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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.
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! 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.
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
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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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