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  • Mary Starling Sullivan, 1933-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Apr 11, 2024

    Mary Starling Sullivan, 91, of Babson Park, FL, died on Saturday, March 30 after a full life and quality time with family and loved ones. She was born on January 17, 1933, in Miami, FL, to Clyde and Georgia Starling. In 1950, she graduated from Miami Edison High School. Mary met Richard J. Sullivan (Dick) in Connecticut. They were married at Forest Park Christian Church of Miami, in 1952. Mary and Dick began their family in south Florida. In 1973, they relocated to Babson...

  • Elvia Alvarado Espinoza, 1977-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Apr 8, 2024

    Elvia Alvarado Espinoza of Frostproof passed away Saturday, April 6, 2024 at her residence. She was born July 13, 1977 in San Lucas, Michoacan, Mexico to Silvano an Herminia Alvarado. Elvia was a second-grade teacher for Ben Hill Griffin Elementary School where she loved teaching. She loved the town of Frostproof and was passionate about the needs of children. Elvia was full of life and loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Elvia truly enjoyed spending time with her...

  • Dorine Estelle Bullock, 1928-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 31, 2024

    Dorine Estelle Bullock was born on December 2, 1928 in Rohrersville MD. She was the first daughter of Margaret Rohrer and John Thomas Geltmacher. The town was named after the Rohrer family. On March 8, 2024, Dorine graduated to her incorporeal fullness at the age of 95, peacefully in her sleep at her home in Lake Wales, Florida. In 1949, at the age of 21, she married Joseph Bullock Sr. in Philadelphia. They raised two sons, Joseph Jr. and Robert, and were very happily married...

  • William Newton "Bill" Mitchell, Jr., 1961-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 30, 2024

    William Newton "Bill" Mitchell, Jr. of Lake Wales passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at his residence. He was born February 18, 1961 in Hollywood to the late William and Aldean Mitchell. Bill loved his job as a maintenance technician for Water's Edge and was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was an avid crocheter, scuba diver, sky diver, orchid gardener, mechanic, and surfer. He was a Disney fan and especially liked Jiminy Cricket. Bill is survived by his wife...

  • Gary Eugene Fenner, 1945-2024

    Newsx Obituary Service|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Gary Eugene Fenner of Frostproof passed away Monday, March 25, 2024 at his residence. He was born May 18, 1945 in Illinois; he moved to Florida from Illinois over 40 years ago. Gary was a welder and enjoyed fishing. He was an animal lover and favored dogs and horses. Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Fenner and brother. He is survived by his son; friends, Manuel and Sylvia Andrade; and his dog Abraham that he rescued from the Winter Haven Human Society. No...

  • David Alexander Tolento, 1956-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    David Alexander Tolento of Lake Wales passed away Sunday, March 24, 2024 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. He was born January 19, 1956 in Fremont, Ohio to Alfred and Teodula Tolento; he moved to Lake Wales from Woodville, Ohio in 1984. David was retired and was an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. He was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes Football team and was a member of the Knights of Columbus. David liked plants and animals and loved spending time with his...

  • Kristine Marie Wanamaker, 1948-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Kristine Marie Wanamaker (Trainham) was born on July 4, 1948, in Watertown, NY, to her late parents John and Alexandra Trainham. She peacefully passed away on March 21, 2024, at the age of 75 in Lake Wales, Florida. Kristine was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She married her beloved husband James on October 10, 1970, at Holy Family Church. Together, they shared a love for road trips, camping, and most importantly, their family. Retirement led them to Lake Wales,...

  • Christine Frances Magruder Hackl, 1927-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 27, 2024

    Christine Frances Magruder Hackl, age 96 of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away on March 23, 2024. Christine was born on June 16, 1927 in Jackson, Mississippi. She married Albert James Hackl and celebrated 67 happy years of marriage, and raised eight children seemingly with ease, navigated numerous moves around the country with an adventurous spirit, and never wavered in her Catholic faith. Known for her strong convictions, Christine never shied away from tough topics and...

