Monday, December 20, 2010

Roger Sherman Wishes to Share a Celtic Version of Amazing Grace

A Celtic (pronounced Keltic) Amazing Grace - from the André Rieu orchestra.
(about three minutes in length, and you will wish it were longer!)

It begins with the leading notes being played on a pennywhistle (an instrument which comes to us from Ireland) Then, the lead is taken over by a single bagpiper, followed by an entire array of bagpipers!

Have your speakers really cranked up for this.

Be blessed as you watch and listen!  Here is the link -  Celtic Amazing Grace

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Class Christmas Party - December 11, 2010

On a mildly chilly evening members of our class and their guests once again gathered at the beautiful lakeside home of Mary Futch.  Mary lives on a private lake, Lake Lester.  You may view a list of attendees at this link Party Attendees List.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Butch Moody Update

Butch Moody wishes his classmates and friends to know that extensive medical diagnostic tests have shown that he has stage-4 metastatic lung cancer.  The site of metastasis is the left hip bone.  He has finished a round of radiation therapy on the hip, and he will start a round of chemotherapy on December 20, 2010.  Both Butch and Sue wish to express their thanks to classmates and friends who have called and sent cards.  These gestures mean so very much to them.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Butch Moody Announces He Is Fighting Malignant Tumors

Senior Photo
Childhood Sweethearts
Butch Moody wants his classmates and friends to know that he is fighting two malignant tumors in his left lung and one metastatic tumor on the flat portion of the left hip bone.  Butch’s condition was discovered after he thought his hip was injured by a chiropractic adjustment.  He went to his Internist for an MRI of his back and hip to see why his hip was hurting so badly.  He was extremely shocked, when he was told that the MRI revealed the three tumors.  The lung tumors have been biopsied, and Butch will have an MRI of the brain on Monday, November 15, 2010.  Very soon, Butch will begin a regimen of radiation on his hip and chemotherapy for his lung.

Butch and Sue can use your prayers and positive thoughts in the coming weeks and months.  Contact information for Butch and Sue follow:
2855 Blackwater Oaks Dr
Mulberry, FL 33860-5544
863-425-9642 (home)
863-860-3700 (Butch mobile)
863-860-0037 (Sue mobile)

Don Carter's Wife, Patsy Green Carter, LHS Class of 1961, Passes Away

Sadly, we must announce that Patsy Green, LHS Class of 1961, has unexpectedly and suddenly passed away on November 8, 2010.  A link to her obituary is Obituary For Patsy Green Carter.

A memorial service will be held for her on Saturday, November 27, 2010 at the University Unitarian Universalists Society.  The address is:
11648 McCulloch Rd
Orlando, FL 32817-8332
Don's contact information is:
265 W Third Street
Chuluota, FL 32766-9107
(407) 977-7112

Coach Earl Stokes Passes Away

We must sadly announce that Coach Earl Stokes has passed away.  Most of us did know him as, "Coach."  About six or seven years ago, Annette and I unexpectedly ran into Coach and Mrs. Stokes (Elaine) in the Cracker Barrel in Dublin, Georgia.  I called out across the lobby, "Coach!"  When we approached each other, he said, "I want to thank you for calling me Coach."  He knew from my greeting that he had, in the past, touched my life in a positive and unforgettable way.

Coach and Mrs Stokes have attended several of our pentannual  reunions, including the 50th.  You will find his obituary at Obituary - Coach Earl Stokes.

Allan & Annette Davis 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

1959 Class Party At - October 16, 2010 - Celebration Of Life - Ferrin Hicks

As noted in another blog article, Ferrin Hicks brought to this party a celebration of life, a celebration that those present have made it this far in life.  Many of our classmates and spouses have not been so lucky.  Ferrin's sister, Peggy Dominey, bought this cake for Ferrin's celebration.  The two photographs on the cake are edible, thanks to Publix Super Markets.

Ferrin brought some high-end karaoke equipment to the party; however, a technical glich with a digital TV prevented this part of the celebration from proceeding.  Our thanks goes to Ferrin for the good old college try.

