Adrian Earl Gurganus, 90, of Jacksonville, passed away Feb. 28, 2013, at Woodbury Wellness Center, Hampstead.
Mr. Gurganus was born in Jacksonville on Aug. 19, 1922.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eleanor Edwards Gurganus of Jacksonville; daughter, Peggy Shepard and husband, Terry of Jacksonville; son, Gary Gurganus of Holden Beach; grandson, Brad Shepard and wife Melinda of Wilmington; great-grandchildren Aidan and Cate Shepard.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Nannie Gurganus, and brothers, Horace and Lewis Gurganus.
Mr. Gurganus enlisted in the Navy in Sept. 1940. He was a Pearl Harbor survivor, serving on the U.S.S. Reid during the attack on Dec. 7, 1941. He remained on the Reid during the war until it was sunk by Japanese planes on Dec. 11, 1944. One of only 150 survivors, he received a Navy Commendation Medal for his meritorious service and the Purple Heart for injuries he sustained during combat.
He enjoyed being outside, working in his garden, and especially building birdhouses and feeders. He was affectionately known as "the birdbox man" by those passing by who saw his colorful creations.
He was a loving husband and father and a faithful friend to so many who knew him through the years. The family will receive friends from 4 - 6 p.m. today, March 3 at Jones Funeral Home.
Service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home, with burial following at the State Veterans Cemetery. Condolences may be left at jonesfh.org or JDNews.com.