Obituary: Willie Lee "Lightning" Lightner

Mr. Lightner, 73, of Winter Garden, died Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

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Willie Lee “Lightning” Lightner, 73, of Winter Garden, Florida departed this life on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. Willie was born on May 16, 1944, to the late Willie Mae Lightner and Willie B. Patterson in Clayton, Alabama. 

He worked in the citrus industry for several years. 

Willie is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lightner; stepchildren, Darrol (Gretchen) Ward, Chantina Hayes, Danza Petty; 10 siblings; 15 grandchildren; a host of other relatives and many friends. 

Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church. A service of celebration was held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul AME Church, 330 Center St., Winter Garden. Interment: Winter Garden Cemetery. Postell’s Mortuary is providing service for the Lightner family.




Amy Quesinberry

Community Editor Amy Quesinberry was born at the old West Orange Memorial Hospital and raised in Winter Garden. Aside from earning her journalism degree from the University of Georgia, she hasn’t strayed too far from her hometown and her three-mile bubble. She grew up reading The Winter Garden Times and knew in the eighth grade she wanted to write for her community newspaper. She has been part of the writing and editing team since 1990.

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