William Clinton Catledge Sr
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William Clinton Catledge Sr, age 89, of Tallahassee, Florida passed away on Friday, January 24, 2014 in Tallahassee.The third child out of four, he was born in Madison, Florida on October 10, 1924 to Bernice Smith Catledge and Wesley Wilburn Catledge Sr. Bill graduated from Madison High School, and then attended the University of Florida from 1942-1943 before joining the U.S. Army in March 1943.He served with Company C 10th Infantry Regiment of the 5th Infantry Division (nicknamed Red Diamonds or "Red Devils"), which participated in three campaigns: Normandy, Northern France, and Rhineland. He was captured by the Germans in Metz, France, spent 212 days as a POW, and was honorably discharged on November 16, 1945 as a Corporal.Bill's beloved wife of fifty-eight years, Jimmie Geneva Vickers Catledge of Homerville, Georgia, whom he married on December 4, 1943, predeceased him. Following the war, Bill and Geneva lived in Madison where he worked in the grocery business. A move to Georgia, first to Sylvester and then later to Cairo, landed him in farm supplies.In 1959 they moved to Tallahassee where he worked as an insurance agent with Life of Georgia and then Gulf Life. They joined St. Paul's United Methodist Church and were members of the Burleigh Law Sunday School Class. Besides being an avid fan of the University of Florida's football team, Bill's many interests included gardening, hunting, classic country music, and Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell.In his younger days, he participated in a bowling league where he earned the moniker "clean-up man" because of his ability to bowl strikes. Making his list of favorite football players are Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow, and Danny Wuerffel. Anticipation of an oyster dinner—whether fried, stewed, or raw—always brought a twinkle to his eye. He lived a rich and joyful life, and cherished his family and all their times together.Bill is survived by his daughter Patricia Catledge Peters and son-in-law Stephen Peters of Lenox, Massachusetts, his son William Clinton Catledge Jr and daughter-in-law Sherie Korelitz Catledge of Bethpage, Tennessee, seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind two sisters Claire Catledge Leslie of Atlanta, Georgia, and Faye Sowell Crockett of Bainbridge, Georgia as well as a brother-in-law David Crockett, also of Bainbridge.Bill's brother, Wesley Wilburn Catledge Jr. of Bainbridge, predeceased him. A Celebration of Life service will be held at St. Paul's Methodist Church on Monday, February 3 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations to be made in his memory to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 1700 North Meridian Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32303.
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Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Feb. 2, 2014