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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Lionel Baer Berman
February 4th, 1928 - March 13th, 2013 85 Years


Lionel B. Berman , 85

Lakeland- Lionel Berman died on Wednesday March 13, 2013, in his sleep due to respiratory failure. He was born February 4, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY. He was raised
in Brooklyn and spent four years in the US Navy. He graduated from NYU with a Bachelor’s degree. Lionel later moved to Lakeland where he worked for Kraft foods. He married his wife Toni and raised 3 children. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Lionel was predeceased by his wife, Toni. He is survived by sons, Ken and Kurt Berman; daughter, Jennifer Gibbs; 5 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren;
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday March 16, 2013 at Heath Funeral Chapel. A reception wil... Read more

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Peggy McSwain on March 16th, 2013 - 12:44 am said:
I have shot darts with and against Lionel many times, he was a good partner and foe in the game. He will be missed by many. I send my best wishes for his family in their time of sorrow.

Jon and Missy Meyer on March 15th, 2013 - 8:53 pm said:
Our deepest sympathy to the Berman family. Lionel was a wonderful friend and will be missed by us.

Biff and Julie Younginer on March 15th, 2013 - 3:40 pm said:
Lionel will be sorely missed. \"The best way to remember someone it to do it with a smile on your face. You will not be able to do it soon but at least try and this will make the soul of the one who has gone happy.\"

Leonard Rabin on March 15th, 2013 - 10:26 am said:
Lionel and I were friends when we both were younger. We did not see each other in quite a while, but I have very fond memories of my friend and I am sorry to see him go,


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Clifford Rees Morgan
November 20th, 1923 - March 11th, 2013 89 Years


Clifford Rees Morgan, 89
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Augusta, GA – Clifford Rees Morgan, 89, beloved husband of Paula Morgan entered into rest on Monday, March 11, 2013, at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, due to cardiac arrest. Funeral service will be held on Friday, March 15 at 3 pm at First Presbyterian Church in Lakeland, Florida officiated by Pastor Mike Loudon. He will buried at Oak Hill Burial Park in Lakeland, Fla.
Born in Holyhead, Wales, on November 20, 1923, Clifford came to America in 1930. The family moved to Pennsylvania to join their father who was a practicing Baptist minister. In 1940, he entered Wyoming Seminary Prep School in Kingston, Pennsylvania. After completion of... Read more

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Marjorie on March 17th, 2013 - 2:53 pm said:
Paula, please accept our sympathy. We have always admired both of you.

Bill and Anna Corwin on March 16th, 2013 - 11:55 am said:
We send our deepest sympathies and prayers to Paula and the family. Cliff was a grand person and role model for all of us. We will miss him in his passing but will honor him in his memory as a man, husband, father, and community leader. Most of all we will miss him.

Annie Laurie Smith on March 15th, 2013 - 11:39 am said:
Dear Paula and Family, I am so sorry to read of Cliff\'s passing. My first memory goes way, way back, Paula, when Cliff brought you to Lakeland to see how you would like making it your home with him. As a young couple, just starting out ourselves, we were pleased to have you and Cliff for dinner (in our kitchen of our rented duplex.) I\'m so glad you liked Lakeland and that you came back as Cliff\'s bride, and our good friends.) Levie thought so very much of Cliff and enjoyed his friendship through the years. My love and sympathy to each of you.

Larry and Kay Patton on March 14th, 2013 - 10:41 pm said:
Dear Wendy and family, We were so very sorry to hear about your father's passing.He was always very kind to us and always very proud of you and his family.You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers

Jim & Joan Anderson on March 14th, 2013 - 7:40 pm said:
Dear Paula and family, We are so sorry for this grief period. We won\'t be able to atten the funeral. We counted Cliff as a long time friend. Sincerest regards, Jim And Joan Anderson jm_ndrsn@yahoo.com

Debra Curwen on March 14th, 2013 - 4:07 pm said:
I just saw this announcement and wanted to extend my deepest sympathies to the family. I will always remember Mr. Morgan as a true gentleman, always so warm, friendly and engaging. May God\'s love be with all of you through this difficult time.

Danny Cannon on March 14th, 2013 - 3:23 pm said:
Mr Morgan was like my second Dad growing up. I had the pleasure of living 2 doors down and spent thousands of hours at his house with Rees. He always wore a smile and he truely wanted to know how you were doing. I was very blessed to have a friend who had such a wonderful father. He will be missed, however I know he is with my Dad right now telling stories about their kids. Thank you Mr Morgan for all you did.


