Skate World Lakeland
Skating has been an early tradition in Lakeland dating back to the early 70’s. Arlys “Pops” Talbert operated the original and first Skate World on the corner of Memorial and Lakeland Hills Boulevards. In 1973, he purchased the current location on Lake Parker Avenue and Memorial Boulevard and moved Skate World to a bigger and better location.
Through the years, Adonis was known for his generous spirit and bounce to his step. He was fun loving and kind. He was strict, though; don’t ever think about trying to sneak out to Jimbo’s for some BBQ. Today, many people still come to Skate World and expect to find Adonis, playing his favorite songs, lighting candles on a birthday cake, giving a child something to eat who couldn’t afford it, donating his time and money for a good cause or just being there to listen as a friend. Some called Adonis their “big brother”, others an “uncle”, some even referred to him as their “dad”. He was always willing to help and never expected anything in return. He is missed greatly by the generations he touched for 30 years.