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Received Wed. Dec 22, 2010 from Jeri Lynn (Jones) McAllister

To Our Dear Friends:

We just got back from Vanderbilt this afternoon. We had taken Joe up there to try to get him into one of the experimental programs for melanoma in Dr. Sosman's clinic. Unfortunately, they would not take him because he is too weak to withstand the chemotherapy. Participants have to be up and going under their own steam, and Joe has been bedfast for about a month. His cancer has spread-- it's in his lung, his bones, his blood, and his liver. Dr. Wyman, the Vandy oncologist, suggested that Joe should seek radiation therapy to reduce his bone lesions, a major source of his pain. Once he can travel more comfortably, we want to take him back to Nashville to see Dr.Steve Cantrell, who has an off-beat but evidently promising program against melanoma. His outfit is called  "NeoPlas"-- check out his web page at www.neoplas.org

We took him and his family back home today--they have been staying here with us since his diagnosis, but they wanted to go home for Christmas. We are exhausted and sick at heart, but we will get through it. People have been so wonderful to us; God shows us His love and care in new ways every day. Thank all of you so much for your love and concern.

Hugs,
~( :o) Jeri
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December 15, 2010
From M /Jo Anna,
I received a message from Sara Ann Smith Grant’s daughter.
Sara has been diagnosed with brain & stage IV lung cancer. She is now at MD Anderson for a second opinion and will be there until next week. This is the link to Kirby’s FB Page so that classmates can keep up with Sara’s progress:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=1646899936#!/profile.php?id=1614154284

Anyone can go to a FB Page if they have the link (even if they are not a member of facebook) they just cannot comment ~
Please keep Sara in your prayers/there never can be enough prayers!>>>>>M

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December 12, 2010

From a Face Book posting by our classmate, Jeri Lynn Jones McAllister

I would like to thank all of you for your love and concern for us and our son, Joe, who is suffering from very aggressive cancer. He is in HH on the oncology floor, and is in a lot of pain. We need all the prayers you can offer up, so please keep us close in your hearts.

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December 2010
Classmates, our classmate M has created an HHS '59 Face Book for the class! 
She reported she has loaded over 2000 class pictures and seeking more from
our class.  Although a separate entity from our "HHS '59 Class" web site, and we 
don't control it's content, it's a great way for the class to "socialize" and share.  
To access it click on the link "Miss M's HHS '59 On Face Book".  
Thanks M for all your hard work!

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From: Jo Anna,  December 02, 2010 

Occasionally we receive a "blessed" note and are very glad! --

Hooray, Just returned from our follow-up appt. with Dr. Cameron. The last Pathology reports came back negative (benign)!! We ask doc. how confident is he with the results and he said 100%!

Hooray!!! How very blessed we are!!! See, all of your prayers got through!!

We will return to Huntsville late tomorrow....Gary was exhausted after dressing and going to hospital this AM so I know tomorrow will be difficult for him. Now just to heal!!

We are to return in 3 mos. for a 3 dimensional CT scan and doctor check-up.

We are excited that things are going well now and excited to get home!!

We have missed everyone.

Much love, Joyce [Askew] Joyce & Gary

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Sunday, November 14, 2010 

Glenda Bragg asks for prayers: I wonder if we could add dear friends of ours to the prayer list. They are members of Trinity, but need all our prayers. Gary Joyce and his wife Joyce (yes, she is Joyce Joyce), are flying up today to Johns Hopkins where he will be evaluated by their Pancreatic Team. Right now he is scheduled for surgery on Wednesday, to remove cancer from the pancreas. His wife is not well also, so these next few weeks will be especially hard for both of them. Miracles happen every day. We are praying for a miracle...........and for God's will. Thanks for passing this along.

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July 27, 1941 - Oct. 31, 2010
Phyllis Sisco Brown, 69, of Huntsville passed away Sunday at Huntsville Hospital. She was surrounded by her family and friends who walked her home to be with the Lord.
She was born and raised in Huntsville, where she graduated from Huntsville High School and later received a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Faulkner University.
Her greatest passion in life was her art and she created many beautiful paintings and loved her work as a local art instructor.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Hunter, and father, Bill Hunter.
She is survived by her sons, Steven Alexander and son-in-law Kurtis VanSant and Phillip Frady and wife Annette, all of Los Angeles; sister, Lynda Hays and brother-in-law Calvin Hays of Ceres, Va.; father, Charles Sisco and wife Betty of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; granddaughters, Felicia Frady of Nashville and Jessica Frady of Los Angeles; niece, Michael Duvall, and great-niece, Rio Ward and Dante Duvall of Virginia. She is survived by many loving friends and will be missed by all.
Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Spry Funeral Home of Huntsville. Services will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home chapel. The interment will follow at Cameron Cemetery.

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Oct. 23, 2010

Betty V
 
Things have changed drastically since my last email.  Phyllis had a heart attack on Wednesday night and is in ICU. They have her on a ventilator. She is so miserable looking with that ventilator taped to her face, she can't talk and I know she has to be so uncomfortable.   I don't think she will ever get better.  Please pray with me that God will just see fit to release her from her suffering. My heart is  heavy with grief. How can this happen and happen so fast?
 
Thank you for asking.   Much love to you.
 
Carolyn

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October 13, 2010

Classmates,

I have received these notes from Carolyn Taylor regarding Phyllis Sisco Brown. The news is not good and all our classmates have been asked to pray for Phyllis. We also need to pray for strength for Carolyn.

Love to all,

Jo Anna

P.S. Phyllis is the one who created the super-nice table decorations for our 50th reunion last October.  The decorations reminded us of our roots (rockets, cotton, etc.) and we were proud to display them and to have been a part of that era.

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October 5, 2010

Jo Anna

 

Wanted to let you and classmates know that Phyllis Sisco Brown is very sick in the HH.  She went to the hospital Thursday with what was believed infection in lungs and bronchial tubes.   The antibiotics were not working and they did a biopsy.  The biopsy showed  a tumor around the bronchial tubes.  Over the weekend her heart went i into fibulation and they moved her to the CC unit on the 6th floor.  Please keep her in your prayers.  Not sure what they plan to do until test results come back from biopsy.

 

Please, please girlfriends and boyfriends, take good care of yourselves.  We can’t afford to loose any more classmates.

 

More later

Carolyn Thorne Taylor

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8/24/10 

Rainer Jenke

I am sorry I have taken so long to answer your e-mail about Rainer's death.  It has just been too hard for me to be able to put thoughts together.  
Rainer passed away peacefully in his sleep probably in the early morning hours of Saturday, June5, 2010.  He was seemingly in great health except that he had fought 3 battles with pneumonia since the first of the year.  The last chest x-ray showed no problems.  Our physician believes his heart went into an irregular beat pattern and did not continue beating.  He was on his side, just the way he always slept.  There was no evidence of any pain or struggle.
I don't know how well Rainer kept up with everyone, so I will tell you a little about his life.  He and I met at the University of Alabama when he was a senior and I was a freshman.  We married in January of 1965 and lived in Huntsville.  He worked for Spaco for one year and then went to IBM.  We lived in Huntsville for 8 years and moved to Raleigh in 1973.  Our sons, Stephen and Scott were born in Huntsville.   Rainer retired from IBM after 32 years in 1998, but a few months later started working with Schneider Electric.  He retired from Schneider in December 2008.  He was loving retirement.  Rainer never lacked for something to do.  He took care of everything around the house, took care of the cars, and had the most gorgeous yard in the neighborhood.
He picked the 2 youngest grandsons up from school and day care every day. He was even beginning to be a pretty good cook.  Rainer was an active member of Bay Leaf Baptist Church and a discussion with Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).  He believed a real man was one who was not afraid to share
the gospel of Jesus Christ, and live a life of dedication.  Everyone who ever met him loved him.
I will never stop missing the love of my life and my rock.  His two sons were devoted to him, his two daughters in law saw him as a wonderful dad, and his 3 grandsons worshiped him.
I would love to hear from school mates who knew Rainer.  I did not know him when he was in high school.  I do know he was quite a rascal.  He still had a mischievous sense of humor. Rainer loved to have a good time.  
Let me know if I left out anything you would want to know.  
Mary Nell Jenke


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August 21, 2010
Birthday Party Announced for next year!

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August 21, 2010
We've noticed several HHS '59 Classmates are showing up on Face Book!
It's another good way to keep in touch. 
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June 24, 2010 [from Sam Tumminello]
All people in the picture "Coach Ben Berry's Huntsville Jr. High School 1955 Football Team" have been identified thanks to a newspaper article found in Mom's collection. The Huntsville Times article entitled:  "Junior High Baby Panthers" dated Thursday, Sept. 22, 1955.
(click here to see the picture on the "Before 59 Page")

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Rainer Jenke June 5, 2010

Rainer Jenke, born November 2, 1940 to Richard K. Jenke & Lisbeth Rothe Jenke in Saalfeld, East Germany, went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2010. He was preceded in death by his Father and Mother of Huntsville, Alabama. Rainer is survived by his brother Peter and wife Carolyn of Decatur, Al., sister Veronica Jenko Stockho and husband Robert of Arlington, VA; wife of 45 yrs. Mary Nell, sons Stephen & wife Shannon of Raleigh. and Scott and wife Denis of Dallas, Texas, grandchildren Blaine, Christopher and David. He joined IBM in l966 in Huntsville. He moved to Raleigh in l973 with IBM and retired in l998. He joined Schneider Electric and retired after 10 years in 2008. Rainer was a devoted member of Bayleaf Baptist Church and also a Discussion Leader at Bible Study Fellowhip. He was instrumental in many coming to know the Lord as their Savoir. Visitation for family and friends will be on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 from 6-8 p.m. at Bayleaf Baptist Church, 12200 Bayleaf Church Road, Raleigh, NC Funeral service will be Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at Bayleaf Baptist Church at 1:00 PM.

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Message from William (Bill) O'Neal June 2010
Diana fought a year long battle with Leukemia. She was diagnosed in May 2009. Ironically, she died at the same hospital. She died of heart failure not Leukemia and she was so proud of that. She told the doctors "I beat it". It was all the other illnesses that finally just wore her heart out. CHEMO keeps your blood counts so low you become susceptible to everything else. She was in and out of the hospital a lot. The last thing was the Doctor who crashed her kidneys and being in Dialysis was to much to take for someone who had fought so hard. The depression and constant trips three times a week were a toll taker.

Yes the death notice was my wife. Diana's brother wanted to put the notice in the Huntsville paper because he thought some of his Mother and Father's friends would want to know. Diana did not want an obituary notice, or a service. She wanted only to be cremated and her ashes spread over four of her most favorite places. 

I have my daughter and her husband and son but they live in St Petersburg, FL and Harrisonburg, VA respectively. 

I had throat cancer in 2007. Radiation did the trick and I am still free of the cancer. I have two more check-ups to go before they declare you cancer free. 

I love living in Spring Hill. We actually researched this location before we moved. We wanted to be near a good hospital. little did we know we would use it, Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a great place. We also wanted to be near an airport where we could get competitive airfares as we traveled a lot. I was unaware until I was making a list of all the photo albums we have. We actually were in 284 cities and 11 countries. We rarely stayed home. We loved the travel because it took us to places where Diana could use her photography skills to take wildlife photos. We were not the type to go to large hotels in large cities and do the night life. That was not us, we had to do a lot of that in my work. We preferred the out of the way places in small hotels that were clean and we could get a good nights sleep. 

I am aware of the monthly get togethers. I went once or twice before Diana was diagnosed since moving to Spring Hill. We moved in Oct 2007. Since then I have not been anywhere. I told HB I would be to the Gibson Breakfast in July. I still have a sister living in Huntsville and I stay with her. 

Actually, it is I who should say thank you for contacting me. It gives me a reason to be active, even if on the computer. It does get quite in the house. I am good as long as I have something to do. The down time is horrible.

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June 9, 2010
We had another fun HHS Picnic at Jack and Marguerite's wonderful grounds at Merrill Mountain, last Saturday, June 5th. To those there - thanks for sharing. To our dear classmates who couldn't make it, we missed you.  Watch for the list of attendees
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June 4, 2010 Some picnic replies:

From Mickey M. 
Fifty Niners - I miss you all, envy you and love you. Have a great get together. Mickey
P.S. This next year is our 70th. Birthday Parties..... whew!!!

From Sally 
purple passion... [recipe censored - we don't want to give the grandkids any ideas.]. "...was also a give a way as the mouth would always be purple. Then you had to be very careful as how to get by the parents. My mother was a teetotaler. (Is that a real word?) But Benny, not my husband, but the really really bad Benny in our class assured me my mother would NEVER smell it or know so he gave me my first drink of PP. It let me down a path of destruction and ruined my life. I keep a jug hidden in my home for medicinal purposes only or like when it's been a really bad day. I think Benny still drinks it as I see his mouth/tongue sometimes (really a lot of times) has a purplish color OR it could be the cheap red wine he drinks."

Sammy please don't tell my class mates that I can't come to "51st"  [sorry - I told, besides missing you they will enjoy reading your message.]

Have a great day classmates.


Hugs,
Sal

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May 11, 2010

We thought our HHS 59 Class would like to know about this and attend the reception. 

Art Exhibition UAHuntsville   The Art of Nature 
 
The opening reception is June 2nd from 4:30-7:00 PM at the Salmon Library Gallery,
UA Huntsville.


University of Alabama, Salmon Library Gallery – Huntsville AL June 2 – July 25, 2010

The Sanctuary Artists: The Art of Nature (Salmon Library Gallery) and Clayton Bass: The Poetry of Wildness (Wilson Hall Gallery) exhibitions open at U.A. Huntsville Galleries on June 2 and continue through July 25, 2010. 

Nature has been a powerful driver of creativity since the earliest known art made by humans in Paleolithic caves. Two new exhibitions premiering at the University of Alabama Huntsville on June 2, 2010 present vibrant examples of what happens when contemporary artists explore nature and reflect their surroundings in varied media. A group exhibition The Sanctuary Artists: The Art of Nature will open in the Salmon Library Gallery, while the solo show Clayton Bass: The Poetry of Wildness opens in the Wilson Hall Gallery on the same date, with both continuing through July 25. 

These exhibitions have intriguing connections. In February 2009 the idea of the Sanctuary Artists began forming over coffee shared by Margaret Anne Goldsmith, philanthropist and naturalist, and Clayton Bass, artist and President and CEO of the Huntsville Museum of Art. Attracted by the beauty of the Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary, a recent gift to the City of Huntsville by the Goldsmith family, their hope was to raise awareness within the community of this resource by introducing it to artists. The idea and group quickly evolved to include individuals from many disciplines including the visual arts, natural sciences, literary and oral traditions. Together they continue to explore Huntsville’s newest green space, share their creative responses, and now offer their first group exhibition, The Art of Nature. More information can be found at the Sanctuary Artists’ blog, http://thesanctuaryartists.blogspot.com/ which contains links to their individual websites. 

The solo exhibition by co-founder of the Sanctuary Artists, Clayton Bass: The Poetry of Wildness, assembles acrylic paintings on canvas with deep connections to wilderness areas in north Alabama. A painter of “clear realism”, his colorful landscapes transport viewers from broad vistas to works of intimate detail. Mr. Bass has exhibited his paintings in numerous solo and group exhibitions from New York City to Mississippi during the past twenty-five years. His work will be featured in solo exhibitions at Artistic Images Gallery in Huntsville in Fall 2010, and at River Gallery in Chattanooga in Spring 2011. More information can be found at his website, www.claytonbass.com. 

Sanctuary Artists include: 
Clayton Bass - painter
Robert Bean - painter
Jerry Brown - painter
Drucilla Esslinger - archivist
Sara Beth Fair - painter
Margaret Anne Goldsmith - philanthropist, naturalist
Dee Burt Holmes - painter, printmaker
Blake Hudson - videographer
Marian Lewis – photographer, naturalist
Maggie Little - artist
Larry Long - archivist
Sara McDaris - author/storyteller
Jim Poff - photographer
Guadalupe Robinson - potter
Jimmy Robinson - poet
Sam Tumminello - photographer, printmaker
Katrina Weber - painter 

The Sanctuary Artists: The Art of Nature traveling exhibition venues: 
University of Alabama, Salmon Library Gallery – Huntsville AL
June 2 – July 25, 2010 

Guntersville Museum – Guntersville AL
August 7 – October 18, 2010 
Carnegie Art Center – Decatur AL
January 2011 – February 2011
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April 28, 2010

HHS PICNIC
Announcing!  [MARK YOUR CALENDARS]
Get-together at Jack and Marguerite Koontz farm on Saturday - June 5, 2010 at noon.
Please bring a vegetable or salad of your choice a beverage and chair(s).

Directions: From Governors Dr/California St. in Huntsville go over the mountain 21.5 miles.
Look for boat repair place between mile marker 311 & 312. Turn right onto Merrell Mtn. Rd.
Go 7/10th of a mile, turn right on Johnson Hollow Rd. Go 2/10th of a mile and turn left onto gravel driveway. Look for open field and barn.

If you are coming from Guntersville, go past turn to Guntersville Dam, look for boat repair place and turn left onto Merrell Mtn. Rd., then follow directions above.


You will need to let Jo Anna know if you are attending and how many no later than Wednesday - June 2
.           e-mail: burthefarm@juno.com

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February 16, 2010  from Jo Anna
Hi Everyone,
 
I really need to keep up with my e-mail. I keep getting messages from JoAnn and do appreciate it - thanks.
 
Ya know, one of these days I going to surprise myself and everyone and just show up for one of these breakfast/lunch events. At the moment I'm still working and keep saying "...just one more year" but as each recess rolls around in February, April and summer, Pauline will say to me, if this is what your retirement is going to be like, don't!  So I continue to search for the perfect retirement "occupation" or whatever. 
 
I hope you folks in Alabama are enjoying this wonderful winter.  I seems that there has been more snow down south than in New England.  The Cardinals and Blue Jays have returned here and continue fight the squirrels for a spot at the suet block.  I'll know that spring is really here when I see the Robins. 
 
Best to everyone and hope to see you soon one of these days.
Rich Finlaw

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2/14/2010 from Jo Anna

Awhile back I asked for prayers for one of our classmates who did not want to be identified at that time. The classmate is Charles Hopson.

He and Jane most certainly appreciate your prayers and thoughts.

They have been thru a very rough period and he has a ways to go but we are hopeful.

Jane and Charles attended the reunion in October [2009].

Jane writes:

Charles had surgery at UAB on Jan. 7 to remove the right lobe of his liver. There were 3 tumors there; the six chemo treatments (including Avastin, one of the new "smart chemos") had not significantly reduced the size of any of them. The high-risk surgery was successful in that they were able to get all the tumors, but a week later there were complications because the central bile duct had narrowed due to one of the tumors having sort of "squeezed" it. They had to put a stent in the duct, then a day later re-open the original surgery incision and do an abdominal wash to get out all the bile that had gotten into the abdominal cavity, then put in a couple of drains.

Charles was in the hospital a total of 16 days. He came home on January 23 and has been recuperating at home since then.

I can see clear physical improvement in the two weeks we've been home but of course the surgery was very major so it is going to take a good while for Charles to get his energy back. So far all signs are excellent that the remaining part of the liver is functioning well and we are optimistic for a good recovery.

He definitely does not want any more chemo or any more surgeries, so those are our parameters going forward. Please continue to keep both of us in your prayers.

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Update is that Charles is recuperating nicely. Still very low energy, but that's to be expected at this point post-surgery. He's up and every day, and if the sun ever comes back we'll be getting out in it!

Jane

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2/12/2010

Hey Jo Anna,

Sounds like ya'll are having "old timer" problems too. I am so sorry that both of you are going through all that pain and witnessing what Dick has gone through these past months, I have a new empathy for those with debilitating joint pain. I will be praying for your upcoming surgeries and the rehab that follows.

They tied to rehab Dick's shoulder without surgery but it didn't work.

He went through four months of grueling therapy and still had to have the surgery on January 20th. The surgery found problems the MRI did not.

Larger rotator cuff tear, bone damage from the fall, scar tissue, bone spurs and bursitis. Years and years of hard golf. Then the prostate biopsy on January 28th. We met with the urologist on last Wednesday and got the mind numbing news. Out of six tissue samples four were full of cancer. On the Gleason scale (1-10) his cancer is a level 7 and his PSA 11.5. He has a bone scan next Wednesday and a CAT scan the following Wednesday. When we get those reports, along with those of his blood work, we will pursue his options. He had his first day of shoulder rehab last Thursday. This is going to be so rough on him, trying to rehab and take the decided on treatment.

Yes, please share this with our classmates. We need all their good prayers.

Thanks so much for your concern Jo Anna. It means more than you know.

Love,

Millie

(Millie Sue Woody Wilson)

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2009

December 16, 2009  [From: Jo Anna]


Welcome to Sherry Branum McLeod. Sherry lives in AZ. 

