Alumni Obits



>WILLIE "SUGAMAN" ADAMS – 63 - BBQ Chef – Restaurants & Army Veteran
LAKELAND - Willie "Sugaman" Adams, 63, died Sept. 2, 2012 at Wedgewood HCC of cardiac arrest. He was born, raised, and educated in Lakeland. Following his graduation from Rochelle High, class of 1967, he joined Job Corp. (Cook) & later served his country in the US Army where he was honorably discharged. He pursued his joy in cooking beginning in Los Angeles at Mt. Cedars Medical Center (Head Cook), Brother's BBQ, and The Cajuns Crab House (Lakeland).
 He leaves to cherish his memory, 2 daughters, Tara & Jackie Adams; 3 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 4 sisters, and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral Service: Saturday, 11 am at Mt. Pleasant AME Church. – Ledger, Sept. 13, 2012
>LITTLE BILL BROWN – 53 – Landscaper - Ledger, Jan. 21, 2003
LAKELAND -- Mr. Little Bill Brown's personality and style of dress was as unique as his name. "My father had a brother named Bill Brown, so my father named him after our uncle," said his sister, June Zipper of Lakeland. "He had his own unique dress style. When he dressed, he dressed. He was always clean as a tack." The former landscaper died of hardening of the arteries Wednesday (Jan. 15, 2003) in Lakeland.  He was born in Lakeland, he was the youngest son of six children. He attended Rochelle Elementary, Junior and Senior High School. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing softball and shooting pool. He received his certification in landscaping at Job Corp and worked as a landscaper. "Dressing up was his hobby. He looked good," said his sister, Lutricia Brown of Lakeland. "He would dress up just to go up the street." With all of his family in Lakeland, Mr. Brown spent a lot of time visiting and helping out whenever they needed a hand. "Every time that I asked him to do something for me, he always did it," his sister, Myrtice Brown of Lakeland said. He got the nickname "Old Man" because he walked slowly. "You could be walking with him and everybody would say `Why are you walking so slow,' and he would say that he would be there by the time you got there. And he would be, too," Zipper said. "He had no enemies," she said. "He was a smooth-sailing person that had his own unique way and style about himself." Mr. Brown was a former member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.
 Mr. Brown is also survived by his mother, Mary L. Brown, Lakeland; sister, Mary A. Brown, Lakeland; and brother, Henry Brown Jr., Lakeland. Visitation will be this evening at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lotela Church of God. – 
>JEWEL LEE "J.B. "BUTLER, Jr., – 71 - B & M Construction
LAKELAND - Mr. Jewel Lee Butler Jr., passed away Fri. at Palm Terrace with lung cancer. J.B. as he was known retired from B&M Construction where he worked as a foreman. He was also a member of the Rochelle Class of 1957.
 J.B. is preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Everette Butler.> He leaves to cherish his memories five children: Elaine Everette, Rita Butler, both of Lakeland, FL, Lisa Mallory of Brandon, FL, Wanda Stanley of Orlando, FL and Anthony Butler also of Orlando, FL. He also leaves two siblings: Carolyn Butler of E. Brunswick, NJ and Bruce Butler of Titusville, FL. Visitation Fri., 5-7pm in the Coney Chapel; funeral Sat., 11 am at New Mt. Zion M. B. Church. Services entrusted to Coney Funeral Parlor. –Ledger, Sept. 18, 2008
>ERNESTINE WALLS CAMPBELL - 64 - Retired Educator Polk County School Board - Ledger, June 21, 2013
LAKELAND - Ernestine Walls Campbell, was born in Lakeland, FL. on November 24, 1948 to the late Juanita Walls. > She passed away from this life to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, due to cardiac failure. She graduated from Rochelle High School in 1966 and completed her college degree in education from Bethune Cook College.
She was married to the late Errol Campbell. Ernestine retired in 2001 after 32 years of teaching at several local high schools. She loved the Lord and was a member of Free Life Chapel of Lakeland, FL. She will be deeply missed everyday but her memories will keep her close to the hearts of those who knew her best.
