Thursday, December 15, 2005


ALMA




Article from the Las Vegas newspaper:

Alma Leona Burton Davidson Stevenson, 69, of Las Vegas, passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005. She was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Craven County, N.C., and resided in Las Vegas for 33 years. Alma graduated from Richmond Professional Institute in 1958 with a bachelor of fine arts in interior design. She worked in that field for a number of years before moving to Las Vegas. For over 20 years, Alma worked in the casino business and just recently retired from a job she loved, as executive casino host at Harrah's. Her most important and cherished job was being a mother and grandmother.Alma was honored to be selected College Queen Of Virginia in her sophomore year in college. After graduating from college, she married George L. Davidson III, and they were married for 20 years. Alma was a proud member of Christ Church for 33 years. Her greatest accomplishment was making a difference in so many lives, too many to count. Alma was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Leona Everett Burton; and father, Robert Otha Burton. She is survived by her daughter, Aana Lisa Wagner; son, George L. Davidson IV; son-in-law, David A. Wagner; grandsons, Dylan and Collin Wagner; sisters, Joy Nelson and Lynda Gilmore; brothers, Robert, Alva, Charles and J.T. Burton; and also by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Christ Church Episcopal, 2000 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas.

Contributions may be made to Aana Lisa Wagner or directly to Christ Church Episcopal



(more....)





From the Church Bulletin:

Alma never met a stranger. She was always genuinely interested, concerned and a “real” friend to all she met. And she cared for them all. To say she was special falls far too short of describing this amazing and loving woman. Anyone who ever met her will never forget her and will always hold her in their hearts.

She was strong to the very end and set a perfect example, once again, how to live a Christian life and treat others. Alma passed peacefully and quietly into our Father’s arms surrounded by her family and friends.



We know she is in a much better place, not in any more pain or suffering, the cancer finally gone forever. She has reunited with family, friends and loved ones who preceded her, especially her mother Leona Everett Burton and father Robert Otha Burton. We rejoice; she is at peace with her Heavenly Father and Jesus, who promised us all everlasting life. You will always be in our hearts.




We love you, Mom, Sister, Grandmama, & Friend.


ALMA




Article from the Las Vegas newspaper:

Alma Leona Burton Davidson Stevenson, 69, of Las Vegas, passed away Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005. She was born Nov. 2, 1936, in Craven County, N.C., and resided in Las Vegas for 33 years. Alma graduated from Richmond Professional Institute in 1958 with a bachelor of fine arts in interior design. She worked in that field for a number of years before moving to Las Vegas. For over 20 years, Alma worked in the casino business and just recently retired from a job she loved, as executive casino host at Harrah's. Her most important and cherished job was being a mother and grandmother.Alma was honored to be selected College Queen Of Virginia in her sophomore year in college. After graduating from college, she married George L. Davidson III, and they were married for 20 years. Alma was a proud member of Christ Church for 33 years. Her greatest accomplishment was making a difference in so many lives, too many to count. Alma was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Leona Everett Burton; and father, Robert Otha Burton. She is survived by her daughter, Aana Lisa Wagner; son, George L. Davidson IV; son-in-law, David A. Wagner; grandsons, Dylan and Collin Wagner; sisters, Joy Nelson and Lynda Gilmore; brothers, Robert, Alva, Charles and J.T. Burton; and also by numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at Christ Church Episcopal, 2000 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas.

Contributions may be made to Aana Lisa Wagner or directly to Christ Church Episcopal



(more....)





From the Church Bulletin:

Alma never met a stranger. She was always genuinely interested, concerned and a “real” friend to all she met. And she cared for them all. To say she was special falls far too short of describing this amazing and loving woman. Anyone who ever met her will never forget her and will always hold her in their hearts.

She was strong to the very end and set a perfect example, once again, how to live a Christian life and treat others. Alma passed peacefully and quietly into our Father’s arms surrounded by her family and friends.



We know she is in a much better place, not in any more pain or suffering, the cancer finally gone forever. She has reunited with family, friends and loved ones who preceded her, especially her mother Leona Everett Burton and father Robert Otha Burton. We rejoice; she is at peace with her Heavenly Father and Jesus, who promised us all everlasting life. You will always be in our hearts.




We love you, Mom, Sister, Grandmama, & Friend.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Here Comes the Cavalry




You won't read about this story in your local newspaper, or see it on TV. It's not the kind of story the mainstream media likes to mention. But it's the kind of story that jumps out at you and proclaims, "America is Still populated by people who care about their neighbors and will roll up our sleeves to help them, as our forefathers did."

We're especially proud that our own Obie Oakley is one of the leaders of this "can do" group of men!

