Paxon High School
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Class of 1968

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January 4, 2010...

Over the last two weeks, we have lost three of our Paxon Class of 1968 classmates. The first was Elsie Oglesby Hiener who died on December 20.

Classmate Billy Tanner, died Thursday, December 31st. I do not know details of a funeral but when and if I hear something, I will send the information out.

And finally, Carol (Winn) Parrish was listed in today's Jacksonville paper.

Carol J. Parrish, 59, passed away on Friday, January 1, 2010 at a local hospital. She was born in Jesup, Georgia and had lived in Jacksonville for most of her life. Carol graduated in 1968 from Paxon Sr. High School and enjoyed outdoor activities including fishing and gardening. She retired in 2006 with 34 years service with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Survivors include her 2 daughters: Melissa Parrish and Kristi Ayers and their father, Robert E. Parrish; 4 sisters: Jenny Blalock, Pat (Rusty) Horne, Sharron (Mark) Phillips and Angie (Tim) Dryden; 3 grandchildren: Codi, Caleb and Kaylee; a number of nieces, nephews and extended family. A celebration of life service will be held at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at PEEPLES FAMILY FUNERAL HOMES, North Jacksonville Chapel, 2220 Soutel Drive near Lem Turner Road with Rev. Bill Horne, officiating. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to service from 5 PM to 6 PM at the funeral home. PARRISH Please Sign the Guestbook

December 28, 2009...

One of our Class of 1968 Classmates passed away over the holidays...

Elsie Oglesby

HIENER Elsie Elizabeth Hiener, age 60 passed away, Sunday, December 20, 2009 at her residence. Elsie was a native and lifelong resident of Jacksonville, FL and a member of Old Plank Road Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fleming J. and Agnes L. Oglesby and a brother, Cecil Oglesby. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Leslie L. Hiener, a son, Brian Hiener (Tanis), a daughter, Christina Bowdoin, 5 brothers, Hilliard, Frank, Richard, Paul and Butch Oglesby, a sister, Betty Travis and 5 grandchildren, Collin, Luke, Dara, Noel and Ivey. Funeral services will be held, Monday, December 28, 2009 at 11:AM TODAY, in Old Plank Baptist Church with Rev. Larry McGinley officiating followed by interment in Jacksonville National Cemetery at 1:00 PM. Please Sign the Guestbook @

April 7...

Hello... Welcome To Spring (Unless You got Snow Over the Past 48 Hours)

Just a note to let you know I've added a few new names to our Paxon Class of 1968 website. We've found a few old friends, and lost a few (e-mail addresses). Others, have made changes to their addresses. Please check the pages out and let me know of e-mail addresses that we can add to our class.

Remember too, to join us on Facebook. We have our own group and so far, we have 39 in the house talking and chatting daily. There are lots of photos being posted, stories of monthly luncheons and more. Come join us.

April Birthdays and Anniversaries?

4th... Deb "Strickland" and Paul Spiess, Anniversary
5th... Sherry "Baxley" Green, Anniversary
14th... John "Johnny Jag" Hodges, Birthday
30th... Jeanette "Sprayberry"Musselwhite, Birthday

I have also added an additional 30 - 40 photos from the Reunion last October taken by Nancy "Harbig" Prosser. Check that out too.

If you have any news to share, please send it along.

Enjoy the spring.

February 24...

Becky and I were in Little Rock, Arkansas over the weekend celebrating the birthday of an old friend.

On our return, we got the sad news of the death of our friend and classmate, Randy Ray. It was great to see Randy at our reunion in October. Randy had bone cancer and passed away on Sunday, February 22nd in Kennesaw, Georgia. No funeral is planned, as Randy wanted it, according to his wife Teri. There will be celebration of his life in a few months when all is settled. When we hear more, we will pass it along.

It is times like these that it is more important than ever to keep in touch with old friends. I'm often asked why I do the Paxon Class of 1968 website and send out these e-mails... I do it because I am so appreciative of all of you. You helped make me who I am. Thank you.

BTW, there are 23 of us on Facebook and we have our own "group" to keep in touch with words and photos. Come join us.

January 30 ...

It's a Super Bowl weekend and I am sure many of you will be in front of your TV sets, or unfortunately, in kitchens making snacks for others. I hope your favorite team wins (and although the Pittsburgh quarterback grew up about 20 miles from here). I am for the underdog... the Cardinals. As you are watching, remember... the game couldn't be played without the folks from here in Ada. We made the footballs and have made all of the balls since the beginning.

And I really don't care about the game... I will be watching the commercials, and talking about them in class on Monday morning.

February is just around the corner.. Here are our (known) birthdays and anniversaries...

1st... Cliff Collins, Anniversary
8th... Linda "Edwards" Radtke, Birthday
12th... Bill and Betty Pugh, Anniversary
14th... Linda "Taylor" Hodges, Birthday
16th... Deb "Strickland" Spiess, Birthday
17th... Rickey Medlocke, Birthday

Some of our classmates are having health issues. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers.

October 2...

Our 40th reunion is fast approaching. Becky and I will be arriving in jacksonville late Thursday night, October 16th and getting to the reunion hotel after lunch on the 17th. Friday night is a free night.... followed by a Buffet breakfast Saturday and a BIG party Saturday night.

Come join us... at least come by Friday night if you are in the area. Your friendship and participation is important to us.

For more information, check out our web page...

I look forward to seeing you in a few weeks. All i have to do to get ready for that weekend is to lose 50 pounds and grow some hair.

October is filled with birthdays and anniversaries:

6th... Mary Titus, Birthday
9th... Jerry Johns, Birthday
12th... Sandra "Johns" Cribb, Birthday
17th... Janice "Clark" Nelson, Birthday
20th... Sherry "Baxley" Green, Birthday
20th... Evelyn "Hendrix" Talada, Birthday
22nd... Pat Flournoy, Birthday
24th... Sharon "Stanley" Horne, Birthday
25th... Sandra "Johns" and Dennis Cribb, Anniversary
26th... Linda "Connors" Carmody, Birthday
28th... Brenda "Hatch" Otto, Birthday
29th... Mary "Evans" Browning, Birthday

September 15...

Michael Wayne Rauls
RAULS Mr. Michael Wayne Rauls, 59, of Jacksonville, Florida, died Monday, September 1, 2008 in the V.A. Medical Center in Lake City, following an extended illness. A native and longtime resident of Jacksonville, Mr. Rauls was the son of the late Mike & Hilda Shirley Greene Rauls. A veteran of the United States Marine Corp., Michael served in Vietnam and was awarded several medals including the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry for individual bravery in combat. Following his service he returned to Jacksonville and earned a Bachelors Degree in Business and owned and operated the Mike Rauls Company, specializing in contracting & construction. Michael's spare time was spent volunteering and anonymously donating for those in need, especially at the Fort White Thrift Shop Outreach in Fort White, Florida. Michael is survived by his uncle and aunt, Acy and Cassie Green of Lake City, Florida; his cousin and caregiver, Connie Moseley of Fort White, Florida and a close friend, Fred Mays of Jacksonville, Florida. Numerous other family members and friends also survive. Graveside memorial services for Michael will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 10:30am in the Jacksonville Memory Gardens (111 Blanding Blvd.) in Orange Park, Florida. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy may be sent to Michael's beloved mission, The Fort White Community Thrift Shop Outreach, P.O. Box 996, Fort White, Florida 32038. Arrangements are under the direction of the DEES-PARRISH FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 458 S. Marion Ave., Lake City. (752-1234 or 752-2211) Please sign our on-line family guestbook at Please Sign the Guestbook @

August 21...

Hello Fellow "Oldies"...

I hope you are getting excited about this year's 40th Reunion. I know I am.

I was just down in Jacksonville before the storm called Fay arrived and wouldn't leave. I hope all of you in the area there are doing well.

Elan Rodgers Bennett and others are busily getting things together for our reunion scheduled for October 17-19th. I stopped by the host hotel and it is a beautiful place. It's a new Holiday Inn and Suites in Orange Park. I also drove by the Equestrian Center and both places will provide us the opportunity to enjoy ourselves to the fullest.

To find out more about our reunion, please check out our site...

We've added a number of new names to this mailing and to our website. Please look and tell me who is missing that you have information on.

I have heard that there are a few that have passed away from our class that are not listed. If you have any information about the following, please share it with me.

Leo Korey - David Clark - John Batts - Sharon Moore - Ed Johns

Finally, by popular request... I am adding photos of our classmates from the 1968 yearbook to the website. Perhaps this will help you remember how we looked some 40 years ago and how we've only gotten better with age!

July 2...


Happy Almost 4th of July!

It is always nice to hear from you. We, the Paxon Class of 1968, aren't quite as young as we used to be.

Please make plans to attend our 40th Reunion in October. More information can be found on our Paxon website ( A list of our classmate can fe bound on the site as well as a list of "missing" folks. We had a large class (compared to some of the schools here in Ohio). We are still wondering where some 372 classmates are to be found. Please check the list and send me information on the missing.

There is also a "multi-year" reunion coming up this weekend in Jacksonville. A link can be found on our website ( Pam Gehle tells me that the former Principal of Annie R. Morgan, Mrs. Ruby Johnson and School Secretary, Mrs. Pansy Martin will be at the reunion from 1 - 4pm.

Several of our classmates are celebrating birthdays this month... 15th... Bill Morris, Birthday; 19th... Naquin "Byles" Chitty; and, 26th... Brenda Drew Nelson

I noticed in the online Florida Times Union this morning that the Principal of Paxon Junior High, when some of us were there, passed away.

James Maxwell Johnson

JOHNSON James Maxwell Johnson, 91, passed away June 29, 2008. He was born in 1917 in Providence, Kentucky as one of seven children to Caroline and Nathan Johnson. He was a graduate of Marshall University where he received his Bachelor's degree. He received his Masters degree from the University of Florida and loved his "Gators"! James proudly served his country during WWII as a lieutenant in the United States Navy on the USS Charles Carroll. Upon retiring form the Navy he began his 35 year career as a respected Duval County educator. He was principal of Dinsmore Elementary, Ramona Elementary, and axon junior High and served as Director of Secondary Education until his retirement in 1976. He had a love of education and worked hard in the community as a pioneer in the concept of skill centers to afford education to all. James was preceded in death by his young wife, Margaret Cargnino Johnson, in 1945. He was married to Hazel Effler Johnson for 56 years before her death in 2003. He is predeceased by his mother and father, his brothers, Morris Johnson, Doris Johnson, Shelby Johnson, Hermus Johnson, and Raymond Johnson and a sister, Doretha Bosco. He is survived by his daughter Barbara (Bobi) McGinnis and her husband Fred; grandchildren: James Paul Edge and his wife Donna, Glenda Marie Dickinson and Heather Lee edge; great-grand children: Hannah Dickinson, Madison Dickinson, Caitlin Dickinson, Diana Edge, James Edge, and many nieces and nephews. He was the heart of his loving family and was adored by all who knew him. A celebration of James' life will be held Thursday, July 3 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Arlington Park Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests a donation be made to Hospice of Northeast Florida in memory of James and Hazel Johnson. Please Sign the Guestbook @

Our 40th Reunion Committee is working hard to make this next get together a great one. If you want to help out, please contact one of the committee members. Becky and I plan on being there in October (even though it will be Homecoming Weekend here at Ohio Northern University).

Please keep in touch with me so I can keep our website updated. Send me information on the missing, and sadly, if necessary, the departed. I am constantly updating the site with new adds and new e-mail addresses.

BTW, I will be down in Jacksonville the first week of August. If you can help make the weather a little cooler, I'd appreciate it!

May 5, 2008...

Gary Green also passed away this past weekend in Mississippi.

May 5, 2008...

