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>ANN ELIZABETH THROWER IRBY – 51 - Teacher
LAKELAND - Mrs. Ann Elizabeth Thrower Irby, died peacefully at her home in Lakeland, Florida on December 14, 2007, after a courageous fight with cancer. Ann was born on August 11, 1956 in Starkville, Mississippi. She was married to John R. Irby on December 18, 1982 at the First Presbyterian Church in Starkville. She and her family moved to Texas in 1984 and lived there until 2002 when they moved to Lakeland. She graduated from Columbia (MS) High School in 1974, attended the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi State University August 1979. Her desire had always been to work with children. She obtained her teacher's certification and was an elementary school teacher (Texas) at Corprew Elementary and Annie Sims Elementary from 1995-2003. moving to Lakeland, Ann continued her teaching career with the Polk County School Board. At the time of her death, she was a third grade teacher at Crystal Lake Elementary School in Lakeland.  > Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Tinsley Brock Thrower and Sara Elizabeth Johnson Thrower Jones, and sister Patricia Thrower. >  She is survived by her husband, Dr. John Rivers Irby of Lakeland, sons Christopher Rivers Irby (Samantha Jones Irby) of Grand Prairie, Texas and John Cameron Irby of Lakeland and a brother, John Tinsley Thrower (Linda Virdagamo Thrower, Joseph & Christianne) of Cypress, Texas. She also leaves behind aunt & uncle John and Anne McWhorter of Starkville, MS, two aunts Jane Johnson of Canadian, Texas and Kakie Williams of Weatherford, TX, many nieces, nephews, cousins and those special friends she made along the course of her life.   Visitation will be on Monday at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Dukes-Steen Chapel, 1833 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL. Phone: (863)682-3155. > A visitation will be held on Friday, December 21, 2007 and a memorial service will follow at the First Presbyterian Church, 307 University Drive, Starkville, MS. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 115 S. Missouri Avenue, Suite 500, Lakeland, FL 33815. – Ledger, Dec. 16, 2007
>ELMER E. BANKS – 88 -  Lakeland High School, Assistant Principal
LAKELAND -- Mr. Elmer E. Banks of Lakeland died Saturday (July 1, 2006) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center following a stroke. He was born July 5, 1917, in Campton, Ky., he moved to Lakeland from New Jersey in 1957. He served in the U.S. Army for more than 22 years, serving during the Korean War, and retired as a major. He was also an assistant principal at Lakeland High School.  > He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one sister. Services will be held at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine Clinic, 102 Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801. Heath Funeral Chapel, Lakeland. - Ledger, July 3, 2006
>JAMES JOHNSON, Jr. - 63 -  Polk County Educator
LAKELAND - James Johnson, Jr., died on December 22, 2014, LRMC due to complications associated with chronic heart failure. James, affectionately known as 'Junior,' was born April 9, 1951, in Lakeland at Morrell Memorial Hospital to Susie Mae (Dyson) and James Johnson, Sr. (deceased).
 He received all of his primary and secondary education at Rochelle Elem. & Jr.-Sr. High Schools, graduating in 1968. He further his education at Polk Jr. College receiving an A.S. degree; then proceeded to Florida Southern College graduating with a B.S. degree in Education, later receiving M.S. from National Louis Univ.   He started his teaching career at Lincoln Elem. and would go on to teach at Lakeland Jr. High, Lakeland B.E.S.T., and would retire from Churchwell Elem. due to health issues after 30 yrs. He returned and taught an additional 7 years post-retirement at the Dwight Smith Center.
> Survivors include his sisters Cherlyn Pugh and Palma McGowan, 6 nieces, 4 nephews, 20 grand nieces and nephews and extended family members: Janice Myers-Smith, Henry Rodmon, Jr. &Timothy Roundtree. A service of Remembering will be Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 1 p.m. at the Greater St. Paul Missionary Bapt. Church, 1130 N. Webster Av. Interment at Oak Hill Burial Park. Coney Funeral Home, Lakeland. – Ledger, Sat., Jan. 3, 2014.
