Nitro High School, WV, Student obits/posts/news
The nitroalumni.com forum has been discontinued. This is sad as many excellent posts and memories went with it. Thank you Timothy Davis NHS '77 for your gift to us all. Perhaps one day it can be recovered.
I will try to create a new nitro high school forum type presence, but until then here is a list of obituaries and notable items about our classmates:
Use the Find Function under EDIT (Windows toolbar) to look for NHS class members. You might try just the last or first name to be successful. The find function is case sensitive. I have posted obituaries, miscellaneous info, updates, teacher notes, old forum postings, and announcements for our classmates.
by Donna Ogburn Hedrick Donna Ogburn Hedrick - DonnaH7692@aol.com
The original Nitro High School was built near the end of World War I, when the town of Nitro, West Virginia was built. Nitro is a boomtown that came into being due to a critical shortage of gunpowder during the War. The War Department decided to build plants to produce the gunpowder for American troops and one of those plants was built in Nitro. The type of gunpowder to be produced was Nitro-Cellulose; hence, the name Nitro. Construction began in late 1917 and, in only eleven months, 90 percent of the town and the powder plant had been constructed. Many of these structures are still standing, including the gymnasium from the original Nitro High School. A complete history of the town of Nitro can be found in the book Nitro The World War I Boom Town by William D. Wintz.
The new Nitro had an independent school and its first graduate was in 1921. The school survived until 1954 when it was razed to make way for a new modern school. Many watched as the old school was slowly demolished. One such observer was Mr. Fay Harper, a chemistry teacher at the school for many years. Mr. Harper noticed that the old clock that hung over the gymnasium was still there as the demolition began. He contacted the school principal, Mr. Walter F. Snyder, who gave him permission to remove the clock. He rescued it and kept it in his care until his death. Mr. Harper’s daughter, Fannnie Harper Brown, brought the clock to one of her class reunions where she offered it for auction to raise money for future reunions. This writer purchased the clock at that time.
One day, the old clock grew tired and simply stopped. It was taken to an antique clock shop where a caring clock restorer took an interest in it. He called, after seeing the clock, and asked about its history. He was given the above story and became excited at the prospect of the old clock’s age. He suggested that an attempt be made to contact the maker.
A letter had been written previously to the maker of the clock, Cincinnati Time Recorder, but no response was received. However, a search on the Internet found a company named Cincinnati Time Systems and an inquiry was sent. Mr. Michael Lahm replied that Cincinnati Time Systems is the branch office for the original Cincinnati Time Recorder Company and that he could probably provide some information on the clock and requested pictures. Pictures were sent and Mr. Lahm answered, “Your clock is very interesting. I suspect it was manufactured in the early 1920s. It may have been used as a program timer to ring bells at the school. The serial number will indicate the year in which the clock was manufactured.” The clock maker was contacted to locate the serial number; however, the plate with the number was missing from the old clock. Consequently, proof of the exact manufacture date is unavailable at this time. It is known when the school was built and Mr. Lahm suspects the clock was manufactured in the early 20s. Also, after this story was posted at this class site, an e-mail was received from Karen Blasing Pradham who was employed by Cincinnati Time Recorder for many years. She did quite a bit of research on old clocks and the company history. She agrees with Mr. Lahm’s opinions and adds that, from her experience, she suspects the clock was manufactured prior to 1921 due to the fact that it is not electric, but runs on a pendulum. Cincinnati Time Recorder retrofitted its pendulum clock models to run on electric starting in 1921. She guesses from the design and function that the clock was manufactured between 1916 and 1921 and it is very possible that it was installed as original equipment when the school was constructed.
So, is it likely the steadfast old clock was placed in the original Nitro High School when it was built? The clock still looks magnificent, runs as though it were still hanging in the old school ringing bells for class changes, and it ticks so loudly that it can be heard throughout the house. During quiet moments, the loud tick-tock-tick-tock reminds one of bygone days at the original Nitro High School.
Brenda Coiner Burke-Cremeans ’94 is president of
Hurricane High School Alumni and lives in Hurricane with
her husband of six years, John Cremeans, Sr. Last summer
she coordinated Hurricane’s first all-school reunion, which
started two scholarships for Hurricane High School
graduates. Mrs. Burke-Cremeans currently teaches in her
“home county” of Putnam spending the a.m. at Buffalo
High and the afternoon at Winfield High. Upon graduating
from GSC, she taught in South Carolina schools for 5 years
then returned to West Virginia where she taught at Nitro
High School for 6 years before taking the positions in
Putnam County. She proudly tells the Alumni News that
several of her former students from Nitro have attended or
are attending GSC at the present time. Additionally Mrs.
Burke-Cremeans is still a student herself – a grad student at
Marshall in South Charleston.
CLASS OF 69:
Thomas (Tom) Snyder II
Class of 69
Winin' and Dinin'............class of 69
A Lot of Time Has Passed Since Sixty-Nine!
Would love to hear from other alumni
Start every day with a smile and get it over with.
Greetings From Chicago
Would love to hear from some former classmates!
Marilyn Boggess Flack
Transplanted from one Charleston area to another
definitely be one of my "favorite" sites.
Hello from the Houston Texas Area
Would love to hear from old classmates and friends!
Judy (Duling) Huck
Looking for old friends
Class of ’70:
this is a wonderful country
John "HARV" Collins
I like sunshine better than snow!!!
West Virginia is still home!
Class of 71:
HI! to great class of 71
Great memories of NHS!!
LETS GO WILDCATS
What happen to the 30th reunion?
HELLO FELLOW 1971 GRADUATES!
where did everybody go?
Attended West Sattes Elementary in 1964-1965 (Graduated 1971 in Ohio)
Class of ’72:
One day at a time !
Shauna Santrock Hampshire
Cheer for Nitro High School!
Never Let The Idiots Get You Down!
Hello Wildcats-and all classmates...............
I Believe Friends are Friends Forever!!
I missed the graduation
I Love Reunions!
Life is Good
Hello Nitro Wildcats
Class of 73:
David L Walker
I am still alive and kicking
Hope To Hear From You
Hello all - from Pennsylvania
Tonsi Ann Winter-Scolish
How are you?
Greetings from the mayor's office...
Still Here in Cross Lanes
Class of ’74:
Jaci Jarrett Masztal
Keep in touch!
Gaye Galloway Murphy
Gaye Galloway Murphy - Class of 1974
Rebecca Smith Woodson
Greeting to all!
Still Crazy after all these years
Hello from the Lone Star State
Hello from the Windy City!
It's still home. Great friends to love.
Hey, would love to hear from some of you!
BILL WARNER CLASS OF 74
drownin' in the sea of love, where everyone would love to drown.....
