Merle Albert Eastman, 91 of Chipley passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012 at the Washington Rehab and Nursing facility. Merle was born May 15, 1921 in Windsor, Vt., to Archie and Twila Eastman. He served in the United States Army and later retired as Veterans counselor. He also received an AA degree from Central Florida Community College.
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He was preceded in death by his parents; two daughters, Cheryl Ann Gray and Marilynn Potter.
He is survived by his son, Merle Albert Eastman Jr. (Kim) of Fort McCoy; four daughters, Ronne' Knighten (Dennis) of Crestview, Nancy Carroll, Michele Roy (Dick) and Twila Koon (Gerald McKinnie) all of Ocala; two step sons, Mike Walker (Kathy) of Chipley, and Marvin "Randy" Pierce of Hawthorne; two step daughters, Teresa Walker of Ocala, and Rita Walker of Houston, Texas; 13 grandchildren and nine step grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at Turning Point church with the Rev. Terry Hinote officiating. Cremation followed with Obert Funeral Home of Chipley in charge of arrangements. Inurnment of Mr. Eastman will take place at a later date in the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Oct. 10, 2012