Mr. Lenton Weatherford, age 88, of Valparaiso passed away Monday, September 10, 2007 at the Ft. Walton Beach Medical Center. He was born September 24, 1918 in Union, Mississippi to Henry and Maudie Johnson Weatherford.
Mr. Weatherford was a resident of Valparaiso. He was Baptist by faith and a member of the First Baptist Church of Valparaiso. He was a veteran of WWII serving his country in the United States Army Air Corps as a Sergeant. He served as an aerial photographer having photographed the Beach at Normandy before the invasions. He also served at the Battle of the Bulge. He worked as an educator in Mississippi and in Okaloosa County, and was also a school principal at Edge Elementary School for 20 years. He was a graduate of Mississippi College and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1954. He was a dedicated Christian, husband, father, educator and church leader.
Mr. Weatherford was preceded in death by his father and mother; three sisters Bonnie, Mildred and Patsy and one brother Billy.
Mr. Weatherford is survived by his wife of 58 years Jane Causey Weatherford of Valparaiso, Florida; three sons David L. Weatherford of Valparaiso, Florida, Stanley P. Weatherford and wife Vickie of Crystal Springs, Mississippi and Scott Weatherford and wife Tara of Tallahassee, Florida; one daughter Judy Pinter and husband Ron of DeFuniak Springs, Florida; two brothers Murry Weatherford of Meridian, Mississippi and Louie Weatherford of Spanish Fort, Alabama; one sister Dwanda Love of Virginia; six grandchildren Pamela Lathinghouse and husband Taylor, Lisa Pinter, Caleb Weatherford, Calah Weatherford, Aaron Weatherford and Jill Carter; and one great granddaughter Emma Lathinghouse.
A time of visitation will be held at 6:00~8:00 PM, Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at First Baptist Church of Valparaiso. Funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 AM, Thursday, September 13, 2007 at First Baptist Church of Valparaiso, with the Reverend Ernest Walker officiating. Floral arrangements are being accepted or donations may be made to the Fellowship of The Hills Church; 930 Thomasville Road Suite 106 Tallahassee, Florida 32303. Those asked to serve as pallbearers are as follows: Caleb Weatherford, Aaron Weatherford, Taylor Lathinghouse, Ron Pinter, Blaine Tiller, Gary Weatherford, Robert Dale Causey and Will Causey. Honorary pallbearers are the Deacons of the First Baptist Church of Valparaiso and First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Burial will follow in the Sunset Cemetery with Military Honors.
[Burial: Sunset Cemetery, Valparaiso]