2013-07-03 / Columns

Moments and Memories of WHS

By BENNETT WELCH


WHS GIRLS RESERVE 1940 — Front row, Mrs. Salling, Enilla Crase, Susan Frazier, (twin) Taylor, Louise Williams, Jessie Pendlenton, Kathryn Black, Florence Hale, Marieta Boyd, Eileen Bentley, Mary Evelyn Hale, Sybil Dawahare, Minta Combs, Norma Codospoti, Paulline Stallard, second row, Alice Fields, Marie Adams, Anna Reece Caudill, Minerva Ruth Zimmerman, Clarice Lynch, Johnny Marie McIntosh, Eleanor Fairchild, Mary Jo Whitaker, Mary Jane Squires, Laura Asher (in front of Mary Jane), third row, Faye Bowen, Zoe Hart, (twin) Taylor, Eunice Combs, Betty Jo Picklesimer, Kathryn Webb, Carolyn Hayes, Reba Williams, Fourth Row: Helen Rautley, Inez Blair, Marie Boone, Ruby Craft, fifth row, Juanita Gish, Mable Pigman, Bobby Jean Thompson, Beta Combs, Bonnie Hall, Jane Blair, sixth Row, Louise Long, Eva Dale Stallard, Janice Mullins, Lena Lee Renaker, Loretta Coldiron, Emma Carolyn Hart, seventh row, Louise Barnett, Peggy Williams, Mattie Ward, Iva Lee Blair, eighth row, Sally Adams, Judy Craft, Mary Glenn Jenkins, Manta Banks, Lucille Stamper, Laura Lee Slemp. WHS GIRLS RESERVE 1940 — Front row, Mrs. Salling, Enilla Crase, Susan Frazier, (twin) Taylor, Louise Williams, Jessie Pendlenton, Kathryn Black, Florence Hale, Marieta Boyd, Eileen Bentley, Mary Evelyn Hale, Sybil Dawahare, Minta Combs, Norma Codospoti, Paulline Stallard, second row, Alice Fields, Marie Adams, Anna Reece Caudill, Minerva Ruth Zimmerman, Clarice Lynch, Johnny Marie McIntosh, Eleanor Fairchild, Mary Jo Whitaker, Mary Jane Squires, Laura Asher (in front of Mary Jane), third row, Faye Bowen, Zoe Hart, (twin) Taylor, Eunice Combs, Betty Jo Picklesimer, Kathryn Webb, Carolyn Hayes, Reba Williams, Fourth Row: Helen Rautley, Inez Blair, Marie Boone, Ruby Craft, fifth row, Juanita Gish, Mable Pigman, Bobby Jean Thompson, Beta Combs, Bonnie Hall, Jane Blair, sixth Row, Louise Long, Eva Dale Stallard, Janice Mullins, Lena Lee Renaker, Loretta Coldiron, Emma Carolyn Hart, seventh row, Louise Barnett, Peggy Williams, Mattie Ward, Iva Lee Blair, eighth row, Sally Adams, Judy Craft, Mary Glenn Jenkins, Manta Banks, Lucille Stamper, Laura Lee Slemp. 1941


MARY PASSMORE MARY PASSMORE Whitesburg High graduate (Class of ’41), former faculty member dies

<b>Mary Glenn Jenkins Passmore, widow of John Edwin Passmore, a pharmacist, died on Monday, April 29, 2013, in Salem, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arch C. Jenkins and Minnie Thompson Jenkins, of Whitesburg; sister, Genevieve Jenkins Farley; and in-laws, Dr. Charles Granford Passmore (pharmacist, Kentucky and Virginia) and Mary Farmer Passmore.

Mary Glenn’s surviving family includes a son, Jack Granford Passmore and wife, Janice Godard Passmore; daughter, Carol Frances Collier and husband, William Fletcher Collier; grandchildren, Brett Daniel Collier, Emily Collier Sengenberger and husband, Peter Sengenberger, and William Jeffrey Collier; and great-grandchildren, Tyler Daniel Collier and Jane Marlow Sengenberger.

A Kentucky girl, born in Seco on Oct. 16, 1922, she was raised in Whitesburg. She became a member of Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church, graduated from Eastern State Teacher’s College, and taught typing and shorthand at Whitesburg High School from 1944 to 1946. She was described in a 1946 yearbook as “sweet and understanding as anyone you’ll meet.” On Feb. 22, 1946, Mary Glenn married a Kentucky boy, her high school sweetheart, “Jack,” at the Lexington Presbyterian Church. This followed his return to the States after serving in World War II. She then worked as a bookkeeper in Stewart’s Department Store and lived in Louisville and Shelbyville while Jack worked on his degree from the University of Kentucky. The family moved to Norton, Va., where Jack joined his dad at the corner drugstore, Passmore’s Pharmacy.

Mrs. Passmore joined the community where her memberships included the Norton Presbyterian Church (deacon, Women’s Circle, and Women of the Church), Bridge Club, Lonesome Pine Country Club, Beta Sigma Phi, and lifetime memberships in the Green Thumb Garden Club and the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs.

The past several years, Mary Glenn resided at the Joseph C. Thomas Center in Salem. It was here that she met her dear friend and roommate, Lucille Akers. A loving daughter, sister, devoted wife, sympathetic teacher, patient and kind mother, proud grandmother and great-grandmother, a loyal friend, and consistent Christian, she merits the words of her Master, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joys of Thy Lord.”

A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 3, at the Sandlick Cemetery in Whitesburg, with the Rev. Will Robinson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Salem Presbyterian Church, 41 E. Main Street, Salem, VA 24153, the Norton Presbyterian Church, 1230 Church Street, NW, Norton, VA 24273, or to the Graham Presbyterian Church, 18 Broadway, Whitesburg, KY 41858.

Mrs. Passmore was a member of the WHS Girls Reserve during her junior year.

Journalism class visits Eagle office

On Wednesday afternoon The Eagle was honored by a visit from the journalism class of Whitesburg High. About 16 students with their teacher, Mr. Stallard, and Coach Follace Fields, spent the 45-minute class period learning about the Linotype machine, how articles were prepared for the paper, something about ‘make up’ and finally watched several copies of the inside pages of this week’s Eagle emerge from the press. These students were very much interested in this phase of the printing shop as they plan to make a high school paper next year, and hope to learn a lot by this year’s observation and text book studies.

(The above article from the Jan. 24, 1941 Mountain Eagle.)

The Whitesburg Future Farmers Chapter, after having been selected as the outstanding chapter in the Eastern Kentucky District was ranked third in the State Chapter Contest, it was announced Friday night at the annual Future Farmer Banquet, held in the Kentucky Hotel ballroom.

The chapter received as a reward for their placing third, a set of Trail Blazer series of books, awarded by the J. B. Lipincott and Company.

Other honors won at the convention in Louisville included first place on the Chapter Treasurer’s Book, kept by Jack Cornett, chapter treasurer; first place in the Home Beautification Contest, won by Burnis Banks of Ice; and second place in the State Scrapbook Contest.

Harry Caudill, secretary of the Whitesburg Chapter, was awarded the State Future Farmer degree at the convention. Harry is the first boy in Eastern Kentucky to receive this honor. The State Farmer degree is next to the highest honor that can be obtained in Future Farmer work. The highest honor is that of American Farmer. Harry also served as a member of the State Activity Committee at the convention.

Boys attending the convention from the Whitesburg Chapter are: Ulis Hunsucker, Finley Noble, Tommy Gish, Harry Caudill, Louvelle Hammonds, Edison Banks, Jack Cornett, Burchell Cornett and Estill Blair.

Whitesburg teachers hold meeting

Thursday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m. the teachers of the Whitesburg School gathered for a planning and organization meeting. Nineteen teachers were present in addition to Superintendent Watson Webb, Principal Fields, and Mr. Blaine, a book salesman. After invocation by Mr. Harris general plans were made for the year, which included the beautification of campus and buildings; improvement of libraries; and organized effort to teach proper citizenship attitudes; and plans for teacher study in the faculty meetings during the year. Additional meetings were planned, one for Monday, with the high school teachers and one on Thursday with the grade teachers. Following the meeting, Mrs. Orell Fields served refreshments, and the entire group left with the feeling that the Whitesburg Schools were starting another good year.

(The above article from the Aug. 15, 1940 Mountain Eagle.)

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