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200713 July 13, 2020


Kathryn Drake Edwards
LHS '66
? - October 17, 2018

    Kathryn Edwards, 70, of New Market, Alabama passed away on Wednesday October, 17, 2018 surrounded by her family. Mrs. Edwards was preceded in death by her mother and stepfather, Evelyn and Royce Kelly, her grandmother and grandfather, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Fanning, and her brother, Roger Drake. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Audrey Edwards; children, Tim (Mery), Josh (Kraig), and Amy (Sterling); grandchildren, Clay (Nikki), Kellie (Blake), Kendall (Molly), Harlie, and Rayden; and great-grandchildren Lorelei and Olivia. Kathy enjoyed laughing, spending time with her family, and home shopping on QVC. She was a wonderful woman loved by everyone that knew her. Visitation in memory of Mrs. Edwards will be held on Friday, October 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM ~ 8:00 PM, at Hazel Green Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 11:00 A.M. with Brother Milton Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Rice Cemetery in New Market, Al.

Gary D. Foss
LHS '66
March 3, 1948 - May 1, 2017

    Gary D. Foss, 69, of Columbia,NH, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017, at his home after months-long battle with cancer.

    He was born in Lynn, Mass., on March 3, 1948, the only son of the late Frederic and Sally (Ellison) Foss. Due to the nature of his father’s work which required frequent relocation, and with his sisters, Gary was raised in Binghamton, NY, Alabama, and New Jersey. He attended the University of Alabama.

    For more than 20 years, he was a long-haul truck driver for a trucking company in New Jersey. But his other hobbies and interests were many and varied. Gary was an avid reader and his knowledge of just about any topic was impressive. He loved to visit with friends and tell stories, and he enjoyed following and studying the stock market. He had a wonderful sense of humor that will be remembered by all his friends. He loved to go snowmobiling and be in the woods.

    Gary is survived by two sisters, Betsy Foss and husband Chuck of Rochester, NY, and Carolyn Foss of Columbia; two nephews, Tucker Foss-Stockwell and wife Sabrina of Denver, Colo., and Gene Gant of Montgomery, Ala.; and a cousin, David Foss of East Hiram, Me.

    There are no public calling hours. A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at a later date at the Colebrook Country Club, of which notice will be given.

    Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Foss may be made to the Colebrook Ski-Bees’ Trail Maintenance Fund, P.O. Box 125, Colebrook, NH 03576.

Jerry Gilbert Dugan
LHS Basketball Coach for 31 Years

    (Editor's Note: I received an email from Dan Poole, LHS ‘68 saying "Tommy, I just emailed you a story about Coach Dugan who coached Lee’s basketball teams for 31 or 32 seasons beginning with the ‘67-‘68 state championship team. Coach was in my office one morning a few months ago and asked me to get him on your list to receive the Traveler. You added him and he enjoyed reading it after that.He was in H’ville Hospital when he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer on Thursday and he passed away the following Tuesday.)
    Obituary from the Huntsville Times:

    Jerry was born in Huntsville, Alabama to parents, William F. and Dollie Dugan. He grew up in Lincoln Village and had many fond memories of living there and playing baseball with his friends. He died Tuesday at Huntsville Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ken Dugan. Survivors include his wife, Sharon; son, Gregory; grandson, Taylor; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Jerry was a lover of sports. He played baseball, football, and basketball at Butler High School. He received a Bachelors Degree from David Lipscomb College, where he was on the baseball team. He received a Masters Degree from Middle Tenn. University.

     He was a teacher and coach in the area for 38 years, beginning at Madison Middle School. He then coached baseball, football, and basketball at Hazel Green High School for 6 years; and basketball at Lee High School for 31 years. He was fortunate enough to coach many great basketball players, and his teams won 619 games; including two state championships, one at Hazel Green and one at Lee. Jerry was a member of Chase Park Church of Christ. He was also a member of the Huntsville Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame, and was a member of their Board of Directors. He was also a member of Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame, Athletic Boosters Club Sports Hall of Fame, and Lipscomb University Hall of Fame. He was an active member and joke teller in the Huntsville Quarterback Club. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 6th from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Berryhill Funeral Home. Funeral services will be graveside at 2 p.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery with Rusty Hills officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Chase Park Church of Christ Building Fund, Ken Dugan Scholarship Fund at Lipscomb University (please mail checks to Lipscomb University, Attn: Advancement Services, One University Park Drive, Nashville, TN 37204, or give online at In the Special Instructions section, please denote that the gift is for the Ken Dugan Athletic Scholarship Fund), or a favorite charity.


