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Welcome to the Charlotte Central High School, Class of 1957 website. Go Wildcats!

This site has been developed and is maintained by MIckey Connell for his friends from the Charlotte Central High Class of 1957. If you have any stories, photographs, memories, current news, etc. of our classmates, contact Mickey



Please come and enjoy the fellowship of your classmates!

Each month our class of '57 holds a luncheon for all classmates. No reservations are required. The luncheons are held on the third Saturday of each month (there is no luncheon for the month of December) at 12:00 noon at Jimmie's Restaurant. Jimmie's is located in downtown Mint Hill, (7024 Brighton Park Drive). South of the intersection of Lawyers Road and Highway 51. Directions from I-85; exit off I-85 onto I-485 and continue to exit 43 (Hwy 51) and travel approximately 2.5 miles. At Wendy's turn right into shopping center. Turn first left and Jimmie"s will be on your left.


In the fall of 2017 this site will shut down due my costs, time and lack of classmate participation.

Many thanks to those of you that submitted information to be posted on the site. A special thanks to Doug House for keeping us informed on the passing of our classmates and also keeping track of entire graduating class. A special thanks to Nita Brown Rayburn for maintaining a fantastic database on classmates and sending out the many e-mails informing us of class events.

Most all of the previous posted stories and notes about our classmates can be found on the "Snips and Cut" page.



John Timmerman Layton, Sr. John Timmerman Layton, Sr., of Charlotte, NC, age 78, went home to be with the Lord on April 21, 2017. His death was a result of complications from a long term illness. He was born April 12, 1939, and raised in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from Central High School in 1957. He was married in 1959 to the love of his life Carolyn Squires at Pleasant Plains Baptist Church. He was the owner of Layton's Carry Out Food Service until 1970 at which time he joined the Charlotte Police Department. He retired from the CPD in 1987 and then worked for BI-LO and Harris Teeter in check recovery. After retiring he enjoyed gardening and was an active member of Pleasant Plains Baptist Church. John was a wonderful man and was loved by all that knew him. His wife, Carolyn Squires Layton, his parents Lawrence Abraham Layton and Maude Timmerman Layton and a sister, Charlotte Layton Tarlton, preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, John Timmerman Layton, Jr., a daughter, Lori Layton Morgan, grandsons Brandon Kelly Morgan, Jason Richard Morgan (Tara) and a great-grandson Mason Jacob Morgan, his sisters Judy Norris (Ed), Caroline Cole (Jim), a brother Joe Layton and many nephews, nieces and in-laws that loved him. Visitation will be at Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, 3316 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews, NC 28105 from 12:45 until 1:45 PM on Wednesday, April 26th, with the service following at 2:00 PM In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, 3316 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews, NC 28105.

Obituary as published in the Charlotte Observer, 4/24/2017.

Thanks to Jaye House for informing us of John's obituary.

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Don and Catherine Steagall Peeler" hosted a graduation celebration in January for their grandson, Spencer Peeler. He (in photo below) graduated from Marymount California University in December with a double major in Psychology and Art and Media.

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Barbara Barger Harelson and Hoover Harelson joined Gene Davis and Jackie Shaw O'Neill for lunch at the Sea Captain in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday 2/15/2017.

Left to right: Gene Davis, Jackie Shaw O'Neill, Barbara Barger Harelson and Hoover Harelson.

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The above picture is Doug and Jaye House's granddaughter Tia Rogers, her husband James, and their great granddaughter Arwen, 13 months. Tia graduated in December 2016 with an undergraduate degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is now enrolled in their Masters Program. Tia's plan is to bea Middle School teacher. Arwen and Doug have crawling races on the floor. So far, Doug is winning.

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See new information on Barbara and Hoover's grandson, Brad, using link below.

Hoover Harelson, Brad Ruhaak and Barbara Barger Harelson

Additional and new information (12/12/2016) on Barbara and Hoover's grandson, Brad Ruhaak. To read this very nice article and interview on Brad, click HERE.

An earlier article on Barbara Barger Harelson and Hoover Harelson's grandson, Brad Ruhaak. He has received a Senior Class Award in Men's Soccer. As yor may expect Barbara and Hoover are very proud of him. To read about the award and Brad click HERE.

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The grandson of Barbara Barger Harelson and Hoover Harelson, Brad, plays defender on the University of Akron soccer team and scored winning goal last Friday against 7th ranked Georgetown. The game was tied 0-0 and Brad scored with 36 seconds left in game. He was named to the NCAA Div I national soccer team this week and Akron was ranked #1 in all 3 national polls. He is team captain and will graduate in December with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. They are proud of him as you can notice in the above picture.

Congratulations to Brad, Akron and the whole Harelson clan!

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Congratulations to Catherine Steagall Peeler and Don Peeler celebrating their 57th anniversary!

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Jerry Vaughan on a trip to Europe was in Bletchely Park, England. The photo above shows him standing in front of the “Bombe” which was constructed by British code breakers Alan Turing and Gordon Welchman, and was used to break the Nazi Enigma code. The Bombe machine was highly praised by General Eisenhower and is said to have shortened the War by 2 years.

