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Roney Lewis Slama | April 30th, 1924 - December 15th, 2014 90 Years

Roney Lewis Slama, 90 Pastor Lakeland – Roney Lewis Slama passed away Monday December 15, 2014. She was born on April 30, 1924 in Slayden, Tennessee. From a large family, Roney was a very caring and loving person, spending time caring for her parents in their later years. Roney was one of the first female photographers in the Tennessee area, taking photos of military men in WWII. After moving to Lakeland in 1962 with her husband and children, she became very active in her community ... Read more

Arthur Smith | February 21st, 1929 - December 14th, 2014 85 Years

Arthur Smith, 85 Carpenter Arthur Smith went to be with our Lord & Savior on December 14, 2014 due to congestive heart failure. He was 85. He was born in Decatur Arkansas on February 22, 1929 to Martin & Nancy Elizabeth Smith. He served in the United States Army as Sargent First Class, Airborne Division. He retired as a carpenter with IMC New Wales. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Irene S ... Read more

Leon C. Bishop Jr. | October 9th, 1947 - December 13th, 2014 67 Years

Leon C. Bishop Jr. 67, Owner/Operator of Bishop Tub Repair Mulberry, Leon C. Bishop Jr. 67, entered into the presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ on December 13, 2014, from COPD. He is survived by his wife, Holly Bishop, his sister Leigh Anne Bishop, his step mother Mary Bishop, his daughter Becky Bishop, and two grandsons, Korbin and Dylan. Leon follows his brother Lewis Bishop who passed away in 1985 at the age of 35. Leon owned and operated Bishop Tub Repair, and he also enjoyed ... Read more

Johnny Gary Landis | July 28th, 1943 - December 12th, 2014 71 Years

Johnny Gary Landis, 71 LAKELAND - Johnny Gary Landis (Gary), 71, of Lakeland, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, passed away on December 12, 2014 from heart failure. He was born on July 28, 1943 in Searcy, AR to Albert A. and Marie King Landis. Gary is survived by his wife Marie, sons Johnny Landis of Searcy, AR, Lanny Landis of Springdale, AR, and daughter Mandy Petcoff of Lakeland, FL; grandchildren Gary Lee Landis, Cory Landis, Meghan Landis, Emilee Lan ... Read more

Betty Jean McKown | June 16th, 1928 - December 12th, 2014 86 Years

Betty Jean McKown, 86 Lakeland- Betty Jean McKown passed away on December 12, 2014 from respiratory failure. Devoted Mother and Grandmother. A woman of strong Faith who loved the Lord. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill McKown Sr, son, Bill McKown Jr. and son-in-law Norman Mansfield. She is survived by daughters, Barbara McKown, Beverly Mansfield, son, Ben McKown, grandson, Chase Mansfield(Lauren),granddaughter, Maggie Hall(Ben) and great grandson, Whitaker Hall. Private fa ... Read more

Bonnie N. (Parker) Hendrick | March 27th, 1954 - December 8th, 2014 60 Years

Bonnie N. (Parker) Hendrick, 60 Lakeland, Bonnie N. (Parker) Hendrick, 60, was born on March 27, 1954 to Archie C. Parker and Evelyn L. Parker and went to be with our Lord and Savior on Monday, December 8, 2014, due to complications from lymphoma. She was a devoted loving wife, a caring friend, and the best mom any child could ask for. She was the pillar of our family and sacrificed so much to see that her family and friends were happy, asking nothing in return. She was employed at LRMC i ... Read more

Evelyn Fouts Terry | December 9th, 1934 - December 7th, 2014 79 Years

Evelyn Fouts Terry, 79 Teacher Plant City - Evelyn F. Terry, peacefully passed away at her home in Plant City, surrounded by family, from liver failure on December 7, 2014. Evelyn was born December 9, 1934, in Mulberry, Fl., to the late Dr. Manly Fouts, and Irvie Sweat Fouts. Evelyn moved from Mulberry to Lakeland when she was nine and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1952. She attended Florida Southern College, where she was an Alpha Delta Pi and a Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Swee ... Read more

Patsy Lynn Mattoon | March 13th, 1943 - December 7th, 2014 71 Years

Patsy Lynn Mattoon, 71 Lakeland—Patsy Mattoon, age 71, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on December 7, 2014. Born on March 13, 1943, Ocala, FL. Mrs. Mattoon is survived by her husband, Michael E. Mattoon, Lakeland; daughters, Colee Dean (Brad) of Panama City Beach, FL and Whitney Gaston (Rodger) of Burke, VA.; grandchildren, Madison and Bailey Dean of Panama City Beach, FL; sister, Sandra Pearce (Don) of Dallas, TX; Memorials may be made to Good Shepher ... Read more

