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January 2013 news

Had a nice long phone chat with Jeannie Harris Whitfield who’s back in Longwood for the winter season, but chomping at the bitto head back to their nest in Weaverville, NC! She told me that Frank Karel had written a book entitled “Tales from a Cracker Boyhood” and would check with Frank’s widow about whether it’s possible to get a copy for the Pine Castle Woman’s Club since it included childhood memories of time in the Lake Conway area.

L.H. Thomas called before New Year’s Eve – always a fun-filled conversation! He lost his special dog “Buddy” to cancer after undergoing chemo treatments but has acquired a new pal named “Oreo,” German Shepherd mix, to join “Gus.” Can just see the three of them keeping things lively in their Lake City woods! I certainly could empathize with L.H. since my 17-year old “Abigail” let me know the end of November that it was time to release her from a progressive degenerative muscle disease.

Virginia McGuffey also called while in Orlando from Gerton, NC, visiting sister Barbara Kelsey and family. Said she loved being in NC with the bears, turkeys and deer. I told her I had all that plus raccoons, possums, armadillos and boars right here on the Wekiva River!


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Betty Bumby Bandy, bbbandy@gmail.com: There is one bit of news that is putting a damper on this Christmas Season. Margaret Roberts Hill just lost her husband of 53 years…Kenny had to be put in a Hospice unit…Most of her friends in Orlando have obligations that are keeping us from spending enough time with her this season of the year. Also, I understand the funeral will not be until after the first of the year. If you have chance to send Margaret a note or call her, please do: Mrs. Margaret Hill, Westminster Towers, 70 W. Lucerne Circle, Orlando, FL 32801, 407-841-1310/207…We are leaving tomorrow to spend Christmas in Marietta, GA with our middle daughter and then on to Montgomery, AL with the other two families. I hope for all of us a happy, healthy 2013.


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Phil Easterling
, peasterlin@aol.com, forwarded the following email from Jane McFadden, mcbell@columbus.rr.com: To Class of 51 - I’m writing to tell you that my husband, John McFadden, passed away on Feb. 9, 2012. I’m sorry this news didn’t get out sooner, but I didn’t know where to send the message until his email produced a message from someone else. John had a very aggressive cancer that had spread through his whole body by the time it was diagnosed just before Christmas last year. He went into the hospital on Jan. 2, and never made it back home. Johnny was preceded in death by his sister Sheila Bynum, on October 10, 2011. This has been a tremendous loss to me, and I know many of you will sorrow too. We enjoyed a party at Peggy Jo [Pounds] van den Berg’s very much in the spring of 2011.


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Al Kelley
, akelleygolf@gmail.com: Hi, Grace. Many thanks for the wonderful job you do with the newsletters. I always enjoy getting them. Your Christmas greeting is neat. I hope you have a very Merry Christmas. Regards,


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Ed Vinson, vinson10@earthlink.net: Dear Grace, Thank you for sending the remainder of your recent GracieGram. I always regret receiving notices of our classmates' passing. Do you know the date or approximate date when the 60th reunion of the Boone-Edgewater classes of '53 will be held? I ask because tickets are now going on sale for some events I'd like to attend in Sarasota during April and May. Don't want to purchase a ticket, however, for an event here on the weekend of our 60th reunion and would like to enter that weekend into my calendar. Thank you for any information you may have regarding the date of the reunion. [NOTE: See email below to Martha Fisher.] Warm best wishes for the Christmas season,


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Neil Hester, tppneil@earthlink.net: Hi, Grace. Although she wasn't in the class of 53 or 54, Nancy Nickles Briggs was in the class of 1955. This is a copy of her obit: BRIGGS (REASONER), NANCY JO, age 75, Orlando, passed away at home on October 28 with her family by her side. Nancy was born at ORMC (formerly Orange Memorial) and lived in Orlando all her life. She was actively employed at Lockheed Martin for 55 years and had the most seniority of any Lockheed employee. She leaves behind to honor her legacy: Four children: Pamela Walcott (Ricardo), Sandra Reasoner (Karen), David Reasoner, Troy Reasoner (Heather); three grandchildren: Kyle, Taylor, Cressa; her sister Judy Maloney (Dale); her brother: Jack Nickels (Kay); nieces: Shannon, Leslie. Visitation will be held at Carey Hand Funeral Home, 2811 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, on Thursday, November 1 from to 5:30 to 7:30 pm. 407-898-2561 Services will be held on Friday November 2 at 10 am at Dover Shores Baptist Church, 551 Gaston Foster Road, Orlando, where she was a member, followed by burial at Greenwood Cemetery, Orlando, with Reverend James Fortinberry officiating. The family prefers donations made to MD Anderson Cancer Center of Orlando at www.orlandohealth.com - Get Involved - Orlando Health Foundation - Make a Gift in memory of Nancy J. Briggs.


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Dan Moury: New email: danmoury@gmail.com


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Nan Yarrington King, nking@loyno.edu: Thanks, Gracie, for keeping us in touch…Seems like these days all I’m reading is obits. Guess that’s what happens when you get old but I don’t want to be old yet!!!!


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The Fourth Quarter “Birthday Babes” luncheon was celebrated December 14th at the new Peach Valley restaurant in the shopping center at S. Orange Ave. and Michigan St. with the party-goers bringing items to give the nearby Russell Home for Atypical Children. Enjoying the Christmas spirit - along with the fellowship and food – were GiGi Goodman Stephens, Shirley Barnes Corbett, Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever, Dianna Benn Webb, Merlynn Smith Greenawalt, Donna Burket Burton, Doris Burket Logue, Ann Waters Linder, Helen Moses Reynolds, Jackie Fountain Fish, Betty Eberhart Harper and Grace Wendorff Chewning. The next gathering is scheduled for March 15th in the Clubhouse at Lake Maitland Terrace Condos, covered dish with white elephant “Chinese Auction.”


Following are some emails about the luncheon received from “members”:


Janet Roddenberry, janetmegow@yahoo.com: Grace, sorry but John & I will be on a Caribbean Cruise celebrating his birthday. Have a great time and look forward to seeing everyone in March.


Ruthann Whittle Hudson, Nanaandcoach@aol.com : Bob and I will be out-of-town from the 14th thru 16th. I will have items for Russell Home as they are very close to my heart and a part of our sharing. So will get something there saying it is from your group. So sorry to miss this event as it is around the corner! Miss seeing you…love you,


Madeline Johnson Irrgang
, madelineirrgang@cfl.rr.com: I'm so sorry I will not be able to come to our luncheon on Friday. I'm going out of town. I know I will miss a good time. Tell everyone Merry Christmas! Love,


Merlynn Smith Greenawalt, merlynnpaul@cfl.rr.com: I'm SO excited to see everyone. It’s been too long (our days are few, and we don't meet often enough to suit me). Ha! I'm gone too long. Thanks for the update. Hope you are well. We're doing o.k.


Gwen Anthony Meehan, gwenmeehan13@gmail.com: Thanks so much, Grace. How well I know about computer glitches! I'm so sorry we missed the Peach Valley lunch because Phyllis [her sister] and I live right in that neighborhood and we've been looking forward to trying it. I shop at that Publix regularly...it's MY Publix. Of course, the biggest thing we would have enjoyed would have been to see the group. We really enjoyed it the last time…have a wonderful holiday season...and, yes, Merry Christmas!


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Joan Dann Besley
, joaniedann@aol.com: [New address] Joan Dann Besley, 2008 S. Countryside Cir. Orlando, 32804. Also, Joan Oswald (‘54) is deceased.


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Received at our website: Martha Catanese Fisher, amarthafisher@cox.net: I realize you all are from Boone or Edgewater; however, I'm from the class of 1952 OHS. Did they have a reunion this year? I was so looking forward to it but did not receive a notification. I have two daughters who are Boone grads. Thanks for your help.
My response to Martha: …it's my understanding from friendships with several of your '52 classmates [such as Claude Hunter, Richard Milham, Don Reynolds, Jack Caldwell] that there wasn't an OHS 60th Reunion this year, I believe 'cuz no one stepped forward to handle the details in coordinating one. A cadre of Boone & Edgewater '53 gals are tentatively planning a 1-day event next fall, probably at the Police Camp on W/S of Lake Conway on S. Orange Ave. in Edgewood, with invites also extended to OHS '51 & '52 as well as BHS/EHS '54. Details will be published at our website in a timely manner [http://www.jaye-g-arts.com/BraveEagle]. Meanwhile, have a super-duper New Year.
Go, Tigers, Braves and Eagles!

Her reply back: Thanks for being so kind with a reply. Hopefully, I'll still be alive next fall and can come to Orlando:) (At this age, who knows.) However, I'm extremely thankful to the dear Lord for good health - I feel very blessed. Thanks again.


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MAGEE, RICHARD JOHN "DICK", died December 16, 2012. Born in Orlando, June 16, 1934, to Lorne and Lucy Magee, Dick was a graduate of the last class of Orlando High School. He served in the U.S. Army, and graduated from the University of Florida. He worked as a pharmacist at Albert Drug Store in College Park and Colonial Drugs in Winter Park. After retiring from pharmacy, Dick served for another 9 years at the Health Care Center for the Homeless. Active at First Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years, Dick served in many roles including deacon, elder, and children's Sunday school teacher. He is survived by his wife Betty, to whom he was married for more than 49 years; his children Rich Magee, Mike Magee (April), Neal Magee (Diana), and Cathy Turbiville (Jack); his grandchildren Nathaniel, Liam, Lydia and Beck; and his niece Cindy Barber. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 22 at 10 AM at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Health Care Center for the Homeless in Orlando or First Presbyterian Church/Heart of the City Foundation

ROPER, SAMUEL C. Funeral service and celebration of life for "Sam" Roper age 89 of Orlando, who passed away Tuesday, will be held at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Baldwin Fairchild, Altamonte Springs, FL. Sam was born March 7, 1923 in Manning, SC and is survived by his wife Wilma "Billie" Roper. Daughters Linda Roper Pyertiz, Ashville, NC, Vickie White, Jacksonville, FL., Patty Hancock, New Port Richey, FL.; son Richard Reeves, Winter Park, FL.; grandchildren Rachael and Sam Reeves, Tracy and Robert Kendrick, Kim Kendzierski, Carrie Imrich; and seven great-grandchildren. In 1947, Sam opened the first one man hamburger stand at the "Gateway" intersection in Winter Park. Known as "Ropers Grill" it was the first to have "car hops" and first animated neon sign of a short order cook flipping hamburgers!


Sam Roper: Restaurateur focused on delicious details


By Jon Busdeker, Orlando Sentinel


As the owner of Roper's Grill in Winter Park, Sam Roper took extra care in making the onion rings served at the hamburger stand at the corner of Highway 17-92 and Orange Avenue.

Using only Bermuda sweet onions, Roper hand-dipped each ring in a special flour-based batter that was "not too thick, and not too thin," said his daughter Linda Pyeritz of Asheville, N.C.

"There was an art in how you mixed the batter," she said.

That attention to detail is how Roper ran all of his businesses – including the Dairy Bell in Winter Park and Billie Roper's Grill in Oviedo – during his nearly 40-year career in food service in Central Florida.

Roper, of Maitland, died Tuesday. He was 89.

A native of South Carolina and a Navy veteran, Roper moved to Orlando in the late 1940s to be near his sister and mother. In 1947, Roper paid $8,500 for a small restaurant, which was then known as the Midget Grill.

He renamed it Roper's Grill, and it quickly became a popular spot with churchgoers following Sunday services and hungry students from area high schools and Rollins College.

"It was just a big hangout," said his daughter Patty Hancock of New Port Richey.

Open seven days a week, the restaurant served hamburgers with barbecue sauce, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, french fries, milk shakes and hand-dipped ice cream. Roper cooked for the "common" person, Pyeritz said.

He later expanded the menu to include fried chicken, onion rings and something he called a Pronto Pup, a hot-dog-on-a-stick covered in flour batter and deep fried.

Like the onion rings, each Pronto Pup was individually dipped and prepared at the restaurant, Pyeritz said.

There was no dining room at Roper's Grill, so customers ordered at the walk-up window and ate outside on large cement tables or in their cars. Roper later employed car hops.

Always looking to draw more customers, Roper had a unique way of attracting attention to the restaurant. He installed an animated neon sign – one of the first in Central Florida – that showed a short-order cook flipping burgers. He tracked and displayed how many hamburgers he served, Pyeritz said.

"He was a businessman at heart," she said.

One time, Roper brought a horse and a donkey to the restaurant, attaching wooden placards to each animal. The horse's sign read "I eat Roper's hamburgers" and the donkey's sign read "I eat brand X hamburgers."

Roper's sense of humor didn't stop with the business. He often played jokes on his family, especially on Hancock. On many occasions, she fell victim to a burger switcheroo prank where he would replace the meat with a piece of cardboard.

"You think I would catch on," Hancock said.

Twenty years after Roper's Grill opened, Roper closed the business and opened the Dairy Bell, a soft-serve ice-cream stand less than a half-mile away at the corner of Orange and Minnesota Avenues.

In 1971, he opened Billie Roper's Grill, a restaurant on North Central Avenue named after his wife of 47 years, Wilma "Billie" Roper. The restaurant closed in 1985.

After retiring from the restaurant business, Roper continued serving food as a volunteer with local charities and at his church, Killarney Baptist in Winter Park.

Besides his daughters, Roper is survived by his wife, daughter Vickie White of Jacksonville, son Richard Reeves of Winter Park, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Edgewater '54 Newz Updates
Contact: Grace Chewning

Update on Bud Peeples, per Claude Hunter: Bud has been relocated again. His new address is: Lindsay T. Peeples, Sr., DC#326117-E1626-5, Madison CI, 382 SW MCI Way, Madison FL 32340.


Before he was moved, the two emails below came from Susie Snow Blake [deerhuntinglady2000@yahoo.com]: Hello, it is just Susie. Is it possible to send your members a footnote telling them that Bud needs funds with his lawyer in case they move him again, unexpected events such as expert witnesses, etc. Steve said he would do everything until he wins as he never loses. They can contact me or Steve Tinsley, his attorney, at 407-933-2020; and he even has a credit card deal that he takes. He told me, and I quote: "I do not take a case unless I can win it at all cost." He is equally concerned about prison life for Bud.


Hello, I hope you are well. Big favor - Bud's appeal is open now, but the only one who can get him an appeal bond is his Public Defender. I am begging you to have everyone that knew Bud to call Mr. Wesley, the head of it, or Mr. Hooper, the lawyer who defended Bud's case at 407-836-4800 and merely say, "Get Lindsay Peeples an appeal bond" and continue to ring him as Bud is certainly appropriate for an appeal and is not a flight risk. I am prepared to bond him out even up to a one million dollar bond - Bond for Buddy!
Below are other emails received after our 7-31 E-newz:


Marjorie Shell Anderson: …I am Guy Shell's sister. I read the article about Bud Peeples, and I am in total disbelief. The letter Susie wrote didn't give any dates or anything that caused his arrest. Do you know anything about this or possibly Jim does. If this in fact is "our" Bud Peeples from the graduating class of ‘53 and part of the football team, then it seems that the classmates could, and should, lend a voice. Guy does not have internet service, but I will call him. This sounds like an awful situation; but, hey, maybe the Casey Anthony jury is still available!!! I would appreciate any info that you know so I can inform Guy. Thanks. Marge [After I forwarded the news items from time of shooting, she sent the following]:


Wow!! Never in a million years did I ever expect this. It says he was sentenced to life, but the letter/note from "Susie" said he was waiting for bail so I guess that note was written some time ago. Still very sad to read, and from his photo life has not been good to Bud. Thank you very much for the info…if you get any updates on this would you keep me informed? He and Guy were pretty close in high school. I must say my mind is still reeling about this. I even thought of Joe Baker if he could possibly help Bud…I haven't been back to Orlando in probably twenty years, if not more. I live in Coos Bay, Oregon, and have been here ten years. Before that, it was air force life, moving, etc., divorced, remarried and have lived overseas for eight years. After that, California and then here. Life has been good to me. Again, thanks for all your info.


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Chuck/Jeanette McLendon Meister
, CLMPE@aol.com: What a beautiful letter Susie wrote about Bud. I hate to admit it but I totally lost track of Bud…When you get a minute, please e-mail or phone (850) 932-9535 and fill us in. We have been very negligent in sending you news. We have had much happiness since our retirement (2008) and some sadness. In August 2010, we lost our youngest son, Clay (37) to alcohol abuse. He was living with us at home and had just completed his BS degree at UWF (it was awarded to him posthumously). We have been able to accept his death and move on with our lives thanks to the loving support of family and friends. We have been blessed with continued good health - Chuck did have triple bypass surgery a year ago March (no heart attack or damage) and has recovered beautifully. I have the usual aches and pains that go along with being almost 76, but I am thankful for each day. We stay so busy we wonder at how we had time to work. Chuck continues to be active in the State Engineering Society, Rotary Club and Gulf Breeze United Methodist. I sing in the choir, and we both are active in Sunday School and the Seniors group. We both volunteer 2 days a week for Interfaith Ministries. Chuck is a case manager determining eligibility to receive food, monetary help with rent or utilities, etc. I am in patient assistance at Good Samaritan Clinic which is an arm of Interfaith Ministries. I have about 50 patients that I am responsible for getting qualified to receive free or discounted drugs, and I then produce a prescription, have one of our volunteer doctors sign and send with an application to the drug company. I then keep track of each patient and re-order drugs every three months. The clinic serves only people at 150% of poverty who are not on Medicare, Medicaid, or other program and have no health insurance. Interfaith Ministries and the Clinic have become a model for what hopefully can multiply. We are staffed totally by volunteers - MDs, nurses, pharmacists, Patient Advocates and a host of other volunteers at the clinic and the thrift store a block away. We also still travel. In June, we took a 2-week European river cruise. We went 3 days ahead for a stay in Prague then sailed from Budapest with stops in Slovakia, Austria Germany and the Netherlands. We were gone a total of 3 weeks. We had barely recovered from that when we drove to Miami Beach for the Fl. Engineering Annual Meeting. Now thank goodness, we have a few weeks to rest before the ball games start at FSU. Because of fuel prices, this is the first year we will take the motor home down for the first game and then store it at an RV park and just drive back to GB. Love to everyone. Please keep up the good work with the news letter. We really appreciate it even though we don't respond often. The Engineering meeting next August will be in Orlando. Hopefully we'll get around to see a few friends.


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Rhoda Voeglin Moree
, armoree@aol.com: …Just wanted to let you know why I have not been attending the quarterly luncheons recently. After putting up with a bad back for a number of years which became so painful I was unable to walk, I opted for surgery which was done July 25th. Am now home recuperating and feeling a little bit better with each passing day. Hope to rejoin the group soon.


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Get-well wishes also go out to: Betty Eberhart Harper, recuperating from knee replacement surgery; Doris Owens Pike, on-going chemo; Ruth Postle Cooper, recent health concern.


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Grace Wise Wilson called; and during a nice, long chat, I learned she has 14 great-grandchildren! Prayers are in order for her sister, Pat Wise Fungaroli, undergoing chemo for lesions on her brain, lung and liver. Grace is hoping to get back on email before too long.


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Jean Atchison, callie5c@yahoo.com: When is the girls’ get together in December? [12/9/11] Going to try and make that one. Best news! Cancer free for both primary lung cancer and primary breast cancer for the "magical" five years…Still not as hot [in Texas] as Phoenix. Spent some time at my other house there a couple weeks ago. Was 116 a couple of days.


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E-mails sent to Roselyn Henry Davenport were returned, and the phone number I had for her was no good; so was pleased to learn Doris Owens Pike had been in touch with her. When I called Roselyn [770-330-1997], we had a lengthy gabfest! She said has had both knees replaced and hammer toe surgery. Also she had run into Wayne Gaskins [BHS ‘54] in Georgia, a nice surprise since they had worked together at Minute Maid many years ago. After I e-mailed her the link to our BraveEagle website and suggested how she could free up memory on her computer, she wrote:
I started at 6:00 PM, deleting e-mails from this past February right up to the present minute - a total of almost 5,000!!! By the way, finished at 11:00PM. HALLELUJAH! You can be sure, I won't ever get that far behind again! My laptop did not cut off a single time during the whole process. Thank you, Grace. I feel you saved me a lot of money by telling me the problem with my laptop. I surely did enjoy our conversation this afternoon and I appreciate your making the call to check my e-mail address, rd070235@aol.com. Please add my cell phone number to your list (770 330-1997), as I do not have my home phone any longer. A big thank you to you and Jim for all your hard work on the GracieGram, keeping us up-to-date on our dear friends from the Class of '53, Boone and Edgewater! Will write again soon with my updates.


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Rod Glen, rodmglen@bellsouth.net: ….it’s a shame [about Bud], and I won’t say any more. Thanks, and all the best to you and for what you do to keep us all informed. I still remember Miss Hrvol’s class, and your having a British girl staying with you, I believe! “Those were the days, my friends!


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Dot Bass Ballard, bertrom_ballard@knology.net: [reply after I mailed her several items from Joyce Moore’s scrapbook] Today, I had a real sweet surprise when I went to the mail box!! The pictures brought back so many memories, and I thank you so much for sending them to me! How did you come by getting them? The special things she wrote about them was so special, too! I really loved her so much and her whole family. I keep in touch with Shirley and call her when I make time; she has so many health problems it is sad to talk to her sometime but do want to talk to her and she tells me all about her family, Joyce's son and family, too!...Oh yes, if you hear of anything about Shirley, will you let me know? Thank you so much!...the picture of Bud Peeples is heartbreaking, and my heart goes out to him and his family. My prayer is that he will find peace with God and with himself, that he will see his son one day in Heaven and they can be friends and all the hate and unforgiveness will be over. Only God can help him, and he needs to seek Him, truly seek him, and ask God to forgive him and seek Him through Jesus and His resurrection power that can change him and give him the strength to go on .God may have something for him and a purpose to live. I have really thought about writing to him and sending a little book to read that is called "Heaven is for real." It's about a 3-1/2 yr old boy who went to Heaven and came back to tell so many things about Heaven...it makes you want to go there also and just stay!!Someday, I know I will go there so until then I will live my life the best I can and enjoy my wonderful family! Take care and hope to see all you Orlando friends again someday. Do you still do the Red Hats? I don't do them anymore, but it was fun for awhile! Thank you again for the pictures and God Bless you real good!


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Edith Harrell Harris: Please do NOT send any emails because I have computer problems. I have to get a new hard drive.


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Jim Fuqua
, jimfuqua1@yahoo.com: I really enjoy reading about all the activities of our classmates each month. It is great to have someone who will take the time and effort to put everything together.


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As always, a call from L.H. Thomas is most entertaining! Found out that he’s a “pen pal” with Bud Peeples. Also, that his beloved pooch, “Buddy” has cancer; and L.H. is taking him to Jax for six chemo sessions, while recent addition of, “Gus”[ who has chewed up 2 pairs of glasses and a hearing aid], now goes to doggie day care 3 times a week. The other exercise L.H. gets is jogging 3 miles a day!


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Jerry Rooks was excited to receive Pat Anderson Smith’s ’51 and ’52 “Tigandos,” sending a check to cover postage as well as a $25 check toward other costs with a note, ”What’s really funny, I’ve never had the ’51 book; and I don’t know why. So, it’s all new to me, and I’ll enjoy!”
Another $25 check to “help offset mailing cost” accompanied a card from Reba Orr Brown, saying, “Thank you so much for sharing and the newsletters you sent. I really appreciate you being so thoughtful.”


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Ed Cederholm, maxenthor@gmail.com: Just wanted to let you know that we now live in Cootoocook, NH. It's a great place to live and reminds me of growing up in Orlando in the late 40s and early 50s. Would you believe they still have Ice Cream and Snow Cone Trucks going through the neighborhoods selling ice cream and snow cones to the kids? Here is my new mailing address: 36 Edgewood Dr., Cootoocook, NH 03229. The email address remains the same. Look forward to your next news letter.
When I asked about the monicker for his town and why he moved north, he wrote back:
The name of our new city is "Cootoocook." It is a small village that is a part of Hopkinton, NH…The reason we left is a long story. Basically, the unreported crime rate and the problem we had with the Condo we owned. Quite frankly, we were very blessed to be able to sell it. We have several friends who live near us here in NH that were instrumental in us moving here. In this part of NH, we feel like we have stepped back in time. The whole environment feels like the 40s and 50s. Everyone we've met here has been welcoming and friendly. The largest city in NH is "Manchester" and is smaller than Panama City or Panama City Beach. We will finally experience the four seasons. Autumn and Spring here are fantastic, and I haven't experienced a "White Christmas" in a very long time; and we are not getting any younger! It gets cold here, but I can always bundle up. Like I tell people, "I can only take off so many clothes; but I can sure put on a lot" and since we are retired, I don't have to go out on really snowy days. Plus the local Village Market is only 1/4 mile way. And while I'm rambling on, would you believe the cost of living here is less than PCB. Plus no income tax or sales tax. Sorry for the long response and sales pitch; but, as you can tell, we are very happy here! Again I look forward to your next News Letter.


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Dear Friends of Ray and Helen [Moses] Reynolds, reynoldsrayhelen@aol.com

This is Ruthie [Reynolds Delk, their daughter] writing you again with a different kind of update. First of all, Dad is making great progress and continues working hard in his cardiac rehab. He takes naps now and moves a little slower, but other than that he is back to his cheery self! That is a miracle considering where we were five months ago! The other miracle is that mom has said YES to going on a mission trip to Japan with me to lead a children's program for MK's and PK's. I hesitated to ask her to join the team, since they have had such a rough time these past few months, but knew she would be a great fit and offer so much top the team. I was especially stunned, when Dad, without hesitating told her that she should go! That is major, let me tell you! So the letter below explains the details…Thanks for your continued prayers on our behalf and especially good health for both mom and dad! Blessings

Mom and I are excited to share an amazing opportunity that we’ve been given. As you know, both of us have a passion for teaching and working with children. In fact, at 76 Mom is still teaching a preschool class one day a week and loves every minute of it!
In November, we will be joining a mission’s team going to Japan to lead the children’s program for a church planting conference. This conference will assemble over 500 missionaries and pastors serving in Japan and will include leaders from 40 denominations. My role will be to lead and oversee the children’s program and, to no one’s surprise, Mom will be directing our preschool portion and be the lead teacher. This is the same mission trip that I took in 2000, so I’m excited to be returning!
If you’d asked either one of us five months ago if this was possible, we would have said an authoritative No! But God has done immeasurably more than we could ask or imagine and healed my dad to make this possible. (Please pray that his healing would continue to progress without further complications.)
Why Japan? We’ve all seen the devastation in Japan after the tsunami of March 11 and the subsequent problems at the nuclear power plant. Many missionaries and churches in Japan are exhausting themselves to help the hurting, bereaved and lost. Our CPI Conference will be all the more vital in ministering to these faithful Christian workers from around the globe.
Many Japanese who have never stepped inside a church are now helping in the relief effort by donating supplies to their local churches. This is a strategic time for missions in Japan. Only .22% of Japan knows Christ as their savior. Imagine riding on a train with 400 people and being the only Christian. More than 95% of Japanese people have never heard the gospel. In addition, the suicide rate in Japan is one of the highest in the world, with over 34,000 suicides a year. This nation is desperately in need of the gospel. At this year’s CPI Conference, the missionaries and pastors who labor so tirelessly will be recharged. More than ever they need a renewed energy and vision for their mission.
While the parents are being spiritually fed and equipped, our team will care for 75+ children and youth from 8am -10pm every day. Pray for strength on these long days! We know that prayer is important to the success of the conference. We want to have the maximum impact for the Kingdom of God.
Will you pray for a gospel tsunami of grace and truth to sweep over the nation, crushing unbelief as it brings healing and life as opposed to death and destruction? Let’s pray that God’s glory would cover the nation of Japan like a flood!
In order to both go, we need to raise a total of $5,000 in support. This is a significant chunk of change, but we’re thankful that there are many friends and family who might want to be part of making a difference in Japan.
Thanks for your prayers and investments,
Ruthie and Helen
If you would like to give a tax deductible donation, please send to: IMPACT JAPAN Attn: Margaret Whitechurch, P.O Box 386 Lecanto, FL 34460. On the memo line of your check please write Reynolds/Delk. Your gift is tax deductible and you will be receipted for income tax purposes at the end of 2011


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Enjoyed a visit from Roy Brand, CEO, and Joy Bullard, Pres., of Joy & Roy Restoration & Renovation LLC, after working on a project near my “Grace’s Four Aces” on the Wild and Scenic Wekiva River!


