Polk Centenarian Obituaries

Minnie Emma Wistinghausen Powers ALLISON

WINTER HAVEN - Minnie Emma Wistinghausen Powers Allison, 103, passed away 2/26/2013 from natural causes.  Arrangements pending with Reeb F. H., Sylvania, OH     -Ledger Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Madeline Germaine"Jimmie" BARCANT

LAKELAND - Madeleine Germaine "Jimmie" Barcant, age 101, passed away peacefully at home in Lakeland, Florida on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, due to natural causes. Jimmie, as she was known best, was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, on July 22, 1911, to Joseph Emmanuel Seheult and Rose Enriqueta Seheult. She was one of a large, close family of 10 children. She came to Lakeland, Florida from Trinidad with her husband, Malcolm, in 1975, and became a U.S. citizen in 1982. Jimmie was a retired secretary and steno-typist. Her secretarial experience was invaluable in the preparation of the manuscript for her husband's book, "Butterflies of Trinidad and Tobago", which was published in 1970. She was a devout Catholic, a lady of tremendous faith, and a founding member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Lakeland. She served as the coordinator for the Altar Servers Ministry of the church for many years, responsible for the training and scheduling of the altar servers. She dearly loved all the children in her care, and had a wonderful manner of bringing out the best in them. Daily Mass was important to her and she faithfully attended as long as she was able. Jimmie loved people from all walks of life. She loved having a cup of afternoon tea, and relished a little glass of sherry nightly before her dinner. She enjoyed relaxing at the beach, was an avid tennis fan, and loved a good game of bridge. Jimmie was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm Barcant; her daughter, Tessa Barcant; her 2 brothers, Evar and Loic Seheult; 5 of her sisters, Clotilde Guillaume, Yvonne O'Connor, Yolande Knox-Wight, Marcelle Garner, and Tessie Kennedy; and her son-in-law, Chad Barrett. Jimmie is survived by her daughter, Crystal Barrett, of Lakeland, FL; her son, Roger Barcant (Eva), of London, England; her 7 grandchildren, Lisa Prescott (Jerry), Frere Barrett (Heather), Kimber Barcant , Sonya Fraser (Edward), and Craig, Crystal and Lindsey Furlonger; her 4 great-grandchildren, Christine Chandler (Matt), Joey and Jimmy Prescott, and Joshua Barrett; her 2 surviving sisters, Marie Louie Hunte in Canada, and Jeanne Marie "Minnie" Boyce in Trinidad; and her many nieces and nephews. She will be fondly remembered by so many across the generations for the love and joy she shared with all who knew her. A Funeral Mass in her memory will be celebrated on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 10am at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 820 Marcum Rd., Lakeland, FL 33809, followed by a reception in the church hall. She will be laid to rest, beside her husband, at Oak Hill Burial Park, Lakeland, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests with gratitude that a memorial donation may be made to either St. Anthony Catholic School, 820 Marcum Rd., Lakeland, FL. 33809, www.saintacc.com; or to VISTE (Volunteers in Service to the Elderly), 1232 E. Magnolia St., Lakeland, FL 33801, in the name of Germaine Barcant -
Ledger, June 2, 2013


Otye BLY

ATLANTA -- Mrs. Otye B. Bly began working as a librarian at Florida Southern College in 1926, holding several other librarian titles before she returned to the college in 1958. The retired librarian died of pneumonia Friday (June 8, 2001) in Atlanta. She was 100. Born in Jasper, Tenn., on Jan. 17, 1901, she attended Tennessee College and did her graduate work at the University of Tennessee and the University of Illinois. A year after she joined the staff at Florida Southern College, she accepted a position in the public library in Jacksonville in 1927. Two years later, she returned to Lakeland to marry Dr. Robert S. Bly. She served as head librarian at the Lakeland Public Library until the birth of her first child. Following the death of her husband in 1958, she rejoined the library staff at Florida Southern College, retiring in 1974. In her retirement, she continued to do work for the college as an archivist, also archiving for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. She founded the library at College Heights United Methodist Church, where she was a longtime member. She was also active in the Sunday school program and with the United Methodist Women. She moved to Wesley Woods Towers retirement home in Atlanta in 1989, where she became active in its library. She is survived by her sons, Robert Stewart Bly Jr., Columbia, S.C., and Allan Richard Bly, Stone Mountain, Ga.; brother, Elwyn Brown, Andalusia, Ala.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Burial Park. Heath Funeral Chapel.

