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Dec 30, 2011
We have just received word that Mickey Irvin Hon has passed away.
As of now, we have not received any word about arrangments.
We will post as soon as information is availiable

Dec 16, 2011
     I just got off the phone with Eldred Hon. He said he had
taken Mickey Irvin Hon to Jonesboro to the hospitall. she
has pnemonia. Please remember her in your prayers.
Mary Nell McNeill

Dec 14, 2011
I did some telephoning last night for our dinner on Saturday.
John Earl Grisham told me that he was recovering from back surgery.
He is doing well, however, it is going to take some time.
Please remember him in your prayers.

Dec 13, 2011
Email from Hal Meadows

Dec 9, 2011
Frankie Dial's brother was in the news!
         Soldiers ready to return after Korean deployment: Dec. 10, 1951 was
a day of enforced leisure for about 60 from Shelby County who were
anxious to get home. They had spent months in Korea fighting the Communists.
They were within hours of Shelby's bluffs, yet they had to spend a
dreary Sunday waiting at Camp Breckinridge, Ky. The day's edition of
The Commercial Appeal, however, helped speed the minutes for (from left)
Sgt. Phillip M. Turner of 1529 North Parkway, Sgt. Vernon L. Dial of
2793 Poplar, MSgt. James K. Clark of 1206 Goodman Road and MSgt.
Jack H. Battle of 75 N. Bellevue.

Nov 26, 2011
Visit Guest Book CLARYECE HERRIMAN SARTAIN, 77, retired high school secretary at SBEC,
beloved Christian wife, mother, grandmother and friend went to be with
the Lord on November 23, 2011. She was born to Arthur Savage Herriman
and Dessie Scarborough Herriman on February 18, 1934 in Memphis, TN.
Claryece is survived by her devoted husband, Luther Gant Sartain, Jr.
(Buddy) of 57 years, daughters Leslie Sartain Bouldin and her husband
Harold Eugene Bouldin, Jr., Gail Sartain McDowell and her husband W. Walker
McDowell. She also leaves four grandchildren, Harold Eugene Bouldin, III,
Christopher Gant Bouldin, Wesley Walker McDowell and Victoria Leigh
Johnson and her husband Clayton Willard Johnson. Growing up in the Cooper-Young
neighborhood, she was an active member of Temple Baptist Church where
she and Buddy were married. A graduate of Memphis Technical High School,
Claryece worked at Sartain Truck Line before working in schools eventually
retiring from SBEC after more than 25 years of service. Claryece was a
former long-time member of Bellevue Baptist Church and currently was a
member of Desoto Hills Baptist Church, Southaven, MS. Claryece also leaves
a very loving and caring group of caregivers at North Mississippi Hospice
and Senior Care.
Services will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2011 with visitation
beginning at 11 a.m. and funeral services at 12 p.m. at Forest Hill Funeral
Home South. Private family burial will follow at Memorial Park.
The family requests memorials be made to a charity of your choice .
Forest Hill South Funeral Home 901-346-3250
Published in The Commercial Appeal on November 26, 2011

Nov 1, 2011
    The Home Going Celebration of Dorothy Claire McConnell
will be this next Sunday afternoon at the Lael Baptist
Church, Lignum, Va. at 2:30 pm on Nov 6th. Rev. Lanny
Horton will officiate and members of the family will have
an opportunity to share their personal memories.

A Grave Side Internment Service will follow for her Memphis
family and friends at a time to be determined in the
very near future at the Memphis Memorial Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions
be considered for Claire's favorite ministries:
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
1 Billy Graham Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28201-0001
      The Samaritan's Purse
P.O. Box 3000
Boone, NC 28607-3000
      The Lael Baptist Church
PO Box 39
Lignum, Va. 22726

Thank you,
Allan & JoAnn McConnell
Pastor Lael Baptist Church

Oct 31, 2011
       I have just received word that my sister, Dorothy Clarine (Lloyd) McConnell
has passed away. As of now, the plans are to have a memorial service in
Culpepper, Va and then tranfer her body to Memphis for burial with her husband
later on in time. I ask for prayer for the me and the McConnell Family during this time.
Clara was as Tech Hi student during the early 40's

OCT 24, 2011

      Tavy L. Cain, 76, passed away peacefully on Sept. 17, 2011.
He was born in Belmont, Miss., on Oct. 11, 1934. He was a longtime
resident of Camarillo, after moving here in 1963 from Memphis, Tenn.,
with his wife and children. He was honorably discharged from the
United States Air Force, after serving four years. He was a graduate
of Memphis State and Christian Brothers College, majoring in electrical
engineering. He graduated UCLA with his Master's Degree in engineering,
at the top of his class. He worked as Senior Management in NEMESIS at
the Navel Base in Port Hueneme from 1963 until his retirement.