Ernestine was preceded in death by her mother, Juanita Walls and her brother Romeo L. Walls. In the absence of her body but not her spirit,> Ernestine leaves to cherish her love and memories: her cousins: Claudia Strong of Lakeland, FL, Altheal and Mae Williams of Miami, FL; a dear and devoted friend Susie L. Johnson of Sebring FL; a God son, Quentin McGriff of Lakeland, FL; her Rochelle class-mates of 1966; a host of cousins, and other sorrowing relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements are by Oldham Funeral Home, 1537 Kettles Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805, (863) 683-2419. >Visitation will be at Oldham Funeral Home, Sunday, June 23, 2013. Home-going service is Monday, June 24, 2013, 11 am at Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, 1645 N. Webster Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805, (863) 683-1831) 
>ARTRIA WILLIAMS CANNON – 68 - Ret. Job Corps - Ledger, Sept. 11, 2008
LAKELAND - Mrs. Artria Williams Cannon, went home to be with the Lord Friday, September 5, 2008 due to a brain tumor. She was born in Pierce, Florida and graduated from Rochelle High School. She was a member of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Lakeland. She was a loving, devoted mother, grandmother and sister.
 Mrs. Cannon was preceded in death by her mother and father George and Tollie Williams and siblings George B. Williams, Barbara Jean Murphy, Shirley Worrels Robinson, and Raleigh Williams.
 She leaves to cherish her memory four children Cheryl Ernest Joe, Kimberly Burgess, Jeffrey Williams, Janet Williams, and husband James E. Cannon, Clinton, IA. Siblings James Ann Williams, Velma Thomas Brown, Leroy Cynthia Williams, and Walter Mae Payne. She also leaves 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. >The visitation will be Friday, September 12, 2008 at New Jerusalem MBC. The funeral will be Saturday 11 00 a.m. at New Jerusalem. Arrangements are entrusted to Oldham Funeral Home, Lakeland, Florida
>ELIZABETH BUFORD CLAYTON – 60 – Restaurant Employee
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Elizabeth Buford Clayton, a former short-order cook, died of a brain hemorrhage Friday (Jan. 17, 2003) at Lakeland Hills Center. "She was a good short-order cook. She was always a good cook. She had to be because she had six kids," said her sister, Dorothy Barnes of Lakeland. Born in Randolph County, Ala., she came to Lakeland at the age of 11 and attended Rochelle Elementary, Junior High and High Schools. Mrs. Clayton worked at the Denny's Restaurant on U.S. 98 North for many of the years. She also worked at Picadilly in Dundee, The Lakeland Center and Bob Evans. She also enjoyed cooking for her family members, most of whom are in Polk County. "She liked going to church and being with her family," Barnes said. "The grandkids were at her house all the time. They practically ate supper at her house every night. Those children loved her cooking." Mrs. Clayton was an active, longtime member of Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church.
  In addition to her sister, Mrs. Clayton is survived by her children, Robert L. Buford, Chipley, Geraldine E. Lockette, Laura D. Buford, Annette M. Buford, Barbara R. Buford and Johnie L. Buford Jr., all of Lakeland; sister, Willie Rose Bennett, Auburndale; brother, Otis Robinson, Lakeland; nine grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild.> Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at Oldham's Funeral Home. Services will be at noon Thursday at Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church. –Ledger, Jan. 22, 2003
>LUCY MAE COTTLE – 57 – Medical Office Manager -  Ledger, Nov. 26, 2002
LAKELAND -- Mrs. Lucy Mae Cottle, who for 21 years was the office manager for Dr. Wendell Blake and Dr. Benjamin Franklin, died Friday (Nov. 22, 2002) at Lakeland Regional Medical Center after a traffic accident Thursday. Mrs. Cottle, a longtime resident of Lakeland, was born in Lakeland, she graduated from Rochelle High School. Mrs. Cottle was soft-spoken and hard-working. She began her job in the medical office that is on the north side of Lake Wire, when it was doctors Blake, Franklin and Mark Ivey. After 20 years she retired as office manager for Blake and Franklin, but returned to work part time for the last year and half."The patients loved Lucy," said her daughter, Kim Cottle Adams of Lakeland. "During Christmas, she used to get more fruit cakes than she could shake a stick at. Even people that come in the office irate, Mom could calm them down.
