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BARNES, ELIZABETH LORRAINE (COLLINS)  
ELIZABETH LORRAINE (COLLINS) BARNES, 93 LAKELAND - Elizabeth Lorraine (Collins) Barnes born 11/10/21 in Polk County, FL, transitioned to her heavenly home on Friday 8/21/15. Leaving to cherish her memory are her son Malcolm (Mike) (Maudi), grandsons Michael (Mike) (Brandi) and Robert (Rob), granddaughters Kimberly, Cindy & Amy and 6 great grandchildren & 2 great -great grandchildren and a host of loving relatives. There will be a memorial service held in her honor on Saturday, 8/29/15 at 10:00 am at Lanier Funeral Home, 717 Griffin Rd., Lakeland, FL. In lieu of flowers the family request donations in her honor to Ardella Baptist Church, 709 West Pipkin Rd., Lakeland, FL 33813.
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Published in Ledger from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2015
BURRIS, DR. MALCOLM B.  
DR. MALCOLM B. BURRIS, 97 LAKELAND - Dr. Malcolm B. Burris, Age 97, passed away on August 22, 2015. Malcolm was born January 28, 1918, in Liberty, Mississippi and grew up to age twelve in the Mississippi Delta. He then moved with his family back to Amite County, in southwest Mississippi and graduated from Liberty, MS high school at age 16. He graduated first in his class at Mississippi College and second in his class at Tulane Medical School. Malcolm served in the Navy during WW II as the chief medical officer aboard Destroyer Maddox DD731 in the South Pacific. Malcolm remained in the Navy reserve after the war and retired as a Commander. He enjoyed traveling to the annual reunions of his shipmates. They honored him with a special dedication ceremony in 1993 and thanked him for his positive influence on their lives. Malcolm returned to Tulane Medical School in New Orleans after the war for his residency in Hematology and Internal Medicine. He then spent a few years on the staff at Ochsner Clinic. He, his wife Sara and children, moved to Lakeland where he joined the Watson Clinic as the fifteenth partner in 1958. He retired in 1989. He enjoyed spending time with his good friend Carl Warnock playing tennis and outdoors with his hunting companions both human and canine. He spent many years practicing martial arts and achieved the rank of San Dan in Yoshukai Karate. Malcolm was active and committed member of the 1st Presbyterian Church in Lakeland. He is preceded in death by his parents Joe Addison and Madge Hall Burris; sisters, Mary Burris Green, Burmah Burris and Barbara Burris Richey; and brother, Joe A. Burris, Jr. Malcolm is survived by his wife of 66 years, Sara; his son, Brent Burris (Ginny) and his daughter, Barbara Burris Stevens; along with six grandchildren, Gabriel, Andrea, Grant and Austin Stevens and Aubrey and Gigi Burris. Malcolm was a devoted husband and father who always thought of other's concerns, a true southern gentleman. His kindness, wisdom and generosity will be missed by all that knew him. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caregivers who provided excellent care in the final passage of Malcolm's life including Charles and Charlene, Shannon, Kristen, Kathy, and Karla. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the SPCA of Lakeland, 5850 S. Brannen Road, Lakeland, Fl. 33813. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com .
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Published in Ledger from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2015
CRAIG, ROBERT P. "BOB"  
ROBERT P. 'BOB' CRAIG, 92 WINTER HAVEN - Robert P. 'Bob' Craig, loving husband and father passed away August 21, 2015. He was born Jan. 14, 1923 in Yatesboro, Pa. to James and Pearl Craig. He grew up in Indiana, PA and upon graduating from high school he entered the University of Virginia. While there and with World War II going on, he was chosen to be a part of the Marine Corps SOCS for office training. After bring commissioned he was sent to the Pacific as a Rifle Platoon Leader and was in the invasion of Okinawa. After 51 days on battle he was wounded and spent a year in the Naval Hospitals. He was awarded the Purple Heart. In 1946 he and Jean were married and Bob returned to the Univ. of Virginia Law School, graduating in 1949. They moved to St. Petersburg where he began his career in the Title Insurance business. Is St. Petersburg Bob was President of the West Coast Title Company. He served on the City's Economic Council and was a member of the Planning Commission. He was president of the Lakewood Country Club. He also served as President of the Florida Land and Title Assoc. and was chosen 'Title Man of the Year' in 1967. In 1972 they moved to Winter Haven where he joined the Lawyer's Title Ins. Corp. retiring in 1988. Bob loved to golf and fish. He also built beautiful ship models. After retirement he and Jean traveled extensively and visiting our beautiful country and most of the world. He was a loyal member of Hope Presbyterian Church and Lake Region CC. He is survived by his only brother, James S. Craig, Franklin , N.C. his wife Jean, two beautiful daughters Nancy and Elaine and their spouses Richard Dowdy and Ken Wides, 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He will always be remembered as a true gentleman, soft spoken, always busy and loved life. We especially want to thank Wedgewood of Winter Haven for their special loving care. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday Sept. 2nd at 11am. at Hope Presbyterian Church. No Flowers per family request.
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Published in Ledger from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015
CRUZ, FELIPE CALLEJAS  
FELIPE CALLEJAS CRUZ, 48 BARTOW - Felipe Callejas Cruz, 48 passed away Mon. 7/27/15 in Brooksville. Funeral mass will be 8/26 at 3:00pm at Centro Guadalupe Catholic Mission in Wahneta.
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DICKERSON, GEORGE DONALD  
GEORGE DONALD DICKERSON, 82 WINTER HAVEN - George Dickerson, 82, passed away 8/23/15. Visitation 11:30 - 12:30, 8/26/15 at Oak Ridge FH. Graveside Serv. 1:00pm, at Rolling Hills Cemetery.
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Published in Ledger from Aug. 25 to Aug. 26, 2015
GARRETT, LINDA A.  
LINDA A. GARRETT, 71 BARTOW - Linda A. Garrett passed away on August 21, 2015. Memorial Service to be at a later date.
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HAWKINS, KEITH ALLEN - Mulberry  
KEITH ALLEN HAWKINS, 77 LAKELAND - Keith Allen Hawkins, 77, of Lakeland, passed away on Sunday August 23, 2015, from respiratory failure after a battle with lymphoma. Keith was born in St. Petersburg, May 30, 1938, the son of the late John Kenneth and Leathy Hawkins. He graduated from Mulberry High School, in 1956, and Brevard Community College. He also attended the University of Central Florida. He married Shirley Wallace on January 19, 1961. He was a Christian and a active member of Highlands Church of Christ and served as an elder at the Central Church of Christ in Cocoa, Florida for many years. Keith served in the Navy. He retired from Bendix Field Engineering after 41 years of service in the aerospace industry including spaceflight tracking. He enjoyed automobiles, racing, photography, jazz, DIY projects, and time with his family in Tennessee. He is survived by his brother, Jerry (Helen) Hawkins; two daughters, Lorrie (Darrell) Petree and Cindy (Scott) Charlton; five grandchildren, Stephanie (John) Abel, Brittany Charlton, Courtney Petree, Christopher Charlton, and Alyssa Charlton; two great grandchildren, Mali Cunningham and Amelia Abel; three nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Mount Dora Children's Home, 301 W 13th Avenue, Mt. Dora, Fl. 32757. The family will receive friends Thursday August 27, 2015 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Seigler Funeral Home-1300 Hwy. 60. E. Mulberry, Fl. 33860. Funeral services will be held Friday August 28, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. at Seigler Funeral Home.
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Published in Ledger from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015
HAYES, ALLAN C.  
ALLAN C. HAYES, 84 WINTER HAVEN - Allan C. Hayes, 84, Winter Haven, Florida, went home to be with the Lord on August 14, 2015 after battling cancer. He was born on December 26, 1930 in St. Clair, Michigan, to Allan and Katie Hayes. Al attended schools in Port Huron, Michigan and served in the U.S. Navy on the aircraft carrier The USS Coral Sea. He was a successful businessman, establishing and running DACA, Inc., a brass foundry in Marysville, Michigan, for many years. Al married Ettie B. Hill on December 6, 1952, and together they raised six children. Al was an avid golfer and loved to ballroom dance. He was a member of Parkland Baptist Church and was actively involved in local and foreign mission projects. Al was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Wesley and Ervin, sisters Laura Roskey, Lillian Ellis, and Phyllis Rands, wife Ettie, and grandson Jason Heath. He is survived by his children Alan Heath, Davison, Michigan, Michael Heath, Maureen Heath, Daniel and Bethanne Carr, Susanne Hayes, and Kathleen Hayes, all of Winter Haven, FL, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and by his dear friend, Jean Williams of Winter Haven. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, August 28, at 11 am at Parkland Baptist Church, 1800 8th St. SE, Winter Haven, FL 33880. Interment will take place at Lakeside Cemetery in Port Huron, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Parkland Baptist Church or The Mission for the homeless, 180 E Central Ave, Winter Haven, FL 33880. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.oakridgefuneralcare.com .
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Published in Ledger from Aug. 26 to Aug. 27, 2015
HAZLETT, ELLEN P. - Lake Wales  
ELLEN P. HAZLETT, 80 LAKE WALES - Ellen P. Hazlett, 80, of Lake Wales, Florida departed this life on August 23, 2015 at her home, after battling cancer. Ellen was born on March 6, 1935 in Northville, Michigan. She attended the local schools and graduated from Northville High School in 1953. She was married in 1953 and the couple moved to Ft. Belvoir, VA. The Hazlett's moved to Florida in 1957 and resided in Eau Gallie until 1964, when they moved to Lake Wales. Ellen retired after 35 years from Polk County School Board as the Principal's Secretary at Polk Avenue Elementary. She then opened ThreadBear Wearabouts Custom Embroidery. Ellen was a devoted wife of 62 years, a loving mother and grandmother. She touched many lives with her many and varied interests and talents. She loved helping others and did so as often as possible. She founded a 4-H club based at the school where she worked, exposing children to a wide variety of lessons and experiences. She enjoyed wood working, as well as folk art painting. Many of her seasonal pins are still worn by teachers throughout Lake Wales. She was an accomplished seamstress and avid quilter. She was a member of a local quilting organization. She enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Many area children who knew Ellen and her grandchildren, called her 'Meena' like her grandchildren did. She is preceded in death by her parents, D.J. and Pearl Stark, her brother, John W. Stark, her son, David J. Hazlett, and her daughter, Mary Ellen Hazlett Brimlow. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, David G. Hazlett, her daughter, Suzanne K. Hazlett, her son, John D. Hazlett and his wife Julie T. Hazlett and her daughter in law, H. Jean Hazlett. She was blessed with six grandchildren, Becky Hendry, Derrick Luke, Jason Amerson, Daniel Hazlett, Christen Lewis Fowler and M. Ryan Carpenter. She also enjoyed 11 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at Marion Nelson Funeral Home in Lake Wales at 7:00 PM on Friday, August 28, 2015. A time of visitation with family will precede the service beginning at 6:00 PM. There will be a gathering of friends and family at Ellen's home on Saturday, August 29 from noon until 3:00 PM. All are invited to stop by and share memories with the family. The family is requesting that donations be made to Good Shepherd Hospice in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be sent to the family and the webcast of the service can be viewed live at www.marionnelsonfuneralhome.com Marion Nelson Funeral Home handling arrangements.
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HERSCHEL, PHILLIP WILLIAM - Bradenton  
PHILLIP WILLIAM HERSCHEL, 93 SARASOTA - Phillip William Herschel, 93, passed away Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 in Sarasota, FL. He was born on April 11, 1922 in St. Joseph, MO. He served in World War II as a Naval Pilot with the rank of Lieutenant. He flew Hellcats and Torpedo bombers off of aircraft carriers during the war. After the war, he returned home to St. Louis where he met the love of his life, 'Jeannie' Barrett at the Chase Park Plaza. He attended St. Louis University where he majored in English. He then went on to work in the automotive industry in 1951. He later became co-owner of Town and Country Ford in Clayton. In 1975, he moved his family to Sarasota, FL. He co-owned Herschel Buick-Pontiac in Bartow, FL. He lived in that area for 18 years before returning to Bradenton-Sarasota, in 2003. He was predeceased by his wife, 'Jean' of 61 years in 2007. Survivors include his four children: Gary (Cindy), St Louis, MO; Randi (Mike) White, Sanford; Phillip (Janice), Bradenton; Salle House, Sarasota. Nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Private funeral service held Thursday, August 27th. Covell Funeral Home, 4232 26th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205.
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