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     The East High Class of 1961     
East High School, Memphis, Tennessee
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Jimmy Black [last updated August, 2003] [E-mail address updated June, 2015]
After graduation from east I attended the University of Tennessee for two years. Later I joined the united states coast guard for sox months. After my schooling and travels I decided to come back to Memphis, and join my father in his business, and am still in the furniture business for the past forty years. In 1968 I married Camille Gattuso, an immaculate conception graduate, we have two grown daughters and four grandchildren. I am very happy with my after east life.and would love for my class to have more reunions.

Carol Browning ("Kimpy") [last updated January, 2015]
Married 50 years to J.D. Edge, Jr.,3 children, 6 grandchildren.

Nancy Campbell [last updated September, 1999]
I attend East High my senior year and had a wonderful senior year. I transferred from a school in Virginia and it was hard changing schools your senior but the Class of '61 welcomed me with open arms. After graduating, I went to college in Texas but kept in touch a few years but then I got married and started a new life. I moved alot in the last thirty-seven years, mostly in Texas and California. I returned to Houston in 1998. I have two grown children - one in Texas and one in California - both all still single. I gave up teaching back in the 70's and now I am in the business world and love it. I would love to hear from the class, if they remember me. I still talk about my senior year and all the fun things we did. Email address for now is

Wyatt Carter [last updated August, 2007]
am living on ten acre farm outside oak grove la. am retired from city of memphis,pd served in marines 1967-1970,two tours in asia. have lived here since retiring in 1995. have a firearms range and gunsmithshop. have owned small trucking co. until price of fuel got too high to be profitabe. found your site while trying to find school address,God works in mysterious ways, raise geese,turkeys and ducks as a hobby. not a whole lot going on down on the farm.
ps. still play my trumpet,same one played in east high band,ain"t that a toot!!!

Linda Cheely [last updated January, 2015]
I graduated from Mississippi State University and taught elementary school in Memphis and Gulfport , MS area for 35 years. I now live south of Birmingham with one of our two daughters and our only grandchild (age 3). We are enjoying our retirement, playing a lot of bridge, and will celebrate our 50th anniversary in July. Had a great time at the 50th reunion.

Gail Cooley [last updated September, 2004]
I married Henry Oliver who was also in our class. We had 3 children. I adopted 2 children so I have a total of 5. Henry died in 1989. I remarried my Jr High boyfriend from ElDorado, AR in 2001. We have 9 children, his 4 and my 5. I have 6 grandchildren and he has 6. I currently work for Kellon Insurance Agency, Inc. in Bartlett TN and have been there for the past 30 years. My work phone is 901-386-2400 and my mailing address is Gail Evans, 8083 Cinders Road, Bartlett, TN 38133-2021. My oldest daughter, Becky, works here with me. My middle daughter, Lara, works at Bank of Bartlett where Lois Ann Parish Whittington ('61) works. and I still have a 15 year old daughter at home!! I have a full house most of the time but would welcome any of you to give me a call or stop by for a cup of coffee or coke.

Mary Frank Crawford [last updated September, 2000]
I led two lives (at least) after graduating BFA Newcomb College of Tulane University: the first: I was married to an Italian medical student who eventually became a physician and a dentist (dentistry at the time was a faculty of medicine). In that capacity I lived in Italy until 1979 over almost a 13 year period.
The second: My marriage turned sour and I returned home to Memphis the end of 1979 and miraculously was admitted to UT Dental School in 1980, graduating DDS in 1984. I have practiced dentistry in my dental office in the Poplar Plaza Shopping Center since Feb. 1985. I married a wonderful man in 1996 after a super long term relationship. I kept my maiden name of Crawford because of the investment I had in it as a dentist. Without children, we live a comfortable and happy life. I have regular contacts with Martha McCool Young and with Josephine Learned, both world travelers in their own right. I also get to see Danny Weiss occasionally since he is a well known and highly successful orthodontist.

Bill Earngey ("Earngey") - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Carol Ezzell [last updated February, 2010] [E-mail address updated November, 2011]

Joyce Ferguson - Reported deceased.
An obituary and a news story are available.

Paul Allen Ferguson - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Wanza Gooch [last updated July, 1997]
I married my former East High classmate Kinny (Ken) Barrett, who is presently a dentist in Bartlett, where we live. We have a son and a daughter and three grandchildren. I sell real estate with Crye-Leike Realtors and teach art with the Shelby County Schools. Would enjoy hearing from former classmates.
Wanza's email address is

Bill Hall - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Cay Hamilton [last updated November, 2011]
After graduating and going to school, I married and had two sons, Michael and Chris Joyce. I worked for 30 years in the engineering field before remarrying and moving to AR. My husband was a 30 yr.retired Army man and we traveled extensively while we were married. Since his death, I still travel, spend time with my grandchildren, do a lot of volunteer work and entertain many hobbies.

