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60th Birthday

Central High Class of 1965 turns 60

Click the following link to see the Chattanooga Times Free Press article about our 60th Birthday Party.
The Class of '65 60th Birthday

 “The older I get, the younger older sounds”. 

When we hit 50 years of age, 60 sounded old.  Now that we have hit 60, that’s not so old.

 Those two sentences pretty much sums up the philosophy of the Central High School Class of 1965.  Some 35 classmates and spouses gathered at Valleybrook Golf Club recently to collectively celebrate their 60th birthdays.  Hoping that some of the out-of-town classmates would be in Chattanooga for the Thanksgiving weekend, they set Saturday, Nov. 24th for their event.

 Spearheaded by Linda Smiley Wilson and Loretta Harless Grauso, word went out several weeks ahead of time.  If they had given a prize for the one who traveled the longest distance, it would have gone to Bobby Ray Johnson and his wife Kathy and daughter Katee, who came from their home near Seattle, WA. (Katee is considering University of Georgia in Athens when she graduates.)

 Several of the classmates contributed items for goody bags for the birthday celebrants and a goody bag for the spouses.  A number of  stories were shared regarding memories of the old Central High on Dodds Ave. 

Door prizes were given. One of particular interest was a painting depicting the “class of 1965” donated by Mike Pleasant.  Other door prizes were t-shirts with the “Purple Pounders and “Class of 1965” emblem, a book recently written by Peggy Richmond’ husband, Jeff, titled “Vision of Treachery,” UT posters donated by Gary and Jackie Nelson Moore, and various gifts donated by Peggy Bennett Richmond, Patti Averitt Gross and Carol Franklin McCamish.


 Pictured above are:   Janie Young Potter and Bobby Johnson (seated.)  Standing, left to right, are:  Patti Averitt Gross, Carol Franklin McCamish, Vicky King Forgey, Virgil Anderson, Loretta Harless Grauso, Elaine Hubbard Tate, Peggy Bennett Richmond, Sandra Denton Fox, Max Smith, Jackie Nelson Moore, Steve Snyder, Mike Pleasant, and Linda Smiley Wilson.  Not pictured is Bobby Byrd.

Mr. & Miss Central  - Janie Young Potter, Bobby Johnson

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