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Catherine Steagall Peeler and her husband, Don, just returned from a wonderful tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The photo below is of Don and Catherine with the Kylemore Abbey, a Benedictine Nunnery in the background.

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Anita Quinn Wright, has a story "A Wild Ride", published within a book "After the Diagnosis, Medullary Cancer Memoirs" by William Kenly.

Veterans of a Rare Form of Cancer Share Their Stories and Poems from Their "New Normal" in This Fascinating and Uniquely Uplifting Book. "After The Diagnosis" was conceived one dark February evening during an unusually chatty Facebook MTC cancer group session. Four months later, after 66 members of that group had put pen to paper, this collection of 84 stories went to the publisher. The only subject direction was to write about what cancer meant in their lives. No two stories are the same. Every story helps the reader understand about living with cancer. The book is available through Amazon Books.

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Catherine Steagall Peeler and her husband Don visited their older daughter, Libby, her husband, John, and children Kayla and Mitchell in Washington. Their grandson Spencer, goes to Marymount California College in L.A. He met them in Seattle for his spring break. The picture below was taken at the Chihuly Gallery and Garden. They did a lot of sightseeing.

Grandson Spencer, Catherine Peeler and Don Peeler

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Jerry Vaughn took a trip to China to give several invite lectures last December and shares the following photos.

Jerry surrounded by student helpers in Zhangzhou.

Jerry in the middle of terracotta soldiers in Xi'an.

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Gene Davis, Jackie Shaw O'Neill, Barbara Barger Harelson & Hoover Harelson having lunch Sea Captains House, Myrtle Beach SC. Gene and Jackie live in Pawleys Island SC, Barbara and Hoover were at their beach house in Sunset Beach NC so they met halfway for lunch on February 12th---lots of story telling & sharing memories of our CHS days.

From left: Gene Davis, Jackie Shaw O'Neill, Barbara Barger Harelson and Hoover Harelson.

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Thanks to the wife of Doug House, Jaye House, for taking the following photos during the February luncheon.

Left photo: Jay Whelan, Sally Holbrook Whelan and Virginia Wynn Wohlbruck.
Right Photo: Susie Kisiah Moore, Jodi Harelson, Hoover Harelson and Ted Wohlbruck.

Left photo: Frank Brown, Frank Ramsey and Walter Elmore.
Right Photo: Walter Elmore, Catherine Steagall Peeler and Bob Beard.

Left photo: Gayle Powell Passon, Barbara Barger Harelson, Catherine Steagall Peeler, Bob Beard and Bobby Hornback.
Right Photo: Same as left photo but with Doug House standing.

Please remember that the class luncheon is held the third Saturday in each month and everyone is invited!

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Danny Sells is the proud grandfather at the wedding of his granddaughter on New Year's Eve in Roanoke, Virginia. The bride has graduated from law school and is working as a lawyer in Roanoke.

Left photo: The granddaughter and beautiful bride.
Right Photo: Another granddaughter from Danny's son who will be going off to college this next year.

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Lundee Williams Amos and Joan Blackwelder Allen

Lundee Williams Amos recently visited withJoan Blackwelder Allen at her assisted living complex and noted that Joan loved having company and really enjoyed talking about her grandchildren.

Barbara Barger Harelson visited with Joan back in October and knows Joan would like to hear from classmates: notes, cards and visits. You can contact Joan at the following address:

Joan Blackwelder Allen
Carolina House
Apt 107
107 Bryan St
Morehead City, NC 28557

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Doug House and Jaye House and the Christmas Team with Santa, taken at Forgotten Children Ministries facility in Honduras where they lived during the December 6-10, 2015 trip.

Doug and Jaye were a member of a Christmas team that went to Honduras to serve with Forgotten Children Ministries (FCM). FCM rescues homeless and abused children and raises them until they become adults. FCM also provides food to some of Honduras’ poorest families. Below are a few pictures of their trip. In 2009, Doug and Jaye became sponsors of children in the FCM ministry.

Left photo: Family members of the people that sift thru the city garbage dump to recover anything recyclable to sell. The Christmas team gave 1,000 Christmas bags to poor children and food to their families.
Right Photo: A young woman getting a food bag for her family. She is one of the workers at the garbage dump.

Left photo: Jaye with some of the children of dump workers that received Christmas bags.
Right Photo: Doug and Jaye with their Honduran family, that are still in the ministry, but are no longer children.

The link below is to a video about the work of Forgotten Children Ministries (FCM) in Honduras. The video was made several years ago and life in Honduras since that time hasn’t changed. A couple of notes about the video are listed below:

The American narrator is Stan Nowell, the Founder of FCM.

Dump is the garbage dump where the garbage trucks from the city dump garbage. The people working in the dump are sifting thru the garbage to recover anything recyclable to sell. Their families live on the side of the hill below the dump in shacks with dirt floors, no running water (they have rain barrels to catch water) and no electricity.