So glad we found her!

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December 01, 2009 [from Jo Anna]

Joanna, I have had 3 strokes since our reunion. I am out of the hospital at home now. My doc thinks I will make a full recovery. But it seems to be moving slow.y Please ask our class mates to keep me in their prayers.
Ellizabeth Wigley

(Eliz - sorry to hear but glad you are doing better. Will certainly keep you in my prayers.)

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We have another classmate who is having severe health problems but does
not wish to make public right now. Please keep in mind in the coming
weeks that he/she will get thru the strong chemo and serious surgery with flying colors.

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November 13, 2009
[from Jo Anna]
Reminder!

The 1959 Class of Huntsville High School will meet at Gibson's BBQ on Memorial Parkway, south on the third Tuesday of each month Tuesday, November 17th to eat Breakfast at 7 a.m. (men) or to each Lunch at 11 a.m. (ladies) If you miss the men's breakfast, you are welcome to attend the ladies lunch.

If you would rather eat breakfast, feel free to eat with the men at 7 a.m.

The ladies will not meet during December but will resume on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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Jerry R. Crabtree, Sr. Oct 14, 1941 - Dec 19, 2008 (Info received from Richard Boyd 2009)
Jerry R. Crabtree, Sr., 67 of Fayetteville, Tenn., passed away Friday. 
He was a member of the Church of Christ. Jerry was a retired business owner and avid Auburn fan who loved his family and his wife dearly. Survivors include his wife and best friend for 47 years, Georgia Lynn Luma Crabtree (HHS '61); three daughters, Jana Childers and husband John H. of Meridianville, Angie Swinford and husband Todd of Fayetteville, and Paige Foutch and husband Jason of Hazel Green; son, Jerry "Jay" Crabtree and wife Wendy of Huntsville; sisters, June Nottingham of Kingsport, Tenn., and Janet Thompson of Florida, and grandchbildren, Anna, Sarah, Jacob, Justin, Ben, Lexy, Katie, Zack, Taylor, Hannah, Jessica, Aaden, and Dylan.  Visitation and funeral was at Laughlin Funeral Home and he was buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville. 
The family requested that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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(from Richard Boyd Nov. 2009)
Also, Hoyt D. "Butch" Martin (don't know when he graduated but he was a year younger than us) died Feb 19, 1992 in Huntsville of leukemia. He was survived by a son, John Martin of Greenville, S.C., daughter Lynne McDowell of Birmingham and his mother Evelyn P. Martin of Huntsville. Mrs. Evelyn was our lunchroom manager for years.

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[from Jo Anna]:
Thanks Richard for sending the info - your classmates really appreciate your efforts!
Also Richard says that Sonny Savas, Jerry Crabtree and he joined the Navy Reserve at the same time. They have consecutive service numbers. One other person joined here and then Mike Sefton joined.

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Classmate Comments Follow

Read the poem Jane wrote and recited at our 50th! Click:  Jane's Poem

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[from your webworker- Sam Tumminello]

Dear HHS ’59 Reunion Committee,

First thank you so much for the kind surprise gift you presented me last Saturday night. 

I do the web work for the love of our class and because it’s something I can contribute. To be given public thanks, with such a nice memento, in the mist of our great class was truly special. I love you all.

The wonderful and special reunion you folks not only tirelessly planned, but carried-out out, seemingly “hitch less”, was gratifying. Pat and I had a great time. You are special people. Thank you all for such a special occasion. 

I remember about 20 years ago I had a photo assignment to do a group picture at my cousin’s 45th HHS reunion and remembered how “elderly” they seemed. Then I think of our vibrant class at our fiftieth reunion and think about the song lyrics “the times – they are a changing”. I honestly believe we have a very special high school class in the history of Huntsville and I’m so proud to be a part of it. 

If we get a good group picture and I’m sure we will, I hope to supply a copy to the archivist of our Huntsville Public Library, along with copy of the special class DVD, to remind the future generations of Huntsvillians who we were and just how special our class was.

Love and Best wishes,

Sam Tumminello

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[from Jo Anna, a collection of classmate reunion comments.]

I try not to make the newsletter too long but sometimes it is unavoidable...
These are some of the messages we received afterwards about the reunion -


(This wonderful classmate was not going to come but a special call was made to her - afraid she was going to be uncomfortable - but ended having the time of her life!) JoAnna, Please send this message to all who worked on the reunion. 

It was really wonderful and exceeded all expectations! So much time and thought and hard work went into making it a special event. Of course, the most fun was reconnecting with our classmates and telling all those big and little lies (as Richard Jones said in his blessing).

It's such a milestone in our lives and I will remember it always. I will have pics to share and will get them to you. 

Thanks to all for this special event! I am so glad I went.
Hugs,
Joyce Herring

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Note: We fought over doorprizes!!! Yes, we did...We requested that classmates donate a handmade item as a door prize. It was the most fun we've had in a long time too.. Thanks classmates for making this part of our reunion a success.
Joyce Herring got the doll on Saturday morning at the breakfast. She didn't know I brought something for it but did know that I made dolls --
one of those "lives" I went through. Evidently she stuck her hand into
the bag and had an idea of what it was, saw my initials on the bottom and got it. She said she "fought" someone else for it and had no intentions
of losing. I was totally stunned when she pulled it out of the bag! I
was happy someone "wanted" it. Those dolls are not exactly everyone's
idea of a great prize! 
I would have been pleased for you to just keep it when I handed it to
you! I knew you would appreciate it. 
Thanks again for all of your hard work and effort that went into making
the Reunion a great success! And maybe we will cross paths again --
somewhere, some time.
judy Weber Colpack
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October 15, 2009

Dear JoAnna:

Just wanted to tell you and your committee what a great time I had at the High School reunion. Thanks for all that you do for our class. Wish I could live closer so that I could have helped.

Thanks and a big hug for you. Marylou Germann Marlow
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I want to thank you and all the reunion committee for a great and successful reunion. The food, drinks at the cocktail party was outstanding. The breakfast was delicious, bus tour was very enlightening and the dinner dance was the best. The CD that Jan and Margaret Ann put together was precious memories. Thanks again for all the hard work by the reunion committee. Vival Travis Gilson
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I can tell you that from my experience the reunion was a special time. 
Aging does have one very wonderful advantage, we all lose any need or hint of pretense. We could just be ourselves. I really enjoyed that transparency and genuine affection that everyone seemed to convey toward me and others in our class. Thank you committee for pulling this event together.

Barry Johnston
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Jo Anna, Let me thank you again for all your hard work, not only the 
reunion but all year. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, it was so well 
planned.

Thank you to the committee,
Ginger
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Even those that doubted we could get over 100 together came anyway and supported our efforts!
And he had a good time too...
JoAnna,

I failed to get the Memories CD.
OK, tell me what a moron I am, I have it coming. :-) Then tell me where to send the money for shipping OR where I can simply come to get one.

Y'all did one hell of a good job with the whole thing. Loved it!
Now aren't you glad that you ignored my input? I am. :-) That's why you do this and I don't.

Thanks to all y'all.
Remember, I love almost all y'all.
Reciprocity on the latter is not expected. ;--) Grinning hugely here.

Appreciatively yours,
Julian George

ps love to Buddy! He was apparently the only one who understood.
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Jo Anna,
We had such a great time at the reunion! More thanks than we can express to all of the committee members and everyone who worked SO hard to make it happen!
Jane (Mathis) and Charles Hopson
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Another classmate that committed to come at the last minute! AND we were so glad to see her...
Hi Jo Anna,

I want to thank you and Sammy and the reunion committee for all the work
you did. I enjoyed it and everyone else seemed to as well. We shared a
special time in history and a lot of the same memories. I have a warm feeling inside just thinking about it.

Thanks again,

Jeanne Warner Hall
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Next time, we are going to have the reunion at her house! (so we can visit with Dick....)

Dear Jo Anna, Reunion Committee and Classmates,

Dick and I have enjoyed so much hearing about the big 50th class reunion.
Congratulations to the committee for showing everyone the best celebration ever!!! From what we hear, the reunion was perfectly planned from beginning to end and everyone had a most memorable wonderful time - it could never be topped. Even though we could not attend, we have appreciated so much hearing about it, seeing photos and of course seeing the memorable wonderful DVD Margaret Anne and Jan created. How did they ever capture everyone's most fond memories that we all share from childhood through all the school days - we will enjoy looking at it over and over again. There is truly no place like home. Thanks to the committee for giving their very best so we could all share in the very best of the class of 1959 in its biggest 50th year reunion. A very special thank you to Jo Anna, for all her time and thoughtfulness to keep us connected through e-mails all these years, her reunion leadership, her diligent reunion communications so results would happen smoothly; and to Sam for our fantastic class of 1959 web site and his expertise in monitoring it, his historic high school videos and his films - which is a real treasure trove of memories. Thanks to all of our classmates for loving and caring about each and everyone of us. Long Live the Class of 1959!!!!

Love always,
Kay Rodenhauser Countess

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If you haven't been to the web site - you need to get there right away.
www.knology.net/hhs59/Reunion_pictures.htm

Who are those people? Just kidding! What a great picture! I am having trouble identifying all the folks. I sure wish I had been there. Would have loved to see all those old friends. 

Thanks so much,
Millie
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That is the best looking class in the history of Huntsville AL. The only class pictures that I have that are different is the 1999 Men and women separated. Thanks for keeping us informed and thanks to all who help keep us in touch with our classmates. A special thanks to a great 50th class reunion committee, and to the extraordinary efforts of Jo Anna, and Sammy. 
Headless
(Ed Hedden)

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There is one other person I would like to thank - stand up Dudley - you are the greatest!
Dudley made a cup (from scratch) for each of the classmates who attended the reunion. We had to try out several to make sure the one we picked fit our grip. Dudley and his wife Marian have a pottery business - Stonehenge Stoneware and Assoc. located in Gurley, Al. A great deal of time was spent with "mud and wheel" creating those 100 works of art and we appreciate your efforts.

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[A message from our dear Ms. M]
Jo Anna.....
The reunion was FABULOUS/a memory to cherish ~ The only negative I can find is that more of our classmates did not attend ~
As I volunteered to the committee.... time permitting I took pictures at all events ~ I even purchased a movie camera to have on hand/have never turned on or used one until our Kick-Off Friday night ~ I was so dedicated to taking pictures I missed the pleasure and having the memory of visiting with most everyone as well as enjoying the dancing ~ Am hopeful my efforts will be worth the sacrifice ~ So many of us had the pleasure & memory of going the duration of the twelve years together Friends/new or old are a gift and a treasure! Hugs to all! MY PLANS ARE.....to produce a DVD of the movie portion I took/pictures I took and any other pictures that other classmates care to share with me ~ Am hopeful there will be much sharing! I need pictures from the second Trolley Ride ~ Because of the time frame I could not be at both second Trolley Ride and decorating for Saturday night ~ Also if anyone took pictures on the Nature Walk ~ That was the other event because of time I could not make ~ Anyone can email the pictures to me/bring a CD to me or mail a CD to me ~ 
Information for contacting me at end of email ~ If emailed please put in subject line “50th Reunion Pictures” ~ I will have a place on the DVD to thank those that were kind enough to share pictures ~ WHEN COMPLETED.....THIS DVD WILL BE A GIFT TO EVERYONE FROM ME ~ Even those who were unable to attend our time sharing wonderful friendships!
It will have all of the events.....movie and stills (at least movie of the events I was able to get to) ~ I would like to have a picture or pictures on the DVD of everyone that attended ~ Sharing pictures with me hopefully will assure that on the DVD no one is left out of the highlights of a memorable weekend! ALSO having the movie as well as stills of everyone attending will be wonderful to share with those who were unable to attend.....it will be the next best time spent to their being there! With movie and stills this will be a fully packed DVD MY PLANS ARE BEHIND SCHEDULE BECAUSE OF COMPUTER ISSUES ~ I have begun work on it but it will take some time as I am new to some portions of the production as well as still perfecting issues with my computer/please be patient ~ This time will give classmates time to please share photos with me ~ I am going to work very hard to make this DVD a keepsake ~ Even if pictures that classmates have are dark I may be able to correct them ~
The other request I would love to come to pass is that classmates that were unable to attend would send me a recent picture of themselves and/or one of their mate with them OR if anyone has a recent picture of a classmate that was unable to attend please share (can be a candied shot/does not have to be formal) ~ How wonderful to have the entire class represented ~ We are losing classmates at alarming rates.....good memories are invaluable! Even if an unfavorable memory exists about our younger years.....life is too short not to at least find a bit of good! For me personally.....many times the negatives of life teach me much about myself as well as others also giving valuable insight to various situations which life presents ~
THANKS AGAIN.....M

M Powell~Askins

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October 31, 2009
[from Anne Forgey]

Classmates,

We sure did have a good time - didn't we!

Your reunion committee had one final meeting & tied up all of the loose ends we hope. We had some money left so the following is a report of gifts we have given in your name.

$1,000 is given to Huntsville High - the money will be used to buy new books for the library. There are no funds this year for this & it will benefit all of the students. A plate will be put in each book signifying that it is a gift from our class.

$100 is given to the HHS ROTC in honor of Chief Daniel who gave us the nice tour after the breakfast.

$50.00 Wal Mart gift card is given to Gladys Sanders who was such a big help to us during the breakfast.

You will hear about small get togethers each year & we will have another sorta big reunion in 2014 but we won't ever try to top this one.

This really was a wonderful committee from a wonderful class. Thanks to all who helped & to all who came home.

Anne Forgey

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Also, I took the Red and Blue's that were given by classmates to the Principal at Huntsville High School. She was thrilled to get them and said she would personally see that they go to Huntsville High School's library also.

Jo Anna

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This has been a on-going problem between my e-mail subscriber (Juno) and Jim Compton's e-mail subscriber (hotmail) for a very long time. If any of you all have a solution - please get in touch with Jim. I have done all I can from this end and Juno informs me that the mail I send Jim is getting to Jim but Jim says it is not. Help Please - we want happy classmates!

Thanks,

Jo Anna

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10/16/2009

Your reunion committee met last night and noted that the class of HHS59 men would continue to meet on the third Tuesday of each month at Gibson's BBQ, 
South Memorial Parkway for breakfast at 7 a.m. The next breakfast at Gibson's will be October 20th. Subsequent dates are: Nov 17, Dec 22, Jan 19, Feb 16 
and March 16. If you are in Huntsville on those dates, feel free to go to Gibson's and eat with the guys or gals. No reservation required.

The HHS 59 ladies will begin meeting for lunch at Gibson's this coming Tuesday at 11 a.m. and will meet for lunch on the same day as the guys. 

We appreciate the notes received from those who attended the reunion. Several have indicated it was the biggest bang for their buck ever received! 
P.S. If someone would like to write about your experience attending the reunion - I will be glad to resend for all to read.

Also, your reunion committee has decided to have a covered dish picnic get-together once a year in Huntsville at either Jack & Marguerite Koontz farm or 
Buddy & Jo Anna Burkett's farm. The first one is temporarily scheduled for June 5. More on that in the Spring. 

We should have the info shortly on how to order the HHS59 Class Memories CD. The cost is $15 and well worth it. If you came on Friday or Saturday night to 
the reunion and failed to get your free copy - please get in touch with me. Part of the CD was shown during the program time Saturday night and when the 
lights were turned on, I don't believe there was a dry eye in the place. It was truly heart-warming, very professional and I would personally like to thank Jan 
Williams and Margaret Anne Goldsmith for being the coordinators. You will hear their voices as they take you from Huntsville's beginnings to the current 
great city it has become. Sam Tumminello provided his film of the HHS59 Senior trip to Washington and New York and it is included on the CD. It is wonderful 
and there will never be another one like it.

Have a great day!
Jo Anna

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CLASSMATES WHO SIGNED-UP FOR THE 
50th REUNION HELD OCT. 2 & 3rd, 2009


Pat Adair Glenn, Joyce Askew Joyce, Betty Lou Bell Dunaway, Pete Bentley, Richard Boyd, JoAnn Bryant Brooks, Dudley Campbell, Glenda Cantrell Luna, Judy Chandler Smith, Anna Gene Clift Chestnut, Jimmy Compton, Robert Dawson, Lewis Drummond, Nancy Engle, Roy Fanning, Ivan Faulkenberry, Joe Fleming, Sally Walker Fleming, Jim Forbes, Sue Frady Lipscomb, Julian George, Mary Lou Germann Marlow, Carole Anne Gingrich Hedges, Margaret Anne Goldsmith, Jo Anna Gowan Burkett, Bobby Grubbs, Karin Gruene Evans, John Paul Hampton, Lera Harwell Chisam, Rebecca Hatcher Helton, Juergen Haukohl, Ed Hedden, Bill Hedges, Bernd Hellebrand, Joyce Herring, Bobby Hopper, Charles Hopson, Roger Humphrey, Virginia Huth Fowler, Jimmy Johnson, Barry Johnston, Sheila Jones Robbins, Julia Jones King, Jeri Lynn Jones McAllister, Richard Jones, Jerome Knight, Barbara Koeper Owens, Jack Koontz, Linda Lambert Cope, Jane Mathis Hopson, Billy McCrary, Fay McDonald Hurt, Linda Joyce McGehee Hillis, Lloyd Moore, Mickey Moore, Elizabeth Neal Wigley, Benny Nelson, H.B. Overton, Diane Parker Phillips, Sandra Parsley Beck, Gerald Patterson, Cora Jean Pittsinger White, Wyatt Poe, M Powell-Askins, Gerlinda Reisig Talbot, Peggy Richardson Rist, John Rist, Charles (Sonny) Savas, Virginia Sayers Cochran, Sandra Scott Forbes, Mike Sefton, Shirley Shockley Reed, Betty Vaughn Sisco Christian, Phyllis Sisco Brown, Richard Smallwood, Betty Smith Burney, Bobby Smith, Robert Staggs, Fay Stoner Robinson, Sam Sullins, Danny Thomas, Lue Thorn English, Carolyn Thorne Taylor, Vival Travis Gilson, Sam Tumminello, Linda Turvey McClellan, Henry Waites, Anne Walker Forgey, Betty Jeanne Warner Hall, Hattie Webb Hughes, Perry Warren, Richard Webb, Judy Weber Colpack, John West, Glenda Whisenant Smallwood, and Jan Williams

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Jo Anna's letter to the classmates immediately prior to the reunion...


Hi Everyone,
 
ARE WE GOING TO HAVE FUN OR WHAT?!?! We have 102 signed up so far. It will be a great weekend. We will begin with a casual party at the Historic Huntsville Depot Friday night. As you eat, drink and visit with classmates you will see many 50's pictures and hear 50's and 60's music to help you remember our good ole days. If you are interested in history you can roam through the Depot museum.
 
Saturday, you may begin the day with exercise at our new local YMCA just a few blocks from the hotel or you can go on a nature walk with our own tour guide or you can sleep in until the 9:30 a.m. Breakfast at Huntsville High School cafeteria (reservation required).
 
At the Friday night event or Saturday breakfast you can decide which of the 2 trolley tours (12:30 or 2:00 p.m.) of "Old and New Huntsville" you would like to do . You will visit some of the old places you used to know or at least where they used to be. You will also see the new Huntsville and many of its new buildings.
 
We will have free time until 5:30 p.m. when we will gather at the EarlyWorks Museum Grand Hall for a fun evening of cocktails and Gibson's Barbeque. This will be followed by drawings for door prizes and dancing or just tapping feet to the sounds you remember from High School presented by our local "Reunion" band who play the best 50's and 60's music you have ever heard. 

All of the above and a memories DVD for each classmate is included in the $100 cost per person except breakfast which is dutch treat and will be $5 per person payable at the door. 

We are excited and hope you are too.  Hope you all will join us. We need to hear from you if you are coming. 

Reservation info and money (make your check payable to Class of HHS59) must be received on or before September 1. If you have already sent in your reservation form but did not include money - you must mail your money so that we receive it on or before September 1 [2009]. If you need to change your reservation form - send me an e-mail.


The reunion mailing address is:
Class of HHS59
c/o Jo Anna G. Burkett
653 Cap Adkins Road, SE
Huntsville, Al. 35803

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October 06, 2009

We recently found out about Tommy. One of our classmates told me about Glenda at the Reunion.

Tommy R. McDougal Sr. Born: December 10, 1941 Died: August 19, 2006

McDougal, Tommy R. , 64, of Montgomery, AL, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 19th at UAB Hospital at 11:30pm in Birmingham. Tommy is survived by his cherished wife of 42 years, Julie Bodiford McDougal, and by his two sons and daughter, Tommy R. McDougal, Jr. (Wendy), Brent Patrick McDougal (Jen), and Julie Cassandra McDougal Porterfield (John).

