All obits on this page are from people interred in
Willow Lawn Cemetery, Lake Wales, Florida
an African-American cemetery
Willow Lawn Obituaries

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ALBRITTON, Donna Letisha - Dry Cleaning Presser

Tuesday, July 13, 1994   THE LAKELAND LEDGER

 LAKE WALESMs. Donna Letisha Albritton of 605 Washington Ave. died Saturday (July 9, 1994) at her home.  She was 43. Born in Chicago on Aug. 9, 1950, she was a lifelong resident of Lake Wales.  She was presser at a dry cleaner, She was a member of First Institutional Baptist Church in Lake Wales.
 She is survived by her sons, Roger Sanchious, Jr. and Damon Sanchious, both of Lake Wales; daughter, Yashi Snell, of Lake Wales, brother Pierce Howell, Jr. and Gerrard Howell, both of Lake Wales, sisters: Doris Matthews, Joanne Albritton, Mable Jeffries and Dorothy Rachot, all of Lake Wales, and two grandchildren.
 Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Epps Mortuary, 626 N. Walker St. Lake Wales. 
 Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Institutional Baptist Church in Lake Wales. 


Thursday, November 25, 1993   LAKELAND LEDGER

 LAKE WALESMrs. Mozella B. Alexander of 217 C. St. died Wednesday (Nov. 24, 1993) at Lake Wales Extended Care Facility. Born in Ocilla, Ga., on Nov. 5, 1915, she came to Lake Wales from Broxton, Ga., 53 years ago. She was a retired maid.

She was a member of St. James Chapter No. 186 Order of Eastern Star in Lake Wales. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Lake Wales, and was a member of the senior choir and senior usher board of the church.

 She is survived by her husband, Frank Alexander, Lake Walesson, Willie C. Alexander, Washington, D.C.; brother, Luther Kendrick, Burlington, grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

 Epps Mortuary, Lake Wales

September 1, 1988   LAKE WALES HIGHLANDER
services for Eddie Lee “Sho-Nuff” Allen will be conducted at noon Saturday at First Institutional Baptist Church with Elder

 C.M. Fogle and Rev. Alphonso Battle, pastor, officiating. He died Monday at Lake Wales Extended Care Facility.
Interment will be at Willow Lawn Cemetery.
Allen, 54, was a native of Lake Wales. He was a 1952 graduate of Roosevelt High School,and attended Bethune-Cookman college in Daytona Beach
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving as Specialist 3rd Class, Company A, Fifth Cavalry Regiment in the Korean conflict. Allen won the U.S. Army First Division Infantry Welterweight Boxing Championship in Japan in 1955. He had been self-employed in Chicago and later worked with the McKesson Corporation in Detroit before moving to Lake Wales in 1981. He was of the Holiness faith. 
Survivors include: two sons, Donald M. Payton of Sarasota and Eddie L. Allen, Jr. of Chicago; two daughters, Anita Bonney and husband Jerry of Three Rivers, Mich., and Dorothy Mitchell and husband Dave of South Bend, Ind.;three sisters, Annie Mae Williams and Ernestine Massey, both of Lake Wales and Jennifer Ross of Miami; and four grandchildren.
 Visitation will be from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday at Epps Funeral Home.Lawrence Epps Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

September 12, 1980   LAKE WALES HIGHLANDER

U.S.A.FlagLawson Allen, Jr., 58, of 47A Seminole Ave., Lake Walesdied Tuesday at J.A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital in Tampa.He was a native of Grider, Ark., and had been a resident of Lake Wales since 1961. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include
: his wife, Pearlie Mae Allen, Lake Wales, seven step-children, Burnis Thomas, Deborah Tombs, Vonzell Melvin, all of Lake Wales, Janice Parks of Dania; Joseph Young of Texas; Derrick Parks of Maryland, Felder Young of El Reno, Okla.; 2 grandchildren and two great-grandchildrenthree brothers, Fred Allen and James Edward Allen of Benton Harbor, Mich., John Allen of Milwaukee, Wisc.; three sisters, Georgia Merrill of Benton Harbor, Mich., Willie Mae Williams of Chicago, Ill.; and Ethel Jones of Alexandria, Va.
 Funeral services
will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the New Shiloh M.B. Church with the Rev. S.D. Hicks officiating. 
 Interment will be in Willow Lawn Cemetery. Friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Epps Chapel and from 9 to 12 noon Saturday. There will be viewing after the Eulogy.
Lawrence J. Epps Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Funeral services for Shirley Thomas Anderson, 27, of 909 Lincoln St., Babson Parkare scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the Allen Temple AME Church in Lake Wales, with the Rev. Harold Eads officiating.  There will be no public viewing. 
 Interment will follow in Willow Lawn Cemetery.
Anderson died July 1 in a mowing accident on Walk-In-Water Road.
A native of Babson Park, she worked for the Polk County Maintenance Department. She was a member of the Church of the King of God in Frostproof.

