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Red Bank High School Alumni Reunion 2018
Classes 1941-1967
Saturday, APRIL 28, 2018
RBHS Cafeteria, 640 Morrison Springs Road, Chattanooga, TN
4:00 p.m. Meet & Greet
5:15 p.m. Program
6:00 p.m. Catered Barbecue Dinner
7-8:00 p.m. Announcements, Alma Mater, Meet & Greet
$15.00 per person
Money and reservations must be sent in prior to the
Reunion and no later than April 17, 2018.
No money will be taken at the door that evening
and there will be no refunds.

Please contact Judy Smith
for more information at or (423) 645-1949

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Jan 3, 2018 - Lynda Holder Pitts passed away in Virginia.

Dec, 2016 - Mike Phillips passed away.

Oct 13, 2016 - Again we are saddened to report the loss of another classmate.  Billy Shelton passed away on Oct 11th.  Please extend your thoughts and prayers to his wife Claudia and their family.

Sept 14, 2016 - Another classmate has passed on.
Sad to report the loss of John Cady on Sept 10, 2016.John retired from CE with 35 years of service.We extend our prayers and condolences to his family
Please remember Johns wife, four children and seven grandchildren in your prayers.

June 27, 2016 - After suffering the loss of his son just one year ago, I Just found out this morning I lost a friend, a classmate and fellow musician. Allan Lutes passed away from cancer on June 25th in Livingston, Montana.
Allan and I met in 1959 when he transferred to Red Bank High School from Kentucky and I transferred from Hixson. We were both in the high school band and shared a common interest along with other friends and band members, Ted Ledford and Buddy Spann, started a Rock and Roll combo in November of 1959.
Allan played bass tuba in the marching band, and upright bass in the high school swing band. He played electric bass in our group.
Later, Allan went on to play bass with the Chattanooga Symphony for many years.
He joined the Chattanooga Police Department rising to the rank of Captain before retiring. He was a pilot, a marksman and an instructor.
Moving to Montana in 1997, he worked as a part time deputy sheriff then ran and served two terms as the Park County Sheriff, retiring last year.
Quite a career of accomplishments.
We remained in touch and friends thru the years.
Rest in Peace my friend.

July 21, 2015 - Classmate Allan Lutes son passed away from cancer.  Memorial service on Friday July 23rd at 10am at St Judes on Ashland Terrace.

July 21, 2015 - Carole Rawles Waller father passed away this week at age 98.  See obituary for details.

Feb 16, 2015 - We regrettably must report the passing of our classmate Marilyn Wood Thornbury on Feb 13th.  Please keep her family in your prayers.  Funeral arrangements will be at Lane Funeral Home on Ashland Terrace with details to be provided later.

Aug 22, 2014 - Again this week we were told we have lost another classmate.  David Gray passed away in Brentwood, Calif. on May 29th of this year..  His funeral arrangements are with Williamson Funeral Home in Soddy and memorial services will be on Sat Aug 23rd.

Aug 18, 2014 - We are sad to report the passing of our classmate Gaynell Lindsay Kinser.  Funeral arrangements and guest book at on the Lane Funeral home, Ashland Terrace site below.  Please keep her family in your prayers.

June 28th, 2013 - Mrs. Mary Jane Blanchard passed away on June 26th, 2013 at age 91.  This link is for the guest book. 
June 3rd, 2013 - Again we have sad news to report regarding one of our classmates.  We received word today that Don Ray Smith passed away on Tuesday, May 25th, 2013.  Please extend your prayers and condolences to his wife Barbara and the family.

