Central 1965 Digest
We’re the best there is alive; we’re the class of ‘65
From the editor:
Sadly, I seem to have a lot of obits to publish in these newsletters. Please send me your good news also (like the article in this issue regarding Kathy Shields), so that it will offset the sad news. I know you all have grandkids that you can brag about, or fun trips you’re making, or wild and crazy things you’re doing. Maybe you’ve been scuba diving or sky diving or cruising to Alaska, maybe you’re writing a novel or maybe you’ve retired from all the madness and are finally able to just sit on your duff. Maybe you’re running for public office or you’ve just won a Nobel prize. Just let me know and I’ll publish it.
Enjoy the newsletter – and if you have any suggestions for ways I can make it better, please let me know.
Linda Smiley Wilson
In my quest to locate classmates, I learned the following:
From Alan Bragg:
My sister, Linda (CHS class of '55) was a wonderful lady. She had been battling colon cancer since 2001 and we celebrate her home-going. I've also lost my two oldest siblings and both parents. Hardly a day goes by that I don't remember some words we shared when they were still here and I yearn to see them again .
Jerri James Hill got out of the hospital on August 15, following open heart surgery. This surgery was to prevent a possible heart attack. Doctors replaced a valve and repaired a hole that had been between her heart chambers from birth. She also received a pacemaker.
Keep up with Pat and Jerry Mayfield by logging on to the following website, then clicking on journal:
Linda Wilson-Wilson’s son had surgery to remove the brain tumor and is doing well. He doesn’t know when he will be able to return to work. The insurance company hasn’t paid the bills, so please continue praying for that situation.
An exhibit of art work by Kathy Shields Eckler will be held from September 3 – October 2, 2008, at the Adams Gallery in Lebanon, Tennessee.
The artist reception will be Thursday, September 11 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm with the Gallery talk held on Wednesday, September 17, at 11:00 am.
Kathy will exhibit her newest work “New Petals Perception”, a 24” x 30” oil on canvas.
One Cumberland Square
Attorney Mack O’Rear, Central High class of 1964, was the featured speaker at our class meeting in August. He gave us good advice regarding legal issues related to aging. He discussed practical and affordable ways to avoid probate.
If you would like to utilize Mack’s legal services, he can be reached at:
Our webmaster, Wiley Poole (class of 1962) just added a ‘nostalgia’ page to our website.
When you add your bio, you can list your favorite song from 1965 and he will add it to the nostalgia page, where you can hear it played.
Speaking of bios, there are only a few bios on our website. In my efforts to entice you to add yours, all biographies that are posted on our website will be entered in a drawing for a nice prize at our reunion. Go to the website as soon as you finish reading this and add your bio so that your name will be entered in the drawing.
Class of 1965 Stationery and Letterhead
A committee will be created at our next class meeting to design our class stationery and letterhead. This group will meet outside our regular class meeting. If you have any ideas for the design of said letterhead and stationery, please let me know and I will give your ideas to those on the committee.
I know Miss Derryberry taught a lot of good artists, so let me hear from you. Maybe you can draw your idea, scan it and e-mail it to me or you can put your ideas on paper and mail them to me at: 11550 Birchwood Pike, Harrison, TN 37341.
The December 2008 newsletter should contain the dates chosen for the cruise and the reunion. Stay tuned……
It’s taken about two years, but I can now honestly say that time and effort has been expended on every one of our classmates in an effort to find them. At present there are 57 classmates that I simply cannot find any information on. Sadly, we have 32 classmates who are deceased. On a more positive note, however, our list contains good contact info for 278 classmates. Then there are the twelve who simply refuse to attend a reunion no matter how much we bribe or threaten them. And, yippee, I have e-mail addresses for 178 classmates. I have listed below the names of those classmates we can’t find, in the hopes that you may know something about them. Sometimes just a small clue will help us find them.
I want to thank Lori Harless, Virgil Anderson, Loren Clopton and W. L. Goodman for helping in the search for students and helping to get our list in top-notch shape. If you helped and I didn’t give you credit, please forgive me. I’m getting old and senile.
I have come to believe that I am a closet detective. I’ve almost gotten hooked on searching for these people. In fact, I don’t know what I’ll do now that the list is as complete as I can get it. I’ll have to find another project to keep me from having to clean house. Maybe I’ll help the classes of 1963 and 1964 with their lists. Anyone wishing to help, please let me know.
Check the following website for a nice article on Coach Etter.
If you like bluegrass music, I guarantee you will have fun at the Snow Hill Bluegrass Jamboree which is held the first Saturday of each month at the old Snow Hill Elementary School. Located at the intersection of Snow Hill Road and Mahan Gap in Harrison, TN, it begins at 6:00 pm and there is no admission fee. The fire fighters of the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Dept. cook barbeque, burgers, etc. and the Department receives the monetary benefits from the sale of this food. This money goes to purchase fire-fighting equipment, as well as to help needy families in the area.
The jamboree has a wonderful emcee, Jerry Wilson (hey, I know him.) Sometimes it seems we have a class of ’65 reunion when Mike Pleasant, Alan Hulgan, and occasionally Janie Young attend.
Janet Anderson (Taylor)
Carolyn Blackstone (Hennessee)
Shirley Bost (Crabtree)
Shirley Jean brown (Branam)
Sandra Choate (Wilson)
Nancy Crews (Jordan)
Don Richard Eslinger
Dina Carole Farmer (Breedlove)
Peggy Goss (Carter)
Regina Hayes (Clonts)
Martha Jane Hicks (Parker)
Sharon Lawrence (Roberts)
Diane Marie Linder
Wilburn (Buddy) Long
Starlet Diane McClain (Chattin)
Cheryl Netherly (Turner)
Joyce Diane Poole
Barbara Roberson (Roberts)
Jane Ruffner (Perkins)
Linda Scoggins (Tackett)
Joy Lynn Shirk (Wright)
Diane Simmons Smith
Susan Smith (Ward)
Diane Stone (Perry)
Becky Stout (Winston)