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Class of 1972 holds 40-year reunion

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By Wayne Boblitt

 The Bullitt Central High School Class of 1972 held its 40-year Class Reunion Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville.

Eight-one classmates attended including some who came to a BCHS Class of 1972 Reunion for the first time.

Sixty-seven classmates attended from Bullitt County and its surrounding neighbors of Hardin County, Jefferson County, Nelson County, and Spencer County. Those classmates included:

Eddie Barrow, Linda Cundiff Barrow, Diane Smith Brewer, and Tony Rummage, all of Brooks; Gayla Dooley Schaeftlein of Pioneer Village; Bobby Burkhead of Taylorsville; and Andrew Tuttle of Zoneton.

H.B. Brown, Danny Dennis, Bridget Ice Etherton, Chris Kappel, Jimmy Lee, Scott Metcalf, Marty Mourtardier, Jamie Richardson Nohelty and Cheryl Taylor Walker, all of Lebanon Junction;

Libby Cardwell Bass, Jill Jasper Bleemel, Sherri Pepper Foreman, Mike Holt, Pam Lutes, Rhonda Gentry Moore, Steve Paul, Mark Stout, Donna Foster Thompson, Larry Joe Troutman, James Vittitow and Debbie Faye Cox Whitehouse, all of Mount Washington;

Veronica Wright Brown, Debbie Marsh Coyle, Roger Coyle, Bonnie Moore Crumbacker, Tommy Dillander, Eric Fisher, Terry Foster, Ellen Givhan, Terry Hardwick, Hazel Kinder Jackson, Albert Bruce Johnson, Patti Lee Leonard, Sandy Shepherd Mann, Linda Sweat Moore, Bob Proud, Hyte Rouse, Edward “Butch” Schultz, Terry Sears and Marilyn Allen Thomas, all of Shepherdsville;

Jerry Coleman, Gary Phelps, and Patty Schultz, all of Elizabethtown, and Elsie DeBell Green of Vine Grove;

Steve Bryant, Terri Boston Claggett, Linda Durall Coomer, Diana Flint, Shirley Johnson Hagan, Mark Hawkins, Lee Huffman, David Lee, Polly Wilcher Mann, Gary Shaw, and Charles Spencer, all of Louisville;

Mary Carey Hedgespeth and Eldon Huffman, both of Bardstown; Phyllis Embry Spaulding of Bloomfield; and Patricia Douglas Allison and Barbara Jessie Hodge, both of Cox’s Creek.

Six other classmates attended from Kentucky counties outside the Bullitt County area. They included:

Donnie Barnett, Bedford; Debbie Mason Richardson, Bradfordsville; Terry Stotts, Burlington;Dennis Watson, Falls of Rough; David Madden, Georgetown; and Teri Caudill Mountjoy, Williamsburg.

Eight other classmates attended from seven states outside Kentucky. They included:

Karla Walton Johnson, Birmingham, Ala.; Tim Chancellor, Mobile, Ala.; Stephanie Stevens Dobbs, Sebring, Fla.; Judy Ryan Brown, Salem, Ind.; Angela Harris Gramer, Severn, Md.; Wayne Boblitt, Goshen, Ohio; Peter Gormsen, Nevada, Texas; and Audrey Hester Hardin, Virginia Beach, Va.

In addition to opportunities for former classmates to reunite and reminisce with one another, the BCHS class of 1972 40-Year Reunion included a buffet dinner and disc jokey playing music to listen to or dance by.

The event also included poster board listing photographs and dates of death to remember and honor at least 35 deceased classmates from the BCHS Class of 1972. Upon request, the disc jockey played the Jim Seals and Dash Crofts hit song “We May Never Pass This Way Again” in those classmates’ memory and honor.

The BCHS Class of 1972 included 398 graduating members: 203 boys and 195 girls.

Those attending the BCHS Class of 1972 40-Year Reunion represented a cross-section of extracurricular activities in which the class members participated at Bullitt Central and included former athletes; cheerleaders; Homecoming queens and attendants; school play performers and crew members; speech team members; chorus and band members; drill corps members; junior and senior class officers; student council officers and members; junior council Prom-planning members; year book staff and newspaper staff members; and member of various student organizations such as the Beta Club; Pep Squad, Future Homemakers of America, Future Farmers of America, Future Business Leaders of America, and other clubs.

The BCHS Class of 1972 was the second class to graduate from Bullitt Central High School, which opened in September 1970 following the merger of three former Bullitt County High Schools: Lebanon Junction High School, Mount Washington High School and Shepherdsville High School. BCHS Class of 1972 members who had attended each of those three former high schools were represented at the BCHS Class of 1972 40-Year Reunion.

Since graduating 40 years ago, members of the BCHS Class of 1972 have taken several opportunities to reunite and reminisce. The class held a 5-Year Reunion Picnic at BCHS in 1977 and 10-Year, 15-Year, 20-Year, 25-Year, 35-Year, and 40-Year class reunions at various locations in Bullitt and Jefferson counties. A 30-Year Reunion, that would have occurred in 2002, was the only event not held during these five-year cycles following the class’ 1972 graduation.

Tentative plans are for the BCHS Class of 1972 to hold a 45-Year Class Reunion in 2017.