Sally Harrison - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Tom Henderson - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Sally Hoffman - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Edwin Love Holt - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Peggy Jones [last updated June, 2016]

Anita Marshall [last updated August, 2011]
It's been a crazy summer. My kids got transferred back to The Woodlands, so , of course, I'm back also. My house had not sold so I moved back in. What a way to unclutter and clean....move out for 8 months! Looking forward to the reunion.

Jim Mason [last updated April, 2007]
After leaving East High, I attended Memphis State earning a BS in Chemistry. While studying for a PhD in Pathology at UT, I met Linda Kaye Hussung of Memphis, and we have been married for 37 years. After graduation, I remained at UT Memphis as faculty until 1989. While in Memphis Linda and I were active in First Presbyterian Church, the Memphis Symphony Chorus, and the Opera Memphis Chorus.
In 1989 we moved to Burlington, NC, where I took a position as director of the histocompatibility and paternity testing lab for LabCorp. I have retired from that job, and now direct the HLA Lab at Mid-South Transplant Foundation on a part-time consulting basis. We still live in NC, but I come to Memphis about twice a month to visit the lab (and family and friends). If you're in central North Carolina, drop in or give us a call. We're in the High Point phone book. If you're not coming by, just drop me an email. I'd love to hear from everyone. If you'd like to get together sometime when I'm in Memphis, just let me know.

Martha McCool [last updated July, 2006]
I am presently teaching first grade at Grace St. Lukes's on Belvedere. I live here in Memphis with my 16 year old daughter, Emily, who attends St. Agnes. I have a total of three children, Christopher, Roger, and Emily, and four grandchildren. I enjoy running around the East High track on Saturday mornings. The school still looks the same from the playground.

Sally Mixon [last updated September, 2010]
I went to Southwestern for two years after high school, then graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill. I worked in Charlotte, NC, before meeting and marrying Zach Thomas in 1967, and we are still together and back living in Charlotte close to our only child, Leigh, and her family. I have held a variety of jobs, mostly in the nonprofit field, though I did return to college to become a C.P.A. and did work using those skills for a number of years. Zach and I lived in Guatemala from 1997-2002, where we were volunteers in a project near Antigua. Since returning to Charlotte I first organized and ran a business giving historic walking tours in Charlotte's uptown, then did a few more years of personal tax work before finally retiring in 2009. Now I'm enjoying various kinds of volunteer work, traveling, reading and seeing friends more often, and spending a lot of time with my grandchildren.

Joyce Moore [last updated July, 2011]

Daniel Whitney Morgan - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Jean Anne Morrison [last updated April, 2012]
There have been a lot of changes in my life. My husband of 39 years passed away in 2005. I now have 5 grandsons...4 in North Carolina and one in Memphis. The class of '61's reunion was so much fun and was great to reconnect with so many classmates.

Barry Niell [last updated November, 1997]
Chief of Hematology and Oncology at University of Tennessee. Married to Linda Lovvorn ('68). Two boys.

Henry Oliver - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Mary Blanche Richardson - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Happy Rush - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Ricky Stein [last updated June, 2008] [E-mail address updated June, 2016]
After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1965 and the University of Texas School of Law in 1968, I traveled to California. In California, I practiced law (mostly in Beverly Hills, CA) for 19 years and moved to the desert (Palm Desert, CA) in 1987. I started a registered investment advisory firm in 1995 and today, I am full-time a registered investment advisor. Our firm is located in Palm Desert and is growing rapidly. In 1995 I married a fabulous woman, Marcia Smith; we enjoy a fabulous relationship. Marcia retired from teaching shortly after we married. Both of us are actively involved in both the local and wider communities as we serve on 14 Boards between us. We stay in touch with some of my East High friends and I was in Memphis to support Chas when he was honored for his great work with the Greater East High Foundation. We would love to hear from any of my old friends. Regards, Rick Stein

Bill Strong [last updated June, 2013]
Graduated from Vanderbilt in Mechanical Engineering 1965
Employer - Tencarva Machinery Co.
Memphis, TN
Vice President and Co-Founder
Organized 50 Year Reunion for Class of 1961 in 2011.

Jack Washington [last updated June, 2011]
I have been married to Beth Eaton Washington for 32 years. We have 2 daughters, Leigh and Mary. We also have a son, Jeremiah.
I am a Manager at Lexus of Memphis.

