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Deceased Class of 1963

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Philip Hardin Adams

Phillip Adams

Philip Hardin Adams was born in Lewisburg, TN on Feb 13, 1945. In 1947 he and his mother, Etta Mae, moved to Chattanooga and Philip entered Central fall, 1959 from Dickinson Jr. High. After graduation Philip joined the US Navy, including a tour in Vietnam in 1965, then enrolled in San Jose State, earning a BS, then MBA in 1973. His mother passed away on Dec 1, 1990 in Monterey, CA. Phil at some point (before 2000) began teaching bookkeeping and economics at Hartnell Jr. College in Salinas, CA and was on the faculty there until his death October 13, 2010. His California state pension cites 22.53 years service. He is buried in San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Merced County, CA.

Stephen Morris Bevil

Steve Bevil

Stephen Morris Bevil was born in Chattanooga to mechanic Jasper Monroe and Virginia Buchanan Bevil on January 26, 1945. The Bevils had relocated to Chattanooga from Athens, AL around 1940. Steve, the youngest of four brothers, grew up in the Montague Park/East Side area except for 1950-52 when the Bevil family resided in Rome, GA. In 1960 Steve entered Central from East Side Jr. High and by graduation in 1963 had earned all-state honors in football and a football scholarship to Vanderbilt. At Vandy Bevil lettered in football 1964-66. In 1967 Steve received a BA in English, entered the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant, and on October 15, 1967 married Chattanooga native Marjorie Powell. After two years service, including deployment in Vietnam, 1Lt Bevil entered UT Law School and received his JD in 1972. That fall Bevil began an 18 year career as Assistant District Attorney for Hamilton County, followed by appointment and re-election as judge for the Criminal Court of Hamilton County, until his passing on November 16, 2005. Steve received Central High's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2003. He was survived by his wife Marjorie, son, Derek (born 1975), and daughter, Channing Center (born 1976), two grandchildren, and his three older brothers. Steve is buried in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Katherine Blackstone Dodd

Katherine Blackstone

Katherine Olivia Gambrell Blackstone was born in Greenwood, SC on July 21, 1943 to US Army PFC Thomas R. and Mary Frances Ervin Gambrell. Kathy's father passed away on February 20, 1945, and her mother married Hamilton H. Blackstone shortly thereafter, wherein Kathy had her name legally changed to Blackstone. The Blackstone family lived in Augusta, GA and Columbia, SC before relocating to Chattanooga in 1960. Kathy graduated from Central High in 1963, winning a scholarship in physical therapy at UT, but attended the University of Chattanooga. In 1964 Kathy married Paul Lebron Dodd and had two sons - Paul Jr. in 1966 and Byron in 1970. Kathy worked at Hutcheson Medical Center for 32 years as Director of Dietary Services. Her husband passed away in 2004 and Kathy, after battling cancer for many years, succumbed July 11, 2006. She was survived by her two sons, five grandchildren, sisters Carolyn Hennessee (Central '65), Norma Jean Toombs, and brother, Hamilton Blackstone Jr. Kathy and her husband are buried in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

John Russell Brown

John Brown

John Russell Brown was born in Fort Oglethorpe, GA on June 19, 1944 to farmer Howard A. and Elsie Bell Brown. Russ was the youngest of three, having an older sister, Imogene, and brother, Clarence "C.L.". Russ attended Catoosa County schools until the end of his junior year at Lakeview High School, then decided to finish at Central High in fall of 1962, requiring out-of-state tuition and a ride from his older brother each day. Russ graduated in the Summer session of 1963 and joined the Army. Upon discharge in 1966 he married Chattanooga native Phyllis Freeman on Sept 3, 1966. Russ and Phyllis were to have two daughters - Rhonda Michele "Micki" and Kimberly Michele. Russ Brown joined the 1st Battalion, 181st Field Artillery, Tennessee National Guard after active duty and retired after 25+ years as a Sergeant First Class. Russ worked as a professional photographer/cameraman with WDEF-TV and Jimmy's Photo Shop and later worked at Forrest Cates in the auto parts department. Russ' second marriage was to the former Doris Ann ____in ____. Russ passed away Tuesday January 8, 2008 and was buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery. J. Russell Brown was survived by Doris Ann, his brother C.L. Brown, daughters Micki Robins and Michelle Brooks, and seven grandchildren.

