Frederick Dalton Yancey Jr., 94, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010. He was born Sept. 27, 1915 to Frederick Dalton Yancey and Bessie Hodges Yancey in Umatilla. Mr. Yancey was a lifelong resident of Umatilla and a pioneer citrus grower until the time of his death. Mr. Yancey graduated from Umatilla High School and from the University of Florida with honors in 1937. He was a member of Alpha Beta, an honorary fraternity for agriculture students. He was a supporter of the University of Florida Foundation and a loyal Gator fan. He married his high school sweetheart, Margaret Johnson Yancey, who preceded him in 2009, after 68 years of marriage. Fred and Margaret Yancey were recognized as Citizens of the Year of Umatilla in 1997. Mr. Yancey was predeceased by his sisters, Lucy Elizabeth Yancey and Mary Ann Yancey. He was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church of Umatilla where he served as deacon, elder, clerk of session, Sunday School superintendent, treasurer and choir member for over 60 years. Mr. Yancey was also a member of the Umatilla Kiwanis Club for over 50 years, served as club treasurer and president and was awarded the honor of Legion of Merit. He is survived by his son, F. Dalton Yancey III (Barbara); daughter, Susan Y. Seabrook (Elliott), all of Umatilla; grandchildren, Mary Elizabeth Yancey of Fairfax, Va., Benjamin Cooper Yancey (Brianne) of Umatilla, Jeffrey (J.J.) Kenneth Morris Jr. of Longwood and Matthew Kelley Morris (Candice) of Saint Petersburg and great-granddaughter, Avery Eileen Yancey. The family would like to thank Reba Carter and all the compassionate caregivers who helped to provide many years of quality life and assistance, especially during his final months. Memorials may be given to: First Presbyterian Church of Umatilla, P.O. Box 407, Umatilla, FL 32784; or the Umatilla Kiwanis Foundation, P.O. box 1911, Umatilla, FL 32784. Beyers Funeral Home is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 from 5-7 p.m. at Beyers Funeral Home Chapel. A memorial and celebration of life service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 at the First Presbyterian Church, 593 Kentucky Avenue, Umatilla, FL. Online condolences may be made at www.beyersfuneralhome.com
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