Tavy is survived by his wife, Joan; children, Linda Cain (Kloeffler),
her husband, Randy of Sunland, Calif., Tavy Cain Jr, his wife, Kathy
of Franklin, Tenn., Keith Cain Sr., his wife, Misty of Camarillo;
grandchildren, Serenity Goodman, Cain Clifton, Keith Cain Jr., Lon
Kloeffler, his wife, Rachel, Sky Kloeffler, Maddison Cain, Dalton Cain,
Jaxson Cain, Zackary Cain, Jayden Cain; great-granddaughter, Jade
Chamberlain; his brother, James V. Cain, his wife, Teresa of Maryland;
nephew, Casey Cain, his wife, Sarah of Kansas; his father, Charles
McDaniel of Memphis, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Otis Lester Cain of Belmont,
Miss., and his mother, Aurora McDaniel of Memphis, Tenn.

August 31, 2011
     Visit Guest Book      WILLIE H. BURNELL, JR. of Hot Springs Village, was born in Memphis,
TN on August 14, 1923 and passed away on October 10, 2011 in Hot
Springs AR. He was a resident of Hot Springs Village, AR, for the
past 21 years. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years,
Virginia Burnell. He is survived by two children, Bill Burnell of
Hot Springs Village, Gary Burnell and wife, Pat, of Green Cove Springs,
FL; two grandchildren, Ron Burnell of Middleburg, FL, Pam Wilkening
of Orange Park, FL; two grandchildren, Jack and Kate Wilkening; and
nephew, Bill Goodwin and wife, Lou, of Eads, TN. He was a WWII
Veteran, a strong and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He will
be greatly missed by all who knew him. The funeral will be held at
Forest Hill East Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 19, in
Memphis, TN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.
Forest Hill East Funeral Home 901-382-1000 Published in The Commercial Appeal on October 16, 2011

August 31, 2011
    Sign the Guest Book       Lucille Dunlap Busby Russell, age 92, born July 20, 1919 in Union
County, MS died Tuesday, August 30, 2011. She was preceded in death by her
parents John and Annie Dunlap, husbands Jess Busby and Everett Russell, 2
sisters and 4 brothers. Mrs. Russell is survived by 4 children, Lou Goodwin (Bill)
of Eads, TN
, D.C. Busby (Mary Jane), Henry Clay Busby (Janice) all of Byhalia,
Neta Fay Maxwell (Doug) of Columbia, LA; brother, Herman Leon (Ruby) of Hernando,
MS; 7 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Dr. John Crawford, and all of the staff of Collierville
Family Medical for their many years of care for our mother. We also want to thank
Home Choice Health Services and Crossroads Hospice for their excellent care and
The family will receive friends from 9:30 until service time at 11:30 a.m. Thursday,
September 1, 2011 at Memorial Park Funeral Home with the entombment to follow at
Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be sent to:
Meadowbrook Baptist Church, 3115 Old Pigeon Roost Road, Byhalia, MS 38611.
Memorial Park Funeral Home, "Behind the stone wall", 901-767-8930.
Condolences may be offered at

August 7, 2011
Sign the Gust Book      Virginia M. Burnell was born in Hannibal, Missouri on May 16, 1926 and passed away
on August 4, 2011 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
She was a resident of Hot Springs Village for the past 21years. Mrs. Burnell is survived by her
husband of 66 years, Willie H. Burnell, two children, Bill Burnell of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas,
Gary Burnell and wife Pat of Green Cove Springs, Florida., two grandchildren, Ron Burnell of Green
Cove Springs, Florida, Pam Wilkening of Orange Park, Florida, two great grandchildren, Jack and Kate
Wilkening and nephew Bill Goodwin and wife Lou of Eades, Tennessee.

Mrs. Burnell was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She will be missed by
everyone who knew her.
Memorial contributions may be made in her honor to a charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.
Arrangements are under the care of Forest Hill East Funeral Home,
August 8, 2011 at 2:00pm, in Memphis, Tennessee.

July 29, 2011
Visit Guest Book      JAMES ROBERT CANNON, 72, of Bartlett, passed away on July 25, 2011. He was
retired from Horseshoe Casino. James is survived by his wife of 25 years Bobbie, his brother
John “Ace” Cannon Jr., his mother Alice Cannon Redwine, his daughters Linda Cannon,
Lori Cannon, Barbara Jane Schaffer, and Hannah Stafford.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 29,
at Family Funeral Care.

