the Landon High School Class of 1956 web site. This web site is owned
and maintained by Jim Webb for the enjoyment of all classmates from
Several people have suggested that I list class members contact information on this site. My thoughts are that everyone may not want their personal information available to the public. If you want to contact a class member, contact me first, and I will supply that contact information.
I don't make the news, I just report it. I would like to report more than death notices, so please send me any news of interest for our classmates such as marriages, retirements and old or new pictures. I can easily scan pictures and return them to you.
"Life Is A Journey - Enjoy Your Trip"
For some unknown reason, anyone who uses AOL as their Internet Service Provider may not receive the sound that I have attached to this site. It the past, everything has worked just fine. I continue to seek a solution, but still no answer -- this works, "Go to Internet Explorer on your desktop, type in WWW.Landon56.com then enter, and you will get our Web site with SOUND."
Home Page: A Few Changes
Classmates: Shirley Haynie and Jerry Carter have been moved to In Memoriam
Memory Lane: No Changes
Landonia: No Changes
Photo Album: No Changes
Music Changes: "Auld Lang Syne"
Landon Alma Mater
We hail thee, Alma Mater
Our praise we sing to thee.
Your standards and your honor
Will live on through time to be.
We're proud to bear your colors,
Your banners e're will fly,
And the name of dear old Landon
Will never, never die!
I have been hoping to get a good recording of the Landon Alma Mater for several years without any success. A few months ago, Mr. Kristopher Beckstrom, the current Head of the Music Department at Julia Landon College Preparatory School sent this recording to me. It is beautiful! Please remember that these students are 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Mr. Beckstrom has done a masterful job of directing the band, chorus, soloists and audience in this rendition of our Alma Mater. This is the e-mail that I received from Mr. Beckstrom:
I have attached a recording of the alma mater from our Spring concert. The arrangement has the 50 piece band playing first, next a small group of singers with the band, then a 100 voice chorus with the band, then the band plays it two more times alone and the piece ends with the band, chorus, soloists and the entire audience performing. It was the grand finale of the Spring concert. I’m planning to start a tradition of ending the last concert of the school year with a performance of the alma mater.
I hope you like the recording.
Guestbook: If you have any comments about this web site, you may record them in the Guestbook or you can e-mail or phone Jim Webb directly at (904) 743-2511.
The Best Format for Viewing This Web Site
Once the opening page appears, put your mouse's pointer on the middle box of the three that appears in the upper right hand corner of the screen and left click on the center box, the one with an icon of a small square. This will expand your screen's viewing area to its maximum size and allow best spacing for text and pictures.
If you see something that needs to be removed or changed, please contact Jim Webb at Jim@Landon56.com
Since I have been editor for this Web Site, I have received many questions that could be answered with Landonians from other classes. Sometimes these request ask for a Landon Photo with other school information. If someone would like to donate an annual from 1952 or 1960 in particular, or any other year, I could do a better job of helping. So, if you have one of these annuals and would like to donate it, just give me a call at (904) 743-2511. I currently have a Landonian for the years of 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, and 59 in my library. I also have a Lee High School Blue & Gray Yearbook for the years of 55, 56 and 57.
Thanks to the following Landon Grads for helping me with my library: Herb Eastman ('59) and Bob Watkins ('59) for donating their 1957 and 1958 Landonians, Joel Varn ('56) for donating his 1955 Landonian, Bob Strickland for donating his 1951 Landonian, Peggy Blackburn Schultz ('56) for donating her 1953 and 1955 Landonians and Mike Masters ('56) for donating his 1954 Landonian.
Memories from the Past
Thanks to Doris Fagan for this photo and Nancy Wainwright Posner for helping identify the students..