Sylvia Brown Locklear

Sylvia Brown

Sylvia Jean Brown was born in Chattanooga on March 17, 1945 to ironworker Russell Eugene and Sena Mae Templeton Brown. Sylvia was the middle of three sisters - Sandra Fay (Central '60) born in 1942 and Alice Ann (Central '64) born in 1946. Sylvia grew up in Avondale and attended Avondale Grammar and Hardy Jr. High before entering Central in 1960. After graduation in 1963, Sylvia married Harry Eugene Locklear on May 28, 1966. Sandra and Harry Locklear lived in Ringgold, GA and had daughter, Amy, born 1967 and a son William Russell "Russ" Locklear born in 1971. Sylvia's husband passed away on Dec 5, 1978 and Sylvia reared her two children while working at various jobs including a long term at Wal-Mart. Her son, Russ, died August 19, 2005. Sylvia Brown Locklear also passed away on Sunday November 18, 2012, survived by her daughter and two sisters, Sandra McAlister and Alice Erwin. Sylvia was buried at Lakewood Memory Gardens East beside Harry Locklear.

Frederick William Burnett

Fred Burnett

Frederick William Burnett was born August 15, 1943 to Samuel T. and Mary Kathleen Smith Burnett in Charleston, SC where his father was a US Navy Aviation Electrician's Mate. Sometime after the end of WW2, the Burnett's moved to Atlanta, GA, where they lived until 1961. In Atlanta, Fred attended Murphy High School. When the family moved to Melrose Avenue in East Brainerd in 1961, Fred and his sister, Mary, entered Central, Mary graduating in 1962 and Fred the following year. After graduation Fred joined the Army and his family moved to Trussville AL. Fred served two tours in Vietnam, during which his mother passed away (1969), and he was reassigned to US Army Pacific Forces Command at Ft Shafter, Oahu, Hawaii. While driving his personal automobile in Hawaii on August 2, 1971, SSG Fred Burnett was killed in a single-vehicle accident. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery shortly thereafter, survived by his sister, Mary Burnett Abbate (still living in Woodbridge, VA) and his father (who passed away in August 2005). Fred Burnett was buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC.

Donald Ray Covington

Donald Covington

Donald Ray Covington was born in Chattanooga on March 21, 1944 to TVA employee Horace Edwin and Jane Browne Covington. Don was the younger of two; older brother James Robert Covington (Central '57) was born in 1939. The Covingtons lived on Union Avenue as Don attended Ridgedale Grammar and East Side Jr. High, entering Central in 1960 and graduating in 1963. After graduation Don became an insurance salesman and married Robin Elizabeth Atchley on Feb 2, 1973. Don and Robin had two sons - Greg, born November 1, 1973, and Adam, born March 18, 1976. Don was working for American General Insurance Company and living on Branchwood Circle in Hixson when he passed away on December 9, 1993 at age 49, survived by his wife and two sons. Don is buried in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Hardy Lee Cox

Hardy Cox

Hardy Lee (Wally) Cox was born in Bridgeport, AL on January 15, 1945 to Hardy Junior and Gladys Inez Lemons Cox. Hardy had an older brother, William Charles, born in 1942. The Cox family moved to Lookout Valley shortly thereafter, where Hardy J was employed as a crane operator at Combustion Engineering.

Hardy Lee, by now nicknamed Wally, entered Central from Lookout Valley Jr. High in 1960, and after graduation from Central in 1963 joined the US Army. Following his military service Wally worked for Norfolk Southern RR and embarked on a series of marriages to Marva Jones (1965), Peggy Coffey (1971), Jaqueline Randles (1977), Kimberly Elzey (1985) and Jamie Hagood (1991).

Wally had two sons - Edward Lee, born in 1965 and Brandon (Cody) in 1982. During this period Wally was a member of the Chattanooga Tennis Association and won multiple titles in both singles and doubles for his age group.

He retired from Norfolk Southern after 32 years in 1997. Wally married one last time to Wendy Morrisey in Florida and returned to Scottsboro, AL to be near his mother who passed away in 2014. Wally succumbed to cancer June 19, 2016, survived by Wendy, his two sons, two grandchildren, one nephew and one niece. Wally's remains were cremated.