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MEMORIES!
Staff of the Boone Hi Lights as published in the May 26, 1953, issue:
Editor-in-Chief-Betty Ruth Eberhart. Assistant Editor-Ruthann Denzer; Business Manager-Cynthia Huggins; Assnt. Business Manager-Terry Cunningham; Boys’ Sport Editor-Mike Carlson; Girls’ Sports Editor-Cleon Anderson; Feature Editor-Maurine Williams; Reporters-Judy Starr, Reba Orr, Billee Godwin, Vernon Retzleff, Carolyn Collins; Barbara Speer; Cub Reporters-Saundra Hagood, Sharon Crosby; Assistant-Pat Forehand; Staff Artist-Eddie Williams; Staff Photographer-Dick Weiner; Faulty Advisor-Ronald West.


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Sumpin’ for fun!
Click on Year of your birth
The screen will fade to black, so, have your glasses on. Type the year only! Then click the question (?) mark! Finally, sit back and enjoy!


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June 2013 News

ATTENTION: The 60th Reunion Planning Committee met May 10th to select menus and set prices for the Friday, 10-25, BBQ at the Lake Conway Police Camp and the Saturday, 10-26, buffet luncheon at Dubsdread Country Club. Reservation forms are being designed and will go out in June!


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Shadie Creech, Slimshadie@att.net: …friends and family are invited to visit dad, Ed Creech, at Fairgreen, 1150 Wayne Ave. New Smyrna, 32168, 386-428-3018…Please take the opportunity to stop by and say hello. Dad loves visitors and company. [Shadie Creech, Exit Real Estate Results, 2875 S. Orange Ave., Orlando 32806, 407-854-6474]


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Jim Fuqua, Grace, I neglected to respond to your request for info if I will be attending the reunion in October. I plan to attend and look forward to meeting old friends and the activities. I also have some sad news to report. My sister, Flora Lee Fuqua Thomas, (EHS '56) died suddenly on a cruise while visiting St. Thomas on March 29. Some of the wives of our classmates knew her, as well as Patsy Richardson of '54, and probably a number of '54 members. Her husband was Larry Thomas of '56, the son of Mrs. Estelle Thomas, our music teacher for our senior year.


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Ruth Ann Whittle Hudson, Nanaandcoach@aol.com: Grace, looking forward to the reunion. Thanks to all of you who continue to do so much to make our times memorable. Am doing a lot of sorting, cleaning out and making trash but cannot bear to throw away some Boone HiLights and a few newspapers about athletic events. One does show Johnny Brim leaping over the attackers to run the ball. Fun time all those years. Will hang on to them in case someone wants to see them later. Blessings to you all and again thank you.


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Gay Hargis Tennis, TennisGene@aol.com : Again, thanks to you and all the folks who make the newsletter possible! I always enjoy seeing familiar names, even though I won't be able to make the reunion. Please add my birthday to the list: June 20th, 1936. You have my e-mail (tennisgene@aol.com) but may not have our snail mail address, which is: 233 Holly Dr., Dawsonville, GA 30534


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Maxine Hayes Kruzner, craftymax@sbcglobal.net: I am so excited about our 60th reunion in October...and one thing I would love to take time to do is to visit the gardens in your article. See you in October...


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Alice Hicks Bearinger, saluki3@cox.net: Please change my zip code to 20124-2115. Thanks so much. I appreciate all your good efforts.


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Jerry Rooks, mjrgar@gulftel.com: Gracie, I felt I needed to reply to the article in the recent newsgram from Joe Davis and Mike Conley- since I’m part of that story and remember it well. This is in reference to the 1953 baseball game between Boone and Edgewater for City Championship. I pitched the entire game for Boone - all 14 innings and yes, it was mentioned by Dizzy Dean on the radio the next day. I struck out 20 players and won the game 2-1, which lasted past midnite due to so many innings. Both Jack Powell and Pete Hurt pitched 7 innings for Edgewater and both did an excellent job. I did attend FSU but not for baseball, I accepted a football scholarship there and, as a freshman, played in seven Varsity games, even starting the one against NC. I did not play baseball at FSU due to being on the football scholarship - not allowed to play both back in those days - and I signed a professional baseball contract with the St Louis Cardinals, had an injury during my 2nd season while in California which ended my career with the Cardinals. This unusual game was not recorded in the Boone Legend as it was played in the spring and the yearbook info had already gone to the publisher. I would not mind if just one person were to forget about this but if it is to be reported on again I would appreciate the facts being straight. Hope to see former classmates at the reunion being planned for October - it will be fun to reminisce old times.


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Carol Fox Sabin, Foxy117188@aol.com: Hi, Grace. Excited to hear about the Reunion; however, I have another college reunion and return on Oct. 25, 2013. Would I be able to attend just the festivities on Oct. 26??? [Absolutely!]
P.S. As always, love all your messages and many thanks to you for keeping all of us informed. [Altho' it's a labor of love for me and Jim, thoughts such as yours help keep us motivated and warm the “cockles” of our hearts!]


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New contact info for Sandy Abello Haslam is c/o of her daughter, Patty Franz, 185 Trinidad Dr., Merritt Island, 32953, 321-258-8138. Her email has been discontinued. Gracia Moore Smith has been to visit her a couple of times at the Assisted Living Facility, and Carolyn Clenney Shell visited while she was still in the hospital.


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Change in email for Gwen Killen Gallbreath: floridasunshine523@gmail.com.


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Following new info is result of calls by Glenda to Dotherow LeFever to snail mail classmates:

Jackie Ellis Davenport, ljdave@bellsouth.net; Ruth Young Griffith, mackyoung@cox.net; Inge Schmitz Yannetta, icook@comcast.net; Malcolm Woods, kaseymac@cfl.rr.com; also –

Hi! Great to hear from you. Keep me posted with the news. Evelyn Brown Shackelford, ebsmail@comcast.net.

Allan Klepper told Glenda Jo that he won't be at the reunion because his college reunion is at the same time. But he has email: Lbklep629@fullchannel.net.

When Eugene Adams advised that he has had Parkinson's for 12 years and can't travel anymore…but for everyone to have a great time at the October Reunion.

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Dear Grace: I am the daughter of Marilyn [McEwen] Mackemer, and I wanted to send you a note about a request. I am a member of the College Park Neighborhood Association; and they are looking for pictures of College Park, places of interest, high schools and homes as identified in the email below. I was hoping that you could forward this email on to your circle of contacts asking them for any pictures for the Historical book that is being created. I would appreciate any help that you can give. Thanks so much! Debra Booth, In Touch Strategies, Inc., 407-492-0168, debrambooth@yahoo.com.

SCHOOLS [from recent Orlando Sentinel]
School Notebook
Edgewater High School is listed among nation’s most challenging
Edgewater High School has been recognized in the Washington Post’s annual list of the most challenging high schools in the United States.
According to a press release from Orange County Public Schools, “The Washington Post’s Challenge Index is calculated by dividing the number of graduating students by the number of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests given during the school year. Furthermore, as the Post site stated, ‘The Challenge Index is designed to identify schools that have done the best job in persuading average students to take college-level courses and tests.’”
For more information, visit ocps.net .


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From: Katherine M. Anderson, alfanderson@msn.com, to Betty Bumby Bandy, bbbandy@gmail.com, re: HELP FINDING CLASSMATE!
Hi, Betty. Marge "Shell" Aderson here. I'm sure you remember my brother, Guy. Well, I have tried all avenues I know to look for an old friend of his from the ‘50s; and since you have sooooo many of us Boonie's out there, I thought why not give this a try. Guy's friend is named Kenneth Eugene Stone, and he went by Gene Stone. He and Guy were best buds back in the day, and gene was Guy's best man at his wedding in ‘56 and it just seems as if he left the church and disappeared. I know he wasn't at Boone, but his sister Vera Stone was. She was in the ‘55 class I think, and I was hoping that someone from that class would know where she is now and maybe, just maybe, find Gene. Thank you ever so much, dear. Marge


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Betty Bandy Bumby, BBBandy@gmail.com: We have a new great grandson!!! He is beautiful! …after a long day of prayer and labor, we got to see our first great grandchild: Victor Chad Mason III (to be called Trace). He was three weeks early after his mom had some high blood pressure problems. Birth was beautiful, and Shelby was able to deliver him naturally. We all saw him after he was put in the well baby nursery. However, they put him in the Neo-Natal ICU during the night. But he is doing very well. Hillis had his second chemo the day before but was feeling well and we loved being part of the excitement. The whole delivery was a miracle. Shelby's step-dad is one of the best loved obstetricians in Montgomery, and it was a miracle that Greg suggested his partner deliver the baby. I witnessed Greg’s ability to pray on a higher level and bring Shelby and the baby through all the dangers with flying colors. I loved that Greg was free to pray and not have to work and make the decisions. Shelby and Chad have been given premier treatment because of the respect for Greg. She was moved into the BEST room this morning. I think we are going to be able to sneak away to the mountains for a few days and then we are also going to spend 4th of July with our whole family at Mary Anne & Dave's lake house. I always look forward to that time together. Hope all of you had a wonderful Mother's Day like I had. Some of you may know that I broke my elbow the day before I left Orlando. I just had another X-ray and got a good report, don't have to continue with the sling, can drive the car and just have to be careful with my clumsiness, so I do not fall again. Love to all,


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Recent “Florida Flashback” in the Orlando Sentinel:
History fans dive into past through modern social media
Logging on to the behemoth social-media site Facebook, I can become overwhelmed. I see a picture of a dear cousin I need to write. Ah, the guilt. I see, in the stack of ads at right, a picture of a celebrity and the question “Is 60 the new 40?” Ah, the pull of gossip.
Thank goodness for Facebook groups such as “Historic Orlando,” where I can take a break from the demands of the day by diving into the past with fellow history fans.
Since Mike McGinness, 49, started Historic Orlando about a year ago, it’s grown to about 770 members who have posted more than 4,000 pictures of everything from Ben White Raceway to the Wyoming Hotel.
McGinness spent his early childhood in Altamonte Springs and then moved away with his family. He returned to the Orlando area and went to work in 1983 for Florida Hospital, where his job title now is computer operations supervisor.
A wealth of memories
“My parents met at, and graduated from, Winter Park High in the mid-1950s,” McGinness says.
His mom’s father, Robert Crenshaw, had graduated in 1931 from Orlando High, where he was an all-state football player.
“In his early years, he was a soda jerk at the Angebilt,” McGinness says about his granddad, who later owned a gas station near Rollins College and worked for Howard Fertilizer for many years.
His other grandfather, Clarence “Mac” McGinness, moved to Maitland in the 1940s and “worked at the Orlando Sentinel as rural circulation manager,” McGinness says. Mike’s dad, Dan McGinness, worked at Porter Paints in Orlando, “the one with the somewhat iconic sign.”
Indeed, the Porter Paints sign at 700 E. Colonial Drive was declared an Orlando Landmark Sign in 1995, one of 53 entries on the city’s official list of “Landmarks, Landmark Signs, and National Register Properties.”
Now, McGinness posts pictures of those landmarks and many others in the Historic Orlando group on Face-book, often beginning in the wee hours of the morning before work. On a recent Monday, his postings included a 1969 view of the pool at the Robert Meyer Motor Inn, facing Lake Eola and a quiz asking readers to identity a mystery intersection in an image from the late 1930s or 1940s.
The picture, showing a gas station, turned out to be the southeast corner of Orange Avenue at Robinson Street, later known for the streamlined building that once housed Rutland’s menswear store.
That quiz generated lively response. “I can’t believe there was a gas station at that intersection,” one group member wrote. “Right smack in the middle of downtown!”
“Everybody starts to learn from these things people share,” McGinness says. “To me, that’s the fun of the group.”
To find the group, go to Facebook.com   and search “Historic Orlando” in the search field at top. Click “Join Group” in the upper-right corner of the page. You may have to wait for someone to approve your request.
If you’re looking for content about a specific subject, such as Lake Eola, for example, you can search the content by clicking on the little magnifying glass at right under the main picture at the top of the page, which McGinness changes frequently.
Reunite May 25
Facebook is also home to other groups and pages focusing on the area’s history and memories. These range from pages for museums, including the Orange County Regional History Center, to groups such as “Growing Up in Orlando Before Disney,” which is hosting its fourth reunion May 25, from 5-10 p.m., at the Loch Haven Neighborhood Center, 610 N. Lake Formosa Drive (the former Orlando Youth Center building).
Tickets are $20 at the door. Barbecue will be available for purchase. Tickets for two for $50 include dinner. Attendees may bring their own beer and wine, organizers say.
For information, write Cathryn Buchanan at GUIOBD@aol.com  or go to “Growing Up in Orlando Before Disney” on Facebook.
Joy Wallace Dickinson can be reached at jwdickinson@earthlink.net  or by good old-fashioned letter at the Sentinel, 633 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801.

Ruthann Denzer Blue, 40fordonr1@sbcglobal.net…Jim, LOVE your website for our newsletters. I graduated in '53 from Boone and look so forward to the monthly news!...Again, you and Grace have done so much in keeping the classes together!


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Sandy Abello Haslam
was transferred from the hospital to Life Center rehab facility on University Blvd. in Orlando. She’s on fulltime oxygen now with a diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis, but welcomes calls at direct line of 407-281-5360.


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Billee Godwin-Rozansky, bilric@earthlink.net: Our newsletter just gets better and better. Thanks


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Visit Guest Book

WRYE, NANCY ANNE PERKINS, 76, [BHS ‘53] who passed away on October 17, 2011. She was born in Orlando, FL, on June 30, 1935 to her parents, Neal Perkins and Darine Windsor Perkins. She is survived by her sisters, Barbara Foley and Diane Solomon. She is also survived by her children, Michael Porterfield, Judith Porterfield and Eleanor Brooks. Her grandchildren, Christopher, Cara, James and Hannah, will miss her always. She was a woman who walked with God, accepted Jesus Christ as her savior and whose favorite book to read was the Bible. She gave of herself and all she had to her family whom she loved and cared for unconditionally. May Nancy rest in the Peace, Love and Joy of our God the Father. We are forever thankful and grateful for the surcease of her pain. A memorial service will be held on Oct. 27, 2011 from 7 PM to 9 PM. The location of the service will be at Winter Park Church, 1721 Harmon Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789; 407-677-3981. Please send donations to Winter Park Church in lieu of flowers.

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In case you neglect to check the tab at our website for’54 EHS and BHS Newsletters, below are samples of what you’re missing about folks you know:

EHS '54 Newsletter - October 3, 2011

Happy Fall ya’ll -- greetings to all you fellow Eagles. I hope each one of you has had a pleasant summer enjoying what are often referred to as “those lazy days of summer.” At least we are now at that stage of life when we often have the opportunity to enjoy lazy days. Sometimes, however, I find myself wondering how I ever found the time to work outside the home and still take care of the family and the house. It couldn’t possibly be that I’m getting older and slower, could it? I’m sure none of you find yourself in that situation. Lots of our classmates have had some big problems, but things have a way of turning around and looking up. Many times those dark clouds do have a silver lining. We need to remember Winston Churchill’s statement about never, never, never giving up.

BEVERLY RICHARDS GERKEN brtgerken@aol.com. Still want to meet for lunch, but will have to delay it for a while. I have a ruptured disc in my back and will have to have surgery. I see the doctor in early August. We have rented a cabin in NC late Aug. and hope we can delay it until we return - if he can give me pain pills. I just hope I don't have to give up NC we really love it up there. I will keep you posted. [Bev, we sure hope you’re on the mend by now.]

CARL LYNCH carllynch@austin.rr.com. Thanks for keeping me up on our classmates’ comings and goings.

JOYCE REYNOLDS DAVIDSON joyrd4@aol.com Harper and I just returned from Tucson for one last visit to Dr. Menick. I am grateful beyond words...and thank each one of you that hung in there with us for what seemed like a life-time. Harper was the silent hero in all of this, and I am so proud of him. We are spending the summer (is that all there is?) - Where did it go? and will return home the end of October. Let's keep dancing!

BENTLEY CHILSON o.chilson@verizon.net. You reminded me that I am getting older in the last newsletter. It is good to hear from friends from 50 years ago. This has been a record heat wave for Richmond VA. along with the mess in Congress. One of the leaders, Eric Cantor is our rep. I hate to admit that I voted for him. I retired the first of this year after selling my business. Your trip sounded marvelous. I use a newer e-mail although the msn is still online. My preferred address is: o.chilson@verizon.net

BILL PERSKY billpersky@aol.com. Hi, how have you all been. I have not been very well. I think that the back surgery failed to do what it was supposed to do. In my upper lumbar spine I have a metal plate, 6 screws and my lower spine has bone graft. I have lost two inches. I could not believe it but when I had my regular check up at my family doctor, he showed me. For the last several years I have been living on fentanyl oxycodone. Any place we go I have to use my chair. We are raising Betty's little niece, Madison. I have loved that baby since she was born. Actually she has been with us since she was a couple of months old. We believe that her mother didn't want her. She calls me daddy. I just hurts me that I know I won't live to see her graduate. She is now in pre-Kindergarten. She is the most spoiled little girl I have ever seen. We give her so much little girl toys, she has gone through four DVD players. I told her that if she breaks this one I will not buy another one, but she knows I will get her anything she wants. [By the way, Bill had his 75th birthday Sept. 20th. Happy belated birthday, Bill.

Be sure to check out the Brave-Eagle website, http://www.jaye-g-arts.com/BraveEagle/. Grace Wendorff Chewning has added some updates to the Class of ‘53, and Jim Simmons has made quite a few changes to the site. You can see the archived newsletters for the classes of ’53 and ’54 at both schools plus get e-mail and home addresses as well as a list of deceased classmates. It’s a great way to catch up on the news from others we knew at school.

Meanwhile, keep the news coming. We all want to hear from you. That’s all folks!

Patty Richardson Paul
Edge54@cfl.rr.com

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Boone 1954

Classmates,

Sorry I have neglected all of you this summer. I put together a monthly newsletter for the Scaly Mountain community and I have been doing the publicity for the fund raisers of the Scaly Mountain Women's Club. I guess I got burned out. Sorry!

I had an interesting letter from Roy Black in July telling about his adventures, so I will include that. Sorry, Roy - it is late being sent out…

I am packing my computer tomorrow to head towards Orlando for the winter. I am first going to visit one daughter and her family in the Atlanta area. And then I am going to Montgomery, AL to visit the other two daughters and their families.

One of my grandsons is getting married on New Year's Eve and there is a couple's shower that I am going to on Friday night, which will be fun. I have another grandson in love and I will get to meet this wonderful girl while I am there. Lots of fun things going on in our family!

I should be back in Orlando on Halloween night. Looking forward to seeing my Orlando friends.

Betty Bumby Bandy, BBBandy@gmail.com


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July 23, 2011


Dear friends and family,


It’s time to let you know what’s going on again. Hudson Baptist Church is still meeting at city hall. They are in the process of finishing their building. The metal building was put up a couple of years ago about 2 miles south of town on the west side of the highway. Before we got here a team had just come and put in the sheet rock, taping and bedding it. They had also put in the windows. Nothing was ready for us to camp out on their property, so our trailer is setting on a man’s property on the south edge of Hudson on Ohio Street.


Roy and I and a young woman, Angie, began painting the interior. Keith used a paint sprayer in the worship room and then went over the other rooms. Angie followed the spraying by rolling out the drips, etc. The church got the ceramic tile. Keith cut all the pieces for the 2 restrooms and the Kitchen. I laid the tile. When it was time to grout, Angie helped wipe off the tiles. Yesterday I put the sealer on the grout. Angie put wallpaper up about 4 ½ feet in the men’s room and paint up about that far in the ladies room. She has a border to put around the top of the paint and wallpaper. Keith and Bob cut the other 2 exterior doors.


A lady who was redoing her kitchen gave the church the cabinets, stove, dishwasher, microwave and disposal. Three men went out Thursday to pick it all up. The cabinets are a nice knotty pine. There will be a lot of adjustments to make it fit.


The heating people came this week to put in the overhead duct work. The couple who put in the well came yesterday and got the well ready to be hooked into the building. The tank will need to be set and hooked up Monday. The plumber will come and put in the toilets and sinks in the bathrooms and get the other plumbing connections done. Also the electrician will come and wire all the outlets. The overhead lights will be done after the framework for the suspended ceiling is in. They’ll be using propane for the heat. That tank is to be set and readied this week.
At the end of next week a mission team is coming for 2 weeks. Hopefully they’ll get the suspended ceiling in, the kitchen cabinets put in, the interior doors hung and maybe the cement pads outside the 3 exterior doors. The south doors will have a cover over them so people can be let out right at the door.


They were given some pews, but have decided that bolting them to the floor will make their worship space much less usable. Pew chairs are being investigated. Up to the present time everything is paid for: the land, the shell, the sheetrock, the well, etc. They will have to get a loan to get finished.


This coming week there will be a kids club in the city park from 2:00 to 4:00. I think it will be done by a group from Child Evangelism Fellowship. There will be a parents’ night on Friday night for the parents and church folks.


Pastor Kirk Clark is getting better. So we don’t know how much longer Roy will get to preach. But we hope to at least stay around while the team is here. We’d like to be here for their dedication. Most of the things will be done to get an occupancy license by the middle of August.
To reach us by phone call: Roy’s cell -,352 978 3510 or Ruth’s cell - 352 406 1116. We can get mail in % Bob Darr; P. O. Box 356; Hudson, WY 82515 probably through August.


Thanks you for all your prayers! With love, prayers and HUGS, Roy & Ruth Black


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Lila (Robiinson) Corley, booterfly@aol.com. Fantastic website. Since I'm not able to attend gatherings it's great to see Boone '54 news. Loved the old pictures...can remember when. Gracie never changes, still looks young and vibrant. Thanks again. P.S. My grandson, Christopher Thompson, just graduated from Boone. Was so proud to be at the arena for the graduation.


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Another great site to visit is at the Library of Congress which has pictures of America from 1939-1943. The photos are so clear and the colors so vibrant, that they look like they’re recent!
Click on: http://extras.denverpost.com/archive/captured.asp

 

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Some Signs That Old Age Might Be Creeping Up On You


George Burns


When you like to be in crowds because they keep you from falling down.
When the parts that have the arthritis are the parts where you feel the best.
When your favorite section of the newspaper if “50 Years Ago Today.”
When a big evening with your friends is sitting around comparing living wills.
When your knees buckle and your belt won’t.
When your clothes go into the overnight bag so you can fill the suitcase with your pills.
When your idea of a change of scenery is looking to the left or right.
When somebody you consider an old-timer calls you an old-timer.

ATTENTION: The 60th Reunion Planning Committee will meet May 10th to make final decisions on menus/prices for the 10-25 BBQ at the Lake Conway Police Camp and 10-26 buffet luncheon at Dubsdread Country Club, so reservation info will be forthcoming. Dick Hagen, who “moonlights” as a DJ at various venues in Tallahassee, has volunteered to be our DJ at either or both events with music from the ‘40s and ‘50s, using his own PA system!


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Email to me from Patsy Carver Graham Reeves, patsyo56721@comcast.net after she received notice from Classmates.com, where our Reunion is posted for both schools, saying, “You are invited to the 60th for Edgewater-Boone High Schools”: I have not joined classmates but I would like to attend the Reunion in October. (BTW - There is no charge to register at either school on their website.)

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Joe Davis, jgdavis2@cfl.rr.com: Hi, Grace. I am putting together an article about Boone's '53 track team. I've talked to Mike Conley and received a reply to my email from Johnny Brim today. Johnny thinks you have already published an article about the team. I don't remember seeing one but if he is correct would you, if possible, please email me the issue which contains the story. Thanks,

My reply: Johnny has a good memory! The article was from the May 26, '53 Boone Hi Lights entitled "BHS and St. Pete Tie at Gainesville State Meet" by John Partridge. Unfortunately, it was included in one of the monthly announcements about E-newz Updates being posted, which I delete-delete after a few months. Sooooooo, I'll Xerox and snail mail to you, probably next week. It has a photo of you, the Brims and Bob Peaden.

First reply from Joe: Well, now, you would think I would have remembered something that important. My article will include a little something of what each of us remembered about the meet. Just to confirm my mailing address: 623 Marshall St. Altamonte Springs, Fl. 32701. Thanks for your help.

Second reply from Joe: Thanks, Grace. I received the copies of Boone Hi Lights yesterday and enjoyed reading both the track and baseball articles. I was not able to see all of the baseball article about the Boone/Edgewater game, but it mentions 14 and 21 innings. If the game lasted 21 innings, then it is the one Dizzy Dean talked about on baseball's Game of the Day which was broadcast nationally. Also, it confirms, I wasn't sure, that Pete Hurt was the pitcher for Edgewater. Pete pitched for and had a notable career for the Gators. I have recollection that Gerald signed up to play for the Seminoles but was injured early in his freshman year. With the Boone Hi Lites article, my conversation with Mike Conley, and some old newspaper articles that Johnny Brim was able to find and forward, I'll try to write a concise interesting article for the news letter. Thanks again


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Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever, glefever@aol.com, has been helping contact classmates on snail mail to verify their contact info and see if they’ve joined the email world. Following are some results of her efforts:

“Just talked to Mary Lovejoy Ifft and she said she was unable to travel and come to reunion. She gave me her husband's email of Ifftr@bellsouth.net. She was excited about getting emails. Asked about a few people, so I think she will enjoy the newsletter every month…”

Ralph Pike has email: pike@lsu.edu. Jackie Ellis Davenport: change zip code to 32839, add email, Ljdave@bellsouth.net. Ruth Griffith Young, add email, Mackyoung@cox.net. Evelyn Brown Shackelford, add email, EBSmail@comcast.net.

WESTBROOK, DENNIE COY, 78, Winter Garden, passed away on August 18, 2011. He was born in Egypt, Arkansas, on February 23, 1933 to Leonard and Gertie Westbrook. Mr. Westbrook was retired from the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife Myrtle Westbrook, sons, Dennis, David and Darrin Westbrook, sisters Roslie La Sure and Sharon Bates, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held on Saturday August 20, 2011. Arrangements entrusted to Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home.

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E-mail address update from Marcus Eastman: marceastman8@gmail.com.

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From Pete Ward, pw1018@yahoo.com: My ex-wife, Annette (Angell) Ward, passed away on Dec. 12, 2012 in Altamonte Springs. She had lived with her daughter, Catherine Gibson, of Winter Park for the past 5 years. She graduated from Edgewater in 1954. Please put this information in your Memorium page. Also add my birthday to the Boone 1954 grad's page as Oct. 18, 1936. Thanks,

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From Roy F. Black, royblack@centurylink.net: Please add my birthday to your birthday list: August 26. Thanks

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From Merlynn Smith Greenawalt, merlynnpaul@cfl.rr.com: I thank God for every remembrance of you, Phil.1:3. You two are priceless and so dear to a bunch of 'old' acquaintances. Thanks again for all the new updates. It’s such fun getting together for the birthday lunches. I just wish more of our friends participated with us. We're really excited about the October activities and getting to see more of our old friends.

