William S. Cruz, Sr., age 80 of Vernon, Florida, passed away Tuesday, November 27, 2012 in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Mr. Cruz was born December 13, 1931 in Key West, Florida to the late Robert Edison Sr. and Edna Mae (Higgs) Cruz. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and former area supervisor for Florida Keys Electrical Co-op. Mr. Cruz had been a resident of Vernon since 1989, coming from Plantation Key, Florida. He was a member of the USS Iowa Association, the American Legion in Bonifay, the AARP and was of Methodist faith.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife, Norma J. Cruz, a daughter, Sherry Pittman and sister, Patricia Judd.
Survivors include: one son, William Cruz, Jr. of Hinson Cross Roads; one daughter. Crystal Forehand and husband, Billy Jr. of Hinson Cross Roads; one brother, Edison Cruz, Jr. of Tennessee; five grandchildren, Toby Forehand, Joey Cruz, Jennifer Greene, Laura Simmons and Randi Pittman; eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandson.
The family will receive friends Friday, November 30, 2012 from 6 to 8 P.M. at Brown Funeral Home, Brickyard Road Chapel in Chipley. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Brown Funeral Home Brickyard Road Chapel with the Rev. Allen English and Rev. Tim Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Caryville City Cemetery with military honors at graveside. Friends and family may sign the online register at www.brownfh.net.