Wanda Crabtree Westmoreland

Wanda Crabtree

Wanda Lou Crabtree was born in Chattanooga July 16, 1946 to truck driver Buford F. and Kate H. Bullock Crabtree. Wanda had two older half-siblings - Wilma Jean Bullock born 1937 and Robert D. Bullock born 1938, and lived on East 26th street. Wanda entered Central from East Side Jr. High in 1960, graduating in 1963. On April 5, 1968 she married Jerry Westmoreland. Wanda worked in the Hamilton County Register's Office for 11 years (1974-85) before moving to Greenville, SC. Wanda and Jerry moved back to Ooltewah in the 1990s where Wanda passed away on December 21, 2003. Wanda Crabtree Westmoreland was survived by her husband, brother, and sister, 4 nieces and nephews, and 15 great nieces and nephews. She was interred at Lakewood Memory Gardens East.

Thomas Phillip Davis

Tommy Davis

Thomas Phillip Davis was born in Knoxville, TN on August 10, 1943 to Alcoa employee Robert Glen and Clara Louise Porterfield Davis. Thomas was the elder of two - sister Katherine was born in 1951. The Davis family moved to East Ridge around 1955, where Tommy attended East Ridge Elementary, Jr. High, and High School until transferring to Central for his senior year in fall 1962. Tommy actually graduated in 1964 and moved to the Atlanta area, where he married and had a son, Jeffrey Scott Davis, in 1967. Tommy Davis & family moved back to East Ridge upon the death of his father in 1972 and Tommy joined DuPont as a polymer technician, retiring in 2010 after 38 years service. Davis passed away Thursday May 15, 2014 ,survived by his son, one granddaughter, and sister, Kathy Davis Carter, who herself died six days later. Tommy Davis was buried in Lakewood Memory Gardens South.

Joetta Evitt

Joetta Evitt

Joetta Evitt was born June 27, 1941 to Joseph Stanley and Frances Holt Evitt in Chattanooga. A younger brother, Frank Stanley Evitt, died in infancy, and another brother, William Thomas Evitt (Central '62), was born in May 1944. The Evitts resided on Woodmore Circle. Joetta entered Central fall of 1955 from Eastdale Grammar and appeared erratically in Champions until her final appearance as a senior in the 1963 Champion. There is no record that Joetta ever graduated. She married Joseph D. Ray and had a least one child - Joseph D. Ray, Jr. Sept 9, 1966. The Rays lived in Texas, Colorado and Arizona before moving to Eureka, CA where Joetta died Nov 3, 2006 at age 65.

Terry James Farr

Terry Farr

Terry James Farr was born in Chattanooga on July 31, 1945 to American Lava employee James Victor (Vic) and Johnnie Seals Farr. The Farr's had moved to Chattanooga around 1935 from Detroit, AL. Terry's older brother Bobby James Farr (born 1931) died of a ruptured appendix on September 10, 1945, only six weeks after Terry's birth. Terry attended Mission Ridge School and Dickinson before entering Central in fall of 1959. After graduation in 1963 Terry attended UT and participated in the Co-op program as a mechanical engineering student at DuPont in Hixson until graduating with a BS in June, 1968. Shortly thereafter on June 17 Terry married Judith Powell of Homestead, FL and began work for DuPont at Wilmington, DE. Terry and Judy had two sons - James D., born 1970, and Steve, born 1975. Terry's work assignments at DuPont included a stint in Great Britain in the 1980s. Around 2000, Terry was diagnosed with early onset dementia and retired. He and Judy moved to Raleigh, NC to be close to their son, Steve, where Terry passed away on Nov 19, 2006. He was survived by his wife and two sons. Terry's remains were cremated.

Charles Richard Glenn

Charles Glenn

Charles Richard Glenn was born in Chattanooga April 6, 1945 to millworkers John Robert and Dora Edith Holland Glenn. Charlie was the third of four children; half brother Buddy Akins born 1934, brother Robert Edward born 1943 and sister Faye (Central '66) born 1948. The Glenns lived on 14th Avenue where Charlie attended Ridgedale Elementary and East Side Jr. High, his father passing away in July 1957. Entering Central in fall 1960, Charlie excelled as a lineman in football. By graduation from Central in 1963, Glenn had earned a scholarship to Auburn University, where he started as a junior and senior in 1967-8. After a brief stint with the New York Giants professional football team, Charlie used his BA in Fine Arts to teach art at East Ridge High, then returned to the Birmingham area. Embarking on a career in graphic arts sales, Charlie married and had three children - Ashley Caroline born 1968, Christopher born 1972, and Colin (1975). He retired to his retreat beside Lake Martin in Dadeville, AL and passed away from complications of diabetes on August 1, 2014. Charlie Glenn was survived by his three children, two grandchildren, sister, and two brothers.

