Friday, November 03, 2006

In Memory of...


Here is a place to say something about those of us or parts of us who aren't here anymore.

ALICE ANN DEROSSIT
Dora '68: I would like to pay tribute to the greatest teacher I have had. She was one of those teachers who could stay in control of the class and be your friend at the same time. She made history come to life and learning fun. I will always remember her sitting on her stool at the front of the room and dramatically telling history as she held me in awe! Her sense of humor was second to none. I think of her often.


KATHERINE LEFTWICH 1920-2007
Sula '68: A rare, grand person whose sparkling heart and hands indelibly touched generations of young people growing up in Forrest City. So many of us were positively influenced, deeply touched by her involvement in our lives...however small or large. She is and was loved by so many... a lady with integrity, a professional woman, an icon for young people. And so much more. I agree with David Nichols. We will not see the likes of her again -- on or off newsprint. Our hearts are heavy but what a wonderful life to celebrate.

From an Editorial by David Nichols: Times-Herald. 1-18-07
"I have said in conversations that Katherine is part of a vanishing breed — the small town society editor. And she is. But Katherine is more. She is one of a kind, an original. There’s no one else like her, and that’s our loss. She might be succeeded in her job, but she’ll never be replaced. An era is ending, and the Lifestyle page will not see her like again."

As to Katherine's social columns, just one of her many talents, she had a wider audience than many know. When I was in law school in 1980-83 in Fort Lauderdale, I subscribed to the Times-Herald. One day my torts professor picked it up off my editor's desk in the law school newspaper office and thumbed through it. He stopped at one point and sat down to finish reading an article. "Do you have more of these?" he asked. I said sure and he wanted them delivered to him weekly when I had finished. Professor Rooke-Ley is a Hastings (U of CA) law school graduate from a blue-blood, San Francisco society family; a civil rights activist published in one of the Harvard Law Journals. "May I ask what interests you about this small town paper?" I inquired, expecting something scholarly. To my surprise, he responded, "Mrs. Leftwich's social columns. She's simply marvelous." Thereafter for two years I regularly delivered a stack to him. When I graduated he told me he would miss me... and Mrs. Leftwich, too.


http://www.thnews.com/article.php?id=1420
http://www.thnews.com/article.php?id=1392
http://www.thnews.com/article.php?id=1404

Class of 56
Raymond Davis





Class of 60
Butch Ford: The following names are members of the Class of 1960 who graduated or would have graduated with us. Some died well before 1960 and others afterwards. The total of 27 was entered in the reunion document as of February, 2005. Due to my uncertainty as to the married names of the ladies, all are listed as they were in school. There may have been others to be added to the list since 2005, but I am unaware of their names.
Ann Bargery
Elizabeth Borden
Rebecca Canaday
Bill Clark
Marie Cook
Betty June Davis
Marie Dearington
Charles Deere
Bobby Doty
Wallace Emerson
Logan Evans
Tommy Ferguson
Melinda Garrison
Diane Gibbs
Roy Hall
Tommy Higgs
Dorothy Hood
Carrol Huff
Evan Dean (Sambo) Hughes
Mary Bob Lindsey
Eleanor Manley
Joe McCowan
Vernia Mercer
Stevie Stevens
Larry Sulcer
Sheila Sweet
Phillip Walker



Class of 62
Bogie: If anyone knows of more names I should have please let me know by e-mail or the blog. I keep a record in our scrapbook so those attending our reunions will get the information.
Kay Britt, died before graduation in 1962
Eddie Anderson
Bogie: He was one of the sweetest guys ever to graduate from FCHS! He was a friend to all and was always a helping hand to those in need. Eddie passed away in 1983 after a short bout with cancer. We've missed him at every get-together we've had over the years since his death. He'll always have a special place in the hearts of his fellow classmates.





George Padgett, 1983
Richard Trail, 1984
Earnest Adamson, 1992
Leon Presley, 1992
Kenny Bokker, 1994
Diane Clark, 1995
Claude Ramsey, 1997
Patsy Knight, 1999
Thomas Chapman, 1999
Douglas Kimble, 2000
Louise Jones, 2001
Donna Halbert, 2002
Karen Sutton, 2004
Peggy Gustavus, 2004
Patsy Taylor, 2004
Clara Faye Baldwin, 2005
Ricky Stephens, 2006

Class of 63
Francis C. "Binky" Wall, Dec 2006 (Not sure of class, someone help)



Class of 64
Donna Stephens-Schmidt 11/14/1993

Class of 65
Joe Hodges
Bobby Snow Hargraves
Ken Holamon, 1993
Linda Flanagin Jumper

