Thursday, February 26, 2009

Happily Ever After

Our reporter Jerry (never sleeps) Gaudet has some good news to report:

Betty Rose Templeton Palomba and husband Louis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last September. They were given a party by their children and spouces, Tony/Melonie and Chris/Janice, celebrating with their 8 grandchildren and 150 friends and family. Betty and Lou travelled in Europe and returned across the pond to New York Harbor aboard the Queen Mary II.

Anna Lynn Smith-Petersen Kearse and her husband Henry have been married for fifty-two years and are still going strong. They were were married on September 8, 1956 at Dilworth Methodist Church. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary back in 2006 with their three children, their spouses, and seven grandchildren with a trip to a dude ranch. "It was a wonderful week" says Anna Lynn. They also celebrated with weeks at the beach with some family and other activities with friends. Anna Lynn says "It has been wonderful. We are looking forward to many, many more great years".

Anna Lynn says of the photo above..."One interesting tid bit, the opal earrings I am wearing in this photo were given to me by Henry as a wedding gift. Some years ago I had them made into pierced earrings and can still wear them.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Joe Broadway Passes

Jerry Gaudet Reports:

2/17/2009........With great sadness we heard the message from Rose Broadway to say that Joe died this morning. Details will be passed along as they become available. I've heard "probably Saturday".

In the meantime:

Mrs. Rose Broadway

1701 Jameston Dr. (it IS Jameston, not "town")

Charlotte, NC 28209-1511

It's unsure if emails sent to Joe's address will be seen.

More to follow...

(I'll post the Charlotte Observer obituary as soon as it's published. -Ed)

(From the Charlotte Observer)

Ben Joseph Broadway, Jr., 'Joe'

Mr. Broadway, 73, of Charlotte died Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at Carolinas Medical Center-Main.

Born in Charlotte on October 22, 1935, Joe was the son of the late Ben Joseph Broadway and Bonnie Gambel Broadway. A lifelong Charlotte resident, Joe graduated from Central High School, served with the North Carolina Air National Guard, and had been employed 18 years with the Charlotte Observer before working in sales at Gerrard Tire on West 6th. He was a Mason, who belonged to the Joppa Lodge #530 and was a fan of NASCAR and the Carolina Tarheels. Joe will be remembered for his quick wit and humor.

Mr. Broadway is survived by his wife, Rosemarie, their five children, 10 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

A service to celebrate the life of Joe Broadway will take place on Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Blvd., with Reverends Bobby Morrow and Stan Heiser officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends in the church narthex following the service and at the home.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses that cared for Joe at Charlotte Medical Clinic and Dr. Michael Livingston and staff at Carolinas Hematology Oncology Associates.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 5950 Fairview Rd., Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28210.

Online condolences may be sent to

Carolina Funeral Service & Cremation Center is entrusted with the arrangements.

Family contact:

Mrs. Rose Broadway

1701 Jameston Dr.

Charlotte, NC 28209-1511

Monday, February 16, 2009

Busting at the seams

That's right. 31 hungry wildcats descended on Jimmies of Mint Hill for the 5th LDL event, a relatively new tradition of the CHS class of '54.

Ace reporter Jerry Gaudet was on the scene:

31 gathered as we held the fifth CHS'54 "LDL" (Let's Do Lunch). These lunches are being held on the second Tuesday of every month at "Jimmies Restaurant" in Mint Hill. Come when you can!

Of special note, Carolyn McCall drove up from Atlanta to be with us, Joy McKinnon Clark reconnected with her Midwood Elem., Piedmont JH and Central High classmates after having moved away after the 10th grade at CHS, and we had a welcome visit from Frank Clontz


To RETURN to this page, simply click on the "go back a page" arrow at the top left of your screen -ED

Attending today were:
Sylvia Arnold Regehr
Gayle Barrier Austin
Vic and Sylvia Brawley
Frank Clontz (CHS'55)
Harold and Carolyn Cullingford
John Culp
Jerry Gaudet
Martin and Pat Hill
Bonson Hobson
Betty Hull Nixon
Carolyn Keziah Hudspeth
Thomas Lindsay
Carolyn McCall
Joy McKinnon Clark
Mitzi Minor Roper
Obie Oakley
Jimmy and Ronnie Rallis Pourlos
Marlene Ritch Beaty
Bob and Gloria Seagraves
Al Selby
Bee Smith Garmon
Jay Summey
Betty Rose Templeton Palomba
Jane Thornhill Cobb
Bob Wells
Charlie Willis

Friday, February 13, 2009

And now, our FEATURE movie!

The CHS 54 website's official cinematographer, Martin Hill
has just produced his latest movie titled GOOD MORNING...JIMMIES! (subtitled "Rowdy Wildcats Eating Again!")

It's a documentary shot entirely at Jimmies of Mint Hill during the LDL's January luncheon.

Watch this award winning film!

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Up Dates

Thanks to Tony Thomas we learn that Paul Patton is doing well following recent surgery that kept him in the hospital for eight days.

Paul says he's doing fine, but will need another month of recovery before he's up to rejoining the "LDL" group.

-By Jerry Gaudet

Ellouise (Diggle) Scholettler is getting more and more famous as a storyteller. Her latest "local" appearance will be on February 15th. If you live nearby or if you're going to be traveling up this way, don't miss it!

Storyteller - Ellouise Schoettler

Sunday February 15, 2009

2:00 PM $10


8940 Jones Mill Road

Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Free Parking

Reservations: 301-951-1213

You also might want to check out her website

Speaking of her website, she took a great picture of a blue bird that "reminded her of a story...." which reminded ME that every February (around the second week) I start hearing the calls of what I always thought were the "first birds of Spring." Thanks to the internet, though I learned that the first birds of spring don't arrive in the southeastern part of the U.S. until sometime in March. The sounds I'm hearing out my window these days are from the same old birds who've been here all winter! It's just that something in nature wakes up a chemical in their system that causes them to send out the bird equivalent of an invitation to the prom. -By Ed Myers