Roy Walter Ecker, Jr., was born in Panama City, Florida, on January 2, 1914. The Ecker family's home was across St. Andrews Bay in Cromanton. As a teenager he rowed across the bay every day in a skiff to work at the paper mill, rowing back across after work. Like his brothers Bert, Charlie, and Bobby, he loved the sea, their father Roy Sr. (nicknamed "Skipper") being a boat captain, and Roy Jr. later worked with the Merchant Marines. He was a graduate of the United States Marine Officer's Academy at Fort Trumbull, New London, Connecticut.
Mattie Lucille Pridgen was born in Panama City on April 17, 1918. She was the youngest of Ella and Lawson Pridgen's seven children. She married Roy in 1934. In 1945 Roy and Lucille moved with their sons Terry and Ron to Palatka, Florida, where Roy worked for 36 years with Hudson Pulp and Paper (now Georgia Pacific), retiring as a shift superintendent. He loved sailing, and owned several boats on the St. Johns River. He also loved playing the guitar and singing, especially old Jimmy Rodgers songs that were popular in his youth.
Lucille was an active member of Palatka's First Baptist Church where she was involved in the Ladies Missionary Society. She was also a member of the Woman's Club and Garden Club. She loved animals and had several parakeets over the years, each one of them named Bill.
Roy died of a heart attack on November 4, 1999, at age 85. Lucille died of respiratory failure on May 17, 2013, at age 95. They were preceded in death by their son Terry. They were survived by their son Ron, daughters Kathy Tenney and Karen Wood, grandchildren John Wesley Tenney, Matthew Tenney, Chris Robbins, and Jamie Roman, daughter-in-law Frances Anne Olson, and several nieces and nephews.
Charlie and Anna Ecker
Terrell Walter Ecker
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