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Carmen Torres
March 20th, 1932 - March 11th, 2013 80 Years


Carmen Torres-Reyes

Carmen Torres passed away on March 11, 2013. She was born on March 20, 1932 in Caguas, Puerto Rico.

She was predeceased by her sisters, Blanca and Miriam; brother, Angel Manuel.

She is survived by daughter, Lillian Ferrer; sons, Ruben and Felix; sisters, Julie, Cecil, and Virginia.
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Gerald Virgil Myers
July 6th, 1918 - March 10th, 2013 94 Years


Gerald Virgil Myers, 94

Lakeland – Gerald Virgil Myers, 94, made his journey to Heaven on Sunday, March 10, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, due to natural causes, to live in the light of the Heavenly Father and enjoy a reunion with the love of his life, his late wife of 70 years, Emma “Bobbie” Tracy Myers.
Gerald Virgil was born on July 06, 1918 near Forrest City, MO, to William Edgar Myers and Sylvia Gertrude “Adkins” Myers. He grew up in Andrew County then went to Lafayette High School for 2 years when the family moved to St. Joseph. He finished the last 2 years of High school at Oak Grove, where he set school records as a basketball star and set a county record in ... Read more

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Wayne & Iris Fischer on March 20th, 2013 - 4:12 pm said:
Iris & I would like to extend our sympathy all of Virgil\'s family. Virgil was a mentor of mine back in our Wayne Feed days starting in the last \'70\'s. We would always share our \"stories\" from our combat days-I was in Vietnam. These were not the blood & guts stories, but more of the fun things that we did or have experienced. He was a very special and great man. Thank God he is no longer in pain and is again with Bobbie. They were a very special couple that we always enjoyed being around. I know he will be missed, but certainly not forgotten. Wayne & Iris

Charles Hinthorne on March 16th, 2013 - 3:10 am said:
You do not need me to tell you that your father was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever met. For 16 years, I taught history at Lake Gibson High School. On at least three occasions, my colleague, Susan Rudd, arranged to have your father come to speak about his experiences in World War II. Patiently, he gathered some of his memorabila and spent as much time in her classroom teaching the intracacies of World War II to youngsters who had very little insight into the individual soldier\'s experiences during the war. He was informative, patient, and willing to explain the topic again in a different fashion if he sensed the youngsters had not fully understood something the first time. You had a wise, brave, and thoughtful man for a father. Thank you for sharing him with us.

Rhonda Lewis on March 14th, 2013 - 11:12 am said:
Gary, I am so sorry for your loss.

Roger H Nelson on March 14th, 2013 - 10:23 am said:
Gary and family Martha & I are sorry that we did not have a chance to visit with Virgil this year while we were in Florida. Through the 80th Division Veterans Association and trips to Luxembourg, we became good close friends with him. He was an outstanding example – the consummate American Veteran who appreciated the countries he fought to liberate 68 years ago. He not only fought there, he returned with his family on many occasions to participate in the annual celebrations. He also encouraged us younger Americans to learn how the citizens of Luxembourg and Belgium appreciate the Liberty which the US returned to them. I will never forget our visit in his home 3 years ago to discuss our first trip to Luxembourg. I mentioned that we had purchased a chemical for our facility at Goodyear from Quaker Oats Chemical. He immediatley responded that he knew the complete process of making it at Quaker Oats as well as the different process used by DuPont. What a surprise - most sales personnel have difficulty spelling chemicals, let alone knowing the detailed manufacturing process I received CSM Doris Wollett\'s email concerning your Dad - Since I have Email addresses for George Daubenfeld, Patrick Beck, & Mo Shields (Four Chaplains Assn), and Helen Patton I forwarded Doris\'s note to them. Roger Nelson – Akron OH

Sherry, Tim and John French on March 14th, 2013 - 8:51 am said:
What a wonderful, helpful, happy, considerate gentleman Virgil was. He always made us feel so glad we were at the VBOB meetings. What a pleasure it has been to have known him. He will be greatly missed by all. What a hero he is.

Barbara Brockman on March 14th, 2013 - 7:49 am said:
A Gentle Gaint has been called home to join his beloved Bobbie. Clelbrate his life today & always. Remember the 1009's of lives that Virgil touched with his caring heart & unconditional love. I know I was so very lucky to have had him in my life for what seems forever. May God's caring hand guide his family throught this time, May God Bless Virgil as he is laid to rest. Thank you so much for being the man you were, your were a great reflection on your family & friends.

