Obits for Polk County
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> Mr. Oscar WOLFE-  Death and Funeral -The announcement of the death of Mr. Oscar Wolfe, cast a cloud of gloom over Lakeland. Mr.Oscar Wolfe died Sunday, April 16, 1916, He was born, July 30,1887 (according to date on his monument) He had many real friends who mourn him with sorrow and regret. His funeral was conducted yesterday afternoon ( April 17,1916) by the Rev. W. H. Steinmyer, the pastor of the Dixieland Methodist Church.  It is said that rerely, if ever in the history of Lakeland has there been such an abundance of floral offering's were seen at this service.  Mr.Wolfe died leaving behind; 2 small children, one of them just a baby a brother; his father; Mr. Joe Wolfe and a heartbroken wife. He was a successful salesman,and it came after his death that his territory was changing and his salary was raising. Others who attenden were gentlemen from Tampa; W. R.Allen C. G.Cropp, of the Tampa Drug Company, for whom Mr. Wolfe sold goods, Mr. Olin Love and J. H. Taeker. This entire community feels profound sympathy with the stricken family. (source: Lakeland Morning Star,Tuesday April 18,1916 ).
 Mr. Wolfe is buried in the Roselawn Cemetery  he has a Woodman of the World Monument
> The Rev. Samuel J. WHITENER - 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, seven great-grandchildren, and 19 brothers and sisters.
 Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2pm 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 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 -
> Joseph R. TALLEY - Died at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon  ( March 15,1922 )  Mr. Joseph R.Talley died at his home,708 South Florida Avenue, as a result of a stroke of paralysis. Mr. Talley was 79 years of age, and has for over 30 years been a citizen of Lakeland, during which time he was engaged as a contractor and builder. He is widley known throughout the state and has  a large number of friends who will surley miss and grieve on his passing. >Mr. Talley is survived by;two daughters, Mrs. C.E. McMullen, of Lakeland and Mrs.Stewart of Moweaqua, Ill. and;two sons; O. B.Talley and W.B.Talley, of Lakeland. Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 3:00 at the Gentry - Futch chapel, Rev. W.K.Piner of Orlando officiating.
> Mrs.Etta RICHARD -  July 25,1944 -
 Winter Haven: Mrs.Etta Richard of Lake Hamilton died this morning
at Morrell hospital in Laklenad, after a long illness.Native of Indiana,she had lived in Lake Hamilton since 1914.She was 77. > She is survived by;  her daughter, Mrs. Lulu Nelson and a grand-daughter,Mrs. Marian Clark Jones,both of Lake Hamilton. Funeral services will be held at, Ware- Smith Chapel Rev. Edgar A.Woods of the First Presbyterian church of Winter Haven will officiate. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery.
> Mrs. WILSON -  July 24, 1944 -
  Funeral aervices for Mrs. J. Edgar Wilson  were held yesterday(July 24,1944 ) at the First Methodist church with Rev. J.T.Coulliett officiating Edgar Tolle sang "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "The Old Rugged Cross" Mrs. S.A.Clark was the organinst burial will be in; Roselawn Cemetery.Snook Funeral Home.
> Frank G. FINGER -  Passed away Wednesday afternoon at 6:00 ( March 15, 1922 ) at his home on the corner of North Florida Avenue and Pine Street, he was ill for several weeks. Mr.Finger was 50 years of age and came to Florida several years ago, making his home in Gainsville during his first years spent in this state. The greater part of his life spent in Lakeland. he is a native of Wilmington.N.C. , and was only 5 years of age when coming to the state of Florida.   Mr.Finger is survived by; a devoted wife; one daughter,Miss Minnie Finger of Roanoke,Va. and one son,Mr George Finger of Roanoke,Va.
 He leaves besides his immediate family, one sister, Mrs.Pat Sutton, of Lakeland, and four brothers, W.L.Sutton, and R. L.Sutton, of Lakeland, G.C.Sutton of Orlando and S.J.Sutton of Waycross,Ga.> Funeral services will be at the family residence on North Florida Ave. and Pine Street this afternoon at 2:00. >The Rev.W.J.Bolin, pastor of  the First Baptist Church, officiating. 
> Mrs. KIBLER, Sr. - 86 -
Lilly has been here since 1895,  Mrs. D.B. ( Lilly) Kibler, Sr. of 210 Hiawatha Tr. died yesterday morning Dec.19, 1959 at her residence. She had lived here in Lakeland since 1895,coming  from S.C.. Mrs.Kibler was a member of the First Methodist Church where she was active in the Sarah Polk Bible class. She was also a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Lakeland Women's Club. > Survivors include: a son, D. B. Kibler Jr. of Lakeland and 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be held tomorrow at 3a.m. at First Methodist Church.with: Dr. Claire Cotton,pastor, conducting the rites, Burial will be in : Oak Hill Burial Park. Dukes-Steen Funeral Home. -(Source:Lakeland Ledger,Sunday, Dec.20, 1959)
> D.Burke KIBLER,III, 85 - ( A very Long Obit I have full obit at home)
 Lakeland- D. Burke Kibler III,  passed away  Sunday evening ( Dec. 13,2009) in Lakeland, Florida as a result of a stroke. He was born, Feb. 5, 1924, in Dunellen, Florida to D.B."Jack" Kibler,Jr. and Bessie Drew Kibler.  Mr.Kibler was a lifelong resident of Lakeland, graduated from Lakeland High School in 1941, attended & recieved his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law in 1949 practiced  with his father-in-law,Thomas W. Bryant,in Lakeland,Fl. >Mr.Kibler served in the Army as an artillery forward observer during World War II in the European Theatre and awarded the Bronze Star with "V" and the Purple Heart with the Oak Leaf Cluster. - 
Johnny R. WILLIAMS - 51 -
Of  Fort Meade, died Sunday January 16, 2005- at Bartow Memorial Hospital.  Born Jan. 16, 1954, In Bartow, he had been a lifelong resident of Fort Meade. He was a carpenter and a member of Calvery Missionary Baptist Church of Fort Meade.  > Survivors are his wife, Lori Williams Three sons Jonathon Williams, Michael Williams, Steve Williams all of Fort Meade. His mother,  Ruby Inez Williams of Bartow, Three brothers Ricky Williams of Fort Meade.  Victor Lamar Williams of Wauchula. and Wllace M. Williams of Goosecreek, S.C.   Funeral services were Wednesday, Jan. 19 at  2pm at Moody- Brant Funeral Chapel with buiral in Evergreen Cemetery, the Family recieved friends Tuesday, Jan 18 6-8 pm at Moody Brant Funeral Chapel.  ( The Hearlod-Advocate, January 20, 2005, Page 4-B  )             
> Alton Eustis Whidden - 77 - born:August 8, 1929- died: in Winter Haven on Oct.27, 2006.
