In Memory and Honor of . . . . . .
Lucy Swain, WPES Counselor
Written by Ashley Cedars:
Over the last few years I had the opportunity to work with someone who was extremely passionate about giving back to others and a pure delight to work with. She would call me every year around Christmas and ask me ever so sweetly if she could send "the list." Over the years, with the help of the community, we were able to help more than 50 local children have a Christmas. It saddened me to hear about her passing; however, I knew an earthbound angel such as herself was well taken care of. It overjoyed me to see this beautifully handcrafted bench that I know Ms. Swain would have been honored to know was built in her memory. She was a community advocate who loved the children, and it's nice to see the community recognize her efforts.
Col. Larry Alan Hoff
Retired Col. Larry Alan Hoff, U.S. Air Force, of Loganville, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, after a long and courageous battle with esophageal and liver cancer. Hoff was born on Nov. 8, 1946, in Monroe, Wis., to Glen and June Hoff Sr. Col. Hoff entered the United States Air Force in 1968 after receiving his commission from ROTC at San Jose State University. He was a career pilot, unconventional warfare officer and joint staff officer who had commanded at all levels from detachment to squadron. During Operation Desert Shield/Storm, Col. Hoff was the Director of the Joint Staff Crisis Action Team. He followed this with assignments as the director of operations for the United Nations Special Commission for Iraq responsible for planning and conducting international inspections for weapons of mass destruction within Iraq. He followed that with an assignment as director of special management where he was responsible as director of air operations for NATO AFSOUTH for planning and operations of the NATO-imposed peace between Croatia, Bosnia and Serb combatants in the former Yugoslavia. After retirement in 1995, he served 13 years as the senior aerospace science instructor for GA-956, senior representative for AFJROTC region COAR-2 HQAFJROTC, and as director of emergency management for Walton Co. Public Schools. He retired in June 2010. Col. Hoff was also an assistant professor of health science/emergency management for TUI University. He was a member of the American Legion (Dept. of Georgia Junior Vice Commander), National Sojourners (Commander of Heroes of ’76), Daedalion Society of Military Pilots, Air Force Association, Military Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Royal Order of Scotland (president), Loganville Shrine Club (past treasurer and vice president), Yaarab Shrine and Legion of Honor, York Rite, Scottish Rite and Columbia Lodge No. 91. Col. Hoff married Linda Baker Hoff on June 29, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Linda, of Loganville; son, Michael Hoff and wife Catherine, of Medford Lakes, N.J.; daughter, Tiffany L. Byrne and husband Tim, of Medford Lakes, N.J.; stepdaughter, Persephone L. Galambos and husband Gregory; stepsons, Andrew H. Chandler III, of Loganville, and Capt. Landon Chandler and wife Erin, USAF, of New Mexico; brother, Glen E. Hoff Jr. and wife Patty; parents-in-law, John and Isabel Baker; and grandchildren, Abigail, TJ, Riley, Chandler and Hayden
Joann Tanner, WPES Kingergarten Teacher
The following was taken off of her WPES Website Bio:
Hello, I am Joann Tanner. Let me tell you a little bit about me. I was born and raised in Monroe, GA. I went to University of Georgia and have my bachelor, masters, specialist degrees, and a gifted endorsement. I am married to Richard Tanner. We have 2 girls—Kayla and Ashley. As part of our family we also have 5 dogs, 5 cats, 3 horses, 1 donkey, and 6 chickens. I have taught in Walton County for 29 years (16 years at
Monroe Primary, now known as Harmony Elementary and started at Walker Park in 2000). I taught in Kindergarten for 24 years, looped to 1st grade, taught another year in 1st grade and looped with that group to 2nd grade, then back to Kindergarten, and now back to 2nd grade. Our girls told me had I ever realized that I say I go to school and never say I go to work. I love teaching.
I love doing thing s with my family (swimming, planting flowers, working and playing with our animals, soccer, and traveling, church activities) and reading.
Joseph Helton , 1st Lieutenant United States Air Force
Joseph was killed in action in Southern Iraq on September 8, 2009. DOD information related that he was killed by an IED while on patrol. Joseph had just left his most difficult duty in South Baghdad and was in a "less" hostile area. Joseph was a 2003 Monroe Area High School honor graduate. He won the Atlanta Journal Constitution Award as the Principal's Top Graduate. Retired Colonel Larry Hoff USAF in an email stated that Joseph was his Soccer Captain for two years on their winning team. He was All League for three straight years. He was their ROTC Commander, graduating with a 4.2 GPA. Joseph won over $1 million in scholarships and opted for the Air Force Academy. He graduated there in 2007 as an Honor Graduate in all three Academy award areas: Leadership, Academics and Athletics. (Top 10% of his class). He opted for the air force Security Forces and was assigned to MacDill AFB, Tampa FL. There he volunteered for combat for one year until accepted for assignment as an adviser to the Iraqi Police in Southern Baghdad. He finished that tour and extended for further Security Forces operations elsewhere. Colonel Hoff heard from Joseph the past week on how he was enjoying his new assignment. Joseph epitomized the Air Force Professional officer. Integrity First, Service before Self and Excellence in all He did. Joseph was to turn 25 this September 30.Monroe has lost one of its best young men in its 200 year history! Gone, but Not Forgotten!
Lt. Helton Memorial Foundation - continuing the legacy