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of East Alumni, Faculty, Staff
See also sympathy notices for alumni who have lost a family member.

It is with sadness the following must be reported and we join with what we are sure is the entire East High School community to extend heartfelt sympathy to family and friends of those listed below.

The obituaries are in alphabetical order by last name used at East. Those for whom obituaries are listed also have a name entry on the appropriate class year (or faculty/staff) page.
The East High Alumni Page has no special or comprehensive resources for identifying alumni or alumni family; news about alumni can be sent to editor@EastHigh.org.


This list of direct links to recently posted
obituaries (posted in the past 180 days)
is followed by the full obituary listing:
Sid Feuerstein ('55)
John Joseph Hoffman ("Doc") ('62)
Charles Patrick Ransom ('82)
Ralph Farmer ('51)
Susan Meriwether Klyce ('70)
Betty Burleigh ('55)
Earl Winn ('60)
Jim Macdonald ('68)
Parrish Taylor ('63)
Oscar Ammer (Faculty 1961-1971)
Mary Blanche Richardson ('61)
Ann Fakes ('53)
Nancy Ezell ('59)
Drew Bellomo ('70)
Jack Pullen ('52)
Joan Jefferson ('59)
Aubrey Coleman ('60)
Sue Scull ('54)
Mark Chaney('76)
Darla Ozment ('54)
Frances F. Marks (Faculty)
Steve Eggers (associated with the Class of '68)
Charles Edward White (associated with the Class of '53)
Carol Ann Greaves ('55)
Gayle Fargotstein ('63)
Peter Russell ('72)
Bo Joplin ('70)
Gail Vavik ('56)
Ed Williams ('52)
Wayne Hollingsworth ('55)
Beverly Taggart ('55)
Jimmy Jayne ('55)
Linda Brakefield ('65)
Babs Brown ('54)
Hal Liebenrood (class association undetermined)
Jimmy Almand ('66)
Carol Tashie ('58)
Uldis Ezernieks ('59)

Please note: the above represent only recently posted obituaries. All obituaries are listed below and once posted remain on this page permanently.

The following obituaries from years past have recently been added to this page.
Ray Davenport ('62)


All obituaries of alumni/faculty/staff received, in full as available, listed alphabetically by last name (if known) as known at East High.

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Lee Addington ('66) [posted March 14, 2005] - From The Commercial Appeal, March 13, 2005:

Lee Wilson 'Bubba' Addington, 58, of Memphis, truck equipment salesman, died Monday [March 7, 2005] at his home. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday [March 14, 2005] in Ellendale Cemetery. Bartlett Funeral Home has charge. He was an All-Eastern prep league football player for East High School. He leaves a daughter and a son; a sister, Francis Sullivan ['62] of Kingsport, Tenn.; a brother, Dr. Roy R. Bratton of Johnson City, Tenn., and five grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be made to Bartlett United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.
Graveside services were 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 14, 2005, in Ellendale Cemetery, Bartlett, TN.


Jimmy Allbritten ('62) [posted November 4, 2002] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 25, 1998:

`DR. A' USED HEALTHY DOSE OF COMPASSION

Dr. James F. Allbritten believed the best medical care and expertise could be shared and spread all over the world. He also believed compassion was a big part of the best medical care a doctor could provide.
       To his colleagues, he was a physician who was excited by medicine's technological advances and who promoted those advances. To his patients, he was `Dr. A,' said his wife, Stephanie Allbritten.
       Dr. Allbritten died Thursday of cancer at his home. He was 54..
       Dr. Allbritten earned his B.S. degree from the University of Memphis and his M.D. degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. He interned and completed his residency at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
       He told his wife that he knew he wanted to be a doctor when he was a child..
       Dr. Allbritten's specialty was internal medicine and clinical cardiology. He was board certified in internal medicine. His practice emphasized primary health care and prevention..
       "He always kept his practice like a little small-town doctor would have," his wife said. "He knew the whole family. He would know the brothers and sisters and cousins.".
       Dr. Allbritten received the American Medical Association's Physicians Recognition Award in Continuing Medical Education in 1980..
       He wrote articles and lectured on the role of computers in medical practice..
       But when he talked to his patients, he talked with them in basic terms..
       "He would go out of his way to go back to the hospital two and three times in the middle of the night to be with family members," Stephanie Allbritten said..
       "He would never use medical terms with them. He would be very down-to-earth with them and explain it compassionately and tenderly.".
       Dr. Allbritten was a founder and president of DOCS Inc., a medical computer software company. He also co-founded and served as chairman of the board of Biotech Computer Corp. The company worked in the area of gene splicing and cancer..
       Dr. Allbritten was also chief medical consultant to the Biomedical Research Zone project in the 1980s. The project sought to emphasize and promote the city's medical center as a research center and proving ground for the latest medical technology..
       Dr. Allbritten was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, the American Medical Association and the Tennessee Medical Association. He also belonged to the American Society of Internal Medicine and the American College of Physicians as well as the Academy of Internal Medicine..
       "He adored his patients. He put them first above everything. They all loved him also," his wife said..
       "You'll never find a more compassionate physician today.".
       Dr. Allbritten also leaves a daughter, Tammy Paschall of Murray,Ky.; a son, Brad Allbritten, and his mother, Martha H. Allbritten, both of Memphis, and two grandchildren..
       Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church, where he was a member, with burial in Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge..
       The family requests that any memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.


Coleen Allen ('88) [posted March 2, 2008] - From The Commercial Appeal, February 6, 2008:

COLEEN MICHELLE ALLEN, 38, cosmetician, passed away January 31, 2008 at Methodist South Hospital. Services at 12 p.m., Friday, February 8 at R. S. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home. She is survived by sisters, Cheryl Lynn Allen, Debbie Denise Allen and Tredenia Lynn Allen; brothers, Michael Eugene Allen, Kevin Wayne Allen, all of Memphis and Eric Darnell (Roberta) of Italy.


Jimmy Almand ('66) [posted June 30, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, June 18, 2013:

Jimmy Almand, 66, of Memphis, passed away on June 14, 2013. He leaves behind his daughter, Angela McClusky; son, Sam Almand; sister, Linda [Almand (class year undetermined) Owens; brother, Randy Almand and five grandchildren. Visitation will be held at High Point, Wednesday, June 19 from 5:30-7 p.m. Funeral mass will be held at St. Michael Catholic Church, Thursday, June 20 at 10 a.m. Arrangements entrusted to High Point Funeral Home & Crematorium www.highpointchapel.com (901)454-5795


Oscar Ammer (Faculty 1961-1971) [posted October 14, 2014] - from Memorial Park Funeral Home:

Oscar Thomas Ammer, 77, passed away October 13, 2014. He was born December 24, 1936 in Indianapolis, Indiana. He played baseball and basketball at Memphis State University, including the 1957 NIT basketball team. He was a teacher and coach at East High School and then went to be headmaster at Elliston Baptist Academy. Later, he went back to Memphis City Schools and retired as an administrator from Raleigh-Egypt High School. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rhilda Lee Ammer; children, Bradley Ammer and Amy Diaz (Jorge); grandchildren, Josh Ammer, Bailey Ammer, Nolan Ammer, Heather Hartfield, and Marie Diaz; great-grandchildren, Nori Ammer and Riley Hartfield; and sister, Helen Zboran. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, October 15 and funeral services will be 1 p.m., Thursday, October 16 at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery. Interment will follow in Southwoods Memorial Park Cemetery. The family requests that memorial donations be sent the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 1 p.m., Thursday, October 16, 2014, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.

[Editor's note: The date of the funeral as published by the funeral home originally had a typographical error. The correct date is above and the separate visitation and funeral date provided on The East High Alumni Page and e-mails was always correct.]


Bill Anderson ('64) [posted January 19, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, January 19, 2013:

William Stephen Anderson, Jr., 66, passed away this Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at Baptist Memorial Hospital from a sudden illness. He was born May 15, 1946; in Memphis, to the late William S. Anderson, Sr. and Virginia Roane Anderson. A life-long Memphian, Mr. Anderson attended UM Training School (Campus) and graduated from East High School in 1964 where he played football. He also played on community baseball and basketball teams. He was an avid golfer, reader and UofM fan as well as a competitive badminton player. Bill received his BS and MS degrees in History, Health, P.E., and Recreation from Memphis State University. Mr. Anderson worked at Railway Express, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Travelers Insurance and Audubon Park Golf Course before retiring. He was a member of Buntyn Presbyterian Church. He is predeceased in death by his Uncle Landon B. Roane, Sr., Aunt, Elma Roane and Cousin Landon Roane, III. He is survived by two cousins, Gwen Roane Cobb (Rick), of Roswell, GA and Peggy Gibson (Gibby), of Atlanta, GA. Other cousins and friends include the Jane Hooker family as well as, neighborhood friends Dani, Tim, Keith and Paul. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. for visitiation and inside/graveside services at 11 a.m., Monday, January 21, 2013 at Memorial Park Funeral Home. In lieu of floral arrangements contributions, may be made to The University of Memphis Foundation, Elma Roane Scholarship Fund. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com
Visitation: 10-11 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2013, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2013, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Malcolm P. Anderton ('51) [posted October 11, 2002, updated July 29, 2006]
From Wilmington Star-News, September 11, 2001:

THE REV. DR. MALCOLM PATTERSON ANDERTON JR.
    The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Patterson Anderton Jr. of Wilmington, N.C., died Saturday, September 8, 2001, at Liberty Commons Nursing Home.
    He was born December 22, 1933, in Memphis, Tenn., son of the late Mary Hughes Anderton and Malcolm Patterson Anderton Sr.
    Malcolm grew up in Memphis, graduating from East High School and later Rhodes College. A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., in 1958, he received his doctorate in Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in 1977.
    His pastorates include Romney and Springfield Presbyterian churches in West Virginia, Manly Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines, N.C., Highland Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., and First Presbyterian Church in Orlando, Fla. Malcolm then moved with his family to Wilmington, N.C., and served as pastor at Winter Park Presbyterian Church from 1979-1989. He then was an interim minister at Highland Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He also served as associate Executive in Education for the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina. Malcolm retired from the Presbytery in 1998 due to health reasons. He and his wife, JoAnn, belong to Westminister Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. He was a faithful member of the Men's Bible class.
    Malcolm is survived by his wife of 48 years, JoAnn Anderton of the home; his four children, Carol Anderton DeLoach and husband John of Tallahassee, FL, Phil Anderton of Key West, FL, Julie Anderton Brewer and husband Charlie of Wilmington, N.C., Amy Anderton Knowles and husband Brett of Wilmington, N.C.; ten grandchildren, Joshua, David and Zachary DeLoach, Chase and Andrew Brewer, Brittain and Savanah Knowles, Emily, Ashley and Mary-Hannah Anderton and their mother Mary Lyda Anderton of Fletcher, N.C.
    A service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2001, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 500 Kenwood Avenue, Wilmington, N.C., with Dr. Roger Horne and Rev. Walter Dinkins officiating. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall in celebration of Malcolm's life. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Westminister Presbyterian Church Capital Fund Campaign.
    The family wishes to thank the caring staff at New Hanover Medical Group, Dr. Charles Almond, Elderhaus, and Liberty Commons for Malcolm's care.
    Happy times in Malcolm's life were serving the Lord, being with his family, playing golf, receiving his doctorate, caring for his dog Prince, and enjoying his summer house in Montreat, N.C.
    ". . .as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15b.
    Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Home.


Betty Apple (Faculty) [posted November 1, 2006] - From The Commercial Appeal, October 31, 2006:

BETTY "Bessiebug'' APPLE, 76, died Friday, October 27, 2006 at her home. She was a retired art teacher for East High School and member of the National Audubon Society. She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Apple and Cindy O'Neal both of Memphis. She is preceded in death by her husband, USN Master Chief John D. Apple and daughter Dr. Sherry Lynn Apple. The family thanks you for your prayers. Memorials can be sent to the Dr. Sherry Lynn Apple Neurological Foundation for women. Information at BessieBugg.com Family Funeral Care 901-761-8000
Mrs. Apple's years of service at East High are undetermined.


Edward Ray Askew ('69) [posted August 25, 2004] - From The Commercial Appeal, November 3, 1979:

Services set for physician

      Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday [November 5, 1979] at St. James AME Church for former Memphis physician Dr. Edward Askew, 27, who died October 25 [1979] after an airplane crash near Fordyce, Ark.
      Askew, who lived in Chesterfield, Mo., was traveling between Houston, Tx. And Hot Springs, Ark., when his plane went down about 7:30 a.m. in a heavily wooded area about four miles northwest of Fordyce, said Frank Roth, an air safety inspector with the National Transportation Safety Board in Fort Worth.
      The plane, a twin engine Beach Barron C55, was descending slightly when it hit a grove of 80 foot pine trees, Roth said. Propellers were operating when it struck the trees, indicating the engines were still functioning. The plane ignited just before hitting the ground.
      Roth said visibility at the time of the accident was good, and Askew, who owned the plane, was acquainted with the flight route. Askew had been working at a medical center in Houston and had traveled several times between there and St. Louis, he said. An autopsy has been performed.
      Burial will be in New Park Cemetery. J. O. Patterson Funeral Home has charge.
      He leaves his mother, Mrs. Olivia Houston, of Memphis; his father Edward Ray Askew of Mattaposette, Mass; three sisters, Mrs. Lynn White of Dallas, Miss Desiree Askew and Miss Dawn Askew, both of Mattaposette, and three brothers, David Askew, Darrell Askew, and Duane Askew, all of Mattaposette.

[Editor's note: Dr. Askew was among the first few Black students to attend East High School, having entered it as a 10th grader in 1966 and was a member of the first integrated graduating class.]


Debbie Austin ('70) [posted May 21, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, May 19, 2007:

DEBORAH AUSTIN CLARK, 55, of Cordova, died May 17 [2007] at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. Mrs. Clark was an active member of Advent Presbyterian Church serving as an Elder and was active with the youth ministry at Advent. She is survived by her husband, John G. Clark of Cordova; her daughter, Courtney Anne Clark of Cordova; and her son, Wesley Austin Clark of Houston, MS; and her grandson. She is also survived by her sister, Beverly A. Boyd ['64] of Bartlett. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, May 19, [2007] at Canale Funeral Directors. Services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20, [2007] at Advent Presbyterian Church with burial to follow in Memphis Memory Gardens. The family requests any memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to the Debbie Clark Youth Fund at Advent Presbyterian Church.


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Larry Cooper Bailey ('60) [posted January 17, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, January 16, 2012:

Larry Cooper Bailey, 70, of Bartlett, passed away on January 14, 2012. He was a graduate of East High School and a proud Army veteran having served as a military police officer. Larry was retired from Coors Brewing Company. He leaves his loving wife of 41 years, Jean Bailey; his children, John Garner and Cindy McNiell; seven grandchildren Jacob McNiell, Stacey McNiell, Alex McNiell, Stephanie McNiell, Jessica Garner, Dakota Garner, Josh Garner; and one great-great-granddaughter. All services will be private


Joseph Lee Baker, Jr. ('64) [posted June 30, 2001] - From The Commercial Appeal, September 12, 1996:

JOSEPH LEE BAKER JR., 52, of Horseshoe Lake, Ark., musician, died of an apparent homicide Tuesday [September 10, 1996] in Horseshoe Lake. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday [September 13, 1996] at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis has charge. He was a member of National Academy of Recording Arts & Science and a graduate of East High School. Mr. Baker, the husband of Carol Dowling Baker, also leaves three sons, Joseph Lee 'Joe' Baker III, Robert 'Bo' Dowling Baker and Arthur Benjamin 'Ben' Baker, all of Horseshoe Lake; his mother, Edith Snowden Dewey of Horseshoe Lake; his father, Joseph Lee Baker of La Jolla,Calif.; two sisters, Barbara B. McKee of Horseshoe Lake and Margaret Throckmorton of Charlotte, N.C., and a brother, Charles C. Dewey of Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to WEVL or the Center for Southern Folklore.


Barbara Barnes ('57) [posted June 7, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, August 3, 1991:

BARBARA BARNES VOLZ, 56, of 1069 Mirror Lake, died of cancer Thursday [August 1, 1991] at her home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday [August 4, 1991] at Bartlett Presbyterian Church with burial in Memory Hill Gardens. Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel has charge. She leaves a daughter, Laura Lea Hanks of Cordova; two sons, Thomas C. Volz and Charles R. Volz III, both of Cordova; and a sister, Nancy L. Mabel of Noblesville, Ind.; a brother, Thomas C. Barnes III of Pinellas Park, Fla., and two grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Vanderbilt Medical Center Ovarian Cancer Center.


Jimmy Barrington ('56) [posted August 4, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, September 4, 1994:

REV. JAMES O. BARRINGTON, 56, of Columbia, S.C., formerly of Memphis, associate pastor at Chapin (S.C.) Baptist Church, mental health counselor for South Carolina Department of Mental Health and former minister of music at Whitehaven Baptist Church, died of pneumonia Thursday [September 1, 1994] at Baptist Medical Center in Columbia. Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday [September 3, 1994] at St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia with burial at 4 p.m. today [September 4, 1994] in Sherman (Miss.) Cemetery. Dunbar Funeral Home in Columbia has charge ther e and Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo, Miss., has charge of arrangements in Sherman. He was a graduate of the University of Memphis and received a master's degree from both Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and University of South Carolina. He had served as minister of music in Texas, Georgia and for 20 years at Park Street Baptist Church in Columbia. He was former director of St. Andrews Community Chorus, past president of the South Carolina Baptist Music Conference and was a recipient of the Sou th Carolina Gerontological Society Study Scholarship in 1986. Rev. Barrington, the husband of Cecile R. Barrington, also leaves a daughter, Curtis Doyle, and a son, Randle Barrington, both of Columbia, and a brother, Robert Barrington of Jacksonville, Fl a. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Chapin (S.C.) Baptist Church, White Oak (S.C.) Conference Center or the Cancer Institute at Baptist Medical Center in Columbia.


Terry Bateman ('68) [posted March 3, 2001]
Terry Bateman died February 25, 2001, after a 10 year illness. The following is from The Commercial Appeal, February 27, 2001:

TERRY L. BATEMAN, 52, of Cordova, died of liver disease Sunday [February 25, 2001] at UT Bowld Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. today [February 27, 2001] at Family Funeral Care Summer Avenue Chapel with burial in Memphis Memory Gardens. He leaves a sister, Judy Brown of Cordova.


David Beard ('74) [posted March 29, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal, May 25, 2007:

Heber Springs - DAVID LANCIL BEARD, 52, formerly of Memphis, went to be with the Lord on May 23, 2007 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. He was born on April 8, 1955 in McKenzie, TN. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his wife and best friend, Patricia Winburn Beard; his loving mother, Dorothy Green Beard; a sister Deborah [Beard] Graves [associated with the Class of '73]; stepdaughter, Rachel Byrd and husband, Chris; stepson, Matthew Parish; grandchildren, Brayden, Brittney and Nicholas Byrd and Dylan Parish; nephew, Lancil Stark; niece, Angela Graves and a host of other relatives and friends who will sadly miss him. He was preceded in death by his father, Lancil T. Beard; grandparents, Harry and Annie Beard, Robert and Lillian Green; and grandson, Chris Byrd, Jr. Prior to his short illness he was employed by St. Jean Industries in Heber Springs. He was employed for many years with Holiday Inns and Promus Hotels in Memphis. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 26, at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel with funeral services following at 2 p.m. Interment will be in Memory Hill Gardens. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.


Barbara Bell ('62) [posted April 13, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, April 20, 2008:

BARBARA ANN McDONOUGH, a loving wife, widowed by Jim McDonough, a Godly, loving, and selfless Moma to Meredith, Marla, and Jimmy and Den-Den to Carson and Micah, also leaves behind her mom, Della Bell; and sisters, Connie [Bell] Johnson ['71] and Beth [Bell] Higgins [associated with the Class of '77]. "Many Women do noble things but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised." Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, April 20 at Canale Funeral Directors. Graveside services will be 11 a.m., Monday, April 21 in Adamsville Cemetery, Adamsville, TN. The family requests memorials may be sent to the Moriah House.
Barbara Bell was also the sister of the late Gene Bell (associated with the Class of '64).

Prior to her death, Barbara Bell was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1962 page.


Gene Bell (associated with the class of 1964) [updated February, 1999] - Reported to have died July 19, 1996, from complications after surgery. Gene joined the army shortly before graduation and served in Vietnam where he recieved his GED. He was married to Sandy Bell for almost 30 years before he died in July of 1996. He had 3 children and had 5 grandchildren at the time of his death. He was indeed a great guy and will always live in our hearts.
He was the brother of
Beth Bell (see class of '77) and Connie Bell ('71) and Barbara Bell ('62).


Drew Bellomo ('70) [posted August 8, 2014] - From The Denver Post, July 20, 2014:

Andrew Allen Bellomo ("Drew"), passed away on July 8 after a long illness. A University of Colorado graduate, Drew was an avid fisherman and sports enthusiast. He was witty, intelligent, the quintessential life of the party. Drew is survived by his mother, Barbara Barron Bellomo, sisters Shannon [Bellomo ('68)] Peterson, Shelley Magness (Eric Head) and Barbara Miller (Greg). The much beloved "Uncle Drew" also leaves behind his adoring niece and nephew, Chelsea Magness and John Miller, and his frequent canine pal and companion, Loki. He will be deeply missed. From the banks of your favorite fishing hole, may you find peace and happiness with every cast. Rest in peace, "Drew Boy". Private memorial service at Fairmount Cemetery Tuesday, July 29 at 1:15 for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Denver Dumb Friends League or the Scleroderma Foundation.
Published in www.denverpost.com from July 20 to July 23, 2014


Bill Bessire ('61) [posted October 14, 2010] - From The Commercial Appeal, October 14, 2010:

WILLIAM HENRI “Bill” BESSIRE, 67, died at his home in Memphis, TN, on October 13, 2010, following a courageous battle with cancer. Bill was born in Memphis, TN, on June 25, 1943. He was the second son of the late Madeline Schott Bessire and Robert Alceid Bessire. He was preceded in death by his older brother, Robert P. Bessire ('54). He is survived by his wife, of forty-one years, Bobbie Morrow Bessire and their two daughters, Madeleine Morrow Bessire of Big Sky, MT and Channing Marie Bessire of Nashville, TN. Bill attended East High School from kindergarten through twelfth grade. He graduated in 1961 and was a member of the All Memphis Basketball team that year. He went to Vanderbilt University where he played freshman basketball. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and was voted Best Overall Intramural Athlete his junior and senior years. He graduated from Vanderbilt in 1965. Bill stayed in Nashville after graduation working for the Vanderbilt Endowment Office. His heart and family led him back to Memphis where he married Bobbie Lynn Morrow on January 11, 1969. Bill worked for E.F. Hutton for 11 years, and for the past 22 years, he has worked as a partner with Consulting Services Group where he also served as President of Trading Services Group. Bill was the big guy. He was six feet four inches tall, wore his blond hair in a mowed crew cut in his earlier years, and had wild blue eyes, one with a speck of brown and blue in it. His imposing stature and competitive athletic ability belied the sweet and loving nature beneath. He made lifelong friends wherever he went, from his days at East High and Vanderbilt, his tennis and handball partners at the University Club, his "family" from the Pickwick cabin, his neighbors on McLean, Whitehall and Perkins. He was an avid reader and never stopped learning about travel, history, art, food and wine. Bill had the courage of his convictions and this took a lot of courage because he had many. He would not give up easily on a debate. He gave this same support and energy to his church and his community. Bill was President of Grace St. Lukes School Board, a warden of the Church, and later a member of Independent Presbyterian Church. He was also a Les Passees Board member. Bill was most involved with The 100 Club of Memphis, an organization which supports the families of fallen firemen and policemen; he served as president of this organization until recently. He said they were our “everyday heroes.” Bill's girls were his life. Traveling with Bobbie, fishing with Morri in Montana, celebrating in the Grove with Channing, these were his happiest times, even more than the sports and games he loved to watch and play. His girls and his faith were what he believed in most. There will be a visitation in the Rotunda of Independent Presbyterian Church, 2-4 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2010. The Funeral Service will be held at Independent Presbyterian Church, 10 a.m. Saturday, October 16. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family respectfully requests that memorials be sent to: Independent Presbyterian Church, 4738 Walnut Grove, Memphis, TN 38117; The 100 Club, PO Box 770726, Memphis, TN 38177; Crossroads Hospice of Tennessee, 5909 Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN 38134 Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com
Visitation: 2-4 p.m. Friday, October 15, 2010, in the Rotunda of Independent Presbyterian Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 10 a.m. Saturday, October 16, 2010, Independent Presbyterian Church, Memphis.


Richard Bettison ('53) [posted March 28, 2010] - From The Commercial Appeal, March 28, 2010:

Pine Bluff - Richard Bettison, 75, of Pine Bluff, AR died Friday, March 26, 2010. Born November 2, 1934 in Memphis, a son of Louis Kelsey and Janie Walker Bettison, He was raised in Memphis, graduated from East High School, and attended Memphis State University. He joined the US Army and served in Okinawa during the Korean Conflict. Returning to Memphis, he worked with Bruce Hardwood Flooring, then CIT Financial there and in several other locations before moving to Pine Bluff in 1967, working with Smart Chevrolet as their finance manager until his retirement December 31, 1996. An active member of Trinity Episcopal Church, he served as a Vestry member, a Junior Warden, Lay Reader, and with his wife, in the church's youth ministry. He was involved in Eastern Little League baseball, first president of the Monroe Ryburn Ponytail (Softball) League, and other community youth activities when his children were young. An avid golfer, he spent many hours on the course with family and friends. Richard had a diverse group of interests and was a co-founder of the Pine Bluff Archery Club. Survivors include his wife, Jane Mobley Bettison, who he married April 4, 1958 in Memphis; sons, Charles Richard "Rick" Bettison, Jr. of Waxhaw, NC, Steven Jeffrey "Jeff" Bettison of Allen, TX; daughters, Leigh Ann Griffin of Kennesaw, GA, Tracy Jane Gwin of Pine Bluff; brother, William Louis "Bill" Bettison of Memphis; and nine grandchildren. Servicea at 11 am. Tuesday, March 30 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Visitation from 10 am. until service time at the church. The family requests memorials sent to Trinity Episcopal Church, American Diabetes Foundation, or your favorite charity. Online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com Raph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors (870) 534-3131
Visitation: 10 am. Tuesday, March 30, 2010, Trinity Episcopal Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Funeral services: 11 am. Tuesday, March 30, 2010, Trinity Episcopal Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


Bill Bjorklund ('65) [posted February 4, 2007, updated February 5, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, February 6, 2007:

Leslie W. Bjorklund, Jr., 59, of Germantown, TN died at his home Sunday, February 4, 2007. Bill was a graduate of East High School, 1965; University of Memphis, 1969; U.S. Air Force veteran; former reserve police officer with the Germantown Police Department; retired pilot with Federal Express Corporation after 26 years; and avid golfer and marksman. He leaves his wife of 25 years, Margaret Rae Bjorklund; beloved daughter, Susan Marie Bjorklund; mother, Jean Marie Williams Rose of Nashville; sister, Constance Jane [Connie] Bjorklund Tackett ['63] of Naples, Fla.; and brother, Michael Lamar Jones of Nashville. Bill was preceded in death by his father, Leslie William Bjorklund. Visitation will be 11:00-1:30, Friday, February 9, 2007 at Memorial Park Funeral Home with a graveside service to follow at 2:00 PM at West Tennessee Veteran Cemetery (see addresses below). The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Visitation: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p. m. Friday, February 9, 2007 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2007, at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.


Patsy Black ('56) [posted February 16, 2007]
From The Commercial Appeal, August 6, 2001:

PATRICIA DUMAS MAY, 62, of Harrisburg, Ark., formerly of Memphis, retired administrator for Shelby County Government, died of cancer Saturday [August 4, 2001] at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday [August 6, 2001] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. She was a communicant of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Jonesboro, served on the board of directors for Shelby County Employees Federal Credit Union, was a past president of Laurelwood Business and Professional Women's Club and a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. Mrs. May, the wife of Charles E. May, also leaves three sons, Chris Dumas of St. Louis, Ken Dumas of Memphis and Bill Maney of Southaven; two brothers, Pat Black ['56] and Jimmy Black ['61], both of Memphis, and seven grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Wings Cancer Foundation in care of West Clinic or St. Bernards Hospice in Jonesboro.


Barbara Eaton Blake ('59) [posted May 3, 2009]
From The Commercial Appeal, April 4, 2009:

Barbara Eaton Jacobson, loving mother and grandmother passed away on Thursday, April 9, 2009. Barbara was devoted to her family, friends and flowers. A former fashion and jewelry designer and model, she had an eye for beauty and style. Barbara was an active member of the Town & Country Garden Club and the Useless Tuesday Club. Barbara is survived by a son, Wilson Blake, his wife Anna and their daughter Elizabeth of Germantown along with two sisters, May Eaton of Jupiter, Florida and Janet Burton of Hot Springs, Arkansas. There will be a brief memorial service at the Memphis Botanic Gardens at 11:00 on Tuesday, April 14 with visitation to follow at the home of her son. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Memphis Botanic Garden or the charity of the donor's choosing.


Kena Blakney ('94) ("Shea") [posted September 8, 2010]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 8, 2010:

KENA LaSHEA BLAKNEY, 34, customer service rep at A.C.S., 1994 graduate of East High School and member of New Direction Christian Church, died September 3, 2010. Visitation, Friday, September 10 from 4-8 p.m. at 1st Pleasant Hill, 290 Tillman and Saturday, September 11 from 11-11:55 a.m., with service to follow at 12 noon at New Direction Christian Church, 6120 Winchester. Burial in Galilee Memorial Gardens. She leaves one daughter, Derykah Dailey; one son, Derrick Dailey; parent, Carey Blakney; grandparent, Roy Blakney. N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home (901)324-2116
Visitation: 4-8 p.m Friday, September 10, 2010, First Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 290 Tillman, Memphis.
Visitation: 11-11:55 a.m., Saturday, September 11, 2010, New Direction Christian Church, 6120 Winchester, Memphis.
Funeral services: noon, Saturday, September 11, 2010, New Direction Christian Church, 6120 Winchester, Memphis.

Prior to her death, Kena Blakney was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1994 page.


Paul Austin Boensch, Sr. (Faculty) [posted January 26, 2008]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 26, 2008:

Paul Austin Boensch, Sr. passed away January 25, 2008, was born January 21, 1917 to Paul K. and Myra (Austin) Boensch. Over the course of his 91 years, he distinguished himself as a father, teacher, musician, public relations professional and Air Force officer. After graduating from West Tennessee State Teachers College, he married Helen Rion. They were happily married for more than 60 years. He served during World War II as a B-24 bombardier with the 44th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force, flying out of England. He completed 35 combat missions over Europe, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and several Air Medals. He flew 19 missions during one 21 day period in the summer of 1944. After returning from the war, he completed a Master's Degree at the University of Mississippi, and continued his military service in the Air Force Reserve. During this period, he organized a military bagpipe band that played throughout the South. He taught math, music and English for many years in the Memphis City School System. He was the Head of Public Affairs for Dover Elevator in Horn Lake, MS and played clarinet and saxophone professionally with the Colie Stoltz and Andy Ledbetter bands. He retired as an Air Force Major and spent his retirement years in Jackson, TN, where he enjoyed keeping up with public affairs, tracking the success of his many children, grand children and great-grand children. He was a Christian, Mason, a philosopher and an optimist. An easy to love man, he made friends easily and relentlessly looked for the good in others. He is survived by his children, Paul A. Boensch, Jr., Lincoln, CA, James R. Boensch, Rapid City, SD and Mandy DiBenedetto, Las Vegas, NV and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One special grandchild, Christopher McCoin, deserves special mention for his service to Dad during his later years
Visitation: 9 a.m. Monday, January 27, 2008, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.

"The East High Mustang Band has distinguished itself in the first year of its formal organization. Directed by Mr Paul Austin Boensch, the group has played for the 1950-1951 football games; the Victory Day, Christmas, Cotton Carnival, and the Armed Forces Parades; the Crown and Scepter Ball; and has given two concerts for the school." (The East High Mustang (yearbook), 1951)

Mr. Boensch taught music (band) at East High in its early history. It is believed he may have come to East in 1950 and it appears he left in 1951, probably serving at East for one school year as its first band director. If anyone has a firm knowledge or documentation of when Mr. Boensch began teaching at East, please send that information to editor@EastHigh.org.


Darryl DeWayne Bolton ('75) [posted June 30, 2001] - From The Commercial Appeal, November 19, 1997:

DARRYL DeWAYNE BOLTON, 40, of Atlanta, formerly of Memphis, former cashier for Western Plaza in Atlanta, died of complications from AIDS Monday [November 17, 1997] at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday [November 20, 1997] at N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home with burial in New Park Cemetery at 11 a.m. Friday. He was a graduate of East High School. He leaves his parents, Adolphe and Mary Bolton; four sisters, Detria E. Bolton, Dawn B. Casey, Deanna B. Wrister and Darastine B. Cunningham; a brother, Desmond Bolton, and his grandparents, Clinton and Erenestine Burrows, all of Memphis.


Barbara Bond ('72) [posted February 5, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 3, 2013:

Barbara Bond Emigh, 58, of Arlington, TN passed away at her home on Thursday, January 30, 2013 after a four year long battle with cancer. Mrs. Emigh, the wife of James J. Emigh, Jr., also leaves her daughter, Emily Emigh Palmertree and her husband, Brad, of Hernando, MS; a brother, William Tate Bond, Jr. ['67] and his wife, Connie; her mother, June D. Bond, all of Denver, CO; and her granddaughter, Audrey Hill Palmertree. A celebration of Barbara's life, will take place Monday Evening, February 4, at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Rd. at 7 p.m. The family will begin receiving friends at 5 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to either St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society . The family would like to say a special “Thank You” to the staff of UT Cancer Institute and Crossroads Hospice, for the love and care shown to Barbara and her family. Online condolences may be made at www.memphisfuneralhome.net Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens 3700 N. Germantown Rd. 901-725-0100


Tom Bond ('55) [posted January 17, 2008] - From San Diego Union-Tribune, December 2, 2007:

     Captain Thomas Henry Bond, U.S. Navy (Ret.), passed away peacefully from complications related to Parkinson's disease at his home in San Diego on November 19, 2007, surrounded by loving family members.
     He was 70. Tom was born in Memphis, TN, and graduated in 1955 from East High School upon which he entered the United States Naval Academy. He was commissioned into the Navy in 1959 and began his 48-year marriage to his high school sweetheart, Nancy [Koehn ('55)].
     In his Navy career, Tom served in six submarines. He commanded the submarine USS JOHN MARSHALL (SSBN 611) Blue. He also had command of two shore-based commands. His career culminated at sea as commanding officer of USS DIXON (AS 37), a submarine tender based in San Diego, CA. He was noted for his particular strength in operational engineering as a nuclear submariner, which was an interest that followed him into retirement. Tom retired from the U.S. Navy in 1987 and worked as a management and predictive maintenance consultant in power and other industries. The balance of his professional life energies went into his founding role as executive director of MIMOSA, a non-profit organization that develops information sharing standards within manufacturing, fleet and facility industries.
     Tom's family and friends knew him as a man of character and integrity with a veritable positive outlook-he was a true gentleman. He always kept his word, was generous beyond measure, and with his intellectual wit put a smile on the faces of those around him. He respected honesty, patriotism and loyalty and led by example. This remarkable man will forever be remembered as a loving husband, supportive father, caring brother, admirable leader and loyal friend.
     He is survived by his wife Nancy of Memphis, TN, his brother, William C. Bond of Spokane, WA, and three married children, son, Captain Thomas H. Bond, Jr., U.S. Navy, of Naples, Italy, son, Randal K. Bond, Managing Director of a Purdue University Research Center, of West Lafayette, IN and daughter, Sarah E. Bond-Shepard, Development Director of ElderHelp of San Diego, and twelve grandchildren.
     A lovely graveside service was attended by immediate family on the morning of November 27th with a joyous celebration of Tom's life at the First Church of the Nazarene in Point Loma that afternoon. In lieu of gifts or flowers, please make a donation in memory of Tom Bond to Sharp Hospice Care, PO Box 3739, La Mesa, CA 91944, Attn. Grossmont Hospital Foundation, 619-667-1900 and/or Parkinson's Disease Association of San Diego, 8555 Aero Drive, Suite 308, San Diego, CA 92123, 858-2736764, www.pdasd.org. Please sign the guest book at obituaries.uniontrib.com


Dale Bone ('67) [updated November, 1998] - It is reported that Dale Bone died suddenly of a heart attack November 10, 1998. The following is an obituary appearing the the Arizona Republic newspaper November 14, 1998.

Dale H. Bone, 49, of Scottsdale, owner and president of Preferred Technology Inc., died Nov. 10, 1998. He was born in Memphis. Survivors include his wife, Patsy Diane; and daughter, Laura Yetive. Services: were held at Messinger Mortuary Chapel Scottsdale, Arizona.


Kay Booker ('55) [posted December 12, 2009] - - From The Commercial Appeal, December 12, 2009:

Katherine "Kay" Elizabeth Booker Fritts, 72, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare after a valiant thirty year battle against diabetes. Born March 14, 1937, in Memphis, Tennessee, she was a daughter of the late Ira K. Booker and Marguerite Houck Jones. On November 28, 1959 at Mullins United Methodist Church in Memphis, she married Charles William Fritts, Sr., and he preceded her in death on April 19, 1988. She was a 1955 graduate of East High School in Memphis and attended the University of Tennessee. She lived in Tallahassee since 1971 and is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Chuck and Karen Fritts, Atlantic Beach, FL, David Fritts, Tallahassee, FL; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Tim Nable, Tallahassee, FL; grandchildren, Carlie Fritts, Charlie Fritts, Lauren Nable and Joshua Nable; brothers, Robert Booker, Murfreesboro, TN, Pete Booker, Murfreesboro, TN; sister, Nancy Booker, Florence, KY; and a host of precious friends. A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 15, 2009, at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, in Tallahassee, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the American Diabetes Association. Abbey-Riposta Funeral Home, Tallahassee, Florida (850)562-1518
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 15, 2009, at Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, Tallahassee, FL.

Prior to her death, Kathy Booker was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1955 page.


Debra Anne Boone ('72) [posted August 19, 2001] - Deborah Ann Boone, 22, registered nurse for City of Memphis Hospital, died Saturday, September 18, 1976, of a homicide. Miss Boone was a graduate of Memphis State University. She leaves her parents, Mr. and Mrs. K.C. Boone. Services were Tuesday, September 21, 1976, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memoral Park Cemetery.

A news summary of the death of Miss Boone is included in our News section.


Inez Rosamond Boone (Faculty) [posted September 11, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, September 11, 2007:

INEZ ROSAMOND BOONE, 81, died Saturday, September 8, 2007, at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital, after a short illness. She was predeceased by her husband of 44 years, William Gardner Boone, Jr. and her mother, Inez Fennell Rosamond, who both died in May 1996. She was the youngest daughter of Dr. Eugene Rosamond, a well-known "baby doctor" in early twentieth century Memphis. Inez graduated from Miss Hutchison's School on Union Avenue and received her bachelor's degree from Sweet Briar College in Virginia. One of her happiest memories was Camp Riva Lake nestled in the foothills of Middle Tennessee's Cumberland Mountains in Winchester, TN, where she was a camper, a counselor and a lifeguard. Inez and Bill married in June 1952 and immediately began a lifetime of gourmet cooking and raising standard poodles. Inez was the Spanish and French teacher at East High School when it first opened and was dearly loved by her students. She was a member of the Memphis Junior League, Les Passees, Colonial Dames, Dilettantes, the Memphis Country Club, and the University Club of Memphis. She leaves three daughters, Constance Boone Coleman (Jim) of Memphis, Robin Boone Smith (Ralph) of Charlotte, NC, and Allison Boone Temple (Lee) of Somerville, TN; and four grandchildren, Brittany, Patrick, and Nicole Temple, and Abigail Smith. Also, she leaves family friend and lifetime companion, Dorothy Bright. Some of her daughters' fondest memories are picnics, trips to the Zoo, fishing at Horseshoe Lake, and of course, gourmet lessons in the kitchen. They will always treasure her quick, clever wit and her loving compassion. She is survived by her sister, Constance Rosamond New of Lake Village, AR and devoted niece and nephews, Inez New Barnes, James Roland New, Eugene Rosamond New, and Michael Churchill New. Also by her sister and brother-in-law, Emily Boone Ruch and Dr. Robert M. Ruch of Memphis and nieces and nephew, Rondi Ruch Lauderbach, Emily (Boo) Ruch, and Robert M. Ruch, Jr.; and by her sister-in-law, Sally Sanford Watson of Memphis and nephew, Keith Lane Watson. Visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, September 12 at Canale Funeral Directors at 2700 Union Extended. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 13 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WKNO-TV, the Memphis Humane Society, or the charity of the donor's choice.
Miss Rosamond was among the original teachers at East when it opened in 1948. She married during her tenure at East and as Mrs. Boone she discontinued her teaching at East in 1955.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at Canale Funeral Directors, Memphis
Funeral Services: 10 a.m., Thursday, September 13 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Memphis.


James Boone ('51) [posted August 7, 2000] - From The Commercial Appeal, Monday, August 7, 2000:

JAMES ELTON BOONE, 67, of Memphis, retired accountant for Orgill Inc. and former secretary/treasurer for Quality Stamp Co., died of heart failure Sunday [August 6, 2000] at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday [August 8, 2000] at Second Presbyterian Church, where he was a member, with burial in Polk Cemetery in Bolivar, Tenn. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi and a member of Memphis Hunt and Polo Club. Mr. Boone, the husband of Kate Orgill Boone, also leaves a son, Joseph Orgill Boone, and two brothers, Charles P. Boone and David B. Boone, all of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to Second Presbyterian Church, The Neighborhood School or the Helen Price Boone Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.


Harry Bowers (associated with the Class of '61) [posted August 27, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal, August 27, 2011:

Harry Stewart Bowers, 68, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital - Memphis. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Kathy S. Bowers and cousin, Sally B. Mcdonald. Mr. Bowers was a lifelong Memphian. He graduated East High School and attended the University of Memphis. He served in the U. S Army Reserve. He worked for many years in the municipal bond business where he was very successful. He attended Colonial Park United Methodist Church. Mr. Bowers gave generously to many, many charities, his favorite being the Memphis Humane Society. He gave much of his time and money to many young people in Memphis, giving them their start in the arts and music industry. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m., Saturday, August 27 and funeral services will be 1 p.m., Sunday, August 28 at Memorial Park Funeral Home. The family requests memorial donations be sent to the Memphis Humane Society. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com
Visitation: 5-8 p.m., Saturday, August 27, 2011, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 1 p.m., Sunday, August 28, 2011, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Rose Marie Kersey Bowls (East High Staff) [posted August 16, 2000]
We are saddened to learn of the death of Rose Marie Kersey Bowls who worked in the East High cafeteria and whose children are East alumni: Bob Bowls ('65), Charlie Bowls ('69), and Annette Bowls ('74).
The following obituary appeared in The Commercial Appeal August 15, 2000:

ROSE MARIE KERSEY BOWLS, 79, of Memphis, retired cafeteria cashier for Memphis City Schools, died of lung cancer Sunday [August 13, 2000] at Methodist Healthcare-Central. Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday [August 17, 2000] at Forest Hill Funeral Home East with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery East. She was an Evangel Church member. Mrs. Bowls, the widow of Charles L. Bowls, leaves a daughter, Annette Durand of Collierville; two sons, R.E. `Bob' Bowls of Reno, Nev., and Charles W. Bowls of Nashville; a brother, John Kersey of Memphis, and three granddaughters. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Eleanore Bradford ('51) [posted February 24, 2004]

Eleanor Bradford Madigan Harris, 59, of Apple Valley, California, died October 6, 1993, from cancer. She was the widow of Win Harris. Her ashes were spread over the ocean off the California coast on Sunday, Oct. 17, 1993.

If anyone has a published obituary for Eleanore Bradford, The East High Alumni Page would like a copy. Contact us at editor@EastHigh.org.


James Louis Branch II ('59) [posted May 3, 2009] From From The Roanoke Times, Nov. 22, 2002:

BRANCH, James Louis II, 61, of Blacksburg, died Tuesday, November 12, 2002, at his daughter's home in Christiansburg. A celebration of Jim's life will be conducted on Saturday, November 23, 2002, at 2 p.m., at the home of his daughter, Jessica at 2005 Scott Drive. Please join us to remember Jim's warm spirit and all that he gave to those around him. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, SW, Blacksburg.
Mr. Branch also leaves a brother, Bill Branch ('69).


Linda Brakefield ('65) [posted Augut 11, 2013] From Tuscaloosa News, Tuscaloosa, AL, August 9, 2013:

     TUSCALOOSA Linda Brakefield Nahrstedt, age 65, of Tuscaloosa, died August 7, 2013, at home. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Memory Hill Gardens with Rayburn Brown officiating and Memory Chapel Funeral Home, a Dignity Memorial Provider, directing. Visitation will be Saturday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
     She was preceded in death by her father, Henry Brakefield; her mother, Shirley Mitchell; and her daughter, Leigh Rutland.
     Survivors include her husband, Jerry Nahrstedt of Tuscaloosa; daughter, Jackie Hudgins (Kyle) of Northport; son, MSG. Kevin Rutland (Kristy) of Oklahoma; sisters, Sandra Brown (Rayburn) and Marsha Brakefield; two “special sisters”, Camille King and Jan McAnally; brother,
Jack Brakefield ['68] (Sharon); and grandchildren, Keith Gauthier, Caleb Hudgins, and Macy Hudgins.
     Pallbearers will be Charlie Payne, Alan Payne, Former Police Chief Ken Swindle, Mayor Walter Maddox, Councilman Bob Lundell, and Rev. Willie Davis.
     In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Lewis & Faye Manderson Cancer Center, Hospice of West Alabama, or Hargrove Memorial United Methodist Church Mission Fund.
     Condolences may be offered www.memorychapelfuneralhome.com.
     Published in Tuscaloosa News on August 9, 2013
A memorial service was held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, August 10, 2013.


Barrie "Red" Bright ('54) [posted April 11, 2011] From The Lakeside Post, Guntersville, AL, March 31, 2011:

C.B.M. "Red" Bright - Age 74 - of Grant (Claysville Community) passed away on Monday, March 28, 2011 at his residence.
Service for Mr. Bright will be Thursday, March 31, 2011 at 7 pm at Creek Path Baptist Church, Guntersville with Bro. Rick Douglas and Bro. Don Ryan officiating and Carr Funeral Home Directing. Interment will be in Crystal Springs Cemetery, Crystal Springs, Mississippi. Visitation for Mr. Bright will be Thursday, March 31, 2011 from 5 until 7 pm at Creek Path Baptist Church. The family requests no flowers. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Boy Scouts of America or Creek Path Baptist Church.
C.B.M. "Red" Bright was born in the state of Tennessee, July 21, 1936, the son of Charles Cornelius and Mariam McPherson Bright.
Mr. Bright is survived by his wife, Anne Bright, of Grant; 2 Sons: Rusty Bright and his wife, Rose, of New Hope and Brian Bright and his wife, Renie', of Grant; 1 Daughter, Virginia Smith of Arab; 8 Grandchildren: Jan Smith, Michael Smith, Freddie Smith, Chuck Smith, Mandy Handley, Elizabeth Tidwell, Sarah Powell, and Jennifer Bice; 3 Great-Grandchildren: Caleb Handley, Colby Handley, and Kassidy Tidwell; and 1 Brother, John A. Bright ['64] and his wife, Debbie, of Texas. Mr. Bright was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Cornelius and Mariam Bright.


Tommy Brinkley ('51) [posted February 16, 2003] From The Commercial Appeal, May 26, 1995:

REV. TOMMY E. BRINKLEY, 61, of Wichita Falls, Texas, formerly of Memphis, organist at First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls, died of heart disease Wednesday [May 24, 1995] at Wichita General Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday [May 27, 1995] at First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls with burial in Memorial Park in Memphis at 10:30 a.m. Monday [May 29, 1995]. Memorial Park Funeral Home and Hampton Vaughan Funeral Directors have charge. He leaves two sisters, Rose Edwards and Elsie Price, and a brother, William J. Brinkley, a ll of Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Tommy Brinkley Memorial Fund in care of First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls


Jean Brinson ('73) [posted December 13, 2007] From The Commercial Appeal, December 13, 2007:

Tupelo - JEAN BRINSON-COLEMAN, 52, inhalation therapist for Baptist Hospital East for 22 years, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2007 at her home. She graduated from East High School and was an active member of Golden Gate COGIC, New Albany, MS. Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m., Friday, December 14 at Serenity Chapel, New Albany, MS. Services at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 15 at St. Luke Church of God in Christ, Hacks Cross Road in Olive Branch, MS. Burial in Dancyville Cemetery, Dancyville, TN. She is survived by husband, Rick Coleman; sons, Keylon Hervey of Southaven, MS and Kevin Hervey of Memphis, TN; step-children, Tajuana Young of New Albany, MS and Ledeizrick, Jeremy and Jasmah Coleman, all of Tupelo; mother, Dorothy Eva Brinson of Memphis, TN; sister, Cynthia Brinson of Memphis, TN.
Visitation: 3-8 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2007, at Serenity Chapel, New Albany, MS.
Funeral services: 11 a.m., Saturday, December 15, 2007, at St. Luke Church of God in Christ, Hacks Cross Road in Olive Branch, MS.


Virginia Butler Britten (Faculty) [posted November 12, 2005] From The Commercial Appeal, November 12, 2005:

Editor's widow dies at 78
By Stephen D. Price
November 12, 2005
      Virginia Butler Britten [Faculty], widow of Milton R. Britten, editor of the old Press-Scimitar newspaper, died Wednesday at the Primacy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center nursing home.
      She was 78.
      Services will be Sunday, following visitation from 3 to 4 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Poplar.
      Mrs. Britten suffered from Alzheimer disease.
      "She was very supportive of her husband and community things," said Rhonda Captino, a friend.
      Mrs. Britten taught at East High School and was a homemaker.
      She leaves two daughters, Ann Shaffer of Jacksonville, Fla., and Martha Britten of Memphis; two sons, Jonathan Britten of Japan and Anthony Britten of Manassas, Va.; a sister, Frieda Butler, and a brother, William E. Butler, both of McHenry, Ill., and 10 grandchildren.
      Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association.
Visitation: 3-4 p.m., Sunday, November 13, 2005, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 4 p.m., Sunday, November 13, 2005, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.

If anyone can supply the dates that Mrs. Britten taught at East, we would like to post that information. Please contact us at editor@EastHigh.org


Barbara Brown ('54) ("Babs") [posted July 29, 2013] From The Commercial Appeal, July 28, 2013:

BARBARA “BABS” BROWN WHIPPLE, 77, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on July 26, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Virgil Whipple ['54], and her parents, architect Robert Eugene Brown and Dorothy Neel Brown. Barbara was born on June 8, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee. She graduated from East High School in 1955, where she and “Virgil” first courted. Barbara received her BA Degree from Memphis State University in 1959, where both she and Jim were selected for “Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” She was secretary of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and was involved with Psi Chi, Tassel, Supreme Court, SGA, Art Club, Panhellenic, Phi Gamma, Cub Club, Psychology Club, and Westminster Fellowship. Babs and Jim married on June 7, 1959 following their graduations from MSU. They lived in Knoxville, Tennessee while Jim earned his Master of Science Degree, where she worked as a secretary for TVA. Upon returning to Memphis, Barbara worked in the personnel office at Memphis State University, and later trained clients of Jim's computer software company, Admark, on the use of WordPerfect software. She was a talented seamstress and photographer. Shortly after Jim's death in 2001, Barbara was diagnosed with chronic primary pulmonary hypertension, but was able to maintain a remarkably independent lifestyle until the last weeks of her life. People were frequently amazed at “Beebe's” mobility as she rolled her oxygen bottles around to attend her beloved grandchildren's school programs, sporting events, and other special occasions. Jim and Babs were faithful members of Second Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the Jeb Russell Class. Barbara recently moved to The Solana of Germantown where she made many new friends and was loved by all. Barbara was a very loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Melinda Whipple Heard (Robert Goodwyn Heard III), her grandchildren, Robert Goodwyn Heard IV, James Whipple Heard, and Kathryn Carruthers Heard, and her brother, David Allan Brown [class association undetermined] of Corinth, Mississippi. Visitation will be held at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel on Monday, July 29, from 5 until 7 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 30, in the Sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church or the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.memphisfuneralhome.net Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100 Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 28, 2013
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel.
Memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013, sanctuary, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis.

[Editor's note: although the obituary indicates Babs Brown graduated from East High in 1955, our documentaiton indicates she was likely a 1954 graduate.]


Claud H. Brown, Jr. ('64) [posted June 12, 2002] From The Commercial Appeal, June 12, 2002:

Claud Brown dedicated his life to Boy Scout ideals
By Amos Maki
June 12, 2002

Claud H. Brown Jr., Eagle Scout, worked for the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America for 31 years. He helped open the Boy Scout Shop on Hollywood and oversaw the direction of camp Kia Kima for seven years.
After battling cancer, Mr. Brown died Monday [June 10, 2002] at Baptist East Hospital. He was 56.
"Claud just believed in the ideals of Scouting," said Gilvia Brown, his wife. "He believed in helping people."
Mr. Brown was a Scout in his youth and returned to the organization after graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1968.
"He dedicated his life to the Scouts, said Nelie Brown Waller, his sister. "He chose the Scouts for his career."
At Kia Kima, just outside of Hardy, Ark., Mr. Brown established the rope course, which teaches scouts how to climb trees and large towers.
Mr. Brown also started a canoe course on the Spring River at Kia Kima.
"I think Claud loved working outdoors and the hiking and outdoor skill he developed and helped others learn," said his wife.
He was the Scout Master of troops 86 and 55.
"He was always great with children," Waller said. "My kids loved him. They considered him more of a sibling than an uncle."
Mr. Brown received the God and Country Award and was a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow, an honor society for experienced campers. He was a member and deacon of Second Presbyterian Church.
In addition to his wife and sister, Mr. Brown leaves a son, Cannon Ford Brown and his father, Claud H. Brown.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday [June 13, 2002] at Second Presbyterian Church.with burial in Memorial Park. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge.
The family requests that memorials be sent to Boy Scouts of America Chickasaw Council.

Visitation: June 12, 2002, 5 - 8pm, Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel
Funeral Services: June 13, 2002, 3pm, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis


David Winchester Brown (class year undetermined) [posted May 11, 2007] From The Commercial Appeal, May 11, 2007:

DAVID WINCHESTER BROWN, 50, passed away May 9, 2007, at his home after a long illness. He was a graduate of East High School and formerly employed by Turner Construction Co. He is survived by his mother, Dora Brown; brother, Steve Brown of Grand Cayman and his fiancée Jackie Mayo. He was preceded in death by his father Jack L. Brown. David was a loving son, brother, and friend.Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 11, with the funeral service 1 p.m., Saturday, May 12, all being held at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Burial will follow the service in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2007, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2007, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Freeland H. Brown (Faculty) From The Commercial Appeal, November 13, 2002:

FREELAND H. BROWN, 74, of Memphis, retired assistant principal of Sherwood and Bellevue junior high schools and East High School after 32 years, died Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Services will be at noon Saturday at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church, where he was chairman of the steward board, Men's Bible Class member and Sunday school teacher, with burial at 11 a.m. Monday in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He was president of the James Lewis Alcy Hill Block Club and a Korean War Army veteran. Mr. Brown, the husband of Connie Dandridge Brown, also leaves a daughter, Sharon Brown Jones, and a son, Freeland Brown Jr., both of Memphis; two sisters, Luretha Malone of Indianapolis and Shirley McDonald of Memphis, and a brother, Joseph Brown Jr. of Memphis.
Visitation: Friday, November 15, 2002, 4-7 p.m., N.J. Ford & Son's Funeral Home and Saturday, 10 a.m. - noon at the Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church., Memphis.
Funeral Service: noon Saturday at Mt. Olive Cathedral CME Church, Memphis.

If anyone knows Mr. Brown's years of service at East High, please send them to us at editor@EastHigh.org as we would like to post those.


Cheryl Buchanan ('74) [posted September 1, 2010]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 1, 2010:

Cheryl Buchanan, 54, of Memphis, graduate of East High School, died August 28, 2010. Visitation will be Friday, September 3 from 4-6:30 p.m. at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home. Services will be 11 a.m., Saturday, September 4 at Christ Temple Church of Deliverance, 21 E. Rollins, with burial in New Park Cemetery. She leaves one daughter, Yvette Jones of Memphis; two brothers, Christopher (Avis) Buchanan and Timothy Buchanan, all of Columbia, SC; two grandchildren, five nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Visitation: 4-6:30 p.m., Friday, September 3, 2010, N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m., Saturday, September 4, 2010, Christ Temple Church of Deliverance, 21 E. Rollins, Memphis.


Martha Lou Buchanan (Faculty) [posted October 4, 2008]
From The Commercial Appeal, October 2, 2008:

MARTHA LOUISE BUCHANAN, 86, of Memphis, died September 30, 2008 at St. Francis Hospital. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 4 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel. Burial will be in Forest Hill Midtown Cemetery. Mrs. Buchanan was born in Memphis to the late Sam and Ethel Jones. Martha Lou attended Memphis State University, where she was the first female editor of the Tiger Rag and a Magna Cum Laude graduate with her Bachelor and Master degrees. She retired from Memphis City Schools, where she was a 5th grade teacher for 30 years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Paul J. Buchanan. She leaves two daughters, Margaret B. Salassi of Fayetteville, AR and Betsey Short and her husband, Rick of Yellville, AR; one sister, Lois Frances Jones of Memphis; four grandchildren, Adam Salassi, Max Salassi, Amy Beth Scott and Charley Short, and eight great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to MIFA or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
As best we can determine, Mrs. Buchanan taught at East Elementary, most likely the 5th grade, for a few years in the late 1950s.


Bev Buckingham ('56) [posted February 16, 2007]
From The Commercial Appeal, December 22, 2006:

Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh - ROBERT BEVERLY BUCKINGHAM, 68, died Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at his home. Born in Memphis, he attended Vanderbilt University, graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and did residencies in Internal Medicine at Philadelphia General Hospital and the University of Michigan. For the past 23 years he practiced medicine with Arthritis and Rheumatic Disease Associates in Pittsburgh. Dr. Buckingham was an attending physician at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital and at Allegheny Valley Hospital. He was also a Fellow of the American College of Rheumatology and of the American College of Physicians and was Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and Temple University Medical School. Dr. Buckingham was widely published and received numerous awards for his investigative research and teaching activities. A past president of the Pennsylvania Rheumatology Society, he was very active in clinical and volunteer activities for the patients in the Pittsburgh area. Patients and colleagues said that Dr. Buckingham was more than a physician to his patients; he was truly their friend and attentive to all their concerns. He is survived by his wife, Anne Sungaila Buckingham; his son, Robert Beverly Buckingham and his wife, Virginia; his daughter, Anne Macrae Buckingham; and his sister, Blanche B. Deaderick. Funeral services were Thursday, December 21 at Calvary Episcopal Church in Pittsburgh. Any memorials may be sent to the Arthritis Foundation or to a charity of the donor's choice.


Betty Burleigh ('55) [posted October 28, 2014] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 28, 2014:

Betty Burleigh Jones, 77, went to be with her Lord on October 26, 2014. She was born September 26, 1937 in Memphis, TN. She attended Vanderbilt University where she met and later married Samuel Benham Jones. They were about to celebrate 57 years of marriage. She is survived by her husband, along with her children, Rev. Clif Jones (Mary Sue), Jennifer Abston (Dunbar III), Debbie Warner (Steve); eight grandchildren; and her brother, Robert C. Burleigh ['53] (Marietta). Betty's true desire in life after she became a Christian in 1973 was to take as many of her family and friends with her to heaven as possible. She donated her body to University of Tennessee Anatomy Bequest program for research. There will be a service to celebrate her life at Christ Church Bartlett, Wednesday at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Christ Church's outreach programs.
Service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Christ Church, Bartlett Campus, 5955 Yale Road, Bartlett, Tennessee.


Charles (Chuck) Ames Bullard (associated with the class of '53) [posted December 3, 2006] From The Commercial Appeal, April 30, 2004:

LT. COL. CHARLES (CHUCK) AMES BULLARD, Ret., 68, son of Lois Heiskell, of Memphis, died Wednesday [April 28, 2004] at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Charles graduated from Northwestern Military and Naval Academy, followed by Memphis State University. He enjoyed a distinguished twenty-two year military career, serving in Vietnam and receiving numerous awards including the Bronze Star.
He leaves two daughters, M. Dale Bullard of Virginia, M. Leigh Bullard Weisblat of New Jersey, his brother Eugene Bullard III and niece Layne T. Bullard of Hot Springs and his girlfriend of many years Millie Nye of Memphis.
Services Will be Saturday May 1st [2004]. 10:30 am. Calvary Episcopal Church, Memphis.


Martin Bullard ('60) [posted April 27, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal April 27, 2011:

Martin Kenneth Bullard, 68, died April 14, 2011 at his home following a brief illness, with his family at his side. Marty was born May 15, 1942 in Helena, Arkansas. He graduated from East High School and the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Science degree. While at the University of Memphis, Marty was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and Phi Delta Epsilon, honorary collegiate journalism fraternity. He was Business Manager of The Tiger Rag, student newspaper, and named to Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. After college, Marty worked as Alumni Director of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and then as Alumni Director of the University of Memphis. Later he started his own business, Marty Bullard and Associates, an advertising and public relations firm. Marty was a communicant of All Saints Episcopal Church serving as head usher and on the Vestry, often as Senior Warden. Marty was preceded in death by his parents, Martin F. and Margaret Craft Bullard. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley Bennett Bullard, his only child, Priscilla, and her husband Matt Emery, of Memphis; grandson Jackson; and granddaughter Katie. A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1508 S. White Station, on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m., followed by a reception in the church Parish Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials be given to All Saints Episcopal Church or St. Jude Research Hospital.
Memorial service: 4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011, All Saints Episcopal Church, Memphis.
Reception: following the service at the church's Parish Hall.


W.B. Burrow ('53) [posted November 1, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal November 1, 2011:

Dr. William Booker "Bill" Burrow, Jr., 76, passed away October 31, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN. He was born July 24, 1935 to William B. Burrow, Sr. and Alline Carpenter Burrow. Dr. W. B. Burrow was a lifelong resident of Memphis. He attended White Station Elementary School, East High School, and Southwestern College (now Rhodes). Dr. Burrow attended UT Medical School, followed by an internship at Methodist Hospital, Memphis. He entered practice in Whitehaven in 1960. He was drafted into the U.S. Army Medical Corps and served as a captain for 2 years. Dr. Burrow returned to Whitehaven for Family Medical Practice where he practiced and lived until his retirement in 1988 due to severe heart problems. While living in Whitehaven, he was a member of the Optimist Club, Whitehaven Presbyterian Church, and Whitehaven Country Club. He was team doctor for Westwood, Whitehaven, Hillcrest, and Memphis Prep schools. He loved SCUBA diving in the Caribbean and off Honduras and the Caymans. He studied underwater medicine with Buzz Aldrin in Aruba. He was a member of SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) and raced in various classes throughout the years. Dr. William Burrow was a member of the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Practice, Tennessee Medical Association, Memphis and Shelby County Medical Association, and was on the staff of Methodist Hospital. Dr. Burrow leaves his loving wife, Paula Hearn Burrow; two sons, William Wesley “Wes” Burrow, Sr. and Robert Clay Burrow; and two grandchildren, William “Wesley” Burrow, Jr. and Mary Erwin “Win” Burrow. He also leaves many friends and patients. After retirement, he moved to Germantown. Dr. Burrow was a member of Collierville United Methodist Church. White attending Rhodes College, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Dr. Burrow enjoyed boating and golfing at Pickwick where he was one of the founding members of the Pickwick Boating Association. He served as vice president and president of the association for many years. Dr. Burrow will join his beloved dachshunds, Bruce, Booker, and Buster Bear at the Rainbow Bridge in Heaven. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 1 and funeral services will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, November 2 at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Entombment will follow in Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to the Germantown Animal Shelter.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2011, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 1 p.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Bill Byrd ('56) [posted August 4, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal December 12, 1996:

WILLIAM STANAGE BYRD, 58, of Memphis and Tunica, Miss., real estate broker, died Tuesday [December 10, 1996] in Tunica of an apparent heart attack. Services will be at noon Friday [December 13, 1996] at Memorial Park Funeral Home. He leaves three sons, Terence Soyars Byrd of Nesbit, Miss., and Timothy Morgan Byrd and William Hudson Byrd II, both of Hernando; his mother, Charlotte Stanage Byrd Grider of Memphis; a sister, Margaret Byrd Barnes of Houston; a brother, Robert James Byrd of El Paso, Texas, and three grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


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Dewon Chico Caffey [posted August 4, 2005] From The Commercial Appeal, August 3, 2005:

DEWON CHICO CAFFEY, 28, of Memphis. Services will be 12 noon on Saturday, August 6, 2005 at Princeton Avenue Baptist Church; burial Memorial Park Southwoods. N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, 421 Scott St., has charge. Mr. Caffey attended East High School. He leaves 4 sisters, Shima, Monica, Azizi and Caminda Caffey; 1 brother, Lonzo (Kissten) Caffey ('93); a daughter, Jakeria Caffey; 4 nieces and 6 nephews. N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home 901-324-2116
Visitation: 6-8 p.m., Friday, August 5, 2005, N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 12 noon, Saturday, August 6, 2005, Princeton Avenue Baptist Church, Memphis


John Calamis (class association undetermined) [posted June 19, 2010] - From The Commercial Appeal June 12, 2010:

John Louis Calamis, Jr., age 66 of Rockwood formerly of Memphis, TN passed away Friday June 11, 2010 at his home. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Kingston and the BRB Sunday School Class, and was active in the local prison ministry. He was a beloved husband, father, son, brother and “Gramps”, who enjoyed retirement, especially fishing in his boat. Preceded in death by his parents John and Ruth Calamis, Sr. and sister Betty Jean Henderson. Survivors include: Wife Wanda Babb Calamis of Rockwood; sons Christopher Louis Calamis of Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Michael Andrew Calamis of Memphis, TN; one stepdaughter, three step sons and spouses of GA and TX; sisters Patricia Ann Bauer of Black Eagle, MT, Johnie Irene Paterson [class association undetermined] of Collierville, TN, Mary Elizabeth Bauer [class association undetermined] of Hernando, MS, Anita Ruth Barnes of Olive Branch, MS, six step-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. Sunday June 13, 2010 at the First Baptist Church in Kingston with the funeral to follow at 3pm with Dr. Sonny Works officiating. Celebration of Life will be from 4 until 6 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. Burial 3:30 p.m. Monday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Lawrenceville, GA with Rev. Ted Dunagan officiating. Arrangements by: Kyker Funeral Home www.kykerfuneralhome.com (865)376-6531

Anyone with further information about whether any of the Calamis family graduated from East or class associations if they did not is asked to relay such information to editor@EastHigh.org.


Bland Cannon ('65) [posted March 9, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal, March 9, 2011:

Bland Wilson Cannon Jr. died March 7, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis TN after a brief illness. Born in Minneapolis MN on January 24, 1947, Bland was the eldest son of Dr. Bland W. Cannon and Louise S. Cannon. He grew up in Memphis, and was a graduate of Brown University and Vanderbilt Law School. His legal career began in Washington DC, but in the late 70s he joined a firm in San Francisco, where Bland resided and practiced law for more than the three following decades. He was an elder and active member of Christ United Presbyterian Church in San Francisco. Predeceased by his father, he is survived by his mother Louise, two sons, Bland Wilson Cannon III and William Ellis Cannon, both of San Francisco, four brothers, John [Cannon '67], Henry and Charles of Memphis and Marty of Greenwich, CT. Bland's deep devotion to his family and the church knew no limits, and he will be greatly missed. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, March 11 at Idlewild Presbyterian Church in Memphis. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, 2011, Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis.


Kathleen Capon ('72) From The Commercial Appeal, March 3, 2003:

KATHLEEN CAPON WHITE, 49, of Memphis, former music director at Catholic Church of the Ascension, died Sunday [March 2, 2003] at Methodist Healthcare-Germantown. Mass will be said at 10:30 p.m. [correct time is 10:30 a.m.] Tuesday [March 4,2003] at Catholic Church of the Ascension, where she was a communicant, with burial in Calvary. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge. She was a graduate of the University of Memphis and a member of the Chorister's Guild and the Delta Amateur Radio Club. Mrs. White, the wife of Francis R. White for 24 years, also leaves a daughter, Mary Hannah 'Mollie' White; two sons, Adam Francis White and David Joseph White, and her mother, Edith L. Capon, all of Memphis; two sisters, Patricia C. Walker of Horn Lake and Barbara C. France of Hickory Flat, Miss., and three brothers, Richard W. Capon of Jacksonville, Fla., Michael H. Capon of Memphis and Thomas J. Capon of Nashville. The family requests that memorials be sent to Birthright of Memphis.
Visitation: Monday, March 3, 5-7 p.m., at the Catholic Church of the Ascension, Memphis.
Funeral Mass: Tuesday, March 4, 10:30 a.m., at the Catholic Church of the Ascension, Memphis.

Prior to her death, Kathleen Capon was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1972 page.


Billy Joe Campbell (associated with the Class of '51) [posted May 11, 2009] From The Commercial Appeal, May 11, 2009:

Olive Branch - BILLY JOE CAMPBELL, 77, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2009. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances Campbell, three children, Roy (Cheryl) Campbell, Velnor (Rev. Eddie) Little, Ed (Sherri) Campbell; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Hickory Withe. Visitation will be held from 5:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, with the funeral service at 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 13, all being held at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Hickory Withe, Building Fund
Visitation: 5:30 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2009, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 13, 2009, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.

According to information available from a classmate, Mr. Campbell would have graduated from East, however, he had joined the National Guard or a Military Reserve unit and was called up for deployement to Korea, interrupting his high school career.


Cherie Carlisle (associated with the Class of '70) [posted July 1, 2012] From The Commercial Appeal, July 1, 2012:

Anna Cherie Hatchett was called home to Heaven June 29, 2012 after a brave, turbulent journey at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Cherie graduated from Germantown High School, attended college at UT Knoxville, worked at General Sessions Court 6 years before becoming a caring and compassionate nurse. She married Jimmy Hatchett in 1976. They lived a long happy life raising four children. She was a wonderful loving wife and mother to whom family was everything. Cherie leaves to grieve her death and cherish her memory a loving, devoted husband, Jimmy Hatchett; three daughters, Jamie McGhee (Brian), Melanie Bradley (Nick), Lisa Brown (Steve), and son, Sam Hatchett. She also leaves her mother, Ludine Carlisle, a brother, Hughie Carlisle (Barbara), and two sisters, Karen Chism (Randall) and Dawn Cahan; nieces and nephews, Lance Chism, Corey Gallina, Jeff Pope, Jennifer Petro, Holly Maness, Matt Carlisle, and Morgan Hatchett; grandchildren, Hayden and Ava Grace Bradley and Sam Brown. She held the hand of Jesus who gave her love, joy, and faith in abundance. She was a member of Balmoral Baptist Church. She loved and was loved by everyone she knew. She will be greatly missed but the same Holy Spirit that sustained her will sustain us as we go through this trying time and help us see with spiritual eyes. Arrangements are incomplete but will be at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue, with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Online condolences and floral tributes may be made by visiting www.memphisfuneralhome. net. Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100
Updated arrangement information:
Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 05, 2012, Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Avenue.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Friday, July 06, 2012, Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Avenue.


Jean Carmichael ('60) [posted March 25, 2007] From The Commercial Appeal, March 25, 2007:

Lookout Mountain [TN] - JEAN CARMICHAEL WILSON, 64 died Friday afternoon, March 23, 2007, at her home on Lookout Mountain. She was born in Evanston, Illinois and was preceded in death by her parents, Christine Harwood and James Hedges Carmichael, and a brother, James Hedges Carmichael, Jr. She lived with her family in Jackson, Michigan, Mobile, AL, and Memphis. She attended "Miss Hutchison's School" and graduated from East High School in Memphis. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alabama where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority and served as president of the Panhellenic Sorority Council. She received the Algeron Sidney Sullivan Award as the most outstanding senior girl. In 1967 Jean married William Bethel Wilson, Jr of Athens, TN. They moved to Columbia, South Carolina where they lived before moving to Lookout Mountain in 1978. She was an advisor for the Chi Omega Sorority at the University of South Carolina. She was president of the Jaycettes in Columbia, member of the Junior League of Memphis, Columbia and Chattanooga. She was a member of the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church and the Epworth Assembly in Ludington, Michigan. Survivors are her husband, William Bethel Wilson, Jr. of Lookout Mountain; a daughter and son-in-law, Caroline Wilson Boswell and Ross Boswell of Memphis; a son, James Harwood Wilson of Ft. Wright, Kentucky; granddaughter, Cecilia Carmichael Boswell of Memphis; sister and brother-in-law, Cynthia C. Putnam and John Putnam of Midland Michigan; niece, Christine Putnam of New York City; nephew, John Putnam, Jr. of Boulder Colorado; mother-in-law, Carolyn S. Wilson of Athens; sister-in-law and spouse, Nancy W. Norris and Boyce Norris of Atlanta. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church with Rev. Frank Hitchings officiating. Interment will be 3 p.m. (CST) Monday in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Scottsboro, Alabama. The family will receive friends Monday from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the church prior to the service. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Bragg Avenue, Lookout Mountain, TN 37350, or Epworth Church Association, 1161 North Lakeshore Drive, Ludington, Michigan 49431. If you are unable to attend this service or visitation you can sign the guest register at www.jerrysmithfuneralhome.com. Jerry Smith Funeral Home of Athens, TN is serving the family of Jean Harwood Carmichael Wilson. Jerry Smith Funeral Home 423-745-3013
Visitation:12:30-1:30 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2007, at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Lookout Mountain, TN.
Funeral Service:2 p.m. Monday, March 26, 2007, at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Lookout Mountain, TN.


