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Hal Harwood Hunt | September 21st, 1947 - December 6th, 2016 69 Years

Hal Harwood Hunt, 69, born at Morrell Memorial Hospital in Lakeland, Florida passed away on December 6, 2016 at Lakeland Regional Health. He was the beloved son of Freida and Huburt Hunt of Lakeland, Florida, who predeceased him. He was born on September 21, 1947, and graduated from Lakeland High School in 1965. Hal graduated from Florida State University in 1969 with a degree in Accounting. He married the love of his life, Linda Frances Odom, on August 21, 1971 and they were happily marri ... Read more

Dorothy MacLawhon Kehler | January 30th, 1922 - December 4th, 2016 94 Years

Lakeland- Dorothy “Dot” MacLawhon Kehler, 94, ascended to heaven on Sunday, December 4, 2016, from Lakeland Regional Health. She was born in Tampa, Florida, and moved to St. Petersburg at age 15. She graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1940 and was a cheerleader. She met the love of her life, Dr. Bernard Kehler, at Christ United Methodist Church. They were married 69 years until his death in 2012. Dot was active in the community as President of the Pinellas County Dental Auxil ... Read more

Mona L. Newbolt | September 17th, 1922 - December 4th, 2016 94 Years

Mona Lee Newbolt, 94 Homemaker Lakeland- Mona Lee Newbolt, 94, of Lakeland, Florida passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016 at Highland Lakes Center. She was born September 17, 1922 at her grandparent’s home in Kevil, Kentucky. She was the only child of Hobart and Thelma Parker Perkins, and was raised at their family farm in Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky. Mona had been a resident of Lakeland for 57 years. She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband James “Jim” Newbol ... Read more

Laurel H. Weicht | July 18th, 1927 - December 3rd, 2016 89 Years

In Loving memory of Laurel H. Weicht Lakeland - Laurel H. Weicht, 89, passed away December 3, 2016. Laurel was born in Port Huron, Michigan, to parents, Arnold and Mary Schultz. Laurel received training as a medical LP Nurse and enjoyed working in various physicians’ offices until her retirement. She was a member of St. David’s Episcopal Church. She had enjoyed living at Azalea Park spending time with her companion pet “Bella” watching movies and socializing with fr ... Read more

John M. Antolick | April 29th, 1933 - December 2nd, 2016 83 Years

John Michael Antolick, 83 Aeronautical Weight Engineer John Michael Antolick went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 2, 2016, just after midnight, surrounded by his loving family. He was 83, and cared for faithfully and lovingly by his wife, Victoria, who survives him along with his 3 sons - Daniel, Thomas and Matthew, and six grandchildren – Elias, Timothy, Ethan, Emily, Paige and Jude. John was born on April 29, 1933, to Julia Semotchko-Antolick and John Paul Antolick in Hazleto ... Read more

Marie L. "Cookie" Mongiello | May 12th, 1948 - November 30th, 2016 68 Years

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Timothy Alan Van Horne | September 17th, 1966 - November 27th, 2016 50 Years

Timothy Alan Van Horne, 50, passed away on November 27th, 2016. He was the husband of Cheryl Ann Waters Van Horne. They shared 22 years of marriage together. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Robert and Delores Van Horne. He attended Bethel Park High School, Bishop Canevin High School, Slippery Rock University and Ohio University. He was employed at Outback Steakhouse for many years, where he was Kitchen Manager. Tim was belonged to Theta Chi at Slippery Roc ... Read more

Frank David Trovillion | January 1st, 1925 - November 26th, 2016 91 Years

Frank David Trovillion 1925 – 2016 Frank Trovillion, 91, left this life on Saturday, November 26, 2016. He died of respiratory failure. He leaves his daughters Nancy Trovillion Wallace and Susan T. Hughes; his grandson James Wallace and wife Melanie; and his sons in law Jamie Wallace and Bill Hughes. He is preceded in death by his wife Freddie and his grandson, Jeffrey David Perkins. Frank grew up in Chicago Il, the youngest of 3 children. He joined the Navy in 1943 and contracted pol ... Read more

Beverly C. Cantrall | October 28th, 1927 - November 24th, 2016 89 Years

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Patricia K. Blankenship | January 30th, 1947 - November 23rd, 2016 69 Years

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Ruth Aranibar Martinasek | April 16th, 1930 - November 23rd, 2016 86 Years

Ruth Aranibar Martinasek, 86, passed away peacefully in her sleep at home on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016. She lost her beloved husband of sixty-one years and the love of her life, Mickey, just seven months earlier. Many have known and loved Ruth for her quick humor and her easy going spirit. We are very thankful for her life, love, and the many sacrifices she made for us during her lifetime. Ruth was born in Oruro, Bolivia in 1930 into a family very well established in the Bolivian mi ... Read more

