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Prena Thomas | August 29th, 1926 - October 19th, 2014 88 Years

Prena J. Thomas, 88 Lakeland: Prena J. Thomas, 88, of Lakeland, died on October 19, 2014 from natural causes. She was born on August 29, 1926 in Crystal Falls Township, Michigan to Andrew and Pauline Saundri. She proudly worked for Jimbo’s for 42 years. She was a parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church since 1945. She served as an Eucharistic Minister, President of the Women’s Catholic Association, and 1995 St Joseph’s Council of Catholic Women; Woman of the Year. Prena was 1 o ... Read more

Rowena M. Lansing | September 30th, 1919 - October 17th, 2014 95 Years

Rowena Lansing, 95 Cosmetic Buyer Lakeland – Rowena Lansing, 95, of Lakeland passed away Monday, October 17, 2014 from natural causes. She was born September 30, 1919 in Warsaw, Indiana. She loved to play golf, paint, and play bridge. She is preceded in death by her husband Jack Lansing. She is survived by her son Robert J. McMorran, Jr. (Patricia), grandson Scott McMorran (Carolyn), granddaughter Lisa Wheeler (Scott), great-grandsons Logan and Wyatt, sister Margaret Hendricks (Joh ... Read more

Christopher David Rogers | April 21st, 1991 - October 17th, 2014 23 Years

Christopher David Rogers, 23 Lakeland-Christopher David Rogers, 23, left to be in the arms of our Lord on Friday, October 17, 2014. Christopher was born, April 21, 1991, in Winter Park, FL, grew up in Apopka, FL, and moved with his mother to Lakeland, FL, in 2000. He graduated from Harrison School of the Arts and had attended Polk State. He was a loving son and brother and was always there for his family and friends in so many ways. Christopher was a quiet and private person who ... Read more

Christopher Brian Earl | December 10th, 1937 - October 16th, 2014 76 Years

Christopher Brian Earl, 76 Lakeland- Christopher Brian Earl, 76, passed away of complications from pancreatitis on October 16, 2014 while surrounded by his family. The youngest of six children, Chris was born in Morden, Surrey, England. He graduated from Wimbledon College and Borough Polytechnic in London. Chris, his wife, Pauline, and their young children emigrated to Lakeland in 1965 after accepting a chemical engineering job with Wellman Lord. As a professional engineer, he designed ... Read more

Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr. | December 12th, 1920 - October 16th, 2014 93 Years

Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr., 93 Lakeland: Howard Curtis Hornsby, Sr. died October 16, 2014 at his home due to natural causes. Mr. Hornsby was born December 12, 1920 in Ashburn, GA and later moved to Lakeland with his family. He was owner-operator of Winston Farms for over 55 years. Ranching for most of his life, he also was a general contractor having built many homes in Lakeland during the late 1950's and early 1960's. He was a member of St. Joseph' s Catholic Church and the Florida C ... Read more

Virginia L. Thompson | June 1st, 1921 - October 15th, 2014 93 Years

Virginia L. Thompson, 93 Lakeland, Virginia L. Thompson, 93, of Lakeland, FL, went to be with God on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 of natural causes. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 67 years, William, sons Ronald and Kerry. She is survived by her son's Richard and wife Sue, David and wife Carol, daughter Linda Garrett and husband Raymond and daughter in law Lesley, sister, Jean Terry, 16 grandchildren, many great and great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Thompson was born in LaP ... Read more

Irma Z. King | November 1st, 1920 - October 11th, 2014 93 Years

Irma Z. King, 93 Teacher Lakeland – Mrs. Irma Z. King, 93 of Lakeland passed away Saturday, October 11, 2014 from a heart failure. She was born in Plant City, Fl. Mrs. King is preceded by her husband Captain James Paul King and son Dr. James Robin King. She is survived by daughter Paula Simpson, granddaughters Jamie McGee & husband Mark, Samantha Brawley & husband Carson, great-granddaughter Finley Alexis McGee and Sister Alva Swilley. She graduated in 1942 with a Bachelor’s of Scien ... Read more

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 ... 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 bui ... Read more

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 ... Read more

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 aw ... Read more

John Hart MacDonald | November 22nd, 1946 - October 6th, 2014 67 Years

John Hart MacDonald, 67 Business Manager 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. Me ... Read more

Rosa Sanabria | 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 ca ... Read more

Elizabeth Ross Bennett- Ertell | November 29th, 1956 - October 5th, 2014 57 Years

