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PROFILE UPDATES


•   Mike Leake  9/16
•   Marcia Wilson (Hermann)  9/11
•   Jolinda Kimbrell (Conley)  8/13
•   Terri Floyd (Gabbard)  7/16
•   Brint Curtis  7/10
•   Sueann Maynard (Burns)  7/10
•   Brian Powell  6/23
•   Timothy Horne  6/7
•   George Rozman (Rozman)  4/27
•   Debbie Click (Smith)  4/4
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UPCOMING BIRTHDAYS



•   Rick Hill  9/18
•   Mary Reliford (Peer)  9/18
•   Guy Thompson  9/18
•   Susan Fleming  9/20
•   Tom Gill  9/22
•   Gary Duncan  9/23
•   Lisa Blanton (Hammond)  9/24
•   Debbie Early (Wurts)  9/26
•   Rebecca Franklin (Akers)  9/29
•   Jack VanHoose  10/1
•   Sharon Romick (Howell)  10/3
•   Brint Curtis  10/6
•   Tammy Arnett (Siemer)  10/7
•   Debbie Barber (Hostetter)  10/8
•   Kim Beloat (Akers)  10/11
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WHERE WE LIVE


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1 lives in Alabama
3 live in California
1 lives in Colorado
1 lives in Delaware
17 live in Florida
8 live in Georgia
2 live in Illinois
1 lives in Indiana
1 lives in Kansas
219 live in Kentucky
2 live in Louisiana
1 lives in Maryland
2 live in Michigan
1 lives in Missouri
1 lives in Montana
9 live in North Carolina
16 live in Ohio
2 live in South Carolina
3 live in Tennessee
7 live in Texas
7 live in Virginia
1 lives in Washington
5 live in West Virginia
47 location unknown

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JOINED CLASSMATES


Percentage of Joined Classmates: 60.2%


A:   221   Joined
B:   146   Not Joined
(totals do not include deceased)

Paul G Blazer High School
Class Of 1975
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Foster Hayes on the death of his sister Tona Louise Gentry on Sautrday, September 4, 2021.  Condolences may be sent to www.bakerstevensparramore.com. Please keep Foster and his family in your thoughts.

 
 
 
             
 
With a heavy heart we announce the death of classmate Jackie Ramey Yates who passed away on Thursday, August 26, 2021. Funeral services will be private. To send a condolence to her family or to share a memory of Jackie, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep Jackie and her family in your thoughts.

 

Congratulations to classmate Bryan Finkbone on his induction to the CP-1 Hall of Fame (he joins 2017 inductee classmate Mike Gothard). Classmates Jan Baker Conn (and husband Mike), Kathy Hatfield Berry, Jim Hindery, Jolinda Kimbrell Conley (and husband Steve) and Mike Lunsford (and his better half, Suzanne) joined Bryan and his wife, Tootie at The Winchester Restaurant for a celebratory dinner. And it was his BIRTHDAY!

Congratulations to classmate Jolinda Kimbrell Conley on the birth of her grandson (and third grandchild), Wyatt Richard Webster. He was born August 5th, 2021 and is the son of Jolinda's daughter Megan and husband Mike. (Megan works for classmates Leighanne and Keith Daniel in Lexington).

Our condolences to classmate Debbie Ball Dove on the death of her father, Donald Ball on July 30, 2021.
Donations can be made to the Oakland Avenue Baptist Church, 3265 Oakland Avenue, Catlettsburg, KY 41129
Online condolences may be sent to kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com. Please keep Debbie and her family in your thoughts.

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of classmate E.B.Gevedon, III ( nephew of classmate Terry Gevedon) on June 30, 2021. A memorial service was held July 7, 2021, at Wildwood Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers the family ask you make donations to Rose Hill Christian School, 1001 Winslow Road, Ashland, KY, 41102; or Wildwood Baptist Church, 3414 Charles Street, Ashland, KY, 41102.

To share a remembrance of Doc or to express a condolence to his family, please visit: steenfuneralhome.com.

Please keep E.B.'s family in your thoughts.

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Sandra Morgan Hieneman on the death of her father, Glenn W. Morgan on Saturday, June 26, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Glenn’s honor to Unity Baptist Church, 2320 29th St. Ashland, KY 41101
To express a condolence to his family, please visit www.steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep Sandra and her family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to classmate Robbie Brooks on the birth of grandchild #4! Riley Kate was born June 16,2021 and is the daughter Brian & Alicia Brooks Lewis.She joins big brother Parker and big sister Hailey.