"Over the years, Mrs. Cottle sang in numerous choirs and directed the junior choir at Greater Refuge Church of Our Lord, where she was a longtime member and a missionary."She taught us all those spiritual values, all the moral values," Adams said."She wasn't a hard mother," Adams said. "She was so kind until you just wanted to do what Mom said to do. She had the values that moms should have -- she was that and more. She let God shine through her.
"In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Cottle is survived by her husband of 37 years, Eddie Cottle Jr.; sons, Eddie Cottle III and Jonathan Cottle, both of Lakeland; sisters, Andrea Riley, Orlando, Jacquelin McGordon, Roslyn Williams and Cynthia Orduna, all of Lakeland and Shenay McGordon and Stacy Smith, both of Indianapolis; brothers, Tyrone McGordon, Winter Haven, and Victor McGordon, Indianapolis; and three grandchildren.> Visitation will be Friday at Coney Funeral Home. Services will be Saturday at Greater Refuge Church of Our Lord.  
>LULA LAVONNE DIXON – 67 -  Polk Co. School Board
LAKELAND - Lula Lavonne Dixon, of Lakeland, Florida, became our heavenly angel on November 17, 2014, while surrounded by her loving family and dearest friends. She was born on August 14, 1947, in Lakeland, Florida, to Mildred Debose and the late Alonzo Carlton, Sr. She attended Rochelle High School, graduating in 1965. She married Willie James Dixon on June 15, 1969, and from this union, bore three daughters: Quanjeana, Monika and Charmethia. Lula served as a secretary with the Polk County School Board for 30 years, retiring in 2004.
She is survived by her husband, mother, daughters, siblings, grand/great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. The viewing will be held on November 21, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Lula's Life Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. (both events will be held at New Bethel AME Church located at 2122 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.) The family has entrusted their loved one into the care of Coney Funeral Home. – Ledger, Nov. 20, 2014
LAKELAND - Pastor Edwards was born in Lakeland, FL on January 2, 1952. He graduated from Rochelle Senior High School in 1969. Immediately following graduation, he joined the Air Force. He returned to Lakeland in 1980 where he was employed by Agrico and Grace Mines. He also worked for Judge Richard Bronson. In 1995, Pastor Cecil L. Edwards founded the El Shaddai Full Gospel Church. After 14 1/2 years as pastor, he transitioned this life on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 from cardio-pulmonary arrest.
He leaves to remember his strengths and vision: wife of 36 1/2 years, Rhonda Edwards; 4 sons, Derrick, Trumaine, Taj and Tasmine, daughter Terea Edwards; step daughter Sharon Stephens; brother Leroy (Gwen) Edwards; (sisters) Surrell (Garfield) Hill, Royleen and Maxine Edwards; (sisters in law) Patricia (Garfield) Lyons and Brenda Muller, Sanford, FL; 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Viewing Friday 6 pm to 8 pm at El Shaddai Full Gospel Church, 1741 E. Gary Road, Lakeland. Homegoing services Saturday at Word Alive Ministries. Services entrusted to Coney Funeral Home. –Ledger, Feb. 4, 2010
>VICKI SHUNITA EMORY – 58 - Bee Gee's Shrimp & Seafood Inc.
LAKELAND - Mrs. Vicki Shunita Emory, died of respiratory failure Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009. She was born Sept. 14, 1950 in Lakeland, Fl. She attended school at Rochelle Elementary, Jr. and Sr. High School. She also attended Technical School and earned a certificate in nursing and elderly care. Vicki was employed at Bee Gee's Shrimp & Seafood Inc. in Lakeland, Fl for 10 yrs.
She is survived by her sons Morris Emory (Teneka) and James Emory with three grandchildren. Also her mother Wille Mae Morris, brother Russel C. Stewart (Mae), McDonough, GA., sister Janice Bryant Yoeman, Statesboro, GA. Visitation today 6-8 at Coney Chapel. Funeral Wednesday at 11 am at Greater St. Paul. Service Entrusted to Coney Funeral Home. –Ledger, Aug. 11, 2009
>ROBERT " BOBBY" M. GRAHAM – 60 - U.S. Air Force - Ledger, March 6, 2008
LAKELAND - Robert M. "Bobby" Graham, Vietnam Veteran died March 4, 2008, at James A Haley VA Hospital (Tampa) of renal failure.
