It's always tragic to lose one of our own. But they will live forever in our memories. Here is a forum for us to share some of those special
moments with the rest of the 1967 Class of Plant City High School Family.
BONDS, Denny, 60 of Tampa, passed away June 24, 2010. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford “Sug” Bonds and son, Jordan Bonds. Survivors include his loving wife, Cheri Bonds of Tampa; mother, Ruby Bonds of Valrico; children, Scott Bonds, Jennifer Howard (Steven), Josh Bonds and Taylor Marie Livingston (Stephen); grandchildren, Miles and MacKenzie Howard and Jonas Bonds; three brothers, Cliff (Susan), Stevie (Connie) and Tommy; sister, Mary Williams (Robert); and numerous nieces and nephews. Service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, June 26, 2010 at Blount & Curry Funeral Home Terrace Oaks Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to LifePath Hospice, 12973 Telecom Parkway, Ste 100, Temple Terrace, Fla., 33637 or Toys for Tots, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172.
PLANT CITY - Mrs. Carol G. Clement, 65, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2014 at her home due to respiratory failure.
She was born May 4, 1948 in Plant City, Fl to Arthur and Irene Brewington. Mrs. Clement attended Family Worship Center in Lakeland.
She is survived by her husband, Leon "Billy" Clement; daughters, Carol Trankle Watts and Cathy Del Castillo; grandchildren, Vance Hall, Ethan Del Castillo and Kylie Del Castillo; sister, Leslie Stewart; twin sister, Jeannie Crauswell; and a brother, David Brewington.
The visitation will be tonight (Tuesday) from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Gentry-Morrison Serenity Gardens Chapel (3350 Mall Hill Drive). Funeral Services will be Wednesday at 2:00 PM at the funeral home chapel.
PLANT CITY - Mr. James T. Brown, Sr. "Jimmy Brown", age 61, of Plant City went to be with the Lord on June 12th 2010 due to his battle with Alzheimer's disease.
He was preceded in death by his mother Mable Brown and father Tom Brown, both of Plant City.
Jim Sr. graduated from Plant City High School, Class of '67 and attended St. Leo College. He then served his country in the Marines and retired out of the service.
He is survived by one son James T. Brown Jr. "Jim Jr.", daughter-in-law Jennifer Brown, one grandson Zachary Brown and two granddaughters, Meadow and Kendy Brown, all of Lakeland.
There will be a memorial service at Mt. Enon Primitive Baptist Church 3624 N. Frontage Rd. Plant City, Saturday June the 19th 12:00-1:00. Lunch to follow. No flowers please, covered dish appreciated.
PLANT CITY -- Mr. Robert "Bobby" Bryant of Plant City died of cancer Tuesday (March 30, 2004) in Plant City. He was 55.Born in Plant City on Aug. 22, 1948, he was a lifelong resident. He was a chemical operator for CF Industries. He was a Baptist.Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife, Doris Bryant; sons, James Johns, North Charleston, S.C., Ron Johns, Plant City, Robby Bryant, Lakeland; daughters, Donna Johns, Angie Scheib, both of Lakeland, Pam Johns, Frankfort, Ky., Lori Bryant Paske, Sarasota; mother, Bettye Bryant, Plant City; brother, Joe Bryant, Plant City; sister, Leila Meek, Plant City; 12 grandchildren. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Wells Memorial Funeral Chapel, Plant City. Services will follow at 6 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.
CLENDENING, Raymond J., 57, of Plant City passed away November 11, 2005. Mr. Clendening was preceded in death by his father, Ruben Clendening. He is survived by his wife, Susann; his mother, Alberta Clendening; two daughters, Sherri Vogel and husband Tim, and Sgt. Daneen Michelle Clendening; five grandchildren, Joshua Clendening, Jessica Vogel, Kimber Vogel, Kristen Vogel and Stephen Clendening; one sister, Sylvia Ferguson and her sons, Lynn, Michael, and Jason Bowers. Mr. Clendening was a veteran serving as a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. He was currently employed as a security guard for the Plant City Campus of Hillsborough Community College. He was a member of the Sons of the Confederacy, the 8th Florida Civil War Re-enactment Group, and First Baptist Church in Plant City. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Plant City with Dr. Ron Churchill officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation one hour pr ior to service time at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family request to donations to the Special Olympics Foundation or the Plant City YMCA
Meat Department ManagerDOVER -- Mr. Steve Mitchell Daniels of Dover died of liver failure Thursday (June 3, 2004) at Tampa General Hospital. He was 56.Born in Plant City on Nov. 4, 1947, he was a lifelong resident of the area. He was a meat department manager. He was a member of New Hope Freewill Baptist Church.Mr. Daniels is survived by his wife, Linda Daniels; mother, Jeanie Daniels, Plant City; daughters, Michelle Miller, Lakeland, Stacey Daniels, Dover; brothers, Charles Daniels, Plant City, Ted Daniels, Tampa; two grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at Hopewell Funeral Home, Plant City. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel.