Bob Carrier ('70) [posted October 19, 2008] From The Commercial Appeal, March 31, 1998:

FILM LIGHTING TECHNICIAN CARRIER DIES AT 45
     Lighting technician Robert Davis Carrier, who worked on hit films including The Rainmaker and The Firm, died of heart failure Friday in Los Feliz, a community near Los Angeles. He was 45.
     Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge.
     Mr. Carrier began his career as a photographer in Memphis, shooting film covers for STAX Records and documenting concerts in the Mid-South. His parents, William and Florence Carrier, founded API Photographers.
     His career in movies began in 1977 when he moved to New York and later included special events lighting at Graceland and other local attractions as well as lighting for movies.
     Carrier was a rigging gaffer in the movie industry and lighting designer for numerous restaurants and clubs throughout the country.
     In recent years he shuttled between Memphis and L.A. to complete lighting jobs.
     Other movies he worked on included The Flood, Leave It to Beaver, The People vs. Larry Flynt, A Time to Kill, Operation Dumbo Drop, The Last Dance, A Family Thing and Cobb.
     His wife, Karen Blockman Carrier, is owner of the restaurants Automatic Slim's and Cielo, and the caterer Another Roadside Attraction.
     Mr. Carrier also leaves two sons, Travis Davis Carrier and Austin Erin Carrier; his mother; and a brother, Bill Carrier III ['68], all of Memphis.
     The family requests that any memorials be sent to Solomon Schecter Day School or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Louis Carruthers ('73) [posted March 11, 2010] From The Commercial Appeal, March 11, 2010:

Louis Leavell Carruthers, II, 54 of Laguna Beach, CA. passed away Monday, March 1, 2010. He leaves his parents, Wilson and Iolis Carruthers, brothers Wilson, Jr. [Carruthers ('70)] (Allison) of Memphis, Chuck [Carruthers ('78)] (Laura) of Wentzville, MO and sisters Susan [Carruthers ('77)], and Carol [Carruthers ('78)] Antley (Randy) both of Memphis. Louis graduated from East High School and attended UT. He was active at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, and served as president of the Diocesan Episcopal Young People in his senior year of high school. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 13, 2010, at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, 692 Poplar, preceded by visitation at 10 a.m. in the Cathedral Parish Hall. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, or an organization of the donor's choice.
Visitation: 10 a.m., Saturday, March 13, 2010, in Cathedral Parish Hall, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m., Saturday, March 13, 2010, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Memphis.


Steve Castlemun [posted July 18, 2011] From The Commercial Appeal, July l1, 2011:

Stephen E. Castlemun, Jr., 62, of Memphis, passed away July 14, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He worked as an architectural draftsman for over 40 years. He enjoyed all things about astronomy, and was a faithful fan of the University of Memphis Tigers basketball, following their games and players all of his life. He also loved all animals, donating to many animal protection organizations. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jo Castlemun. Survivors include his father, Stephen E. Castlemun, Sr., a sister, Pamela E. Castlemun of White Pine, TN; and many friends and loved ones, who will miss him greatly. It was his wish that no memorial be held. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the World Wildlife Fund. Online condolences may be offered at memphisfuneralhome.net Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens
Visitation: none
Services: none
"Online condolences may be offered at
memphisfuneralhome.net."


Eugene S. Carter, Jr. ('53) [posted July 28, 2001]
Eugene S. (Gene) Carter, Jr., 65, retired banker, died Saturday, July 7, 2001, in Miami, Florida. Van Orsdel Funderal Home of Kendall, Florida, had charge of the private service. He leaves his wife Judith Price Carter, daughter Carolyn Kahkl, brother Richard Carter, and three grandchildren.


Franchester Carter ('00) From The Commercial Appeal, March 2, 2010, and, as revised in the newspaper March 4, 2010:

FRANCHESTER CARTER VESTER, 28, a 2000 graduate of East High School and an Ashland University student, passed Friday, February 26, 2010 at Methodist Hospital South. She is survived by her husband, Michael Vester, mother, Frendalious Campbell Carter; two sisters, Ashley and Ervin Carter and grandfather, Chester Campbell Sr. Body will lie in state Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. at M. J. Edwards Airways. Funeral Services will convene Friday at 12 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 3045 Chelsea.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2010, M.J. Edwards Funeral Home, 1165 Airways Boulevard, Memphis.
Funeral services: noon Friday, March 5, 2010, Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church, 3045 Chelsea Avenue, Memphis.
Arrangement information supplied by the funeral home.

Prior to her death, Franchester Carter was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1993 page.


Jim Chambers ('51) From The Commercial Appeal, January 14, 2004:

JIM CHAMBERS, 70, of Memphis, homebuilder and owner of Chambers Construction Co., died Monday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Germantown Methodist Church, where he was a member, with burial in Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. He was a member of the Memphis Area Home Builders Association and the Tennessee Home Builders Association. Mr. Chambers, the husband of Ann Davis Chambers for 49 years, also leaves a daughter, San Chambers of Memphis; two sons, Chuck Chambers of Memphis and Tom Chambers of Little Rock, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation: Wednesday, January 14, 2004, 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: Thursday, January 15, 2004, 10 a.m., at Germantown Methodist Church, Germantown, TN.

An obituary has been subsequently posted for Ann Davis ('51), wife of Jim Chambers.


Molly Chambers (associated with the Class of '63) From The Commercial Appeal, December 7, 2007:

Virginia, Virginia Beach - MOLLY CHAMBERS NELSON, died on December 5, 2007 at Virginia Beach General Hospital after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her death and passed peacefully. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee on January 9, 1945 and was predeceasedby her parents, L. Glynn Chambers and Jean Carpenter Chambers. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Dr. Carl Nelson; her daughters, Silver Nelson, Martha Newell, and Molly Ellen Nelson; son-in-law John Newell; and her grandchildren, Warnie and Brooks Conley, and Ophelia Ann Newell. Molly was a 1963 graduate of Central High School and attended Memphis State University where she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. Although she moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia in 1979, she always considered Memphis her home. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an avid gardener and volunteered for the Children's Hospital in Norfolk, VA. A service will be held Saturday, December 8 [2007] in Virginia Beach, VA. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, 601 Children's Ln., Norfolk, VA 23507. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.hdoliver.com H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. 757-622-7353


Mark Chaney ('76) From The Commercial Appeal, December 7, 2013:

Mark Harold Chaney, 55, died Saturday, November 30, 2013, at his home in Charlotte, NC. He was born in Tupelo, MS on November 23, 1958, to the late Jimmy Harold and Sylvia Roberts Chaney. The family moved to Memphis, TN in 1961. Mark was a graduate of East High School, attended Christian Brothers College and Memphis State University. His career included working in the family business, Chaney Engineering, Inc. in Memphis. He settled in Charlotte, NC where he continued his lifework of environmental services. From 1999 to the present, he has served as president of Allied Contract Group. He is survived by a sister, Karen Lynn Chaney of Charlotte; a brother, Clayton Thomas Chaney and wife, Teresa, of Cordova, TN; a nephew, Andrew Michael Chaney and wife, Shannon, of Cordova, TN; a niece, Elizabeth Anderson Chaney of Auburn, AL. The family will receive friends on Sunday December 8 at 1 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. funeral service at Memorial Park Funeral Home 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119. Burial will follow the service. Online condolences may be left at www.McEwenPinevilleChapel.com, McEwen Funeral Service, (704)544-141
Prior to his death, Mark Chambers was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1976 page.


LaVera Sherie Chatman ('03) [posted January 5, 2006] From The Commercial Appeal, January 5, 2006:

LaVERA SHERIE CHATMAN, 22, of Memphis, student at New Wave Hair Academy, died Monday, December 26, 2005 in Birmingham, AL. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2006 at Martin Temple CME Church, 65 S. Parkway West, where she was a member, with burial in Memorial Park Southwoods. She was a 2003 graduate of East High School. She leaves two sons, Javonte D. Woods and Jamarious M. Chatman; her mother and stepfather, Helen and Harold Odom; her father, Terrance A. Jones; two sisters, Tamika C. Chatman and Shaharra S. Odom; two brothers, Ivory L. Jones and Taryum J. Odom, and her grandparents, Vera Archie Williams, Vera Brooks and Aubrey Crutcher. M.J. Edwards Funeral Home Airways Chapel 901-327-9360
Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2006, at Martin Temple CME Church, Memphis.


Virginia Chess Varnadoe (East High Faculty) [posted January 17, 2001, updated February 7, 2001]
We are saddened to have to report the death of Virginia Chess Varnadoe, who taught at East in the 1950's under her maiden name, Miss Virginia Chess.
The following obituary is from The Commercial Appeal January 17, 2001:

VIRGINIA CHESS VARNADOE, 70, of Memphis, former teacher and coach at White Station, Messick and East high schools, died of heart failure and cancer Tuesday at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memorial Park. She was a Sunday school teacher at Audubon Park Baptist Church and a graduate of the University of Memphis. Mrs. Varnadoe, the widow of Larry Varnadoe, leaves two cousins who cared for her, Dorothy Fitzpatrick of Olive Branch and Emily Bacigalupo of Cordova. The family requests that memorials be sent to Audubon Park Baptist Church.


Ronnie Churchill ('57) [posted December 17, 2012]
From The Commercial Appeal, December 17, 2012:

Ronald Eugene Churchill, 73, of Memphis, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012 due to complications from a progressive illness. He leaves behind his wife of 50 years, Lella Ellis Churchill, son David (wife Kelly, son Matthew, daughter Lauren) and son Brian (wife Andreah, son Gavin). He also leaves behind one brother, William Kennon Churchill of Memphis. Visitation will be at Memphis Funeral Home-Poplar Avenue on Monday, December 17 at 1 p.m. followed by graveside services at Memorial Park Cemetery at 2 p.m. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Alzheimer's Association . Online condolences may be expressed at www.memphisfuneralhome.net. Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100
Visitation: 1 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2012, Memphis Funeral Home-Poplar Avenue
Graveside service: 2 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2012, Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis.


Demarius A. Clark (class year undetermined) [posted January 27, 2010]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 27, 2010:

DEMARIUS A. CLARK, 23, of Memphis, 2007 graduate of East High School, died January 25, 2010. Visitation, 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 29 at N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home. Services, 12 noon, Saturday, January 30 at Deliverance Temple Restoration Ministries, 1377 N. Bellevue, with burial to follow in New Park Cemetery. He leaves his parents, Yolanda Swindle (mother), Gregory Swindle (step-father), and Derrick Henderson (father); sister, Daranicka Henderson; three brothers, Tommy Churchman, DeAndre Clark and Darius Henderson; grandparents, Shirley Henderson, Jessie Clark, Betty Clark; step-grandparents, Ivory and Lillie Swindle; great-grandparents, Maggie Wray, Ella Riley, Frank Wray and Saul Clark.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2010 at N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, Memphis
Funeral services: 12 noon, Saturday, January 30 at Deliverance Temple Restoration Ministries, 1377 N. Bellevue, Memphis
If anyone can report Mr. Clark's class year, please send that information to
editor@EastHigh.org


Catherine Clement (East High Faculty) From The Commercial Appeal, May 24, 2001:

CATHERINE G. CLEMENT. Graveside services will be held for Catharine Garver Clement, 90, at Memorial Park Cemetery on Poplar Avenue on Saturday the 26th of May at 4:00 PM. Mrs. Clement was the daughter of Neal Bryant Garver, the Arkansas engineer of the old Memphis-Arkansas Bridge. Her brother, Mark Garver, was the Arkansas consultant for the new Memphis-Arkansas Bridge. Her husband, Charles B. "Foots" Clement, was a prominent Memphis businessman and 1930's Alabama football great.
She was a graduate of Iowa State University and received her graduate training in dietetics at Boston Children's Hospital. She taught at East High School and was active is church and social circles in Memphis. Her last years were spent in the Presbyterian Village at Clinton, SC. She is survived by her children, Laura Clement Cousar of Greenville, SC, Charles B. Clement, Jr. of Chicago and Dr. Neal G. Clement of Florence AL, as well as five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The family requests no flowers or memorials.
Mrs. Clement was a home economics teacher at East from about 1955 through at least 1959. She had lived her last few years in South Carolina. She died March 22, 2001. Her family includes her children and East alumni Laura Clement ('55) and Charlie Clement ('58). Son Neal attended East for several years with the Class of '62 but transferred to Central after the 9th grade.


Charlie Clement ('58)[posted September 18, 2002]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 18, 2002:

Charles Baxter Clement, Jr., 62, former member of the Board of Directors of the Chicago Board of Trade and previously responsible for the development of Holiday Inns International Hotel Division, died after a short illness at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee on Saturday, September 14 [2002]. He had spent the summer at his Lake Geneva home.
"Charlie" was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and his parents moved to Memphis when he was thirteen. While in high school, he served a term as a page in the United States Congress, was president of the student body, and graduated with High Honors. He received a scholarship from Princeton University and graduated with Honors in 1962. He then entered the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, graduating in 1965. That summer, based on his academic and leadership accomplishments, the Rotary Club of Memphis awarded him a full scholarship at the University of Heidelberg in Germany, from which he graduated with the degree of Masters of Law. He became proficient in German and French during that period.
He returned to Memphis and practiced briefly with the firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, and Caldwell. Kemmons Wilson, Sr., founder of Holiday Inns, sought him out to lead their international expansion from their base in Brussels. Charlie also worked closely with Occidental Petroleum Company and Dr. Armand Hammer, bringing Holiday Inns into countries where Occidental was expanding. This meant long stays in London.
In 1971 he returned to Memphis and founded, with Mr. Wilson's son, Spence, The New South Venture Capitol Company. One of their first investments was the start-up "Federal Express." Subsequently, with a friend, Ron Young, he started a firm to bring architectural items, building components, hardware, and tile from Europe, which was ultimately sold. Mr. Young was connected with the Chicago Board of Trade and encouraged Charlie to become a member.
He started in 1975 in the newly created Ginnie Mae trading pit. By the late 1970's, Charlie was the largest Treasury Bond broker at the Chicago Board of Trade. In the mid 1980's Charlie was Director of the Chicago Board of Trade and in charge of Agricultural Options. In that position, he was prominent in creating the now highly successful Agricultural Options contracts.
During the late 1980's, Charlie indulged in another one of his passions-writing and literature. Two of his novels were published by Warner Books, The Fairy Godmother and Limit Bid! Limit Bid!
Retiring in the early '90's because of back trouble, he continued writing, working on venture investments, reading, traveling, and light gardening at his summer home. Charlie will always be remembered by many for his personal generosity, both material and through the advice, counsel, and affection he gave to others, particularly the younger generations.
Charlie is survived by his sister, Laura Clement Cousar ('58), her husband George, and their children, of Greenville, South Carolina, and his brother, Neal Garver Clement (associated with the class of '62), his wife Patte, and their children of Florence, Alabama.
Funeral services will be held at the Linn Presbyterian Church in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin on Thursday, September 19, [2002] at 5pm, with a later gathering of friends near Charlie's home at Black Point also in Lake Geneva. For information call Steinke Funeral Home at 262-248-2320.

It might also be noted that Mr. Clement's mother, Catherine Clement was a teacher at East High. Her obituary is also posted here.


Ann Cobb ('71) [posted February 17, 2008]
From The Commercial Appeal, February 17, 2008:

ANN ATKINS COBB died at St. Francis Hospital February 15, 2008. Ann was the beloved daughter of Stanley Vinson and Anita Atkins Cobb. She was a lifelong Memphian. She attended First Baptist Church where she was loved and nurtured by wonderful Christian teachers who led her to accept Christ as her savior at an early age. Through out her life she remained a devout believer. During her battle with cancer Ann has been warmly loved by many of these teachers. Ann attended East Elementary and High School all twelve years of her education. After graduating from East High School she received her degree in Education from Memphis State University. For the last 10 years Ann has served as Activity Director at Wesley Highland Manor. During this time she grew to know each resident by name and loved celebrating their birthdays with them. Ann truly grew to love all the staff there, The Methodist Key Women, and all the wonderful volunteers. During the time of her illness all these wonderful people reached out to her with love and care that her family will always remember. In addition to her parents, Ann is survived by her sister and best friend, Susan Cotton and her husband Orvil of Germantown; nephew, Matt Cotton and his wife Christa and daughter Chloe of Germantown; niece, Nancy Robertson ( Tyler) of San Diego, CA. She leaves a host of devoted Aunts and Uncles in Middle Tennessee. Her aunts are Doris Cathey of Nashville, TN, Mary Ann Jordan of Dover, TN; uncles, Billy D. Cobb of Big Rock, TN; Bill Atkins (Betty Jo) Franklin, TN; Jim Atkins (Pat) of Chapmansboro, TN; Arvel Atkins (Barbara) of Dover, TN; along with many loving cousins that have been so kind during her illness. Two special cousins, from Memphis, are Gayle Pirtle (Jim) and Diane Whipple (Dan). Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, February 18, 2008 at Memorial Park Funeral Home with the visitation one hour prior to the service. A graveside service will be held at 11a.m, Tuesday, February 19 at Smith Cemetery in Dover, TN. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial be sent to First Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.
Visitation: 9 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2008, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis
Funeral services: 10 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2008, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2008 at Smith Cemetery, Dover, TN


Ruth Cobb (Faculty)[posted July 20, 2001]
From The Commercial Appeal, July 20, 2001:

RUTH CARNEY COBB, 86, of Memphis, retired teacher for East High School, died of cancer Thursday [July 19, 2001] at Methodist Healthcare-Central. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday [July 21, 2001] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women, a volunteer librarian for Memphis Botanic Garden and tutored children at several city schools. Mrs. Cobb, the widow of Joseph P. Cobb Jr., leaves a daughter, Carol Cobb Strickland of New Orleans; a son, Joseph P. Cobb III of Memphis, and two grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Luke's United Methodist Church, St. Peter Villa Rehab & Nursing Center or a charity of the donor's choice.
Mrs. Cobb taught at East from about 1962 through about 1971. Her primary class was American history.
Mrs. Cobb remained active through her retirement years and was pictured in April in The Commercial Appeal as participating in an Intergenerational Spelling Bee
(see story and picture).
Mrs. Cobb's children are East alumni: Joe Cobb ('61) and Carol Cobb ('62)


Sandra Kay Colbert (Faculty) [posted November 19, 2000]
Sandra Kay Colbert was a physical education teacher at East. The years she was on the faculty are unverified at this time, however, it is believed she was at East in the late 1960's. We hope to provide more information at a later date.
From The Commercial Appeal, November 19, 2000:

SANDRA KAY COLBERT VADEN, 56, of Germantown, retired physical education teacher for Snowden School and Memphis City Schools, died of cancer Friday [November 17, 2000] at Methodist Healthcare-Germantown. Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday [November 20, 2000] at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memorial Park. She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Vaden, the wife of John Vaden, also leaves twodaughters, Julie Vaden Funk of Cordova and Jona Vaden of Germantown, and a son, Jason Vaden of Germantown. The family requests that memorials be sent to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Young Life or Memphis Emmaus.


Shavaunda Michelle Cole (class year undetermined) [posted September 11, 2007]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 11, 2007:

SHAVAUNDA MICHELLE COLE, 35, a support specialist for Midtown Mental Health Center and also an employee of Comprehensive Counseling Center, passed away September 6, 2007. She was a graduate of East High School and a graduate of the University of Memphis and Freed Hardeman University. Visitation from 7-9 p.m., Friday, September 14 at N.J. Ford and Sons Funeral Home. Services at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 15 at Mississippi Boulevard Church. Burial in New Park Cemetery. She is survived by her mother, Nadlyn Smith of Memphis, TN; father, Robert Ernest Cole of Memphis, TN; stepmother, Doris Cole of Memphis, TN; two sisters, Kyoga Brown and Dawn Smith, both of Memphis, TN; two brothers, Damien Little and Darius Little, both of Memphis, TN; one grandmother, Estella Harris of Memphis, TN.
Visitation: 7-9 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2007 at N.J. Ford and Sons Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m., Saturday, September 15, 2007, at Mississippi Boulevard Church, Memphis.

If you know the year of Miss Cole's graduation from East, please let us know so we can post appropriate notice on the class page. Contact us at editor@EastHigh.org


Royce Cole ('67) [posted May 13, 2003]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 25, 2003:

ROYCE C. COLE, 54, of Martin, Tenn., printing press foreman, died Monday [May 12, 2003] at Methodist Healthcare-Volunteer in Martin. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday [May 14, 2003] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. He was a former member of Bellevue Baptist Church. He leaves a sister, Cozette Bannister of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to Gideons International of Memphis.
Visitation: Tuesday, May 13, 2003, 5 - 7 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: Wednesday, May 14, 2003, 2 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Aubrey Coleman ('60) [posted May 25, 2014] From H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel, Sandy Springs, Georgia:

Aubrey L. Coleman, Jr, 71 passed on May 23, 2014, surrounded by his beloved wife, Ann Guillory Coleman, and other family members after a 27 months fight with pancreatic cancer. He is also survived by his four daughters, Leslie (Tim) Renjilian, Ali (Charles) Banks, Katherine (Will) Spencer, and Eliza Coleman; his sister, Dr. Rebecca (Phil) Coleman Curtis [associated with the Class of '65], of NYC; and five granddaughters; Sadie, Ginny and Bess Renjilian, Mini and Augusta Banks, and three grandsons; Charlie Banks, William and Jack Spencer, and two nephews; Zac and Nat Curtis.
His family and friends were the focus and joy of his life. Though his law colleagues and clients were vocal about their admiration for the work ethic and integrity he brought to his professional life, his career was not the center of his life. He often said, "I worked to live, I did not live to work." His family and friends, to whom he was ever-available for honest, straight-shooting advice and steadfast support, will remember him as a man who always kept his word, lived well, and loved exceedingly well.
He often said, "If you don't have fun at a party, it's your fault." Aubrey absolutely loved rock 'n roll music and dancing until the band left. His colleagues whom he worked with starting in the 1970s will confirm that Aubrey and Ann were the last ones on the dance floor at many a firm Christmas party.
His greatest joy came from spending time and traveling with his wife, Ann, of 50 years, and his four daughters, with whom he was very close, and their families. He particularly enjoyed coaching and cheering for his daughters in their various athletic endeavors in their youths. Coaching soccer and hosting, along with Ann, children from third world countries in their home while they received medical treatment, brought Aubrey's tender nature to the surface.
Aubrey was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, on December 11, 1942, to Aubrey and Ivo Jones Coleman, who were loving parents to Aubrey and Rebecca. His Dad was part of the Greatest Generation having endured the Depression and having fought in WWII in France and Germany. While his father was in the Army, his Mother worked at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, and Aubrey spent many hours with his maternal grandmother in England, Arkansas. His oldest daughter, Leslie, is named after her.
After the war, as his father received promotions with Swift & Co., the family lived in New Orleans, Ft. Smith, Ark., Mobile, and Memphis. Many of Aubrey's closest friends remain his classmates at East High in Memphis, where he was Vice President of the student body and named as Outstanding Senior. Aubrey never missed a class reunion.
He and Ann were married in 1963 in a double wedding with Ann's older sister, Jane and her late husband, Dr. Jim Kilgo. Leslie and Ali followed that tradition with a double wedding in 1991. He graduated from Tulane University in 1964 Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. degree, and was vice president of SAE fraternity. He stayed in regular contact with several of those fraternity brothers until his passing. After Tulane, Aubrey graduated from Vanderbilt Law School where he was Managing Editor of the Law Review and selected Order of the Coif. He attended college and law school on academic scholarships. He passed the Tennessee Bar exam in 1967 and returned to Memphis where he practiced with Burch, Porter and Johnson until he entered the Army in January 1968.
During the Vietnam War, Aubrey was in the Transportation Corps stationed at Oakland Army Base, California, whose mission was processing troops departing for and returning from Vietnam. He passed the Georgia Bar and joined Smith Currie and Hancock in January 1970, became a Senior Partner and retired in December 2012. During his distinguished career as a construction attorney, he tried cases not only in Georgia but also in twelve other states. In 2004, he was listed as one of the top 100 lawyers in Georgia in Atlanta Magazine. In the April 25, 2014, supplement to the Wall Street Journal, he was listed as the Lawyer of the Year for construction law in Georgia. Aubrey was a life long Republican.
In his final months, he was comforted by prayers, cards, emails, gestures of love, and visits from his many family members and friends, including the groomsmen in his wedding, his college roommate, fraternity brothers, neighbors, colleagues, clients, and his beloved men's group friends from First Presbyterian Church.
Raised by Baptist parents, married into a Methodist family, and a Presbyterian for most of his adult life. A memorial service will be held at North Avenue Presbyterian Church on May 28 at one o'clock in the afternoon with Drs Scott Weimer and Craig Goodrich officiating. A reception will follow at the church. A private burial will take place at Arlington Cemetery, Atlanta.
Memorial service: 1 p.m. May 28, 2014, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia.
Reception: a reception will follow the memorial service at the church.

Prior to his death, Aubrey Coleman was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1960 page.


Joe Companiotte ('64) [posted May 10, 2004, corrected May 12, 2004] From The Commercial Appeal, May 11, 2004:

JOSEPH B. COMPANIOTTE, 58, of Memphis, formerly of Jackson, Tenn., artist, art consultant and former owner of Alpha Gallery in Knoxville, died Saturday [May 8, 2004] at his home. Graveside [sic*] services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday [May 13, 2004] in Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. He leaves two sons, Robert Companiotte and Paul Companiotte, both of Memphis, and a brother, John Companiotte of Atlanta.


Carole Cook (associated with the class of '62) [posted August 3, 2004]
From The Commercial Appeal, August 3, 2004:

CAROLE COOK SOBEL, 60, of Memphis, formerly of New York City, died Sunday [August 1, 2004] at her home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday [Wednesday, August 4, 2004] at Temple Israel Cemetery. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge. She was a graduate of East High School and attended University of Memphis. She leaves a sister, Connie Mogull of Mamaroneck, N.Y. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Memphis Humane Society.
Funeral Services: 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 4, 2004, graveside service at Temple Israel Cemetery, Memphis. The funeral directors report no other arrangements.

Correction: Information has been received since publication of the above obituary that Ms. Sobel attended East High her 10th grade year but then transferred and graduated from another Memphis high school.


Phil Cottam ('55) [posted September 25, 2000]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 25, 2000:

J. PHILLIP COTTAM, 63, of Southaven, DeSoto County Sheriff's Department assistant chief deputy, died Saturday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. He was a graduate of East High School, attended the University of Mississippi, was a former member of Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department and was former chairman of the board for Harbor House. He also was owner of State Beauty Supply of North Mississippi. Mr. Cottam, the husband of Nancy Cottam, also leaves two sons, Tim Cottam of Eudora, Miss., and Russell Cottam of Horn Lake; a brother, Robert Cottam of West Memphis, and four grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Harbor House.


Carolyn Cousins ('62) [posted January 31, 2011]
From the Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home, Nashville, Tennessee, January 31, 2011:

CAROLYN CLARA COUSINS FRUIN
November 13, 1944 - January 30, 2011
FRUIN, Carolyn Clara Cousins was born in Nashville in 1944. She grew up in Memphis where she graduated from East High School in 1962. After graduating from Vanderbilt Nursing School in 1966, she was the head nurse of pediatric surgery at Vanderbilt and subsequently the Director of Nursing at the Junior League Home for Crippled Children until 1971. She then became a mother and grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Althea Cousins, her sister Patricia Cousins Harlin, and her brother Charles Cousins. Carolyn is survived by her husband of 43 years, Alan Fruin, son Alex Brent Fruin (Brandi), daughter Candy Fruin Stefansic (Jim), grandchildren Clara, Jack, Thomas, Althea, and Eva, and her sister Kathleen Cousins. Funeral Mass will be Thur., Feb. 3, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church on Belmont Blvd. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery on Lebanon Road. In lieu of the flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Visitation will be from 5:30-7 p.m., Wed., Feb. 2 at MARSHALL DONNELLY COMBS
615-327-1111


From The Tennessean(Nashville), January 31, 2011:

FRUIN, Carolyn Cousins Of Nashville. Funeral Mass Thursday Feb. 3, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Christ The King Catholic Church. Visitation Wednesday Feb. 2, 2011 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at MARSHALL-DONNELLY-COMBS, (615) 327-1111.
Visitation: 5:30 - 7 p.m Wednesday February 2, 2011, Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home, Nashville, Tennessee.
Funeral Mass: 11 a.m. Thursday February 3, 2011, Christ The King Catholic Church, Nashville, Tennessee.

Among Carolyn Cousins were East alumni: the late Pat Cousins ('56) and the late Charles Louis ("Buddy") Cousins ['58].

An on-line guestbook for condolences is made available by the funeral for a limited time.


Pat Cousins ('56) [posted February 16, 2007]
From The Mobile Register, August 18, 2004:

Mrs. Patricia Cousins Harlin - Died on August 12, 2004 in Mobile in the presence of her loving family. Pat was born in Nashville, TN, on May 9, 1938. She was raised in New Orleans, LA and Memphis, TN and was a Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of Newcomb College with a Masters in Psychiatric Social Work. Pat and her family moved to Mobile in 1968 where she has worked as a social worker, a counselor for many students, tennis coach at Springhill College, and a tennis and basketball coach at UMS-Wright School. Pat's true vocation was being an extremely devoted and loving wife, mother, sister and daughter. She was a longtime parishioner of St. Ignatius who was actively involved in all aspects of Catholic life.
Patricia Louise Cousins married Robert Shelby Harlin in Memphis 45 years ago this month. They raised 4 children and have 7 grandchildren. She is survived by her loving husband Robert, her daughters Althea Louise Harlin of Chevy Chase, MD, and Cynthia Harlin Brown of Birmingham, AL and her sons Robert Shelby Harlin, Jr. of Dallas, TX, and Daniel Clay Harlin of New Orleans, LA, sons-in-law Peter Douglas Ross and Darren Scott Brown, and a daughter-in-law Nancy McDonnell Harlin. Her grandchildren are Madeline Elizabeth Ross, Colin Patrick Ross and Brian Harlin Ross of Chevy Chase, MD, Adare Harlin Brown and Joseph Scott Brown of Birmingham, AL and Anne McDonnell Rose and Stephen Thomas Rose of Dallas, TX. She is also survived by her sister Carolyn Cousins Fruin ['62] and her husband Alan of Nashvillle, TN, and her sister Kathleen Althea Cousins of Memphis,TN, and sister-in-law Cornelia Stewart Cousins of Marietta, GA along with numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and many "adopted" Springhill and UMS-Wright students. She was preceded in death by her parents Charles Lanfried Cousins and Althea Mares Cousins and her brother Charles Louis Cousins ['58]. Her loving and generous spirit will be sorely missed by everyone whose life she touched. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 A. M. on Monday, August 16, 2004 from St. Ignatius Catholic Church. The family will receive friends in the Marian Center at St. Ignatius Catholic Church on Monday from 9:30 A. M. until 11 A. M. Interment will be in Pine Crest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial donations in Pat's name be made to St. Mary's Home for Children, 4350 Moffett Road, Mobile, Alabama 36618 or a charity of your choice. Funeral arrangements by RADNEY FUNERAL HOME, Dauphin Street Extension, Mobile, Alabama 36606.


Wylie Craft (associated with the class of '67) [posted June 14, 2002] - From The Commercial Appeal, May 25, 2002:

WYLIE GRAHAM CRAFT, 53, of Scottsboro, Ala., formerly of Memphis, retired president of Compass Bank in Scottsboro, died Thursday [May 23, 2002] in Memphis. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today [May 25, 2002] in Elmwood. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. Mr. Craft, the husband of Patricia M. Craft of Memphis, also leaves a daughter, Whitney Craft Sanders of Scottsboro; a son, Robert Wesley Craft, his parents, Sara G. and Robert D. Craft, and two brothers, Robert D. Craft Jr., and Frank S. Craft, all of Memphis, and a grandchild.


John Byron Crawford ('64) [posted December 28, 2008] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 27, 2008:

John Byron Crawford 62, passed away December 23rd 2008. He is survived by his brother William Crawford [class year association undetermined] (Carolyn) of Germantown, Tn and two nephews Brad and Scott Crawford of Shelby County. Memorial Services will be held Sunday, 2:00pm at Germantown United Methodist Church.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the charity of the donors choice.
Memorial Service: 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 28, 2008 at Germantown United Methodist Church, Germantown, TN.


Lana Jay Crenshaw ('62) [posted September 12, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 17, 2003:

LANA JAY CRENSHAW SCALZO, 58, of Germantown, homemaker, died Sunday [February 16, 2003] at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Forest Hill Funeral Home East. Mrs. Scalzo, the wife of Franco G. Scalzo for 38 years, also leaves a son, Franco G. Scalzo Jr. of Louisville, Ky.; her mother, Goldyn Crenshaw, and two sisters, Dinah Phifer and Rita [Crenshaw ('66)] Warren, all of Memphis, and two grandchildren.


Glenn Crosby ('52) [posted October 15, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 15, 2012:

Virgil Glenn Crosby, M.D. was born to Ann F. and Glenn A. Crosby on February 7, 1934, in Monroe, Louisiana. Other than serving two years in the Air Force and training six years in a surgical residency he was a lifelong Memphian, devoted to his family, his church, and the well being of this City. For more than thirty years, he was a practicing physician in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. Together with Dr. James Pate, he performed the first heart transplant in Memphis in 1985. In addition to his private practice, he trained many residents in heart surgery. His father was a pharmacist who returned to Memphis for a career with Upjohn after starting out work in Monroe, Louisiana and later Jackson, Tennessee. Arriving here in third grade with his younger brother William Steven Crosby, Glenn attended Springdale, then Bethel Grove Elementary School, Fairview Junior High and East High School, where he was student body vice-president and played tight end for the Mustangs varsity football team. He attended Bellevue Baptist Church, under Dr. Lee, and in summers worked as a counselor at Bellevue's Shelby Forest church camp. Often, Sunday evenings, he went over to East Trigg Avenue Baptist Church in South Memphis to listen to minister and singer-composer W. Herbert Brewster. He went to college at Memphis State where he would meet his wife of fifty-two years, Nancy Anne Redfearn. Upon graduating in 1954 with a B.S. Degree in Pre-Medical Studies, he attended medical school at The University of Tennessee in Memphis, earning his M.D. degree in 1958. After a one-year internship at City of Memphis Hospitals, he served, from 1959 to 1961, in the U.S. Air Force, at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, concluding his service as General Medical Officer, at the rank of Captain. He then moved with Nancy and their infant son, Glenn, to Iowa City, Iowa to complete by 1967 both a general surgery residency and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency. Two more sons, Mark and Scott, were born to Glenn and Nancy while the family lived in Iowa. Glenn returned to Memphis in 1967 to begin his career partnering with Brewster Harrington, M.D. to form the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery Association. Their fourth son, Andrew, was born not long after, and Glenn, Nancy and the four boys settled into life in East Memphis. They attended Second Presbyterian Church where Glenn was an elder for many years and president of his Sunday school class numerous times. He enjoyed reading, fishing, fresh-water sailing, wilderness canoeing, woodworking and gardening. He retired from fulltime medical practice in 1999. He was a Member of the Department of Thoracic Surgery at Baptist Memorial Hospital from 1967-1999 and was chairman of the department in 1987. He chaired the Baptist's Ethics committee and was Deputy Director of its Cardiac Transplant Team. He served on the faculty of the University of Tennessee Medical School as associate professor and associate director of resident training in thoracic and cardio vascular surgery. He served as chairman of the Credentials Committee, Memphis Medical Network and served on the On Site Review Committee of the AMA Residency Review Program. Among his numerous professional memberships were the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, International Society of Surgeons, Memphis Surgical Society (past president), Memphis Cardiovascular Society, Memphis-Shelby County Medical Society, Tennessee Medical Association, University Medical Journal Club (past president) and Southern Surgeons Club. Among his civic activities he was a member of the boards of trustees of Presbyterian Day School and Memphis University School, a member of the board of directors of the Christian Psychological Center, and member and later chairman of the board of directors of the Trezevant Episcopal Home. He was active in the Salvation Army, deployed without complaint by his wife Nancy to ring for the Army's red kettles every Christmas, which Nancy oversaw. He also served with his wife Nancy for several terms on the Army's Board of Visitors for the Evangeline Booth College School for Officer Training in Atlanta. He leaves behind his four sons and their families: Dr. Glenn A. Crosby and wife Liz Carlton Crosby, of Memphis, and grandsons Jack Hutchison and Walker Mace; Mark Redfearn Crosby, of Memphis; Scott Justin Crosby and wife Meg Thomas Crosby, of Memphis, along with grandsons Andrew Scott and Thomas Glenn, and granddaughter Lucy Elizabeth; Andrew Keller Crosby and wife Molly Caldwell Crosby and granddaughters Morgen Caroline and Keller Elizabeth, of Memphis. He also leaves his sister-in-law, Penny Crosby DeHaan, of Stone Mountain, Georgia, and her children, beloved nieces and nephews all: John Crosby, wife Bissy, children Daniel, Karis, and Margie; Steve Crosby, wife Missy, children Hope, Emily, and Will; Anne Crosby Posey, husband David, and children Caleb, Matthew, Rachel, and Sarah; and, Benjamin DeHaan. He departed this world on October 13, 2012, believing in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and trusting in the unmerited grace and mercy of God in his life and in the lives of his family. A memorial service will be held in the Sanctuary of Second Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Following the service, the family will receive friends in the Salmon Room and Room 310 at the church. Any memorials may be sent to the Second Presbyterian Church Foundation, designated to AWEMA, 4055 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111; The Salvation Army Memphis Command, 696 Jackson Avenue, Memphis TN 38105; the Neighborhood Christian Center, 785 Jackson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38107; or, to the donor's choice. Online condolences and floral tributes may be made by visiting www. memphisfuneralhome.net. Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100
Memorial service: 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 16, 2012, Second Presbyterian Church sanctuary, Memphis.
A reception follows the service in the Salmon Room at the church.


Marcella Crump (Faculty) [posted November 19, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, November, 17, 2009:

Marcella Claire Crump, 93, died November 14, 2009. A memorial service will be held Friday, November 20 at 11 a.m. in the Trippeer Chapel at Idlewild Presbyterian Church where she had been a member for more than sixty years. Visitation will follow the memorial service in the T. K. Young Room. There will be a private burial at Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown at 10 a.m. Friday. She is survived by her beloved nieces and nephews: Bonnie Y. [Yarbrough ('59)] Elam and her husband Tom Elam and Betty Crump Emerson and her husband Gary Emerson ('56); her great-nephew David Wesson Elam; her great-niece Bonnie DeAnne Mangum and her husband Malcolm and their two children Spencer Alexi Mangum and Sarah Anne Mangum; great-nephew, Gary Emerson, Jr. and great-niece Lisa Emerson. She was born in Amory, Mississippi, but her family returned to Memphis soon after that. She attended Rozelle Elementary School, Bellevue Junior High School and Central High School. After graduating from West Tennessee State Teachers College, now the University of Memphis, she began her teaching career at Bellevue Junior High School. She later taught at Central High School and was on the original staff when East High School opened. She received her Master's Degree from the University of Georgia where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving her Master's Degree in Library Science at George Peabody College, she spent a year in Los Alamos, New Mexico as librarian of the High School. She later returned to Central High School to serve as librarian until she retired. She was formerly active in Alpha Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and also in the American Association of University Women. She was a grand life master duplicate bridge player. After retiring, she traveled extensively in England, Scotland, Europe, the Scandinavian Countries, Japan, China, Panama, South America and Russia. She enjoyed gardening, was and avid bridge player and reader and did extensive volunteer work. Among her many volunteer projects was The Wonders Series which was very special to her. She organized the volunteers who worked the same shift for many years into a group called the Lunch Bunch who met periodically. In lieu of flowers the family requests any memorials be sent to Idlewild Presbyterian Church, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Youth Villages or a charity of the donor's choice.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Friday, November 20, 2009, Idlewile Presbyterian Church, Memphis.

Miss Crump taught English at East High from 1947 to 1953.


Wilbur Crump ('63) [posted June 30, 2001] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 7, 1997:

WILBUR H. CRUMP JR., 53, of 475 S. Perkins, died of cancer Saturday [December 6, 1997] at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday [December 8, 1997] at Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He was a former employee of Fay Builder Supply Co., a graduate of the University of Memphis, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, and a former member of the Tennessee Air National Guard. Mr. Crump, the husband of Joy Crump, also leaves two sons, Wesley H. Crump and Wilbur H. Crump III, both of Memphis; a stepson, Robert L. Hall Jr. of Nashville; a brother, Christopher Crump ['69] of North Carolina, and a grandchild.


Willie James "June" Culpepper Jr. ('92) [posted June 25, 2008]
From The Commercial Appeal, June 18, 2008:

WILLIE JAMES CULPEPPER, JR., 35, of Memphis, died June 11, 2008. Visitation will be from4-6:30 p.m. Friday, June 20 at N. J. Ford & Son Funeral Home. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 21 at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church on Vance Ave. Burial will be in New Park Cemetery. He leaves three daughters, Telisa Culpepper, Raven Culpepper and Jamie Culpepper; one son, Willie J. Culpepper III, all of Memphis; mother, Essie Culpepper Thompson; stepfather, Andrew Thompson; father, Willie James Culpepper, Sr.; one sister, Shudonica Douglas (class year undetermined) (Anthony); one brother, Kenneth D. Culpepper (Tiffanie); his favorite uncle, Freddie Lewis, all of Memphis; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. A favorite aunt preceded him in death, Lenora Lewis.


Bill Cyko ('66) [posted March 27, 2009]
From The Commercial Appeal, March 27, 2009:

WILLIAM L. CYKO. William was born September 25, 1948 in Memphis, Tennessee. He passed away on March 25, 2009 at Methodist Hospital Somerville in Fayette County. He was the son of George L. Cyko (deceased) and Lillian Emerson Cyko Dacus. William leaves his wife, Kathryn Manning ['63]; sister, Mary C. Smith; step-daughters, Jeanne Fenster and Kathryn Pritchard; and four step-grandchildren. William's brother Donald Cyko ['72] preceded him in death. William graduated from East High School in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Memphis State University and loved rooting on the Tigers to victory! William was known for his love of family and generous nature. He was always happy to lend a helping hand to those close to him whether putting up Christmas trees, helping with home projects, or lending an ear in tough times. Bill's two greatest passions in life, apart from family and friends, were caring for his dogs and fly-fishing. Many of his favorite memories were on the banks of the White River in Arkansas fly-fishing. We will always remember his kind smile and caring nature. He will be sorely missed. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29 at Collierville Funeral Home, and services will be Monday, March 30 at 11 a.m., with graveside following. Memorials may be sent to the Memphis or Fayette County Humane Society.

Mr. Cyko's in-laws include Dr. Weber Manning ('66), Rose Marie "Manning" Lawson ('73), Wes Lawson ('68) and Ann "Manning" Tucker (associated with the class of '75).

Visitation: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2009 at Collierville Funeral Home, Collierville, TN.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2009, at Collierville Funeral Home, Collierville, TN.


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Nancy Daniel ('53) [posted January 17, 2011] From The Commercial Appeal, January 17, 2011:

Nashville - Nancy Daniel ADAMS, 75 of Nashville, TN, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, passed away peacefully on January 15, 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Lewis Daniel. She is survived by her husband, Charles L. Adams, Jr.; children, H. Gordon Wynn III and his wife, Lynn of Memphis, TN, Susan K. Wynn of Salt Lake City, UT, Donna A. Mabry and her husband, Mark of Mt Juliet, TN and Christina “Tina” A. Torrence of Hermitage, TN. Nancy is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Henry “Hank” Gordon Wynn IV, Luke Allen Wynn, Sally Dexter Wynn all of Memphis, TN and Haley Jordon Torrence of Hermitage, TN. She is also survived by her sister, Linda Daniel Lindhardt ['65] and her husband, Vagn of Jacksonville, FL; and brothers, Reverend Larry James Daniel ['65] of Memphis, TN and Lewis Howard Daniel, Jr. ['57] along with his wife, Nancy of Memphis, TN. Nancy is also blessed with many surviving nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. She grew up in Memphis. She attended East High School where she was the very first Miss East High. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a B.S. in education, she spent most of her teaching career at Harding Academy where she taught first grade for 25 years. In addition to teaching, she loved gardening, traveling, arts and scrapbooking, but her greatest passion was for her family. She loved to decorate and celebrate the seasons, which is why her family is so very thankful for the 2010 holiday season and the wonderful times we had together. Her sense of humor and incredible talents in the kitchen always made for many joyous occasions. She was married to Charles L. Adams, Jr. for 32 years. They shared a love for dancing, spending many Saturday nights at the Elk's Lodge. Her grandsons, Hank and Luke helped her paint a mural on the outside of her potting shed, a great place to check if you couldn't find her. She cherished those memories every planting season. With her granddaughter, Sally, she enjoyed canning pickles and sharing her childhood memories. She hand-made nearly all the décor in her granddaughter, Haley's nursery and enjoyed countless hours of ‘tea party' and ‘beauty shop'. She was a long time member of Belle Meade United Methodist Church where she served God in many roles, including teaching 3rd grade Sunday school for 8 years. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to Belle Meade United Methodist Church, Adventure Science Museum or the Parkinson's Society. A celebration of Nancy's life will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 18, at Belle Meade United Methodist Church with Reverend Regina Proctor officiating. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, January 17, and 1 hour prior to the service Tuesday, all will be held at the Church. Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home and Memorial Park 615-383-4754
Published in The Commercial Appeal on January 17, 2011


Ray Davenport ('62) [posted October 24, 2014]

Raymond Wesley Davenport Jr., 53, of Bartlett, minister of music at Trafalger Village Baptist Church, died of heart failure Saturday [September 12, 1998] at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Services will be at noon Tuesday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Magnolia Cemetery in Collierville. Mr. Davenport, the husband of Sharon Young Davenport, also leaves a daughter, Sarah Elizabeth Davenport, and a son, Raymond Wesley Davenport III, both of Bartlett. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Trafalgar Village Baptist Church or Mid-America Theological Seminary.


Ann Davis ('51) [posted February 16, 2007]
From The Commercial Appeal, Sunday, February 11, 2007:

ANN D. CHAMBERS, 73, of Collierville, passed away February 9, 2007. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m., Monday, February 12 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Ann Davis Chambers was the widow of Jimmy Chambers ('51), for whom an obituary is also available.


Jeffery D. Davis ('77) [updated March 6, 2000]
From The Commercial Appeal, Sunday, March 5, 2000:

SGT. FIRST CLASS JEFFERY D. DAVIS, 39, of Fort Dix, N.J., Army operations sergeant, died of cancer Wednesday [March 1, 2000] at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington. Services will be at noon Wednesday [March 8, 2000] at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home has charge. He was a graduate of East High School and a 20-year Army veteran. He leaves a son, Jeffery D. Davis Jr. of New Jersey; his mother, Mary E. Dotson; two sisters, Beverly Green and Terita Thomas, and two brothers, Theoren Dotson and Avalon Davis, all of Memphis.


Linda Davis (associated with the class of '63) [posted July 22, 2005] - From The Washington Post, May 6, 2005:

Linda Davis Dulin
DULIN, LINDA DAVIS (Age 60)
Of Vienna, VA, on Wednesday, May 4, 2005 at the National Naval Medical Center iin Bethesda, MD. Beloved wife of James "Jim" Dulin ['61]; loving mother of Michael and his wife, Doreen, Chris and his wife, Jennifer; sister of Lee and Bill Davis and Kay Finley; grandmother of Zachary and Nathan. Friends may call at MONEY & KING FUNERAL HOME, 171 West Maple Ave., Vienna, VA, on Friday, May 6, 2005 from 6 to 9 p.m. Memorial services will be held at Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. N,E., Vienna, VA, on Saturday, May 7 [2005], at 1 p.m. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.


Warren T. Davis ('66) [posted July 6, 2005]
Warren Davis, 56, of Albertville, Alabama passed away July 4th, 2005, in Birmingham, after a short battle with lung cancer. He was employed with Shoal Creek Communications. Mr. Davis leaves behind his wife Barbara, two sons, Damian Davis of Tacoma, WA and Dustin Davis of Gulfport, MS, two brothers,
Roy Davis, Jr. ('65) of West Germany & Brian Davis ('73) of Olive Branch, MS, and at least 2 grandchildren.

No services were scheduled.

[Information supplied by Brian Davis].


Tederick C. Dawson ('93) [posted August 28, 2001]
From The Commercial Appeal, Monday, August 27, 2001:

TEDERICK CORNELL DAWSON, 26, student at the University of Memphis and employee of Midsouth Builders, died Sunday [August 26, 2001] at the Regional Medical Center after being shot. N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He was a member of World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church and Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He leaves his parents, Shirley C. and James A. Dawson, a sister, Corhonda L. Dawson-Bolton, and a brother, Keleian A. Dawson, all of Memphis, and his grandmother, Jolane Dawson of West Memphis.
Tederick Dawson reportedly was senior class president at East High in 1993.

Prior to his death, Tederick Dawson was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1993 page.

News stories about Mr. Dawson's death and subsequent trail of the accused are available in our "In the news . . . " seciton.


Mike Dean ('64) [posted February 4, 2012]- From The Topanga Messenger.

     On December 25, 2011, the community lost Michael Dean, one of Topanga's leading spirits and best loved personalities, at 65 years of age following a long struggle with melanoma.
     Always a charming presence, Michael's life was a grand adventure. He steadfastly refused to be bound to the yoke of convention, and moved through our world with an uncommon lightness, a quick smile, and a generous heart.
     Born Michael Lewis Dean in Memphis, Tennessee on March 15, 1946, Michael was the oldest child of James Lewis Dean, an engineer for the Firestone corporation, and Susanna Dean, a biblical scholar. Michael grew up in Memphis and spent many a summer enjoying his Aunt Nannie's farm in the Mississippi Delta. He was offered admission to MIT, but for financial reasons decided instead to obtain a B.S. in math from the University of Alabama. After college, Michael was drafted into the Marine Corps in 1968 at the height of the Viet Nam conflict. His guardian angel must have been looking out for him, because he managed to survive that experience with an honorable discharge, and never had to go overseas.
     His restless spirit caused him to strike out across the country, where he ended up in Colorado. Down to his last few dollars, he was hired on as a carpenter by a local crew and he quickly learned the trade. He later went back to school and earned his Masters in Education, and eventually a teaching credential and taught in the San Diego public school system. He moved to Topanga in 1988 and it became the community that he so dearly loved.
     Throughout much of his life he would work as a carpenter and a teacher, relishing the freedom those occupations provided him. He had frequent jobs as an interim teacher for movie studios, and was a much loved math and science teacher at Calmont school in Topanga; and later taught at a technical college in Woodland Hills. He formed an unusually close bond with his students, who recognized him as a fellow free spirit.
     During all of this time he also worked on many local construction projects, such as framing Abuelita's, where he became widely known not merely for his considerable skill and knowledge, but for the joie de vivre he brought to every project, no matter how challenging. He also joined a group of Topangans on a number of trips where he put those qualities to work building orphanages and housing for the poor of Tijuana.
     In 1980, he married Karen, and was later divorced. In 1992 he married Lori Henley. Together, Michael and Lori ran Lori Henley's Millinery, a popular local hat shop in Topanga. He and Lori divorced during the 1990s.
     On October 8, 2003, Michael's son and soulmate, J. James Dean, was born into this world. When he was just a month old, circumstances dictated that Michael accept sole custody of the infant, and he quickly became James's inseparable single dad, partner, and life guide. Raising James was an adventure for Michael, one that he loved and that brought him extraordinary satisfaction.
     Although James came to him at a relatively advanced age, James quickly became not only an exciting new chapter in Michael's life but his mission and life purpose. Together, Michael and James became the inseparable Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn of the Canyon—constantly up to delightful adventures, and sometimes, even a bit of mischief along the way.
     Michael was diagnosed with melanoma in October 2007, receiving a grim prognosis. The community immediately rallied around him, and made sure that he and James never lacked for a place to live in the Canyon, nor a shoulder to lean upon. Michael never complained or became defeatist, instead choosing an aggressive campaign of both holistic and traditional medicines, which, in combination with his indomitable spirit, ended up extending his lifespan far beyond the original prognosis.
     These additional years of life were put to extraordinarily good use. Even while undergoing exhausting and invasive medical treatments, Michael made sure to spend his time wisely, and he committed to a full schedule of camping, soccer, school and Cub Scout activities to ensure that James would forever cherish a wealth of wonderful memories of time spent with his dad.
     While attending Topanga Elementary, James became somewhat of a local phenom with his outsized personality and athletic abilities.
     Finally, Michael made arrangements for James to be taken in upon his passing by close friends of his sister, the Lloyd/Phillips family in Santa Monica, where James is already thriving under the love and affection of his new adoptive parents, and that of a new brother and sister.
     Besides his son, Michael is survived by his father, James Lewis Dean, of Orlando Florida, his beloved aunt Nell Kent (“Aunt Nannie”) of Mississippi, his younger sister Trudy [Dean ('67)] Hale of Norwood, Virgina (formerly of Topanga 1986-2004), brother-in-law Billy Hale, niece Tempe Hale, nephew Charlie Hale, younger brother David Dean and sister-in-law, Sue Dean of Arcata, Calif., and nephews Dylan and Skyler Dean. He is also survived by his ex-spouses, and his dear friend Randi Johnson of Henry Ridge. He was predeceased by his mother, Susanna Whiteside of Jackson, Mississippi.
     Donations are being accepted to establish a college fund for James. Checks may be sent to: J. James Dean, c/o Lloyd/Phillips Family, 1131 Hill St., Santa Monica, CA 90405.
A memorial service was held at January 1, 2012, at Big Rock Ranch, Topanga, California, January 1, 2012.


The following news artilce also appeared in the Topanga Messenger, dated January 12, 2012:

Remembering Michael Dean
January 12, 2012 - By Amy Weisberg
     Michael Dean passed away on Christmas evening, from advanced Melanoma, surrounded by those who loved him.
     A beautiful memorial tribute attested to his importance in the lives of many. Family, friends and community members fondly remembered Michael Dean on Sunday, January 1, 2012, at Big Rock Ranch during a memorial hosted by Melissa Oliver and Paul Ferra. Anne and Vince Lombardo, Teishe and Porshe, Star Oakland, Emma Traks, Wendie Malick, Tony Winders, and Linda and Sami Handler helped them prepare the beautiful setting, and the following children created the flower arrangements from recycled glass jars filled with daisies, roses, and native lavender: Talei, Samara, Giselle, Lucy, Lucas, Vanie and Trey.
     Big Rock Ranch was an idyllic location as the many guests sat at flower- decorated picnic tables in the dappled sunlight under a circle of oak trees. The impromptu stage decorated with a simple white ribbon of fabric hung high above and flower petals resting in bowls along the steps to the stage, provided a peaceful, serene setting. The Memorial began with a welcome by Wendie Malick, a long-time friend of Michael and his son, James. Wendie invited all of the children present, including James, to the stage to perform a flower petal blessing for Michael. Remembrances of those close to Michael followed.
     Trudy [Dean ('67)] Hale, Michael's younger sister, recalled childhood memories filled with a daring, adventurous, loving older brother. She described playful games, pranks and a brother who was a courageous Peter Pan. She read a beautiful poem she wrote for the occasion with a voice full of love, grief, memories and Southern flavor.
     Trudy's daughter, Tempe, described her uncle as wild and fun, a person who everyone felt was on his or her side. He knew and related to everyone regardless of his or her age. Michael connected to others; he never met a stranger.
     Vasi Vangelos, a friend of Michael's from the Valley described he and Michael as brothers with a strong connection. “Michael had a smile that lit up the room.” He had a big heart.
     Richard Brody described Michael's infectious smile and his regime of juicing up to 40-pounds of carrots per week as he explored alternative treatments. Brody read a poem written by Mary Oliver and can be found online at topangamessenger.com.
     Michael inspired poetry and an abundance of adjectives as speakers tried to put a finger on the quality that endeared Michael to so many.
     Words from Randi Johnson, a dear friend currently teaching English in Viet Nam, read by Wendie Malick, included: skilled carpenter, teacher, astrologer, dancer, seeker, hiker, math, kind, perceptive, sexy, gentle, curious, flirtatious, courageous and mischievous.
     “Michael was careful with his time,” said friend Tom Foote, from Topanga. “He spent it wisely.” He spent the past seven years devoted to James, his priority, his soul mate. He doted on the boy, kept tabs on his education and was involved in James' soccer and Scout activities.
     Long-time friend, Lamar Hawkins, remembered Michael as the best dad who shared family times and celebrations with her family. “He was always thinking about what would come next.”
     In tribute to Michael's youthful spirit, Miranda Lee Richards, accompanied on the guitar by Rick Parker, sang Bob Dylan's “Forever Young.” Friends and family members sang the chorus together.
     Time was allowed for impromptu songs, poems, remembrances, but mostly for everyone to connect and share the warmth of friendship that was so important to Michael. The Topanga community is one that comes together in times of happiness, as well as in times of sadness and it was this community that Michael chose as his home. His friends here, who will miss his presence, remember Michael Dean as a Renaissance man, admired and loved by many.
     Author's Note: When challenges come into our lives, we have the opportunity to hide, or to rise to the occasion. I first met Michael in 2008, when his son James was in my Transitional Kindergarten class at Topanga Elementary School. He was immersed in his fight against cancer, but I saw him every morning when he delivered James to my class. He waited with the other parents at the end of the day and I watched James run into his waiting arms. Over the years, we became friends and I attempted to help out when I could, doing their laundry when Michael was exhausted, and keeping an eye out for James around school. I'll miss seeing him, decked out in his top hat at the annual school Silent Auction, or grinning as he popped in my classroom to say "Hi."
     Michael fought his cancer with traditional and alternative medicine, facing his challenge with determination and devotion, with James as the purest motivation to continue the four-year battle.


Adrienne Dee ('93) [posted February 27, 2008]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 27, 2008.

ADRIENNE NICOLE DEE, 32, social worker for the Regional Medical Center, of Memphis, passed away February 23, 2008 at her residence. She was a graduate of East High School and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and had a masters degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis. Services, Saturday, March 1 at 12:30 p.m. at Grace Bible Baptist Church on Schoolfield, where she was a member. Burial in Northridge Cemetery, Millington, TN. She is survived by one daughter, Breanna Hobson of Memphis, TN; two brothers, Justin Dee and Justin Wright, both of Memphis, TN; a mother, Anita Dee of Memphis, TN; a father, James E. Wright of Memphis, TN; two grandmothers, Loretta Dee and Nettie Wright, both of Memphis, TN. She also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives. N.J. Ford and Sons Funeral Home 901-948-7755
Funeral services: 12:30 p.m.S aturday, March 1, 2008, at Grace Bible Baptist Church on Schoolfield.

Prior to her death, Adrienne Dee was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1993 page.


Gregory Lamont Dennis ('91) [posted June 14, 2005] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, June 14, 2005.

Gregory Lamont Dennis, 31, of Memphis, former employee of the University of Tennessee Medical Center and student at East High School, died Friday in Memphis. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Promiseland Baptist Church, where he was a member, with burial in New Park Cemetery. N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He leaves his mother, JoAnn Baxter, and two sisters, Shirley Baxter and Donna Branch, all of Memphis, and his grandparents, Odessa Baxter of Memphis and Mordora Dennis of Winstonville, Miss.
Visitation: A wake will be held 4 - 7 p.m. Friday, June 17, 2005, at N.J.Ford and Sons Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, June18, 2005, at Promiseland Baptist Church, Memphis.

If anyone can supply the class year with which Mr. Dennis was associated, please contact The East High Alumni Page at editor@EastHigh.org.


Donna Dickens ('59) [posted December 10, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, December 10, 2011.

DONNA DICKENS WALLER, 70, homemaker and retired Medical Technologist, died December 8, 2011. She was a 1959 graduate of East High School, attended Memphis State University, and graduated from U.T Medical School in 1963 with a B.S. in Medical Technology. She married Rev. Morton Finch Waller September 11, 1964 at Union Avenue United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her husband and her daughter, Lee Katharine Waller. She is survived by her daughter, Alyce Waller Haynes (Stephen R), of Memphis; son, Morton Boyd Waller of Denver; sister, Diane Dickens Lewis ['55]; brother, Douglas H. Dickens ['62]; grandchildren, Braden Hezekiah Haynes, Christiana Hope Haynes, Matthew Stephen Haynes. The family will receive friends from 3-6 p.m. Sunday, December 11 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday, December 12 at Idlewild Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Church Health Center. Online condolences may be expressed at www. memphisfuneralhome. net.
Visitation: 3-6 p.m. Sunday, December 11 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel
Funeral services: 1 p.m. Monday, December 12 at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis.


Joanne Dixon ('56) [posted June 19, 2011, notice posted to the daily update page June 5, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, June 5, 2011.

Indiana, Indianapolis - Joanne [Dixon] McDowell, age 72, of Indianapolis, IN passed away June 1, 2011. She was born in Memphis, TN, the daughter of the late Floyd Vernon Dixon and Mary Blanche (Smith) Dixon. Joanne graduated from East High School in Memphis and from the University of Tennessee. She is survived by her husband, Richard R. McDowell, to whom she had been married 46 years, her daughters, Missy McDowell and Megan Calhoun (Jim), and her grandchildren, Oscar and Stella Calhoun who know her as JoJo. Her brother survives: Dr. Richard Dixon ['53] (Ellen) of Memphis. Joanne was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Studio 3 Artists. Joanne was an accomplished watercolorist for many years. When she traveled across the globe or in everyday life, she had an eye for beauty which you could see in all her paintings. Her creativity was evident in everything she did in life. She also was a talented ballet dancer, having studied in New York in her earlier years. Her passion for dancing continued her whole life. She celebrated life through traveling, reading, decorating, gardening, spending time with friends, raising her daughters, and playing with her grandchildren. “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” was her approach to life and how she will be remembered. She was a member of Mu Alpha Latreian and a volunteer for the Indianapolis Day Nursery. During her early work career, she was a stewardess for American Airlines and became a member of the Kiwi Club of former American Airline stewardesses. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 7 at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN, at 11 a.m. Prior to the service, visitation with family and friends will be in the church parlor starting at 10 a.m. A reception will be held at the church following the service. You are invited to visit the website www.leppertmortuary.com where you may share a personal memory of Joanne, sign the guest book or arrange a memorial contribution to St. Luke's church. Arrangements entrusted to: Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel (317)844-3966
Visitation: 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2011, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2011, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 100 W. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN.


Stacy Michelle Dixon ('97) [posted April 21, 2010] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, April 21, 2010.

STACEY MICHELLE DIXON, 31, of Memphis, daughter of the late Reverend Samuel L. Dixon, Sr. and Lois J. Dixon died on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at Methodist Hospital North. She was a graduate of East High School, attended Memphis Urban League and was a former employee of City of Memphis Police Dept. Comp Stat Unit. Family will receive friends on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 3-5 pm at Harrison's Funeral Home Chapel 2647 Carnes Avenue. Visitation, Saturday, April 24, 2010 from 9-9:55 a.m. at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, 70 North Bellevue Blvd where she was a member with Celebration Services at 10 a.m. Interment in New Park Cemetery, 4536 Horn Lake Road. Dr. Frank A. Thomas Eulogist. Her life will be forever cherished by her sisters, Carol Dixon Mazique and Tracey Marie Dixon (twin sister), her brother Samuel L. Dixon, Jr. (Stephanie) fourteen nieces and nephews, a great- nephew , her grandmother, Shirley McRee and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Reception with family: 3-5 p.m. Friday, April 23, 2010, Harrison's Funeral Home Chapel, Memphis.
Visitation: 9-9:55 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 10 a.m Saturday, April 24, 2010, Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Memphis.


Johnny Doggett (associated with Class of '55) [posted April 24, 2008] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, April 27, 2002.

JOHN HENRY DOGGETT JR., 64, of Memphis, architect and president of Odorzone, died Thursday at his home. Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Memorial Park Rotunda with entombment in Memorial Park Mausoleum. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. He was a Marine Corps veteran, founding board member of Memphis Truth Seekers Fellowship and member of Memphis Country Club. Mr. Doggett, the husband of Joy Ramsey Doggett, also leaves three daughters, Cile Collier, Elizabeth Hvasta and Keith Rainer, all of Memphis; two sons, Sam Nick ey IV of Memphis and Andrew Stimpson of Jackson, Miss.; a sister, Winnefred Kell of Sarasota, Fla., and five grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Truth Seekers Fellowship.


Billy Dover ('61) [posted July 22, 2010] - From The Commercial Appeal, July 22, 2010:

William Eugene Dover, 67, died Friday evening of complications from a long illness. He was born December 15, 1942 in Atlanta, GA to the late Pauline Lewis Dover and Benjamin Franklin Dover. He was a graduate of East High School, class of 1961, where he played football. He graduated from the University of Memphis with a degree in history, and then served in the Army as a Medic. He spent his business career in his hometown of Memphis, the city he dearly loved. He worked first at W. M. Barr Co. and then bacame a Vice-President of Holiday Inns, developing franchises all over the country. He later worked in the commodities industry for nearly 30 years, first with McVean Trading and then with Refco and Sparks Companies, Inc. from which he retired in 2005. Billy was best known for his love of music and animals. He was an early member of the Settlers, a popular folk/country/bluegrass/rock band, with whom he continued to play for the past 48 years. He was a member of the Memphis Sport Shooting Club, with a reputation as an excellent shot. Billy owned and rode horses for nearly 40 years, and enjoyed a long series of very spoiled pets. He seemed to have a thousand friends, in part because of his cheerful demeanor and fun-loving personality. He is survived by beloved cousins Melissa Lewis Bernstein of NY, NY, Ritter Eugene Lemke of Savannah, GA, Mary Frances Lemke of Atlanta, GA, Henry Baker Dover of Tallahassee, FL, as well as Claudia Lemke Thomas and Virginia Lemke Howell of Atlanta, GA, and Walter Dudley Dover and Karol Dover Selvaggio of Tallahassee, FL. Funeral services will be held at 4 PM, Friday at Memorial Park Poplar, with visitation at 2:30 PM. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, P. O. Box 381435, Germantown TN 38183.
Visitation: 2:30 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2010, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2010, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Jane Dowdy ('59) [posted May 3, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, December 24, 1999.

Jane D. Graham, 59, of Bartlett, office manager for McWaters and Associates, died of cancer Wednesday at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at noon Monday at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. She was a member of the Republican Womoen and attended the Univversity of Memphis. She leaves a daughter, Dianne Sloan of Adamsville, Tenn.; a son, Ben Grapham Jr. of Memphis; a sister, Jo Michael ['64], and a borther, Jim Dowdy ['65], both of Bartlett, and three grandchildren.


Cifford Ollie Dowell ('53) [posted August 15, 2005] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, August 14, 2005.

CLIFFORD OLLIE DOWELL, 70, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2005 after a long courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He died peacefully at his home surrounded by his family. He was an officer in the U. S. Army, a retired manager of Cigna Insurance Company, a board member of Delta Dental of Tennessee, owner of Dowell and Associates, and an active member of Christ United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Peggy; 2 daughters, Laura Greenwell and Jenny Nicholson; 1 son, Paul Dowell; 1 daughter-in-law, Josie Dowell; 3 grandchildren, Justin Lewis, Michael Lewis, and Michelle Nicholson; 1 great-granddaughter, Jolie Jones; and 1 sister, Elisa (Betsy) Dowell ['64]. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, August 15, 2005 at Christ United Methodist Church with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge. The family requests any memorials be sent to the ALS Foundation or Christ United Methodist Church. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel 901-725-0100
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, August 15, 2005 at Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis


Forrest "Butch" Dowling (class year/association undetermined) [posted August 08, 2010] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, August 08, 2010.

Forrest Dowling III, of Memphis, passed away on Thursday, August 5, 2010 after a long illness. He was 65. Forrest was a loving father, husband, brother, son and friend. A lifelong Memphian, Forrest was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, an avid photographer, and train and boat enthusiast. He was an electronics engineer for Motion Picture Laboratories and for many years lent his talents to WKNO-TV, WMC-TV and WYPL-FM. During his early twenties, he was an on-air personality for radio station WMQM in Memphis and WGMM in Millington. A member of Buntyn Presbyterian Church, Forrest was preceded in death by his mother, Eugenia Davis Dowling, and by his father, Forrest Dowling, Jr. He leaves his wife of more than 31 years, Nancy, two daughters, Lynley Montgomery Dowling and Melanie Lockhart Dowling, a sister, Eugenia Dowling Trousdale ['59] (Austin) and a brother, Michael Lanier Dowling (Class year/association undetermined) (Rhonda), all of Memphis. Visitation and a memorial service will be scheduled in the near future. Memorials can be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Jimmy Doyle ('60) [posted October 30, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 29, 2011.

James C. Doyle, Jr., passed away October 27, 2011 at his home in Memphis. A graduate of East High School and Shelby State Community Collete, he retired as an Automation Engineer with Siemens Corp. After retirement he worked as a computer cnsultant. He was a member of First Evangelical Church, a volunteer with the Red Cross Disaster Relief, a 32nd degree Mason and a U. S. Navy veteran. Also he was an Assistant Commissioner for the Eastern District Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts and an avid deer and duck hunter. A beloved husband, father, and brother, he is survived by his wife of 43 years, Virna Ruth Doyle, son, Todd Alexander Doyle of Memphis, sisters, Gloria Jeanne Sullivan ['65) of Atoka, TN and Nancy Doyle Banfield ['69] of Mesquite, TX. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jamie Elaine Doyle. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, October 31, at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society or to the Chickasaw Council Boy Scouts or a charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation: 3-5 p.m, Sunday, October 30, 2011, Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue.
Funeral services: 2 p.m, Monday, October 31, 2011, Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue.


Nancy Doyle ('69) [posted February 18, 2013] - From http://www.eastgatefuneralhome.com, Eastgate Funeral Home, Garland, Texas.

Nancy Doyle Banfield, 62, long time resident of the Dallas area, passed quietly in the presence of her Lord on February 12, 2013. She was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 5, 1951. Nancy is survived by her daughter Amy Fox and husband Gary of Greenville, Texas; her sister Jeanne [Doyle '65] Sullivan and husband Danny of Atoka, Tennessee; step sisters Florence Brooks and Carol Ward both of Collierville, Tennessee; sister-in-law Virna Doyle of Memphis, Tennessee; granddaughter Laci Fox and great grandson Noah Fox both of Greenville,Texas. Nancy was predeceased by her parents; husband Robert Banfield and her brother James Doyle Jr.
Nancy's love for her numerous pets throughout her life was always evident. She was an avid Country Western dancer. Upon being diagnosed with breast cancer she became involved with the Brady James Cancer Foundation and Fight Like A Girl Foundation. In lieu of flowers donation to charity of choice.
A service of remembrance will be February 16, 2013


Joanne Draper ('62) [posted May 4, 2012] - apparently from The Destin Log/The Walton Log, publication date unknown:

Joanne Kay Draper Dodd, age 56, of Destin, Fla., went to be with Yeshua Ha'Maschiach (Jesus Our Messiah) on Tuesday evening, May 2, 2000.
She was born in Pontiac, Mich., raised in Memphis, and had lived in Destin for 26 years. Joanne loves her Lord Jesus Christ with all her heart and ministered his love to all she met. She was co-founder of the Noah's Ark Preschool Ministry of St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church and active in various ministries of the church.
She was nicknamed "Joy" by the many Russian and Ukranian immigrants that she helped. Joanne was named "Disabled Professional Woman of the Year" by the Fort Walton Beach Pilot Club of the Miracle Strip in 1992. This was three years before the Lord Jesus healed her completely of multiple sclerosis. She was past president of the Episcopal Women of the Church, St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea in Destin.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, James M. Dodd; son and daughter-in-law, James Jr. and Debbie Dodd; grandchildren, Brandon and Audrey, all of Milton, Fla.; son, Michael Dodd of Cleveland, Tenn.; mother, Thelma Draper of Destin; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy and Richard Veldman of Destin, and Jackie and John Wetzel of Montrose, W.Va.; brother and sister-in-law, Harry and Terri Draper of Memphis; aunt, Marilyn Goggins of West Caldwell, N.J.; and aunt and uncle, Helen and Roy Bowlin of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla.
Funeral services will be conducted at St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Destin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, with Father Mike Hesse officiating. Interment will follow in Destin Memorial Cemetery. A reception will follow interment at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to St. Andrew's-by-the-Sea, earmarked Uganda Fund, P.O. Box 338, Destin, FL 32540.
"I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day."
McLaughlin Mortuary, 17 Chestnut Ave., Fort Walton Beach, entrusted with arrangements.


Reid DuBard ('67) [posted October 31, 2002] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 15, 1972.

Joint Services Today
Joint services will be held at 2 p.m. today [March 15, 1972] at First Evangelical Church for Miss Helen L. Tully and Reid W. DuBard, killed Monday [March 13, 1972] in a car accident near Carthage, Tenn. Burial for both will be in Memorial Park with Tredwell-Norris Funeral Home in charge.
Miss Tully, 22, was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Bartlett C. Tully of 2218 Kirby Road. Mr. DuBard, 23, was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Horton DuBard of 6460 Strathspey. They were killed while driving from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, which they attended, to Memphis for spring vacation.
A news article about the accident is posted in our news section


James Vicory Duffel ('60) [posted April 6, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, April 6 2012:

James Vicory Duffel, 70, of Memphis, TN, died peacefully Wednesday, April 4, 2012, a day before the passing of his mother, Elizabeth Duffel. His wife, Stella Duffel; son, Steven Duffel and daughter-in-law, Michelle Duffel were all with him at the time of his death. Mr. Duffel is also survived by his brother, Bill Duffel of Nashville and granddaughters, Chelsea and Alyssa. He was loved dearly. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 6 at Forest Hill East Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home with interment to follow. Forest Hill East Funeral Home 901-382-1000
Visitation: 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 6, 2012, at Forest Hill East Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 2 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Forest Hill East Funeral Home, Memphis.


Patt Duncan ('68) [posted October 13, 2005] - From The Commercial Appeal, October 13, 2005:

PATRICIA ANN DUNCAN CURTIS, 54, of Memphis TN. Ms. Curtis succumbed to ovarian cancer on October 12, 2005 at home. Ms. Curtis was a graduate of East High School and the University of Tennessee School of radiologic technology. She was an active member of the radiology field in Memphis for nearly four decades, and accredited with the ARRT(R) (M) (CRA), ARDMS, and a member of the ASRT and AHRA. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Services will be 3 p.m. Friday, October 14,at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch, with interment at Memorial Park Southwoods. She is survived by her mother, Geneva Lomonica, a son, Chris Curtis, two grandsons, Randy Curtis and Michael Denman, all of Memphis, Tn. and a sister, Joan Wooley of Southaven, Ms. The family wishes to give thanks to friends and the congregation of Hope Presbyterian for their help, prayers, and support. Brantley Funeral Home Olive Branch 662-895-2310
Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, October 13, 2005, at Brantley Funeral Home, Olive Branch, MS.
Funeral services: 3 p.m. Friday, October 14, 2005, at Brantley Funeral Home, Olive Branch, MS., Olive Branch, MS

Prior to her death, Patt Duncan was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1968 page.


Kay Dunlap ('70) [posted October 19, 2008] - From The Commercial Appeal, May 25, 1991:

KAY LYNN DUNLAP, 39, of Memphis, professional singer, died Friday at William F. Bowld Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. Miss Dunlap attended East High School and Memphis State University, majoring in speech and drama. She also attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She worked with the theater group after college and also worked as a professional singer. She toured with several bands throughout the Southern states. She leaves her mother, Mrs. Fay Webb Dunlap of Memphis.