Owen Buddy Loadholtes Engaged To Be Married

Buddy Loadholtes, at our class party on October 16, 2010, announced his engagement to Tori McGinnis.  Buddy had proposed and Tori had accepted earlier that very morning.  Both were beaming with joy at the party.  The class of 1959 wishes much happiness for Buddy and Tori.

1959 Class Party At - October 16, 2010

Thirty-nine persons were in attendance at the class party, 25 of whom were classmates.  Here is a link to the attendees - Party Attendance Sheet.  This party was significant in two ways. 

Ferrin Hicks brought to the party a celebration of life, a celebration of thanks that we have made it this far.  His sister, Peggy Dominey, bought for the party a beautifully decorated cake.  You will see a picture of it in the slide show.

Owen Buddy Loadholtes, AKA Elvis, announced his hours-old engagement to Tori McGinnis.  They plan to marry in April of 2011.  Buddy looks extremely healthy and happy, and his bride-to-be looks and seems thrilled.  Tori is a long-time friend of Buddy's sister, Lonalee Thompson.

Enjoy the slideshow, and remember that the class Christmas party is on December 11, 2010.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Announcing A New Doctor in Town - Mary Nelle James

Dr. Mary Nelle James
The Palmer College of Chiropractic Medicine (Palmer Chiropractic College, Florida Campus), has conferred upon Mary Nelle James the degree of Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine.  She is the daughter of Rodney and Mollie (Sloan) James.  Dr James is entering practice in the office of Dr. Chris W. Cheatwood, D. C. (Dr. Chris Cheatwood), located at 737 South Missouri Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33815-4737.  The phone number is 863-680-1064, and the fax number is 863-680-1734.  The email address for the office is 

Dr. James also holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Clemson University.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lewis Rice Weighs In

Shirley & I just got back from Hawaii then Vegas to see my mother. In November my brother (Ed) & I are going to have a birthday party for her (90th). Would any of the classmates like to have a good reason to visit Vegas in the next 2 months?  The party will be low key at the mobile home park where she has lived for the past 22 years. Mother is still living on her own & doing very well. 

We may be able to be at Mary's in October’. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again.  Also, I do believe Ed has contacted Kay Fields that he plans to attend their 50th next spring. I know the Rice brothers will be there. It will be a great get together for us also.

If anyone wants to go to Vegas around the 5th of November (Friday), e-mail me at or call me 386-767-2142 for details.

GO class of 59.

Lew (Lewie) Rice

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Coach Jim Miller Recovering From Stroke

Dear All,

You have all been so helpful and such an important part of Jim's recovery.  Your notes, cards and good wishes via e-mail and phone calls are the best medicine, BELIEVE IT!  Jim's progress is amazing.  He is regaining balance (good for golf!) and walks with/without a cane on even and uneven ground.  Speech and mental exercises are nearly perfect. A CAT scan is scheduled for the 23rd (probably read a week later) and if that is good, he will be driving the car and the golf ball.
Keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Love, Donna Miller

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Don & Pat Carter Share Family News

LHS, Class of '59 Members:

We would love to share some good news with our friends from LHS.  Don and I will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on November 6th. in Orlando.  And "they" said it would never last.  Thanks to lots of luck, patience, love, humor and a great family, we'll be celebrating with bells on.

In May, our daughter, Kim Carter-Williams, received her Masters degree from UCF and is now employed there as a Mental Health Counselor.  Our daughter-in-law, Dore Carter, has recently become an Associate Registrar at UCF.  UCF is now the third, or fourth, depending on who's counting, largest university in the United States.

And of course, we have four beautiful granddaughters.  Kayli, is a senior in high school and is an aspiring actor.  She was awarded "Best of Show" in competition for her "contrasting dialogue", the first person so honored at her school.  Her three year old sister, Ember, debuted at Hagerty High's presentation of "Seussical the Musical".  She brought down the house when she "hatched" from the egg that Horton had been nursemaiding.  Haven's volleyball team won their championship and Shay's bearded dragons produced four little beardies on their first endeavor.  She also has Ruby, the corn snake and several other critters. (Takes after her Uncle Paul).

