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August 3, 2019   Full reunion plan and details are posted on our "Home Page"

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July 30, 2019
We just learned from Linda Turvey McClellan, the passing of our classmate Sue Frady Lipscomb.  The obituary details follow.  The class sends our sincere condolences to her family.

Doris "Sue" Frady Lipscomb

March 06, 1941 - July 23, 2019

Doris Sue Frady Lipscomb age 78 of Huntsville died Tuesday, July 23 at Regency Retirement Village in Huntsville.  A Memorial Graveside service will be held Sunday, August 11th at Mountain Home Cemetery at 3:00 pm ct. with Bro. Bolan Clay officiating.

Survivors include husband, Charles Robert "Bob" Lipscomb, daughters, Valerie Coats(Gerald), Christina Briseno(Sonja Evers), granddaughter, Lisa Orton, great-granddaughter, Biana Orton, sister, Irene Clay, several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lipscomb was a graduate of Huntsville High School and was a retired Security Specialist with Redstone Arsenal.   She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and Flordia Parham Frady, sister, Earslean Phelps, brothers, Leon, Raymond and Ralph Frady.

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July 4, 2019

Received this nice picture of classmate Roy Fanning (right in picture) with retired secret service agent who served under six presidents, was director of secret service and retired in Detroit.

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June 20, 2019

We send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of our classmate Wyatt Poe.  Wyatt passed away Tuesday, June 18.Wyatt's visitation is 5-7 Friday at Laughlin Funeral Home and his funeral is Saturday at 11 A.M. at Monte Sano United Methodist Church.   

-Info. from Lue English  


We recently learned of the passing of the sister of our classmate and send our condolences to Lewis.

Dell D. Dillard, 79, of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday [June 11]. She enjoyed Broadway Theater and spending time with friends and family. She is survived by son, Michael Shaun Dillard of Huntsville; daughter, Kelly Suzanne Dillard of Panama City Beach, FL and brother, Lewis (Sandy) Drummond.

 Info. from Lue English

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March 31, 2019
We are sorry to report the passing of our classmate, Newt Godfrey.  He passed-on Friday, March 29, 2019.

"Dr. William Newton Godfree, Jr. ('Newt,' or affectionately known as "Bubba" to many) died at the age of 77 on Friday morning, March 29, 2019, in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Godfree struggled with multiple setbacks to his health the year prior to his death, but passed peacefully surrounded by his family, who loved him dearly. He was born on September 26, 1941 in Huntsville, Alabama. Dr. Godfree was proud to receive recognition as an Eagle Scout in 1955, at the early age of 13, and spoke fondly of this experience and the lessons it taught him. He graduated from Huntsville High School in 1959, and continued his education at the University of Alabama, graduating with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology/Chemistry/Classics in 1963. He thereafter attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, and received his license to practice medicine in 1968. He served as Chief Resident in Obstetrics-Gynecology at UAB, holding three additional medical chair positions during this time and completing his residency in 1970. Dr. Godfree then served as a Major in the Medical Corps of the United States Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base from 1971 to 1973. He moved to Gadsden, Alabama in 1973 with his wife, Janice Boutin Godfree, to whom he was married for 45 years. Dr. Godfree practiced as an OB/GYN at Gadsden Regional Medical Center for 45 years, where he served a number of distinguished positions: these included Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology from 1982 – 1987, President of the Medical Staff, Member of the Board of Directors, and Credentials Committee Chairman from 1988 – 1990, Executive Committee Member from 1982 – 1992, and simply too many other professional society memberships and positions to enumerate. He established a private practice (Grimes and Godfree, P.A.) with his dear friend, Dr. Larry Grimes in 1973 (which later became Women's Healthcare Professionals, P.C./Women's Health Partners). He received the Chester Hicks Award in 2011 for distinguished service and excellence in facilitating quality patient care. Dr. Godfree reluctantly retired in September 2018, having brought over an estimated 20,000 lives into the world during his career. He is survived by his wife, Janice Boutin Godfree; children, William (Bill) Newton Godfree, III and Elizabeth (Beth) Godfree Beaube (John); and his grandchildren, William Newton (Newt) Godfree, IV, William Thomas Beaube, Anne Katherine (Kate) Beaube, Sarah Elizabeth Beaube, and Gage Trevor O'Bryant. He is preceded in death by his son, James Walker Godfree, and his parents, Katherine Walker Evans and William Newton Godfree, Sr. Dr. Godfree was beloved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him – from his family to his nurses on OB, his office colleagues, and his immeasurable number of patients – to all of whom he dedicated his life. His presence, wit, sarcasm, and tender heart will be immensely missed. Dr. Godfree's life will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, with visitation from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and the service immediately following, at the Gadsden First United Methodist Church (115 S 5th Street, Gadsden, Alabama, 35901). Pallbearers for the service will be William Newton Godfree, III, John Leslie Beaube, William Thomas Beaube, Gage Trevor O'Bryant, Dr. Larry Grimes, Dr. James Phillips, and Greg Roberts. A private graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019, in Prattville, Alabama at Prattville Memory Gardens, where he will be laid to rest next to his son, James. In lieu of flowers, a Nursing Scholarship has been established in his honor. Please mail any donations to Gadsden Regional Medical Center (1007 Goodyear Avenue, Gadsden, Alabama, 35903) with the check made payable to "GRMC," and "Dr. W.N. Godfree Nursing Scholarship" noted in the 'For' section."

- The Huntsville Times on Mar. 31, 2019

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March 12, 2019  

“World War II Silver Star ceremony honors Melbourne Beach woman's father -- 74 years later”

We recently received special news from our classmate Jeanne Warner Hall.  Her father 1st Lt. William Warner Jr., killed in action in WWII, after seventy-four years was posthumously awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart and other medals.  Outstanding, but long time coming.  Jeanne was honored with a presentation in the Brevard Veterans Memorial Center in January. Jeanne was only three years old when she lost her father.

This presentation was accomplished with the help and record research of her Florida friend and HHS alum, Charlotte Strong. 

Click Florida News  to see the photographs and read

Message from our classmate  March 9, 2019
Mary Kay Rodenhauser Countess

We are happy and staying warm and cozy in our new apt at Notre Dame Village in Chardon, Ohio. 

Our new address is  [kindly contact me for her address and phone number; we try not to list contact information on the "world-'wild'-web".  I'll be glad to supply it if you request.]

Love to all, Kay

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From HB Overton February 4, 2019

David Dunmyer passed away this morning. A memorial service is planned later this year in Spring or Summer. 

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From Bill O’neal February 2, 2019

I just received a face book message from David Dunmyer's daughter.  He has been diagnosed with a serious illness.  He lives in Ft. Worth, TX.  Let everyone know about this please and pray for him.  He and I have been exchanging email and face book messages for several years and I had not heard from him in about four months.  I guess this is why I received this from David's daughter.  [David is the brother of Robert Dunmyer.]

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We are so sorry to report the passing of the son of our classmate Wyatt Poe and send our sincere condolences.

January 30, 2019 Lou English informed us…


“Wyatt Thurman "T." Poe, Jr., 55, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, surrounded by his family. He was born to, and was a proud son of Wyatt Thurman Poe, Sr. and Marilyn Poe. T. is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Phyllis. He was a loving father to Wyatt Thurman "Trey" Poe, III, Hayley Lynn Poe (Keenan Tipton), and Samuel "Sam" Leo Trupiano, Jr. (Candice). He was affectionately known as "Pop" to his two precious grandchildren, Mia and Trevor Trupiano. T. will forever be remembered by family and friends as a devout Christian, servant of God, foodie enthusiast, appreciator of fine wine and bourbon, phenomenal guitarist and connoisseur of music, world class tinkerer, ham radio operator, baseball coach and a genuine friend to everyone he ever met. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will be Friday, February 1, 2019 at 1 p.m. at Southside Baptist Church, 209 Marsheutz Ave., with Pastor Jimmy Tidmore officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. (www.laughlinservice.com) The family would like to express our sincerest appreciation for all the love and support from family, friends, colleagues, first responders and the wonderful care given by the doctors and nurses at Huntsville Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, Huntsville Hospital Foundation or the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA).” 

- Published in The Huntsville Times on Feb. 1, 2019

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From Kay Rodenhauser Countess  Jan. 28, 2019

Dick and I plan to move to an apartment in Notre Dame Village, Chardon, Ohio sometime mid-February to be close to our family in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.  We are real excited to be living close by to family. 

When we get settled and get connected with new email address, I'll let you know. As much as we'd love to attend the big 60th,  it is looking doubtful.    

Fine to share with classmates, with love to all. Kay

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From Charlotte Strong Neal January 2019

I wanted to share this with Jeanne's [Jeanne Warner Hall] Class of '59 friends. 

A lot of us were not aware that when Jeanne was 3 years old (1944) her father was Killed in action in Germany December 1, 1944 - at the beginning of the Battle of the Bulge. Communication was very slow during these years and it took a long time for info. to get back to the families. He was buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium in 1945. "For his exceptional display of heroism and leadership he was recommended for the Silver Star" - the United States Armed Forces third-highest military combat decoration. 

Military records are stored in St Louis and in the late 80's a fire destroyed a large portion of these records, including Jeanne's Dads. After a lot of research and help from many sources his records have been updated. After 74 years a Celebration of Life for 1st Lieutenant William Albert Warner,Jr (US Army) will be held this Wednesday, January 16 at 8:30 am at our Veterans Memorial Center here in Merritt Island, FL. Our local US Congressman Bill Posey will present to Jeanne and her family not only the Silver Star but five (5) additional Military Medals, as well as his Honor Flag. 

This has been an emotional ride for not only Jeanne but many other World War II families. Many of whom still do not know the fate of their loved ones. History has proven that this definitely is the Greatest Generation. We must remember to continue to promote patriotism for the current and future generations. 

I will forward to you all details after this exciting and emotional event. Please say a prayer for Jeanne as she finally puts her father to rest. Hail to HHS and love to all. 

This from Jeanne...
 You know Charlotte Strong Neal lives here now [Florida]. Her husband was a navy pilot who was shot down in Viet Nam, captured, and was a POW for 6 years. 

Anyway she was interested to see the information I have about my father. She told me that he should have received more medals. My mother made inquiries and so did I about getting information. There was a fire at the place where records were stored for many military members. Historians have reconstructed information and some is now available. Charlotte contacted Commissioner Posey from our district and he discovered that my father was entitled to receive more medals. He wants to present them to me in a short ceremony. So We will send pictures and information soon. I was not able to get info from the University of Alabama. Charlotte knew the man who replaced our Coach Griska in his job at the university. She called him and he was happy to give her data. I knew my father played trombone and was the drum major for the million dollar band. She found he graduated from the main campus in Tuscaloosa in 1938 and was in medical school at the U of AL campus in Birmingham. So after 70 years there is info out there. Isn't that amazing. She is patriotic, gives speeches about our flag, and wants the younger generation to understand about the wars and why freedom is not free and why wealthy football players should not take a knee instead of honoring our flag. More later. 

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From Jeri Lynn Mcallister Miller  December 28, 2018 

Walt & I will be in Kansas for the next picnic, but we definitely plan to be there for the  reunion in October!

[We are sorry to learn about the passing of her son - and send our sincere condolences.]

On a sadder note, I am sorry to tell you that I lost my son Jeff McAllister on November 17 to a heart attack. He was a general contractor in Huntsville specializing in remodeling and renovations, and had done work on many of Huntsville’s finest homes. He had had surgery on his arm two days before he died, and evidently there was a blood clot. The coroner assured me it was quick and painless.  Although I miss him terribly, I console myself by thinking that he is spending Christmas with his brother, sister, and dad, and what great rejoicing there must be!

Looking forward to seeing the breakfast bunch when we return to Huntsville in February.

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November 22, 2018

Did you know the author of the “Ask Grandma – by Mimi” articles in the monthly “Old Huntsville” magazine is our very own Judith Chandler Smith?

On page 12, of the No. 308, November 2018 issue, she offers some sage and valuable advice to mothers about the appropriate dress of their teenaged daughters.  

If you get a chance buy a copy, it can be found at various places around town. We understand some of the sales help support the local Kiwanis.  Good job Judy!

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From: Roy Fanning November 18 2018  


Roy sent this picture.  He and Carlene continue to celebrate her birthday and  enjoy the sights in Paris!

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From: Roy Fanning November 2018

Roy said: 

Still Looking forward to 60th class Reunion next year!!

Carlene and I are going to Paris, France for her birthday. Will depart November 6 and return November 21.

We go to NYC FOR CHRISTMAS each year. Have reservations already for December 22 thru 29.

Huntsville is a great city and I am really looking forward to coming HOME next year!!!

Also plan to be in Washington DC for a week in January. Have a friend who is to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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November 5, 2018

Many of you will remember our "upper-classmate" Bill Easterling.  We probably remember him as an accomplished HHS basketball athlete, so when I read this I thought you'd enjoy reading it too.

"Bill Easterling: ‘I loved him and I miss him’" by John Pruett retired Huntsville Times sports editor and was a close friend of Bill Easterling.

Click to Read

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From Mike Sefton October 28, 2018

Still living in Ann Arbor since 1967 with wife Nicole (Jones, of Cleveland, OH), and nearby daughters Aimée Soto and husband Emilio, and younger daughter Robin Sefton. We don’t have grandchildren, alas, but we serve as surrogate grandparents to several of our friends’ grandkids, and we have grandnieces and grandnephews scattered around Alabama, New Jersey, and Oregon.

Our annual routine since retirement has consisted of occasional visits to Huntsville to see sister-in law Mary Claire and brother Joe and his family, visiting sister Eve, who relocated to Portland, OR, a year ago, spending January with a friend in Hawaii, and February at a rented house at Cape San Blas (which I hope survived the hurricane). Nicole and I manage a foreign adventure every year or so, France being a favorite, and I take a birding trip with some of the local birders to an exotic location every year or two, Borneo being the most recent destination.

When not traveling, I spend most of my time birding, working on family history, and volunteering with the local Audubon group.

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[Editor's note - Please continue to watch for our email!  We are checking the validity of our current classmate email addresses.  When you get our message, could you kindly return it so we will know it arrived at your mailbox?  There is no need to send a message, just return the email when you receive it.  I hope you will take the time for this.]

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Edward Hedden  October 2018

Sam,   I’m just back from a great trip to the UK, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. I will be adding picks on my Facebook page soon.


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[Sorry we didn't know sooner - the class sends our condolence to Barbara.]

September 27, 2018, message from our Classmate Barbara Koeper Owens 

Just a bit of news I lost Benny on 11/10/2017; it has been hard.
Please say some prayers for both of us.

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A note from Jackie Koontz -

His daughter Anita has pod cast programs dealing with local stories.  

From her web site:  "Each week we tell a story and we have a t-shirt to go along with that story.  We believe when someone wears a t-shirt they are wearing it because it says something that means something to them."

It's at:  www.myshirtmystory.com

Check it out!

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From: Roy Fanning   September 27, 2018  

Last week Carlene and I spent a week in North Carolina. Ashville and Charlotte. Two beautiful cities!!

With my love of architecture we toured Biltmore Estate In Asheville and downtown Charlotte.

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From: Judy Smith  September 27, 2018 

She said:  I have another story in Old Huntsville Magazine and also write the column "Ask Grandma by Mimi."

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September 25, 2018

Watch for our email!  We are checking the validity of our current classmate email addresses.  When you get our message, could you kindly return it so we will know it arrived at your mailbox?  There is no need to send a message, just return the email when you receive it.  I hope you will take the time for this.

NOTE - If you DID NOT receive our message sent September 25th, 2018,  could you check your spam or junk mail folder and let us know if it's there?  Or, if you never received the message - please send us a message with only the subject line; (copy and paste:)  "I DID NOT RECEIVE THE SEPTEMBER 25 MESSAGE" and let us know.  There is no need to send a message; the subject line will suffice.  

We hope you can help clarify our records, I know you are capable since you are a graduate of the great Huntsville High School Class on 1959!

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From Roy  Sept. 14 2018

Still walk one and one half mile every morning, seven days a week and work out at gym three days a week.

Thank God for life!!

Your friend,

Charles Atlas

AKA Roy L. Fanning, Jr.

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From: Judy Smith  August 16, 2018 

"I have a column in the Old Huntsville Magazine each month called 'Ask Grandmother' by Mimi."

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June 28, 2018

Congratulation to both for this project!

Info. from M.D. Smith, Judy Smith

"REFLECTIONS of Judy and M.D. Smith" is available for sale on Amazon and Kindle download. 

It is 340 pages and 93 stories in the final version (started with 88.) You can read about it in the intro on Amazon. It was a fun project to assemble and edit all these stories we have written over many years, the bulk of the stories since 2001, but several before those years. The bulk of these stories have appeared in "Old Huntsville Magazine" over a span of 18 years.

It has a lot of stories of my childhood in Mt. Brook, from Mardis Howle and I egging a cop car by mistake, to wading in the creek under the Canterbury bridge and an unfortunate incident there, to crazy things that happen on our wedding honeymoon trip and some anniversaries later, and married life in the student apartments in Tuscaloosa to later family years in the Radio & TV business. Lots of crazy things that happened to me and Judy. She writes about every topic you can imagine. The chapters are the names of each story, and even reading the TOC tells you a lot about the variety. Our kids have been begging us to put many of our stories in a book, so with some help from author friends, it's finished.  Some stories will make you cry, others you will laugh out loud and still others will just amaze you that truth is stranger than fiction. In only one story were real names changed and you'll see why.

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The 2018 class picnic picture has been added - Picnic 2018

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My stars - our Judy and her cars!

From Judy Smith May 20, 2018

She has another story for Old Huntsville in June about her '37 Chevy she had in high school.

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From: Judy Smith  May 17, 2018 

"I talked to Jerome Knight tonight. [Editor's note - Judy indicated, Jerome recently had a serious condition. His wife Vera found him and he was hospitalized.] ...has just been home for a week. Sorry he will miss the picnic.

Wants to come to the class reunion if we have one next year."

Thanks to  Judy for the news and we wish Jerome a speedy recovery!

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May 15, 2018

The great HHS '59 Picnic is just days away - June 2!

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May 10, 2018
Classmate pictures found in local  and popular "Event Magazine," May/June 2018 Issue!

Sally Fleming Walker is on page 62 and Shelby and Benny Nelson is on page 64.

The article mentions they attended the "Black Tie for Big Benefit" for our Huntsville Museum of Art.  Both looked good and haven't changed much since one cheer led for the other one while he led our football team to victories!

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From: Jeri [Lynn Jones] Miller May 3, 2018 

We have spent the last month moving into an unfinished house and working on it while living in it—no  fun! We have had no internet until last week, so I didn’t get the e-mail. I am SO sorry that we  won’t be able to make the picnic this year (unless we have a drastic change of plans.) As you may or may not know, my husband’s home is in Enterprise, but we still maintain a condo in Huntsville. We spend about two months in each place before traveling to the other end of the state, and June is a “south Alabama” month. So sorry to miss the picnic again this year; I know it will be a fun time. Give everyone my love, and we’ll see you at breakfast on Tuesday one of these days!

Jeri & Walt Miller

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From: Judy Smith May 8, 2018 

Judy says, I hope everyone bought the Old Huntsville Magazine and read my Red T-Bird story in the May 2018 issue.

We'll all have to get that issue and read one of her always interesting stories!


We're starting to hear rumblings about maybe a "Sixtieth" in 2019.  Stay tuned!


Classmate Jackie K. is hosting the famous HHS '59 Picnic again this year on June 2.  Did you get the class email and respond yet?


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March 9, 2018
We send our condolences to Bernd's family.