Tommy dearly loved his seven wonderful grandchildren: Mary Ann McDougal, Christopher McDougal, Madden McDougal, Emily McDougal, John Porterfield, Hallie Porterfield, and Natalie Porterfield. Tommy leaves behind two brothers, William Randall McDougal of St.Louis (wife Joan and sons William Kurt McDougal (Wendy) and William Eric McDougal (Janet)) and Mark McDougal of Hohenwald, TN (wife Karen and sons Shea Campbell and Jeff Campbell); he also is survived by his mother-in-law Dorothy S. Bodiford, sister-in-law Donna Kay Bryant (husband Shelton, deceased, and sons Shelton D. Bryant (Cindy) and James B. Bryant (Rachelle)) and brother-in-law James W. Bodiford, Jr. (wife Dorothy and daughters Rhenda Barnes (Derek) and Kelli Lowe (David). Tommy was preceded in death by his father Rev. William Vertrese McDougal and his mother Clarice Bishop Norton, as well as his father-in-law James Bodiford, Sr.

A one-time president of the Alabama Hospital Association, Tommy devoted his life to serving others, especially his family. He was a distinguished hospital administrator in Alabama, South Carolina, and Ohio; he also practiced pharmacy for many years and volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society and American Red Cross. Tommy was dearly loved by his family and will be greatly missed. Funeral will be held Tuesday, August 22nd at 3:00pm at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Caring Center of First Baptist Church, Montgomery, or the School of Pharmacy of Samford University, Birmingham. Leak-Memory Chapel directing.

Memorialized by: Leak Memory Chapel, Montgomery, AL

 

Glenda Fay [Black]  McKnight

Humboldt, TN - Glenda Faye McKnight, age 67, died Monday, July 20, 2009.

She was born July 24, 1941 in Huntsville, AL to the late Claude and Janie Black. She was a member of the First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and office manager of Printco in Humboldt.

She leaves her daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Kevin Hunley; grandson, Sawyer Hunley, all of Humboldt; brothers, Robert (Loraine) Black, Buddy

(Gloria) Black.

The family will receive friends at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Humboldt today from 12 - 2 p.m., followed by Memorial Services conducted by Rev. Linda Glenn, at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

 

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From Jo Anna 9/16/2009...

Barbara Jean Davies Schill has a new e-mail address.
Robert Staggs has officially moved back to Huntsville but I do not have his new address.
 
We have gotten in touch with most of our classmates and updated home addresses/phone numbers and received several new e-mail addresses (we have 123 classmates on our e-mail list). An updated address list will be e-mailed about Sept 25th so be looking for yours.  It will be in a much more readable format (adobe .pdf).
 
Also, we are going to e-mail a complete reunion schedule of events (locations, etc.) for you to print and bring with you.  We not only want you to know where you are going and what time to be there but we will also give you a name tag so you will know "who you are"! 
 
Another change we have had to make is the hiking time. Several have indicated they want to go to the breakfast and hike too and we have made arrangements for them to do so. 
Breakfast will be at the scheduled time at the new Huntsville High School at 9:30 a.m.  Those who want to hike will leave Huntsville High at 10:30 a.m. and drive across Monte Sano mountain to participate in the hike, then if you are scheduled to take the bus tour,  you will drive to the Embassy Suites (next door to the Civic Center downtown) and board the 2 p.m. bus.  After the bus tour (will last a little over an hour), you will have time to return to your hotel to freshen up for the big Saturday night event at Early Works Museum that begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.  Jan will have a sign-up sheet for the two bus tours (12:30 and 2 p.m.) at the Friday night event and Saturday breakfast.
Remember - All events are very casual dress! 
 
Due to family illnesses or other commitments, some of our classmates could not commit by the Sept. 1 deadline.  We have added in a total of 10 extra spots and extended our deadline to accompany those who might still be able to attend. The hike is free, the breakfast is pay at the door ($5). Fri/Sat nights and the bus tour will cost you $100 per person.  You must let me know by Sept. 25th and your check must be received absolutely no later than Sept. 28th. (make payable to HHS Class of 1959 and mail to Jo Anna Burkett, 653 Cap Adkins Road, Huntsville, Al. 35803).  Please e-mail me as to which events and the number of people who will attend.
Thanks,
Jo Anna 

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I was trying to contact some of the band members and talked with Tommy McDougal's wife.  She said she lost the contact information for the class so she did not tell you. Tommy passed away August 19, 2006. He had an autoimmune disease called "goodpastures".  

Julie McDougal has 7 grandchildren to keep her busy and is a piano teacher.    -  Jeanne

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I M P O R T A N T

Could you help us find these classmates?  If you know their friend or relative could you contact them to get a good address or email address?

4/20/2009 From Jo Anna...

The following reunion invitations have been returned as "non-deliverable".  If you know their whereabouts - please let me know.

Thanks,
Jo Anna

Pat Quick Marsalis (was in Kenner, La.)
Thomas Claybourne (was in Titusville, Fl.) 
Sharon Humphries White (was in Texas)

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Patsy Cunningham Pilgrim  Died July 7, 2009

Patsy Pilgrim of Huntsville passed away Tuesday. 
Mrs. Pilgrim was a devoted Christian lady who gave totally of her time, energy and resources to those in need.
She is survived by her son.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at noon at Maple Hill Cemetery with Pastor Lester Alexander officiating.

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Ray E. Marlow  [Husband of Mary Louise Germann Marlow]
Ray was born March 26, 1940 in Columbus, Georgia. He passed away on June 7, 2009 after a lengthy illness.

As a young man, Ray was a member of the Boy Scouts, where he achieved the rank of Life Scout. He loved football and played football in high school. He was on the rifle team at Florence State University.

Ray left college to join the United States Marine Corps. His experience in the Marines affected him greatly and he remained a proud former Marine throughout his life. After leaving the Marines, Ray worked as an air traffic controller as a civilian for the US Army Space & Missile Command in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. During this time, Ray became Chief Divemaster for the Kwajalein Scuba Club.
After returning stateside, Ray graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. While attending Auburn, Ray was a scuba instructor for the university. Ray was a dedicated Auburn Tigers fan and loved the “War Eagle” battle cry.

In his early career, Ray worked as a contractor with Sperry Rand Corp. for NASA. Ray was an inventor and was awarded two U.S. patents for NASA, U.S. Pat. No. 3,907,312 and U.S. Pat. No. 3,922,930. 

After this time, Ray began an engineering career with Corning and lived with his family in Wellsboro, PA and in Gautier, Mississippi. Ray loved life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he enjoyed his past-times of golfing and deep sea fishing. 
Ray eventually moved his family to Brownwood, Texas where he was the Manager of Engineering for Superior Corp. He remained in Brownwood for 10 years and was a dedicated company man. In his later career, Ray moved to the corporate offices of Superior Essex in Atlanta, Georgia, where he retired after more than 20 years of service with the company. 

Ray actively volunteered in the Jaycees, the Lion’s Club, and other organizations. He also enjoyed playing handball and was an avid player until retirement.
After retiring, Ray and his wife settled in Rock Island, Tennessee, where he spent his final years enjoying the Rocky River and fishing and golfing.

Ray is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marylou Marlow of Rock Island, TN, daughter Ellen Berklite and husband David Berklite of Pittsburgh, PA and their sons Sam and Louis, daughter Leslie Marlow of Austin, TX and children Sky, Jeremy and Anthony, sister Reba Tidwell and husband Larry Tidwell of McMinnville, TN, sister Barbara Fletcher of McMinnville, TN, brother Bradley Fields of Knoxville, TN and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Dr. Charles M. Chambers

Dr. CHARLES M. CHAMBERS an innovative educator and visionary leader, passed away on May 20, 2009 at the age of 67, near his home in Alexandria, Virginia, where he had lived since 1970. He was an outstanding professor, lawyer, engineer and administrator who served as the fifth president of Lawrence Technological University (LTU), in Michigan from 1993 to 2006. At LTU, he oversaw the largest expansion of facilities, including solar panels and a Leed green building. He also headed the highest level of fund-raising at LTU for facilities and scholarships, the inauguration of doctorate degrees and the first wireless laptop campus in Michigan. For the ten years prior, he was president of the American Institution of Biological Science headquartered in Washington D C. He served on the faculties of Harvard University, The University of Alabama, and George Washington University where he was dean for graduate evening programs. In the 1960s, he participated as an aerospace engineer with NASA in the Apollo space program that landed men on the moon. An expert in accreditation, Dr. Chambers led numerous accrediting teams visiting universities for the North Central Association. He was a consultant to Congress and numerous federal science and education agencies, major foundations, and other organizations. He served on many professional and educational boards, including the Business Higher Education Forum of the American Council on Education, the Accreditation Review Council of the North Central Association, the Detroit Economic Club, the Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Oakland County Workforce Development Board and Business Roundtable. He was founding director of Automation Alley and served as a director of the Detroit Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He chaired the Education Foundation of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers nominating committee. He presented at international conferences in Bogotá, Colombia; Seoul, Korea; Tokyo, Japan; Brisbane, Australia; Bangalore, India; and Washington, D. C. among others. Dr. Chambers was often quoted as saying "Nothing can compare with the shaping of young minds". He was born in Hampton, Virginia where he lived for 14 years before moving to Huntsville, Alabama. He attended the University of Alabama where he met his wife and received a BS, MS and a PhD in physics. When he returned to Virginia, he received a law degree with honors from George Washington University, and was a member of the Bars of Virginia, the District of Columbia, Michigan, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was president of the American Association of University Administrators and the Engineering and Science Development Foundation. He was a fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit and in recognition of his accomplishments and service to higher education he was awarded a Doctor of Science degree from LTU in 2006. Dr. Chambers was a licensed commercial pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings. In his spare time, he enjoyed flying his plane and working on projects around the house. His family swears that he could fix absolutely anything. Charles demonstrated great love and loyalty for his family. He had as much fun riding roller coasters with his children and grandchildren as they did. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Chambers, their four grown children and two grandchildren. There will be a memorial service for Charles Chambers at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan on June 18th at 10 am. His funeral will be held in Huntsville, Alabama at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 11am June 27, 2009. Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Technological University's Charles M. Chambers Endowed Scholarship Fund, Office of University Advancement, 21000 W. Ten Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48075-1058.There will be a memorial service for Charles Chambers at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan on June 18th at 10 am. His funeral will be held in Huntsville, Alabama at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church at 11am June 27, 2009. Memorial contributions may be made to Lawrence Technological University's Charles M. Chambers Endowed Scholarship Fund, Office of University Advancement, 21000 W. Ten Mile Rd. Southfield, MI 48075-1058.

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4/30/2009

Sympathy is extended to Bobby Smith and Betty Smith Burney in the passing of their Mom on April 24th. Irmagean "Gene" Smith was 92 years old and lived in Huntsville

Irmagean "Gene" Smith 
(July 4, 1916 - April 24, 2009) 

Gene Smith, 92, of Huntsville passed Friday at her home. Born in Thomaston, Alabama in 1916 to Thomas Watson and Eliza Jane Alexander Hayes, she was one of seven children. 
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert T. Smith on January 24, 1988, her parents, two brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her children, Robert H. “Bob” Smith and wife Alice of Hoover, Alabama; Betty [Smith] Burney and husband Barry of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; brother, Calvin Hayes and wife Barbara of Santa Ana, California; sister, Doris Mixon and husband Albert of Birmingham; grandchildren, Brent Smith and wife Mandy of Charlotte, North Carolina; Ashley Stockard and husband Mike of Vestiva Hills; David Burney and wife Diane of Nashville, Tennessee; Amy Bates and husband Daryl of Huntsville; ten great grandchildren; and, special friends, Lem and Jo Tipton; Ed and Dean Mitchell; Bill and Jane Harris; Bonnie Harless; Rebecca Boteler; and, many other friends. 

She was a charter member of Mayfair Church of Christ, where her husband was a founding elder. She and her husband moved to Huntsville in 1949. She retired from work at Redstone Arsenal U.S. Army Missile Command. She was a devoted fan of the University of Alabama football team. 

Pallbearers are David Burney, Brent Smith, Mike Stockard, Daryl Bates, Will Bates, and Brad Bates. 

Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. 

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4/17/2009
From Jo Anna...

Mickey called this morning to tell me Robert Stagg's wife Tammy passed away yesterday after a ten year battle with cancer. A celebration of life will be held Saturday at 2:00 PM in Kissimmee, Florida.

Please keep Robert in your prayers.

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3/20/2009
News from Jo Anna 

Welcome to Joyce McGehee Hillis. Her e-mail address is [listed].

 - - The only news I have to report is that the reunion will be October2 and 3. Your reunion committee is working faithfully to complete plans for a great weekend! A letter will be sent sometime in April. Thanks for your patience. Those who have provided us with an e-mail address will receive your letter by e-mail.

We have 17 "lost" classmates and would like your help in providing us with address and phone# and e-mail address where available. They are:

Arnold, Ray Jackson, Balisok, Robert Leon, Barnett, Sue Ann Swaim, Baum, Anne Fiveash, Black, Glenda McKnight, Blankenship, Jr Stuart M., Christian, Donald L., Corcoran, Guyula Marie, Lachar, Judith Carol, Lambie, Claiborne B., Landers, Gary Robert, Lowe, Saundra Anne, Neeson, Joy Lee. Siegler, Virginia Anne, Stone, Gary Wayne, Tracy, William F., Wilson, Kim Lee Martin Thanks for your help!

Jo Anna

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Edna Hirsch June 22, 1915 - March 5, 2009

Edna Kirker Hirsch, 93, of Huntsville passed away Thursday.
Edna and her husband, Col. Oliver Martin Hirsch along with their children moved from Japan to Redstone Arsenal in 1955. Edna was involved in many activities, including president of the Redstone Arsenal Officers Wives Club in 1956, founding member of the Huntsville Museum Guild, and held many different positions with the symphony guild.
Survivors include her son, Martin F. Hirsch and wife Nancy of Morganton, Ga.; daughter, Karen Hirsch Faulk Jackson and husband Alex of Atlanta; grandchildren, Martin F. Hirsch Jr., James Emory Hirsch, and Leslye Faulk Filicia; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home with the graveside service following at 2 at Maple Hill Cemetery with Dr. Darryl Goldman officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a favorite charity
.

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2/28/2009 
Note from Robert Staggs:

Jo Anna, for anyone who is interested, my grandson (Ryan Parker) is entered in the rodeo in Huntsville, they can watch him try to ride a bull. He is scheduled to ride on Sunday March 8th.

Robert

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2/20/2009
Sympathy is extended to Carole (Gingrich) Hedges and her family.
Carole's mother (Mary F. Gingrich) passed away Wednesday at the age of 94.

March 11, 1914 - Feb. 18, 2009
Frances Gingrich, 94, of Madison died Wednesday.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Gingrich.

She is survived by her son, John Richard Gingrich and his wife Linda; daughter, Carole A. Hedges and husband William; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior to services with Valhalla Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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2/6/2009
Sympathy is extended to Jeri Lynn (Jones) McAllister and husband Bobby in the death of their daughter (Andrea Jill McAllister Larsen) who passed away Wednesday. - Jo Anna

Larsen, Andrea Jill McAllister 

March 13, 1963 - Feb. 4, 2009

Andrea Jill McAllister Larsen, 46, died Wednesday at her home in Huntsville.
She was the daughter of Bobby and Jeri [Lynn Jones] McAllister and the granddaughter of the late Henry and Carolyn Jones and Mamie McAllister, all of Huntsville.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by three brothers, Joe, Jeff, and Jeremy; four nephews and nieces; and by two children, who were the joy of her life, Robert Angelo Larsen, 19, and Katherine Nicole Larsen, 16, who have alternated their time between Huntsville and Hawley, Pa., where their father lives.
Jill attended Madison Academy, Whitesburg Middle School, and Grissom High School. Although she was disabled and mostly confined at home, she had a host of friends who loved her and depended on her for moral support and encouragement. 


2008

12/19/2008
Jo Anna is our Ana Gene Clift now Ana Chestnutt? If so there is a nice article and pictures of her home in Washington state in the Dec/Jan issue of Cottage Living magazine. I just thought other classmates might like to see the magazine article

 - Elizabeth(Neal) Wigley


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11/22/2008
Sympathy is extended to Glenda Whisenant Smallwood. Glenda's mother (Lois Whisenant) passed away Tuesday. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today (Thurs). at Laughlin Service Funeral Home in Huntsville. 
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Laughlin with burial in Pine Ridge Baptist Church cemetery in Morgan City, Al. 

Oct. 1, 1920 - Nov. 18, 2008
Lois Whisenant, 88, of Huntsville passed away Tuesday.
Lois was a longtime member of Southside Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Whisenant; parents, Walter and Maggie Wilson; and seven sisters. 
Survivors include daughters, Glenda Smallwood and husband Richard, Susan Brown and husband Frank, and Rosemary Rogers and husband Butch, all of Huntsville; sisters, Grace Young of Morgan County, and Evelyn Campbell of North Carolina; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home chapel with Dr. Arthur Hugh Criscoe and Pastor Bob Blackburn officiating. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery in Morgan City. Memorials may be made to the Senior Adult Ministry, c/o Southside Baptist Church.
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November 17, 2008
Sympathy is extended to Pat Adair Glenn in the death of her Dad - Robert A. Adair
who died this past Wednesday in Chattanooga, Tn.

Mr. Adair owned and operated Adair Furniture Refinishing on Meridian Street for 
several years.

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Recent E-mail addresses received for Ebi Ball, Brenda (Gunter) Adams and Sara Ann (Smith) Grant.

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From Cora (Jean Pitsinger White) to Jo Anna
Our church, First United Methodist, Huntsville is celebrating our 200th birthday. I am in charge of a program entitled 'Growing up 
Methodist' . The date of the program is December 2nd. Many of our classmates attended FUMC and/or our Sunday night youth group, 
MYF, Thanks to a conversation that Julia King had with 'Kay Rodenhauser Countess I have a wonderful letter from Kay telling of her 
memories. I would appreciate others sharing their stories {memories, amusing anecdotes} with us, 
Thanks,
 
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November 12, 2008 
from Jo Anna

Recent notes from classmates - welcome!

Dear Jo Anna
Thanks much for all your time and work.

Thanks again for everything.

Sincerely,

George Eilers

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From - Helen Hamm Ford
Dear Jo Anna,
The reunion plans sound exciting. Can't believe it has been 50 years! 
My last name is Ford (for 44 years!). You have my correct address.
We moved 1 1/2 years ago to this active adult community so we would have unlimited playmates for tennis, golf, bridge, theater, shopping, etc. It is really fun here.

Thanks for all your work organizing the upcoming reunion.

Helen

P.S. Helen - Hope you will be at the reunion - we would very much like to get pictures of the Girl Scout Troop 8 members!

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Also got a phone call from Ebe Ball in Bay Minette, Al. He is soooo looking forward to the 50th reunion.


Ebe is still working for Ball, Koons, Watson attorney firm.

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We welcome all of the above to our HHS59 newslist and look forward to seeing each of you at our 50th class reunion. By the way - including the above - we now have a total of 109 classmates on our e-mail newslist.
- Jo Anna

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10/27/2008  [Class Reunion 2009 - update]
These postcards have been returned by the Post Office. If you know the addresses of these individuals or have other info that I could use to find them - please let me know.

Helen Jane Hamm Ford
, was Atlanta, Ga. [located - see above]

Deloris Ellen Tyler Roys, was Atlanta, Ga. 

- Jo Anna

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October 23, 2008
WELCOME HOME CLASSMATE-GIRLFRIEND!!!
Hattie Webb Hughes and husband Clint are moving from Novi, Michigan to Madison, Alabama. They have purchased a home  - no phone or e-mail yet since they won't be moving in until around Nov. 7.
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October 23, 2008
News from Ed Hedden - So happy that all is well!
Jo Anna, 
The operation went well and I am home. The doctor said that I should have less than a 5% chance of any future problems. I had to stay an extra day to get rid of indigestion caused by the air that was inserted as part of the operation. The air was much worse than the kidney removal. It was great to have Charlene visit.
Take care and stay healthy,
Ed
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Sun 10/19/2008 
Jo Anna,I will have a kidney removed Tuesday Oct. 21st at Flowers Hospital in Dothan. There should be no major problems and only a few weeks of soreness afterwards. It is a non-invasive carcinoma and a great thing that it was discovered early.

Good news about our 50th reunion, it is such a great time to see old friends that live so far apart. The committee deserves much thanks and appreciation for taking on this effort for the benefit of all. - Ed Hedden

Ed,  We will be praying for a quick and complete recovery. You have to attend the reunion next year!- Jo Anna

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Sympathy is extended to Wanda [Walker] Byrne and family in the loss of her Mom.
Louise Walker (April 10, 1919 - Oct. 11, 2008), 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., passed away Saturday.  She was a charter member of Southside Baptist Church in Huntsville and a past president of WMU.
Survivors include her husband, Samuel Walker; daughters, Mary Dodd of Guntersville and Wanda [Walker] Byrne of Port Charlotte; son, James E. Walker of Acton, Mass.; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Bobby Eads officiating. Burial will be in  Maple Hill Cemetery. 