Ashland Little League would like to extend a warm “Thank You” to the group Tomcats For Tomcats for their generous donation to our organization. This group, made up of members of the Paul Blazer class of 1975, saw the article in the Ashland Beacon about the Imes/Brooks Scholarship Fund and wanted to add to it. Tim Imes and Robbie Brooks were both members of the class of ‘75! We are deeply humbled and so grateful for their generosity and interest in the youth of Ashland. Thank you, Jolinda Conley and the members of the TFT group, for reaching out to us and helping Ashland kids enjoy Little League.

Congratulations to classmate Keith Shimfessel on the birth of his granddaughter, Selena Maria Shimfessel. She was born at 3:01 am on June 15, 2021. Nammy and Papaw are so excited to welcome her as is big sister Lilly!   Parents are Keith's son Kerry and  wife Adriane Shimfessel. This is grandchild #3 for Keith.

Our deepest sympathy to classmate Teresa Donta Slone on the death of her father Harold Donta on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 27, 2021.  Online condolences may be left at canifffuneralhome.com.

Our condolences to classmate Ed Hart on the death of his father, Robert "Bob" Hart on May 18, 2021.
To share a remembrance of Bob or to express a condolence to his family, visit:Steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep Ed and his family in your thoughts.

Our deepest sympathies to classmates Debbie Prichard Adams and husband Jerry Adams on the death of Debbie's father, Lynn Prichard on May 10, 2021. Condolences may be left at kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com. Please keep Debbie and Jerry in your thoughts.

Our condolences to classmate Becky Franklin Akers on the death of her father Charles Donald "Don" Franklin on April 26, 2021. (He was also known as Felix the Clown). To share a memory of Don or to express a condolence to his family, please visit steenfuneralhome.com. Please keep Becky and her family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to classmate Greg Hammond on the birth of his grandson, Alexander Owen Zadrosny. He was born April 30th,2021 and weighed 6 pounds 8 oz.Alexander Owen Zadrosny. His parents are Allison and Nick Zadrosny. They reside in Austin.

Congratulations to classmate Linda Wheeler Hoffman whose yard was chosen by Southern Hills Garden Club as Yard of the Month!

Linda Hoffman poses with her Yard of the Month sign at her house on 29th Street in Ashland. Each month, the Southern Hills Garden Club will choose two yards that represent curb appeal and seasonal beauty. SHGC sign will be posted in each of these yards. Members of the community are asked to nominate their friends’ or neighbors’ yard for consideration.

Our deepest sympathies to classmate Marsha May Griffith on the death of her brother (and brother-in-law of classmate Dempsey Qualls), David May on March 12, 2021. Funeral services were March 15, 2021, at the Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. Please keep Marsha and her family in your thoughts.

Our condolences to classmate Tod Wuerdeman on the death of his mother, Pauline "Penny " Wuerdeman on March 5, 2021. A memorial will be held at a later time. Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home Central Avenue Chapel. Please keep Tod and his family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to classmate Kim Beckstrand Mayer on the birth of her granddaughter, Tabitha Joyce Mayer. She was born March 3, 2021 and weighed 7lbs 6 Oz. Proud parents are Kim's son, Nelson and girlfriend Maria.

Congratulations to classmate Debbie Barber Hostetter on the birth of her granddaughter, Nora Ruth Horrigan, on February 22, 2021. She joins big brother, Jack and is the daughter of Annie (Debbie's daughter) and Andy Horrigan.

Congratulations to classmates Keith and Leighanne Clark Daniel on the birth of their grandson Drake Anderson Daniel. He arrived on January 6 ,2021, weighed 7 lbs 14 oz. and was 20.75 inches.

Our deepest sympathy to classmate, Susan King Bowie, on the death of her mother, Mary T. King on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. Arrangements have been entrusted to Steen Funeral Home. Please keep Susan and her family in your thoughts.

We are sad to announce the death of classmate Clarence Jobe on December 10, 2020. Neal Funeral Home in Catlettsburg is in charge of the arrangements. There will be a memorial planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Hope’s Place at www.hopesplace.org by clicking the donate button, or checks may be mailed to: Hope’s Place, 1100 Greenup Ave., Ashland, KY 41101. Please keep Clarence and his family in your thoughts.

