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William (Bill) Mack Nettles, 90, of Tallahassee, Florida died July 21, 2014 at Big Bend Hospice in Tallahassee. He was born January 19, 1924 to Roy Edwin and Isabel Montgomery Nettles in Ocala, Florida. He was a quiet and unassuming member of the "Greatest Generation". After graduating from high school, Bill enlisted in the Army and fought in Europe during World War II. He served as a Gunnery Sergeant on a half track in the 4th Armored Division under General Patton. Bill was part of a task force assembled five weeks before the end of the war in Germany with the sole mission to take the German POW Camp at Hammelburg. The Camp was eventually taken but not without many of the task force being taken prisoner, Bill being one of them. Upon completion of his service Bill enrolled in the University of Florida and graduated in September of 1948 with a degree in Business Administration, he continued to be a loyal Gator fan throughout his life. One of his early jobs was at FSU where he met the love of his life; Marjorie Atwater. Bill and Marjorie were married in 1950, for 63 years until her death in June 2014. After a brief move to Ocala, they returned to Tallahassee where he passed his CPA exam and was employed with the State of Florida, The Office of The Auditor General. He retired as an Audit Manager in 1985 after 35 years with the State. Having grown up during the Great Depression, Bill appreciated the value of a dollar and provided well for his family. He was devoted to his wife and girls, family was always his priority. Bill enjoyed working with his hands, he was always building something or fixing something, he also enjoyed working in the yard and reading. Bill was a long-time member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and in his younger days enjoyed the fellowship of the Men's Club; he always manned the fish fryer during their annual Fish Fry. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and brother, R. E. Nettles, Jr. He is survived by his two daughters, Kathryn N. Holland (Jim) and Patricia Nettles, of Tallahassee and granddaughter, Ashley Holland of Los Angeles. The family wishes to express their thanks to Big Bend Hospice and the TMH Neurology ICU. A graveside service will be held at 10 AM on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Roselawn Cemetery. Please consider a donation to a in lieu of flowers.


Published in Tallahassee Democrat from July 23 to July 25, 2014
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