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August 2007

August 2007

We’re the best there is alive; we’re the class of ‘65

From the editor:

Today, August 13, is the last day for registration for the Central High School Centennial Celebration events.  I was told, however, that they can accept checks (no credit cards) until Wednesday, August 15.  If you haven’t done so, please put a check in the mail TODAY.  If you do mail it today, let me know and I’ll tell the committee to be on the lookout for your check.

I have attached to this newsletter a copy of the registration form, along with the schedule of events.

I look forward to seeing you at some of these events.

         Linda Smiley-Wilson


The father of our classmate, John Roberson, Dr. Lee Edward Roberson, 97, passed away on April 29, 2007.
He was a
renowned minister and the founder of Tennessee Temple Schools.  He came to Chattanooga in 1942 to pastor the Highland Park Baptist Church.  While at Highland Park Baptist Church he founded Tennessee Temple University in 1946, Temple Baptist Seminary, Tennessee Temple Academy, Camp Joy, the Union Gospel Mission, Zion College, World-Wide Faith Missions and WDYN-FM Radio Station.

Diane Roberts-Clark, the first friend I made in our sophomore year at Central, lost her husband, Jerry, in July.  He passed away from complications of lung cancer.  Diane was with him as he struggled for air.  She summoned for help, then leaned over and told him that she loved him.  As soon as she said that, he took one last easy breath and passed on.   Diane moved to Chicago after our sophomore year, then returned to Chattanooga several years later, and we are still friends.  She has one daughter, Lynn Howe, from a previous marriage.


Classmate News

The photo on the last page is the 6th grade class of the Old Cedar Hill Elementary School in 1959.  You should be able to recognize five of the students as being your fellow Central classmates.  I believe the rest of them went to Kirkman or City.   Answers on last page.

I would love to publish any class group pictures you may have.  Please e-mail me with them.  I know your fellow classmates will get a kick out of them.

Linda Lewis Crossley

I have intended for over a year now to write this letter to the class of ’65, but it always seems I get started and then side-tracked.  This time I was determined to get it to you.

I just read your latest up-date.  I enjoy those so much.  It’s always so sad to hear about our classmates passing away and those that are very ill.  I did email Jerry & Pat Mayfield last year to let them know they were in my prayers.

I married my first husband, in 1966; we had two sons, Sherrod & Scott Allen.   We divorced in 1978 and in 1980, my two sons and I moved to Bakersfield, CA.  I immediately went to work for the former AT&SF Railway Company (now the BNSF Railway Company) and have been here ever since.  My present position is Manager of Sales.  I’ve loved my job (now in my 28th year) but am looking forward to retiring in May of 2010 if the good Lord should tarry. 

In 1982 I married my current husband, Hal Crossley.  We will be celebrating our 25th anniversary in August of this year.  My two sons are both married and I have two biological grandchildren – Justin age 12 and Alyssa age 9 (Sherrod’s children).  My youngest son, Scott and his wife do not have any children yet.  I keep telling them they better get on the ball since they are both in their 30’s.  They tell me the dog is enough!  Ha

I also have two step-sons, Chris and Jason.  Chris has two children – Eric 14 and Emily age 9.  Emily lives with us and has for the past 4 years.  She is the little girl I never had.  It looks as though we will raise her but that’s OK with us.  My other step-son, Jason has two children, Nathan age 7 and Annakate age 1 and they have one on the way (oops).  So, we have a growing family. 

Hal is the General Manager for Rio Bravo Water Storage District.  He is a graduate of Northeastern University – Boston.  Hal is also an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God Church.  We have our own ministry – Souls For Christ, but we only do prison ministries and foreign missions.  We have restored a Bible College in Tacloban, Leyte (Philippines) and support that college totally.  Last year we had 82 students in all and we had our first graduating class.  We also have built churches, youth centers, and established feeding programs in the Philippines and in Baja, Mexico as well as Tijuana, Mexico.  So, as you can see, we are very busy people.

I should stop as this is enough about me.  I often think so much about Central High’s class of ’65.  Even though I only went there my junior & senior year, it was MY school and I made a lot of wonderful friends.  I would love to hear from any of you who want to stay in touch or we can just do it through Linda’s letter she puts out.  My email is linda.crossley@bnsf.com and I actually have a toll free number 1-800-234-9978.  You can use it.    

Linda Lewis Crossley



Gary Cawood


I guess most folks went off to college for a few years, but for me the university became a way of life. After I finished my architecture degree at Auburn, I started some photo classes at ETSU. I did a stint as a VISTA volunteer at Pittsburgh’s Architects’ Workshop and returned to ETSU for a graduate degree in photography.  I was incredibly fortunate to get an adjunct instructor position at the University of Delaware. The time on the east coast was an education in itself, as a lot was happening photo-wise in those days.

