Vol. 1, No. 1
Campbellsville High School Alumni
Newsletter December 2005
Despite an almost last-minute glitch, Reunion 2005 was
another big success with about 200 attending.
Due to an asbestos removal project in progress at Richland
High School, the reunion was moved just down the road to Richland
Thanks to John Foster (Class of 1966), principal of
Richland Elementary, his wife, Sharon Higgins Foster (Class of 1972), and
Ms. Bobbi McMasters, principal of the high school, for getting the tables
and chairs moved from the high school and set up in the elementary school
Among the many in attendance, several members of the
Class of 1955 came together to renew friendships, swap stories of school
days, and talk about where the short fifty years had gone since Eisenhower was
president, Cokes were a nickel, and a gallon of gas wasnt much more
than that, and to remember the day that, armed with a diploma from
Campbellsville High School, they walked away to make their mark on the
Several months ago, George Russell
asked me if I would consider taking charge of our annual CHS reunion that many
of us ol Bears have come to expect each year. He explained that
he felt he would not have the time to properly devote to it since he and
Ann were planning to possibly move to Arkansas to be near their daughter,
Angie, who was about to present them with their first grandchildactually,
their first THREE grandchildren! Yes, all at the same time!!!
It is next to impossible for me to imagine such a blessing. I
probably would not have even remembered the upcoming reunion. But,
George did. And, as usual, he did a great job in setting it up and
bringing us together again.
Knowing that taking care of the
reunion for the past several years had been a labor of love for George, I
really hated to see him give it up. And, I always did
enjoy watching someone else work more than I enjoyed working myself.
But, after talking at length with him about it, I decided that
it was not only something that I should do, but something that I
wanted to do. So, I agreed. And here I am, already looking
forward to CHS Reunion 2006. Hope you are, too.
In addition to his work with the
reunion, George has also set up a Campbellsville website with a CHS
link. He has plans for the addition of several features that will be
of interest to all of us. If you havent yet checked out the
site, you should. Drop by often and let George know what you
think. He is always interested in getting pictures, stories, yarns
and other bits and pieces of interest about Campbellsville and CHS to
include on the website. So, why not dust off those old cigar boxes of
pictures, clippings, and letters that you have stashed in the attic, and
look through your old photo albums, too. All of us probably have
something of interest that one day will be lost or thrown away with nobody
knowing what or who is pictured or mentioned.
It seems to me that George, with the
help and encouragement of many of you, has laid the foundation and built
much of the framework for a Campbellsville High School alumni organization.
Personally, I would like to see such an organization officially formed to
strengthen the tie that binds those of us together who look back fondly on
the days we played and the friendships we made at Campbellsville.
In addition to the annual reunion, the
nucleus around which the organization should revolve, the website which
will provide much interesting and helpful information perhaps enabling us
to maintain or establish contact with old friends, I would also like to see
a newsletter similar to this one published perhaps twice yearly.
Also, possibly a memorabilia collection, including yearbooks, to be
displayed at the reunions
and/or placed at a suitable location for permanent display. Other
projects to benefit the community, local schools or students are certainly
possible as well.
There are many possibilitiesbut,
probabilities? Well, thats where you come in. If there is
little or no interest, then little or nothing can be done. However,
with a reasonable amount of interest (and work), we can accomplish
something that all of us will be proud of. Many of you probably will
not have the time or the interest to devote to such an undertaking.
But, if you are interested or have questions or comments (negative or
positive), please let me hear from you. If there is enough interest,
a planning meeting will be scheduled in the spring, probably in April or
May, for those who can attend. If you would like to attend such a
meeting but, if there are specific times, days, or dates that you CANNOT
attend, please advise. I will schedule so that as many as possible
can be there.
May God bless you with peace and joy
this holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Maurice E. Woodard
Class of 1960
and the Grandchildren!
By George (actually on both sides of George and
in front of George), here they arethe three little bundles of joy.
From left to right are Mackenzie Taylor, Samuel Russell, and Reagan
Elizabeth Smith. Born April 29, 2005, they weighed 4 lbs., ½ oz.; 3
lbs., 12 oz.; and 2 lbs., 7 oz., respectively.
After relatively short hospital stays in
Memphis, proud parents, Angie and Mike Smith, were able to
take the little ones home to Wynne, Arkansas. Of course this is
where George and Ann hang out most of the time now.
At this writing, everyone is doing fine with the
triplets weighing about 13 lbs. each. Look closely and you will see
an extra pair of hands that George appears to have grown at the
waist. He always was good at adapting to the situation. Now, if
George can just teach these three to cry in harmony, he will have a great
trio to soothe his sometimes jangled nerves. Best wishes to the
Smiths and Russells!
In Memory V
Margie Dunnavant Doggett (Class of 1961) passed away
November 22, 2005. She was a retired teachers assistant with
the Giles County Public School System. Survivors include her husband,
two children, two grandchildren, three sisters, one brother, and several
nieces and nephews.
School and Students About 1915
Only three of the students in this old photo have been
identified. Waters Smith, father of Bobby Smith (Class of 53),
is the tallest boy in the top row, wearing overalls; Horace Woodard, uncle
of Malloy Woodard (Class of 53) and Maurice E. Woodard (Class of 60),
is second from right, second row up, standing with arms crossed, wearing
overalls, white shirt and tie; and Russell E. Woodard, father of Malloy and
Maurice E., is near the center of second row up, kneeling with hands on
shoulders of boys in front of him. He is also wearing overalls, white
shirt, and tie. In addition to the students, there appears to be at
least two older men near the center of the photo who are probably
teachers. The school stood near the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church. If you can provide more information about the people and the
school, please do so. Thanks to Bobby Smith and Malloy Woodard for
providing this picture and information.
300 Gunter Smith Road
(Not far from the heart of
Pulaski, Tennessee 38478-7548
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