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Mrs. Janet Moore Straughn

October 9, 1939 — June 8, 2019

LAKELAND – Mrs. Janet Moore Straughn, 79, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019 in Lakeland, FL. Born in Bartow, FL on October 9, 1939, she attended Summerlin Institute in Bartow , and graduated from Fort Meade High School in 1957. She was a past member of the Woman’s Club of Lakeland, the Tuesday Music Club of Lakeland, and the Sorosis Club of Lakeland. Janet was a gifted soloist and provided music for many weddings and other social events in and around Polk County, and she sang on WBAR radio station in Bartow for a period of time. In 1979, Janet married Charles D. Straughn, Sr. and moved to Marathon, FL to develop property with her husband. They owned and managed Casa Marlene Apartments as well as Keys Electric and Air-Conditioning Co. in Marathon, and she remained an active partner in the business ventures. Janet and Charles sold their property in the Florida Keys, and returned to Lakeland in 1994, where they owned A & B Contractors. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Marathon from 1979 through 1994 where she was an active member of the church choir and other special music events of the church. After returning to Lakeland she became a member of Scott Lake Baptist Church and served on the social committee. Janet enjoyed being a homemaker, wife and mother of her only child, Chuck Straughn, Jr. She said her role as “mom” gave her the greatest joy in her life. Many times she could be heard saying “I always knew that God loved me, but I never knew how much until He blessed me with my son, Chuck, and grandchildren.” Janet wanted to be remembered as a peacemaker in this troubled world, and as a person with great compassion for others.

She was preceded in death by her father, J.D. Moore; mother and stepfather, Olma and Doris Cannon Hendrick; husband, Charles Donald Straughn, Sr.; son, Curtis Straughn; sisters, Glenda Kilner, and Alene Sloan Wetherford.

Janet is survived by her fiancé, Donald Archer, Lakeland, FL; son, Chuck D. Straughn, Jr. and wife Kirsten, Silverthorne, CO; daughters, Darlene Norwine and husband Pat, Lakeland, FL, Donna Moon and husband Richard, Augusta, GA; daughter-in-law, Robin Straughn, Lakeland, FL; sister, Margie Williams and husband Jimmy, Polk City, FL; her nieces that she helped raise, Angie Gordon and husband Pete, Fort Meade, FL, and Nikki Colvin, Butler, AL; grandchildren, Dillon, August, Lincoln, and Victoria, Jessica, Melissa, Shawn, Ricky, Wendell and many other adopted grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Scott Lake Baptist Church, 5811 Scott Lake Rd., Lakeland, FL 33813. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary with pastors Darin Kress and Chuck Straughn, Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Burial Park, 4620 U.S. Highway 98, South, Lakeland, FL 33812.

Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade, FL 863-285-8171
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