Hubert Stetson Talton Jr.

DELAND — Hubert Stetson Talton Jr., 93, a lifetime resident of DeLand, died Jan. 9, 2018.
Mr. Talton was born March 1, 1924, at DeLand Memorial Hospital on North Stone Street.
One of his early memories was of his father working at Beresford Landing, where tugboats were being built. Another was sitting on the porch of his grandfather’s house, which was across from the Stetson family home on Camphor Lane, and listening to conversations with John B. Stetson Jr.
As a DeLand High School student, Hubert was good at math and English. He played saxophone and became captain of the DeLand High School Band, serving as the baritone saxophone soloist in his senior year.
He continued with an interest in music and playing the saxophone, joining local musicians who played for the Hangar Dances at the DeLand Naval Air Station.
Hubert was introduced to airplanes as a young boy. He enlisted as a cadet in the Air Corps, but was commissioned as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces, where he received years of extensive co-pilot and pilot training with multi-engine aircraft.
In the U.S. Army Air Forces and the U.S. Air Force, he flew large propeller-driven B-24, B-17 and C-47 transport airplanes, taking bombers returning from the Korean War to airplane graveyards in the United States. He served his country as a first lieutenant for eight years.
After returning from military service, he settled in DeLand and entered the Army Reserves.
Hubert began working different jobs: at the power-equipment company his dad owned on 30 acres, which was once a Stetson orange grove; at the DeLand Fairgrounds for CG4A Gliders as a tubing inspector; and for Sam Rhodes, a vendor for Gordon's Potato Chips.
He was a draftsman for the Florida Department of Transportation for 24 years.
Hubert’s first wife, Lutie, preceded him in death after 59 years. A Stetson University graduate, Lutie was a teacher at DeLand High School.
Their only child, Pamela, was born at Fish Memorial Hospital.
Hubert turned his love of airplanes and flying to air shows. He was a member of Experimental Aircraft Association DeLand Chapter 635, and co-founder of the Sun ’n’ Fun Airshow in Lakeland, where he flew air-cooled airplanes and Piper Aircraft.
The Talton family name was recognized with the naming of Talton Avenue in DeLand, and a stained-glass window was dedicated in memory of the Talton family at Trinity United Methodist Church in DeLand, where he married his second wife, Cecelia Jackson, in 2014.
Hubert wanted to leave a final message to the youth of today: “Try to do your best and take advantage of the opportunities education has to offer.”
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