Former HC parks director dies
Linda J. Stocksdale, the former superintendent of the Harrison County Parks Dept., died early Thursday morning, Nov. 13, 2014, at Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services in New Albany. She was 70.
The New Albany native worked more than 40 years in parks and recreation, starting in her hometown before working in Jeffersonville then for Harrison County.
‘Linda was someone who was passionate about the parks, and you could see it in all that she did,’ Larry J. Shickles, HC parks board president who worked with Stocksdale for a number of years, said. ‘She made a tremendous impact on the system and its growth.
‘Linda developed lots of programs that would draw people into the parks and worked to increase participation by the community in its support for the parks,’ he said.
Stocksdale, formerly of Palmyra, retired in 2002 after coming to the Harrison County Parks Dept. in October 1988.
‘Linda felt so strongly about the Harrison County parks system that, when we needed an interim director before Rand (Heazlitt) was hired (in 2013), she jumped in and helped us make it through,’ Shickles said. ‘She was not feeling well then but, in her fashion, Linda never let anything get in her way. … Linda loved people and was very generous.’
July 15, 2013, was declared ‘Linda Stocksdale Day’ for the Harrison County parks.
Stocksdale was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Floyds Knobs.
Her funeral was Monday at Seabrook Dieckmann & Naville Funeral Homes with burial in SCI Graceland Memorial Park, both in New Albany.