Our deepest sympathies to classmate Rhonda Sutphin Smith on the death of her mother, Nell Marie Sutphin, on December 2, 2020. Private family services were handled by Steen Funeral Home. Please keep Rhonda and her family in your thoughts.

Our condolences to classmate John Harrison on the death of his father, Dr. John William Harrison, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020. No services are planned at this time. Please keep John and his family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to classmate Cindy Daniels Bowers on the birth of her grandson, Mason Lee Bowers. He was born 11/29/20 and weighed 7 lb. 13 ozs. and was 20" long. This bundle of joy belongs to Cindy's son and daughter-in-law Bradley and Marisa Bowers. Mason joins big brother Cooper who is 20 months.

Our sincere condolences to classmates Kim Stewart Lynch and Jay Carney on the death of Kathy Lynch Taylor. She was the stepdaughter of Kim and the sister of Jay. Kathy passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Funeral services are being handled by Caniff Funeral Home and will be private. Please keep Kim, Jay and their family in your thoughts.

Our deepest sympathies to classmate Connie Coburn Melvin on the death of her mother 

Beatrice Ann Queen 'The Queen Bea', who passed away on Tuesday, November 10, 2020.

Friends may make contributions in Beatrice's memory to Community Hospice.

Please keep Connie and her family in your thoughts .

 

This is from  classmate,Lee Stambaugh Gibbs:

These last 8 days have not been for the faint of heart or mind. Rocky and I both contracted COVID-19 through every precaution not to be infected. We wore masks, washed hands, social distanced, cleaned table tops with disinfectant wipes and anything else we could do to take care.  We were not spared. Instead, it hit me with a vengeance in no small part due to a preexisting asthma condition. Rocky ended up with pneumonia. Together for 8 days we have battled inside KDH with excellent care from Dr. Stacy Caudill Warnock, Dr. Viliaforte, Dr. Khouduud,  Dr. White and Dr. McCreery.  Yes, it took that many pulling together to make sure we were on top of the care.  Literally fighting everyday for breath and to rid the infection was all we could think of. Hopefully, we will get to go home today to continue to rest and fully recover. Never again will I take good health for granted. People are not out of the woods with this. WEAR masks!!! Wear visors, allow no room for error. Thanking everyone for holding us in their prayers and hearts. We honestly felt every prayer. With love, Rocky and Lee.

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Congratulations to classmate Melissa Kimbleton Cathers on the birth of her 8th grandchild.  Byrd Wilbury Jackson was born Monday, November 2, 2020 and weighed 8lbs, 9 oz. 

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of classmate Tim Imes, who passed away on Sunday, October 25, 2020. Graveside funeral services were held on Friday, October 30, 2020 at 2:30 PM at Ashland Cemetery Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers friends may make contributions to AARF, 12365 Kevin Avenue, Ashland, KY
41102.

Please keep Tim's family in your thoughts.

Our condolences to classmate, Randi Spradlin Hogue, on the death of her father, Randolph DeWayne Spradlin, who passed away Friday, October 16, 2020.  Please keep Randi and her family in your thoughts. 

Congratulations to classmate, Debbie Click Smith on the arrival of her third grandchild (but first grandson) on Sunday, October 4. Heath William Schroeder, weighing 6.6 pounds and 18.5 inches long. He is the son of Debbie's daughter Christina and her husband, Drew. He has an older sister, Raelynn, who is two. They reside in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

Our deepest sympathy to the family of classmate, Debbie Howard Daniels who passed away on Tuesay, September 29, 2020. There will be a graveside service on Monday, Oct. 12th at 11am at Rose Hill Cemetery. Please keep Debbie's family and friends in your thoughts.

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With deep sadness we announce the death of classmate Ralph Edward "Eddie"  Smith on September 16, 2020.

Services were held on Friday, September 18, 2020 at Steen Funeral Home - 13th Street Chapel with speaking by Adam Bowen and Jason Smith.

To offer condolences or remembrance of Eddie, please visit steenfuneralhome.com.

Please keep Eddie and his family in your thoughts.

