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Purple lockers and colorful banners brighten the SHS first floor Hall of Fame wall as we finish our tour near the school's front office. Scroll down to camera icons for more photos from all of our reunion activities.
Most celebrants in town for our Saturday night reunion headed out to the
spacious home of Richard and Marcella Brooks for laughs, hugs, reminiscing and
food, food, food provided by the Louisville classmates. Scroll down to camera icon to see 100 more shots!
SHS Class of 1961 60th Reunion (totally speculative).
2021 - 6:00 pm
Locale yet to be determined
While Walter Longacre peruses the 200-page photo directory of the SHS Class of 1961, Keata (Hogan) Longacre (center) and Barbara Ann (Denzik) Martin, both styling in holiday attire, chat at our class holiday party.
Click here for our photo essay from the SHS 1961 Christmas party at the Brooks residence.
Gal pals embracing again after a half century. Hugs and smiles, laughter and tears of joy were the order of the day in the Southern High cafeteria, right where much of our high school social lives first took root. That's where our SHS Class of 1961 reunion activities began -- with a school tour.
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In the Auditorium on Our Friday Tour of Southern High! Thanks to Marcella for the identifications! Click photo to enlarge and see the names.
While some gathered in the big tent in the yard at the Brooks party Friday night, others sat on the second floor deck, and still more listened to a guitar player at poolside, a big hit back in the kitchen was a bucket of school photos brought by Linda (Basham) Morton, left. Next to Linda is Jeanie (Ott) Buehner. Seated is Ann (Esarey) Smith and hostess Marcella (Riggs) Brooks is at right. To see lots more photos," click here.
Click here to see photos from Richard and Marcella's Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, party at their home.
Click here to see our Saturday evening at Wildwood Country Club.
What a production! After our big reunion, between dance floor lighting and camera flashes, we'll all be seeing spots for a while. Spying folks we had not laid eyes on in a half century, we grinned and hugged, laughed and renewed friendships.
A time to see and to be seen. Saturday evening at Wildwood Country Club was quite a production. Yes, we have hundreds of photos, crowd shots and close-ups, mood shots and details, all punctuated with smiles amid the good times.
These classmates celebrated with us.
Here's what Southern High School (8620 Preston Highway, 40219) looks like lately:
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5/2/2016 JoAnn (Cummings) Sinclair has passed away
JoAnn (Cummings) Sinclair
On May 1, I received a very short email from George Sinclair (Southern High Class of 1960) with the sad news that his wife, JoAnn (Cummings) Sinclair (SHS 1961)
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6/9/2015 Peggy Shepard Haise
Peggy is now in Glen Ridge Nursing Home on Calm River Way off Billtown Road doing therapy after her surgery. She is looking great, and just wants to be well enough to go home. She would love
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9/14/2014 Patricia A. (Riggs) Strohmeier passed away
Patricia A. (Riggs) Strohmeier 73 passed away Monday, September 1, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Sherman Lee (Augie) Shrohmeier. She is survived by her three daughters, Dina
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The Southern High Fight Song boasted “those Southern boys are hard to beat,” but the coed athletes, above and below, were quite a treat! The nimble-fingered, leggy majorettes marched with the band, the slim, trim drill team performed at halftime, and the bouncy, bubbly cheerleaders coaxed “Fight, team, fight” throughout the ball games. Since these gals were always “out front,” as teens we knew them by all by name. But if the past 50 years has dimmed your memory, we have a crib sheet: The enlargements are complete with maiden names. Left click your mouse on photos to see enlargements.
Southern Drill Team
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Our Wildwood Saturday Night
Our 50th reunion was at Wildwood Country Club and class vice president Gary Steedly was our master of ceremonies.
Anne Esarey Smith accompanied on the piano as we all joined in to sing the alma mater and the Southern fight song.
Peggy Shepard Haise, Jenny Snyder Richey and Marsha Fulkerson Nelson were among former SHS choir members. The gals led us in singing about "those Southern boys."
Floyd Spencer is one of the 68 alumni who attended. In all, counting guests and spouses, we had more than 120 in attendance. Floyd's favorite SHS memory is Mrs. Lee's English class.
Southern cheerleader Dina Jones Higdon is one of our more than two dozen Louisville area classmates who planned and coordinated our reunion events.
Pat Blazanovich Shader has three children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild!
Buel and Carolyn Caudill Goodin. Carolyn and Buel, who is a flower wholesaler, donated all of the beautiful table centerpieces and fresh-cut floral arrangements.
Richard Brooks finally has a moment to rest. Once a member of the SHS track and cross country teams, for months he has been on the run as point man for Marcella's many reunion planning activities.
I had my first ever date on December 4, 1959 with Jim Bischoff (SHS 1960). It was SHS v. Fairdale basketball game. This was followed by many other dates at sporting events. I learned it is colder at a U of L football game than it is in Antarctica. This should have told me something. I never dated anyone else, and married him April 18, 1962. We have four children, two daughters and two sons, and ten grandchildren - all God’s gifts.
All of our children have served in the military - both of the girls in the Air Force, one son in the Army and the other in the Marines. Our 9 year old grandson says he’s going to go into the Navy because Grandpa doesn’t have a Navy patch on his jacket.
I worked while Jim was attending the University of Louisville. We had two daughters and stayed in Louisville until 1969. Jim applied for a position as Technical Director and Plant Manager of E-Bond Epoxy, Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He got the job, and he moved to paradise the week before spring break. I stayed home, taking care of the 3 and 4 year old toddlers, preparing our home for market, hiring a real estate agent, selling the home, packing and arranging the move. All the while Jim was in Fort Lauderdale during 1969 spring break – I’m surprised he didn’t go blind.
