First Lt. Winfield Beck (US Army) was killed in Viet Nam. His name is etched on the Viet Nam War Memorial in Washington, DC. I can remember participating in many activities at PHS such as the Hi Y, where he was the President. I can remember him as a go- getter and natural leader, thus it was not unusual for him to become an Officer in the Military. Wish there were words to give some comfort to his family who have had to endure such a loss. He will always be remembered by those of us whose path he crossed. Roland Newhouse
From Marti Gunnells Moe:
Winfield Wesley Beck was a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He was married to Joanne Reilly, one of our classmates. He was killed in Viet Nam on February 12, 1968 at the age of 25.
Memorial Day Tribute to Winfield Beck
I want to pay special tribute and extend my thanks to the late Winfield Beck, who gave his life so that we can continue to enjoy freedom in our country. Winfield was a good friend during our years a PHS. Sadly, I never got to see him after graduation, but remember him as one of the best men, perhaps the very best, in our class. Winfield was a born leader with a wonderful sense of purpose. He was wise beyond his years, one reason why so many looked up to him. His good looks and charm never went to his head, as he always remained humble. Winfield, we miss you and look forward to the day when we might see your smiling face once again!
The world lost a remarkable lady when Frederica Leslie Hawk Greer passed away on July 18, 2020. She began her life's journey as the child of Maudie Mae Brantley and Frederic Leslie Hawk. Her father, a L&N engineer, died from injuries received in a train wreck shortly before her birth. Her stepfather, Hugh Edward Jordan, she called "Daddy" & was the ony father she knew. As a young child, she thrived under the love of her mama, her daddy, her sisters, her grandparents, and her extended family.
Frederica was educated in Escambia County schools: N.B.Cook Elementary School, A.V. Clubbs Junior High School, Pensacola High School, and Pensacola Junior College. She then completed a bachelors degree in elementary education at Florida State and a masters degree at Long Island University.
Her early education at N.B.Cook impacted her more than most children because she went on to spend 42 years of her life in elementary schools. She taught briefly in Tallahassee and in Michigan, but most of those years were spent teaching first graders at Oradell Elementary School in New Jersey. Imagine how many children learned to read under her tutelage. Even after retiring, she enjoyed working as a crossing guard at an elementary school. She always had a passion for children's learning.
Beyond education, Frederica's interests were varied. Woodworking was a special hobby. Family members and friends were thrilled to receive some of her unique woodworking creations as presents. Additionally, she loved the hours spent riding her motorcycle and her horse. She also served as the president of the local New Jersey Friends of the Library, and she belonged to several lineage organizations including UDC and DAR. She was especially interested in Florida's DAR library.
She is now joined in death with her mother; father; daddy; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn Hawk Wiseman and Cecil Wiseman; nephew, Gary Wiseman; brother-in-law, Walt Hazen, and her grandparents. Loved ones who survive her include her daughter and son-in-law, Angela Greer and Ken Alutin, New York; her sister and brother-in-law, Marsena Hawk Smith and Dr. Rodney Smith, Pensacola; her sister, Martha Jordan Hazen, St. Augustine; her dear friend, Tony Pistilli; and nieces and nephews, Gail Wiseman, Glenn Wiseman, Jordan Hazen, Allison Hazen, and Michael Smith. Frederica will always live in their hearts.