We lost Barabara (Hilliard) Struthers Saturday morning. Barbara called Lake Geneva and Hilliard home. Barbara had a fifteen month battle with cancer. Thanks to Theresa Thornton Carney for letting me know about the loss of one of our friends.

Her obituary can be found at:

April 9, 2008...

Our 40th Reunion is coming together....

And we want YOU to be there!

The reunion is scheduled for the weekend of October 12 - 19. The Committee is working on getting a special rate at the Holiday Inn and Suites Orange Park.

The schedule of events is also being worked out and some of the ideas/suggestions include...

Friday night, October 17th... Meet and greet at the hotel, with appetizers.

Saturday, October 18th... Brunch at the hotel, or golf for those that play.

Saturday night, October 18th... We will be at the Equestrian Center on Normandy, with a barbecue, a good band and dancing and some other entertainment. The evening will have a western flair to it. Sooooo jeans, hats, and boots. A casual evening for those of us in our "older" years.

Keep in mind... the schedule above is TENTATIVE and SUBJECT TO CHANGE!

So... put the dates on your calendar. I'm blowing off Homecoming here at Ohio Northern University and Becky and I will be there. It's our 40th and it's an important one. We've lost too many good friends over the last few years.

Keep checking out our web page at for updates.

And in the meantime, send me your mailing addresses and if you know where we can find some of the missing (as listed on a web link) send me their addresses too.

February 6, 2008...

McCall Jr., D.A. "Scott"

McCALL D.A. “Scott” McCall, Jr. went home to be with the Lord January 20, 2008 at Community Hospice Hadlow Center, Jacksonville, FL. Scott was born in Jackson, MS May 5, 1930 to Dr. D. A. “Scotchie” McCall, Sr. and Margie Parks McCall. He was an ordained Baptist Minister with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC and a Masters of Music Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY. In addition he held a Bachelor of Psychology from Grand Canyon College, Phoenix, AZ., Bachelor of Music Education, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL and a Bachelor of Electronics from National Radio and Electronics Institute, Washington, D.C. He also attended one year of Law School at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. Scott spent most of his life in the field he loved best “Music”. He served as Minister of Music for 10 years at First Baptist Church, Fredricksburg, VA. He moved to Jacksonville in 1965 and became Choral Director at Paxon Sr. High School. He served as Minister of Music at several local churches, appeared in many theatre productions at Little Theater & the Fairfax Theater, directed Gulf Life Choral Group and various other Choral Groups in the area and spent the later portion of his career as leader of the Scott McCall Band performing at events in the N.E.FL area. Scott was a teacher, director, actor and accomplished keyboardist and accordionist. For many years he spent weekdays traveling North FL and South GA with his wife Bernice who was Training Director and area Manager of Weight Watchers. On weekends he performed at various music events in the Northeast Florida area. Preceding him in death are stepdaughters, Suzanne McCall and Myrna DeRay. Survivors include his devoted wife and soul mate of 37 years, Bernice; son, Dave McCall, Houston, TX; stepsons, Charles “Chuck” Townsend (Marge) Jacksonville, FL, Kenneth Townsend (Rosemary) Live Oak, FL; stepdaughter, Lynell Carter (Buddy) Crossville, TN, several step grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and “Molly” the Maltese family doggie. Also, mourning his passing are Jacksonville friends Bob Melby, Bill Cooper, Frank Kadel, who was his last accordion student, and Parker Stokes of CA. Other dear friends who knew him as “Scotchie” are Mr. and Mrs. Ron Wehman, Mr. and Mrs. G. M. Haney, Fredricksburg, VA, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Stovall, Houston, TX, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Burghard, Jackson, MS and numerous others whose lives he touched throughout his life. Scott was a devout Christian, a man of great faith and knowledge of the Holy Scriptures, who truly loved the Lord. A Celebration of his life will be held Saturday, February 9, 2008, 1:00 PM at Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home, 940 Cesery Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32211. Officiating will be Rev. Julius Blazs, organist Wynelle Blazs of Jacksonville, and the eulogy, by his dear friend and Protege, Ron Wehman of Fredricksburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Scott's memory to Community Hospice Hadlow Center, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL. 32256.

February 1, 2008...

Hello Friends,

Today is the first day of February and a whole new month of winter for us here in Ohio.... but down Jacksonville way, plans are coming together for our 40th Class Reunion!

A small Planning Committee has been formed but here's still room for more so if you're interested in helping out, send me a reply and I will forward your name to the Committee.

Ten or so new names have been added to my master e-mail page. Please check out the names and addresses. The "missing" list is now down to 695 so if you see someone's name on that link and you have an e-mail address for them, then let me know what it is.

I have also changed the way I list the names of those that have died from our class. The list is now based on years, decades. If I am missing someone and I wish that were not the case, please let me know about that as well.

Remember too I have a calendar of birthdays and anniversaries... Celebrating dates this month include: 1st... Cliff Collins, Anniversary; 4th... Richard Gainey, Birthday; 8th... Linda "Edwards" Radtke, Birthday; 12th... Bill and Betty Pugh, Anniversary; 14th... Linda "Taylor" Hodges, Birthday; and on February 16th... Deb "Strickland" Spiess, Birthday.

Stay warm... stay young!


January 22, 2008...

Another Paxon Loss...

Thomas H. "Tom" Mercer
MERCER Thomas H. "Tom" Mercer, 57, of Callahan, FL, passed away Wednesday, January 9, 2008 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Tom is survived by his wife of 39 years, Donna Mercer, who he loved dearly, and their children, son Josh Mercer (girlfriend Crystal) and daughter Angel (Mercer) Ganey (husband Michael), who were his pride and joy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fauline and Marie Mercer, and is survived by his brother, Ron Mercer, and two sisters, Linda (Mercer) Rafnel and Cindy Mercer, all of Tallahassee, FL. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Tom was a faith-filled Christian who testified often about God's works in his life. He loved his family with all his heart and enjoyed spending time with them above anything else. He was a hard-working plumber by trade and took pride in helping people in need. He never met a stranger and loved to share stories about everything from cars to animals. He had a special way with animals and shared a bond with them like no other. A celebration of his life will be held at the Gospel Lighthouse Church, 2435 Pickettville Road, Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1:00 PM, for all friends and family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tom Mercer Memorial Fund at Bank of America, account number 898015844382, c/o Angel Ganey. Please Sign the Guestbook @

January 2, 2008...

So, what were you doing 40 years ago? And how did you celebrate new year's eve as a Paxon senior?

I've heard nothing new about our 40th reunion. I know that we have had some great reunions in the past (I've only missed one I think) and those that have put them together in the past have done a fantastic job. I know that people are talking about having one but I haven't heard any details. Brenda Drew hopes to get a date ASAP as she lives in Bangkok, Thailand and you have to book flights early. :-)

I hope all of you had a great Christmas and a happy new year. Stay healthy and stay in touch.

Go LSU, Beat Ohio State!


November 22, 2007...

Happiest of days to each and every one of you. It is my pleasure to know you and call you friend.

Remember on this Thanksgiving Day...

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. Tell someone you appreciate them...

Richard and Becky

OCTOBER 17, 2007...

Sadly, we've lost another classmate... Priscilla Innes.

The funeral is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Jacksonville.

Priscilla "Prissy" Williams
WILLIAMS Priscilla "Prissy" Williams, age 57 of Middleburg passed away October 13, 2007. She was born March 31. 1950 in Jacksonville to William and Barbara Handley Innes. Prissy worked as an office supervisor. She is survived by her husband Clayton Rieves and his sons Ronnie, Michael and Jimmy, daughters: Misty Williams Wells (Guy Wells) and Lorrie Cox (Thomas Cox), grand- father: Don Bartels; sister: Jeanine Nichols, grandchildren: Shi-Ann Gregory, Scarlet Ogo and Dillon Wells, nephew: Donnie Nichols (Kara Nichols) and extended family and friends. Visitation for Prissy Williams will be 6-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 17, 2007 at the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Edgewood Chapel. Funeral services will held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, October 18, 2007 at the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, Edgewood Chapel. Interment will be in the Riverside Memorial Gardens. Funeral arrangements are by the Hardage-Giddens Funeral Home, 729 S. Edgewood Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32205. (904)388-2711. Please Sign the Guestbook @

The link...

July 20, 2007...

Joe Millan

MILLAN Joe Millan, 57, of Woodbine, GA, died Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at his residence. A native of Jacksonville, FL, he had resided in Kingsland, GA, for the past 3 years. He was a self-employed Electronic Technician, a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during Viet Nam, and a member and pianist of the Ruhamah Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. from the Ruhamah Baptist Church in Kingsland, GA, with Rev. Michael Carden officiating. Interment to follow at 2:00 p.m. from Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Jacksonville, FL. The family will receive friends at Allison Memorial Chapel in St. Marys, GA, Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Survivors include his wife, Jane Millan of Woodbine; son, Joseph Cole Millan, daughter, Aaron Nicole Millan, step-son, Michael Williams, step-daughter, Carey Riggins all of Jacksonville, FL; 2 brothers, Daniel W. Millen, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL and Michael Williams of Kingsland, GA; a sister, Frances Jones of Jacksonville, FL; 5 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The family requests that Memorial Contributions be made to the Ruhamah Baptist Church, 14680 West Hwy. 40, Kingsland, GA. 31548. Allison Memorial Chapel of St. Marys, Ga., is in charge of arrangements. Please Sign the Guestbook @
Published in the Florida Times-Union on 7/20/2007.

July 6, 2007...

Cherry Rosalyn Jackson

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Cherry Rosalyn Jackson, 57, passed away on June 24, 2007 in Augusta. Survivors include her husband, Michael Tye Jackson; her daughter, Amy Suzanne Herring; brothers, Marty P., David, Ralph and Russ Haire; sisters, Marilyn Hughes and Kathy Williams; two grandchildren, Dominique Moses and Aaleyah Bell. A memorial service or remembrance will be held on Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 2:00 PM at Fraser Funeral Home, 8168 Normandy Boulevard, Jacksonville (904-781-4314) with Mr. Ronnie Bardin officiating. Sign the guestbook at

June 13, 2007...

Sadly, we have lost another classmate... Larry Fore.

I was in Jacksonville when this happened but I missed the announcement. Alan Heath send me word about Larry;s death.

KEYSTONE HEIGHTS - Larry Lee "Daddy Kane" Fore, 56, of Keystone Heights died Sunday, June 3, 2007, at his residence following an extended illness.

Born in Jacksonville, on Aug. 8, 1950, Mr. Fore moved to Keystone Heights from Jacksonville in 1994. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a retired residential painter. He was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Fore is survived by: his wife of 28 years, Teresa Freeman Fore of Keystone Heights; two sons, Christopher Lee Fore and Charles Aaron Fore, both of Keystone Heights; a brother, Ronald Fore of Green Cove Springs; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Edward Fore.

Memorial services for Mr. Fore will be held at 11 a.m., on Saturday, June 9, 2007, in the DeWitt C. Jones Chapel in Keystone Heights with pastor Mike Merritt conducting the services. Interment will follow at a later date.

May 30, 2007...

Remember the next monthly luncheon for Paxon grads is coming up next Wednesday, June 6th, at the Piccadilly Restaurant at Lane & Ramona. people start showing up at 11am and many stay till 1:30. I'll be there and I'd love to see you there too. Below is a web link to the luncheon that shows who has attended in the past.

Some of us from the Paxon Class of 1968 will be there to talk about our Reunion in 2008... our 40th! Come join us.

If you are interested in helping plan our gala, please contact Elon Rodgers Bennett. Call her on her cell at #904 993-9335 if you can help. You can also e-mail her at:

May 23, 2007...

Good morning,

I read in Tuesday's Florida Times Union that the former Dean of Women at Paxon Junior had died. Mrs. Register's obituary is below.