Whit NHS 74
Class of ’75:
A little closer to home.
Go HERD !!!
Another hillbilly living out of state
Who is that guy in my yearbook photo!
Hello from Big Orange Country
LIFE IS GOOD!
Hey from the Show-Me State
Class of ’76:
Most distant alumni?
Hello from Florida
loving life in south florida
Claudia Hechesky Fisher
Still Me After All These Years!!!!
Verea Ash - Cravens
is there anybody out there?
Cathy Duffield Chestnut
Hello from Nitro, WV!
Calgary may be further, but San Diego sure is warmer.......
Whats Uppppp class of '76?
Howdy from Dallas Texas. Sure glad for y'all to see me!
Roxann (Rocky) Burch-Carle
Alive and Well and Living in Amish Country!
Class of "76"
Class of ’77:
Beth Anderson Kimble
Tina Burford Bowling
Just moved to Texas!
Earl Jr. Cobb
Timothy K. Davis
I have lived in Minnesota since 1985
Karen L. Frazier-Kelley
Cozzetta Gibson Lyons
James E Jr Harper
Brenda Hissom Anglin
I'm attending Seminary School...
Kathy Kitts Saunders
I work at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio
I live in Florida now, but will always be a Mountaineer at heart!
Lee Ann Skaff
Mark R. Smith
Retired from AT&T
Judy Woodson Browning
HELLO TO ALL
Teresa Tyson Scott
Paul L. Shaffer II
Hi, everyone! I'm still here in Cross Lanes!
Hello from Nitro
Still Stunningly Handsome!
Annette Wade Shamblin
Back Living in good ol Cross Lanes, WV
Drop me a line.
Julie Henson Morgan
Hi! Class of 77
life is good
Class of ‘78
Linda Hodges Paren
The Years Go By So Quickly
Hello from South Pacific (MO)!
Debbie Gates Cart
Susan Trawick Roberts
Sandy Williams - Hayne
Early Graduate - went to NHS with the class of 1979
Elizabeth - Beth Dabney-Page
Greetings from Richmond!
greetings from atlanta
Would love to hear from old friends.
Class of ‘67
The class that was more like family than friends
Class of 1967
Priscilla (Pris) Callihan
Always, Able and Ready to Party...Class of 67!!
Hello to everyone. Glad to be back in touch with friends and classmate
Hello to everyone!
1967...The Class that was always ready to PARTY!
I would rather be sailing!
Where ever you are, be there with all your heart.
So Cheer for Nitro High School!
Andrea Thaxton Pease
Class of 67
1967 The class that was a party.
Class of 67'
Nancy C. Boggess Hill
HELLO TO EVERYONE!!
Greetings to all !
Class of ‘66
Karen Gates Wilcox -Class of 66
Nancy (Magoun) Risch
I would love to talk with old friends.
FROM THE GREAT CLASS OF '66'
Take me home country roads to the place I belong, NITRO
Hello from Blakes Creek Holler!
Nitro High School was a big part of our lives.....
There is no place like home --- except the Beach!!!
17th Street Native Fondly Recalls Nitro Days
C. Rodney Lynch
Let the good times roll for 1966 grads
W.Va. Girl follows husband to Florida
Timothy K. Davis http://web.archive.org/web/20020603153833/www.infinetivity.com/t_k_davis/t_davis_memory.html
1977 NHS Annual Page by Page; photos included! Thank you Tim Davis!
· I need help with my yearbook page - Cindy Hudson 19:08:20 8/31/2002 (0)
· Reunion - Kitti French 08:07:13 8/02/2002 (1)
· Re: Reunion - Rob Sellers 22:44:33 8/04/2002 (0)
· How is the weekend going??? - Rob Sellers 15:35:14 7/27/2002 (2)
· Re: How is the weekend going??? - Kathy Kitts Saunders 16:52:11 7/28/2002 (0)
· Re: How is the weekend going??? - Rob Sellers 15:36:31 7/27/2002 (0)
· Don't Forget - Plans this weekend (7/26-27) - Kathy Kitts Saunders 16:17:29 7/22/2002 (0)
· Who is coming to the reunion? and Lake Chaweva? - Terry Pernell-Williams 19:51:16 7/13/2002 (0)
· Reunion Cancelled - Alternate Plans - Kathy Kitts Saunders 12:54:06 7/03/2002 (4)
· Re: Reunion Cancelled - Alternate Plans - Bear Stearns Mortgage Capital Corporatin 13:56:19 7/03/2002 (2)
o Re: Reunion Cancelled - Alternate Plans - Kathy Kitts Saunders 14:00:45 7/03/2002 (0)
o Re: Reunion Cancelled - Alternate Plans - Beth Anderson Kimble not Bear Stearn 13:57:30 7/03/2002 (0)
· Re: Reunion Cancelled - Alternate Plans - Gregory R Veazey 13:22:25 7/03/2002 (0)
· test - Abby 12:43:00 7/03/2002 (0)
· Reunion Mailings - Beth Anderson Kimble 15:01:58 2/22/2002 (0)
· Tim Davis - Sue Parry Knisely 07:46:33 2/05/2002 (0)
· Tim Davis - Melissa Carney Onks 07:57:39 2/02/2002 (0)
· 25th reunion - Tom Kirby 19:42:05 1/26/2002 (1)
· Re: 25th reunion - Kim Smith 08:53:37 3/06/2002 (0)
· 25 Year Reunion - UPDATE - Kathy Kitts Saunders 12:20:19 1/01/2002 (0)
· Happy New Year! - Teresa Tyson Scott 10:30:50 1/01/2002 (0)
· Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - Carla Pyles Campbell 21:02:30 12/24/2001 (0)
· Remembering Tim - Karen Frazier Kelley 19:35:17 12/11/2001 (1)
· Re: Remembering Tim - Terry Poston 11:57:29 12/12/2001 (0)