Family Funeral Care (901)761-8000
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 27, 2011

June 13, 2011
Martha in the news,, June 1951
13bygone_t607.jpg - 74134 Bytes Representatives travel to Girls' State One of these young ladies could be governor,
but they will have to compete with 255 other delegates to Girls' State to be held in
Nashville the second week of June 1951. Leaving on a chartered bus for Girls' State,
sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, were these 10 Shelby Countians, chosen by
their school faculties for their scholarship, integrity and leadership. They are
(front row from left) Frankie Brown, Marlene Mosier, Marylyn Strange, Dot Burrows,
(second row) Joanne Snyder, Rebecca Williams, Carolyn Koch, Ann Wilder, (back row)
Martha Sherman and Mary Carter.

May 26, 2011
   Visit Guest Book    BERNICE CLAIR WALKER, 79, Memphis, was born September 15, 1931 in her native Mississippi
, the daughter of James and Cora Teague Wilkenson. She entered into eternal rest May 22, 2011 at
Methodist North Hospital. Mrs. Walker is survived by her husband, Robert M. Walker, Sr. of the
family home; two sons, Gary and Robert, Jr.; 11 grandchildren, Robert Derrick Walker, Cynthia “Desi”
Walker, Bobby Raquel Walker, Eric Gabriel Walker, Lisa Ravlija, Gary Walker, Jr., Jackie Walker,
Kayla Walker, Nick Walker, Ashley Walker and Andy Walker. She was also survived by her brother,
James D. Wilkinson, Jr. She was preceded in death by two sons, John David and Jack Thomas Walker,
and a sister, Shirley Lewis.
The family received friends from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday at High Point Funeral Home & Crematorium.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 25 at the funeral home.
Interment will follow in Forest Hill East Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to: High Point Funeral Home & Crematorium (901)454-5795
Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 25, 2011

May 20, 2011
Alamo - CLAUDE THOMAS PARKEY, 77, died May 20, 2011. Ronk, (731)696-5555
Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 21, 2011

May 18, 2011
Email from J kennedy
click on the photo for a larger view

Bill: Attached is a copy of a picture the Memphis Press
Scimitar took of me and my rooster in 1938. Jay
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May 8, 2011
Father in law to Robert Singleton

Visit Guest Book       RANDOLPH ROBERT DAUBS "Bob" 87, affectionately known as Pee Paw, born January 23, 1924
in Brinkley, AR to Nell Jordan Daubs and McKinley Daubs, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2011.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Betty Jo Brown Daubs. He proudly served in the Army
in the European Theater during World War II. After serving in the war he attended the University
of Arkansas at Monticello to be close to his family. After graduation he moved to Memphis, TN
and began his business career. He retired as purchasing manager from Ivers and Pond Piano Company.
He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing and golfing. One of his favorite pastimes in his
later years was walking. He and his wife thoroughly enjoyed their church and the lasting
friendships they made there. His beautiful prayers were always an inspiration to family and friends.
He leaves behind three daughters, Nancy B. Gilbert (Jerry), Betty Towery Singleton (Robert) and
Carol Daubs Capocaccia (Paul) four grandchildren, Nan T. Lawless (Rich), Trey Towery (Liz),
Liz Capocaccia and Cole Capocaccia and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be at Second
Baptist Church, 4680 Walnut Grove Rd., Monday, May 9, 2011 from 9-10 a.m. with funeral service
to follow at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Memory Hill Garden, Germantown Parkway. The family
requests that all memorials be sent to the Second Baptist Church Youth Group.
Arrangements have been entrusted to: High Point Funeral Home & Crematorium
Published in The Commercial Appeal on May 8, 2011

May 6, 2011
flower_tubes.gif - 75871 Bytes To all our Tech Mothers
from the Sunshine Girls

May 3, 2011
      Bill, this week I've checked with our Alabama classmates & It's been a slow process
as telephone lines have been down in their areas.
Bobby Sullivan,
Nancy Dixon Sellers,
Ramona Paul Eaton,
Barbara McCall Harrison,
and finally Anne Marie Lewing Bankston,
all are safe and very glad we checked on them. Anne Marie have several church members
that lost their lives in the tornadoes & would like us to remember the families in prayers.
Mary Nell

Apr 23, 2011
From Stax Records to the mayor's office: Desk with a history has uncertain future
Mainstay of mayors now sits in county warehouse

Then-Shelby County Mayor Roy C. Nixon speaks to the media from his desk in 1977.
The custom-made desk was sold at auction as part of Stax Records' assets after
the company was forced into bankruptcy in 1975.

