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8 live in Georgia
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Paul G Blazer High School
Class Of 1975

ASHLAND Ashland Elks Lodge 350’s fourth annual fundraiser for Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital’s “Pretty in Pink” program raised $5,125.

The Oct. 1 fundraiser consisted of a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing and several items for sale.

“The ‘Pretty in Pink’ program provides not only mammograms for the underinsured, those with high deductibles or not insured at all, but it also helps with the cost of ultrasounds, prosthesis or bras for those that have had a mastectomy and wigs for those going through chemo,” Beth Wilson, the Breast Care coordinator at OLBH, said. The Women’s Center does approximately 700 to 900 mammagrams a month.

Wilson, along with Chuck Charles, vice president of advocacy,founLuann Serey, director of foundation/community services, Margaret Ward, nurse navigator of women’s center and Kevin Halter, CEO, received a check from Lydia Crawford, Shelly Knopf, Jenny Cordle, Sherry Suttles and Bill Grace, all Elks Lodge members.

Crawford, who has been cancer free for more than a year and a half, said she cannot stress enough how important the exams are, for not only women, but for men, too.  

OLBH also offers two support groups for women who have breast cancer. Breast Cancer Support Group group meets monthly at Bellefonte Centre at 1000 Ashland Drive.

Look Good ... Feel Better is a free, nonmedical program that helps women cope with the appearance-related side effects of cancer treatment by teaching them beauty tips that can help enhance their looks and boost their self-images. In addition to changes in a patient’s physical condition, chemotherapy and radiation can cause increased susceptibility to infection. Look Good ... Feel Better features experts trained to help patients deal with the physical side effects of cancer treatment and to promote good hygiene.

For more information, call the OLBH Women’s Center at (606) 836-7465.

Our thoughts and prayers are will Lisa Blanton Hammond in the death of her father, Bill Blanton, on Sunday, Oct. 9th at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. Mr. Blanton's funeral was Oct. 11th at Lazear Funeral Home.

Jerry Adams looks over the 500 bags full of food for the Boyd County Family Resource Center on Wednesday. Adams, a member of the Elks in Ashland, helped secure a $2,500 Promise Grant. The Lodge is also donating 500 jars of peanut butter.

The Ashland Elks lodge is making good on its promise to reach out and support the community.

Lodge 350 received a $2,500 Promise Grant from the National Elks Foundation. It will be used to help the Boyd County School District Family Resource Center’s Backpack Food Program.

The grant is available to lodges that meet the national president’s per-member goal for giving to the Elks National Foundation.

It must be used for local, charitable activities that range from mentoring youth to hosting events for homeless veterans to providing fresh produce for local food pantries.

Grant coordinator Jerry Adams and more than 25 volunteers met Sunday and filled 500 bags of food to be given to the resource center.

The bags include oatmeal, popcorn, juice, breakfast pastries, other food items and drug- awareness material.

“Everyone here is a volunteer. They do this because it’s all about the children,” Adams said.

The bags were loaded and taken to the resource center Wednesday with the help of Vicki Caniff, coordinator of the resource center, and her staff.

Family resource and youth services centers were designed to address needs of students and families through the provision of services and support. The backpack program started in 2004 at Boyd County Middle School, and has grown to assist more than 250 children, Caniff said.

In past years, the food program was largely funded by the Food Feud between Boyd County schools and the Ashland Independent School District. This year’s feud will be between the Boyd County schools because Ashland has decided not to participate.

“Because the Food Feud generated almost 35,000 pounds of food, it is a blessing to have been given these 500 bags,” Caniff said.

Adams said the lodge will also supply 500 jars of peanut butter to the resource center.

“These volunteers are the heart of the lodge. They do not do this for recognition, but to help make sure that the children of our community are provided for,” said Clyde Ramey Jr., the lodge’s exalted ruler.

