January 8, 2019
Ed Sedwick: Ed passed away December 6, 2018. Visit our In Memory page to view his obituary.
October 11, 2018
Teddy "Jay" Ferran, Jr.: Jay passed away October 7, 2018. Visit our In Memory page to view his obituary.
October 6, 2018
Denis Graham: We received word from Peggy Graham of Denis' passing on September 15, 2017, after an extended battle with lung cancer. Visit our In Memory page for his obituary.
October 1, 2018
Sheila Gray: Services for Sheila will be Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Liberty Christian Church, 2010 Liberty Church Road in Martinsville. Calling begins at 10:00 a.m. with a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to Alaska Christian Church in care of Michael Stockwell, 12800 W CR 400 N, Quincy, IN 47456. Dress is casual. Please bring your fondest memories of Sheila to share with friends.
September 30, 2018
Sheila Gray: Keith Gray notified us that Sheila passed away today. No services are planned at this time. However, plans are being made for a memorial service in late October at Liberty Christian Church in Martinsville.
September 11, 2018
Ken Addington: Some classmates have asked, "How do I update my Contact Info?" To update your Contact Information, follow these steps. After logging in, left-click on the icon at the top right corner of the web page. When the dropdown box appears, left-click on Edit Contact Info. When your Contact Information appears, make the necessary changes. Then scroll to the bottom of the page and left-click on SAVE CHANGES.
September 10, 2018
Ken Addington: Our most recent email about our 55th Class Reunion came back as undeliverable for Rolande Webb (Burch), Thomas Barrick, Joy Elaine and Connie Burkett (Johnson). If you know how to get in touch with any of them, please ask them to update their Contact Info on our website.
September 10, 2018
Ken Addington: The Reunion Committee held its first planning meeting today for our 55th class reunion in 2019. As details become available, information will be posted on our website. Also, be on the lookout for emails and postal mailings. Please make sure your Contact Info is up to date for your postal address and your email address.
August 1, 2018
Pat Bryant (Everroad): According to Carol Landrum (Styer), Pat had surgery last week for a tumor between her ear and brain. Pat also had follow-up surgery on an eyelid that would not close. She is currently at her daughters, awaiting the start of radiation treatments. As her friend, Carol is asking everyone to pray for Pat's recovery.
June 27, 2018
Marvin Nash: Marvin passed away June 25, 2018. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
June 16, 2018
Jerry Vogel: Jerry passed away June 11, 2018, following a long illness. Visit our In Memory page for more information.
May 27, 2018
Roger Coffin: Check out Roger's photo in Albumn 2 on our Photos page. The complete story of Roger's recent visit to Vietnam appears in the Martinsville Reporter-Times May 26, 2018, edition.
May 11, 2018
Betty Jean Skaggs (Painter): Betty passed away May 8, 2018. Visit our In Memory page to read her obituary.
April 15, 2018
Wayne Vaught: We received word Wayne passed away March 20, 2018. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
April 4, 2018
Sheila Gray: Sheila's brother, Keith Gray, reported her status has changed from rehab to long term care patient at Meadow Lakes in Mooresville. He mentioned how much Sheila would enjoy receiving cards or notes from her classmates. Her addres is Sheila Gray, 200 Meadow Lakes Dr, Rm 107, Mooresville, IN 46158.
March 9, 2018
Sheila Gray: We received word today from Sheila's brother that she is rehabing at Meadow Lakes in Mooresville following a hospital stay. Cards of caring and encouragement would be appreciated. Her addres is Sheila Gray, 200 Meadow Lakes Dr, Mooresville, IN 46158.
February 23, 2018
Rita Schell (Laymon): Class condolences to Rita on the recent passing of her husband Roger. Visit www.nealandsummers.com for information about funeral arrangements.
January 21, 2018
Sue Badger (Hillman): Check out Sue's recent addition to our Photos page.
December 29, 2017
Jill Ann Nutter (Keller): Jill passed away December 24, 2017. Visit our In Memory page to read her obituary.
December 6, 2017
Barry Kennedy: First let me thank all my wonderful classmates who wished me a Happy Birthday on the 5th. It was so good to hear from you and I really appreciate all of you as I have tried to share. I do not know if this is true or not but I started first grade in a little country school in southern Indiana when my dad got his first coaching job and they had 3 grades in each classroom. They begged my parents to start me at age 4 years and 3 months. The truth is I was supposed to be in the class of '65 which also has great people in it. Supposedly, I was the youngest person in our class but that could be hearsay. I just know I feel so blessed that I ended up in the class of '64. I was barely 17 when I graduated. Lastly, I want to share that I broke my phone and had to get a new number for my new phone. You can call or text me at 772-643-1409. God willing, I hope to see everyone at the next class reunion. God Bless all of you and I hope all of you and your loved ones are happy and well. After this past hurricane season, I might end up back in Indiana. Hurricanes are not fun :) :)!! Take care and be safe everyone!
November 30, 2017
Roy Thompson: Greetings from Roy and wife Stacy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to ALL!
October 13, 2017
Ken Addington: Check out Ken's recent addition to our Photos page.
October 7, 2017
Veralyn Holloway (VanCise): Veralyn and her husband Bob will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, November 11. You are invited to join them from 1:00 to 4:00 for fellowship and refreshments at the Brookhaven Wesleyan Church Fellowship Center in Marion, IN. The address is 2960 E 38th St. Their career paths led both to serve as ministers in the Wesleyan Church. Bob is still working part time at this calling. They are the parents of 3 children. Call Paul at 260-997-8344 for more information. If you wish to drop them a card, their address is 2645 E Ptamign Trail, Marion , IN 46953.
June 22, 2017
Tessa Ballinger (Blackketter): Check out Tessa's recent additions to our Photos page.
December 20, 2016
Jack Burpo: Jack passed away December 18, 2016. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
October 26, 2016
Cecil “Guinn” Wells: Guinn passed away October 23, 2016. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
October 19, 2016
Barry Kennedy: To all my good friends and classmates of 1964… I moved to Vero Beach, Florida in October. I'm a caretaker for my oldest daughter who has Sjogrens disease which led to Lupus in my wife and caused her passing 3 years ago. She is a 38 year old single mother with an 11 year old daughter and I needed to move them near all my relatives in Florida so if anything happens to me, they will not end up in a homeless shelter. She cannot work and they are on SSI. My granddaughter also has health issues.
