Central High School
Class of 1956
of our known
deceased classmates are listedin the
In Memoriam section
of this website and a
section has been
added about the more
recent losses in
Central Class’56 60th Reunion Celebrants,
you needed was a little push. The reservations are rolling
in every day now for our reunion NEXT
MONTH. Some of you thought that you
had to reserve before September 1, but that ain’t
so. The Courtyard by Marriott was requesting notice
by late September, but there is no “cutoff”
date for your attendance. It would make your planners
happy, though, to have a dependable head count at the
getting down to crunch time for specifics at our 60th.
If you have any special requests for the reunion activities,
by all means make your desires known. And, of course,
we need some able-bodied volunteers to get the job done.
Most of the big stuff is settled, but there are many
little things that, with your help, can make this the
great time that you want it to be! There is talk of
a short planning meeting next Tuesday at noon. If you
want to be a part, express your interest in a reply
and we will get the specifics for you.
Our treasurer, Betty Russell, advises
us that our finances are in good shape…and that
we can, indeed, pay our bills! Her records indicate
that so far we have 89 attending, including a number
of singles. There are still many classmates whom we
are expecting to get onboard.
Sooooo, warm up your vocal chords for a rousing rendition
on you Warriors, up on your toes, give your best to
[Don’t worry, we’ll have a printout of the
words to help us along.]
Here is a list of the reservations received so far:
Allenberg Wilk & Larry
Schaefer & Margaret
Elizabeth Cocke Roe
(Irene) Cox Jamieson & daughter
Sherman & Sandy
Simon & Janna
Davis & Mary
Simpson & Caroline
Dillard & Ann
Thompson McMillan & daughter
Vollmer & Laura
(Hank) Gotten & Evelyn
Wall & Elizabeth
Warr & Marilane
Gray & Genie
& Betty Fay McAlister Griggs
and Beverly Yates White
Guyton & Beverly Estes
Wilson Murchison & Harry
Harwood & Brenda
Wood & Janace
Hoelscher & Barbara
Kriger & Judy
Lape & Jackie
Leake & Vandy
Cunningham & Ginny
Salky Meltzer & Mitchell
Moss & Kathryn
Ella Burrow and Jerry Peters
Simmons & Vicki
Kapell Aronson & Ben
Russell Ragsdale Cunningham
Schwartz Boshwit &
Wexler – WHO??
(but a Central wantabe)
Steve Dendrinos sent in a donation though he can’t attend.
August we announced there was Good News
and Not-So-Good News
Good News first…..
been hearing all too often from us, huh? But there is news
that we believe you want to know. Our goal is to keep you
into a reliable college friend today who told a story that
many of you may not have heard. He said that in the 1950’s,
Central High School was the ONLY public school
in the COUNTRY that colleges and universities
recruited students from. That make you feel special?
Maybe a little more proud of your Central diploma? Or proud
of your high school friends? Probably!
Reunion is LESS THAN TWO MONTHS AWAY. YIPPEE!!!!
have already received many reservations for our 60th
Reunion on October 21-22. Thanks for your
prompt response. For those of you who have not sent in your
forms, please do so soon, so that your organizers can continue
to develop a fun time for you. We need and WANT to hear from
looking for a volunteer to put together a slide or video show
for our Friday and Saturday night reunion events. Several
of us have videos and snapshots that could help in the assembly.
We may be able to dig up the video presented at our 50th,
which could be inserted, too. How about it ???
we prepare to meet for our 60th Reunion on October 21-22,
we are often reminded of the fragile nature of our lives and
the importance of sharing wonderful memories of our many class
members who have departed. Make it a point to attend our reunion
and join those of us who are fortunate enough to welcome the
smiles of our Central classmates.
had a lot of communication with class members surrounding
the 60th Reunion. Much of it has helped us identify new locations,
email addresses and phone numbers. We also have identified,
with your help, heretofore unknown deaths. With due respect
to each lost classmate, we submit the names of classmates
who passed away during recent years who were unknown to us:.
