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Updated: 06/16/2014 03:14:11PM

Hildred Lorene Pelham

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Hildred “Lorene” Pelham, 88, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014, in Port Charlotte, Fla.

She was born April 16, 1926, in Jupiter, Fla., moving to Arcadia, 46 years ago from Fort Myers, Fla.

Lorene was a CNA and a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, reading, crocheting and spending quality time with her family. Lorene was a member of Central Missionary Baptist Church, Arcadia.

Survivors are two sons, Jack and Thomas Pelham, both of Arcadia; four daughters, Joyce (Jessie) Southerland, Troy, Ala., Linda (Mitchell) Allbritton, Arcadia, Sharon (Charles) Floyd, Franklin, N.C., and Vivian Pelham, Wauchula, Fla.; one sister, Catherine (Robert) Heine, Arcadia; 24 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; and 17 great-great-grandchildren. Lorene is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Willard , to whom she was married just four months shy of their 60th wedding anniversary; her parents, William and Etta (nee Crawford) Williams; a daughter, Sandra Steelman; a son, Calvin Pelham; two brothers, Austin and Wallace Williams; a sister, Louise Pelham; three grandsons, Bobby, Leslie and Chris.

Visitation will be conducted at 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, 2014, from the chapel of Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, 50 No. Hillsborough Avenue, Arcadia, FL. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Central Missionary Baptist Church, Arcadia, FL, with The Rev. Terry Hudson officiating. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Arcadia, FL.

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