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•   Harold Watson  2/12
•   Eddie Whitt  2/12
•   Mary Jo Flannery  2/11
•   Lola Biggs (Mayne)  2/11
•   Mark Litteral  2/7
•   Jennie Clay (Whitt)  2/4
•   Roger Musser  1/31
•   Mike Gothard  1/28
•   Marsha May (Griffith)  1/24
•   Bill Hornbuckle  1/22
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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Melanie Fuller (Lindsey)  2/27
•   Claudia Wellman (Burgess)  3/5
•   Kim Burton  3/6
•   Betty Doolin (Shepherd)  3/6
•   Lloyd Rayburn  3/6
•   Mike Gothard  3/10
•   Becky Hayes (Woodburn)  3/13
•   Bill Hornbuckle  3/14
•   Jim Hindery  3/16
•   Charles Davis  3/17
•   Cindy Lang (Blanton)  3/17
•   Kathy Medcalf (Jones)  3/17
•   Nanette Webb (Wheeler)  3/17
•   Sharon Manley (Woods)  3/18
•   Cheryl Clemons (Yates)  3/20
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WHERE WE LIVE


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1 lives in Alabama
3 live in California
2 live in Colorado
1 lives in Delaware
17 live in Florida
8 live in Georgia
3 live in Illinois
1 lives in Indiana
1 lives in Kansas
223 live in Kentucky
2 live in Louisiana
1 lives in Maryland
2 live in Michigan
1 lives in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
10 live in North Carolina
14 live in Ohio
3 live in South Carolina
3 live in Tennessee
7 live in Texas
6 live in Virginia
1 lives in Washington
5 live in West Virginia
1 lives in Alberta
49 location unknown

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Paul G Blazer High School
Class Of 1975
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our sincere condolences to classmates Cindy Sparks,  on the death of her son, Cody Nathaniel Sparks (and nephew of classmate Linda Sparks) on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m Friday, February 7, 2020, at Miller Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Leach officiating. Online condolences may be sent to mfhfuneralhome.com. Please keep Cindy and Linda in your thoughts.

We are sad to announce the death of classmate Cathy Lynn McGuire,  on Sunday, Feb 2, 2020. Services for Cathy will be conducted on Saturday, Feb 8, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Lazear Funeral Home Chapel in Ashland. Visitation will be held at the funeral home one hour before the service.

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Cheryl Warnock Davies on the death of her father, Carl Warnock, on Saturday, February 1, 2020. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Christ United Methodist Church by Pastor Michael McAlister. Visitation will be held from 11am until time of the service at the church. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Burial Park with a military service conducted by the Kenova American Legion Post 93. Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to mfhfuneralhome.com  Please keep Cheryl and her family in your thoughts.

Our condolences to classmate, Jackie Ramey Yates, on the death of her mother, Betty Jane Ramey on January 20, 2020. Funeral services will be held at a later date.          Steen Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. Please keep Jackie and her family in your thoughts.

 

We send our deepest sympathies to Debbie Howard Daniels and family in the loss of her mother, Marilyn Howard on Jan. 10, 2020. Funeral servies were held Jan.15th at Caniff Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com

Classmate, EB Gevedon is restoring the old GC Murphy building! He is helping revive downtown Ashland. Thanks EB!

Almost time to see new G.C.

Gevedon’s project nearly complete; doctor to take close look at potential tenants

THE DAILY INDEPENDENT

ASHLAND Since undertaking the project of restoring the old G.C. Murphy building, Dr. E.B. Gevedon said numerous patients have strolled down memory lane with him.

“They ask about three things: the soda fountain, the candy counter and the toy department,” Gevedon said, referring to some of the memorable features G.C. Murphy offered decades ago.

Gevedon, 63, is as giddy as a child might have been in one of those three store areas when it comes to local history.

The progress, now visible from the street, on this particular project has increased that exuberance.

“It’s about 90% complete,” he said on Friday.

If facing the building from Winchester Avenue — between 15th and 16th Streets — the left-hand side is about 98% complete, said Gevedon, an allergy and immunology specialist.

Roger Brooks, a downtown revitalization expert, met with City of Ashland leaders in early November and presented to the public the potential the city has to offer. Gevedon said Brooks rejuvenated the collective mindset of Ashland.

“Roger Brooks is different,” Gevedon said. “He didn’t paint a rosy picture. We needed a critical analysis of our downtown, and he supplied that. I’m very pleased he came. I think he told us what we needed to hear.”

Gevedon, a lifelong Ashlander, said reviving the G.C. Murphy building can “seed the development of downtown with a big anchor. Small businesses struggle without a big anchor.”

Gevedon channeled his inner- archaeologist when envisioning the possibilities.

“You peel away layers and see what you find,” Gevedon said. “You start layer by layer and see what you find in these old buildings. Most of them are jewels if you take the time to just look underneath.”