Finca Grace is Grace Farm, the FCM farm where all the boys age 4 thru grade 12 live, which is about 20 miles from Tegucigalpa, the Capitol of Honduras. The girls and college boys live in separate guarded facilities in downtown Tegucigalpa. There are currently 80 children and youth in the FCM ministry. Many youth have completed their education and have transitioned out of the ministry into successful lives.

Please pay careful attention about the life of Carlos Alberto Barahona Hernandez which is shown in the video. Carlos entered the FCM ministry in 2003 at the age of 13. Carlos, now 24, will graduate from the university in June 2016 with a degree in Business Management.

Warning: Some of the scenes in the video are graphic.

If you would like to see and learn more on FCM, please click on this link to the video, click HERE

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Hoover Harelson, grandson Brad Ruhaak and Barbara Harelson

Barbara Barger Harelson and husband Hoover have been putting miles on their automobile this fall watching their grandson, Brad Ruhaak, play soccer for the University of Akron. Seems that Brad is making quite a name for himself at Akron. He has transformed from a walk-on to a star on his team in which he has been named a captain. There is a wonderful article in the Ohio Beacon Journal. If you would like to read about Brad please click HERE.

Congratulations Barbara and Hoover on your grandson. We know you are very proud.

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A wonderful article was published in the Coastal Observer on September 17 about our classmate and friend Jackie Shaw O'Neill. The article reveals a grand life she has had and a tribute to her talent.

"Jackie O’Neill says that if she had known her musical talent was going to take her around the world she would have paid more attention in geography class as a youngster in Charlotte.

But she was consumed by her piano lessons beginning at age 3. “I read music before I learned to read English,” said O’Neill, a resident of River Club for the past two-plus years. O’Neill was married to the late Dick O’Neill, an actor on Broadway and in Hollywood, and played piano for a Who’s Who of musical legends."

I highly suggest that you read the entire article by clicking HERE.

Congratulations Jackie, we are always elated to hear from our classmates!

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Danny Sells and his family at his sons 4th of July pool party.

Granddaughter Rachel (getting married 12/31/2015), daughter Melissa and proud dad Danny Sells

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This old aviator, Henry Snyder, was back in the air recently flying a 1942 Navy SNJ. This aircraft was originally designed for the Army as a trainer and designated the AT-6 Texan. The Navy modified the AT=6 to meet their requirement for carrier take-off and landings. Most of my air time was flying small private single engine planes. It was exciting to climb in the cockpit of this plane and experience the thrill of pulling G’s and seeing the world up side down.

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Jackie Shaw O'Neill playing the piano with Gretchen Downer. Gretchen's husband, Tommy Downer, is to the right singing his little heart out. Tommy is a 1955 graduate of Central High.

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Catherine Steagall Peeler and husband Don Peeler's grandson. Chris graduated from BB&N High School on June 5 in Cambridge, MA. He was Senior Class President and Deputy Editor of the school newspaper. At graduation he received the History award as well as the Head Award for academics, leadership, and kindness. He will go to Princeton in the fall. He also just completed a half triathlon.

Pictured are Kate-our daughter-in-law, our grandson-Andrew (a rising junior), our son, Randy, Chris, Catherine, and her husband, Don.

More from Catherine Steagall Peeler and Don Peeler!

Catherine and Don's granddaughter, Alex Prisinzano, graduated June 19 from Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach. She was an honor graduate of the IB Program. She played on the field hockey and soccer teams all four years. She will attend Virginia Commonwealth University in the fall.

Congratulations Catherine and Don you have many reasons to be proud grandparents! Thanks for sharing with your classmates!

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Gene Davis and Jackie Shaw O'Neill with Jackie's daughter, Meghan on far left, and Meghan's childhood friend Alexandra on far right. Jackie and Gene joined Meghan, who lives in Oregon, for a few days of fun in NYC last week. This photo was taken at Rockefeller Center.

Thanks Jackie for sharing with your classmates.

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Joan Cope Reading and her husband, Otto, in Boone, North Carolina attending her grandson's graduation. Joan and Otto a graduate of Virginia Tech (according to Joan, a good ole southern boy) have been married almost three years live in Hickory.

Thanks for keeping us updated and hopefully more of our classmates will do the same!

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Mike And Carolyn Richey at renewal of vows Feb 14th after 59 years.

Mike and Carolyn also noted that one of their granddaughters, Frances Padgett, daughter of Lisa and Clay Padgett was nominated and accepted to the U. S. Naval Academy.

Congratulations to the Mike and Carolyn!!

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The following are some photos that were taken at various luncheons that Claire Thornhill Skinner so kindly sent to us through Doug House.

Left photo: Jim Hanline and Susie Kisiah Moore
Right Photo: Melvin Dixon

Left photo: Claire Thornhill Skinner and Tom Skinner
Right Photo: Nancty Marlowe Sechrist and Jeff Sechrist

Left photo:Grace Crowell Phifer and Pat Yandle Grace
Right Photo: Catherine Steagall Peeler and Jaye House

Bob Hornback

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As most of you know, the son of Doug and Jaye House, Andy, is very much into history and I hope that the information Doug sent to me will be as interesting to you as it was to me.