Let the good times roll.  Go Dreadnaughts.  Go Knights.
Don and Pat Carter

Larry Hale Shares Lighthearted, Fun Photos

Larry Hale has sent along some photos that are lighthearted and show him and his chief of staff having fun.  He marched as a color guard in the Labor Day Parade in Acworth, Georgia.  He included photos of the Harley that he is selling or has sold and a new Sportster that he has his eye on.  Two other photos show Larry and his chief of Staff in his Mustang convertible and enjoying a cool one at a Harley dealership at the end of a charity bike ride.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Linda Wrenn Honeycutt Has Good News About Her Grandson

I have good news.  My Grandson Andrew attended Boys State in Tallahassee this summer.  He was one of the 5 boys out of over 500 to receive a four year scholarship for college.  He will be attending Tallahassee Community for his first two years and then transferring over to Florida State University for his remaining 2 years.  He will begin in the fall of 2011.  He will graduate in May of 2011 from Lakeland Christian School.  I am so proud of him he has worked so hard during his school years.

Linda Honeycutt

Helen (Perdicaris) Eady & Husband, John, Share Information About Their Progeny

We have 11 grandchildren with the twelveth one on the way, a girl. Our oldest grandchild just graduated from South Florida University. All our children and grandchildren are wonderful.  

Life is good.
John and Helen Eady

Roger Sherman Shares Some Light And Happy News

I just got back from St. Augustine where I attended the dedication of the Museum of the Mission Madre de Dios.  Lovely reception, reinactments of the founding of the City.  Chatted with the Bishop and others.  I was the guest of Guglielmo & Associates, Museum designers, with whom I consult, and whose head is a dear friend, Deborah Guglielmo.  We went up on Friday and came home Sunday.

and, the sunroom at Apsley is now sporting a new wood floor, and the columns on the front have been re placed with round Tuscan style columns on short plinths.  Since Mary has pretty much sewn p 2010, maybe the troops can come up next year.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Patricia Bell Long Passes Away

Pat Bell has passed away from cancer.  The link to her obituary is Patricia Bell Long's ObituaryPat's photo has been added to our class In Memoriam page on the class website.  The link is Class In Memoriam Page

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mr. Ralph Paulson, Shop Teacher, Passes Away

Mr. Ralph Paulson, one of our shop teachers I am told, has passed away.  The details of his passing as given in this Obituary for Ralph Paulson  differ from those given to me by Mikey Turbeville.  It is my guess that the obituary omitted details about his fall and brain hemorrhage.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

John Goddard's Mother Passes Away

John Goddard's Mother, Mrs. Annie Goddard, passed away on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.  Classmates and friends offer condolences.  You may read the obituary at the following link.
Obituary of Mrs. Annie Goddard 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ferrin Hicks Suffers Another Episode of Cardiac Arrest

Ferrin's sister, Peggy Dorminey, called to say that Ferrin has again suffered an episode of cardiac arrest on Saturday evening, July 24, 2010, which rendered him unconscious.  His implanted pace maker/defib unit kept his circulation going during the ambulance ride.  He regained consciousness in the hospital, and he is now in ICU at Lakeland Regional.  He may be moved a regular cardiac room soon.  Ferrin wants all of his classmates to know that he loves them.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ferrin Hicks Out of Hospital

Ferrin Hicks has been released from the hospital and is under 24/7 care at home.  His physicians had to strengthen his kidneys to the point where they would tolerate the dye used in the cardiac catheterization procedure.  Once the cardiac catheterization procedure was completed and a blocked artery that had been previously stented was re-stented, Ferrin immediately felt much better.  He is very happy to be alive after this experience.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Chester Caldwell, Former LHS Teacher

Chester Caldwell, one of our class's teachers passes away.
Link to The Ledger Obituary

