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The East High Class of 1952
East High School, Memphis, Tennessee
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Note from the editor: to the Class of '52: Memphis City Schools has selected Pat Owens Fordice, the former wife of the late Kirk Fordice ('52), as an inductee to its Alumni Hall of Fame. As reported earlier the editor of The East High Alumni Page had nominated Mr. Kirk Fordice ('52) for posthumous inclusion in the Memphis City Schools Alumni Hall of Fame but he was not selected at that time. Mr. Force is in The East High Alumni Page Hall of Honor.


Ken Canfield [posted January 7, 2015]
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Ronald Collins [last updated December, 1998]
After graduation from East I attended Southwestern, served in the U.S.Navy, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer, served as West TN regional director for TEMA, and am now retired from Tennessee state government. I enjoyed teaching electronics in the Navy and still enjoy doing some consultant teaching for the state. Gail (Gail Boyd '53), cabinetmaking, gardening, and grandchildren keep me busy nowadays!

Glenn Crosby [posted October, 2012]
Deceased. See the obituary page for more information.

Martha Crowder
Reported deceased. If anyone has a copy of the obituary and would like to supply a copy, we would like to post it on The East High Alumni Page.

Gloria Ellen Dowd
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Bob Duncan
Reported deceased. If anyone has a copy of the obituary and would like to supply a copy, we would like to post it on The East High Alumni Page.

Mike Earp [posted January, 1998]
Deceased. See the obituary page for more information.

Ann Fakes
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Kirk Fordice [posted September 7, 2004]
Deceased. See the obituary page for more information.

Johney Faye Harwell [last updated January, 2000] [E-mail address updated September, 2008]
I have been living in California for the past 20 years with my husband of 46 years. I have one daughter that lives in Brunswick, Ga., the mother to my 18 year old granddaughter and my 14 year old grandson. My other daughter lives in Chino Hills, Ca. with my 5 and 7 year old grandsons.
In the past two years, I have become a computer addict, for recreational purposes only.
I was delighted when Shirley Petty informed me about this web site.
My husband, Gene , is retired and does a lot of deep sea fishing. I play bridge, do a little volunteer work and just go where ever the day leads.
So nice to be here among old (time wise, not age wise) friends.
Love to get e mail.

Larry Hilbun [last updated May, 2005]
I have been actively working as Personnel Director for the City of Bartlett since I retired after 16 years as Personnel Director for Shelby County Government in 1994. Prio to government I had a 20 year career in private sector personnel management with E.I. duPont and Cook Industries (Ned Cook). After graduating from then Memphis State University, I served in the U.S.Army as an enlisted man. My wife, Peggy Duke Hilbun, and I have 2 daughters, 2 grandaughters and 1 grandson. Oldest daughter, Melissa Bankston, is a career teacher at Riverdale Elementary in Germantown. Youngest daughter, Linda Bonnin, is Asst. V.P. of The University of Memphis in charge of marketing and communications. Both grandaughters are students at Harding University in Searcy, AR and grandson is a student at the University of Memphis. I have been blessed with a great family and have been fortunate enough to have been recognized several times for professional achievement. Most recently, the Tennessee Personnel Management Association named me the recipient of their 2004 Professional Achievement Award for the state of Tennessee. I am also proud to have been inducted into the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 for the sport of fast-pitch softball. Today, I spend my free time golfing and doing volunteer work for Lifeblood. (Submitted 5/05)

Dorothy Jones
Reported deceased. If anyone has a copy of the obituary and would like to supply a copy, we would like to post it on The East High Alumni Page.

Paul Lazarov [posted December 23, 2016]
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Shirley Oliver [last updated November, 2009]
Hello Everyone! I am a widow since 2002 with 3 children, 4 grandchildren, and 1 great grandchild. I have lived in Gaffney, SC since 2001. I lived in Louisville, KY from 1977-2001. I am attempting to join the electronic age, so therefore one of my daughters is here helping me through this! :) Please send me an email or call me anytime at 864-902-8012! Hope everyone is doing well.

Keith Magdefrau [posted February, 2003]
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Bill Magruder [last updated June, 2011]
My fabulous wife of 52 years is the former Nell Galt of Canton. We have one son, Bill, Jr. I am retired from The Georgia Power Co. and would still be selling heating and air conditioning if any new homes were being built. I attended Georgia Tech, Memphis State, and graduated from Auburn. Served as an officer in the Marine Corps. Worked in Memphis and Orlando before moving to Canton in 1966. My interests are historic preservation and local political activism.
Having started the first day East opened and being in the second graduating class, I was in on a lot of "firsts". first football team, first trophy (our ROTC unit won for a parade), etc. I and Herbert Reed won a subscription to the "Mustang Roundup" for submitting the name that was chosen for the paper. We also got to vote on the mascot, colors, etc. For the first six weeks of school you could not be counted tardy for class if you used the excuse that you got lost.
I am glad to have found this site at this late date.

Stewart McCarthy
Reported deceased. If anyone has a copy of the obituary and would like to supply a copy, we would like to post it on The East High Alumni Page.

