ROCHELLE ELEM. & HIGH SCHOOLS
EDUCATORS & STAFF

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>THELMA JUANITA SMITH JACKSON –75 – Reverend – Retired Educator
TALLAHASSEE - The Reverend Thelma Juanita Smith Jackson,  a native and longtime resident of Lakeland, FL, died Thursday, April 12, 2007 in Tallahassee of respiratory failure.
 Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2007 at p.m. at the New Mount Zion A.M.E Church, 1401 Old Bainbridge Road Tallahassee, FL with the Reverend John White II, officiating. Burial will be at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2007 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lakeland.
 The Reverend Jackson was a retired educator, having taught at Rochelle, Jewett and Winston Elementary Schools in Polk County. She retired as a reading specialist after serving as an educator for more than 35 years. She was an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and had pastored St. James AME Church in Clearwater and Bethel AME in Tampa.  Reverend Jackson was the widow of the Reverend Curtis Jackson, who was also an AME pastor. She was a 1952 graduate of Florida A&M University and received her masters in the Arts of Teaching from Rollins College in Orlando. Since 1992, she had resided primarily in Tallahassee. > Reverend Jackson leaves to mourn her passing a devoted and loving son, Dwayne Cargile of Tallahassee and a sister, Jeanette Simmons of Ft. Washington, MD; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces nephews, other relatives and friends – Ledger, April 19. 2007
>AMMER LEE JOHNSON – 80 - Teacher/Rochelle LAKELAND - Ammer Johnson, passed away Sept. 25, 2014, of respiratory failure. Viewing Sat. 2-3:00 p.m. Service 3:00 p.m. All services at Coney Chapel. Coney F.H. – Ledger, Oct. 2, 2014
>WILLIE FRANK MILES –75 - Retired Educator Rochelle High School LAKELAND - Willie Frank Miles, died Sept. 14, 2011 of cardiac arrest. Visit. Tues., 5-7 p.m. at Oldham Funeral Home. Svc.- Weds., 12 pm at Zion Hill PBC (1348 N. Sidney – Ledger, Sept. 18, 2011
>OPAL NIPPER TOOLE – 91 -
LAKELAND - Opal Nipper Toole, died Saturday, June 21, 2008 of natural causes.
 She was born on July 6, 1916 in Turner county, GA. She graduated from Ashburn High School, Georgia Southwest Junior College and the University of Akron, OH with a BS degree in education. She worked as a bookkeeper for 10 years and also taught at Rochelle and Kathleen Elementary Schools. She was a member of Medulla Baptist Church and a member and past musician of Kathleen Court #46, Order of the Amaranth.
 She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, James Toole. > She is survived by her son, Greg Toole; daughter, Linda T. McClelland; grandchildren, Tommy and David McClelland and Amy Roberts as well as 2 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Lanier Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Medulla Baptist Church, Building Fund.
– Ledger, June 23, 2008
>FRANCES “NANCY” CABBAGESTALK – 82 -  Rochelle Elementary School
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Frances "Nancy" Cabbagestalk of Lakeland died of kidney failure March 9, 2006, in Lakeland. She was born in John's Island, S.C., on May 29, 1923, she came to Lakeland from Queens, N.Y. She was a retired paraprofessional at Rochelle Elementary School. She was a volunteer at Oscar J. Pope Elementary and the Doris Sanders Learning Center.
 She and her husband owned coin-operated laundries, a restaurant and a catering business, and a cleaning business. She attended Polk Community College. She was a member of St. Luke AME, Mount Zion AME Church in Harlem, N.Y., and St. Paul Missionary Baptist Institutional Church in Lakeland.
 Mrs. Cabbagestalk was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Cabbagestalk. > She is survived by her son, Gary L. Cabbagestalk, Lakeland; daughter, Linda F. Harrison, Tampa; sister, Elizabeth Moore, Beaumont, Calif.; two granddaughters. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home. Services will be at noon Friday at Sixth Street Church of Christ. – Ledger, March 16, 2006
>ETHELYN  J. CHANCEY – 82 - Ledger, Sept. 22, 2005
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Ethelyn J. Chancey of Lakeland died of a heart attack Sept. 15, 2005, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was born in Booker, she came to Lakeland from there 75 years ago. She was a domestic worker. She was a member of the Mayflower Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 96. She was a member of the Washington Park Rochelle Alumni Association. She was a member of Greater St. Paul Missionary Institutional Baptist Church.
