Leon High School
Tallahassee, Florida

Class of 1960
Lost Classmates
List of those no longer with us.
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Death in the Family
Notices on deaths of classmates' family members
(and others we knew, like teachers). Classmate name in each is highlighted with bold text.
Joseph Jerome Kairis
(Our Chemistry Teacher)
Joseph Jerome Kairis, 82, died Saturday, April 2, 2005. The service will be at 2 p.m. EDT Sunday at Beggs Funeral Home Apalachee Parkway Chapel (850-942-2929), with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charity. A native of Worcester, Mass., and former resident of Alaska, Mr. Kairis had lived in Tallahassee since 1954. He retired as a physics teacher for Leon High School and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Worcester. He was also a lifetime member of the Elks Lodge in Tallahassee; a 32nd-Degree Mason with Quinsigamond Lodge in Worcester, which was his home lodge; a member of Phi Delta Kappa; a member of the FMCA; and a member of American Legion Post No. 13. He also retired as a lieutenant colonel from the U.S. Air Force. He was an avid motor- home enthusiast and a professional photographer. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruth Kairis; two sisters-in-law, Hope Johnson of Waltham, Mass., and Elizabeth Thulin of Monroeville, Pa.; two nephews, Donald and Charles Thulin; three nieces, Donna Johnson, Gail Browne and Carla Garrison; five great-nieces; six great-nephews; and three great-great-nieces.
Wilda Larson Clowers Lundrigan
(Our English teacher)
Wilda Larson Clowers Lundrigan, 79, who retired after 41 years as an English teacher at Leon High School, died Thursday, September 25, 2008 in Tallahassee. Service arrangements will be announced later by Bevis Funeral Home.
Published in the Tallahassee Democrat on 9/26/2008.
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Marjorie C. Dillingham Ph.D.  
(Our Spanish teacher)
INVERNESS - Marjorie C. Dillingham Ph.D., 87, died Thursday, May 22, 2003. She is survived by her husband of 10 years, Mr. Henry F. "Jack" Blake of Tallahassee. Inurnment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Palatka. Hooper Funeral Homes & Crematory in Inverness (352-726-2271) is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL, 60601-7633. Born Aug. 20, 1915, in Bicknell, Ind., she moved to Inverness from Tallahassee in 2002. Dr. Dillingham was a Spanish teacher who once taught at Duke University and Florida State University, the same universities where she earned her master's and doctorate. By 1971 she had lived, studied and taught in every Spanish-speaking country in the world. She was a member of Alpha Omega Pi in Tallahassee and a past president of Florida Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She was a Methodist. Other survivors include a son, Dr. Robert C. Dillingham (and wife Marilyn) of Winchester, Va.; a daughter, Dr. Sharon D. Martin (and husband Dr. Randy) of Inverness; a sister, Mrs. Doris Price of Austin, Texas; six grandchildren, William Martin, Elizabeth Martin, Joseph Martin, Lenora Toms, Robbie Dillingham and Analisa Dillingham; and two great-grandchildren, Irie Toms and Bette Toms. She was preceded in death on Nov. 11, 1981, by her husband, Dr. William P. Dillingham.

                             Published in the Tallahassee Democrat on 5/30/2003.
James Carlyle "Jim" Thorne, Jr.

James Carlyle "Jim" Thorne, Jr., entered into rest April 29, 2010, in Tallahassee. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today, May 3, 2010, at Oakland Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice. Jim was born in Rutherfordton, N.C., and grew up in Malibu, California, and resided in Fort Lauderdale, Singapore, and moved to Tallahassee in 1998. He retired from Textron -EZGo. He was of the Baptist faith. Jim is survived by his wife, Virginia Culpepper Thorne of Tallahassee; one son, James Carlyle Thorne, III and his wife, Pam of Macon, Ga.; two step sons, George Stout III of Marianna, Todd Stout and wife, Sarah of Tallahassee; three grandchildren, Carlyle Thorne, Savannah Thorne both of Macon, Hali Stout of Marianna; one brother, Henry Thorne of San Jose, California; one sister, Mary Ann Whiteside and her husband, Mac of Hudson, N.C.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on May 1-3, 2010
Elva White Grow Clark

Elva White Grow Clark, 94, died in Tallahassee Saturday, Jan. 3, 2004, after a brief illness. She was born Elva Geneva White on Dec. 3, 1909 in Pearson, Ga., to James Owen White, Sr., and Lila Corbitt White. Her near-death from the flu of 1918 made her into someone who was hardly sick another day in her long and active life. She attended Norman Park Junior College, began teaching high school in Atkinson County, Ga. at age 17, then graduated from Tift College. She began a long career of teaching high school at Colquitt, Ga., where she married William Alton Grow, Sr., in 1931. She earned a Master's Degree in Education from FSU.