Colette L. Snell on March 13th, 2013 - 8:03 pm said:
May you find comfort in treasured memories. My husband, Gene Snell and you and friends had many golf games together. He died 6 years ago. Do hope you will be reunited in Heaven.

Huston and Carolyn Myers on March 13th, 2013 - 6:16 pm said:
We always enjoyed Virgil\'s visits to Missouri around Family Reunion time. He had so many interesting stories to tell both about growing up and while in military service. Sometimes he would hop on a plane to Missouri after just returning from a week of celebrations and travel in Europe, a daunting feat for even a much younger man. Many of us here can only hope to live a life as rich and full as his. May God bless him and bring comfort to your family in the coming days.

Captain Mark D. Anderson, USN on March 13th, 2013 - 5:33 pm said:
Virgil, you had a lot to share about your experiences in WWII. Your mind was so sharp and your ability to recall the specifics of battles and battlefields was a tremendous help to those of us trying to document the experiences of you and your brothers in arms. I have always enjoyed our correspondence and I am still disappointed that I did not make it up to see you in Luxembourg in June of 2009 when you were there with Gary. Godspeed to you, Christian, Father, Friend, Warrior.

Captain Mark D. Anderson, USN on March 13th, 2013 - 5:22 pm said:
Virgil, you had a lot to share about your experiences in WWII. Your mind was so sharp and your ability to recall the specifics of battles and battlefields was a tremendous help to those of us trying to document the experiences of you and your brothers in arms. I have always enjoyed our correspondence and I am still disappointed that I did not make it up to see you in Luxembourg in June of 2009 when you were there with Gary. Godspeed to you, Christian, Father, Friend, Warrior.

Bernd & Gerlinde Schmidt from Germany on March 13th, 2013 - 3:36 pm said:
It is very sad to lose a good friend like you, Virgil. We had very nice meetings in Germany and Luxembourg. We will carry the memories of you in our hearts forever. We will miss you. Your German friends Bernd & Gerlinde Schmidt Weimar / Germany

Pat and Tom Webby on March 13th, 2013 - 12:22 pm said:
We only knew Virgil for only a few years, but we learned to love them and our family. We will never forget our Tuesday nights suppers at Cracker Barrell, and Mass with Virgil and Bobbie and the whole family. We will dearly miss Virgil and Bobbie. Gary and Ronna we want to let you know you and the whole family are in our Prayers at this time of sorrow. All our Love Pat and Tom

Patrick from Luxembourg on March 12th, 2013 - 5:44 pm said:
We will miss you here in Luxembourg Virgil. You will never be forgotten we had great moments with you! Thank you very much for what you did! Your friend Patrick

Cecelia Smith on March 12th, 2013 - 4:26 pm said:
Virgil was the silent hero we all came to love and respect. The 80th family has lost a wonderful comrade, and individuals who knew him have lost a valued friend. We will always be grateful for his service, generosity, and love. May God grant him eternal rest and a joyful reunion with his beloved Bobbie. Prayers and sympathy to his family and to all who mourn this very special man

Terry D. Janes on March 12th, 2013 - 3:49 pm said:
Goodbye old friend. You will be missed by all who loved you. This fellow Missourian will miss your kindness and your wit. Thank you Virgil, for helping to save the world from evil. You were a sweet man, and had a heart of gold.

Bryan Soroka on March 12th, 2013 - 12:41 pm said:
Thank you so much for your service.


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Dorothy Marie Bauman
May 17th, 1919 - March 10th, 2013 93 Years


Dorothy Marie Bauman, 93
5/17/19 – 3/10/13

Lakeland: Dorothy Marie Bauman, 93, of Lakeland died on March 10, 2013 from natural causes. Mom was born in Faith, South Dakota to Fred and Selena (Gnat) Bennett, and grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and was a part of what has been called, “The Greatest Generation.”
She, her older sister Lorraine, and younger brother Kenneth struggled through the depression, World War II and Korea. Mom worked from age 16 to help support her family after her dad died of appendicitis in the pre-penicillin era.
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Amanda Jeanne on March 14th, 2013 - 2:28 pm said:
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. During difficult times such as these, I find it comforting to reflect on cherished memories and Bible promises. A few of my favorite verses are Psalm 34: 18, \"Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart; And those who are crushed in spirit he saves.\" Acts 24: 15, \". . . and I have hope toward God, which hope these men themselves also entertain, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.\" Isaiah 26: 19, \"“Your dead ones will live. A corpse of mine—they will rise up. Awake and cry out joyfully, ​YOU​ residents in the dust! For your dew is as the dew of mallows, and the earth itself will let even those impotent in death drop in birth.\" I hope these verses bring as much comfort to you and yours as they have to me. With Deepest Sympathy, Amanda