I have had a blessed life and miss all of you who are part of our great class. Martinsville will always be my hometown to me and I miss everyone who was a member of our class. I personally feel all of our b-ball team should be in the MHS Hall of Fame. I realize I may not have seemed congenial to some of you in school but it was never intentional or due to arrogance. There was a shy side of me that made it difficult to share my feelings like I should have, but it was really hard being Ray Kennedy's son in our school. Dad was only in his late 30's/early 40's during his time as principal there. I was verbally and physically assaulted 2-3 times by students in school (not our class), but I was very cautious in my behavior because Dad was not easy on me at home if he thought I was stepping out of line. I remember Jimmy Wilson having his desk fall over in a fake seizure with a sub once in Mae's class and 2-3 of us went to the rest room with him. The sub was really shaken. It was a great prank, but my dad heard about it and I was grilled that night hard about what happened. A memory that lives within me for the ages.
I love all of you, wish you all the best of health, wealth, and great fortunes, and I hope I get to see all of you at the next reunion. Thanks to all of you who help with our great events. I love you all and you will always be in my heart. Our class was the most special one to ever go thru MHS. Pardon my bias! Take care and be safe.
My new address is 1523 Lexington SQ SW, Vero Beach, Florida 32962. I can be called or texted at 540-379-3134. I love following many of you privately on Facebook. May the Wind Be Always at Your Back... as part of the Irish Blessing goes!
October 19, 2016
Phillip Brown: Phil passed away October 17, 2016. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
October 8, 2016
Thomas A. Dunn: Tom passed away October 5, 2016. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
September 22, 2016
Robert Harlan Ard: We received word that Robert passed away September 2, 2016. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary. Our condolences go out to his wife and our classmate Wannetta Martin Ard.
July 13, 2016
Karen Sue Hastings (Evans): Class condolences go out to Sue on the recent passing of her husband, Don.
June 10, 2016
Peggy Ann Bridge (Rich): Peggy passed away June 6, 2016. According to Mary Fulford (Wooster), Peggy was a victim of lung cancer. Visit our In Memory page to read her obituary.
April 21, 2016
Loyd J. Hacker: Loyd passed away April 15, 2016. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
January 25, 2016
Rita Schell (Laymon): Check out Rita's pictures pictures under Classmate Photos on the Photos page of our website.
Janurary 8, 2016
Ken Addington: Help! We have lost contact with Rolande Webb (Burch). If you know how to contact her, please ask her to get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
January 8, 2016
Joy Elaine: Check out Joy's (Joyce Tedrow) pictures under Classmate Photos on the Photos page of our website.
January 7, 2016
Ken Addington: The following message was sent to all classmates for whom we have email addresses. For those of you who have not provided us with an email address, the message is posted here. Fall vacations and holiday celebrations have come and gone. I'm sure there are photos from these events that would look great on our website. Please email them to me at email@example.com. If you're not sure how to email them to me, put them in an envelope and mail them to me at Ken Addington, 2760 E Morgan St, Martinsville, IN 46151. No photos, no problem! Send me some news about what 's going on in your life.
December 19, 2015
Adrain Thomas Stanger: Tom passed away December 16, 2015. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
December 2, 2015
Betty Walker (Seitzinger): Betty passed away November 27, 2015. Visit our In Memory page to read her obituary.
December 1, 2015
Ken Addington: Since our site went online at its new host on September 11, 2014, it has been visited 7407 times. Please continue to check in from time to time. Be sure to send us your photos and information about what is going on in your life.
May 25, 2015
Roger Coffin: Our condolences go out to Roger. His wife, Patty, passed away May 22. Visitation will be May 27 from 4-8 p.m. and May 28 from 10-11 a.m. at Neal & Summers Funeral and Cremation Center in Martinsville. Services will be 11 a.m. on May 28 at the center.
May 19, 2015
Larry Holt: There will be a celebration of life for Larry Holt at 7 p.m. on May 20 at the Grace Church, located on SR 67 in Camby, IN.
March 30, 2015
Jerry Vogel: Our belated condolences go out to Jerry whose wife, Lisa, passed away in December of 2014.
March 27, 2015
Peggy Bridge (Rich): Check out Peggy's picture under Classmate Photos on the Photos page of our website.
March 23, 2015
Ken Addington: Karl Dorff posted a comment on our In Memory page regarding the passing of Larry Holt. In part, Karl said, "I'm especially sorry I never took the time to express to Larry how much his friendship meant to me. Perhaps my error can be a lesson to some of my classmates who may read this." Thanks Karl, I learned from your post.
I was new to Martinsville between my junior and senior year of high school. It was a long and boring summer until one evening there was a knock on the door and on the porch were four faces I didn't know. They welcomed me to Martinsville and included me in their group throughout the remaining summer and my senior year. It was great to be among friends. I want to say to Jim Wilson, Dan Collier, and Barry Kennedy, "Thank You! You were and are special friends." I waited too long for Steve Curtis to read this. I'll post it on our In Memory page.
March 21, 2015
Larry Holt: Larry passed away March 15, 2015. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
March 12, 2015
Larry Holt: Larry needs our prayers and support as he battles pancreatic cancer. If you would like to send him a card or letter, left-click on the Members Only tab to view his mailing address.
March 3, 2015
Virginia "Ginny" Wigal (Carmichael): Ginny Passed away March 1, 2015. Visit our In Memory page to read her obituary.
March 1, 2015
Joyce Tedrow (Silletti): I've written a book that will be available for purchase on Amazon beginning St. Patrick's Day. The title is Path of Sweetness by Joy Elaine (I'm in process of changing my name.) I hope my classmates, and others, will find the content very encouraging.