We are sad to announce the passing of classmate, Connie Griffith Sloan, who passed away on Sunday, August 16, 2020 from pancreatic cancer. She leaves behind her son, Michael and daughters, Heather and Tiffany. Her son, Jason, passed away in 2007. Please keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

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We are sad to announce the passing of classmate Rebecca (Becky) Lynn Bolner West on August 2, 2020. Private funeral services were held at Steen Funeral Home - 13th Street Chapel followed by interment in Rose Hill Burial Park.  Please keep Becky's family in your thoughts.

Congratulations to classmate Jolinda Kimbrell Conley om the birth of her granddaughter Elaine Bea Conley. She arrived on July 29 weighing in at 7 lbs.

Our deepest sympathy to classmates Gary and Karla Mansfield Kirk on the death of Gary's sister, Kimberly Ann Kirk May on July 16, 2020. Funeral Services will be held at 1 pm. Monday, July 20, 2020 at House of Grace, 2413 Greenup Ave with visitation beginning at 11 am.Please keep Gary and Karla in your thoughts.

Congratulations to classmates and HAPPY grandparents Brint and Lisa Sexton Curtis on the birth of their first grandchild, Everett Clay Kingsley. He was born July 11, 2020 at 11:08am. He was 20.5 inches and weighed in at 7 lbs 10oz. He is the son of their daughter Casey and Cody Kingsley.

Maynard

Making his Mark on fact and fiction

Matthew Sparks The Daily Independent Jul 7, 2020

 

Mark Maynard has dazzled readers for decades as an accomplished sports writer, editor and author.

He’s exploring a new narrative in his latest work, “Tomcat Tales.”

Maynard refers to the book as a whimsical deep dive into Kentucky’s winningest high school basketball program. Even in a world of fable and fiction, Maynard draws on his extensive experience and rich Tomcat tradition to bring some reality into the game.

“This was a combination of fiction and history, which made it even more fun,” Maynard said. “I’ve never written fiction. Even the children’s book I wrote was true to life. It was exactly what had happened. There is a lot made up in the new book, but there is still so much real history in it that it didn’t seem like it. What I really tried to do was put people in the gym.”

Maynard said his original intent wasn’t to produce a book. He was having fun entertaining himself and his followers on Facebook. Just like any fan, he was also starved for sports and decided to create some of his own.

He bought a game around the time the NCAA Tournament was canceled. The game formulated a bracket and allowed players to strategize as a coach. Of course, Maynard got to work as John Calipari. Kentucky narrowly lost a tournament game and Maynard penned a game story.

After contemplating his next move, Maynard decided to create a fictional Sweet Sixteen after the 2019-20 Ashland basketball team didn’t get its chance to participate in a real one.

“I figured out how to do a high school tournament,” Maynard said. “I matched up stats and styles as close as I could. I played it out. The first game was really close. They beat Elizabethtown, 69-64, and beat Madisonville-North Hopkins, 81-73, in the next round. They beat Scott County by 20 in the semifinals then defeated Covington Catholic in the finals, 67-60. People were following that thing like crazy.”

Ashland’s march to its first undefeated season in 92 years left an indelible mark on the school’s storied history. Maynard, managing editor at Kentucky Today who started covering area sports in the mid-1970s for The Daily Independent, has cemented his place in that tradition with his collection of work. He received the Distinguished Tomcat Award at the 2017 Ashland Invitational Tournament.

He also knows how to weave a story.  

“When I was writing these stories, I would throw in history,” Maynard said. “It was things that I knew about that people might not know. It’s a little bit of a history lesson, even though a lot of it is fiction. I have quotes from coaches and players. I knew these coaches and I knew how they would react to different situations. I knew how they talked, and I knew how they would probably comment. They made it kinda real.”

In a few of his simulated stories, Maynard has Ashland’s best coaches strategizing against themselves in a contest between two different teams.

Current Tomcats coach Jason Mays is an avid reader of Maynard’s roundball regales and said he is depicted very well. The 2020 team played several teams in this series, including the 1996 state runner-up.

“He does know all the personalities of the coaches,” Mays said. “I thought he had (1996 coach) Wayne Breeden spot-on with some of the comments he made. Coach Breeden was intense and very defense- and game-prep-oriented. Maynard does a have a feel for the players and coaches he writes about.”

