I was shocked and saddened when I read in the Cairo Citizen that a classmate of mine
had passed away. I graduated with Mike Sams in 1967 and only saw him a couple of
times since that night in May when we got our diplomas. According to the obit in the
paper, Mike passed away on July 13. No cause was mentioned. It also mentioned that
Mike had retired from the Air Force as a Master Sergeant, having served as a
Bio-environmental engineer. He had also worked for Trane and the Crowley County
Correctional Facility. He was involved in several 12 step programs, training for
bicycle races, riding his motorcycle and visiting national and state parks with his
children. Mike is survived by his daughter, Jennifer; his son, Trevor; a sister and
a brother. Funeral services were held on July 18. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to William Michael Sams Children's Education Trust Fund through
Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003
My deepest sympathy to all of Mike's family, friends, and classmates. Vicki'67
7-13-06 I deeply regret to announce the passing of Comer Phillips. Comer was 59 at the time of his death and a member of the class of 1965. Learning last year that he had cancer, he never lost his sense of humor. For those that knew Comer, you know what I mean. He always put a smile on your face and made you laugh. Comer passed away on July 5, 2006. He is survived by his wife, Sandy; daughter, Cherie; and his precious 3 grandchildren whom he loved dearly. Comer was laid to rest on Saturday, July 8, in Calvary Cemetery in Villa Ridge, IL. My sincere sympathy to all of Comer's family, friends, and classmates. Vicki'67
4-6-06 A "super-size" thank-you to Ed Verner for supplying the song, "When you drop off at Cairo, Illinois"; to John Marshall for submitting his class of 1946 graduating group photo and the list of names we were missing; and to Phil Qualls for his 8th grade group photo. It's great that the "older" generation are contributing material also for the Pilot Light 2000 website. Thanks again, Vicki'67
3-10-06 The city of Cairo is in a state of shock and myself included after hearing the news of Mike O'Shea, Jr.'s sudden death of an apparent heart attack. Following in his father's footsteps, Mike was a lawyer and currently the corporation council for the city of Cairo. He was a former state's attorney for Alexander County also. He was 54 years old and a CHS graduate with the class of 1969. Mike graduated from the University of Memphis and received his juris doctorate from St. Louis University. He is survived by two sons, Ryan and Todd. There will be no visitation as Mike was cremated. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 11 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery in Villa Ridge, IL. My heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends, and classmates of Mike's. Vicki '67
2-25-06 It deeply saddens me to relate the passing of an old friend and CHS classmate. Oscar Phelps, Jr., a CHS graduate from the class of 1964, passed away on Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 at St. Anthony's Medical Center in Alton, Il. He served in the US Navy during the Viet Nam War as a radio operator and was employed by Allied Security. Oscar is survived by his wife, Carolyn; his son, Glenn; daughter, Christina; brothers, Jim and John; and his sister, Wanda. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Oscar (Junior as I always knew him) was diagnosed with lung cancer 3 years ago. The disease didn't keep him down as he made several trips to So. IL and Western KY to visit with family and friends. It was on one of these trips that I was able to join him and enjoy an evening of reminiscing about the early years of growing up in Cairo on the same street together. I will always treasure the memory of our short visit. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society, 805 West DeYoung St., Marion, IL 62959. Rest in peace, Junior. Vicki'67
2-19-06 I deeply regret to inform you of the passing of Deanna Miller Worthington, a member of CHS class of '61. Deanna passed away on Feb. 9, 2006 after a long illness at Fountainbleau Lodge Nursing Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The funeral service was held on Feb. 11, 2006 at Ford & Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home in Cape. Interment followed the service at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Villa Ridge, IL. Deanna is survived by 2 daughters, Cindy and Rhonda; her son, Darren; her brother, Tom; and 3 grandchildren. She was the daughter of Milford and Ruth Miller. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Deanna. Vicki'67
1-15-06 I deeply regret to announce the passing of a dear friend of mine, a Pilot Light 2000 member, and a CHS classmate from the class of '63. Judie Davidson Lovelace passed away Friday, January 13, at her home in Barlow, KY from an apparent heart attack. Judie was involved in a serious automobile accident several years ago and her health had been declining ever since. She is survived by her two daughters, Annette and Tina, and a son, Brandon. Judie also had 4 grandchildren with one on the way and a great-grandchild also due soon. Visitation will be held after 5pm on Monday, Jan. 16 and the funeral service on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 11am at Milner and Orr Funeral Home in Wickliffe, KY. I will sadly miss Judie's smile, humor, and most of all...her friendship. My deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and classmates. Vicki'67
12-14-05 The class of 1963 has been hurt again by the recent loss of another classmate. Joe Anglin died at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on November 23, 2005 after an extended illness. He was born in Cairo and a member of CHS Class of '63. He spent his career in the communications industry, in Huntsville, Alabama and Indianapolis, and was a member of the Communications Workers of America. He served in the Alabama National Guard and the Indiana National Guard for a total of six years. Joe was preceeded in death by his parents, Les and Della Anglin, and a brother, Les (Butch). He is survived by a brother, Bill, of Huntsville, Alabama, and two nephews. A memorial service will be held in Cairo at a later date. My deepest sympathy goes out to Joe's family, friends, and classmates. Vicki'67
11-2-05 I would like to share with you an email I received from Charlie Sullivan's youngest son, Matt:
On behalf of Dad, we would like to thank everyone who was a part of his life from Cairo. His Friends. There were so many people who came to see him while his situation declined over the 10 plus yr period I can't begin to name all of them. Diane Kniffen, John and Norma Tallo, Don Miller, Angela Rich, Kay Riddle, Ron Stephens, and especially Don, Kyle, Neal, and John. These names and faces stick out and there are so many whom I can't recall.