Myrle E. Bray Turner | September 12th, 1933 - December 7th, 2014 81 Years

Myrle E. Bray Turner, 81 Pharmacy Technician Lakeland—Myrle E. Turner, 81, died December 7, 2014 due to COPD. She was born on Sept. 12, 1933 in Phil Campbell, AL and retired as a Pharmacy Technician at Polk General Hospital. Preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Turner, who she married on March 24, 1951; son, Gregory, 4 brothers, Pestley, Garland, Steve, & Jack; 2 sisters, Clara & Dorothy. Survived by her daughter, Karen Murphy (Daniel), 3 grandchildren, Brittany Turner, Alexande ... Read more

Edwin Leo Lawton | October 11th, 1926 - December 7th, 2014 88 Years

Edwin Leo Lawton, 88 Business Owner Plant City – Edwin Leo Lawton, 88, of Plant City, FL, passed away on December 7, 2014, due to heart failure. Edwin was born in Alquina, Indiana, on October 11, 1926. He was preceded in death by his son Charles Lawton, mother Belva Lawton, father Ernest Lawton, and brother Earl Lawton. Mr. Lawton is survived by his wife Elizabeth Lawton; brother Lowell Lawton (Mary); daughters Susan Clark (David), Marilyn Cates, Sarah Duncan (Larry) Pamela Altier ( ... Read more

Louise P. Whitley | July 25th, 1920 - December 5th, 2014 94 Years

Louise P. Whitley, 94 Lakeland, Louise P. Whitley passed away peacefully in her sleep at Highlands Lake Center on December 5, 2014. She was born at home on July 25, 1920, in Aquadale, NC, to John M. and Nealie D. Poplin. Louise graduated Aquadale High School, attended business school, and was hired as a secretary at a local hospital near her home where she met her husband Gerald F. Whitley, who was a member of the U.S. Navy. They married in Florida within a month and were inseparable. Louise ... Read more

Reverend Eldon Simmons | February 13th, 1915 - December 4th, 2014 99 Years

Reverend Eldon Simmons, 99 United Methodist Minister Lakeland - The Reverend Eldon Simmons died December 4, 2014, at Florida Presbyterian Homes in Lakeland, FL due to natural causes. He was 99. Eldon was born near Wausau, Florida on February 13, 1915. He was a retired Methodist Minister with the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 yrs. Elizabeth (Rodgers) Simmons. He is survived by his 5 Children: Rodger, Cathy, Jean (Ted), R ... Read more

Marian Alderman Nelson | December 14th, 1931 - December 2nd, 2014 82 Years

Marian Alderman Nelson, 82 Church Secretary Lakeland- Mrs. Marian Alderman Nelson died on December 2, 2014 at Hawthorne Inn due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was born December 14, 1931 in Lakeland, Florida. Marian was a longtime secretary to numerous ministers at First United Methodist Church. She was married for 35 years to John Z. Nelson of Columbia, South Carolina. Marian was secretary of Circle 10, FUMC, for many years, a member of the Lakeland Antique Club, a world trav ... Read more

Linton "LH" Terry, Jr. | November 10th, 1932 - December 2nd, 2014 82 Years

Linton “LH” Terry, Jr. 82 Plant City- Linton H. Terry, Jr., 82, peacefully passed away at his home in Plant City from respiratory failure on December 2, 2014. LH was born November 10, 1932, in Lakeland, Fl., to the late Linton H. Terry, Sr., and Florida Melton Terry. LH grew up in Lakeland and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1950,where he played football. He then attended Florida Southern College, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He graduated from FSC in 1 ... Read more

 
 

2013 2014 Pursuit Award

Heath Funeral Chapel is proud to receive the NFDA’s Pursuit of Excellence Award for 2013 and 2014. This award is given in honor of outstanding programs and resources to bereaved families, active community involvement through innovative outreach programs, and ongoing educational and professional development opportunities for staff.

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Welcome to Heath Funeral Chapel

Losing a loved one is always difficult. Regardless of culture or religion you are faced with making quick decisions on how to honor and celebrate the life of someone you cherished. At Heath, you’ll get answers, advice and support – every step of the way. We will take care of your loved one with the utmost dignity and respect. We can help you create a tribute that lasts.

