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12/23/2016
Death of Classmate Reggie Gunn on Sept. 24, 2016
Reggie passed away on September 24. Here is what was posted in the Episcopal journal: Requiem Eucharist Set for the Rev. Reginald Gunn On September 26, 2016, in News/Events, by Di . . .  Continued

6/16/2016
Death of Class Member Barbara Gann Goins
Barbara Gann Goins, 75, of Ty Ty passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany. A graveside funeral service will be held for Mrs. Goins at 2:00 p.m. Tuesd . . .  Continued

4/4/2016
Mother of Classmate Dies
THS Class of 1959 extends our sympathy to Peggy Carswell Bass and her family on the death of her mother. Mrs. Viola Keen Carswell Johnson, 96, of Tifton died Friday, April 1, 2016 at Golden . . .  Continued

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  Message Lyn Lindskog Deroy

  I am sad to learn of Father Reggie Gunn'

Wed 9/28/2016 3:07 PM

  New home Betty Carter Pearsall

  Dear friends, I wanted to let you know

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  Latest news from Lyn L. Deroy Lyn Lindskog Deroy

  Hi Joyce, I finally had to request that

Sat 6/28/2014 11:57 AM

  Note from Nell Tabor Hartley Joyce Carr

  Joyce, after indulging in our wonderful

Wed 3/5/2014 8:46 AM

  Bobby Abbott's brother, Johnny Abbott dies jwc@friendlycity.net

  Johnny Abbott, 67, died today, February

Tue 2/11/2014 9:08 PM

  Patricia Lawhorne Schicker's Mother Dies jwc@friendlycity.net

  We extend our deepest sympathies to Patr

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  Obituary for Betty Carter Pearsall's Husban Joyce Walters Carr

  Mr. James E. (Jim) Pearsall, 82, while s

Mon 2/10/2014 7:41 AM

  Classmate Donald Massey Dies jwc@friendlycity.net

  It is with sadness that I report yet ano

Wed 1/22/2014 9:05 PM

  Happy New Year, friends Got an anniversary to celebrate

  Happy 2014 you AWESOME "Blue Devils". O

Sat 1/18/2014 9:44 PM

  Birthday celebration June Talley Branch

  On January 22, 2014 we will be celebrati

Wed 1/15/2014 8:22 AM

  Lylla Crum Bowen Obituary jwc@friendlycity.net

  Classmate Dies: Mrs. Lylla Elizabeth

Mon 12/23/2013 11:22 PM

  Carole Biddy Cowart jwc@friendlycity.net

  Many of you will remember Carole Biddy C

Sat 4/13/2013 10:17 AM

  Message June Talley Branch

  I regret to inform you of the death of D

Tue 10/2/2012 8:21 PM

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  Murray Franklin Johnson, 70, of Hamilton

Mon 7/11/2011 9:51 PM

  Lyn Lindskog Deroy's Granddaughters Joyce Walters Carr

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Tue 10/5/2010 10:01 PM

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John Durham


The 50 years since graduating from THS (did I actually do that?) have flown by faster than I’d expected. Enjoyed a couple of years at ABAC especially with the WABACS from ABAC touring with Dr. Pete.

Summer of ‘61 found me at Redstone Lodge & Country Club, Colorado waiting on tables. That fall, with no real purpose in mind and little money I decided my country needed my services so I enlisted in the Army and for a duty station near Albany.

After meeting my future bride at a party for employees at the BroAdmoor Hotel during the Christmas break from Army basic training on December 25th, 1961, a wonderful decision was made and four weeks later, we married (in the Chapel of Our Savior at the BroAdmoor no less, with Pinky, Dad, her parents, aunt and uncle from Indianapolis present). My little ice skater gave up her amateur career after she and her partner won the Mid-Western competition. We drove to Georgia, Marilyn met all the Durham and Price women and learned to eat “bird”. Five months later the Army decided I’d had enough of Georgia and sent me to Okinawa.

Somehow Marilyn got pregnant on the trip to California to put me on a ship. She went home to her mom and dad, started teaching skating to make the money needed to join me. She finally arrived in Okinawa almost 7 months later and merely 2 weeks before Diana was born (prematurely). We had only been in each others presence for 6 months and I think both of us were concerned about really knowing who to look for when she got off the plane. She was looking at uniforms. I had an advantage... I knew what pregnant looked like.

My 3 years of active duty complete, I arrived in Indy now with a wife and two children. Mark was born in Okinawa 4 months before we left. I got a job as a management trainee in the ladies lingerie department at Penny’s for $100 a week. Boy, did I need that job. (had to get out of mother in law’s house).

Marilyn had a civil service rating from her time with the 526TH Intelligence Corps detachment in Naha so she got a job at Ft. Harrison in the payroll department and taught skating on the side. I sold music systems and began introducing commercial microwave ovens to restaurants while having a night job taking inventory in supermarkets. Hard to believe it took four jobs to pay for stuff in those days but there was a message there about work ethic that has endured.

We moved to the Chicago area with Litton Microwave Cooking Products in 1969 and went into business as a specialty dealer for them in 1974. In 1980 we sold the business and moved to Houston for a poor choice in a partnership and too much heat and humidity.

A weekend introduction to San Antonio coupled with a pitcher of margaritas on the river walk resulted in the decision to get out of Houston. We incorporated in 1982 as a distributor for some major commercial food equipment lines....especially concerning fried chicken. In 2001 we attempted to sell the company to an employee. We financed the deal and had four wonderful years of “retirement”. In our 40 foot motor home and Honda Goldwing Motorcycle, we put about 50,000 miles on visiting friends, family, and playing grandparents to our two lovely grand girls.....now both 16.

Our daughter, Diana, lives with her husband Randy in Augusta with daughter, Sterling. Sarah lives with us now as does her daddy, Mark.

We live on 4 acres of rocks and rattlesnakes 8 miles south of New Braunfels...a San Antonio suburb. We attend Cornerstone Church and need more time with friends and golf (for me)....shopping for Marilyn.

We’re starting over with our own branded fried chicken concept and looking for our next exit plan. In the meantime, God is good, we’re healthy, inspired, and grateful for all our blessings.

God Bless America and God Bless Tift County... I wouldn’t give anything for having been apart of Tifton in the ‘40s and ‘50s. We are eager to see you all.

Military Service:

Enlisted in Denver. Basic at Ft. Carson, CO. Assigned to Nike site near Dawson, GA....just like they promised...for 5 months. Ordered to Okinawa.

Regular US Army Nov. ‘61 – Nov ‘64. Served mostly with 65th Arty (Nike) in Okinawa as S-1 clerk for Btn headquarters with a morning report of 23. Served under two SSgt Major E-9, a Major and Lt. Col. Commanding. The Sergeant Major, the mail clerk, the Colonel’s driver and I WERE the S-1 enlisted. Did morning reports, clerk of court, all correspondence, filing and ER reports, reassignments for OCS, Viet Nam, Ft. Rucker helicopter school, etc.

Brought my wife into the command, lived on the economy in Naha, and had both our children born there.

The slot was for E-4 and when the Sergeant Major attempted a temporary upgrade to E-5 so we could get the family home, some guy with many years in grade at Brigade headquarters objected and the orders were rescinded. Marilyn and the babies came home alone and I followed later.




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 Death  Buddy Tucker passed away January 25, 2015. Rememb
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 10/14/2015

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