Eleanor M BOWMAN

Eleanor M. BOWMAN 
Mrs. Eleanor M. Bowman, 106, passed away Feb. 4, 2012 due to natural causes. Arrangements pending at Kersey Funeral Home, Auburndale, Polk Co.,Fl.

Mabel Helen  BRINKWORTH 

Mrs. Mabel Helen Brinkworth of Lake Wales died of heart failure Friday (Aug. 27, 2004) at her home.  She was 110.  Born Dec. 13, 1893, in Beatrice, Neb., she came here from Beatrice in 1929. She was a homemaker. She was a Christian.

Mrs. Brinkworth was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest O. Brinkworth.

She is survived by her daughters, Virginia Brinkworth, Betty Pendleton and Joyce Brinkworth, all of Lake Wales; sons, Richard Brinkworth, Jacksonville, James Brinkworth, Babson Park; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.    

Visitation will be Tuesday at Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Lake Wales.  Services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. -Ledger, Aug 29,2004.


Charles J BROCK

Charles was born Dec. 19, 1905 in Collins, N.Y. to Edward and Anna Brock who were married 67 years before his mother’s passing in 1971. Charles married Viola Renschler in 1929 at St. James Church, Hamburg, N.Y. Upon retirement they moved to Lakeland and lived at Skyview Estates.
He started his grocery career managing a store for Wm. Larkin Co., Buffalo, N.Y. He then owned a store on Lovejoy St. in Buffalo and moved on after the depression to work for Granger and Company Whoesale grocery. He owned his next store in Water Valley, N.Y. and closed it to go to work for S.M. Flickenger Co. as a Grocery and Produce Supervisor, retiring from there in 1968.
He loved fishing, bowling, gardening and taking care of and growing roses, always fixing beautiful bouquets to give to others. He was devoted to his church and God. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Home Builders Sunday School Class.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Viola and his second wife Marion. Also his sisters; Ruth ( Chet ), Esther ( Clarence ) , brothers; Orville ( Alberta ), Paul ( Louise ), and son Ralph of Gainesville, Florida.
He is survived by his son, Allen ( predeceased by wife Delores ) of Lakeland, Fl. 2 stepdaughters, Kim and Laurie; daughter-in-law Ann, 15 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren and 14 great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Viewing was held Sat. July 16, 2011 at First United Methodist Church followed by a funeral service. ( No place of burial listed )
Lakeland Ledger, Thursday, July 14, 2011


ALBERT V. CHEVALIER – 103 - Welder
AUBURNDALE - Albert Chevalier, 103, passed away 2/2/13 of natural causes. Services were held Tues. 2/5/13 at First United Methodist Church of Auburndale. – Ledger, Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Lakeland Ledger  Page D4 Nov 15, 2011
Grace Davis, 100. died of heart failure November 13,  2011.  Surivived by a loving family. Central Fl Casket Store & Funeral Chapel.

Leonora S DENKER

LEONORA S. DENKER – 104 - Clerk & Bookkeeper
LAKELAND - Leonora S. Denker, 104, formerly of Mary Hill Park, Fond du Lac, died of natural causes Thursday, March 24, 2011, in Lakeland, Florida, where she had been a resident since 1970.
She was born on October 17, 1906, in Fond du Lac, a daughter of the late Edward C. and Minnie Rautman Damrow.
On April 23, 1927, she married Glenn A. Denker at St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church, Fond du Lac.
Leonora was a clerk and bookkeeper for Damrow Bros. Company for over 13 years.
She was a lifetime member of St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church and the Gleaner's Society of Fond du Lac. She had an associate membership with St. Paul Lutheran Church and Christ Lutheran Church, both in Lakeland, Florida. She had a strong Christian faith her entire life.
She is survived by a daughter, Cecilia (Arthur) Stamm of Conroe, Texas and Mt. Morris, Wisconsin; a son, Stanley Denker of New Richmond, Wisconsin; ten grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; seven great great grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn on January 11, 1987; a daughter, Janet Kaufmann on June 9, 1999; a daughter-in-law, Carole Fenner Denker; twin great granddaughters; two sisters: Doris Damrow Schlei, and Nelda Damrow Curry; and one brother, Eugene Damrow.
Memorial services will be held in Lakeland, Florida at Christ Lutheran Church on April 14, 2011, and a Celebration of Life with close family will be held in August 2011, at Mt. Morris, Wisconsin. Burial will be in Estabrooks Cemetery, Fond du Lac.
Memorials may be directed to St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church or Winnebago Lutheran Academy.
Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family.
Lakeland Ledger, Sunday, April 10, 2011

