Thomas Watson Read III

August 18, 1947 ~ December 8, 2018 (age 71)

Thomas Watson Read III, 71, of Jacksonville, passed away December 8, 2018. He was a member of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department for 34 years. Mr. Read was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, Carol Lynn Read and his parents, Thomas W. Read, Jr. and Virginia Riddle Read of Pacolet, South Carolina. Survivors include his daughter, Schonna Dungan (Charles); daughter, Leslie Cuartero (David); son, William Sams (Natalie); brother, Dennis Read (Beverly); sister, Susan Read Eason and six grandchildren: Caila, Thomas, Joshua, and Andrew Dungan, Corbyn Sams, Adalynn Cuatero. He will be greatly missed by his family and extended community of friends. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10AM Saturday December 15, 2018 at WestGate Church, 570 Ellis Rd., Jacksonville, with Pastor Wayne Young officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in his name to the American Cancer Society or Jacksonville Community Hospice and Palliative Care. Arrangements by Giddens-Reed Funeral Home, Baldwin, 904-387-0055 (

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