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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.
After graduation, I started nurses’ training at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital. (In the olden days, almost every hospital had student nurses. It was an easy way to staff the night shift.)
Nursing wasn’t originally MY idea, but my Dad’s, so I never did very well. I quit school when the nuns discovered my marriage. Married gals weren’t permitted in the program. Can you imagine? They changed the rule the next year.
I married Wayne Brown. We had lived next door to each other for many years. He was my first sweetheart — at age 12. He was my first date. He gave me my first kiss. After my family moved to Okolona, we each had other friends but got back together during nurses training. Despite the objections of both our families, we married. Wayne was also the first person to ever pray for me. Quite a guy! He’s the only man who would have stayed married to me all these years. August 25th it’ll be 48 years. Yeah!
With Wayne’s encouragement, I returned to nurses training at St. Joseph’s Infirmary. I loved each rotation but pediatrics. I didn’t want to take care of anyone’s sick child but my own. By this time, we had two sons with another on the way. I graduated in 1971. I received an associate degree in nursing and an honors award – from my peers! I was so grateful for their confidence in me.
I worked initially at Sts. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, in geriatrics, which I thought all along would be my life’s work. After three months, I was ready for anything but geriatrics. (Please, God, I just can’t pour up another ounce of milk of magnesia.)
There was an opening in the coronary care unit. I took it without another breath. I ended up working in that unit for five years and loved it.
I got a call while working one evening saying that I should return home immediately. My 8 year old son had discharged a bullet by striking it with a shovel. The shrapnel had struck him in his left eye. Initially, the doctor had to determine if the shrapnel was only in his eye or if it had traveled into his brain. I prayed at his hospital bed that night for his life to be spared and, mercifully, it was. It’s difficult, even now, to think that you can mourn and rejoice over the same circumstance but you can! I mourned over the loss of his vision but rejoiced that his life was protected.
Southwest Jefferson Community Hospital (the original name) was built in 1976 and since it was 10 minutes from my back door, I jumped at the chance to work there. I worked in the emergency department where you get the immediate satisfaction that your patient is better when they leave you — either better to return home, better to go to their room in the hospital or better going to their eternal reward. I worked there 13 years and loved it!
When your feet start to hurt, you suddenly develop a taste for a job that involves some degree of sitting. I found cardiac rehab and never even looked back to the E.D. Heart surgery is scary stuff when you’re on the sharp end of the scalpel. At surgery, folks think, “What if I die?” When they awake from anesthesia, they think, “What if I live?” They’re going to live, and they don’t know how. “Medicines? Foods? Exercise? Gimme a break. I just had surgery!” As they are educated about these topics and their confidence grows, it’s an amazing thing. It’s kind of like watching a bud blossom into a beautiful flower. I’m so thankful to have seen so many folks go through that process successfully. I worked there 13 years and loved it!
As Southwest prepared to close, the rehab unit was cut, so I worked several months in Immediate Care and in the E.D. I retired July 2007.
During those last months there, my husband had a stroke. It was a tough time, but thankfully he has progressed so much. He also has experienced one of those situations where you can mourn and rejoice over the same circumstance. I’ve mourned what he’s lost, but I rejoice for every wonderful and not-so-wonderful day I can spend with him. Have you heard? “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
We dance most days. Some days we don’t. We’re still learning.
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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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Been in Louisville lately? This is Waterfront Park. Click photo to
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