Miscellaneous Polk County, Florida Obituaries

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Clara B. Amos
Clara B. Amos, 77, of Haines City, died of respiratory failure on Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, in Davenport.
A native of DeKalb County, Ala., she came to the Haines City area in 1957 from Anniston, Ala. She was a homemaker, and was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George D. Amos, who died in 1975, and a daughter, Shelby Amos Walden.
She is survived by two sons, Gerald Amos and Ronnie Amos, both of Haines City; one daughter, Regina Amos of Haines City; a sister, Carolyn Parker of Alabama; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will take place Monday from 2 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m. at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City. 

Howard Clifton "Clif" Sons
Howard Clifton "Clif" Sons, 50, of Haines City, died of heart failure on Monday, Feb. 10, 2003.
He was a native of Franklin Park, Ill., who came to the area from Franklin Park in 1961. He was a retired truck broker for Normans Truck Brokers of Haines City. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clell T. Sons.
He is survived by a half-brother, Gary Sons of Tennessee.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City.

Jimmy Allen Butts
Jimmy Allen Butts, 56, of Davenport, died of heart failure on Monday, Nov. 18, 2002.
He was a native of Knoxville, Tenn., who came to the area from Knoxville in 1980. He worked for the U.S.S. Agriculture Fertilizing Company in Davenport. He was Baptist by faith.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Butts.
He is survived by his mother, Geneva I. Lively of Davenport; a son, Jimmy A. Butts Jr. of Jacksonville; three daughters, Gail McKay of Tennessee, and Marie Sigmon and Danese Combs, both of Jacksonville; seven brothers, Roy, John, Edward, Gus, Herbert and Elmer, all of Florida and Lynn of Tennessee; four sisters, Delma and Della both of Florida and Geneva and Catherine, both of Tennessee and eight grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City.

John F. Wood
John F. "Jack" Wood, 81, of Lake Wales, died of heart failure on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002.
He was a native of Newark, N.J., who came to the area from Nutley, N.J., in 1992. He was a staff clerk for New Jersey Bell Telephone Company in Nutley. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Winter Haven Honor Guard Post No. 8 and the Masonic Lodge No. 242 in Lake Wales. He was a member of the First Assembly of God in Lake Wales and an Elder for the Presbyterian Church in Newark.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry and Raymond Wood and a sister, Caroline Wood.
He is survived by his wife, Margie Collins Wood of Lake Wales; three sons, Lee and Dee Huff, both of Virginia and Wayne Mathews of Texas; two daughters, Jo Ann King of Haines City and Alie Van Huss of Virginia; a brother, Wesley Wood of Georgia; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City.
Memorial donations may be made to First Assembly of God, 1201 Burns Ave., Lake Wales, FL 33853.

Catherine E. Turner
Catherine "Pearl" E. Turner, 77, of Davenport, died of heart failure on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, in Winter Haven.
A native of Davenport, she was a lifelong resident of the area. She was a cafeteria manager for the Davenport and Dundee elementary schools. She was a member of Salem Primitive Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Russell E. Turner of Davenport; a daughter, Carolyn T. Gaffney of Winter Haven; a son, Tommy Turner of Davenport; a sister, Huldah Baugh of Winter Haven; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will take place Monday from 10 a.m. until servive time at 11 a.m. at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City. Interment will occur at Evergreen Cemetery in Davenport. Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Polk County, 555 Sage Road, Winter Haven, FL 33881.

Tillie Spears Glenn
Tillie Spears Glenn, 79, of Davenport, died of heart failure on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002.
He was a native of Rocky Ford, Ga., who came to the area from Rocky Ford in 1925. She was a homemaker. She loved to crochet, making crafts out of just about anything and to sing. She loved her dog PeeWee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Glenn; two brothers, Ellis W. Spears and Ray Spears and a sister, Virginia Granger.
She is survived by three daughters, Betty L. Chism of Pensacola, Murial E. Fender of Haines City and Carol A. Glenn of Winter Haven; a son, William T. Glenn Jr. of Davenport; four sisters, Alyce Hendrix of Okeechobee, Robbye Major of Sun Air, Peggy Todd of Auburndale and Mary Williams of Haines City; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City.