Isabelle GARING

LAKELAND - Mrs. Isabelle Garing, "Nan", passed away Friday August 10, 2012 of natural causes. She was born June 18, 1910 and had recently celebrated her 102nd birthday with members of her family, including the first great-great grandchild. She was born in New Haven, Connecticut and moved to Lakeland in 1949. Nan retired from Lakeland General Hospital (LRMC) but never retired from making friends wherever she went.
She leaves behind fond and happy memories with friends all over Lakeland, especially at Woodall's Mobil Home Park.
Nan was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; daughter, Jane Driggers and grandchild, Lori Driggers. She is survived by sons, Charles (Sherry) and Bill (Diane), along with eight grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday from 5:00 to 6:00 PM, with a brief service at 5:30 PM at the Gentry-Morrison Northside Chapel.

Lakeland Ledger- Sunday. Aug. 12, 2012 – page B5



DUNCAN HALLOCK, 101 - Brigadier General USA Ret.
LAKELAND - "Old soldiers never die, they just fade away." On April 20, 2013, having lived a rich, full life and serving his country with a distinguished military career, Brigadier General Duncan Hallock, USA Ret. 101, went home to be with the Lord.
He was born in Saint Louis, Missouri to Sybil & Ross C.H. Hallock on July 12, 1911. In his boyhood he was a mixture of scholar and outdoor boy, curled up with DeMaupassant or Einstein on rainy afternoons or playing tennis on sunny ones. His lifelong love of tennis began on the backyard court his father built for him and his brother, which also attracted a number of neighborhood boys. His home was headquarters for scouting activities. Somewhere in his scouting activity and a family trip to West Point, the ambition to attend the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) was planted and the Idea grew to fulfillment.
In June 1929 he won an appointment to the academy. He excelled academically. In his senior year he ran the "Tenth Squad" in the basement of the barracks, helping varsity football players get through their math and science courses to remain eligible. He graduated as a Distinguished Graduate in the Class of 1933 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers.
Prior to the Second World War, Gen. Hallock served as the Assistant District Engineer in Rock Island, Illinois; obtained an MS in Engineering from Cornell University in 1946; spent a year at the Engineer School in 1937, two years as a company officer in the 11th Engineer Regiment in the Panama Canal Zone 1937-1939; and two years as an ROTC instructor at the University of Tennessee 1939-1941. During
World War II he saw service in both the European and Pacific Theaters in command of different combat engineer units. At the end of World War II, having advanced to the rank of colonel, he was assigned to the Research & Development Division of the Army General Staff. From there he spent one year at the Army War College before being transferred to France. From 1952 to 1954 he was the District Engineer for the Port District of the Joint Construction Agency in Europe, then served one year as the Executive Officer in the JCA Central Office in Paris.
Upon his return to the U.S. in 1955 he was assigned as the engineer for the Third Army at Fort McPherson, Georgia, but this assignment was interrupted after less than a year by the sudden creation of the Army Ballistic Missile Agency under the command of Maj. Gen. John B. Medaris. Working with Dr. Wernher Von Braun and his team of scientists, Col. Hallock was in the blockhouse of Launch Complex 26 on Jan. 31, 1958 when the US Army launched the United States' first satellite, Explorer I. Additional satellites were launched in 1958 and in July of that year ABMA was dissolved and its facilities and programs absorbed into the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA). Following the dissolution of ABMA, Gen. Hallock was transferred to Washington, DC as the chief of the Research & Development Division of the office of the Chief of Engineers. In 1958 he was promoted to Brigadier General and in 1960 he was assigned as the engineer for the US Eighth Army in Seoul, Korea. In 1961 General Hallock was assigned as the engineer for the United States Armies Pacific at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, where he served until he retired in 1963.
Gen. Hallock's decorations include the Legion of Merit,
Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Ribbon with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Korean ULchi with Gold Star.
Following his retirement from the Army in 1964, Gen. Hallock began a second career as a vice president for International Telephone & Telegraph, Philippines, living in Manila until he retired to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1974. In retirement he continued his lifelong passion for tennis and travel. He valued the many friends he had made in the Army and with ITT and continued to enjoy his relationships with members of the Class of 1933, and his colleagues at ITT.
In February 2003, due to the poor health of his wife Barbara, they were compelled to leave Hawaii and moved into the Carpenter's Estates in Lakeland, Florida.
Gen. Hallock was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara Jenkins Hallock, his daughter, Barbara Alice Hallock, his son David D. Hallock, and his brother, Houghton R. Hallock, also a graduate of USMA (1937). He is survived by his son Bruce E. Hallock (Sheryl) of Broomfield. CO; his daughter-in-law Harriett Hallock, Bartow, FL; his stepsons Charles H. Waters (Sandy), Houston, TX; and, Kevin Waters (Iris), Cary, NC; and his two stepdaughters Mary Hilleary Waters (Rory Seeber), Denver, CO, and Brook Ballantyne (Blaine), Cary, NC; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Gen. Hallock lived his entire life guided by three principals: Duty, Honor and Country. We are the better for it and blessed by the legacy he left us.
Interment will be at the United States Military Academy cemetery at West Point, New York, on June 7, 2013.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Brig. Gen. Duncan Hallock (1933), Association of Graduates the Long Gray Line, 845-446-1685,
The Ledger, Wed. April 24, 2013