Nancy (Nan) Poole Langston on March 14th, 2013 - 7:54 am said:
To the family of Mrs. Dotty, I am so sorry to hear of your dear, sweet Mama's death. My Mama and your Mama were dear friends. They enjoyed playing bridge at the Friday morning bridge club, at the Elks Club, after Friendship Club and many other occasions in their homes. Mama enjoyed several tours with your Mama. Mrs Dotty was a wonderful, happy and kind person. I know you are missing her.

Pat Alderman on March 13th, 2013 - 5:31 am said:
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


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James P. Hahn, Sr.
August 27th, 1933 - March 10th, 2013 79 Years

James P. Hahn, Sr.
August 27, 1933 – March 10, 2013

James Paul Hahn, Sr. was born in Asheville, North Carolina in 1933, to George P. and Cora Hahn. He would move with his parents to Lakeland several months later, growing up in Lakeland and graduating from Lakeland High School in 1951. Although he died in Knoxville, Tennessee after a brief stay of several months with his son’s family, on Sunday, March 10, due to complications from Alzheimer’s, Jimmy spent nearly his whole life in Lakeland, except for his time in college, graduating from Stetson University in Deland, FL in 1955, and during law school, graduating from Stetson Law School in St Petersburg, FL in 1957.
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Charles (Poker) and Julie Boyd on March 22nd, 2013 - 10:34 pm said:
To Jo, Paul and family: We were late in finding out about Jim and out of town during the funeral or we would have been there. We are so sorry for your loss and want you to know that Jim had a profound impact on our lives. His wisdom, compassion and faithful commitment to The Lord defined him as a person. We loved his smile and the way he was genuinely interested in others. He made everyone feel like they were important - he treated everyone with respect. We are blessed to have known him. You are in our prayers. With love, Poker and Julie Boyd

John W. Vaughn, Jr on March 16th, 2013 - 9:18 am said:
To Jo, family and friends: Jimmy was my best friend and we grew up together. I would go over to his house to do my home work because Jimmy wa a lot smarter than I was and he would come over to my house to play. We had a group that we called the Three Muskateeers. It was Jimmy, Joe Childs and me. Finally we decided we would let Charles Castles become the 4th memory. He had a most excutiating initiation that none of us, particularly Charley. We both played in the high school band. Jimmy played Trombone and I played Coronet. We played sand lot foot ball with Bert Rodgers sister and tried to play basketball. Baseball wasn\'t to good either. I was best man at Jimmy\'s wedding and was real proud of Jimmy for picking Jo. She was a fine woman and just perfect for him. Jimmy was most helpful to me in setting up the guardianship of my mother Ruth Todd Vaughn. As a result, I was able to see her everyday in Naples rather than once a week in Lakeland. If anybody is going to heaven it has to be Jimmy. A true disicple of Jesus. So sad to hear of this trajic loss. We will all miss him.

Charles and Rose Marie Hodges on March 15th, 2013 - 3:52 pm said:
To Jo, Paul and family: I have told many, many people over the years that \"Jim Hahn is one of the finest, most dedicated Christian gentleman I have ever known!\" It was such a blessing to work along side Jim for the children and families served by Florida Baptist Children\'s Homes. I looked forward every Sunday to teach Bible study next door to him, to serve with him as a deacon, and to listen to him sing. He was a problem solver, a positive thinker, and just an all around good friend. He loved his wife, his son, daughter-in-law and grands! Rose Marie and I will treasure his memory and we send our love and prayers to Jo and family.

Leonard Rabin on March 15th, 2013 - 10:33 am said:
Jimmy and I were friends in high school and later his law firm represented my company. He was a true spiritual individual, true to the law and true to his old friends. Our children were in Lime Street Elementary school (Paul). I was very sorry to read of his passing.

