Eugene L. Roberts
November 22nd, 1932 - December 11th, 2013 81 Years
Eugene L. Roberts, 81
Lakeland – Eugene Roberts passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 due to congestive heart failure. He was born in Key West, Florida on November 22, 1932. Mr. Roberts was extremely active in our community; he was truly a man that loved his city, state, and nation.
He had served in and led many charitable organizations. He served on the Central Florida Human Services Inc., as Chairman and Board Member, President of Lakeland Scottish Rite Club, President of Lakeland Shrine Club, member of Imperial Polk Lodge #345 F&AM, Venerable Master of the Tampa Consistory Lodge of Perfection, President of the Florida Southern College National Alumni As... Read more
Tom and Barbara Richards on December 23rd, 2013 - 5:24 pm said:
Gene will be missed by the Lakeland Community. Our sympathy to his family.
Phyllis Jean Jacobs
May 14th, 1938 - December 10th, 2013 75 Years
Phyllis Jean Jacobs, 75
Phyllis Jacobs passed away on December 10, 2013 due to respiratory failure at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was born on May 14, 1938 in Gary IN. to William and Naomi Maurer. Phyllis worked at Southeastern University as a financial aid counselor for 25 years. She was a long time member of Southside Assembly of God in Lakeland and enjoyed singing in the choir.
Phyllis is preceded in death by her husband Richard Jacobs and her twin sister Carol Haberle.
She is survived by her children; Debra Jacobs, Garrett (Kathy) Jacobs, and Deanna (Howard) Bayless; and 7 Grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Sunday December 15, 2013 from 3 ... Read more
Teresa Yoder on May 30th, 2015 - 11:42 am said:
To the family of Phyllis Jacobs....your mother was such a wonderful person! She always brought a smile to work with her and her face shone just like Jesus! You knew who her savior was that\'s for sure. I had the pleasure of knowing your Mom while I worked at southeastern college and also when my family and I attended Winter Haven A/G. I am sorry to hear of her passing as she was such an asset to society and to all who knew her personally. You all are in my prayers.
Tom and Barbara Richards on December 23rd, 2013 - 5:27 pm said:
So sorry to hear of the passing of Phyllis. Sending sympathy to Garrett and family.
Pamela - Receptionist at Lake Morton Plaza on December 17th, 2013 - 10:30 am said:
Deanna and family - I was so sorry to read about your Mom's passing. I understand what you are going through, having just lost my Mom in June. Please take comfort in knowing Phyllis is with Our Lord and Savior and no longer in pain. Although it will be different, I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. Love and prayers, Pamela
JoAnn Johnson on December 16th, 2013 - 7:30 am said:
Deanna and Family, I am so sorry for the sudden loss of your mother. Keith and I are praying for the peace of Christ Jesus to be with you at this very difficult time.
Eunice Beasley and children on December 15th, 2013 - 10:40 pm said:
She was my best friend. We sang in the choir at Calvary A/G. Wonderful christian lady. She loved and cared for her family. I miss her alot. Love to the family.
Owen, Tom & Sandee on December 15th, 2013 - 1:29 pm said:
Many many of the fondest & greatest memories blossom at the menchan of her name. Such a real christian lady!
Betty Ware Hart on December 14th, 2013 - 11:29 am said:
I\'m so sorry to hear about Phyllis passing away. I worked with Phyllis at Southeastern, in the Business Office, I did the payroll for the College. Phyllis and I were great friends, we went on a Cruise togather one year. Another year we went to your beach house, well we did enjoy each other\'s company. She was a sweet women and I know she will be missed by many people that came across her path. What a wonderful Christian friend she was to me. In Loving Memory, Betty Ware Hart
Phyllis Johnson on December 14th, 2013 - 11:08 am said:
Deeply touched by the loss of your loved one!
Jane Heideman on December 12th, 2013 - 10:14 am said:
Dear Family of Phyllis: I am so very saddened to hear of the passing of Phyllis. I work at Southeastern University and was here most of the years Phyllis was. I remember Phyllis as a very gracious lady, always offering help and hope with her beautiful smile and positive attitude. My deepest sympathy to the family at the time.
