Wayland Warren Wadley

August 1, 1923April 4, 2018

Wayland Warren Wadley passed away April 4, 2018 in Gainesville, Florida. He was 94 years of age. Originally from a large Cedar Key family, he graduated from Cedar Key High School, played sports and received the Citizenship Award. He served on the battleship U.S.S. West Virginia during W.W. II, participating in Pacific sea battles, and saw the American flag raised on Iwo Jima. After the war, he worked for Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company in Orlando as a lineman/installer/repairman for 38 years until his retirement. He was very active with the Telephone Pioneers and performed many community service activities including the repair of Talking Books for the Florida School of the Blind. Wayland was very good with tools, a talented woodworker, built many porch swings and enjoyed making things for people. He knew how to make a cast net, and his nets were highly prized among fishermen. He was a contributor of displays to the Cedar Key Museum, where his work may still be seen. He was married to the former Pauline Bland (deceased) for 62 years. He is survived by his sons, Gary (Vicky), Tony (Debbie Dutton), Kirby, and daughter Debbie Beckham (Cris). He has 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Wayland was a Christian and attended Trenton United Methodist Church. A celebration of his life will be held May 26, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cedar Key Community Center, 809 6th Street, Cedar Key, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Cedar Key Historical Society, P.O. Box 222, Cedar Key, Florida 32625. Funeral arrangements by Baldwin Fairchild, Apopka Fl. Wayland was, at heart, a Cedar Key boy.


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Wayland Warren Wadley

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