"Lloyd" Colter, Jr., Dec. 11,
Doris Jean Schilly
Kuehn Oct. 16, 2012
Elinor Kochman Himes
Nov. 12, 2013
Jimmie Austin Kemp
June 16, 2013
Dec. 1, 2014
Nona Ray Mosier Reed
- April 27, 2014
- Feb. 16, 2015
Sara Dahl McPhail
to the families of these departed. We remember them all.
about these fallen classmates are shown
2016 Class Losses
August 18, 2016,
we learned that Jerry Read died
after a short bout with pancreatic cancer. Jerry
was certainly one of our favorite classmates…quiet,
unassuming, and very friendly. We extend our heartfelt sympathy
to Priscilla and Jerry’s family.
(Yates) White of Nashville was thoughtful in notifying us
of the death of classmate, Raye
Ann Loskove Greenbaum on August 12, 2016 in
Nashville. Who can forget that huge smile wrapped in bright
also shared with you the sad news of the recent death of our
classmate, Charlotte Peterson
Carrell on August 6, 2016.
we report the death of D.
Jack Smith died on July 18
Holmes Bratcher died on June 11, 2016 in Prattsville,
April, we received notice of Kay
Wilkerson Montgomery’s death on April
15, 2016, in Slidell, LA.Kay’s husband, Marvin, shared
with us that sadly, Kay suffered from alzheimers for several
of these obituaries are included here.
HOLD IT YALL!
WAIT A MINUTE!
GET YOUR CALENDAR OUT!
NOW GET A PENCIL (pen is better!)
Friday, October 21 and
Saturday, October 22, 2016
60th Reunion - Central High Class of 1956
The Saturday evening venue will be held at
The Village at Germantown (meeting time and program
is in the works)
Friday plans are incomplete… except that whatever
they are, YOU DON”T WANT TO MISS THEM!
Green & Gold Open!---
Richard Harwood is setting up
a golf experience for any and
all of our class members, spouses and even vintage friends.
now, just how many more reunions can you anticipate?
Wouldn’t it be prudent to be SURE you attend this
Yes, some will be moving slower and creakier than others,
but we’re still moving, huh!
who cares about the physical appearances
when you get to visit with folks that were (are)
a major part of your life?
WAIT TO LOOK YOU IN THE EYE AND SAY,
THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES!
Warriors did it again!
Porked out at our Pete & Sam’s annual dinner in 2015
December 2 @ 6:00 PM
Pete and Sam’s Restaurant
year a couple of “new” faces show up, but most
of the regulars are, uhhh…, regular. Richard Harwood
couldn't pin down everyone, but he photo’d most of us
eating, drinking, and/or laughing. check
could not come up with clever titles for the snapshots, though
there were many clever folks in attendance. Most of you just
want names anyway. “WHO?”you say.
Our trusted website manager (and Class of ’54 member),
Frank Land, has loaded our website with snapshots of classmates
at the dinner party. See our personal website at: www.memphiscentralhigh1956.com
Plans are still in the making for a 60th Reunion next
The recommended date is October
21 & 22, 2016.
Sherman has been working diligently on a dinner location for
one night of our 60th. He has checked numerous
places, but is very enthused about the Village at Germantown,
where they will serve us a good meal for under $25. No kidding?!
Other groups who have used their facilities have been very
satisfied, according to Phil and, sidekick, Ramsay Wall.
Sherman, we will NOT conflict with the Tennessee/Alabama football
on the 15th, so we will likely meet in either the 1st or 3rd
week in October.
is still a lot of planning to do, but getting the date and
the location is primary. Your comments are welcome and necessary
Class of ’56 Party Planners
Joy, Billy and Phil have expressed interest in a get-together
of some sort next year, to celebrate the fact that we are
still able and willing!
course, your opinion is very important. If the interest is
there, we are confident we can reignite the Reunion Committee’s
flame...maybe even encourage some additional eager enthusiasts.
