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Mary Clark McNight | April 9th, 1922 - August 27th, 2014 92 Years

MARY CLARK McKNIGHT Elementary Teacher/Homemaker Mary C. McKnight, 92, was welcomed to her heavenly Father's home on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 due to dementia. Mrs. McKnight was born April 9, 1922 in Carlisle, PA. She was the youngest of three sisters born to Charles H. and Florence N. Clark. She was a graduate of Dickinson College, a member of Chi Omega sorority and an elementary school teacher. Mrs. McKnight met the love of her life, John H. McKnight, while John was attending Dickinson Sch ... Read more

Jeanne B. Mason | December 5th, 1919 - August 25th, 2014 94 Years

Jeanne B. Mason, 94, of Sandwich, Illinois, previously of Lakeland, Florida, passed away peacefully at her home Monday, August 25, 2014. She was born December 5, 1919 in Camden, NJ to the late May (Wooters) Brulatour Wood and Jean Leonard Brulatour. She married W. Finley Mason on June 20, 1941. Jeanne was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Sandwich, IL. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 1941.  She is survived by her three children, Joseph (Diana) Mason of Chesterfie ... Read more

Fances Louise Hatchett | April 6th, 1922 - August 24th, 2014 92 Years

Frances L. Hatchett, 92 Registered Nurse Lakeland- Mrs. Frances L. Hatchett died on August 24, 2014 at LRMC due to natural causes. She was born April 6, 1922 in Lakeland, Florida. She was a member of Dixie Highway Baptist Church. Mrs. Hatchett and her husband loved singing and they sang at the local nursing homes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Thomas V. Hatchett, her son, John C. Guinn, and her two daughters, June E. Hamblen and Kay F. Humphries. Survivors include ... Read more

Walter Bielanski | May 15th, 1922 - August 6th, 2014 92 Years

Walter Bielanski May 15, 1922 to August 6, 2014 58-year Lakeland resident, passed away August 6th from respiratory failure. Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised on farm near Vasser, Michigan. Later at Michigan State University he met Phyllis Olin, “the best part of his life”. During WWII served in the Army Air Corps as a B24 bombardier, based in England. Returned in 1944, married Phyllis and began a 39 year career with Auto Owners Insurance in Detroit. He transferred to Lakeland in 1 ... Read more

Janice Gail Anglin | May 19th, 1945 - August 2nd, 2014 69 Years

Jan "Janice Gail" Blanton Anglin, 69 of Lakeland, went to spend eternity with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Cause of death was dementia. She was born in Thomasville, GA on May 19, 1945 to J. Lamar and Frances Woodward Blanton and moved to Lakeland in 1950. She was a founding member of Crossroads Baptist Church. Jan graduated from Lakeland Senior High School in 1963, attended the School of Nursing at Johns Hopkins University, returned to Lakeland and married Frank D. Angl ... Read more

Amos "Tom" Monroe Mote | October 29th, 1919 - August 1st, 2014 94 Years

Amos (Tom) M. Mote, 94 Retired U.S. Air Force Colonel Lakeland – Tom M. Mote, 94, passed away on August 1, 2014 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, due to natural causes. He was born in Dahlonega, Georgia, on October 29, 1919 and was raised in Kokoma, Indiana. At the beginning of WWII, Tom joined the Army Air Core Flying Cadets and served in the Pacific. At the end of WWII, he served in Europe during its reconstruction. He also served in the Korean Conflict and as an advisor in the Vietn ... Read more

Charles Richard Kennedy | November 22nd, 1948 - July 31st, 2014 65 Years

CHARLES RICHARD KENNEDY, 65 LAKELAND – Charles Richard “Dick” Kennedy, 65, of Lakeland, died July 31, 2014 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born November 22, 1948 in Washington, D.C., the son of the late Phillip F. and H. Dorothy (Simmons) Kennedy. He was a 1967 graduate of Assumption Preparatory School in Worcester, Mass. While there he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. He received a bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College in 1983. He received his certificati ... Read more

Gerald Ray Stallings | September 17th, 1929 - July 28th, 2014 84 Years

Ray Stallings (Big Daddy) Stallings Crop Insurance Corp. Veteran Korea, 1st Lieutenant Lakeland – Gerald Ray Stallings, age 84, passed away July 28, 2014 of heart failure at his home in Bartow, FL. Ray, who was born in Valdosta, Ga on September 17th, 1929, was raised in the community of New Lois, between Nashville and Valdosta. He attended New Lois Community School, Gordon Military School and the University of Georgia until he was called to duty in Korea in July 1952, where he ... Read more

