Homer E. Still Jr. was born in Plano, Ky., and moved to Jacksonville when he was 2 years old. He was a 1942 graduate of the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor of Science degree.
During World War II he served in the Army Quartermaster Corps. as an employment officer and later served in the Army Air Corps, as a B-24 bomber pilot in the 8th Air Force, 44th bomb group, 506th bomb squad flying out of England.
He was shot down over Germany and was a prisoner of war in Stalag Luft I, Barth, then known as Pomerania.
After the war, he returned to the University of Florida where he taught Accounting. He also worked for a Certified Public accountant firm in Jacksonville and did graduate work at University of California-Los Angeles and Berkeley.
He returned to Florida in 1952, where he performed municipal audits and was an auditor with the State Auditor. He became a Florida CPA in 1953. He was active in the Unitarian Church for many years and served as president of the Jacksonville Church and the Tallahassee Church. He was also president of the Florida Council of Liberal Churches.
He was active in the LeMoyne Art Foundation in Tallahassee serving as president, treasurer and board member. He served as a staff member for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. He was a budget examiner with the Florida budget director, and he served on the Board of Regents staff. He was the associate director of the University of Michigan nationwide research project on university finance. He was Florida's first state planning director, the only Democrat appointed by then Gov. Claude Kirk to head an agency.
He moved from Tallahassee to St. Pete Beach in 1973, and became the proprietor of a one-man business, where he rented sailboats, pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, one-man motor boats, and lounges. He said his most significant lifetime occupational accomplishment was teaching thousands of people to sail with a one-hour lesson.
He served on the board of directors of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative as vice president and then president. He was an active member and past commander of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of American Ex-Prisoners of War; a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 4256, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Inquiry.
His wife of 22 years, Ann and three sons and a daughter. He was preceded in death by his wife of 31 years, Armenta McDaniel.