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The Official Web Site for the
Landon High School - Jacksonville, Florida

Class of 1956

You are now entering "Lion Country"


Our Alma Mater

Landon High School - 1956

Click on the Six Yellow Highlighted Links Below to Visit All Six Pages of Our Web Site

(Home)    (Classmates)    (Memory Lane)    (Landonia)    (Photo Album)    (Guestbook)

 The Home Page, Classmates, Memory Lane and Landonia Pages have sound, so be sure to have your computer's sound turned-on for the most enjoyment!



 Jim Webb, Editor


     Welcome to 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 Landon High School.  If you have any information or message that you would like to see on this web site, e-mail me your request or phone me at (904) 743-2511.

     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:  Marion Clarke and Lee Thompson have been moved to "In Memoriam"

   Memory Lane:  No Changes

    Landonia:  A better version of the Alma Mater

   Photo Album:  No Changes

   Music Changes:  Guantanamera by The Sandpipers 


Remembering Cuba


Cuba Today

     I have chosen a different type of song for the home page.  When we graduated in 1956, travel to Cuba was effortless, cheap and an escape to a new world for most of us.  La Señorita Profesora Bryant had prepared us for this adventure in her Spanish Classes at Landon, but to our amazement, most Cubans around Havana spoke English. 

     Travel to Cuba in 1956 was quite simple.  From Jacksonville, you went to Imeson Airport and bought two tickets for about $60, because you had to change planes in Miami.  Your flight gate was announced and you walked directly to your plane, gave one of your tickets to a young female stewardess, boarded and waited for the plane to depart.  Everyone was well dressed:  gentlemen wore suits and ladies wore dresses.  Smoking was allowed, and alcoholic drinks were available as well as cokes and snacks.

     At Miami, things weren't much different until you returned from Cuba.  Custom Agents were interested in what you had purchased in Cuba, usually cigars and rum.

     "Guantanamera" is an old Cuban Folk song whose author is unknown.  Guajira is a peasant girl.

     Enjoy, Jim Webb



I am a truthful man,

From the land of the palm.

Before dying, I want to

Share these poems of my soul.


Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera


My verses are light green,

But they are also flaming red.

My verses are like a wounded fawn,

Seeking refuge in the mountain.


Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera


I cultivate a white rose

In June and in January

For the sincere friend

Who gives me his hand.


Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera


And for the cruel one who would tear out

This heart with which I live.

I cultivate neither thistles nor nettles

I cultivate a white rose.


Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera


I know about a fatal evil

Among the unspeakable shames:

The enslavement of human beings

Is the great shame of the world!


Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera


With the poor people of this earth,

I want to share my lot.

With the poor people of this earth,

I want to share my lot.

The little streams of the mountains

Please me more than the sea.


Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera

     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 and 56.

     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 (Possibly Patty Martin), 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.


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. 

   In Memoriam 

Shirley Haynie



1956 Landonian Photo                                      2017 Obituary Photo


     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Shirley Haynie Macklin, on November 18, 2017, in Macon, Georgia.  Her obituary can be found in the online Macon Telegraph for Tuesday, November 21, 2017, or at www.hartsmort.com.  It read: 

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.


Jerry Carter



            1956 Photo                                                   2018 Obituary Photo


     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Jerry Carter, on January 2, 2018, in Jacksonville, Florida.  His obituary can be found in the January 7, 2018 Edition of the Florida Times-Union in the Metro Section on Page B-7.  It read: 


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.

Marion Clarke


    1956 Landonian Photo                      2018 Obituary Photo


     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Marion Clarke Whalen, on January 30, 2018, in Orange Park, Florida.  Her obituary can be found in the Metro Section of the February 6, 2018 Edition of the Florida Times-Union on Page B-5.  It read: 


     Marion Clarke Whalen, 79, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in Orange Park, FL at the Haven Hospice Care Center. Marion was born on September 1, 1938 in Jacksonville, FL. She was the first child of the late Edwin and Marion (Mammee) Clarke. She grew up in Jacksonville, and has resided in several Florida locations her whole life.
     Marion was an active member of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in Florida and a longtime member of The Junior League of Jacksonville.
     Marion is survived by her husband, Bruce Whalen, her brother, Edwin Clarke, Jr., and her sister, Demere Bates; two sons, Gregg and David Hall; and two grandsons, Ryan and Beck Hall.
     Marion's funeral service will be held graveside at Evergreen Cemetery, on Saturday, 17 February, at 11 AM. A lunch reception will be hosted following the service.
In her memory donations can be made to Cure Alzheimer's Fund, 34 Washington St., Suite 200,Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, or online at "curealz.org"

Lee Thompson


              1956 Landonian Photo                                         2018 Obituary Photo       


     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Lee Thompson, on March 3, 2018, in Monroe, Georgia.  His obituary can be found in the March 4, 2018 Edition of the Walton Tribune, Walton, Georgia.  It read:

Thompson – Lee Thompson, age 79, of Monroe (GA), passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Chapel of Tim Stewart Funeral Home in Loganville (GA).  Rev. Jim Moore will officiate.

Mr. Thompson retired from AT & T after 30 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years:  Jackie S. Thompson; Children:  Judy Thompson of Loganville and Kim and Jon Bearrow of Monroe; Grandson:  Cole Bearrow of Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 2-3 PM at Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052, 770-466-1544.

Please sign the online guest registry at www.stewartfh.com 

Editor's Note:  A special thanks to Nancy Wainwright Posner of Social Circle, GA who recognized Lee's Obituary in her local newspaper.   Nancy called the funeral home and confirmed that this was our Lee Thompson and then notified me.  As you can read, there was no mention of Landon High School or Jacksonville, FL. 

Landon High School Alumni Association



     If you would like to join the Landon High School Alumni Association, annual dues are $25.  Be sure to show your Landon Class date, and ladies show your maiden name on your check.  The Association publishes a monthly newsletter about Landonians from all classes, sponsors a monthly breakfast and Christmas Luncheon.

     Their address is:

         The Landon High School Alumni Association

          9951 Atlantic Blvd. #209

          Jacksonville, FL  32225

     If you have a question about the Landon Alumni Association or the monthly breakfast, you may call Reed Tillis ('53) at (904) 704-2252.

Landon Alumni Association Breakfast has a "New" Location!

     This event is held on the second Wednesday of every month.  The new location is the Cracker Barrel Restaurant off J. Turner Butler Blvd. between I-95 and Phillips Highway.  The suggested arrival time is between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.  All Landon Alumni and guests are invited.

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