William S. Cruz, Sr., age 80 of Vernon, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Mr. Cruz was born Dec. 13, 1931 in Key West, to the late Robert Edison Sr. and Edna Mae (Higgs) Cruz. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and former area supervisor for Florida Keys Electrical Co-op. Mr. Cruz had been a resident of Vernon since 1989, coming from Plantation Key. He was a member of the USS Iowa Association, the American Legion in Bonifay, the AARP and was of Methodist faith.
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In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Norma J. Cruz; a daughter, Sherry Pittman and sister, Patricia Judd.
Survivors include one son, William Cruz, Jr. of Hinson Cross Roads; one daughter, Crystal Forehand and husband, Billy Jr. of Hinson Cross Roads; five grandchildren, Toby Forehand, Joey Cruz, Jennifer Greene, Laura Simmons and Randi Pittman; 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandson.
The family received friends Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Brown Funeral Home, Brickyard Road Chapel. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 at 11a.m., at Brown Funeral Home Brickyard Road Chapel with the Rev. Allen English and the Rev. Tim Hall officiating. Interment followed at Caryville City Cemetery with military honors at graveside. Friends and family may sign the online register at www.brownfh.net.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Dec. 5, 2012