Notice: Complete Obituaries are no longer listed on this page. We decided to condense the information and provide a link to the actual obituary. We have included here those classmates whose deaths were found about the time of, and after, our 57th Reunion. Mouse over the link and then click on the highlighted area. If a link is not provided, or if no obituary is found, then it may be due to instances when an obituary is not available online. If you want to submit an update, or want information about classmates listed on the In Memory Of page whose obituaries are not available, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary (Fitzgerald) Heiges
November 29, 1940 -- August 23, 2018
Mary Heiges Fitzgerald, a 1958 graduate of Leon High School, passed away at the Haven Hospice Care Center in Lake City. A native of Pennsylvania, she moved with her family to Tallahassee in 1954. Upon graduation from Leon, she moved to Lake Placid, Florida., where her family had relocated. There she met Robert (Bob) Fitzgerald, and they were married July 6th 1962. She was employed virtually all of her working years in insurance. She was a general lines certified agent, as well as life insurance specialist. She and Bob had one son, Robert E. Fitzgerald, She was so proud to make the recent reunion of the 58' class of Leon. She did not miss a single class reunion and remained a loyal Lion throughout her life. Memorial service will be Monday, 27 August 2018 at the 1st Baptist Church of High Springs, FL. The Obituary can be viewed (here).
Sharron Yvonne (Williams) Brown
June 16, 1940 -- July 29, 2018
Sharron Graduated from Leon High School in 1958. She retired from Capital Insurance Agency after a distinguished thirty year career, where she created and managed the Premium Accounting Department. She was an amazing wife and mother, a strong, determined, and compassionate woman. She will be missed by all who knew her. The memorial service will take place at the Tallahassee Heights Methodist Church at 11:00AM, Wednesday, August 1, 2018, with internment following at Culley’s Meadowood Memorial Park. The complete obituary can be viewed (here).
Mary Jane (Miller) Roberts
Decmber 8, 1940 -- July 21, 2018
Tallahassee - Mary Jane Roberts Miller, 77, peacefully passed away on July 21, 2018. Born in Durham, NC December 8, 1940, she was adopted at 18 mos and raised in Tallahassee. She is the daughter of the late Judge and Mrs. B. K. Roberts. Mary Jane lived in Winter Park FL from 1965-80, returning to Tallahassee to help care for her aunt, Inez Yent, and care for her father until his passing in 1999. She was part of Leon's Class of '58, attending Hollins and Wesleyan Colleges prior to getting married in 1961. Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date. Her complete obituary may be seen at Legacy.com.
Shellie Frances Slade
November 18, 1940 -- July 3, 2018
She was the daughter of the late Harvey and Marion Slade (Burr) of Tallahassee, Florida. Shellie was born November 18, 1940 in Moultrie, GA, but grew up in Tallahassee and graduated from Leon High School. Shellie graduated from University of New Orleans (BA), having attended Stephens College, Florida State University (FSU), and University of Alabama. She subsequently graduated (RN) from the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Nursing. There will be no local memorial service. Interment will be held privately. Complete obituary can be seen at Legacy.com, search for Shellie Slade.
November 19, 1940 -- September 3, 2017
Ellen Adair Dillon Eikman, 76, passed away after a long illness September 3, 2017, at her home in Tampa, FL. Her husband, children, and grandchildren were near. Ellen is survived by her husband of 54 years, Edward Allan Eikman Sr., her daughters Ingrid Ellen Eikman Gipson, Ursula Helen Eikman Baum, a son, Adam Dillon Eikman, and by five grandchildren. Son Edward Allan Eikman Jr. predeceased. Ellen was born in Marianna, Florida of Edward Alderman Dillon, and Eloise McQuagge Dillon. She attended elementary school and Leon High school in Tallahassee, Florida, graduated from Florida State University, and later earned a Master’s degree in Special Education from St. Louis University. She taught in the Ferguson-Florissant, Missouri school district while her husband attended medical school. She led her growing family during his post-graduate training in Baltimore MD and Nashville TN, during Navy service in Bethesda MD, and upon entering service on the charter faculty of the medical school at the University of South Florida in Tampa beginning 1973. To view complete obituary click HERE
James Franklin Barco died on May 14, 2015. His wife stated that his service was private and an obituary was not provided. James died from pancreatic cancer. He is survived by two sons, one daughter and seven Grandchildren. I also learned that James was a pastor in Coatesville, PA.