“The Immortal 600” were 600 Confederate prisoners of war, used by the Union Army as human shields on Morris Island which is located at the entrance of Charleston Harbor. The general location of the prison pen where they were held in extremely harsh conditions has for the most part always been known. Recent extensive research, by our son Andy, has now located the precise location of the pen. An article, written by Andy, about the plight of these 600 men and the location of the pen, both at the time it was constructed and today after 150 years of a changing landscape, was published in the September edition of the Charleston Mercury newspaper.

Following is a copy of the article which Doug transcribed:

Prison of the “Immortal 600” found on Morris Island
By Andy Douglas House

On Sept. 7, 1864, exactly one year after the evacuation of Battery Wagner, 600 Confederate soldiers landed at the southern end of Morris Island. They came not as a raiding party in an attempt to retake the island, but as prisoners of war.

Previously held captive at Fort Delaware, the men were loaded on the steamer Crescent City to be taken south, reportedly as part of a prisoner exchange. Soon after leaving it became obvious that there would be no such exchange. They were crowded below decks in the sweltering heat for 18 seemingly endless days. Arriving on Morris Island malnourished and weak, they learned the true nature of their journey: They were to be used as human shields.

General Sherman was marching toward Savannah. The Confederacy, fearful that he may reach Andersonville and free the Federal prisoners there, moved many of them to Charleston for safe keeping. They were kept at the city jail and, as fate would have it, within range of Union artillery bombarding the city. The Federals viewed this move as a way to stop the shelling of the city by putting defenseless prisoners in harm’s way. Placing Confederate prisoners of war on Morris Island, in full range of Confederate guns, was seen as an appropriate countermeasure.

When the 600 arrived on Morris Island they were forced to march to a stockade recently constructed just for them. This square-shaped pen on the northern end of the island was constructed of pine poles placed four feet deep in the sand. At the top the staves were sharpened to a point over ten feet high, and they were so closely set that it was difficult to see between them.

Housed in tents in groups of four and confined to an area of approximately one-and-a-half acres, the men were made to endure hot days, constant aggravation by gnats, blowing sand and a shortage of fresh water. During the next 45 days they were pushed to the point of starvation on what has been described as “retaliation rations” meager provisions based on what the Federals suspected their counterparts in Charleston were receiving.

Beyond all that, the men –now known as “The Immortal 600”- also endured the constant threat of exploding artillery shells launched in their direction from their comrades at Fort Sumter, Fort Johnson and Fort Moultrie.

On Oct. 8, with the threat of disease sweeping Charleston, the Federal prisoners were removed from the jail and sent to Columbia and other places in the northern part the state. As a result, on Oct. 21, the Federals removed the Immortal 600 from the area. Their 45 days of suffering on Morris Island were at an end, but any relief was only temporary as they were transported to Fort Pulaski, Georgia, where their imprisonment continued.

The Immortal 600 are remembered not only for the harsh conditions they had to endure but also for what they represent: A model of devotion, true character and honor.

There are no official maps that show where the prison was constructed but there are many descriptions given by those that were there as to its location. Those accounts, however, vary significantly. Some state it was midway between Fort Wagner and Fort Gregg (about 650 yards) while others state it was as close as 250, 150, or even 100 yards north of Wagner.

There is a known photograph of the prison pen on Morris Island. In it the pen’s front gate has been left open and the precisely placed pine poles of the structure are quite obvious.

Another image, however, -this one taken from the southwest parapet looking northeast- is the most important photograph of this story. In the photo’s left-hand corner, in the very distance background, we find something amazing: The true location of the prison pen. This new information, confirmed by mapping and calculation, places the prison pen of the Immortal 600 where the Morris Island jetty –constructed from 1878 to 1895- is today.

Only the sand of the deserted beach remains, a silent witness to what happened here 150 years ago. There is no monument on Morris Island to those brave Confederate prisoners who suffered so mightily in 1864.

Now that the actual location of the prison has been discovered to be at the jetty, perhaps it might someday become known as “The Immortal 600 Jetty”. It would seem only proper that this may happen, so that never again will this important place become lost or forgotten. The pine poles that once served as the walls of the prison have today been replaced by permanent huge blocks of stone, each one representing the unyielding courage, sacrifice and honor that was and is the “Immortal 600”.

Andy Douglas House is a resident of South Carolina. He has been researching Charleston and the Civil War for 25 years and his book “Still on the Battlefield: The Civil in Charleston” was recently published in April 2014.

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This past August David and Sandra Dennis celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary by taking a 15 day trip that took them to Glacier National Park in Montana and several national parks in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. The highlight of the trip, they report, was the drive over the Highway to the Sun in Glacier and the various hikes they took to beautiful mountain lakes and waterfalls. Halfway through their trip, they joined their youngest son, Ken, and two grandsons (15 and 12) during their time in Glacier. At one of the waterfalls, the two grandsons decided to join other people who were jumping off of a cliff about 15 feet above a pool created by the river. As you can imagine, the water was quite cold even in August. Needless to say, David and Sandra chose to forego this experience. If you have never driven across the Highway to the Sun, David highly recommends that you put this trip on your bucket list. Not only do you get to see beautiful mountains and landscapes and get close up photos of Mountain Goats, Big Horn Sheep and other wild life, you get to see the fantastic engineering and construction feat that went into the construction of this road. Speaking of wildlife photos, David reports that all of their photos of bears were (fortunately) long-distance shots.

