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>MARCELINE S. HAMMOND – 79 -
LUSBY, MD. - Mrs. Marceline Stanley Hammond, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 11, 2007 in Lusby, Maryland of heart failure. She was a member of Olivet UMC, Lusby, MD.
Mrs. Hammond was born on August 23, 1928 in Lakeland, Florida. She was the daughter of Howard C. Stanley and Annie Robertson Stanley and the granddaughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Alexander Stanley (Lena) of Lakeland, Florida, previously of Medina.
 She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Carl W. Hammond.
 She is survived by their daughter, Marcia Ann Baca (Patrick) of Santa Fe; two sons, Carl W. Hammond Jr. (Susan) of Lusby, and Gary Richard Hammond (Jane) of Norfolk. Mrs. Hammond also leaves four sisters: Lorelei Stanley Brown (A. Glenn) of Lakeland, Tommie Louise Watson (Robert) of Pensacola, Patricia Stanley Bennett (Floyd) of Winder, and Barbara Stanley Ivey (Charles) of Pensacola; and her brother, Howard Floyd Stanley of Dawsonville. Left to cherish Gammy's memory are six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
 She worked for Central Intelligence Agency, Selective Service System, Internal Revenue Service, and National Security Agency. She was a retired member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and United Daughters of the Confederacy. She was also a certified Florida Pioneer descendant.  Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 22, 2007 in the chapel of Fisher-Pou Funeral Home, Bayview Memorial Park, Scenic Highway, Pensacola, Fl.
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Ledger, Sept. 20, 2007
>CORNELIUS McCASKILL WITTER, Jr. -  87 -  U.S. Postal Service
LAKELAND - Born in an old southern family, of a different era, he was raised to be stoic in all aspects. He didn't always show it, but he loved his wife and soul mate, and he loved his kids. Cornelius McCaskill Witter, Jr., born October 14th, 1926, in Socrum, Florida, and died September 6, 2014, at Good Shepherd Hospice of Lakeland, due to complications from Alzheimer's. He graduated from Lakeland High School, served in the Navy during WWII and the Merchant Marines, and worked at the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years.
 He fell in love with a girl of different culture. They loved each other passionately, raised their kids, gardens and an orange grove, worked together and played together for 58-years. They didn't always see things eye-to-eye, but they worked out their differences in their own way. Mac (to his wife) or Jr. (to his friends and extended family), cherished spending time with his family, always loved the beach and camping, and enjoyed working in his orange grove.
 His sons Doug and Danny Wilson, grandchildren Ricky Wilson and Johnnie Lynn Witter, and son-in-law Roy Darnell preceded him in death. > He leaves his wife Dorothy, his children Wanda Wilson Kilpatrick (Chuck), Tina Maxine Darnell, Johnnie Witter (Debbie) and Michael Witter (Shelby), daughter-in-law Connie Wilson, brother, Grady Witter and sister, Jeanette Keen, numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Lanier Funeral Home on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. – Ledger, Tues. Sept. 9, 2014
>MARILYN JANE SASSEN ROBINSON – 76 -
TAMPA - Marilyn Jane Robinson, graduated from her earthy mission and was promoted to her heavenly home on September 3, 2014, of our Lord.
She was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Lawrence Sassen and mother, Rosina Sassen.
She is survived by her loving husband, Elbert 'Al' Robinson, 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren, as well as, numerous family and friends. Marilyn moved from Lakeland, FL, in 1959 where she graduated with honors from Lakeland High School and Southeastern College. Marilyn taught in Beulah Heights College in Atlanta and did missionary work in the Caribbean. She was a very talented musician of voice, piano, guitar, accordion and clarinet. We are all saddened to see her go and grateful for her time with us, but very happy for her most well deserved promotion.
 A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at Adams & Jennings Funeral Home with interment later in the afternoon 2 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell (6502 SW 102nd Ave., 33513 - 352.793.7740. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time. Because of floral restrictions please either send living potted plants or donate in her loving memory to Christian Television Network, P.O. Box 6922, Clearwater, FL, 33758 in her memory – Ledger, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014-
>EARLENE BARNARD EASLICK WATERS -  85 – Retired Food Machinery Corp.
