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Updated: 10/11/2013 03:20:28PM

David Clayton Sterrett

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David Clayton Sterrett, 70, of Venice, Florida passed away at Embracing Hospice in Cumming, Ga. on Oct. 9, 2013 surrounded by his family. Dave was born on March 25, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio, where he spent his beloved childhood years.

Dave moved his family to Venice, Fla., where they quickly became a part of a much loved “Golden Beach” family. Dave spent six years serving the country that he loved so much as a member of the United States Navy. Upon leaving the Navy, Dave became a member of the IBEW and worked as an electrician for many years.

He then went on to work as a manufacturer’s rep for Vanguard and later, Viega. Dave always worked tirelessly to provide for his family that he treasured above all, and it afforded many wonderful and funny memories. Dave Sterrett was truly a man among men; he was a selfless man who genuinely reveled in helping others.

Dave was preceeded in death by his parents, George and Helen Sterrett; his brother, Donald Sterrett; and sister Joann Healey.

He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Nancy; his three children: Leigh Sterrett of Venice, Fla., Kelly Hendricks (Brett Hendricks) of Venice, Fla. and Molly Schmidt of Cumming, Ga.; and his cousin Vince Gobozy, who was like a brother to him. He also leaves behind six grandchildren who adored him: Lauren, Brooke, Ava, Ty, Trey and Brian; as well as countless friends.

Services will be held on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm at Sarasota National Cemetery followed by a celebration of his life at Golden Beach.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made at Bank of America in trustee’s name of “Kelly Hendricks/Real Life Children’s Ranch,” where 100 percent of all contributions will go to the children who will be treated to the Christmas of their dreams in Dave’s memory….” Dave want kids to get real gifts, not socks or underwear.

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Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA 30040. 770-886-9899.