David and Sandra also report that they are extremely proud of their granddaughter, Ellie, who finished her first year at Florida Gulf Coast University with straight A grades. Far better than her grandparents did in their first year of college.

Left Photo: Sandra and David Dennis at end of goat hike.
Right Photo: All of the family together.

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News from the grandson, Brad Ruhaak, of Hoover and Barbara Barger Harelson: Brad's soccer summer league semi-pro team made the final 4 for national championship to be played this weekend (August 1-3, 2014) on their home field in Pontiac, Michigan, where Brad has lived all summer. He has been a starting defender on this Michigan Bucks team. He only has a week after this tournament weekend to get back to Akron to start practice with the University of Akron soccer team.

Best of luck to Brad's team and the proud grandparents!

Barbara and Hoover's grandson's team, WINS the National Championship!!. The grandparents couldn't be more proud and now are looking forward to watching Brad play this year for Akron University's soccer team.

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News from Barbara Barger Harelson: Our oldest grandson, Tommy Harelson, was married Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Houston, Texas (see below). "We returned home to Greensboro on 6/25 and had my hip replacement surgery on July 1st. Am two weeks from my surgery, anterior hip replacement, no pain, and finished my home rehab---doctors are amazing with the new ortho surgeries! Thanks to our classmates for all the emails, notes, cards and especially your prayers!!"

Left Photo: L-R, The Harelson family; Grandsons, Brad Ruhaak, Brian Rahaak, daughter Jodi Harelson, (bride) granddaughter-in-law Kendle McCord Harelson, (groom) grandson Tommy Harelson, daughter-in-law Electra Harelson, son Jeff Harelson, grandson Daniel Harelson, the proud mother Barbara Barger Haelson and father Hoover Harelson.
Right Photo: Tommy and Kendle's bridal party.

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Sally Holbrook and husband, Jay, hosted celebration of birthdays at the Carmel Country Club, Charlotte in June for a few Central High classmates and husbands.

Left Photo: L-R, Barbara Barger Harelson, Mary Lynn Caldwell Morrill, Gayle Powell Passons, Sybil Ballentine Carson and Sally Holbrook Whelan.
Right Photo: 75th Birthday cake.

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Thanks to Doug's wife Jaye House for taking the following pictures made at the May, 2014 luncheon. Please come on out and joing your classmates on the third Saturday of each month.

Left Photo: Left to right, Virginia Wynn Wohlbrook, Catherine Steagall Peeler, Barbara Barger Harelson and Hoover Harelson.
Right Photo: Left to right, Walter Elmore, Ricky Ray, Virginia Wynn Wohlbrook, Catherine Steagall Peeler, Barbara Barger Harelson, Hoover Harelson, Doug House, Susie Kisiah Moore, Bob Hornback and Bob Beard.

Left Photo: Left to right, Walter Elmore, Ricky Ray and Virginia Wynn Wohlbrook.
Right Photo: Left to right, Walter Elmore, Ricky Ray, Virginia Wynn Wohlbrook, Catherine Steagall Peeler, Barbara Barger Harelson, Hoover Harelson and Doug House.

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You don’t see this very often. The Deolrean on the left belongs to Andy House the son of Doug and Jaye House. The Delorean on the right belongs to his friend Mark. They both live in Fort Mill, SC and only met recently at another car show.

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Congratulation to Stacie Neal, daughter of Gayle Hart Bangert, Emergency Planner, on her selection as 2014 City of Charlotte Employee of the Year. Stacie’s work in implementing the CharMeck Alerts program exemplify Stacie’s commitment and dedication to the work of the Fire Department, Emergency Management, and the City as a whole.

Stacie Neal with her proud Mother, Gayle Hart Bangert

And in Gayle's own words: "This is a WONDERFUL attribute to my daughter who managed excellence both personally and professionally during a very tough year. I am so proud of her. Gayle".

Stacie, we can repeat your Mother's words and also tell you that your Mother is also a very special person

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Jackie O'Neill and Gretchen Downer

Popular duo pianists Jackie O'Neill and Gretchen Downer presented a concert on Friday, May 16. 2014 at the Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church in Pawleys Island, SC. This fundraiser was presented by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library to raise money to build a new Pawleys Island library.

Jackie and Gretchen played Broadway show tunes, movie themes. old standards and more. After a intermission there was an old fashioned "sing-along".

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The son of Doug and Jaye House, Andy, has published a book titled “Still on the Battlefield -The Civil War in Charleston”. A preview of the book is available online. To preview the book:

Google: lulu bookstore

Select: Bookstore – Lulu

Select: More Details

At the select books option, enter: still on the battlefield

From this page there are two options:

Select: “view the Author’s spotlight” to get info on the author

Select: “preview” to see an 8 page preview. Click on right arrow at top of page to view all 8 pages.