LAKELAND - Earlene Barnard Easlick Waters, went home to be with her Lord on November 14, 2010, at her home with her sister and brother at her side, due to heart failure. She was born in Jesup, Ga. on May 30, 1925, and moved to Lakeland at a very early age. Earlene retired from Food Machinery Corp. in the 1970's and moved to Texas for a short time. Upon her return to Lakeland, she owned The Little Caboose children's store. She was in the retail grocery business as well as steel fabricating business. She was an avid reader and bowler until her health declined. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter # 26, Lakeland.  She is survived by her sister: Geri (Bill) Gibbons, brother: William Thomas Barnard, both of Lakeland, nieces: Debbie Crews, Dianne (Charles) Livingston of Arcadia, FL, Gerilyn Brannan of Sebring, FL, nephews Jimmie (Rene) David Barnard, Jr. of Arcadia, Kevin R. Barnard of Lakeland and James E. Brannan, Jr. of Orange Park, FL, great nieces: Brenna (George) Braczko, Beth Barnard, Stephanie Brannan, Samantha Bran-nan, Madison Brannan, great great nephew Dillion Barnard, her loving friends and caregiver Francine N. Jackson and Lucille Cooper.
 She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Colline Barnard, brothers E.W. Barnard, Jr., Raymond E. Barnard, Jimmie D. Barnard and Richard H. Barnard. A  Visitation will be Friday, November 19, 2010 at the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 N. Hillsborough Ave., Arcadia.
 Graveside services will follow the visitation at at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Online condolences can be made at pongerkaysgrady.com Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. – Ledger, Nov. 17, 2010
>ROBERT TED SANDERS - 86 - CSX R.R. Engineer
LAKELAND - Robert Ted Sanders, went to be with the Lord, April 10, 2012, due to congestive heart failure. He was born (November 11, 1925) and was raised on Hunter Street in Dixieland area. He graduated from Lakeland High School in 1944, played saxophone in the Army Air Corp. and various bands. He worked at CSX R.R. as an engineer for 35 years before he retired. He was a 32 degree Mason, Lodge 91, and was a member of All Faith Baptist Chapel.
 He is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Annie Maude Sanders, son, Al Sanders, and granddaughter Heather Lynn Sanders.
Ted is survived by his devoted wife of 67 years, Gean McKown Sanders, daughter Penny (Fritz) Simonecht, grandson Josh Sanders, and great grandson Hunter Sanders. A viewing will be held on Friday, April 13, 2012  at Heath Funeral Chapel with a service to follow at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823. – Ledger, April 12, 2012
>SHIRLEY E. FREEMAN – 79 -
BRANDON - Shirley Sumner Freeman passed away peacefully at home in Brandon on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, of heart failure. Shirley was born June 7, 1935, in Lakeland, to Sam Richard Sumner and Emeline Van Iderstine Sumner. Shirley married William Albert Freeman on December 1, 1956 in Polk Co., Fl., and they shared a wonderful and happy 58 years together. Shirley was a devout Christian, kindhearted and always greeted everyone she met with a huge smile. She was known for her incredible, infectious laugh.
 She was predeceased by her parents and sister, Jacqueline Theodro Sumner. > Shirley is survived by her husband, William Albert Freeman, daughter, Susette Freeman McManus, sons, William Albert Freeman Jr. (Shelly), Richard L. Freeman (Kelly), Joseph T. Freeman (Sandy), sisters, Sally Sumner Hirsch of Clearwater, Sondra Sumner Simon (Julian) of Lakeland, grandchildren, Billy, Sammy and Jessica Freeman, Melissa McManus, Josh, Stacy, Lisa and Rodger Freeman, Heather Freeman, three great-grandchildren, and adored by many nieces, nephews and cousins. A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, 604 N. Valrico Road, Valrico, FL. For additional information, please visit www.serenitymeadows.com (Serenity Meadows Funeral Home). – Ledger, Sat., Nov. 22, 2014
>Notes: Sam Richard Sumner married Emeline W. Van Iderstine on Dec. 23,1931 in Polk Co., Fl. –
 Both are buried in All Saints Episcopal Church Columbarium.
Sam- B; July 11, 1908 – D; March 27, 1986 ---Emeline- B: Sept. 24, 1907 – D: April 14, 1991
>MERLE LENA HOWZE GRIFFIN DEXTER - 88 -
 LAKELAND -Merle passed away at her Lakeland home on October 19, 2014, from heart failure. She was born February 21, 1926, in Moultrie, Georgia, to Meta and Raymond Howze. Merle's family was always top priority for her but she was also a career woman. As a longtime resident of Polk County, she worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Miller Bearings, receptionist at Mid-Florida Bank, Agrico Mines, and Comcar Industries. Merle spent many years as a member of Parkview Baptist Church before moving to Lakeside Baptist Church where she became an involved member of the church and Sunday school class. She was also very involved with social organizations: Beta Sigma Phi - Preceptor Zeta Sigma, Mu Pi, Xl Lambda RHO, American Business Women's Association (ABWA) and Tuesday Music Club. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother.
