Leon Cherrington

Obituary of Leon Grant Cherrington

Leon Grant Cherrington of Hilton Head Island left this earth on September 6, 2022, at the age of 96.  He was born in Vinita, Oklahoma and graduated with honors, from Vinita High School in 1944.  At the age of 18, he entered the Army Air Corp where he became a gunner on a B-17 bomber.

    In June 1945, Leon married Joan Tilbury, his high school sweetheart. She remained his lifetime companion for 77 years.  Leon received his BA degree in1959 from Oklahoma Baptist University, graduating cum laude, with majors in psychology and history, and receiving the Latin Award.

    Leon had a life-long commitment to education.  He began his teaching career as a high school Latin teacher.  He continued his teaching career at Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts where he taught history and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, he was an international consultant for MacMillan/McGraw-Hill School Division.

    During his Oklahoma Baptist University days, Leon served as interim pastor for several Oklahoma churches. He served in numerous capacities in the church, and for several years he was an elder in the Presbyterian Church in Williamsport, PA.

    Leon's other passion was golf. He liked to say, "Life is a game; golf is serious".

    Leon is survived by his wife Joan, the love of his life, and three children: Chris Cherrington (Owen) of Hilton Head, SC; Grant Cherrington (Becky) of Charleston, SC; and Todd Cherrington of Hilton Head, SC. He is also survived by three grandchildren: Britni and Katie Cherrington; and Nicholas Austin. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jodie Austin, his parents Leon Harold and Bessie Ethel, and grandson Reed Austin.

    A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  If you choose to make a donation in Leon’s name, it can be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island or SOAR (Special Olympics and Recreation of the Low Country, 800 Main Street, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926.

A Memorial Tree was planted for Leon
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