Carol Bradley on December 12th, 2013 - 7:12 am said:
I had the wonderful priviledge of working with Phyllis, at Southeastern, for about 15 years. Phillis was always a joy to be around, never said an unkind word, and was a blessing to many people. She was a gracious, beautiful lady.
JoLinda Bunner Schrag on December 11th, 2013 - 10:25 pm said:
Some of my earliest memories include Mrs. Jacobs. She made an impact on my life with her kind sweet spirit, the glimmer in her eyes, and beautiful smile. She was full of Christ\'s love. Praying for you all at this time. Love, JoLinda
James H. Hankins
March 10th, 1931 - December 10th, 2013 82 Years
Rev. Dr. James Herbert Hankins
United Methodist Pastor
Lakeland: James (Jim) Hankins, 82, left his earthly home to be with his Lord on December 10, 2013 due to lung cancer. He was born on March 10, 1931 to Rev. Leroy and Florence Hankins in Cedar Bluff, VA. Dr. Hankins was an active minister in the United Methodist Church for 43 years. He and his beloved wife, Eleanor, were also missionaries for 14 years in Liberia, West Africa. He began his ministry in the Holston Conference and then joined the Florida United Methodist Conference in 1973 after returning from missionary work in West Africa. He served appointments as the associate minister of Jacksonville First United Methodist Church a... Read more
Jimmie and Nancy Duncan on June 15th, 2014 - 4:36 pm said:
We were so sorry to find out about Jim's death. We were honored to be a part of the memorial service at annual conference last week. All of you hold a special place in our hearts. He provided such grounded, spiritual advice when we were considering marriage and it is still such an honor to us that he performed our marriage ceremony. We are grateful for the opportunity to have known him, and our prayers are with all of you.
Stevie Buck on December 31st, 2013 - 2:12 pm said:
Eleanor, I loved seeing you but was saddened at the reason. Jim left quite a legacy in this world and I know you have wonderful memories. We (the mediation department) want you to join us for lunch but I need to call you to schedule. Will you please email me your number of authorize Heath to release it to me. Lots of love and God\'s Peace Stevie
Jeff Labala on December 24th, 2013 - 1:33 pm said:
Our deepest sympathy to you, Mrs. Hankins, and the family for the death of your beloved. Jim was a wonderful Christian and a dedicated servant of the Lord. You are in our prayers. The Labala family
Carole Brock Peck on December 16th, 2013 - 12:04 pm said:
We were so sorry to hear of James passing - we (the Brock family) always had a wonderful time getting to know the entire Hankins' family at our visits while you were all in Myrtle Beach. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts. The Brock/Peck families
Edward E. Murphey
June 29th, 1926 - December 6th, 2013 87 Years
Edward E. Murphey, 87, passed away peacefully of heart failure on December 6, 2013.
Born in Palmetto, FL, he moved to Tennessee at an early age where he lived until retirement from GMAC. He then moved to Lakeland in 1986 where he enjoyed travel and golf.
He served in the US Marine Corps and attended The University of North Carolina. His passions included camping, hiking, tennis and running. For many years he led his son’s scouting groups on hiking and backpacking trips in the Tennessee mountains.
He will be remembered for his integrity, robust sense of humor, and absolute commitment to family.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years Ma... Read more
Bill & Georgia Myers on December 20th, 2013 - 4:56 pm said:
Marian: We are so sorry to learn of the death of your husband, and our dear friend of the past. We had some wonderful times together. God Bless you in your time of grief
Fred Fogarty on December 18th, 2013 - 1:19 pm said:
I worked with him for 30 years at GMAC in Knoxville. Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Jaunita Smith on December 17th, 2013 - 8:12 am said:
Marian and Family, So sorry to hear about Ed,my prayers are with all of you. I so enjoyed working with him at GMAC. The picture is just like I remember him. We worked together so many years and had good times and bad times together, we talk to each other and try to get through whatever the issues were. I will remember both of you always as we were together a lot of years. "Smitty"
William Thomas Parry
September 28th, 1942 - December 5th, 2013 71 Years
William Thomas Parry, died December 5, 2013. He was born in Bartow, Florida on September 28, 1942 to Lucile (Enwright) and Thomas Houghton Parry, Jr.
