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Last Game in 1962 Gymnasium: February 7, 2012

An era came to an end in Bradley last week.  Assuming that the construction of the new gym is completed as planned, the evening of Tuesday, February 7, 2012, saw the last regularly scheduled home game in the 1962 gymnasium, with the Bradley Senior Boys defeating the Horatio Senior Boys.

The first game in the 1962 gym was played in the fall of that year, with the Bright Star Junior Boys defeating the Bradley Junior Boys, 26–22.

Below are some photos taken during and immediately after the final home game last week.

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For the benefit of those who may not be close enough to Bradley to see the progress on the new gym, here are two photos which may give some perspective on that progress.

The first photo was taken on June 12, 2011:

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And the photo below, taken on January 29, 2012, from approximately the same angle, shows the completed slab of the building:

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First Grade Class, 1937 (Updated)

Below is a photo of Miss Raye Crabtree’s first grade class in 1937, standing in front of what was then the relatively new gymnasium.  The photo is courtesy of Gayle Garner, who is the boy in the middle of the front row.  If any reader can identify any of the other class members, both bradleyark.com and Gayle would appreciate it.

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UPDATED 11/10/10:  Mrs. Ida Mae Black Dillard, who was a member of this class, has graciously furnished bradleyark.com with a list identifying most of the members of this class, and has also furnished another photo of the same class as fourth graders in 1940!

In the photo above, the first graders are:

Front row, L-R:  Sadie May Tompkins, Jane Riley, Martha Jean Baker, Ida Mae Black, James Gayle Garner, Glayes Burns, Paulene Burns, _____ Benefield, William Adams.

Middle row, L-R:  James Thomas Benefield, Ann Barker, Glen Newton, Earlene Tucker, ____________, Nettie Baker, Lucy Short, Georgie Philips, Doris Jean Daniels.

Back row, L-R:  ____________, Clovis Harvin, Margret Beason, Ethel Lambeth, Odessa Stanley, Charles Haley, Opel Powell, Lola Brown, Chester Cross.

And below is the 1940 photo of the same class as fourth graders:

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Front row, L-R:  Ida Mae Black, James Gayle Garner, Gordon Lewis Jones, J. B. Hartsfield, Opel Smith, Jane Holland, Netty Baker, Lucille Arnold, Alice Moore, Susie Weems, Martha Jean Baker, Doris Jean Daniels.

Middle row, L-R:  Carol _______, Andrew Whisenhunt, Dan Howard, Ann Barker, Betty Jo Henderson, Margret Young, Glades Burns, Austen Templeton, Lucy Short, Charles Haley, Haward Hodges, Opel Powell.

Back Row, L-R:  Carl Adams, Dorothy Black, Ethel Lambeth, Rosemary Brown, Odessa Stanley, James Elbert Newton, Earlene Tucker, Charlene Welborn, Clovis Harvin, Geneva Sandlin, _____________.

Standing in back is William Church.  The teacher is Miss Christene Smith.

Bradleyark.com wishes to thank Mrs. Ida Mae Black Dillard for sharing these photos and this information.

 

Bradley High School Class of 1970 40th Anniversary Reunion

This past Saturday, June 12, 2010, the Bradley High School Class of 1970 gathered for a class reunion on the 40th anniversary of their graduation.  Below is a photo of those present.

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Faces in the above photo are obviously difficult to discern, so here are two zoomed-in photos of the participants. Somehow Jerry Pickett and Odis Weems, the two gentlemen at the right of the group photo above, got left out of the close-up photos below.

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Shown in the above photo are, left to right:  Rodney Burton, Bobby Brackman, Velinda Potts Hanson, Nancy Adkins Kees (in rear), Margaret Spence Cannon, Charanda Pratt Pool, and Carl Stephens.

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Shown in the above photo are, left to right:  Carl Stephens, David Thompson, Gary Burton, Marion Cochran Morgan, Carl Wayne Adams, Kay Baker Weems, Janis Stone Kirwin (partially obscured in rear), and Glenda Allen Ray.