Norma Rae Whitten | February 1st, 1925 - July 25th, 2014 89 Years

Norma Rae Whitten passed away on July 25, 2014. She was born on February 1, 1925, in Lakeland, Florida, to Edgar and Ollie Fearrand. Norma was a homemaker and married to Charles Whitten for 44 years raising 3 children. She was a native of Lakeland and lived there her entire life. She loved to garden and once won the Lakeland Beautification award. Norma is preceded in death by her husband, Charles Whitten, in 1990. She is survived by her children, Sherri Thomas, of Lakeland, Florida, Shirle ... Read more

Joanne R. Walker | October 23rd, 1931 - July 24th, 2014 82 Years

Joanne R. Walker, 82 Lakeland – Joanne Walker, 82, passed away on July 24, 2014 after a brief struggle with cancer. She was born on October 23, 1931, in Bloomington, IN, the daughter of Frank and Marie Randall. Joanne’s family relocated to Florida when she was 2 and she spent the majority of her life living in Lakeland. After graduating from Lakeland High School, class of 1949, Joanne married Roy Lyndon Walker. In addition to raising two wonderful children, she also worked many years ... Read more

Rochelle "Shelley" Pickett Winebarger | June 14th, 1965 - July 24th, 2014 49 Years

Rochelle “Shelley” Pickett Winebarger 49 Rochelle Pickett Winebarger passed away July 24, 2014 at Good Shepherd Hospice of cancer. Shelley was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and MOM’S Ministry She is survived by her husband of 25 years. Donald Fred Winebarger, daughter Kailey Marie, and mother Marie Heath Lambruschini, her sister Nicole Marie Moore and five half sisters A visitation will be held Tue. July 29 from 1- 1:30 Pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with ... Read more

James Grady Fields | October 6th, 1915 - July 18th, 2014 98 Years

James Grady Fields, 98, died July 18, 2014 of congestive heart failure with his loving family at his side. He was born October 6, 1915 in Lakeland, FL. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corp and during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He retired from Buttercrust Bakery after 33 years. He was a faithful member of Trinity Church of God, a role model and admired by his family and all who knew him. Grady enjoyed gardening, fishing and his family. He was our hero, such a wonderful, gentle, Chri ... Read more

Deloris Maxine Grady | February 6th, 1926 - July 18th, 2014 88 Years

Deloris Maxine Grady, 86 Accountant Lakeland – Deloris Maxine Grady, 86, died of a stroke Friday, July 18, 2014 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Born February, 1926, in Elkhart, Indiana, she moved to Florida in 1970. In 1973, she started work as an accountant with the Department of Citrus. She retired in 1995 as Revenue Accountant. Deloris was a resident of Beacon Terrace, where she had been an active member of the Home Owners Association, serving on the board and as President for se ... Read more

John Thomas Cline | October 23rd, 1917 - July 17th, 2014 96 Years

John Thomas Cline, 96 Owner – JT Cline Citrus Mr. John Thomas Cline passed away on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at Highlands Lake Skilled Nursing Facility in Lakeland FL, due to natural causes. Tom Cline was born on October 23, 1917 in Arcadia, FL to Dr. and Mrs. R. L. Cline. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie. Survivors include stepsons John Hayes, George M. Hayes III, Stan Hayes, one daughter, Debbie (Gene) Hendry, and one grandson, Wiley Miles Hendry. Mr. Cline was a graduate ... Read more




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Albert Thomas Woods, Sr.
July 22nd, 1933 - November 16th, 2012 79 Years


Albert Thomas Woods, Sr. 79
Harrison Radiator

Lakeland- Mr. Albert Thomas Woods, Sr. died at Lakeland Regional Medical Center on November 16, 2012 of heart failure. He was born July 22, 1933 in Lockport, New York.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church at the Mall. Mr. Woods graduated from the Rochester School for the Deaf.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Penelope Woods, Mulberry, 3 daughters, Mary Woods, Penny Freeland, both of East Aurora, N.Y. Florence (Robert) De Ponceau, Smyrna, Tn., son, Albert (Niki) T. Woods, Jr., Murfeesboro, Tn., 5 grandchildren, one great grandchild, one brother, David E. (Anita) Woods, Lockport, N.Y., and 3 nieces.

