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> ROGERS, Mr. W. E. "Bill" - 87 -
W.E.Rogers, passed away Monday (May 23, 2011). Born in Mayo, FL, on March 4, 1924, Bill came here from Mayo in 1942. He was a conductor for 43 years with Atlantic Coastline, Seaboard Coastline, Seaboard Systems and CSX. He was a co-founder and financier of A-1-A Auto Parts, and a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. He was a member of the Lakeland Masonic Lodge #91, York Rite, Council, and Knights Templar. He was of the Protestant faith.>
  Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by his father William Jennings Rogers; mother Dena Rogers; wife Constance Riker Rogers; and daughter Julie K. Rogers. > He is survived by his sons Glen D. Rogers (Christina), Stone Mountain, GA, Robert A. Rogers, Stockbridge, GA; daughter Sherrill Rogers Fulton, Fernandina Beach, FL; grandsons David Rogers, A.J. Rogers, both of Stone Mountain, GA, Ryan Rogers, Winter Haven, David Fulton, Jr., Fernandina Beach, FL; granddaughters Shanna Rogers, Stone Mountain, GA, Andrea Rogers, Lakeland; great grandsons Jamie Rogers, Stone Mountain, GA, Riley Rogers; great granddaughter Taliah Rogers, Lakeland.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2011 at Lanier Funeral home Chapel. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2011 at Oak Hill Burial Park.
>SUTTON, Paul T.  - 84 -  Painting Contractor
LAKELAND - Mr. Paul T. Sutton died of Crohn's Disease Saturday (July 16, 2011).
 He  was born in Lakeland on June 20, 1927. He was a painting contractor and he worked in PVC furniture manufacturing. Paul attended Crystal Lake Baptist Church. He was a member of the Lakeland Masonic Lodge #91 and the Masonic Low 12 Club. Mr. Sutton was a Merchant Marine veteran. A special thanks to 6W at LRMC, the Palliative Care Unit, and Wedgewood Healthcare. > Mr. Sutton is survived by his wife Mary Sutton, Lakeland; daughter Jerri (James) Lawless; stepson Michael D. Hollars; grandsons Christopher, Ryan; granddaughters Rachael, Dana; several great grandchildren. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, 7/22/11 at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Services will follow at 1 p.m. at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Lakeland Memorial Gardens. ( Lakeland Ledger on July 20, 2011 ) 
> POOLE, Nancy  Katherine BRYAN - 93 - PE Teacher
AUBURNDALE - Mrs. Nancy Katherine Bryan Poole,  a lifetime Polk County resident passed away Friday, August 26, 2011 at Spring Haven. Mrs. Poole was born September 5, 1917 in Nichols, Florida to Roderick Newton Bryan, Sr. and Florence May (Richards) Bryan.  Her parents moved to Mulberry when Nancy was in the 1st grade. She graduated from Mulberry High School in 1924 and graduated in 1928 from Florida State College for Women (now FSU) with a degree in business. She is Phi Mu Sorority sister. She moved to Auburndale in 1928 to teach at Auburndale High School. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Teaching Sorority. Nancy was the 1st PE teacher at Auburndale High School. During this time she coached girl's basketball and sponsored the cheerleaders. Nancy was introduced to Benjamin Wooten Poole by his sister (Mrs. Guy A. Elizabeth Corley) who was a history teacher at the high school and one of Nancy's dear friends. Nancy & Bennie married in 1944. Mrs. Guy A. Elizabeth "Libba" Corley became her sister-in-law but, Nancy always considered her a sister. She was a member of the Sorosis Club in Auburndale and joined the First United Methodist Church in Auburndale along with Bennie. She and Bennie attended the Homebuilders Sunday School Class. Nancy was on the finance committee for the church, volunteered for several other positions, delivered sermon tapes to the elderly and participated in the Polk County Senior Games for several years.> Nancy was preceded in death by her parents - Judge Roderick & May Richards Bryant, Sr.; husband - Benjamin "Bennie" W. Poole;  sister-in-law - Mrs. Guy A. Elizabeth "Libba" Corley and brother Roderick Newtown Bryan, Jr. > Nancy is survived by her son, Ben W. (Terri) Poole, III of Mayfield Village, OH; daughter Nancy P. "Nan" Langston of Auburndale, FL.; brother, Dr. Donald McIver (Dr. Laurette) Bryan of Rockledge, FL.; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Bryan of Lakeland, FL.; and great granddaughter, Bryanna Elizabeth "Bree" Kirkland of Winter Haven, FL.  Funeral  services will be held on Monday, Aug.29, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church at 316 Lake Ariana Blvd., Auburndale,Fl. - Interment at Auburndale Memorial Park. -( Lakeland Ledger , August 28, 2011, page B-6 )
> WIGGINS, Derwoon Brent - 72 -
WINTER HAVEN - Mr. Derwood Brent Wiggins, 72, a child of our God, went to be with
The Lord, Friday, December 16, 2011 due to heart failure. Brent was born November 1, 1939, he was a lifelong resident of Polk County. He was a four year veteran of the Navy. Brent's extended family consisted of his fellow friends and coworkers at the SRD/FDOT in Bartow where he proudly served for 49 years as a Project Manager. > Brent is survived by his son, Derek Wiggins of Lakeland and his daughter, April Bliznyakov of Minnesota as well as two grandchildren.