Bradley High School Ultimate Reunion, March 27, 2010 (Part 2 of 2)

As mentioned in the last post, approximately 200 people attended the B. H. S. Ultimate Reunion.  Some left before their class had its picture taken and some classes never assembled for pictures at all.  The four classes who did have their pictures taken were the classes of 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965.

Below are each of those four classes, shown first as a group, and then with either two or three closer-up photos.  While I know the names of most of the people in the photos, there are a few whom I cannot presently identify.  Married names of the ladies present posed another problem.  A blank space in the captions below indicates that I cannot identify a particular person, or that lady’s married name.  Any help that readers can provide by leaving a comment as to correct identity or correct spelling of name(s) would be greatly appreciated.

As mentioned in previous posts, each caption refers to the photo or photos under that caption.

The class of 1960 is observing the 50th anniversary of its graduation this year.  Sixteen of the 20 living graduates attended the reunion.  Two others are deceased.  Below are, left-to-right:  Jerry Wilson, Jay Cheney, Mary Harrist Crabtree, Gene Smith, Melba Cox Cheney, Carroll Nations, Judie Williams Carey, Marie Russ, Jerrell Caskey, Charles Lane, Jimmy Thompson, Della Keith ________.

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Shown below are some members of the class of 1963.  Left-to-right:  Pat Givens Calhoun, Eddie Adkins Stout, John Dinkins, Donna Vickers Jackson, Buck Williams, Diane Higdon Fletcher, Marvin Cross, Betty Weems Bourg, Doris Taylor Caswell, Joyce Dinkins Caskey.

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Shown below are some members of the class of 1964.  Seated, left-to-right:  Ronnie Odom, Averial Redmon.  Standing, left-to-right:  Jimmy Gildon, Carl Pauley, Ronald Jim Byrd, Jerry Clary, Dickie Bishop, Patsy Collier Vines, Henry Maness, Johnny Umphries.

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Shown below are some members of the class of 1965.  Left-to-right:  Bill Lee, Linda Nolte Umphries, Wayne Sparks, Linda Kay Bussey Pickler, Margie Duke Odom, Jerry Dyer, Cheryl Cason Taylor, Mitchie Jones (mostly obscured), Charlotte Hinds Brumley, Bruce Lee.

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Let’s do this again sometime!

Bradley High School Ultimate Reunion, March 27, 2010 (Part 1 of 2)

An added feature during the Governor Conway Days celebration this year was the Bradley High School Ultimate Reunion, which took place in the fellowship hall of the Bradley Baptist Church beginning at 3:00 P. M. on Saturday, March 27, 2010.  The reunion featured all the classes from 1960 to 1970 and was attended by approximately 200 people.  Each of the classes had a table set up for it, some with memorabilia and old photos.

Below are some of the photos taken that afternoon.  As with previous posts, the caption refers to the photo under the caption.

The Givens brothers, Bill (William) and Oscar, both class of 1967.

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The Adkins sisters, Nancy Adkins Kees (‘70) and Eddie Adkins Stout (‘63).

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Glenda Knott Givens (‘69), David Byrd (‘67), and LaDonna Collier McLain (‘67).

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Mary Harrist Crabtree (‘60) and Marie Russ (‘60).

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Sister and brother Betty Jackson Cook (‘66) and Buddy Ray Jackson (‘65).

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James Drake (‘62) and Gene Smith (‘60).

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Linda Kay Bussey Pickler (‘65) and Patsy Collier Vines (‘64).

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Marvin Cross (‘63) and John Dinkins (‘63).

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Former Bradley High School faculty member Don McLaurin and his wife, Marion.

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Earl Vickers (‘69) and Billy Bynum (‘69).

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Cheryl Cason Taylor (‘65) and Patsy Collier Vines (‘64).

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Susie Cochran Hargis (‘69), John Bishop (‘69), Vickie Powell Paige (‘69), Clyde Stephens (‘62) and Dolores Maness Grimes (‘69).

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Next:  Group photos of some of the members of the classes of 1960, 1963, 1964, and 1965 who attended the reunion. 

