John Edwin Baldwin (1921 - 2014)

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Following a brief ailment, John Edwin Baldwin of Paxton, Fla., died May 28, 2014, with his beloved wife by his side. Born in Graceville, Fla., on Sept. 7, 1921, to Mattie and Augustus Baldwin, he is survived by his wife of 69 years, Monetha Smithgall Baldwin; sons, Rand (Charlotte) of Madison, Ala., and Ben (Lagran Saunders) of Tallahassee, Fla.; grandchildren, John Baldwin, PhD (Brittany) of Boston, Mass., and Dr. Marielle Baldwin (Martin McDermott) of Boston; and twin great-grandsons, John Henry and Benjamin Arthur Baldwin, Boston. He was predeceased by his parents and six brothers, Robert, Douglas, Joseph, Bernard, Jim Ned, and Buddy; and sister, Mary Lou Tommey.
A University of Florida graduate (1943), Baldwin became a lifelong educator, beginning and ending his career teaching agriculture at Paxton High School. Also assigned as basketball coach, he was inspired by the graphic on a discarded candy wrapper to name the team "Bobcats." He served as Superintendent of Walton County Schools from 1961-77 and was instrumental in creating Okaloosa Walton Junior College. His public service beyond the classroom benefitted many.
A man of faith, he was a congregant of the Methodist Church of Florala, Ala., assuming roles as trustee and lay leader.
In addition to educator, public servant, and follower of Christ, John was a model husband, father, grandfather and friend. A masterful storyteller engaging all in his presence, his recollection of turning the chickens at the well was a family favorite.
His legacy will endure for generations.
Visitation is June 6, at Evans-Brown Funeral Home, Florala, Ala., 6 to 8 p.m. Services begin at 11 a.m., June 7, at the United Methodist Church of Florala. Burial to follow at Paxton Cemetery.
Memoriams may be made to the Florala First United Methodist Church, 1328 5th St., Florala, AL, 36442, or a fund of personal choice that may recall the dedicated efforts of an ordinary man to make an extraordinary difference.
Funeral Home
Evans Funeral Home - Florala
1972 6th St.  Florala, AL 36442
Funeral Home Details
Published Online in Northwest Florida Daily News on June 5, 2014
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