 Family will receive friends December 21, 2011 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, 650 East Main Street in Bartow. Funeral service will follow at 3:00 PM at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home

> W.M. "Dave" NEWMAN
Mr. Newman, 68 of Zephyrhills, FL passed away Friday, July 1, 2011 at his home. He was born March 1, 1943 in Bartow, FL to
William David & Margaret Melton Newman. He was and auctioneer and a member of the National Auctioneers Association and the National Team Roping Horse Association.  > He is survived by 2 daughters: Amy Newman, New York, NY, Lesli & Martin Harm, Dade City; their mother: Jennifer Newman, Zephyrhills; 2 sisters: Lisa Fritts, Jensen Beach, Lynette & Tim Foster, Stuart; step-mother: Peggy Newman, Auburndale; 2 grandsons: Anthony & Anna Harm, Wesley Chapel, Connor Harm, Dade City; and numerous nieces and nephews. >  A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at the 301 Chapel of Hodges Family Funeral Home in Dade City. Flowers will be gratefully accepted or those that wish may make donations in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project.. > NOTES: Parents, William David & Margaret Melton Newman were married in Polk Co.,Fl. on July 5, 1938

WINTER HAVEN - Ms. Jimmie Wetherington Kile went home to with the Lord on December 31, 2011 due to heart disease. She was 78, She was born in Lake Alfred on December 28, 1933 to Samuel and Nina Wetherington. Ms. Kile spent many years working as a nurse's aide in area nursing facilities including the Heart of Florida Hospital, Haines City Health Care, and the former Bishop Grey Inn. She was a member of Central Baptist Church in Winter Haven.
 She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Louise Addison, and her brothers Ralph, Curtis, and John Wetherington.>She is survived by her daughters Jodie Neal and Debra Howell (Michael) of Winter Haven, and her sister Audrey Robert of Columbia, South Carolina. A service was held Wednesday, January 4, 2012 at Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home in Winter Haven - ( Jan.3, 2012 – Ledger )
 William Sanderson GRIZZARD, "Sandy," -  Ledger, Dec.14, 2011
Sandy, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida December 8, 2011 from leukemia. He was a prominent and well-respected ophthalmologist and retina specialist locally, nationally, and internationally.
 Born and raised in Lakeland, Florida, he graduated from Emory University and the University of Miami, School of Medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of South Florida, College of Medicine, after which he received fellowship level training in ophthalmo-genetics and retinal disease, vitreoretinal surgery, and retinal genetics From 1978 to 1983 he was on the faculty of USF, an association he continued after starting his private practice in Tampa in 1983. His practice eventually expanded to include locations in Lakeland, Plant City, and St. Petersburg. Along with his clinical practice, he produced 67 scholarly publications. He pioneered a now widely-used procedure, pneumatic retinopexy. To help him better understand the economic issues of medicine, he obtained a master's degree in economics from USF in 2008. >Sandy is survived by his loving and devoted wife Leenetta (Lee) Blanton Grizzard; sons Scott Sanderson, and William Christopher, (sons of Kathleen Grizzard), all of Tampa; his sister, Joy Hemstreet (Don), of Morganton, NC: his nieces and nephew, Katie Moreau (Garth) of Pine Island, FL, Jon Hemstreet, M.D., Miami, FL, Amy Evans (SR) and Molly Hemstreet (Fransisco Risso), Morganton, NC; six great nieces and nephews; brother Leslie Grizzard (Jane), uncle Harold Grizzard, cousins Carol Ann Sargeant (Dick) and Robert Harold Grizzard, II (Betsy) all of Lakeland.
