Overton High School - Memphis, Tennessee
Reunion of the First Graduating Classes 1962-65

In Memoriam

The following classmates are reported to have passed away. Please let us know if you see errors or omissions, or if you have a photo to fill a blank. Send info to scribe at overtonfirst dot net Thank you.

  Name Class of
Betty ADAIR Lenhardt 1964
Ted Anderson



TED A. ANDERSON, 64, died Thursday, November 25, 2010 after a short illness. He was born January 26, 1946 in Memphis, TN and was a Masonry Foreman with Southern Masonry Company.

Jerry BAKER 1964
Marcella Benson

Brenda Marcella BENSON

Brenda Marcella Benson, 66, of Germantown, TN, passed away February 26, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Memphis. Born in Memphis, TN March 12, 1944, she was a member of the first graduating class of Overton High School, and later a graduate of Memphis State University. She was a 26 year employee of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, during which she won the President’s Club Award six times and was named Distinguished Sales Representative. She enjoyed her many trips to various countries around the world, and had a special love for animals. She was preceded in death by her father, Taylor Marcel Benson, and her sister, Linda “Bennie” Stratton. Survivors include her two sons, Daniel Benson Straatmann and Matthew Christopher (Brittany) Straatmann; one sister, Patricia Ann Benson; her mother, Marguerite Bertha Benson; three nieces, Erin Elizabeth Stratton, Kelly Halle Benson Stratton Carter, and Robyn Patrice Mastry; and one granddaughter to be, Marcella Taylor Straatmann.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on February 28, 2011


Linda Sue Black Watson

Linda Sue BLACK Watson

Linda Sue Watson, retired Nurse for Methodist North Hospital, died December 9, 2011. She was a retired Navy veteran. She is survived by her parents, Alvis and Ruby Black; sister, Carol Walker; brothers, David Black, Keith Black.


Carol Louise BLEDSOE Beard

Carol had been ill for many years, she is survived by one son Robbie. Many will remember her Brother (older) Larry , and younger brother Benny they are also deceased, only living sibling Sandra Kay. [Linda Glass Dowdy, 2006]

Robert R. BOEPPLE 1964


Died March 26, 2006



died before graduation


Ruben Thomas BOYCE III

Died December 13, 2006, in Memphis

Jesse BRADLEY 1962
William Edmon BRANDT 1964
Alex W. BROWN Jr 1964
Linda BROWN Cook 1964
Mary Joyce Bryant Arwood

Mary Joyce BRYANT Arwood

Joyce died September 9, 2011, at the age of 67. Joyce was mother to Karen and son-in-law, Doug Collins; grandmother to Dawn and Zackary; great-grandmother to Charles; sister to Lois Medlin and Helen Browning. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Arwood, mother, Wilma, father, Raymond Bryant, and brother Sherman Bryant.



I was married to Billy Buchanan for 19 years.  The most wonderful husband, father and best friend a lady could ever ask to have.  As all of you know Billy was that person.  He left us way too young and left me with God’s greatest gift:  Three wonderful children; Jason, Dallan and Crystal.  We miss him dearly and love him more and more everyday. -- Shirley Payne

Sandra BURRUS Clifton 1964
Susan Jane Burson
Susan Jane BURSON 1965
Albert Michael "Mickey" CAMP 1964
Jerri Sue Carter Strickland

Jerri Sue CARTER Strickland

Jerri Sue Carter Strickland died June 16, 1990 at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She had one child, Gerald P. Strickland, who lives in Memphis.


Judith Gail CHEESEMAN Almy

Judi and her husband William Almy had five children. Judi was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1975. In spite of a number of kinds of treatment, she died in 1994.

Janice Faye CHILDERS Thomas 1964
Ronald W. CHRISTAL 1964
Lynda CLARK 1962
Thomas CLARK 1962
John Kenneth CLARKSON 1964


Larry Cooper was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on September 29, 2005. He lived only 73 days more and passed away on December 10, 2005. His oncologist said he bravely fought a horrible illness and will be missed by many. He worked for the St. Jude Showcase of Dogs every October since it's beginning 10 years ago and the Showcase in October of 2006 will be dedicated to his memory because without his efforts, the Showcase wouldn't be what it is today. "He made a difference in a lot of the lives he touched. I think of him every day and miss him and his wit and humor." -- Cheryle Strait Fisher


Robert Allen Cossey

Bobby died in 1999 of heart disease.

