Retired Army SFC/E7 of the 82nd Airborne, David Edwin Seckinger, Sr., 79, of Lake City, FL, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 20, 2013, while vacationing in the Smokey Mountains with all of his family. A native of Hamilton County, FL, he was the son of the late James E. Seckinger and Estelle Burnette Seckinger. He lived most of his life in Hamilton and Columbia counties and was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church and past member of First Baptist Church of White Springs. He was retired from the United States Army in 1969. Upon retirement, Dave began working for The Stephen Foster State Park for 8 years, and then started a second career working for the State of Florida at The Department of Agriculture. He went on to retire after 19 years of service.
David enjoyed Square Dancing and was a caller for many Square Dancing groups. He loved to travel and spend time with his family. He was a Deacon and member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He loved the Lord, his family, and was proud to serve his country.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life of 58 years, LaVerne Seckinger. Survivors include one daughter, Pam Beauchamp (Rick), Lake City, FL; one son, David Seckinger, Jr. (Kim), Pensacola, FL; four grandchildren, Heather Law (Drew), Lake City, FL; Trey Beauchamp (Carlee), Lake City, FL; David Seckinger, III (Sarah), Pensacola, FL; Justin Seckinger (Brianna), Pensacola, FL; 4 great-grandchildren: Drew Law IV and Riley Law, Lake City, FL; Taylor Seckinger and Luke Seckinger, Pensacola, FL.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2013 , at 2:00 P.M. at The First Baptist Church in White Springs, FL, with Rev. Lowell O'steen officiating and assisted by Brother Joe Shiver. Interment will follow at Camp Branch Cemetery in Genoa, FL (Hwy 41 through White Springs, Left on Hwy 132, Left on 137th Blvd., cemetery will be on the right, 1.1 miles past fire station).
Visitation with the family will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, from 5-7 P.M. at the funeral home. GATEWAY-FOREST LAWN FUNERAL HOME, 3596 South US Hwy 441, Lake City, FL (386-752-1954). Please send words of love and comfort to the family at www.gatewayforestlawn.com.