A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!
NITE OWL REUNION
The first annual Central High School Nite Owl Reunion, hosted by Judy Phillips Clevenger (’59) and Sandra Woods Allen (’60), was held on November 9 at Judy's home in Chattanooga.
There were twenty-five Nite Owls in attendance from the classes of 1954 through 1963. Eighty invitations went out to all the Nite Owls that could be located. We had a wonderful time getting reacquainted after all these years. It was as if no time had passed. We were old friends reminiscing, laughing and eating, and a great time was had by all!
Plans are being made for our second annual reunion, which will probably be held in April, 2009. Remember to bring old photographs and annuals, as well as any addresses or information about the Nite Owls.
submitted by: Sandra Woods Allen
beginning front row, left to right.................
Judy Phillips Clevenger '59
Kathy Hickman Mansfield '57
Nancy Hayes Barkley '57
Carolyn Clarkson Hilbert '58
Joyce Blevins Kyle '55
Judy Holland Brown '58
Jean Davis Prawd '57
Martha Woods Wardlaw '56
Ginger Richey McGhee '61
Sandy Newell Watkins '61
Tookie Lee Bridges '58
Faye Blake Humble '60
Lucy Ritchie Raulston '54
Nancy Christian Oldham '58
Sandra Woods Allen '60
Sandra Axmacher Blinn '58
Grace Brown Pratt '59
Shelba Carter Jolley '63
Jeannine Pratt Bridges '56
Diane Henze Avriett '63
Cathie Howard Parris '57
Sammie Ruth Porter Branam '57
Patsy Butler Woodham '56
Nancy Bradford Hoover '63
not pictured: Gail Pedigo Pike '57
The Central High Class of 1989 is in the process of locating classmates and working on plans for a 20 year reunion to be held June 2009. Please email CCHSclassof1989@yahoo.com or visit their website at http://centralhighclassof1989.webs.com for additional information.
The Class of 1959 has made plans for their 50th reunion, now set for May 29-30, 2009. The dates were selected by the 15-20 members of the reunion committee at the third monthly meeting. Please mark your calendars now! The agenda is:
1. Friday, May 29, 2009 – Poolside Party at Heritage Landing Condominium Center on the north shore of the Tennessee River below the Girls Preparatory School begins at 6:00 p.m. Barbecue by Rib & Loin with entertainment provided by blues musician, Jimmy Harris. Casual attire. Cash Bar.
2. Saturday, May 30, 2009 – Dinner and Dance at the Silver Ball Room, Sheraton Read House at 6:00 p.m. Sit down dinner with entertainment provided by Tommy Jett (JetFli with WFLI). Business attire.
3. Cost is $59.00 per person for both events (What a bargain!)
4. Door prizes – 59 to be donated
5. Reservations - Form to follow
6. Pre-payment – Send in your check now to help fund the preparation and reserve the Read House ballroom (If you expire before the reunion, you’ll get a refund!) Mail to “Central Class of ‘59” – c/o Summers and Wyatt, P.C., 735 Broad Street, Suite 735, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402.
7. Other graduates addresses – If you have the email or mailing address of one of our classmates not on this list, please forward this information to:
Jerry Summers at email@example.com or call 423-265-9385
Bettie Coe Smartt at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865-408-1541
PLEASE REMEMBER . . .
Jeanette Crawley, retired Central High Home-Ec teacher and graduate of the Class of '51, suffered a very serious stroke on the morning of December 18. We are told that there is a blood clot on the brain, but they cannot remove it because there is also a clot in her neck, making surgery too dangerous. She cannot use her left arm and is now blind in her left eye. She was moved to ICU at Memorial. Please remember Mrs. Crawley and her family at this time.
REST IN PEACE
Fannie Lou Spence Leake ('78)
Dr. Fannie Lou Spence Leake, 48, formerly of Chattanooga, passed away Thursday, Oct. 16, 2008, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Born on March 29, 1960, to Robert and Alice Spence in Chattanooga, she was reared in the mountains of East Tennessee, where she received her primary education. Her spiritual education was under the tutelage of her grandfather, the late Rev. Samuel R. Spence, at St. John Baptist Church in Chattanooga.
She received her bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, her master of science from Tennessee State University in audiology and her doctor of audiology from Central Michigan State University. Fannie worked for the University of Tennessee’s Department of Otolaryngology for 21 years and was a member of Unity Christian Center.
She is survived by her husband of 14 years, Earl Leake; one son, John Robert Leake; and one stepdaughter, Nordeya (Calvin) Lockhart; her parents, Robert and Alice Spence; two sisters, Paula (Geno) Spence-Evans and Rhonda Spence, both of Memphis; three brothers, Harold (Cindy) Spence, of Atlanta, Robert (Dorchelle) Spence Jr., of Memphis, and Reginald Spence, of Baltimore, Md.; two stepsisters, Terri Spence and Rosalyn Spence; and one stepbrother, Langston Spence, all of Chattanooga; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Doris Leake; one sister-in-law, Janice (LeYonn) Armstrong, of Jackson, Miss.; and a host of aunts; uncles; nephews; nieces; cousins; and friends.
Robert Fentress III ('74)
SWEETWATER -- Robert Woods "Bob" Fentress III went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Elizabeth, N.J., on Aug. 23, 1956, to Bob and Joyce Fentress. An accomplished athlete and scholar, he was a graduate of Chattanooga Central High School in 1974 and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1978. He graduated from UTC cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry. Bob loved life and lived it to the fullest. His faith, determination and courage were a blessing and inspiration to all. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend, our real life Superman.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Woods Fentress Jr.
He is survived by his mother, Joyce Fentress. Other survivors include Dale (Darlene) Fentress, Patty Fentress (Bobby) Vinson, Craig Fentress, Debra Eaker, Pam Fentress (Bill) Fortney and Cheryl Fentress. "Uncle Bob's" nieces and nephews are Brooke Fentress, Jenny Vinson (Matt) Tilley, Katie Vinson, Brad Fentress, Rachel Fortney, Sarah Fortney, Anna Vinson, Ashley Vinson, Rebekah Fortney and Philip Vinson; great-niece and great-nephew are Maddy and Ben Tilley.
The family would like to thank April Plaugher with Home Health Care of East Tennessee & Hospice, "Grandma" Dora, and all others who contributed to his care and support.
A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at Beulah Chapel Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Jon Amspaugh and the Rev. Johnny Carr officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Danny Foy Young ('61)
Danny Foy Young, 65, of Chattanooga died on Tuesday, November 25, 2008. He was the son of the late F.L.Young and Frances Cartwright Young.
He is survived by his former wife, Linda; his loving daughter, Carla Young Boaen and her husband Billy Boaen, of Hixson; one brother, Larry Young, of Breman, Ga.; several nieces and nephews. Danny had two devoted grandchildren, David Lee Johnson and Carlie Anne Boaen.
Danny will be deeply missed and will stay in our hearts for ever. A very special thanks to all the nursing staff at Standifer Place on 3-West and to Hospice of Chattanooga.
The next Central High Alumni Association meeting will be Monday, January 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the front office area of the school. Our monthly meetings are open to all alumni and supporters of Central High School.
Wrestling and basketball are in full swing right now, and the Pounders would love to have your support at their games and matches. The schedules for these sports are too lengthy to list here, but please go to www.chattanoogacentral.net and check out Central High School's website for more information.
CHS Alumni Association
Susan Watkins Kendall
Class of 1978