Every Lifetime
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Shirley Atteberry Darby | December 28th, 1920 - September 22nd, 2016 95 Years

Shirley Atteberry Darby, 95 Teacher and Homemaker LAKELAND – Shirley Atteberry Darby, 95, a resident of Lakeland, Florida, passed away on September 22, 2016, at Hawthorne Inn of Lakeland, due to natural causes. Mrs. Darby was born on 12/28/20, in Charity, Missouri, to Tim William and Bernice Harmon Atteberry. She and her husband, Ben Homer Darby, Sr., moved to Lakeland in 1975. Mrs. Darby graduated in 1942 from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri. She taught two years i ... Read more

Jeanette Ervin Palmer | December 23rd, 1929 - September 15th, 2016 86 Years

Jeanette Ervin Palmer passed away peacefully September 15, 2016 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Lakeland, Florida. Jeanette was born December 23, 1929, in Herrin, Illinois, daughter of John and Maggie Bione. She graduated from Herrin High School. She was married to Fantier B. Ervin on June 6, 1948. They moved to Lakeland, Florida, in 1970. Mr. Ervin passed away January 13, 2002. Jeanette was married to Walter J. Palmer March 20, 2003, in Lakeland, Florida, and resided at Grasslands until ... Read more

Vally Hintz Weller | March 5th, 1922 - September 15th, 2016 94 Years

Lakeland - Vally Hintz Weller, age 94, of Lakeland passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was a resident of The Estates at Carpenters. Vally was born in Germany, March 5, 1922 to Carl and Lizbeth Hintz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Weller. They met in Germany and married in Berlin, October 10, 1949. Valentine’s Day, the day Vally arrived in the United States, always remained a special holiday for her. ... Read more

Bruce Gordon Gillette | October 12th, 1925 - September 13th, 2016 90 Years

Bruce Gordon Gillette Lakeland – Bruce Gordon Gillette, 90, of Lakeland, FL, died Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at his home. Bruce was born on October 12, 1925, in Ellenville, NY, the son of Harold B. Gillette and Louise Estelle Reynolds. He served in the U.S. Army (WWII) with the 30th Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operations. He graduated from the New York State University at Farmingdale, NY. Bruce was co-owner of Gillette Consumer Oil Co., Inc. of Ellenville, NY. He retir ... Read more

Richard Chapman | June 8th, 1932 - September 11th, 2016 84 Years

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Dorothy E. Steinbach | October 15th, 1930 - September 10th, 2016 85 Years

Dorothy E. Steinbach Lakeland – Dorothy E. Steinbach, 85, passed away quietly at the Highlands Lake Center on Saturday, September 10, 2016. She was born in St. Louis, MO. Dorothy grew up in the Missouri Ozarks during the Great Depression on a small farm her family had purchased to survive the Depression. Later, after moving back to St. Louis, she graduated from Hadley Technical High School. She was married three times in her lifetime, to Ivan L. Steinbach, William M. Leaders, and Alexan ... Read more

George Edward Manners | October 2nd, 1924 - September 5th, 2016 91 Years

George Edward Manners, 91 Lakeland- Mr. George Edward Manners died at Lakeland Nursing & Rehabilitation on September 5, 2016. He was born October 2, 1924, in Saltsburg, PA. George was a longtime member of The Church of God (Anderson, IN), most recently Spirit Lake Community Church, Winter Haven, FL. He served in the United States Army in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He worked as an electrician for over 30 years. George was predeceased by his wife of nearly 61 years, Lois G ... Read more

Betty Tanner Bagwell | January 24th, 1937 - September 5th, 2016 79 Years

Betty Tanner Bagwell, 79 Betty Tanner Bagwell, wife of Dr. Gerald Bagwell, went to be with the Lord peacefully on September 5, 2016. She was born on January 24, 1937, and was greatly loved by her family and friends. Betty met her husband Gerald at Winder-Barrow High School in Winder, Georgia, and became engaged to be married in her junior year. In June of 1955, Betty and Gerald graduated and Betty was named Miss Winder-Barrow High. The couple was married in September. Betty was a tire ... Read more

Ruby Henry | July 26th, 1956 - September 4th, 2016 60 Years

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Peggy Ann Fontes | December 4th, 1946 - September 3rd, 2016 69 Years

Peggy Ann Fontes was born on December 4, 1946, she passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016. She is survived by two daughters, Lisa Alleyne and Peggy Henderson, six grandchildren, Candace Alleyne, Kalise Alleyne, Corteny Alleyne, Tyler Henderson, Tory Davis and Taylor Mitchell. ... Read more

Eleanor A. Dowd | November 25th, 1924 - September 2nd, 2016 91 Years

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Francis Raboin | July 17th, 1933 - September 2nd, 2016 83 Years

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Ruth Virginia (Jenny) Tidwell | May 22nd, 1935 - September 1st, 2016 81 Years

Ruth Virginia (Jenny) Tidwell, age 81, passed away peacefully on September 1st, 2016. She was born to the late Frank Richard Jenkins and Ruth Leanna Roper Jenkins in Live Oak, Florida, on May 22, 1935. Jenny married the love of her life, Robert Tidwell, on April 29th, 1956, in Live Oak and was happily married for 60 years. Shortly after marriage, the couple moved to Lakeland, Florida. Jenny worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for a local car dealership for over 40 years. She e ... Read more

John Joseph Buckley | February 19th, 1947 - August 31st, 2016 69 Years

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Burial Options & Personalization

Funeral Burial Services Florida

The traditional funeral with pallbearers, visitation, and a memorial service that follows is the most commonly chosen service. A Heath hearse will transport the casket to the funeral site and cemetery for a burial or entombment. If you have selected cremation, you may take the ashes in a beautiful urn.