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From Doris Burket Logue, djlogue@embarqmail.com: Grace: Thanks for the article [on Maury Hurt]. Marvin and I went to the Maitland Museum on Tuesday night. They had a lot of his paintings there and an open house. His nephew spoke and told stories about Maury. Marvin has known Maury since 1st grade; then, they went to Marks Street school and on to OHS. We went to an art show in Eustis about 6 months ago, and they got to visit with each other then… Many Thanks again,

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Good News-Bad News for Shirley Ison Duncan who had a vehicle collide into hers on Silver Star Road. Bad - her car was totaled; she had a broken wrist and collarbone. Good – she is in no pain, almost mended and just got a brand new white VW Jetta!


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Prayers for positive results go out to Betty Eberhart Harper who is looking at possible procedures in June for heart catherization [and maybe, stent] plus knee replacement – all, hopefully, taking place after a trip she has scheduled to Branson, MO!


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From Jim Fuqua, Jimfuqua1@yahoo.com: [RE: Visa and Mastercard fraud attempt]…received this from a trusted friend. I have copied the text from the original email. I looked at the Snopes website and everything they say is true. As it says in the warning, the crooks want the three digit CV2 number off the back of your card (four digit on the front of American Express) since it is not on the magnetic stripe; and they can't complete the fraudulent purchase without it. As Snopes says, hang up and call the card issuer at the number on the back of the card to verify if the call was legitimate and make them aware of what is going on so they can try to "nip it in the bud." I have never had the Customer Service Representative at my card issuers (and MasterCard is very vigilant) ask me for the CV2 number. They already know it. They will need your credit card number so they can look up your account. If you are asked for it by a merchant be sure the merchant is reputable and, in fact, you have initiated the order. Look for https in the address of the website and a little lock in the address bar to indicate the information is encrypted when it is sent to the merchant.

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From Jim Spell, jspell39@gmail.com:
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This picture is on the first page on The Boone High School Year Book for 1957 and some kid wrote under it on my book - Still no rain. At the time, it made me laugh. I think it is called “End of the Trail.” This has been a tough year for our whole family; and when Mom asked me why there was dust on the wood window sill, I just cringed. Termites, the Florida Plague! A bad bike accident, then a car runs me over; cancer, a concussion and worrying about the ones I love; and now, termites. Then I remembered the picture and laughed. For every problem big, or small, we have someone who loves us and is always there. Like the Indian we need to look up; there is no end of the trail with God, only a road home. I love you all, [Jim, a retired CVS pharmacist, is a friend!]

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From Betty Bumby Bandy to her BHS ’54 classmates:
We asked to hear from everyone in our class as to whether they are going to try to come to 1954 60th reunion on April 12th, 2014. Some have forgotten to respond. We want to plan a big enough space for all those who are hoping to be here. PLEASE let us know.
BBBandy@gmail.com

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Events you may have missed from recent Orlando Sentinel “Florida Flashback” columns!
Stroll through private gardens; Marks Street chums reunite
April blooms with historical fun, as Lake Eola Heights neighbors present their biannual garden tour on April 21, and Marks Street Elementary School alumni gather on April 27 to share memories.
Private gardens tour
Spanning more than 30 blocks north of Lake Eola Park, the Lake Eola Heights Historic District boasts a variety of architectural styles along its tree-lined streets. Although its “Private Gardens” tour doesn’t venture inside homes, it does offer participants a rare chance to see them up close, along with varied and inspiring gardens.
This year, one of the homes on the tour, at 1018 E. Livingston St., has captured my imagination since childhood. Walking past it, I probably imagined Snow White and her seven buddies inside, with hot chocolate and a fire on cool nights.
The house, named Pine Green, owes its beginnings to one of Central Florida’s most original talents: builder and artist Sam Stoltz, whose surviving creations are tucked like hidden gems in Orlando, Winter Park, Mount Plymouth, Windermere and the Chicago area.
For information on Pine Green, see Kelly Brock’s “Sam Stoltz’s Pine Green” at pinegreenorlando.blog-  spot.com .
The legendary Sam
Stoltz was 50 years old when he and his wife, Patti, came to Central Florida from Chicago during the 1920s boom years.
“His health was bad, and he came down here to die — that’s how the story went,” Orlando attorney George Clapham recalled several years ago about Stoltz, whom he knew when Clapham was a boy.
Instead, Stoltz found a revitalized career crafting homes and decorating buildings, often working with developer Carl Dann Sr.
Born on a farm near Humboldt, Neb., about 10 years after the Civil War ended, Stoltz studied art and illustration in Omaha and Chicago as a young man, according to Stoltz expert Grace Hagedorn of Orlando.
Eventually, he settled into an art studio in Chicago and began helping clients design and build houses and gardens before he and Patti moved to Central Florida in 1925.
In the next couple of decades, Stoltz’s paintings and frescoes would become fixtures in private homes and public buildings in Orange County.
His ibises and flamingos once adorned the Angebilt Hotel lobby. At the now-gone, Mediterranean-style Chamber of Commerce building on Central Boulevard, his alligators snapped on meeting room walls.
It was a long way from Nebraska, but in a Stoltz house, your imagination could take you anywhere, even gamboling with Snow White.
The Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhood Association’s self-guided garden tour is April 21, noon to 5 p.m. Pick up tickets at the Handy Pantry, 522 E. Amelia. Plein air painters will be at work in the gardens.
The cost is $15 per person the day of the tour or $10 in advance. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Handy Pantry (cash or checks). Details: Go to lehhna.com  .
Marks Street reunion
From 1925 to 1965, children from part of the Lake Eola Heights Historic District went to Marks Street Elementary, the charming building at Marks and Magnolia Ave., that’s long been a senior center.
Last year, Marks Street alums Frank Alexander and Mary Brock Carlisle announced hopes for an all-class reunion, and it’s coming right up: April 27, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 99 E. Marks St. (Marks Street Senior Center).
The reunion is for classmates of all years and their guests; others who would like to celebrate this occasion with them are also welcome.
Light refreshments will be served; a donation of $10 is suggested.
If you have not already been contacted by Alexander or Carlisle, call 407-299-9284 (a business number) or 407-491-1771, or send email to marks2013reunion@aol.com .
By the way, a Flashback earlier this year mentioned Marks Street Principal Ethel Cornwright but regrettably spelled her name “Conwright.”
“Misspelling her name probably wouldn’t have called for detention, but it certainly would have earned a lecture from her,” Carlisle noted afterward, with a smile.
Joy Wallace Dickinson can be reached at jwdickinson@earthlink.net  or by good old-fashioned letter at the Sentinel, 633 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801.

Merlynn Smith Greenawalt, Merlynnpaul@cfl.rr.com: As usual, you do a great job. Many, many thanks from an inept Computer user.


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Joe Davis, jgdavis2@cfl.rr.com: Wife, Gisela, and I continue to be blessed with good health. I entered the Bucky Copeland Memorial Tennis Tournament in early December. It is a men’s’, age 65 and over, doubles tournament played at Sweetwater C.C. in Longwood. It was a 16 Draw (teams). I and several different partners have won the tournament 3 times in the past 10 years. This year, close but no cigar. Partner and I lost in the finals. They were 8 to 10 years younger. Currently planning another biking trip to Germany next May. Riding 25 to 30 miles a day, we should cover approximately 200 miles. Itinerary includes Dresden, Leipzig, and Wittenberg where Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door. This caused a lot of problems for him and the Catholic Church and turned out to be a history changing event. Google: 95 Theses, for a history refresher.


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Charles Prather, charles2524@msn.com: …curious as to whether or not anybody of our vintage attended the Boone alums get togethers at Tommy Addison's Restaurant? [Reply: Don't know. I receive the email notices, but the timing doesn't mesh to include announcements with our end-of-the-month Updates. Will insert a reminder in the Dec. E-newz. (FOLLOWS)] Thanks for the great job you've always done. [It's a labor of love - for Jim and me!]


Per boonefoundation@att.net:
The Wm. R. Boone Foundation invites fellow Boone Alumni and guests to an evening of socializing and reconnecting the first Friday of every month. This is your reminder to join us 6:00 - 10:30 pm. Live Music begins at 7. Tommy Addison's Restaurant, 4120 South Orange Avenue, Orlando, FL. 32809, 407/826-9990. All graduating classes welcome! (Happy Hour prices from 6-8 pm.)


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The Fourth Quarter “Birthday Babes” Luncheon took place on Dec. 9th at the new Finesse Restaurant in Lake Mary. Enjoying the great food, outstanding fellowship and the usual fun with honorees Gracia Moore Smith, Doris Owens Pike and Shirley Barnes Corbett were Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever, Shirley Ison Duncan, Grace Wendorff Chewning, Donna Burket Burton, Doris Burket Logue, Carol Fox Sabin, Merlynn Smith Greenawalt, Betty Eberhart Harper, GiGi Goodman Stephens, Helen Lingo Hicks and Bobbie Russell Long. Gerry Fountain Kelly and Jackie Fountain Fish sent regrets as they were visiting Nadine Howell Fountain in DeBary, who recently lost her husband, Floyd, their cousin. Other regrets came from Ruth Ann Whittle Hudson [“…Our class has our fellowship that evening where we 'do' Christmas for a family. We will be working and decorating the majority of the day. Very sorry to miss your fellowship. Blessings to you dear lady who means so much to so many...Got a little note from Betty Jo [Benzing Hurt] who seems to be doing okay.”]; and from Ruth Postle Cooper [“...Sorry I won't be able to make it for the lunch date this time. Since I had the ‘mini stroke,’ I don't drive that far; and I stay off of the expressways. My reflexes aren't what they used to be (along with everything else). If you all want to come to Clermont or Winter Garden…let me know, and I'll line a place up. Have fun and Merry Christmas to all! God is good...all the time.” Shirley Barnes Corbett volunteered to coordinate the March 16th gathering at Mimi’s Restaurant on SR #436 at Palm Springs Rd. in Altamonte Springs!

 

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[ FOUNTAIN, FLOYD, died of mesothelioma on October 13, 2011 at his home in DeBary, FL. Born in Cordele, GA in 1932, Floyd moved to Orlando in 1949, and lived there until he moved to DeBary in 1982. Floyd was a Superintendent of Facilities Construction and retired from the Volusia County School Board in 1997. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Nadine (Howell); his children, Dennis (Carla), Denise, and Dallas; and grandchildren, Geneva, Austin and Saxon. A memorial service was held on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. at the DeBary Town Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the hospice facility of your choice. Tri-County Cremation and Funeral Home, Longwood was in charge of arrangements.

 

February 2013 NEWS FLASH!


A Cadre of Classmates, including GiGi GOODMAN STEPHENS, JANET RODDENBERRY MEGOW, GRACIA MOORE SMITH, GRACE WENDORFF CHEWNING and MERLYNN SMITH GREENAWALT, gathered recently for a “working lunch” at Merlynn’s to brainstorm ideas for a 60th Reunion this October 25-26! More info will be forthcoming as plans develop. However, to secure sites, get catering proposals and determine costs, we need a ballpark figure on how many people are expected to attend. Sooooooooo, please let me know ASAP about whether you’d be interested in coming!


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DORCAS “DOT” BASS BALLARD
, bertrom_ballard@knology.net: Happy New Year to you and yours!! Have a great and healthy year to all my friends in Orlando and all over and May God Bless each one especially in the way each one needs a real Blessing from God!! I will keep you in my prayers; and if God wills, I will see you again if not here on earth it will be in Heaven is my prayer for all!! Love To you in Jesus Name and for His sake always! Phil.4:13


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My good friend, Mary Phillips, again helped track down a classmate who has been among the missing for the last several years. MILFORD W. “LEFTY” FIEDLER was found at Lakewood Assisted Living, 1220 Jimmie Ann Dr./#6, Daytona Beach FL 32114.
Additionally, Mary has possibly located PATRICIA ANNE McCLAY RUSH in Titusville whom I’ll try to contact.


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Also, when LOWELL BRAME fell off the radar; I asked TOMMY NAPIER if he’d help track down a fellow Eagle and citizen of Tallahassee. Here’s his report:

THOMAS NAPIER, rotag1@comcast.net: Good Afternoon, Grace: Sorry about the delay in getting the information back to you, but we have been out of town and got back last Thursday. However, I did find Charles Brame, and I went to his house today and found him. We talked for over an hour about OHS and Edgewater. Dr. Brame is retired and has not practiced medicine for over twenty years. I recognized him, and we had a real nice visit. His complete address is: Charles L. Brame, 3424 Jonathon Landing Drive, Tallahassee, 32308, (850) 893-9363, clbrame@embarq.com. Charles would welcome any E/Ms and would like to hear from any of those on your list of Alums. Let me know if you need anything else. Glad that you asked me to find him. Hope the above information helps.


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NEIL HESTER, tppneil@earthlink.net: Hi, Grace. Just finished reading your GracieGram, and it is fantastic. The new format is super. Jim did a great job. Don't know how he keeps on out-doing himself. Way to go, Jim. The two attachments brought back a lot of good memories. I especially enjoyed seeing pages 4, 5 and 22 of the “Reflections” attachment. You are outstanding. Thanks for doing so much - you are one in a million.


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CHARLES PRATHER
, charles2524@msn.com: It was so interesting to read your attachments about Sanlando and the other areas of interest of a few decades ago. Thanks again.


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PAT SMITH CARVER
, CARVERGE@aol.com: Grace, Ruth Ann sent me the latest letter that you sent out. How proud I am for you...to be recognized in such a nice way. I guess not growing old in Orlando, I just didn't know about all that you had done for Orlando. I certainly have a renewed respect for you after reading the article in "Reflections." I'm just sorry I didn't "grow old" in Orlando to see and know all the accomplishments of my friends. Congratulations. I certainly have many, many fond memories of Sanlando Springs. I just love seeing the pictures. Somehow, I wasn't as afraid of the long slide as I was the high diving board. I don't know if I ever dove into the springs, but I did stand at the end of the board forever just to get the nerve to jump. I would love to receive the "Reflections" magazine and to visit the History Center that the magazine refers to…Many thanks for sharing. This is a highlight for me this week. Much love, [Her request was forwarded to the History Center about possibility of subscribing to the quarterly “Reflections” publication.]


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RUTHANN DENZER BLUE
, 40fordonr1@sbcglobal.net: Hi, Grace...coming to Florida this month...taking our yearly cruise and then back to Florida for February visiting friends and family...can't wait. We have had some snow here in our part of Ohio. Wishing you the best in the coming year and again. THANK YOU so much for the Newsletter each month. Even though we are scattered all over the country, that newsletter seems to bring us together for a time; and without you, I don't think it would have ever happened! Please know that you are greatly appreciated!!


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DAVID WEST
, pattidavewest@yahoo.com: Sanlando Springs is beautiful, more so than when we were kids. My son was married there outside down by the water where the slide used to be on 12-12-12. Reception was in the Clubhouse, and it was an unusual but great wedding with candles and giant sparklers, Food, Music, Comedy, and even a puppet show by the bride and groom.
From Dave’s recent postings on Facebook: Had a stroke last week. Fell and hurt my shoulder and hip and head. Did not realize I had had a stroke until they told me. Ended up in the stroke unit in the hospital for a week and just a little weakness on the left side, so I am lucky and fine. Thanks to God. Now physical therapy starts. Guess I'll have to work at it. Ha. Ha. Lost from 262 down to 205. I am within 5 pounds of my goal of 200. Yeah! It has taken me two years but I am getting there. Big deal for me. I have been overweight for about 20 years. I can already walk better and take the stairs better. I am happy about it.


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Hello! FYI, due to our recent move and going with a different provider for internet, cable and land line phone, our home phone number has changed. Please update your records to show our new home phone number as (407)542-5771. Thank you! Dana Pike [Doris Owens Pike’s daughter-in-law.]


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Elaine Brewton Besalski to Betty Bumby Bandy: Hi, Betty! I was just reading today's paper and saw Jeannie Anderson's obituary [in the Gainesville Sun]. I didn't know if you or Roy were aware of this sad news, so I thought I'd better write. Apparently, Jeannie died on December 26 -- she was in Hospice…I'm sure our classmates will want to know. Thanks for getting the word out.

From Betty, BBBandy@gmail.com: Jeanne Rutherford Anderson is the person who did the major part of the work on our 50th reunion Directory. It was a real gift of love - as Jeanne lost her eyesight right after she did the Directory…Kenny Hill, Margaret Roberts Hill's husband, funeral was January 14th at the Orlando First Presbyterian Church on East Church Street. Margaret has moved into Westminster Towers, 70 W. Lucerne Cir. - #207 Assisted Living. I know she would enjoy a visit from her classmates.


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In case you forget to check out the newz from ’54 EHS & BHS, here’s a sample of what you’re missing:

Patty Richardson Paul, edge54@centurylink.net: EHS Newsletter, Class of '54, January 11, 2013.
It's been quite a while since I managed to get a newsletter out to you, and I do apologize for that. First, it was a dead computer; then we switched providers, and I lost email addresses and had to round them up again; and by then the holidays were upon me. To top that off, I seem to be getting much slower and then Time seems to be rushing by faster and faster. I know --excuses, excuses! The last newsletter was sent just before leaving town for a month in Oregon visiting our daughters, so I was away when the notes from SUE DAVIS REYNOLDS and ESTHER COOPER GORE arrived and that is why the dates referred to have passed.

SUE DAVIS REYNOLDS (msreyfws@gmail.com) Thanks for the news. Summer is always unpredictable and not "scheduled" so to speak. We have had grandsons here in New Smyrna Beach, golfing. And beaching activities. Wore us out! Also have plans to go to see their soccer, baseball, and football games in September. They live in Waynesville, NC, nice mountain community! I have an art show at the Art League of Daytona that opens August 26th, 1 to 4. A friend from Fernandina Beach is joining me. I have over 30 pieces, canvas and paper, most all abstract work. Some canvas are 52" square. It will be on display through Sept 26th. At my age it is probably my last show! Hope some of you can come. I will forward you the postcard announcement, and hope you can get the word out, Patty. Thanks!!!
(Sue, in the event you do another show, let me know; and I'll certainly try to do get the word out on time. P.)

ESTHER COOPER GORE (esthergore@yahoo.com) First, I would like to thank you for the newsletter. We have had a very busy summer; even with all the heat and records being broken. In May, we started our circuit of, first, four graduations (grandsons). We were at Colorado Springs for the USAFA first grandson's graduation. That was a very tiring event of four days of continuous events. Then we went to Ft. Worth, TX for his brother's HS graduation. We spent a few days there before returning home to head up to Seattle and Olympia for the other two. They were the same day. One at 3:00 in the afternoon and the other at 7:00 that evening, but we made it. Yea! We had a family reunion in Rainier, OR; then a wedding in Newberg, OR, and we are in Seattle now for the birth of our second great granddaughter, born last Saturday. It is HOT out here this year, no matter where you are, and everything seems to be outdoors. When we get back to La Pine, we hope to be home long enough to rest up. When do you plan to come out to Portland? Hope you have a very enjoyable trip. Harold was born and raised around Portland, mainly up the river in Rainier. I really like it here myself. It is beautiful. Well, I better get going with so many things to do today.

JINGLE POELLEIN ROBINSON called to tell me that she is now at an assisted living facility in Clermont. Her address is: c/o Emeritus at Oak Park, Room 224, 650 East Minnehaha Avenue, Clermont, FL 34711. The phone number is 352-241-0844. BE SURE TO ASK FOR ROOM 224.

MARGARET TAYLOR DELOY is also now in an assisted living facility. Several of us had been in contact with her often, but all of a sudden she was gone from her home. Thanks to a little sleuth work by TERRY DUTTWEILER she was found through her daughter in Georgia. Margaret's address is: c/o Baptist Village, 763 Johnston Way, Room 24, Lake Park, GA 31636.

I'm sure both of these classmates would appreciate receiving a card now and then.

I received this message from SHIIRLEY HENDRIX MIDGETTE (EHS '55): "Patty,.I would so like to get some news about the class of ’55. We were all there together those first three years at Edgewater. Those were such good memories. We've sadly lost so many. Thanks!" [Anyone with news about that class can contact Shirley at slmidgette@bellsouth.net].

GRACE WENDORFF CHEWNING (BHS '53) forwarded the following message to me that she had received from ED CEDERHOLM (BHS '53): "Hi Gracie, Last night I received a call from Dee Horne to tell me that BOB HORNE passed away in his sleep. Bob was in Edgewater's Class of '54. The Hornes lived in Murphy NC for more than 20 years, so I don't know whether his obituary will appear in the Orlando Sentinel. Bob was a good friend and will be missed."

GRACE also sent the following: "The Wizard" [a/k/a Webmaster JIM SIMMONS!] has posted the latest E-newz on our website. Just click: http://www.jaye-g-arts.com/BraveEagle. The attachments should bring back memories!

You will not only find info on our class of '54 at that website, but you will find info on the Boone classes of '53 and '54 as well as the Edgewater class of '53.

Before I forget, please make a note of my new email address, edge54@centurylink.net. I use it only for the newsletter information. Perhaps a really good New Year's resolution would be to make it a point to regularly send your news in. More news would probably produce more newsletters now that you have my new address.

I wish you a Happy New Year filled with Good Health, and a life filled to overflowing with blessings!


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From Facebook: Cathryn Conner Buchanan posted in 4th Annual Growing up in Orlando Before Disney Reunion
CATHRYN CONNER BUCHANAN, 865-724-4311, GUIOBD@aol.com,
January 25, 2013
All Fellow Growing Up In Orlando Before Disney Kids,
Dear Friends,
As most of you know, Ann Kellogg Helms started this Group for her Brother who had been diagnosed with Terminal Cancer. He had lost touch with so many friends over the years, just like most of us have. This Group brought back many old Friends and brought comfort him realizing he was not the only Old Timer left WHO REMEMBERED Orlando as it used to be. What many of you do not know is that 4 years ago Ann Kellogg Helms, Joanne Davis Lively and My Self got together and decided to have an Old Fashion Reunion of Kids that did remember. Ann paid the fees to rent a Park facility; the Kids from memorial Jr. High School brought the food. That was the first reunion of 89 people. Keep in mind the Group only had about 300 people in it. We decided at that point the Group would grow and we would We as a Group would raise the Money to become a Non Profit Group to help families that were living with or Fighting Cancer for those who Grew up and their descendants Who Grew up in Orlando Before the Mouse came and changed our Neighborhoods. The very Next Year, once again Ann, fronted the Money for the Building and Memorial Kids Brought the Food. Mike Logan Provided the Musicians for only the cost of Gasoline for each Musician; everybody chipped in with the Price of Admission for those expenses. Last year, I put the funds up to Secure the Building, one we all Grew up with and remembering the Great times we had there. Again Memorial Jr. High Kids Provided the food, this time not for Free but at minimal cost. Again we DID NOT break even Not only that we certainly had none left over to pay the Filing fees or LEGAL EXPENSES to start the Foundation to Help those in Need. This Year, Wendy is kind enough to put her Credit Card on the line for us. We hope to at least raise the money to pay for the building. And pray to have enough to pay the Musicians for their support. They are not asking for full Entertainment Pay, just Gas Money and the rest will go to the future efforts of the Group. We have tried to ask some of the Local Businesses to assist us, or to Contribute to the Reunion to help defray the cost on putting this Reunion on. Until we can BECOME Non-Profit then at the very least we won’t have to pay for the Building and that money can eventually go to help families out. I have seen folks complain the price is too much, or been the Person others Get mad at for sending out Posts trying to raise the money to keep this effort going. Keep in mind once we get enough money together, we can relax a bit and have the $1,600.00 It costs for the building and the funds it costs for the food, Insurance decorations, etc., to go where we have prayed for it to go -to the PEOPLE who need it most. So Folks if you plan to make it to the Reunion and want to join the cause, PLEASE Get your donations in now. And if YOU HAVE A BUSINESS AND WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE MORE WE WILL PUT A GIANT BANNER in front of the stage or a prominent area of the ORLANDO YOUTH CENTER (Orlando Loch Haven Community Center, as it is now known) with your Business name or Personal Name (as a sponsor) in your honor. Or someone who you love that may have Passed away as a result of Cancer. PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR GOAL THIS YEAR , AND PURCHASE A TICKET EVEN IF YOU CAN’T COME. THIS IS NOT FOR ME, ANN, WENDY Or anyone person. This Party and Reunion belongs to us ALL who GREW UP IN ORLANDO BEFORE DISNEY CAME. GOD BLESS ALL THE ORLANDO KIDS AND YOUR FAMILIES THAT GREW UP IN ORLANDO BEFORE DISNEY. Sincerely, Cathryn Conner Buchanan

[Please send in your payment for admission to the Reunion NOW to Wendy Swanhart, 6710 RUNNINGWOODS DR., TAMPA, FL 33634, or there won't be a reunion this year. We have to pre pay for the Youth Center and none of us can afford that kind of money alone.]


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April 2013 News

Received via Facebook on 2-22 from Grace Wise Wilson: Hi Grace. Just touching base after a long bout of aggravation. Spent 2 weeks in hospital because the doctor found irregular heart beat during one of my routines and was sent directly across the street where they did almost every kind of test there was and found absolutely nothing. This was all during Thanksgiving week so needless to say I was not a happy camper. I will try to call you soon and fill you in on what has happened in my neck of the woods which is not much. So, until I talk to you later, Love you [Note: I replied, also via Facebook, requesting her new phone number and email but haven’t heard back.]


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Nan Yarrington King, nking@loyno.edu: As always, thanks again for keeping us up-to-date.


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Walt Bates
, talmadgeb@aol.com: Hi, Gracie & Jim - want to sincerely thank you both for all the time, work, update research, & effort you folks devote to this wonderful monthy newsletter; we so much enjoy & look forward to the updates. Please let me know (By E-mail) if you'd accept a personal donation to help off-set your news letter expenses. Thanks again for your years of providing us senior classmates such fond memories & current updates of those youthful years gone-by.

My reply: Walt, thanx for your kind words. As you've probably gathered, it's a "labor of love" for Jim and me - donating our time and labor! There is an account at the Orlando Federal Credit Union [Class of '53 Reunion] which has covered various expenses through the years, including printing/postage of Bi-Annual Newsletters for classmates not on email and will be tapped to pay certain advance costs for our upcoming proposed 60th Reunion. Go, Braves and Eagles!

His reply:…Frances & I would definitely be interested in the 60th reunion. Tell me where to send my donation check, as would be happy to mail to you & let you put it in the account. Thanks again,


My reply: Check may be mailed to me, Grace Chewning, 214 Wekiva Park Drive, Sanford 32771, made payable to "Class of '53 Reunion." High School Hugz


[NOTE: His check for $200 was gratefully received and deposited in our account!]


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Grace, could you change my email to johnbrimcpa@gmail.com. Thanks for this and your continued efforts and concerns to keep in touch. John Brim


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The “Birthday Babes” March 15th quarterly covered dish luncheon at the Lake Maitland Terrace Condo Clubhouse was a HUGE success! Totally enjoying the fantastic array of food, hysterical Chinese Auction of white elephant items [poor Helen, always picked something that someone else wanted!], door prizes, and individual gift bags were Diana Benn Webb, Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever, Grace Wendorff Chewning, Arlene McCarty Clark, Janet Rodenberry Megow, Merlynn Smith Greenawalt, Betty Eberhart Harper, Beverly Richards Gerken, GiGi Goodman Stephens, Doris McCarty Sams, Helen Lingo Hicks, Shirley Barnes Corbett, Gracia Moore Smith. While the “gang” was all there, information about the 60th Reunion luncheon on October 26 was reviewed from the Citrus Club, Dubsdread Country Club and University Club, with a UNANIMOUS vote for Dubsdread!