AGNES HEATH – 100 - Homemaker
BARTOW - Agnes Heath, age 100, died of heart failure Thursday (April 4, 2013) at home.
Born in Geneva County, AL, on March 20, 1913, she came to Bartow from Holmes County, FL, in 1957. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Church of God, Bartow.
Agnes Heath is survived by 2 sons: Terry Heath & Yalmer "Sleepy" Heath, Bartow; daughters: Christine Carroll, Winter Haven, Ruth Morgan, and Mary Whitehurst, both of Bartow; sisters: Pat Chapman, Fort Meade, Florence Lee, Orlando; 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 6 great great grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday at Crisp-Coon Funeral Chapel, Winter Haven. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, April 8th at Crisp-Coon Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Lakeside Memorial Park, Winter Haven.
Ledger, Sat. April 6, 2013

Ollie Irene HEFFNER

OLLIE  IRENE HEFFNER – 101 - Registered Nurse
LAKELAND - Ollie Irene Heffner, 101, passed away April 6, 2013 at Florida Presbyterian Homes due to natural causes.
Mrs. Heffner was born April 18, 1911 in Dietrich, Illinois. Mrs. Heffner was active and giving to others all her life. She was a registered nurse and a homemaker. She was a Charter member of Bethany Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Lakeland and was active in Bethany Women's Fellowship. As a 14 year resident of Florida Presbyterian Homes she was active in library service, the Vols Shop and other volunteer services wherever she was needed.
She is predeceased by her son David, husbands Ralph Haines and Ray Heffner, three brothers, and four sisters.
survived by six nieces, two nephews, 13 grand nieces and nephews and two granddaughters.
Visitation will be held at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, 1727 Bartow Road on Tuesday April 9, 2013.
Funeral services will follow at 2 pm. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park, US 98 South. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Bethany Christian
Church, Lakeland, FL or Good Shepherd Hospice – Ledger, Sunday, April 7, 2013