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Left photo: Doug House, Gil Ballance (teacher) and Grace Crowell Phifer.
Right Photo: Bob Beard, Nancy Marlowe Sechrist, Jeff Sechrist, Gil Balance, Henry Snyder and Doug House.

Left photo: Gil Balance, Manning Watts,Bob Hornback, Claire Thornhill Skinner, Tom Skinner, Bob Beard and Nancy Marlowe Sechrist.
Right Photo: Bob Hornback, Claire Thornhill Skinner, Tom Skinner, Bob Beard, Nancy Marlowe Sechrist, Jeff Sechrist and Henry Snyder.

Left to Right: Bob Hornback, Claire Thornhill Skinner, Henry Snyder, Doug House, Gil Balance, Grace Crowell Phifer, Jim Hanline, and Susie Kisiah Moore.

Thanks to Jaye House for taking the photos!

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Doug and Jaye House were members of one of the two Christmas teams traveling to Honduras to provide Christmas bags to poor children and food to their parents. Their guest in Honduras was Forgotten Children Ministries. FCM was established 10 years ago to rescue homeless and abused children. It is estimated that there are 6,000 homeless children in Honduras. Currently, there are 78 children in the FCM ministry. Doug and Jaye sponsor four of the children in the ministry. This was Doug's third trip to FCM, but Jaye’s first. This was Jaye’s first chance to meet our sponsored children ( Godchildren). The two Christmas teams provided Christmas bags to 1000 children and distributed 8000 pounds of beans and rice to the families. The pictures below can’t tell the complete story, but hopefully will give everyone an idea of their trip.

Left photo: Preparing bags of rice and bags of beans to give to the families and filling the Christmas bags for the children. Jaye on left and Doug on right.
Right Photo: One of the children with the Christmas bag and stuffed toy that we provided for her Christmas. The only Christmas present she will receive.

Left photo: A 12 year old boy that is helping his family earn a living by directing traffic on a road under construction. He has never attended school as is the case for so many of the poor children in Honduras. The Christmas bag he is holding will be his only Christmas present.
Right Photo: Doug with two of the children living in a government facility for the severely handicapped. Each one received a Christmas bag and stuffed toy.

Left photo: A picture of a poor community gathering to receive beans and rice and Christmas bags. Before the gifts are distributed, they receive a sermonette by FCM’s founder Stan Nowell. explaining the real meaning of Christmas and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Right Photo: The Christmas team sharing an afternoon with the FCM kids at a fun park.

I am sure Doug and Jaye have been very blessed with their love of their Christian Ministries and it is wonderful that they are able to continue with their work and service.

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If you remember we posted about Derek Neal, the son of Gayle Hart Bangert starting his studies in medicine at the University of Arizona. Unfortunately, but a wonderful tribute to her son, Derek, the University gave honor to him as the top 10 moment for 2013. The following is that written on their "Red and Blue" publication:

"#10 Fulfilling a dream

Throughout his illness, Derek Neal had said he wanted to live long enough to become a doctor. Not wanting that dream to go unfulfilled, a classmate and leaders from the UA College of Medicine presented him with his M.D. diploma the day before he passed. Our hearts are breaking for the Neals. We invite all to show their support:"

Our hearts and prayers are also with Gayle and her daughter,Stacie. It is my understanding that Derek passed in August of this year.

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Nita Brown Rayburn grandson, Austin, was married at the Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, Tennessee. The newlyweds live/work in Washington, DC. She's a University of Kentucky graduate and Austin is an Auburn University graduate (and a happy one after last Saturday's game)...the other Alabama folks, not so much!!!

Nita Brown Rayburn with her grandson and bridegroom, Austin.

Top photo: Families
Bottom photo: The beautiful wedding party.

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Ruthie Rees Lasher and Catherine Steagall Peeler

Catherine Steagall Peeler and her husband, Don, were in Leesburg, Florida in October visiting their grandson. They then went to Mount Dora one day and had lunch with Ruthie Rees Lashar and her son, Tom. He was visiting Ruthie from San Francisco. They had a fun time.

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Doug House, on right, and one of his fishing buddies, Deon, with 2 almost identical 22 inch Puppy Drum (Spot tails) caught in mid-October during their fall fishing trip to the Outer Banks.

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Lundee Williams Amos at Stokesdale United Methodist Church for one of her Laughing Is Good For Your Health sessions. If you are interesting in Lundee's work visit her website by clicking HERE.

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Lundee Williams Amos's son, Dean Amos and his family who live in Hickory, NC.

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Jackie Shaw O'Neill performed at the Chocolate Sunday an event of the Cultural Council of Georgetown County, South Carolina. The event was held at the historic Millbrook Plantation on September 15, 2013.

Below is a picture of an event. Jackie's piano partner was Gretchen Downer (wife of Tommy Downer). We are so proud that Jackie is still performing so wonderfully. Congratulations!

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Received an email from Jerry Vaughan which notes: "On vacation in Ecuador with a tour sponsored by Davidson College, I noticed the Equator, or should I say "the Ecuador". See attached photo:

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Doug and Jaye House recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a cruise to Alaska. Many congratulations to Doug and Jaye!

