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The Polk County News and Democrat Obituaries
Charles M. Brown
Wed  Jun 14 2017 09:58AM
Charles Milton Brown passed away in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday, June 3, 2017. He was a long-time resident of Bartow, then Lakeland. Milton was born in Jacksonville, Fla., to Effie … read more.
Iris N. Pitts
Wed  May 24 2017 08:30AM
Iris Newport Pitts, 89, of Tallahassee, formerly of Bartow, Lakeland and Haines City, entered Heaven peacefully on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from Big Bend Hospice House. She was born March 19, 1928 … read more.
William Marston
Wed  Apr 26 2017 08:30AM
William “Bill” Marston of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, April 23, 2017, at the Florida Hospital Heartland in Sebring. He was born May 19, 1947, in Chicago, Ill., to the … read more.
‘Goodbye, Gail’ — family and friends pay her tribute
Wed  Mar 1 2017 12:04PM
Early Friday morning, Feb. 24, 2017, heaven opened up and welcomed its newest arrival, Gail Bridges Murray, 59, who passed away after a nearly three year battle against the cancer … read more.
Hilda M. Zurbrick
Wed  Mar 1 2017 12:04PM
Hilda Margaret (Bell) Zurbrick, 88, of Sebring, Fla., formerly of Fort Meade, Fla., and Burnsville, NC, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017. She was born April 5, 1928, to … read more.
Donald Odom
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Donald Odom, passed away Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at his home in Bartow. Born June 27, 1929, in Bartow, he was the son of the late Charlie and Hazel (McLeod) … read more.
Pilkington’s passing shocks community
Tue  Feb 7 2017 04:00PM
Linda Pilkington, 69, who headed up the marketing department for Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, has passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1 after a battle with cancer. To a person, … read more.
Floyd M. Thackrey
Wed  Feb 1 2017 09:50AM
Floyd M. Thackrey, 92, of St. Petersburg, passed away on Jan. 27, 2017. Floyd was born on March 25, 1924, to Floyd and Mary (Inwood) Thackrey in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. Floyd graduated from … read more.
Rodney Luttrell
Wed  Feb 1 2017 09:48AM
Rodney Luttrell, passed away peacefully the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at his residence at St Francis Care Home in Santa Rosa, Calif. Born in Kentucky on June 12, 1923, Rodney … read more.
Barbara Jean Westbrook Lucky
Wed  Dec 28 2016 08:30AM
Barbara Jean Westbrook Lucky, 77, passed away Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, in Bartow. Barbara Jean was born May 19, 1939, in Eagle Lake, Fla., and was a life-long resident of Fort Meade. … read more.
Kenneth Marshall Unrue
Wed  Dec 28 2016 08:30AM
Kenneth Marshall Unrue, 56, died Dec. 1 in Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. He was born Jan. 7, 1960, in Ashland, Ky. He is survived by his mother Nora Unrue … read more.
Jackie M. Blocker Sr.
Wed  Dec 21 2016 08:30AM
Jackie M. Blocker, Sr., 77, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at his residence in Bartow. Born March 29, 1939, in Bartow, Mr. Blocker was a lifelong resident. He was a Crop … read more.
Coury’s kindness and caring remembered
Thu  Dec 15 2016 12:26PM
There are probably hundreds of people living in Bartow who were delivered in birth by Dr. Paul Coury. And most all used two words — caring and kindness — to … read more.
Paul E. Coury
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
Paul Edward Coury, 92, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. He was born Feb. 21, 1924, in Wheeling, WV to John and Mary Coury. Paul was a proud … read more.
Marylee M. Conley
Wed  Nov 23 2016 08:30AM
Marylee M. Conley, 103, passed away Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Trenton, Fla. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow. … read more.
Robert H. Davenport
Wed  Nov 16 2016 08:30AM
Robert H. Davenport, 69, of Frostproof, Fla., passed away Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, at his residence. Marion Nelson Funeral Home handling arrangements. … read more.
Louise Denson
Wed  Nov 9 2016 08:30AM
Louise Denson, 81, of Winter Haven, Fla., passed away Monday, Dec. 7, 2016, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale. Johnson-Nelson-Gill Funeral Home Lake Wales handling arrangements. … read more.
James Gilbert Gallemore
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Capt. J.G. Gallemore, USN (Ret.), passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, 2016, at his home in Silver Spring, Md. “Gil” was born on April 18, 1923, to a Navy family … read more.
Gary K. Clark
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Gary K. Clark, 78, passed away Oct. 20, 2016, in Winter Haven, Fla. Born Nov. 15, 1937, in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of the late Clyde and Gladys Lucille … read more.
Roy Franklin Winkelman
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Roy Franklin Winkleman, 66, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, at the Lake Wales Medical Center. Marion Nelson Funeral Home is handling local arrangements. … read more.