 Merle was preceded in death by 7 siblings, 1 brother and 6 sisters, her 1st husband of 36 yrs. L.B. 'Griff' Griffin, 2nd husband of 12 yrs, Harry Dexter and her son, Merice 'Reese' Griffin.
 She is survived by her daughter, Cherye K. Weintraub (Stephen) and grandchildren, Alison, Neal & Scott Weintraub, grandson Todd Griffin (Jody), granddaughter Stacy Bernard (Rick), great grandchildren Jessica Griffin, Dillan Griffin, Cory Bernard, Travis Bernard and great great granddaughter Ryleigh Hutchins. Memorial Service 2 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, at Lakeside Baptist Church, 1736 New Jersey Rd., Lakeland, Fl. 33803. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Good Shepherd Hospice, 320 W. Main St. Lakeland, Fl. 33815. Online Condolences @ davidrussellfuneralhome. com – Ledger, Wed., Oct. 22, 2014
>ALBERT  R. KEEN - 97 - Lakeland Police Department
LAKELAND - Albert R. Keen, died September 14, 2012 at his home due to natural causes. He was born September 17, 1914 in Lakeland and was a life resident. Mr. Keen retired from the Lakeland Police Department after 33 years of service. He was also a member of Medulla Baptist Church and a member of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #46.
 Mr. Keen was preceded in death by his wife Thelma Keen, parents Hampton C. Keen and Eugenia Kendrick Keen, his son H.C. Keen and his grandson Mark Keen.
 He is survived by his brother Robert Keen of Lakeland, daughter-in-law Mary Keen of Powell, TN., grandson Michael (Denise) Keen of Powell, TN, granddaughter in law Becky. Also surviving are his great grandchildren, Kayla Franse, Whitney Keen, Chase Keen and Taylor Keen. He is also survived by 4 great great grandchildren and his best friend and caretaker Mike Balestra. Visitation will be Wednesday at Lakeland Funeral Home with funeral services to be held Thursday from the graveside in Lakeland Memorial Gardens. – Ledger, Sept. 18, 2012
>Note-original Ledger obit  stated that he was born Sept. 17, 2012 - which would mean he died 3 days before he was born- Not sure if this mistake was ever caught- Date of death is listed as Sept. 14, 2012. -- birth date I entered is from World Connect info.
>REVEREND ELDON DONALD WADSWORTH – 81-  Minister
LAKELAND - The Reverend Eldon Donald Wadsworth, peacefully slipped out of this world and moved into his heavenly home on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Death was a result of a stroke that occurred on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. He was born May 20, 1933, in Fairmont, WV. He was the second child born to Howard Jesse and Reland Marjorie Parker Wadsworth.  He graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1951, Fairmont State College with honor in 1955, and Columbia Theological Seminary with a M. Div. degree in 1958. He served as pastor at Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church, Hillsville, VA.,1958 - 1965, Webb Presbyterian Church, Hillsville, VA., 1958 - 1961, Fairview Presbyterian Church, Hillsville, VA., 1958 - 1965, Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Huntersville, NC., 1965 - 1977, First Presbyterian Church, Kannapolis, NC., 1977 - 1998.  All who knew him, know his services to the community are far too many to mention. He was serving at Florida Presbyterian Homes and the Lakeland Regional Medical Center the week of his stroke, the week preceding his death.
 He was married to Eva Mitchell Wadsworth for over 54 years, until she passed away on September 5, 2012.  He was preceded in death by both parents, his brother, as well as his wife.> He is survived by his 2 sons, Mark Allen Wadsworth, Edgewater, FL. and Dale Greer Wadsworth, Amesbury, MA.; 3 grandchildren, Victoria Grace, Taylor Hope, and Deanna Joy Wadsworth, all of Amesbury, MA.; and many others who loved him dearly. Memorial services to be held Dec. 15, 2014 North Lakeland Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL., 12/20/14,  Hopewell Presbyterian Church Huntersville, NC., 12/21/14,, Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church, Hillsville, VA., with burial following, weather permitting. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Florida Presbyterian Homes. –Ledger, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
>EVA MITCHELL WADSWORTH – 82 - School Teacher
LAKELAND - Eva Mitchell Wadsworth, peacefully slipped out of this world and moved into her heavenly home on September 5, 2012. Death was due to complications of leukemia.