The band reunions were awesome and dad was there no matter how bad the disease withered him. Although he couldn't play he was there for every note (that Kyle painstakingly taught him years earlier) and loved the guys like brothers !!!
We also thank everyone whom made it to the memorial service. It was a great celebration of his life, and it was nice to see so many of his class mates attend.
It was amazing to me how many little anecdotes people remember about him. Near the end of the stories, whomever was telling would end up with a huge grin on their face and laughing loudly. Even after all the years, the memories are crisp like they had just happened yesterday.
As I was looking at the memorabilia at the service with Kyle Lehning, he said he didn't realize dad's fame in the hunting world. I guess I didn't either, he was just dad, who woke me up to go hunting with him by picking me up by my ankle and shaking me until I was awake.
11-01-05 Vicki, My name is Tracy Walder - youngest sister of Toni Walder. I just received a note from my father Robert Walder in Evansville, Indiana regarding a donation to the Cairo Public Library made by some of the people associated with Pilot Light 2000. My sister Cathy and I will send a personal 'Thank You' to each donor, however I hoping you could please pass on a website 'Thank you' from Toni's family to the following people: Susan Weston, Marilyn Webb, Russell and Ellen Mertz, Mary Jane Edmonds, Carole Churchill, Steve and Chari Willis, Danny Beeler, Frank Smith, and of course yourself. Toni's exuberance at having connected with her early life in Cairo was an inspiration to me. I was only five years old when my family moved from Cairo, however I know that Toni was forever a Cairo High Alum. She loved the Cairo Public Library and her early years there were the inspiration for her future. She was a librarian like no other and I believe she would want to know that the library is still able to offer it's services to the public. The Walder family wishes to thank the people who donated in Toni's memory. Tracy Walder and Toni's family.
10-01-05 Tragedy has struck the class of 1960 once again. Charles 'Goose' Sullivan, 63, of Herrin, formerly of Johnston City and a graduate of CHS, passed away at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, in Shawnee Christian Nursing Center in Herrin, after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. I could go on and on about Charlie. He was truly "one of a kind" and one of the nicest guys I had the privilege of knowing. Anyone who ever crossed paths with Charlie probably will never forget his wit, humor, and charm. A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, 2005, in Murman and Wilson Funeral Home in Johnston City. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to his family (contact Vicki for info). Charlie was born Aug. 2, 1942, in Cairo to Kenneth Lewis and Mary (Clayton) Sullivan. He was married to Dorothy Willis(62) of Cape Girardeau. He was an electrician for Sullivan Electric before MS took over. He was a renowned champion duck and goose caller and a legendary hunting guide(see his senior photo on the PL Photo page). Charlie was the bass guitar player for the popular '60s band 'The Mod's' with other members, Kyle Lehning, John Steinhouse, Neil Needham and Donnie Dickerson. He is survived by his mother of Herrin; one daughter, Ashley Sullivan of Marion; two sons, Brian of Cape Girardeau, and Matt of Jackson, Mo.; three grandchildren, Matti, Clayton, and Cameron; one sister, Susan Josey and husband Tom of Dallas; a nephew, Robby Josey of Gainesville, Fla.; and an aunt, Stella Bryant of Sikeston, Mo. He was preceded in death by his father. My sincere condolence and deepest sympathy to Charlie's family, friends, and classmates. Vicki'67
9-27-05 The PL2/CHS "Mega" reunion has come and gone. Needless to say...it was a "mega" success! In spite of the "blood, sweat, and tears" it took to put the festivities together, it was worth it when I noticed everyone smiling, hugging, shaking hands, and just having a grand time. There were so many that helped make this reunion a huge success. I hope I don't leave anyone out. A special thanks to the reunion committee who helped me tremendously and without their help...I would have been completely lost as an "Easter egg on Christmas morning": Lynn Currier Webster (co-chairWoman), Phyllis Thomas Halliday, Judy Dunker Wadley, Gail Casper Walton, Barbara Clinton Chandler, and Rosa Marie Lacey Tatum. Others who helped the committee during the reunion were: Mike and Pat Markovich Brey, who hosted the trivia games; Sandra Goode Jackson, Todd and Judy Hawf Jackson, who conducted a benefit walk for classmate, Charlie Sullivan; Carole Faith Byers, who led a "caravan" to Cairo to tour the Cairo Library and Custom House Museum; Mary Jane Dunker Edmonds who arranged the CHS golf outing at Paxton Park in Paducah; Dave Walton, who made our special name tags; my daughter, Tara, and friend, Shanna, who worked the registration table so we could enjoy the Saturday evening event; Jack Buie, who was the perfect emcee for our banquet program; Don Dickerson, who got the guys(Mods) together to play for our enjoyment on Saturday evening; and last, but not least....Sandra Goode Jackson, who made the reunion that much more special with her generous contributions. She had commerative napkins and caps made and a beautiful, delicious, "one of a kind" extravagant cheesecake that you just had to see to believe! AND to those who attended...a HUGE THANK YOU for making the reunion weekend a memorable event as we were "Cruisin' thru the '60's...together again"!!!! Vicki Barnett Toler,'67
It was learned during the reunion that the Class of '60 lost another classmate. Bob Hodge passed away last December of 2004 according to his brother, John. Bob was 63 and a retired machinist. He died from cardiac arrest on Dec. 28 in Cuba, MO. A private funeral was held in Trona, CA. Bob is survived by two daughters; Doris Ann and Amy, two sons; Robert, Jr. and John; two brothers; John and Frank; two sisters; Clara and Gloria; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and classmates of Robert Edward Hodge, Sr. Vicki'67
