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City of Lake Wales, Florida Human Cemetery Division
City of Lake Wales
City of Lake Wales
About the Department

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. Hwy. 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.

Care and maintenance of the Lake Wales Cemetery and Willow Lawn Cemetery are the responsibility of Tim Williams, Cemetery Superintendent.

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, and liaison with funeral homes for funeral arrangements.

The office is open for inquiries between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Sale of burial spaces is by appointment only, and appointments may be made between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Emergencies will be handled on a case by case basis.

To make an appointment or other inquiry, calls should be directed to Zailet Suri, 678-4182 ext. 266.

Lake Wales Cemetery
Lake Wales Cemetery
Notice: Sec. 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.
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