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Ballard, BG Terry O. - St. Petersburg  
BG Terry O. Ballard Florida Army National Guard (Retired) PLANT CITY - Terry O. Ballard, 79, of Plant City, Florida, entered into eternal rest on June 22, 2016. He was a graduate of Plant City High School and the University of Tampa. He was a retired Brigadier General with the Florida Army National Guard, a retired banker with Hillsboro, SunTrust, and Wells Fargo banks, as well as an entrepreneur. Upon his death, he was owner of Cross Pest Control of Plant City, Clearwater and Bradenton, and current Florida Strawberry Festival Board member. Over his lifetime, he served as Mayor of Plant City, Plant City Commissioner, Chairman of the Council of Governments, Past President of the Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City Rotary Club, and Polk Chapter of American Institute of Banking. He was a member of the Hillsborough County Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Tourist Development Council of Hillsborough County, Double Taxation Committee of Hillsborough County, Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization, Plant City Traffic Study Advisory Committee, I-75 Task Force, DACCO Board of Directors, Florida League of Cities, Hillsborough County Charter Review Board, and Plant City '101' Technical Advisory Committee. Terry was awarded the Plant City Jaycees Good Government Award, Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow, and past recipient of Plant City Family of the Year. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Plant City. Terry will be forever remembered as a kind-hearted, practical man with a servant's soul always encouraging the best from all of us. Devoted to faith, family, friends, and goals, his quiet strength and words of wisdom will never be forgotten by those whose lives he touched. He was highly respected for his vast knowledge of Plant City history and community involvement. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 58 years, Daphne C. Ballard; daughters, Teresa Salo (Mike) and Renita Boles (Mitch) of Plant City; grandchildren, Cody Otis Boles, Claire Marie Salo, and Cali Jean Boles of Plant City; brothers, Ray Ballard (Sandra) of Murphy, North Carolina and Jerry Ballard (Patsy) of Plant City; aunt, Cora Herndon of Jacksonville, Alabama; and numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Nina Marie Ballard; and siblings, Nina Mae Ballard and Wayne Ballard. A celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at 3:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Plant City, 503 N. Palmer Street, Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 2:00 P.M. A committal with military honors will follow at Memorial Park, Plant City. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Plant City Noon Rotary Club Foundation/Scholarship Fund or United Food Bank of Plant City are requested. Expressions of condolence at www.HopewellFuneral.com .
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CHAMBERLAND, MADELEINE  
MADELEINE CHAMBERLAND LAKELAND - Madeleine Chamberland, age 85, joined her Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 18, 2016, at her home in Lakeland with her loving family by her side. Madeleine was born on June 8, 1931, in Holyoke, Massachusetts to the late Raymond and Claire Brunelle. She married Richard Chamberland on September 1, 1956, and moved to Lakeland in 1970, where she was an active member of the Church of the Resurrection and Engineers Wives. Madeleine was pre-deceased by her sister, Muriel Gagne. She is survived by her husband, Richard; her children, Diane Chamberland of Lakeland, Florida, Mari-anne Symmes of Jacksonville, Florida, and David Chamberland of Winter Garden, Florida; and her sister, Lucile Hoar of Lakeland, Florida. She was a loving Nana to 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Madeleine devoted her life to her family, church, friends and community and will be lovingly remembered. There will be a celebration of her life on July 1, 2016, at the Church of the Resurrection, 3720 Old Road 37, Lakeland, Florida, at 11:00am with reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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COLE, EDWARD CARNEGIE - Forest Acres  
EDWARD CARNEGIE COLE FOREST ACRES - Funeral services for Mr. Edward Carnegie Cole will be held Monday, June 27, 12:00 noon at the Shandon Baptist Church Chapel, 5250 Forest Drive in Columbia, S.C. Interment with military honors will follow in the Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday afternoon, June 26, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Leevy's Funeral Home, Taylor Street Chapel, located at 1831 Taylor Street in Columbia. On Monday, June 20, 2016, Mr. Edward Carnegie Cole transitioned from his earthly home into his eternal heavenly rest with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ at Agape Hospice in Columbia, South Carolina. He was 97 years old. Born December 11, 1918 in Mt. Olive, NC, Mr. Cole was one of six children born to Edward Hamilton Cole and Hattie Kornegay Cole of Bordentown, New Jersey. He was formally educated in the Bordentown School system, earning his high school diploma in 1936 from Bordentown High School where he distinguished himself in basketball and baseball. He was preceded in death by his spouse, Dr. Dorothy I. Cole, his brother Charles, his brother Ralph, his sister Gladys and his sister Elizabeth. An active resident of South Carolina for the past four years, Mr. Cole, until recently, resided at the Veterans' Victory House, in Walterboro, SC, where he was the nursing home's oldest resident. Prior to moving to Walterboro, he lived with his son and daughter-in-law for three years in Forest Acres, SC. Drafted at 18 years of age, he served his country in Italy, during World War II as a sergeant in the U.S. Army's all-Black, 92nd Division. Serving as a U.S. Army Infantryman for three years, Mr. Cole was trained in one of the most dangerous jobs, the demolition of bridges and mines. He was heavily involved in the Battle of the Bulge (1944-1945), during which the United States lost 89,500 soldiers. He worked for 33 years at John A. Roebling Company which designed cable for steel suspension bridges like the iconic Golden Gate, George Washington and Brooklyn Bridges. He was the company's first supervisor of African American descent. In retirement, Mr. Cole and his wife spent time at their vacation home in Lake Wales, Florida, where they made many friends. As a couple, they were a formidable Bridge and Pinochle team, winning numerous awards at the Lake Ashton Country Club. He is survived by: his sons, Dr. Bruce K. (Dr. Lady June) Cole and Mr. Edward Charles Cole; grandchildren, Julian, Caira, and Alex Cole; brother, David Cole; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
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COLE, JEAN P.  
