Herman Stanley Heath
Monday, 23 November 1942 - Thursday, 04 January 2018
Funeral Date:

Colonel (ret.) Herman S. "Stan" Heath, age 75, passed away on January 4, 2018 due to chronic medical conditions.


Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 8, 2018 in the chapel of Sorrells Funeral Home & Crematory in Enterprise. Burial with full military honors will follow in Meadowlawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday beginning at 9:00 and continuing until service time.


Colonel Heath was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Eunice Heath of Canton, GA and his son, Buddy Allen Heath.


Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Elma Lou, his daughter Tracey Rauer (Scott), Granddaughter Ella Lou Rauer, Grandson Heath William Rauer, brother William T. Heath (Renay), nephews Clay Heath (Miranda), Jon Heath (Emily) and numerous cousins.


Born in Canton, GA on November 23, 1942 he graduated from Cherokee High School in 1960.  He attended Marsh Business College in Atlanta, GA later entering the Management Training Program with F.W. Woolworth Co.  After four year's training in various stores as an Assistant Manager in the Atlanta and Miami, FL areas he was selected to be the store manager of F.W. Woolworth Co. Store #1557 in Lantana, FL in January 1966.  In August 1966 Stan was drafted into the U.S. Army. 


In a career spanning 28 years, including a combat tour in Viet Nam, Stan served in various Army Aviation command and staff positions from company to brigade level.  He was selected to attend the Army's higher level schooling including the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS and the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA.  Awards earned during his military career include the Legion of Merit, four Meritorious Service Medals, Bronze Star (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Medal (32 awards), Army Commendation Medal with "V" device, Viet Nam Commendation Medal, Republic of Viet Nam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (with Palm) and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Bronze Star).the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon.  Stan retired as a Master Army Aviator and logged more than 3,600 flight hours in his career.


In retirement, Stan enjoyed playing golf, spending time with his horses and a new found passion in turkey hunting.  He served on several boards and committees including the U.S. Army Aviation Museum National Board, the Fort Rucker Commander's Post Retiree Council, President of the Fort Rucker Equestrian Council, 5-year President of the Gulf States Military Retiree Golf Tournament, and Retiree Council representative to the Silver Wings Golf Course.  Additionally, Stan was an organizer and course builder for the U.S. Equestrian Federation Fort Rucker Horse Trials which earned him recognition as the 2003 Fort Rucker Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Volunteer of the Year, 2004 Fort Rucker Friend of the Army, and 2004 Friend of Recreation by the Installation Management Agency's Southeastern Region. 


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  • Randy Timmerman
  • Sunday, 07 January 2018
We will always love and miss you! Linda and Randy
  • Rich Johnson
  • Sunday, 07 January 2018
Stan was a great Soldier, husband and father. He had all the attributes; integrity, loyalty, honesty and devotion to the right issues. He was a good friend to me and my family, I will miss him and his infectious smile. Rest in peace my brother.
  • Tatiana Townsend
  • Sunday, 07 January 2018
Tracey, I’m so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Stan was a great man. You’ll be in my prayers!
  • Silvia Green
  • Sunday, 07 January 2018
Dear Mom Tracy Scott Ella and Heath I am heartbroken to hear the news of losing Stan. Your family has helped me through some very dark times in my life and Stan was instrumental in teaching me a lot about running horse shows. It would have been impossible to run these huge horse trials twice a year without the help of Stan and his expertise he brought in so many ways. Stan I love and miss you.
  • Gilla G. Hammontree
  • Sunday, 07 January 2018
Stan was a great guy and I enjoyed exchanging emails with him after we met again at our 50th Cherokee High School Class Reunion. Our mutual friend, David Arnold Williams, and I visited Stan about three years ago at his home in Enterprise. Stan was so proud of your accomplishments and those of your husband, Heath and Ella. I sure wish I could come to his service. I've just had total knee replacement. He knew I had it ahead of me and he
wished me well in his note he wrote in the Christmas card he sent to me. Arnold Williams is in the hospital following perforated colon surgery. Had we been able, we really would have wanted to be there. Prayers for all you. God bless.

Gilla Gunter......Cherokee High Classmate
  • Tricia and Larry Penton
  • Sunday, 07 January 2018
We are so sorry for your loss, please know we are thinking of the entire family and sending you prayers and love. May God embrace the family with peace and love, God Bless, Tricia Penton
  • Dan Rainey
  • Sunday, 07 January 2018
Lou and Tracey,
I was so happy to have run into Stan at Fort Rucker in 1992 on my final Navy tour in Pensacola. It took years of separation to realize that seeing a home town boy could mean so much. I enjoyed staying in touch with Stan these past 25 years and watching our families grow.

Know that so many of us looked up to Stan and admired him. I will miss catching up on Canton with him.

God bless you all,
Dan Rainey
Captain U.S. Navy (retired)
  • Reap Family
  • Monday, 08 January 2018
Tracey, Scott, Ella and Heath,

Our deepest condolences at Stan's passing. He was a force to be reckoned with. I loved seeing him and your mom at the barn. Always a positive attitude and knew how to get things done! Our loving thoughts and prayers are with you.

Vince Steph Ben and Steve
  • Stacy Haverfield Amos
  • Tuesday, 09 January 2018
Dear Heath Family,

I just wanted to tell you that I am so sorry to hear that Stan passed away. I have fond memories of him from the stable. I remember him always being kind to me, and I admired and respected him greatly.
My wish for you is that this period of mourning will pass quickly, and your sadness replaced with memories of happier times, filled with love and laughter.

Peace, love and light to you all during the difficult times to come.
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