Walter Carlton Pounds, Jr., age 82, of West Voorhis Avenue, DeLand, died June 25, 2013. Born May 14, 1931 in DeLand, he was a lifetime resident and is survived by his wife of 17 years, Beatrice; a stepson Daniel Wilson Henderson, Jr. of Orange City; two step daughters, Shirley Carter and Vickie Hoblick of DeLand; three step grandsons and four step granddaughters; one sister Myra Stone of DeLand; also, eight nieces and seven nephews. A descendant of Revolutionary War Soldier Reuben Pounds, Pounds himself served in the military, as a Korean War veteran with two years as a personnel specialist in the U.S. Army and ten years as a Cryptographic operations supervisor in the U.S. Air Force. Upon returning to his hometown, Pounds entered the Postal Service where he served seven years as a postal clerk at the DeLand Post Office; then being promoted to Postmaster at Cassadaga for seven years; and a final seven years as Postmaster at DeLeon Springs, from which he retired. He had the distinction of being a postmaster at a third class office; a second class office and a first class office and a trainer postmaster, which less than one percent of the Nation's postmasters achieved. Pounds had been a member of the DeLeon Springs Lions Club, where he held every office. He was instrumental in the naming of Chuck Lennon Regional Park to the County Council; being the first to suggest honoring his fellow Lions Club member; a charter treasurer of the Chuck Lennon Memorial Scholarship Fund; a past Vice-President of the DeLeon Springs Merchants Association, and a moderator of a series of town meetings, and a member of the Florida Chapter of the National Association of Postmasters of the United States. Active in genealogy, he was a past treasurer of the Roots and Branches Genealogical Society, and had authorized a history of his name, and had been a volunteer at DeLand Public Library. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 29th at 2pm at Calvary Baptist Church in DeLand, with a visitation from 1-2pm prior to the service. Reverend Bill Tate will officiate. Online condolences may be made at www.allensummerhillfuneralhome.com. Allen-Summerhill Funeral Home DeLand is in charge.
Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 27, 2013