January 28, 2015
Ken Addington: Though he was not a classmate, Bill "Tut" Tutterow was a teammate on our 1964 "Sweet 16" basketball team. Tut passed away this week. His obituary can be viewed by clicking on the following link. http://www.costinfuneralchapel.com/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2932782&fh_id=11911
January 26, 2015
Glen Elser: We received word from Tessa Ballinger (Blackketter) that Glen passed away earlier this month. The cause of death is believed to be a heart attack. If anyone has more details, please forward them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 9, 2014
Sandi Quakenbush (Sarber): John & Sandi Sarber are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversay on December 27. The family is requesting messages of congratulations, along with memories, be sent to email@example.com. These congratulations and memories will be compiled into a book and presented to them as part of the celebration of their anniversary.
December 5, 2014
John Sink: We received an email from David Shafer that John passed away yesterday at his home in Longwood, FL, from respiratory complications arising from a heart attack. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
November 12, 2014
Inez Allen (June): We received word from Sue Strader that Inez passed away last week. According to Pat Bryant, Inez lost her battle with cancer on 11/7/2014. That's all the information we have at this time. Please contact us if you have more details.
October 9, 2014
Dick Tansel: I'm living in Beech Grove, IN, where I'm enjoying the life of retirement. I work some, rest some, and enjoy all that life brings.
September 16, 2014
Ken Addington: If you know the military branch of service for Dean Christie or Jim Hopkins, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 16, 2014
Jacquie Alexander (Worley): Greetings! I can't be at our reunion this year, but wanted to send my best wishes to everyone there. My husband and I now live in Clemson, SC. My mother has been living with us for the last four years. She no longer has a home in Indiana. Our two children and six granddaughters also live in Clemson, and we get to babysit often. We are well. Thank you to the committee for all the work you have done over the years to plan and hold the reunions and manage the website. Your work is appreciated. Have a great time!
September 8, 2014
Craig Cramer: Greetings! I am still alive and well 50 years after high school. I finally finished growing up sometime before I was 30 (if men ever grow up). By that time I was working many hours a week at my chosen profession. After high school, I became a barber, moved to Indianapolis, and owned my own barber shop by 1974. With retirement just around the corner, we down-sized our home and now my wife, Ethel, and I live in New Palestine, IN. We enjoy our grandchildren and look forward to many more good years. Check out Craig's picture on our PHOTOS page.
August 12, 2014
John Whitaker: Greetings from North Carolina. After 35 years at Allison's and 13 years as the President of Union Bible College, I moved to North Carolina in July 2013 along with my wife, Genille.
June 24, 2014
Judy Jones (Lowry): Judy passed away June 23, 2014. Visit our In Memory page to read her obituary.
June 5, 2014
Steve Yates: Steve passed away June 2, 2014. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
May 22, 2014
Patricia Mayo (Holmes): Pat passed away May 14, 2014. Visit our In Memory page to read her obituary.
March 21, 2014
Morris "Dean" Christie: Dean passed away April 4, 2014. Visit our In Memory page to read his obituary.
March 23, 2014
Patty Meith (Moffat): I live in Jacksonville, FL, with my husband. He retired after 20 years of military service. We lived in Germany 8 of those years and now enjoy the warm Florida weather. Life has been good. We keep busy with golf, the beach, and our kids. We have 3 children and 7 grandkids.
March 21, 2014
Diana Dawson (Tansel): Diana passed away March 19, 2014. Visit our In Memory page to read her obituary.
March 2, 2014
Pam Kumming: Check out Pam's picture on our PHOTOS page.
February 5, 2014
Sweet 16: Check out a picture of the MHS Sweet 16 basketball team on our PHOTOS page. 3 classmates are pictured.
December 13, 2013
Marvin Nash: Check out Marvin's picture on our PHOTOS page.
November 13, 2013
Sharon Graves (Fowler): Check out Sharon's vacation pictures on our PHOTOS page.
September 24, 2013
Dan Collier: Dan says, "Hi!" He was back in Martinsville this week for his mother's funeral. Dan and his wife, Marilyn, live in Sparta, NJ. They are the parents of 4 children and have 9 (soon to be 10) grandchildren. Dan has been retired for 7 years.
September 5, 2013
Mary Ann Fulford (Wooster): Check out Mary Ann's picture on our PHOTO page.
August 24, 2013
James Lee Peedin: Jim was a member of our class, but he did not attend MHS his senior year. We recently learned of his passing.
July 13, 2013
Glen Drake: Information was received recently from Robert Ard regarding the passing of Glen Drake on March 12, 2012.
July 7, 2013
Anita Sadler (Schnaiter): I have two children and 7 grandchildren of which the oldest is 15. I retired as Director of Acute Rehabilitation Nursing at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center's Rehab Institute in the South Bend/Mishawaka area after planning, coordinating, and moving patients to the new facility. That was the summer of 2010 and since then I am enjoying my divorce from pagers, cell phones and problem calls all day and into the night. I am traveling, wintering in Naples, FL, and maybe this year Australia. I love gardening, hiking, biking, and watching my very talented grandchildren play hockey, baseball, lacrosse, volleyball, and girl's basketball which is greatly more competitive than the half court that was so boring in the 60s. Check out Anita's picture on our PHOTO page.
June 24, 2013
Barry Kennedy: Check out Barry's picture on our PHOTO page.
June 3, 2013
Carol Landrum (Styer): Check out Carol's picture on our PHOTO page.
April 29, 2013
Ronald L. Taylor: Ron passed away April 26, 2013.
April 11, 2013
Bob Carrigan: Bob passed away January 31, 2013.
April 7, 2013
Nancy Ooley: Nancy passed away April 4, 2013.
March 29, 2013
Sue Strader (Voorheis): Our condolences go out to Sue. Her husband, Edward Voorheis, passed away March 27, 2013.
March 18, 2013
Minnie Richardson (Finchum): Thanks to Minnie, we removed another name from our MISSING CLASSMATES page. She reported Ronnie Ostler is living in Martinsville, IN. Please check our MISSING CLASSMATES page. We need your help finding these people.
January 25, 2013
Dave Shafer: Thanks to Dave, we removed another name from our MISSING CLASSMATES page. He reported Robert Carrigan is living in Hendersonville, TN. Please check our MISSING CLASSMATES page. We need your help finding these people.
January 1, 2013
Joyce Tedrow (Silletti): Check out Joyce's pictures on our PHOTOS page.