 Lifelong resident of Winter Haven.  He was a retired accountant, a member of Village Church of God in Winter Haven where he was also the Church Clerk for 47 years. He was also the Vice President and Comptroller for Rheinour's Dress Shop in Winter Haven.  Mr. Whidden is a U.S.Army Veteran serving in the Korean War,  He recieved the Korean Service Medal and United Nations Service Medal. > He is survived by his wife Frances; one daughter; 3 sons; a brother Robert and a sister Ruby ; 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Visitation Sunday, Oct. 29, 2006 at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home. Services at Village Church of God, Winter Haven. -  Lakeland Ledger Oct.28, 2006) -
> Grace Elizabeth WHIDDEN / FREELAND- 82 - Lake Wales - died Sunday morning Sept. 28, 2008 at her home, Grace was born June 19, 1926, in Lake Wales,but was raised in Bartow where she graduated from Summerlin Institute, she then graduated from Florida State University in 1948, she moved to Lake Wales to teach physical education in their school system, she coached girls basketball in Lake Wales High School and later served as athletic director at Webber College for 20 years. Grace was a member of First Prebyterian Church of Lake Wales, she was past president of the Lake Wales Golf Association and club champion. Grace volunteered at the gift shop at Lake Wales Hospital for many years.
 Preceded in death by her husband, William R."Bill" Freeland in 1985 and a son, F.Robert "Bobby"Freeland in 2006. Survived by; daughter Dee , sons; W. Thomas & David, sisters, Esther, & Laverne- 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Visitation Sept.30,2008 at Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Services Oct.1, 2008 at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales, Interment at a later date.
 ( The Ledger,Monday, Sept.29,2008, page B-4 ) ( see also School file for this obit
> GRACE JOHANNES  - 81 - Dental Assistant
 WINTER HAVEN- Dental Assistant- Mrs. Grace Myrl Johannes of Winter Haven was born on Feb. 9, 1920 in Sale City, Ga., she came to Winter Haven from Georgia, 79 years ago. She was a Baptist.  >She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Johannes. >She is survived by her sister, Alma S. Powell, Winter Haven; brother, Ray H. Smith, Lake Wales. Graveside services will be at 10 this morning at Oak Hill Cemetery, U.S. 98 S., Lakeland. A.M. Seigler Funeral Home.     
> Floria DANIELS - 81- State Farm Ins. - Flora Elizabeth Daniels was born,June 16, 1923 in Tifton, Ga. and died, May 14, 2005 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, She came to Winter Haven in 1925 from Tifton. She retired from administrative services at State Farm. Floria was a member of First Baptist Church in Winter Haven. >She is survived by, her sisters Alma Louise and Shirley Ann and a brother Hal Daniels. > She is preceded in death by brother H. E. Daniels, former Polk Co. Sheriff. Visitation at Crisp-Coon Funeral Home, 201 First Street, S.,Winter Haven,Fl.- ( Lakeland Ledger Wed. May 18, 2005, 
> Larmer MARSHALL - 93 - Citrus Grower- Born: August 17, 1896 in Corning, Ohio. Died: May 25, 1990 at Winter Haven Hospital. Larmer came to Winter Haven from Mew Lexington, Ohio in 1913. He was a Citrus Grower. Larmer was a World War 1 veteran and a member of Florida Citrus Mutual .>He is survived by his wife Gladys Vickroy Marshall, Winter Haven; sons, Challis and Karyl Marshall.; 4 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven. Burial is at Lakeside Cemetery,Winter Haven ( Lakeland Ledger, Sunday,May 27, 1990 page 4-B )
Michael COKER - 32 - Carpet Installer - Lakeland- dies Sat.,September 14, 1996. Born in Valdosta,Ga. on June  27,1964, he moved to Lakeland soon after birth-32 years ago. He was a carpet installer, and a member of the C.B. Club # 34 in Lakeland. He was a Baptist. >He is survived by his wife and daughters, father and step-mother, his mother and a brother. Servces at Market Square ,on Tuesday- in Lakeland. ( Lakeland Ledger, Sept. 16, pg.B-3 )
Mr. J. J. DOKE - Mr. J. J. Doke dropped dead while walking around in his yard. He had been in ill health, but thought to be near the end. Mr. Doke was one of the older residents of Mulberry and held in deep reguard by all who knew him. > He leaves a wife and 7 children, all but one child living in this county. Funeral services held at the home on Sunday by Rev. James S. Day, Mulberry and with Rev. R. E. Reed of Bartow assisting at the grave.
 ( Thursday, Dec. 17, 1914, The Courier Informant, Bartow, Polk Co.,Fl. ) front page-
BONEY, Bonnie Ruth Farrer, 83, of Lorida, Florida, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Lorida. She was born November 29, 1927, to Julian Edward and Zora Frances (Farrer) O’Neal in Bartow, Florida, and had been a resident of Florida since 1941, coming from Bartow. She was a Rancher and a member of the Cattlemen’s Association and the Cattle Women’s Association and a strong supporter with 4H and FFA. She was a member of the Greater Lorida Community Club; the Lorida Lions Club and a charter member of Lorida Baptist Church, where she was very active. >She is survived by her daughter, Elsie Ann (Jimmy) Smith of Lorida; two grandchildren, Elsa Jane (Kevin) Miller and Sara Etta (David) Johns; seven great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 6, 2011, at Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home in Sebring.