Mays said the book enlightens readers about the Tomcats tradition. Maynard effectively encapsulated the great athletes, teams and coaches from different eras in each game story, according to the Ashland coach.

“It shows how much people care about Ashland athletics in this town,” Mays said. “It speaks to our tradition and the heritage you leave behind when you are a student-athlete. I think current student-athletes needs to pay attention to things like this and realize the impact they have while they are here. No other high school in the state is doing this. It’s unique.”

Maynard said he wanted his game stories to be very descriptive. He included the sights, smells and electric atmosphere of matchups between some of the greatest teams Ashland has produced.

“It was kind of interesting to see, maybe this is what could have happened,” Maynard said. “That was my whole premise. I played all those games, then I started playing other Ashland teams. There is no other individual school that you could do this with. They have won so much. The Tomcats have 33 regional championships.”

Maynard includes every Ashland region champion in the book since 1953, but he also invited the 1928 team due to its historical significance. The great 1961 and 2020 Tomcat teams are well-represented.

The simulations involve a two-game series where each contest is played in the era of one of the teams using the rules of that time.

When the famed 1928 Tomcat team played host, a jump ball was held after every basket. There was no over-and-back because there was no midcourt line. Maynard writes about what you would see at Alumni Gym on a freezing winter night, where the temperature inside would get so hot the windows would always be open. Fans would arrive on horseback. The famous “dead spot” on the floor that was a difference maker for years actually cost the home team a victory in the book.

In turn, when the 1928 team played in the present day, Maynard details the reaction of the legendary Ellis Johnson, before he became Adolph Rupp’s first All-American, to Anderson Gym and the 3-point line.  

“When I match the teams up, I look over their season and their stats,” Maynard said. “There are so many things I remember. I remember covering all these guys. That’s the fun part for them, too. They are reliving their glory days a little bit through this. This game spits out a box score. I embellish the play-by-play.”

“There are so many great stories here,” he added. “To have a good-sized book, you have to have around 35,000 words and that is what this was.  I talked to Adam VanKirk of Right Eye Graphics. He’s put together seven of my nine books. He did a good job of putting it together.”

Maynard also saw a fun opportunity with Ashland’s talented family trees to pit fathers and sons as competitors on the floor. Bob and Bill Lynch are depicted playing against sons Rob and Chris. Johnson even saw a few minutes of action with his son, Ken.

Maynard details the action inside the lines with each game story, but he also captivates with the atmosphere outside of them.

“You touch on their high school days and they love it,” Maynard said. “That’s definitely right up my alley. That’s probably what I do best. Part of that is the experience, knowing the history and understanding the history. I lived here my whole life. I followed the Tomcats as I grew up. I covered them as a reporter and then as sports editor. I was always looking for the good story.”

Maynard refers to Ashland as “a different animal” than any other team in the state when it comes to success and tradition. Mays said that distinction isn’t confined to the basketball court.

“Our team probably did serve as a catalyst for some of that because of the energy that was created from this past basketball season,” Mays said, “but I want to be clear. This past year, we had one of the best women’s soccer teams. They went undefeated until the state semifinals. Football has so many state championships. It’s not just basketball. People are passionate about all sports here at Ashland.”

Maynard attached a question to the cover of his new book.

What if?

“It’s not a little thing to be remembered,” Maynard said. “I think this book has allowed people to be remembered again. The names are real. The seasons are real. The stats come from a computer, but they are based on real averages. All that is real with each entry. I included a paragraph about what happened in real life. I hope people take it for what it is. It’s ‘Tomcat Tales.’ A tale is a story.”

A new shipment of “Tomcat Tales” will be arriving soon, Maynard said. To buy a copy, message Maynard on his Facebook page. They will also be available at Second Hand Rose and Pollock’s Jewelers in Ashland. The cost is $20.

Maynard has started exploring his simulation series further and included other area schools. You can read them at his blog, markmywords2.com.

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Congratulations to classmate Keith Shimfessel on the birth of his grandson, Parker Cambell on June 17, 2020. He is the son of Keith's daughter Carly and son-in-law Chris. Nammy and Papaw are excited beyond words to meet him!

We send our sincere condolences to Tammy Belville. Her mother, Tootsie, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 in Ashland, KY. Tootsie was also the sister of Claudia Howard Bush and Claudette Howard Prichard.

 

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.