Martha Jo Manning  



Martha Jo died August 9, 2012

What song most reminds you of your school days?
The Platters and Johnny Mathis
What teacher most influenced you?  
Miss Minnie Lee Morgan
Which reunions have you attended?
10, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45
Which did you enjoy most? 
By far, the 25th

Fondest memories of your days at Central:
The Twix Teens - good friends and great parties.  The Military Ball in our junior year.  That was a very special night. Going to basketball games, and like most, I made time for a minute or two at the rotunda between classes.  At the top of the list are the facts that I loved learning and Miss Morgan gave me an A for an oral report on Romeo and Juliet (which shocked me, not Romeo and Juliet, but the A).

My life since graduation:  
After working a few years in Chattanooga, I moved to Atlanta where I lived for 32 years. For seven years I worked at Lockheed-Georgia. The remainder was in the Retirement Plan Industry. Twenty-one of those years were at New England Life in their Regional Pension Office as Executive Secretary, Office Manager and Client Services Account Manager. In 1974 and 1975, I took courses at DeKalb College in preparation for the Certified Professional Secretary’s exam and received my CPS rating in fall of 1975.

At the end of 1994, our office closed and I retired. In early 1997, I moved back home and now live in East Ridge.

For the curious, I never married, and thank God, I have no children. Guess I loved my freedom too much.

Regarding our school days, I loved them. I truly hated to miss a day. My favorite teacher was Miss Minnie Morgan. My biggest regret is that our wonderful building was torn down. The things I enjoyed most included dancing.

I’m looking forward to helping plan the "Big 4-0" and hope that everyone who sees this will be there. (For dancing, I will suggest more slow than fast.)