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The East High Class of 1973
East High School, Memphis, Tennessee
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Vanessa Axelrod [last updated October, 2008]
I stumbled onto this website tonight and wish more of our classmates would take the time to make an entry. What a great site! I live in a suburb of Denver with my husband of 25 years, Bill. Our sons, Hugh(23), Ian (21), and Stewart (18) are working or in school so we are empty nesters. We are both self-employed and I have been a Mary Kay Cosmetics Sales Director for many years after a long career in the computer industry. We attended the last class reunion in 2003 and look forward to hearing about the next one.

Pam Belcher [last updated October, 2006]
Hello to all of my classmates. It was great seeing all of you who came to our last reunion. Please let us know where you are if you have moved recently. I am still in the Memphis area and am currently Sales Director for American Esoteric Laboratories. My husband, David, and I have six sons- his, mine, and ours. We have six boys-one married, four in college, and an 11 year old. I am very proud of all of them and will be glad when they are off our payroll. I have a great family and a very busy life. I still keep up with several of my good friends, Kathy Alexander, Ann Philyaw, Cindy Walker, Suzie Gatchell, and Kay Kassinger. Some of us, including Ann, Suzie,Rocky,Travis,AB,Lai Lai, and Bill Hilliard were together at Bob Leggett's memorial. We need to all keep in touch. Time is getting away from us. I hope to see many of you at the next reunion in 2008. Love to all of you and yours!

Jan Bond [last updated November, 2003]
After leaving East, I went to the University of Tn in Knoxville and roomed with Lucia Whittemore for 3 years. I married in 78 and divorced in 91 (or 92?). I have 3 children who are the lights of my life..Katherine 22, Kip 20, and Preston who just turned 18. I am a real estate agent with Crye-Leike and love it! I sell all over Memphis as Jan Gordon and have also made a subspecialty of selling condo's, particularly in East Memphis, where I have lived all my life. I occasionally run into some friends but not as often as I would like. I see Donna Bellott occasionally and Donna looks great and is as sweet as ever. I see Meg Howard about twice a year when she visits from L.A. and we always have a great time. Now that I've found this website, will try to update occasionally.

David Branch [last updated August, 2013]
I was a 12 year East student and married Gail Reisz from Owensboro, Kentucky in 1982. We live in Germantown and have two adult children, a daughter and a son. I'm an aircraft dispatcher and was employed by several airlines in the late 70's and early 80's working in flight operations, airline scheduling and crew planning. I joined FedEx in 1983 and retired after 30 years from the Global Network Planning department as the FedEx delegate to IATA on May 31, 2013.

Ted Brandon [last updated November, 2003]

Melissa Brazell [last updated June, 2008]
2008 so far has been the year of wonderful change...major changes for me and mine :-) I will have a more complete update as soon as the dust settles!

Larry Byrd - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Louis Carruthers - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Athena Chagaris [last updated June, 1999]
I went to East all 12 years. I then went to Memphis State and graduated with a B.A. in Intl Relations. I was married in 1986 to a Savannnah,GA boy. We have 3 children, 2 boys and a girl. Angelo(7) Stefanie (5) and Andrew (3). We have lived in Richmond, VA for 8 years. Nice town. I am asst mgr for Gymboree Inc. a childrens clothing store. Hope everyone is o.k. in Memphis.

Larry Chambers [last updated October, 2005]
Single, Cordova
Toby, 27, married, expecting 1st child, son
Crystal, 21, senior, Boston College, business and law
Larry, 20, junior, Ole Miss, business.

