Doris Dean Stalnaker
January 8th, 1922 - November 1st, 2013 91 Years
Doris Stalnaker of Florida Presbyterian Homes in Lakeland died Friday, November 1, 2013 of natural causes. She was 91 years of age. She was born to Fred and Ada Akard in Seffner and lived there most of her life. After graduating from Plant City High School, she went to the University of Tampa where she met Zeno Stalnaker. They were married in 1943. Doris was an elementary school teacher, supervisor, and directed county-wide programs for slow learners. Later she had her own school in Seffner for diagnostic and remedial work with children who had learning difficulties. She had a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She was a charter member of The Presbyterian Church of Seffner, an o... Read more
Jeffrey "Scott" Swygert, M.D.
September 17th, 1968 - November 1st, 2013 45 Years
Jeffrey “Scott” Swygert, M.D., 45
Lakeland- Scott Swygert died on November 1, 2013 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in Atlanta, GA. on September 17, 1968. He graduated from Lakeland High School, University of Florida, Emory University School of Medicine, residency at Johns Hopkins University, and a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Scott was the Medical Director for the Hospital Medicine Service and the Chairman of Medicine at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, and he also served as the Chief Quality Officer and Chief Medical Informatics Officer. He served on the Board of Directors of the Watson Clinic and previ... Read more
Lisa Robichaud on November 14th, 2013 - 8:54 am said:
Our deepest sympathy to Donna and the girls. I came to know the family thru our children attending Lincoln Ave together. Scott was a devoted family man and a wonderful doctor whom will be missed. Donna if you and girls need anything please contact me. My prayers are with you.
Jenn Weatherford on November 12th, 2013 - 9:54 pm said:
My thoughts and prayers are with you in the time of sorrow. Dr Swygert was a great man who will be truly missed.
Diana Zukas Gage on November 10th, 2013 - 8:31 pm said:
A very fine man, a gentle man; a true gentleman.
Donna Lester on November 8th, 2013 - 8:42 am said:
There are no words to express the sorrow for the loss of Scott, a dear friend, an excellent advocate to our NP profession, provider to the community, father and husband! I can still hear his words of wisdom, his funny jokes, discussions on sports and Hopkins, his laugh and smile! He will be missed.
Suzanne Chandler on November 7th, 2013 - 6:50 pm said:
I worked with Scott for many years at LRMC. In over 30 years of nursing, there has been very few colleagues who have impacted lives like he did. He always had a smile, a laugh, willingness to help, and always approachable. To know him was to love him. He will never be replaced in the hearts of those who admired and loved him. Praying for you all now and in the difficult days ahead. So very thankful for God's promise of eternal life and look forward to seeing him again one day. Know that he loved his family deeply and talked about you often.
John and Nancy Bazley on November 7th, 2013 - 1:15 pm said:
Donna our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters. May the Lord's peace be with you and guide.
Andrew Martin on November 6th, 2013 - 3:02 pm said:
It was around 30 years ago that I first met Scott at Lakeland Senior High. We had a blast together in band and occasionally played basketball and cards on weekends. Later we were roommates at UF. That he wound up marrying one of my best childhood friends added even more to the fine relationship. These and other wonderful memories resurfaced after hearing the sad news of Scott’s passing. Donna, you and your children are in my thoughts. Love from Andrew along with Viktoria, Ben, and Carl
Rebecca (Becky) Milner on November 6th, 2013 - 11:46 am said:
Dear Donna, You and your daughters have my deepest sympathy. I reflect back on my years of high school with Scott with great fondness. Scott was so brilliant, funny and sardonic. I know he was dearly loved by all of his family and friends. Please accept my sincere condolences on your tragic loss. With sympathy, Becky Milner
Judy E. Buss on November 6th, 2013 - 7:25 am said:
Dear Donna, I wish I could find the words to tell you how deeply saddened I am to have learned of the loss of your husband. I send my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family - you are in my thoughts and prayers! When you feel up to it Donna, please contact me, and perhaps you and your dear friend Beth can come visit. With a big hug! Judy Buss
Donna Haas on November 5th, 2013 - 10:58 pm said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the girls at this time, May God be at your side always.