8-28-05 The class of '60 has lost another classmate. Wayne Berryhill passed away on Friday, August 26. Graveside services will be held on Monday, August 29 at St. Mary's Cemetery in Mounds, IL. Wayne is survived by his wife of 45 years, Brenda Clifford Berryhill, also a member of the class of 1960; his son, Jeff; two granddaughters; and his sister, Libby. My condolences to the Berryhill family, friends, and classmates. Vicki '67
6-19-05 Congratulations to my friend and '67 classmate, Steve Spomer for being appointed to the 5th District Appellate Court, effective July 1, 2005. Judge Spomer is a lifelong resident of Cairo and married to the former Debby Cerny '69. They have one daughter, Amy. Cairo Mayor, Paul Farris, has declared June 30 as Judge Stephen L. Spomer Day. Way to go, Steve!!!! Vicki'67
5-27-05 I deeply regret to inform you of the passing of a friend to many including myself. Herbie "Duke" Washam, a Cairo High graduate from the class of 1963, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at the VA Hospital in Marion, IL. Duke was the proprietor of Turf Pizza and Smith and Groves in Cairo for the past 25 years. His style of wit, humor, and kindness was admired by those who crossed his path. He is survived by his wife, Yuki "Hiromi", whom he married in 1967 while serving with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Conflict; a daughter, Lisa Rundles; a son, Stephen; his brother, Billy Joe; seven grandchildren; and several other relatives. Funeral services were conducted on Thursday, May 27, at the Cairo Baptist Church. Burial was at Spencer Heights Cemetery in Mounds with military honors provided by the Pulaski County Memorial VFW Post 8891 of Mounds. My condolences and deepest sympathy to all those who knew and loved Herbie "Duke" Washam. Vicki '67
05-10-05 It brings me much sorrow to report the passing of Norma Vowels Adams, a CHS graduate from the class of 1960. For those who knew Norma, know what a super gal she was. Having been stricken with MS several years ago and confined to a wheelchair, she never let the disease get her down. She was always so up-beat and one of the sweetest ladies I had the privilege of knowing since beginning Pilot Light 2000. Norma passed away on May 7, 2005. She is survived by her daughter, Robin; her son, Barry; Shirley, her sister; and four grandchildren. Services were conducted at St. Patrick's Church in Cairo on Tuesday, May 10. My deepest sympathy and condolences to the family, friends, and classmates of Norma Vowels Adams. Vicki'67
03-07-05 Edward R. Stout, known to his friends as Eddie, passed away Feb. 24, 2005. Eddie was a member of the CHS class of 1960, leaving before graduation to pursue his dream of becoming a Catholic priest. Throughout his life, Eddie's accomplishments were amazing. He studied for the priesthood for 10 years, then fell in love and married. He then spent 15 years devoted to the War on Poverty. Eddie was a community organizer in low income neighborhoods in St. Louis and served on the Board of Directors of Aid to Victims of Crime (AVC) becoming the Executive Director in 1982. April 27, 2001 was declared Edward R. Stout day in the city of St. Louis by Mayor Francis Slay for his successful accomplishments with the Missouri Victim Assistance Network. On April 16, 2002, Eddie was honored by the US Dept. of Justice and President George W. Bush with an award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Crime Victim Services. He was an avid fisherman, devoted St. Louis Cardinals fan and a community actor and singer. Eddie is survived by his wife, Maggie; four children: Beatrice, Joseph, Daniel, and Marty; three step-children; his mother, Rose Stout; sisters, Eleanor and Linda; brothers, Mike and James; and 14 grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the Edward R. Stout Trust, Commerce Bank, 8000 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO 63105-1707. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and classmates of Eddie Stout. Vicki'67
1-28-05 Pilot Light 2000 will host a CHS "mega" reunion! Don't get too excited... right now we're just in the talking stage. A planning committee is being formed (If you would like to help, please contact Vicki Toler). We are trying to get all our "ducks in a row" first before any information will be mailed. What we need from you is....your mailing address! Please send your current address to Vicki Toler at email@example.com so you won't be left out. The reunion will include all 10 CHS classes from 1960 to 1969. A date or place HAS NOT been set yet. We will keep everyone posted. SO...visit www.pilotlight2000.com for updates! Vicki'67
1-27-05 It brings me much sorrow to report the passing of Denise Watkins Turner from the class of '65. I just received the obit announcement from the Cairo Citizen and am in total shock! According to the paper, she has been fighting a courageous battle with cancer the past 2 years. She was Valedictorian of her class at CHS and graduated Cum Laude from SIU. She was an accomplished author of 2 books, Home Sweet Fishbowl and Scuff Marks on the Ceiling, and a contributing author to numerous books including Chicken Soup for the Baseball Fan's Soul. She also authored several freelance magazine articles and was assistant Features Editor and Weekly Columnist at the Times-News, where she was employee of the year in 1998. She was the recipient of several other awards also. Denise is survived by her husband of 37 years, Revis; a daughter, Rebecca; her son, Stephen; mother, Helen Watkins; and several other relatives. Funeral services for Denise will be conducted on Saturday, Jan. 29 at the Twin Falls Church of the Nazarene. A private family interment will follow the services. The family suggests memorials to First Church of the Nazarene Building Fund, 1231 Wash. St. N., Twin Falls, ID; Idaho/Eastern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation, PO Box 44620, Boise, ID; Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 3034, Twin Falls, ID; MSTI Cancer Center, 190 Bannock, Boise, ID; or to the CSI Foundation to endow a journalism scholarship in Denise's name, PO Box 1238, Twin Falls, ID.
