Sandra Calhoun Touchton
Sandra Calhoun Touchton
  • June 11, 1938 - December 20, 2016
  • Tampa, Florida

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78, died at her Tampa home on December 20, 2016 following an extended illness. Born June 11, 1938 in Madison, Florida, she was the daughter of John Caldwell Calhoun, Jr. and Sara Alice Tooke. At age two, she moved with her family to Tallahassee, Florida where she lived until completing college.

In Tallahassee, Sandy graduated from Leon High School in 1956. She then graduated from Florida State University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. While at FSU, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority and Village Vamps, and throughout her life remained an ardent Seminole.

Following her graduation from FSU, Sandy taught elementary school in Orlando. In 1961, she married C. Hugh “Happy” Hayes, Jr. of Tampa where they lived for a number of years. Following a divorce in 1974, Sandy later married Dade City native Charles F. “Charlie” Touchton, III, moving in 1977 to Boca Raton where Charlie was employed by the IBM Corporation. In 1984, IBM transferred Charlie to Tampa where he and Sandy have lived since, and where Sandy was often seen accompanying Charlie in his many civic activities. Charlie and Sandy were totally devoted to each other and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

In addition to Charlie, Sandy is survived by two daughters: Brooke Hayes Rathmanner (John) of Boca Raton, FL; and Ashley Hayes Shook (Doug) of Atlanta, GA; three stepchildren: Marcia Touchton Allen (Tony) of Damascus, MD; Brian Thomas Touchton (Marcyne) of Cornelius, NC; and Lynn Touchton Brukx (Bas) of Fairfax , VA; and twelve grandchildren: Jake Rathmanner, Doug Shook, Brooke Shook, Hayden Shook, Kathryn Allen, Steven Allen, Drew Touchton, Kyle Touchton, Paige Touchton, Peter Brukx, Julia Brukx, and Emily Brukx. She is also survived by her brother, John C. Calhoun, III of Galveston, TX and two nephews: Jay Calhoun and Bill Calhoun.

The family gratefully acknowledges the attentive care provided over a number of years by the LifeLink Foundation and the Tampa General Medical Group Transplant Program and, more recently, by LifePath Hospice.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 14th, at 11 a.m. at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 West San Jose Street in Tampa with Rev. Dr. John T. DeBevoise officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Tampa Bay History Center, the Tampa General Hospital Foundation, or the charity of your choice.