CASH, Lester E. 91, of Valrico, passed away May 3, 2014 in Winter Haven. A native of Sunman, IN, he was born Dec. 4, 1922, the son of Grover C. and Alice Hill Cash. After graduating from Sunman High School in 1941, he served his country in the United States Army in WWII as tank commander with 749 Tank Battalion and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. After retirement, he moved to Winter Haven in 1987. He had an adventurous spirit. When his sons were growing up he volunteered and was active in Boy Scouts. He loved spending time with his family, reading, and reciting poetry, the local YMCA activities and traveling, his mission trips to Haiti, Honduras, and Ecuador. He was an active member of the First Church of God in Tampa and attended First Church of God, Winter Haven. Mr. Cash was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Elzie, Leo, and Wallace Cash, grandson, Dwayne Snyder, and first wife, Ethel Leek Cash. He is survived by his wife of 26 years Laura Wilson Cash; sons, Lester E. (Janet) Cash Jr., William M. (Edna) Snyder; daughter, Agatha (Mervin) Lawrence; stepchildren, Darrell McDonald, Holly (Tom) Myers; brother, Irvin (Joan) Cash; eight grandchildren, Michael (Jenny) Cash, Wendy Earnshaw, Jonathon (Bobbie) Lawrence, Troy (Beth) Snyder, Rodney (Stacy) Snyder, Jessica Snyder, Bradley Myers, and Brett Myers; ten great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Mary Cash and Dena Cash; several nieces and nephews. The family will receive guests Saturday May 10, at Cook Funeral Home 107 Vine Street Sunman, IN 47041 from 10-11:30 am, with a Funeral service to follow at 11:30 am. Interment will be held at St. Paul Cemetery.
Published in the Tampa Bay Times on May 7, 2014