December 3, 1940 - October 10, 2015 Patricia (Patsy) Dawkins passed away. She was survived by a daughter and sister Sara Dawkins Kinsey. Service was private with immediate family. Obituary not available.
5/21/1939 – 6/23/2017
Palmer Jean Lee of Tallahassee, FL passed away peacefully on Friday June 23, 2017 at the age of 78. Born on May 21, 1939 in Cairo, Georgia, she moved to Tallahassee with family in 1941. Jean graduated from Leon High School in 1958 and retired from the State of Florida Legislative Data Center in 1997. She was a very active member of First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee serving as an elder and participating on numerous groups and committees. She enjoyed volunteering to help at Elder Care, serving on her church Worship Team, visiting the Gulf beaches, following Florida State football and spending time with family and friends. The complete obituary can be found on www.legacy.com.
Thomas Wade age 76, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at home on Thursday evening, August 24, 2017. Tom was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and a lifelong resident of Tallahassee, FL. After graduating from Leon High School, Tom served in the Marine Corps Reserve and the Coast Guard Reserve, retiring from military service after 43 years with the rank of Captain. After graduating from FSU with a BS in Accounting and attaining his CPA, he worked for 43 years for the State of Florida protecting the interests of citizens through his work as an auditor, forensic accountant and financial investigator with multiple state agencies as well as his work for the Florida Legislature.
H. Maurice Hartsfield, 77, of Tallahassee died Tuesday (1/10/2017) at his home. He was a native of Tallahassee where he has lived all his life and attended Leon High School. Following his retirement from Florida State University, where he worked as the maintenance supervisor, he opened and operated Hartsfield Welding. One of his passions was farming and raising cattle. His greatest pleasure came from being with his family and many friends. He was always ready with a story and always willing to help those in need. Click Here to view complete obituary.
1939 - September 2016
Pastor William Glen Lawhon, 76, died Tuesday evening at his residence following an extended illness. He was the son of the late L.C. and Obie O. Collins Lawhon. He had made Lake City his home since 1982 after moving here from Jasper, FL. He was a member of the Parkview Baptist Church. Glen pastored several churches in North Florida and was the Pastor of Eastside Baptist Church from 1982-1994. He then served as chaplain at Columbia Correction Institution from 1994 until 2004. He held various positions in the Baptist Association and Middle Florida Baptist Assembly Campground, also with the Florida Baptist Convention. He was a member on the board of Trustees of Florida Baptist Children's Home. He also was on the Florida Baptist nominating committee, he was a member of Campers on Mission and the Florida Baptist Disaster Relief. He was on the founding board of the Christian Service Center. He enjoyed woodworking, being a mechanic, fishing, camping and helping others with electrical jobs. Click HERE to see the complete obituary.
January 16, 1940 - February 25, 2016
Faye Vause LeClaire of Englewood, FL passed away peacefully on February 25, 2016. Faye was born in 1940 in Cairo, Georgia to Eldred Karker and Cloyce Vause. She was a graduate of Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida. She was married to James LeClaire in 1959. Faye and Jim raised their children in Jewett City, CT. During those years she was a dedicated member of St. Mary's Church, a Griswold High School Booster, and a Scout Leader. She worked as the Office Manager for Rogers Kitchens, in Norwich, CT. Faye and Jim moved to Englewood, FL in 1994. There, Faye enjoyed singing in the choir at St. Raphael's Church. She was one of the founding members of the Knight's of Columbus Ladies' Auxiliary and served three terms as their president. Faye enjoyed reading, crosswords, cooking for her family, and cheering on the UConn Women's basketball team. In Lieu of flowers, the family request donations to A Mother's House or Knights of Columbus Sugar Bowl Fund, both of Venice Florida, See the complete obituary at: Click here for obituary
1940 - February 8, 2016
Jim was a 1958 graduate of Leon High School. He was born in Cairo, Georgia, the only child to Walter Harold McRory and Roma Foy Johnson McRory and raised in Tallahassee Florida. He was a lifelong fan of the Florida State Seminoles. He move to Pensacola from Jacksonville in January of 1976 and was very involved in the Real Estate community and the Pensacola Association of Realtors with the first picture real estate magazine to be published in the Panhandle. After 20 years in the real estate magazine business that included traveling all over the United States, he joined his wife in the appraisal business as McRory Appraisers for the next 20 years. You can find Jim's complete obituary HERE.