(The Rev.) Charles T. Chapman, Jr [last updated September, 2001]
After graduating from East I attended Union University in Jackson, TN, earning a BA in Religion/Philosophy in 1976. Charles Chapman Following that I received a Master of Divinity degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, in 1979.
In 1980 I became an Episcoplaian at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Memphis, and in 1981 became school chaplain and assistant to the Rector there, a post I held until 1990. During that time I took a year off to attend the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in 1985-86, and was ordained priest in the Episcopal Church in 1987.
In 1991 I moved to Winfield, KS (near Wichita) and served a year as rector of Grace Episcopal Church. Then I moved to Amarillo, TX and served a year as chaplain of St. Andrew's Episcopal School. From 1992-1997 I was rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Plainview, TX, and since then have been Curate (assisting priest) at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in El Dorado, AR (web site: http://www2.arkansas.net/~stmary). I assist Fr. Bob Allen, Rector, and supervise the parish's programs for children and youth.
My "extra-curricular" interests these days include Boy Scouting (I'm district commissioner here, and a recent new member of the Order of the Arrow), reading and writing, internet (I'm St. Mary's "webmaster"), tutoring, and hiking. My book "The Message of the Book of Revelation" was published by Liturgical Press in 1993, and is in its 5th printing as of 2001.
It would be fun to hear from folk who remember me back at East.
Peace be with you.

Lala Clark - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Don Cole [last updated June, 2002] [E-mail address updated August, 2013]
I attended East from the 5th grade until graduation, and then worked my way North (College by College). In 1980 I graduated from chiropractic college in Iowa and moved back to Memphis with my wife, Jill. My first practice was on Summer Ave. but I have now moved out to the 'burbs and practice in Cordova. I have one son, Turner, who is all of the athlete that I wasn't during school days.
Along with my practice, I stay busy in Tennessee politics. I have also developed an IPA (a doctors association) that is the largest of it's type in the state.
I still think that East is the best looking public building in Memphis and take a walk down memory lane every time I go down Union.
I would love to hear from other alums, so send me an e-mail.

Randy Cummings [last updated March, 1998]
I live in Ripley, TN. After graduating in '73 my family moved to Jackson, TN to open another resturant. I enrolled in Union University. In 1978 I was engaged to Judy Smith (White- station, '73). We moved to Dyersburg for a year and then to New Orleans to attend graduate school. Judy graduated with her MRE in 81. I graduated with MDiv in 82 and finished a doctorate in 92. We lived in Kenner Louisiana from '81 to '88. We moved to Whiteville, TN in 88. To Ripley in '91.
We have three terrific sons: Jonathan ('81), Timothy ('84), and Joel ('86).
I hope some of the old band members and ROTC officers will contact me and let me know how they're doing.
135 Tucker
Ripley, TN 38063
Home: (901) 635-3775
Office: (901) 635-0551

Brian Davis [last updated August, 2005]
After graduating from East I embarked on a ten year career at Memphis State graduating in August, 1983. While at MSU I worked at various places such as the IRS and Trailways Bus Lines. In October 1983 I went to work for FedEx and held positions in Customer Service, Customer Automation & Invoicing and Systems Development. I married my wife Denise in 1986. Our first daughter Marci was born in 1989 and our second daughter Kelsey came along in 1991. I left FedEx in 2002 and am now the Managing Director of Customer Service for Green Mountain Consulting in Cordova. Currently we reside in Olive Branch, MS and attend Christ Presbyterian Church in Olive Branch. Life has been very interesting but when all is said and done I believe I am truly blessed.

Nancy Denny [last updated February, 2016]

Parker Dinwiddie [last updated August, 2005]
Parker earned membership in the 12 year club having attended East all 12 years, 1961-1973. I retired as a Commander from the U.S. Navy and currently live in the Memphis area, having returned in 2003 after 25 years away. I am married and have one daughter."It is nice to be back home and see old friends." While at East High, I was active in the Music Department and performed in several Musical Plays and Talent Shows. (Parker's sister, Linda Dinwiddie (1967) attended East all twelve years, plus Kindergarten.)

Dwight Leonard Durrett - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Martharene Freeman [last update November, 2009]
Hi, CLASS OF 1973 ............ I am currently married to James [HONEY]Mcmullen,who is also from Binghampton and played in Lester Band from 1969-1971.... I have two children from my first marriage which was by Aubrey Hyman(deceased), and one stepson from my current marriage. My oldest daughter name is Andrea,and she is divorced with three children. She works for First Tennessee Bank, which she is a Marketing Executive for her Branch, my grandchildren are Bryanna 12, Lacedric 9, and Davin 6. They are all Honor Roll children, I am so proud of my babies. My second child, who name is Lindsey attends University of Memphis, Graduate School, where she is working on her Master's, studying Law. She is 23 years old. I currently have been employed at Ingram Micro, for 14 years, which I am a Computer IT Tech, I love my JOB..... My husband and I love to travel in our free time,our favorite places to travel to are Hawaii and Africa...