· Remembering Tim - Judy Busch Stogdon 19:58:21 12/04/2001 (0)
· Remembering Tim - Terry Poston 09:09:54 12/04/2001 (0)
· Tim Davis Passes Away - Beth Anderson Kimble 22:40:10 12/02/2001 (5)
· Re: Tim Davis Passes Away - Ellis R. Davis 04:33:18 12/04/2001 (4)
o Re: Tim Davis Passes Away - Teresa Tyson Scott 10:10:31 1/01/2002 (0)
o Re: Tim Davis Passes Away - Beth Anderson Kimble 09:58:03 12/04/2001 (0)
o Re: Tim Davis Passes Away - Kathy Kitts Saunders 07:41:21 12/04/2001 (0)
o Re: Tim Davis Passes Away - Ellis R. Davis 04:37:43 12/04/2001 (0)
· 25 Year Reunion - Kathy Kitts Saunders 19:20:44 12/01/2001 (1)
· Re: 25 Year Reunion - Beth Anderson Kimble 22:42:22 12/02/2001 (0)
· Hello Class of 77 - Kevin Jarrett 16:39:24 11/13/2001 (1)
· Re: Hello Class of 77 - Teresa Tyson Scott 10:24:17 1/01/2002 (0)
· Daughter-in-Law ! - Cindy Hudson etc. 13:21:51 9/02/2001 (2)
· Re: Daughter-in-Law ! - Jeff Sadler 02:20:35 9/05/2001 (0)
· Re: Daughter-in-Law ! - Kathy Kitts Saunders 18:33:18 9/04/2001 (0)
· hi - rhpithva 02:44:29 8/29/2001 (0)
· Hello Everyone - Tina B 05:27:39 8/14/2001 (0)
· Tammy Shamblin - Tim Davis 03:37:16 7/24/2001 (0)
· Thanks Tim - Judy Busch Stogdon 02:30:54 7/23/2001 (1)
· Re: Thanks Tim - Tim Davis 03:39:51 7/24/2001 (0)
· 25th reunion! - Cindy Hudson McGuire 23:51:56 6/25/2001 (8)
· Re: 25th reunion! - Cindy Hudson 16:17:10 12/01/2001 (1)
o Re: 25th reunion! - Cindy Hudson 16:34:23 12/01/2001 (0)
· Re: 25th reunion! URGENT! - Cindy Hudson 19:11:20 10/19/2001 (0)
· Re: 25th reunion! - Carla Pyles Campbell 22:05:12 9/24/2001 (0)
· Re: 25th reunion! - Teresa Tyson Scott 03:16:46 7/06/2001 (3)
o Re: 25th reunion! - Sue Parry Knisely 11:49:28 9/04/2001 (0)
o Re: 25th reunion! - Cindy Hudson McGuire 22:49:20 8/23/2001 (1)
§ Re: 25th reunion! - SKnisely (Sue Parry) 11:52:08 9/04/2001 (0)
· Hello!!! - Karen Frazier Kelley 00:52:19 4/24/2001 (0)
· thay come & go - sheila class of 83 03:20:12 4/05/2001 (0)
· Catching Up with Ya'll - Teresa Tyson Scott 00:48:57 3/03/2001 (0)
· Congratulations Anne! - Teresa Scott 00:34:44 3/03/2001 (0)
· Congratulations Anne on the birth of your baby girl. - Rick Hill 11:40:46 2/01/2001 (0)
· Congratulations on the birth of your baby. - Anne Santrock Brewster 16:55:02 1/29/2001 (1)
· Re: Congratulations on the birth of your baby. - Maureen Foster 16:58:23 1/29/2001 (0)
· Hi - Tom Kirby 15:33:56 12/10/2000 (1)
· Re: Hi - RICK RANSON 13:21:37 12/14/2000 (0)
· HELLO EVERYBODY!!!!!!! - Ken Varney 06:45:54 11/20/2000 (1)
· Re: HELLO EVERYBODY!!!!!!! - RICK RANSON 15:07:16 12/01/2000 (0)
· Anne Santrock Brewster - Tim Davis 13:32:02 10/16/2000 (0)
· KIPPY FISHER - Tim Davis 21:14:55 8/14/2000 (0)
· Classmate - Beth Anderson Kimble 12:09:13 7/27/2000 (0)
· HIYA YALL! - Lori Tillinghast Ferrell 15:38:32 7/05/2000 (2)
· Re: HIYA YALL! - Lori Tillinghast Ferrell 15:40:11 7/05/2000 (1)
o Re: HIYA YALL! - BAnderson Kimble 08:29:23 9/12/2000 (0)
· hello - RICK RANSON 18:34:06 6/19/2000 (0)
· NHS photos - Terry Pernell Williams 18:41:23 6/15/2000 (0)
· THANKS, THANKS! - Beth Anderson Kimble 10:22:53 5/30/2000 (3)
· Re: THANKS, THANKS! - Tim Davis 13:02:49 5/30/2000 (2)
o Alumni Webpage - Tim Davis 13:18:48 5/30/2000 (1)
§ Re: Alumni Webpage - Kris Borash Michaloski 12:04:24 6/02/2000 (0)
· All Class Reunion - Neil Thunder (NHS Class of '88) 09:13:54 5/26/2000 (0)
· all class reunion - Jim Burdette 18:47:29 3/16/2000 (1)
· Re: all class reunion - RICK RANSON 15:28:54 3/19/2000 (0)
· Check out www.highschoolalumni.com - Kris Borash Michaloski 22:35:25 3/03/2000 (7)
· Re: Check out www.highschoolalumni.com - george bush 08:06:06 2/10/2001 (0)
· Re: Check out www.highschoolalumni.com - Jean Hall 15:31:54 8/22/2000 (3)
o Re: Check out www.highschoolalumni.com - Trey Collum 13:33:03 12/11/2000 (2)
§ Re: Check out www.highschoolalumni.com - BETH SMITH 13:34:57 12/11/2000 (1)
§ Re: Check out www.highschoolalumni.com - robertstarkey 19:50:19 2/01/2002 (0)
· Re: Check out www.highschoolalumni.com - Beth Anderson Kimble 20:02:41 3/06/2000 (1)
o Re: Check out www.highschoolalumni.com - Jeanine Rau 19:41:20 1/13/2001 (0)
· ALL YEAR REUNION - JULY 14, 2000 - Beth Anderson Kimble 13:47:03 2/29/2000 (0)
· Guess what? I got married... - Karen Frazier 19:57:48 2/28/2000 (3)
· Re: Guess what? I got married... - Tim Davis 23:33:35 3/04/2000 (0)
· Re: Guess what? I got married... - Beth Anderson Kimble 13:41:10 2/29/2000 (1)
o Re: Guess what? I got married... - Beth Anderson Kimble 07:37:57 3/01/2000 (0)
· Just a 'lil update - Duane Miles 23:01:49 2/14/2000 (0)
· hello - RICK RANSON 23:28:33 2/03/2000 (0)
· MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! - Tim Davis 10:37:46 12/23/99 (0)
· Shoe Boxes for Bosnia - Terry Pernell Williams 17:42:10 12/22/99 (0)
· Karen Fink - Patrice Burford Banker 18:31:36 9/26/99 (0)
· Karen Fink - Tim Davis 10:19:16 9/20/99 (1)
· Re: Karen Fink - Tim Davis 03:38:22 9/27/99 (0)
· Cobwebs - Tim Davis 19:09:16 9/08/99 (1)
· Re: Cobwebs - Beth A. Kimble 11:08:50 9/10/99 (0)
· This place is great! - Scott 12:48:16 6/22/99 (0)
· HELLO - RICK RANSON 12:37:49 5/21/99 (2)
· Re: HELLO - Terry Pernell Williams 20:16:24 8/16/99 (0)
· Re: HELLO - Tim Davis 11:09:57 5/22/99 (0)
· Hello Nitro - David A. Chapman 20:28:01 5/04/99 (2)
· Re: Hello Nitro - Mike Randolph 14:30:23 3/03/2000 (0)
· Re: Hello Nitro - Beth Anderson Kimble 10:35:02 6/25/99 (0)
· Turning 40! - Tim Davis 22:04:54 4/26/99 (4)
· Re: Turning 40! - Laura Pichler 15:04:09 10/07/99 (0)
· Re: Turning 40! - Kathy Kitts 16:07:52 4/27/99 (2)
o Hello again - Terry Pernell Williams 17:15:12 12/22/99 (0)
o Re: Turning 40! - Terry Pernell Williams 20:19:31 8/16/99 (0)
· hi - Billy Fore 02:43:16 3/25/99 (0)
· ALL YEAR REUNION SCHEDULED - Beth Anderson Kimble 08:23:16 3/19/99 (1)
· Re: ALL YEAR REUNION SCHEDULED - Tim Davis 21:44:23 3/19/99 (0)
· Feeling old? - Debbie Moody 19:52:58 3/09/99 (2)
· Re: Feeling old? - Rob Sellers 23:28:02 3/30/99 (0)
· Re: Feeling old? - Tim Davis 22:13:09 3/21/99 (0)
· 78 grad - Mike Thompson 11:09:43 1/12/99 (5)
· Re: 78 grad - lisa aeby 13:58:22 1/06/2000 (0)
· Re: 78 grad - Valerie Loving Melton 13:00:06 9/24/2000 (0)
· Re: 78 grad - Valerie Loving Melton 12:58:50 9/24/2000 (0)
· Re: 78 grad - Terry Pernell Williams 17:18:55 12/22/99 (0)
· Re: 78 grad - Tim 21:11:30 1/29/99 (0)
· Hello - Rick Ranson 10:46:30 12/29/98 (0)
· ALL YEAR REUNION - Beth Anderson Kimble 11:52:00 12/15/98 (0)
· Congratulations to the '98 wildcats...14-0 State Champions!! - Tom McLane 07:43:38 12/14/98 (1)
· Welcome Class of '83 - Tim Davis 23:27:00 12/18/98 (0)
· HI TO THE CLASS OF 77 - RICK RANSON 13:56:16 12/07/98 (9)
· Re: HI TO THE CLASS OF 77 - John Zitzelsberger 11:35:03 12/09/98 (0)
· Re: HI TO THE CLASS OF 77 - John Zitzelsberger 11:33:49 12/09/98 (0)
· Re: HI TO THE CLASS OF 77 - John Zitzelsberger 11:30:44 12/09/98 (0)
· Re: HI TO THE CLASS OF 77 - John Zitzelsberger 11:29:25 12/09/98 (0)
· Re: HI TO THE CLASS OF 77 - John Zitzelsberger 11:28:29 12/09/98 (0)
· Re: HI TO THE CLASS OF 77 - Tim Davis 20:01:06 12/07/98 (3)
o Re: HI TO THE CLASS OF 77 - RICK RANSON 07:55:41 12/08/98 (2)
§ Re: HI TO THE CLASS OF 77 - Tim Davis 09:37:23 12/10/98 (1)
§ Re: HI TO THE CLASS OF 77 - RICK RANSON 13:38:53 12/10/98 (0)
· MERRY CHRISTMAS - Tim Davis 09:54:31 12/06/98 (1)
· Re: MERRY CHRISTMAS - Beth Anderson Kimble 12:15:16 12/10/98 (0)
· Who else checks this page? - Debbie Moody 17:17:17 8/25/98 (6)
· Re: Who else checks this page? - Judy Busch Stogdon 20:52:04 11/13/98 (0)
· Re: Who else checks this page? - Debbie Shelton Dean 08:51:12 10/22/98 (0)
· Re: Who else checks this page? - Rob Sellers 22:42:24 10/06/98 (0)
· Re: Who else checks this page? - Terry Poston 12:15:34 9/29/98 (0)
· Re: Who else checks this page? - Tim Davis 20:07:52 9/22/98 (0)
· Re: Who else checks this page? - Beth Anderson Kimble 12:53:00 9/11/98 (0)
· Address - Gregory Veazey 07:38:59 8/23/98 (0)
· Hello to 77 - Gregory Veazey 20:40:15 8/21/98 (3)
· Re: Hello to 77 - Beth Anderson Kimble 12:49:37 9/11/98 (2)
o Re: Hello to 77 - beth anderson kimble 13:10:43 9/11/98 (1)
§ Re: Hello to 77 - Gregory R. Veazey 20:05:10 9/19/98 (0)
· Awesome - matt flenner 21:36:58 7/17/98 (2)
· Re: Awesome - Tim Davis 16:09:45 10/13/98 (1)
o Re: Awesome - Rob Sellers 22:07:31 10/28/98 (0)
· THIS DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE - SALLY 20:03:06 5/26/98 (0)
· OOPS! - Pamela Harris 12:03:47 2/05/98 (0)
· Hello! - Pamela (Smith) Harris 12:01:22 2/05/98 (0)
· E-MAIL - MARK SMITH 19:54:49 2/04/98 (0)
· Class of 58 - M Taylor 17:32:39 1/05/98 (0)
· 20 Yr. Pics - Teresa Tyson Scott 14:45:03 1/04/98 (0)
· 20 Year Reunion Pictures - Tim Davis 12:06:40 12/24/97 (0)
· CLASS OF 68 - HAROLD CRAWFORD 18:54:22 12/12/97 (1)
· Re: CLASS OF 68 - Beth 11:37:32 12/23/97 (0)
· reunion/photos - terry Pernell Williams 16:59:30 10/28/97 (0)
· reunion/photos - terry Pernell Williams 16:58:31 10/28/97 (1)
· Re: reunion/photos - julie rowh 11:01:17 5/29/2000 (0)
· Great time! - Teresa Tyson Scott 23:43:14 8/12/97 (1)
· Re: Great time! - Teresa Scott 19:11:27 8/14/97 (0)
· Great time! - Teresa Tyson Scott 23:37:27 8/12/97 (0)
· REunion - Sue Parry 19:33:36 8/11/97 (0)
· 20 Year Reunion Photographs - Tim Davis 16:09:08 8/06/97 (1)