Elizabeth Ross Bennett-Ertell, 57 Goodwill Industries 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, ... Read more




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Anna Mae Carter
March 12th, 1929 - January 24th, 2013 83 Years

Anna Mae Carter, 83

Anna Carter died on January 24th comfortably at her home due to heart failure. She had a varied background which included nursing, finance, and marketing. She dedicated her life chiefly to her 5 children, her husband Wallace, and her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is survived by her children Toni Ann (Gary) Meyers, Nicki (Will) Thompson, Lori Walls, Dean Pisacano, Don (Margaret) Pisacano; Stepchildren Les (Linda) Carter, Brenda (John) Booker; Grandchildren and great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Plant City Capital Repairs Fund, 404 W. Reynolds Street, Plant City, FL. 335... Read more

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Pat Huggins on January 29th, 2013 - 11:42 am said:
Wallace, my deepest sympathy goes out to you on the passing of your sweet and funny Anna Mae. My heart is very sad today, but I\'m thankful for the memories I hold in my heart....you are both very special to me and I\'ve missed you! May the memories you have get you through this very difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Love Pat Huggins

Patricia Huggins on January 29th, 2013 - 11:28 am said:
Anna Mae, through the years we developed a special bond and today my heart is sadden to hear of your passing. I met both you and Wally many years ago while I worked for Morgan Stanley and fell in love instantly. My prayers are with your family and I hold many memories of you in my heart. Sleep peacefully sweet angel and one day we will meet again. Love Pat Huggins

Kathy Lape on January 28th, 2013 - 9:53 am said:
Dean; Dear Friend my deepest sympathy on the loss of your cherished Mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love, Kathy and Mike

Kendall Singletary Barret on January 28th, 2013 - 9:15 am said:
Don, Dean, Toni, Nicki & Lori -- I am so very sorry for your loss. Anna Mae was one of the sweetest, funniest ladies who ever lived! She and her buddy Glo are no doubt chatting up a storm right now, and reminiscing about all of the trouble their children used to get into. My thoughts are with you - xoxoxox - Kendall

Tom Sweeney on January 28th, 2013 - 8:30 am said:
Dean: I was sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. May your good memories carry you through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Best regards. Tom

James Kruer on January 28th, 2013 - 7:49 am said:
Dean, You have my deepest sympathy on your loss. May the Lord give you the strength to accept His will and cherish her memory. Peace, jim

Mike & Carleene Sessa on January 26th, 2013 - 10:35 am said:
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs. Carter touched so many people with her kind words and actions. She made people feel special and will be sorely missed by many. She was an Angel on earth and is now an Angel in Heaven. God Bless you during this difficult time.


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Zada Hart Sholine
August 14th, 1924 - January 24th, 2013 88 Years


Zada Hart Sholine died Jan 24, 2013 from Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born in Winter Haven Fl on Aug 14, 1924. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lakeland since 1955 & served on many boards & committees. She is survived by her husband, John Sholine, son John (Martha Stanton) Sholine, Okinawa, Japan, daughters Lea Ellen (David) DeWitt & Jane (Nancy Haymans) Sholine, granddaughters Erin & Lauren DeWitt, Kristen (Phil) Losch, great grandsons Jacob & Paul Losch, FL, cousin Jean Hackle, Winter Haven, FL and many nieces & nephews. A Celebration of Life and interment service will be held at 4pm, Mon Jan 28 at the Columbarium at First United Methodist Church, Lakeland. In... Read more

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Frank and Darcy Shinn on January 26th, 2013 - 12:53 pm said:
Please accept our sympathies for the loss of your Mom. We will continue to keep you and yours in our prayers.

Roanna Combs on January 25th, 2013 - 3:47 pm said:
Jane - I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. May God bless and be with you and your family! My heartfelt prayers and thoughts are with you all.


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Irene Leslie Smith
January 13th, 1932 - January 22nd, 2013 81 Years


Irene Leslie Smith, 81

Irene Leslie Smith went to be with our Lord and Savior on January 22, 2013 due to cardiac/respiratory complications. She was 81.

