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Perry King







Just got off the phone with George Mcgee, Class of 70, and he told me about this site.  I think it's great that you guys have put this together and really would like to join the site.  I'll send a photo and bio, but wanted to see what else you would like to get me added?  My general info is:
Perry King (Class of 70) (email)
705 Silver Leaf Cove
Leander Texas 78641
Leander is just North of Austin.
Look forward to re-connecting with  some of the folks from Frayser.



Brenda Tullos Ksobiech Funeral Arrangements
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 25th from 5-8PM and the service at 1PM on Wednesday, November 26th, both at Memorial Park Funeral Home, 5668 Poplar Avenue.
The Reunion Committee will send a condolence card to the family on behalf of the class.  If you would like to send a separate card or note to Al and his family, the address is:
6604 Kirby Gate Cove, Memphis, TN  38119 (corrected 11/24/08)
Please remember the family in your prayers....Jan Parrish


BRENDA JO KSOBIECH, 60, of Memphis, died Saturday, November 22, 2008 at St. Frances Hospital.

A member of Bellevue Baptist Church, Brenda enjoyed a variety of creative endeavors such as cooking, designing and decorating.

Mrs. Ksobiech is survived by her husband of 41 years, Al Ksobiech; her mother, Lorraine Tullos; one son, Jason Ksobiech of Miami, FL; her siblings, Susan Hawks Bacher of Alexandria, KY, and Temp Tullos, Jr. (Frayser ’68) of Bartlett, TN.

A visitation will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home, Tuesday from 5-8 p.m.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 26 at 1 p.m. at Memorial Park Funeral Home in the Riverside Chapel.

A private interment will be in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the American Diabetes Association. Memorial Park Funeral Home 901-767-8930



Elbert Greer

I'm still here and working.....working hahahahahaha
this is work





If you like Christian music, here is a link to my brother's songs on; Phillip Randy Burk graduate in the class of '72



Monty Cole Duncan's quest to become a Pioneer Woman is near approaching.....

We still have to do the 2nd floor rafters and bedrooms and stuff...... we started at 8:00 and got done at
6:00 that night.  It rained on us the entire time.....the land became a mud hole.  The log truck got stuck in the mud - had to pull him out with
a bulldozer, then the crane got stuck and had to winch him out.  I got stuck and then Charlie got stuck.......  But, it was fun and the logs
are done!

Logs on truck using crane to move to foundation....
Almost there......
One of the inside corners
Ta da!!!  All done - now ready for the rafters.....



Roy Hallum Story


Roy is writing a book due out next year. If you want to get an email when the book is available you can go to THIS LINK:


Fox News Video Interview with Roy













Verna Hendricks grandson : Hunter


This is my Hunter.  He is 3years old.  He was a routin tootin Cowboy
for Halloween.  Instead of saying Trick or Treat, he said 'Howdy

He got lots of candy.  When he was asked where his gun was, he told
them that guns were not nice.


Ron Hall '68















Note from Ron Hall: cross posted from

I'm a bit surprised no one has written anything about our 40th reunion a few weeks ago but I'll take on the chore. Though I was disappointed that only 47 of my classmates showed up, some with spouses, some alone, we had a good time. It was a great job of organizing by Lawrence and Patrica Rapp, Bonnie Skinner,Mike Archer and all the other people that cared enough to do this.

It was good to see Bubba Sykes, who is still Bubba, and a great guY, Lana Young, who I miss on this site, Bonnie Skinner, who looks great, ditto for my neighbor Rebecca Kirk, who has the honor of being the first girl I ever went to the Frayser Drive-In with. I guess I need to say we were in the 4th grade and our Moms took us and her sister Janet and my brother Larry as well, but it's still a first. Bodie Council, Freddie Grinder, the stories, oh, man the stories. Mike Archer, they should put a bust of Mike in the lobby of ole FHS, as Mike does more than anyone I know to keep the memories going and all of us connected, and bless him for it, I surely appreciate it. Linda Prather and Brenda Bartee have put together another get-together since that I hope becomes a regular event.

It was the first I'd seen Roy Hallums since his return to the states and that was great. Temp Tullos,Ricky Tackett, Tip Holcomb, Eddie Barnhardt, good seeing you all. Johnny Screws came all the way from Minnesota, while classmates that live less than 5 miles away stayed home. Johnny was voted best looking two years in a row. Heck, that's an accomplishment. She still has that beauty, and is still a sweet person. I've always thought putting titles on kids weighed on them later in life. Best this, most likely that, it's a heck of a load to carry later. Does it keep winners of these accolades from coming to these reunions? It shouldn't. It was a silly label put on you by your peers and not something you had to live up to. Heck, I thought I was the wittiest, but when you only talk to about ten people the whole year your fan base is a tad low.In fact, I think I was the best looking too, but had to go to Tech to get a girl friend. Ha!I hope we have another one in five years. Word is '67, '68, '69 may combine which would be a blast. I'd like to see, John Wilkerson, Gary Stanley, Greg Seek, Randy Suarez, Ricky Burks, Sherrie and Randy Byrd, Jackie Davis, Joe Dunlap, Ross Grimsley, Chris Ruess, Wayne Little, Mike McNeer, Paul Sarvis, Greg Seek, Janie Trenthem, and all the rest. God bless Donnie Roberts, John Stetz, Kim Baxter, Bonnie Cannon, Paul Hendren and all the other good Frayer kids we've lost. I'm done.

Ronnie Hall



Monty's logCabin Begins



Roi-Ann's Vegetable Pie--on the Radio (turn your sound on)



FRAYSER's Most Wanted.....


Coach Dossett Foster-High School Photo



Deborah Kay Holland Nevill
I just found this website. I really enjoyed looking at the many comments my classmates have made. I thought I would let you know that I am alive and well and have been living in Hermitage,TN. since 1974. To catch you up on what has been happening since I graduated from FHS in 1970. I went to Tennessee Technology University and graduated in 1974 with a degree in Elementary Education. Moved to Nashville  and started working for the State of Tn. as a typist. I met my husband, Jerry here and we have been married for 32 years. No children, but we do have a black and tan dachshund named Pepper. I have retired from the State of Tn. after 32 years. I was very excited about finding this webpage because I haven't been in contact with anyone from my high school days at Frayser. I would love to hear from some of my classmates from those days.



Cheryl Downs

Randal Byrd & Hurricane Ike --from Houston

Randy called me this morning and asked me to let you know that he and Sherry are alright.  Have been without power since last Sat. but house did not seem to have any damage. --Cheryl



It was nice to go down memory favorite part was looking at the picture of my classmates and me in the first grade at North Frayser Elementary (renamed Georgian Hills Elementary).

Tom(Tommy) Craig



Left to right: Nell Diallo, Managing Director of MedShare; Glen Reed, President of Board; Pat Robinson, Vice-President of Board; AB Short, CEO & Founder; Charlie Evans, President Eastern Division of HCA

MedShare Hosts President Toure of Mali



Hey, its been way too long not to have stopped by to say hello... Hope all is well with all of you. Cheers,

Chris (Ruess)




"Some of you may be old enough to remember doing the Boogie Woogie but I bet not many of you were ever this good at it (including me). For the rest of you, just enjoy the beat!"



Crank it up and Boogie Woogie!

Pianist Silvan Zingg plays his composition "Dancin' The Boogie". Dancing by Will and Maéva.


Memory : from the Commercial Appeal

Kingsbury coach Bill Todd watches anxiously from the sidelines as his team's 11-point lead dwindles late in the game against Frayser on Jan. 25, 1963. Behind Mike Butler's 25 points, the Falcons held on for a 64-60 victory, their 13th straight. Todd would later become athletic director of Memphis city schools from 1970-1989, then served two terms on the city school board. He also did color commentary for Memphis State football and basketball games. Todd, who had a heart transplant in 1991, died in 2004, but not before helping raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight heart disease.






































































Memphis dealer-collector finds joy in grooves of old vinyl

By By Jonathan Devin
Special to The Commercial Appeal CLICK HERE for Article and more Photos

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ron Hall's face still lights up when he comes across an album with his favorite song, "Gloria," on it.

"It's the best song ever written," said Hall, 58, a longtime collector and seller of vinyl records. "The band Them did it with Van Morrison singing in '66; that was really good. Then Jimi Hendrix did a version of it. Now everyone's done it."

Even though an entire generation born in the late 1970s and '80s grew up with nothing but CDs, Hall cautions those who claim vinyl is a dinosaur. For the past 27 years, he has been a fixture at the Memphis Flea Market ("The BIG One"), selling crates full of records to eager young buyers who Hall said are learning to appreciate the art of vinyl, if not the technology.

"Sometimes I'll see something at a yard sale and just go nuts over it," Hall said.

Hall worked for record distributors Record Sales in Whitehaven, and later Stan's Distributing, based in Shreveport, La., through the 1970s, when recorded music rivaled television in the entertainment industry.

Records, he said, were conversation starters and reasons for people to get together and have fun.

"Friends of mine can come over here and pull stuff off the rack, and it seems like so many of these records have a story with it," he said. "There's a reason I have it."

A shift in vinyl sales came about, Hall said, when major distributors started buying up smaller ones. Columbia, Capitol Records, RCA, and more recently, Warner Brothers, swallowed smaller labels to cash in on their signature styles. With control of the industry in just a few hands, the need for traveling salesmen dried up as well.

"It was rough. The whole thing changed. It got down to like five major labels who controlled everything."

Hall took a job with the U.S. Postal Service in 1985, after 13 years in record distributing, but continued selling records on his own. In addition to the flea market, he sells on eBay under the handle "waxwatcher."

He describes his love of vinyl records as a never-ending search for "oddball" treasures with great cover artwork, virtually unknown music and personal connections. While many collectors delight in legends like Elvis or The Beatles, Hall's prizes are the kind that are available only on vinyl records.

"I've got an album by the group Title Unit that they cut in a roller rink in Millington," said Hall. "They couldn't have pressed many, probably 300 to 400, and sold them mostly when they played, so most of their albums left the area. I've only talked to one or two other guys that have that record."

Hall is also fond of his autographed album covers, because he can remember the stories that led to the signatures.

He recalled chauffeuring the New York Dolls before and after their Memphis concert in the late '70s. Hall's co-worker refused to drive the makeup-wearing, big-haired glam rock group, but Hall jumped at the chance.

"I'd bought their album and got them all to sign it," he said, displaying the cover proudly. "When you get something signed, that has something that you can remember, a whole story behind it. I wouldn't get rid of that for anything."

Hall's collection consists of about 2,000 albums that he keeps for himself, between 8,000 and 10,000 in storage for sale, and as many as 2,000 popular titles that sell well at the flea market. He charges about $3 per album on average, though some rare ones go for as much as $50-$60.

Music celebrities have been customers at the flea market, including Scott Bomar of the Bo-Keys, who scored Craig Brewer's "Hustle & Flow" and "Black Snake Moan." The late Paul Burlison, guitarist of Johnny Burnette's Rock and Roll Trio, showed up from time to time in the early '80s.