Here is his report:



The Katrina relief operations report from veterans of Co B, 20th Special Forces Group:

Report submitted by Obie Oakley

Eleven old guys drove upwards to 12 hours, moved into a small church in Vancleave, Mississippi on 27 Nov 05, ready to do their part in helping their fellow countrymen devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The locals didn't know what to expect from these veterans.

What set this group apart from the thousands of other volunteers who have flocked to Mississippi and Louisiana during the past three months is that they have been friends for more than 40 years, a lasting friendship fused together in a common bond called Special Forces.

We gave the area 55 man days of focused labor. When we left on 2 Dec, two homes that had been flooded were well on their way to become livable once again. Seeing the relief and appreciation in the two owners, both single mothers, made us know we had done the right thing in coming.

Despite the aching muscles long underused, the sleeping on a church Sunday School floor amidst a chorus of ten other guys snoring only inches away, waiting in the cold to use the make shift outdoor shower, seeing the depressing devastation of homes, schools, churches and businesses destroyed, we came away with a great sense of satisfaction. One for doing the job we set out to do and two for the six days of again being close together as a band of brothers devoted to each other and to a common mission. What a wonderful experience.

I have never been more proud that I was to be along side 75- year old Jim Phipps, 72- year old Harold Eddins and the baby of the crowd, 61 year old Bob Goss. And the rest of us in between – Joe Epley, Richard Harkins, Rudy Seger, Frank Geer, Heath Strawn, Nick Palmer and the Green Lizard- Don Mincey. Troopers today as they were 40 years ago. Phipps was the crew leader at one house, Geer at the other house -- both dwellings victims of the storm surge in Pascagoula, MS. We hung wall board, mudded and sanded. We made other corrections needed to get the houses back into shape for refinishing. Thanks guys, for letting me a part of this outstanding A-team.

Team member Don Mincey is arranging to get carpets and vinyl tile for the home his crew worked on and Eddins daughter agreeing to pay for the installation. The giving continues.

The local folks there were emotionally thankful for our commitment and services, and awed that men of varied backgrounds who served in an Army unit 40 years ago were still together, still committed to service and able to outperform crews half their ages.

(One side note, a 45-year old woman from Lexington, SC got so put-out with her initial crew of men who, she said, worked about 20 minutes out of every hour, that she asked to be reassigned to the Special Forces crews. Of course, Geer latched on to her since he only had 5 in his crew even though she said he was older than her daddy. She was a hard worker, and even listened intently as Phipps and Seger explained the finer points of chewing tobacco. In our last church service Thursday night, she told everyone how much she 'loved the eleven special forces guys and what they were doing.')

Special thanks also goes to those who helped us with financial and material contributions, and to Providence Baptist Church for the loan of a van.

We also have high admiration and respect for Rev Larry and Celeste Maugh and the members of the Vancleave United Methodist Church. They have put together a support center that is staffed by community volunteers from several other churches to provide sleeping quarters and meals for the recovery volunteers that come from all over the country. They coordinate the working assignments based on the skill levels of the volunteers and coordinate getting supplies to work the work sites so the incoming volunteers have no wasted time. It is a small church in a small community about 15 miles inland from the Gulf. But it is a church with a big heart and the Maugh's are outstanding leaders in Christian ministry as well as relief operations.

The hurricane may be three months ago in history, but the devastation is still very apparent in the region., and restoration work will take years to complete. Volunteer workers will be needed for months to come.



Obie Oakley

Here Comes the Cavalry




You won't read about this story in your local newspaper, or see it on TV. It's not the kind of story the mainstream media likes to mention. But it's the kind of story that jumps out at you and proclaims, "America is Still populated by people who care about their neighbors and will roll up our sleeves to help them, as our forefathers did."

We're especially proud that our own Obie Oakley is one of the leaders of this "can do" group of men!

Here is his report:



The Katrina relief operations report from veterans of Co B, 20th Special Forces Group:

Report submitted by Obie Oakley

Eleven old guys drove upwards to 12 hours, moved into a small church in Vancleave, Mississippi on 27 Nov 05, ready to do their part in helping their fellow countrymen devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The locals didn't know what to expect from these veterans.

What set this group apart from the thousands of other volunteers who have flocked to Mississippi and Louisiana during the past three months is that they have been friends for more than 40 years, a lasting friendship fused together in a common bond called Special Forces.

We gave the area 55 man days of focused labor. When we left on 2 Dec, two homes that had been flooded were well on their way to become livable once again. Seeing the relief and appreciation in the two owners, both single mothers, made us know we had done the right thing in coming.