I got my first regular faculty job at Louisiana Tech in 1976, and I was there for nine years. They had a summer Rome program at that time which I got to do twice. I moved to my current position at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1985. I imagine UALR is a lot like UTC.  It has a similar history. During my first years here I was married, pretty much a disaster. In the nineties, I taught workshops for the now defunct (unfortunately) School of Photographic Studies in Prague for five years. Great place.  I highly recommend it. Now days, I head the photo program at UALR and enjoy teaching more than ever.

Through all of this, I’ve had many talented folks around to inspire, encourage and entertain.  Lots of laughs along the way. My photographs have shown mostly at university and other alternative space venues. If anyone is interested, you can check out www.photoeye.com/garycawood.

Danny (Dan) Stout

After Central High I went to McKenzie College for two years, then I went into the U.S. Navy for four years . Served on the USS Furse a Destroyer. While in the Navy, I went around the world, by sea. I think any of you that have traveled around the world would agree that we in the USA have a good life (with all our faults) ..Over the years I have gone back to a couple of countries I liked best, Sweden, Germany, Italy.

I have a son 38 years old, a Wake Forrest, M.B.A., living in Charlotte N.C.

I will leave out the marriages.  I have a few of those also.

After the Navy I took a job in financial services in 1972.  I stayed in that line of work for 34 years. I worked with many large corporations, most recently as Sr. V.P. at Bombardier out of Montreal Canada.

I have lived in many places. Florida (Jacksonville, Coral Gables, Orlando, Key West.) California (Newport Beach, San Jose, Rancho Cucamonga) Minnesota (Minneapolis) North Carolina (Charlotte) Texas (Dallas, Houston).  My work required a lot of travel, so if you thought you saw me somewhere, you just may have. I racked up 4 million miles on just Delta Airlines.

I left the corporate life last year and started my own business...I am NOT moving anymore, and the last thing I care to do is get on another airplane......

I now work a little and boat a lot on the Saint Johns River here in Jacksonville, Florida.

A parting quote...(don't know who said it first)  If I had known I was going to live this long I would have taken better care of myself ! !  I had a great time in High School and the best part is all the good people that were around me...

Love Ya,

Danny Stout


e-mail     dstout1@comcast.net


Judy Hurley


Since high school, I got married and had one son and lived in Chattanooga until 1975.  I then moved to S California where I went to work for a grocery market chain in their Data Processing Dept. I stayed with the company for 26 years.


I remarried in 1999 after being single for 30 years to a wonderful man named Randy Cammack who is currently an International Vice-President for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. I retired in 2003.


My son, Mark Orr, lives in California also with his two sons, Brandon and Justin. I stay busy traveling with my husband and enjoying my grandkids.


I hope to see everybody soon, hugs and kisses to all.

                                                                                       Judy (Hurley) Cammack     



If you can read this, thank a teacher.  If you are reading it in English, thank a military veteran.




Wayne Funk

If you remember, last year I hiked most of the Appalachian Trail. I am now finishing the last 500 miles. At this time I am in the Kent, Connecticut library.  The trail is .5 miles from here.  I have covered 100 miles in the last 8 days and will be in NY tomorrow.  I should be in Maryland by the first part of Sept.  When I reach there, I will have completed the entire trail (2,127 miles in two years)  I plan to be finished before the 100th  year celebration.  I hope to see you there! 




You know, there are some of our classmates who will not come to the reunions no matter what.  Two such are Winfred Cagle and John Tittle.  No matter how much I bribe them or threaten them, they both say they won’t be there.  It’s nothing personal against anyone – they just aren’t reunion people.


However, I can tell you a bit about them.  Win Cagle is my next-door neighbor.  He and his wife, Roberta, have 40 acres and board horses.  Win is a retired City of Chattanooga firefighter.  He just built a new house on his property, along with a very large garage where he and his buddies spend a lot of time.  He plans to downsize by selling the former house and land and living in the new house. 


John Tittle also lives in the Harrison area where he is a volunteer worker for the Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department as an first responder.   


We’re going to have our own Class of 1965 web page !!!


I’ll be contacting Wiley Poole, the webmaster for the Central High School Alumni Association’s website, very soon and begin work to establish a website for our class.  It will be done as a link to their website.  The idea was tossed around to hire someone to do an independent page for us (one not associated with the Alumni Association); but it was decided to go with Wiley for the following reasons:  (1) He has made the other CHS websites  (2)  It was felt that it would be more convenient for classmates to locate us if we are a link to the Alumni Association website, and  (3) the cost of $300 is as reasonable as we could find.  There will be a yearly maintenance fee of $59.  We have enough money in our class’ account to cover this expense.