Dwight Leonard Durrett ('73) [posted August 20, 2006] - From The Commercial Appeal, August 20, 2006:

DWIGHT LEONARD DURRETT, 51, of Memphis, salesman for Nu-Prime, alumni of East High School, died Thursday, August 17, 2006 at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 24 at Harrison's Funeral Home Chapel, 2647 Carnes Avenue. Remains will lie in state Friday, August 25 from 11-11:55 a.m. at Greater Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 3077 Johnson Avenue, where he was a member. Funeral ceremony will be at 12 p.m. with interment to follow at New Park Memorial Gardens, 3900 Sewanee Road, Pastor Willie H. Lester, officiating. He leaves to cherish his memories; his wife, Gloria; his son, DeMario Moore; his daughters, D'Angela Durrett, Moriah R. Durrett and April Michelle Durrett; his mother and stepfather, Ella D. and Willie Cartwright; five sisters, Sandra D. Harris, Eva C. (Charles K.) Jones, Loretta D. Slaughter, Joan D. Suggars, and Gloria (Gregory) Moore; six brothers, Turner Lacey, Paul Lacey, William Lacey, Rex (Venessa) Durrett, John Durrett and Otis B. Durrett; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. www.harrisonfuneralhome.com
Visitation: 11-11:55 a.m. Friday, August 25, 2006, at Greater Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis
Funeral services: 12 noon Friday, August 25, 2006, at Greater Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis


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Mike Earp ('52) [updated January, 1998] - From The Commercial Appeal, August 3, 1997:

Orson K. `Mike' Earp Jr., a vanguard in Memphis's real estate market, died of cardiovascular failure Friday [August 1, 1997] at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was 62.
Mr. Earp, a Memphis native, was a lifetime member of the Memphis Board of Realtors' Multimillion Dollar Club, an honor that comes after selling a high volume of real estate for five consecutive years.
Mr. Earp was a member of the first football team at East High School and graduated in the school's second-ever class. He graduated from Washington and Lee University, where he was president of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a member of Sigma.
After a two-year stint in the Marines, Mr. Earp began a career in insurance and later moved into the field that would make him successful: real estate.
Mr. Earp became chairman, president and chief executive officer at the Galbreath Company before he was recruited by Marx & Bensdorf Real Estate & Investment Co. in 1977.
He became chairman of the company in 1980. His co-owner and partner in the 30-agent firm, David Okeon, said the company sold $93 million worth of real estate last year under Mr. Earp's leadership.
"I would say he was the rudder and the guiding force behind the firm," Okeon said. "He had excellent administrative and management skills."
Besides real estate, Mr. Earp stayed busy in civic and social organizations.
He was president of the Phoenix Club and played a leading role in founding the Boys Clubs here in the early 1960s, said his daughter, Lisa Earp Wilder of Memphis.
He was a past president of the Tennessee Club, a past chairman of the Memphis/Shelby County Insurance Advisory Committee, a member of the Memphis Country Club and an elder at Idlewild Presbyterian Church.
Mr. Earp also was active in the Regional Cancer Center at Memphis, the Memphis Rotary Club and the Memphis Cancer Society.
Wilder said Mr. Earp's favorite recreation was visiting with his grandchildren.
Besides his daughter, Mr. Earp, the husband of Claudia Elizabeth Willins Earp, also leaves two other daughters, Martha Earp Cottam of Memphis, and Marguerite Earp McGowan of Dallas; two sisters, Martha Earp Canale and Helen Earp West, both of Memphis, and seven grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday [August 4, 1997] at Idlewild Presbyterian Church with burial in Memorial Park. Canale Funeral Directors has charge.
The family asks that any memorials be sent to Idlewild Presbyterian Church, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Memphis or a charity of the donor's choice.


Leslie E. Eason ('51) [posted January 8, 2000]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 23, 1997:

Dr. Leslie E. Eason, 64, of Memphis, anesthesiologist for the Medical Group, died of complications from diabetes Monday [September 22, 1997] at Methodist Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memorial Park. He was a partner in the Medical Group from 1965-1991. He was a captain and flight surgeon in the Air Force. He was a member of the first graduating class of East High School and the graduated from the University of Tennessee Medical School in 1954. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha at the University of Memphis. Dr. Eason, the husband of Linda Porter Eason for 41 years, also leaves two daughters, Lee Anne Eason and Lynne Ellen Canestrari; and two sons, Leslie E. Eason Jr., and Landon Porter Eason, all of Memphis; a sister, Gladys Wright of Hot Springs, Ark,; a brother, Dr. Hamel Eason of Memphis, and six grand children. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Central Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.


Tim Eaton (associated with the class of '66) [posted January 3, 2000]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 3, 2000:

TIMOTHY WARD EATON, 52, of Memphis, owner of Eaton Imports and First Class Gift Shops, died of cancer Saturday [January 1, 2000] at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Services will be at noon Thursday [January 6, 2000] at Germantown Presbyterian Church with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Family Funeral Care has charge. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran. Mr. Eaton leaves a daughter, Jennifer Eaton Prest; a companion he lived with, Lynn Shea; his mother, Sylvia Eaton; two sisters, Sandra Eaton Saunders and Beth Eaton Washington, and three brothers, Stephen Shawn Eaton, Dennis Craig Eaton and David Bron Eaton, all of Memphis, and a grandchild. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.


Frank Edwards ('55) [posted November 3, 2010]
From The Commercial Appeal, November 3, 2010:

Arthur Frank Edwards Jr., 73, died on October 28, 2010. Memorial Park, 767-8930
From the Memorial Park website:
Arthur Frank Edwards
July 29, 1937 - October 29, 2010
Visitation : Thursday November 04, 2010, 12:00 pm-1:00 pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Click for Map and Direction
Graveside Service : Thursday November 04, 2010, 1:00 pm at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Prior to his death, Frank Edwards was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the
Class of 1955 page.

Visitation: noon -1pm, Thursday, November 04, 2010, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Graveside service: 1:00 pm, Thursday, November 04, 2010, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis.


Steve Eggers (associated with the Class of '68) [posted November 22, 2013]
From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 18, 2013:

EGGERS, Steve Dateline: Milledgeville. Stephen A. Eggers, 63, passed away peacefully Saturday, September 14, 2013. Steve was born in Memphis TN, to Jack and Josephine Eggers, and lived most of his life in Atlanta GA, later moving to Milledgeville GA when he retired. Steve Graduated with a Masters degree from Georgia Tech, but his true college love was his Alma Mater, Auburn University. Steve had a successful career as Chief Financial Officer for several companies. He helped start Dowden Communications, a Cable Television company in Atlanta in the late 1970's, and later was Chief Financial Officer for Fisher Precision Spindles, in Hartford Connecticut. Steve was an avid golfer, and enjoyed a good game of blackjack or poker. He is survived by his two brothers, Louis [Eggers (associated with the Class of '66)], of Milledgeville GA and Andy [Eggers (class association unknown)] of Sylva NC, and numeroius nieces and nephews. Steve was a friend to all, and will be missed. Memorial Donations may be made in Steve's name to the Red Cross of Georgia. Express online condolences at www.williamsfuneralhome.net. Williams Funeral Home of Milledgeville in charge of arrangments.
Editor's note: Steve Eggers and his family moved to the Atlanta area after his 9th grade year in 1965.


Frances Elder ('57) [posted June 7, 2007]
It is reported that no obituary was published upon the death Frances Elder. The East High Alumni Page believes the following to accurately reflect official and/or published records:
Fraces Irene Sutton, 52, died July 22, 1991, in San Francisco, California. At the time of her death, her survivors included her parents Harold and Sarah Elder of Memphis, Tennessee; a sister Doris Jean Valentine of Memphis; a brother, Robert H. Elder of Collinsville, Alabama.


Patsy Ellington ('60) [posted August 19, 2007]
From The Commercial Appeal, August 19, 2007:

PATSY M. HOKE, 65, passed to heaven to join our Lord Jesus on August 15, 2007. Patsy is the granddaughter of Edgar and Mary Ellington and William and Mary Myracle; the daughter of Bruce and Peggy Ellington; the mother of three sons, Kevin Dougher, Kelly Dougher, wife Lacy and Hunter Hoke; the brother to Ken Ellington ['72] and wife Jan; the sister to Susan Evans; the niece to Billy and Sue Deloach, Carline Myracle, Joe Myracle, Gene Myracle, and Shirley Myracle. Patsy, a retired employee of Methodist Hospital, graduated from East High School and had attended University of Memphis. Her cousin, Pastor Billy Myracle will be performing a memorial service at Collierville Bible Church on Tuesday, August 21, at 3 p.m. The family requests that all donations be sent to West Clinic Cancer Center. The family also rejoices that by the grace of our Lord Jesus, she lives. Collierville Bible Church is located at 806 Wolf River Blvd, Phone is 854-2500. High Point Funeral Chapel 901-454-5795
Memorial Service: 3 p.m. Tuesday, August 21, 2007, at Collierville Bible Church


James Mignon Evans ('56) [posted September 27, 2005]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 27, 2005:

James Mignon Evans [56], 67, died Monday [September 26, 2005], of cancer. He was born in Memphis on May 9, 1938, to M.K. Evans and Elizabeth Fulcher Evans, and was preceded in death by his daughter, Virginia Gayle Evans, and his brother, David Fulcher Evans. He is survived by his wife, Gayle Dupont Evans, whom he married Aug. 21, 1965; and his sons, Matthew Moseby Evans of Idaho Falls, Idaho; Benjamin Dupont Evans and his wife, Stacie Sanders, of Baltimore; and Bolin Briscoe Evans and his girlfriend, Sparrow Hall, of Knoxville. Mr. Evans graduated from East High School and Rice University. He received a Masters of Fine Arts in Architecture from Princeton University and served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After briefly practicing architecture in Washington, D.C., he returned to Memphis in 1968 and commenced a 37-year practice with the architectural firm now known as Evans, Taylor, Foster, Childress. His work received numerous awards from professional organizations. He had served as president of the Memphis chapter of the American Institute of Architects and as vice president of AIA Tennessee. He led and organized the Francis Mah Fellowship Committee He had also served as a vestry member and junior warden of Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, as president of Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School, as a member of the board of directors and as president of Dismas House Memphis and was a member of the University Club and Rotary Club. The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday [September 28, 2005] at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The family will receive guests at the church one hour before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Ave., Memphis, 38104; Church Health Center of Memphis, 1210 Peabody Ave., Memphis, 38104; or Emmanuel Episcopal Center, 604 Saint Paul Ave., Memphis, 38126. Canale Funeral Directors 901-452-6400
Visitation: 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2005, at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2005, at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.


Nancy Ezell ('59) [posted September 9, 2014]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 7, 2014:

Southaven - NANCY EZELL COTTAM KING died suddenly at her home in Southaven on September 5, 2014. She was born November 30, 1941, to Noland and Marybelle Ezell. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Philip Cottam, her husband, Bill King, and son, John Cottam. Nancy graduated from East High and attended the University of Tennessee. She opened State Beauty Supply with her husband Phil, and continued to run the business with son, Tim. She was an avid University of Memphis and Memphis and Grizzles basketball fan and enjoyed working in her yard. Nancy is survived by her sons, Tim Cottam (Kyla) and Russell Cottam; her grandchildren, Matthew and Luke Cottam, Hannah Cottam, and Tori Cottam; her sisters, Ellie Appling of Germantown, TN, and Libby Berry (David) of Soddy Daisy, TN. Nancy’s service will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Poplar with visitation, 5-7 p.m.. Monday, September 8 and funeral services at 11:30 a.m Tuesday, September 9. The family requests in lieu of flowers friends send donations to Palmer House, P.O. Box 929, Hernando, MS. 38632 or charity of choice . Memorial Park Funeral Home.


Mara Ezernieks ('61) [posted October 10, 2010]
From The Commercial Appeal, October 10, 2010:

Virginia, Charlottesville - Mara Ezernieks Evans, 67, of Charlottesville, VA died on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at the Hospice House of the Piedmont. Born February 23, 1943 in Gulbene, Latvia, she was the daughter of the late Janis and Anna Kesners Ezernieks. Mara and her family immigrated to the United States when she was 5 years old to Strayhorn, MS, moved to Halls, TN and finally settled in Memphis, TN. She became a Naturalized Citizen at 13 years old and completed high school in 1961 at East High School. She worked for several years as an EEG Technician at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis, TN and retired as an Executive Secretary in the banking industry and moved to Charlottesville, VA. When crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains at Afton Mountain, Mara proclaimed her new home was the most beautiful place in the world. After establishing our new home she immediately joined the Virginia Master Gardeners' Program. After completing her training she received Letters of Appreciation for working on new Master Gardener Training programs, being a Mentor, a Service Award for volunteering more than 2,000 hours, and earned Master Gardener of the Year for 2004. She received a Letter of Appreciation from the Jefferson Area Board for Aging for her time and caring of their horticulture therapy program and the Healing Arts Garden. Additionally she broadened her learning by completing the Tree Steward Training given through the Virginia Department of Forestry. Mara loved her adopted country, her family, especially the grandchildren and anyone who wanted to talk, learn, or know anything about gardening. She was proud to be of Latvia descent and was always ready to celebrate and share all Latvian customs. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile, wonderful personality, always offering encouragement and never letting anything get her down. She is survived by her husband Hayward D. Evans of Charlottesville, VA, and her two children, her daughter Jennifer Tomes and her husband Keith, of Memphis, TN and their three children Sydney Brittain, Sadie Braxton, and Summer Bronwyn, her son Gregory King and his wife Bonnie and their two children Anna Leigh and Skylar Ross of Memphis, TN, her brother Uldis [Ezernieks ('59)] and his wife Linda of Alexandria, VA and their two children Kevin and Vanessa. She is also survived by her special cousins, Maruta Krastins and her husband Evars, Juris Jurbergs and his wife Gunta, both of Memphis, TN and Atis Jurbergs and his wife Diane of Chicago, IL. Special friends in her life were Elsa Powell and Wanda White, both of Memphis, TN. Other special friends were Tom Walsh, Dr. Sue McCoy, Charlotte Herbert, Margie Giuliano, Suzanne Drinkard, Larry and Elizabeth Randall, M. Adamson, Grif and Jane Ann Griffis and many of the other Master Gardeners for their friendship and support the last several months. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Susan Modesitt, Dr. Melissa Henrietta, RN, Jana Briedis-Ruiz, cancer coordinator, all of UVA Oncology Department, all of the staff in the Infusion Center at UVA Hospital, Nurses: Mary Dillon, Kathy Roach, Suzanna, Sara and Ann with Hospice of the Piedmont and nurses: Lori Connolly, Wendy and Amber and the entire staff at the Hospice House. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday October 12, 2010 at Twelve Noon in the Chapel at Hill and Wood Funeral Home, 201 North First Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite #300, Charlottesville, VA 22911. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.hillandwood. com. Hill and Wood Funeral Home (434)296-6148
Memorial service: noon, October 12, 2010, Chapel at Hill and Wood Funeral Home, Charlottesville, VA


Uldis Ezernieks ('59) [posted May 22, 2013]
From The Commercial Appeal, May 22, 2013:

ULDIS EZERNIEKS, age 71, of Alexandria, VA passed away on Saturday, 11 May 2013 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital of complications from Wegener's Granulomatosis, a rare form of vasculitis. He was born in Gulbene, Latvia in 1941. At the end of WWII, he immigrated with his family to the US and settled in Memphis. He attended Bellevue Elementary School and graduated from East High School in 1959. He attended CBC in Memphis before joining the US army. During his deployment to Augsburg, Germany in 1965 he married Linda Boyd of Memphis, TN. After completing his Army tour, he and Linda remained in Augsburg, where their two children were born. He worked as a civilian employee for the Department of the Army in Augsburg from 1966 to 1974 and as an employee of the Department of Defense Schools in Giessen, Germany from 1974 to 2003. He was much loved and admired by all who knew him. He is survived by his wife Linda, his son, Kevin, his daughter, Vanessa, his niece Jennifer Tomes, his nephew Greg King and his cousins, Maruta Krastins, Juris Jurbergs and Atis Jurbergs. A memorial service will be held in Memphis, TN at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6865 Poplar Pike, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 23 May 2013. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation or to the American Red Cross
Memorial service: 5 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 2013,Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 6865 Poplar Pike, Memphis, TN.


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Tom Faber ('59) [posted October 12, 2000]
From The Commercial Appeal, October 12, 2000:

Thomas John Faber, of Newnan, Georgia, was born in Chicago, Illinois, in June of 1941. At the age of three, he moved with his family to Memphis, Tennessee, and remained until he attended college. Growing up, Tom was involved in Scouting (Eagle Scout), hunting, fishing, and sports. Tom graduated from Mississippi State with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked for LaClede Street, U.S. Air Force, The Clorox Co., Kingsford Charcoal Co., Bonner Construction, and was a Senior Project Manager for MetricConstructors.
Tom lost his one and one-half year battle with brain cancer on Tuesday, October 10, 2000. He was a devoted parent to his daughters, a manager who cared about his people, a breeder who, along with his wife, was actively involved with his Morgan Horses, and a person who had a heart for God and life.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents, John Faber and Dorothy Branch Faber. He is survived by two brothers: Dr. Robert B. Faber ['62] of Nashville, Tennessee, and Richard A. Faber ['67] of Memphis, Tennessee; his wife, Melody R. Faber of Newnan; and two daughters, Lisa L. Faber of Lausanne, Switzerland and Shannon D. Faber of Bethesda, M.D.
Visitation hours are being held at McKoon Funeral Home, 38 Jackson Street, Newnan,GA, on Friday, October 13 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Reverend Russell Kendrick will conduct funeral services on Saturday, October 14, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 576 Roscoe Road, Newnan, GA. Burial to follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the St. Paul's Episcopal Church Building Fund at the above address.


Ann Fakes ('52) [posted September 29, 2014] - From The Commercial Appeal, September 28, 2014:

Ann Fakes Gehlmann, 79, passed away on September 23, 2014 in Cookeville, Tennessee following a long illness. She was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on August 26, 1935 to Valeria Motley Fakes and Roger Edmonds Fakes. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Karl Gehlmann. Ann was a graduate of East High School in Memphis and earned her bachelors degree at Southwestern College (now Rhodes College) in Memphis, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority and Psi Chi, national honorary society in psychology. She received her masters degree from the University of Tennessee School of Social Work in Nashville. Additionally, she received the Rhoda O’Meara Award for outstanding achievement in the field of public service. Ann’s many years of work with the Tennessee Department of Human Services focused on foster care, adoption, and residential care for children. Following her retirement, she began a twelve-year career in interior decorating. Ann was an artist, a seeker of interesting experiences, a football fan, and a world traveler who expanded her horizons with each adventure. She surrounded herself with friends and art, both of which she lovingly collected throughout her life. She had a gift for hospitality, a delightful sense of humor, an intense curiosity about life, and remarkable courage and faith in facing the end of life. Ann was a resident of Nashville for more than four decades. At the time of her death, she lived with her daughter, Jan Thorne, and son-in-law, Bill, in Cookeville. She is also survived by her daughter, Joan Douglas, and son-in-law, Joe, her granddaughters, Madison Ann Douglas and Rachel Morgan Douglas all of Bowling Green, Kentucky, her brother, Roger E. Fakes ['56] of Memphis, and her step-grandchildren, Lyda Bailey, Enoch Thorne, Gabriel Thorne, Crystal Thorne, and Brandy Gibson. She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville, where a memorial service will be conducted by the Reverend Doctor Mary Louise McCullough at 11 a.m. on October 25, 2014. Following the service, a celebration of Ann’s life will take place at the home of Carole Kenner, 1901 Cedar Lane in Nashville. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Second Presbyterian Church, 3511 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37215, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, Second Presbyterian Church, Nashville, Tennessee.


Gayle Fargotstein ('63) [posted October 17, 2013]
From The Commercial Appeal, October 17, 2013:

Gayle Fargotstein, 68, of Memphis, passed away on October 8, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Esta and Max Fargotstein of Memphis. She leaves behind her siblings and their spouses: Susan Fargotstein Theran ['62] of Boston, Laura [Fargotstein ('70)] and John Riskind of Fairfax Virginia, Emily Fargotstein Poe ['70], Shep [Fargotstein ('72)] and Margaret Fargotstein, and Bill and Leslie Fargotstein, all of Memphis. She was a loving and dedicated aunt to Sally and Rachel Theran of Boston, David Fargotstein of New Orleans, Sam Fargotstein of Memphis, Molly Fargotstein of Atlanta, Zachary Riskind of Washington D.C., Ariel Riskind of Fairfax, Virginia, Max, Jack, and Leo Fargotstein of Memphis, and great-aunt to Miriam and Elise Bergeron of Boston. Ms. Fargotstein was a devoted daughter and aunt whose creativity took many forms. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1967 and East High School in 1963. Graveside Services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 18th at Temple Israel Cemetery. The family asks that donations in memory of Gayle be made to the Memphis Humane Society or the Temple Israel Summer Fellowship Program of Memphis.
Graveside services: 1:30 p.m. Friday, October 18, 2013, Temple Israel Cemetery, Memphis.



Nancy Farmer (Faculty, 1948-49)
Please see the entry under Nancy Farmer Walters


Ralph Farmer ('51) [posted November 6, 2014]
From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, November 5, 2014

Dyersburg- Ralph Woodson Farmer, Jr., 81, of Dyersburg, TN, died on November 3, 2014, in Memphis, TN. Ralph was born on October 17, 1933 in Memphis, TN to Ralph Woodson Farmer, Sr. and Lillie Gillespie Farmer, both of Coldwater, MS. He attended the Memphis State Training School and was in the first graduating class of East High School in Memphis, TN. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. He was graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture in 1955 and in 1956 he married Clara Roller Slack of Knoxville. He attended the University of Tennessee Law School where he excelled, serving as the Editor in Chief of the Law Review as a member of the Order of the Coif and of the Phi Delta Phi legal honor society. In 1959 he was graduated with highest honors and also passed the Tennessee bar exam. Upon graduation from Law School, Ralph served his country in the Air National Guard in San Antonio, TX. Following his service, he practiced law in Memphis with the law firm of Nelson, Norvell, Wilson, McRae, Ivy and Farmer for a decade. During this period Ralph served in the Tennessee Legislature, first in the State House of Representatives and then later in the State Senate. As a state legislator, he sponsored legislation to help teachers in Tennessee and served as the Chairman of the joint Senate and House Constitutional Revision Committee. In 1970, Ralph moved his family and law practice to Dyersburg, TN, first as a partner with the law firm of Ewell and Farmer and later with Farmer, Moore, Jones, Hamilton and Lay. During his long and distinguished career as an attorney, Ralph had the privilege of representing hundreds of families and businesses in complex litigation. Because of his talents as a trial lawyer, he was named a fellow in both the Tennessee Bar Foundation and the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. He also was a member of the Dyer County, Shelby County, Tennessee and American Bar Associations. In addition to his professional associations, he served on the board of directors for Save Trust Bank and the American Red Cross, as well as several other local civic organizations. After retiring in 1994, Ralph enjoyed 20 years of traveling, gardening and spending time with his family. Ralph also joyfully and faithfully served the First Baptist Church in Dyersburg as a Trustee and deacon, while also serving on several committees, including the current building committee. Ralph is survived by his wife, Clara, his children; Woodson Randolph Farmer and his wife, Laura Farmer of Germantown, TN; Mrs. Whitney Farmer McDonald and her husband, James McDonald of Memphis, TN, Mrs. Wesley Farmer Conley and her husband, Steve Conley of Union City, TN, six grandchildren: Emmaline Farmer of Germantown, TN; Clara, Thompson and Cole McDonald of Memphis, TN; Tripp and Caroline Conley of Union City, and his sister, Mrs. Nancy Farmer Kelly of Fairfield Glade, TN. The family will receive friends 5 -7 p.m. Thursday, November 6, at the First Baptist Church in Dyersburg at the family life center, as the sanctuary is currently under renovations. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, November 7, also at the First Baptist Church in Dyersburg. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 220 W Masonic Street, Dyersburg, TN 38024. Johnson-Williams Funeral Home 731-627-3236.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, November 6, 2014, First Baptist Church, Dyersburg, Tennessee (in the Family Life Center
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Friday, November 7, 2014, First Baptist Church, Dyersburg, Tennessee


Joyce Ferguson ('61) [posted February 28, 2006]
Additional information from The Commercial Appeal, February 27, 2006:

JOYCE KAY FERGUSON, 63, retired registered nurse at Baptist Hospital and member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, died Saturday, February 25, 2006 at her home. She is survived by her mother, Doris Ferguson Stuart of Memphis; and her brother, Allan B. Ferguson, Jr. ['58] of Hickory Withe, TN. Since Ms. Ferguson was an avid dog lover, the family requests that any memorials be sent to the Memphis Humane Society or Sunny Meadows in Southaven, MS. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 6 in the chapel of St. Luke's Methodist Church. Family Funeral Care.
Memorial Service: 1 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2006, in the chapel of St. Luke's Methodist Church, Memphis.

A news story is also available.


Paul Allen Ferguson ('61) [posted September 13, 2003]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 13, 2003:

PAUL ALLEN FERGUSON, 60, of Memphis, died Sept. 8 [2003] at Methodist Healthcare-Germantown. He was a Vietnam War veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart, Silver Star and two Bronze Clusters for heroism, and member of Hope Presbyterian Church. He leaves a daughter, Jessica Ferguson Kircher of Medina, Wash.; a sister, Bobbie Ferguson Davis of Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Daniel T. Ferguson of Wylie, Texas, and Rhea W. Ferguson Jr. of Asheville, N.C., and a granddaughter. The family requests that memorials be sent to Music Mission of Hope Presbyterian Church.
See also our sympathy page.

No funeral, memorial, or visitation information was immediately available.


Sid Feuerstein ('55) [posted November 20, 2014]
from The Commercial Appeal, November 20, 2014

Sidney Feuerstein, 77, passed away November 15, 2014 at Methodist Hospice Residence. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Lillie Feuerstein. Sid is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Diane Feuerstein, two sons, Marty (Andrea) and David, five daughters, Nikki (J.L.), Sydney, Kelly, Kimberly (Shane), Karen (Mike), ten grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Sid was a lifelong resident of Memphis, being a practicing attorney for over 50 years, following in his father's footsteps. Sid graduated from East High School. He received his undergraduate and law school degrees from Vanderbilt University. He had an enduring love of sports, playing racquetball, then tennis and later golf. Sid was heavily involved in his children's activities by coaching numerous sports teams at the Jewish Community Center. He was always passionate about Memphis sports, being active in the Memphis Tigers Rebounders Basketball Club. In early adulthood, he served as a member of, and then President of the Temple Israel Brotherhood. Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, November 23, 2014, in the Levy-Cooper Chapel at Temple Israel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send any donations to the Trust for Sydney V. Feuerstein, in care of Diane Feuerstein.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Sunday, November 23, 2014, Levy-Cooper Chapel, Temple Israel Cemetery, Memphis.


Lamar Fike (associated with the Class of '54) [posted March 7, 2011]
From The Associated Press, February 18, 2011


     DALLAS (AP) — Lamar Fike, a member of Elvis Presley's famed inner circle called the "Memphis Mafia" who had a long career in the music industry, has died. He was 75.
     Fike, who was suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, died Jan. 21 at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Arlington, said his son, James Fike, 45, of Atlanta.
     "He did everything first-class. He was very brilliant. He had a tremendous presence. When he walked in a room, he lit it up," said David Stanley, Presley's stepbrother who first met Fike as a toddler.
     "He taught me so much about music, about life, about living life to the fullest," he said.
     James Fike said his father held various roles with Presley, including as a lighting director, bodyguard and managing Presley's music publishing group. After Presley's death in 1977, James Fike said that his father continued to work as an entrepreneur in the music business in Nashville, Tenn., in music publishing, managing artists and brokering music and memorabilia deals.
     He said that in 2006, his father moved to Texas, where he had relatives.
     James Fike said that his father, a great storyteller, would recall when Presley and the "Memphis Mafia" would decide they needed a cheeseburger somewhere and hop on their plane to take them to whatever city they chose.
     "He was a character. He always had these stories," James Fike said.
     Stanley said that Lamar Fike was "like a father figure to me."
     "Him and Elvis were the best of friends, so obviously he was part of the family," Stanley said.
     Stanley said that Fike, who had been working on a memoir of his time with Presley and a screenplay, was the kind of guy who would call him up and say to meet him in a city just to spend some time in the best hotels, eating at the best restaurants.
     Fike was among five members of the group dubbed the "Memphis Mafia" who incorporated the name in the early 1990s.
     Fike was born in Cleveland, Miss., on Nov. 11, 1935. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joan Fike. In addition to James Fike, he is survived another son, John Fike, of Nashville, Tenn. A memorial service is set for Feb. 26 in Mart, a town about 25 miles east of Waco.


Kenny Finsness ('64) [posted January 20, 2008, updated January 22, 2008]:
From The Royal Gazette, Bermuda, January 22, 2008:

A funeral service for the late Mr. Kenneth Harald Finsness, beloved husband of Barbara and loving father of Mia, Chris, Paula, and Catherine, in his 62nd year will be held at St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Middle Road Warwick, Monday, January 21st, 2008, at 3:30 p.m.
Interment will follow in Christ Church, the Church of Scotland, Middle Road, Warwick.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Bermuda Heart Foundation at P.O. Box HM 1993, Hamilton Bermuda or the China Foundation Inc. at P.O. Box 607, Westport CT 06881, U.S.A. for the benefit of Orphans.
He is also survived by his brother Russell [Finsness ('62)]; his family in the U.S.A. numerous other relatives and friends both here and abroad.
Bulley-Graham Funeral Home [Hamilton, Bermuda]


Terry Lee Fitzpatrick (class year undetermined) [posted July 17, 2009]:
From The Commercial Appeal, July 17, 2009:

TERRY LEE FITZPATRICK, 31, of Memphis, Alumnus of East High School, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at Methodist University Hospital. Family hour will be from 2-4 p.m., Friday, July 17, at Harrison's Funeral Home, Inc., 2647 Carnes Ave. He will lie in state Saturday, July 18, from 10-10:55 a.m. at Mt. Zion Miss Baptist Church, 395 Mt. Zion Rd., Piperton, TN, with funeral ceremony at 11 a.m. Interments to follow at Mt. Zion Church Cemetery Piperton, TN. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Barbara Key Fitzpatrick; one son, Derriontay Fitzpatrick; 2 sisters, Trezina Watkins (Earl), Stephanie Fitzpatrick, all of Memphis, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation: 2-4 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2009, Harrison's Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m., Saturday, July 18, 2009, Mt. Zion Miss Baptist Church, Piperton, Tennessee.


Evelyn Flaniken (East High Staff) [posted September 24, 2000] - We are saddened to learn of the death of long time East High Secretary Evelyn Flaniken, who served in that capacity from the mid to late 1950's through at least most of the 1960's. We hope to have more exact dates of her service at East soon. Prior to working at East, Mrs. Flaniken was secretary at Messick High School.

From The Commercial Appeal, September 24, 2000:

LETHE EVELYN WADE FLANIKEN, 97, of Siloam Springs, Ark., formerly of Memphis, retired secretary for the Memphis City Schools, died of heart failure Thursday [September 21, 2000] at Quail Ridge Living Center in Siloam Springs. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday [September 25, 2000] at Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. She was president and treasurer of the Tennessee Education Secretary Association, member of the Tennessee and National Retired Teachers Associations, life member of Women of the Presbyterian Church and a founder of Memphis Public School Secretary Association. Mrs. Flaniken, the widow of Ernest Murrell Flaniken, leaves a daughter, Peggy Flaniken Davis of Siloam Springs; three sons, Ernest Hugh Flaniken of Cocoa, Fla., Forrest Flaniken of Louisville, and Richard Flaniken of Germantown; two half-sisters, Eleanora Marchbanks and Clothilda Russell, and two half-brothers, Karl Wade and Charles Wade, all of Tuscumbia, Ala., 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.


Jo Fly ('62) [posted April 13, 2011, from The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, April 13, 2011:

MARTHA JO DICKERSON, 66, of Memphis, was born July 7, 1944 in Water Valley, MS, the daughter of the late William Maury and Janette Williams-Fly. She entered into eternal rest on April 10, 2011 at her residence. She was married to Sammy Dickerson of Memphis. Memorial Services are private to family only. Arrangements have been entrusted to: High Point Funeral Home & Crematorium
Services are private.


Kirk Fordice ('52) [posted September 7, 2004, updated September 8, 2004]          
From The Associated Press/The Commercial Appeal, September 8, 2004:

Fordice dies; was known for blunt style
By From Staff and Wire Reports
September 8, 2004

      JACKSON, Miss. - Former governor Kirk Fordice, a hard-nosed, no-nonsense businessman who became Mississippi's first Republican governor in more than 100 years, died Tuesday [September 7, 2004] of leukemia. He was 70.
      Fordice, who battled prostate cancer while in office, confirmed in August that he had been diagnosed with a form of leukemia.
      The Memphis native who graduated from East High School and eventually married his high school sweetheart, died at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
      On Thursday [September 9, 2004], there will be a public viewing of Fordice's body in the Capitol Rotunda from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday [September 10, 2004] at First Baptist Church in Jackson, with burial in Parkway Memorial Cemetery. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home has charge.
      "His toughness showed to the very end," said longtime friend Jim Ingram, who served as head of the Highway Patrol during Fordice's two terms.
      "He was a man of integrity and he expected integrity and honesty from those he appointed," Ingram said.
      Gov. Haley Barbour, the second Republican elected to the state's highest office, said Fordice focused the state's energies on economic development.
      "His frank, outspoken and unwavering style made him a respected figure with his political opponents and a beloved governor by Mississippians across the state who elected him twice," Barbour said.
      Born Daniel Kirkwood Fordice Jr. in Memphis on Feb. 10, 1934, he was elected president of the student body at East High, where he was a varsity football player, a swimmer and commander of the ROTC battalion.
      After moving to Mississippi, he became a self-made millionaire through his Fordice Construction Co. in Vicksburg. He upset incumbent Democrat Ray Mabus in 1991 to become Mississippi's first Republican governor since Reconstruction. Fordice served as governor from 1992-2000, becoming the first Mississippi chief executive to succeed himself.
      Friends and associates say Fordice was the consummate alpha male during his eight years in office - loud, gruff and domineering.
      "Frankly I don't miss being inside politics," Fordice said in a 2001 interview with The Associated Press. "It has often been called an ugly, dirty game, and in many ways it is."
      One of his many political battles included the feud with former attorney general Mike Moore, who in 1994 sued tobacco companies. Mississippi was the first of dozens of states to seek repayment for public costs of treating sick smokers.
      Democrat Moore used a stable of private attorneys, including some of his biggest contributors, to file the suit.
      "Any idiot can see it's all about lawyers' fees," Fordice once groused.
      He filed his own suit to try to block Moore's. That didn't work. Moore negotiated a settlement with cigarette makers in 1999 that's bringing the state billions of dollars.
      Despite controversies over his comments on race and other issues and his private life, the silver-haired grandfather only seemed to grow more popular with conservative Mississippians even though his agenda of tax cuts, school choice and term limits stalled in the Democrat-controlled Legislature.
      He was successful in pushing for spending restraints, tougher sentencing laws and more prisons.
      The Legislature agreed to a new law that limited spending to 98 percent of revenues, putting the other 2 percent into a "rainy day" savings account. Lawmakers also passed a law that required people convicted of felonies to serve at least 85 percent of their sentences before they could be considered for parole.
      "He will go down for being a business governor and for creating an environment in this state, a pro-business environment that saw the greatest economic growth in the history of the state," the director of the state Department of Economic and Community Development, Jimmy Heidel, told The Commercial Appeal in 2000.
      Fordice's hero was President Reagan.
      "I'm a staunch conservative in the midst of an extremely liberal Legislature, extremely liberal press," Fordice said in a 1999 interview with The Commercial Appeal. "I do my thing because my internal moral compass tells me what is right, and that is what I do."
      His most raucous debates were over racial issues.
      Just a few days after his swearing in, he threatened to call out the National Guard if the state was ordered to spend more money on its three historically black colleges.
      He argued that racial issues were overshadowed by economic ones. "Mississippi doesn't do race anymore," he said in his 1996 inaugural speech after winning a second term.
      "The 1960s are over. . . We will acknowledge our history, but we will not let it determine our future. The only race that we're concerned with is the race for more jobs, for better schools, for safer neighborhoods and the race for lower taxes," he said.
      His private life made headlines several times.
      In 1993, he revealed that he was having "irreconcilable differences" with his wife of 40 years, Pat. The first lady, through a terse press release, said she had no intention of divorcing.
      Three years later, Fordice was seriously injured while driving back from Memphis, where restaurant employees had seen him eating lunch and drinking wine with a woman.
      In 1999, he was caught on television returning home from a vacation to France with Ann G. Creson, his high school sweetheart. He cursed the television reporter. Days later, he announced that he and his wife were divorcing.
      He married Creson shortly after leaving office in January 2000, barred by term limits from seeking a third term. They later divorced.
      A statement released by Fordice's family said the governor had received calls, letters and prayers from people across the state during his illness.
      "The people he served while in office served to lift his spirits during his final days," the statement read.


Additional information from The Associated Press: Kirk Fordice was survived by daughter, Angie Roselle of Vicksburg; sons, Hunter Fordice and Dan Fordice of Vicksburg, Dr. Jim Fordice of Nashville, Tenn.; and 19 grandchildren.

Public Viewing: Thursday, September 9, 2004, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., State Capitol Rotunda, Jackson, MS.
Visitaton: Thursday, September 9, 2004,7-9 p.m. at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home, 350 High Street, Jackson, MS
Funeral Services: Friday, September 10, 2004, 10 a.m., First Baptist Church, 431 North State Street, Jackson, MS

[Editor's note: There are additional stories about Kirk Fordice during his term as Mississippi governor and after on our "In the news..." section. Also see our entry for Mr. Fordice on our Hall of Honor page.


Hazel F. Forrester ('51) [posted April 8, 2003]:
From The Commercial Appeal, April 8, 2003:

HAZEL F. FORRESTER, 69, of Bartlett, retired master social worker, died Sunday [April 6, 2003] at her home. Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday [April 9, 2003] at Forest Hill Funeral Home East with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery East. She was a member of the National Association of Social Workers for 45 years, former teacher at Humes Junior High School, worked with the Girl Scouts, marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and was grant writer and initiator of MIFA Meals-On-Wheels program. She leaves two sisters, Sydney G. Forrester of Moscow, and Mary Forrester King of Bartlett, and two brothers, Lawrence W. Forrester of Williston, Tenn., and James A. Forrester Jr. of South Carolina. The family requests that memorials be sent to American Cancer Society.
Visitation: Tuesday, April 8, 2003, 5-8 p.m., at Forest Hill Funeral Home East, Memphis.
Funeral: Wednesday, April 9, 2003, 4 p.m., at Forest Hill Funeral Home East, Memphis.


Bob Fortner (associated with the Class of '57) [posted March 10, 2013]:
From The Commercial Appeal, March 10, 2013:

Robert Carlton “Bob” Fortner, Sr., a resident of Gulf Breeze, FL, passed away on March 4, 2013. He was born on April 16, 1938 and grew up in Memphis, TN. Bob attended Columbia Military Academy and East High School. He joined the U.S. Marines in Jacksonville, FL. After his service, Bob spent over 35 years in the furniture industry working for Bassett Furniture and opening his own furniture warehouses in Louisiana. He also opened Carlton Arts in Somerville, TN. He is survived by four children: Elizabeth Fortner of Baton Rouge, LA, Bob Fortner, Jr. (Karen) of Hampton, AR, Stuart Fortner (Paula) of Baton Rouge, LA, Lawrie Dunn (Chuck) of Memphis, TN, and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Judy [Fortner] Accardi ['68] (Mike) of Somerville, TN. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Lillian Fortner of Memphis, TN. Bob's life will be celebrated by family on the Florida Coast. Memorials can be sent to Fayette Cares, P.O. Box 326, Somerville, TN 38068 or Trinity Chapel, P.O. Box 689, Hampton, AR 71744.


Richard Foster ('65) [posted October 2, 2011]:
From The Commercial Appeal, October 2, 2011:

Richard Campbell Foster, 65, passed away peacefully September 28, 2011. He leaves behind his wife, Dona Reed Foster ['65], and son, Richard Campbell Foster, II. He was a 27 year employee of MMHI. Arrangements have been entrusted to: High Point Funeral Home & Crematorium (901) 454-5795 www.highpointchapel.com
The funeral home lists the visitation as private and no public funeral service is listed.


Steve Fransioli (associated with the class of '56) [posted February 16, 2007]:
From The Commercial Appeal, April 7, 2002:

STEPHEN A. FRANSIOLI III, 64, of Dallas, retired from Core Carrier, former sales specialist for Memphis Furniture Co., and guest relations employee of the State Fair of Texas for 21 years, died Thursday at Methodist Healthcare-Germantown. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. George Episcopal Church Chapel. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge. He was a member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church by the Sea in Panama City, Fla., a graduate of the University of Memphis, an alumni of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and served on the board of directors for the Wilmer Hall Orphanage-Episcopal Children's Home in Mobile, Ala. He leaves a sister, Jane [Fransioli] Browndyke ['59], and a brother, Bill Fransioli ['67], both of Germantown. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Andrew's Episcopal Church by the Sea in Panama City.


Orion Fredrick Frye (Faculty) [posted January 21, 2005]:
From The Commercial Appeal, January 20, 2005:

Dr. Orion F. Frye, 79, of Memphis, retired professor for Morehead State University, died Wednesday [January 19, 2005] at his home. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday [January 22, 2005] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. He was a World War II Army veteran, a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Scottish Rite. Dr. Frye, the husband of Elisabeth Frye for 57 years, also leaves a daughter, Fredricka Smith of Memphis; a son, Ernest Frye of Walnut Ridge, Ark., a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
Dr. Frye taught science courses at East High from about 1954-1960.

Visitation: 5 - 8 p.m. Friday, January 21, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 3 p.m. Saturday, January 22, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


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Becky Gabehart ('56) [posted February 1, 2010]
From The Commercial Appeal, February 1, 2010:

BECKY G. LEWIS, 71, of Collierville, retired from Hardin Sysco, died Sunday in Collierville. Memorial services will be held Wednesday, 11 a.m. at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where she was a member. Bartlett Funeral Home has charge. Mrs. Lewis was an active member of the East High Alumni group. Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her husband, Brian Lewis ['56]. She leaves three daughters, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The family request memorials to be sent to the Healthwell Foundation.
Memorial service: 11 a.m Wednesday, February 3, 2010, St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Memphis.


George Gage ('64) [posted April 9, 2002]:
From The Commercial Appeal, March 30, 2002:

GEORGE BARTLETT GAGE Jr., 57, of Knoxville, formerly of Memphis, musician, died Wednesday [March 27, 2002] at the University of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville. Memorial services will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday [April 5, 2002] at Grace - St. Luke's Episcopal Church, where he was a member. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. He leaves a sister, Caroline G. Sanford ('60), and a brother, Charles Francis Gage ('69), both of Memphis.


James Roy Galey ('72) [posted September 17, 2001] From The Commercial Appeal, September 17, 2001:

JAMES ROY GALEY, 47, of Memphis, employee of Empire Pawn Shop, died Sunday [September 16, 2001] at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis of injuries from an auto accident. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday [September 19, 2001] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. He was a member of Calvary Episcopal Church. He leaves his parents, Doris and James Galey; a sister, Carol Marie Hoyle, and a brother, Kenneth Alan Galey, all of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to Calvary Episcopal Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Prior to his death, James Roy Galey was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1972 page.


Bobby Gammon ('62) [updated January 14, 2000]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 10, 2000:

ROBERT R. GAMMON, 55, of Bartlett, salesman, died Thursday [January 6, 2000], at his home. The cause of death had not yet been determined pending an autopsy. Services will be at noon Tuesday [January 11, 2000] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. He was a member of Memphis Bop Club, president of Memphis Boogie Bunch and a Navy veteran. Mr. Gammon, the husband of Sandie Gammon, also leaves a son, Jake Gammon of Atlanta; a stepdaughter, Mikki Horton, and his mother, Sue Etta Gammon, both of Memphis; a sister, Jean Ray Morgan of Plano, Texas, and a brother, James Curtis Gammon of Knoxville. The family requests that any memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.
It was later reported by other classmembers that the cause of death was an aneurysm.


Jimmy Garthright ('63) [posted April 16, 2012]
From The Commercial Appeal, April 16, 2012 [updated April 17, 2012]:

James Leonard Garthright III, 67, of Memphis, TN, died April 14, 2012. Mr. Garthright was a retired attorney and longtime member of First Baptist Church of Memphis. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 17, from 5-7 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens at 5599 Poplar Avenue. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, April 18, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in Memorial Park Cemetery with Dr. Carol Richardson presiding. The family invites all guests for the graveside service to meet at Memphis Funeral Home and follow the procession to the service. Mr. Garthright is survived by his wife of 41 years, Emily Phelps Garthright; daughter, Natalie Garthright Cathey (Brian), son, Carson Phelps Garthright (Gwynn), mother, Dauphine Mahoney Garthright, and granddaughter, Gabrielle Ann Cathey, all of Memphis, TN. Any memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or C.O.P.D. Research at 1201 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101-2795. Online condolences and floral tributes may be made at www.memphisfuneralhome.net Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 901-725-0100
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2012, Memphis Funeral Home.
Graveside services: 2:30 p.m. April 18,2012, Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis.
The family invites all guests for the graveside service to meet at Memphis Funeral Home and follow the procession to the service.


Jack Gately ('65) [posted March 20, 2004]
From The Commercial Appeal, March 20, 2004:

JOHN C. 'JACK' GATELY, 58, of Germantown, self-employed certified pedorthist, died Wednesday [March 17, 2004] at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. today [March 20, 2004] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. He was a member of Woodlawn Masonic Lodge, Boy Scouts of America and Prescription Footwear Association. Mr. Gately, the husband of Gail Gately for 35 years, also leaves a daughter, Gwen Taylor of Arlington; a son, John G. Gately of Memphis; a brother, Donald Gately ('65) of Charlotte, N.C., and two grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Hope Presbyterian Church.
Visitation: Saturday, March 20, 2004, noon to 2 p.m., Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m., Saturday, March 20, 2004, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Casey George ('67) [posted April 23, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, April 23, 2012:

Casey George, 64, of Memphis, died April 21 at Methodist University Hospital. He was a graduate of East High School and employed as an accountant with Harrah's Casino most recently and formerly the Wonder Bread Co. Casey was a proud member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and an accomplished organist that was passionate about music. He is survived by his brother, Fr. Dominick George of San Francisco; sisters, Margaret Anne Kidd of Memphis and Nancy George of Nashville; as well as a host of friends and extended family. Visitation will held at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church on Wednesday, April 25, from 1-2 p.m. immediately followed by the funeral mass at 2 p.m. The committal will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Arrangements have been entrusted to High Point Funeral Home & Crematorium 901-454-5795 www.highpointchapel.com
Published in The Commercial Appeal on April 23, 2012
Visitation: 1 p.m. April 25, 2012, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 2 p.m. April 25, 2012, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Memphis


Karla Gerstenberger ('62) [posted May 23, 2001] - The following is from The Natchez Democrat,Natchez, MS., May 14, 2001:

NATCHEZ - Services for Karla Marie Gerstenberger Laukhuff, 57, of Vidalia, La., who died Saturday, May 12, 2001, at Natchez Regional Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday [May 15, 2001], at Laird Funeral Home in Natchez, with the Revs. Andrew Brondes and William Gassett and Father Paul Kunnumpuran officiating.
Burial will be in the Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home. Visitation is from 5 until 8 p.m. today [May 14, 2001] and from noon until service time Tuesday [May 15, 2001] at the funeral home.
Mrs. Laukhuff was born Dec. 3, 1943, in Alexandria, La., the daughter of John Henry and Mary Bess Gerstenberger.
She was a resident of Vidalia, La., for 10 years and a volunteer teacher at Cathedral Elementary School. She was also a member of the Pilgrimage Garden Club and the First Lutheran Church of Natchez.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
Survivors include her father, John Henry Gerstenberger of Memphis, Tenn.; a husband, Ralph Lewis Laukhuff Jr. of Vidalia; a son and his fianceé, Ralph Lewis Laukhuff III and Bethaney Leggett of Alexandria; two daughters, Brittny Marie Laukhuff of Vidalia, and Kari Marie Laukhuff and fianceé Kippy Blaney of Collierville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Chase John Laukhuff of Collierville, and Chad Lewis Laukhuff of Alexandria; one brother and his wife, Robert [Gerstenberger ('65)] and Nancy Gerstenberger of Macon, Ga.; and a number of cousins, nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Mark Carter, Mark Carter Jr., Bill Murray, Charles Falkenheiner, J.W. Gerstenberger and Chad Blaney.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Louisiana Hydroelectric in Vidalia.
Memorials may be made to Cathedral School Development Fund or the charity of choice.


Bonnie Giem ('57) [posted September 27, 2006]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 27, 2006:

YVONNE L. GIEM, of Memphis, passed away September 25, 2006. She was a graduate of East High School and an English teacher for over 30 years at the University of Memphis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Seth and Kay Giem; and a sister, Pat Hall. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Seth Giem, Jr. and his wife, Peg; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home, with visitation Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. Memorial Park Funeral Home.
Visitation: 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 27, 2006, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Thursday, September 28, 2006, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Rose Gillespie (Faculty, 1966-1977) [posted September 26, 2008]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 26, 2008:

ROSA EVELYN GILLESPIE, stepped over into Heaven and was welcomed by a choir of angels singing songs of glory on September 24, 2008. She was born in the small town of Stamps, Arkansas on January 10, 1919. Rose graduated from Tech High School and received a Master's Degree in English and Psychology from Memphis State University. Rose worked at the Fisher Aircraft Factory building B-52 bombers and taught music for 35 years at Fairview Jr. High and then East High. She was an athlete playing golf and tennis and was a pitcher for Humko professional softball team. She studied organ with Thomas Webber and Adolph Steuterman. She played for her first church service at First Baptist Church in 1949 followed by stints at Beth Sholom Synagogue and Temple Baptist Church. She also served as minister of music at McLemore Christian and spent the last 35 years at Central Christian Church. She is survived by a number of nieces and nephews and her surrogate family, Peter, Bill and Anne Russell and their children and grandchildren. Her very special surrogate grandchild was Amy Russell Lindeman who looked after her. The funeral will be held on Saturday, September 27 at 11 a.m. at Central Christian, visitation at 10 a.m. She was a great lover of animals. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Memphis and Shelby County Humane Society.
Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday, September 27, 2008 at Central Christian Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Saturday, September 27, 2008, at Central Christian Church, Memphis.

A news story about Miss Gillespie's death was published September 27, 2008 and is available on our "In the news..." section.
There is also a news story about Miss Gillespie's retirement as a church organist in 2006 is available on our "In the news ..." page.


Terron Dominique Golden (class year undetermined) [posted September 29, 2009]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 29, 2009:

TERRON DOMINIQUE "Lil Ty" GOLDEN, 26, of Memphis, laborer and graduate of East High School, died September 23, 2009 in Springfield, MO. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 1 at Pentecostal Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis, TN. Burial will be in Memorial Park Southwoods, Memphis, TN. He leaves a daughter, Akyra Golden of Memphis; parents, Terry and Ramona Golden of Memphis; three sisters, Wayneshia Ward, Terrian Golden and Deshana Tate; and one brother, Victor Howard, Jr., all of Memphis; grandparents, Gloria Sanders of Memphis and Nathaniel Sanders of Lyman, OH. Currie's Funeral Home (731)738-2625
Visitation: 2-4 p.m. Thursday, October 1, Pentecostal Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 4 p.m. Thursday, October 1, Pentecostal Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis.


Rose Marie Washer Goldfarb (Faculty) [posted September 26, 2011]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 25, 2011:

Rose Marie Washer Goldfarb, retired teacher and community leader, died suddenly from complications of a routine colonoscopy on September 18, 2011. She was 82. The funeral was held September 19. She was a highly respected teacher, popular among her students and fellow teachers, and ran Memphis' first ESOL program (English as a Second Language). She taught Spanish and English in the Memphis City Schools from 1951 through 1985. She was a teacher at Treadwell High School, East High School, and White Station High School. Her first class of students at Treadwell held a 50 year reunion in 2004 where they honored her. Mrs. Goldfarb was born in Memphis on March 22, 1929, the daughter of Sam and Fannie Washer. She graduated from Humes High School in 1947 and received a full academic scholarship to Southwestern at Memphis where she majored in Spanish and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She met her husband of 60 years, Wesley A. Goldfarb, at Southwestern. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree on June 5, 1951, and they married on June 24, 1951. Mrs. Goldfarb earned a Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Memphis State University in 1974. After her retirement in 1985, she traveled extensively with her husband, visiting nearly every continent. She volunteered tirelessly for her synagogue and the Memphis community. Beth Sholom Synagogue named her Volunteer of the Year in 2001 and honored her with the Light of Torah Award for her contribution to the sisterhood. She was president of the Beth Sholom Sisterhood, a life member of Hadassah, a member of B'nai B'rith Women, and a member of Salon Circle. She volunteered for various City projects, including a volunteer tutoring program and the Women's Shelter, and chaired a community blood drive for multiple years. Mrs. Goldfarb was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. In addition to her husband, she leaves two daughters, Dr. Bohne Silber, of Clarksville, Maryland, and Sheri Dembs, of Netanya, Israel, 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She also leaves a brother, Morris Washer, of Memphis, and was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Washer and Jack Washer. The family has set up the Rose Marie Washer Goldfarb Scholarship Fund in her memory. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Rose Goldfarb Scholarship Fund, c/o The Goldfarb-Silber Family, 13067 Twelve Hills Road, Clarksville, Maryland 21029.
Mrs. Goldfarb taught Spansh at East High from 1964 to 1977 or 1978.


Harvey Goldner ('60) [posted November 11, 2007]
From Seattle Post-Intelligencer, July 5, 2007:

Harvey Goldner, 1942-2007: 'Bard of Belltown' a 'great poet' and a man of mystery
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Last updated 12:14 a.m. PT
By KATHY MULADY P-I REPORTER

     Harvey Goldner, the "Bard of Belltown" who drove a taxi and lived in a cheap rooming house despite writing several volumes of poetry, died Wednesday [July 4, 2007], just weeks after surgery to remove a tumor on his tongue. He was 65.
     Goldner was a Tennessee native who could still summon a deep Southern accent, even after living more than half his life in Seattle. He was a regular at open mike nights, where he read his gritty, measured poems about the struggles of everyday life, his loves, his childhood and the changing Belltown neighborhood.
     "He was a great poet, I fully endorsed him," said Chris Dusterhoff, owner of Spankstra Press in Seattle. "I did three books for him. They were all very popular. Everyone loved Harvey."
      His poetry books include "Memphis Jack," "American Flyer," "New Millennium Business" and "Her Bright Bottom." Another book, "The Resurrection of Bert Ringold," is to be published in the fall.
     But aside from his poetry, few knew much about Goldner.
     "He was kind of mysterious, held his cards close to his chest," Dusterhoff said
     Goldner lived at a rooming house -- with the bath down the hall and cheap rent -- at First and Vine in Belltown. He drove a taxi a couple of nights a week to pay for the room and buy cigarettes.
     The rest of the time he wrote his poems and monopolized a computer at the downtown library checking his e-mail, networking and looking for places to publish his work.
     "A couple of years ago he ran his own quarterly magazine of poetry called Roar Shock," Dusterhoff said. "He did that for a few years and made a lot friends that way. He never put me in there, but I don't hold that against him."
     Goldner leaves two daughters, two sons and eight grandchildren. He was a mystery to them as well.
     "I have been trying to piece everything together in the last two months since he got sick," said his daughter Emily Goldner of Seattle. "He really wasn't much of a talker."
     He grew up in Tennessee and started writing when he was in high school. He graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, then continued graduate work in classical literature at the University of New Mexico. He considered becoming a professor, but was frustrated by university politics.
     Instead, he worked in hospitals, mainly as an X-ray technician, including at Harborview Medical Center. In the 1960s, he fell in love with a nurse who became his wife, Meg Goldner. The family lived on Capitol Hill. They later divorced, and Meg Goldner died.
     "He was an alcoholic," his daughter said. "He went into recovery and never drank again after that. But he said he couldn't work a structured job and maintain his sobriety. His work was his writing."
     Goldner said her father loved the Northwest, camping, nature and water.
     He kept his illness to himself as long as he could.
     "He said don't worry. He never wanted anyone to be bothered," Goldner said.
     "I think he was really private, but as an artist and a writer, he wanted his work read, he was out there promoting his writing. I have just gotten to know that side of him. We had a really good day on Father's Day.
     "The surgery was successful, he was definitely a fighter."
     But 50 years of cigarette smoking had caught up with him. The cancer had spread.
     His friends were planning to gather Wednesday night to remember a fellow poet and his stories, embellished as they often were.
     "Harvey was sober for 25 years, but back in the day I guess he was quite a drinker," Dusterhoff said.
     "He told us he was kicked out of a fraternity for drinking too much. I think the stories he told us were about 75 percent true. He would just kind of tweak things."
     Goldner read his poetry at Frye Art Museum and Poets West and for the Seattle City Council's poetry program Word's Worth.
     Emily Goldner said a memorial gathering is being planned for her father.

At the time of his death Mr. Goldner also left two sisters, East alumni Karen Goldner (57) [see her
obituary below] and Bonnie Goldner ('66).

A Seattle public radio staion aired an obituary for Mr. Goldner. It can be accessed on the KPLU web site.

Another former East student, Bobby Byrd, a childhood friend of Mr. Goldner, writes a blog in which he has written about Mr. Goldner. Access the Goldner articles on the blog at http://whitepantiesanddeadfriends.blogspot.com.


Karen Goldner ('57) [posted November 11, 2007]
From Pensacola News Journal, November 2, 2007:

Karen Joan May, age 68 of Pensacola, Fl., and Greenville, Ga., died Monday Oct. 29, 2007, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
Mrs. May was born March 9, 1939, in Madison, Wisconsin, a daughter of Karl John Goldner and Nora Herland Goldner. She was a homemaker and was a member of Greenville United Methodist Church, the Greenville United Methodist Women, and the Merry Weather Garden Club. She also attended Predido Bay United Methodist Church in Pensacola.
Survivors include her husband, Robert May of Greenville,GA, and Pensacola; a daughter, Kippy Mayfield (& Scott) of LaGrange, GA; a son, Chris May (& Judy) of Greenville, GA; a sister, Bonnie [Goldner] Davis ['66] of Chattanooga, TN; grandchildren, Alex, Nicholas, and Elena Mayfield, and Julianna May; and two step-grandchildren, Barbara Brown, and Christy Gosdin.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 2, 2007, at Greenville United Methodist Church in Greenville, Ga., with interment in the Greenville City Cemetery.
SMITH-STEELE-MEADOWS FUNERAL HOME, Woodbury, Ga., is in charge of arrangements. (706) 553-5142.


Nancy Gooch ('66) [posted March 2, 2008]
From The Commercial Appeal, March 2, 2008:

NANCY GOOCH LUKE, 59, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2008 in Pulaski, Tennessee. Nancy was a National Board Certified kindergarten teacher. She was a graduate of East High School and earned her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Memphis. She taught in the Memphis City Schools for 15 years and served as an exchange teacher to Guatemala in 1974. She was one of Tennessee's first 100 Master Teachers and served as a Career Ladder teacher evaluator from 1984-85. In 1985 she began teaching in Huntsville, AL, and in 1988 was named Madison County (AL) Elementary Teacher of the Year. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Charles Luke Jr. of Pulaski; two sisters, Wanza [Gooch '61] Barrett of Bartlett and Beth Gooch ['75] of Barton, MS; a sister-in-law, Cynthia Gehi of Lakeland; her father-in-law, Charles Luke of Hatchie, TN; a foster son, Darryl Graham, and two granddaughters, Josie Graham and Windy Graham, all of Pulaski. The family requests that any memorials be given to the Lynn Fanning PTA for the Nancy Gooch Luke Faculty Scholarship Fund; Lynn Fanning Elementary School; 8861 Moore's Mill Road; Meridianville, Alabama, 35759.
There are no public services or visitation planned.

Prior to her death, Nancy Gooch was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1966 page.


Algeane Graham ('51) [posted March 15, 2005]
From The Commercial Appeal, April 26, 1982:

Mrs Juanita Aljean Graham Holaday, 48, of Madison, Miss. formerly of Memphis, bookkeeper and wife of John Holaday, died Monday [April 19, 1982]at her home. Services will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow [April 27, 1982] at Ashland (Miss) Baptist Church will burial in Ashland Cemetery. Reynolds Crafton Funeral Home of Holly Springs, Miss., has charge. She also leaves four daughters, Mrs Sheri Stern of Memphis, and Mrs Anna Kelly, Miss Lisa Holaday and Mrs. Shelly Follin, all of Madison, Miss; two sons Jimmy Lee Holaday of Nashville and John Graham of Madison, and her mother Mrs Louise Renick Graham of Ashland.


Carol Ann Greaves ('55) [posted October 17, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, October 17, 2013:

Carol Ann Rockett, 76, died Tuesday, October 15th at her home in Germantown, Tennessee. She was born on September 24, 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. Carol Ann was a proud wife, mother, educator and member of St. George's Episcopal Church. Carol Ann was a graduate of East High School (1955) and Southwestern at Memphis/ Rhodes College (1959). She taught mathematics throughout Memphis, including Hutchison School and served many roles at her beloved St. George's Church. Preceded in death by her husband Dr. John F. Rockett; son Douglas Carson Rockett; and sister Nancy Greaves O'Connell ['60], Carol Ann leaves many friends, caregivers, and family members. She is survived by her daughter Karen McFadden and son-in-law Steve, both of Memphis. She also leaves her brother-in-law Dr. Ruary O'Connell; niece Katherine (Tom); nephew Neill (Jeanne); four grandnieces; and a grandnephew. The family would also like to acknowledge those who supported her in care and comfort: Willie Mae Fleming, Mary Gossett, Betty Greene, Evelyn Thomas, Carol Williams and Ardenia Lowe. Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery will host a visitation for Carol Ann 5-7 p.m., Thursday, October 17 and a graveside committal ceremony 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 18. A Memorial Service will be held at St. George's Episcopal Church (2425 S. Germantown Rd.) at 3 p.m., Friday, October 18. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made either to St. George's Episcopal Church or the American Diabetes Association . Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Graveside services: 1:30 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Memorial service: 3 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2013, St. George's Episcopal Church, Germantown, Tennessee.


Nancy Greaves ('60) [posted February 10, 2008]
From The Times-Picayune, February 10, 2008:

Nancy Elizabeth O'Connell O'CONNELL Nancy Elizabeth O'Connell, beloved wife of Ruary O'Connell, was welcomed to eternal rest on Friday, February 8, 2008. She is survived by her two adoring children: Katherine and Neill, daughter-in-law "Sister" and granddaughter Genevieve. Nancy was born in Memphis, Tennessee where she is survived by her sister Carolann Rockett, nephew Douglas Rockett and niece Karen McFadden. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, La. Visitation will be held at 11:00am, service to follow at 12:00 noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Louisiana Chapter of The National Alzheimers Association, 3717 Government Street Suite 7, Alexandria, La. 71302. To sign and view the Family Guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.
Visitation: 11:00am, service to follow at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, February 13, 2008, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, La.
Memorial service: 12:00 noon Wednesday, February 13, 2008, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans, La.


Tory Greer ('87) [posted August 1, 2004]
From The Commercial Appeal, June 30, 2004:

TOREY J. GREER, 34, of Memphis, auditor for Sleep Inn Hotel, died Friday [June 25, 2004] at Methodist University Hospital. Services will be at noon Saturday [July 3, 2004] at Community Holiness Outreach Ministries with burial in New Haliburton Church Cemetery in Olive Branch. Harrison's Funeral Home Orange Mound Chapel has charge. He was a graduate of East High School and a member of Masonic Lodge 213 Maple Leaf. He leaves his parents, Doris and Thomas Greer; two brothers, Corey Greer and Travis Greer, and his grandfather, John A. Greer, all of Memphis.


J.G. Griesbeck (Faculty) [posted October 13, 2010]
From The Commercial Appeal, October 13, 2010:

JOSEPH GEORGE GRIESBECK, JR., 94, of Memphis, passed away on Tuesday, October 12, 2010. George was born in Memphis on March 29, 1916 to Joseph George Griesbeck and Margaret Gallagher Griesbeck. He graduated from Christian Brothers High School in 1935, where he participated in wrestling and football. He attended and received his BA from Rhodes College, formerly Southwestern at Memphis, where he was also a member of the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He went on to receive a Masters degree from George Peabody College in Nashville (now part of Vanderbilt University) and a second BS degree from The University of Memphis. In 1941, George joined the Army during WWII and saw action in the D-Day landing. George went on to fight across Europe and in the Battle of the Bulge. He served in the mechanized 6th Calvary and as Scout and Reconnaissance for Patton's 3rd Army and was eventually discharged in 1945 with the rank of Captain. For the next 30 years, George worked as an educator and became the principal of Guthrie School, Fairview Junior High, St. Anne Highland and finally East High School from which he retired. George received numerous educational awards and in 1972 was honored for a lifetime of dedication to education by the Memphis City Schools. He was a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Anne Catholic Church in Memphis. George was preceded in death by his first wife of 53 years, Jane Murphy Griesbeck, brother, Charles William Griesbeck, and two sisters, Margaret Griesbeck Orman and Anne Griesbeck Swain. He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Angie Brunini Henderson Griesbeck; stepson, Roy Thomas Henderson, Jr. of Memphis; stepdaughters, Anne Lane Hicks of North Carolina and Catherine Lovette McEwen of Nashville, and sister, Ellen Griesbeck Marr. He also leaves eight step-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. The family will hold a visitation on Thursday, October 14 at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar from 5-7 p.m., with Rosary at 6:30 p.m. A mass will be said at St. Anne Catholic Church on Highland at 10 a.m., Friday, October 15, with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family requests memorials be sent to Parent Project for Muscular Dystrophy Research, a favorite charity of George's, at 158 Linwood Plaza, Suite 220, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Avenue (901)725-0100
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Thursday, October 14, 2010, Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Avenue (Rosary at 6:30).
Funeral Mass: 10 a.m., Friday, October 15, 2010, St. Anne Catholic Church, Highland Street, Memphis.

Mr. Griesbeck was prinicipal of East High School from 1964 to 1972. An interview with Mr. Griesbeck about the high school he attended was published shortly before his death in Purple and Gold, the official alumni magazine of Christian Brothers High School. You may read the article here.


Graham Griffith (Faculty) [posted November 17, 2012] From The Commercial Appeal, November 17, 2012.

Graham McLain Griffith, 78, passed away on Friday, November 16, 2012, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He wishes to thank Dr. Kurt Tauer and The West Clinic for giving him those 10 years so he had the opportunity to know his 4 grandchildren. Graham was born on February 21, 1934, at home in Hughes, Arkansas to Elizabeth McLain Griffith and Graham Griffith. He had a 42 year career in education. He retired from the Memphis City Schools after 32 years of service as a guidance counselor at Oakhaven High for 5 years and 27 years as an assistant principal and principal at East High, Kingsbury and Macon Elementary Schools. Then he worked in guidance and middle school administration at Briarcrest Christian Schools for 10 years. Graham graduated from Forrest City High School and received Bachelor and Master degrees from University of Memphis. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church for 49 years and sang in their choir for 31 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Mimi Butler Griffith, and two daughters, Kristen Lowrance and her husband, Ben, of Collierville, and Leslie Miller and her husband, Jeff, of Seattle, WA. Also survived by four adorable grandchildren: Tucker and Madeleine Lowrance and Carter and Braden Miller. A celebration of his life will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, 4055 Poplar Avenue in Memphis on Monday, November 19 at 4 p.m. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. before the service. Memorials can be sent to Second Presbyterian Church, The West Clinic, Church Health Center, Methodist Hospice, or a charity of your choice . His body has been given to MERI (Genesis) for medical research. Published in The Commercial Appeal on November 17, 2012
Visitation: 2-4 p.m. Monday, November 19, 2012, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 4 p.m. Monday, November 19, 2012, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis.

Mr. Griffith was assistant principal at East High from 1967-1971.


Linda Griffith ('74) [posted January 4, 2002]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 4, 2002:

LINDA RUTH GRIFFITH RIVERA, 45, of Greenacres, Fla., formerly of Memphis, homemaker, died Tuesday [December 25, 2001] at her home. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday [January 5, 2002] at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 2450 St. Elmo [Memphis]. Dorsey Funeral Home in Lake Worth, Fla., has charge. She was a graduate of East High School. Mrs. Griffith, the wife of Carlos Rivera, also leaves a son, Christopher Rivera of Florida, and her mother, Patsy Griffith, and a sister, Vickie Carter, both of Memphis.
Editor's note: Feb. 8, 1004--The date of death has been corrected in this posting, changing it from Jan. 1, 2002, to December 25, 2001.


Billy Grisso ('55) [posted March 26, 2006]
From The Commercial Appeal, March 25, 2006:

Fayetteville [Arkansas] - William E. Grisso, 71, of died Sunday, March 23, 2008 at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born December 3, 1936 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of William Edward Grisso, Jr. and Merle Frances Cooper Grisso. He was a real estate broker with Integrity Real Estate Group of Farmington. He attended St. Paul's Episcopal Church and served in the United States Air Force. He is survived by: his wife: Judy Grisso; a son, Birch Grisso; a daughter, Ashley Grisso; two grandsons, Memorial Service: 2 p.m., Friday, March 28 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, under the direction of Moore's Chapel. Officiating: Rev. Lowell E. Grisham. Burial: Evergreen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 1190, Fayetteville, AR 72702. To sign the online guest book, visit www.mooresfuneralchapel.com. Moore Funeral Home 479-442-7314
Memorial Service: 2 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2008, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Fayetteville, AR.


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Kay Haglin ('55) [posted February 12, 2008]
From The Commercial Appeal, December 31, 2001:

KAY HAGLIN WOMACK, 65, of Memphis, restaurant reviewer for Memphis magazine, died Sunday [December 30, 2001] at Methodist Healthcare-Central. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. She was a docent of Memphis Brooks Art Museum, administrative director for Playhouse on the Square, administrative assistant for Front Street Theater and public relations officer for Opera Memphis and Memphis City Beautiful Commission. Mrs. Womack, the wife of William C. Womack, also leaves a daughter, Perry Janssen of Edmonds, Wash.; a son, Robert Hallman of Missoula, Mont.; a stepson, Bill F. Womack of Portland, Ore., and a grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to Memphis College of Art Scholarship Fund or a charity of the donor's choice.

From The Commercial Appeal, January 1, 2002:

Restaurant critic was passionate about her work
By Christine Arpe Gang
     Kay Haglin Womack, a woman who was passionate about food, the arts and life, died Sunday.
     Mrs. Womack, 65, was the restaurant critic at Memphis magazine from 1992 to 2000.
     "She was enthusiastic, passionate and knowledgeable about her work," said Tim Sampson, former editor of the magazine. "She was very careful to be correct. And when she had a criticism, she always had a suggestion on how to make it better."
     Rick and Barbara Farmer, owners of Jarrett's Restaurant, became friends with Mrs. Womack after she covered their trip to New York to cook at the James Beard House for the magazine.
     "She was a great supporter of local restaurants," Barbara Farmer said. "But she also felt a responsibility to give her readers a clear picture of what a restaurant was like. Her criticisms were fair."
     A gourmet cook herself, Mrs. Womack enjoyed gathering friends around the table for filling feasts.
     "I want people to groan when they eat, not write me a polite thank-you note on embossed stationery," she said in an interview in the old Memphis Press-Scimitar.
     Mrs. Womack, who grew up in Memphis, married artist William Womack in 1967.
     When she was 40, she was diagnosed with degenerative bone disease and arthritis, both painful conditions. She later had a number of ailments including heart disease, William Womack said.
     Before the diagnosis, she had been a docent at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, agent for artists Cynthia Bringle and Mary Sims, a volunteer at the Memphis Suicide Prevention and Crisis Center and secretary to George Touliatos, founder of the old Front St Theatre.
     She also worked in the political campaigns of former congressman George Grider, former Memphis city councilman Downing Pryor and former Tennessee representative Pam Gaia.
     During a stint as program coordinator for Memphis City Beautiful, she spearheaded the agency's first "Plant the Town Red" campaign.
     Determined not to become an invalid, she went to work as the business manager for the then-fledgling theater, Playhouse on the Square after her diagnosis.
     "She was very compassionate, hard working and dedicated to the artists," said Jackie Nichols, director of Playhouse on the Square. "She loved the performing arts."
     Mrs. Womack was instrumental in establishing the theater's annual art auction.
     "She did not let any illness or debility stand in the way of doing her job," Nichols said. "She was a much loved person and a good friend."
     In addition to her husband she leaves a daughter, Perry Janssen of Edmonds, Wash.; a son, Robert Hallman of Missoula, Mont.; a stepson, Bill F. Womack of Portland, Ore., and a grandchild.
     Memorials can be sent to the Memphis College of Art Scholarship Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice.
     Mrs. Womack, who will be cremated, requested no services.
     "She loved green things and growing things," William Womack said. "So I'm going to scatter some of her ashes on the maypops in Overton Park and in her garden. Her son is taking some to Glacier National Park, which she loved, and her daughter will spread some in Seattle."


Drew Haid ('67) [posted January 2, 2012]
From The Commercial Appeal, December 29, 2011:

Drew Haid, 63, Memphis resident and bridge inspector for Shelby County Engineering Dept. died December 24, 2011. Services: 1 p.m. Thursday at Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland [Tennessee] with visitation 2 hours before services. Interment: Walnut Grove Cemetery in Hardeman County. A member of Highland Heights Methodist Church who enjoyed computers, boating, photography and family, Mr. Haid leaves his cousin, Melodie Voyles and his aunt, Mary Smith (Carl), all of Somerville.
Services were held December 29, 2011.


Bill Hall ('61) [posted July 13, 2013]
Supplied by family and from the Columbia Daily Herald, December 08, 2003:

Dr. Bill Hall, doctor of psychiatry, died at his home in Columbia, TN, on Dec. 7, 2003. Bill graduated from East High School (Memphis) in 1961. He received a BS in Physical Science and Biology from Memphis State and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Tennessee. He also earned his MD from UT . Bill served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force performing Electronic Warfare Officer duties on B-52 missions over Vietnam and was awarded two distinguished service medals. Survivors include his wife, Sara Smith Hall, a daughter, Laura of Columbia, two step children, a sister, Peggy Hall Nobles ['64], Germantown, TN and a brother, Ronnie Hall ['67] of Tampa, FL.