She was
born July 8, 1930 in Sylvatus/Hillsville VA. She was the seventh child born to James Arthur and Lucinda Greer Mitchell. She was valedictorian of her high school class and graduated from Radford College/Virginia Tech with a BS degree with majors in math and social studies. She taught math in high school in Stuart and Hillsville VA and coached the girls' basketball team in Stuart. She taught Bible classes in her church for over 50 years. For some years she served as treasurer of Kannapolis Bible Teaching Association. She was married to The Reverend Eldon Donald Wadsworth over 54 years.
 She was preceded in death by both of her parents, 3 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by her husband; 2 sons, Mark Allen Wadsworth, Cocoa Beach, FL and Dale Greer Wadsworth, Amesbury, MA; 3 grandchildren, Victoria Grace, Taylor Hope, and Deanna Joy Wadsworth, all of Amesbury, MA; 2 sisters, Mary Mitchell Arrington and Georgia Mitchell Jennings, both of Hillsville, VA; and many nieces and nephews.
 Memorial services will be held September 13, 2012 at North Lakeland Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, FL and September 15, 2012  at Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church, Hillsville, VA. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to North Lakeland Presbyterian Church, Dinwiddie Presbyterian Church or Florida Presbyterian Homes. – Ledger, Sept. 9, 2012
>JAMES "BUDDY" BINGHAM, III -  75 -  Self-Employed
LAKELAND - James "Buddy' Bingham III, of Lakeland, died Wednesday, January 10, 2007, at home, of leukemia. He was born January 17, 1931, in Leesburg, Florida, to James Bingham Jr. and Lola Conyers Bingham. Buddy was a citizen of Lakeland, all of his life. He served in the U.S. Army, as a young man, and remained a self-employed businessman until his death.
 Buddy is survived by his stepson, Herman J. Johnson, III and Jacqueline Shaw Johnson, of Apopka, his sister, Dorothy J. Allen, of Tampa, dear friends, Florida May Griffin, Elder Major Lewis, and Pauline Davis, all of Lakeland, dear friends, Lola King, Sonya Johnson, Christopher McNeal. and a host of relatives and sorrowing friends. Visitation and viewing will be from 2-3 p.m. Saturday only. Services will follow promptly at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church Institutional Church, 932 N. MLK. Interment will be in Oak Hill Burial Park – Ledger, Jan. 12, 2007
>JAMES STEWART "COOTER" POLLARD, Jr. –78 -President of Jefferson-Allsopp, Inc.
 LAKELAND - James Stewart "Cooter" Pollard, Jr. of Lakeland, FL passed away peacefully surrounded by family Friday, November 4, 2011 of prostate cancer. A true Florida Cracker, he was born in Bradenton, Fl on July 11, 1933. "Cooter", as he was known his entire life, graduated from Lakeland High School in 1951 and was Senior Class President. He went on to graduate from the University of Florida where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
 Cooter loved the outdoors and was an avid golfer, hunter and fisherman. He was a lifetime sponsor of Ducks Unlimited and was awarded the Trustee Emeritus designation from DU in 1989. He was one of the founding members of the Kissimmee Duck Club where he was affectionately known as "Camp Master." He was principal and President of Jefferson-Allsopp, Inc. insurance agency for over 25 years. He served as the president of the Downtown Kiwanis club in 1967.
 He was preceded in death by his parents James & Georgia Pollard and wife Anne Pollard.
 He is survived by his wife Shirley Pollard, son, Jamie (Gloria) Pollard of Lakeland, son, Walter (Karen) Pollard of Lakeland, sister, Nancy Wines (Mason) of Lakeland, brother, Tom (Belle) of Vass, NC, grandsons Cory and Austin, nieces, nephews and many dear lifelong friends. Cooter was a one of a kind individual who touched many lives. He will be remembered around many campfires for years to come. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, November 8th at 11:00 a.m. at St. David's Episcopal Church in Lakeland, FL. Memorials may be made in his name to The Boys & Girls Club of Lakeland Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com . –Ledger, Nov. 6, 2011.
CHARLES VASSAR ENGLISH,- 87 - Retired U.S. Army
LAKELAND - - Mr. Charles V. English, passed away on Monday July 4, 2011 from cancer. He was born in Salisbury, NC. His family moved to Lakeland in 1931 where he attended Lake Morton Elementary School and Lakeland High School.
 >Charles' grandparents were homesteaders in west Lakeland in the 1880's. His uncle Cornelius' log cabin and barn (ca.1888) was moved to Homeland Heritage Park in Homeland, Florida. Charles served in the armed forces for 20 years. His services included three years in the US Navy on the USS Alabama and years spent in the Army in Germany, Korea and many US bases. He retired in 1963 with the rank of Master Sergeant. While stationed at Fort Campbell, KY, Charles met the love of his life, Doris Aileen Whitis who was living and working in Louisville. They were married on March 3, 1951. Among his decorations and citations, Charles received the WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation and Good Conduct Medal.
