Everett High Class of 1946 celebrates 65th reunion

Members of the Everett High School Class of 1946 who came to the reunion are, from left, Frank Valentine, Robert Tarwater, Mary Sue Cox Tipton, Harry Trotter, Galen Johnson, Geraldine Nelson Shamblin, Mildred Tipton Eaves, Vendeda Huskey Tulloch, Billy Hood, Wilma Teffeteller Baldwin, Edward Millsaps, Blanche Patterson Clevenger, Erma Robinson Leach, Clifford Smith, Lolita Magness Johnson, Charles Jennings and Clifford “Bo” Henry.

Members of the Everett High School Class of 1946 who came to the reunion are, from left, Frank Valentine, Robert Tarwater, Mary Sue Cox Tipton, Harry Trotter, Galen Johnson, Geraldine Nelson Shamblin, Mildred Tipton Eaves, Vendeda Huskey Tulloch, Billy Hood, Wilma Teffeteller Baldwin, Edward Millsaps, Blanche Patterson Clevenger, Erma Robinson Leach, Clifford Smith, Lolita Magness Johnson, Charles Jennings and Clifford “Bo” Henry.

Members of the Everett High School basketball team from the 1945-46 class gather for a team photo. Members of the team include, front row from left, Charles Cummings, manager, Clifford “Bo” Henry, Frank Valentine, Jack Campbell, Elmer Russell and Coach Ken Farmer. Second row from left are, Bill Kleinsasser, Edward Millsaps and Galen Johnson. Back row from left are, Charles Williams, Alvin Waters and Blake Tipton.

Members of the Everett High School basketball team from the 1945-46 class gather for a team photo. Members of the team include, front row from left, Charles Cummings, manager, Clifford “Bo” Henry, Frank Valentine, Jack Campbell, Elmer Russell and Coach Ken Farmer. Second row from left are, Bill Kleinsasser, Edward Millsaps and Galen Johnson. Back row from left are, Charles Williams, Alvin Waters and Blake Tipton.

Posing for the team football picture are members of the 1945 team, including, front row, from left, Coach Ken Farmer, Blake Tipton, Crowder Shamblin, Frank Valentine, Alvin Waters and Max McCall.
Second row, from left, are, Troy Akers, Bill Blair, Clifford Irwin and W.R. Shields.
Third row, from left, are, Bob White, manager; Eddie Everett; R.J. Sing; Ed Millsaps; Buddy Spangler; Dizzy Dean; Newt Stansberry; and Don Bunch.
Fourth row, from left. are, Monte Campbell, Chris VanDeventer, Ed Miller, Bill Kleinsasser, Olin Marshall, Bill McClure, Gene Payne, Bob Rule and Bud Dunlap.
Fifth row, from left, are, Herbert Fuller, Hobart Reneau, Don Geymont, Alfred Barham, Clifford “Bo” Henry, Charles Jennings, Marvin Boring and L.V. Cox.
Back row from left, Jack Green, who would go onto become a Country Music Hall of Fame member; Vernon Shamblin, Kenneth Young, Alan Richardson, Bennett Tipton and Galen Johnson. The Everett High School football team was 7-2 and crowned the Blount County champions.

Posing for the team football picture are members of the 1945 team, including, front row, from left, Coach Ken Farmer, Blake Tipton, Crowder Shamblin, Frank Valentine, Alvin Waters and Max McCall. Second row, from left, are, Troy Akers, Bill Blair, Clifford Irwin and W.R. Shields. Third row, from left, are, Bob White, manager; Eddie Everett; R.J. Sing; Ed Millsaps; Buddy Spangler; Dizzy Dean; Newt Stansberry; and Don Bunch. Fourth row, from left. are, Monte Campbell, Chris VanDeventer, Ed Miller, Bill Kleinsasser, Olin Marshall, Bill McClure, Gene Payne, Bob Rule and Bud Dunlap. Fifth row, from left, are, Herbert Fuller, Hobart Reneau, Don Geymont, Alfred Barham, Clifford “Bo” Henry, Charles Jennings, Marvin Boring and L.V. Cox. Back row from left, Jack Green, who would go onto become a Country Music Hall of Fame member; Vernon Shamblin, Kenneth Young, Alan Richardson, Bennett Tipton and Galen Johnson. The Everett High School football team was 7-2 and crowned the Blount County champions.

It is not often a class of high school graduates gathers to celebrate their 65th reunion. Alumni of the Class of 1946 from Everett High School spent a great day at Courtyard Grille with plenty of laughter and reminiscing.

Bo Henry, a class officer and a former Tennessee state representative, said the afternoon luncheon on July 2 went well. “We had 24 class members and a total of 35, including wives and husbands,” he said. “One or two came from Alaska, and one came from Waynesville, N.C.”

Henry said Everett High School had 720 students and was the largest in the county during the 1945-46 academic year. “We were first class to graduate more than 100 students. We had 110 students,” he said. “At the time, we had 23 teachers and the principal. The class of 1946 was the first to have a semi-hardback annual. The football team was Blount County champions.”

Henry said the class of 1946 was a war-time class. “We went to school during World War II. You could enlist at 16 if you had your parent’s signature. Approximately eight members of the class volunteered for service before they graduated,” he said. “Several members of our class actually left school and served and returned and graduated with our class in 1946.”

Henry said the class also honored two of the staff from that year. “Two teachers -- Mrs. Maxine Blevins and Mrs. Edna Hutchins -- are still living,” he said.

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