Gwen Anthony Meehan, gwenmeehan13@gmail.com: ...I had intended to call YOU! Time has gotten away from me, as usual; there just isn't enough of it! I'm sure everyone feels this way. I thought "retirement" was supposed to be sitting on the porch, drinking lemonade (or something stronger), reading and fanning. No such luck: I've found so much to do that I'm seriously going to have to de-construct quite a bit of it. I have to admit that I've let email kind of get the best of me because it's such a cool way to stay in touch and is full of all kinds of interesting things my friends share. I don't have any of that unwanted spam anymore, everything I get is terrific, well-selected information that I truly enjoy...but my time is shrinking. My youngest son recently dragged me kicking and screaming onto Facebook (he literally came into my computer and set it up FOR me!). I hate it! It is just one more thing to usurp my time...and it's relatively fun and will become more so as I learn how to do it, I'm sure. At any rate, I'm not going to try to come to the [March 15] luncheon, but maybe I'll make the next one…I hope all is well with you. Do give my regards to the rest.


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Dorcas “Dot” Bass Ballard, bertrom_ballard@knology.net: Hi, hope all is well with you and yours! We are ok and looking forward to spring! Daughter Beth and Roger bought a beautiful Ranch with horses and other animal and the whole family is enjoying it! We are also enjoying the scenery and go quite often but do not ride horses but like to watch others do it! Hope to see all you people again someday; will keep in touch! Love


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John David & Lily (Wilson) Clem, 376 Golf Course Rd., Unicoi, TN. 37692. Lil & I after retiring moved to Unicoi, Tn. in Jan. 1993. Love the mountains. We enjoyed being contacted from old friends like Terry. Also enjoyed all the newsletters and the Old Cars, and so sorry to hear so many of our Eagles we have lost. Thanks again for the contact. (John) David Clem


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From: Alumni3@reply.mb00.net
Edgewater High School
Dear Grace Ann Chewning,
We are pleased to announce the production of an all-new publication for the constituents of Edgewater High School! Edgewater High School has entrusted Harris Connect, a market-leader with the reputation of integrity and over 47 years of experience in the industry, with the task of compiling our edition. More information will be coming your way soon about this exciting project. We look forward to working with Edgewater High School to produce a world-class publication for its constituents. Publication Office for Edgewater High School
at Harris Connect, 1400-A Crossways Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23320


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Betty Bumby Bandy, BBBandy@gmail.com: The 2013 [BHS ‘54] Reunion at Roy Brand's house on February 25th was wonderful, and we all had an enjoyable time! We ordered 70 dinners although several could not make it at the last minute. Sweet Boone/Edgewater 1953 is including 1951 through 1954 in their 60th Reunion celebration, which will be October 25th and 26th of 2013. On Friday night there is a Bar-b-q at the Police Benevolent Camp in Edgewood on Lake Conway. On Saturday, October 26th, they are having a luncheon at Dubsdread (Ball Room). Both sound like fun. Our Boone 1954 reunion committee met on Tuesday, March 19th to make decisions on our next reunion. We decided we would like to celebrate our own 60th and we have set the date two weeks before Easter of 2014 - on Saturday March 12th. So mark your calendar: March 12, 2014. We hope that all of our class stays well and we are able to take advantage of all the reunions coming up. I wish for you a blessed Easter Season. Fondly, Betty [2036 Countryside Circle South, Orlando 32804, (407) 422-2936]


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My sweet friend Mary Phillips has been at it again – helping track down “Missing Classmates! Following are some results from her truly exhaustive efforts:

With info about Billie Carolyn Lawson Glasser, clg1342@sbc.global.net [married Stanley in ‘78], 330 Mission Bay North Blvd., #301, San Francisco CA 94158-2137, 415-658-7258, I surprised Carolyn with a phone call. Although we used to be on the City Hall softball team, it’s been at least 50 years since we’d been in contact.

Larry Craver: Thanks for calling about the Boone 53 class reunion that you are planning. I am interested. I have not been back for some years, but will not forget many events there. My parents lived near Rock Springs north of Apopka for many years. I became an Electrical Engineer via Georgia Tech and the University of South Carolina. I also attended Columbia International University for 3 years. My wife and I have been married for 55 years and have 9 children, now adults naturally. I worked for the Department of Defense and retired from there. Just thought I would give a few details. I hope we can meet. My email address is: lcraver@maranatha.net. Feel free to call also 703-534-1835. Larry [309 W. Columbia St., Falls Church VA 22046-2647]

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Thomas Lawson
February 11, 1937 - March 1, 2013
Memorial service with Military Honors was at Edgewater Landings Clubhouse Saturday, March 9. http://www.baldwincremation.com/obituaries.php/Thomas-Lawson/1891/index#obituary-details

Carol Ann Seltzer, married Allen C. Rose in July 1956 in Orange Co. Her Obit was published in the Toronto Star on Feb. 3 & 4, 2002. The JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR) shows she was buried on Feb. 4, 2002, in Beth Tzedec Memorial Park, North York, Ontario, Canada. Carol’s sister, GeorgeAnn Seltzer, widow of Herbert Joel Greenstein, is listed at 106 Munro Blvd., Toronto ON M2P 1C6, 416-449-8779.


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Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever
volunteered to contact snail mail classmates to verify current info if I’d provide the phone numbers. While doing that, I found Doris Rowntree Vorce had a new address at 61 Carolina Way, Fountain Inn, SC 29644. I went ahead and called her [864-408-9232], learning she now is on email at dorisvorce@charter.net.

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Noted painter also mentored other artists
By Mark Schlueb Staff Writer
As a young man, Orlando native James Maury Hurt [OHS ‘52] ditched a promising career as a graphic artist to pursue life as a painter.
During the next 50 years, Hurt would become a dean of the Central Florida arts community, earning loyal devotees, praise from critics and the gratitude of younger artists he helped mentor. Hurt, who went by Maury, died Sunday. He was 78.
“He was just a wonderful artist and a wonderful individual. He was one of the kindest men I’ve ever known in my lifetime,” said Michael Mennello of The Mennello Museum of American Art, where Hurt’s work has been exhibited.
Hurt was born in 1934 and grew up on East Concord Street when Orlando was still a sleepy town. He attended Orlando High School and enrolled at the University of Florida. Hurt went to college to study art — hoping to be an illustrator for outdoor magazines — and he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in design.
But he also was a gifted athlete, playing two seasons as a center fielder on Florida’s baseball team. In1956, Hurt hit three triples in a single game, tying a record set five years earlier by Haywood Sullivan, who went on to own the Boston Red Sox. The UF team won an SEC title during Hurt’s senior year, and the record still stands.
After leaving Gainesville, Hurt served a short stint in the Army and then returned to Orlando as a graphic artist.
But that wasn’t where his heart was. After a couple of years, Hurt resigned.
“He decided he wanted to remove himself from the commercial rat race and dedicate himself to art for art’s sake,” said citrus grower Jerry Chicone, a lifelong friend who grew up with Hurt and roomed with him in college.
Hurt rented a studio at the Maitland Art Center, where his early paintings reflected primitive and archaic art. His work evolved through a number of periods, including surrealism and abstraction.
In addition to the Mennello Museum, his paintings are held in collections at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Maitland Art Center and the city of Orlando, among others. One of his well-known works, “Eating Out,” a scene of the artist’s friends and family at the old Skeeter’s on Lee Road, hangs in the Orange County Courthouse.
But Hurt’s impact on the arts world extends further than his own work. He was generous with his time, often tutoring others.
“He was the most gentle person I ever met in my life,” said friend Bonnie Jones-McNamara, who counts Hurt as a mentor. “He has a lot of followers.”
Hurt also helped save the Maitland Art Center from being lost to development in the mid-1960s, joining friends in a lawsuit to stop its sale.
Hurt was married once and stayed in touch with his stepdaughters, but he never had children of his own. He lived frugally in a small house in Maitland for the past several decades. He was a prolific artist who made little effort to sell his paintings, though they did sell, generally for thousands.
Friends describe him as a Renaissance man who also sculpted, taught himself to play violin and enjoyed fencing.
But painting was his passion.
“That was his whole life,” said his brother, William “Pete” Hurt. “He was overwhelmed with it every day. He just loved the work and wanted to be immersed in it.”
“When people look at my work,” Hurt told a magazine writer in 2007, “I want my work to tell them what kind of person I was in my life and what I was interested in. I want to leave behind an impression of myself.”
Friends are organizing a memorial exhibition of Hurt’s work, but details are not yet final.

THE ARTISTIC TYPE/ORLANDOSENTINEL.COM /THEARTISTICTYPE


A&H Museums in Maitland honor artist Maury Hurt with exhibit


Matthew J. Palm


To honor artist Maury Hurt, who died Sunday, the Art & History Museums — Maitland will open a tribute exhibition today.


“Remembering Maury Hurt” will open at the Maitland Art Center and continue through April 9. It will feature Hurt works from the A&H’s permanent collection and a life-size portrait of Hurt by Barbara Tiffany.


While the exhibit is on view, admission to the Maitland Art Center will be free.


During the 1960s, Hurt maintained a studio at the Maitland Art Center, where he produced a vast collection of art in many styles and mediums. He also helped save the Maitland Art Center from development by joining a lawsuit to stop its sale in the mid-1960s.


An Orlando native, Hurt was well-known as a mentor to other artists. At the time of his death, at age 78, Hurt was a trustee emeritus on the Maitland museums’ board of directors.


Hurt’s paintings also can be found in the collections of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College, the Orlando Museum of Art and the Mennello Museum of American Art.


One of his well-known works, “Eating Out,” depicts his family and friends at the old Skeeter’s restaurant on Lee Road. It hangs in the Orange County Courthouse.


The Maitland Art Center is at 231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For information, call 407-539-2181.

 

May 2013 News

ATTENTION: The 60th Reunion Planning Committee will meet May 10th to make final decisions on menus/prices for the 10-25 BBQ at the Lake Conway Police Camp and 10-26 buffet luncheon at Dubsdread Country Club, so reservation info will be forthcoming. Dick Hagen, who “moonlights” as a DJ at various venues in Tallahassee, has volunteered to be our DJ at either or both events with music from the ‘40s and ‘50s, using his own PA system!


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Email to me from Patsy Carver Graham Reeves, patsyo56721@comcast.net after she received notice from Classmates.com, where our Reunion is posted for both schools, saying, “You are invited to the 60th for Edgewater-Boone High Schools”: I have not joined classmates but I would like to attend the Reunion in October. (BTW - There is no charge to register at either school on their website.)

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Joe Davis, jgdavis2@cfl.rr.com: Hi, Grace. I am putting together an article about Boone's '53 track team. I've talked to Mike Conley and received a reply to my email from Johnny Brim today. Johnny thinks you have already published an article about the team. I don't remember seeing one but if he is correct would you, if possible, please email me the issue which contains the story. Thanks,

My reply: Johnny has a good memory! The article was from the May 26, '53 Boone Hi Lights entitled "BHS and St. Pete Tie at Gainesville State Meet" by John Partridge. Unfortunately, it was included in one of the monthly announcements about E-newz Updates being posted, which I delete-delete after a few months. Sooooooo, I'll Xerox and snail mail to you, probably next week. It has a photo of you, the Brims and Bob Peaden.

First reply from Joe: Well, now, you would think I would have remembered something that important. My article will include a little something of what each of us remembered about the meet. Just to confirm my mailing address: 623 Marshall St. Altamonte Springs, Fl. 32701. Thanks for your help.

Second reply from Joe: Thanks, Grace. I received the copies of Boone Hi Lights yesterday and enjoyed reading both the track and baseball articles. I was not able to see all of the baseball article about the Boone/Edgewater game, but it mentions 14 and 21 innings. If the game lasted 21 innings, then it is the one Dizzy Dean talked about on baseball's Game of the Day which was broadcast nationally. Also, it confirms, I wasn't sure, that Pete Hurt was the pitcher for Edgewater. Pete pitched for and had a notable career for the Gators. I have recollection that Gerald signed up to play for the Seminoles but was injured early in his freshman year. With the Boone Hi Lites article, my conversation with Mike Conley, and some old newspaper articles that Johnny Brim was able to find and forward, I'll try to write a concise interesting article for the news letter. Thanks again


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Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever, glefever@aol.com, has been helping contact classmates on snail mail to verify their contact info and see if they’ve joined the email world. Following are some results of her efforts:

“Just talked to Mary Lovejoy Ifft and she said she was unable to travel and come to reunion. She gave me her husband's email of Ifftr@bellsouth.net. She was excited about getting emails. Asked about a few people, so I think she will enjoy the newsletter every month…”

Ralph Pike has email: pike@lsu.edu. Jackie Ellis Davenport: change zip code to 32839, add email, Ljdave@bellsouth.net. Ruth Griffith Young, add email, Mackyoung@cox.net. Evelyn Brown Shackelford, add email, EBSmail@comcast.net.

WESTBROOK, DENNIE COY, 78, Winter Garden, passed away on August 18, 2011. He was born in Egypt, Arkansas, on February 23, 1933 to Leonard and Gertie Westbrook. Mr. Westbrook was retired from the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife Myrtle Westbrook, sons, Dennis, David and Darrin Westbrook, sisters Roslie La Sure and Sharon Bates, 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was held on Saturday August 20, 2011. Arrangements entrusted to Woodlawn Memorial Park & Funeral Home.

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E-mail address update from Marcus Eastman: marceastman8@gmail.com.

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From Pete Ward, pw1018@yahoo.com: My ex-wife, Annette (Angell) Ward, passed away on Dec. 12, 2012 in Altamonte Springs. She had lived with her daughter, Catherine Gibson, of Winter Park for the past 5 years. She graduated from Edgewater in 1954. Please put this information in your Memorium page. Also add my birthday to the Boone 1954 grad's page as Oct. 18, 1936. Thanks,

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From Roy F. Black, royblack@centurylink.net: Please add my birthday to your birthday list: August 26. Thanks

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From Merlynn Smith Greenawalt, merlynnpaul@cfl.rr.com: I thank God for every remembrance of you, Phil.1:3. You two are priceless and so dear to a bunch of 'old' acquaintances. Thanks again for all the new updates. It’s such fun getting together for the birthday lunches. I just wish more of our friends participated with us. We're really excited about the October activities and getting to see more of our old friends.

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From Doris Burket Logue, djlogue@embarqmail.com: Grace: Thanks for the article [on Maury Hurt]. Marvin and I went to the Maitland Museum on Tuesday night. They had a lot of his paintings there and an open house. His nephew spoke and told stories about Maury. Marvin has known Maury since 1st grade; then, they went to Marks Street school and on to OHS. We went to an art show in Eustis about 6 months ago, and they got to visit with each other then… Many Thanks again,

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Good News-Bad News for Shirley Ison Duncan who had a vehicle collide into hers on Silver Star Road. Bad - her car was totaled; she had a broken wrist and collarbone. Good – she is in no pain, almost mended and just got a brand new white VW Jetta!


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Prayers for positive results go out to Betty Eberhart Harper who is looking at possible procedures in June for heart catherization [and maybe, stent] plus knee replacement – all, hopefully, taking place after a trip she has scheduled to Branson, MO!


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From Jim Fuqua, Jimfuqua1@yahoo.com: [RE: Visa and Mastercard fraud attempt]…received this from a trusted friend. I have copied the text from the original email. I looked at the Snopes website and everything they say is true. As it says in the warning, the crooks want the three digit CV2 number off the back of your card (four digit on the front of American Express) since it is not on the magnetic stripe; and they can't complete the fraudulent purchase without it. As Snopes says, hang up and call the card issuer at the number on the back of the card to verify if the call was legitimate and make them aware of what is going on so they can try to "nip it in the bud." I have never had the Customer Service Representative at my card issuers (and MasterCard is very vigilant) ask me for the CV2 number. They already know it. They will need your credit card number so they can look up your account. If you are asked for it by a merchant be sure the merchant is reputable and, in fact, you have initiated the order. Look for https in the address of the website and a little lock in the address bar to indicate the information is encrypted when it is sent to the merchant.

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From Jim Spell, jspell39@gmail.com:



This picture is on the first page on The Boone High School Year Book for 1957 and some kid wrote under it on my book - Still no rain. At the time, it made me laugh. I think it is called “End of the Trail.” This has been a tough year for our whole family; and when Mom asked me why there was dust on the wood window sill, I just cringed. Termites, the Florida Plague! A bad bike accident, then a car runs me over; cancer, a concussion and worrying about the ones I love; and now, termites. Then I remembered the picture and laughed. For every problem big, or small, we have someone who loves us and is always there. Like the Indian we need to look up; there is no end of the trail with God, only a road home. I love you all, [Jim, a retired CVS pharmacist, is a friend!]

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From Betty Bumby Bandy to her BHS ’54 classmates:
We asked to hear from everyone in our class as to whether they are going to try to come to 1954 60th reunion on April 12th, 2014. Some have forgotten to respond. We want to plan a big enough space for all those who are hoping to be here. PLEASE let us know.
BBBandy@gmail.com

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Events you may have missed from recent Orlando Sentinel “Florida Flashback” columns!


Stroll through private gardens; Marks Street chums reunite


April blooms with historical fun, as Lake Eola Heights neighbors present their biannual garden tour on April 21, and Marks Street Elementary School alumni gather on April 27 to share memories.
Private gardens tour
Spanning more than 30 blocks north of Lake Eola Park, the Lake Eola Heights Historic District boasts a variety of architectural styles along its tree-lined streets. Although its “Private Gardens” tour doesn’t venture inside homes, it does offer participants a rare chance to see them up close, along with varied and inspiring gardens.
This year, one of the homes on the tour, at 1018 E. Livingston St., has captured my imagination since childhood. Walking past it, I probably imagined Snow White and her seven buddies inside, with hot chocolate and a fire on cool nights.
The house, named Pine Green, owes its beginnings to one of Central Florida’s most original talents: builder and artist Sam Stoltz, whose surviving creations are tucked like hidden gems in Orlando, Winter Park, Mount Plymouth, Windermere and the Chicago area.
For information on Pine Green, see Kelly Brock’s “Sam Stoltz’s Pine Green” at pinegreenorlando.blog-  spot.com .
The legendary Sam
Stoltz was 50 years old when he and his wife, Patti, came to Central Florida from Chicago during the 1920s boom years.
“His health was bad, and he came down here to die — that’s how the story went,” Orlando attorney George Clapham recalled several years ago about Stoltz, whom he knew when Clapham was a boy.
Instead, Stoltz found a revitalized career crafting homes and decorating buildings, often working with developer Carl Dann Sr.
Born on a farm near Humboldt, Neb., about 10 years after the Civil War ended, Stoltz studied art and illustration in Omaha and Chicago as a young man, according to Stoltz expert Grace Hagedorn of Orlando.
Eventually, he settled into an art studio in Chicago and began helping clients design and build houses and gardens before he and Patti moved to Central Florida in 1925.
In the next couple of decades, Stoltz’s paintings and frescoes would become fixtures in private homes and public buildings in Orange County.
His ibises and flamingos once adorned the Angebilt Hotel lobby. At the now-gone, Mediterranean-style Chamber of Commerce building on Central Boulevard, his alligators snapped on meeting room walls.
It was a long way from Nebraska, but in a Stoltz house, your imagination could take you anywhere, even gamboling with Snow White.
The Lake Eola Heights Historic Neighborhood Association’s self-guided garden tour is April 21, noon to 5 p.m. Pick up tickets at the Handy Pantry, 522 E. Amelia. Plein air painters will be at work in the gardens.
The cost is $15 per person the day of the tour or $10 in advance. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Handy Pantry (cash or checks). Details: Go to lehhna.com  .
Marks Street reunion
From 1925 to 1965, children from part of the Lake Eola Heights Historic District went to Marks Street Elementary, the charming building at Marks and Magnolia Ave., that’s long been a senior center.
Last year, Marks Street alums Frank Alexander and Mary Brock Carlisle announced hopes for an all-class reunion, and it’s coming right up: April 27, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at 99 E. Marks St. (Marks Street Senior Center).
The reunion is for classmates of all years and their guests; others who would like to celebrate this occasion with them are also welcome.
Light refreshments will be served; a donation of $10 is suggested.
If you have not already been contacted by Alexander or Carlisle, call 407-299-9284 (a business number) or 407-491-1771, or send email to marks2013reunion@aol.com .
By the way, a Flashback earlier this year mentioned Marks Street Principal Ethel Cornwright but regrettably spelled her name “Conwright.”
“Misspelling her name probably wouldn’t have called for detention, but it certainly would have earned a lecture from her,” Carlisle noted afterward, with a smile.
Joy Wallace Dickinson can be reached at jwdickinson@earthlink.net  or by good old-fashioned letter at the Sentinel, 633 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL 32801.

 

March 2013 News

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Tommy Napier
, rotag1@comcast.net: Would like to see pictures of the 1953 Edgewater Band and Majorettes. We had plenty pictures that were taken, but none have appeared in your newsletter. Ask your '53 Alumni of Edgewater to send some.


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Gay Hargis Tennis, tennisgene@aol.com: I expect that I represent a number of other members from the Boone class of 1953 (and Edgewater, as well) who enjoy reading the newsletter each month but have not been able to join the Birthday Babes or take part in other activities. The fun and the good memories are tempered by the sadness which comes from reading the memorials and seeing how many old friends we have lost. Thank all of you again for all of your good work!


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Dick Weiner, irichardweiner@gmail.com: Grace, My wife and I will plan on attending the 60th. I will be glad to head up a tennis tournament. I know that at least Joe Davis and myself are still playing. Thanks for all you do.


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Jackie Salley Nelson, jac.n@earthlink.net: …count me in [for a 60th Reunion], although, after reading the In Memory page it really saddens me to see the names of classmates and friends from '53 that I didn't know were no longer here.

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Nancy Yarrington King, nking@loyno.edu: Thanks, Gracie – where would we be if not for you and Jim?


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Jerry/MJ Wark Rooks
, mjrgar@gulftel.com: Re your inquiry for interest in a 60th reunion of Boone/Edgewater ‘53 and ‘54 graduates‚ oh, maybe it’s just for class of ‘53‚ well, whatever it is‚ a huge THANK YOU to all your group for taking time and trouble to try to put something together. We so appreciate you and your efforts. MJ and Jerry Rooks (mary jane wark/EHS ‘54) and Gerald (Boone ‘53) will be delighted to attend and have our calendar dates for October circled now. Our suggestion would be to make it as informal as possible; we would not care to do a dressy or expensive type dance or dinner as the informal type is easier to attend from out of town and easier to get around to visit; that’s just our opinion, of course. Thanks again for all the work this will entail. Let us know how things are going. We might take on a list to call for follow up if that would be a help; can’t think of much we can do from Alabama for you. We’ll be watching for updates.


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Maxine Hayes Kruzner, craftymax@sbcglobal.net: Such good memories about Ronnie's. I remember always eyeing that HUGE 7-layer cake and wondering what it would taste like. So, I would just have one of the kosher tomatoes or pickles on the table. OH, and those Ice Cream sundaes - yum O!! So much about Orlando I remember as growing up, Sanlando Springs, Rock Springs, the fountain in Lake Eola, the Fern Gardens, the spring in Lake Ivanhoe and oh so much more...it was indeed the City Beautiful. I would love to get subscribed to the “Reflections” as well. And you can count on me for the reunion for sure...in July, I am going to meet my new Great Grand-baby. Please tell Jim that the News Letter is so well designed. I went by Boone the last time I was there, and it has surely changed from those post cards - and yet haven't we all?! Thanks for your tireless energy and all you do for your class mates. We love you for it and so appreciate it…have the dates on my calendar! I am excited to see "us." Keep me posted on updates, please.


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Annell Rogers Tidwell, MomTidwell@aol.com: Dear Gracie & Jim, What a great job you both do in keeping us in touch with classmates and friends. I brag to my children how nice it is to get the monthly news-letters and follow what's happening to friends. I have been well and busy since Allen's death in Nov. 2011. I've taken several trips and remodeled my kitchen. Had set up my dining room for a mini-kitchen during the 3-month process; and when they finished, I thought I could have continued with the mini version with no problem. Ha. Glad it's done. Now for the next project. Gracie, I see you & I share the same date for our birthdays. I will be 77 Feb. 20. I thank the Lord for good health, 3 wonderful children, 7 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. I'm so lucky to have them close by. Take care, and thanks again for the memories. Fondly,


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Al Kelley, akelleygolf@gmail.com: Hi, Grace. I would be interested in going to the reunion in Oct. Regards,


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Recently learned from Beverly Richards Gerken and Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever that Doris Donohoe Bee’s sweet hubby, Charlie, passed away in December, five years after his lung transplant. Her address is 930 Bahama Dr., Orlando 32806.


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Pete Ward, pw1018@yahoo.com: Hi, I would be interested in the October event. I am a 1954 Boone graduate. Please keep me posted…I was looking over the friends who had passed and I noticed Boone's Warren Baker was not listed. I think (you know how these old-brain memories are) that one of Betty Bumby's emails or maybe at the 50th reunion I read that he had passed. Maybe Betty might know. Also my ex-wife, Annette Angell (Edgewater 1954) passed away Dec. 12, 2012 in Altamonte Springs. Thanks,


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Keith King, krking4325@att.net: I think it would be a great idea.


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Roy F. Black
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Aubrey H. Little, alittle17@att.net. Class of Edgewater 1953.

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Mary Alice Coward Greer
, nana_2149@hotmail.com: Grace, I hope to be there if it happens and Dottie said she will come with me. Keep us posted so we can make our plans. We appreciate all you do for us. I really enjoy your updates on our classmates. Thanks,

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Although I still haven’t received a response with a current phone number or email, on 2-22, Grace Wise Wilson posted the following on my Facebook timeline: “Just touching base after a long bout of aggravation. Spent 2 weeks in hospital because the doctor found irregular heartbeat during one of my routine tests and was sent directly across the street where they did almost every kind of test there was and found absolutely nothing. This was all during Thanksgiving week, so needless to say I was not a happy camper. I will try to call you soon and fill you in on what has happened in my neck of the woods, which is not much. So, until I talk to you later. Love you,


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Thanx to continued detective efforts by my friend, Mary Phillips, think we have located the “Missing” Carolyn Lawson Glasser in San Francisco, Barbara Richardson McKeever in San Antonio and Patricia Anne McClay Rush in Titusville.

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Robert Milton Buchanan
[BHS ‘54] passed away on February 17, 2013, in Orlando, FL. He was 78 years old. Robert, Dad, Papa, Melonhead and Mr. B, loved his family. He was the last survivor and the youngest of 13 children. He was a fourth-generation Orlandoan, who grew up in a house on Kaley Ave. He graduated from Boone High school where he was captain of the football team & president of the first chapter of FFA. Robert believed that a man should go to work every day. He worked hard his whole life and began his first concrete business, Modern Concrete, in 1957. When the recession of 1976 closed those doors, he picked his self up and started a family owned and operated swimming pool business in 1977, Robert’s Pool Service. He was very involved in watching his children and grandchildren play sports. He enjoyed taking them deer hunting. He is survived by wife, Patricia; children, Rocky & Marci, Susan & Richie, Sheri & Kenny, JP & Liza, Trina & Larry, Debbie & Bink; 12 grandchildren, Dawn, Becky, Amanda, Jr., Josh, Kristi, Stacy, Travis, Jacob, Andy, Faith, Gracie, and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Rusty. Memorial services were held February 19, 2013, at Liberty Baptist Church, 744 N Dean Road, Orlando, 32825.