 He was predeceased by his parents, Marion Leslie and Mary Sanderson Grizzard, and his sister Woodley Grizzard Trussell.>A visitation was held at Blount-Curry Funeral Home, 604 S. MacDill, Friday, December 16,2011. A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church 412 E. Zack Street, Tampa, Florida, Sat., Dec. 17, 2011.
LAKELAND - Wallace Alvin CORLEY died Saturday, December 24, 2011 from a stroke. He was born in Lakeland on March 12, 1927. He was a Staff Sgt. in the Army Medical Corp. and retired from IMC and Polk County Environmental Services. > He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia DeLoach Corley; son, Kenneth W. Corley; four grandsons, Matthew, Kevin, Brian and Austin Corley and three great grandchildren, Hayden and Parker Abraham and Kennedy Rae Corley.  Wallace was cremated and private family memorial is planned Ledger,Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 -
> Mr. JOHNNY MOCK, age 59
 Mr. Mock of Polk City passed away Wednesday, February 29, 2012 due to heart failure. Mr. Mock was a lifetime resident of the area and worked as a back hoe operator. He was a graduate of the Auburndale High School class of 1970 and enjoyed camping, his dune buggy, foosball, boating and he loved his family and friends. >  He was preceded in death by his parents, O.K. and Laura Mock and his brothers Jimmy and Steve Mock. > Johnny is survived by his daughter, Whitnie Mock of Marietta, Ga., his brother, Robert Mock of Polk City, sisters, Glenda Chambers of Auburndale and Cathy Francis of Polk City, and stepmothers, Pauline Mock and Margaret Womack, as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews.  A memorial service took place Sunday at the Kersey Funeral Home, Auburndale. Memorials may be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Dr. Tampa, FL. 33612. - (Ledger, Sat. March 3, 2012)
Mr. Charles Heath died on March 2, 2012 due to natural causes. He was born on April 2, 1921 in Ft. Meade, Florida. Charles graduated from Ft. Meade High School in 1939 and graduated from Florida Southern College in 1947. He served in the Navy on the U.S.S. Burleigh in the South Pacific and Atlantic during WWII. He was discharged from the Navy in 1945 as chief petty officer with several combat medals. Charles was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wauchula, the Masonic Lodge No. 17, the Lions Club, the Elks Lodge, American Legion Post 2, and a member of the clown unit of the Egypt Temple of the Shrine. He was also a Lay Leader and taught the Methodist Men's bible class.> He is preceded in death by his brothers, George, Jr., Herman, Ed, Sam, and Frank. >He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Florence; his daughter, Tracey Heath; his brother, Foster Heath; his sister, Frances Heath Jones of Ashville, NC, and sister in law, Sally (Fred) Simpson of Jacksonville, FL. -A visitation was held on Sunday, March 4, 2012  at the First United Methodist Church of Wauchula with services to follow.   Ledger- Sunday, March 4, 2012 
W. FRANKLIN "FRANK" WOOTEN, 84 - Amax, Formerly Coronet Phosphate
 LAKELAND - W. Franklin "Frank" Wooten passed away peacefully Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Good Shepherd Hospice House, due to heart failure. He was born in Lakeland April 13, 1927 to John Franklin and Sara Ellen (Watson) Wooten. He was raised in Lakeland, and graduated from Lakeland High School. In 1950 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida Southern College. He worked his way up at Coronet (Amax) from Paymaster to Comptroller, retiring in 1992. >  He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 sisters: (infant) Ollie May Wooten and Mary Katherine Simonds Johnson; his in-laws: Grace and Seideli Cason and brother-in-law: Fred (Buddy) Cason.