Bobby is a native of Lakeland and a graduate of Rochelle High School Class of 1965. Upon graduation, he served his country by joining the US Air Force, traveled two tours of Vietnam, and retired after 20 years of services as a T. Sgt. from Bolling AFB, Washington, DC (1985).
 He leaves to cherish his memory a wonderful family, a devoted wife Lottie Boatwright Graham; two daughters, Paula Graham-Dunn (Minister Calvern Dunn), Bowie, MD and Chanda Lynnette Graham-Glenn (Wil- Durham, NC); seven sisters: Gladys G. Rosebud, Marjorie J. Boatwright, Martha Graham-Lux, Virginia G. Wright, Francine G. Speed, Jacqueline D. Owhoso, and Marguerite E. Ramsey, one brother, Albert Graham; three grandchildren, Teyah A., Tyson A. and Troyan A. Glenn; and a host of other relatives.
 Visitation : Friday at Word Alive Ministries. Funeral service: Saturday, 1:30 pm, Word Alive Ministries. - H. W. Oldham Funeral Home.
>ANNA JONES HUNLEY – 58 - Mortgage Underwriter - Ledger, Oct. 3, 2013 
LAKELAND - Anna Jones Hunley, died Monday, September 30, 2013, at Tampa General Hospital due to organ failure. Ms. Hunley was born in Lakeland, FL, on July 26, 1955, to the late Mr. Ervin Jones and Mrs. Frances Joyce Jones. She graduated from Rochelle Senior High and completed her education at Polk Community College. She was a retired mortgage underwriter after working many years in the banking industry throughout Central Florida.
She was preceded in death by her husband Don Feacher Jacksonville and her daughter Natasha Hunley Bobbit of Charlotte, N.C. .
She is survived by her daughter Amy Olmstead, grandson Aaron Olm-stead, sisters Felecia Stewart Steve , Evelyn Jones-Haynes Charlie , Julia Johnson, brother Jessie Wright, Jr. Mary Jo , Linwood Wright, uncle, Walter Lee Cason and a host of nieces and nephews. > Funeral services will be Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 at Mt. Moriah Ministries, 2042 Colson Road, Plant City, FL, 33567. H.W. Oldham Funeral Home. 
>JAMES JOHNSON, Jr. – 63 - PCSB 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 ( now Lakeland Regional Medical Center )  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 30yrs. 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 from 7-8pm Saturday, January 3, 2015, at the Greater St. Paul Missionary Bapt. Church, 1130 N. Webster Av. Interment at Oak Hill Burial Park. Coney Funeral Home, Lakeland. – Ledger, Jan. 3, 2015
>LORENZO "SANKO" R. LARRY – 69 - U.S. Air Force Ret.
LAKELAND - Lorenzo "Sanko" R. Larry, died April 12, 2012 at home due to cardiac arrest. He was a graduate of Rochelle Sr. High School (1960). Sanko attended Florida A & M University and pursued a career in the US Air Force. He served 2 tours during the Vietnam War.  Following his retirement, he served as a police officer with the City of Valdosta, GA. Upon his return to Lakeland, FL., he attended Harmony MB Church.
 He was preceded in death by his mother Rutha M. Harrington & wife, Yvonne Larry. > He is survived by his father, Thomas Hodge (Adele); children, Lorenzo Larry, Jr., Yolander Lasane & Yvonne R. Larry; 13 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; two brothers, Clarence Childs (Jessie) and Tyrone Hodge (Brenda); & a host of other relatives.> Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012, 12:30 pm at Harmony MB Church located at 1645 N. Webster Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805. – Ledger, April 20, 2012
LAKELAND -- Ms. Gracie Mae Osbey was a strong-willed lady whose life centered around her family and faith in God."We were very close all of my life because I could always talk to her about anything," said her daughter, JoAnn Osbey of Lithonia, Ga. "She's always been close to all her family members because that was one of the things she worried about. Everybody loved Grandma. Instead of worrying about herself, she worried about the rest of the family members."