March 05, 1940 to May 21, 2015
Judy was a 1958 graduate of Leon High School. She retired as an office administrator with State Farm Insurance. She was born in Lansing, MI. A memorial graveside service will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Tallahassee Memory Gardens. Judy's complete obituary can be found HERE.
Feb 23, 1940 to Dec 23, 2014
At the age 74, Joellyn (Ward) Bush of Monroeville, passed away Tuesday, December 23, 2014. She was a native of Montgomery, AL but had lived the past 40 years in Monroeville. She was a member of Monroeville First United Methodist Church. Her husband Delmas Ward is also a Leon graduate. Joellyn's complete obituary can be found HERE.
Jack passed away on October 24, 2014, at the age of 74, following a battle with cancer. Jack was born in Arcadia, FL to Wallis and Frances Walker and moved to Tallahassee as a young child. He attended Sealy Elementary and it was there that he met the first of five very important men (also known as The Six Toms) who became lifelong friends. Jack graduated from Leon High School and attended Washington & Lee University where he pledged SAE Fraternity. He transferred to FSU and earned a degree in accounting. While at FSU, Jack married his high school sweetheart Carroll Haynie Walker. The entire obituary can be seen here.
May 17, 1940 - April 17, 2014
Judy, 73 of Fayetteville, passed away April 17, 2014. She spent her early years moving across the country with her military family. She loved hunting and fishing, horseback riding, water skiing and camping and spent many summers in Quitman and Doerun, Georgia with relatives. She will always be remembered as the "best batter" on Army baseball teams and being the only "girl" to play. She loved basketball and was captain of the girls team at Forest Park High School her sophomore year. She moved to Tallahassee where she graduated from Leon High School and attended FSU a short while before getting married to Norman Guy Echols. Her Obituary can be found here.
July 24, 1940 to April 19, 2011.
He is listed with both names in our graduating class, having changed his name to the name of his step-father about that time. Our classmate Sara Sue (Brewer) Richardson was his first wife, and the children of their marriage are listed in Sue’s obituary. His picture and obituary can be found on this here.
February 25, 1940 to October 9, 2012. Her picture and obituary can be found here.
1940 to December 2012. There was a private family service for Betty when she died. An obituary is not currently available. Betty wrote a story about her life from 1958 to 1998 that can be found in our 40th Class Reunion book. (No link available)
April 21, 1940 to December 15, 2012. As well as receiving his high school diploma with our class, Philip, son of Daniel Stoutamire and Nell Hatcher, also earned a diploma in aircraft engines from Lively Technical School. An obituary is not available, but his family relates that Philip had grown up in the area of Smith Creek near the Ochlockonee River, the region where his Stoutamire ancestors had settled in the 1800’s. Philip was in the National Guard and went to the helicopter school at Fort Rucker, AL. He lived at Smith Creek for some of the years after high school, also working in Tallahassee for Hudson Aircraft Engines, the telephone company, and a number of car dealerships. In the later years of his life, Philip developed health problems and lived in Crawfordville. (No link available)
Comments by: Diana Gendron Hood
Our Alma Mater begins: The red clay hills of Tallahassee harbor memories dear, Memories of our dear old high school .
At our 50th Reunion, classmates are sharing stories and memories. We are remembering and reliving a part of ourselves with those who shared our experiences at Leon. Let us really value this time we have together.