The top row of six in an arc are L to R: Peggy Leake, Carol Chepenik, Kendall Haines Sasnett, Reuben Mizrahi, Betty Lovan and Mary Monroe. Second row down in an arc are L to R: Catherine Stevens, Sue King, Jeanne Solomon, Sally Guthrie, Mark Entman, Mrs. Button, Eddie Porch, Albert Holt, Nancy Wainwright, Patricia McIlvaine and Norma Sarra. Third row which dips down are L to R: Johnny Carraway (in Boy Scout Uniform), Leni Bowen, Leigh Culley and Bill Coalson. Fourth row straight across L to R: Connie Boyd, Jeanne Heide, Hope Davidson, Barbara Rothstein, Malinda Dixon, Vicky Thomas, Emily Jopling, Becky Goss and Margaret McNatt. Fifth row straight across L to R: unidentified student, Melinda Fine, Carl Sasnett, Joan Glickstein, Norman "Bit" Edwards, Ronald Gardner, Mary Woolsey, George Orner, Doris Fagan and Ginger Cogburn.
Two Classmates Enjoy "Hitting the Slopes"
Sandie DeSalvo Joe DeSalvo
In 1998, we were planning a spring-break trip. Instead of the Caribbean cruise we were considering, we decided it was time to do something we had long talked about, but had never done. That was to take up skiing. After all, we were 60, and decided it was now or never. Many of our friends who had skied for years were giving up the sport because they were “too old.”
We went to Keystone, CO, hired an instructor, and, in borrowed ski clothes, hit the bunny hill. Despite tired aching muscles, several nasty falls, and severe altitude sickness, we decided that skiing was for us. We did several trips with the Tampa Bay Snow Skiers Club, one of the largest ski clubs in the United States, after which we settled on Park City, UT, as our favorite resort and mountain. We bought a time-share at the Marriott Mountainside Resort and have been going out twice a year for the past several years.
We are so glad that we decided some 20 years ago to take up skiing. We hope to be able to enjoy the mountains, snow, even the cold, and those challenging runs for many years to come.
Joe and Sandie DeSalvo
Our Newly Weds Continue to Enjoy their Honeymoon!!!
Jack and Fran Gillrup are shown here with Captain Giovanni aboard the "Elation."
Jack and Fran Gillrup recently celebrated their first Wedding Anniversary on April 30, 2017, with a 5-day cruise to the Bahamas aboard the Carnival Cruise Liner "Elation." Our international travelers are doing well. All classmates wish them continued happiness.
Were You There?
These 8th Grade Class pictures were taken from the 1952 Landonian.
The quality and color of each picture varies from page to page in the Landonian.
And then, 64 years later, We looked like this!!!!!!!
60th Landon Class of 1956 Reunion
July 2, 2016, Jacksonville, Florida at Maggiano's Italian Restaurant
Front Row Seated L to R: Bill Coalson; Bob Harris, Longwood, FL; Prissy Parkin DeChanie, Welaka, FL: Jim Webb; Kay Steeves Morin, Orlando, FL; Shirley Brewer Yost; Sandra Jones Manning, Houston, TX; Judy NeSmith Reid; Rochelle Robin Siegel, Chevy Chase, MD; Toby Markowitz Ringel; Phyllis Knox Smith; Kathy Enge Barket and Bill Swain.
Middle Row Standing L to R: Sandie Birdseye DeSalvo, St. Petersburg, FL; Mary Kay Daniel Hurd, Atlantic Beach, FL; Peggy Blackburn Schultz, Blairsville, GA; Mary Letha Fullerton Clark and Joe DeSalvo, St. Petersburg, FL.
Back Row Standing L to R: Morris Busbia, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; Bill Boss, Boynton Beach, FL; James Harrell, Stuart, FL; Ethel Wimberly Leverock; Jim Hernandez, The Villages, FL; Vann Burney; Jim Couch; Mickey Dechman, Thomasville, GA; Richard Craig, Tampa, FL; Buddy Ray Turner; Martha Wilder, Thomasville, GA; Bill Thompson; Tony Fekany; Jim Daniel, Elkton, FL; Gene Manning, Houston, TX; Nancy Wainwright Posner, Social Circle, GA and Fred Fulkerson.
Our 19 out-of-town guests have their addresses listed by their name.
Attending our reunion, but missing the class photo were Classmates Michael Lissner and Deanna Moss Lissner.
1956 Landonian Photo 2017 Obituary Photo
Her obituary can be found in the online Macon Telegraph for Tuesday, November 21, 2017, or at www.hartsmort.com.