Audrey M. Hickman- 103 -Haines City- passed away, March 24, 2011. She was born in Tampa on March 13, 1908. She attended Florida State College for Women and was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority and graduated with a BA degree. Audrey then taught schol in Tampa for several years.Audrey married W.Pruitt Hickman in 1933 and moved to Davenport where Pruitt was employed by Holly Hill Fruit Production Company. Audrey continued teaching in Davenport. She was a member of the New Horizon Church and enjoyed the " Wacky Widows" group. She loved to play bridge, which she did past her 100th. year of age.Survivors include; a cousin, Beth Ann Moore of Lutz, Fl.; a nephew, John L. Hickman, and family of Haines City.Funeral services; held Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City,Fl.
....Peggy McSwain


Murrie Lee HOOKS

Muriel Hooks, 100, died of natural causes July 22, 2012 in Dundee. Visitation: Fri. 5-7pm at Claude Holmes Funeral Home.  Services: 11 AM Saturday at Greater St. Mark AME Church, Haines City.  Published in Lake Land Ledger August 2, 2012.    .....PMcSwain


Mrs. Gladys Keller of Winter Haven died Thursday (April 4, 2013) at Good Shepherd Hospice. She was 101.
Born in Wilkinsburg, PA, on March 30, 1912, she moved to Winter Haven from Flint, Mich., in 1971.
Mrs. Keller was preceded in death by her husband Hixson Keller.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was a Stephen Minister.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 15th, at First Presbyterian Church, Winter Haven. Memorials may be made to the church.  
Published in Ledger from April 12 to April 13, 2013    PMcS

Harry G. McFarlin 

LAKELAND- Harry was born on March 3, 1911 and passed away on July 14, 2011 due to natural causes. He was a proud business owner in the carpet industry. He was in the Army and a Veteran of WWII, 82nd. Airborne. He was a member of the Veterans Battle of the Bugle # 32. Harry is preceded in death by his wife, Claribel, son, Dale Meeker, and daughter, Delores Smiley. He is survived by his daughter, Wilma Matney ( Charles ) , 2 nephews and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.  A memorial service was held on Monday, July 18, 2011 at Heath Funeral Chapel. Special thanks to the staff at Hope Hospice for their care and support. Lakeland Ledger, July 15, 2011


Beulah McGowan

Beulah died, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2005 at Lake Wales Medical Center.  Born; in Niles, Ohio, On March 4, 1902 and married her childhood sweetheart, John V. McGowan, ( he died in 1963 ) they owned several drugstores and a real estate business and worked side by side. Beulah taught school in a puplic elementary school in Ohio, primarily with gifted children. She came to Lake Wales 16 years ago. She was a member of the Lake Wales Womens Club and a Methodist. Preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Ann Silvestri in 1980. Survived by daughter; Beulah Selb; 6 grandchildren ; 9 great grandchildren; and 3 great great grandchildren. Services in Twinsburg, Ohio. Johnson Funeral Home, Lake Wales.  The Lakeland Ledger, Wednesday, 16 Feb 2005 page B-4


Mary Frances Willis MARTIN 

LAKELAND - Mary W. Martin passed away on January 21, 2014 due to natural causes. She was born on November 15, 1911 in Newnan, GA to Frank A. Willis and Octave (Holcomb) Willis.
  Mary was raised in Jacksonville, FL with her two sisters. She graduated from F.S.C.W. (now F.S.U.) in 1932 with a B.A. degree and received a M.A. degree from Duke University. After graduation, she taught English in Jacksonville for 10 years.
  She became one of the first commissioned officers of the SPARs (U.S. Coast Guard) working in communications. After the war, she moved to Chicago, where she met her husband of 26 years, Eugene H. Martin. Upon retirement, they moved to Dunedin, FL. After Eugene's death, Mary moved to Lakeland, FL to be near her sister.
Mary was predeceased by her husband, Eugene H. Martin and her sister, Ethel Mae Starbuck.
She is survived by her sister, Margaret W. Huston; nieces, Anne H. Whalen and Ellen M. Starbuck; nephew Frank F. Starbuck; several great nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on February 5, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Hawthorne Inn, 6150 Lakeland Highlands Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Florida United Methodist Children's Home, 51 Children's Way, Enterprise, FL 32725 or SPCA Florida, 5850 Brannen Road South, Lakeland, FL 33813. – The Ledger, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014