JEAN P. COLE 2/4/1938 - 6/17/2016 LAKELAND - Jean P. Cole passed away on a Friday morning (June 17, 2016) after a long illness. Born Ima Jean Whitfield, she was a long time resident of Polk County and worked in the Citrus Industry for many years. She was a strong and independent woman. In addition to her parents, Olin Cleo Whitfield and Audrey Mae Dyal (Weathers), she was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael McDonald. She is survived by her son Mitchell McDonald and daughters Glenda McDonald, Lisa Narramore and Rhonda Caldwell, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Rest in peace Mama we love you. Burial will be in Auburndale Memorial Park.
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ERSKINE, GLORIA M.  
GLORIA M. ERSKINE, 88 LAKELAND ­ Gloria M. Erskine, 88, of Lakeland, Florida passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Highlands Lake Center in Lakeland. She was born on January 13, 1928. A native of Tampa, Florida she was the daughter of Emile and Carrie Metziere. Gloria married E.R. 'Buddy' Erskine (deceased) in 1950, and moved to Lakeland. She was predeceased by brothers, Mickie Metziere and Arnold Metziere; and sister, Pat Metziere Ba-rker. Survivors include sons, Doug (Beth) Erskine and Dean Erskine; grandchildren, Douglas Erskine Jr., Celia (Andrew) P-uskas, Julie (Adam) Johnson, Heather Erskine, and Lindsey Erskine; and great grandchildren, Andrew Puskas Jr., Scarlette Johnson, and Savanna Johnson. Service will be conducted Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm at Seigler's Funeral Home, 1300 East Canal St, Mulberry, Florida, (864) 425 ­ 1131. Gloria will later join her husband, Buddy, at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.
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HAMMAC, JOHN WALTER  
JOHN WALTER HAMMAC, 64 ANDREWS, S.C. - John Walter Hammac, 64, the beloved husband of Miriam Kathy Powell Hammac, departed this life Thursday, June 23, 2016 at his residence. Mr. Hammac was born the son of Walter Jackson Hammac Jr. and Jimmie Lee Cooley Hammac on June 17, 1952 in Winter Haven, FL. He was a retired truck driver and was a United States Army Veteran. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and going to races. His greatest love and enjoyment was spending time with his family. John and Kathy were married on February 2, 1973 and celebrated 43 years together. Their home was blessed with two children, John Walter (Jay) Hammac, Jr. and Jeremy Wayne Hammac. He is also survived by a sister, Lois Gattie of Bartow, Fl. He was predeceased by his parents. Funeral Service with Military Honors will be 5PM, Monday, June 27, 2016 at the Black River Free Will Baptist Church. Officiating will be Rev. Norris Powell and Rev. Bruce Jones. The Hammac family will receive family and friends immediately after the service in the church fellowship hall. Interment will be 11AM, Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at the Florence National Cemetery, 803 E National Cemetery Rd, Florence, SC, directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home. McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Hammac family.
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HARRISON, MICHAEL ANTHONY - Bartow  
MICHAEL ANTHONY HARRISON LAKELAND - Michael Anthony Harrison, age 25, of Lakeland, FL passed away on June 20, 2016. He was a member of First Baptist Plant City. Michael was a family man and loved his children. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and everything about football. He played for the Lakeland Gators his whole life and became the coach of the Lakeland Storm. Michael also enjoyed MMA fighting, working out at the gym, and looking good. He is survived by his parents, Stephanie Harrison and Anthony Harrison; sisters, Amanda Harrison and Jamie Selin; brother, Anthony Harrison; daughter, Kinlee Harrison; son, Keelin Harrison; stepson, Noah Martinez; and fiancé, Shana Williams. Michael was also a loving uncle to Jace, Jaelynn, Colton and Kelsey. A visitation will be Tuesday, June 28, 2016, from 5pm-7pm at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1104 Cason St, Plant City, 33563. A funeral service will follow at 7pm. Condolences may be made online at www.wellsmemorial.com .
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HAWORTH, DAYTON E.  