· Re: 20 Year Reunion Photographs - Jim Bone 08:17:25 8/07/97 (0)
· IT WAS GREAT! - Candi (Wood) Riggs (wife of Tim Riggs) 17:27:01 8/04/97 (0)
· Reunion TOMORROW! - Melanie Kessel Hunt 23:06:00 7/31/97 (0)
· Dr. Suess - Ken Campbell 13:28:35 7/31/97 (2)
· Re: Dr. Suess - Andrew Slade 06:38:24 11/26/98 (0)
· Re: Dr. Suess - lima bean 11:16:37 5/01/98 (0)
· Hello from North Carolina - Tim Riggs 22:38:27 7/27/97 (0)
· Reunion - Beth Anderson Kimble 19:42:35 7/27/97 (0)
· Updated information - Cathy McKinney Jones 00:27:18 7/26/97 (0)
· Updated information - Cathy McKinney Jones 00:25:29 7/26/97 (0)
· water tower - Eddie Snyder 23:29:14 7/23/97 (0)
· Nitro Reunion - Karen Frazier Dillion 20:28:53 7/20/97 (0)
· Hey, guys! - Karen Frazier Dillion 20:25:58 7/20/97 (0)
· water tower - Cindy Hudson Smith 20:36:37 7/16/97 (1)
· Re: water tower - Rick Messer 18:18:52 7/31/98 (0)
· GREETINS - TERRY PERNELL WILLIAMS 12:29:43 7/09/97 (1)
· Re: GREETINS - rave 01:47:06 7/02/99 (0)
· Final Plans - Reunion Planning Committee 08:55:57 6/26/97 (2)
· Re: Final Plans - CINDY HUDSON 18:45:32 7/05/97 (0)
· Re: Final Plans - Debbie Moody 16:05:22 6/28/97 (0)
· Is any one else bald? - Eddie Snyder 19:39:28 6/22/97 (0)
· Hi Everyone! - Lisa Buttrick Poehner 12:41:59 6/22/97 (0)
· Upcoming reunioin - Jim Burdette 20:48:55 6/16/97 (1)
· Re: Upcoming reunioin - Duane Miles 22:41:37 6/20/97 (0)
· Let's Do It AGAIN!!!! - Tim Davis 22:24:12 6/02/97 (0)
· Up Date - Martha Smith Parr 13:56:39 5/31/97 (1)
· You gotta come - Eddie Snyder 13:52:52 6/23/97 (0)
· Chat Fest!!!!! - Tim Davis 10:25:03 5/30/97 (0)
· Photographs and Memories - Kathy Kitts Burke 19:56:03 5/29/97 (0)
· Update - Neil Shamblin 19:23:26 5/26/97 (0)
· Update - Neil Shamblin 19:19:52 5/26/97 (1)
· Re: Update - Neil Shamblin 19:21:53 5/26/97 (0)
· Hi everybody! - debbie and cindy moody 13:35:13 5/25/97 (0)
· Twenty years - Jeff Sadler 09:56:24 5/23/97 (0)
· Update - Teresa Tyson Scott 11:01:34 5/15/97 (0)
· update - Mark Jordan 12:15:48 5/06/97 (0)
· Looking forward to August 1 - Mark E. Jordan 10:39:17 5/06/97 (0)
· I'm Gettin' Married in the Mornin'! - Duane West 17:53:49 5/05/97 (1)
· Re: I'm Gettin' Married in the Mornin'! - Tim Davis 19:01:40 5/05/97 (0)
· chat room times? - Cindy Hudson Smith 16:19:34 5/04/97 (2)
· Re: chat room times? - ken 05:19:09 7/24/98 (0)
· Re: chat room times? - Tim Davis 01:17:08 5/05/97 (0)
· Hello Everybody - Terry Poston 13:38:53 5/02/97 (0)
· Current Photo's - Claude Wigglesworth 20:11:08 5/01/97 (2)
· Re: Current Photo's - SATISH KUMAR 07:18:25 4/22/98 (0)
· Re: Current Photo's - Tim Davis 21:38:31 5/02/97 (0)
· reunion attendees - Kris Borash Michaloski 12:51:21 4/30/97 (0)
· Reunion!!! - Cindy Hudson Smith 20:26:36 4/23/97 (0)
· Reunion!!! - Cindy Hudson Smith 20:24:23 4/23/97 (0)
· Updated Information - Claude Wigglesworth 18:48:38 4/23/97 (0)
· Updated Information - Jeffrey Mallett 08:36:52 4/23/97 (1)
· Re: Updated Information - Lisa 05:26:54 8/14/2001 (0)
· Hello Class of 1977 - Jeffrey Mallett 08:30:58 4/23/97 (0)
· Nitro Class of '77 - Carla Pyles Campbell 07:21:37 4/21/97 (0)
· Updating information - Claude 19:40:34 4/19/97 (1)
· Re: Updating information - Tim Davis 04:02:46 4/21/97 (0)
· New stuff on the Page! - Tim Davis 14:53:18 4/18/97 (0)
· Hello, class of '77! - Kris Borash Michaloski 22:17:44 4/17/97 (0)
· Friends Far and Away - Steve Smith 14:19:45 4/15/97 (0)
· Hi Everybody! - Kathy Kitts Burke 08:08:33 4/14/97 (0)
· Reunion - Beth Anderson Kimble 17:38:29 4/13/97 (1)
· Re: Reunion - Glen Caines 14:31:53 5/03/97 (0)
· I always knew 'ol Tim would make it! - Duane Miles 20:08:58 4/11/97 (0)
· We're not getting older, we're getting better! - Kim Bateman Butler 17:18:34 4/11/97 (0)
· Great Web Page - Rick Hill 12:51:43 4/11/97 (0)
· Hat's Off to Tim - Rob Sellers 01:18:07 4/09/97 (0)
· 20 Years? No way. - Brett Legg 01:25:22 4/07/97 (0)
· hello after all this time - Neil Shamblin 21:22:13 4/02/97 (0)
· Class of 77 - Sherry Copen Cobb 11:27:01 4/02/97 (0)
· CHAT ROOM!!!!! - Tim Davis 00:42:58 4/02/97 (0)
· what a world!! - Pam Meadows Harvit 19:49:11 4/01/97 (0)
· Hi Class of '77! - Debbie Shelton Dean 07:51:22 4/01/97 (0)
· Hey Wildcats! - Debbie Moody 17:53:51 3/31/97 (0)
· Hello Class of '77' - Martha Smith Parr 16:00:37 3/31/97 (0)
· Thanks - Claude S. Wigglesworth 13:08:38 3/29/97 (1)
· Re: Thanks - Tim Davis 14:41:02 3/29/97 (0)
· Hello NITRO '77 - Tim Davis 12:11:36 3/14/97 (1)
· Re: Hello NITRO '77 - Cindy Hudson 23:45:39 6/25/2001 (0)
Memorials Class of ‘77
The following pages are memorials to our classmates who have passed away.
