Clarence “Shorty” Eastridge, 98, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2016 in Leesburg, FL surrounded by his family.
He retired from Roadway Trucking in 1980 and enjoyed over 35 years in Florida with his beloved Ethel Lee. He was an avid sports fan and loved the Cincinnati Reds and Kentucky Wildcats. He also loved to fish and passed these passions onto his children and grandchildren. He was a 68 year member of The Cumberland Valley Masonic Lodge #751, longtime Teamster and also a member of the First Baptist Church Leesburg, FL.
He was preceded in death by parents Tom and Laura Eastridge, an infant son, Clarence David and sister, Jewell Williams.
Formerly of Milford, OH and Corbin, he was the devoted husband of Ethel Eastridge for over 76 years. Loving father and father-in-law of Patty and Gary Teague, Leesburg, FL and Judy and Willie Cobb of Longboat Key, FL; cherished Pappa of five grandchildren, Tracy (Leigh) Teague, Lori (Todd) Smith, Brady (Rachel) Teague, Travis (Kara) Cobb, and Jodi (Brad) Duncan; adoring great-grandfather of 13 great-grandchildren, Sam and Laura Teague, Logan and Lindsay Smith, Davis, Hannah and Halle Teague, Kennedy, Caraline and Will Cobb, and Max, Jack and Charlie Duncan; caring uncle of Henry Williams and Paula Nickell; also survived by a host of cousins and friends. Preceded in death by parents Tom and Laura Eastridge, infant son, Clarence David and sister, Jewell Williams.
A celebration of life service will be held Friday, November 18, at 1 p.m. at the Vankirk-Grisell Funeral Home with Pastor Bobby Joe Eaton officiating.
Visitation will be from 11-12:30 p.m., immediately preceding the service, with Masonic Funeral Service at 12:30 p.m.
Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Corbin with the pallbearers being Tracy Teague, Brady Teague, Travis Cobb, Sam Teague, Todd Smith and Brad Duncan. Henry Williams and Dwayne Nickell will be serving as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Cornerstone Hospice — 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL 32778 or First Baptist Church of Leesburg — 220 N. 13th Street, Leesburg, FL 34748.