(Copied From Facebook)
Craig Bannecke
LHS '65

    I grew up in the South, on the edge of a small town between cotton fields, cow pastures and a few miles of country roads and woods. I knew how to clean a squirrel, a rabbit or filet bream caught from the creek by the time I was ten years old. I would routinely follow a winding creek through the fields and the thick wooded trees and cane breaks to an abandoned barn where gaping cow skulls sat half-covered by brown leaves and I could dig for fishing worms with my trusty blade.

    Nobody thought disappearing in the woods for hours on end was unusual during the long stretches of summer vacation back in the 1960's. And even though strings of houses were only a 20-minute walk in almost any direction, the undergrowth towered above my skinny, four-and-a-half-foot frame. For a kid raised on a continuous loop of Davy Crockett movies, it felt like I was on my own out there. A pocket knife with two, three-inch locking blades and a brass handle inlaid with dark, chocolate-colored wood always weighed down a back pocket of my bluejeans. This trusty Case folding knife saw me through a childhood's worth of adventures.

        Memphis, TN - Be it a blessing or a curse, with the latest technology we use to stay in touch we are learning about the loss of more and more classmates which we did not hear about earlier. Susan Simms has been diligently trying to update our class records about the email, snail mail, and telephone numbers of our Classes of '64-'65-'66 and is passing her findings on for reporting in Lee's Traveller.  

    I hope Craig does not get upset for me re-posting something he put on Facebook. Of course once something goes on Facebook it seems to be Public Domain anyway. But, I thought he might get a kick out of sharing this story with the rest of the classmates.

    Don Wynn has selected this week's movie for your trivia questions.

    A man meets a young woman on a ferry.  They strike up a conversation where she asks detailed questions of him. She also gives a running account of her life.  Before disappearing into the crowd when the ferry docks, she tells him that she is an heiress from a very wealthy family.

More Details:
    This film was released in 1960 and caused a stir because the subject matter was considered risqué.
    The stars first names were William and Nancy.
    Nancy was a fill-in for the original actress in her role.

    What was the movie?
    Who were the male and female leads?
    What made this movie risqué?
    Why was the original female lead replaced during the filming of the movie?

Name That Tune

Last Week's Name That Tune Group

(As we stated earlier, we will be alternating between the Movie Trivia and the Name That Tune features. This week we are back to Name That Tune.)

        This week's song group is a selection of songs done by the same group from the mid to late Sixties.

1. What is the name of the group?
2.  What are the songs?
3. Who was the lead singer of the group?

 I was surprised we only had one person who knew last week's songs. Jeffrey Fussell, LHS '66, wrote "Songs performed by Paul Revere and the Raiders were omnipresent on 60’s radio and TV. Their showy “Minuteman” costumes and choreographed performance belied their underlying musical integrity. They were not taken as seriously as other artists of the time. My appreciation of their excellence came later."

The five selections for Name That Tune were among their top hits:

Just Like Me
Good Thing
Steppin’ Out
    I am sure it was an error of omission but Jeffrey did not name the lead singer. It was not, as many would think, Paul Revere. It was actually Mark Lindsey. According to Wikipedia, "Paul Revere & the Raiders was an American pop-rock band that saw considerable U.S. mainstream success in the second half of the 1960s and early 1970s, with music veering from garage rock to psychedelic pop. Signature songs include a quartet of major 1966 chart hits — "Just Like Me" (late 1965 debut), "Kicks" (ranked no. 400 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time), "Hungry" and "Good Thing" — and "Him Or Me – What's It Gonna Be?" (1967). Plus the platinum-certified 1971 comeback no. 1 "Indian Reservation", credited to simply 'Raiders'.

    (Editor's Note: I have got to see Paul Revere and the Raiders in concerts many times. I was on temporary duty in Las Vegas back in 1988 and they were doing a show at one of the casinos and were in a room with only a cloth curtain blocking the door. I sat at a nickle slot machine outside the room every night for about a week and listened the to show. A couple of years ago they were at Tunica and Sue and I went to see them. After the show Paul Revere sat at a table outside the showroom and sold CDs and talked to everyone who wanted to talk to him. He made an impression on me by stopping in the middle of his sow and apologizing to all the Vietnam veterans for his conduct during the Vietnam War, with a sincere heart-felt apology."

Paul Revere and the Raiders

        Now I have a question for all my female classmates and I want you to "Tell the Truth, Don't Lie to Me" and tell me if you ever owned a pair of white Go-Go Boots? "Tell the Truth Child."