For some of you, this may be the first you've heard.
These pages are dedicated to you.
Allen Mallett Allen Lee Mallett, 36, of Cross Lanes died Saturday, Nov. 4, 1995 in Putnam General Hospital after an apparent heart attack.
He was an employee of Valley Rich Dairy Company, Nitro, and was a member of Nitro Moose Lodge.
Bobby Brohard http://web.archive.org/web/20001215030300/www.nitro77.com/students/Bobby_Brohard.html
Christy Casebolt http://web.archive.org/web/20001010075844/www.nitro77.com/students/Christy_Casebolt.html
Julie Rowh http://web.archive.org/web/20001010104541/www.nitro77.com/students/Julie_Rowh.html
Karen Fink Kouns http://web.archive.org/web/20010217013553/www.nitro77.com/students/Karen_Fink_Kouns.html
Randy Williams http://web.archive.org/web/20010217014007/www.nitro77.com/students/Randy_Williams.html
Richard Hardwick http://web.archive.org/web/20001215091800/www.nitro77.com/students/Richard_Hardwick.html
’77 email addresses:
Nitro High School '77
Name Email Address
Anderson Kimble, Beth firstname.lastname@example.org
Bateman Butler, Kim KymButler@aol.com
Borash Michaloski, Kristine Michaloski@earthlink.net
Bothwell Kennedy, Inger IBOTHWELL@aol.com
Burdette, James JDB062786@aol.com
Burford Banker, Patrice TWEETYPB@aol.com
Busch Stogdon, Judy Jane1West@aol.com
Buttrick Poehner, Lisa email@example.com
Campbell, Kenny firstname.lastname@example.org
Carney Onks, Melissa email@example.com
Clark, Bill A-1-CLARK@worldnet.att.net
Davis, Timothy K. firstname.lastname@example.org
Frazier Kelley, Karen L. email@example.com
Gerkin Bailey, Amelia firstname.lastname@example.org
Goodall, Scott SDGOOD59@aol.com
Halton, Mark DaseinMDH@AOL.com
Hill, Rick email@example.com
Hudson McGuire, Cindy firstname.lastname@example.org
Jarrett, Kevin email@example.com
Jordan, Mark firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelley, Jeffrey email@example.com
Kirby, Tom firstname.lastname@example.org
Kitts Saunders, Kathy email@example.com
Legg, Brett JBL0404@aol.com
McClung Thorne, Lynn firstname.lastname@example.org
Meadows Harvitt, Pamela email@example.com
Miles, Duane firstname.lastname@example.org
Moody, Debbie J. email@example.com
Moody Coburn, Cindy firstname.lastname@example.org
Parry Knisely, Susan SKnisely@aol.com
Pernell Williams, Terry TEPernell@aol.com
Poston, Terry TPO@jacksonkelly.com
Pyles Campbell, Carla Carla4040@aol.com
Riggs, Tim Timmyriggs@aol.com
Sadler, Jeff JSAtvman@AOL.com
Santrock Brewster, Anne abrewste@SU.edu
Sellers, Rob email@example.com
Shaffer, Ken M firstname.lastname@example.org
Shaffer, II, Paul L PLSII9959@aol.com
Shamblin, Dale email@example.com
Shamblin, Neil firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelton Dean, Debbie CDean1982@aol.com
Smith, Mark R. email@example.com
Smith Parr, Martha firstname.lastname@example.org
Snyder, Eddie EDDIE@FITZCO.COM
Stype Bailey, Donna email@example.com
Tillinghast Ferrell, Lori WVslingoer@aol.com
Tyson Scott, Teresa firstname.lastname@example.org
Varney, Kenneth Kenvwv@aol.com
Veazey, Greg R. email@example.com
West, Duane DWest80502@aol.com
Wigglesworth, Claude loboWW@aol.com
Williamson Quick, Susan firstname.lastname@example.org
Zitzelsberger, John email@example.com
Testimonials for Timothy Davis
Tim Davis was my husband and my best friend. He was a beautiful, loving man and I am going to miss him more than words can express.
I would like to express my thanks to friends, employees and business colleagues and associates who have expressed their sympathy both to me and to Tim's family over the past few weeks. The outpouring of love and respect for Tim has been overwhelming, and I am grateful for it.
Tim had so much pride in the company he built up, and that pride will live on in infinetivity.
Ellis R. Davis
Very few times in life do you meet a man who is larger than life. Tim was such a man and I am a better man for having had the opportunity to know and share in his life. Of all the things that I remember and appreciate about Tim was his intense desire to engage life, in all its facets. To live life to its fullest, to take risks and to achieve goals. He could take us from our day-to-day concerns and open up a vision of what could be. And he gave us the chance to share in his visions and to create with him. In this way he honored life and in the same way we can honor his memory.
I first met Tim 10 years ago when he was consulting with a company where I used to work. I was their senior programmer / analyst and the company were going through a conversion to a new system. An accounting project I had designed needed to be programmed, but our staff was busy with other duties so we looked for outside support and contracted with Tim for the project. The first day I met him, I showed him the 20+ page specification for the accounting project. He came back an hour later with 2 questions. From that day forward until the project was completed and installed he handled it 100%, interfacing with the department managers and other individuals as if he had been with our company for several years. I was, and am still impressed by his technical expertise, and his 'dive in, get the job done, can do' attitude.
Tim's example and his zeal for life, will live on through each of us whom his life has touched. Let us reflect upon that in the days that lie ahead, and keep him and his family in our thoughts and prayers. I will. Tim, thank you for being a part of my life, you're a great man-and that's not a joke!
Writing this has been extremely difficult�mostly since in doing so I have to acknow-ledge that Tim is really gone. Losing my big brother has been more difficult than I could have ever imagined, and although I have such wonderful memories of him, it's hard to accept that there will be no more e-mails, phone calls, visits or great big "bear" hugs.
Tim took me to my first rock concert when I was 10 years old.
He entertained me with skits and shadow puppets when I was suppose to be in bed asleep.
He let me drive his ugly Nova long before I was legally able.
He assisted me on my first major hangover.
He took me to the movies, gave me grief about anyone I dated, took great pleasure in scaring the #$%@ out of me anytime he got the opportunity, gave me loving advice and never ever let me down.
I'll never forget Tim's "Jethro Bowl" he used for cereal (a huge serving bowl that he could fit about a half a box of Fruit Loops and a quart of milk into).