She was born in Bryn Athyn, PA on January 13, 1932 to Ronald and Neva Webster. As a long time member of First United Methodist Church, \"Miss Irene\" served as the Mother\'s Day Out Program Director for many years. She will be remembered for her inspirational faith,endless compassion and unconditional love for not only her family but for all children. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Arthur of Lakeland; her daughters, Ronda Mayes of Lakeland, Denise Ott (Rick) of Claremore, Oklahoma, Marilee Galindo (David) of Apopka... Read more

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Frank and Darcy Shinn on January 26th, 2013 - 12:55 pm said:
Art, and family, please accept our sincere condolences in the loss of Irene. We always will remember her smile and well wishes before the 8:15 service on Sunday mornings. Blessings to you and yours.

Teresa Hale on January 25th, 2013 - 10:07 pm said:
I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of doing Irenes hair for about 10 years and we shared much laughter and a few tears too. She was an inspiration to me with her faith and genuine love and concern for others. I am so very sorry that I did not get to see her.I loved Irene and she will missed by all of us at Tigers Den.

Sandra Payne on January 25th, 2013 - 8:33 pm said:
Art and Family, Eddie and I want you to know we want, so much, to be there with you but that is not possible. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers these days. Even though Irene is now at peace and free of pain, and has left us with so many good memories still it is difficult to know that she has left our presence and we are praying for you as you experience this. Love you, our dear, special, very special uncle.

Gary Hamilton on January 24th, 2013 - 8:24 pm said:
I am so sorry for your loss but I know Irene is rejoicing in heaven with the Lord and all the saints. Much love to you all.

Jean McClure on January 24th, 2013 - 8:08 pm said:
What a wonderful person Irene -Nanny-was. She touched so many people with her kind words & actions. Denise & I took off to Florida many many years ago with 4 small kids at a very difficult time in my life. I was welcomed into the Smith home with open arms & every morning Nanny would sit at the kitchen table & smile at me & say \" This is the Lord\'s day, let us rejoice & be glad in it!\" Thank you for being my Angel.

Neda Hilliard on January 24th, 2013 - 6:01 pm said:
Uncle Art, Rhonda, Denise, Gary Lee and Marilee-I am so sorry for your loss, Aunt Irene was always making sure that everyone was OK and taken care of, and could always be counted on in times of trouble or need. She touched many lives and made a great difference to a lot of people. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love, Neda

Swindell family on January 24th, 2013 - 4:27 pm said:
Dear Art and family , we were so sorry to hear of your loss. Celeste has many found,loving memories of Irene. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Geneva Smith on January 24th, 2013 - 1:10 pm said:
Art and all the family, praying you will all find comfort knowing that Irene is in a wonderful place of love and light where there is no pain and sorrow. So sorry I can\'t be with you, I am thinking of you at this sad time. Wishing you all peace. Geneva

Susan Schenk on January 24th, 2013 - 12:33 pm said:
Dearest Ronda and Family, So sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. She sounds like a wonderful women who has touched many lives. Please know that your friends at work are praying for your family in this time of sorrow.

Marla Blankenship on January 24th, 2013 - 11:06 am said:
Uncle Art, You and Aunt Irene have been such a huge part of all of our lives for so many years, it is hard to imagine what our childhood would have been like without you. Aunt Irene was always ready with a joke or kind word. I remember when you all moved to Florida so well. Just before leaving, Aunt Irene called the house to say goodbye and I answered the phone. The last piece of advice she gave me before she hung up was "Don't take any wooden nickels." Well, at that age, I wasn't quite sure what she meant. It wasn't until I told Daddy what she said (and he got a good laugh at that) that I understood and appreciated her sense of humor. Love to you always, Marla Jo

Morris Hand on January 24th, 2013 - 7:58 am said:
Dear Art and Family our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time,Morris and Barb hand Hickory Hill MP Lakeland Fl.


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Walter H. Anthony
August 9th, 1920 - January 19th, 2013 92 Years


Walter H. Anthony, 92
Carmen for C & O Railroad

Lakeland- Mr. Walter H. Anthony
died on January 19, 2013 at Valencia Hills Nursing Home. He was born August 9, 1920 in Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Anthony was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, a 50 year volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America, 20 year volunteer with Polk County Schools, and a 10 year volunteer with Good Shepherd Hospice. He retired in 1980 from C & O Railroad after 44 years of service.
Predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Olive K. Anthony. Survivors include son, Carl (Bud) Anthony and his wife, Sharon, daughter, Carol Ann Green and husband John, 9 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
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BMCM CARL KALLASSY USNR RETIRED on January 25th, 2013 - 3:03 pm said:
We are all feeling the loss of a fellow service member. And one that passed on the ideals of Service to Country to family is missed even more. I am sorry I could not attend the funeral in uniform to show proper respect for the loss of fellow military member. Even though we never met, the loss is felt and the eyes are wet. We will remember him with pride and the respect he earned serving this great land when it was needed most. \"FAIR WIND AND FOLLOWING SEAS, SHIPMATE\"

