Earl Wilson Cauthen, 76, of St. Augustine, passed away on April 15, 2013, at Virginia Medical Center in Arlington, Va., having succumbed to injuries sustained in a fall while on vacation with family in Washington, D.C. Earl was born on Jan 30, 1934, in Ocala, Fla., and served his country in the U.S. Army KMAG during the Korean War. After his discharge from military service, he began his career as a cement mixer truck driver and worked up to a plant management position in the concrete mix industry until his retirement in 1997. Mr. Cauthen lived in the Ocala, Gainesville and Alachua, Fla., areas before moving to St. Augustine in 2009. He was of the Baptist faith and was an instrumental figure in his church during his life, having served as an ordained deacon in the Southern Baptist Convention. He was a founding member of South Ocala Baptist Church in Ocala, Fla.
Mr. Cauthen was preceded in death by his parents Charles Freemont Cauthen and Iona Mae Cameron Cauthen; his sister, Mary Alice Cauthen; and six brothers, twins Marion and Maurice Cauthen, Charles Cauthen, Raymond Cauthen, Jimmy Cauthen and Curtis Cauthen. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of nearly 59 years Alvie Estelle Branch Cauthen of St. Augustine; daughters, Patricia Brown (Danny) of Kernersville, N.C., and Carolyn Dupree (Ronald) of St. Augustine; grandchildren, Gunnery Sergeant Jason Dupree USMC (Erin) of Stafford, Va,; Amy Stroupe (Jeff) of Charlotte, N.C.; Jeff Brown, police officer (Nikki) of Winston Salem, N.C.; and Katie Yerkes (Jon, police officer) of Charlotte; great grandchildren, Julie Dupree, Colin Dupree, and Kyle Dupree of Stafford; Dylan Stroupe and Garrett Stroupe; Cody Yerkes both of Charlotte; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at St. Johns Family Funeral Home, 385 State Road 207 in St. Augustine with Dr. David Rice, officiating. A visitation, beginning at 10 a.m. will precede the service. A committal service with military honors will follow at Craig Memorial Park. Serving as pallbearers will be: Ronald Dupree, Danny Brown, Jason Dupree, Jeff Brown, Jon Yerkes, and Terry Edenfield. Escorting the casket will be his nieces and nephews.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.