2010-11-24 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS

Services held for first W.H.S. “Yellow Jacket” advisor
By BENNETT WELCH

Doro- thy Jenkins Pfaff, 80, of Naples, Fla., died Sept. 2. Born and raised in Whites- burg, her family began visiting Naples in 1953, moving to the area permanently in 1956. Her father, Elbert Jenkins, was a talented carpenter and builder who worked on homes in both Whitesburg and Naples.

Dorothy graduated from Whitesburg High School and Berea College. She was active in several clubs and the yearbook committee, and earned her B.S. degree in business administration from Berea in 1951. Dorothy then returned to Whitesburg where she taught typing and shorthand at her alma mater Whitesburg High School until her family’s move to Florida. While teaching at WHS, she was active as a band chaperone and with the yearbook committee. She accompanied the band on their trip to Washington, D.C. one year, and had many wonderful memories and stories of her college and teaching years, as well as her life in Kentucky in general.

Dorothy Jenkins (Pfaff ) served as the first advisor to the “Yellow Jacket” yearbook for the 1954-55 school year. On the first yearbook staff were Claudette Lucas, Elizabeth Blair, Phyllis Stamper, Shelbia Mullins, Pat Martin, Carolene Adkins, Bert Bach, (Advisor, Dorothy Jenkins), Jimmy Giles, Windus Franklin, Bobby Spangler, Mickey Bowen, Kaye Moore, Maurice Moore, Bert Francis. Maurice Moore served as the editor of the 1955 Yellowjacket: Jimmy Giles, sales manager; Kaye Moore, business manager, and Mickey Bowen, advertising manager. Dorothy Jenkins (Pfaff ) served as the first advisor to the “Yellow Jacket” yearbook for the 1954-55 school year. On the first yearbook staff were Claudette Lucas, Elizabeth Blair, Phyllis Stamper, Shelbia Mullins, Pat Martin, Carolene Adkins, Bert Bach, (Advisor, Dorothy Jenkins), Jimmy Giles, Windus Franklin, Bobby Spangler, Mickey Bowen, Kaye Moore, Maurice Moore, Bert Francis. Maurice Moore served as the editor of the 1955 Yellowjacket: Jimmy Giles, sales manager; Kaye Moore, business manager, and Mickey Bowen, advertising manager. After her move to Naples, Dorothy worked for a time as secretary in a local real estate office and taught at Naples High School, where she again worked with the yearbook committee as well as the “Eagle Eye” student paper. In 1956, she competed in the Miss Naples Pageant, and was sponsored by Caribbean Gardens. She then married and had a daughter, Susan Elizabeth. After the birth of her child, she was self-employed as a public stenographer/notary public, assisting many notable area residents and visiting celebrities. Dorothy was also active in the Zonta Club, the American Association of University Women, and with area churches.

1955 Whitesburg homecoming queen, Margaret Day and attendants with faculty advisor (center) Dorthy Jenkins 1955 Whitesburg homecoming queen, Margaret Day and attendants with faculty advisor (center) Dorthy Jenkins In the late 1970s, Dorothy began her employment as a legal secretary, and worked in this field until her retirement in 2007. She was considered capable and knowledgeable in her field, and continued to enjoy books and TV shows about the law and court proceedings throughout the rest of her life. She also enjoyed researching legal questions and articles on the Internet.

Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Elbert E. and Jane Brown Jenkins, as well as an older sister, Shirley Marie, who died as a toddler in Whitesburg. She was also met in heaven by another beloved sister, Polly Jenkins Chirgwin, who died in 1990, a loss Dorothy felt keenly. Her friends and family take comfort in knowing that she is now reunited with Polly, her parents, and little Shirley. Her family was always important to her and a source of strength and happy memories.

1954-55 Whitesburg High School marching band. 1954-55 Whitesburg High School marching band. Dorothy is survived by her daughter, Susan (Richard) Rojas, of Naples; niece Sarah (John) Hall, of California; nephew Steven Chirgwin, and his children Haley and Grant, of West Virginia. She also leaves behind many dear and loving friends in Kentucky and in the Naples area, who will all miss her dearly.

(From the Naples Daily News, Nov. 12.)

Miss Jenkins graduated from Whitesburg High School in 1947. In the “Senior Recognition” section of the April-May Black Kat, her listing was: Dorothy Jenkins, “Dot”- Home Ec., Glee Club, Journalism, 4-H. “If intellect talked she’d be called noisy.”

The administrators and faculty that served with her during the 1954-55 school year were: William B. Hall, Superintendent; Kendall Boggs, Principal; Edgar Banks, Assistant Principal; Hugh Adams, Paul Boggs, James Boyd, Martha Boyd, Monroe Breeding, Cecil Caudill, Bill Collins, Virginia Combs, Bonnie Day, Ann Dugan, Walter Enlow, Nora B. Hall, Betty Little, Edwin Lee Moore, Lucy Pigman, John H. Preston, W.L. Stallard, Jack Taylor, Jeanette Wampler, Lovette Brown, Van Cornett, Ray Pigman, Edith Polly, and Vera Raleigh.

Classmates 1947: Barbara Adams, Burtis G. Adams, Anita W. Adkins, Jack Lloyd Amburgey, Edgar Banks, Rilla Vae C. Banks, Cleta Bentley, Herbert Clay Caudill, Maelean Caudill, Mary Caudill, Verniece Faye Caudill, Wendell Collier, Georgelta Collins, James Ray Collins, Arthur Willis Combs, Carol Combs, Jacqueline Faye Combs, Dallas June Craft, Owen Ishmael Craft, Coleman Day, Margaret Louise Day, Bill W. Fairchild, Paula J. Flinchum, Thomas A. Fugate, Emma Carol Frazier, Jack Glenn Frazier, Ruth Hall, Della Mae Caudill Hall, Palmer Hamilton, Nancy Hilton, Prewitt Hoff man, Polly Jean Hogg, Nellie Evelyn Holbrook, Willa June Holbrook, Phillip S. Holston, Ermel R. Ison, Priscilla Pat Ison, Dorothy Sue Jenkins, Rebecca Lenore Kincer, Mary Atta Kincer, Larue Iva Jean Kiser, Mary Lynn Lewis, Ellis O. Maggard, Archie Gleason Maggard, John C. Newsome, Bill Pigman, James Glenn Polly, Paul W. Polly, Herman Enlow Sergent, Carroll Hargis Shackleford, Betty Sue Slemp, Margie Lou Slemp, Lavon Sparks, Anna Lea Sturgill, Ruby Lucille Taylor, and Donald Roger Wyatt.

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