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Edith Daugherty

Aug 23, 1938 - Nov 18, 2023

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Lakeland, FL

August 23, 1938 - November 18, 2023 Edith Mae Daugherty, beloved daughter, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, November 18, 2023 at the age of 85. Edith, known by most as Bonnie, was born on August 23, 1938 in River Rouge, Michigan to Hibbard J Mack and Sarah Rebecca Schuder. Bonnie was the youngest of 8 children. Growing up she had many opportunities to babysit her nieces and nephews. Aunt Bunny, as ...Read More

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Paul "Keith" Fussell

Jul 13, 1962 - Feb 16, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

» Paul "Keith" Fussell July 13, 1962 - February 16, 2024 Visitation for Keith will be on Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 10:30 -11:00am with a funeral service following at 11:00am at Mt Olive Church, Polk City. Keith will be laid to rest at Mt Olive Cemetery, Polk City after the funeral service. Paul “Keith” Fussell,61, peacefully passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024, in Lakeland, FL. Keith was born on Friday, July 13, 1962, in Lakeland to Patsy Scott and Paul Fussell. He graduated from Auburndale High School in 1980 and was a lifelong resident of Polk City. In 1998, he married Karen in Polk City. Keith worked for Intero Auto Parts for 15+ years and was owner of Circle P Landscape Inc. After selling the business, he was self-employed doing miscellaneous ranch related work and taking care of his family and cattle. Keith was man of many talents. He was the Polk County Tuffman Boxing Champion. He also coached the boys in football, becoming the Polk City Jaguar Football Champions for several seasons. He also coached them in baseball and was the Auburndale City League Champion. Keith enjoyed fishing, hunting and riding the fence lines of the ranch to check on the cows and land. Keith considered himself firm but fair. He was the rock of his family and friends. Keith is preceded in death by his mother, Patsy Jean Scott. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Karen; children; Paul Scott Fussell (Nikki), Jessica Mae Fussell, and Kyle Cronin (Katelyn); grandchildren, June, Levi, Dallie Rae, Folsom, Deladis, Luke and Amelia; father, Paul Charles Fussell (Samantha); sister, Jeana Fussell and nieces, Lyndsi, Jaylea and Corbyn. Visitation for Keith will be on Saturday, February 24, 2024 from 10:30 -11:00am with a funeral service following at 11:00am at Mt Olive Church, Polk City. Keith will be laid to rest at Mt Olive Cemetery, Polk City after the funeral service.

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Annie Cooper

Mar 25, 1925 - Feb 18, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

Annie Cooper, 98, passed away on February 18, 2024, at home. She was the widow of Raymond Cooper. They shared 43 years together. Born in Gadson, South Carolina, she was the daughter of BeAnn Shiver. She was employed at TWA and worked as a maintenance for 10 years. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, and watching baseball. She was a huge fan of the New York Mets and the Tampa Bay Rays. She is survived by her children Barbara Glover and Shirley Randolph, grandchildren, Jermain Randolph and Mandisa Glover, son-in-law Timothy Randolph. She was predeceased by her brothers Zackary Shiver, William Shiver and sister Mae Shiver. The memorial service will be held on March 2, 2024, at 10:00am at Lakeland Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens with interment at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

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Annie Cooper

Mar 25, 1925 - Feb 18, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

Annie Cooper, 98, passed away on February 18, 2024, at home. She was the widow of Raymond Cooper. They shared 43 years together. Born in Gadson, South Carolina, she was the daughter of BeAnn Shiver. She was employed at TWA and worked as a maintenance for 10 years. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, and watching baseball. She was a huge fan of the New York Mets and the Tampa Bay Rays. She is survived by her children Barbara Glover and Shirley Randolph, grandchildren, Jermain Randolph and Mandisa Glover, son-in-law Timothy Randolph. She was predeceased by her brothers Zackary Shiver, William Shiver and sister Mae Shiver. The memorial service will be held on March 2, 2024, at 10:00am at Lakeland Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens with interment at the Oak Hill Cemetery.

