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The Polk County News and Democrat Obituaries
Ethel I. Morrison Sizelove
Sun  Sep 25 2016 04:50PM
Ethel I. Morrison Sizelove, 89, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 at Water’s Edge in Lake Wales. She was born July 13, 1927 in Williamson, W.Va., … read more.
Helen L. Lunsford
Sun  Sep 25 2016 04:36PM
Helen L. Lunsford, 87, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa. She was born Jan. 8, 1929 in Plant City, Fla., … read more.
Mike Birdsong
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
Mike Birdsong, 66, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Plant City, Fla. Born Oct. 7, 1949 in Bartow, Fla., he was the son of the late Herbert Arno and Myrtle (Harrell) … read more.
Maxine C. Jones
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
Maxine C. Jones, 91, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, in Winter Haven, Fla. Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, is handling arrangements. … read more.
Wanda E. Carruth
Tue  Sep 20 2016 08:25AM
Wanda E. Carruth, 58, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, at the Lake Wales Medical Center. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling the … read more.
Richard Mercado
Tue  Sep 20 2016 08:25AM
Richard Mercado, 29, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. He was born April 21, 1987, in Long Beach, Calif. He was a resident of the area since 2014, … read more.
Deborah P. Bowen
Tue  Sep 20 2016 08:25AM
Deborah P. Bowen, 73, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, at her residence. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling the arrangements. … read more.
Betty Booream Glasgow
Wed  Sep 7 2016 09:46AM
Betty Booream Glasgow, 89, passed away Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016. Born Aug. 23, 1927, she was the daughter of Jack Wines and Adele Haas Booream. She attended local Bartow schools and graduated … read more.
Carolyn Griffith Allen
Wed  Sep 7 2016 09:46AM
Carolyn Griffith Allen, of Due West, S.C., died in her home on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. She was born Nov. 28, 1935, in Covington, Va., to the late Dr. Murray W. … read more.
Ferieda Roberts Whitney
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
Ferieda Roberts Whitney, of Bartow, Fla., passed away Aug. 10, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla. She was born April 8, 1933, in Mendham, N.J. She was a resident of Hickory, N.C., until May 2002. … read more.
Patricia Ann Easton
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
Patricia Ann Easton, 66, of Frostproof, Fla., passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at her residence. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Frostproof is handling the arrangements. … read more.
James Erskine Watts Jr.
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
James Erskine Watts, Jr., 31, of Fort Meade, Fla., passed away Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.  Hancock Funeral Home of Fort Meade is handling arrangements. … read more.
Lois Holle-Sharp
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Lois Holle-Sharp of Maineville. Beloved wife of Andrew W. Sharp. Loving mother of William Holle, Jennifer (Loren) Roscoe, Jack Holle, Chris (Shannon) Holle, Cindy (Marvin) Cobb, Barbara Sharp, Paula Sharp, … read more.
Lucille Weeks
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
Lucille Weeks, 86, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed from this life into Heaven Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at the Good Shepherd Hospice House, Auburndale, Fla. She was born May 7, 1930, in Walton … read more.
Lea Henderson
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
Lea Henderson, 14, of Babson Park, Fla., passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, in Orlando. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling the arrangements. … read more.
Henry Breton Jr.
Fri  Aug 19 2016 02:21PM
Henry Breton Jr. passed from this life to the next on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. Henry was born April 3, 1934, in … read more.
Annell Marie Johnson
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
Annell Marie Johnson, 68, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at Heart of Florida Hospital. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling the arrangements. … read more.
Martin ‘Marty’ Lee Altman
Wed  Aug 10 2016 08:30AM
Martin “Marty” Lee Altman, 53, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2016, at our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, La., after a long and outrageous battle with cancer. He … read more.
Janice Walker Wade
Wed  Aug 10 2016 08:30AM
Janice Walker Wade, 62, of Mount Olive, Miss., died Saturday, July 30, 2016, at her home. She was born Saturday, Nov. 7, 1953, in Harden, Ky. She was formerly of Bartow, Fla., … read more.
Hester A. Modlin
Wed  Aug 10 2016 08:30AM
Hester A. Modlin, 80, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Savannah Court. She was born March 23, 1936 in Creswell, N.C., to the late Frank and Statha … read more.
