William Heston Heilman
October 21st, 1915 - October 10th, 2014 98 Years
William Heston Heilman, 98
William was born October 21, 1915 in Evansville, IN, and died October 10, 2014, of natural causes in Lakeland. He married Janet Aikman in 1942. He graduated from Indiana University, Princeton Theological Seminary and Temple University School of Theology. As an ordained Presbyterian minister he served as pastor in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Illinois. He was also the administrator of Christian Education for the Synod of New Jersey, and from 1970-1988 he and his wife were administrators at Englishton Park, Lexington IN, a retirement home and summer children’s academic remediation camp.
He and his wife moved to Florida Presbyterian Homes, Lakeland in... Read more
Jerry Clinton Bennett
April 18th, 1941 - October 10th, 2014 73 Years
Jerry Clinton Bennett, 73, of Lakeland, FL, passed from his earthly life on Friday, October 10th, 2014, after suffering from the effects of a Glioblastoma brain tumor diagnosed in January 2012.
Jerry was the second child and only son of Dorrys (Dot) and Ophelia Jordan Bennett born on April 18th, 1941 in Roanoke Rapids, NC. He was in the Boy Scouts, played sports, including baseball and football. He was musically talented and sang, played the piano, trumpet, and mellophone. He enjoyed building things, especially a car and a boat he built with his father. He enjoyed summers at White Lake, Lake Gaston (water skiing with the boat), and Nags Head, NC. He graduated in 1959 from Roanoke R... Read more
Edgar and Louise Lee on November 3rd, 2014 - 8:25 am said:
It has been our privilege to be a neighbor, if briefly, and witness the warmth and share in the faith of Jerry Bennett, of whom his long-time friends have spoken so affirmatively and admiringly. His faith in Christ and endurance through his final sufferings have been a model for all! We too believe in the "blessed hope" that he is now experiencing first hand, "...to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.". Our prayers have been and continue to be with you all! With Christian hope and sympathy, Edgar and Louise Lee
Clyde and Nancy Trathowen on October 31st, 2014 - 10:58 am said:
Jerry was a man who walked the talk. He will be missed by so many whose lives he touched. What a blessing it was to know him. I was affectionately known as "his wife's friend" but he was as dear to me as she😘. We mourn with all, but know he is in heaven. You all are in our hearts, thoughts and prayers.
Lucy & John Shirah on October 23rd, 2014 - 10:03 pm said:
Have been off line for some time and just found this news. What a brave blessing Jerry has been to all of his family, especially to you Derith, after 50 years of marriage, you will carry him in your heart always and look forward to that day when the two of you will be united in our Lord's presence. We send our condolences to all of your family. You are all in our prayers, and we will be attending his celebration of life in November. Love in Christ to you all. Lucy & John Shirah.
Margarita Simmons on October 22nd, 2014 - 12:59 pm said:
Derith, our condolences to you, your family and friends. We are happy that we had the chance to meet and get to know you guys. Jerry is greatly missed. His tribute shows his character and amazing life he had here on earth. I know he is at peace but that doesn't take away the pain for those left without this wonderful man in their life. Our prayers of comfort are with you, your family and friends. Take care, Margarita and everyone at HVTA.
June Morris Lazo on October 16th, 2014 - 11:36 pm said:
Dear Derith, Lori, Katrina and family ~ I send my love and sympathy in the loss of your dear husband, Dad and Papa ~ What a comfort to know that he belonged to Jesus and is with HIM today in heaven, rejoicing and free of pain! You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, June
Bill & Heike Crawford on October 16th, 2014 - 10:25 am said:
Dear Family, It is with great sadness that we learned of Jerry's passing. He was a playmate, classmate, fellow Boy Scout, and friend throughout my childhood. Much good has been said about him and it is all true. He was kind, humble, funny, smart, and man who went out of his way to be helpful to those in need. He will be greatly missed by all of us who were his classmates. Know that we grieve with you over his loss but also celebrate his life and the contributions he made to the many whose paths he crossed. We will remember you always, Jerry.
Diana Shamblin on October 15th, 2014 - 7:18 pm said:
I knew Jerry mostly through Derith and our friendship of 30 plus years. I do know that Jerry and the United Methodist Men prayed for me at many retreats in Leesburg for the trials and tribulations I was going through at the time. Jerry was an amazing born again christian and I will forever be thankful for him and Derith. This is a beautiful tribute for God's servant written by his daughter.
Ann King on October 15th, 2014 - 5:07 pm said:
You are always a part of us -- 1959 RRHS ! Friends Forever !