March 9, 2018 Information from Juergen Haukohl

Bernd Hellebrand, 77, of Huntsville, passed away Saturday. Bernd was born in Greifswald, Germany, a small city on the Baltic Sea, to Katie and Emil Hellebrand. He immigrated to America with his mother and younger sisters in 1947. His father had arrived in 1945 as part of the Von Braun Rocket Team. They lived in Fort Bliss, Texas until they relocated to Huntsville in 1950. Bernd enjoyed life and considered his family his greatest blessing. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 55 years, Lavon McFarlen Hellebrand; two sons, Duane (Allison) and Mike (Beth); three precious grandchildren, Gracie, Sam, and Mollye; two sisters, Gudrun Hanson (Robert) and Allie Tucker; and several nieces and nephews. Bernd joined the U.S. Navy right out of high school and did a good-will tour around the world. He developed a fondness for travel and was fortunate enough to take many adventures. He spoke fondly of his road trips. When he retired, he and Lavon took a 3 month adventure, stopping at many of the national parks in the west. This trip completed visiting all 50 states for him. The next adventure was going down-under to Australia. He enjoyed cruising which included multiple Caribbean cruises; cruising the Rhine, Mein, and Danube Rivers; Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden. A memorial service was held at Ascension Lutheran Church on Tuesday, March 6th, with Pastor Bernie Ansorge officiating. (www.laughlinservice.com) In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his memory to The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130 (nationalww2 museum.org), or to Pearl Harbor Memorial Museum & Visitor Center, 1845 Wasp Blvd., #176, Honolulu, HI 96818 (www.pearlharbormemorial.com)

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March 2, 2018 Classmate Cora Jean just informed us about the loss of our classmate. 

 We send our condolences to Frankie's family.

Frankie D. White Allen, 77, of Fayetteville, TN, formerly of Huntsville, AL, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2018. She was surrounded by loving family and friends after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. She is survived by her loving spouse Bill Allen; son Jeff and wife Arlene Allen of Huntsville AL; daughter Amy and husband Lance Fisk of Fayetteville TN; grandchildren, Colby Fisk and Lily Fisk; brother Michael White of Mobile, AL; numerous nieces and nephews; special friend and first cousin Katie Sue Parker. Mrs. Allen was born January 3, 1941 in Etowah County, AL and was the daughter of the late Mace and Mary White. She was a graduate of Huntsville High School Class of 1959 and married Bill Allen on January 15, 1960. Mrs. Allen was a successful business owner of Frankie's Beauty Salon in the Historic Five Points District in Huntsville for 15 years. She also had a passion for interior design, home restoration, and construction that she shared with her husband for many years. Mrs. Allen was also a member of Park City Baptist Church. Funeral Services will be graveside Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Enon Baptist Church Cemetery in Vinemont, AL with Pastor Don Russell officiating. Arrangements made by Berryhill Funeral Home in Huntsville, AL. Memorial donations may be made to Avalon Hospice at www.avalon-hospice.com
Published in The Huntsville Times on Feb. 28, 2018

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From: Roy Fanning January 21, 2018

Roy reports:

"Carlene and I are spending January and February on Hilton Head Island. Carlene’s second favorite city after NYC  is Savannah, Ga. which is only about an hour drive from HHI.  So we visit there often.

We spent the night last night at The Planters Inn , a Historic Hotel in Savannah and attended the Savannah Theater where we saw The Platters, The Coasters and The Drifters who have been playing for years in Vegas. Brought back high school memories!!

The Platters sang Red Sails in The Sunset which , as I recall, was the theme of our prom. They, of course, did many more of the old popular tunes!!!

Best Regards" 

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January 21, 2018

We are sad to report the passing of our HHS ’59 classmate, Henry Waites, Friday, January 19, 2018.  The class sends our sincere condolences to his wife Nancy and his family.

Dr. Henry Burton Waites, 76, of Huntsville died in his home Friday with family. Henry was born in Louisville, Mississippi, but lived the majority of his life in Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from Huntsville High School in 1959, thus beginning his life long love for learning. He earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama, Masters degrees in Mathematics and Engineering Mechanics from the University of Alabama system, and a PhD in Control Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in 1978. Henry had a rewarding career with NASA beginning as a summer employee while in college and eventually becoming a Chief Researcher of Systems at his retirement in 1998. During the years his health allowed, Henry was an active volunteer, following his deep faith and his love for his family. He was a member of First Christian Church where he served in multiple roles. Having been an Eagle Scout, he volunteered in both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. He served on the boards of the Huntsville Amateur Hockey Association, Blossomwood Pool, and the Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Iceplex. He was a member of the Huntsville Kiwanis Club. He was known by friends as an avid follower of University of Alabama football. Henry was preceded in death by his parents, Ocie Glenn Waites and Bernice Evelyn Burton. His survivors include his wife of 42 years, Nancy King Waites; son Dr. George Waites and wife Trina of Huntsville; son John Oldham and wife Dawn of Southbury, CT; grandsons William Waites, Wesley Waites, Jacob Oldham, and Ryan Oldham; sister in law Alice King Smith and husband Kendall of Orange, VA; multiple nephews and great nephews and nieces; and multiple cousins. The family extends gratitude to the staff of Hospice Family Care for their loving and dedicated care and guidance over the last few months. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at First Christian Church with the Reverend Paul Allen officiating on February 3 at 11:00 a.m. If desired, memorial gifts may be made to First Christian Church for Community Outreach. The family will receive friends following the service at the family home.”

Published in The Huntsville Times on Jan. 21, 2018



December 21, 2017
Message from our classmate Lue English -
I just saw an obit for Eddie Myhand on the Spry website. I don't think he graduated with us but was our age and at East Clinton and Huntsville Middle School.

"Edward 'Eddie' Eugene Myhand, age 76 of Huntsville, passed away Sunday at a local hospital. A native of Jefferson County, he has resided in Madison County most of his life. A veteran of the Air Force, he retired from the Madison County Sheriff's Department in 1996. Mr. Myhand is survived by his loving companion, Kay Kelley; three sons, Jeff Myhand, Chris Myhand, and Bryan Myhand; eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. Arrangements have been entrusted to Spry Funeral Home of Huntsville, where the family will receive friends Monday, December 18, 2017, from 4:00 until 6:00pm. Graveside service will be Tuesday at 11:00am at Huntsville Memory Gardens, with Bro Bill Cantrell officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association." - Huntsville Times

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December 17, 2017

Two HHS Classmates!

“Madison County 1817-1819” a book published by the Huntsville Madison County Historical Society as part of series dealing with the upcoming Bicentennial of the statehood of Alabama.  200 years as a state!

Two of our classmates have histories published in the new book!  Etheline Bounds has “The Big Spring of Huntsville” and John Martz has “Early American Architecture Related to Constitution Hall State Park.”

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December 16, 2017
Found on Face Book tonight:  "Today is our 56th Wedding Anniversary!" [Congratulations to Betty Smith Burney and her husband Barry!]


Congratulations to Etheline!

We noticed a history entitled “The Big Spring of Huntsville” by our classmate Dr. Etheline Bounds re-published 2017 in the new book “Madison County 1817-1819 From Territory to Statehood” produced by the Huntsville Madison County Historical Society.  

The book was produced as part of a series planned for the upcoming Bicentennial of statehood of Alabama.

The article was first published 1976 in the Society’s “The Huntsville Historical Review.”  The review stated “Sara Etheline Bounds was a graduate student at the University of Alabama at the time this article was prepared.”

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December 16, 2017
A message from your humble editor -

Dear Classmates,

I recently installed a new computer system and with all the trials and tribulations of setting-up old files on it, I was hampered in updating our web.  It’s gradually getting back to normal so the following is a class news update. – best “Sammy” T.

Did you know our dear classmate Sue Fowler Tidwell passed away in 2006 and, so the story goes - classmate Joe Fleming suggested to Jackie Koontz the class meet monthly for breakfast at Gibson's.  The breakfast group now meets twice a month; the first and third Tuesday at 7 AM and have been doing it for over nine years!  I suggest we call it the Sweet Sue Breakfast. If you haven't been look for our table - the regulars are Jackie, HB, Tut, Wayne, and "Sammy"  -  join us!

Last September classmate Roger Humphrey the Cullman regional board member announced he has been appointed Chairman of the Alabama Council of Hospital Trustees.  Congratulations Roger!

He also told us he just received his fifty year Masonic Pin.

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Curious about old friend Roy Fanning’s early professional life, I asked and he sent the following nice piece.  He said he shared it with his daughters too; good idea too!

Roy said:  “I studied building construction and architecture at Auburn. Finished in March 1965.  Started out with commercial contractors and moved up with great responsibility for large projects with the largest contractors in the country at the time.

Was the number two man on a 1,100,000 square foot high rise in Chicago with Tishman Realty and Construction who at the time was building the John Hancock Building. We would meet and discuss each other's projects. I used to say I earned my Dr. degree from Tishman.   Left them and worked with development companies.  Was, at a young age, the project director, in charge of Park Central a complete city block Bank / office building in Denver.  Also did a bank building  ten stories in Englewood , Colorado.

I left that company and started my own business R. Lowe Fanning Consultants, Inc. where I would obtain contracts with others who wanted to own buildings but did not know how to get the job done. So I took the Idea and took it from conception to completion.  Hired and managed Architectural firms, Contractors, got Financing, worked with cities and counties for approvals, interior designers and all other duties to complete.  Did local, national and international projects.  Bank buildings became my specialty.  Negotiation was my long suit.  Got to know many famous architects some who designed projects for my firm.  Sammy, hope this helps.  God blessed me early in life and I am still thankful for each and every day.

I contribute my success to our upbringing and the values of being raised in Huntsville.

We, of course, learned that we could do anything we wanted to do, even go to the moon.  The Bible as we know, also taught us that. If you should want more information, just let me know. 

I am including my two wonderful daughters with copies of this email."

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"Nothing can compare with the shaping of young minds" - Charles Chambers (obit 2009)

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[I first posted this on M's HHS Face Book Page, November 8, 2017]

Question? Our senior English teacher is listed as "Mrs. Leroy Drake, but what was her first name? A couple of us HHS classmates are studying Shakespeare in an OLLI class on the UAH campus and tried to remember her first name. 

Very, coincidently our current instructor is also Ms. Drake and also taught at HHS. Her name is Dannye Drake.

(Yesterday the final class of the term, we studied MacBeth, and, after all these years, I could recall much of "The Dagger Speech." Thanks to the first one - Mrs. Leroy Drake! ) 

[later - ]
Classmates Jane Mathis-Hopson, Lou English and my 1961 HHS grad, wife Pat,  all remember her first name was "Sallye."
This prompted this response and memory on the HHS Face Book.

Sam Tumminello: 

 Jane and Lue, yes, now I remember and I think she preferred the "old English" spelling. I wonder if her birth certificate shows "Sally." 

Wonder what ever happened to her salt and pepper shaker collection? I heard about it but never saw it, did you?

As I look back I remember how much I enjoyed her class. I just wish I had appreciated it more then. 

I've still got that senior English text book "Adventures in English Literature," and still find it a great reference. And, I just discovered to my delight, last year on our visit to London I walked across the Westminster Bridge featured in the picture on the cover of the book!

I've come to realize how much I enjoy words. I often say: “I like words - conditions would be unspeakable without them."

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September 20, 2017,  
After a disruption in our HHS web, I'm glad we've got it back on-line!

Four of our HHS '59 Floridian Classmates have checked-in after hurricane Harvey passed through their area.  We thought you'd like to see their reports.

September 20, 2017
Mary Kay Rodenhauser Countess
Orlando, FL

Dear Sam,

Thank you for your concerns for Dick, cat Charlotte and me, we are fine, it was pretty scary though.  Glad to learn Jeanne and Charles are OK and I spoke with Vival after our electricity and our phones were restored Sunday night, thankful she's fine too. 

Lots of clean up but no complaints considering all the other folks suffering from Irma.  We were glad we could evacuate up to nearby hotel, as I don't believe Dick could have survived without AC for that long, due to his dehydration issues, our home was without electricity for 8 days.  Looking forward to catching up on your wonderful class of '59 website news, thanks for letting us know it's back on line. We so enjoy it.

Thanks again for thinking of us Florida folks. k


September 20, 2017 
Vival Gilson

Thank you for your concern Sam.  I am good.  Plans are to get the down tree cut up and at the curb this Friday.  Lots of debris at the curb waiting to be picked up, probably will be weeks.  There  is a stinky odor in the air from all the dead trees & things from lakes and rivers.


Sept 14, 2017 
Jean Warner Hall
Melbourne Beach, Florida

“Just got internet back .  We went to Orlando and storm followed.  We are fine. Never lost power.  Just a few screens out and tree branches everywhere,  Stores are beginning to reopen and finally gas stations, no atm's yet.  We are counting our blessings. Thanks for caring.”


Sept. 13, 2017
Charles Sanders
Cape Coral, Florida

Sam, thanks for checking. We are great, really dodged a bullet this time. Minor damage but overall we did great!

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Message from Barry  August 17, 2017

Sadly, I've been immobilized these days overwhelmed with work, and have not been able to make the trip back home. I'm hoping all is well with you and all. One project impending me was a rewrite of my book "As We Sow." Hattie Hughes had written a brief comment about this book. I've since rewritten much of it, and it's now back out on Amazon.com. But better, I can take order directly and get better paid. Could you pass on to our classmates the word about its availability? Ask people to call me. I'll take orders over the phone. I have a merchant's account now for credit cards. 
[ Contact me for his phone number or visit his web at - http://www.sculptorjohnston.com ]

- Barry Johnston
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August 7, 2017
Jo Anna and Buddy have a new email address.  Send me an email and I'll pass it along to you  if you like.  (For privacy concerns we don't publish our classmate's email addresses on this web.)

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We got a nice response from our published author Ellis.  She said she will watch here for classmate news.  Click on "links" above to peruse her web.

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From: Richard Countess  [Kay Rodenhauser Countess] July 24, 2017

“Like” it on Face Book

“Dear Kin & Friends,
Our daughter Julia Countess Beabout is working with other volunteers for a very worthy cause, CitizenAR, and would appreciate your "LIKES" on Facebook.

CitizenAR is a tech design challenge sponsored by the U.S. State Department that asks ten cross-disciplinary, university teams to imagine new ways of engaging city-dwellers in making their environment more sustainable, just and livable using augmented reality technology in fun and social ways.

"LIKES" on Facebook help get sponsors and participants the Hackathon and Tech Carnival Event, September 30, 2017, Kroc Center, San Francisco, CA

HTTPS://www.facebook.com/CitizenAR-276930766089539/  "


If you are a member of Miss M’s HHS ’59 Face Book private group take a few minutes to see all the pictures of us she’s posted.  It’s a fun review of us over the years

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June 18, 2017 from Vival Travis Gilson
I will be having my right knee replaced Friday, June 23 rd.  All prayers welcome.

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June 8, 2107

Our classmate Margaret Anne Goldsmith regrets missing the picnic, she became ill during a visit to her daughter in Portland; she spent a week in the hospital out there.  She’s back in town and says she’s seeing her doctor and hopes to have some answers soon; thinks it’s related to a previous sodium imbalance problem.

We wish her well for a speedy recovery.


We were surprised to learn our dear Miss M had a severe bout of the flu for about a month recently.  She took the meds the doctor prescribed and stayed in until the long discomfort was alleviated.  We were so glad to see her bright smile, smart phone in hand, taking our pictures at the June 3rd picnic.


just heard from classmate Jim Compton.  He and his wife recently relocated from Atlanta to  Ft. Collins, Colorado.  Jim reports he is seeking a home there and “people are friendly, weather is great, traffic is easy compared to Atlanta.”   We wish them all the best in their new location!
Also we spoke to classmate Carol Ann Gingrich Hedges she is having some difficulties with a procedure concerning her right foot. 
The doctor is working to rectify the aliment and we wish her well with that part and hope she if fully ambulatory soon.

Fort Fanning!
This message from classmate Roy Fanning:  "Dads flag in my front yard. As you may recall he was part of 'AMERICAS GREATEST GENERATION' serving in the U.S. Navy during World War Two!!

Also have a flag in our back yard. We call our place FORT FANNING.

[also he said] saw a great movie last night that I recommend: 'Churchill.'"

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See the 2017 picnic group picture here -  {click this } 

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Sorry they missed the PICNIC (and we are too)
We've received these nice messages from our classmates responding to the picnic announcement. 

  - Love, Kay


I am SO sorry to miss the picnic this year! Walt & I will be in New Zealand at that time; hope to be there next year for sure!  ~( :o)  
Jeri  (McAllister) Miller  
[ahhh - look at the cute little emoji she sent us  -  ~( :o)    Did you know Jeri recently remarried and is living in Enterprise, Alabama?]


Sorry to say, I will not be at the picnic.  Please say hello to all. - Vival Gilson



"I would love to be there but I have a Board meeting in Montgomery. I know it will be a wonderful time. GOD bless and hope to see you all soon."    - Roger Humphrey

"So sorry we cannot come. That is the time we plan our vacation. I look forward to seeing the pictures that are taken. Have fun!" 
-  Pat Adair Glenn


Sam, I thought I sent a message to you that I would not be attending the picnic.  I really hate to miss this year but Anne and I are going on a road trip and won't be here.  I know you all will have a good time.  BV (Betty Vaughn)


Sorry to miss the picnic, but we are taking a fifty six anniversary cruise and will be on it on June 3rd. Judy Smith
[Congratulations to Judy and MD on number 56!]

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May 12, 2017  

I've lost contact with Sibyl Rebecca Hatcher Helton  - Becky if you see this contact us!

If a classmate has a phone number for her could you send it?

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Roy L. Fanning, Jr. May 11, 2017

Roy said, "I have caught up with the 21st century and now have my own cell and email. You can share this as you may wish."

[Contact your editor if you need the number or email - for security we don't post them on the web but will usually gladly supply contact information when requested by a classmate. ]

Picnic update May 11, 2017   

Twenty-four (24) classmates and guests have already responded "yes" for our June 3rd picnic; several from out of town too!  Sounds like we have a party going!  There's still plenty of time to sign-up for the festivities in the fifty-eighth year (58th) of the anniversary of our graduation.  Bring a dish, a tale or a memory to share.

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From: Vival Gilson May 03, 2017 Subject: Re: HHS 59 Picnic, Saturday, June 3rd
Sorry to say, I will not be at the picnic.  Please say hello to all.

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May 3, 2017
Dear Classmates,

Email us if you plan to bring a dish to share, and attend the annual HHS picnic

It’s only a month to the great HHS ’59 summer picnic.  Jackie asks me to remind everyone it’s Saturday, June 3, 2017 at his famous picnic grounds.  Mark your calendars now!  Assembly time about 11 AM. 

If you know of a classmate who doesn’t do emails, you may want to do them a favor and give them a call or text message them with the date.   

Here are directions to Jackie’s place:

From Huntsville's Governors Drive/California St. intersection, go over the mountain (Monte Sano) via Hwy. 431,

21.5 miles to boat repair business on right (between mile marker 311 & 312), just past Keller's Bait store.

Turn right on Merrell Mountain Rd.  Go .7 mile and turn right on Johnson Hollow Road.  Go 0.2 mile and turn 

left onto gravel road (look for HHS sign and barn in open field)

GPS - 245 Johnson Hollow Road, Grant, Al. 35747

. . .

Don’t forget to keep up the our class news at: http://www.knology.net/hhs59/a_a_news.htm  Don’t forgot to share some good news too!

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Lera Chisam [Face Book post April 10, 2017]

"Doing exercises to spring into shape. Results: a boot up to my knee and crutches."  The class wishes her a speedy recovery.

