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James 'Don' Ezelle

Born in Reidsville, NC on February 19, 1935.
Departed on Febraury 6, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida.

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Service: April 2, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Eastminster Presbytrian Church , Indialantic, Florida

James 'Don' Ezelle passed away February 6, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida, two weeks shy of his 82nd birthday. He was born February 19, 1935 in Reidsville, NC to J. D. and Ruth Morton Ezelle.
Don is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lynne Morris Ezelle; daughters, Terri Lynne (Richard) Koehler and Dawn VanArnam; grandchildren, Richard "Trey", Tyler James, Grayson, Lynley Koehler, Ashtyn and Avery VanArnam, all of New Mexico; sister, Pat (Ray) Schafer of Colorado Springe, CO. He was pre-deceased by his daughter, Laura Ruth in 1994 and his parents, Ruth and J. D. The J. D. Ezelles lived in Burlington during his early years then moved to Florida eventually settling in Melbourne. Ruth and J. D. started the Melbourne Venetian Blind Company where Don worked as a young man. He was a graduate of the class of 1953 from Melbourne High School. Don attended the University of Florida and graduated in 1957 with a degree in Building Design. He was a member of the UF Hall of Fame. Don was a resident of Georgia Seagle Hall. His favorite memories of that time were being a Teacher's Assistant to Dr. Archie Carr and driving the boat for Professor Carr on his research missions around the state. While at UF, he met Lynne Morris, a fellow Design student and they married in 1958. At that time, Don returned to Melbourne and added custom home design to the Melbourne Venetian Blind Company. He purchased the family business and changed the name to The Decorators Mart of Melbourne to reflect the custom design. The Decorators Mart flourished with Don's talented design skills. His work was varied and included beautiful homes along Riverside Drive and the original Astronauts' quarters at the Cape. In 1977, Don had a servere stoke which left him unable to carry on with his chosen profession. He was also unable to enjoy another of his loves, deep-sea fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Don soon found another passion which served as his physical therapy and rehab. He found Glen Choga Lodge in the mountains of Macon County, NC. One of his favorite sayings was that "the lodge was in worse shape" than he was. Almost single mindedly, he set about the restore the Lodge and eventually received the designation of being placed on The National Register of Historic Places. He was a member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church and an Elder, Sunday School teacher, on the Building Committee and a Pioneer Youth Fellowship leader with Lynne. Don was a member of Melbourne Rotary Club where he was President and a Paul Harris Fellow. Cremation has taken place.
The cremains will be interred at the Eastminster Memorial Garden after a Memorial service on April 2, 2017 at 2:00PM at Eastminister Presbyterian Church.
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