William Terry(1932 - 2012)

William Marvin Terry



William Marvin Terry, age 80, died Wednesday evening at home. Mr. Terry lived most of his adult life in Pensacola. He was born in Chicago and spent his youth in Washington, D.C. and in Jacksonville. He graduated from Florida Southern College in 1953, where he met his wife, Gwenith Ann Land, a Pensacola native. He served as an officer in the United States Navy and moved with his young family to Pensacola in 1956.

Mr. Terry was active in business throughout his life, owning and managing several local enterprises. He embraced adventure and enjoyed boating and travel, especially by motor home. He crossed the continent many times in his Bluebird, which he dubbed the "Take It to the Limit One More Time". He also traveled to China, Singapore and Thailand (including a trip on the Orient Express), and many of the countries of Europe, returning on the Queen Mary. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and a lifelong Mason.

Bill was known to many friends as "Wild Bill", which captured his indomitable spirit and love of life. He was also affectionately known to many family members as "Bullmoose" - a name he chose for himself. He is survived by his three children: Laura Ann (Terry-Howard) (Keith), William Henry (Cynthia) and Mary Elizabeth (Brooks) (John). He also has six grandchildren: Katie Howard, Elizabeth Howard, Jamie Brooks, Will Terry, Steven Terry and Dixon Brooks, and one great-grandchild, Isabell Sophia Terry. He was preceded in death by his wife Gwen, in 2002. He is also remembered by his extended family, his best friend of 55 years Junior Benton, and his friend Phyllis A. Parks.

Pallbearers are: Auburn A. Benton, Jr., Will Terry, Joey Johnson, Keith Howard, John Brooks and Dixon Brooks.

Services will be held at Faith Chapel North, Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation at 10:00 a.m.

FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME NORTH, 1000 Hwy29S, Cantonment, FL is in charge of arrangements. You may express your condolences online at www.fcfhs.com.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal from Oct. 27 to Oct. 29, 2012