Frank Suddeth: Spanish Garrison historian dies

Mark Schmitt, President of Florida Living History, Inc., reported to the St. Augustine local news desk at Historic City News the passing of Frank Suddeth; official historian of the St. Augustine Spanish Garrison on Thursday, January 21st.

“Suddeth was a long-time National Park Service employee, volunteer, artist, and our beloved and respected friend”, Schmitt told us.

Tuesday, January 26th – 5-8PM – Visitation at the St. Johns Family Funeral Home. The St. Augustine Garrison will provide a uniformed honor guard during visitation. Artwork, photographs, and mementos of Frank’s life will be on display.

Wednesday, January 27th – 8:30AM – Frank’s funeral procession will “pass in review” in front of the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. The St. Augustine Garrison, the 60th Royal Americans, NPS employees, and Frank’s friends will stand at attention as a cannon salute is fired.

Wednesday, January 27th – 10AM – Frank’s funeral service at the Anastasia Baptist Church. The St. Augustine Garrison and the 60th Royal Americans will provide uniformed drummers and pallbearers. Frank’s family has requested that his fellow living historians attend in period attire.

Following the service, Frank will be interred with military honors at Evergreen Cemetery. At the graveside, a salute of cannon and musket will be fired in Frank’s memory by the St. Augustine Garrison and the 60th Royal Americans.

In describing the loss of Frank Suddeth, Schmitt said, “Frank’s kindness, good humor, and knowledge of and enthusiasm for Florida’s history will be missed by us all.”

Photo credit: © 2010 Historic City News contributed photograph