SHURLING, Betty G., 56, of Plant City, died October 18, 2005. She is survived by her husband of 34 years, James; son, Phillip; daughter, Krystal Borders; father, Carlos Dequesada; sister, Pilar Hart; and grandchildren, Chance, Nicholas, Joshua and Ellie. A memorial service will be held at a later date
Carl Edward Driskell, 69, of Pensacola, Florida passed away peacefully on January 10, 2018. Visitation with family and friends will begin at 2pm Sunday, January 14th in the Pleitz Chapel at First Baptist Church (FBC) of Pensacola, and a celebration of life service will be held at 3pm.
Carl Driskell was born October 28th, 1948 in Plant City, Florida. He graduated from Plant City High School, and went on to St. Petersburg Junior College to earn an Associate Degree. He completed his education with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and accounting from University of West Florida. Shortly after college, Carl married the love of his life Norma Jean Driskell on March 29, 1975.
Carl worked 31 years as an accountant for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service at Naval Air Station Pensacola before retiring in 2008. Carl had a passion with real estate and enjoyed a part-time career as a Florida Realtor. He was actively involved in the Backpack Buddies Ministry at FBC of Pensacola, and the music ministries at both Wake Forest Baptist Church in North Carolina and FBC of Pensacola. He had an immense love for music and singing, especially in the Christmas services and Easter Pageant at FBC of Pensacola. In his leisure time, Carl loved gardening, traveling, and playing dominoes.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Eugene and Nettie Ruth, and brothers Wayne and Tommy.
Carl is survived by his wife, Norma Driskell, his brother Don, his sisters Betty Smith, Linda Sweat, and Gwen Gibson, his son Daniel and daughter-in-law Andrea, his daughter Debbie Driskell Lanford and son-in-law Eric, and five grandchildren, Sophia Driskell, Noah Lanford, Ruby Driskell, Cooper Lanford, and Henry Driskell.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Backpack Buddies Ministry or the Music Ministries of First Baptist Church of Pensacola, Florida and Wake Forest Baptist Church, Wake Forest, North Carolina.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV
Julia Jean Thompson 69, of the Alarka community left us Friday evening November 16 2018 to be with the Lord and to sing in that Angel Band!
She was preceded in death by her father Frank Feduccia and mother Mary Vestel Duran.
In addition to her parents Julia was preceded in death by two sisters, Antoinette and Mary Ann, three brothers Frank, Glenn, and Lloyd
Julia is survived by her loving husband Ronald Lee Thompson. They were married for over 37 years. Julia was introduced to Ron by her high school friend Sara May Tew, whom was with her at the end. She had one son Calvin Glenn Thompson, both Ron and Calvin live in the Alarka Community. Julia, the loving mother, was always there to help her Calvin through his many trials. She found great comfort in that he is on a level path with the help of his brethren in Christ. In addition Julia is survived by two brothers, the oldest Charles Feduccia and youngest Mike Feduccia and his wife Doris.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews that she loved dearly. A special place in her heart for her niece Edwina Jordan husband Junior, and niece Mary Brock husband Darin, Reagan and Sam their children.
Julia was born in Tampa Florida and grew up in Plant City Florida. She was mostly raised by her mother in extreme poverty. I believe this is what helped make her the humble soul she is. She attended Church most of her life at the Church of Christ, first at Cork, near Plant City, then upon coming to the mountains she attended the Church of Christ in Bryson City, Cherokee and Woodland. Julia and Calvin found a home at the East Alarka Baptist Church. She so loves them!
Julia attended school through High school in Plant City Florida. She loved to type and was nearly perfect with her spelling and grammar. If she typed a letter it was going to be right. She continued her education the rest of her life at "The School of Hard knocks". She had wisdom most of us were unaware of!
