Lualben “Lu”-Files-Obituary

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Lualben “Lu” I. Files

1937 - 2020

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Lu was a friend and next door neighbor and an all around delightful guy. Always cheerful with nothing but kind words to say about everyone and
and everything in life. He never had a bad day, always optimistic and upbeat. We were fortunate to call Lu our friend. He made the world a better place. Our heartfelt sympathy and love for our dear friend Betty and her family are with them during this time of sadness.

We have such wonderful memories of Lu. He was a selfless, giving person, always willing to help, not seeking credit for all his generous acts. We so appreciate all he did for the Manatee High football program and sports booster group. Lu loved our community, his church and cared about the quality of our county's educational system. Lu was no doubt welcomed into Heaven with "Well done, good and faithful servant." Love and Peace to Lu's family.

Our sympathy to Betty and family. Remember him as a fine person and Kiwanian!

My sincerest condolences to you Betty and your family and friends. I pray you all grieve as needed and find peace as the Lord will allow you. Sure going to miss Lu, what a pleasure to be neighbors with you both.

Betty,my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.We have missed both of you immensely since you had to leave water aerobics.Fondly,Sherry

Sending heartfelt condolences to Betty and Extended family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

We knew Lu many years ago from school. He was always such a happy
person. Know you have wonderful memories of him. He is happy and
free now and you have a new angel taking care of you.
Thinking of your family, Glenda Jo and Don LeFever

Lu was the heart and soul of our water aerobics class. His sparkling blue eyes and ready smile will be truly missed. Thoughts and prayers to Betty and the family.

With Deepest Sympathy. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Lu was such a kind and generous man.


Lualben “Lu”'s Obituaries

Lualben “Lu” Irving Files 82, Bradenton, passed away May 25, 2020. He was born June 10, 1937 to Alfred M. and Thelma (Bailey) Files. He is survived by wife, Betty G. Files; son, Troy Files (Brian Clark); daughter, Tammy Files Powers (Kevin Powers) and four grandchildren, Bailey, Hannah, Connor and Logan Powers. Lu was born in East Weymouth, MA and later moved to Orlando, FL. After meeting his wife, Betty, they chose to move to Bradenton. He and Betty would have been married for 62 Years in June. Lu served four years in the United States Marine Corps. After moving to Manatee County in 1963, Lu began a career in sales, working for McKesson & Robbins, Brown & Biglow and Foster Grant. Lu met and developed many lifetime business associates and many lifelong friends. He started his own business, Advertising Specialties and Promotions also known as (ASAP!) Building his specialty business, he won the small business of the year award in 2004. He was a great supporter of Manatee High School football, setting the standard for the Friday Night Press Box. Lu also enjoyed fishing and volunteering within the community. He took pride in instilling these activities and values in his grandchildren. Lu was an active member of several community organizations in Manatee County, especially with the Kiwanis Club of Bradenton, where he served as President and was later inducted as a lifetime member. He was active in creating the K-Kids and Builders Club programs in many of the local area schools. Lu was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he was involved in many activities. After moving to Braden Castle in 2012, he became a member of the Manatee United Methodist Church where he continued to enjoy the fellowship of many friends. He volunteered extensively with the American Cancer Society, the Boys & Girls Club, Meals on Wheels, Southeastern Guide Dogs Association, Leadership Manatee, and Boy Scouts of America. As a prominent member of the community, Lu was selected to carry the Olympic torch through Manatee County for the 1996 Olympics Torch Relay. After a 10 year battle with Alzheimer’s, Lu succumbed to the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Memorial Service will be 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Manatee United Methodist Church, 315 15th St E, Bradenton, FL 34208. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be made to

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