Pauline Marie Register
REGISTER Ms. Pauline Marie Register of 1800 India Hook Road, Spring Arbor Assisted Living Community, Rock Hill, South Carolina, died Monday, May 7, 2007. Born on October 23, 1917, in Adel, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late William Marion and Ethel Mae Register. The memorial service will be at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 27, 2007, at the Lovein Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville, Georgia. Ms. Register retired from the Duval County Schools after 30 years of service; she directed European tours for the Brownell Agency for numerous summers. She graduated from Tallahassee College for Women, where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, before her extended illness. Her mother, Ethel Register, served as church secretary under Reverend P.M. Boyd and the family was active in the church from the 1920s to the 1990s. During World War II, Ms. Register worked for the USO and the Red Cross. Survivors include her nephew, William J. Nichols, of Santa Cruz, California, and her niece, Marie Meixsell Sexton, of Rock Hill, South Carolina; a great-nephew Dewitt McIntyre Coleman, Jr., and two great-nieces, Monica Coleman Gaddis and Eugenia Louise Clarke as well as three great-great nieces and two great-great nephews. She was predeceased by her two sisters, Nellie Mae Nichols and Mildred Register Meixsell, and her niece, Mildred Nichols Armes, of Merrick, New York. Memorials may be made to the charity of choice. Lovein Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Please Sign the Guestbook @

May 1, 2007

Hello one an all...

Just a note to say hello. It's been awhile. I was in Jacksonville this past weekend attending a wedding. Sorry about the smoke. Also sorry about the lack of rain. Congratulations on the dual championship rings for Florida. I'm quite pleased that the Gators bet the Buckeyes since that gave Becky and me a lot to have fun with here in Ohio.

While at the airport in Jacksonville, waiting to return home, the plane that we were to take arrived and folks started getting off. First thing I noticed were members of Lynyrd Skynyrd deplaning. I started looking for Rick Medlocke but he was not on the flight. On the other hand, Becky wondered why I quickly got up and hugged a woman. timing is everything and we were waiting on the right plane. Jeanne Weeks Morris and Bill Morris were arriving and I probably shocked jeanne by grabbing and hugging her. I loved it.

Since my last e-mail, I've heard from Ivey Harris. he is President of Quality First Contracting, Inc. in Interlachen, FL. I also heard from Karen and Eddie Minor who live in St. Augustine, FL. I was also told that our own L. G. Edwards was a new Dad. Hmmm!

I will be down south again in about five weeks. make plans to join with other Paxonites for lunch on Wednesday, June 6th. We will be at the Picadilly's buffet restaurant on Lane Ave at I-10. Folks meet up there between 11am and 1:30pm. Come join us.

Please keep in mind our next reunion and let Elon Rodgers Bennett if you can help with the event. I'm ready to deejay again... Our 40th Reunion is in 2008. If you would like to help plan the event, then contact Elon at 904-993-9335 (her cell phone) or e-mail her, I have also heard there will be a multi-year Paxon Reunion next summer!

Take care, stay healthy and keep in touch. And if any of you want to buy me a house in the Fernandina Beach area, please let me know.


February 14, 2007...

Hello everyone and Happy Valentine's Day...

Just a note to you all on this special day. I will always have special feelings on this day as it was my grandmother's birthday and it was Linda Taylor's birthday, one of my "first" true loves. Over the years of my schooling in Jacksonville I also "loved" Beverly Sutley (in 1st Grade and 1st kiss after which she hit me with an umbrella); and "liked from afar" Vivian Smithwick, Mary Evans, Karen Martin, Lora Maisen and a whole lot more.

I hope you have a great day... and I hope it is warmer where you are as opposed to where I am. Over the past 36 hours, our county has been under a Level Three Snow Emergency... no cars on the road due to snow and blowing snow. Temperatures have been below zero and the blowing snow has been as high as four feet.... and being a manger of a radio station, I can't take a snow day and have been here at the station to take care of the problems and get the school and business closings on the air.

Please keep in mind our next reunion and let Elon Rodgers Bennett if you can help with the event. I'm ready to deejay again... Remember, our 40th Reunion is in 2008. If you would like to help plan the event, then contact Elon at 904-993-9335 (her cell phone) or e-mail her,

And finally... We have a new web address... We're now found at:

Take care...

December 18, 2006...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...

Elon Rodgers Bennett and others are working on getting us a fantastic reunion in 2008. I have a link about the reunion on our web page.... Let Elon know if you can help with the plans.... 904-993-9335 (her cell phone) or e-mail her,

I've heard from several of our classmates over the past two weeks... Here is a note from Beverly (Austin) Johnson:

I am located right outside of Salisbury, NC. A little town called Spencer, NC (tho my address is a Salisbury address. It it approximately 45 minutes above Charlotte, NC. Got here via marrying a preacher who passed away 15 years ago. Never have remarried..close..but no go! Ha Ha!

I have three beautiful daughters...two married..(one to go!)..and 4 Grand grandchildren. Working at a Hospital Supply Company. Love fishing, singing in church choir, and hanging out with my friends.

I also heard from Naquin (Byles) Chitty:

I am selling real estate at an office in Baker County, Florida. We are Florida, Georgia and Alabama brokers specializing in unique residential, commercial and large acreage tracts for development. I fell into real estate quite by accident but I have finally found what I want to be when I grow up.

2006 has been a tough year for me, Our youngest son, 31 at the time, was killed in an automobile accident on Florida/Georgia weekend in 2005 and it has been tough for me to come to terms with it. Every time I think I may have a handle on it, the rug shifts. My faith in God and my church and family have been my anchors.

My husband and I are raising my son's 6 year old daughter so she keeps us trying to stay young.

Our oldest son is 36 and has two children, a tall long legged blonde 14 year old daughter that is going to pay him back for every thing he should never had done in his life. He, also, has an 11 year old son that cares only about playing football and video games.

My email address is, direct line 904-259-4268.

Love and Merry Christmas to everyone,

Naquin (Byles) Chitty

I also heard from JoAnn Burris Connell:

I went to the Paxon Luncheon today and sat with Tony Bowles... and he wanted me to give you his email address to be included on the newsletters you send out and etc.

It's ..........

He's a police officer with 28 years on the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and plans on retiring he said in June of 2007.

We had a great time but our class isn't being represented like it should be... I wish more would show up for these luncheons... Tony, Pam Martin and I were the youngest ones there. (ha ha)

Most of them graduated with my sister in 1962 so I knew alot of them through her.

Talk to you soon...

JoAnn "Burris" Connell

Finally, I heard from Veryl Moore's sister...

My brother Elisha Veryl Moore was in the class of 1968 - he was called Veryl by everyone - he passed away April 16, 1996 in a work related accident in LaGrange, Georgia. My e-mail is <>

Theresa (Moore) Smith - class of 1966

Well, there you have it. We leave this afternoon for Columbia, SC to see Becky's family. We should be dining on good southern cooking by this evening in Tennessee. We're returning to Ohio on Christmas Eve,

Merry Christmas to you all. Happy New year. Go Gators, Beat Buckeyes...

December 4, 2006...

Welcome to the month of December, Friends...

First off... Now that Florida is in the Big Game for the National Championship, my vote is for Florida against Ohio State. And I write that while sitting here in Ohio where it is 26 degrees!

I've been asked by Elon Rodgers Bennett to let you know that some of our classmates are starting to think about our 40th Reunion in 2008. If you would like to help plan the event, then contact Elon at 904-993-9335 (her cell phone) or e-mail her, <>

This coming Wednesday is the monthly get -together of Paxon Alums. I went to one of the luncheons last summer and I was the youngest one there but they were very nice. LOL The luncheon is held at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Lane Avenue the first Wednesday of every month.

Dates to remember this month?

2nd... Betty and John Hodges, Anniversary
10th... Pat Lundy Devereaux
18th... Audrey (Mae) "Bullock" Langford, Birthday
22nd... Kathy Harvey Wells Anniversary

Keep warm and keep in touch...

November 9, 2006...

Hello Everyone,

Nothing much to report... of course, that's a good thing when we're talking about aging.

Some have asked whether we are having a reunion in 2008. I said we most likely were. Hint, hint.

I did some traveling this summer... Becky and I visited New Orleans in June. Becky worked down there after Hurricane Katrina. She worked in Baton Rouge at LSU for almost two weeks. She helped run the center that received over 1,500 cats, dogs and other animals after the storm. She even brought home a Katrina Cat to join our other four shelter cats.

in July, we drove almost 5,000 miles and visited Calgary, Canada visiting several national parks there. We also visited Glacier National Park in Montana, Yellowstone in Wyoming and several other beautiful places out west. Photos can be found on my web page...

Finally, its another BIG football weekend... South Carolina takes on Florida. Go Gamecocks! And the following week, Florida plays host to Western Carolina University, a place that I taught broadcasting courses for seven years.

Please check out our web page and let me know what you have been up to... If you know where I can find the missing members of our class, please let me know and I'll go after them.

Stay healthy...

July 4, 2006...

Happy Independence Day,

Today, on this 4th of July, we give thanks to all that we have received as Americans. We are truly grateful to all that have served this country in the past, present and in the future.

Here we are, almost in the middle of the summer. I made it down to Jacksonville last month. I hope those of you in J-ville enjoyed the small hurricane I brought you. Becky and I left Jacksonville and drove across the Gulf Coast to see the damage done by last year's hurricanes. We also stopped in New Orleans... and spent two nights in Baton Rouge. The devastation in New Orlean's lower 9th Ward was incredible. Thousands of homes will never be lived in again. We saw FEMA trailers as far inland as 30 miles. We also saw people still living in tents some ten months after Hurricane Katrina.

While in Jacksonville, I had the pleasure of going to lunch with close to 100 Paxon graduates at their monthly get together at the Piccadilly Cafeteria on Lane Avenue. It was a little rough for me... I was the youngest one there. I've heard other schools are getting together like this so maybe you will join them the next time. The Paxon grads get together the first Wednesday of every month at Picadillys on Lane between 11am and 1pm.

I heard from a former classmate about JoAnn Burris Connell's husband David who was diagnosed in May with terminal cancer. JoAnn has been keeping a daily diary of her life and David's... please keep them in your thoughts and visit her site...

Congratulations to Elizabeth Hill.... After 26 plus years with Clemson University Extension Service as a County Extension Agent/Home Economist in Greenville, South Carolina she has retired! I'm jealous.

I understand Rickey Medlocke and Lynyrd Skynyrd will be playing up here in nearby Columbus on July 12. Anyone have tickets... and backstage passes?

Happy birthday (on the 15th) to Bill Morris.

May 22, 2006 ...

Yesterday was graduation day here in Ohio on the campus of Ohio Northern University. Let's just say, it didn't come soon enough. After 25 years of teaching at the college level, the students are changing... and not necessarily for the better. Oh, there are exceptions, and those make teaching great... then there are the others, that cannot do anything without their parents playing a major role in all of their decisions... and whose parents are clueless as to what's going on with their kids. Please, don't be a "hover parent or a hover grandparent"... let your kids experience challenges and problems, like we did. And be better for it!

Mary Titus, one of our co-grads from the class of 1968, had an art exhibit last week in Carmel, California. please check out the work of a very talented artist.

Sad news to report out of Jacksonville... Our friend, Carol "Maschman" Sinclair, lost her granddaughter last week. Here is the story....

Your thoughts and prayers can be left here...

Finally.... I leave for my annual trip to Jacksonville two weeks from today. I read about a monthly get together of Paxon grads at the Picadilly's buffet restaurant on Lane Ave at I-10 the first Wednesday of every month so I think I'll check it out. Folks meet up there between 11am and 1:30pm and I've heard a large number of 60's people are in attendance. Come join us.

Stay healthy... and keep in touch. your friendship is appreciated.

March 23, 2006...


Paxon's first principal was a former football and basketball captain at Florida.