Jim McCormick [posted January 29, 2017]
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Shirley Petty [posted July, 2012]
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Prior to her death, Shirley Petty was a participant with our alumni page. The following was her last posting with us.

[posted April, 1999]
I attended Memphis State, UTK, married, raised 3 children, became an elementary school librarian in 1972, and am now sliding into retirement as half-time librarian in a little school in Wear's Valley.

Jack Pullen [posted July 13, 2014]
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Bob Richter [last updated November, 2017]
Had a great life and career as a pastor and chaplain in the US Navy, Marines and Veterans Administration. Loved academia and got two Masters and a Doctors degree. Taught college and lectured in my "spare time." Wrote and published several articles, one book.
Married a Cajun girl from New Orleans and had three great children; One daughter owns a school, the other is a partner in a commercial real estate company, and my son lobbies all over the world.
Sadly, my wife died twelve years ago. and I avoided marriage twice since then. I am presently going out with the most beautiful "little old lady" you ever saw.
Lived in Florida, Wisconsin, Louisiana, and presently in Colorado Springs, CO.
Life is good.

Bob Rickard [last updated December, 2000]
Hi everybody, I still grin when I think of the 1992 reunion of the 52 class. It really was fun and everybody looked so great and so many amazing stories. I sure would like to see a 50th in 02.
Like most of you I have retired from parish ministry but am chaplain in two nursinng facilities, hang out at the episcopl cathedral of St Philip in Atlanta and spend a lot of time globe trotting. i just got back from Ecuadore where I was digging holes, and trenches for footing for a new episcopal church and relocation center for Columbian refugees. They were on the site and were folks just like you and me including a Columbian supreme court judge, physicians, business folk who had to flee in the middle of night out of Columbia. Some real horror storis.
I travel mostly for fun with a group of normally heavy duty people who get silly as soon as the plane leaves the ground. Flight attendants recognise us and roll their eyes as each other whe we board. Se make a lot of freinds overseas and last year we invited John Toma a Maasi warrior son of a chief to Atlanta. We took him and his almost seven foot frame clothed in his red toga, beads and head dress complete with club strapped to his belt and and carrying his spear in his hand into Haulk's sports bar during happy hour. It was a wonderful E F Hutton momen.
How are your portfolios? I have an unrealized loss of well over a hundred thousand in blue chips. As of dec 20th my broker say give it time. She's only twenty eight
I wish you all a merry christmas for 2000.

Dolores Sansone
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Betty Jane Smith [last updated April, 1999]
This is Betty's brother, Glen (Glen Smith ('71)) who is entering this information because Betty has not changed with the times and purchased a computer like most average Americans....But at least this is a start. I am working to get all the scoop you would like to know about Betty and will update this soon.
Betty is alive an still kicking....a little more grey than she would like! Betty and her husband Mickey live on the Tennessee River close to Camden, TN. Tel. 901/ 584-8003.
E-mail: no e-mail address available

Melvin Tedder
Reported deceased.
If anyone has a copy of the obituary and would like to supply a copy, we would like to post it on The East High Alumni Page.

Anne Thomas
Reported deceased. An obituary is available.

If anyone has a published obituary and would like to supply a copy, we would like to post it on The East High Alumni Page.

Hart Toler [posted July 7, 2011]
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Tommie Tucker [last updated July, 2011]
I am now a widow after a long marriage to Eugene Saxon (a CBC boy) We have five children Four from a first marriage, . Four boys and one girl. I was a Realtor for 25 years at Coleman Etter. Since retirement I have traveled and done some volunteer work. My most interesting activity was to go back and finish my BA degree at the U of Mphs. I am waiting to see if I am accepted to Graduate school. for this Fall.
I am a sports fan and follow the Mphs Tigers and Grizzlies, as well as Notre Dame football where Gene played while in school there.

Bill Valvik [last updated July, 2006]
Bill is a charter member of the student body at East, having first attended our school in the year it opened, 1948. Bill attended Ole Miss for three years and then joined the military. He served four years as a survival instructor at the USAF Survival School at Stead Air Force Base in Reno, Nevada. After leaving the military, he attended the University of Nevada. He is retired from Pacific Bell (now AT&T) and lives with his wife, Marilyn, in Redwood City, California. He has a son and two grandchildren that also live in the San Francisco Bay Bay Area.

Sally Warner [last updated November, 1999] [E-mail address updated February, 2012]
Larry and I have retired this year. We have lived many places, but Tyler has been our home for the past 20 years. We live at Lake Tyler, do some traveling, do a little boating, and some volunteer work. Life is good! We went to the 40th reunion of our great class (the second graduating class), and loved seeing everyone. Who's going to do the 50th? Love this East High page. East High, friends, and faculty have had an enormous impact on my life. I treasure it all.

Ray Weathersby [last updated December, 2018]

Gibson Wicker [posted March 4, 2007]
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Ed Williams [posted September 30, 2013]
Deceased. An obituary is available.

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