You may have read about embattled swimmer Ryan Lochte’s appearance on “Dancing With the Stars” the other night, when protesters rushed the stage and caused a near riot on live television during the show’s first night.

I’m not saying we will have an exact repeat of that in February when “Dancing With Our Stars,” Highlands Museum fundraiser, takes place at the Boyd County Community Center, but don’t be surprised if there’s not some cries of anguish (and laughter) when one dancer takes the stage.

Say hello to “The Gorilla,” who will put on his dancing shoes for a good cause.

“The Gorilla” would be me, a nickname picked up during some “dancing” moments with some Ugandan friends the past two years. Now they know how to dance in Uganda but, clearly, I do not. However, the love they showed me would likely be far greater than I experience in February.

Three words: I cannot dance.

Not a step.

Not a waltz.

Not a dipsy-do.

But in a weak moment, the persistent Carol Allen, the Highlands CEO, convinced me that this would be a good idea.

It was against my better judgment and that of my wife’s that I said yes to this insane involvement. My wife, who supports me in all my crazy shenanigans, from running (walking?) 5Ks to playing an all-day Whiffle ball tournament, to so many other things you probably wouldn’t believe. Even she said, “I don’t know if that’s a good idea. Tell her no thank you.”

And then I didn’t. I tried to put off Carol but she kept coming at me. She was a shark and I was chum.

“Carol, I really can’t dance. Like at all.”

“Oh, that’s OK. It’ll be fun. We’ll give you a great partner.”

“But really, Carol, you know I love the museum. But I’m not a dancer. I can’t dance. Not a step.”

“You know we don’t care about that. It’s all fun, just fun. Oh come on, please, the museum could really use your help.”

She was reeling me in.

I’ve seen the list of the other celebrity dancers (all better and younger than me) but I won’t steal Carol’s thunder on an announcement.

My dancing partner, Melanie Cornelison, the education/outreach director for the Paramount Arts Center, will have the toughest teaching job of her career. It’s likely impossible. I’m already feeling bad for the frustration that will come as she finds out my only genre is dancing like a gorilla.

I went to dances in high school but it was always embarrassing (especially for my dates). There’s no rhythm in these shoes. Not then. Not now.

I’m sorry Melanie. Either Carol thinks you’re the greatest dance teacher of all time or she doesn’t like you. Either way, it’s bad for you. I can only offer a thousand apologies in advance.

On the other hand, this could be your greatest work if we can pull off not being rushed off the stage like Ryan Lochte — and I’m not making that up!




Our condolences go to Jennie Clay Whitt in the death of her mother, Genie Webb Clay on Sept. 16, 2016 at the Comunity Hospice Care Center in Ashland. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Sept. 19 at Miller Funeral Home. Visitation is today (9/18) at the funeral home from 5 to 7. Mrs. Clay was also the mother-in-law of classmate, Eddie Whitt.

Our condolences to classmate Jim Anderson on the death of his brother, William David "Bill"Anderson on September 12, 2016. Funeral services were held on Thursday, September 15 at Steen Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at Please keep Jim and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of classmate Melissa (Missi) Joann Moore on Sunday, September 4, 2016. Funeral arrangements are in the care of Steen Funeral Home. A Private grave side service will be held on September 7, 2016. Please keep Missy's family, especially her boyfriend, classmate Brian Powell and cousins, classmates Debbie Click Smith, David Click, Lloyd Rayburn and Joe Ed Hemlepp in your thoughts and prayers.

KDMC team members were recognized recently for Years of Service milestones. Congratulations to Jennie Clay Whitt, RN, CT Scanner Imaging Center, who has been with King's Daughters for 40 years!

For the past 11 years, Jennie has worked as a nurse in CT Scanner Imaging preparing patients for their scans through assessments and starting IVs. Jennie began her career at King's Daughters fresh out of nursing school in the mid 70s. Throughout the years, she has successfully held nursing positions in the ICU, on the floor, in Med-Surg and Interventional Radiology.

