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Loretta Joyce (Harless) Grauso

1010 Central Drive
Hixson, Tennessee 37343
Home: 423-843-0808
Cell: 423-902-5375


What song most reminds you of your school days?  
Duke of Earl
What teacher most influenced you? 
Mildred Majors
Who were your best friends at Central?
Rosie Hale, Janie Young
What is your most memorable experience at the reunions?
Seeing old friend and some new.  Seeing how much some have changed and others have not.  Just being together after all these years.  Being able to work so well with Linda Smiley Wilson.  She's a blast!
What are your fondest memories of Chattanooga Central High School?
Pep rallies, the famous rotunda, some great teachers who really did have our best interests in mind while attempting to teach us. Marching with the battalion to Frawley field and back during 6th period.  Those dates at the lake watching the "submarine races."  Champion Night, the cafeteria in the morning while they played "Duke, duke of Earl.  Those sixties were the best years for music.  We had a lot of songs that began and ended with do-whop, do-whop.  Having the pep rallies after lunch.  Watching those gorgeous majorettes come marching down the aisle while the band played. Going to Chamberlain Field after school to watch Lynn Brown wrap the goal posts in Purple and Gold and then cheering the football team to victory that night.
My Life Since Graduation:
I married right after my junior year and was not allowed to finish school that year because a new law was passed that you had to drop out of school for six months before you could come back.  I finished my 1/4 credit in summer school.  The marriage did not last but my son is wonderful - so something good always happens even when something bad takes place first.  My son is now 42 and he has two sons.  I have two daughters from my second marriage.  Angie who is 32 and has two sons. My daughter Toni is 30 and has four sons. 

I met Joe about 15 years ago.  So between us we have six children and 12 grandchildren.  The grandchildren are all boys except for one girl.  They range in age from two years old to 15 years old.  They keep us busy, but they are wonderful.

I have now retired from Advanced Waste Management Systems, Inc. where I worked for over 20 years.  Feels good to be finally able to spend some quality time with my family and my grandbabies. 

In 1999 I suffered a heart attack and almost didn't make it - but it sure puts things in perspective.  I now go by the motto "Don't sweat the small stuff and it's all small stuff."  In 2003 I had my right hip replaced.  Don't think I will do that again.  Very painful.

I look forward to every reunion and every chance to get together with classmates.  I think this new web site is wonderful and hopefully we will be able to contact more classmates.