Monday, June 28, 2010

Ferrin Hicks In Critical Condition

Ferrin Hicks, through his older sister, Peggy Dorminey, has asked that his classmates be notified that he is in critical condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.  Ferrin, on a voice mail, said that last week, he was declared clinically dead; however, he was successfully resuscitated.  For several days, he was in ICU, but as of June 30, he is in wing B, room 413A.  Peggy says that his cardiologist has stated that Ferrin has considerable cardiac disease, complicated by renal insufficiency and diabetes.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Carol Bregler Kinder Passes Away

With sadness, I must report that another of our classmates has passed away.  Carol passed away June 13, 2010, from cardiac failure.  Below is a link to her obituary in The Ledger.
Obituary - Carol Bregler Kinder

Monday, June 14, 2010

Roger Shermans's Trip To England And France

My trip to England went really well.  The weather, instead of what my English friends said, was boiling for most of the visit, and I hadn't packed a single short sleeve shirt.   I ended up buying one in a charity shop in Canterbury and changing there!
I traveled with my friend Dr. Douglas Files (Lt.Col. USAF) who had never been to England although he's been most everywhere else in the world.  Our first stop was the rental car agency at Heathrow.  Douglas had insisted on a manual transmission car, as that is what he has always driven.   What he failed to realize is that the gear shift is on his left in an English car, so there were the occasional grindings of gears.  My job was to occasionally warn "mind the curb".
The day we arrived, we drove to West Sussex for a three day stay with HRH Princess Katarina, Granddaughter of King Alexander of Jugoslavia, and 5x great grandaughter of Queen Victoria -  and about everyone else on a throne of Europe.
Her turn of the century craftsman country house was quite grand and her garden spectacular.   She is recently divorced from Sir Desmond de Silva, QC, who is a war crimes prosecutor for the Hague trials.
The three of us had a great day outing to Brighton where we visited the Royal Pavillion.
We then left for the coast, ending up at Dover at the beginning of the 70th anniversary of the Dunkirk evacuation.  In addition to the Castle, we visited the secret tunnels carved into the cliffs where the command center for the British troops was housed for WWII.  
The next day, we went to Calais, France for lunch (how cool is that) and  visited the German bunker which was the forward command post at the channel. We also visited the City Hall (Maison de ville) to see the monumental sculpture by Rodin of the "Burghers of Calais"  ...and yes, it is signed.
Then off to Canterbury where we spent a great deal of time at the Cathedral and town centre and also saw an ancient Norman castle ruin.   While in Canterbury we took a day trip to visit Leeds Castle.  A spectacular setting in lush parks.   This is the place where important international meetings are held, specifically the G8 meetings in the past.  The grounds include an aviary, so took a few photos for Roger K. I was pleased to note that our collection at the farm was larger.  We are, however, short a few hundred acres and one castle.
Then off to London, were we stayed in a B&B in Victoria, the section of London just south of Buckingham Palace.  While there we and an appointment with the Bluemantle Pursuivant of Arms at the Royal College of Arms and got to see the heraldic records of England from the 13th century, and visited with an heraldic artist doing a grant of arms certificate.   One evening I was able to meet up with my cousin from Massachusetts, Kayla Haveles, who was there for a week after graduating.
While in London we did a day trip to Windsor, visiting the Castle and St. George's Chapel.  I've been a life member of the St. George's Friends for more than 30 years.
I also showed Doug the usual suspects, Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Cathedral, St. Paul's, Buckingham Palace etc.   Walked for miles.
The trip home was long and boring, but uneventful.    Will attach a few photos which might help.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