William Paul Hayman Jr.
Wed  Jun 7 2017 08:30AM
William Paul Hayman, Jr. passed away in Orlando on Saturday, May 27, 2017, after a brief illness. Dr. Hayman was born in Winter Haven, Fla., in 1923 to William Paul and … read more.
Bobby E. Bates
Wed  May 3 2017 08:30AM
Bobby (Bob) E. Bates of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Monday, April 24, 2017. He was born Sept. 15, 1930, in Isabella, Tenn., to the late Claude and Florence (Jenkins) … read more.
Albert LaBozzetta
Wed  Apr 5 2017 08:30AM
Albert LaBozzetta was born in Manhattan, N.Y., on Oct. 26, 1936. He lived there with his three brothers, Dominic, Tony, Joseph and his parents, Placido and Angielina. His family then … read more.
Joan Scott
Wed  Mar 1 2017 12:04PM
Joan Scott of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at Water’s Edge, Lake Wales, Fla. Joan is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Robert … read more.
Melvin L. Reid
Wed  Feb 22 2017 08:30AM
Melvin L. Reid passed away peacefully with his family by his side on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Somers Hospice House in Sebring, Fla., after a 16 … read more.
Harold Edgar Kingon
Wed  Feb 15 2017 08:30AM
In Loving Memory of Harold (Hal) Edgar Kingon January 6, 1936-February 9, 2017 Harold “Hal” Edgar Kingon, 81, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, surrounded by his … read more.
Jeanette G. Gatje
Wed  Feb 8 2017 08:30AM
A Navy wife, loving mother and grandmother, and volunteer, Jeanette Garrett Gatje died on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at home with friends and family at her side. Born in Haines City, … read more.
Carlane R. Knies
Wed  Feb 1 2017 09:48AM
Carlane Ray Knies, 64, looked into the eyes of Jesus on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. Mrs. Knies was born in Roanoke, Va.,, on Aug. 31, 1952. She and her family moved to … read more.
Ann J. Hinson
Wed  Jan 18 2017 08:30AM
Ann Jarvis Hinson, 87, died the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 10, in Marianna after a brief bout with leukemia and heart complications. Hinson was born in Polk County, Florida, and grew … read more.
Pauline Price
Wed  Dec 28 2016 08:30AM
Pauline Price, 84, passed away Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, at her home in Bartow. Mrs. Price was born on Oct. 30, 1932, in Covington County, Alabama. Pauline retired from the Polk County … read more.
Friends, family celebrate Bohde’s life
Wed  Dec 21 2016 08:30AM
Before a packed congregation at First Presbyterian Church, in which practically every seat in every pew was filled, family friends and associates joined to bid good bye to Sylvia W. … read more.
Kathleen C. Hunt
Thu  Dec 15 2016 12:26PM
Kathleen Corcoran “Kitty” Hunt, 80, passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in Lake Wales. Born Aug. 23, 1936, in Flint, Mich., she was the daughter of the late George H. … read more.
Edith Mae Belle Douglas Smith
Wed  Dec 7 2016 08:30AM
Mrs. Edith Mae Belle Douglas Smith, 75, passed away Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Sebring, FL. Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, FL 863-285-8171 is handling arrangements. … read more.
George D. Owen
Wed  Nov 30 2016 08:30AM
George Douglas Owen, 64, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Bartow, Florida. Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, Florida is handling the arrangements. … read more.
Mollie A. Cooper
Wed  Nov 23 2016 08:30AM
Mollie A. Cooper, 91, of Lake Wales, Fla., passed away Friday, Nov. 11, 2016, at Life Care Center of Altamonte Springs, Fla. The was born on Sept. 12, 1925, in … read more.
Allison Taylor French
Wed  Nov 9 2016 08:30AM
Allison Taylor French, 84, died peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, at Meridian Nursing & Rehabilitation in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, surrounded by his loving family. Al was born in Orlando, … read more.
Ernest Millar Smith
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Ernest Millar Smith, 92, passed away at home surrounded by family and friends on Oct. 19, 2016, from complications due to Alzheimers disease. He was born June 10, 1924, in … read more.
Evelyn Amanda (Campbell) Stidham
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
Evelyn Amanda (Campbell) Stidham, born Feb. 10, 1927, in Anderson, South Carolina, died peacefully Oct. 8, 2016, of natural causes at the loving community of Brandel Health and Rehab in … read more.
John W. Lightsey
Wed  Oct 26 2016 08:30AM
John W. “Jack” Lightsey, 82, passed away at his home in Fort Meade, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, is handling arrangements. … read more.
Beatrice Edwards
Wed  Oct 19 2016 08:30AM
Beatrice Edwards, 86, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016. She was born Dec. 1, 1929, in Deer Lodge, Tenn., and moved to Bartow, Fla., in 1948. She was preceded in death by her … read more.