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April 2, 2017
We need the email addresses of some classmates whose addresses have gone "dark," e.i. they no longer work.  Maybe you know or could help locate them?  Click here to see the most current list:  eMail Addresses?
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April 1, 2017
Classmate Judy C. Smith reports she has another story published in the current issue of Old Huntsville Magazine.  We're anxious to read it too. Watch for more here.
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March 31, 2017

Here's more information about Danny, I received this thoughtful message from his wife Ellen...

Sam. No, I do not mind if you share with the class. Sharing keeps his memory alive. 

Yes, he has had Parkinson's with Lewy Body dementia and seizures for about ten years, more noticeable the past three. He was in and out of the hospital the past two years which was difficult, but he never complained. The children and I held his hands while he slowly, yet peacefully, passed.

He talked about y'all a lot until he couldn't remember well. I showed him the emails, pictures, and videos when they came, but I'm afraid you became strangers to him lately.

Thank you for remembering him and keeping him a part of your lives.

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March 29, 2017 (Thanks to Virginia who alerted us of Danny's obituary.)

We are sad to report the passing of our classmate Danny Thomas.  We send our sincere condolences to his wife Ellen and his family.

7/24/19[41]-3/25/2017 Daniel "Danny" Franklin Thomas, of Slidell, LA, passed away peacefully on Saturday March 25, 2017 at the age of 75, surrounded by his family. Danny is survived by his wife of 50 years, Ellen Cornelius Thomas, daughter, Christy Thomas Hollenbeck (Eddy), son, Kevin Thomas (Jill), daughter, Leslie Thomas Gates (Brian), all of Slidell, sister, Marilyn Thomas, of Huntsville, Alabama, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Emil Thomas and Virginia Daniel Thomas, and his brother, James William Thomas, of Huntsville, Alabama. He was a Free Mason, serving many in positions throughout the Blue Lodge, Knights Templar, Red Cross of Constantine and many other orders and reached his goal of Grand Commander for the State of Louisiana (Knights Templar) in 2008-2009. He also served for 37 years in the United States Army Reserves and was a Gulf War veteran and retired as a CW4. Danny was a Technical Writer for over 40 years. Funeral service will be held at First Christian Church 102 Christian Lane, Slidell, LA on Saturday, April 1, 2017. Visitation 11:00-12:30 with Temple Guard, Masonic service: 12:30, Religious Service: 1:00. Procession to Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Knights Templar Eye Foundation 1033 Long Prairie Rd. Suite 5, Flower Mound, TX 75022 Phone (214) 888-0220 Honaker Funeral Home Slidell, La.   – The Huntsville Times.

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March 27, 2017
ur classmate Margaret Anne Goldsmith did a nice interview on Channel 19 Sunday night about the 1899 Temple B'nai Sholom.  Newsman Jerry Hayes interviewed her about the Temple’s new history heritage room.

She said there is a public opening next Sunday, April 2 from 3:30 to 5:00 PM.

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From: Jim Compton, March 15, 2017 

Jim reports he and his wife
Maggie are moving to Ft. Collins CO in April where they will continue working as psychotherapist, enjoying Maggie's extended family in CO and UT and the bliss of Big Sky country.

[We wish them safe travels and a happy life out west!]

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From: Edward Hedden March 13, 2017
(Good news!)

First PT [physical therapy] was today and I don't remember the last one being so painful. No swelling and very little bruising much like the first knee.  St. Vincent's Andrews Sports Medicine was one of the first to do knee replacement. They remain the very best today. Dr. Dugas is the best in the world. If one compares these organizations why would you not go to the best? Four weeks from now I'll be back to playing golf.

All is well,


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March 13 - Miss M just reported:
We just learned Anna Gene Clift Chesnut had a serious medical emergency the first of last week - As of today she is home healing -
Prayers that her recovery will be swift!

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[The HHS Class of '59 offers its sincere condolences to Richard and his family.]

From: Richard Finlaw , March 07, 2017 

Pauline, my wife, passed away unexpectedly, on Sunday, February 26. The cause of death was due to a massive head trauma while doing one of the things she loved best, working with her horse. Pauline and I were married for 53 years. Besides me, she is survived by her immediate family of three children, James, Sarah and Rebecca, our five grandchildren, Kaileigh, Grace, Jack, Max, and Adeline and her five brothers and sisters. As per Pauline's long standing wishes she was cremated and her ashes are to be scattered at the family lake cottage in Chepachet, Rhode Island. There is to be no wake, but there will be a gathering of family and friends at a future date. Please, no flowers - just a remembrance in your prayers.


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From: William Hedden, February 22, 2017 

[We wish Ed all the best!]

I’m having my second total knee replacement March 7th. The first one went very well on December 23rd and I was out of rehab four weeks later. St Vincent in Birmingham and Dr Jeffrey Dugas is the best in the world. Dr Andrews and Dr Whiteside were the first to start knee surgery. Dr Whiteside has passed but was a fellow Rotary member and good friend. St Vincent is years ahead of any Orthopedic service in the world. My knees were too far gone for cartilage replacement. Otherwise all is well and I’m still going full speed. I hope to make the picnic this year.

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February 2107, Message from Margaret Anne Goldsmith

The February 2017 issue of Old Huntsville magazine has a cover photo by
Mike Maples and an article by me about the Little Lion of Big Spring Park--

It will bring back memories for many members of our class.

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Message from Diane Parker Phillips, January 21, 2017

“I missed the picnic last June because I had not updated my email address with you.  I actual drove up the next week! I have the date on my calendar this year and I will be so happy to see all of you.”

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January 2017

Our classmate Roy Fanning supplied this picture when he visited Washington during the D.J. Trump inaugural!

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December 8, 2016 
The class sends our sincere condolences to our classmate HB Overton Jr.

From HB Overton Jr.:
"My Brother Pete passed away yesterday. He will be missed greatly. He loved everyone. Had a way with animals especially Horses and my dog Skate.  He loved meeting people and talking with them."

November 10, 2016

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A classmate in high places!

Photo made Oct. 29, 2016

We received this picture of our classmate Roy Fanning at Trump Tower.  

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September 22,  information from Phyllis’ son Butch today.

“Mom donated her body to UAB for research. We won't receive her ashes for around a year. We will have a marker added for her with my grandparents in the family plot. UAB has a service there for donors. We would like to have a Celebration of Life service in Huntsville within a month or so, perhaps after the High Holy Days.”


Also, we have just learned about the passing of the Dick Wilson, husband of Millie Woody Wilson. I know all the Class of ’59 sends our sincere condolences to Millie and her family.  This is information obtained from Millie’s FB page:

“Last night the good Lord in his great wisdom and mercy decided it was time to end my precious husband's painful fight with cancer and call him home. Dick gave me 20 years of love, companionship and contentment. The best 20 years of my life. For those who didn't know him, I'll quote one of his golfing buddies, "He was a good and upstanding man, a faithful friend and a joy to be around. He exemplified the picture in my mind of a man happy with his life, in love with his family and as honest and truthful a man as I have ever met. He was strong in his convictions, standing up for what he believed in and always ready to share the burdens others in our group felt." My brother said, "he was the most likeable person I ever met." The love of my life was all this and more. I was so blessed to have been married to him for 20 years. HIS MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE AT HOMEWOOD CHURCH OF CHRIST, 265 WEST OXMOOR RD., BIRMINGHAM, 35209. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH AT 3:00 P.M. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS PLEASE MAKE A DONATION TO HIS FAVORITE CHARITY: http://nationalpuppymillproject.org

If possible Dick would have rescued every homeless and/or abused animal in the world. My life will never be the same. Thank you for all your love and support.”  - Millie


  September 21, 2016

I learned from Carol Banks Fink that Phyllis [ McAnally Worley] left her body to science to help find a cure for Alzheimer's. Carol did not know if there would be a memorial service.

Margaret Anne  


September 20, 2016
Message from Sally Walker – (from a FB post by Butch Worley on his birthday):

“I very much appreciate all of the birthday wishes.  I am extremely blessed with amazing family and friends.  The reason I am even here and able to receive these many blessings is due to my mother Phyllis McAnally Worley who 52 years ago today gave birth to me and never allowed me to have a day where I didn’t know I was loved.  She worked hard every day to help provide for us and was an amazing person.  She helped fill our home with laughter no matter the circumstances.  She has battled Alzheimer’s for 5 years and this morning at 2:10 central time defeated that hideous disease and is finally at peace.”

I know the whole class offers our sincere condolences to her family.


[from Margaret Anne Goldsmith Sept. 21 - she informed the Temple:]

The following is from Butch Worley, son of Phyllis McAnally, grandson of Ethel and Ogden McAnally, and great grandson of (Mama) Rose and Lou Harrison.

Butch's mother Phyllis and I were in one of the earliest confirmation classes during the 1950's, we had grown up together at Sunday school at Temple B'nai Sholom. Phyllis' mother Ethel was a pillar of the congregation, in fact our kitchen is dedicated in her memory. Many of you remember Phyllis and I thought you would want to know that she recently passed away.

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August 19, 2016

I had stem cell replacement for both knees and right shoulder on July 13th to grow new cartledge. Pray it works. On August 10 went back and was told to come back on the 17th and had 12 vials of blood drawn to have the platelets injected five times into each knee and right shoulder. after having ten injections of Novocain . It has been forty eight hours and I have had to go back once as of yesterday. I still feel like a pin cushion. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers, praying I get good results.
- Judy Smith
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August 5, 2016

You may enjoy seeing Tut's sister's acting ability.  Jill Jean Clements lives in Atlanta.  Here's a demo of her impressive work! It's about six minutes - watch it, that lady does good work!


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August 4, 2016

Movie -  "Free State of Jones"

Our classmate Marshall “Tut” Clements’ sister Jill Jane plays “Aunt Sally” in this movie!  She graduated from HHS about 1964.

The movie is currently showing at Carmike Cinemas located at 1485 Four Mile Post Rd in Huntsville.

“Written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (THE HUNGER GAMES, SEABISCUIT, PLEASANTVILLE), and starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey. FREE STATE OF JONES is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.”


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August 1, 2016
Classmates Have Babies!

[I'll bet that got your attention.] 
Several classmates have sent updates for our "progeny list"  adding their grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Some members who didn't report on the first 2006 survey also sent their information.  Click on "Progeny" above to see the updates.  It's never too late to send your information.

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July 26, 2016  Received the following...

Congratulations to our classmate Margaret Anne!

This was recently published in “The Birmingham Jewish Federation Update”

  “Huntsville Works to Preserve Jewish History”

"A great article on Huntsville, Alabama's Jewish community highlighted native Margaret Anne Goldsmith, a descendant of the first four Jewish families to settle in Huntsville. She has donated her collection of family heirlooms to the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia (NMAJH). A number of these artifacts are now being exhibited in the Museum’s core exhibition, according to the article published by MyJewishLearning.com.

Huntsville is about 100 miles from Birmingham and the Birmingham Jewish Federation has a great relationship with the Jewish community there. We especially admire Huntsville's efforts to preserve the small Jewish community's history. Margaret Anne also has a fun in the Birmingham Jewish Foundation to ensure the strength of the Jewish community in Huntsville and to help Jews around the world. 

The Museum was particularly interested in Margaret Anne’s collection since the story it tells provides a meaningful addition to the more well-known stories of the Jewish communities in large northern cities. 

MyJewishLearning.com asked Margaret Anne about why preserving Southern Jewish history is important. We at the Birmingham Jewish Federation whole-heartedly agree with her answer! Here is what Margaret Anne had to say:

I think it’s important that people all over the country know more about the total Southern Jewish experience. Some people think that the Jewish experience in the South was a negative one, involving the Klu Klux Klan, the experiences of young Jews who came to the south during the Civil Rights Movement and the Leo Frank case.  To most people, those were the experiences of Jews in the south. However, those events don’t paint the complete picture. 

Jews were welcomed in the South from the very beginning. When the early peddlers came, they were invited into their customers’ homes.  From my own family’s experience, we were most welcome and were able to quickly blend into the larger Huntsville community.  My two great-great-grandfathers served on the board of the city’s main bank.  One great-great-grandfather was Treasurer of City Government during Reconstruction. Each generation was philanthropic and participated in the larger Huntsville community. It was our home; preserving those realities of Southern Jewish history matters to me."

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July 13, 2016
Message from Dudley Campbell:
Well children, your friendly neighborhood druid had a very scary 11 July. Woke up totally inconherent, muscle spasomes, etc. Chris loaded me in the Starship and carted my carcus to the VA emergency room in B'Ham.Where they admitted me. They drew off 4 liters of fluid, took great care of me, (except the food ), and finally turned me loose this afternoon at 4:30. I slept all the way home. Best news is that they lost my wheel chair and issued me a new one. Also, my Grandson is moving in to help Chris. Never worry, never fear, your friendly neighborhood druid still has mischief planned. See you at CE soon. Goddess Bless.

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July 12, 2016

 I'm sure all the class sends our sincere condolences to  John Paul Hampton and his family on the passing of his wife of fifty-two years, Charlotte Jane Carter Hampton.

  Thanks to classmates Jackie, M, Tut and Virginia for providing information.

Visitation [was] Tuesday, 12 July 2016 from 1-3 pm with funeral service after visitation at Cove Methodist Church, 366 Old Hwy 431, Owens Cross Roads.

The link to her obituary...


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June 7, 2016
Marshall "Tut" Clements told us at the HHS breakfast this morning, his movie actress sister, Jill Jean's  movie, "The Free State of Jones" will open June 27, 2016.  Let's watch for it!

It was a fun turn-out for our HHS breakfast this morning; so glad to see Jackie K, HB O., Jeri Lynn Mc, Tut C., Benny N.
Margaret  Anne G.
paid us  a short visit too.

Picnic Fun
All of us at breakfast this morning were also  just together last Saturday, June 4, 2016, for the great annual HHS picnic at Merrill Mountain!  We all appreciate the work that Jackie and Marguerite do to make this such a fun event.

Miss M and I worked to get this years' group picture.  Shortly after the group picture was made (we did it before lunch), our classmates Pete Bentley and Joe Fleming arrived.  Sorry to hear, we got word our classmate Julia King had a bad fall leaving her home and wasn't able to attend this year.  The class sends our best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Our dear classmate and "Heaven's Angel" Jane Mathis-Hopson gave some willing classmates a ride on her Harley!  Watch for pictures, M is collecting them to post.  Margaret Ann rode and also John Paul Hampton; it was John Paul's first time on a Harley!  See Jane ride!

Joanna and Buddy came bringing her delicious "Southern Caviar."  Buddy did the preparation following her recipe!  

Check for the group picture to see everyone in attendance this year.

There was food galore - and good too, as usual!  

Mark your calendar for JUNE 3, 2017!  Hope to see everyone one at the next picnic.  Remember as Yogi Berra may have said,  "If  you don't come you won't be there!"

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We are sorry to report and I'm sure the HHS Class of '59 sends it's sincere condolences to his family.

From: Sally Walker  May 29, 2016  
Glenda Bragg just emailed me that Slick Douglas died this morning from congested heart failure. Services will be in Bham Wednesday. Charlotte Strong will send more info.


Forwarded message, from Glenda Bragg. May 28, 2016 

Just wanted y'all to know that Slick passed away this morning. His daughter in law called Charlotte and she called me to notify our class. He had congestive heart failure and been in and out of the hospital. He was home yesterday and began having difficulty breathing. They tried to drain the fluid off his lungs again but weren't successful this time. Services will be Wednesday in Birmingham.  Charlotte will let us know details later. Bless his heart. He was such a. Sweet, sweet man.  Will y'all tell your classmates that knew and loved Slick!
Thanks and love

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May 24, 2016 

The picnic is Saturday June 4th  we are starting the get the "Y" for "yes," and we are also receiving some class news too!  See the following.


We are disappointed Juergen Haukohl and Nancy won't be able to attend the picnic this year, but Juergen reports "I will just have retired June 3."  Congratulations, we wish him all the best in his retirement!


From: Charlene Brooks Erbskorn  
We will not make the picnic June 4th but I did want to let you know we are moving back to Huntsville and will be there the end of June. I am looking forward to seeing classmates again.  Thanks for keeping us all up to date. 


Reminder -
Could you help find the email address for the following classmates?  Their email address changed before the last class mailing a few days ago.  If you know their new email address please send it to Sam Tumminello; we'll update the list. 

Gene Bailes  
JW Clark,
Brenda (Gunter) Adams
Pat Ellis 
Richard Jones
Jerome Knight  
Rebecca Hatcher Helton 
Carole (Wardlaw) Mulloy 
Ginger (Sayers) Cochran
Sonny Savas, 
John West, 
Mary (Clanton) Reny
Billy McCrary

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April 19, 2016
We are sad to receive the following message and we send sincere condolences to Faye and all her family.

"Wanted to let all know my mother, Margaret Stoner passed on April 17th. Visitation is 11 to 1, service at 1, burial all at Valhalla tomorrow 20th."   - Faye Stoner Robinson

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April 5, 2016

At the HHS '59 breakfast this morning we were sad to learn of the recent death of Pete Fleming. We send our sincere condolences to Pete's sister, and our classmate Sally, and her family.

Obituary March 24, 2016:

Walton ‘Pete’ Fleming Jr., 70, of Huntsville Alabama, passed away Wednesday at home surrounded by family and loved ones.

He is survived by his daughters, Belle Kelly (Sean) and Lakin Crump (Bryant); grandchildren, Owen Crump, Mary Witty Crump, Anne Crump, Winston Kelly, and Katie Garth Kelly; brother, Aaron Fleming; sisters, Gay Parker, Sally Walker, Diane Hall, and Priscilla Sparks; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Walton and Martha Fleming and his sister, Mary Jane Fleming Gannon.

Pete graduated from Battle Ground Academy in Franklin Tennessee and attended Auburn University. After returning to Huntsville he owned and operated Fleming Realty. He served on various committees in the community. More importantly he was a good friend to all and loved by many. He will be missed.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 26, 2016 at Maple Hill Cemetery at 2:00 pm with Reverend Aaron Fleming and Reverend John Dees officiating.

Memorials can be made to Young Life of Huntsville, 201 Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville, Alabama 35801 or Lincoln Village School, 1110 Meridian Street N., Huntsville, Alabama 35801.


March 24, 2016

Could you help find the email address for the following classmates?  Their email address changed before the last class mailing a few days ago.  If you know their new email address please send it to Sam Tumminello; we'll update the list. 

Gene Bailes  
JW Clark,
Brenda (Gunter) Adams
Pat Ellis 
Richard Jones
Jerome Knight  
Rebecca Hatcher Helton 
Carole (Wardlaw) Mulloy 
Ginger (Sayers) Cochran
Sonny Savas, 
John West, 
Mary (Clanton) Reny
Billy McCrary

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March 21, 2016
Just received this today from classmate Roy Fanning and we send our sincere condolences to Roy and his family.

“After a wonderful life of 93 years, my dad died at home last night surrounded by family.  His service will be at the chapel of the south campus of the Whitesburg Baptist Church, 7300 Whitesburg Drive, on Wed. March 23 at 1PM with burial to follow at Maple Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 11 AM to 1 PM at the same location. 

I would appreciate if you would share this with our HHS classmates.”


 Other news…

 We hope this finds everyone doing well and about the enjoy SPRING 2016!

 Today is Vival’s birthday; March 18, was Jackie’s birthday and Tut’s is March 22 .   Happy birthday to all!

It’s only a little more than three months to the great HHS ’59 summer picnic.  Jackie asks me to remind everyone it’s Saturday, June 4, 2016 again at his famous picnic grounds.  Mark your calendars now!    If you know of a classmate who doesn’t do emails, you may want to do them a favor and give them a call or text message them with the date.   

Here are directions to Jackie’s place:

From Huntsville's Governors Drive/California St. intersection, go over the mountain (Monte Sano) via Hwy. 431,

21.5 miles to boat repair business on right (between mile marker 311 & 312), just past Keller's Bait store.