In 2001, Hall put his knowledge and experience to paper, writing "Playing For a Piece of the Door: A History of Garage and Frat Bands in Memphis 1960-75," an encyclopedia of facts about his favorite genre, garage rock. The book was featured on WKNO's "Memphis Memoirs" series.

He followed "History" in 2003 with a second volume, "The Memphis Garage Rock Yearbook." Both were published by Shangri-la Projects.

Some collectors shop Hall's flea market booth looking for album art. Customers ask for albums with motorcycles, Corvettes or certain names on them. (Hall admits he buys albums with the name "Sue" in the title for his wife, Sue).

Something about local music, though, just sings to Hall, a Frayser High graduate, who moved to Memphis in the fourth grade.

"You put on an old Muddy Waters album, it doesn't bother me at all if it crackles and everything, because I can just see him -- see some old sharecropper sitting around a crank-up Victrola in a shotgun shack listening to the old blues records, hearing them crackle."

A story we ran last month about the resurgence in popularity of vinyl records generated many comments. Here are some of the e-mails:

My husband and I have a collection of maybe 500-600 old LPs that we have saved from our youth in the '60s and on thru the '70s and early '80s. ... A few of them have stories that go with them. Like the copy of "Best of Cream" that I got from the girl who introduced me to my husband, who was such a Beatles fan that she did not want any non-Beatles records in her collection. It's good to know that there are others out there who might be sentimental fools also. But it is also good to know that there might be some younger people out there who feel the allure of vinyl.

-- Diane Cambron, Cordova

I own around 1,500+ vinyl LPs and around 200 vinyl 45 rpm records, plus several hundred cassette tapes and several hundred CDs. I have been buying records since the mid-1960s, and still have many of the original record albums and 45s from that period. I still buy certain records on vinyl, usually through eBay, but also through stores like Shangri-La Records on Madison.

-- Lee Allen, Cordova

I grew up in Memphis and Clarksdale and have been amassing vinyl for a long while. I think that my collection is about 2,000 strong, and reaches across all genres. One unique part of my collection is the Elvis portion. I have 38 of the original albums. Better still, you might remember back when, prior to the opening of Elvis' movies, RCA issued 45s in a representative cover with several of the movie's songs as a teaser. Then the movie opened and soon to follow was the LP. I have 36 of these.

-- Michael Sims

I, too, appreciate the warmth and body of music on vinyl, possibly because my tastes in music go strongly to the big-band swing and jazz of my youth. My small collection contains a bit more than 500 LPs, a bunch of tapes and several hundred CDs. All my music is cataloged in a computer data base with searchable title, artist, format and location tables containing 1,300+ album titles and 18,000 song titles. It's a wonderful way to keep me busy and out of mischief during these "golden" years.

-- Sam Livesay, Cordova

While I reluctantly gave in to CDs after you couldn't find all the titles in the LP format, I have always felt that vinyl had a richer, warmer sound than CDs, and MP3s sound quality isn't in the same ballpark. If I was ever to get divorced, and my wife knows this, she can have everything but my LPs and my stereo system. ... Still nothing like putting on a great record, sitting back, reading the album covers and liner notes (another lost art form) and letting the music pour over you.

-- Robert Santucci

Local resources for vinyl

Goner Records, 2152 Young, Memphis, 722-0095 or Buys and sells new and used singles and albums, new and used turntables and collections. Goner also is a record label, putting out new records on vinyl.

Shangri-La Records, 1916 Madison, 274-1916 or Buys, sells trades vinyl records and more.

River Records, 822 S. Highland, 324-1757. Buys and sells vinyl records, CDs comic books and more

Ron Hall, 485-9748.


Hey Monti,
Jessica(my daughter) and EP(Elvis).

Photoshop magic at Graceland!

xoxo JC (Judd Childress)








Michael Powell's daughter Melody and grand-daughter Valora Story from UK Newspaper the Sun



Mitch McCracken Memory of Betsy Reno by Mitch McCracken





Ben Sanders son, daughter in law and granddaughter.....



This guy had a weird sense of humor.

I will never forget the time Mr. Pierce kicked him out of biology class for doing something on the wrong end of some poor animal (frog, I think). "Mr. Scates, Go stand in the hallway! and I'll give you a ticket to D-Hall after class" yelled an over reactive Mr. Pierce.

Ronnie quickly replied on his way out the door "O.K. Ernie, I'll light a fire if I see any Indians coming" 

Joe Thompson



Gary Coughlan Subject: The Pop vs. Soda vs. Coke Page
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2008 18:49:40 -0500

This is a really neat map of the United States and Canada and about which parts of the country say "give me a coke"  or "give me a soda"  or "give me a pop".  There is even a breakdown for each state and province.  .....Gary



Several Frayser shirts for sale at Frayser Alumi Website


From: Joe Thompson



As the years pass by faster and faster, I reflect back on the many hard lessons and experiences life has given me. Some were learned instantly while others seemed to have been tucked away and surfaced slowly as they became more meaningful. One of these lessons surfaces annually only to refuel an uneasiness and feeling of unshakable survivor’s guilt.


It began on the morning of June 16, 1966 and has stayed with me my entire life.


On this morning several friends and I hitch-hiked and walked miles out to what use to be considered “the country” to do what we had been doing all during the spring of that year.


As always, the long trip was full of foolish fun and laughter not to mention a few pranks we were always pulling on one another. John and I discovered that we shared the same birthday and started planning this huge party. He was turning 16 and I was going to be 15. Only having met each other a few weeks earlier this was a major common denominator and the bond for a lasting friendship was complete. Since John was already from Frayser, My transition from Georgian Hills was going to be even smoother since I was already acquainted with a few other guys from the old FRA baseball league. School actually seemed worth looking forward to.

We were going for a day of swimming and horseplay at our favorite swimming hole.


This place was the greatest. Clear ,deep water, Cliffs to dive off of, and a rope tied to a lone Oak tree located on a bluff for swinging out over the water. This certainly was far superior to the muddy waters of the LoosahatchieRiver with only Train bridges to jump from. Besides, two people in our group almost drowned there last month in the swift current and one guy hit a log and broke his leg jumping off one of the bridges.


Ignoring all the close calls and the multiple warnings from Parents, Sheriff’s Deputies, and the Locals, we were going to do our thing and did. We swung on the rope, swam the lake, dove off the cliffs, crossed a field and dove off an even higher cliff into a shallow cow pond and were just having a grand time. We swam back to the bluff with the rope in the tree and continued our fun.

The fun suddenly turned into a nightmare that would haunt me and others forever.

John swung out over the water and didn’t release the rope. He came back and hit the bank

knocking him unconscious. He rolled off into the water sinking immediately out of sight and reach. The 40ft. Deep water made any and all attempts to reach him futile.


The rescue workers finally retrieved the body while four angry young men were made to watch. The local news media was running around filming all they could while making derogatory comments about the intelligence level of the boys. We were given a ride home

In a Deputy’s patrol car. On the way we made a stop. John’s House. We were made to sit in the car and listen to the screams and cries of a mother who was just told her youngest son had drowned.

The tragedy that took place that day is still as vivid in my mind today as it was then.

The lessons learned that day are timeless. John would have been in the Class of “69”


JUNE 16,1966


I never returned.


From : Dale Ray

It seems like we all had this happen in younger days. We had it happen at an old rail road bridge down behind Frayser golf course and swift water after a rain took one of the boys. I remember after they had pulled him into the rescue boat the dark walk with him on a stretcher through those woods. No sleeping that night or several others. It made me so cautious with my children.


Joe, I remember that day all to well. As soon as I started reading your post I knew you were talking about John.

It wasn't dumb, but because John was accidentally killed it seemed to be. I hope you haven't been beating yourself up all these years. All of you were kids out for a good time and that's all it would have been if John had just dropped from the rope.

I saw an interview once with Sam Phillips talking about how Waylon Jennings felt responsible for Buddy Holly's plane crash because he jokingly told Holly he hoped his plane would crash. Sam told him that if he could wish him dead he could wish him back and that's when he finally let go of the guilt.

John's death was nothing more than a tragic accident. Because you were there and made the same decision John did had nothing to do with it. Everything happens for a reason, it's all part of God's plan. We don't always understand why He does what he does but there is a reason.

The officers who insulted your intelligence and made you live through the horror of hearing those screams were wrong. That decision was much worse than yours to go swimming.

I can't say anything to make the memories of that day any better for you but just know my friend that it was an accident, nothing more, nothing less.

Mitch McCracken



Proud Grandfather

Joe Thompson with Cole


This is Cameron, Barbara's (Briner-Meeks) first and only grandchild at his 2nd birthday party on April 25.  Isn't he the cutest thing?


This is "MY" hangout!  Cool!
Mike Messer


For those of you who went to school with me at Delano, to the left in yellow is our 5th grade teacher Mrs. Peggy Perkins. Her group of friends was featured in a Commercial Appeal Article last week.

Jimmy Glenn Burk




I’ve bragged several times here about my nephew, Fred (Dwayne’s  [‘79] son). Well, dads have bragging rights too. My son Sam just returned from DisneyWorld in Orlando , where his cheer team came in second in the World’s Competition. There were only three US teams to make the finals. Second in the world - - not bad. And to think – all those days I spent in football practice, I could have been on the sideline dancing with some gal in a short skirt

Randy Byrd

Click Here for YouTube Video










I just wanted you to know that Shelia Self Henderson died this morning from cancer. She was diagnosed last year with breast cancer. Recently she found out she had cancer again in different locations.
Her visitation is Friday, May 25 6pm to 8pm at Northridge Funeral Home on Highway 51 just outside Millington. Her funeral is Saturday, May 26 at 2:00pm I just thought some of our classmates would like to know. Her brother is James Self also a Frayser grad in 67???

Diana Newton Reed


Thanks for posting Shelia's passing. Her and Richard (Ricky) to me and friends will be missed greatly. My prayers will be with the family. Ricky and I worked together for 10 years at MLGW. We played baskeball and golf together for many years. We even went on vac. one year together up at Greers Ferry lake. Rick and Shelia loved to camp and dive in the younger years. David Zeinner who worked together with us, went with his wife Debbie also. It was my first and last time to scubba dive. I rember Rick giving me a quick course in diving and off to 20 ft. we went. Next thing I rember, is my scubba tank begain making a very strange noises and I ran out of air. Well, of course I went up in a hurry! Rick had gave me a tank that was almost empty of air and had not told me about the emergency supply valve..... That was my LAST dive ever.... We laughed many times about that and other crazy things, (like sinking his ski boat in the middle of the Mississippi river), that we did together as young men. Our thoughts and prayers will be with ya....

Sherman Reed



Randal Byrd
This began as a letter to the editor of our college newspaper at the U. of Memphis. A friend of mine worked on the newspaper staff at the time, and he told me my letter was thrown directly into the trash.