 Mr. Wooten is survived by his wife or nearly 62 years, 2 daughters: Janis Karen Wooten and Deborah Kay Wooten, 2 grandchildren: Jessica (Tony) Christian and Jimmy Mock, III; great grandson Beckham Christian, nephew Clifton Simonds, nieces Sheila (Tom) Gaines, Sharon Kinzer, Marv Ellen Smith and Karon (Jimmy) Devlin, sister-in-law Jane Cason and, Jimmy Mock, Jr. In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd, Palm Terrace Hospice House, 1919 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland Fl 33805 or USF Foundation Inc., USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC70, Tampa, FL 33612, Attn: Holly Lisle. A private family Memorial Service will be held in the Funeral Chapel of The Casket Store.
CHARLES "CHUCK" GAVIN  - 71 - Tiffany Homes
KATHLEEN - Mr. Charles "Chuck" Gavin died of cancer on August 6, 2011 at his place of residence in Kathleen. He was born February 17, 1940 in Lakeland, Florida. Charles was a man of many talents. He worked for Tiffany Homes in Lakeland, taught dancing with Fred Astaire, sang with several Christian groups, was General Manager for the Garden Valley Restaurant in Colorado Springs, CO, and also pursued the medical field in being a Phlebotomist. In his spare time he enjoyed working on his garden and the Pea-fields. >He was preceded in death by his sisters, Hilda Gavin Battle and Joyce Gavin Haynes. > He is survived by his friend and companion of 32 years, Will Pierce; his nieces, Debra Blankenship (Gary), Jenny Johnson (Steve), Suzette Witmer; nephews, Donald Haynes (Belinda), Gene Haynes (Mary), Gus Battle (Shir-ley), Ray Battle; thirteen great nephews and nieces, another thirteen greatgreat nephews and nieces, and his caregivers Travis Blalock and Brian Spanier. There will be a memorial service at a later date to be followed by a private family graveside service. Lanier Funeral Home.  -  Ledger, Aug. 10, 2011
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, 80 - Dry Rock Operator - ( The Ledger on 7-19-2000 )
LAKELAND - Mr. Benjamin Franklin, Sr. of Lakeland died Friday (July 14, 2000) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was born in Tallahassee, he came to Lakeland from Mulberry 51 years ago. He was a retired dry rock operator for IMC-Agrico Chemical of 48 years. He was a member of Mount Olive M.B. Church in Medulla, where he was a deacon. >He was preceded in death by his wife Emma Lee Franklin.>He is survived by his daughters, Celestine F. Richardson and Emma Jean Franklin, both of Lakeland; sons Elmer Franklin, Richmond, Calif., and Benjamin Franklin Jr., Lakeland; brother Arthur Franklin, Mansville, La., five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.  Visitation will be. Friday at Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland. Services will be Saturday at Mount Olive M.B. Church, Medulla.

CAROL HARRIS HUNT- 94 - Homemaker
DECATUR, GA. - Long time Bartow resident, Carol Hunt, 94, died of natural causes May 21, 2012 with family at her side in Decatur, Georgia. Mrs. Hunt was born May 12, 1918, in Philema, Georgia to Mr. and Mrs. B. J. Harris. Her father was a railroad depot master and her mother was a devoted homemaker. Carol attended Florida Southern College where she met her future husband, Bowdon Hunt. Carol and Bowdon settled in Bartow in the early 1940s. He was a long time judge in the court system of Polk County and she was a mother and homemaker. Carol was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Bartow and was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her interests included family, restoring antique furniture, sewing, reading, playing bridge, and traveling.>She is survived by daughters: Fran Hunt Lewis, Lynn Hunt Bronson, son Bowdon Hunt, Jr., four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and her brother Bert Harris, Jr. >She was preceded in death by Judge Hunt and a nephew, Terry Nolan, whom she raised from the age of 12.>A graveside service will be held in Bartow at the Wildwood Cemetery on Saturday, June 2, 2012.
> COUNCIL "COOT" AUDUBON  BROWN -  80 - Rancher & Businessman
LAKELAND - Mr. Council Audubon Brown passed away Saturday, June 16, 2012 at his home due to heart failure. Mr. Brown was born January 31, 1932 in Lakeland, Fl. to Audubon and Lela Brown. He was a self-employed rancher, real estate broker and owned Brown's Auto Sales for 25 years. Mr. Brown attended the
University of Florida prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army. He was senior class president and co-captain of the football team at Kathleen High School, where he graduated in 1948. He was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church and Kathleen Historical Society.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by five siblings, James H. P. Brown, Clyde W. Brown, twin infant sisters and an infant brother.