Welcome Howard Shearer Sr., one of only three men to captain both the football and basketball teams at the University of Florida, who went on to spend 30-plus years as a coach, teacher and high school administrator in Jacksonville, died Tuesday. He was 92.

Mr. Shearer died at a hospice in Williamsburg, Va., where he had lived for the past two years. The funeral will be private.

Mr. Shearer was inducted into the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame in 1983 for his achievements in athletics and contributions to sports. He received All-State and All-Southern honors while playing football for Lee High School and played in national prep basketball tournaments in Chicago while at Lee.

A native of Staten Island, N.Y., Mr. Shearer moved to Jacksonville with his family when he was 3 years old.
After graduating from Lee in 1931, he attended the University of Florida, where he was a starter on both the football and basketball teams for three years.

After getting his bachelor's degree in 1935, he remained at UF for a year as freshman coach, then returned to Jacksonville to launch his education career, serving as a teacher, coach and assistant principal at Lee and at John Gorrie Junior High School. He served in the Navy from 1941 to 1945. He earned a master's degree from UF in 1951.
When Paxon High School opened in 1954, Mr. Shearer was its founding principal. During his tenure at Paxon, the Eagles won the state champion boys basketball title in 1965.
He retired in 1967.

In a 1984 interview with the Times-Union, Mr. Shearer reflected on his career working with youth.
"Teaching and working with and enjoying young people, athletes," he said, "those are the things I remember the most. Those years were my pride and joy. I got more fun out of coaching and seeing my kids amount to something. It's just fun to see what you've done for somebody else."

Mr. Shearer is survived by his wife of 70 years, Betty; a son, Welcome H. Shearer Jr. of Jacksonville; a daughter, Mary Ann Shearer-Gray of Williamsburg, Va.; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials are asked to the Welcome H. Shearer Endowment, Gator Boosters, Inc., P.O. Box 13796, Gainesville, FL 32604; the Liberty Center for the Homeless, 945 N. Liberty St., Jacksonville, FL 32206; the Hospice Support Care of Williamsburg, 4445 Powhatan Parkway, Williamsburg, VA 23188; or the Williamsburg Community Chapel Building Fund, 3899 John Tyler Highway, Williamsburg, VA 23188

March 10, 2006...

Two Class of 1968 graduates have been "found". Murray LeClair returns to our e-mail list as does Fay "Perry" Ballard. Murray still lives in Tennessee and Fay now calls Charlotte, NC home.

After my February mailing, I heard from Arthur Lewis (now Steve). He lives in Horton, Alabama and works for the Post Office in Albertville, Alabama. His family still lives in Jax and he met his wife of 35 years while in the army. They have 2 grown children and 2 grandkids. Steve says if he had known the grandkids were going to be that grand he would have had them first!

I also had a nice chat with longtime friend, Mary Evans Browning. Mary told me that I was slightly off when I said Paxon Junior was torn down... sorta... It was and has now become a new school. The satellite shot I saw must have been an old one.

Congratulations to Lynyrd Skynyrd.... the Jacksonville band is going into the Rock and Roll all of Fame here in Ohio.

it's getting quite spring like up here.. so i know it is doing so down south. Becky and I are headed over to Washington, DC next week for a conference and I'll be down Jacksonville way this coming June.

March Birthdays and Anniversaries

13th... Brenda and Keith Otto, Anniversary
13th... Richard Wintenburg, Birthday
14th... Cliff Collins, Birthday
19th... Pat "Gordon"Cross, Birthday
21st... Jim Tidwell, Birthday

February 1, 2006...

Welcome to the wonderful SHORT month of February. Fortunately, no "losses" (that I'm aware of) to share with you this month. Tomorrow is Ground Hog Day so I'm hoping for no shadows and early warm temperatures. Of course, it's been a very mild winter thus far...

So, according to "our" Paxon website, we have the following to celebrate this month...

1st... Cliff Collins, Anniversary
8th... Linda "Edwards" Radtke, Birthday
12th... Bill and Betty Pugh, Anniversary
14th... Linda "Taylor" Hodges, Birthday
16th... Deb "Strickland" Spiess, Birthday

Let me know what I'm missing and I'll make the addition.

I got a wonderful photograph from Trudy Baird showing her on her last day flying for Delta. I guess I won't be looking for Trudy anymore when I fly Delta. Maybe I should post her photo... she looks like she's in her 30's and the crown was a nice touch!

FYI... I was checking out Paxon with Google Earth and it appears that Paxon Junior high ha been torn down. Anyone know what's going on?

Well, take care and keep in touch.

Some have asked why I do this web site (and others). It's because of e-mails like Calvin Gill's...

I wanted to take a moment and say thank you for keeping me abreast of events in the lives of the people I grew up with. Though this message saddens me greatly, it and other messages from you have given me the impetus to pick up the telephone and find people that were once so important in my life and re-establish friendships. As you may recall, I attended Annie R. Morgan Elementary, Paxon Jr. High School and Paxon Sr. High through 1967. My Dad was then transferred to Sanford, Fl and I did my last year of high school there. I came back and attended your graduation and that of my dear friends. Paxon High School will always have a dear place in my heart. You keep that alive.

Thanks, again.

Calvin Gill

December 30, 2005...

Happy New Year, my friends...

It's been 37 years since we graced the halls of Paxon High School and each day, more and more people are asking me if I get the senior citizen discount at the check-out stands. That hurts.

The very best to you all in 2006. May your families be healthy and may your wishes and dreams come true.

I envy folks like Sidney Matthews who retired from the police force in 2004 and Trudy Baird who will be retiring from Delta airlines on January 1st. They still have their youth and good looks (at least Trudy does).

Let me know what you are up to and I will share your story with the others. As for me? I probably will be teaching until I am old and gray... wait, I'm there already. Ok, i will be teaching until I win the lottery.

Keep in touch and keep enjoying life... I look forward to our next reunion in 2008.

December 4, 2005

Some of you may have taken courses in business, or knew of this teacher...

Johnson, Nell

JOHNSON Mrs. Nell Johnson, teacher, farmer, civil rights activist, 79, passed away, Thursday Dec. 1, 2005, after a lingering illness. Mrs. Johnson was a popular teacher at Paxon High School back in the 1960's and 1970's. She was the teacher who you could go see for help on all your non-academic problems, problems at home or problems with your parents. Together with her husband, Earl, and Earl's father, V.C., and Earl's brother, Charles, and Charles' wife, Betty, the family had operated the famous Dinsmore Dairy Company. The dairy was the best-known local distributor of dairy products in North Florida, featuring "Golden Guernsey" milk. During its heyday the family farm was the biggest herd of registered Guernseys in the world. Nell and Earl had first met through civil rights organizations in Jacksonville. The family was deeply involved in civil rights fights, working to desegregate Jacksonville. Due to the family's unpopular civil rights work, boycotts were organized against the Dinsmore Dairy Company which ultimately forced the family to sell out and give up on the retail operation. Nell is survived by two children, Andy (Mary) Johnson, former member of the Florida House and now a local radio talk show host in Jacksonville, and Carolyn (Dale) Law, who is a teacher in the Duval County Public Schools, now at Sheffield Elementary; three grand-children: Drew (Kristen), Daniel, and Kate Johnson; two sisters: Helen Swails and Mary Ann Stokes; and two brothers: Tom and Dan Howes. Funeral services will be held at 6 PM on Tuesday, December 6, 2005 at the Dinsmore United Methodist Church, 10604 Iowa Avenue, in Jacksonville's Northside, just off Old Kings Road North, followed by a potluck dinner. Pastor Ed Murfin will lead in the celebration of Nell's life. The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Dinsmore or Riverside Park United Methodist Churches. PEEPLES FAMILY FUNERAL HOMES, North Jacksonville Chapel, 2220 Soutel Drive is serving the family. Please Sign the Guestbook @
Published in the Florida Times-Union on 12/4/2005.
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October 18, 2005

I just received word from Ellen "Louise" Minchew Corbitt about the death of Jackie Perry, our classmate from Paxon Class of 1968.

Jackie worked for Bell South for thirty years. In her last e-mail to me in 2002 she talked lovingly of her children and grandchildren. She referred to herself as "still" Wackie Jackie. In high school, she was in the business program; played on the basketball team; was in Senior Girls; ran track; and was a student council alternate.

Jackie died October 12, 2005 and she will be missed.

September 28, 2005...

Good morning...

My last update to you was back in July... I think. It's been busy around here.

Becky and I got down to Jacksonville in August. It was hot and rainy., but then again, it's Jacksonville in August. As a teacher, I can't always pick and choose my vacation times. I was there in August because i was helping put together a reunion for former staffers with WJKS-TV 17, where I worked in 1976-1977. I did their reunion web page... Check it out.

Unfortunately, many of my updates carry messages of loss. In this morning's Florida Times Union is the obituary of Louise "Lou" Beyers, former Physical Education class teacher at Paxon. Coach Beyers was also at a multi-year reunion a few years ago. you can find her obituary at:

I heard from several of you after my last update... Ernie McDowell has retired from the University of North Florida after 32 years with the school. I'm hoping to retire in about nine years... or sooner if i win a lottery.

I also heard from Elon Rogers Bennett who has used "our" Paxon Class of 1968 website to re-connect with others that she now talks with regularly. I also heard from Bonnie Dampier Whitley who tells me she's settled in for the rest of her life in Homerville, GA. Additionally, I heard from JoAnn Burris Connell and she says that Brenda Hatch Otto and Keith Otto became grandparents for the first time this summer. JoAnn also tells me that Mary Evans Browning and her daughter Mollie are BOTH teaching at James Weldon Johnson Middle School and I think that's great.

BTW, while in Jacksonville, I stopped by to see one of my best friends, Linda Taylor Hodges. She's still as lovely as when I first met her in 1956 in Mrs. Bailey's 1st grade class at Annie R. Morgan. I just wish Linda would use the internet more!

The best to the University of Florida Gators EXCEPT when they play my alma mater, the University of South Carolina on November 12th.

Finally, Becky and I hope that none of you were impacted by the recent hurricanes that went through Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Becky left for Baton Rouge, LA yesterday. She will be working with animal rescue workers at the LSU Parker Coliseum Emergency Animal Shelter . She will be serving as the Volunteer Coordinator for the next two weeks. Donations to animal relief organizations as found on our site are always appreciated.

Take care... weather here in Ohio is changing. Tomorrow night, our lows will be in the upper 30's.

July 6, 2005...

Good evening/morning....

First, I've been asked by several of you to provide notice that a Jacksonville oldies group from the 60's is putting on a concert...

Mouse and The Boys concert
Date: Saturday, July 30, 2005
Times: 8 p.m.
Phone: 713-553-4409
Location: Ramona Pavilion
Mouse and The Boys, the most popular Jax. area teen dance band from 1966 to 1970 has reunited for a single concert, dance and party this July 30th in Jacksonville.

For more information...

I've only one new name that I've been in contact with to report this month... Ralph Chavers.

I've heard from several of you including Bill martin who is overseas in Saudi Arabia. I've also had the pleasure of hearing from Debbie Strickland Spiess, Janice Nelson, Frances Tucker Hendricks and Linda Taylor Hodges (who manages to send me only ONE e-mail message a year or so). Thanks for writing.

I will be working on our site tomorrow. I've been busy working with several other sites including a reunion that I'm helping put together in Jacksonville in August for WJKS-TV 17 ( Please make it cooler when I am there in August!!!!

Take care, stay healthy, stay cool.

May 23, 2005...


It's been a while since my last note to you. We've been busy here in Ohio this past year. We had an ice storm in January ending with six inches of snow; we've had a fire in our downtown area; we've had too much rain in the early spring; and colder than average temperatures thus far in the late spring!

We'll probably have record heat this summer!