Arthur Richard Gray

Richard Gray

Arthur Richard Gray was born in Chattanooga on January 23, 1943 to truck driver John David and Doris Virginia M. Gray. Richard had two older sisters and one brother - George H. (Central '55). The Grays lived on East 13th street until Doris remarried to millworker Ray Simmons and they relocated to Vance Avenue around 1946. Richard entered Central from East Side as a ninth grader in fall 1958. Health issues caused him to miss the 1959-60 school year, but he returned the following year and graduated in 1963. After graduation Richard was drafted into the US Army in December 1964, served two years, then joined the Chattanooga Police Department. He married Janie Smartt Hartness around 1967, inheriting a stepson and stepdaughter, and the Grays had a son, Arthur R. Jr., on November 13, 1968. Richard was very active in civic and fraternal organizations, being a Mason (F&AM #558), Eastern Star Chapter 244, and the Alhambra Shrine. The Grays resided on Dodson Avenue in East Chattanooga until Richard's untimely death at age 35 on January 5, 1978. Arthur Richard Gray Sr. was survived by his mother, wife, three children, two sisters, brother, and half-brother Larry Simmons (Central '68). He was buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Sandra Hale Packard-Collins

Sandra Hale

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Thomas Everette Hardison

Thomas Hardison

Thomas Everette Hardison was born February 7, 1943 to TVA employee Wallace Everette (Jr.) and Lillian Brown Hardison. The Hardisons initially resided in Brainerd and both were Central graduates; they lived in a number of Chattanooga area locations as Wallace became an insurance executive. Thomas was home schooled throughout much of his life and is credited with graduating from Central in 1963, though he never attended. After graduation Thomas lived in Chattanooga and Fort Lauderdale, FL, before his health issues caused him to live with his younger sister Dr. Betty Hardison Cox (Central '69). He passed away at her home in Towanda, PA on December 22, 1990 at age 47. Thomas Hardison was survived by his parents and sister and buried in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Carolyn Harvey Giles

Carolyn Harvey

Carolyn Harvey, born October 1, 1945, was the seventh of nine children of butcher Clarence L. and Annie Lee Crowder Harvey. Carolyn grew up on Dodson Avenue and attended East Chattanooga Elementary and Hardy Jr. High before entering Central in 1960. Carolyn was the fifth of seven in her family to graduate from Central, following older sisters Imogene (1947), Mary (1948), Jo Ann (1956), and Claire (1958), and preceded sister Linda (1966) and brother Michael (1968). Carolyn was a member of the Honor Society and a Four year Honor Student at Central. After graduation Carolyn joined Provident Life & Accident Insurance Co., marrying Baylor School alum Thomas W. (Tommy) Giles on April 21, 1972 and residing in Harrison. Daughter, Rebecca Darlene Giles, was born in 1976. Carolyn passed at only 35 years of age on April 17, 1981, survived by her husband, daughter, parents, 5 sisters and 3 brothers. She was buried in Greenwood Cemetery and joined by Tommy in November, 2008.

Marion Harvey

Marion Harvey

Marion Arthur Harvey was born on December 21, 1943 to Chattanooga native Lonnie Mercine and Alice Irene McKibben Harvey. Marion was the youngest of six and grew up on Olive Street in Avondale. He entered Central from Kirkman High in 1961 and, after graduation, worked for the Tennessee Dept of Transportation. Marion Arthur Harvey was living on Spring Creek Road when he passed away at age 63 on October 1, 2007. He was survived by a brother, Robert Harvey of Portage, MI and sister Betty Stango of Cedar Grove, NJ. Marion was buried beside his parents and older brother Lonnie in Greenwood Cemetery.

