Submitted by Descendant: Wynn WHALEN
Edgar Wesley Rountree was born 12 January 1879 in Greenwood, Jackson County, Florida, to J.R. and Lula Rountree.
He married Lillian Alabama “Bama” Ward in Pinkard, Alabama, in 1904 and they had three sons: Edwin Wesley, William Erwin, and Richard Elvin. The 1920 census shows the family living in Punta Gorda, Desota County, Florida.
Edgar first worked for the Florida Southern Railway as a depot agent in Gordon, Alabama, then was sent to Punta Gorda, Desoto County, Florida, in 1908 after the railway was bought out by Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. He continued to work there as the freight agent until his sudden death in 1933. Some of the many pieces of property purchased by Edgar in the town of Punta Gorda are still owned by his descendants.
Edgar died on 5 July 1933 and was buried in Indian Springs Cemetery, Punta Gorda, along with his mother Lula, his wife Alabama, and all three of his sons. Edgar was a Worthy Master Mason from 22 September 1916 to 1918.
Edgar Wesley Rountree was first established as a Florida Pioneer in 2010