I'm probably the only one in our class (1968) that keeps his yearbook at work. It helps me when I'm working on our website to keep track of who's who.

Over the last few weeks, I've head from Lindrae Edwards Radtke who lives way up in the coldest part of Michigan; Vicki Fishburne Jones, manager of real estate operations at Sea Island in Brunswick, GA; and, Elon Rodgers Bennett, who now lives in beautiful Sedona, AZ four months out of the year. I've written Shirley Perry and Rodger Jones, whose names recently appeared on the website.

Ohio Northern University (where I teach) just graduated another class yesterday here in Ada. The high school holds its' graduation ceremonies next weekend. Our graduation took place on June 13, 1968... thirty-seven years ago. I guess it won't be long until we have another reunion.

BTW, tomorrow is Linda Connors Carmody's anniversary. Happy special day, Linda. Add your special days to our list. And, if you know the location of any of our missing classmates, let me know how to get in touch with them.

Speaking of reunions.. I will be down in Jacksonville in August for a WJKS-TV 17 reunion. See my site for that get together...

February 27, 2005...

Hello everyone,

It seems like my notes to you are too often filled bad news. Well, this note is that way. In reading this morning's on-line obituaries from Jacksonville, I came across the notice of the death of Walter E. Tyre.

I remember Walter very well. I double-dated with him years ago in the 5th Grade at Annie R. Morgan as we went to the Patrol Boys Dance. I also remember Walter quite well from Boy Scout trips.

My thoughts are with his family as I am sure yours are.

Walter E. Tyre Jr.        
TYRE Mr. Walter E. Tyre, Jr. passed away Feb 7, 2005. He was born Aug. 22, 1950, in Jacksonville, FL, and was a graduate of the University of Florida. He was a longtime member of the Astrogator Astronomy Club and the Hillcrest Baptist Church. His parents, Barbara and Walter Everett, Sr., preceded him in death. Left to cherish his memory are an aunt in Miami, FL., and uncle, in Jesup, GA. A memorial service will be held at later date. Arrangements entrusted to: Please Sign the Guestbook @

You can find a link to post your notes at:

December 30. 2004...

Hello Everyone...

We've lost too many friends and family members this past year... it sometimes seems every day that I check the obituaries in Jacksonville I see more and more familiar names. Over the last week, a mentor of mine, Gert Schmidt, passed away. Gert was General Manager of WTLV-TV when I worked there in the 1970s. The Florida Times Union has a listing of the well known people that died this past year in Jacksonville. The list can be found at:

The very best to all of you.... stay healthy.... have a safe and happy 2004. We'll be talking with you in the year ahead.
December 28, 2004...

Hello Everyone,

Here we are at the end of another year. Most of us will be turning 55 over the next few months... Okay, some of you are already there! Let me end the year letting you know that I am thinking about you and hope that the holidays have been good to you and that 2005 will be even better.

FYI, I have taken down the Paxon-L listserv with the hopes that we will be seeing fewer spam e-mail messages. For everyone that you received, i was getting 2-3. It wasn't my fault, nor yours... it's just the way it is. In the meantime, you ca still find e-mail addresses for many of our classmates on "our" Paxon website...  And, i will continue to write you whenever I have news via the mail.... with "hidden" addresses!

I was in Jacksonville back in November. I was dressed as Santa along Beach Blvd. helping with the River City Community Animal Hospital ( It was nice of our friend John Hodges to come by and say hello. Thanks also to Trudy Baird for sending Becky and me a Christmas card and thanks to all of you that send e-mail holiday greetings.

I hope the New Year finds you healthy, happy and with friends....I look forward to watching the Super Bowl game originating in my home town... and for your information, all of the Super Bowl footballs are made right here in Ada, Ohio where we live now.

Take care.

December 7, 2004...


Welcome to the overly warm month of December, at least here in Ohio.

We've seen some flurries but nothing like what we normally get this time of the year. I hope the weather has been good for you too and that you have enjoyed your autumn.

Becky and I will be down in Jacksonville for a quick weekend helping with a garage sale for the River City Community Animal hospital there. We'll be at Catopia at 1101 Beach Boulevard from 8am till 3pm this coming Saturday so bring your cats, dogs, horses and so on (no snakes) and a camera and come have your pet's picture taken with Santa (me).

For more information on this event, see

I understand it will be in the 60's on Saturday so if you do come, I imagine you'll be in your winter jackets... :-)

November 24, 2004...

Hello Everyone...

I just got back last night from a trip to New York City where I attended a conference. A highlight of the trip was the grand opening of MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art. Becky and I stood in the rain about twenty minutes Saturday night and got in free (with thousands of others that day). It was a wonderful experience seeing all the famous paintings.

I wanted to write and wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving. May you spend the next few days with family friends and loved ones.

Becky and I will be on the radio all day tomorrow. it's an annual tradition as we let the staff off for the day. you ca find us on the internet via RealPlayer (free) at

Stay healthy....
November 10, 2004....


Unfortunately, no new names to add to our list of Paxon Class of 1968 grades.

Please do check our Paxon web site, and wish those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries the very best. If you are not listed, let me hear from you.

Also, check the "where are they today" section and send me names and e-mail addresses of our missing friends.

Becky and I were in Nashville this past weekend for a conference. We discovered that the University of Florida was also in town for a football game. Congratulations to you folks that are Gator fans. But don't get too confident.... my graduate school alma mater, the University of South Carolina will be in Gainesville this weekend and I certainly can't wish you luck!

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. We salute you folks who have served or who have children that are serving.

Becky and I will be in NYC next week for another conference and we will be down in Jacksonville in early December to help with a fund-raiser for a non-profit animal hospital (

Stay warm, stay healthy.... stay young at heart. FYI, we've already had frost several times and I've seen a layer of ice on the bird feeder... winter is just around the corner.
September 29, 2004...

Good afternoon...

It's been awhile since I last wrote you. Of course, you've probably seen way too many virus laden e-mails and un-solicited offers of all kinds. Sorry about that. Almost anyone's computer that has our listserv address (PAXON-L) is a possible channel to send such "trash" e-mails out to you. Of course, since the listserv is here with me in Ohio, I get 2-3 times as many such e-mails as you!

Our hearts go out to those of you that have felt the wraths of the recent hurricanes and tornados. This has been a strange year.

We were in Jacksonville over the summer, as usual... and enjoyed the brief, warm visit. We also made trips to Baltimore and New York City and Atlanta.  Last weekend, we were in North Carolina for a reunion of former broadcast students at Western Carolina University. Later this year I will be going  back to NYC (November) and we will also be in Nashville for a convention (November).

Well, I feel winter is getting closer. When I come in to work in the pre-dawn hours (to sign the radio station on) the temperatures are in the upper 40's. It won't be long till there is snow on the ground of Ada, Ohio.

My best to all of you. If your e-mail address changes or if you know where someone is that I do not know about, please let me know. I have sent out several e-mails to names seen on but I have not received any replies. Please check out the Paxon web site for birthdays, anniversaries and the like and let me know of additions...

Take care.
May 27, 2004...

It's been awhile since I dropped you folks a note...  I know you've gotten your share of crank e-mail messages promoting this that and the other... and I am sorry. It's not your doing nor mine but some very smart computer people out there want to fill our mailboxes with garbage.

I wanted to write before this Memorial Day weekend to write you and tell you how much I enjoy our friendship and to salute our Paxon Class of 1968 Veterans and their families. Thank you!

I'll be back in Jacksonville the middle of July to see the family. Every time I return, it always brings back memories of years gone by. I discovered a web site recently that brought back memories of old tv shows... Check it out:  I certainly remember Winky Dink!

Thanks too for visiting OUR Paxon Class of 1968 web site. Sadly, a few addresses no longer work. Please check out the "Where Are They?" link and if you know an e-mail address for one of the missing, please let me know. Additionally, on the E-Mail listing link, there are a few blanks... I'd love to know where these folks are today too.

Becky and I will be in Chicago this weekend for a bike ride along the lake... the city closes the streets for about six hours to let cyclists ride either 15 miles or 30 miles along Lake Michigan. We're riding 15 miles. In June, we're going to a conference in Baltimore and maybe taking a side trip to NYC to visit a student intern. I hope your summer travels go well.

Please use our Paxon-L listserv to share what you are doing with the others.... Remember, please do not send attachments!

Have a great holiday weekend!
April 21, 2004...

Good morning Everyone...

It is always sad to write and report the death of a classmate from the Paxon Class of 1968.

This morning, I heard from David Griffin's wife Gail on the death of her husband and our friend. I visited the guestbook and read how special he was as a friend, a coworker, a husband and as a father. David will be missed.

GRIFFIN David G. Griffin, 53, passed away March 24, 2004 following a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Jacksonville, he worked for BellSouth Advertising and Publishing Company and was a member of West Normandy Baptist Church. Mr. Griffin was a Vietnam veteran having served four years in the USMC. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Gail; son, Chris Griffin (wife, Garnet); daughter, Amanda Griffin; sister, Kathy Norton; and 5 nieces. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, March 27, 2004, in the West Normandy Baptist Church, with Rev. Murray Teuton officiating. Interment will follow in Riverside Memorial Park.

November 17, 2003...

Good evening/morning everyone...

This next weekend, I will be in Jacksonville on a quick trip down and back. This weekend will also be one many of us have many memories of... 1963... the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Do you remember where you were 40 years ago back in 1963? I was a Paxon Junior... in the 8th grade.. and we first heard the announcement over the loudspeaker around 2:00pm. Such memories will never go away.

Let's welcome one new name re-added to our list... Lurece "Sears" Shell and a returnee... Terri Marshall Williams. Please see our paxon address list for their information.

As I always like to find weird and unusual Jacksonville web sites for you, I came across this one... Remember Ranger Hal? Here's a great web site dedicated to him...

Here's a site that brought lots of memories back... Old Jacksonville postcards housed in the library in Jacksonville....  check it out... there's even a postcard of the old revolving restaurant, The Embers, where I took Elizabeth Kaufold after the Junior Dance.

Birthdays and Anniversaries for November
st... Jim and Kathy Tidwell, Anniversary
4th... Betty Jo "Phillips" Cannon, Birthday
12th... Delvin Hargis, Birthday
25th... Fran "Tucker" Hendricks, Birthday
27th... Ellen "Minchew" Corbitt, Birthday
27th... Jamie "Law" Matthews, (Mrs. Sidney) Birthday

Finally... let me apologize for any and all sales or promotional e-mails that you might get via this listserv. You are receiving such messages because virsues and computer programs can find single and listerv addresses on many PC's and the programs make it possible to send countless messages to those on the list. I work with a Mac and rarely, if ever, will viruses/mass mailing programs  send such messages out on the list. If I know of anyone consciously sending such messages, I will ask them not to do so... My suggestion is to never open any Paxon mailing with an attachment. I will never send a message with an attachment and I tell all others on this list to do the same. I might send links, like above.

Regularly check your computer for viruses. If you want to get off this list, please let me know.
October 5, 2003...

Two new names added to our list... Naquin "Byles" Chitty who owns and operates Heavenly Ferns in Jacksonville and Evelyn "Hendrix" Talada who lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Here's a site that brought lots of memories back... Old Jacksonville postcards housed in the library in Jacksonville....  check it out... there's even a postcard of the old revolving restaurant, The Embers, where I took Elizabeth Kaufold after the Junior Dance.

