Harry Glenn Madison Sr. went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. Harry, also known as Buster, Gramps and Pop to family and friends, was born April 14, 1919, in Highland Park, Ill. Harry served honorably in the U.S. Navy as a GM 1/C aboard the most decorated WWII destroyer, USS Caperton (DD-650), during the peak of WWII in the Pacific. According to Naval Operations, 22 destroyers were lost off Okinawa in one operation they took part in and I consider my Pop a hero alongside all who served honorably throughout our nation's history.
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Harry is survived by his son, Michael Gene Madison of Mary Esther, Fla.; four grandchildren, Michael Galvez Madison, Darlyn Loveros Wilson, Harry Glenn Madison of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and Harry Glenn Madison III of Semmes, Ala.; five great-grandchildren, Matthew and Rebekah Madison of Semmes, Kailey and Harrison Madison of Fort Walton Beach, and Chase Furr of Chicago, Ill.; four nieces, Marcia, Cheri, Lynn and Bonnie; and one nephew, Frankie. Also, if Harry had been blessed with another son it would have been William "Bill" Taunton, his next door neighbor, who watched over him the last five years – Thank you, Bill. Harry was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Unelma; his son, Harry Glenn Madison Jr.; his brother, Frank Madison; his sister, Lillian Nicholson; and his father and mother, Harry and Lillian Madison.
A private burial service was conducted on Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7, 2012, and Harry's body was buried next to his beloved wife at Serenity Gardens in Mobile, Ala. God's abiding grace has truly kept Harry throughout his life and now that same grace carried him into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ forever. Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life Service to honor him on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of the Cross, 100 Jonquil Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL, with refreshments following the service.
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15, 2012