LAKELAND - Marie M. Miller, 105, died at her home in Lakeland, FL on Monday, February 11, 2013, due to natural causes. She was born in Battle Creek, NE on June 11, 1907 and was the daughter of Otto Herman and Mary Christina Haman Maas.
Her aviation career began in 1927 when Curtiss Flying Service hired her to work at the old Curtiss Field, Mineola Island, NY. This is where she took flying lessons. It is also where she became friends with Charles Lindberg and had a helicopter ride with Amelia Earhart.
In 1929 she and her first husband moved to Raleigh to operate the city's only airfield, Raleigh Municipal Airport. In 1931 when Eastern Air Transport (later Eastern Airlines) began passenger and mail service, Mrs. Miller was named station agent, a first for a female.
After the death of her first husband in January of 1939, she managed the airport alone until she hired Truman W. Miller, at that time an engineer for the Civil Aeronautics Administration. He was to take over as manager and president of her company, Serv-Air. She became secretary and treasurer. They married on Oct. 4, 1940. When Mr. Miller became manager of Raleigh-Durham Airport, Mrs. Miller managed the Raleigh Municipal Airport on her own.
The Millers trained pilots under government contract with the Air Force at Stallings Field in Kinston, NC; Bartow, FL; Enid, OK; Houston, TX; Edwards Air Force Base, CA; and Lakehurst Navy Air Station, NJ. They retired to Lakeland in 1974.
From 1940 to 1946, Mrs. Miller wrote a Sunday column for the News and Observer in Raleigh, NC titled "Wing Tips", which related activities and personalities of the state's early aviation years.
Among Mrs. Miller's cherished honors was the induction into the OX-5 Aviation Pioneers Hall of Fame in 1990. She also was a member of Lakeland's Sun and Fun Aviation organization.
Marie was predeceased by her husband, Truman Miller in 2004 and by her son, Truman W. Miller, II in May 2012.
Her survivors include two daughters; Patricia "Patsy" M. Moore of Greenville, NC, Carolyn M. (Lee) Oglesby of Lakeland, FL; daughter in law, Kathleen Miller of Annapolis, MD; four grandchildren, Charles Moore, II of Greenville, NC, Dr. Jeffrey M. Moore of Arlington, VA, Jason Oglesby of Davenport, FL and Caroline O. (Josh) Bevington of Cape Coral, FL; three great grandchildren.
The family expresses gratitude to her loving and dedicated caregivers: Rosemary Atwell, Mary Hillerich and Pam Reynolds.
Visitation will be Saturday, February 16th, 10:00 - 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church in Lakeland. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am with Pastor David McIntyre officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a remembrance may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 115 S. Missouri Ave, STE 500, Lakeland, FL 33815; First Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Dr., Lakeland, FL 33801; or the
charity of your choice .
Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel.
Ledger, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013


Lucille P. Tiner PARIS

HAINES CITY - Lucille Tiner Paris, passed away in Haines City, Florida on January 27th, 2014 of natural causes. She was born Lucille Pope in Colquitt, Georgia on August 19th, 1911.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, John H. Tiner and her second husband, James Paris and by her sons, Lewis Tiner, Richard Tiner and Roy Tiner.
She is survived by her grandsons: Larry Tiner, Steve Tiner, Brian Tiner, David Tiner and Jason Tiner, along with many grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great grandchildren who all knew her as "Granny" and dearly loved her. She is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Jo Hilda Tiner and step children, Howard Paris, Barbara Cook and Charlotte Tullock.
Lucille was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend who will be remembered for her resilience and zest for life. She was an avid painter and enjoyed traveling as well as spending summers in western North Carolina. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City. Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice of Auburndale or NorthRidge Church of Haines City.Oak Hill Funeral Care – Ledger, Thurs. Jan.30, 2014


Mary Magdaline SELLERS

LAKELAND- Mary Selelrs died Apriul 12, 2010 of hert failure.  A graveside will be at Lakeland Memorial Gardens on Thurs, April 15, 2010 at 11am.  Lakeland F. H. - Ledger, April 14, 2010

Lillian B SHAFER

Lillian B. Shafer, 101, was born in Coleman, Ga. on April 4, 1910.  She moved to Lakeland in 1939. She was a teacher in the Lakeland school system until retiring in 1976,  She was a member of the College Heights United Methodist Church.  She was also a member of Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity and Delta Kappa Gamma Society.  She died October 22, 2011.  She was predeceased by her son, William W. Jr.  Survived by her son Walter B, Harrington, Maine, daughter Luanne Collins, Anna Maria, Fl, 6 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  SErvices to be announced- Burial in Haines City,Fl.


