William Eldridge Spiva, wife Mary Olivia Brown, and children Willie and Ernest Raymond Sr. He was born 11 August 1871 in Kentucky, the oldest son of Stephen Andrew Spiva and Harriet Evelyn Naylor. He helped run the commissary at Seminole Hill Plantation when the family moved to Florida. He married Mary Olivia on 26 December 1895. He was among the first St. Andrew Bay harbor pilots, serving 35 years until his death on 13 November 1933. The pilot boat Captain W E Spiva was named for him. Mollie died on 3 March 1951 in Panama City. Both are buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

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