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Thomas Wendell McVay (November 5, 1915 - October 3, 1982), also known as "Cotton" McVay, was mayor of Lake Wales, Florida, United States between the years of 1953 and 1954. During this time he was instrumental in bringing the Passion Play to Lake Wales.

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Born in Eastman, Georgia, Cotton moved to Lake Wales around the age of nine. The family resided on Central Avenue, and Cotton's father owned a hardware store during the pioneering days of the town. Cotton and his older brothers went on to graduate from Lake Wales High School and went into the military during World War II. In 1942, he married Eva White of Bartow, and together they had one child, Eva Jane, in 1950. McVay died on October 3, 1982 at the age of 66. [1]

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World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.


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