Emmett Guy MATHEWS - 1928 - 2011
Rev. Emmett Guy Mathews of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, April 24, 2011 at his residence. He was born November 15, 1928 in Opp, AL to the late Lona H. & Carrie Lee (Mooneyham) Mathews; and came to Lake Wales from Bartow in 1964. He was a retired Baptist minister, and his pastorates include Central Avenue Baptist Church of Lake Wales, Southside Baptist Church of Frostproof and Lake Garfield Baptist Church.
Rev. Mathews was preceded in death by his first wife, Clara Mathews.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Vera Mathews; son, Randall Mathews of Silver Spring, MD; step-son, Charles Cunningham of Lake Wales and Steve Cunningham of Vero Beach;step-daughter, Lisa Cunningham of Lake Wales; brother, Elmer Mathews of Rome, GA; 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild
Visitation was held. Wednesday, April 27, 2011,and the funeral service was held Thursday, April 28, 2011 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales with Rev. Darrol Hood and Rev. Charles Cooper officiating.
Interment will follow at the Wildwood Cemetery in Bartow
Curtis A. ARNOLD, Sr. - 1914 - 2011
Rev. Curtis A. Arnold, Sr. of Frostproof passed away Saturday, March 26, 2011 at the Winter Haven Hospital. He was born July 28, 1924 in Shorter, AL to the late Evetus Ethel & Julia Willard (Kirkland) Arnold; He came to Frostproof as a child in 1936 from Montgomery, AL, spent his youth here until moving away for college and the beginning of his pastoral career. His pastorates include Church of God in Brownville, VA, Zanesville, OH, Sebring, FL, Louisville, OH and retired from the Frostproof Church of God. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Alvena Arnold; daughters, Raggi Hollinshead of Temecula, CA and Lujean Plair of Lakeland; sons, Curtis A. Arnold, Jr. of Alabama and Danny Blackwelder of Avon Park; 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held 2:00pm, Thursday, March 31, 2011 at the Christian Fellowship Assembly in Frostproof with Pastor Thelma Gandy and Dr. Jim Adams officiating.
J. WHITENER - 1971
Rev. Samuel died Sunday at Naples Community Hospital. A native of North Carolina, Rev. Whitener had been a minister in the Church of God for 42 years. He founded a church in Bowling Green and pastored churches in Naples, Avon Park, LaCoochee, MacClenny, Newberry, Palmetto, Bartow, and Highlands City, all in Florida.4 daughters, Mrs. Lotchie Hatcher of Riverside, Calif., Mrs. Marie Braswell of Tampa, Mrs. Walter Lauster of Naples and Mrs. Frieda Courson of Atlanta, 14 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 19 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include :3 sons, Wilford W. Whitener of Palmdale, George A. Whitener of Naples, and Samuel E. Whitener of Atlanta.;
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Bartow Church of God with the Rev. D. A. Biggs, the Rev. Walter Montz and the Rev. Walter Lauster officiating.
Burial will be in the Bartow's Wildwood Cemetery. The family suggests that contributions be made to the Whitener Memorial Mission Fund in care of the Church of God. Friends may call today from 7 to 9 pm at Pittman's Naples Chapel.
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KILGORE - 1947 - 2012
Lakeland- The Rev. Larry Raymond Kilgore age 64, of Lakeland, died February 11, 2012. He was born in Lakeland on June 25, 1947. Larry was a Church of God Minister, serving for 42 years. He was a member of the Abundant Life Church of God. He graduated from Haines City High School in 1965, and Florida State University in 1969. He got his Masters from Southeastern University in 2010 and his Doctorate from Crossland Christian University in 2011.
Rev. Kilgore is preceded in death by his father, Clifford Raymond Kilgore.
He is survived by his mother, Betty Marie Kilgore, Lakeland; wife of 45 years, Lynn Kilgore,; sons, Larry Raymond and his wife Stacy Kilgore, Jr., Darren Scott and wife Niki Kilgore; dauhters, Christi Lynn and husband Tod Cole, Marcy Marie and husband Don Le; sister Marilyn Marie and husband Glen Tarvin; 11 grandchildren.
Visitationo on Tuesday Feb 14, Funeral on Wednesday, Feb.15, 2012 at Abundant Life Church of God. Interment in Mt. Tabor Cemetery.
( The Ledger, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 )
FLOYD, Jr. -
Rev. Floyd was age 44 died Tuesday, June 20, 1978, after a three month illness. Rev. Floyd had only lived in Bartow for 3 years, he was well known about the city for his community work and unorthodox manner in dealing with people and his beliefs.