The Fischer-Mullins Family on October 15th, 2014 - 12:22 pm said:
God speed, Mr. Bennet. Thank you for all of your many blessings you brought to the world and those you encountered. We should all be so lucky to be you and have such an amazing family and life. Peace be with all of the Bennett Family in this time of sorrow and transition. Much Love.
Greta Induni on October 15th, 2014 - 12:02 pm said:
So sorry for your families loss. May god be with you all at this difficult time.
marge fallon/ bob fallon on October 15th, 2014 - 11:57 am said:
God called his loving servant home leaving his earthly family but not without Jerry being fully dressed for his banquet with the Lord. God blessed his wonderful family by letting Jerry spread his love of the Lord and them during these past 33 months. Thank you for your witness Jerry!
Bill & Judy Newblom on October 15th, 2014 - 11:37 am said:
We never knew Jerry, only through Derith. The world has lost a special person and our sympathy and prayers go to Derith, the girls and the rest of the family. May you treasure the memories of one of God's blessings and be comforted knowing he is with our Lord.
Roberta Murphy on October 15th, 2014 - 10:55 am said:
Beautifully written, Lori! Jerry was an amazing, wonderful human being ! His attitude through this awful illness, and his caring for others during this time, have been an inspiration for all who knew him. Our Sunday School class, Steeple People, is left with a hole that will never be filled. But we are all better people for having known him.
Beth Marsh on October 15th, 2014 - 10:15 am said:
Beautiful tribute to a beautiful man! I will remember Jerry B for his faith, laughter and friendship to my Poppy! He made a difference in so many lives and I know my life is better for knowing him! Love, hugs and prayers to the Bennetts!
Pauline S. " Polly " Murphy
November 24th, 1921 - October 10th, 2014 92 Years
Pauline S. "Polly" Murphy, 92
Pauline Slaughter Murphy was born November 24, 1921 and died of natural causes October 10, 2014 in Lakeland, FL.
Polly was born in Denver, CO. Then lived in the Austin TX area before returning to Denver in 1927. The family moved to Washington, DC in 1937 where she graduated high school. She had the honor of being an invitee to FDR's third inauguration in January, 1941. During WWII she worked in the Western Union office in Washington, DC. She married James Thomas "Jim" Murphy in January, 1945, prior to his second deployment to Europe.
In 1948 they moved to Cleveland, OH. She was a housewife until most of her five children reached high school age. I... Read more
John & Barbara Koelling on October 20th, 2014 - 9:26 am said:
Polly was such a wonderful friend. Her warmth and kindness will always be remembered. I was lucky enough to be a part of her quilting circle and over 17 years got to be close to Polly. We all miss her and know she is now with Jim and Pauline. May your good memories sustain you.
Marshall Chamberlain on October 17th, 2014 - 6:03 am said:
I have fond memories of my Aunt Polly. Now, I sit here wondering why I didn\\\\\\\'t spend more time with her and members of her family. It\\\\\\\'s impossible to spread a life over everyone you care about. This has left me disconcerted, and Polly\\\\\\\'s transition has left me feeling a great emptiness.
February 15th, 1963 - October 9th, 2014 51 Years
Jeffrey Wells, 51
Lakeland – Jeffrey Wells died on October 9, 2014, due to natural causes. He was born on February 15, 1963, in East Liverpool, Ohio. Jeffrey loved classic cars & fishing. Jeffrey was preceded by his father Fred Wells. He is survived by his mother Ruth Ann Wells, sister, Emily Wells, niece Jordan Wells and great nephew Carter Ragland. A private service was held.
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Janet Stebbins on November 13th, 2014 - 10:07 am said:
I am so sorry for your loss! It is comforting to remember that we have the hope of the resurrection and soon all sorrow will come to an end. Rev. 21: 3, 4.
George Pollock on November 3rd, 2014 - 12:58 pm said:
There are three things that endure Faith, Hope and Love; but the greatest of these is Love. As a family we are thankful for the love through the years that Jeff bestowed to all. Although his life was confining at times, he still was able to express concern and love to many. You will always occupy a place in our hearts
Thelma Crutchfield Kells
January 30th, 1910 - October 8th, 2014 104 Years
Thelma Crutchfield Kells, 104
Thelma Crutchfield Kells, a lifetime resident of Lakeland passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, October 8, at the age of 104 of natural causes. She was born on January 30, 1910 to Thomas Hervey and Mary Kathryn Crutchfield.