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HHS 100 Years!

If you are a graduate of Huntsville High School, be sure to visit this new website, http://www.huntsvillehigh100.com/ and add your comments/memories/stories of your time at HHS!

If you have a sibling, child, friend or neighbor who graduated from HHS, be sure and send this link to them too! It can be a great way to reconnect with former classmates!

Also, visit the website to find more about the Centennial Celebration on October 24, 2008 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Huntsville High

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September 22, 2008

Sympathy is extended to Sam Sullins and family in the loss of his Dad - Samuel L. Sullins, Jr.  Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, Huntsville. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to The First United Methodist Church, Hospice Family Care of Huntsville, or the charity of your choice.

Sullins Jr., Samuel L. Nov. 8, 1915 - Sept. 21, 2008

Mr. Sullins was born Nov. 8, 1915, to Samuel Luttrell Sullins Sr. and Mary Horner Sullins. 
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 69 years, Gladys Snoderly Sullins; his sons, Samuel Luttrell Sullins III and wife Linda of Huntsville, Robert Milton Sullins and wife Nancy of Brentwood, Tenn., and William Horner Sullins and wife Susan of Huntsville; sister, Mary Sullins Gentry of Knoxville; grandchildren, Steven Luttrell Sullins of Madison, Stephanie S. Gentle and husband Bruce of Huntsville, Suzanne S. Cooper and husband Jeff of Huntsville, Stacy S. Murphy and husband Mark of Baton Rouge, La., Beth S. Buchweitz and husband Jeff of Roswell, Ga., Calvert S. Whatley and husband Lawrence of Birmingham, Kristin S. Deaton and husband John of Huntsville; great-grandchildren, Heath Gentle, Zachary Walling, Conner Cooper, and Ella Sullins, all of Huntsville, Amanda Murphy and Scott Murphy of Baton Rouge, and Clay Buchweitz and Kate Buchweitz of Roswell. He was preceded in death by his brother, William D. Sullins of Athens, Tenn.
Sam Sullins grew up in Fountain City, Tenn., and was the first Eagle Scout from Troop 55 of the Fountain City Methodist Church. Later, his interest in scouting continued as scoutmaster for his own sons. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1939 with a degree in mechanical engineering, He was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity and the Omicron Delta Kappa honorary fraternity. He was employed by the Robert Shaw Fulton Co. in Knoxville before volunteering for service in the U.S. Navy and serving two years in the Pacific Theater. He continued to serve in the U.S. Naval Reserve for 25 years and retired with the rank of lieutenant commander. Upon returning from World War II, he was employed by Union Carbide in Oak Ridge, Tenn. In 1957, the family moved to Huntsville, where he was employed by Thiokol Chemical Co. and later by NASA until retiring. For many years he was co-owner of the Taco Bell franchise for the state of Alabama. As an active member of the First United Methodist Church, he served as youth group leader and Sunday school teacher, administrative board chair, and Men's Bible Class teacher. He was a member of the S.E. Huntsville Kiwanis Club and instrumental in organizing the Huntsville Swim team programs which later became Rocket City Aquatics.
Sustaining the generous, giving nature of his entire life, he chose to be an anatomical donor to the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to The First United Methodist Church, Hospice Family Care of Huntsville, or the charity of your choice. 
Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. 

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June 26, 2008 

Sympathy is extended to Newt Godfree . Newt's mother (Katherine Godfree Evans) passed away in Birmingham last Saturday at the age of 96. She taught at Huntsville High (Home Ec) while we were there. Visitation will be at Laughlin Funeral Home (Huntsville) tomorrow (Friday) from 5 to 7 p.m.. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville. 
- Jo Anna


Katherine W. Evans 
Jan. 10, 1912 - June 21, 2008

She was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. James Ernest Walker. 
She is survived by her son, Dr. William Newton Godfree Jr. and his wife Janice. She leaves three grandchildren, Bill and James Godfree and Beth Godfree Beaube; four great-grandchildren, William, Kate and Sarah Beaube and Newt Godfree; one brother, Moses Walker; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Ms. Evans graduated from Huntsville High School in 1929 and from the University of Alabama in 1933 with honors and a B.S. degree in home economics. While at the university, she pledged Delta Zeta sorority and continued her support locally through the alumnae organization for her entire life. She also served as recommendations chairman, as the alumnae chapter's first vice president and was chosen the group's ideal alumnae member in 1977-78. She was a publicity chairman and courtesy chairman for Province Day that year. While in college, she also served as sponsor for Captain Foster's R.O.T.C. Unit and was a member of the Caroline L. Hunt Club. She was selected summer school queen in the 1931 pageant and was chosen German queen by the Cotillion Club.
After college, she then returned to Huntsville where she taught school for over 35 years. In 1958, she furthered her education and received her master's degree from the University of Alabama. 
She was a true humanitarian and civic leader in Huntsville for many years. She assisted in Girl Scouts and sewing and knitting projects for the Red Cross. During the war years, she assisted in gathering food for the troops and setting up food rationing plans. She became a charter member of the American Association of University Women and an active member of the Business and Professional Women's Club. 
She was a Cub Scout den mother. In 1951, she served as president of the Huntsville Teachers' Association and was chairman of the Delta Kappa Gamma scholarship committee. 
While teaching at Huntsville High School, she served as chairman of the home economics department and was sponsor of the Home Economics Club. She served as president and secretary of the Aladdin Club. 
She was an active member of the Daughters of the American Colonists, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the Confederacy.
She also was an active member of Central Presbyterian Church. She served as a circle chairman, as a Meals on Wheels volunteer, and as vice president of the Caldwell class. 
In 1973, she retired from Huntsville High School. In 1973-75, she served as magazine chair for the Delta Zeta Alumnae Chapter. In 1980, she was presented the Order of the Golden Rose at Delta Zeta's Province Day, and in 1981, she was selected second vice president of the Alumnae Chapter. 
From 1979-82, she served as state chairman of the Colonial Courier magazine. 
In 1982-83, she served as the state chairman for veteran services for the Daughters of the Confederacy, as corresponding secretary in 1984-85 and membership chairman of Delta Kappa Gamma. 
She was an avid bowler well into her 80s and in 1983 was selected ideal grandma in the Grandma's Bowling League and appeared on television. Also in 1983, she was inducted into the Golden Fifties Club of the University of Alabama National Alumni Association. She also served as welfare chairman of the Junior Welfare League. 
She spent the next 20 years of her life continuing to serve as the perfect mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made by mail to the Memorial and Honor Program, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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June 29, 2008
Sympathy is extended to Jan Williams and family in the death of his Mother - Ruth D. Williams.- age 91 Jan's mother died Friday in Huntsville, Ala. Visitation wil be from 1 to

2 p.m. Monday at Central Presbyterian Church in Huntsville with funeral following at 2 p.m.

Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship of N.E. Alabama.


- Jo Anna


Ruth Williams 
June 17, 1917 - June 27, 2008

Ruth Dickey Williams, 91, of Huntsville went Friday to be with the Lord.
Mrs. Williams, a native of Huntsville, was a graduate of Huntsville High School. She was a member of Central Presbyterian Church and active in the child evangelism ministry of Huntsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.N. Williams Jr.,; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Knox E. Dickey; and a brother, Knox E. Dickey Jr.
Survivors include a sister, Demetra Eslick of Huntsville; a son, James N. "Jan" Williams III and wife Dianne of Huntsville; a daughter, Olivia W. Riddle and husband John of Birmingham; two grandchildren, Jana Block and husband Dane of Huntsville, and Stuart Riddle of New York; and two great-grandchildren, Dane and Rhett Block of Huntsville.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Central Presbyterian Church with funeral following at 2 p.m. The Rev. John Riddle will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship of N.E. Alabama. 

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6/3/2008
WOW!
What a great picnic at Jack Koontz farm at the foot of the mountain near Guntersville Dam - so peaceful and relaxing. John Paul donated lots of BBQ ribs, chicken and pork. Everyone brought a casserole and other goodies. Food and conversation were plentiful! Some of those who came that we don't see very often included - Lou (Thorn) English, "Tut" Clements, Mickey Moore, Ed Hedden, Jane (Mathis) and Charles Hopson, Diane (Parker) Phillips. Also, don't know if you remember him but Wayne Ober was there too. 

As we talked about the "good ole days" and laughed a lot about things "transpired", someone mentioned having a reunion - a big one next year. Well - this bunch selected, elected, appointed, bribed and coerced not just one chairman but three - to get it off the ground and make it the best ever. After all - it will be our 50th (Please note - the reason for three chairmen: it takes three times as long for us to get anything done now!) Anyway, a lot of exciting ideas were tossed about and it's going to be super fun to plan. A date for the reunion has not been finalized but it will probably be Sept or October 2009. So mark your calendar now and reserve Sept and October 2009 to be with your classmates and we will let you know a final date later.

- Jo Anna

[PICNIC PICTURES!]:

New!  Click  to navigate to classmate contributed photos on Kodak Gallery!

Our first contributor to this page - "Miss M" and her wonderful Class Picnic 2008 pictures.   

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4/25/2008
Class Picnic Planned May 31st, 2008 [see above]

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4/25/2008

May Pole - May Day!

I got a call from East Clinton Street School today, they wanted me to contact students that went there in the past to come to May Day on Thursday May 1st for a May Day celebration. There will be a place for former students to sit and recognition those attending. I wrote an article last year about when I was in third grade and we did the May Pole. 
Janice Bentley told me today that she read it to her class and they could not believe that we had crate paper dresses that our mothers made. How times
have changed. - Judy Smith
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If you can go - it starts at 1 p.m. Please call Janice and let her know you will be there. She is making arrangements for chairs for us. Also, take a hat because we will be outdoors in the sun.
Jo Anna

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April 9, 2008
Ruby Catherine (Prosser) Fanning 
May 26, 1920 April 9, 2008
Ruby Catherine Prosser Fanning, 87, of Huntsville died peacefully Wednesday, at home and surrounded by her adoring family. Ruby was born in Tuscumbia to Albert Rice Prosser and Beulah Brandon Prosser. She was the youngest of six children and was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, one sister and two of her sons, James W. Fanning and Larry P. Fanning. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 68 years, Roy Lowe Fanning Sr.; three children, Roy Lowe Fanning Jr., Sandra F. Drake and Judith K. Grisham; grandchildren, Susan Elizabeth Martin, Debbie Catherine Freeman, Dr. Donald M. Botta Jr., Samuel A. Botta and Patrice Sandridge; five great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Mary E. Mullins. Ruby Fanning was a faithful member of Whitesburg Baptist Church from its early beginnings. She was involved in the choir and taught Sunday school for many years. She was a member of Helion Chapter #203 OES, where she held several offices. Ruby worked with the U.S. Army Missile Command, where she was a logistics expert for several missile systems, including hawk missile systems. After her retirement from the U.S. government, she and Roy traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and around the world. Ruby was a devoted wife and mother. She was a shining example to her husband and five children. Ruby was loved and admired by all who knew her. She was known for her smile that lit the world like sunshine and her loving and caring spirit. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home chapel with Dr. Jimmy Jackson and the Rev. Emerson Lyle officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Family Care, 3304 Westmill Drive, Huntsville, AL 35805. 

Sunday, April 06, 2008 


Sam Chisam

Obituary:

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April 02, 2008

Note received from Carolyn Thorne Taylor about Phyllis (Sisco) Brown's step father:
Hello all
I am so sad to tell you that Bill Hunter, Phyllis Brown's step father whom she adored, passed away Sunday night. You all may remember that Doris and Bill were married when we were in high school. Phyllis and her sister introduced him to their mother. Phyllis, Doris and Bill had just returned a week ago from visiting Phyllis' step son in Florida. Bill had gone to church on Sunday and gotten a DVD of the FUMC Easter sermon.

He had the DVD player programmed so he and Doris could watch it when she got back from church that night. Isn't that a beautiful way to go?

Phyllis and her family is in a state of shock now but realize this was a blessing for Bill. Please keep them in your prayers as they go through the next few days.
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March 31, 2008

From Betty V. thru Carolyn:

[Sam Chisam]

I talked to Lera this afternoon and they had a rough night last night.

Hospice had her to increase the medicine in the pain patch and also his morphine. He can now only take Ensure and jell-o but she says he stills looks good and his color is still very good. She was very tired, pray that all can get some much needed rest tonight. Sam is not speaking at all but follows her with his eyes, I am sure that he still knows Lera and pray that he always will..................
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March 21, 2008 
Joanna, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. Sorry I took so long to send you a note. My own Mother has had a stroke, then was in the hospital, rehab and is now in the nursing home here in Ozark. It has been very hard on my Dad for Mother not to be able to ever come home. We are making a new way of life each day with God's help. I have your family in my prayers. Elizabeth (Harris Neal) Wigley
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March 21, 2008 
Picture posted today: Huntsville Jr. High School 1956 Football Team, in front of the stands and press box of Goldsmith-Schiff man Field.
Click our "Before 59" picture page at:  Team Picture
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March 20, 2008 
Received from Betty V via Carolyn:

[Sam Chisam]
Hi Everyone, Sam is now in a hospital bed and seems to be declining rapidly (everyday), He is now in some pain and is on morphine. Beth says he is not saying much but still knows them. Bud went home yesterday but will be back next week. I am sorry to say that it does not look good and I just pray that he is not suffering. Will send updates as I hear. God is still in control.....................................Lera is sleeping on the sofa (when she sleeps) beside his bed and is holding up pretty well, Hospice is coming everyday to help them and that is a good thing.
Lera really needs our prays for her strength and her peace.

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March 13, 2008

Note received from Betty V. thru Carolyn:
[Sam Chisam]

Dear Ones, I have just talked with Lera and they have had a pretty rough day. Hospice came yesterday and came back today and evaluated Sam.
They strongly urged Lera to put a hospital bed downstairs as all of their bedrooms are upstairs. Lera and Beth had a very difficult time getting Sam upstairs last night. She had a bed put down in their den and she said that Sam was ready to get into it. She says that he is not eating as much but still answers her when she ask him questions. The tumor is at a place that is effecting his speach and his balance. From things that she says, he seems to be getting weaker each day. Bud is coming tomorrow and they are looking forward it that. She plans to sleep on the sofa right next to his bed, the hospice lady was very sure to tell her how important it is for the caregiver to try and take care of themselves. Lera holds strong to her faith and their core church group is very supportive. Will send updates as I get them. Rem ember that God is in control and HE is good......

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April 2, 1914 -  March 3, 2008
Miriam Baker Dunn Gowan, 93, passed away on Monday at Carington Health Center in Huntsville. She had been a resident of Huntsville since 1939. Mrs. Gowan was born in Robinson Springs to Perry A. and Myriam McGee Dunn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Jesse Sam Gowan, a dentist; a son, Jesse Paul Gowan; a grandson, Paul Alan Gowan; and a brother, Perry A. Dunn Jr. Mrs. Gowan is survived by a brother, Harold Dunn and wife, Martha of Montgomery; a daughter, Jo Anna Gowan Burkett and husband William; and a son, Joe Perry Gowan of Huntsville. Grandchildren who survive her are: Earl Burkett and wife Jennifer, Martha Burkett Waldrup and husband Jerry, Audra Gowan Wilson, all of Huntsville, David Gowan of Nevada, and Brandi Gowan Grove of Virginia; and 10 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Gowan graduated from the University of Montevallo and earned a master's degree from the University of Alabama. She was in the education field in Elmore and Madison counties and taught in the Huntsville City Schools for several years. She was charter president of the Huntsville Pilot Club, past president of East Clinton P.T.A. and Huntsville City Council of P.T.A.s, active in Girl and Boy Scouts and was the first building chairman of the Girl Scout Camp on Lake Guntersville. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a former Sunday school teacher. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Family Care, 3304 Westmill Drive, Huntsville, AL 35805 or First Baptist Church of Huntsville. The funeral will be graveside at 2 p.m. Thursday at Maple Hill Cemetery with Dr. Greg Corbin officiating. Laughlin Service Funeral Home is assisting the family.

From Jo Anna 
Monday, March 03, 2008 

Dear Classmates,
Over the past year and a half I have received numerous cards, and e-mails in response to my e-mails about my Mother (Miriam Gowan). It saddens me to report that she passed away at 5 a.m. (CST) this morning at Carington Health Care Center in Huntsville. For the past couple of weeks, she has not been feeling her best. She had a very bad heart attack this past Friday and since then I have been with her around the clock. Just before she drew has last breath, she opened her eyes and smiled at me. Now isn't that the best homegoing you could ever have with a parent! Such a great feeling when you know that your Mom is now living with Jesus. I will miss having lunch dates with her and just sitting and discussing the weather and the many other things we did together. For awhile I know the emptiness cannot be filled and I will have to re-train myself to not turn on Carlton Cove Road everyday to go see about her. 
You just don't know how much your notes and other acts of kindness has mean't to me. I appreciate each and every one.

Mother's funeral is tentatively scheduled for this Thursday at Laughlin Funeral Home with possible graveside service.

The obit should be in the Huntsville Times paper on Wednesday with complete details. You can access via www.al.com.

Love to all,
Jo Anna

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March 03, 2008 
[Sam Chisam]
New message about Sam:
Hell-o Everyone, I have just talked with Lera and Sam's surgery is to be early on Monday morning.They have to be at the hospital at 5:15 on Monday morning but the preparation for this surgery is very lengthy so they do not what time the actual procedure will take place. To use the gamma knife, he has to wear this thing that looks like a halo and everything has to be exact. There is danger of bleeding and that is Lera's concern. I told her that I would email so that all would be praying Mike (Sam's brother) flew in today and Bettye will get there tomorrow, Beth and Samuel are still there also. Lera sounded so tired tonight but she is such a trooper and has such strong faith. I will update as I hear. GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL>>>>

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February 27, 2008 
[Frankie Kalisperas Smithley]
Sympathy is extended to Mary Frances (Frankie) Kalisperas Smithley and family in the death of her mother (Mary Brown Kalisperas).

Visitation will be today at Spry Funeral Home in Huntsville from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Funeral will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 3021 University Drive, Huntsville. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.
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February 23, 2008 
Barry, Great to hear from you and also to know that surgery was successful. We think of you often too.  - Jo Anna

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February 23, 2008
Jo Anna, Sorry that I've been out of touch. Struggles never seem to ease up. I had a triple by-pass this summer but am doing better than ever. Modern medicine can be a miracle worker. Thanks again for keeping me informed. Thinking of all of you. - Barry Johnston

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February 23, 2008
I have a new e-mail address for Gerald Patterson but he hasn't connected yet. Will let you know later.  Hope to get a complete list together soon of people that I need an e-mail address for. - Jo Anna

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February 23, 2008 
[Sam Chisam]
From Carolyn via Betty Vaughn:

HI EVERYONE, I have just talked with Lera and she was elated. They had been to the doctor today and there were only three larger tumors. The doctor will use the gamma knife on them early in March. Some of the ones that showed up were dead, they were left from earlier and show up on the MRI but are dead. He also has some very small ones (like little seeds) but the three larger ones are the ones that the doctor will take care of now. The steriods have helped the swelling thus his headaches are gone for now. ANY POSITIVE NEWS IS SUCH A BLESSING. Beth and Samuel are there and they are having a good visit. THANKS BE TO GOD FOR ALL OF HIS MANY BLESSINGS..........................
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February 23, 2008 
Glenda Luna has a new e-mail address.
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We have lost track of Julian George and Gerald Patterson since they retired. If you know of a new e-mail address - please send.

Thanks,

Jo Anna

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February 23, 2008 
[Jo Anna Burket]
Update on my Mother - Her dementia could not be worse but she is still able to get around (although very slow) in a wheelchair and feed herself.

Her heart is wearing out slowly but she is not in pain. Mother has gangrene in one foot due to poor circulation and gangrene is starting in the other foot. She is totally deaf but enjoys telling everything she thinks she knows! For instance - a prostitute has moved in next door in the nursing home. The lady of the night has parties in her room and keeps Mother awake. Anytime a woman comes to visit their husband - Mother says the old man has acquired a girl friend and she thinks its her job to make sure the woman does not spend the night. If it weren't for the cute stories - I don't think I could get thru this situation - so I daily thank my Lord that I can still hear and laugh!

Take care and those who still have parents - LOVE THEM LOTS.

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2/15/2008
[Sam Chisam]
Betty Vaughn Christian just this received this update from Lera's cousin Carolyn Drake Thomas. Please keep them in your prayers.