Tillie Spears Glenn
Tillie Spears Glenn, 79, of Davenport, died of heart failure on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002.
He was a native of Rocky Ford, Ga., who came to the area from Rocky Ford in 1925. She was a homemaker. She loved to crochet, making crafts out of just about anything and to sing. She loved her dog PeeWee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Glenn; two brothers, Ellis W. Spears and Ray Spears and a sister, Virginia Granger.
She is survived by three daughters, Betty L. Chism of Pensacola, Murial E. Fender of Haines City and Carol A. Glenn of Winter Haven; a son, William T. Glenn Jr. of Davenport; four sisters, Alyce Hendrix of Okeechobee, Robbye Major of Sun Air, Peggy Todd of Auburndale and Mary Williams of Haines City; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oak Ridge Funeral Care in Haines City. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City.

Mark Anthony Stellato
Mark Anthony Stellato, 45, of Waverly, died of lung cancer on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Good Shepherd Hospice in Auburndale.
A native of Worcester, Mass., he came to Waverly in 1997 from Portland, Ore. He was a professional musician and had played lead guitar for the band, "Second Nature." He was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and also of Center Point Community Church of Lake Wales.
He is survived by his parents, Salvatore and Jane Stellato, both of Lake Wales, and his fiancee, Deborah Quattlebaum of Winter Haven.
No visitation is planned. The funeral will be Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. at Cypress Ridge Presbyterian Church, 6230 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL. 

Velma B. Noles
Velma B. Noles, 94, of Davenport, died of heart failure on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002. A native of Grove Oak, Ala., she moved to this area in 1998 from Albertville, Ala. She was a retail clerk at Hammers Department Store. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Albertville. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Z. Noles. She is survived by a son, James R. ÒRandyÓ Noels of Geneva; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will take place in Alabama. Interment will be at Memory Hill Cemetery in Albertville. 

Guila L. Bower
Guila L. Bower, 82, of Haines City, died of heart failure on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002.
She was a native of Lock Haven, Pa., who came to the area from Pennsylvania this year. She was a draftswoman for Piper Aircraft Corp. in Lock Haven. She was a member of the East Main Methodist Church and Elks Auxiliary in Lock Haven.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Bower.
She is survived by a son, Albert P. Bower of Haines City; a brother, Louis Sheats of Berwick, Pa.; a sister, Dorothy Carriger of Rheems, Pa.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will take place at Yost-Gedon Funeral Home in Lock Haven, Pa.

Albert Miles Monk
Albert Miles Monk, 79, of Lake Wales, died of heart failure on Monday, Jan. 13, 2003.
He was a native of Hershey, Neb., who came to the area from Bayard, Neb., in 1959. He was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Three "C's" American Legion in Nebraska. He was president of the Top of the Hills Seniors. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Davenport where he was a teacher for Vacation Bible School.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lu Monk of Lake Wales; a daughter, Eva Marie "Gidget" Jordan of Ft. White; four sons, Albert G. Monk of Oakland, Tenn., Mark S. Monk of Davenport, Robert E. Monk of Lake Wales and Ronald "Randy" Monk of Haines City; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 110 West Maple Street in Davenport.
Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Ave., Auburndale, FL 33823 or First Baptist Church Building Fund, 110 W. Maple St., Davenport, FL 33837.

Flora Emma Brown
Flora Emma Brown, 83, of Winter Haven, died of heart failure on Friday, Sept. 27, 2002, at Tandem Health Care in Kissimmee.
A native of Meriden, Conn., she moved to the Winter Haven area in 1985 from Florida City. She was a homemaker and was employed as an inspector for Kentelco Co. and also as a secretary for Nanfito Roofing & Siding Co. in Meriden. A member of Tandem MENFA, she also was a past president of the Tandem Resident Council.
She is survived by two daughters, Bryanne Nanfito of Meriden and Claudia West of Torrington, Conn.; a sister, Myrtle Irvin of Meriden; a brother, Richard Dobratz of Cheshire, Conn.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is planned for a later date in Connecticut. 

Beverley J. Metzger
Beverley J. Metzger, 79, of Clermont, died of heart failure on Monday, Feb. 24, 2003, in Orlando.
She was a native of Williamsport, Pa., who came to the from York, Pa., in 1997. She was a sales clerk at Sea World in Orlando. She was a member of Community of Faith United Methodist Church in Davenport and Union Lutheran Church in York, where she was a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the Lioness Club, Eastern Star and the National Secretary's Association, all in York. She was also a licensed beautician and cosmetologist.
She is survived by her husband, Ira A. Metzer of Clermont; a granddaughter, Dierdre O'Neill of York; a grandson, George O'Neill of Delaware; and her loving companion, Blackie Mae.
Funeral services will be held at Community of Faith United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 2, at 4 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Community of Faith United Methodist Church, 831 Downing Circle, Davenport, FL 33837.