Clark Fischer [last updated November, 2003]
I curently practice law with my wife, Rebekah Randolph, in the Winston-Salem firm of Randolph and Fischer. I do all trial work and appeals, with an emphasis on criminal matters. Rebekah and I are one of the few married couples to have tried capital cases together and so far, knock on wood, haven't had any of our joint clients take a needle.
I went to law school at Wake Forest, and spent some time in Japan as an Air Force JAG. I've kept up with my old friend David Turner over the years, and look forward to seeing other old friends at the upcoming reunion. I have a 20 year old son who attends Lees McCrae Collge, four dogs and a cat who naturally thinks he is a dog.
I'm still a bookworm and thus far have kept my hair. I'd love to hear from any Mustangs out there.

Jan Frye [last updated July, 2006]
Will come back and fill out later!

Tonya Elaine Gibbons [last updated March, 2007]
I am still here 'after all these years' as the song goes. I am very happy with my life. I am single, live in Olive Branch, have 2 grandsons - 3 and 3 mos., my son Chris is 30 and my daughter Danielle is 18. She will be leaving soon to go to college (Sept 07) so I will be an empty nester for the first time in my adult life. Actually I am quite excited about it. I still am at FedEx - 21 years now - and have a great job and the most wonderful work family. My parents are still with me and I am amazed at how well they continue to do. My Father still takes care of me as he did when I was a young girl - doing the "honey dos" that pile up - things I can't do. What a blessing is that. I love traveling, antiques, gardening, movies, dinner with friends, taking Mimi's boys (my Grandsons) to McDonalds, and just enjoying the quiet moments in my life. I would like to be able to talk to old classmates, but it just doesn't seem like I ever see anyone or hear from anyone that was at East in 73. What is that about? I wish all of you the very best and hope to see you at the next reunion in 08.
Regards, T

Mark Hendren [last updated May, 2005]
Please see the Class of 1974 listings, as Mark considers himself really a member of that class even though he graduated a year early in '73.

Meg Howard [last updated July, 2012]
I moved to Los Angeles is 1977, after graduating with a BA in Journalism from Memphis State University. I was hired by Laufer Publishing Company as a writer for their many teen magazines, and two months later became editor of Tiger Beat Super Star and all special publications. I worked for the Laufer Company until 1980 when I resigned to work as personal assistant to actress and singer Doris Day. I moved with her to Carmel, California in 1981 and worked for Miss Day until 1990, at which time I resigned to move back to Los Angeles and go into television production. I worked on a variety of TV shows, including Nickolodeon's "Wild & Crazy Kids," "World's Funniest Commercials," "The Ultimate Revenge," and a documentary called "Elvis, The Beginning" and a TV special for Showtime called "But Seriously..." In 1993, I went to work as an executive assistant for producer, Earl Greenburg, and worked for him for 15 years until he passed away from Melanoma in 2008. After his death, I was hired by a business associate of his, Nancy Lazkani, who is the president and CEO of a direct response media agency called Icon Media Direct to be her executive assistant. My current home address is 1535 S. Bentley Ave., #303, Los Angeles, CA 90025 and my phone number is 310-575-9820.

Dawn LaFon [last updated November, 2000]
I am teaching Latin at White Station High School and University of Memphis

David Latham [last updated April 2012]
I have been living in San Francisco since 1986 and for the last 11 years have been a contract worker for the US State Dept, working at the US Passport office here in San Francisco. Right after graduating from East I went into the Navy & was stationed in San Diego, CA. After being discharged I ended up moving to Kansas City, MO and got my BA in Bus Admin from Park University in Parkville, Mo, 15 miles north of Kansas City. I took up running marathons as a hobby in 2001 & got hooked & I try to do one or two a year. I loved my time at East & fondly remember eating a bag of hamburgers & a bowl of chili at the Krystal. I enjoyed my 3 years of ROTC with Sgt Norris & Biggs, especially since I went thru it with my great friends Eddie Yaun, Michale Parish & Randy Cummings. And who could forget the great football & basketball teams our senior year. I'm still heartbroken thinking about the football teams loss in the state simi-finals and the basketball team coming within 2 points of the state final 4. And I mourn everytime I see that one our classmates has passed on. But I love seeing the ones at the various reunions I've attended. East High & Memphis will always have a place in my heart. Love the Mustangs