If enough people are interested, then a plan could be developed
and action begun. Since this one is the big 60th, maybe you
would like to expand the scope of our local annual meetings
to encourage many of our out of town classmates to “come
on down!” It’s always fun to share memories
of an unforgettable (and fortunate) high school experience.
Preferred? Where? How Long?
How So???? Let us hear what you have to
say. It's as easy
as selecting REPLY
on this email or addressing an envelope and snail-mailing
a note to:
Joy, Phil, & Billy
1375 Pebble Creek Lane
Memphis, TN 38120
You Did It Again!
65 of us had a great time on Dec.10th, revisiting the “old”
days at Central. Kudos to each
of you who attended and entertained your buddies! A special
recognition goes out to our spouses and guests who committed
three hours of their time to help us act like teenagers again.
& Sam’s did a superb job of catering to all of our
food and drink requirements, while
we babbled…laughed…and remembered.
Betty, Barbara, Becky, and other helpers decorated our tables
and wall with green and gold and balloons to match. Joy supplied
a big vanilla cake, mounded with icing and inscribed with our
name and colors. What an unselfish group of volunteers
collected $176 in donations last night, which will cover our
website expenses, dinner decorations
and some miscellaneous items. Thanks to all of you who contributed.
what’s next? Appears obvious that a dinner meeting
in November/December of 2015 is in the
cards. In the meantime, check out our website, . www.memphiscentralhigh1956.com
it’s time for me to quit reminding you of what a great
group of people (and friends) we have in
our Class of ’56....YOU KNOW IT BY NOW!!!
tuned for the latest news, provided by you …to me…to
From December 2013,
the capital “C". . .
that’s because you are a CAPITAL group!
laughing, and positive attitudes. That’s what the 75th
Birthday Celebration last Tuesday
(Dec. 10) was all about. Pete & Sam’s did a super
job of feeding and filling us, and the venue made planning simple.
Joy Wilk provided a cake and balloons for the tables and BOOM,
we had a party underway!
the issues that surround us all at age 75, it’s special
to spend a few hours remembering all the good things that
we have experienced. Central High in the 50’s has
to be very high on the list.
occasionally hear news of other Warrior classes, and FOR
SURE our class may be the best.
we had a whopping group of 60, wouldn’t it be nice to
have more classmates join
the merriments? We missed many.
Unfortunately, only those classmates with email addresses
receive “formal” invitations. Of those,
maybe 50% responded "yea" or "nay". It’s
difficult to call or
snail-mail 300+ invitations.
2013 we reported....
and too soon, I must inform you of the death of a fellow classmate
Jimmy Demopolis (Damon).
Salky Meltzer was kind enough to forward a note and an article
in the Chicago Sun-Times.
Sun-Times - 4/25/13)
had a contagious smile, unmistakably revealed in his lifelong
love of singing and performing.
One of his close Chicago friends said, “Although many
of us down here are sad, the angels are clearly delighted. They
had been waiting a long while for a man with such an extraordinary
heart who really knows how to sing a standard.”
We will miss him
have received many
emails regarding memories of Jimmy (Demopolis) Damon. So many
so, that we thought you would enjoy seeing them.
other Classmates' memories of Jimmy D
growing number of losses among classmates has often lent a sad
note to these newsletters.That's why we changed the newsletter
(home page) to concentrate more on the living side of our class.We'll
still report the sadder side to you in other pages where the
bad news is shown. It was our thinking that while we all want
to know what is going on with our classmates, we don't want
to dwell on the bad news either. It's much more enjoyable to
hear good news about everyone.
the left side of this page, is a sidebar announcing recent classmate
deaths with links to the
with links to recent obituaries.
S. Remember to keep checking our website
you have a contribution to share with the class,
please direct it to Billy