Gevedon and company discovered a gem. They salvaged and refurbished the original hardwood floor, which was buried three layers down.

They also found the original tile floor where the famous soda fountain was. Nails used on plywood over top of the floor at one point damaged the tile, but Gevedon hasn’t given up on restoring it.

Another discovered jewel included a 1929 cash register that was utilized when G.C. Murphy was a 5-, 10- and 25cent store.

“The cash register only went to $1.25, so people

could only buy five items at a time,” Gevedon said with a chuckle. They also uncovered a 1922 calculator and a doll from the 1950s. G.C. Murphy, which used to be packed full of Christmas cheer this time of year, closed in the mid-1980s.

The building will go up for lease by the end of January, Gevedon said.

“At least the one side will,” he added. “And the other could follow probably two to four weeks after.”

There are several prospective tenants for the building Gevedon purchased in July 2017.

“It is my goal to hopefully attract a significant tenant for downtown Ashland,” he said. “I want the appropriate tenant, so I’ll be patient.”

Among the prospects are well-established restaurants out of Lexington, local retailers and another out-of-town retailer that will specialize in vintage merchandise.

Gevedon said the downtown portion of the city is heading in a positive direction. The newly formed Destination: Ashland team kicked off with a meeting on Thursday.

“Having been around a lot of years, I’m more confident than ever that we’re moving our downtown forward,” Gevedon said.

Gevedon said the public will see notable changes over the next year to 18 months, but “we can’t expect to wake up one morning and see a different downtown. It will take some time.”

Gevedon is sure the old G.C. Murphy building will play a vital role in creating a new Ashland.

Congratulations to classmate Bryan Finkbone for being elected into the CP1 Hall of Fame.  The Induction Ceremony will be held in Ashland on his birthday, August 22nd, 2020. smileyyes

 

 

Our sincere condolences to classmate Melissa Kimbleton Cathers on the death of her father, Ova Kimbleton on December 10, 2019. A service celebrating his life will be held at Lazear Funeral Home on December 15, at 2 pm. Visitation will be from 12:30 - 2pm prior to service.  Please keep Melissa and her family in your thoughts.

The class of 1975 lost classmate William (Billy) Carson Rice. Billy had been battling cancer for 12 years. We will update as we get more info. Please keep Billy's family in your thoughts.

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of classmate, Crystal (Kristi) Secord Moore on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

To share a remembrance of Crystal or to express a condolence to her family, please visit: www.steenfuneralhome.com.

Congratulations to classmate Robin Baldridge Reames on the birth of her granddaughter, Emily June (Robin's middle name is June)  She was born Tuesday Oct 1 in Lexington. Her proud mamma and daddy are Nick and Katie (Robin's daughter) Hantle. She weighed 7.12 lbs and 20 inches long.

Our condolences to classmate Lisa Powers Ward on the death of her father, Herman Powers, on Monday, September 9, 2019.  Please keep Lisa and her family in your thoughts.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of classmate Paula Halterman Sturgill  on her death, Monday, September 9, 2019.  Please keep Paula’s family in your thoughts.

Attention Tomcat Football Fans!

Mark Maynard has written another book! It's called "Ashland Tomcat Football: A Total History". The 266-page hardback contains statistical data, including game-by-game highlights from 1922-2018. It chronicles the beginning of Ashland football starting in 1919. It also includes team photos, rosters, results and team & infividual stats.

This book is awesome!! For more information and to order this keepsake, go to: ashlandfootballbook.com.

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Lee Ann Ison Donta on the death of her husband, Kenneth “Buster” Donta on Friday, August 16, 2019.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Buster’s memory may be made to Bridges Christian Church, 1402 Kenwood Drive, Russell, KY 41169; or to Winchester/Clark County F.O.P. #34, P.O. Box 921, Winchester, KY 40392 for the Shop with A Cop program.To share a remembrance of Ken or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: www.steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep Lee Ann and her family in your thoughts.

 

Our condolences to classmate Melissa Kimbleton Cathers on the death of her mother Minnie Kimbleton on Monday, August 5, 2019. As an expression of sympathy, the family requests, in lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution be made to Community Hospice at 1538 Central Avenue, Ashland,KY 41101.Please keep Melissa and her family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to classmate Mike Gothard on the birth of his third granddaughter, Sutton Row. Her parents are Mike's daughter, Megan and husband Tyler.

Congratulations to classmate John Siddens and his wife Lauren on the adoption of their daughter, Emerson Elizabeth Siddens. She was born July 8, 2019 and they brought her home on July 12.

Our sincere condolences to classmate Pam VanHorn on the death of her brother, James Allen VanHorn, who passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep Pam in your thoughts.

We are sad to announce that we have just learned (via Rick Goddard) about the passing of our classmate, Steve Kovach on December 4th, 2018 in Fort Pierce Fl. He leaves behind his wife, classmate, Carol Cochran Kovach and 3 children.

