World War II veteran, Master Chief Engineman, Charles Edward (ED) Doyle passed away peacefully, early Monday morning, July 10, at his home in Wewahitchka, Florida. Ed was born January 15, 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1937, at the age of 15 he shipped out aboard the cable ship, the Edquard Jeremac as a cabin boy and deck hand that made runs to Nicaragua. In 1939 at 17 he went to the 1939 San Francisco Worlds Fair. While 17 he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. On December 7, 1941, the first day of World War II, Ed Doyle joined the US Navy until he retired as a Master Chief Engineman in June of 1966, at which time he became a Postman in Blountstown until he hung up his mail courier bag for final retirement.
Ed Doyle influenced many in his long life. He was a member of the Bay County chapter of The Sons of the American Revolution, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and was known by many in both Bay and Gulf Counties from his involvement with gem, mineral, and rock collecting clubs nationwide. He was also a long time volunteer weather reporter supporting Channel 13 with his local Wewahitchka weather reports. For many years he was instrumental in the organization and running of the local Gulf County Boy Scout troop and served as a long time Gulf County Boy Scout leader seeing many local boys grow into adulthood and their own retirement. As a Master Gardener for the University of Florida, Ed helped many residents establish their own gardens. He was always present at Gulf County election time as he served as a Deputy Sheriff helping to direct confused voters. And many Wewa residents have dined on the luscious vegetables that he and his bride sold from their home garden near the local lGA store near them.
Chief Doyle is survived by his bride Nelia of over 70 years; their only child Major Bob Doyle, US Army (ret.), his wife Maggie; his grandchildren, Wendy Cruz, Brad Doyle, Brandy Doyle, Elena Doyle, Christopher Harper; 10 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great grandchild. Ed's presence will be dearly missed by all he touched.
Burial services were held at 1 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at Buckhorn Cemetery.
Services were under the direction of Comforter Funeral Home.