Survivors include his daughter, Sharon (Scott) Laird of Tampa, Fl and two sons, Lex (Deanna) Brown of Lakeland, Fl and Steven Brown of Orlando, Fl; sister, Sabrina Hall; brother, Glen Brown; and two granddaughters, Andrea Becker and Ashley Brown. Visitation will be held Tuesday at the Gentry-Morrison Northside Chapel. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. ( Ledger, June 18, 2012 )
>BETTY JOYCE SKIPPER BROWN - 63 - Lakeland Electric
LAKELAND - Betty Joyce Skipper Brown went home March 10, 2012, after a short battle with lung cancer. Some called her Betty, and some called her Joyce, but she was known to all as a strong and loving wife, mother, grandmother, friend and much more. Betty was born October 15, 1948 in Altha, FL and was a longtime resident of the Lakeland area. Betty graduated from Summerlin Institute and most recently worked as a Customer Service Representative with Lakeland Electric for 23 years. She attended First Baptist Church of Bradley.
Betty Joyce was blessed with a devoted family and is survived by her loving husband Ronald Kenneth Brown, and 3 devoted daughters, Dee Ann Vann (husband Michael) of Lakeland, Deborah Minium (husband Leon) of Mount Pleasant Mills, PA, and Christi Matias (husband Kevin) of Bradley, FL. Betty Joyce cherished her grandchildren Kristin Vann, Lakeland, FL; Nicole Minium, Philadelphia, PA; Sean Matias and Trey Matias, both of Bradley, FL. Betty Joyce was proud to call Blair Hebner, Lakeland, FL, her beloved niece.
>She was preceded in death by her sister Pamela Hebner and father Columbus Odale Skipper. >Family will receive visitors at 10 a.m. and memorial services will be held Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Bradley, 610 E. Pine Street, Bradley, FL. Betty Joyce was graciously cared for and asked that donations be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823, in lieu of flowers. (March 12,2012)
WINTER HAVEN- Mrs. Ruby Carnes 92, died peacefully at her home of ovarian cancer on Saturday, July 23, 2011 in Winter Haven, Florida. Married to Charles D. Carnes for 37 years, she moved to Winter Haven from Bartow in 1964. She was born on December 15, 1918 in Altoona, Alabama. She had two sisters and three brothers. She moved to Florida in the 1920's where she attended Florida schools and graduated from Bartow High School. Ruby was a member of Lake Region Country Club since 1964 where she served as President of the Ladies Golf Association. She was a member of local garden clubs and Hope Presbyterian Church. > She is survived by two daughters, Pamela Muma (son-in-law Leslie Muma) of Clearwater, FL. and Marsha Carnes of Tampa, Fl.; sister Jewel Denham of Bartow, Fl.; four granddaughters Kimberly Lyle Shirley, Lisa Muma Weitz, Michelle Gufrin and Katie Gurle: four grandsons Dwayne Lyle, Shane Lyle, Kenneth Powell and Sam Powell; eight great grandchildren and three great, great grandchildren. Memorial Service will be held at Hope Presbyterian Church in Winter Haven, Florida on August 10, 2011, the Reverend Dr. Thomas McGrath officiating. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida. (Lakeland Ledger, Aug.7,2011)
>ROY BUREN HUNTER – 94 - Florida Citrus Mutual
LAKELAND - Mr. Roy B. Hunter, passed away Monday October 8, 2012 from natural causes. He was born in Valdosta, GA, and moved to this area as an infant. Roy worked as the marketing director for Florida Citrus Mutual for 28 years. He was a veteran of the
U.S. Navy during WWII, and he attended First Baptist Church at The Mall. >Roy is survived by his wife, Mary Hunter, daughter, Candice (Larry) Scott, both of Lakeland, grandsons, Craig, William & Brian Jackson of Atlanta, GA, Trent Scott of Greensboro, NC, and 4 great grandchildren.