Pat Sullivan on November 5th, 2013 - 7:34 pm said:
My deepest sympathies to you and your family. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." --Matthew 5:4
Anita Jones on November 5th, 2013 - 3:17 pm said:
I worked with Dr. Swygert at LRMC for almost 10 years... the world has lost a father, a doctor, a husband, a coach and a friend. He always had a kindness about him and never walked by someone without a smile. The world is a better place because of his care and compassion. He will be dearly missed and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have worked with him. My heart is heavy for his wife and children and my prayers are with you during this very difficult time.
Debi Zakany on November 5th, 2013 - 9:29 am said:
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Swygert family at this time.
Kimberley Swygert on November 5th, 2013 - 7:12 am said:
I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear the tragic news of Scott's passing. My brother, who is a pharmacy intern at LRMC, informed me of his passing. I came to know Scott through my former marriage to his brother, Todd. I am just at a loss for words. He leaves behind one of the tightest knit families I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. To Render, Donna, Todd, Dana, MaMa, Anna, Rachel, and Laura - I am deeply sorry and my heartfelt condolences go out to you all. I know your faith is strong and may you find comfort in each other and those who surround you through God's grace. Love, Kim
John Michael Colson
August 25th, 1958 - October 29th, 2013 55 Years
John Michael Colson, 55
U.S. Postal Service
Lakeland – John Michael Colson was born August 25, 1958 in Jacksonville, FL and passed away on October 29, 2013 due to heart failure.
John was a U.S. Mailman and was a city letter carrier since 1988. He rescued many stray animals from his route. He loved surfing and the ocean.
John is preceded in death by his grandparents, Carlos and Ann Colson and George and Nellie Cone. He is survived by his daughters, the loves of his life, Summer Jane and Emma Ann Colson, his mother, Betty Jane Colson, and his brother, Charles Clayton Colson.
A memorial service will be held on November 5 at 5pm at First Alliance Church, 1919 E. Edgewood Drive, Lakeland... Read more
Linda Baumgardner at the Clippership barbershop on November 6th, 2013 - 8:02 am said:
I always enjoy being with John, I cut his hair off and on for over 20 years. My heart goes out to his family, he always talks about his girls, and share the news that were going on in their lives. He love you girls so much. May God's Divine Mercy Sean on him. God bless you. John will be missed.
John and my motherMarianna Udvardi on November 5th, 2013 - 2:42 pm said:
Words can't express how saddened we are of Your loss Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with You , May the Lord Jesus give You comfort and strength. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (deuteronomy 33:27)
David DREW on November 5th, 2013 - 1:59 pm said:
He will be missed. JOHN and I started at the P.O. the same day and have been good friends all along. Many fond memorys, fishing, motircycle, riding, oyster eating at GARYs. GODs speed and mercies . Love Ya Man. .
Cyndi Terry on November 5th, 2013 - 1:12 pm said:
Another Dreadnaught is now sailing on higher seas. John will be missed by all his LHS 1976 classmates and many friends. Deepest sympathy to all of John's family.
Nancy Calabro Stone on November 4th, 2013 - 7:20 pm said:
Lots of memories growing up. Our families spent a lot of time together. Sad now that we didn't stay in touch. Mrs. Colson and Clay, you've always been in my mind and in my heart. My love and prayers to you.
David Mershon on November 3rd, 2013 - 10:21 am said:
Keoni- may you find your kanikapila and perfect wave as you take the endless journey to Lani. May your spirit always travel makai in your personal makahiki. A hui you kakou, mahalo and aloha \'oe. Kawika-
Ronni Logue on November 3rd, 2013 - 7:27 am said:
He was an awesome person.Was our mailman for a long time. Always took the time to chat a minute with a never ending smile.Will be missed by a whole bunch of people
Jim and Linda Hubbard on November 3rd, 2013 - 6:14 am said:
Sorry for your loss. John had a great personality and was always there to help a friend. It is especially sad when someone John\'s age is taken from us. Prays and thoughts to the family.
John Johnson on November 2nd, 2013 - 9:57 pm said:
Condolences to Johns family. Just about every time I ran into him he always introduced his two beautiful daughters which he truly adored. His presence will be missed. peace JC.
NEVA SPIVEY on November 2nd, 2013 - 9:24 pm said:
May angels wrap their wings around your family in this sad time. Prayers!