At our 40th Reunion, we thought we might see again the people who then shared good times with us. But many of them are no longer living and able to be with us. Many others have died over the last 50 years. Today we are here with their family & friends to pay tribute to them.
Some of our classmates' lives ended suddenly, with no time for them or their families to prepare. Sometimes it was in accidents; or with a sudden illness; or from a loss of spirit. Others had illnesses that lasted for months or years. Some of them fought to the end against death, - with the poet feeling, "Do not go gentle into that good night" (1). For others, their illnesses brought unbearable pain, and death relieved their long suffering. In those instances, although experiencing a great loss, the feeling of loved ones might have been "You're free at last" (2). [(1) Dylan Thomas, 1951; (2) Charlie Daniels, 1978]Our classmates died at different stages of their lives. A few of them died with only a short number of years to live after we saw them at Leon; For others, their deaths came at the height of their family life or career; Still others died as they were looking forward to retirement and being able to rest from long years of work. And others died as they were enjoying those retirement years.
You may have specific memories of some of those who have died. Some of them may have been friends with whom you shared times for many years after high school. For others, you may have last visited with them at the 40th reunion; Some of them you may have known from early elementary school years, and all through the years at Leon. Others will only be remembered from our high school years. Whichever the time frame, although former classmates have died, they can "live" in our minds as long as we remember them. Someone has written:
Family members will have, or be told, many remembrances of our classmates who have died. For those of us who were with them at Leon, perhaps walking the halls today will be a catalyst for memories coming to mind.Perhaps the memory will be of watching George Brand, Doug Cooke, and Buster Warmack as they sang on the Auditorium stage in one of the male quartets;Or it might be when you were in the band with Sandra Lewis, Charles Register, and Ann Turner.Or singing in the chorus with Loy Jean Batchelor, Joe Mac Brown, and Rachel Poitevint.Perhaps the memory will be while working with Ray Smith on one of the plays,Or with Wayne Pike on the school newspaper, or Francine Kalfas on the yearbook;Perhaps the memory will be when you were in DCT with Frances Hutchinson, Buddy Singleton, Edward Watson, and Thelma Wester;The activities of the Lively Tech Club might have been described to you by Julian Giddens or Carl Parker. You may have been in one of the service clubs with others: Dale Pichard and Jimmy Harris in the Key Club; Joann Gresham in the Anchor Club; Carolyn Fain in Tri-Hi-Y.Or with Joel McNeil in El Cid, Eddie Moras in Chez Nous, or Dick Hoffman in Los Amigos.You may have had similar interests to join Johnny Kever and Ray Powell in Future Farmers; or in the Rod and Gun Club with Howard White, George Sorrie, and Dick Mowell.Or it may have been with Reba Gerrell in Future Homemakers or Sharon LaHayne in the Business Club.Many of our classmates will be remembered on one of the sports teams:Football with Sterling Branche, Jimmy Frohock, Bobby Mathis, Buddy McCue, and Henry Vinson;Basketball with Bobby Chesser;Baseball with John Bramlett, Buddy Carroll, Jack Crutchfield, Tommy Simmons, and Eddie Whitehead;And the Swimming team with Dorothy Anderson and Paul Thompson.Seating near you in class, Lewis Shiplee may have told you about his early ideas for inventions.On a particularly hectic day, you may have been calmed by Chick Clifton’s quiet manner.You may remember Betty Lou Hussey from our early years at Leon. Or you may have met Anthony Whetstonewhen he entered Leon for our Senior year and was trying to make new friends.
For many of these classmates, you may only remember having heard their name long ago, or recognize their photograph as someone seen before when passing in the halls between classes.
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning.
We will remember them."[from “For the Fallen”, 1914, by Laurence Binyon]
Gee, but I'd give the world to see
that old gang of mine!
Like that old quartet
that sang "Sweet Adeline!"
Goodbye, Goodbye , old fellas an' gals goodbye, goodbye, old sweethearts an' pals
Gee, but I'd give the world to see that old gang of mine!
We will remember them.
[Verse adapted from song “That Old Gang of Mine”, Perry Como]