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Helen Erb Murphy Roberts | January 25th, 1918 - January 26th, 2015 97 Years

Helen M. Roberts, 97 Lakeland – Helen Erb Murphy Roberts was born on January 25, 1918. Helen died from natural causes on Monday, January 26, 2015. She was born in Middletown, Ohio. She moved to the West Palm Beach, Florida area when she was 10 years old. She attended the Florida State College for Women and graduated from the University of Cincinnati. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. Helen married George Roberts and lived in Cincinnati until they moved to Lakeland in retirem ... Read more

Beatrice Lorraine Dierling | April 24th, 1924 - January 21st, 2015 90 Years

Beatrice Lorraine Dierling, 90 Beatrice Lorraine Dierling, born April 24th 1924 in Minneapolis, MN. to Syrian Phillip Dierling and Beatrice Robin Dierling went to her heavenly father on at the age of 90 on January 21st. She is survived by her sisters Judy Rolfe and Mary Dierling, nephews Mark and Greg Dierling, and Philip Rolfe and niece Christy Rolfe. She is also survived by many extended relative and friends. She is preceded in death by her best friend and companion of 70 years, M ... Read more

James Clinton Flynn | August 15th, 1921 - January 18th, 2015 93 Years

James Clinton Flynn, 93 Lakeland - Flynn, James Clinton, “JC”, 93, passed away at his Lakeland home on January 18, 2015 of natural causes. JC was born in Tampa, Florida on August 15, 1921. A World War II Navy Veteran, JC served aboard a USN schooner, hauling vital supplies between Florida and Cuba. As a radio man, he handled radio communications, high speed code, signal flags and lights. JC continued a lifelong love of Amateur Radio (HAM) for over 79 years (W4FGC). He was a longtim ... Read more

Joyce C. Satterwhite | July 2nd, 1928 - January 16th, 2015 86 Years

Joyce C. Satterwhite Teacher & Social Worker Lakeland - Joyce Satterwhite passed away at the age of 86, on January 16, 2015, from complications of pneumonia. She was born on July 2, 1928, in Lawrenceville, Georgia and lived in Lakeland since 1980. She is predeceased by her husband William A. Satterwhite, Jr. Joyce is survived by four daughters, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Shepherd Road Presbyterian Church 1217 Shepherd Road, Lakeland, ... Read more

Anastasia C. Morrow | November 26th, 1931 - January 13th, 2015 83 Years

Anastasia C. Morrow, 83 Lake Morton Retirement Home Lakeland: Anastasia C. Morrow, 83, Lakeland, went into the loving arms of our Lord, on January 13, 2015 from heart failure. She was born on November 26, 1931 in Cazzerta, Italy. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Lakeland, and also was the owner and operator of Lake Morton Retirement Home for 37 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and aunt. She was an angel on earth, always willing to ... Read more

Betty Ann Williams | May 20th, 1920 - January 12th, 2015 94 Years

Betty Ann (Clapp) Williams, 94, of Kathleen passed from this world into eternal rest on Monday January 12, 2015 from natural causes. She joins her Lord and Savior, her husband Charles, her brother Ralph Durham and her parents Bonnie and Henry O. Clapp in their Heavenly abode. Her son, Keith, daughter in-law Denise, one grandson, Ryan, daughter Dena, two nieces Carol Durham of Atlanta, Georgia, Nora Mandoki of Gulf Shores, AL, and Debbie Baldwin of West Virginia, all survive Betty. She came ... Read more

Sherri Lynn Bennett | October 18th, 1966 - January 11th, 2015 48 Years

Sherri Lynn Bennett, 48 Daycare Teacher Lakeland – Sherri Lynn Bennett, 48 of Lakeland went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 11 from diabetes. She was born on October 18, 1966, in Columbus, Indiana. She worked in the church nursery at Carpenters Home Church. Sherri was a loving daughter, sister and aunt. She had a big generous heart. Sherri was a mother to her 2 furry babies Garfield and Tigger. She was preceded in death by her step father Larry Brooks. Sherri is survived by ... Read more

