Obituaries 8.16.18

Obituaries 8.16.18
Aug. 16, 2018

Betty ‘B.J.’ Trent

Betty “B.J.” Trent, age 69, of Plant City, FL passed away on Aug. 1, 2018. 

The family will receive friends Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at Haught Funeral Home, 708 W Dr. MLK Jr Blvd, Plant City, FL

33563. Funeral services will follow at 10:00 a.m. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at

Richard L. Ruis

Richard L. Ruis, 86, of Winter Haven, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 at his residence.

A native of Plant City, FL he moved to Winter Haven in 1963. Richard was an Air Force Korean War Veteran and a member of the Parkland Baptist Church. He was a 1950 graduate of Plant

City High School and a graduate of the University of Florida in Gainesville. Richard was very

active in the local Citrus Industry. He held associations with the Florida State Horticultural

Society; Board of Directors for Citrus World; Sealed Sweet Co. Hesco Board; Board for EPI

Ranch and Co-op 3; Board for Florida Citrus Packers; Gulf Harvesting; Plant City Kiwanis

and taught as an Evening Professor at Polk Community College for twelve years. Richard retired in 1997 as the CEO and General Manager of Winter Haven Citrus Growers. 

He is survived by his wife Loretta H. Ruis of Winter Haven, Fl. Daughters Brenda L. Walker and

husband Glen of Bradenton, FL. Traci Rogers and husband Jacky of Decatur, AL. Son Richard

“Andy” Ruis of Winter Haven, FL. Grandsons Alan Walker of Venice, FL. Taylor Tanner and

wife Hailey of Winter Haven FL. Brothers Jimmy Ruis and wife Rachel of Leesburg, FL. Kenneth

Ruis and wife Vivian of Plant City, FL. Sisters Evelyn Johnson and Charlotte Britt both of Plant


Condolences may be made to the family at 


Donnie L. Bingham 

Donnie L. Bingham, CMS, USAF retired, 82, of Riverview passed away Aug. 10, 2018. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018 at First Freewill Baptist Church of Tampa, with service to be at 11 a.m. 

The family has asked that any donations be made in Donnie’s memory to God Works Ministry so that it may continue in his absence.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Maida Frances Badcock Pou

Maida Frances Badcock Pou, 88, of Plant City, Florida, born at home in Mulberry to the late

Wogan and Evelyn Clark Badcock on Jan. 15, 1930. 

She graduated from Mulberry High School and attended Florida State College where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. After graduation in 1951, she taught elementary school in Sarasota and Plant City until she became a full-time mother. Over the years she was a Trustee for First United Methodist Church of Plant City, UMC Children’s Home in Enterprise, and Florida Southern College in Lakeland.  

She was married to the late Billy Pou for 52 years. They shared their love of travel with their children and grandchildren. She loved children and made it her mission to give all children a thirst for learning.  

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Billy Pou; infant daughter, Salley Badcock Pou; parents, Wogan and Evelyn Badcock; and brother, Wogie Badcock, Jr. 

She is survived by her son, William “Bill” Pou, Jr (Kathy); daughter, Evelyn “Ebbie Sue” Doherty (Bob); sister, Evelyn Baber; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, family, and


The family has been blessed by her special caregiver, Betty Dixon, caregivers and Mary Spake at Comfort Keepers, and entrusted physician for over 30 years, Dr. Robert Bevis - she loved his kindness and compassion.  

A funeral service was held on Monday at First United Methodist Church, 303 N Evers Street, Plant City. Private interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Plant City.  

In lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity, First United Methodist Church in Plant City 303 N Evers Street, Plant City 33563, and/or Florida Southern

College, Advancement Office, 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland 33801. 

Expressions of condolence at