So, I penned this song, and it's become something of a cult classic among some of the underground music lovers in the Memphis area.
I mean, REALLY underground. *S*



Some Memories of Frayser from Chet McCraig's galleries:



Munford Senior, Fred Byrd, was recently named to the ALL-STATE Team of the Tennessee Quiz Bowl in Cookeville , TN . Fred is the son of Frayser's Dwayne Byrd (1979), and his proud uncles are Billy Byrd (1967) and Randy Byrd (1969).


Is that a blood pressure machine by the glass of coke on the table up front? Just kidding, of course. It is so good to see these faces from the past.
As someone who couldn't bounce a round ball without dribbling it off his foot, it was always a pleasure to watch the Rams compete against Treadwell, Kingsbury, Central, Tech, and other "arch villains." You guys brought a lot of excitement and fun to the rest of us. Thanks.

Randy Byrd


Ricky Burks

Class of 1968



1968 Class ReUnion Information at


Chris Ruess

What a joy to discover FRAYSER Class 69 website again and to see the photos! My God! Did I really go to school with all those OLD people?

Life in St Louie continues to be good... Cheers. Chris




Dale Franklin







John Clayton got the "surprise of his life" when dozens of his former basketball players had a reunion with their former coach-- Photo updated 2-21
between Gary and Charlie B is to J Sigman is Tommy the right of coach Clayton is Ricky Allen and directly behind him is Don Medley...George Lowe is in the back between Hagemeyer and Wayne Cain..Ricky Bell is to the right of Ricky Allen and Ted Tummins is to the left of his brother Don..behind Steve Ammons is Randy Downey and Johnny Williams with the glasses on..couldnt find anyone that could put the names on the picture but maybe this will help...Chuck Fann

Former players surprise coach

Past teammates fete John Clayton

John Clayton thought he was going to spend a leisurely Saturday morning with his son, Clay, followed by lunch at a Collierville restaurant. Instead, Clayton got what he later called "the surprise of my life." Clayton is a former basketball coach. More than 25 former players from Frayser High School gathered at Barnhill's Buffet recently to pay tribute to the longtime Memphis/Shelby County educator whose tenure included stops at Bartlett (1957-58), Frayser (1958-1971), Raleigh-Egypt (1972-76), Rossville Academy (1976-85), Germantown (1985-89) and Houston (1989-1997) high schools.

"I was shocked to say the least," said Clayton, 74, who retired in 1997 and now lives in Rossville.

And that's just the response those who helped organize the surprise gathering were seeking.

"I think we caught him completely off guard," said Jeff Hopkins (Frayser High, class of 1970), baseball coach at Collierville High who helped organize the luncheon in Clayton's honor. "He has meant so much to so many people, especially to those of who were fortunate to have played for him."

Clayton, who served as Houston High's first principal, thought he was going to spend some time at an area AutoZone, then eat lunch with his son, who had the responsibility of getting his father to the restaurant without letting him know what was going to happen.

"Clay had the hard job," Hopkins said.

"When I got in the restaurant, I told the girl at the front I wanted to sit someplace where it was warm," Clayton said with a laugh. "It wasn't until I started into the room (where the ex-players were) that I knew something was up. I couldn't believe it. I was stunned. It was wonderful to see all these guys."

Clay had brought along tapes of Frayser games that he had converted to video, bringing back memories of days when basketball shorts were just that (short), dunking wasn't allowed and there was no 3-point shot. Watching the videos, the ex-teammates hooted when someone made a good or bad play. For them, it was like stepping back in time.

After the meal, each player got to express his appreciation to Clayton. Besides Hopkins, others who attended were Robert "Yard Dog" Henson, Don Medley, Jerry Sigman, Wayne Cain, Johnny Williams, Tommy Boberg, Johnny Herron, Buddy Webb, George Reed, Chuck Fann, Ricky Allen, Gary Blanchard, George Lowe, Randy Downey, Steve Ammons, Robert Dix, Andy Kitchens, Charlie Blanchard, Delton Drewry, Ricky Bell, Ted Tummins, Norman Hagemeyer , Don Tummins and Jon Allen. Former Frayser Junior High coach Roy Laughlin also attended.

Hopkins hopes to make the gathering an annual event and asks that all former Clayton-coached players at Frayser High call him at 921-7289.

Larry Rea is a freelance writer.


Forwarded from Monty Cole Duncan ....originally from GiGi Ballester


-The main attraction at the most expensive hotel are the ducks

-You know someone who knows Justin Timberlake

- Everyone runs outside at the sight of the first snowflake!

-You know what the little 'helicopter leaves' do when you pick em up and drop em!

-You know that 107.5 will change names every year without fail..

-Prince Mongo & Jerry "The King" Lawler are on the Mayor's ballot

-You know what the Dirty Dova is.

-You dont really care about the Grizzlies, but you love the TIGERS!

-You know what real Barbecue is.

-Nonconnah means Autobahn

-You're scared of Germantown Cops

-Someone in your family has an Elvis story

-You've never been to Graceland

-Our tap water is like your Evian.

-Goin muddin' is a sport

-The weather doesn't go with the season.

-You just call the Mississippi "The River."

- You didn't know that the Old Bridge and the New Bridge had names.

-You've had to switch the thermostat from heat to air in the same day

- You can say "Take Poplar" and get anywhere from anywhere.

-You know you can make it anywhere in Memphis in "about 15 minutes"

-You still call it Memphis State

-You know that if you live anywhere in the city limits you're only a street or two away from a ghetto.

-You know that McAllisters is the best place to get Sweet Tea!

-Somebody says "201", the first thing that comes to mind aint got nothin to do with a clock. I bet you'd be hard pressed to find another city where everyone in the city knows the street address of the jail!

-You've had to explain to an out of towner while driving down I-40 that Bellevue is not an airport.

-You speed everywhere, EXCEPT Bartlett and Germantown.

-The people at the court know your name and face.

-You drive on the same road and it's name changes several times the further you go.

-You know there are at least seven Macon Roads, Kirby Roads, Memphis-Arlingtons and Raleigh-LaGranges.

-You haven't moved in ten years but have lived in two different cities.



Thought you might enjoy this and forward it to the Frayser distribution list. John Lyons

At the end of this presentation you can find a link to the 50's presentation. Fun! The 1960's

This is the one of the best presentations of the sixties that I have ever seen online. It is very well done.

Just click on the link and sit back and enjoy the memories. Great photos and facts,

click on the sixties and turn your volume on: the Sixties (click here)




Dwayne Byrd


A couple of interesting articles about Frayser in yesterday's Commercial Appea (12-30-07):

Frayser Works to Get Past the Jokes

Frayser Natives sees its good and and bad


Nancy Shockley (left), daughter of Elvis' bass player Bill Black, met Paul McCartney, who owns her father's old bass, in November.













































Bass links rock and roll royalty/ A daughter connects with her father's musical heir/ By Barbara Bradley

Monday, December 24, 2007 Commercial Appeal

When Nancy Shockley was 4 or 5, she would sometimes awaken in the night to the sound of her father coming home from work, his big "doghouse" bass bumping the furniture.

Sometimes she would climb on it and ride it like a pony before her mother chased her off.

To the world, her father was Bill Black, bass player for Elvis Presley in those early, heady days of the mid-1950s when Elvis was swiveling and shaking his way toward a music that would rock the world.

To Shockley, 56, Black was a doting dad, a working-class guy who could give her only a little time before he died of a brain tumor in 1965. His studio and instruments were sold when she was still a child.

She now lives in Covington with her husband, William Shockley, where they own a company that levels ground and prepares sites for construction. She never knew what happened to the bass until the late '70s when Rolling Stone reported that Paul McCartney had it.

Last month, about 30 years later, Shockley and the bass were reunited in a remarkable interlude spent with McCartney, the former Beatle, at his studio in England. Sir Paul sang to her, posed for photos and even plucked a few notes of her dad's old part on "Heartbreak Hotel."

Shockley's first attempt to reach McCartney after seeing the article in the '70s was unsuccessful. She let it go. But the bass did not let her go.

Years later, in Oct. 2006, it turned up again in the arms of McCartney on an episode of PBS's Great Performances. A clip that spotlighted the bass circulated on ( C5KC_260) where a friend found it and sent it to Shockley.

In the clip McCartney, performing at London's Abbey Road studios, literally unveiled the instrument and presented it as the "original Elvis Presley bass," with its "dashing white trim," he said, that was "played by Bill Black."

The bass, identified as a Maestro M-1 Kay model, by, the Web site of Elvis' guitarist Scotty Moore, was taped at the edges, probably for protection at first, then painted white.

McCartney said when Elvis, Moore and Black toured the region, Elvis drove and the bass rode on the roof of the vehicle. McCartney then sang and played "Heartbreak Hotel" on the bass.

Shockley said Gail Pollock, longtime friend and assistant to Moore, gave her a contact for McCartney. Shockley wrote and this time received a letter inviting her to visit McCartney in England. She and her husband arrived in London, Nov. 14, for a four-day stay.

The couple, traveling south by train, were "collected," as the English say, by an assistant to McCartney and taken in a van to a recording studio overlooking the English Channel.

Shockley said she wasn't told the name of the studio and declined to provide full details out of concern for McCartney's privacy.

But she was almost certainly at his Hogs Hill Mill studio in a restored windmill in a village near Hastings.

The couple was offered tea and sandwiches in a kitchen there, and as Shockley gazed out the window, she heard a voice behind her that seemed to come out of the past, say, "Nancy has come to see her daddy's bass."

It was McCartney, casually dressed in jean and loafers. "I almost cried he was so nice," said Shockley. "I immediately felt like this was someone I should have met a long time ago. It was like seeing an old friend."

McCartney led the couple to an upstairs room, apparently an office, where the old bass waited. Shockley choked back tears, and McCartney told her, "Let it go, love."

The three remained there for a time saying little. For Shockley, the silent bass played memories of her father, a former employee at the old North Memphis Firestone plant, who had a musical bent. He was also funny and his stage clowning was often crucial in warming up 1950s crowds for what seemed then like a pretty wild Elvis.

The Blacks lived near the Firestone plant until Shockley was about 5 years old, she said, then moved to Pikes Peak Street, off Jackson and a few years later to Frayser. Her mother was Evelyn Steele Black, who died in 2002. Shockley has a sister, Leigh Ann Porterfield of Memphis, and a brother Louis Black of Atoka.

Shockley remembers Elvis coming to her house on Pikes Peak when she was a child and talking business with her dad. She wondered why his car, parked outside, drew curious folks from the neighborhood, and why women had written phone numbers on it with lipstick.

Even after Bill Black left Elvis in 1958, Black was still on the road with his band Bill Black's Combo, and had several hits, including "White Silver Sands" and "Josephine." Shockley knew him mostly during the last two years of his life, after he stopped touring.