Known as Bill Parry to most, he was graduated from Lake Wales High School where he played football and then attended the University of Florida. Bill served in the United States Marine Corps, training at Paris Island, North Carolina, and then was chosen for the elite Fifth Force Reconnaissance Company and trained at Camp Pendleton, California. He subsequently served with the Marine Corps in the Republic of Viet Nam.
Upon returning from Viet Nam, Bill rematriculated at, and was graduated from, the University of Florida where he earned a B... Read more
Sister Mary Ellen Tucker on March 14th, 2015 - 11:03 pm said:
Dear Margaret, I am so sorry to learn of Bill's death, I have many fond memories of the Perry household. I am living in Tampa, please get in touch with me. cell 856-701-9854 house 813-229-1978 ext242. I would love to see you. Love & Prayers, Sr. Mary Ellen
Bonnie Cassady Dunagin on December 30th, 2013 - 11:42 am said:
Dear Parry family. My heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Bill! What a wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers will be with you as we give God and Time to heal our grief. I can say this as I just lost my husband of 42 yrs. God Bless. Bonnie Cassady Dunagin Class of 1960 Lake Wales Fla.
Bill & Pamela Crouse Newton on December 20th, 2013 - 3:38 pm said:
Our heartfelt condolences to all the family of Billy. He was a close friend many years ago when we were in high school. God bless you all. Bill & Pam, Payson, AZ
Mike Jones on December 7th, 2013 - 2:43 pm said:
Carolyn and family--so sorry for your loss. Know he meant a lot to you. Sorry can\'t get by; going out of town. Thinking of you. Mike
The Vallejo Family on December 7th, 2013 - 1:07 pm said:
Our sincere sympathy to all of the family for your loss. We will miss Bill\'s company dearly.
Jean Merle Hilton
December 22nd, 1929 - December 2nd, 2013 83 Years
Jean Merle Hilton, 83
Lakeland - Jean M. Hilton, 83, was born in Orwell, NY on December 22, 1929. She passed away, December 2, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to heart failure.
Jean was the cafeteria manager at Crystal Lake Elementary School.
She worked for the school system for over 22 years. She was a member of Scott Lake Baptist Church.
Jean is preceded in death by her husband Melvin, and brother, Louis Cole.
She is survived by her daughters, Melva Leynes (Richard), Yvonne Still (William), and Colleen A. Horger (Scott), son, Lance Hilton, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 5 from 3-4pm with... Read more
Sandy on December 8th, 2013 - 7:04 pm said:
Aunt Jeanie was such an upbeat and fun person; can\'t just hear her infectious giggling laugh, and see that twinkle in her eyes? Great memories of a great lady.
Randall Cole on December 5th, 2013 - 7:01 am said:
My condolences on Aunt Jeans’ passing. I know your pain is much deeper than mine but I am going to miss dearly Aunt Jean’s cards, letters and especially her warm hugs. I wish you much peace and warmth through this difficult time.
Herman Winstead on December 4th, 2013 - 5:59 am said:
you and your family having a picnic in our back yard, and swimming on Sunday Afternoon.
Douglass Kellogg Harwell, Sr.
February 16th, 1917 - November 30th, 2013 96 Years
Douglass K. Harwell, Sr.
(Feb. 16, 1917-Nov. 30, 2013)
Douglass K. Harwell, Sr. of Lakeland, FL, patriot and part of Lakeland’s early history, died from natural causes at Lakeland Regional Medical Center, Saturday morning. Mr. D.K, as he would become known around town, was born in Inaha, GA, February 16, 1917. His family moved to Plant City in 1928 where his father raised strawberries. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop #5 where he earned his Eagle Scout designation. That Troop had 76 members, 36 of whom became Eagle Scouts. He and his wife of 70 years, Thelma Waller (Mimi to their family), married in 1938. She preceded him in death in 2008, a loss he struggled with until his death. Du... Read more
Carey Blanton on August 18th, 2014 - 5:11 pm said:
Our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your dad and grand father and to all of your family. God Bless.
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Deshonda and Artis Dobie on December 30th, 2013 - 3:50 pm said:
I\'m was shocked when I came across this looking at someone else obituary. Mr. D.K. will truly be missed in our community. He truly did help so many in our community. My husband and I were given an opportunity to purchase our first home freshly built. I send my prayers to his family.
