and those so named
Obits - 2


>OWEN EDGAR COMBEE - 82 - Combee Insulation Founder
LAKELAND - Mr. Owen Edgar Combee, died Sunday, April 19, 2015. Born in Polk City, Florida, on April 29, 1932, Owen was a lifelong resident. He was the founder of Combee Insulation, and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
 Mr. Combee is survived by his wife Iva Young Combee, Lakeland; son Keith Combee (Gerri), Lakeland; daughter Denise Urban (Dan), Lakeland; granddaughters Danielle Maldonada (Dido), DeAnna Urban, Paige Combee, all of Lakeland. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Calvary Baptist Church. Lanier Funeral Home. – Ledger, April 23, 2015
>VINCENT 'PAUL' COMBEE - 68 - Florida Kitchen & Bath Designs
LAKELAND - Mr. Vincent Paul Combee passed away on Wed. January 14, 2015, due to complications from C.O.P.D. He was born in Lakeland and has worked for Florida Kitchen & Bath Designs for many years. Paul also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He loved to golf, fish, watch Gator Football, racing and most of all, had a love for his children.
 Paul is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Combee and Martha Harrelson, sisters, Janice and Linda; brother, Hank. > He is survived by son, Jason Paul Combee; daughters, Shannon Combee, Jessica Combee and Courtney Combee Baker; several grandchildren; brothers Kevin & Wayne Combee; sisters, Marsha Daniels and Rlivia Bagley. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015, 2:00 pm at Bridges Barn, 2135 D.R. Bryant Road, Lakeland, FL, 33810. Interment will take place Monday, February 2, 2015, 2:00pm at Florida National Cemetery. – Ledger, Jan. 25, 2015
>DOROTHY FERGUSON COMBEE – 86 - Ledger, March 20, 2016
LAKELAND - Dorothy Ferguson Combee passed away at home on March 9th, 2016, under the loving care of her surrogate daughters, Judy Myers and Joyce Slominski and the Cornerstone Hospice Staff.
She was predeceased by her husband Leroy Combee, her parents: Kenneth G. Ferguson and Dorothy Morey Ferguson, sisters: Mary Francis Bach (Edmund L.), Miriam Louise McEwan (Robert S.).
 She is survived by her brother Kenneth G. Ferguson II and several nieces and nephews. She moved to Lakeland with her parents in 1946, and graduated from Lakeland Senior High School in 1947. (She attended Fredonia College in Fredonia N.Y.).
 She married Leroy Combee in 1950. Together they built a dairy which they ran for several years and then built up a stable of racehorses which they raced in Florida, Louisiana and the Northeastern United States. She was a hardworking woman and kind to all animals and people. She was loved by all who knew her. A memorial service is to be held on April 2nd at 11 A.M at David Russell Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, if you desire, memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 928 Lakeland, FL 33802-0928, or the charity of your choice, Condolences may be posted at  
>KENNETH L. COMBEE – 60 - Ledger, March 19, 2016
APOLLO BEACH - Kenneth L. Combee,a resident of Apollo Beach passed away on Thursday, March 3, 2016, in Savannah, Georgia. Ken was born in Lakeland, FL, on October 20, 1955. He was a lifelong Florida resident & an avid fisherman.
 Ken was preceded in death by his parents Floyd & Helen. > He is survived by daughters Kim McGlinchey, Elizabeth O'Gorman, sons in law Declan McGlinchey, Darryl O'Gorman, grandchildren Haylie and Drew O'Gorman, brother and sister in law Tim and Angie Combee, and many, many friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 12 at 2:00 pm at Beef O'Brady's in Apollo Beach, where Ken will be lovingly remembered by friends and family for his amazing smile, dry sense of humor, and astonishing skills with a fishing rod. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
LAKELAND - Shirley Combee, a native of Polk County, was born in Winter Haven and moved with her family to Lakeland before she started school. She graduated from Lakeland High School in 1955 and married her husband, Ernest, on June 17th, the same year. They celebrated their 61st anniversary in 2016.  > Shirley was predeceased by her parents, Curtis and Thelma Johnson Walling and her brother Doug Walling. > She is survived by her loving and devoted husband Ernest, brother Conrad 'Red' Walling; three children, Cindy Combee Rodriguez, Darrell Combee and Ginger Combee Corda (Mike Baker); four grandchildren: Tara Rodriguez, Barrett Rodriguez (Samantha), Mandy Corda Pinto (Bill), Darrell 'DJ' Combee, Jr. and a great granddaughter Cadence Rodriguez and many nieces/nephews. > When her youngest child started school, Shirley (age 30) began her higher education, earning her AA degree at Polk Community College (now Polk State) and continued at the University of South Florida to earn her masters in business education (magna Cum Laude, 1972. Ultimately, at age 40, while working full time as an educator, she earned her doctorate degree from Nova University and continued a stellar career as a college professor, academic dean and assistant to the provost at Hillsborough Community College. During her tenure, she enjoyed many accolades, association leadership roles and recognitions including 'World Who's Who of Women;' Florida Association of Community Colleges, American Association of Women in Higher Education; National Business Education Association; Academic Excellence Award (USF 1970) and Miracle Worker Award (United Fund). She had a passion for learning and educating and instilled that passion in her children and grandchildren. Dr. Combee was successful in every endeavor she undertook and always attributed that success to her love of the Lord. A devout Christian, she led food, prayer, youth, Sunday school and other ministries at several churches including her beloved home church, Northside Baptist. Shirley brought many others to the Lord through her ministries, her testimony and example. Over the years, she also supported her husband in his music ministry at several Baptist Churches in Polk County. In later years, Shirley successfully managed her husband's bluegrass gospel band, 'Never Fade.' She handled all the concert bookings, ran the sound board and helped mix several recorded productions/CDs for the band for nearly 14 years. Her hobbies included writing poetry; lyrics for gospel songs (over 20 were published and many recorded; gardening; sewing; crocheting, reading and spending time at the couple's cabin in North Carolina. Shirley lived her life as an example to others; God first followed closely by family. A visitation will be held at Gentry-Morrison, 3350 Mall Hill Dr. Memorial service to follow. Donations may be made to Northside Baptist Church. Condolences to the family may be offered at . – Ledger, Sun., Jan. 8, 2017
LAKELAND - Ruth E. (Combee) Bingham went home to be with the Lord on April 27, 2016, after 92 rich years of life on Earth. She was preceded in death by her mother, Emmie Ballard Combee; her father, John Combee; her sister, Nola Deeson; her husband, Charles 'Bill' W. Bingham; and her daughter, Eva Ruth Stewart. > She is survived by her son, Charles R. Bingham (Faye); grandchildren, Christina Stewart (David), Brian Stewart (Kim), Charles D. Bingham (Juanita), and Charlene Ross (Trent); and great grandchildren, Alex Bingham, Nolan Ross, Kaleb Ross, Brianna Bing-ham, Audrey Ross, and Samuel Bingham. She had a servant's heart and happily, quietly met the needs of many people around her. She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist church, preschool teacher and homemaker. She loved fishing and camping with her husband, Bill, family & friends. Visitation will be on Monday, May 2, 2016 with services will be Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Both will be held at Lakeland Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 2125 S. Bartow Hwy., Lakeland, FL 33801. – Ledger, May 1, 2016

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