Shockley imagines the bass stirred memories for McCartney too. It was a gift from Linda McCartney, his wife of 29 years.

Black had sold his bass around 1962 to Mike Leech of The Memphis Boys, according to Moore's Web site, and it remained in Leech's attic until sometime in the late '70s when it was sold to music publisher Buddy Killen, possibly for purchase by Linda McCartney.

A article states that McCartney used the vintage bass on "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love," songs he recorded in 1995 with the two remaining Beatles, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

McCartney later posed for photos with the Shockleys and played a little of "Heartbreak Hotel" for them. "That's why I have a big grin on my face," said Shockley, about one of the photos.

Later he showed them some of the instruments in the studio, including some used in original Beatles' recordings, and played and sang a bit of "Lady Madonna."

The visit lasted about 11/2 hours, said Shockley, and then the couple was taken back to the train station.

James Roy of Boston, who maintains Moore's Web site, and is an authority on vintage guitars, notes that most of the instruments from Elvis's '50s performances are privately owned or lost. Moore has not been in possession of his guitars from that time in many years, said Roy. Two are reportedly in private hands.

Graceland owns Elvis' 1956 Gibson. Only one of his Martins used from 1954-56 has surfaced, said Roy, and was owned by a Seattle man the last time he heard.

Shockley said folks in the Memphis music community sometimes ask her about the bass and whether she would like to have it back in the family. Sure she would, she said.

"But it's in the best hands it could be right now," with McCartney, she said. "He takes care of it. He loves it. He keeps it alive. And I would like it to stay with him."

-- Barbara Bradley: 529-2370




Ron Hall '68

Cross Posted from

Hey, if you're in town for the holidays or just off for a few days and want to get out, check the entertainment listings and see if Legends Of Rock are playing anywhere. Andy Black ('69) sings , plays congas and keyboards as well as Dean Deyo, David Beaver (Gentrys, Edgewood) and the rest of the band rocks as well. Great chick singer. My wife and I went with Mickey McCune, his wife and Judd Childress recently to see them and Jerry High, Kenny Allen, Fred Grinder and Sam Phillips were there with wives and friends. It was like being at the Moose Lodge again! So get out, and see these guys you never know who'll show up!



Youtube video:

The Story of Mister Bingle



Here's what Santa looks like in the tropics.... Played by me! The people next door asked me to help out with the Christmas lighting contest that our island has every Christmas. I had to sit in the driveway and wave when the judges come by.... The bad news was, you don't know when the judges came by. It was 80 degrees! NOT GOOD in a santa suit! Oh well, they got 3rd place and all is good... Santa's suit just needs a washing.... Merry Christmas to all.

Sherman Reed






Monty & Charlie as Elves
Jimmy & Stephanie and Darth Jimmy and CatWoman as Elves


My wife, Stephanie just bought a cookie jar at Dillards of the creature in the Photo. Do your think your children even know who Mr. ________ is?







Becky Martin Davis




Wanted to let you know Mother passed on December 5th around 11pm. She passed peacefully in her sleep here at home with Don and I, We take comfort knowing she is now rejoicing in heaven.

To all that called, sent cards and visited her ..thank you

Her memorial service:
Dec 13th
10 am visitation
11 am service
Foote Street Church of Christ
903 Foote Street
Corinth, MS

Becky Martin Davis


from Sherman Reed
article at commercial appeal
Got some bad news about a dear friend to the Frayser area.  If you ever played golf at "Davy Crocket" golf course you would have meet Buddy McEwen there.  He was the head pro that ran the place.  I have known Buddy since 1970 and have played several rounds with him over the years.  He was a great teacher of the game and was a dear friend of my family also.  My father worked for Buddy as one of the starters for around 20 years after he retired from Humko.  He was very kind to our family and loved my Dad very much.  Buddy  treated "all" people with respect and was respected by most.  He did many good works not only for the game of golf but worked diligently as a resident of Frayser.  He lived and worked in Frayser for 20 + years.  He was very envolved with the politics of that area and ran for the mayor of Memphis once or twice.  He fought hard to help the area with not only his deeds but his actions as well.  He allowed Frayser High School to play their practice rounds and matches at Crocket during season and off season.  Below are the deatails of the services.  Just thought fellow Frayser-rites would want to know about this great loss to our old neighborhood...  God bless him.  Sherman
 Subject: Buddy is in Heaven playing Golf ---- December 1, 2007
I wanted to let everyone know that Buddy passed away this morning at 6:50 a.m.   He had a tee time in Heaven and left very quietly and peacefully.  Tommy and I stayed the night and were by his side.   Yesterday morning he belted out a verse of You Got The Honky Tonk Blues in "yodelin' Bud" style.  He still had his cute smile whenever the beautiful nurses and doctor came into his room.  Even when he was in pain, he always wanted to smile for us.  He lived with us in Nashville (middle of August) until Tuesday night when it came very necessary to move him to Alive Hospice in Nashville. 

We want to thank everyone for all the prayers, thoughts and visits.  It is so comforting to know that Buddy, Tommy and I have such wonderful friends and family.
We will have a memorial service in Memphis around the 18th of this month, but will also have something here in Nashville.  We will keep everyone updated when we know all the details.

Love to all,Tommy and Catherine McEwen



(Nancy Black Shockley went to London last week to meet Paul McCartney. He has possession of her father's bass (Bill Black, who used to play with Elvis.) Here is a short synopsis of her visit.)

Hello Monty
...we are back from our short visit to London and was certainly a memorable experience
..we arrived on Wed. a.m. and I was calling my travel agent to book a flight home immediately....hahahhaa... I am dead serious.... I was so doggone homesick that I made myself physically travel agent had to do some quick talking to get me to calm down...but you know how mama's feel when they are away from their children and home...anyway, we did meet with Paul on Thursday...he
is a wonderful person..warm, kind, friendly well

just a very nice man...I became upset upon seeing dad's bass and he said "Just let it go Love" and his
voice was so soft and soothing that the sadness I felt just kind of softened up...he took several pictures
himself of me and the bass and Bill and I will tell you this, I think I would go back tomorrow
if someone would pay my way....nanc


Monty forwarded this link to an Article in the Commercial Appeal which reviews a security company started by Frayser-ite Mike McCune. Nov 20, 2007



Here are some pictures of our granddaughter, Valora! She will be 3 in Feburary. I guess you can tell that we are very proud of this Scottish Lass.

Michael & Carol Powell


Mitch McCracken
Here is the Link Let me know what you think at



My son Jason Sanders married the most wonderful gal Halloween Night in Nashville, Tn at the Buchanan Log Home the oldest structure in Nashville. Can’t say how proud I am of Jason and his New Bride Erica a welcome addition to the family. Guess I can now wish for Grandchildren.

Ben Sanders

Nov 6, 2007









Hi! I love visiting the FHS web site you have! Thank you for your hard work. This is a picture of me (Peggy Woodard Tryon- Class of '70). My husband and I went to Gatlinburg this weekend for our wedding anniversary. We have 3 beautiful daughters, 2 handsome son-in-laws and one precious grandson. We live in Hoover, AL- a burb of Birmingham. I'd love to hear from some classmates!!

- Sue

Nov 5, 2007


I'm sort of a step grandmother. Charlie's daughter had twins on 10/15. Madison and Addison Porter. Adorable. Here they are. Please note they're holding hands!!

Monty Cole Duncan



I'm sending the latest picture of my granddaughters. They are wrestling my youngest son Ricky. His daughter is the one in the background, my other son Scott is taking the picture his daughter is the blonde.

Jeannine Paullus Scrip


Charles Margolin
Update: We sell and repair boots and shoes, purses, luggage, watches, clocks & Jewelry, sewing machings and vacuum cleaners; We operate a Christian Bookstore and do book bindery.

Please call if you want to. I would be glad to correspond to anyone who would like to (904-384-1692, Mon Wed Fri 10-5; Sun 1-4PM). I am 56 years old, never married and S. Baptist Christian.

Charles Margolin


Just returned from trip to Toronto, Canada and saw Niagra Falls, visited some vineyards, went up the CN tower, toured Casa Loma, and toured the countryside to see the fall leaves......Jimmy



Sam and I ran into Joe and Marilyn Thompson at Tunica on September 30th; and Sam and Joe played a trick on me.

Sam sent Joe and Marilyn over to find me. I was playing a slot machine and someone tapped me on the shoulder and said
"Baby do you need a drank?"
On be knownst to me, Sam had sent Joe over there and Joe said later, if looks could kill, he would be a dead man.

We all laughed about it later and said if he had known it was really me, he was planning on sitting on the machine next to me and start with ordering me a drank, I probably would have called security on him and he would now be in jail. It was really good to see them. They are still in Mobile and are doing fine. Right now Sam, Greg Grinder and I are on our deck having a "drank" and laughing about Joe Thompson.

Deborah McCain Phillips & Sam Phillips


Another Photo from Cheryl 's Son Adam- "Sunset from Bahrain Iraq"



Just got these and wanted to share.....Cheryl Downs (This is Adam, Cheryl's son in the NAVY) 9-10-07





Who is this talented '69 classmate?

Place your CURSOR over photo to find out.......




















Here is a message that we all could apply to our lives once in a while... Like everyday! ....Sherman Reed

Subject: Friend
Around the corner I have a friend, In this great city that has no end,

Yet the days go by and weeks rush on, And before I know it, a year is gone.

And I never see my old friends face, For life is a swift and terrible race, He knows I like him just as well,

As in the days when I rang his bell.

And he rang mine but we were younger then, And now we are busy, tired men.

Tired of playing a foolish game, Tired of trying to make a name.

"Tomorrow" I say! "I will call on Jim

Just to show that I'm thinking of him."

But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,

And distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner, yet miles away,

"Here's a telegram sir," "Jim died today."

And that's what we get and deserve in the end.

Around the corner, a vanished friend.

Remember to always say what you mean. If you love someone, tell them. Don't be afraid to express yourself. Reach out and tell someone what they mean to you. Because when you decide that it is the right time it might be too late.

Seize the day. Never have regrets.

And most importantly, stay close to your friends and family, for they have helped make you the person that you are today.



Peggy Tryon Woodard

Class of 70- Great website!

Thanks for all your hard work- would love to hear from anyone else from 70-


It was nice to take a look back in time. I have only seen one other person from the class of 1969 that I remember.

Connie Reierson Allgood


  Did you know that, when I was about 8, Channel 5 had a contest on who could draw the best picture of the MerryMobile and I won? They sent me a train engine that ran on batteries that had these cars on the back where you would put your plastic image of a circus animal that was in the middle of the Treasure Island (those purple ice cream things). I was so excited, I ran out of the house and showed everybody in my neighborhood.

Yep, I'll give you my autograph next time i see you! Monty


Some photos I took of the 67 reunion. Thought you might post them on your site.


