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Larry D. Sheets

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Department Judge Advocate, Larry D. Sheets, of Miami, FL on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at the age of 72. Larry is survived by his sister, Nancy Carroll, of Hampton, Georgia, and his brother, John Sheets, of Plymouth, Indiana. There are no details regarding services at this time, but any new information will be communicated to you through email as well as posted on the website.

Larry was a U.S. Air Force Vietnam War Era Veteran and a member of Sullivan-Babcock Post 32, with 51 continuous years of membership. Larry served as an aircraft mechanic while in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked for Eastern Airlines for 21 years and retired Executive Airlines (American Eagle) in Miami.

Larry joined The American Legion in 1968 at Nappanee, Indiana Post 154, and transferred to Hialeah, Florida Post 32 in 1972. He served in many elected and appointed positions during his impressive career in The American Legion including 14 terms as Post Commander.   On a Department level, Larry, served as Department Internal Affairs Chairman (1994-2002 & 2006-15); 10th District Commander (1980-81); Department Sgt-at-Arms (1987-89); Vice Commander – Southern Area (1985-86); and Department Commander (1989-90). On a National level, Larry, served on the National Internal Affairs Committee (1987-19); National Legislative Council (1993-94 & 1999-19); and was elected National Vice Commander (2011-12).

If you would like to send your condolences you may do so through Post 32 Commander, Sly Fowler.  

Family of PDC Larry Sheets
C/O Sly Fowler
6720 Crooked Palm Ter.
Miami Lakes, FL 33014-2918

UPDATE: Urn Committal Service with Military Honors will take place on Thursday, January 24, 2019, 11:30 AM at South Florida National Cemetery, 6501 South SR 7, Lake Worth, FL.

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Raymond “Ray” M. Weaver

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department Commander, Raymond “Ray” M. Weaver, of Waynesville, NC on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the age of 87. Ray is survived by his wife, Joyce, and by his son, Joel Weaver, and daughter, Nancy Del Rosal. Funeral service will be held Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Crawford/Ray Funeral Home, 1 North Main Street, Canton, NC at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Burial will follow at 2:30 pm at Green Hill Cemetery, 129 Legion Dr., Waynesville, NC. The local American Legion post will be performing military honors.

Ray is a U.S. Air Force Korean war veteran and a member of Post 8, with 38 years of membership. He served many roles during his impressive career in The American Legion. Ray was former Department Oratorical Chairman (1985-99); 15th District Commander (1992-93); Department Vice Commander Central Area (1994-95); and Department Commander (1996-97).

Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in time of grief. Condolences you may do so through his son, Joel Weaver, at 122 Margaret Lane, Waynesville, NC 28785

Update: The date of Ray Weaver’s funeral service has been changed to Friday, December 7th due to inclement weather. Same time and place, 1- 2 at funeral home and 2:30 at cemetery.  

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Olga “OT” B. Terrell

It is with sad heart that we have to announce that Past Department President, Olga “OT” B. Terrell, age 98, of Fort Walton Beach, FL passed away Thursday, November 29, 2018 at her residence.  She was born October 12, 1920 in Fort Deposit, AL to the late Gerald and Rosalee (Sullivan) Bush.

Olga married Lee R. Terrell on May 8, 1941 in Forest, MS.  She was heavily involved with the American Legion Auxiliary from the national level down to her unit at Rogers-Hinson Post #235.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lee R. Terrell and five siblings.

Survivors include her children, Roslyn “Lyn” Terrell of Fort Walton Beach, FL and Joan Schade of Hay Market, VA; her grandchildren, Michael (Melinda) Hicks, Michelle (David) Kerwood, all of Fort Walton Beach, FL, and Gwen (Pete) Schade of Orlando, FL; her great granddaughter, Kaitlyn (Brian) Shermer of Iwakuni, Japan.

If you would like to send a card please send to: Lyn Terrell at 40 Hemlock Dr, Ft. Walton Beach, Fl. 32548-4751

FUNERAL SERVICE INFORMATION IS BELOW:

VISITATION

Monday
December 3, 2018
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

SERVICE

Tuesday
December 4, 2018
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Emerald Coast Funeral Home
161 Racetrack Road North West
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

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Eugene Poole

Commander Eugene Poole of Post 210 has passed away. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 1st at 11:00am at Keith Dominion House of God, 2830 NW 27th Ave, Ocala, FL.