Foster Heath, Founder

Heath Funeral Chapel is family owned, and we’ve been your neighbor in Polk County since 1959. We have earned the trust of our community by celebrating the lives of the people they have loved. It is our honor to help you prepare the unique service that best remembers and celebrates your loved one. Our own beloved family patriarch, Foster Heath, passed away on April 14, 2012, after more than five decades of serving his community. We proudly carry on his legacy.

Bill Schichtel, Caroline Heath Schichtel
and Matthew Schichtel

“There is nothing as
wonderful as loving someone,

and nothing harder than losing them. I am in this business because I believe in life and celebrating every part of it. For three generations my family has lived in and loved Polk County. Your folks are our folks, and we are proud to provide exceptional personal care and attention. We work closely with you in honoring your loved one to ensure that every detail of their well-deserved tribute is perfect.”

Foster Heath
Founder | Heath Funeral Chapel



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Roney Lewis Slama

April 30th, 1924 - December 15th, 2014 90 Years

Obit pic Roney Lewis Slama, 90 Pastor Lakeland – Roney Lewis Slama passed away Monday December 15, 2014. She was born on April 30, 1924 in Slayden, Tenne... Read more

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Arthur Smith

February 21st, 1929 - December 14th, 2014 85 Years

Obit pic Arthur Smith, 85 Carpenter Arthur Smith went to be with our Lord & Savior on December 14, 2014 due to congestive heart failure. He was 85. He w... Read more

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Leon C. Bishop Jr.

October 9th, 1947 - December 13th, 2014 67 Years

Obit pic Leon C. Bishop Jr. 67, Owner/Operator of Bishop Tub Repair Mulberry, Leon C. Bishop Jr. 67, entered into the presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ ... Read more

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Johnny Gary Landis

July 28th, 1943 - December 12th, 2014 71 Years

Obit pic Johnny Gary Landis, 71 LAKELAND - Johnny Gary Landis (Gary), 71, of Lakeland, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, pass... Read more

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Betty Jean McKown

June 16th, 1928 - December 12th, 2014 86 Years

Betty Jean McKown, 86 Lakeland- Betty Jean McKown passed away on December 12, 2014 from respiratory failure. Devoted Mother and Grandmother. ... Read more

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Bonnie N. (Parker) Hendrick

March 27th, 1954 - December 8th, 2014 60 Years

Obit pic Bonnie N. (Parker) Hendrick, 60 Lakeland, Bonnie N. (Parker) Hendrick, 60, was born on March 27, 1954 to Archie C. Parker and Evelyn L. Parker and... Read more

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Evelyn Fouts Terry

December 9th, 1934 - December 7th, 2014 79 Years

Obit pic Evelyn Fouts Terry, 79 Teacher Plant City - Evelyn F. Terry, peacefully passed away at her home in Plant City, surrounded by family, from liver fa... Read more

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Patsy Lynn Mattoon

March 13th, 1943 - December 7th, 2014 71 Years

Obit pic Patsy Lynn Mattoon, 71 Lakeland—Patsy Mattoon, age 71, passed away peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer on December 7, 2014. Born o... Read more

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Myrle E. Bray Turner

September 12th, 1933 - December 7th, 2014 81 Years

Obit pic Myrle E. Bray Turner, 81 Pharmacy Technician Lakeland—Myrle E. Turner, 81, died December 7, 2014 due to COPD. She was born on Sept. 12, 1933 in... Read more

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Edwin Leo Lawton

October 11th, 1926 - December 7th, 2014 88 Years

Obit pic Edwin Leo Lawton, 88 Business Owner Plant City – Edwin Leo Lawton, 88, of Plant City, FL, passed away on December 7, 2014, due to heart failure... Read more

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Louise P. Whitley

July 25th, 1920 - December 5th, 2014 94 Years

Obit pic Louise P. Whitley, 94 Lakeland, Louise P. Whitley passed away peacefully in her sleep at Highlands Lake Center on December 5, 2014. She was born a... Read more

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Reverend Eldon Simmons

February 13th, 1915 - December 4th, 2014 99 Years

Obit pic Reverend Eldon Simmons, 99 United Methodist Minister Lakeland - The Reverend Eldon Simmons died December 4, 2014, at Florida Presbyterian Hom... Read more

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Upcoming Events

National Children's Grief Awareness Day

Rica Walker LMHC

November 20 5:30 pm

Grief Servies Coordinator
Good Shepherd Hospice


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4th Annual Service of Remembrance

We remember and honor our loved ones.

This special service reminds us that love never ends.

November 23 3:00 pm

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Taking Care of Me

Rica Walker LMHC

December 11 4:30 pm

Grief Services Coordinator
Good Shepherd Hospice


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