Bill Byrd

Very interesting Webpage of Memories of Memphis, Frayser, Raleigh, Lakeland etc

Website of the "First Pharaohs" Alumni Association


The Class of 1967 held their Reunion this month



SIVAD Myspace Page



Sherman Reed

We Finally Made it: State gets tougher

The Tennessee Department of Education has intervened in the operation of these 17 Memphis schools. These are schools that are in the reconstitution phase, after failing to meet state benchmarks for student performance for six years.

Airways, Middle Carver High, CypressMiddle, East High, Fairley High, Frayser High ,
Geeter, Middle Hamilton High, Kingsbury High, Sherwood Middle, South Side High* ,Treadwell Elementary, Treadwell High, Vance Middle, Westside Middle, Westwood High, Winchester Elementary

*South Side's regular high school has been closed for the 2007-08 school year. An allied health high school program has been put in its place.

Hey Jim

It's a damn shame that this has been the fate of our once great school.... GO RAMS!

Sherman Reed

(NOTE: There are 20 failing schools in Tennessee, of which 17 are in Memphis, the largest school district in the state.)

Hi Monty,

Everythings good (relatively!) My daughter(Jessica) is visiting from New Orleans so we've been hanging out together for the past few weeks.

 I'll attach a prom photo of her. She's sixteen now.  

Judd Childress












1996 Article on Karen King Tinkle



Greg Grinder of Grinder-Haizlip Construction

John Lyons: 1998 Energy Systems' "of the year" winners, flanked by Energy Systems President Bob Van Hook (left) and Energy and Environment Sector President Bob Stevens, are, from left, Gary Lovelace, operational improvement; Kenneth Lewis, engineer; Jill Freeman, operational improvement; Dave Beck, manager; John R. Lyons, special management achievement; and John Steward and Bruce Lawson, special achievement. Photo by Jim Richmond

David Everett

Article David Everett

Mr. David Evereft has an operations, systems, financial, and quality background. His initial work experience was in general accounting function at W.R. Grace. He has worked with several good companies such as Federal Express and A.T. Kearney. His industry experience is very broad, covering consumer products, electronics, airlines, software development, and process/discrete manufacturing companies. Clients include Nations Bank, FMC, Hewleff-Packard, Mobil, Motorola, Union Carbide and other similar organizations. He is a Certified Management Consultant and a Certified Public Accountant.

Qung Go













Qung Go, MITP faculty member, (443: Enterprise Applications and Integration), and faculty member in the NU School of Continuing Studies

An MBA graduate of Kellogg and retired Accenture partner, Qung Go will teach MITP 443 for the third time during the spring quarter. He joined Accenture (then Arthur Anderson) just as the information technology consulting industry was taking off, and for the next 25+ years, he saw his career grow along with the industry. At Accenture, he was a frequent instructor and lecturer on topics such as systems integration, project management, and emerging technologies. He currently serves on the board of directors for Your Choice Living, a healthcare services startup assisting senior citizens to live independently at home. He also participates on a task force that is developing and promoting a value-driven focus to project management, attempting to solve some of the many project failures by focusing on business value.

A Little Bit Country
My parents were immigrants from mainland China, and I grew up in a large family with 6 sisters and 2 brothers. I grew up in Memphis and went to the same high school as Elvis Presley (not at the same time – I am not that old!) I received my BA in Mathematics from Vanderbilt and got exposed to country music. I got to see Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton perform at the Grand Old Opry and saw the Grateful Dead in front of my dorm.

Joining the Big 8
After graduating from Kellogg, I joined the consulting division of Arthur Andersen because they were the only Big 8 accounting firm who committed to provide training in computers without requiring several years of auditing. I spent over 25 years helping clients apply information technology to solve business problems. Some of the more notable projects in which I was involved included implementation of the State of Illinois unemployment system; assistance with the creation of Nissan’s green field truck assembly plant; implementation of the first interactive television network in the U.S.; and design of the interactive multimedia network in Hong Kong. I was lucky to work on a number of really interesting projects – this required extensive travel within the U.S. and overseas.

Time to Relax…and Collect Money
Since retiring, I have had many more opportunities to reconnect with nieces and nephews. This has allowed me time to organize and work on joint family initiatives. My favorite hobby is numismatics (coin collecting). I have been studying U.S. fractional paper currency (3c, 5c, 10c, 25c, and 50c notes), which was issued in the years after the Civil War due to shortages in metals and materials. There is much about history and economics that come through with this study of fractional currency.

At Northwestern
I enjoy teaching as a way to share some of the knowledge and experiences that I have with others. Teaching and learning can be mutual and I find that there is much to learn from others. With MITP students, I find a group of very talented and smart people, similar to those with whom I worked at Accenture. Within the MITP 443 course, I am able to cover a range of technical and business topics with the students. I think the students and I benefit from the exchange of views in many areas.

Northwestern Article 2005

Article on King and Spalding expansion where Glen Reed is a partner.

May 11, 2007

Hi Monty:

Would you let everyone know that Adam has completed his Navy basic
training at Great Lakes Naval Recruit Training Center and Master at Arms school at Lackland AAFB, San Antonio, Tx. He is presently in Norfolk awaiting his deployment next week to Manama, Bahrain for 13 months. He will be assigned to the Navy Security Force.

Cheryl Downs Redmon 7-12-07

This picture is from last night at a restaurant. Sher's hair hasn't been this long in 30 years. *S*  



Burks Mitchell Cain Up A Tree
China University of Mining & Technology

Just wanted to say hello all and include a photo during high school of Billy Mitchell, Wayne Cain, and me,

with photo credit to Karen Rafferty.

A much later version is from work done in Beijing at the China University of Mining and Technology. It shows the wear and tear of many years.

Tommy Burks



If you go to see Pirates of the Caribbean, remember to stay thru the 10 minutes of credits at the end, so you can see the ENDING

also, another tip, when Davy Jones visits Calypso in Jail, listen closely to what he tells her about returning to land, after 10 years ties to the ending

...for all you Pirates....Jimmy

Our classmate, Larry Mansfield, passed away at his home in Newberry, PA. on May 31, 2007 (Jan Parrish)

From the Class of '66 Website (

"It is our sad duty to announce that Larry Mansfield, 58 of Newberry, passed away on Thursday May 31, 2007 at his residence.  He was born Dec. 31, 1948 in Memphis, Tenn. the son of John L. and Arlene G. Burns Mansfield.  Larry was the husband of the former Judy A. Baker.  He was a member of the Zion Trinity Church in Cogan Station.  Larry was an engineer for Thompson Consumers Electronics.  He played baseball for the Williamsport Astros 1969.Larry is survived by his wife of 37 years and 3 sons, Larry W. II ( Tisha ) of Franklin, N.J., Brent J. of Lancaster, Lance T. of Williamsport; a daughter Adrienne L. Mansfield of Williamsport, four grandchildren and a sister, Lindye G. Mansfield and a half brother, Frank L. Conklin, both of Memphis, Tenn.

This information was from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, via the internet," Alan Lowe



My brother, Bill, sent me this pdf of year-end stats for Frayser's 65-66 basketball season. That was the year Mansfield, Grimsley, Byrd, Bevell, and Blanchard went to the state tournament in Nashville.

This spreadsheet was done by Bill Bryant - Coach Clayton's flat-topped side-kick. If you recall, Bill's son was the little boy who wore the Frayser uniform and shot hoops before the games. This might be of intererest to some of our sports fans.

Regards, RB 3-30-07

Basketball Stats 65-66 Season

<=====Photo Left to Right: (Billy Byrd, Tigger or Tony the Tiger?, & Randal Byrd)

Fantastic Features Opening Video from YouTube

Turn Sound on, Click Here

Taylor Smith, Fred Byrd, Craig Murphy, Desiree Ancar








Munford Academic Knowledge team takes first place

Hey, do uncles have bragging rights too? The second from the left is my Nephew, Fred Byrd, son of my brother, Dwayne (Class of 79). Randal Byrd

From the Covington Leader. Last Saturday Covington High School hosted their annual Academic Tournament. The schools competing from the Memphis area included teams from Ripley, Memphis University School , Bolton, Millington , Immaculate Conception Christian School, Evangelical Christian School , Arlington , Bartlett , Hardin County , and Cordova. Some of the schools fielded multiple teams for a field of 16 teams at the competition.

At the conclusion of the preliminary rounds, Munford High led the competition with more than a 100 point lead over Memphis University School ’s varsity team in second place. Fred Byrd of Munford High School was the highest scoring individual of the morning competitions. The Munford varsity team consisted of Craig Murphy (senior-captain), Fred Byrd (junior), DesireÈ Ancar (sophomore), and Taylor Smith (freshman).

In the final round of the tournament, Munford defeated Millington in a tough head-to-head match. The Cougars not only came away with first place, but because the State Academic Season begins on the 16th of February each year, and runs until February 15th of the following year, the first-place finish for the Munford team guarantees them a seed at next year’s State Playoffs. This will be the third time in the last four years that Munford has qualified to compete at the State level.

This year’s Academic State Finals will be on the 24th of March. Munford High School will be the only Memphis area school represented at the annual Cookeville event.

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to say I love the website and the pics. Hope to make the next reunion, since I haven't been able to make any of the previous ones. Hope all are doing well. I've been in Colorado for nearly 35 years, except for a few back in Memphis. I have 3 beautiful grown girls, 1 grandson, and one on the way.

I hope all are doing well, and 2007 will bring happiness, health and peace to all.

J. Amory Forrester
Becky Davis









Today, I hope you are enjoying your family and friends. Today always gives me time to
rest and reflect, time to count my blessings and enjoy the peace of Christmas.
The final prayer in last night’s service says it best:
Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and
serve you with gladness and singleness of heart

So, whatever your beliefs, I wish you peace, strength, courage, gladness,
and singleness of heart.

Happy Holidays,Merry Christmas, Happy Hanaukkah, Happy Kawanza to you
and to those you love.

May this holiday season remind us of our blessings and of the good things we
have to celebrate in our lives.

May 2007 be a wonderful blessed and prosperous year for us all.

Becky Davis

Judy Helm Warren We have 3 grandchildren Trevor 6, Bryson 3 and Zoe 11 months!
Bonnie King Kelly '70 Thanks to you Jimmy Burks and others for this great website. I'm
pretty computer illiterate-so it takes me about 2 hours to get here. I love
reading about everyone. Connie and I both live in Bartlett. We are both x-ray
technicians. She does mammograms at Methodist North, and I do ultrasounds at
Diagnostic Imaging and The Medical Group. Both our husbands names are Rick.
We both have two children, a boy and a girl. None of our children are married
yet. Our parents are still living, and we moved them to Bartlett about two
years ago. We have both been very blessed, and love to read about our Frayser

Coach Foster-We will keep you in our prayers.

Glenn Sharpe Wish all Happy Chirstmas
Love, Glen Sharpe

Hello, sorry it took me so long getting back to you.
My sister has been sick with lung cancer and she passed away Nov. 17.
It has been a long year. I am still in shock.

