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     The East High Class of 1976     
East High School, Memphis, Tennessee

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Phil Beard [last updated July, 2000]
It's a great feeling to be part of the East High family via the Web. I left Memphis in 1981, but return often and fondly remember the good times and friends at East.
My wife Donna, and daugher Kim, live in Raleigh, NC. Raleigh is old-South, like Memphis, yet has a high-tech atmosphere with a wonderful culture.
I'm a network engineer for a large training company, working way too many hours and not spending near enough time at home (sound familiar?)
Write if you get a chance.
Hang in there Mustangs!!

Deborah Blakney - Graduated early with Class of 1975. See her profile entry on the Class of '75 directory page.

Mark Chaney [updated December, 2013]
Deceased. An obituary is available.

Prior to his death, Mark Chaney was a participant with our alumni page. The following is his last posting with us.
[posted January, 2005]
I have lived in Charlotte since 1984 and am married to a Memphis girl(Kimberlee) and am a Contractor. We have been spending quite a bit more time in Memphis over the recent past. Best Regards and Good Luck to All.

Mike Cooper [last updated February, 2004]

Colonious Davis [last updated October, 1998]
Hi I am elated to see such a fine web page on line for my dear high school. I am Colonious Davis from the class of 1976. Being a part of the test group for "busing to achieve racial balance" I found that my education was greater than the "4R's". Mine would be also the learning and appreciation of a different culture of people not so familiar to me. It has become one of the greater lessons I've learned and a cornerstone I base many philosophies of life . I learned that beyond cultural differences we were all human, breathing, loving people. I shall forever cherish my life experiences at East High.
I currently reside in Memphis and I a on the management staff at a local hospital. I work with the Memphis theatre community on a part-time basis as my personal hobby. I gained that love for theatre from our high school music teacher Ms Gillespie. We performed the fabulous broadway follies or some other production each year. I have had the opportunity to travel abroad and around the US either performing, watching or working behind the scences of many theatrical productions. I have worked with most of the local theatre groups both college and professional here in town. One of my most memorable performances was "A salute to Africans in Russia" which toured Russia.
Out of high school I attended Shelby State, Memphis State and finally University of Tennessee @ Memphis with a BS in Health Information Management.
Please feel free to contact me by email at

Tim Godfrey [last updated March, 2006]
Greetings fellow Mustangs!
It is nice to see familiar names from the past. I have been in Texas for most of the past 26 years, except for a few years back in Memphis living downtown and working at LeBonheur. I earned Masters degrees at Trinity University in Healthcare Administration and Hardin-Simmons in Business Administration. I work as an Administrator of a group of 8 physcians here in West Texas. I still run, ran the Boston Marathon in 2001, have been married 25+ years, kids 15 and 11. I am the President of the Board of the Abilene Philharmonic and love travel. My kids both go to camp in East Tennessee a month of the summer so I get to pass through and visit at least once a year.
I love you guys. Those were wonderful years. Did someone say something about a 30th reunion?
Drop me a line.

Donny Hoxie [last updated July, 2004]
I am married going on 25 years as of 2004. Currently living in Texas.

John Johnson [last updated October, 2008] [E-mail address updated January, 2012]

Jay Joyce [last updated May, 2005]
Right now I am living in Phoenix,AZ and I am working as a computer Eng. for a company called MSI. I am also a electronic Eng. and I do deveolopment for (SMG) surface EMG). I have 3 grown children which are all computer nerds, HAHA. I play APA pool ledgue every week and practise tacticle training on weekends. Can't seem to slow down now days but considering moving back to Memphis one day. East High School was cool. Susan Randal was such a sweetheart, I missed her. She made acting fun.

Mary Ann Kersh [last updated November, 2000] [E-mail address updated October, 2011]

Sylvelen Lee [last updated March, 2010]

Pam Matthews [last updated February, 2002]
Hello, class of 1976! I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to be able to communicate with so many of my classmates. I had hoped to see more names from the class of '76 on this great alumni page. I am very proud of my days at East High School. I can never forget my days with Ms. Gillespie and the swing choir. I still have the passion to sing, but I don't perform as much as I used to. I have been married for 15 years to Haywood Hudson Jr. Together we have four wonderful children, Kristen('01), Christopher('02), Jamie, and Chelsea. Both Christopher and Kristen graduated from East High School. We reside in Memphis, TN. I am employed with the Memphis City School System as a school nurse. I love my job very much because children have become my passion. I would love to hear from any of my friends from East. Love to all of you. You can contact me at.....

