Wilford Monroe Deason of Bristol, Florida passed away Friday, July 12, 2013 at the age of ninety-one. Wilford was a lifelong resident of Bristol and was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also a member of the Lion’s Club, a Mason in Dixie Lodge 109 F&AM, and a member of the American Legion in Hosford, Florida. He was a Veteran of World War II serving in the United States Air Force. Wilford served as Liberty County Property Appraiser for twenty-four years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Abram and Julia Ethel (Peters) Deason, a brother Ralph Deason, sisters Lottie Peddie, Elsie Strickland and Lessie Revell.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Thelma of Bristol; a son, Michael (Dale) of Bristol; two daughters, Charis Thompson (Jack) of Gainesville, Florida and Sheila Shelton (Lamar) of Altha, Florida; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and a brother Carlos Deason (Ivaleen)of Quincy, Florida.
His love for his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as his community was evident to everyone he encountered. He was a hardworking man of integrity who also enjoyed gardening and cheering on the Florida Gators and he was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.
The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m. ET, Monday, July 15 at Adams Funeral Home in Blountstown. A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, July 16 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bristol with Bishop Buddy Money officiating. Interment will follow.
Gifts in memory of Mr. Deason may be made to Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, c/o Marzuq Shrine Center, 1805 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32303 or VFW Post 12010 for VFW National Home for Children, PO Box 243, Bristol, Florida 32321.
Adams Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Phone 674-5449. Online condolences may be made at adamsfh.com.