I'll never forget his extremely loud laugh. I'll never forget how he could speak volumes to you with just an expression.
I'll never forget how seriously he took his job as my brother.
I'll never forget how he always called me "Bird" instead of Kathy and how special it made me feel to have a pet name.
All of the beautiful things that I have read about Tim over the past few weeks can't come close to what a truly incredible person he was - however I for one appreciate and treasure every word! Tim touched so many people in such a positive manner, that I am still in awe of what he was...the best!
For those of you reading this, I ask that you do three things in Tim's memory:
1. Decide what your true passion is in life and live it!
2. Take a chance on something or someone! Life can get really boring at status quo!!
3. Laugh every single day!
Tim may have left this world much too soon. However, he left a truly happy man and when its all said and done...how could you ask for anything more? He lived, loved, and laughed every single day with enthusiasm and excitement. May we all take that to heart!
Take care of yourself and each other,
I met Tim in 1992. Over lunch once I mentioned I'd never seen "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." We got a bunch of people together to go see it. The day before people stopped by my desk telling me how much they were looking forward to going and couldn't wait to see my house. I had no clue what the 'see my house' meant. I called Tim: "It's a surprise party. The 'surprise' is it's at YOUR house."
In 1994 Tim and I sat down to talk about me becoming his Office Manager. He told me my job description consisted of "take care of everything so all I have to do is program." That's been my job ever since. He introduced me as "This is Jane, around here that's both a name and a job description." That's the highest praise I've ever earned.
The worst kept secret in the office for about 3 years was a five pound bundle of energy called "SPIKE." He was the 'office dog' and stayed under Tim's desk during the day. One day clients were due in and Tim handed me the dog (my desk was in his office) and told me to keep him quiet and not let the customers know he was there. Spike didn't make a peep and Tim conducted the meeting successfully. When they left I praised the dog's manners. "Tim, they never had a clue." Tim corrected me. One time when I left the room one of the clients needed a sticky note and went to my desk. Instead of leaning over the desk, they went around. "Tim, she has a dog under her desk." To this day he and I regret that his response was "I know, he's mine". He should have responded, "She does???"
I've never met anyone who had the level of energy and optimism that Tim did. He worked harder and played harder than anyone I know. It's a tribute to his personal life that so many people honestly cared about him. That was also balanced by the fact that he cared deeply for those around him. It was never one sided.
He will be missed in so many ways.
Years ago when we first worked with Tim, he was always stopping by my desk eating handfuls of my tictacs. He loved the dark green and when I bought the white ones he refused to eat them (which saved me money).
Along came April Fools day and the night before, I spent over an hour carefully dying the white tictacs with food green coloring. The next day came along and he stole my keys and moved my car and thought he was so funny. Well, out came the green tictacs with no guilt at all and I set them in the normal spot on my desk.
It wasn't long before he threw a handful in his mouth. I started laughing and he couldn't figure out why. His mouth teeth and lips turned dark green. I have never come close to pulling something like that off again.
Tim and I had some really good times and some really bad times, but through it all I called him my friend.
Sr. Programmer Analyst
I can't say that I knew Tim an extremely long time or that he was my best friend or even that I knew him very well. He did touch my life though. I have been an employee here for about 6 months now and I have seen Tim's personality but also his generosity. My husband and myself work for Tim and Ellis and we are thankful for the opportunities we have been given.
One thing that I would say describes Tim is that he never asked for more than he was willing to give of himself. If you understood that about him, and you strived for that in working for him and with him, there was a mutual respect. That was what I felt and still feel for him.
Rachel A. Lake
I met Tim several years ago when we started to workout together. We spent a lot of time together playing pool and cards together, I always said "you are so lucky at cards, It seems like you always catch the card you need to make your hand". His reply was always the same. " I've been working on being lucky my whole life". He loved his wife Ellis very much, he would tell me how much he "lucked out" by meeting her. His children were the world to him and his business was his passion. Tim touched many people's lives, he truly cared about people and for that he will never be forgotten. You are a wonderful friend. I'll miss you.
Tim Davis was one of a kind. He was an incredible human being and such a lovely man. When I received a phone call from my friend Ellis at 2:37am on that fateful night with the words that Tim had died, I absolutely could not believe my ears. Surely there must be some mistake; surely this could not be HER Tim, OUR Tim. Even now, the events of the last week seem surreal.
Tim had such immense spirit and determination; he was goal oriented, ambitious and driven. He could definitely test your patience and sometimes make you want to scream, but that was his energy, his intense being. He lived every day as if it was his last and because of that, he was the happiest person you could ever meet.
He was a success in every aspect of his life because he would never see it any other way. He gave his all to everything, he thought positive and flourished because of it. That was the Tim we all knew and you couldn't help be envious of his incredible outlook towards life.
I have kept saying to my husband, Jorgen, that I imagine wherever Tim is right now, he's bloody angry that he had to leave so soon. We really need him here because a life without Tim just won't be the same. You hear of any death and it's tragic, but in the case of Tim, it just seems like such a waste. He was only 42, but he still has a wife that loves him dearly, children that love and need him desperately, parents and brothers and sisters that want their family to remain complete, and geez, I want Tim back because he was one of my closest friends, our best man, our Timmy. No one else can fill this void, nobody.
BUT, Tim did leave us with something that will help us to continue on. He gave us strength and the passion to live life to its fullest. We know that he would want us to carry on happy, not wallow away in sadness. Tim's persona was such that he would want us to heal and prosper, learn from what he had taught us and keep his memory alive - that is what we will do. He is gone and that is something we cannot change, but we are all better for having known him and his memory will never die.
Tim was my friend and he helped me in many ways. I loved him dearly and I grieve for him deeply, but I will continue on. I would like to think that we have an angel on our shoulders now.
Thank you for everything dear friend, now rest in peace.
The words that come to mind when we think of Tim: SO FULL OF LIFE.
He was full of spirit, full of compassion for all the people and things he held dear to his heart.
Tracy and I met Tim and Ellis online in late 1996 as "chat friends", but our friendship blossomed into a deeper connection after meeting face to face at Heathrow airport in London in May, 1999. We traveled by car to a Queen Convention in Wales as a group and spent the next 4 days together. It was the beginning of many of our visits to Minnesota and their visits to Toronto and we treasure all our time spent together.
The 4 of us have one unique common bond. Tim and Ellis were the 1st couple to meet and marry from our chat site; we were the second and our times together were full of fun and friendship. We were deeply honored to have Tim as our best man at our wedding in July, 2000.