April 26th, 2013 - We are so very sorry to report the passing of one of our dear classmates.  Karen Treher Johnson passed in her sleep on April 14th, 2013 at her home in Hampton, VA.
HAMPTON - Karen T. Johnston, 70, passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013. She was a native of Chattanooga, TN and a resident of Hampton for 48 years. Karen was a teacher and Reading Specialist for the Hampton Public Schools for 33 years. She retired in 1998. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Hampton, the DAR, and Bas Bleu Book Club in Hampton. She was also Chairman of International Outreach of Hampton Woman's Club. Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Mel and Harriet Treher. She is survived by her husband, Richard Johnston of 24 years; sons, Chris Gillikin and wife, Melanie, Gary Johnston, Richard L. Johnston and wife, Melissa; daughter, Marie Sweatt and husband, Tim; one granddaughter; five grandsons; and one great-granddaughter. A Celebration of Life service for Karen will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 110 E. Queen Street, Hampton, officiated by the Rev. Dr. Michael Nelson. Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer's Association , Southeastern VA Chapter, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, VA 23502 or American Cancer Society , 11835 Canon Boulevard, Suite 102-A, Newport News, VA 23606. Friends are encouraged to visit

Oct 18th, 2012 - We are very sad to report the passing of our classmate Brenda Abercombie Tustian's mother, Florence Estelle Abercrombie this week.
Mrs. Abercombie was 92 years young and lived in the Atlanta area.
Please keep Brenda and Sharron in your prayers during this sad time.
Oct 16th, 2012 - Our friend and classmate Charles Farley is at home recovering from prostate cancer surgery that was successfully completed last week. 
He says he's a bit sore and finds it difficult to straighten up without the muscles in his stomach hurting, but he's doing fine.  On Wednesday the 17th, he returns to his Doctor to remove the staples and cath, so he's excited about that.
Everyone please keep him in your prayers
September 9, 2012 -  We just received word tonight, Sept 9th, that the husband or our classmate Brenda Ambercrombie, Mike Kendrick passed away on Sept 5th from an extended illness.
The funeral was held in Rome, GA on Saturday, Sept 8th.
Please join us in extending our heartfelt condolences and prayers to Brenda and their family
September 2, 2012 - We are sorry to report the passing of Sheila Freeland Harris Father, Goldman Dewitt Freeland, on Sept 1st in Hendersonville, TN.  Mr. Freeland was 94 years young.  Sheila's mother passed away in December at age 91.
Please keep Sheila and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
June 22, 2012 -  On Tuesday June 20th, our classmate Richard Gibson underwent surgery at Cone Health Cancer Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.  He was diagonsed with lung cancer last month.
Fortunately, this was caught at an early stage and the surgery was completely successful.  One half of one lung was removed along with tissue samples & several lymph nodes which all proved to be clear.
Richard is alert and resting well.    He is expected to go home early next week.
Please extend your prayers and best wishes to Richard and his family for a speedy recovery.
June 8, 2012 - Again, sad news to report.
Judy Wallace Smiths father, John Harry Wallace, 90, of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in a local health care facility.  
Visitation is today 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at Lane Funeral Home on Ashland Terr.  Funeral is tomorrow at 1 pm at White Oak Baptist Church, burial at Lakewood Memory Gardens on Shallowford Rd.
Please keep Judy and her family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.
April 30th, 2012 - Very sad news to report.
Our classmate Dorothy (Dotty) Quarles Chapman advised us today that her oldest son, Eddy Earl passed away today in Ohio as a result of an apparent heart attack.
His wish was to be cremated and returned to the mountains of Tennessee which his wife Pam will honor.
Dotty is obviously devastated so please keep her in your prayers during this sad, sad time. 
We will post more news as it becomes available.
Mar 16, 2012 - Dennis Allen Glab has passed away.  While not graduating with us, Dennis always considered himself part of the Red Bank Class of 1961 since we were the class he would have been had he remained in school.  Instead, Dennis dropped out around the 9th grade to pursue a career in radio.  As WDXB radio personality Allen Dennis, he DJ'ed a number of our sock-hops over the years and at least one of our reunions.
Dennis will be cremated and unfortunately, there are no plans for a memorial service. 
Mar 15, 2012 - It is with deep regret we inform the class of the passing of another one of our classmates.  Terry Echols passed away on Mar 14th.  Details on the family arrangements are as follows: 

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, and 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at the Chattanooga Funeral Home, North Chapel.

Services for Terry will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at the North Chapel with Reverend Neal Pillion officiating. Burial will follow in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.

Please keep Terry's family in your prayers.

Dec 20, 2011 - UPDATE ON JUDY WALLACE SMITH - Judy's surgery on her broken foot was Monday, Dec 19th.  The Doctor said all went perfect and Judy is now resting back home.  It's going to be a long recovery due to the extent of the break and necessary repairs.  Continue to keep her in your prayers. 
Dec 15, 2011 - We were just advised of the passing of Sheila Freeland Harris mother in Hendersonville, TN.  Please keep Sheila and her family in your prayers. 
Mrs Sarah Clay Freeland was 90 years young.   Life Celebration will be held 11am Wednesday December 14, 2011 at Hendersonville Funeral Home with burial to follow at Hendersonville Memory Gardens. Visitation will be 5pm -7pm Tuesday and 10am – 11am Wednesday at HENDERSONVILLE FUNERAL HOME. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Followers Sunday School Class or The Children First Program both of Hendersonville First United Methodist Church. HENDERSONVILLE FUNERAL HOME 353 JOHNNY CASH PKWY, HENDERSONVILLE, TN, 37075. 615-824-3855
Dec 15, 2011 - Judy Wallace Smith has fallen at home and suffered a broken foot.  It's a pretty nasty break requiring extensive repair.  She is scheduled for surgery at North Park Hospital on Monday Dec 19th and will be recovering at home.  Please  keep Judy in your prayers. 
April 26, 2011 - We are sadden to inform you of the death of Gayle Coulter Johnson on Apr 25th around 7 p.m.  She had been in intensive care for a couple of weeks with pulmonary fibrosis in her lungs, in and out of the hospital since Christmas with pneumonia.  Judy Wallace Smith was with her and her daughters all day up until the time they removed her from the ventilator.  Please pray for her girls......Judy basically all the family they have now and it will be a very rough time for them, especially having already lost their dad and their brother.
Visitation for Gayle will be at Williamson & Son Funeral Home on Hwy 27 in Soddy Daisy on Thursday, 11-12:30.  Graveside service at Hamilton Memorial Gardens on Hwy 153 at 1:00.

April 25, 2011 - Congratulations to Judy Wallace Smith for being selected for the Red Bank High School Hall Of Fame!  She will formally be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Postponed until September in the school gym on Morrison Springs Road.  Everyone is invited to cheer on our fellow classmate.

Feb 8, 2011 - Some may not have been aware and some may have forgotten, but in 1959, Ted Ledford, Buddy Spann, Butch Hamill, Billy Shelton and I, all from the Class of 1961, formed a rock & roll band called 'The Squires".  Our first "job" was playing for Mrs Caballero's home room Christmas party that year.
After some changes, we ended up with Don Jackson (RBHS 60), Butch Thomas (RBHS 63), Allen Lutes (RBHS 61), Ted Ledford, and I, from Red Bank and Jimmy Harris and George Peele Byrd from Central.
We played all around Chattanooga, YM/YW Youth Center, Tennis Courts in Red Bank as well as many functions at UC.  In the spring of 1961, we signed a record deal.  The first was recorded in Memphis that spring and the second one in Oklahoma City that fall. Both were pretty popular in Chattanooga and the first received national attention, being picked up by MGM Records.
Below are links to those four (4) songs we recorded back then.  We had fun !!

1. "Movin' Out" The Squires

2. "Our Theme" The Squires

3. "Mean Misery" The Squires

4. "Chattanooga Choo Choo" The Squires

Jan 31, 2011 - Classmate Judy Wallace Smith's resturant, Serendipity Delights was featured on Channel 3 with Judy describing her menu fare. (click here to see the video) Great Job Judy!!

Nov 30, 2010 - More sad news on another of our classmates.  Walt Zorn passed away on Nov 30th, 2010.  Full details are not known, but a link to his obiturary is included below.  Please keep his family in your prayers
Nov 20, 2010 - Sad news to report. Nancy Davis passed away in Rockville, MD on Saturday Nov 20, 2010.  Her cousin called to informed us.  She had been in and out of the hospital  for several months.  Her body will be cremated in Maryland,

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