October 26, 2012
Ken Addington: Check out Ken's vacation picture on our PHOTOS page.
October 26, 2012
Karl Dorff: Check out Karl's vacation picture on our PHOTOS page.
July 23, 2012
Robert Eugene Speelman: Mr. Speelman, age 87, passed away July 9, 2012, at his Yuma, AZ, home. He was a guidance counselor and varsity football coach at MHS and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
July 14, 2012
Dorothy Mae Gibbs (Carroll): Dorothy passed away July 10, 2012.
June 18, 2012
Suanne Lowry (Swinney): Sue passed away June 16, 2012.
April 5, 2012
Sharon Graves (Fowler): Sharon has posted some Babe Ruth baseball photos on her Facebook page featuring several classmates. Click on the following link. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.369045389783316.83768.100000335752613&type=1&l=6b8655d623
March 4, 2012
Sharon Graves (Fowler): Sharon has posted some photos of grade school, junior high school, and high school on her Facebook page. If you would like a trip down memory lane, click the following link. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.360315127323009.81856.100000335752613&type=3&l=277e48885f
January 12, 2012
Tessa Ballinger (Blackketter): Thanks to Tessa, we removed another name from our MISSING CLASSMATES page. Guinn Wells is alive and well in Indianapolis, IN. Please check our MISSING CLASSMATES page. We need your help finding these people.
January 7, 2012
Frans Hollanders: Thanks to a tip from Frans, we recently located two missing classmates. Robert Ard and his wife, Wannetta Martin-Ard, are alive and well in Smiths Grove, KY. Please check our MISSING CLASSMATES page. We need your help finding these people.
January 6, 2012
Stephen R. Curtis: Steve passed away January 4, 2012.
November 23, 2011
James L. Hopkins: Jim passed away November 21, 2011.
September 2, 2011
Naverne Willie: Mr. Willie passed away August 30, 2011. He taught history and coached track at MHS.
July 20, 2011
Pam Driscoll (Guinn): Happy Birthday! Check out Pam's birthday photo on our PHOTOS page.
July 20, 2011
Ken Addington: Members of the 1964 "Sweet 16" basketball team will have a reunion on July 30 at 4:00 p.m. at Jimmy Nash City Park, Shelter House #4. Spouses/significant others are invited.
March 2, 2011
Ken Addington: Thanks to teammate Mike Bex, the 1963-64 Artesian basketball season lives again. Mike wrote an article chronicling the season that was recently published in the Indiana Basketball History Magazine Winter Edition 2011.
February 24, 2011
Keith Gray: Sheila Gray has returned home after three long months of recuperating from complications associated with her heart surgery. Thanks to everyone for your cards and prayers during this time. Cards can be sent to her at 1430 E Columbus St., Martinsville IN, 46151.
January 31, 2011
Keith Gray: Sheila Gray is back at the Nursing Center for further rehab. She is working hard to get out of there in the next month or so. Cards can be sent to her at 1430 E. Columbus St., Martinsville, IN 46151. Please keep her in your prayers. This has been a long winter for her thus far!
January 20, 2011
Keith Gray: Sheila is back in ST. FRANCIS HEART CENTER after undergoing another heart surgery this past week. She is being treated for a severe infection in her chest cavity. More surgery is scheduled for the week of January 24. Cards and notes from classmates would be appreciated and can be sent to her at 1430 E. Columbus St., Martinsville, IN 46151.
December 17, 2010
Rolande Webb (Burch): My sister, Scarlett, passed away this morning in her sleep.
December 12, 2010
Rolande Webb (Burch): For those of you who know her, my oldest sister, Scarlett has liver cancer. No treatment has helped so I think we are going to lose her. So sad. No one deserves that sort of pain. We are dealing with it the best we can. It's just hard to believe this could be happening. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
December 9, 2010
Keith Gray: Sheila Gray had quadruple bypass heart surgery December 1 at St. Francis Heart Center and is rehabbing in Martinsville at this time. Cards and notes from classmates would be appreciated and can be sent to 1430 E. Columbus St., Martinsville, IN 46151.
December 3, 2010
Carol Landrum (Styer): I received an email from Keith Gray that Sheila Gray, his sister, had a heart attack. Sheila is recovering at St. Francis Hospital. Please put her on your prayer list. For more info, email email@example.com.
October 31, 2010
Patty Phillips (Arvin): From Martinsville, I moved to South Bend, IN, after a couple of years on the IU campus. I married Russell Arvin in 1969. I taught elementary school for 3 years, and he went back to college for his business degree. My job paid the bills; his college was paid for by the GI bill--fortunately! We both graduated from IU. Daughter #1 was born and I taught for 1 more year. He graduated, and as daughter #2 was in "the incubator", we moved to Chicago for a brief time (not brief enough for me!). There, he trained with the government to become an IRS agent. The week following the end of that training, he was able to transfer to Mishawaka, IN. That enabled us to stay in our home (which was NOT in Chicago), but he drove 45 minutes each way--even in the horrible "lake-effect-snow" winters. We had our final child, another girl, in 1978--the blizzard of '78...and that is another story! We spent the next several years nesting--our girls growing all the while. Once they were of school age, I tried to get a teaching job. But, at that time, in Indiana, your way into a teaching job was substituting or knowing the right person. Since I didn't know the right person, it was the substitute route. Now, you remember what happens to substitutes..... Not a pretty picture. (I also had my life license as a teacher, which cost school systems more money than did the entry level graduate). We moved about 3 more times, each time going through the route of subbing. At one time, I thought I had a job for an upcoming school year. The principal really liked me, and told me I'd have a spot. One problem. He decided to go back to teaching--preferred to teach rather than settle squabbles and red tape. That being done, I bid farewell to subbing and teaching forever! I did some short term jobs which I really enjoyed--like working in a store bakery when the bakeries actually did things almost from scratch. I even made doughnuts, from beginning to end, and thoroughly enjoyed that! I've been an executive assistant for a number of years. And I actually worked in the shipping department (that would be just me) for a small business; hand-designed and made pillows in a specialty pillow shop. When we moved to Charlotte, I took one of my last jobs as an E.A. About a year later, my mother's health was failing. Rather than take family leave, I resigned that job so that I could go out to Arizona and be with her whenever I wanted. That didn't last long. From the onset of her dementia to her death was only 1½ to 2 years. God was good in granting me the privilege of being with her as she breathed her last. (Yes, Mrs. Phillips, the Latin teacher of old MHS died May 28, 2002!) It was an incredible passing, for even in the small details, her hospice room had a CD that included "Ave Maria" and another song in Latin. Now, how fitting was that for a Latin teacher? Our girls are scattered: 2 are in Fort Wayne, IN, and the other is in Arizona , married, and working for AmEx. I have only one grandchild--a 13 year old boy. (He will turn 14 on Christmas Eve this year). Although my husband is retired, he is managing to do more and more for Liberty Tax. During the tax season, there is a really good franchise for which he works. My work consists of mostly being a domestic engineer. I get out with my friends when I want. I have a great yoga class 3-4 times a week. And Russell and I have taken up square dancing again. We both really like Charlotte, NC. More and more Yanks are finding this a nice place to settle for retirement. And that's okay, as long as they behave and act responsibly! It is green all year round, since we have both conifer and deciduous trees. There are also flowers of all sorts that take their turns blooming throughout the year. Needless to say, it's a high pollen location. There is almost a lifetime to tell, but I think this is enough about me and my family. We have been very blessed. Every day I awake, it's a good day! Although I'm on Facebook, I prefer to write via email. So, if anyone really wants to get in touch with me, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put "MHS classmate" in the subject line.