Paul Richard Shetler | March 3rd, 1944 - January 10th, 2015 70 Years

Paul Richard Shetler March 3, 1944 - January 10, 2015 Paul Richard Shetler, 70, of Lakeland, Fl passed away Saturday January 10, 2015. He was born March 3, 1944 in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. Paul was retired from Watkins Trucking Company as well as the United States Army. He was an avid collector of stamps and coins and also enjoyed hunting. He is survived by his sister, Shirley Jenkins, two step-daughters, a step-son, several grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family wi ... Read more

Ramon E. Griggs | June 10th, 1928 - January 10th, 2015 86 Years

RAMON E. GRIGGS, 86 LAKELAND - Ramon 'Ray' Eugene Griggs, 86, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, January 10, 2015, due to cancer. Ray was born in Lakewood, NJ, at his parent's home on June 10, 1928, to G. Clinton and Blanche Clayton Griggs. Ramon was a hard worker and it can be said without exaggeration that he could accomplish anything that he put his mind to do. An accomplished musician at an early age and capable of playing many instruments including the piano, organ, a ... Read more

John W. Connelly Sr. | September 19th, 1932 - January 6th, 2015 82 Years

John W. Connelly Sr., 82 Lakeland - John W. Connelly, Sr. 82, passed away January 6, 2015 at home from complications of MDS and heart problems. He was born September 19, 1932 in National Park, N.J. to James and Mary Connelly. Known to his family as Jack, he was the fourth of six children. A graduate of Haddon Heights (NJ) High School (1950); John was a retired Captain of the National Guard and Army Reserve being a Company Commander and Staff Officer. He was the first National Guard ... Read more

Sandra Susan Crews Kirkhart | July 24th, 1950 - January 3rd, 2015 64 Years

Sandra Susan Crews Kirkhart, 64 Music Teacher Lakeland – Sandra Susan Crews Kirkhart was born on July 24, 1950 to Winnie and Frank Crews in Wauchula, Florida. Susan was a joy to her parents, she grew up running and climbing trees and took piano lessons. Her family moved to Safety Harbor, Florida when she completed 4th grade. She loved Safety Harbor and attended Elementary and Junior High School there. She was happiest out in the woods, or in the water, or playing the piano. She ... Read more

Stanley E. Downey (Stan) | March 25th, 1936 - January 3rd, 2015 78 Years

Stanley E. Downey, (Stan) 78 Carpenter Lakeland – Stanley E. Downey 78, died on Saturday, January 3, 2015 from cancer. He was born on March 25, 1936 in Palmerston, Ontario, Canada. He is survived by his wife Diane of 51, years, 5 children, Dale of Alberta, Debbie of Alberta, Christopher of Florida, Craig of Georgia and Cheryl of Kentucky, 14 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 1 sister, Vioa of Ontario. He was an avid bowler, very competitive and a frustrated farmer. He ha ... Read more

Edna Harmon Prevatt | October 17th, 1917 - January 2nd, 2015 97 Years

Edna Harmon Prevatt, 97 Homemaker Lakeland - Edna Harmon Prevatt died at home of natural causes on January 2, 2015. She was 97. Edna was married to the love of her life, Rubert for 61 years. Born in Bluefield, West Virginia, Lakeland was Edna’s home for 55 years. During that time she worked as a preschool teacher, administrative assistant, volunteered as a Sunday school teacher, served on the board of directors for Camp Fire, USA and was involved in the Florida Southern College Facult ... Read more

Frances Ivy Browne | November 30th, 1930 - December 31st, 2014 84 Years

Frances Ivy Browne, 84 Secretary, State of Florida Lakeland - Frances Ivy Browne, 84, of Lakeland, Florida, passed away on December 31, 2014, after a short battle with cancer. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Frances was born on November 30,1930, in Lakeland, Florida. She grew up in Lakeland and graduated from Lakeland High School. She and her husband, Al, were married in February, 1949. She worked as a secretary at the Department of Agriculture and Florida D ... Read more

