He Felt Compelled to Give to His City; Former Auto Dealership Owner Was Active in Trade and Civic Organizations

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Byline: JOE BLACK, The Times-Union

E. Robert Langley, a longtime Jacksonville civic leader who owned a Southside Oldsmobile dealership for about 30 years, died Friday of natural causes. He was 98.

Born in Atlanta, Mr. Langley came to Jacksonville in 1926 with Coca-Cola to work in marketing. He opened Langley Oldsmobile Inc., near Emerson Street and Philips Highway, in 1952 after six years of selling school buses and ambulances.

He was a past president of the Jacksonville and Florida Automobile Dealers associations and was a former member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Board of Governors. He also served as a charter member and president of the Southside Rotary Club.

Other positions in which Mr. Langley served include president of the Jacksonville Quarterback Club, vice president of the Gator Bowl Association and chairman of the state Milk Commission.

"He really loved Jacksonville and Florida and felt a civic duty to help," said his son Ron Langley. "This was his home and [he] truly felt he could help make it better. …