Despite the aching muscles long underused, the sleeping on a church Sunday School floor amidst a chorus of ten other guys snoring only inches away, waiting in the cold to use the make shift outdoor shower, seeing the depressing devastation of homes, schools, churches and businesses destroyed, we came away with a great sense of satisfaction. One for doing the job we set out to do and two for the six days of again being close together as a band of brothers devoted to each other and to a common mission. What a wonderful experience.

I have never been more proud that I was to be along side 75- year old Jim Phipps, 72- year old Harold Eddins and the baby of the crowd, 61 year old Bob Goss. And the rest of us in between – Joe Epley, Richard Harkins, Rudy Seger, Frank Geer, Heath Strawn, Nick Palmer and the Green Lizard- Don Mincey. Troopers today as they were 40 years ago. Phipps was the crew leader at one house, Geer at the other house -- both dwellings victims of the storm surge in Pascagoula, MS. We hung wall board, mudded and sanded. We made other corrections needed to get the houses back into shape for refinishing. Thanks guys, for letting me a part of this outstanding A-team.

Team member Don Mincey is arranging to get carpets and vinyl tile for the home his crew worked on and Eddins daughter agreeing to pay for the installation. The giving continues.

The local folks there were emotionally thankful for our commitment and services, and awed that men of varied backgrounds who served in an Army unit 40 years ago were still together, still committed to service and able to outperform crews half their ages.

(One side note, a 45-year old woman from Lexington, SC got so put-out with her initial crew of men who, she said, worked about 20 minutes out of every hour, that she asked to be reassigned to the Special Forces crews. Of course, Geer latched on to her since he only had 5 in his crew even though she said he was older than her daddy. She was a hard worker, and even listened intently as Phipps and Seger explained the finer points of chewing tobacco. In our last church service Thursday night, she told everyone how much she 'loved the eleven special forces guys and what they were doing.')

Special thanks also goes to those who helped us with financial and material contributions, and to Providence Baptist Church for the loan of a van.

We also have high admiration and respect for Rev Larry and Celeste Maugh and the members of the Vancleave United Methodist Church. They have put together a support center that is staffed by community volunteers from several other churches to provide sleeping quarters and meals for the recovery volunteers that come from all over the country. They coordinate the working assignments based on the skill levels of the volunteers and coordinate getting supplies to work the work sites so the incoming volunteers have no wasted time. It is a small church in a small community about 15 miles inland from the Gulf. But it is a church with a big heart and the Maugh's are outstanding leaders in Christian ministry as well as relief operations.

The hurricane may be three months ago in history, but the devastation is still very apparent in the region., and restoration work will take years to complete. Volunteer workers will be needed for months to come.



Obie Oakley

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

A New CHS Site

This one is for the class of '57. The webmaster is Mickey Connell:



Mickey Connell



Ed,

I have designed and launched a new web site for Central High School's Class of 1957. I have linked this site to it's web pages and would appreciate if you could also link our site to the '54 site. Our new web page is at:
http://www.chs57.com

Thanks,

Mickey Connell


Take a look. I think you'll agree with me that this young whippersnapper knows what he's doing!

Even though I don't remember a whole lot of folks from the '57 class, I LOVE reading about CHS and the people who made it so special! -Ed

A New CHS Site

This one is for the class of '57. The webmaster is Mickey Connell:



Mickey Connell



Ed,

I have designed and launched a new web site for Central High School's Class of 1957. I have linked this site to it's web pages and would appreciate if you could also link our site to the '54 site. Our new web page is at:
http://www.chs57.com

Thanks,

Mickey Connell


Take a look. I think you'll agree with me that this young whippersnapper knows what he's doing!

Even though I don't remember a whole lot of folks from the '57 class, I LOVE reading about CHS and the people who made it so special! -Ed

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Report From The Gulf

Our ace reporter Jerry Gaudet checked on some of our classmates who live in the areas recently hit by the hurricanes.

Here is his report:


A number of our classmates live in the gulf states and may have been struck by this summer's hurricane activity. Our hope is that they were spared great damage and inconvenience.
We have heard from several, noted below. You may care to keep these, and all those recovering from the hurricanes, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mike Andrews, Merritt Island, FL
...We, thankfully, have had no real damage. The last one, Wilma, was quite scary since it was such a surprise. Lots of wind, trees waving and limbs falling, but no real damage other than a few fences down. It was quite a bit better than last year.
...I have just completed my work as an Interim Pastor in Lake Mary, Florida and am looking forward to retirement, at least for a month or two. Our daughter is getting married in December, the first in our family, so we are busy with that.
Mike Andrews

Jeanette Berryhill Bryant, Ocala, FL
..We did not have any damage this year. In Ocala, we had a lot of wind and then a sunny afternoon. However, I did have damage last year. It was not as bad as a lot of people, but I did need a new roof as the result.
Jeanette