Julia worked a number of places during her life, mostly doing clerical work. The best job she felt she ever had was at C.F. Industries, a phosphate facility near Plant City. She worked there 17 years, until she moved to Bryson City in 1996. In Bryson City she worked with Alana (Wiggins) MeHaffey who became one of her best friends. They worked for Family Preservation. Other jobs in the area were at Mountain Mediation Services, the Smoky Mountain Times and she retired from Zito Communications.
And last and most of all, Julia Loved To Sing!! When as a kid she first started singing she was so shy she would stand under a table so no one could see her. She sang in Church and developed a voice as pretty as any you will find. A neighbor friend whom taught music has remarked on numerous occasions how Julia had absolutely perfect pitch. She loved gospel music and Old Country Music. Loretta Lynn was her favorite artist but she was like a walking country music historian. I bet she knew the words to over 500 songs by heart! Julia has sung with many bands down thru the years. The last two were the Pointer Pickers, and then the "Smoky Mountain Melodies" in various forms.
She after years of trying got to make an album entitled "Smoky Mountain Country Melodies". The last song on the album she told us she will always love us!! Her one regret is that she didn't get to do a Gospel Album. We will have to meet her in her new home to hear that one!!
Julia was such a kind and Humble Soul! By the time she left us she had used up her earthly body. We are so thankful, Lord, that the pain is now gone and she is in Heaven with you. Praise God!!!
There will be a celebration of Julia's life on December 8th from noon until 3pm at Crisp Funeral Home in Bryson City.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to. Four Seasons. Compassion for Life Foundation. 221 North Main Street. Hendersonville, NC. 28792-5072
These Angles were there for our Julia at the end Calvin and myself are so thankful they were!
Footnote, As I have been writing these words about Julia's life I feel compelled to add this,
I feel like I've had two saviors trying to save my life - please let me explain, My loving wife, Julia has been trying to bring me to Jesus Christ all our time together! I made her a promise before she left us. I promised to bring Jesus Christ the one and only savior into my heart!
I pray for Jesus Christ who died on the cross to save me, to come into my heart and wash away my sins, for I know I am a sinner.
Let me read the words of God from the Holy Bible and help me to understand what I need to know and do to find my pathway to Heaven and everlasting salvation.
I humbly submit to you Lord God Ron
FLETCHER, Wesley "Randy," 59, of Seffner, Fla., passed away March 4, 2008. Randy is survived by his wife, Sandra; daughter, Randi Gayle (Todd) Moore; stepdaughter, Cindy Starks; six grandchildren; brother, Eddie; sister, Jennifer; in-laws, Emile and Mary Alice Laurin; and nieces and nephews. Randy was employed by Volkert. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society. Affinity Cremation
Roger Dale Fowler, 68, of Plant City, Florida, born on July 31, 1949, entered into eternal rest on February 14, 2018. He loved his family, and he enjoyed golfing, mowing the lawn, and playing with the grandkids. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Charlene Fowler; sons, Grant Fowler (Naomi), and Andrew Fowler (Tina), both of Plant City; grandchildren, Jaxon, Isabella, Brayden, Natalie, and Nate; and siblings, Ronald Fowler of Plant City, Greg Fowler (Claire) of Plant City, Randy Fowler (Thelma) of Maine, Gary Fowler (Judy) of Plant City, and Rodney Fowler of Plant City. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 17 at 3:00 P.M. at Hopewell Baptist Church, 6001 S County 39, Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 2:00 P.M. Expressions of condolence at www.HopewellFuneral.com.
Linda Futch Osborn, 67, of Plant City, Florida, born on August 21, 1949, entered into eternal rest on July 21, 2017. She was a member of Midway Baptist Church, and volunteered for the Midway Fire Department Women's Auxillary. She loved her family, and she enjoyed gardening. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Larry W. Osborn; sons, Darren Osborn (Lynn) of Oxford, Alabama, Brian Osborn (Cindy) of Sharpsburg, Georgia, and William Decker (Rex) of Bartow; grandchildren, Austin Osborn of Auburn, Alabama, and Macey Osborn of Sharpsburg, Georgia; siblings, Patty Going (Tim), and Arlin Futch (Pam) of Plant City; and many other family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, July 25 at 11:00 A.M. at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 CR 39 S, Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 A.M.