Birthdays and Anniversaries for October
9th... Jerry Johns, Birthday
12th... Sandra "Johns" Cribb, Birthday
17th... Janice "Clark" Nelson, Birthday
20th... Sherry "Baxley" Green, Birthday
24th... Sharon "Stanley" Horne, Birthday
25th... Sandra "Johns" and Dennis Cribb, Anniversary
26th... Linda "Connors" Carmody, Birthday
28th... Brenda "Hatch" Otto, Birthday
29th... Mary "Evans" Browning, Birthday

Finally... let me apologize for any and all sales or promotional e-mails that you might get via this listserv. You are receiving such messages because virsues and computer programs can find single and listerv addresses on many PC's and the programs make it possible to send countless messages to those on the list. I work with a Mac and rarely, if ever, will viruses/mass mailing programs  send such messages out on the list. If I know of anyone consciously sending such messages, I will ask them not to do so... My suggestion is to never open any Paxon mailing with an attachment. I will never send a message with an attachment and I tell all others on this list to do the same. I might send links, like above.

Regularly check your computer for viruses. If you want to get off this list, please let me know.
September 4, 2003...

It is always sad to share with you information on the loss of  one of our classmates from Paxon... but we have lost another of our friends....

Clara "Tooter Busbee" Payne.... I got to know Tooter again via the internet in April of 2001. She told me at that time she was diagnosed with Cancer of the Colon in November of 2000. The e-mails, letters and calls from many of you made her very happy....

I am enclosing her obituary from the Jacksonville paper. There is a link to the on-line obit at the bottom of this note. The on-line site includes a photo of Tooter and a place to express your thoughts.

Clara Busbee Tooter Payne

PAYNE Clara Busbee Tooter, age 53 died Tuesday, September 2, 2003. She was a life long resident of Jacksonville, a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, and is survived by her son Thomas Stephen Payne, daughter, Susan Ferguson, sisters, Jewel Heck, Betty Susie Lamb, Doris Busbee, Helen Hession, Stella Ford, brother, Harry Busbee, grandson, James Allen Ferguson, III granddaughter, Kyrsten Taylor Ferguson, and she was looking forward to seeing her second grandson due in October. Funeral service will be held Friday at 11:00 AM, at Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. David Hill and Rev.; Ray Mayfield officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday TODAY from 5 to 8 PM at FRASER FUNERAL HOME, 8168 Normandy Blvd. (781-4314). Interment will be in Riverside Memorial Park. Please sign the Guestbook at  Published in the Florida Times-Union on 9/4/2003.
August 20, 2003...

Throughout the past few days, I have received (200+) messages with the SOBIG virus attached.  Before you open any mailings please scan for virus contamination, make sure your virus scanner is current.  Even if you downloaded a fresh update yesterday, recheck and make sure you have the latest definition file for your anti-virus software. I use a Mac so I am not hampered by it like many PC users. As usual, I encourage you to never send any e-mail with attachments via our Paxon-L list. If you do get an attachment (many times they arrive labeled .pif or .scr), DO NOT OPEN IT. Delete it immediately. Do not get angry at the address you receive it from as these viruses use the e-mail addresses in unprotected files. Most often, the person you get a virus infected e-mail attachment from is un unaware.

Changes coming to Paxon Junior/Paxon Middle School:

New e-mail addresses for: Bonnie "Dampier" Whitley and Patricia "Whitley" Croft are listed.

Dates to Remember...

20th... Fay "Perry" Ballard, Birthday
22nd... Charlotte "Park" Garen, Birthday
23rd... Clarence Cannon, Birthday
30th... Bill and Kay "Gaskin" Grondzik, Anniversary

September is almost here and classes start at ONU just after labor Day. Enjoy the remaining days of summer.
July 21, 2003...

I made some changes to the web site where I photos from the reunion. You can now click on the photos and see them enlarged on your computer....

Thanks to many of you for names that I was able to attach to faces....

Also... I've had some folks ask about the web site.... If you want to write to everyone, send an e-mail to Please do not use this address to send chain letters and please do not send attachments.

If you want to write an individual, then go to the site called Class of 1968 E-Mail Addresses and click on the e-mail address of the person you want to write.

To see birthdays and anniversaries, then check that link out too.

If you need to add information or make changes, please drop me a line.
July 15, 2003...

What a great reunion we had...

My thanks goes out to the Committee that put it all together....

Becky and I had a great time doing the music over the two nights. We appreciate the help of Jerry Sherrod in un-loading the equipment and Donald Kirkland with the re-loading of my van.

It was good to see so many of you there and to see first timers like a Vivian Smithwick, a special friend going back to the first grade.

Photos are now on line... please forgive me for not having all of your names listed. My memory is almost as bad as my back these days! Let me know who is who and I'll make the additions. Thanks to Jim Tidwell for taking several of the photos posted. If you have problems downloading so many pictures, let me know and I'll split it up.

BTW, welcome to our list... John Hodges, Kathy Harvey Wells, Terry "Hunter" Douglas, June "Blackwell" Burnett and Linda "Davis" Googe.

And new e-mail addresses for Lora "Maisen" Schmitt and Claudia "French" Barnes.

Today is July 15th... Happy Birthday Bill Morris!
June 16, 2003...

Our 35th Reunion is fast approaching. In fact, I leave for Jacksonville two weeks from today. My van will be loaded with music, CD players, amps and speakers... and some surprises so please try to keep the temperatures on the cool side for me...

Anniversaries and Birthdays for June...

5th... Linda "Edwards" Radtke, Anniversary
22nd... JoAnn "Burris" Connell, Anniversary
26th... Kay "Collins" Warner, Anniversary
26th... Ray and Sandy (England) Lugo, Anniversary
30th... JoAnn "Burris" Connell, Birthday

Let's wish them all good health and happiness...

I'm looking forward to seeing many of you at the Adam's Mark on the 4th, 5th and 6th of July... I think the schedule is perfect as I can see my family over the holiday and see you as well. Thanks goes out to the Reunion Committee for their hard work at putting this together.

Between now and when I head south, I have a conference to go to in Colorado and a wedding of one of my former students in Cleveland. I'll see you in less than three weeks!
May 5, 2003...

Here we are... already in May... and that means we're two months away from the BIGGEST party of the year in Jacksonville!

Speaking of which... it's very important that you send in your reservations for the reunion ASAP... Gloria Davis Salmon ...Donald Kirkland... Peggy Coleman... Claudia French Barnes
Henry Hunt... Eddie Minor and Jerry Sherrod are putting in hundreds of hours into this event to makes it special for those of us attending... PLUS, the city of Jacksonville is providing  the biggest fireworks show around over the St. Johns River... For reservations and a schedule of events, see:

BTW... I'm taking requests for music... Over the years, I have hundreds of the top songs from the 1960's when we were in junior high and high school... I also have a lot of the 70's, 80's and today... plus specialty songs... I'm bringing with me over a thousand songs and if there is something special you want... let me know and I'll have it with me at the Saturday night dance.

Happy anniversary to Linda "Connors" Carmody on the 24th... and happy birthday to Theresa "Thornton" Carney on the 30th. Please send your special dates to me for posting on our website:

March 12, 2003...

Well folks, I still have snow on the ground in my front yard... but the mound of white is getting smaller. Maybe by our reunion in July it will all be gone!

First... The very best to you celebrating special days this month... March 13th... Brenda and Keith Otto, Anniversary... March 13th... Richard Wintenburg, Birthday... March 14th... Cliff Collins, Birthday... March 19th... Pat "Gordon"Cross, Birthday... March 21st... Jim Tidwell, Birthday!

I've also added Ken E. May (formerly Kenny May) to our web listing of 1968 grads... and Bill Martin. Jim Tidwell and Sherry Baxley Green have new e-mail addresses. If you know the whereabouts of those that are on our "missing" list, let me know how to get in touch with them and I will. At our reunion, I will also be collecting addresses and "life" updates.

Speaking of the reunion, our good friends are putting together a fun weekend. I've already booked my room at the Adam's mark and I will be driving down with the equipment and music for the dance on Saturday night (as well as background music for Friday). Let me know what special songs you want to hear and what dedications you want made....

Keep in touch... and I'll see many of you in July!

February 10, 2003...

Hello everyone...

It's been a few weeks since I last wrote you... and I hope you are doing well.

The Reunion Committee is hard at work planning a great get together for us in July. I'll be leaving Ohio on the Monday before our get together, seeing friends on the way down. I will be checking in to the Adam's Mark on Friday morning the 4th and I look forward to seeing you... I'm very excited about the hotel and the views that is will bring of the annual fireworks show that Jacksonville puts on over the St. Johns River. Keep checking on our Paxon web site for reunion updates...

I talked with Peggy Coleman over the last two weeks but I don't have her e-mail address to add to the list. Many e-mail addresses have produced bounces to my mailings because they are either no longer working or to full to accept anymore mail. I will be collecting e-mail addresses during the reunion in July.

On a sad note, I was sorry to hear of Larry Fore's Dad passing away on January 30th. I also read where Coach Dudley Spell passed away (he was 77).

Birthdays and Anniversaries:  Cliff Collins had his anniversary on the 1st... Linda "Edwards" Radtke had a Birthday on the 8th... this Friday is Linda "Taylor" Hodges' Birthday... and on the 16th, Deb "Strickland" Spiess is having a Birthday . The best to you all.

Please keep in touch... and send me updates of e-mail address, birthdays and anniversaries...

And have a Happy Valentines Day...


January 20, 2003...

Dear Paxon Grads:
       Ever wanted to be a this now!
       Some of you know of Pat Whitely Croft's need of a bone marrow transplant, or BMT.  I just got off the telephone with her learning more about what is going on.  Pat started her fight with this in 1992, before the name Myeleofibrosis was given to her disease.  Right now she is weak and anemic, trying to rest as much as possible.  Her spirits are up, considering, and she is appreciating every day she has.
       Pat's time is spent mostly with friends and family.  After her first husband, Butch, died, Pat eventually remarried and she and her husband, Vince, have been married 15 years.  Vince is currently organizing a golf tournament to raise money for research of this deadly disease.  Living in Brunswick, GA all of her family are not there with her.  She has a son and a daughter, and, Pat also has a granddaughter and grandson by her daughter.  She has brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, etc., spread throughout the Southeastern states (and maybe more).
       All of Pat's relatives have had their blood tested in hopes of finding a bone marrow donor.  Vince's 60 coworkers also volunteered to be tested.  Friends have been tested.  NO match, yet!  Best chnces for a match come from blood related family members.  From this pool, there is no match for Pat.
       A match from a non-related person is a long shot.  I am willing to be tested next week.  Are you?  I will call either the American Red Cross - Northeast Florida Chapter (904) 358-8091 or the Florida-Georgia Blood Alliance (904) 353-8263 and make an appointment.  I am going to make an appointment with enough time so I can donate my platelets.  This takes a little more time, but is desperately needed by many people.  (ask Pat) People like your best friend, your Mom or Dad, your children, your sister or brother, your cousin, aunt, uncle, etc.  Pat is a wife, mother, sister, daughter/granddaughter, aunt, cousin and friend to many.  They love her and want her to survive just as you would want someone close to you to survive.  It doesn't really take much to help.
       Can you imagine someone you dearly love just hanging on for someone to come forward and just have their blood tested as a donor?  What if that person never came forward and your loved one died?  What if that person who was a match kept putting it off thinking there was plenty of time and waited just a day too late.  Most of us will not be a match for Pat or anyone else for that matter.  I am asking to be tested for Pat first, and then I am going to elect the option of being put on the BMT list for anyone for which I might be a match.  How could anyone who is eligible as a donor not at least try to help save a life?  As a donor, you may not be a national hero, but you will be the biggest hero for the family of the person whose life you helped to save.  (For the actual transplant, there is a choice of being awake for the approximately 20 minute procedure or take drugs.  For Pat's procedure the donor will be flown by her husband's employer on a private jet to Houston, Texas.)
       Pat fought and beat cancer twice before in her life, but she cannot beat this disease alone.  She needs us.  Please seriously think about doing this, not only for Pat, but, for yourself.  DO THIS QUICKLY AS TIME HAS JUST ABOUT RUN OUT FOR PAT.  IF A DONOR IS NOT FOUND SOON, SHE MAY NOT BE HERE WHEN WE ARE HOLDING OUR 35th CLASS REUNION.  Pat is rated a 4+ which is the highest level, and her bone marrow is DRY!
       You can also go to <> to learn more about being a BMT donor.  It has a lot of information for the BMT receiver and their family.
       Again, the numbers to call (in the Jacksonville area only; or call in your local area wherever that is) and make an appointment for testing, or donating blood and/or platelets are as follows:
             American Red Cross - Northeast Florida Chapter   (904) 358-8091
             751 Riverside Avenue
             Jax., FL  32202

             American Red Cross - St. Johns River Area Chapter (???) 692-3636
             409 N. Main Street
             Hastings, FL

             Florida Georgia Blood Alliance
             536 W. 10th Street (I believe the main office) Jax., FL  (904) 353-8263

             8013 Beach Blvd.      Jax., FL                       (904) 353-8263

             4912 Blanding Blvd.   Jax., FL                     (904) 353-8263

             2153 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, FL              (904) 353-8263

             10501 San Jose Blvd.  Jax., FL                        (904) 288-0032

       Please give this consideration and don't stop there.  Recruit others.  Remember how you wanted to help others on 9/11?  You can still help.