Jennie said team members at King's Daughters impressed her from the beginning. "I grew up here. It's like family. From my very first day, I've been struck by how nice the people who work here are," she said.

The patients are why she's devoted her career to the medical center. "It's very rewarding ... the patients are what keep you here," she said. "In CT, we have patients, such as those for oncology, who come see us on a repeated basis. I have patients who let me know they like being scheduled when I'm working. It's very rewarding to serve them and get to know them."

Please join us in saluting Jennie for her many years of dedication to King's Daughters and the service of our patients!

GRAHAM, Ky. (8/23/16) — Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin appeared at a fundraiser for Melinda Gibbons Prunty on Tuesday afternoon in Graham. Gibbons Prunty is a candidate for the Kentucky House 15th district, which is currently held by longtime incumbent Brent Yonts.

The event drew a huge crowd at Short’s Family Restaurant showing strong momentum behind a demand for change in the status quo in Frankfort. Among the dignitaries who attended were state Rep. Jerry T. Miller and state Sen. C.B Embry.

Bevin said he’s helping Gibbons Prunty because he needs more people in the House, who support the conservative agenda that will fix the state’s financial challenges and defend Kentucky’s values.

“Tax reform, a more business friendly regulatory environment, fixing our broken pension system — all things that have been blocked by Brent Yonts and other liberals in the House,” said Governor Bevin, “that’s why we need new leaders like Melinda Gibbons Prunty; leaders who care more about fixing the problems that have lingered in state government for decades than they do about winning their next election. I like her passion, I admire her strong Christian values and I believe she will be a breath of fresh air in Frankfort.”

Prunty said she is honored to have Bevin’s support in her race.

“Gov. Bevin has shown a willingness to tackle hard issues and work towards permanent solutions instead of continuing to kick the can down the road,” said Prunty. “That’s the kind of state representative I will be, one who doesn’t care whose idea it is, only if it’s a good idea that will help the Commonwealth.

“My hope is that with non-career politicians, former military, strong Christians with business backgrounds in both our governor and lt. governor, Kentucky could become the model for the rest of the country. But we need to flip the House and give them cooperation to get meaningful legislation passed,” Prunty continued.

Prunty has called the 15th District home since 1984, when she moved to the area with her husband, Dr. Marshall E. “Eddie” Prunty, to help establish his medical practice. In that time, she has established deep roots, raising three daughters, moving her parents to the district and serving the community in a variety of roles throughout the years.

Our deepest sympathy to Dreama Felty Wallace on the death of her brother, Robert Ernest Felty on Wednesday, August 24, 2016. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 26 at 1PM at the Steen Funeral Home 13th Street Chapel. Friends may call after 12:30PM at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to Please keep Dreama and her family in your thoughts.

Our condolences to classmate Dean Young on the death of his brother, Rick Young on August 14, 2016. A celebration of Rick's life was held August 18, 2016 at Steen Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rick’s memory may be made to Shelter of Hope, 2944 Winchester Ave, Ashland, KY 41101; or to Traeger Transplant Program c/o Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s Foundation, 250 East Liberty Street, Suite 612, Louisville, KY 40202, or online, 502-587-4543.
Online condolences may be sent to

Please keep Dean and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Classmate Kim Beckstrand Mayer created this beautiful poster. She has made prints of it and is selling them for $20.00 plus $3.00 s/h each. 100% of the proceeds go to helping women attend a retreat that Kim hosts for Survivors of Sexual Trauma. What a positive message for young girls. I am putting mine in my granddaughters's room! If you are interested you can email Kim through the class website.

With great sadness we announce the passing of another 1975 classmate, Bruce Mullins.

Bruce died Sunday, August 7, 2016 in Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland.
He is survived by his wife, Jeri McDaniel Mullins.

Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Our deepest sympathy to Leighanne (Clark) and Keith Daniel on the death of Keith's mother, Ruth on August 7.  Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, at Miller Funeral Home in Ashland by the Rev. James R. Daniel officiating. Burial in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens in Ashland.
Condolences may be left at

Please keep Leighanne and Keith in your thoughts and prayers.

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Tom Cantrell on the death of his mother, Jennie Lou Cantrell who passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016. Private services were held on Friday, August 5. Please keep Tom and his family in your thoughts.

Our condolences to Pam Stapleton Walter on the death of her mother Jean Pruitt who passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2016 in Lexington. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 30, 2016, at Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel in Ashland by John H. Weaver. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery.
Visitation will be after 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be sent to

Our deepest sympathy to Patty Kesling Kitchen on the death of her mother, Ruth Kesling on July 26, 2016. Services were held Thursday July 28 at Miller Funeral Home. Donations are suggested to First United Methodist Church, Ashland. 

With heavy hearts we announce the death of classmate Phillip Meadows. Phillip passed away in Ashland Community Hospice on May 29th. Services were held at Steen Funeral Home. Donations are suggested to Community Hospice. Please keep Phillip's family in your thoughts and prayers.

We exend our deepest sympathy to Taylor Eli on the death of his wife, Donna Sands Eli, on July 14, 2016 in Nokomis, Fl. A memorial service was held on Sat, July 23rd at the United Methodist Church at 208 Palm Ave in Nokomis, FL. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Please keep Taylor and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

We send our condolences to Crystal Secord Moore in the death of her mother, Doris Secord, on July 20, 2016. Doris was 82 yrs. old and passed away at the Community Hospice Care Center in Ashland. Her funeral was July 25 at Rose Hill Baptist Church.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of classmate, Steve Williams, who passed away June 30,2016 at Community Hospice. Funeral Services were held Tuesday, July 5 at Lazear Funeral Home in Ashland. Please keep Steve and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Congratulations to Peyton Greenburg, daughter of classmmate Debbie Duff Greenburg, for making her Olympic swimming  cut in the 200 Breast stroke She attended and swam in the Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha on June 30. Peyton swims for Northwestern University. Way to Go Peyton!!! What an accomplishment!

Congratulations to classmates Jennie and Eddie Whitt on the the birth of their first grandchild on Father's Day, June 18th, Jackson Andrew Whitt...😍

Our deepest sympathy to Mike Lunsford on the death of his father, Billy Lunsford, on June 6, 2016. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Miller Funeral Home in Ashland is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be left at Please keep Mike and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Our deepest condolences go out to Bryan Bush in the death of his father, Robert Bush. He was 90 years old and passed away on Sunday, May 22, at King's Daughters Medical Center. Mr. Bush's funeral was held Wed., May 25, at Steen's Funeral Home.

We send our condolences to Tammy Arnett Siemer in the death of her father, Roscoe "R.C" Arnett on May 13, 2016 in Ashland, KY. The immediate family will have a private service. Steen Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Melinda Gibbons Prunty is running for State Rep in the 15th District of the KY House. The district includes all of Muhlenberg County as well as portions of Hopkins County (Madisonville). She is pro-coal, pro-1st & 2nd Amendments, pro-adoption law reform but was primarily motivated to run because of being pro-life. Her opponent is a 20 year incumbent whom she had tried over many years to encourage to stand up for life, however, he continues to stand with Stumbo and the House Democratic leadership; he doesn't want to "sit the bench". She believes that some things are bigger than party and if we don't get our moral house in order, what are we leaving our grandchildren. Even though you may not live in the 15th District, if you would want to support her efforts, please consider going to her Facebook Page and making a donation via Paypal or sending to "Prunty for State Rep", 105 S. Cherry St., Greenville, KY 42345. There are rules re: donating and information that needs to be gathered including occupation and employer if still employed. You can e-mail her at for further information or questions. Thank you in advance for your support!! Prayers are most appreciated!! Facebook page: Melinda Gibbons Prunty


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: