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H. EDWARD GANDY, 74 DIRECTOR OF PARKS AND RECREATION CITY OF LAKELAND Lakeland- H. Edward Gandy, 75, of Lakeland passed away on April 17, 2014 due to heart failure. H. Ed Gandy was born at Bartow Memorial Hospital on August 14, 1939. He moved to Lakeland in 1944 and attended Lake Morton Elementary, Lakeland Jr. High, and Lakeland Sr. High School. He graduated with the class of 1958. He graduated from FSU with a B.S. in Parks and Recreation. He was an avid Florida State fan. He was the Director of Parks and Recreation in Dunedin, FL for 5 years. He returned to Lakeland to be the Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation for the city of Lakeland. When Joker Merchant retired Ed became the Director. He retired in 1993 after working with the City for 23 years. The City Commission honored Ed by naming the new city pool the "Ed Gandy Pool". During his time with the City he was on the Board of Directors of the Boys Club and The Board of Directors of Santa Fe High School. Upon retiring, he moved to Bimini, Bahamas where he built a home and enjoyed fishing every day. Ed's family were early pioneers in Polk county settling and homesteaded in Connersville in 1861. The burial will be at the Gandy Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in the county. It is on Gandy Cemetery Rd off Highway 60. He was preceded in death by his father H.R. "Buddy"Gandy and mother Ruth Culpepper Gandy. He is leaving his wife, Barbara Brantley Gandy; his daughter Elisa Gandy Osborne; son Robert E. Gandy; sister Patti Gandy Keene; brother Robert W. Gandy of Crystal Rivers; and his grandchildren -Haley and Hunter Osborne and Jake and Jordan Gandy. A viewing will be held on Tuesday April 22, 2014 from 5-7 pm at Heath Funeral Chapel in the Tribute Center. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday April 23, 2014 at 10 am at Gandy Cemetery in Bartow. Memorial donations may be sent to All Children's Hospital in the name of Dalton Glass. 501 6th Ave South, St. Pete, FL 33701. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heathfuneralchapel.com Read Obituary
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MABLE LUCILLE SHAW GRAY, 86 WINTER HAVEN - Mable Lucille Shaw Gray, 86, of Winter Haven died of respiratory failure and went to be with the Lord on April 18, 2014, She was born in Guin, Alabama on November 13, 1927. She was the firstborn of parents, Flem Hollis Shaw and Essie Berryhill Shaw. She graduated from Tift County High School in 1947 and started her career as a Southern Bell telephone operator the same year. On August 31, 1968, Mable married William "Bill" Burton Gray, Jr. They moved to Haines City, Florida. Mable and Bill loved to travel and visited Mexico, Switzerland, England, France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Bahamas and Aruba, as well as many locations in the states. One of their favorite destinations was Las Vegas and they spent most of their anniversaries there. Having grown up as a farmer's daughter, Mable never lost her love of the soil and loved to work in her garden on Paradise Island. She could grow almost anything and her flowers were spectacular. She was an active member in her local Garden Club. She was interested in creating beauty, whether through fashion, interior design or gardening. Mable never left her home without looking her very best. She loved to shop and always had the latest fashions. She was a wonderful cook and was eager to try the latest recipes, as well as the good Georgia southern foods she had grown up with. Mable was predeceased by her parents, 2 brothers, Leon and Roland Shaw and 2 sisters, Edith Shaw Marchant and Faye Shaw Tolbert. She is survived by her husband of almost 46 years, Bill Gray; son, Mike Smith; daughter, Tammas (Gilbert) Smith; sister, Adele (James) Pitts and many nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all. Services will be held at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City, FL on Monday, April 21, 2014. Visitation will be at 1PM with the Funeral Service to follow at 2pm. Condolences may be sent to oakridgefuneralcare.com . Read Obituary
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ROY WILLIAM HEATON, 83 Union Carbide WINTER HAVEN - Roy William Heaton, 83, born November 4, 1930 in Dorset, OH, died of cancer Thursday March 27, 2014 in Winter Haven, FL. Preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Helen (Bolte) Heaton; Uncles Marvin, Clarence, & Earl K. Heaton. Survived by his wife Shirley (Frantz) Heaton, whom he married April 14, 1956 in Bristolville, OH; children Kevin (Kelly) Heaton of Reynoldsburg, OH and Pam (Scott) Bailey of Frisco, TX; grandchildren Kyle, Kendall & Kori Heaton; brother Ray (Kathy) Heaton of Wauchula, FL; sisters Louise (Herman) Fiest of Geneva, OH and Marie (Howard, deceased) Broughton of Andover, OH; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He was a Korean War Army veteran on active duty from May 1951 to February 1953 and was awarded the Purple Heart on Sept. 13, 1952. He continued service in the Army reserves as sergeant first class until February 1958. Roy started working for Union Carbide in 1953 and retired as Plant Manager from their West Mifflin, PA plant in 1984. After living 7 years in Florence, SC. Roy and Shirley moved to Haines City, FL and became residents of Plantation Landings and members of Winter Haven Baptist Church. As a follower of Christ, Roy lived as a godly example to his family and friends by serving others. Known as an all-around handyman, he spent most of his time fixing sprinkler heads, door locks, light fixtures, clogged drains, screen doors & windows and anything else in the park that required a tool to fix. As a longtime member of his church, he became known as "The #1 Bus Driver" for many of their Sunday School class and church trips, and served as an usher for many years as well. He was a faithful husband, loving father, proud grandfather and trusted friend. He will be missed by all. A memorial service will take place at 11:00 AM April 26, 2014 at Winter Haven Baptist Church, 1500 Dundee Road, Winter Haven, FL 33884. In lieu of flowers, you may choose to make a donation in Roy's memory to the Winter Haven Baptist Church, Ecuador Mission Fund. This will help with construction of a church in Ecuador. Read Obituary
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