October 26, 2010
Carol Landrum (Styer): We had to put mom in the nursing home and I'm burning up the road to Spencer.
August 5, 2010
Pam Driscoll (Guinn): After 39½ years with Duke Energy, I am happy to announce my retirement to spend more time with my family, my husband, my 7 and 10 year old grandsons, Luke and Evan. Also, Larry and I have been married 20 years this year so we'll be traveling to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where we spent our honeymoon, for our 20th anniversary. Also, we plan spending time in Florida in January this winter to have a break from the Indiana normal snow. Then we can be officially be labeled snowbirds. I hope to get reacquainted with my home and being a housewife full time and part-time everything else. It has already been a year since our last class reunion. My how time flies. I hope all classmates are retired or retiring soon and enjoying life. See you all in 4 years.
June 2, 2010
Ken Addington: Mike Bex, class of 1965, was in Martinsville Memorial Day weekend to visit friends and family and to attend the Indy 500. This was Mike's 55th year to attend the race. Mike currently lives in Charleston, SC. As a member of the 1963-64 MHS semi-state basketball team, Mike has fond memories of that special season and would love to hear from his team mates. His email address is email@example.com.
May 1, 2010
Connie Kay Burkett (Johnson): Frankly, it will be two years since the passing of my husband, William R. Johnson, and I don't know if any of my former classmates have yet to lose the mate of many years to be left wondering what else is there. Some chuckle that you go back to your high school years, but having my high school sweetheart as my spouse for so many years, sometimes it seems the right thing to revisit the familiar. Is there a classmate out there that has lost his or her spouse, or maybe a child, and looking to reconnect with the good old days when life seemed so pure and so much ahead to gain? IF so, I would love to talk with you. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or 317-896-1057. God bless and I hope to hear from someone out there. Life is good. Connie Kay Burkett-Johnson, widow of William Roy Johnson, both classmates of 1964.
March 23, 2010
Ken Addington: If you have comments about Miss Shufflebarger and/or Mr. West you wish to share with classmates, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org for posting on our website.
March 22, 2010
Charles R. West: Mr. West passed away March 17, 2010. He taught government and was our class sponsor.
February 17, 2010
Georgann Shufflebarger: Miss Shufflebarger passed away February 14, 2010.
January 28, 2010
Ken Addington: I had hip replacement surgery earlier this week. I'm recuperating at home. I'll have lots of time on my hands for the next 2-3 weeks. It would be a great time to sit at the computer and update our website with new photos and news items from classmates. I'm looking forward to receiving photos and news items from you.
December 26, 2009
Mike Telfer: The following message was received from Mike on 12/24/09. Merry Christmas from Iraq (over here, it’s already His birthday).
December 2, 2009
Harry "Butch" Foster: Butch passed away 10/9/09. He was a lifelong resident of Martinsville. Butch was employed as a delivery person for Papa John's Pizza. Previously, he worked several years as a school custodian for the Metropolitan School District of Martinsville.
July 19, 2009
RoseMary Hacker (Bronstetter): I moved back to Martinsville about 5 years ago. I would love to hear from my classmates. My email address is email@example.com. My family has grown by leaps and bounds. I am mother of 4, grandmother of 19, and great-grandmother of 11. I know that sounds like a lot, but my oldest son married a lady with a family of her own. I love them all! Guess I have bored you enough about me. I am so happy to see this website. As I said, I would love to hear from any of my classmates. Be kind, bless all of you, and keep the Lord with you always.
March 20, 2009
Jimmie Kent: Jimmie passed away March 15, 2009.
March 20, 2009
Ken Addington: My computer was down for several days. I apologize for not getting the information about Jimmie posted sooner.
February 5, 2009
Jim Galyan: We offer our condolences to Jim. His wife, Pat, passed away February 2, 2009.
January 19, 2009
Becky Williams (Leonard): Becky will be honored January 24, 2009, by being inducted into the Martinsville High School Alumni Hall of Fame.
January 17, 2009
Steven Hess: Steve passed away January 15, 2009.
November 17, 2008
Sharon Hasler (Allgood): Sharon passed away November 14, 2008.