Debbie Czompi Chotkevys on January 25th, 2013 - 8:25 am said:
Olive and Walter will always have a special place in my heart as very kind, generous, and influential adults during my childhood. I have such wonderful memories of growing up at Zion Lutheran Church. Olive was my piano teacher, and she helped me find my life-long career of being a church organist. Both Olive and Walter made this world a better place to live for me and many others.

Terry and Carol Mathews Enon, Ohio on January 24th, 2013 - 8:09 pm said:
Carol and Johnny - We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Steve Owsinski on January 23rd, 2013 - 2:11 pm said:
Grandpa, I can not muster enough words to express how grateful I am to you for instilling the perpetual hope, happiness, loving spirit, and deeply-sincere friendship in my darling daughter, Lauren. Her visits with you, riding upon the golf cart together, observing you smile with glee, and your humorous wit remain with her today...from which she beams with pride and time-honored appreciation for a wonderful man who always gave selflessly...a wisdomful being unlike any other. Rest in peace, Grandpa...and kindly hug your soulmate, Olive, for us.

Krista-RIFCU on January 23rd, 2013 - 1:12 pm said:
Mr. Anthony was such an inspiration to me. I looked forward to his weekly visits to our credit union. He always shared a kind word and his smiles and laughter were contagious. He loved his family, his church, his friends and the opportunity to volunteer in many areas. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. I know he will be very missed.

Terry Price on January 23rd, 2013 - 8:06 am said:
Sorry for your loss , but will always remember all the good times and lots of laughs we had at muirfield, never forget the antics of the DADS.

Doug and Mary Jane Hubbard on January 23rd, 2013 - 7:32 am said:
We will be praying for you during in the days and weeks to come.

John Schlosser on January 22nd, 2013 - 12:25 pm said:
Uncle Walter. It was great to see you recently and great to talk about the times we shared. I will always remember the 2 pair of work boots at your garage door. Love you and tell Mom (Jane) we are doing well.

John Schlosser on January 22nd, 2013 - 11:55 am said:
Uncle Walter. It was great to see you recently and great to talk about the times we shared. I will always remember the 2 pair of work boots at your garage door. Love you and tell Mom (Jane) we are doing well.

Isabelle Baker on January 22nd, 2013 - 11:53 am said:
Dear Walter, Such a loss for us; but such a blessing for heaven! You left us with a reminder to love Jesus, be a faithful friend, to serve, love and laugh! When we last spoke you were so looking forward to heaven and to being reunited with your beloved Olive. What a beautiful legacy of love, service and friendship you have left for us to aspire! You have a lovely, faithful family. Thank you for your service and for your friendship! Isy

Beth Boryk on January 22nd, 2013 - 8:39 am said:
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. I remember meeting him at the office and what a great person he was. My thoughts and prayers are with and you family at this difficult time.

Kristi Guerra on January 22nd, 2013 - 8:32 am said:
My grandpa, my hero! No words can describe how blessed I was to have you in my life! I will cherish our weekly visits forever! You will be soo missed, but I know now I have one more angel looking down on me, I loved you yesterday I love you still I always have and I always will!

Helen Roop on January 22nd, 2013 - 7:29 am said:
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember several times when your Dad came up to the office to visit and some of the stories that you would tell about him. My thought and prayers are with you at this time.

Ken & Maggie Winsbro on January 22nd, 2013 - 7:04 am said:
I have great memories of playing golf with Walter, Carl, John, Mike and Steve at MacDill. And of Carl arranging for my Dad and I to meet Walter for lunch one day. Our sincere condolences to the entire family.

Kayla on January 21st, 2013 - 7:46 pm said:
Grandpa was an amazing man who always shared his stories from church to the war. He always talked about his love for grandma and how he cared so deeply for her. I know she was there meeting him at the gates of heaven. Even though we won\'t hear anymore of these stories over a Wendy\'s chili and hamburger they are stories we will carry with us for the rest of lives. We had hour long talks on how proud of not only me but my sisters he was and I know he wouldn\'t want us to mourn on the loss of him but to celebrate the 92 years he lived on this earth. He isn\'t suffering anymore and that couldn\'t make any of us happier. Mya saw a shooting star and swore it was grandpa that\'s just a sign he will continue to walk this crazy life with us and we will do nothing but make him proud in all of the decisions we make for our future. He taught us so many different things and each of us have that special memory we will keep with us. I will always cherish the memory\'s I have of him and he is deeply missed.