Rev. Dale Galloway, 61, Live Oak, Fl passed away Monday, October 12, 2009 after a long illness. The St. Petersburg, Fl native moved to Live Oak in 1966 from Plant City, Fl. Rev. Galloway was a veteran of Vietnam while serving in the Marine Corp. He was the founder, Pastor and member of Calvary Baptist Church in Live Oak, Fl for eighteen years.
Rev. Galloway is survived by his wife: Bonnie Galloway, Live Oak, Fl; one daughter: Mistee Galloway, Lake City, Fl; two sons: Tim Galloway, Live Oak, Fl, Corey Galloway, Live Oak, Fl; two sisters: Barbara Fullbright, Live Oak, Fl, Carol Sue Davis, Gainesville, Fl; five brothers: Duane Galloway, Lakeland, Fl, Bruce Galloway, Live Oak, Fl, Tommy Galloway, Fayetteville, Ga, Harold Galloway, Live Oak, Larry Galloway, Bryceville, Fl; five grandchildren: Haley, Kiera, Lindsey, Seth, Hunter and Ashton.
Services were held at 11:00 am Thursday, October 15, 2009 at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Marion Atkinson officiating. Interment will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Clinton F. Going, III, 67, of Lakeland and formerly of Plant City, Florida, entered into eternal rest on September 13, 2016. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and golfing. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jerry R. Going; mother, Doris English Going of Plant City; brother, Tim Going (Patty) of Midway; niece, Ashley Going; nephew, Timothy Going; and great-niece, Kaylin Going. He was preceded in death by his father, Clinton F. Going, Jr. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 17 at 11:00 A.M. at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 CR 39 S, Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10:00 A.M. Interment at Springhead Cemetery, Lakeland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Hospice, c/o Chapters Health, 12470 Telecom Drive, Suite 300 W, Temple Terrace, FL 33637.
I miss my ole buddy we were best friends from Jr high through high school and until his death.I miss his phone calls as we always ended up talking abuot old times and different people down thru the years.His mom and dad treated me like I was one of there kids,I spent more time at his home than mine.His brother Tim was also a best friend and still is,loved the Going family like my own.
67, of Plant City, Florida, born on January 24, 1949, entered into eternal rest on January 6, 2017. She is survived by her brother, Floyd Hall (Mary Ann) of Plant City; her nieces, Amanda Hall (Jason Schoonover) of Tampa and Sara Wagner (Brandon) of Plant City and nephew, Justin Hall (Christina) of Lakeland; and great-nephew, Jaxon Schoonover and great-niece, Madalyn Wagner. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, January 11 at 2 pm at Oaklawn Cemetery, 1902 North Wheeler St., Plant City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Fellowship Assembly of God, 1110 N. Gordon St., Plant City 33563.
Obituary for Mr. Lonnie T. Holt
HOLT, Lonnie T., 65, of Plant City, Florida, entered into eternal rest on November 4, 2013. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, and a member of Millwright Local 1000. He is survived by his wife Cindy E. Holt; children Kim Holt, Bobby Boatright (Nancy), Beverly Laundy (Lance), and Lisa Boatright; siblings Bruce Holt (Vickie), and Betty Geiger; and many loving grandchildren, family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Johnny and Vera Holt; brother Johnny Lee Holt; and daughter Cheryl Boatright. A Celebration of Life will be held on Monday, November 18 at 11:00 A.M. at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 CR 39 S, Plant City
HUGGINS, Clenon Edward
Jr. "Ed", 66, of Plant City, entered into eternal rest on Oct. 29, 2015. He retired from Sears after 45 years of service as a technician. He loved his family, and he enjoyed the outdoors. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Sandra Huggins; children, Amanda Lariscy (Randy) of Columbia, TN, Carl Creach of Plant City, Clinton Creach of Lake City, and Clayton Creach (Tina) of Lakeland; sisters, Jeanne Joyner (Wayne), and Anita Kelley of Plant City; and ten grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 11 am, at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 CR 39 S, Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 10 am.
Mr. Willie Warren Julian, Jr., 57, of 630 Moriah Church Road, Casar, died Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at Carolinas Medical Center. He was born in Marion County, Florida on July 4, 1948. He retired as a building contractor. He was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Warren Julian, Sr. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Hilda Jane McCallister Grogg and Joe Grogg, both of Plant City, Florida; his wife of 26 years, Sherry Clyatt Julian of the home; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Warren and Andrea Julian of Casar amd Chad and Theresa Julian of Union Grove, NC; a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Brett Premer of Zephyrhills, Florida and five grandchildren, Brett Fuller, Brooke Fuller, Christopher Premer, Jr., Seth Julian and Brad Julian. The funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 3, 2005 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Casar, with the Rev. Jamie Bridges and Rev. Sam Snyder officiating. The body will be placed in the church at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 2, 2005 at the funeral home.