LHS Class of 1959 Vietnam Veterans, Spouses & Siblings


A number of our 1959 classmates, spouses or siblings were involved with the Vietnam War, either serving in the war theater or holding down the fort at home.  Below is a short version of their service and sacrifice.
  • Barnes, Frank | Class of 1959 | Served during Tet, 1968-1969, around Da Nang & the Cua Viet river area
  •  Bird, Donna | Class of 1959 |Donna's husband, Scott Wilson, a U. S. Air Force fighter pilot, was shot down on Thanksgiving Day of 1966.  The remains of Gordon Scott Wilson were returned to the USA in April, 1986. He was interred in the cemetery of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado on 22 Nov 1986 - twenty years to the day after he lost his life in the service of his country.  Please visit the Virtual Wall web page 
  • Collier, Ron | Class of 1959 | Served in Viet Nam from June 1967-June 1968 as part of the 21st Reconnaissance Airplane Company - flew the O1G Birddog, a two-place reconnaissance fixed wing aircraft
  • Edwards, James | Class of 1959 | Served in Vietnam from January 1966 through December 1969 with the First and Fifth Special Forces Groups.
  • Ford, Thomas | Class of 1959 | Now deceased - was most likely in Vietnam with Army Special Forces 
  • Gilley, Robert | Class of 1959 | Went to Vietnam with 1st Cavalry in 1965
  • Gonzalez, Ralph | Class of 1959 | U. S. Army Helicopter Pilot in Vietnam
  • Hodgson, Jean | Class of 1959 | U. S. Air Force Flight Nurse - in and out of Vietnam numerous times from June 1969 to May 1971 
  • Huston, Dale | Class of 1962 | Brother of Anne Huston Whalen, class of 1959 - Dale died in Vietnam in 1968.  Please visit the Virtual Wall web page
  • James, Mollie | Class of 1959 | Mollie took care of the family and home front, while Rodney flew over North Vietnam
  • James, Rodney |Class of 1959 | U. S. Air Force fighter pilot out of Da Nang AB in Vietnam
  • Sheridan, Wayne | Class of 1965 | Brother of Arlene Sheridan, class of 1959 - Charles Wayne Sheridan was a U. S. Navy medical corpsman, attached to a Marine unit in Vietnam 
  • Valentine, Daniel | Class of 1959 | U. S. Air Force 1960 through 1980 - Da Nang, Vietnam 1966 

Monday, May 31, 2010

Dolores Elias Degnan's Husband John Passes Away

COLUMBIA, SC - John Degnan, 69, passed away 5/29/10 from cancer.  Please visit link below.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Floyd Lay Passes Away

Recently, Floyd Lay, father of Sandra Lay, who is the spouse of our own Bobby Bowden, recently passed away.  Mr. Lay was a very interesting gentlemen, who contributed much to society during his life.  I remember, while in high school, hearing his name mentioned many times.  Below is a link to an article that you might like to read.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Harrison Payne Not Doing Well

Harrison came out of the SICU Monday evening.  The doctor dischared him today, Wednesday, June 2, 2010.  He is home but very weak. Thank you all for all the prayers that have been sent our way.  Prayer Does Help.

Love - Marge

Harrison took a turn for the worst this morning, May 21, 2010.  He is now in SICU - has a breathing tube in and many IV - has only opened his eyes a few times today.


Harrison came through the surgery today, May 19, 2010, pretty good. He had three stints put in.  He was having not to good a day today but his heart held up well during surgery. Thank one and all for the prayers sent our way. God is Good.

Love - Marge

Monday, May 17, 2010

Harrison Payne To Have Abdomenal Aneurysm Surgery

Just a note for a prayer request for Harrison. He is scheduled for surgery
on Wednesday to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Thanks to all.
Love - Marge Payne

Friday, May 14, 2010

Roger Sherman's Ancestry Project Back To Edward III

I've just got my ancestry project back to Edward III, and as you can see from the photo, we are beginning to look a bit alike. (minus the crown)

Roger Sherman is OFF TO ENGLAND

Off to England.   Volcano permitting, I will be going to England to visit Princess Katarina then the south east coast from Brighton to Dover.  At Dover castle we hope to visit the tunnels in the Dover cliffs which were part of the English defense for WWII, then a day trip to Calais to see the German bunkers.  Both remain exactly as they were at the end of the war.  Then more time in East Anglia around Canterbury, finally back to London for an appointment with a Herald of the Royal College of Arms.  I will be traveling with Lt. Col. Doughlas Files MD, USAF who is a French scholar and while he's traveled a lot in Europe, has never been to the UK, so he gets a tour guide and I get a personal physician!!!  Back by June 1.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Class Party - April 17, 2010

Thirty-six folks, or thereabouts, gathered for the class party at Mary Futch's beautiful lakeside home.  Most were 1959 classmates and spouses.  However, Donovan (Corky Dean, class of 1957, and his wife Mary attended.  The class has sort of adopted Bill and Bea Johnson.  The Mussos brought Franky Flint, and Lamar Hayes came with Leon Futch.  Enjoy the slideshow.