Joan Newton on March 15th, 2013 - 7:42 am said:
Jim will be missed by many of us who was a client of him. His faithful service to many will be rewarded in heaven- a good and faithful servant. God comfort you, Jo. We will miss you at the movies also. Joan and John Newton

Frank and Anne Howes on March 14th, 2013 - 12:01 pm said:
Anne and I extend our sincere condolences to Jo, Paul and his extended family. Jim served as a mentor and leader for many of us during the early years of our lives at Lakeside Baptist Church. I learned so much from him as a member of his sunday school class when I first joined Lakeside. My fondest memories are sitting with him in the adult choir as we enjoyed singing bass together. He was a fine soloist in the church and contributed much to the music program. We have thought often of Jim and Jo over the years. They are both special individuals and we are forever greatful for how Jim gave of himself during our time at Lakeside Baptist. Anne and I know that he is at peace now and he will be missed by many of us in the Lakeland community.


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Joy Irene Nettleton
February 23rd, 1945 - March 8th, 2013 68 Years

Joy Irene Nettleton, age 68, passed away on 3/8/2013 due to cancer. She died at home surrounded by her loving family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, David and Ruth Ann Nettleton, and her sister, Ruth Erma Nettleton. She is survived by her children, David Osterhout, Daniel Osterhout Jr., and Deborah Osterhout; her brother, David Nettleton Jr.; her sisters, Peggy Stottmann, Nancy Larsen, Jean Bierbaum, Faith Nettleton, and Jan Sherwood; 11 grandchildren; 4 nieces and 4 nephews.
There will be a funeral service on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 11:00am at Heath Funeral Chapel, with a visitation at 10:00am. A private burial service will follow.
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Osterhout family-Michigan on March 11th, 2013 - 11:05 am said:
She was a wonderful grandma <3 I will always miss you, Me-Me! Now you are in a better place with no cancer. <3 ~Hawke Osterhout, grandchild Me-Me always helped me when I felt very sad. Also, she gave me things so I can remember her!! I will always miss Me-Me <3 <3 <3 ~Danelle Osterhout, grandchild Me-Me was kind and loving. She never was in a bad mood. Every person that at least talked with her would be in the best mood all day. I will miss her for the rest of my life. The good news is that she will never have troubles ever or pain. I have always loved her. <3 :D She touched many lives. ~Garret Osterhout, grandchild Meme was the one person who always had a warm, loving heart. She was never once selfish or truly mean. I respected her so much and I wish I could have spent more time with her. I loved her so much and wish she was still here but I know that she is in a better place now. She is now without impurities and has a perfect body now. Its hard to think about it but Meme is now a more perfect person up above in heaven. She touched so many lives including mine and I will always have a place for her in my heart. She was by far the most perfect person I knew and always, always directed the attention away from her and was the most loving woman/grandmother ever. I miss her so much now but I know that someday I will see her up above in heaven and I am truly looking forward to that moment. I love you so much Meme <3 -Hunter Osterhout, Grandson

Jeanne Urban on March 11th, 2013 - 10:20 am said:
Dave, please know I am thinking of you and your family on the death of your beloved mother. Jeanne Urban


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Thomas J. Jackson
December 3rd, 1962 - March 4th, 2013 50 Years


Thomas J. Jackson, 50
Hungry Howies Manager

Lakeland: Thomas J. Jackson, 50, of Lakeland died on March 4, 2013 from complications from a fall. He was the restaurant manager of the southside Hungry Howies in Lakeland. Thomas was born on December 3, 1962. He was preceded in death by his parents Amos and Charlotte Jackson. Thomas is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth Anne Files Jackson; children Amber Jackson, Ashlee Jackson, Mary Manley, Maxwell Manley and Jason (J.T.) Manley. Grandson Caden Collins; 4 step grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; siblings Judy Nichols, David Jackson, Andrew & Harriet Hoge, Stephen & Tonia Jackson, Joseph & Sharon Jackson, Jesse & Eugina Jackson and m... Read more

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Zachary Croy on March 10th, 2013 - 8:28 pm said:
My Condolences to the family. Tommy was a good friend and a good boss. He will be deeply missed.

Robert andre on March 10th, 2013 - 3:32 pm said:
I\'m a hungry howies distributing\"truck driver\" ,sorry to hear about ur loss Tmmy was a nice guy,my prayers will be with the family.

danny johnson on March 9th, 2013 - 4:29 pm said:
Tommy was one of the best friends I have ever had and I feel blessed to have known him. Its hard to work without you fatman you willl never be forgotten and you will be missed greatly.