>GWEN H. CLEMENTS CAUSEY – 76 – Retired Music Teacher
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Gwen H. Clements Causey, a retired music teacher who worked with children in several capacities throughout her life, died of cancer Saturday (Nov. 27, 2004) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. "She loved both music and children -- that was her life," said her husband, John "Pete" Causey. Born in Tampa, on March 27, 1928, she developed an interest in music early in life and graduated from the School of Music at Florida State University with a double major in voice and music. Following her graduation in 1949, Mrs. Causey accepted a position teaching music at Clermont High School, where she she met her future husband of 54 years."We met on a blind date and it was the blind date that turned out good. We dated for a year, and we were married in 1950," Pete Causey said. The couple moved to Lakeland in 1950, and Mrs. Causey taught music at Cleveland Court Elementary School for several years. She later taught at Pat Pierce private school and at Mrs. Mitchell's Garden of Listening. After her retirement, Mrs. Causey served as a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem in the 10th Judicial Circuit, and volunteered at Crystal Lake Elementary School for several years."She would help them read or do their homework," said her daughter, Virginia "Ginny" Causey-Burris of Lakeland. "That was her forte -- working with children."Mrs. Causey was a member of the P.E.O. Chapter CP, Contemporary Club and the Needlework Guild. She was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church. >In addition to her husband, John "Pete" Causey, and daughter, Virginia "Ginny" Causey-Burris, Mrs. Causey is survived by her daughters, Melissa C. Hornsby, West Palm Beach, and Patricia C. Hackett, Palm Beach Gardens; and four grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lakeside Baptist Church, 1736 New Jersey Road, Lakeland. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Clermont. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Center for Cancer Care and Research, 1730 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, 33805, Lakeland Regional Cancer Center, 3525 Lakeland Hills Blvd., Lakeland, 33804, or the Children's Cancer Center, 4901 W. Cypress St., Tampa, 33607. – Ledger, Dec. 2, 2004.
>LORRAINE CLIETT YOUNG – 94 -  Teacher
FORT MEADE - Mrs. Lorraine 'Skeetchie' Young passed away Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Young was born on July 3, 1921, in Bowling Green, FL, to William and Ruth Cole Cliett, and considered herself a Hardee County girl her entire life. She grew up in Bowling Green with one sister and two brothers and enjoyed all the advantages of growing up in a small, close knit community. > Mrs. Young met her husband to be, Tommy Young of Bartow, when she was fifteen and he was seventeen years of age. After graduating from Hardee County High School two years early, she entered Florida Southern College at the young of age sixteen, and Tommy was attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville. During Mrs. Young's tenure at Florida Southern College she was a member of the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and very active in their sports program. She was FSC's women's archery champion. > Mrs. Young's teaching career began when she was twenty, making her nearly the same age of some of her students. She first taught eleven years in Hardee County and concluded her 40 year teaching career in Fort Meade. Mrs. Young taught 9th and 10th grade English for 29 years at Fort Meade High School. All students passing through her class knew they would conjugate verbs and diagram sentences daily. She also believed that all students should be exposed to the classics of English Literature. Her many students still comment on hearing Julius Caesar's death on a long playing record, and they requested that it be played numerous times. Her greatest joy came from watching three generations of students pass through her class and become adults, and enjoyed their visits over the years.  Mrs. Young was very active in community service, dedicating herself to the American Cancer Society . She was named Citizen of the Year in 1982 in recognition for her service to the community. Mrs. Young was a life-long Christian and attended the First United Methodist Church of Bowling Green before her marriage in 1946, and then moved her membership to the First United Methodist Church of Fort Meade. She was a Sunday School teacher, choir member, and active in all areas of the church.
