Minister's of Polk County

Rev. 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
Rev. 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.
Rev. Samuel 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.
 Survivors include :3 sons, Wilford W. Whitener of Palmdale, George A. Whitener of Naples, and Samuel E. Whitener of Atlanta.;
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.
 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.
Permission for use by: Mary - Naples Daily News - Sept.20, 1971 -

Rev. Larry Raymond 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 )
 Rev. J. P. 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 )
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
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 )

Stacy Smith, 73, Smith Builders & Pastor
LAKELAND -- The Rev. Stacy C. Smith began talking to people about the Lord while he was working as a general contractor through his business, Smith Builders, in Lakeland. The retired contractor, pastor and evangelist died of heart failure Wednesday (July 11, 2001) at home. He was 73. "He had a great zest for life. He liked doing things, never staying still and having fun," said his daughter, Gloria Smith Perez of Valencia, Calif. "He had one of those minds that he could just retain everything." 
 A native of Lakeland, he was born April 14, 1928, and lived in Polk County his entire life. He met his wife, Alta, when she was visiting his cousin. They were married 53 years. "We both played guitars and sang on the radio station a little bit right after we were married," said Alta Smith. "We had a good life together." He operated Smith Builders in the 1960s, building custom homes and other structures, including the Polk City Fire Station and the New Home Baptist Church parsonage. "He could do plumbing, wiring, drawing up his own blueprints -- he could do everything. He was my angel," Alta Smith said. She said he was called to work full time for the Lord while on his way home from meeting with a family he was doing work for. He served as pastor of the Bartow Pentecostal Church of God for five years and the Miracle Hour House of Prayer for six years. "When he started pastoring churches, if they couldn't afford a pastor, he would do it for free," Alta Smith said. The Smiths traveled in their motor home to Pennsylvania, Illinois, Alabama, California and other states, where Rev. Smith was an evangelist for several years until his health would no longer permit him to do this. "He wanted to be healed and get out and preach. He still prayed with people on the phone," Alta Smith said. Perez added that her father had just prayed with someone over the phone two days before his death.
In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by his sons, Carl Christopher Smith, Belton, S.C., Jared Stacy Smith, Valencia; sister, Evelyn Rogers, Lakeland; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday at Lakeland Funeral Home. Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel. ( July 11, 2001 )