Jenny McDowell [last updated June, 1997] [E-mail address updated May, 2005]
I attended East from first through seventh grade. My class was among the first to experience the busing experiment, pairing us with Lester for eighth and ninth grades. I dabbled with private schools for those two years, but returned to East in the tenth grade, skipped the eleventh grade, and then graduated in 1976.
While at East those last two years, I was involved in a public television series produced by WTTW (PBS) in Chicago about desegregation in the public school system as seen through the eyes of students (titled: "As We See It"). Memphis was one of ten cities involved in the project, and I along with about five other students at East High were chosen to write and produce the Memphis segment of the series. We got the whole school involved in some of the filming: during one scene we staged a pep rally/party in the gym, with awards given out by principal Mr. Wesley , and live music to which we all danced the bump (some of us not very well, either).
I attended Southwestern at Memphis, graduating in 1980 with a degree in English Lit. Ive been working in various capacities most of that time since for my brother-in-law, Bob Towery, the founder of Memphis Magazine. Today I am the executive publisher for Towery Publishing, in charge of production of our print products which include coffee-table style photo-journal books on different cities across the country and Canada (our Memphis book was just released in May) as well as guides and directories for chambers of commerce, and Agenda magazine in Memphis and Tulsa, OK.
My sister, Patty McDowell Towery, graduated from East in 1968, and my late brother, David McDowell, graduated in 1966.

Sylvia McNeal [last updated May, 2012]
My name is Sylvia Mcneal Joyner
After graduating from East High School. I was married and relocated with my husband to New Orleans. I lived in New Orleans for about nine years. At the end of the nine years we moved to where I presently live, in Gary, Indiana. I have been a licensed minister for the last five years and in the ministry with my husband for the last fourteen years. I am also a substitute teacher in my spare time. I am a recent graduate from Purdue Calumet University with a B.A. in English Literature. Since graduating from Purdue, I was blessed to receive my Master degree in Education in 2011. As of 2012, I am pursuing a Ph.d in Education (curriculum and teaching. I am the mother of three children, one boy and two girls. Also the grandmother of five beautiful children. I am also happy to write that I am a newly published author. The name of my book is A Minister's Wife A Help or Hindrance. I am presently working on a companion book to A Minister's Wife, a devotional journal book. Thanks for allowing me to express my self in this format. I also graduated early with the class of 76.' Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sylvia McNeal Joyner

Jana Michel [last updated October, 2007]
It's good to read about all of you! I am a psychiatrist is Knoxville, Tennessee, married to Don Arwood since 1983 with two children, Sam (1987) and Molly(1990). We love Knoxville and would be happy to see any of you who may pass through. Reunion plans, anyone?

Victor Moore [last updated August, 2005] [E-mail address updated August, 2009]
Hello friend of East High Class of 1976. I am delighted that soon we will celebrate our 30th high school graduation anniversary. Just want to update you all on the lastest with the Moore family.I have been married for 22 years to Geraldine and we have four children three young ladies and a young man. I have been employed at GE Consumer Finance since I retired from the U.S. Army. I am the Pastor of Living Faith Christian Center Church in Canton, OH. This church was started in September of 2003 and many peoples lives are changing through the power of the Word of God. And God has really blessed this ministy, we look forward to greater works. Feel free to drop me line to say hello or if you are in need of prayer.

Tim Nelson [last updated November, 2004]
I graduated in 1976 after three years of FUN at one of the best schools in the city. Never having been a real partier at East, I came into my own during my freshman year at CBC (who knew I had it in me?). I transferred to North Texas State for the next two years, then left to work in my dad's company. Today, I'm a textile chemist with the same company, living in Dallas with my wonderful girlfriend, Dani. Lots of great times at East, but it's the friends I made (and a huge, unrequited crush on Ellen S.) that I will always remember most!

Cynthia Denise Plummer [last updated January, 2008]
I live in Owasso,Oklahoma, I have been married for 24 years. I have four childern and five grandchildern. I have lived in many places both in the states and abroad. I am a professional Hair Stylist. I also design custom cards (i.e. gretting,wedding,birthday and others). I have seen a few people who attended High School with me, even though I have not lived in Memphis for many years. I still visit as often as I can, I would love to hear from some of my old classmates. This is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends. Feel free to e-mail me :)

Philip Ramsey [last updated April, 2010]
After many years after East High graduation living in a fog, I moved to Asheville, NC in 1989 and decided to get serious aboutn life a little bit. I went back to college in 1993 to UNC-Asheville and graduated with a degree in psychology in 1997. I did a masters program at Appalachian State in Boone, NC in Marriage and family Therapy attending from 1998-2000. I have worked in mental health since then in vatrious capacities. In 2003 I had a back injury and received some acupuncture. I became fascinated with this process and enrolled in a new school for Chinese Medicine in Asheville in 2003. This long program ended in 2007 and I have integrated doing Chinese Medicine (acupuncture and herbs) in my career. I was married for the second time in December, 2008 to Marie-Louise, a native of Switzerland. We have no children but two loveley animals, a dog and cat. I have been practicing Aikido for 8+ years as one of my main interests. Living in the mountains, I also enjoy hiking and being in nature. Life is overall very good.