DEAR ONES, I write you tonight with a very heavy heart. I have just talked with Lera for a few minutes. Sam went to Emery on Wed. for a MRI and they were back at Emery for most of the day today. He has multiple tumors on his brain, she said probably too many to use the gamma knife.

They go back to the doctor on Tues. to discuss radiation. She really was to o exhausted to talk, all she could say over and over was for me to hit my knees. Beth and the baby are there with them and I am very thankful for that. Please pray for all of them. Thank you for all of your prayers and concern. I will send updates as I get them. It does not look good, but we all know that GOD IS A MIGHTY GOD......

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Sympathy is extended to Jo Ann Bryant Brooks in the death of her husband (Kenneth Louis Brooks) of Huntsville. Visitation was today at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday (February 16) at St. Paul United Methodist Church with burial to follow at Maple Hill.

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2/7/2008
[Sam Chisam]
From Betty V. Christian:
I have just talked with Lera and she is waiting on a call back from Sam's doctor. The rash that Sam has (the doctors believe it is a reaction from
chemo) is not responded well to any medications so far. This along with the chemo treatments as well, are very hard to handle each day. PLEASE remember them in prayer today that some medication will give him some comfort. Thanks and have a blessed day. Will update as hear from Lera.....................
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1/26/2008
Effective 2 January, 2008... Oakdale Associates and Ivan Faulkenberry will have a new mailing address and phone numbers. The new address is Ivan Faulkenberry,,, Oakdale Associates, Inc.... P.O. Box 398 ... Decatur,
Georgia 30031-0398 

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1/26/2008
New e-mail address:
Victoria Limbaugh Avery (Tobey): see HHS list for the address

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2007

 

12/10/2007
[Sam Chisam]
Note received from Lera (Harwell) Chisam) Sam wanted me to let you all know that he enjoys your e-mails but is not yet able to compile a response. Most of his memory has returned although he does have some blocks and some things have to be re-learned.

Prayerfully, down the road, these will return. Thank you all so much for your care and concern and especially your prayers. Sam loves you all very much.

Blessings,
Lera Chisam

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Sun 11/25/2007 
[Sam Chisam]
Hello Everyone, I have just talked with Bettye, Lera's sister, and Sam is back in his room and talking and knows what is going on. His surgery (Gamma-knife) lasted about four hours and the doctors said they accomplished what they wanted to. He has a slight headache and a little bleeding but all is well. Will go home tomorrow if all goes well tonite.

He has to go back to the hospital on Thurs. for pre-op procedures and will have the surgery on the large tumor on Friday. Stanley and I went over yesterday (to their house) and spent about four hours with them. Sam came down and we had a good visit, we wanted to go for the surgery but decided that we wanted to see him and visit before. It was great, Beth's husband and the baby came while we were there and we were glad to get to visit with all of them. It will be good for all of them to have Little Samuel there. Beth and family plan to stay for two more weeks and that is such a blessing for Lera and Sam, too. Bettye plans to stay until after Friday anyway. Friday's surgery is much more intense and could leave some complications so please continue to pray for them. Lera is doing as well as can be expected, she has such faith and a wonderful church family. I will send updates as I get them. Wishing each of you a safe and blessed Thanksgiving....
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Just received this e-mail from Carolyn. Sounds like things went well for Sam. 

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

BV
(Betty Vaughn)

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11/24/2007
Sympathy is extended to Gerald Patterson and family in the passing of his Mother early this morning. I don't have any further details but will send soon as I know.

Gerald's address: 530 Lanier Road, SW, Huntsville, Al. 35801-3254, home

- Jo Anna

Mildred Patterson 
Feb. 1, 1915 Nov. 23, 2007
Mildred Pless Patterson, 92, of Huntsville passed away Saturday at her home. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilder Patterson; daughter and son-inlaw, Faye and Lowell Mason; and her parents, the Rev. David and Tyra Pless. Mildred was the daughter of a Methodist minister, and she lived in many communities across North Alabama. She was a member of the Billie Scott class at First United Methodist Church and the various women's circles. Her life centered around her family. She enjoyed sewing, painting, writing poetry, playing the piano, and singing. Mildred is survived by her son, Gerald W. Patterson of Huntsville; her daughter, Gaye Johnson and husband Jim of Tullahoma, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Deidre Bennett and husband Brian, Robert Mason and wife Amanda, Shannon Smith and husband Gregory, Pamela Jenkins and husband Shannon, and Ryan Johnson and wife Heather; 10 great-grandchildren; five brothers, Maynard, George, James, William, and Gerald Pless; two sisters, Marilyn Popejoy and Maeceille Beem; and numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Coy Hallmark and Don Cross officiating. The family will receive friends at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church Building Fund or to Hospice Family Care. 

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[Sam Chisam]
Received from Betty Vaughn this a.m. (note originally from Carolyn) Our family has much to be thankful for tonite. Sam's surgery went well today, the doctor was pleased with the results. The surgery took several hours and there was a little bleeding and swelling but they put in a small tube and balloon to take care of it also, they will use that for radiation treatment later. The doctor said that if anymore tumors apprear, he will use the gamma-knife to take care of them. Bettye said that Sam will probably be in intensive care a couple of days and then move to a regular room. Sam will see an oncologist within the next couple of weeks to start treatment on the places in his lungs. Lera, Bettye and Beth are all staying at the hospital tonite, they are all tired but so releived and thankful. We all appreciate your concern and prayers. We ask for continued prayers............GOD IS SO GOOD.......................I have just talked with Bettye and they have seen Sam, he is awake, alert and has a good recollection of things and of what is going on..

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11/19/2007
Sympathy is extended to the family of Gayle (Wilson) Butler

Gayle (Wilson) Butler died Saturday (November 17th) at Huntsville Hospital of complications from cancer. Her family included her husband - Jimmy; son - Jamey, sisters - Ann Michael and Helen Morgan and brother - Reek Wilson. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today (Nov. 19th) at Berryhill Funeral Home. Funeral service and eulogy will be held at Berryhill Funeral Home chapel and 2 p.m. Tuesday with interment following at Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville.

(Berryhill Funeral Home is just north of Memorial Parkway and Oakwood Avenue).

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11/16/2007 
[Information on Sam Chisam's condition.]


Received this note from Brenda Elders. She has been corresponding with Sam's brother.
-Jo Anna


Sam is still at home. He had a couple of doctor appointments today and some
lab work tomorrow. He is scheduled for Gami-blade surgery on Monday 
to address the small tumor on his brain. He should be in the 
hospital overnight. He has surgery on Friday, the day after 
Thanksgiving, to address the large tumor. He should be in the 
hospital for about 5 days if there are no complications.


Martha arrived & visited with him today. She thought he looked good. 
He told her he doesn't remember a lot about the first few days after 
the Gran Maul Seizure but he does good on his memory now.
All of a sudden, he recalled that the AMEX bill was due - no worry, Beth had taken care 
of it. She has been a great help to her mom. Of course, Betty, Lera's 
sister has been helpful. The family seems to be doing good but they 
are all tired.


Donna & I plan to go to Atlanta next week. Looks like it will be 
Saturday before we can leave but will be there for the surgeries.


I will keep you posted.  We appreciate your prayers.


Thanks
Mike Chisam-Sam's brother 


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From Jo Anna, Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sympathy is extended to Shirley (Shockley) Reed and family in the death of her mother....

Jan. 6, 1923 Aug. 13, 2007

Muriel Fox Shockley, 84, of Huntsville died Monday at Huntsville Hospital. She was a member of Whitesburg Baptist Church. Mrs. Shockley retired with her husband, J.D. Shockley, in 1980 from the Sands Motor Hotel on South Memorial Parkway, a business they helped build, owned, and operated since the 1960s. Mrs. Shockley was the daughter of the late W.O. Fox and Elsie Buyse Menchey. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years and her daughter, Gaye S. Haynes. Mrs. Shockley is survived by her son, James "Jim" David Shockley and wife Debra; daughters, Debbie Corum and husband Van, and Shirley Shockley Reed, all of Huntsville; 13 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; nephew, Buddy Dunbar and wife Susan of Huntsville; devoted caregivers, Jean, Charlene, Jean, Loretta, Ethel Barbara, and Michelle; and her faithful dogs, Pup Dog and Smokey.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dick Thomassian officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the Susan B. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.

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King, Mary 

Aug. 25, 1933 April 30, 2007
Mary Glynn "May May" King, 73, of Hazel Green passed away Monday. Mrs. King was a 1951 graduate of Huntsville High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard King. The family sends a special thank you to Dr. Scott Hitchcock and staff, Dr. Calame Sammons, Dr. Donald Ross, Dr. Michael Linder, UAB Family Medicine physicians and staff, Huntsville Hospital Emergency Room physicians and staff; Hazel Green and Meridianville Fire and Rescue and HEMSI Paramedics for always treating her with patience and kindness. Survivors include her daughter, Beth King of Hazel Green; sons, John King of Los Angeles, Mike King and wife Kristi of Meridianville; grandchildren, Hannah and Luke King of Meridianville; brothers, Bill Branner and wife Lynn of Winter Park, Fla., and Ken [Kenny] Branner and wife Phyllis of New Market; sister, Sally Duncan and husband Jody of Auburn; aunt, Lorene Hicks of Huntsville; cousins, Nancy Warren and Butch Hicks and wife Ann, all of Huntsville; several nieces and nephews, and her two dogs and constant companions, Sugar and Sam. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Bert Brewster officiating. Burial will be in Mount Zion Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ark Animal Shelter, 139 Bo-Cole Rd., Huntsville, AL 35806. 

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4/24/2007 
I received a note from Betty Vaughn (Cisco) Christian about Phyllis
(McAnally) Worley...

Phyllis has Alzheimers and is now a patient in the Traylor Retirement Community in Roanoke, Alabama. 

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4/24/2007 
My Mother is very ill. The nursing home is calling in Hospice tomorrow.
  Please keep our family in your prayers and pray especially that Mother's pain will be minimal.

-- Jo Anna

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4/16/2007 [From Jo Anna]
Classmates,

My husband (Buddy) had back surgery on Tues, April 10th and it was more extensive than we expected. The good news, he is expected to be in better shape eventually and we are looking forward to doing some more traveling and working in our church (Whitesburg Baptist, Huntsville).

My Mother had a blood clot in her leg on Thursday, April 5th and had emergency surgery, then the next day had a small heart attack. However, she recovered to the point that she was taken back to the nursing home on April 12th. She needs to have a foot amputated because it was severely damaged from the blood clot but because of her age (93) and health condition, it would be impossible for her to make it thru that type of surgery. She is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances. While in the hospital, her grandaughter from Leesburg, Va. brought the newest member of our family to see her (a 7 month old great-grandson). Mother says that her life is complete because she has longed to see this child since the day it was born last August. The nurses in Surgical Intensive Care at the hospital rolled Mother's bed into the hallway to make the visit possible! Hospital rules do not allow children inside the unit.

We have been so very blessed by so many who have called or written about my husband and Mother. I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart.

It has been a very tough week but I know I will continue to do o.k. because of great people like you who have prayed on our behalf.

My Mother continues to be in pain, therefore we are asking for prayer support in that area.

Love to all,

Jo Anna

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April 2007

Our classmate Virgina Huth Fowler at work!

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Judy Bullard Daniel
Sept. 5, 1941  -  April 4, 2007

Sympathy is extended to her family.

Judy Bullard Daniel, 65, of Huntsville died Wednesday at her residence. Mrs. Daniel was a retired school teacher with the Huntsville City School System. She was a graduate of the University of Alabama, where she received a bachelor of science degree in education. She was a member of the Delta chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary teacher organization and a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Larry Orville Daniel Sr. Survivors include her son, Larry Orville Daniel Jr. of Huntsville; daughter, Laura Daniel Cohron of Bowling Green, Ky.; mother, Mary Jane Bullard of Huntsville; sister, Bettie Creel of Haleyville; brothers, Ted Bullard and Tommy Bullard of Huntsville; granddaughter, Caroline Cohron of Bowling Green; and grandsons, Trey and Blake Daniel of Huntsville. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Michael MacMahon officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery with Laughlin Service Funeral Home in charge. Memorials may be made to the church.

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From Jo Anna...
April 06, 2007
My Mother (Miriam Gowan) had two surgeries late yesterday for a blood clot in her leg. She is in Surgical Intensive Care and not doing well. Full blood flow has not returned to her foot and that is a big concern.

Also, her heart is acting up. Please keep her, my brother (Perry) and me in your prayers. Mother turned 93 this past Monday and although she was not feeling well, she did enjoy her special birthday party at the nursing home.

Love to all,
Jo Anna

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March 2007

Sympathy is extended to Mike Sefton and family in the death of his Mother
|
Dec. 30, 1905 - March 22, 2007
Evelyn Cornelia Wheeler Sefton passed away at home in Huntsville on March 22 at the age of 101. She was born in Pavo, Georgia to John Thomas and Rachel Cornelia Wheeler. She was one of 11 children. Evelyn was educated in the public schools of Pavo and Thomasville, Georgia, and at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She was employed by the Georgia Power Company in Atlanta, where she was named "Miss Georgia Power." She married Frank Noble "Bill" Sefton II on July 15, 1933, in Chattanooga. They lived in Atlanta and Sheffield before making Huntsville their home in 1941. As a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Huntsville, Evelyn enjoyed attending Sunday services and Wednesday night suppers as well as participating in the Willing Workers Sunday school class and her Circle. She was a founding member of the Rotary Ann Club of Huntsville and was actively involved in the Junior Welfare League. She possessed a keen appreciation for the beauty of the earth and was fond of singing, poetry, cats, babies, and picnicking with her family. Evelyn had a deep spirituality that sustained her through the loss of loved ones, and through the last few years of her life, when she was confined to her home. She will be remembered by her children and grandchildren for her strong faith and loving attention to her family. Mrs. Sefton is survived by her sister, Margery Brown of Atlanta; three children, Michael Jacot Sefton and wife, Nicole Jones, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Evelyn Cornelia Sefton Hinesley and husband, Joe Hinesley, and Joseph Wesley Sefton and wife, Susan Moss, of Huntsville; a daughter-in-law, Mary Claire Dardis Sefton of Huntsville; nine grandchildren, Katie Claire Sefton, Patrick Ladd Wheeler Sefton and wife Anne, Aimee Corday Sefton Soto and husband Emilio, Robin Therese Sefton, Cristin Adele Hinesley, Joseph Jacot Hinesley and wife Emily, Rachel Ann Moss Sefton White and husband Daniel, Michael Joseph Wesley Sefton, William Patrick Conrad Sefton; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Noble "Bill" Sefton II; sons, Frank Noble "Bill" Sefton III and Patrick Ladd Wheeler Sefton; and grandson, Frank Noble "Bill" Sefton IV. Services for Evelyn will be held at 11 am on April 10 at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. William G. Cockrill officiating . Visitation will precede the service in Fellowship Hall one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First Presbyterian Church, the Junior Welfare League of Huntsville, or the Huntsville Land Trust.

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March 11, 2007
I will temporarily be without an internet e-mail address. I had a house fire that destroyed my clothes closet (all of my clothes), kitchen, and bathroom. The rest of the house received heat and smoke damage. I will be living at Madison, AL. for at least 4 to 6 months. I lost everything electronic including my computer. When I am online again I will send you an e-mail.

Linda (McGeehee) Hillis

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Feb 6, 2007
This one from Hattie Hughes  -

One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a Friend.

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his
wife open a package.

What food might this contain?"  The mouse wondered - he was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning:
There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me.  I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the
house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The pig sympathized, but said, I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there
 is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."

The mouse turned to the cow and said "There is a mousetrap in the house!
There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off
my nose."

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- like the sound
of a mousetrap catching its prey.

The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught.  In the darkness, she
did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital,
and she returned home with a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer
took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient.

But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit
with her around the clock.

To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer's wife did not get well; she died.

So many people came for her funeral; the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.

The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great
sadness.

So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it
doesn't concern you, remember -- when one of us is threatened, we are
all at risk.

We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out
for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.

Each of us is a vital thread in another person’s tapestry; our lives are woven together for a reason.

One of the best things to hold onto in this world is a Friend.

 

 


2006

James E. Hatfield Jr. 
Jan. 6, 1941 Dec. 20, 2006
James Everette Hatfield Jr. of New Market passed away Wednesday. He was 65. Mr. Hatfield was a member of Jackson Way Baptist Church for 55 years. He was employed with NASA. He is survived by his wife, Sarah Sharpe Hatfield; son, James E. "Jim" III and his wife, Candace; two daughters, Gaylia Hatfield Ricks and Conna Hatfield Oliver and her husband, Stan; six grandchildren, Ashlyn Howard, James "Braden" Hatfield, Samantha Ricks and Natalie, Lauren and Emily Oliver; one brother; three sisters; and a number of nieces and nephews. Chapel services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Berryhill Funeral Home with the Rev. Garry Jordan officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Jackson Way Baptist Church Library in care of Pauline Thomason or the American Cancer Society. 

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12/22/2006

Check the Old Huntsville magazine I have my fifth story since June in it. Maybe some day I'll learn how to do something and get a REAL JOB. This story is dedicated to the seventh son born on Christmas day. He'll be 21 on the 25th. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

Judy C. Smith

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Posted Dec. 19, 2006

Did you know about the name of our classmate HB?

(Info. provided by HB per our request.)

I usually show "H" as my first name and "B" as my middle initial.
My birth certificate shows H.B. Overton, Jr  May 6,1941!   My father is shown as H. B. Overton  Its been a long time since I researched it, but I seem to remember that the suffix is part of my legal name. On my passport they show H B as my given name and OVERTON JR as my surname. Note there is no periods or commas. Thanks for being interested.

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Dec. 15, 2006
Classmates:

Thank you so much for your prayers and thoughts for my Mother. Each and every note has been very special to me. She has been in the hospital again and is currently in physical therapy. However, she is still not doing well so please keep her on your prayer list.

Love you all,

Jo Anna (Gowan) Burkett

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Dec 15, 2006, cont'd - Notes received from classmates recently:

Jo Anna, the e-mail address you have for me is my wife's , mine is janwilliamsw@aol.com

I understand some of the class has lunch together every once in a while, let me know when and I will join, thanks, jan  (Jan Williams)

P.S. Jan - the reason we are sending it to your wife is so she will remind you!

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Jo Anna,

And just an up date - Maxwell James Finlaw was born to my son James and his wife Becky at 9:46, November 21, 2006 in Providence, RI. He was 9 pounds - 8 ounces and 21". That makes two grandson's and two granddaughters.

Rich  (Richard Finlaw)

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Just a quick note to let all know that I'm now a great-grandmother.

Hunter Chase Ratley was born Aug. 14th to my granddaughter Mary Robinson Ratley. Faye Robinson  (Faye Stoner Robinson)

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Please add my son, Scott Smith to your prayer list as a knot came up on his left elbow, he waited about two months, his doctor gave him steorids, which made him really sick, yesterday he had it drained, the fluid was suppose to be clear, it wasn't indicating a form of cancer. We are waiting the results. He uses his arm in his business to paint.

Thanks
Judy  (Judy Chandler Smith)
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Hey, It's me again! Guess what! It's all my fault! On two of the change notices I sent out I used the wrong email address (mdwilson@wildblue.com) and anyone who used that address got their email returned to them. The correct address is mdwilson@wildblue.net. Oh, well! I'm OLD. Please replace the old .com address with .net. And then if it gets returned it is because the file was too large. With this provider I am limited to 1MB per email. Thanks so much and I am truly embarrassed.
(Millie Woody Wilson)

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Dear Classmate,
I have recently married and moved to Michigan. 

I am looking forward to our next reunion, which I assume will be our 50th in 2009. I couldn't find the website for our class.  [Dear Roy, it's
http://geocities.com/hhs59us ]

My wife's name is Carlene.
Merry Christmas,

Roy L. Fanning, Jr.

Roy: We are glad to be in touch with you again and look forward to seeing both you and your wife at the next reunion ( in 2 1/2 yrs.) We have others living in Michigan - Mike Sefton (Ann Arbor), and Hattie(Webb) Hughes in Novi.

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Jo Anna

I have at long last made contact with Billy O'neal. His address is

William B. O'neal
Bradenton, Fl. 
His e-mail is bill.oneal@hotmail.com

H.B.  (H.B. Overton)

Thanks H. B. for your detective work!

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November 21, 2006

The 1959 Huntsville High School Senior Class Movie Now Available to the Class and the World!
See our "Link" page for instructions.

The forty-seven year old HHS Senior Class movie, in three parts is now on YouTube.com  The movie is fuzzy,  jumpy and has soft focus but is still fun to watch because it's ABOUT US!  It's in three parts to help make it a little clearer.  If you went on the trip you'll definitely want to see it.  Tell your children and grandchildren - they'll want to see it too.

