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

Class of 1956

Our Alma Mater - 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, 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:  Major Changes

   Classmates:  Bill Thompson, Leonard Steyerman, Ann "Missy" Wilson and Bee Ann Thompson have been moved to "In Memoriam." 

   Memory Lane:  No Changes

    Landonia:  Jim Boyer and Richard Craig have been added to the Vietnam Veterans Honor Roll.

   Photo Album:  No Changes

   Music:  Ricky Nelson singing "Never be anyone else but you"

A Young Ricky Nelson

     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.

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

     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. 


Vann Burney took these pictures of groups and individual couples at the reunion.

     L to R:  Jim Daniel with wife Martha Daniel, Bill Boss, Gene Manning with wife Sandra Jones Manning, Martha Wilder (Green Dress) and Judy NeSmith Reid.


     L to R:  Bob Clark with wife Mary Letha Fullerton Clark, Peggy Blackburn Schultz with husband Doug Schultz and Mary Kay Daniel Hurd.


     L to R:  Joe DeSalvo with wife Sandie Birdseye DeSalvo, Carolyn Hernandez with husband Jim Hernandez.


     L to R:  Bill Swain (Blue Shirt), Richard Smith with wife Phyllis Knox Smith, James Harrell, Bill Coalson with wife Eleanor Coalson, Kay Steeves Morin, Nancy Wainwright Posner (Pink Dress) with husband Paul Posner (White Coat).



             Mike and Deanna Moss Lissner                                  Rochell Robin Siegel and Toby Markowitz Ringel



       Jim and Martha Daniel                                                     Jim and Becky Webb        



        Bob and Mary Letha Fullerton Clark                                            Bill and Alice Thompson               



Irvine and Ethel Wimberly Leverock                                      Buddy Rae and Harriet Turner



Bill and Eleanor Coalson; Kay Steeves Morin                                       Mary Kay Daniel Hurd                    



Mickey Dechman and Martha Wilder                                      Ron and Peggy Blackburn Schultz   



Paul and Nancy Wainwright Posner                                              Bill and Inge Boss                   



Joe and Sandie Birdseye DeSalvo                                           Jim and Carolyn Hernandez



Gene and Sandra Jones Manning                                                Vann and Ernestine Burney           


     Jim Webb designed and printed individual name tags, which also served as a souvenir.  Each name tag had the title and date of our reunion and the attendee's name.  Non-graduates had the word "Guest" added with their name.

    On July 2, 2016, Thirty-seven graduates from the Landon Class of 1956 held the 60th Class Reunion at Maggiano's Italian Restaurant in the Town Center in Jacksonville, Florida.  The posted hours were from 6 pm to 10 pm, plenty of time for dinning, visiting and reliving our younger days.  The dinner menu had a little something for every appetite.  After dinner, Mary Letha Fullerton Clark's Husband, Bob, a talented musician, played his guitar and sang some old favorite songs for us.  Table decorations were given away as door prizes. 

     There was talk among classmates that our class should not wait five years for another reunion, but instead have an annual dinner similar to the one we were enjoying.   

     An enjoyable evening was had by all.

     I think that I can speak for all who attended in thanking Chairwoman Shirley Brewer Yost and the entire reunion committee for an enjoyable reunion.

Jim Webb, Editor

Memories from the Past

     Maybe I just can't get over my childhood fascination for the Lone Ranger, but this old sign was too good not to use.  Last year a Jacksonville restaurant on Main Street had a fire.  During the remodeling, a damaged wall was torn down and behind that damaged wall was this painting on a brick wall.  

   In Memoriam 

Ann "Missy" Wilson

1956 Landonian Photo

     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Ann "Missy" Wilson, on March 28, 2016, in Punta Gorda, Florida.  Her Death Notice appeared in the Friday, April 1, 2016, Edition of the Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Florida.  It read:

Evans, Ann

Sep. 16,1938 - Mar. 28, 2016

Ann Evans, of Punta Gorda, Florida, died on Mar. 28, 2016.  Funeral arrangements by; Kays-Ponger & Uselton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Port Charlotte.