Keith Wilkins [last updated January, 2015]
I am now retired and live in Hot Springs Village, AR. My wife Lucy and I have been married for 48 yrs. We have two sons Keith and John who both live in Oregon. Lucy plays tennis and i play a lot of golf.

Christopher Williams (Kit) [last updated August, 2006]
Christopher Williams (Kit) [last updated July, 2006] After attending East for 12 years, I went to the University of Virginia (along with Ricki Stein and Dave McKinnie), joined Phi Delta Theta, and received a B.A. in Economics. I received an M.B.A after a couple of years at George Washington University in D.C. I married a South Carolina girl, Leila Gibbes, in 1966 and we're still happily married. I went to Navy OCS in Newport RI and served as a supply officer in the Navy for 3 years before settling in Atlanta, where I was an officer with the then C&S Bank (and managed to cross paths with Alan Morris a few times). Moved to Dallas TX for 10 years working for Docutel, the ATM innovator, and Olivetti, the Italian conglomerate. Then came back to Tennessee in 1986 to Nashville. I worked for Envoy Corporation and First Data Corporation for a combined 12 years and then worked as a consultant on my own until 2003. Now Leila and I are enjoying the serenity of retirement living in Nashville and spending several months a year down on the South Carolina coast. We have two married daughters living in Atlanta -- Caroline (b. 1969) and Allison (b. 1972). Caroline had our first grandchild, a girl, in March '06 and Allison is expecting in October '06.

Sue Williams [last updated May, 2005]
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Prior to her death, Sue Williams was a participant with our alumni page. The following is her last posting with us.
[posted May, 2005]
P. O. Box 12365
Jackson, MS 39236-2365


OTHERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CLASS OF 1961
People who attended East with the class of 1961 but were not graduated with it.
Harry Bowers - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Sonny Flinn [last updated March, 2008]
Attending East High from 1st thru the 9th grade, I feel like a member of the class of '61. I graduated from Central High and have continued to enjoy my friends made during the East High days. After a degree in Electrical Engineering, I went to Medical School and specialized in Radiology (Ultrasound and Mammography). My office practice is in Memphis--just 2 blocks away from Central High--Didn't travel very far in life, as yet. East High-Plaza Theater, Bowling Alley, friends in '61 and '62, what a great positive effect all of this had on all of us.
I have led at least three lives--Medicine, Radio and TV Broadcasting Business, and Politics (Shelby County Commission)---I look forward to hearing from my "long time" friends--note I DID NOT say "old".
E-mail or call -- still listed in the Memphis phone book
George (Sonny) Flinn

Sanford Hutson [last updated January, 2013] , 2006]
This is an update to the 2003 profile I placed under my 1961 class affiliation at East High. I have been retired from being a Family Physician / Medical Administration doctor since July 1999. I wanted to spend more time with my family and 'create memories', which I have done. My wife of 48 years and I live in northwest Arkansas and have since 1993. My oldest son is a successful head high school football and track coach and math teacher, at one time was head coach at Arkansas's largest school (North Little Rock). My second son has slowly worked up the ladder from Physical Therapist to Pharmaceutical Rep, then entered the surgical field with Boston Scientific, Covidian and now the head guy in central Arkansas for the robotic surgery group, Intuitive. My daughter has been a school teacher in the North Little Rock system for 20+ years and has several teaching awards. 2 years ago I visit Sonny (George) Flinn in Memphis (politician, physician and multimedia radio and TV owner). I spent 2 days just walking the old stomping grounds around Highland, Poplar and Central Ave, slowly walked the halls of East High for THREE hours, thinking about the past fun days and visited the home where I had met Elvis in the Summer/Fall 0f 1956 on Audabon Drive where he live for a year. Memories flooded me when I saw how the Highland/Poplar area has changed in 56 years! Sonny interviewed me on his "Friends of Flinn" WHBQ weekly interview show. The interview centered on creating memories while we can before it's too late and hashing out the differences in Memphis since the 1950s. I MISS a lot about my days at East High and the friends I had like Doc Hoffman, Happy Rush, Danny Weiss, Coach Holland and many others before moving back to Arkansas in 1957. Take time, smell the roses and be thankful for what we have .... mainly the memories that nobody can take from us!
Sanford Hutson - January 2013 update

Pat Renfroe [last updated November, 2003]
I was going to be in the second "12-year club" in 1961, however, in 1959, Jake Schorr ('58)introduced me to Phil Kellum ('58) and my life changed. Phil and I will celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary this year. We have three children and three grandchildren. We sometimes see East High friends (you know who you are!) even though we live in the country just one county away. Special "hellos" to: Sanford, Clyde, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Vollmer, Jeddie, Carol E., and my partner in crime, Lois Ann.

Terry Teesdale - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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