Turn right on Merrell Mountain Rd.  Go .7 mile and turn right on Johnson Hollow Road.  Go 0.2 mile and turn 

left onto gravel road (look for HHS sign and barn in open field)

GPS - 245 Johnson Hollow Road, Grant, Al. 35747


If you have a Face Book account, check Miss M's link for HHS class news updates.


Several classmates attended last Sunday's meeting of the Huntsville Madison County Historical Society's meeting at our Main Library.

 Dr. Deane Dayton gave a program about the comprehensive Huntsville History Collection he and his wife developed as a portal to a wealth of Huntsville history items.  The link to this web is:  Huntsville History Collection  We've also added this to our HHS 59 "Links" page.


If you know of classmates who don’t receive our occasional emails could you remind them to send their email addresses?  We’ll gladly add them to the list.

We will continue to post any news received on the  HHS ’59 "Class News” page.    Just remember to check it occasionally!   

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March 7, 2016
The HHS '59 bi-monthly breakfast is now at 7:30 AM, the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at Gibson's Restaurant. 
It's located at 3319 Memorial Parkway in Huntsville. [3/15/2016 - some may start early at 7 AM, come at 7:30 if it's more convenient.] 


SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS and Sallye Drake. (Isn't that how she spelled her first name?)

We recently saw a TV report (CBS Sunday Morning) about people who collect salt and pepper shakers and 
we recalled Mrs. Drake's collection.

We wonder what happened to her collection.  Did you ever see her collection?   If you did, send us your 
recollections; we'll share them here.


Reminder Jackie K asked that we remind the class the great HHS Summer Picnic is planned for June 4, 2016.
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February 2016
Our classmate Wyatt Poe said that’s his Harley parked in front of the Lyric in this Huntsville history pic! The picture is from the archives of the Madison County Huntsville Public library and is also published in the book “A Walk Through Downtown Huntsville: Then and Now” by Fred B. Simpson

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January 5, 2016
Got news?  Especially the good kind - let us know!

Did you know we've had our HHS web for seventeen years!  Why not take a "nostalgia trip" starting in 1999 by 
visiting our archives page, just click on the "Archives" tab above.


January 5, 2016
Good news!  Congratulations to Marguerite and Jackie Koontz. They just celebrated their 54th 
wedding anniversary last December 30th!



From Deborah [her younger sister] November 14, 2015 

Sherry Arnette Branum McLeod  passed away November 6 in Sierra Vista Arizona. [The class sends our sincere condolences.]

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From: our Miss M, November 6, 2015

Anne Forgey's daughter Erynn Showers passed away this morning. The funeral is Monday and that is all I know at this point. The details will be in the paper. Please let class know. Thank you so much. [ The class sends it's sincere condolences. ]

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From: Virginia, October 2015

Nancy Engle’s sister Pat (Patricia) died.
See: http://obits.al.com/obituaries/huntsville/obituary.aspx?n=patricia-engle-cole&pid=176230039&fhid=5535 

[Patricia Engle Cole, 70, of Huntsville, passed away Saturday. Mrs. Cole was preceded in death by her parents, Joe B. Engle and Betty Whiteford Engle; and sister, Katherine Harris. She graduated from Huntsville High School, and had a 27 year career with Boeing Company 
Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery with Dr. Ron Madison officiating.  - Times Obituary

The class sends our sincere condolences.]

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From: MD (her husband), October 4, 2015
Our classmate Judy Chandler Smith is scheduled for knee replacement surgery later this month.  We wish her well.


From: Virginia,  October 04, 2015 

There is an obituary in today’s paper [Sunday Oct. 4, 2015] (pg. A-10) for Eberhard Ball's (Ebi’s) sister, Brigitte Winch. Ebi is listed as her only sibling and as a survivor.

Another death in that section was of Mrs. Howell, a former English teacher.

[I remember her as our ninth grade English teacher in Huntsville Jr. High.]

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From Betty Vaughn [Message August 31, 2015]
I just received word that Robert Staggs passed away. He was in assisted living in Florida. His sister wanted me to get word to the class. BV

More information about Robert...
From: Jeanne Warner Hall, Monday, August 31, 2015 1:15 PM

Charlotte just called me. His granddaughter in Orlando called her to say that Robert wanted to go to his home in Kissimmee FL and sit on his porch. The granddaughter brought him there and that is where he passed away. He and Mickey used to go fishing there.

He was cremated and there will be a memorial service at 4:00 Thursday afternoon at Heart Cry Chapel in Kissimmee.

[We send his family our sincere condolences.]

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From Jeri McAllister [Face Book post August 29, 2015]
"Although life here will never be the same without him, I woke up this morning wondering what awesome things Bobby's eyes were beholding! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the prayers, cards, expressions of kindness, and acts of love that have so enriched our lives. Bobby loved all of you so much! His funeral will be Monday afternoon at the Mayfair Church of Christ, 1095 Carl T. Jones Drive, Huntsville. Visitation will be from 2:30 to 4:00; the funeral is at 4:00. There will be a private burial at Valhalla on Tuesday at 11:00."

[We send Jeri and her family our sincere condolences.]

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August 17, 2015
Carole Ann Hedges reports she is feeling better.


Judy Smith reports she has an article in the current issue of Old Huntsville Magazine, it's called "Sampson The Deaf Cat."

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August 14, 2015
From Pete Bentley

After 36+ years at the same address we have moved to new home  Please advise any interested parties of this momentous event! [See today's email for the address.]


[We wish them all the best in the new home!]

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August 8, 2015
Article in the August 2015 Huntsville Photographic Society Newsletter...

One Hundred Pictures!

Recently Sam Tumminello had his one hundredth (100th) picture approved by Google on their “Panoramio” site.  Sam has been working to achieve this goal for several years.  His pictures and descriptions of various parts of the world may be seen at:   http://www.panoramio.com/user/7720834

Panoramio is a geolocation-oriented photo sharing website. Accepted photos uploaded to the site can be accessed as a layer in Google Earth and Google Maps.  The site's goal is to allow Google Earth users to learn more about a given area by viewing the photos that other users have taken at that place. The website is available in several languages. The headquarters are located in Zurich; in the office building of the Swiss Google.

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July 15, 2015
Thanks to Marshall (Tut), Jeri Lynn and Sally we have some more identified in the Fifth Avenue School picture, but still missing a few and unsure about some.  If you recall any let us know.  Click the picture July 10, 2015 below to see the latest updates.   

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July 10, 2015
Still looking to identify the people in the great Fifth Avenue School picture with many of our classmates there.  If you identify the missing ones, please send me the row number, position number and full name and I'll update the list.  Some of you in the picture may also a receive a direct email requesting help.  
5thave.jpg (79889 bytes)
(click on the picture)

Also let me know if there are any name corrections required.

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July 7, 2015

Congratulations to Wayne Ober – his horseshoe pitching team just won first place in a recent competition at the  Cecil Asburn center.  Wayne said he’s been pitching since 2003.  It sounds like he stays active with competitions.  His team of five competing members came in fifth place at a recent state tournament.


Tut Clements told us his sister Jill just completed acting work in two movies soon to be released.  He said he would let us know.

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From: Virginia, July 05, 2015 
I am getting along fine and enjoyed recent trips to the Hermitage and to the battlefields at Franklin, TN.

I received this from Hattie...
Subject: Rison-Dallas Association Reunion
Hi Virginia - sorry I was unable to attend our HHS reunion and have enjoyed seeing the photos that were posted. 
If possible, is there a "grapevine" where a notice of the 43rd Annual reunion of the Rison-Dallas Association can be posted. I know there are several of us Rison graduates still around and the gathering is always a very happy one. 

I will be passing the gavel to Bill Elders after serving the past 2 years as President and 2 years before that as Vice-President. 

The organization has committed itself to a very worthy project (raising funds to place a memorial to the Rison school and Dallas Mill Area among the Early Works family of museums). It is, indeed, a challenge and we all look forward to getting this project underway. Many meetings have already taken place and our friend Margaret Anne Goldsmith has opened several doors for the Association. 

The reunion will be held, as usual, on the FIRST SATURDAY OF AUGUST (August 1, 2015), in the gym of the Jackson Way Baptist Church beginning at 10:00 a.m. and ending around 1:30 - 2:00 p.m It is open to all interested members of the community. 

Thank you for your help and, most of all, thank you for keeping us all informed of happenings of interest for us all. 
Hattie W. Hughes

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July 1, 2015
We understand there are a few other classmates with some ailments right now so keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  They will report to the class at their own discretion. 

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From Vival Gilson, July 1, 2015

Joyce Askew Joyce had surgery Monday and will be in the hospital for about a week. She has been waiting a very long time for her health to improve so she could have surgery.
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From M, from John Paul, June 28, 2015
Just got following message from John Paul:
"We are home she's [Charlotte] doing great. No permanent damage. Just a stint". 

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June 19, 2015
I want to thank everyone that sent me e-mails, cards and called to check on me when I was sick.

My doctor has released me and I feel much better. So sorry I missed the picnic.  The video looks like everyone had a great time.  Carole Ann

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June 17, 2015
Those who attended this year's picnic seemed to have a fun relaxed time.  The food was great and plentiful.  Visiting with the classmates is always fun.
See the short 4 minute video
“HHS 2015 Picnic – A Short Video of Us”

We hope a couple of classmates who missed the picnic are back up to speed soon.  Carole Ann Hedges had a stay in the hospital during the picnic and Carolyn Taylor had a severe bout with poison ivy.


Message from Robert Staggs, May 18, 2015
I'm back in the hospital due to very low blood pressure. They did an iv in my neck.

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From Anne May 13, 2015
House Concert Fundraiser
Featuring Kelly McGuire ~ Supporting Kids in Haiti
Thursday June 4, 2015, 7:00 p.m. Located at Anne's home in Huntsville
Hosted by Anne Forgey and June Wilson. Suggested minimum donation $25 per person.
Cash, check, credit card will be accepted at the door.
Bring your own chair!

Kelly is an award winning singer / songwriter. He lives in Houston, Texas and spends time
each year in San Pedro, Belize. His music will make you smile, cry, tap your toes, dance, and sing along!

Our kids live in Tom Gato, a poor, rural mountainous community in Haiti. $50 a year keeps a child
in school. Education makes a difference. Be a part of it!

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From Robert, May 12, 2015

Robert Staggs reports, "I am back in the hospital with fluid on my lungs again. They are feeding me lots of lacix and it is working great reducing the fluid build up, should be able to go home in a couple of days."  Keep him in your prayers for a speedy recovery.

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Picnic Update 
Marguerite and Jackie Koontz said they are furnishing cups, plates, napkins and plastic ware. Everybody just bring their own drinks and pot luck. They have plenty of chairs if anyone forgets theirs. They say “come one come all” and “rain or shine.” Jackie agrees, we’ll do “pot luck” this year; those attending should bring enough to share. 

The great HHS Picnic of 2015” is June 6th, 2015, 11AM at his Merrill Mountain retreat.

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May 3, 2015

Huntsville Photographic Society: 2015 Members’ Showcase

May 2 – September 20, 2015

A juried selection of 50 photographs by highly talented members of the Huntsville Photographic Society will be on view at the Huntsville Museum of Art. This exhibition includes both black and white and color photography in a range of subjects and styles, and will remain on view through Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Founded in 1964, the Huntsville Photographic Society is dedicated to promoting the art and science of photography in Huntsville and the surrounding area through informative programs, member contests, and special events. The HPS Members’ Showcase is an annual exhibition jointly organized by the Huntsville Photographic Society and the Huntsville Museum of Art.

An opening reception for the exhibition, sponsored and hosted by the Huntsville Photographic Society, will be held in the Richard & Roper Room on Tuesday, May 5 from 5:30 to 7 pm.

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From Kay Rodenhauser Countess  May 01, 2015

Wish we could attend Koontz's picnic, but we won't be getting home this year.  Thanks again to Jackie & Marguerite for the wonderful time we enjoyed last year and all the wonderful food provided by John Paul and Charlotte.  It was such a perfect day!

We'll also be thinking of you all at Richard's memorial service on the 9th.

Love, Kay & Dick Countess

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From:  Lue English April 29,2015 
Richard Boyd's Celebration of Life
May 9 at 2:00pm
Monte Sano Pool in Huntsville, Alabama

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April 25, 2015
Our classmate Joyce Joyce, says she is sorry to miss this year’s picnic. She still has some health issues and is expecting to be recovering about picnic time. She said last year’s picnic was fun and at a great place. She hopes all have wonderful time. We wish her all the best for a speedy recovery.
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From: Jeri McAllister April 14, 2015 

There are so many folks who have asked us for an update on Bobby, so I wanted to give you this info!

We took Bobby to the ER Friday night with breathing problems
After spending the night in an ER treatment room, it was so nice to finally get to a nice big private room on the oncology floor—almost like staying in a luxury hotel, except the food is not quite at that level! B has been on oxygen ever since we got there, so his breathing is much more comfortable. Jeremy stayed there with Bobby this afternoon while I came home to take a shower and get some clean clothes for Bobby. He sent me a picture of Bobby—sound asleep and snoring! They came in an gave him a breathing treatment while he was asleep and he didn’t even know the difference!

From: Jeri McAllister Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2015 

Bobby got to come home today! Other than feeling extremely fatigued, he feels good. He has a chest drain so that I can drain the fluid on his lung as it accumulates; hopefully this will be of short duration. Dr. McGee thinks it may have been a result of his blood thinner. We see him on Tuesday (Bobby’s 77th birthday!) to figure out where to go from here. Thank you for the prayers! 

~( :o) J

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April 14, 2015

As of this date so far, twenty-one classmates indicated they will attend the Class picnic; with six more possible attendees.

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April 10, 2015

[About the picnic, he says:]  Sorry, I can't make it.  Too early in June for me.  I generally have obligations up until the beginning of the third weekend on that month.   

Everything going well here.  No aches or pains - just the general creaks that come along with getting older.  Say hello to everyone for me. 

Rich Finlaw

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April 8, 2015
We enjoyed reading Jan Williams' "When I Was A Little Boy In Huntsville..." memories in the current, April 2015 "Old Huntsville" magazine.  It's on page 48 of the April 2015 issue.  Good job Jan.  

In the same issue there is a nice article about our recently deceased traffic engineer Richard Kramer written by M.D. Smith IV, Judy's husband.  

Earlier we got word Judy Smith also had another article in a recent issue be we got there too late to read it.  We'll have to look up the back copy.

Yesterday, we stopped by the new HHS and got permission from their friendly principle Mr. Mark Mincher to photograph the panther sculpture they have in the court yard of the school.  Before he lead me to it, he told me a few weeks ago a couple of classmates from the HHS class of 1946 dropped by to deliver a panther mascot they had used for their class gatherings and felt it time to donate it to HHS.  He was pleased to receive a rather large clay sculpture of a red painted panther.  The piece was made in Mexico and was a favorite of that class; we could see why too.  (Watch for photos of those two cats.)  

Mr. Mincher seemed delighted HHS classmates from many years seem to stay in-touch with the school. (Well we know it's a special place - in our hearts anyway.)


Volunteered to tally the names of the classmates who will join us for the June 6th picnic.  If you plan to attend and didn't get an email today, please email me immediately.  

If you have a Face Book account, check Miss M's link for HHS class news updates. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Huntsville-High-School-Class-of-1959Huntsville-Alabama/128837210508959?fref=ts

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From Kay Rodenhauser Countess March  2015

I am so sorry to learn of Newt's [Newt Godfrey] loss of his son. 

[The Class sends our sincere condolences to Newt and his family on the sad loss of his son James Walker]


Newt Godfree's new office address
1026 Goodyear Ave.
Suite 200
Gadsden, Alabama 35903

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From Kay Rodenhauser Countess March 19, 2015

Enjoy beautiful Huntsville's spring time!  Dick and I don't think there is any place in the world as pretty.  [Ed. note - we agree, it occurred to us a few days ago, a harsh winter only seems to make our Huntsville spring time that much sweeter - interesting contrasts.]

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From Kay Rodenhauser Countess March 18, 2015


Dick & I celebrated our 54th anniversary yesterday - my how time flies!!!

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March 17, 2015 

Jackie Koontz and Marguerite have scheduled the famous HHS Picnic for June 6th, 2015.  Mark your calendars now! 

If you know of a classmate who doesn’t do emails, you may want to do them a favor and give them a call with the date. 

We will continue to post any news received on this  HHS ’59 "Class News” page.    Just remember to check it occasionally! 

One other thing: March 18 is Jackie Koontz birthday!   Happy birthday Jackie!

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March 4, 2015 

Celebrating the life of a good man

She heard from Melissa Boyd that a Celebration of Richard Boyd's Life will be held at the Monte Sano Club (the pool) on May 9. She hasn't posted the details yet but I'll let you know what I find out.
(Lou English - thanks for the info.)

Info from Robert Staggs March 4
He spent three days in the hospital two weeks ago. He said he had another congestive heart failure attack plus an a-fib. His doctor has doubled his meds to help him reduce the heart rate. 

He should know the whole class wishes him well.


From ROY L. FANNING, JR. March 04, 2015
Carlene and I, thank God, are still traveling. Spent Christmas week in New York City; January and February on Hilton Head Island, now a week in historic Savannah, Ga. Plan to be in Huntsville March 10 -15, visiting my dad.

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March 3, 2015
The Class Breakfast Folks met this morning.  It's almost always the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the each month at Gibson's  at 7 AM.  Any classmates and guests are welcome.  In attendance today:  Jackie Koontz, Tut Clements, HB Overton and your "city editor."  

Did you know Joe Fleming suggested this  breakfast gathering to Jackie K. after the death of our dear classmate and always cheerful cheerlead
er Sue Fowler Tidwell.  She died, soon to be nine years ago this coming June.  The group has met every month for almost nine years! 

Oh foot!

We learned today Jackie Koontz has a broken foot.  About three weeks ago, seems he was cutting some trees on his mountain place (our recent picnic area), and a small cut tree slipped out of place and landed on the top of his foot breaking a bone. Ignoring the pain, he went ahead and finished his job but because it was still hurting he went to the doc.  He's wearing the "boot", walking a bit slower, but hasn't stopped.  Doc said he is progressing well. We wish him a speedy bone "knit."  

He said the our class picnic is still on for June 2015.  Watch here for more details later.

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March 1, 2015
From Brenda  on her sister-in-law, and our classmate Jo Anna.

"She is making her beautiful quilts. Her mind is sharp as a tack. I keep dreaming that one day she is going to start talking and walking but I pray for her to be able to talk over walking because my brother misses having his wife to converse with. He knows he is lucky to have her."

We wonder what happened to Sallye Drake’s salt and pepper shaker collection?  

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 February 28, 2015
Today is Carole Ann Hedges' birthday - Happy birthday dear classmate!

Micro Soft Windows System 32
Did you ever notice a reference to the System 32 folder on your PC computer?  We were curious and found this on the net:
"The system32 folder contains the directory files for your Windows operating system. If you delete that folder it will render your operating system 
and your computer inoperable."  Looks like it's best to leave it alone.  Even if you get a "friendly" email from a stranger telling you otherwise.  

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From: Kay, February 15, 2015 

I rec'd a phone call this morning from Bill Touchstone telling of the sad new of the passing of Betty Lou Bell Dunaway yesterday morning [2/14/2015]. Bill said he knew of the love Betty Lou had for our class and how thoughtful everyone had been to her and she and her husband Bob would want the class to know. He said there would be no formal funeral, there will be a special service just for the family. She will be cremated and buried next to her parents in New Smyrna, Florida.   Betty Lou & Bob's address is 259 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA 30263-1154.