In 1955, she and her family moved to Tallahassee, Fla., where she taught English and history at Leon High School. After earning a second Master's Degree from FSU, in Library Science, she became librarian at Leon High, and later at Tallahassee Community College. In the years before retirement, she traveled throughout Florida as a consultant for improving school libraries.

Survivors include stepdaughter Sherrie Grow Flynn of Atlanta, sons William A. Grow Jr. and Gerald Owen Grow of Tallahassee, sisters Eula Kirkland of Rome, Ga., Edwina Corbett and Evadelle White of Pearson, Ga., 12 grandchildren,16 great-grandchildren, and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her son John David Grow of Atlanta.

A memorial website is posted at www.longleaf.net/elva/.
Marian W. Mayo
(Girls' Physical Education Teacher)
Marian W. Mayo, 86 of Tallahassee passed away, Monday, January 18, 2010 at Big Bend Hospice. She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, William D. (Bill) Mayo. Visitation will be held 5 to 7 p.m. EST Wednesday, January 20th at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, Riggins Road Chapel (850-877- 8191). Funeral Services will be 11 a.m. EST Thursday, January 21 at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church with interment to follow at MeadowWood Memorial Park. Mrs. Mayo was born in Eau Gallie, Florida and grew up in St. Augustine where she was an accomplished dancer. She left St. Augustine to attend Florida State College for Women. Mrs. Mayo taught Physical Education at Leon High School until her retirement in 1962. She is a member of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church. Survivors include a son, David (Jane) Mayo of Chaires, Fl; a daughter, Lynda (Gary ) Gray of Tallahassee; one brother, James Welch of Honolulu, Hawaii; three grandchildren, Brooke, Tanner and Brennan Gray of Tallahassee. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Children's Home Society of Florida.
Published in Tallahassee Democrat on January 20, 2010
Harold F. Gibbs

Harold F. Gibbs, age 71, died peacefully Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Born in Tallahassee, Fl July 7, 1940 to Robert L. and Nell Gibbs. He had been a local Real Estate Developer most of his life. He was preceded in death by his father Robert Louis Gibbs and a brother Benjamin Gibbs. He is survived by his mother Nell Gibbs, his beloved wife Eydie Gibbs, three sons Greg (Angela), Marshall (Deavin) and Brian all of Tallahassee, One brother Arnold Gibbs of Orlando, three grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice or The Tallahassee Homeless Shelter. Graveside services will be held Friday, noon at Oakland Cemetery.

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on March 1, 2012
Claude "Coach" Stoutamire

Claude "Coach" Stoutamire, born in 1924 and member of a 4th generation Leon County pioneer family, died October 7, 2013. He graduated from Leon High School in 1943 where he was a standout in basketball and track, holding the state records for many years in the high jump. Following high school came three years of military service in the Army during WWII. His service to his country was one of his proudest accomplishments.

After college, he coached one year in Louisiana and then returned home to Tallahassee to teach and coach at Leon High School. He is best known as the beloved head basketball coach from 1951-1973 where in the first five years he produced two conference championships. He was also a fearless drivers education teacher and loveably tormented P.E. teacher. more ...

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Oct. 13, 2013
Harold Everett Chapman Jr.
(Our Choral Director)

Harold Everett Chapman Jr., 88, who retired as choral director for Leon High School, died Thursday, April 17, 2003. Born July 31, 1914, in Indianapolis, he spent his early years in Evanston, Ill. He attended the University of Illinois and graduated from Northwestern University's School of Music in Evanston. His post-graduate studies in music education were taken at Northwestern and Florida State University. He taught for four years in Crystal Lake, Ill., where he supervised all music in the elementary school and taught all instrumental and vocal music in the junior high school. World War II brought him and his wife, Ruth Brindley Chapman, to Florida. After the war they came to Tallahassee, where he was choral director at Leon High from 1946 to 1967. more ...

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Apr. 18, 2003
Barbara Nettles (1941 - 2015)

Barbara Randall Nettles of Tallahassee, Florida, passed August 29, 2015, at home with her family by her side. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Stanley R. Nettles; daughter Marsha Studdard (Tracy Studdard); daughter, Cassandra Nettles; granddaughters Heather and Nicole Studdard; great-grandchildren Sydney and Jamison and in St. Augustine; a niece Debbie Spicer Bennett (Tommy Bennett).    more ...