Sarah Lynn Black Jackson, Orlando, FL
no e-mail address available

Lynn Foard Nance, Panama City, FL
no e-mail address available

Nancy Gibson Tomlinson, Venice, FL
...we are truly in a blessed area of Venice. We had high winds and a lot of rain BUT NO DAMAGE with the exception of fallen trees which were stand alone and did not hurt anything. So we feel very fortunate. Of course, my husband had secured our home with shutters that would withstand a 2 x 4 coming at us at 250 miles an hour so we were not to worried anyway unless we lost the roof. We did not even lose our power since it is all under ground. Nanc

Jack Helms, Merritt Island, FL
By a message reply, we assume Jack to be OK.

Ann-Elizabeth Mitchell, New Smyrna Beach, FL
no e-mail address available

Gene Moore, Melbourne, FL
...Thanks for inquiring about hurricane damage. Fortunately Brevard county was not in the direct path of the latest hurricane, although certain areas experienced flooding and some wind damage. Fortunately, I live in one of the newer areas of the county which has good drainage. Barbara and I saw lots and lots and lots of rain along with high winds, but I do not believe they reached the level of hurricane velocity. I know that other areas of Florida were more badly hit. I have just returned from attending the Carolina/Miami football game, which was held in the Orange Bowl, and I saw substantial wind damage. Many of the unfortunate people down there (about 200 miles south of where I live near the Kennedy Space Center) still do not have electricity and I saw many traffic lights inoperative. I hope everyone in North Carolina is doing well. Think about me and your other Florida classmates enjoying the sun and warm weather when your temperature drops to 25 degrees in a few months.
Yours,
Gene Moore

Parks Reinhardt
, Apopka, FL
...We are fine---no problems this year, so far.
Parks
Betty Sink Sublett, Ormond Beach, FL
no contact as yet

Gene VanCuren, Stuart FL
Stuart Fl...(which is about 40 miles north of West palm Beach or 100 miles north of Miami on the Atlantic). We had a piece of the eye, rather than a direct hit as the projected track had indicated. Oddly winds and damage was worse on the south side rather than the normal north east. I had one tree down and no physical damage to house. Out of electric for 5 days, survived by ice in a cooler, and food from the grill. We have a business downtown, which was back in business Tuesday.
...since power came on so did my computer and my internet connection...Gene

Claudia Wood Woodhouse, Seffner, FL
no contact as yet

Nancy Hartis Byers, Gautier, MS
via telephone, Nancy is OK and dealing with wind and rain damage.

Jackie Pickard Marcotte, Houston, TX
I have seen Jackie and understand that their home was not damaged, but they had "lots of tree damage and cleanup".


Thanks Jerry. Nice job! I noticed that several of our classmates' email didn't respond. I think that they probably DO still have email, but have a different address now and have simply forgotten to let Jerry (the "Keeper of records") know what it is.

If you've changed email addresses lately, be sure to tell Jerry to update his records.





Report From The Gulf

Our ace reporter Jerry Gaudet checked on some of our classmates who live in the areas recently hit by the hurricanes.

Here is his report:


A number of our classmates live in the gulf states and may have been struck by this summer's hurricane activity. Our hope is that they were spared great damage and inconvenience.
We have heard from several, noted below. You may care to keep these, and all those recovering from the hurricanes, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mike Andrews, Merritt Island, FL
...We, thankfully, have had no real damage. The last one, Wilma, was quite scary since it was such a surprise. Lots of wind, trees waving and limbs falling, but no real damage other than a few fences down. It was quite a bit better than last year.
...I have just completed my work as an Interim Pastor in Lake Mary, Florida and am looking forward to retirement, at least for a month or two. Our daughter is getting married in December, the first in our family, so we are busy with that.
Mike Andrews

Jeanette Berryhill Bryant, Ocala, FL
..We did not have any damage this year. In Ocala, we had a lot of wind and then a sunny afternoon. However, I did have damage last year. It was not as bad as a lot of people, but I did need a new roof as the result.
Jeanette

Sarah Lynn Black Jackson, Orlando, FL
no e-mail address available

Lynn Foard Nance, Panama City, FL
no e-mail address available

Nancy Gibson Tomlinson, Venice, FL
...we are truly in a blessed area of Venice. We had high winds and a lot of rain BUT NO DAMAGE with the exception of fallen trees which were stand alone and did not hurt anything. So we feel very fortunate. Of course, my husband had secured our home with shutters that would withstand a 2 x 4 coming at us at 250 miles an hour so we were not to worried anyway unless we lost the roof. We did not even lose our power since it is all under ground. Nanc

Jack Helms, Merritt Island, FL
By a message reply, we assume Jack to be OK.

