Silver Springs - John "Fletcher" Counts, 87, of Silver Springs went to be with his Lord and Savior on July 24, 2014. He was born to John Claude and Laura Counts on August 3, 1926 in Lacota, Florida. As a boy he attended East Marion School and shortly after he honorably served in U.S. Army during WWII. After returning home, he worked for the City Utilities in Ocala and Florida Telephone. In 1947, he was married to his loving wife Lillian Mae Wallace Counts. Together they raised five children. He owned and operated Counts General Store for 17 years in Scrambletown. At Cedar Creek Baptist Church, he was involved with many roles including Emeritus Deacon, Choir, Soul Winning Ministry, Treasurer, Usher, Sunday School Superintendent and Cemetery Grounds Keeper. During his retirement years, he worked at Skyline Mobile Home Inc., East Marion School, and he had a lawn service. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and gardening. He is predeceased in by his loving wife Lillian and daughter, Denna Glaeser.
He is survived by four children John (Elizabeth) Counts, Evelyn (David) Dye, Lester (Stacy) Counts and Mary Beth (Chesley) Johnson. John also has ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held Wednesday July 30, 2014 from 5 to 7 PM at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 910 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL 34470. A Service will be held at Cedar Creek Baptist Church on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10 AM with burial to follow at the church cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to:
Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services
910 E Silver Springs Blvd Ocala, FL 34470
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from July 27 to July 29, 2014