Published in Tallahassee Democrat on Sept. 1, 2015
Carson Edwin Hall

Carson Edwin Hall, 79, originally of Moultrie, Ga., took his last breath with his family by his side on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at 11:31 a.m. Carson was a cattleman/rancher, a nuclear mechanic, and a former Lockheed employee. He served in the U.A. Coast Guard during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Carson loved to fish, and he treasured his grandchildren Roman, Kallie, and his new grandson Gregory Carson Hall, Jr.

In addition to his grandchildren, he is survived by his wife Jacqueline Smith Hall, daughter Kimberly of Ocala, and son Greg, who resides in Villa Park, Calif. Other surviving family members include stepdaughters Glenda Spence of Inglis, Fla., and Brenda Vorisek of Tallahassee. His surviving siblings are Randy Hall (Irma) of Quitman, Ga., Gwen Braswell (Ken) of Hartsfield, Ga., and baby sister Judy Peek of Ft. Myers, Fla. Other siblings preceding Carson’s death were Ray Gene Hall, R.L. Hall, Bernice Bradshaw and Nell McCall. He also had many nieces and nephews in Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.

From John Deere to John Doe, Carson impacted everyone he knew. His wit and charisma were irresistible and made him lifelong friendships.

A memorial service for Carson will be held Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Inglis. Everyone is welcome to come celebrate his life while he was here on earth.
Class Member (Date of Death)

Sarah Jean Allen-Cranwill (2017)
William Larry Andrews (2006)
Tommy E. Atkinson
Nancy Ausley Hannon
Terry Edward Barfield
Michael C. Booker
Jeannie Bowling Porter (2017)
Patricia Ann Bragg Cash
Margaret "Peggy" Brock Carlson (2016)
Ralph Edward Burns
Larry Campbell (2014)
Evelyn Bryan Carraway
Tom Coleman
Remus O. Cook, Jr.
Edward Albert Couch
Jacqueline Cross (2015)
James Culpepper
Keith Eugene Dedge
Mark Ellerbee (2013)
William Leslie Ervin (2015)
Mary Willson Ervin Chopin (2009)
Gerald Freeman Everton
Lester Flanagan (2015)
Ralph Ferrell (2017)
Mary Emma Galvin Mars
Linda Gordy Cooksey (2016)
Barbara Ann Gray Eastman
Jo Ann Granger Jackson
Clifford Grayson Venters
Sidney Paul Griffin
Dale Griffin Carroll (2015)
James Patrick Hanna
Junella Hardison Silvey (2015)
Ronald Hartsfield
Sandra Charlene Herold Lapham
Aloma Jean Hill Carter
Wayne Hines
William Judson "Jud" Holloway (2009)
Arnold Ray Houghtaling (2013)
Brenda Hutcheson Cobb (2017)
Granville Mapp James
Carolyn Ray Jones Baran
Joyce Hilton Jones (2015)
Jean Terri Johnson Askera (2013)
Donald Spencer Keaton (2008)
Gloria Dianne Keel Watson (2011)
Marjorie Ann Kelley Paniucki (2016)
Buford Claudies Kelly (2018)
James Bishop Kerce
Dennis Allen Lamar (2003)
Gary Clifton Lanier
Melvin Cody Law
William Lester Lee
Cecil Lett, Jr.
Billy Jean Lewis Chitty
Johnny Lovelace (2001)
Madeline Macarages Marshall
Maxwell Guilford McBride
John Phillip McCreless
Betty Sue Moates McNiel (2012)
Terry Allen Moore (2010)
John Walker Morgan
Stanley Robert Nettles (2016)
John Richard Neves (2014)
Gladys Carolyn Newman
Sylvester Allen Norris
Michael Ralph Odum (1969)
Roslyn Oglesby Thonnard (2014)
William C. "Bill" Owen (2012)
Richard Claude Park, III
George Parket (2017)
Frances Elaine Parrish Mehringer (2008)
John Lee Patterson (2005)
John E. Peavy
Michael Anthony Prosser (2010)
Patricia Diane Quick Cheshire
Mary E. Reeves
Raymond E. Sarvis
Priscilla Smart Davis
Alice Smith Simmons (2015)
Patricia "Patsy" Smith Cauley (2015)
George Earl Stout, Jr.
Elizabeth Lynn Stubbs Bramlett (2012)
William Smith (2017)
Mary C. Sturgis McClellan
Helen Swilley Reese (2017)
Norma Jean Thomas
James Edward Tomberlin (2002)
William Tuten (2017)
William Gary Vause (2003)
Lindsey Von Shaw Hunnicutt (2010)
Janet Ann Walker Berry (2013)
Vera Anne Watkins Pierson
Thomas James Wells
Judith Ann Wollschlager Powell
Randy Woodard