August 13, 2008
Evan and Jane (McGinnis) Collinsworth: We were excited to receive news of the 2009 reunion and learn about the website! We loved reading about old friends and seeing that we have all aged gracefully. (Not Donna Johnston - she looks like she’s 20!) Evan and I remain in Richmond, Indiana. He still works for Farm Bureau Insurance (along with Terry Collier - a fishing buddy). I am retired from Richmond schools after teaching kindergarten for many years. I was blessed to stay home and raise our 4 children. Now I am blessed to help with our 7 grandchildren. Four live in Akron, Ohio, two live in Bloomington, Illinois, and one lives in Indianapolis. (The one in Indy is a girl named Evyn, after her papaw.) We still have our youngest in her fourth year at IU. Notice I did not say her senior year since we believe graduation will be another year in coming. She can’t decide what she wants to be when she grows up. We live on a farm south of Richmond and raise Black Angus cattle. I am a discussion leader in Bible Study Fellowship and Evan is a children’s leader in the men’s BSF. Evan and I look forward to celebrating our 40 year wedding anniversary next year. (My mother said it would never last!) We read with sorrow of the classmates who have passed away. Now that I know where to find this site, I will be anxious to read about all of you. I am looking forward to the reunion. The last one was so much fun! Thanks to Mike, Ken, and others for not giving up on the Class of '64!
August 13, 2008
Jacquie Alexander (Worley): Jacquie and her husband are relocating to Clemson, SC.
May 10, 2008
William Johnson: William passed away May 9, 2008. He was married to classmate Connie Burkett.
May 10, 2008
Gregg Potter: Gregg passed away May 7, 2008.
April 18, 2008
Ervin Cohen: Mr. Cohen passed away April 15, 2008. He was a graphics arts teacher and athletic coach during our days at MHS.
March 30, 2008
Gary Mason: I retired from Rolls-Royce (formerly Allison's) in 2007 at the end of April after 42 years. I hired in as an inspector and was an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer when I retired. The company tried to talk me out of retirement due to a project that was starting so I retired on April 30, took a whole day off, and returned to work on May 2 as a contract employee. I worked that job until December 21 when I quit again. Karen and I bought a home in Ft. Myers, Florida, and spent the winter here. I go back to work as a contract employee again on April 7 and will work a few weeks until the grandkids get out of school for the summer. Then we plan on bouncing back and forth as much as possible taking advantage of the weather in both places. We have a daughter and 2 grandchildren in Florida as well as an aunt, uncle, and two nieces. Having family in both places makes it really nice. In Indiana, we have one son near Centerton and another in Indianapolis. They have provided us with 2 more grandsons and 4 more granddaughters to spoil while we are up north.
January 28, 2008
Jill Nutter (Keller): I retired at the end of the 2007 school year. I taught for 28 years and was a school administrator for 11 years. Bob and I have 3 going on 4 grandchildren. Chip has a boy and a girl, and Mimi has a little girl and is soon to have her second. (This will probably happen in the next 3 weeks.) Chip, of course, owns Keller's Office Supply. Since I retired, Bob and I have been cleaning some areas at the First Baptist Church. (We do this because the church is not in the best of financial shape and we can help "keep it afloat" this way.) I am also on the Board of Christian Education for the first time in many years. We also traveled to Hilton Head with the kids and grandkids and took a trip to Florida with my sister and her significant other. He's a very nice person, and they live in Greenwood.
January 24, 2008
Mary Beth Champlin (Featheroff): I will be retiring from teaching at the end of the 2008 school year. I started teaching in 1968 at what is now East Middle School in Martinsville. I stayed home for 13 years to raise my two children. I returned to teaching public speaking, discussion, and debate at Martinsville High School in the mid 1980's and have now taught full time for 29 years. I have been teaching the GED classes part time since 1976. I will remain the GED teacher at Martinsville High School. My husband, Dave, is also retiring this year. We will enjoy visiting more with our three grandchildren, who live in Martinsville and Chicago. We also hope to spend more time in Saftey Harbor, Florida, where we own a home. While in Saftey Harbor we will be tutoring at the Developmental Youth Center. I have had a great time teaching and look forward to more adventures.
October 5, 2007
Patricia Ann "Trish" Grosskopf: Trish passed away July 23, 2007.
July 10, 2007
Ken Addington: I know somebody keeps visiting our class website because the "hit" counter keeps going up. It must be disappointing for visitors to see the same "Class Notes" and "Photos" with each visit. I need your help to update the pages of our website. Please send me news and/or photos about yourself and pass this request along to other classmates. Thank you.
May 15, 2007
Tessa Ballinger (Blackketter): After 26 years in the MSD of Martinsville, this is my last year of teaching. I don't have specific retirement plans yet. I just plan on doing what I want to do, when I want to do it. Of course, I will spend more time with my four grandchildren. Bob and I will also do a little traveling. I currently volunteer at our church's free clinic and plan to continue. I'll probably get involved in some other volunteer work, possibly the cancer center. For the time being, I will wait awhile to decide where I'm needed most.
April 12, 2007
Ken Addington: Please note our website's e-mail address has changed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 18, 2007
Kathy Wilson (Munoz): Rebuilding continues here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina hit in August 2005. It's very slow, but ongoing and progress is made one day at a time. It's a huge undertaking, and many people still don't have any settlements from their insurance companies. In January the first law suit where homeowner policy holders sued State Farm Insurance went to court. The judgment was in favor of the homeowners much to the delight of most people who are still waiting for a settlement to start rebuilding their homes and their lives. Now, big surprise....State Farm Insurance announced it will no longer write any new homeowner insurance policies in Mississippi. So the big news down here and in other disaster prone areas of the country is "insurance reform". And anyone living here will tell you it's long overdue. We have just started on interior repairs of our home. We have moved from FEMA tarps covering the damaged portion of our roof after Katrina to having roof repairs made in February 2006. It was hard to find contractors (at least reliable ones) then, and it remains so today. We've been on the waiting list for our contractor since March 2006. He's already started on our repairs, and we'll be moving out of one part of the house, while repairs are being made, then move back when it's done. And repeat the scenario again as we move to different sections of the house. I have no idea how long this will take, but I've been living with things boxed up and waiting for this since August 2005. So, I'm looking forward to the mess, because it's the light at the end of the tunnel. So wish us luck. Our lives are forever changed, and that's not all bad. It's been difficult, but we've become stronger. And we appreciate each and every day we have. We know all too well how quickly it can be taken away. We've learned that things don't matter....people do.
February 16, 2007
Rollah Thomas Greenwood: Tom Greenwood passed away February 13, 2007.
February 1, 2007
Jane Leonard (Parks): The following letter appeared in the January 30 issue of the Reporter-Times. The letter was submitted by Alberta Leonard. Thanks to Sue Strader-Voorheis for bringing it to our attention.
