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Dorothy June Vernon
Lee High Home Economics Teacher
September 9, 1933 - June 9, 2020

    Dorothy June Vernon, 86, of Shelbyville,TN, a native of Lincoln County, passed away Tuesday, (June 9, 2020), under the loving care and comfort of her family and Willowbrook Hospice.Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday at Feldhaus Memorial Chapel. Jeff Smith will officiate, with burial to follow in Blanche Cemetery in Lincoln County.

    .She was born September 9, 1933, in Taft, Tennessee, to the late Shelton and Naomi Ferguson Jones. She was a Home Economics teacher with the school system in Huntsville, Alabama, for 35 years, and a faithful member of Southside Church of Christ. She attended Blanche High School and graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree from Middle Tennessee State University. She went on to obtain her Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama.Dot, as her friends knew her, was a caring and giving person with the heart of an angel. Her legacy will live on through the memories and the love she instilled in everyone that she met.Preceding her in death were her husband, Raymond H. Vernon, Jr. a sister, Cathy Jones; a brother Ray Jones.Survivors include two sons, Randy Vernon, and his wife Kim, of Rockvale, and Tim Vernon, and his wife Christy, of Huntland; sister in law, Brenda Jones; grandchildren, Jami Hage, and her husband Steven, Shelley Vernon, and Chase Vernon; great grandchildren, Caroline Walker, and Coleman Hage. Memorials may be made to Southside Church of Christ Ministries.Feldhaus Memorial Chapel is assisting the family.

It Cuts Like a Knife
Craig Bannecke
LHS '65

    I was surprised this past Sunday when I saw my Knife Story on the Lee Traveler.  I had basically written it for my own amusement and  posted it on my Facebook page. I didn't even give myself a By Line.  The knife story was based on a similar story I had read before and sounded a lot like my experience growing up as a kid of the 60's who carried a pocket knife.  I changed many of the details to the ones I had experienced growing up in Lakewood, which was at the time, on the edge of town, surrounded by farms, woods, cotton fields and had Pinhook Creek running down the middle of all of it.            

    This past Tuesday, I received a phone call from Skip Cook, whom I had grown up with.  Skip called to let me know he took exception to part of my story.  Now Skip was one of those folks that I spent a lot of time on the creek banks of Pinhook Creek fishing, wading and catching crawdads and setting minnow traps.   When Skip called, he started off letting me know he took exception to a point in my story, and then said, other than his son, there was no one else he had fished with more than me. I calmly listened as he explained his issue and reminded me of all the fish we had caught together over the years.  Then Skip made his point; that at no time had either of us "ever' caught a Bream large enough to filet !   In my story I said, "I knew how to clean a squirrel, a rabbit or filet bream caught from the creek....."  Well, I told Skip he was right and that I had borrowed on that story as it sounded a lot like where he and I grew up  as kids. And, that I had not lied but had merely taken as a writer's, " Poetic License" in saying I had "filleted a bream caught from the creek."  Well, he cracked up and we both had a good laugh. WE agreed however that we probably both had scaled, gutted and cut the head off many a smaller bream as that was the norm for the size bream we caught. 

    I told Skip how much I enjoyed pocket knives and always had. That to this day, I still carry a pocket knife every day. Even have one long thin single blade Case knife that I bought especially for Church. Since it fits within my dress pants without being big and bulky like my Case Trapper, two bladed knife.  I told Skip that one of the things that I enjoyed most about  carrying an old pocket knife was that it was like having an old friend with me that I knew I could always count on.  That's the great thing about old friends and old pocket knives. In all the years I've had them they never let me down.

    This is a picture of Skip and I in November 2017 after our last fishing trip together, here in South Carolina when he came up to visit. 

        Memphis, TN - Back to Music this week, after having only one response to last week's Movie Trivia. Thanks to Barb Biggs Knott for sending us the photo of her in her Go-Go Boots. Maybe some more of you had them but either do not have the nerve to admit it or do not have photos of them. I never owned a pair of Beetle Boots, but i admit I did have a Neru Jacket when they were the fad. I even wore some cowboy boots when I lived in Texas, but only for a short period of time.

        What "Fad" clothes do you remember from your earlier days? Pink socks and a pink shirt to match? Or maybe you were into the Bottle Red or Green option. When did you get your first pair of grown up sandals? How about the tie-dyed t-shirts?  What did you wear during the Disco Days?

        We want to know.

Go-Go Boots
Barb Biggs Knott
Class of ‘66

        Regarding Paul Revere and the Raiders, of all the groups I saw during the 60’s alas I was never able to see them live. However, I am attaching proof of my go-go boots. Photo was taken right after my wedding in December of 1969. John and I celebrated 50 years this past December.

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?

Max Kull, LHS '67 writes, "Put me in the back of the line for this one. I wouldn't have gotten it without the William and Nancy clue.  Never saw it but was aware of the movie and the subject matter."

What was the movie?
The World of Suzie Wong
Who were the male and female leads?
William Holden and Nancy Kwan
What made this movie risqué?

Why was the original female lead replaced during the filming of the movie?
Didn't know this but found the answer in verifying that I had guessed the right movie.  Suzie was originally to be played by France Nuyen (Liat from South Pacific) who played Suzie on Broadway...opposite another William - "Captain Kirk" Shatner.  Apparently she had put on too many pounds when her affair with Marlon Brando went south so the part was recast with Kwan. 

The World of Suzie Wong


This Week's Name That Tune Group of Songs


Began writing and recording music in 1956, and had first hit song in 1957.

Enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1961.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class of 1986, and into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. 


1. What are the names of the five songs? (Yes, there are 5, listen carefully)
2. Who did them?


From Our Mailbox 


Subject:    Paul Revere and the Raiders

Curt Lewis

    I saw Paul Revere and the Raiders live in El Paso in 1967.  They put on a spectacular show.




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