Albert Rawdow, Jr | March 30th, 1957 - November 21st, 2016 59 Years

Albert Rawdow, Jr. Teacher/Coach Al Rawdow Jr., 59, of Lakeland, FL was called to fly with the angels in heaven on Monday, Nov. 21 with his family by his side. Al was born in Elizabeth, NJ, March 30, 1957, to Albert and Sophie Rawdow Sr. Grew up in Clark, New Jersey until he came to Lakeland to attend Florida Southern College in 1975 on a baseball scholarship. Al worked for the Polk County Schools System for 36 and 1/2 years. At Kathleen Jr. from 1979 to 1991, where he was a Physical E ... Read more

Beverly Lees | November 5th, 1930 - November 19th, 2016 86 Years

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Leonard F. "Lenny" Hammes | April 23rd, 1941 - November 19th, 2016 75 Years

LEONARD F. 'LENNY' HAMMES, 75 LAKELAND - Leonard Hammes, 75, Lakeland, FL, passed away November 19, 2016, at home lovingly surrounded by family. He was born on April 23, 1941 in LaCrosse, WI and moved to Florida in 1977. He was the son of the late Norbert and Marie Hammes, LaCrosse, WI. Lenny was preceded in death by his brother Jerry Hammes. He is survived by his wife of 54 years Carol (Scheil) Hammes, his children Sharon Hammes and Jane (Ron) Black, granddaughters Katie Black a ... Read more

 
 

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Jesse Gerald Garrett
April 18th, 1923 - October 10th, 2015 92 Years

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Jesse Gerald Garrett, 92

On October 10, 2015, our cherished and loving husband, Father, Grandee and Great Grandee is now living in the Father’s house with his beloved wife, Dora.

Gerald was born April 18, 1923 in Marianna, Florida to Jesse and Ella Garrett. His childhood was spent growing up in Crestview, FL. He served during WWII in the United States Marine Corps and was an alum of University of Florida.

Gerald and Dora moved from Pensacola, FL with their three daughters to Lakeland in 1961.

They were members of First United Methodist Church and the BYKOTA Sunday School Class. Gerald had a successful career and retired after 37 years with Peninsular Life Insurance Co.

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Sheri Wright on October 17th, 2015 - 6:27 pm said:
I loved the Garretts! They are greatly missed at Lake Morton Plaza. Gerald was one of the kindest, sweetest, most loving men I have ever met. I'm so glad to have known him and his sweet wife, Dora; and am thankful that my parents had the privilege of being his next door neighbor for the last few months. Rest in peace my friends. I'll never forget you.

Renee Davis on October 13th, 2015 - 12:09 pm said:
Thinking of you and your family. May your memories bring you peace during this difficult time.

Betty Joe Zeliff on October 12th, 2015 - 10:59 pm said:
I'm so sorry you've left us behind. The angels are now happy with you. I'll be miss your cheery greeting and lovely Smile. My your family and friends be comforted by how much others loved you too. REST well my friend. I'll see you again. God bless you for all the happiness you've given us here on earth. Betty Joe Zeliff


 

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Homer Keeton Johnson Jr.
December 20th, 1926 - October 7th, 2015 88 Years

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Homer Keeton Johnson Jr.

Lakeland – Homer Keeton Johnson Jr. passed away October 7, 2015, at the age of 88.

He was a graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, a World War II Navy veteran and a Lakeland resident for 48 years.

Homer’s occupation was in chemical engineering and management, with over 30 years of service in different divisions of American Cyanamid.

His life was dedicated to his faith, leaving behind a legacy of ministry and carpentry skills that grace St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Lakeland.

Homer is preceded in death by his parents, Homer Keeton Johnson Sr. and Theodosia Jones Johnson and his brother Walter Johnson, and survived by his cherished wife ... Read more

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Ed and Rita Hafferly on October 11th, 2015 - 6:51 pm said:
Ed and I were founding members of St. John Neumann, along with Homer and Faye. One of Homer's legacies will always be the beautiful hand-crafted furniture that graces the sanctuary.