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Dykes, Helen Wadkins, passed away July 29, 2014, at her residence. Survived by son Allen Dykes; sister Dorothy Parrish; brother Thomas Wadkins; companion Karl Miiller. The funeral service was held on August 5, 2014, followed by interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.

 

May-21, from Mary Alice Coward Greer, mary.greer@hotmail.com: Because of a hacker problem, I have had to change my e-mail address. The address above is my new one. Thank you.


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May-20, from Betty Bumby Bandy to Madeline Johnson Irrgang: Madeline, Take the stuff for OHS 1946 to Grace Chewning. I have not heard from Roy Brand, but hope that he will come by to get the [BHS ‘54] stuff. I will try him again tomorrow. I am leaving Sunday to go to Mary Anne’s house and will leave there for Chicago on Tuesday. Joe and I are going to Kansas City to see our first cousins. I am looking forward to the trip.


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May-29, from Kathy Jackson: Just to let you know & with a broken heart, Martin Jackson passed away on Jan 30 2014 after 2 Long years of much suffering. He was my world, my friend, companion & love of my life. He not only left me but also a daughter, son, 6 grand children & 5 great grand daughters. He was a great man & my husband for 59 yrs. [I sent a note of condolence. Her address is 17238 Porter Ave., Montverde FL 34756, Kjac63@aol.com]


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May-28, from Dot Bass Ballard: Hi Grace, hope all is well with you all! I am much better these days getting my strength back... We are all well so far! I have been very sick with a virus that almost took me on to Heaven; lost lot of weight and am trying to gain but don't really want to gain! Dr's orders but so hard to do! Especially since I don't like to eat! Take care. Love,

May-31, from Dot Bass Ballard: Hi Grace. Thanks for all the news; wish we could all go back in time and spend a day together with Mr. Boone! He was such a treasure! Remember when Mother took me to register @ Orlando Sr. High, my first yr. in Orlando and I was not a happy camper, coming from a small town in Ms. that I loved and thought that my life was over as far as I could see! God had other plans and with the help of Mr. Boone calling me in and talking to me and when I would hear his voice over a hall full of students "Hey Mississippi," I would look his way and wave and smile at him! He made me feel special just like he did everyone! Hoping to get down that way this yr. sometime, hope to see some of you as I will be with my cousin from Ms. also even though she has lived there several yrs.! She lives close to Disney! Bye for now! Blessings!


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Jun-1, from Maxine Hayes Kruzner: Dear Gracie. Again you and your partner in "crime" have done a wonderful job on this news letter. I loved looking at the pictures and pretending I was there when - not. So glad that we got to have lunch before the 60th reunion. Well, Dick and I have gotten another year older. This April we celebrated his 80th birthday with an open house party in our back yard. Who knew we'd live this long? I intend to live as long as I am able. Especially, since our 2nd great Grand Son has been born! The first is Matteo Pearson born to our Grand daughter, Lauren, he is 9 months old; and the second, Decker James Kruzner born to our Grandson Dillon Kruzner and his wife Brooke and will be two months old on the 14th of June. We get to meet Decker this coming weekend to snuggle and cuddle. My health in general is pretty good. I make sure I exercise for an hour 3 x a week and eat healthy and the usual that we do. You looked wonderful in the pictures of the reunion and I got to see the lunch bunch in the pictures too!...Again, thanks for the newsletter and say hello to the lunch bunch. Blessings to you and all and God Bless you!


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Jun-10, from Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever: gjlefever@aol.com: I know I am late doing this but wanted to thank you all for making Donnie's 80th birthday a big hit. He had so much fun with all the cards and scratch offs. It took him days to do them all. I don't think he wanted them to end so he stretched them out. He really couldn't believe that so many people would do that for him. On a side note, he won $411.00. That didn't mean as much to him as the thoughts and the fun scratching the tickets. The girls and I each put in $20 and bought $80 worth of tickets and Dede put them on 4 poster boards and made a big 80 with them. He didn't even realize they were tickets until a couple hours later. Again, thank you all so much. We treasure your friendship and be assured that he had a ball. Love, Glenda Jo


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Jun-10, from Joan Wilson Schava, joanschava@yahoo.com: ...Merlynn [Smith Greenawalt] and Paul stopped by on their way to Michigan to see Paul's sister. Granddaughter and family will be here from Ashville, NC, for Father's day. She is a doctor in a town near there. If she works in a clinic in a poor area for a set number of years, her school loans are paid; plus, she works at two hospitals in their hospice area that helps her loans also. She is smart to do this as she has a daughter in kindergarten in the fall and a son 2 years after her. They bought a 4-bedroom log cabin home out on 7 acres with a mountain behind it that butts up to a national forest that is a BEAR reserve! The bears come over the mountain at night and go down the ravine by the house and they can hear them grunting. I worry about the kids, but she said they know about staying in the house at dark.


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Jun-13, from Mary Alice Coward Greer via Facebook: Re: [Growing up in Orlando before Disney]…when I was at Memorial, there was only Memorial and Cherokee. I had gone to Hillcrest Elementary and afterwards would have gone to OHS, and been in the first graduating class of Boone or Edgewater High. But, like a lot of people my age at that time, I got married, and had a house full of kids. In 1966, we moved to West Tennessee, my husband's home area. We will be married 63 years in August, have 9 grandchildren and expecting our 14th great-grandchild shortly after our anniversary. I did get my GED, then earned my BA in 1980 from Lambuth College in Jackson, TN. I appreciate that my Memorial classmates remembered me and allow me to come to reunions as if I had finished high school with them.


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Friday the 13th in June lived up to its reputation! GiGi Goodman Stephens had scheduled the Second Quarterly Birthday Babes Luncheon at The Elephant Bar restaurant in the Altamonte Mall only to get a call the day before that it just closed! Hurried emails & phone calls went out to alert the group that the site had been changed to nearby Bahama Breeze! Enjoying being together – no matter where – were GiGi, Betty Jo Boley Beasley, Dianna Benn Webb, Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever, Shirley Ison Duncan, Ruth Ann Whittle Hudson, Ann Waters Linder, Janet Rodenberry Megow, Betty Eberhart Harper, Beverly Richards Gerken, Madeline Johnson Irrgang, Helen Lingo Hick, Jackie Fountain Fish, Shirley Barnes Corbett, Gracia Moore Smith and Millie Harrell Harris.

Jul-26, from Jim Fuqua: All, I have had a problem with my email recently. I will longer be using yahoo.com for my email shortly. My new address is fuquaj59@gmail.com


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Jul-30: GRACIE, - ATTACHED IS A NOTE THAT WE HOPE YOU CAN PUT IN YOUR NEXT NEWSLETTTER TO THE CLASS OF 53. WE APPRECIATE YOUR HELP. - DON REYNOLDS

NOTE REGARDING BUD PEEPLES
For those of you who missed the last message about Bud Peeples, Boone 53, he is serving a life sentence on a first degree murder charge involving his son. While it was obviously NOT first degree, that is beside the point. The point is that a few classmates are joining together to try to send him some funds monthly to make his life in prison more bearable. Claude Hunter and Don Reynolds, (both OHS 52) drove to Miami last month to visit him and found him to be in relatively good spirits and looking well. He is in hopes of getting his case reviewed, but the funds for that are not available at this time.
We are out of funds for his monthly needs, (about $100 a month). Those of you who have pledged to donate when called upon will be receiving individual letters for the second call. If everyone responds, we should only need two calls a year. If we can add some names we will cut it down even more.


CLAUDE HUNTER
is in charge of collecting and dispensing funds. If you feel led to join us in what might be called a little “applied theology” (Matt. 25:37) by helping an old classmate who needs it, please send your check to Claude at 2941 Lake Pineloch Blvd, Orlando, 32806. We will see that Bud knows of your donation. If any of you will be in the Miami area and will visit him, or if you will send him a note of encouragement, tell Claude when you send your check and he will send you the information you will need.


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Aug-3, from Shirley Punshon, smpunshon@yahoo.com: Hi, Boone Classmates. Friday we received the dreaded news that Punch has stage 4 lung cancer, which has spread thru his entire spine. We are being referred to a local lung oncologist, hopefully soon. Surgery is out of the question, so if possible, he will receive radiation and/or chemo. So far, he's not in any pain; but coughing spells wear him out, and he gets on the oxygen, which he uses nightly. Don't know exactly what's ahead, but we'll take each day as it comes. Please pray for strength and comfort for him.


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Aug-3, from Marilyn Miller Spotto, mspoto94@yahoo.com, re Helen Wadkins Dykes: Helen's son called me yesterday evening and told me his mother had passed away this past Tuesday, July 29th. He said she wasn't feeling good and was getting into her car and collapsed and passed out. They called for an ambulance, but they couldn't revive her. They think it may have been a heart attack or stroke. Helen and I have been close friends ever since high school and after that. I will never forget all the good and bad times we had together. She was always there for me when I needed help.

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Aug-17, from Flossie Winfree Raper: Heads up, neighbor. I'm dumping peoplepc.com. I've been paying them money to send my emails! Hello, dummy - it's FREE. Hoping to hear from you asap with something clever to say. NEW EMAIL; florenceraper@gmail.com


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Aug-30, from Sam Zittrouer: Hi Everyone: This email is to inform you that I have a NEW EMAIL ADDRESS. It is samzsc@reagan.com. I am getting off yahoo for a lot of obvious reasons. Pls. change your contact list and start sending all new emails our way via this new address. Thank You very much. Sam and Gene

Sept-11, from Gene Zittrouer: Sam's surgery on 9-10 was successfully completed by 10am, we got home by 1pm. Had a rough afternoon, but slept well in LR chair last night. So far no pain and block has still not worn off completely. Taking meds on schedule. Expect much better day today. Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers. In Christian love, Sam and Gene


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Sept-3, from Don Joyner via Facebook: Gracie, my new email address is joynerdondj@gmail.com. Thanks, Don


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Sept-4, from Carolyn (Gladney) Powell Wiggins: Virginia McGuffey is without a computer and would like to have last newsletter mailed to her at 116 McGuffey Hollow, Gerton, NC 28735. Thanks,


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SEPT- 7, from Dorcas Bass Ballard: Hi Grace, I hope all is well with you and yours!! My health is better, still a little weak don't drive much or too far and so I have been released from Dr. until regular check-up which is in 6 mo! Hope all you dear Orlando classmates are well and happy but we only have today so live every day and do some good for some struggling soul! I know you do and it would be a miracle if everyone we know and trust did! God Bless [She included the following item!]


Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information stored in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive becomes more full, so humans also take longer to access information, it has been suggested.


Researchers say this slowing down is not the same as cognitive decline. The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information over time. The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more, but just may not be able to access the information.


Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for. It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature's way of making older people do more exercise!


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SEPT-12, from Ruth Postle Cooper: Sorry to miss seeing you all again. My email has been down again so just got the notice today. Good old Brighthouse. My hubby, Bob, still plugging along on his long road of recovery from his hip fracture and heart attack. Having some renal issues so we have to see a neurologist next. Hope all is well with you.


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Helen Lingo Hicks
coordinated the Third Quarterly Birthday Babes Luncheon on September 12 at the always special Cheesecake Factory in Winter Park Village. Catching up on this, that and anything/everything were Helen, Dianna Benn Webb, Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever, Shirley Ison Duncan, Grace Wendorff Chewning, Ann Waters Linder, Janet Rodenberry Megow, Betty Eberhart Harper, Beverly Richards Gerken, GiGi Goodman Stephens, Madeline Johnson Irrgang, Jackie Fountain Fish, Gracia Moore Smith, Edith Harrell Harris and Ella Mae Martin. Gracia and Grace volunteered to coordinate the fourth quarter venue – on MONDAY, DECEMBER 8th, 11:30 a.m., for a Tea at the Pinecastle Woman’s Club, where all proceeds go to benefit the Russell Home for Atypical Children.

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[OHS ‘52] MOLLIE POGUE JESSUP, 79, Winter Park, died Sunday, 9-7-14. Woodlawn Funeral Home, Gotha

Gladys Clementine Rouse Rister Dunlap, 96, died July 13…preceded in death by her daughter, Joyce Rister Phillips…

Robert “Bob” Franklin Bearinger, age 80, Clifton VA, died on September 14, 2014, at his home with his wife and son by his side. He was the loving husband of 57 years to Alice Hicks Bearinger and devoted father of July (Mark) Bogart and Robert Bearinger, Jr….Bob was born in Hagerstown, MD, and grew up in Orlando FL. In 1958 he received a BS in Bus. Adm. from Stetson University and a JD in Law from Stetson College of Law. 1958-60 he served in the US Marine Corps. He was a State Farm Insurance Adjuster, a Contract Administrator for Atlantic Research Corp and served Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) for 22 years in Contract Administration, Construction and Design, as Chief of Staff and Director of Procurement. Funeral service will be held at Clifton Presbyterian Church on Sept. 22, 2:30 p.m. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Heart Association. Online condolences may be offered at 222.moneyandking.com.


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Jun-18, from: shmcclane+yahoo.com@ccsend.net, Boone Foundation:

 


 

William R. Boone High School Foundation Newsletter
June, 2014


The Boone Foundation tries to keep accurate contact information in a database for all alumni of all graduating classes. Keeping this database up to date helps the Boone Foundation and reunion coordinators notify you of important upcoming events. The Boone Foundation has just updated our website to make this process easy. Please take time today to go to the Boone Foundation website and register your own name and the class year you graduated.



Orange & White Night

At The White House
On Thursday evening April 10 the Boone Foundation hosted the 2014 Orange and White Night at The White House. This occasion marked a celebration of what Boone High School is and what we are becoming. We thank the board members, the Glazer family and Timucua Foundation for working together to make this event happen and to the faculty and community for donating "Treasures from the Reservation" for the auction.

Most remarkable was the talent displayed by the students of Boone. Abby Noble and the choral performances were outstanding. Equally, student musicians performed exceptionally in the beautiful space.
The visual art displayed the talent of the photography students as well as visual art students.

Orange and White Night with the Treasures from the Reservation silent auction is an example of the truly collaborative effort that is fundamental to our school. Please plan to join us next spring!

Photo left to right:
Mrs. Noble, Joya Kelly, Jessica Bishop, Alexis Hardin, Katie Lang (on guitar), Jada Roberson, Julia Collazo, and Ashley Black.

 

Foundation Scholarships
Outstanding Seniors
On Tuesday, May 20 the Boone High School Foundation presented scholarships totaling $5,500 to five outstanding seniors. Pictured from left to right: Shane Roman, Col. Mike Holliday- Presenter Class of 1963 Make A Difference Scholarship, Madeline Trybus, Sarah McClane - Foundation President, Elizabeth Barahona, Mike Murray- Foundation Scholarship Chair, Alexis Sheppard, Amelia Cheatham.



$15,000 Foundation Gift
Providing the latest technology
The Boone Foundation has been instrumental in helping bring our facility and our instruction into the digital age. Recently, Foundation money has been used to provide needed technology: additional computer labs, student response systems, and document cameras. This year, the Foundation's gift of $15,000 will be used to support our plans to provide the latest instructional technology to our students and teachers including iMac computers for our piano keyboard lab and digital photography lab, digital video equipment for our Brave TV Studio, and iPads for student use.

Senior Class Picnic

Gaining a Presence
On Wednesday, May 21, the Boone Foundation co-sponsored the Senior Picnic on the Reservation. The event featured a new band "Far Young" as well as a cookout provided by volunteers from the PTSA. This is a new way the Foundation is gaining a presence on the reservation. Over 500 new alumni from the Class of 2014 joined the Foundation! We look forward to keeping in touch with the newest alumni.



Fall Mixer 2013
Let us Introduce the Foundation
On Thursday evening September 12, the Foundation hosted a mixer for parents at the home of Jennifer and Hector Yordan. Parents mingled with faculty and heard presentations by Linda and Roy Kobert, and Renee Burke. It was our opportunity to introduce the Foundation to parents of current students. Your donations make a difference in students' attitudes toward learning in the classroom.


Boone Golf Classic
Support Through Competition
Each year, the Boone Foundation hosts a golf tournament at one of Orlando's beautiful golf courses. Named appropriately, The Boone Foundation Golf Classic, this is a day that our golf aficionados' look forward to, as it unites alumni from all graduating classes with our community supporters in a day filled with fund and competitiveness. Rio Pinar was the hosting golf course this year and the greens were in beautiful shape. We give special thanks to our chief sponsor of the tournament, Central Florida Educators credit union. Their CEO, Mr. Joe Melbourne, not only generously sponsored the event, but he played in the tournament as well with his co-workers. Food and Beverages were sponsored by former alums, Chuck Drake of TetraTech, John Green of Greens Energy, and Shawn Casey of Wing Shack. Hole sponsorships, silent auction and raffle items were donated by local businesses to help make this year's tournament our most successful yet at raising funds for the Foundation. What better gift can each of us give than to guarantee that Boone's legacy continues? Thanks to all of you from the board of the Boone Foundation for helping us continue our mission of fulfilling teaching supplies and scholarships to deserving students. Please visit our website at www.boonefoundation.net to see photos of our teams who came out to enjoy our Golf Classic and find out more about the Foundation. Stay tuned for our next tournament which will be held in the fall of 2014.





 

July 2013 News

The Elephant Bar Restaurant in Altamonte Springs is always a great venue to meet, greet and eat; and the June 15th Birthday Babes Bash coordinated by GiGi Goodman Stephens was no exception! Attendees included Dianna Benn Webb, Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever, Wanda Day Little, Shirley Ison Duncan, Grace Wendorff Chewning, Betty Eberhart Harper, Beverly Richards Gerken, Madeline Johnson Irrgang, Helen Lingo Hicks, Shirley Barnes Corbett and Gracia Moore Smith. Helen and Wanda volunteered to arrange the next luncheon on September 13th.


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Dottie Aly Jones
, bndjones54@yahoo.com: This is a significant reunion -- big 60 -- and Bill and I would come if it were not for a trip we have planned to Sierra Leone, West Africa. We leave July 4 and return home Nov 4. We will be setting up a sewing center within the compound of the eye hospital in Lunsar. This will be our second trip there. Rewarding work, but harsh climate. Prayers appreciated.


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Rhoda Voegelin Moree, armoree@aol.com: [Rhoda requested info on Joe Davis, which I sent.] Thank you Grace. I needed to contact him to advise of a mutual friend who passed away. I will send an E-mail to the address you supplied. Perhaps you knew Carol (Chamberlin) Todd. She graduated in the 1952 OHS class.


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Robert P. Brokaw, Jr
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From David West’s Facebook page: Still flat on my back in bed with severe pain from back, left leg and left hip. Doped up at home until June 17 when VA is scheduled to "fix" me. Sweet daughter Wendy came today and cleaned me, my room etc., up. Feel much better. She also gave me an elec razor for Father’s Day and brought me food, snacks and drinks for a week. Really nice to have my kids show their love for me by their actions. Actions are better than things or money. Love them lots. Son Dusty did it last week and son Jonathan will do it next. Glory Hallelujah, Thank you Lord


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GREAT GRAND ANNOUNCEMENTS!
Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever: Emma Grace Donelson, born 6/9/13, 2:02 pm, 7.13 lbs., 20” long. Took awhile, but she finally decided to come meet all of us. Donnie and my first great grandchild. Holy Cow. We are thrilled to death. She is beautiful. Look on my Facebook and see some pictures of her. I love the one of Donnie holding her. She looks like she knows just who he is.

Introducing: Brock Lewis Meister, Born June 1, 2013, 8lbs 12oz, 21 inches. Parents - Natalie and Brian Meister. Grandparents - Karen and Mark Meister. Great Grandparents - Jeannette and Chuck Meister and Clara and Charles Gray


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Bill Staples, bstaples361@comcast.net: Gracie, do you happen to know the whereabouts of Edward Eugene (Gene) Stivers, Boone,'53? I have perused the info you send out, (and it's greatly appreciated), to no avail. If you can help, I would appreciate it. Have a great day! Cell/770-722-7926, home/770 483-3637.
[Following a check of several search sites, I told Bill that there was a possibility Gene might now be living at 150 Brookstone Dr., Advance NC 27006-8613, 336-998-6511.]
Bill’s reply: You hit it right on the head. Thank you so much for doing that. His e-mail address is edjaijai@gmail.com. Thanks again.


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Extra, extra healing thoughts go out to Doris Burket Logue who broke both wrists! A special Angel nurse in the form of twin Donna Burket Burton has been a daily godsend!


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From Dennis Boo, rainrocknc@yahoo.com, to Shadie Creech, slimshadie@att.net, on June 21: Well, I'm finally sending your Dad, and my favorite teacher, a card as I had said I would. I had to leave North Carolina, (home), and travel to Southern Illinois on June 15, where I am writing from today. I will mail the card tomorrow from Columbia, Illinois. Hoping all is well with your Dad, you, and your family.
Per Shadie: Letters, card and pictures make a difference, especially when you can't visit: Ed Creech, 1150 Wayne Ave., New Smyrna Beach 32168.


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From Joe Davis, jgdavis2@cfl.rr.com:

Coach Gilmartin - from 16th to co-champion at state meet in 4 years. A remarkable story.

Every now and then the heavenly bodies line up in perfect order and good things happen.
Such was the case on May 9th 1953 when 6 members of Boone High School's track team qualified for the state meet in Gainesville. They were Robert Peaden, Johnny and Tommy Brim, Mike Conley, Bud Peeples and me, Joe Davis. James Etley went along as a relay substitute in case someone got hurt.
First things first. Coach Gilmartin graduated from the U. of Florida in 1947 and in '48 started coaching junior varsity football and basketball at OHS. In 1950, he became the track coach at OHS. One of his early ideas, that paid handsome dividends a few years later, was to have a track meet between Memorial and Cherokee at the OHS track. One of the participants in that first junior high track meet, Robert Peaden, would eventually create a life-long pleasant memory for Coach Gilmartin. Quoting from an article in the Sentinel by Harry Robarts, "Robert won and still holds the record for the 50 and 100 yard dashes in that first Junior High Meet."
Coach Gilmartin's first team of 1950 placed 16th at the state meet in Gainesville. The '51 OHS team placed 4th at the state meet. It was led by an outstanding athlete, Rodney Block, who won the 100 and 220 yard dashes at the state meet. Rodney was also undefeated in every race he ran for all of the '51 season. To give you an idea of how much Coach Gil trusted and liked Rodney, I remember returning from a meet in south Florida late one night on the old orange Rio bus. I was seated one seat from the front row, woke up and saw Coach sitting in the seat across the aisle from me. I leaned forward to see who was driving the bus. It was Rodney. An example of how much trust coach had in Rodney.
Claude Hunter took second in the 100 at Gainesville in '51 and then led the '52 team to a 4th place finish in Gainesville by winning the 100 yard dash and anchoring the winning 880 yard relay team.
We all know what happened after June of '52. Paraphrasing from a 5/12/53 article by Bob Howard in the Sentinel, "Boone's track team wasn't so fortunate in the split up of OHS." The Brims and I were the only returning lettermen transferring to Boone. Edgewater gained several outstanding members from the '52 OHS team. Names that come to mind are Harry Whittaker, Johnie Conley, Paul White, and Chazz Cox. There may be others whom I don't remember. Edgewater's premier event in every meet was the sprint medley relay. They set a record in the event every time they ran it, including the state meet. Boone and Edgewater usually placed 3rd, 4th, or 5th in every meet we entered until the state meet in Gainesville when all the heavenly bodies lined up in perfect order for Boone and Coach Gil.
Back to Robert Peaden. Within the first couple of days of practice at Boone, Coach Gilmartin remarked "It would be nice to win the 100 yard dash again since we won it in '51 and '52". I spoke up and said there is a guy in gym class who could probably do it. Coach Gil looked at me as if I was a little crazy. "No, seriously, there is a guy in gym class who I grew up with from the same neighborhood and he was the only one who could out run me". Coach asked Robert to try out for the team. The way I remember it, Robert wasn't that anxious to join the team as he had never participated in organized team sports. Robert joined the team, thank goodness, and won a lot of races that year.
A quote from Bob Howard of the Sentinel: "The team to beat at the state meet in Gainesville was St. Pete High. They were defending state champions and had won 12 previous state championships." They qualified 26 for the state meet and arrived in Gainesville on a Greyhound bus. We arrived in two cars.
The results of the state meet were: Robert won the 100 and 220 yard dashes, Mike Conley won the mile. I took 2nd in the 180 yard low hurdles. Robert, the Brims and I won the 880 yard relay 2/10th of a second off the record. According to Harry Robards of the Sentinel, "Edgewater was leading by about 10 yards at the time of the last baton exchange. Robert made up that 10 yards and nipped Johnie Conley by 2 feet at the tape." Harry Robards also wrote: The mile relay was made up of the Brims, Mike Conley, and Bud Peeples anchoring. "After the last exchange of the baton, Bud led the whole race but was passed 10 yards from the finish and lost by a nose to St. Pete." That win by St Pete allowed them to tie us for the state championship. Officially the final score was 37 to 37, and we were co-champions.
Unofficially, we might have won the meet. I remember Coach Gil saying a few days after the meet that Paul White's father had called him and told him he had taken movie pictures of Paul's 880 race and the film showed Paul winning 5th place (which was worth 1 point). Instead, the meet officials awarded 5th place to a St. Pete runner when, if the film was correct, Paul should have received 5th place and the 1 point which would have reduced St Pete's score by 1. When I spoke to Coach Gilmartin recently, he could not remember the story. After talking to Coach, Mrs. Gilmartin came on the line and explained that Coach is 90 and has some memory problems. Mrs. Gilmartin also told me that in January, Coach received the Jimmy Carnes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Florida Track Hall of Fame meeting.
A short note that may be of interest. Robert and I went to FSU on track scholarships and were room-mates until Christmas of '53. Robert missed Inez so much that he wanted to stay home and get married. As an extra incentive to come back to FSU, Robert was offered a full scholarship, which was unheard of in those days. While running track for FSU, I bumped into the Brims, who ran for Georgia Tech, a couple of times.
I would like to say thanks and acknowledge those who contributed to this article. They are Coach Gilmartin, Johnny Brim, Grace Chewning, Mike Conley, Harry Whittaker and Claude (Curley, his HS nickname) Hunter.
Ah!!! Those were the days, and it seems like they were just yesterday.

Joe Davis


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NOTICE:

The Historical Committee of the College Park Neighborhood Association is working with Arcadia Publishing to produce a book on College Park. The book will contain over 150 pictures of College Park, and they need nearly twice that amount to have a selection to choose from. Please look at the following list to see if you or family members can help. Owners do not need to give up their pictures; the committee can scan them and return or scan at your home or place of business.


• Pictures of houses from the 1880s through the 1950s--need many from 1920s and 1940s
• Pictures of houses with people in the yards and on the porches are best
• Pictures of institutions--school buildings, churches, clubs meeting places
• Street pictures, especially showing buildings, vehicles, or people
• Pictures of businesses up to about 1960s maybe
• Construction pictures--houses, stores, schools, churches
• Construction pictures--streets and roads
• I-4 construction pictures in College Park
• Demolition pictures
• Portraits of people important to College Park
• Documents--can use only a few
• Specifically--Edgewater as a dirt road, Catholic Cemetery, Edgewater business district before there were business buildings there, Wittenstein dairy farm, Open Air School, dedication of Albert Park, Dubsdread course and club house, anything unusual happening (we have a photo of the Fairview spouting well), Russell Pavilion, events--parades, art shows, etc. etc. etc.


Contact Bill Jennings, Historical Committee co chair, at CPNAhistorical@gmail.com or 407-898-2946, to schedule a convenient time for a committee member to come by and scan your photos.