Whatever you do - don't miss the Class Picture taken on the  Capitol Grounds.  It's at the end of Part III !

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Thursday, October 19, 2006 

Missed those who could not be with us today at Botanical Gardens. Food and fellowship was great as always!

We talked about the funny things that happened during our high school years and several comments were overheard about Sally's term paper on "ducks" and how they "lite in trees".

Some even remembered (?) how a couple of students jumped out the windows of Mrs. Drake's classroom because they were bored!

Those who attended were:

Cora Pitsinger White
Phyllis Sisco Brown
Jeri Lynn Jones McAllister
Bill McCrary and Betty
Mickey Moore and Charlotte
Jo Anna Gowan Burkett and Buddy
H.B. Overton
Judy Chandler Smith
Sally Fleming Walker

On a sad note - I found out today from one of our classmates that David Hunt passed away in 2003.

Glad to see everyone and even though it rained - it was a wonderful outing (indoors).

Jo Anna

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Monday, October 16, 2006

Just got word that Julia (Jones) King broke her arm up near her shoulder when she fell at church.

Get well soon - JULIA! and we will miss you and Gene at Botanical Gardens...

Jo Ann

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Vival's Texas Sky Dive!
Our own classmate Vival Travis Gilson.

We recently received these snapshots and wanted to share them with the class.

 

 

 



            

 


Note received from Judy Chandler Smith (written Sept. 28th 2006):

JoAnna,

My daughter, Allison Click called us at 5:30 a.m. on Monday having chest pains and hard to breathe. M.D. took her to the emergency room at Huntsville Hospital. Finally got a room 557 where we are still having MRI and cat scans run. Has a blood clot in one lung, due to a miscarriage on
August 27th. Also has terrible chest and back pains, can't sit up. Keep her in your prayers.

Judy

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Email dated 9/29/2006

Also want to let you all know that my dear little Mother had a heart attack on Sept. 20th. She was moved to re-hab center on Sept. 26th.

Outlook is not good because she suffered severe damage to heart muscle.

Mother is 92 yrs. old.

Jo Anna

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9/14/2006 [From Jo Anna]

We have returned from a most fantastic trip to Alaska I won't bore you

with all the details but would like to tell you just a little. Two days after arriving in Anchorage by plane, my husband came down with shingles (on his face) so we were hotel bound for a few days. After he got to feeling better, we visited several museums in the Anchorage area. We had planned to visit Mt. McKinley but torrential rains washed out roads and train tracks. Our mini trip to Whittier was exciting. We cruised to a glacier and watched parts of it fall, saw sea otters and met some very nice people. On Tues the 28th, we flew from Cooper's Landing via bush plane thru the mountains and over glaciers to Montegue Island in the Prince William Sound. Montegue Island has no roadways, utilities, or anyone living there. As we neared the island, we could see that fog was rolling in very quickly and landing would be tricky but our pilot (retired from commercial flying) certainly knew what he was doing and got us down safely on the beach. From there, we back-packed our belongings (clothing, food, pots/pans, fishing equip, camera, sleeping bags, etc.) for about 1 1/2 miles to an Alaskan forest rangers cabin. This cabin had no electricity, or running water and our cell phones did not work either.

The peace and quiet was wonderful. Shortly, a young bear visited - we had invaded his territory, then we saw a large bear in the river below the cabin catching and eating salmon. We fished, and fished and fished the entire week, spotting bears daily. We ate and ate and ate salmon 2-3 times daily. What a way to live! After a week of "heaven", the bush pilot picked us up on the beach where we returned to Coopers Landing, then on to Anchorage. Sam and Lera (Harwell) Chisam were in Anchorage visiting their daughter and family. The daughter has a precious 3 month old son (Sam and Lera's only grandchild) and we got to see all of them our last day in Anchorage.

End of story - we are glad to be home but sure would like to return to Alaska in the future. It was real tempting to call the kids and tell them to "send the dog, sell the farm because we are moving to Alaska" and we probably would do so except for the -60 deg winters and the grandchildren being so far away!

Jo Anna

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Sympathy is extended to Patricia (Ellis) Vidler and family in the death of her Mother - Helen Duke Ellis Johnston of Huntsville who passed away on September 4, 2006.

April 26, 1917 Sept. 4, 2006
Helen Duke Ellis Johnston, 89, of Huntsville passed away Monday. Mrs. Johnston was a longtime Huntsville resident. She was a civic leader and among her many interests were the Huntsville Symphony, the Huntsville Art League, the American Lung Association, and the Episcopal Church. Survivors include her husband, William H. Johnston; three daughters, Patricia Ellis Vidler and husband, Michael, of Greenville, S.C., Christy Ellis Catts and Cathy Ellis Nickelson, of Huntsville; two stepchildren, William H. Johnston Jr., and wife, Claire, and Pattie Johnston Cline and husband, John, all of Huntsville; ten grandchildren, John Martin, Warren Catts, Ryan Catts, Adrian Graviet, Ellis Barnard, Jesse Barnard, John Cline, Mary Kelly Horton, Anna Clay Johnston and William Johnston III; six great-grandchildren; sister, Lillian Iler and husband, Norman, of Venice, Fla., and two sistersin-law, Betty Duke and Elsie Duke of Louisville, Ky. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Church of the Nativity. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Reverend Andy Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Scott G. Duke, L.G. Rambo, Roscoe Roberts, Everett Mosley, Frank Morring, Randy Roper, William H. Johnston III, John W. Cline Jr., and G. Ryan Catts. Honorary pallbearers will be Emile Joffrion, Thompson Kelly, Ted Bledsoe, John Rison Jones, Bill Holbrook, Harold Potts, Bob Johnson, Frank Wilson, Charlie Yarn, Walter Crumpton and Dave Butler. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Church of the Nativity or your favorite charity.

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Sympathy is extended to Lewis Drummond and family:

Published in The Huntsville Times on 8/21/2006. 
Rhonda E. Henshaw
July 14, 1937 Aug. 18, 2006
Rhonda E. Henshaw, 69 of Huntsville passed away Friday. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jimmy W. Henshaw; two daughters, Terri D.
Henshaw and Sandra L. Broseker of Glen Burnie, Md.; son, Donald C.
Henshaw of Towson, Md.; two brothers Richard Drummond and Louis Drummond; sister, Dell Dillard, all of Alabama; and four grandchildren. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Singleton Funeral Home, Glen Burnie. Funeral services will be held at noon Tuesday at Messiah United Methodist Church. Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Chesapeake or Tate Cancer Center. 


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August 14 2006  From Sam Chisam thru another classmate...

One of our former schoolmates, Margaret Anne Goldsmith (Class of 59) is one of the four local Huntsvillians to be honored on Thursday night by the local chapter of the National Conference for Community and Justice.

This prestigious award is given for an individuals contributions to bridge-building efforts in the community and region. Margaret Anne and her family have contributed much to the history of Huntsville, including Huntsville Hospital and the place we spent our Friday nights for many years (Beer Beer for old Huntsville High), Goldsmith-Schiffman Field.

Her most significant contribution was the gift of her family manuscripts to the Holocaust Museum in D.C. If/when you visit this museum in Washington a part of your past will be there. This is also true of the Space Museum in D.C. and the Kennedy Center in Cape Kennedy.

Congratulations Margaret Anne this is a well deserved honor.

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August 14 2006 From Robert Staggs...

Jo Anna, just an update on my " bull riding" grandson. He has decided that west Texas is just too far from Florida. He has transferred to north west Mississippi community college, in Senatobia, Ms., about 40 miles south of Memphis, Tn.

he is leaving this Friday to go to Georgia and hog hunt with his other grandfather at their camp. Then he is going on over to Mississippi to meet his new roommate and spend a few days with him and his family, then the two of them are going on to school. Because he is a transfer student, he is not going to be able to compete the first semester. 

Mickey Moore was in town recently and called. We spent most of the day together, talking about old times. It was good to see him.

 

Robert

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August 14 2006  

And now the latest!  Buddy and I will be leaving this Thurs on a trip to Alaska and plan to return on Sept 2. I have but one request - pray for safe travel.

Love to all,

Jo Anna

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August 3, 2006  


Thirty classmates have reported they were born in Huntsville.  Were you?  If so, and your name isn't on our "Huntsvillians" page, and you'd like to be included, just let us know!

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Classmates,  [20 July 2006]

I have just talked with Margaret Anne Goldsmith. Her son, his wife and three small children reside in Jerusalem, Israel. At the current time, he does not feel threatened. However, Margaret Anne is a very worried Mother and Grandmother.

She asks that we pray that Israel will soon be able to establish a boundary between Israel and Lebanon. I think that we should also pray that the terrorists will be eradicated very soon.

If other classmates have relatives in Israel, Lebanon or other nearby countries - please let me know.

Jo Anna

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Sue Fowler Tidwell

Dec. 23, 1940 -  June 30, 2006
Sue Fowler Tidwell, 65, of Huntsville died Friday. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Mrs. Tidwell was a very generous and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Survivors include her husband, Billy M. Tidwell of Huntsville; children, Susan Tidwell of Huntsville, Billy Tidwell Jr. and his wife, Lori, of Nashville, and Patrick Tidwell and his wife, Elizabeth, of Huntsville; grandchildren, Lee and Shelby Wolaver; sister, Loretta Breasseale of Knoxville; and brother, Clyde Fowler Jr. of Huntsville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Laughlin Service Funeral Home.The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the chapel at the funeral home with Dr. David Hull and Dr. Ralph Langley officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Community Benevolence Fund. 

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June 27, 2006
Jo Anna, For those that have an interest in gardening, the latest Alabama Gardener magazine (July/August 2006 issue) has an article by Debra Burrell that she wrote on my garden and the pictures she took of it. She is a Jefferson County Master Gardener who does free lance writing and takes her own pictures for the magazine articles she writes. She did a nice job and
took some good pictures. The title of the article is a little strange but it was selected by the magazine staff and not Debra.

- Bobby Smith

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Jan. 3, 1909  -  June 24, 2006  [Glenda Cantrell Luna's father]
Johnie M. "Buck" Cantrell, 97, of Huntsville died Saturday. Mr. Cantrell was a native of Madison County. He had retired from the Shell Oil Company and Brooks and Collier. He was a charter member of Oak Park Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Erma Wallace Cantrell. Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Jim Luna; two grandchildren, Susan and her husband, Lewis DeCarlo and Jeff and his wife, Stacy Luna; and four great-grandchildren, Lauren DeCarlo, Gabriel DeCarlo, Tori Luna and Nick Luna. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Berryhill Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Harold Fanning, the Rev. Alan Crawford and the Rev. Garry Jordan officiating. Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. 
Published in The Huntsville Times on 6/25/2006. 

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June 2006

Congratulations to Classmate Jimmy Johnson. 

Johnson named distinguished engineering alumnus James A. Johnson, director of program management for Kellogg Brown & Root’s Government and Infrastructure Unit, has been selected to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Vanderbilt School of Engineering.
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Received from Judy (Chandler) Smith [4/20/2006]:

Attached is a WORD document that I am sending to Old Huntsville Magazine for their upcoming issue with some photos from 1950 in the newspaper that I saved. Thought you might enjoy reading a bit about the old days.

Mayday 1950 by Judy Chandler Smith

As I ride down East Clinton Street and stop to watch the children practicing the Dance of the Maypole, I couldn’t help but remember when Anne Walker and I were in Mrs. Baker’s third grade class at East Clinton Street School.

We were eight years old, and so excited to be in the class chosen for the Maypole dance. All of the girls had to have crepe paper dresses made, mine was pink, my mother’s favorite color. Anne’s was blue.

Mrs. Baker would get really mad at everyone for talking especially Anne and me. She would tape our mouths shut. If that didn’t work she would draw and circle on the blackboard and we would have to stand with our nose in the circle for a class, and if that didn’t work, she had an eighteen-inch ruler that she would use on your back with the wrath of God. I prayed everyday that I could keep my mouth shut and be chosen to go outside thirty minutes before school got out at 2:30 p.m. to dust erasers.

Believe it or not Anne I managed to not miss behave and were allowed to participate in the weaving of the crepe paper streamers on a beautiful sunny day in May 1950.

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June 2006 

Info from Jo Anna  3/9/2006
Sympathy is extended to Hattie Marie (Webb) Hughes in the death of her mother: 

Hi Jo Anna -

Just a brief note to tell you that a very difficult year ended when I received the call that my sister and I knew was at hand.

Mamma (Mrs. Celestine Webb) lost her battle with colon cancer a little after midnight.

We don't know how long it will take the State of Florida, or the funeral home down there, to finish their proceedings.

The body will be flown back to Huntsville and we will have a very brief grave side burial service, probably on Tuesday. That is all the information I have at this point in time and will try to let you know more details later today or tomorrow.

Hatti

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Info from Jo Anna 3/6/2006

Sympathy is extended to Joyce Joyce in the death of her mother: Ruby Tucker 

May 23, 1919 March 4, 2006
Ruby Tucker, 86, of Huntsville died Saturday. Mrs. Tucker was a member of Hillsboro Heights Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Tucker and a son, Leonard Askew Jr. Survivors include four daughters, Joyce Joyce and husband, Gary, of Huntsville, Jean Westover and husband, Joe, of Granbury, Texas, Vickie Neely and husband, Ron, and Carol Albright and husband, Kelly, all of Huntsville; one son, James Askew and fiancee, Diane Sapp, of Huntsville; two step-daughters, Judy Stephens and husband, Conn, of Hazel Green, and Patsy McGaugh and husband, Jerry, of Madison; ten grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, 13 greatgrandchildren, and nine stepgreat-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Davis officiating. Burial will be at Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

Also, Barry Johnston's mother (Lucile Johnston) passed away about 3 a.m. this morning (Monday). Barry and his wife (Soony) are enroute to Huntsville and I cannot get in touch with sister (Gretel) but soon as I am able to do so, I will pass along funeral arrangements. Barry would like to see classmates that are able to go to visitation and/or funeral (I think he misses us!).

Funeral arrangements for Barry Johnston's mother:  Visitation at Laughlin Funeral Home, Bob Wallace Avenue, Huntsville on Thursday (March 9) 5-7 p.m. Funeral at Southside Baptist Church (south end of Franklin Street), Huntsville on Friday (March 10) at 2 p.m. If you need additional directions to either funeral home or church - let me know.

Probably tomorrow you will be able to access www.al.com, Huntsville Times, death notices and leave a message for the family under the name of Lucille Johnston If you wish to send a card to Barry, 2423 Pickwick Rd., Baltimore, Md 21207,  e-mail: barry@sculptorjohnston.com 

Lucile Woods Johnston

Aug. 22, 1914 March 6, 2006

Author, speaker, Christian and civic leader, devoted wife and mother, Lucile Woods Johnston, died peacefully with a smile in her home Monday.

Born in Dallas, she married James W. Johnston in 1937 and they moved onto Monte Sano Mountain after returning from their honeymoon. They created their family in the 1940s and in 1945 she and her husband established Johnston Concrete Products Co. They became devoted to Huntsville but also traveled extensively throughout the world. A tireless civic leader, Johnston's volunteer services included: Red Cross war work; helped establish the first classical radio station in north Alabama; helped introduce the first educational television in the U.S. (forerunner of PBS); chaired the citywide PTA Media Committee; introduced a parent-supervised recreation program for students at the YMCA; taught American History courses in homes, churches and clubs of Huntsville; president of the Huntsville Garden Club; president of the Huntsville Music Club; charter member of the Altrusa Club; charter member of the Rotary Ann Club; and longtime member of the DAR. Her Christian work

included: hosting the first Ladies Prayer Luncheon and meetings to launch Christian Women's Clubs in Huntsville; first Alabama state coordinator for The Freedom Council; helped start the first of thousands of Mayor's Prayer Breakfasts sponsored by the Chambers of Commerce and the many student seminars in conjunction with presidential, governors', and mayors' prayer breakfasts; prayer chairman of Campus Crusade for Christ and participated in their first Executive Seminar in six Asian countries in 1973 and in 1977; participated in Here's Life in Bangalore, India; and Methodist Lay Witness Missions in the U.S., Ireland and the first one in England. She donated income from her first book to help start Young Life and Youth for Christ in Huntsville and income from her 2nd book to Bibles for the World and the Huntsville Downtown Rescue Mission. She and her husband's many gifts to the community included two houses for the Harris Home orphanage. After their daughter's death, they gave 240 acres to Madison County for the Sharon Johnston Park. Johnston's third book, Celebrations of a Nation, (now in its 5th edition) has been reviewed as a "thoroughly researched, novel-like history" of the origins of American democracy and our nation's foundation of faith. For two decades Johnston was a national featured speaker at professional women's groups, Christian Women's Clubs, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs and radio and television programs. Articles were written about her in Campus Crusade Magazine, The Freedom Council Magazine, Cross Roads Magazine and the Christian Revolution. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity for decades, served for three years as deacon and three years as elder of Central Presbyterian Church (and represented them at North Alabama Presbytery and General Assembly), and has been a member of Southside Baptist Church since 1995, participating in numerous classes and seminars there. Mrs. Johnston was preceded in death by her husband, James W.

Johnston, and her daughter, Sharon Ann Johnston. She is survived by her sons, Barry Woods Johnston of Baltimore, and Stephen Russell Johnston of Tucson, Ariz.; daughter, Gretel Elizabeth Johnston of Scottsboro; and grandchildren, Russell Ross Johnston of Nashville, and Stephanie Kristin Johnston of Asheville, N.C. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Laughlin Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Southside Baptist Church with Dr. Murray Wilton officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the Johnston family requests donations to the Huntsville Rescue Mission.

Published in The Huntsville Times on 3/8/20

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Roger Humphrey's new e-mail address: rchump@gmail.net

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Info from Jo Anna 2/19/2006

This past week I saw Henry and Nancy Waites. Both of them look great.

Henry is continuing to teach at local college.

Understand that Bruce Hammer has been ill. His address is: #37 Waukomis Lake Rd., Corinth, Ms. 38834

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Sympathy is extended to Joyce Herring and family in the death of her Mother - 
Ethel Hunt Herring 

Feb. 4, 1914 Jan. 9, 2006
Ethel Hunt "Twin" Herring, 91, formerly of Huntsville, died Monday in Atlanta. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Herring. Mrs. Herring was born in Tellico Plains, Tenn., and attended the University of Tennessee at Martin. She was a lifelong homemaker and was a founding member of Trinity United Methodist Church along with her husband. Survivors include one son, J. Michael Herring of Coronado, Calif.; one daughter, Joyce Herring of Atlanta; one granddaughter, Susan Bromma of San Diego; one grandson, Chris Herring of Phoenix; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Huntsville Memory Gardens with the Rev. Sherill Clontz officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christmas Charities or to the Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund, Huntsville, AL.  

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Note received from Richard Finlaw: 
Heard from Danny Thomas. From his notes it appears that his home in 
Slidell, Louisiana suffered extensive damage from flooding. It sounds as 
though he is getting it all back together. He is working on his home and 
working with FEMA to maintain as normal a life as possible. It's good to 
know they are both safe and well.

 

 

 


2005

Sympathy is extended to Marshall (Tut) Clements and family in the death of his Mother: 

12/31/2005
Nov. 19, 1919 Dec. 30, 2005
Jill Clements, 86, of Huntsville died Friday. She was a longtime member of Central Presbyterian Church, Bridge Studio and Huntsville Hospital Wellness Center. Mrs. Clements was preceded in death by her husband, M.W.
Clements, in December 1996. Survivors include her son, Marshall Clements of Huntsville; daughter, Jill Clements and her husband, Randy Towry of Atlanta; granddaughters, Adele Clements of Atlanta, Katherine McGhee and her husband, Ken, of Chelsea, and Carol Clements of Alexander City; and great-grandson, William McGhee of Chelsea. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Central Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Randy Jenkins officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery.

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12/20/2005
Phyllis (McAnally) Worley is now in the Brian Center, [North Carolina]. If you get a chance - please send her a card. Phyllis has alzheimers and has progressed to the point that she needed additional care.
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12/20/2005
Note received from Robert Staggs. 
Jo Anna , my wife Tammy, has been fighting breast cancer for five years.
The cancer had gone to her liver, it was found there in 2002. She has people all around the world praying for her. She has had some very radical chemo treatments in the past. Last week her doctor said he could not see any sign of cancer in her liver. He said this was the first time he had ever seen a liver clear of cancer once it has been discovered there. Last week he took her off chemo, and said she is somewhat in remission. GOD has been very good to us, and we give him all the praise for her recovery.
Robert
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Robert - we will continue to remember your wife in the coming years. My Mother has been cancer free for five years as of yesterday and she will be 92 this coming April. Jo Anna
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12/12/2005
Note received from Benny Nelson:
PERRY WARREN'S YOUNGEST SON WHIT
PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY LAST SATURDAY [12/3/2005]  AT HIS HOME IN CULLMAN. THE FUNERAL WAS WEDNESDAY IN CULLMAN. PERRY HAS TWO OTHER SONS, WADE AND WES, AND THE FOUR OF THEM PERFORMED ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS IN PRAISING THE GLORY OF GOD WITH THEIR MUSIC AND ENTHUSIASM OF CHRISTIAN LIFE. WHITT WAS A VERY GIFTED YOUNG MAN AND KNOWN FOR HIS MUSICAL TALENT AND WONDERFUL SINGING ABILITIES.