Thanks and God Bless,
Frances Tucker Hendricks

January 13, 2003...

Hi folks,
I just wanted to give you an update on the reunion. I talked to Gloria Friday and today and we are working on something. I know most of you said you would like to go back to the Marriot@Sawgrass and she will check with them and see what dates they have available. We are also checking with Adams Mark, Omni and the World Golf Village to see what they have to offer and compare rates. We want to get as much bang for our bucks and make it as affordable for everyone as we can. Gloria contacted the Chamber of Commerce and they are going to send her information on all the places on the First Coast (3 or 4 counties) that cater to reunions. This will probably take a week or two. This kind of thing takes a little time to do but we will get it done as soon as possible so everyone can make plans.
Another thing I just thought of is an updated list of names and addresses for everyone. We will probably need to contact all of you about this information and any others that you may have that you keep in contact with. Also, I want to thank those of you that have offered to help with this thing, I am sure we will be able to use you in some way.I will keep everyone posted as best as I can.
                                                                                                        Happy trails,
                                                                                                                Donald Kirkland

January 7, 2003...

Date sent:       Tue, 07 Jan 2003 19:24:44 -0500
To:              <>
Subject:         [PAXON] 35th Reunion

Hello, Donald.

Greetings from Barry Durden, Class of '68.  I am in agreement with a repeat of the Sawgrass idea.  It worked very well in the past.  My wife and I live in Ponte Vedra Beach and are only minutes from the Marriott.  If there is anything I can contribute to the planning of the reunion, let me know.My office # is 904-743-1122, ext. 115, home # is 904 543-9256 and cell is 904-945-9594.

Looking forward to being a part of such a great group of folks again.

Happy New Year.


January 7, 2003...

Thanks goes to Donald Kirkland for saying what so many of us have thought but perhaps haven't said... and that is that the reunions for our Class of 1968 have been put together nicely by Eddie Minor, Henry Hunt, Claudia "French" Barnes and Gloria "Davis" Salmon. We owe these folks, and many others, our thanks... Thank you! and, please do it again!!!

As for Donald's suggestions???

1) Golf, Dinner, Dance @ Marriott @ Sawgrass again

I certainly enjoyed #1 some four and a half years ago...

And I'm willing to work with as many web sites as I can to get the word out as well as search some more for the missing on my list.... I'll even play "DJ" again at the opener! If you know the whereabouts of any missing members of the Paxon Class of 1968, get me their e-mail addresses and let me contact them.

And to send a message to the list on how you feel about getting together this summer... or to encourage and thank the hard working planners of the past... send your message to:

And to see who is on our list, or to write folks directly, please go to our web site:

January 4, 2003...

Hello Everybody,
First of all I would like to express my sympathy for the passing of Byron Nelson. It is always a shock and a sad time when you lose a friend and a classmate. It makes you pause and reflect on how short life may be. May God bless his wife and family.

I ran into a few of our classmates at the funeral home and talked to Henry Hunt concerning our reunion. So far it does not look like anyone has stepped up to the plate and started planning anything yet, that we know of. I suggested using this web page to get ideas on what the majority of people would like to do. Personally I think the previous venue and events were great. I think Eddie, Henry, Claudia, and Gloria deserve an Attaboy award for their hard work on the last one. Now if everyone will send in a suggestion on what you would like to do it may make it easier to please the majority.

Let's get together and make this one the best ever. We only go around once and we are not getting any younger you know.

1) Golf,Dinner,Dance @ Marriot @ Sawgrass again
2) Cruise-- 3 day, 5 day, 7 day, ??
3) Catered BBQ Dinner and Dance somewhere
4) Dancing on the Boardwalk at Myrtle Beach, SC
5) Beer drinking at Henry's house--well we have to start somewhere.
6)    ?
7)    ?
8)    ?
9)    ?
10)  ?

That is the best I could come up with on such a short notice. Let's hear from the rest of you.

                                                                                                               Donald Kirkland

January 2, 2003...

I heard from several on our mailing list about the death of one of our 1968 classmates...

I am sharing with you one of the notes I received...

Just a note to let you know that one of our classmates of 68 passed away this morning of the first day of 2003.  Byron Nelson died in the early morning hours with a heart attack to go home to be with the Lord.

Byron Nelson was not only a classmate to me.  He was a family friend since we were young kids when our family moved in next to his in 1959.  From that time on, our families have had a special link.  My Uncle Bill married one of his sisters that same year and 10 years later, I married one of Byron's brothers.  Many great times were spent as a big family.  One of the best times I remember about Byron was the day he was invited out to a little church to preach.  Many of us went out in support of his efforts that day.  He was diligent in seeking God for a sermon and continued to seek God throughout the remainder of his life.  No, Byron never became a preacher but his life was a true testimony of a Christian.  He was an active member of Westside Baptist Church, a dedicated husband, father and grandfather. 

As life works out, I am no longer married to his brother but that does not stop my feelings for a big family that has been important to me all these years.  My divorce was not one of those of malice, it just turns out we are better friends than marriage material.

Be always mindful and thankful of the rich blessings from God.

Janice Nelson

December 31, 2002...

Happy New Year to All of You...

May the year ahead bring with it good health, good friends, happiness and...

And a wonderful 35th Reunion for our Paxon Class of 1968.


November 13, 2002...

Hi folks...

Just a reminder that you should not open e-mail attachments that you receive from people that you do not have complete trust in. While in Little Rock over the weekend, I received close to 300 e-mail messages. Many included attachments that immediately were placed in my trash because they might have been viruses. I've seen a few get sent out on this listserv and it is not the fault of the list nor the fault of the members of the list. It's a smart virus or two or three.

I never send attachments to you with my e-mail messages. I encourage all that use the list to also not send attachments. So, if you get something on the Paxon-L listserv, trash it.

For those that asked... the tornadoes that went through northwest Ohio this past Sunday were over a half hour away from me here in Ada. I am familiar with the areas having lived near some of them over the past fifteen years. Although we had heavy rain, lightning and strong winds, we were safe here in the village.

And for those that have also asked... I do not know of any plans being made at this time for a 35th Reunion in Jacksonville in 2003. It would be difficult for me to help plan the event here in Ohio but I know the folks that put together our last one did a wonderful job and if they want to do it again... I would be there.... and am willing to help out in any way that I can.

And there is something new... I have had to change my web address here at Ohio Northern University... so please bookmark the following:

November 6, 2002...


Election Day 2002 is now over... it won't be long before all the political signs are off the power and phone poles and out of the yards. I'm glad the negative ads are off the airwaves. Fortunately, I manage a non-commercial radio station here in Ohio and I don't run any ads... but it has been interesting talking about the negative ads in my classes...

Winter has almost arrived here in Ada. Yards are getting raked (not mine) and we've seen signs of snow but my yard remains "brown"... Snow might arrive before the end of the month.

Welcome to our list... Pat "Whitley" Croft living in Brunswick, GA and Sidney Matthews of Jacksonville. Keep me informed as to address changes, and addresses of our many missing classmates. I have added one or two changes to the list.

November Dates to Remember...

1st... Jim and Kathy Tidwell, Anniversary
4th... Betty Jo "Phillips" Cannon, Birthday
12th... Delvin Hargis, Birthday
25th... Fran "Tucker" Hendricks, Birthday
27th... Ellen "Minchew" Corbitt, Birthday

I'm off to Little Rock tomorrow for "too many" meetings. I'm an Advisory Council member of a student broadcasting organization. We're meeting in Arkansas to plan our convention coming up in St. Louis in March.

Enjoy the cooler temps....and please keep in touch with one another!


October 18, 2002...

The recent message from was not sent by me.... and I am not sure how it went out on our list but I will be asking our "Gurus" here at Ohio Northern University about it.

Fall is certainly showing its' new coat colors here in Ohio. I hope your views from your windows wherever you live and work are just as nice.

it's Homecoming here this weekend at ONU... and since our school colors are Orange and black, I guess I'll have to look like a hunter for one weekend...

Once again, here is a reminder on special days for our classmates for the rest of the month.... wish them the best...

20th... Sherry "Baxley" Green, Birthday
24th... Sharon "Stanley" Horne, Birthday
25th... Sandra "Johns" and Dennis Cribb, Anniversary
26th... Linda "Connors" Carmody, Birthday
28th... Brenda "Hatch" Otto, Birthday
29th... Mary "Evans" Browning, Birthday

Remember too, to send me your special "days".

October 4, 2002... 

It's been a little over a month since you last heard from me... Nothing much to report on.. thw trees are rapidly changing their colors but the temperature is still on the warm side. The extended forecast calls for lows in the 30's next week and highs in the 60's. That's a good sign of autumn... and it will make my next bicycle ride (38 miles) easier to do on the 20th!

Not much to report as far as new additions to our list. I got a new e-mail address from Kay Gaskin Grondzik this morning and I have written to several others new to Classmates. Again, if you know the e-mail addresses of others, found on our missing list, please forward the information to me and I will pursue them.

Remember our Paxon friends on their birthdays and anniversaries... I keep a listing of such special occasions on-line... Here are the folks celebrating during October...

9th      Jerry Johns,  Birthday
12th    Sandra "Johns" Cribb,  Birthday
20th    Sherry "Baxley" Green,  Birthday
25th    Sandra "Johns" and Dennis Cribb,  Anniversary
26th    Linda "Connors" Carmody,  Birthday
28th    Brenda "Hatch" Otto,  Birthday

Stay healthy... stay in touch... and think good thoughts...

September 1, 2002...

It's the first day of September, and Autumn is just over the horizon... how I'd love to be in the mountains or along a beach... but wait, classes start up here in a week and those dreams aren't in the near future. Where did the summer go?

Please welcome to "our" list and website the following: Joyce Coldewey of Jarrell, Texas. Joyce teaches third grade and it is her 30th year as an elementary school teacher. She taught 2nd grade and Special Ed/ Learning Disabilities in Georgia for 10 years. Welcome also Bruce Sutton who works for the Post Office in Jacksonville. Both are listed on our address page.

And, new e-mail address for Kent Hemingway and for Vicki Fishburne Jones... again, see the listing.

Here's a not from the daughter of one of our Classmates. If you can help her, please do so...


My daddy was born and raised in Jacksonville Florida. He graduated from Paxon High in 1968. He was killed in a train accident in 1972. I was 18 months old. I'm looking for anyone with any memories they'd be willing to share with me. His name was Edward Howard (Eddie). I've also been looking for the Paxon High '68 year book.

Thank you,

Her e-mail address is:

The very best to all of you this Labor Day weekend. I salute all of you and thank you for being a part of this growing list.