Additional obituary, possibly from the funeral home:
     Dr. William Marvin "Bill" Hall, II, 60, Doctor of Psychiatry and resident of Graymere Manor Road, died Sunday, December 7, 2003, at Maury Regional Hospital.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Williamson officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery with military honors provided by Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19. The family will visit with friends Tuesday after 12:00 noon at the funeral home.
     Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Education Program at Maury Regional Hospital, 1224 Trotwood Avenue, Columbia, TN 38401 or National Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee, 2120 Crestmoor Road, Nashville, TN 37215. Notes of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.oakesandnichols.com.
     The Shelby County native was the son of the late William Marvin Hall and Ruby Redwine Hall. He served as Captain in the U. S. Air Force with forty-five B-52 aerial combat missions in Vietnam and was awarded two Air Medals by the government of the United States of America and the Gallantry Cross with Palm Leaf Cluster by the government of Republic of South Vietnam.
     Dr. Hall received a B.S. in Physical Science and Biology in 1968 from Memphis State University. He was recipient of an American Cancer Society student grant (1974 - 1977) for doctoral research project and attended University of Tennessee in Memphis where he earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 1977. As a result, he published a presentation on the new property of the plasminogen activation peptide(s): Growth stimulation and protease modification. Conference on fibroblast surface protein with the The New York Academy of Sciences. He continued his education at University of Tennessee in Memphis where he earned an M. D. in Medicine in 1986.
     From 1977 - 1981, he did Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Hematology/Oncology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He had been Coordinator of Research of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Association in Memphis; served internship and residence in internal medicine at Methodist Hospital in Memphis; did psychiatry residency at University of Tennessee in Memphis, was Medical Director for the Columbia Area Mental Health Center; was Medical Director and Vice President of Medical Services for Pinnacle Health in Columbia; and had a private practice in psychiatry in Columbia. Most recently he was employed by Kentucky Psychiatric Services. Through the years, Dr. Hall had numerous publications including a book published by Plenum in 1996, From Memories to Mental Illness: A Conceptual Journey.
     Survivors include his wife, Sara Smith Hall of Columbia; one daughter, Laura Elizabeth Hall of Columbia; two stepchildren, Andrew Houston Legg and Rachel Fagan Legg, both of Columbia; one sister, Peggy [Hall] (William) Nobles ['64] of Germantown; one brother, Ronald Redwine Hall ['67] of Boston, Massachusetts; mother-in-law, Blanche Smith of Columbia; father-in-law, Norris (Peggy) Smith of Columbia; and five nieces and nephews.
     Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Cary Pulliam, Dr. Grant Barr, Dr. Robert McArthur, Dr. Ralph Barr, and Dr. Rod Poling.


Dot Hall ('51) [posted December 29, 2010]
From Winston-Salem Journal, June 20, 2010:

McCARTHY WINSTON-SALEM - Dorothy Jean Hall McCarthy, died June 13, 2010. She was born September 11, 1933 in Memphis, TN to the late Edward Milton and Hilma Younger Hall. She is the widow of Charles Stewart McCarthy. Survived by her sister, Peggy Hall Dowell ['54]; and sons, Drew and John McCarthy. Per her request, no Services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative CareCenter, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103.


Gibby Hall ('58) [posted June 30, 2001]
From The Commercial Appeal, February 6, 1998:

GLADYS `GIBBY' HALL FAKES, 58, of Memphis, homemaker, died of cancer Thursday [February 5, 1998] at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday [February 7, 1998] at Second Presbyterian Church, where she was past president of the Women of the Church, with burial in Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of the board of directors of the Christian Psychological Center, a member and core leader in Community Bible Study, and a member of the Junior League of Memphis and Grandview Garden Club. She was a graduate of East High, attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and graduated from the University of Memphis. Mrs. Fakes, the wife of Roger E. Fakes for 35 years, also leaves a daughter, Van Fakes Magness of Fort Smith, Ark.; a son, Roger E. Fakes Jr. of Clinton, Miss., and two sisters, Sue Hall Fowler of Somerville, Tenn., and Mary Alice Hall Fisher of Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Second Presbyterian Church.


James Eugene "Jimmy" Hamer, Jr.('58) [posted February 19, 2001]
Sara Hamer Chumney ('55) supplied the following obituary:

James Eugene Hamer, Jr. (known as Jimmy) graduated from Memphis State University in 1962 and attended the Cecil C. Humphreys Law School at Memphis State. In 1965 he received his law degree from University of Mississippi Law School and began practicing as an attorney with a cousin in Benton County, MS. He married Nelda Chase and had a son, Mark H. Hamer, who is now an attorney in San Diego, CA. Jimmy died in April, 1968, from injuries suffered in a traffic accident.


Phil Hancock ('51) [posted December 13, 2005]
From The Commercial Appeal December 13, 2005:

PHILIP LEE HANCOCK, 73, died Sunday, December 11, 2005 at his home. He was a gun and knife collector and of the Presbyterian faith. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, December 15 [2005] at High Point Funeral Chapel, 3788 Summer Avenue, with graveside services at 11 a.m. Friday, December 16 [2005] at the West Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery. He is survived by two sons, Michael Hancock of Sonona, AZ and Richard Hancock of Memphis; three daughters, Christine Ballard of Moscow, Phyllis Burns and Tori Hancock, both of Memphis; a half-sister, Melissa Mantel Sesta of Boynton Beach, FL; a half-brother, R. Sidney Mantel of Cary, NC; and one grandson, Christopher Pike. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. High Point Funeral Chapel 901-454-5795
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. December 15, 2005, at High Point Funeral Chapel, 3788 Summer Avenue, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Friday, December 16, 2005. at the West Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery, Memphis.


Mark L. Harris (class year undetermined) [posted July 4, 2007]
From The Commercial Appeal July 4, 2007:

MARK L. HARRIS, 48, of Memphis, died on Wednesday, June 27, 2007. Mr. Harris graduated from East High School and State Technical Institute, majoring in electronics. He was a United States Navy veteran where he served as a Fire Control Technician aboard the USS Kauffman. He was an avid guitar player and songwriter and was a member of First Baptist Church, Poplar and Parkway in Memphis. He was predeceased by his father, Isaac Edward "Ed" Harris. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Jimmie L. Harris of Memphis; sisters, Brenda Harris Conner of Forrest City, AR and Lynda Harris McMahan Assink of Jackson, MS; and a brother, Stephen E. Harris. A private Memorial service was held on Tuesday, July 3. The family requests that memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.


Marilynn Harrison ('67) [posted January 5, 2013] - From The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee, January 5, 2013:

GIVENS, Marilynn Age 62 of Nashville, died peacefully in her home on the morning of Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 after a yearlong courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her son, Andrew Givens and granddaughters, Kimsey Drew Givens and Morgan Bailey Givens. Her Memorial service will take place Saturday, January 12th at 3:30 p.m., at Bellevue Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, her son is requesting that memorial donations be made to the Benevolence Fund at Bellevue Church of Christ. For details about this fund and how to make these arrangements, please contact Cynthia Walker at the main church office at 615-646-9828. For any questions, please contact HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME, (615) 646-9292.
Memorial service: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013, Bellevue Church of Christ, 7401 Highway 70 South, Nashville, Tennessee.

Marilynn Harrison was also the sister of Clare Harrison ('68) and Roland Harrison ('72).


Sally Harrison ('61) [posted September 26, 2008]
From The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), September 26, 2008:

SALLY E. HARRISON, died in Houston, TX on September 11, 2008 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer and pneumonia. Sally was born in Memphis, TN on November 28, 1943. After attending Memphis State University, Sally began her career of helping others as a patient liaison at LeBonheur Children's Hospital. After moving to Houston in 1977, she continued her life's mission at Houston Eye Associates in the office of Dr. Jeffery D. Lanier. Retiring in 2002, she is remembered for her total recall of her patients and their needs. Her life, as her career, is marked by her concern and advocacy for others above herself. Preceded in death by her parents, Norman C. and Betty T. Harrison, Sally is survived by: husband, Henry W. Thompson of Houston; sister, Judith T. Harrison of Memphis; aunt, Judith T. Cleaver, cousins Harry M. and William T. Cleaver of Austin, TX; nieces, nephews and friends. The family would like to acknowledge and thank the professionalism, compassion and care of the doctors and staff at the Nellie B. Connally Breast Cancer Clinic and 11th floor acute care facility at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and at the Skilled Nursing Rehabilitation section of St. Joseph Hospital. A graveside service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Saturday, September 27 at 11 a.m.In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Houston Eye Associates Foundation, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or charity of the donor's choice.
No visitation is scheduled.
Graveside service: 11 a.m, Saturday, September 27, 2008 at Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis.


Wade Harrison ('56) [posted March 22,2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 22, 2013:

L. Wade Harrison, Jr. died on March 18, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital, Bartlett, Tennessee. He was born on October 6, 1938, in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 74 years old. He is predeceased by his wife, Betty, and is survived by his sister, Margaret [Harrison] Miller ['51], his children, Zoe Harrison Marshall and L. Wade Harrison, III, and by scads of nieces and nephews. Wade was a native Memphian and a graduate of East High School. He received his bachelor's degree from the Memphis State University and received his law degree from the Memphis State Law School in 1963. Upon graduation, Wade practiced with his father, Lawrence “Larry” Wade Harrison, Sr. He then worked for Security Title Company and, after a short time, opened his own law practice. When his daughter, Zoe Harrison (Marshall) graduated from the Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1991, she joined her father in his practice. With his wife, Betty, as his office manager and his daughter as his law partner, Wade drew a great amount of pride from the practice of law. He continued to practice until shortly before his death. Another great source of pride for Wade was the success that his son had in his farming venture in Mississippi. Wade loved to go “visit” the farm and give his son “advice” on how best to manage the operation. Some of Wade's happiest times were spent down on the farm, riding around in the fields while his son worked. Wade was a great believer in providing “supervision” to his children. Wade loved the outdoors all of his life. An avid bird hunter, he spent many hours behind his beloved setter, Heidi. When he was no longer able to bird hunt he would sit in deer stands that had been custom-built for him by his son. Wade got some of his best sleep in those deer stands. The deer were largely unmolested. Wade reveled in the company and accomplishments of his grandchildren, Ellie Harrison and L. Wade Harrison, IV, Harrison Marshall and Nick Marshall. He loved being with his grandchildren at his house on Pickwick Lake, driving them around the lake on his pontoon boat, and giving them “projects” to do. His belief in providing “supervision” did not stop with his children. Wade's love of community was not confined to his family, which was large. He loved gatherings of friends. Those gatherings often included iced tea, and other liquids that were about the same tint as iced tea. Many were the nights that Wade and Betty, with a cadre of companions, would enliven the Western Lounge, Mr. B's (the old one, not the new one) and other watering holes, honky-tonks and joints around Memphis, cutting rugs and telling lies. Wade loved to tell stories of those times, and the stories became more extreme as the years went on. Finally, Wade loved the Memphis Tigers. Even the football team. He and Betty were rabid fans of the Tigers, and were nearly ejected from the Coliseum one night for throwing cups of refreshments at Denny Crum. In later years Wade and Betty travelled with the Tigers to the Final Four game in 2008. Wade was thrilled to learn, shortly before he passed from this world, that Memphis was in this year's NCAA tournament, and that Kentucky wasn't. No doubt, Wade will be missed by the ushers at the FedEx Forum, whom he always chatted up. Visitation will be at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Church of the Holy Apostles (Episcopal), 1380 Wolf River Blvd., Collierville, Tennessee with a service following immediately at 2:30 p.m. There will be a reception following the service at the home of Zoe and Mike Marshall in Collierville. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Friends of Music Ministry at the Church of the Holy Apostles, the Senatobia Presbyterian Church, or Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Visitation: 1:45 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, Church of the Holy Apostles (Episcopal), Collierville, Tennessee.
Funeral services: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, Church of the Holy Apostles (Episcopal), Collierville, Tennessee.
A reception follows the service at the home of Zoe and Mike Marshall in Collierville.


Zoe Harrison ('53) [posted March 15, 2003]
From The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), March 15, 2003:

ZOE HARRISON GROSS, 67, of Germantown, director of marketing for Stewart Title Co., died Thursday [March 13, 2003] at her home. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday [March 17, 2003] at Germantown United Methodist Church, where she was a member, with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge. Mrs. Gross, the wife of Malcolm Richardson Gross, also leaves two daughters, Allison Gross Layman of Austin, Texas, and Julie Gross Keeley of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a son, Albert Malcolm Gross, a sister, Margaret Harrison Miller ('51), and a brother, Lawrence Wade Harrison Jr. ('56), all of Memphis; and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Germantown United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Visitation: Sunday, March 16, 5-7 p.m., Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Avenue Chapel
Funeral Service: Monday, March 17, 11 a.m., Germantown United Methodist Church


Tom Hartzog ('55) [posted March 17, 2001]
From The Commercial Appeal, December 14, 1990:

Costume, art collector Hartzog dies

Former Memphian Thomas S. Hartzog of Atlanta, businessman and art collector, died Tuesday [December 11, 1990] at the Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta.
He was 53.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today [December 14, 1990] at H. M. Patterson and Son-Oglethorpe Hill Funeral Home in Atlanta with burial in Arlington Memorial Park.
He was involved with his father, L.S. 'Mr. Hart' Hartzog, who died in July, in the restaurant business, owning 35 Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets, 84 Wendys franchises, 35 Mrs. Winners locations and nine Po-Folks restaurants.
His father started a wholesale bakery in Selma, Ala„ and later founded Hart's Bread in Memphis.
Thomas Hartzog and his late wife Joye Hartzog owned one of the largest private collections of movie costumes in the world and exhibited them for charitable causes in Memphis, Atlanta, Paris and Australia, as well as the Museum of Art in New York City.
His art collection included original works by Frank Sinatra, Gloria Swanson, James Cagney, Marilyn Monroe, Phyllis Diller and others.
In the costume collection of more than 300 items were clothes worn by film stars such as Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, Lana Turner, Phyllis Diller, Greta Garbo, Cark Gable, Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, Merle Oberon and Robert Taylor.
Part of the collection was displayed at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum several years ago in a show attended by the Hartzogs' friend, Debbie Reynolds. Later, the exhibit was displayed at the Mid-South Fair.
Hartzog produced plays in California with stars such as Eve Arden, Van Johnson and Yvonne de Carlo. He was nominated for the Joe Jefferson award in Chicago for his production of Lenny.
He published a book on Jeanette McDonald, published movie magazines and produced 13 episodes of the television show, Disco Now.
Hartzog was a member of the Fine Art Collectors, President's Club of The Thalians in Los Angeles, Georgia Film and Tape Advisory board, president of the National Film Society and a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity.
He attended the University of Colorado and Memphis State University.
He was a member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church.
He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Jennifer Hartzog Zufall of Memphis, and his mother, Mrs. Kathryn W. Hartzog of Atlanta.
The family requests that any memorials be sent to Thalians of Los Angeles or The Fox Theatre of Atlanta.


David Harsh ('68) [posted April 24, 2011]
From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, April 24, 2011:

David Newby Harsh III, died on Good Friday April 22, 2011 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee after a short illness. Born in Memphis on November 18, 1950 , he was the son of the late Jacqueline Darms Harsh and George Westervelt Harsh Sr. He was the grandson of the late George and Ruth Darms and David and Helen Harsh. He is survived by a sister Pamela Darms Harsh ['67] of Memphis and a brother, George "Westy" Harsh, Jr ['65] and sister- in-law Janice Burgess Harsh of Houston TX. He also leaves a niece Caroline Harsh Bennett and a nephew George W. Harsh, III also of Houston, TX. After graduating from East High School in 1968, he attended and graduated from State Technical Institute with highest honors with an Associate Degree in Engineering. David followed his passion for music and entertainment by opening The Bull Shotte in 1975, later changing the name to Newby's a well known bar, pool hall, and dinning room at 539 S. Highland St. It became known as "the college bar you never graduated from." At the same time, he became partners with Jake Schorr at Jefferson Square, and The North End. In 1996, David sold Newby's and became a real estate investor. In 2004, he ventured out again in the restaurant industry with partner Jake Schorr and opened the popular Westy's in the Pinch District. David was a member of Christ United Methodist Church since 1958. He was on the board of Shepherd's Haven, a ministry to special needs adults. Westy's Restaurant feeds the hungry and homeless every Thanksgiving and Christmas. The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at Christ United Methodist Church, 4488 Poplar Avenue, Memphis with services to follow beginning at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Following the interment everyone is invited to a celebration at Newby's. Arrangements have been entrusted to: High Point Funeral Home & Crematorium (901) 454-5795 www.highpointchapel.com
Visitation: 12 noon-2 p. m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, 2011, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis.


Henry Hathaway ('59) [posted June 19, 2011] from The Commercial Appeal, June 19, 2011:

Henry W. Hathaway, 72, lifelong Memphian, died June 16, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Friends and acquaintances may visit the funeral home for visitation on Tuesday, June 21 from 6 p.m until 7:30 p.m. and for funeral services on Wednesday, June 22 beginning at 2 p.m. all at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens on Poplar Avenue. Burial with military honors will follow in Forest Hill Midtown Cemetery. Mr. Hathaway was a veteran of the United States Army National Guard. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Luella V. Hathaway. He is survived by his cousins and a host of friends for whom he cared deeply. Any memorials may be made to the Memphis Humane Society, Grace St. Luke's Church or the National Diabetes Association.
Visitation: 6 - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2011, Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Avenue, Memphis.
Funeral services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2011, Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Avenue, Memphis.


Eva Hayes ('71) [posted January 28, 2002]
From The Commercial Appeal (Memphis):

EVA HAYES LOGAN, 49, of Peachtree City, Ga., formerly of Memphis, homemaker, died Thursday [January 24, 2002] at her home. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday [February 1, 2002] at Peachtree City United Methodist Church with entombment in Memorial Park Mausoleum. Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City has charge. Mrs. Logan, the wife of Chris Logan, also leaves her stepmother, Irene Hayes of Beech Bluff, Tenn.; three sisters, Wanza Wilkin of Newport, Ark., and Peggy Marshall and Hazel Dalton, both of Corinth, Miss., and a brother, Lonzo Hayes Jr. ['69] of Calabash, N.C. The family requests that memorials be sent to VHL Family Alliance in Brookline, Mass., or a charity of the donor's choice.

Among the family Eva Hayes leaves is her husband
Chris Logan ('71).
Funeral Services: Friday, February 1, 2002, at Peachtree City United Methodist Church in Peachtree City, Ga., with entombment in Memorial Park Mausoleum in Memphis. The Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City is in charge, telephone: (770) 631-9171. Memphis Memorial Park has nothing scheduled in Memphis other than the entombment.

Eva Hayes was a participant with The East High Alumni Page. Her last profile entry can be found on the Class of '71 page.


Nancy Haynes ('58) [posted August 2, 2008]
From San Antonio Express-News, August 2, 2008:

Nancy Jane Haynes Blumer was born on June 6, 1941, and passed away on July 31, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas. After a long, hard fought battle with ovarian cancer, Nancy Blumer finally found peace. Nancy was adored by so many people, and leaves behind so many broken hearts. She was married for 47 years to her best friend and husband Robert [Blumer ('55)]; they met when Nancy was 15 years old. Theirs was a bond like no other. She has 3 daughters, Jennifer, Lynn and Shannon; they were her absolute pride and joy. She adored her 9 grandchildren, and was certain they all hung the moon and her sons- in-law were the best men her daughters could have ever married. Her younger sister, Sue [Haynes (associated with the Class of '65)], was more like her fourth daughter; she loved and cared for Aunt Sue and their sisterhood was something she held so closely to her heart. She also leaves behind another younger brother and sister in Tennessee of whom she spoke so fondly. She had so many friends in her lifetime that it is hard count. We all miss her terribly, but know that she is in Heaven now; because of that it is a much brighter, warmer place. Goodbyes were always hard for us, so she always taught us to instead say, See you later. Save us a place up there, Mommy; we will indeed see you later. SERVICES A Graveside Service will take place at 2:00 P.M., Monday, August 4, 2008 in Mission Burial Park North. A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 P.M., on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Windcrest, Texas. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Ovarian Cancer Research www.orangeoutovarian.com. You may sign the on-line guestbook at www.missionparks.com under the obituary section. Mission Park Funeral Chapels North.
Graveside service: 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 4, 2008 in Mission Burial Park North, San Antoiio, Texas.
Memorial service: 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Windcrest, Texas.

Prior to her death, Nancy Haynes was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1958 page.


Curt Healy ('68) [posted October 10, 2012]
From The Commercial Appeal, October 6, 2012:

Curtis Healy, 62, died September 28, 2012. Affordable Cremation Society, 901-458-8575 Published in The Commercial Appeal on October 6, 2012
previously supplied by friends, posted October 2, 2012:
Curt Healy, 62, of Memphis, has died after a long struggle with diabetes and attendant physical disabilities. He died early morning Friday, September 28, 2012, at his home in Memphis. He will be cremated according to his wishes and the ashes spread by his family. He leaves sisters
Cyndi Healy ('71) and Lei Ann Healy, brothers Larry Healy ('73) and Ross Healy, many friends and his coworkers at Fedex. Services are private. High Point Funeral Home & Crematorium, Memphis, has charge.


Philip "Flilp" Hehmeyer ('63) [posted February 2, 2011]
From The Commercial Appeal, August 24, 1982


     Gunshot Kills Cotton Marketer Executive
     Philip Leland Hehmeyer, a former Memphian who in June was elected board chairman of the New York Cotton Exchange, was found dead yesterday in his New York apartment, the victim of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
     A New York police spokesman said Hehmeyer, 37, apparently shot himself with a shotgun.
     Hehmeyer's body was found in the kitchen of his Upper East Side apartment at 2:20 p.m. police said. A shotgun was lying beneath his left leg. Detectives said suicide notes were found in the apartment but would not release their contents.
     Hehmeyer's death came almost two weeks before he was to marry Miss Susan McCadden Carr of New York City and formery of Clarksdale, Mississippi. The wedding was scheduled for September 4 in Clarksdale.
     Miss Carr is the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Andrew R. Carr of Clarksdale.
     Hehmeyer was the son of Mr. And Mrs. Walter Hehmeyer of Oxford, Mississippi, and formerly of Memphis.
     “Everything was perfect. He was getting married. The parents are absolutely distraught at this point, “ said Frank Hall, a close family friend contacted last night at the Hehmeyer home in Oxford.
     Another family friend who asked not to be identified said Hehmeyer's body was found by a friend who had been asked by Miss Carr to go to his apartment and check on him.
     The friend said Miss Carr, who had traveled to Clarksdale on Saturday to prepare for the wedding, became concerned when she did not hear from Hehmyere over the weekend.
     Hehmeyer also owned Hehmeyer and Company, a futures trading firm in New York City which delt mainly in cotton but also in orange juice and propane futures.
     He was elected chairman of the board of the NYCE in early June and was believed to be the youngest NYCE board chairman in history.
     Hehmeyer was a 1963 graduate of East High School in Memphis. He attended the University of the South (Swanee) in Swanee, Tennessee, three years and then joined the army.
     Following three years of military service which included a tour of duty in Vietnam, he received a degree from Swanee in 1970. While at Swanee he was president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
     After graduating he worked as a reporter for the Commercial Appeal.
     Later Hehmeyer managed two restaurants in the Virgin Islands and then represented a Memphis cotton company in New York City before forming his own futures trading firm.
     The elder Hehmeyer and his wife were reportedly en route to New York last night.
     Friends of Hehmeyer in Memphis were shocked by his death.
     “Phil was a good friend of all of ours in Memphis, “ said Rudi Scheidt of Hohenberg Brothers cotton company. “He was probably one of the youngest (NYCE) chairmen and one of the most able. It's a big shock and a big loss.”
     He said several people gathered at his house after learning of Hehmeyer's death.
     In addtion to his parents, Hehmeyer leaves a brother, Christopher Key Hehmeyer ['63] of Chicago.
     Authorities were still investigating the death last night, and no ruling had been made pending an autopsy, which was scheduled today.


Excerpts from The Commercial Appeal, August 25, 1982


     Suicide was ruled after an autopsy on Hehmeyer
     The death of Philip Leland Hehmeyer, former Memphian and board chairman of the New York Cotton Exchange, has been ruled a suicide, according to Dr. Elliot M. Gross, Chief Medical Examiner in Manhattan.
     Hehmeyer, 37, was found dead Monday afternoon in the kitchen of his New York apartment, a shotgun found underneath his left leg.
     Following an autopsy, Gross said “the death is a suicide.” He said the death was caused by a shotgun wound to the chest.
     Hehmeyer's death came almost two weeks before he was to marry Susan McCadden Carr of New York City and formerly of Clarksdale, Mississippi. A friend asked by Miss Carr to check on Hehmeyer discovered the body.
     A New York City police spokesman said yesterday no suicide notes were found. He also said police had no information about motive.
     The New York Times quoted detectives ... that Hehmeyer was despondent after losing about $60,000 in the stock market last week.
     The Dow Jones Industrials average closed that day at 869.26, up 81.24 point for the week. An investor can lose money [in an up market] ... by shelling short...


John Hembree ('54) [posted April 27, 2010]
From The Clariion Ledger, Jackson, Mississippi, January 6, 2010:

[Abstract]
Dr. John Hembree - Hembree is survived by his father, John Harold Hembree of Brandon; wife, Nancy Love Hembree; son, J. Gregory Hembree and his wife, Renee of Little River, SC; daughters, Diana Dawn Inabnett of Charleston, SC and Cynthia Lynn Price and her husband, Chris of Jefferson, GA and seven grandchildren; two step sons, Michael Love and his wife, Jessica of Austin, Texas and Jonathan Love and his wife, Michelle of Pinehurst, NC; and six step grandchildren.

From: The University of Mississppi Division of Public Affairs:

Published in Dentistry Alumni Magazine May 28, 2009
School of Dentistry remembers Dr. John Hembree
By Janis Quinn
The University of Mississippi Medical Center
     Dr. John Hembree, dean of the School of Dentistry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center from 1987 until 1992, died of cancer on Jan. 5. He was 72.
     Born in Jerico Springs, Missouri, Hembree attended high school in Memphis, went to Memphis University and completed dental school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.
     Hembree came to Jackson in 1985 as chairman of the Department of Restorative Dentistry. He had held faculty appointments at the University of Tennessee, the University of Detroit where he was associate dean, and the Medical University of South Carolina where he as chairman of operative dentistry.
     He served 29 years of active and reserve duty in the United States Army and retired at the rank of colonel.
     He was a prolific scholar and had published many scientific papers in dental and dental materials journals. In 1993, he was named a Frederick A. P. Barnard Distinguished Professor, the highest award given to individual faculty by the University of Mississippi.
     Hembree accepted the promotion to dean at a time when the school was struggling with its relationship to the greater community of dentists in Mississippi. Dr. Buford Gilbert, interim dean of the school and chairman of endodontics when Hembree was dean, said Hembree's greatest achievements were the bridges he built between school and community. "He just had a gift of bringing people together without rancor or criticism. The faculty, the students and the practicing dentists all had great respect for him."
     Gilbert also said that the one year Hembree devoted to strategic planning served as the blueprint for the development of the school for the next 10 years.
     "To honor John's commitment to continuous improvement and excellence, the school created the John Hembree Society to recognize excellence in teaching and to recognize student for academic excellence," Gilbert said.
     Dr. Travis Taylor, a member of the part-time faculty at the school, taught with Hembree at Tennessee, South Carolina and Mississippi.
     Taylor said Hembree gained the respect of the faculty by being in the clinic alongside them once a week. "They knew he was not afraid to get in there and do work himself."
     Hembree is survived by his father, John Harold Hembree of Brandon, his wife, Nancy Love Hembree, a son, J. Gregory Hembree of Little River, S.C., two daughters, Dianna Dawn of Charleston, S.C., and Cynthia Lynn of Jefferson, Ga., and seven grandchildren; two step sons, Michael Love of Austin, Texas, and Jonathan Love of Pinehurst, N.C.
     Hembree married Mary Ellen Hardwick in 1959. She died in 2006.


Tom Henderson ('61)

THOMAS CALDWELL HENDERSON III 64, died Saturday, September 1, 2007 at his home in Germantown. Tom was the son of Marjorie Hall Phelan and Major Thomas Caldwell Henderson, Jr. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Ashley Hall of Memphis, and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Caldwell Henderson, Sr. of Memphis; and by two fathers, Major Henderson in 1943 and Mr. Eugene Joseph "Jack" Phelan in 2002. A lifetime Memphian, Tom was the youngest charter member of Christ United Methodist Church and was a faithful parishioner there throughout his life. He attended East High School from grammar school through high school graduation in 1961. He continued his education at Mississippi State University, graduating with a degree in Business Administration in 1965. Attending Bulldog athletic events as a student and alumni was just one of "Big Tom's" passions. Tom never missed an opportunity to travel to Hardy, AR to canoe the Spring River. Tom was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed many hunting and fishing trips finding great joy in the camaraderie with his family and friends. Tom was blessed throughout his life with many friends who deeply enriched his life. Tom was President of Schevenelle Ready Mix for many years and later became an agent for Farmer's Group Insurance. He was a member of Germantown Kiwanis Club, Ducks Unlimited and a charter member of the ROMEOS. He is survived by his mother, Marjorie HallPhelan; his wife of 39 years, Elizabeth McKee Henderson, a daughter; Elizabeth Anne Henderson of Memphis; a son, Thomas Caldwell Henderson IV and his wife, Bonney; and two grandchildren, Thomas Hanway Henderson and Margaret Anne Henderson of Madison, MS; two brothers, Eugene Joseph Phelan [associated with the class of '65] and James Lee Phelan ['69] of Memphis; sister Marjorie "Cissy" Heppel ['73] of Memphis; and many other loving family members. His steadfast faith, remarkable attitude and sharp wit made Tom an unforgettable husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and friend. The family requests that memorials be sent to Christ United Methodist Church or Mississippi State University. Arrangements will be handled by Memorial Park Funeral Home. Service times will be announced. Memorial Park Funeral Home 901-767-8930
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 4, 2007, Wilson Chapel, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2007, Wilson Chapel, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis.


Debbie Henrich ('72) [posted January, 13, 2000, full obituary added May 9, 2001] - The following is from The Commercial Appeal, July 25, 1999:

DEBBIE HENRICH CLARK, 44, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Memphis, principal at Cross School in Tucson, died of cancer Thursday [July 22, 1999] in Tucson. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday [July 27, 1999]in Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. She was a former member of Christ United Methodist Church, a member of the King's Daughters and Sons Home, and was a volunteer at the Home of the Incurables. Mrs. Clark, the wife of Ronald W. Clark, also leaves two sons, Christopher Clark and Erie Clark, both of Tucson; her mother, Margaret Younger Henrich of Memphis, and two sisters, Kathleen Plauche of Waco, Texas, and Karen [Henrich] Jetton ['68] of Germantown. The family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Cancer Research Fund, Lamppost Library at Christ United Methodist Church, or to a charity of the donor's choice.


Lisa Heslep (associated with the Class of '67) MARGARET LOUISA "Lisa" HESLEP ANDREWS, 58, of Memphis, passed away Monday, November 19, 2007 at her home in Memphis after a brave struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). She was born in Memphis and attended St. Mary's Episcopal School, East High School and the University of Memphis. She was employed in the Philosophy Department of the University of Memphis for 20 years. Through the years, she was a member of the Memphis Obedience Training Club and the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Memphis. Lisa trained and showed her dogs in obedience, herding and agility. She particularly loved her Shelties. In the last 10 years, she enjoyed showing Xena, Katie, L.B. and Sky at agility trails throughout the region. Lisa was preceded in death by her mother and father, Jean and Robert Heslep, and her brother, Ray Myers. She is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Tina Heslep Ciliberto and Anthony Ciliberto; her niece and nephew, Lisa Ciliberto Justus and Jordan Ciliberto; and her sister-in-law, Wanda Myers. Memorial service will be at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Memphis at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 9. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Take the Lead, P. O. Box 6353, Watertown, NY 13601 or Methodist Alliance Hospice, 6400 Shelby View Drive, Memphis, TN 38134---organizations that greatly assisted Lisa in remaining at home during her illness. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Sunday, December 9, 2007 at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.

If anyone can inform us with which class Lisa Heslep was associated and what years/grades she went to East, please send the information to editor@EastHigh.org


Jim Hester ('54 and Faculty) July 10, 1996 [revisions Sept. 5, 1996]- It is with regret and sadness that we must report the death Tuesday, July 9, 1996, in Memphis of Mr. Jim Hester (Jimmie Don Hester), former faculty member of East High School. Death was the result of complicatons from a stroke. Jim Hester was principal at Corning Elementary School until he took early retirement this spring. Mr. Hester had served at East in the 1960's. Jim had been an active tri-athelete in recent years but suffered a heart attack earlier this year. He was a member of the Memphis Runners Track Club and several service organizations. Until the heart attack in March, Jim was director of Sunday Schools for many years at his church, Forrest Hill Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Clara J. Hester, daughter Meme Hester Coots of Collierville, Tn., and two sons, Jim Hester of Nashville and Chuck Hester of Atlanta, his mother and stepfather Mr. & Mrs. T.H. Davis, and a brother,
Ron Davis ('67) of Redmond, Washington.
Services were held July 10, 1996 at Forrest Hill Baptist Church. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery.
I'm sure the entire East alumni community joins us in extending our deepest sympathy to Mr. Hester's family.

Mr. Hester taught science at East circa 1966-67.


Phil Hibbard ('56) [posted April 11, 2011] - From The Houston Cronicle, April 10, 2011:

Philip Sabin Hibbard died peacefully with his loving family at his side April 7, 2011 in League City, following a brief but courageous battle with cancer.
He was born September 11, 1938 in Auburn, New York to Leone and Arthur Hibbard.
His parents, a brother David, and his daughter Leslie predeceased him.
Educated in Memphis, Tennessee, he proudly served in the United States Air Force. Phil established the successful Memphis investment banking firm Hibbard, O'Conner & Weeks, Inc., expanding it to New York and then to Houston in the early 1970s.
Always an entrepreneur, he formed several businesses here including Texas Security Manufacturing, an apartment complex firm and other real estate ventures, before acquiring Star Toyota, with his wife Carolyn, and their partner Royce Casey.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Carolyn Casey Hibbard; his children Philip Hibbard II, Lindsay Hibbard Rusak and her husband Jerzy; grandchildren Philicia Hibbard, Philip Hibbard III, and Marguerite Rusak, and great-grandchild Jayden Hibbard. He also is survived by his sister, Susan Hibbard Jones and her husband Mike; his sister in law Joyce Harrison and husband Ralph; brother in law Royce Casey and wife Vena. Other family members surviving him include nieces and nephews, Katherine Eskew and husband Russell; Andrew Jones; Jeff Harrison, Kasey Harrison, Kevin Casey and wife Crystal; Karen Johnson and husband Justin.
A man of many passions, Phil was an avid photographer, pilot, world traveler and adventurer. He lived life to the fullest, and loved flying solo to Colorado to explore the beauty there. His in depth genealogical research regarding the Sabin family led to his publishing The Descendants of William Sabin of Rehoboth, Massachusetts. An avid cook, he loved entertaining his many friends at home, preparing incredible meals. Hot air ballooning was another interest, with Phil representing the United States in the 1976 World Balloon Championship. He was well known for his dry sense of humor, his love of family and his zest for life.
A memorial service and celebration of Phil's life will be held Monday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m. at Forest Park East, League City
. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Bay Area Turning Point, Friends of League City Animal Shelter, the Animal Alliance of Galveston County, or a charity of one's choice.
Memorial service: 12:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, 2011, Forest Park East, League City, Texas.


Garry Hill ('68) [updated June, 1998] - Garry E. Hill died June 23, 1997 in New York. Mr. Hill had been undergoning cancer treatment earlier in the year when he suffered a stroke in May. He was president and chief executive officer of Odyssey, a religious cable television network which was formerly known as the Faith and Values Channel. Mr. Hill had previously lived in Atlanta and Nashville. He formerly had worked for Z Music Television and Contel Cellular.

Garry Hill is survived by his wife Peggy Hill of New York City, two sons, Garry E. Hill, Jr. and Johnathan Hill, both of Atlanta, a daughter, Tiffany Antosek of Kansas City, Missouri, a stepdaughter, Maureen Decker of Nashville, a stepson, Brian Decker of Atlanta, and his mother, Mildred Hill Miranne of Memphis, Tennessee.

[An additional obituary and other stories and pictures about Mr. Hill are available in our News section: obituary, story about his work with Odyssey cable television.


Rashell Ranea Hill ('98) - From The Commercial Appeal, December 26, 1999:

RASHELL RANEA HILL, 20, of 2853 Crest, handler at Federal Express, died of leukemia Saturday [December 25, 1999] at St. Jude Children's Research Hosiptal. Harrison's Funeral Home Orange Mound Chapel has charge. She was a 1998 graduate of East High School and a member of Early Grove Baptist Church. She leaves her mother, Rita L. Hill; a sister, Rashun Hill, and two brothers, Cedric Woods and Kenneth Hill, all of Memphis, and her grandmothers, Jessie Myers and Lucille Hill.


Patsy Hoback ('56) [posted May 9, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, November 27, 1994:

PATRICIA HOBACK BOBO, 56, of Cordova, retired employee of University of Mamphis Education Department, died of heart disease Saturday [November 26, 1994] at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday [November 29, 1994] at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Elmwood. She was a graduate of East High School and a member of Union Avenue Baptist Church. She leaves a daughter, Melissa H. Bobo of Cordova; a son, ChristopherA. Bobo of Memphis, and a brother, Walter S. Hoback of Cordova. The family requests that any memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Patsy Hodges ('56) - From The Commercial Appeal, June 30, 2006:

Patricia Hodges Simonton, 67, lost her courageous battle with cancer Wednesday afternoon at her home surrounded by her family. Patsy is the daughter of the late May and Thomas Hodges, and the mother of Jenny Lee Rice and Andy Simonton of Memphis. She is also survived by her brother, Tommy Hodges ['60] of Dexter, Oregon. Patsy is a graduate of East High School and the University of Memphis. She served as Director of Finance of Hutchinson School for more than 22 years where she aided parents and children alike. She continued there on a part-time basis after her retirement until her illness made that impossible. We will miss her kindness, her joy and her enthusiasm for life. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m., Friday, June 30, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel. Her service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m., at Trinity Baptist Church, where she was a founding member, with burial in Pontotoc, Mississippi. The family request that any memorials be sent to Trinity Baptist Church's Conservatory Fund, 8899 Trinity Road, Cordova, TN; Wings Cancer Foundation, 100 N. Humphrey's Blvd.., Memphis, TN or a charity of the donor's choice Memphis Funeral Home Poplar
Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2006, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel.
Funeral Services 1 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2006, at Trinity Baptist Church, Memphis.

Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 30, 2006, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel.

Prior to her death, Patsy Hodges was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1956 page.


John Joseph Hoffman ("Doc") ('62) - From the Conner-Hankins Funeral Home, Mountain Home, Arkansas [posted November 19, 2014:

Funeral arrangements for 71 year old John Joseph Hoffman of Mountain Home are private. John Joseph Hoffman passed away Thursday, November 13, 2014 in Mountain Home.
Born: June 13, 1943
Place of Birth: Memphis, TN
Services were private.

A number of alumni have left messages on the funeral home's guest book. You may find that at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home

[Editor's note: Doc Hoffman was a Memphis sports celebrity who truly became a legend even in his own time. He exuded a cool demeanor while giving the impression, whether accurate or not, of living on the edge of being a bad boy in a rather polite and disciplined high school. On the basketball court he was unmatched: All-Memphis, All-District, All-Region and All-State (the only Memphian selected) in 1962. For a remarkable accolade, read what a sports reporter for a local newspaper wrote at the time: Charles Cavagnaro's take on Doc Hoffman.


Kenneth A. Holland (Faculty) - From the Tahlequah Daily Press, April 23, 2002:

KENNETH A. HOLLAND
Tahlequah – Funeral services for Dr. Kenneth Alphonse Holland, 81, of Tahlequah [Oklahoma] were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at St. Basil's Episcopal Church in Tahlequah, with Rev. Kathleen Murray officiating. Burial followed in the Tahlequah City Cemetery under the direction of the Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah.
Pallbearers included Tom Quimby, Bob Ed Culver, Ron Cox, Tom Carlile, Jack Dobbins, Mark Dobbins, and Ken Willis. Dr. Elwin Fite and Dr. Al Williams served as honorary pallbearers.
Dr. Holland was born March 27, 1921, in Memphis, Tenn., the son of W.E. and Myrtle (Reitz) Holland, and he passed from this life on Saturday, April 20, 2002, in Fayetteville, Ark.
Holland grew up in Memphis, graduating from Memphis Central High School in 1939, where he was All-State in track, basketball and football. Following graduation, he attended Southwestern, now Rhodes College, in Memphis, where he was an All-American football player and majored in history and psychology.
From July 1, 1943, to March 13, 1946, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and from 1948-‘59 served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He was commissioned second lieutenant June 23, 1944; first lieutenant on Jan. 31, 1946; and ended his service with the rank of captain. While serving his country at Iwo Jima, Holland received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals in March of 1945.
Following Kenneth's active tour of duty in the Marine Corps, he attended the University of Arkansas, where he was the starting tail-back for Coach John Barnhill's Razorbacks that won the southwest conference championship in 1946. In 1947, he played in the Cotton Bowl. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1948 with a bachelor of science degree in education, receiving his master's degree in education in 1950, and later, his doctorate degree in physical education in 1963.
In 1948, he returned to Memphis, Tenn., where he coached at East High School. He then spent two years as head football coach and athletic director at the University of Arkansas-Monticello (then Arkansas A&M).
In 1963, Kenneth and his family moved to Tahlequah, where he began a 23-year physical education professor and coaching tenure at Northeastern State University. He was a football assistant in 1963 and 1964, and for 12 years was assistant basketball coach to Dr. Jack Dobbins. He was also the NSU men's tennis head coach for 18 years. He was the last to coach three sports in one season since the late Tom Rousey, who died in 1963. On May 17, 1986, when Dr. Holland retired after teaching physical education and coaching for 23 years, a colorful chapter in NSU sports history was closed. In 1998, Dr. Holland was inducted into the NSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Dr. Holland was a member and past president of the Tahlequah Kiwanis Club and a lay reader and treasurer of St. Basil's Episcopal Church.
Dr. Holland's parents and one sister preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Marjorie of the home; one son, Michael William Holland of Fayetteville, Ark.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. P.C. Holland of Memphis, Tenn.; one niece, Mrs. Paul Meeks of Memphis, Tenn.; one cousin, D.C. Goff of Fayetteville, Ark.; and other relatives, as well as a host of friends and loved ones.

As reported in the obituary, Coach Holland was at East from when East opened its doors in 1948 and served as social science teacher as well as being football, basketball, and baseball coach. He probably coached other sports, too.
Mrs. Holland taught English at East during the same time period her husband was on the faculty.

Prior to his death, Kenneth Holland was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted in conjunction with his wife may be read on the Faculty page.


Marjorie Holland (Faculty 1948-1959) [posted March 9, 2011, newspaper revised version posted March 10, 2011] - Tahlaquah Daily Press:

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah – Funeral services for Majorie Lee (Dildy) Holland will be held at 11 a.m. on March 10, at St. Basil's Episcopal Church with Mother Debora Jennings officiating. Interment will follow at Tahlequah City Cemetery. Services have been entrusted to Reed-Culver Funeral Home of Tahlequah. Pallbearers for Marjorie include Dr. Jack Dobbins, Mr. Mark Dobbins, Mr. Ken Willis, Mr. Ronnie Lander, Mr. Tommy Lander, and Mr. Ron Cox. Honorary pallbearers will include Dr. Charles Carroll, Dr. Valgene Littlefield, and Dr. Don Betz.
Marjorie Lee Dildy-Holland was born Aug. 23, 1922, in Hope, Ark., the daughter of Clell Andrew and Lucille (King) Dildy. She attended school at Hope, Ark., then attended Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Mo. She transferred to the University of Arkansas to complete her undergraduate studies and obtain her bachelor of science in 1945 and Masters of Science in Education in 1948.
While attending the university, she was to meet and marry
Kenneth [Holland Faculty 1948-1959], on July 11, 1948, at the Presbyterian Minister's home in Hope, Ark. Marjorie and Kenneth dedicated their lives to educating young minds to become passionate leaders for the future. Marjorie and her husband moved to Memphis, and she taught at East High, a prepatory school in Memphis, from 1948 to 1954 [sic]. She also taught English at Arkansas A&M University at Monticello from 1959 to 1961. They returned to the University of Arkansas and together, obtained their doctorates.
Holland and her family moved to Tahlequah in 1963 to teach at Northeastern State University. Her contributions to NSU include her 10 years as the dean of the graduate college, expanding the curricula from six masters degrees in education to two masters of arts degrees, four masters of science degrees and seven masters of education degrees.
She served on committees too numerous to mention, but not limited to North Central Accreditation Committee and Faculty Research Committees. She was a professor of English, the dean of the College of Arts and Letters, the chair of the Division of Communication, and the dean of the Graduate School. She found time to better the world around her through such organizations as the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Colonial Dames of America, The United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Association of University Women, and the National Education Association.
The most wonderful achievement for Holland came with the arrival of her only child, her beloved son Michael. It was to him she taught the most valued lessons of love, compassion, and dignity for all fellow beings traveling on the planet. She demonstrated her compassion by working tirelessly on programs to involve and improve the lives and minds of her students. When she wasn't working, she taught her son about genealogy. She gave him the knowledge to have faith in God and served Him all her days. She was an Episcopal by faith and a member of St. Basil's Episcopal Church in Tahlequah.
She enjoyed spending time out of doors, working in her daisy beds and making pepper jelly, to sell at the annual church bazaar. She was determined, strong willed, and very independent. She lost her beloved Kenneth in 2002. She never stopped her pursuit of knowledge through books, and spent a great deal of time reading.
The Lord called Marjorie Lee Dildy-Holland to her final rest on March 6, 2011, in Tulsa, with her son beside her. She was 88 years old. We will always remember her for her many contributions to life, love and the betterment of the young minds entrusted to her care.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and her loving husband, Kenneth.
Her memory will be cherished by her son, Rev. Michael Holland of Fayetteville, Ark.; a cousin, Dash Goff of Fayetteville, Ark., as well as many cousins, friends, associates and loved ones. Those wishing to express their sympathy are asked to consider St. Basil's Episcopal Church in Tahlequah.
Visitation: Wednesday, March 9, 2011, Reed-Culver Funeral Home, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, 918-456-2551.
Funeral services 11 a.m. Thursday, March 10, 2011, St. Basil's Episcopal Church, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Mrs. Holland was among the original faculty members from East High's first year and taught English. Her husband, Kenny Holland taught at East and coached during the same time period.

Prior to her death, Marjorie Holland was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted in conjunction with her husband may be read on the Faculty page.

[Editor's note: the date of Mrs. Holland's death varies among publications and between issues of the same publication. Two earlier listings gaves Mrs. Holland's death as occuring on March 7, 2011, whereas this and another obiturary lists March 6, 2011. The date has been revised in posting on this website to conform with the above obituary.]


Gary Hollie (associated with class of '65) - From The Commercial Appeal, July 28, 2004:

GARY LYNN HOLLIE, 57, of RedWood City, Calif., formerly of Memphis, salesman for Cal-Pac Roofing, died July 20 at his home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. He leaves a daughter, Julie Michelle Golden of California; a son, Johnny Lee Hollie; five sisters, Frances Conner, Juanita Earnest, Christine Earnest and Faye Kastigar (59), all of Memphis, and Billie Hollie Gafa ('62) of Bartlett, and three brothers, Charles Vernon Hollie of Memphis, Lawrence Hollie ('57) of Cordova and Don Hollie of Bartlett.
Visitation: Thursday, July 29, 2004, 5 - 7 p.m. at Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown, Memphis.
Funeral Services: Friday, July 30, 2004, 10 a.m. at Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown, Memphis.


Wayne Hollingsworth ('55) [posted September 15, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, September 15, 2013:

Wayne Clay Hollingsworth, a kind and most giving father, passed peacefully on September 8, 2013 in Bartlett, Tennessee. Born August 22, 1937 to John Gordon and Marjorie Collins Hollingsworth, Wayne graduated from East High School and then Tulane University, with a BA degree in business. He and his brother Gordon co-owned the Gordon Hollingsworth Company in Memphis. Wayne spent 31 years as an owner-operator with United Van Lines and Mayflower, receiving multiple driver of the year awards. He is survived by his brother Gordon, his children Clay, Vaughan and Collins, his grandchildren Micah, Leah, Lauren and Garrett, and former wife Lee Rogers. Wayne loved antique collectables, especially his 55 Chevy convertible, which replicated his most favorite car in high school. Wayne will be remembered by his family as being a selfless provider, and a man with a positive human spirit and endless optimism. He will be missed dearly. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, September 18th, at 10 a.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery at 1661 S. Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Graveside service: 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, 2013, Forest Hill Cemetery - Midtown (1661 S. Elvis Presley Blvd.), Memphis.


Edwin Love Holt ('61) - From The Commercial Appeal, May 15, 2002:

EDWIN LOVE HOLT, 58, of Woodville, Miss., formerly of Memphis, owner of Woodville Ace Hardware, died Sunday [May 12, 2002] at his home. Services were Tuesday [May 14, 2002] at Woodville Baptist Church with burial in Evergreen Cemetery there. Berryhill Funeral Home in Woodville has charge. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Memphis. He leaves two daughters, Lisa Cantrell Holt of Woodville and Ginger Holt Gober of Grenada, Miss.; a son, Dr. Edwin Love Holt Jr. of Woodville; a brother, Robert Maynard Holt of Nashville, and three grandchildren.
Among the family is East alumnus Maynard Holt ('57).


Mary Lou Hope ('58) [posted September 17, 2007] - From Pine Bluff Commercial, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, January 5, 2005:


     Mary Lou Bost, 64, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday [January 5, 2005].
     She was born Feb. 6, 1940, at Jonesboro, a daughter of the late Owen Burt Hope and Margaret Matthews Hope.
     She was reared and received her early education at Jonesboro before moving to Memphis and graduated from East High School. She attended William Woods College and graduated from Memphis State University with a degree in elementary education.
     She taught first grade at DeRidder, La., before moving to Pine Bluff in 1962.
     She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she was active in her Sunday school class, Bible school and Bible study fellowship. She was a member of the Pine Bluff National Bank Crown Club, where she served as the Crown Club director. She retired from the bank in July 2004.
     She was a member of the Pine Bluff Sister Cities and traveled as a delegate to Ewau City, Japan, in 1997. She was also a member of the Twentieth Century Club, where she served as an officer.
     Survivors include her husband, John Algie Bost; two sons, Dr. W. Brent Hall of Pine Bluff and Wesley Blake Hall of Russellville; one stepson, James Bost of Pine Bluff; one stepdaughter, Juli Listuon of Mobile, Ala.; one sister, Peggy [Hope] Bussard ['55] of Kingwood, Texas; one grandchild; and six stepgrandchildren.
     Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday [January 6, 2005] at First Baptist Church with the Revs. Gordon Topping, Jim Parker and Richard Wentz officiating. Burial will be in Cypress Memorial Gardens by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.
     Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today [January 5, 2005] at the funeral home.
     Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Family Life Center Building Fund, 6501 S. Hazel St., Pine Bluff, AR 71603.


Pauline Jones Hord (Faculty) [posted May 7, 2005] - From The Commercial Appeal, May 6, 2005:

Dr. Pauline Jones Hord, 98, of Memphis, retired teacher for Memphis City Schools after 31 years, died Thursday at Kirby Pines Manor. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church, where she was a member, with burial in Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of International Reading Association, Altrusa International and Delta Kappa Gamma International Honor Society and a graduate of Southwestern University, Memphis State University, the University of Chicago and Syracuse University. She leaves a sister, Louise Jones Higgs of Germantown, and a brother, Richard Frank Jones of Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Christ United Methodist Church.
The following special obituary also appeared in The Commercial Appeal May 7, 2005:
'Prayer Warrior' touched hundreds

Pauline Jones Hord, 98, didn't skip a day of belief

By Erin Sullivan
       May 7, 2005
      After almost a century of praying for others, for presidents and local politicians and prisoners and children, the woman known as the 'Prayer Warrior' died Thursday -- the National Day of Prayer.
      Pauline Jones Hord learned the power of prayer as a small girl on a farm near Memphis. Her younger brother, George, had malaria. From her bedroom, she heard the doctor tell her parents George would likely die.
      She prayed all night, sobbing.
      "You cannot let my brother die, God," Mrs. Hord said she prayed. "Please don't let him die."
      She fell asleep. When she woke she heard her mother tell her father, "George is going to be OK."
      From that moment on Mrs. Hord prayed every day.
      "People here know that if Miss Pauline prays for rain, you better get your umbrella ready," said Bill Bouknight, senior pastor of Christ United Methodist Church, for an article about Mrs. Hord last year. Mrs. Hord published a book in 2002 called "Praying for the President." It's a collection of daily devotions that began as a journal of prayers for President Jimmy Carter in 1977. He was having a rough first year in office and Mrs. Hord said the Lord spoke to her and said, "The best thing you can do for anybody is pray."
      There were 18 presidents during Mrs. Hord's lifetime. She prayed for the last one, George W. Bush, until the past few weeks, when she was too weak to do it.
      Mrs. Hord taught in Memphis City Schools for 60 years. For a quarter century Mrs. Hord -- a small woman -- went into prisons and taught criminals to read. She was married briefly during World War II, but divorced. She never had children, but had hundreds in her students, the church and prisons.
      Mrs. Hord's friends always asked her to write a memoir, but she didn't think her life was exciting enough. She was in the Peace Corps in South America. She worked hard to continue her education -- she was a graduate of Southwestern University, Memphis State University, the University of Chicago and Syracuse University. After retiring, she led reading workshops for teachers.
      Mrs. Hord died of congestive heart failure at Kirby Pines Manor. She was 98. Her funeral is at 1 p.m. today at Christ United Methodist Church. Burial is at Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. She is survived by a sister, Louise Jones Higgs of Germantown, and a brother, Richard Frank Jones of Memphis. The family requests any memorials be sent to Christ United Methodist Church.

[Editor's note: Dr. Hord was among East's original faculty during school year 1948-49. Her picture is in a
photograph taken that year of the East faculty.]


Charlie House ('57) [posted June 7, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, May 22, 1993:

CHARLES HENRY HOUSE, JR., 53, of New York City, formerly of Memphis, a former teacher at Columbia State University and Staten Island University, died May 11 [1993] at his home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday [May 25, 1993] at Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown has charge. He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church and an Eagle Scout. He attended Culver Military Academy, Vanderbilt University and the University of Colorado. He leaves a sister, Kimbrough Boren of Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Second Presbyterian Church or the charity of the donor's choice.


Jim House ('54) [posted December 8, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 8, 2009:

E. James House, Jr., "Jim", as he was known by everyone, died on December 7, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. Honesty, integrity and a quick wit, not to forget punctuality, probably best describes our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and friend. The son of the late Lyda Essary and Emmett J. House, Jim was born on September 16, l936. He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Lynn. A graduate of East High and Vanderbilt University, he obtained his law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law. He served for three years in the U.S. Navy as Chief Engineering Officer aboard the U.S.S. Prevail 20. Jim began his career at Union Planters Corporate Trust Division in 1962, where he worked until 1969 when he became associated with Holiday Inns of America, where he served as Treasurer. In 1987, he returned to Union Planters as Executive Vice President and Senior Trust Officer. He led the trust division until 1995 when he became general counsel and Secretary of the Bank. He remained in that position until the merger of Union Planters and Regions Bank in 2004. He then became of counsel with the law firm of Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs. He was currently legal and financial consultant for Evolve Bank. Jim is survived by his wife, Linda; his son, E. James House III (Katherine); and his daughter, Margaret Warner (Keith) and two step-children, Rebecca Breeden (Chris) and Will Stratton. He also leaves six grandchildren, E. James House IV, Olivia House, Margaret and Jean Jeter Warner and Kate and Hugh Breeden. A memorial service celebrating Jim's life will be on Wednesday, December 9, at 2 p.m. at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, with private burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society , Idlewild Presbyterian Church, MIFA, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Memorial service: 2 p.m, Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis.


Fredrick Houston ('88) [posted August 4, 2005] - From The Commercial Appeal, July 5, 2005:

FREDRICK HOUSTON, 35, of Memphis, employee of Terminex, died Friday, July 1, 2005. Visitation Friday [July 8, 2005], 4-7 p.m., N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home; viewing 10 a.m.-12 noon and services to follow at Cummings Street B.C.; burial Galilee Cemetery. He leaves 1 daughter, China Houston of Memphis, his mother Shirley Coleman, Father, Fred Houston, both of Memphis, 1 sister, Nicole Houston of MemphIs, grandfather, Fred Houston of Cordova, grandmother Velma Coleman of Memphis.
A news story about Mr. Houston's death is also available in our "In the news..." section.


Jimme Earl Hudson ('88) [posted June 30, 2001] - From The Commercial Appeal, March 3, 1997:

JIMMIE EARL HUDSON, 28, of Memphis, owner of Binghampton Lounge and J&L Affordable Communications, died Saturday [March 1, 1997] at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis after an apparent homicide. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He graduated from East High School in 1988 and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
[Editor's note: the original obituary appearing in the newspaper has been abridged here due to disputed information. Revision August 19, 2001]


Chessley H. Hulsey ('51) [posted December 29, 2001] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 29, 2001:

CHESSLEY HOWARD HULSEY, 68, of Memphis, owner of Hulsey & Hulsey Printing Service and Realtor for Pyramid Realty, died Thursday [December 27, 2001] at St. Peter Villa Rehab & Nursing Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday [December 31, 2001] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. Mr. Hulsey, the husband of Gayle Fleming Hulsey, also leaves three daughters, Melinda Hulsey Edwards of Cordova, Cammy Hulsey Lerner of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Frances Hulsey Heinrich of Memphis; two sons, William N. Hulsey III of Austin and Chessley Howard Hulsey Jr. of Brighton, Tenn.; a sister, Peggy Buck of Germantown, 13 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. The family requests that memorials be sent to National Kidney Foundation.
Visitation: Sunday, December 30, 2001, 3-6pm, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: Monday, December 31, 2001, 2pm, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Vicki Lynn Hussey (associated with the Class of '68) [posted August 14, 2010] - From The Commercial Appeal, January 2, 2005:

Vicki Lynn Hussey, 55, of Houston, formerly of Memphis, private duty nurse, died Dec. 19 at Triumph Hospital East in Houston. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown has charge. She was a member of Clear Lake Baptist Church and Galveston County Sheriff's Department Crime Watch Unit, and graduate of Oakhaven High School and Shelby State Community College. She leaves her parents, Warren and Maedell Hussey, and a brother, Mark Hussey, all of Houston. The family requests that any memorials be sent to American Diabetes Association.
Ms. Hussey attended East 1st-10th grades, 1955-1965.


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Larry Isbell ('70) [posted October 19, 2008] - From The Commercial Appeal, July 12, 1990:

LARRY WAYNE ISBELL, 38, of Knoxville, formerly of Memphis, district director for Holiday Inns, died Tuesday [July 10, 1990] at Park West Hospital in Knoxville after a short illness. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday [July 14, 1990] at Elmwood. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. He was a member of Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville and American and Tennessee Hotel-Motel Associations. He leaves his wife, Susan Day Isbell; a daughter, Miss Laura Christine Isbell, and a son, Adam Cole Isbell, both of Knoxville; his mother and stepfather, Rebecca and Jerry Damron of Jacksonville, N.C.; his father, Joe Alton Isbell of Milan; a sister, Mrs. Vickie [Isbell] West ['71] of Memphis, and a brother, Ron Isbell ['68] of Jacksonville, N.C. The family requests any memorials be sent to Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church Music Ministry, 9132 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37923.


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Mac Jackman ('65) [posted January 2, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal, January 2, 2011.

James “Mac” Jackman, 63, of Memphis, passed away December 28, 2010. When not in Memphis, he enjoyed spending time in Heber Springs, where he had a cabin on the Little Red River. He was retired from Delta Airlines. He is survived by his daughters Kim Jackman of Hot Springs, AR and Carye Jackman of Memphis,TN and his sister, Patricia [Jackman] Morrison ['70] of Pensacola, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Memorial Service will be held at Family Funeral Care, 4925 Summer Avenue, Memphis, TN 38122 on Saturday, January 8, at 2 pm.


Hallie H. James (Faculty) [posted June 30, 2001] - From The Commercial Appeal, April 15, 1999:

HALLIE H. JAMES, 94, of Memphis, former teacher at East High School, died of heart failure Tuesday [April 13, 1999] at Sunrise Sycamore View Nursing Rehabilitation Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday [April 16, 1999] at Family Funeral Care with burial in Elmwood. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and received her undergraduate and master's degrees at the University of Memphis. Mrs. James, the widow of Frank H. James, leaves two friends who cared for her, George Hodge of Charlotte, N.C., and Anne Walker of Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the music fund at Christ United Methodist Church or to any charity of the donor's choice.
Mrs. James was a 6th grade teacher at East Elementary School (co-located and operated with East High) and was the faculty sponsor of the Safety Patrol for many years. Mrs. James was among the teachers specially selected to staff the new East Elementary School in 1948 and she continued to serve through at least the mid-1960's. If you have additional information about her time of service to East High as either teacher or as Safety Patrol sponsor, please let The East High Alumni Page know at editor@EastHigh.org.


Lukisha Jamison ('96) [posted August 22, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal, May 19, 2010:

LUKISHA R. JAMISON, born January 14, 1978 died at Delta Medical Center Thursday, May 13, 2010. She leaves to cherish her memory her Mother, Geraldine Jamison, her “Father” Terry Brazell; two sisters, Stacey Truddle and Delois Hindman; two brothers, Ronald Jamison and Derrick Black-mond; 10 aunts, three uncles, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation will be Friday at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, 1667 S. Lauderdale St. Memphis, TN from 4-7:30 p.m. Services will be Saturday, at 12 p.m.


Janet Jarvis ('66) [posted March 19, 2003] - From The Commercial Appeal, March 19, 2003:

JANET J. BRADICK, 54, of Memphis, sales clerk, died Sunday [March 16, 2003] at her home. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. today [March 19, 2003] at Canale Funeral Directors. She was a volunteer for Memphis in May. She leaves a daughter, Shannon B. Cain of Oxford, Miss.; her mother, Emma S. Jarvis, and two sisters, Jerri Garavelli and Debbie Johnson, all of Memphis, and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to PKD Foundation in Kansas City, Mo.
Funeral Services: 10 a.m., March 19, 2003, at Canale Funeral Directors, Memphis.


Jimmy Jayne ('55) [posted August 12, 2013 - From The State, Columbia, South Carolina, July 25, 2013:

Jim Jayne COLUMBIA A Memorial Celebration of Life service for Jim Jayne, 76, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 26, 2013, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Irmo/St. Andrews Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., prior to the service, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Irmo/St. Andrews Chapel. Mr. Jayne was born May 24, 1937 in Memphis, TN, and passed away peacefully in his home on Sunday, July 21, 2013. He was a son of the late Earl Jayne and Jewell Sanders Jayne. He was a graduate of East High School in Memphis, TN, and attended Memphis State University. He served his country in the United States Army. Mr. Jayne worked as a salesman in the tool industry, most recently with Cooper Tools. He loved his family and his Gamecocks. Surviving are his son, Scott Jayne (Katrina) of Hope Mills, NC; grandchildren, Bryan, Garrett, Andrew and Christian Jayne; son, Greg Jayne of Kershaw. He was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Bryan Jayne. www.caughmanharmanfuneralhome.net
Published in The State on July 25, 2013


Sheila Jefferies ('74) [posted December 13, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 13, 2012:

SHELIA DIANE JEFFERIES, 56, of Memphis, retired nursing assistant, alumna of East High School, died on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at Methodist University. Visitation, Friday, December 14, 2012 from 10-11:55 a.m. at Greater New Shiloh Baptist Church, 839 Maywood where she was a member with Funeral Ceremony at 12 Noon. Interment in Galilee Memorial Gardens, 8283 Ellis Road. She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Fasonta L. Jefferies, her father, Eddie Jefferies, her brother, Larry Bell, two grandchildren, her employer and friends, Patricia and Lionel Ware and a host of other relatives and friends. 901-452-7331 harrisonsfuneralhomeinc.com
Visitation: 10-11:55 a.m. Friday, December 14, 2012, Greater New Shiloh Baptist Church, 839 Maywood, Memphis.
Funeral services: noon, Friday, December 14, 2012, Greater New Shiloh Baptist Church, 839 Maywood, Memphis.


Joan Jefferson ('59) [posted June 12, 2014] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, June 8, 2014:

JOAN JEFFERSON KLING, “Mamie” 72, died on June 3, 2014. She is survived by daughter, Ann Kling Wilson (Jerry); granddaughter, Lulu and grandson, Henry; sister, Jean Jefferson Ables and brother, Joe F. Jefferson. She was preceded in death by son, Peter H. Kling and parents, John H. and Velma Jefferson and brother, John M. Jefferson. Joan graduated from East High in 1959 and graduated from Memphis College of Art in 1963. A member of St. John’s Episcopal Church since birth. Joan’s life will be celebrated with a Memorial service at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, June 14 at 3 p.m. A reception will follow. Memorials may be sent to St. John’s in lieu of flowers. High Point Funeral Home (901)454-5795 www.highpointchapel.com
Memorial service: 3 p.m. Saturday, June 14, 2014, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Memphis.
Reception: follows the service at the church.


John Jefferson ('58) [posted June 11, 2013] - From High Point Funeral Home, Memphis:

John Morrey Jefferson
February 27, 1940 - May 9, 2012
Resided in Memphis, TN
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry Jefferson and Velma Young Jefferson and daughter Jessica Gabriel Jefferson.
He is survived by 3 children Julie Michelle Graham (husband Jon) of Memphis, Jenifer Jefferson Vinci of Baton Rouge, and Jeannine Dominique Jefferson of Memphis. 3 siblings Joe Jefferson (associated with the Class of '68), Joan Kling ('59), and Jean Ables ('62) all of Memphis. 9 grandchildren Jessica Lynn Harvey, Danielle Marie Harvey, Mallory Justin Harvey, Joshua Lane Graham, Jacob Ford Jefferson Graham, Joseph Gabriel Graham, Gabriella "Gabby" Adelaide Vinci, Myles Baker Vinci, and Charles "Charlie" Tisdale. And 2 great-grandchildren Maddie McGoldrick and Noah McGoldrick.
John was a people person. He loved his job as a realtor here in Memphis, where he lived his whole life. He was proud to have served in the Marine reserves. He was a proud father and grandfather. John loved the outdoors whether it was gardening or fishing. He will be dearly missed by so many of his friends and family.
Vistation was held May 11, 2012 and funeral services May 12, 2012.


Vince Jobst ('70) [posted March 4, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, March 4, 2012:

Carl Vincent Jobst, Jr. “Vince” 59, well-loved husband, father, brother and friend, died Saturday, January 6, 2012 at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Vince was born and raised in Memphis where he graduated from East High School in 1970 and attended State Tech for two years. He served in the Armed Forces at Fort Bragg, NC from 1972 to 1974. He achieved a successful career with FedEx Express and retired after 25 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Maryeann Crawford Jobst and Carl Vincent Jobst, Sr. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Deborah Stewart Jobst, two sons, Jason Vincent Jobst and Jonathan Stewart Jobst and four grandchildren. He also leaves a stepson, Frank Houston Winbigler, a brother, William Edward Jobst (Bill), sisters, Gretta Jobst-Chivers [associated with the Class of '72], and Mary Jo Wilson ['67]. At his request a private memorial service will be held for close family members only. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 41017, Memphis, Tennessee, 38174.
[Editor's note: the day and date of Mr. Jobst death as provided in the published obituary do not match so the exact date may be incorrect.]


David Voss Johnson, Jr. ('54) [posted July 14, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, July 14, 2009:

David Voss Johnson, Jr. 73, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 12, 2009 at St. Francis Hospital. Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Kathryn Elsberry Johnson; son, David Voss Johnson III (wife Mary); daughter, Caroline Johnson Crosby (husband Chris); three grandchildren, William Voss Johnson, Thomas David Johnson and Kathryn Meador Crosby; three sisters, Gertrude Sledge, Judith Johnson and Margaret Wade [associated with the Class of '55]. David was born in Memphis, TN and was the son of the late David Voss and Julia Larkey Johnson, Sr. He was a graduate of East High School and Washington and Lee University and served in the Army Reserves. David was a noted real estate appraiser and received an MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute of which he served as president. He was a co-founder of which is now known as the Chandler Reports. Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church with services beginning at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Elmwood Cemetery, 824 S. Dudley St., Memphis, TN 38104. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or the charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation: 10-11 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.


Theodore Johnson ('71) [posted November 29, 2006] - From The Commercial Appeal, November 28, 2006:

THEODORE ROOSEVELT JOHNSON, JR., of Aurora, CO, formerly of Memphis, TN, died Saturday, November 25, 2006 at his home in Colorado following a lengthy illness. Visitation will be from 6- 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 29 at Memphis Funeral Home at 5599 Poplar Ave. Funeral services are 11 a.m., Thursday, November 30 at Parkway Gardens Presbyterian Church, 1005 E. Shelby Drive, Memphis, TN. 38116 with burial at Memphis Park Southwoods Cemetery. Pastor Maurice Johnson is officiating. Mr. Johnson was a member of True Light Baptist Church in Denver where Rev. William T. Golson, Jr. is pastor. Theodore, husband of Oretha Torrance Johnson, also leaves a son, Theodore Johnson III, daughter, Karissa Johnson, daughter-in-law, April Johnson, grandchildren, Anthony Hester, Jasmine Blue and Kaela Johnson, all of Aurora CO. He leaves his parents, Theodore R. and Annie M. Johnson; a sister Vicki Bailey of McLean, VA; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Naaman and Ann Johnson, Daryl and Tammy Johnson of Tampa, FL, Ronald and Sylvia Johnson, Pastor Maurice and Brenda Johnson of Memphis. He was preceded in his return to the Father by his brother, Errol Johnson. Mr. Johnson also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends to celebrate his life and legacy. Memorials honoring Mr. Johnson may be sent to "Ministry Without Limits", True Light Baptist Church, 14333 Bolling Drive, P.O. Box 39003, Denver, CO. 80239
Visitation: 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 29, 2006, at Memphis Funeral Home.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Thursday, November 30, 2006, at Parkway Gardens Presbyterian Church, 1005 E. Shelby Drive, Memphis, TN.


Marilyn Johnston ('56) [posted August 4, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 31, 2000:

MARILYN JEAN JOHNSTON HEYWOOD, 62, of Richfield, Minn., formerly of Memphis, teacher, died of heart failure Monday [December 25, 2000] at her home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday [January 2, 2001] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. She was a former member of Mullins United Methodist Church. Mrs. Heywood, the wife of John Heywood, also leaves a son, John Kyle Heywood of St. Louis, and her sister, Joy Overman of Hot Springs, Ark. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association.


Michael Lamar Jones ('75/associated with '75) [posted May 21, 2013] - From The Tennessean, Nashville, TN, July 8, 2012:

Michael Lamar Jones (Mike)Of Nashville, TN died peacefully surrounded by friends at Baptist Hospital on June 30, 2012 at the age of 54. Mike was born and raised in Memphis, TN, and moved to Nashville in 1982 to pursue a career as a songwriter. Mike wrote and recorded "Answered Prayers" on Sparrow Records in 1993. Englebert Humperdinck recorded this song on several of his albums and it can be viewed on YouTube. To make ends meet when Mike was a fledgling songwriter, he worked at Spence Manor Hotel on Music Row during its heyday as a 5 Diamond Hotel where the celebrities stayed. Mike then began driving limousines for the Oak Ridge Boys until 1985 when he became the personal assistant for Jimmy Bowen; a legendary music executive/producer who transformed the country music business. During his career, Mike drove for a diverse group of celebrity clientele, including Cybil Shepherd, Andy Griffith, Keifer Sutherland, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire, General Tommy Franks, country music stars, politicians and sports figures. In 1995, Mike founded a private chauffeur and personal security service, Guardian Angel Driver Service. In the late 1980s, Jimmy Bowen encouraged Mike to train as a bodyguard. Mike developed a keen interest in Kung Fu, ultimately becoming a 7th degree black belt in Kung Fu San Soo through Master Bat McGrath. Mike will be awarded his 8th degree, Master's Certificate posthumously by Master Chuck Cory due to his contributions to the art of Kung Fu San Soo. Considered a great fighter, great student, great teacher and an outstanding representative of the martial arts community, Mike exemplified the way of the warrior. He is survived by his niece, Susan Bjorklund; his sister-in-law, Margaret Bjorklund; his sister, Constance Tackett; and his nephew, Marshall Duncan, of Memphis. He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Lamar Jones; his brother, Leslie W. Bjorklund, Jr. and his former wife, Laura Quinn. Mike's generous teaching spirit lives on; he donated his body to teaching and research. There will be Celebrations of his Life in Nashville throughout the month of July. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either MusiCares in Nashville, TN at (615) 327-0050 or The Cat Shoppe Rescue, Inc. at (615) 297-7877.
Published in The Tennessean on July 8, 2012


Clarence Jones, Jr. (class year unknown)- From The Commercial Appeal, June 6, 1999:

CLARENCE JONES JR., 25, of Memphis, student at University of Tennessee at Martin, was found dead Thursday [June 3, 1999]in Martin after an apparent homicide. Harrison's Funeral Home Orange Mound Chapel has charge. He was a member of the Church of Christ, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and was a graduate of East High School. He leaves his parents, Clarence and Mary Rhodes Jones, and two sisters, Joy Janel Jones and Linda Debose, all of Memphis.


Bo Joplin ('70) [posted October 15, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, October 15, 2013:

Bill F. "Bo" "Jop" Joplin, 61, beloved service manager for Raindance Irrigation, passed away October 13, 2013. Mr. Joplin was a member of Poplar Grove United Methodist Church and an advocate for Mid-South Transplant Foundation. The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 16 from 5-8 p.m. at the Millington Chapel with a service, Thursday at 2 p.m. at Poplar Grove United Methodist Church. Interment to follow in Poplar Grove Cemetery. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Ed and Elizabeth Deupree, sister, Katy Tong ['75], brother, Scott Joplin ['71]. He is survived by his wife, Sandra Kay Joplin; children, Christen V. Liberto, Joy Ervin, Larry S. Joplin, and John Canaday, Jr.; parents, Ken and Betty Joplin; sister, Sally (Jim) Logan; five grandchildren, Paige, Skylar, Rodney Jr., John III, and Mikaela. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be made to the Mid-South Transplant Foundation, 8001 Centerview Parkway, Suite 302, Cordova, TN 38018. Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel (901) 873-0123 BrentwoodFuneralService.com
Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013, Munford Funeral Home Millington Chapel, Millington, Tennessee.
Funeral services: 2 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013, Poplar Grove United Methodist Church, Drummonds, Tennessee.


