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Moments and Memories of Whitesburg High School



Austin Napier is the valedictorian and Randy Bentley is the salutatorian of the 1965 senior class at Whitesburg High School. Napier is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Napier, and Bentley is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Zenneth Bentley.

Commencement exercises for 214 graduation seniors at Whitesburg High School will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 22, in the school gymnasium.

Dr. B. H. Jarman, president of Pikeville College, will deliver the commencement address.

The Rev. H.M. Wiley, pastor of the Whitesburg Methodist Church, was to give the baccalaureate sermon Sunday in the Whitesburg grade school auditorium.

(The above article from the May 13, 1965 Mountain Eagle.)

Song Dedications: Beverly W. to Frank J.- “Remember”; Ella Kaye to Andree C.-“Bread and Butter”; Cathy S. to Fred B.- “GTO”; Cathy C. to Harry W.-“Chug-a-Lug”; Brenda D. to Wyllie C.-“When I Grow Up”; Hillard H. to Marsha F.-“Misty Moonlight”; Glenna H. to Larry Y.-“Summer Song”; Ricky H. to Brenda W.-“Last Kiss”; Donnie F. to Liz S.-“Pretty Woman”; Ricky H. to Brenda W.-“Baby Love”; Linda J. to Santa-“Bring My Baby Back”; Billie W. to Stevie M.-“GTO”; Joann H. to Sam T.-“In the Misty Moonlight”; Devon H. to Sammy S.- “Come a Little Closer”; Shelia J. to Roger B.-“We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”; Jimmy Collins to Charolette Cook- “Where Did Our Love Go”; Linda Hart to Billy Parker- “Such a Night”; Judy Taylor to Kenneth Ott-“Come a Little Closer”; Eileen Noble to Jo Collins-“Where Did Our Love Go”; Janet Sharpe to Larry Dean Fields-“Let It Be Me”; Margaret Brown to Harold H.-“Come a Little Closer”; Lawana Collins to Larry Pickson-“Dead Man’s Curve”; Della Seals to Kenneth Amburgey-“It Hurts to Be In Love”; Darrell S. to Joanne Day-“I Like It”; Donald Dixon to Carolyn Parsons-“Where Did Our Love Go”.

Ring Dance King and Queen Brenda Watts and Doug Chandler

Ring Dance King and Queen Brenda Watts and Doug Chandler



What Freedom Means to Me By Ronnie Morgan: Freedom means that I can walk down the highway, or down the street, or go to a movie, and know that I am free.

When I want to go somewhere I will not be told, “If you go you will be executed.”

I want my own house, I want to raise my own food without someone sharing or taking half of it.

Freedom is being able to work and receive a salary; play and enjoy fun; walk and be refreshed, run and be invigorated.

Freedom is truth, honesty and having faith, without somebody plotting to chop off your head.

(The above article from the Oct.-Nov. Black Kat.)

Yearbook Dedication –


As we venture to room no. 22 we see a cheerful lady. On her face is the reflection of a continuing memory of the satisfaction of long devotion to the education of students at W.H.S.

She has had problems to face, but she has solved these by insight and patience.

The seniors especially wish to thank her for her support to their activities.

Her effort is not only confi ned to academic pursuit, but she has devoted her time to co-curricular activities.

We humbly dedicate this 1965 Yellow Jacket to Miss Jeanette Wampler.

Music Festival Tuesday

The Whitesburg High School Band and other local musicians will take part in a “Spring Festival” at the grade school auditorium Tuesday night.

The festival, to be called “Musical Memories”, will feature performances of musical numbers from the ‘90s through modern times.

Some townspeople also will take part in the program, which will include some dance numbers also.

The junior class is sponsoring the event.

(The above article is from the April 8, 1965 Mountain

WHS Band Concert

to be Held May 7

Whitesburg High School Band Spring Concert will be held Friday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Whitesburg Grade School Auditorium. Admission will be taken at the door. $1.00 for adults, 50 cents for students.

Proceeds will go to help support the band.

A varied musical program is planned, from classical music to folk songs. Selections included will be: “American Steel Suite”; “Parade of the Charioteers”; from “Ben Hur”; “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral”.

Band Boosters will sell refreshments before and after the concert and during intermission.

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bickle will soon be moving to Lexington and the band hopes for a large turnout in their honor.

(The above article appeared in the April 29, 1965 Mountain Eagle.)

Letters to Santa

Bring us a bag full of happiness, a lump of good luck, a stocking full of love, and fill the toe with opportunity and lots of good times together. Thanks Santa, Jerry Sharpe and Betty F.

Please bring me a train of thoughts that do not run on a one-way track; a cookie that doesn’t crumble; a New Year’s resolution that won’t get broken; a treasure chest of golden dreams, and a doll that doesn’t cry. Mama, wrap all my gifts in aluminum foil and tie them with moonbeams. Fill my stocking with candy kisses and put in a few nuts, too, but not the kinds you brought me last year — they’re driving me crazy! I’ll leave you some hay for Rudolph on the housetop. Susanna Sumpter.

(The above article from the Nov.-Dec. 1964 Black Kat.)

Every senior was thrilled and ecstatic over their long awaited class rings! Our gym was decorated beautifully and we were very proud! Douglas (Happy) Chandler and Brenda Watts were the chosen King and Queen. The seniors are very proud of themselves, with everyone working so hard to have it ready in time.

Black Kat staff

Editor-Randy Bentley; Co-Editor-Susanna Sumpter; Business Manager-Aline Banks; Reporters-Sheila Joseph, Ronnie Morgan, Eva Niece, Jenny Day; Exchange Editor-Deloris Caudill; School News Reporter- Betty Fields; Sports Editor- Betty Stallard; Jokes-Walter Sexton; Song Dedications- Alma Fields, Patty Gibson, Doris Shepherd, Margie Fields; Gossip- Bernetta Holbrook, Margaret Adams, Kathryn Banks; Artists- Betty Thurman, Rosalind Coakenour, June Rogers; Features-Barbara Yinger; Gallup Poll-Larry Blair; Typists Deloris Caudill, Larry Blair, Aliene Banks, Barbara Yinger; Sponsor-Mrs. Stephen Combs.

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