Bob Reynolds [last updated August, 2005]
Mark Chaney told me about this great site, and I'm happy to see what so many others are doing! I have been working on the river since graduating from East in 1976 (is anyone who knew me really surprised?!?). I serve as Captain on the motor vessel Magnolia, pushing asphalt barges up and down the river. I have been married for over 26 years to a girl I met in the summer of '75 - we have two young kids, but that's another story! Greta to read about everyone who has posted. Email me!

Sonya-Starr Sams [last updated May, 1999]
I graduated a year early with Carol Thornton. I should have graduated in 1977 with Emily Dryefus, Lisa Tronsel, and Ellen Swanson. I am looking for Carol Thornton if anyone knows where she can be reached. I am married in Kentucky working at Western Baptist Hospital as an Emergency Room Tech. I have 6 children, 2 are mine, my son is graduating this year. Hes 18, my daughter just turned 16. Since leaving East High I was in the Army. I moved everywhere even after my honorable discharge because my ex-husband was in the army also. Ive lived in Georgia and I lived for 14 years in Pittsburgh Pa but nothing has been like the years I spent in Memphis. I started at East High when I was in the 6th grade. I had a wonderful bunch of teachers that I really liked Mrs.Weaks for example. I also remember how wonderful our school Secretary was Mrs. Williams. I enjoy telling my children about my school years and the fun we had. Go MUSTANGS!!!!!

David Thorpe [last updated March, 2006]
I graduated from CBC in 1980 with a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering. Went to work in the nuclear industry for 16 years. I married in 1980 to a graduate from Hillcrest. We are still married with 2 children. We moved back to Memphis (Germantown, actually)in 1997. I currently work at the Health Department in the Pollution Control section.

Tami Tielens [last updated October, 1997]
I moved back to Memphis after having spent 10 years in Dallas. No husband, children or pets at the moment. I currently live downtown and work for myself.


OTHERS ASSOCIATED WITH THE CLASS OF 1976
People who attended East with the class of 1976 but were not graduated with it.
Kay Humphreys [last updated August, 2007]
Wow! What a great website! I ended up graduating from Briarcrest, but always felt like East was my high school. I married Shep Fargotstein (class of 1972) and we have 3 great kids - David, 25, Sam, 21 and Molly, 17. We were married for 14 years, but things didn't work out as planned...Anyway, I remarried in 2001 to a great guy who flys C-5s for the Air Guard. We live in Germantown and have a wonderful life. I have lots of great memories of East - my friends, Patricia Day, Leigh Crockett, April Mills (I wonder what happened to April?), Linda Hoehn, Todd and Tim Nelson, David Beard, Tommy Nevin...I haven't seen some of them since then!! My teachers - Mr. McIntyre (biology), Ms. Alissandratos (algebra), Mrs. Reagan (Curry)(English), Ms. Thompson (History), Ms. Gandy (math?), Mrs. Collier (Art), Miss Gillespie (music) - anyway, my children have kept me busy through the years - I would love to see some of those people again.

Marikay Jerit [last updated August, 2005]
Hi all..... I did not graduate from East but attended for many years (grade school and some HS). I went to Lester jr.I graduated from HS in 1976 and reconized many of the names listed. I would love to hear from you all. I am in the Chicago area working in social services. I have 2 children, a son who just graduated from college and a daughter playing D 1 ball. I still have family in Memphis but rarely get there. Email or call me ......

708 767-7800 (cell)

Joy Katzen [last updated November, 2009]
Wow ... I just stumbled on this site. What fun! I attended East Elementary & East Junior High from Fall 1964 through Spring 1972, switched to MCHS (Memphis Catholic High) from 1972-1976 when I graduated. East probably had more influence on my early life than any other place I can recall. I grew up in Hedgemoor ... left Memphis in 1976 to attend Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri, receiving degrees in broadcast journalism & music. Following college, I settled in the Tampa Bay Area, marrying my husband Mark Guthrie in 1983, taking up a career in news/talk radio and eventually replacing it with my own business, Tune-of-the-Century Music, and a concert/recording/writing career in music that I continue today. I'm at http://www.joyfulnoise.net, also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/joyfulnoise. I'd love to re-connect ... I have wonderful memories of my years at East and in Memphis.

Mark Miller [last updated February, 2004]

Margaret Mitchell [last updated August, 2014]
I loved my years spent at East high. After high school I attended Memphis technology school food service dietitian. I have been married for 18 years to my wonderful husband Carlos.I have one daughter Tiffany by my high school sweetheart Anthony Washington we have two grandson one granddaughter one great grandson. I worked in food service for a while. I have been in fire & water restoration for twenty three years. I deal with all major insurances company's on fire's and water damage. The job is great we basically help people put their lives back together. After being devastated with the loss of their items, sometimes lost of love ones.

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