HomemakerBROOKSVILLE -- Mrs. Patricia H. Powell of Brooksville died of heart failure Friday (June 2, 2006) at St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa. She was 59.Born Jan. 31, 1947, in Winter Haven, Mrs. Powell moved to Brooksville from Lithia 19 years ago. She was a homemaker. She attended Christian Fellowship Church, Brooksville.Mrs. Powell is survived by her daughter, Catherine Henry, Riverview; sons, James L. Powell, Springhill, Robert Powell, Riverview; father, Cleatys Scarborough, Meadowview, Va.; brothers, Daniel Lightfoot, Ocala, Clifton Lightfoot, Michael Lightfoot and Randal Scarborough, all of Fort Myers, Kevin Scarborough and Bobby Scarborough, both of Meadowview, Jerry Scarborough, Brooksville, Richard Scarborough, Glade Springs, Va.; sisters, Virginia Stinson and Teresa Thillery, both of Lakeland, Karon Lee and Barbara Scarborough, both of Meadowview; and one grandchild.Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Christian Fellowship Church, Brooksville. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Whidden-McLean Funeral Home, Bartow.
MAXWELL, Ronnie F., 64, of Plant City, Florida, departed this life on July 16, 2011. He was a veteran of the Army Corp of Engineers having served in Vietnam, an Elder at Plant City Church of Christ, on the Board of Directors for the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, a member of the Insulators Local Union 67, and worked with his wife in the Rose Lady business into retirement. He is survived by his wife of 44 years Linda C. Maxwell; sons Scott Maxwell (Wendy) and Brian Maxwell (Melanie); grandchildren Brett, Jake, Courtney, Cadie, Hunter, and Garrett; and many loving nieces, nephews, family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 P.M. at Plant City Church of Christ, 315 N. Wilder Road, Plant City, where the family will receive friends beginning at 5:00 P.M. Private interment at Oaklawn Cemetery, Plant City. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the the Plant City Church of Christ Library, and/or the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, P.O. Drawer 2550, Plant City 33564
Judy Ann Walk, age 67, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the family residence. Judy was the daughter of the late Nina Roberts Mayfield and Earl Madison Mayfield. Her brother, Terry Sharp and her step father, Grady Sharp also preceded her in death. Judy was an 1967 graduate of Plant City High School in Plant City, Florida. She was an 1971 graduate of Lee University where she received her Bachelors of Science degree and she received top honors. She received her Masters Degree in Library Science from Trevecca University. Judy had over 30 years of service as a teacher. She taught in Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee. She also served as Librarian in Hamilton County for awhile. She loved to read but most of all she loved being a grandmother and spending time with her grandchildren. Judy was a very active member of the Westmore Church of God where she served in the Choir, Enetha Circle and she attended the Thursday Bible Study.
Survivors include her husband, Ron Walk of Cleveland, her daughter, Suzanne Renee Mays also of Cleveland, her grandchildren, Dylan and Aizen Mays, her brother, Wendell Sharp and his wife Stacy of Pinecrest, Florida, her nephew, Dr. David Miolen and his wife Ann, her niece, Sonya Kuykendall and her husband Jerome all of Cleveland, her sister in law, Susan "Susie" Miolen and her husband Wayne, her mother in law, Grace Walk all of Cleveland, her 2 step sisters, her special friend, Carlene Moore and her husband Phillip of Plant City, Florida and several other nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews also survive.
The Remembrance of Life Service will be conducted Monday, February 13, 2017 at 2:00 P. M. from the Westmore Church of God with Pastor Kelvin Page and Dr. Ricky Moore officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with Jim Bilbo, Ron Bean, Milton Riley, Larry Osborne, Vic Hiddleston and Bedford Smith officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 until the service time at 2:00 Monday at the Westmore Church of God. The Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Chapel has charge of the arrangements.
McDaniel, Zeb Vance, 61 of Plant City died February 10, 2011.
