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Updated: 11/06/2013 08:00:01AM

M. Walker Driskell

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Mr. M. Walker Driskell, 97, passed away at his home Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, of heart failure.

Mr. Driskell was born May 22, 1916, in Taylor County, Ga., and moved to Lakeland, Fla., from Fort Meade, Fla., in 1973.

He was a retired maintenance supervisor for Swift & Co. and of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Driskell was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran serving in the Seabees, after his service in the Navy.

Mr. Driskell was a member of the Civilian Construction Corps, helping to build national parks throughout the United States. Woodworking and fishing were two of Mr. Driskell’s favorite hobbies, and he continued to practice his woodworking skills until his death.

Mr. Driskell was preceded in death by his son, Tommy Driskell and brothers, Woodrow Driskell, Willard Driskell and Dudley Driskell.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Lessie Douglas Driskell, Lakeland; daughter, Susan Driskell Cannon and husband, Wayne, Fort Meade; stepson, Jimmy O’Steen and wife, Gwen, Lakeland; stepdaughters, Pam Addison, Lakeland, Fla., Gail Davis and husband John, Townsend, Tenn., Sharon Grant and husband Mark, Fort Myers, Fla.; daugher-in law, Donna Driskell; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation was 2-3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at Hancock Funeral Home, 945 E. Broadway, Fort Meade, with funeral services following at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Interment is in Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Meade.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, is in charge of arrangements.

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