“We Remember” John Battle Class of 1974

We’re so looking forward to tonight’s Class of 1974 40th Reunion.

Yellow Banner 1974 However, there are lots of people who won’t be able to make it due to family, work, other responsibilities, etc. We’ll be posting pictures for them to enjoy.

There’s are sixteen who won’t be there for another reason. Their life was cut shorter than ours for reasons we will never know,  Tonight and at other times when we reflect on our high school years, we will  remember…

Johnny Lynn Anders
William Cross
Debbie Gunning
Andy Grant
Brenda Owens Hall
Kathy Harley
Terry Houser
Darrell Ketron
Jeff Leonard
Patty Gallimore Leonard
Wayne Melvin
Judy McNamara
Becky Moore
Jeff Pack
Janie Senter Phillips
David Sproles
Mike Venable

If we’ve left someone off, please let me know.


The Witty Ones

I’ve been so fortunate to live in a number of places. However, there were some downsides. I missed all of my class reunions. I attended a picnic briefly but I had to leave to catch a plane to go somewhere else, so the picnic doesn’t even count.

This time, not only am I going to attend (YAY!), Doris Clendenen Shuman, our classmate and reunion organizer, asked me to help with a few things for the Amazing John S. Battle Class of 1974 40th Reunion. My dearest friend, Lisa Benfield Edwards and I met with Doris yesterday. I am so excited to get to be a part of it.

Here’s Doris…it’s only natural that the class reunion organizer was voted “Friendliest,” isn’t it?


And here’s Lisa posed on top of a piano.  She and Eddie were voted “Most Talented” and it was well deserved.    We are thinking of Eddie as we approach this reunion as he is very ill.

Lisa and Eddie

One of the sad things about a 40th reunion is the absence of those who have passed, and while working on our Class of 1974 Memory Board, I recalled Andy Grant. Andy and I were voted “Wittiest” among the Senior Superlatives. Andy died at an early age.

Here’s the very inappropriate picture of Andy and me. There are a few things wrong with this picture. First of all, smoking in the school?? Second, I’m sitting on his lap taking dictation!  And oh my gosh…check out those wide-leg, cuffed bell bottom jeans! Whew…I recall lots of ironing and starching to get them just right!  

Sr. superlatives

There are also a few things right. We were young and happy. Andy had no idea his time was brief. I had no idea I’d make all kinds of crazy decisions that while they’ve enriched my life, they weren’t filled with wisdom and I hurt others along the way. For that I’m sorry. However, as I look at this picture, there are no regrets.


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