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.
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. 
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 )
>ROBERT E. 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
>REV. BILLY STEED HOLTON – 84 - Baptist Minister
LAKELAND -- The Rev. Billy Steed Holton of Lakeland died of complications from surgery Friday (Feb. 14, 2003) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.Rev. Billy was born Nov. 1, 1918, in Greensboro, N.C., he came here from Reidsville, N.C., in 1960. He was a retired Baptist minister. He was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church and Baptist Association, Lakeland.
 Mr. Holton is survived by his wife, Marie A. Holton, Lakeland; son, James Terry Holton, Lakeland; brothers, Paul Holton and Charles Holton, both of Greensboro, N.C., Douglas Holton, Jamestown, N.C.; sister, Rebecca Self, Greensboro, N.C.; and two grandchildren.
 Funeral services will be Monday at Lakeside Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Florida Baptist Children's Homes 1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33801 or Lakeside Baptist Church Building Fund 1736 New Jersey Road, Lakeland, FL 33803. Heath Funeral Chapel, Lakeland. – Ledger, Feb. 16, 2003
>REVEREND GEORGE KAUFINGER – 80 – Retired Bank Exec. & Minister
DAVENPORT - Reverend George Kaufinger, of Davenport, formerly of Lakeland went home to his Lord and Savior Wednesday, March 26, 2014 due to cancer. Rev. Kaufinger was born in Guilford, N.Y. to George & Ruth Kaufinger and had lived in Florida since 1990. Rev. Kaufinger was a retired Bank Executive and an Ordained Minister. He pastored several churches, enjoyed evangelistic work and did extensive traveling where he ministered on numerous cruise lines. Rev. Kaufinger also authored several books, including "A Gardner Weeds God's Creation" and "Wealth of a Nation".
 He was preceded in death by his daughter, Beth Kaufinger McCune and is survived by his wife of 58 years, Loretta Kaufinger of Davenport, a son, Dr. Gregory Kaufinger of Anderson, In., daughter, Sabrina Olsa of Santa Rosa, Ca., a sister, Ruth Seeber of Clifton Park, N.Y. and grandchildren, Jason, Alex, Philip and Anna. A memorial service will be held at Green Pond Baptist Church in Polk City on Saturday at 11 AM. Kersey Funeral Home, Auburndale serving the family. –Ledger, March 27, 2014-
Listed on burial list for Green Pond Cemetery
>THOMAS J. LUNSFORD, 52 - Cornerstone True Fellowship Senior Pastor
LAKELAND - Thomas J. Lunsford, passed away Friday, October 31, 2014, at Tampa General Hospital of pulmonary failure. Born April 23, 1962, in Springfield, TN, he accepted the calling to ministry at the young age of 11; walking faithfully for the next 41 years. His Christian walk led him to Florida in which he was blessed with a wife and pastoral partner, Katrina Lunsford. In March of 2000, Pastors Thomas and Katrina accepted their God-given vision of Cornerstone True Fellowship Church in Lake Wales, FL, where he served as senior pastor. Thomas understood that in order to lead, you must first 'Serve' and he lived that belief through community service. He was an active and life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He served on such community boards as the New Beginning High School, Central Florida Marine Institute and the Polk County Sheriff Department Advisory Board. He wanted to seed into youths a word of hope and salvation becoming a Polk County Youth Mentor.
 He was a graduate of Focus on Leadership Class 1 and Leadership Lakeland Class XX. Thomas leaves to cherish his memories: wife, Katrina Lunsford; mother Blondell Moore; father William Lunsford; mother-in-law Wilma L. Conner; brothers-in-law Anthony (Andrea) Conner, Donald Conner; sister-in-law Tina Conner; Godchildren Fredrick J. Mixon, Jr., Kendra Simpson, Victoria Haggins. The celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Public visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:30, both services at the New Bethel A.M.E. Church, 2122 Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue, Lakeland. Entombment to follow at Lakeland Memorial Gardens. Services entrusted to Coney Funeral Home. – Ledger, Nov. 6, 2014
BABSON PARK - Reverend Gerhardt J.C. Gerike, collapsed at his home in Babson Park, Florida, on Monday, November 10, 2014, and went home to be with his Lord on that day at Lake Wales Medical Center. He was born on May 1, 1911, in Tripp, South Dakota, and moved to Babson Park in 2000.
Since 1936 he was a Lutheran Pastor throughout the Midwest and assisted in pastoral ministry at Lake Wales Lutheran Church.
He served during WW II as a U.S. Army Military Chaplain in the European Theater of Operations.
He is survived by daughters Gloria, Mrs. L.E. Vogel, Spring Valley, Minnesota, Paula, Mrs. R.B. Jolley, San Diego, California, Carol, Mrs. G.L. Seyfert, Lake Wales, nine grandchildren, twenty two great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and his brother Ted of Reedsburg, Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Letta. Memorials of remembrance may be made to: Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO, 63105. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at the Lake Wales Lutheran Church with Dr. John Glamann officiating. To God Be the Glory! –Lakeland, Ledger, Thursday, Nov. 20 2014  (Polk Co., Fl.)
>REV. CLARENCE WILCHER -  84 -  Pastor – African-American