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a great New Year.

Lauren Crews Married 16 years to Sharon, 1 Daughter & 1 Grand-daughter; Real Estate Investor/Developer
Joe Thompson Hey Jimmy,
How's it been going? My Physical address is -----in Hidden Directory---- , Boat slip #16. The Post office will not deliver mail to the boat. Any mail should be sent to P.O. Box 501004, Mobile, Al. 36605. Phone numbers and Email address have not changed.
Good to hear from you.
Chuck Fann Hope everyone had a happy new year--Jan 19th

Murray Wilson

Class of 1989








cross posted from 1-17-07

Tas-T-O Donuts

I hope you guys remember the Tas-T-O Donuts on N. Watkins by the library, they had the best in town.

Well i'm writing to let you know that I have recently opened Tas-T-O Donuts in Arlington on Airline Rd. at the intersection of Memphis- Arlington and Airline next to Dominos Pizza. We've been open about a
month and so far everything has exceeded my expectations.

If you are wondering if they're the same donuts, they are. Mr. Hargrove, the original owner worked side by side with me and my wife until we had it right. It's been nice seeing alot of Frayser people
over the last few weeks and i hope it continues. So come on out and see us and help keep a little bit of Frayser alive. I'm in and out from day to day but my wife, Tiffany, is there every day.

Most of you that know me also know i'm a police officer as well, so the cop jokes about owning a donut shop are forthcoming, but that's okay i have a pretty good sense of humor.


Bill Haltom

































December 23, 2006

Princess performs a true Christmas miracle

Bio info: Bill Haltom is a Memphis lawyer.

Like most men, I hate to shop. In fact, if I'm ever convicted of a hideous crime and the judge really wants to punish me, she will sentence me to 10 years of hard shopping in a suburban mall.

Given that chronic aversion, for many years I was a regular Ebenezer Scrooge during the Christmas season. I would fight and jostle my way through the mall. And every minute I spent shopping and standing in long lines, my blood pressure would rise. Peace on earth and good will toward men? Not when you're dashing through the mall pushing a one-horse open shopping cart.

But I didn't always feel that way about shopping. There was a time in my life when the only thing more exciting than Christmas Day was the day I went Christmas shopping. That was 50 years ago, when my mama and I went Christmas shopping on Saturdays in Downtown Memphis.

It was magical back then. We would get into Mama's 1956 Ford Fairlane and drive to Front Street, where we would park in the Goldsmith's parking garage. We would then walk through the tunnel below Front Street that connected the parking garage to the department store. As a little boy, I absolutely loved that tunnel. It was an exciting journey to an enchanted land that featured an Enchanted Forest.

Mama and I would spend the morning shopping at Goldsmith's or Lowenstein's or Gerber's. Each department store featured giant window displays on Main Street. I particularly liked Lowenstein's because the star of its display window was Mr. Bingle, a giant snowman. I adored Mr. Bingle. I even had a Mr. Bingle doll.

Our Christmas shopping trip would also include a visit with Santa at his big workshop in Court Square. He was the real Santa, too, not some impersonator like you find these days at a suburban mall. Seeing him was a miracle on Court Square.

After a morning of shopping, we'd have lunch either at Mama's favorite place, the Gerber's Tea Room, or mine, the Krystal on Second Street. Krystal hamburgers cost 6 cents apiece in those days and I would eat five of them, setting Mama back 35 cents, counting the nickel for a Coke.

In the afternoon, we'd take in a movie at the Strand, the Warner or Loew's Palace, which is now the site of a garage called Parking Can Be Fun, a name that would have shocked Mama.

Earlier this month, I decided to give Christmas shopping one more try. I wish I could shop with my Mama again, but she's in heaven now, so instead I went shopping with a princess, my 11-year-old daughter.

We didn't go Downtown. The old Goldsmith's parking garage is now the site of the AutoZone corporate headquarters. Goldsmith's has become Macy's and moved several miles out east. Gerber's Tea Room was boarded up years ago and Mr. Bingle has apparently retired, although I still have my Mr. Bingle doll.

Instead, the Princess and I visited the Enchanted Forest at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. After a delightful hour there, we visited several stores in East Memphis, a few of which, heaven help me, were located in the Chickasaw Oaks mall.

We had lunch at Krystal, where the hamburgers cost a little bit more than 6 cents each but are still pretty cheap. And they taste just as good as they did in 1956.

The Princess loved every minute of our outing. She even enjoyed the fake North Pole in the middle of the mall. And to my surprise, something amazing happened. I enjoyed it as well. We could have been stars in a movie called "Miracle at the East Memphis Shopping Mall."

I tried to figure out what happened. How was I transformed on one recent Saturday morning from Ebenezer Scrooge to Bob Cratchit? The answer is simple. The Princess and I were having the same experience my mom and I shared a half-century ago.

And so this Christmas, Ebenezer Daddy is not going to spend his time with the ghost of Christmas Past. I'm still going to treasure the memories of Christmas shopping with my Mama. But thanks to the Princess, I have rediscovered the joy of Christmas present.

Commercial Appeal Article

Bonnie King Kelley

Class of '70

Thanks to you Jimmy Burks and others for this great website. I'm
pretty computer illiterate-so it takes me about 2 hours to get here. I love
reading about everyone. Connie and I both live in Bartlett. We are both x-ray
technicians. She does mammograms at Methodist North, and I do ultrasounds at
Diagnostic Imaging and The Medical Group. Both our husbands names are Rick.
We both have two children, a boy and a girl. None of our children are married
yet. Our parents are still living, and we moved them to Bartlett about two
years ago. We have both been very blessed, and love to read about our Frayser
friends. Coach Foster-We will keep you in our prayers.

Preview Photos--Dec 2006 NewsLetter :  
L-Norma Wooten Miller & husband Jerry
with Chris Arquitt Williams and Claude
Class of 1970 (USPS accidently shredded this Photo)

Chad Scott & Family

Christmas Stamps

A blonde woman goes to the post office to buy stamps for her Christmas
She says to the clerk, "May I have 50 Christmas stamps?"

The clerk says, "What denomination?"

The woman says, "God help us. Has it come to this? - - Give me 6 Catholic, 12 Presbyterian, 10 Lutheran and 22 Baptists."

Michael Powell

Sputnik Monroe

article from

Commercial Appeal Nov 7th 2006
















'Sputnik' launched rasslin' legend

Spirited 'bad boy' used clout to expand seating for blacks

By Jody Callahan
November 7, 2006

To many folks who recall the name, Sputnik Monroe was a wrestler (or maybe they called him a "rassler").

But to Memphians and others who followed his career in and out of the ring, Sputnik Monroe was so much more than a man in tights who once wrestled a bear.

Thanks to Sputnik Monroe, they say, Memphis took an early step toward fairness and equality for blacks.

Monroe, whose real name was Rock Brumbaugh, died Friday morning in Edgewater, Fla. He was 78.

"He used his natural inclinations toward fairness and equality to become a favorite of the black audience, though he was white," said Robert Gordon, who covered many or Monroe's tales in his book "It Came From Memphis."

"At the old Ellis Auditorium, he created so many black fans that he used his power there to force them to expand the seating area for the black audience," Gordon added. "They had been segregated up top in the highest balcony. Because Sputnik was a moneymaker, they had to do what he said."

Monroe's heyday as a wrestler came in the late '50s and early '60s. The noted bad boy inspired such affection among his fans that many of them dyed a streak of white in their hair to emulate the wrestler. Some say he got his own white streak after being struck in the head with a chair during a match in Chicago.

"(Like) all the Memphis mavericks of the '50s, like Elvis and Dewey (Phillips), Sputnik and all that era was about the emergence of individual freedom. Sputnik represented individual spirit. He was an amazing human being," said longtime Memphis musician Jim Dickinson, who befriended the wrestler. "One of his (sayings) was, 'It's all rock and roll.' I think he had that tattooed on him somewhere."

In a 1994 interview with The Commercial Appeal, Monroe said he got his colorful moniker after a match in Mobile, Ala. After Monroe gave a black hitchhiker a ride, a white woman attending his match that night had a few choice words for him.

"She said, 'You ain't nothing but a Sputnik.' That was right after the Russians had shot the Sputnik off, and people just hated it," Monroe said.

So he adopted that hated first name, and the legend of Sputnik Monroe was born. By the time he retired in 1982, he'd traveled the world and had few regrets.

"I've been everywhere," he said in 1994. "And I've had a ball."

-- Jody Callahan: 529-6531

Darth(Jimmy Burk) & Catwoman

Oct 31, 2006

Mitch McCracken


Happy Halloween everybody. Been working on the net again, check out my
new My Space:

http://www.myspace. com/memphismitch

Philip Rencher This is the WEBPAGE of Philip Rencher. Philip is a manager at FedEx and the son of teacher/coach Rencher of Frayser. Philip is a cancer surver and raising money for St Jude.









First Love

Reading the memories of everyone reminded me of my very first love. Her name is Connie Elaine Deverell. Connie and I never ever did any heavy petting or went all the way but I loved her regardless. We both were in Ms. Douglas Home Room. I never knew Connie ever existed. Then one morning in the back of the room I saw the most beautiful woman that I had ever seen in my entire (17 years) life. I felt like lightning had hit me. Instead of going over and talking to Connie and asking her out I made a slight scene. I accused Connie of standing me up that past weekend and I was going to give
her one more time to go out with me. I called Connie later that week and set up our first date. Since I was working at Krystal on Poplar Avenue across from East High School from 10 at night to 6 in the morning our date was not going to last long. One night we decided we were going to talk to each other on the phone until morning. It was probably 11 P.M. and we had both fallen a sleep with the phone to our ears. The night of our Senior Prom we had permission from our parents to stay out all night. So Eddie Earnhardt and I cleaned and waxed our car in preparation. We went and picked up Betty Cullum and Connie. That night I had the most beautiful woman in the world in my arms. At about midnight the four of us were already at our own houses and in bed a sleep. What a way to celebrate Prom. We dated for a short period of time. Too short as far as I was concerned. Even after we graduated high school and we both went our separate ways I would bump into her just a couple of times. I did not know if she could tell but I would get butterflies in my stomach and my heart would skip a bunch of beats. Even today I think often and fondly of the little time that I was able to share her life.

Am I the only one who had a first love at Frayser High School? Tell us about your first love!

Maurice Cates


My Son's Wedding:

Here's a picture of my son, Josh, and his new wife Courtney. On the right is my daugher, Jana, and on the left is Courtney's sister, Gina. It was so
elegant and beautiful.