Ann-Elizabeth Mitchell, New Smyrna Beach, FL
no e-mail address available

Gene Moore, Melbourne, FL
...Thanks for inquiring about hurricane damage. Fortunately Brevard county was not in the direct path of the latest hurricane, although certain areas experienced flooding and some wind damage. Fortunately, I live in one of the newer areas of the county which has good drainage. Barbara and I saw lots and lots and lots of rain along with high winds, but I do not believe they reached the level of hurricane velocity. I know that other areas of Florida were more badly hit. I have just returned from attending the Carolina/Miami football game, which was held in the Orange Bowl, and I saw substantial wind damage. Many of the unfortunate people down there (about 200 miles south of where I live near the Kennedy Space Center) still do not have electricity and I saw many traffic lights inoperative. I hope everyone in North Carolina is doing well. Think about me and your other Florida classmates enjoying the sun and warm weather when your temperature drops to 25 degrees in a few months.
Yours,
Gene Moore

Parks Reinhardt
, Apopka, FL
...We are fine---no problems this year, so far.
Parks
Betty Sink Sublett, Ormond Beach, FL
no contact as yet

Gene VanCuren, Stuart FL
Stuart Fl...(which is about 40 miles north of West palm Beach or 100 miles north of Miami on the Atlantic). We had a piece of the eye, rather than a direct hit as the projected track had indicated. Oddly winds and damage was worse on the south side rather than the normal north east. I had one tree down and no physical damage to house. Out of electric for 5 days, survived by ice in a cooler, and food from the grill. We have a business downtown, which was back in business Tuesday.
...since power came on so did my computer and my internet connection...Gene

Claudia Wood Woodhouse, Seffner, FL
no contact as yet

Nancy Hartis Byers, Gautier, MS
via telephone, Nancy is OK and dealing with wind and rain damage.

Jackie Pickard Marcotte, Houston, TX
I have seen Jackie and understand that their home was not damaged, but they had "lots of tree damage and cleanup".


Thanks Jerry. Nice job! I noticed that several of our classmates' email didn't respond. I think that they probably DO still have email, but have a different address now and have simply forgotten to let Jerry (the "Keeper of records") know what it is.

If you've changed email addresses lately, be sure to tell Jerry to update his records.





Sunday, September 04, 2005

Check Out This New Website

If you want to see some terrific artwork, take a look at this new website by our own Ellouise Diggle.



Elouise Diggle Schoettler (Click on picture)

Check Out This New Website

If you want to see some terrific artwork, take a look at this new website by our own Ellouise Diggle.



Elouise Diggle Schoettler (Click on picture)

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Don Nance Daughter Married in Virginia

In a beautiful and memorable ceremony, even for a town quite used to spactacular events, Charlotte Elizabeth Nance and Myron Roth Allbright were married in the historic OLD PRESBYTERIAN MEETING HOUSE in Alexandria, VA. , on August 27th.






The brides's father, the Rev. Dr. Donald Nance officiated.



(Now, as I turn off my official "society reporter persona," let me tell you about it:)

It was terrific! First of all, Charlotte Elizabeth Nance, has the greatest name of anyone I know! What name even comes close to matching that of CHARLOTTE.....ELIZABETH...........to the ears of a CHS 54 grad.....whose never forgotten his roots and the wonderful people who populated and influenced his early life? Secondly, Charlotte's parents are absolutely rock solid examples of people who have made this country great! And I'm proud to say, they're pretty typical of the people of CHS 54!



(and yes, I know Don's wife, Letty is only an "Honorary CHS 54 Grad," but she grew up not far from Charlotte, so that counts.)

Now, back to the wedding; Don did all the things that preachers do, saying the "do you take this man... and do you take this woman..." etc. and the ceremony went without a hitch.

(How he maintained his composure is beyond me. At my daughter's wedding, I was a complete basket case.)

Then, Don sang "The Lords Prayer."

I've been listening to Don sing for over 60 years now, and he never sounded so GOOD!
Call it a voice "aged like fine wine," or maybe it was inspiration, or maybe it was the acoustic magic of his voice bouncing off the same walls that once reverberated with George Washington's voice, or maybe it was a combination of all three.

Whatever it was, it was a sound and a day I'll never forget.

My only regret is that, as far as I know, no audio recording was made of the ceremony. I think that, like me, it would have moved you to tears.

-Ed



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Don Nance Daughter Married in Virginia

In a beautiful and memorable ceremony, even for a town quite used to spactacular events, Charlotte Elizabeth Nance and Myron Roth Allbright were married in the historic OLD PRESBYTERIAN MEETING HOUSE in Alexandria, VA. , on August 27th.