I HOPE ALL PERRY'S FRIENDS AND CLASSMATES WILL REMEMBER PERRY AND HIS FAMILY IN OUR PRAYERS THANKS, BENNY

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11/15/2005, Note received from Charles Hopson [about Henry and Nancy Waites]

I visited Henry and Nancy yesterday afternoon at their UAB Townhouse.

They are both doing well. Henry is in good spirits and both appear to have great attitudes about the hand they have been dealt. They seem genuinely grateful to be alive and for all the blessings of this life. At this point there are no complications and no signs of rejecting the kidney. Henry was hoping to go home today after a meeting with his doctors. He has had a rough 5 or 6 years with heart surgery, kidney failure, dialasis, kidney transplant and just surviving the merciless passage of time. It was good to see him again and to understand anew that moving toward death is only another stage of the life process.

My kindest regards,

Charles

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11/9/2005
This past weekend Henry Waites called me and asked that I extend a "hearty thank you" to classmates. He appreciates the thoughts, prayers, cards and phone calls so very much and said they have really helped him to get well faster and he will be home in a couple of weeks. You are a wonderful group!

Jo Anna

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11/11/2005
Remember or attended Rison school?  We've also added their web link to our "Links" page.  It's   Rison/Dallas website.  

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9/2/2005 Hurricane Katrina - Classmate Related News.

So glad to hear from you guys! Sure hope we find out about the others soon. Thanks for letting us know about Danny - I knew he lived in Slidell. Pat (Quick) Marsalis also lives near New Orleans. Also some classmates live in and around Mobile. After electricity is restored - maybe we will get some more news.

Jo Anna
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My sister Linda, left her home in Biloxi Sunday. She is safe in Atlanta with her daughter. Her son stayed in Biloxi but tonight we received a message he is ok and enroute to Florida. No word on the house but we expect it to be destroyed based on its location and the total
devastation. My family has much to be thankful for tonight--we are all alive and safe.

Elizabeth
[Elizabeth (Neal) Wigley]

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Hello, I am fine. Although I live in Massachusetts now, I had a home in Slidell - the eye of Katrina. Gone from what I understand and according to the news I have gotten. I heard from Danny Thomas who is living in Slidell.

He said he was in Birmingham with his wife and he is fine. He said the neighborhood in which we had homes is a lake.

If anyone needs a place to live - I have room here. If I can do anything to help, let me know how. I have another e-mail address - please add this to the list.

RichardFinlaw@comcast.net

Rich Finlaw

August 30, 2005

Sympathy is extended to Mary (Clanton) Reny and family:

Mary's mother (Birdie K. Clanton - age 90) passed away on Monday [August 29,2005] in Nashville, Tenn. The funeral will be in Huntsville at Valhalla Funeral Home on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Visitation will be at 11 a.m. prior to funeral.

 

8/3/2005 Good News!  [From Jo Anna's email]  

Note from Lera (Harwell) Chisam:

The doctor whom Sam saw today reported that the site where the melanoma was is clear, and the lymph nodes had also tested clear – PTL!  Next week he will see the surgeon to discuss if any further treatment is needed.   We would like to express  our heartfelt thanks for the many prayers which has sustained and comforted  us  during this time. Please continue to pray for Sam as he heals and for continued good reports.

Mon 8/1/2005 (from Jo Anna's email)

Note received from Ed Hedden:
 
Kudos and thanks for the words of wisdom from Dudley.

My eye is healing fast and doing well. If anyone has retina problems I
highly recommend a Huntsville High graduate Dr. Robert Morris located
at the Birmingham HealthSouth Medical Center. He is one of the best of
the best in the country. I think that he was two years behind our
class.

Ed
 
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Prayers needed
I just talked with Henry Waites who sounds wonderful and so very positive.  His wife Nancy will be going to Birmingham on August 22 for a kidney CT scan.  If the mass has not grown - then she will be eligible to donate a kidney to Henry. 
 
Also talked with Lera (Harwell) Chisam about Sam.  Sam had cancer surgery last Monday and is doing very well.  The cancer was on top of his head. He will be going to surgeon tomorrow for follow-up and pathology report. 

7/31/2005
A photographic exhibition by Sam Tumminello, “All Huntsville" opens with a reception for the photographer
Saturday, August 6th, 2005, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The show will feature photographs of people, events, and other subjects within the Huntsville area. "All Huntsville" will be on display from August 6 - September 30.

The exhibition is in the Atrium Gallery of the
Huntsville - Madison County Main Library located at 915 Monroe Street, Huntsville, AL
Visit Sam's web at  -  www.knology.net/~samjt
  

6/26/2005 [update]  Barry, Hattie Marie, Jane, Betty Vaughn, Dudley Campbell - Classmates are sharing their memories of Huntsville.  Click on the link  "Year 2005 Our Memories of Huntsville" and start down "memory lane".

June 23, 2005
Sympathy is extended to Brenda (Griebel) Grimm in the sudden death of her sister Katherine (Katie) Sieber (HHS60). Katie is survived by her husband Rolf Sieber (HHS57) and two children.

Visitation will be Saturday from 5-7 p.m. at Laughlin Funeral Home, Huntsville with service at St. Marks Lutheran Church this Sunday at 2 p.m.

 

June 20, 2005
Sympathy is extended to Jerome Knight whose father passed away on Wednesday (June 15th) at Peachtree Hospice in Duluth, Georgia. Mr. Knight was buried in Huntsville, Ala. today (Monday - June 20th). Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. at Huntsville Memory Gardens with visitation from 1 to 2 p.m. at Spry Funeral Home.

Note received from Lera Harwell Chisam today. [6/17/2005]

Sam has just been diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma. We are still in shock but trusting....would be grateful for prayer.

Thank you and blessings,

Lera

6/5/2005  Barry, Hattie Marie, Jane, Betty Vaughn -
Classmates are sharing their memories of Huntsville.  Click on the link  "Year 2005 Our Memories of Huntsville" and start down "memory lane".

 


Bobby Smith's flower garden has been chosen as one of four gardens to be part of the First Annual Hydrangea Tour (Alabama Hydrangea Society) in Birmingham to take place June 18th from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. rain or shine.

Bobby invites all classmates to come if you can make it. The cost is $5 per garden or all 4 for $15. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour at Bobby's garden.

The brochure he sent to me says that you can see four spectacular gardens featuring hydrangea! Each garden is unique in its setting and shows how well hydrangeas can be used in both sun and shade, mixed with annuals, perennials, groundcovers and other shrubs.

Alice and Bob Smith's garden - Variety is the one word that describes the Smith garden on Shades Mountain. Not only are there nearly 20 different varieties of hydrangeas, but there are many other collections as well.

Numerous varieties of notable plants include clematis, tree peonies, evergreen and native analeas, camellias, crepe myrtles, Japanese maples, and viburnums, all scattered throughout the garden with the hydrangeas.

In addition, one will notice perennials such as hostas, ferns, heucheras, epimediums, and Bear's Britches in shade areas. And for the sun enthusiast, there are beds with roses, dahlias, lantana and many exquisite lilies.

May 9, 2005
Sympathy is extended to Lloyd Moore whose Mother passed away Sunday [5/8/2005].
Visitation will be Tuesday at Spry Funeral Home in Huntsville from 6-8 p.m. Funeral will be at Spry - Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with burial to follow in Maple Hill Cemetery.

April 16, 2005
Sympathy is extended to Linda Joyce (McGehee) Hillis and family in the
death of her Mother (Ida M. McGeehee) of Huntsville. Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hazel Green Funeral Home and the funeral will be Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Lincoln County, Tenn.

3/23/2005
We've learned the "youngsters" of the HHS Class of 1960 have a new web.  The link has been added to our "Link" page.  They've done a good job and have a really nice photograph of Huntsville circa 1955.  Take a look at: 
Huntsville High School Class of 1960

3/14/2005
Sympathy is extended to Gerlinda (Reisig) Talbot and family in the death of her father Dr. Gerhard H.R. Reisig. He passed away Wednesday in Moorehead, Minnesota. The funeral will be Tuesday at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Huntsville at 3 p.m. with burial at Maple Hill Cemetery.

Died March 9, 2005 Dr. Gerhard H.R. Reisig passed away Wednesday at the home of his daughter in Moorhead, Minn. Born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1910, Dr. Reisig attended the Nikolaischule there through high school. He received his engineering degree from the Technical University in Dresden, Germany, and later earned his doctorate in engineering from the University of Braunschweig, Germany. After working for the Siemens Co. in Berlin for several years, he joined the Wernher von Braun rocket team in Peenemuende, Germany. In 1946, he moved with the team to El Paso, Texas, and in 1951, to Huntsville. He remained with the team until his retirement, working early on at the Army Ballistic Missile Agency and later, at Marshall Space Flight Center. Soon after retirement, he taught for a year at Concordia College in Moorhead, as a visiting professor of physics. He continued working on various projects and authored a comprehensive history of rocket technology. Until the last several years, he regularly participated in space-related meetings and gave lectures. Thus, he maintained contact with scientists in many countries and found joy and fulfillment in encouraging young scientists. Dr. Reisig was an avid musician from his school days. He played the violin and viola and participated in school and university orchestras. In Huntsville, he played in chamber music groups and developed many close friendships along the way. With Mr. Alvin Dreger, he founded the Huntsville Chamber Music Guild. Dr. Reisig married Gisela Haenichen in 1937. Their shared love of music provided a deep bond and lifelong enjoyment. Mrs. Reisig preceded him in death. The Reisig's are survived by two daughters, Ms. Gerlinda Talbot of Huntsville, and Dr. Godela Iverson and her husband, Dr. Stanley, of Moorhead; three grandchildren, Jamie Talbot and his wife, Dawn, of Cairo, Ga., Andrea Greiff and her husband, Eric, of Moorhead, and Margaret Iverson of Washington, D.C.; and one great-grandchild, Caroline Talbot. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Huntsville. Interment will be at Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Space and Rocket Center. 

Forgey, Robert W.
Oct. 20, 1937 Jan. 5, 2005
Robert W. Forgey, 67, of Huntsville died Wednesday. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. He grew up in Mississippi and obtained a degree in mechanical engineering from Mississippi State University. He retired as chief of the prototype engineering lab of the Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal. He also retired as a Lt. Col. from the 20th Special Forces Group of the Alabama National Guard. Bob was an active member of First United Methodist Church and the faith Sunday school class. He had a strong interest in missions. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Edna Forgey, and a son, Robert W. Forgey Jr. Survivors include his wife, Anne W. Forgey; daughters, Dawn A. Lozano and her husband, Roger, of Snellville, Ga., Erynn M. Showers and her husband, David, and Alyson I. Forgey, all of Huntsville; sons, Carter A. Forgey and wife, Michelle, of Huntsville, and Christopher S. Forgey of Houston; honorary daughters, Iryna Haddock and her husband, Jeremy, of Madison, Natasha Yanislauskaia and Katya Yerofeeya of Belarus; grandchildren, Britney Lozano, Bradley Lozano, Brandon Showers and Kaisey Showers; brothers, Ben Forgey and his wife, Jean, William Forgey and his wife, Lynn, of Brandon, Miss.; and several nieces, nephews and many friends. Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. today in the Wesley Worship Center at First United Methodist Church. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary with the Rev. Don Cross, the Rev. Coy Hallmark and the Rev. Mike Edmundson officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the Forgey family requests that donation be made to the Bob Forgey Jr. Scholarship Fund or The UMCOR South Asia Emergency Fund at First United Methodist Church.

2004

Sympathy is extended to Elizabeth(Neal) Wigley and her family in the loss of her brother: Joanna, Just a note to let you know my family lost our youngest brother, Ralph Harris age 48 to a heart attack on Nov 23 [2004]. The memorial service was Friday here in Ozark where he also lived. He had four children the youngest daughter is a senior in high school this year and his son is 10th grade. The oldest two daughters live in Jacksonville Al and attend Jacksonville University.


11/5/04
Virginia (Huth) Fowler, Karen (Gruene) Evans, Phyllis (Sisco) Brown and
myself [Jo Anna G. Burkett] attended the funeral today for Hella (Lindner) Stehney's Mom. It was nice to visit with Hella and she was very surprised to see her classmates. She had been sole caregiver for her very sick Mother for past couple of years. She and family are staying at the Hilton (downtown Huntsville) if you would like to try and get in touch with her

10/12/2004
:

John Richard Cochran, age 74, of Huntsville died Saturday [October 9th 2004]. He is survived by his wife Ginger G. Cochran; his sister, Doris Bridges; six daughters and one son; 25 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

A
celebration of John's life will be held at Grace Lutheran Church at 1 p.m. Tuesday (October 12th) at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at Valhalla Memory Gardens. Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association or the Grace Lutheran Church building fund.


9/12/2004
Sympathy is extended to Margaret Anne Goldsmith. Her Mother (Marguerite Newton) passed away Saturday [9/11/2004] in Thomasville, Ga. The funeral will be Monday (tomorrow) at 10 a.m. at Memory Gardens (Hwy. 72).


8/2/2004
Our 45th Year Class Reunion was held Saturday July 17, 2004 
at the Marriott located next to the Space and Rocket Center on I-565.


(From our "Web Archives", here's an interesting coincidence,  Ms. Keel died July 17, 2003)

To see who attended   Click here.

Click "Reunion Pictures" above to see the tour group of the new HHS building.

7/6/04
44 classmates have reported a total of 121 children and 147 grandchildren!  This is as of July 6, 2004.  See who, at "Progeny"

6/10/2004 from Robert Staggs

JUST A SHORT NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I HAVE TWO CHILDREN, AND TWO GRANDCHILDREN. 

MY GRANDSON (17) WILL COMPETE IN HIGH SCHOOL RODEO FINALS THIS WEEKEND. HE COMPETES IN THE BULL RIDING. HE IS 1 1/2 POINTS OUT OF FOURTH PLACE. IF HE MAKES THE TOP FOUR HE WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RODEO.

5/6/04
from Roger Humphrey

I will marry Wrenda Hasenbein on May 29, 2004 at 2:00 pm at the East Cullman Church of Christ. A reception will follow the services at Childhaven located at  1816 Childhaven Road South East in Cullman, Alabama. It will be a small wedding with family and friends.
 
We just set the date because her son is in Special Forces and will be assigned to Iraq in early July.
 

 

 

4/22/2004
It appears Java Script is required for the "hover buttons" to function.  If they don't appear on your screen you may CLICK HERE to navigate the HHS web.   (Later, the hover button were replaced to make the screen more user friendly.)

3/10/2004
Phyllis (Harper) and husband Fred Denton have done quite a bit of traveling by sailboat. They have a very nice web site. Thought you all might like to see. 

See the registration form:

The plans for our 45th class reunion have begun. It's set for July 17, 2004 
Be sure we have your current email address - send a short message to Jo Anna to verify.

Her address is: burthefarm@juno.com

Feb. 2,2004
The HHS59 next class reunion has been scheduled on July 17, 2004 at the Marriott in Huntsville, Alabama. The Marriott is located next to the Space and Rocket Center on I-565. The details of the event will follow at a later date.

As part of the reunion, we are putting together a booklet of information about and current photos of classmates. Please fill out the attached information sheet and return (with a current photo, if possible) to Virginia Huth Fowler who will coordinate this activity. You may e-mail all the info including a scanned photo. Her e-mail and address information is on the attached sheet.

There will be a small fee for those of you who want to order the booklet but are not attending the reunion. If you are attending the reunion, the book cost will be included in your reunion fee.

Jo Anna  [Feb. 2,2004]

 

January 13, 2004

A nice visit...

Some members of the class had a nice visit with Barry Johnston and his lovely wife Soony at a lunch Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at Gibson's on South Parkway. Those attending with our guests of honor were:  Julian George, Jo Anna G. Burkett, Fay Robinson, Diane Parker Phillips, Virginia Huth Fowler, and Sam Tumminello.  The proprietor of Gibson's, our classmate John Paul Hampton, also visited.

Barry informed us of his current sculpture project - hopefully to be installed in Nashville!

  

The 45th Class Reunion

The following classmates met on Jan 11th to begin planning for our 45thcomplete, we will be e-mailing you the information.

Those attending:  Glenda Luna, Judy Smith, Linda McClellan, Joyce Joyce, Anne Forgey, Nancy Engle, Julia King, Sue Tidwell, Margaret Ann Goldsmith, Virginia Fowler, Jack Koontz and Jo Anna Burkett.

-- Jo Anna

 


2003

9/19/2003

Charlene (Brooks) Erbskorn has a new e-mail address:

erbskorn@comcast.net

Edna A. Keel
Edna Arnette Keel, 87 of Huntsville died Thursday (July 17th, 2003).  Miss Keel was a retired teacher of 60 years.  She taught 16 years at Joe Bradley School, 11 years at Huntsville High School where she was sponsor  of the senior class , 2 years at Athens High School and 31 years at Grisson High School where she was sponsor of the senior class for 28 years.
She earned her Bachelor's degree and master's degree from George Peabody College in Nashville.  She received the Algeron Sullivan Award from Peabody College.  She wrote her thesis for her Master's degree on The History of Newspapers of Huntsville, Alabama from 1819 from 1937.  A copy of this thesis is located in the Huntsville
On July 04, 1989, the Exchange Club of Huntsville awarded her the Book of Golden Deeds for her service to education.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Huntsville/Madison County Retired Teachers' Association.
Survivors include brother, Billy D. Keel of Jefferson City, Missouri; sister Sara Keel Taylor of Gurley; nephews, James L. Branum, Sr., William Keel and Robert O. Keel; nieces, Sherry A. Branum McLeod, Carol B. Meenen and Deborah T. Palmer; grand-nephedws, James L. Branum, Jr., Robert English, Bryan Meenen, Alan Palmer, Ryan Palmer and Christopher Daniel and a grand-niece, Deirdre Branum.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today (Saturday, July 19th, 2003) at Laughlin Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ralph H. Keel Jr. and Rev. Don Cross officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

 

May 29, 2003

Congratulations to Dr. Hedden!

Ed reports the following:

"I completed my dissertation efforts last week.  It's now official ... Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum and Instruction.

May 2003

Progeny (praj-(a)-ne)  "Decendants, Children"

Forty-one (41) classmates have reported a total of one hundred and eight (108) children and one hundred-twenty-five (125) grandchildren!  This is as of May 10, 2003.  Click here to see who!

March 2003

Welcome to Diane (Parker) Phillips who lives in Jacksonville, Alabama.
She is classmate number 91 on our e-mail.

Wyatt Poe has changed his e-mail address.

If you'd like their em address, please contact (click):  Jo Anna G Burkett 


Notice…  (posted 2/8/2003)

If anyone happens to be in contact with these HHS59 classmates, please

tell them that they need to send a new e-mail address to me - please:

 Linda (Turvey) McClellan ,    Sarah Ann (Smith) Grant,  and   Jerome Knight

 Thanks,

Jo Anna
burthefarm@juno.com

 

The Huntsville Times -  2/6/2003.
Paula Lee (Rigg) McKerall, 60, of Huntsville died Tuesday[Feb. 4, 2003]. She was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Survivors include her sons, Keith Michael McKerall of Birmingham and David Walker McKerall of Gulf Shores; and granddaughter, Morgan Christine McNeal. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church with Father Bryan Lowe officiating. Laughlin Service Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Huntsville Times, Monday, Jan 6, 2003

John L. Gingrich of Huntsville died Saturday.  He was 87.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Gingrich; one son, John Richard Gingrich; one daughter Carol A.[Gingrich] Hedges, two sisters, Martha Shook and Ruth Garrison; and two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the service following at 11 a.m. with Father Roman Mueller officiating.  Burial will be in Valhalla Memory Gardens with Valhalla Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

 

Huntsvlle Times  - Sunday, January 5, 2003
John (HHS59)and Peggy (HHS59)(Richardson) Rist celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary Dec. 15, 2002.

Their children and their spouses are Carol and Ricky Kelley and Mark and Sherry Rist, all of Madison; and Joe and Linda Rist of Huntsville.

They have six grandsons.

The couple were married Dec. 15, 1962 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Huntsville.  They are lifelong residents of Madison County and current residents of Harvest.

