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J. H. "JOHNIE" BRANCH

88, of Lake Wales died Tuesday at Lake Wales Medical Centers, Inc. A native of Worth County, Georgia, he moved to Polk County from Holmes County in 1953. He was a retired equipment-maintence supervisor for the Citrus World plant, past master of Etna Masonic Lodge in New Hope and member of West Side Baptist Church and Lake Wales Masonic Lodge. He is survived by his wife, Lillie Rue C.; two sons, Earl of Lake Wales and Rex of Orlando; a daughter, Betty Padgett of Lake Wales; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Marion Nelson Funeral Home, Lake Wales.

[Source]: Tampa Tribune, The (FL)-September 17, 1997; contributed by A. Newell.


MARY BURCH

90, of Clermont died Tuesday at Lake Highland Nursing Center. A native of Worth County, Georgia, she moved to the area in 1988 from Cocoa Beach. She was a homemaker. She is survived by five sisters, Reta Barnhill and Madge Smith, both of Wahneta, Robbie Boxton of Highland City, Alice Crostone of Winter Haven and Margaret Davis of Minneola; and a brother, Theron Crews of Fitzgerald, Georgia. Crisp-Coon Funeral Homes Inc., Winter Haven.

[Source]: Tampa Tribune, The (FL)- January 11, 1996; Contributed by A. Newell.


SARAH E. CONLEY

86, South Observatory Drive, Orlando, died Wednesday, September 11. Mrs. Conley was a former supervisor for Hospital Environment Services. Born in Worth County, Georgia, she moved to Central Florida in 1950. She was a member of Faith Assembly Church. Survivors: sons, Ernest, Lloyd, both of Orlando, Leonard, Geneva; daughter, Pearl Gregory, Orland; sisters, Era Bevins, Moultrie, Georgia, Eva Castleberry, Sylvester, Georgia; brother, Gilbert Castleberry, Columbus, Georgia; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Dobbs Funeral Home, West Orlando Chapel.

[Source]: Orlando Sentinel, The (FL)-September 13, 1996; Contributed by A. Newell.


ZEBEDEE B. HALL

76, of Port Charlotte died Friday in Punta Gorda. A native of Worth County, Georgia, he moved to Punta Gorda six years ago from Tampa. He was a retired meat cutter for Bern's Steakhouse of Tampa for 30 years, Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, and Baptist. He is survived by three daughters, Melba Lee Brown of Columbus, Georgia, Paicilla Rose Taylor of Largo and Barbara Karen Biehl of Punta Gorda; three sons, Dennis B. of Garland, Texas; Wallace B. of Punta Gorda; and David H. Hardy of Cocoa; a brother, Wiley Jr. of Cordele, Georgia; three sisters, Eunice Watson of Demapolis, Alabama; Lorene Arnold and Lois Brown, both of Columbus, Georgia; 15 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Blount, Curry & Roel Funeral Homes, Garden of Memories Chapel, Tampa.

[Source]: Tampa Tribune, The (FL)-October 5, 1997; Contributed by A. Newell.


DORA MAE JACKSON

57, 44 Halbe Avenue, Orlando, died Saturday. Born in Worth County, Georgia, she moved to Orlando from there in 1947. She was a table lady for National Linen Co. She was a member of Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Orlando. Survivors: daughters; Shirley, Deloris, Lawnda, Evangelina, all of Orlando; father: Louis Farrie, Ashburn, Georgia; brother: Eddie J. Farrie, Orlando; sister, Deloris Robertson, Ashburn. Mitchells Funeral Home, Orlando.

[Source]: Orlando Sentinel, The (FL)-November 6, 1988; Contributed by A. Newell.