Shortly after our move, Jim invested in a SCUBA business and started teaching. It was rough on him teaching all of the bikini clad students and going to the Bahamas twice a month. He didn’t make any money, but he did have a lot of fun and brought back a lot of lobster and fish. I tried SCUBA but learned to clear my mask with tears – finally giving it up when I realized I was too terrified and would be a terrible and unsafe “buddy” for anyone.
I worked briefly for Aloe Cream Laboratories in Ft. Lauderdale and then for Skytel Aviation. I really wanted to stay home, so I decided to keep children at home. I had five, plus my two. Kids were fine, parents were a pain, finances were getting tight, so I went back to work.
This time I was executive secretary to the President of Insurance Agency of America. The company recruited high school coaches to sell life and health insurance. One of my duties was to arrange for the recruiting meetings held throughout the state of Florida. I had to get the brochures together for the packets for the coaches at the meeting. The printing of the brochures was delayed, and I was behind schedule. I asked Jim if he would help me stuff the packets to ship to the meeting site. He agreed. During the “work” session he started reading the brochures.
Two months later, without any guarantee of income he quit his job and started selling insurance. He said it would give him more control over his time and more time with the family. That’s if the family fishes, hunts, bowls, dives, goes to the islands, plays golf, watches football, basketball, baseball and racing. Somehow he managed to do all of that and also did quite well in the insurance business.
After two years, my boss asked him to start a new agency in Georgia. The company would finance the agency for the first five years. At the end of the five years the agency would break even. We said OK and moved to Atlanta – now with the two girls and a 7 week old baby boy.
Jim did quite well but the financing stopped after a year. That’s when Jim decided to go to law school – so that he could work as in-house counsel for an insurance company. Obviously it was back to work for me for three years of law school. I thought we would finally be financially “well off” and I would finally stay home. Aren’t lawyers supposed to be rich? After his graduation I discovered a book in his car titled “How to Open a Solo Law Practice Without Missing a Meal”! Thus began his 30 year career in solo law practice.
Due to Jim’s compassionate and caring nature, he had at least as many “pro bono” cases (not necessarily on purpose) as he did clients who paid. Still, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. He was well-respected and highly regarded in the community as an honest lawyer. That is worth more than money.
I spent 15 years at a brokerage firm in Atlanta becoming a principal in the firm in charge of legal compliance and Director of Personnel. After the closing of that firm, I spent nearly 20 additional years with a manufacturing firm closer to home.
In October 2007, we went to the Florida v. Georgia football game in Jacksonville, Florida. Before the game, Jim had a heart attack. We spent our time in the hospital and didn’t get to the game. Unfortunately that was just the beginning of many future health issues, including a quadruple bypass in 2008. He had to retire from the stress and I left my job of nearly 20 years to take care of him – the love of my life. April 18th, 2012 will be our 50th wedding anniversary.
All of the above aside, I really have had a great life. I wouldn’t trade with anyone. I am blessed with four children who love me as I love them. My grandbabies are truly God’s greatest gift to me. The oldest is 25 years old and the youngest 13 months.
Jim still calls me Saint Jan. I still call him Mr. Needy. We have put up with (loved) each other for 49 years. Truly, he is also my Saint. Indeed, God has blessed us.
Update - January 1, 2013 - the beginning of a great new adventure. Having spent the last 3 years caring for my Mother in Pensacola, and also for Jim, we have now moved back to Georgia as my Mother passed away last year. Since having been diagnosed with COPD and Sleep Apnea early last year, his health has actually improved since being put on a CPAP and oxygen at night. He now has more energy and is actually working part time now for the State of Georgia in the Public Defender's Office of Fayette County. He enjoys his work and it does not have the stress levels of private practice. We have thoroughly enjoyed being back near our children and grandchildren, especially during this Christmas Season.
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Below are a few photos from our monthly planning meetings and our mailing session. Hint: Hover your mouse over the bottom right of the show and click on the square icon to display photos full screen!
We have distributed our class photo directory and the DVDs. The cover is shown above. Contact Barbara Ann Fultz to order your copy, and ask her about also getting the DVD slide shows with most of the photos from the reunion events and this web site!
Billy Guest has two sweethearts in the same photo:
Ellen Boyd was a 14 year old freshman when an older guy, Billy, a 15 year old
sophomore, asked her to the 1959 Sweetheart Dance in Southern’s cafeteria. "That
was our first date," recalls Bill. "However, this snapshot was at Ellen’s house in 1961." They
married in 1963 and have four sons and seven grandchildren. His other sweetie in
the picture was "my ’56 Chevy. I was showing off the new metallic green, custom
paint job. It had a Corvette cam, solid lifters and three deuces, in order to
beat that ’57 Chevy at Cedar Creek Drag Strip. Share your own snapshots with all of us!
Before Southern, many of us attended Okolona Elementary. Do you have snapshots from our high school days?
Hey, SHS Class of 1961, we need your help! Please send us your own photos for display here!
Beauty and the Beast: Marsha
Fulkerson borrows the rooftop sun deck of Jenny Snyder's family pet, Sally.
Southerners Walter and Keata (Hogan) Longacre were married in 1963. They have two children, six grandchildren and two
great-grandchildren. While they were in Indianapolis, they were really in the chips! Read about that in their biographies right here on our web site.
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