List of Party Attendees

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Linda Launt Huggins Terminal With Parkinson's Disease

In checking on a returned email, I spoke with Linda's husband, Jim.  He tells me that Linda is in a nursing home home for the duration.  She has Parkinson s Disease and is totally disabled.

A Message From Jane Morris Bay - Hospice of Petaluma

Dear Friends,
Long time no email.  Just want you to know I'm alive and well, and to tell you about an event I'm doing on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 in Petaluma, California (visit link).
Hospice of Petaluma has invited me to participate in their Community Education Series, "Food for Your Mind, Body & Spirit" on Wednesday, May 12, 2010.  (See enclosed flyer).  This free program is one of the ways Hospice of Petaluma thanks their community for the incredible support they receive during the year.  I'm donating copies of LOVE & LOSS - A Story About Life, Death, and Rebirth. 
I'll talk about my relationship with Namgyal and the consequences of her life and death on my life.  When Namgyal died, I could never have imagined that I would be able to come to the end of mourning, celebrating the gifts of grief I have received by loving and losing her.  Following my reading excerpts from LOVE & LOSS, there will be an "interactive discussion" with the audience. 
Namgyal is very much alive in my heart and continues to expand my capacity to love and walk the Bodhisattva Path.
If you're in the neighborhood, please come.
With love & gratitude,

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Senior Olympics - Rodney James Again Brings Home Gold And Some Silver

In the 2010 Senior Olympics, Rodney James and his partner, Lex Taylor, won SILVER in the Men's Tennis Doubles.  He and his partner, Wanda Crocker, won GOLD in the Tennis Mixed Doubles.  Last but not least, Rodney won SILVER in the javelin throw.

Rodney James

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Marie Gursky Iannone's Obituary

The Ledger has published Marie Gursky Iannone's Obituary,  Marie and her husband, John, have frequently socialized with 1959 classmates and friends at our quarterly parties held at the home of Mary Futch.  She passed away on February 23, 2010; she will be missed.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

John Goddard & Jack Walker Host All Male BBQ Luncheon

Nineteen male members of the LHS classes of 1956, 1957, and 1959 met on February 24, 2010 for a luncheon BBQ at the home of John Goddard (59).  Co-hosting and grilling hamburgers was Jack Walker.  In attendance were: Bobby Anderson (59), Kenny Cone (57), Bobby Davidson (59), Allan Davis (59), Corky Dean (57), John Goddard (59), Les Grizzard (56), Artie Haer (57), Doug Harwell (59), Tommy Holcomb (57), Rodney James (59), Bill Johnson (guest), Arthur Jones (59), Butch Moody (59), Charlie Page (59), Travis Tate (59), Hugh Turbeville (59), Jack Walker (59), & George Womble (59).

Two burning questions were answered:
     1. The Little League Pitcher was Tommy Holcomb, and the catcher was John Goddard.
     2. The last time Kenny Cone and John Goddard had laid eyes on each other was over 50 years ago at Rhein-Main Air Force Base in Germany.

A slide show follows:

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Reverend Timothy Herring Publishing New Contact Information

You might wish to peruse these websites. Tim's original website can be found as a link at the bottom of (NEW) (Disney venue pictures) (local wedding site pictures) e-mail
Facebook address: Deems Timothy Herring
407-876-6433 8 AM -- 8 PM

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Larry Hale Shares A Snow Day


Larry Hale shares a snow day in Atlanta.