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Peter Bluto

It is with sincere regret that we announce the passing of Peter Bluto, Post 6 Commander, on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

A memorial service will be held on September 12, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Lankford Funeral Home located at 220 East New York Ave; Deland, FL. 

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Lawrence E. Strainge Sr.

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department Commander, Lawrence E. Strainge, Sr., of Delray Beach, FL on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the age of 82. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Lillie, and two sons, Lawrence E. Strainge, Jr. and Michael L. Strainge. There are no details regarding services at this time, but any new information will be communicated to you through email as well as posted on the website.

Lawrence was a U.S. Army Korean war veteran and a member of Sherman Williams Post 188, with 44 continuous years of membership.

Lawrence served many roles during his impressive career in The American Legion. Lawrence served as Post Adjutant (1991-93, 2005-14); Post Commander (1982-86, 1995-99, 2014-17); 11th District Commander (1987-88); Department Vice Commander for the Southern Area (1993-94); Department Commander (1998-99); and National Executive Committeeman Alternate (1999-00).

If you would like to send your condolences you may do so through his wife, Lillie Strainge, at 312 NW 10th Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444.

Update 08/28/18:
The Viewing will be held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 1, 2018 at Mont Olive Baptist Church, 40 NW 4th Ave., Delray Beach, FL with Funeral Services immediately following.

Interment will be held at 9:15 AM on Monday, September 3, 2018 at National Cemetery Lake Worth, 6501 SR 7, Lake Worth, FL.

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Kirk Miller

It is with deep sadness that we report that Kirk Miller, Past Detachment Commander for the State of Florida and Member of Squadron 275 and ALR Chapter 275, passed away this morning at approximately 1:32 am from complications of pneumonia, a lung infection and COPD. He was admitted to Mease Dunedin Hospital last night around 9 pm. Please keep his wife Cheryl Miller and his family in your thoughts and prayers. A celebration of Life will be scheduled for a future date and will be announced when the date is set.

UPDATE 08/15/18:
Squadron 275 in Dunedin will be hosting a celebration of life for Past Detachment Commander, Kirk Miller, who passed away last week. The celebration of life will be held at American Legion Post 275 on Saturday, September 22, 2018. Information is listed below for your review and consideration.

Date
Saturday, September 22, 2018

Time
1:00pm

Location
American Legion Post 275
360 Wilson Street
Dunedin, FL 34698

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Arthur Lowes

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Post 57 Commander, Arthur “Art” Lowes, on Monday, August 6, 2018. There are no details regarding services at this time, we will update when the information becomes available.

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David “Dave” DeLong

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past Department Commander, David “Dave” DeLong, of Tampa, FL on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at the age of 83. Dave is survived by his wife, Ann. Funeral Services will be held at American Legion Post 5, 3810 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 12:00pm.

Dave is a U.S. Army Korean war veteran and a member of Post 138, with 43 continuous years of membership.

Dave served many roles during his impressive career in The American Legion. Dave served as Post Adjutant for eleven years in 1979-82, 2003-08 & 2011-14. He served as Post Commander in 1981-82 and with his leadership the Post reached an all-time high in membership. In the year 1986-87 he served as Department Membership Chairman. That year the Department of Florida rose to a figure higher than 100,000 for the first time in its history and was the first Department to reach 100% in membership. He served as Department Vice Commander for the Central Area in 1991-92, where he again reached an all-time high in membership for the Central Area.  In 1995-96, he served as Department Commander.

If you would like to send your condolences you may do so through his wife, Ann, at 4711 W. El Prado Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629.

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Lawrence “Larry” E. Carpenter

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past 1st District Commander, Lawrence “Larry” E. Carpenter, of Ft. Walton Beach, FL on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the age of 70. Larry is survived by his wife, Patricia. There are no details regarding services at this time, but any new information will be communicated to you through email as well as posted on the website.

Larry was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran and a member of Post 221, with 33 continuous years of membership. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in this time of grief. Condolences may be sent to his wife, Patricia, at 31G Alder Ave., SE, Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32548.

UPDATE:

A memorial service for Past 1st District Commander, Lawrence “Larry” Carpenter, will be held at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 363 Miracle Strip Parkway, SW Fort Walton Beach at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 followed by a celebration of Life at the Niceville American Legion Post 221, 444 John Sims Pkwy E., Niceville, FL 32578. The family request in lieu of flowers that donations be made in honor of Larry to the American legion post 221 for “PROJECT:VetRelief” 444 John Sims Pkwy E, Niceville, FL 32578.

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