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Updated: 01/29/2014 08:00:02AM

Clarence Everett Polston

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Clarence Everett Polston, 77, passed away Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, in Sebring, Fla.

He was born Sept. 8, 1936, in Holmes County, Fla., to Benjamin E. and Tearsie (nee Holman) Polston.

Clarence has been a resident of Sebring, Fla., since 1957, coming from Holmes County. He attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Arcadia, Fla. Clarence worked for E.O. Koch Construction Co. for 50 years, serving as the General Manager and Vice President. He loved horses and trail rides.

Clarence was a founding member of the Florida Cracker Trail Association. He was a member of the Osceola County Wagon Train and Trailride Inc., the Kiwanis Noon Club for 44 years, and a member of BPOE Lodge 1529. Clarence served on the Highlands County, Fla., Licensing Board, and was a member of the Poplar Springs Alumni Association in Graceville, Fla. He especially loved and enjoyed his family.

He is survived by his wife, Rose C. Polston of Sebring; children, Teresa (John Friend) Polston of Winter Haven, Fla., Donald (Kristi) Polston of Sebring, Brenda (John) Dollar of Orlando, Fla., and Jennifer (Nick) Koellner of Sebring; stepchildren, Bartley (Jayne) Arrington of Arcadia, Nelson Arrington of Arcadia, and Derek (Rachel) Arrington of Longwood, Fla.; brothers, Wilmer (Juanita) Polston of Columbus, Ga., and Wesley (Joy) Polston of Marianna, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Polston; and brothers, Olon Polston, Samuel Polston and Sidney Polston.

Visitation with the family will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, at Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home in Sebring. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Sebring, with Pastor Jim Wade officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 304 W. Oak St., Arcadia, FL 34266; the American Heart Association; or a Charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home,Sebring.

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