 Funeral services will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Stephenson-Nelson, with Rev. Wayne Godwin officiating.  Interment at Pinecrest Cemetery in Sebring will be immediately following. Memorial donations may be made in her memory to Good Shepherd Hospice 1110 Hammock Rd., Sebring, FL 33870 or to the First Baptist Church Lorida Benevolent Fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to: ( Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home Sebring, Florida 33870 863-385-0125 ) 
>BLACKBURN, QUEEN P. -  B 1933 - D: 2011
 She was born January 29, 1933 in Frostproof to the late George Hiram & Bearl (Straughn) Peavey; passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at the Life Care Center in Winter Haven. She returned to Frostproof from Tampa in 1971. She was an insurance salesperson for Independent Life Insurance Company and a member of the First Baptist Church of Frostproof.> Queen is survived by her sister, Frances Pitts of Frostproof. >Visitation will be held from 3:00pm until the funeral service at 4:00pm, Saturday, March 19, 2011 at the First Baptist Church of Frostproof with Rev. Darrol Hood officiating. Interment will follow at the Silver Hill Cemetery. ( Lakeland Ledger )
> RIDING, BERNICE WRIGHT CHISELBROOK - 95 - of Orlando, and a former resident of Chuluota, went home to be with the Lord on May 5, 2011. Born in Lakeland, Florida on February 1, 1916, she was the daughter of Alonzo C. and Nellie King Wright and the sister of A.C., Jr. and Bill, all of whom preceded her in death. She her high school sweetheart, marriedFred W. Chiselbrook, in 1934 and together they operated a Christian youth camp, Camp Oklawaha in the Ocala National Forest, before Fred's untimely death in 1968. They had 5 children - Carol Jean Price, Cherry D. Sanguigni, John L. Brooks, and Fred A. Chiselbrook (all deceased), and Janice C. Harris, her surviving daughter. In 1972, Bernice married (#2) Russell L. Riding of Orlando and they made their home in Chuluota before moving into Orlando and his passing in 2007. >  In addition to Jan, Bernice (known as "Mimi") is survived by 15 grandchildren (David, Susan, Mark, Lisa, Bob, Pam, Laura, Mike, Linda, Bret, Steve, Johnny, Cindy, Angie, Robin); 30 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, plus in-laws. She is also survived by a niece, two nephews, and a first cousin, all living in Florida; and a first cousin in Connecticut. During her lifetime, Bernice was actively involved in leadership roles in women's ministries and Sunday School programs at First Baptist Churches in both Lakeland and Oviedo. She enjoyed traveling, gardening, ballroom dancing, and entertaining her large family on special occasions. She has resided at the Orlando Lutheran Towers since 2005. A celebration of Bernice's life will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the Lakeland Funeral Home chapel at Lakeland Memorial Gardens, 2125 South Bartow Highway, Lakeland, FL 33801 followed by burial. Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home on Mitchell Hammock Road, Oviedo, is handling arrangements. ( Lakeland Ledger, May 8, 2011, page B-5
>Hadsock, Mary Elizabeth Williams/ DeLacey - SEE Family group on Obit Index 2-
> SHIVER,  GLADYS  A. - 78 - 
Gladys Lake Wales, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Lake Wales Medical Center. A lifelong resident of the area Mrs. Shiver was a convenience store manager and of the Christian faith.>She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Shiver. > Survivors include two daughters, Karen Simpson of Newnan, Ga., and Brenda Shiver of Lake Wales; one son, Jimmy Shiver and wife Diane of Pensacola; and two grandchildren, Sandy Bennett of Tifton, Ga., and Kenny Allbritton of Lake Wales.
 Visitation: Wednesday, May 18, from 6-8 p.m., at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow.
  Funeral: Graveside service, Thursday at noon at Gandy Cemetery in Connersville.
> LOWERY, ROSS O. - 84 - of Fort Meade, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his residence. A lifelong resident of the area, he retired from CF Industries as chief operator of the acid plant. Mr. Ross was a member of Main Street Baptist Church in Bartow. He was a World War II Navy veteran, participating in the Pacific theater. He was "a loving husband, father and grandpa," .   Survivors include his wife, Juanita Lowery of Fort Meade; four daughters, Dorene Cook and husband Steve of Seattle, Lesa Yates and husband Royce of Lakeland, Angela Lynch and husband Mike of Harpers Ferry, W.V., and Sandi Kretz and husband Mike of Atlanta; his former wife and mother of his children, Louise Lowery; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. >Visitation: Saturday, April 30, from 2-3 p.m. at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. Funeral: Saturday at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Homeland Cemetery.
> COLLIER, Neva A. - 103 - Retired Mt. Lake, Inc. Lake Wales
Eustis, FL died February 13, 2008.  Born March 11, 1904 in Stokesville, Ga. Retired from Mountain Lake Inc., Lake Wales, Fl and moved to Umatilla, FL in 1985.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Stokes of  Lake  Wales, FL.  She was the third born of 12 children.  She is survived by her loving sister, Christine S. Gladd of Tallahassee, FL; two daughters, Betty C. Woodham of Lakeland, FL, Winifred C. Kennedy of Umatilla, FL; one son, David P. Collier of Haines City, FL, nine grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.  Her family, friends and acquaintances loved her.
  Memorial services will be held Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church of Eustis, 600 South Grove Street, Eustis, FL.  Memorial donations may be made to the Florida United Methodist Children's Home, P.O. Box 6299, Deltona, FL 32827-6299 -  Burial will be at Lake Wales Cemetery, Lake Wales, Fl.  Beyers Funeral Home, Umatilla.
Husband: Peter Frank Collier Mar 25-1905 - Nov 26, 1970. Died  Orange; Florida, Age 65 at time of death- In 1935 Fl State Census: Precinct 28, Polk Co, Fl.  -  1945: Precinct 32, Polk Co., Fl.  ( see Collier/Whidden obits
 Norma passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, from heart failure. Born on December 30, 1947, she was a lifelong resident of Lakeland. >  She was preceded in death by her husband, John I. Adams. >  Mrs. Adams is  Survived by her son, Justin Adams; sisters, Peggy Conroy and Oma Parsons; brothers, Jimmy Ballard, Gary Ballard, and Bobby Ballard; granddaughter, Mackenzie Adams; and companion, Carl V. Smith, all of Lakeland.  Family will receive friends on Friday, March 20, 2009 at Lakeland Funeral Home, 2125 S. Bartow Road, with a service to follow .