Dorothy (Dot) Jordan ('60) [posted September 21, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, September 21, 2009:

Dorothy Jordan (Dot) Early went to praise her Lord in glory on Saturday, September 19, 2009. By God's grace, Dot now sees her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. She knew Him, served Him and trusted Him by faith in this life, and even now her faith is confirmed by her sight. Dot leaves her adoring husband of 43 years, Clinton M. Early; her son, Clint Early Jr.; her daughter, Dorothy Early Bryant; and five grandsons, Cullen Bryant, Jonathon Early, Joseph Bryant, Andrew Early, and Thomas Early. She also leaves her brother Carl Lee Jordan, Jr. ['52], his wife, Martha, and their children and grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl Lee Jordan and Velma Jewell Jordan; her sister, Jorene Jordan Moss; and her infant grandson, Christian Alexander Early. Dot was a longtime member of Independent Presbyterian Church where she served her God and the congregation. She was active as a Bible study leader, catechism teacher, circle leader, and president of Women in the Church. She was a faithful choir member. Her family is thankful to God for the ministry of music and for all the choir members who ministered to Dot during her long struggle with Alzheimer's disease, especially the "Dot Com," Cathy, Kitty, Jan and Pam. Dot was a former member of The Junior League and Les Passes. She was a graduate of East High (1960) and the University of Memphis where she was an Alpha Gamma Delta. She enjoyed meeting regularly with "Lunch Bunch," a group that originated from a Junior League committee. Visitation will be at Independent Presbyterian Church, Monday, September 21, 2009 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at Independent Presbyterian Church, Tuesday, September 22 at 1:00 p.m. with burial to follow in Elmwood Cemetery. Memorials should be sent to Alzheimer's Adult Day Service, 3185 Hickory Hill Road, 38115, to Independent Presbyterian Church Music Department, 4738 Walnut Grove Road, 38117, or to Crossroads Hospice.
Visitation: 5:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, September 21, 2009 at Independent Presbyterian Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at Independent Presbyterian Church, Memphis.


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> Debra Kaplan ('72) From Florida Today, October 27,2008 [posted November 7, 2008]:

DEBRA KAPLAN YOUNG COCOA BEACH Debra Kaplan Young, 54, beloved wife of Rodney Young and mother of RJ and Bekah Young, passed away on Friday, October 24, 2008 in a tragic automobile accident. Her loss is profound to her family and community. Debra was born in Memphis, Tennessee on August 23, 1954 where she lived till she went to Emory University. There she received a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Business Adminis tration as well as a Doctor of Law. She was a member of the State Bar of Georgia and upon graduation of College she received an award given every year to the student who contrib uted the most to the University, the Marion Luther Brittain Award. After graduation, Debra Young served as a lobbyist for the Georgia Hospital Associa tion. She eventually changed professions in 1984 to work as a broker for Dean Witter in Atlanta, transferring to the Space Coast in 1985 where she worked for Dean Witter and Anchor Management. In 1994 Debra Young went out on her own and created Harbor City Investments. Debra Young was admitted and qualified as an attorney for the Supreme Court of the United States in 2004. Debra Kaplan Young met the love of her life, Rodney Young in 1982 and they were married in 1985. Rodney brought his bride home to Cocoa Beach where they have lived for the past 23 years raising a family together. Debra took a very active role in all of her childrens activities and took great pride in all of their accomplishments. Debra was an integral part of our community on so many levels. She was a member of the Junior League since 1990 serving in many capacities until in 2000 when she was elected President. One of her many credits is the writing of the grant that enabled Tranquility Cove to become a reality for abused women and children. Debra continued her work of caring and compassion at her beloved Temple Israel where she served on the board and was voted President in 2004, serving in that capacity until her untimely death. Her loss is profound to the many people whose lives she touched. Besides being survived by her loving husband, Rodney Young, and children, RJ and Bekah Young, she is survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Tina and Jerry Levine of Rock ville, Maryland; nephews, Chuck Levine and his wife Sarah and Matthew Levine and his wife Amy; great nephews, Adam and Dylan Levine; brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Loretta Young; niece, Lisa and Jon Blackburn and their son Ty; Mark Young and Chad and Anna Young and their son Griffin. Debra was predeceased by her parents, Jules and Mildred Kaplan. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at Temple Israel at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to Temple Israel, 7350 Lake Andrew Drive, Viera, FL 32940. Published in FLORIDA TODAY on 10/27/2008


Anita Karlin ('58) From The Commercial Appeal, January 30,2008:

Clarksdale - ANITA KARLIN HIRSBERG, 67, a homemaker, died January 29, 2008 at Northwest Regional Medical Center Clarksdale, MS. Visitation from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m., Thursday at Meredith - Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale, MS with burial in the Beth Israel. Meredith - Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale, MS is handling the arrangements. She was a member of Junior auxiliary, and volunteer with the Clarksdale Animal Shelter. She graduated from East High School in Memphis, TN and attended Memphis State. She was a member of the Temple of Beth Israel. Survivors include: her husband of 46 years, Robert Lawrence Hirsberg of Clarksdale, MS; two sons, Randy Hirsberg of Olive Banch, MS and Terry Hirsberg of Birmingham, AL; two daughters, Lori Beth Behr of Louisville, KY and Jodi Kirk of Olive Branch, MS; sister, Paula Kirk of Olive Branch, MS; four grandchildren, Douglas Hollis of Oxford, MS, Heath Hirsberg and Jackson Kirk both of Olive Branch, MS and Sam Hirsberg of Birmingham, AL. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home Clarksdale, MS 662-624-6218
Visitation: 10 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 288, at Meredith - Nowell Funeral Home, Clarksdale, MS
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Thursday, January 31, 288, at Meredith - Nowell Funeral Home, Clarksdale, MS


Karla Kennon ('71) [July 11, 2000] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, July 11, 2000:

Karla Kennon Grant, 47, of Bartlett, homemaker, died of cancer Monday [July 10, 2000] at Methodist Healthcare-Central. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday [July 12, 2000] at Christ United Methodist Church Sanctuary with burial in Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Easter People Trio and Emmaus Community. Mrs. Grant, the widow of Don Grant, leaves two daughters, April Spain of Cordova and Allison Grant of Bartlett; two sons, John Grant and David Grant, both of Bartlett; her parents, Dorothy and William Kennon of Memphis; a sister, Deborah Neeley of Bartlett, and a grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to Christ United Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.


Martha Ann Kenny ('56) [September 16, 2011] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, September 16, 2011:

Grand Junction - Martha Ann Kenny Bland, of Grand Junction, TN, passed away at her home on September 15, 2011. She was 73 years old. A memorial service will be held for Mrs. Bland at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 17, at LaGrange Methodist Church in LaGrange, TN. with Rev. Dr. Virginia Jones Finzel officiating. A graveside service for the family will be held at the LaGrange Cemetery. Mrs. Bland was born on June 21, 1938, in Memphis, TN, and was preceded in death by her parents, John Carrington Kenny and Martha Frances Johnston Kenny. She is survived by her brother, John Carrington Kenny, Jr., of Memphis, TN. She married Charles Bernhardt Bland ['54] on June 24, 1956. She is survived by her husband of fifty-five years; and her five children and their spouses: Elizabeth Galfsky of Collierville, TN, Robert and Julia Bland of Somerville, TN, Mark and Patricia Gunn of Birmingham, AL, Chris and Camille Collins of Germantown, TN, and Edward and Victoria Chandler of Longwood, FL. She is also survived by fifteen grandchildren: Charles and Ander Galfsky, Mary Elizabeth and Robert Bland, Martha Ellen, Ann Claire, Frances, Elizabeth, and Neil Gunn, Ashton and Hope Collin,; Edward, Patrick, Eliot, and Lauren Chandler. Mrs. Bland was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her greatest joy was found in loving and serving her family. Her second love was her church, LaGrange United Methodist Church, and she was passionate about teaching the children's Sunday School class. For 10 years she led Vacation Bible School for the church and the community. She was also a teacher in the children's ministry of Community Bible Study in Somerville, TN. Mrs. Bland studied civil engineering at Memphis State University. She enjoyed playing golf with her husband in various Senior Golf Association tournaments. One of the highlights in recent years for her was the monthly lunches with her schoolmates from East High School, Memphis, TN, class of 1956. She is deeply loved by her family and will be dearly missed. The family requests that memorials be sent to LaGrange United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 126, Grand Junction, TN 38039.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday, September 17, 2011, LaGrange Methodist Church, LaGrange, TN.


Kay Killebrew ('59) [November 22, 2005] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, November 22, 2005:

KAY KILLEBREW CONAWAY ['59] passed away peacefully Sunday, November 20, 2005 at home, surrounded by friends and loved ones. She was 64 years old and lived a fruitful and productive life. Kay, the daughter of late local celebrity Bill Killebrew, was an advocate for disadvantaged children and animals, friend of the environment, and brought comfort to countless suffering and recovering alcoholics. Her honest, open and selfless nature set a noble example of human kindness and compassion. She leaves behind her husband of 38 years, Larry Conaway; a daughter, Molly Conaway Dill of Memphis; a sister, Judy Lambert ['64] of Medon, TN; a brother, Ken Killebrew [associated with class of '56] of Destin, FL; three wonderful grandsons, Justin, Stephen and Bryant; a niece, Natalie Hill; three nephews, Keith Killebrew, Michael Lambert and Brian Conaway; her dog, Lucy and cat, Nosy, and many, many friends. She will be greatly missed by all. The family requests that any memorial donations be sent to the American Cancer Society. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Canale Funeral Chapel with a visitation from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday. Canale Funeral Directors 901-452-6400
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at Canale Funeral Directors, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2005, at Canale Funeral Directors, Memphis.


Jimmy Kiersky ('64) [updated December 22, 2004] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, January 17, 2002:

Dr. James Hugh Kiersky, 58, of Atlanta, formerly of Memphis, professor of philosophy for Oxford College of Emory University, died Monday [December 20, 2004] at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday [December 26, 2004] at Temple Israel. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. He was a Vietnam War Navy veteran, a graduate of Washington & Lee University and Emory University and a member of Who's Who Among American Teachers. Mr. Kiersky, the husband of Carole P. Kiersky, also leaves two daughters, Lisa Kiersky Schreiber of Atlanta and Jill Kiersky Marcus of Chicago, and two brothers, Glenn Kiersky ['67] and John Kiersky ['72], both of Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
A paid obituary was published in the same newspaper December 23, 2004:

      Dr. James Hugh Kiersky, 58, of Atlanta, Ga., beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, friend and professor, died on Monday, December 20, 2004 of complications from leukemia at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is survived by his wife, Carole Pagano Kiersky of Atlanta, two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa Kiersky Schreiber and Scott Schreiber of Atlanta, and Jill Kiersky Marcus and Andrew Marcus of Chicago, two brothers, Glenn Kiersky and John Kiersky, both of Memphis, and countless other family, dear friends and students he adored. He was the son of the late Doris and Hubert Kiersky of Memphis.
      Jimmy was born in Memphis. He graduated from East High School in 1964 and received his B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University. He received his doctorate in Philosophy from Emory University in Atlanta. Most recently, he served as a professor of philosophy at Oxford College of Emory University, dedicating more than 30 years to the teaching profession at various institutions of higher learning in Georgia. He had a profound impact on his many students and colleagues, and was a multi-year recipient of "Who's Who Among American Teachers," in addition to many other awards and honors. He's now debating with his mentors, Plato, Socrates and Aristotle.
      He also served four years in the U.S. Navy, including service as a Lieutenant JG on the U.S.S. Norton Sound and as a member of the U.S. Navy Seals. While he dedicated his professional life to teaching, his passions included travel, sailing, camping, triathlons, good food and wine, and the love of his family.
      A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 26 at Temple Israel at 2:00 p.m., preceded by a private graveside service. Donations can be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or to a charity of donor's choice.
See also the
sympathy page.

Memorial Service: 2 p.m. December 26, 2004, at Temple Israel, Memphis.
No visitation is scheduled.


Bernard King ('58) (Nard) [January 20, 2002] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, January 17, 2002:

BERNARD "NARD" DEE KING, JR., 61, of Marietta, died Jan. 16 of cardiovascular complications. He is survived by his wife Lyn M. King, son Bernard Dee King III, daughter Cecile King Della Bernarda, daughter-in-law Shannon McElroy King, son-in-law Dean H. Della Bernarda; grandchildren Benjamin Davis King and John Barrett King, all of Atlanta, and sister Kendall King Lambert [('62)] of Washington, DC. Mr. King is a graduate of Memphis State University where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was born in Drew, MS and moved to Memphis, TN in 1950. After graduation from college, he served in the US Navy. He moved to Atlanta in 1974 to manage the southeastern district of Alcon Laboratories. While in Atlanta he was active in ALTA tennis and the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. An outdoor enthusiast, Mr. King was an avid supporter of various wildlife groups including Ducks Unlimited and the Wildlife Conservatory. He enjoyed golf and canoeing. A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul this Saturday [January 19, 2002] at 2pm. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, 1795 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30062, The Atlanta Humane Society, 981 Howell Mill Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, or St. Joseph's Mercy Foundation, 1100 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30342.

Mr. King was the son of the late Mrs. Coalla King (
obituary available) who taught math, social studies, and busines technology at East approximately 1954 - 1974.


Coalla King (Faculty) [April 21, 2006] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, September 25, 1995:

COALLA SAGE KING, 81, of Drew, Miss., formerly of Memphis, retired teacher, died Friday [September 22, 1995] of heart disease at Bolivar County Hospital in Cleveland, Miss. Graveside services were Sunday [September 24, 1995] in Drew Cemetery. Thweatt-King Funeral Home of Cleveland had charge. She was a graduate of Belhaven College in Jackson, Miss., and taught in Drew public schools until 1950, moved to Memphis and taught at East High School until 1974 and then returned to Drew and taught at North Sunflower Academy until retirement. She was a member of Drew United Methodist Church, St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Memphis and Drew Culture Club and was an accomplished pianist and organist. Mrs. King leaves a daughter, Kendall K. Lambert of Memphis; a son, Nard King of Marietta, Ga.; a brother, Hubert Sage of Drew, and three grandchildren.


Steven LaCeedric Kirkwood ('01) [Posted April 7, 2006 - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, April 7, 2006:

STEVEN LaCEDRIC KIRKWOOD, 23, of Memphis, graduate of East High School, died April 4, 2006 at a relative's home. Visitation will be from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, April 9 at N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home and from 10-11:55 a.m. Monday, April 10 at Center Chapel Baptist Church on Shelby Drive, with service to begin at Noon. He leaves his mother, Dessa Collins; his father, Stephen Kirkwood, both of Memphis; two sisters, Myleka Kirkwood and Quewannoccii Kirkwood; two brothers, Decorian Collins and Job Kirkwood, all of Memphis; two grandmothers, Annie Curry and Tennie Kirkwood, both of Memphis; his grandfather, George White of Memphis; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Ira Kirkwood. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home 901-948-7755
Visitation: 3-5 p.m. April 9, 2006 at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Memphis, and 10-11:55 a.m. April 10, 2006, at Center Chapel Baptist Church, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 12 noon, April 10, 2006 at Center Chapel Baptist Church, Memphis.


Ruth Eugenia Klinke ('71) [Posted January 24, 2010 - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, January 24, 2010:

Ruth Eugenia Klinke, 57, beloved sister of Carolyn [Klinke ('74)] and daughter of Robert and Marie Klinke, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2010 at Baptist East Hospital. Ruth attended East High School and Milsaps College in Jackson, MS. Ruth was a caring, loving person who will be missed by all who knew her. A graveside service will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery, 2440 Whitten Road on Monday at 2:30.
Graveside service: 2:30 p.m. Monday, January 25, 2010, Forest Hill East Cemetery, Memphis.
No visitation is scheduled.


Susan Meriwether Klyce ('70) [Posted October 31, 2014] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 31, 2014:

Susan Meriwether Klyce, age 62 of Knoxville, died instantly Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in a tragic automobile accident. Meriwether, “Mer” to her friends, was a 1970 graduate of East High School in Memphis. In 1975, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In 1977, her greatest joy was becoming the mother of Brig Stone, whom she loved with a heart as big as the ocean. For Meriwether, family always came first. She happily traveled all over the world to visit her beloved family and friends. Mer had a special place in her heart for her daughter-in-law, Mindy Stone, and especially her grandchildren, Parker and Addy who will always know her as “Grandmer”. In Knoxville, she lived with her best friend and partner of twelve years, Tom Kerr. Together they enjoyed golfing, bird watching, visiting Cades Cove, and transforming their house into a beautiful home inside and out. They created a warm place where family and friends were always welcome. Meriwether enjoyed skiing, gardening, and being on the waters of Pickwick and Tims Ford lakes. She was an avid fan of UT sports, especially football. Go Vols! Mer was known for her endless generosity and incredible compassion. Her contagious smile and the light she radiated will never be extinguished. We will miss her very much. Meriwether was preceded in death by her father, Walter Klyce, sister, Karen Klyce, beloved niece, Rebecca Klyce and Brig’s father, Robert S. Stone Jr. She is survived by her loving partner, Tom Kerr; cherished mother, Esther Pearson of Memphis; brother, Brig and Ellen Klyce and their family, Polly and Robbie Pennoyer, Victoria Pennoyer and Walter Klyce; sister, Virginia and John Minervini and their sons, John Minervini, David Minervini and Henry Minervini. Meriwether is also survived by her devoted son, Brig Stone; daughter-in-law, Mindy Stone, and their children, Parker Stone and Addy Stone. She will be forever loved by all of her extended family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 1, at Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Avenue SW, Knoxville, TN 37919. The Rev. Dr. L. Holton Siegling, Jr. will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army or Volunteers of America. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the family of Meriwether Klyce.
Celebration of life service: 2 p.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014, Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church, 3700 Keowee Avenue SW, Knoxville, Tennessee


Dick Koehn ('58) [Posted January 23, 2012] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, January 23, 2012:

Texas, Flower Mound - Richard Pierce “Dick” Koehn II, 71, of Flower Mound, Texas, passed away Friday, January 20, 2012, at his home. Born August 16, 1940, in Sioux Falls, SD, he graduated from East High School in Memphis, TN, where he was Senior Class President. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, where he met Mary Tarver, his wife of 49 years. While attending SMU he was President of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After graduating, he moved to Memphis, where he began his career with New York Life Insurance Company. He received his CLU designation with New York Life and was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table. He received many awards and accolades during his career and was known for his generosity and integrity. While having a successful career, Dick was deeply devoted to his family and his church. Before moving to Flower Mound in 2009 to be near family, he and Mary Tarver enjoyed retirement in Gulf Shores, AL. At Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, he was chairman of the witness committee, a member of the finance committee, and a member of the church council. He leaves his wife, Mary Tarver Stevenson Koehn; two daughters, Kathryn Virginia Koehn Muskat and her husband, Walter, of Barrington, IL, and Kimberly Pierce Koehn Crawford and her husband, Darren, of Flower Mound, TX; three grandchildren, Kelly Kathryn Muskat, Conner Pierce Crawford, and Kathryn Louise Crawford. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, at Trietsch MemorialUnited Methodist Church, 6101 Morris Road, Flower Mound, TX, with Rev. Joe Shafer officiating. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, January 23, at Flower Mound Family Funeral Home, 3550 Firewheel Drive, Flower Mound, TX. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 374, Gulf Shores, AL, 36547 and/or Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, 6101 Morris Road, Flower Mound, TX 75028. Flower Mound Family Funeral Home 972-691-2802
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2012, Flower Mound Family Funeral Home, 3550 Firewheel Drive, Flower Mound, Texas
Funeral services: 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, Trietsch MemorialUnited Methodist Church, 6101 Morris Road, Flower Mound, Texas

Two siblings of Mr. Kohen are East alumni: Nancy Koehn ('55) and Denny Cohen ('62).


Larry Kraft ('68) [Posted September 16, 2002 - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, August 10, 1973:

6 Young Men Die in Car Wrecks
. . . and 4 men died yesterday morning [August 9, 1973] when their car struck a tree near the Mid-South fairgrounds. . .
The 4 men were killed about 3am when thier car smashed into an oak tree at Central and Buntyn.
Police said John Lawrence 'Larry' Kraft, 22, of 348 Lundee Place, the tennis pro at Colonial Country Club, was driving his car west on Central when the accident occurred.
Also killed were Dennis Dowda, 26, of 226 S. Cleveland, Richard David Campbell, 20, a Memphis State University student from Little Rock, and Michael S. Ruelius, 21, an MSU student from Dillsburgh, PA.
Officers said it was possible Mr. Kraft went to sleep and failed to make the curve. They estimated the car was traveling 40 miles per hour when it smashed into the oak tree.
Mr. Kraft, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Kraft Jr. of Memphis, had been graduated from MSU in December with a degree in education.
His father had been tennis pro at Memphis Country Club for 20 years, and club pro at Colonial Country Club from 1964 to 1969. The younger Kraft served as an assistant to his father during the 5 years, and succeeded his father as club pro in 1969.
Mr. Kraft said he did not know where his son had been or where he was going when the accident occurred. . .
Mass for Mr. Kraft will be at 11 a.m. today [August 10, 1973] at the Cathederal of Immaculate Conception with burial in Clavery Cemetery. Memphis Funeral Home on Union has charge.
He also leaves his wife, Mrs. Virginia Kraft; a son, John F. Kraft; and a sister, Mrs. Madeline Seabrook, all of Memphis.


Dorothy Burns Krause [July 2, 1999] - All those who knew her will be saddened to learn of the death of Mrs. Krause, who was the librarian at East High from about 1958 to 1968.

DOROTHY BURNS KRAUSE, 95, of Memphis, retired teacher and librarian at East High School, died of heart failure June 23 [1999] at Bright Glade Convalescent Center. Services were Monday at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Canale Funeral Directors had local charge. She was a communicant of St. Anne's Catholic Church, was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Educational Sorority, and Tennessee PEO Sisterhood Chapter F. Mrs. Krause, the widow of Arlington C. Krause, leaves two daughters, Marian Krause Smith of Germantown and Constance Krause Colby of Lake Bluff, Ill., and four grandchildren.
Commercial Appeal, Memphis, July 2, 1999


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Eric Laird ('81) [posted February 23, 2007]
From The Commercial Appeal, February 23, 2007:

ERIC D. LAIRD, SR., 43, of Memphis, died February 15, 2007 at Methodist North Hospital. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday, February 26, and funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Tuesday, February 27 at N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home. Burial in New Park Cemetery. He leaves a son, Eric D. Laird, Jr.; his parents, Yvonne Patricia Laird and Jessie J. Laird; a sister, Gwenese Nichols; and a brother, Andre J. Laird.
Visitation: 5 - 8 p.m. Monday, February 26, at N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: noon, Tuesday, February 27, at N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, Memphis.


Nancy Langdon ('60) [posted September 15, 2006]
From The Commercial Appeal, September 15, 2006:

NANCY L. FLETCHER, 64, of Memphis, died Wednesday, September 13, 2006 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. She was a retired loan officer with Union Planters Bank. She was on the Board of Directors for Friends for Life and a passionate volunteer that devoted her life to those infected and affected with HIV/AIDS; she was also a constant volunteer with MIFA, committed to helping those less fortunate. Further, she was employed and volunteered with the Eastwood Animal Clinic and was always an avid animal lover. She was also a member of Christ United Methodist Church as well as a wonderful mother and faithful to her host of friends. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Martin and Deborah Fletcher of Memphis. Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, September 17, 2006 and services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, September 18 at High Point Funeral Chapel. Interment to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friends for Life. Arrangements by: High Point Funeral Chapel.


Bob Leggett ('73) [posted May 15, 2006]
From The Commercial Appeal, May 13, 2006:

ROBERT M. LEGGETT, 51, of Memphis, sales rep for Hardin Sysco, died May 10, 2006. Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13 at St. Therese Catholic Church. He leaves his wife, Margaret Leggett; a daughter, Kate Leggett; a son, Bradley Leggett; and a brother, Dr. Andrew Calhoun of Eads, TN.
Services were Saturday, May 13, 2006.


Brian Lewis ('56) [posted January 17, 2004]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 17, 2004:

BRIAN FRANKLIN LEWIS, 67, of Collierville, saw smith and retired manager for Tennessee Saw & Knife Co., died Thursday in Collierville. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Bartlett Funeral Home has charge. He was a former president of Goodlett Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association, graduate of East High School, basketball and baseball coach for St. Anne Catholic School and Pendleton Athletic Association, former member of Memphis City Principals Advisory Committee, and coach of the 1995 PeeWee baseball champions. Mr. Lewis, the husband of Becky Gabehart Lewis, also leaves three daughters, Cathy Nolan, Kelly Cox and Laurie Beck, all of Memphis; three sisters, Marilyn Stewart of Memphis, Barbara Patterson of Cordova and Rosemary Lawrence of Woodstock, Ga., five grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the American Heart Association.
Brian Lewis was chosen "Most Athletic" for the East High Class of 1956.
Prior to his death, Brian Lewis was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the
Class of 1956 page.
Mr. Lewis, the husband of Becky Gabehart ('56), also leaves sisters who attended East High School. Please see our sympathy page.
Visitation: 9:30 - 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 19, 2004, at the chapel at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Memphis.
Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m., Monday, January 19, 2004, at the chapel at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Memphis.


Don Lewis ('60) [posted November 25, 2006]
From The Commercial Appeal, November 25, 2006:

EVERETT DON LEWIS, 64, passed away November 23, 2006 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Mr. Lewis, the son of the late Julius and Estelle Lewis, was born in Memphis, September 22, 1942. He graduated from East High School and the University of Illinois with a B. A. in Marketing. He leaves his devoted wife of thirty-eight years, Kaye G.[Goldsmith] Lewis ['65]; his loving children, Jeffrey David Lewis and wife,Sarah, Laurie Lewis Shapiro and husband, Jonathan; the absolute delight of his eyes and heart, six grandchildren, Jessica Lewis, Julia Shapiro, Rebecca Lewis, Max Shapiro, Eli Lewis, and Ella Shapiro. Mr. Lewis also leaves his sister, Ann [Lewis] Figura ['64] and Roger; his aunt, Helen Hanover and J. Alan Hanover; of blessed memory, his cousins, Jody and Danny Becker, Brad, Barry, John and Sherry Hanover. Mr. Lewis was President of Lewis Auto Glass, served on the Board of the National Glass Association, and was President of the Memphis Glass Dealers Association. Mr. Lewis was a member of Temple Israel and its Brotherhood. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m., Sunday, November 26 in the Temple Israel Cemetery. Any donations may be sent to Temple Israel or the charity of the donor's choice.
Funeral services: graveside service, 11 a.m. Sunday, November 26, 2006, at Temple Israel Cemetery, Memphis.
There is no visitation scheduled.


Hal Liebenrood (class association undetermined) [posted July 26, 2013]
From The Commercial Appeal, June 17, 2013:

Harold Roy Liebenrood, Jr., 67, of Memphis, died peacefully on June 14, 2013 with family by his side. Hal was a son, brother, soldier, father and grandfather. He attended East High School, University of Tennessee, and received his degree from Memphis State University. He served with the Big Red One in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. He worked for the Commercial Appeal in Advertising Sales. He was a life long member of First United Methodist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents Harold R. Liebenrood, Sr., and Mary Katherine Black Liebenrood. He leaves his children; Kelly Renee (Luis) DelCid of Troy, Ohio, Trey Liebenrood, of Collierville, and Mary Ann (Scott) McCormick, of Cordova; grandchildren, Alex DelCid, Ben DelCid, Gracie DelCid, Savannah Liebenrood, Jake Liebenrood, Sydney McCormick and Scott McCormick; sisters, Marilyn (Marshall) L. Williams of Westerville, Ohio and Lisa L[iebenrood ('71)]. Parker of Germantown and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Hal enjoyed the simple pleasures in life; fishing, golf, loved University of Memphis basketball and New Orleans Saints football.
Celebration of life services are pending at the West TN Veterans Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be sent to First United Methodist Church, 204 N. 2nd, St., Mphs, 38103 or to the VA Hospital, MICU unit, 1030 Jefferson Ave., Mphs, 38104.


Linda Lloyd ('57) [posted February 22, 2009]
From The Commercial Appeal, February 22, 2009:

Linda Lloyd Harwood, 69, left her loving family on February 20, 2009. She was a courageous warrior in the horrible battle against lung cancer. She passed peacefully knowing she would live forever with Jesus Christ. For those who were touched by Linda or Peppy as her grandchildren called her, life was full of love. Peppy's passions included her family, friends and her cabin in Hardy, Arkansas. She was also quite an accomplished cook. Whoever she was with, or wherever she was, delicious food always played a part. She loved to entertain, and was always the life of the party. Linda had so many great friends and wonderful stories to tell. She would want all her friends to know how much they meant to her and how, in her final days, she cherished all the special memories she had. The world will be a different place without her. We all have lost an exceptional person, but what we have lost, heaven has gained. Linda was preceded in death by her loving parents Dorothy "Dee" Lloyd and Robert "Big Bobby" Lloyd. She leaves her sister Peggy Lloyd Monger [class year association undetermined] and her brother-in-law Ralph Monger, Jr., She also leaves her two sons Alston Boyd Wade, III and Robert (Bobby) Baldwin Wade; her daughter-in-law Helen France Wade and four grandchildren: Chaney and Larson Wade and Caroline and Bobby Wade. The family asks that memorials be made to the charity of your choice and they respectfully request that you please help someone you love quit smoking. Visitation will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Monday, February 23 from 5-7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Memorial Park on Tuesday, February 24 at 10 am.


Michael Lobbins ('95) [posted June 25, 2004]
From The Commercial Appeal, June 25, 2004:

MICHAEL DEWAYNE LOBBINS, 27, of Memphis, died Tuesday [June 22, 2004] at Methodist North Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday [June 29, 2004] at Martin Temple CME Church, where he was a member, with burial in New Park Cemetery. M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He leaves a daughter, Maya Lobbins; a son, Jarvis Lobbins; his mother, Beverly Foster, and his father, Andrew Lobbins, all of Memphis; a sister, Cecilia Williams of Texas; a brother, Antonio Foster, and his grandfather, Joe Foster, both of Memphis, and a companion with whom he lived, SaNice Macklin
Visitation/Wake: 5 - 7 p.m. Monday, June 28, 2004, at M. J. Edwards & Sons Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at Martin Temple CME Church, Memphis.


Gail Loeffel ('57) [posted January 6, 2006]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 6, 2006:

GAIL LOEFFEL STEELE, 66, of King City, OR, formerly of Germantown, retired financial officer for Tour Golf Group, died Saturday, December 31, 2006 (sic) [date should be December 31, 2005]. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday, January 6 [2006] at Adams Chapel in River View Cemetery in Portland, OR. She was a graduate of East High School and the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Germantown and worked with the Habitat for Humanity in Memphis. Mrs. Steele, the wife of David L. Steele, also leaves a daughter, Beth Ann Steele; a son, Scott Steele, and a sister, Cary Smith. Memorials may be sent to OHSU Foundation Cancer Institute. River View Cemetery Funeral Home 503-246-6488
Funeral services: 1 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2006, at Adams Chapel in River View Cemetery in Portland, OR.


Jimmy Lott ('56) [posted May 9, 2007]
From The Commercial Appeal, June 12, 1996:

JIMMIE L. LOTT JR., 57, of Memphis, courier, died Monday [June 10, 1996] at his home after a heart attack. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday [June 13, 1996] in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge. He was a Vietnam War veteran of the Marines. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the British Music Hall of Fame. He played with Warren Smith, who was the originator of rockabilly music and was the first drummer to play and record with Elvis Presley. Mr. Lott. the husband of Linda L. Lott, also leaves three daughters, Hayley Melissa Lott Widmer, Constance Leah Lott Peppers and Jeanice Lynlee Lott, and a son, Martin Bradford Lott, all of Memphis; two sisters, Peggy Lott Tirmenstein of Dallas and Vicki Lott Growose of St. Paul. Minn. and a granddaughter.


Billy Love (associated with the Class of '56) [posted February 11, 2008]
From The Commercial Appeal, July 25, 2001:

BILLY DEWAYNE LOVE, 64, of Lakeland, co-owner/operator of Love's Feed Store, died of heart failure Tuesday at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. He was a Korean War veteran, a communicant of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Bartlett and former member of Memphis Running Track Club. Mr. Love, the husband of Patricia Hashey Love, also leaves two daughters, Cynthia Love Rush of Lakeland and Susan Love Bourland of Bartlett; a son, Billy Dewayne Love Jr. of Crawfordsville, Ark.; his mother, Cora Eddie Love; a sister, Katie Love ['59] of Lakeland, and six grandchildren.


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Jim Macdonald ('68) ("Mim") [posted October 21, 2014] - From Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home:

James A. “Jim” Macdonald, age 64, of Marietta, GA, died on October 17, 2014 from pancreatic cancer.
Jim grew up in Memphis, TN, attended Auburn University on a Navy ROTC scholarship, and began a long career in the fleet fueling and bank card industry. He worked for Wright Express, now WEX, Inc., for the past 25 years in sales, product development, and as sales engineer. He was revered in his profession as a mentor, consummate professional, and true southern gentleman. Jim was an athlete and avid runner, participating in numerous 10K races, several Peachtree Road Races, and half-marathons. A devoted technophile, Jim always surrounded himself with multiple computers and gadgets and was quick to provide technical assistance to friends and family. Jim was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of birds, his love of sports cars, and his hobbies of hiking and photography.
Jim is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ingrid; son, Ian Macdonald and wife, Carly of Lilburn, GA; daughter, Tigh Rotunno and husband, Andrew of Flowery Branch, GA; grandchildren, Mya and Vincent Rotunno; brother, Don Macdonald and wife, Maryanne of Memphis, TN; sister, Ann Hultz and husband, Don of Millington, TN; nephews and nieces, and many in-laws. He is predeceased by parents, James C. and Elizabeth Macdonald of Memphis, TN.
A Memorial Service celebrating Jim's life will take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Marietta Alliance Church, 1787 E. Piedmont Rd, Marietta, GA 30062. Visitation will take place from 12:15 – 1:00 p.m. prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Jim A. Macdonald may be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, www.pancan.org.
Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home in Marietta will be handling the arrangements. www.mayeswarddobbins.com 770-428-1511
Visitation: 12:15-1 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, Marietta Alliance Church, 1787 E. Piedmont Rd, Marietta, Georgia
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014, Marietta Alliance Church, 1787 E. Piedmont Rd, Marietta, Georgia


Keith Magdefrau ('52) [posted February 23, 2003]
From The Commercial Appeal, February 14, 2003:

KEITH F. MAGDEFRAU, 69, of Lakeview, Ark., formerly of Memphis, insurance salesman for Wausau Insurance Co., died Tuesday [February 11, 2003] at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Ark. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday [February 15, 2003] at Alley White American Legion Post 52 in Mountain Home, where he was past commander, with burial in Kirby's Tucker Memorial Cemetery there. Kirby Boaz Funeral Home in Mountain Home has charge. He was a Korean War and Vietnam War Air Force veteran, an Episcopalian, graduate of the University of Memphis, past president of Raleigh Optimist Club, member of Mid-West Tool Collector's Association and the NRA, and past member of Baxter County Republican Committee. Mr. Magdefrau, the husband of Lela B. Shurtleff Magdefrau, also leaves two daughters, Shari Barnes of Mountain Home and Nola Coleman of Orlando; a son, Frank Magdefrau of Hernando; a brother, Jay Magdefrau of Cordova, and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Kidney Foundation.


Wiley Maiden ('63) [posted September 10, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, September 10, 2012:

WILEY HAWTHORNE MAIDEN, 67, passed away on Sunday, September 9, 2012. Wiley was born on January 9, 1945 in Bristol, VA. He was a graduate of East High School and Vanderbilt University on a football scholarship. Mr. Maiden was the longest tenured branch manager at Morgan Keegan having served the firm over 36 years. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Nancy Brown Maiden [associted with the Class of '63]; his daughter, April Maiden McGrath and her husband Mark, and their two sons, Mark Thomas “Tommy” and John Wiley “Jack”; and one son, John Wiley Maiden and his wife Marcia McIntyre, and their son William Wiley, “Will”; two sisters, Martha Maiden-Lemoine ['68] and Margaret Anne Maiden ['71], one brother, Douglas Maiden ['61]. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Memorial Park Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in honor of Wiley H. Maiden. Please mail donations to P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN, 38101 or go online at www.stjude.org Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com
Memorial service: 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 11, 2012, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Galen Mallard ('70) [posted July 28, 2002]
From The Commercial Appeal, March 17, 2002:

GALEN MALLARD, 50, of Memphis, died Friday [March 15, 2002] at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday [March 19, 2002] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. He was a member of Union Avenue Baptist Church. He leaves his mother, Margaret Mallard of Memphis, and a sister, Janis Cole of Cordova.


Kathie Malone ('68) [posted August 13, 2008]
From The Commercial Appeal, August 13, 2008:

KATHRYN ANNE MALONE, youngest daughter of the late Harry and Edith Malone, passed away July 28, 2008. Born in Memphis, Tennessee January 7, 1950, she attended Grace St. Luke's Episcopal School, Grahamwood, and East High School. At Mississippi College and Memphis State University, she was an organ performance music major and was a member of Delta Omicron, an international music fraternity. Kathie had many talents and gifts, but most extraordinary was her amazing musical ability. Growing up in a home where classical music surrounded her, Kathie's talent bloomed early. At the age of three, she composed and performed a recital piece for one of Miss Bess Cockroft's recitals. Inheriting her father's perfect pitch ability, she delighted listeners with her amazingly beautiful arrangements and compositions. Throughout her life she shared her love of music through recitals, teaching, and serving in music ministries of several Baptist and Methodist churches. Strong leadership qualities made Kathie Malone a truly outstanding Veterans Administration employee. Until disability forced her retirement, she earned many performance awards and commendations, including Woman of the Year. In 1980 she had her "15 minutes of fame" in Washington, DC, when Max Cleland, head of the Veterans Administration, presented Kathie the VA's Exceptional Service Award for her "extraordinary act of heroism" when, as a hostage, she calmly and courageously persuaded an armed, deranged man to give himself up to authorities, thus preventing injury and loss of life to others in the area. At her retirement the head of the Chaplain Service commended Kathie's humility, her spirit of caring, and the many times she served as a catalyst to make things better for veterans and their families. He said, "Your legacy is caring, sharing, and giving. Thank you for passing our way and staying awhile; because you did, we are better people." For a number of years she had her own business, Business Information Resources, where she was a research specialist. She also enjoyed being active in her local community as a member of the Watauga Chapter of the DAR and as past president and current vice president of Lynton Square Condominiums Homeowner Association. Kathie's sense of caring was especially evident in her love for her pet dogs and cats as well as all animals and their welfare. In her younger years, she was very active in the Memphis Humane Society. Through her involvement in various organizations many animals were saved and protected. She also had a passion for sports, especially baseball, and was a walking encyclopedia on the topic of her favorite players. Kathie's greatest love, though, was playing for church choirs and helping plan church music programs. Perhaps the words of one of her friends summed up Kathie's essence best: "She was such a great person: smart, witty, talented, kind, thoughtful. I will miss her very much." In addition to a host of friends, Kathie leaves two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mrs. Bonnie [Malone ('59)] and Dr. Dick B. Clough, and Mrs. Carole [Malone ('62)] Lynne and Dr. Lawson L. Schroeder ['62]. She is also survived by six nephews and their wives, Jeffrey and Cindy Clough, Patrick and Rebekah Clough, Timothy and Tara Schroeder, Harry and Sally Schroeder, Philip and Cindi Schroeder, and Michael Schroeder. Great-nephews and nieces include Morgan, Harrison, and Kathryn Clough and Jacob, Emily, Mason, and Ronald Schroeder. Kathryn Malone's memorial service will be August 16, 1 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home in Bartlett at 3700 N. Germantown Pkwy. Visitation with the family will be during the hour immediately before the service. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to New Life Baptist Church, 3823 Orchi Road, Memphis, TN 38108.
Visitation: noon, August 16, 2008, at Memphis Funeral Home, Bartlett, TN (3700 N. Germantown Parkway).
Memorial service: 1 p.m. August 16, 2008, at Memphis Funeral Home, Bartlett, TN (3700 N. Germantown Parkway)

News stories of the hostage incident are posted to our "In the news ..." section.

See a copy of the Veterans Administration Commendation for Kathie Malone.


Frances F. Marks (Faculty) [posted November 30, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 1, 2013:

Frances Fraser Marks was born on July 7, 1916, in Memphis, TN and died on November 28, 2013. She attended Peabody Elementary and Snowden Junior High Schools and graduated from Central High in 1934. That fall she entered Blue Mountain College, where she participated in many musical and theatrical performances and was President of Student Government. She graduated with a B.A. in English and Latin in 1938. After teaching English in Drew, MS, for a year, she served as Assistant Dean of Students at Blue Mountain, and then joined the Church Library Department of the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board in 1942, continuing to write articles for their publications for many years. She earned an M.A. in English at George Peabody College in Nashville. She returned to Memphis and married Louis Denton Marks in 1943. Their daughter, Linda, was born on October 8, 1945, and their second child, Louis Jr., was born on September 10, 1949. Louis Sr, beloved husband and father, died in 1951 of leukemia. Mrs. Marks taught Latin at Miss Hutchison’s School from 1954 to 1963. In 1963 she joined the faculty at East High School, where she taught Latin and later a became a guidance counselor. She returned to Hutchison in 1972, first teaching Latin and later serving as Head of the Upper School. She retired from Hutchison in 1986 but continued to teach many students in English as a Second Language programs and to tutor Latin. Frances was a dedicated and gifted teacher who loved teaching and her students. She was a fierce competitor at the Mid-South Latin Tournament, and many of her students at both Hutchison and East won highest honors there over the years. Many went on to become teachers themselves at schools around the South and around the world. She was deeply dedicated to her faith and her church and showed her passion for teaching there as well. She and Louis attended Bellevue Baptist Church at its old North Bellevue location where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and was the alto in the Bellevue Women’s Quartet. The family joined First Baptist Church in 1961, where she continued teaching well into her eighties. She was also one of First Baptist’s first women Deacons . She leaves her two children, Linda Marks of Memphis and Denton Marks of Milwaukee, WI; her daughter-in-law Tessa; nieces Marlena Marks Grunewald of Little Rock, AR, and Judy Marks Brown of Fort Smith, AR. Linda, Denton, and Tessa are deeply grateful for the loving and compassionate service of those who cared for her. Vistiation will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery. Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 4 at First Baptist Church of Memphis. Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, December 5 in Forest Hill Midtown Cemetery. The family requests that any memorials be sent to First Baptist Church of Memphis or the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA). Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2013, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2013, First Baptist Church, Memphis.
Graveside serrvice: 10 a.m., Thursday, December 5, 2013, Forest Hill Midtown Cemetery, Memphis.

Mrs. Marks was the mother of Linda Marks (class year/association undetermined) and Denton Marks ('67). She taught Latin at East High from 1963 to 1973 and was also a guidance counselor.


Alan Jerome Marshall (class year undetermined) [posted July 31, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, July 31, 2012:

ALAN JEROME MARSHALL, 54, died Saturday, July 28, 2012 at his home. He graduated from East High School and retired from Penske Trucking and Leasing Company. Mr. Marshall was preceded in death by his father, Deputy Chief Thomas Marshall, Sr., brother, Thomas B. Marshall, Jr., and his aunt Alice Rivers. He leaves to mourn his passing, mother, Virginia T. Marshall; niece, Raven Marshall; sister-in-law, Dr. Dorothy Marshall Loggins; aunt, Helen Marshall; brother, Robert Marshall; uncle, John Rivers, and a host of friends and relatives. He also leaves a beloved family friend, Chuma (Raymond) Ajanuka. Body will lie in state, Wednesday August 1 at R. S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Graveside service to follow in Calvary Cemetery. R.S.Lewis & Sons Funeral Home (901)526-3264 Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 31, 2012.
Visitation: 10 a.m. - noon, August 1, 2012, R. S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home.
Graveside services: follows visitaton, Calvary Cemetery.


Patsy Gail Martak ('56) [posted August 1, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, August 1, 2012:

Patsy Gail Martak Seabrook of Memphis died Sunday, July 29,2012. Mrs. Seabrook was the daughter of the late Hilda Noble Martak and the late William Kamon Martak. As a young girl, Mrs. Seabrook attended Snowden School and graduated from East High School. In her youth, Mrs. Seabrook enjoyed traveling, singing, and dancing, in particular ballet and tap. She attended Mary Baldwin College and Southwestern College now known as Rhodes College. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Mrs. Seabrook and her parents were part of a group from Madison Heights Methodist Church and five other Methodist churches who became the charter members of a new Methodist church in East Memphis. It was officially named Christ Methodist Church. Mrs. Seabrook and her parents were part of the founding members, few in numbers but giants in faith, seeking spiritual direction to dream and sacrificially struggle to purchase small portions of land at a time for the new church plant. Today, the result of the prayerful planning and hard work of the original 600 members majestically stands in the form of Christ United Methodist Church at the corner of Poplar and Grove Park. Mrs. Seabrook married James Hunter Seabrook, Jr. on June 28, 1958. She was a partner and support to him in all of his numerous achievements, honors, and accomplishments. Mr. Seabrook is the President of Seabrook Wallcoverings, Inc. Together they were members of the Lamplighters Sunday School class at Christ United Methodist Church. They later became members of First Evangelical Church and then Independent Presbyterian Church. Along with her parents, Mrs. Seabrook and her husband were avid Memphis State Tiger basketball supporters beginning in the old Field House in 1955. Years were spent traveling with the team to various tournaments throughout the United States. They also enjoyed sharing this passion for Tiger basketball with their children. Mrs. Seabrook traveled extensively throughout England, France, Italy and Israel. While traveling, Mrs. Seabrook developed a vast knowledge of English and French porcelains and antiques. Mrs. Seabrook enjoyed entertaining and graciously welcomed a variety of musicians, artists, vocalists and speakers into her home. Mrs. Seabrook was a member of Les Passees Club, LeBonheur Club, The Little Glass Club, The Woman's Exchange of Memphis, The Hermitage Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She gave much of herself to these organizations and served in various leadership positions. Mrs. Seabrook devoted herself to the many organizations, but most importantly to her children and grandchildren. She gave selflessly and lovingly to her family and enjoyed great pleasure in supporting their various endeavors and accomplishments. Mrs. Seabrook leaves her husband James Hunter Seabrook, Jr.; her son James Hunter Seabrook III, and his wife Jill; her daughter Carey Allison Seabrook Goodman and her husband John; five grandchildren, Mary-Ashley Seabrook, Hunt Seabrook, Brook Goodman, Kate Seabrook and Win Goodman. She also leaves two aunts: Mrs. Mim Auter of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Mrs. Jean Salyer Phillips of Brookhaven, Mississippi, and one uncle, Mr. Hugh Jones Noble and his wife Regina of Columbia, South Carolina. Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 1, 2012 at Memorial Park Funeral Home from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Reverends Eli Morris and Emily Matheny will officiate a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2012 in the sanctuary of Christ United Methodist Church. Memorials are requested to be sent to the Seabrook Asthma Fund: Lebonheur Children's Hospital P.O. Box 41817 Memphis, Tennessee 38174. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com Published in The Commercial Appeal on August 1, 2012
Visitation: 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, August 1, 2012, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Memorial service: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, August 2, 2012, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis.


Talbot Spottswood Mathes III ('63) [posted August 5, 2009]
From The Commercial Appeal, August 5, 2009:

Talbot Spottswood Mathes III 64, passed away August 3, 2009 after a long, courageous and inspiring battle with Guillain Barre. Talbot was born in Midland, Texas on February 4, 1945. He spent most of his life in Memphis, Tennessee where he graduated from East High School in l963. He attended University of Tennessee and graduated from Southwestern University with a BA in l967. Talbot was President of Mathes Bros. Insurance, Inc. and Mathes Investments. He volunteered for several years for the Crisis Center. Talbot was known for being extraordinarily bright, creative and caring for others and for his many and diverse interests and talents. He was married for 10 years and was the best son, brother and friend anyone could have. He is preceded in death by his father Talbot (Cap) Spottswood Mathes, Jr. He is survived by his mother Catherine Mathes of Germantown, TN, his sister Linda Catherine Mathes [associated with the Class of '68] of Washington, DC, his beloved aunt and uncle Dr. Gordon and Nancy Mathes, many cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life Saturday, August 8, 2:30pm at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38119. The visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A reception will follow the service. Instead of flowers, contributions to favorite charities are encouraged.
Visitation: 1:30 pm, August 8, 2009, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Memorial service: 2:30 p.m. August 8, 2009, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Rickey Matthews (class year undetermined) [posted August 16, 2006]
From The Commercial Appeal, August 16, 2006:

RICKEY MATTHEWS, 47, of Memphis, died at Methodist University Hospital. Visitation will be from 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, August 18 at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home. Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 19 at Zion Temple C.O.G.I.C., 476 Lipford with burial in Galilee Cemetery. Mr. Matthews was a member of Word of the Kingdom on South Parkway East, a graduate of East High School, attended Fisk University and TSU University, and a shipping and receiving clerk for Professional Specialities Supplies. He leaves his wife, Avril Matthews of Memphis; two daughters, Sheneika Moore and Danielle Adams; a son, Leroy Blaine, all of Memphis; four sisters, Maggie (Kenneth) Dabney, Viriginia Brooks, Ethel (Willie) Morris, all of Memphis, and Lenta Watkins of Marianna, GA; three brothers, Sammie Matthews, Elder J.W. (Rosie) Matthews and James (Jackie) Matthews, all of Memphis; three grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home
Visitation: 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, August 18, 2006 at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2006, at Zion Temple C.O.G.I.C., Memphis.

If anyone can provide Mr. Matthews' graduation year, we would like to include that. Please contact us at editor@EastHigh.org


Jimmy McCormack (associated with the Class of 1968) [posted July 18, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, July 19, 2007:

JAMES ANDREW McCORMACK, 58, of Memphis died July 17, 2007. As alifelong Memphian, hegraduated from White Station High School and attended the University of Memphis. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps. Jim was a manager at Federal Express where he worked for 29 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold C. McCormack and Emma M. McCormack. He is survived by his wife, Ann G. McCormack; and his daughter, Katherine "Katie" G. McCormack. He is also survived by three sisters; Joyce Vezina, Jacquelyn [McCormack] Hill ['63], Sharon [McCormack] Greenwood ['64]; and six brothers, Harold A. McCormack, M.D., Anthony R. McCormack ['58], Joseph I. McCormack ['60], Randolph A. McCormack, John A. McCormack and Timothy O. McCormack. Funeral services and interment are scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, July 20, [2007] at the Church of the Holy Communion where he was a lifelong member. There will be visitation at the church in Cheney Parish Hall following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Church of the Holy Communion or to St. George's Independent School.
Funeral services: 1 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2007, at the Church of the Holy Communion, Memphis.
Visitation: Friday, July 20, 2007, in the Cheney Parish Hall at the church after the funeral.

Jimmy McCormack attended East with members of the Class of 1968 during the latter elementary school years, most likely grades 4, 5, and 6.


Paul "Mac" McDaniel ('72) [posted November 10, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, November 4, 2012:

ROBERT PAUL McDANIEL, age 58, passed away on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Paul was an active member and deacon in Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church and former board member of Evangelical Christian School, where he sent all of his children. An avid outdoorsman and duck hunter, he was a member of the Beaver Dam Club for much of his life, and in recent years the founder of Leaky Boot Hunting Club. The driving force in his life was his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, which was most evident in the way he loved and served his friends, his family, and his wife above all others. He was unconditionally kind. Paul is survived by his wife, Julie, his daughters, Leesa (Christopher) and Mollye, his sons, Buddy (Katie) and Joe, his sister, Carolyn, his grandchildren, Emma Kathryn, Caroline Gwynne, Sydney Rae, and Christopher Grey, a large extended family, and a multitude of friends who loved him dearly. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m., Sunday, November 4 at Memorial Park Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, November 5, at Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Evangelical Christian School and Riveroaks Reformed Presbyterian Church. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com


William A. McGinnis (Faculty) [posted February 17, 2004] - From The Commercial Appeal, February 17, 2004:

WILLIAM A. McGINNIS, 88, of Germantown, retired director of Vocational Education for Memphis City Schools Board of Education, died Sunday [February 15, 2004] at Select Specialty Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday [February 18, 2004] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with entombment in Memorial Park Mausoleum. He was a World War II Navy veteran, a graduate of University of Memphis and George Peabody College, and a board member of Goodwill Industries. Mr. McGinnis, the husband of Dorothy J. McGinnis, also leaves a son, Bill McGinnis J.r of Jackson, Miss.; a brother, Roy McGinnis of Huntingdon, Tenn., two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Mullins Methodist Church or a charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation: Wednesday, February 18, 2004, 12 noon - 1 p.m., Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis
Funeral Service: 1 p.m. February 18, 2004, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.

Mr. Mcginnis reportedly was the shop (woodworking, drafting) teacher at East in the late 1940's and early 1950's.


Curtis McNeal ('79) [posted September 25, 2002] - From The Commercial Appeal, September 25, 2002:

CURTIS McNEAL, 41, of Memphis, bartender for Wing City, died Saturday [September 21, 2002] in Memphis. Services will be at noon Saturday [September 28, 2002] at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery South. Harrison's Funeral Home Orange Mound Chapel has charge. He was a graduate of East High School. He leaves a daughter, Kirby Elizabeth McNeal; five sons, Curtis Stewart McNeal, Christopher Stewart McNeal, Chase McNeal, Cornelius McNeal and Carron McNeal, and his mother, Elizabeth McNeal Pyles, all of Memphis; four sisters, Sylvia McNeal Joyner of Gary, Ind., and Annette McNeal Al-Fuqan, Tabitha McNeal Burts and Kirby McNeal, all of Memphis; a companion with whom he lived, Barbara Hawthorne of Memphis, and two grandchildren.


Marilyn Means ('54) [posted December 20, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 20, 2007:

MARILYN PORTER, 71, of Collierville, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at her home. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, December 21 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, with interment to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. this evening. Marilyn was a school teacher at Colonial Jr. High School for over 30 years. She was a member of the Pleasant View Kennel Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herb Porter ['54], and her father, Wayne Means. She leaves three sons, Richard (Lauren) Porter of Collierville, Gregg (Rita) Porter of Nesbit, MS, and Randy (Teresa) Porter of Ashland, MS; her mother, Marian G. Means of Memphis; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and many friends and extended family.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, December 20, 2007 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis. Funeral services: 10 a.m. Friday, December 21, 2007 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Jameka Merriweather (class year undetermined) [posted May 14, 2011]
From The Commercial Appeal, May 13, 2011:

JAMEKA MERRIWEATHER, 32, training instructor for TSA Headquarters, graduate of East High School and graduate of University of Memphis, died May 10, 2011. Visitation will be today, Friday from 4-6:30 p.m. at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home. Services will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 14 at Lord Tabernacle Holiness Church. Burial in Memorial Park Cemetery on Poplar Ave. She leaves her mother, Carolyn Merriweather; father, Joe Merriweather, both of Memphis; three sisters, Felicia (Antonio) Knowles, Shandra Miller, and Dorinita [Merriweather ('94)] (Jesse) Clark, all of Memphis; grandmother, Ivy Merriweather; grandfather, Lee H. Merriweather, both of Jackson, TN; three nieces, three nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives and friends. N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home (901)948-7755
Visitation: 4 - 6:30 p.m, Friday, May 13, 2011, N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 14, 2011, Lord Tabernacle Holiness Church, Memphis.


Crystal Monique Mickens (class year undetermined) [posted November 22, 2004]
From The Commercial Appeal, November 12, 2004:

Crystal Monique Mickens Wells, 22, of Memphis, teacher for Germanshire Elementary School, died Monday [November 8, 2004] at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday [November 13, 2004]at Mount Vernon Baptist Church Westwood, where she was a choir member, with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery South. Barlow Funeral Home in Covington has charge. She was a graduate of the University of Memphis and a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, National Educational Association, Teachers Education Association and Black Scholars Unlimited. Mrs. Wells, the wife of James M. Wells, also leaves her mother and stepfather, Brenda Chism Reddick and Richard Reddick; her father and stepmother, Rev. Sam H. and Patricia Mickens; four sisters, Samantha Mickens Frazier ['98], Tricia Mickens, Courtney Mickens and Brittany Mickens, all of Memphis, and her grandmother and stepgrandfather, Dorothy Chism Joyner and Rev. James Joyner.
See also our sympathy page.


Linda Miles ('59) [posted February 26, 2010]
From The Commercial Appeal, February 26, 2010:

Linda Russum, 69, passed away Wednesday, February 24, 2010. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Don; two children, Jennifer Russum McGee (Wayne), Paris, TN; Donnie Russum (Dee), Southaven, MS; five grandchildren, Cameron McGee; Griffin McGee; Will McGee; Jessica Root; Jake Root; one brother, Leslie Miles, Ladonia, TX; three sisters, Rosemary Cunningham, Arlington, TN; Patricia [Miles ('61)] Mercier, Lakeland, TN; and Laura [Miles (associated with the Class of '66)] McConnell, Fayetteville, GA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and Clair Mai Miles and two sisters, Sybil Parker and Yvonne Bell. Linda was a graduate of East High School and a member of Bellevue Baptist Church. Visitation will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. followed by graveside services at 3:00 pm, both at Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown.
Visitation: 2 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2010, Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown, Memphis.
Funeral services: 3 p.m. Saturday, February 27, 2010, Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown, Memphis.


Allen Stephen Miller ('65) [posted April 7, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, April 6, 2013:

Allen Stephen Miller passed away April 4, 2013. Born May 21, 1947 to Bernice “Bea” Eger Miller and the late Harold (Happy Hal) Miller, he is survived by fiancée, Adele Sales, three sons Justin, Jake and Jed Miller, and six grandchildren. He leaves two sisters, Susan Miller ['66] and Wendy Miller Kaplan ['69] (brother-in-law, Stuart Kaplan), and brother, Harmon “Bubba” Miller ['71], all of Memphis. A Memorial Service will be held at Temple Israel, 1376 East Massey Road, Memphis, TN, 38120, on Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research at http: //mskcc.convio.net/goto/ Miller
Memorial service: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2013, Temple Israel, 1376 East Massey Road, Memphis.


Cedric Moering ('97) [posted April 18, 2006] - From The Commercial Appeal, January 12, 2000:

CEDRIC DARNELL MOERING, 20, of Memphis, car detailer for Simoniz Car Wash and laborer for Cole Vision Co., died of an apparent homicide Sunday [January 9, 2000] in Memphis. Services will be at noon Saturday [January 15, 2000] at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member, with burial in Union Cemetery in Lucy, Tenn. Jefferson Mortuary in Millington has charge. He was a member of Junior Honor Society and a Boy Scout Explorer. Mr. Moering leaves his mother and stepfather, Linda and Michael Henderson; father, EugeneMoering, and a brother, Justin Morez Allen, all of Memphis, and grandmother, Nettie Allen of Millington.
A newspaper article is avaiable in our In the news... section.


Sheronda Money ('97) [posted May 11, 2004] - From The Commercial Appeal, May 6, 2004:

SHERONDA DENISE MONEY WATSON, 25, of Memphis, supervisor for Solectron Industry, died April 29 [2004] at her home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday [May 8, 2004] at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church on Stovall, where she was a youth choir member, with burial in Elmwood. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. She leaves her mother and stepfather, Angela Money Barron and Client Barron; her father and stepmother, Dennis and Angela Byears Money; five sisters, Yolanda Money, Taylor Money, Britney Bolton, Aisha Barron and Latorry Keefer; two brothers, Clint Ford and Joshua Centers, and her stepgrandmother, Nellie P. Byears, all of Memphis.


Daniel Whitney Morgan ('61) [posted January 31, 2010]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 31, 2010:

Daniel Whitney Morgan 66, of Cordova, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2010. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee Dan graduated from Southwestern (now Rhodes) with a degree in Biology. He attended UT Dental School and started his career as a dentist with former Govener, Winfield Dunn. Through his 40 years of practice, he developed a loyal clientele as well as many wonderful friendships. A member of SAE and the Phoenix Club of Memphis, he was also passionate about cooking, traveling, fly fishing and reading. He was an avid golfer and fulfilled his dream of playing the golf course at Augusta, GA. He is survived by his mother Lois Catherine Morgan, his wife Kathy L. Morgan of 23 years, his daughters Alyce, Laurie and Whitney Morgan and their mother Sharon Morgan, step daughter Angie Nix (Ken), step son Ashley Ault (Whitney), sisters Suzanne [Morgan (Class association undetermined)] Atkinson (George), and Melinda Dickson, brother Tom Morgan (Barbara), 6 grandchildren, Margaux Cates Blanc, Vaiden Morgan Lynn, Conner and Tatum Nix, Sarah Allen and Oran Ault. Visitation will be with a Memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. both at Hope Presbyterian Church in the chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent in his name to Birthright 115 Alexander Memphis, TN 38111, or to Ronald McDonald House 535 Alabama Avenue Memphis, TN 38105.
Visitation: 10-11 a.m Tuesday, February 2, 2010, in the chapel at Hope Presbyterian Church, Memphis.
Memorial Service: 11 a.m Tuesday, February 2, 2010, in the chapel at Hope Presbyterian Church, Memphis.


Richard Moskovitz (associated with the Class of '62) [posted January 9, 2008] - From The Jackson Sun, January 9, 2008:

Glen E. Rigsby [previously known as Richard Moskovitz]
     Memorial services for Glen Rigsby, 65, will be held at 1:30 P. M. Thursday, January 10, 2008 in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors with Rev. Bob Barnes officiating.
     Mr. Rigsby died on Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital. Arrington Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
     Glen was born in Memphis, TN on May 31, 1942 and was raised by his adoptive parents, Emmanuel and Rosalee Bloomfield Moskovitz. He was employed as a technician with Jim Jamerson Pest Control. He was a member of Believer's Fellowship Church.
     He is survived by his wife, Sarah Rigsby of Jackson, TN; a son, William Rigsby and his wife Lesette of Jackson and a brother, Ronald Moskovitz of Berkley, CA.
Arrington Funeral Directors
148 W. University Parkway
731- 668-1111
This obituary was published in the Jackson Sun on Jan 9, 2008.

Memorial service: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2008 in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W University Pkwy, Jackson, TN.


Raymond D. Moss (class year not confirmed) [posted November 22, 2012]
From The Commercial Appeal, November 22, 2010:

Raymond DeBloic Moss, 26, an honor graduate of East High passed away suddenly on November 17, 2012 at his home. Mourning his passing is his aunt/guardian Cora Moss Haywood, grandfather, Mack Moss, Sr., brother, Tierre Brown, uncles, Albert Moss (Claudette) and Mack Moss, Jr., a special cousin, little Miss Monica Thomas, his devoted nurse Deborah Anderson, along with a host of other relatives and friends. Wake will be held Friday, November 23 at Joe Ford Funeral Home 1616 Winchester Rd., from 6-8 p.m.. Funeral to be held on Saturday, November 24 at Ebenezer Baptist, 1807 John Paul Dr (Lamar and I-240) at 1 p.m. with final viewing from 12-1 p.m.. Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. Joe Ford Funeral Home (901)345-6075
Wake: 6-8 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2012, Joe Ford Funeral Home 1616 Winchester Rd., Memphis.
Funeral services: 1 p.m. Saturday, November 24, 2012, Ebenezer Baptist Church, 1807 John Paul Dr., Memphis.


Richard Mullins ('64)

RICHARD LEE MULLINS, 51, of Woodruff, S.C., formerly of Memphis, antiques collector, died of cancer Wednesday [December 3, 1997] at B. J. Workman Memorial Hospital in Woodruff. Services were Saturday [December 6, 1997] at Emma Gray Memorial United Methodist Church in Woodruff, where he was a member. Graveside services will be at 12:30 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge locally. He was a Vietnam War veteran and a graduate of East High School here, where he lettered in football and track. He was also a graduate of the Medex program at the Medical University of Charleston, S.C., and a member of the Woodruff Jaycees and Woodmen of the World. Mr. Mullins leaves a daughter, Teresa Renee Mullins Pankratz of Woodruff; a son, Richard Lee Mullins Jr. of Greer, S.C.; his mother, Mabel Louise Billings Mullins, and a sister, Jefferson Carolyn Moffitt, both of Memphis, and two grandchildren. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Cancer Centers of the Carolinas.


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George Nash ('68) [posted January 29, 2010]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 29, 2010:

George "Bebop" Arthur Nash, 61, of Ridgeland, MS, passed away January 26, 2010 after a lengthy illness. George was born September 11, 1948 in Memphis, TN. He was the son of Jessie and George W. Nash and is survived by his wife Kathy, daughters Jamie and Judy, and sisters Judy [Nash ('61)] Holmes (Finley), Peggy [Nash (associated with the Class of '63)] Reid (Billy), and Nancy [Nash ('70)] Neeley. George was a loving husband of 29 years, an amazing father, and a faithful friend. He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. today, January 29, 2010 with a visitation one hour prior in the Elmwood Cemetery Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association or the St. Dominic Hospital Foundation.
Visitation: 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2010, Elmwood Cemetery Chapel, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2010, Elmwood Cemetery Chapel, Memphis.


Octavia Lynn Nelson ('93) [posted January 26, 2005]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 26, 2005:

Octavia Lynn Nelson, 29, of Memphis, hairstylist for Brenda's Select Designs, died Monday [January 24, 2005] in Memphis. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday [January 29, 2005] at Hill Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a member, with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home has charge. She was a graduate of East High School. She leaves a daughter, Christan Dominique Harrison; her mother, Doris Norfleet, and a brother, Dennis Andre Norfleet, all of Memphis.
Visitation: 4-7 p.m. Friday, January 28, 2005 at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 1 p.m. Saturday, January 29, 2005, at Hill Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Memphis.

Ms. Nelson was the victim of an apparent homicide. See our news section.


Sarah Jane Nichols ('62) [posted October 14, 2009]
From Florida Today, September 2, 2009:

Jane Hill - West Melbourne - Sara Jane [Nichols] Hill, 65, died peacefully at North Country Hospital in Newport, VT on Friday, August 28, 2009. She was born on October 31, 1943 in Corinth, MS, the daughter of Leonard Bailey and Dora Mae Cook Nichols. She married Richard M. Hill on December 29, 1965 in Memphis, TN. She is survived by her husband, Richard; three children, Steven Hill, and wife Chere of Palm Bay; Timothy Hill and wife KiYon of West Melbourne, and Kristen Turner and husband Bill of Tampa; six grandchildren; three brothers Edward Nichols ['55] of Arkansas, Thomas Nichols ['59] of Georgia, and Richard Nichols ['64] of Florida; and a half brother, Harold Nichols of Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents. Jane worked as a key punch operator at a bank for a number of years. She loved doing crafts and enjoyed painting. Funeral services and burial were held Tuesday, September 1, 2009 in Vermont. Her memorial service will be Saturday, September 5, 2009 at Harbor City Christian Church, 3210 Aurora Road, Melbourne, at 11:00 a.m. Memorials in her name may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements by South Brevard Funeral Home, Melbourne, 724-2222. Sign the online family guestbook at www.affuneral.com.


T. David Noe ('51) [posted December 14, 2005]
From The Commercial Appeal, December 14, 2005:

THEODORE DAVID NOE, 73, died Monday, December 12, 2005 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. The funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 15th [2005] at Forest Hill East Funeral Home with interment in Forest Hill East Cemetery, 2440 Whitten Road. Visitation will be one hour prior. Mr. Noe was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church in Cordova, a Korean Conflict Veteran, and retired Chief of Inventory for Memphis Defense Depot. He is survived by his wife, Eva Goode Noe, of 48 years. Memorial contributions may be made to Covenant United Methodist Church at 8350 Walnut Grove Road Cordova, TN 38018. Forest Hill Funeral Home East Chapel 901-382-1000
Visitation: 1-2 p.m., December 15, 2005, at Forest Hill East Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 2 p.m., December 15, 2005, at Forest Hill East Funeral Home, Memphis.


Charles Delbert Norris (Faculty) [posted May 8, 2004]
From The Commercial Appeal, May 8, 2004:

CHARLES DELBERT NORRIS, 82, of Collierville, retired Army sergeant first class after 20 years and retired ROTC instructor for Memphis City Schools after 12 years, died Thursday [May 6, 2004] at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville. Services will be at 3 p.m. today [May 8, 2004] at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka, Miss., with burial in Hebron Cemetery there with military honors. He was a World War II and Korean War veteran. Mr. Norris, the husband of Betty Cummings Norris for 50 years, also leaves a daughter, Myra Norris Simons of Nashville; two sons, Steve Norris of Townsend, Tenn., and Wayne Norris of Union City, Tenn.; a sister, Annie Mae Norris of Iuka; two brothers, A. J. Norris of Cor inth, Miss., and Troy Norris of Boone ville, Miss., and a grandchild.
Sgt. Norris is believed to have been one of the ROTC instructors at East High from 1961-63 and again from 1967-1973.

Funeral Services: Saturday, May 8, 2004, 3 p.m., at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka, Mississippi.


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Peggy Anne O'Banyel ('51) [posted October 28, 2000]
From The Commercial Appeal, October 27, 2000:

PEGGY ANNE O'BANYEL ROWE, 68, of Memphis, insurance services manager for Felsenthal Planning, died of cancer Wednesday [October 25, 2000] at her home. Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday [October 30, 2000] at Calvary Episcopal Church, where she was a communicant, with inurnment in the church columbarium. Canale Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of the Calvary Altar Guild, the Hunger Task Force and the Dixie Rose Club and a former member of the Insurance Women of America. Mrs. Rowe, the wife of George E. Rowe, also leaves five daughters, Cynthia M. Bell of McKinney, Texas, Karen M. Crawley of Olive Branch, Barbara M. Farmer of Memphis, Brenda M. Phelps of Bartlett and Diane R. Wells of Cordova; a brother, Theodore R. O'Banyel Jr. of Cicero, Ind., and seven grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Calvary Episcopal Church.


Ruth O'Donnell (Faculty) [posted April 27, 2013]
From The Commercial Appeal, April 26, 2013:

Mrs. Ruth O'Donnell of Germantown, Tennessee, died the 20th of April in Sterling, Virginia. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, April 27 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, and a funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 28 at Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, with the entombment to follow. She was a member of Germantown United Methodist Church and an associate member of the North East Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina. She also belonged to: Fort Assumption Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Chucaqua Chapter of Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, Magna Charta Dames, Colonial Order of the Crown, Society of Descendants of a Knight of the Garter, American Association of University Women, Dames of the Court of Honor, Sons and Daughters of the Pilgrims, Tennessee Education Association and the Memphis Retired Teachers Association. She is listed in Who's Who of American Women and Personalities of the South. She retired from the Memphis City Schools system after serving as a teacher at East Elementary School for seven years and as an educational consultant and coordinator for 23 years. She was active in international education and was a consultant to the American School and to Colegio Maya in Guatemala. She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stephen F. Austin University at Nacogdoches, Texas; a Masters Degree from Memphis State University and studied at the University of Colorado and University of Tennessee. She is survived by a son, Ambassador (ret.) Edward Baxter O'Donnell, Jr. of Columbia, South Carolina; a brother, Sam B. Hensley of Austin, Texas; grandchildren, Susannah and Bradley O'Donnell and five great-grandchildren. Recommended charity is Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. Ruth will be dearly missed by her loving family and numerous friends. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2013, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis
Funeral services: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2013, Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel


Bobby Oeding (57) [posted February 13, 2003]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 16, 2003:

Robert Brooks Oeding, 63, of Collierville, industrial mechanical engineer, died Tuesday [January 14, 2003] at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday [January 17, 2003] at Central Church, where he was a member, with burial in Memorial Park Southwoods. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. He was owner and president of Ammonia Tech. Inc., vice president of Cook & Nichol's Inc., Air Force veteran, past volunteer fire chief for Germantown Fire Department and member of Memphis Cancer Clinic's Men of Valor Hall of Fame. Mr. Oeding, the husband of Adrienne G. Oeding, also leaves two daughters, Kimberly O. Young of Cordova and Brittany O. Hanback of Nashville; a son, Robert Brooks Oeding Jr. of Collierville; his mother, Alice B. Oeding of Fairhope, Ala.; two sisters, Nancy O. Rainey ['59] of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Sally A. Oeding ['71] of Fairhope; a brother, William R. Oeding ['56] of Destin, Fla., and six grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Memphis Cancer Center Foundation or Central Church.


Henry Oliver ('61) [posted August 6, 2004]
From The Commercial Appeal, June 14, 1989:

HENRY CHESTER OLIVER, 46, of Greer, S.C., district manager for Shoney's South, Inc., formerly of Memphis, died Saturday [June 10, 1989] in Greer after an apparent heart attack. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today [June 14, 1989] at Memorial Hill Gardens. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. He leaves his wife Ladonna D. Oliver; three daughters, Mrs. Becky O. Benzie of Sicily, and Mrs. Lora O. Borden and Miss Paula Oliver, both of Memphis; a son Henry C. Oliver, Jr. of Memphis; a step-daughter, Miss Petrina Dempsey of the home; his mother, Mrs. Frances M. Oliver of Memphis; two sisters, Mrs. Gloria O. Nelson of Lakeland, Fla., and Mrs. Jeanne O. Hendrix of Memphis; and a brother, John A. Oliver, Jr. of Memphis.
Mr. Oliver was a member of the East High band.


Philip Oppenheimer ('68) [posted September 16, 2002]
From The Commercial Appeal, July 3, 1973:

U.S. Engineer, 23, found fatally shot
Philip S. Oppenheimer, 23, of 4055 St. Anne Circle was found shot to death at 180 S. Edgewood about 2:20 a.m. yesterday [July 2, 1973]. Police said the death has been ruled a suicide.
Detectives said Oppenheimer, who had been staying at the Edgewood address, was found by friends. He was shot once in the head. A pistol was found by the body.
Graveside services will be at 3pm today [July 3, 1973] at Memorial Park. Tredwell-Norris Funeral Chapel has charge.
He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Oppenheimer Jr. of Memphis; a brother, Dan Oppenheimer of Memphis; and his grandmother, Mrs. Ernest Oppenheimer Sr. of Memphis.