A unique man who was both liberal and conservative at the same time. Local residents and close friend, David Hallock said Rev. Floyd was a man who could see God's work in a movie, a poem as some small child might do. Mr.Hallock, president of the local Rotary Club, said, when a person met Rev. Floyd, they would come away with the feeling that the guy really cared about me. He was a very loving and caring man.
Roy H. Gallomore, a member of the local governing body of the First United Methodist Church, said Rev. Floyd will be greatly missed by the community.
The pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Bartow, Rev. Floyd was actively involved in the Bartow Performing Arts Council. He produced one play and acted in several others.
A native of Atlanta, he was on the staff of the Lakeland Methodist Conference Organization for 6 years and served as secretary of the Rotary Club.
Survivors include his wife Beverly B. Floyd, Bartow; son, Paul Garrett Floyd, daughter, Alison Floyd and father, J. P. Floyd, Sr., Tampa.
Funeral services were held Friday at First United Methodist Church in Bartow. Rev. Floyd was cremated. Rev. Dr.Melton Ware officiated.
( The Ledger, Thursday, June 22, 1978 )
REV. BUFORD "BUDDY" LEE PAUL, 87
LAKELAND - Rev. Buford "Buddy" Lee Paul, of Lakeland, FL passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012 due to complication of an injury from a fall. Mr. Paul was born September 12, 1924 in Ashford, Alabama and came to Lakeland from Plant City in 1957. He was a Minister in the Assemblies of God and a Carpenter in the construction field. Bro. Paul was ordained in the Assemblies of God over 50 years, retired from Carpenters Local and the Polk County School Board, and a member of Fellowship Church Assembly of God.
Rev. Paul is survived by his wife, Dorothy E. Paul, Lakeland, FL; sons, Ronnie Lee Paul (Brenda) and Steve Michael Paul (Kathy), Plant City, FL; daughters, Rhonda Carol Applewhite (Rev. Danny) and Sheryl Lynn Turcotte (Rev. Keith), Lakeland, FL; brothers, Gene Paul, Plant City, FL, and Earl Paul, Zephyrhills, FL; 10 grandchildren & 18 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Friday, 3/23/12, at Fellowship Church Assembly of God. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, 3/24/12. at Fellowship Church Assembly of God.
Interment will be in Mt. Tabor Cemetery. - ( Polk Co.,Fl. -The Ledger, March 22, 2012 )
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LAKE WALES - Rev. Ed Bryant, 85, of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, June 3, 2012 at the Lake Wales Medical Center due to heart failure. He was born February 20, 1927 in Babson Park to the late Hannie W. & Mattie Kiser Bryant; he was a lifelong resident of this area. His pastorates included First Baptist Church, Jan Phyl Village in Winter Haven, Central Avenue Baptist Church in Lake Wales from 1968 until 1992, retired from 1992 until 1996, First Baptist Church of Alturas from 1996 until 2000 and retired again in 2000. He also retired from the Lake Wales Post Office in 1982 after 35 years and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed reading and studying scripture.
Rev. Bryant was preceded in death by his wife, Tina M. Bryant in 1993.
Survivors include his two sons, David W. Bryant Cheryl of Lake Wales and Michael A. McDuffie JuVonne of Daleville, AL; sister, Mae Watson of Lake Wales; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 and the funeral service will be held, Thursday, June 7, 2012 at the Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales with David W. Bryant and Michael A. McDuffie officiating.
Interment will follow at the Lake Wales Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be sent to any church of choice.
|>Rev. J. A. Davis - Baptist
Minister ( Ledger, Thursday, March 21, 1935 )
Rev Davis died this morning at 3:30 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred SLOAN, 740 Rushing Ave. He would have been 69 in June.
Funeral Services will be held tomorrow morning at the First Baptist Church with Rev. C. M. Crossway and Rev. W. D. Entzminger officiating.
Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour before the services begin.
Rev. Davis had lived in this section 23 years and had served at churches at Fort Meade, Avon Park and several other towns. He was born in Owens County, Kentucky, and was ordained in June 1885. He was educated at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., Owens College at Harrisburg, Ky. and the Louisville Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
His wife, Mrs. Rhonda Ella Davis is dead as is a son, Allen Thurman Davis.
Rev. Davis is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Sloan and 3 brothers, J. S. Davis of Kentucky, W. H. Davis of California and P. Davis of Kansas. He was a member of the Nasonic Order. Rev. Davis had been in failing health for more than 2 years and had been very ill for the past several months. - Smith and Dukes morticians are in charge of arrangements. Burial in Socrum Cemetery.
>REV. A. D. ALBRITTON - 87
FORT MEADE - Rev. A. D. Albritton, 87, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at his home in Fort Meade, FL.
A. D. was born and lived his entire life in the Fort Meade area. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII on the carrier U.S.S. Bennington and fought in the Battle of Leyte Gulf, Philippines. A. D. was a builder and loved working with his hands, but his greatest vocation was sharing his love for his Savior, Jesus Christ, and was faithful in sharing the gospel even in his final days.