 Teresa passed away, Friday September 5, 2008, due to cancer. She was born in Lakeland and graduated from Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta, GA with a B.S. degree in Nursing. Teresa worked as a Registered Nurse for many years. She was a member of First Baptist Church at The Mall and was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and sister. > Teresa was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Mildred (Bean) Wilbanks and a sister, Kathie Wilbanks. > She is survived by sons, Andy (Andrea) Otto of Coalinga, CA; David (Jennie) Otto of Lakeland; sister, Rachel (Lawrence) Brown of Kathleen, FL; brother, Jim (Kim) Wilbanks of Lakeland; grandchildren, Nathaniel & Laney-Kai Otto.   The family will receive friends Tue. First Baptist Church at The Mall with services to be conducted at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of  flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church at The Mall, Building Fund, 1010 E. Memorial Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33801 or Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823.   Arrangements are entrusted to Gentry Morrison Funeral Homes, Southside Chapel. ( Published in the Ledger on 9/8/2008 )
>O'Doniel, Helen B. - 85 - Helen passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2009.
 Mrs. O'Doniel was born in Dothan, AL on November 16, 1923, moving to Lakeland in 1925. She was educated in business, working in the insurance and banking industries, as well as assistant to the pastor and music director at First Baptist Church on North Florida Ave, Lakeland. A woman with a strong Christian faith, she was active in church throughout her life through service, spiritual leadership, music, the church library and teaching. She followed her husband around the world when his military assignments permitted. She would pack up all their belongings and two small children to live in challenging environments with limited conveniences, just to keep her family together. Mrs. O'Doniel had many other interests, including singing, playing the violin, painting, travel and she was an avid reader, reviewing books for church libraries up until her illness in the fall of 2008. >Her infant daughter, Robin Lynn, preceeded her in death. >She is survived by her beloved husband of 66 years, William O'Doniel; brothers Ronald and Gerald Buran; sisters Martha Daffin, Eula Prine, Mary Wilson, and Norma Bell; daughters Sharlene Wall, Yvonne O'Doniel-Davis, and Marla Quattrochi; granddaughters Kim Collins, Andrea Bazzinni, and Blair Quattrochi; five great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Memorial services for Mrs. O'Doniel will be held at l0 am at the First Baptist Church at the Mall Chapel, Lakeland, FL. The family will be receiving friends one hour before the service.>  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the First Baptist Church at the Mall Designated Library Fund (PO Box 90669, Lakeland, FL 33804) or to Cornerstone Hospice (2590 Havendale Blvd., Winter Haven, FL 33880). A private intermittent will be at Roselawn Cemetery.  
>JO LINDA CONIBEAR SESSIONS – 55 - Florida Brewery
  LAKELAND - Jo Linda Conibear Sessions passed away on August 5, 2011, due to cancer. She was a life-long resident of Lakeland, FL. Jo Linda was employed by Florida Brewery, and enjoyed cooking, baking, painting, crocheting, and above all else time with her family. >She is preceded in death by her parents Richard H. and Jo W. Conibear, and brother Richard D. Conibear; >
Jo Linda is survived by her sister Ann (Paul) Roberts, husband Terry Sessions, son Richard and daughter Leigh Ann Snell, all of Lakeland, Paul and Daniel Sessions of Bartow, FL, and Jason Sessions of Texas. She has five grandchildren, and four nieces and nephews. >On Wednesday, August 10, 2011, a memorial service will be held at Heath Funeral Chapel at 3:00 p.m., followed by a reception. ( Ledger, August 7, 2011 
>Harold Edward GUILFORD -  84,
Harold was a devoted husband and father passed away March 1, 2012 due to complications of pneumonia. He was born on August 6, 1927 in Galloway, Florida to Seth and Mary Guilford. He was a lifelong resident of Lakeland. Harold graduated from Lakeland High School and University of Florida with a degree in Agriculture, He worked as a Citrus Consultant and was a
WWII veteran serving in the US Army in Panama.
As a lifetime member of Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, he served on the building committee & the church council and was a Scout Leader for Troop 745. Harold enjoyed gardening, camping and traveling. > Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Seth and Mary Guilford, sister, Alice Casler. >   He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Anne Guilford; daughter, Barbara (Mark) Carpanini; son, David (Sharon) Guilford, son, Fred (Yamini) Guilford; Aunt Evalena Cates of Gainesville; 5 grandchildren and 7 great grand-children.   A Memorial Service was held Monday, March 5th, 2012 at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Harold's name to Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 745 S. Ingram Avenue, Lakeland Fl. - (
Ledger- March 4, 2012 )

NOTES: Seth Albert Gilford married Mary Emma Radar in Polk Co.,Fl. on Aug. 8, 1923.
>LITTLE JOE ROBERTS, 83 - Peoples Bank Loan Writer
LAKELAND - Little Joe Roberts, died of respiratory failure Sunday (March 25, 2012).
She was born in Midland City, AL, on February 16, 1929. She was a retired loan writer for Peoples Bank after 36 years of service. Mrs. Roberts was a member of Gapway Baptist Church. She was past Worthy High Priestess of Bethlehem Shrine #9 Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. Joe was a loving mother and grandmother. > Mrs. Roberts was preceded in death by her husband Allen Roberts.
 She is survived by her stepmother Willo Dean Chandler, Dothan, AL, son Harold Roberts, Lakeland, daughters Sharon Perigo, Diane Frye, both of Lakeland, sister Johnnie Maye Lanier, Lakeland, 4 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren.
 Visitation was held, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Services was held, Thursday, March 29, 2012 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Oak Hill Burial Park.
LAKELAND - Sharon Gay Davis, 80, died August 31, 2012 at Wedgewood Healthcare Center due to heart failure.