My deepest sympathy to Denise's family, friends, and classmates. Vicki'67
1-9-05 A giant THANK YOU to the following for taking the time and effort to share their priceless photos with us:
Don Dickerson, class of '65...rock 'n roll band pictures from the sixties era.
Howard Thomas, class of '61...misc. St. Joe photos.
Katharine Krenning Peterson, class of '64...grade school group photo and boy scouts at telethon.
Jack Buie, class of '68...grade school and bible school group photos.
Sandra Joiner Martin, class of '68...grade school photos and grade school group pictures.
Thanks once again for caring enough to share your mementoes with everyone! Vicki '67
1-8-05 It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of Pam Henshaw Austin, a CHS graduate with the class of 1969. Pam was living in Marietta, Georgia at the time of her death on December 27, 2004 with husband, Richard. She is also survived by two sons, Daniel and Jonathan; two brothers, Gregory of Bartlett, TN. and Jeffrey of Paducah, KY; and her mother, Marie Harvick of Mounds, IL. Funeral services were held Dec. 30 at the Southern Care Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, PO Box 650309, Dallas, TX. 75265-0309. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and classmates of Pam's. Vicki'67
8-27-04 I regret to inform you of the passing of Mrs. Helen Bauerle on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004. As some of you may know, Mrs. Bauerle spent her professional life teaching students in the Cairo Public School System and was librarian for the public and parochial schools there. I had the privilege of being one of her students for both years at CJHS and then all four at CHS. She replaced Mr. Pigg at CHS as the librarian when he left Cairo. I remember her as a very sweet, caring, and helpful teacher. Mrs. Bauerle is survived by her daughter, Kay, (Class of '65); her son, Dickie, (Class of '68); two grandchildren; a brother; and many others. Visitation will be held at Barkett's Funeral Home in Cairo after 5 pm on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004. Funeral services for Mrs. Bauerle will be Monday, Aug. 30, 2004 at St. Patrick's Church in Cairo at 10 am. My deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Helen Bauerle. Vicki'67
4-22-04 It saddens me to report the passing of another CHS graduate, Jane Bevill Dawson, from the class of 1962. Jane passed away on Monday, April 19. The funeral mass was held on Thursday, April 22, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carterville, IL where she was a member. Jane is survived by her husband, Gale Dawson, whom she married in 1966. Gale was a physical education instructor and coach at CHS from 1964-1966. In 1968, he was principal at CHS; her daughter, Amy; a son, Andy; a step-son, Stephen; her sisters: Pat and Carlene; a brother, Tom; and four grandchildren. Her parents were Carl and Mary Bevill. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Foundation. Jane was a sweet, caring person who was always smiling and never met a stranger. My heartfelt sympathy to Jane's family, friends, and classmates. Vicki '67
2-7-04 Sadness has struck the class of 1964 with the sudden loss of classmate, Gilbert Swoboda III. Gibby, as he was known, passed away Friday morning at his home in Cairo. He was a Murray State University graduate, a member of Sigma Nu campus fraternity, a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War, and a member of Cairo Baptist Church as well as other organizations. Gibby is survived by his wife, Linda Bucher Swoboda; two sons, Stephen Roy and Gregory; his parents, Gilbert II (Rags) and Dimples Swoboda; his sister, Nancy Doss; and other relatives. Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 8 at 1:30 pm at Barkett's Funeral Home in Cairo. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and classmates of Gibby. Vicki'67
1-2-03 On December 26, 2003, tragedy struck. Our dear Pilot Light 2000 member, Antoinette "Toni" Walder, was killed in an automobile accident along with her companion, Wayne Gibson, near Evansville, Indiana. Toni and Wayne had spent the Christmas holiday with her family and were on their way back to Ohio when the accident happened. Toni did not graduate from CHS as her family moved to Indiana after her freshman year, but her heart remained a Cairoite for many years afterwards. Since 1989, she was the director of Wright Memorial Library in Dayton, Ohio and made it one of the top 10 libraries in our nation. She is survived by her father, Robert Walder; sisters, Tracy & Christine; and a brother, Stephen; and the many friends that crossed her path. My heartfelt sympathy to the Walder family. Toni truly was quite a lady and will be sadly missed by many. Vicki'67
9-16-03 Tragedy has struck the Fair family again. Barbara Fair Brown, a CHS graduate of the class of 1964, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003. The funeral was held at Barkett's Funeral Home in Cairo on Thursday. Barbara is survived by her husband, Charles, and her brother, Ron. My deepest sympathy to Barb's family and friends. Vicki,'67
6-6-03 It brings me much sadness to report the passing of another CHS alumni. John Fair from the class of '61 passed away on May 20, 2003 after a battle with diabetes. John is survived by his wife, Marilyn, and three children, Robbin, Tina, and Eric; three grandchildren, Matthew, David, and Erica; and his brother, Ronnie and sister, Barbara. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. My deepest sympathy to the Fair family. Vicki,'67
3-12-03 It brings such sadness to report the passing of CHS '65 grad, David Jones. David passed away on March 5, 2003. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, March 23, at the Riverlore Mansion in Cairo. He is survived by his wife, Linda; son, James (Jamey); his parents; brothers, John, Fred, Peter and Reuben; his sisters, Julie Newell, Sarah Jones, Marilyn McGhee, Rachel Jones and Rebecca Ulrich. A fund has been established for expressions of sympathy in his name at the Cairo Public Library where David began his life-long love affair with books. Upon graduation from CHS, David earned a Bachelor's Degree in Science from the University of Chicago, a second Bachelor's Degree in Business from Temple University in Philadelphia, and his MBA degree from the University of Chicago. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and classmates. My sincere condolences to David's family. Vicki,'67
2-2-03 A special thanks to Emily Oehler Taflinger for copies of the class of '25 and class of '28 senior photos from her mother's Egypti's. If anyone has any of the remaining missing senior class photos, please contact me and help preserve CHS history. Vicki,'67
1-12-03 A tremendous, big thank you to Dorothy Franklin Mayberry for letting us borrow her precious, prized possession...her album of rescued CHS senior photos. What a wonderful addition to the site and one that I'm sure everyone will enjoy! Vicki,'67
11-23-02 It is with much sadness that I must report the passing of Winnie Jean Bell. As most of you remember, Mrs. Bell taught at CHS during most of the 60's decade. She is survived by her husband, Ralph (Buddy); daughter, Susan Overby; and 2 grandchildren. Services for Mrs. Bell will be Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Wickliffe, Ky. at 3:00pm. My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Winnie Jean. Vicki,'67
9-9-02 The Labor Day weekend festivities have come and gone. If you were not able to attend any of the events, you missed a great time! The benefit dance hosted by The Mods and Pilot Light 2000 was a huge success accumulating a generous amount for '60's grad, Charlie Sullivan, who is stricken with MS. The Elks was jammed packed the entire evening with CHS Alumni and friends enjoying the music of The Mods (who can still Rock 'n Roll with the best of them for a bunch of "old fogies!"). Kudos to the B.P.O.E. #651 members for hosting the event; to Alice Johnston for donating the CHS commemorative brick to be raffled off; and to The Mods for donating their time for such a great cause. On the following day, the Second Annual PL2/CHS Alumni picnic was held at the St. Mary's Park pavilion with over 100 CHS alumni from the sixties era enjoying the afternoon visiting with each other and chowing down to great food. A special thanks to Mayor James Wilson and Park Commissioner Carolyn Ponting for preparing the park and city for our invasion. The pavilion and park was the perfect location for our get together and brought back memories to fellow alumni visiting for the first time in many years. A huge thank you to Bill Tatum for all his time spent helping to make our picnic comfortable. Thanks to Lynn Hesselrode for his donation of ice and coolers for our drinks. Thanks to Steve Williams for the use of his sound system and to Russell Mertz for being our MC for the afternoon. A special thanks to Rev. Richard Pigg for leading the devotion before we filled our stomachs with delicious BBQ by Buddy Mitchell and side dishes brought the many attendees. AND...many thanks to Rosa Marie Lacey Tatum, Ellen Rose Mertz, Mary Jane Dunker Edmonds, and Lynn Currier Webster. Without you, this would never have taken place. Thank you so much! You're one fine group and I hope we can continue to work together in the future. Vicki,'67
8-16-02 As the picnic grows near, final plans are being made. Please take a look at the picnic page to get up to date info on who is attending and on what will be furnished and what we need you to bring. Vicki, 67
6-3-02 Statistics show that the most viewed section of this web site is the bio page. What does that mean? Inquiring minds want to know! Therefore, this is your personal invitation to be included with the rest of the brave bunch and have your bio posted so "inquiring minds" will know what you've been up to since your days at CHS.
We've even made it easy for you...go to the bio page and scroll down till you see OPTION #2. Follow the simple directions and I'll send you the questions to answers. It can't get any easier than this.
Whether you are a graduate or CHS or attended CHS anytime, you are welcomed to share your bio with "inquiring minds".
6-1-02 The class of '60 has been saddened once again with the passing of John Dewey Lowe, Jr. J.D. passed away Friday, May 31, 2002, at his home in Cairo. He is survived by daughter, Christina; son, John D. Lowe, III; and grandson, Zachary Lowe. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 3, at Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Elks memorial rites will be at 7 p.m. and Masonic rites will be at 7:30 p.m. My deepest sympathy to the Lowe family, friends, and classmates of J.D. Vicki,'67
5-3-02 It gives me such sorrow to announce the death of CHS alumni, Leslie (Butch) Anglin, a member of the class of '61. Les passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2002, in El Paso, Texas. He is survived by his wife, Ellen; mother, Della; son, Kenny; brothers Joe and Bill; and grandson, Allen. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 6, 2002, in El Paso with full military honors. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Anglin family. Vicki,'67
3-24-02 ATTENTION ALL CHS ALUMNI FROM THE SIXTIES...in case you haven't noticed, we are in the process of planning 2 big events: A BENEFIT DANCE AND THE SECOND ANNUAL PL2/CHS ALUMNI PICNIC. The dance will be for the benefit of Charlie Sullivan, a 1960 graduate of CHS. Charlie was stricken several years ago with MS, a debilitating disease which has left him bedridden. Charlie is living, at the present, with his mother in Herrin, Il. The dance will feature The Mods and will be held at the Elks Club in Cairo on August 31, 2002. The doors WILL NOT OPEN till 8pm, as the class of '67 will be having their 35th class reunion preceding the dance. All contributions towards the Charlie Sullivan fund will be greatly appreciated. Donations may be sent to: Vicki Toler at 2766 Oldham Rd., Barlow, KY 42024 OR Don Dickerson at 108 Hidden Way Ct., Hendersonville, TN 37075. Keep watching the site for more info. Hope to see you at both events! Vicki,'67
2-22-02 It gives me great sorrow to report another death of a CHS alumnus. David Reisinger, a graduate of the class of 1968, passed away on February 17, 2002 after a bout with cancer. David is survived by his sisters, Ruth Marcy, Mary Wehrle, Ann Pica, Rita Kupris, Loretta Reisinger, Agnes Wehrenberg, and Martha Reisinger; his brothers, Frederick, William, and Michael. His twin, Rose Reisinger, preceded him in death. The funeral mass for David was at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2002, with burial following in Calvary Cemetery in Villa Ridge, Il. My deepest sympathy goes out to David's family, friends, and classmates. Vicki,'67
1-16-02 The class of 1960 is saddened once again by the loss of former classmate, Nancy Clutts Wright passed away Thursday night, Jan. 15, 2002, at her home in Cairo. She was the advertising director of The Cairo Citizen, Fire Commissioner of the Cairo Fire Department, and on her third term on the Cairo City Council. Nancy is survived by her husband, Jim Wright; her son, Mike Comer; a step-son, Chadwick Wright; her mother, Juette Hicks; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Visitation will be held at the Barkett Funeral Home in Cairo on Friday from 4pm. Funeral mass will be conducted at 1pm Saturday, Jan. 19, 2002 at the Church of the Redeemer in Cairo. My deepest sympathy to Nancy's family, friends, and classmates. Vicki,'67
12-24-01 Sadly I must announce that Vicki's mother passed away last night at 9 p.m. after a long illness.
Funeral arrangements will be published in the local papers. Please join me in keeping Vicki and her family in our hearts and prayers. Kenny, 67
12-20-01 Tragedy has struck Pilot Light 2000. We have lost a very dear member. Roger Wadley, a CHS graduate from the class of 1966, passed away December 19, 2001 from cardiac arrest. Roger is survived by his wife, Judy Dunker Wadley; two sons, Tim and Josh; one daughter, Deana Vaughn; his mother, Mildred Wadley; two sisters, Judy Wadley Williams, and Lee Anne Hood; and two grandsons. Visitation will be after 5PM Friday and from 8AM to 1PM on Saturday at Barkett Funeral Home in Mounds, Illinois. Funeral Mass will be at 2PM, Saturday, at St. Patrick's Church in Cairo. Roger will be sadly missed and my heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family, friends, and classmates. Vicki,'67
12-5-01 It is with great sorrow I must report the passing of another classmate. Karen Seavers Adkinson, a graduate from the class of 1969, passed away on Dec. 2, 2001 from a stroke. Karen was a special education teacher at Emerson
Elementary School in Cairo. She is survived by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Norman R. Seavers; her brother, Norman (67); her twin sister, Karla Patton (69); 3 children; and a grandchild. Her husband, Scotty Adkinson, preceded her in death.
Visitation will be from 9-10am on Friday, Dec. 7 followed by funeral services at the Baptist Church on 19th and Martin Luther Drive (formerly Walnut) in Cairo. My deepest sympathy to all of Karen's family, friends, and classmates.
11-5-01. Works are in the process of compiling a Pilot Light 2000 cookbook. Right now we are in the process of collecting the recipes and organizing them. As we get enough, we will then have them printed in a nice cookbook that we will sale. Proceeds will help fund the Annual Pilot Light 2000/CHS alumni picnic. If you have any fantastic recipes that you would like to share, please send them to Lynn Currier Webster at: firstname.lastname@example.org Vicki,67
We have recently added a new page to the site... "PL alumni locator". In case you haven't checked it out yet, we have collected the location of CHS "sixties" alumni and placed a map on the page. Each state that has an alumni living there will be colored. On the left is a list of those colored states. Click on the state and a window pops up and list the name, class year, and present location. If you want your name listed, please contact Ken Gunn or me, Vicki Barnett Toler.
A big thank you to Pat and Lynn Currier Webster for putting on the Labor Day picnic. Everything was exceptionally wonderful. Thanks to Russ and Ellen Rose Mertz for being the official photographer... the pictures were great! If you were unable to attend either picnic this year, you missed out on some great tasting food, superb entertainment, and best of all, being with "old" friends. Vicki,'67
The PL2/CHS picnic on Sept. 2, 2001 has changed locations. The picnic will now be held at the Elks Club on 8th street. No need to bring drinks, as bar will be open that day. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, do so with Lynn Currier Webster at email@example.com . Same time, just different location. Need to bring side dish or make $5 donation per person. Vicki,'67
William H. Cooke, a former CHS teacher and coach, passed away Saturday, August 4, 2001, at the age of 88. Coach Cooke is survived by his wife, Lenora; two sons, Bill and Joe; four grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. At the time of his death, Coach Cooke was living in Paducah, Kentucky. Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Coach Cooke. Vicki, '67.
PL2 is proud to announce that Julie Jones Newell was recently elected to a 2-year term as a member on the Board of Directors to the Illinois Education Association/NEA. She also serves as a nationally-rated speaker/presenter for the NEA. Julie is the only woman and the first minority ever elected to the board of directors of the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, the second largest pension fund in the state. Julie is a 1968 graduate of CHS and the wife of Ron Newell. Congratulations and best wishes! Vicki '67
CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Thomas Elias, director of the U. S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., for receiving a Presidential Rank Award from the Sec. of Agriculture on June 4, 2001. Tom is a 1960 graduate of CHS and the son of Mrs. Billie Elias of Cairo. He and his wife, Hiromi Nakaoji reside in Arlington, Va. Congrats, Tom! Vicki '67
6-22-01. Tragedy has struck the class of 1960 again. Herb Williams passed away at his home in St. Louis on June 19, 2001. A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, June 21, at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd. in Kirkwood, Missouri from 4pm till 7pm. There will be a memorial at a later date at the Point in Cairo. Herb was an attorney and is survived by his wife, Mary; sons, Brent and Bradley; daughters, Theresa Intag and Jennifer Claycomb; and one grandson. Sympathy is extended to Herb's family, friends, and classmates. Vicki '67
6-7-01. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family, friends, and classmates of Larry Merrick. Larry graduated from CHS in 1960 and was 58 years old. He is survived by his wife, Brenda, and son, Richard. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Irwin Chapel of Glen Carbon, Illinois, is in charge of the arrangements. Vicki,'67
5-31-01. The first annual CHS alumni from the "sixties"/Pilot Light 2000 picnic was held May 27, 2001 at the Cairo Airport. Approximately 175 classmates, family, and friends attended the afternoon festivities. Be sure and check out the picnic page for photos and a list of CHS classmates who attended. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in making this event a huge success. There were so many who jumped in and helped and for this, we are so very thankful. A gigantic thank you to Don Verble for coming up with the idea and putting all of this together. Without Don, this wouldn't have happened. Thank you so very much, Don, for putting smiles on everyone's faces and thanks to Doretta Verble for putting up with him all these years! Vicki,'67
5-9-01. Mary Jane Dunker Edmonds will be handling all Pilot Light 2000 affairs while I am at the hospital with my mother. If anyone has any questions concerning PL2, please contact Mary Jane at: firstname.lastname@example.org
4-27-01. A big thank you to Katharine Krenning Peterson for sending in her '64 class group picture from the '94 mega reunion. Thanks, Katharine, you've been a large asset to the web site. Vicki,'67
4-23-01. Curtis Matthews from the class of '64 passed away Saturday morning at his home in Folsomdale, Kentucky. Services will be at 3 pm Tuesday at Brown Funeral Home in Mayfield. Visitation will be after 5 pm today at the funeral home.
Curtis is survived by his wife, Dixie; three sons; his brother, Roger; and two sisters, Gloria Jean Buhler, and Evelyn Williams; and his mother, Norma Jean. Our deepest Sympathy to the family.