Left photo: Seated from left, their granddaughter Tia Rogers and husband James, Doug and Jaye. Standing from left, their son Andy and his lady friend Candace Russell, their nephew David McWhirter and wife Sherry.
Right photo: The 50th anniversary couple, Doug and Jaye House.

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Proud grandmother, Lundee Williams Amos with her grandsons in Sedona. From left, Cameron, Lundee, Grant and Davis.

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Nita Brown Rayburn has a family that apparently likes the the University of Alabama. Pictured above with Nita is one of her grandsons is her 2013 high school graduate, Jack Rayburn. He’ll be attending Alabama in the fall. Nita will have three grandsons enrolled at Alabama in the fall - Jack, freshman, his brother Walker Rayburn getting his masters in accounting (Walk gets his undergrad degree Aug. 3, 2013 from Ala.), and Morgan Thompson a senior in Management Information Systems. Needless to say, Nita is a very proud Grandmother and rightly so!

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Grandson Tommy Harelson's graduation at Univ. of Texas, Masters degree in Accounting. May 18, 2013. Tommy is surrounded by his proud grandparents, Hoover and Barbara Barger Harelson.

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I do not have access to the publication but Jack Beaver tells me that there is an absolutely beautiful, colorful 10 page article on Don and Ginny Spoon in the Spring (March) 2013 issue of Country Gardens. Spectacular! Volume 22, number 2 issue. Jack also notes that they have many of their beautiful irises! If you can locate the magazine, the article should be worth the cover price.

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Urban Birder Paradise

Sally Holbrook Whelan and Dr. Jay Whelan

Nfocus Magazine reflects the people, culture and generosity of up and comers and longtime bluebloods in Charlotte, Louisville and Nashville. In the March 25 issue, nfocus has an excellent article featuring "Elegant Backyard Sanctuaries". In this issue our own Sally Holbrook Whelan and her husband, Dr. Jay Whelan's back yard is one of those featured. Such a lovely paradise they have developed. The article and photographs can be seen by clicking on the link HERE.


Thanks to Doug House for sending the following photos from the February Luncheon.

Left photo: Ricky Ray and Bobby Hornback.
Right photo: Jeff Sechrist, Nancy Marlowe Sechrist , Ricky Ray, Bobby Hornback, Doug House, Claire Thornhill Skinner and Tom Skinner.


Thanks to Tom Skinner (husband of Claire Thornhill Skinner) for sending the following photos from the 55th reunion.

Left photo: Carol Mills White, Claire Thornhill Skinner, Tom Skinner abd Jeannette Vanderburg Serwinowski.
Right photo: Walter Elmore.

Left photo: Ann Maria Yongue Williams and Bob Williams.
Right photo: Gene Davis and Sue Jackie Shaw O'Neill.

Left photo: Claire Thornhill Skinner and Tom Skinner.
Right photo: Don Peeler and Catherine Steagall Peeler.

Left photo: R-L, Jaye (Mrs Doug) House, Yvonne Bowen, Bobby Bowen, Ikey Cathcart, Brenda Dixon, and Melvin Dixon. Background - Amm Maria Yongue Williams, Bob Williams and Doug House.
Right photo: Doug House and Jaye House.

Left photo: Martha Tucker House and Nina Wagner Graves.
Right photo: Doug House and Danny Sells.

Left photo: Jim Hanline, Sue Jackie Shaw O'Neill and Gene Davis.
Right photo: David Dennis and Sandra Dennis.

Left photo: Gayle Parsons Passons, Cathrine Steagall Peeler and Barbara Barger Harelson.
Right photo: Doug House and Danny Sells.

Left photo: Gene Davis, Daid Green and Sue Jackie Shaw O'Neill.
Right photo: Nita Brown Rayburn.

Left photo: Melvin Dixon and Brenda Dixon.
Right photo: Claire Thornhill Skinner and Tom Skinner.

Left photo: Judy Cathcart, Ikey Cathcart and Barbara Barger Harelson.
Right photo: Lundee Williams Amos.

Left photo: Patsy Montague and David Montague.
Right photo: John Kirby and Karen Kirby.

Left photo: Sandra Dennis and David Dennis.
Right photo: Carolyn Bennett and Jim Bennett.

Left photo: Gene Austin and Nellie Austin.
Right photo: Jeannine Bell and Gary Bell.

Left photo: Ginny Abernathy and Larry Abernathy.
Right photo: Jim Bennett and Carol Bennett.

Left photo: Claire Thornhill Skinner and Frank Ramsey.
Right photo: Ted Wohlbruck and Virginia Wynn Wohlbruck.

Left photo: Virgina Wynn Wohlbruck and Barbara Barger Harelson.
Right photo: Melvin Dixon, Brenda Dixon and Jerry Williams.

Left photo: Carole Mills White.
Right photo: Catherine Steagall Peeler and Hoover Harelson.

Left photo: Bobby Bowen.
Right photo: Verlene and Frank Hoffecker.

Left photo: Anne Williams, Danny Sells and Jerry Williams.
Right photo: Sue Jackie Shaw O'Neill.