Carol Ann Grizzard Sargeant on December 8th, 2013 - 5:20 pm said:
Sympathy to all of the family on the loss of your Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Uncle, Great Uncle, et.al. on the loss of a wonderful and kind man. Sorry we missed the funeral service. I (Carol Annn) had to take Dad to a doctor's appointment & Dick had a business appointment. Know it was a nice rememberance.
valerie alex on December 4th, 2013 - 6:30 am said:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you . The Sewell Family
Darwin Gearhart & Jessie G Witzel on December 3rd, 2013 - 3:16 pm said:
Our Condolences to the Harwell family in the loss of a wonderful dearly beloved family member. Darwin & Jessie
Deonte and the Cooper Family on December 3rd, 2013 - 1:42 pm said:
We would like to send our prayers from our family to your family.
Rudolph H. Brown, Jr
November 13th, 1929 - November 25th, 2013 84 Years
Rudolph H. Brown Jr. 84
Lakeland - Rudolph H. Brown, Jr. passed away November 25 at Good Shepherd Hospice due to heart failure.
Rudolph was a U.S. Army Veteran serving in the Korean War. He was an Office Manager for Western Electric. He was a member of the Knight of Columbus and the Church of the Resurrection.
He is survived by his wife, Natalie, of 65 years, son, Rudy Brown III (Mary Ann), daughter, Bonnie Patchell (Rusty), four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be held on Wednesday, December 4 at 11am, at Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church.
Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823
Co... Read more
Laurie Lucas - (assistant to Dr Fellner) on December 4th, 2013 - 12:53 am said:
Heaven just received a caring wonderful Man to watch over his loved ones. Rudy & Maryanne- god Bless you during this time, but know your Dad brought a ray of sunshine to all he met.
Pam Calarusse & family on December 2nd, 2013 - 2:07 pm said:
Bonnie, Our prayers are with you , your mom & family.
Jan Lewis on December 2nd, 2013 - 11:57 am said:
I remember his love for gardening and his beautiful yard, always filled with so many plants! Now he can work his green thumb in heaven...
July 2nd, 1940 - November 20th, 2013 73 Years
WILMA CARRILLO, 73
Wilma Carrillo, surrounded by her husband and four children, passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at the age of 73, from complications suffered from a stroke in Lakeland, Florida.
Wilma, the daughter of Wilson Tavares and Maria Cruz Correia, was born on July 2, 1940, in Penedo, Estado de Lagoas and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wilma’s parents instilled in her a love of learning and a desire for travel and adventure. Wilma excelled academically and graduated with high honors from Bennett, a prestigious American High School in Rio. Upon graduation from high school, Wilma married the love of her life, Luis Enrique Carrillo, a recent medical school graduate... Read more
Grace Dunlap on October 13th, 2014 - 4:58 pm said:
Wilma was always the absolute best person to be around in law school. Always willing to help sort out any home work or talk thru issues in cases. She was very giving and open to collaborating, even in times when most were in an "every man for himself" mode. She was giving and fun loving and I thoroughly enjoyed my years in law school with her. I know she is sorely missed.
Maria Mahoney on December 3rd, 2013 - 8:21 am said:
Heaven gained a beautiful soul with Wilma. Your beauty shone from within with a kind heart and an understanding of people that comes from a life well lived but a love of people above all. All who came to know you were touched by your serenity and kindness and I too was touched, even if our paths crossed too briefly. I offer my condolences to Wilma\'s family and hope that all the happy memories of time spent may sustain you during this time of sadness.
don donnelly on November 29th, 2013 - 7:56 pm said:
Dear Carlos You have my deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. May God bless you and your family .
Michael McGinnis and Bernadine on November 26th, 2013 - 2:02 pm said:
Our sincerest sympathies and prayers, Dr. Luis and family.
mike and susie key on November 26th, 2013 - 8:36 am said:
dear dr, carrillo-susie and i extend our sympathy to you and your family at this sad time. our wish for you and yours, is that the Lord will uphold and keep you. mike and susie key
Judy Flanders on November 25th, 2013 - 3:33 pm said:
Words cannot express the sense of personal loss I felt yesterday afternoon as I found Wilma\'s obituary in the Ledger. The account of her life in the obituary was beautiful and so true to the Wilma I knew as a good friend and colleague. Bennett joins me in extending our thoughts and prayers to Luis and all the family during this most difficult time
Kathy Armistead Brands on November 25th, 2013 - 7:25 am said:
Claudia, when we were in high school, I remember you sharing that you and your mom had sat down at a table and consumed an entire pecan pie while talking together over an afternoon. I could tell you had a mom who was also a best friend. I did not know your mom, but anyone could see she was a real beauty. And you and Carlos were always very kind yourselves so from reading about your mom, I see she passed kindness down in full measure. You are wished every comfort and peace during this time. God bless your entire family.