Full story Click here <---

Mar 18, 2011
Visit Guest Book Knoxville - Preston Allen “Buz” FORD, 76, of Knoxville passed away Tuesday morning,
March 15, 2011. Buz was a member of Central Baptist Church of Bearden. He was a loving husband,
father and grandfather. Buz was a veteran of the U S Navy. He was preceded in death by his
parents, Preston Allen Ford Sr. and Anne Ford and sister, Gwen Ford Hurd. Buz is survived by his
wife of 53 years, Carolyn Ford; children and spouses, Rick and Tammi Ford of Maryville, Russ and
Tracey Ford of Knoxville, Vicki and Alan Hawkins of Madisonville; seven grandchildren, sister-in-law
and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Berl Garey of Memphis; several nieces, nephews and many other
family members and friends. The family will receive friends from 2 - 3:45 p.m. on Sunday followed
by a Celebration of Life at 4 p.m. at Central Baptist Church of Bearden. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to the American Heart Association .
Published in The Commercial Appeal on March 18, 2011

Mar 18, 2011
Visit Guest Book VERNA MARIE HOOTEN IRVIN, 77, passed away March 16, 2011 at Methodist Hospital in Germantown.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the Rosary begins at 7 p.m. Friday, March
18 and the funeral service 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19 all at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial
Gardens, Poplar Avenue. Burial will follow at Memphis Memory Gardens. She was born March 31,
1933 in Obion Co., TN. Mrs. Irvin, the widow of Lt. Col. Robert E.D. Irvin, was a member of
St. Ann Catholic Church in Bartlett and retired after 25 years from Blue Cross Blue Shield in
Memphis. She was also a Rainbow Girl. Her survivors include son Robert Lee Muns, Jr. (Kathy),
daughter Jeannine Daugherty (Michael), brothers, Ted and Ron Hooten; stepson Dan Irvin (Linda),
stepdaughters Sue Irvin and Cathy Taylor, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two
stepgrandchildren, and one stepgreat-grandchild.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on March 18, 2011 901-725-0100

Mar 14, 2011
        This is Nora McNeill, Great Grandaughter of Mary Nell Parks McNeill.
She was born March 13 - 2011 @ 12:57 AM 21" 7lbs 14 ozs
Big Sister Ella Grace. Mother & Dad Lexie & Stephen McNeill also
Grandmother & Grandfather Sharon & Doug McNeill.

Mar 8, 2011
Tech Hi Grads in the News again
     Officers attending the Al Chymia Shrine Potentates' Ball on March 8, 1975, at the Continental
Ballroom of The Peabody include (from left) Johnny Winter, Howard Winn, C. Harris Cole,
Potentate Raymond Shook, Roy Nixon, Joseph W. Evans and Ed Rankin

Feb 19, 2011
Circle of excellence:
The All-Memphis basketball team in February 1952 included (clockwise from lower left)
Jerry Cobb, Central guard;
Bill Schilling, CBC forward;
Jim Ballard, Tech center; (#66)
Joe Guess, East forward
Herbie Kosten, Central guard

Jan 27, 2011
Dear Classmates,
Doug did have surgery yesterday morning 1-26-11. The 'pain pump' had to be
removed due to infection on the site. It will take approx. 2 weeks to treat
the infection & then the pump will be replaced. We still need your prayers.
Thanks & God bless,
Mary Nell

Jan 25, 2011
      Mary Nell Parks McNeill has requested prayers for her family.
Her son, Doug, has been admitted to St. Francis Hospital with a high fever
and they fear an infection near a pain pump site.
We know that our prayers work, so please, when saying your prayers, include the McNeill family. Thanks, Candy

Jan 24, 2011
    Visit Guest Book      Hermitage - Gwen F. HURD, 77 of Hermitage, TN, passed away January 22, 2011. A
Memorial Service will be held 2 p.m. at Hermitage Funeral Home on Thursday, January 27.
Gwen graduated from Memphis Tech in 1951. Gwen was actively involved with the Memphis
Gridiron Show. She worked with Gov. Sundquist for over 24 years, being appointed Personal
Executive Assistant to the Governor in January 1995. Hurd had previously served under
Sundquist in his 7th District congressional field offices and also worked for him in the
private sector. She is survived by her sons, David McCollum (Kathi), John Hurd, Jr., and
Kevin Hurd; grandchildren, Irby McCollum (Tasha), Gwendolyn Howell, David McCollum Jr.;
2 great-grandchildren; brother, Preston (Buzzy) Allen Ford, Jr. (Carolyn); 2 nephews;
1 niece; and countless others whose lives she touched.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Nashville Humane Association,
213 Oceola Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209
Hermitage Funeral Home Old Hickory, TN 615-889-0361

Jan 18, 2011
       We have been made aware that Edith Lanell Mask Kleinschmidt has passed away.
So far, all we know for sure is it was sometime in June of 2010, in Foley AL.
we are still looking for further information.
Sadly, today would have been her birthday.