He is survived by his two sisters, Carol McDaniel Lane (Tommy) and Debbie McDaniel; nieces, Lynda Vaughn and Jenny Cool; nephews, Ivan Cool, Jr. and Micah Halmagyl; four grand nephews; one grand niece and one great grand nephew. He was preceded in death by a nephew, James McDaniel Lane. He was on the 1967 Plant City High School Basketball team that won the State Championship. Services will be held at 3:30 P.M., Saturday, February 19, 2011 in Haught Funeral Home Chapel, with a prior visitation at 3:00 P.M.
MIDYETTE, William III "Mac," of Lakeland, FL, died Monday morning, June 11, 2012, after a short bout with cancer. His death was quite peaceful, free from pain and now thanks to God he will not linger. In fact, we're sure he and our mother are now together and getting things ready for the rest of us. Mac was born January 6, 1949 in Lakeland, but grew up in Plant City. Upon his graduation from Plant City High, he graduated in 1971 from the University of Florida with a degree in Political Science. As his life-long desire was to be a lawyer, he achieved an MBA from Georgia State University in Atlanta in 1973 and his Juris Doctor degree from the Cumberland School of Law (Samford University) in Birmingham, AL in 1976. After moving back to Lakeland in 1976 he served as the law clerk for Judge Frank T. Hobson in the Second District Court of Appeal. From 1977 to 2000 he entered into private practice with Christy F. Harris in Lakeland. In 2000, he joined the firm of Peterson & Myers in the Lakeland office until 2008 when he became a shareholder in the firm of Munson, Vining, & Midyette (Now Munson, Vining, Midyette & Geary). With the law as his passion, Mac put that to practice in service to the community. He was Past President of the Lakeland Bar Association (1985-1986) and served as a member of its Board of Governors since that time. From 1983-2003, he served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Rural Legal Services, and acted as its President from 1990-2000. He was also vitally involved in Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE), Keystone Challenge Fund, Historic Lakeland, and Leadership Lakeland Alumni Board of Directors. He was also the 2005 recipient of the Jerry DeVane Award. Mac was also instrumental in the formation of the Central Florida Mediation Group an endeavor in which he was particularly proud. Mac is survived by his wife, Paula; his father, William "Bill" Midyette of Plant City and Laura Midyette, his step-mother; brothers ,Mark Midyette of Homewood, AL and John Midyette of Baton Rouge, LA; and sister, Anne Allen of Tampa. He also has step-daughters, Adrian Gadberry and Gabrielle Green, both of Lakeland; and step-grandchildren, Kaylee Woody, Dallas Gadberry, Rainah Gadberry, Taylor Freeman, Micah Green, and Tristen Green. Special thanks from our family to the many compassionate, extremely competent caregivers we encountered on this journey with Mac. We so very much appreciate the concern, prayers, and support from Mac's law firm, particularly from Dawn Leslie without whom we couldn't have kept things together. Also, a special thanks to Doris Doscher for her continued care and love for Paula for the last 17 years has made her a big part of our family. Worship to commemorate and memorialize Mac's life will be held Friday, June 15, at the First Presbyterian Church on Lake Hollingsworth, Lakeland, FL at 3:00 in the afternoon. We ask that if you would like, rather than send flowers, please consider a donation in Mac's name to one of the following organizations that were special to him: VISTE, Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc. and/or Good Shepherd Hospice
MIMS, CharlesLeroy, age 67, passed away on January 8, 2015 in Land O'Lakes, Florida. Charles was born in Plant City, Florida to Alton Billy and Nana Marie Mims. He was a lineman for GTE and involved in his church. Loving family who survive are two daughters, Tammy Hinson, Shawnia Harper (Thomas); one sister, Barbara Loverin; four grandchildren, Katie, Elizabeth, Cassie, Mark; and three great grandchildren, Kaden, Malaki and Ember.
MISSING, John William a/k/a Thich Glac Ngo, left this earthly realm on September 30, 2013. He was a Buddhist monk at Quan Am Monastery in Tampa, Florida. His survivors are sister, Mary Ann Shalhub-Davis; and niece, Dr. Sherene Shalhub-Malo (Don); and many friends. John was a warm and compassionate man who touched many lives during life journey. People from all walks of life were held close to his heart. He devoted his time, energy, and resources to listening, teaching, and helping his family, friends and community.