Bee Ann Thompson


1956 Landonian Photo                                 2016 Obituary Photo           

     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Bee Ann Thompson, on March 16, 2016, in Nahunta, Georgia.  Her Death Notice appeared in the Metro Section of the Sunday, January 15, 2016, Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida.  Her 2016 photo and obituary listed below appeared on the Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta, Georgia Web site.   It read:

Elizabeth Ann Thompson Mertz, 78 of Nahunta, passed away Wednesday (March 16, 2016) at Bayview Nursing Home, following an extended illness.

Born in Jacksonville, FL., her parents were Eldon Milton Thompson and Ruth Autry Langston Thompson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Monroe Mertz; and her son, Gregory Scott Mertz.

Mrs. Mertz was currently a member of Hickox Baptist Church, and a former member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Senior Citizen Center. She enjoyed ballgames and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Terri and David Rounsaville, of Destin, FL.; her son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Sherry Mertz, of Nahunta; her grandchildren, Taylor, Loren, and Ryan Mertz, all of Nahunta, and Ashleigh and Kyle Mertz, of West Palm Beach, FL.; her sister and brother-in-law, Julie and John Ripley, and niece, Erica and Jeff Jahns. Also several other relatives and friends.

Her Celebration of Life will start with visitation being held at Frye Funeral Home, Thursday (March 17, 2016) from 6-until. Funeral will be held at Hickox Baptist Church on Friday, (March 18, 2016) at 10AM with Rev. Mike Yawn officiating. Graveside service to follow in Jacksonville, FL., at 1PM in Oaklawn Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her husband, Gene Mertz.

Pallbearers will be Tim Mertz, Ryan Mertz, Trevor Hendrix, Jack Cathcart, Chad Hester, and Dustin Morrison.

Honorary pallbearers will be Weston Lake and Tristan Yeomans.

Arrangements are with Frye Funeral Home, Nahunta.

Leonard Steyerman


1956 Landonian Photo

     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Leonard Steyerman, on January 13, 2017, in Jacksonville, Florida.  His Obituary appeared on Page B-5 in the Metro Section of the Sunday, January 15, 2017, Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida.  It read:


     Herman Leonard Steyerman, Jr. died January 13, 2017.  He is survived by his wife Barbara (Bobbie), daughter Katie (Gary) Dupras, grandson Joshua, sister Ina (Don) Taylor, nieces Malynda Rice and Nancy Chasen.  Leonard was a long time member of First Baptist Church Downtown, retired from First Union Bank and worked 20 years part-time in the Transportation Department of Carriage Club (Brookdale).

     A funeral service will be held at 1:00pm Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Hardage-Giddens, Greenlawn Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends Monday, January 16, 2017 from 6-8pm at the funeral home.

     Words of comfort may be shared with the family at www.Hardage-Giddens.com

     Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Greenlawn Funeral Home 4300 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207 (904) 396-2522


Bill Thompson

                William Thompson Obituary

1956 Landonian Photo                         2017 Obituary Photo     

     It is with a sad heart that I report the passing of our Friend and Classmate, Bill Thompson, on December 29, 2016, in Jacksonville, Florida.  His Obituary appeared in the Metro Section of the Wednesday, January 4, 2017, Edition of the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida.  It read:

William Bryant “Bill” Thompson, Jr., age 78, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 29, 2016. He was born in Jacksonville, FL, June 28, 1938. He graduated from Landon High School in 1956 and attended the University of Florida and Jacksonville University. He retired from IBM as Field Senior Project Manager after spending his professional life in data processing.

He attended Christian Family Chapel and served as a deacon for over 30 years.

Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice R. Thompson; daughter, Leslie T. McCart (Harold); granddaughters, Arabella, Shelby, and Petal McCart; sisters, Betty June Thompson of Orlando and Dottie Sypher (Gilbert) of Canton, MI.

Services will be held at 11am, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017 at Christian Family Chapel, 1365 Old St. Augustine Rd. Memorial donations may be made to CRU Ministries on their website at give.cru.org/0052820 and type “Bill Thompson Memorial” under “Optional Comments.”

Arrangements are under the care and direction of Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel 4801 San Jose Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32207 www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com (904) 737-7171.

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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