Terrence A Crovo on November 2nd, 2013 - 7:20 pm said:
Many memories of John all Good!! will miss him my heart goes out to his Family and Many friend God Bless You all in this difficult time Terry
Mary Kennard on November 2nd, 2013 - 6:55 pm said:
Prayers to the family and friend and friends
Larry Wood on November 2nd, 2013 - 10:26 am said:
My hopes are John's loved ones can find some peace and comfort in the God of our fathers, His Kingdom come.
Barbara Milas on November 2nd, 2013 - 9:52 am said:
So sorry to hear about John's passing . My prayers go out to the family . I am sure John will be missed by many . But his memories will always be remembered.
Sally Bell on November 2nd, 2013 - 7:37 am said:
Thoughts and Prayers
Leah Dees Clark on November 1st, 2013 - 11:07 pm said:
Always think of Johnny every time I see an Easy Bake Oven. What fun times we had. Also remember his awesome model collection. Thankful for good memories of fun times with you all. Know that God will comfort and be with you in this difficult season. Love, Leah Dees Clark
Vickie Overton on November 1st, 2013 - 8:25 pm said:
So Sorry to hear of John\'s passing, Prayers\'s to the family. God Bless.
Casey McClendon-Holland on November 1st, 2013 - 2:03 pm said:
Betty Jane and Clay: My heartfelt sympathy to you at this time. May God walk you through.
Frances Marie Dalpe
April 24th, 1947 - October 28th, 2013 66 Years
Frances Marie Dalpe, 66
Lakeland – Frances Dalpe passed away on October 28, 2013, due to heart failure. She was born April 24, 1947 in Central Falls, R.I. to Al and Delia Bruce. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her.
Frances is survived by her long-time companion, Charles Suggs;
Son, Ronald Dalpe, Jr.; daughter Christine Dalpe-Nebel; sons, David, Richard and William Dalpe. 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; 3 sisters and 3 brothers.
A viewing will be held on November 1, 2013 in the Tribute Center at Heath Funeral Chapel from 6 to 8 PM and a funeral service on Saturday November 2, 2013 at Heath Funeral Chapel at 10 AM.
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Bree and David Youngblood on October 31st, 2013 - 3:11 pm said:
We will miss her laughter, her smile, and her singing. "Ms. Fran D" will no longer have to choose which bridge to cross and which one to burn!
Nathaniel "Nate" James Giggy
July 15th, 1991 - October 28th, 2013 22 Years
Nathaniel (Nate) James Giggy, 22
LAKELAND – Nathaniel (Nate) James Giggy, 22, passed away Monday, October 28, 2013. Cause of death is pending medical examiner’s report.
Nathan was born in Harbor City, California on July 15, 1991. He moved to Lakeland from Tucson Arizona in 1998 with his family. Nate was a student in the Engineering program at the University of Florida. He was a graduate from the International Baccalaureate School at Bartow High with an IB diploma, having attended Lawton Chiles Middle Academy and Cleveland Court Elementary.
Nathaniel is preceded in death by his grandfather Al Grmela (1994). He is survived by his parents Michael and Jacqueline, sister Amanda (17),... Read more
Carolle Grmela on November 6th, 2013 - 2:50 pm said:
What can I say, I am at a loss for words. My precious grandson Nate Giggy has gone to be with the Lord. It seems like only yesterday I was holding you in my arms as a darling little bundle of joy, nothing will ever fill the void that you filled in my life and all the others who truly loved you. May you be at peace sweet Nathan. Thank you for the 22 years you did give us, and all the tender memories. I know life wasn\'t always easy for you, but you truly tried to be all you could be in your own way. Sweet dreams sweetheart, now rest in the loving hands of your maker, and please put in a good word for the rest of us. Blessings now and forever dearest one. ♥♥♥ PS please hug the other family members that are there with you for us. \"We\'ll see you in the morning sweetheart.\"
Pagan Taylor on November 4th, 2013 - 5:03 pm said:
My heart goes out to your family. I know that Nate will be greatly missed. He was a very dear friend of my daughter's and was always there for her especially when they attended UF. My sincere condolences.
MaryJane Lackey-Mills on November 3rd, 2013 - 1:41 am said:
Thinking of the Giggy family. Thanking God for the hope of Heaven. MaryJane Lackey-Mills.
MaryJane Lackey-Mills on November 3rd, 2013 - 1:40 am said:
Thinking of the Giggy family. Thanking God for the hope of Heaven.
