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Mr. Louis Edwin Strong, 96, of Blountstown, FL, went home to be with the Lord, Monday morning, April 16, 2012, in Blountstown. Louis was born on April 12, 1916, in Hamden, Ohio, and had lived in Blountstown since 1976. He was a retired carpenter and a Veteran of WWII, serving in the United States Army. Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Lee L. Strong and Florence B. Strong; his wives, Blanche L. (Turner) Strong and E. Darlene (Sharp) Strong; two sons, Karl W. Strong and David Strong, Sr.; one daughter, Judith L. Irish; his stepfather, Forrest B. Morgan; and two brothers, George C. Strong and Lee S. Strong. His love of singing started in the 5th grade when he was picked to sing in the high school operetta called “Old King Cole” as one of the “Fiddlers Three.” He continued singing lead parts in operettas all thru high school. He played the French horn in the high school marching band and in the orchestra. He was very active in his church and loved singing. The first 32 years of his life, he was a member of the Church of Christ. For the next 30 years, he was a member and song director in the church of the Nazarene in Hillsdale, Michigan, Eustis, Florida, and Blountstown, Florida. He was a member of the Gulf Coast Community College-Community Chorus in 1987, 1988, and 1989. Survivors include three sons, Louis E. Strong, Jr., Thomas W. Strong and John L. Strong, Sr.; three daughters, Delores L. Faircloth, Denise L. Horne and Patricia L. Davis; a stepdaughter, Carol L. Drews; and a stepson, Benjamin Dillon. Memorial services will be held Friday, April 20, at 10 am (CDT) from the graveside at Pine Memorial Cemetery in Blountstown with Reverend Don Henderson officiating. All arrangements are under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown (ph. 674-2266).

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