Jane Leonard Parks was involved in a severe auto accident near Valparaiso on Nov. 13, 2005. She is now in a facility near Decatur, her home for many years. She would enjoy receiving cards and letters from her friends in the 1964 class of Martinsville High School.
Jane is the daughter of Max and Alberta Leonard and the sister of Dan Leonard of Bloomington and the late Jack Leonard.
Her mailing address is Jane Leonard Parks, Golden Meadows Home, 3646 N. 200 E., Decatur, IN 46733.
January 28, 2007
Gary Mason: It still amazes me how I can live within a few miles of where I grew up and many of my classmates still live here as well and our paths never cross. I am finally going to join those lucky classmates that have already retired. I plan to retire at the end of April after over 42 years at Rolls-Royce Corporation. My wife Karen and I hope to spend more time with our 10 grandchildren. We have two in Cape Coral, FL, so we hope to spend our future winters there. We also have the two who currently live near Dallas, but are soon moving to Boston. We will now have an excuse to see the sights around the Boston area. I'd love to hear from my classmates. My e-mail address is MasonGaryL@aol.com.
January 26, 2007
Ken Addington: Help! I need some good news to post on our Class Notes webpage. Regretfully, recent news has concerned the passing of several classmates. Your information doesn't have to be front page news or a news flash that would interrupt normal TV programming. Just update your classmates on what's going on in your life. New grandchild, career change, travel plans, retirement plans, new address, your hobby, etc. all make great items for our Class Notes webpage. A photo makes it better, but it's not necessary. E-mail me at email@example.com. Please pass this request along to other classmates.
January 25, 2007
Ronald Owens, Sr.: Ronnie passed away January 22, 2007.
December 27, 2006
Samuel Allen: Sam passed away December 25, 2006.
September 28, 2006
Raymond Kennedy: Mr. Kennedy passed away September 25, 2006.
August 7, 2006
Jerry Vogel: Nice website you've got here. I hope classmates will use it so we can recognize each other at the next reunion; who were all those old folks at the last one? I am still Supreme Director of All Bands at Martinsville West Middle School teaching many "grandbandkids." After many, many years, I relinquished my position working with the Martinsville High School Marching Artesians, and for the past three years my wife, Lisa, and I have been part-time Realtors. We have two grown, married children who live in Martinsville. Catherine is an RN working in OB and on the Medical/Surgical floor at Morgan Hospital. She and her husband, Sean, have one darling little boy, Jackson, age 2. Tom works at Morgan Hospital as well; he's the Webmaster and an administrative assistant to the CFO. He and his wife, Jen, have two boys, Dominic, age 5, who will start kindergarten in the fall, and Xander, age 23 months. We are fortunate to see them all frequently and enjoy the time spent with them. We feel very blessed living in Martinsville with our family and all the friends we have made over the years.
August 1, 2006
Kathie Ann Wilson (Munoz): Our contractor has promised to start work in September. The materials and supplies needed to make permanent repairs to our home have finally started to arrive. You quickly learn that you're on waiting lists for everything, and you just wait until your time rolls around.
July 24, 2006
Herold (Bud) Ferrand, Jr.: Bud passed away July 22, 2006.
June 15, 2006
Kathie Ann Wilson (Munoz): We've certainly had our trials to deal with in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. However, there have also been many blessings and lessons from it as well. I feel so guilty complaining about anything involving that storm, because we were fortunate enough to keep our home. We sustained roof damage and water damage to the interior and furniture. We have a FEMA blue tarp temporary roof. Our insurance company, like most, did not want to offer much for damages. Not nearly enough to cover the cost of repairs. Through mediation, we finally reached a fair settlement about 2 weeks ago. Now we can start repairs on the house and, hopefully, get our lives back to some sort of new normal. The debris cleanup along the coast is making tremendous progress. But, there is still much left undone. The bridges that cross the Biloxi Back Bay leading to Ocean Springs, and the one from Pass Christian going to Bay St. Louis and Waveland are still out. It will be a long time before they are replaced, and they are missed so much. We are struggling to rebuild in a traditional southern coastal style. Real estate investors are buying up land to build more casinos and high rise condos. We don't want to become another Gulf Shores, and I don't think that's going to happen, because there is so much support to re-establish the traditional cultural attractions from our area. My husband, Joe, and I are currently in Phoenix, AZ, visiting with our daughter, Dee, our son-in-law, Vince, our 7 year old grandson, Vincent, Jr. ....and a new addition to the family.....our granddaughter, Katrina Elyse Jasso, born on 5/5/06. Her parents say she was conceived while visiting us in Mississippi last August before Katrina hit. They had been trying for several years to have a second child. She was an answer to our prayers....and of course, she's perfect, and beautiful. Best baby in the world. But, we are not prejudiced....at all. I've gone back to work full time. I was retired for 8 years, and started to miss the daily grind. So, I've returned to work as a worker bee rather than a supervisor. Best regards to all my classmates. Please keep in touch.
June 11, 2006
Jacquie Alexander (Worley): Tom Koons' mother passed away this last week. I'm sure he would appreciate your condolences. Tom's address is 1520 R.J. Blvd., Martinsville, IN 46151.
May 29, 2006
William Johns: Retirement life is great here in the Carolina's. Looks like I'll make 60 in June. I've lost 50 pounds since November. My 36" jeans are getting loose.
January 20, 2006
Barry Kennedy: I thought I would say hello to all of our wonderful classmates. It takes courage for all of us (at our ages) to show our faults on the internet. I sent a picture of me with my first granddaughter, Kylie, taken this past Christmas. Kylie is 11 months old and has truly stolen my heart. I'm sure all grandparents feel the same way. I hope everyone is happy and healthy, and may 2006 be your best year ever! Thanks to all of our class leaders for creating the website, allowing people to communicate, and organizing our class reunions. Martinsville and all of you will always hold a special place in my heart!
November 9, 2005
Ken Addington: Please check out the latest addition to our Photos page. We've like to add you to the page! Please send us your photo.
