Arvel "Mickey" Heath
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July 14, 1914
January 18, 2013
Arvel "Mickey" Heath, 98, was born in Broseley, MO to Roy and Sarah Heath. He lived of life of service to others, which included a 24 ½ year career with the U.S. Navy, and service in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Mickey was a long standing member of the Masons and the Scottish Rite. He was also a volunteer for the American Red Cross at the Naval Hospital Pensacola. Mickey served as a deacon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for more than 20 years, but his greatest service was to his loving wife Irene as devoted husband, lifelong friend, and care giver.
Mickey is preceded in death by his parents Roy and Sarah, his stepmother Audria, his half-brother Ralph, and his son Donald Heath. He leaves behind, to cherish his memory, his wife of 76 years Irene, his daughters Sylvia O'Camb, Loretta (Charlie) Rhodes, and Christy Heath. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Friday, January 25th, funeral service to follow immediately at noon. Military and Masonic honors will be presented at Barrancas National Cemetery Pavilion, NAS Pensacola at 1:15 PM.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer's Family Services, 1901 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501, or to the
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Pensacola Naval Hospital health care teams for their loving care and support during Mickey's illness, and to the staff at Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens for their help with funeral arrangements. Thank you, friend, for celebrating Mickey's life with us.
Condolences may be left at www.easterngatememorial.com.
God saw you were getting tired and a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you and whispered, "Come to me."
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer, saw you fade away,
Although we loved you dearly, we could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands laid rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Jan. 23, 2013