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Carol Louise (Mason) Read




What song most reminds you of your school days?  
The Beach Boys, "I Get Around"; The Drifters, "Under the Boardwalk"
What teacher most influenced you? 
Mary Lou Derryberry, encouraged my finger paint ability into something more; K.W. John, had "us chose" Handel's Messiah instead of contemporary Christmas music for the Christmas program and J.Pope Dyer, gave a shy girl a voice without criticism.
Who were your best friends at Central?
Jan, Linda and Susan rode bus 64 together from Murray Hills for 3 yrs. Dottie and Linda welcomed me into V.G.C., alto section senior year. Rose, my Home Ec. partner ruined "ingredients" together. So many good memories of many more.
What is your most memorable experience at the reunions?
At the 20th not being able to recognize some and others who had not changed at all.
What are your fondest memories of Chattanooga Central High School?
Just the pure joy of it all. My mother graduated in CHS Class of '41. Some of the teachers she had were still there and she shared her memories about them and those days when she had to buy her text books and walked to Central from East Lake. The State Championship in football and the great basketball team my first year. The Friday morning pep rallies at The Rotunda, working with Miss Derryberry on the decorations for Mr. & Miss Central Day(I still have some of the pink taffeta and net we used). When that beautiful old building with it's slippery wooden floors (bad for Weejuns) was torn down, I was so glad to have been a small part of it and look at the great pictures in the Champion that mark memories too wonderful to ever forget.

My Life Since Graduation
After one year at Trevecca College, I worked in the office at Miller Bros. for five years and five years at American National Bank. Married and moved to North Augusta, S.C., worked for Georgia Railroad Bank and Playcare Kindergarten @ Daycare, then to Lexington, Ky., worked for a Thoroughbred race horse farm where a Bold Ruler son stood stud. Also in Lexington, worked as manager of a community for seniors that was a pleasure. Charles was born in Lexington in '80 and we moved to Mahopac Falls, NY, where I retired (after putting hubby through a Masters and PhD). Then on to Collegedale, TN, we lived on a cattle farm and ate fresh veggies that summer. Moved to St. Joseph, IL where Leslie was born in '88 and the same year moved to Monrovia, Al. Homeschooled both children from K to high school graduation. Son graduated from Samford University in B'ham. Daughter attended University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and married at 19, her hubby graduated UA with a degree in Mechanical Eng. They will be married five years May '12 and they are very happy. Sept, 2007, I downsized to a happy little home in Harvest, AL, where I hope and pray not to ever move again. The moving around so frequently was hard, but I saw parts of our great country from where the first shot was fired in the Civil War at Ft. Sumter, and beautiful Charleston, SC and places where George Washington slept to a West Point Graduation to the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, The Natural History Museum and art galleries in NY, to horse races at Church Hill Downs and Abraham Lincoln's birthplace in KY, to his boyhood home and law office in Illinois and a business trip to Santa Barbra and glimpse of Ronald Regan's ranch in the hills above the Pacific and a beautiful sunset at Butterfly Beach and lemon groves as far as you could see. OK, not so bad.

It would be wonderful if every member of the class of '65 would put their bio here for your old friends to read and know "the rest of the story". May God bless you and yours.