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Larry M. Boots

Dec 19, 1936 - Feb 14, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

Larry M. Boots, age 87, passed away peacefully in Lakeland, Florida, on February 14, 2024. He was born on December 19, 1936 in Marion, Indiana to the late Martin and Marthena (Tomlinson) Boots. After serving his country in the United States Army he returned to Marion where he owned and operated several filling stations. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM in Estates of Serenity Cemetery, 2225 S Lincoln Blvd., Marion, Indiana. Pastor Tom Mansbarger will officiate. Online condolences may be shared at www.ravenchoate.com. To to the family or in memory of Larry M. Boots, please

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Kathryn Mildred Doughty

Nov 13, 1939 - Feb 17, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

Ms. Kathryn Mildred Doughty, age 84, a resident of Lakeland, Florida passed away Saturday, February 17, 2024 at Lake Gibson Village in Lakeland. Ms. Doughty was born November 13, 1939 in Springville, Pennsylvania to Reuben Wilbur and Marie Eva (Moore) Lyman. She was a Florida resident since the 1990’s coming from Cape Charles, Virginia and a homemaker. Kathryn enjoyed knitting, painting, baking, cooking and spending time with family. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother – Charles Stanley Lyman and sister – Alice Lyman Sherman Evans. Kathryn is survived by numerous nieces, nephews & cousins. There are no services scheduled for Kathryn at this time.

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Mildred Altman

Dec 14, 1932 - Feb 16, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

Obituary information will be posted as soon as it is available. Please check back for complete and updated information. Words of comfort may be expressed by clicking “Share a Memory” link. Visitation will be at Lakeland Funeral Home, 2125 Bartow Rd Lakeland, FL 33801, on Friday, February 23, 2024 from 4 PM - 6 PM. Funeral service will be Sunday, February 25, 2024, at SouthSide Assembly Of God Church, 4750 Cleveland Heights Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33813, at 2 PM. Interment will take place on Monday, February 26, 2024 at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave Bushnell, FL 33513, at 12:30 PM.

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Mildred Altman

Dec 14, 1932 - Feb 16, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

Obituary information will be posted as soon as it is available. Please check back for complete and updated information. Words of comfort may be expressed by clicking “Share a Memory” link. Visitation will be at Lakeland Funeral Home, 2125 Bartow Rd Lakeland, FL 33801, on Friday, February 23, 2024 from 4 PM - 6 PM. Funeral service will be Sunday, February 25, 2024, at SouthSide Assembly Of God Church, 4750 Cleveland Heights Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33813, at 2 PM. Interment will take place on Monday, February 26, 2024 at Florida National Cemetery, 6502 SW 102nd Ave Bushnell, FL 33513, at 12:30 PM.

