James Etheredge

Obituary of James Etheredge

James Newton Etheredge, age 83, of Bushnell, FL, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017. He was born in Miami, Florida then moved to Clermont where he graduated high school after attending Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Pete. He entered the U.S. Army as a Chief Computer Specialist. After his service time he went to University of Florida, School of Pharmacy. While at UF Mr. Etheredge played baseball, tutored students and was on the Dean's List. He also was on the committee that hired football head Coach Ray Graves in 1960.

After college, he was co-owner of Palms Pharmacy in Eustis. He then owned and operated Etheredge Pharmacy with a soda fountain in Bushnell from 1961 to 1972. He helped many people in his community. In 1972 he built the new building that housed Etheredge Pharmacy. Mr. Etheredge served as a councilman with The City of Bushnell and also served as Mayor of Bushnell for two terms and as Mayor signed the agreement with Florida Power to provide electric to the City. He also served on the Health Planning Council for the State of Florida and was President of the Pharmacy Association. He coached and supported local sports teams, including little league and girls softball and was a member of the Quarterback Club. Mr. Etheredge was also in the Kiwanis Club, was a Master Mason Honorary 33rd degree, and a Shriner 33rd degree. Mr. Etheredge is survived by his wife, Joyce Laverne, children: Stephen, Darby, Melinda and Daniel; 4 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Von Ola Purvis; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Julie Etheredge.

In Lieu Of

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in the memory of James Newton Etheredge to: University of Florida, College of Pharmacy, P.O. Box 103570, Gainesville, FL 32610.

Memorial Service

There will be a Memorial Service held on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Bushnell, FL with Pastor Casey Ferguson officiating and following will be committal service at 11:30 at Florida National Cemetery with full military honors. All are invited to a luncheon following at First Baptist Church.