 The retired environmental services employee for Lakeland Regional Medical Center died Tuesday (May 24, 2005) of a heart attack at Peachtree Christine Hospice in Duluth. She was a lifelong resident of Polk County, Ms. Osbey was born in Plant City. Her family moved to Bartow where she attended Union Academy. She graduated from Rochelle school in Lakeland.She worked in environmental services at Lakeland Regional Medical Center for 18 years before retiring in 1992. Her daughter described her as a quiet lady who enjoyed watching "Walker, Texas Ranger" and Bishop T.D. Jakes on the BET gospel programs on Sunday mornings. "She had a very strong faith in God, and that is what really kept her here as long as she was," JoAnn Osbey said. She was a member of Mount Pleasant AME Church.
 In addition to her daughter, JoAnn Osbey, Ms. Osbey is survived by her father, Jessie Edward Osbey, Biloxi, Miss.; mother, Effie Beatrice Vaught Hill, Lakeland; stepfather, C.W. Hill, Lakeland; sister, Shirley Jean McBride, Lakeland; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Friday at H.W. Oldham Funeral Home. Services will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Mount Pleasant AME Church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. –Ledger, May 26, 2005
LAKELAND - Queen Esther Little McNeal, 61, died October 17, 2007 at the Tampa General Hospital due to cardiac arrest.
Queen Esther McNeal was born to the union of George "Pappa G" Little and Corine Stephens Little in Lakeland, FL on August 14, 1946.
Queen attended and graduated from Rochelle Senior High School in Lakeland in 1964, where she met and married Jesse McNeal, Jr. 45 years ago. She was the first lady and co-founder of Freedom in Christ Ministries, Inc. where her husband serves as the Pastor.
She leaves to cherish her memories, a loving husband, Pastor Jesse McNeal, Jr.; three sons, Tony, Andre, and Adrian McNeal, all of Lakeland; her siblings, Cyrus Little (E. Orange, NJ), Bernice Milner (Clint-Los Angeles, CA), Clint Little, Richard Little, and Diane Salaam all of Lakeland; grandchildren, Candy Hicks, Andrea McNeal, Andre McNeal, Jr., Antwon McNeal, Adrian McNeal, Jr., Brandon McNeal, and Jose Juarez, Kaylana and K.J. Orr; five grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, other relatives, extended family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, send contributions care of Queen McNeal Trust Fund.
Public visitation will be held Monday from 5-7 p.m. at the New Bethel AME Church, 2122 N. MLK, Lakeland. Funeral services will be on Tuesday at 11 a.m.
–Ledger, Oct. 21, 2007
>GWENDOLYN DOBY ROBINSON - 45 - Union First Corp.
SILVER SPRINGS -- Mrs. Gwendolyn Doby Robinson of Silver Springs died of post-operative inflammation Wednesday (Oct. 16, 2002) at her home. She was born in Pine Bluff, Ark., on Dec. 20, 1956, she was a presser for Union First Corp. She was a 1976 graduate of Rochelle Adult Evening School. She was a Baptist.
 She is survived by her husband, Joshua Robinson, Ocala; daughters, Sylvania Allen and Shaungene Allen, both of Lakeland; sons, Haywand Allen III and Pierre Allen, both of Lakeland; stepson, Travis Robinson, Ocala; mother, Gladys Doby, Lakeland; father, Jake Doby, Lakeland; sisters, Francine Mitchell, Othera Richardson, Charlene Williams and Danielle Williams, all of Lakeland, and Tina Bellamy, Plant City; stepbrothers, Major Doby, Pine Bluff, Ark., Johnny Doby, Wisconsin; stepchildren, Sebrena Seymour, Travis Robinson, Tina Bellamy and Danielle Williams, all of Ocala; and four grandchildren. Visitation will be 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the Oldham Funeral Home chapel. Services will be at noon Tuesday at Lotela Church of God. – Ledger, Oct. 28, 2002
LAKELAND - Cecelia Giles Summers, died Thursday, Aug. 20, 2009 in Tarboro, N.C. of a heart attack. She was a graduate of Rochelle High School, class of 1967. Cecelia was a faithful employee of N.C. Wesleyan College in Tarboro, N.C., for 17 years. She started out as secretary, and while working there for ten years, she became the director of admissions. Cecelia was a faithful member of Union Baptist Church, N.C.