Survivors include
: her husband, Roy Lee Anderson of Waverly, two sons, Roy Lee Anderson, Jr. and Hashaimara T. Anderson, both of Waverly; her father, Willie F. Thomas of Babson Park; a sister, Mary T. Doctor of Tampa; a brother, Willie F. Thomas Jr. of Babson Park.
Gause Funeral Home of Lake Wales is in charge of all arrangements.


Wednesday, August 28, 1985   LAKE WALES HIGHLANDER

Funeral services for Derrin Jerone Andrews of 1649 Big Sink Hole Road, Lake Wales

will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Lake Wales Community Center on Walker Street. 

Interment will be at Willow Lawn Cemetery.

Andrews, 17, died Saturday as the result of a drowning accident. 

He was a native and lifelong resident of Lake Wales and attended Lake Wales Senior High School. 

He was a Jehovah’s Witness and attended Kingdom Hall, Lake Wales.

Survivors include his

parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Andrews of Lake Wales;

four brothers, Albert Andrews Jr. of Haines City, Michael Andrews, David Andrews and

Eric Andrews, all of Lake Wales;

three sisters,

Janice Andrews and Andreana Andrews, both of Lake Wales and Suzette Johnson of Daytona Beach; 

his maternal grandmother, Carrie Douse of Lake Wales; 

and paternal grandparents, Lillie and Cohen Thompson of Lake Wales.

Friends may call from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. today 

at the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall on Stuart Avenue, Lake Wales.

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

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Tuesday, April 16, 1991   LAKE WALES HIGHLANDER

Funeral services for Michael Anthony Andrews will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday 

at the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel. 

Interment will follow at Willow Lawn Cemetery.

            Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Born October 26, 1958 in Jacksonville, he had been a resident of Lake Wales for 31 years.

            He was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church.  He was a self-employed carpenter.

Survivors include

his wife, Susie Mae Andrews of Lake Wales,

his daughter, Latasha Andrews of Lake Wales; 

his father, Albert Andrews, Sr. of Lake Wales;

his mother, Ora Mae Andrew of Lake Wales;

his brothers, Albert Andrews Jr. and David Keith Andrews, both of Lake Wales, 

and Eric Wayne Andrews of Ft. Eustis Va.; 

his sisters Janice Alberta Howard, Suzette Andrews Johnson and Andreana Latoya Andrews,

all of Lake Wales.

            Alexander Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

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Thursday, November 30, 1989   LAKE WALES HIGHLANDER

Funeral services for Render Graham Asbury will be conducted 

at 3 p.m. Friday at Allen Temple AME Church 

with the Rev. Leroy Washington, Jr. officiating.

            Asbury, 99, of Lake Wales,

died Monday.

The daughter of Julia Cole and Ben Graham, 

she was born in Effingham, S.C. and moved to Lake Wales in the early 1920s.

She was a member of Allen Temple AME Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Detroit Asbury.  

Survivors include her

sons, J.C. Asbury of Lake Wales, Clarence Asbury of New York City 

and Detroit Asbury of Augusta Ga..;

her daughters, Rosa Sargent of Hartford, Conn., Mary Smith of Lake Wales 

and Jeanette Brown of Norwalk, Conn.

her brother, Jerry Cole of Cleveland, Ohio

34 grandchildren, 

sixteen great-grandchildren and 

15 great-great grandchildren.

            Visitation will be from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today (Thursday)

at Lawrence Epps Funeral Home.

Lawrence Epps Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

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February 8, 1980   LAKE WALES HIGHLANDER


Jimmie O. Atmore, 54, of 612 Jackson Ave., Lake Wales,

died Friday at James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital, Tampa.

He was a native of Babson Park and had resided in Lake Wales about 42 years. 

He attended the Second Macedonia Baptist Church of Babson Park. 

Atmore was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Survivors include 

his wife, Gertrude Atmore, Lake Wales;

three sons, Jimmie Atmore, Jr., Orangeburg, S.C.; Joseph Atmore and Jessie Atmore, both of Lake Wales; 

two daughters, Jacqueline Scott, Ormond Beach, and Joan Ward of Titusville;

two brothers, Pokey Atmore, Babson Park; and King Atmore of Lakeland;

four sisters, Vinessa Meridy, Babson Park; Alfa Spillman, Dania; Annie Watkins, Pompano Beach; 

Johnnie Johnson of Plainsfield, N.J.; 

and six grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Second Macedonia Baptist Church, Babson Park

with the Rev. J.C. King officiating.  Interment will be in the Willow Lawn Cemetery. 

Lawrence Epps Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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