Teal lived ready for the next adventure – boating trips in the middle of the week, looking for sightless crawfish in a sinkhole cave, slipping off to fish with friends when all thought he was working, a quick arrowhead hunt – he would change his schedule on a whim. Those who knew him best lived on “Teal Time” because 10 minutes really meant at least 30 and mornings weren’t really his thing.
Teal lived his life with integrity, faith, compassion, loyalty, and a touch of strong will. His kind words and actions showed people what it meant to act and treat others with dignity. His impact on friends and family, especially his two boys, will not fade with his death. A death that he didn’t fear – he was ready to go to the Lord when He wanted him. His faith in the Lord was pure.
Teal was born in Jacksonville in 1974 to Steve and Carol Pomeroy. He moved to Chiefland as a young child. Teal graduated Chiefland High School in 1992 and went on to join the U.S. Army. Upon discharge, he returned to the city he loved – Chiefland.
Teal married his wife, Kristin, in 2005. He was delighted and so proud of their children, Elijah (6) and Luke (4). Family time was important to Teal and he showered his boys with true fatherly love.
While Teal’s public identity revolved around his position as Mayor (Commissioner) of Chiefland and co-owner of SunCoast Palms, it was his kind smile and gentle demeanor that made everyone he met feel at ease and important.
In addition to his wife and two sons, Teal is survived by his parents Steve Pomeroy and Carol Pomeroy, his sister Paige Mertz, his nephews Zane and Zachary, Uncles OG Gardner and Dennis Stricklin, Aunt Shirley Thompson and cousins Nathan Gardner and Huntleigh Stevenson, and a tight group of friends who were often up to something (James can fill you in).
Family and friends are invited to celebrate Teal’s life on Saturday, August 27 from 2:30-4:00 for visitation at First Baptist Church in Chiefland. Services will begin at 4:00 at First Baptist Church in Chiefland followed by burial at Chiefland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations for his sons’ future education can be made at at: Drummond Community Bank 1627 N Young Blvd Chiefland, FL 32626 or at any Drummond location.