CHOCTAWHATCHEE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1969 - Memorium

Do you know of someone who has passed away from our class? Send me an email and I will post it. Any info you have is welcome. Any updates or corrections would be welcome. Email Jim_Farmer@adventt.com
Larry Atchey
was killed in 1975 in a hang glider accident while he was in Mexico in the Peace Corp. per Rick Jensen
Mary Jean Barnes -
I believe died about 2002. I was told that she died of cancer per Maggie Pearison, Branch
Michael Robert Bishop -
8/18/1951-10/16/2010
Published in Northwest Florida Daily News from October 21 to October 22, 2010
First 25 of 554 words: Michael Robert Bishop, born Aug. 18, 1951, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed Oct. 16, 2010, at North Okaloosa Medical Center. Michael has transitioned from... - Mike Best
RICHARD (RICK) GENE BRYANT (
1951 - 2010)
Richard (Rick) Gene Bryant, age 59, passed away in Pensacola, Wednesday, February 24, 2010, after a courageous battle with complications from surgery, Rick was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Ginny and Bill Bryant. Rick moved to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in 1961 with his family and settled in Navarre, Florida, in 1995.
He graduated from Choctaw High School in 1969 and attended Okaloosa Walton Junior College.
Rick was employed for over twenty five years with Preston Hood Chevrolet as a landscaper. He was also involved in his family business, Five Flags Speedway, in Pensacola, Florida. Those who knew him and always saw him at the track saw his enthusiasm for racing. He had a winning smile and was willing to help anyone. - per Hal Carol
Carol Brochu Jenkins -
My twin sister died in 2000 from complications of Lupus that she had dealt with for many years - John Brochu
Chris Cameron, cancer
Linda Craft.
Linda didn't graduate in '69 with us but went to school with us since 5th grade until our junior year and then her family moved to Mass. She went to college up north, married and had one daughter. She died of renal cancer at the age of 36. per Maureen Coffey Brenner
Bobby Echols - died from kidney failure, about 2004 - per John Shipman
Doug Frier -
He died in his sleep at his Destin home on January 22, 2008. - per Gator Lee
Patrick Green
died Feb. 15, 1969 during the construction of a swimming pool.
Brian Gifford found dead(in a tree) in Miami about 1999.- per Carla Gallegos-Harlan
Andy Hall on Aug. 21, 2006 from a heart attack. He left a wife, Donna and 2 sons, Shane and Chris. He was a true friend and loved the outdoors.per Hal Carroll
Howard Henkel per Maureen Coffey Brenner
Mark Kidd
died about 1972 or '73. He was keeping his sister's car while she was overseas, and crashed it on the way between FWB & Tallahassee where he was attending FSU.
Earl Hugo King -Earl was killed in 1971, Viet Nam. He was blown up when he stepped in a mine field. per Maggie Pearison, Branch
Jim King -had a severe car accident around 1973 or so near Panama City coming home from college. He was burned badly having been thrown under his car after it veered off the road and it rolled on top of him My feelings are that he never fully recovered from that either physically or mentally, but that's my opinion. ( I must now confess, he and I were the ones who hung the Class of 69 flag on the flagpole the night prior to graduation, which was still flying the night of the graduation. Jim stood guard while I climbed the pole and then tied the rope where nobody could get to it. The rest of the story later.-John Shipman) per John Shipman
William "Bill" Leach. He also died 2 years ago(2007). per Hal Carroll
George Nosal -George went to Junior High and High School with most of the Choctaw Class of 1969 and he had a lot of great friends. We moved to Statesboro in 1968 and George returned to Choctaw for a few months in the 68' - 69' school year but returned to Georgia. George died in auto accident on June 3rd 1969 in Statesboro, Ga. (Graduation night in Statesboro). He was a great guy and I dearly miss him. - Denise Nosal McNeir(George's Sister)
Mark Prince per Maureen Coffey Brenner
Gwen Rogers
as per Mary Napier Martin's yahoo email
Larry Salter
cancer pre 2008 per Gary Schulte
Jeff Sharon
per Hal Carol
Bobby Slaton
from our class passed away years ago from Cystic Fibrosis. He was a great person and always had a smile for everyone. He also owned one of the first surf shop in FWB. - per Hal Carroll
William Solomon - September 20, 2009. Click for more info.
Randy Thornton -
about 1999 of cancer per Gary Schulte
Teresa Turner Hughes
died in 2008, after a long and courageous battle with cancer as per her husband Lester Turner's yahoo email.
Libby Wade -
Click here to see her web page for more information.
Joel Craig York - Click here to see web page for his information.

Teachers and Staff
James (Andy) Gillman -My cousin, one of our former teachers passed away this year of natural causes. . His picture is on page 96 of the 69 Tomahawk - Scott Pelham

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