Betty Lou's obituary: 

From Sam T.  February 13, 2015

We got a nice note from Kay, one of our "Outstanding Seniors" (it says so right there in our 1959 Pierian), thanking us for the HHS 59 web work.  Kay Rodenhauser Countess and Dick let us know.  We are most appreciative of the card.

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From Sam T.  February 10, 2015

Studying Shakespeare and Memories.
Last week in a Shakespeare class of the Osher Life Long Learning Group ("OLLI"), our instructor Mrs. Dannye Drake told the class about the theatre owner James Burbage of Shakespeare's time.  During a lull, the class was amused when I announced that over fifty-five years ago I first studied Shakespeare at Huntsville High School in another Mrs. Drake's class and our principle's name was Burbage!  ("What is past is prologue."  - William Shakespeare)  

(Can you still recite "The Dagger Speech?" and what about all those "dammed spots?")  

From: H B OVERTON February 01, 2015 
Just found out that Pat Martinson passed away. He wasn't a class member.  
[I know many will remember this 1958 HHS grad.
  He passed away November 2014, here's the obituary:  http://obits.al.com/obituaries/huntsville/obituary.aspx?pid=173154013  ]

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February 1, 2015
Do you have an item of news about our class? Why to send it and 
we'll share it on the Class News page.
Send to Sam Tumminello,  City Editor of the New Daily Planet  Our news is Super!

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From Virginia, January 24, 2015 

Subject: Procedure Updates

Class news should be sent to Sam T.  It will be edited as needed and posted on the class website. 

To read the news, go to http://www.knology.net/hhs59/news.htm . To ensure that you have the latest news, right click on the screen and select Refresh to update the screen if necessary. Richard Boyd’s obituary has now been posted on the Class News and the date should be 23 January 2015.

Please keep this info as a guide!

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Richard H. Boyd - Obituary  Jan. 23

Feb. 8, 1941 - Jan. 14, 2015 Richard H. Boyd, 73, of Huntsville, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at his home, after a brief battle with cancer. Richard served in the Navy from 1961-1964, on the USS Okinawa. Richard worked as the Plant Engineer at Prestolite in Decatur until his retirement in 1994. Survivors include daughter, Melissa Lowe and husband Bradley, grandchild, Camden, and brother, Gary Boyd. He was predeceased by parents, Richard (Dick) and Martha Boyd, wife, Millie Boyd, and granddaughter, Carsyn Lowe. At Richard's request, there will be no services. In lieu of flowers, Richard requested memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital .
See more at: http://obits.al.com/obituaries/huntsville/obituary.aspx?n=richard-h-boyd&pid=173935426#sthash.1fizy0Pa.dpuf
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From: Virginia January 20, 2015 

I have not had any information on Richard Boyd’s memorial service plans. Will let you know when I do.

[A FB post from Richard's daughter: January 17;   Thank you for all the sweet messages and sharing your fun memories of Dad. Dad did not want a funeral. We are going to have a "grand send off" memorial in a few weeks. Once I set a date, I'll post so everyone can plan to attend. Thanks for all your kindness. Melissa Boyd Lowe] 

You might remember that Clay Lambie died last June. I found a wonderful slide show tribute at the Spry Funeral Home site: www.spryfuneralhomes.com and look under obituaries for Claiborne Peinert at Photos and Videos. This might refresh your memory. She was deathly afraid of tornadoes and, after the one in 1974, she packed up and moved to the southwest where she worked for the Forest Service. After retirement, she came back to Huntsville where her 2 daughters were and was on oxygen for a good while before she died.

New email addresses:
[see the email this date for the email addresses]

Karen Gruene, Elizabeth Neal Wigley, Bill O’Neal

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From: Virginia  January 15  

Lou English received word that Richard Boyd died at his mountain home Tuesday night [1/13/2015]. I will let you know when I hear further info. I think most of us remember his relaxed manner and sense of humor.

Bill O’Neal’s new email address is - (see the email) wboneal@charter.net

Betty Smith Burney’s new email address is - (see the email) barrylburney@gmail.com

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From  Lue English (Mary Thorn) to Virginia, January 12

Richard Boyd is in serious condition in the hospital.  Many of us remember when we were in the 9th grade and Richard moved here. I’ll keep you posted as I get more information.  His family has requested no visitors or calls at this time.

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From: Virginia   January 09, 2015

Helen McAlister’s mother died Jan. 5. The obituary is at:


Judy Chandler Smith has an article published in the Dec. 2014 issue of Old Huntsville magazine.  
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From: Virginia  November 29, 2014 

Congratulations to Margaret Anne Goldsmith who was recently nominated by The Huntsville Times/AL.com staff as an influential leader in the shaping of our community as a philanthropist and president of I. Schiffman Company!  We are proud of her and grateful for all she has done.

Another proud person is Carolyn Thorne Taylor whose 10-year old grandson, Grayson Thorne Kilpatrick is a student at Hollywood Huntsville and has done really well in auditions. She tried to send a video from Bad Apples, filmed in north Georgia but I could not access it. Carolyn was fortunate enough to be there when he filmed some of this movie. This week he was offered a part in a Will Ferrell movie to be filmed in December in New Orleans. The name of this movie is "Daddy's Home". Carolyn is proud of grandson and daughter-in-law and son who drive him all over the south to be in commercials and movies. [Here's the link!]


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From: Virginia Fowler, November 07, 2014

From Buddy...
Let everyone know that Jo Anna is much better and is getting out more. 
A side note tomorrow Nov. 7 is mine and my lovely brides 55th.
Keep us in your prayers.
JoAnna & Buddy

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From: Virginia Fowler, November 05, 2014 

Message from Carolyn Thorne Taylor:

Hey all you HHS59 classmates,

Hate to report that I am having heart problems. Yes, Carolyn Taylor really does have a Heart. Hee Hee.
Good to laugh this morning. Last Friday I did not think I would be here to laugh at anything. But, You know how strong those ole Huntsville High students were brought up. 

I did not know what was happening but I did not feel well all summer. Every time I walked the dogs on even on sort walks, I would have to lie down and rest. Just thought it was age related and not enough exercise.

My blood pressure started going up and up and finally went to doctor. He adjusted my meds and went out of town on vacation. The day he left, my blood pressure was really high and I had a terrible headache. Called heart center and they told me to go to ER. ER did EKG and found my heart was out of rhythm. Shocked my heart back into rhythm and game me some STRONG meds and sent me home. I didn't really get to go home kids said not getting out unless agree to go to son's house. Daughter in law has RN degree. Strong meds made me really sick. Thank you God for Karen (Daughter in law) and Delia (daughter) and their medical knowledge, they decided not to give me any more of strong meds until I could get into see doctor at ER. I was really sick and all those 73 years I had lived was crashing down on me and I was ready to toss in the towel and let you all handle the HHS 59 traditions and me just go on to meet my maker. But God must not be finished with me yet. I got some really good pain meds and they adjusted my BP meds again and I got much better. Finally got to come home Saturday. But.... my kids have clipped my driving wings. I can go to store and shops close to home but no out of town trips until they get my BP back down to normal. So, if you see me driving around down town Huntsville, stop me and redirect me back to Madison. 

Bottom line of story, if you feel overly tired, have it checked out. We may be in our 70's but we are stronger than the average person walking around on the streets because we grew up in an age where we developed strong bodies, strong wills and activities were playing ball, tennis and other sports and did not sit in house playing computer games and potato chips. 

Have a great day and stay well. Hope this little account of my woe's will bring a smile to your face.

Love you all.

Carolyn Thorne Taylor 

P.S. Joyce and Jo Anna ....so glad you are better. Hang in there.


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Virginia Fowler November 05, 2014 

Don Smith died suddenly of a massive heart attack on Monday. 

I am also attaching the obituary for the former Kitty Stogner, HHS’61, for those of you who knew her. She was a cheerleader, Most Popular Underclass girl, and Sophomore Homecoming Maid our senior year, so most of us knew her. She had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for a number of years and lived in North Carolina.

On a happier note, I hear that Jo Anna is doing better.


Donald Sanford Smith "Don", 73, of Statham [Georgia] passed away suddenly on Monday November 3, 2014. Don was born July 9, 1941 in Huntsville, Alabama to the late Sanford Monroe Smith and Doris Pike Smith Layne. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean Smith; his son, Donald Sanford Smith, Jr. (Jubel); and daughter and son-in-law, Carri Leigh and Shane Todd; all of Athens, Georgia. He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren; Samuel Smith Todd, William Lamar Todd, and Leila Kathryn Todd. In addition, Don, is survived by three brothers and one sister. 
Don was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Warner Robins where he served as a member of the Vestry, the Parish Search Committee, and Chair of the Stewardship Committee. Don also served the community as Director and Vice President of the Warner Robins Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee, President of the Air Force Association, and was the first Chairman of the annual auction and golf tournament to benefit the Museum of Aviation. Don was also a founding member and President of the Warner Robins Bulldog Club, where he began the scholarship award program. In addition, he was a member of the Warner Robins Rotary Club and served as area Chairman for Ducks Unlimited. Currently, Don was President of Risk and Insurance Management in Warner Robbins.
A memorial celebration of Don's life will be held on Thursday November 6, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Athens, Georgia. Immediately following, there will be a reception for friends and family at the family residence, 413 Tralee Court, Statham. A memorial celebration of Don's life will take place in Warner Robins, Georgia on Friday November 7, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church. Visitation with the family will occur following the service in the Parish Hall. 

- Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Nov. 5, 2014

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From: Virginia October 19, 2014  

From Joyce Askew Joyce:
"I am overwhelmed by the concern (cards, etc.) from our sweet classmates. Thanks to you all for your
prayers and thoughts". I am doing much better, Thank you!!"
Love, Joyce

From Buddy Burkett:
I am sorry I did not let anyone know but JoAnna has been in the hospital
with a bout with her A-FIB. She is home now and doing well. She tires out 
a lot while they are getting her medicine adjusted. I will let you know more in a few days. Please Pray for us.

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From: Virginia Fowler, September 29, 2014

New email address for Barbara Jean Davies Schill: [- see Virginia’s email this date.]

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 From: Virginia Fowler, September 21, 2014
[from Betty Lou]:
Judy, Your bike sounds as if it fits you to a tee. Sorry 'bout the first trial ride. Thanks for the info on Kay. I have her address but did not have a phone number. Will try and get a card to her. Thanks again for letting us know she is doing better.

I am still going through treatments. The doctor says I am really beating the odds. Thanks again for the update on Kay. 
Betty "Lou" Bell Dunaway

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 From: Virginia,  September 13, 2014

Joyce Askew Joyce recently had emergency abdominal surgery and is recuperating at home. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. If you would like to send a card or note, her address is:  [see Virginia's email].

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From: Virginia, September 11, 2014

an exhibit by the
Sanctuary Artists of Huntsville  September 11 – October 29, 2014,  9:30-5:00 M-F, 9:30-6:00 Sat.
Opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 11 between 5 and 8 PM, Harrison Brothers Hardware, 124 South Side Square in Huntsville
[The exhibit features art inspired by the wonders of the Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary.  The sanctuary property was generously donated to the City of Huntsville by Margaret  Anne Goldsmith.] 
Participating members are Jerry Brown, Dee Burt Holmes, Marian Lewis, Sara McDaris, Mary Ann Pope, Jack Rogers, Sam Tumminello, Ursula Vann, and Katrina Weber. For more information about the group and the Sanctuary, visit www.SanctuaryArtists.net
From Judy Chandler Smith:
Judy reports that Kay Rodenhauser is feeling much better.
Also from Judy:
I have another article in Old Huntsville Magazine this month too, “Let Me Introduce Myself.” M.D. has one also just before mine. While on vacation at the beach I bought a new bike, Panama Jack one with a white frame, yellow rims, white tires, and pink finders. It has a wicker basket that comes off in case one might want to take a picnic somewhere, a pink and white bell, a cup holder, a bottle opener, and a luggage rack. Couldn't wait to take it for a test ride. Which I thought that I had mastered, so I am off for a five mile ride, I missed the driveway and turned into the next one that was gravel and as one can guess I fell right off. I landed on my left elbow, left hip, my head bounced twice on the ground, thank heavens for the pink helmet, or I might not be doing as well as I am. Still pretty sore, the moral of the story is the older one is the harder one falls.

Margaret Anne has sent more info on the Sanctuary Artists: The Sanctuary Artists were founded by Clayton Bass, former president of the HSV Museum of Art, and me of a group of local artists that hike together in the Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary. Their art on display at Harrison Brothers includes paintings, etchings, pottery, wood objects, children’s books and photography inspired by the Sanctuary. Besides enjoying the exhibit, their works provide opportunities for early Christmas shopping. Also – it’s a way to see the Sanctuary without taking a hike. Harrison Brothers has changed greatly. It is now owned by the Huntsville Historic Association and one side is now an art gallery.
The exhibit will last through October 28. More info can be found on the website, www.SanctuaryArtists.net 

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From: Virginia  Sept 8, 2014 Information about Margaret Anne Goldsmith’s latest generous donation to the City of Huntsville. Lots of memories from there!!

Release from the city about the historic Goldsmith-Schiffman Field 

September 5, 2014
(Huntsville, AL) - Margaret Ann Goldsmith and her family are making it official and will formally donate the historic Goldsmith-Schiffman Field at 320 Beirne Avenue to the City of Huntsville next week. The Huntsville City Council is expected to approve the donation and accept the deed at the September 11 council meeting. 

The Goldsmith -Schiffman family has generously allowed the city to use the nearly 2-acre property for recreation and educational purposes since 1934. The Huntsville City School system used the field for athletic games until 2012 until the facility became too small for the growing middle and high school programs. Last year, the City of Huntsville Parks & Recreation Department received permission from the Goldsmith family to use the field for recreational play, and the move has been well received by participants and neighbors living in the Rison-Dallas Mill area. This permanent donation to the City will ensure the field's public use for years to come. 

"There are nearly 80 years of warm memories on this field for thousands of Huntsville residents," said Mayor Tommy Battle. "Thanks to Margaret Ann and the generosity of her family, this treasured field will bring many more years of enjoyment to our community." 

Parks & Recreation Director Greg Patterson says Goldsmith-Schiffman Field is the perfect size and scale for recreational leagues to play lacrosse, football and soccer. There are numerous adult teams, too, that will be able to play kickball and other sports. 

"We are excited and honored that this field will continue its life as a recreational outlet for our citizens," said Patterson. "There are so many teams and leagues looking for places to practice and play, this will be an enormous asset to our program." 

Patterson says the City will budget for future improvements to the facilities on the property, including restroom upgrades. 

While the City intends for the field to remain as a recreational outlet, the donation will legally permit the City of Huntsville to sell the property in the future with the stipulation that proceeds from the sale go to the Goldsmith Wildlife Sanctuary. 

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From: Virginia   September 01, 2014 

From Betty (Bell) Dunaway (8/18):
First of all thank you for all your prayers and messages of support. Due to my lack of energy, I am not on my computer much these days and when I do get myself upstairs for a while I would like to work on my writing so I will not be checking my email as much as I had tried to do in the past. For that reason I am asking you to give me a call on my cell if you want to talk or need to get a message to me. If I don't answer it is probably because I have misplaced my phone, my battery is out of juice or I am asleep. I will try and get back to you. If you do not have my cell number it is [see Virginia's email]. If you would like to know the current status with my health/cancer issues, please go to the Caring Bridge website. Bob will try and keep it updated, usually 3-34 times a month. Thanks again for your friendship. I truly believe the only reason I am alive is because I have such wonderful support from friends and family. 
Thank you all so very much. 
Betty Dunaway

Margaret Ann Goldsmith has been able to contact Phyllis McAnally Worley’s son, Butch, and received this reply from him about Phyllis’s condition on Aug. 30:  “She can't talk or recognize us and can't walk on her own now. I am going to see her tomorrow. I will let you know how she is doing. Thanks for asking. “ (Note from Virginia) Phyllis had been in a nursing home in Roanoke, AL, the last we heard, which was some time ago.)

From Virginia: You may remember that Crawford Howard, HHS’58. He died recently. I always think of basketball (as with Mickey Moore) when I think of Crawford.

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From: Virginia Fowler  August 14, 2014  

Word received from Judy Chandler Smith that Kay Rodenhauser Countess was in an accident in July that totaled her car and left her and a friend injured. We are hoping for a complete recovery soon!

Judy has authored another article in the current Old Huntsville Magazine about her 1930 Washington Blue Ford. M.D. also is a Frequent contributor to this local magazine that always has interesting articles.

Sam Tumminello continues to heal from his surgery.

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From: Virginia Fowler, August 01, 2014

From Sally Fleming Walker re reunion :
I looked at all the pics and got so sad because I couldn't be there. So many good old friends there. What great memories it brought back. Some funny and some sad. I'm focusing on the good/funny ones. We had a great family time at the wedding but I thought about ya'll a lot. Really missed being there. What a wonderful job M and Sam did putting all pic together. Thanks to all who TOOK the pics. Great job everybody.
Hugs to all,

From Sam Tumminello:
Sam has finished his follow-up treatments after surgery and is doing well. A side-effect was to taste buds, so everything tasted strange. He says taste is beginning to come back which is good.

I am attaching some info that was recently in the Huntsville Times concerning Leon Balisok’s younger brother, Jerry. I was not living in Huntsville during this time, so heard about it later. There is more information on the web. Jerry appealed his sentence but that was denied and he was scheduled to be released in 2010. He apparently disappeared after that. When I was working on genealogy I checked on Leon and found that he evidently died in New York in 2007.

I sent link to Jerry Balisok article, but think you did not receive this. Sorry! It’s been “that kind” of day!! (see Virginia's email for the attachement)

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July 13, 2014  
Our Miss M loaded pictures on Face Book for the class to enjoy!

Click on the link above:  "Miss M's HHS '59 on Face Book" to see all the pictures, supplied by M and some classmates, and all uploaded by our dear Miss M!

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From: Virginia June 24, 2014 

Subject:  notes from Vival, Kay, Marylou and Jim Clark

From Vival: What a wonderful time I had at our 55 reunion. I want to thank the committee for all the work they put into making it a success. I was sorry the rain hampered Fri and Sat pm but I still had a great time visiting,& eating. Friday pm food was delicous at Julia's home. John Hampton those ribs were outstanding Saturday, even though the pulled pork is what I come to Huntsville for. Thanks to those that hosted an event it was gracious of you.

Thank you Kay for this wonderful picture of my dear friends Joyce Askew Joyce, me (Vival Travis Gilson), & Linda Turvey McClellan. I met Joyce in the 5th, and Linda in the 6th grade at West Clinton. I can not tell you what dear friends they have been to me over these many years. 
Huntsville is a beautiful place, still waiting for the down town area to thrive again.
Love and Blessings to all of you,
Vival Travis Gilson

From Kay Rodenhauser Countess:
Dear Virginia,
When convenient, I'd appreciate you sending this brief message to classmates for me:
All classmates who have a new address, email, phone number since September 28, 2009, to please email it to me at rcountess@cfl.rr.com
Kay Rodenhauser Countess
Just wanted to thanks all those who helped with our 55 reunion. It was great seeing everyone. I had an awesome time.