Thelma graduated from Lakeland High School and attended Florida Southern College. She married Charles Borland Kells, an attorney, first in 1929 (secretly) and then again in 1930. They were married 50 years when he passed away. Their early years of marriage were tough and they both worked to make ends meet. After World War II, their hard work began to pay off. In the 1940s they opened two liquor stores, one in Plant City... Read more
Claudia Hicks Ozias on October 18th, 2014 - 6:31 pm said:
My dear friend Kathy Adams Rotanelli, of over 50 odd years mentioned her dear Aunt Thelma to me often over the years and how much she meant to Kathy. I am so sorry to hear of her passing but so glad that Kathy got to visit her just before she passed away. Sincere sympathy to all the family and friends....
Robert Merritt on October 14th, 2014 - 6:15 am said:
Thelma was a kind and generous Christian woman. She has finished the race.It was a privilege to know her when I served as a priest at St. David\'s. I can imagine God saying well done good and faithful servant.As caregivers you also have been good and faithful servants. May God bless you.
stefanie dru on October 13th, 2014 - 3:46 am said:
Your family are in our prayers..A beautiful woman// God bless Mrs Thelma and her family We will never forget her beauty and strength..God bless Miss Thelma and your family
Lynn Morris on October 11th, 2014 - 8:45 pm said:
I only knew you a few months but What a lovely lady !!!! May you rest in Peace and Dance for ever sweet lady. We will all miss you Bunches !!!!
Sheron Granger on October 11th, 2014 - 12:27 pm said:
Thinking of the last 5 year and how much love and laughter we shared. I love you my " Lady Bug". Rest in Peace you have served God and man with grace and beauty.
Sheron Granger on October 11th, 2014 - 12:18 pm said:
Rest in Peace my dear sweet "Lady Bug" will see you on the other side. Thanks for the best 5 years since I lost my Mother. What a teacher you have been to all of us.I love you
Phillip Fields on October 10th, 2014 - 7:29 am said:
My fondest memories are the hours spent with my Dad, Mary, and Thelma sitting in her large living room talking about the history of Lakeland, and past and current events in all our lives. The whole time looking out that large window onto the hills in the distant. If in the time we have, we leave behind more good memories than bad ones, and create more good than carnage, we will have been successful. Thelma was very successful.
John Hart MacDonald
November 22nd, 1946 - October 6th, 2014 67 Years
John Hart MacDonald, 67
Lakeland – Mr. John Hart MacDonald, 67 of Lakeland passed away Monday, October 6, 2014 from a heart attack. He was born in Sikeston, Missouri.
John was a veteran of the United States Navy, an avid golfer, and a business manager for Lazy Days RV.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen, son, John and daughter Amy Elizabeth, 2 sisters and 1 grandson.
A visitation will be held at Heath Funeral Chapel at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, October 9, 2014.
Memorials may be made to the family.
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Lloyd & Jude Goodwin on November 4th, 2014 - 6:28 pm said:
Kate and Amy, Jude and I are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless!
Linda ward on October 9th, 2014 - 10:33 pm said:
i am sorry for your loss Kate and sweet Amy he was a sweet and loving man
Linda ward on October 9th, 2014 - 10:33 pm said:
i am sorry for your loss Kate and sweet Amy he was a sweet and loving man
Chris Skumatz on October 9th, 2014 - 4:56 pm said:
Kate and Amy, I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope with time the pain will fade and you will find comfort in knowing you had a wonderful life together.
AnnEllen Barr on October 9th, 2014 - 8:30 am said:
Judy told me of your loss and I wanted to tell you we send our love to you and your family.
Anna Wheatley on October 9th, 2014 - 7:33 am said:
I'm so sorry for your loss I had only known John for less than a year, but he had made a great impression on me. He was always full of life and very polite never without a smile or a joke. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.
Cathy and Lyonel Leonard on October 8th, 2014 - 9:18 pm said:
We send our condolences upon the passing of John. Keep his legacy alive by telling the generations that follow what made him so special. Our thoughts and prayers are with you
October 1st, 1939 - October 6th, 2014 75 Years
Rosa Sanabria, 75, passed away of complications from congestive heart failure, at her home, on October 6, 2014 while surrounded by her two daughters.
The second youngest of 9 children, Rosa was born in Camaguey, Cuba on October 1, 1939. Rosa's parents, Rosa and Arturo, raised her to become a caring, nurturing and selfless person who believed in a strong educational foundation. After earning her nursing degree from la Escuela de Salud Publica in 1963, Rosa was able to fulfill her desire to care for others. It was during her nursing studies that Rosa met the love of her life, Dr. Juan de la Cruz Sanabria, whom she married on February 14, 1962. In 1964, Rosa and Juan had their first daughte... Read more
Elizabeth Ross Bennett- Ertell
November 29th, 1956 - October 5th, 2014 57 Years
Elizabeth Ross Bennett-Ertell, 57
Winter Haven- Mrs. Elizabeth Ross Bennett-Ertell died on October 5, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born November 29, 1956 in Pensacola, FL. Elizabeth was a longtime member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Lakeland.