Burial: Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL
Janis L. Fowlkes, age 48, of Venice died April 6, 1997. Born February 28, 1949 in Tampa, she moved to this area 17 years ago from New Orleans, LA. She was a Public School Teacher for many years at Englewood Elementary, Venice Area Middle School and Laurel Middle School. She was a member of South Venice Baptist Church, and sang in its church choir. She is survived by her spouse, Richard; parents, Earl and Lillian Nicks, Plant City; one son, Travis Fowlkes, Englewood; one brother, Emery Nicks, Texas; and family of friends from the USF Baptist Student Union. Memorial services will be Saturday, April 12, 1997 at 10:00 AM at South Venice Baptist Church.
SIMONDS, Cleve, age 65, of Plant City, Florida, passed away on November 14, 2014 in Long Beach, California. Cleve moved to California to work for the Edison Company. He loved the ocean, the mountains and driving along Pacific Coast Highway. Cleve is predeceased by his parents, James Ervin Simonds and Myrtle Simonds; and several siblings. He leaves behind brothers, Steve Simonds, Junior Simonds, Bill Toney; sisters, Shirley J. Sibley, Janice Simonds and Jeanette Davis and loving nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014, 2:30pm at Memorial Park Cemetery in Plant City.
Carol Short, 64, of Plant City, Florida entered into eternal rest on April 2, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 44 years Junior; children Vicki Short, Scott C. Short ( Ashley ), and Tara N. Collins ( Jon ); parents Wilson and Evelyn Smith; grandchildren Tyler, Hannah, Jordan, Lindsi, and Killian; and sisters Shari Rounds ( Wesley ) and Teresa Stewart ( Robert ). The family will receive friends Monday, April 7 from 6 - 8:00 P.M. at Hopewell Funeral Home, 6005 CR 39 S., Plant City, where A Celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, April 8 at 10:00 A.M. Interment at Hopewell Memorial Gardens, Plant City. Expressions of condolence at www.wecare.io Care provided by Hopewell.
A highly decorated veteran, Captain Smith was a member of the United States Army Special Forces, also known as
the Green Berets, serving in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. During his military service, he made over 100 parachute jumps, including two during combat. His 25 decorations and awards include the coveted Combat Infantry Badge and two bronze star medals for valor. In addition he was awarded the Republic of Vietnam's Cross of Gallantry Medal. Captain Smith was a member of the famous first, fifth, and seventh Special Forces Group.
Ralph Gregory Smith of Thousand Oaks, CA and former resident of Plant City, FL, died July 22, 1995, at the age of 46. Smith was a member of the U.S. Army Green Beret and was awarded two bronze stars in Vietnam. Smith was an active member of Promise Keepers and founded the California chapter of the Christian Business Men's Breakfast Club. He graduated from Plant City High School in 1967.
Survivors include two daughters, Amanda of Long Beach, CA and Melissa of Thousand Oaks, CA; four brothers, Cal Jones, Jr. of Fort Walton Beach, Wayne Jones of Buford, GA, Lonnie C. of Rogers, AR, and Timothy F. of Jacksonville; three sisters, Wanda Hamilton of Fort Walton Beach, Patricia H. of Plant City, and Ione Williams of Maryland.
Just saw that you had died. Have not seen you in many years of course, but hope you had a wonderful life. I feel sure you did. As you told me back after the Florida State days, "Think of me as the one who got away." You were the most beautiful girl I every went with! So sorry you're not with us any more.
From Nancy Dawson on July 22nd, 2017
So glad we got back in touch a few months ago. Always wondered where you were, and now you are up in heaven. You were a very creative soul.
ELIZABETH SONDRE' RIPPLE, born October 14, 1948 to Phillip R. & Lucile M. Wells in Mobile, Alabama, went peacefully to be with the Lord in His eternal Kingdom in the early morning hours of Thursday, April 16, 2009. A Viewing and Service will be held Friday, April 24, 2009 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - Tomball. The Viewing is from 8:30 A.M. - 9:45 A.M. and the Service starts at 10:00 A.M. Interment will follow after the Reception at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery.
Susan W. Vella, 67, Bradenton, died June 20, 2017. Born in Alachua County, FL she moved to Bradenton in 1972 from Tallahassee, FL. She was a member of Palma Sola Presbyterian Church where she was very active. She taught Kindergarten at Palma Sola Elementary and was fluent in American Sign Language. Predeceased by her parents, James R. and Elizabeth (Eberhardt) White; husband, Michael; survived by son, Evan of Toronto, Canada; daughter, Alyssanne of Tampa, FL; brother, James R. White of Stone Mountain, GA. Memorial Service 5PM Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at Palma Sola Presbyterian Church. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation.