2013-05-08 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH


Black Kat staff — Glenna Wampler, Barbara Trent, Billie Steve Amburgey, Janice Bentley, Vina Stamper, Donna Spangler, Santa Carol Hall, Christine Sumpter, Jacquelyn Collins, Sylvia Owens, Georgette Day, Bob Stansberry, Sonny Enfusse, Sonny Webb, Sarah Hall and Anna Statzer. Black Kat staff — Glenna Wampler, Barbara Trent, Billie Steve Amburgey, Janice Bentley, Vina Stamper, Donna Spangler, Santa Carol Hall, Christine Sumpter, Jacquelyn Collins, Sylvia Owens, Georgette Day, Bob Stansberry, Sonny Enfusse, Sonny Webb, Sarah Hall and Anna Statzer. 1958

Coach Ernie Trosper had this to say about his 1957-58 Whitesburg High School basketball team at the end of the season: “I would first like to state that I think the club of ’57-58 has been my best during my stay at Whitesburg. There are several reasons for saying this. We were better balanced as far as scoring went. I had six boys in particular who could hit the bucket. Our height was better than usual and we were a better-polished club due to the fact that the team was composed of past lettermen. I would not like to pick one or even two boys in particular and say that they were outstanding. I like to think of twelve outstanding boys on our club, each one dependent on the other for success. I have enjoyed working with this group and I think I can summarize the whole year by saying that I would like to have twelve boys like these on every team I coach.”


Pictured is the 1957-58 Whitesburg High School basketball team, (front row, left to right) Chester Adams, Sonny Webb, Tommy McCoy, (middle row) Kelly Boggs, Larry Britton, Tommy Fields, Ercel Sturgill, Don Kuracka, (back row) Darrell Stidham, Marty Blair, Darrell Sturgill, Stanley Branson, and Coach Ernie Trosper. Pictured is the 1957-58 Whitesburg High School basketball team, (front row, left to right) Chester Adams, Sonny Webb, Tommy McCoy, (middle row) Kelly Boggs, Larry Britton, Tommy Fields, Ercel Sturgill, Don Kuracka, (back row) Darrell Stidham, Marty Blair, Darrell Sturgill, Stanley Branson, and Coach Ernie Trosper. Song dedications

‘Unbroken Love,’ Emma Walker to Carlos Fugate. ‘ Love You Too Much,’ “Squash” Enfusse to Fern Fulton. ‘I Still Love You,’ Marty Blair to Madelyn Meyers. ‘Loving You,’ Ella Yonts to Major Sparks. ‘My Arms Are A House,’ Ella Mae Killon to Bob. ‘Goody Goody’ Coach Trosper to Jan. ‘Still,’ Nelda Austin to Ted Collier. ‘Chains of Love,’ Linda Pennington to Buddy Vance. ‘I Want A Diamond Ring,’ Sarah, Janis, Donna, Wanda, Billie, and Pat. ‘Once More,’ Christine Branham to Bob Boring. ‘I’ll Be True,’ Chris to Iven. ‘Could This Be Magic,’ Janice Webb to John V. Bentley. ‘Till We Meet Again,’ Billie Amburgey to Greg. ‘Come Back Baby,’ Carl Pigman to Jean Lewis. ‘Little Bitty Pretty Ones,’ Billy Joe, Bob, Sonny and Squash. ‘Wear My Ring,’ Dan Sumpter to Jo Lark. ‘You Are My Destiny,’ Juanita McCloud to Otto Bentley. ‘Chances Are,’ Dallas Fields to Billy Harlow. ‘Why Don’t They Understand?’ Marsha Kincer to Burkey Fields. ‘It Won’t Be Long,’ Bob Stansberry to “Whoever she is”. ‘That’ll Be The Day,’ Lois White to John Compton. ‘You Send Me,’ Flo Moretz to Arvil Hoskins. ‘Kisses Sweeter Than Wine,’ “Someone” to Gary Kincer. ‘You Bug Me Baby,’ Betty Lou Oliver to Charles Cook. ‘I’m Available,’ Miss Raleigh, Miss Dugan, Miss Stamper. ‘How Many,’ “Junebug” Day to all his girls. ‘Wedding Bells,’ Shelby Wright to????? ‘Only You,’ Wanda Rogers to James Reynolds.

Facts about some of the seniors

Nelda “ Nell” Austin, 8/12/1940, Food, all foods; Drink, Pepsi; Song, not any special one; Expression; haven’t got one; Ambition, Get through college.

Larry “ L. B.” Britton; 3/30/1940, Drink, all pop; Song, ‘World in His Hands’; Expression, Boy, I like ‘em; Ambition, get a job and make money.

Carol “Fairchild” Brown, 4/26/1940, Food, hamburger; Drink, Coke and Slitsie Pop; Song, ‘Twilight Time’; Expression, snot-pot; Ambition, to get more degrees than Miss Stamper and to find a rich man for “Ann.”

Lilly “ Lil” Collins, 2/25/1940, Food, Steak; Drink; R.C.; Song, Make Me A Miracle; Expression, Hey; Ambition, To be a teacher.