Devoted wife for 29 years of Dewey Ertell, loving mother of Kristen Ertell, cherished daughter of Betty Bennett, dear sister of William (Linda) Bennett, Jr., predeceased by father William M. Bennett, Sr.
Memorial Services will be held at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 202 S. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland, FL 33801 at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday October 14, 2014.
Memorials may be made to All Saints’ Ep... Read more
Debbie & Jim Wheeler, Baconton Ga. on December 3rd, 2014 - 7:15 am said:
Dearest Dewey, we are so sad to hear of Elizabeth's passing and the illness she caried. Our love and prayers go out to you. You and Elizabeth are two of the sweetest and giving people we know. So sorry we lost track of each other. I believe the last time we all got together was for Aunt Betty's 95th birthday party. We would have been there for the funeral had we known. So Sorry. God bless you and keep you in his special place.
Rodrigo Moreira on October 15th, 2014 - 6:29 am said:
Dewey, God bless you and your family, he is always on control.
Rhonda Tackett on October 14th, 2014 - 9:35 am said:
Dewey, think about you often. You and your family are in my prayers. God keep you in the hollow of his hand.
FNG - Frozen Unit family and friends on October 14th, 2014 - 8:40 am said:
All of us in the Frozen Unit send our prayers and our thoughts are with you during your time of sorrow. May the memories of your union strengthen your family in your time of weakness.
John Kraft on October 14th, 2014 - 8:37 am said:
Dewey - you have the heart felt condolences from my family to yours. Her pain is over and your memories will last forever. God be with you.
Tena Weltz on October 13th, 2014 - 7:32 pm said:
Dewey, you and your daughter are in my thought and prayers. Heaven has added another Angel.
Jena Parris on October 13th, 2014 - 3:37 pm said:
Dewey-My thoughts are with you and your family during this time. Truly sorry for your loss.
Rick Gulley on October 13th, 2014 - 2:28 pm said:
My family's thoughts and prayers have been with you and your family through your wife's sickness and now at this time of loss they continue to be so. Just remember that God is good and He is in control.
Debra La Boda on October 13th, 2014 - 1:10 pm said:
Dewey and Kristen, My deepest sympathy.
Larry & Lesle Mundy on October 13th, 2014 - 10:17 am said:
Dewey, We offer our deepest condolences to you and your daughter during this time of sorrow. You'll be in our thoughts as we wish for happier times to come your way.
Ann Bonner on October 13th, 2014 - 8:50 am said:
I had the honor of working with Elizabeth at Goodwill in New Orleans. She was so dedicated to her job and the mission of Goodwill. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Pam Williams on October 11th, 2014 - 3:56 pm said:
You started out my boss here at Goodwill New Orleans. Then became friends. We'd stay at work until 3 or 4 o'clock in the morning getting files ready for CARF! we'd have the tv on or music blasting! You always had a heart of gold! I saw it with the clients we worked with. And you showed it in your friendship with me. After Katrina you and Dewey were there. You will always hold a special place in my heart. I love you!
John and Victoria Boger on October 11th, 2014 - 2:24 pm said:
We are so sorry for your loss Dewey. Elizabeth will be missed by many. She no longer has to endure pain or discomfort and will enjoy peace for evermore.
Bo Trumbo on October 11th, 2014 - 10:38 am said:
To all in the Bennett-Ertell family, I offer my condolences on the passing of my childhood friend, Elizabeth. We went to school together from elementary thru high school and worshipped as youths at the same Orlando Episcopal Church. We shared thru the years much laughter of our times past. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers! Please have Bill Bennett and Dewey Ertell telephone me, as I've tried to reach you. My cell number is 407-399-6942. Blessings!!
William Bennett on October 10th, 2014 - 7:19 pm said:
We were competitive from the start, but we always loved each other. I'm glad you followed your dreams and I know you are looking over us, no longer in pain. May god bless you.
Linda Bennett on October 9th, 2014 - 5:54 pm said:
I have a cherished possession that you gave me on my birthday several years ago. It is a beautiful blue rose tea pot. Somehow it has given me comfort since your passing. You will always hold a special place in my heart and I will miss you so much. Thank you for all your wisdom, guidance and love.
Dewey Ertell on October 9th, 2014 - 5:13 pm said:
We knew we were meant for each other from the start. To all the wonderful memories we have. From Hong Kong, to Japan to San Diego and a thousand other places.