> She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 65 years Tommy Young; parents, William and Ruth Cole Cliett; brothers, James Cliett and William Cliett, Jr.; sister, Ida Mary Addison. >  Mrs. Young is survived by her daughters, Kathy Young, Fort Meade, FL, Jamie Harrell and husband Scott, Fort Meade, FL; grandchildren, Elijah Harrell and Owen Harrell, and seventeen nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Friday, September 25, 2015 at the First United Methodist Church, 135 East Broadway, Fort Meade, FL. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 a.m. in the church sanctuary with Rev. Marion Sortore, Karolyn Nunnallee and Stan Foster officiating. Interment will be in Bowling Green Cemetery, Bowling Green, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the First United Methodist Church of Ft. Meade Reid Hall Building Fund. Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, FL 863-285-8171. – Ledger, Wed. Sept. 23, 2015
JUNE DYER DAVIS - 91 - 1928 - 2019 - Teacher, Mostly Dixieland Elm.
LAKELAND - June Dyer Davis passed away January 20th, 2019. > June was predeceased by husband Charles Davis,  > and is survived by many family members, friends, and students that loved her dearly.  June was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher, and she will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, and grace. > June graduated high school from Summerlin Academy (Class of 1945) in Bartow, FL. She attended Flora Macdonald College (now St. Andrews Presbyterian College) for two years and completed her college education at Florida State University (Class of 1949). June was a schoolteacher for over 30 years, with the majority of those years at Dixieland Elementary School in Lakeland, Florida.  >Those wishing to honor her life can make a donation in her name to United Methodist Temple, or to the Florida Fidelis Rho Scholarship Fund, to help fund scholarships that assist young women pursuing a profession in excellence in education (checks payable to Florida Fidelis Rho Scholarship Fund, mailed to 447 Lake Carolyn Cir, Lakeland, FL 33813). June was an active member of her church and was a charter member of the Florida Fidelis Rho chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa (an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism, and world understanding). She would have been a member of Alpha Delta Kappa for 50 years in March.  A celebration of life will be held at United Methodist Temple on Sunday, February 3, 2019, at 11:30AM. A brief reception will follow. In celebration of June and all the joy she brought to those around her, the family requests that light or bright colors are worn to the service. > Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com - Ledger, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 
>ANNETTE SMITH CAPPS- 75 - Teacher - Retired
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Annette Smith Capps, a retired school teacher for Southwest Elementary School, died of heart failure Thursday (Feb. 3, 2005) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center."It amazed me on the street and at Publix and different places that we shopped, the people would come up to her and say, "Mrs. Capps, you taught me in first grade," her husband of 52 years, James D. Capps Sr. said. Born in St. George, Ga., on April 22, 1929, while attending school, she had a teacher with the same name as hers and decided to pursue a career as an educator. She attended Wesleyan College in Macon, Ga., and graduated with a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Stetson University, where she met her husband. Shortly after the couple married in Jacksonville, they came to Lakeland in 1953.  Mrs. Capps began her career with the Polk County School Board teaching at Lime Street Elementary for a short time before she went to Southwest Elementary to be closer to the home that she and her husband have lived in for the last 50 years. Her career spanned 30 years, teaching primarily first-graders until her retirement in the mid 1990s. For a number of years, she taught first-grade Sunday school class at First Baptist Church when it was on North Florida Avenue.As a member of the Garden Club, she enjoyed growing flowers and plants in her yard. "We have some beautiful crotons. Every year in the fall, we would go out and cut crotons and she would have her room full of crotons," James D. Capps said. She was a member of the state and national PTA. She was a member of First Baptist Church at the Mall. In addition to her husband, James D. Capps,  > she is survived by her sons, James D. Capps Jr. and Chris D. Capps, both of Lakeland; brother, Leroy Smith, Quitman, Ga.; six grandchildren.Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Gentry-Morrison Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Road. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church at the Mall building fund, 1010 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland, 33801. Ledger, Feb. 5, 2005
JACQUETTA BAKER ASBURY - 87 -  Polk County School Board -
