SHS Southern High School
Louisville, KY  USA
Monday June 1, 2020

When will we see each other again? . . . Let's have an event!

A 2019 Welcome to SHS Class of 1961

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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!

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60 Year Reunion Announcement!

SHS Class of 1961 60th Reunion
(totally speculative).

Saturday,  August  14,  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.

Click here to see photos from our reunion tour of Southern!

In the Auditorium on Our Friday Tour of Southern High!
Thanks to Marcella for the identifications!
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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.

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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.

Georgia Allen Hurst - Joe Hurst

Judy Allen Wilkerson - Ben Wilkerson

Linda Basham Morton - Donald Morton

Linda Bernard Moore - John Moore

Pat Blazanovich Shader - Bob Shader

Richard Brooks - Marcella Riggs Brooks

Carolyn Caudill Goodin - Buel Goodin 1956

Jan Coy Bischoff - Jim Bischoff 1960

Joe Crump - Carrie Enyard Crump

Teddy Daniels

Barbara Denzik Martin

Bill Dwinell - Sandra Dwinell

Robert (Bob) Emerson - Sheila Emerson

Anne Esarey Smith

Betty Faust Seacat

Emmajean Fortner Kunze - Jerry Kunze

Barbara Ann Forrester Fultz '60 - Jim Reed '60

Patrick Foster

Marsha Fulkerson Nelson - Bob Nelson

Patrick Doug Garmon - Lawren Just

William Goben - Mattie Goben

Bill Guest - Ellen Boyd Guest '62

Charlotte Hannold Williams

L.G. Heavrin - Louise Heavin

Sandy Herdt Potter - Mike Potter '60

Sonny Herdt - Mattie Herdt

Tommy Hibdon - Arnetta Hibdon

Twila Higdon Queener - Glen Queener

Mary Hodges Herndon - Dorris Herndon

Keata Hogan Longacre - Walter Longacre

Jerry Hogle - Mary Jane Hogle

Terry Hogle

Dina Jones Higdon - Bob Shelburne

Lynn Koch Wagner

Betty Kramer Mills - Guest

Brenda LaChapelle Blair - Larry Blair

Larry McKinley - Drucilla McKinley

Charlie Meek

Michael Miller - Susana Summers

David Morgan - Jo Ann Morgan

Jeanie Nall Hadley - Bill Hadley

Dan Nardi - Sandra Ouellette

Joyce Nichols Chumbley - Gil Chumbley

Jean Ott Buehner - Kevin Buehner

Linda Jo Ownbey Gollar - Corky Gollar

Fred Pape - Betty Pape

Mary Jo Pate Searcy
Jackie Peters Zabel

Sue Pike Calfee

Linda Preston Whitlock - Otis Hillman

Ray Price - Carol Price

Betty Probst Brown

Dennis Rapp

Steve Rapp

Jimmy Richey - Jenny Snyder Richey

Darlene Schuler 
Janice Sedoris - Don Harding

C. W. Seymour - Brook Bennett Seymour '62

Peggy Shepard Haise

Ina Smith Cook - Harold Smith

Floyd Spencer

Gary Steedly - Judy Steedly

Marion Stickler Reed

Carolyn Straub Casillo - James Casillo

Kenny Sublett

Mary Ann Thompson Haywood

Lana Turner Edwards

Donnie Warren - Norma Gail Warren
Edward Westmoreland - Cheri Westmoreland

Here's what Southern High School (8620 Preston Highway, 40219) looks like lately:
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Event Contact: Mrs. Sandra (Herdt) Potter, (502) 239-9495

Make Checks Payable To: SHS Class of 1961
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Class News

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) . . .  Continued

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 . . .  Continued

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 . . .  Continued



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Southern Majorettes

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.
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Southern Cheerleaders


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.


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   We have lost Carol Pittard Livers James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]

  It is difficult to post this: Emily Crou

Fri 4/28/2017 2:35 AM

  Talked to Carol Ann McCue Frost James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]

  Just had a long, interesting phone conv

Wed 3/29/2017 4:17 PM

   JoAnn (Cummings) Sinclair has passed away James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]

  JoAnn (Cummings) Sinclair On May 1, I r

Mon 5/2/2016 1:39 AM

  Walter Longacre passes away. James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]

  Walter Armstrong Longacre, 72, of Mt. Wa

Thu 1/7/2016 7:12 AM

  Paul W. Porter passes away Marcella

  Published in the Courier Journal: Paul W

Mon 9/15/2014 4:18 PM

  Paul Porter passes away Marcella

  Paul W. Porter passed away Tuesday, Sept

Sun 9/14/2014 7:05 PM

   Don Morton passes away James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]

  Our hearts are heavy for the Morton fami

Mon 4/14/2014 12:24 AM

  Birthday Kenny

  Charles Kenneth Robinson Kenny will be 7

Wed 4/9/2014 10:11 AM

  Donald Morton passes away Marcella

  One of our well-known classmates, Don Mo

Fri 4/4/2014 2:06 PM

  William (Bill) Edward Poston passes away Marcella

  William Edward Poston passed away Thursd

Wed 4/2/2014 3:30 PM

  Keith Thomas Passed Away Sally Allien Knoefel Wilkins

  Keith Thomas, Class of 1961, died Januar

Wed 2/19/2014 5:00 PM

  Richard Brooks' surgery Marcella

  We were first told that Richard's surger

Wed 1/29/2014 3:12 PM

  Richard Brooks' Surgery Marcella

  Richard had out-patient surgery today to

Thu 11/7/2013 12:05 AM

  Corky Haise notice in Louisville newspaper James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]

  Published in The Courier-Journal on Augu

Thu 8/29/2013 1:30 PM

  Corky Haise passes away James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]

  Those in the Southern High Class of 1961

Mon 8/26/2013 11:01 PM


Today's Featured Biography


Janita Diane "Jan" Coy Bischoff

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.


We need detective work.
We have yet to find a number of folks.
Maybe you can supply a lead.
Let's find our missing SHS 1961 classmates

Richard David Adams

Jeffrey Bilger

Nancy Lea (Byrd) Bundy

Charles Burnett

Jewell (Smith) Burress

Lynn Maureen Damon

Barry Dean Edwards

Edna M. (Parton) Edwards

Betty Gayle Hoskins

Carolyn Sue (Smith) Johnson

Delores Johnson

James Martin

Billy McBride

Sherman Edward McClaron

Sandra Rogers

Joyce (Ables) Schroeder

Linda (Latham) Sherard

William M. Smith

Keith Thomas

Sharon (Miller) Zielberg

Let's join forces to locate all of our classmates.

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 Death  Carol Pittard Livers has passed away. It is diffi
 Posted by: James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]


 Death  Walter Armstrong Longacre, 72, of Mt. Washington f
 Posted by: James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]


 Death  Don Morton passes away. Our hearts are heavy fo
 Posted by: James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]


 Death  William (Bill) Edward Poston passed away Thursday,
 Posted by: Marcella "Mar" Riggs Brooks


 Anniversary  Kenneth and Sharon Robinson celebrated their 50 an
 Posted by: Charles Robinson


 Death  Corky Haise passes away Those in the Southern H
 Posted by: James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]


 Death  Fred Pape Loses Sister Carole Alumni of Souther
 Posted by: James (Jim) Reed [Class of 1960]




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Gloria "Jeanie" Nall Hadley

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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.
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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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