  • Sandra Kay Lincoln, 1950-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 8, 2024

    Sandra Kay Lincoln of Winter Haven passed away Thursday, March 7, 2024 at Forsythe Hospice House in Auburndale. She was born September 17, 1950 in Lake Wales to the late John and Clara Chambless; she has been a lifelong resident of the area. Sandra was the Office Manager for Dr. Unzueta’s office and was a past member of First Assembly Church. She was a compassionate person who never met a stranger. Sandra was a wonderful mother and best friend. She loved her family and f...

  • Linda Green Robertson, 1947-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 7, 2024

    Linda Green Robertson of Lake Wales passed away Monday, March 4, 2024 at her residence. She was born March 10, 1947 in Lake Wales to the late Jesse and Josie Green; she has been a lifelong resident of the area. Linda was a retired real estate loan officer and was a veteran of the United States Navy. She loved to cook and freeze food, gardening, and painting. Linda loved her family, children, and grandchildren dearly. Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Russell...

  • Leah Morgan Robbins, 1969-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Mar 7, 2024

    Leah Morgan Robbins, a cherished resident of Satellite Beach, FL, passed away on February 25, 2024, surrounded by loved ones after bravely confronting both lung cancer and Vaccine-Induced Thrombocytic Thrombocytopenia (VITT). Born on December 27, 1969, in San Diego, CA, to Glenda and James D. Morgan, Leah's life was marked by her passion for reptiles and her dedication to education. After graduating from Lake Wales High School in 1987, Leah pursued a degree in Elementary...

  • Sylvia Marsee Griner, 1938-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Feb 28, 2024

    Sylvia Marsee Griner died at home surrounded by her family on February 24, 2024, at 8 p,m, due to a lung disease she had for many years. She was 85 years old, and was born June 17, 1938. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rubin Lee Marsee and Flarida Marsee, brother Ray Marsee, and sisters Stella Willene and Fay Juanita. She is survived by her husband Aaron Beal Griner and four children. Brenda Griner Schell (Steven), Treasa Griner McLean (Ken), Kenneth Aaron Griner...

  • Patsy Draper, 1941-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Feb 21, 2024

    Patsy Draper of Lake Wales passed away Monday, February 19, 2024 at her residence. She was born September 23, 1941 in Dundee to the late Milton and Trummie Hathcock. She has been a lifelong resident of the area. Patsy was a homemaker and elementary school mentor. She was an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd where she volunteered on the Alter Guild and at the Thrift Store. Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Draper; and sister, Barbara...

  • Donald Gene Clingenpeel, 1939-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Feb 17, 2024

    Donald Gene Clingenpeel of Haines City passed away Thursday, February 16, 2024 at his residence. He was born September 5, 1939 in Stillwater, Oklahoma to the late James Earl and Claire Alva Clingenpeel; he moved to Haines City from Alabama 37 years ago. Donald was a manager. He was a hobby enthusiast and enjoyed shrimp boating and playing computer games. Donald was preceded in death by his son, Steve Clingenpeel. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Martha Clingenpeel;...

  • Lorey Blackwelder, 1970-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    Lorey Blackwelder of Frostproof passed away Thursday, February 8, 2024, at her residence. She was born July 18, 1970 in Winter Haven to the late Alvin and Mary Meadows; she was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a homemaker and attended the First Presbyterian Church in Frostproof. She loved being with her family and enjoyed football. Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Alan Blackwelder; daughter, Savanna Blackwelder of Frostproof; son, Joshua Alan Blackwelder and...

  • Audrey Swindal, 1928-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    Audrey Swindal, age 95, passed away February 4, 2024, at her residence in Bartow. She was born on February 9, 1928, in St. Augustine, FL. She attended FSU where she started the Women's Rifle Team. She spent her career as Environmental Educator where she became known to many as "Mother Nature" She was awarded a Lifetime Membership with LEEF League of Environmental Educators as a historian and supporter. She was a Master Flower Show Judge and member of the Bartow Garden Club for...

  • Sally Ann Boyer, 1942-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Feb 15, 2024

    Sally Ann Boyer of Lake Wales passed away Thursday, February 15, 2024 at AdventHealth Lake Wales. She was born March 27, 1942 in New Castle, Pennsylvania to the late Paul and Martha Shannon. She moved to Lake Wales from Pennsylvania in 1983. Sally was an administrative secretary for Lake Wales Hospital for 27 years. She was a member of High Point Church and loved to sew and cook. Sally was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Shannon. She is survived by her husband,...

