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LULA AUSTIN, 95- Tuesday, August


LAKE WALES—Mrs. Lula Mae Austin of 115 D St.,
died Wednesday (July 27, 1994) at Lake Wales Medical Center.  She was 95. Born in Fayettville, N.C. on Dec. 17, 1898, she moved to Lake Wales from Jay 68 years ago. She was a homemaker.  She was a member of First Institutional Baptist Church in Lake Wales.She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. J.P. Austin. She is survived by her sons, the Rev. Robert Austin, Bartow, Dr. Ernest Austin, Dale City Va.,Lawrence Austin, Baltimoreand James Austin, and the Rev. Allen Austin, both of Lake Wales,daughters Jackie Gill, Larchmont, N.Y. and Lula Jones, Lake Wales,brother, Eddie Smith Sr., Lake Wales, sister Irene Gardner, South River, N.J., 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.Visitation will be;Wednesday at Epps Mortuary, 626 N. Walker St. Lake Wales. 
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Institutional Baptist Church in Lake Wales. 

Nathaniel Arnold Bagley;

Thursday, April 11, 2002  LAKE WALES NEWS.-
Nathaniel Arnold Bagley of Lake Wales, formerly of Sparr, Fla., died Monday, April 1, 2002, at The Grove Center of Lake Wales. He was 86.Services were held Saturday at Mount Calvary C.M.E. Church of Lake Wales.Born June 18, 1915, in Sparr, he moved to Lake Wales in 1937.He was a retired citrus harvester and a member of Mount Calvary C.M.E. Church where he served as a deacon and trustee.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Leona Bagley.
Survivors include his son, Carlton Thompson, Jr., of Lake Wales; daughter, Ethel Ree Davis of Lake Walesbrother, Kateaster Bagley of Lake Walessister, Annie Ferguson of Lake Hamilton, Fla.; 22 grandchildren; and a host of great and great great grandchildren.

  Epps Mortuary of Lake Wales was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Bell Battles-

Thursday, September 27,2001

 Mary Bell Battles of Lake Wales, formerly of Autaugaville, Ala.died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2001 at the Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was 80. Services were held Saturday at First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church of Lake Wales.She was born Sept. 23, 1920 in Autaugaville and moved to Lake Wales 56 years ago. She was a cook and a member of First Institutional Missionary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mose Battles,Sr. Survivors include  five sons, Mose Battles, Jr. of  Kissimmee, Fla., and Robert Battles,
 Charles Battles, Alphonso Battles, and Nathaniel Battles, all of Lake Wales; 

three daughters, Bettye Broadnax, Mozella Wilson, and Marcella Wheatley, all of Lake Wales; brother, Robert Lamar of New York; five sisters, Ovetta Saffold and Ruby Penns, both of Boston, Mass. and Rebecca Brown,Lula Hendricks, and Minnie Reed, all of New York; 32 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren;and one great great grandchild.

Epps Mortuary of Lake Wales was in charge of arrangements.

Mattie Huntley Boyd; Thursday, October 25, 2001  LAKE WALES NEWS 

Mattie Huntley Boyd of Lake Wales, formerly of Frostproof, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001 at the Life Care Center of Winter Haven. She was 82.
Services were held Saturday at Allen Temple A.M.E. Church in Lake Wales.

Born Sept. 17, 1919 in Burke County, Ga., she moved from Frostproof to Lake Wales in 1967.She was a homemaker and a member of the Independent Church of Jesus in Babson Park.She was preceded in death by her husband, William Boyd.

Survivors include ;seven sons, John Patterson of  Palmetto, Fla., Elgin Dukes,
 Walter Dukes, Clarence Dukes, Ben Dukes, and Silas Dukes, all of  Lake Wales, and William Jones of  Pahokee, Fla.;  five daughters, Mattie Bailey of  Frostproof, Catherine Patterson  and Corine Corley, both of Belle Glade, Fla.,  and Anne Patterson and Ruby Plummer, both of Pahokee, Fla.; 59 grandchildren; 38 great  grandchildren; and
25 great great grandchildren.

Epps Mortuary of Lake Wales
           was in charge of arrangements.


U.S.FlagGraveside services for Herbert “Soup" Man” Ellis, 56, of 309 Harding Ave.,
Lake Wales are scheduled for,  11 a.m. Saturday at Willow Lawn CemeteryEllis died June 24 at Polk General  Hospital in Bartow following a short  illness. Friends may call at the funeral home from  7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today (Friday).

 Veteran of World War II.

Lawrence Epps Funeral Home of Lake Wales is in charge of arrangements.


Theodore Gadson, 75, 209 C Street, Lake
 Wales, died Saturday at Winter  Haven HospitalHe was a native of Sparr and had been a  resident of Lake Wales approximately 60  years.  He was retired from the water
 department of the City of Lake Wales, and was a member of Allen Temple A.M.E. Church, Lake WalesSurvivors include ;
his wife, Marie Gadson, Lake Wales two daughters, Evelyn Ellis,  Lake Wales, and Joyce Bass of Madison, Ga. two sons, Fred Gilbert and Robert Gilbert, both of Lake Wales two brothers, Andrew Gadson of
 Fort Myers, and Milton Gadson  of Lake Wales; 20 grandchildren and 11
great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church,
with the Rev. Charles Robinson officiating.  Interment will be in the Willow Lawn Cemetery.
Lawrence Epps Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Friday, June 2, 1989  LAKE WALES HIGHLANDER

 FJ.D.Hawthorneuneral Services for J.D. Hawthorne, age 79

 of Dundee, who died  May 25, 1989

 at the Lake Wales  Hospital will be at 2  p.m. Saturday at  Macedonia Baptist  Church in Waverly.

  Epps Funeral Home Lake Wales. He was a native of Crenshaw County, Ala. and moved to Waverly in 1941 from Plymouth, Fla. He had been a resident of Dundee for 13 years, moving there from Babson Park. He was a retired employee of Citrus World in the concentrate department

and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, Waverly. Survivors include 

four daughters, Nancy Burkes Green, Jacksonville; Dorothy and Gwendolyn Hawthorne, both of Orlando; Marilyn Graham of Lake Wales; a stepdaughter Shirley Clarke of West Palm Beach; four sons,Jimmie Hawthorne, Reedville, Ga.; James Hawthorne of Babson Park;

Bobby Hawthorne, Avon Park; and David Hawthorne of Spartanburg, S.C.;29 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren,

a brother, Jimmie Hawthorne of Waverly;

sisters, Laler Davison of Dundee; Anna Anderson of Georgianna, Ala.,and Anna Mae Adam of Ben Habor, Mich.

   Lawrence Epps Funeral Hope is in charge of all arrangements.

Ethel Lee Hicks - Thursday, October 18, 2001  LAKE WALES NEWS
Ethel Lee Hicks of Lake Wales, formerly of Roxbury, Mass.died Monday, Oct. 8, 2001 at the  Lake Wales Medical Centers. She was 92. Services were held Saturday at the  Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Debra Thomas of the  Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Debra Thomas of the  Mount Calvary Church of Lake Wales officiating.  Interment followed at Willow Lawn Cemetery of Lake Wales. Born June 22, 1909 in Ocala, Fla.she moved to Lake Wales 43 years ago from Roxbury. She was a member of the Allen Temple A.M.E. Church of Lake Wales and a retired domestic helper. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bies Hicks.
Survivors include 

her caregivers,David Roberts and Rachel Burton, both of Lake Wales

and two cousins, Darryl Brock of Ocala, Fla. and Gloria Brock of New Orleans, La.

Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Wales was in charge of arrangements.



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