Lauren on January 21st, 2013 - 7:30 pm said:
I dont know where to start. I can still remember the first time meeting you.Your big bright smile, always made the room glow. You had a special gift that you delievered to each of us.Grandpa put a light in every dark room

Flo macklin on January 21st, 2013 - 3:18 pm said:
A fun interesting cousin with an excellent memory. Hope you recorded some of the family and war history. He had a long and relatively good life.

Charlie & Diane Boren on January 21st, 2013 - 12:25 pm said:
The many good memories will always be present with us. The good times of playing golf with Walt & my Dad and their many other friends. The Muirfield times in the early days of the tournament and all of the bad weather we endured. All of the Muirfield parties we had to pick the winner of the tournament and and the fun we had at the after Muirfield parties when we shared the many laughs of the week. We are sorry we cannot be with you during this time, but our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

Paula Crouse on January 21st, 2013 - 10:34 am said:
I am so very sorry to hear of Mr. Anthony\'s passing. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Sue Schaefer on January 21st, 2013 - 10:03 am said:
Uncle Walter - you will be missed. You had a wonderful life and you were full of life. God be with you!

Vivian and John Lackey on January 21st, 2013 - 7:52 am said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Johnnie Green on January 20th, 2013 - 5:18 pm said:
Walt you were an awesome Father-in-law, we had some great times together, especially building our storage shed in the back yard and our trips to Fantasy of Flight. You will be greatly missed.


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James J. Apel
December 14th, 1925 - January 14th, 2013 87 Years

James J. Apel, 87

James J. Apel, age 87, passed away on January 14, 2013 due to natural causes. He was born in Detroit, MI. to Clarence & Alma Apel. He was a US Navy Veteran. He was a policeman for the Detroit police dept. for 28 years, the last 10 as a detective sergeant. After retirement from the city, he worked for General Motors for 10 years. After leaving the work force, he & his loving wife Charlotte moved to Lakeland, FL. He is survived by his wife, his sisters Lorraine & Marylyn. His children Cathleen (William) Moore, Steven, Susan (Robert) Kuzilla, Barbara (James) Dunn and Michael (Sherry) Apel. Also four grand children and 3 great grand children. Preceded in death by 2 brothers... Read more

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Chris Sanders on January 25th, 2013 - 5:26 pm said:
Dear Cathy, Bill and all of the family, I have so enjoyed listening to your cherished childhood memories, Cathy. What a tribute to your mom and dad! I don\'t think a better legacy could be left. My sincere condolences to you and yours at this difficult time.


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Frances Heath Jones
November 16th, 1916 - January 12th, 2013 96 Years


Frances H. Jones, age 96, of Givens Estates, Asheville, N.C., passed away January 12, 2013. She was the only daughter born to George and Lena Waller Heath of Swainsboro, Georgia and was sister to 7 brothers; one, a twin named Frank. Early in her childhood, the Heath family moved to Ft. Meade, Florida where Mrs. Jones was raised. Last year, her two remaining brothers Charles Heath of Wauchula, and Foster Heath, founder/owner of Heath Funeral Chapel, died respectively in March and April. Mrs. Jones was the remaining sibling.

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Darla Olive on March 13th, 2013 - 12:16 am said:
Continuing to think of you both and pondering what our \"Frances\'s\" are talking about. Making joyful noise I\'m sure now that they are free from worry and pain. Sounds good to me! Hope you are finding comfort from friends and loved ones. Your Mom was so full of grace and stood for a time that, unfortunately, seems long gone by these days. Both of you are testimonies to her spirit and faith and I know she is looking down on you with pride and smiles of joy. You will always be like family to us DeShong girls. Wish we could all get together for some fun memory talk! Please take care and know I send my thoughts, prayers but most of all, my love. Take care. Love, Darla

Julie Love-Asaad on March 5th, 2013 - 9:43 pm said:
My heart goes out to Mrs. Jones\' youngest daughter, Cindy. Your mother was a very dear and beautiful woman. I can remember our Nancy Drew Book Club meetings where she served us refreshments on real china and made us fourth graders feel like grown ups coming to have tea with the queen. She was an elegant reminder of a more gentile time in American history. She was someone you truly wanted to make proud. Cindy, my friend, you made her so proud. She loved you with all her heart and you were always a beautiful reflection of your parents\' good values and grace. The world lost a precious light with her passing. Heaven is rejoicing! My love to you and your family.