Charles E. Cook; 9/4/ 1940, Food, Chicken; Drink, R.C.; Song, Drink Up and Go Home; Expression, Yep, just like it; Ambition, To go to the moon.

Sonny “Squash” Enfusse; 1/ 6/ 1940, Food, Turtle Meat; Drink, Old Grandpa; Song, Sleeping At the Foot of The Bed; Expression, Hi Fellows; Ambition, to be a sot.

Patsy “Pat” Fultz; , Food, hamburger; Drink, Dr. Pepper; Song, Born to be a Loser; Expression, Oh, cat hair; Ambition, Artist.

Billy Joe “Bootleg” Hall, 1/15/1940, Food, Cornbread and buttermilk; Drink, Country Club; Song, Wear My Ring; Expression, O.K., slick; Ambition, bootlegger.

Elana Kay Holstein, 10/30/1940, Food, soup beans; Drink, lemonade; Song, Autumn Leaves; Expression, Oh, me; Ambition, school teacher, good wife, good mother.

Patricia (Pat) Younce, 11/13/1940, Food, hamburgers and French fries; Drink, Pepsi; Song, Twilight Time; Expression, Ah, that’s WHS for ye; Ambition, A good wife.

Gertrude Anne “Trudie Anne” Lewis, 8/22/1940, Food, Cheese; Drink, Pepsi; Song, If You Know The Lord; Expression, I’ll be; Ambition, To serve the Lord.

Franklin D. (Pretty Boy) Perry, 3/17/1939, Food, chocolate pie; Drink, nothing; Song, Just Married; Expression, Punk; Ambition, To be a successful husband to all my women.

Dan Mitchell Polly, 4/19/1940, Food, butterscotch pie; Drink, nothing; Song, The Joker; Expression, nothing; Ambition, To go to college.

Sherdie ( Bird Legs) Martin, 11/28/1939, Food, chicken and green beans; Drink, coffee; Song, Breaking In a New Pair of Shoes; Expression, none; Ambition, none.

Wanda (Rodg) Rodgers, 2/19/1940, Food, anything and everything; Drink, R.C.; Song, Witchdoctor; Expression, Blow me down; Ambition, get through college.

Darrell (Dock) Stidham, 8/23/1939, Food, beans, potatoes; Drink, milk; Song, Honey Child; Expression, Don’t; Ambition, To be a coach.

Raymond (Sweet Pea) Thomas, 4/29/1940, Food, strawberry shortcake; Drink, “Old Crow”; Song, You Send Me; Expression, Ah gee Ma, loosen up a bit; Ambition, Airman in Air Force.

Ella (Lou) Yonts, 11/22/1939, Food, chicken; Drink, lemonade; Song, Twilight Time; Expression, Oh, me; Ambition, to become a secretary.

Parting advice from some of the seniors

Make the best you can of your studies now for your whole future may depend upon what you do now. And when you reach graduation at high school go on to college if you possibly can. James Adams.

If planning to eat candy or chew gum, you’d better rob a bank now because you are really going to need the cash when Miss Raleigh wants twenty cents every time she catches you. You’d also better read your Bible a little more as she has a bad habit of making you quote verses when she catches you talking. P.S., don’t play hooky, ever!! Martha Adams.

Study hard all the years of high school. Plan for after graduation just what you are going to do, then when you are a senior, of this you will be glad, that you have a chance to use all the subjects that you have had. Billie Steve Amburgey.

Make sure you always throw your chewing gum out before entering Miss Raleigh’s room. Mary Jo Holbrook.

Be good to the teachers and they will be good to you. Mattie Jane Hoskins.

By all means, study your literature; it’s the hardest class. Charles Lucas.

Kids, take all this advice, have fun and don’t let things you can’t help worry you. Learn how to live on two meals a day. Sylvia Owens.

Don’t always be a bookworm, you can study but still have fun. Lydia Marie Polly.

Don’t do anything you’ll be sorry for later. Mary Sue Raleigh.

Don’t try running to the post office during your lunch period. It’s bad for the brain. (I know). Wanda Rodgers.

Be a gentleman or lady and success will surely come your way. Frank Perry.

If you’re married, don’t let school interfere with your whole life. Mrs. Ella May Killen.

Don’t mess up. If you do you will be going to school at Whitesburg the rest of your life. Ben Hunsucker.

Study from the beginning and get all lessons teachers assign and everything will be much better. Vivian Gibes Back.

Don’t chew gum in Miss Raleigh’s class because it will cost you twenty cents a crack. Also get your book reports and themes in on time or look out! Mary Jane Baker.

Do not play hooky or you will get a 20-page theme or get to go home. Don’t get drunk when you go to the Junior-Senior Prom. And another thing, you had better study unless you want to end up on the lower half of the class. Rabon Banks.

If you figure on going on your senior trip, you should really work all through school raising money and not be left short like we were. Ronald Lucas.

Don’t have 4th period study hall, for the temptation is too great not to take an hour and a half for lunch. Christine Branham.

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