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Mercer, Edwin E.

U.S. Air Force

ALTURAS - Edwin E. Mercer 84 of Alturas passed away Sunday, October 30, 2011 from cancer.
Born May 23, 1927 in Live Oak, FL, he traveled extensively with his family but considered Alturas his home. Edwin was a WW II, Korean and Vietnam War veteran. He served five years in the U.S. Navy and twenty-one years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring with twenty-six years of military service. He was a member of the Bartow American Legion and Masonic Lodge. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by son Duane Mercer and is survived by his wife Montez Young Mercer of Alturas, daughter Glenda Crawford and husband David of Winter Haven, daughter-in-law Candy Mercer of Bartow, daughter Rebecca Bryan of Auburndale, daughter Alice Fowler of Lake Wales, daughter Carolyn Pollock and husband Lyle of Lake Alfred and son Jerald Mercer of Paradise, TX, two brothers Calvin Mercer of Live Oak, and Virgil Mercer of Jacksonville and sister Betty leDeaux of Jacksonville. He had nine grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Nov. 2nd from 2-3 pm at Whidden-McLean Funeral Home in Bartow with a Memorial Service starting at 3pm.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Good Shepherd Hospice, 105 Arneson Avenue, Auburndale, FL 33823. Condolences may be made to the family at

Published in the Lakeland Ledger on November 1, 2011


William H. SMITH, Sr.

Wm H. Smith, Sr.William H. "Bill" Smith Sr., 89, of Hawthorne, passsed away Monday, Feb 17, 2014 at the Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka following an extended illness.
Mr Smith was born to parents Daniel Maloy and Mary Alma Bruton Smith on March 1, 1924.  He retired from the United States Navy in 1973 as a chief photographer's mate after 30 years of service to his country.  After retiring from the Navy, Mr. Smith attended school in Toledo, Ohio, and became a licensed meat cutter.  He owned and operated the former Smith's Grocery in Johnson and Eureka.  He had owned and operated a cattle ranch inNorhwest Florida.  He had also owned and operated Bill's Fish Camp in Suwannee.  He was a licensed boat captain.  He was a member of the Woolawn Baptist Church in Johnson where he served as a deacon.  Mr. Smith was a member and Past Master of the Hawthorne Lodge 103, Free and Accepted Masons and the Keystone Shrine Club in Keystone Heights and the American Legion, Post 230, in Hawthorne.  He enjoyed horses, fishing and hunting in Georgia.
He was preceeded in death by his wife, Thalia Smith;  a son, Jeff Smith; a brother Daniel Smith; and a granddaughter, Alexis Smith.  
Mr. Smith is survived by 3 sons and  daughter-in-laws six gramdchildren and spouses. and four greatgrandchildren.
The funeral will be 2p.m. Sataurday, Feb. 27 at the Woodlawn Baptist Church in Johnson with Pastors Charles Litzell and L. D. Osteen officiating.  The family will begin receiving friends at 1:30 p.m. at the church.  Interment will follow in the Hawthrone Cemetery.  The United States Navy will bestow Military Honor sat the cememtery.  Masonic Rites will be bestowed by the Masonic Lodge #103 in Hawthorne.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the American Legion, Post 230, 20370 SE Hawthorne Rd., Hawthorne, Fl,  32640. Messages of sympathy may be expressed on his online guestbook at  Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.  
 Published  Palatka Daily News Wednesday, Feb 19 2014, pg 8a col. 1

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