 

August 2013 news


SPECIAL REQUEST from Dick Hagen, who will be our DJ for the 60th reunion: let him know if you have any particular requests. If he does not have the songs, he will make every effort to get them. If you only remember the name of the song, that's ok. Better, of course, if you can name the artist because in those days, many artists did their own versions of the popular songs. Send requests to: rhagen3333@comcast.net. He added, “Thanks, Gracie, for the wonderful work of love that you have given us.”

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When emails to Lowell Brame kept being returned, I enlisted Tommy Napier’s help since he also lives in Tallahassee. Tom Napier, rotag1@comcast.net: Hello again, Sweets. Mission to Lowell Brame’s home is completed. I brought the complete E/M you originally sent and we sat and chatted for awhile. Lowell is not in good health. He lost his wife 14 years ago; he lives alone, has had two strokes, plus he recently had a pacemaker put in his chest. He said he does not travel much anymore, due to his condition and did not think he could make it to our 60 Reunion, but thanked me for bringing him all of the information you sent. I told him to call me if he needed me or take him anywhere. He did say he has had problems with his computer for a long time, and he will call someone tomorrow to come and fix his system. When that is done, he will send me an E/M, and I will return one to him to make sure all systems are working. When I get the word, I will send you a "Hot Flash." That is it for now! Let me know if you need anything else.
Next email from Tom: …I talked to Dr. Brame yesterday and received his good news. As you know, he has had problems with his computer and not receiving any E/M’s from anyone. Dr. Brame advised he has computer fixed, has a new E/M address and would like to receive E/M’s and phone calls from his Edgewater or Boone friends. His mailing address is the same: 3424 Jonthans Landing Road, Tallahassee 32308, (850) 893-9363. His new E/M address is: clbrame1@gmail.com. There you have it, Grace; send him all of the reunion information and say “HI” to C Brame. Let me know if you need anything else. See you in October.

BREAKING NEWZ: Tom & Juanita Napier sent the VERY FIRST 60th Reunion Registration form/check, followed the next day with one from Sammy & Gene Zittrouer!

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Allan Klepper, lbklep629@fullchannel.net: Hello, Grace. Thank you for including me in the goings on of our class. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the 60th reunion in Orlando. Planning to attend our 56th reunion of my fraternity brothers at Ga. Tech. in Atlanta at the end of October. We started gathering at our 30th (class of '57) in 1987 and have met every 5 years, more or less. We had the last one in 2011; and since some are passing (2 in the last year), we decided to make it more often. What started in 1987 with 32 brothers plus spouses is now down to 8-10 plus spouses/second spouses/etc. In addition to gathering on the Tech campus, we have tried other venues, even coming to Orlando and Disney World one year; but it just isn't the same without the Homecoming Football game, the Ramblin’ Wreck Parade, visiting the old fraternity house, Atlanta, etc. I have read your bulletin for many years and marvel at how close many of you are and how often you gather for events, especially the gals. Living in Rhode Island since 1965 has placed me far, far away from all of you, but the story about Principal Boone's death on his last day on the job resonated. BTW, do you recall our senior homecoming when several of us, reconstituted a derelict 1926 Buick, outfitted it with a scaffold from which we suspended a dummy of the opposing team. The car was so tender we had to station one person on the front fender to continually pour raw gas into the carburetor bowl in order to keep that giant straight eight cylinder engine running. But we did it throughout the entire parade. But I digress! My wife Linda and I just celebrated our 54th anniversary. Our son and his gal live in Salt Lake City, Utah; and our daughter and her husband, son and daughter live in Charlotte, NC. Please extend my regards to all who may remember me.

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Gwen Anthony Meehan
, gwenmeehan@gmail.com: I remember this very well...Mr. Boone's passing. I also remember that before he passed, when a name was being sought for the new school in the south (Edgewater had been chosen already for the school in the north) everyone wanted the school to be named for Mr. Boone...Boone High School. Parents and students petitioned the official/s who were to make the decision. We were denied our request because it was not the policy, we were told, to name schools after living persons. I guess one never knows when a perfectly dignified person might turn into Uncle Purvy when they got older. Until the last bell, one didn't really know what a person would do with their life and whether they would become a public embarrassment walking around with a school named after them. Many of us were off at "house parties" the week after school ended, and that's where we learned of Mr. Boone's death. There were a lot of tears shed...mine among them. Then we discovered not too long afterward that the school would, indeed, be named after our beloved Mr. Boone. I remember seeing him walking toward Burton's from time to time. He was a marvelous person.

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Maxine Hayes Kruzner
, craftymax@sbcglobal.net: Thank you once again for the very informative Newsletter! I so love catching up. Also, loved the article about Mr. Boone and the faculty buying him a suit, unfortunately the one he took to his grave. I had forgotten about that day and to think it was on the last day that OHS ended. Sad memory. On to happier events: I was unable to download the registration and I want to be sure I get ours in. Would you please send it to me? Thank you for this and for all you do.
[As y’all know by now, I mistakenly attached a registration list from the last OHS Homecoming with the June E-newz announcement and then had to send an “OOPS!” with the correct form for our 60th in October. If anyone would like or needs a hard copy by snail mail, let me know.]

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Peggy Green Powell, BHS ’54, ppowellrn@bellsouth.net, July 5th email: Grace, how do you keep up? Thanks for this history lesson.I well recall losing Mr. Boone. It was as if his heart had just broken when Orlando High was broken into two. NEWS: I have recently had to admit my hubby, William O. Powell, Jr., (class of '53) into a Rehabilitation Center, Island Lakes, in Longwood. He became quite ill following a high fever 3 weeks ago and is still recovering.

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Jim Fuqua, Jimfuqua1@yahoo.com: This is really scary. Please pass this info to anyone you know who takes pictures with their cell or smart phone and posts them online. Watch this and then be sure to share with all your family and friends. It's REALLY important info about what you’re posting from your cell phones can do TO YOU! Too much technology out there these days, so beware. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO WATCH THIS VIDEO, AND TAKE THE RECOMMENDED PRECAUTIONS. If you have children or grandchildren, you NEED to watch this. I had no idea this could happen from taking pictures on the blackberry or cell phone. http://www.youtube.com/embed/N2vARzvWxwY?rel=0.

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Received always fun phone calls from Jeannie Harris Whitfield and L.H. Thomas. They sent regrets for the 60th Reunion because Jeannie will still be at their home in NC, and L.H. doesn’t travel too far from Lake City with his two dogs.

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FYI!
Change of address: Allen R. Cronk, 1985 Southampton Rd., Jacksonville FL 32207.
New email “subscribers”: Lois Evans Sallee, loissallee@aol.com ; Marianne Barr Vernon, mbvernon@centurylink.net ; Bill Hammond, RWHSPORT@yahoo.com.
Returned/“Unable to Forward”: Hubert Stewart at 3313 Luke Rd., Kissimmee; Nancy Ritch Carroll, 523 S. Tropez Cir NE, St. Pete; Audrey Rands Bosler, 4910 Satellite Ave., St. Cloud; Jo Kay Rush, 120 N. McDonough St., Jonesboro GA.; Virginia Yarri Lanzkron, 11 Island Ave./#1811, Miami Beach.


Regrets from:

Barbara H. Wimmer, advising that her hubby, Tom Haugland Wimmer, passed away in 2010.
Ellen Shaffer Landers, retired Registered Nurse; married in ’65, husband deceased in 2003.
Marianne Barr Vernon wrote that she has been married to Bill for 57 years, moved to Mt. Dora in ’05 after 45 years in Orange County and had to retire from J. Rolfe Davis Insurance Agency with 22 years’ service [after 60 years as an insurance agent/account rep!] due to severe back problems. She closed with, “Bless you all who have kept this going!!”
Carolyn Gladney Powell Wiggins sent a $50 donation toward incidental costs, stating she and Sam have traveled a lot during the 7 years they’ve been married, such as to Brazil/Amazon River, Netherlands, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Rhine/Moselle/Danube River cruises, and this year to Portugal; both sets of family live within 45-miles from their home in Waynesville, NC, and that “Life is good!”
Lois Evans Sallee shared news that hubby, James (since 1955!) worked 41 years for GE, traveling the World. They have 3 daughters, 6 grands and 8 greatgrands. After retirement, she & Jim traveled in an RV for 18 years, doing mission outreach, volunteering to help build churches. They “spend a lot of time with family and really love our life – all to the Glory of God!” Lois said she would love to hear from classmates [100 Diamond Hill Rd., New Richmond OH 45157, 512 533-0579] and trusts the Reunion will be a “bang-up success.”
Connie Noland Miller moved to Union Grove AL in 2001, a small, beautiful, quiet town south of Huntsville. Since most of the family is in Orlando, they come back for frequent visits on holidays.
Gwen Brakebill Dunmire sent a $25 donation with her form, noting her hubby, Richard, passed away in ’06; she has 9 grandchildren with 2 sons in FL, 1 in MS and a daughter in TN. More importantly, she is “a cancer survivor and thankful!”

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Betty Eberhart Harper
escaped rehab following knee replacement surgery and is ready to start kicking up her heels once again!

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Jack Gore has email: grammiefinch@cfl.rr.com.

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Gracia Moore Smith
, lynn1935@aol.com, has moved from her huge pool home in Winter Springs into one of the condos she owns at Lake Maitland Terrace: 1140 S. Orlando Ave./J-8, Maitland 32751.

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Ruth Ann Whittle Hudson
, nanaandcoach@aol.com: …have meant to let you know new address: 1273 St Tropez Cir., Orlando 32806; been here at Lake Pineloch Village 5 weeks and liking it very much. Was a very difficult move for us, lots of memories (my parents built the house) and plenty of stuff to sort through; but we have done it, and it is the right thing. God is Good, and we will count our blessings to be able to do this now. Go shopping in any of several thrift shops, and there will be some of our 'stuff'...see you soon.

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Dorcas “Dot” Bass Ballard, Bertrom_ballard@knology.net: Hi, Grace. I am back on line again and just read the e/m's from 4/30/13 and will respond later if I will be able to come to reunion!! Last night was a big celebration for Billy's 80th b/d surprise party @ Capt. Anderson's!...We really had a great time!! If you have never been to Capt. Anderson's before, you must come to P.C. [Panama City] and go there; it is featured in Southern Living sometimes as a special place to visit & the food is great and the seafood is great; it has its own fishing boats, fresh fish every day, sits on water on beach inlet, so beautiful and historic! We are friends with the owners, so we got their best views and best private room. Wish you were there - had been there, rather!! Hope to get down to see "The Holy Land Experience"!! Take care!!
[Second email] …[she sent a photo of her and Billy taken August 9th ] at a class reunion where I would've graduated if we had not moved to Orlando!! I enjoyed seeing some I remembered and seeing the town again brought back memories! Hope to get down there to see some of you again! I hear from Shirley Moore quite often! Plan to see her then!

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Dottie Stevenback Kistler
, dorothy.kistler@celebration.fl.us: Hi, Grace. My husband, Luther, is interim pastor at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Winter Haven. One of their members and I were chatting the other day after church, and Margaret told me she graduated from Edgewater. She does not receive your great news via e-mail so she gave me her address and asked if I could give it to you so she can be added to your list…Her e-mail is mhorvath1@verizon.net. When we lived in Japan, I worked in the Alumni Office of the American School in Japan; and I was always so happy when we found a lost alum. I can’t remember what year Margaret graduated, but not in the first year. I’m not sure I can come to the reunion, but surely will try to make it. Thanks for all you do for all of us. Happy days,

Here’s Margaret’s reply to my email: Hello, Grace. My name is Margaret Shaw (maiden name) Milton (first marriage) and Horvath, the love of my life. Milton died, and I was fortunate to meet George Horvath at Parents for Partners as his wife had died. I graduated with the class of 1958 at what is now the Bob Carr Auditorium. I now live in Winter Haven, FL and have since May of 1968. My mailing address is 1493 Avenue E, NE, Winter Haven, FL, and my telephone is 863-294-5019. I would be happy to join in with the activities planned for graduates whether they are of my class, before my class, or after my class. Great hearing from you. Cheers.

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Tom Napier
, rotag1@comcast.net: Hi, Sweets. Charlie Johnson sent the article and the photo his dad sent him, and I thought you could include these photos under Edgewater High School 1953 Band Pictures. As you can see, I was Drum Major during the year of '53; and we had the best band in the land. Hope you can use the article and photo. [Jim posted them on our BraveEagle website!] See you in October. Thank you for all you do for both Edgewater & Boone Alumni. You are the best,

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Grace Wise Wilson, grtgrannagrace@hotmail.com: I am ok but aggravated with having to use a walker to get around. Had to kinda learn to walk all over again after having a problem and called 911 or I should say Patsy and Sonja did when they came over here and I could not get up from the chair after being there all night. They never did find anything wrong, but I also spent 30 days in rehab before they would let me come home. I am doing ok now. I am here by myself but that is nothing new. [407-286-3443/H, 321-400-7733/Cell.]

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George/Elaine Neusanger: We are now with AT&T, so the address is lane29@att.net. Please change so we can communicate. Thanks,

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Nancy Ingerman
, ningerman1@cfl.rr.com: Please send 1953 Boone Hi reunion information. [Joyce Rister’s sister.]

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Patty Richardson Paul
provided e-mail addresses for EHS Class of '54 that are now posted on our BraveEagle website.

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Betty Bumby Bandy, BBBandy@gmail.com: Classmates, I apologize for there not being any mail coming from me. I have had a rough summer with my husband being ill. He passed away last Saturday night...I have accepted my children's invitation to live with them in Montgomery. Hillis and I have been living here since May, and we have had our girls staying with him every night during his 15-day stay in the hospital.

Hillis Edward Bandy passed away after a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, August 24, 2013, three weeks shy of his 85th birthday. Hillis was a longtime resident of Orlando, Florida. Hillis and his wife Betty enjoyed the summer months living in Scaly Mountain, North Carolina. He graduated from OHS and attended the University of Florida where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Hillis was actively involved in a number of leadership positions in the Orlando community over the years. He was President of Kiwanis Club of South Orlando, President of Touchdown Club of Orlando, President of Boone Boosters and President of Pi Kappa Alpha Alumni Association. He also served on the Zoning Board of Adjustmens for the City of Orlando and was a Special Deputy for the Secretary of State and served on the Board of South Branch YMCA. In recent years, he was a member of Orlando Remembered and Orange County Ole Timers. In May 2013, he was inducted into the Boone Hall of Fame. Hillis was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Mae Bandy, and his sister Evelyn Gemeinhardt. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Betty Bumby Bandy, daughters Beth (John) Ames, Mary Anne (Dave) Clapp, Holly (Vic) Mason; grandchildren Brewer (Emily) Ames, Ashley Ames, Joseph Ames, Samuel Ames, Stetson Clapp, Mary Elizabeth Clapp, Price Clapp, William Clapp, Chad (Shelby) Mason, Ryan Mason, Elise Mason and great grandson Trace Mason. He is also survived by his siblings Bobby Bandy, Maynard (Madeline) Bandy and Sarah Jones and their families. A private family graveside service will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013, with a celebration of Hillis' life to follow for family and friends at 10:30-noon at Delaney Street Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 1919 Delaney Avenue, Orlando, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family graciously requests donations be made to Boone High School Hall of Fame, 3493 Emerywood Lane, Orlando, FL 32812, Russell Home For Atypical Children, 510 Holden Ave. Orlando, FL 32639 or Scaly Mountain Community Association, P.O. Box 92, Scaly Mountain, NC 28775.
[The turn-out for the Celebration was an outstanding testimonial to Hillis! Betty’s current address is: 2036 Countryside Circle South
Orlando, Florida 32804.]


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James A. Wachob
, 81 [Feb. 12, 1932 - June 17, 2013] of Ellenton passed away peacefully. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Shirley [Bird]; children, James Jr. (Melissa) of Sarasota, Rebecca (Tom) Harshman of Stamford, CT, Sheila (Ron) Johnson of Bradenton, Robert of Sarasota and Heather Bailey of Sarasota; brother, Raymond of Durango, CO; sister, Esther Hoevenair of Leesburg, FL and 13 grandchildren. Jim was a graduate of University of Florida, College of Engineering and served in the US Navy. A Celebration of Life was held Fri., June 21, 6 pm, at National Cremation and Burial Society, Sarasota, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Humane Society.


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From: Lynette Earley
To: gracec@cuisp.com
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2013 3:49 PM
Subject: EHS hall of fame
Hello there - your contact information was sent to me today. I am Chairing the 2014 Edgewater High School Hall of Fame (scheduled for next April). It is our school's third Hall of Fame and was established to recognize notable alumnae in athletics, business, social/community, arts accomplishments as well as school pride. I have attached a nomination form [will be posted on our website] and would appreciate any opportunity you may have to help spread the word to the Class of '53. I know you are a Boone grad, but I know this group is intermingled and are sharing their reunion. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at lbearley@aol.com or 407.222.8397. Thank you, Lynette Earley, EHS Hall of Fame, Chair.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2013 NEWS

Reservations for one or both60th Reunion Celebration Events have been received from:
Bates, Walter/Frances - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - 4034 Ibis Dr., - - - - - - - - - - - - Orlando, FL 32803
Bradshaw, Jim - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5100 CR 469, - - - - - - - - - - - - Brazoria, TX 77422
Brim, Johnny - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -1585 Brimshire Cir., - - - - -- - -DeLand, FL 32720
Brim, Tommy/Gail -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -----PO Box 568321, ------------------Orlando, FL 32856
Sellers, John/Sylvia Britt -----------------------30333 Portobago Tr., -----------Port Royal ,VA
Burton, Bob/Donna Burket ------------------ 1230 Parkland Ct., --------------Altamonte Springs, FL 32714

Logue, Marvin/Doris Burket -----------------334 Croton Dr., -------------------Maitland, FL 32751
Card, Harold/Carol -----------------------------1645 Berkshire Ave., ------------Winter Park, FL 32789
Greer, J.D./Mary Alice Coward -------------PO Box 584, -----------------------Parsons,TN 38363
Dann, Joan ----------------------------------------2008 Countryside Cir. S, -------Orlando, FL 32804
Davis, Joe/Gisela ----------------------------------623 Marshall St., -----------------Altamonte Springs, FL. 32701
LeFever, Don/Glenda Jo Dotherow - - - - -1100 Paladin Ct., - - - - - - - - - -Orlando, FL 32812
Harper, Betty Eberhart ------------------------725 Mercado Ct., -----------------Orlando, FL 32807
Mattucci, Judy Ewing --------------------------4233 Hartwood Ln., -------------Tampa, FL 33618
Fish, Jackie Fountain ---------------------------2334 N. Hiawassee Rd., --------Apopka FL32703
Fuqua, James/Jane ------------------------------1136 Pond Cypress Dr., --------Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Stephens, GiGi Goodman ----------------------3595 Rolling Hills Ln., ----------Apopka, FL 32712
Gore, Jack/Pat Finch ----------------------------103 Laken Ln., -------------------Orlando, FL 32804
Young, Mack/Ruth Griffith -------------------110 Sherry Dr., -------------------Warner Robins, GA 31093
Hagen, Dick ----------------------------------------2311 San Pedro Ave., ----------Tallahasse, FL 32304
Hammond, Bill ------------------------------------907 Hillary Ct., -------------------Orlando, FL 32804
Harris, Mildred Harrell -------------------------26087 CR 137, --------------------O’Brien, FL 32071
Howard, Dick/Louann --------------------------1905 Dorris Dr., ------------------Orlando, FL 32807
Ingram, Dick/Phoebe ----------------------------6807 Day Star Ct., --------------Tallahassee, FL 32308
Duncan, Bob/Shirley Ison ----------------------900 Oak St., -----------------------Orlando, FL 32804
Irrgang, Madeline Johnson -------------------1337 Country Club Oaks Cir., Orlando, FL 32804
Estabrooks, Robert/Edra Kirkpatrick -----8061 Daventry Dr., --------------Melbourne, FL 32963
Kelley, Al/Norma --------------------------------1227 Overlook Rd, ----------------Eustis, FL 32726
King, Keith/Rochelle ----------------------------4325 Fetrow Dr., ------------------Orlando, FL 32812
Clark, Arlene McCarty ------------------------2678 Ultra Vista Dr., -------------Maitland, FL 32751
Moore, Duane/Pinky ---------------------------1240 SW Ridge St., ---------------Lake City, FL 32024
Moore, Gerard/Kathryn -----------------------P.O. Box 358, ----------------------Sparr, FL 32192
Smith, Gracia Moore ----------------------------1140 N. Orlando Ave./J-8, -----Maitland, FL 32751
Napier, Tom/Juanita ----------------------------2927 Huntington Dr., -----------Tallahassee, FL 32308
Netscher, Ed/Kay Patterson ------------------18421 Gunn Hwy., ---------------Odessa, FL 33556
Perkins, Bill/Judy --------------------------------179 Whitcomb Dr., ++++++++Geneva, FL 32732
Cooper, Bob/Ruth Postle -----------------------8939 Courtland Ln., ------------Groveland, FL 34736
van den Berg, Peggy Pounds -----------------2198 Countryside Cir. N. ------Orlando, FL 32804
Prather, Charles/Suzi ---------------------------2524 Madron Ct. -----------------Orlando, FL 32804
Megow, John/Janet Roddenberry ----------100 Moree Loop/#17 -------------Winter Springs,FL 32708
Rooks, Jerry/M.J. --------------------------------2851 N. Spanish Cove Dr., ----Lillian, AL 36549
Simmons, Jim --------------------------------------713 Langston Ct., ----------------Orlando, FL 32804
Mandler, Marilyn Simmons/daughter +++1244 Fairy Hill Rd., --------------Rydal, PA 19046
Greenawalt, Merlynn Smith* -----------------668-104 Post Oak Cir., ---------Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Carver, George/Pat Smith ---------------------14315 Hale Rd., -------------------Dade City, FL 33623
Weiner, Dick/Louise ----------------------------1017 Greentree Dr., --------------Winter Park, FL 32789
Chewning, Grace Wendorff -------------------214 Wekiva Park Dr., ----------Sanford, FL 32771
West, David/Patti ---------------------------------4230 Aurantia Rd., --------------Mims, FL 32754
Hudson, Bob/RuthAnn Whittle --------------1273 St. Tropez Cir., ------------Orlando, FL 32806
Williams, Edward Vinson ---------------------8441 Gardens Cir./#8, -----------Sarasota, FL 34243
Schava, Don/Joan Wilson ----------------------948 Cherry Bud Dr., -----------Columbus, OH 43228
Raper, Flossie Winfree* ------------------------P.O. Box 547354, -----------------Orlando, FL 32854-7354
Zittrouer, Sam/Gene ----------------------------426 Herndon Dr., -----------------Ninety Six, SC 29666

If you would like to join us, October 11th is the absolute DEADLINE for giving the caterers a guarantee.

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Meanwhile…
Dave West, pattidavewest@yahoo.com: Hello, Dear Grace. Patti and I plan to attend the 60th reunion - We mailed in our form and check today. Got 'em! This is exciting - WOW - 60 years. Minutes may drag, but years fly! I would be pleased to say the prayer if you need someone. Great! We'd be honored to have you give the Invocation at both events. We are going to our mountain house tomorrow for the beautiful leaves and the cool weather but will return about a week before the reunion.
Love, Right back attcha!

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Gene Stivers, edjaijai@gmail.com: Hi, Grace. Nice to hear from you and the Boone gang. My wife Jean and I regret that we cannot attend the reunion this time. We have planned an anniversary trip out west with another couple. Thanks for thinking of us and my best to all.

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Roselyn Henry Davenport, rd070235@aol.com: Hi, Grace. Sorry I am so late sending my regrets. I won't be able to make the trip to Orlando. By the way, my address and phone number are correct. Hope you all have a wonderful time together. I'll be there in spirit!

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Ed Murfin, edwardmurfin@gmail.com: Grace, Bev and I can't attend the reunion in Oct. All energy, time, money was spent on attending granddaughter's wedding this past weekend in west Florida…

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Millie Newton McBee, mmcbee@cfl.rr.com: Wanted to share my memories of the Elvis show in Orlando in '56. [I also was at Muny Aud for that show!] Several friends and I attended to hear Elvis in his opening act for whomever was the main headliner. After the show, I was able to park my yellow & black Ford convertible at the back of the auditorium where Elvis AND him mom were selling pics of him. We invited him to sit in the front seat for a minute; and, of course, he said, "If you are ever in Memphis, look me up." Thanks for your dedicated work for all of us "old" graduates! Hugs

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The “Birthday Babes” third quarterly gathering was September 13th at the Olive Garden on East Colonial Drive, coordinated by Wanda Day Little and Helen Lingo Hicks, who unfortunately was undergoing a necessary blood transfusion instead of breaking garlic bread with Dianna Benn Webb, Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever, Shirley Ison Duncan, Ruth Ann Whittle Hudson, Donna Burket Burton, Doris Burket Logue, Grace Wendorff Chewning, Ann Waters Linder, Betty Eberhart Harper, Beverly Richards Gerken, GiGi Goodman Stephens, Madeline Johnson Irrgang, Jackie Fountain Fish, Gracia Moore Smith.


Janet Roddenberry Megow had planned to come, but fractured her hip tripping over the cord to her iron which required surgery and a rehab stay!

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Maxine Hayes Kruzner, craftymax@sbcglobal.net: Hi, Gracie. It has taken me 3 or 4 days to do this letter, and I SO wanted to go. HOWEVER, my sister has been sick since last Christmas, being in and out of emergency at least 8 times. Had a lung drain inserted, then emergency heart surgery to remove water from her heart. They had planned on going to Hawaii to celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary; but because of her health, had to cancel. It is my privilege to come to Orlando and plan their party. I will be in Orlando September 24-30 and home on Oct 1st. And obviously not be able to attend our 60th Reunion - so sad. I was looking forward to seeing all of the Lunch Bunch and, of course, David West. Unfortunately, I can't make the trip twice, so I was wondering if one of the days I'm there, like the 25, 26 or 30, we could get some together for lunch so I can see some of you, for old times’ sake, i.e., You, Marilyn McEwen, Merlynn, Flossie, Gracia and whomever else can come, even David West if he isn't in his little place in Tennessee. Love - with a sad face,


Enjoying lunch at the Altamonte Springs Elephant Bar Restaurant with Maxine and her baby sister, Carolyn Smith, on 9-30 were Jackie Fountain Fish, Betty Eberhart Harper, Donna Burket Burton, Doris Burket Logue and Yours Truly. Glenda Jo and Gracia called in to say “Hi/Bye!” Ruth Postle Cooper emailed: HI All. Sorry Marilyn and I can`t make it this time…My 89-year old sister, Martha, is supposed to be going home from the nursing home on Fri, and someone needs to be with her husband. She will be in Hospice care, but he is very nervous. Ah, the rust years! We miss you all. Have fun. Hope to see you soon.

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Address changes: Allen R. Cronk, 1985 Southampton Rd., Jacksonville FL 32207. Dr. David West, 4230 Aurantia Rd., Mims FL 32754; Sandy Abello Haslam, Island Health & Rehab, 125 Alma Blvd./A-14, Merritt Island FL 32953. Marilyn Simmons Mandler, 1244 Fairy Hill Rd., Rydal PA 19046.


[Had a delightful call from Marilyn Simmons Mandler, who will be coming to the Reunion with her daughter and then visiting Disney World 40 years after the girl's last trip there at age 8! She has recently downsized from a 5-bedroom home.]