Michael Dehaan
Michael DEHAAN 1965

Thomas Morton DICKINSON

Thomas Morton Dickinson is on the Vietnam Wall on Panel 22E, line 057. He was a  SP4 (Specialist 4) in the US Army.  His MOS was helicopter repairer, he served with 409TH TRANS DET, 174TH AHC, 14TH AVN BN, 17TH AVN.  He arrived in Vietnam on April 30, 1967, and died from multiple fragmentation wounds in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam on June 24, 1967.


Lynda Alice DUFFEL Holmes

Lynda died in 2005 in Arkansas

James Thurman ELAM Jr 1964
Patsy ELDER Harrell 1964
David Espy
David Gary EPSY 1965
Kay FAFORD 1962
Janet FERGUSON Barnes 1964

Robert Bryan FINK

Died April 2007. He was the owner of Bryan's Carpets, Memphis; veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps; was a member of Cherokee Baptist Church, loved to fish, loved his home, family, and dogs. Buried in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery with military honors.

William Alvin Ford

William Alvin FORD

died 2008

No photo


Jack Godwin, 63, of Collierville passed away September 7, 2008. Jack was born November 7, 1944 to Melvin and Margie Steele Godwin in Brownsville, TN. They survive. Also surviving are his wife, Pat Godwin; daughters, Kellie Godwin, Jill (Bobby) Davis, Joy (Andy) Pack, and Jackie Mata; sons, Bryan (Charlene) Houston and Jay Godwin; brothers, Billy and David Godwin; sister, Bonnie Sgarlato, and 11 grandchildren. Jack was a member of Germantown Church of Christ. He owned American Construction for over 25 years. He was an avid fisherman and loved to go camping.

Rodney Goke

Rodney GOKE

Rod passed away October 5, 2011 from a heart attack.  He lived in Austin, Texas. 

Linda Kay Grear Hale

Linda Kay GREAR Hale

I am sorry to say that Linda passed away November 9, 2009. -- her step-daughter, Karen Grear


Donna GREER Custer

Donna died in 2005 in Louisiana. Her son Ronald posted a memorial on the web


Martha Anne HANCOCK Webb

Martha Anne Hancock Webb graduated from Overton with the graduating class of 1964.  She then went on to college at Memphis State and ultimately The University of Tennessee where she graduated with a Masters in Public Health Nutrition.  We were married in 1969 and had two daughters:  Anne Catherine and Mary Caroline.  Martha worked for many years as a Prenatal Nutritionist for the Knox County Health Dept. In 1999, she was diagnosed with a virulent form of thyroid cancer and was told she was already at Stage 4. After a valiant struggle, and many treatments, my beautiful wife of 32 years succumbed in March of 2002.
We love her, we miss her, we think about her every day.  God's angels sometimes come to us in disguise and are gone too soon.               --Ron Webb, Class of 62


Joe had retired from the Memphis City Police Department. At the time of his retirement, he was in charge of the helicopter division. He also flew Medi-Vac helicopters.


Donald Stone HAMILL.

Don died about 1998.

Ronald R. HARRISON 1964
Janice Hendricks
Janice HENDRICKS 1965
Walter Bishop HURT 1964
2007, (no senior photo)

Jones Barnett HUSKEY Jr

He graduated from Memphis State University in 1972 where he received a law degree and began practicing law in Memphis. He moved to Houston during the 1970’s and was employed by Victor Blaine & Associates for a number of years until relocating his practice to Galveston. He was a criminal lawyer for many years in the Houston-Galveston area.

He married Vashti Roberts Huskey in 1982 where they spent the next 25 years camping, traveling to Jamaica, taking cruises and wringing the joy out of every moment in their lives until her untimely death in December 2005.

No photo
Sammy JACKSON 1964

Jennie JONES Johnson

Jennie graduated early and so is not in the Yearbook. She married Nick Johnson. They moved to Wisconsin in 1964. Jennie died in 2003.

John Michael JONES 1964

Thomas L. KELLY

Thomas L. Kelly, 66, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2011 at Methodist North Hospital. Mr. Kelly was a retired business agent for Teamsters Local 667. He was also a veteran of VietNam and a Mason and belonged to the Scottish Rite and Shriners. He is survived by his wife, Jamie Kelly of Bartlett; his daughter, and son-in-law, Kristen and Brian Hendren of Lakeland, and his brother, David Kelly of Memphis.

Gerre Lyn KENNEDY 1962
Bonnie LEE Powell 1964
Peter D. McCALL 1964

William Michael McKINLEY

Died December 2, 2006 in Memphis. Bll was retired from the FBI. He left behind a loving wife, Linda, four children and their spouses, and 10 grandchildren, all in Memphis.

