Lonnie Ray Gillenwater

14 August 1957–25 June 1970 (Age 12)
Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, United States

The Life of Lonnie Ray

When Lonnie Ray Gillenwater was born on 14 August 1957, his father, Climpson Lee Hood, was 34 and his mother, Edna Wadine Whitley Gillenwater Hood Sheepz, was 17. He died on 25 June 1970, in Jacksonville, Duval, Florida, United States, at the age of 12.

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Climpson Lee Hood
Edna Wadine Whitley Gillenwater Hood Sheepz
Lonnie Ray Gillenwater

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    Edna Wadine Whitley Gillenwater Hood Sheepz




    Lonnie Ray Gillenwater


World Events (3)

1958 · The First U.S. Satellite in Space

Age 1

Explorer 1 was the first satellite of the United States to be launched and successfully orbit the Earth.

Age 3

Squaw Valley, California, United States hosts Winter Olympic Games.
1962 · The Cuban Missile Crisis

Age 5

"One of the most direct confrontations of the Cold War was the Cuban Missile Crisis in October of 1962, which primarily took place just south of Florida. Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev had crafted a secret agreement with Cuba (under Fidel Castro) to create nuclear missiles in Cuba to deter further invasions. U.S. intelligence agents discovered evidence of this activity, so President Kennedy issued an official warning against Cuba's creation of these weapons. Cuba and the Soviet Union did not comply. After much debate regarding the correct course of action, Kennedy opted to create a naval ""quarantine"" around Cuba. This initiated a series of intense communications between Kennedy and Khrushchev, both publicly and directly. The conflict escalated to the point that a U.S jet was shot down over Cuba as the countries made increasingly stern ultimatums. Kennedy instructed the Soviets to remove missiles with the promise that the U.S. would not attack Cuba, and the Soviets agreed."

Name Meaning

Altered spelling of the English surname Gillingwater, which Reaney suggests is probably a topographic name from Old English gylden ‘yellow’ + wæter ‘water’, ‘stream’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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