 
 

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Jim Lee
August 26th, 1944 - April 23rd, 2013 68 Years

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Jim Lee, 68
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Lakeland – Born William James Lee, Jim died unexpectedly April 23, 2013 at LRMC due to a massive heart attack. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio on August 26, 1944, and came to Lakeland to attend Florida Southern College. He began his career as a teacher and coach with the Polk County schools, but quickly began his career in the insurance industry for which he earned numerous professional designations over his 42 years in that profession.
Ever active in the Lakeland community, Jim has served on the boards of the Lakeland Family YMCA, Learning Resource Center, Dixie Youth Baseball and the Advisory Board of Community Southern Bank among others. He was a... Read more

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Kim & Gary on April 25th, 2013 - 9:31 am said:
Lakeland has lost a legend who will not be forgotten. Our hearts go out to Nan & Family. Gary, Kim & Kasi


 

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Roy M. Westberg
October 11th, 1922 - April 20th, 2013 90 Years

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Roy M. Westberg, 90

Lakeland – Roy M. Westberg, of Lakeland, died on April 20, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. He was 90 years old.
Until 1969, when he established residence in Lakeland, FL he had been a longtime resident of Bronxville, New York when his family moved there in 1934, after previously residing in Pelham Manor, New York and Brooklyn, NY where he was born on October 11, 1922.
He was a graduate of Riverdale Country School, NYC and had a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. He was member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. During WWII, he served as a Sergeant in the United States Army Air Corps for over three years.
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Jenny Joerger, Ohio Wesleyan on April 24th, 2013 - 11:10 am said:
I\'m so sorry to hear of Roy\'s passing. I got to know him through his generous support of Ohio Wesleyan, and greatly enjoyed my interactions with him in the last year. He was very kind and seemed to greatly appreciate the small things. When he was back on campus last fall, our piano professor played him a tune on the piano he and his sister donated to Ohio Wesleyan, and he seemed to love hearing it again. His love for his late sister was apparent, and a permanent memorial to their bond will remain in our Stuyvesant Hall as a result of his generosity. Our condolences go to all of his family and friends, and our deepest appreciation to Roy for his support.


 

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Emma Kate Barton
October 29th, 1930 - April 19th, 2013 82 Years

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Emma Kate Barton, 82

Lakeland – Emma Kate Barton, 82, was born on October 29, 1930 and passed away on April 19, 2013 due to heart failure.
Emma was in jewelry sales for years and after moving to Lakeland, she sold Avon for many years. She was a very active member at First United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Harvey, her sons, Kelly Lee (Terri Lee), and Stanley Kent, her grandchildren, Emory Kent Barton, Thomas Wilson Barton, Justin Lee Barton, Shannon Kat e Barton, Ryan James Barton, and Sarah Opstad, her brother, William Ellis Wilson (Mildred), and several nieces and nephews.
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Sally Eva Ramey
December 11th, 1945 - April 17th, 2013 67 Years

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Sally Eva Ramey

Lakeland- Sally Eva Ramey passed away at her home surrounded by her family on April 17, 2013 due to kidney failure. She was 67 years young.
Sally Eva was born in Cecil, Georgia on December 11, 1945.
She moved to Lakeland 25 years ago with her husband Roy. They were happily married for 35 years.
She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother and grandmother and was at home with them by her side.
She was truly loved and blessed.
She was preceded in death by her mother, father and brothers, she is now at home in heaven with them.
Sally is survived by her husband, Roy, 5 children, 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
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eva rickman on April 29th, 2013 - 3:49 pm said:
My mom was amazing lady there's not enough words to express my feelings my mom always cheered me up when i was sad seeing her everyday just made my day i will miss our good times & laughter we had together it will be hard to go on without her i luv u mom we will be together again one sweet day luv ur baby daughter lee i hope i make u proud