We would like your input as to what you’d like to see on this website.  Please e-mail me with your ideas.  If you’ll go to:  


http://www.chattanoogacentralalumni.com/         and click on “links”,


you will find a list of each class.  The classes highlighted in yellow are the ones with their own website.  Click on the year you wish to view and you can get some good ideas


I look forward to hearing your thoughts. 

From the Alumni Association:


The following is from Susan Watkins Kendall regarding the CCC:


If you haven't already mailed in your registration for the Central Centennial, please do so immediately!   The deadline is Monday, August 13, but if you send your form and money in right away, you can still be included. 


Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate Central's 100th year.  Not only will you see lots of schoolmates at the Centennial events, but also you'll have an opportunity to visit with some past (and present) CHS faculty members such as Janette Crawley, Charles Preston, June Coulter, Maxine Williams, Dorothy Stone, SGM Robert Hall, Judy Reich, Hans Rose, and more!

We hope to see you all in September!

CHS Alumni Association
Susan Watkins Kendall
Class of 1978



Our Next Reunion


We’ve had a lot of interest in having a cruise for our 45th class reunion.  Having just taken our son and one of his buddies on a cruise as his college graduation gift, I definitely vote for going.  The only problem is coming home and having to put your own napkin on your lap, cooking your own food, pulling down your own bed covers at night.  I very quickly got spoiled. 


For those of you who have been on cruises, I’m sure you’ll vote yes.  For those of you who haven’t been on one, you’re in for a real treat.  All the wonderful gourmet food you want.  Most ships have a restaurant (in addition to your regular dining room) that is open 24/7 or (in our case) 24/5. 


For an amount beginning at around $300 per person and going upward (depending on which stateroom you choose), you have 4 nights and 5 days of food, entertainment, and lodging.  Of course, there are charges for any alcoholic drinks you want, photos taken that you wish to purchase, and you may want to spend money in the casino.  You also may want to spend money when you go off the ship when it docks at one of the sight-seeing stops. 


W. L. will be checking into our options for a cruise.  We have three years before that happens, so it will give us time to save money for the cruise – and time to lose those extra pounds. 


We also tossed around the idea of chartering a bus to take us to the port of Miami, New Orleans or wherever we sail from.  Of course, you can arrange your own transportation to the departure area.


We would like to know if you would attend such a cruise on our 45th reunion.  When you finish reading this newsletter, just hit the “Reply” button and give me your thoughts.




For those of you who just in no way would go on a cruise, perhaps we can do an event in addition to the cruise.  We certainly don’t want to exclude anyone.  Please give me your thoughts as to what we can do.  A couple of ideas tossed around would be to have a get-together the day before departure, or to even have an event the year before or the year after 2010.   Let me hear from you.


I've sure gotten old! I've had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, new knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes. I'm half blind, can't hear anything quieter than a jet engine, take 40 different medications that make me dizzy, winded, and subject to blackouts. Have bouts with dementia. Have poor circulation; hardly feel my hands and feet anymore. Can't remember if I'm 85 or 92. Have lost all my friends. But, thank God, I still have my driver's license.


Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.


Don’t forget to scroll further to the last pages of this newsletter for the 6th-grade photo, as well as the registration form and schedule of events for the Central Centennial Celebration (CCC).


New reunion committee officers:

President          Linda Smiley Wilson

Secretary          Loretta Harless Grauso

Treasurer          Treva Jay Schlosshan

Media Rep       Ron Tucker


  Chairman        W. L. Goodman


Fourth  row:     Third from left:              Fletcher (Bill) Thomas    (now deceased)

                        Fourth from left:            Tommy Lawhorn

Third row:        Third from left:  Steve Snyder

Second row:     Second from left:          Linda Smiley Wilson

                        Third from left:  Cindy Watts (now deceased)

Having such good memories of that class and having Mr. Carson as our teacher, Fletcher Thomas and I planned a sixth-grade reunion.  Beginning with this picture, he and I located all but three of our classmates.  Everyone attended with the exception of a few out-of-towners.  Mr. Carson and Mr. Talley (our principal) were also there.  State Representative Bobby Wood attended and presented a proclamation to Mr. Carson from the Governor of the State of Tennessee. 

When I first told Fletcher of my idea, he told me that was the dumbest idea he had ever heard.  A couple of weeks later he called me and said he thought we should do it.  It turned out to be a big success and we even made the local news. 

I almost got one of our male classmates in trouble when I called his house and told his wife that we were planning a sixth-grade reunion.  She told him she wanted to know who that woman was because nobody does a sixth-grade reunion.

As we talked with each other at the reunion, we learned that each classmate thought they were Mr. Carson’s pet (even shy little me).  So, even though the idea in the beginning sounded very dumb, I will never regret what we students did.  I don’t think any of the others will either.  Just ask Tommy Lawhorn.