John Wallace Haynes

John Wallace Haynes

John Wallace Haynes was born on August 31, 1945 to Chattanooga schoolteachers John Bell and Martha Lemon Wallace Haynes. The Haynes lived at 209 Greenleaf in Red Bank. In grammar school John developed a close friendship with the Etter family and instead of going to Red Bank High (where his father taught English), entered Central in 1960 from Red Bank Jr. High, commuting to Central with the Etters. After graduation Haynes attended UT Knoxville, graduating with a BA in Business Administration in 1967. In short order John married, took a job in Spartanburg, SC with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, and joined the US Army Reserves. In 1969 John was activated for basic training and completed Artillery Officers Candidate School at Ft. Sill, OK, graduating as a 2nd Lt and returning to civilian life. In 1971 CPT John Haynes was re-activated and deployed to Vietnam on February 22 and was fatally injured as a passenger in a jeep accident on June 19, 1971. He was survived by his parents, older sister Barbara McDonald of Carthage, TN, and wife Beverly Taylor Haynes of Kingston, TN. John was buried in the Haynes family plot at Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Philip Lewis Howard

Phillip Lewis Howard

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Sammy Glenn Jones

Glenn Jones

Sammy Glenn Jones was born on August 1, 1944 to Bridgeport, AL foundry worker Sammy Harvey Jones and Bodie Lee Guess Jones. Glenn was one of four Jones children. Around 1956 Bodie Jones was remarried to St. Elmo widower Roy L. Greene and the Jones children relocated to Beulah Avenue in St. Elmo. Glenn became a standout athlete, setting a Chattanooga Jr. High record for the shot put at Lookout Jr. High in spring 1959. He entered Central that fall as a 9th grader and by graduation in 1963 had earned All-City honors in football and a scholarship to the University of Mississippi. Jones transferred to Memphis State and after one season there, moved back to Chattanooga and started a roofing business - Sammy Jones Roofing. Jones, living on S. Crest Road, married Lucille Newman Moore in 1995 and had apparently divorced/remarried to Swafford Jones when he died suddenly on December 7, 2000. Sammy Glenn Jones was survived by his wife, mother, sisters Marilyn Whitcher and Dottie Hines, brother Bill Jones, and two stepchildren. He was buried in Forest Hills Cemetery.

Johnnie Sue Jones Martel

Sue Jones

Johnnie Sue Jones was born April 14, 1945 to Marine PVT John Howard and Annie May Jones. An only child, Sue grew up on East 17th St in a household of her parents and paternal grandparents, all textile mill workers. Sue entered Central from East Side Jr. High in 1960, and shortly after graduation married James Fletcher McKamey, a Navy veteran from Hixson. A son, James F McKamey Jr., was born on Feb 16, 1966 in Chattanooga and a daughter Wendy Sue was born Oct 13, 1970 in Cleveland, TN. In 1974 James Sr. rejoined the Navy and the McKameys moved to the Jacksonville, FL area. After James' service ended in 1982, the McKameys then moved to Norcross, GA, but returned to the Jacksonville area (Orange Park) after 1984 when James became ill. He passed away in July, 1988. Sue married Louis Martel, Jr. in Jacksonville on June 20, 1997 and a decade later moved with Louis to Shepherdsville, KY, where Sue passed away on October 25, 2014. Sue had previously lost her son in 2010, and was survived by Louis and her daughter. Johnnie Sue Jones McKamey Martel's remains were cremated.

Harold Daniel Kelley

Danny Kelley

Harold Daniel Kelley was born August 25, 1945 to textile worker Joseph Gordon and Ada B. Melton Kelley. Danny was the youngest of four brothers, including Joseph E. "Pete" Kelly (Central '49) and Robert Earl Kelley (Central '57). The Kelleys lived on East 49th St, where Danny attended East Lake Elementary and Jr. High, entering Central in 1960. After graduation in 1963, Danny was one of the early graduates of the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy in Donelson, TN and served as a City of Chattanooga police officer for 15 years. Danny married Ginger Sue Pittman in 1965 and their union produced three children - Robin Marie (1966), Danny Jr. in 1967 and Betty Lynette in 1968. Danny ended his career as a city employee working at the Moccasin Bend Waste Treatment Plant, passing away at the age of 57 on July 3, 2003. Danny was survived by his wife, three children, one grandchild and older brother Pete Kelley. He is buried at the Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park, Rossville, Ga.