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Lori Cartrette on November 23rd, 2012 - 8:59 am said:
My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. I was shocked when I heard the news of Mr. Woods passing. He and his wife have been the best neighbors ever. He will be forever remembered in the neighborhood for having the best decorated house every single month. RIP Mr. Albert.

Florence Woods Paradise on November 22nd, 2012 - 2:17 pm said:
So sorry to hear of Albert\'s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Vinnie & Michele Smith Family - Buffalo, NY on November 19th, 2012 - 6:42 pm said:
To Penny and the Woods Family: Our prayer is that you re-gain your strength as you begin this journey and new chapter in your lives. May you always find peace and comfort along the way. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

richard /peggy davis on November 19th, 2012 - 3:27 pm said:
my sorrow and he is now peace in heaven love to all....

Seko Worldwide/BUF on November 19th, 2012 - 3:25 pm said:
We are so sorry to hear of your sudden loss.... our thoughts and prayers are with you all........ Seko/Buf

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Tom Mazurowski & Family on November 18th, 2012 - 1:33 pm said:
How sorry we all are for the sudden lost of Albert. He is with God now and hears all of our prayers.


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Helen Pauline Sellman
January 31st, 1913 - November 15th, 2012 99 Years

Helen Pauline Sellman, 99

Clearwater- Mrs. Helen Pauline Sellman died at the Oaks of Clearwater on November 15, 2012. She was born January 31, 1913 in Hoytville, Ohio. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Bowling Green, Ohio. Mrs. Sellman was also active in the Senior Citizens Center in Bowling Green.
Survivors include her son, Richard (Penny) Nielson, Bartow, Fl. 2 daughters, Karen (William) Roberts, Sterling, Alaska, Ruth Ann Arnold, Branson, Missouri, 2 sisters, Esther Vandersall, Kent, Ohio, Ruth Vandersall, McComb, Ohio, 6 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
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Marcia Benner on November 18th, 2012 - 8:08 pm said:
Dick and family - Helen sure lived a long life. So many memories of her, Dick and their house on Church Street here in BG. Let me know when the service is in Henry Co., only 18 min. from my house. If anyone needs a place to stay, I have lots of extra beds.

Jack & Diana Giles on November 17th, 2012 - 5:45 pm said:
Sorry to hear about your mom. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Phil, Lisa and Sophie Lane on November 17th, 2012 - 5:10 pm said:
Dick, so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless and comfort you.

Kay & Glen Boniface on November 17th, 2012 - 9:20 am said:
Even though I hadn\'t seen Aunt Helen for many years, she was in my thoughts. I remember many family gatherings with her and her children and wish those days were here again. I especially remember helping her celebrate her 80th birthday at the Senior Center in Bowling Green....what it great time that was! However, she is now in a much better place with no pain or suffering and she\'s celebrating with her family that preceded her. My thoughts and prayers are with Richard, Karen and Ruth and the rest of the family.


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Grace Ann Hoffmann
October 31st, 1965 - November 14th, 2012 47 Years

Grace Ann Hoffmann, 47

Lakeland: Grace Ann Hoffmann, 47, of Lakeland, died November 14, 2012 from heart failure. She was born on October 31, 1965 in Charleston, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her father Richard M. Hoffmann, Sr. and brother Richard M. Hoffmann, Jr. Survived by her mother Ione C. Hoffmann; sister Mary Card; companion of 31 years Jimmy Reed; nephew Kenny Card and brother in Law David Card. A viewing will be held on Tuesday November 20, 2012 from 5-7P.M. at Heath Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at a later date in North Carolina. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com.
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Mark & Camille Coffman on November 20th, 2012 - 2:37 pm said:
A life is a story told by God. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this sorrowful time.

Charles & Lisa Robichaud on November 20th, 2012 - 12:30 pm said:
Sending our prayers and love to our friend Jimmy Reed and all of Grace\'s family. May god comfort you during this difficult time.

Dave. Wilson. Sr on November 18th, 2012 - 12:01 pm said:
May God be with your family

Debra Strickland on November 18th, 2012 - 8:29 am said:
May God\'s Love comfort your family during this difficult time.