Bob Leggett - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Rose Manning [last updated January, 2010]
In 1976,I receved my Horsemasters from Pacific Horse Center in Elk Grove California, then returned to Memphis and married my brother, Webers'(66), best friend, Wes Lawson (68). We opened Oak View Stables in 1977 and have been busy training children & adults to ride hunters and jumpers ever since. We have two sons, Trey (28) & Phillip (21) who are both active in the business. I enjoy riding, driving my mare,fox hunting and cooking as often as time allows.

Kathy McNeese [last updated August, 2013]
Although I graduated from East with the Class of 1972, I am actually a member of the Class of 1973. My best friends were Kathy Kirkscey, Noel Gillespie, Mary Wood, and Jeannie Chapel. God's plan for my life was a little outside the box. While everyone else was enjoying their senior year, I went to Northwest Junior College in Senatobia, MS, and studied piano and voice. During that year I met my sweet husband, Herb,and married in August of 1973. We've been married for 40 years and have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. I've always loved school, so I'm sure you're not surprised I became a teacher. I hold a Bachelor's from Ole Miss and a Master's from Union University. I currently teach Algebra, Pre-Cal, and Statistics at First Assembly Christian School in Cordova, and attend Kirby Woods Baptist Church on Poplar.

Mike Parish [last updated January, 2012] [e-mail address updated March, 2012]
We've been living in Lincoln, Nebraska, since 2006. For those of you who recall the production of "Oklahoma" when we were at East, that line "wind goes sweeping down the plain" is so true -- it seems never to stop!
I'm still working in healthcare management and quality improvement. In my current job I have responsibilities related to 5 hospitals and several other healthcare organizations across the eastern and central parts of the state.
Any classmates driving along I-80 should plan to visit. If you're headed west, that will give you a break before hitting the vast plains; if you've just crossed the plains, a chance to recover.

Ann Roddy [last updated July, 2009]
After graduating from East High I attended Ms. Univ. for Women and graduated with a degree in Interior Design. I moved to Jackson Ms. where I later met my husband Charlie Gentry. His job took us to Greenwood, Ms. for three years. While in Greenwood we had our first son, Paul. Our next move was to Houston, Tx. where we had our second son, Joel. We live in Tx. for three years until a transfer to Wichita, Ks. where we had our third son, Thomas. We stayed in Ks. for yes three years. We knew when three years rolled around it was time for a transfer. Our next move was back to Texas only this time Ft.Worth.No more sons and we were there for six years!We loved Ft.Worth. Actually we loved everywhere we have lived and have the best of friends and memories. It was a very sad day when my husband told me we were moving back to Ks. We have now lived here for Fifteen years and yes we have made it home. After staying home raising boys I decided fourteen years ago to go back to work. I am back in the Interior Design field and love it. I have a business pardner and we have our own Interior Design firm, Design, Etc.

Holly Shelton [last update August, 2003]
I am in Memphis currently. My touring band is here. I sing in clubs and for conventions, etc. I am here to Care-give for my wonderful mother, but am making the most of memphis. It is refreshing to be back after all the years in L.A. and Fla. I miss Don, my husband, but he is very supportive of my decision to be with my mother. After losing Pop 8 years ago, no one has to tell me how important your parents are!
I am alos on the web at www.Hollyshelton.com. My CD'S are for sale [at various Memphis outlets]. I have an e-mail mailing list for gigs, so e-mail me and I will add you to the list!
I have toured Morocco and Europe in the last few years, and have done 4 CD's ansd 2 compilations. I am going to be included in the next Memphis Belles CD series which will be in local stores next year!
Go Mustangs! I hope the next reunion has a better turn out. Thanks to those trying to make it happen.