 Mrs. Chancey was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Chancey. > She is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth Abrams, Eula M. Chancey, Alberta Chancey-Joseph, Andra Rhynes, all of Lakeland, Edith Dixon, Miami; brothers, Maxie Robinson, Nathaniel Robinson, both of Lakeland; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Visitation will be Friday at Greater St. Paul Missionary Institutional Baptist Church. Services will be at Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. H.W. Oldham Funeral Home. 
>ABBIE CARR COLEMAN – 89 - Educator & Coach
LAKELAND - Abbie Carr Coleman, died Saturday, Sept. 27th, 2008 at Shands Hospital Jacksonville, FL of respiratory failure. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Coleman Mayor of Lakeland and daughter, Emma Phillips.  Abbie C. Coleman was born in Albany, GA. She was educated and reared in Jacksonville with her parents, Harry and Anna Carr, 7 sisters and brothers. She graduated from Stanton High School. At Florida A&M University, she played varsity basketball and tennis. In 1942, she graduated from FAMU with a Degree in Education. Bertha James her classmate & teammate at FAMU recruited Abbie to Lakeland, FL where she taught Physical Ed at Rochelle High School. The basketball team won city, county and state championships during her tenure.  As a Christian, Abbie was a member of First Baptist Institutional Church of Lakeland where she served as Treasurer, Deaconess Past President , Sunday School Teacher, and a Finance Committee member. She was a Coleman-Bush Booster Club member, and F.A.M.U Alumni Association Member. She enjoyed participating in the local Par & Birdie, FAMU, and Bethune Golf Tournaments throughout the state.
 She leaves to cherish her memories 1 nephew, Nathaniel Williams Earnestine Jacksonville, FL; 4 nieces, Deborah Jackson Jacksonville , Jean Johnson N.Y. , Grace Daniels Camden, NJ , and Cliene Carr Jacksonville ; 9 grand nephews; 2 grand nieces; and a host of other relatives and special friends. Visitation is Friday, 5-7 pm at First Baptist Institutional Church 932 N. MLK, Lakeland . Home-going Services will be Saturday, 11 am at the Church. – Ledger, Oct. 2, 2008
>STEPHEN D. ANDERSON - 62 - Polk Co. School Board
LAKELAND - Stephen D. Anderson, 62, of Lakeland, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2007 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Steve was born on November 8, 1944 in Brockton, MA. He was a teacher of the gifted at Rochelle School of the Arts in Lakeland. Steve taught for over forty years first in Massachusetts and then in Florida. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed coaching basketball.
 He leaves special memories with his wife, Carol of Lakeland; his daughter, Kim and her husband Steve of Arizona; his brothers, Russell and Gerry of Massachusetts and Don and his wife Pat of Fort Myers.
 There will be no visitation. A celebration of Steve's life will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at the Cypress Lakes Community Center located at 10,000 US Hwy 98 North, Lakeland, Fl. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations may be made in Steve's memory to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, Fl 33823 or online at
www.goodshepherdhospice.org . For additional information or to leave an expression of sympathy please visit www.gentry-morrison.com . Arrangements have been entrusted to Gentry-Morrison, Northside Chapel, 5245 US 98 North, Lakeland, Fl.
– Ledger, Oct. 5, 2007
>TERRY LYNN KEYS BROADNAX - 60 -Educator – Principal - Grad -  Ledger, Jan. 15, 2014
LAKELAND - Terry Lynn Keys Broadnax transcended this life Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to cardiac arrest. She was a devoted Educator and Principal with the Polk County School System for 38 years.
 Terry Lynn was reared by her mother and grandmother in Lakeland where she attended Rochelle and Lakeland High Schools, graduating in 1971. Upon her graduation, she attended Morris Brown College (Atlanta, GA), graduating in 1975 and was initiated as a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She is a current and founding member of Christ Community Christian Center Church since 1983 but as youth and young adult, she grew up in the New Bethel A.M.E. Church. She was united in Holy Matrimony to her husband, Anthony M. Broadnax in 1997. She was encouraged to pursue and complete her Masters Degree with Nova University in 1998.
 She leaves to cherish her memory: a devoted and loving husband, Anthony M. Broadnax, mother, Mary Lee Johnson, son, Paul Williams, all of Lakeland; sister, Tonya Askew (Nate), Maitland, FL; uncle, aunt, and a host of cousins, friends, church family and sorority sisters.> A Viewing-Tribute Service will be Thursday, at Christ Community Christian Center Church (704 N. Brunnell Parkway) Lakeland. Funeral Service will be Friday, at New Bethel AME Church (2122 MLK Ave.) Lakeland. Services entrusted to: HW Oldham Funeral Home.


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