2015 Reunion & Testimonials


45+1 Reunion

Friday Events, February 20 

Evening Get Together (February 20):  The Coffee Break.  On the square.  6:00-8:00  Dutch treat to be  ordered from menu!  Beverages available or BYOB for alcholic beverages. Reservations for 48.

Saturday Events, February 21

9:30 AM:  Golf Tee Off, Riverbend Country Club.  Registration required. (Ron Bell in charge)

9:00+ AM:  Discounted Shopping Spree for Reunion Attendees:  (Dale and Mary Alexander in charge)  Shopping pass will be required and will be furnished.

5:30 PM:  Memorial Service for deceased classmates.  13 deceased since our last reunion.  Central High School, Eagle Boulevard.  Loved ones of the deceased are invited to attend. (Gerald Baker in charge.  Prayer by Randy Carroll)

6:30 PM: 45+1 Class Reunion, Riverbend Country Club, Old Tullahoma Highway.  Check-in at 6:30.  Class picture at 6:45.  7:00 PM:  Welcome:  Coble Caperton  Remembrance:  Dale Alexander    Evening Emcee:  Bear Hart 

Entertainment The Cellars, led by our own Rick Clanton, with cameo appearances by John Nichols, Daniel Brasier, and David McNatt, crooning the tunes of our four years in high school

Menu Heavy Hors D'oeuvres:  Swedish Meatballs; Imported Cheeses; Beef, Ham, Turkey and rolls Tray; Shrimp Cocktail, Chicken Tenders, Vegetable Tray, Chicken Salad, Spinach Dip, Beverage Bar, and Dessert Bar.  Cash Bar.

Reunion Chairs Lolly Farrar Watson, Sara McKay Wood, Lila Collier Beasley

Steering Committee:  Judy Stewart Day, Mary Bailiff Alexander, Dale Alexander, Gerald Baker, Debbie Smith Allred, Rick Clanton, Bear Hart, Mickey Self McClain.

Decorations:  Debbie Smith Allred, Barbara Bass Boone, Brenda Cook Sanderson, Barbara Smith Barnes

Website Creator, Directory and Nametag Creator:  Larry Phillips

Memorial Display:  Brent and Judy Stewart Day



Even snow and rain could not harness the SCHS Class of '68! Thank you Lolly, Lila, and Sara for giving your time and energy to organize our reunion. For myself and Rich we had a fabulous time. I would not have changed a thing! The location was ideal. The food was delicious, (great menu), and Rick Clanton did a super job organizing the band with great songs to take us back to a unforgettable time. Thanks to everyone who took part in making it happen. I hope it is the plan to return again in four short years to celebrate '50'!! I can hardly wait. I pray for everyone to stay healthy and hold on to the precious memories made February 21. Help contact those who were not present, tell them what they missed and that we missed them. They should get ready for the REALLY BIG ONE coming in just four short years!! Love to all!   Barbara Smith Barns


Thanks to all for a great event!  So good to see everyone!  The coordination and hard work by all was much appreciated!  My email is roy@royovercast.com.  I do not do Facebook, thanks!

Roy Overcast


I ditto Mike Templeton's thank you to all the people that helped pull this reunion off in the middle of winter and with threatening weather.  Lolly's enthusiasm and leadership gave us all the motivation that we needed to be in Shelbyville last weekend to enjoy some of that positive energy that we shared years ago. 

Larry Phillips did us such a great service by creating and maintaining our web site so we can stay connected.

I think this class is very special and I'm not just saying that because Baer felt sorry for me and gave me the dancing contest trophy which I will treasure forever. I am truly grateful to have been a part of the class of '68 and I pray we all stay healthy so we can reconvene 2018  !!

Peggy Harmon Brady


Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the 45+1 reunion a tremendous success!  Sorry that it took me a couple of days to post this response--I had to return home to Florida and let my hands thaw out so that I could type this message!  I know that the Committee worked very, very hard for the rest of us to have a memorable event!  Thanks to Lolly Farrar Watson, Sara McKay Wood, Lila Collier Beasley, Judy Stewart Day, Mary Bailiff Alexander, Dale Alexander, Gerald Baker, Debbie Smith Allred, Rick Clanton, Bear Hart, Mickey Self McClain, Barbara Bass Boone, Brenda Cook Sanderson, Barbara Smith Barnes and Larry Phillips!  

I really enjoyed seeing so many classmates and catching up on what is going on in our lives!  While so much has changed, there is still a lot that is the same--it was fun seeing everyone again.  I know that we are all looking forward to a #50, but maybe we don't have to wait that long.  We can always get together more frequently on a much less formal basis to stay in touch!  You are always welcome to come to Jacksonville!

Mike Templeton


I would just like to say thanks to all that had a part in putting our reunion together Saturday night. It was a wonderful night seeing all my classmates that I haven't seen in years. The food was excellent but the friendship was even better. Thanks to Ricky and (The Cellars) for the fantastic music they provided for the night. A job very well done. I hope to see all of you again at our Big 50 year reunion. God Bless and love to you all, Dorothy Cook Womble.

Dorothy Cook Womble


Thanks, Class of '68 for showing up!  I love this class.  You all helped make me the person I am today; and for me, our class reunions are a celebration of lives well lived!  Thanks for a great weekend, and thanks for all the wonderful memories!  Lolly

Lolly Farrar Watson


To all of you, it was so wonderful to get together! There are a few I missed and for that, I apologize but it was so wonderful to catch up on our lives. Thanks to all on the decorating committee--we had so much fun getting it together and cooperation was fantastic! Love you Debbie for always coming through! Of course, the main committee did go over and beyond and thanks to Lolly for her leadership! Looking forward to seeing all at the 50th! A sideline--I think we can be so proud of our Memorial--Class of 68 will always be remembered!

Barbara Bass Boone


I wasn't sure what to expect, as I'd missed the first reunions, but I could not have been more satisfied. The ONLY low point, to me, was having to leave at 11. I hope next time, we can arrange to stay later, or start sooner. Thanks to everyone who made it, wish we had more time to get reaquainted! I'm with Bear, it was great!

Rick Clanton


All the efforts of the reunion committee are truly appreciated. Many cherished memories were reborn and new ones created. I enjoyed seeing everyone and rekinding our relationships. My hope is to see everyone again for our 50th reunion. Until then, may God shower you and your families with His blessings!

Randy Carroll


What a blast!!!!!!! We still know how to do it. I was proud of you all. BEAR HART!!!

Larry Hart


Please add my name to the list of classmates expressing appreciation to the planning committee for an outstanding reunion! Your unselfish commitment of time and energy, and your continued devotion to our class were reflected that evening. Your attention to detail--fresh flowers on the tables, balloons, a picture frame for photographs, banners, and especially the impressive class member printed directory--exceeded expectations. Rick's posting of songs daily on the class Facebook page plus performing with the band, were so special. Larry, what a pleasure to visit with you and your wife, Barbara, and other classmates staying at the hotel (Peg and Joe, Lolly, Laura and Terry, Barbara, Ray, Mike and Terry), and helping Morgan guide me across the icy Huddle House parking lot on Saturday morning! The memorial service also reflected care and concern for our deceased classmates and surviving family members. The class website, and those who maintain it, is a labor of love. Despite the messy weather, everyone pressed on to make this event joyful. We are a blessed class, who have and continue to pay it forward! May God grant us the pleasure of each other's company for our next celebration!

Nancy Steelman Pigg


I want to express the wonderful time that I and my wife, Barbara, had for during the 45+1 2015 Reunion. The long trip from Montana to Tennessee was worth it.  Lolly and I starting working together on the Reunion 3 months prior and it was a wonderful pleasure to work with her while getting to know each other after 46 years of zero contact.  The fun started with the Friday night dinner with Sara McKay, Gerald Baker, Lolly Farrar, Barbara Bass, Peggy and the one and only Ray McCall who kept us entertained that evening.  It was a pleasure to attend the Memorial Ceremony to remember and give tribute to our classmates that crossed over to the other side before us.  This was my first reunion and I’m so glad that I attended in person to see most of you.  It was wonderful to meet and hug my first grade sweetheart, Judy Snell, and finally tell Lolly Farrar that I apologize for being a shy boy that didn’t dance with her at 4-H Camp.  Gerald Baker was gracious to remind me that we played football together in Jr. High and him sharing his Gideon work with me.   It was a pleasure to have our chat sessions with the Micro Hotel group:   Peggy, Lolly, Laura, Barbara, and Ray.  For all of the wonderful spouses that I met during this weekend was so gratifying.    In a recent sermon that gave, I explained the experience of the Reunion celebration gives us some insight in how Heaven will be when we get to meet and talk with other saints that we haven’t seen in such a long time.  I especially want to thank all the ones that express their gratitude for the website to me.  It makes all the time spent worth it.   Also, I am very grateful to receive the framed copy of the Central High School that Virginia Parrish penciled long ago.    Stay healthy, be young and I’m looking forward to seeing all of you at the 50th Class of 68 Reunion.

