Duties & Responsibilities
Administrative duties for the Cemetery Division are handled by Public Services Administration, located in the Municipal Administration Building at 201 W Central Avenue. Administrative duties include the
Sale of burial spaces
Maintenance of cemetery records
Liaison with funeral homes for funeral arrangements
Care and maintenance of the Lake Wales Cemetery and Willow Lawn Cemetery
are the responsibility of Tim Williams, Cemetery Superintendent.
The Cemetery Division was established in 1918 when the Lake Wales Land
Company donated 9.3 acres of land "on a pine knoll west of town" for a
cemetery. Additional land was acquired in 1938, and the Lake Wales
Cemetery on U.S. Highway 27 was expanded to its current 27.4 acres. The
10-acre Willow Lawn Cemetery on Washington Avenue was deeded to the City
by a group of community churches in 1941.
Section 2-620 of the Lake Wales Code of Ordinances
prohibits the sale or transfer of any cemetery deed without the written
authorization of the City and the payment of a $50 transfer fee. For
the protection of the public, this requirement is necessary to ensure
that there has not already been an interment in the burial space to be
sold or transferred.