Dora Class of '68: I wanted to say something about my sister, Lynda Flanagin Jumper. I recently saw Sally Bridgforth over the holidays and she told me a beautiful story about seeing my sister in the late seventies at a golf tournament. I will not share the story as Sally may want to do so herself. Basically it conveyed what a beautiful person she was both physically and spiritually. I was fortunate to have had Lynda as a sister. Three grades ahead of me, she never treated me like a tag along. She was always good to my friends and they all loved her as well. There were over 900 people who attended her funeral. African Americans, rich, poor, middle class all in attendance. This was Lynda. She touched hearts of people from all socio economic areas of life. Her love was genuine. She was recognized three years after her death by the American Heart Association in Jonesboro. I was invited to speak on her behalf. It was the greatest honor I had ever had to be able to honor my sister. It is people like Lynda who once again assure me of a Heaven in that the likes of her will always live on. I love you Lynda.

Janya Moore

Dora Class of '68: I would also like to say what a great person Janya Moore was. When I was 15, I had a date with her brother Don to have dinner at her house with Janya and her date along with Amy Devereaux and her date. She reminded me of my sister in that she made me feel so welcome. I had always heard my sister talk about what a great person Janya was and I learned that day exactly why she was. She had a warmth about her that you could feel. When she died maybe a year and a half later, I can remember thinking how a young, wonderful person can be taken so soon. I guess we never know the answer but in the time she lived she left her mark on this earth. Everyone who knew Janya loved her.



Class of 66
Tom Baldwin (not sure of class, someone help)
Neva Jean Gibson, 1989
Warren Lincoln Lalman, 1989 in NYC

Class of 67

J. W. Brock, Jan 08, 2005
Stanley Cothern
Jerry Culver, Feb 21, 2002
Chester Hill, Feb 10, 1969 (Vietnam)
James E. Honeycutt, Feb 17, 1968 (Vietnam)
Aubrey Jolley, June 1983
Mike Jones, 1997
James Edward (Jimbo) Justiss, 1994
Jane Leiting, 1988
Patrick "Pappy" Mason, May 28, 2004
Lou Rice-Douglas, April 10, 2007
Jimmy Robbins, Nov 20, 2004
Bill Sidle, May 28, 1992
Ronnie Spivey, Sept 27, 1987
Paulette Wright-Cothern, May 6, 2001


Class of 68
Gary Dwayne Adams
Gary Christian, 1986
Larry Eugene Cummings, 2005
Harry Siesel Dreyfus
Tom Joe (Tommy) Floyd, Jr., 1991
John Duncan (Butch) Henley, IV, 2002
Virginia (Gin Gin) Jones Wright, 2006
Linda Zell McKee
Thomas Eugene (Tommy) Melton, 1991
Dorothy Mitchell, 1994
Victor C. (Vic) Paseur, 1989
Sula Class of 68: When I was in Mrs. Graham's 5th grade class there was a new boy in the class some of us, especially the girls, were a little curious about. He was of slight build, with sandy, straight hair. He had a slightly dissheveled look, not sloppy; he was almost delicate but not girlie. He didn't goof around with the guys and was quiet all the time with his head leaned over his desk so closely his nose could almost touch it... always doing something on paper. His name sounded foreign. I wondered if he was from France. From time to time I tried to engage him in chit chat and he was polite but not interested. Of course that piqued my curiosity even further. I studied him intensely because there was something unusually exotic or maybe hauntingly shy about him that I couldn't understand.

One day we had to do a round of self introductions to the class..."My name is___ and I like ____." When it came to Vic's turn he said he liked horses. The teacher asked him to hold up a drawing...one of the things he was doing with his head buried on the desk so much. Most of us gasped out loud. He had drawn a horse from memory that was perfectly proportioned with a rendering more mature than some adult artists. I could hardly believe it was his own. But it was. Being a wannabe artist myself from a young age, I was now enthralled. All year I tried to promote a friendship. I found out where he lived (by the old train viaduct) and came close to going up to his house after school to ask for him but never did. I believe Lou was successful in visiting Vic after school and I was envious. Vic just seemed to be serious, aloof and introverted and I didn't know how to deal with that. As the years passed, he and I travelled in our own little worlds which never converged. In high school an art class was offered for the first time; taught by Mr. Isom, our genial, first African-American teacher (who was stationed in a classroom under the football stadium, which was large enough for art projects). Vic's work was always light years above everyone's...I could manage only a very distant second to him sometimes. In college and thereafter from South Florida I would occasionally ask a hometown person about Vic and was told he had become a commercial artist in Memphis. That thrilled me vicariously to hear that...because I hadn't and would have liked to do the same.