Dora Ann Moore
October 13th, 1936 - October 4th, 2014 77 Years
Dora Ann Moore, 77
Lakeland: Dora Ann Moore, 77, of Lakeland went to be with her Lord on October 4, 2014 in Lakeland, FL from cancer. Dora Ann was born in Picher, Oklahoma to William and Audry Boyd on October 13, 1936. Her family moved to Florida in 1942. She graduated from Lakeland High School in 1955 and married James Moore in June 1955. While raising three children, she worked for Polk County Sheriff’s Office as a crossing guard at the Combee Road area. She later went to work for Publix and retired in 2010 after 26 years. She enjoyed watching Nascar racing and football games; but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildr... Read more
John Marcus Haney
June 30th, 1962 - September 28th, 2014 52 Years
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
A brother, father and grandfather.
Brother we love you!... Read more
Leo Cox on March 12th, 2015 - 2:19 pm said:
will miss you cousin.
dianne mullins on October 15th, 2014 - 8:56 pm said:
Dear family of John, I am so sorry for your tragic loss. I wish to share comfort from the Bible at this sad time. Jesus well knew the Bible statement:" Time and unforeseen occurrence befall them all"[Ecclesiastes 9:11]. He knew that sometimes bad things just happen. The wonderful future resurrection hope is the promise found at John 5:28,29. Revelation 21:3,4 states that death will be no more. and pain will be no more, the former things will have passed away. Our Creator, Jehovah God, by means of his son Jesus, is going to bring about these wonderful changes. I hope as you read these texts in your Bible they will be of comfort to you. There is much Bible-based comfort to be found on the website .jw.org
Susan thomas on October 6th, 2014 - 8:51 am said:
We grew up together on the hill! There are so many memories there, and with john. John knew I was terrified of any bug in that desert and there were a lot!! I think he would plot which bug to chase me with on a daily bases! John would make me laugh all the time!!! I am sad that we won't get to see each other in this life again, but I will forever cherish the memories of you. The hill, and those darn bugs!!!! I love you john!
Allen Haney on October 3rd, 2014 - 11:03 pm said:
I love you brother. I will always look up to you. I will never forget you or our last conversation. See you on other side brother hold the door open! !!
Missi Haney on October 2nd, 2014 - 1:48 pm said:
We had our ups and downs but there was always love that brought us back to family. I looked up to you as I was growing up and never realized until I was 37 years old that you were so short. LOL Give Dad and Mark hell razz Mike a little hug my mom and rest easy brother. You are in a much better place with no worries now.
Kelly Shields on October 1st, 2014 - 8:44 pm said:
My heart sunk at the news of your passing. I am blesses to have been able to have been back in touch and that you knew how I felt about you and I you. We had a lot of fun times through out our lives and I will forever cherish them and smile with them. It is with a heavy heart I say goodbye for now John.. Kelly Lynn....
Mrs Asphalt Crew on October 1st, 2014 - 3:05 pm said:
John we miss you so much. You were a great friend, great co-worker. Our lives are forever changed by meeting you. We will never forget you. May you rest in peace our friend. Love your crew.
Amber Haney on October 1st, 2014 - 1:46 pm said:
Dad I can't believe it's true but we had a good run and even though you are gone I will never forget you i'm without a doubt a daddy's girl. I miss and love you so much.
Jodi Outlaw (Mrs Asphalt) on October 1st, 2014 - 1:29 pm said:
John I can't tell you how broken hearted you have left us. We loved you so much. You were the one we always counted on. I miss you so much everyday. Your kindness, your knowledge, your workmanship was like no other. You were more than a employee to us you were our family. I love you John, Tooty loves you, Shannon and Dustin both love you. You will be missed more than you will ever know. RIP my sweetness.
Danielle Haney on October 1st, 2014 - 10:57 am said:
One of my favorite memories of you, was when you went to madera canyon without me. I was so sad that I couldnt go with you and see all the snow. But to my surprise, when you got home in that crappy, creepy van, You told me to get a shovel and you opened the back door to the van,, and there it was! a huge pile of snow for all of us to play with! I have many memories of us camping when I was younger, and plenty of crazy stories to tell for years to come! I love you uncle john. I hope you can find rest and peace in the next life. Give Grandma Mary lots of love from me.. <3 NOONER
chrie whitley on October 1st, 2014 - 9:14 am said:
I love you my cousin my brother my friend. God needed you more. But I will see you again.
peggy haney on October 1st, 2014 - 7:53 am said:
i love you and miss you and always will
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