital this morning - Friday, Oct. 7, 1940 at 5:00. He Operated a Mattress Factory on West Main Street, His home was at 610 East Magnolia Street, Lakeland. The funeral will be held from Smith and Dukes Chapel tomorrow afternoon at 3:00, with the Rev. R. M. Hall of the Webster Avenue Baptist Church officiating. Mr. Nall had been a resident of Lakeland for 15 years, coming from Dothan, Alabama. > He is survived by his wife Mrs. Annabelle Nall ( Anna Belle ) 3 daughters, Mrs. A. A. Merritt, Miss Virginia Nall, and Miss Annette Nall of Lakeland; a son; Billy Nall of Lakeland; 3 sisters, Mrs. Wayne Mitchell, Mrs. Anna Johns and Mrs. Rillie Huggins of Lakeland.
He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Webster Avenue Baptist Church. He was a member of Woodman of the World.

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