Local Civil Rights Leader Dies

PANAMA CITY Fla. - A prominent member of the community has died. John Bruce Sr. passed away on Dec. 2, 2018 at the age of 85. He was a well-known figure for the civil rights movement in Bay County. 

He also worked for more than 30 years as a teacher in Bay County. He retired as the social studies department chair at Rutherford High School. He became a father figure to many youth throughout the years and was known as "Pop". Myron Hines, chairman for ACURE tells us how Bruce was there for him through hard times. "I grew up without a father. My father died when I was young. So he was my surrogate father and I always called him pop. So he respected me for that, he never told me not to call him pop, so I continued to do so."

Bruce was a founding member of the Advisory Committee for Urban Revitalization Equity (ACURE). His work with the organization created MLK Day in Panama City.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

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