L. “Doc” Bennett Flanders, 84

L. Bennett Flanders (known by many as Doc Flanders) passed peacefully in his home in Lakeland on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. He was 84 years old. He was born in Toombs County, Georgia to Arlie and Florence Flanders.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters Arlene Smith and Faye Lollis.

Bennett enrolled at Lyons Senior High School his senior year specifically to play football. There he met Judy Jarriel who he married in June 1960. Shortly thereafter, in the fall of 1960, Bennett entered the University of Georgia Veterinary School. He graduated in June 1964, worked for almost a year in avian research for the veterinary school before moving to Lakeland, FL in 1965. He began his veterinary practice at Crystal Lake Animal Hospital and practiced veterinary medicine over 30 years. He retired from the practice he established at Kathleen Animal Hospital. As he was retiring from practice, he pursued his lifelong dream of cattle ranching. This became a thriving cattle ranch known as LBF Ranch LLC. He was an active member of the Polk County Cattlemen’s Association. He was also a lover of the Georgia Bulldogs.

Bennett is survived by his wife, Judy Flanders, and two daughters: Lori Germany (Eric) and their children Joseph, Jordan, and Jennifer; and Carrie Bayhan (David) and their children Elleri and Ben. He is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.

The family will receive visitors on Wednesday May 11th, from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Life service at 11 a.m. at Bethel Baptist Church, 3125 W Socrum Loop Rd, Lakeland, FL 33810. The burial will follow at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes-Serenity Gardens, 3350 Mall Hill Drive, Lakeland, FL 33810. Condolences may be sent to the family at Gentry-Morrison Funeral Homes.