 

Dedication of Travis S. Gore Park, 3-8-10

This past Monday afternoon, March 8, 2010, approximately a hundred people gathered at the Bradley High School building for a brief ceremony dedicating the school baseball and softball fields as “Travis S. Gore Park.”

For readers who have not been to Bradley in the last few years, the baseball field remains where it has been located since at least 1950.  The softball field is located in the north portion of what was once the football field, with home plate near what would have been the northeast corner of the north end zone of the football field.

Current Bradley Schools Superintendent Gammye Moore, in the purple jacket, below, began the ceremony by announcing its purpose and identifying the honoree, who, notwithstanding the presence of many members of his family, demurred that he was under the impression that he was coming to a ceremony honoring Bradley’s current basketball coach, Bennie Harris.

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Those making brief remarks included former Bradley School Board President Andrew Whisenhunt, current basketball coach Bennie Harris, former Bradley Elementary School Principal John K. “Buddy” Black, former (early 1950’s)basketball coach Joe Langdon, Mollye McCalman, and former faculty member Richard Johnson.

Coach Bennie Harris, below, with Travis, told a humorous story of how he once was working as a law enforcement officer and realized that there was a vehicle behind him, following his every move.  Thinking this rather unusual, he stopped his patrol unit and the vehicle behind him also stopped.  It turned out to be Travis Gore, wanting to hire him as Bradley’s basketball coach.

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Travis was presented with a plaque, which he is holding in the photo below.

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Below, left to right, are Coach Bennie Harris, John K. “Buddy” Black, and Travis Gore.

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Below, left to right, are Coach Joe Langdon, Travis Gore, and Andrew Whisenhunt.  Coach Langdon was Travis’ coach when Travis was in Bradley High School.

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Before refreshments were served, the ceremony adjourned to the newly-erected gate on the road going into the baseball and softball fields from Highway 160.  Travis and many members of his family gathered for a picture below the gate.

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For the curious, “S.” is for Sherman.

Class of 1959 Reunion, May 16, 2009

Last year, the Bradley High School class of 1959 assembled for its 50th reunion.  Thanks to LaVerne Keahey for the following article and photo.

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“The Bradley Bears Class of ‘59 returned to their High School den recently for their Fiftieth Reunion.  Eighteen of their class of twenty-seven and one faculty member were reunited at the Bradley Baptist Church Family Life Center on May 16, 2009, for an afternoon of activities and a Fish Fry prepared on site.  A slide show from pictures submitted by classmates covering the last fifty years helped share stories of families, careers, homes, pets and hobbies.  Four members were memorialized.  Several gag awards added fun to the event, which was highlighted by the female classmates naming “The Best Looking Old Man.”  The warm greeting and hugs paid tribute to Bradley High and to the closeness they had treasured as a class.

The room was decorated in a purple and gold reunion theme with sand buckets holding a branch with classmates’ names on Bear cutouts on each table.  The snack table held a Teddy Bear fishing in a goldfish  bowl.  An eight-by-ten picture of each classmate was presented with their picture, classmate names on a bookmark, a magnet showing all the buildings in which they had been schooled, and a directory of classmates from Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Mississippi as mementos.

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Seated, L-R:  Cheroyl Owens Taylor, Ann Copeland Dickson, Wanda Spruell Hays, Nellie Givens Nichols, Carolyn Kilgore Lamar, and Kathleen Spruell Malone.

Standing, L-R:  Bette Barnett Davis, Ralph Hamner, Martha Williams Mueller, Cecil Smith, Linda Fay Burns Givens, B. J. Powell, Charles Ambrose, Patsy Powell Burkett, Dianne Barker Rogers, Derial Whitehead, David Umphries, and LaVerne Burks Keahey.”

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The four deceased members of the class are Bobby Collier, Charles Hamm, Rayford Lee and John Wynne.

The other members of the class who did not attend the reunion are Glenda Colvin Null, Gloria Pickett McCoy, Mary Wilson, Jimmy Redmon and Lawrence Shaver.