Wayne Schoolfield of Kissimmee, Florida passed away peacefully on June 28th, 2021 surrounded by his family. Wayne was a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. He was also an esteemed developer, philanthropist, and world traveler.
Born in Portageville, Missouri in 1941 to Clarence and Geraldine Schoolfield, Wayne began working for the first time in the cotton fields at age seven. As a young adult, Wayne left his small hometown in Missouri for a teaching job in Kissimmee, Florida in 1965. When he arrived to Kissimmee he felt he had moved from one small town to another, but had a contract to teach so he stayed. Shortly after he moved to town, he met the love of his life, Dianne Pierson (Miss Silver Spurs). They married, and then quickly moved to Fort Knox as he was called to serve in a support role during the Vietnam War. The young couple returned to Kissimmee to start their family, and founded Schoolfield Properties in 1969. Wayne quickly became a leading owner and developer of commercial real estate in Central Florida. His first real estate investment was the purchase of a single mobile home lot for $600. Over the next 50 years, Wayne became a fixture in the central Florida business community having executed thousands of real estate transactions and built a large portfolio of commercial property. Wayne has received numerous professional awards and Schoolfield Properties was named as one of the top 100 privately owned businesses in Central Florida and one of the largest family-owned businesses in Central Florida. Wayne served as a director or board member for institutions such as SunTrust Bank in Orlando and the Economic Development Commission of Central Florida. Wayne also served on the Board of Directors for the Reedy Creek Improvement District, the development arm of Walt Disney World, for over two decades. Wayne also served his community on the Kissimmee/Osceola county chamber of commerce board.
Success allowed him to travel to over 125 countries on seven continents. Wayne was an avid adventurer and had a passion for exploring new places and cultures. He loved to scuba dive, treasure hunt, fish and explore the Cayman islands with his in-laws, wife and kids. When at home in Kissimmee, Wayne could often be found enchanting his landscaping with unique plants and collecting flowers for his wife Dianne. He had a great love for wildlife and many unconventional friends over the years including Alligators, Sandhill cranes, Koi Fish, and Peacocks. Wayne’s family grew and he has 5 grandchildren that he loved to travel with, snorkel with, and share his love for Disney. Wayne was a voracious reader and would often discuss current events with those around him. Most importantly, Wayne was a dedicated family man, regularly telling jokes, playing kind-hearted pranks, providing loving advice to his children and grandchildren, and mentoring his children in the real estate business.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Dianne Schoolfield; children: Cheryl Schoolfield and Steven Bradley of Melbourne Beach, Florida; Kevin and Stephanie Schoolfield of Melbourne Beach, Florida; and Brian and Susan Schoolfield of Asheville NC; and grandchildren: Jessica and Jason Smith of Denver, Colorado; Nathan Barnett of Savannah, Georgia; and Dylan, Tavie, and Rayne Schoolfield of Melbourne Beach Florida.
A celebration of Wayne’s life will be held at First United Methodist Church of St. Cloud, Florida on Thursday, July 1st at 11:00am with the Reverend Cathy Thacker officiating. Private interment to follow at Osceola Memory Gardens in Kissimmee, Florida. There will be no formal visitation.
In lieu of flowers, Wayne’s family requests donations be made to First United Methodist Church of Saint Cloud, the ECOLIFE Foundation, or Give Kids the World. Links to each of these organizations are below:
First United Methodist Church of Saint Cloud : https://www.firstchurchstcloud.org/
Give Kids the World: https://www.gktw.org/
The Schoolfield family is being cared by CONRAD & THOMPSON FUNERAL HOME, 511 EMMETT STREET, KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA 34741 (407)847-3188