New email addresses: Shirley Timson Atkinson, Tedthechef@aol.com; Jim Simmons, jsimmons1935@att.net

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AL Kelley, akelleygolf@gmail.com: Hi, Grace. Thanks for sending the reunion info. I'll get our reservations in soon. On the Lutheran Towers deal. I think it is a good idea. If some of our former classmates are already there, it is very possible that more of them will be there in the future. We've been to these affairs before and they are very informative. You never know when it might come in handy. Even if it doesn't, it could be a nice get-together and good food. I hope many will come. [Al said they went and had a great time!] We look forward to seeing classmates we haven't seen since the 50th.


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Gwen Killen Gallbreath, floridan523@gmail.com: Hi, Gracie! Got your message loud and clear. I was planning on attending EHS's event in Oct. with my friend; however, she is to have eye surgery very soon, but the date is not yet scheduled. What is the last time you would accept 2 people for the last night event? [REPLY: Sure hope you'll be able to join us and that your friend's surgery goes well. Both events are luncheons; and if you let me know by Oct. 11th, I'll make sure y'all are included!
Go, Eagles AND Braves!]

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Joe Davis, jgdavis2@cfl.rr.com : I would like to send Bud Peeples check from time to time. If you have it, please send me his mailing address and any of the required procedures necessary in making a deposit for him. Thanks,
REPLY: Joe, what timing! I just received the following from Don Reynolds
, dar8834@yahoo.com:
“GRACIE - Claude Hunter asked me to forward this to you to publish in the next newsletter. It is the appeal letter for Bud Peeples he spoke to you about. Call me if you have any trouble getting the attachment. Thanks for your help. - Don Reynolds, 407-325-6000.”
THE LETTER HE ATTACHED IS AT THE END!
Joe then emailed Don: “Hi, Donnie. Grace forwarded me a copy of your great letter of appeal on Bud's behalf, yesterday, 9/10…I will be mailing Claude my $60.00 check shortly…After learning of your letter and Bud's situation, I'm sure there won't be many fence straddlers.”

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Profile published in the Orlando Sentinel:
Peppers led insurance man to wife, family
By Desiree Stennett Staff Writer
He had her at “Do you know where I can find the peppers?”
That was the question that eventually gave Richard and Joan [Barnes] Kavanaugh a second chance at happiness.
Both had been married in the past and lost their spouses to illnesses. But at 53 and 49 respectively, Richard and Joan met while shopping in a Publix supermarket and after a short romance, the two tied the knot.
“It was meant to be from the beginning,” Joan Kavanaugh said Tuesday.
After 28 years of marriage, Richard Kavanaugh died at 81 on Sept. 5.
Joan Kavanaugh never forgot the first time she met her husband. That day she had no idea where Publix stocked peppers, and the short conversation the two had about peppers that Joan liked to grow in her home garden didn’t lead to a date.
But there must have been a greater power at work.
A few weeks later, a friend told her it was time to start dating again, and although she was hesitant, with a little encouragement from her daughter — (“At least you’ll get a free meal out of this,” her daughter said.) — she agreed to go on a blind date.
That blind date turned out to be Richard Kavanaugh, the good-looking man she met in passing at Publix.
In honor of their grocery-store meeting, she added a few peppers to her wedding bouquet.
In fact, the only thing more significant to Richard Kavanaugh than the peppers that led him to his wife was University of Florida football.
After serving in the U. S. Navy as a Radioman Seaman during the Korean War and earning a National Defense Service metal, Kavanaugh returned to Florida to get his bachelor’s degree from UF and then moved to Central Florida to build a career in commercial insurance.
Although he left Gainesville for Altamonte Springs, he was always a die-hard Gator fan.
His wife said he owned eight season tickets for more than 50 years.
She would watch the games with him and root for the Gators — unless they were up against her alma mater, University of Miami.
Even his children recognized the love he had for the Gators.
“He told of all his children if we got married on a home game day, he would have to miss the wedding,” daughter DeAnn Sheldon said, laughing. “We would have to schedule around it.”
She cried as she remembered her fun-loving father, who would dye his hair and beard green each year in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.
“That was just the kind of person my dad was,” Sheldon said.
Richard and Joan Kavanaugh retired to New Smyrna Beach in 2000.
Besides his wife and daughter, Richard Kavanaugh is survived by children Richard, Ken, Mike, Daniel, Brian Morris and Mary Waldroff; and 10 grandchildren.
Baldwin Brothers Cremation Society, New Smyrna Beach, is handling arrangements.


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Dear Classmates:
Most everyone reading this was at one time a classmate (OHS or Boone) of Bud Peeples. Bud is in prison for life as a result of a first degree murder charge in the death of one of his sons. The signers of this letter are not lawyers, but we do not believe he received a fair trial. That, however, is not the point of the letter. Due to a false friend who used an unlimited power of attorney to steal all of his assets, he is totally without funds. Prison is uncomfortable enough with funds; it is infinitely worse not to be able to buy coffee or make a phone call.
A few of us have been helping; but being retired and on limited income, we are making an appeal for additional help so that it won’t be a burden on anyone. We would like to raise $100 a month to give him for a few necessities and the aforementioned modest luxuries.
If you feel led to help by agreeing to respond with a small check when called upon, we, and especially Bud, will appreciate it. If we can get pledges of a total of $600 per call, then we would send out notices 2 times a year. As an example, if we can get 20 people to give $5 a month, or $30 twice a year, that would take care of it. We are not asking for a specific amount from anyone. If we get more than is needed, then we will send out calls less frequently.
At the moment, we are not going to set up a separate bank account or do any kind of reporting of income and expenditures. Claude Hunter has agreed to receive the funds and transmit them to Bud. Nobody who knows Claude will have any qualms about the proper use of the money.
We are simply hoping that there will be enough of you who remember Bud and want to help, or just want to respond out of sympathy and compassion toward someone who made a very bad mistake and needs some help. If you are one who will, please send a check to Claude for the amount you would be willing to give twice a year. His address is 2941 Lake Pineloch Blvd – Orlando 32806. If you have any questions, call Claude at 407-694-0473.

This following classmates have agreed to help and have authorized us to use their names to make this appeal:
Claude Hunter - class of 1952 (OHS)
Joe Davis – class of 1953 (Boone)
Jerry Chicone - class of 1952 (OHS)
Don Reynolds - class of 1952 (OHS)
Gene Cox - class of 1952 (OHS)
Gerald Rooks – class of 1953 (Boone)
Walter and Sue Rutledge – class of 1954 (Boone)


Dorcas “Dot” Bass Ballard: …We just celebrated Billy's 80th b/d He still works even though he has retired twice but still works full time! I am now 79 still babysitting, driving kids to school sometimes; it's a busy life - too much to do as my 10 grands and 3 greats keep me busy! I still cook large family meals and even clean my house with a little help at times! I do have asthma & copd & some other problems, so It is hard sometimes to get my tasks done; but with God's help, I do help my neighbors with some of life's heartaches and hard places and those are things I am called to do even though it is hard! I do my best! We have many ball games to attend also and b/d parties, too! Take care and God Bless all and have a great time at the Reunion!

Jackie Davenport: YOU have done a great job. Thank you for your hard work. I won’t be able to come - have fun for me.

Don Joyner: Enjoyed reading so much about you in the Historical Society section. I actually thought I got a glimpse of Doris [Owens] reading over my shoulder. Doris loved you so much. And what a beautiful Ms. Credit Union you are! You and Jim do a marvelous job in keeping us informed. God bless you, and you folks have a great reunion!

Pat Connally Robbins: Hi, Gracie. I'm unable to make the 60th, although it sounds like fun. We have much going on up here in Delaware and just returned from 10 days in Wisconsin. We were attending our Sports Car Club of America's 50th Annual Championship Runoffs at the famous Road America track. We had 700 cars and about 500 volunteer workers (that's us). It’s lovely up there this time of year and we greatly enjoyed ourselves. Life in Delaware is just dandy with our little towns having Festivals and such. The beach is still nice and the water fairly warm. I'm getting all the fall cleanup and preparation done in my garden but we still have lots of tomatoes and peppers etc. I hope everyone has a great time at the Reunion.

Ed Cederholm: Hi, Grace. My wife and I will not be able to attend the 60th Reunion due to commitments here in New Hampshire. However, we hope the reunion is a great success and everyone in attendance has a great time.

Maxine Hayes Kruzner: Dear Grace and lunch buddies. Thank you so much for indulging me by getting together for lunch with my sister, Carolyn Smith, who, that weekend was celebrating her and Art's 25 wedding anniversary at the Country Club at Deer Run. It was a wonderful time of sharing with my classmates and to see how you were looking forward to our 60th Reunion...I will be sorry to miss it; but Lord willing and the creek "don't" rise, we will meet again. Have a wonderful, wonderful time meeting and greeting everyone. Please tell David West, If not at a reunion in Orlando, we will have one in heaven. God bless you all, and hope to see you when I am in Florida or heaven.

William “Bill” Brownfield
: Having not been to a high school reunion yet, I thought it was about time. You guys do such a great job. I plan to attend both the Friday and Saturday events, Oct 25 and 26, with my wife, Pat. She's a sweet California girl I met while I was in the Army…Thanks for arranging all these things. I look forward to seeing you all.

Madelon Floyd Vorbau: Tell everyone I am thinking of them and wish I could have been there. Go, Boone Braves!

Jim Fuqua: Grace, I am sorry to say that I will not be able to make the reunion this Friday and Saturday. I am having some back problems and Jane's closest friend is having some serious health issues, so she feels like she should be here for her. Please give my regards to everyone, particularly to the CITADEL '57 guys.

Ruth Postle Cooper: Hi, Grace. Just a note to let you know we will not be able to come to the reunion next week after all due to family issues that require our attention. Know it will be fun, and we will look forward to seeing you at the next luncheon. Give everyone a hug for me.

Debbie Mosher [debbiaflan@gmail.com, 2102 Martingale Pl., Oviedo 32765, 602-793-3139] has been found after being ”Missing” for over 30 years! Actually, she found us when her son told her he had seen the announcement in the newspaper about the Reunion. She had hoped to join us at Dubsdread but was unable to make it.

Ed Vinson Williams: Dear Grace. My sincere thanks again for the wonderful 60th reunion for Braves and Eagles that you planned, organized, and produced on Friday and Saturday. It was good to have these opportunities to reconnect and visit with folks we'd not seen for many years. All the work you and others did to provide the two luncheons is much appreciated. The venues were excellent choices for the two events. With warm best wishes,

Pat Smith Carver: The Reunion was another great big success. We truly enjoyed both events and renewing old friendships. Again, a great big thank you is due to you. We do appreciate your making it all possible. Much love,
P.S. I was serious about the lunch bunch coming to Dade City. It's only about 1½ hours from Orlando. Let me know what you think.

Keith King: Thanks for a GREAT Reunion. It was a good time, good food, and great fellowship. Rochelle and I enjoyed it.

Tom Napier: "What a party!" That reunion was the best ever. Everything was planned to a tee. We had a wonderful time and seeing all of the Ole friends was so good. The Bar-B-Q arrangements and food were out of this world. Our luncheon was super; and with each one of us getting up and saying a few words was history in the making. Thanks so much, Sweets. You and all of your “Planners” did a very professional job. A great time was had by all. THANK YOU! BTW, I left three Memory Books of past reunions - 30, 35, & 40 - on the table where we were sitting; and I returned to find they were gone. Would you send me the above three past reunions, if you have some extra to my home address. [Only had copies of the 45th left, but told Tommy I’d put out his SOS!] Thanks again. We shall never forget that last reunion.

Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever: Ladies, I just wanted to thank you all for a wonderful Reunion. You all outdid yourselves. I really had a great time and was surprised there were so many of us in attendance. Isn't it amazing to have 60 years go by and we are still interested in each other and what life has brought us. I loved seeing all my old friends and I mean that in a good way. The food was great at both events. I love that we can come together and not try to impress each other. I would also like to thank Jim Simmons for the job he does with the web site. I really appreciate Jim and Grace's efforts keeping us together. What a wonderful weekend, and I really had a great time. Best wishes to everyone and hope each of us has a healthy year.

Ruth Ann Whittle Hudson: Good morning, Grace. Before we get all caught up in packing to leave, I just must tell you and Gracia how much the 60th gathering meant. It was comfortable and relaxing and so pleasant. So nice to have some visit time with old friends and hear a bit about their lives. Can you even imagine the life experiences reflected by the dear ones at our gatherings? Want you to know how much you are appreciated and loved. Off to see an young grandson graduate from Marine boot camp - wow. Again your hard work never goes unnoticed. Good to have Dick Hagen around. Blessings to all,

MJ and Jerry Rooks: WOW, did I meet a lot of new people at our Reunion - or so I thought. In fact. I even talked to an individual I thought had passed away. That’s what I get for not being at a Reunion since the 35th. What I’m really trying to say is that MJ and I really enjoyed seeing everyone even if it was for a short time. We’re really sorry we couldn’t make the next day outing, and we will look forward to the next reunion maybe in five years (or whenever) since our time is getting a little shorter. I actually lost track of time and can’t even remember what we had to eat because of all the visiting. Anyway, your team did an excellent job in putting this reunion together and please thank everyone involved.

Marilyn Simmon Mandler: Dear Grace…thank you again for planning such a wonderful reunion weekend for us all! It was so much fun to reconnect with everyone, and I know we all appreciated your hard work putting it all together...my daughter, Jill Mandler-Gonzalez, also thoroughly enjoyed meeting our classmates and appreciated being able to attend! Best regards, and I look forward to keeping in touch. Take care,

Dick/Phoebe Ingram: We appreciate the hard work you do all the time [website, reunion, etc.]. The Reunion on Friday was great with all the friendships and food. We were unable to stay for Sat. get-together which I am sure was also successful…Thank you again.

Arlene McCarty Clark: Thank you for all you do for all of us. Wishing you good health and happiness for the years to come. Love always

Ed/Kay Patterson Netcher: We certainly enjoyed the Reunion luncheon at Dubsdread. We appreciate the work that you and your Committee put into it to make it a success because Ed used to do similar work for school (Florida Military Academy). I enjoyed seeing the classmates who were there and missed those who weren’t. Lots of memories. Amazing to see how much larger EHS is. (My Mom taught for O.R. Davis at Memorial Junior High.). Where have the years gone?! Thanks so much.

[Dave and Patti West were signed up to attend. When they didn’t show up, I called, finding he had taken sick.]
Patti and I were very sorry we could not make the Reunion. Perhaps we will make the 70th or 80th Reunion. Ha Ha. Anyway, I am fine now. Guess I just had a severe case of the Flu and so I would not have been good company. However, I trust all of you had a great time and that is wonderful. It was very thoughtful of you to send me the mementos. We laughed at my photo on the name tag. It was been a big year for us. We enjoyed lots of time at our mountain home in TN. Also, one son got married, one finally moved out of our beach house on the island and is now on his own at age 28; our other son, the Marine, comes home for good on the 25th of Nov.; our daughter celebrated her 31st wedding anniversary; and Patti and I celebrated our 56th wedding anniversary. And best of all, God blessed me and returned my health after a stroke and a fall that had me in the hospital stroke unit and at home in bed with home care and physical therapy for months. I am now in better health and am 80 pounds lighter. I have my teen-age body back. I am skinny, my blood sugar is normal, my blood pressure is normal, and I feel good, as long as I don’t look in the mirror again, I feel young and healthy. Ha Ha. GOD is good. Love ya, sweetheart.

Since Mack and Ruth Griffith Young didn’t show up after being scheduled for both days, I called them to learn there had been a death in their family.

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Jerry Bushman: My computer was hacked, and I had to get a new Operating System and email address - jlane301@md.metrocast.net.

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Betty Bumby Bandy: Grace, my new address is 9607 Bent Brook Drive, Montgomery, AL 36117, 334-271-1214/home, 678-665-8960/cell.

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Nora Johnson: My husband, Charles Johnson, passed away on the 21th of September.
[When I sent a note of sympathy to Nora, I included the following from Art Livermore/EHS ‘54, wondering if it were possible he had a connection with Charlie who had a 30-year career as a US Naval Officer attaining the rank of Captain, having commanded the USS Downes and USS Cape Cod. Wouldn't that be sumpin'?]

Art Livermore, allnll1978@hotmail.com, 670 Arti Lane, Lake Wales, FL 33859-6405, 863-241-3944/cell: "First time to add anything to your news letter. It looks like it will be hard to top most of these Classmates you have placed in your Letter. One thing about my life that sounds as though it would be different; I do not know when I ever had time for a job. The thing that seems to add up is I think I am running in first gear. There are only two names that I can remember in your letter. That is sad, but I did not come to Edgewater until mid term of 1952 and left before graduation in 1954. That reminds me of an unusual thing in my life. I received my Edgewater Diploma from Captain Johnson, Commanding Officer of the USS Forrestal CVA 59 while at Quarters on the Flight Deck of the Ship. No one told me that it was to happen and when I was ordered forward it about scared me beyond words."

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Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever: Grace, I need a favor. I am in the mountains and need Joan Davenport's address to send to my granddaughter. She wants to send a thank you note to Joan. My granddaughter’s husband is running in the NY Marathon; and in order to do this, he had to raise $2,620 for a charity. Joan saw the request on my Facebook and donated some money. I was so surprised and grateful. I don't think I've seen Joan since high school unless she's been to a reunion. I appreciate your help. Sorry I couldn't see Maxine, but I'm sure she had a great time. [Got info to her: 1373 Long Corner Rd., Mount Airy MD 21771-3846, JDaven4553@aol.com]

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William R. Boone High School Foundation
1000 East Kaley Avenue, Orlando, FL 32806

Thank you to all who participated in the "Celebrate My Drive" event. State Farm has awarded Boone High School with $25,000. Even though it wasn't the grand prize, this is a still HUGE amount that our school desperately needs and we are so grateful!

Plans are already being made to convert a conference room into a computer lab for our students. We sincerely appreciate each alumni, student, parent or community member that helped make this possible.

Please enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. Boone High School is grateful for your support.

Forever Brave,

Margaret McMillen, Ed.D.
Principal
William R. Boone High School

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Earlier this month, I joined Charlie/Saundra Hagood Gray, Claude/Gloria Hunter, Billy/Joan Milligan for the Jewish National Fund Orlando 2013 Tree of Life Award Dinner at the Rosen Plaza Hotel honoring Mayor Buddy Dyer. Receiving special recognition as Guardian of Israel Award Honorees were Dick and Louise Weiner, presented by David and Alan Weiner. Quoting from the Program: “Dick Weiner has lived in the Winter Park/Orlando area since he was 6 months old. Dick retired in 2010 after 47 years from Smith Barney (Wellspring Group). An active member of the community, Dick has served as past president of Central Florida Community Council and TOP (Tampa-Orlando-Pinellas) Jewish Foundation, Inc., Executive Committee for the Jewish Federation of Orlando, Commissioner of Orlando Utilities Commission, and as a board member of Winter Park United Way and JNF. Louise Weiner worked as a teacher for the Orange County Public School System for 30 years. She is currently on the board of the GOLD Tennis League and is active in the League of Women Voters.” Dick’s brother and sister-in-law, Ben/Maura Weiner, also received Guardian awards.

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Sandy Abello Haslam passed away early October while she was living in a Merritt Island nursing home due to severe breathing problems caused by COPD and pulmonary fibrosis. Gracia Moore Smith arranged a Memorial Service on Sunday, Oct. 20th, in the Clubhouse at Lake Maitland Terrace Condos, conducted by Grace Wendorff Chewning, and followed by a luncheon reception. Gracia and Sandy had been BFs since they were 5 years old; Grace, since they were 12. Other high school friends attending included GiGi Goodman Stephens, Arlene McCarty Clark, Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever, Dianna Benn Webb, Betty Eberhart Harper, Billy & Helen Lingo Hicks, Merlynn Smith Greenawalt, Terry & Wanda Day Little.

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Ankney, James (Jim) passed peacefully into the Presence of His Savior on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. He was the son of Mae and Milton Ankney. He was born in Sycamore, Ohio, on November 1, 1933, but came to Florida when he was three years old. Jim was in the last graduating class of Orlando High School, 1952. He attended the University of Florida but returned home before graduation to join his father and brother, Bill Ankney, in the management of Ankney Mobile Homes, Inc., and Ankney Properites, Inc. He enjoyed the fellowship and goodwill of community organizations: Kiwanis, Elks No. 1079, and Touchdown. He was a faithful member of Downtown Baptist Church, and greatly enjoyed chauffeuring the senior adults to all their outings in the Central Florida area on the church bus. Jim had a host of friends, and they enriched each other's lives daily with breakfast at Shannon's Restaurant and mid-morning coffee and lunch at Panera's. Jim was blessed with 58 years of marriage to his beloved wife, Elizabeth (Beth) Bryant Ankney who tenderly cared for him in the last months of his life. He was also blessed with a caring family: daughters Cynthia Wojciak (Donnie), St. Augustine; Catherine Newberg (Rick), Winter Springs; Rebecca Yockey (Steve), Orlando, and son James (Jimbo) Ankney, Orlando; and four grandsons, one granddaughter, one great granddaughter and one great grandson. A private family burial will be on Sunday, December 1, at Greenwood Cemetery handled by A Community Funeral Home, followed by a memorial service at the Downtown Baptist Church at 3 pm. Family and friends are invited to a reception following the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Downtown Baptist Church or the charity of your choice


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The Final 2013 gathering of the “Birthday Babes” truly was a festive occasion on December 9th at the Pinecastle Woman’s Club for an elegant tea party with scrumptious goodies! The beautiful Corner Rose Tea Room was formerly located at the Russell Home for Atypical Children [which receives NO government funding]; and proceeds go to support the Home. Bringing items for the Russell Home were Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever, Marilyn McEwen Mackemer and her sister , Ruth Ann Whittle Judson, Grace Wendorff Chewning, Donna Burket Burton, Doris Burket Logue, Merlynn Smith Greenawalt, Betty Eberhart Harper, GiGi Goodman Stephens, Madeline Johnson Irrgang, Helen Lingo Hicks, Shirley Barnes Corbett. Glenda Jo volunteered to coordinate the March 14th luncheon.

Beverly Richardson Gerken: Hank and I will be at our condo in Naples. I've been to the Tea Room - it is nice.

Gwen Anthony Meehan: Thank you for letting me know, Grace. I'm still iffy about scheduling things since I am getting some medical procedures done that I expect will help me have a better year in 2014. It should all be behind me next time. Regards to everyone...


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Ruthann Denzer Blue
: I just finished the latest newsletter that you and Jim put out and I want to give you both a huge THANK YOU!! for it! The 60th Reunion looked like it was a great success and I am so sorry I missed it. The timing was not quite right for me to attend, but, I felt like I was right in the midst of it all just by seeing all the pictures and of course adding the names helped out so much! There were a few I could recognize but it has been so long since attending a reunion, without the names, I would have been at a loss as to who the people were! So, thanks to you both for the terrific job of making those of us who couldn't attend be a part of it anyway!!


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Nan Yarrington King
: Thanks for the special story [about my live bear encounter!] – wake up call.


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Mildred Harrell Harris
: I think it would be great to have a BBQ in a couple years. The 60th reunion was a big success for those hard workers that you have. Jackie [Fountain Fish] is supposed to let me know when the next luncheon is so I can make plans to go. Thanks for all you do.


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Pete Ward, Boone '54: Grace, terrific joke & I admire your sense of humor. Some of our age get somewhat puritanical as they mature. Sorry I was unable to get to the combined reunion. Sent from the sunny mountains of Colorado.


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Ray and Helen Moses Reynolds: Our hearts are filled with the precious memories of family and friends and the blessing you are and have been through the years. We look forward to hearing from you at Christmas. This year has been filled with blessings, changes, challenges, health issues, and opportunities for ministry and service. Ray is still in cardiac rehab and recovery is going well. In July his cardiologist reviewed his heart history and said, “You are a living miracle. God has more for you to do”. Helen recently got good reports from her heart, thyroid, and lung doctors. We are so very thankful. We enjoyed 4 months in the beautiful North, GA mountains where bears are our neighbors. The Wolffork Baptist Church gives us an opportunity to minister and serve. In Orlando, we both teach adults and Helen has served as chairman of the missions committee. They have been focused on Samaritan Purse boxes and the Lottie Moon missions offering…We pray you and your family will have a blessed Christmas as you celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ. Love and Prayers, Ray and Helen [reynoldsrayhelen@gmail.com, 407-673-4880, 706-982-2007/C]. HAPPY NEW YEAR


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This video is great if you grew up in the '50s; and if you didn't, it's still good! NO, it's GREAT! Just click on: Best of Times


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Jerry Rooks: Gracie, I’m hoping you might have Mike Conley (BHS ‘54) e-mail address. I tried the one that is a good 20 or better years old, and it didn’t work. In fact, I don’t know if he is still around. Anyway, hope everything is going well with you. [My reply: The one posted by Betty Bumby Bandy at our BraveEagle website is sconley713@embarqmail.com with snail mail at 9204 Old Chemonie Rd., Tallahassee 32309. Good luck!]
Jerry’s response; Just so you’ll know, I was congratulating him on being inducted into the W.R. Boone Hall of Fame this coming May. Thanks again,


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STUDY: ORLANDO SENIORS HAVE CHEERY OUTLOOK

By Kate Santich/Staff Writer
Maybe it’s the 236 days of sunshine each year or the ubiquity of early-bird specials. But in a just-released survey of attitudes among those ages 60 and up, Orlando seniors were notably optimistic. About their finances. About their lives. About their health — even when, perhaps, they shouldn’t be.
“There’s a bit of a disconnect,” said Richard Birkel, a senior vice president at the National Council on Aging, which commissioned the study along with United Healthcare and USA Today. “People seem to have a more glowing assessment of the future than what you’d expect based on actual data. It seems to be a natural part of the American psyche — as people age, they’re more optimistic about the future. And that may sometimes get them in trouble.”
The United States of Aging Survey looked at attitudes among seniors across the county and compared them with those of 18- to 59-year-olds. Primarily, it wanted to see how well-prepared people feel, physically and financially, to live to a ripe old age.
Orlando — along with San Antonio, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Birmingham, Ala. — was selected for more in-depth analysis because of its fast-growing senior population. Here, 89 percent of respondents 60 and older said they feel somewhat to very confident in their ability to “maintain a high-quality of life” throughout their golden years. That was three percentage points higher than the already-optimistic national average of 86 percent.
But Orlando seniors were also significantly more likely than their counterparts elsewhere to have done “a great deal or some preparation” for their senior years (82% vs. 76%) and more likely to say it is “not at all difficult to perform” the tasks of daily living (84% vs. 76%).
Yet some 40 percent also said they rely primarily on Social Security, and one in five never exercises. Health and financial security are closely linked, the survey’s authors note, because out-of-pocket expenses for health care often dominate seniors’ spending concerns.
“It’s surprising how much medical care can cost,” said Mimi Reggentin, program manager at the Orange County Office on Aging, created in 2001 to plan for the area’s booming senior population. “Medicare doesn’t pay for nursing homes — and those cost about $80,000 a year.”
Seniors interviewed said Orlando does have several noteworthy advantages over colder, bigger cities. The cost of living is reasonably low, the weather is usually good and opportunities to stay active abound.
“I exercise six days a week,” 69-year-old Donna Deverell said Monday, having just finished a workout at the Marks Street Senior Center. “I lift weights, I take spin classes, I take aerobics classes, and on my own I ride my bike or walk around the neighborhood. The most important thing is staying healthy so you can enjoy life.”
The complex also offers seniors free computer use, as does the Orange County Library System, and on the issue of technology, Orlando seniors again ranked higher than their peers. Some 86 percent said it was important to use technology, as the vast majority of them did, often to stay connected to friends or family.
But many admitted they hadn’t taken any particular action to prevent falls — a common danger that often leads to a decline in overall health — or even to manage chronic conditions they already have.
“We have almost 20 percent of this population with more than six chronic health conditions — and almost a third have four or more,” Birkel said. “So it’s a group that, based on everything we know, is on a path toward having several years where they’re going to be disabled and have a very poor quality of life. And my sense is that people don’t know that, and that to me is heartbreaking — and somewhat urgent.”
Those thoughts may not be very cheery, but Birkel and others want more seniors to discuss gloomier futures in order to better prepare. As Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer of United Healthcare’s Medicare & Retirement division noted, many Orlando seniors at least have made plans to have others decide matters for them.
“Seventy-one percent of seniors in Orlando have designated a power of attorney — someone to speak for them if they’re too sick to speak for themselves,” Randall said. “And I’m really happy to see that number so high. It’s much higher than the national average. That to me is one of the most important things, because it helps people maintain a sense of autonomy."