William Wilson Boswell
Sun  Sep 25 2016 04:36PM
William “Bill” Wilson Boswell passed away at his home in Bartow. A native and life-long resident of Polk County, he was the son of the late C. A. “Bubba” Boswell … read more.
Though quiet, Loyce J. Lilly influenced generations
Tue  Sep 20 2016 01:24PM
While there may be — and probably is — an aching emptiness in the hearts of family and friends, the memories Loyce Johnston Lilly of Lake Wales gifted those who … read more.
William Darnell
Wed  Sep 21 2016 08:30AM
William Darnell, 74. of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale, Fla. Johnson-Nelson-Gill Funeral Home handling arrangements. … read more.
Loyce Johnston Lilly
Tue  Sep 20 2016 08:25AM
Loyce Johnston Lilly, of Lake Wales, Fla., departed this earth on Sept. 7, 1916, to (as she said) “go home to my God and dance on the stars with my Leo.” … read more.
R. Branden Dykes
Tue  Sep 20 2016 08:25AM
R. Branden Dykes, 34, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016, in North Port, Fla. Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, is handling arrangements. … read more.
James M. Baratka Sr.
Tue  Sep 20 2016 08:25AM
James (Jim) M. Baratka Sr, 75, died on Aug. 23, 2016, in Warrenton, Va. He was born on Aug. 7, 1941, in Phillips, Wisconsin. He was a 1st Sgt. (retired USMC) and … read more.
Donald E. “Don” Stephens Sr.
Tue  Sep 20 2016 08:25AM
Donald E. “Don” Stephens Sr. of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at his residence. He was 87. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling the … read more.
Eugene ‘Augie’ L. Augustine
Wed  Sep 7 2016 09:46AM
Eugene “Augie” L. Augustine, 83, of 640 Worth St., Corry, Penn., formerly of 226 Brandywine Trail, Frostproof, Fla., passed away Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. He was born in Shickley, Neb., on … read more.
Deloris Evans Meade
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
Deloris (Lois) Evans Meade, 79, of Haines City, Fla., passed away Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at Winter Haven Hospital. She was born on March 2, 1937, in Kermit, W.Va., to … read more.
Henry A. Wnek
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
Henry A. Wnek, 87, of Indian Lake Estates, Fla., passed Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa. Johnson-Nelson-Gill Funeral Home handling arrangements. … read more.
Anne Sullivan Glasco
Wed  Aug 31 2016 08:30AM
Anne Sullivan Glasco, 92, passed away Aug. 21, 2016, at Bartow Regional Medical Center. Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. … read more.
David Buxton
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
David Buxton, 64, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2016, at his residence Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling arrangements. … read more.
Janie Kate Kelly
Wed  Aug 24 2016 08:30AM
Janie Kate Kelly of Frostproof, Florida passed away Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at Lake Wales Medical Center. She was 62. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Frostproof is handling the arrangements. … read more.
Velma Lois Howell
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
Velma Lois Howell, 104, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at her residence in Fort Meade. McLean Funeral Home, Fort Meade in charge of arrangements. … read more.
Isidro Medina Castro
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
Isidro Medina “Don Chilo” or “Tio” Castro, 71, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Saturday, August 6, 2016. Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales is handling the arrangements. … read more.
Talbert Hollis Melton
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
Talbert Hollis Melton, 80, went to his heavenly home on Aug. 13, 2016, after a long battle with Parkinson’s. His devotion to and from his family, and his firm belief in … read more.
Ezell Lewis
Wed  Aug 17 2016 08:30AM
Ezell Lewis, 87, of Babson Park Fla., passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2016, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. Johnell Caver Your Home for Funerals, Lake Wales is handling arrangements. … read more.
Nola J. Williams
Wed  Aug 10 2016 08:30AM
Nola J. Williams, 87, of Summerfield, Fla., passed away suddenly on July 25, 2016 at The Villages Regional Hospital, The Villages, Fla. She was born in Sarasota, Fla., Jan. 2, 1929, and … read more.
Wilma Ruman
Wed  Aug 10 2016 08:30AM
Wilma Ruman, 88, of Babson Park, Fla., passed away, Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at Winter Haven Hospital. Johnson-Nelson-Gill Funeral Home handling arrangements. … read more.
Clifford O. Cofer II
Wed  Aug 10 2016 08:30AM
Clifford O. “Cliff” Cofer II, 27, of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Lakeland, Fla. Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Frostproof, is handling arrangements. … read more.