August 15, 2002...

It's August... and unfortunately, with the return of many to school... I get the feeling summer is almost over!

Welcome to our Paxon Web Family... Ken Hagen is now back in Jacksonville after working for many years in Nevada in the gold mines... and Judy "France" Wendt, married for 33 years and living in Chester, Virginia joins us.

Birthdays and Anniversaries for August:
8th... Clarence and Betty Jo Cannon, Anniversary
15th... Lou Orsi,  Birthday
20th... Fay "Perry" Ballard, Birthday
22nd... Charlotte "Park" Garen, Birthday
23rd    Clarence Cannon, Birthday

As usual, I've also written ALL of the names on Classmates but none of those that are on my missing list have written back. If you know of someone on the missing list, please encourage them to join us here on our web page.

New e-mail address for Linda Taylor Hodges... and I made a mistake about the whereabouts of Peggy "Coleman" Carter... she's NOT living in Ortega but rather in Green Cove Springs.

For those new folks... Here's what you can find on our/my Paxon site... names and e-mail addresses, photos from reunions, a list of those people from 1968 that I am looking for, a list of folks that have passed away, and a listing of birthdays and anniversaries. Any updates are appreciated.

Have a great "rest of the" summer....

July 19, 2002...

It's been a hot one here in Ohio this summer. And way too dry.... It's been so hot, I haven't written you anything in over a month. In fact, the last time I sent anything out, was BEFORE my trip to Florida in June!

BTW, those of you in northeast Florida, if you liked all the rain you got, you can thank me. On Friday, June 21st... I went with a friend over to Cumberland Island in South Georgia on a photo shoot. It rained when we got in the car, it rained on the boat ride over, it rained all day on the island and it rained the rest of the evening. I believe the area got close to five inches of rain for the day. I know I felt most of it.

Welcome to our fold the following... Lora "Maisen" Schmitt, married for 32 years and living in Pittsburgh and Peggy "Coleman" Carter, a resident of Ortega. I've also written ALL of the names on Classmates but none of those that are on my missing list have written back. If you know of someone on the missing list, please encourage them to join us here on our web page.

Have a great summer....

June 12, 2002...

Tomorrow is June 13th... In my old 1968 annual, which I keep here at work to try and help figure out who some of you are, I have a copy of our graduation program. The date was June 13, 1968.... The Veteran Memorial Coliseum was the place. Senior Class President, Jerry Bell, spoke to the class. his topic was "Accent On You". The wonderful orchestra played music from The Sound of Music. Officers of the Senior Class were Jerry Bell, Sharon Stanley, Linda Taylor, Juanio Massey, Kent Hemingway and me... Ushers included Tim Ahearn, Randy Minor, Alan Jarmon, Paul Garren and Ricky Woodward. It's interesting that I came across this program as tomorrow will be our 34th anniversary. I don't know about you, but I'm feeling a little old. LOL

Anyway, I found a web site that has some recent photos of Paxon on-line. If interested, please check out the following:

Welcome Diane "Fields" Hoffman to our list. I'm still trying to track down others. I'll be in Jacksonville next week and will see about contacting a few not listed. Frances Tucker Hendricks told me that Evelyn Gedrottis (Cavan) sells Real Estate so I now know where to find her. Got others for me to track down????

Enjoy the summer months... don't let it get too hot for me or rain on me too much and keep in touch with one another. Thanks to all that have sent notes of appreciation to me.... I do this web site because I enjoy it.... and I enjoy hearing how some of you have rekindle some wonderful friendships... I know I have!

June 3, 2002...

People keep telling me how hot it is down Jacksonville way. Uh, excuse me, you live in JACKSONVILLE! 

BTW, it's hot here in Ohio too.

I read a very nice article about Ricky Medlocke and Lynyrd Skynyrd in the Toledo Blade yesterday. Keep the music playing, Ricky.

In passing, I noticed in this morning's Jacksonville newspaper obituaries that someone from the year behind us passed away. Perhaps you remember Gai Glass, daughter of one the more well known teachers at Paxon Junior? Gai died of cancer at the age of 50. Here is a link to more:

Changes and additions to our Paxon list this month include the addition, today, of Kathy James Petersen who works for the Navy and lives in Orange Park. Please welcome her "on board".

Some of you have enquired about my bike riding... my first ride was this past weekend... 38 miles on my bicycle over a four hour period... let me just say i need more practice... at least before I ride some more. I have at least three more scheduled rides this summer. They are not races, mind you... just organized rides.

Anniversaries and birthdays this month? On the 5th, Linda "Edwards" Radtke's Anniversary; 
22nd, JoAnn "Burris" Connell's, Anniversary ; 26th, Kay "Collins" Warner's, Anniversary ; 26th, Ray and Sandy (England) Lugo's, Anniversary ; and, the 30th, JoAnn "Burris" Connell's, Birthday.

May 24, 2002...

Is it starting to feel like summer where you are???

It isn't feeling like summer yet here in Ohio... yet. Perhaps it will get hotter, a lot hotter when Ricky Medlocke and Lynyrd Skynyrd play in Columbus  a week from tonight. The new concert site is a nice one... I hope you enjoy your visit to Ohio RM!

Changes and additions to our Paxon list this month include: Howard McVeigh, an emergency room doctor in Anniston, Alabama, plus, a new e-mail address for Wanda Sweat Ritner. Pleae check our address page and drop them a note... share stories... and catch up on the past.

It's Memorial Day weekend... so enjoy spending time with family and friends. Don't over do, don't over eat... but do try and "over" party!

Let me know what I've got wrong on my web site for us... tell me what needs to be added (birthdays and anniversaries)... and let's stay in touch.

Enjoy the holiday.

May 3, 2002...

How many of you, living outside of the Jacksonville area, heard about the power outage this past week? If you didn't, or did, and want to know more... check out the following from WJXT-TV 4:

Welcome to our list.... Bonnie Dampier Whitley. She and her husband Carlos live in Jacksonville. By the way, Carlos's sister is Patricia Whitley. She graduated with us and lives in Brunswick. Her name is Patricia Croftnow.

Other than Bonnie, it's not been a fruitful month for tracking down new members of our list. Your help in finding missing names an addresses is appreciated.

Your help is also needed for adding to our birthdays, anniversaries and so on page... tell me yours.

It still feels like winter here... when I cam in to work this morning at 5:30, it was 37 degrees with a wind chill making it feel like 32. But that's Ohio weather for you in early May.

March 12, 2002...

It certainly is looking more and more like Spring... isn't it? Even here in Ohio.

How are you? I hope you are doing well...

No new names to add to our list... I've tried... I've written everyone listed on Classmates and some do not answer. In time, I hope that changes. Again, if you have leads or e-mail addresses or "snail mail" addresses for our classmates from 1968, please send the information my way and I'll take it from there.

For fun, check out the Jacksonville "Traffic Cameras"...

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary greetings go out to the following this month...

13th    Brenda and Keith Otto, Anniversary
13th    Richard Wintenburg, Birthday
14th    Cliff Collins, Birthday
19th    Pat "Gordon"Cross, Birthday

Please let me know your special days for our web site listings.

I'm headed south this coming Sunday for a convention in Atlanta. I'm looking forward to having lunch on Tuesday with good friend Trudy Baird. I'm also looking forward to a visit to Jacksonville in June. Let us know what your summer plans are... Send your updates to everyone at:

January 15, 2002...

It's been an interesting several weeks...

We did make it to New York City on the 1st of January and enjoyed the lights and sights of the holiday season. We also visited the World
Trade Center site and rather than stand in line for 3 to 4 hours to go out on the viewing platform for a few minutes, we opted to walk
completely around the 15-16 acre site. What we did was far more interesting and showed us a lot more than what the normal tourists see. The photos I took there, are on my web site.

BTW, if you managed to watch Good Morning America when we were in the studio audience... I was NOT the tall man, with a gray beard and a baseball cap! I was the shorter man, with a gray beard, in the background!

I heard from Calvin Gill this week... he left Paxon before we graduated in 1968 but he has done well for himself and now lives in
Vero Beach... Please drop him a line.

Today is the 15th of January... Happy Birthday today to my special friend, and our classmate, Jeanne Weeks Melton out there in sunny California and an early Happy Birthday to Vivian Smithwick (the 21st) down in the Tampa/St. Pete area. Let me know your special days for our web site listings.

September 25, 2001

My best wishes continue to go out to each and every one of you... my very special friends.

For days after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, I spent many hours wondering exactly where I had been... what I had seen... and where I had walked on my many trips to New York City and lower Manhattan. I twisted magazines this way and that, trying to make head or tails of "Ground Zero". It was challenging.

A former co-worker at WJKS-TV sent me the following web address to look at. It shows the location, from all directions of the WTC. It made it easier to understand the places I had been. It made it seem more real.

The site address is:

If you have been to the area, this might better tell the story. It also provides links to more information, that might be important to some of you. I was last there in July of this year. I spent three hours in the courtyard of the WTC watching a dance concert. A photo of us there was on my desk the day of the attack. I was wearing the same clothes that day as seen in the photo. On that day, and during several other trips to NYC, I had been into five of the buildings destroyed. I had even made it to the top of the WTC on one trip. That day will never be forgotten... now will the memories of the good times.

I was happy to hear from Trudy Baird and to hear she was safe. She's a flight attendant for Delta based in Boston. It was also good to hear from many of you. Thanks for the notes. Please keep in touch.

September 14, 2001...

I wish each of you the very best....

It's been a memorable week... one that none of us shall ever forget. As a university professor, I have spent many hours in classrooms and in hallways talking about the event... to groups and to individuals. My class on Tuesday saw the second plane hit the World Trade Center LIVE on television. We later watched the two tall towers collapse.

As a broadcaster, I have worked twelve hour days... read hundreds of public service announcements and begged hours on end for the support of the community. It will not be over for weeks, months...

Please keep the faith and strengthen your friendships... remember the good times... and learn from the bad.

May life be good to you and yours.

Paxon, Class of 1968 Site:

July 1, 2001...

Today is July the 1st... that means one-half of 2001 is now behind us... is the year moving fast, or what?

I've added a few more names and updated e-mail addresses over the past two weeks...  Say hello to:  David Allen, William Bryant, Carrol Crawford and Richard Wintenburg... Plus Arnold Dingman has a new address. Drop them and/or others a note. Please keep in touch... it's a nice thing... and enjoyable to become friends again...

If you get the time... put something on-line at abou what you have been up to of late. And remember to send me you birthdays, anniversaries and the like so I can post them on-line. 

I've also updated the "missing" list of our class... Jeanne Weeks asked me how many people are on my list with current addresses and the number is around...90. With that in mind, I made an on-line of all of the people from our annual that are not with us on-line actively, and that list numbers about 410. Every time I see a new name on Classmates or elsewhere, I drop them a line asking for their e-mail address and info on what they have been doing. Some are good at writing back, some aren't... so I keep trying. Please look over the "missing list" and let me know what you know about them. Thanks.

June 19, 2001...

I hope all of you Dads (or Substitute Dad's) had a Happy Father's Day. Not being a Dad... I guess I lose out... sometimes!

Now that we are almost two thirds the way through it, I hope your June is going well. I went to one conference in Chicago earlier this
month and am headed there again tomorrow. I wish these organizations would discuss locations with one another!

I've added another another name this past month to our list of Paxon grads...  Janice Clark... Drop her and/or others a note, keep in
touch...  it's a nice thing... and enjoyable to become friends again...

If you get the time... put something on-line at about what you have been up to of late. And remember to send me your
birthdays, anniversaries and the like so I can post them on-line. Coming up this weekend is JoAnn "Burris" Connell's Anniversary on the

Remember too, send me information on folks that are missing from my lists... thanks.

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