 After retiring from the Army, Charles worked for a time as an appliance salesman for Taggart & Peterson, then worked for ten years as a letter carrier for the USPS.
 Charles lost Doris, his wife of 50 years in 2001. He leaves behind his daughter, Sandy Razabdouski and her husband, Clarence, son, Donald and his wife, Jayne, daughter Debbie Regan and her husband, Kevin, grandson Michael Razabdouski, his wife, Jasmine, grandson Will English, and great-granddaughter Emily Razabdouski. Charles has been a resident at Arbor Oaks in Lakeland for over a year and leaves many good friends at Arbor Oaks, including Becki Ringleb, Matthew Gross, Bill and Marita Asbury. Visitation will be Friday 10 – 11 am at Gentry Morrison Funeral Homes, Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Rd. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am with interment to follow at Oak Hill Burial Park. – Ledger, July 6, 2011
>ELOISE DUNCAN MANGUM, 93 –Homemaker
LAKELAND - Eloise Duncan Mangum, passed away peacefully in her home on November 30, 2010 as a result of heart failure. She was born in Lorraine, Texas, on July 29, 1917. Preceding her in death were her parents, Daniel Uriah Duncan and Lawrence Matthews Duncan, and her brother Dan U. Duncan. After moving to Lakeland in 1922, she graduated from Lakeland High School and attended Florida Southern College.
 In 1935, she married Dwight Haddon Mangum, who died in 1970. She was a dedicated Christian homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Golden Band Sunday School class. Her greatest joy was her large extended family.
 Mrs. Mangum is survived by her daughter Conni Mangum Shelnut and son-in-law Warren "Rusty" Schoenthaler; grandson, Knowlton Steven Shelnut (Stephanie Clayton Shelnut), Atlanta, Georgia; grandson Jonathan Dwight Shelnut (Karrie Romberger Shelnut), Lakeland; and granddaughter Kathryn "Katie" Marie Shelnut, Tampa. She also is survived by 6 great grandchildren: Austin Latham, Margaret Elise Shelnut, Harrison Dwight Shelnut, Knowlton Henry Shelnut, III, Haddon Thomas Shelnut, and Ava-Grace Eloise Shelnut. Visitation will occur Wednesday December 1, 2010 at Heath Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held at the chapel at the First United Methodist Church on Lake Morton at 11:30 am Thursday, December 2, 2010. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com – Ledger, Dec. 1, 2010
>W. TILLMAN MAY, 78  - U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
LAKELAND - Mr. W. Tillman May of Lakeland, Florida, went to be with the Lord on February 19, 2012 after suffering with dementia and Parkinson's disease. He was born in Mendenhall, Mississippi on May 31, 1933. He graduated from Lakeland High School in 1951 and earned his Associate's Degree from Polk Community College. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture after 30 years in crop insurance. He was a member of First Baptist Church at the Mall.
 He is preceded in death by his parents Curtis and Myrtle May, and brother Travis May of Mendenhall, MS. >  He is survived by wife of 23 years, Frances May of Kansas City, Missouri, son and daughter-in-law Joey and Sabrina May of Hoschton, GA; daughters and sons-in-law Janice and Bob Pietsch of Ashburn, VA and Joanie and Conrad Hawthorne of Henderson, NV; grandchildren Jana Fleming of Atlanta, GA, Molly May of Kennesaw, GA, Trevor and Travis Pietsch of Ashburn, VA, and Joseph and Lauren Hawthorne of Henderson, NV. He is also survived by his sister Phenia Johnson of Lakeland and from Mississippi, sister Eve Jean Hinton and brothers Grady May and Curvin May. > A celebration of his life will be held in the chapel at First Baptist Church at the Mall on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM. The family will receive friends at 2:00 PM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the  Alzheimer's Association , 41 Perimeter Center East Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346 or at alz.org or First Baptist Church at the Mall. – Ledger, Feb.22, 2012
>SAMUEL SCOTT LEE - 50 - IT Specialist
LAKELAND - Samuel Scott Lee, 50 passed away at home due to heart failure and went to be with the Lord on August 9, 2013. Samuel was born on April 21, 1963 in Lakeland, FL where he was a lifelong resident. He was a 1981 graduate of Lakeland High School and attended Santa Fe College in Gainesville, FL. At the time of his death, he worked for Winter Haven Hospital as an IT Specialist. Samuel was a devoted father and loved to take pictures of his boys at their sporting events. He was an avid Gator fan and a music enthusiast. He was known for his photographic memory and wisdom. He loved life and lived it to the fullest.
