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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!
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.
In 1961, I married Keith Thomas, who was also in our class. Our son, Barry, was born in 1963, and 22 months later our daughter, Wendy, was born. Keith and I were divorced in 1965.
After the divorce, I felt like a failure, and was worried that no man would want a woman with two children. We moved in with my mother, and I went to work at Mother’s Cookies.
Then, in the summer of 1966, I met Arthur Haywood. He was from a family with eight children, and he liked my children right away. He was great with them. We married on April 27, 1967. We have been married for 43 years. He is a wonderful person and loves my children, as well as the two sons that we had together: David and John.
Our son Barry is a very motivated, ambitious person who worked his way through college at Wichita State University. He now works in Washington, D.C., and does sound bites for news clips. He got to pin the mikes on President Obama and Barbara Walters for the interview that Barbara did with our president in December of 2010. He also worked the interview of President Obama in January 2011.
Barry’s wife has her master’s in psychology, and they have one daughter.
Our daughter, Wendy, is married to Pat Alvarez, a contractor. They have three daughters together, and he had a son and a daughter when they married.
David married his high school sweetheart, Arlene, and they have a son and two daughters. Sarah, their daughter, received a golf scholarship to college recently.
John graduated with a math and chemistry degree from Wichita State University, and then received a doctorate degree while in Kansas City. He is a doctor of chiropractic. He and his wife, Stacy, have two boys and two girls.
We have 13 grandchildren. Wendy’s stepdaughter has two children, so I have two great-grandchildren.
My husband, Arthur, had a heart attack and a stroke four years ago and went on Medicare disability. That drastically changed our lives. He had worked for 30 years at Cessna Aircraft Company.
I had worked mostly at home during my early marriage but, in 1980, I went to work at Presbyterian Manor Nursing Home. I worked there for 30 years.
I love gardening, both flowers and vegetable gardening. I also love spending time with my grandchildren, but time with some of them is limited because they live so far away. It is very enjoyable just listening to the teenagers today. I had forgotten how teenagers talked and acted. For Christmas, I let my grandchildren pick out their own presents. That way, I know they like what they receive, and I love taking them shopping and spending time with them.
My faith has always held me together in hard times, like when my husband was so sick, during our child-rearing years, when my mother was so sick, etc. My faith is very important to me. I don’t necessarily mean the church, but my faith in God. We now belong to the Free Will Baptist Church and are very active members. We participate in the Just Over Youth (JOY) group for retired people.
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
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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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