Mr. Ezra P. Yocum, Jr., age 85, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014 in North Florida Regional Medical Center. He was born October 26, 1928 on a turpentine still near Lochloosa, Florida to Ezra P. Sr. and Cornelia May Matthews Yocum. Mr. Yocum was educated in Duval County Schools and graduated from Landon High School in 1947 and went on to graduate from The University of Florida in 1952. He joined the US Army after high school graduation, serving two years and then served again after graduating from UF as 1st Lieutenant in Korea. He, along with his father, son and grandson was an Eagle Scout and he was a scoutmaster for 10 years in Marianna and High Springs, FL. Mr. Yocum retired from the US Postal Service in 1993 after 32 years as a Fort White rural letter carrier. He enjoyed playing bridge, golfing, reading, gardening, square dancing, traveling, and was an avid Gator fan. But, most of all, he enjoyed the bi-weekly lunches with his high school buddies – Ed, George, David and Jim. Mr. Yocum was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lake City.
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He is survived by his wife, Linda Yocum; children, Karen Perry (Mike), David Yocum (Holly), all of Gainesville, FL and Susan Rauch (Lauren) of Castaic, CA; grandchildren, Ada Rauch of Princeton, NJ, Maya Rauch, Castaic, CA and Trevor Yocum (Stephanie) of Gainesville, FL; sisters, Bess Wikles (Gilbert) of Carthage, MO, Bridget Keinenberger (Carmen) of Glencoe, MN and Mary McNeely (Joe) of Lebanon, IN and sister-in-law, Janet Yocum of Gainesville, FL. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Horace "Matt" Yocum in 1996 and John C. Yocum in 2012.
A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., in The First Presbyterian Church of Lake City with The Rev. Don Mossa officiating. There will be a private family burial in Hawthorne Cemetery. Please visit his memorial page at www.williamsthomasfuneralhome.com.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION WILLIAMS-THOMAS HAWTHORNE (352) 481-4599
Published in Lake City Reporter on Feb. 16, 2014