By Jim Freeman

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – On Friday, I had the honor to visit with some of those who grew up in a time when La Follette was quite the great American small town.  Fifteen to be exact.

Pictured above are Ron (Ronnie) Murray (L) and Relda Housley-Campbell at Friday’s La Follette High reunion. 

Marilyn Garner smiled Friday afternoon as her husband, Hugh, LHS Class of 1951, shared a story or two of growing up in La Follette.  She grew up in the Chattanooga area, asked if I grew up here.  And I said yes.  She explained how lucky Hugh and I are to’ve grown up in such a special place.  Indeed we are.

Phyllis Wright-Cross (L) and Hugh Garner attended La Follette High School together.  Cross’s older brother, Paul Wright, was the “Voice of the Owls” over WLAF in the 1960s and 1970s.

It was a lunch time reuniting on June 22 at the Fincastle Methodist Church’s fellowship hall for some graduates of LHS.

L-R Ruth Chapman-Henegar, Betty McGhee (standing), Linda Sharp-Agee, Launa McNeeley-Tiller, and Dorothy Lynch-Wells

Here’s an attendee’s  list of those wonderful La Follette Owls who graduated from LHS when it was in the heart of town next to First Baptist Church.

The LHS Class of 1947

Jack Reynolds

The LHS Class of 1948

Dick Cooper

The LHS Class of 1949

Relda Housley-Campbell

Phyllis Wright-Cross

Vera Jo Higdon-Henegar

Ron Murray (LHS coach in the 1960s)

L-R Joanne Troutman and husband Jerry Troutman, Dick Cooper, Nellie McKinney-Myers, Mary Lou Reynolds and husband Jack Reynolds

The LHS Class of 1950

Linda Sharp-Agee

Bill Cox

Ruth Chapman-Henegar

Nellie McKinney-Myers

Tommy Taylor

Launa McNeeley-Tiller

Jerry Troutman

Dorothy Lynch-Wells

The LHS Class of 1951

Hugh Garner

L-R Vera Jo Higdon-Henegar and her husband, Bill Cox and Tommy Taylor

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/25/2018-6AM)