The brides's father, the Rev. Dr. Donald Nance officiated.



(Now, as I turn off my official "society reporter persona," let me tell you about it:)

It was terrific! First of all, Charlotte Elizabeth Nance, has the greatest name of anyone I know! What name even comes close to matching that of CHARLOTTE.....ELIZABETH...........to the ears of a CHS 54 grad.....whose never forgotten his roots and the wonderful people who populated and influenced his early life? Secondly, Charlotte's parents are absolutely rock solid examples of people who have made this country great! And I'm proud to say, they're pretty typical of the people of CHS 54!



(and yes, I know Don's wife, Letty is only an "Honorary CHS 54 Grad," but she grew up not far from Charlotte, so that counts.)

Now, back to the wedding; Don did all the things that preachers do, saying the "do you take this man... and do you take this woman..." etc. and the ceremony went without a hitch.

(How he maintained his composure is beyond me. At my daughter's wedding, I was a complete basket case.)

Then, Don sang "The Lords Prayer."

I've been listening to Don sing for over 60 years now, and he never sounded so GOOD!
Call it a voice "aged like fine wine," or maybe it was inspiration, or maybe it was the acoustic magic of his voice bouncing off the same walls that once reverberated with George Washington's voice, or maybe it was a combination of all three.

Whatever it was, it was a sound and a day I'll never forget.

My only regret is that, as far as I know, no audio recording was made of the ceremony. I think that, like me, it would have moved you to tears.

-Ed



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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Nan Abell Dies





Nancy Niell Abell, 'Nan'


CLOVER, SC -- Miss Abell, 80, of 306 Kings Mountain Street, died August 6, 2005 at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia. She was born June 22, 1925 in York County, SC, a daughter of the late John Walker Abell and Melvil Niell Abell.
Miss Abell was a graduate of Winthrop College and a retired school teacher in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District, having taught business at Central and Grainger High Schools. She was involved with the Student Council Association on the local, state and national levels. Miss Abell was a life-long and very active member of the Clover A.R.P. Church and was active in the Clover Woman's Club. She is survived by numerous cousins.
Graveside service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at Woodside Cemetery, followed by an 11:00 AM Memorial service at the Clover A.R.P. Church, conducted by the Rev. Rob Patrick and the Rev. Gilbert Rowell. The family will receive friends at the Clover A.R.P. Church Fellowship Hall following the memorial service. Serving as pallbearers will be Hank Owen, Edmund Hall, Parks Parrish, Mack Johnson, Lee Clinton, Garrison Clinton and Jamie Clinton.
Memorials may be made to Clover A.R.P. Church, 127 Kings Mountain Street, Clover, SC 29710.
M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home of Clover is serving the family of Miss Abell.
Published in the Charlotte Observer on 8/8/2005.

"We've lost a great teacher.........and friend! They don't make 'em like that anymore." -Ed

Nan Abell Dies





Nancy Niell Abell, 'Nan'


CLOVER, SC -- Miss Abell, 80, of 306 Kings Mountain Street, died August 6, 2005 at Gaston Memorial Hospital, Gastonia. She was born June 22, 1925 in York County, SC, a daughter of the late John Walker Abell and Melvil Niell Abell.
Miss Abell was a graduate of Winthrop College and a retired school teacher in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School District, having taught business at Central and Grainger High Schools. She was involved with the Student Council Association on the local, state and national levels. Miss Abell was a life-long and very active member of the Clover A.R.P. Church and was active in the Clover Woman's Club. She is survived by numerous cousins.
Graveside service will be 10:00 AM Tuesday, August 9, 2005 at Woodside Cemetery, followed by an 11:00 AM Memorial service at the Clover A.R.P. Church, conducted by the Rev. Rob Patrick and the Rev. Gilbert Rowell. The family will receive friends at the Clover A.R.P. Church Fellowship Hall following the memorial service. Serving as pallbearers will be Hank Owen, Edmund Hall, Parks Parrish, Mack Johnson, Lee Clinton, Garrison Clinton and Jamie Clinton.
Memorials may be made to Clover A.R.P. Church, 127 Kings Mountain Street, Clover, SC 29710.
M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home of Clover is serving the family of Miss Abell.
Published in the Charlotte Observer on 8/8/2005.

"We've lost a great teacher.........and friend! They don't make 'em like that anymore." -Ed

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Shelton Scholars


From Obie:


Dear CHS ’54 Classmates,

You guys are so special and on behalf of the Carolinas Freedom Foundation and the memory of Charles Mateer, thank you for your generosity.

Twenty four members, which is almost ten-percent of our known addresses, responded with a total contribution of $1,780. Doing the math, that was more than enough to sponsor five outstanding future leaders to the Shelton Leadership Challenge.

