2010-07-21 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS

2010 Whitesburg High School All-Class Reunion (Part Two)
By BENNETT WELCH
Commencement Week

In honor of Elizabeth “Dot” Combs Webb, Class of 1938 In honor of Elizabeth “Dot” Combs Webb, Class of 1938 program for WHS

The commencement season for the school year 1937-38 is now approaching. Since this is the largest class that has ever graduated from WHS, we are hoping to have one of the nicest commencements that have ever been held. In order that the parents of this graduating class may have time to make arrangements to attend these exercises the following schedule is herein given: Sunday night, May 15, at 7:30 o’clock, the Baccalaureate Sermon will be delivered by Rev. L.O. Griffith, Pastor of the First Baptist Church. All other activities will be held in the grade school auditorium beginning at 8:00 o’clock. Monday night, May 16, Mrs. Albert Jones will give her recital. Tuesday night, May 17, Class Day exercises for the senior class. Wednesday night, May 18, the eighth grade exercises. Thursday night, May 19, senior class play. Friday night, May 20, the commencement exercises for the senior class.

Don Webb (1956), Terry Combs (’63), Sue Lewis (‘63), and Sherlon Raleigh (‘63) Don Webb (1956), Terry Combs (’63), Sue Lewis (‘63), and Sherlon Raleigh (‘63) The only charge for any of the above programs will be for the class play on Thursday night. The commencement speaker will be Lieut. Gov. Keen Johnson, and I am sure all will want to hear him.

(The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle May 5, 1938.)

Large crowd attends

basketball banquet

Tuesday night, March 22, 101 people attended the Whitesburg High School basketball banquet at the Presbyterian Church. This banquet was served by the Ladies’ Auxiliary. The food was delicious and splendidly served by the girls of the church. The basketball boys were each given the privilege of inviting a high school girl to accompany them, and they were also escorted by some ardent basketball supporter, and their meal being paid by him.

Herb Caudill (1947), T. Lee Adams and Sally F. Caudill (‘52), and Phyllis Hall Adams (‘56) Herb Caudill (1947), T. Lee Adams and Sally F. Caudill (‘52), and Phyllis Hall Adams (‘56) Professor R. Dean Squires acted as toastmaster, introducing the team and escorts. Music was furnished by Mrs. Albert Jones at the piano and Mr. LeRoy Fields on the saxophone and was greatly enjoyed by all. A humorous reading was given by Mrs. Jones. Two trios, “Mah Lindy Lou” and “My Curly Headed Baby”, were sung by Mesdames Miles Moore and R. Dean Squires.

This was followed by a splendid speech by Coach Ed Diddle of Western Teachers College, who was also an honored guest.

The banquet came to a close by singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” and each guest departed expressing what a happy occasion it had been and this recorded another memory in the history of Whitesburg High School.

Randy Fields (1964), Vickie Moore Receveur (‘64), Mahala R. Frazier (‘64), and Sonny Frazier Randy Fields (1964), Vickie Moore Receveur (‘64), Mahala R. Frazier (‘64), and Sonny Frazier (The above article appeared in The Mountain Eagle March 24, 1938.)

69 graduate from WHS

Friday night

Commencement exercises were held Friday night at the high school for the largest class of seniors to ever graduate from Whitesburg High School. Sixtynine students completed their high school studies at this time.

The Baccalaureate services were held at the Baptist Church last Sunday at which Rev. L. O. Griffith delivered the message to the class and a large congregation.

Lieutenant Governor Keen Johnson will deliver the commencement address on the program, which was arranged by Prof. R. Dean Squires.

The graduates were: John Adams, Geneva Adams, Helen Amburgey, Robert Asher, Ogden Blair, Arnold Boggs, Hazel Banks, Louise Blair, Van Breeding, Charles Ray Blair, Ernette Blair, Gertrude Brown, James Berlin Brown, Kermit Baker, Verdell Bach, Elizabeth Combs, Beulah Combs, Garrett Craft, Helen Craft, Grace Combs, Bernice Combs, Bernice Collins, Astor Collins, Foister Collins, Wm. Fred Cornett, Warren H. Creech, Sarah Ellen Caudill, Warren Davis, Maureen Day, Ruth Edmiston, Nora Lee Fields, Lee Frazier, Jr., Ira Frazier, Carolyn Fields, Gladys B. Gish, Wayne Hoff man, Marie Holbrook, Patsy Lou Hall, Blanche Hubbard, Inis Hall, Lulu Holbrook, Carl Ison, Margaret King, Robert Kelly, Thomas Morton, Francis Lee Marcum, Lillian Mae Moretz, Gladys Potter, Ray Pigman, Ruby Lee Pendleton, Lela Mae Picklesimer, Julia Ann Pugh, Leah Sturgill, Yarlet Swisher, Berkley Sizemore, Ison Sergent, Pruda Webb, Estelle Smallwood Blevins, Archie Sergent, Chester Webb, Benjamin Webb, Paul Winstead, Amos Whitaker, Elmer Smith, Delmer Smith, Gene Miller Tomlinson, Kenton Sturgill, Raymond R. Hammonds, and Otto Parsons.

Johnny Orville Doyle (1956) and wife, Evelyn, winners of the “Coach Cal” signed basketball Johnny Orville Doyle (1956) and wife, Evelyn, winners of the “Coach Cal” signed basketball Senior Play: “Grandma Goes Hollywood.” The players: A hopeful writer - Verdell Back; A hopeful mother - Helen Craft; a hopeful actress - Dot Combs; A helpful old lady - Belle Gish; A harassed author - Astor Collins; A happy wife - Julia Ann Pugh; A helpful maid - Ernette Blair; A has-been star - Grace Combs; A hustling manager - Ogden Blair; A temperamental director - Garrett Craft; A Hollywood girl - Carolyn Fields. The play was directed by Rosa Hale. The Business Manager was Verdell Back. Prompter for the play was Lela Picklesimer. Property men were Verdell Ogden and Astor Garrett. Furniture provided by Mrs. D.C. Rose.

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