Christopher William Falletta

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Christopher William Falletta LAKELAND, Fla. - Christopher William Falletta, 32, died July 2nd, 2014, from accidental drowning. Christopher was a Lakeland, FL, resident, but had been residing for six years in Gainesville, FL, then for the last four years had been living in the Apopka/Altamonte Springs, FL, area. Christopher went to Meadowfield Grade School in Columbia, SC, and Hand Middle School also in Columbia before moving back to Florida to live with his father. He graduated from George Jenkins High School where he was very active in FFA and was a two-time president of that chapter. He loved music and was an accomplished trombone player in the band. He later took up the guitar. After graduation from high school he started his post high school career at Polk State College before moving on to the University of Florida from which he graduated with a BS in Food and Resource Economics. He was an active member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity where his skill at smoking pork butt was well appreciated by his chapter brothers. He was an avid fisherman, duck hunter, musician & singer and of course a devoted Gator Fan. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Betty Wasner & Joseph Falletta; his paternal great-grandmother, Ruby Norris; his maternal great-grandparents, Chief Oliver Tucker & Vada (Big Mama) Tucker; his beloved uncle, Victor Wasner; his great-grandfather, Henry Wasner & wife Wilhemina; and his maternal stepgrandfather, Howard Kilgore. He is survived by his mother, Kathryn Bendeck (Dr. John) of Columbia, SC; father, David Falletta(Crystal) of Lakeland, FL; brother Alexander Falletta(Gina) of Elgin SC; sister Kaitlynn Falletta of Lakeland, FL; paternal grandfather, Judge William Norris of Manhattan, NY; paternal great aunt, Ann Norrris Parker of Indio, CA; maternal grandmother, Mary Frances Kilgore of Bartow, FL; nieces, Saylor and Finley Falletta of Elgin, SC. He is also survived by his uncles, Jay Carlton from the Brandon area of Florida, Gary Falletta of Lakeland, FL, Ben Kilgore from Bartow, FL, and William Norris III from the Orlando area. His surviving aunts are Lori Carlton and Melinda Ussery of Bartow, FL. He had numerous cousins including J.R., Shauna, Abbey, Shelby, Nicholas and Nate. He was also survived by numerous second cousins, Tyler, Micah, Devin, Jarin, Mattie, Doug Parker and Donna Jadamec. Also surviving Chris are his significant other, Ashley Goebel of Apopka, FL, and her loving and supporting father, Dr. Jay Goebel. Everyone was his friend, and he knew no enemies. He will be deeply missed by all. Funeral service was held by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Hwy. 98 South, Lakeland, FL, on July 7th, 2014. To end with Chris' favorite quote: "Love yamean it."
Funeral Home
Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes - Northside Chapel
5245 US Highway 98 N Lakeland, FL 33809
(863) 858-4474
Funeral Home Details
Published in The State on July 24, 2014
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