Mrs. Davis was born March 17, 1932 (St. Patrick's Day) in Lakeland and was a lifelong resident where she worked for ConibearEquipment and later retired from Auto Owners Insurance. She was an avid golfer who enjoyed photography, sewing and loved the Miami Dolphins. >Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Beauford L. Davis and her sister
Mary Frances Lineberger. She is survived by her son Kenneth Davis (Chris) of Lakeland, brothers Charles "Buddy" Mitchell (Beverly), Gene Mitchell (Frances) and Bill Skelly. Also surviving are Mrs. Davis' grandchildren Andrea Sumner (Mike) and Matthew McCall (Misty) along with great grandchildren Pete, Clayton, and Gabrielle. >We, as a family, wish to extend a very special "Thank You" to her loving caregivers Laura Evans and Donna Rayborn. >The family will receive friends Friday 3 to 4 PM with funeral services to follow at 4 PM in the chapel of Lakeland Funeral Home.- ( The Ledger, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012 )
LAKELAND - James Mercer Bulger "Jim", 82, of Lakeland, Florida passed away peacefully at his daughter's home in Springtown, Texas on September 1, 2012 due to kidney failure. James was born on June 17, 1930 in Lakeland, Florida. Jim was the son of the late Albert and Annie Bulger of Lakeland, Florida. He was a Baptist and a member of Gene Wells Seeker II Sunday School Class at the "Church at the Mall" in Lakeland. He married Mary Elizabeth Cooper (Libby) June 12, 1952 in Lakeland, Florida. Jim was in the
U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After serving three years he worked for Rust Engineering, Frank Murphy Construction and traveled the world for Dorr-Oliver Engineering. He retired from Dorr-Oliver after 33 years. >Jim was preceded in death by both parents, five sisters, and two brothers, and most recently his beloved and wonderful son, Mike Bulger, also from Lakeland, Florida.> Survivors: wife of 60 years, Libby Bulger; son, Pat Bulger and wife, Carole of Lakeland, FL.; daughter, Sandi Dickenson and husband, Ronny of Springtown, TX; daughter-in-law, Melody Bulger of Lakeland, FL; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren. >Memorial service: 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 7, 2012 at White's Funeral Home Chapel in Springtown
White's Funeral Home ( Lakeland Ledger, Thursday, Sept.6, 2012 )

>JAMES MICHAEL BULGER, I, 59 - Son of James "Jim" Mercer Bulger -
 LAKELAND - James Michael Bulger I, born May 4, 1953 in Bartow, FL, died June 18, 2012 in Manatee County, FL, due to a traffic accident. He married in Lakeland, FL., on June 16, 1973. James Bulger graduated from Lakeland High School in 1971. He was the owner of Miller-Bulger Contracting, Bulger Contracting Company, Bul-Hed, Bulger Farms, and Bulger Nursery. He attended The Rock Community Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, parents, sister, and brother. He was loved by everyone who ever met him. He was a wonderful husband, son, father, grandfather, brother and friend. James loved the Lord.
 Mr. Bulger is survived by: his wife, Melody Odom Bulger; father, James Mercer Bulger; mother, Mary Elizabeth Bulger; brother, Pat Bulger (Carole); sister, Sandi Dickenson (Ronnie); son, James Michael Bulger II; daughter, Sarah Bulger Evans (son-in-law Roc Evans); son, Jon Matthew Bulger (daughter-in-law Sara McCoy Bulger); grandsons: Jimmy Bulger, Blake Evans, Jonny Bulger, Blaize Evans; granddaughters: Kathryn Bulger and Sloane Evans.   Visitation Thursday, June 21, 2012 at The Rock Community Church.- Funeral Services Friday, June 22, 2012 at Trinity Presbyterian Church.  Graveside service immediately following at Oak Hill Cemetery. Pall bearers are Larry Folsom, Morgan Christian, Gerry Black, J.P. Bulger, Denny Morgan, Alan Fisk, Ronnie Hedrick, Jimmie Allen, and Lewis King. Arrangements by Heath Funeral Chapel. - ( Lakeland Ledger, June 21, 2012 )
>NORMAN SANDERS - 64 – Boilermaker – 1936 - 2001
LAKELAND -- Mr. Norman B. Sanders Jr. of Lakeland died Saturday (June 9, 2001) at his home from heart failure. He was 64. Born in Lakeland on July 17, 1936, he was a lifetime resident of Polk County. He was a boilermaker. He was a Marine Corps veteran. He was a Protestant.
 He is survived by his wife, Agnes Sanders; sons, Bill Sanders, Teddy Johnston, both of Lakeland; daughters, Terrie Cameron, Plant City, Annette Armstrong, Gainesville; sister, Winnette Young, Auburndale; and six grandchildren. >Memorial donations may be made to Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, c/o First Florida Bank, 4825 West Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Fla., 33609. Services will be Monday at Heath Funeral Chapel.
LAKELAND - Lenora Clarcie Bennett, 91, died October 15, 2012 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to natural causes. She was born March 20, 1921 in Vernon, Florida and moved to Lakeland over 60 years ago. Mrs. Bennett owned and operated Lenora's Beauty Shop and later operated the beauty shop at Florida Presbyterian Homes for 15 years. She was also a member of Trinity Life Church of God.
Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by her husband M.M. Bennett. >She is survived by her daughters Pat Hill and Jenny Hardee, both of Lakeland, grandchildren Mark Maulden, Barry Stemle, Geoff Hill, Tami Hartman (Joe) and Christy Woodard. Also surviving are her 2 great grandsons Cole and Cody Woodard. Funeral services will be held from the graveside in Lakeland Memorial Gardens. (Ledger, Oct. 17, 2012 )

>HENRY JAMES BOOTH, Jr. – 77 - Florida Tile
 LAKELAND - Henry James Booth, Jr., 77, died October 19, 2012 at Valencia Hills Nursing Center due to Parkinson's disease. Mr. Booth was born in Lakeland June 19, 1935 and lived here his entire life with the exception of the time he spent in the U.S. Army. He retired from Florida Tile and attended Trinity Church of God.