 Samuel is survived by his loving sons, Ryan Lee and Kyle Lee, both of Lakeland; parents, Joe and Ellen Lee of Lakeland; sisters, Debbie Veale (Ernie) of Jacksonville, FL and Donna Plank (Rick) of Lakeland; brother, Joey Lee (Shan-da) of Lakeland; nephews, Adam Veale (Jamie) of St. Johns, FL,Alex Veale of Jacksonville, FL and Hayden Lee of Lakeland; niece Emily Plank of Lakeland; and great nephew, Graeme Veale of St. Johns, FL. > A visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 and a funeral service on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 10 am, both at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 1727 Bartow Rd, Lakeland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to your favorite charity . – Ledger, Aug. 12 – 13, 2013
>MYRICK CLAYTON LEWIS, Sr. – 58 -
LAKELAND - Myrick Clayton Lewis, Sr. passed away on July 22, 2014 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to respiratory failure. Myrick was born in Lakeland, Florida, on July 16, 1956. He was a life long resident of Lakeland. He graduated from Lakeland High School and served his country in the U.S. Army.
 He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Mattie Lewis; three children, Myra Lewis Wright (Kenneth), Myrick Lewis Jr. (Tamari), Matthew Lewis; seven grandchildren, Malik, Cory, Tyon, Damari, Miles, Mehki and Myrar; one brother, Ruben Lewis (Johanna); five sisters, Barbara Harrison (Louis), Carmen Allen (George), Pamela Clayton (Kelvin), Paula Smith, and Rosa Hutchinson (Johnnie).> Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Visitation Monday, July 28, 2014 from 5-7 pm. All services at Greater Refuge Temple. –Ledger, July 27, 2014
>MISS SARAH FRANCES ENGLISH – 91 – IRS & SS
LAKELAND -- Miss Sarah Frances English of Lakeland died of complications of Parkinson's disease Sunday (April 10, 2005) in Lakeland. She was born in Lakeland on Dec. 11, 1913, she was a lifelong resident. She worked for the Internal Revenue Department for 10 years, and later as a service representative for the Social Security Office for 22 years. She was a member of the Lakeland Garden Club. She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church.
 Miss English is survived by her cousins, Mary Wilkinson, Inverness, Mildred Pece, Winter Haven, Herbert Wilson, Hayesville, N.C.Graveside services will be at 2 this afternoon at Oak Hill Burial Park. Dukes-Steen Funeral Home, Lakeland. – April 12, 2005
>ROBERT L. JENKINS, Sr. – 76 - Publix Supermarkets - Ledger, Dec. 27, 2007
LAKELAND - Mr. Robert L. Jenkins, Sr. went to be with the Lord, Sunday, December 23, 2007 at his home, with the love of his family at his side, due to COPD under the care of Hope Hospice. Born in Farina, IL, October 22, 1931. He served in the Army during the Korean Conflict, receiving ribbons, citations, and several medals in the 79th Engineering Construction Battalion. He moved to Lakeland in 1961 and worked for Publix Supermarkets. He was a member of Gapway Baptist Church.
 He was preceded in death by his first wife, Virginia Sue Jenkins. > He is survived by his # 2 wife, Etwinda Jenkins of 31 years, 3 sons, Richard Jenkins, Lakeland, FL., Robert Jenkins, Jr. Lakeland, FL., John Ritter, Good Hope, GA, 5 daughters, Ramona Reppucci, Lakeland, FL, Dell Deeson, Lakeland, FL., Malinda Combee, Polk City, FL., Tina Doolittle, Lincolnton, GA, Patsy Lewis, Lakeland,FL., 23 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 1 brother, John Jenkins, Farina, IL., nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. >Visitation will be (Thurs.) Dec. 27, 2007 at Gapway Baptist Church. Services will be held (Fri) Dec. 28, 2007 at 10:00 p.m., Gapway Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park.Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com.