FORT MEADE - Rev. Clarence Wilcher, passed away October 12, 2014 from heart failure. He was born March 9, 1930 in Wauchula. He was a retired Mining Superintendent Estech / IMC, a member of St. John A.M.E. Church, Bowling Green and a retired Pastor of 11th Episcopal District-West Coast Conference of A.M.E. Church.
 He is survived by his wife, Annie M. Wilcher, Fort Meade; 2 daughters, Jennifer (Ray) Boyd, Front Royal, Virginia, Felisa Wilcher, Kissimmee, FL; 2 sons, Clarence Mike (Yolanda) Wilcher Jr., Bealsville, FL, Eddie (Shelia) Wilcher, Fort Meade, FL; 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held Thurs., at Mt. Olive A.M.E. Church, Bealsville, FL and Fri., at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Ft. Meade. Funeral service will be Sat.,10:00 am at Beulah M.B. Church, Ft. Meade. Williams Funeral Home. – Ledger, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
>HARVEY RAY KIRKLAND – 78 -  Minister
LEESBURG - Harvey Ray Kirkland, of Leesburg, Fla. went to be with the Lord on Mon., March 5, 2007 due to comp. of Parkinson's disease. Dr. Kirkland was born in Lakeland, FL. He was a loving husband, father, grand-father and an extremely caring pastor.
In 1955, he was ordained as minister. He served as pastor of the St. Catherine Missionary Baptist Church, Bushnell, FL for three years and as the pastor of the Bay Lake Missionary Church, Groveland, FL from 1958-1998. He then was selected as President of the Florida Baptist College, Brandon, FL and served five years. He retired to Leesburg where he resided until his death. Prior to his service in the ministry, Dr. Kirkland served with the Fourth Infantry Division in Germany.
 He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Hazel Burgner Kirkland, 4 daughters, Barbara Tarrents of Ashville, NC, Sharon Woolbright of Groveland, FL, Nancy Sley (Mark) of Merritt Island, FL, Rhonda Caridi (Jim) of Gainesville, FL, 5 brothers, 4 sisters, 7 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
 Visitation will be Thursday, March 8, 2007 at the Bay Lake Missionary Baptist Church in Groveland.> Funeral services will be held Friday, March 9, 2007 in Bay Lake Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Adams officiating.  Interment will follow in Bay Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Florida Baptist College, P.O. Box 2758, Brandon, FL 33509 in Dr. Kirkland's memory. An online guest book is available at Becker Family Funeral Home, 806 W. Minneola Av, Clermont, Fl, 352-394-7121. – Ledger, March 7, 2007
>EARL F. CAUSEY – 89 -  Church of God Minister -  Ledger, Tues. Sept. 12, 2006
LAKELAND -- Mr. Earl F. Causey of Lakeland died of heart failure Monday (Sept. 11, 2006) at Wedgewood Healthcare. He was born in Bibb County, Ga., on Oct. 31, 1916, he came to Lakeland from Zellwood in 1977. He was a Church of God minister, and a member of Abundant Life Church of God.Mr. Causey is survived by his wife, Evelynn M. Causey; sons, Lawrence E. Causey, Troutville, Va., Daniel Causey, Snellville, Ga.; sisters, Grace Watts, Barnesville, Ga., Frances Driver, Cordell, Ga., Betty Crosby, Macon, Ga. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Abundant Life Church of God. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Burial Park. Lanier Funeral Home.
>C. DONALD KEMP - 78 - Presbyterian Minister Ret. USN CHC Ret.
LAKELAND - C. Donald Kemp, USN CHC Ret. & Presbyterian Minister Ret. of Lakeland, passed away Monday, October 8, 2007 at his residence from cancer. Don was born in Watervliet, NY on February 11, 1929 to Louis W. and Florence B. (Turpin) Kemp. Through out his life he spent his summers at the Methodist Farm in Averill Park, NY. He attended State University of NY at Plattsburgh, College of Wooster in Ohio and McCormick Seminary in Chicago. After one pastorate at Tom's River, NJ, he had a successful 25 year career as a US Navy Chaplain, retiring in 1983 as a commander. After serving as Interim Minister to 5 churches in upstate New York and working as a Purchasing Officer for the NY State Thruway, he retired again to Lakeland, FL in 1993 where he soon began working in the ministry by serving as Parish Association at First Presbyterian Church for Visitation and then as Coordinator of Older Adult Ministries until his death.
 While living in Lakeland, he was a board member of Polk County Care Giver's Assoc.; the Chaplain for the Imperial Polk County Chapter of the Military Officers Assoc. of America; volunteered at VISTE; Habitat for Humanity; VITA Tax preparer; an AARP driver's course instructor; served as Chairman of the Older Adult Committee at Tampa Bay Presbytery and acted with the Reformation Prayers at his church.
 He is survived by his wife, Judy and their 8 children, Charlene Gangel, Cheryl Lane, Louis W. Kemp, II, Martha L. Fisher, Linda Kemp, Kathy Mussler, Debi Pace and Ken Greene; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; sister, Edith Simpson; brother, George Edward Kemp and was preceded in death by his brother, William Lester Kemp.
 Friends will be received from Friday at First Presbyterian Church, Lakeland. A service celebrating his life will be held Saturday at First Presbyterian Church. Donations in his memory may be made to Older Adult Ministries at First Presbyterian Church, 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, FL 33801. Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Southside Chapel, Lakeland.
–Ledger, Oct. 11, 2007

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