 She leaves to cherish in her memory, her husband Roney Summers, four children: two boys, roney Jr., Randon, two girls Renvi, and Rae; six grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Amos-husband Joseph, Ozella Robinson; brother brothers: Frank Giles-wife Claudette, Sylvester Giles, all of Lakeland, Fl. > Viewing for the public will be Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 at the Church of God Gospel Tabernacle, 1035 N. Virginia Ave., Lakeland, FL. Service will be held at Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 at 11 a.m. at West Lakeland Church of God, 1942 W. Memorial Blvd. Charles A. Lewis Funeral Home. – Ledger, Aug. 28, 2009
>CURTIS VINCENT PALMORE – 66 - Human Resource Specialist - Ledger, March 15, 2010
LAKELAND - Curtis Vincent Palmore, of Lakeland, died Sunday, March 11, 2012 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to complications from Abdominal Aneurism. Mr. Palmore was born in Lakeland, Florida on January 19, 1946 to Columbus and Emily Palmore.
  He was a graduate of Rochelle High School class of 1963, and received a BS Degree in Business Management at Tennessee State University. Mr. Palmore was as a Mason and a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Mr. Palmore retired from Publix Supermarket where he was a Human Resource Specialist. He was a long time member of the Greater St. Paul MBI Church where he served as a Deacon, Chairman of the Budget Committee and Chairman of the Deacon and Trustee Committee. He was married to Margaret C. Palmore for 23 years. Both Curtis and Margaret enjoyed spending quality time with their family, servicing the community, mentoring youth and being involved in the activities of their church.
 He leaves to cherish his memories three sons, Cedric Palmore of Raleigh, NC, Carey Palmore of Fort Meade, FL, and Reginald Davis and (Jacqueline) of Columbia, SC; one daughter, Shirley Green (Dan) of Tampa, FL; one brother Thomas Palmore (Brenda) of Lakeland, FL; one sister Pattina Palmore May of Mansfield, TX; two sister-in-laws Cleo Palmore of Chicago, IL and Angie Palmore of Birmingham, AL; five grandchildren, fourteen godchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of relatives and friends.> Visitation will be held Friday, March 16, 2012. > Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2012, both to be held at Greater St. Paul MBI Church located at 1130 N. Webster Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33809. Arrangements have been entrusted to HW Oldham Funeral Home, 1537 N. Kettles Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33805.
>JOHNNY DWIGHT, Jr. – 73 - Seaboard Coastline - Ledger, March 6, 2015
LAKELAND - Johnny Dwight, Jr., passed February 24, 2015. He was born Feb. 6, 1942 to the late Johnny Dwight, Sr. and Winnie P. Dwight in Elloree, S.C. He moved to Lakeland in 1958 where he graduated from Rochelle Sr. High (Class of 1962).
 He was drafted in the U.S. Army, served in the Vietnam War & was honorably discharged. As a professional, he worked as a Mechanic with the Seaboard Coastline for 31 years where he retired. Johnny loved sports but his specialty was golf. He taught everyone in the family how to play & he played anytime the opportunity arose.
 He was preceded in death by brother, John Wesley 'Dobbles' Dwight, sister Martha Dwight & parents. He leaves to cherish his memory, his seven siblings, Joan Marie Dwight, Thelma Dwight (Curtis), Harold Dwight (Mary), Marion Dwight (Elaine), Malqueen Dwight Ricks (Dennis), Jodis Dwight & Shelia Dwight Childs (Terry); three sons, Rod, Ralph & Radon; daughter, Martha and two grands, Ollie & Olliecia Galloway.  Visitation will be Friday, @ New Bethel AME Church (2122 MLK). Funeral Service is Saturday, at the Church. Oldham Funeral Home. 

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