Debbie Moore on April 22nd, 2013 - 4:42 pm said:
Best mom award.. she made me the amazing strong woman i am.. I was very lucky to have her for the short time she was here in her young 67 years.. We will never be ready for that moment god comes to get your mother, but i know in my heart she is at peace and celebrating the other family members she missed so much that went home before her.. you are forver in my heart mom and i feel your presence around us each day! Lots of love to you and we will see you again one day! R.I.P.\"Sally/Mom\"


 

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Mary Ellen O'Neal
August 21st, 1945 - April 16th, 2013 67 Years

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Mary Ellen O’Neal
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Bartow- Mary Ellen O’Neal died April 16, 2013 from complications of dementia.
Mary was born in Cairo, Georgia on August 21, 1945.
She was a nursing assistant for Polk County BOCC for 24 years.
Most of her time with the county was spent as a CNA at the Bartow Adult Day Care Center in Bartow (Charles Richardson Center).
She loved and cherished each of those in her care as if they were part of her own family.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Virginia Sims, father, William Clemons Sims, sisters, Beverly Simms, Joyce Butler and Earline Vance.
She is survived by her husband, Michael O’Neal, Sr., Bartow, FL,
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Alice Browm on April 18th, 2013 - 8:35 pm said:
To Mike & Family, I will miss Mary , She was indeed a special person and one if God's gift to the world. Love you all.


 

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J. Perry Knight
February 15th, 1929 - April 15th, 2013 84 Years

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J. Perry Knight
Age 84, passed away April 15, 2013, peacefully at home in Lakeland, FL, with his wife of nearly 60 years, Joyce, at his side, of Lewy-Body Dementia. Born in Dublin, GA, Perry and his younger sister and brother were raised on a small farm by their widowed mother and her family during the Depression. Always gifted in math and electronics, Perry qualified for a Navy ROTC scholarship to Georgia Tech, where he majored in electrical engineering. He then served as a naval officer for three years, including combat action on the USS Helena during the Korean War. Upon returning to civilian life, Perry looked up a girl he\\\\\\\'d met at church during his senior year at Tech; ... Read more

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Carmen Ramona Abbott
February 19th, 1920 - April 12th, 2013 93 Years

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Carmen R. Abbott, 93

Lakeland – Carmen Abbott was born into a large family in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Carmen was the sixth of seven children.

She was a modern woman born in the twenties. Her strength of character was evident in everything she said and did. Unlike many women of her time, she knew her own worth. She walked with her head high and enjoyed life within the bounds of decency and respect for herself and others. She was very spiritual and her steadfast faith and love in God was the building block of her identity. She was a devout Catholic and attended Mass every Sunday. She also set aside a portion of her day for private meditation and prayer. Her sense of right and wrong wa... Read more

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Nilda (Baby) Carlo on April 20th, 2013 - 3:50 am said:
My recollections of my dear titi Carmen are family bound. As a little girl I remember house parties loud with laughter and music, filled with kitchen sounds and smells and jokes and the clatter of dominoes. Always somewhere among it all was titi Carmen trading stories with her siblings and friends, planning the next fun event, rocking back with laughter. Titi’s smiling advice to “Never leave your house without looking your best” guided me out of my messy early teens. Later, it was her unfailing readiness to share with and care for family that served as the model of selfless compassion I continue to admire. I miss your presence in the world you helped create, titi, yet it comforts me to know you’re right now trading stories with Ana, Ernesto, Mando, Palmira, Moncho, Cheo and Cardi. Rock on, titi!

Isabelle Potter on April 17th, 2013 - 10:59 am said:
Carmen was like a second mother to me. Whenever I would visit in Florida, she would always be cooking and have tons of food ready for anybody that came. Carmen would tell me on the side how much she loved my brother Ken, her son-in-law. But she would tell me to keep it a secret because she loved to tease him. Carmen you were a wonderful person.