 Graveside services will be conducted Thursday,at Oak Hill Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave, Auburndale, FL 33823. Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Southside Chapel. ( The Ledger, Wed., Oct. 10, 2012)
>JAMES LEE LaFLAME, 80 - ButterKrust Bakeries
SARASOTA - James Lee LaFlame of Sarasota, formerly of Lakeland, was born on July 25, 1932, in Horton, Michigan and passed away on October 30, 2012, in Sarasota from complications as a result of a fall.
Jim was a graduate of Western Michigan University and was an Air Force veteran. He was employed by ButterKrust Bakeries in Lakeland for many years, retiring as Vice President-Finance of the Bakery Division of Beatrice Foods. He later became Director of Catholic Social Services' Polk County services. >  Mr. LaFlame was preceded in death by his parents, William and Phyllis (née Smith) LaFlame, by his grandson Christopher Thomas, and by his sister Jacqueline LaFlame Jahnke.
 He is survived by his wife Cheryl (Taylor) LaFlame, his children Charlotte (Stephen) Thomas, Cynthia (Matthew) Jahnke, Sonya (Tony) Dodds, Kimberly (James) Garland, Chanda (Paul) Morra, and James, Jr. (Heather). He is also survived by his grandchildren: Justin Thomas, Emily and Eric Jahnke, James, Robby, and Ally Dodds, Craig and Philip Otten, Anna, Christina, Rebecca, and Paul Morra, and, Jade Alice and Dominic LaFlame. Additional survivors include his great-granddaughter Katie Thomas, his sister Joyce Laird, and several nieces and nephews.
 Jim was an avid reader and loved to travel, an experience made infinitely more interesting by his disregard for maps and directions. Jim experienced many medical challenges during the last years of his life, but his faith and the loving support of family and friends sustained him. He demonstrated dignity, humor, and grace through significant health challenges.
Heath Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Catholic Charities.( Ledger, Nov.1, 2012 )

LAKELAND - Joyce Genell Glidewell McIntyre, 74, passed away from heart failure Oct. 29, 2012.
Mrs. McIntyre was born in Lakeland on Sept. 5, 1938 and remained a lifelong resident of the area. She was the owner of Genell's Stag-A-LeeTavern for many years, which was located on Olive Street in Lakeland. She also was a member of the Indian Tribe and contributed to the Indian Children Fund over the years. > Mrs. McIntyre was preceded in death by her son, Larry McIntyre.
 She is survived by her children, Dale Leon McIntyre, David Leonard McIntyre, Ricky McIntyre, Gail Young, Kathy McIntyre and Sandy McIntyre; sister, Irma Faye Glidewell; grandchildren, Brandon Michael McIntyre, Dillon Elad McIntyre, James Ferguson and Randy.
 Visitation will be Sunday at Gentry Morrison Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd., Lakeland. Funeral services will be conducted Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Indian Children Fund, P.O. Box 724 Laveen, AZ, 85339-0724. - (Ledger, Nov.1, 2012)
LAKELAND - Mrs. Donna B. Carr, 82, passed away on Saturday, November 3, 2012 from heart failure. She was born Donna Mae Berkmeyer in Toledo, Ohio on January 27, 1930. She moved to Lakeland, Florida with her family, when she was a teenager. She was a member of Nu-Phi-Mu sorority. She graduated from Lakeland High School in 1948. She then attended the Lakeland Business Institute. Donna married Ivan "Bud" Carr and they lived for many years in Lakeland. Donna worked for Gulf Life when Bud went to the University of Florida. In 1967 they moved to Miami. Donna worked for South Dade Realty in Miami. In 1995 they retired and moved to Ocala, Fl. Donna and Bud traveled extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Donna enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. She also enjoyed dancing, playing her organ, and tending to her garden and flowers.
Donna is survived by her three children, Douglas Carr of Nashville, TN, Jennifer Louise Cooper of Ocala, FL, and Anne DiMurro of Miami, FL. and her five grandchildren.
Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at Lakeland Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes, Southside Chapel.