Shirley Haynie Macklin
November 10, 1938 – November 18, 2017
Shirley Haynie Macklin, age 79, passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017, after an extended illness. Born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, to Lynn and Rachael Haynie of Union, South Carolina, she grew up in Washington D.C. and Jacksonville, FL pursuing a teaching career. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Jacksonville University with a BA degree in English. She earned further advanced degrees including a Master of Arts in Teaching from Jacksonville University, and a Specialist in Education Sixth Year Degree from the College of Education at the University of Georgia. She taught in various school systems, including Duval County School System in Jacksonville, FL, the English Department at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, the English Department at Mercer University in Macon, GA, the English Department at Macon State College and the Bibb County School System. In Macon, Shirley served for 26 years, the last ten years as a principal at Southeast High School.
Shirley received numerous awards during her career. She was presented with the McKibbon Lane Award for Excellence in Teaching, Star teacher, Teacher of the Year, Salmagundi Literary Awards, Phi Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappi Phi. As Henry B. Adams stated, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” Shirley’s greatest rewards came from touching the lives, minds, and hearts of her students, many of which contacted her later in life and thanked her for her influence. She was an educator that deeply appreciated her students and was able to connect with them through her love of English Literature.
Shirley was community-oriented and served on the Board of the Booker T. Washington Community Center, Friends of the Library, Macon State Gourmet Group, Wesleyan Woods Garden Club, and Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority Alumni. She was very active in her faith and was proud to have been a delegate to the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
She loved traveling, especially the many trips to England with her husband, Jim. Also, a great family tradition was the yearly trip to Saint Simons Island, GA. She shared many fond family memories there.
She is survived by her husband, Jim, of 57 years, her daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Kendall McGreggor of Newnan, GA, and son and daughter-in-law, Col. James R. Macklin, Jr. and Macie Macklin of Madison, Alabama. Grandchildren, George and Mary Katherine McGreggor, and Mollie, Annie and James Macklin, III.
A private, family graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to The Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter, 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 550, Atlanta, GA 30346.
An online registry at www.hartsmort.com is available to share thoughts with the family.
Hart’s Mortuary and Crematory, 765 Cherry Street, has charge of arrangements.
1956 Photo 2018 Obituary Photo
His obituary can be found in the January 7, 2018 Edition of the Florida Times-Union in the Metro Section on Page B-7.
Jerry was born the seventh of eight siblings to Isham Hiram Carter and Grace Tyre Carter in Baxley, GA on June 27, 1937. His mother died at an early age in child birth, leaving his father to raise eight young children.
After a few years the family moved to Jacksonville and the younger children were raised by the older siblings and their spouses. Jerry lived with his sister Doris and her husband Elmer Murray. They loved and treated him as their son.
He entered Southside Grammar after arriving from Georgia and was placed in Mrs. McNeal’s sixth grade class. Mrs. McNeal made a big impression on his life as a student. From there he went to Swain Memorial and graduated from Landon High School in the class of 1956. Later he attended Jacksonville University.
He worked for a short time with Prudential Insurance before going to work with Sunnyland Packaging Company of Thomasville, GA. Jerry worked his way up from a truck driver to becoming an account representative. Many years later, he joined Kinco Window Company in 1972, retiring in 2005 as Vice President of Sales after 33 years of service.
Jerry enjoyed being on the water, racing stock cars, NASCAR, NFL and College Football as well as golf. He was a member of the National Association of Homebuilders, Queens Harbour Country Club and Queens Harbour Yacht Club. Jerry enjoyed life to the fullest, loved with all of his heart and cared tenderly and deeply for his family. He is preceded in death by his parents, Isham and Grace Carter, brothers, Elvin “Sonny”, Frank, and James Carter, sisters, Doris Murray, Maude Golding, Katherine McClain and Barbara Brewer.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 52 years, Esther Lairsey Carter, three children, Sharon Oliphant (Tom), Carolyn “Lynn” Morris (Jack Disher) and Lisa Davis (Jeff), five grandchildren, Brittany Venegas (Rod), Andrew Morris (Karlyn), Matthew Oliphant, Ryan Morris and Amelia Acuff, along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jerry leaves us with memories that bring laughter and warmth to our hearts. He was happiest when spending time with his family and friends.
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