 Mr. Booth was preceded in death by two sisters Mary Booth and Dorothy Wadholm. >He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Hettie Booth, son Richard Booth, daughter Debra Faulkner, sisters Doris Bryant and Jewel King, all of Lakeland. Also surviving are 5 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. >Visitation will held Tuesday  in the chapel of Lakeland Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday in Lakeland Memorial Gardens
- ( Ledger, Oct. 23, 2012 )
LAKELAND - Willis Lamar Pate, age 82, of Lakeland, FL passed away on 10/27/2012 from Heart Failure in Lakeland. Willis was born on 6/18/1930 in Colquitt, GA. Willis was a lifelong resident and retired after 50 Years at the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Dept. Willis attended Parkview Baptist Church. >Willis is preceded in death by his wife, Adela Pate & son, Tony Pate. >Willis is survived by his children, Rita Lockridge, Jackie Martin, James Martin, and Wally Martin; sisters, Betty Bush & Corrine Brown; 11 Grandchildren and 11 Great Grandchildren.
Services will be on 10/30/2012, Service at Parkview Baptist Church with graveside to follow service at Oak Hill Burial Park. (Ledger, Oct. 29, 2012)
DACULA, GA. - Mrs. Betty Jo Wetherington, age 84, of Dacula, GA and formerly of Lakeland, FL, passed away on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, due to heart failure.
Mrs. Wetherington was born October 20, 1928 in Douglas, GA. She lived in Lakeland, FL, in the Medulla Community for seventy-five years. She was retired from Publix of Lakeland, FL. She was of the Baptist faith.

 She was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Wetherington and Chester Lee Kilgore.
 She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and John Hebb, Dacula, GA and Brenda and Lamar Wooley, Germantown, MD; son and daughter-in-law, Burnard and Virginia Kilgore, Cincinnati, OH; three grandchildren, Christopher Wooley, Benjamin Kilgore and Josh Kilgore; and two great granddaughters, Natasha Wooley and Evelyn Wooley.
 Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Flanigan Funeral Home with Chaplain Jamie Kaufman officiating. Interment and Graveside service will be held on Monday, October 29, 2012 at Lakeland Memorial Gardens in Lakeland, FL. The family will receive friends at the Flanigan Funeral Home on Friday afternoon. . Arrangements by: Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory, Buford, GA, 770-932-1133. -( Ledger, Oct. 26, 2012 )
LAKELAND - Joy H. Clark, 85, of Lakeland, FL, died on October 27, 2012, of heart failure. She was born on March 28, 1927, in Evanston, IL, to Eugene H. and Margaret F. Hamilton, but resided most of her life in Lakeland. She was a retired R.N.
Mrs. Clark is survived by her husband of 61 years, Harry S. Clark; daughter Kathryn (J. Michael Brand) of Ft. Meade, son Jeffrey (Stephanie) of Lakeland, and daughter Joan of St. Cloud.
Daughter Judith Johnson preceded her in death. >A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 8:30 am on Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, with interment following at Oak Hill Burial Park.- ( Ledger, Oct. 30, 2012 ). ( I knew her in life )
LAKELAND - Matthew Alan Tate, age 57, went to be with our Lord on 11/1/12 following his long, courageous battle with cancer. Matthew was a life long resident of Lakeland, Florida and was a member of First Baptist Church Imperial Lakes.
 Matthew is preceded in death by his parents, Glenn Tate and Cecilia Turvey and bother, Glenn E. Tate Ill.

 Matthew is survived by wife, Debbie Tate; son Adam Tate; sister Cindy (John) Cook, nephews Wade Lanier, Travis Phay and niece Mandy Settlemire and many friends and loved ones.
 A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at First Baptist Church Imperial Lakes. Family will receive friends at 10am with a service following at 11. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
American Cancer Society , Cornerstone Hospice or SPCA of Lakeland. ( Ledger, Nov.8, 2012 )
>KUPPERS, John - 60 -Lakeland Radio
Lakeland- Mr. John "Jay" Kuppers of Lakeland died of complications from heart disease Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002 at Tampa General Hospital. John was born in Lakeland on Sept. 24, 1942, he was a lifelong resident. John worked for 25 years as a Newscaster and radio personality. He also worked in radio sales and was a station manager. He was the owner of the Tire and Auto Center in Lakeland. John coached youth soccer for 20 years  and coached Kathleen High School soccer for 5 years. He later worked for Big Cypress Golf Course and Pro Shop. He was a member of the Noon Sertoma Club of Lakeland. He was a Methodist.
 Mr. Kuppers is survived by his wife, Leslie T. Kuppers; sons, Andy and Cory Kuppers of Lakeland; brother, Bart Trueblood, of Lakeland; sisters, Jane REHBERG, of Ruskin, and Gale ELLERBE, of Lakeland ; and his mother, Alice TRUEBLOOD of Lakeland.
 Memorials made be made to Transport Services Foundation, c/o Sjonne Mabbott at Tampa General Hospital, P.O. Box 1289, Tampa, 33601. ( Heath Funeral Chapel ) - Ledger, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2002 -
BETTY SPERRY WHITT -  83 - Bookkeeper
LAKELAND - Betty Sperry Whitt, age 83, passed away on December 7, 2012 due to heart failure. Betty was born in Lakeland on September 1, 1929 to William and Alma Sperry. She was a bookkeeper for 40 plus years working at LRMC and several local businesses. Betty loved to travel, and spent many summers traveling up the East Coast pulling a travel trailer with her family as her husband took summer assignments from Florida to Maine. She later enjoyed summers at Englewood Beach with her children and grandchildren. Betty enjoyed reading, cooking, and music. She loved to dance and sing to the big bands and even did square dancing for a while. She was the first in the family to own a video game and introduced her grandchildren to "Super Mario". She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi sorority and was voted "Woman of the Year" in 2000. Betty was a lifelong Christian and member of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
 She is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Billy and Bobby and beloved granddaughter, Katelyn Whitt.
