Gapway Cemetery, Lakeland, Florida

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This free space page for the Gapway Cemetery is part of WikiTree's Florida Cemeteries Project, and was created to document the life and times of our ancestors that are interred there. The Florida Cemeteries Project is a subproject of the larger U.S. Cemeteries Project.

Gapway Cemetery is situated at 1910 North Crystal Lake Drive in the City of Lakeland, the largest municipality in Polk County, Florida. Of historical note, the site is located in an area formerly known as "Sparling Station".[1] The cemetery is owned and maintained by the Gapway Baptist Church, located at 1705 North Combee Road in Lakeland.

The Gapway Baptist Church was organized in 1875 at the site of the current cemetery.[2] The name "Gapway" was chosen because the congregation's founding parishioners lived "in the gap" between Lake Parker and Lake Bonny. The oldest recorded interment in the cemetery dates to 1861, predating the original church building, which was a log cabin.

This page is a work in progress, and will remain so until the Table of Interments (below) is completed. The Table of Interments is a sortable listing of persons interred at this cemetery, some or all of whom are linked to existing WikiTree profiles. Although all grave markers in this cemetery have been photographed (or will be shortly), the photos can only be displayed for persons with existing WikiTree profiles. If you know of a person interred at this cemetery that should be linked to an existing WikiTree profile, or needs to have a profile created for them, please contact Tom Shaw for assistance.

Contact Information, Location and Map

Address and Phone
1910 North Crystal Lake Drive
Lakeland, Florida 33803
(863) 665-9064

GPS Coordinates (WGS84)
28.025990, -81.923118

Gapway Cemetery on Google Maps

Links to Other Online Resources

Churches and Cemeteries page
Find A Grave page
Billion Graves page

Tasks Completed


  • In progress
  • Approximately 50% of grave markers photographed w/ GPS coordinates on July 1, 2014

Data Transcriptions

  • In progress
  • 3 transcriptions completed
  • 1 photograph linked in Table of Interments, below.

To Do

Project members are needed to:

  • Assist with data collection and grave marker transcriptions
Additional photography and GPS data collection is needed, and previously collected data can be sent by email to other members willing to assist with transcriptions.
  • Link existing profiles or create new profiles for persons listed in the Table of Interments
When complete, everyone listed in the Table of Interments will be linked to their own WikiTree profile, and to a photo of that person's corresponding grave marker. The created profiles can include other genealogical and biographical information as well as a listing of sources for documentation.
  • Validate links and transcription information
Profile and photo links and transcribed information needs to be cross-checked to ensure accuracy.
  • Create an audio/video tour of the cemetery
Record a virtual tour of the cemetery that can be viewed as downloadable media on computers, tablets or other device. Such a tour would take the viewer around the cemetery to explore the history of the people buried here. Background information can be supplied. Those with mobile internet access can access online links to more information.

Table of Interments

Sortable table
Last Name First/Middle Names/Initials Born Died Age Notes Latitude Longitude Photo Date Photo (click for larger)
LewisJames L.19081942-04-1234Inscription: Asleep in Jesus28.026042-81.9232642014-07-01
McConvilleThomas E.1913-03-301961-10-1648Inscription: TEC4 ASF PERS REPL DEPOT WORLD WAR II28.026044-81.9232642014-07-01
HaagerCharles B.1874-04-121930-03-205528.026079-81.9232642014-07-01
HaagerRhoda A.1888-09-221939-05-235028.026081-81.9232642014-07-01
HaagerV. Charlene1924-07-241925-02-07028.026083-81.9232782014-07-01
CombeeJames R.1921-05-261970-03-0848WWII Veteran28.025917-81.9234172014-07-01


  1. Title:"South Florida Pioneers, Issues 15-38"
    Subject: Gapway Cemetery
    Source Type: Digital document (periodical), page 39
    Author/Publisher and Date of Publication: Richard M. Livingston, 1978
    Repository: Google Books
    Website: South Florida Pioneers, Issues 15-38
    Access Date: July 1, 2014
  2. Title:"A Guide to Historic Lakeland, Florida"
    Subject: Gapway Cemetery
    Source Type: Digital document (book), page 149
    Author/Publisher and Date of Publication: Steven Rajtar/The History Press, 2007
    Repository: Google Books
    Website: A Guide to Historic Lakeland Florida
    Access Date: July 1, 2014

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I was looking over your cemetery site to see what ideas I could obtain to enhance mine. Your site is incredibly impressive. I have only photographed 28 headstones and some I want to redo, which I knew would happen. This year is all about learning the process for me. I have transcribed 3 and am still working on 1 of those. I want to put backgrounds on them. I am trying to put bells and whistles on them which is helping me to learn a great deal. Thanks for sharing your site. I was looking to see how you added the little ghost which I am sure is on the profile itself.