SHS Southern High School
Louisville, KY  USA
Tuesday September 22, 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
Mail Payment To: Mrs. Sandra Potter, 11605 Brentlinger Lane, Louisville, KY 40291


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.


We gotcha!

Oh, look! It's everyone! (just about)
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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


James "David" Morgan

After high school, I went to work for Indiana School pictures, the company that did our high school pictures. I worked for them in the fall, and went to Bellarmine College in the spring and summer.

In June of 1963, I married Marilyn Jepson, who had attended Assumption High School. I was only 19 years old at the time. About that time, I applied for and was hired by General Electric in the marketing department full time. Together Marilyn and I had two sons. David James was born in May 1964, and Mark was born in November 1967. While working for GE, I went to night school and graduated in 1969. Marilyn and I divorced in 1970.

In 1973, I married Sara Janes, and we had one son, Brent. We divorced in 1979.

I continued working for GE until 1974. At that time, I went to work for Big O Tires and managed several stores. I accepted a manager’s position for Dean's Tire & Automotive Services in 1979. Then I decided to open my own business: the Good Neighbor Fence and Construction Company. We did all types of remodeling and additions such as adding decks or finishing basements, etc. I enjoyed owning my own business, but it is hard to find good help. Anyone who has owned and operated a small business will tell you that.

In 1984, I married Kum Cha Chong (Korean). She died in 1991 of cancer. She had been working as the bookkeeper for my business. I closed the business that year.

That same year I went to work for Consolidated Tire Company, and worked there until it went out of business in 1995. I was hired by Pep Boys that year, and worked for them until I retired in 2006.

I had been single for 15 years when I married my current wife, Jo Ann Frank. We married on October 28, 2006, and she has put up with me since that time. Jo Ann was 59 years old when we married, and this is her first marriage. Her fiancé had died of cancer, and my wife had died of cancer. Maybe that is what brought us together.

My oldest son, David, is a colonel in the Air Force and stationed in Georgia. My middle son, Mark, who I thought would take over my business when I retired, decided to move to Maine. He builds and repairs boats in a marina, and just loves it. I guess he received the ability to build with his hands from me. And last, but not least, my youngest son, Brent, handles the computer networking for White Castle. My youngest and oldest sons received what I call the brains, so they could work with their heads, and my middle son received the ability to do whatever he wanted with his hands. Actually, they are all brilliant and can do whatever they really want to do.

Brent has presented us with three wonderful grandchildren: one grandson and two granddaughters. We often can be seen at baseball games or karate events whenever our grandson is participating or at softball games when the girls are playing. We also love to travel whenever possible. I also like to fish, and am currently looking for that perfect boat to purchase. I hope Jo Ann will enjoy the sport as much as I do.

Even though I have worked at places that involved cars, I hate to work on them. I have built a deck on a house and put up a fence around the yard. See, I told you my son got being handy with his hands from me. Jo Ann enjoys planting flowers, collects Precious Moments figurines, does cross-stitch, and loves to talk on the phone. We are active members of Southeast Christian Church, do volunteer work and are greeters at least once a quarter.

We both enjoyed the reunion festivities, and hope to keep in touch with fellow classmates.


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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Anniversary, Award, Birth, Death, Diagnosis, Engagement, Graduation, Lottery, Retirement, Vacation, Wedding, Other.

 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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William E. "Bill" Dwinell

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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?

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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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