Constance Denise McKNIGHT Roby 1963

William T. "Tommy" MARTIN

William Thomas "Tommy" Martin was born November 12, 1944 in Memphis, TN.  He lost his battle with cancer on April 22, 2004.  Tommy Martin was my father and is missed dearly by those who knew him.  He married Glenda Smith who graduated from Overton High as well in 1964 and they had 2 children, a son, Tommy Martin and daughter, Connie (Martin) Sturm.  He also had 2 grandchildren, Justin and Joshua Sturm.  He was a Memphis Police Officer for many years before he retired.  Upon his retirement, he moved to Burlison, Tennessee, where he lived until he was diagnosed with cancer.  He was surrounded by family, friends and former co-workers from the Memphis Police Department when he passed away.  Many who knew him, knew of his wonderful sense of humor......and he had that right up until his final days.  I love you Daddy and you are terribly missed. -- submitted by Connie Martin Sturm



Died November 4, 2007, in McKenzie. He was born in Memphis, son of the late Leon and Rheba Grace McDaniel Mashburn Manning who survives. Mr. Mashburn attended Union University and Memphis State University with a B.A. Major in Psychology and Sociology and received his M.S.W. from the University of Georgia. He served as the first director of the Madison County Juvenile Group Home, was Director of Children and Youth Services of Jackson Mental Health Center (now Pathways) in Jackson and later Paris, TN and served other positions in Psychiatric Social Work. Mr. Mashburn was an ordained Baptist Minister and has served several pastorates. He was a member of Englewood Baptist Church.

Patsy MATHENY Howarth 1964
Marsha Mauck Heidbrink

Marsha MAUCK Heidbrink

Marsha Heidbrink, the owner of Memphis Marsha’s Art Gallery & Classes and longtime artist and art supporter, died June 22, 2011, at Southern Kentucky Rehabilitation Hospital. She was 64 and had been battling cancer since August.  
“She has touched many people’s lives. Her vehicle for doing that was art,” said Delaire Rowe, VSA Arts of Kentucky executive director. “She spent a lot of time creating opportunities for others (in Bowling Green and southcentral Kentucky).”

Marsha Heidbrink became a gallery director at WKU and the Capitol Arts Center. She also helped start Lot 916 before opening Memphis Marsha’s, said Lynn Robertson, Capitol Arts Alliance gallery director.

Rowe said she traveled with Marsha Heidbrink to various places, supporting each other and her passion.  “It was about keeping that spark alive in people’s interest in the arts,” she said. “I’m going to miss her friendship. I’m going to miss my friend.”

Marsha Heidbrink is one of four artists featured in the exhibit “Untraditional Kentucky.” in July 2011 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.


Larry Allan MEDLIN

Died in October 2003

Walter David Mitchell

Walter David MITCHELL

died December 28,1997


John Jetton MOORE

Died about 1988 of a heart attack

Sherry Lynn Moore McClain

Sherry Lynn MOORE McClain Long

Sherry Lynn Moore McClain Long December 19, 1946 - September 19, 2011. She is survived by her husband Jerry Wayne Long of Grenada, Mississippi; her father Howard Moore and brother Gary Moore; daughter, Tina McClain Wardlaw of Olive Branch, son, Tony McClain of Byhalia, daughters, Lori Long Keenum of Marks, MS, and Lindsey Long Murphree of Huntsville, AL; 10 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, family and many friends.

Sharron Morlan Cook

Sharron Marie MORLAN Cook

Sherry M. Cook. Wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend beloved by all who knew her. Her big smile always broad and beautiful.   Sherry leaves her husband of 44 years Wayne U. Cook; her daughter, Rachel Cook Weeks; three grandchildren, Madison Taylor Weeks, Hayden Tanner Weeks, and Carys Renee Weeks; her son-in- law, Brad W. Weeks, all of Nashville, Tennessee; her mother Mildred Morlan of Memphis, and three sisters, Bronwein Stevens, Charlene Ulander, Doreen Dundas; and a brother Mark Morlan, all of Memphis. She was a member of Germantown Baptist Church.  Sherry graduated from Overton High School in 1963. She graduated from Memphis State University in 1968 with a degree in Marketing. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Sherry will be greatly missed by all of us who love and adore her.

Ronald Myers

Ronald MYERS

Ronald L. Myers, 65, of Burke, VA, died on Tuesday July 6 at Methodist Hospital in Memphis after a long illness. Ron was born in Memphis and graduated from Overton H.S. and Memphis State University (B.S. ‘67). He worked for Memphis City Schools before joining the U.S. Navy in 1972 as a Naval Flight Officer. He retired from the Navy in 1995 as a Commander. After the Navy, he began working in the Fairfax County (VA) schools and obtained his M.A. Ed from George Washington University (’99). He retired from the school system (Holmes Middle School) in 2008. He is survived by his wife Kay and three sons, Derek, Brandon, and Randall; his sister Mrs. Sandra M. Lynch of Carrollton, TX and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother Louise Sutton Myers and father A.J. Myers of Memphis. \

Virginia MYERS 1962

James T. NEEL

Jim was born July 9, 1946, and passed away Oct. 13, 1997 from colon cancer in Atlanta, Georgia, leaving a wife and two children.

Pat Newsom

Leland Patrick NEWSOM

Died in the mid-1990's.

Photo not

Charles Edward NICASTRO

Charles Edward Nicastro is on the Vietnam Wall on Panel 7E, line 126.
He was a Corporal in the US Marine Corps.  His MOS was listed as Armored
Amphibious Crewman with H&S CO, 3RD AMTRAC BN, 1ST MARDIV, III MAF. His death on May 30, 1966 in Quang Tin province South Vietnam  is listed as
misadventure (friendly fire).

William Eugene NORTON 1963

Lois ODOM Mize

Lois was born in August of 1946.  I was married to her for 38 and half years.  Lois had cancer for 8 years.  We did everything we could and when God called, she answered. She had one son, one daugther and  four grandchildren. Lois, was my first love...   -- Johnny Mize  



Phyllis PALAZZINI Cotherman

Phyllis died February 2006 following a long courageous battle with cancer.  She was
born December 1945 in Bayonne, NJ, to the late Ruth (Hamby) and Ernest Palazinni.  She graduated from Overton High School in 1964. Phyllis enjoyed many hobbies but her favorite was making angels and distributing them to the
children with cancer and to the nursing staff.  She helped raise funds for the Lymphoma Society,  Phyllis is survived by her husband, Robert; four sisters, Scottie Miller of Dallas, TX, Betty Creason of Corinth, Ms,  Rita
Hayes and Barbara Muskelley, both of Memphis; her beloved stepmother Doris
Palazzini, other relatives and friends.
James B. PETERSON Jr 1964
Don Proctor


Donald R. Proctor, USMC (Ret), 65, went to be with his Lord after a courageous battle with cancer on August 10, 2012.  He is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years Pamela Joy Wear Proctor, three children Sara, Donald Ray Jr. (Jenni) and Capt. Adam Drew (US Army) and five grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. E. Burney Proctor, and brothers Ronald (Ronnie Kay), Robert (Susan), and sisters Connie (Ken), and Pamela (Richard). He was preceded in death by his father the Rev. E. Burney Proctor, a minister at Willow Oaks Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Don grew up in Memphis and joined the Marine Corps, serving as a helicopter pilot in the Vietnam War, retiring after 21 years from the service as an A-6 jet pilot. He continued his career flying commercial jets for his company DP Enterprises. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org  or to the World Missions at Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN.  Burial in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery with military honors.  Semper Fi.

There is a wonderful photo of Don here (click here).


Lenny REED

"Lenny Reed, married to Sandi Baldwin (Class of '63) Reed Alexander. Lenny died of cancer August 15, 1986 in Houston, Texas.  Lenny left two sons, Trey and Michael and one daughter Melissa.  Today, that family has grown to six grandchildren.   How proud Lenny would be." -- Jane Smith Hardin '63


Waymon Dyer "Toby" ROSE.

Toby served in Viet Nam. He lived in Alabama until his death about 2009.

Linda ROSS Armstrong 1962
Jimmy Don RUSSELL 1964
William Ernest SALTER 1963
James T. SCHRADER 1964

George Harold SISK

Worked for Delta; died of cancer about 2004.

Judd Smith '64


Jud is shown here as a sophomore. He moved away before graduation. He was killed by a drunk driver in 1971. His older brother, Fred Smith, was a '62 graduate.

class of '64
moved before graduation
Tommy Starnes

Tommy K. Starnes

Tommy K. Starnes, died Thursday, October 21, 2010 at his home. He was retired from Goldsmith's Department Store after 25 years of service and continued working in that industry for many years. Mr. Starnes is survived by his wife of 43 years, Donna Starnes; daughters, Stephanie Starnes Burton (Charles) of Cordova, Kathleen Starnes of Germantown and son Thomas Kevin Starnes (Karin) of Collierville; grandchildren, Andrew and Lauren Starnes and Rebekka and Matthew Burton. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Nicklaus and Blaire Elizabeth Burton.


Charles Bennett STIGALL

Charles "Ducky" Stigall died in Viet Nam. (Army/PFC) 30E 094

"I took over Charlie's Commercial Appeal paper route when he gave it up and I remember him taking me to the Gridiron at Perkins and Quince for a coffee and steamed pecan honey bun! :)" -- Larry Smith '63

Herbert L. Thompson


Served as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army in VietNam, where he was awarded a Bronze Star. Died October 2009. Buried in Arlington Cemetery.

Richard Tomlinson

James Richard TOMLINSON

James Richard Tomlinson, 65, passed away July 28, 2011. Richard graduated from Overton High School and Memphis State University. He was an outstanding athlete. His first career was as a high school football coach, for which he was recognized as Reelfoot Conference Coach of the Year in 1975. He went on to a successful career in sales with LoneStar Industries. Richard was preceded in death by his father, W. E. Tomlinson, and brother, Bill Tomlinson. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Drenda, his mother and her husband, Edwynia and George Walker, his daughters, Wesley Tomlinson and Susan Schmidt, his son-in-law David Schmidt, and his beloved grandsons, Patrick and Walker Schmidt. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 1 at Germantown United Methodist Church, with a reception to follow. Memorials may be sent to Germantown United Methodist Church, to the Caregivers or Missions funds.
Published in The Commercial Appeal on July 31, 2011


William "Bill" TOMLINSON 1962
Susan Weatherred Adkins


Susan passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2012, surrounded by family and friends. Susan was a long-time employee of Briarcrest Christian School, devoting more than 30 years of her life to the loving education of young children. She was an active member of Christ United Methodist Church, and a courageous participant in the fight against breast cancer. A devoted mother, she never met a child she did not love, an adult she did not see the best in, or a problem she could not solve. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Jack Adkins , Jr. She is survived by her mother, Yvonne Tucker Weatherred of Memphis; two sons, Jay (Lesley) Adkins of Memphis and Bryant (Dawn) Adkins of Houston; five grandchildren, and her sister, Jan Weatherred.

Bill Weatherred

William "Bill" WEATHERRED, JR.

Bill passed away at his home in Alamo, TN on Monday, August 10, 2009. A native of Memphis, Bill was a graduate of Overton High School and Memphis State University, receiving both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and was a charter member of Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. He was a senior research technologist for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for many years, and for the past 14 years he was a professor of anatomy and physiology at Lambuth University in Jackson, TN. He also taught at Dyersburg State University. Bill served in the US Army from 1967-1969. His sisters Jan Weatherred and Susan Adkins, all of Memphis, are also graduates of Overton.

Sherry WEBB Stepherson

Sherry WEBB Stepherson

Sherry Webb Stepherson passed away in October 2008 at her home in Euless, Texas (which is a suburb of Dallas).  She lived here with her son Jay, daugheter -in-law Kelley and two grandchildren. 



Attended Sea Isle, Colonial Junior High, and Overton. Left school before graduation. Died in Oklahoma of a heart attack about 2002. Married, no children. Wayne McMillan says, "When at Colonial, Wiley was 6' 3 or 4 and weighted 270. He was a big guy."



Died in 2004 of Lou Gehrig's disease. He owned Jack's Bar-B-Q Rib Shack, which is still owned by his daughter.

Carol Ann WILLIAMS 1964

Arthur M. "Mickey" WOOD

Arthur Murray Wood is on the Vietnam Wall at Panel 8E, line 102. He was a Private First Class in the US Army.  He was an infantry man with C TRP, 3RD SQDN, 4TH CAVALRY, 25TH INF DIV.  His tour in Vietnam began on April 23, 1966, and died from gun or small arms fire in South Vietnam on June 27, 1966, two months after arriving in Vietnam.



Larry W. WOOD

Larry died in an accident July 17, 2007 in Erie, PA. He was an over-the-road driver for Yellow Freight for 10 years. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Audrey Wood; children, Tim Wood (Angie), Darla Mangold (Will); and grandson, Spencer Morgan. He served in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the Teamsters Union for over 30 years and a Mason with the Unity Lodge #95.
Billy J. Wright


Billy passed away June 17, 2009. He was retired from the Shelby County Government.

James E. WRIGHT 1964
Mary Jane WRIGHT 1964
Jerri Young

Jerri YOUNG Hooper

Died May 2009

Leo Zimmerman

Robert Leonard ZIMMERMAN

Leo passed away of cancer on 6/05/2011. He was a retiree of Memphis Light, Gas & Water. He was a devoted husband and father, and a friend to many. His greatest passions were bowling, golf, and anything outdoors - especially "just a swangin'". He leaves his wife of 41 years, Joan Robertson Zimmerman of Cordova; two daughters Ginger Zimmerman of Hanovar, MA, and Tracie Zimmerman of Memphis; his sister Shirley Bowser of PA; and mother-in-law Virginia Robertson of Madison, MS.


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