Obituary of Peyton Lockey Yon
Peyton Lockey Yon, born January 26, 1955 passed from this life in his hometown of Saint Petersburg, Florida on December 14, 2022. He is preceded in his journey by his parents Lt Col Pershing Lockey and June Bassett Yon and wife of 33 years Elaine Tatum of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He is survived by an adoring family including his wife Jacqueline (Jackie) Vanderport Yon: a son Peyton Lockey Yon Jr and three grandchildren Omar, Adam and Sarah; his sisters Marcia Yon Smith (Michael) and Marian Yon Maguire (Patrick); Nieces Jennifer Smith O’Connor, Stephanie June Ellis, nephews Christopher Michael Smith and Marshall Taylor Ellis.
He also leaves behind a cadre of cohorts, friends and partners in mischief too numerous to mention. You know who you are. “Two fingers, Tito’s please”.
Peyton’s was a life well lived. He was a member of the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club. An accomplished seaman, he was rightfully called ‘Captain’ by many who boarded his motor vessels. His crews were always safe and secure with him at the helm. He and Jackie recently returned from a glorious 16-month cruise on their TICA through the Keys and Caribbean.
At home on the water or in the air, he was also an avid airman. Holding small plane and commercial licenses which allowed him to travel freely. He was a gadfly at Albert Whited Airport. He loved freedom, flying and travel, not to mention aircraft pylon racing, trips to the desert in his Motor Home, driving fast cars, motorcycles and his hopped up ATV. The man was fearless.
An SPHS Green Devil, he lived most of his life in Saint Petersburg and always found time for his son and grandchildren. He took his son on many flights and even took his grandkids on their first flight. His son in high school would work in his father’s store, Computer & Software Connection, learning how to build computers and be a salesman. His son, as the rest of us, wishes he had more time to spend with him.
Of late, God rewarded Peyton with Jackie. Their joy and love were evident day after day. Each and every member of Peyton’s family embraced Jackie as a member of the family. The family’s embrace is now stronger than ever.
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