Larry Phillips



                                   45+1 Reunion Attendees


Classmate Classmate's Guest Location
Alexander, Dale   Shelbyville, TN
Anderson (Brown), Mary Barbara   Shelbyville, TN
Bailiff (Alexander), Mary   Shelbyville, TN
Baker, Gerald   Shelbyville, TN
Bass (Boone), Barbara   Kennesaw, GA
Bearden (Phillips), Jeanie   Shelbyville, TN
Bearden, Vyron Calvin Brenda Bearden  Muscle Shoals, AL
Bell, Ronnie Jill Bell Shelbyville, TN
Bobo (Baker), Floy   Shelbyville, TN
Burris (Brasier), Vicky Daniel Brasier Shelbyville, TN
Caperton, Coble    Memphis, TN
Carroll, Randy   Normandy, TN
Clanton, Rick Roxan Hamilton  Shelbyville, TN
Clifford, Tommy  Brenda Clifford Shelbyville, TN
Cogswell, Roby Debbie Cogswell  Nashville, TN
Collier (Beasley), Lila Kay Butch Beasley Chapel Hill, TN
Cook (Sanderson), Brenda Ruble Sanderson Nashville, TN
Cook (Womble), Dorothy Larry Womble Lynchburg, TN
Craddock (Faulkner), Vicky Brooks Faulkner Shelbyville, TN
Creson (Gilbert), Linda   Shelbyville, TN
Day, Brent   Nixa, MO
Decker, Stephen   Murfreesboro, TN
Donegan, Roger Claudia Donegan  Shelbyville, TN
Farrar (Watson), Lolly Eddie Watson Columbia, TN
Fisher (Segroves), Jeweline  Ronnie Segroves Shelbyville, TN
Graves, Doug  Teresa Graves Cookeville, TN
Grooms, Janet   Nashville, TN
Harmon (Brady), Peggy Joe Brady Stanley, NC
Hart, Larry Mary Hart  Shelbyville, TN
Harvey, Michael Estella (Peacock) Harvey Chattanooga, TN
Haston (Massey), Debbie   Murfreesboro, TN
Heath (Spence), Trudy   Murfreesboro, TN
Higgins, Bob   Nashville, TN
Howell, Ed   Sparta, TN
Jackson (Beasley), Connie   Chapel Hill, TN
Jones, Larry  Deborah Jones Winchester, TN
Kimery, Joe Roseanna Kimery Franklin, TN
Lankford (Miller), Sandra   Joelton, TN
Lawell (Hiett), Rhea   Goodlettsville
McCall, Ray   Franklin, TN
McCallie (Morgan), Marilyn   Bell Buckle, TN
McClanahan (Kinser), Cathy Pete Kinser Hoover, AL
McKay (Wood), Sara Walt Wood Shelbyville, TN
McNatt, David   USA
Milton, Melinda   Shelbyville, TN
Mitchell (Gibb), Carole   Sandy Springs, GA 
Nichols, John   Shelbyville, TN
Overcast, Roy   Brentwood, TN
Parrish, Dan Virginia Parrish Shelbyville, TN
Phillips, Larry Barbara Phillips Alberton, MT
Pigg (Howell), Peggy Peggy Pigg (Howell) Sparta, TN
Powell (Gentry), Laura  Philip Gentry Wartrace, TN
Rees (Cross), Marilyn Pat Turri (guest) Columbia, TN
Reese ((Stovall) Andrews), Patsy Donald Andrews Shelbyville, TN
Sanders, Ricky Edith Sanders Columbia, TN
Sanders, Wayne   Estill Springs, TN
Self (McLean), Mickey Tom McLean Shelbyville , TN
Smith (Barnes), Barbara Richard Barnes Bell Buckle, TN
Smith (Allred), Debbie Tom Allred Estill Springs, TN
Snell (Sanders), Judy   Tullahoma, TN
Spence, David Wayne   Murfreesboro, TN
Steelman (Pigg), Nancy Morgan Pigg Gainesville, FL
Stewart (Day), Judy   Nixa, MO
Templeton, Mike  Terry Templeton Jacksonville, FL
Thompson, Kathy John R. Lewis Nashville, TN
Tillett, Gerald MariKay Tillett Huntsville
Trollinger (Stewart), Susie   Shelbyville
Walker, Harold Carolyn Walker Sparta, TN
White, Leslie   Murfreesboro, TN
Whitehead (Horn), Laura Terry Horn Knoxville, TN
Williams (Dechert), Susan   Waleska, GA
Woods (Mann), Connie Patricia Mooningham Massey South Fulton, TN
Young, Tom   Mountain View