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Clara Opal Bryant

Feb 17, 1932 - Feb 15, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

Clara Opal Bryant was born on February 17, 1932, and passed peacefully into God’s loving arms on February 15, 2024, just two days shy of her 92nd birthday. She was the only daughter and second of five children born to William Franklin and Marie Richardson Bryant. She was born and raised in the Plant City area. The family moved around often as they worked for various farms and ranches during the lean years. They sometimes picked fruit in New York during Florida’s “off season”. Clara treasured growing up near her aunts, uncles and cousins and loved them all dearly. Over the years she attended many schools, most loved were Dover School and historic Turkey Creek High School. She attended Turkey Creek’s Strawberry School, of which she was a 1949 graduate. Clara was a shy natural beauty whose smile lit up a room like a ray of sunshine when she entered. She had a kind and gentle spirit and a soft-spoken personality that won over everyone she met. She was fiercely loyal, courageous and generous with a dash of “determination” thrown in for good measure. Some of that was probably God given in order for her to survive life with her four brothers, husband and daughter. While attending Turkey Creek High and First Baptist Dover, she met the love of her life, Robert Lee Weeks. They dated for a few years and were married on March 16, 1951. On November 15, 1953, their one and only child was born, daughter Sharon Ann. Robert was a farmer who grew strawberries, oranges and too many vegetables to mention. Clara was not only his beautiful wife but his best farmhand and greatest friend. Making a living as a small farmer was rough and Robert went on to work for Agrico as a dragline operator and Clara started work in the meat department at Publix Supermarket in Plant City when Sharon was 18 months old. On September 6, 1973, their first grandchild, Mylisa, was born. She was a beautiful baby, the apple of their eyes and the joy of their life! A few years later, on July 14, 1978, came a grandson, Sean. FINALLY, a boy in the family! To bookend their beautiful family came another gorgeous granddaughter, Amber, on March 4, 1980. Their joy was complete. Both Robert and Clara were able to retire with around 30 years of service each. Their lifelong dream of fishing and traveling began. Over the years, this loving, happy couple was able to visit all 50 states, usually with one or more of their grandchildren in tow. Alaska and Hawaii were the “cherries on the potato salad”. Clara was a fantastic cook and loved to feed everyone . . . way too much! She liked to eat food the way she cooked it; well-done meat and soft-cooked vegetables. She made THE BEST potato salad, chicken and dumplings, hoe cake cornbread and pecan pie, bar none! They simply cannot be duplicated. We’ve all tried! Everything was made with extra dollops of love. Clara and Robert ALWAYS had a vegetable garden. ALWAYS! Along with vegetables, she had a passion for her flower garden, especially her Amaryllis, Hydrangeas and Pineapples and loved to share them with family and friends. Bringing even more joy and love into their lives, was the addition of their great grandchildren, Mykaela, Britain, Dalton, Wyatt, Ireland and Noah. Clara was a virtuous woman in the truest sense. She was a loving wife and mother and a doting “Nanny”. Her most cherished things in life were her faith, appreciation of God’s blessings and love for her family and friends. These never changed. She was a faithful member of her beloved New Home Baptist Church, where she was active in her Sunday School class, church library and Prayer Warriors. Clara is survived by her daughter, Sharon Boltjes (Mike), grandchildren, Mylisa Epps Prieto (Jerry), Sean Benson (Katie) and Amber Benson Newberry (Joe), great grandchildren, Mykaela Shaffer, Britain Newberry, Dalton Newberry, Wyatt Newberry, Ireland Newberry and Noah Benson. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Lee Weeks, parents, William F. and Marie Bryant and brothers Johnny, Paul, Charles and Harold Bryant. Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at New Home Baptist Church, 901 N. Galloway Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810. Family Visitation - 11:15 a.m., Public Visitation - 12:00 p.m. Memorial Service at 1:00 p.m. Funeral Care & Direction is provided by Wells Memorial Funeral Home in Plant City, Florida

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Robert Frank Vlcek

Jun 09, 1930 - Feb 16, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

Robert Frank Vlcek, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, and friend, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2024, in Lakeland, Florida, at the age of 93. Born on June 9, 1930, in Silver Lake, Minnesota, Robert's journey began in the heart of Minnesota, but his zest for life and dedication to his country took him far beyond his hometown. As a young man, he bravely served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, a period that shaped much of his character and instilled in him a profound sense of duty and patriotism. Following his military service, Robert built a successful career at Abbott Laboratories in Procurement, where he was known for his strong work ethic and amiable personality. After retiring, Robert found joy in the simpler pleasures of life. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a testament to his enduring commitment to his fellow servicemen and women. An avid bowler, he could often be found perfecting his game and sharing laughs with friends at the local bowling alley. His love for gambling was another pastime that brought him excitement and joy. Robert also had a knack for tinkering in his shed, where he could spend hours on end fixing or creating things. For 24 years, Robert was a member of the Foxwood Village community, where he made countless memories and friendships that he enjoyed. He was a constant source of help among his neighbors and friends. One of his very favorite things to do was to walk or give golf cart rides around the neighborhood to his beloved granddog, Cubbie - who brought him so much joy. He is survived by his devoted wife, Ruth Vlcek, who was the cornerstone of his life. His legacy continues through his daughter, Blondie Markey of Fairfax, VA; his son, Robert F. Vlcek Jr., of Waukegan, IL; stepdaughters Lori Hernandez (David) and Lisa Chapman of Lakeland, Florida; grandchildren Elizabeth Markey (Daniel), John P. Markey (Stephanie), Tiara Lynn Vlcek, Brian Hernandez, Jason Hernandez (Hope), Jordan Hernandez (Jamie), Kaylyn Cruickshank (Christian), and Haley Wheeler; as well as his cherished great-grandchildren Declan Elliot, Owen Markey, William Markey, Colin Markey, Ryan Petry, Donovan Daniels, Ilana Daniels, Bradley Griffin, Kevin Griffin, Olivia Hernandez, Jacob Hernandez, Chloe Hernandez, Tiera Williams, and Cali Carson. Robert's life was a journey of service and commitment—a journey that has now come to a peaceful end. Services will be held at a later date at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