Darla Ozment ('54) [posted December 4, 2013] - From The Charlotte Observer, December 4, 2013:

Darla Jane Ozment CHARLOTTE - Darla Jane Ozment went to be with her Lord on Saturday, November 30, 2013, with her daughter Whitney by her side. She was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on December 5, 1935. The daughter of Bernice Bennie Ozment and Gladys Earl (Jennings) Ozment, the family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when she was five years old. She was a graduate of East High School in Memphis and the University of Tennessee Knoxville where she received a BS in Business Administration. She was a Volunteer Beauty, a Cheerleader, Dream Girl of the Engineers, Sigma Chi Most Beautiful Blonde and Homecoming Princess. She was also a member of the UT Singers and belonged to the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and the Junior League of Marietta, GA. Darla was a devoted Christian who was dearly loved by her friends and family. Her smile lit up the room and she had a playful sense of humor. She enjoyed travel, parties, tennis and shopping. She is survived by her children: Whitney Richmond (Carl) of Charlotte and Mark Snepp (Tracey) and Ashley Jones (Tom) both of Atlanta Ga. Also surviving her are ten grandchildren: Meredith, Natalie, and Samantha Richmond; Kinsleigh Singh, Michael Andrade, and Katie Snepp; Stephen, Jennifer, Phillip, and Kelley Jones, and two great-grandchildren: Isabella and Deklan Singh. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Covenant Baptist Church, 11724 Elm Lane, Charlotte 28277. The family will receive friends immediately following in the church Fellowship Hall. Friends may also visit the family between 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. Friday morning at Heritage Funeral Home Weddington Chapel, 3700 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews, NC 28104. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Darla Ozment to Chattahoochee Baptist Church, 375 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, GA 30068 or The Ivey, an adult memory center, 6030 Park South Drive, Charlotte, NC 28210. The Family would like to express their appreciation to the staff and families at Elmcroft of Little Avenue, Covenant Baptist Church, The Ivey, her medical professionals and Hospice and Palliative Care Charlotte Region for their loving care of Darla. Heritage Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared atwww.heritagefuneral.net.
Visitation: 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, December 6, 2013, Heritage Funeral Home Weddington Chaple, Matthews, North Carolina.
Memorial service :3 p.m. Friday, December 6, 2013, Covenant Bapitst Church, Charlotte, North Carolina
Reception: follows the memorial service, Covenant Bapitst Church, Charlotte, North Carolina


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Donna Bunch Pass (Faculty) [posted June 30, 2001] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, January 11, 1988:

DONNA BUNCH PASS, 44, of Savannah, Va., formerly of Memphis, teacher, died of cancer Dec. 24 [1997] at Candler General Hospital in Savannah. Services were Jan. 4 [1998] at Wilmington Island Methodist Church. Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home had charge. She was a former Memphis City Schools teacher at Bellevue Junior High and East High schools, received the Tennessee Teacher of Year Award and the Belz Holocaust Award and was a member of Christian Brothers Alumni Association. Mrs. Pass, the wife of Randall Pass, also leaves two daughters, Anastasia Webb of Chicago and Eliza Webb Bennett of Savannah; two sons, Jeffrey Pass and Benjamin Pass, both of Savannah; a sister, Cyndi Stevens of Denham Springs, La.; two brothers, Randy Bunch and Mike Bunch, both of Memphis, and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Pass taught English at East from 1993 to 1995.


James Patterson (Coach Pat) (Faculty) [posted April 21, 2006]
From The Commercial Appeal, October 26, 1992:

JAMES M. 'COACH PAT' PATTERSON, 83, of Memphis, retired teacher and coach, died Sunday [ October 25, 1992] at St. Francis Hospital. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday [October 27, 1992] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. He coached six-man football in Tyronza, Ark.; coached high school football in Searcy, Ark., Fordyce, Ark., and Helena/West Helena, Ark., which played for state championship, and was named Arkansas Coach of the Year. After moving to Memphis is 1943, he coached at Humes High School and for 25 years at East High School and was past president of Memphis Coach's Association. Mr. Patterson, the husband of of Jo East Patterson, also leaves a daughter, Betty Patterson of Memphis; two sons, Jim Patterson Jr. of McAllen, Texas, and Jim Douglas of Sacramento, Calif.; a sister, Tot Jeryo of Van Buren, Ark., and four grandddaughters. The family requests that any memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.


Jo Patterson (Faculty) [posted October 31, 2007]
From The Commercial Appeal, March 27, 2001:

Jo Patterson stimulated the gifted as CLUE leader
By Chris Conley
     For years, Jo F. Patterson, helped anchor the Memphis City Schools program designed to stimulate many of the system's gifted students.
     Mrs. Patterson, a retired teacher and supervisor for the CLUE (Creative Learning in a Unique Environment) program, died of heart failure Monday [March 26, 2001] at Saint Francis Hospital. She was 82.
     Mrs. Patterson was chosen as the first CLUE supervisor in 1970.
     "She challenged you to excel," said Jeanette Saino, who succeeded Mrs. Patterson as CLUE supervisor. "She knew how to get the best out of people."
     Though she retired in 1984, Mrs. Patterson remained in contact with the teachers and the program, said current CLUE supervisor Becky Sadowski.
     "In the early days it was hard. . . . She put a lot of time and energy into it,'' Sadowski said. "She was my mentor."
     Mrs. Patterson helped establish many programs for the gifted throughout this country and Europe. A statewide award is named in her honor. The Jo Patterson Award is given annually to teachers or parents who have championed or contributed to gifted education.
     She was a member of Colonial Park United Methodist Church, a founding member of the local and state Associations for the Gifted and president of the National Association for the Gifted.
     Mrs. Patterson, the widow of James M. Patterson, leaves a daughter, Betty Patterson of Memphis; two sons, Jimmy Patterson of Memphis and Jim Douglas of Sacramento, Calif., three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
     Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday [March 28, 2001] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park.
Mrs. Patterson taught in the elementary section at East for many years, including the 1950s and 1960s. She was the wife of East faculty member James Patterson (Coach Pat).


Randy Paxton ('65) [posted February 14, 2007]
From The Commercial Appeal, February 14, 2007:

RANDALL LLOYD PAXTON, ASID, 60, well known designer formerly with Bradford Showroom and Samuel's Interiors, passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2007 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He is survived by his life partner, Charles E. Dille; two daughters, Renee' Lawrence of Memphis and Lisa Craig of Sparta, TN; and two grandchildren. He is also survived by three brothers, Robert D. Paxton, Barry B. Paxton, and Kenneth D. Paxton ['68]; and two nephews, all of Memphis. He was a member of Lindenwood Christian Church. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 16 in the chapel of Lindenwood Christian Church, with burial in St. John's Cemetery on Central Avenue. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, February 15 at Canale Funeral Directors. Any memorials should be sent to Lindenwood Christian Church or PanCan. Canale Funeral Directors 901-452-6400
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, February 15, 2007 at Canale Funeral Directors, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Friday, February 16, 2007 in the chapel of Lindenwood Christian Church, with burial in St. John's Cemetery on Central Avenue, both in Memphis.


Charles Peete ('57) [posted January 25, 2005]
From The Commercial Appeal, January 25, 2005:

Ardent Republican Peete ran Dutch Treat Luncheon
Had consuming interest in politics

By Bill Dries
January 25, 2005
      Charles Simpson Peete Jr. was the keeper of a Memphis political tradition -- the monthly Dutch Treat Luncheon.
      The luncheon is the city's longest running political dialog over food and is legendary for its conservative audiences, although it's open to the public.
      Mr. Peete, who helped organize it for decades before running it outright, died Sunday [January 23, 2005] at Methodist University Hospital. He was 65.
      Mr. Peete was an ardent Republican with a consuming interest in just about every kind of politics. His letters to the editor on national and local political issues frequently appeared in The Commercial Appeal.
      The luncheon's origins go back to 1958 when an ambitious young politician named Henry Loeb started the gatherings, hosting them and lending his name to them even after he became mayor.
      Mr. Peete, a retired employee of Kemmons Wilson Company, ran the luncheon for Loeb in the years after Loeb withdrew from political life.
      Loeb would still attend from time to time, but it was Mr. Peete who lined up the speakers and enforced the forum's rules.
      He sought out politicians of all viewpoints to speak. Some hesitated because of the luncheon's reputation for conservatism, but Mr. Peete never apologized for that in order to get someone to speak.
      He invited everyone on the ballot if the forum featured a specific election contest, no matter how many candidates there were. And the luncheon never endorsed a candidate.
      The questions from the audience often came with a point of view. A point of view unpopular with most of the audience didn't have to be accepted, but the audience had to give the speaker the courtesy of making his or her point.
      Mr. Peete leaves a sister, Elizabeth Head ('61) of Easton, Pa.
      Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday [January 26, 2005] at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church with burial in Elmwood. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge.
      The family requests that any memorials be made to Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

A paid obituary was published in the same newspaper January 25, 2005:

      CHARLES S. PEETE, JUNIOR, 65, of Memphis, political volunteer and retired employee of The Kemmons Wilson Companies, died Saturday [January 22, 2005] at The Methodist Hospital of postoperative complications. Services will be at 10 AM Wednesday [January 26,2005] at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church and burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery. Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar has charge and there will be visitation on Tuesday [January 25, 2005] evening from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.
      Mr. Peete was a lifetime member of Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church and a founding organizer and program director of The Henry Loeb Dutch Treat Luncheon since 1966. Mr. Peete was also a member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers and of the National Taxpayers Union. He was well known for his community involvement and interest in local and national politics. A very strong conservative Republican whose love in life was being a part of the political scene, he enjoyed writing his letters to the editor for The Commercial Appeal and the Memphis Flyer. His zeal for politics made him and molded him into a very prominent and powerful figure for many candidates. He will be missed by his many friends and neighbors at the Wesley Highland Terrace apartments, a retirement community in Memphis. He leaves a sister, Elizabeth Head, of Easton, Pennsylvania. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church or The Dutch Treat Luncheon, 530 Oak Court Dr., Suite 335, Memphis, TN 38117.
Please also see our
sympathy section.

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 25, 2005, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 26,2005, at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.

[Editor's note: We are aware there is a discrepancy between the two above articles as to the date of death, either January 22 or 23. If the newspaper issues a correction for one of them we will revise the entry as necessary.]


Joseph (Joe) S. Paxson ('57) [posted March 3, 2001]
I have the sad duty to notify East High of the death May 13, 2000 of my brother , class of 1957. Joe moved to the Rochester, New York area in early 1959 and lived there until his death. He was predeceased by Anne his wife of 26 years and is survived by his daughter Whitney Seebock of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Information supplied by his brother, Jim Paxson, who may be contacted for more information at jim_paxson@yahoo.com.


Ruth Boyd Pell (Faculty) [posted June 29, 2004]
From The Commercial Appeal, Wednesday, June 29, 2004:

RUTH BOYD PELL, 103, of Memphis, retired teacher for Memphis City Schools and Memphis Baptist College, died Sunday [June 27, 2004] at Methodist University Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday [June 30, 2004] at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memorial Park. She was a member of Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church, University Wives, Daughters of the American Revolution Watauga Chapter and American Association of University Women. Mrs. Pell, the widow of Carroll Lee Pell, leaves a daughter, Elizabeth Pell, and a son, John Lee Pell, both of Memphis, and a sister, Dorothy Boyd Brazell of Camden, Ark. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Erskine Seminary John L. Boyd Scholarship Fund in Due West, S.C., or a charity of the donor's choice.

Mrs. Pell taught Spanish at East High for two years beginning with the autumn term in 1962 and ending with the conclusion of the school year in the spring of 1964.

Funeral Services: 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 30, 2004, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel.


Pam Pennington ('68) [posted July 17, 18, 2001]
From The Commercial Appeal, Wednesday, July 18, 2001:

PAMELA ANN PENNINGTON, 50, of Memphis, computer programmer, painter and certified massage therapist, died of lung cancer Tuesday [July 17, 2001] at her home. Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday [July 19, 2001] at Family Funeral Care Stage Road Chapel. She leaves her father, John W. Pennington; a sister, Penni Pennington-Spencer of Memphis; two brothers, John Pennington Jr. of Cordova and Randall Lee Pennington of Memphis, and her grandmother, Helen Smith of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to Alzheimer Day Services.

Prior to her death, Pam Pennington was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1968 page.


Jan Perel ('72) [posted November 26, 2001] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, January 16, 2001:

JAN PEREL, 46, of Durham, N.C., formerly of Memphis, retired special education teacher, died of heart failure Sunday at her home. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. Ms. Perel leaves her mother, Selma R. Perel, and a brother, Ronald Perel. The family requests that any memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.


Shirley Petty ('52) [posted July 31, 2012] - From the Johnson City Press, undated:

    Shirley Ann Petty Ely, age 77, of Pigeon Forge, died July 22, 2012.     Mrs. Ely was a devoted Christian who worshipped with the Great Smoky Mountains Church of Christ; by her Godly example she touched many lives and faithfully showed her daughters and every member of their families the way to the Cross.     Mrs. Ely was a retired school librarian who shared her love of books with the children of Pi Beta Phi and Wearwood schools for 29 years. One of her greatest joys was to hear how former students loved hearing Mrs. Ely read stories to them in “the pit” or how she helped them to find a good book.     She also received great joy in singing with her church family and with the community chorales of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, and by being a library patron and supporter of the Anna Porter Library and the Pigeon Forge Library where she served on the library board. She also enjoyed getting together with the retired teachers of Sevier County. She was a friend and Godly influence to everyone she knew, and she will be sorely missed.     Mrs. Ely was very recently preceded in death by her husband of almost 57 years, Leo Ely. Also waiting to greet her in heaven were her parents, Wiley Monroe and Emma Lois Golden Petty; and infant sister, Martha Jean; and ten brothers- and sisters-in-law and their spouses.     Mrs. Ely is survived by her brothers and sister-in-law, Harold [Petty (associated with the Class of '51)] and Mary Alice Petty and Wayne Petty, of Memphis; daughters and sons-in-law: Elaine Ely, of Sevierville, Sandra and David Norris, of Johnson City, Marti and Tony Cantrell, of Sevierville; grandchildren: Amanda and Tim Haywood, Melanie Norris, Jared Cantrell, Daniel Norris, Lydia Cantrell and Nathan Cantrell; great-granddaughter, Evelyn Haywood; step-children and their families: Leona and James (deceased), Hoey, Leo Ely Jr., Richard and Laura Ely, Michael Ely; nephew, Lynn and Paula Petty and their family; brother-in-law, Malcolm Ely; loving caregivers and friends: Dena Proffitt, Sharon Harmeyer, Tanyia Smith and Janet Johnson.     The family is grateful for the loving and professional care Mrs. Ely was given by her doctors and their staffs: Samuel McGaha, Norman Liddell, Michelene Leibman, and recently Helen Bidawid and the staff of LeConte Medical Center.     The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, at Great Smoky Mountains Church of Christ with service to follow at 6:00 p.m. with Al Behel officiating.     Burial will be with her husband on Friday, July 27, at 10:00 in Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City with Tim Hall officiating.     In lieu of flowers, Mrs. Ely would have been grateful for a donation to the Great Smoky Mountains Church of Christ Building Fund (P.O. Box 173, Pigeon Forge, TN 37868) or to the library of your choice.     Arrangements by Atchley Funeral Home. (www.atchleyfuneralhome.com)

Prior to her death, Shirley Petty was a participated with The East High Alumni Page and had posted a profile on the Class of 1952 page.


Julian Phillips ('69) ("Bubba") [posted May 19, 2002] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, May 19, 2002:

Phillips made service part of business
By Bill Dries
dries@gomemphis.com
May 19, 2002
Julian Bondurant Phillips was a civic and business leader with deep roots in the Memphis community.
He served on numerous corporate boards and brought the same level of commitment to civic and educational boards.
Mr. Phillips, president of Phivest Capital, a private investment company he started in 1987, died Friday [May 17, 2002] at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis of complications from epilepsy. He was 51.
Before opening Phivest, Mr. Phillips was marketing and operations specialist for 14 years at Browning-Ferris Industries, the waste management company founded by his father, the late Harry Johnson Phillips.
Mr. Phillips was named for his grandfather, Julian Bondurant, a city school board member and president who built an armored truck business in Memphis from one truck and then sold the business to Wells Fargo Armored Service Corp., becoming Wells Fargo board chairman in the process.
Mr. Phillips enjoyed the mix of business and civic responsibilities, said his wife, Lorol 'Sisty' Matthews Phillips.
"He came from a long tradition of being involved, including community involvement," she said.
Mr. Phillips served on numerous corporate boards including the board of Enterprise National Bank, which he helped found.
Mr. Phillips was a "model business leader," said Tom Wright, president of Enterprise National Bank.
"His epilepsy never held him back," Wright said. "He overcame obstacles in life that would have defeated the average person. But Julian was any thing but average."
Mr. Phillips also served on the boards of Office Furniture USA and Value Financial Services.
He was a board member and former chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis and served on the boards of trustees at St. Mary's Episcopal School and Presbyterian Day School as well as the Memphis Epilepsy Foundation and Memphis Recovery Centers Inc.
Mr. Phillips was also on the board of the Memphis Botanic Garden and was a former president of the board of the Memphis Museum System as well as a member of the Phoenix Club.
A graduate of the University of Alabama, Mr. Phillips was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and an avid Alabama football fan.
He was also a member of the Blackfish Bayou Hunting Club in Heth, Ark.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Phillips leaves a daughter, Murray Price Phillips of Houston, three sons, Julian Bondurant Phillips Jr., Andrew Chilton Phillips and John Matthews Phillips, all of Memphis; his mother, Louise B. Phillips of Memphis, and three brothers, Harry J. Phillips Jr. of Houston, Clifton B. Phillips of Memphis and Percy P. Phillips of New York City.
Services will be Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church with burial in Elmwood. Canale Funeral Directors has charge.
The family requests that any memorials be made to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis or the Church Health Center.
Visitation: Sunday, May 19, 2002, 2 to 4 pm, Canale Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: Monday, May 20, 2002, 11:30 am at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Among Julian Phillips' family are other members of the East High community. Please see our sympathy section.


Woody Phillips ('72) [posted June 30, 2001] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, September 13, 1996:

HOWARD HARWOOD PHILLIPS, 42, of Rochester, Minn., formerly of Memphis, former division vice president of Browning-Ferris Industries, died of heart failure Wednesday [September 11, 1996] in Minneapolis. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday [September 14, 1996] at St. Anne Catholic Church on Highland. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. He was a graduate of East High School and Amherst College, and a communicant at St. John's Catholic Church in Rochester. He leaves a son, Warren Harwood Phillips of St. Louis; his parents, Harry J. and Louise Phillips, and four brothers, Harry Phillips Jr. of Houston, Texas, Julian Phillips and Clifton Phillips, both of Memphis, and Parker Phillips of New York City. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.


Billy Plyler ('66) [posted February 26, 2012] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 26, 2012:

William Ogden Plyler, born July 20, 1948 passed away Friday, February 24, 2012. He was a graduate of East High School, Class of 1966. He attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he played football and later the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. With his partner, Charlie Rodgers, he brought Wendy's Old Fashioned Hamburgers to the South with the opening of the first Wendy's Restaurant in Memphis. He later built Wenco Franchise Management Company into 56 stores in the Mid-South and surrounding areas. He was inducted into the Wendy's Hall of Fame. He had a love for the cattle business and owned and operated the Double WW Ranch in Fayette County. He was an avid golfer and past two term President of Colonial Country Club. He was active in the Memphis Handicappers Golf Tournament benefitting Harwood Center where he was a past board member. He also supported the Memphis Exchange Club. He enjoyed duck hunting with friends and family at the Bear Bayou Hunting Club in Arkansas where he was a longtime member. He was a lifelong Episcopalian. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tracy and Anne Plyler and brother Tommy Plyler [associated with the Class of '72]. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Suzanne Overton Plyler; son, William Ogden Plyler II (Lauren); daughter, Claire Plyler Cox (William) and three grandchildren, Mary Claire Cox, Wiley Cox and Frances Plyler who all lovingly called him Woppie. He is also survived by his brother, Robert Plyler [associated with the Class of '70] (Suzanne) and two sisters, Tracy [Plyler] Heffernan ['64] and Mary Ellen Plyler. He is also survived by countless cousins, nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Tuesday, February 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The service will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials can be sent to Harwood Center, the Exchange Club or St. Andrew's Episcopal Church or the charity of your choice.
Visitation: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.
Funeral service: 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 28, 2012, Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.


Tommy Plyler (associated with the Class of '72) [posted May 26, 2011] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, May 26, 2011:

Thomas "Tommy" Mathews Plyler, age 56, of Olive Branch, MS, formerly of Memphis, TN, died at his home Saturday May 21, 2011. He was born June 17, 1954 in Memphis, TN. He graduated from Central High School and attended The University of Mississippi. For many years Tommy was the proud owner of The Toddy Shop Liquor Store on Union Avenue. He was employed by WENDCO Franchise Management Inc., Harden's Sysco Food Services, and Hotel and Restaurant Supply Company in Memphis, TN. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents Tracy and Anne Plyler. He is survived by his two daughters, Hailey Plyler and Britta Plyler; companion, Roxanne Bloodworth, sisters; Tracy Anne [Plyler]Heffernan ['64] and Mary Ellen Plyler, brothers; William O. Plyler ['66] (Suzanne) and Robert L. Plyler [associated with the Class of '70] (Suzanne), six nieces and six nephews. Tommy was an avid golfer who loved the beach and cooking with his daughters. He will lovingly be remembered for his amazing smile, his incredible sense of humor, and his lifelong dedication to the Ole Miss Rebels and St. Louis Cardinals. His outgoing personality and generous heart will be missed by his treasured daughters and by his nieces and nephews who considered him as more of a best friend than an uncle. He will never be forgotten by his siblings, who couldn't have asked for a better brother. Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2011 at Trezevant Hall at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1720 Peabody Ave. A memorial service will immediately follow at 11 a.m. at Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to The Exchange Club of Memphis.
Visitation: 11 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2011, Trezevant Hall, Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. May 27, 2011, Grace St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.


John Poag ('63) [posted July 28, 2002] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, July 28, 2002:

John William Poag, 57 of Naples, FL., formerly of Memphis, died Thursday, July 25, 2002, at his home. Mr. Poag was a pilot for Federal Express for 24 years. He retired in June 2002 as an MD-11 Captain. John spent most of his career fighting for pilot's rights. He was responsible for many positive changes in the life of his fellow pilots and their families. Those who knew him will miss his wit and humor.
Mr. Poag is survived by his wife, Vera Poag of Naples; his three daughters, Kari Dean and her husband Jason of Los Angeles, CA, Lindsay Poag of Memphis, and Catherine Baker of Orlando, FL; his mother, Mrs. Dan Poag, Sr. of Memphis; his brother, G. Dan Poag of Memphis; three nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Dan Poag, Sr. of Memphis.
A memorial service will be held Monday, August 5, 2002, at 1 PM, in Wilson Chapel Christ United Methodist Church [in Memphis].
Memorial contributions may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Memorial Service: Monday, August 5, 2002, 1 p.m., Wilson Chapel, Christ United Methodist Church, Memphis.


Pat Poole (Faculty) [posted March 29, 2002] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 22, 1994:

Patricia Bunch Poole, 64, of Memphis, a Memphis City Schools teacher and instructor at Shelby State Community College, died Monday [February 21, 1994] at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis after falling down the stairs at her home Friday [February 18, 1994].
Services will be at 7 p.m. today [February 22, 1994] at Memphis Funeral Home Union Chapel. Burial will be private.
Mrs. Poole had taught in the city schools for 30 years, and was teaching math and science at East High School as well as anatomy and physiology at Shelby State at the time of her death.
In 1987, she was honored as the state's Outstanding Science Teacher by the Tennessee Academy of Sciences. She was a teacher at Trezevant High School at the time. She also had taught at Hillcrest High School.
Mrs. Poole was honored as the Rotary Club's Teacher of the Year in Memphis in 1988 and was nominated for the National Teacher of the Year award in 1989.
Mrs. Poole sponsored the SECME Organization at East High and conducted workshops and wrote grants at Christian Brothers University in the 1960s and 1970s.
She leaves two daughters,
Donna Pass of Memphis and Cyndi Laspe of Denham Springs, La.; two sons, Randy Bunch and Mike Bunch, both of Memphis; a brother, James S. Harris of Olive Branch, Miss., 10 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Patricia Poole Memorial Scholarship Fund at East High.

Mrs. Poole taught English at East from 1993 until 1995.


Carole Jean Porter ('65) [posted March 3, 2005]
Carol Jean Porter Swatzell died in 1997 after a 15 month struggle with ALS. She was survived by her husband, Roy Swatzell Jr. of Hoover Al, and three daughters: Jennifer, Leslie and Mary. Leslie is married to Carlos McDonald of Mt. Brook, Al. and has two children: Hayden and Hallie. Mary is married to Clay Stogsdill and now lives in Indianapolis.

If anyone has a published obituary and would like to furnish it, we would like to post it here. Contact us at editor@EastHigh.org


Herb Porter ('54) [posted December 20, 2007] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, May 15, 2006:

HERBERT PORTER, JR., 71 of Memphis, died Friday, May 12, 2006. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 16 at Memorial Park Funeral Home with visitation from 5-7 p.m. Monday, May 15. He was a manufacturer's representative and enjoyed training dogs. He is survived by his wife of over 49 years Marilyn Means Porter; three sons, Rick (Lauren), Gregg (Rita), and Randy (Teresa) all of Memphis area; eight grandchildren and four great- grandchildren. Any memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Memorial Park Funeral Home.


Paul Posey ('51) [posted April 9, 2009] - From the McCullough Funeral Home, Warner Robins, Georgia:

Paul Harmon Posey, 75, entered into rest on April 8, 2009.
Mr. Posey was born on May 24, 1933 in Knoxville, Tennessee; he moved to Warner Robins from Memphis in 1958. With pride and honor he served his country in the United States Marine Corp and subsequently as a civil servant. He retired from Robins Air Force Base as a Program Manager after forty years. His home church was Central Baptist Church where he was a member of Joyner Sunday School Class and was an avid golfer. His parents, Harmon Posey and Martha DeArmond Posey, and grandson, Jamie Stanley, preceded him in death.
His memory will forever be treasured by his loving wife of forty-three years, Janelle Allen Posey; daughters, Kim (Kelly) Pike, Bonaire, Donna (Scott) Roland, Macon, Mary (Mark) Felber, New York, and Linda Vesley, Florida; son, Paul Posey, Jr., Florida; grandsons, Jason Stetson, Matthew Wood, Alex Wood, Lennon Pike, all Bonaire, Bryant Roland, Macon, Jonathan (Stephani) Felber, Jeremy (Valerie) Felber, both New York, Christopher Posey and Danny Vesley, both Florida; granddaughter, Melissa Vaughn, Florida; four great grandchildren; and close friend, Frank Willis and wife, Carolyn, of Jacksonville, Florida.
Visitation will be Friday, April 10, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Central Baptist Church, Dr. Owen Bozeman, Dr. Bobby Musselwhite and Reverend Sydney Odom officiating. Entombment will follow in Magnolia Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Central Baptist Church-Next Horizon, 1120 Lake Joy Road, Warner Robins GA 31088.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 10, 2009 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at McCullough Funeral Home, Warner Robins, Georgia
Funeral services: 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Central Baptist Church, Warner Robins, Georgia.


Jan Preston ('69) [May 23, 2001] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, May 23, 2001:

JAN PRESTON CLAIBORNE, 49, of Lakeland, homemaker, died of heart failure Monday [May 21, 2001] at her home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday [May 24, 2001] at Memorial Park Funeral Home. She was a member of Advent Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Claiborne, the wife of Gene Claiborne, also leaves two sons, Gentry Claiborne and Cameron Claiborne, both of Lakeland; two sisters, Lynn Preston Smith of Memphis and Patty Preston Noonan ['67] of Atlanta; a stepsister, Rev. Anne Carriere of Arkansas, and two stepbrothers, David Stone of Wolfeboro, N.H., and Robert Stone ['69] of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to Advent Presbyterian Church or a charity of the donor's choice.

Stepbrother
Rob Stone ('69) has a listing on The East High Alumni Page.


Jack Pullen ('52) [posted July 13, 2014] - from The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, July 11, 2014:

Dr. John “Jack” Thomas Pullen, III, D.D.S., died Wednesday, July 9, 2014 of natural causes at his home in Oakland, TN with his family. Known for his humor. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ruby Jo Pullen, daughter, Martha Jo Pullen (Everett), son John Thomas (Tom) Pullen, IV (Drenda) and five grandsons, Jim Thomas (Blair), John Thomas, John Thomas (J.T.) Pullen, V (Ashley), Clark Pullen and Taylor Pullen and great-granddaughters, Kadence and Kinsley Thomas. Jack, a native Memphian, graduated from East High, attended UT Knoxville and the University of Memphis, where he was President of Sigma Chi Fraternity in 1956. He graduated from the University of Tennessee, College of Dentistry with the Marion L. Fuller Award. Following graduating Dental College he served two years as Captain in the Army, Second Infantry. Upon honorable discharge, he maintained a private dental practice in Hinesville, GA. In 1966, he returned with his family to be near family and practiced dentistry for the Shelby County Health Department until retiring in 1983 and maintained a private dental practice until 2003. Jack was a member and Elder of Oakland Presbyterian Church. Known as a character with a great sense of humor, Jack was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and breed Blue Tick Coon Hounds. Visitation will be 9-10 a.m., Saturday, July 12, 2014 with services to follow at 10 a.m. at Forest Hill East Funeral Home. Interment will be in Forest Hill Midtown Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be sent to Oakland Presbyterian Church, 14780 Hwy 194, P.O. Box 198, Oakland, TN 38060. We will all truly miss Jack, but the family rejoices knowing he is with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Forest Hill East Funeral Home 901-382-1000


Faye Pulliam (Faculty) (dates of association with East unknown) [posted October 1, 2006] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 1, 2006:

Rossville - FAYE PULLIAM, born December 14, 1916, died September 30, 2006. Ms. Pulliam retired after 42 years of teaching elementary school in both Fayette County and East High School in Memphis. She was a lifelong resident of the New Bethel Community in Rossville. Ms. Pulliam was a member of New Bethel United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School classes for many years, was active in the United Methodist Women, and was a pianist accompanist for worship services until her retirement. Faye leaves two brothers; R.H. Pulliam, Jr., and John David Pulliam both of Rossville, seven beloved nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Sunday, October 1 at Collierville Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Monday, October 2 at New Bethel United Methodist Church in Rossville with the interment to follow at New Bethel Cemetery. Collierville Funeral Home 901-853-2628

Visitation: 5-8 p.m., Sunday, October 1 at Collierville Funeral Home, Collierville, TN.
Funeral services: 3 p.m., Monday, October 2 at New Bethel United Methodist Church in Rossville, TN.


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Charles Errington Quekemeyer, Jr. (class association undetermined) [posted September 24, 2009] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, September 24, 2009.

Charles Errington Quekemeyer, Jr., 60, left his beloved family on September 22 in peace at his home. He is survived by his wife, Cammy Mills-Quekemeyer, his very loved daughter, Ginny (Quekemeyer) Lynch, son-in-law, Jon Lynch, four sisters, Gail [Quekemeyer ('53)] (Dick) Kinsinger, Heber Heights, Ohio, Hazel [Quekemeyer ('583)] Bowen, Huntsville, Alabama, Beverly [Quekemeyer (associated with the Class of '61)] McMillian, Port Orange, Florida, Susan [Quekemeyer ('73)] (David) Beith, Eads, Tennessee, one brother, John (Carliss) Quekemeyer ('70), Birmingham, Alabama. Loved by many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, his very special friends, Paul Lynch, Lance and Amy Moore and his very beloved family pets. Bartlett Funeral Home, 5803 Stage Road has charge. Visitation, Thursday, September 24, from 5:30-8 p.m. Memorial Service, Friday, September 25 at 6 p.m. Private burial in College Grove, TN at a later date in the Lynch Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society , St. Jude Children's Hospital, or Tipton Treasures Animal Rescue, 7948 Quito Road, Millington, TN 38053.
Visitation: 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, September 24, 2009, Bartlett Funeral Home, Bartlett, TN.
Memorial service: 6 p.m Friday, September 25, 2009, Bartlett Funeral Home, Bartlett, TN.


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Lloyd Ramsey ('60) [posted August 4, 2012] - From the Winston-Salem Journal, Winston-Salem, N.C., August 1, 2012:

Sexton: Climber died doing what he loved
In honor of Lloyd Ramsey
Memorial gifts may be sent to Friends of the Sauratown Mountains, P.O. Box 353, Danbury, NC 27016. Members of the group will make sure that donations in his name are used for a project in...
By: Scott Sexton | Winston-Salem Journal
    The headline sounded awful. An obvious tragedy had occurred; a local man was killed in an accident atop a beloved area landmark.
    "Climber dies in fall at Pilot Mountain," it said.
    According to park rangers, 70-year-old Lloyd Ramsey died after falling 50 feet on Pilot Mountain. A well-known figure in the park, Ramsey had been rock climbing Monday.
    Rangers found his body on Ledge Spring Trail about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. Ramsey was alone and he was wearing his climbing gear.
    "He had obviously died on impact from the fall," said John Shelton, the director of emergency services in Surry County.
    We should all be so lucky.
    Much more than a climber
    One glimpse at that headline — and a quick run through the accompanying story — offers hints that an extraordinary life had been lost.
    How many 70-year-olds do you know who rock climb?
    "Lloyd liked doing things that were a challenge," said Leslie [Ramesy (Class association undetermined)]Stacks, Ramsey's baby sister. "It wasn't about what was popular. It was more like, 'Huh. I bet I could do that.' He wasn't an adrenaline junkie. It was about finesse to him."
    Lloyd Ramsey was known to spend nearly every day in the park, climbing its craggy rock faces or helping others enjoy them. But he was much more than a rock climber.
    One of four siblings from a tight-knit family from Memphis, Tenn., Ramsey was a lifelong athlete, an Eagle Scout and a Harvard man. He was a champion swimmer and diver as a youth and a member of the fencing team in college.
    More than that, though, Ramsey was intellectually curious and driven to find out about the big world around him.
    He was interested in archaelogy, so much so that he volunteered his time to work on a dig site called Chucalissa near Memphis when he was a student at East High School. And when he finished his degree at Harvard, Ramsey earned a graduate degree from Louisiana State University in landscape architecture.
    That didn't mean he'd redesign your backyard, though he could. He earned his living helping redesign cities and towns when they undertook major overhauls to their infrastructure.
    "He is an interesting and complex guy," Stacks said. "I'm sorry … I'm having a hard time talking about him in the past tense."
    Life well lived
    News of a 70-year-old man who died while rock climbing has a certain man-bites-dog quality.
    And if we're completely honest, it's not difficult to imagine some people thinking, "What was that old man doing climbing a rock face all by himself? "
    Here's the thing, though. Ramsey died doing something he loved in a place he was passionate about. He was renowned as a safety buff who took all the right precautions and a man who knew the risks.
    "If you spend that much time on a mountain, odds are you will be on it when your body gives out," Stacks said. "I tend to think he didn't make a mistake and fall. I know they're still investigating, checking the route and his equipment and they're correct to do that.
    "But my hunch is he had an episode."
    About a year and half ago, Ramsey had a seizure, a one-time episode, that doctors could never fully explain. Stacks' theory is that her brother had a recurrence while he was on the rock.
    "He wasn't one to be reckless out there," she said. "I never asked him the question directly, but if he was climbing alone, he was doing it because if something happened, he'd be the only one to get hurt. He would never have endangered another person."
    Stacks is his only surviving sibling. An older sister, Linn Blanchard, and a brother, Larry Ramsey ['63], passed away. There will be neither a memorial service nor an obituary — Lloyd Ramsey was adamant about that.
    Still, it's a good bet he will be remembered fondly for some time atop his beloved Pilot Mountain. Lloyd Ramsey should be thought of as a man unafraid to live.
    Would you rather die after a good long life while doing something you love or pass away quietly while dozing in front of the TV?
    "I climb mountains, too," Stacks said. "Not like my big brother; just have two hiking poles and keep walking. … I hope I go on a mountain, too."
    We should all be as lucky as Lloyd Ramsey.
No services were scheduled.

There is also a nice memorial to him written by a fellow climber on the Internet at http://cragmama.com/2012/08/a-pilot-mountain-legend-lloyd-ramsey/


Sommer L. Randolph ('98) [posted November 27, 2011] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 13, 2011.

SOMMER L. RANDOLPH JOHNSON, 31, of Memphis, died October 8, 2011. Visitation, Friday, October 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the Anthony Funeral Home South Chapel, and from 11 a.m. until service at 12 noon, Saturday, October 15 at First Missionary Baptist Church, West Memphis, AR. She leaves her mother, Deborah Randolph of Memphis; her father, Ronald K. Johnson of Phoenix, AZ; a daughter, Skyler Craft; son, Seth Randolph of Memphis, and a sister, Korhonda Randolph ['93] of Dallas, GA


Charles Patrick Ransom ('82) [posted November 13, 2014] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, November 12, 2014.

CHARLES PATRICK RANSOM, 50, telecommunication specialist, of Memphis, died November 7, 2014. He graduated from East High in 1982, immediately entered into the U.S. Army, where he specialized in telecommunications. After his time in the service, he worked at Sprint Telecommunications. Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Thursday, November 13, and Services at 9 a.m., Friday, November 14, both at N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, 421 Scott Street. Burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. He leaves two sisters, Evelyn Carter and Veta Hailey, and three brothers, George Ransom, Eddie Ransom and Rodney Ransom.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, November 13, 2014, N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 9 a.m. Friday, November 14, 2014, N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, Memphis.


Jim Redus ('65) [updated October, 1998] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 11, 1998.

James Henry Redus, 51, of Edmond, Okla., formerly of Memphis, retail education manager for Fleming companies Inc., died of cancer Tuesday [October 6, 1998] at his home. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday [October 12, 1998] at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with burial in Calvary. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. He was active with the Boy Scouts of America in Oklahoma City, Okla. Mr. Redus, the husband of Mary Lee Bartlett Redus, also leaves two daughters, Katie Redus and Ellie Redus, and a son, Michael Redus, all of Edmond; his mother, Carol S. Redus; two sisters, Martha R. Briggs and Wendy R. Durand, and a brother, Andy Redus, all of Memphis. The family requests that any memorial be sent to the Last Frontier council of Boy Scouts of America in Oklahoma City or Mercy Hospice of Oklahoma City.


Ben Reisman ('59) [posted December 8, 2000]

From The Commercial Appeal, December 8, 2000:

Sense of what was right' led developer

by Bill Dries
The Commercial Appeal

Ben H. Reisman helped change Tennessee adoption law when he and his wife took the state to federal court in their precedent-setting effort to build a new life and home for the mixed-race daughter they later adopted.
       He also made a mark as an award-winning homebuilder and real estate developer whose work contributed to the revitalization of downtown and Midtown.
       Mr. Reisman died Wednesday [December 6, 2000] of cancer. He was 58.
       Mr. Reisman and his wife, Laurel, sued the state Department of Human Services in 1990 over a policy that excluded white couples from consideration in the adoption of mixed-race children.
       "We fell in love with her and wanted to be considered to adopt," said Mr. Reisman of his daughter, Cady Lauren, in a 1993 interview. "But white parents were not considered, as a matter of policy. We didn't think it was right."
       That lawsuit ended in 1993 with a ruling by U.S. Dist. Judge Robert McRae ordering the state to change its policies on the adoption of mixed-race children.
       "That was the personal payoff for us. But we felt like we needed to file a second lawsuit to cover all children, primarily African-American children, who were being discriminated against," Mr. Reisman said in a later interview.
       So the couple pursued a second lawsuit that the state settled in 1998 by agreeing to change its policies on the adoption of all children, regardless of how they were classified racially.
       Attorney Hayden Lait represented the Reismans in both cases and said Thursday that the case had a "national impact." He also praised the couple's willingness to stand by their beliefs.
       "He just had that innate sense of what is right. Some of us don't come by it naturally. He came by it very naturally," Lait said. "He was a statistician and he would also look at things very analytically and do the statistics."
       Mr. Reisman earned a degree in statistics from the University of Oklahoma.
       In his professional life, Mr. Reisman built homes for others.
       From shotgun houses in the Harbor Town development on Mud Island to converting the old Candy Factory into condominiums, Mr. Reisman turned ideas into reality.
       Developer Tony Bologna, who worked with Mr. Reisman on several projects with the Henry Turley Co., said the developments often included a "little personal touch" that even made something as plain as a shotgun house something special.
       A series of stylized shotgun houses Mr. Reisman built as part of the Harbor Town development on Mud Island won awards from the American Institute of Architects Tennessee and Southern Living magazine.
       "Ben had a real sense of design, which is most unusual in a lot of builders," Bologna said. "He was always willing to push the envelope and develop units that were unique in the nicest sense of the word."
       Bologna said Mr. Reisman's developments, which included the Mansfield Arms condominiums in Midtown and Front Street Square downtown, were also known for blending in well with their surroundings.
       In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Reisman leaves a sister, Joyce Reisman Frank.
       A memorial service will be Dec. 16 at 11 a.m. at First Unitarian Church of Memphis, where Mr. Reisman was a member.
       The family requests that any memorials be sent to Hospice of the River and the First Unitarian Church of Memphis.


Jack Rice ('55) [posted August 27, 2011] - From the Commercial Appeal, August 27, 2011:

Jack V. Rice, passed away on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 after a brief illness. Mr. Rice was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Rice. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Col. (Ret) and Mrs. James W. Rice, Jr. ['53] of Destin, FL; his nephew, James W. Rice III and his niece Rebecca Rice Johnson, both of Northern Virginia; his five grand nieces and nephews; and his numerous cousins in Mississippi. After graduation from East High School in 1955, he attended the University of Mississippi and graduated in 1959 and was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. Following graduation, he served 6 months on active duty in the U.S. Army before joining Plough Inc. After a year and a half, he joined Holiday Inns as the executive assistant to Wallace Johnson, the president of Holiday Inns. He remained in that position for 17 years until Mr. Johnson retired. He then became Vice Chairman of the Board of Weingartner-Hammons, a large Holiday Inns franchise holder, where he spent 10 years before he retired. Before and during his retirement, he was involved in numerous businesses, which ranged from catfish and bullfrog farming to partial ownership of a hospital in Spartanburg, SC, the Coors Beer Distributorship in Memphis, apartment projects in Maryland, various nursing homes, and Dinstuhl's Chocolates. He was also a founding investor in Federal Express. He and three partners developed Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys, which is continually rated as one of the Top 20 Resorts in the world. While in retirement, he spent time at homes in Destin, New Orleans, and Memphis. Visitation will be 4-6 p.m. Sunday, August 28 at Canale Funeral Directors. There will be an additional visitation from 10-11 a.m. Monday, August 29 at St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral with the Service to begin at 11 a.m. Private entombment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown Mausoleum. The family requests memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, August 28, 2011, Canale Funeral Directors, Memphis.
Additional visitation: 10-11 a.m. Monday, August 29, 2011, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m Monday, August 29, 2011, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Memphis.


Jane Rice ('51) [posted February 1, 2005] Jane Rice of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, is reported to have died January 25, 2005. No newspaper obituary was published.

Prior to her death, Ms. Rice was a participated with The East High Alumni Page and had posted a profile on the Class of 1951 page.


Rod Richards (Faculty) [posted October 2, 2008] - From the Commercial Appeal, October 2, 2008:

LITTLETON RODNEY "ROD" RICHARDS, 74, resident of the Fisherville Community, retired Teacher, Coach and Supervisor ofthe Driver's Education Program for the Memphis City School System, died September 29. Services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church at Fisherville, where he was an active member, with Visitation one hour prior to services. Interment with Military Honors in church cemetery. A U.S. Air Force Veteran, Mr. Richards received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Memphis State University. Survived by wife of 50 years, Mae Sue Sanders Richards; his children, Karen Sue Miller (Gary) of Eads; Michael Rodney Richards (Jill) of Chesapeake, VA; his brother Amos Richards of Mashulaville, MS, and his grandchildren: Kaitlin, Connor, Kara, Cade and Cole. Memorials are requested to Mr. Richard's church.
Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 2008 at First Baptist Church at Fisherville, TN.
Funeral services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, October 4, 2008 at First Baptist Church at Fisherville, TN.

(The church's address is listed as 11893 Macon Rd. Eads, TN)
Mr. Richards was head football coach and/or shop teacher at East High from about 1966 to about 1968.


Mary Blanche Richardson ('61) [posted October 10, 2014] - from Peebles Funeral Home:

Mary Blanche Richardson Williams, longtime resident of Memphis and retired employee for MIFA, departed this life Friday afternoon, September 26, 2014 at the Primacy Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Memphis.
A Gathering of Family Members and Friends of Mrs. Williams will be from 6 to 8 P.M. Monday, October 6th at the Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland. Interment will be private. Arrangements will be provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes & Cremation Center - West Chapel at Oakland.
Mrs. Williams was born March 12, 1943 in Memphis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred D. Richardson and Blanche Wattwood Richardson. She was a graduate of East High School in Memphis and was a resident of Memphis for much of her life. Mrs. Williams was employed with MIFA for over 30 years before her retirement. She enjoyed preparing food for her family, going to movies, reading books and had a love for animals. Bringing laughter to others, she really loved a good joke... and some bad ones.
Mrs. Williams is survived by two sons, Chris Williams (Debra) of Red Banks, MS, Lieutenant Colonel Jeff Williams (Kellye) of Lithia, FL; her sister, Beckii Lee (Gene) of Memphis; her brother, Lee Richardson ['67] of Memphis; and two grandsons, Peter Williams and Daniel Williams, both of Lithia, FL.
The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude Children's Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148.
An abbreviated version of the obituary was published in The Commercial Appeal October 5, 2014.


Hugh Richbourg (associated with the class of '64) [posted June 3, 2003] - From the Commercial Appeal, June 3, 2003:

HUGH AUGUSTUS RICHBOURG III, 57, of Casa Grande, Ariz., formerly of Memphis, Realtor and owner of a Century 21 franchise in Casa Grande, died May 20 [2003] at Veterans Administration Hospital in Tucson, Ariz. Abbey Funeral Chapel in Tucson had charge. He was an Army veteran. Mr. Richbourg, the husband of Donna Harding Richbourg, also leaves two daughters, Pettus Richbourg Hilt of Casa Grande and Paige Richbourg of Downingtown, Pa.; two sisters, Madge Saba ('62) of Helena, Ark., and Fontaine Jacobs ('68) of Escondido, Calif.; a brother, John S. Richbourg of Memphis, and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to First Presbyterian Church in Casa Grande, American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice.
High Richbourg is believed to have attended East through his 9th grade year in 1961 and probably transferred to White Station at that time. He was also the son of Mrs. Madge Richbourg (Faculty), (obituary available) who taught at East approximately 1960-71.


Madge Richbourg (Faculty) [posted April 21, 2006] - From the Commercial Appeal, August 14, 1997:

MADGE PETTUS RICHBOURG, 86, of San Antonio, Texas, formerly of Memphis, retired Memphis City Schools teacher, died of heart failure Friday [August 8, 1997] at Air Force Village Health Care Center in San Antonio. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday [August 16, 1997] at Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion [Memphis], where she was a member, with private burial in National Cemetery [Memphis]. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. She was a graduate of Greensboro College for Women and the former Memphis State University. She was a member of Huguenot Society and Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Richbourg, the widow of Col. Hugh Augustus Richbourg Jr., leaves two daughters, Madge Richbourg Saba of West Helena, Ark., and Fontaine Richbourg Jacobs of Los Gatos, Calif.; two sons, Hugh Augustus Richbourg III of Casa Grande, Ariz., and John S. Richbourg of Memphis; two sisters, Frye Buys of Culpeper, Va., and Fontaine Boutwell of Edenton, N.C., and six grandchildren. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to Church of the Holy Communion, Air Force Village Health Care Center in San Antonio or a charity of the donor's choice.


Georgia Roberts ('70) [posted January 18, 2007] - From the Las Vegas Review-Journal, March 28, 2004:

Georgia Perel, 51, of Henderson, died March 13, 2004. She was a Internet marketer/phone service person. She is survived by her spouse, Michael Perel; and son Eric of Henderson. Services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 3,[2004] at Palm Mortuary, 7600 S. Eastern Ave.
Prior to her death, Ms. Roberts has been a participant on The East High Alumni Page. The last profile she posted here is available on the Class of '70 directory page.


Betty Robinson (Faculty) [posted February 11, 2008] - From the The Commercial Appeal, December 16, 2007:

REV. DR. BETTY R. GARDNER ROBINSON, 60, Pastor of Universal Outreach Ministries passed away December 13, 2007 at Saint Francis Hospital. She was a former Memphis City School Teacher. Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, December 18 at E. H. Ford Mortuary. Service will be at 12 Noon, Wednesday, December 19 at Unity Christian Church, 3345 McCorkle. Burial will be in New Park Cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Jackie L. Robinson; two sons, Adrian C. Gardner, Sr., MSGT. John O. Taylor, Jr., USAF; mother, Rev. Mary L. Hardy; sister Carolyn Walton; brother, Freddie Cassey; seven grandchildren; one great-grandson.
Dr. Robinson taught Spanish and English at East 1986-87.


George H. Robinson ('51) [posted December 2, 2005] - From the Commercial Appeal, December 2, 2005:

GEORGE HAYSTEN ROBINSON, 73, resident of the Oakland Community in Fayette County, longtime warehouse manager for the Central Supply Company in Memphis before his retirement & husband of Louise Turner Robinson, died Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at the Methodist Hospital North in Memphis. Services will be at 12 noon. Saturday, December 3rd [2005] in the chapel of Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis with interment in the Fayette County Memorial Park on Highway 64. A visitation for family and friends will be at the Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville from 6-8 p.m. Friday [December 2, 2005]. A native of Memphis, Mr. Robinson was a devoted member of the Lindenwood Christian Church & a graduate of East High School. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Mary Louise Turner Robinson; his children, Cynthia Glaze-Jones of Arlington, Karen Parker of Arlington, George H. Robinson, Jr. of Galena, IN, George (Jeff) Robinson of Memphis, Scott H. Robinson of Memphis; three sisters, eight grandchildren & three great-grandchildren. Memorials are requested to the charity or organization of the donor's choice. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home901-465-3535
Visitation: 6-8 p.m., Friday December 2, 2005, at Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home, Somerville, TN.
Funeral Services: 12 noon, Saturday, December 3, 2005, at the chapel of Lindenwood Christian Church, Memphis, TN.


Jim "Jimbo" Robinson ('66) [updated February, 1999]

Robinson was among elite in real estate sales
by John Semien, The Commercial Appeal, February 16, 1999

       Real estate broker James Shannon Robinson, who became a member of the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Million Dollar Club at age 34, died of heart failure Monday (Februrary 15, 1999) at American Transitional Care. He was 51.
       Robinson was a life member of the Multi-Million Dollar Club. The requirements for that elite sales organization include selling at least $1 million in real estate per year for five years within an eight-year period.
       Robinson had sold $4 million to $5 million a year for five years when he received his lifetime membership in 1982.
       Robinson, who was known to his friends and family as Jimbo, was a history major at the University of Memphis when a charismatic real estate teacher persuaded him to try the business, according to wife Nancy Robinson, an agent with Coleman-Etter Fontain Realtors.
       "He (the instructor) just saw something in Jimbo that excited him and he encouraged him to become involved in realestate," Nancy Robinson said. "Jimbo had a natural talent for it and he loved what he did."
       Robinson started his career in the early 1970s with Wade Brothers Real Estate and became on of the first agents with Poplar Pike Realtors when it was formed, she said.
       In 1985, Robinson was a cofounder, along with Roger Watkins and Jim Gates, of River Oaks Realtors. The company is called Century 21 River Oaks today.
       Nancy Robinson said her hustand left the company a few years ago to pursue other interets.
       Robinson also was a marathon runner who ran about 60 miles a week. He ran in at least two New York marathons and several local marathons.
       But Robinson's biggest passion was for his family and friends.
       "He just enjoyed people and he had a fabulous sense of humor," Nancy Robinson said. "He had a real zest for life and a wealth of friends."
       Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday (February 17, 1999) at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park.
       He leaves a stepdaughter, Nicki Gail Crowell; tow stepsons, Terry Allen Crowell and Joseph Todd Croewll, and his sister, JoAnne Robinson, all of Memhis, and five stepgrandchildren.
       The family requests that any memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.
       Source: The Commercial Appeal


Wiley Robinson (class year undetermined) [posted June 26, 2007] - - From the Commercial Appeal, June 26, 2007:

WILEY HOYT ROBINSON, 59, of Memphis, passed away at his residence on Saturday, June 23, 2007. Mr. Robinson was a coin dealer. He graduated from East High School in Memphis. He is survived by one son, Robert Robinson of Memphis; one sister, and several cousins and aunts. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2007 with funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Interment will be private. High Point Funeral Chapel.
Visitation 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2007, High Point Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2007, High Point Funeral Chapel.


Danny F. Rodgers ('65) [posted January 24, 2005] - - From the Commercial Appeal, March 18, 1999:

Danny F. Rodgers, 52, of Southaven, retired food salesman, died of heart failure Tuesday (March 16, 1999) at his home. He was an Air Force veteran. He leaves three sisters, Linda L. Thompson of Olive Branch, MS, Margie R. Klinger ('67) of Southaven, and Deborah Smith of Germantown, and two brothers, Mackie D. Rodgers of Horseshoe Bend, AR, and Fred Rodgers ('62) of Germantown.


James Ella Rogers (Staff) [posted June 30, 2001] - - From the Commercial Appeal, November 30, 1996:

JAMES ELLA ROGERS, 76, of 470 Tillman, retired cook for East High School, died of Alzheimer disease Friday [November 29, 1996] at Oakville Health Care Center. Services will be Wednesday [December 4, 1996] at Greer Chapel AME Church, where she was a member, with burial in New Park Cemetery. Unity Memorial Chapel has charge. She leaves a daughter, Sondro Kaye Pettigrew of Sacramento, Calif.; two sons, Keith Dewayne Pettigrew of Memphis and Charles William Greene of Sacramento; three sisters, Rutha D. Pegues and Audrey I. Larsha, both of Memphis, and I. Maurea Elliott of Sacramento; a brother, Willie Jame Rogers of Memphis, and five grandchildren.


Charlie Rond ('57) [posted February 14, 2006] From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 14, 2006:

CHARLES A. ROND, IV, 66, of Memphis, died Saturday, February 11, 2006 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, [2006] at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, [2006] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Preceded in death by his father, Chancellor Charles A. Rond, III; he is survived by his mother, Olivia H. Rond of Memphis, and his sister, Charlotte [Rond ('61)] Rooke (Chris), also of Memphis. He deeply touched the lives of many, many friends and relatives and will be sorely missed. He graduated from East High School and attended the University of the South at Sewanee and Southwestern College (Rhodes) in Memphis, and was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. Careers ranged from journalism at United Press International (covering the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King), to surgical assistant at Baptist Hospital, public relations at the University of Tennessee, Memphis, managerial positions at both Outdoors, Inc. and Computer Lab in Memphis, and as an early on computer enthusiast, he continued to do programming, designing and maintaining websites and trouble-shooting impossible computer problems for everyone. He participated in a number of environmental associations and was the immediate past Chair of the Chickasaw Group of the Sierra Club and had served three years in that position and also served as their web-master, and was a member of the Mid-South Flyfishers Association. The family asks that memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2006, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2006, at Memorial Park Funeral Home.


Inez Rosamond (Faculty) See entry for Inez Rosamond Boone.


Natasha Evette Rossell ('98) [posted March 17, 2005] From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 15, 2005:

Natasha Evette Rossell, 24, of Memphis, died March 8 [2005] at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday [March 19, 2005] at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church at 2231 South Parkway E. with burial in Memorial Park South Woods. R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home has charge. She leaves her mother, Ernestine Rossell; her father and stepmother, Gregory and Pamela J. Reed; three sisters, Toni A. Rossell, Alexius R. Reed and Taffica Bramlett; two brothers, Patrick D. Rossell and Anthony T. Rossell, and her grandmothers, Gertrude Rossell and Eddie Lou Reed, all of Memphis.
The following appeared in The Commercial Appeal, March 17, 2005:
Natasha Evette Rossell Age 24, passed on March 8, 2005, at R.M.C. Hospital. Natasha graduated from East High School in 1998. She was an honor student, and a recipient of a Who's Who Among America's Best High Schools Students Awards. She also graduated from the University Of Memphis, in December 2004, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Visitation, Friday, March 18, 2005, at R.S. Lewis Funeral Home. Homegoing services on Saturday, March 19, 2005, at New Salem M.B.C., 2231 S. Parkway East, 11 a.m. Burial in Memorial Park South wood on Hacks Cross Road. Dr. Frank E. Ray officiating.
R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home has charge, 374 Vance Ave.
Visitation: 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2005 at R.S. Lewis Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19, 2005, at New Salem Missionary Baptist Church at 2231 South Parkway E., Memphis.


Deborah Eileen Rothschild ('71) [posted July 10, 2004] From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, July 10, 2004:

DEBORAH EILEEN ROTHSCHILD, 50, of La Quinta, Calif., formerly of Memphis, teacher for Palm Desert Unified School System, died Sunday [July 4, 2004] at her home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday [July 11, 2004] at Temple Israel Cemetery. Canale Funeral Home has charge. She was a graduate of East High School, Peabody College and the University of Memphis, a member of Temple Israel and Hadassah, and a former teacher at Temple Israel and Carnes Elementary. She leaves a daughter, Emma Faye Tauber of La Quinta; her mother, Nora P. Rothschild of Memphis, and a sister, Linda R. Gornek of Sugar Land, Texas. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Hadassah or Temple Israel.
Funeal Service: Graveside Service, 11 a.m., Sunday, July 11, 2004, at Temple Israel Cemetery.
There are no other public services/visitations.


Robert Routt ('56) [posted January 25, 2008]
ROBERT JOSEPH ROUTT, 69, [of Horn Lake, Mississippi] self-employed businessman, died Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. Mr. Routt was born October 26, 1938 in Memphis, TN, was a Baptist, and a Marine Corps veteran. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Maria Esther Routt of Horn Lake; mother, Martha Cole Routt of Kosciusko, MS; three brothers, William Routt of Memphis, Dr. Larry Routt of Kosciusko, and Donald Routt of Jackson, MS; and his nieces and nephew. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Twin Oaks Funeral Home 662-349-9720
No service is planned.


Happy Rush ('61) [posted October 6, 2002] From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, September 22, 2002:

HOLTON MARSHALL RUSH, 59, of Siloam Springs, Ark., formerly of Memphis, former sports writer, died Friday [September 20, 2002] in Siloam Springs. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Monday [September 23, 2002]at Memorial Park, Memphis. Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis, has charge. He was a member of Memphis First Baptist Church and a graduate of Wake Forest University. He leaves a sister, Priscilla Rush Chalmers of Lowell, Ark.


Priscilla Rush ('57) [posted November 1, 2011] From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, November 1, 2011:

Springdale - Priscilla Jean Rush Chalmers, 71, died October 29, 2011, in Springdale, AR. She was born January 7, 1940, in Memphis, to the late Holton and Winifred Rush. She attended East High School in Memphis, received her B.A. from Lake Forest College, and her Master's degree in speech pathology from Vanderbilt University. She married Richard Chalmers and the couple lived in Memphis prior to moving to Arkansas. Survivors include her children, Lindsey Drain of Russellville, AR, Todd Chalmers of Denver, CO, Lauren Watkins of Bryant, AR, Dwight Chalmers of Little Rock, Lee Chalmers of Farmington, AR, Russell Chalmers of Springdale, AR; and seven grandchildren. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers, AR. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Fellowship of Christians Church in Russellville. Rollins Funeral Home 479-631-6617 www.rollinsfuneral.com
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers, Arkansas
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Saturday, November 5, 2011, Fellowship of Christians Church in Russellville, Arkansas.


Peter Russell ('72) [posted October 16, 2013] From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 15, 2013:

Peter Graves Russell, 59, of Memphis, TN, died on October 12, 2013 after a brief battle with lung cancer. He was born June 9, 1954 in Memphis, TN to Ramon and Ruth Russell. Both preceded him in death. His Aunt, Rose Gillespie also preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, Warner (Katelyn); Warner's mother and ex-wife, but always friend, Lynn, and his brother, Bill (Ann), all also of Memphis, as well as nieces and nephews, Amy, Andy, Ashley, and Tim. Peter spent several years managing Russell Brothers Jewelers with his brother before leaving to pursue a new venture in Indiana. He went on to take a position in Michigan before returning home to Memphis in 2011. Peter was a music aficionado and his passion for Memphis Tiger basketball was unmatched. Both will live on in his son. He was active in local social groups as well and was grateful to his network of friends. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 18 at 10:30 a.m. at Central Christian Church, 531 S. McLean, Memphis, TN 38104. Memorial donations can be made to the Church Health Center in Memphis, TN, 1210 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104. Published in The Commercial Appeal on Oct. 15, 2013
Memorial service: 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 18, 2013, Central Christian Church, Memphis.


Carol Rutland ('70) [posted November 13, 2012] From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, November 14, 2012:

Carol Elaine Rutland Amagliani, 60, passed away on November 11, 2012, from complications related to Alzheimer's Disease. Born in Memphis, TN on August 11, 1952, to the late Evelyn (née Matthews) and Charles Rutland, Carol graduated from East High School before attending St. Louis Conservatory of Music. She graduated from the University of Memphis and later enrolled in graduate classes at Belmont University. Carol taught elementary school music for over twenty years at Evangelical Christian School and also taught individual piano and voice lessons to countless students. Each year she organized and directed numerous recitals, musicals, and concerts. Carol loved classical, gospel, and Motown music but secretly dreamed of performing like Carole King. She grew up attending First Assembly of God and later regularly filled in as a pianist or organist for churches in the Memphis area, including Hope Presbyterian in its nascence. She was later a member of and briefly served as the minister of music for St. Patrick's Presbyterian in Collierville. Her favorite hobbies included bicycling, walking, gardening, shopping, driving around in her convertible listening to “Roll with it Baby,” and dancing in the kitchen. Always so quick to smile, and share her infectious laugh, Carol showered her family, friends, and students with compassion and empathy; she was truly a selfless woman. Her passing leaves a silence where beautiful music had once played. Her first love was always her family. She leaves behind her loving husband, Michael L. Amagliani of Collierville; her son, Malcolm “Macky” B. Futhey III of Memphis, his wife, Leigh-Taylor White, as well as their son Malcolm Finley Futhey; her daughter, Meredith Elaine Futhey of Knoxville; her step-son, Christopher I. Amagliani of Collierville; and her brothers, Charles Rutland [associated with the Class of '73], Cary Rutland [associated with the Class of '75], and Alan Rutland, as well as their families. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 14, at Forest Hill East Funeral Home on Whitten Road. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at the funeral home with interment to follow. Forest Hill East Funeral Home 901-382-1000 Published in The Commercial Appeal on November 14, 2012
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, November 14, 2012, Forest Hill East Funeral Home, Whitten Road, Memphis.
Funeral services: 10 a.m., Thursday, November 15, 2012, Forest Hill East Funeral Home, Whitten Road, Memphis.


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Arthur Sallis (associated with the class of '01) From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, January 26, 2006:

ARTHUR LEWIS SALLIS, 23, of Memphis, died January 23, 2006. Visitation will be from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, January 27 at N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home. Services will be at 12 p.m. Saturday, January 28, at Independent Baptist Church on Woodlands and Marjorie. Burial in New Park Cemetery. Mr. Sallis attended East High School where he was a member of the football team. He leaves a daughter, Audrey Denise Sallis; a son, Arthur Lewis Sallis, Jr, both of Memphis; his mother, Sharon Sallis and father, Arthur Lewis Miller; a sister, Marisha Nicole Sallis; grandfather, Bennie (Dorothy) Sallis; two grandmothers, Louise (Jimmy) Butler, Katherine Miller; two aunts, Linda Sallis and Bennie Mae Sallis; an uncle, Willie Lee Gatewood, all of Memphis. A special friend, Chassidy Jones and her children of Memphis; and a host of cousins and other relatives and friends. N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home 901-948-7755 Published in The Commercial Appeal on 1/26/2006.

A newspaper article is also available.

Visitation: 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2006, at N. J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 12 noon Saturday, January 28, 2006, at Independent Baptist Church on Woodlands and Marjorie, Memphis.


Buzzie Samuels ('65) From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, August 20, 2000:

THOMAS E. `BUZZIE' SAMUELS JR., 52, of Memphis, president of Samco Communications, died Friday [August 18, 2000] at Audubon Park of an apparent heart attack. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday [August 21, 2000] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. He was a member of Germantown Baptist Church and Southwind TPC. He was a National USGA Jr. qualifier and a graduate of the University of Memphis. Mr. Samuels, the husband of Barbara French Samuels ['66], also leaves a daughter, Christinia Palmer Samuels; a stepson, Steven Edward Burns; his mother, Alice Palmer Samuels Moorehead, and a brother, William Palmer Samuels, all of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to Mid-South Christian Services, French Camp Academy or a charity of the donor's choice.


Pamela Renee Sanders (class year undetermined) From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, December 21, 2004:

Pamela Renee Sanders, 28, of Memphis, sales clerk for Target, died Saturday at Methodist University Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at New First Baptist Church on Norman, where she was a member, with burial in Macon Cemetery. N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home has charge. She was a graduate of East High School. She leaves a son, Artravious Sanders; her parents, Kenneth and Ida Sanders; two sisters, Tracy Sanders and Latrina Sanders; a brother, Kenneth Sanders Jr., and her grandmother, Lenalls Neal.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Thursday, December 23, 2004, at New First Baptist Church, Memphis.


Ray Sanders ('67) [updated February 20, 2003] From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 20, 2003:

Bassist loved Memphis music and played with the best
By Yolanda Jones
yojones@gomemphis.com
February 20, 2003

      Raymond Carl Sanders played bass guitar for acts from Jerry Lee Lewis to Rufus Thomas during a career that spanned 40 years.
      Sanders died of respiratory failure Tuesday [February 18, 2003] at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. He was 54.
      The native Memphian began playing guitar at age 14 after he saw the Beatles.
      ''He started playing after these four guys from Liverpool came out with I Want to Hold Your Hand, and he has been a musician since,'' said his brother, Robert L. Sanders III of Cordova.
      Raymond Sanders played in several local bands from the Memphis All-Stars to the Famous Unknowns.
      He also toured with the Drifters and Chuck Berry.
      ''My brother loved music, especially Memphis music with that Delta blues influence,'' Bob Sanders said. ''He did what he loved and that was being a professional musician.''
      He leaves another brother, John Richard Sanders of Carrollton, Texas.
      Funeral services will be at noon Friday [February 21, 2003] at Memorial Park Funeral Home North Chapel.
      The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society or the Veterans Foundation.

Mr. Sanders had suffered a massive stroke about a week earlier leading to his death.
The following link is to a web page with pictures of Mr. Ray Sanders circa 1968:
www.allaccesstech.com/patnsuz/villagesound.htm.
Funeral Services: noon Friday, February 21, 2003, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
There is no visitation scheduled.


Johnny Sarber ('60) [posted December 7, 2010] From The Commercial Appeal, December 7, 2010:

Lloyd Johnson “John” Sarber, Jr., 68, of Okatie, SC, died Saturday, December 4, 2010, at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. A native of Memphis, TN, John was born to the late Lloyd Johnson Sarber and Maud Schwalmeyer Sarber on December 1, 1942. John was a member of The Parish Church at St. Helena's in Beaufort. He attended Rhodes College in Memphis, where he met his wife of 46 years. After working for Exxon for 9 years, he relocated the family to Roanoke, VA, to pursue a career in banking. He was deeply committed to his community, and ran Roanoke's annual United Way campaign in 1980. He later owned a franchise of Priority Management Systems. John was an avid sportsman with a particular love of basketball and football in in younger years. He also picked up golf at an early age and continued to play for the rest of his life. He enjoyed several outdoor sports including canoeing and hunting. He is survived by his wife Anne, sons Lloyd Johnson Sarber, III of Jacksonville, FL, and Michael Fenwick Sarber of Charlotte, NC, sister Frances [Sarber ('55)] Shearer of Mobile, AL, and four grandchildren. “Papa John”, as his grandchildren called him, lived well and left the world a better place. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 11 a.m. at The Parish Church of St. Helena. Donations may be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation (www.alzinfo.org/) or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (www.michaeljfox.org/). Anderson Funeral Home 843-524-7144
Memorial service: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 at 11 a.m. at The Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort, SC.

Prior to his death, Johnny Sarber was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1960 page.


Bob Scates ('67) [posted February 20, 2012] From The Advocate, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, December 27, 2011:

Robert Franklin Scates Jr., 62, was born in New Orleans and lived his early years in Memphis, Tenn., where he graduated from East High School. He graduated from Louisiana Tech in Ruston with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1971. He lived in Baton Rouge until his death. He worked for Capital Union Savings and Loan as vice president of Retail Banking. Robert passed away Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at The Carpenter House of St. Joseph Hospice after a courageous fight against cancer. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Patsy Scates; son, Robert F. Scates III and wife Caitlin, of Ponchatoula; stepsons, Austin Saunders, of Montgomery, Ala., and Lanny Saunders and wife Jodie, of Memphis; stepdaughter, Carrie Saunders, of Dallas; grandsons, Charlie, Boyd, Jayden, Logan and Ethan Saunders, Matthew Hoskins and Ricky Watson; and granddaughters, Caitlyn and Hannah Watson. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert F. Scates Sr.; and mother, Zelma Moreland Scates, who were of Memphis. The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Castine, and his nurse, Elton, for all of the support and care given to Bob the last five years. The family is also grateful for the love and support from St. Albans Chapel and University Laboratory School. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30, at St. Albans Episcopal Chapel, located at the corner of Highland and Dalrymple on the LSU campus. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a contribution in memory of Bob to the University Laboratory School Foundation. Arrangements made by Greenoaks Funeral Home, Baton Rouge.


Philip Walter Schrader ('58) [posted December 29, 2006] From The Commercial Appeal, December 29, 2006:

PHILIP WALTER SCHRADER, 66, died peacefully on December 22, 2006. The son of Jeanne and Clarence W. Schrader, he is survived by his sister; Dr. Charlotte Schrader; brother, C.W. "Bill" Schrader, Jr., nieces, nephews, cousins, and a coterie of loyal friends. He was a life-long Memphian except for a few years when he held managerial posts in Miami and New York City. He was an honor student at East High School and Vanderbilt University. For nearly 30 years he worked as a broker with the Memphis Board of Realtors, receiving awards for outstanding service. His hobby was restoring paintings and china; he also raised whippets. He enjoyed making jams and jellies, which he gave to friends at Christmas. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, December 30, at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Memphis Humane Society or Dixon Gallery.
Visitation: 2 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2006, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 3 p.m. Saturday, December 30, 2006. at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Steve Schwartz('65) [posted November 19, 2010] From The Commercial Appeal, November 10, 2010:

Steve Schwartz, 64, of Memphis, passed away suddenly on Sunday, November 7. Steve was a treasured husband, father, grandfather, friend, and business man. In addition to his business, Schwartz Electric, he owned and managed several Midtown properties. Steve's generosity and kindness touched everyone who knew him. Over the past 5 years, Steve became an avid tennis player, and was often found on the courts at the University Club. In addition to his wife Susan, Steve is survived by his son Daurie, a granddaughter, Chloe, brother Alan ["Tex, associated with the Class of '66], all of Memphis, and brother, Michael of Denver, CO. Memorials in Steve's honor may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 10 from 5-7 p.m. and graveside will be Thursday, November 11 at 11 am.at Forest Hill East Funeral Home and Cemetery Forest Hill East Funeral Home.


Mary Joyce "Jo" Scott (Faculty) [posted January 3, 2010] From The Commercial Appeal, January 3, 2010:

Mary Joyce "Jo" Scott breathed her last breath January 1, 2010. She was 84 years old. She was a long term member of the White Station Church of Christ and served as the minister's wife from 1961-1973. Born Mary Joyce Forrester in Rives, Tennessee, she was the valedictorian of her high school class and received degrees from Freed-Hardeman University in 1943 and Abilene Christian University in 1945. She taught English at East, Airways and Ridgeway Schools in Memphis. She encouraged her students to seek excellence, but valued excellence of character above excellence of skills. She retired in1986 after receiving the Teacher of the Year Award. She was married for 52 years to John A. Scott, Sr. (d. 2007). Mrs. Scott is survived by her 3 children: John A. Scott, Jr., Ed.D.of Boulder, CO; David R.T. Scott (Donna) of Germantown; and Emily Scott-Lowe, Ph.D. (Dennis) of Malibu, CA.; and daughter-in-law, Edna Scott of Germantown; and eight grandchildren: Abigail and J. Benjamin Scott, Stephanie, Jacquelyn, Stacy and Jennifer Scott, Taylor and Brennan Lowe. Services will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening, January 9, 2010 at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel. In lieu of flowers, your donations in her name would be welcomed at the John A. and Jo Scott scholarship fund at the Harding University Graduate School of Religion, 1000 Cherry Rd, Memphis, TN 38117.
Visitation: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2010, Memphis Funeral Home.
Funeral Services: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 9, 2010, Memphis Funeral Home.

Mrs. Scott taught English at East, approximately 1967-1968.

[updated with visitation information January 4, 2009


Roy "Scotty" Scott (associated with class of '68) [posted April 25, 2004] From The Commercial Appeal, April 25, 2004:

ROY M. 'SCOTTY' SCOTT III, 53, of Knoxville, formerly of Memphis, software engineer for 28 years, died Friday [April 23, 2004] at Fort Sander's Regional Medical Center in Knoxville. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday [April 26, 2004] at Highland Memorial Park Funeral Home in Knoxville. He was a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee. Mr. Scott, the husband of Nansee Fuller Scott, also leaves his stepmother, Loretta A. Scott, and a sister, Gailor Scott Hamsley [associated with the class of '73], both of Memphis.
Prior to his death, Roy Scott was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1968 page.

Visitation: Reception for family and friends at 10 a.m. Monday, April 26, 2004, at Highland Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Services: Funeral service Monday, April 26, 2004, 11 a.m. at Highland Memorial Park Funeral Home, Knoxville. A memorial service will follow at Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Poplar Bluff, Missouri, date and time to be announced.


Sue Scull ('54) [posted May 21, 2014] From Memorial Park Funeral Home:

Sue Scull McDermott, 77, died May 15, 2014 at Baptist Trinity Hospice House in Collierville, Tennessee from a debilitating brain hemorrhage while holding the hand of her beloved husband of 57 years whom she met while attending the University of Oklahoma.
She was born in Memphis, Tennessee on November 1, 1936 to the late Samuel Christian Scull, Jr. and Elizabeth Busenburg Scull. She was also preceded in death by her only brother, William B. Scull.
She is survived by her loving husband Milton J. “Sonny” McDermott, her three daughters Vicki Warren (Will), Betsy Arthur ( Bo), Catherine Dancy ( Dan) and her son Chris McDermott ( Lynn) . She also leaves behind twelve grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
A graduate of East High School, she went on to earn a BA from Peabody College for Teachers and a MA from Memphis State University earning acceptance into the honors fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi. She taught English at both the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University while reading two or more novels per week. She was book club leader at the Germantown Library for years, a member of the Germantown Woman’s Club, a member of the Southwind Garden Club and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She loved Destin, Florida where she and her husband lived for several years. She also loved traveling the world and her country of birth, all the while keeping a journal of events and feelings. Her hobby was playing bridge with her friends. Her passion was literature. The family will receive friends and love ones from 5 pm to 8 pm on Monday, May 19th at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery.
Prior to her death, Sue Scull was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1954 page.


Harold Segal ('71)) [posted January 1, 2007] From The Commercial Appeal, June 8, 2006:

Harold Alan Segal, 53, of Houston, TX, died Monday, June 6, 2006, at his home. Services will be at 9 a.m., Thursday, June 8 at the Sam Abraham Chapel in Baron Hirsch Cemetery. He is survived by his mother, a sister and two nieces. In lieu of flowers, the family request any memorials be made to the Baron Hirsch Synagogue or a charity of the donor's choice.


