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One of "Fighting Malones' dies

Robert David Malone Sr., a member of "The Fighting Malones" in World War II, has died at age 79.

Mr. Malone, a retired insurance executive, died Wednesday (June 28, 1995) at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. The cause was pneumonia, which had developed after a fall three weeks ago, said a son, James P. Malone of St. Petersburg.

During World War II, Mr. Malone and four brothers gained local fame as "The Fighting Malones" for serving in the military at the same time. Mr. Malone saw Navy duty in the South Pacific. Brother John G. of Cape Coral, who survives, was in the Army.

His other brothers were James P., a pilot lost in action; Winfield, a soldier killed in action; and George, who returned safely from Army duty and lived in Tampa until his death.

In the years after the war, Mr. Malone had a career in insurance. He spent nearly two decades with Gulf Life before going into business as an owner of the Gore and Malone Insurance Agency and R.

D. Malone Insurance Agency.

He worked earlier as a manager of a luncheonette at Child's Pharmacy in downtown St. Petersburg.

Born in Fayetteville, Tenn., he came here in 1933 from Athens, Ala. He graduated from St. Petersburg High School in 1936.

Mr. Malone was a member of St. Petersburg High School Pioneers, a past president of the St. Petersburg chapter of the Florida Society of Sons of the American Revolution and a life member of DAV 9.

His wife of 55 years, Lillian D. "Lil" Malone, died June 4, 1994.

Other survivors include a son, Robert D. Jr., St. Petersburg; a daughter, Patricia Ann Woody, Charlotte, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 200 Pasadena Ave. S. A funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Central Bible Church, 3800 17th Ave. N. The Rev. Thomas Couch will officiate. Burial will be at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell.