Overton High School - Memphis, Tennessee
Reunion of the First Graduating Classes 1962-65

Where are they Now?

June BALDRIDGE Freeman - I have been married to Don for 36 years. We have 3 children; one lives in Memphis, TN, one in Hernando, MS, and one in St. Augustine, FL with his wife. We have no grandchildren. We make up for that by rescuing homeless cats. We have eight felines.... at  the last nose count. For almost 20 years, we have lived in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, but a move back to Memphis, TN is planned in the near future.  I am a lady of leisure now, but I worked over 30 years in data processing for various companies in Memphis...Malone and Hyde, Inc., Orgill Brothers Wholesale Hardware & Co, and The Internal Revenue Service.  My time is now spent gardening, exercising, reading, writing, doing arts and crafts, and hanging out with my husband. I love my computer and e-mailing old friends and making new ones.
Jeane BOYD - Sorry I didn't know about the 2007 reunion -- I would have been there. Would love to hear from ya'll (see, my southern accent is still intact, even tho I live in Oklahoma). Was wife of Army Officer for 30 years. Am now divorced. Have 3 sons, no grandchildren. I live on 4 acres. I have to work part time, but spend as much time as possible visiting with my children and  taking care of my dogs, cats and horse. I'd love to hear from folks.  
Jerry CHANDLER - is a member of the organizing committee for the reunion. Jerry was class president of the class of '63, and is now President of J.D. Chandler & Associates. "Transferred to and graduated from Rhodes (nee Southwestern, then). U.S. Army, serving in South Viet Nam and other stations in the U.S. Married in 1974. Started my own business consisting of consulting in the logistics industry, as well as being in the commercial and industrial real estate business serving all over the U.S. and internationally. I have one son, Clayton, born in 1979, who recently married my precious daughter-in-law from Dallas. My wife, Anita, died in 2002. I recently down-sized my home and I am enjoying it. I really enjoy socializing with friends, especially those from our days at Overton.
Jeff Cox '63 and Nancy Britt Cox '64
Lynda CURTIS Sowell - With the exception of two years in Germany, have lived in Memphis since graduation from Overton. Graduated in 1968 from Memphis State University, with Bachelor of Business Administration. After a 32-year career with the Internal Revenue Service, retired in 2001 as Branch Manager. Didn't like retirement so for past nine years have worked as Transportation Analyst at ACH Food Companies. Divorced and have one daughter and a five year old grandson. My daughter is a partner and principal real estate broker for InCity Realty. My son-in-law is a corporate pilot for Ring Container Technologies. I lived in Cordova for many years but have now downsized to a small bungalow in Midtown Memphis just half a mile from my daughter and her family. Am active at Kingsway Christian Church in Germantown.
Lynda Curtis Sowell
Claudine Davis Irby - Claudine has one daughter and 3  grandchildren. Claudine retired from Bell South after 32 years as an executive officer with the company.  
Linda GLASS Dowdy. I have been living in Blue Mountain, MS since 1978.I worked for 25 years with one of the largest upholstered furniture manufactures in the US.  I am currently working for an electronics company and manage all their locations in MS.  I have been active in local politics for many years first as an alderperson and then as mayor. My main interests are reading, politics, computers, and travel.  My husband Bill is Chairman of the Art Department at Blue Mountain College.  We have no children, only a chihuahua. I visit Memphis frequently as my  mother and brother still reside there.  Hope to see many of you at the reunion, looking forward to reliving some good memories .  I DO love a good party! 
Linda Glass Dowdy
Michael GAVLICK, Ph.D., Lecturer in Education, Vanderbilt University. See his bio.
Wayne McMILLAN - Left Overton in July '62, so was in Korea for '63 graduation. Served nine years in Germany as well as Viet Nam '70 - '71 and retired in '84. Married since '69 with three daughters and five grandsons. Have lived in Erin, Tn (middle Tn.) since '84 . When I retired from Army I attended Austin Peay State University (Clarksville, Tn)  and obtained a A.O.S degree, Law Enforcement and Police Administration and B.S. in Sociology in '87. I had a heart attack just before graduation and no one wanted to hire someone with a bad ticker. So I opened a small business dealing in antiques, collectibles and junk that I ran for nearly 20 years. I grew up in East Memphis having attended Sea Isle, Colonial, and Overton and would enjoy communicating with any that may remember me. My email: waymac90 at peoplestel.net
Kathleen MOONEY Atwood (was Mary Kathleen Mooney in high school). I am the sole owner and Manager of Litigation Consultants, in Dallas, Texas, which performs investigations for municipalities, corporations, small businesses and  lawfirms throughout the United States--primarily in the form of comprehensive background and assets investigations. I am enjoying finding missing classmates so that we can invite everyone! While they are not part of what I normally do in the course and scope of my business, I am enjoying helping out and find that this is an interesting diversion.  I will continue to submit information as I have time. Pictured here with me is my husband Mike.
Ron MYERS, Commander, U.S. Navy, Retired, with his wife Kay Koeller Myers '62, attended Reunion 2007

photo by Lisa Powell
Art NANNEY moved to Springfield, Missouri, in 1961 and graduated there. Nonetheless, he feels close to his classmates from Colonial Jr. High and Overton High School. He attended Reunion 2007.

photo by Lisa Powell

Jackie NICHOLS is the primary force behind the Circuit Playhouse, Inc., founded in 1966. He has received numerous honors for his work in making live theater available to more people in Memphis.

