Charles Thomas Ecker was born in Panama City, Florida, in 1915, the third son of boat captain Roy Walter Ecker, Sr. of Cromanton on St. Andrews Bay. Charlie served as a Warrant Officer in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Anna Goldberg was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1920. She and Charlie were married in 1941. After the war Charlie worked in the pulp and paper mill industry, a career that took the family to Fernandina, Florida, Valdosta and Jesup, Georgia, and Varadero, Cuba. They moved with their son Charles and daughter Sandra to Palatka, Florida, in 1959. In Palatka Charlie ran a busline and worked at Hudson Pulp and Paper (now Georgia Pacific) before opening and operating a lawn-mower repair shop.
Charlie was lost at sea on October 8, 1987, when his fishing boat the Thank You Anna went down 10 miles off the coast of Fort Pierce Inlet. He was 72 years old. Anna died in Palm Beach Gardens in 2007 at the age of 86.
Charlie and Anna were survived by their son Captain Charles T. Ecker, III, USNR, Ret., and daughter-in-law Margaret of Tequesta, Florida; daughter Sandra Mast of Palm Beach Gardens; granddaughter Pamela Kay (P.K.) Mast-Adelsperger (husband David) and great-grandchildren Blake David and Carly Anna of Chicago; sister-in-law Lucille Ecker of Palatka; and Charlie's brother Robert Marvin Ecker of Panama City.
Anna's ashes were scattered at sea, to be again with Charlie.
Roy and Lucille Ecker
Terrell Walter Ecker
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