Month: November 2018

Mrs. Myrtice Whittington, 92

FORT MEADE – Mrs. Myrtice Whittington, 92, passed away Sunday, November 18, 2018 at Bartow Regional Health Center. Mrs. Whittington was born, August 14, 1927 and has been a resident of Fort Meade. She worked for Ben Hill Griffin, Inc. of Frostproof as a citrus fruit sectionizer, she worked many years in the cafeteria of the FMHS and she also was the wife of the church pastor, being a very minor second job to her, but a very important role to those who she helped over the years with her encouraging words, prayers, and advice. Mrs. Whittington loved to cook for her family, her church family and friends, and anyone who was in need of food, along with and serving on her church board, as the church secretary and treasurer for over 40 years, and to tell others about the love of God.
Mrs. Whittington was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. J.L. Whittington; son, Alan Whittington, and several brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her son, Jimmie Whittington and wife Sophia, Bartow, FL; five grandchildren, J.J. Whittington, Kevin Whittington, Michael Whittington, Todd, Whittington, and Christopher Whittington;\; two great-grandchildren, Benjamin and Wendy.
Visitation will be held from 2:00 p.m., – 2:30 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2018 at the Full Fellowship Gospel Church, 1795 Hwy. 17, South, Fort Meade, FL. Funeral services will follow at 2:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary, and interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Fort Meade.

Wanted: Bartow police seek suspect Christopher Lyle Downs in overnight shooting

BARTOW — The suspect in an overnight shooting is being sought by authorities, according to a press release from the Bartow Police Department.

Wanted by authorities is Christopher Lyle Downs, 31, of Fort Meade.

According to Bartow police, officers responded to the 1700 block of Marshall Street regarding an injured person at 11:19 p.m. Tuesday.

Identified at the scene was William Cooper Jr., 26, of Bartow, who was lying in the street with apparent gunshot wound injuries.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Cooper had earlier been attending a birthday party in the vicinity of the shooting and been involved in an altercation with an unidentified black male. During that fight, Cooper battered the unknown subject, according to the release.

A short time later, as Cooper left the party, he was approached by the unknown subject and a white male later identified as Downs. Downs confronted Cooper and a physical altercation ensued.
During the fight, Downs brandished a small-caliber handgun and fired several shots, striking Cooper in the lower back, according to police. Downs then began to strike Cooper over the head as he laid in the street. As witnesses began to gather, Downs and the unidentified male entered a white-colored pickup truck and fled the scene.
Cooper was transported to Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center where he was treated for injuries from the gunshot wounds. He is currently listed in stable condition.
Downs is wanted by authorities and faces felony charges of aggravated battery with a firearm, discharging a firearm in public and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Anyone with knowledge of this incident or the whereabouts of Downs is asked to contact the Bartow Police Department at 863-534-5034 or Heartland Crimestoppers at 800-226-TIPS.