>CORA BENNETT – 89 – Retired Kraft Foods - Ledger, Feb. 18, 2004
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Cora "Irene" Bennett of Lakeland died of heart failure Monday (Feb. 16, 2004) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Glenville, Ga., on Nov. 7, 1914, she came to Lakeland from there in 1932. She retired from Kraft Foods. She was a member of Abundant Life Church of God. >Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by her husband, Humphries D. Bennett. > She is survived by her son, James D. Bennett, Lakeland; daughter, Patsy B. McBride, Lakeland; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be this evening at Lanier Funeral Home, 717 W. Griffin Road, Lakeland. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel. –
>RICHARD HERBERT"HERBIE" ODOM – 50 - Road Construction
LAKELAND - Richard Herbert "Herbie" Odom, of Lakeland passed away on Friday June 5, 2009 of cancer. Herbie was born on Oct. 10, 1958 to Herb and Eleanor Odom. He lived in Lakeland since 1963 and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1977. After high school he went to work with his father in the paving business. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. Herbie played baseball throughout his school years. He loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He also enjoyed gardening.
Herbie was preceded in death by his father, Richard Herbert Odom.> He is survived by his wife, Melaine; son, Richard Odom III; daughters: Amber Odom, Megan Odom, granddaughters: Skylar, Jaelyn, Addison; his mother, Eleanor Odom; four sisters: Aprile Hall, Melody Bulger, Dawn Cowart and Heather James. Stepchildren: Justin, Mollie, and Tyler Hunt. Visitation will be held Sunday June 7th from 3 - 5 pm at Heath Funeral Chapel. Service will be Monday June 8th, at 10 am at the Funeral Chapel. – Ledger, June 7& 8, 2009
>GEORGIA BARFIELD DAMPIER HUTTON -  83 – Realtor
LAKELAND - Georgia Hutton, 83, passed away from cancer on June 6th, 2011. She was born in Rochelle, Georgia on September 17th, 1927 and raised in Lakeland, graduating from Lakeland High School in 1945 (Georgia Barfield), as captain of the cheer leading squad. She worked for Belk Lindsey and later as a real estate agent. Georgia loved meeting people and considered her years in real estate very rewarding.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan Dampier in 1972, and husband, James Hutton in 1995. >She is survived by two sons, Harry "Pete" Dampier (Susan) and Hubert "Hobie" Dampier, two grandsons, James "Dustin" Dampier (Sandy) & Joshua Dampier, and a great granddaughter, Alexie Bordes, all of Lakeland. Although no longer with us, she will live in the hearts of those who loved her forever. A Celebration of Georgia's Life will be held at Gibsonia Baptist Church on Friday, June 17th at 11:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice. – Ledger, June 8, 2011
>JOHN WILLIAM WADDELL – 73 - Mechanic - Ledger, March 12, 2009
CHIEFLAND - John W. Waddell, of Chiefland, FL., a retired mechanic with the city of Lakeland Power Plant, died March 9, 2009 from congestive heart failure.
 John was born and raised in Lakeland, FL., and he graduated from Kathleen High School where he was a football star. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed with the 101st Airborne out of Ft. Campbell, Ky. He later worked for Davidson Chemical Co., IMC Inc., and W.R. Grace Inc., all in Polk County before working for the city of Lakeland.
John Waddell was the son of the late E.B. and Judy Olis Waddell of Lakeland and is survived by his wife Kathy of Chiefland, Fl., daughter Tracey Parker of Lakeland, Fl., John Emmett Waddell of Kirkland, Wa.; stepsons Danny Rising of Lakeland, and Scott Rising of Boca Raton, Fl., and stepdaughter Debbie Fales of Ocala, Fl., sister Shirley Gebhard of Ft. Meyers, Fl., brother Roy E. Waddell of Tallahassee, Fl., and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at Ellzey United Methodist Church, 1450 S.W. County Road 336, Otter Creek, FL., on Sat., March 14, 2009.
>LANIS B. "DUDE" WADDELL – 96 - Gulf Life Insurance Co.
LAKELAND - Lanis B. "Dude" Waddell, of Lakeland passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2007, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to heart failure. Born February 19, 1911 in McFall, Alabama, Mr. Waddell was a long time resident of Lakeland, moving here with his family in 1923.