Frank Sidney [last update April, 2013]

Cindy Smith [last updated November, 1998]
I graduated with the class of '73 after attending East for three years. I am now known as Cynthia Smith Emerson. I am an attorney, having graduated from law school at University of Memphis in 1980, and I have been actively engaged in the practice of law ever since. Currently, I have a national practice in which I represent primarily corporate and business clients. I live in La Grange, Fayette County, Tennessee, and also serve as City Attorney. I am also active in other city and county matters; I serve on the Board of Directors for the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce; I am also a member of the Fayette County Conservation Board.
Outside of my professional and community interests, I am on the Board of Trustees for La Grange Methodist Church and play the piano for Sunday services. La Grange is located on a bluff above the Wolf River, and I take advantage of the beautiful wilderness areas for cross-country walking and canoeing. My email address is .

Ed Stewart [last updated May, 2011]
I am currently an Allergy & Immunology specialist in Ocala, FL. I have been married to Patti Bengston Stewart for the past 30 years. We have 3 children; Laura (our oldest) is married, living in Winter Park, FL and teaches autistic children. My son, Trip, just graduated (May 2011) Magna Cum Laude from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. This fall he will begin two years of service with Teach for America in Baltimore, MD. My youngest, Bobby, is currently completing a month of studies in Spain as he concludes his Sophomore year at Florida Southern College where he is studying music/business.

Gary Terry - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Ray Thrower [last updated July, 2011]
Hello all,
I went to East High for 3-years and remember it fondly (what a crazy year 1973 was due to the merger of Lester High and East High) def. an experience that most high school seniors never experience and I am glad that I did.
After working at TGI Fridays for almost 6 years post graduation, I moved to St. Thomas, USVI, where I worked as a tour guide and bartender (also very memorable years but not the kind I could do today).
I returned to the US and obtained a Bachelors Degree from the College of Charleston, SC in Urban Planning and worked for the City of Charleston for 8 years as a city preservation planner (wonderful city and great college, my parents, step dad in Coast Guard, retired in Charleston, SC).
Later I obtained a Master's Degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta and since that time I have been working in commercial real estate development and financing that I enjoy very much.
Presently I live in Fort Lauderdale, FL (for the past 10 years) and I love it, great city/great beaches.
I never married (no children) but have been with my partner now for 15 years.
I very much enjoyed reading the updates that other have posted and I also just googled our class year and this site came up.
I would very much be interested in knowing about a 40 year reunion (can you believe it!) if one is planned, as I have not been to Memphis since the late 80ís (email is best contact information).
My best to all,

Cindy Walker [last updated September, 2002]
After finishing at Memphis State in 1978, I married Don Brown (known as Buster Brown in KA at MSU) in 1993. We moved shortly after to Iowa where we stayed for 10 years. Then a business move took us to North Carolina for 3 years and finally to Jonesboro, AR where we have been for the last 6 years. We have a son, Taylor -aged 17, and a daughter, Lauren - aged 13. Our families are still in Memphis and we still come there often. I am teaching in an elementary school in Jonesboro as an assistant in PE and have taught in special education classrooms and substituted for many years. Buster is in the trailer manufacturing business. If alumni are in the area I would love to hear from you. E mail me at: .

Diane Williams - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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Ollie Mae Wilkerson [posted July 15, 2012]
Deceased. An obituary is available. Click here to read the obituary.

Lynn Wilson - Deceased. An obituary is available.
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People who attended East but graduated in 1973 from other schools.

Barbra Abendroth [last updated April, 1997]
Barbra moved to Memphis from Wisconsin in 1968 and attended East High from 7th grade through 10th grade. She graduated from White Station in 1973 and then headed back up Yankee way. After graduating from Northwestern University in 1977, she worked her way through various print-related and publishing jobs, including ten years as an editor with Macmillan. Currently, she works as a development editor at IDG Books in Indianapolis and lives with Simon, her 15-year-old son, and Ashes, their 3-year-old Australian Shepherd. Interests include traveling, hiking, bookstore browsing, antique hunting, good conversation, and good coffee.

Woodie Murdoch [posted September 10, 2018]
Deceased. An obituary is available. Click here to read the obituary.

Nyle Wood [posted January 19, 2013]
Deceased. An obituary is available. Click here to read the obituary.

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