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Generations of Central Graduates

It saddened me yesterday when I received the following message from Class of 1965 classmate and friend, John Ettien:

“Bobby, my Mom passed this week.  She was a Drum Majorette at Central High, Class of 1937.  My brother Jim, sister Loretta and wife Patti are all Central High grads.”

Rosa Jane Verhey Ettien passed from among us, but I expect the Central spirit instilled in her in the late 1930s is with us still.  On behalf of all Central alumni, condolences to John, Jim, Loretta, and Patti.

I also learned today that Charlie Sedman (father is Class of 1941 graduate) is a second generation Centralite and began thinking there are probably many others.

Seems appropriate to capture this information in our efforts to preserve Central history.  So, please comment if you are or know them.


Graduated from Central in 1965. Had the honor of being Mr. Central 1965. Started on the Central Basketball Team for three years and was a member of the Track Team in my senior year. Shared command with Bryant Millsaps of the Central JROTC unit in my senior year. Other activites at Central are documented in the 1963 -1965 Champions. Received an athletic scholarship and played Division I College Basketball for four years. When I graduated from Auburn in 1969, I was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Army Adjutant General Corps and served 25 years on active duty, retiring in 1994. Some of the military awards I earned include the Legion of Merit, one Meritorious Service Medal for Achievement, six Meritorious Service Medals for Service, Joint Service Medal for Achievement, two Army Commendations Medals, and Viet Nam Service Medal. After retirement in 1994, I became a Real Estate Broker until my second retirement in 2010. I am passionate about Central History and am pleased to be Administrator of this Blog/Site.

3 thoughts on “Generations of Central Graduates

  1. Bobby Baskette’s (Class of 1956) father attended Central in the mid 30s and was member of C Club in 1934 for baseball, but didn’t gradurate. Uncle Roy Baskette attended Central 1934-1936 and was listed on Coach Pedersen’s football all-stars in Central Digest printed Nov 6, 1969, but did not graduate. Uncle John Baskette and a member of the football team graduated 1941. Cousin Ted Baskette, son of Roy, played football and graduated 1960.

  2. Comment added on behalf of Gary Thomas

    I was talking to my aunt (my mothers sister) 88 yoa, Mary Katherine Ingle, who was born in 1924 in Chattanooga and she graduated from Central in 1942. This adds to the members of my family that attended Central.

    Mildred Marie Ingle, attended Central through the 10th grade, did not graduate (Gary’s Mother)
    Mary Katherine Ingle, Central 1942 (Gary’s aunt – his mothers sister)
    Gary Leon Thomas, Central 1953
    Patricia Genter Thomas, 1956 (Gary’s wife)
    LaVerne Thomas, Central 1962 (Gary’s sister)
    Robert D. Thomas, Central 1954 (Gary’s cousin)

    Gary Thomas

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