Gary Harrison '72














thanks for letting me post and boast here for a moment

i returned yesterday from the annual golf trip that is taken each year by some 'boys' who graduated from frayser 71-74...we have met somewhere in the states for 24 consecutive years now....most of us have only missed a few trips.

this year we had a slightly smaller turnout as silly things like business and family concerns got in the way for a few...still, in attendance were former ram quarterback steve webber[72]//tom lewis [73]...micheal starrett[71]...current bartlett high baseball coach phil clark[74]....former memphis state and fryaser ram southpaw flame trhower barry adams [72]..frayser point guard don daughterty [72]...along with your humble scribe and class of 72 trezevant grad.

missing in action were mike mabry...mike tibbs...danny hoskins and mark weakley..however they called in every day and sent emails which the contents should not be mentioned ina public forum.

next year we will return to henry horton state park near columbia for our 25th....this is the place where we went to out first...since then we have gathered in several differnt states....about half of us are still in the memphis area..the rest scattered across the country...houston...denver...phoenix..nashville...etc

though everyone that reads this probably carries the misinformed stigma of being from frayser...ill bet that like me you carry that 'stigma' as a badge of pride....when i tell people that grew up here in nashville about our golf trip, they usually tell me they no longer know one person they grew up with who they could call up for a cup of coffee much less a dozen they could spend a weekend with...and they readily admit envy.

i guess there mustve been a bit of fairy dust thrown upon that blue collar suburb if you grew up there in the 60s and 70s....i feel blessed to have been raised there...and love to rub peoples nose in it..

gary harrison
brentwod tn 9-27-06


Jimmy Burk

A few interesting sites:

Frayser has entry in Wikipedia

Ordering Pizza video on aclu website: what they might know about you in the future: funny & scary

FedEx Jets arriving in bad weather : video

Randal Byrd















Some of you may know this about me, but I'm guessing it's very few of you. In the draft lottery of 1970, I was drawn number 1.
Yes, Virginia - number 1.
I called the local draft board the morning of the lottery. When the lady at the draft board answered the phone, I said to her, "Hi, I just found out I'm number 1, and I have a few questions."

Even though I didn't identify myself to her, the lady responded, "Randy Byrd!"
She told me she was Bob Lacher's mother, and that there was only ONE number one in that draft board, and they already had my file pulled. She said the press was there and that soon I'd be getting their phone calls.
I refused to answer their calls, and chose to keep a low profile because of union politics at Harvester where my dad was president of the Local 988 UAW. It would have killed him politically if I'd gone public with my views about the war in Nam.
I volunteered for the Air Force, but during the physical, they found out about my having fractured a cervical vertebra playing football. That's another story altogether. It happened my senior year in our game against Messick. I never came out of the game. I just got up and kept playing.
Anyhow - after the Air Force declined to accept me, I got a 1-Y from the draft board (physically unfit, but subject to call in case of national emergency). Then, a couple of years later, I got this:
That is physically unfit and not subject to call under any circumstance. Thank you, Jesus!
By the way, I posted another story that made mention of Bob Lacher in the memorial to Jerry Hardin.
It's good to see his picture again.

A picture of Me, my brother Ronnie and some Bozo who lived down the street! I'm the only one without the hat…..Mitch

Memories from Mitch McCracken:

Alice Cooper
Lynrd Skynrd


Gary Harrison my goodness...well i feel like a true interloper here being a 72 grad of trezevant[i do claim the pedigree of being elected sophomore class president at frayser before transferring]but after reading and rereading randy byrd's conversation with sputnik monroe and having to clean my monitor once after spitting a mouthful of water on it from laughing, i felt the need to share my one brush with memphis "wrassling"'s that for a run on sentence?..mrs.horton would be appalled.

anyway, it was 1976 and i was 21 and living with c ouple other young wannabes in an apartment in nashville.we had a nice tv,great stereo and we sat on lawn chairs and a sofa one of us had rescued from a was good. in out building lived none other than the fabulous one, jackie fargo.we rarely saw him and no one ever spoke to him if we did.howeverhe had a great dog...a wirehaired terrier named fred fargo.fred was kind of the neighbrhood dog who was welcome at several apartments sunday afternoon after a saturday night of mayhem, my roomates and i were sitting around watching football..drinking beer and possibly smoking some controlled substance.fred was hanging around so one of the guys found some panties that apparently a forgetful
young lady had inadvertanly left there the night before.we cut out a hole for the tail,put them on fred and had a good laugh.must say fred looked quite natty in his red silk underwear....we let fred out and forgot about him.

about dinner time there was a loud thump on our door.we all went to the door and to our surprise there stood jackie and he was not happy.seems that fred had pooped his panties and then gone home.all we could seem to muster out in our defense was a kind of cheech and chong.."we're really sorry man....but man we love watching you wrestle"

by the way randy...the sputnik story has already been sent out to all the guys in my frayser web ring...mostly made up of frayser grads 71-74.a couple of them live in houston..mike mabry and don month we will gather for the 24th yr in a row for five days to golf, fish and relive our youth.i know people here in nashville who are lifelong residents that tell me they dont know anyone they grew up with now..they are yes,there was something magical aboutgrowing up in frayser.
im very thankful.

gary harrison
brentwood tn.


Randal Byrd '69 Jimmy,

Prompted by what Gary Harrison wrote in the last emailing you sent out, I threw together this web page to share with our friends. RASSLING

You may either post the link to my site, or copy the html to yours.

Tell me what you think. It works fine in Mozilla. Not sure about other browsers.

Your friend,

Randy Byrd

Gary Harrison '72 very nice for me id like to have a hot fudge sundae at thompsons drug store for a quarter[its a tatoo parlor now] like to have a fillerburger with cheese made by like to get all hopped up on pep pills and go 4 for 4 against kingsbury in like to walk gail stone home from school just one more like to see 300 people gathered on the hill at grandview to see a little league game that had the significance to them of the
cardinals and red sox in the 67 world like to feel the tension in the air of a school assmembly when the LSD's were the like to apologize to any kids i was cruel to because they werent very cool[funny how time shows us how uncool that is] like to see richard sain do the like to go to
a dance at the elks like to have krystals chili again and think it was fine like to watch miss boone fight with her bra just one more like to see the 1968 rams beat the carver cobras just once like a frostops root like to ride a bicycle with a banana seat all over georgian hills....i
want to see jackie fargo and tojo wrestle on saturday.....i want to put 200 miles on my car one night and never leave frayser....i want to feel the victory of buying beer with a fake like to see a score settled in the court yard at dellwood baptist without guns or like to see buddy hackett in one of those beach movies
at northgate and find out why i thought he was funny...i want to hear those long forgotten bands do "gloria" again...i want to go to shainbergs and get some cool clothes.
i was home visiting relatives and friends last weekend...though i know i shouldnt becasue it saddens me so,i could not resist cruising frayser[not a wise thing to do in a late model jag]....but i chased the ghosts of the boys and girls that we were...they all say hi.
Ronnie Hall '68
Just one more time I'd like to make the circuit from McDonald's- to Filler Burger-to Shoney's, Just one more time I'd like to scan the 45 record rack at Georgian Hills Pharmacy, I'd like to go back and watch all the people scrabble for their cars when Lonnie Cofer drove through Filler Burger, I'd like to go buy a pokka doted shirt at
Gillies, just once more, I'd like to see what my Dad's 62' Bonneville would do in the 1/4 mile marked off on Watkin's extended, once more I'd like to hustle the Millington girls at the Frayser Horse Show on
Friday night, once more I'd like to take a car load of girls on the road to the river behind Harvester and tell axe murderer stories, I'd like to go back and say something nice to some of my school mates that were brutalized because of their weight, or looks, I'd like to pay ayttention to what an interesting man Erie Pierce was, I'd like
to see that 67 basketball team run a fast break, once more I'd like to park out on Sylvan Road, once more I'd like to see Mr. Brady walking around with all those keys, once more I'd like to see Larry Mansfield's jersey in that trophy case, I bet it's not there now, once more I'd like to see Ted break up a couple for doing the "dirty
dog" at Skateland, geez, I'd like to see the Stayfers at Skateland, or the Chasers, Gentrys, or Short-Kuts, and once more I'd like to climb down the kudzu and sneek into the Frayser Drive-in and see "Thunder Road", or sit in the balcony with a sweetie at Northgate while your buddies toosed popcorn at you, one more time I'd like to
get my butt knocked loose in those football games we had in that field on Steele St., once more I'd like to take up for some freshman getting picked on by some jerk, once more I'd like to "lag" pennies in the smoking area with Jerry Henke, once more I'd like to buy those little ribbons the cheerleaders sold the week before a football game.
Just once more time.

My son Josh, wed Cathy Jenkins of Houston(That's in Texas) Saturday July 22nd in Memphis! About 40 of her kin travelled from Houston, North Carolina, Chicago and Dallas for a Family Reunion in Memphis and for the wedding.

I have two sons, so one down, one to go.

Jimmy Burk


Vickie Harris Grandkids NICHOLAS * PRESTON * ELIZABETH
Coach Dossett Foster has recently had surgery and is back home. His address and email is in the Hidden Directory if you wish to send him a card. If you don't have access to the hidden directory send an email to Monty or myself and we will forward info to you.
Coach Tom Dillingham is living with wife Patsy in Poolesville MD. His contact info is in the Friends section in the '69 Hidden directory if you would like to drop him a note.

Charlie proposed Saturday night!!! I was caught completely off guard.
He gave me a beautiful ring and proposed at a restaurant with his two best friends and their wives. .....I was so stunned, I forgot to say yes and then I did and the whole restaurant applauded. I'm still in a fog. I can't believe he did it without me knowing anything at all....

Anyway.......I'm so excited. He's a great guy.



Michael Powell
Hope you all enjoy these. They were taken while they were here in the
U.S. We really enjoyed having them here and now it is really too quiet here in the house. Valora almost didn't make it back into her own country of England, it seems that she will also need a British passport to show that she is a citizen of the U.K. It was a close call but Paul was there to save the day and talk the custom agents out of sending her and Melody back to the U.S. Paul said he will be getting her a British passport in the near future.

Hope you all are doing well, Michael



Richard Harris

Wisdom Learned:

Hard Work Alone Does Not Get You the Result Needed To Accomplish The Goal.

Network! Network! 4-2-06

Here is a short movie (made with a telephone) that Paul sent us of
Valora walking. Last week she was only walking a little and on her knees. This week she is even climbing! She climbed up in her high chair ( with it down low ) and proceeded to try to fasten her seat belt and shoulder straps. Paul said she climbed up on their bed using a box of some kind. She is growing fast. I can't wait to see her again and give her cuddles.