  • Dr. Alexander "Fleet" Ryland, III, 1946-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Feb 12, 2024

    Dr. Alexander “Fleet” Ryland, III, 77, of Lake Wales, passed away on Monday, February 5, 2024, surrounded by loved ones at AdventHealth in Lake Wales. Born on April 5, 1946, in Richmond, VA, Fleet was the cherished son of the late Alexander and Brennan Ryland. Growing up primarily in Sarasota, Fleet attended Riverview High School before proudly serving in the Navy. It was during this time that he found his lifelong companion, Theresa, whom he married in 1969. Pursuing his pas...

  • Cleve Lamar Odom, 1958-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Feb 7, 2024

    Cleve Lamar Odom of Lake Wales passed away Monday, February 5, 2024, at his residence. He was born October 16, 1958, in Fitzgerald, GA to the late William Wilson and Mamie Pearl Odom; he has been a long-time resident of Lake Wales. He was a retired firefighter and EMT and the children's pastor at The Bridge Central Church. Cleve was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Detta Odom; two brothers, Larry Davenport and Billy Davenport and one sister, Wanda Jowas. Survivors inc...

  • Mary Ruth Dampier, 1931-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Feb 6, 2024

    In deepest loving memory, Mary Ruth Dampier, a devoted mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 26th 2024. She was predeceased by her husband, Jack Lee Dampier, daughter Jacqueline D. Bullard, her brothers John Kennard, Wilbur Whitaker, sister Inez Reiner, and her parents Warnie Grady Whittaker and Nobie Lanier. She is survived by her son, Gregory Lee Dampier (Marion Tonner), daughter Michelle Dusha Christoph (Dr. Jim Christoph), brother...

  • Edna Ruth Griffin, 1941-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Edna Ruth Griffin, 84, wife of the late James Erwood Griffin, of Walhalla, SC, passed away Friday, January 26, 2024, at her home. A native of Travelers Rest, SC, Mrs. Griffin was the daughter of the late Kay and Eloise Owens Hudson. She was a loving Mother, Grandmother and Granny. Ruth loved God and was a member of Rocky Knoll Baptist Church. She loved her flower gardens and working outside. Most of all, she loved caring for others. She retired from Clemson University...

  • JaLeeann Johnston, 1977-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Jan 31, 2024

    JaLeeann Johnston, age 46, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2024 at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL due to a brain injury resulting from an accidental fall at her home. She was born November 17, 1977 in Winter Haven, FL. JaLeeann graduated from Lake Wales High School class of 1995. Following her graduation she went to the University of Florida and graduated in 1999 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance. She began her career in Naples, FL with...

  • Darwin L. White, 1939-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Jan 31, 2024

    It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Darwin L. White, 84, on January 22, 2024 following a brief illness. Darwin was born on December 26, 1939 in Fairview, WV to the late Clifford & Ary (Wilson) White. Darwin was a good, kind-hearted, charismatic man, dedicated father and grandfather, friend, and vibrant spirit who touched the lives of everyone he encountered. Darwin brought smiles and laughter to so many people. He was a Hall of Fame and record-holding athlete,...

  • Gladys Guzman Figueroa, 1948-2024

    News Obituary Service|Updated Jan 24, 2024

    Gladys Guzman Figueroa, 78, of Lakes Wales passed away Thursday, January 18, 2024, at AdventHealth Lake Wales. She was born January 21, 1945, in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, to the late Juan and Leonildes Guzman. Gladys was a seamstress and of the Catholic faith. Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Juan and Leonildes Guzman. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jacinto Figueroa; sons, Edwin Figueroa of Lake Wales, Edward Figueroa of Lake Wales, Raynaldo...

  • Sammy Ray Bryant, 1933-2024

    News Obituary Service

    Sammy Ray Bryant, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died Jan. 31 after complications following surgery and a struggle with dementia. The native Kentuckian and longtime Polk County resident was 90 years old. Sam was unfailingly kind, adventurous and eager for new experiences. He loved sailing, traveling with his wife, spending time with family, and had a great appreciation for grouper sandwiches, banana pudding and a glass of “good red wine.” He worked for decades as...

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