Nancy & William Greene, Asheville, NC on January 14th, 2013 - 11:41 am said:
Our deepest sympathy and love to all, Nancy & Willie

Ellie Pinkham on January 14th, 2013 - 8:55 am said:
Your Mother was a beautiful and gracious lady. It was an honor to know her.

Shon Norris on January 14th, 2013 - 8:33 am said:
Cindy, Julie and I send our thoughts and prayers and will be thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Please don't hesitate to let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

Shella DeShong Black on January 13th, 2013 - 2:01 pm said:
Full of spirit, warmth and hospitality to the end, you lived a life of purpose and joy. I will miss you, elegant and beautiful friend. You were a strong presence in our family through the years. I am comforted that you raised two beautiful girls, watched three grandsons grow up into successful young men and witnessed the births of two great-grandchildren before you left. Not many would ask for more. I also know you will have a wonderful \"homecoming\" as Murrell, your parents, siblings, relatives and the \"other Frances\" - my mother - welcome you in the land beyond pain and suffering. Rest in Peace, sweet friend, and smile down on us now and then. Suzanne and Cindy - Darla and I stand prayerfully beside you a short heartbeat away and send you our love.

Harold Cole on January 12th, 2013 - 12:38 pm said:
I would just like to offer my condolences to Cindy and her siblings and other family members, and to her husband, Ed, and to her sons, Heath and Frank.


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Billie Corley Wheeler
October 22nd, 1919 - January 12th, 2013 93 Years


Billie Corley Wheeler, 93
Credit Bureau Manager

Lakeland- Mrs. Billie Corley Wheeler died on January 12, 2013 at Highlands Lake Center. She was born in Columbia, South Carolina on October 22, 1919 and moved to Lakeland, Florida as a child. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. Mrs. Wheeler was predeceased by her husband of 68 years, L.S. Wheeler, Sr. and brother, Robert Corley. Survivors include her sons, Louis S. Wheeler, Jr., Knoxville, TN., Scott (Billie) Wheeler, Lakeland, daughter, Nancy L. (David) Pipkin, Lakeland, 4 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren and sister, Betty Pollner, Jacksonville, FL.
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Teresa Kennedy Allen on January 17th, 2013 - 5:16 am said:
Nancy, So sorry to hear about your mother. I have always thought the world of her and had the pleasure of working with her for several years. She actually gave me my \"first\" real job. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Teresa Allen


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Wesley Courson
March 9th, 1925 - January 11th, 2013 87 Years


Wesley Courson, 87
C.F. Industries

Lakeland – Wesley Courson, 87, was born in Douglas, GA on March 9, 1925 and passed away on January 11, 2013 due to heart failure.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Mattie Courson, his son, Ronald Courson, his mother, grandmother, and three brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Courson, his son, Tommy Courson (Margo), his daughter, Wanda Gartrell (David), seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
He served in the military during World War II in Germany, earning the Bronze Star, Good Conduct medal, World War II Victory medal, American Theater Ribbon, and Eamet Service Medal. He was a surgical tech in the U.S. Army.
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Frances Courson Cliett Abshire, Augusta Ga. on January 14th, 2013 - 9:17 am said:
I am deeply saddened to learn of my Uncle Wesley's passing. He was a wonderful Uncle, and will be greatly missed. My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with the Family during this difficult time.

melinda doyle on January 13th, 2013 - 4:33 pm said:
Tommy,Margo,and family so sorry to hear of your father passing. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Philip Garnett on January 13th, 2013 - 1:06 pm said:
Thoughts and prayers to the Courson family.

Elaine Dallas and Family on January 13th, 2013 - 7:32 am said:
My dear Dot and Family, I \'m so sorry about Wes, he was a fine man and will be greatly missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Roe Gene Fields on January 12th, 2013 - 7:37 pm said:
Condolcenses and love .