James Stewart Tagg
James Stewart Tagg, 77, of Orlando, died of respiratory failure on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2003, in Davenport.
He was a native of Beaver Falls, Pa., who came to the area from Louisville, Ky., in 1974. He was a retired Master Sergeant with the U.S. Air Force. He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3496.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi Mohr Tagg.
He is survived by a son, Thomas G. Tagg of Henderson, Nev.; four daughters, Deborah Ortiz of Haines City, Sandra Jordan and Beverly Johnson, both of Louisville and Dianne Wragg of Palmyra, Ind.; two step-daughters, Terri Devitt of Cheverly, Md., and Eileen Anderson of Stuart; a sister, Edith Sikich of New Brighton, Pa.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Friday at 4 p.m. at Calvery Cemetery Chapel in Freedom, Pa.

Mary E. Senay
Mary E. Senay, 59, of Haines City, died Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2002, of heart failure in Davenport.
A native of Cambridge, Mass., she came to this area in 1992 from Attleboro, Mass. She was a homemaker, and was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her son, Michael Perry of Rhode Island; four daughters, Mary Cameron of Orlando, Elaine Thiboutot, Donna Briggs, Tina Rubecka, all of Massachusetts; four brothers, Charles Velino, Lawrence Velino, William Walsh, all of Massachusetts, Gary Velino, of Florida; three sisters, Patricia Lee and Donna Velino, both of Rhode Island, Elaine Norman of Massachusetts; her stepmother, Florence Baker of Massachusetts; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A graveside funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Forest Hills Cemetery in Haines City. No visitation is planned.

Edward Joseph Kmitta
Edward Joseph Kmitta, 87, of Polk City, died of heart failure on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002.
He was a native of St. Joseph County, Ind., who came to the area 15 years ago. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marlene Ann Nowicki.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Kmitta of Polk City; a daughter, Virginia K. Gentry of Vero Beach; a son, Phillip Kmitta of LaPort, Ind.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held this morning at 10 a.m. at the Chapel of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823.

Thomas Patrick Kehoe
Thomas Patrick Kehoe, 83, of Winter Haven, died of cancer on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003, in Haines City.
He was born in Rockinghamm, Nova Scotia, Canada and moved to Miami in 1956 from Canada and then to this area in 1985.
He was once employed by Wholesome Bakery and was a fleet supervisor in Miami. He was a drill instructor in the Canadian army and a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Winter Haven. He was financial secretary for the Knights of Columbus No. 4726 in Winter Haven for 15 years. He was also a member and commander of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Color Corps. in Winter Haven for 13 years. He was a member of K of C for 46 years.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Frank and Ella Kehoe.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha "Bea" M. Kehoe of Winter Haven; two sons, Donald Kehoe of Baton Rouge and Paul Kehoe of Jensen Beach; a brother, Ralph Kehoe of Ocala; a sister Rhoda Melanson of Sackville, Canada and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 102454 Atlanta, Ga. 30368-2454.

Harold J. Sherman
Harold J. Sherman, 77, of Davenport, died of heart failure on Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, in Davenport.
A native of Hastings, Mich., he came to the Davenport area in 1977 from Sidney, Ohio. He was a pilot for Stolle Corporation. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Sidney.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Sherman, of Davenport; three daughters, Pat Ault of Midlothian, Va., Mary Lee Kopen of Orovalley, Ariz., and Carol Wilson of Mason, Ohio; a son, Jim Sherman, of Prairie Village, Kan.; a sister, Norma Nelson, of New Bern, N.C.; a brother, Junior Smith Sherman, of Hastings; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A private funeral service is planned by the family.
Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 60087, Fort Myers, FL 33902-6087.

Harold "Hal" Murnane
Harold "Hal" Murnane, 69, of Haines City, died of heart failure on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2002.
He was a native of Scranton, Pa., who came to the area from Boca Raton in 1995. He owned and operated Murnane's Furniture Store in Coral Springs before his retirement. He was the ranger and starter at Bonner Creek for Walt Disney World in Kissimmee. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Haines City. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Maryland and the Moose Lodge No. 1028 in Winter Haven.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Macci Murnane of Haines City; two sons, Hal B. Murnane, III of Severna Park, Md., and Kevin A. Murnane of Tampa; and four grandchildren.
Funeral mass will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Haines City.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 21475, St. Petersburg, FL 33742.