Jan 16, 2011
      HAPPY NEW YEAR, CLASSMATES. Jim and I have just come home from having dinner with 20
of our classmates, what a treat.
First, I would like to thank my Sunshine Committee, Mary Nell Parks McNeill, Peggy Guess
Will, Billie Jean Word Faller, Mickey Irvin Hon, Beverly Agnew Haskins, and Pat Humphries
Miller, for the great job they do sending your birthday cards.
We hope it means a great deal to you to hear from them.
Second, but should be first, thanks to Bill Lloyd for all his work on our great webpage and
all the pictures he takes. Super Job, Bill
Classmates, I know some of you are aware that when we learn of the death of one of our
classmates, a $20.00 Memorial is sent to St. Jude, right here in Memphis, unless we know your
family would request a church or other organization.
When, and if I call requesting additional information, it is for the above purpose.
I really enjoy my job and thanks to Dan Goodwin I have received a raise in my pay,
I just can't figure it out. How do you DOUBLE NOTHING?
Paula (Candy) Holt Wilkinson

Jan 14, 2011
Word from Dan about Nancy
     Nancy had hip replacement last Wednesday, Jan . 5th and came home Saturday,
Jan. 8th. She is doing well and has begun rehab yesterday (3 days per week).
Thanks for your interest.

Jan 13, 2011
Just received this late news from Walker Hurd about Phil Adams passing away
         The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK
September 8, 2010
Paul “Phil” Adams
Published 9-9-10
Enid News and Eagle
ENID — The funeral service for Paul “Phil” Adams, 76, will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at Central Christian Church with Revs. John McLemore and Don Johnson officiating. The family will
greet friends in the church parlor before the service. Cremation arrangements are by Anderson-Burris Funeral Home and Crematory.
He was born to Paul and Clarice (Rozelle) Adams on Aug. 25, 1934, in Chadwick, Mo., and died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, in Enid.
Paul attended schools in Memphis and then attended Memphis State University.
He married Mildred Poole April 9, 1960, in Memphis, Tenn. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 to 1984, serving in Vietnam.
On June 10, 1978, he married Jane Keel in Universal City, Texas. Paul retired from the Air Force in December 1984 as a lieutenant colonel. After moving to Enid, he was self-employed in advertising specialty
sales. He was a member of AMBUCS, Air Force Association, Central Christian Church, where he was an elder and in Sooner Sunday School Class, and was active with Boy Scouts of America.
He is survived by wife Jane; sons, John Adams of Arcadia, Paul Phillip Adams Jr. and James Adams, both of Enid; daughter, Lori Myers of Oklahoma City; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Debra
Frazier of Germantown, Tenn.; three brothers, Dan Adams of Memphis, Tenn., James Adams of Cos Cobb, Con., and Wayne Adams of New Canaan, Con.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred; parents, Paul and Clarice Adams; and brother, Robert Adams.
Memorial may be made through the funeral home to Boy Scout Camp Old Kia Kima in Hardy, Ark.
Condolences may be made online at
(Submitted by family)

Jan 10, 2011
- we are so grateful to Don Hild (Class of 50) for locating
our long lost classmate, BIlly Wilson.
I have tried and tried and all I was able to find out was that he was
in California. Now all we are lacking are the 6 girls.
Thanks again, Don.

Jan 6, 2011
Wooden valentine has practical purpose: Students in the Tech High School workshop are
utilizing their class work not only to learn but to serve their community in January 1951.
As part of their work they are building huge plywood hearts such as pictured here for display
in downtown lobbies to call attention to the Memphis Heart Association's fund drive, to be
held during February. Here, Howard Taylor of 364 North McNeil (left) measures the first of
the hearts, while Martin J. Bradley of 847 North Avalon (center), Tech woodworking instructor,
looks on, and Gladwyn Caldwell of 37 North Bingham helps hold the tape

DEC 30, 2010

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