Sandra Peters on November 24th, 2013 - 3:30 pm said:
Prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Carol Ann Grizzard Shull Sargeant on November 24th, 2013 - 3:25 pm said:
Dear Wilma - pretty, smart, caring, kind, a wonderful lady. My sypmathy to all of the family, especially Dr Luis, who I first knew when I was President of the Polk County Medical Association Auxillry; to Claudia, who I sold a house to; and to Sandra who I served with on the Lakeland Community Theatre Board. I am so glad I had the oportunity to know and to learn from this wonderful lady who has had a positive influence on my life and I am sure on the lives of all who knew her.
Mary Ann Touchton on November 24th, 2013 - 3:18 pm said:
I always enjoyed Wilma, she was such a delightful person! Sorry to hear of her passing and I had not seen her for several years. She was my neighbor when I lived in Christina and I would maybe see her briefly as I walked or drove in the neighborhood. Bless the family in your sorrow and grieving!
JACKIE GILBERT on November 24th, 2013 - 2:29 pm said:
So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Dr. Alan "Rico" and Linda Rich on November 24th, 2013 - 11:44 am said:
Dear Luis, Our hearts are heavy and breaking with you over the loss of wonderful Wilma . Linda and Rico
Jeremiah Grady Simpson
November 8th, 1985 - November 17th, 2013 28 Years
Jeremiah “Joe” Grady Simpson, 28, died unexpectedly in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday, November 17, 2013.
A Lakeland, Florida native, Jeremiah graduated with honors from George Jenkins High School. An avid Florida Gator, he attended the University of Florida to study mathematics and to indulge in Gator football. As his academic work came to a close, Jeremiah enlisted in the United States Army.
Jeremiah served with the 52nd Signal Battalion, JNOC platoon, in Stuttgart, Germany for several years before returning to the United States. A short time later, Jeremiah retrained and joined the United States Army's 1-75 Cavalry Regiment, 2BCT, 101st Airborne Division, in Ft. Campbell... Read more
Raymond Renna on November 24th, 2013 - 8:37 am said:
I am so sorry. My prayers are with you. If there is anything I can do.....please don\'t hesitate. Respectfully. Raymond Renna.
Susan McCarthy on November 22nd, 2013 - 6:13 am said:
My heart felt condolences go out to the entire family in this tragic time. I will remember you in my prayers that in time you will find peace again.
Lucrecia & Paul on November 21st, 2013 - 5:55 pm said:
Dear Tracy and Steve, Paul and I extend our heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Jeremiah. Jeremiah was a beautiful baby, an adorable little boy; and wonderful adult. It was a joy and a privilege to get to know him through each of these phases in his life. Our thoughts are with you and your families during this time of sorrow. With love, Lucrecia & Paul
Ronni Galvin and Paul Gill - West Bridgewater, MA on November 21st, 2013 - 4:24 pm said:
Hi Donna and Steve, I wanted to send my sympathy to you and everyone down there. I feel so sad with what happened to your son. Paul and I can both sincerely sympathize with the tragic loss of a son. You are in our thoughts.
Kelley H. Caporice on November 21st, 2013 - 2:55 pm said:
Tracy and Family: I will not try to offer words of comfort, but I will pray that God will provide comfort to you in His time and place.
Edward&Thelma Friedhoff on November 21st, 2013 - 11:09 am said:
your mother Tracey loves you & will always love you for eternity-we are very privileged to have met you. Thank you for your service in the ARMY HOOAH!
steve toler on November 21st, 2013 - 7:36 am said:
he was a great kid, I am so glad he was a part of my life. I will truly miss him. I will always love you Jeremiah. You will always be in my thoughts.
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