One of the most inspiring sides of Tim was his love for children. He was "Uncle Tim" to our Holly and James. They just loved their TIMBO. He was the #1 FUN GUY in their lives and they spoke of him often asking when we would see Timbo and Elbo again. Tim was great interacting with them and involved them in so many activities. Just this past August, at a Queen convention in Cleveland, Holly was so thrilled to be asked to be "Great King Rat's" entourage. Photos of the two of them together show Holly with a beaming smile. When told of Tim's passing, she was upset that she never had the opportunity to say goodbye and give him a big hug.
Tim was immensely proud of his own children, speaking of them all the time. Their loss is inconceivable, but Tim's guidance and love will have a lasting impact on them for the rest of their lives. He was a great father and we know that they will live their lives knowing that Tim loved them more than life itself. Our deepest sympathies lie with Keith, Lindy, Katie and Amy.
As a friend, you couldn't help but notice his generosity with both his time and money. At a gathering last year in Detroit, Tim took Holly and James out for a late night ice cream but came back with enough Tacos and Drinks to feed ALL the participants in the convention room. That was just a typical gesture from Tim.
He helped me to launch a new career when my employment ended earlier this year. He was a source of business knowledge giving me wonderful ideas and strategies. I spent just last weekend with him and Ellis on a combined business and pleasure trip where he took time out to discuss further developing the business I had started. He was full of ideas and gave so much of himself. A better BEST MAN could not have been hoped for.
Tim was a good person to all of us and loyal to all he called friend; he was a dear brother and son; very much family oriented; he was a loving father, so proud of his children; and he was an adoring husband, so much in love with Ellis.
Tim's physical presence is no longer with us and our grieving has only just begun. It is unbelievable that we are gathered here today to say goodbye to the man we knew and loved as Tim Davis, but his larger than life character, his goodness and his love for all of us will live on in our hearts, minds and souls forever. We don't know why sad things happen, we can only know that nothing beautiful in this world is every really lost because all precious things live on in our memory forever.
We will miss you dear Tim, your huge smile, care and work hard/play hard attitude. You were taken away from our daily lives but our memories still live on and you will never EVER be forgotten.
"In Norwegian" � "Vi lyser fred over ditt minne", or directly translated to English from Norwegian: We wish peace over your memory.
We love you.
Friend & Client
Global Sports Leagues
Tim Davis impacted and touched the lives of so many people and I am humbled and honored to have known the man who meant so much to so many of us.
Tim is someone I will always admire for his intelligence, leadership, and willingness to start early and work late to accomplish his objectives. I will always respect him for his creativity, honesty, and genuine desire to help other people.
Tim's life is a glowing testimony of a man who set goals, followed them through with determination, used innovative methods in a creative manner, and placed his dreams high above his fears.
Tim Davis was truly, "An American Original" and I will miss him greatly, but I will never forget him and the impact he has had on my life both personally and professionally.
Rest in Peace my Friend.
I used to work for Tim at WV Inter.net. Tim was nothing but good to me through the time that I worked there. And even when I decided to move on to another job he told me there would always be a place there open for me. I will greatly miss him as not only my employer but as my friend.
I send my deepest sympathies to his wife, children and the rest of his family. He will always be remembered by me and his family I will hold you up in my prayers.
For my friend, Tim and his wife, Ellis
My family moved into West Gate in Cross Lanes, W.Va. in 1966. It was a fairly new development with houses springing up here and there along West Karen Circle with new families moving into them as they were being completed. Tim was one of the first people I became friends with there. I got to know his whole family.
I became instant friends with Tim and Ronnie. However, I saw their oldest brother Steve, just like I saw my oldest brother Doug�.too tall to deal with and better to stay out of his way. Of course, as little sisters go, I can only sympathize with Kathy, because my little sister had it the same growing up with nothing but boys around, but I'm sure Kathy got her licks in just like my sister did.
As time went on, other families moved in and our little entourage became a rather large contingency of neighborhood kids that would roam the entire area together, in large groups, small groups or pairs�every street, every wooded path, every stream or hill. What we were looking for, it sure beats the heck out of me, but we always did it together and would have fun doing it.
Of course, we would do the usual kid things�play touch football, King of the Hill, baseball, basketball at Tim's, wiffle ball, collect and trade baseball cards.
We also did some unusual kid things. We would dig these enormous holes in the ground, stick in some support beams, put plywood over it, leave a small space on top and then jump in to have our own little private "dens". I still wonder today if people in West Gate are finding these enormous holes in the earth and wondering, "what the heck is that?"
We would make our own bows and arrows and then have target practice. It was almost like being inducted into a rag-tag special forces military group. We had our group leaders and sub-leaders and, of course, Tim was out there in front.
I remember in elementary school, they had a talent show and guess who was the showstopper�.who else but Tim. He was lip-syncing the words to this funny song � he was hilarious. That was Tim, but he wasn't up there for himself, it was for everybody else. That was just Tim's way.
Tim taught me a great deal growing up, but he did it in such a way, that I never really had to ask him anything. He just did it by being my friend. Over the years, we'd occasionally hear from each other. In 1985, he attended my wedding at the St. Albans Church of God. I was so glad he was able to be there. We have him on our wedding video. He later went out with my brothers and sister.
In the year 2000, I wanted to know what Tim was up to, so I was able to track him down through an Internet search and found him through an infinetivity email address. From then on we were able to catch up by phone or email. He had asked me after I found him again if I had heard from one of our old buddies from West Gate. I said I hadn't, but that I would see what I could find out. I found our old friend, John Ehlinger, through Classmates.com and was able to get John back in contact with Tim. When Tim found out that I had found him, he said, "Okay, wiseguy, where's Jimmy Hoffa?" I'm still working on that one. I was glad that John had a chance to see Tim on his way out to the Northwest, where he lives now. John let me know how grateful to me he is for taking the initiative to find him and allowing him and Tim to be together one last time. Hey, what are friends for?
That's the amazing part of all this. Even with Tim gone, he continues to teach and inspire me. I've realized that every minute of every day is a precious gift and the people we come to know and love are precious as well. Tim has left me a wonderful gift as well, that I will continue to give to others. His laugh, his warmth, his smile and his friendship.
Thank you, Tim for being my friend! Thanks also to Ellis, Wilma, Steve, Ronnie and Kathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Brian S. Miller
Dale Shamblin's wife passed away on July 17th. Here's the obituary from the Charleston Gazette.
NITRO - Mrs. Tammy S. Shamblin, 41, of Nitro died July 17, 2001 at home.
Tammy is a graduate of Nitro High School and a former employee of General Seafood.
She was preceded in death by her father, Darrell Gene Dickerson.
She is survived by her husband, Dale Shamblin; two children, Andy and Brandy Shamblin; and her mother, Mary Dickerson.
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