A very proud,
Mike(Powell) 2-13-06 (only photo posted)

Glen Sharpe

March 9, 2006


Sorry it took so long to return your letter. I lost my house in Hurricane Wilma, and had some other problems. Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Tell Everyone I said Hello.........Glen

Ricky Burks

Roy Hallums Page

Some of us had a welcome home dinner for Roy and attached are some photos. We tried to simulate Roy driving the old car he had, as he was the first driver in a group of friends and he would always drive us around.  The other photo you can see coach John Clayton
Front row l-r Fred Edmaiston, Steve Bomar and Roy.
Back row l-r Ross Grimsley, Freddy Grinder, Rick Burks.
Joke was Roy was prepared for his captivity because we us to hide in the truck of our cars to go to the Frayser Drive-in, sometimes waiting a long time to get out. So he was fully trained....actually not as you can imagine, but Roy laughed...we all did we had been celebrating.
It would be great to have a multi-class reunion in the next year 66-70,1,2? or something because we all had friends in different classes.  
Once again I thank you for the information you made available about Roy during and after his ordeal so I want to share this pics with you.
Rick Burks


Nancy Haynes -Carr


No Update- All is the same! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Only one major change in my life is my Mom, Francine Haynes died last year (1-9-05) at 83 years old-I miss her so much!

This picture was taken the day of the U. Memphis/U. Tennessee game. No, not at the game, but in Houston at a Kellogs promotion in front of our grocery. Bill and his wife were in town having returned from a cruise out of Galveston.

Bill, of course, is my brother - class of 67.

Randal Byrd


Posted --Jan 12th

Hey Monty,
Great photo of the week, brought back a lot of memories. I have finally
changed companies after 24 years with the former. Almost like getting a
divorce. New email address is (hidden directory). You guys are doing
a nice job on the web page, I try to check it at least once a month.
Going to try to make the next reunion. Talk to you later.

Gary(McDonald) 10-24-05


Hi ,
Just wanted to share some good news. Our son, Ben, got married on September 14th, and our daughter, Melissa, gave birth to our second grandson on September 20th. Bill and I are counting our blessings! (I have attached a couple of pictures.)
Betty Hodges Snyder
Eli and Chase


As many of you may remember, we failed our r.o.t.c federal inspection and had to stand another. Sgt maj Joseph N. Mancuso was in rare form that day , questioning our future plans with insinuations that we should go ahead and pick the institution that would best use our meager abilities. (as for me , the Shelby county penal farm seemed like a logical choice, close to home, family could visit , easier to farm instead of making car tags... etc)
his attention turned from the general to the specific, when he began to dress bob down for being a "hood". Daughtery looked at mancuso with a look of practiced innocence, and replied "gee sarge, i don't even have a knife." this of course sent Joe spinning in another orbit. He made us all get in the front leaning rest position for like 6 months, which is hard to do when you are laughing. For years afterward when I told people i graduated from Frayser and got that look. i always told them to relax. i left my knife at home.
thanks bob for the line and the memory .my prayers are with you and your family... lewis(ray)

All, Do not know if you have heard yet but Roy has been rescued. From my
military sources he is in good shape for someone who has been in
captivity for 9 months. God does answer prayers.

Maurice R. Cates 9-7-05


From Monty:

** US civil contractor freed in Iraq **
US contractor Roy Hallums, who was seized in Iraq last November, is
freed by US-led forces, the US military says.

From: Sherman Reed

Hey Jim, saw this today. Thought you might want to post it on class page... Troops rescue kidnapped contractor - Yahoo! News


sadly i feel i need to let you guys know that bob daugherty passed
away in atlanta tuesday morning august 16.he fought a long brave
battle with various cancers.his family was by his side including his
brother don.

gary harrison..trezevant 72

Bob passed away earlier today. I don't have any details, other than that he had been suffering colon cancer, and it finally got him. Some of you may know that Bob is a cousin of mine - second cousin, or a once removed cousin - I never have figured it out.

My understanding is that he was living in Atlanta.

As I find out more, I'll try to share it.


Randy(Byrd) 8-16-05

No, she is not driving yet! But she does have a walker now, and she is only 5 months old. This picture was made on August 6, 05, when you look at the picture, remember that in the U.K., the date is read like ( Day/ Month/ Yr.) t throws me off sometimes too, especially when you have a date like( 22/07/05 ). Now, what month is this, oh, yeah, I remember! She is also teething a lot, that is why her chin is dripping.

We have been talking to them a lot during the last few days, by the way of the computer. They bought a web camera so we could see Valora and we bought one so Valora could see us. That way she will not be scared of us when she gets to come visit sometime next year. If we can't be with her in person, this is the next best thing. Really wish I could get my hands on her though.
She is growing so fast. Hope you all are doing well! Take care and stay safe!
Michael (Powell) 8-10-05


Tribute to Mr. Hester---Mitch McCracken

Tribute to Mr. Hester--July 28, 2005

Excerpt from Mitch's note:

"I guess everyone has a teacher that stands out in their life, John Hester was mine. I have heard that Northside High School is thinking about naming the radio station, the one John started at Craigmont after him. Please join with me in seeing that happens. "


Request from Lewis Ray

jimmy, the replica of the viet nam memorial is in town for the next three days. i would like to honor our fellow frayserites who fell in the war. i remember some of the guys. please submit a request of names so i can make sure that all get mentioned in the prayers. thanks lewis ray /Karen Jones Epiphanies Books

To get Lewis Ray's email address, send an email to and I will send to you..Jimmy


Maurice Cates

Class of 1970

Posted from frayserRams Yahoo Group:

I am Maurice Cates. Eventhough I graduated in 1970 I hope I can be a member of this group. I have retired from the United States Air Force after 22 years of military service. Maurice Buring, Jimmy Collins and I used to walk the halls of Frayser High before class every morning. Bob Snowden, Mike Messer, Jimmy Gibson and I used to work at Beefy King on Thomas. Kip McFarland was always around but we never knew what Kip did (just kidding Kip).

I now live in Jacksonville, FL. If anyone knows a link with the class of 70 please let me know. My first
true love was Connie Deverell. I am now a Grandfather. I have twin Granddaughters born on Jan 6, 2004. I have another Granddaughter who was born Thanksgiving morning 2004. I own a house in Alapaha, GA that was originally built in the 1880s. It was completely redone in the 1980s. This house has 11 exterior doors, 32 exterior windows. You can never get locked out of this house. With 11 doors you know at least one door is unlocked. Oh cannot forget the 10 working fireplaces. You can burn a cord of wood in just one day! Do not know if anyone remembers me but I would still like to know what goes on in Memphis and Frayser eventhough I no longer live there.



Freddy Grinder 6-30-05

GeorgianHills 1958


I found a 1958 yearbook from North Frayser School (later name changed to Georgian Hills Elementary School) in my mother’s old photo collection. I noticed that some of the members of the Frayser High class of 1969 attended the first grade at North Frayser that year. I thought you might want to post these pictures on your website.

Freddy Grinder


Michael Powell



Just to let everyone know, that I have changed my e-mail address to another internet provider. I have done this because I will now have faster downloads so I will be able to get pictures and movies of our Grand Child. My new address is as follows:

(Email In Hidden Directory)

I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Class of '66 Webpage posted by Jan Parrish and Margarette Lantrip Lipford to begin planning for their 40th Class Reunion.
8th Grade Photos

Photos of the class from 1965 when we were in the 8th Grade


Class Photo from 1965

A Class of '65 Yahoo group Page has been created to exchange info with the class and Friends,,, CLICK HERE to go to the Group Page and JOIN

CLICK HERE To go and Join the CLass of 1969 Group Page


Our son Sam Randal is set to graduate from Houston Baptist University on May 21. On the Dean's list every year, Sam was also awarded academic and atheletic scholarships (cheerleading) every quarter. He receives the BBA (Magna Cum Laude) with Honors, having completed a double major in Marketing and in Business Administration. Sam was honored last week as the "Outstanding Senior in Marketing," and on May 12 the President announced that Sam was voted "Mr. HBU."

Sam has been inducted into three national academic honor societies - Sigma Beta Delta, Alpha Chi, and Alpha Mu Gamma (national collegiate foreign language honor society); as well as one national leadership fraternity Omicron Delta Kappa.

Additionally, Sam is captain of the HBU cheerleading team, staff writer for the university's newspaper The Collegian, and will read the scripture lesson at graduation. Upon completing his work this month at HBU, Sam joins the Wehrly Marketing Group as Account Coordinator (Public Relations).

As you can see, we are quite proud of our son!
Randy & Sherry Byrd


Forwarded by Nancy Black Shockley




















In honor of women's history month and in memory of Erma Bombeck who lost her fight with cancer. Here is an angel sent to watch over you. Pass this on to five women that you want watched over. If you don't know five women to pass this on to, one will do just fine.

Don't worry about who doesn't like you, who has more, or who's doing what.

Instead, let's cherish the relationships we have with those who do love us.

Let's think about what God HAS blessed us with. And what we are doing each day to promote ourselves mentally, physically, emotionally. I hope you all have a blessed day.

Beautiful Women's Month

Age 3: She looks at herself and sees a Queen.

Age 8: She looks at herself and sees Cinderella.

Age 15: She looks at herself and sees an Ugly Sister (Mom I can't go to school looking like this!)

Age 20: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly"- but decides she's going out anyway.

Age 30: She looks at herself and sees "too fat/too thin, too short/too tall, too straight/too curly" - but decides she doesn't have time to fix it, so she's going out anyway.

Age 40: She looks at herself and sees "clean" and goes out anyway.

Age 50: She looks at herself and sees "I am" and goes wherever she wants to go.

Age 60: She looks at herself and reminds herself of all the people who can't even see themselves in the mirror anymore. Goes out and conquers the world.

Age 70: She looks at herself &sees wisdom, laughter and ability, goes out and enjoys life.

Age 80: Doesn't bother to look. Just puts on a purple hat and goes out to have fun with the world.

Send this on to all the women you are grateful to have as friends. Maybe we should all grab that purple hat earlier

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.

YaYa and all 3

Vicki is also known as YaYa - these are her grandkids. Aren't they just cute?



Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out. But I can usually shut her up with a butter & cream sauce.


King & Spalding's Glen Reed Inducted Into The Inaugural Class of Fellows of The American Health Lawyers Association

WASHINGTON, D.C. and ATLANTA, March 14, 2005 - King & Spalding LLP, a leading international law firm, announced today that the American Health Lawyers Association selected Glen Reed, a partner in the firm's Atlanta office and leader of the firm's healthcare practice, for induction into its inaugural class of fellows, a new designation that recognizes the expertise and many contributions of life-long leaders in the 9,500-member professional association.

Press_release 03_14_05


It is almost 7 pm on Friday and it is snowing. Not just little flakes that we have in Georgia, I mean, BIG flakes. It only lays on the ground for a fewminutes and it is very beautiful. I walked back into town today and talked to several of the local people about the area. Everyone that I have made contact with has been very sociable. We have had a really good time just spending time with our new granddaughter, Valora. Sure will miss her when we go home. Melody & Paul too.
Paul is going to take us to Oxford tomorrow, London next week and Scotland next Friday. I am enjoying just being with them and Valora. Hope all of you are well!
Take care! Mike Powell

P.S. Check out the pics.



This is Darryl Long's new granddaughter, Alexis.

Can you post? Ain't she a cutie?


This is so funny, I laughed out loud and everybody was looking at me!! Monty
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