Talbot House Ministries celebrated the lives of three longtime friends on Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. The ceremony, which included full military honors and a 21-gun salute from the American Legion Post 8 Honor Guard of Winter Haven, took place in the Memorial Gardens on campus.
The ceremony memorialized Beverly Daniel, Michael Klingaman, Captain Clarence “Clancy” LeMasters, and Peggy Watkins. Custom pavers were installed in the Memorial Gardens in honor of their lasting impact on the ministry.
Beverly Daniel, wife of current board member Dr. Ron Daniel, was a loyal advocate of Talbot House Ministries for over ten years. Michael Klingaman was a former Talbot House client who was instrumental in building the Memorial Gardens. His remains were interred on the premises and his service in the U.S. Army was recognized with full military honors. Clancy LeMasters was past-president of the Board of Directors, a man of faith and strong advocate for the homeless. Peggy Watkins, a beloved board member and president of the Ministerial Alliance, ministered to many residents and coordinated a special Thanksgiving event every year.
The Memorial Gardens on campus serve not only as a place of quiet reflection, but also as a final resting place for some of those who have called Talbot House Ministries home over the years. The Gardens feature pavers engraved with the names of beloved supporters and friends, which bear testimony to their legacies.