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Pauline Jeanette Nelson
April 5th, 1917 - November 10th, 2012 95 Years


Pauline Jeanette Nelson, 95

Daytona Beach - Pauline Jeanette Nelson of Daytona Beach, FL, joined her loved ones in Heaven on November 10, 2012 at the age of 95.
Pauline was born on April 5, 1917, near Oneonta, AL to the late Mary Jane and Walter Lee Mullins. The daughter of a coal miner, she left school at the age of 16 to work in her uncle’s café and help support her family during the Depression years. A pioneering business woman for her time, she opened the West End Hamburger Shop in Birmingham, AL and during WWII operated the Liberty Café in Bessemer, AL. After the war, Pauline and her husband Ed owned and operated Fair Park amusement park at the Alabama State Fairgrounds in Birm... Read more

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Jean S. Swicord (Mrs. Hank) on November 16th, 2012 - 3:53 pm said:
I was saddened to read of Polly\'s death, but happy she had had such a long and usefull life. My late husband was a friend of Ed\'s here on Panama City Beach and both of my husband and I became friends with Polly . We lost contact when she moved, but knew she would be happy around family. She was a hard worker, fun loving, good person. My sympathy goes out to the family.

Ruth Harris Mealer on November 13th, 2012 - 12:28 pm said:
I was just down in Panama City, FL November 2,3,4th. When we went by where Miracle Strip was located, I told my cousin that we missed that park so much. I later told my Mom about the vacant lot, she said that was one of the things that she enjoyed when we went to the beach. Sometimes smaller venues like that park the best place to go. We went to Fair Park in Birmingham also. We were going there in the 60's and 70's, so I know that when they were there. Thank you for bringing so much fun in our younger days. I know that you will be surely missed by everyone that you knew!!

rebecca l. woods on November 13th, 2012 - 9:09 am said:
The family of LaRue Woods, of Woodlawn in Panama City Beach,wish to extend condolences to Polly's family. Polly was a dearly beloved neighbor and a very good friend. We shall all miss her.

Carol and Mike Wilson on November 12th, 2012 - 10:45 pm said:
Polly was a good neighbor of ours in Woodlawn in Panama City Beach. We have many fond memories of her. Our deepest sympathy is extended to her family.


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Richard "Dick" Thomas Richter
September 8th, 1949 - November 10th, 2012 63 Years


Richard “Dick” Thomas Richter, 63
State of Florida

Lakeland – Richard “Dick” Thomas Richter. 63, passed from his life on November 10, 2012 at Good Shepherd Hospice due to cardiac arrest. Dick was born on September 8, 1949 in Joliet, Illinois to William and Evelyn Richter.
Dick moved to Lakeland in 1954. He graduated from LHS in 1967. He graduated from PCC, attended UF, and graduated from USF in 1972.
Dick worked for the State of Florida in social work, child support enforcement, fraud investigation, and as a network administrator. He also worked for Aetna Insurance for several years.
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John Donaldson on November 20th, 2012 - 11:27 am said:
Although I never met Dick in person, I got to know him when we worked together solving several complex issues with DOR\'s oracle configurations. Dick was a special guy who was a team player when it came to figuring things out. We relied on his ability to get things done. He will be missed.

Sheila Lewandowski on November 15th, 2012 - 5:35 pm said:
My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Dick was a wonderful person. He was a pleasure to work with. He always had a smile on his face. He was always willing to help. He will be missed.

Bob Desbiens on November 14th, 2012 - 7:48 pm said:
To Dick's Mom; Sue and Chris: I don't know how to put it in words but I have to say Dick was one of the most incredible people I had to pleasure to know on a professional level as well as a personal level. He was very dedicated and devoted to his work as well as you Sue and Chris. I was very lucky to have known Dick. I will wish that you have peace and comfort in the days ahead. I am so sorry.

Laura(Gillan)Schweiger on November 14th, 2012 - 6:16 pm said:
Dear Sue, Chris, & Evelyn, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May the peace that comes from memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. He will be missed. Love, Laura

Roger Grabowski on November 14th, 2012 - 3:30 pm said:
I worked at the Dept of Revenue in Collections and Enforcement for 34 years. I do not remember exactly when Dick came to work with us, but that date is uninportant because each day Dick was there it seemed as tho he was at our beck and call. We called his name from anywhere in the office and he was sure to answer that he would fix our problem ASAP if not sooner. He was the computer guru and told him so every time he helped and then some and always appreciated him being so helpful and patient with us. Always glad to help, explain the problem and always with a smile on his face. Tho I've been retired for 6 years each time I saw him at the office he would tell me that he was just waiting for the day that he might be enjoying life on his own terms. Know he enjoyed his work, but he noted that he was anxiously looking to the day of rettirement. I am sorry for your loss and for Dick that he cannot enjoy that retirement day. Know he enjoyed his life with his wife and son and his man "toys",i.e., plane and cycle..he told us of some of the good times. May his light shine forever together with his familys eternal love.

