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Gainesville - Mack Little Casey of Gainesville, Fla., 84, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, of complications following surgery.

Mr. Casey was born May 13, 1928, in Tallapoosa, Ga., a son of Ozie Monroe Casey and Evie Fara Little Casey.

He played baseball and basketball, graduating from Anniston High School in 1946. He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Auburn University in 1950, where he became a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity.

He married Leah Layman, his high school sweetheart, at Parker Memorial Baptist Church in Anniston on Aug. 19, 1950, the day after she graduated from what is now Jacksonville State University.

Mr. Casey was a master sergeant in the Army for two years, serving in Massachusetts and San Francisco. In California he contracted equine encephalitis and yet surprised everyone at Letterman hospital when he recovered fully after being in a coma for nine weeks. He continued to correspond with the doctors who treated him there and the experience deepened his faith and commitment.

After his discharge from the Army, Mr. Casey worked in accounting for private companies including Calloway Mills before moving to Gainesville in 1963 where he worked in administration at the University of Florida. He retired in 1990 after 27 years.

Mr. Casey was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Gainesville for 50 years and served the church in many capacities, including as a deacon.

In his younger years he enjoyed listening to Big Band music, playing golf, watching his children's activities and playing the piano. In his older years he enjoyed playing golf, watching his grandchildren's activities and gardening. He continued to be a fan of ice cream and The Lawrence Welk Show. An extremely quiet man, Mr. Casey also enjoyed sharing an occasional joke. But most of all, his attention was given to concern and care for his wife, family and many friends who miss him.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Leah L. Casey; his son, Mack Wayne Casey (Mary), of Cumming, Ga.; daughter, Marcia Casey Langhenry of Gainesville; sister, Leta Ann Thrower of Sarasota; brother, Charles Casey (Lynda) of Silverhill, Alabama; grandchildren Jodi Feinberg (Asher) of El Paso, Texas; Steve Casey of Charlotte, N.C.; Greta Langhenry Alspaugh (Mark) of Asheville, N.C.; and Read Casey Langhenry of Gainesville, Ga.; great-grandsons Hunter and Charlie Feinberg; step-great-granddaughter Lyric Alspaugh; and nieces, a nephew and cousins. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Fara Ann Casey.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, Operation Smile, or First Baptist Church of Gainesville Building Fund.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Milam Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13th at First Baptist Church 14105 NW 39th Avenue Gainesville, FL with the family receiving friends one hour prior. Burial will follow at Forest Meadows Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 311 S. Main Street Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-5361.

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Published in Gainesville Sun from Feb. 12 to Feb. 13, 2013
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