IVA LEE HOWELL KNIGHT

69, of Doerun, Georgia, and formerly of Bartow County, died Thursday, May 6, 1999, at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Knight was born in Worth County, Georgia, on January 13, 1930, the daughter of James Philmore Howell and Gertrude Thompson Howell. A homemaker, she was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church and volunteered as a Pink Lady at Baptist Hospital of Worth County for several years. She returned to Worth County from Bartow County five years ago. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Knight, and a son, David Bruton. Survivors include three daughters: Patricia Amos of Cartersville, Beverly Smith and Delores Lee, both of Marietta; two sons: Michael Bruton and Tommy Welty, both of Cartersville; five sisters: Jeanette Thomas of Marietta, Verlin Giddens of Lakeland, Florida, and Doris Camp, Faye Delk and Carol Thompson, all of Doerun; two brothers, Max Howell of Leesburg, Georgia, and Winton Howell of Marietta; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. The family received friends Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m. at Liberty Hill Baptist Church. The funeral was held Saturday, May 8, at 3 p.m. at Liberty Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Hatcher officiating. Interment will be on Sunday, May 9, at 1 p.m. at Georgia Memorial Park in Marietta. Banks Funeral Home, P. O. Box 550, Sylvester, Georgia, has charge of the arrangements.

[Source]: Daily Tribune News, The (Carterville, GA)-May 10, 1999; Contributed by A. Newell


REBECCA POPE

67, of Tampa died Saturday. A native of Worth County, Georgia, she moved to the Tampa area in 1947. She was owner and operator of Pope's Utility Building and member of East Chelsea Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Ulmer J.; five daughters, Brenda Langston of Thonotosassa, Elaine Rich of Cummin, Georgia, Karon Ansley of Whigham, Georgia, Sharon Thomas of Thonotosassa and Sheila Seegar of Seffner; three sisters, Beulah Mae Hudson of Macon, Georgia, Illa Baxley of Doerun, Georgia, and Earnest Eason of Tifton, Georgia; 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon.

[Source]: Tampa Tribune, The (FL)-November 17, 1997; Contributed by A. Newell


ELIZABETH H. SIMS

74, Jennings, died Wednesday, Feb 21. Mrs. Sims was a retired instructor at Romar's Hairstyling Academy, Orlando. Born in Worth County, Georgia, she moved to Jennings from Orlando in 1983. She was a member of Ocilla Baptist Church, Ocilla, Georgia. Survivors: son, Jimmy L., Jennings; daughter, Angela S. Collins, Jennings; sisters: Mary Lou Dukes, Milton, Katie Evans, Clermont, Addine Morgan, Martha Wynn, both of Tifton, Georgia. Paulk Funeral Home, Ocilla.

[Source]: Orlando Sentinel, The (FL)-Febraury 26, 1996; Contributed by A. Newell.


Worth Loses a Good Citizen

SUMNER, March 8.--[Special.]-George W. Johnson, a good and highly respected citizen of Worth, died at his home, three miles south of Sumner, Friday evening. Mr. Johnson was orginally from South Carolina. He moved to Macon county when a young man and thence came to Worth, where he has lived for ten or fifteen years.

[Source]: Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA) Page 1; Monday, March 9, 1891. Transcribed by Sheila D. Massie for Genealogy Trails


A. L. PITTS

ASHBURN, April 18.--News of the death of A. L. Pitts, a prominent young farmer of Crisp County, which occurred late yesterday afternoon at his home in Arabi, came as a surprise to his friends in Ashburn and Turner County. Fever is said to have been the cause of his death. The deceased was about 25 years of age. Besides leaving a young wife and three young children, he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Pitts, of the Davisville district, this county, and one brother, H. A. Pitts, of Arabi. Funeral and burial services will be held at Antioch cemetery, three miles north of Arabi this afternoon.

[Source]: Macon Telegraph (Macon, GA) Apr 19, 1913. Transcribed by Sheila D. Massie for Genealogy Trails


TY TY

A Good Citizen Gone to His Last Rest

Correspondence Macon Telhgraph. [sic]
TY TY, January 4.—It becomes my sad duty to chronicle the death of another one of Worth county's oldest citizens, Mr. John Ford, who died at his home near Isabella, on last Friday, of paralysis. Mr. Ford, at the time of his death, only lacked until the 4th day of February of being eighty years of age, having resided in this county during his entire life. Thus is gone another one of the old landmarks of our county. He leaves a large family to mourn his loss. Four of his sons are citizens of Ty-Ty, to wit: J. H., R. R., W. F. and I. L. Ford, all doing business here. W. F. Ford is the present mayor of our town.

[Source]: Weekly Telegraph, Jan. 10, 1888; Page 7; Transcribed and submitted by Sheila Pitts Massie.




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