I am enclosing a picture taken the Sunday morning they departed Charlotte for the camp on the Outer Banks, six hours away. As you can see, they are a fine looking group. When they returned on Friday, they were so enthusiastic and so appreciative for the experience. The thought has occurred to me that we probably influenced, in a positive way, these young people and just might have changed their life.

We should feel proud for our part in “making a difference”. I know Charles would be.

Again, thanks.

Regards / Obie


Those participating were:

Bonson Hobson, John Ballard, Ellen Abernathy, Warren Sparrow,
Mike Andrews, Beverly Walker, Ed Myers, Judy Walker,
Tommy Hurt, Johnny Thomason, Maxcyne Motte, Jerry Gaudet,
Jane Thornhill, Lewis Robinson. Anna Lynn Smith-Peterson, Fred Barwick,
Ann Franz, Obie Oakley, Robert Clark, Carolyn Minogue,
Karol Brodwell, Johnny Culp, Mary Sandra Schulkin,
Katheryn Carpenter (Ed’s sister and Charles’ Cousin). Nancy Robinson



The Scholars



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Our (sometimes) ace reporter Sam Salamander reports that contributions are STILL coming in. Nancy Robinson's contribution was just received, along with several others that Sam didn't remember because he didn't have a pencil with him when he was given the information. So, expect the names AND total amount to change.

Also, rest assured that the drink the chaperone (in the picture) is holding is a cup of coffee.

Shelton Scholars


From Obie:


Dear CHS ’54 Classmates,

You guys are so special and on behalf of the Carolinas Freedom Foundation and the memory of Charles Mateer, thank you for your generosity.

Twenty four members, which is almost ten-percent of our known addresses, responded with a total contribution of $1,780. Doing the math, that was more than enough to sponsor five outstanding future leaders to the Shelton Leadership Challenge.

I am enclosing a picture taken the Sunday morning they departed Charlotte for the camp on the Outer Banks, six hours away. As you can see, they are a fine looking group. When they returned on Friday, they were so enthusiastic and so appreciative for the experience. The thought has occurred to me that we probably influenced, in a positive way, these young people and just might have changed their life.

We should feel proud for our part in “making a difference”. I know Charles would be.

Again, thanks.

Regards / Obie


Those participating were:

Bonson Hobson, John Ballard, Ellen Abernathy, Warren Sparrow,
Mike Andrews, Beverly Walker, Ed Myers, Judy Walker,
Tommy Hurt, Johnny Thomason, Maxcyne Motte, Jerry Gaudet,
Jane Thornhill, Lewis Robinson. Anna Lynn Smith-Peterson, Fred Barwick,
Ann Franz, Obie Oakley, Robert Clark, Carolyn Minogue,
Karol Brodwell, Johnny Culp, Mary Sandra Schulkin,
Katheryn Carpenter (Ed’s sister and Charles’ Cousin). Nancy Robinson



The Scholars



Note from your humble, award winning webmaster:

Our (sometimes) ace reporter Sam Salamander reports that contributions are STILL coming in. Nancy Robinson's contribution was just received, along with several others that Sam didn't remember because he didn't have a pencil with him when he was given the information. So, expect the names AND total amount to change.

Also, rest assured that the drink the chaperone (in the picture) is holding is a cup of coffee.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

From Jennie



Jennie Margaret Meador and Ann Rich Hobson

Just got this pic from Jennie Margaret.....seems like her place in Annapolis Md. is becoming a top tourist attaction for us CHS grads. And rightly so! Not only does that historic town have some of the finest restaurants in the world, not to mention it's historical attractions, but Jennie is a "world class" hostess!

From Jennie



Jennie Margaret Meador and Ann Rich Hobson

Just got this pic from Jennie Margaret.....seems like her place in Annapolis Md. is becoming a top tourist attaction for us CHS grads. And rightly so! Not only does that historic town have some of the finest restaurants in the world, not to mention it's historical attractions, but Jennie is a "world class" hostess!

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Charles Mateer Scholarship

This message is from Obie Oakley.


Classmates,

Having just celebrated Memorial Day, I think it is fitting that we, as the Class of CHS '54, consider honoring the memory of our classmate who gave his life in the defense of our country.

Charles Mateer was killed in Laos when the helicopter he was piloting was shot down. He was the first from Mecklenburg County to die in the Vietnam War.

Each year, the Carolinas Freedom Foundation in collaboration with N.C. State University and General Hugh Shelton sponsor a leadership camp for rising high school seniors from across the state. Twenty of these students attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. It is a conference based on the premise that leadership must be value based, ie, honesty, integrity, diversity, and compassion. General Shelton is the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and an NCSU alumnus.