Pam Levitt on November 14th, 2012 - 3:06 pm said:
Dear Suzanne and Chris, I will not try to make believe that I understand the Lord's will, but I know that he loves you both and is watching over you--and so is Dick. Remember all the wonderful times that you had together and rejoice in the fact that you all loved each other and that will never change. May God bless you both and give you peace. Love, Pam and Myles Levitt

Bonita Dean on November 14th, 2012 - 2:39 pm said:
I was very saddened to hear of Dick's passing. May God's blessing be on you, his family, in this journey. I enjoyed working with him, and I always have thought what a wonderful person he was.

Jeffrey Herman on November 14th, 2012 - 10:38 am said:
I had the pleasure of working alongside Dick at the DOR. He was definitely the definition of a gentleman. He always spoke of how proud he was of Christopher and definitely loved Sue. He will forever be in my heart and my condolences and wishes to the Richter family at this difficult time.

Bruce & Marilyn Ryan on November 13th, 2012 - 2:28 pm said:
Dear Chris & Family, Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. We are wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts, our thoughts and prayers are with you, take care. Your friends, Bruce & Marilyn

Pete and June Minerva on November 13th, 2012 - 2:16 pm said:
I met Dick in 1980 when I worked in th fraud unit and he worked in child support enforcement. I subsequently had the pleasure of working with him in CSE on 2 separate occassions. Dick was not only extremely intelligent but he had a great sense of humor and a willingness to help others without hesitation. I know he will be missed by his friends and family. Our codolences to the family.

Ann Roberts Eatman (Mae's daughter) on November 13th, 2012 - 11:40 am said:
Dear Evelyn, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sorrowful time. With love, Mae Roberts

Marceline McGuire on November 13th, 2012 - 9:24 am said:
Dear Suzanne , Christopher, and family: SOOO VERY SORRY for your loss.

Ann Roberts Eatman (Mae's daughter) on November 13th, 2012 - 7:59 am said:
Dear Evelyn, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sorrowful time. With love, Mae Roberts

James and Krista Graf on November 12th, 2012 - 8:57 pm said:
To the Richter Family, Your family is in our hearts and prayers. Dick was a special man with a warm heart and a smile that would light up any room he entered. A special memory we have with Dick and Sue is when we visited Nasa Space Center. We had such a great day and on our way out we hit the gift shop. We are cat lovers and my eye caught a super cool tote bag with cats dressed up as astronauts. I was admiring it but we were on a budget and although I wanted it I knew I should not buy it. So I purchased a cool magnet for the frig to remind me of that special day. On the way to the car Dick walk up beside me and handed me a bag. I looked at him and he had that huge smile on his face. I ask what was in the bag. He had also handed one to Sue. He had gone back into the gift shop and bought the cat bag. One for me and one for Sue! That was Dick....he always received more joy by giving than receiving. His spirit will live on and I will always cherish my cat bag and every time I use it I remember his smile. You will forever be in our hearts.


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James White Meeks, Jr.
May 23rd, 1948 - November 9th, 2012 64 Years


James White Meeks, Jr.
Electrical Inspector

LAKELAND – James White Meeks, Jr., age 64, passed away on November 9, 2012, due to complications from surgery.

He was born in Lakeland, Florida on May 23, 1948 and resided in Lakeland his entire life except for serving his country during Vietnam [October 1967 to October 1971]. Much of his Navy career was spent aboard the USS Orleck. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was predeceased by his parents Anita Taylor Meeks and James White Meeks, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife Linda McMachen Meeks, son James White Meeks III of Winston-Salem, N.C., daughters Amanda [Mark] Hammond of Lakeland, Melody Meeks of Greensboro, N.C., ... Read more

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Daphene Batson Coleman Leggett on November 13th, 2012 - 8:56 am said:
I am so sorry for your loss. I saw James a while back and I was reminded of something. No matter what,he was always very friendly and kind to me. We did not know each other very well. He grew up in the same neighborhood as my ex-husband. I will keep you all in my prayers, and I will always remember him with fondness. May God bless you in your endeavors to cope with missing him. Daphene Leggett