Shelly DeVore on November 2nd, 2013 - 10:14 am said:
Giggy family, I am deeply sorry about the loss of Nate. May God\'s love surround you and give you peace! You will all continue to be in my thought and prayers. God Bless, Shelly DeVore
The Laird Tucker Family on November 2nd, 2013 - 9:05 am said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at now and well into the future. Love to you all.
Mary Lou Paquette on November 2nd, 2013 - 8:25 am said:
Jackie, You and your family are in my prayers. Luckily, our faith carries us through the tragedies of life. I send a warm hug and prayers of peace your way. Know you are not alone, the Lord will carry you through and bring you to a place of peace. Love you.
Bruce & Holly Dunbar on October 31st, 2013 - 7:37 am said:
Jacqueline & Mike, We are so sorry for your loss. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Deepest sympathies, Bruce, Holly,Olivia & Peyton Dunbar
Mary Eleanor Ward
January 22nd, 1933 - October 28th, 2013 80 Years
Mary Eleanor Ward, 80
Lakeland – Eleanor Ward passed away on October 28, 2013 due to respiratory failure.
Eleanor worked at Scotty’s Hardware for 12 years.
She loved the beach at Anna Maria and the woods of Kentucky. Her dog Tinker was her faithful companion.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband Jack Ward, her dog Tinker, and 3 sisters.
She is survived by her children, Sherlene (David) Winstead, Mark (Dawn) Ward, and Rebecca Ward; 4 granddaughters; 4 great grandchildren; and 1 sister.
A memorial service will be held on November 1, 2013 at 1:00pm at Heath Funeral Chapel with a reception to follow in the Tribute Center at Heath Funeral Chapel. A graveside service wi... Read more
Margaret Hansen on November 1st, 2013 - 8:47 am said:
Sherlene,Mark and Beckie, So sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother, I loved talking with her when she came into the bank, she was so proud of her family. My thoughts of with you all.
Julie Ward-Roberts on November 1st, 2013 - 7:19 am said:
To the Ward Family, please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of your Mother, Nanna, Great Nanna, Sister. She was a kind lady who was always greeted you with a smile and always there to lend a helping hand, She will be greatly missed by all. You can shed tears that she is gone Or you can smile because she has lived You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left Your heart can be empty because you can\'t see her Or you can be full of the love that you shared You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday You can remember her and only that she is gone Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
Benjamin F. Summerlin
May 22nd, 1923 - October 24th, 2013 90 Years
LCDR Benjamin F. Summerlin, 90
Accomplished Naval Officer
Lakeland- LCDR Benjamin F. Summerlin, died on Thursday Oct 24, 2013, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center from complication from Cardiac event.
He was born May 22, 1923, in Arcadia, Fl.. Out of high school he entered the Navy and rapidly advanced through the enlisted ranks to be the first Senior Chief Petty Officer (SCPO, E-8) and the first Master Chief Petty Officer (MCPO, E-9, the top 1% of the Navy). At the twenty year point of his career, he was promoted to the officer ranks and retired as a LT Commander. In his 30 yr career he held every rank from a Seman Apprentice to a Commander.
He was a cryptologist who had assignm... Read more
Capt. Ivan Reddington on October 29th, 2013 - 6:40 pm said:
To Ben Junior, Sorry to hear about your Dad. I would attend the memorial but we are out of town for about a week. I did talk with him about a year ago and asked him to come back and play tennis again. I'll miss him.
Charles J. Maddox III
November 23rd, 1952 - October 18th, 2013 60 Years
Lakeland – Charles J. Maddox III, 60, passed away at his home on October 18, 2013. Charles was born on November 23, 1952 in Bartow, Florida to Charles Jr. and Virginia Maddox. He worked as a welder and a pipe-fitter. A gathering of family and friends will be held on October 22, 2013 in the Tribute Center at Heath Funeral Chapel from 5-7 pm.... Read more
Clara Sawyer on October 31st, 2013 - 4:01 pm said:
`So sorry to hear you lost your great dad . I have missed hugging them both, meaning your mom too since we lost Wesley. Know many prayers are sent up for you; Love and hugs for you. Clara Sawyer
Daryl Sheffield on October 27th, 2013 - 7:02 pm said:
Jeff was one of a kind, he can never be replaced. I love you brother.