Andy Settles (Faculty) [posted September 24, 2001] From The Commercial Appeal, September 23, 2001:

ANDREW SETTLES, 77, of Memphis, retired coach, educator and insurance agent, died of heart failure Sunday [September 23, 2001] at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday [September 25, 2001] at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, where he was a administrative boards member and Sunday school teacher, with burial in Shiloh Cemetery in Covington, Tenn. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. He was teacher, coach and principal for Messick High School, McKenzie High School, East High School and Rhodes College; teacher for the Methodist Youth; World War II Navy veteran; a member of the University of Memphis Football Hall of Fame; was past president of the University of Memphis National Alumni Association and the M Club; and a volunteer for the Child Advocacy Support Agency. Mr. Settles, the husband of Jeanne Dobson Settles, also leaves two sons, Thomas Edward Settles of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Anthony Dobson Settles of Lakeland; a sister, Sally McConkey of Collierville, and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to the University of Memphis Andrew Settles Scholarship Fund.

The following appeared in The Commercial Appeal September 25, 2001:

Teacher, coach Andrew Settles touched many lives
By Chris Conley

      Andrew Settles changed the lives of thousands for the good as a teacher, coach and businessman.
      Mr. Settles, retired coach and insurance agent, died Sunday of heart failure at Saint Francis Hospital. He was 77.
      "He was a people person, and there are many whose lives he touched," said son Anthony Settles.
      "He was honest to a fault, and would always do the right thing."
      A star tight end on the football team at what was then Memphis State College, Mr. Settles was recruited by coach Ralph Hatley, who saw him working construction.
      At Memphis State, Mr. Settles earned undergraduate and master's degrees in education.
      Later, he coached in Memphis and Paris, Tenn., high schools and helped develop several football players who became professionals.
      Many of those athletes later relied on Mr. Settles for financial advice, his son said.
      Mr. Settles served as vice principal at East High School, and, as coach, developed a strong football program in the early 1960s, his son said.
      Besides East, he taught and coached at Messick High School and Southwestern at Memphis (now Rhodes College), and was active in Methodist Youth Fellowship.
      Mr. Settles was a World War II Navy veteran, serving on an aircraft carrier in the South Pacific at the Battle of Midway.
      He was a member of the University of Memphis Football Hall of Fame, president of the University of Memphis National Alumni Association and the M Club and a volunteer for Child Advocacy Support Agency.
      Mr. Settles, the husband of Jeanne Dobson Settles, also leaves two sons, Thomas Edward Settles of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Anthony Dobson Settles of Lakeland; a sister, Sally McConkey of Collierville, and three grandchildren.
       Services will be at 10 a.m. today [September 25, 2001]at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, where he was an administrative boards member and Sunday school teacher, with burial in Shiloh Cemetery in Covington. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. The family requests that memorials be sent to the University of Memphis Andrew Settles Scholarship Fund.

Andy Settles was a teacher and coach at East 1959-62, including head football coach.


Elizabeth Ann Sexton (associated with the Class of '57) [posted January 7, 2012] From The Commercial Appeal, December 28, 2011.

Elizabeth A. Styers, 72, member of First Baptist Church in Paris, passed away December 26, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband George Styers; son, Roland Styers; parents T.W. and Joy Sexton; and brother, Steve Sexton. Elizabeth is survived by two nephews, Tommy Sexton, Lee Ragsdale; and many cousins. The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 29, from 1 p.m. until service at 2 p.m. at Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens on Germantown Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Memphis. Online condolences may be expressed at www.memphisfuneralhome.net


Betty Shannon (Faculty) [posted April 21, 2006] From The Commercial Appeal, October 20, 1993:

ELIZABETH CANADA SHANNON, 77, of Memphis, retired Memphis City Schools teacher, died Tuesday [October 19, 1993] at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday [October 21, 1993] at Memphis Funeral Home Union Chapel with burial in Highland Cemetery in Greenfield, Tenn. She was a member of Berclair Church of Christ. Mrs. Shannon, the wife of Earl Shannon, also leaves two sons, Jack C. Shannon and Robert R. Shannon, and a sister, Virginia C. Lee, all of Memphis, and four grandchildren.


John B. "Sonny Boy" Shelby (Faculty) [posted November 21, 2006] From The Commercial Appeal, November 21, 2006:

JOHN B. "Sonny Boy" SHELBY, 83, of Memphis, retired teacher and coach for Humes, East, Kingsbury, and Woodale High Schools, died November 19, 2006 at home from Alzheimer's Disease. Services will be at Memphis Funeral Home, Wednesday at 2 p.m. with burial in Elmwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday night at the funeral home. He was a member of LaBelle Haven Baptist Church. Shelby was a member of Al Chymia Shrine Temple and a 50+ year member of the Summer Masonic Lodge as well as a WWII veteran. He was a well known local piano player that many remember from Shakey's Pizza Parlor and many other venues. Mr. "Sonny" Shelby graduated from Humes High in '42 and Ole Miss in '48 where he was a standout football player and Golden Gloves Champion boxer for which he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Mr. Shelby is survived by his wife of 60 years, Cynthia Thorne Shelby; two daughters, Jeri Benjamin of Millington and Bonnie Everly of Collierville; a sister, Mary Ruth of Cordova; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Coach Shelby served at East 1952-1955.


Terry Shepherd ('65) [posted June 21, 2009] From The Commercial Appeal, June 21, 2009:

Gladys Terry Shepherd, 63 years old, of Memphis, TN, died suddenly on May 26, 2009, in Memphis of natural causes. Born February 16, 1946, in Memphis, Terry was the daughter of Patty Shobe Shepherd Micci, of Memphis, and the late William J. Shepherd, of Cumming, Georgia. Throughout her life, Terry was extremely close to her maternal grandmother, the late Mrs. Gladys "Tommy" Shobe of Memphis who, as a child, was known as a tomboy. In the tradition of her grandmother's athleticism, Terry water skied and played on championship basketball and softball teams as a youngster. She was a really good softball player except one time, while chasing a fly ball, the sun got in her eyes and the ball hit her nose and broke it. Mrs. Shobe brought music into Terry's life. As a wonderful and precocious child she would sit bright-eyed in grandmother's lap at the piano and sing "Jesus Loves Me." Terry enjoyed playing guitar, as do her younger sister and brother. At times, the trio joyfully strummed guitars and sang together. Terry graduated from East High School after which her desire to help others motivated her to become a licensed practical nurse. She provided care in Memphis institutions for some twenty years until she suffered a disabling knee injury. Terry then completed a course of accounting studies at Southwest Tennessee Community College. For the last few years Terry lived at Heritage Place Retirement Community where she enjoyed playing bridge, assembling jigsaw puzzles, needle pointing and zooming around the corridors on her electric scooter. Terry is survived by her mother, Patty Shobe Shepherd Micci, of Memphis, TN; a sister, Cybill Shepherd ['68], of Encino, CA; a brother, William Shepherd ['71], of Memphis, TN; a half sister, Catherine Shepherd Muse, of Senoia, GA; three nieces, Clementine Ford and Ariel Shepherd-Oppenheim, of Encino, CA, and Rebekah Shepherd, of Denham Springs, LA; a nephew, Zack Shepherd-Oppenheim of Encino, CA; a longtime companion, Shirley Cook of Memphis, TN; and the devoted and trusted friend, Don Morgan, of Memphis, TN. The cold wind in the winter, The pleasant summer sun, The ripe fruits in the garden, He made them every one. All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful: The Lord God made them all. C. F. Alexander Terry was laid to rest after a private ceremony on Sunday, May 31, 2009, at Memorial Park Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Timothy M. Meadows, M.Div., of Holy Trinity United Church of Christ, 685 S. Highland, Memphis, TN 38111, where Terry was a member. The family gratefully suggests that memorials be sent to that organization.


Debbie Sherman ('71) [posted February 5, 2009] From The Tennessean, January 18, 2009:

PITTS, Debbie Sherman A woman of abiding joy, profound faith, self-giving love, and beautiful creativity, Debbie has brought near the fragrance of God's love to everyone whom she has encountered. Even in her long, valiant battles with health, Debbie has constantly opened her life to others' sorrows and joys. The vast number of individuals who have attested to Debbie's enduring impact on their lives demonstrates her uncommonly kind and giving heart. Debbie has been a rock and a refuge for all who have had the joy of being in relationship with her, because she herself has rested on the Lord as her Rock and her Refuge. In addition to being an unparalleled wife, mother, and friend, Debbie is remembered as an artist whose talent she has shared freely with so many. Her loving and faithful husband Hampton [Pitts ('68)] of over 35 years, and their beautiful daughter, Keely carry on Debbie's legacy of grace, generosity, and kindness. She will be deeply missed by them, her son-in-law, Joshua, her granddaughter, Salem, Hampton's mother LaDawn, her loving and devoted sisters, Sheron [Sherman ('69)] and Alice [Sherman ('73)] and their husbands, Peter and David, her niece, Jennifer and her husband Cary, and their children, Elijah and Sophie, nephews, Cain and Dustin, her steadfast friend and nurse, Nancy, and the multitude of other friends in her life. To commemorate Debbie's 56 years of life on earth some may wish to send flowers, while others would prefer to make a donation in her honor- Debbie would be delighted by either. Donations may be made to First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville, Brentwood Academy, or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A celebration of Debbie's life will be held Monday, January 19th at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Downtown, Nashville. Visitation on Sunday, January 18th from 2-4 p.m. at the church and one hour prior to the service. For addtional information contact WOODLAWN ROESCH-PATTON FUNERAL HOME, 615-383-4754.
Mrs. Debbie Sherman Pitts died January 16, 2009.

Debbie was "Miss East High" in 1971.

You may read comments, see photos, and hear excerpts of the memorial service at http://amazingdebs.blogspot.com/. Please note that one of the blog entries allows one to click on a photo to see a slide show with dozens of photos of Debbie, Hamp, and family.


Melvyn Shindler ('57) [posted February 16, 2007] From The Commercial Appeal, April 24, 2002:

MELVYN SHINDLER, 63, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., formerly of Memphis, retired credit manager from Leland Parts Inc., died Monday at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Episcopal Church with burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. He was a Vietnam War veteran and member of Murfreesboro Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Motor Equipment Manufacturers Association. Mr. Shindler, the husband of Elizabeth Taylor Shindler, also leaves a daughter, Katherine Shindler Davini of Madison, Miss.; a sister, Mildred S. Kaplan of West Palm Beach, Fla., and a brother, Burton A. Shindler ['56] of Germantown. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or a charity of the donor's choice.


Ester Mae Dudley Shumaker (Staff) [posted January 6, 2007:
ESTHER MAE DUDLEY SHUMAKER MCNAUGHTON (1918-1963)
      Esther Mae Dudley was born on March 29, 1918. In December of 1925, Esther Mae was burned during a tragic Christmas morning accident. She spent a year in Methodist Hospital in Memphis recovering from her burns. In 1930, her family moved to Virginia to live near their grandparents. Esther Mae attended Morrison High School in Newport News, Virginia. She played basketball and softball, ran track, participated in musical events, and worked in the principal's office.
      After graduation in 1934, Esther Mae entered nurses training at Baptist Hospital in Memphis where she became known as "Dudley," a name she used for the rest of her life. In 1937 she met and married Joseph Albert Shumaker and in 1938, their daughter, Bobbye Jo, was born. While her husband was in the military during World War II, Dudley polished periscope lenses for Binswanger and Company. After the war, she worked as secretary for the Veteran's Administration at a school for returning veterans. In 1949, Dudley was hired at the newly opened East High School on Poplar Avenue as executive secretary, a position she held until 1956.
      In 1956, the Shumakers divorced and Dudley moved to Newport News, Virginia. She worked at Port Eustis, an army base near Williarnsburg, Virginia. In 1958 she married "Mac" McNaughton and in following years the family relocated several times: Oklahoma, Long Island, North Carolina, and Virginia. In 1961, Dudley had a son, Patrick Sean. While on a camping trip in New England in August, 1963, Dudley suffered a stroke and died in Bar Harbor, Maine. She is buried in the family plot in Newport News, Virginia.


The East High Alumni Page would like to post a published obituary. If you can supply one, please contact us at editor@EastHigh.org.


Robert Shropshire ('51) [posted January 26, 2004] From The Commercial Appeal, September 5, 2003:

ROBERT LEE SHROPSHIRE, 72, of Lakeland, retired owner of Innway Inc., died Wednesday [September 3, 2003] at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday [September 8, 2003] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with burial in Memorial Park. Mr. Shropshire, the husband of Bonnie Shropshire for 25 years, also leaves two daughters, Lindy Binette of Manchester, N.H., and Phyllis Smith of Ripley, Tenn.; four sons, Michael Shropshire of Manchester, Robert Lovelace Jr. of Memphis and Ricky Lovelace and Lee Shropshire, both of Lakeland; two brothers, Harvey Shropshire of Collierville and Perry Shropshire of Memphis, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Victor Darrell Simpson (Faculty) [posted December 7, 2002] From The Commercial Appeal, December 7, 2002:

VICTOR DARRELL SIMPSON, 49, of Memphis, teacher, girls' track coach and senior boys' basketball scorekeeper and statistician at East High School, died Wednesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Early Grove Baptist Church with burial at 11 a.m. Monday in Calvary. Harrison's Funeral Home Orange Mound Chapel has charge. He was a graduate of Texas College in Tyler and was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, the Memphis Education Association, the Tennessee Education Association, the National Education Association and the Memphis Organization of Science Teachers. He leaves his mother, Cercelia Fortson Simpson; two sisters, Debra Lynn Simpson and Carolyn Lashell Simpson, and two brothers, Telous Leo Simpson Jr. and Paul Simpson, all of Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. December 7, 2002, at Early Grove Baptist Church, Memphis, with burial at 11 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2002, in Calvary cemetery, Memphis.


Glenn Sipe ('58) [posted March 26, 2009] From The Commercial Appeal, March 26, 2009:

GLENN EDEN SIPE, 68 years of age, died 24 March, 2009 in his home at 1958 Kirby Road, Memphis, TN 38119, after a long illness. Glenn was born to his parents George William Sipe and Elizabeth Kearney Sipe on 26 November 1940 in Memphis, TN. A graduate of East High School and Memphis State University, Glenn retired from Mutual of New York as field underwriter and a lifetime qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table. Throughout his rebuilding a wide variety of Italian and European cars set him on a path that would eventually make him known as an authority in the car world for his in-depth knowledge, ability to find rare, hard to find cars, and or manufacture of hard to find parts. Glenn also continued his passion through racing antique cars in the Southeast Vintage Racing Association. As Glenn's health diminished, he lost the ability to enjoy these passions in life. Though limited physically in his final years, he continued to share his spirit with friends and others in the industry through friendship, advice and consult. Glenn was a member of The British Car Club, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and a frequent charitable giver to St. Jude, IRIS, and the Fraternal Order of Police. Predeceased by his wife, Anita Anne Sipe, 6 September 2001, and his brother William E. Sipe, Glenn Sipe is survived by his sons, Kevin Kearney Sipe and William Christopher Sipe. He is also survived by daughter-in-law Jennifer Sipe , and two wonderful grandchildren Brandon and Aiden, nephew Larry Johnson. Glenn unfortunately passed before the birth of his third grandchild, Madaline. Visitations will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on 26 March 2009 at Memorial Park 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN and a second visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m., 30 March at Second Presbyterian Church located at 4055 Poplar Ave Memphis, TN with the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. A reception for friends and family will be at the residence following the service.
Visitations: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2009 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis. A second visitation is 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2009 at Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 30, 2009 at Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis.
Reception: a reception for family and friends will be held after the funeral service at Mr. Sipe's home, 1958 Kirby Road, Memphis, TN 38119.


Crystal Loray Smith-Wiggins ('91)

CRYSTAL LORAY SMITH-WIGGINS, 26, of 3150 Lamphier, cafeteria worker for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, died of lupus Friday [November 13, 1998] at Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday [November 17, 1998] in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home has charge. She was a graduate of East High School. She leaves two daughters, Jasmine L. Parker and Jericka L. Wiggins; four brothers, Brian A. Wilson, Kirk L. Wilson, Gary T. Wilson and Edward L. Tucker, and her mother and stepfather, Geraldine Wilson and James A. Wilson, all of Memphis, and her grandmother, Arress Lee Smith of Brownsville, Tenn.


Countress Lashundra Smith ('01) [posted April 7, 2004] From The Commercial Appeal, April 7, 2004:

COUNTRESS LaSHUNDRA SMITH, 21, of Memphis, student, died Saturday [April 3, 2004] at Methodist Healthcare-University Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday [April 10, 2004] at Gospel Temple Church with burial in New Park Cemetery. V. H. Bins & Son Mid-South Funeral Home has charge. She was a graduate of East High School and attended Tennessee State University and LeMoyne-Owen College. She leaves a son, Courtney DeShun Smith, and her mother, Countiss Denise Walker, both of Memphis; her father, Darren DeWayne Smith of Atlanta, and her grandparents, Clyde Walker and Barbara Tate, both of Memphis.
Visitation: 4-7 p.m., Friday, April 9, 2004, at V.H. Bins & Son Mid-South Funeral Home.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2004, at Gospel Temple Church, Memphis.


Janice Smith ('62) [posted May 24, 2001] From The Commercial Appeal, January 15, 1998:

JANICE SMITH WESTBROOK, 53, of Germantown, registered nurse and homemaker, died of cancer Wednesday [Jan. 14,1998] at her home. Services will be at 2 p.m. today [January 15, 2001] at Independent Presbyterian Church, where she was a member, with burial in Bartlett-Ellendale Cemetery. Family Funeral Care has charge. She was the incoming president of the Baptist School of Nursing Alumni and a member of MIFA. Mrs. Westbrook, the wife of James L. Westbrook, also leaves a daughter, Blair Ann Westbrook, and two sons, Brandon Lee Westbrook and Brent Allen Westbrook, all of Germantown; her mother, Bessie Smith of Memphis; a sister, Betty Johnson of Eads, and a brother, Jack Smith of Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.


Walter Lane Smith (class association undetermined) [posted June 15, 2005] From The Commercial Appeal, June 15, 2005:

Actor brought touch of home to role
Memphis born Smith found stage, screen notoriety
By John Beifuss
June 15, 2005

     "Great shades of Elvis!" newspaper editor Perry White used to exclaim during the ABC-TV series "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman."
      The Elvis reference was Memphis-born actor Lane Smith's winking tribute to his hometown. Smith, who played the editor of The Daily Planet for the four-year run of the 1990s series, died Monday [June 13, 2005] at his home in Los Angeles after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 69.
      Smith, an East High School graduate [see note below], was one of the most respected, honored and successful stage and screen actors to come out of Memphis.
      He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1990 for his portrayal of Richard Nixon in the TV miniseries "The Final Days."
      He received a New York Drama Desk Award for his role in the original Broadway production of David Mamet's "Glengarry Glen Ross" in 1984.
      He was Randle Patrick McMurphy -- the rebellious character made famous onscreen by Jack Nicholson -- in 650 Off-Broadway performances of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."
      "I saw 'Cuckoo's Nest' when I was 18, and I can still remember it like it was yesterday," said Smith's cousin, Jay Johnston of Los Angeles. "I saw 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' on Broadway two weeks ago, and I can't remember any of it. That's how good an actor Lane was."
      After a few years of college in North Carolina and Pittsburgh and a stint in the Navy, Smith moved to New York in the late 1950s to pursue acting.
      He studied under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, and remained a devotee of the "method" acting style that also inspired Marlon Brando and Dustin Hoffman.
      On stage, Smith worked with such important figures as director Joseph Papp and writer Norman Mailer. He played gangster Duke Mantee (a role originated by Humphrey Bogart) in a Broadway revival of "The Petrified Forest."
      Smith's film career began in the early 1970s. He earned character roles in many popular and important movies, including "Rooster Cogburn," "Network," "Frances," "Places in the Heart," "My Cousin Vinny," "The Mighty Ducks" and "The Legend of Bagger Vance."
      He guest-starred on many of the key series of the 1970s and '80s, including "Kojak," "Dallas," "The Rockford Files" and "Murder, She Wrote," and he provided voices in recent years for "King of the Hill."
      He had a lead role in the 1998 Tom Hanks-produced miniseries "From the Earth to the Moon," and appeared with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott in a 1998 TV version of "Inherit the Wind," inspired by the 1925 "Scopes Monkey Trial" in Dayton, Tenn.
      Smith's Elvis references during the shooting of "Lois and Clark" eventually got him reprimanded, Smith told The Commercial Appeal in 1994.
      "I'll tell you, everywhere I go people love that Elvis stuff," Smith said. "Everybody thinks it makes the character more real." But ABC executives worried the Elvis emphasis made the character seem less credible as a hard-nosed journalist.
      Smith is survived by his son, Robertson Smith, and wife, Debbie Smith, both of Los Angeles. The family plans a private memorial service.

[Editor's note: The Commercial Appeal, in its June 15, 2005, edition, reports Mr. Lane as being an East High School graduate. Instead, it is believed Lane Smith transferred to Leelanau School in Michigan at age 14 and was graduated from it.

If any former East classmates of Mr. Smith or others can provide information about Mr. Smith's possible attendance at East and class association, please contact us at editor@EastHigh.org.]


Mike Sneed('96) [posted April 18, 2006] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 24, 2000.

MIKE THEEART SNEED, 21, of 2036 Pomona, student at the University of Memphis, died of heart failure Wednesday [February 23, 2000] at Methodist Hospital. R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home has charge. He was a member of Cummings Street Baptist Church. He leaves his parents, Cynthia Anderson Sneed and Michael Sneed; a sister, Rebecca Sneed; a brother, Ethan Charles Johnson Jr., and his grandparents, Alice Sneed and William R. Anderson, all of Memphis.


Neville Smith (66) [posted May 8, 2011] From The Commercial Appeal, May 8, 2011:

Neville F. Smith, Jr., 63, CPA, of Bartlett, TN, passed away May 2, 2011. He was a graduate of the University of Memphis, a Gideon and also a member of First Assembly of God Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Neville and Louise Smith. He is survived by his wife of three wonderful years, Ruth Ann Radke Smith; brother, Randy Smith (Karon); and numerous cousins. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, May 9, and funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 10, both at Family Funeral Care in Memphis. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to First Assembly of God Church or Gideons International.
Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2011, Family Funeral Care, Memphis
Funeral services: 11 a.m Tuesday, May 10, 2011, Family Funeral Care, Memphis


Joel P. Snider (Faculty) [posted April 21, 2006] From The Commercial Appeal, July 31, 1964:

Wreck kills J. P. Snider, East High's Only Principal
    Joel P. Snider of 1058 Peabody, longtime Memphis educator and the first and only principal of East High School, died at Campbell Clinic and Hospital at 7:40 last night from injuries received in a car-truck crash near Savannah, Tenn. about 3:30 p.m. He was 60.
    Mr. Snider's car collided with a pickup truck eight miles west of Savannah on a rain slick highway.
    He was taken to Hardin County General Hospital for emergency treatment then moved to Campbell Clinic in Memphis where he died.
    State Troopers said Mr. Snider's car collided on a curve with the truck driven by Franklin Perry Hill, 38, of Olive Hill, Tenn. Mr. Hill was treated at Savannah Clinic for minor injuries.
    No charges were filed pending further investigation.
    Born in Hampton Roads, Va., Mr. Snider was educated at the University of Virginia where he received his bachelor's and master's degree and was chosen to Phi Beta Kappa.
    He came to Memphis in 1926 and taught at Memphis University School until 1934. From 1934 to 1936 he taught at Tredwell Junior High School and from 1936-1939 at Humes High School.
    IN 1939 he was named principal of Leroy Pope School where he remained until 1943. From 1943-1948 he was principal at Snowden School.
    In 1948 he was named the principal of East High School when it opened. Summer classes at the school will be suspended today in Mr. Snider's memory.
    Mrs. Arthur Sessel, a member of the Board of Education whose son studied under Mr. Snider said, "I'm shocked. This is certainly a tragic loss to the community."
    "My son went to high school under him and I hold Mr. Snider in high professional regard as well as having a deep personal feeling for him. Excuse me, please, but I am shocked."
    Morgan Christian, assistant superintendent of education of the Memphis Schools, said, "J.P. Snider was one of the leading scholars of Memphis. His contribution to the youth of Memphis has been great and his absence will be sorely felt.
    Mr. Snider was a member of St. Mary's Cathedral (Episcopal).
    He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Coyle Shea Jr. of 5669 Gwynne Cove; a nephew, Lester Moody, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and six grandchildren.
    Services will be at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's Cathedral. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery with Memphis Funeral Home in charge.
Please also see the entry for Mr. Snider on our Hall of Honor page.


Joanne Spain (Faculty) [posted April 8, 2009] From The Commercial Appeal, April 8, 2009:

JOANNE SPAIN, 70, of Memphis, Tennessee died on April 6, 2009 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Surrounded by friends in life and death, she fought a courageous battle with cancer, which she handled with dignity, humor, and grace. Joanne was born on May 8, 1938, in Jackson, Tennessee to Joseph Thomas and Louise Spain. She graduated from Northside High School in Jackson, Tennessee where she starred on the basketball team. She earned her Bachelor's Degree at Lambuth College and her Master's degree from Memphis State University. Joanne's sense of humor was her hallmark. She is most noted because she touched the lives of so many in a profound way. Her wisdom and compassion made her the go-to friend with whom to share good news or to help solve problems. Although she will be sorely missed, she is loved by many and will live on in the lives of those who were touched by her love and friendship. Joanne lived a full and happy life and won many awards and recognitions. A member of Colonial Country Club, she won the Senior Women's Club Championship numerous times. She was an avid golfer and contributed to the game by serving as president of the Women's Competitions Committee for the Tennessee Golf Association. She served as a member of the board of directors for the Memphis Area Women's Golf Association and worked with girls' junior golf to instill the same love in young girls. She was elected to the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame for her accomplishments in golf. Joanne followed in her mother's footsteps and became a teacher. She taught both Vocal Music and English in Memphis City Schools at Colonial Junior High, Messick High School, Whitehaven High School, and East High School. She produced many musical productions while a music teacher at Colonial Junior High School that had students expressing their gratitude for those experiences for years after they had graduated. She touched the lives of many students who have become successful adults because of, not only her skills in teaching, but also the lasting connections that she made. As stated in her teacher evaluation, "Love bounced off the walls in her classroom." Joanne left her teaching career briefly to pursue her dream as a singer/ songwriter. She produced an album with two hit songs, Walk Softly and Elevator. She also wrote the hit song, Another Neon Night that was recorded by Grand Ole Opry star Jean Shepard. A loyal University of Memphis fan, she loved her dogs, golf and the beach. Joanne is survived by her mother, Louise Spain, of Jackson, Tennessee. Her father, Joseph Thomas Spain, predeceased her. Funeral services will be at Browns United Methodist Church at 3:00 on Thursday, April 9, 2009. Friends may visit the family beginning at twelve noon until time of the service. A memorial service will be held in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. at Memphis Botanical Gardens. "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? — every, every minute?" - Thornton Wilder, Our Town Joanne Spain did. Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home Jackson, TN
Funeral services: 3 p.m., Thursday, April 9, 2009 at Browns United Methodist Church, Jackson, TN
Memorial services: 6 p.m. Saturday, April 11, 2009 at Memphis Botanical Gardens.


Miss Spain taught vocal music and Engilish in the Memphis City Schools and taught English and Spanish at East in 1988 and 1989.


A newspaper article was also published upon Miss Spain's death. See the April 8, 2009, issue of The Commercial Appeal.


Earl P. Spiller (Faculty/Staff) [posted April 21, 2006] From The Commercial Appeal, June 25, 1976:

    Earl P. Spiller, 79, of 1379 Isabelle, retired custodian for the Memphis Board of Education, died Wednesday [June 23, 1976] night at Baptist Hospital.
    Services will be at 2 p.m. today [June 25, 1976] at Cosmopolitan Funeral Home with burial in National Cemetery.
    He leaves his wife, Mrs. Roberta Spiller, three daughters, Mrs. JoAnn Pfeiffer of Decatur, Ill., and Mrs. Betty Lou Joyner and Mrs. Josephine Craig, both of Memphis, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Please also see our entry on Mr. Spiller on our Hall of Honor page.


Lacey Drane Stahl (Faculty) [posted June 19, 2012] From The Commercial Appeal, June 19, 2012:

Lacey Irene Drane Stahl, 82, passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Runk and Pratt Assisted Living Facility at Smith Mountain Lake, VA. She was born on November 12, 1929 in Canton, MS to the late Walter Earl Drane and Ruby Belle Waller Drane. She was preceded in death by a sister, Nannie Earl Drane, and a brother, Frederick William Drane. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Melvin, of Moneta; two daughters, Victoria Irene Stahl Millar and her husband, Richard of Lake Ridge, VA and Deborah Lee Stahl Hasty and her husband, Jim of Annapolis, MD; and two grandchildren, Melanie Irene Millar of Atlanta, GA and Richard Holmes Millar, Jr. of Richmond, VA. Lacey grew up in rural northern Louisiana with 11 brothers and sisters during the Great Depression and WWII. She graduated from the University of Memphis where she was May Queen and a member of “Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities” and Sigma Kappa Sorority. She was a teacher with the Memphis City School system for 18 years, was an avid reader and gardener, and became an award-winning quilter following her retirement. In addition, she was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society of Colonial Dames in America and a communicant of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The family would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Runk and Pratt Assisted Living Facility and Carilion Clinic Hospice for their care during her recent illness. A visitation will be held Wednesday, June 20, from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery in Memphis, TN. A funeral service will take place at the same location on Thursday, June 21 at 11 a.m. with Father James J. Martell officiating. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com

Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.

Miss Drane was teaching at East by the 1950-51 school year and continued through 1954. She married during her tenure at East and then was known as Mrs. Stahl. She taught a variety of subjects in junior high, including spelling, social studies, and mathematics.


Phil Stephens ('62) William Phillip Stephens Jr. 54, of Memphis, employee for Kroger Grocery, died of heart failure Friday ( March 5, 1999 ) in Memphis. Services were at 10 am Tuesday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memorial Park. He was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church. Mr. Stephens, the husband of Lynda Daugs Stephens, also leaves a daughter, Carla D. Stephens of Dallas ; his mother, Lee Wagner Stephens of Memphis; two sisters, Sandy Truman of Florida and Debby Stovall of Memphis, and two brothers, Michael D. Stephens and Richard L. Stephens, both of Memphis. (Source: Commercial Appeal)
Phil will be greatly missed by all who knew him and loved him. His two brothers and a sister are listed on the alumni page:
Michael Stephens ('64), Ricky Stephens ('68), and Sandy Stephens ('71).


Marilyn Stevens ('57) [posted June 7, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, May 20, 1991.

MRS. MARILYN BLACK LEWIS, 51 of Memphis, human resources department employee for Diesel ReCon Co., died Sunday morning [May 19, 1991] at Baptist Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday [May 21, 1991] at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memory Hill Gardens Cemetery. She was a longtime member of Lindenwood Christian Church on Union, Alpha Delta Pi sorority, the Duration Club, the Christian Women's Fellowship and the Scenic Hills Women's Association. Mrs. Lewis, the wife of Donald Lewis, also leaves three daughters, Mrs. Patricia Ferrer, Mrs. Diana Steorts and Mrs. Lisa Deason; a son, Steve Black, and a sister, Mrs. Sandra Stevens, all of Memphis, and a granddaughter. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Lindenwood Christian Church recreation or music fund.


Chris `Mack' Edward Stevenson ('82) [updated March 21, 2000] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 16, 2000.

CHRIS `MACK' EDWARD STEVENSON, 36, of Memphis, construction worker, died of cancer Monday [March 13, 2000] at his home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday [March 18, 2000] at Princeton Avenue Full Gospel Church with burial in Galilee Memorial Gardens. N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home has charge. He was a 1982 graduate of East High School. Mr. Stevenson leaves a daughter, Anquinette S. Nicole Stevenson; three sons, Shaquille Edward Stevenson, Chris E. Hughes and Fredrick Mason; his parents, Annie and Charles Jordan; a sister, Sharon D. Martin, and two brothers, Charles Jordan Jr. and Marlon J. Jordan.


Elsie Stone (Faculty) [posted April 21, 2006]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, August 24, 1990.

UNION CITY - Miss Elsie M. Stone, 89, retired teacher, died Wednesday afternoon [August 22, 1990] at Heritage Health Care Center in Venice, Fla. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday [August 25, 1990] at Eastview Cemetery. White-Ranson Funeral Home has charge. She leaves three sisters, Mrs. Jessie Hester of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Mrs. Anne Hooper of Jackson and Mrs. Bernice Turner of Venice, Fla., and a brother, Ed Lee Stone of Union City.


Scot Storer (associated with the Class of '71) [posted October 3, 2009]- From Peninsula Daily News, Port Angeles, Washington, September 27, 2009.

    John "Scot" Storer, aka "The Rock and Roll Doctah," left us on September 3, 2009, to make music in the sky at the age of 55.     Scot was born in Seattle on September 11, 1953. When Scot was about 2 years old, his family moved to Memphis, where he lived until he was 16.     The family moved to Connecticut, and Scot finished high school at Hopkins Grammar School, where he was kicker on the football team.     Upon graduating from Hopkins, Scot continued his education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville before deciding to take his band on the road.     After a couple of years of being on the road with his band, Scot spent time in Connecticut and New York.     In the late 1970s, Scot moved to Hollywood, California, where he worked in many music studios as a Technical Engineer -- Motown being the most well-known.     In 1983, Scot moved back to Washington and spent a few years in Seattle before settling down on the Peninsula in 1996. Scot considered the Peninsula to be his real home.     In 2004, Scot met and married the love of his life, Elena.     Scot was a consummate fisherman who also loved to work in the beautiful gardens he resurrected out of a piece of swamp land he purchased.     Scot was a talented musician who could play just about any instrument he picked up. He not only loved playing music with many of the local players, but enjoyed troubleshooting and fixing their equipment.     Scot started his own recording studio and label called Eagle Tree Productions.     Scot will be deeply missed by all who knew him for his sharp quick wit, his storytelling and genuinely dry and funny sense of humor.     Scot's compassion and love for people and critters made him so unique, he referred to his home as "Scotty's Home for Wayward Critters" (and people, too).     He had a deep intelligence for quantum physics and history. Scot loved and respected his family, and he especially enjoyed the nights around the fire pit where he would play his guitar and sing with them.     His father Edward Storer, M.D., is deceased.     Scot is survived by his beloved wife, Elena; mother Dorothy Storer of Seattle; his sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Richard Clark, of Silver Spring, Maryland; his brother and sister-in-law, Edward [Storer '68) and Olivia Storer, of Seattle; his nephew, Edward Clark, and his niece, Katharine Clark; his five cats and his iguana.     There will be a private family memorial at a later date.     It was Scot's wishes if anyone wanted to make a memorial donation it be made to the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society, 2105 W. Highway 101, Port Angeles, WA 98363; 360-457-8206 or www.cchumane.com.


Scott Strauch (associated with the Class of '70) [posted July 15, 2012]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, July 15, 2012.

Scott E. Strauch, 60, passed away peacefully at home in St. Petersburg, FL from natural causes. Scott was born in Memphis TN, the son of Merle and Jane Strauch. Scott attended Presbyterian Day School and East High School in Memphis, Webb School, Bell Buckle TN and then graduating in 1971 from Columbia Military School, Columbia TN. Scott held the rank of Master Sergeant and was 1st Platoon Leader in Company A. He was on the Gold Star Drill Team and Commander of the Color Guard. Scott was ranked 2nd on the CMA Tennis Team and was active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. All this and he still maintained a scholarship rating on the Headmaster's list. Scott attended Memphis State University and Monterey Peninsula College majoring in Business Administration. He was excellent in sales, working as an Account Executive with Mutual Benefit Life Insurance and was proud of being Top Salesman at several auto dealerships. Scott was a Specialist Four in the US Army based in Ft Bragg, NC where his decorations and awards were Marksman, Sharpshooter, Parachutist Badge, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal. In California, Scott worked in many restaurants and was in management with The Lobster Grotto and The Carmel Wine Cellar Restaurant. Later, he worked with his Mom at Patrick's Consignment Store in Pacific Grove where a customer that was working with Scott on an armoire purchase commented on his “twinkling blue eyes” and his “flagpole straight posture”(very much like his Dad!). Scott loved animals, fishing, sports cars, coastal towns, studying vocabulary words, and reading the Bible. He approached all of his life with a strong desire to be the best and was a gentle soul with a passion for sharing God's word from the Bible. Scott is survived by his mother, Jane Strauch, Monterey CA, his 4 sisters, Valerie (Chuck) Miller, Greenville SC, Carole (Ben) Heinrich, Carmel Valley CA, Pam [Strauch, associated with the Class of '68] (Gene) French, Naples FL and Stacy Strauch [associated with the Class of '71] Dubree, Carmel Valley, 6 nephews, 1 niece and many grand nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his father, Merle Strauch in 1998. A Celebration of his life is planned for July 28 at 3 p.m. at Carmel Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations in honor of Scott to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1884, Monterey CA 93942 or Interim, P.O. Box 3222, Monterey CA 93942. Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 15, 2012

Memorial service: 3 p.m. July 28, 2012, Carmel Presbyterian Church, Carmel, California.

According to The Carmel Pine Cone, Scott Strauch died June 26, 2012.


Tucker Stroupe (associated with the Class of '53) [posted April 24, 2008]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, September 24, 2003.

RICHARD T. STROUPE, 68, of Bartlett, former Brodnax employee and retired from McKinsey's Jewelry, died Sunday at the Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel with burial in Memory Hill Gardens. He was a Navy veteran, a member of Bellevue Baptist Church and the owner of Classic Image Salon. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.


David Lee Sullivan ('65) [posted August 26, 2012]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, August 25, 2012.

David Lee Sullivan, 65, beloved husband and father, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 24, 2012. David leaves his loving wife of 42 years, Patricia, their son Patrick and many loving friends. He was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church and lifelong Memphian. He graduated from East High School and went on to graduate from the University of Memphis. David received his graduate degree from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy. He was a pharmacist for many years throughout Memphis. David loved playing and listening to music; he also enjoyed fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents Elmer and Margaret Sullivan. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m., on Sunday, August 26, 2012, at Family Funeral Care. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., on Monday, August 27, 2012, at the same location. Family Funeral Care (901)761-8000 www.familyfuneralmemphis.com
Visitation: 4-6 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2012, Family Funeral Care, Memphis.
Funeral services: 2 p.m. Monday, August 27, 2012, Family Funeral Care, Memphis.

Prior to his death, David Sullivan was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1965 page.


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Beverly Taggart ('55) [posted August 22, 2013]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, June 23, 2013.

Beverly A. Duane, 76, passed away, Friday, June 21, 2013, surrounded by her family. She was a devoted wife, most loving Mother, and precious friend to all who knew her. Beverly was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Patrick E. Duane, parents, Leonel T. and Anna L. Taggart and brother, Thomas T. Taggart ['54]. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Sharon Duane of Tampa, FL; son, Mark Duane of Memphis, TN; daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Russell Caldwell of Memphis, TN and three grandsons, Clayton Duane of Charleston, SC and Duane and Dylan Caldwell of Memphis, TN. She also leaves a host of brother and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was a lifetime member of Bellevue Baptist Church. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m., Sunday prior to services at 2 p.m. Both at: Forest Hill Funeral Home Midtown, 901-775-0310.
Services were held June 23, 2013.
It appears her brother, Tommy Taggart ('54) died December 10, 2000. His obituary will likely be posted soon.


Diane Talbert ('62) [posted September 10, 2012]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 7, 1994.

DIANE HUDSON TALBERT, 53, of Memphis, died of heart disease Wednesday [October 5, 1994] at Baptist Memorial Hospital East. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Memorial Park. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. She was a communicant of St. Michael Catholic Church. She leaves her father, James M. Talbert and a brother, James M. Talbert Jr., both of Memphis.


Donna Talley ('56) [posted May 23, 2004]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, May 12, 2004.

DONNA JAYNE TALLEY, 65, singer and guitarist, died May 1 [2004] at Parkway Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was a member of Independent Presbyterian Church. She leaves a caregiver, her cousin, Bill Yerian of Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice.


Carol Tashie ('58) [posted June 8, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, June 5, 2013:

Carol Tashie Marts, 72, passed away at her home in Boca Raton, FL on May 23, 2013. Born March 30, 1941 in Philadelphia, PA to the late Gus and Carmela Tashie, she is survived by her daughter, Allison Griek, her son Mike Stuart, seven grandchildren and three great-grand children. Carol's family moved from Philadelphia to Memphis in 1950 where she grew up and attended East High School and graduated from Memphis State University. She moved to Boca Raton FL in 1972 where she began her teaching career in the Florida public school system.
Carol was beloved by her family and her many friends who knew her as a compassionate and caring person, always willing to offer a helping hand to those less fortunate. She was a devoted teacher who took great care in the development of the many children under her guidance during her 35 year teaching career. Carol will be forever remembered by her family as a fun and loving daughter, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and Yia Yia. She will be greatly missed by her surviving brothers George ['56] (Cecile), Paul ['62] (Diane), Jimmy ['66] (Nancy), and
John Tashie ['70]. A service will be held for Carol in Boca Raton on June 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Church in Boca Raton, FL. Also, on June 7, from 4-6 p.m., friends and relatives will come together at Ciao Bella restaurant to celebrate the life of Carol. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations should be sent to one of Carol's favorite groups, Animal Aid 571 N.E. 44th st. Oakland Park, FL 33334. For information call 901-466-6580.


Ray Tatom (Faculty) [posted April 21, 2006]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, December 5, 1994.

BLYTHEVILLE - Ray Tatom, 68, formerly of Memphis, owner of The Dome and former art teacher for Memphis City Schools after 19 years, died Saturday [December 3, 1994] of emphysema at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Blytheville. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. today [December 5, 1994] at Dogwood Cemetery. Cobb Funeral Home has charge. A World War II Army veteran, he was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, former scout master for the Boy Scouts in Memphis, former camp director for the YMCA in Pickwick, Tenn. Mr. Tatom, the husband of Wilmah Scott Tatom, also leaves a brother, Eugene Tatom of Adamsville, Tenn.


Parrish Taylor ('63) [posted October 15, 2014] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 14, 2014:

Robert Parrish Taylor, Jr., 70, passed away on Sunday, October 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 34 years, Susan Burson Taylor, and his parents, Adelaide Taylor Wilkinson and Robert Parrish Taylor, senior. A lifelong Memphian, Mr. Taylor graduated from East High School and the University of Mississippi. He was retired from the commercial real estate division of AutoZone, Inc. in Memphis. Mr. Taylor served as president of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis and spearheaded fundraising for and construction of more than 60 homes for deserving Mid-South families. Mr. Taylor was appointed by two Episcopal bishops of the Diocese of West Tennessee to develop Westwood Manor Senior Housing with Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The project provides housing for approximately 40 low income seniors and is still in operation today. An active Episcopalian, Mr. Taylor served multiple terms on the board of Emmanuel Episcopal Center and the Vestry of Grace-St Luke's Episcopal Church, of which he was a member for nearly 40 years. He also served as Junior Warden. Beloved father, grandfather and husband, he leaves his wife, Lorraine Mitchell Taylor of Memphis and her children, Vanessa Buch (Jason Kreag) of Tucson, AZ and Jason Buch of Cape Town, South Africa; mother-in-law, Betty Mitchell of Trowbridge, U.K.; daughter, Burson Taylor Snyder (Peter) of Alexandria, VA; son, Robert Parrish Taylor III (Molly) and grandsons, Robert Parrish Taylor IV and Andrew Campbell Taylor of Memphis. Visitation will take place in Trezevant Hall at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church on Tuesday, October 14 from 5 until 7 in the evening. Funeral services, also at Grace-St. Luke's, will be Wednesday, October 15 at 10 o'clock in the morning. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be sent to Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital . Online condolences may be made at www.memphisfuneralhome.net Memphis Funeral Home 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100
Funeral services: 10 a.m. October 15, 2014, Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Memphis.


Sam Tayloe ('57) [posted August 16, 2000]

BUCHANAN (TN) - Samuel Albert Tayloe, 63, formerly of Memphis, teacher for Memphis Oral School for the Deaf [which his parents founded], died of heart failure Wednesday [August 9, 2000] at his home. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday [August 14, 2000] at Maplewood Cemetery in Paris. McEvoy Funeral Home in Paris (TN) has charge. He was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, a former race car driver and a scout leader. Mr. Tayloe, the husband of Stephanie Routon Tayloe, also leaves two sisters, Joy Shelley of Memphis and Zane Draughn of Seattle. The family requests that memorials be sent to Memphis Oral School for the Deaf or Paris First Baptist Church Deaf Ministry.


Erick Maurice Taylor ('80) [posted June 2, 2012] From The Commercial Appeal, May 31, 2012:

ERICK MAURICE TAYLOR, 50, graduate of East High School 1980, died May 28, 2012. Visitation from 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 1, and from 9-10:55 a.m., with service to follow at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 2, all at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church, 2380 Chelsea. Burial in Galilee Memorial Gardens. He leaves his mother, Alma Taylor; two sisters, Shonda Taylor Johnson and Kim Robertson; four brothers, John Taylor, Arecko Taylor, Durwin Taylor and Deverick Hannah. N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home (901)324-2116
Services were held June 1, 2012.


Gordon Taylor ('60) [posted December 18, 2004] From The Commercial Appeal, December 18, 2004:

H. Gordon Taylor, 62, of Germantown, retired from Fortune Personnel Consultants, died Thursday [December 16, 2004] at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday [December 19, 2004] at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in Memorial Park. He was a graduate of East High School and Rhodes College. Mr. Taylor, the husband of Wanda W. Taylor, also leaves a daughter, Jan Taylor Orick, and a son, Scott Taylor, both of Memphis; his mother, Margaret Gordon Taylor [Faculty] of Germantown; a sister, Annette Taylor Schneider ('55) of Memphis, and a granddaughter. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society.
Mr. Tayor was the son of Margaret Gordon Taylor (East Faculty 1955 to about 1969) and the brother of Annette Taylor ('55).
Visitation is 4:40 - 8 pm, Saturday, December 18, 2004, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel.
Funeral Services are at at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 19, 2004, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel.


Joe Taylor (Faculty) [posted March 4, 2010] From The Commercial Appeal, March 4, 2010:

Joe Allen Taylor, 79, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010 at Baptist Memorial Hospital Memphis after a prolonged illness. Mr. Taylor was a family man who enjoyed camping, fishing, jigsaw puzzles, and carving. He graduated from C.B.C., went to Memphis State and was accepted into the Navy School of Music. During the Korean War he served as percussionist on the Admiral's ship, the U.S.S. Kearsarge. On returning to Memphis, he played percussion with the Memphis Symphony, the VA Band, and several dance bands. He was band director for East High School. Later he became principal at several Memphis City Schools including Oakville, Snowden, and Kingsbury Elementary. He served at Central Church as Choir Director. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Joe Ann Corbitt Taylor, his two daughters, Dee Taylor Duett (Gary) of Cordova, and Sheri Stevens (John) of Cordova, his sister, Katherine Taylor Eley (Dr. Bill) of Cleveland, MS, a brother-in-law, Jim Corbitt of Zellwood, FL, and five grandchildren, David Berner (Miriam), Joy Berner, Leigh Berner, Andrew Stevens, and Matthew Stevens. Funeral Services will be Friday, March 5, at Memorial Park Funeral Home at 11 a.m. The family will receive friends beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Visitation: 10 a.m. Friday, March 5, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 11 a.m. Friday, March 5, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.

Mr. Taylor taught music and was band director at East High 1958-1964.


Norris Taylor ('54) [posted January 5, 2009]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, January 9, 2009.

C. Norris Taylor, age 73, died in Wichita on December 21, 2009, of cancer. A former Memphian, he graduated All-Memphis from East High in 1954, and from UT in 1958. He was married to the late Gregory Yvres Fulton, also of Memphis. He leaves one son from a subsequent marriage, Grayson Taylor of Chicago, and a brother Kenneth Taylor ['56] of 3604 Ling St, Gautier, MS 39553.
From The Wichita Eagle, Wichita, Kansas, December 28, 2009:
Taylor, Jr., C. Norris, 73, financial advisor, passed away Monday, December 21, 2009. A service of Celebration will be held 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 30, at St. James Episcopal Church. Preceded in death by parents, Claude Norris Taylor, Sr. and Jessie (Poteet) Taylor and sons, Hewitt and Bruce Taylor. Survivors: son, Grayson Elliott Taylor of Chicago, IL; brother, Kenneth Taylor ['56] (Margaret) of Gautier, MS; sister, Ann Lovell of Dallas, TX; sweetheart of 25 years, Katie Childs. Memorials may be made to the Jimmy V. Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513 and the WSU Athletic Department, 1845 N. Fairmount, Wichita, KS, 67260. Downing & Lahey Mortuary East. www.dlwichita.com


Maxine Tucker Taylor (Faculty) [posted January 11, 2005]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, January 11, 2005.

Maxine Tucker Taylor, 93, of Memphis, retired Memphis City Schools teacher, died Monday [January 10, 2005] at her home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday [January 12, 2005] at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with burial in La Grange (Tenn.) Cemetery. She was a member of Cornerstone Church and Memphis Civitan Club. Mrs. Taylor, the widow of Thomas V. Taylor, leaves a daughter, Patti Cowell ['68] of Memphis, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Cornerstone Church or Memphis Civitan Club.
Mrs. Taylor leaves a daughter, Patti Taylor ('68).
Mrs. Taylor was a teacher at East Elementary School in the 1950's and 60's.
Visitation: 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 11, 2005, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2005, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel, Memphis.


Nikki Teliatiferro ('02) [posted September 16, 2007]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, September 16, 2007.

DENISHA NICOLE "Nikki" McMILLON, 23, passed September 12, 2007 at the University of Alabama - Birmingham Hospital. She was a high school graduate of East High. Mrs. McMillon was a member of Cumming Street Baptist Church. She worked at Walgreen's Drug Store. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, LaRon C. McMillon; two children, Nicholas T. McMillon and Nikita E. McMillon of Memphis; her parents, Larry and Janice Teliatiferro of Memphis; her brother, Michael D. Teliatiferro of Memphis; hergrandparents, Mildred Bolden and Robert Teliatiferro; her Godmother, Regina Smith; a host of uncles and aunts and many friends. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 20, at R. S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home, 374 Vance Ave and Friday from 9-10:55 a.m. with funeral service following at 11 a.m. at Cumming Street Baptist Church, 240 E. Raines Rd. Burial will be in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery at 1 p.m.
Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 20, 2007, at R. S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home, Memphis, and 9-10:55 a.m. September 21, 2007, at at Cumming Street Baptist Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. September 21, 2007, at at Cumming Street Baptist Church, Memphis.


Anne Thomas ('52) [posted July 20, 2001]
Anne Ryan Thomas Haney, 67, died May 26, 2001, of heart failure at her home in Studio City, California. Mrs. Haney was born in Memphis and graduated from East High School with the Class of 1952. After high school she studied drama at the University of North Carolina. There she met and later married John Haney. She worked at a Memphis television station briefly but then devoted herself to her family being a homemaker. "I was a lovely faculty wife," she later said. She became active in local performances, then joined a touring company for a while and looked forward to moving to California with her husband after his retirement. Before that could happen, he died. So, after her daughter was grown and her husband had passed away, Anne Thomas Haney moved to California about 1980 on her own and took her acting career to higher levels. Although hers is not a household name, she became a veteran actor, appearing in a large number of movies and stage productions. Her credits include the stage production Verdigris, and such movies and television as Movie Stars, Leaving L.A., Dharma & Greg, Family Law, Chicago Hope, Cheers, Mrs. Doubtfire, The American President, Changing Habits and many others. You may find a short biography of Anne Thomas Haney at
www.tvtome.com.

If anyone has a published obituary for Anne Thomas, The East High Alumni Page would like a copy. Contact us at editor@EastHigh.org.


Richard Thomas ('72) [posted July 30, 2011]- From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, July 29, 2011.

Richard Lindsay Thomas, of Memphis, age 57, passed away on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. He was born in Memphis on August 1, 1953. He was preceded in death by his parents, James A. Thomas, Jr. and Frances Weatherall Thomas, and his brother, James A. Thomas, III. After attending East High School, the University of Tennessee, and Memphis State University, he worked in life insurance sales. He is survived by his wife, Deborah B. Thomas; one son, Richard L. (Myla) Thomas, Jr.; and one sister, Canon T. (Clay) Hall, as well as many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends Friday, July 29, from 5-7 p.m. at Canale Funeral Directors, 2700 Union Avenue Extd. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30th at First Evangelical Church, 735 Ridge Lake Blvd., with burial to follow in Elmwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Evangelical Church or MIFA.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2011, Canale Funeral Directors, Memphis.
Funeral services: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 2011, First Evangelical Church, 735 Ridge Lake Blvd., Memphis.

Prior to his death, Richard Thomas was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1972 page.


Vernice Thompson ('75) [posted February 13, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 13, 2013.

VERNICE THOMPSON, 55, Visitation, Friday, February 15, 2013 from 10-11:55 a.m. with Funeral Ceremony at 12 Noon at Harrison's Funeral Home Chapel, 2647 Carnes Ave. Interment in Galilee Memorial Gardens. Harrison's Funeral Home, Inc.
Visitation: 10-11:55 a.m. Friday, February 15,2013, Harrison's Funeral Home Chapel, Memphis.
Funeral services: noon, Friday, February 15,2013, Harrison's Funeral Home Chapel, Memphis.

Vernice Thompson's twin sister, Vernita Thompson was also in the Class of '75.


Ronnie Thornton ('71) [posted June 5, 2000] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, June 4, 2000.

RONALD WESLEY THORNTON, 48, of Memphis, former employee of Hesselbein Tire Co., died of heart failure Friday [June 2, 2000] at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday [June 6, 2000] at Family Funeral Care with burial in Memphis Memory Gardens. He was a member of Union Avenue Baptist Church. Mr. Thornton, the husband of Nancy Thornton for 28 years, also leaves a sister, Zora Sowell of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Kidney Foundation.


Warren McDonald "Mac" Thrasher ('56) [posted March 14, 2005] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 10, 2005.

Warren McDonald Thrasher, 66, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Memphis, former employee of the old Memphis Press-Scimitar and Percy Galbreath & Son, died Sunday at Tampa Veterans Administration Hospital. Cays-Ponger Funeral Home in Punta Gorda, Fla. has charge. He was a graduate of East High School and the University of Memphis. He leaves two daughters, Elizabeth Thrasher Kantor of Arlington, Va., and Anne Thrasher Lloyd of New Orleans; his father, Warren Gordon Thrasher of Punta Gorda, and two grandsons.


Julia Elizabeth Threefoot ('60) [posted December 25, 2008] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, December 25, 2008.

JULIA ELIZABETH THREEFOOT CRAIG, 66, of Germantown, passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2008 after a short illness. She was a lifetime member of Idlewild Presbyterian Church, a 1960 graduate of East high, attended Sweetbrier College in Virginia and then transferred to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She was a volunteer Candy striper at St. Francis Hospital where she helped deliver flowers to patients. She was an avid reader and was kind to everyone she ever met; a true Southern Lady. She was exceptionally well read and knowledgeable about many subjects and was a real pleasure to be with. Mrs. Craig especially enjoyed spending time at her home in Pickwick watching the abundant wildlife and was an excellent cook. Mrs. Craig, the wife of Joseph A. Craig, Jr., also leaves her step-children, Karen A. Waymire of Germantown and Joseph A. Craig, III of Sardis; step-sister, Anne B. Miller of Memphis; granddaughter, Anna K. Waymire; and 2 nephews, Kutcher B. and Collin F. Miller. She was preceded in death by her parents, Kutcher and Elizabeth Threefoot. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Friday evening, December 26 at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Ave. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 27, at the funeral home with interment to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Idlewild Presbyterian Church.
Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Friday, December 26, 2008 at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Avenue, Memphis.
Funeral Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, December 27, 2008, at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel, Memphis.


Ray Newell Thweatt (associated with the Class of '56) [posted February 4, 2008] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, July 19, 2006.

RAY NEWELL THWEATT, 69, of Bartlett, passed away June 29, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis after a long battle with lung disease. He leaves his wife, Martha Ann; daughter, Terri Safdari; son-in-law, Nick Safdari; and grandson, Nicholas Jensen III. He is also survived by his mother, Augusta Thweatt, a brother, Lonnie F. Thweatt; and two sisters, Judy [Thweatt ('65)] Bryant and Donna [Thweatt '69)] Hollaway. He also leaves his Georgetown, TX extended family, Richard, Margaret, Meghan, Austin, and Hayley White. Ray loved the Memphis State Tigers and Highland Hundred, traveling to both football and basketball games thru-out the country (1963-2002) until his health stopped him from attending games. Ray and Martha are members of New Hope Christian Church in Bartlett. A memorial service is being held at Bartlett Station Municipal Chapel (the old Bartlett Baptist Church) on Saturday July 22, 2006 at 5 p.m. The family requests any memorial contributions be madeto St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Rose Tinnin ('95) [updated February 16, 2000] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 11, 2000.

ROSALYN P. TINNIN, 22, of Memphis, University of Memphis student, died of heart failure Wednesday [Feb. 9, 2000] at Saint Francis Hospital. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday [Feb. 14, 2000] at St. John Baptist Church, where she was a Youth Choir member, with burial in O'Neal Family Cemetery. N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home has charge. She was a 1996 graduate of East High School. She leaves her mother, Q. T. Tinnin, and her grandmother, Lue W. Bentley of Kosciusko, Miss.
[Editor's note: While the obituary lists Rose Tinnin as having been a 1996 graduate of East, we have information to indicate that she was a member of the Class of 1995.]


Graydon Todd ('62) [posted May 24, 2001*] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 1, 2001:

GRAYDON TODD III, 57, of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., formerly of Memphis, actor, died of cancer [February 21, 2001] at his home. Services will be at 2 p.m. March 11 [2001] at St. John's Episcopal Church in Costa Mesa, Calif. Ferrara Colonial Mortuary in Orange, Calif., has charge. He was a member of the Screen Actor's Guild. Mr. Todd leaves two sisters, Darla Gaye Todd of Memphis and Dorothy Chiles of Charlotte, N.C., and a companion with whom he lived, David Hanson.
*Date of death corrected from newspaper obituary based on the CA GENWEB PROJECT and U.S. Social Security records. Correction posted June 5, 2001.


Deborah Tolbert ('75) [posted September 16, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, September 16, 2012:

Deborah Tolbert Woods, 55, passed away September 14, 2012. She retired from Bell South. She was a 1975 honor graduate of East High School and student at the University of Memphis. She was a member of Greater Adelaide Ministries. She was preceded in death by her parents Earl and Vearlean Tolbert. She is survived by one daughter Erica Danielle Woods, three sisters Earline Daniels, Annette Stewart, and Sandra Tolbert, one brother Earl Tolbert, Jr. and a host of aunts, nieces, nephews and friends. She was an avid Memphis Tigers fan. M.J. Edwards Funeral Home Airways (901) 327-9360


Hartwell "Hart" Higdon Toler ('52) [posted July 7, 2011] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, July 7, 2011:

Hartwell “Hart” Higdon Toler passed away July 5, 2011. He was born April 24, 1934 in Memphis, TN, the only child of H.O. and Helen Toler. He is survived by his devoted wife of 55 years, Mary Lee McBride Toler and their three children: Terry Toler Smith (John), Lisa Toler Patterson (Kevin), and Brad Toler (Lisa). He leaves seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who knew him as ‘Pop-Pop' and faithful caregiver Mildred Yates. Hart began his career as a disc jockey working in several markets including WHBQ in Memphis. He later joined his father in a cottonseed brokerage firm until his retirement. Sports were Hart's passion. He was a very loyal University of Memphis fan and an avid golfer. Later, he could always be found cheering on the sidelines at one or more of his grandchildren's many sporting events. Hart was a faithful long-time member of Germantown Presbyterian Church and enjoyed many years in the choir. He was blessed with many wonderful friends and admired for his exceptional outlook on life, solid faith in Jesus Christ, and his always present sense of humor. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday July 7, 2011 at Memorial Park Funeral Home-Memphis and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday July 8, 2011 at Germantown Presbyterian Church. The family requests memorials to be sent to Germantown Presbyterian Church Music Fund 2363 S. Germantown Rd, Germantown, TN 38138. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Thursday July 7, 2011, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Friday July 8, 2011, Germantown Presbyterian Church, Germantown, TN.


Robert "Butch" Harris Toler, Jr. ('74) [posted November 14, 2007] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, November 14, 2007:

ROBERT "Butch" HARRIS TOLER, JR., 51, of Memphis, died Monday, November 12, 2007 atMethodist South Hospital. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosa Lee Toler. Mr. Toler was a graduate of East High School and a U.S. Marine veteran. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Cora; his father, Robert H. Toler, Sr.; a daughter, Michelle Thornton (Perrion); three sons, Robert H. Toller III, Lawrence Toler, and Marcus Toler; three sisters, Sheila Toler-Davis [believed to be of the Class of '81](Kendall), Felicia Wallton (Lester), Vikki Knox (Larry); four brothers, Albert Toler [believed to be of the Class of '75] (Carrie), Lawrence Toler [believed to be of the Class of '76 (Angela), Gerald Toler (VonZetta), and Michael Toler [believed to be of the Class of '78]; seven grandchildren; a grandmother, Alma Lee Toler; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Viewing only 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, November 17. Wolfe Brothers Funeral Home
Visitation/Viewing: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, November 17, 2007, Wolfe Brothers Funeral Home, West Memphis, Arkansas


Jerry Townshend ('56) [posted May 9, 2007] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, November 15, 1999:

JOSEPH HOWARD 'JERRY' TOWNSHEND III, 61, of Litte Rock, formerly of Memphis, developer and builder for more than 30 years, died of cancer Saturday [November 13, 1999] in Litte Rock. Private memorial services will be held with burial at a later date in Destin Fla. Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock has charge. He was a member of the Home Builders Association and received a civil engineering degree fromthe University of Tennessee. Mr Townshend, the husband of Nancy Maureen King Townshend for 22 years, also leaves three sons, Greg Townshend of Memphis, Scott Townshend of Atlanta and Brad Townshend of Gulf Shores Ala.; two stepsons Sean Minch of Yokohama, Japan and Spencer Minch of New Orleans, and three grandchildren. The family requests in leiu of flowers any memorials be sent to the University of Arkansas Medical Science Center in Little Rock or to a humane society of the donor's choice.


Jan Tucker ('68) [updated September, 1998] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 27, 1992.

Janet T. Siler, 42, of Summit, New Jersey, formerly of Memphis, former director of admissions and development at Mt. St. Dominic Academy in Caldwell, NJ, died Tuesday [October 20, 1992] near Statesville, North Carolina. Memorial Services will be at 4pm Thursday at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. Burrough-Dangler Funeral Home has charge. She was a member of the Junior League and former chairman of the Learn to Read program., all in Summit. She attended Emory University in Atlanta and received her masters degrees from Memphis State University and Drew University in Madison, NJ. Mrs. Siler, the wife of Vance W. Siler ['67], also leaves two sons, Tucker Siler and Scott Siler, both of Summit, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Tucker of Memphis, a sister, Jean Ramsey of Evanston, Illinois, and a brother, Phillip Tucker of Berkeley, California. In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be sent to Bowman Gray School of Medicine Trauma Center in Winston Salem, NC, or the charity of the donor's choice.

[The East High Alumni Page would like to receive and post any obituary notice from her hometown or other locations if anyone has such and would like to provide it.]


Frederic Thesmar III (Class association undetermined) [posted November 10, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, November 10, 2009.

Frederic Thesmar III (b. January 5, 1935) of Memphis, TN died November 8, 2009 at Baptist Hospital ICU in Memphis. Mr. Thesmar, a lifelong Episcopalian and member of Church of the Holy Communion, was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederic and Sara Hunt Thesmar; and brother to the late William Hunt Thesmar all of Memphis, TN. He attended Pentecost Garrison, graduated from East High School, and attended Memphis State University. He was an Army veteran who served at Bosco Mantico, near Verona, Italy. He is survived by his wife, Mary Louise Thesmar (née Cooper) who enjoyed their time in Italy together; three sons, Frederic Thesmar IV of Olive Branch, MS, Alex Carroll Thesmar (Tracey) of Memphis, TN, and Alfred Elden Thesmar (Hilary) of Falls Church, VA; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Louise Thesmar and Alfred Cooper Thesmar, also of Falls Church, VA; cousins William Bright Hayley of Memphis, Tennessee, Martin Condon Hunt of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Sally Love Lusseyran of France. From an early age, Mr. Thesmar enjoyed building projects, as evidenced by two boats built in his parent's living room. His work as a tool and die maker was satisfying as was the work in his home built workshop. A visitation will be held Tuesday, November 10 at the Collierville Funeral Home from 4-6 p.m. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, November 11 at 2:30 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery in Collierville, TN. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials by made to a charity of choice, the Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts of America, or the Magnolia Cemetery Chapel Restoration Fund in care of Edwards & Edwards, 338 New Byhalia Road Suite 1, Collierville, TN 38017. Collierville Funeral Home (901)853-2628
Visitation: 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at the Collierville Funeral Home, Collierville, TN.
Funeral service: 2:30 p.m graveside service Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at Magnolia Cemetery, Collierville, TN.

The East High Alumni Page was unable to find any references to Mr. Thesmar in its limited resources. Any alumnus that can provide information on his class year association is asked to contact editor@EastHigh.org


Jimmy Tual ('63) [posted April 22, 2012, updated April 24, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal:

James Selden Tual, "Jimmy," 67, died peacefully on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Born in Memphis on March 12, 1945 to Blanchard S. Tual and Mabel W. Tual, Jimmy is survived by his twin brother, Blanchard E. Tual (Louise); sisters, Peggy Tual Ivy (Fred) and Carole Tual Saville; six nieces and nephews, one great-niece, and two great-nephews. Jimmy completed his undergraduate degree (1967) and MBA (1969) at The University of Memphis, and he remained an impassioned Tigers fan all his life. Beginning in 1998, Jimmy was the owner and publisher of Tual's Senior Housing Guide, a magazine providing housing options for the elderly of Memphis. He was a loyal member of The University Club of Memphis, where he had many lifelong friends. We will always remember Jimmy for his charming personality, wonderful smile, and love of life. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 25 at Idlewild Presbyterian Church, 1750 Union Avenue, with a visitation following in the T.K. Young Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The University of Memphis Foundation or a charity of the donor's choice. Canale Funeral Directors 901-452-6400 www.canalefuneraldirectors.com. Published in The Commercial Appeal on April 24, 2012
Memorial service: 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 25, 2012, Idlewild Presbyterian Church, Memphis.
Visitation: follows the memorial service in the fellowship hall at the church.


Helen Tully ('68) [posted October 31, 2002] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 15, 1972.

Joint Services Today
Joint services will be held at 2 p.m. today [March 15, 1972] at First Evangelical Church for Miss Helen L. Tully and Reid W. DuBard, killed Monday [March 13, 1972] in a car accident near Carthage, Tenn. Burial for both will be in Memorial Park with Tredwell-Norris Funeral Home in charge.
Miss Tully, 22, was the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Bartlett C. Tully of 2218 Kirby Road. Mr. DuBard, 23, was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Horton DuBard of 6460 Strathspey. They were killed while driving from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, which they attended, to Memphis for spring vacation.
A news article about the accident is posted in our news section


Virginia Tully (associated with the class of '72) [posted August 2, 2005] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, August 2, 2005.

Virginia Tully Maharrey, 52, of Cordova, passed away at home July 31 [2005]. She was a loving housewife and was devoted to the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a member of Central Church Collierville, Evangelism Explosion, and an active equestrian. She leaves her husband, Timothy Maharrey; mother, Louise B. Tully; sister, Frances Tully Bloodworth; 4 brothers-in-law; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Bartlett Christopher Tully, Jr., and a sister and brother, Helen ['68] and Bart Tully. Visitation will be held Tuesday, August 2, [2005] at Memorial Park Funeral home from 5-7, with services at 4 pm on Wednesday, August 3 [2005], at Memorial Park. Interment at Memorial Park. Family requests memorials to Memphis Union Mission. Memorial Park Funeral Home 901-767-8930


Steve Turner ('65) [posted December 17, 1999] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, December 10, 1999.

Stephen Bowling Turner, 52, of Rossville, formerly of Memphis, retired physician, died of a lengthy illness at his farm in Rossville on Wednesday [December 8, 1999]. Visitation will be 1:00 Saturday [December 11, 1999] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with Memorial Services to follow at 2:00. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. Dr. Turner was a graduate of Southwestern (now Rhodes) College in 1969, and of University of Tennessee Medical School in 1972. After some years in emergency medicine in Colorado, he returned to Memphis and completed a residency in radiology in 1983. He practiced primarily in Jackson, TN, and was the head of the Department of Radiology at HCA Regional Hospital. He was an avid conservationist and his interests included farming, growing trees, golf, fishing, photography, and just living with his wife on the farm. Dr. Turner leaves his wife, Nancy Turner, two brothers, William D. Turner ['64] & Clement B. Turner ['68], both of Memphis, one sister, Patricia T[urner] Crawford ['69] of Tampa, FL & three nieces. The family asks that any memorials be sent to The Nature Conservancy, The American Cancer Society, or to a charity of the donor's choice.


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Stephen Benjamin Udelsohn ('66) [posted March 16, 2010] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 16, 2010.

Stephen Benjamin Udelsohn, 61, of Memphis, died March 15, 2010. He is survived by his sister, Marian U. [Mimi Udelsohn ('70)] Masengill of East Longmeadow, MA and his brother, Frank J. Udelsohn ['75] of Memphis. Services will be 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 16 at the Sam Abraham Chapel in Baron Hirsch Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Baron Hirsch Synagogue, 400 South Yates, Memphis, TN 38120

Funeral services: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the Sam Abraham Chapel in Baron Hirsch Cemetery, Memphis.


61-year-old man dies in Memphis fire
March 15, 2010, The Commercial Appeal
     61-year-old man died in a fire before dawn today at a two-story apartment building on Mount Moriah, south of Poplar.
    The victim was found on the sofa in his living room in his second-floor apartment at 777 Mount Moriah, between Poplar and Park avenues, said Lt. Wayne A. Cook, information office for the Memphis Fire Department.
    The man was alone in the apartment. The cause of death has not been determined, Cook said.
    The call was received at 4:09 a.m. and firefighters -- 41 personnel with 19 pieces of equipment -- arrived at 4:15 and had the fire under control by 4:24 a.m., Cook said.
    The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is unknown whether there was a working smoke detector, Cook said.
    Last year, the city recorded 13 fire deaths. So far this year, there have been 12, including four confirmed by the Shelby County Medical Examiner's Office and eight cases in which the medical examiner has not yet made an official ruling.
    In many cases there were no working smoke detectors to warn the victims. “This is why we are really campaigning on fire prevention and fire escape plans,” Cook said.

A television news story about the fire is available at WREG-TV.


Charles Upchurch ('55) [posted February 23, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 23, 2007.

Alabama, Huntsville - DR.CHARLES MARION UPCHURCH, of Huntsville passed away Tuesday [February 20, 2007] at home after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. A native of Memphis, TN, Dr. Upchurch graduated from The University of the South, Sewanee, TN and Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC. He completed hisResidency in Pediatrics at University Hospital and Children's Hospital, Birmingham. He served 4 years in the Air Force as a Pediatrician in Japan and Alabama. Dr. Upchurch was a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics and member of the American Medical Association and Medical Association of Alabama. He practiced Pediatrics for 35 years with Huntsville Pediatric Associates. He served on several committees at Huntsville Hospitaland as Chief of Pediatrics and Chief of the Medical Staff. In the community he served on the board of Kids on the Block, worked at the Cleft Palate Clinic, and served on the Community Health Initiative Committee. He was an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church where he served on the Building and Grounds Committee, the Vestry, and participated in medical missions to Honduras. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Sally McClure Upchurch; two sons, Charles Upchurch and wife, Marya of Charlotte, NC; David Upchurch and wife, Wendi of Burlingame, CA; and daughter, Margaret Zivkovich and husband, Trent of Baltimore, MD; and seven grandchildren, Harris and Will Upchurch of Charlotte, NC; Brock, Mac, Benjamin and Elise Upchurch of Burlingame, CA; and Anna Zivkovich of Baltimore, MD. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Memorial Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Thomas Episcopal Church with The Rev. Kee Sloan officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to: Huntsville Hospital Foundation, 101 Sivley Road, Huntsville, AL, 35801. Laughlin Service Funeral Home, Inc 256-534-2471
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 23, 2007, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Huntsville, Alabama
Memorial Service: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 2007, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Huntsville, Alabama

Dr. Charles Upchurch was the brother of the late Billy Upchurch ('53).
There is an additional news story about Dr. Upchurch's life below

From The Huntsville Times, Huntsville, AL., February 22, 2007:

He was a pediatrician kids didn't want to outgrow
Charles Upchurch was gentle, but had strong work ethic
Thursday, February 22, 2007
By PATRICIA C. McCARTER
Times Staff Writer patricia.mccarter@htimes.com
      Dr. Charles Upchurch was a pediatrician, but he had patients in their 20s.
      "They didn't want to leave him," said Dr. Tim Stewart, who had been in practice with him at Huntsville Pediatric Associates since 1989. "He was that kind of a doctor."
      Stewart said Upchurch, who died Tuesday from cancer at 70, also was the kind of doctor who mentored young pediatricians with dignity.
      "If you didn't know what something was, you could go to him," Stewart said. "He had incredible experience in pediatrics, and he remembered everything.
      "He would act like you already knew it, and he was just reminding you. He never talked down to anyone."
      Stewart also knew Upchurch - a former chief of staff at Huntsville Hospital - as a patient's father. His children went to Upchurch when they were sick, "and so did everyone else's kids in the practice."
      "He was warm and gentle and so smart," Stewart said. "He was exactly the doctor you wanted looking after your kids."
      Dr. Bob Hale was friends with Upchurch since the Memphis native joined the practice in 1969. He called the man a fine humanitarian who will be missed by all of Huntsville.
      "He was a rock," Hale said. "He didn't have ups and downs. He had a strong work ethic and did things for people in need. He had a large practice and was devoted to his patients, but he also did things like install an irrigation and sprinkler system at his church."
      In 1974, when Hale had extensive knee surgery, his friend even built him a special examination table that allowed him to still see patients even when he had to sit and recuperate.
      Upchurch was known to provide medical care to families who couldn't always afford it, and he gave his services to children with cleft lips and palates. He went on medical mission trips to Honduras with his church, St. Thomas Episcopal.
      Upchurch was on the founding board of directors of the Community Free Clinic, and his wife, Sally, said he kept going to board meetings even after he had gotten quite ill with pancreatic cancer.
      "I learned a lot about life from him," she said, "like how to keep going. He gave us the strength we need to go on now."
      The couple, who were married for 41 years, had three children and seven grandchildren, "and he adored those grandchildren so much," his wife said.
      His son, Charles, said his father - who excelled at gardening and woodworking - parented in a very patient and dignified way.
      He said he didn't necessarily notice those qualities as he was growing up, but they've become clearer and clearer to him as he's parented.
      "His example and his lessons weren't short-lived," Charles said. "He was unwavering in his path, but he seldom raised his voice. The older I get, the better I can see it.
      "When you're raising your own children, you realize what he laid out there for you to learn from."
      Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m at St. Thomas on Bailey Cove Road. The funeral will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the church.


