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Susan Layton

Dec 20, 1958 - Nov 27, 2023

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Lakeland, FL

Susan Layton, age 64, of Lakeland, Florida passed away on Monday, November 27, 2023. Susan was born in Plant City, Florida. A visitation for Susan will be held on Saturday, December 2, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Wells Memorial Funeral Home, Plant City, Florida, followed by a funeral service at 11:00 AM.Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www. WellsMemorial. com for the Layton family.

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Norma Jean Hercamp

Jul 24, 1933 - Feb 18, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

"Norma Jean Hercamp, born on July 24, 1933, in Bedford, Indiana, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2024, in Lakeland, Florida. She was a beloved wife to Bob Hercamp (deceased) and a cherished mother to her daughters Tammy Barnes and Sherry Murphy. Norma was also a doting grandmother to her grandchildren Amy Shields, Samuel Jinright, and Spencer Hercamp as well as eight great-grandchildren. Norma\u0027s life was one of love and devotion. She met the love of her life at a young age and they were happily married for 40 years. Norma was the foundation of her family. She will be dearly missed. To the world, you are a mother, but to your family, you are the world.”- Emily Dickinson"

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Freddie C. Lee

May 31, 1955 - Feb 11, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

"Freddie C. Lee, 68, beloved father, papa, brother \u0026amp; uncle, passed away on Sunday, February 11th, 2024. Freddie was born in Waycross, GA to Caroll Lee and Mary Lumley on May 31st, 1955. The family moved to Lakeland, FL when Freddie was a teenager. Freddie graduated from Kathleen High School in 1973. He held many trades to include train operator at the phosphate mines and later an industrial electrician in which he traveled the southeast and southwest working in the trade. Freddie enjoyed racing cars in his early days. He loved fishing, NASCAR, gardening, his beloved dogs and most importantly his family. Freddie was of Baptist faith. Freddie is proceeded in death by his father Carroll Lee, his mother Mary Lumley, and his stepfather Billy Lumley. He leaves behind three kids: Alan Lee (Melissa), Frank Lee (Beth) and Shannon Lee (Mike); brother Bruce Lee; sister Brenda George; three grandchildren: Dustin, Christy, and Gunner; two great grandchildren with one on the way; and his beloved dog, Bo. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 1, 2024 from 10:00-11:00 AM, with a memorial service to follow at 11:00 AM, at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Serenity Gardens Chapel. Flowers can be sent to Gentry- Morrison at Serenity Gardens or in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Polk County SPCA or American Heart Association."

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Victor “Vic” Puhak

Apr 30, 1937 - Feb 18, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

"Victor “Vic” Puhak Lakeland – Victor “Vic” Puhak, 86, passed away Feb. 18, 2024. Vic was born in Hazleton, Pennsylvania on April 30, 1937. He served in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. His career was in machining where he was a Master Machinist. Vic was active in a number of civic groups including: The Moose Lodge, Knights of Columbus, VFW, American Legion and the DAV. He also was a lifetime member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Vic was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Puhak; son, John D. Puhak, as well as his siblings. He is survived by his sons, Victor E. (Marlene) Puhak and Gene M. (Christie) Puhak; 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 10-11 am, followed by an 11 am service at Gentry Morrison Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Road, Lakeland, FL 33801. Interment with military honors will be in Florida National Cemetery on Monday 2/26 at 1PM."

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Chitranjan Patel

May 06, 1948 - Feb 11, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

"Chitranjan \u0026quot;CR\u0026quot; Patel May 6, 1948 - February 11, 2024 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of Chitranjan Patel on February 11th, 2024. Survived by wife Damini Patel, cherished father of Lee Allen, Sunita Patel and Anil Patel. Seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Chitranjan will be sadly missed by all who touched him. Funeral service will be held at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home Serenity Gardens Chapel on February 22, at 11AM followed by Cremation. PLEASE NO FLOWERS.. Please consider donations to St. Jude Children\u0027s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or www.stjude.org"

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Diana Marie Lanning

Apr 13, 1958 - Feb 13, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

"Diana Marie Lanning of Lakeland, FL, passed away on February 13, 2024, at the age of 65. She was born in 1958 in McClellandtown, PA and moved to Lakeland 51 years ago at the age of 14. Diana\u0027s greatest accomplishment in life was her family. She loved caring for others and loved her time working as a home care nurse. Diana loved all animals especially cats and dogs, she would feed and care for any stray that came her way. Upon entering her home, you could see the love she had for her family and friends by all the pictures sitting around that she had collected through the years. She also enjoyed taking pictures anytime she was around family to have for memories. Diana had a passion for collecting lighthouses and cat figurines. Diana is survived by her son Harold Lanning III (Melissa), grandson Harold IV, granddaughter Jeanie, her sisters Barbara Smith, Anne Staley (George), nieces Toni Morris (Adam), Teri K., great nephew\u0027s Levi Seger and Gabe, brothers James Savage, John Byers, Robert Chopper Byers, William Screech Byers, multiple nieces and nephews, and her longtime partner of 20 years, Loron Brunk. Diana was preceded in death by her father Orthnile Byers and mother Dorothy Savage, brother\u0027s Raymond Smoke Byers, Glenn P.D. Byers, Allen Byers, Orthnile Hawk Byers, and her brother-in-law Bobby Smith (Barbara). Family will be holding a private memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to honor her love for strays by asking for donations to be made to SPCA of Lakeland or Humane Society Polk County in Memory of Diana."

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Betty Smith Sutton

Jul 09, 1922 - Feb 14, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

"Betty Smith Sutton, age 101, passed on February 14, 2024 at Good Shephard Hospice following 24 years in residence at The Estates at Carpenters. The past quarter century Dr. Betty Sutton spent much of her time engaged in religious commitments at St. David’s and St. Stephen’s Episcopal churches and in an assortment of volunteer activities. First and foremost, she loved her weekly work at Good Shephard Hospice interacting with families. She had supported her parents, her husband, and her children in their times of illness and dying. Her compassion to others was evident. The staff loved her, and she loved them! Dr. Sutton also valued serving as a “runner” taking meals to elderly for Viste. She got to talk with people who otherwise were usually isolated and alone. Earlier, she volunteered at Cleveland Court Elementary School to help younger children learning to read. Dr. Betty Sutton did all this while negotiating her world during this time, legally blind and deaf. She worked as a professor at The Ohio State University directing their English as a Second Language program helping thousands of international students strengthen their skills in English with the assistance of 20 – 25 fellow teachers. Upon retirement, she and her husband, Dr. Robert Sutton continued their love for teaching at Providence College in Taichung, Taiwan. She settled in Lakeland after her older daughter developed a severe case of multiple sclerosis. Dr. Betty Sutton’s life has been an inspiration to many, as she lived independently past 100, “reading” via Library of Congress and Great Courses tapes -- a book every day or two, walking most days outside for upwards of an hour, and always taking time to learn about new, scholarly areas of interest. The past 14 months the staff in the skilled nursing area of Carpenters has supported her, and could see even as she aged, her kindness, her determination, and her spirit. Dr. Betty Sutton is predeceased in death by her husband, Dr. Robert Sutton, her two daughters, Ruth Hodapp and Beth Adams, and her step-daughter, Leonora Poe. She is survived by her step-daughter, Dr. Virginia Sutton, her niece, Stephanie Elkin, her step-grandson and great grandson, Mike and Michael Hodapp, and her step-grandson, Joshua Poe Wilson. She was loved, and she will be missed!"

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Leon “Billy” Clement

Nov 21, 1943 - Feb 14, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

"Leon “Billy” Clement age 80 passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at his residence, surrounded by his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Carol G. Clement. Billy is survived by wife Rose Ethridge Clement, beloved daughters, Carol and Cathy, their husbands Tony and Manny, and was a devoted grandfather to Vance Hall, Ethan Del Castillo, and Kylie Del Castillo. He is also survived by his brother, Philip Clement. Remarrying after the death of his wife, Billy’s family grew with the addition of Jennifer Robertson (stepdaughter), Darick Finke (stepson) and wife Erin, and grandchildren Connor, Peyton, and Cayson. Born in Tampa, FL on November 21, 1943, Billy attended the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine where he played right tackle for the Varsity football team, graduating in 1962. He worked for Publix Printing Department beginning in 1971 and retired from there after 36 years of service. Billy loved making people laugh, going to the beach, canoeing, fishing, and all things outdoors. You could always find him relaxing on his back porch, soaking in the nature around him. He is remembered for his kind and gentle spirit as he was the embodiment of peace and love. Billy will be greatly missed and will always hold a special place in our hearts. Family will receive friends at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home in North Lakeland on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 10AM for the memorial service."

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Sharon Baker Burress

Aug 08, 1942 - Feb 11, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

"Sharon Baker Burress Lakeland – Sharon Baker Burress, 81, passed away February 11, 2024. Sharon was born in Fairmont, West Virginia on August 8, 1942, to the late Noah and Mary (Stewart) Baker. She completed nursing school in Pulaski, Virginia prior to moving to Florida in 1965 from Bluefield, Virginia. Sharon founded Le Leche League of Lakeland. She graduated from USF, Summa Cum Laude in 1987, and began a successful career teaching at Kathleen High School where she was voted “Teacher of the Year.” Her hobbies included genealogy research, calligraphy and numerous activities at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Sharon is survived by her husband of 63 years, Donald R. Burress; children, Donald L. (Kim) Burress, Michael R. Burress, John A. Burress, Laura S. (Lawrence) Peay, Joseph B. Burress, Stewart G. (Kiley) Burress and Mary (Mark) Cuneo; sister, Susan Baker (Gene) Bowes; 18 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Thursday, February 15th from 6-8 pm at Gentry Morrison Southside Chapel, 1727 Bartow Road, Lakeland, FL 33801. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, February 16th at 10 am at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Burial Park."

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Martha Ann Bell

May 20, 1947 - Feb 23, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

Martha Ann Bell born in Akron, Ohio in 1947, passed away February 23, 2024, at age 76 from complications of a stroke and Parkinsons disease.Survived by her husband, Terry Bell, son, Keith Bell (Allison); grandsons, Parker Bell, Stuart Bell, and fiancé Ashlynn Williamson; niece, Debbie Begin (Dave) and 2 great grandchildren.Graduated from Akron University, Kent State and USF.Martha owned Tax Advantage of Lakeland, providing accounting and tax preparation services for over 40 years. Served in a variety of local, state and national accounting associations offices and committees.Most proud of being admitted to practice in Federal Tax Court on non-criminal cases.A celebration of life will be held March 9, 2024, between 11 am and 1 pm at Heath Funeral Chapel in the Tribute Center.I honor of Martha, contributions to The Michael J. Fox Foundation would be appreciated.

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Rosita Navarro Martinez

Mar 02, 1930 - Feb 18, 2024

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Lakeland, FL

Rosita Navarro Martinez died at home after a lengthy illness, on Sunday, February 18, 2024, surrounded by her family. Rosita was born in Cuba and emigrated to the United States in 1960 with her husband and three young children. Living originally in Winter Garden Florida, the family moved to Lakeland in 1971.In the 1960’s, Rosita taught Spanish on Educational Television in Orange County as “Señorita Rosita”, visiting county schools in addition to writing and starring in the televised lessons. She went on to be part of the original faculty of Valencia College (then Valencia Community College) and went from teaching faculty to area chair to department chair to division chair before her retirement in 2003. She went on to teach at Florida Southern College until her second retirement in 2017.Rosita was a fixture in the three-year-old Sunday School class at First United Methodist Church of Lakeland for decades, and in later years a member of the Vanguard Sunday School class.She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dr. Jose R. Martinez, and her son, Dr. Jose S. Martinez (Pepe), her parents, Manuel Navarro and Luisa Hernandez-Navarro, brother Jose Manuel Navarro, and other extended family. She is survived by her daughters, Dr. Maria (Charilyn) Martinez (Jacksonville), Nena Martinez (Tallahassee) and daughter-in-love Jill Martinez (Asbill), and her grandchildren: Kathryn Pobjecky, Teresa Weaver (Pobjecky), Carolina Ramos, Mary Anne Martinez, Robin Martinez, and Jonathan MartinezServices will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, 2024, at First United Methodist Church, Lakeland, in the sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Children’s Clothes Closet ? First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801 or to the Rosita N. Martinez Scholarship at Valencia College. Donations can be made online at https://valencia.org/donate/ or by sending a check made payable to Valencia College Foundation to Valencia College Foundation, PO Box 3028, MC: DO-41, Orlando, FL 32802. Please indicate your donation is in memory of Rosita N. Martinez.

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