 She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Thomas Whitt, sister Doryce Leis (Dick), sons: Gary (April) and Michael (Lynn), three grandsons Drew, Daniel and Jonathan Whitt, all of Lakeland, Fl, and many nieces and nephews. Betty loved them all very much.
 A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church on Monday, December 17.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, Cornerstone Hospice Polk County or St. Stephens Memorial Garden Fund. ( Ledger, Thursday,Dec. 13, 2012

>Jack F. MOSES, Sr. – 71 – Sears Repairman
Lakeland - Jack F. Moses, Sr. 71, passed away December 5, 2012 from respiratory failure. Jack was born August 22, 1941 in Mayo, FL and was raised in Bartow. He was a Repairman for Sears. Jack was a member of the Bartow Church of God. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and Nascar. Jack loved cooking for all his family.
 He is survived by his wife of 52 years Willowdean Moses. Son; Jack Moses Jr.(Charlene) of Lakeland and daughter; Karen Neumann (Kirk) of Bartow. Four sisters; Evelyn Swinson (Jim), Opal Workmen both of Lakeland, Mildred Nolin of Bartow and Linda Harris (Gene), Goldston, NC. Brother; Ray Moses (Lucille) of Lakeland. Four grandchildren; Deanna, Jeremy, Kyndall & Karly and numerous nieces & nephews.
 Family will receive friends from 2 to 3 PM on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Church of God, 1460 E Stuart in Bartow. Funeral service were held Dec 8, 2012 at the Church of God. -  Internment will be
held at Wildwood Cemetery, Bartow.

>ROBERT  L.  FLETCHER – 82 - Parks & Recreation
LAKELAND - Mr. Robert Lindon Fletcher passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012 at LRMC due to respiratory failure. Mr. Fletcher was born June 26, 1930 in Omega, Georgia to Marvin and Ella Fletcher. He was a member of the Lake Gibson Church of Christ. Robert was a foreman for the City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation Department.
 Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Dona Fletcher.
 Survivors include his son, Robert L. Fletcher, Jr. (Rita); a daughter, Sue Dempsey (David); granddaughters, Laura and Sara Dempsey; a sister, Louise Stone (James Earl); a brother, Leon Fletcher (Hilda).
 In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, Fl 33823.
 Funeral services will be tomorrow (Monday) at the Gentry-Morrison Northside Chapel. -( Ledger, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 )

>FRANCIS EARL FOLAND - 89 - Florida Southern College
LAKELAND - Frank Foland was born December 7, 1923 in West Carrollton, Ohio to Maynard and Clara Foland, and was called home by the Lord December 11, 2012, due to natural causes. >  He was preceded in death by his only child, Bruce Foland, and Bruce's mother, Dawn.    He is survived by his wife Ann Wolfe-Foland, grandson Brooks Foland (Beth) and two great-granddaughters of Harrisburg, PA; and niece Nancy Rydell of Santa Ynez, CA.  Frank was a 1960 graduate of Florida Southern College. He was a life-long advocate for Florida Southern, and proudly served as its Director of Admissions and its Director of Alumni. Having enlisted in the U.S.
Army immediately after Pearl Harbor, he served in the European Theater through World War II
, and sang with an Army band. Frank was a patron of music, the theater, and the Lakeland Imperial Symphony Orchestra, and he loved to sing and dance. Frank was a member of First United Methodist Church in Lakeland.
 Visitation will be Monday, December 17, at First United Methodist Church, and the service will be in the chapel. There will be a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches Inc., PO Box 2000, Boys Ranch, FL 32064-9984. - ( Ledger,Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 )

>L. VIRGINIA BRYAN -  91 - Lakeland Electric
LAKELAND - L. Virginia Bryan, a lifelong resident of Lakeland and a fifth generation Floridian, died on December 11, 2012, of natural causes. Born in Lakeland on December 22, 1920, she attended Lakeland Public Schools and Florida Southern College. She retired from Lakeland Electric in 1992 having served for thirty years as Administrative Assistant to three of the early Directors of the Utility: C.D. Mc-Intosh, Jr.; William R. Lesnett and Robert J. Siegel. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was christened in the old Grey Stone Church on South Kentucky Avenue in 1921. She was a past member of the Woman's Club; a member of the Lakeland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution; and a sustaining member of the Junior League of greater Lakeland. >She was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret Bryan Hendrix and Betty Bryan Graveline, >  and is survived by her two nieces, Rebecca G. Doane and Marcia Ann Hendrix; her two nephews, R. Bryan Graveline and Arthur Hodges Hendrix; four great nieces and three great nephews. > A graveside service will be held Friday, December 21, 2012, at the Roselawn Cemetery, Lakeland, with a minister from the First United Methodist Church officiating.
Interment will follow.
Northwood Funeral Home, West Palm Beach, is in charge of arrangements. - ( The Ledger, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 )

>WILBUR OCIE HOOKS – 87 – State of Florida
LAKELAND - Wilbur Ocie Hooks, 87, passed away on October 23, 2012.
Hooks was born in Lakeland on August 8, 1925, to Sidney and Nina Mae Hooks. He attended Dixieland Elementary, Lakeland High School and Florida Southern College. After his service in the Army Air Force as an Aviation cadet, Wilbur worked for the State of Florida throughout his career, retiring in 1987.
 Wilbur is survived by his wife of 64 years, Frankie, who helped him achieve his goal of living at home until he died peacefully in his sleep. Wilbur also leaves behind a daughter, Karen, son-in-law Steve Walker, grandchildren, Bruce Letchworth, Kalei and Christie Walker, and great grandchildren. One daughter, Belinda predeceased him.  Wilbur was an Eagle Scout as a boy, a Mason as an adult and lifelong churchgoer with membership in Lake Gibson United Methodist Church for the last 40+ years. He became a computer enthusiast in his 70s with the distinction of always reading manuals, and helped with computer classes at First United Methodist Church well into his 80s. He had also been an active member of Kathleen Area Historical Society. Known for his perfectionism, dry sense of humor and many talents, Wilbur had a tool for everything. He was handyman, repairman, painter, yardman, auto mechanic and plumber. Earlier in life he enjoyed leather crafts, macramé, woodworking, square dancing and RV camping, and was an avid reader throughout life. His ice blue eyes and incredibly loud whistle entertained both the children and animals he loved. He was patient with both. He was proud of his aptitude for math and that while in school could both read and speak Latin. Wilbur was devoted to his wife and family. He nourished church life in his family, and educational and career accomplishments in his children. He was a happy, gracious and gentle man who is and will be greatly missed.