Traditional funerals involve more services, so they usually cost more. You can select from a variety of services that include the casket, flowers, embalming, dressing, room rentals and extra vehicles to transport family members. The costs of a cemetery plots or crypt are other options, but Heath can help with everything you need.

Things to think about:

  • Casket selection
  • Transfer of the deceased to our funeral home. Call us anytime, day or night. We have staff on duty 24/7 and we can help.
  • Dressing, cosmetology and other care of the deceased
  • Professional support and administrative staff assistance. We’ve got answers, checklists and information to help.
  • Death certificates and other paperwork to look for
  • Notifying relatives
  • Obituary information
  • Memory tables, bulletin boards and videos
  • Selecting the best fit for a visitation room and/or service
  • General use of the facilities for the service and arrangements
  • Funeral service
  • Use of funeral coach
  • Limousine
  • Utility car
  • Special music
  • Registry book
  • Memorial folders or prayer cards
  • Acknowledgment cards

You may want to have a special clergy or another family friend conduct the service. Family members often take part by giving a reading, singing or helping the clergy. It’s all part of celebrating a life well lived and a person well loved.

Why the Traditional Service is So Popular
A traditional service for burial, entombment or cremation is a way to get family, friends and associates together to remember, grieve−and celebrate a life well lived. Whatever service style you prefer, it is the beginning of closure; it is the emotional side of accepting that someone we love is gone.

Direct Burial
You may prefer to have the burial shortly after death. We offer simple containers, and because there is no viewing or visitation, no embalming is required. You choose whether to have a memorial service. Costs include the basic service fee as well as transportation and care of the body, the purchase of a casket or burial container and a cemetery plot or crypt.

Green Burials
Heath Funeral Chapel is proud to offer families the option of a green burial. We are a member of the Green Burial CouncilHeath is the only funeral home in Polk County to be recognized as a green funeral home and the first funeral home in the state of Florida to have obtained the Council’s highest standard of “Three Leafs.” If you or a loved one is interested in a green burial, call us at 863-682-0111 or our toll free number (800) 330-0111. Click here to learn more about green burials.

Cremation
A growing number of people choose cremation, today. The reasons are widespread, and include preferring to spend less on a funeral, leave more to family or charity, wanting to support the “green” environmental concerns of future land scarcity and more. It’s an option, it’s personal, and the choice is yours.

Obituaries

Shirley Atteberry Darby

December 28th, 1920 - September 22nd, 2016 95 Years

Obit pic Shirley Atteberry Darby, 95 Teacher and Homemaker LAKELAND – Shirley Atteberry Darby, 95, a resident of Lakeland, Florida, passed away on Septem... Read more

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Jeanette Ervin Palmer

December 23rd, 1929 - September 15th, 2016 86 Years

Obit pic Jeanette Ervin Palmer passed away peacefully September 15, 2016 at Good Shepherd Hospice in Lakeland, Florida. Jeanette was born December 23, 1929,... Read more

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Vally Hintz Weller

March 5th, 1922 - September 15th, 2016 94 Years

Obit pic Lakeland - Vally Hintz Weller, age 94, of Lakeland passed away Thursday, September 15, 2016, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. She was a reside... Read more

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Bruce Gordon Gillette

October 12th, 1925 - September 13th, 2016 90 Years

Obit pic Bruce Gordon Gillette Lakeland – Bruce Gordon Gillette, 90, of Lakeland, FL, died Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at his home. Bruce was born on Oct... Read more

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Richard Chapman

June 8th, 1932 - September 11th, 2016 84 Years

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Dorothy E. Steinbach

October 15th, 1930 - September 10th, 2016 85 Years

Obit pic Dorothy E. Steinbach Lakeland – Dorothy E. Steinbach, 85, passed away quietly at the Highlands Lake Center on Saturday, September 10, 2016. She ... Read more

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George Edward Manners

October 2nd, 1924 - September 5th, 2016 91 Years

Obit pic George Edward Manners, 91 Lakeland- Mr. George Edward Manners died at Lakeland Nursing & Rehabilitation on September 5, 2016. He was born October 2... Read more

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Betty Tanner Bagwell

January 24th, 1937 - September 5th, 2016 79 Years

Obit pic Betty Tanner Bagwell, 79 Betty Tanner Bagwell, wife of Dr. Gerald Bagwell, went to be with the Lord peacefully on September 5, 2016. She was born o... Read more

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Ruby Henry

July 26th, 1956 - September 4th, 2016 60 Years

Services are pending.... Read more

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Peggy Ann Fontes

December 4th, 1946 - September 3rd, 2016 69 Years

Obit pic Peggy Ann Fontes was born on December 4, 1946, she passed away on Saturday, September 3, 2016. She is survived by two daughters, Lisa Alleyne and ... Read more

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Eleanor A. Dowd

November 25th, 1924 - September 2nd, 2016 91 Years

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Francis Raboin

July 17th, 1933 - September 2nd, 2016 83 Years

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Upcoming Events

October Grief Series:
Grief 101

Rica Walker LMHC

5:30 pm
October 4, 2016

Grief Services Coordinator
Good Shepherd Hospice


Space is Limited

October Grief Series:
Stages of Grief

Rica Walker LMHC

5:30 pm
October 11, 2016

Grief Services Coordinator
Good Shepherd Hospice


Space is Limited

October Grief Series:
The New Normal

Rica Walker LMHC

5:30 pm
October 18, 2016

Grief Services Coordinator
Good Shepherd Hospice


Space is Limited

6th Annual Service of Remembrance


6:30 pm
November 29, 2016

We remember and honor our loved ones.


Space is Limited

 
 
 

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