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TAKE THE EAGLE FLIGHT WALK AT EDGEWATER HIGH


There’s no question that local schools, funded primarily by property taxes, have taken a big hit since the housing market collapsed in 2008, sending values plummeting. Although the housing market is getting better, schools have been forced to come up with some creative ways to maintain funding for critical academic programs. Fund-raisers have become a popular way to not only give the public a chance to help contribute to the school, but also demonstrate that the school’s staff and students can put together a fun event that everyone enjoys. At Edgewater High School, the latest event puts the emphasis on staying healthy. The public is invited to take part in the Eagle Flight 5K Walk/Run at the school at 3100 Edgewater Drive, which will be taking place on Saturday, Feb. 22. The walk is being billed as both a fun event, and one that enables the public to contribute money to help the school educate local kids. The walk starts at 7:30 a.m. Check-in and registration will be from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. inside the Edgewater High stadium. The admission fee is $25 from Thursday, Feb. 13 though the day of the event. Eighty percent of every dollar contributed to this run will be used to benefit the Edgewater High School class, clubs or athletic teams. The event is being sponsored by Florida Hospital and Chick-Fil-A. To learn more, call the school at 407-835-4900.


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Gregarious educator loved sports, family
By Matthew J. Palm Staff Writer

Warren, Myrna Lois Noland, 77, was born November 25, 1936, in Cincinnati, Ohio and a resident of Orlando since 1946. She is pre-deceased by her parents Dorothy Hergert Noland and Hagar Lewis Noland. One word to describe her life would be caring for others; her family and friends. Lois was a warm and affectionate lady and worked in the cosmetology, real estate and insurance fields throughout her life. Lois was a talented artist, and had a passion for cooking. She attended William R. Boone High School and later served as a Democratic Committee Woman for her district. Lois is survived by her loving husband of 60 years Joel A. Warren, Sr. and four children Karen L. Carbonneau, Joel A. Warren, Jr. (Gary Taylor), Charles L. Warren (Sandy), and Robert A. Warren (Dana). She is also survived by her grandchildren Scott and David (Cindy) Carbonneau, Charles (Mindy), Sam and Abby Warren, Christopher, Alyssa Peace (Matt), Derrick and Brianna Warren and two great-granddaughter, Savannah and Arianna. She is survived by her two sisters Connie (George) Miller and Linda (Tommy) Waters and several loving nieces and nephews as well as many friends who loved her dearly. Memorial services were conducted December 5, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church of Orlando, 142 East Jackson Street, Orlando, FL 32801, with Reception following. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association Central & North Florida Chapter 378 Center Pointe Circle, Ste 1280 Altamonte Springs, FL 32701.


Myron “Sam” Singhaus loved sports; his sons were more interested in the arts. But their divergent pursuits didn’t stop him from being a good father, son Sam said. Singhaus, an Orlando resident since 1962, died Feb. 2. He was 82. An avid athlete, Singhaus ran track and played baseball, football and basketball. He also was an avid golfer. “He was a total jock,” Sam Singhaus said. “He came from a poor family, but he got educated and was a four-letter sportsman.”


Born in Canton, Ohio, the elder Singhaus was working for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron when a chance to work in athletics drew him to Florida. He was offered a job as football coach at Orlando’s Bishop Moore High School, his son said, but there was a miscommunication. “When he arrived, they had filled the position,” Sam Singhaus said. “He had a family, he said, ‘What am I going to do?’ ” What he did was look for another job — with some help from a famous friend, Ohio State University football coach Woody Hayes.
At Edgewater High, the principal said he would hire Singhaus if he could provide a reference. “Dad said, ‘You can call Woody Hayes at Ohio State,’ ” Sam Singhaus said. “That got him a job at Edgewater.” He became athletic director, coaching football and basketball at the school, where he also taught biology and drivers education.


Singhaus, who earned a master’s degree in education from Rollins College in Winter Park, eventually became a school administrator. He served as principal at Evans High School, Robinswood Middle School and Walker Middle School, all in Orlando, before retiring in 1989. School principal was a good fit for his dad, who had a strict view of parenting, Sam Singhaus said. “He was a disciplinarian at home,” said his son. “We did things his way.” Though Sam was involved in gymnastics, swimming and diving as a youngster, both he and his brother Steven preferred the arts to their father’s beloved football. “We weren’t the jocks that Dad would have hoped for,” Sam Singhaus said. “He was a man’s man. Theater just wasn’t his thing.” When Sam told his parents he was forgoing college to pursue his dreams in New York, the elder Singhaus and his wife, Betty, were at first skeptical. But they quickly turned supportive. “Once they realized that I was talented enough to make a living, they were OK,” Sam Singhaus said. “Dad saw me in my two Broadway shows, and he loved them.”


Singhaus was a familiar sight to neighbors as he enjoyed taking care of his yard and house. “He was very gregarious,” his son said. “Everybody knew him, everybody liked him.” Sam Singhaus lived with his dad the past year, and they found something in common — on the field. “I’ve learned to like football,” Sam Singhaus said. “We could enjoy watching games together.” In addition to his son Sam, Myron Singhaus is survived by son Steven of Orlando; and sister Wanda Randazzo of Canton, Ohio. He was predeceased by Betty Singhaus, his wife of 55 years, in 2006, and son Daniel in 1993.

 

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QUESTION
from Jerry Rooks on May 13, 2014: I’ve been asked by Dick Ingram and a couple of others if I had received any newsletters from you and I can’t remember any since last January. Will there be any more or have I just missed some? Maybe you can update me so I can give an answer. I sure hope you and whoever else is involved are not having health problems. Anyway, any info will be appreciated.

ANSWER from Moi on May 14 to Jerry and Dick: All is well health-wise at this end; but somehow, I've gotten involved in a jillion other projects [also, mostly, volunteer] that created a new set of priorities. That said -rising to the top of my "To-do List" is getting together a Newz Update by this weekend and then will schedule sending out every 2-3 months instead of monthly. Really appreciate your "missing" the news, which certainly amps up my motivation to follow through!
High School Hugz & XXXX


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Carolyn Gladney Powell Wiggins, lakelady1@bellsouth.net: Hi, Gracie. I really enjoyed seeing old Orlando. Thank you for giving the site. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8gbtSImNNo&sns=em]. The best part was how well people dressed for all occasions. Hats and gloves, dress shirts and ties for men. They even looked great at sports events. Ah, me!


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Had a super meet/greet/eat first Quarterly Birthday Babes luncheon on March 21st at the Red Lobster Restaurant on E. Colonial Dr. that was coordinated by Glenda Jo Dotherow LeFever. Enjoying everything and everybody included Wanda Day Little, Shirley Ison Duncan, Grace Wendorff Chewning, Donna Burket Burton, Doris Burket Logue, Ann Waters Linder, Arlene McCarty Black, Helen Moses Reynolds, Janet Rodenberry Megow, Merlynn Smith Greenawalt, Betty Eberhart Harper, GiGi Goodman Stephens, Madeline Johnson Irrgang, Jackie Fountain Fish, Shirley Barnes Corbett, Gracia Moore Smith and Edith Harrell Harris. GiGi volunteered to arrange the next gathering on Friday, June 13, 11:30 a.m., and has selected the Elephant Bar Restaurant in Altamonte Springs.


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Madeline Johnson Irrgang
, madelineirrgang@cfl.rr.com: I have been trying to bundle my phone, internet, and cable TV on BrightHouse, my cable TV company. Everything they did they have had to come and fix, which has meant many, many hours on the phone waiting for a human voice to be able to reschedule. I have not been able to send emails or receive mail for awhile. I'm hoping all is alright and you will get this. If I missed something important, please send it again. To my Chi Omega friends: please let me know if I'm supposed to be doing something for our reunion in May. I may need to send money for the room reservations--Just let me know. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone. I'm glad to be back in touch.


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Donnie LeFever
was adamant about NO PARTY or PRESENTS commemorating his 80th birthday on May 5th, so wifey, Glenda Jo Dotherow, came up with something “Mr. Lotto” couldn’t refuse – celebratory cards from friends and family with $1 scratch-off tickets enclosed! Understand he cashed in over $400!


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New email address for Mildred Edith Harrell Harris: harrisdgr@gmail.com.


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Dot Bass Ballard, bertrom_ballard@knology.net: Hello to you and hope you are doing great! I am getting stronger each day and may get to drive again soon! I have gained 7 lbs. Dr. wants me to gain 8 more! Oh well, I am not so concerned about that! Let me ask you a question! Whatever happened to Delbert Dalrymple? I was looking at our yr. book from 11th grade and remembered him as he must have gone to Edgewater? I had a class with him and thought he was so sweet and so cute but did not ever see him again after Orlando High! I also thought he had a lot of class and a sharp dresser, too! Figured he may have gone to Hollywood! [NOTE: I forwarded inquiry to Delbert!] I hope to get down to see my cousin again this yr. Her husband has a disease that is crippling, so she is tied down. Well, I will say bye for now. Please know I appreciate all you do to keep the class members updated, etc. God bless you real good and stay as sweet as you are! Love,


Second email from Dot: This is so true and I could've written it myself, about myself so it is the way I feel, actually! I'm not so shy anymore! I guess marrying a GI and spending 20 yrs. in military life and raising 4 great children as military experience, especially hard was making friends and then for the kids! It was crying time for sure shipping out to another base, even overseas! They would write for awhile and then new friends take over so the letters get less and less; many times they will see each other again and some are never forgotten! I always wished we could've stayed around relatives in a small town, but God had other plans! We all live here now except son and family but we see them about 2 or 3 times a year; so we are happy to see them and they are so happy to see all their cousins! We go to a lot of b/d parties - 10 children and 3 greats! It is a busy life! Well just wanted to send this e/m and ended up with all this sorry if it is boring! Love! Dot


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Can't believe how much work went into this. Enjoy! Click on: http://www.1959bhsmustangs.com/VideoJukebox.htm


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Mary Alice Coward Greer
: Grace, my computer was hacked recently and I lost all e-mail and addresses, also had to change my e-mail address. My new one is mary.greer@hotmail.com. Please change my records so I don't miss anything. Thanks,


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Ruthann Denzer Blue
: I am in the process of changing from AT&T to Time Warner (big mistake on my part!!).Some of you have a new address - it is wrong, sorry! Some of you have gotten several notices, again sorry!! So, as of today, 4/17/14, do not email me anything. Once this is settled, I will forward another e-mail address. Thanks so much - never realized there would be so much hassle to do this! Our phone # stays the same, or at least this morning!! Thanks again!


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Madeline Johnson Irrgang
, madelineirrgang@cfl.rr.com: I thought you would be interested in hearing that I saw Valerie Scott a few Saturdays ago. Betty Bandy was in town and staying with me so she invited me to go with her to the Class of 1954's reunion. It was a lot of fun, and I got to visit with Valerie. She said she would like to come to one of our luncheons and see Glenda Jo and maybe Judy… I don't have her phone #, but I'm sure Roy Brand would have it. Glenda Jo, maybe you could call her and find out when she would like to come and convince Judy to come also. Grace, I'm sending you an email that Gerald sent me. I think he would like to hear from you and know you are alright. [Yep! See first item at top!] Are we going to have a reunion in 5 years? Also I can't recall who had the nickname Birddog. Please let me know. [Carleton Burroughs!]


From Madeline to Jerry Rooks, 4-23
: Gerald, I was so sorry to read Gene Rook's obituary in the paper. I hate to read the obituary every day because too many people have left us. I know you miss Johnny Conley, and Ken Oswald was in a bridge group that Bill and I played in. With him and Bill gone, the group stopped playing. I particularly miss Barbara, Nancy Willey, Jane Wheeler…With so many friends gone, Ruth Ann, Shirley Ison Duncan and I have lunch every now and then. The girls in our senior class are great about getting together every three months. Grace is a wonderful leader. I like all of them and wish I had known them better in high school. Unfortunately we all had our own little groups back then. It was good to see you and Mary Jane at our reunion. There won't be any more reunions, at least according to Grace. [Actually, a BBQ every few years was suggested by several at the October reunion instead of a “formal” event.] You both look great, and I hope you and your family are in good health. So sorry about your loss. Your friend,

Reply from Jerry Rooks to Madeline: Yes, it was a sad occasion especially for my brother. After 63 years, one gets really attached. Has something happened to Grace and our graciegram news letter? (haven’t seen one for several months). When I was leaving the reunion, Gracie was talking about a reunion in 5 years because of us getting older. So, I guess that has changed. Yes, I miss those people, especially Birddog and Joe P. and a lot of others, but as my son keeps saying to me, ”It is what it is.” I thought all of you Delaney girls looked great at the reunion. Thanks for your concern and tell others hi from MJ & Jerry


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PRAYER TIME!


Mary Jane Wark Rooks
, mjrgar@gulftel.com: "We just learned Gerald has colon cancer and must have surgery but day before he was to have cardio tests done to get an all clear, I twisted my knee and had to get wheelchair and walker to get around - bummer . However, I’m on the mend. We had lunch at our beautiful beach, surgery now scheduled end of the month to have robotic type and hope all goes well as we plan to stick around many more yrs. Anyone familiar with the robotic surgery? I would need to see ortho doc if meniscus problem didn’t go away after steroids, ice packs, but noticing relief already so am sure it was just my jumping over a few puddles sideways from storm damage that I just had to go see. Have to be caregiver for hubby soon so I must be in good shape--told him he gets a turn first...glad it isn't a bad injury---don't think that would work too well ‘tho he tried. Thot we might be going to have a ‘54 reunion this summer or fall but haven’t heard - maybe other classes would work together. We aren’t getting any younger! [info in May EHS ’54 Newsletter from Patty Richardson Paul at Brave-Eagle website] MJ (in sunny Alabama, close to Gulf Shores and the BEACH !)


Additional prayers for comfort and recovery to: Beverly Richards Gerken following melanoma surgery on her nose; Ruth Postle Cooper’s hubby, Bob, who incurred fracture in a fall; and Helen Lingo Hicks who shares a diagnosis of Myelodysplastic Syndrome with Robin Roberts from “Good Morning, America.”


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Edgewater High alumni will shine at ceremony


History, Lynette Earley noted, can be appreciated in several ways, through institutions that became a vital part of the community – or through the people who have been part of that institution. One great example, she said, is Edgewater High School. “It has a rich history,” Earley said, noting that it was 62 years ago when the former Orlando High School was split into two separate schools, William R. Boone High and Edgewater High. “Since then, we’ve estimated that about 70,000 students, teachers and faculty have walked through the halls of Edgewater High School,” she said. “And this is a great way to look back at our 62-year history and look back at those who have really paved the way and shown what can be done.”


Past prodigies will be recognized next month when the Edgewater High School Hall of Fame 2014 induction looks at 10 alumni and what they’ve accomplished in their chosen career fields. “It’s really a neat tie in to our students to see anything is possible, and it helps them set their goals high and they can achieve excellence when they leave the high school,” said Earley, the vice president of the Edgewater High Foundation and co-chair of the Hall of Fame ceremony, were held on Saturday, April 12 at 6 p.m.


“When researching this, there seems to be a very limited number of high schools that do more than have an Athletic Hall of Fame,” she said. “This is really a great way to recognize people who have achieved things in other categories.” This is the third class of alumni to be recognized by the Hall of Fame, which was established in 2010 to honor those alumni and supporters who have gone on to distinguished careers in one of six categories: arts, academics, athletics, professional, community and Eagle Spirit. “We recognize people in their professional careers, and we even have a category called Eagle Spirit, which is really to recognize an alumni or someone who has dedicated themselves in some way to Edgewater High School," she said. "It’s really kind of an amazing category as well.”


The first class was recognized in 2011at their inaugural event. “It really brought a community spirit to College Park, but also back to Edgewater,” she said. “We started two years ago recognizing staff and faculty who have been a part of the high school for 25 years or more, and incredibly there will be about 20 of them. We have a big night planned…It’s a fundraising opportunity for the Edgewater High Foundation, which exists to give back to the school and really help cover costs that aren’t covered in our state and government funding for schools.”


The 2014 honorees are:


* Bob Dolce (deceased) is a former Edgewater High School athletic director, coach and teacher who led the Edgewater High School football to metro conferences, state playoffs and was inducted into the Metro Conference Hall of Fame in 1982.


* Dennis Cone (Class of 1965) founded Professional Caddies Association and is the 105th inductee into The Caddie Hall of Fame, past president of the Junior Golf Association of Central Florida, founder and CEO of the World Caddie Headquarters /PCA - Helping Kids and the Game Along the Way, co/author of two books including “Think Like A Caddie, Play Like A Pro”


* Tony Imbriani (Class of 1983) has devoted 34 years of his life to coaching Edgewater High School wrestling and has been a part of every wrestling team championship in Edgewater’s history.


* Norm Lewis (Class of 1981) has been an opera singer/actor performing on Broadway for more than 20 years and has also made guest appearances on television shows.


* Roy Anderson “Chip” Lilley (Class of 1976) (deceased) was one of the founding partners of CNL Commercial Real Estate in Orlando.


* Cindy Zellner Mackinnon (Class of 1960) has served on the boards of community non-profit organizations including the Winter Park YMCA. She also served as president of the Junior League of Greater Orlando, and was first vice president of the International Association of Junior Leagues. Mackinnon was on the inaugural staff of Valencia Community College as an English professor and later was the first paid executive director of Hospice from 1979-1982. Mackinnon began law school at age 39 and was later appointed to the Florida 9th Circuit Court in1993 by Gov. Lawton Chiles.


* Mark NeJame (Class of 1972) is a trial attorney, businessman, television legal analyst and philanthropist. He founded NeJame Law in 1995 and he and his wife, Josie NeJame, launched a not-for-profit organization, Runway to Hope, and has raised millions for pediatric cancer research and assistance.


* Julia Pierson (Class of 1977) is the director of the U.S. Secret Service. She was appointed by President Obama and became the 23rd director and the first woman to head the agency.


* Scott George (Class of 1979) is the senior pastor of Pinecastle United Methodist Church in Orlando and also co-founder of Community Food & Outreach Center in Downtown Orlando.


* Bob Swoszowski (1957) was recognized in Georgia for business success in his community service, and educational advocate, and was one of the youngest owners/operators of a McDonald’s franchise. He is being recognized for his 40-years of service in the industry.


The Edgewater High School Foundation board also inducted staff and teachers into the “Quarter Century Club,” honoring those working at Edgewater for more than 25 years.


Saving memories of Edgewater Drive businesses


Bill Jennings hears it all the time from College Park residents – not the ones who have moved here recently, but the crowd he calls “the old timers” who can remember a very different neighborhood so long ago. “When I sit around the table with some of these older College Park residents who have been here a long time, they would say, ‘I remember when the camera shop was where the 7-11 is now,’ “ Jennings said, referring to the 7-11 Convenience Store at 1500 Edgewater Drive. But if that location evokes some fond memories for older residents, Jennings noted, there are actually some College Park residents who can recall much farther back – when the land hosting that 7-11 convenience store, for example, was used for something else entirely: a graveyard. “That used to be a cemetery,” Jennings said. “It was a Roman Catholic cemetery. They closed it in the late 1920s and early 1930s, and came in and dug up the graves and put them in another cemetery.” All these decades later, Jennings said, that cemetery is but a faded memory that few know about today, expect for those old enough to remember. But one thing Jennings doesn’t have -- and certainly wishes he did -- is any lasting photos of that cemetery. “There’s not a picture of that cemetery that survives,” he said. And that’s a situation that Jennings hopes to change.


Jennings is a member of the Historical Committee of the College Park Neighborhood Association. He has embarked on an ambitious new project. Jennings hopes to reach out and find residents of College Park who know of, and can help chronicle, some of the rich history of the Edgewater Drive commercial corridor and the many businesses that have operated there in the past – a history dating back not years, but literally decades. “This is what our goal is,” Jennings said. “I just did not want to lose some of these memories of some of these locations along Edgewater Drive." It’s a popular commercial corridor, he said, and one worth its own little history book. "Edgewater Drive is unique," he said. "It’s thriving. But it also changes, which I find interesting. There are places that have been there for years, but some start up and move on.”


Jennings and the Historical Committee hope to record many of the recollections of what College Park was like in earlier decades, and eventually create a web site that allows everyone to access, share and enjoy those memories through the Internet. “I’d like to hear from someone who says, ‘I remember this store where I bought my first Easter dress,’ if somebody has a memory of it,” he said. “We’ll keep it ongoing and eventually we will end up putting it somewhere on the Internet so people can have access to it.” Jennings hopes to document the history of Edgewater Drive, to create a thorough list of each business, along with a picture of what is at the address today. Historical photos would also be great, he said, along with resident comments about what the older businesses were like. This would be an ongoing project, constantly updated. “I realized people have a lot of memories of Edgewater Drive, and this was my goal as a Historical Committee member,” he said.


 

Dorothy Youtsey Talbert, doe11@verizon.net: I just want to share the sad news of the death of Barbara Speer Brame, class of '55. She was loved by many of those in all of the classes, having been part of the inception of Boone High. She had been ill for some time and when I didn't receive our yearly Christmas note, I did some research, only to discover she had passed away in April, 2011. She will be missed.

Phil Easterling, peasterling@cfl.rr.com: We are sorry to report that Walt Cason [OHS ‘51] passed and his funeral is scheduled for April 24, 2014, at the Azalea Parl UMC.

Per Wanda Day Little: Ruth Louise [Griffith] Young, 79, Warner Robins, GA, passed away on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Ruth was born on December 1, 1934, Orlando, Florida; the daughter of the late Gaylord and Carrie Griffith. She was a 1953 graduate of Boone High School. Mrs. Young was a nurse and worked for many years for Drs. Beard and Manning in Warner Robins, Georgia. After her retirement, she served for eight years as a substitute teacher in the Houston County School System. In addition to her parents, Ruth was predeceased by a sister, Jessie Bissett. Her memory will forever be treasured by her loving husband of 60 years, Mack Clifton Young; daughters, Macka McMillan (Gary) of Tyler, Texas and Lisa Robinson of Macon, Georgia; son, Tracy Young of Dunnellon, Florida; and grandsons, Jeremy and Will Robinson of Macon, Georgia. Services will be private. [Hubby Mack’s address is: 110 Sherry Dr, Warner Robbins GA 31093.]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hurt, Betty Jo Benzing (76), passed away peacefully on April 29, 2014, in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. She was born on August 26, 1937, in Washington D.C. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, William K. "Pete" Hurt of Brevard, NC; her daughter Leslie Jean Chevrier of Brevard, NC (John); her son William K. "Benj" Hurt Jr. of Orlando, FL (Andrea); her sister Jean Smith of Atlanta, GA; her brother Robert Benzing of West Palm Beach, FL; her grandchildren Nichole Fatkin (Chris), Melissa Hurt, and Kinzer Hurt; and her greatgrandchildren Miles and Delaney Fatkin. She was preceded in death by her brother Norman Benzing. A memorial service honoring Betty Jo was held on May 8, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando. [Pete's mailing address is: 9 Clock Tower Lane, Brevard NC 28712.

Neil Hester, tppneil@earthlink.net: Thanks Grace for the information on Betty Jo. Benzing. Our class mates are dwindling, although we are getting older, I still think of all of us as fresh bright eyed kids back at Boone.

Madeline Johnson Irrgang: Grace, we have lost a great friend. Betty Jo was in my sister's class and over at our house all the time. She was not only pretty, but one of the nicest girls I knew. She was very sweet, and even loaned me her wedding dress to wear when I got married. Thanks for giving me Pete’s address. Love,

 

 

 

Johnson, Nancy Lee, was born July 27, 1936, in Orlando, FL and went to be with her Lord May 22nd, 2014. She was in the first graduating class of Edgewater High School and was a lifelong resident of Orlando. She is survived by her loving husband of 37 years Willie "Red" Johnson and her three children: Heather Hughes, Sean Crosby and Shannon Bichard. She is also survived by seven Grandchildren and three Great Grandchildren. Her passions were for animals, music and Jesus. Visitation for Nancy will be Tuesday, May 28th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Baldwin Fairchild Conway Chapel, 1413 S. Semoran Blvd., Orlando, FL 32807. Funeral Services are scheduled for 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 29th at The First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, FL 32805. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Nancy's memory to Alzheimer's Dementia Resource Center: 407-843-1910 Arrangements are under Baldwin Fairchild Conway Chapel,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warren, Sr., Joel, 79, of Orlando, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2014, after a long battle with heart disease and cancer. Joel was born in Ft. Myers, FL., February 16, 1935, and grew up in Orlando. He attended William R. Boone High School. Joel was a District Manager for Gulf Life Insurance Company and American General Life and Accident and retired after 33 years. He loved music, dancing and sports. Joel loved to travel and spend time with his family. He was always willing to help others. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. Joel will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Joel is survived by four children, Karen L. Carbonneau, Joel A. Warren, Jr. (Gary Taylor), Charles L. Warren (Sandy), and Robert A. Warren (Dana). Joel is also survived by his grandchildren Scott and David (Cindy) Carbonneau, Charles (Mindy), Sam and Abby Warren, Christopher, Alyssa (Mathew) Peace, Brianna Warren and two great-granddaughters, Savannah and Ariana. Joel is also survived by his brother Sidney J. Warren (Norma) and several nieces and nephews as well as many friends who loved him dearly. He is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Myrna Lois Warren [Dec. ‘13], parents Sidney J. Warren Sr. and Marjorie Louise Burts Warren. Memorial services were conducted on March 4, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Orlando, 142 East Jackson Street, Orlando, FL 32801. Joel's final resting place will be at All Faiths Memorial Park, Casselberry Florida. Memorial contributions may be made in Joel's name to the Cancer Research Institute, One Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006 or to the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association , PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.
Warren, Sr., Joel, 79, of Orlando, Florida, passed away on Wednesday, February 27, 2014, after a long battle with heart disease and cancer. Joel was born in Ft. Myers, FL., February 16, 1935, and grew up in Orlando. He attended William R. Boone High School. Joel was a District Manager for Gulf Life Insurance Company and American General Life and Accident and retired after 33 years. He loved music, dancing and sports. Joel loved to travel and spend time with his family. He was always willing to help others. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. Joel will be greatly missed by everyone who knew him. Joel is survived by four children, Karen L. Carbonneau, Joel A. Warren, Jr. (Gary Taylor), Charles L. Warren (Sandy), and Robert A. Warren (Dana). Joel is also survived by his grandchildren Scott and David (Cindy) Carbonneau, Charles (Mindy), Sam and Abby Warren, Christopher, Alyssa (Mathew) Peace, Brianna Warren and two great-granddaughters, Savannah and Ariana. Joel is also survived by his brother Sidney J. Warren (Norma) and several nieces and nephews as well as many friends who loved him dearly. He is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Myrna Lois Warren [Dec. ‘13], parents Sidney J. Warren Sr. and Marjorie Louise Burts Warren. Memorial services were conducted on March 4, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Orlando,