- (The Ledger, Sunday, November 11, 2012 )
>Mr. JACK STEMM, Jr. - 74 -  Publix
LAKELAND -- Mr. Jack Stemm Jr. was called to teach and train people.Mr. Stemm, of Lakeland, died of cancer Sunday (Aug. 31, 2003) at home. "He smiled at me until the day he died, even when he was in pain," said his wife and high school sweetheart, Jody Stemm. Born July 21, 1929, in Quincy, he lived most of his life in Lakeland.  He graduated from Lakeland High School in 1947 and from the University of Florida with a degree in business administration in 1951.He served in the Army as a first lieutenant in Korea. He went to work for Publix as a stock clerk, eventually becoming a store manager. He was promoted in 1970 to the main office in Lakeland and developed the Publix training program from scratch, Jody Stemm said.He enjoyed traveling around the state giving lectures to store managers and developing videos and material to help Publix employees become better at their jobs, she said.  He served as Publix's director of training until 1987.One of the things he emphasized in the programs was the importance of family, his wife said. Mr. Stemm and his family spent their summer vacations at a wood cabin in the mountains of North Carolina.With family game nights and freshly caught trout for dinner, Jody Stemm said those summers were some of the happiest times in her life.Mr. Stemm belonged to Resurrection Catholic Church and had several ministries. He also attended First United Methodist Church of Lakeland and Bethel United Methodist Church in North Carolina. He considered himself an "honorary Methodist.
 "In addition to his wife, Mr. Stemm is survived by his son, Bill Stemm, Lakeland; daughter, Susan Weilbacher, Brandon; and seven grandchildren.Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Resurrection Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale. (Ledger, Sept. 3, 2003, pg. B-4 )

Kenneth Brooks Cone, of Tavernier, FL, died August 17, 2012 surrounded by his family. Ken was a fighter, overcoming many health obstacles over the years, but ultimately lost a courageous battle with cancer. Ken was born Feb. 12, 1939 in Lakeland, FL. He attended Florida State University on a football scholarship, and graduated with a B.S. in Math. Ken then attended flight school and served in the United States Air Force. He later was a pilot for Pan Am. Ken then served in the Puerto Rico National Guard, and later served in the Air Force Reserves for the remainder of his military career at Homestead Air Force Base. He briefly worked for the FAA, and was a pilot for Arrow Air. Ken was a fishing enthusiast. Every day, you could find him at Robbie's Marina's fishing docks waiting to see the day's catch, usually with a camera in hand. Ken was a wealth of knowledge when it came to boats, planes, fishing, and cars. He also had a wonderful sense of humor. He loved telling stories and jokes.
 Ken is survived by his sons Brian Cone (Denise) and Eric Cone (Wendy) and four grandchildren, and his sister Joan Hauersberger.
 He is predeceased by parents Mary Lee and Joseph Cone, brother Joseph Cone, and sister Margaret Budlong. A Celebration of Life will be held November 15, 2012 at Robbie's Marina in Islamorada, FL. Donations can be made to: Transplant Foundation of South Florida-LVAD/Heart Transplant Funding 1801 9th Ave 5th floor Miami, FL 33136 attn: Maritza Rossini - ( Ledger, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 )
LAKELAND - Mrs. Isabelle Garing, "Nan", passed away Friday August 10, 2012 of natural causes. She was born June 18, 1910 and had recently celebrated her 102nd birthday with members of her family, including the first great-great grandchild. She was born in New Haven, Connecticut and moved to Lakeland in 1949. Nan retired from Lakeland General Hospital (LRMC) but never retired from making friends wherever she went.
 She leaves behind fond and happy memories with friends all over Lakeland, especially at Woodall's Mobil Home Park.
 Nan was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; daughter, Jane Driggers and grandchild, Lori Driggers. She is survived by sons, Charles (Sherry) and Bill (Diane), along with eight grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
 The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday , with a brief service at 5:30 PM at the Gentry-Morrison Northside Chapel.

