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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ed Cearley, Local Businessman Passes at 61

By Sid Riley
Body was discovered at his home on Monday morning
The Texas Longhorns lost their biggest fan in Florida this weekend. The body of Ed Cearley, Owner and Manager of WTOT and WJAQ Radio in Marianna, was discovered by co-worker Robert Conrad in his home early Monday morning. It is estimated that Cearley died sometime Saturday evening of natural causes.
Ed Cearley moved to Marianna from Texas almost eight years ago, to assume management of the local radio stations. He is CEO and President of Graceville Florida Radio Inc., and Marianna Florida Radio Inc., the parent company of our local stations WTOT and WJAQ. He was a member of the Marianna Elks Lodge, and an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Marianna.
Ed has two children who live in the Houston, Texas area. They are a son Chris and daughter-in-law Elizabeth a future grandson Benjamin, and a daughter, Ginger. His parents Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Cearley reside in Longview, Texas.
Ed was active in the Marianna community, and was an all-round great fellow and friend. His presence will be missed by those who worked with him and all of us who knew him. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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