Clyde Ray Choat
Clyde Ray Choat, age 94, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on April 27, 2012.
Mr. Choat was born in Fairfield, NE on December 24, 1917 but grew up in Gulfport, MS. He was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church and the owner of Ventilated Awnings, Inc. which he established in 1946 in Pensacola. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed many years of fishing, hunting and golf. In 1934 he attended Bill Terry's Professional Baseball School in Pensacola and was a four sport letterman at Mississippi College in Jackson, MS which he attended on a baseball scholarship. He went on to play minor league baseball in the Florida State League for the Gainesville "G" Men and the Alabama-Florida League for the Andalusia "A"'s until a hand injury ended his career. He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII in the Pacific Campaign as a Radioman on LCS 65 which saw action on the Picket Line in Okinawa. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Penny Coleman Choat, and brother, Dale Choat of Gulfport, MS.
He is survived by his children, Janis Choat Blocher (Ed) of Mobile, AL; Clyde Ray Choat, Jr. (Bobbie); Fay Choat Dinken (Harry) of Birmingham, AL; Douglas Dale Choat (Karen); nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00pm Wednesday, May2, 2012 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel on Airport Blvd.
Graveside services will be 10:00am Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Bayview Memorial Park on Scenic Highway.
Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Blocher, Tyler Choat, Colin Dinken, Lee Milliner, Brian Armstrong, Dale Strickland and Paul Stone.
The family kindly requests either flowers or donations to Covenant Hospice, 5041 N. 12th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32504.
HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.