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FORT MEADE - Mr. Joseph Meyer Hymerling, 89, passed away at home due to heart failure on Wed., June 9, 2010.
Mr. Hymerling was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 20, 1920 and moved to Fort Meade, FL from Philadelphia in 1952. He owned and operated Fort Meade Lumber Company and also was the manager of Nicholson Supply Co. Mr. Hymerling was a former member of the Fort Meade First United Methodist Church and Macon Liberty United Methodist Church. He was a WW II U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force veteran; member of Fort Meade American Legion Post #23, Fort Meade; Past President of Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce; former member of Fort Meade Rotary Club where he was the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award and received the Outstanding Citizen Award in 1965-66 and 1982-83. He was a Fort Meade City Commissioner for fourteen years and served as Fort Meade Mayor for three terms; the first Director selected from a small city as the Director of Board of Directors for the Florida League of Cities; member of the Florida Lumber and Building Material Dealers Assoc., Inc.; Boy Scout Master for the local and district level for 14 years; 1964 National Boy Scout Jamboree and awarded the Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow.
Mr. Hymerling was preceded in death by his father, David Hymerling, mother, Reba VanGilder Talvacchio, step-father, Anthony Talvacchio, wives, Mary Louise Hymerling, Martha S. Hymerling, son in law, James W. Madden, brother, Gilbert M. Hymerling, sisters, Beatrice H. Bald and Jean H. Zulli.
He is survived by daughters, Donna H. Madden, Lake Wales, FL, Denise H. Shirley and husband, H.M. Shirley, Jr., Springhill, FL, sister, Florence V. Johnson and sister-in-law, Eleanor M. Hymerling, both of Magnolia, NJ, grandchildren, Steven J. Madden, Michelle S. Madden, Christopher J. Shirley, Ryan R. Shirley, great grandchildren, Addison M. Shirley, Emma J. Jenkins, Noah R. Jenkins, Kala I. Jenkins, Keyn C. Jenkins, Caitlyn D. Madden, Megan L. Madden, great great grandchildren, Landon R. Jenkins, Braddoc A. Jenkins and many loving nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church, Fort Meade. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Kenny Slay officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cem-etery, Fort Meade.
Hancock Funeral Home, Fort Meade 863-285-8171.
Published in Ledger on June 10, 2010