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Robert Emmitt Howell
May 5th, 1921 - November 5th, 2012 91 Years


Robert Emmitt Howell, 91

Lakeland- Mr. Robert Emmitt Howell died on November 5, 2012 at his residence. He was born May 5, 1921 in Geneva, Alabama. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Mr. Howell graduated from Florida Southern College in 1949 with a degree in Business. He was a Deacon at Victory Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Carolyn Howell, Lakeland, daughter, Donna Jean Murphy, Lakeland, 4 grandchildren, Cheryl Warren, Christy Warren, David Warren, Kelli Defoe, 8 great grandchildren, Melonie, Robert, Ashley, Erin, Adrian, Kaitlyn, Jaqai, Emoni, and 2 great great grandchildren, Aidan and Jordyn.
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Bennie and Della Peters on November 7th, 2012 - 7:49 pm said:
Bob will always be in our hearts, we were hurt to know he had passed but we know that he is are no longer suffering and know he is in a better place now. Rest in Peace. God Bless the family and friends.

Amanda Jeanne on November 6th, 2012 - 7:27 am said:
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, Mr. Emmitt. During these sad times, I find it comforting to reflect on the miraculous resurrections that Jesus performed while on earth. These resurrections were a foregleam of what he will do on a grand scale as our King. Notice what he said at John 5: 25-29, "Most truly I say to ​YOU, The hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who have given heed will live. For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to do judging, because Son of man he is. Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment." What a time to look forward to! I hope this Bible passage brings as much comfort to you and your family as it has to me. With Deepest Sympathy, Amanda Jeanne

Lori Hopkins on November 5th, 2012 - 8:43 pm said:
It was an honor to know you Bob. You will be forever in my heart and memories.

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Marjorie Ann Yates
October 25th, 1954 - November 4th, 2012 58 Years


Homemaker & Caregiver

Gainesville—Margie Yates, 58, died November 4, 2012 of complications from surgery.
She was born in New York City and worked as a nurse’s aid, homemaker and caregiver. She lived most of her life in Lakeland FL, graduating from Kathleen High, and in Leesburg FL.
She was the daughter of Richard and Dolores Yates, and the granddaughter of Fred and Odelia Schofield, and Josie and Will Yates.
She is survived by brother William David Yates of Lakeland, FL, brother Michael Wayne Yates and wife Marcia Yates of Idaho Falls, ID, and brother Richard Henry Yates and wife Michelle Yates of Wildwood, FL.
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Dan and Michelle Raposo on November 12th, 2012 - 5:47 pm said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Margie's loved ones. She was a special person who loved eveybody and touched everyone she met. She will be missed. Love from all of the Raposos. Michelle, Dan, Ethan and Elijah.

Kristen Jean on November 10th, 2012 - 8:11 am said:
Dear Cousin I really can\'t get over the fact I won\'t see your smiling face in person anymore. I will cherish the times you took me to your condo for my first Halloween party and when I saw your smile at Sea World and the talks and how your reminded me of your mom with your warm God loving greetings and prayers! Thanks Margie you put spirit in all of us. May your brothers and their wives and family feel your happy spirit in all of them!

Kristen Jean and Cheryl Schofield on November 9th, 2012 - 2:54 pm said:
I love you Margie and May your smile and spirit and laughter always live in all of us to remember the good times we had with you! Love, Cheryl and Leo Schofield and Family!

Kristen Jean and Cheryl Schofield on November 9th, 2012 - 2:29 pm said:
I love you Margie and May your smile and spirit and laughter always live in all of us to remember the good times we had with you! Love, Cheryl and Leo Schofield and Family!

Brenda Sylvia on November 9th, 2012 - 1:30 pm said:
To Bill, Mike, Hank and family. My deepest sympathy for your loss. She was a wonderful person with a good heart, she will be missed. Love cousin Brenda

Jo Anne Torres on November 8th, 2012 - 5:04 pm said:
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time..

Ken and Jill Martin on November 8th, 2012 - 1:16 pm said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Margie will be greatly missed. All our love, Ken and Jill

Cecelia Affonso on November 7th, 2012 - 7:28 pm said:
Dear Bill & Family You have my deepest smpathy on the lost of your sister so soon. Think of it this way she is with mom now and is no longer in any more pain. I am really sorry. Love cousin Celia & Manny

Toni and Robert Lehane on November 7th, 2012 - 6:55 pm said:
i will always remember the time we spent together,taking me and my daughter amanda-rose to disney the talks on the phone and letter and pictures we shared we may have lived miles apart,but we were always close at heart, love you always

Toni and Robert Lehane on November 7th, 2012 - 6:42 pm said:
you will be loved and missed, always in my heart for ever love you very much cousin

Theresa Dallow on November 7th, 2012 - 6:14 pm said:
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Margie's brothers Bill, Michael, and Hank. Love your cousin Theresa Dallow.