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Kevin Valentine (class year undtermined) [posted May 24, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, May 24, 2007.

KEVIN VALENTINE, 36, of Memphis, former employee of Hilton Hotels and attended East High School, died Monday, May 21, 2007. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 25 at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, and from 12:30 until service time at 1:30 p.m., both at Chief Cornerstone Baptist Church, 4255 Overton Crossing. Burial will be in Memorial Park South. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Decaria Valentine. He leaves his wife, Nashae Valentine; one daughter, Deasia Valentine; two sons, Denzhae Valentine and Devin Valentine, all of Memphis; one brother, Sorrell Valentine of Memphis; mother, Alice Valentine of Memphis; father, Willie Smith of Grand Junction, TN; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
Visitation: 7-9 p.m. Friday, May 25, 2007, at N.J. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Memphis and and from 12:30 until the funeral service at Chief Cornerstone Baptist Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2007, at Chief Cornerstone Baptist Church, Memphis.

Anyone knowing with which class year Mr. Valentine was associated is asked to relay that information to editor@EastHigh.org so that it may be included here.


Gail Vavik ('56) [notice posted October 5, 2013, obituary possted Octobef 15, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, October 6, 2013:

GAIL VALVIK BRUCE, 75, retired Administrative Assistant at Miller & Company, died October 1, 2013. Born and raised in Memphis, Gail graduated East High School, 1956 and was a member of Phi Sigma Sorority. She married Jerry "Moose" Bruce in 1963. She was a member of Queen Bees Survivors Group with her sister Kay "Peanuts" McQueen. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 9 at 1 p.m. prior to the service at 2 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 3245 Central Ave. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jerry "Moose" Bruce; son, Jerry “Chip” Bruce (Selah); her "adopted" grandchildren, Caroline, James and Sarah Alexander; sister-in-law, Bette Ryan (Fred), brother, Bill Valvik ['52] (Marilyn), brother-in-law, Sonny McQueen. Mrs. Bruce is also survived by her loyal felines, Bubba, Boo, and Yota. She was preceded in death by her sister Kay "Peanuts" McQueen ['59] and her parents. The family thanks caregivers, Tristan, Pam, Katrina and Trinity Hospice House and their staff for their care and support during the final days of Gail's life. Services entrusted to: Bartlett Funeral Home (901)372-5555 Published in The Commercial Appeal on Oct. 6, 2013

Visitation: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, Saint John's Episcopal Church, Memphis.
Funeral/memorial service: 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 9th, 2013, Saint John's Episcopal Church, Memphis.

Prior to her death, Gail Valvik was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1956 page.


Kay Valvik ('59) [posted December 27, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, December 27, 2007.

KAY VALVIK JACOBSON McQUEEN, 66, of Germantown died December 25, 2007 at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. She was a graduate of East High School, attended University of Memphis, then graduated from the University of Idaho, taught at Kingsbury High School, was a member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, a member of Germantown Women's Club, active in Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, active in Caring and Sharing and was active in Queen Bees Breakfast Club. Mrs. McQueen is survived by her husband, Marvin "Sonny" McQueen; daughter, Sissy Jacobson Woods and her husband, Jason of Germantown; son, John Jacobson and his wife, Dee of Nashville, TN; stepson, Dr. Marvin "Bubba" McQueen and his wife, Leah of Corinth, MS; brother, Bill Valvik ['52] of Redwood City, CA; sister, Gail [Valvik] Bruce ('56) of Memphis; six grandchildren, Sara Jordan, Jake, and Sophie Jacobson, all of Nashville, TN, Brently Woods of Germantown, Noah and Merrell McQueen, both of Corinth, MS. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until Service time at 1 p.m., Friday, December 28 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with the interment to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery of Memphis.
Visitation: 11 a.m. until Service time at 1 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2007, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel.
Funeral service: 1 p.m., Friday, December 28, 2007, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel.

Prior to her death, Kay Valvik was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1959 page.

A memorial is on-line with many pictures of Kay Valvik Jacobson McQueen and can be viewed at www.mem.com

[Editor's note: With the passing of Kay Valvik, The East High Alumni Page and the school's alumni have lost a good friend. From her first profile in 1999 Kay, or Peanuts as many of those close to her called her, became a cheerleader for our alumni web site. It was a fitting role, since she had been a cheerleader at East. Kay contributed information for inclusion on our web site and data to help us administratively. She and her brother Bill Valvik ('52) were the subjects of the primary story in our first edition of the Mustang Roundup - Alumni Edition ("A view from '52," June, 2000, sharing their recollections of East in the 1950s. Kay's advocacy on behalf of our alumni web page and her friendship were much appreciated. She will be missed.]


Steven C. Vanek ('78) [posted December 14, 2008] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, December 14, 2008.

Steven C. Vanek, formerly of Memphis, died of pneumonia Wednesday, December 10, at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. He was 49. A memorial service was held for him at The Church in the Gardens in Forest Hills, New York, on Friday December 12. Arrangements for a service in Memphis are pending. Steve grew up in Mansfield, Ohio, and Memphis, graduating from East High School in 1978. For twenty-six years he lived at the Baddour Center in Senatobia, Mississippi where he leaves behind many good friends, including his special friend, Kathy Embry. In 2006 he moved to be near his brother Noel, finding a new home at the Fineson House in Manhattan. Steve enjoyed work, bingo, old tv shows, and helping care for little children. He is survived by his father George and step-mother Jean Vanek, hisbrother Noel and sister-in-law Linda, step-siblings, Patty Morris (Eli), Susan Finnern (Mike), Joni Lipsey (Tom), and Jim Avery (Karen), and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service: Memphis arrangements are pending.


Richard Vernon ('71) [posted January 1, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, December 5, 2006.

Pennsylvania, Shohola - RICHARD SHERMAN VERNON, 53, Metropolitan Opera Singer, died unexpectedly at his home in Shohola, PA, on December 2, 2006. Mr. Vernon, bass, was a year-round resident artist with the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York City since 1980, debuting in Satie's Parade. Originally from Memphis, TN, he received his undergraduate degree in voice from the University of Memphis, where he studied with Ethel Maxwell, his only voice teacher. He began his career after winning the Regional Metropolitan Opera auditions in Memphis in 1977 at the age of 26, which sent him to the finals in New York City to sing on the stage at the Met. Mr. Vernon sang a total of 796 performances there, in leading and supporting roles. His final performance was on November 28, 2006, in Tosca, one of his favorite operas. At the age of nineteen, the college sophomore sang the role of Pimen, with famed bass, Jerome Hines, in the Memphis Opera Theater production of Boris Goudonov. After graduating, he continued to sing major and supporting roles with Memphis Opera Theater, toured with Southern Opera Theater and North Carolina Opera Theater, and spent summers at Inspiration Point, under the tutelage of Isaac Van Grove, to whom he credited much of his artistic growth. He was subsequently hired by the Houston Grand Opera Studio, where he developed his stage-craft as he worked with director/teacher Frank Corsaro. Mr. Vernon appeared with the San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, the Washington Opera, San Diego Opera, Cincinnati Opera, and numerous other opera companies throughout the United States. Mr. Vernon was also a seasoned concert performer, appearing in concert halls in China, Japan, the Philippines, and many cities across Asia and the United States. Mr. Vernon amassed more than 2,500 performances in such diverse roles as Pimen in Boris Godunov, Colline in La Boheme, Banquo in Macbeth, Ferrando in Il Trovatore, and the Commendatory in Don Giovanni. A man almost impossible to summarize, Richard Vernon had a great intellect; a wonderful sense of humor; a strong spiritual life; a voice wonderfully focused and full of authority, beautiful to listen to for its sounds alone; a love of fishing; and an extraordinary capacity for friendship and charity. Mr. Vernon was well known for his strong musicianship and remarkable interpretative ability. He was a great artist and, even more, a significant human being and a treasure to all who had the good fortune to know him. Richard Vernon had strong ties to the Scarsdale Community Baptist Church for over 25 years, having served as soloist and choir conductor. He was a member and a strong supporter of the Episcopal Church of The Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist in Milford, PA, where he led the on-going effort to acquire a concert quality pipe organ. Janine, his loving wife of over 20 years, Maizie, his wonderful 94-year-old mother, his cousin June Fitzgerald, in-laws, and nieces and nephews, survive Mr. Vernon. A viewing at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m. will take place on Thursday, December 7 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN (telephone: 901-767-8930). Additional arrangements include a Eucharist celebrating Richard's life, at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist (110 West Catharine Street, Milford, PA-telephone: 570-296-8123) scheduled for December 16, at 10 a.m. In early 2007, a memorial service will be held at Scarsdale Community Baptist Church in Scarsdale, New York. For Service details, call 914-723-1734. The family would appreciate memorial donations being sent to the Organ Fund at the Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John the Evangelist, in Milford.


Paul Vescovo ('68) [posted November 11, 2002] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, November 11, 2002.

PAUL JOSEPH VESCOVO Jr., 53, of Memphis, died Saturday [November 9, 2002] at his home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday [November 13, 2002] at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. He was a Vietnam War Army veteran. He leaves his mother, Marguerite Kirksey, and his father, Paul Vescovo, both of Memphis, and a sister, Debra Byrd of Germantown. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Lilburne Vollmer (Faculty 1948-1980) [posted April 3, 2009, updated April 4, 2009], obituary from The Commercial Appeal, Memphis April 4, 2009.

LILBURNE MIDDLETON VOLLMER of Memphis died on April 2, 2009. Services will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home on Sunday, April 5, with entombment in the Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m. She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church for over 60 years. Mrs. Vollmer taught at East High School for thirty-one years and in 1972 received the Valley Forge Freedom Medal for helping students achieve a better understanding of the American way of life and the power of the ballot. In addition to her regular classes, she taught Vocational Education night classes and was chosen Vocational Education Teacher of the Year in 1979. She served as the first treasurer of the Shelby County Teachers Credit Union, which she and three other teachers founded in 1959. Following her retirement from teaching in 1980, Mrs. Vollmer continued to work in the Memphis business community. She also served as a volunteer at The Dixon Gallery and was treasurer of the Listeners Book Club. She was an officer of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional organization dedicated to the growth of women educators and excellence in education. She is survived by her three daughters: Nancy [Vollmer ('56)] Looper of Cary, North Carolina; Sue [Vollmer ('56)] Leon and Frances [Vollmer (associated with the Class of '59)] Howard, both of Memphis; seven grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. In celebration of her life and the countless lives she touched, the family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to Second Presbyterian Church (4055 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38111) or the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA, 910 Vance Avenue, Memphis, TN 38126).

The following tribute is from the 1980 Mustang, the East High School yearbook.

For thirty-one years Mrs. Lilburne M. Vollmer has taught business education skills to students at East High School. She has, however, done much more than teach content in her academic field. She has set a standard of excellence that we would all do well to emulate. Integrity, loyalty, fairness, intelligence, sense of responsibility, forthrightness, pride in accomplishment, and excellence of performance are only a few qualities of her character that she has revealed to those of us whose lives she has touched. Whether through her words or her deeds, she has demonstrated her generosity, kindness, selflessness, and thoughtfulness to students and colleagues alike. One of her main loves at East has been the Student Council. Mrs. Vollmer has been adviser to this organization for most of her thirty-one years with us. Through her good counsel and constant encouragement to Student Council members she has been responsible for the development of many leaders in our community. Recognition for some of her many contributions to the educational profession has been given to her. Many teachers are grateful to her for her tireless efforts in helping to organize the Memphis Area Teachers' Credit Union a number of years ago. For her outstanding work in the field of education she was chosen for membership in Delta Kappa Gamma, an international honorary society for women educators. Several years ago she was the recipient of the Freedoms Foundation Award. She was chosen by the faculty and evening school students at the East Vocational-Technical Center as the Outstanding Adult Educator for 1979. She also deserves the thanks of all of us for serving as Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Re-evaluation Study of East High School in 1980. She also served this past year on the Committee for Instructional Improvement in the Memphis City Schools and on the Adopt-a-School Committee. It is largely through the efforts of Mrs. Vollmer that we have a yearbook this year. She personally appealed to many graduates of East High to support financially the publication of this yearbook. Her requests for assistance resulted in direly needed contributions from many alumni to help defray the expense of publishing this book. Just as a note of interest, she is the only teacher at East High School to whom two yearbooks have been dedicated — twenty-three years apart. Outside of school Mrs. Vollmer devotes much of her time and love to her three daughters, one granddaughter, and six grandsons. Because she cares about us and because she has given so much of herself to benefit us, we lovingly dedicate the 1980 Mustang to Mrs. Lilburne Middleton Vollmer. Thank you, Mrs. Vollmer, for all you have taught us during your years of service and devotion.

This web publication must note that Mrs. Vollmer was a special friend to it and its editor. She graciously donated resources she had collected over the years to The East High Alumni Page so that they might serve the East High alumni community at large.
Mrs. Vollmer also attended reunions and other alumni events as her interest in her students and East High continued after her retirement.

Visitation: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Gene Vieh (associated with the Class of '56) [posted May 26, 2008] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, May 25, 2008.

EUGENE HAROLD VIEH, JR. died May 17 at age 70 at his home in Kaycee, Wyoming. Gene was born in Memphis, Tennessee on August 7, 1937 to Eugene Harold Vieh, Sr. and Virginia Tiller Vieh. Gene is survived by his wife, Frances "Sammye" Hubbard Vieh and his two daughters, Kristen Vieh Crago and Kathryn Vieh Redden.
Prior to his death, Gene Vieh was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1956 page.


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Beth Wagner ('55) [posted May 20, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, May 20, 2011.

Mount Olive - Vera Elizabeth Wagner Stevens, 74, of Mount Olive, MS, fully entered the presence of her Savior on May 17, 2011. Born March 24, 1937 in Memphis, TN to Clinton Justice Wagner and Vera Boren Wagner, she was the firstborn of four sisters. Beth graduated from East High School in Memphis in 1955, and attended Bennett College in Millbrook, NY and The University of Mississippi, where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. On January 11, 1969, Beth married Norman G. Stevens, Jr. Together they raised five children, Susan, Norman, Martha, Kevin, and Lee. They each benefited from her wisdom and her many talents. A serious student of the Bible and Christian doctrine, she taught Sunday School classes and Bible studies for all ages over many years, helping lead many to faith. A faithful member of Mount Olive Presbyterian Church, she dearly loved her church family. A diligent citizen, she endeavored to improve her community. An industrious business woman, she bought and sold antiques in tandem with her friend, Ann Wells. Friends and family also knew her as an accomplished cook, gardener, and artist. For the past eleven years, Beth lived with the reality of ovarian cancer. She battled it bravely, with Norman faithfully at her side. The family wishes to express its gratitude to Dr. Richard Boronow, Dr. Tate Thigpen, and so many others who provided the medical care that saved and extended her life. In addition, the family thanks her faithful friend and helper Mollie Craft Rigsby. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Norman; daughter, Susan Stevens Shuler and husband Dr. Conrad Shuler of Six Mile, SC, and grandchildren Conrad Shuler and wife Emily Shuler, Stevens Shuler and Annie Kate Shuler; son, Dr. Norman G. Stevens, III and wife, Joy Stevens, of Jackson, AL, and grandchildren Sarah Rice and husband Rev. Adam Rice, Jenny Stevens and Will Stevens; daughter, Martha Stevens McIntosh and husband Mark McIntosh of Peachtree Corners, GA, and grandchildren, John Mark McIntosh, Mamie McIntosh and Elizabeth McIntosh; daughter, Kevin Stevens Lowrey and husband Dr. Perrin Lowrey of Hattiesburg, MS, and grandchildren John Madison Guice, Justice Guice, Brittny Lowrey, Erin Lowrey and Emelie Lowrey; and son, Lee Stevens and wife Eva Stevens of Crystal Springs, MS, and grandchildren Jed Stevens, Ben Stevens and Sam Stevens. She is also survived by her sisters Sue Ann [Wagner] Goodwin ('56) and Clinton Garrison of Memphis, TN. In addition, she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Judy Hansen. Beth was looking forward to the impending births of great-grandchildren Elizabeth Wagner Shuler and Luke Stevens Rice. Beth will be remembered as a selfless, forgiving, gracious, kind, wise and loving lady. She will be sorely missed by those who loved her. Visitation will be held Friday, May 20, 2011, from 5-5:30 p.m. for family, and from 5:30 -8 p.m. for friends, at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, 205 South 4th Street, Mount Olive, MS 39119. Visitation will take place, Saturday, May 21, at Mount Olive Presbyterian Church, 501 Cotton Street, Mount Olive, MS, 39119 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. The memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Mount Olive City Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be sent to the Mount Olive Presbyterian Church Great Commission Fund, P.O. Box 148, Mount Olive, MS 39119. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Mount Olive is in charge of arrangements 601-765-1010
Visitation: noon - 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011, Mount Olive Presbyterian Church, 501 Cotton Street, Mount Olive, MS, 39119.
Memorial service: 2 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2011, Mount Olive Presbyterian Church, 501 Cotton Street, Mount Olive, MS, 39119.


Wanda Wallace [posted March 11, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 11, 2013.

Wanda Wallace Duke, 79 passed away surrounded by her family, on Saturday March 9, 2013. Wanda is preceded in death by her beloved husband of over 50 years, Edward Clifford Duke, the man she fell in love with at thirteen years of age. Also, preceding her in death were her parents, Clifford and Marguarite Wallace and her sister Barbara Wallace Posey. She leaves four children, Daphne Duke Vescovo (Mel), Sharon Duke Johnson (Travis) and William Britton “Brit” Duke II (Samantha) of Memphis, Tennessee and Mary Duke Hancock (Erik) of Charlotte, North Carolina. She also leaves five grandchildren, Rachael Helen Love (Kirk Brown), Edward Olen Johnson, Jessica Wallace Vescovo, Anna Genette Hancock, and Emily Louise Hancock, a brother, Walter “Butch” Wallace ['56] (Loretta) of Pensacola, Florida, six nieces and a nephew. Wanda, “Duchess”, as she was known to family and friends and her husband Edward were one of the founding members of Saint Louis Catholic Church and shared a great love of golf, regularly playing at Chickasaw Country Club and Memphis Country Club respectively. She was a five time winner and eight time runner up of the Memphis Ladies Golf Championship. Wanda was an active member of the community and could have won the award for “Best Dressed” at any event that she attended. She was an active member of Madonna Circle, enjoyed fundraising for Christian Brothers University and Ave Maria foundation and regularly volunteered at The Church Health Center and other charitable organizations. The visitation will be at 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 at Saint Louis Catholic Church with the funeral mass immediately following at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Saint Louis Catholic Church, The Church Health Center, Ave Maria, or the Charity of the donor's choice.
Visitation: 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 at Saint Louis Catholic Church, Memphis.
Funeral services: 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 at Saint Louis Catholic Church, Memphis

Prior to her death, Wanda Wallace was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1951 page.


Nancy Farmer Walters [posted February 5, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 5, 2011.

Nancy Farmer Walters, 88, of Germantown, died February 4 at Baptist Collierville Hospital. Nancy was born in Clarksville, TN to the late Henry and Ruby Farmer. She graduated from Austin Peay University. She moved to Memphis in 1948 where she met and married the late James Walters on April 19, 1949. They had 2 daughters and were married for 52 years. Nancy was a teacher in the Memphis City School system for over 35 years at several different schools including the opening of East High School and White Station High. She was also involved with Alpha Delta Kappa, a teacher's sorority, for many years. Nancy was a member of Christ United Methodist Church where she was active in the Kingswood Sunday School class and the Rachel UMW circle. Nancy was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, spending much of her time with her grandchildren and she will be dearly missed. She is survived by her two daughters, Sue Walters Munson (George) of Chattanooga and Amy Walters Linder (Scott) of Germantown, 3 grandchildren, Andy Doyle Gray of Chattanooga, Casey Linder and Abby Linder of Germantown. She is also survived by her brother, Henry Farmer Jr. (Dorothy) of Atlanta and nieces and nephews. Visitation will be at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Monday, February 7 from 9:30 - 11:30 with the service to follow at 11:30. The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to Christ United Methodist Church. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com

Visitation: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 7, 2011, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11:30 a.m. Monday, February 7, 2011, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.

Miss Farmer was a 5th grade teacher at East High when it opened in 1948. She married later that school year. Documentation available to The East High Alumni Page does not indicate if she taught at East during the 1949-50 year, however it appears she was no longer at East for the 1950-51 school year. Mrs. Walters is in the photograph of the original East faculty. Anyone with further information about her tenure at East is asked to please relay that information to editor@EastHigh.org


Rosalie Keenan Watkins (Faculty) [posted September 27, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, September 27, 2007.

ROSALIE KEENAN WATKINS, lifelong Memphis resident, died Monday, September 24, 2007 after a long, loving, and Christian life. She was 94. Rosalie began school at Cummings Elementary and graduated from Central High School. She attended Southwestern College (now Rhodes) where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority, and finished her schooling at Memphis State (now University of Memphis). Mrs. Watkins was the widow of Lt. Harry Beaumont Watkins, Jr., who was killed in World War II. She taught school for many years, primarily at East Elementary as a second grade teacher. Rosalie was an active member of Second Presbyterian Church where she took part in the Mary and Martha Circle, volunteered in the church library, and was a member of the AB Curry Sunday School Class. She was a member of the Lelia Heuer Kings Daughters Circle, The Listeners Book Club, and the DAR. Rosalie's interests were varied and many. From stamp collecting to moon gazing; from bridge playing to golf watching; from appreciation of art, music, and literature to soap operas, she had an enormous love of all of life. By far her greatest passion, however, was her family, with whom she maintained close ties even though distant by miles and/or relationship. Mrs. Watkins is survived by her daughter, Harriet Watkins Porter, and son-in-law, Alex Porter of Atlanta; her grandsons, Chris, Will, and Sam Porter and their wives, Renee, Rosemary, and fiancee Stephanie; a great-grandson, William Porter; her sister, Frances Keenan Averitt, and brother-in-law, Douglas Averitt; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. More recently her in-house "family" consisted of beloved caretakers, Dorothy Harden, Rosetta Harbert, Kathy Matthews, Lisa Gray, and Juanita Brooks. A Graveside service will be held in Memorial Park Cemetery at 12 Noon, Friday, September 28. There will be a visitation from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel prior to the graveside. Memorials may be sent to Second Presbyterian Church.
Visitation: 11 a.m. - noon, Friday, September 28, 2007, Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel.
Graveside service: Noon, Friday, September 28, 2007, Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis.


Louise Weaks (Faculty) [posted August 7, 2006] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, August 6, 2006.

LOUISE WEAKS, 92, of Memphis, passed away Friday, August 4, 2006 at the Memphis Jewish Home. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Cordova Cemetery. She retired from the Memphis City Schools after 39 years, and she was a member of Cordova Presbyterian Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Luther and Annie Weaks; and her siblings, Glenn Weaks, Lorena Weaks, Grace Weaks, and Robert Weaks. She is survived by her niece, Debbie Christopher; her great niece, Shannon Carmon and her husband Scotty; and her great-great nephew, Hayden Carmon. Memorial contributions may be made to Cordova Presbyterian Church.
Ms. Weaks taught English at East High, approximately from 1969 to 1978.


Roy Weathersby ('53) [posted August 26, 2011] - From Citizen-Times, Ashville, North Carolina, August 21, 2011:

Mills River - J. Roy Weathersby, 75, died on August 13, 2011 at Clare Bridge of Asheville. Roy was preceded in death by his parents W.A. and Francis Weathersby of Memphis and his two brothers, Bill and Dick. He is survived by his wife, Lydia; his sons, Jim and Brad of Atlanta; his brother, Ray ['52] of Little Rock, Arkansas and their families.
Roy was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, reared in Memphis and graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville with a degree in civil engineering. He went to Vanderbilt Law School and subsequently practiced Labor and Employment law throughout the U.S. His practice was based in Atlanta where he was a member of many professional organizations.
In 1994, Roy and Lydia visited Asheville and decided to make Asheville their home. Roy loved the mountains, his Labrador Maggie, all things UT and the Atlanta Braves. He was a devout Christian, a Stephen minister and was a member of Mills River United Methodist Church. Since 2004 he battled multiple health problems with an unwavering faith. He was truly an amazing man. His death is sad in one way, inevitable in all ways and a peaceful end to a long and productive life.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24th at Mills River United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends for 30 minutes prior to the service and again at a reception following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mills River United Methodist Church or to The Craddock Center, PO Box 69, 947 Cherry Log Street, Cherry Log, GA 30522.
Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian is assisting the family and the memorial register is available at grocefuneralhome.com.


Evelyn Webb (Faculty) [posted November 19, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, November 18, 2012.

Evelyn Burch Webb West, 89, passed away peacefully on November 15, 2012. She was an educator, mentor, mother, grandmother, patriot, singer, humorist, gardener, writer, and true friend. Evelyn was born in Fulton, Mississippi, and received her B.S. in English and Business from Blue Mountain College and her M.S. in Education from the University of Memphis. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked for the federal government in Washington, D.C., during World War II in a capacity that was never known because she was sworn to secrecy for her role during the war effort and she never shared what that important work for her country entailed. She taught at Itawamba County High School and then spent 33 years teaching for the Memphis City Schools. She taught English, American history, and civics, as well as imparting an importance of integrity and honesty to her students. She was an active member of Lindenwood Christian Church for many years and served as Deaconess, Deacon, President of the Christian Women's Fellowship, and sang in the choir. In addition, she wrote numerous articles that appeared in the church newspaper. She was a member of the Friendship Class and actively participated in a Thursday night Bible study group. She also served quietly wherever there was a need and exhibited a generous spirit, usually tinged with a sense of humor. As an educator, she received many awards, including Teacher of the Year at Hamilton High School. She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, William F. Webb, Jr., Robert West, with whom she enjoyed 18 happy years of marriage, siblings Leeman Burch, Grady Burch, Varnelle Davis, Ruby Burch, and Nelson Burch. She leaves a daughter, Wanda Webb Carruthers, and her husband, Paul, cherished grandsons Paul Chisholm Carruthers and McCain Burch Carruthers, sisters, Ann Wheeler and Karleen Crockett, brother, Dr. Tom Burch, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. Her kind spirit, generous heart, and many talents will be missed but will live on in happy memories. Memorials in her name can be directed to the Music Department at Lindenwood Christian Church. The service of celebration of her life will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, November 19, with visitation preceding the service at 1:30 p.m. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com
Visitation: 1:30 p.m.Monday, November 19, 2012, Memorial Park Funeral Home
Funeral services: 2:30 p.m. p.m.Monday, November 19, 2012, Memorial Park Funeral Home


Jackie Webb ('66) [posted May 11, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 23, 1969.

GI, Wondering 'Where All Have Failed,' Is War Victim
      Army Pfc. Jackie Joe Webb, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Webb of 97 S. Humes, was killed Thursday [March 20, 1969] while on patrol in Vietnam.
      The father, a foreman for Memphis LIght, Gas and Water Division, was notified Friday of the death of his son, who was stationed at Tien Phue with the 196th infantry.
      Private Webb, who was 20, was graduated from East High School and worked at Agrico Chemical Co., until he was drafted. He entered the Army in June and left for a year's duty in Vietnam in December.
       He wrote a poem while in Vientam, which he mailed home shortly before his death. In it he said the day he left for Vietname he felt more curiosity about his new life than fear.
       He described Vietnam as a "land of confusion." He said the war was not "too bad," but it was not "what I thought it would be."
       He ended the poem by saying he could not help wondering "where all the good men have failed."
       He also leaves two brothers, the Rev. Wayne Webb of Mansfield, Tenn., and Mike Webb of the home address, and a sister, Mrs. Joyce Baker of 2362 Arlington.
       Memphis Funeral Home on Union has charge.
Note: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall lists Mr. Webb as having been a corporal and having been killed on March 19, 1969.


Jeff Weinman ('67) [posted April 12, 2010] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, April 12, 2010:

Jeffrey Ronald Weinman "Jeff", 60, died April 7, 2010 in Carson City, Nevada. He was born May 28, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee. Jeff was a retired federal employee of 30 years and was living in Carson City. He was a graduate of East High School and Memphis State University. He became an Eagle Scout in 1965 and he continued his passion and love of the outdoors all of his life. His activities included skiing, hiking, biking, rock climbing and fishing. Jeff lived in Germany, Colorado, California and Nevada while working for the government. Among his many interests were exercising, gourmet cooking and traveling. Jeff leaves his parents, Shirley and Harold Weinman, and his brother, Dennis Weinman. His wife, Lynn Anne Weinman, preceded him in death. He also is survived by his loving companion, Susan Watkins, along with uncles, aunts and cousins. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, April 13 at Baron Hirsch Cemetery located at 1623 Rozelle, Memphis, TN at 1 p.m. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Humane Society of Memphis, 935 Farm Road, Memphis, TN 38134, or to the charity of your choice.
Funeral services: 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at Baron Hirsch Cemetery, 1623 Rozelle, Memphis.
No visitation is scheduled.

Prior to his death, Jeff Weinman was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1967 page.


Charles Blake Welch [posted November 7, 2000] - The East community is saddened by the death of Coach Welch, a member of the East faculty and coaching staff, approximately 1950 - 1959. The following is from The Commercial Appeal, November 7, 2000:

Mr. Welch served schools twice, in job, on board
The Commercial Appeal
Blake Welch was a retired school administrator in 1991 when he set his sights on a seat on the Memphis Board of Education.
In his path was a 20-year school board member who had served since the board was expanded from three to nine members.
He won.
Charles Blake Welch, who was living in Nashville, died there Sunday [November 5, 2000] at Baptist Hospital. He was 79.
An autopsy to determine the cause of Mr. Welch's death is pending.
"He was a very solid man, a very honest man," said board member Bill Todd, who was elected the same year.
While he and Mr. Welch "had some disagreements on things," Todd recalled a man who "believed in what he did. He was a person of great convictions."
Mr. Welch worked in the city schools for 36 years as a teacher, coach and adult education director.
Born in Dickson, Tenn., Mr. Welch earned a bachelor of science in chemistry and a master's degree in education administration from Memphis State University.
Before defeating District 1 incumbent Juanita Watkins in 1991, Welch had run for and lost an at-large school board race in 1983. His victory over Watkins came in a runoff contest that completed a major overhaul of the school board, with six newcomers winning seats on the board.
Mr. Welch served one term and chose not to seek re-election.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday [November 8, 2000] at Memorial Park Funeral Home with entombment in Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Mr. Welch was a World War II Army Air Corps veteran, former president of the Tennessee Retired Teachers' Association and served as president and chairman of the board for the Memphis Area Credit Union. He was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church in Nashville and former member of Broadmoor Baptist Church here.
Mr. Welch, the husband of Pamela T. Welch, also leaves a son, Charles B. Welch Jr. of Nashville, and two sisters, Clara Maness of Jackson, Tenn., and Ruby Blakenship of Milan.
The family requests that memorials be sent to Bellevue Baptist Church Share the Vision Fund in Nashville. The family requests no flowers.


Lep Wenzler ('53) [posted June 17, 2003] - From The Commercial Appeal, June 17, 2003:

LEOPOLD 'LEP' ANDREW WENZLER JR., 68, of Decatur, Ala., formerly of Memphis, owner of CBS Insurance Co., died Saturday [June 14, 2003] at his home. Services will be at 11 a.m. today [June 17, 2003] at Central United Methodist Church in Decatur with burial in Roselawn Cemetery. Roselawn Funeral Home has charge. Mr. Wezler, the husband of Margaret McMillian Wenzler, also leaves a daughter, Ashley Wenzler Davenport, and two sons, Andy Wenzler and Lance Wenzler, all of Decatur, and six grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Central United Building Fund.


Virgil Whipple ('54) [posted May 14, 2001] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, May 4, 2001:

JAMES VIRGIL WHIPPLE, 65, of Memphis, computer software design and development employee of Commercial Data Corp., died Thursday [May 3, 2001] at his home of pulmonary fibrosis as a complication of scleroderma. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday [May 5, 2001] at Memphis Second Presbyterian Church, where he was a member for 50 years, an elder, and a member of the Jeb Russell Sunday school class and the sanctuary choir.Burial will be in Memorial Park. Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel has charge. He served in the Air Force Reserves. Mr. Whipple, the husband of Barbara Brown Whipple ['54], also leaves a daughter, Lyndi Whipple Heard, a sister, Miriam Whipple Leffler, and two brothers, Daniel S. Whipple and Robert Lee Whipple Jr., all of Memphis, and three grandchildren. The family requests that memorials be sent to Second Presbyterian Church Music Ministry or the Scleroderma Research Foundation.


Charles Edward White (associated with the Class of '53) [posted October 26, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, October 25, 2013:

Charles Edward White (1935-2013). Native Memphian, Musician, Marine, Scholar, Surgeon, Naval Officer, Loving Husband, Brother, Father, Grandfather and Generous Friend. Charles Edward White, M.D., died suddenly after a short illness on October 22nd, 2013. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marge Thrasher White, and his parents, Cleo and Marvin White of Memphis. He is survived by his sister, Jane (Don) Eisaman of Huntersville, NC. He leaves a large family, including his daughter, Heather Krupp of Atlanta, GA and sons, David (Melba) White of South Fulton, TN and Knox (Laurel) White of Los Angeles, CA. He also has four stepchildren, Houston (Ann-Marie) Thrasher of McLean, VA; Barton (Cristy) Thrasher of LaGrange, TN; Melissa (Michael) Peeler of Memphis, TN and Julie (James) Isaacs of Richmond, VA. He was affectionately known as Grandaddy and Chi Chi by his thirteen grandchildren: Kathryn and Alexander Krupp; Megan and Rachel White; Sawyer White; Eli and Ben Thrasher; Adi, Bo and Sarah Thrasher; Mary, Anna, and Margie Peeler. Charlie’s mother created a strong love of music and he learned piano at an early age. He started playing saxophone in jazz bands and at 15 was playing in clubs with Charley Jones and His Skyliners. He continued a long history of playing and enjoying jazz for decades. He was a founding member of the Memphis Doctors Dance Band and an active member for well over 40 years. Dr. White attended Messick and East High Schools. He was a graduate of Memphis State University and the University Of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed his general surgery training at Methodist Hospital and his plastic surgery training at the University of Mississippi. He was board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He was an Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery and Chairman of the Section of Plastic Surgery at the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His professional memberships included American Medical Association, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, Tennessee Medical Association, Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons where he was also a Trustee and member of the Ethics Committee. He was a founding principle of The Clinic of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Memphis. Dr. White was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Chi Medical Fraternities. He was a patron of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Orpheum Memphis and past president of the Memphis Wine and Food Society. He was a member of the University Club of Memphis. Charlie served as a Sargent in the U.S. Marine Corps before college where he also played in the Marine Corps Band. He retired as Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Naval Reserves and was called to active duty during Desert Storm. The family would like to especially acknowledge the superior caregiving and friendship of Cathy Fason and Mark Finney. There will be a service to celebrate Charlie’s life at Kingsway Christian Church in Germantown on Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m.. The family will receive guests from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church before the service. A private burial will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes any memorial gifts be instead sent to The MED Trauma Center Foundation or the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.memphisfuneralhome.net Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100
Visitation: 1-2 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2013, Kingsway Christian Church, Germantown, Tennessee.
Funeral services: 2 p.m Sunday, October 27, 2013, Kingsway Christian Church, Germantown, Tennessee.

[Editor's note: His sister Jane White may be a graduate of the Class of '58.]


GoGi White ('62) [posted April 20, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, April 21, 2009:

LEATTE "GoGi" STEMMLER, 64 passed away on April 19, 2009 at her daughter's home. She was born to Maurice Reid and Frances Cohn White in 1944 in Memphis, TN. Gogi graduated from East High School in 1962. She worked in the retail candy business and was a teacher's assistant for Kingsway Day School and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Day School. Gogi was a long time of Kingsway Christian Church. She is survived by daughter, Dana Leigh and her husband, Anthony Trotter; twin sons, William Edward and his wife, Angela Stemmler III and John Reid and his wife, Tiffani Stemmler; three granddaughters, Ashley Elizabeth Trotter, Alexandra Elise Trotter and Olivia Grace Stemmler; sister, Marion ["Sissy White '64] Gullett; nieces, Kim and Kelly Gullett and four cousins, Mary Ann Hayes, Susie White, John White and Mark White. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 22 from 5-7 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 23 at 10 a.m. in the Memorial Park Funeral Home and Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to American Cancer Society or Gilda's House.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 23, 2009 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Anne Whitley ('56) [posted April 12, 2011] From The Rockbridge Weekly, Lexington, Virginia, October 23, 2010:

Anne Whitley McThenia
Active Member of Rockbridge Area Habitat For Humanity Dies At Age 72
     Anne Whitley McThenia, 72, of Lexington, Va., died on Monday night, October 18, 2010, in her home, surrounded by her children, husband and dear friends.
     After a long hospitalization, she returned to Lexington on Sunday with compassionate care from Rockbridge Area Hospice, and spent her final two days in peace and comfort at home.
     She is survived by her husband, Andrew Wolfe McThenia Jr.; her brother, William Talmadge Whitley Jr. and her sister-in-law, Kaki Whitley; her children Paige, Andy and Tal; sons-in-law, Jon Adams and Brett Berk; and three grandchildren.
     Anne was born on March 25, 1938, to Sarah Anne and Bill Whitley in Memphis, Tenn., where she grew up.
     Presaging a lifetime passion for photography, she wrote home from summer camp as a girl, "Dear Mother: Will you send me my camera and two rolls of film? Some of the things here are so pretty I almost have to take a picture of them."
     Anne studied psychology at Randolph Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, graduating in 1960. While at Randolph Macon, she met her future husband, Andrew Wolfe McThenia, otherwise known as "Uncas," and they were married in 1962. After several years in Alexandria, Va., they moved to Lexington, where they raised their three children, Paige, Andy and Tal in their Rockbridge County home.
     In the 1970's, Anne was active in the League of Women Voters and was President of the Rockbridge County Mental Health Association. After earning her Master's Degree in Counseling from James Madison University, Anne helped start Alcohol Services of Rockbridge, where she served in a variety of capacities for the next two decades, President, Secretary/Treasurer, and individual and group counselor for substance abuse treatment.
     Through her own struggles with addiction, Anne became a good friend of Bill Wilson. Anne worked as a student counselor for Hollins University in Roanoke and for Washington and Lee University in Lexington, before starting her own counseling practice in 1992. She retired in 2000. From 1998 to the present, Anne was active with Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity, as committee member, committee chair and board chair for two years. She was instrumental in forging links and partnerships between Habitat and area communities of faith, and expanding Habitat's role in the Rockbridge community more broadly. With several others, Anne led the Lexington Area Ministerial Association Build on Taylor Street. Habitat's Executive Director, Dan Walz said, "Anne's committment and influence will continue to guide Habitiat in the future."
     In recent years, Anne pursued her interest in photography more formally. She trained through workshops and mentorships, showed her work locally, and was an active member of the Rockbridge Camera Club.
     She and Uncas became near-professional travelers and adoring grandparents, and during her later years, Anne's abiding devotion to gardening and birding were still in full flourish. As a mother, spouse, friend and counselor, Anne consistently thought of and did for loved ones and clients before herself.
     Her retirement was less a time of introspection than of pouring herself out for others. Nonetheless, as her husband recently observed, "She never had much doubt about who she was."
     A service will be held 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2010, at Robert E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington followed immediately by a celebration of Anne's life at Washington and Lee's Hillel House, next door to the church. Memorial contributions can be made to Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity or Rockbridge Area Hospice. Arrangements are being handled by Harrison Funeral Home and Crematory.


John Whitmore ('56) [posted August 1, 2008] - From the Commercial Appeal, Memphis, August 1, 2008:

JOHN R. WHITMORE, 69, of Germantown died of a stroke on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at Methodist University Hospital. Mr. Whitmore is a graduate of East High School, attended the University of Memphis and was a member of KappaAlpha Fraternity.He retired from Walgreens. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvah and Marion Whitmore. He is survived by 2 sons, Rob Whitmore and Chris Whitmore both of the St. Louis, MO area; one sister, Linda Whitmore ['60] of Germantown, four grandchildren, Samantha, Todd, Nathan, and Matt. Services will be Saturday, August 2,2008 at 11:30am. at Memorial Park in the Fireside Chapel. A visitation will begin Saturday at 10am.Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation: 10 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2008 at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2008, at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Gibson Wicker ('52) [posted March 4, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, March 4, 2007:

Hickory Flat [Mississippi] - CHARLES GIBSON WICKER, 74, passed away March 2, 2007. Funeral serviceswill be at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 4 [2007] at First Baptist Church of Hickory Flat. Burial will be in McKay Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home 662-252-1161


Ollie Mae Wilkerson ('73) [posted July 15, 2012] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, July 13, 2011:

Mrs. Ollie Mae Wilkerson Hunter was born in Memphis, TN on March 24, 1955 to the late Lonnie and Gerthie Mae Johnson Wilkerson. She was a graduate of East High School Class of 1973. She worked in the mortgage field for over 30 years; where she made many long lasting valuable friendships. She was previously employed by Leader Federal, National Mortgage and currently employed by CoreLogic. Ollie was blessed to have had three beautiful children with her former husband and dear friend Caselle Hunter Sr.; Danyiel Hunter-Yarbrough (Juan) a loving, caring, and supportive daughter of Apopka, FL, two outstanding sons, Caselle Hunter Jr. (Tashara) of Winter Garden, FL and Jason Hunter (Sylvia) of Memphis, TN. Ollie leaves behind one beautiful sister Morlean Branch (Robert) and 5 magnificent brothers Jimmy Wilkerson (Evelyn), Clinton Wilkerson, Arthur Wilkerson (Gloria), Johnny Wilkerson, Willie Wilkerson and a special friend Nathaniel Cox. She has nine exceptional grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends that all are remarkable in their own way. Ollie was preceded in death by her four loving brothers, Lonnie Wilkerson, Ernest Wilkerson, Albert Wilkerson and Herman Wilkerson. On July 10, 2012 our heavenly Father sent angels to escort her home. At the ripe age of 57, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior. Now she will Truly Rest In Peace. All is Well. A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012 at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Poplar Avenue. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11. Online condolences and floral tributes may be made by visiting www.memphisfuneralhome.net. Memphis Funeral Home And Memorial Gardens 5599 Poplar Ave. (901)725-0100 Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 13, 2012


Ed Williams ('52) [posted September 30, 2013] - From Memorial Park Funeral Home & Cemetery, Memphis, September 30, 2013:

Edward Foster Williams, III, 78, passed away September 29, 2013 at his home. Born in Brooklyn, NY on January 3, 1935 to Ida Richards Williams and Edward Foster Williams, Jr.; they moved back to Memphis from New York, before he was one. He was a graduate of East High School in 1952, received his Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1956 from Auburn University, where he served as sports editor of the Plainsman. He continued his education and earned his Master of Arts in History from Memphis State in 1974. At the forefront of environmental engineering, when regulations were beginning to be put into practice, he helped develop the field of Environmental Engineering Consultation. He served his country in the United States Air Force as a Lieutenant from 1957-1960 and retired as a Captain in 1971. Mr. Williams was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 1970-1978 and served on the Shelby County Board of Commissioners from 1978-1994. As an accomplished writer, he was the author of: Fustest with Mostest, Early Memphis and Its River Rivals, and Great American Civil War Trivia Book. He never joined an organization of which he would not be president, because "as long as you are president they can't start the proceedings without you." He served on the the following: Shelby County Historical Commission, Memphis Belle War Memorial Foundation, delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1988, 1992 and 1996. He was currently serving as historian for Shelby County, trustee for Bolton College, trustee for Faith Christian Academy and a member of Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp 215 Sons of Confederate Veterans, Tennessee Historical Society, West Tennessee Historical Society, and Davies Manor Association Board. Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Sue Osenbaugh Williams; children, Cecile Leggett (David) of Memphis and Alex Williams (Cindy) of New Orleans, LA and grandchildren, Caitlin and Will Leggett and Reid and Jordan Williams. The family will receive friends Wednesday, October 2 beginning at 10 a.m. in the Salmon Room of Second Presbyterian Church, where he was a member. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. in the Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church or Auburn University Foundation E.F. Williams Annual Engineering Scholarship, 1320 Shelby Center, Auburn, AL 36849. As Ed would say, "It has been my observation that history does not repeat itself, but human nature does. Knowledge of this principle can be put to use in politics, business, and other endeavors if one knows history."
Visitation: 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Salmon Room, Second Presbyterian Church.
Memorial service: 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Salmon Room, Second Presbyterian Church.

Editor's note: It is reported Mr. Williams was generally a member of the East High Class of '53 but graduated a year early.


Harmon Williams ('63) [posted July 20, 2011] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, July 20, 2011:

Harmon Clay Williams Sr., 68, of Southaven MS, went to be with Our Lord and Savior July 18, 2011. Graduate of East High School Class of 1963, he started his professional career as a draftsman of engineering companies, and concluded as an industrial mechanic. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles Owen Williams Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Blakely Williams, sister Jean Micklos, brothers Charles Owen Williams Jr. and Richard Williams. He left to cherish his memory his wife, Brenda Stroupe Williams, his children, Harmon Clay Williams Jr. Carey Elizabeth Williams, Nicholas Williams, and Curt Williams. sisters, Jane Joyce of Memphis, and Patricia Voss of Bartlett; and one grandchild, Blaine Williams. The visitation will be Thursday, July 21 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. with the funeral to follow at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930. Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com
Visitation: 1:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.


Janet Williams ('63) [posted March 13, 2002] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 10, 2002:

JANET KIRKPATRICK, 56, of Medfield, Mass., formerly of Memphis, records manager for the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston for eight years, died Thursday at her home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at United Church of Christ in Medfield with burial in the National Cemetery in Quantico, Va. Roberts_Mitchell Funeral Service in Medfield has charge. Mrs. Kirkpatrick, the wife of Robert H. Kirkpatrick Jr. for 35 years, also leaves a daughter, Kathleen E. Kirkpatrick of Arlington, Va.; a son, Robert H. 'Trip' Kirkpatrick III of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a sister, Elizabeth Cowles of Sylvester, Ga., and a brother, Christopher H. Williams of Nashville. The family requests that memorials be sent to the ALS Therapy Development Foundation in Newton, Mass.
Prior to her death, Janet Williams was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1963 page.


Patricia Williams ('59) [posted May 3, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, February 2, 2007:

PATRICIA DELL AVENT, 66,of Cordova passed away February 1, 2007 after a 9 year battle with cancer. Visitation will be from 57 p.m. Friday, February 2, and service will be at 12 noon Saturday, February 3, at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel. Burial will be in Memory Hill Gardens. Patricia was a member of the United States Bowling Congress and of the Baptist Faith. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Gordon Avent; daughter, Lynette Smith and husband, Larry; her parents, Reece and Lucy Williams; two grandchildren, Shiler and Landon Smith; one brother, Tolbert Williams [associated with the Class of '61] and wife, Sharon. The family request memorials be made to West Clinic Wings in Patricia's honor.


Reggie Williams ('98) [posted May 22, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, May 22, 2013:

Reginald B Williams Jr. "Reggie", was born on May 10, 1980 to Reginald Williams Sr. and Ollie Sue McClough. On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, Reggie left his parents, Reginald and Gail Williams (step mother); brother, Torian; sister, Veronica; and niece, Madyson. Reggie's life will be honored with visitation at Christian Funeral Directors Inc., 2615 Overton Crossing on July 27, 2012 from 6- 8 p.m. and services at St. John Baptist Church, 640 Vance Ave. on July 28, 2012 at 11 a.m. Burial will be immediately after the services at Hayes Cemetery, Arlington, TN.

Prior to his death, Reggie Williams was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1998 page.


Sharon Denise Williams (Class year undetermined) [posted March 19, 2002] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 19, 2002:

SHARON DENISE WILLIAMS, 42, of 272 N. Hollywood, former employee of Peabody Place Store, died Thursday [March 14, 2002] at her home. Services will be at noon Saturday [March 23, 2002] at Greater White Stone Church on Wellington with burial in Elmwood. N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home has charge. She was a graduate of East High School and member of Rock of Ages CME Church. She leaves a daughter, Taylor O. Williams of Memphis; her father, Maurice Wright Blacknall, and a sister, Tina Blacknall, and two brothers, Frank Blacknall and Lawrence Blacknall, all of Memphis.
Visitation is Friday, March 22, noon until 6pm.
Funeral services will be at noon Saturday, March 23 at Greater White Stone Church on Wellington (in Memphis) with burial in Elmwood Cemetery.
N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home has charge.

If anyone can supply the year Ms. Williams was graduated from East, you may send us that information at editor@EastHigh.org


Diane Williams ('73) [posted December 11, 2003] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 11, 2003:

DIANE SHIELDS, 48, of Memphis, nursing assistant, died Saturday [December 6, 2003] at Methodist Healthcare-University Hospital. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday [December 12, 2003] at N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home with burial in Union Cemetery. She was a graduate of East High School. She leaves a daughter, Lakeshia Mullins; a son, James Shields Jr.; her parents, H. R. and Shirlene Williams; four sisters, Marilyn Williams, Ruby Wyatt, Annette Mullins and Shirley Joseph; two brothers, Robert Williams and Larry Williams, and three grandchildren.

Visitation is from 12 noon until 6 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2003, at N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral Services are at 1 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2003, at N. H. Owens & Son Funeral Home, Memphis, with burial in Union Cemetery.


Richard Williams (class year association undetermined) [posted December 10, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 9, 2007:

CPL.RICHARD DONALD WILLIAMS, 63, was born in Memphis Tennessee August 4, 1944 and died October 28, 2007 in Hampton, Virginia of lingering conditions caused by Vietnam wounds. Services will be held at Memphis National Cemetery, 3568 Townes Avenue, Memphis, TN. Richard was the son of Charles O. Williams Sr. and Elizabeth Williams of Memphis, who preceded him in death. His brother, Charles Owen Williams Jr. (Buddy) of Nashville, Tennessee and a sister, Jean Micklos of Dallas, Texas also preceded him in death. He is survived by daughters, Lana Godoy in Williamsburg, Virginia and Donna Stewart in Durango, Colorado; sisters, Jane Joyce in Memphis and Pat Voss in Bartlett, Tennessee and brother, Harmon Williams ['63] in Mississippi. He graduated from Memphis schools; accepted Christ as his Savior and was baptized at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Memphis. He joined the brotherhood of the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War era. Service to his country was his one true love. He distinguished himself as a Marine and was true to the Marine Corps and our country with alife-time of love. Semper-Fidelis, my brother.
Mr. Williams is shown to have been at East High in 1959, however, we do not know with which class year he was associated. Anyone with that information is asked to transmit it to editor@EastHigh.org


Mark Williamson ('71) [posted December 5, 2000] - From The Commercial Appeal, December 5, 2000:

MARK F. WILLIAMSON, 48, of Memphis, teacher and drama director for Shelby County Schools, died of complications from diabetes Sunday [December 3, 2000] at his home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday [December 7, 2000] at Asbury United Methodist Church with entombment in Memorial Park Mausoleum. Memorial Park Funeral Home has charge. He was a National Guard veteran and was the youth minister for St. Mark's United Methodist Church. Mr. Williamson, the husband of Rebecca L. Williamson, also leaves a daughter, Rachel Ann Williamson of Memphis; his mother and stepfather, Jean and William Raymond Whitsitt of Memphis; his father, Jason H. Williamson of Cape Creek, Ariz.; a sister, Jan Williamson Brucker, and a brother, Robert Jason Williamson, both of Memphis. The family requests that memorials be sent to Hot Shots Children's Diabetes Support Group at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in care of Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation.


Charlie Willis ('68) [posted November 30, 2001]

Charlie Willis, 51, of Atlanta, GA., owner of Actual Reality Studio, a new media/broadband production and special effects firm, died of cancer November 30, 2001. Mr. Willis leaves his wife, Elizabeth Pearson Willis ('68) and daughters Betsy Willis and Sallie Willis, both of Georgia. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the American Cancer Society.
A memorial service was held at the A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home in Decatur, GA. on Sunday, December 2, 2001.

The following is from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 2, 2001:
Mr. Charles Edgar Willis of Atlanta died November 30, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Pearson Willis; two daughters, Miss Elizabeth Elder Willis and Miss Sallie Rebecca Willis, both of Atlanta; sister, Mrs. Nora Willis Wax of Memphis, TN; and brother, Mr. Barry Wolford Willis of Memphis, TN. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of A. S. Turner and Sons at 3:00 p.m. Sunday. Those desiring may send contributions to The American Cancer Society. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday [December 2, 2001] at A. S. Turner and Sons.
Prior to his death, Charlie Willis was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1968 page.


Herb Wilmot ('70) [posted August 2, 2007] - From The Commercial Appeal, July 11, 2007:

HERBERT A. WILMOT III, 54, formerly of Memphis, died June 17, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV. The family will receive friends at Memorial Park Funeral Home from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 14. Herb was an upbeat person, an avid reader, including theosophy and Jungian psychology, a conversationalist, writer, music lover, and film aficionado. Herb played football under thelegendary Paul "Bear" Bryant while attending the University of Alabama. He worked on the Mississippi and Illinois River as a barge deckhand for Valley Line Company. Herb worked for the Peabody Hotel, AMF Legendary, and Weststar International. Herb became a professional pool player, member of the PBA (Professional Billiards Association) and organized exhibitions and tournaments for both men and women, including the WPBA (Womens Professional Billiards Association). He was the house pro at Bartlett Billards in Memphis. Herb produced, directed, and hosted "On Cable Tonight", a Memphis cable television talk show. He worked for Lunar Productions in Memphis. He worked as amarketing specialist for "Beyond The Box Productions" in Hollywood for the movie "Pool Hall Junkies". Herb will be missed as a loyal friend, brother, and son. Herb had attended the First Unitarian Church of the River. Herb was preceded in death by his father, Herbert A. Wilmot, Jr. He leaves his mother, Margaret Johnson Wilmot; brother, Tim Wilmot ['71]; sisters, Beth and Leigh Ann Wilmot [associated with the Class of '76]; his sister-in-law, Susan Wilmot; and two nieces, Christy and Mary Wilmot. He also leaves two aunts, Betty Sue Dunn and Jeanne Nowlin; cousins in California, Ohio, and Memphis. Memorial contributions may be sent to LeBonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis or to a favorite charity.


Ronna Wilons ('68) [posted March 12, 2013] - from The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., March 12, 2013:

Dr. RONNA W. SANDLER
On Monday, March 11, 2013,
Dr. RONNA W. SANDLER of Potomac, MD. Beloved wife of Perry Sandler; devoted mother of Scott (Kristy), David (Stacey) and the late Rebecca Sandler; cherished daughter of Bassio and the late Sol Wilons; dear sister of Michael and Elliott (Rochelle) Wilons; loving grandmother of Drew, Katelyn, Aliya and Rylee Sandler. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 12:30 p.m. at Shaare Tefila Congregation, 16620 Georgia Ave., Olney, MD. Interment at Judean Memorial Gardens, Olney, MD. Shiva will be observed at the late residence through Thursday evening. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105. Arrangements entrusted to TORCHINSKY HEBREW FUNERAL HOME, 202-541-1001 (endorsed by the Rabbinical Council of Greater Washington).
Visitation: Shiva observed at the residence through Thursday evening, March 14, 2013.
Funeral services: 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2013, Shaare Tefila Congregation, Olney, MD.


The following obituary was published in The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 17, 2013:

Dr Ronna Wilons Sandler of Potomac, MD died on March 11, 2013. She was the beloved wife of Perry Sandler, devoted mother of Scott (Kristy) Sandler, David (Stacey) Sandler and late Rebecca Sandler; cherished daughter of Bobbie and the late Sol Wilons; dear sister of Michael and Elliott (Rochelle) Wilons; loving grandmother of Drew, Katelyn, Aliya and Rylee Sandler. Funeral Services were held on March 12. Memorial contributions may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Joe Wilson ('68) [posted April 4, 2008] - From The Commercial Appeal, April 4, 2008:

JOSEPH GUERRY WILSON JR., 57, of Memphis, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Guerry Wilson, Sr. and Elizabeth Perry Wilson. A 1968 graduate of East High School in Memphis, he received his undergraduate degree from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. He then received his JD degree from the University of Memphis School of Law and was an avid and "true blue" Tiger fan. He practiced as a CPA and Attorney for many years in Memphis. Joe is survived by his daughters, Sarah W. Myers and Rachel W. Koch, both residents in the Chattanoga, Tennessee vicinity. His local survivors include his uncle, Russell Perry, his uncle and aunt, Chester and Amanda Perry, and his many friends and associates. A Memorial service will be conducted at 12 noon on Friday, April 18 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 1508 S. White Station Road, Memphis, TN 38117, where he was a member for many years, followed later that day by a reception at Mortimer's Restaurant. Memorials may be made to the University of Memphis.
Memorial service: noon Friday, April 18, 2008, at All Saints Episcopal Church, Memphis.
Reception: 5 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2008, Mortimer's Restaurant, 590 N Perkins, Memphis.


Libby Wilson ('69) [updated May, 1999] - From The Commercial Appeal, May 8, 1999:

AEROBICS INSTRUCTOR, 47, FELT GROUNDED IN HER FAITH
By Bill Dries The Commercial Appeal

Elizabeth `Libby' Wilson Wittenberg brought aerobics to Second Presbyterian Church and her Christian spirit to aerobics classes outside the church.
Mrs. Wittenberg, who was also a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines, died of cancer Friday [May 7, 1999] at her home. She was 47.
She was a certified aerobics instructor and personal trainer and taught at Second Presbyterian Church, Q The Sports Club and The Racquet Club of Memphis.
"I looked up to her. I admired the way she had a love for the Lord," said Gaye Greer, a fellow aerobics instructor who met Mrs. Wittenberg in 1984. "She was just a very kind and sweet person. She always had a big smile on her face."
Delaine Griffin knew her through Second Presbyterian Church, where they were both members.
"She was one of the first women in Memphis to establish aerobics as a program in the churches and outside the churches," Griffin said. "Once you met her, it was like having an instant friend. She had such wonderful energy."
That energy made the rigorous workouts she led much easier to take.
"She had the personality that people loved to be around, and they loved to work out with her," said Griffin. "It was fun going."
Mrs. Wittenberg was a graduate of East High and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She was a past board member of the U. T. Alumni Association and a member of the Junior League of Memphis Inc.
Mrs. Wittenberg, the wife of Richard L. Wittenberg, also leaves two sons, Wade Stooksberry and Wilson Stooksberry; her parents, Rollin V. and Margaret W. Wilson, all of Memphis; and two sisters, Lynn W. Leppert of Germantown and Leah Strickland of Cordova.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday [May 10, 1999] at Second Presbyterian Church with burial in Memorial Park. Canale Funeral Directors has charge.
The family requests that any memorials be sent to Young Life or Second Presbyterian Church.


Earl Winn ('60) [posted October 24, 2014] - From The Commercial Appeal, October 22, 2014:

Winchester - Earl H. Winn of Winchester, TN suffered a massive heart attack and died while riding his motorcycle Thursday October 16th, 2014. He was 72. Earl was born May 16, 1942 in Little Rock, Arkansas and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee graduating from East High School. He received a B.S. from Tennessee Technological University, an M.Ed. from Memphis State University, and taught classes at the University of Tennessee while working on his doctorate. After several years as Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education, Dean of Men, and Golf Coach at Limestone College in Gaffney, SC, he entered the business world and retired after 20 years with Inland Container Corporation in Rome, Georgia. He then returned to teaching and retired from Polk County Georgia Board of Education in 2005 and moved to Tims Ford Lake in Winchester, Tennessee. Earl’s devotion to God, family and church was evident to all who knew him. Blessed with incredible intelligence, God also gifted him with a wry sense of humor, a strong moral sense, and a love for the great outdoorsgolf, fishing, and motorcycles. He was pleased to share what God had given him and touched many lives through the charities he supported. Earl is survived by Linda Hultin Winn, his wife of 49 years; a daughter Wendy Smith and her husband Samuel Smith; grandchildren Sam, Alex, and Kathryn Smith; a sister-in-law Ann Hultin Kiesau and her husband Kyle Kiesau; niece Jennifer Roberts and her family; Melony Star Kiesau and her family; Mac the English Springer Spaniel, Jethro the black lab; and many close motorcycle buddies. A celebration of Earl's life will be held on Saturday, October 25th at Marble Plains Baptist Church inside Tims Ford State Park at 525 Marble Plains Road, Winchester TN 37398. Visitation is at 10 a.m. followed by a celebratory service at 11 a.m. with Brother Jack Hice officiating. In lieu of flowers, please feed the hungry by making a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, www.secondharvestmidtn.org 331 Great Circle Rd, Nashville, TN 37228. (615) 329-3491. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home (931)967-2222
Visitation: 10 a.m. October 25, 2014, Marble Plains Baptist Church, Tims Ford State Park, 525 Marble Plains Road, Winchester Tennessee.
Service: 11 a.m. October 25, 2014, Marble Plains Baptist Church, Tims Ford State Park, 525 Marble Plains Road, Winchester Tennessee.


Nyle Wood (associated with the Class of '73) [posted January 19, 2013] - From The Knoxville News Sentinel, January 19, 2013

WOOD, NYLE LEROY - age 57 of Knoxville, formerly of Memphis, passed away early Friday morning, January 18, 2013 at his home. Nyle was a member of Concord United Methodist Church. He was born in Memphis and graduated from Memphis State University. From an early age, he was involved in music. He played in bands and later was employed with Clair Brothers Audio and toured all over the world with many well-known artists. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, hiking and other outdoor activities. He was a member of I.A.T.S.E. Union Local 197. Nyle was preceded in death by his parents, John and Wandaleen Wood; step mother, Kathrine Wood. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Julia Haston Wood; sons, Dylan Taylor Wood and Shelby Aaron Wood; brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Donna Wood of Southaven, Mississippi and their daughter, Sarah; step sister Joyce Bryant of Spring, Texas and step brother Hal Ferrell of Batesville, Mississippi. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:45 p.m. on Sunday at Concord United Methodist Church with a Celebration of Life to follow at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Brent Hall officiating. Family and friends will gather at 11:00 a.m. cst on Monday at Old Union Cemetery in Sparta for graveside services with Rev. Brent Hall officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concord United Methodist Church, 11020 Roane Drive, Farragut, TN 37934 or to Pellissippi State Foundation Administrative Council Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 22990, Knoxville, TN 37933-0990. Click Funeral Home Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pike is serving the Wood family. www.clickfh.com
Visitation: 2-3:45 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2013, Concord United Methodist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee
Funeral services: 4 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2013, Concord United Methodist Church, Knoxville, Tennessee
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2013,Old Union Cemetery, Sparta, Tennessee.


Cynthia Wooten ('68) [posted August 30, 2009] - From The Commercial Appeal, August 30, 2009:

Cynthia Wooten Patterson, 59, died Saturday, August 29, 2009 at Methodist Germantown Hospital. Today, the families of Cynthia Wooten Patterson grieve the loss of their beloved wife, mother, and sister. Born in Evanston, IL (growing up in Memphis) preceded in death by her mother Virginia Strode Wooten. She is survived by her husband, Richard B. Patterson, her children and their spouses, Phillip A Barnes, and his wife, Tara, Lindsey Barnes Raby, and her husband Justin. Cynthia's father, Dr. Richard L. Wooten, her two brothers, Kent L. Wooten and his wife, Nanette of Kansas City; her brother, Dr. Robert S. Wooten, his wife, Mary Beth, her step-children, Brett and Andrea Patterson, Matt and Jennifer Patterson, nephews, Richard Wooten, Lake Wooten, Conor Wooten, Ross Wooten, and a niece, Jennifer Wooten. Our beloved wife, sister, and daughter, gracious and elegant, a true Memphis belle, graduated from East High School in 1968, was President of TDS, her high school sorority. She attended and graduated from University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1972, participating in Chi Omega, and was a pledge trainer at UTK as well as a "little sister" of ATO. She was a member of the Professional Network Association, PNA, a former member of Ernead and RaMet Carnival Memphis. She also enjoyed her associations with Les Passes and the Jr. League of Memphis. Cynthia loved to cook and entertain, as well as "going out for dinner". She loved cruising and traveling to Florida. She was a gifted artist of embroidery, loved decorating and especially celebrating Christmas in the most traditional of manner, including, without fail, of cutting down the tree, year after year. But what will be most fondly and genuinely remembered was her love of her family! She adored her precious children, Phillip and Lindsey and her beloved husband, Rick. Her adoration of her daddy was easily realized by any who knew her, as was her loving affections toward Kent [Wooten] and Bob [Wooten] her sweet and mischievous brothers. Outside of her passion for her family was her love of the elderly, especially those suffering dementia and Alzheimer's. She worked tirelessly to secure housing and/or assisted living for the elderly and those who suffered these ailments. Funeral services will be Monday, August 31 at 10 a.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home. A visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m., Sunday. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be sent to Alzheimer's Day Services "Dorothy's Place" 3185 Hickory Hill Road Memphis 38115 www.networkforgood. org or to Page Robbins Adult Day Care 1961 South Houston Levee Road, Collierville, TN 38017 www.pagerobbins.org.
Visitation: 6-9 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2009, Memorial Park Funeral Home, Memphis.
Funeral services: 10 a.m. Monday, August 31, 2009, Memoral Park Funeral Home, Memphis.

Ms. Patterson's brothers, Bob and Kent are also East alumni although the exact class years is not immediately available for inclusion here.


Biff Work ('70) [posted February 7, 2001] - From The Commercial Appeal, January 26, 2001:

HARRY H. 'BIFF' WORK III, 48, of Little Rock, formerly of Memphis, employee of Prospect Steel Co., died of heart failure Wednesday [January 24, 2001] in Little Rock. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday [January 27, 2001] at St. John's Cemetery. Canale Funeral Directors has charge. He, the only, leaves a daughter, Merridy Toepfer of Columbus, Ga.; his mother, Dorothy D. Work; a sister, Dee W. Thomas; and a brother, David S. Work, all of Memphis, and a grandchild. The family requests that memorials be sent to The American Diabetes Association.


Prince Albert Worley('56) [posted March 20, 2013] - From The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, March 20, 2013:

Prince Albert Worley, 74, entered this world on October 29, 1938 in Memphis, TN. He valiantly and courageously battled Parkinson Disease for 39 years, losing that battle on March 16, 2013. Al loved his Lord and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved - he lived - he laughed. He leaves his sweetheart of 50 years, Virginia, two much loved daughters, Gay Alyson Worley Whitaker (Brad) and Susan Elizabeth Worley Jerden (Chris), five beloved grandchildren, Elizabeth Whitaker, Whit Whitaker, Hannah Grace Whitaker, Benjamin Whitaker and Maggie Jerden. He leaves a dear brother, Ernie Worley ['65] (Pat). He was preceded in death by his parents, Prince A. and Elizabeth Worley. He was retired sales manager at Hill Smith Systems of Memphis. One passion was sports; another, he was an avid outdoorsman. He played football and baseball, coached football, baseball and soccer and refereed basketball. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an alumnus of the University of Memphis and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. There will be a memorial service at Highland Heights Presbyterian Church at Highway 64 and Morning Sun Road in Lakeland, on Friday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. with a reception following the service. He donated his body to Genesis for medical research. Memorials may be sent to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, NY 10163-4777, or to Crossroads Hospice of Tennessee, 1669 Shelby Oaks Drive, #106, Memphis, TN 38134.
Memorial service: 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 22, 2013, Highland Heights Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Tennessee.
A reception follows the service at the church.


Phillip Wright ('55) [posted May 7, 2010] - From The Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN. May 22, 2007:

Philip S. Wright Sept. 5, 1937 — May 9, 2007 Philip S. Wright, 69, of Crossville, passed away May 9, 2007. Memorial services were held May 12 from the chapel of Hood Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Parrigin officiating. Burial was in Crossville City Cemetery. Mr. Wright was born Sept. 5, 1937, in Clinton, IL, the son of Richard J. Wright and Grace Landacre Wright. He was a graduate of East High School and State Technical Institute in Memphis. While serving in the United States Air Force, he was named Airman of the Year. He was also a reservist in the Military Police Unit at the Memphis Area Defense Depot. He was a data communications coordinator for Methodist Health Systems in Memphis for over 29 years before retiring in 1998. Mr. Wright was a lifetime member and past president of the Raleigh Optimist Club and a member of the Moose Lodge, both in Memphis. He was also a member of the Crossville Model Railroad Club and a member of the Woodlawn United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife, Nancy; half brothers, Ernie Wright of Destrehan, LA and Warren Wright of Memphis; special uncle, Kay Wright of Decatur, IL; special nephew and chess partner, Austin Akers of Crossville; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. The family has respectfully asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Woodlawn United Methodist Church, Crossville, or to the American Heart Association. Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC was in charge of the arrangements.


Sally Wright (Faculty) [posted June 1, 2008] - From The Commercial Appeal, June 1, 2008:

Sara Margaret "Sally" McEachern Wright, 83, of Memphis, died Friday, May 30, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital. Funeral services will be 11:30a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Funeral Home with interment to follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday evening. She was a language arts teacher for many years in the Memphis City Schools, primarily at East and Melrose Junior High. She was a longtime member of Buntyn Presbyterian Church, where she had served as an elder and taught the Adult Sunday School class. Born in St. Pauls, North Carolina, she graduated from the University of North Carolina and earned a Masters degree in Education from the University of Memphis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Pat S. Wright. A loving mother and grandmother, she is survived by her four daughters, Rebecca [Becky Wright '71] (Les) Ballou, of Memphis, Cameron [Cami Wright '74] (Drew) Corn, of Tarpon Springs, FL, Paige Wright ['76], of Memphis, and Megan (James) Baker ['77], of Orange Park, FL, and two grandchildren, Jeffrey Ballou and Jessica Baker. The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Heifer Project International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202.
Mrs. Wright taught at about 1964 through, at least, 1971 and possibly until 1975.


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Jerry Yancey ('59) [posted September 8, 2003] - From The Commercial Appeal, September 5, 2003:

JERRY LYNN YANCEY, 62, of Memphis, account manager for Lilly Co., died Tuesday [September 2, 2003] at his home. Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday [September 6, 2003] at Forest Hill Funeral Home East with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown. He was a Methodist, and volunteer of the year and fund-raiser for Special Olympics and served on the Special Olympics Board. Mr. Yancey, the husband of Becky Yancey for 41 years, also leaves a son, Dr. Jerry L. Yancey Jr. of Burlington, Iowa; his mother, Mary Ellen Walton Shoaf of Covington, and a brother, William Sims Yancey of Laguna Niguel, Calif. The family requests that memorials be sent to Memphis Special Olympics.
See also our Sympathy section.


Howard Yandell ('72) [posted November 11, 2002] - Howard Yandell (associated with the Class of 1972) is reported to have died October 10, 2002 in San Diego, California. The following information has been forwarded for posting here:
James Howard Yandell III passed away on October 10, 2002, from Multiple Myeloma III Stage Cancer. He was born in Wilson, North Carolina and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. He was a Power Production Specialist for Certified Electrical Distributors, Atlanta, Georgia. He attended East most of his elementary years and also high school. He will be greatly missed by his family. He leaves his wife of 30 years Patricia Yandell, a son, Jerry Yandell, a daugter, Jamie Yandell and two grandchildren, Joey Yandell and Ben Yandell. He also leaves his parents James Howard Yandell II & Winifred Yandell, two sisters, Barbara Carter and Mary Ellen Demarero and a brother David Yandell.

Prior to his death, Howard Yandell was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile he submitted may be read on the Class of 1972 page.

Patricia Yandell (associated with the class of '72) may be contacted at mbslls@earthlink.net


Patia Young ('59) [posted December 3, 2000] - Patia Young of Ocilla, Georgia, died December 1, 2000, of a recurrance of cancer. She leaves two daughters, Stephanie VanHoosier Kandzierski and Kimberly VanHoosier-Carey, both of the Atlanta area.
Prior to her death, Patia Young was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the
Class of 1959 page.


Raymond Young ('56) [posted May 11, 2012, updated May 13, 2012]

Raymond A. Young, 73, of Memphis, died Friday, May 11, 2012, at Methodist Hospice Residence. Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Monday at Forest Hill Funeral Home East with interment at 11 a.m. Tuesday at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. A visitation will be held this evening from 5:30 to 7:30. He was a retired brick mason for 40 years, and a partner in Young Brothers Masonry Contractors, where he was a key contributor in the construction of Baptist Memorial Hospital Central. A Marine Corps veteran, Raymond was known for his hard nosed style and tremendous dedication through out his life. He applied this to sports by leading several boys baseball teams to championships. In the 70's and 80's, he officiated TSSAA high school football. As his health declined, he started working at Cash Depot where he retired in 2006. He remained close to his high school friends and celebrated their 50 year reunion. Mr. Young leaves two sons, Russ Young and Chad Young; his sister, Carole Young, all of Memphis; and five grandchildren, Jonathan, Emily, Brock, Cash, and Ryder. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Methodist Hospice Residence, 6414 Quince Road, Memphis, TN 38119. Forest Hill Funeral Home East 382-1000
Visitation: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2012, Forest Hill Funeral Home East, Memphis.
Funeral services: 12 noon Monday, May 14, 2012, Forest Hill Funeral Home East, Memphis.

Prior to his death, Raymond Young was a participant with our alumni page. The last profile she submitted may be read on the Class of 1956 page.

Editor's note: Raymond Young was Continuing Contributor to The East High Alumni Page, great supporter of this alumni web site, tremendous supporter of his Class and East High classes. His contribution to the alumni of East High, his Class, and to The East High Alumni Page was greatly appreciated. He will be missed.


Jackie Youngblood ('53) [posted February 9, 2008] - From The Commercial Appeal, February 9, 2008:

JACQUELINE RUTH YOUNGBLOOD TOWLES, 73, of Memphis, died February 7 at Saint Francis Hospital Bartlett. She was an intelligent, artistic and spiritual woman who graduated from East High School and attended H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College in New Orleans. She also was a commercial artist and a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit. Mrs. Towles is preceded in death by her husband, David W. Towles, parents, Harold and Rubye Youngblood and brother, Tony Youngblood. She is survived by her daughters, Courtney Lannom and husband, Greg of Cordova; Charmaine McLain and husband, Doug of Tupelo, MS, Jackie Clark and husband, Richard of Collierville and daughter Lisa Landers and her husband Ashley of Flower Mound, TX. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Logan, Lindsay and Lanier Lannom; Taylor, Jessica and Grant Garrison; Dylan and Kelsey Clark and Caroline, Ashley and Joseph Landers. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Jacqueline Towles be made to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Fwy. Ste. 250 Dallas, TX 75244. Visitation and Funeral service will be held in the Germantown Parkway Chapel on Sunday, February 10 from 5-7 p.m. (rosary at 4:30 p.m.) and on Monday, February 11 at 10 a.m. respectively.
Visitation: 5-7 p.m. Sunday, February 10, 2008, Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel (rosary at 4:30 p.m.).
Funeral services: 10 a.m. Monday, February 11, 2008, Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel.


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