Andrew B. "Andy" Adams
Andrew B. "Andy" Adams, 96, of Haines City died from complications due to a stroke on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002.
He was a native of Sycamore, Ga., who moved to Haines City from Plant City in 1937. He was the owner/operator of Adams Paint & Body in Haines City. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Haines City. He was a member of the Rotary Club in Haines City for 64 years and was the Rotary Club representative to Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of American Troop 153.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bettye Adams.
He is survived by a son, Bill B. Adams of Haines City; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City.
Memorial donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 104 Scenic Highway, Haines City, FL 33844.

Aaron C. Sharp
Aaron C. Sharp, 73, of Davenport, died of heart failure on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002.
A native of East Liberty, Ohio, he came to the area in 1993 from Ohio. He was a minister with First United Methodist Church. He was an officer of the Heart of Florida Ministerial Association. He was a former Haines City Chamber of Commerce board member.
He is survived by his wife, Nyla G. Sharp of Haines City; a daughter, Bonita G. Sharp of Lake Wales; a son, Grant M. Sharp of Woodbridge, Va.; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.
Memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 21 S. Second St., Haines City, FL 33844. 

Esta I. Slusher
Esta I. Slusher, 83, of Lakeland, died of heart failure on Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at her residence.
A native of Wakefield, Ohio, she moved to the Lakeland area in 1975 from Ohio. She was a homemaker and of the Methodist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Afa Slusher; her sisters, Etha Simpson, Zelma Bradley, Goldie Baldwin, Ida Shipley, Louella Starcher and Mabel Bond; and her brothers, Oliver Starcher and Everett Starcher.
She is survived by her nieces, Margaret Beckman of Westerville, Ohio, and Patty McLaughlin of Newmans Town, Pa.; a great-nephew, Michael Beckman, of Westerville; and a great-niece, Connie Radcliff, also of Westerville.
No visitation is planned. A graveside service will be conducted today at 4:30 p.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery in Haines City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Janet Lyn Watts
Janet Lyn Watts, 52, of Bishopsthorpe, United Kingdom, died of a stroke on Friday, Oct. 25, 2002, while on vacation in Celebration.
She was a homemaker. She was formerly a French teacher who spoke five languages. She was a member of St. Andrews Church in York, U.K.
She is survived by her husband, Deryck Watts, of Bishopsthorpe; four daughters, Sarah Belcher of Redding, U.K., and Emily Watts, Helen Watts and Olivia Watts, all of York; and a son, Graham Watts of York.

Marshall Stafford
Marshall Stafford, 87, of Davenport, died of heart failure on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2002.
A native of Muncie, Ind., he came to the Davenport area in 2002 from Muncie. He was a custodian in the public school system in Indiana. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific conflict. He was a member of the American Legion and the Eagle Lodge in Muncie, Ind.
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Stafford, of Davenport; three daughters, Debbie Harshbarger of Davenport, Sara Adams of Carmel, Ind., and Bettie Foltz of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two sisters, Katherin Frost of Parish and Kathline Hunt of Anderson, Ind.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Irene Smith
Irene Smith, 65 of Burnhouse, Scotland, U.K. died of heart failure on Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, in Orlando. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Alex, John and Robert Mundt.
She is survived by her husband, Muir Smith of Burnhouse, Scotland; three daughters, Irene Foulger, Rosemary Kavanaugh and Kathleen Paton, all of Scotland; a son, John Smith of Scotland; a sister, Rosemary Connolly of Scotland and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date in Scotland.

William T. Wall Jr.
William T. Wall Jr., 76, of Davenport, died of heart failure on Friday, Jan. 10, 2003, in Davenport.
A native of Baltimore, he came to the Davenport area in 1993 from Punta Gorda. He was a retired bus driver for the Charlotte County School System. He was of the Lutheran faith. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served in World War II and during the Korean Conflict.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Cameron Wall, who died in 1999.
He is survived by a son, Bradley A. Wall, of Clermont; and a daughter, Melody Swiegert, of Oviedo; and three grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10006.


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