DAYTON E. HAWORTH, IV AUBURNDALE - Dayton E. Haworth, IV, left this earth for his heavenly home on June 23, 2016, after a long & valiant battle with cancer. Born to Dayton E. Haworth, III & M. Ethyl Haworth in Grand Junction, CO, on May 26, 1946, he is survived by his devoted & loving wife, Dottie Haworth, & his daughter Tiffany Haworth of Youngstown, OH, & 5 grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents. While a wide variety of professions attracted Dayton's attention, he never forgot the years he devoted to the boys at Northern Nevada Children's Home where he guided the lives of ten boys, ages 6 to 18, utilizing his degree in sociology from the University of Oregon. His God given skills were revealed in building wooden boats, which led to refining his skills in sculpting a number of artistic pieces in both wood and stone. His friend Drue Corbitt, a self-taught lathier, inspired him to create a sculpture in cedar of a life like apple, pear and banana in 2016. Dayton was blessed with a rare 56 year friendship with Darwin Raymond, who stayed in Glenwood Springs, CO, where they met. Dayton & Dottie were childhood sweethearts & God brought them back together after the deaths of their first mates. Dayton loved to travel & actually lived in 17 states. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed in Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. He was assigned to Social Services as a drug & alcohol abuse counselor. He & Dottie worshipped & served the Lord together at First Missionary Baptist Church in Auburndale. He shared God's word, his testimony, lunches with day laborers through the Labor of Love Ministry & considered supporting the youth of the church in their ministries a privilege. An avid reader, he wrote original poems & short stories. He was a talented musician, playing the guitar & drums. His own physical issues led him to invent a guitar allowing easy fingering of chords for those challenged in twisting their lower arm & wrist. His appreciation of the beauty of wood & various sound effects from different shapes of guitars led him to collect & play 22 guitars. Having driven in NHRA drag races in his 20s, his team set a world record of 214 mph in 1966. NASCAR was his passion; an afternoon or evening spent with Dottie watching a race was a golden moment. He collected a number of cars & did much of his own mechanical work. His favorite was a 1989 C-4 Corvette featuring a Longenfeter engine package, which was built & raced by R & S Motorsports for 2 yrs. He parted with his prized 1923 Ford coupe hot rod when he moved to FL. Driving around Polk Co. with Dottie in his Corvette, 1991 Jaguar XTS & 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V, trips to the Guitar Center, car shows & coffee with Drue were his pleasures. He'll be sorely missed by his family, friends & Tux, Cruiser & Honey Bear, his canine friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Salvation Army, 2620 Kathleen Rd., Lakeland, FL, 33810 or Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL, 33823. A memorial service will be held 11 AM Mon., June 27, 2016, at First Missionary Baptist Church, 406 Main St., Auburndale, with military honors following. Arrangements By: Kersey Funeral Home.
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HEINRITZ, PAUL B.  
PAUL B. HEINRITZ, 98 WINTER HAVEN - Paul B. Heinritz, age 98, of Winter Haven, died Sunday, June 19, 2016, at Good Shepherd Hospice, Auburndale. His children were with him on Father's Day. He was born on September 4, 1917, in Hazelwood, PA, to Frederick E. and Gertrude Libengood Heinritz. Mr. Heinritz grew up in New Kensington, PA, and graduated from New Kensington High School in 1936. He proudly served in the Navy (Seabees) in the Pacific Theater (Guadalcanal, Philippines, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia) during World War II. Mr. Heinritz joined West Penn Power Company in 1936 as a draftsman in New Kensington, transferred to Kittanning (1945 - 1954) and returned to Allegheny-Kiski Division Service Center as an engineering technician. He retired after more than 40 years of service at the utility. He moved to Winter Haven in the late 1970s. He worked part time driving cars from auction for the Lincoln-Mercury dealership. He was an enthusiastic, award winning golfer into his 90s. He designed and built three homes, enjoyed cooking and was a member of the Elks in PA. He loved dogs. He was a fan of the Boston Celtics. Mr. Heinritz is survived by his daughters Patricia Cramp (David) of Winter Haven and Cynthia Ekas of Sarver, PA; son David Heinritz of Vandergrift, PA; and stepdaughter Deborah Byars (Jim) of Coraopolis, PA. He was grandfather to four: Gregory Cramp (Lisa), Riverview, FL, Bradley Cramp (Denise), Westlake Village, CA, Heidi Ekas, Sarver, PA, and Kristi Ekas, Sarver, PA. He had two step grandchildren: Ansley Esterline and Jason Santarcangelo. He was great grandfather to eight: Hayden Cramp, Ryan Cramp, Isabella Cramp, Cameron Cramp, Nicholas Cramp, Giavanna Cramp, Madison Glenn and Mickey Glenn. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings: Maurice, William, Ruth, Wayne and Nadine. He was a kind, loving father and grandparent. A private celebration of his life is to be held later by his loving family. John 3:16, John 6:47 and Psalm 86:5.
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HICKS, ENID UNICE  
ENID UNICE HICKS, 79 HAINES CITY - Enid U. Hicks passed 6/16/16. Memorial svc. 6/29/16, 1:30pm, at Silver Spring Shores Seventh Day Adventist Ch., 1345 Pine Rd., Ocala, FL. Holmes F.D.
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