Since Charles was also a NCSU graduate, I thought it might be a special way to honor Charles by funding one or more of these deserving students and identify them as a Charles Mateer Scholar. The cost of a scholarship is $350 and I feel that collectively, we could underwrite at least one of these scholarships. Those of the class who wish to honor Charles in this manner are asked to send their contribution, in whatever amount to:

Carolinas Freedom Foundation

156 Huntley Place

Charlotte, NC 28207

As a member of the board of the Carolinas Freedom Foundation, I can assure you that 100% of the funds collected will go directly to this specific purpose.....honoring Charles. The Foundation is a qualified 501-c-3 organization and your contribution is fully tax deductible. Thank you for your consideration.

-Obie Oakley, CHS '54

Charles Mateer Scholarship

This message is from Obie Oakley.


Classmates,

Having just celebrated Memorial Day, I think it is fitting that we, as the Class of CHS '54, consider honoring the memory of our classmate who gave his life in the defense of our country.

Charles Mateer was killed in Laos when the helicopter he was piloting was shot down. He was the first from Mecklenburg County to die in the Vietnam War.

Each year, the Carolinas Freedom Foundation in collaboration with N.C. State University and General Hugh Shelton sponsor a leadership camp for rising high school seniors from across the state. Twenty of these students attend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. It is a conference based on the premise that leadership must be value based, ie, honesty, integrity, diversity, and compassion. General Shelton is the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and an NCSU alumnus.

Since Charles was also a NCSU graduate, I thought it might be a special way to honor Charles by funding one or more of these deserving students and identify them as a Charles Mateer Scholar. The cost of a scholarship is $350 and I feel that collectively, we could underwrite at least one of these scholarships. Those of the class who wish to honor Charles in this manner are asked to send their contribution, in whatever amount to:

Carolinas Freedom Foundation

156 Huntley Place

Charlotte, NC 28207

As a member of the board of the Carolinas Freedom Foundation, I can assure you that 100% of the funds collected will go directly to this specific purpose.....honoring Charles. The Foundation is a qualified 501-c-3 organization and your contribution is fully tax deductible. Thank you for your consideration.

-Obie Oakley, CHS '54

Sunday, May 29, 2005

Memorial Day

At this time of the year, I always pause to remember our classmate, Charles Mateer, who was killed serving our country in 1961.
He was the first American to lose his life in Laos, when his helicopter was shot down over the enemy stronghold called the "Plain of Jars." It happened on Memorial Day weekend.....in 1961.

The day after his parents, my uncle Harry and aunt Kathryn, were informed of his death they received Charles' last letter. Their awful sadness was tempered somewhat by Charles' obvious feeling of happiness and fulfillment from his chosen mission. He wrote that he was trememdously impressed by the mountain people of Laos (Hmong) and their dedication to freedom and willingness to fight for it....amisdt abject poverty. His job was to get food, medicine and supplies to these isolated people, whom the communists were doing their best to starve into submission.

The sound of an American helicopter became music to the villager's ears since that was all that was keeping them alive. Charles described how they would come running out of their huts to greet the Americans.

Saving lives every day was something that Charles found great pleasure in.

What he failed to mention in the letter to his mom and dad was the fact almost everytime he landed his helicopter....he had do so while being shot at by enemy artillery.
















Charles Mateer 1936-1961

My cousin Jo Ann (Sizer) sent me this American Greetings card. It's a nice way to start the summer of 2005.
Amazing Grace

Memorial Day

At this time of the year, I always pause to remember our classmate, Charles Mateer, who was killed serving our country in 1961.
He was the first American to lose his life in Laos, when his helicopter was shot down over the enemy stronghold called the "Plain of Jars." It happened on Memorial Day weekend.....in 1961.

The day after his parents, my uncle Harry and aunt Kathryn, were informed of his death they received Charles' last letter. Their awful sadness was tempered somewhat by Charles' obvious feeling of happiness and fulfillment from his chosen mission. He wrote that he was trememdously impressed by the mountain people of Laos (Hmong) and their dedication to freedom and willingness to fight for it....amisdt abject poverty. His job was to get food, medicine and supplies to these isolated people, whom the communists were doing their best to starve into submission.

The sound of an American helicopter became music to the villager's ears since that was all that was keeping them alive. Charles described how they would come running out of their huts to greet the Americans.

Saving lives every day was something that Charles found great pleasure in.

What he failed to mention in the letter to his mom and dad was the fact almost everytime he landed his helicopter....he had do so while being shot at by enemy artillery.
















Charles Mateer 1936-1961

My cousin Jo Ann (Sizer) sent me this American Greetings card. It's a nice way to start the summer of 2005.
Amazing Grace