Marylou Marlow

From Jim Clark (in April – sorry for delay!)
Hi Virginia, 
I just sent you an e-mail and got an error message, so I am sending it again. I will not be able to attend the reunion. We will be in Destin, Fl. at that time. Please come to Germantown and visit us. We have plenty of room and can show you around Memphis. Sorry again I cannot attend the reunion. It sounds like a lot of fun.
Jim Clark 

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From: Virginia June 17, 2014 

Also attached below is good news from Betty (Lou Bell) Dunaway that we are happy to receive!
Sounds as if you all had a great time. I am truly missing you all. GOOD NEWS The new drug the doctor has had me on for several weeks seems to be doing great. I am now off the hard chemo providing the little suckers don't change direction. Instead of the 4-6 month life expectancy, I have moved into a group of two years plus. One patient is on year five and my doctor is telling my test are indicating a much higher than average response. I have another PET scan in a couple of weeks and if the results are as he expects my entire life will improve and perhaps I can get to Huntsville in the fall. In my heart I know my blessings are the results of the support from my great group of family and friends. 
Betty Dunaway

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The 2014 "55th Class Reunion" Picnic Picture!

(Thanks Marguerite K. for the picture!)

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From: Virginia, Friday, June 13, 2014

Note from Kay Rodenhauser Countess:

Dear 1959 Classmates,

What a absolutely wonderful time Dick and I had at the 55th class reunion!  Thanks so much to the committee members for planning it all so perfectly.  Special thanks to Virginia Huth Fowler for always keeping us all connected and close; special thanks to Glenda Cantrell Luna, Jerri Lynn McAllister, Jan Williams, Gerald Patterson for making everything come together so perfectly; to Julia and Gene King for graciously hosting a perfect party Friday evening, even though it rained our class always manages to have fun, all the food was delicious, Oscar adorable, Tony Mason playing and singing the best ever in Julia's kitchen; Saturday picnic at Jack & Marguerite Koontz's farm was such a perfect day to sit and visit and even take a ride with Marguerite on her tractor to see her beautiful spacious vegetable garden, beautiful blueberries and Muscatine grape vines and visit their fancy out house too; and of course thanks to John Paul & Charlotte Hampton for all the delicious Bar-B-Cue (what a treat!) and all the fixings were all delicious; thanks to Margaret Anne Goldsmith for hosting the fun Saturday evening at her place on the Square, though it rained it just brought us all closer for good visiting. 

Love to you all - it was sooooooooogood being home and catching up with you - so happy we could have this special time together.  Long live the Class of 1959!!!

Kay Countess

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From: Virginia, June 06, 2014

Claiborne Lambie [Clay Lambie] Peinert, age 74 of Huntsville, passed away Wednesday at Huntsville Hospital. Claiborne is survived by her two daughters, Dawn Woodard, and husband Harry, Ellen Askew, and husband Clay, son, Oliver Peinert, and wife Karey, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

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HHS Class of 1959 Designated The Platinum Class!

Memories of Mickey Moore...   Shortly before he passed, Mickey Moore told me he designated ours the “platinum” class after he heard another class call themselves the “golden” class.  He’s right too, like platinum our class is:  one of the rarest, valuable, beautiful inside and out, and resilient!  Thanks Mickey!  
Love - Sammy T.

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From Virginia, June 1, 2014 

Charlotte Neal and Benny Nelson

The HHS awards ceremony was held Tuesday [May 20, 2014]  Mickey Moore. Benny Nelson was with her and he had some fond remembrances of Mickey, HHS sports and Coach Gryska. 

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From Virginia, May 23, 2014 

HHS Award Ceremony

The HHS awards ceremony was held Tuesday [May 20, 2014] morning and was very nice. Charlotte Neal gave a moving tribute to Mickey Moore. Benny Nelson was with her and he had some fond remembrances of Mickey, HHS sports and Coach Gryska. 

The winner of the Mickey Moore scholarship was a very impressive young man, Deonta Moore, who plans to attend the University of South Alabama to major in physical therapy.

Also, Topper Birney presented a scholarship award in memory of Jon Countess, Kay Rodenhauser Countess's brother-in-law who died recently.

The ceremony and the number of awards was quite impressive.


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From: Virginia, May 09, 2014

From Charlotte Neal:
Virginia please forward this to the Class of 59: I am presenting a scholarship to an HHS student in Mickey's memory. The awards day at HHS is Tuesday May 20th at 9:00 A.M. If any of the 59 Class would like to attend that would be nice. This is a one time scholarship. Mickey loved his years at HHS including his friends, his sports and his coaches - I know he would pleased and proud to be remembered this way. The name is the MICKEY MOORE MEMORIAL SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP (CLASS OF 1959). Thanks and love to all. Hail to HHS, Charlotte
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Welcome to Bernd Hellebrand who has joined our email list. Address is: (please see Virginia's email)

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From Virginia, February 17, 2014 

We have gotten a new email address from Jim (JW) Clark after a long time! His email address is [see Virginia's email this date]. He has retired in Germantown, TN … near Memphis.

I also would like to remind you that Sam Tumminello updates the class web page at http://www.knology.net/hhs59/ He includes info from emails as well as photos, info about reunions, etc.

If you got a message that said test, please ignore it! I have been reworking the 5 address groups I had into one email list.
 - Virginia

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From: Virginia, February 07, 2014 

[Robert Staggs reported a medical procedure] - "am doing well, at my girlfriend's home in cocoa beach." 

Our thoughts are with Phyllis Travis Zettler whose husband died recently after a long illness. The obituary can be found at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/djournal/obituary.aspx?pid=169009642 

News about 55th reunion is coming!!

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From: Virginia, December 29, 2013 

Some of you are probably aware that Tut Clements’ younger sister, Jill Jane, is quite an accomplished actress in the Atlanta area. She recently had a scone recipe published, which can be found at http://www.hanfordsentinel.com/jill-jane-s-lite-cranberry-and-orange-scones/article_f9de4274-4b31-11e3-a7eb-001a4bcf887a.html 

Her acting accomplishments are listed at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0166232/resume?ref_=nm_ov_res

Now that you are getting your calendar out for 2014, be sure to add the HHS’59 picnic which is planned for Saturday, June 7, at Jack and Marguerite Koontz’s retreat (barring something unforeseen).

John Paul and Charlotte Hampton recently had a celebration for their 50th wedding anniversary which included a nice cruise. Congratulations to them!

Some classmates have expressed an interest in a 55th reunion party in 2014. Most of the classmates who have worked to plan recent reunions are worn out at this point (and cost seemed to be a concern for many folks), but if you have some ideas and are willing to help put something special together, please contact Glenda Cantrell Luna [see Virginia's email for the address and phone number.]

Here’s wishing for a blessed year for all!



James Lloyd Moore
September 6, 1941 - December 30, 2013
James Lloyd Moore, 72, of Huntsville, passed away suddenly on Monday. Mr. Moore was born in Huntsville and graduated from Huntsville High School in 1959, and attended the University of Alabama. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Moore Jr. and Ruth Curry Moore. Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Brenda Duggar Moore; children, Amy Elizabeth Schultz and husband, Bret, Ellen Nicole Vickery and husband, Wade, Alicia Kay Michels and husband, David; grandchildren, William Ellis Schultz, James Wesley Schultz, Wade Tyler Vickery and Mason Grey Vickery; sisters, Mary Moore Newby, Benita Moore Souders; and brother, Don Bruce Moore. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, January 3 at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will immediately follow with the Rev. Dan Ireland officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. 
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From: Virginia, Saturday, June 29, 2013
Harris S. Moore Jr. 
Oct. 24, 1940 - Jun. 27, 2013
Harris S. (Mickey) Moore, Jr., 72, peacefully passed on Thursday after a lengthy battle with cancer. 
Mickey was born in Decatur and spent most of his life in Huntsville. He was educated in the Huntsville school system
and was a member of the Class of '59 at Huntsville High School. He loved the many sports activities available here
during these years and the lifelong friendships with so many of his team mates. He was a three sports player but
concentrated on basketball. His 17 year athletic career included youth teams, high school, college, US Army,
and the Semi Pros. His many honors and awards include the 1959 Huntsville Acme Club Most Outstanding Athlete Award.
In 1992, he was inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame. 
Mickey was a long time active member of Mayfair Church of Christ. He was also an active member of many local civic groups
and service organizations including the Elks and Eagles. Mickey was a long time active member of Mayfair Church of Christ.
He had a 20 year career with Litton Industries followed by owning and operating a local printing company. He was a good
friend and helpful neighbor to many. He was a member of Mount Zion Baptist Church, an avid bass fisherman and a 
lifelong Alabama sports fan. 
Mickey is survived by: his son, Harris III; daughter, Stephanie (Jeff); three grandsons; sister; brother; many nieces and
nephews; and his long time sweetheart Charlotte Strong Neal.
Visitation will be Tuesday at Berryhill Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m. Graveside service at Maple Hill will be Wednesday
at 11:00 a.m. conducted by Gerald Dupree. Pallbearers will be his former teammates.

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From: Virginia, Friday, June 28, 2013

Virginia, I just finished the burial arrangements for Mickey. Visitation will be at Berryhill Funeral Home on Tuesday from 5-8 PM. The graveside services will be on Wednesday morning at 11:00 AM at Maple Hill. Mickey died very peacefully yesterday afternoon here at the condo. My heart is broken but I know the quality of his life was not going to improve. He is now at peace and no pain. Please let the Class of 59 know how proud Mickey was to be a part of such a great bunch of folks. Mickey and I both feel we grew up in the best place, at the best time with the best friends. I will miss him so much but I am so thankful for the 8 years we spent together. Love to you all and Hail to HHS. Charlotte

From: Virginia Fowler June 28, 2013 

I have received word that Mickey Moore died yesterday afternoon in Florida. I will let you know when I receive more information. Please keep Charlotte and his other loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

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From: Virginia  June 26, 2013 

I thought a number of you would be interested to know that John Paul Hampton’s sister died yesterday. For any of you who were around Huntsville at all, Louise was a fixture at Gibson’s for many years, usually keeping watch in the checkout area. She will be missed. Please keep John Paul and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Feb. 18, 1938 - June 25, 2013 Louise H. Sanford
Louise H. Sanford, 75, of Huntsville, passed away Tuesday. Mrs. Sanford was the retired co-owner of Gibson's Bar-B-Q.
Survivors include sons, Art Sanford (Jackie), Terry Sanford (Timi), and Paul Sanford (Danielle);
brother, John Paul Hampton (Charlotte), five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Maple Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Stephen Hampton officiating.
(www.laughlinservice.com) In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital 
or a favorite charity.

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From: Virginia Fowler June 09, 2013 

Jeanne Warner Hall is coordinating a lunch and get together with Charlotte and Mickey this Thursday, June 13, @ 12:00 at their condo in Satellite Bch. She has 8 people coming at this time. If you know anyone in FL or elsewhere that would like to come please let her know,
Vival Travis Gilson 

Note from Virginia: I have phone for Jeanne and email [see Virginia's email this date]

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From: Virginia, June 08, 2013 

Correction: Benny Nelson’s email address is [see Virginia's email this date]

Change of email address: Don Smith’s is [see Virginia's email this date] 
From Don: I am well, thank you for updates.

From Roger Humphrey: I am doing well. I had surgery a couple of weeks ago on my nose and arm. I am healing well. I have been keeping up with HHS news and really wanted to attend the picnic this year. I keep telling my wife that I will slow down a bit so we can do a few things. I am on our hospital board along with two state commissions and councils. I also have my hand in local public safety so you can see I am staying very busy. It would be nice to see everyone again. So sorry to hear about Mickey’s illness. He is blessed to have Charlotte by his side.
God Bless,

From Linda Turvey McClellan: What a wonderful picture(s) of everyone! Thanks for sending them. I regret we haven't been able to attend one of the picnics. Everyone always looks like they are having such a good time in such a beautiful place.

I think West Side Story was in a theater named for Helen Hayes. She was such a famous actress. I expected it to be really grandiose and Diane is right... it was tiny! A memory from Washington, some guy kept trying to pick up someone from our table (at least we worried that was his intention). Miss Keel happened to be eating at the same restaurant and we had to go get her to get him to go away.

Thanks, Virginia, for sending all the emails. It is a real delight to be able to keep up with folks.


From Betty Lou Bell Dunaway

Thank you Virginia for keeping those of us that could not make the event, in the loop. I keep hoping Bob will get some of his strength back so we can make a visit. Would love to see all of you. Seeing JoAnna on the front row brought a smile to my old tired face. Betty "Lou" Betty Dunaway Phone number: [see Virginia's email this date]

From Joyce Askew Joyce: Virginia, Thanks so much for sharing your picnic pictures. I always hate that I have to miss out on summer (outside outings). I can hardly tolerate the heat!! I have Dermatomyositis and I break out in a red irritating rash when I stay in the heat very long. However, I enjoy seeing all the pictures of everyone enjoying themselves. Thanks for all you do for the class! JoAnna looks good!! Joyce 

From Robert Staggs: Good looking bunch you have there.

From Richard Finlaw: Everyone is looking good! We haven't changed a bit. Great picture.

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From: Virginia June 06, 2013  

Regarding Senior Trip:

From Charles Sanders: 

Don't forget we got to go to the Ed Sullivan show!! What a great time. Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, Washington Monument , tour of the White House. A lot for a 17 year old from Alabama! Miss Keel threatened to send me home on a bus.  

Re: picnic … Thanks, good job. Sorry I couldn't be there so I really appreciate the photos!!


 From Richard Finlaw:

I do recall seeing "Suzy Wong" on Broadway - I guess we had tickets to different shows - and what really impressed me were the revolving sets.  What I really remember was being let loose in both Washington, DC and New York City - no escorts - we were on our own.  Scary now that I think of it.  And Edna Keel was one of our chaperones.  As an adult now I get the heebbie-jeebbies when I visit NYC - too much, too fast, too many. 

Hope the picnic was a success - wish I could have been there.    

Best to everyone

Rich Finlaw


From Julian George:

I remember that we spent the first night of the senior trip in Bristol Tn./Va. There had been trouble with one of the busses and we were delayed for several hours in a town south of Bristol, I don't remember the town, while the bus was either repaired or replaced. I don't remember which. I remember that we got very little sleep that first night because of our late arrival and early rise in order to maintain schedule. We did stop at Natural Bridge but I don't recall spending the night there. Also, we may not have stopped at Natural Bridge until the return trip. I hope someone else will help here or at least render comment about my memories.



From Diane Parker Phillips:

Each time I see "West Side Story", I remember the first time in New York in the smallest

theater I had ever been in.   It was great and who knew at that time how enduring it would be.

I am sad to say Dick and I will not be there (at the picnic) tomorrow.  Dick is just not up to the trip

Please tell everyone that I  (we) will miss seeing them.


Picnic, etc.

We'll be thinking of you all on picnic day.  Wish we could be there enjoying good company, John Paul's delicious fixings and Marguerite and Jack's beautiful place.   So happy to hear Jo Anna will be there - hugs to her. 

Have a wonderful time! Long live the class of 1959.

Love to all,

Kay & Dick Countess


From Ed Hedden:

Thanks so much for your effort in keeping our classmates informed about events and activities. Pass along a great big hug to everyone attending the picnic. So wish that I could make another one. It seems that every year gets busier than the last one. I complete being assistant district 6880 governor for Rotary in June. I'm secretary for Pike-Troy Habitat and we are in the middle of completing a home that had to be moved because the foundation fell apart. Playing as much golf as time permits and placed second in two scrambles in the past week. Grades are in and school is out for this semester. I'm cutting back to four classes in the fall. Five classes with 45 students each was getting to be a bit much. Number two Son Wesley has moved to Troy and is working at Sikorsky Aircraft as a comptroller. We are helping him refinish an old house constructed in 1940. Homes are not built today like they use to be.

My best to all,

Ed Hedden


From Carolyn Thorne Taylor:

I am still having problems with pain in my arm and wrist.  I am not going to be able to be there tomorrow.  Tell Jackie  and Marguerite that I am sorry to miss the picnic.  I know it will be fun.  Give Jo Anna  a hug for me.  Yall have fun and enjoy bar-b-que. 

much love  

Carolyn Taylor


From Roy Fanning:





From Sally Fleming Walker:

Would love to be with ya'll Saturday. I have two little girls 5 and 8 and a 9 year old boy coming for a visit. I thought it was going to be just the two girls and then the grandson  from Birmingham called and wants to come. PRAY FOR ME!  One whole week of fun.

Have a great day.




From Charlotte and Mickey:

These are great photos.  You all look sooo good.  HHS has always produced a special group of folks.  Thanks for sharing.  Mickey says Hail to HHS.



New email address for Benny Nelson:     [see Virginia's email]

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From: Virginia June 03, 2013 

In spite of ever-changing weather forecasts for Saturday, we had a pleasant day with only a few sprinkles for the HHS’59 class picnic at Jack and Marguerite Koontz’s lovely country retreat. There were 24 of us attending, with 16 classmates there. We shared a wonderful picnic lunch featuring Gibson’s ribs, pork and chicken (thank you John Paul)!

Those present were Juergen Haukohl, Sam and Pat Tumminello, Jo Ann Gowan Burkett and Buddy, Jeri Jones McAllister and Bobby, Jack and Marguerite Koontz, Julian George, HB Overton, John Paul Hampton, M Powell-Askins, Judy Chandler Smith, Jane Mathis-Hopson, Margaret Anne Goldsmith and Mike Maples, Jan and Diane Williams, Tut Clements, Glenda and Jim Luna, Virginia and Jim Fowler.

You will be receiving some additional emails and photos of the event soon.

IMPORTANT!! The picnic for next year is planned at the Koontz’s retreat on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Please put this on your calendar now! Since this will be our 55th graduation anniversary, there was discussion as to whether and how we might expand the celebration. We will keep you posted about that.

I will be sending comments from classmates about the Senior trip, etc., but I am including an email from Charlotte Neal about Mickey.

Virginia please pass this message to Mickey's classmates:
I am so sorry that Mickey and I are unable to be at the picnic tomorrow. The ones we have attended have been fun and we always love Gibson's barbeque - I agree with Vival we would love some for lunch today... Mickey and I are at the condo in Florida.  He loves getting the cards and messages from his Huntsville friends. Please let all know that he passes his love, friendship and a big Hail to HHS to all. Please keep in touch and he hopes to be at the next Class of 59 gathering. Mickey, sent by Charlotte 
Our mailing address is: [See Virginia's email] Thank you, Charlotte

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From: Virginia May 31, 2013 

The class picnic is still on (rain or shine) for tomorrow. Some exciting news: Jo Anna and Buddy are planning to come! The weather report is constantly changing, but the present forecast indicates it should be clear until about 3:00 p.m., so keep your fingers crossed. Anne Walker Forgey, Betty Vaughn Sisco Christian and Roy Fanning indicate that they will be unable to attend, but tell everyone hello. Vival Travis Gilson also cannot attend, but would love to have some Alabama BBQ emailed to her. J She will be a great-grandmother in June!!

I have had a couple of interesting happenstances this week that have reminded me of our Senior trip. I was watching the news Wednesday night, when they announced that Natural Bridge, Virginia, was for sale, hotel/motel included. Then they mentioned that Thomas Jefferson had once owned Natural Bridge. I remember visiting there (and I believe that is where we spent the first night of the trip), but I sure don’t remember a mention of Thomas Jefferson owning the site!
Earlier in the week, I watched the movie of “Flower Drum Song” for the first time. Some of us (probably mostly girls) had our hearts set on seeing that as a Broadway play in 1959 and were crushed to find out that tickets were sold out when we would be in NY City. We were substituted with tickets for a new and little-known play, “West Side Story.” Of course, the rest is history! Some of the music from “Flower Drum Song” was familiar to me since it was Rogers and Hammerstein (and was made into a movie in 1961), but nothing like the fame that West Side Story and its music achieved! These events brought back many memories and thanks for the great times we had together. It does not take much TV watching or newspaper reading to realize how fortunate we were to have grown up in the times we did and how great it is to have friendships with each other that have been so long-lasting.
Stay in touch and, if those of you who do not live close get back this way, we will try to have a get-together.