Mr Mrs Normand & Irene Ann Dube on November 7th, 2012 - 6:14 pm said:
To All The Family Of my Cousin Margie You All have my Deepest Synpathy For Your Loss May She Rest In Peace & May The Light shine Upon Her Love You All Irene Ann & Family

David A. Martin on November 7th, 2012 - 5:57 pm said:
Dearest cousins, we cannot bring back the one who we have lost. We can just live in the memories and love that she has left behind. I and my family are with you during such a difficult time. My deepest sympathies are with you all. Love, Cousin David


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Harold Chaffin
August 26th, 1923 - November 2nd, 2012 89 Years


Harold E. Chaffin, 89
FMC Machinist

LAKELAND - Harold went home to be with our Lord on November 2, 2012 due to heart failure.
He was born on August 26, 1923 in Sandusky, Ohio and moved to Lakeland in 1966.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joyce Chaffin. He is survived by his wife of 14 years, Virginia (Jinny) Mears Chaffin, sons: Jim (Lynda), Phil (Mary Ann); daughters: Patty (Dave) Singleton, Cheryl (Kevin) Egbert; 8 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother: Roy Chaffin.
Visitation held on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 10:00am, Service following at 11:00am at Heath Funeral Chapel, Lakeland, Florida. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, A... Read more

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Steven Parrish on November 4th, 2012 - 5:15 pm said:
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Your father was a mentor to me through the years we were growing up but also, later during the years I continued to live across the street from him. He was always eager to help with a project, offer an opinion, or a solution to a problem. His shop and tools were always blessing in a tight spot. Men with his skills and knowledge are a rarety now. I will always remenber him fondly and greive with you the loss of a truely special person.

Susie Harris on November 4th, 2012 - 3:17 pm said:
Sorry for your loss. Love and prayers for all of you.

The McNeely Family on November 4th, 2012 - 3:07 pm said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

David Chaffin on November 3rd, 2012 - 3:32 pm said:
Uncle Harold was a dignified man who carried himself with class. He was a great husband. He was a great father. I will always remember him being a kind and patient man. Heaven is now his new home. May God comfort his family and loved ones!


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Shirley Mae VanAutreve Gray
April 12th, 1933 - November 1st, 2012 79 Years


Shirley Mae VanAutreve-Gray, 79

LAKELAND – Shirley VanAutreve-Gray passed into the loving arms of Jesus and Mary on November 1, 2012 at the age of 79 due to a short illness with cancer.

Shirley was born in Woodstock, IL to Frank M. Jayne and Mildred F. Osborne. She worked as a telephone operator for Illinois Bell Telephone and retired from Harris Bank, Chicago, IL as a switchboard operator in 1989. Shirley also worked as a spiritual medium in both the Chicago IL and Lakeland FL area.

Shirley enjoyed life to the fullest and lived her dream of retirement in sunny Florida. She had many friends that visited her, sent cards and called regularly through her illness. Shirley enjo... Read more

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Janet Reid on February 11th, 2013 - 10:18 am said:
I was so sorry to hear Shirley had passed away. I only get to Florida twice a year, but always looked forward to the time I spent with Shirley. She always welcomed me. My kids will miss the rides in her golf cart. Shirley was a kind and caring person and full of pep. I will miss her.

Paul and Cathy Peterson on November 5th, 2012 - 2:43 pm said:
We were so sorry to hear that Shirley had passed away. We enjoyed being with Shirley and doing some of the things together in our neighborhood. Our Sassy Pelicans started out as a Registered Red Hat Group. Shirley was a charter member, and always had a lot of good suggestions. We also played in the "Kitchen Band". Shirley always saw the good in people and always made you smile and laugh. She was a good person and will be missed.

Donna Hall, Marge Short, Michelle Short on November 4th, 2012 - 5:28 pm said:
We send sincere sympathy for your loss. We enjoyed her company and the breakfasts we attended as \"Sassy Pelicans\", the music on Saturday nights and other activities in Village Lakeland.


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