Polk County Florida Obituaries
Surnames beginning with C.





THE VANQUISHED RACE.


Chipco, the famous indian chief of Florida, is dead. The Bartow (Polk county) Informant says: "The news has just reached us of Chipco, the chief of the remnant of a band of Tallahassee Indians on the 16th of October last. This noted Seminole warrior, as near as can be learned, was a little over one hundred years old, and had, up to a few months back, been able to engage in the hunts and annual festivities of his tribe, but has at last succumb to old age. He fully participated in the long Seminole war, and at the time Billy Bo legs and his companions were departed to the Indian Territory, in 1856. Chipco and his band managed to elude their pursuers, and have since lived here and there in the Kissimmee county, though of late years their main camp has been about twenty-five miles east of here, near the Catfish lakes. Though not actively engaged in the memorable Dade's massacre in 1835, Chipco was present at many massacres and battles of minor importance. In talking over his past career he always expressedf regret for but one deed, which was the killing of a white infant by tossing it up and catching it, as it came down, on the point of his hunting knife. The usual formalities peculiar to Indian tribes were gone through with his death. Six fine horses and many hogs having been shot and killed at his grave, and his rifle and hunting accoutrements, together with cooking utensils, were buried with him, so that he might have the use of them in the "happy hunting grounds." The remnant of Chipco's band now numbers but three warriors, with their women, children and negroes, and the chieftain's mantle has descended on the shoulders of Chipco's oldest son, who will be known in diplomatic circles as Tustennugge Tahusky. There are other Indian bands residing below Okechobee, but they are steadily decreasing in numbers, and persistently resist every effort of our government to ameliorate their condition."

[ Source: Cuthbert Appeal, Dec. 2, 1881 -- Page 1.]
- Transcribed and submitted by Sheila Pitts Massie.




VIOLA W. CLACKETT

WINTER HAVEN – Mrs. VIOLA WINFRED (FREUND) CLACKETT, 66 of 1563 S. Lake Howard Drive, died yesterday morning at the Winter Haven Hospital following a long illness. She was a native of Chicago and came to Winter Haven from there seven years ago. Mrs. Clackett is survived by her husband, William Hubert Clackett; and a daughter, Viola Mary Clackett, both of Winter Haven; one son, Richard John Clackett of Lake Tahoe, Calif.; a brother, Harry Freund of Chicago; and one granddaughter. Services will be held this afternoon at 4:30 o’clock at the Ott-Laughlin Funeral Chapel here with Rev. Charles Gunderman, pastor of the Grace Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will follow at the Lakeside Memorial Park, Winter Haven.

[ Source: Lakeland Ledger, Jan 5, 1964.]
Submitted by Barbara Lee.



JAMES LEON CORBITT

AUBURNDALE – JAMES LEON CORBITT, 56 of 2009 Highway 92, died Friday at his home. He was a native of Georgia and moved to Auburndale six years ago. He was a retired welder. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Charles Taylor of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Rollins of Jacksonville, Mrs. Weatha Solomon of Broxton, Ga., Mrs. Mabel Gibbs of Fitzgerald, Ga., and Mrs. Mattie Sullivan of Green Cove Springs; and a brother, C. W. Corbitt of Jacksonville. Funeral services and burial will be held this afternoon at Douglas, Ga. Arrangements here were under the direction of the Kersey Funeral Home.

[ Source: Lakeland Ledger, Jan 5, 1964.]
Submitted by Barbara Lee.



MRS. LOLA CRAWFORD

DUNDEE – Mrs. LOLA CRAWFORD, 85, of Dundee, died Saturday night at a Bartow hospital after a short illness. She was a native of Lake Butler and moved to Dundee in 1938. She was a member of the Dundee Baptist Church. Mrs. Crawford is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Letla Brown, Lake Butler; one son, George W. Crawford, Dundee; one sister, Mrs. G H. Pearce, Winter Haven and two brothers, L. W. Williams, Lake City and O. V. Williams, Lula, Fla.; ten grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at the Baptist Church in Lake Butler. Burial will be in Olustee Cemetery, Lake Butler. Crisp Funeral Home in Winter Haven is in charge of arrangements.

[ Source: Lakeland Ledger, Jan 6, 1964.]
Submitted by Barbara Lee.



MRS. TEXANN RIDDLE CREEK

LL Jan 9, 1964

Mrs. Texann Riddle Creek, 86, formerly of 1410 Elm Drive, died yesterday at Bethany Retirement Home after a long illness. She was a native of Waterloo, S.C., and came to Lakeland from Laurens, S.C., in 1923. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she was active in the T.E.L. Class. Survivors include her husband, Walter G. Cheek; four sons, William F. of Lakeland, Robert C. of Fort Myers, C. Arthur of Tallahassee, and W. Harold of Ocala; four daughters, Mrs. Walter E. Engle and Mrs. Margaret Mitchell of Lakeland, Mrs. H. M. Richardson of Norris, Tenn., and Mrs. William H. Daniel of Tulsa, Okla.; a brother, Wallace Riddle of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Mrs. Lola Owen of Atlanta; and 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 10:30 o’clock at the Dukes-Steen Funeral Home, with the Rev. Arthur W. Rich, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Burial Park.


[ Source: Lakeland Ledger, Jan 9, 1964.]
Submitted by Barbara Lee.



LUTHER P. CUNNINGHAM

Luther P. Cunningham, 69, of 2422 Everett St., died yesterday at Lakeland General Hospital after a very brief illness. He was a native of Job, W. Va., and came to Lakeland three years ago from Akron, Ohio. He was a retired Baltimore and Ohio Railroad employee, a veteran of World War I, and attended the First Assembly of God Church. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Gussie Cunningham; two brothers, Voil White of Detroit and Paul White of Job; and a sister, Mrs. J. L. Davie of St. Petersburg. Services will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Dukes-Steen Funeral Home, with the Rev. J. Foy Johnson officiating.

[ Source: Lakeland Ledger, Jan 6, 1964.]
Submitted by Barbara Lee.



Rites for MR. CUNNINGHAM

Funeral services for Luther P. Cunningham of 2422 Everett St., who died Sunday, were held yesterday afternoon at the Dukes-Steen Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. J. Foy Johnson officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Burial Park. Music was provided by C. E. DeWeese, soloist, with Mrs. Arthur W. Rich at the organ. Pallbearers were Harlan H. Barnes, Melvin Ellis, Harry Cooke, Marion Miller, Harmon Tutwiler, Lon Kennerly and Elridge DeWeese.

[ Source: Lakeland Ledger, Jan 9, 1964.]
Submitted by Barbara Lee.




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