Zerland E. Bacon

Born May 31, 1939

Zerland Bacon (Zeb), 73, of Punta Gorda, Fla. passed away Monday, September 17th, 2012, at the Tidewell Hospice Home in Venice, Florida. Zerland was born on May 31st, 1959 in Kingsport, Tennessee, the son of Henry and Lavada Bacon of Kingsport, Tennessee. Zeb graduated from Ketron High School in Kingsport, and completed a wonderful career with Abbott Laboratories in North Chicago, Illinois. Zeb and Nancy Davidson married on December 14th, 1963, and had a wonderful marriage of nearly 49 years. Zeb and Nancy made their home in Punta Gorda, Florida and were surrounded by so many friends. Zeb will be sorely missed by his family and friends. His generosity and character has made an impact on so many lives. Zeb was a best friend, a golfing partner and inevitably the center of attention wherever he was. Zeb is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Sons: Roger and wife Joanna of Wonder Lake, Illinois, and Richard of Punta Gorda, Florida, Grandchildren; Kyle and Kendra Bacon Sisters: Ruth Barger; Patsy Cumbow and husband, Carl; Gwen Clodfelter and husband, Howard. A Brother-in-law, Art Webb, and a Sister-in-law, Pat Bacon, both of Kingsport, Tennessee. Several Nieces and Nephews. A celebration of Zeb’s life will take place at 11 am Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 at East Lawn Memorial Park, 4997 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, Tennessee 37664. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting any donations be made to the Tidewell Hospice in Port Charlotte, Florida (


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 22, 2012

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Randy Hines

October 10, 2012

Zeb was a good uncle and in many ways was like a second father when I was young growing up with Roger and Richard. Every holiday, camping, Boy Scouts, fishing and hunting trips always had our families together enjoying life. You have a wonderful family and a legacy of friends to be admired. Zeb you will always be missed but forever remembered... I can still hear your laugh and that trademark "whistle". God bless.

Karen Breedlove

September 30, 2012

Uncle Zeb, where do I begin. So many happy memories! The memorial service was wonderful - he was smiling on us that day! Roger & Richard you both are wonderful men who have made your parents proud. Take care of your Mom and remember we will see him again one day where there will be no sorrow, pain or suffering. Love Your Cousin, Karen

September 27, 2012

Zeb, a true friend and neighbor. So many great times were enjoyed together.
We will miss Zeb's presence among us but his memory will live in our
hearts forever. God bess him.

Richard & Ellen Tonnesen
( Punta Gorda, Fl. )

Roger Bacon

September 24, 2012

Bacon family and friends,
I want to thank all of you who came and supported us in this time of sadness and loss. I wish that I had possessed the abililty to demonstrate the strength, courage, and, character he worked so hard to teach to me over my life, to tell all of you just what my father meant to me during Saturday's service. This will have to suffice.

My father was a lot of things to a lot of people. You could not help but like him. He made you smile. You could count on him to help you if you called, anywhere, anytime. He was a good listener, didnt talk over you or down to you. If you had a problem he would help you fix it but he didnt have alot of patience for hand wringing or feeling sorry for yourself. For me as a young boy growing up it seemed there was nothing he couldn't do or fix. He was firm and fair. He gave me the freedom and the confidence to grow. He didnt judge me or give up on me no matter how much I screwed things up. He was always there to pick me up when I fell, or motivate me when I wanted to quit.

If, in spite of myself, I am able to positively impact so many people in my life as he did I will feel blessed. If I dont, then it wont be his fault for he taught me well and I will have known better.

God take you and keep you, Dad. I will see you soon when my time here is done.

Rich Bacon

September 24, 2012

So proud of you Dad, you did a wonderful job raising a great family. I only hope to be half the man you were. I miss you every day.

Randy "Bo" Bacon

September 21, 2012

What a great Uncle you were. You'll be sorely missed by your family and friends. I have nothing but great memories of you. You raised a great family. Without a doubt, you were the life of every party. I was proud to call you my Uncle.

Joy and Tammy Brown

September 20, 2012

My Dad Ward Brown talked about "Zeb Bacon" all my life and how much fun they had growing up Zeb was my Dads best friend. He was a dear friend of my Dads. My Dad passed away on August 8, 2008. I hope they are in heaven reminsing . I am so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family during your loss.

September 20, 2012

I was so proud to call Zeb Daddy. He was a wonderful Father in Law and I will love and miss him always.