Ken Potter on April 17th, 2013 - 9:17 am said:
Carmen was a very special lady in my life; I was blessed to have her as my mother-in-law. I often teased her and she’d typically respond, “You’re looking for trouble”. I fondly remember the times that she went boating and fishing with us…just last year she even caught a shark. For the last seven years we’ve not been able to decide on a name for the boat, until now. Carmen will always be with us, especially when we board our newly-named boat, “Looking for Trouble”.

Karen Reitano on April 15th, 2013 - 1:06 pm said:
Mom, I will miss you more than words can say. I have been so fortunate to have such an amazing woman as my mom. You always put us first and took care of us all, even up to the very end. God blessed you with a long and active life where you left your mark in the hearts of all who held you dear. God may have called you home to Him, but the warmth of your love will remain in my heart to uplift and protect me. Mom, I will love you forever. May God bless and keep you.

Ernesto Abbott on April 14th, 2013 - 10:01 am said:
To the most important person in my life. You took care of me my whole life and I know you are looking over my shoulder even now. It will be hard without you here and you will always be missed. I love you so much and hope your in a better place and you are happy. Love you grandma.

Phillip Abbott on April 14th, 2013 - 1:18 am said:
Mom. A greater mom you couldn\'t have been. You help raise my son and make him the man he is today. You never stopped giving and teaching. I will never stop thinking a out you and I wil wait to see you again. Be at peace mom. I love you. Phillip


 

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Charles Martin DeBats
March 12th, 1934 - April 11th, 2013 79 Years

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Charles Martin DeBats, 79

Lakeland – Charles Martin DeBats, 79, has gone to be with his Lord and Savior in Heaven, due to heart failure, on April 11, 2013. “Chuck” was born on March 12, 1934 in Birmingham, Michigan and was a graduate of Admiral Farragut Military Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida, attended the University of Florida and graduated with a degree of Geology from Florida State University, where he was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity.
As a longtime resident of Lakeland, Chuck married his sweetheart, Marjorie Louise DeBats in December, 1964, and they raised their family in Lakeland. He was retired from Reintjes of the South Inc. as Regional Manager and was active in many... Read more

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Ann Brinjson Doty McFarland on January 22nd, 2014 - 11:12 am said:
I am so sorry to learn of Chuck\'s death....I am an old school mate and longtime friend of Marjorie\'s. My sincere condolences to her and her family. I would love to know how to get in touch with Marjorie. Perhaps she can respond via the above e-mail.


 

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Arthur F. Long
April 21st, 1926 - April 6th, 2013 86 Years

Arthur F. Long, 86


Winter Haven: Arthur F. Long, 86, of Winter Haven, died on April 6, 2013 from COPD. He was born on April 21, 1926 in Victoria British Columbia, Canada. He was a guard at the Cincinnati Museum in Ohio for several years. He loved to scuba dive, was an avid landscaper, and was also a Park Ranger. He is survived by his daughters; Esther Durham and Melissia Bea Stoler; brothers; David and Michael Long; grandchildren Demi and Dalton Stoler. A celebration of Life will be held on April 20, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at the Lakeside Terrace Apartments, room 124.
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Calvin Coolidge Reynolds
October 24th, 1924 - April 2nd, 2013 88 Years

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Calvin Coolidge Reynolds, 84


Lakeland: Calvin Coolidge Reynolds, 84, of Lakeland, died on April 2, 2013 from heart disease. He was born on October 24, 1928 in Fitzgerald, GA. Calvin was a veteran of the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was a retired member of the Kathleen Lions Club. He is survived by his wife Rose Mary Reynolds of Lakeland; 2 sons Franklin Darrel Reynolds of Bedford, MA and Calvin C. Reynolds, Jr. of Weston, FL; daughter Theresa Marie Reynolds of Lakeland; 2 grandchildren Benjamin and Hannah Reynolds. A viewing will be held on Friday April 5, 2013 from 5-7 P.M. at Heath Funeral Chapel. Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Associati... Read more

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