[web-worker note:  some of us went to a live TV show at NBC:  "The Ed Sullivan Show"!  Jane Russell was on the show that evening. The theater is still in use (2013) and is the venue for  "Late Night With David Letterman".]

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From Virginia  May 18, 2013

Robert Staggs sent email to say that Mickey Moore was in the Florida condo.

Dr. George Waites, son of Henry and Nancy, has had a dental practice in Huntsville for several years and is now in the process of building his own dental center near the intersection of Four Mile Post Road and Bailey Cove.

Jim Johnson has been in town for the funerals of Sandra and John Moon. (John was in Vietnam with Jim and they have visited and stayed in touch.) Several of us had the chance to visit with Jim. He is sort of retired … doing consulting and volunteer work.


We currently have 22 signed up to be there. If you discover that you can attend, just give Jack Koontz a call.  We’d love to see you!

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From Virginia May 09, 2013

Thanks to Robert Staggs and Betty Vaughn for more update on Mickey. Robert was with Mickey last Saturday.

From Betty Vaughn:  “I heard from Robert and he had gone to visit Mickey and said that Mickey is either in the bed or a wheelchair now.  His son and young grandson were with him.  I don't know if he is at home or in a hospice facility.  Let's all keep him in our thoughts and prayers!”


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From: Virginia Fowler May 09, 2013  

From Carolyn Thorne Taylor:

Do you want to hear the saddest story in the whole wide world?  After living for 72 years without broken bone, my time in the barrel finally came up.  I was sitting on my Lawn Buddy that has wheels and painting floor of my porch when I leaned over way too far to get that last brush stroke just a little bit neater and that darn Lawn Buddy flipped up in the air with me on it. (What a sight that must have been.)  Lawn Buddy came out fine but I broke my right wrist. 

The saddest part of the story?  I can't drive and have been stuck at home for two weeks with 2-3 more weeks to go.  All who know me know I am always on the road.  Another sad part of the story?  People won’t let me go out to eat with them either.  I haven't mastered the art of eating with my left hand.  They think all the dirty napkins and food spilled on table is just too embarrassing for them.

Getting dressed is a hoot.  Ladies, ever tried to put on makeup with one hand?  How about pantyhose?  Gives you a different perspective for people who permanently have use of only one hand.

Hope to see you folks at the picnic.  Take care.  We are at the break bones stage of our lives.


I have had questions about Mickey Moore. I have not heard anything directly, but what I have heard has not been optimistic. Please keep him and all other classmates with health issues in your prayers.

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From: Virginia  May 05, 2013

Rich Finlaw says hello to everyone. Soon after I heard from him, the “Boston Massacre” occurred. Rich lives in Swansea, Mass., about 16 miles (as the crow flies) from U. Mass, Dartmouth, a place with   which most of us have become familiar recently … and hearing more about students there as time goes by!

The 2013 HHS’59 SUMMER PICNIC is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at 12:00, RAIN OR SHINE!

Jack and Marguerite Koontz have once again graciously invited us to their lovely country getaway for this year’s HHS’59 picnic. If the weather should be inclement, we will move to Jack’s garage area which is covered. BBQ, plates, plastic utensils and napkins will be provided. Class members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert, drink and a chair. Parking will be available close to the picnic site and Jack has a “transport vehicle” for those who would like a ride from their cars to the picnic spot. Please reply to this email by Sunday, May 26 to let me know if you plan to come so that we can have a count for BBQ and supplies. Thanks!

Directions to Jack’s are included below along with his cell phone number if you have questions. Please join us if you can!

Directions to Jack's place:

From Huntsville's Governors Drive/California St. intersection, go over the mountain (Monte Sano) via Hwy. 431,

21.5 miles to boat repair business on right (between mile marker 311 & 312), just past Keller's Bait store.

Turn right on Merrell Mountain Rd.  Go .7 mile and turn right on Johnson Hollow Road.  Go .2 mile and turn

left onto gravel road (look for HHS sign and barn in open field)

GPS - 245 Johnson Hollow Road, Grant, Al. 35747

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March 07, 2013
I saw Jo Anna, Buddy, their daughter Martha and her family last weekend. Jo Anna looked great and was happy to see me. Buddy said she is learning to print and doing well at it, so that will be a big help in communication.

Also saw Gerald Patterson, who is recovering from hand surgery. He said it is slow healing and was more of an ordeal that he had expected.

Diane Parker Phillips’ husband, Dick, is recovering from surgery. It has been a long ordeal, but he is doing well.

Jack Koontz and Marguerite have finally joined us online! Their email address is in Virginia's email this date.

Take care!


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February 2, 2013

June 1, 2013

Class Picnic!  Mark you calendars!

Picnic at Jack and Marguerite Koontz farm on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 11 a.m.

Any excuses must be approved by Dr. Burbage, (God rest his soul) – so I guess if you don’t make it, you will be marked “un-excused” and, you don’t want that on your record at this late date do you?   If you truly cannot come, why not email a short message to the class - you know we'd like to hear from you.

Please bring a potluck dish or two with beverages.

Directions to Jack's place:
From Huntsville's Governors Drive/California St. intersection, go over the mountain (Monte Sano) via Hwy. 431,
21.5 miles to boat repair business on right (between mile marker 311 & 312), just past Keller's Bait store.
Turn right on Merrell Mountain Rd. Go .7 mile and turn right on Johnson Hollow Road. Go .2 mile and turn left onto gravel road. (look for HHS sign and barn in open field)
GPS - 245 Johnson Hollow Road, Grant, Al. 35747
Directions to Jack's place:
From Huntsville's Governors Drive/California St. intersection, go over the mountain (Monte Sano) via Hwy. 431,
21.5 miles to boat repair business on right (between mile marker 311 & 312), just past Keller's Bait store.
Turn right on Merrell Mountain Rd. Go .7 mile and turn right on Johnson Hollow Road. Go .2 mile and turn left onto gravel road. (look for HHS sign and barn in open field)
GPS - 245 Johnson Hollow Road, Grant, Al. 35747
Directions to Jack's place:
From Huntsville's Governors Drive/California St. intersection, go over the mountain (Monte Sano) via Hwy. 431,
21.5 miles to boat repair business on right (between mile marker 311 & 312), just past Keller's Bait store.
Turn right on Merrell Mountain Rd. Go .7 mile and turn right on Johnson Hollow Road. Go .2 mile and turn left onto gravel road. (look for HHS sign and barn in open field)
GPS - 245 Johnson Hollow Road, Grant, Al. 35747

More information as we get closer to the event.


From: Virginia,  January 08, 2013 


From SallyLooks like ya'll are having a great New Years party! Wish we could have been there. Believe  me I would love to have been there. 

So far as the knee ...things are fine. I'm walking but it AIN'T pretty.
Have a wonderful NY my dear old friends. 



 From Robert S  Virginia, visited with Sally today. She said she was doing ok, a little fuzzy from the pain medication though. She is going to therapy and said her goal is to be on the tennis court by the end of April.


Billy Tidwell, husband of our late classmate, Sue Fowler, died of a heart attack Jan. 6. 

Millie  received a phone call (out of the blue) from Sylvia Brown, Mary Lane Weaver’s step-daughter. Sylvia  then followed with the note below. Apparently Mary Lane has been on our “Lost” list for a long time. (She married and was Mary Lane Nelson when we graduated.)

Dear Mrs. Wilson, Thank you again for taking my call.  As I mentioned, I wanted to pass along the information
regarding my step-mothers passing for anyone in the Alumni who might be interested.  Name:  Mary Lane Weaver
Class of '59, Date of passing:  December 25, 2012, City: Seagoville, Tx ,  - Sylvia Brown


For those of you who are in the area, you received a notice about the exhibit of the Huntsville Photographic Society from our prize-winning photographer, Sam Tumminello. This exhibit is in the Prozan Gallery (bottom floor) of the Huntsville Museum of Art through March 24. This is one of the best photographic exhibitions (if not the best) I have seen in Huntsville. AND IT IS FREE!! If you are not a Museum member, when you enter tell whoever is at the desk (usually at the Church St. entrance) that you want to see only the Huntsville Photographic Exhibit and they will direct you or get an escort to take you there. More info is at http://www.hsvmuseum.org/visit/

-  Virginia

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December 15, 2012 

From Brenda Elders, Jo Anna’s sister-in-law: 
Thank you for caring and asking about Joanna. She is doing much better. She is still in B'ham at UAB Spain Rehab.  She is walking further than she ever has and is doing much better with the speech and other programs. Please remember her in your prayers. She has a wonderful outlook and is trying so very hard to regain anything she can.

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November 19, 2012 7:02 PM
Ellis Vidler (formerly known as Pat Ellis) has a new novel published, Time of Death

See her website, http://www.ellisvidler.com/ or http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Ellis+Vidler%22  .


John Paul Hampton and Charlotte have moved into an apartment at Brookdale in Jones Valley. I don’t have an address there yet.


Many of you will remember Melba Grubbs, HHS’58. She married Wayne Davis, HHS’56. Wayne died in 2009. Melba died in a tragic fire at her home on Governors Drive on Nov. 14.  Investigators indicated that they thought the cause of the fire was electrical.

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From Hattie Webb Hughes (8/5/2012):

Each first weekend in August is dedicated to the Rison/Dallas Association's alumni reunion - this past weekend was the 40th reunion.
JoAnna's husband, Buddy Burkett, is one of the alumni. On Friday afternoon, he brought JoAnna over to Andrew Jackson Baptist Church to help set up the huge community room in preparation for the Saturday morning gathering.   JoAnna looked great, talked the ears off everyone and had a wonderful visit. They both were back bright and early Saturday morning and had a great day with all the "old" folks, had lots of good food, and many memory making visits. 

Also on board was Jeri Lynn and Bobby Jo McAllister - Jeri Lynn, as usual, looking beautiful, and Bobby Jo in extremely high spirits visiting with all his alumni buddies. 
This is a truly wonderful event. The families of the Dallas Mill area are the most caring, loving, giving people that anyone would ever want to be associated with; how fortunate we all are to have such friendships and share the warmth of each and every person there. 

Save your NEXT First Saturday in August and come on over and experience the happy event = you DO NOT have to be an alumni = you will be excited to greet a LOT of people that you know and will be astounded by the bounty of home make food and desserts of every description laid out to share!!!!! 


July 31, 2012

New email address for Barbara Koeper Owens:  [- see Virginia's email this date]


 From Brenda Burkett Elders (Jo Anna’s sister-in-law):

I am sending this new e mail address so y'all can be in touch with Joanna and Buddy. I think this is going to be so neat for Joanna to have mail on her new computer. She is doing great and has never slowed down. She is making a quilt with her left hand. She is something else so please send her a message because we know she is going to enjoy getting them. Keep the prayers going because they are helping.   [- see Virginia's email this date for Joanna's email address]

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July 30, 2012

New email address for Shirley Shockley Reid  - see Virginia's email this date


From Anne Walker Forgey: 

I have a new email address :  [- see Virginia's email this date]   I am leaving tomorrow for a mission trip to South Sudan. Will be gone a little over 3 weeks. Please pass along our blog site  https://alscsouthsudanmission.wordpress.com/   I would love to have prayers for our team. Thanks, Anne

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July 07, 2012

From Sally Fleming Walker:

Loved seeing pics of classmates. Sorry I couldn't be there. Know y'all had fun.



From Charles Sanders:

Thanks for sharing the pics. You guys still look good! I hope I can make it to one of your events soon. Keep up the good work!



From Lou Albright Copeland:

Thanks  for putting names on the pics....it has been a long time since I've seen everyone and I can't always figure out who they are. 

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July 2, 2012

Hello Everyone,

 I enjoyed the class picnic s-o-o-o-o-o much and seeing you there!  It was just a wonderful day at Jack's and Marguerite's terrific "mountain get-away."  Everything and everyone were absolutely terrific, as Virginia said, but she forgot one teeny, tiny thing.....the ROCKS!  I love to collect unusual rocks and that's a cool place to hunt for them.....thanks to Jack's generosity!  If I find any "diamonds" in them, Jack, I'll return them!  

Thank you, Virginia, for all your dedication and hard work.  Thank you, Marguerite and Jack, for all the effort that you gave---erecting those tents, arranging the food area and seating area, and cleaning up, etc.,etc.  Whew!  What a marvelous day you gave us all! Thank you, everyone, for the great food, companionship, funny and interesting talks, and just being there!  It was STUPENDOUS!  I hope to see you all (and even more) at our next soiree!

Bless you all!

Helen McAlister

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Twenty-one classmates attended the June 9th, 2012, picnic!

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3/25/2012  New book announced:

"As We Sow"  written by Barry Woods Johnston
click - for details

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February 26, 2012

Turns out that Cold Comfort is actually the most recent of the publications of Ellis Vidler (aka Pat). Selections of her work can be found on Amazon.  (Wouldn’t Mrs. Drake be proud of her!!)

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February 23, 2012

Hattie Webb Hughes sent info that Ellis Vidler (known previously to us as Pat Ellis) has released a new book, The Peeper, with co-author, Jim Christopher. Ellis has previously authored two books, Cold Comfort and Haunting Refrain. Her website for information about books is:  http://www.ellisvidler.com/books.html

Congratulations to Ellis!

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Raymond E. Bennett, Dec. 8, 1940 - Feb. 12, 2012
Raymond E. Bennett, 71, of Elkmont died Sunday at a local hospital.
Mr. Bennett was born in Huntsville and worked here for many years before moving to Elkmont. He was an elder at Cartwright Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three sons, Rex Bennett and his wife Christie, Scott Bennett and Chris Bennett and his wife Monica; one sister, Sandra Kendrick; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Valhalla Funeral Home in Huntsville. The visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The interment will be in Valhalla Memory Gardens.
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January 17, 2012  

Please forward this to the Class of 59.  A big thank you to the Class for all their cards, phone calls, e-mail messages, prayers love and friendship.  I promise you this was a team effort to get where we are today.  Love to all, Mickey


November 18, 2011:

Both Margaret Anne Goldsmith and Sam Tumminello are mentioned in an article about the Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary in the Fall 2011 edition of Life on the Water magazine.


From Ed Hedden:

Thanks for sharing the 70th picks. What a great group of folks! I'm so proud to be associated with our class of 1959.



From Millie Woody Wilson:

Dear Classmates,
I'm still protesting my innocence!  I did not have on a "see through" blouse.  Can't figure out why this happened.  Oh, well......maybe it will give a big boost to my reputation! 



 From M Powell~Askins to HHS1959 Classmates:

VIRGINIA.....FIRST/many thanks for doing an AWESOME job on keeping classmates informed ~
We have been so fortunate to have Jo Anna in the past & now you to do this tireless task which is invaluable ~

 JEROME.....thanks for the GREAT YouTubeVideoLink about Huntsville:

 SAM.....your HHS1959 70thBirthdayPartyPictures are F&F (Fabulous & Fun) THANKS ~
Also thanks Sam for keeping up our http://www.knology.net/hhs59/  page.....this too is an invaluable source for us ~

 CONCERNING THE HHS1959 FACEBOOK PAGE I CREATED.....in time I will add my HHS1959 2011 Picnic Pictures & my HHS1959 70thBirthdayPartyPictures as well as I will sadly update the “Classmates Gone Too Soon” Video ~

 I have not been on my computer much this last year nor have I been on FB in months ~ To all FB classmate friends Happy BELATED Birthday/Special Events/Etc. & also my BELATED sympathy for any challenges in life you have had to endure ~

No matter my verbal/visual absences or my personal challenges I forever keep everyone in my thoughts & prayers

AS FOR MISS M.....This last year most of my time as been spent in hibernation ~ I had an incident that altered my life (financially/physically/mentally) dramatically ~ In addition I had a freak fire in my house that three months later I am still cleaning up after its aftermath ~ So/again in time I will get back to HHS1959 FaceBook & Share Pictures/Update Video.....forgive the delay ~
Thanks/Love.....I appreciate caring thoughts & helpful assistance/gestures from my friends during my down time!   
My email is m@takethetime.com & HHS1959 FaceBook link is:    
You do not have to be a FaceBook Member to enjoy the page ~ Anyone can share pictures on it so please do so
(however you do have to be a FB member to be able to post on the page) ~ When I get back on the computer
on a regular basis if you are not a FB member & you would like me to post pictures for you I will be happy to

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- from Pat Ellis Vidler

Very nice pictures and good to see old friends again. Thanks for keeping

us informed.

Note: Author Ellis Vidler has a new novel being published Nov. 15. Her website is www.ellisvidler.com  and the blogspot is:   http://theunpredictablemuse.blogspot.com

 - From Joyce Herring: 

Looks like ya'll had a great time and I am so pleased to see that JoAnna was there! Happy 70th to us all!




- From Vival Travis Gilson:

Virginia, Please let those people that worked on our 70th birthday party what a work they did.  The food was delicious,the music was very entertaining. It was great seeing some of the people we haven't seen for a while.  Huntsville was beautiful. I forget how beautiful the mountains are and I do miss them. I returned home yesterday, Central FL's weather has cooled some.   God's Blessings to all of us but especially to those that are going through tough times presently.  Vival Travis Gilson


- Lost:  Sue Frady Lipscomb
- Need new email addresses for Jerome Knight and Barbara Koeper Owens

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A big HHS cheer for the planning committee who worked so hard to make our October 70th class birthday party a success!
They were, in no particular order: Glenda Luna, Anne Forgery, Betty Christian. Virginia Fowler, Jan Williams, Robert Staggs, Judy Smith, Julia King, Carolyn Taylor and Jackie Koontz.

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October 04, 2011

Elizabeth Harris Neal Wigley:  

My Mother  Zelona Harris passed away on Sept 27th.   She was 92 and fought a long battle with dementia and strokes. I am still living with my Dad who is also 92 in Ozark, Al.   I wish I could be at the 70th Birthday Party .   I hope everyone has a great time.


From Betty Smith Burney:

Sorry but Barry and I will not be at the celebration   That Saturday is his reunion at Castle Heights in Lebanon, Tn and he and a friend always attend.  Usually my reunion in the week before his, but he has already accepted to go to his.  We hope everyone has a wonderful time.  Betty

  Richard Jones and wife, Linda, will miss the reunion as they are on an Elderhostel trip to Italy and will be touring on their own following that.

 From Lue English (Mary Thorn)  I had planned to come to our birthday celebration…however, my husband is giving me a “surprise” birthday party on Saturday night from 5-9 at Monte Sano Pool ( Rt off Monte Sano Blvd. onto Mae drive and right at Georgetta ). Microwave Dave and the Nukes will be playing and you are all welcome.

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September 26, 2011

Sympathy is extended to Sherry Branum McLeod for the sudden death of her brother, Jim Branum, on August 27. Sherry lives in Hereford, Arizona.

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September 21, 2011

From Kay Rodenhauser Countess:

Dear Class,

Dick and I will miss being with you all celebrating our big 70th Birthday.  We know it will be a lot of fun and it would be wonderful to see everyone after such a long time.  Dick recently had prostate cancer surgery and we are happy to report the doctor confirmed today he is cancer free, but his recovery for four to six weeks makes it impossible for us to attend.  Many thanks to 70th birthday committee for all the hard work - we know it will be a night to remember for all.  Long live the class of 1959!



From Roy Fanning:

Roy Fanning writes that and his wife plan to attend the party. They also will be celebrating his father's 89th birthday on Oct. 5.

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From Ed Hedden:  Thanks for the update on Jo Anna and yes prayer for her is a daily exercise. I will not be able to make the 70th birthday party but will miss seeing everyone. Teaching six classes of 40 students each this semester is keeping me busy.