August 1843 - 19 Feb 1948
Gentry Morrison Funeral Home.  
He was buried in New Home Baptist Church Cemetery, 901 N. Galloway Rd., Lakeland



Foy B.Smith - 100 -
Retired School Teacher
Oct.24, 1010 in Mars Hill, N.C.
died; March 31, 2011 in Lake Alfred,Polk Co.,Fla.
Foy died peacefully of natural causes with her caregiver, Kathy Durrance and helpers at her side.She recieved her bachelor degree in N.C. and taught school for 6 years, before moving to Lake Alfred in 1948 with her husband and daughter. A member of First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred where she played piano and organ. Foy taught 2nd. and 3rd. grade in Lake Alfred until she retired in 1969. Foy's 100 birthday was celebrated in Oct. of 2010, she was recognized by the city of Lake Alfred Commissioners, Bartow Co.,Commishioners, Lake Alford Baptist Church, all living presidents of the U.S.A. and Govenor Crist and family and friends.Foy was preceded in death by; her husband Conoley in 1996; daughter,
Margaret, 2 sisters, Nora B.Campbell of S.C. and Nell B. Willson of N.C., 2 brothers; Carmel Briggs of N.C. and Henry Briggs of Indiana. Survivors include; Nephews and Nieces, Roy B. and James W.Campbell.  Visitation; was April 8, 2011 at First Baptist Church of Lake Alfred.
( Lakeland Ledger, Wednesday, April 6, 2011, page B-5)


July 13, 1998- The Ledger – page B4
By; Kristin Bennett – The Ledger
Winter Haven – Mrs. Mabel Marie Townsley of Winter Haven didn’t know how she managed to live so long, but however she did it; she did it right.
The mother of 8 reached the century mark more than a year ago.
Mrs. Townsley died Saturday, July 11, 1998, at Winter Haven Hospital following a turn for the worse after surgery that repaired a perforated ulcer. She was 101.
Born in Bracken County, Ky. on May 14, 1897, the former Mabel Clark was introduced to Samuel Archie Townsley by her sister. They married in 1919 and were married for 68 years. They raised 8 children together during the Depression.
With 8 children she was kept busy maintaining home and hearth for the family. Her daughter said she worked briefly during World War II at a war plant, but aside from that effort for the cause, she remained a homemaker all of her life.
“She was a great mother,” said Geneva Grau of Las Vegas. “She was very devoted to her children. She was a soft touch.”
She lived in St. Petersburg during the 1960’s before returning to Kentucky with her father. After his death, and the death of her husband, she returned to Florida for the warm weather she’d grown fond of, settling in the Winter Haven area in 1987.
Her favorite activity was bingo, her daughter said. When she was younger, she would play every day except Sunday. She was also fond of dancing and could be found keeping up with the grandchildren on her 100th. birthday.
Grau remembered that she had a hard time convincing her mother that she had reached such an advanced age. “She didn’t believe she was 100, and wondered how she got to live that long. She always wanted everyone to be happy, her daughter said. She always said to just be happy and do the best you can.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughters, Iretta Butsch, Esther Fisk and Ethel Haggard; and son, Vincent Townsley.
In addition to her daughter, she is survived by her sons, Arnett Townsley, of Wahneta, Russell Townsley, of Boscobel, Wis.; daughter Eunice Riley, of Cincinnati; 26 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren.
Services will be held in Butler, Ky.
Ott-Laughlin Funeral Home, Winter Haven.



WINTER HAVEN - Etta Warren, 102, died Thurs. 3/8/12 at the Life Care Center due to natural causes. No local services scheduled. Marion Nelson F.H., Lake Wales.  pub in Ledger March 10, 2012

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