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Eddie Price on the death of his father, Herbert H. Yonts, Sr. on June 22, 2019. Graveside services were Wednesday, June 26, at 11 a.m. at Ashland Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Preston Family Funeral Home. Please keep Eddie and his family in your thoughts.

Our sincere condolences to classmate David Downs on the death of his father, James Paul Downs, Sr. on June 21, 2019. Online condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep David and his family in your thoughts.

 

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Susan Fleming on the death of her mother Evelyene "Evie" ” Marie Poulouin Fleming, 87, of Ashland, KY, on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland. Condolences may be sent to www.steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep Susan and her family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to classmate Debbie Barber Hostetter on being named North Carolina Perioperative Nurse of the year!!

Congratulations to classmate Luann Edward Serey on the birth of her granddaughter Rose Jeannine Serey. (Jeannine was Luann’s mom’s name).

Rose was born May 3rd, at 8:40 AM. and weighed 8lbs, 2oz. Her parents are Luann's son Joe and wife Julie Serey.

Our sympathies to the family of classmate Sheree Ratliff Lauer who passed away after a courageous battle of cancer on April 16, 2019. Memorial contributions are suggested to the UK Markey Cancer Center, 800 Rose St, Lexington, Ky, 40504. Please keep Sherees’s family in your thoughts.

Our condolences to classmate Brian Powell on the death of his sister, Bonnie Powell Jarrell on April 8, 2019. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Please keep Brian and his family in your thoughts.

Our condolences to classmate Mike Slone (and wife classmate Teresa Greene) on the death of his mother Lorraine Adkins Slone on Sunday, March 24, 2019. Condolences may be sent to www.steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep Mike and Teresa and their family in your thoughts.

Our condolences to classmate Mandy Cossett Barham (and her husband classmate David Barham) on the death of her mother Barbara Lee Cossett on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Condolences may be sent to: www.steenfuneralhome.com.      Please keep Mandy and David and their family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to classmate Cindy Daniels Bowers on the birth of her first grandchild Cooper Keith Bowers. He was born March 14, 2019, weighed 6.3 lbs and was 18 1/2 inches long. His parents are Cindy's son Bradley and wife Marisa. Grandma says ,"I love him sooooooo much!"

 

 

Congratulations to classmate James Ealey on the birth of his grandson Tevin Zane Alston. Born 3/11/19 at 12:22 pm to his daughter Sarah Rice and Curtis Alston in San Antonio, Texas.

       

 Congratulaions to classmate Jerry Adams on being named Elk of the Year at Ashland Kentucky Lodge No. 350. Jerry was awarded this honor by outgoing Exalted Ruler Sherry Suttles. 

Our condolences to classmate Jim Mann on the death of his mother, Robbye Diane Bracey Mann on March 5, 2019. Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep Jim and his family in your thoughts.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of classmate Joe Bonham Cartwright III on Sunday, March 3 ,2019. Please keep Joe's family in your thoughts.

House Representative Melinda Gibbons Prunty

FRANKFORT, February 7 -- Rep. Melinda Gibbons Prunty, R-Belton, comments on House Bill 11, a bill relating to student health, in the House Health and Family Services Committee.

Our condolences to classmate Tony Ellis on the death of his mother Jerry Arlene (Terry) Ellis on February 9, 2019. Services were held February 13, 2019. Condolences can be sent to steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep Tony and his family in your thoughts.

Our deepest sympathies to classmate Linda Caines on the death of her father, Wendell Caines, on Thursday, January 24, 2019. Condolences may be sent mfhfuneralhome.com. Please keep Linda in your thoughts.

Our condolences to classmate Kim Riddle Gordon on the death of her mother, Dorothy R. Scholtens on Saturday, January 11, 2019. Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com.

Our condolences to classmate Sueann Maynard Nunley-Burns on the death of her brother, Joey Holiday Maynard on December 31, 2018. Please keep Sueann and her family in your thoughts.

Our deepest sympathies go out to Bryan Bush on the death of his mother, Barbara Bush, who passed away on December 23, 2018. Funeral services were held Friday, December 28 at Steen Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to steenfuneralhome.com.

 

Former classmate, Kim Beckstrand Mayer, lives in Garland, TX. Her mission in life is to help protect children from abuse. She and her husband have opened a home for girls called "Your Place". It's purpose is to provide at risk kids the skills they need to be successful productive adults, by mentoring and providing safe and productive activities for them. Your donations would be greatly appreciated. Please send a contribution to "Your Place" c/o Kim Beakstrand Mayer, P.O.Box 452372, Garland, TX  75045.

 

Our very own '75 classmate, Mark Maynard, has written a book about the 1961 Tomcats Basketball Team. The name of the book is "Teamwork".  Mark has also written a second book: "Tragedy and Triumph" about the 1967 championship football team and the tragic death of Joe Franklin.  You may order Mark's books by going to: www.markmaynardbooks.com