Mr. William Leonard Carswell, age 90, of Graceville, passed away June 9, 2013 at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala. He was born Dec. 3, 1922 in Holmes County to the late Leondias Madison Carswell and Annie Estelle Outlaw Carswell. Mr. Carswell is a retired farmer and Department of Defense (Civil Service at Ft. Rucker). He served in the Western Pacific Campaign in Battery A 206th AAA AW Battalion in the US Army during WWII
. Mr. Carswell was a deacon attending First Baptist Church of Graceville. He was also a Mason attending Bethlehem Lodge, a member of the American Legion and Farm Bureau.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Carswell was preceded in death by three brothers, Conway Carswell, Homer Carswell, and Merdis Carswell and two sisters, Mattie Bell Register, and Willie Dell Worley.
Mr. Carswell is survived by his wife, Sarah Franklin Carswell of Graceville; two daughters, Sue Carswell of Graceville, and Ann (Bill) Madden of Alpine, Calif.; one son, Danny Carswell of Carrollton, Ga.; grandchildren, Tony (Jennifer) Bailey and their children Jackson and Marshal, Jamie (Anne) Carswell and their children Sarah Claire and Lacey, Shannon (Steven, Jr.) Steinmetz and their children Josiah and Eden, and Shane (Nikki) Fuller and their children Katie, MaryBeth, and Cooper; three brothers, Marvin Carswell of Palm Bay, Lex Carswell and Statesboro, Ga., Howard Carswell of West Branch, Iowa; many nieces and nephews and cousins including, Billy (Janie) Franklin, Joe (Pat) Franklin, George (Patsy) Franklin, Maurice McKenzie and their children.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 15, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Graceville. Interment followed in the Marvin Chapel Cemetery with Peel Funeral Home directing. Family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday at Peel Funeral Home Chapel Bonifay. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to First Baptist Church of Graceville or Bethlehem Lodge.