 

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Roger "Huey Taxi" Juan DeWitt
August 18th, 1968 - October 6th, 2015 47 Years

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Roger "Huey Taxi" Juan DeWitt, 69, of Lakeland, Florida passed away on 10/06/2015 from cancer.
Roger was born in Penny Farms, Florida on 08/02/1946. He was married to Robette on May 18, 1968.
Roger spent the majority of his adult life in the Citrus Industry, retiring from Florida's Natural Growers. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S Army as a helicopter pilot flying Huey's
and ended his service as Captain in Artillery. He earned many awards and medals for his military service.
Roger's biggest passion was always for fast sports cars and photography. His other passion was his love of our local baseball team, The Flying Tigers, where you would see him and his wife in their
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Sandra Rhodes on October 9th, 2015 - 6:57 pm said:
To the Family and Friends, so sorry for your loss. the Bible offers the best comfort at this time at "John 5:28,29 " & " Job 14: ,14,15" . If you would like to learn more go to www.jw.org ( search ) What does the Bible say about death.

Edward Luteran on October 8th, 2015 - 6:24 pm said:
Roger was the first baseball friend I acquired when I moved to this area eleven years ago. We met on the complex fields of the Tigers Gulf Coast League team. Our connection eventually reached the level of the Flying Tigers where we would exchange greetings with regularity. Roger was a warm hearted man who made me feel at home in the Lakeland area. May he rest in peace.

Andy Evans on October 8th, 2015 - 5:44 pm said:
Roger, you were my MVP - Most Valuable Person. I\'m a better person for having known you. Sending up prayers today for you & Robie. Mission Accomplished! :-) Love, Andy

Kevin Jasiak on October 8th, 2015 - 5:17 pm said:
Even though I was only an usher at the ball park I got to know Roger and his wife over the past few years. They were always kind to me and Roger and I shared many stories together also a lot of laughs. I will miss you my friend. We will meet again some day. Godspeed Roger. Robie my thoughts are with you and your family.

Irma Cole and Mark Scolnick on October 8th, 2015 - 9:15 am said:
We are so sorry for your loss. Roger will be greatly missed by you, your family, and all his friends at the ballpark. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May all your wonderful baseball memories bring you some smiles and comfort.

Kizzy Ballard on October 8th, 2015 - 8:44 am said:
Rest Peacefully Roger. Praying for Robie and the family.

Frances H Serridge on October 8th, 2015 - 8:12 am said:
Dear dewitt family, so sorry to hear of roger's passing.he is with the good lord now and no longer suffering.your long time friend, fran

Sue Yanke on October 8th, 2015 - 7:43 am said:
So sorry to hear about Roger. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love you!


 

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Thomas Volpe
June 22nd, 1914 - October 5th, 2015 101 Years

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Thomas Volpe, age 101, passed on 10-5-2015. Visitation at Heath FC, Thurs., 5-7pm. Visitation on Fri. 10-11am, and 11am Service at St. Anthony CC ... Read more

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Laura Webb (Paul Pizzimenti, daughter) on October 8th, 2015 - 6:49 am said:
Lifting your family up in prayer.


 

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Marjorie Harris Myers
February 7th, 1920 - October 3rd, 2015 95 Years

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Marjorie Harris Myers, 95


Lakeland-Marjorie Harris (Marge) Myers passed away on October 3, 2015 in Lakeland at age 95. She and her husband C. Burton (Burt) Myers, Jr. moved to Lakeland in 1954 and purchased the Lakeland Steam Laundry on Lake Mirror which they later renamed Polly Prim’s Launderers and Cleaners. In 1962, the couple purchased Florida Drive-In Cleaners on the corner of South Florida Avenue and Cresap Street. The business was renamed Southside Cleaners-Launderers and new signage was installed that included a reader board message element. Over the next 45 years, Mrs. Myers became well-known locally and regionally for the sayings she would post on the sign. After her husband... Read more

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Holly Myers Pearson on October 9th, 2015 - 7:01 am said:
Sending lots of prayers and much love to my cousins and family. Aunt Marge was an intelligent beautiful woman and will be missed. Savoring those fond memories from childhood with visits to Lakeland.

Phyllis Michael on October 8th, 2015 - 2:26 pm said:
Joyce Cauthan and I send our sympathy in the loss of your mother. I remember her as such a beautiful person who I admired. Working with your family was a joy. Your family is in our prayers. Sincerely, Phyllis Michael

Roy Tyler on October 7th, 2015 - 3:06 pm said:
Condolences Michael she was a treasure, her love of life and those around her will be missed. Roy Tyler from your old Army Reserve Unit.

Jane Pierce (Kunneke) on October 6th, 2015 - 9:39 am said:
Thinking about and praying for all the family in your loss....