 

 


2002

The Huntsville Times on 12/30/2002.
Mrs. Opal Glazier Warner, 90, of Huntsville, died Sunday. Mrs. Warner was a life long member of Holmes Street United Methodist Church. Survivors include son: Ronald S. Warner of Decatur; daughter: Jeanne [Warner] Hall of Melbourne Beach,FL; Granddaughter Meagan Sidney Warner of Decatur; four Grandchildren and six Great Grandchildren. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Laughlin Service Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Donations may be made to Holmes Street United Methodist Church.

Huntsville Times, Sunday, October 20, 2002

William Bill Chambers died Friday at Huntsville Hospital.  He was 42. Mr. Chambers was a native of Madison County.  He married his high school sweetheart.  Bill had been a quadriplegic for 22 years.  He was preceded in death by his father, Charles McKay Chambers, Sr., and sister, Elizabeth Louise Chambers. 

Survivors include his loving wife Regina Gail Chambers; his mother, Ruth Wallach Chambers of Huntsville, four brothers, Dr. Charles McKay Chambers of Southfield, Mich.,Christopher James Chambers, Richard Wallach Chambers and John Anthony Chambers of Huntsville; two sisters, Anne chambers Ritchey of Tarsus, Turkey and Ellie Chambers Yancey of Hazel Green; 12 loving nephews and five loving nieces.  Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Spry Funeral Home.  Funeral will be held at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Spry with Rev. Larry Fincher officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.

6/15/2002

Sympathy is extended to Bruce's family...

Dawn P. Worley

Dawn Patricia Worley of Athens, a U.S. Air Force veteran, died Thursday [6/14/02]. She was 64.

Surviors include one son, Dale Worley of Athens; one daughter, Dana Worley of Utah; one brother, Bruce Hammer of Corinth, Miss.; two sisters, Diane Hammer and Sharon Hammer, both of Birmingham; and one grandchild.

A graveside service  was at Huntsville Memory Gardens with Harold Ray officiating. 

June 6, 2002 

New Huntsville links added - click on "Links"  to access them.


May 26,2002

Our web is beginning to accumulate a nice history.... sooooo... like any historical site worth it's salt, we've created an archive!  Don't look unless you need to check our news and notes before the current year.  But if you need, its there.  (I never throw anything out.)      - your webworker.

Buddy May

Buddy May of Athens, a retired businessman, died Monday [May 15, 2002]. He was 70.

Mr. May was a native of Winfield and graduated from Livingston State University. He taught and coached sports in Athens, Pensacola, Fla., and Huntsville before retiring in 1986. He owned The Plant Shoppe on University Drive for many years, purchased Milky Way Farms in Pulaski, Tenn., in 1995 and operated it as a corporate retreat and bed and breakfast inn.

Survivors include his wife, Billie W. May; one daughter, Angie May Robbins of Huntsville; one son, Mike May of Madison; one adopted daughter, Stephanie McDowell of Huntsville; six grandchildren, Alan Potter of Prattville, Jay Robbins of Auburn, John Michael Robbins and Ann Robbins, both of Huntsville, Jenna Kay May and Patrick May, both of Madison; and two great-grandchildren and several cousins.

The funeral was to be today at 2 p.m. at McConnell Funeral Home in Athens with Dr. Stephen Screws officiating. Burial was to be in Athens City Cemetery.

April 18, 2002  Report from Jo Anna...

On April 18th, several HHS59'ers met at Mullins for lunch.  Those attending were: Hattie (Webb) Hughes, Glenda (Cantrell) Luna, Fay (McDonald) Hurt, Carlene (Johnson) Bain, Anne (Walker) Forgey, Joe Fleming, HB Overton, Jeri Lynn (Jones) McAllister and Sue (Fowler) Tidwell, Judy (Chandler) Smith and myself.  Hattie flew down from Michigan to be with her Mom during surgery.
It was fun to catch up on what everyone is doing and to see the friendly faces. Lots of hugging going on too. Need to have a little talk with the waiter who tried to quiet us down!
Never have found out who paid for my slaw dog so I am thanking you now.
HB reported that most of the faces in the 3rd grade Fifth Ave. picture have been identified.

(see the "Before 59" page on this web to view the "historic picture"!)

March 23,2002

Congratulations to our Classmates 

Carole Anne Gingrich Hedges and Bill Hedges

May they have much Happiness and a long life together!

 


Year 2001

Huntsville Times 9/2001

W. Diane Allen Weston of Madison, founder and CEO of Uwohali, Inc., died Friday [Sept. 28, 2001].

Ms. Weston was a native of Huntsville and a graduate of the Florida Research Institute. She was co-founder of both the Women's Economic Development Council and The Village. She was a charter member of the Greater Huntsville Rotary Club and a member of the Chamber of Commerce Women's Business Council, Burritt Museum board of directors and the Biztech board of directors. She was past president of Girls, Inc., former director of the Board of Family Services Center, and founder of the Dallas-Lincoln Revitalization Project.

Ms. Weston helped organize the Americans of Indian Descent and started an Indian Educational Culture Program in Huntsville and Madison County schools.

She was the first woman in modern times to serve as the clan chief of the Echota Cherokee Deer Clan.

Her awards included Small Woman-Owned Business Contractor of the Year, Outstanding Woman of the Year, Outstanding Minority Entrepreneur of the Year Region IV and the Crystal Crown Award, and she was twice nominated for Avon's Women of Enterprise Award. She received special appointments to NASA's Advisory Committee for the International Space Station, the Defense Agency Committee on Women in the Services, the Governor's Committee on Science and Mathematics and the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.

Survivors include one son, Jim Weston of Huntsville; one daughter, Suzanne Weston of Alexandria, Va.; one sister, Tina J. Johnson of Huntsville; one brother, Don Allen of Melbourne, Fla.; two step-brothers, Lon Guest of Arab and Mitchell Hodges of Guntersville; and three grandchildren.

Laughlin Service Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Girls, Inc., P.O. Box 3066, Huntsville 35810; The Village, 511 Beirne Ave., Huntsville 35801; Dallas-Lincoln Revitalization Project, c/o Johnson, P.O. Box 368, Huntsville 35804; the Diane Weston Scholarship Fund of Women's Economic Development Council or a favorite charity.

August 2001

News!  Classmate causes disturbance in Cathedral!

Her report:

The Cathedral (appropriately named Notre Dame de Strasbourg and described by Victor Hugo as a "giant and delicate marvel") was started in 1176 and finished in 1439. It is totally magnificent, almost beyond description, and contains brightly colored, gigantic Rose windows and other huge windows of golden tones. Its height was the highest building in Christendom until it was overtaken by the towers in Ulm and Cologne, and is totally impacted by the City. It contains beautiful art masterpieces and the largest, most fantastic astronomical clock with animated figures that you will ever be able to get as close to as you can get to the one here.

While we were waiting in the little nook for the clock to do its "thing", I decided I was going to die of thirst at any second, so pulled a bottle of water out of my bag and cracked it open. I suppose "Cracked" would be an appropriate word to use here; when I twisted the cap it went off and sounded like a bomb had exploded, reverberated throughout the entire cathedral and had people headed for the exits and toward me to see what was going on. Needless to say I was totally soaked, the floor (which was luckily great slabs of rough stone) and the wall behind me were as totally soaked - and it was just a LITTLE bottle of water. It was one of CLINT'S bottles of mineral water with gas, the day was a bit warm and the water had heated itself up in that bag. I guess I am lucky it did not explode inside the bag when we were walking down the sidewalk - that probably would have injured me in places that would not be so terrific. Anyway, I got refreshed inside and out, pretended nothing had happened and continued our walk-about after watching the clock.

(-from our own and dear Hattie Marie Webb Hughes)  August 2001.  She and Clint currently reside in Germany.


May 26, 2001, Classmates join for a special outing at the wonderful farm of Jo Anna and Buddy.

In the cool afternoon, we shared memories, food and Jo Anna's peach tea. 

If you couldn't be with us, we wished you could have heard Jeri Lynn and Sally recite a poem they learned in an HHS English class.  What great memories they have!  

Then there was this delicious peach tea. We all know Buddy's  secret

Jo Anna lead us on a hike of the territory, deep into the woods to view the flora and fauna.  She said deer and coyote are often seen there. During our hike, some joked can't you see this on TV:   "HHS classmates missing -  thought to be within sixteen miles of the school or walking distance of the south Parkway Wal-Mart - film at 10!"  We all made it back to the picnic site safe and sound but in need of a little rest.

After sun-down, under a clear, star filled sky in north Alabama, we roasted marshmallows around a bonfire.  Jo Anna provided the makings for the graham crackers and chocolate "smoors"- delectable treat.

Note from Jo Anna our class secretary and picnic host:

Those attending our get-together were:

Carole Ann (Gingrich) Sullivan
Sally (Fleming) Walker
Jeri Lynn (Jones) McAllister and Bobby
Virginia (Huth) Fowler and Bob
Diane Weston
Margaret Anne Goldsmith and Mike Maples
Bruce Hammer and Barbara
Bill Hedges
Jack Koontz and Marguerite
Sam Tumminello and Pat
Jo Anna (Gowan) and Buddy

Those of you who had to cancel at the last minute - WE MISSED YOU and hope to see you soon.

This is Buddy, Jo Anna's husband next to the chimney at the site of the picnic. He has the secret peach tea recipe!  Does he look like he'll tell it?  I don't think so. 

The chimney, circa 1800's is all that remains of a log cabin that once was on the farm. They plan to take it down - they're afraid it may fall. [Web worker's note: Here's an idea - put up a small fence around it, for safety sake - and leave it standing - see how long it can remain.  Maybe Huntsville Historic Society would like to recognize it!  I think it's a great landmark.]

May 17, 2001

"Where in the World" page is added to the HHS59 Web.

In this email project, thirty-four classmates have reported they've visited one hundred and twenty-six countries! The waters of Pieria have flowed around the world.

You can click on the map or see a list by the classmate's (1959) last name.  

To begin click on on the "World Class" button.

Huntsville Times 2/2001

Dan E. Williams  

Dan E. Williams, 59, of Huntsville died Friday [2/16/2001] at a local hospital. The graveside service will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery with Charles Marshall officiating.

Laughlin Service Funeral Home is in charge.

Mr. Williams was a deacon at Randolph Church of Christ.

Survivors include a daughter, Kristy Williams Holbrook of Huntsville; a son, Sean Williams of Birmingham; a brother, Oliver Beirne Williams Jr. of Huntsville; three grandchildren, Madison Elizabeth Williams of Birmingham, Austin Riley Holbrook and Aaron Taylor Holbrook both of Huntsville.

Visitation will be Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Randolph Church of Christ.


2/10/01

Welcome to Analoyce!  Another Huntsvillian has reported in!  See the "Huntsvillians" page.

Do you remember "Miss Georgette"?  Did she teach you music?  She would have been 103 in March 2001.

Huntsville Times 2/2/2001:

Georgette K. Graham

Georgette Kendrick "Miss Georgette" Graham, 102, of Huntsville died Thursday in Millington, Tenn. Spry Funeral Home will announce arrangements.

Ms. Graham graduated from Cox College in Atlanta with a bachelor's degree in music and from Peabody College in Nashville. She taught at Lincoln, Lee Junior High, Rison and Chapman schools as well as in a private studio. She was pianist and organist at several churches including Central Presbyterian Church for many years and performed for civic clubs and nursing homes. Ms. Graham was a member of Central Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include one great-nephew, Ronald L. Gammon of Millington; and several other great-nephews and great-nieces.

Visitation will be Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Hawthorne Conservatory at Central Presbyterian Church.


Year 2000

Huntsville Times 12/31/00

Bill Easterling, [HHS Class 1958] whose columns have drawn readers to this page of The Times since 1979, died Friday at his home, ending a fight with cancer he had shared in powerful and poignant words for 15 months.

He was 60 years old.

His funeral will be today at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Mt. Zion Road in Monrovia.

Visitation will precede it from 10 a.m. until noon at Laughlin-Service Funeral Home in Huntsville.

Frances C.  Roberts
Nov. 2000

Dr. Roberts was a former Huntsville High School teacher in the 1950's and noted educator. 

Frances Cabaniss Roberts, 83, of Huntsville died Sunday [Nov. 5, 2000] at her home. The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Nativity with the Rev. Roderic L. Murray and the Rev. A. Emile Joffrion officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery with Laughlin Service Funeral Home in charge. Dr. Roberts was a professor emerita at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and authority on the history of Huntsville, Madison County and the Tennessee Valley. She served on the boards of the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society, the Burritt Museum, Constitution Hall Village, the Weeden House Museum, the Twickenham Historic District and the Huntsville Historic Commission. She was a published author and served as editor of The Huntsville Historical Review. Survivors include one nephew, Richard Bailey of Gordo; and two great nieces. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Frances Roberts Scholarship Fund at UAH.

October 20th, 2000

Big Bar-B-Que Bash at Bubba's!

Thanks to special arrangements made by Margaret Ann Goldsmith, class members met at the popular downtown Huntsville restaurant, Bubba's, for a relaxed evening of dining, visiting and Huntsville reminiscing.  What a great fall outing!  

More outings are planned. Jo Anna suggested it might be fun to attend a Huntsville High football game as a group next season. 

If you weren't at Bubba's then you probably don't know...

Which classmates have vacationed in Hawaii, and which one was just there in June.  

Which classmate is taking computer lessons and will soon be on email with us?

What classmate and former HHS cheerleader,  couldn't attend because she was reportedly in France?

Do you remember where the first Mullins Restaurant was located?

Do you remember the Tick-Tock Inn and Skating Rink?  You do?  Well, where was it?

Who was born in an upstairs medical clinic on Washington Street?

Which classmate was born in Athens Alabama?

What  HHS  basketball and football star and classmate was with us?

Did you know Margaret Ann Goldsmith will be honored at a special dedication ceremony of Goldsmith-Schiffman Field (former home of the Crimson Panthers) on Friday October 27th? Do you know why?

Who was celebrating their fifty-ninth birthday that very day?

Well, these people were there and can answer most of the questions!

October 1, 2000

Many "Huntsvillians" recently reported their name and birth dates.  There may be more and these will be added to the scroll when we find them.  Thanks to all who provided information.  There are twenty people listed.  Take a look at "The Huntsvillians"

Also added is a new link page for some popular Huntsville Webs - you may want to visit some.  Take a look at "Links" 

September 5, 2000

Margaret Anne Goldsmith has made arrangements for us to have a get-together on Friday, October 20th, 6 p.m. at Bubba's (downtown Huntsville restaurant). There will be no charge for the room and everyone can order from the menu. If you plan to attend, you must send an e-mail to Margaret Anne. She will need to know the number of people (you and your spouse, etc.) and your name. Please put "BUBBA'S" in the subject line. Thanks to Margaret Anne for setting up this get-together. We felt really good about getting almost 30 classmates together last time and I bet this one will be even larger. Hope to see you there.

Jo Anna

The August 28,  2000 
"Happening at Mullins"

Twenty-three classmates attended our lunch gathering at Mullins Restaurant on Andrew Jackson Way

Diane   Allen Weston
Dudley Neil Campbell  
Glenda Cantrell Luna
Judith Chandler Smith
Nancy Gail Engle  
Joe Aaron Fleming  
Myrna Sue Fowler Tidwell
Carole Anne Gingrich Sullivan
Margaret Ann Goldsmith Hanaw
Jo Anna Gowan Burkett
Juergen Haukohl  
Mary Virginia Huth Fowler
Jeri Lynn Jones McAllister
Julie Wynn Jones King
Jack  Koontz  
Elizabeth Harris Neal Wigley
H.B. Overton, Jr.  
Gerald Wilder Patterson  
Cora Jean Pitsinger White
Margaret Faye Stoner Robinson
Sam Tumminello  
Hattie Marie Webb Hughes
James N. (Jan) Williams  

Some brought a guest (husband, wife, sister, granddaughter). We had several guests (Diane Weston's granddaughter, Buddy Burkett, Bobby McAllister, Gene King, Marguerite Koontz, John White and Cora White's sister)  A wonderful time was had by all.

One of the deepest discussions at our table - how we forget what we are going for when we get to the next room we thought we had left it there of whatever we were looking to find!

Another get-together is being planned for a night in October. Will let you know the details soon as the arranger has arranged. Those who could not be here - we missed you and our thoughts are with you also.   - Jo Anna

July 8, 2000...

The HHS Class of 1955 invited all classes for an impromptu Class Reunion at Huntsville's Big Spring Park.

From the register, these Class of '59'ers attended:

Jack Koontz
Anne Walker Forgey 
Virginia Huth Fowler 
Sue Fowler Tidwell
Sam Tumminello

from the  Sunday, Huntsville Times, by Pat Newcomb, 7/10/00:

... "All had on thing in common. The were Huntsville High School graduates.  They all met Saturday at Big Spring [now "International"] Park for what had been billed as the largest-ever Huntsville High School reunion. 

Around 250, representing every decade from the 1930's on, showed up during the afternoon.  The earliest class represented was 1931; the latest was 1996.

The reunion was a spin-off of the class of 1955's 45th reunion, which was held Friday and Saturday."

William T. Sloan

Willliam Thompson Sloan, 81, died Wednesday, June 14th, 2000,  at his home. The graveside service will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Rick Johnson officiating.  Laughlin Service Funeral Home is in charge of burial.

Mr. Sloan was a World War II Army veteran having served five years with the 151st Engineer Band, 414th Army Service Band and the 279th Signal Battalion in Fort Hood, Texas. He was a graduate of Murray State University and the University of Louisville. Mr. Sloan taught band at Huntsville High School and served as both vice president and president of the Alabama Bandmasters Association. He was selected as Distinguished Band Director of America and was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Troy. He was a member of the Elks, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Eagles, Phi Mu Alpha and Phi Beta Mu fraternities and First Baptist Church of Huntsville.

Survivors include his wife, Harriette Weaver Sloan; three daughters, Carolyn Able of Knoxville, Camille Velvet of Madison and Rebecca Valentine of Huntsville; four sons, Jim Sloan and Mike Sloan, both of Madison, and Chuck Sloan and Pat Sloan, both of Huntsville; one sister, Mary Weaver of Huntsville; and 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Memorial donations may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 3322 S. Memorial Parkway Suite 12, Huntsville 35801.

Jerry M. Bingham

HAZEL GREEN - Jerry M. Bingham, 59, died June 2nd, 2000. at his home. The funeral was at Spry Funeral Home chapel.

Mr. Bingham was a lifelong Madison County resident. Survivors include his wife, Sandra G. Bingham of Hazel Green; one son, Lewis Allen Bingham of Hazel Green; one daughter, Sharon Elizabeth Bingham of Florence; his father, Hershel Bingham of Huntsville; and one brother, Don Bingham of Conway, Ark.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Robin Lanier Fund, 201 Sivley Road Suite 200, Huntsville 35810.


About 1999

Date uncertain about 1999 or 2000  
(Dear Jo Anna - when did we start this web stuff? Time flies!)

Dear Classmates,

WE ARE UPDATING OUR ADDRESS/E-MAIL LIST

Today, I will be mailing a total of 145 cards to classmates requesting an e-mail address. Before the mad rush - I would like to verify your mailing address/zip/area code & phone# and if you have a personal web site - send that address also. If you would send that info to me by return e-mail, I would be most appreciative. The format below will be sent to all new e-mail classmates but all portions apply to current e-mail classmates.  

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( Classmate name )

By return e-mail, please send your current mailing address/zip/area code/phone #(s) and personal web site address. Your mailing, e-mail and personal web site address will be updated/added to the following and shared with other classmates:  

1) HHS59 database address listing

2) HHS59 e-mail classmate news list

If you have news to share about yourself or other classmates you may send to: burthefarm@juno.com and I will be glad to re-send to all HHS59 e-mail classmates only if you indicate in the subject line - SEND TO HHS59 CLASSMATES. A complete list of names/e-mail addresses/web site addresses will be e-mailed to classmates periodically for those who want to contact classmates or send classmate news directly to a classmate.  

New names/e-mail addresses and changes in e-mail addresses will be posted to the HHS59 e-mail classmate news as received and/or verified. The e-mail classmate news list was set up as a means of finding classmates via e-mail, updating addresses, corresponding with classmates, to put classmates in touch with classmates and to post information about and for classmates (honoraries, illness, obits, web site info, mini reunions, and the big reunion every 5 years, etc.).

What you personally send to a classmate is between you and that classmate. Some of our classmates are using a business e-mail address and do not want to receive unsolicited information (information not pertaining to classmates). Some have a home e-mail address and do not want to received unsolicited information. We are so very glad that you want to be notified of class happenings and to find classmates. You will also want to visit the HHS59 web site that was created by Sam Tumminello. 

Jo Anna  


Reunion Committee Secretary 

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