Some 20 years later I moved to Memphis in the early 1990's. I thought of Vic and began to inquire around the Memphis art community about him. I wanted to visit with him and especially to see the wonderful artwork I knew he would have been creating. I was so looking forward to seeing how his talent had developed since we were kids; so excited that he had become a professional artist. I was crushed to learn that Vic had died just a few years earlier. They said he was a fine artist and was known among artists in the city. So I never got to know Vic. Whether I could have bridged the gap with him as an adult that I could not do as a young person--I will never know. Vic -- and his talent-- died too soon. In a strange way, it was like a little dream of my own had been fulfilled by his accomplishments...and would be mourned with his passing. I wish I could have told him so before he left.

Thomas Threat
Gary Michael West, 1992
Joe Ed Whittenton, 1969
James Andrew (Andy)Wood, 1972
Daniel Sprott, son of Jan Greene Class of 68: I would like to encourage everyone to remember Jan in the recent loss of her beautiful son, Daniel. He was a very Special person who touched my life in the few times I was around him The family has honored him with a blog and if you take the time to read it, it will warm your heart with the meaning of what a loving family is all about. It is www.danielsprott.blogspot.com. Even if you never met Daniel, you will feel you knew him after reading what a wonderful example he was of what life is all about. Love ya Jan, Dora



Class of 69
Larry Couch
Mike Cureton
Mago Long Nelson
Frank Shackelford, 1979
Sue Sutton



Class of 70

Mike Clark

Jan Holt
Randy James
Ike McCain, 1969
Betta (Bebe) Shackelford Volkamer, 2005



Class of 71
James Childress
Julie Christianson Kleier
Keith Couch
Craig Eldridge
Tom Hoffman
Russell Pettus
Johnny Poe
Frank Shackleford
William Walters
Kathy Whitlatch
Randy West


Class of 73
Ben Harris



Class of 78
Marie Ross, Jan. 2007




Class of 81
Brenda Holmes McClendon





Class of 83

Deedra Rosamond

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Gary West class of 68 died in a plane crash. He was a brother to Randy West. Please check this as I do not want to have someone who is alive written here

Wed Dec 27, 01:27:00 PM 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Janya Moore class of 65
Joe Hodges class of 65

Sun Jan 07, 04:00:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanted to say something about my sister, Lynda Flanagin Jumper. I recently saw Sally Bridgforth over the holidays and she told me a beautiful story about seeing my sister in the late seventies at a golf tournament. I will not share the story as Sally may want to do so herself. Basically it conveyed what a beautiful person she was both physically and spiritually. I was fortunate to have had Lynda as a sister. Three grades ahead of me, she never treated me like a tag along. SHe was always good to my friends and they all loved her as well. There were over 900 people who attended her funeral. African Americans, rich, poor, middle class all in attendance. This was Lynda. She touched hearts of people from all socio economic areas of life. Her love was genuine. She was recognized three years after her death by the American Heart Association in Jonesboro. I was invited to speak on her behalf. It was the greatest honor I had ever had to be able to honor my sister. It is people like Lynda who once again assure me of a Heaven in that the likes of her will always live on. I love you Lynda.

Sat Jan 27, 03:04:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Clark Class of 70'

Thu Feb 08, 12:19:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ricky Stephens Class of 62
died Jan. 2006

Sula,
Please add Ricky to the '62 list.

Thanks,
Susie Gibbs Stephens

Fri Feb 09, 04:18:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Susie Gibbs Stephens said...

Sula, Please add the following obits to 1967:

Aubrey Jolley (date only) 6/1983
James E. Honeycutt 2/17/68 Vietnam
Chester Hill 2/10/69 Vietnam
Ronnie Spivey 9/27/87
Jane Leiting 1988
Bill Sidle 5/28/92
Mike Jones 1997
Paulette Wright-Cothern 5/6/01
Jerry Culver 2/21/02
Patrick "Pappy" Mason 5/28/04
Jimmy Robbins 11/20/04
J. W. Brock 1/08/05
Stanley Cothern
Lou Rice-Douglas 4/10/07

Thu Apr 12, 04:02:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regrettably, you are correct about Gary West. He died in a crop dusting accident in 1992.

Wed May 09, 05:45:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please add Brenda Holmes McClendon, Class of 81

Wed May 09, 05:49:00 PM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please add Deedra Rosamond Class of 1983

Fri Jul 27, 07:30:00 AM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please add
Warren Lincoln Lalman class of '66 died 1989 in NYC

Tue Sep 04, 02:27:00 AM 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the class of 70 - there are 2 more to be listed who have passed away. Jimmy Lewis and Ricky Rice. Ricky died in the 9th grade due to complications during an appendectomy (msp)- same year and grade that Ike McCain passed away.

Thu Nov 01, 03:07:00 PM 2007  

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