See Jackie's bio and the history of the Playhouse on the Square

Connie PROCTOR Robertson. Married to Ken Buchholz. Residential real estate broker with Keller Williams Realty. www.ConnieRobertsonHomes.com
Sandra ROWELL DeHaven. "I have recently started a home-based business in the travel industry....and I love the freedom it offers. Grandmother of 8, 6 girls and 2 boys, aged 13-2 1/2 years old....keeps me young and active. Single and still looking."  
Betsy SMITH Willcox came up from Texas to attend Reunion 2007

photo by Lisa Powell
Jane SMITH Hardin - I have been married to Dan for 23 years and love retirement. I retired from 1st Trust Bank after serving as an officer and Board Member.   
Larry SMITH - is a volunteer with OvertonFirst, helping to enrich this website with great content for the class of '63.
Janell STUTLER Jones - Janell and Mike have been married 40 years, have three boys and 8 grandchildren. Janell retired from teaching as well as being the schools girls tennis coach. 
James TEMPLE photographs the people, landscapes and abundant tropical flowers on the Hawaiian island of Moloka'i. His career spans over 35 years with experience in visual communications, design, illustration, advertising, photography, fine art and the culinary arts. "Life has been good to me, now retired and living in Hawaii, and it all started at Overton. Have a great reunion!" My website:http://james-temple.fineartamerica.com

Jim Temple
P.O. Box 90
Kualapuu, HI 96757

Home Phone for Jim: 808-567-6995
Email Address for Jim: templemolokai at yahoo.com
James Temple's Photo Website: http://james-temple.fineartamerica.com
J.T. Rabinowitz (aka Judy THOMAS) is CEO of Pueblo West Investments, Pueblo, Colorado. " I began to use J.T. when I graduated from Memphis State to get an "edge" on getting into career interviews. Remember? They were not hiring women back then....so I have not used Judy since 1967. I'm probably the mom with the youngest kids!!! I focused on my career first. I have a son who just graduated from high school this year and will attend college next year. I also have a 16 year old who will be a junior next year. My career: I worked for Johnson& Johnson after graduating from Memphis State. I was promoted the first FEMALE Division Manager in this 100 year old company. I ran a $10 mil division and managed 8 salesmen. I left J&J to join Medtronic, a cardiac company. Was awarded many top Sales awards during my tenure, as well as being acknowledged for writing the first Medtronic pacing manual for educational purposes. Married in 1986. Ended my career in 1991 to raise my two boys. Continued to work...as a fund raiser in Cleveland, Ohio. Now reside in Colorado and have just started my own investment company....Pueblo West Investments, Inc. In 1986, I was inducted in the California's WHo's WHo."

photo by Lisa Powell
Sharon TAYLOR Boyer lives in Memphis, in the same house where she grew up.

photo by Lisa Powell
Richard TOMLINSON '63 married Drenda Roberts '62. They live in Cordova where they are enjoying their grandchildren. Their older daughter is in The Dom. Rep. for Missionary work. They just visited her for Thanksgiving. [from Gay Cox Bond '63, 2006] Richard died in July 2011. See In Memoriam  
Susan WEST Clare - Susan and Mike have been married for 20 years and they have 2 sons, 2 daughters and  7 grandchildren. Susan was a paralegal in Texas.  
Sherry WHITE Temple - It is so nice to see how classmates are doing. I still can’t believe it has been 50 years since we were all at Overton. I will not be able to attend the reunion, and I know it will be lots of fun. Here is the synopsis. I am happily living in the San Francisco Bay area, where I have been since 1975. I am retired as a Nurse Manager after 30 very good years with Kaiser Permanente.I have two college age grand daughters (at Brandeis and Bennington) and several step grandchildren. My husband and I just bought another house to remodel ( He calls me a serial remodeler), but I really do enjoy it. We spend much of our time traveling now and will be in France in May. I love to do genealogy online,belong to a book club of close friends, garden and have a personal trainer from Memphis- he went to White Station. I would love to hear from classmates.
Sherry White Temple
Margaret WILCOX Smith is a professional needlework artist, making exquisite custom children's clothing. See her website She is a member of the Committee. She is married to Grayson Smith of Grayson Smith Carpet Cleaning in Memphis.


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