LAKELAND - Jacquetta 'Jackie' Baker Asbury was born in Stem, North Carolina on November 19, 1931. She passed away on January 14, 2019. She was surrounded by her loving family in life, as she was in death and anxiously held on to life for a visit from her newest great grandchild Mia Grace Hatfield, who was born on December 31, 2018.  > Jackie was preceded in death by her loving husband Roy Columbus Asbury, parents Joe and Catherine Baker, her brothers Frank Baker and David Baker. Her daughter Laura Grace Williamson and granddaughter Elizabeth Grace Williamson.  >Jackie is survived by her son, Anthony Phillip Asbury and wife Carol of Miami, Florida; her daughter Merri Asbury Elson and husband Jeffrey of Davenport, Florida. Grandchildren Gwendolyn Williamson and wife Eleanor Mayer; Ellen Williamson; Benjamin Williamson; Lisa Ann Howland; Jeffery Michael Elson and wife Natalie; Adam Anthony Asbury and wife Carole; Beth Victoria Hatfield with husband Nicholas. Great Grandchildren Nikki, Hannah, Emma, Gavin, Brooke, Jacob and Mia Grace.  Jackie loved all children and teaching was her calling. She was a teacher in Lakeland at Southwest Elementary, Crystal Lake Elementary and she served as Assistant Principal at Griffin Elementary where she retired after 36 years. Jackie was a Home Economics teacher in North Carolina working at an orphanage the Masonic Home for Children and even coached the Girls Basketball Team.  Jackie was a much loved and respected member of the Lakeland Rotary North Club. She served as District Governor during the 1997-1998 Rotary year. Jackie was a Benefactor, Major Donor, a Level 2 Bequest Society Member (with Roy), and Paul Harris Fellow (+7). She served as Past-President of the Lakeland Northside Sunrise Club. When that club was discontinued, she joined the Lakeland North Club and served as Lakeland North's Membership Chair, Foundation Chair, 'Ring the Bell' for the Salvation Army Chair, Chair of the Club's Speaker's Bureau and many other positions. Along with her husband Roy, they attended 6 Rotary International Conventions and was a Group Study Exchange Team leader taking a group of 6 women to Bangladesh for 6 weeks.  Jackie became a member of Lakeland Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in April of 2006. She was involved and committed to DAR and the goals of Patriotism, Preservation and Education. She held several offices and served on the executive board before becoming Regent in 2009. She held that position until 2012, at which time she was unanimously elected to the position of Honorary Regent. She always attended Florida State Conferences and was pleased to attend the DAR national meeting, Continental Congress in Washington, DC on two occasions. She was also a member of Heartlands' Regent's Council.  Jackie was a member of the Lakeland Chapter of the Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority where she held many local offices and was the State of Florida ESE President in 1971-72. Jackie was also a volunteer at the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine, and she was a member of the Lakeland Wedgewood Antique Club.  Visitation will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Heath Funeral Chapel. On Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 12:30 PM a light lunch will be served in the Tribute Center at Heath Funeral Chapel. Services will follow at 2:00 PM and interment will be at Oak Hill Burial Park, in Lakeland, Florida following the service.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Rotary Foundation at Rotary.org/donate  . www.heathfuneralchapel.com -  Morrison Funeral Home, 3350 Mall Hill Drive, Lakeland, FL. Funeral services to follow at 11:00 in the funeral home chapel. Burial to follow service at Oak Hill Burial Park.  -   Ledger , Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
> GLORIA DUNN WASHINGTON - 66 - Polk Co. School Board
LAKELAND - Gloria Dunn Washington of Lakeland, FL, died Wednesday, November 24, 2010, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Lakeland, FL due to cancer.  She was an educator for over 35 yrs in the Polk County School System. She was a member of the St. Mark United Methodist Church in Lakeland Fl.
She was the daughter of the late Percy Dunn and the late Eleanor Dunn. She is survived by her husband: Leroy Washington-Lakeland, FL; three daughters: Cheryl Ford, Lakeland, FL, Candacy Washington, Tampa, FL, Daphne Fudge, Tampa, FL; two sisters: Eleanor Smith, Oklahoma City, OK, Evelyn Johnson, Birmingham, AL; one brother: PJ Dunn, Lakeland, FL; four grandchildren. Arrangements are being handled by Gause Funeral Home, 625 S. Holland Parkway, Bartow, FL where the family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Friday, December 3, 2010. Funeral service will be at First United Methodist Church 72 Lake Morton Drive at 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 4, 2010. Interment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lakeland, FL
gausefuneralhomeinc.com - Ledger, Dec. 1, 2010


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