Carol Kendrick Kuch

Carol Kendrick

Carol Ruth Kendrick was born in Chattanooga March 1, 1945 to Army PVT Joseph Barnett "Barney" and Bessie Ruth Campbell Kendrick. Carol was the fourth of five children, which included oldest brother Joseph (Central '55) and younger brother Raymond (Central '65). The Kendricks lived on the East Side of Chattanooga where Barney was a self-employed carpenter and plumber and also, later, a Hamilton County deputy sheriff. Carol entered Central from East Side Jr. High in 1960 and after graduation married Carl F. Kuch of Webberville, MI on August 22, 1964. Carol and Carl moved to Fowlerville, MI where their union produced five sons - Stephan in 1966, Timothy ('68), Erik ('69), Craig ('70), and Phillip ('72). Carol Kendrick Kuch passed away on February 2, 2012, survived locally by her husband, 5 sons, 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Her younger brother Raymond and sister Terry Melton in the Chattanooga area also survived her. Carol's remains were cremated.

Wanda Land Gossett

Wanda Gossett Land

Wanda Lea Land was born in Chattanooga November 7, 1945 to James Taylor and Eula May Foster Land. The Lands lived on Browns Ferry Road where Wanda, an only child, attended Wauhatchie Elementary and Lookout Valley Jr. High, entering Central in 1960. Just after graduation, Wanda married Chattanoogan Raymond Eugene Stoudt on June 15, 1963 and gave birth to two daughters - Lori in 1964 and Shannon in 1975. Wanda divorced and married again to James Theodore Gossett, acquiring two stepsons - William and James. Wanda also had a 26 year career with DuPont. Wanda Land Gossett passed away on March 10, 2014, survived by her husband and four children, 5 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. She was buried in the Boydston Cemetery near her parents and adjacent to her lifelong church, Riverside Baptist, in Lookout Valley.

Joseph Russell Zerbach

Joe Zerbach

Joseph Russell Zerbach was born January 14, 1945 in Perth Amboy, NJ to mechanic Earl Clyde and Mary Dunn Zerbach. Joe's older brother, Earl, was born in 1943. In 1948 Earl C. Zerbach re-enlisted in the Army as a CPT and the Zerbach's were deployed to Guam, Hawaii, and Wilmington, CA before moving to Troy, NC (Mary's home area) in the late 50s, as LTC Earl Zerbach completed his military career at Ft Bragg. Earl D. and Joe both attended Troy High School until the school merged into West Montgomery High in fall, 1961. LTC Zerbach retired on May 31, 1962, just as Earl D. graduated and Joe completed his junior year, and the Zerbach's moved to South Crest Road in Chattanooga where the elder Zerbach began a new career with the Social Security Administration. Joe Zerbach entered Central that fall and graduated in 1963. The Zerbach's then relocated to High Point, NC and Joe entered the University of NC. Joe Zerbach married June C. "Dete" Bunch at the end of the 1965 school term and moved to Asheboro, NC. Joe and Dete had three children- Joseph Russell Jr. and daughters Nikki and Zacki. After the graduation of Joe Jr. from UNC-Greensboro in May 1987, Joe and family moved to Panama City, FL where Joe and Joe Jr. opened a boat business - Panama Marine. After his divorce, Joe travelled worldwide and spent considerable time in places like Dubai and Sydney, Australia. In recent years Joe's family underwent a lot of heartbreak, including the loss of his son and business partner, Joe Jr., in 2008, the suicide death of his only grandson, Ryan, in 2014, his brother Earl's death in 2015, and his daughter Nikki's death in January, 2017. Joe Zerbach passed away at his home in Panama City Beach on Feb 11, 2017, survived by his ex-wife Dete Barnes, daughter Zacki Revell, and three granddaughters.

James Russell Mizell

James Mizell

James Russell Mizell was born June 28, 1945 in Chattanooga to Chester D. and Flora L. Merona Mizell. The Mizells had moved from Etowah County, AL to Chattanooga around 1935, where Chester became a molder for US Pipe & Foundry. By 1950 the Mizells had moved to Kelly's Ferry Road, where James attended John A. Patten Elementary and Lookout Valley Jr. High, entering Central in fall 1960. James had two older sisters - Evelyn (Central '57) and Glenda ('60).

While at Central Mizell was a military officer and served in the ROTC Color Guard.  Following graduation he served in the US Navy (1964-7) as a radio operator aboard the USS Sacramento, deployed in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. He then married Sharon Miller (Central '65) on Jan 19, 1968. James and Sharon had two sons - Ronald (1970) and Richard "Ricky" (1971).

