1918 - 2011

Wilbur H. Durrance, 93, went home to his heavenly Father April 21, 2011. He passed away at his
home in Clarksville, Ga., with his loving wife of 22 years, Betty R. Durrance by his side. Wilbur was born in Polk Co., January 20, 1918, to the parents of Horace Augustus Durrance and Rosa Lee Whitfield of Bowling Green, Fla. Mr. Durrance was a sixth generation Floridian and spent his life in agriculture, as did most of his forbearers and current generations.
Wilbur moved to Lake Placid in 1945, to purchase his first citrus grove, after farming in Ft. Myers, Fla., for seven years. He was active in the life of Lake Placid serving as mayor for two terms from 1957 to 1965. He was also a member of the rescue unit, searching the lakes for missing people before there were professionals to do so; a volunteer manning the tower and watching the sky during the cold war; a member of Masonic Lodge #282; and a director of Farm Credit for many years. He was a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church, and after moving to north Georgia in 1997, he attended the Tallulah Falls United Methodist Church. Mr. Durrance enjoyed life, was quick witted and easy going. If you ever passed him on the road, you more than likely received from him a smile and friendly wave. He was a baseball pitcher in his early adult years and an avid hunter and fisherman and loved traveling the world his entire life.
Wilbur and Myrtice were proud parents of three children, Peggy Durrance Leach (James), William A. Durrance (Deborah G.), and Horace L. Durrance (Deborah M). "Papa's" grandchildren include Connie Fentress Eddy (Kerry), Pamela Fentress, Latt Durrance, Lacey Durrance, Misty Durrance Matthews (Curt), Casey Durrance Murphy (Lee), Wilbur Owen Durrance (Melinda); and he was blessed with great- grandchildren, Justin, Jarred, Magdalene, Tressa and Koltin. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Myrtice Smith Durrance of 49 years; as well as all of his siblings, Ruby Durrance McLeod, Ora Durrance Speith, Clara Durrance Harmon, and Rodney M. Durrance.
A memorial service will take place at 4 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Lake Placid at Memorial United Methodist Church, followed by visitation with family in the fellowship hall.
Flowers or a memorial donation to Good Shepherd Hospice, 1110 Hammock Road, Sebring, FL 33870; or the Lake Placid Town Cemetery Trust Fund, 51 Park Drive, Lake Placid, FL 33852; would be appreciated.
Cards of condolence can be sent to Betty Durrance, 1272 Annandale Drive, Clarksville, GA 30523; or to the Durrance family in Lake Placid, at P.O. Box 488, Lake Placid, FL 33862. Memorial arrangements are under the loving devotion of Michael A. Brochetti Funeral Home 404 Plaza Avenue
Lake Placid, FL 33852 (863) 465-9997 -
TBO.com,  April 27, 2011

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