October 21, 2005
Ken Addington: We've replaced the Miscellaneous page with a Photos page. The page features current photos of classmates. Please send us your photo, and we'll add you to the page. Be sure to include some background information.
September 30, 2005
Kathy Wilson (Munoz): I live in Jackson County on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and we've all been severely affected by Hurricane Katrina. We are still without phone service. I'm utilizing the local Library computers to stay in touch. I'll sure be glad to have my phone service back. I miss my Internet! My husband, Joe, and I had minor damage, compared to most down here. We lost a portion of our roof and had some rain damage in the house. We also lost the roof off our shed, and carport, and some of the sides of the carport. But, our house is still very livable. My husband works at Keesler Air Force Base, and he's part of the Hurricane Recovery Team, and has been working 7/12 since Hurricane Katrina hit. Most of the news coverage has been of New Orleans, but we had much more actual hurricane damage here. Our beaches were destroyed, beachfront homes were destroyed....washed away with the 25-30' storm surge, leaving only sand, seaweed, and timber debris behind. Take care, and God Bless...cherish your day to day blessings and the routines you take for granted...they can be wiped away in a heartbeat! P.S. I would love to hear from former classmates of MHS class of 1964...stay in touch!
September 4, 2005
Ken Addington: We've added links on our home page to the web sites of MHS classes of 1962, 1963, and 1994. Enjoy your visits! Please let me know if you are aware of other MHS classes with web sites
August 28, 2005
Roger Dale Smith: Greetings – I want to add my thanks to Ken and others that participated in developing our class website. I have many fond memories from those days at MHS and I look forward to the future communications that can be shared through our site. My life has been filled like most with challenges, failures, disappointments, and successes. Fortunately, I’ve had more successes than failures and currently I’m the President of Lexicor, Inc. We are a technology company that has developed the first objective medical tool for diagnosing mental health disorders. Obviously, I’m very excited about our company’s new medical product and the benefits that it will provide towards improving mental health outcomes. My wife Elaine and I live in Augusta, GA, most of the time and we also have a home in Hilton Head, SC, which we visit frequently. My two children and grandchildren continue to reside in Indiana. Again, I look forward to the future development, stories and information that can be shared on our website. My best regards to all.
August 8, 2005
Ken Addington: Sorry! Our site has been down for a few days while the MSD of Martinsville moved it to a new server.
July 5, 2005
Barry Kennedy: We first thought Dad had Alzheimer's. Additional testing indicates he has a condition called NPH (Normal Pulmonary Hydrocephalus). It involves too much water on the brain and its symptoms are dementia, incontinence, and inability to walk normally, just baby steps shuffling. The treatment is a brain shunt that Dad had put in last fall, but unlike some patients who have immediate positive results and can attain a normal lifestyle, Dad is not doing well. If any of you would like to e-mail Dad, you can do so through me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can write Dad at Raymond Kennedy, 252 Carriage Chase Circle, Warrenton, Virginia 20186. He would be greatly thrilled to hear from the students he loved so much.
June 29, 2005
Tom Koons: Just wanted to let you know I received your post card. This is a good looking WEB site. After retiring with 30 years of military service my wife decided that I needed another job. I started in maintenance at Hydraulic Press Brick Co in 1995 and in 2002 they made me the Plant Superintendent. I have two sons, Wesley 34 and Patrick 29. Wes has 3 Daughters Maria 10, Rachel 7, and Leah 1. Pat has 1 daughter Ragen 6mo. Boy it is fun to spoil grandchildren and send them home to Mom & Dad. I hope we can make the next reunion. We would like to see everybody again.
June 20, 2005
Mike Telfer: As I suspected; I like the site.
June 20, 2005
Pam Guinn: I just got to work and was excited to see us on line.
June 20, 2005
Mary Beth Champlin (Featherolf): Thanks for sending me this. I really enjoyed looking at your efforts. Maybe I can make the next reunion.
June 20, 2005
Gary Mason: I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate the time and effort of those that made this website possible. It all seems like so long ago and yet just the other day. Thanks again.
June 20, 2005
Jill Nutter (Keller): The website looks good!
June 20, 2005
Joan Musgrave (Miller): Please add me to the mailing list, would love to keep abreast of what is happening with everyone. I enjoyed the reunion last year, just sorry that so many decided not to attend. At this age, it is exciting to see and hear from anyone and everyone-just glad to be alive!
June 20, 2005
Jacquie Alexander (Worley): I'm really glad to see you online! I am terrible at snail mail, but keep up pretty well on e-mail. I am a now retired Spanish instructor who taught at Clemson University in South Carolina and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. My husband is Director of Engineering for Square D Company. We have been married for almost 37 years. During that time we have moved fifteen times. I personally love moving. Right now we live in Murfreesboro, TN. We have two children--Mike 32 and Christy 29. Mike has one daughter, Caila, 18 months old. Christy has two daughters. Disney is 2 1/2 and Alexandra is 10 months old. Mike and Amy live in South Carolina, and Christy and Tom live too far away on Martha's Vineyard, MA. I'm looking forward to checking the website regularly. Thanks again.
June 20, 2005
Brenda Swafford (Crowe): Hi. Ron and I have been married 35 years. We have three children and two grandsons. God has blessed us greatly. I hope I can make the next reunion. Thanks for letting me know about the wet site. Bye for now.
June 20, 2005
Sue Lowry (Swinney): I just received the postcard about the new website. This is really great to have. Good thinking for us old people. I am going to enjoy this new site.
June 20, 2005
RoseMary Hacker (Bronstetter): Hi Class of 1964. I attended the 40th class reunion, but my personal information has changed. Thought I would send an update. Nice to visit on the web now. Thanks.
June 20, 2005
William A. Johns: I've relocated to North Carolina. Thanks for creating a website.
June 20, 2005
John C. Sachs: Please note that I have moved from Florida to Farwell, MI, to get away from the hurricanes in Florida. Thank You!! And best wishes to all of class of '64.
June 20, 2005
Ken Addington: I retired after 34 years as an elementary school teacher and principal in the MSD of Martinsville. My wife and I enjoy traveling, "spoiling" the grandchildren, and having adequate time to do nothing. Last spring, we "got our Kicks on Route 66" by traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles on the old road wherever possible.