Lakeland Ledger- Sunday. Aug. 12, 2012 – page B5
>RICHARD  DAVID  CONIBEAR – 52 - ( Ledger,Dec. 31, 2008 )
BONIFAY, FL - Richard David (RD) Conibear passed away quietly at his home in Bonifay, Fl. on December 23, 2008, with his wife JoLea at his side after a two year battle with cancer. RD was born in Lakeland, Fl. where he lived before moving to northern Florida when he went to work as a Project Administrator for Volkert Construction Services. He was employed by Volkert for 15 years during which time he was in charge of overseeing and inspecting major roadways. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and working on vintage cars and motorcycles. He and his father restored several vintage cars and trucks. RD had a kind heart, and wonderful sense of humor. He enjoyed playing practical jokes on the ones he loved. >RD was preceded in death by his parents, Richard H (Chief) Conibear and Jo W Conibear.  >He is survived by his wife, JoLea Fewell Conibear; step-Daughter, Niki Lawhon (Josh) and two grandchildren, Brayden and Parker of Sopchoppy, Fl; two sisters, JoLinda Sessions (Terry) and Ann Roberts (Paul) of Lakeland FL; mother and Father In-law, Beverly and Raleigh Fewell and brother In-law, Jimmy Fewell (Laura) of Woodville, Fl; sister In-law, Melinda Crum (Kendall) of Crawfordville, Fl. He will also be missed by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.  Memorial funeral service will be held Saturday, January 3, 2009 at Harvey Young Funeral Home Chapel, 3106 Crawfordville Hwy, Crawfordville FL. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Emerald Coast Hospice at 4374 Lafayette St., Marianna, FL 32446. A luncheon to celebrate RD's life will follow the service at Hudson Park pavilion north of Wakulla Bank in Crawfordville, FL.
>ALMA JEAN CARROLL DEAL -  73 - Operating Room Technician
LAKELAND - Mrs. Alma Jean Carroll Deal, age 73, a lifetime resident of Lakeland, passed away Thurs. (Aug. 4, 2011) at the Highlands Lake Center due to heart failure. Mrs. Deal was born Nov. 1, 1937 in Lakeland to John Morgan and Alma Aether (Goff) Carroll. She was a retired operating room technician; a member of Carter's Baptist Church, enjoyed cooking and loved her family.
 She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Freddrick D. Deal; brothers & sisters. >Alma is survived by her loving & devoted family: son Bobby (Linda) Deal of Lakeland; 2 daughters: Judy (John) Etgen, Wanda (Dennis) Dutcher, both of Lakeland; brother Grady (Kay) Carroll of Auburndale; sister Blanche Odette of Mulberry; 7 grandchildren: Sarah, Rebecca, Amanda, Malaina, Hollie, Leland & Ashlee; 2 great grandchildren: Larry & Mackinzie. > In lieu of flowers, family requests donations in Mrs. Deal's name to: Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL, 33823. >Funeral services will be held Sat., Aug. 6, 2011 at the Kersey Funeral Home, 108 E. Lake Stella Dr., Auburndale.
 Interment will follow at Auburndale Memorial Park. Visitation will be held before service at the funeral home. - Ledger, Friday, Aug. 5, 2011
>MICHEL LAVON CANADY – 1935 - 2011
Michel Lavon Canady, 75 of Lakeland, died January 6, 2011 due to cancer. A life-long resident of Lakeland, Michel was born June 29, 1935 to Malcolm and Gretchen (Basel) Canady. He is a United States Army Veteran and was employed as a start-up engineer with IMC, Brewster Phosphates and Davey Power & Gas. Michel was united in marriage on January 12, 1963 to his wife, Elaine who resides in Lakeland.
 He is also  survived by his son, Todd Canady; sisters, Alece Pemberton and Anece Barton and his brother, Edmund all of Lakeland.
 Funeral services will be held 11:30 am Monday at the Florida National Cemetery
>MARY FRANCES McLEOD -  82 – Homemaker-
LAKELAND - Mrs. Mary Frances McLeod, 82, passed away Tuesday due to complications from a stroke.
She was born in Wauchula, FL and moved to Lakeland in 1952. Mrs. McLeod was a member of Crestview Baptist Community Church (formerly known as Central Avenue Baptist Church).
She was preceded in death 1 month ago by her husband of 61 years, James A. McLeod and is survived by her son, Ronnie L. McLeod of Lakeland, brother, Elywin L. "Buddy" Beagles of Alpharetta, GA, sister, Rebecca McLeod of Deltona, FL, grandchildren, Paul Allen McLeod and Stacey Leigh McLeod. Funeral services will take place Monday,
Sept. 22, 2008 at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd.
Interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park. – Ledger, Sept, 20, 2008

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