Left photo: Barbara Barger Harelson, David Green, Walter Elmore and Frank Ramsey.
Right photo: Jeannette Vanderburg Serwinowski.

Left photo: Claire Thornhill Skinner.
Right photo: Danny Sells.

Thanks to Mary Clemmer (cousin of Mike McManus) for sending the following photos from the 55th reunion.

Left photo: Hoover Harleson, John Kirby, Karen Kirby, Danny Sells and Catherine Steagall Peeler.
Right photo: Hoover Harleson, Barbara Barger Harleson, David Bohannon, Catherine Steagall Peeler.

Activiity in the hospitality room.

Left photo: Doug House and Mike McManus.
Right Photo: Busy hospitality room.

Thanks to Doug House for sending the following photos from the 55th reunion.

Left photo: Martha Tucker House, Nina Wagner Graves, Danny Sells and Claire Thornhill Skinner.
Right Photo: Carol Synder and Henry Synder.

Left photo: Yvonne Bowen and Bobby Bowen.
Right Photo: Hilda (Mrs. David) Green, Sandra Dennis and David Dennis.

Left photo: Barbara Barger Harelson, Jay Whelan and Sally Holbrook Whelan.
Right Photo: Table setting.

Left photo: Doug House.
Right Photo: Sue Jackie Shaw O'Neill and David Green.

Left photo: Virgina Wynn Wohlbruck, Ted Wohlbruck, Hoover Harelson and Barbara Barger Harelson.
Right Photo: Reunion banner.

55th Reunion Registration

This is the list of those registered for the 55th reunion.

Larry Abernathy and Ginny Abernathy
Gene Austin and Nellie Austin
Judy Aycock Walters
Barbara Barger Harelson and Hoover Harelson
Jim Barnett and Pattie Barnett
Gary Bell, Jeannine Bell, and Linda Bell Helms
Jim Bennett and Carol Bennett
Bobby Blankenship and Tracie Blankenship
David Bohannon
Bobby Bowen and Yvonne Bowen
Nita Brown Rayburn
Nancy Bullock Fowler and Jack Fowler
Mary Lynn Caldwell Morrill and Dan Morrill
Lura Carnes Owens and Kenneth Owens
Ikey Cathcart and Judy Cathcart
Emma Collins
Theo Couchell Robinson
Gene Davis
David Dennis and Sandra Dennis
Melvin Dixon and Brenda Dixon
Walter Elmore
Herb Fitzgerald and Sylvia Fitzgerald
David Green and Hilda Green
Darrell Hagler
Jim Hanline and Martha Hanline
Frank Hoffecker and Verlene Hoffecker
Sally Holbrook Whelan and Jay Whelan
Bobby Hornbeck
Doug House and Jaye House
Sally Joyner Wright and Wade Wright
John Kirby and Karen Kirby
Carol Mills White
David Montague and Patsy Montague
Susie Kisiah Moore
Charles Meek
Bobby Overstreet
Gayle Powell Parsons and Rudy Parsons
Elizabeth Philemon Hazel and Tom Aldridge
Bo Rochester and Bev Rochester
Danny Sells
Sue Jackie Shaw O'Neill
David Sims and Judy Sims
Sarah Jane Stainback MacKenzie and Tim MacKenzie
Catherine Steagall Peeler and Don Peeler
Jeannette Vanderburg Serwinowski
Frank Ramsey and Ann Ramsey
Ricky Ray and Shirley Ray
Claire Thornhill Skinner and Tom Skinner
Martha Tucker House
Henry Snyder and Carol Snyder
Virginia Wynn Wohlbruck and Ted Wohlbruck
Jerry Vaughan
Nina Wagner Graves
Ann Maria Yongue Williams and Bob Williams
Jerry Williams and Ann Williams
Lundee Williams Amos and Danny Crump

Below is a photo of a group of volunteers (L-R Walter Elmore, Virginia Wynn Wohlbruck, Catherine Stegall Peeler, Patsy Boyte Ratchford, Doug House, Gene Davis, Jackie Shaw O'Neill and Henry Snyder) that met Saturday, November 19, before the Classmate Luncheon to make plans for a 55th reunion. We discussed numerous options and assigned ongoing projects.

PLEASE NOTE We are starting to receive some problems of staying in touch with classmates due to changes in email addresses. So that you do not get left out of any class information and activities PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANY CHANGES YOU HAVE IN YOUR E-MAIL (AND SURFACE MAIL) ADDRESS.

Most all of the previous posted stories and notes about our classmates can be found on the "Snips and Cut" page.


If you have information about any of our classmates, please send to me so it can be shared with all.

I need you to send me information about you, your children, your grandchildren, your dog and anything else you would like to brag about. Come on people, help me out.

Anyone have any news, interesting stories and items you would like to share with your classmates, please let me know.

Previously posted photos taken at monthly luncheons can be found on the Snips and Cuts pages

Anyone having items of interest, please send them to me!

This site has been developed and is maintained by MIckey Connell for his friends from the Charlotte Central High Class of 1957. If you have any stories, photographs, memories, current news, etc. of our classmates, contact Mickey