  In his early career, he managed and owned grocery stores in the Lakeland area; later, he joined Gulf Life Insurance Company and worked there until his retirement. Known lovingly as "Dude" Waddell, he made many friends while serving his community. His 95th birthday was celebrated at a reception where over one hundred family and friends attended. He amazed people with his brilliant mind and recall of past names and events. Throughout his life, he wrote poetry and verse for his special people. In his retirement, he wrote a humorous book about his childhood experiences while growing up in Alabama and Florida. He had a passion for cooking and baking for his family and friends. He loved God, his family, his friends, and his country, and was beloved. He will be remembered as a loving, faithful husband, a good father, a devoted grandfather, and a loyal friend.> Mr. Waddell was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Inez; his daughter, Amelia Waddell Outlaw; four brothers and three sisters.> He is survived by his son, Clark Waddell and daughter-in-law, Melba Waddell of Lakeland; son-in-law, Charles Outlaw of Lakeland; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Friday, March 23,2007 at Lakeland Funeral Home, 2125 S Bartow Highway. Services will follow at 11:00 AM with Pastor Dave McClamma officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeland Memorial Gardens. www.lakelandfuneralhome.com –Ledger, March 22, 2007
JACQUELINE WOOD HISSEM - 76 - Polk Co. School Board
LAKELAND - Jacqueline Wood Hissem, 76, of Lakeland, passed away June 7, 2012 due to complications of a stroke. Mrs. Hissem was born in Haines City Jan. 25, 1936, and was married to Earl Hissem on June 12, 1954. She started working as a school nurse in Leesburg and finished her career as a school secretary at the Rochelle School of the Arts. She retired from the Polk County School Board in 1994 where she found so many loving friends in the 23 years she worked there. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Lakeland. She was a wonderful wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a very talented seamstress; she never found anything she could not make. She was an avid gardener, and the neighbors always said she had the prettiest yard in the neighborhood. There wasn't a plant she could not save. She enjoyed making crafts for her family, and making cakes for Kevin's and Karen's birthdays.
Mrs. Hissem was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Earl in May of this year, and is survived by her children Kevin and wife Maria, Karen DeMichael and husband Carmine; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 18, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 5245 US 98 N., Lakeland, with the visitation from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. The family has requested that donations be made to Florida Baptist Children's Home, 1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815 – Ledger, June 16, 2012
EARL A. HISSEM - 78 - FMC Equipment
LAKELAND - Earl A. Hissem, of Lakeland, passed away May 21, 2012 from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Earl was born in Canton, OH, moved to Lakeland as a child, and has been a resident for over 70 years. Earl retired in the mid 1990’s after 45 years with FMC, a citrus equipment company. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Optimist Club, and enjoyed spending time in his workshop.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Jacqueline, a son Kevin and wife Maria, a daughter Karen DeMichael and husband Carmine, five grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on Friday, May 25 at 2:00 pm at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 5245 US 98 N, Lakeland. Friends are invited beginning at 1:00 pm. The family requests donations to Baptist Children's Home, 1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL, 33815. –Ledger, May 23, 2012
>E. E. “Buddy” ODUM – 73 -  Pan American World Airways
LAKELAND -- Mr. E.E. "Buddy" Odum of Lakeland died of a heart condition Thursday (April 6, 2006) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was born July 2, 1932, in Glennville, Ga., Mr. Odum moved to Lakeland from Miami 37 years ago. He worked as a maintenance supervisor for Pan American World Airways, Miami. He attended the Church of Christ, Bartow.
Mr. Odum is survived by his wife of 50 years, R. Jean Odum; son, Nathan Odum, Lakeland; daughters, Debbi Mulligan, Knoxville, Tenn., Denise Odum-Beede, Lakeland; brothers, Jim Odum, St. Augustine, Bob Odum, Lakeland; and six grandchildren. >Visitation will be Monday at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow. > Services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Dora Christian Home and Bible School, Attn. Christian Home, 301 W. 13th Ave., Mt. Dora, FL 32757. – Ledger, April 9, 2006
>ROLAND MARTIN CHESTER – 94 – Watkins Motor Lines - Ledger, April 10, 2016 – Sunday
LAKELAND - Roland Martin Chester of Lakeland, was promoted to the higher life on Sat. April 2, 2016. Born in Quincy, FL, on Oct. 30, 1921, Roland proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII, earning medals for saving the lives of two fellow soldiers. Upon being discharged from the military, Roland embarked on a lifelong career with Watkins Motor Lines; 10 years of which he spent driving his own trucks - often accompanied by his wife and fellow driver, Rosemary - and 25 years as a dispatcher.
 This career led them from Miami to Lakeland, where they happily spent their retirement years. It was during this time that Roland became known throughout the city as 'The Bike Man,' for the hours he spent refurbishing and repairing bicycles for children of all ages.
 Roland is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 61 years, Rosemary, grandson Tony Valier, and great grandson Eric Valier. > Left to celebrate his presence in their lives are his son Eric Valier and wife Linda, grandson Jim of Gray, GA, great grandson Mason and great granddaughter Brooke, both also of Gray, a sister Rachel Locke of Chattahoochee, FL, loving caregivers Jeannette Grob and Roberta Cottrill of Lakeland, as well as several nieces and nephews. At Roland's request, there will be no memorial service. Following cremation, interment will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL, where his remains will rest next to those of Rosemary. 

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