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Karen Lee Gary

Nov 22, 1955 - Feb 05, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

KAREN LEE GARY, “The Sunshine Girl,” 68 LAKELAND - Karen Lee Gary passed away on February 5, 2024, in Lakeland, Florida, due to Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Karen was born in Oakland, California to Dr. James Howard and Beverly Jean Plott. Her family later moved to Miami, Florida, where she grew up with her younger brother Karl and her sunshine sisters Brenda W. and Kim M. Karen graduated from Miami Norland Senior High School in 1973. Karen later moved to Lakeland, Florida, where she met her husband Doug, and they raised their family here. Karen was preceded in death by her loving husband of 36 years, Douglas A. Gary and her father, Dr. James Howard Plott, Jr. She leaves behind her two loving children Jaimi Nicole Schuh (Brad) and Brandon Lee Gary (Jessica), three amazing grandchildren: Leah, Jaidyn and Mason, brother Karl Plott, mother Beverly F. Plott and Sister-in-Law, Deborah Gary. Karen worked for Holland & Knight’s Lakeland office from 1982 until that office closed in 2006. She maintained many wonderful life-long and close friendships from that office. Doug and Karen owned and operated Statewide Building Maintenance, and Karen continued to do so after his passing. Karen also obtained her real estate license and worked for Berkshire Hathaway Real Estate from 2006 to 2023. Karen moved to Stonewater Condominiums in recent years and developed a close and loyal group of friends who enjoyed playing cards; nicknaming Karen their “Queen of Hearts.” Karen cherished most her time spent with family. She was the thread that held them tight. No event was too small for a cross-state trip to support, cheer, or console a loved one. Karen shared her joy and love with her “extended family” as well. To know Karen was to love her, for she brought out the best in everyone she met. She gracefully shared her bonds of friendships regardless of whether you only knew her a few days or several decades. While it’s impossible to list them all, some of these friends, ‘Karen’s Angels,’ Brenda W., Kim M., Brenda S., Lori H., Lauren L., Jamie A., Dunia B., Trish M., Kerstin W., Debra H. (and many others) assisted Karen’s family in caring for Karen to the very end. Karen enjoyed the beach, where she could often be found with her family and friends. Karen loved to travel and was always ready and willing to take on any adventure brought her way. She traveled with many close friends and shared her love of discovering all new things, especially sea glass and sharks’ teeth. Karen loved and lived life to the fullest in her all-too-brief time with us. She truly was a friend to all who never spoke an unkind word. She was indifferent to color, class, or creed. She leaves a legacy of love and fond memories with all who knew her. A Celebration of Karen’s Beautiful Life will be held Sunday, March 3, 2024, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at: The Magnolia Building 702 E Orange St, Lakeland, FL 33801 In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in her honor be made to the ALS Association at https://www.als.org or The ALS Association at PO Box 37022, Boone, IA 50037-0022, or by calling at 888-949-2577.

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