He is preceded in death by his parents David and Lillian (Parrish) Albritton; brothers Frank M. Albritton and John Gavin "Doc" Albritton; sisters Lessie E. Mann, Rose N. Comp- ton, Catherine L. "Kitty" McPherson, Myra L. Sheffield, Lillian Clarice Griffin, and Joan M. Southwell.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Vivian Lessie (McDuffie) Albritton; sister Edna Maxwell of Georgia; daughter Sue Knight of Arcadia; sons Nathan (Donna) Roberson of Bartow, John (Suzannah) Albritton of Bartow, Larry Albritton of Fort Meade, Ted (Dorothy) Albritton of Bartow, and Frank (Angie) Albritton of Fort Meade; twenty-two Grandchildren and twenty seven Great- Grandchildren.
Funeral service at McLean Funeral Home, 306 East Broadway, Fort Meade, FL Monday, May 10, 2010.
Burial will take place at Bethlehem Cemetery.
>DR. ALVA E. WYATT - 85
BARTOW - Dr. Alva E. Wyatt, age 85, passed away from heart failure Thursday, October 18, 2012 at home in Bartow. Born February 3 , 1927 in Franklin, Ohio, he was the son of the late I.C. and Reca Jane Wyatt. Dr. Wyatt was an ordained Minister in the Assemblies of God, a former Detective with the Bartow Police Department and retired from the Polk County Sheriff's Department. He was also a member and Chaplain of the American Legion Post #3 in Bartow, and a published author of a poetry book. Dr. Wyatt was a veteran of the U.S. Army in WWII.
He is survived by a loving family that includes his wife, Ruth Centers Wyatt of Bartow, his children, Sandra Wyatt-Casey of Bartow, Barry Wyatt (Janice) of Lakeland, Darrell Wyatt (Rita) of Bartow, Stuart Wyatt of Winter Haven, Stephen Wyatt (Evelyn) of O'Fallon IL, Lisa Wyatt of Nashville, TN, Michael Wyatt of Bartow, Lorri Wyatt-Taylor of Bartow, and his siblings: Rev. W.H. Wyatt of Richmond, IN, Rev. I.C. Wyatt, Jr. of New Bern, NC, Irene Johnson of Trenton, NC, Donald Wyatt, Walter Wyatt, David Wyatt, Shirley Wyatt-Campbell and James Wyatt all of Richmond , IN. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Monday, October 22nd at the First Assembly of God in Bartow.
Funeral services will follow at the Church. Condolences may be made to the family at
(Ledger, Oct. 20, 2012 )
WILLOUGHBY- 88 - Social,
Religious & Political Activist
SAN DIEGO, CA. - Robert E. Willoughby was a minister, a teacher, and a true champion for civil rights in America.He was born December 12, 1923 in Detroit, MI, prior to the Great Depression. As a scholar, Bob earned his undergraduate degree at Duke and his Masters of Divinity at Yale. Reverand Willough-by served five churches and taught World Literature, while in Michigan. Upon retirement, Bob lived in Lakeland, FL and published six books about life, religion, and politics. He and his wife Elizabeth were members of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Lakeland.
Robert spent his final days living with his daughter Jeanne and her spouse Cathy in San Diego, CA, where he died of prostate cancer.
He is survived by his children, Frank, Jeanne, Mary Ann, and Rob.
There will be a memorial service on Dec. 02, 2012 at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Lakeland. Details to be announced.
>REV. JAMES E. FERRELL - 70 - Ordained Minister
GRIFFIN, GA. - Rev. James E. Ferrell, age 70, of Griffin, GA, passed away on February 26, 2013.
He was born December 10, 1942 in Foley Florida, the son of Henry and Juanita Ferrell.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Sharon Ferrell.
James was an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God for over 40 years. He pastored churches in Lake Wales and Gainesville and served as an associate pastor with Carpenter's Home Church in Lakeland, Florida. His passion was providing Christian counseling to his church and community and also teaching Bible at Evangel Christian School.
James is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Denee Ferrell, 3 grandchildren, Devin, Kiera and Grady Ferrell, and his sister, Nellie Hinton of Marianna, Florida.
His family would like to acknowledge the staff of Brightmoor Assisted Living for providing excellent care and treating him as family.
A graveside service will be held on March 2nd, 2013 at Forest Meadows Memorial Park West in Newberry, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to Brightmoor Assisted Living, 3223 Newnan Road, Griffin, GA 30223. The Haisten McCullough Funeral Home, 1155 Everee Inn Rd. is in charge of arrangements. –
Ledger, Friday, March 1, 2013