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Died Aug. 11, 2011
Charles A. Hopson

Charles Alvin Hopson, 70, of Birmingham passed away Thursday.
Mr. Hopson, the son of Dr. and Mrs. Alvin H. Hopson of Huntsville, was born in Louisville, Ky., and grew up in Huntsville. He earned degrees from Samford University and Athens State University and retired from The University of Alabama in Birmingham in 2006.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Mathis-Hopson; a daughter, Lydia Hopson Keadle and husband Joe; two sons, Holland Garth Hopson and wife Laura, and Christopher Howell Holcombe and wife Jenna; and four grandchildren, Lia Grace Keadle, Julia Madison Keadle, August Edison Hopson and Ashtyn Starr Holcombe.

His interests included traveling to study cathedrals, labyrinths and stone circles. He and his wife, Jane, visited sacred sites in America, Europe and the British Isles. He studied texts from many sacred and religious traditions with a particular interest in early Christian writings. He valued the role of father and good householder. He was a student of the Gurdjieff Work for over 30 years and served on the council of Red Mountain Study Group.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the parish hall of the Episcopal Church of St. Francis of Assisi, 3545 Cahaba Valley Road, Indian Springs Village, 35124. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Francis. Commitment and burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Red Mountain Study Group, Birmingham.

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Virginia Fowler   August 08, 2011

I had a nice long visit with Jo Anna yesterday afternoon (~ 2 hours!).  When I arrived, Buddy's sister, Brenda and her husband Bill Elders (aka known as Buddy or Bull) were there. You may remember that Brenda was a year behind us and Bill was a year ahead of us. We had a great time catching up. Jo Anna was up in a wheelchair and moving the wheelchair some, talking a lot (but very little understandable) and pointing with her left arm. She can say "yes" and "no."

I could tell that Julia had been there since there was a vase of lovely roses from her garden that Jo Anna was really enjoying. I had printed out some excerpts from emails that you folks had sent and also took her the invitation to the 70th birthday party.   Buddy told her that he and she were going to come to the 70th birthday party and she nodded "yes".


Message to Ebi from Julian (Pete) George:

Please remind Ebi that she did not say that they were ALL smart and attractive...he needs the humility. :-)


Ps. also tell him that I have saved him one of the photo dvds' that Dudley did a while back. I'll give it to him at the 70th.“

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H. B. Overton, Jr. July 27, 2011 

I have now been to the Pacific Terminus of Route 66.

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July 25, 2011

from Ebi Ball  :)

Remind everyone that I was one of those "smart and very attractive teenagers" who started at Rison w/Hattie. Ebi Ball

from Rich Finlaw (lately a grade school principal)

I officially retired on June 30.  It seems that the word got out and the Dean of Liberal Arts at U Mass Dartmouth heard and called me last week to ask if I would be interested in doing some work for them in the newly "reorganized" Department of Teaching and Learning.  They are attempting to do a BS/BA conversion to MEd, graduate program much like the one at the University of New Haven where I have been doing adjunct work since 1992.  Went there last Tuesday and it is a go.  I told them I did not want set office hours - prefer contract hours which means I can make my own "on-campus" schedule.  That works for them and I can still continue my on-line work for UNH.  So much for retirement - but not too bad because U Mass Dartmouth is just 20 minutes east. 

My best to all and I look forward to October.


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July 24, 2011

Today brought emails from Barbara Davies Schill and Howard Grant. (See below.) Note Barbara's new email address!

Oh, what a wonderful day in the area of the Space Shuttle.  Yes, we all hate to see it pass us by but there will be more to come.  We have lived here for 30+ years and have raised our children here.  One (Todd) still has a job for at least 2 more years.  He is now in California tearing down the equipment out there. 

Give Joanna our love and hope she gets well very soon and work hard in therapy.  She does such a wonderful job.

Love to all.

Barbara Davies Schill


Since Sara [Ann Smith Grant] died I have been trying to follow your e-mails regarding Jo Anna.  Sara always kept me informed of what was happening to folks, I don't have that now and I do miss it.  I still monitor her e-mail to keep up with what's going on.

Howard Grant, Sara's husband

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 July 24, 2011

Pat and I visited with Jo Anna this afternoon.  When we arrived she had a room full for visiting friends including some of her young sewing students.  Buddy said they really lifted her spirits; he said she was a bit down yesterday.

She seemed in good spirits and amazingly alert.  She obviously wants to verbally communicate but her speech is sometimes difficult to understand.  She does a good job speaking with facial expressions and hand gestures. Her voice is strong and she vocalized several recognizable words.  We were very pleased to see her progress.  She still has a way to go but Buddy insists she will continue to progress, and from what we  saw, he’s right.

We brought her some figs we picked from our tree this morning.  We found out she likes them and immediately enjoyed a few with Buddy.  It made that picking effort worthwhile.

We told her the class asks about her and is remembering her in prayers.


Sam T.


From Jeanne Warner Hall via Charlotte Strong Neal:

Hi Charlotte and Mickey,

That was a great message you sent to our class.

Clark and I were very fortunate to be at the Kennedy Space Center to view the launch of Atlantis.  We proudly wore our "I WAS THERE"  t-shirts.  It was an awesome experience.  We rode to the launch site on the bus with Marshall Space Flight Center workers and their families.  It made me smile to hear the soft Southern accent surrounding me.  I didn't realize how much I miss that.

It isn't so bad to be age 70 when you think of all the memories that entails.  We remember when Dr. Von Braun and his team and their families came to Huntsville - their children, the smart and very attractive teenagers, who came to our school and the adjustments they had to make after leaving their home country.

Living in Florida's "Space Coast", we were able to watch the count-downs of the launches and then go out into the front yard and see the rockets and shuttles making their way into the clouds.  The night launches lit up the sky.

If you haven't been to Kennedy Space Center, I would highly recommend it.  We took our 10-year-old grandson there when Endeavor was on the launch pad.  The rocket garden is very impressive with Sputnick and Redstone and all the others on display.  The tour guides show pictures and talk about Huntsville and the accomplishments of so many people.  Our grandson went back with my son and daughter-in-law to view the launch of Endeavor and hopefully will remember that bit of history.

We tend to take things for granted and think things will not change, but, sadly, they do.

Jeanne Warner Hall

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July 21, 2011

Please forward this to the Class of 59 - I sent it to my Class this morning. Thank you, Charlotte and Mickey

BOOM BOOM - what a thrill to hear the last two sounds that Atlantis is BACK.  We could not actually see the landing but could hear it and all the other aircraft associated with this proud but sad moment.  It was also a thrill to see the lift off and now hear the landing.  To us who grew up a part of the SPACE PROGRAM and our parents who made it happen it is a special time.  To those of you who spent your careers continuing to make such a historical contribution to mankind - THANK YOU.  Our future here at the Space Coast is uncertain but this we do know - the Space Program is not dead but headed in a new direction.  It will certainly change life around here but I guess our area is not the only one affected by these changes.  Just wanted to share these early morning thoughts with you.  Love to all and HAIL TO HHS. Charlotte
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July 20, 2011

The 70th birthday committee will be meeting next week, so you should be hearing about that soon. Be sure to put the get-together Saturday, October 8 on your calendar with a big star!

Please continue with prayers, thoughts and cards for Jo Anna.and her family. Please visit if you are close enough. You do not need to stay long and Martha suggests mid to late afternoons are good times.

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June 09, 2011

From Ebi Ball:  Please convey to Jo Anna's family that she is in our prayers. ...  If there is anyway Barbara and I can get away for the 70th celebration we plan to come and visit w/my sister and her husband. Barbara's 91 yr old Mother lives with us, so we"ll see. Love to all of you, Ebi
Message 2 from Ebi: Re: Jo Anna Thanks for the update! I would like nothing more than to get to the "Oktoberfest". The arthritis is about the same and recently I had emergency heart surgery; a 5 in stent to clear a 95% blockage of some artery (vein?) that runs the length of the right side. My wife had to have 3 on her heart . If I come I would have to drive myself. I haven't flown since Vietnam. I enjoyed the 30th back in '89 and will do my best to get there. Good to hear from you! Ebi

Message from Ed Hedden: Thanks so much for the updates about Joanna. It is great to hear that so many good friends and classmates made it to the picnic. We will be in Guntersville June 2nd and 3rd at our family reunion. We are praying that Joanna continues to full recovery with at as little suffering as possible. Ed   (comment from Virginia ... it is comforting that someone else has trouble knowing when it is ...I sent out 2 checks dated 2010 last month!).

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The picnic at Jack and Marguerite Koontz's farm on Saturday, June 4 was great! We had been somewhat concerned about the heat, but shade was abundant and there was a nice breeze, helped by some electric fans. Twenty-six of us gathered for a great visit and lots of food. John Paul furnished delicious BBQ and Jack was kind enough to take leftovers to folks in the area who had been affected by the recent tornados in the area. A real treat was the return of Jim Forbes and Sandra Scott Forbes (both classmates) who have recently moved from Tennessee to the Albertville area. We will be glad to have them nearby! Betty Lou Bell Dunaway and Bob traveled from Newnan, GA; Elizabeth Neal Wigley came from Ozark, AL; and Diane Parker Phillips and Dick came from Anniston. We wish more of you could have come.

There were some questions about the upcoming 70th birthday party. It will be Saturday, October 8, 2011 at the Huntsville Depot, so put that date on your calendar. More details will be forthcoming.

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May 29, 2011 6:51 PM

Picnic at Jack and Marguerite Koontz farm on June 4, 2011, NEXT Saturday, at 11 a.m. Please bring a potluck dish or two with beverages. John Paul is furnishing BBQ for all.  Betty Vaughn is out-of-town this week until Thursday. If you have not let her know and decide you would like to come, please give me a call  or send me an email.

Lera Harwell Chisam will be moving in June to Oregon, to be closer to her children I will send email and snail mail info when I receive it. She won't be in her new house out there until August.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlotte Strong Neal and her family upon learning of the death of her mother. Charlotte did not graduate with us, but she has been a regular attendee at class events in the past few years, so we have "adopted" her.

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May 12, 2011
From Jo Anna

Note received from Sally (Fleming) Walker who had knee replacement surgery
on Tuesday (May 10th) --- Surgery went well and I'm doing fine. Drugged up so feeling no pain. Thanks  for prayer support the next few months .



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Class Picnic Time!  

Information from Jo Anna...

Picnic at Jack and Marguerite Koontz farm on June 4, 2011. at 11 a.m.

Please bring a potluck dish or two with beverages.

Directions to Jack's place:

From Huntsville's Governors Drive/California St. intersection, go over the mountain (Monte Sano) via Hwy. 431,

21.5 miles to boat repair business on right (between mile marker 311 & 312), just past Keller's Bait store.

Turn right on Merrell Mountain Rd. Go .7 mile and turn right on Johnson Hollow Road. Go .2 mile and turn left onto gravel road (look for HHS sign and barn in open field)

GPS - 245 Johnson Hollow Road, Grant, Al. 35747

>>> This is very important - please get in touch with Betty V. Christian by May 30th so she can give a final count to Jack.

John Paul will be providing BAR B Q for the picnic at Jack's.

Thank you John Paul!

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March 23, 2011
[from Jo Anna]

Joanna, I just spoke with Diane Wilensky Parlin. Her husband, Harold passed away today. I know she would appreciate hearing from some of her classmates. She and Harold had been married for 45 years. Diane has always been like a sister to me and Harold was like a brother.

Thanks, Cora Pitsinger White

P.S. Thanks for keepng us updated on all our classmates
February 21, 2011
[from Jo Anna]

Note received from Joyce (Askew) Joyce about her husband....

Gary was once again admitted to the hospital Sat.-Mon. This time with a bowel obstruction.

He is better now. He has an appt. with his surgeon at Johns-Hopkins on Feb. 28th for a follow-up visit and another opinion on the PSC diagnosis. Continue your prayers, they are being felt! It's all in God's Hands.


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February 10, 2011
[from Jo Anna]

Note received from Joyce (Askew) Joyce about her husband - Gary - DEAR FAMILY & FRIENDS, Finally, the liver doctor at UAB called late yesterday and said he saw some obstruction in Gary's bile duct but since his bilirubins had dropped rather than increasing since being released from the hospital this last time that he wanted to just watch him awhile and ordered another set of liver (blood) lab work. This has been a roller coaster ride....relieved/worry...

then relieved and worry again!!

All of you have been so very concerned and we love you all for this.....so I wanted you to know where we are at this time.

We are to go back to Johns-Hopkins in March for a follow up exam and will try to see a liver expert there for another opinion.

Huntsville GI doctors diagnosed Gary with PSC (this is bad) but the doctor at UAB isn't sure he agrees with that, at this point, and thinks a visit to J/H and a different opinion is a good idea. For now (today) Gary is feeling pretty good and is back to doing normal activities and that is a "good" thing! Keep us in your prayers and as soon as we are sure of anything I will send out another e-mail. I have faith that God is taking care of us and we put all this in His Hands!!

Much love, Joyce 

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[from M]
January 30. 2011

Sara Ann Smith Grant died today around 5:00 P.M. She had been moved to a lovely Hospice Home in Albertville this past Friday ~ She past peacefully / she had gone into a coma ~ Her daughter is to let me know as soon as they finalize the plans ~ The funeral will most likely be mid week ~ Sara had found out in the early fall that she has lung & brain cancer ~ It progressed very quickly>>>>>M

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January 26, 2011

Sympathy is extended to H.B. Overton and family in the passing of his mother. Martha E. Overton passed away Tuesday in Huntsville. She was 89 yrs.old.A graveside service will be this Friday (Jan.28) at Maple Hill Cemetery with grandson Douglas Bachuss officiating.

January 22, 2011
from Jo Anna
(Received from Jeri Lynn (Jones) McAllister this a.m.)
To all of you who have been so supportive of us during Joe's illness, I am happy 
(yes, happy!) to say that he has gone to be with the Lord. He died last night about 8:30. 
Arrangements are incomplete at this time; will let you know as soon as things are 
finalized. Bless all of you for your concern and overwhelming kindness!
~( :o) Jeri
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Note from Joyce (Askew) Joyce received on 1-19-2011:
Just to let everyone know that Gary was released from Crestwood Hospital Monday after 6 days in the hospital because he was juandiced, etc. and after a procedure called MRCP diagnosed him with PSC (primary schlerosing cholangitis). We have an appt. with a GI Hepatologist at UAB on Jan. 26th. Please keep us both (once again) in your prayers! Love, Joyce 

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January 15, 2011 

Welcome to JW Clark's return to our HHS59 e-mail list. 

JW, we sent you a 70th birthday invitation via mail because your old e-mail address was no longer valid. 
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JoAnna -

We are snowed-in up here in Massachusetts. I had just finished clearing the front walk when I had a call from JW Clark (Jim) in Memphis. He wanted to bust me about the snow. Well, anyway, during the conversation he mentioned that he doesn't seem to be on anyone's mailing list. 
He was surprised to hear about the October 70th birthday party. 

...And I hear Huntsville got some snow. I fondly remember my last snow in Huntsville - December of '59 I think. My parents were out of town and I took my Dad's car out. Got to the spot where I think Franklin street began back then - coming off the mountain road, slid down the slope and rear-ended another car. How are you folks making out this winter? 

Our snow started here about 2am and has been on and off all morning till now. It has finally slowed to a "blowing around". We had what is known here affectionately as a "Noreaster" (North Easter) which is usually equivalent to a category 1 hurricane. It starts from the south and swings around to the north east and comes back in going south-west. Lots of wind and hard driven snow. The generator came on twice during the night which means we had some high winds. I finally saw the plow in the driveway at 7:30AM. No school today in fact the governor has closed state offices and requested that no one go out unless they must. Nothing above freezing until Saturday so what we have will just harden into "cement snow" and do a tune on wheel alignments. 

Thanks for all the news (both good and not so good) and thanks for Bobby's address. Best to your and yours this new year. I am sure we will talk between now and October, but I plan to be there for the 70th in October.

Best and God Bless
Rich Finlaw
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Richard - The slope you talk about sliding on is being changed to a 6 lane highway plus turn lanes. The state had to re-route part of Big Cove Rd to accommodate. If you haven't been back to Huntsville in awhile - you are going to be amazed at the changes. The whole county is different.

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For those who "forgot" where they put it!!!!
Hey - I'm in that class too!

Dear ’59 Classmates,
Guess what – next year we will celebrate our 70th birthday. Can you believe we have lived this long!

Your reunion committee thinks we need to have a birthday party. We have some money left in our account – sooooo lets get together again.

We have tentatively reserved the old train station (where we met on Friday night for our 50th reunion – Historic Huntsville Depot) for Saturday, October 8, 2011. Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be our menu again and Oscar the bartender will be there also. We are adding music by Tony Mason and his guitar. Stir all this together and its sure to be fun. The cost will be $20 person. Now you can’t beat that price!

If you think this sounds like fun and want to come, let us hear from you. Mark your calendar and we’ll get back to you closer to the date.
Have a good year – see you in [OCTOBER] 2011.
Your Reunion Committee

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Jo Anna (Gowan) Burkett  1/11/11

HHS Class of 1959 welcomes Bobby Grubbs to our e-mail list. 

We now have 127 classmates participating.

[We'd like all our classmates to join our emails - just click on the "eMail Addresses?" link above.]

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note from Jeri Lynn (Jones) McAllister on Jan 5, 2011:

Hello, folks:

I am writing from Room 237 of Crestwood Hospital, where Bobby is spending some time for the second time in a week. He was admitted this afternoon with chest pains and shortness of breath (also for the second time). Last time they kept him two days, ran some tests, and sent him home with some blood pressure medicine, some anti-anxiety pills, and nitroglycerine to put under his tongue when needed. This time they decided to do a heart cath to look for a blockage, which they will do tomorrow morning (Thursday). He is actually feeling pretty good, considering. He has been under major stress lately, and I'm sure this doesn't help the situation any.

Joe had a VERY good day today--he slept well last night, got up and showered all by himself, and actually ate some solid food. Carol was able to turn his oxygen down to "4", which is very good! Think it is due to the steroids he is taking, which should help him focus, give him energy, help his pain, make his breathing easier, and actually help to shrink the tumors. (Thank you, Lord!) He also got a phone call from his old friend Randy Jones, which gave him a good laugh and was a real shot in the arm! 

I am happy to say that yesterday, January 4, 2011, Joe and Carol went to the church building where they were re-wed by Bro. Gary Bradley. Joe has been wanting this ever since they were divorced, and he is ecstatic. I am so happy for them.

Will Clark (our 15-year-old grandson) is staying with us for the time being, since we live close to Grissom and it is easy for us to get him to school every morning. (He was living with Joe in his condo before Joe got sick, and it is in the Grissom district.) Erin (our 20-year-old
granddaughter) is our little "runner," on whom we depend to go to the drug store, get groceries, run errands, etc. She is such a sweetie pie!
Our sons Jeremy and Jeff have been our strength through this ordeal--they are there for whatever we need, any hour of the day or night. We could not make it without them--another "Thank you, Lord!"

Thank all of you so much for your calls, prayers, visits, food, and many other acts of kindness. We have never been so well fed in our lives! It may be a while before I get all my "thank you" notes written, but please know how very much your love and concern mean to us. We are just overwhelmed!

Much love,
~( :o) Jeri

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I talked with Jeri Lynn a few minutes ago. She said that Bobby had 2 stents and is doing really good. They are outside building an "ice girl"
so if any of you get time (when the roads clear), go by her house to see. Does anyone besides me remember the snow ice lady she made when we were in High School? It was fabulous and got the attention of newsmedia. Huntsville got 6-12 inches of snow last night. It is beautiful but has left us with ice roads. Schools are closed and many businesses. All you Huntsville area classmates be careful on the ice and snow.
Jeri Lynn said their son Joe is doing well. Hospice is keeping pain meds adjusted so that he is sleeping mostly at night and able to be with family during the day.
Jo Anna 

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