Wayland Warren Wadley

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Wayland Warren Wadley, 94, passed away April 4, 2018 in Gainesville.
Originally from a large Cedar Key family, he graduated from Cedar Key High School, played sports and received the Citizenship Award. He served on the battleship U.S.S. West Virginia during WWII, participating in Pacific sea battles, and saw the American flag raised on Iwo Jima.
After the war, he worked for Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company in Orlando as a lineman/installer/repairman for 38 years until his retirement. He was very active with the Telephone Pioneers and performed many community service activities including the repair of Talking Books for the Florida School of the Blind.
Wayland was very good with tools, a talented woodworker, built many porch swings and enjoyed making things for people. He knew how to make a cast net, and his nets were highly prized among fishermen. He was a contributor of displays to the Cedar Key Museum, where his work may still be seen.
He was married to the former Pauline Bland (deceased) for 62 years. He is survived by his sons, Gary (Vicky), Tony (Debbie Dutton), Kirby and daughter, Debbie Beckham (Cris). He has six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Wayland was a Christian and attended Trenton United Methodist Church. A celebration of his life will be held May 26, at 3 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 6th Street, Cedar Key, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Cedar Key Historical Society, P.O. Box 222, Cedar Key, Florida 32625. Funeral arrangements by Baldwin Fairchild, Apopka.
Wayland was, at heart, a Cedar Key boy.
Published in Cedar Key Beacon on Apr. 12, 2018
Arrangements under the direction of:
Baldwin-Fairchild Apopka
601 N PARK AVE | Apopka, FL 32712 | (407) 886-1461
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