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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.
Upon graduation from Southern, I enrolled at the University of Louisville in Speed Scientific School majoring in mechanical engineering. I graduated from U of L in 1967 and went to work for Goodyear Tire and Rubber as a product engineer.
I met Susan Dance while attending U of L, and we were married November 25, 1967. Goodyear transferred me to Michigan that year and it was the start of three years in the frozen North. Michigan is fun — if you like winter, but I don’t. So I played a lot of basketball in an industrial league while others ice-fished or hunted.
In 1970, we returned to Louisville, and I enrolled in law school at U of L. I graduated in December of 1972 after the birth of our first child, a son, in October of that year.
Upon graduation from law school, I went to work as an attorney for OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in Washington, D.C. Great time to be there — during Watergate. No, I was not involved.
In 1974, we returned to Louisville and I began work as an attorney for American Air Filter. During that period our second son was born, in 1976. I worked for AAF until 1983 and then went to work for Safetran Systems as vice president and general counsel. In 1985, I accepted a position as vice president and general counsel with Vulcan-Hart. I worked there until 1992 when I went to work for Louisville Ladder Company as vice president of product safety. Believe it or not, I became an expert in ladder safety during that time.
In 1995, I moved to Green Bull Ladder Company as vice president and general counsel. I worked for them until 1997, when I opened my own practice specializing in nothing, but focusing on probate and estate work. (Does it seem like I have had a lot of jobs?) I have finally found one that I am pretty good at: retirement and being a grandparent.
I retired in 2010, and can now be seen at football or soccer games in which my grandchildren participate. We babysit our four wonderful grandsons whenever we get the chance. I know the other grandparents reading this think their grandchildren are wonderful as well, but ours are “wonderfuler.”
We love to travel, and often go to Naples, Florida, to visit my wife’s father who is now 94 and doing well. My hobbies are, golf, golf, and more golf. Do I play too much? Ask my wife. By the way, we will be married 44 wonderful years this November.
I also love to flower garden; that is, Susan buys the flowers, and I poke holes in the ground to plant them. Also, we are active at Southeast Christian Church and have been for 20-plus years.
Life is good! I am blessed.
Note: I am sorry to have missed the reunion festivities, as I have heard what a great time it was. We had a great time as well that weekend, because we welcomed our fourth grandson on that Saturday, and we could not miss greeting him at his homecoming. Since then, we have made numerous trips to Lexington just to see him. He is precious, as are all my boys.
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.
Reunion Planners: Ready for a repeat! Click photo to
Been in Louisville lately? This is Waterfront Park. Click photo to
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