In memory of
Harold M. Creel
In memory of
Harold M. Creel
Harold M. Creel, 72, died at his home, 3117 E. Third St., Panama City, Fla., on Thursday, July 8, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 30, 1937, in Dothan, Ala., to the late James H. and Mary Pybus Creel. He attended Everitt Middle School and graduated from Bay High School in 1956. Harold was drafted out of high school by the Detroit Tiger Organization before he left to serve his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He attained an honorable discharge in 1959 and was then united in marriage on Aug. 4, 1961, to the love of his life, Marie Creel, in Panama City, Fla. Harold and Marie Creel were blessed with sons, Jerry L. Creel (wife, Robin), James O. Creel, Kenneth G. Creel (wife, Dorothy) and Robert D. Creel (wife, Karen); and daughters, Cynthia Warr-Bolin (husband, Jerry), Mary E. Burton, Kimberly J. Keefe and Alisha A. Thatcher. Harold is survived by his four sisters, Mrs. Wilma Lassiter, Mary Ellen Hopper, Bertie Messer and Martha Sue Diehl; brother/cousin, Mr. Joel A. Creel (wife, Silvia); numerous nieces and nephews; great friends, Mr. Derrick Allen and family, James E. Nelson, John D. Mullis, Thomas Mork and Gayle Hartzog, Marvis Boswell, James Castilow, Rayburn French; and all retired former Local 111 members of Gulf Coast Dist. Lodge from Jacksonville, Fla., to Hattiesburg, Miss. Harold and Marie were blessed with 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Brandon, Justin, Josh, Blake, James O., Jennifer, Kenny Jr., Christopher B., Jessica, Jimmy G., Megan, Whitney, Stephanie, Christopher G., Matthew, Thomas, Bethany, Johnathon, Cory, Dustin, Christina and Patricia. Harold was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers in Local 111, Panama City, where he served as assistant business manager and elected district business manager executive secretary and treasurer of the following locals: Local 108, Birmingham, Ala.; Local 109, Mobile, Ala.; Local 111, Panama City, Fla.; Local 112, Mobile, Ala.; and Local 199, Jacksonville, Fla. He was also a member of Springfield Baptist Church. Harold was a 50-year (1959-2009) lifelong youth baseball and football coach, coaching first-, second- and third-generation families from New Orleans, La.; Mobile, Ala.; and Panama City, Fla. Harold's second love was coaching his four sons and seven grandchildren. Harold ended his lifelong work with kids, volunteering from 1999 until 2009, as director/president and coach of the oldest and longest-running youth football tournament in the United States, the Snapperbowl Classic. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, in the chapel of Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home with the Rev. Terrell Nelson and Brother Derrick Allen officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 12, at the funeral home. Asked to serve as honorary pallbearers are Kenneth G. Creel Jr., Jimmy G. Warr III, Christopher G. Burton, Johnathon P. Baxley, Justin Creel, Matthew Burton, Cory Keefe and Dustin Keefe. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.kentforestlawn.com. Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home 2403 Harrison Ave. Panama City, Fla. 32405 850-763-4694 www.kentforestlawn.com
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In memory of
Harold M. Creel
Harold M. Creel, 72, died at his home, 3117 E. Third St., Panama City, Fla., on Thursday, July 8, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 30, 1937, in Dothan, Ala., to the late James H. and Mary Pybus Creel. He attended Everitt Middle School and graduated from Bay High School in 1956. Harold was drafted out of high school by the Detroit Tiger Organization before he left to serve his country in the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. He attained an honorable discharge in 1959 and was then united in marriage on Aug. 4, 1961, to the love of his life, Marie Creel, in Panama City, Fla. Harold and Marie Creel were blessed with sons, Jerry L. Creel (wife, Robin), James O. Creel, Kenneth G. Creel (wife, Dorothy) and Robert D. Creel (wife, Karen); and daughters, Cynthia Warr-Bolin (husband, Jerry), Mary E. Burton, Kimberly J. Keefe and Alisha A. Thatcher. Harold is survived by his four sisters, Mrs. Wilma Lassiter, Mary Ellen Hopper, Bertie Messer and Martha Sue Diehl; brother/cousin, Mr. Joel A. Creel (wife, Silvia); numerous nieces and nephews; great friends, Mr. Derrick Allen and family, James E. Nelson, John D. Mullis, Thomas Mork and Gayle Hartzog, Marvis Boswell, James Castilow, Rayburn French; and all retired former Local 111 members of Gulf Coast Dist. Lodge from Jacksonville, Fla., to Hattiesburg, Miss. Harold and Marie were blessed with 22 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Brandon, Justin, Josh, Blake, James O., Jennifer, Kenny Jr., Christopher B., Jessica, Jimmy G., Megan, Whitney, Stephanie, Christopher G., Matthew, Thomas, Bethany, Johnathon, Cory, Dustin, Christina and Patricia. Harold was a member of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers in Local 111, Panama City, where he served as assistant business manager and elected district business manager executive secretary and treasurer of the following locals: Local 108, Birmingham, Ala.; Local 109, Mobile, Ala.; Local 111, Panama City, Fla.; Local 112, Mobile, Ala.; and Local 199, Jacksonville, Fla. He was also a member of Springfield Baptist Church. Harold was a 50-year (1959-2009) lifelong youth baseball and football coach, coaching first-, second- and third-generation families from New Orleans, La.; Mobile, Ala.; and Panama City, Fla. Harold's second love was coaching his four sons and seven grandchildren. Harold ended his lifelong work with kids, volunteering from 1999 until 2009, as director/president and coach of the oldest and longest-running youth football tournament in the United States, the Snapperbowl Classic. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, in the chapel of Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home with the Rev. Terrell Nelson and Brother Derrick Allen officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 12, at the funeral home. Asked to serve as honorary pallbearers are Kenneth G. Creel Jr., Jimmy G. Warr III, Christopher G. Burton, Johnathon P. Baxley, Justin Creel, Matthew Burton, Cory Keefe and Dustin Keefe. Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at www.kentforestlawn.com. Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home 2403 Harrison Ave. Panama City, Fla. 32405 850-763-4694 www.kentforestlawn.com
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