Several years later, I cried as I read Mr. Carson’s obituary.  It mentioned that a class of his former sixth-grade students honored him with a reunion after 30-something years.  He literally took what we did to his grave! 

See note on last page (the one after the Schedule of Events).



Central High School Centennial

September 14 -16, 2007


Name (1)_________________________________________ (include maiden name if applicable)


Alumni: Year Graduated __________     or                  Teacher: Years Taught___________


Name (2)_________________________________________ (include maiden name if applicable)


Alumni: Year Graduated __________     or                  Teacher: Years Taught___________

Mailing Address_______________________________________________________________________


E-mail ______________________________         Phone ________________________________


Weekend Package                                   $50.00    x   _______(# tickets)   =___________

(includes Barbeque Dinner and Saturday Evening Event)  


Friday Barbeque Dinner                               $15.00   x  ________(# tickets)  =___________


Saturday Evening at Convention Center   $40.00   x  ________(# tickets)  =___________     


Sunday picnic                                 Number attending: ________                         No charge


                                                                                                        TOTAL   ___________

*Check payable to Central High School Alumni Association.*

Additional donations to the Community Foundation will fund Central student scholarships.

Any profits after centennial expenses will go to this fund.

AUGUST 13th, 2007



Mail to:           CHS Alumni Association                       

                        PO Box 781

                        Harrison, TN 37341


List any extracurricular activities in which you were involved:

(Examples: athletics, clubs, band, etc.)






We need Central memorabilia to display at the Convention Center on

Saturday night. Please check if you have items: YES    NO     



Contact Susan Kendall for more information @ PounderAlumni@aol.com or

call the Alumni # 344-1447 Ext. 481. More Registration Forms are available

@ www.ChattanoogaCentralAlumni.com or www.MySpace.com/pounderalumni

Central Centennial Celebration

What’s purple and gold and 100 years old?  Central High!  Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime celebration - the biggest Central reunion of all time!  Please make plans to join us for these historic events. 

Sunday, September 9, 3:00 p.m.: We will gather at the The McCallie School campus on Dodds Avenue to kick off our Centennial Celebration and honor the original site of Central High School.  The program will take place at the soccer field, and you are welcome to bring a cushion or lawn chair to make yourself more comfortable.  Senator Bo Watson will present a resolution from the General Assembly to honor Central's centennial year.  Other speakers and participants will be announced soon.  There is no charge to attend this event.  There is free parking on the McCallie campus. 

Friday, September 14:  

BBQ, pep rally, pre-game festivities and CHS football game

5:00 - 7:00:  You must pre-register to attend this event.  A BBQ dinner catered by Sweeney's will be held in the school gym for the comfort and convenience of our guests.  Cost is $15 per plate.  In addition to the price of the BBQ, other costs may include a parking donation to the Central High Band Boosters ($2), and a ticket to the football game ($6).  Souvenir items will be available for purchase.  Before we head to the stadium, Central's band and cheerleaders will lead us in a pep rally, and alumni band members and cheerleaders are encouraged to join in!  Alumni football players and chorus members can take part in special pre-game festivities. 

7:30:  Kick-off time for the Chattanooga Central vs Bradley Central game.  Tickets for the game may be purchased at the BBQ or at the gate. 

Saturday, September 15, 7:00 p.m.

Central Centennial evening event at the Chattanooga Trade and Convention Center. 

You must pre-register to attend this event.  There will be a buffet dinner, dancing, and a memorabilia display highlighting Central’s 100 years.  Former faculty members and past Mr. and Miss Central honorees will be recognized.   Recorded music and also live music will be provided by the local band, No Big Deal www.nobigdealband.com.  Souvenir items will be available for purchase.   After 5, formal attire optional.  Cost for this event is $40.

Sunday, September 16, 12:30 - 4:30:  Picnic

The whole family is welcome to attend a picnic on the private island at Island Cove Marina located on Highway 58.  Bring lawn chairs, blankets, and your own cooler/picnic lunch, or you may purchase lunch at Fox Cay Restaurant.  There is no charge to attend and you do not have to register for this event.

Registration forms and money are due by August 13.  For registration forms or more information, please contact us at:

Address:  Central High Alumni Association

                P. O. Box 781

                Harrison, TN  37341

Phone:  423-344-1447, ext. 481

E-mail:  PounderAlumni@aol.com

Websites:  www.chattanoogacentralalumni.com or www.myspace.com/pounderalumni

OK, now you can hit the “REPLY” button and give me your thoughts regarding:


(1)     the website

(2)     the reunion cruise or an optional reunion event


Thanks so much,



Linda Smiley Wilson

11550 Birchwood Pike

Harrison, TN  37341