Paul C. McKinley
May 17th, 1938 - October 18th, 2013 75 Years
Paul C. McKinley, 75
Lakeland – Paul C. McKinley, 75, was born May 17, 1938 and passed away on October 18, 2013.
Paul served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a building contractor for over 25 years.
He is survived by his wife Shirley, his sons, Calvin (Traci) and Steve, his daughter, Carol Browning (Curtis), four grandchildren, and his sisters, Mildred Terry and Carolyn Beverly.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 24 at 11am at the Lake Gibson Church of the Nazarene.
Memorials may be made to the church in honor of Paul McKinley.
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Michelle DeJean-Smith on October 30th, 2013 - 1:08 pm said:
My condolences to Mrs. McKinley and the family. Our office has rented out properties for Mr. McKinley, and he was always a dear to speak to and to see in the office. Heartfelt sorrow for the family in their time of need. You will be in our prayers.
Ernie and Edna Tanksley on October 23rd, 2013 - 3:13 pm said:
Words cannot express the loss we feel now and will feel in the future of a dear and close friend of 43 years. Our prayers are for God's blessings to be with Shirley and all the family.
Dick & Sue Fenska on October 23rd, 2013 - 1:21 pm said:
We were so sorry to read about Paul's death. Paul built our home in Hunter's Run in 1993. It was a pleasure meeting paul, He was one of the finest men we have ever met and have done business with. He was a ture gentleman. Paul is the reason we had Steve build our next home, which we love. We want paul's family to know our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Sincerely Sue and Dick Fenska
Tracy, Zachary, Emily, Kris, & Gavin Mock on October 23rd, 2013 - 8:15 am said:
My heart is grieving for all of you so. I loved & adored your Dad. He was always so kind to me & my kids. He was a great man of God who loved his family & it showed! I always loved looking out from the choir loft every Sunday & seeing him in that pew with his sweet wife! Many prayers are going up all over for you all. Remember this is not the end! He is waiting with the Father. Love you.
CONNIE VARNER SWEAT (MICHAEL) on October 22nd, 2013 - 6:36 pm said:
Paul was the brother to my precious mother Mabel McKinley Varner. We all loved Uncle Paul so dearly, and we will miss him so much. I pray that God will send peace and comfort to Aunt Shirley and the kids. I will never forget the times that he would come to Knoxville to check on momma when she was sick. Him and Shirley always could bring a smile to her face when I hadn\'t seen one for days. Rest in God's arms my precious uncle and know that we will all meet again when God calls us all home to be together. Love your niece.
Ruthie and Jimmy Guider on October 22nd, 2013 - 2:53 pm said:
Shirley, Ruthie and I keeping you and the whole family in our thoughts and prayers every day and so many times during each day. It is beyond words to express. May God's presence be with you all especially during the long night hours. Jimmy
Jerry & Barbara Lee on October 22nd, 2013 - 10:46 am said:
We have many fond memories of Paul as he would always greet you with a smile a warm handshake and a humorous story. Paul was a family man and a business man with great integrity. We have lost a great ambassador for Christ, but our loss is heavens gain. We love the Mckinley family & will continue to pray for each of you.
Carmelita and William Walker on October 22nd, 2013 - 9:37 am said:
I have so many sweet memories of Paul and your entire family. Know that we are thinking of you and praying for you Shirley, Steve, Carol, Calvin, Carolyn and Mildred. Paul has joined all of our other Lake Wire family walking on the Streets of Gold. We will have such rejoicing when Jesus comes back to gather us all to Himself.
Charles E. Clark
February 9th, 1930 - October 16th, 2013 83 Years
Charles E. Clark, 83
General Electric Company
Orlando – Charles E. Clark was born on February 09, 1930 in Lakeland, FL to Douglas and Edna Clark. He passed away on October 16, 2013 in Orlando due to complications of dementia.
Charles was a graduate of Lakeland High School, class of 1948. He received his Bachelors in Economics from Florida Southern College and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraturnity. He also attended the University of Florida. He was a loyal employee for General Electric Company as a Sales Representative for 20+ years. Working in Nashville, Savannah, Tampa, and finally residing in Orlando.
Charles was a Scout Master for Troop 29 located at the First Uni... Read more
Tom McCormick on October 18th, 2013 - 3:34 pm said:
My condolences to Charlie's family. Thoughts of Charlie bring back memories of the good times we had together at FSC.
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