 

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Ralph G. "Buddy" Grassfield, Jr.
October 21st, 1922 - September 30th, 2015 92 Years

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Ralph G. “Buddy” Grassfield, Jr., 92
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Lakeland- Mr. Ralph G. “Buddy” Grassfield, Jr., he went home to be with Lord on September 30, 2015 at his home. He was born October 21, 1922 in Des Moines, Iowa. He grew up in Jacksonville and received Christ at the age of 17 at a Boy Scout Camping trip. He obtained the rank of Eagle Scout in High School. While attending the University of Florida he played the trumpet in the marching band and was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a tail gunner on a B-24 Bomber in the 801st Bomb Group. He was an avid fisherman and loved taking trips to the Everglades. ... Read more

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Jane and June Davis on October 14th, 2015 - 3:07 pm said:
He was such a nice person. Loved to tell about his fishing trips and time spent with his family. He seemed to enjoy teaching me how to do/fix the vacuum and I enjoyed learning. He left great memories everywhere he went. Buddy will be missed.

Steve McCarter on October 2nd, 2015 - 9:02 am said:
Buddy was a great neighbors, I truly enjoyed swapping fish tales with Buddy. Pleased he and Meme are together again.

Don Donnelly on October 2nd, 2015 - 7:40 am said:
Dear Ann & Gail and family - so sorry for your loss but it's Heaven's gain. Everyone loved your dad - especially the donnellys. My condolences to you all


 

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William Leon Scarbrough
April 19th, 1929 - September 29th, 2015 86 Years

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William Leon Scarbrough, 86

Lakeland-William Leon Scarbrough died September 28, 2015 at home after a long illness. He was born April 19, 1929 in Thomasville, Alabama. After graduating from Thomasville High School in 1947, he served in United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. He was employed by the Geological Survey of the State of Alabama where he developed many programs for the State of Alabama in Ground Water research. In 1973, he developed and operated a Geological and Environmental Consulting firm in Lakeland, Florida. Upon Retirement he continued a career in Geology and Real-estate.
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Joyce Bryant Kendrick on October 2nd, 2015 - 9:20 am said:
I am sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember Mr. Scarborough as a very gentle man. He was a joy to work with at Ewell and very kind and respectful. Khakie, Chris, and Mrs. Scarborough, I will be praying for you and your family.

Seth on October 1st, 2015 - 7:10 pm said:
Blake and family. Kim and I are so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying God brings peace to you all as you honor your father. Much love. Seth and Kim

Connie Aplin on October 1st, 2015 - 8:02 am said:
Dear Blake, just read about your dad this morning & offering my sympathies to you and your family. I will be praying for you all during this sad and difficult time.


 

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Lola Swygert
November 26th, 1926 - September 29th, 2015 88 Years

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Lola Swygert passed away on September 29, 2015 at Lakeland Regional. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on November 26, 1929. She was the daughter of Arch and Grace Featherston.
She graduated from Hendrix College and received master’s degrees from Emory and USF. She taught school for over 30 years and was a Sunday school teacher for even longer. Lola volunteered for Good Shepherd Hospice, United Methodist Women, and many other organizations.
She is predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Reverend William Swygert. She is survived by her three children, Paul Swygert (May) of Babson Park, Martha Ellingsworth (Louis) of Orlando, and Mark Swygert of Tampa; a brother Jerald Featherston o... Read more

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Jackie (Ethel) Holt More
September 13th, 1941 - September 27th, 2015 74 Years

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Jackie (Ethel) Holt More, 74, of Lakeland, Florida walked out of the gates of our earthly world and into the arms of her Lord and Savior Sunday September 27, 2015, while at home surrounded by her husband, children and a few grandchildren, after a very courageous fight against the horrible disease of Dementia/Alzheimer’s.
Jackie was born on September 13, 1941 to John and Helen Holt in Akron, Ohio. Jackie was the first born daughter to John and Helen. Although her Mom named her Ethel, her father called her Jackie from the day she was born, hence Jackie became the name in which she forged her legacy.
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Lily Dickey on October 1st, 2015 - 8:10 am said:
Jackie and family, May it comfort you that she is no longer fighting for life. I am praying for you In the loss of your loved one. May each tear that falls be a gentle reminder that you and your loved one meant so much to each other, and that the no loss or sorrow, time or distance can ever take that away. " I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." John 14:18 With Deepest Sympathy. Jackie as I worked side by side with you for years I saw & heard the sympathy & hurt for your mom and know that you was always there for her and your dad. Lily


 

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Maria Amezquita
January 27th, 1920 - September 27th, 2015 95 Years

Our “Abuela” left to be with her Lord and rejoice in the glory of God. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother, but above all, she was a faithful servant of her God. She was known as Mami and Abuela with all the attributes that make a one of a kind mother and grandmother. She had a full life, although she became a widow after barely 30 years of marriage, but she was able to fill that void with her church and her grandchildren.

She was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church for over 35 years and it was only in the last few years when she was unable to attend church. Ever since I can remember, She began her days with the rosary and she end... Read more

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