4-18-01. The Pre-CHS photo page is now complete. Thanks go out to Mike Coffman, Pam Carter Smith, Gene Hodges, Marjorie Kahn Moritz, Judy Wissinger Nordman, and Phyllis Thomas Haliday for submitting pictures for this page. If you have any other pictures, send them on. We will start work on another page when we receive more photos. Vicki '67
4-13-01. Sympathy to the family of Peggy Milford, the wife of CHS alumni, Ken Milford,'69. Peggy lost her battle with cancer this morning, April 13, 2001. The funeral will be Wednesday morning at 10:00 am at St. Louis Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis is in charge of the arrangements. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Milford's. Vicki,'67
4-9-01. Another reunion picture has been added. Thanks Jim Milford for submitting the class of '66 group photo taken at the '99 mega reunion. We still need more pictures and bios. We've worked hard for you to enjoy. Now it's your turn to help us. Please get your bio written and turned in. "Inquiring minds want to know!" Vicki '67
3-30-01. The '62 group photo from the '94 and '99 reunion has been added to the site. Thanks, Gene Hodges, for submitting them! We are in dire need of more bios. Please consider sending yours. Be sure and check out the "First Annual CHS alumni/PL2" picnic link. The list of attendees is growing! We hope to make this an annual event, so it all depends on the first one. Make those plans now to attend and please....spread the word! Vicki '67
3-24-01. More reunion pictures have been added compliments of Marjorie Kahn Moritz and Susan Haslauer Bryant. A special thank you to these gals who have been a huge help submitting photos for the site. Vicki '67
3-19-01. A big thank you to Jim Milford and Phyllis Thomas Haliday for submitting their reunion photos. We still need pictures for the classes of '62, '68, and '69. If anyone has any, please contact Ken Gunn or myself, Vicki Barnett Toler. Vicki '67
3-17-01. A special thanks to David Wise for submitting the Cairo postcard folder. Be sure and check it out on the Johnny Be Good and other interesting Cairo links. Also, thanks to Susan Haslauer Bryant for sending the '60 class photo from the '94 mega reunion. A new bio has also been added today, so be sure and check it out. Vicki '67
3-16-01. Sympathy is extended to the family, friends, and classmates of Leland "Leaky" Axelson who passed away Tuesday, March 13, at his home in Dexter, Ky. Leaky was a graduate of CHS from the class of '69. It is a sad experience to have to make this announcement, but one that I feel should be done. Although all "sixties" CHS alumni may not have known Leaky, there is a bond between us that will forever live in our hearts. Vicki '67
3-11-01. Thanks to Steve Bryant for submitting the '63 class photo from the '99 reunion and the snapshot of Miss Elizabeth Crozier attending the last reunion before her death in 1999. If anyone has reunion photos and would like to see them on the site, please give a holler to either Ken Gunn or myself, Vicki Barnett Toler. We also need more bios. Please get busy and send yours our way! Vicki '67
3-2-01. Thanks to Katharine Krenning Peterson for the snapshots of her class of '64 reunion and a huge thanks to Todd and Judy Hawf Jackson for coming to our rescue and submitting a bio. Be sure and check out the new link..."Johnnie B. Good" In case you don't recognize it, that's a brick from CHS that Alice Johnston painted. My mother gave it to me one Christmas and is one of my most precious gifts. Vicki '67
2-28-01. Be sure and check out the revised edition of the "sixties" random photo page. Ken Gunn and I have spent a lot of time scanning and working with these photos, so I hope you enjoy our efforts. Again I would like to thank Judy Wissinger Nordman for the use of her collection of photos her dad, Jimmy Wissinger, took during our school years. Also, at the present time, we do not have any bios submitted to add to the site. By the feedback I have received, this is an enjoyable page on the site, so please....get busy and send in your bio. Vicki '67
2-23-01. Make those vacation plans now...Pilot Light 2000/CHS Alumni of the "sixties" will be having a family picnic May 27, 2001 at the Cairo Airport starting at 1:00 p.m. Great tasting BBQ will be served. Please bring a covered dish and your drinks. If that's not possible, a donation of $5.00 per family would be nice and collected at the picnic. Please RSVP to either Don Verble or me, Vicki Barnett Toler, no later than May 12, 2001. Come one, come all, and share in the fun!
2-19-01. Thanks to Becky Baggett Donoho for sharing her snapshots of the '99 reunion. If anyone has any other snapshots, send them our way. We would be glad to post them on the site. Vicki '67.
2-18-01. A big thank-you to Sarah Haslauer Bryant and Karen Trexler Kalilec for sending their class photos from recent reunions. If anyone has snapshots or a class photo, other than what we already have, and would like to share them with all, please send them in so we can get them on the site. Also, waiting for more bios. I think everyone is enjoying the bio page, so get them in to Kenny or me. Vicki '67
2-12-01. A special thank you to Judy Wissinger Nordman for letting me borrow some of the pictures her dad, Jimmy Wissinger, took during our school years. Jimmy was the official Egypti photographer so she had some that didn't make the cut for the yearbooks. I think everyone will enjoy them when they appear on the site. Vicki '67
2-11-01. I am thrilled by the compliments we are receiving about the site and we've only just begun! We are working now on a faculty page. If you know of any living faculty member that would be interested in writing a bio, please let me know their mailing address or email address. We've got so many ideas rolling around in our heads, but are open to any ideas or suggestions you may have. Just contact me or Ken. Vicki '67
2-8-01. A big thank you to Lynn Rae Currier Webster for the use of her Egypti. Work is still going strong on both ends (Ken in West Virginia and me in Kentucky), so be sure and check the site each day for newly added material. This web site is a lot like wine...it can only get better with age. Vicki '67
2-3-01. A special thank-you to Jimmy Pierceall, Barbara Clinton Chandler, and Winnie Jean Bell for the use of their Egypti's. Without these, work on the site would have come to a standstill for a while. Keep your fingers crossed that my scanner does not blow up. Vicki '67
2-2-01. Welcome PL2000 contributors! Grab a drink, get a snack, and have fun cruising through page after page of precious memories. Vicki,'67
2-1-01. Site Will Open initially with 1964-1967 Class yearbook photos only.
1-13-01. Work begins in ernest with Vicki and Ken scanning their hearts out.
10-31-00 Work begins. Awaiting yearbook scans.
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