 A private memorial service will be held. Donations may be sent to the Memorial Fund of Lake Gibson United Methodist Church, in memory of Wilbur O. Hooks, 4244 W. Daughtery Road, Lakeland, FL, 33809
. - (The Ledger, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 )

LAKELAND - Charlie Marie Lindsey passed away due to natural causes Dec. 21, 2012. Mrs. Lindsey was born in Melbourne, FL on Apr. 3, 1921 to the late Charles and Lottie Revels Dukes. She was a member of the Lakeland Garden Club,Lakeland Lioness Club and was a charter member of Christ Lutheran Church.
 Mrs. Lindsey was preceded in death by her husband, Lyonal B. Lindsey, Sr., a former International Director for The Lions Club. > She is survived by her sons, Lyonal B. (Beverly) Lindsey, Jr. of Lakeland and Charles Terry (Linda) Lindsey of Winter Park; grandchildren, Jessica Lindsey (Ron) Giles, Wade Lyonal (Kimberly) Lindsey, Allison Lindsey and Kathryn Lindsey; great grandchildren, Nathaniel Lindsey, Jackson Warner Giles, Parker and Annabelle Lindsey.
 A visitation will be held Friday from 11am - 12 Noon at the Christ Lutheran Church, 2715 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland.
 Funeral services will follow at 12 Noon at the church.  Interment will be conducted privately following the services. Memorial contributions may be made to Christ Lutheran Church, 2715 Lakeland Hills Blvd. Lakeland, FL 33805 in lieu of flowers. - ( The Ledger, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 )
>RUEL BRYANT MCNABB -  90 - Electrician
LAKELAND - Ruel Bryant McNabb passed away December 25, 2012 of natural causes. He was born December 18, 1922 in Berrien County, Georgia. He came here from Tampa, Florida in 1963. He was an electrician. Ruel B. was a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher at Gapway Baptist Church. He was also a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local# 915 for over 65 years. He retired from Lakeland Electric. > He was preceded in death by his wife, Vernice B McNabb. > He is survived by his sons, Wayne (Sandra) McNabb and Jasper (Brenda) McNabb, both of Lakeland, FL; daughter, Patricia McNabb (Thomas) Brooks, Lakeland, FL; 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren.
 Visitation will be Saturday, 12/29/12 1:00pm-2:00pm at Gapway Baptist Church. Funeral services will be Saturday, 12/29/12 at Gapway Baptist Church. Interment will be in Socrum Cemetery. - ( The Ledger, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 )

LAKELAND - Mr. Steven Michael Roe was called home by the Lord on December 28, 2012 at his home of cancer. He was born January 25, 1953 in Lakeland, Florida. Steven worked for the City of Lakeland for 23 years. > Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Karen Lord Roe, Lakeland; 2 sons, Chad Roe, Lakeland, Scott Roe, Little Rock, Arkansas; 2 grandchildren, Braden, Mckyla and sister, Barbara Roe Schneider, Polk City. Memorials may be made to Compassionate Care Hospice, 2393 E.F. Griffin Road, Bartow, FL 33830.Condolences may be sent to the family at . - Ledger, December 29, 2012 
>MABLE HORTON O'BRIEN -  83 - Medical Secretary
LAKELAND - Mable Horton O'Brien, age 83, died January 3, 2010 at home of cancer. Mable was born in Lakeland on August 1; 1926 to Walter C. & Mary Eva (Douglas) Horton. Mabel was a medical secretary and the oldest active member of Ardella Baptist Church. Mabel has lived in Lakeland all her life. >Mable is preceded in death by her husband Leo O'Brien.> Mable is survived by her daughters: Marilyn Falcome, Debbie Hoffman, Andrea Whitehurst & Kathy Ross, sister Alice Passmore, nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. The family has requested in lieu of flowers donations be sent to Good Shepherd Hospice in memory of Mable, 105 Arneson, Ave. Auburndale, Fl, 33823.> Visitation will be held Tuesday January 5, 2010 at Seigler Funeral Home-Chapel, Hwy. 60, E. Mulberry. Funeral services will be Wednesday January 6, 2010 at Seigler Funeral Home Chapel.
Arrangements entrusted to Seigler Funeral Home-Mulberry, Fl. -  Ledger, Jan. 5, 2010
>MR. LUTHER  L.  PERKINS 75 - Millwright
LAKELAND -- Mr. Luther L. Perkins of Lakeland died of heart failure Wednesday (Jan. 29, 2003) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was  born April 20, 1927, in Winnsboro, La., he came here from Knoxville in 1964. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired millwright for the phosphate industry. He was a Baptist. >Mr. Perkins is survived by his wife, Dallas Loraine Perkins, Lakeland; daughters, Linda Rogers, Webster; Darlene Mobley and Arlene Long, both of Lakeland; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be graveside,Saturday at Oak Hill Burial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice 135 Arneson Ave., Auburndale. – Ledger, Jan. 31, 2003
SOUTH CAROLINA - Murray Clinton "Perk" Perkins passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012 in South Carolina, due to natural causes. Born July 30, 1922 in Lakeland, Florida. > He was preceded in death by his wife Kathryn Perkins. Murray was a veteran in the U.S.
Army serving in WWII in the European Theater. He worked for Gentry Morrison Funeral Home in Lakeland for over 30 years. Mr. Perkins was a member of United Methodist Temple Church, and was a devoted Volunteer at Lakeland Regional Medical Center contributing over 4,000 hours of service.  >Perk is survived by his son Keith C. Perkins, (Terri), daughter Kimberlea P. Duff, (John), grandchildren Kelly Perkins, Allison Coker (Andy), Ashley McClure (Matt), Alex Ward (Jim).

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