William "Bill" Preston Allyn, 58, of Port St Joe went to be with the Lord early Tuesday Morning on Aug. 20, 2013. Bill was born and raised in Palatka, Florida, to William and Mary Allyn. He was a member of Faith Bible Church of Port St Joe Florida.
Bill completed a degree in electronics and began his career with the St. Joseph Telephone and Telegraph Company in 1980. Bill continued his career by answering a call to serve his country in 1987 by joining the United States Coast Guard Reserves. He retired in 2008 as a Chief Petty Officer. He received several awards during his career including: Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, and multiple Coast Guard Commendation Awards.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary Ellen (Davis) Allyn; his daughter, Crystal Ayers (husband Mark Ayers) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; and his son, William Preston Allyn III (wife Kristen Allyn) of Panama City, Florida.
He also had three grandsons, William Peyton Allyn, Colton Brown Allyn, and Mason Daniel Ayers; a sister, Norma Jean Tyler (husband Buddy Tyler); and brother, Richard Lee Allyn, of Palatka, Florida. He is preceded in death by his mother and father.
A memorial service was held at Faith Bible Church on Aug. 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. ET. A burial at sea by the United States Coast Guard will follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his memory to Faith Bible Church.