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Albert Owen Herrington, 77, of Gulf Breeze, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 27, 2013.
A native of Memphis, TN, he grew up with a musical family and spent much of his younger years as a church musician accompanied by his very talented first wife, Patricia. He went on to study voice performance and received his Bachelors degree in Music from Florida State University. His passion however was flying and was commissioned as a Naval Aviator in 1962. While serving during the Cuban Missile Crisis he received the Cuban Conflict Medal and later the National Defense Medal.
He was stationed on the USS Intrepid with the Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron 3. His Naval career was cut short after having a heart attack at age 33. After being honorably discharged, Al continued to thrill many audiences with his strong operatic tenor voice. He joined the Gulf Coast Choral where he met his current wife of 18 years, Linda. In addition to his music, Al loved sailing, hunting, and working with wildlife but his proudest moments were being with his daughters Anna and Dorothea as they were married respectively to Curt Thompson and Dino Syleos,
Al was preceded in death by his parents, Owen and Isora.
Survivors include: his wife, Linda Hartmann Herrington; his sister, Glynn Widgery; his daughters, Anna Thompson and Dorothea Syleos; granddaughter, Cianna Syleos; lifelong friends, Kermit Breen and Bob Kyle; and a host of relatives and friends.
Trahan Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until memorial service and reception begins at 11:00 a.m. all on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 4257 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Florida 32563.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran School (850 932-9127), or the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida, (850 433-9453), pensacolawildlife.com.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Mar. 3, 2013