Heath Funeral Chapel & Crematory
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Lakeland, FL

LAKELAND - Girard Gartrell Etheridge III, passed away on November 14, 2015, at Lakeland Regional Health.
Girard was born October 7, 1958, in Lakeland, Florida. He lived in Lakeland his entire life. He attended Lakeland High School. While growing up in Lakeland he was very active in the Boy Scouts and both school and community sports; playing football and little league baseball as catcher. He was recognized as one of the outstanding players year after year in Little League. He also enjoyed fishing, especially spending summers at New Smyrna Beach going deep sea fishing on charter boats with his Father, Grandfather and Uncle. His love for fishing continued throughout his lifetime as he was fishing the weekend before his passing. He loved being with his friends on the water fishing at Lake Wales Camp Mack.
Girard traveled to Australia, Egypt, Israel, Holy Land, and Europe, in addition to traveling across America.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Foehl Etheridge, maternal grandparents, Ethelyn and Elmer Foehl and paternal grandparents, Frances and Girard G. Etheridge, Sr. and his beloved pet, Miss Lady, an English Pitbull dog.
Girard is survived by his father, Girard G. 'Jerry' Etheridge, Jr., sister and brother in law, Ruth E. and Brian Gardner, and cousins, Lynne Etheridge and Karl Straussburg.
Girard's family thanks the medical team at Lakeland Regional Health for their loving care.
A memorial service for Girard will be held on Thursday, November 19 at First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, with Visitation in the Parlour at 1:00 PM, followed by the Service in the Chapel at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow the service at Oak Hill Cemetery, Lakeland.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA of Lakeland, 5850 Brannen Road S., Lakeland, FL 33813, or First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, FL, 33801.
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Published by The Ledger from Nov. 18 to Nov. 19, 2015.
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See you in Heaven good friend to Kenny and I for many years...
Mary Brown-Bowman
November 13, 2019
Girard and my husband Kenny Brown were best buddies. Kenny died 1997. We always had a lot of good times. I was so sorry to hear about Girard. Lots of love and prayers for the Etheridge family
mary lee brown-bowman
December 21, 2015
Offer my Condolences, to Etheridge Family.Girard and I dated , when we were Teens.lost Contact over the years, but I know you will truly be all who loved you!
Jeri Franklin Cordell
December 13, 2015
As long time neighborhood occupants, the Lees family sends our condolences to the entire Etheridge family who have embraced the neighborhood since the early 60's.
May peace be with you.
The Lees Family
December 8, 2015
I grew up with Girard as kids 1 block away.
Always quite and loving. Your friendship will be remembered and cherished.
Prayers and much love to the family.
Tommy Cook
November 23, 2015
Jerry and Ruth, I am so sorry to hear about Girard. Prayers for your family and friends.
Lisa Martin
November 19, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of my friend and fellow fisherman. We fished the last two years at Lake Kissimmee. He put me on the Shellcracker. We spoke numerous times of our love of God. I am confident that Girard is looking down on us.Fair winds and following seas my friend.
Worth Hall
Brooksville, FL
November 18, 2015
I am so sorry about the loss of your son, Gerry. I know your heart breaks for him. God has given you great strength in your sorrow for Ruth and Girard. Hold fast to your faith in God, for God is your rock and Redeemer.
Rosie Helms
November 18, 2015
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