Obituaries – 11-27-2019

Barbara Lynn Harlan

Barbara Lynn Harlan, 70, of Bradenton Beach, a longtime resident of Anna Maria Island, died unexpectedly Nov. 6 on the island she loved. She was born Feb. 9, 1949, in Muskegan, Michigan. She was raised with her brother Bruce in Southfield, Michigan, by parents Everett and Virginia Haehnel.

It was in the early 1980s that she migrated to Florida with the love of her life, her late husband Gordy, and three young children. The family settled in Bradenton Beach.

As the owner of Harlan 1-Hour Photo in Holmes Beach, many friendships were kindled and a new life sprouted from there. She treasured strolls along the beach with her husband, children, visiting family and friends. For many years, she would venture to Guatemala, volunteering to build houses with Habitat for Humanity. Her love of people and infectious positive attitude was shared and felt by all who crossed her path.

Family and friends will gather on her birthday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the beach off 22nd Street North for a sunset celebration of her wonderful life. She will be loved, missed and admired by many, forever.

Devotion to family filled her heart and days.

Mrs. Harlan is survived by sons Greg and wife Brandy and Gary and wife Morgan; daughter Ginny; grandchildren Skyler, Angelina, Jeremiah, Ashton, Payton, Ava, Sean and Ethan; and great-grandchildren Sophia, Stella and Sailor.


Benjamin T. Langston

Benjamin T. Langston, 65, formerly of Holmes Beach, died Nov. 7 at home in Franklin, North Carolina.

He was born Oct. 6, 1951, in Nashville, Tennessee, and was raised there.

He will be truly missed and in our hearts forever. Go Aggies! Go Cowboys!

Mr. Langston is survived by his former wife, Cynthia; son William and daughter Olivia; and grandchildren Liam and Layla, all of Holmes Beach; sister Lynda Garrett of Memphis, Tennessee; brother Leonard of Glenwood Springs, Colorado; nephews Jason Frix, Clayton and Ben Garrett; as well as many friends and other family.

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