James owned Mizell's Clothing and sold insurance for the Life and Casualty Insurance Company of Tennessee before beginning his career as a switchman with CSX Railroad. He was a classic car enthusiast and enjoyed restoring old cars. James was also a deacon at the Tiftonia Church of Christ. He passed on October 1, 2017 and was buried at Lakewood Memory Gardens, West, survived by Sharon, his two sons, two grandchildren, and his two sisters.

Archie Thomas Lawrence, II

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Glen Edward Lee, Jr.

Glenn Lee

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Joyce Diane London

Joyce London

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Clarence Edward Long

Clarence Long

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James Wayne Longshore

Jim Longshore

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Buford A. Martin

Burford Martin

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Marcia Thornton Martin

Marcia Thornton

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Patricia Ann McBryar

Patricia McBryar

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Leon Paul McDaniel

Leon Paul McDaniel

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Robert Newton McGill II

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Beverly Miles Gossett

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Brenda Morgan Baumgaertel

Brenda Baumgaertel Morgan

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Vita Mae Moses Evans

Vita Mae Evans Moses

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James Harold Payne

James Harold Payne

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Jimmy Roy Payne

Jimmy Roy Payne

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Sandra Butler Price

Sandra Butler Price

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Price Wilburn Quarles Jr

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Amy Geraldine Reece Parsons

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Mildred Roach Fleming

Mildred Fleming Roach

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Daniel Clayton Sampley

Daniel Clayton Sampley

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Paula Saylors Roberts

Paula Roberts Saylors

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Stanley Dean Sells

Stanley Dean Sells

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Anne Sherman Nall

Anne Nall Sherman

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Craig Eugene Stacy

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William Brooks Thomas

Bill Thomas

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William Letellier Thomas

Billy Thomas

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Robert Stephen Tingle

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David Lamar Vaughn

David Lamar Vaughn

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Richard R Vitatoe

Richard R Vitatoe

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Barbara Whitt Blair

Barbara Blair Whitt

Barbara Jean Whitt was born July 10, 1945 in Chattanooga to freight executive Jacob Alford (Central '36) and Nelda Lorraine Belcher Whitt. Barbara had an older sister, Joyce Ann (Central '61). Nelda Whitt passed away from leukemia in 1949 just 6 days after Barbara's fourth birthday. Her father subsequently married Agnes Hays (Central '46) in 1952, and Barbara acquired three younger half-brothers - Raymond, David and Kenneth - over the next decade. Barbara entered Central from East Side Jr. High in 1960. Following graduation she married Gerald R. Klassen on April 27, 1964 and the Klassens had three children - daughters Kristie (born 1968) and Kelly (1976,) and son Mark (1970). Following her divorce Barbara began a 22 year career at TVA, rising to Executive Assistant for the Sr. Vice President of Nuclear Operations. She married Sidney Eugene Blair on October 9, 1999. Barbara retired to her home on Holly Hills Lane, where she passed away on February 2, 2016. Barbara Whitt Klassen Blair was survived by her husband, three children, her stepmother, sister, 3 step-brothers, 8 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was interred in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.


Lavada Wright Watt

Lavada Watt Wright

LaVada Mae Wright was born in Chattanooga Sept 13, 1945 to Marine Cpl Lee Erbin Wright and Georgia Mae Wright. Younger brother Ronald Lee Wright was born in 1948. After beginning at Hixson Elementary in 1951, LaVada moved to Hardy Street in 1954, attending Avondale Grammar and Hardy Jr. High, before entering Central in 1960. After graduation, LaVada attended the Erlanger School of Nursing, graduating in 1965 and entering the US Army as a 2nd Lieutenant. She served in Vietnam in 1967 before marrying Army surgeon David Michael Stuart Watt March 14, 1969 at FT Sam Houston, TX and leaving the service with the rank of CPT. LaVada's younger brother Ronnie was killed in action on March 15, 1968.

David and LaVada relocated to Memphis, TN and had two children - daughter Ronda born in 1972 and son Ian in 1974. LaVada attended and graduated from Union College, Jackson TN, in 1979 and began teaching in the Memphis public school system. She received her MA in Teaching from Memphis State in 1987. The Watts then moved to Las Vegas, NV where they divorced in 1999. LaVada returned to teaching in the Memphis School system and, after a decade, was forced by illness to retire, succumbing to cancer on December 5, 2010. LaVada Mae Wright Watt was survived by her son, daughter, two grandchildren, and step-father Ralph Ray Wilson. She was buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery next to her brother.


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