SAMUEL YANCEY SWEET

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SWEET, SAMUEL YANCEY

Following a courageous battle with multiple health problems, Yancey was compassionately granted eternal peace with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, October 31, 2012. Yancey departed this life peacefully in his sleep at the Chiefland Care Unit of Haven Hospice. He is a hero and inspiration to his surviving children, son Tipton Y. Sweet (Tip), daughter Louise Sweet Benson (Dani), and his daughter-in-law, Rosario Sweet (Charo) and son-in-law John Benson, and his loving grandchildren, Nathaniel Benson, Diego Sweet, Elisabeth Benson, Christopher Sweet and Danielle Sweet. Yancey is also survived by his sister Mary Ellen Lavas and brother-in-law George Lavas of Torrance, CA and his many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Blanche Weeks Sweet, of Newberry, FL, and his parents, Edward W. Sweet and Carrie Morris Sweet and his sisters Gladys Cook, John Lou Bowers and Sue Cottingham.

Yancey was born April 5, 1915 in Owassa, AL and his birth was recorded in the nearest registry, Brewton. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1942 and served in the Pacific on an aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Bataan, advancing to logistics seaman first class. After WWII, he worked in Washington, D.C., initially for the U.S. Navy, Bureau of Aeronautics and later at the Pentagon, in the office of the Secretary of Defense. He completed courses at George Washington University and Cornell University. In 1964, he was appointed U.S. Representative to the Military Budget Committee of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and lived in Paris, France and Brussels, Belgium, until his retirement in 1973.

After retiring from government service, he became a real estate broker and joined the firm of Stockton, Whatley, Davin in Jacksonville, FL, where he served as managing broker of the company's most productive office. In 1997, he and his wife, Blanche, moved to Newberry, FL and attended First Baptist Church of Newberry. Yancey cherished his family and friends, his Holy Bible, giving to others, visiting the sick and enjoyed his favorite activity, playing golf.

Friends and family will be received at Evans-Carter Funeral Home, 220 N. Main St., High Springs, FL from 6:00 - 8:00 PM on Thursday, November 8, 2012. A memorial service in Yancey's honor will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 9, 2012 at First Baptist Church of Newberry.

The family requests that those wishing to send flowers may do so, or make donations instead to First Baptist Church of Newberry, or Haven Hospice.

Arrangements made by Evans-Carter Funeral Home 220 North Main Street, High Springs, FL.

Published in Gainesville Sun on Nov. 4, 2012
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