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Doc Stevens Wesson, Jr.
June 4th, 1922 - March 3rd, 2013 90 Years

Doc Stevens Wesson, Jr.
Production Supervisor/Royster

Lakeland- Doc Stevens Wesson, Jr., age 90, of Lakeland, died from natural causes on March 3, 2013.
Doc was born on June 4, 1922 in Birmingham, Alabama to Doc Stevens Wesson, Sr., and Kathleen (McAlister) Wesson.
He served in the Marine Corp during World War II from April 1942 through November 1945.
Doc graduated from Howard College with a B.S. in 1946 and from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration in 1948.
Upon graduation from The University of Alabama he was designated a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Following over 20 years of Reserve duty, he retired as a Major in the United States Ar... Read more

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Lauretta Onachila on March 8th, 2013 - 8:17 pm said:
I became acquainted with Doc and his wife through the Imperial Polk Genealogy Society. He was active in the group when I joined 10 years ago. He will be missed. Condolence to his family. Sincerely Lauretta Onachila

Hilda Byrd on March 7th, 2013 - 2:17 pm said:
Mis Virginia , so sorry to hear of Doc leaving . He is in a much better place, but no words can be siad to ease the heartache you have in losing him. May our Lord Jesus give you the strength and peace to to make it thru this time of sorrow . Doc was so special and so are you . I loved him and love you so much too. God Bless and keep you is my prayer . Hilda

Jeff Griggs on March 6th, 2013 - 12:54 pm said:
Dear Friends, I am sorry for your loss. My wife and I bought a house next to Doc and Virginia\'s grove on Troi Lane in South Lakeland. We enjoyed visiting with them on their visits to pick fruit. The world needs more good people like Doc and Virginia. Doc lived an exemplary life of service and will be missed. Jeff & Linda Griggs

Jim and Louree Shofner on March 6th, 2013 - 7:30 am said:
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Doc. He was an extraordinary man. His sense of humor and smile will not be forgotten. Love to you, Virginia. Jim and Louree

Bob, Carole, Bill Histed on March 6th, 2013 - 6:31 am said:
Virginia, you have our deepest sympathy in the death of \"Doc.\" We spent many times together at S.A.R. meetings and at The Mulberry Press office. Doc was really looked up to by many.


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Maria F. Cruz
May 20th, 1915 - March 2nd, 2013 97 Years


Maria Ferreira Cruz, 97

Lakeland – Maria Ferreira Cruz, 97, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Maria was born May 20, 1915, in Penedo, Brazil to Antonio and Cecilia Cruz. Maria was the first born daughter in the family which consisted of fourteen children. She married Wilson Tavares Correia in 1939, and after living in different parts of Brazil, they settled down in Rio de Janeiro where they raised their daughter, Wilma Carrillo.
Maria was artistically inclined and enjoyed painting fabric and creating needlepoint tapestries. Maria loved adventure and enjoyed many travel excursions throughout Europe and South America. She was a devout Catholic and a member of the Order ... Read more

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Julie Bolumen Dean on March 7th, 2013 - 10:37 am said:
Mi querida Wilma cuanto siento no haber podido ir al servicio de tu querida mama. Me vine a enterar esa noche cuando estaba leyendo el periodico, y ya el servicio habia pasado. Se lo que uno siente perder a una madre pues madre hay solo una. Pero que afortunada fuiste de tenerla por tantos a-nos. Fuieste una hija maravillosa, y se que la tendras siempre en tu corason como yo tengo a mami. Nilito y yo estamos pensando mucho en ti especialmente en estos momentos, pero quiero que sepas que nunca nos olvidamos de ti. Siempre estaremos eternamente agradecidos. Te queremos mucho, y te tenemos en nuestro pensamientos y oraciones. Un fuerte abraso, Julie y Nilito

Cecilia Cruz on March 6th, 2013 - 6:03 am said:
A dor é dos que ficam sem a sua presença e a segurança da generosidade do seu amor.

Beatriz & Ricardo Duque on March 5th, 2013 - 7:47 am said:
Thinking of you!!! Love, Beatriz & Ricardo

Pericles de C. Gama Filho & Family on March 5th, 2013 - 4:52 am said:
... eternity, is a kind of spirity state, ...rest in peace \'Tia Maria\' ...kisses for all of you(us).

Aspasia on March 4th, 2013 - 10:13 pm said:
Tia Maria vai deixando muita saudade e muitas lembrancas, estorias que viraram parte da historia da nossa familia. Um abraco muito acochado, Wilma querida, que Deus lhe de forca pra ficar so com as lembrancas boas, esquecer as tristes. Um beijo carinhoso da sua prima.


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