Jerry and Bridgett Courson, Douglas, GA on January 12th, 2013 - 11:13 am said:
Our deepest sympathies to the Wesley Courson family. We were so very sad to hear about Uncle Wesley\'s passing. He was such a wonderful man, husband and father throughout all his years. When it hurts too much to look back and you may feel scared to go forward, just take a look beside you to see your family and best of friends will be there. Although we know that no words can ease the loss you feel, just know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Warren and Debra Walker on January 12th, 2013 - 8:44 am said:
We will pray for you all that the Lord will help you bear the pain and grief of not having Wes with you in the here and now, and that He will remind you of the confident assurance of having Wes with you eternally in the presence of the Lord one day. This truth has much power. May it uplift you all.


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James Stanley Sargeant
February 8th, 1921 - January 11th, 2013 91 Years

James Stanley Sargeant, 91

James Stanley Sargeant, born in Birmingham, Alabama, February 8, 1921, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2013 at 91 years old. He is survived by his son Jamie and daughters, Janet and Sherry; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Shirley and his three brothers, John, Ralph and Joe. He was the youngest of four sons of Joseph C. Sargeant and Mattie P. Sargeant, in the dairy farming business in Lakeland starting in the 1920’s. Stanley was a citrus grower and processor for many years in Lakeland and throughout Florida, as well as a member of the Florida Citrus Commission and president of his class at Lakeland High Sc... Read more

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Robert Alan Skillman
March 29th, 1950 - January 8th, 2013 62 Years

Robert Alan Skillman, 62

Lakeland: Robert Alan Skillman, 62, of Lakeland, died January 8, 2013. He was born on March 29, 1950 in Lakeland. He was retired from the Polk County School System after 30 years teaching at Oscar J. Pope Elementary. He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Jerry Skillman; survived by one daughter Jennifer (Russ) Maul; one brother Mike Skillman; two sisters Debbie (Marc) Steinberg and Sandy (Mike) Pyron; one granddaughter Emily Maul and one niece and one nephew. A visitation will be held on Monday January 14, 2013 from 5-7 P.M. at the Tribute Center at Heath Funeral Chapel... Read more

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Karen Smith on January 14th, 2013 - 4:28 pm said:
Bob was the most calm, amazingly patient, principled, professional educator, inspiring teacher, and loyal, stable male presence to so many throughout his teacher career. I was blessed & fortunate to be his coworker & friend, to meet his mom, and his beautiful daughter Jenny & her husband, Russ. My heartfelt sincerest sympathy & condolences to all his wonderful family as it\'s such a shock & loss for us all!!! Bob will always be an angel to me!

Howard Buss on January 14th, 2013 - 6:58 am said:
I send my heartfelt condolences to the Skillman family. I worked with Bob at Oscar J. Pope for many years. He always impressed me with his sincere love for children and dedication to his job. His classroom was a special place, full of interesting science projects, laughter, and permeated by an atmosphere of love and kindness. He was a special man and will be missed by all who knew him.

Nicole Grebinger on January 13th, 2013 - 8:58 am said:
My heart and prayers go out to his family. Mr.Skillman taught my brother and myself at Oscar Pope in the 80\'s. He was a wonderful teacher.

april huggins on January 12th, 2013 - 5:10 pm said:
me and both of my boys had mr.skillman as our second grade teacher.he taught us alot especially me.i could never figure out where north south east or west was.he put little signs over the areas where each direction was.he was a very kind and loving man who loved to help children.he will be sadly missed.rest in peace mr.skillman

Bob Brodie on January 12th, 2013 - 4:47 pm said:
It\'s hard to pick one special thing or event for someone you\'ve known since you were five years old. I think that saying he was truely a class act will be about the best I can do. We sure had fun together, played hard together and got our rear ends torn up together. As kids if you do that you\'ve had a great time getting in mischief. I suppose the one thing that stands out in my mind most was when Ed, Mike, Bobby and I thought we were grown up enough to gather the eggs, which was Grandma Jo\'s job. As with most plans by kids it started out well. We didn\'t expect the eggs to break in our pockets. After that we decided to get rid of the rest of the evidence throwing the eggs in the hole in the outhouse. The trouble was our aim wasn\'t good. I know it\'s been awhile since we\'ve spent much time together, but it sure was fun when when got together. The last time we saw Bobby I was picking on him telling Jennifer I knew him when he was cute. He sure was a special cousin.

howard smith on January 12th, 2013 - 4:13 pm said:
bobby and i were classmates at LHS class of 68. sorry to hear of his passing. way too young.

Betsy on January 11th, 2013 - 11:10 pm said:
Will miss you!


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