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All Class Reunion – 2020

Sunday, April 5th, 2020 | Uncategorized | No Comments

We plan on having an all-class reunion on Sunday afternoon, August 2, 2020, at the Crown Plaza in downtown Knoxville. Look for the Blue and Gray in late May or early June for details once we get over this “social distancing” requirement. You can also look at this web site later. Hopefully we will see you there.

A note from our 2018 scholarship recipient

Saturday, January 12th, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Hello East High alumni! This is Anna Heneise, your scholarship recipient for 2018. I just received my grades for the fall 2018 semester. I am proud to report all A’s (with one A-) and a GPA of 3.92! I was able to engage in several extra curricular activates this semester, including working backstage at the Clarence Brown Theatre on campus. I have been offered a position stage-managing next semester that I am very excited for. I would like to thank you again for your support. This was made possible through your contributions, and I hope to be a credit to your organization. Have a wonderful New Year!
Sincerely, Anna Heneise

Update on 50th anniversary gathering …

Saturday, May 12th, 2018 | Uncategorized | No Comments

From Micki Morton Shipe, Liaison to the Board
Sorry it has taken so long to get this information together … and now I must rely on all of you as Class Reps and Board Members to spread the word quickly.
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of Knoxville East High School. We know the time frame is short , but we are hopeful that it is important enough to all that we take advantage of the summer season and travel plans to meet for this special date. I think it will be a fun event and hopefully we can see a good turnout of Alumni across the years.

The date is Sunday, June 3, 2018.

The place is the Foundry in World’s Fair Park
The time is 2:00 p.m. to 5:00  p.m.
The food is heavy hors d’oeuvres. And there will be a cash bar for alcohol drinks.
The cost $35.00 per person, with checks due by May 27
Make checks payable to KEHSAA:
Mail to :   KEHSAA
                   P.O. 51763
Knoxville,Tn 37950-1763
                   Attention: Carolyn Cottrell
Two photographers will be present to make pictures, both of individuals and of groups.
Parking is free and there there are limited handicap spaces..
There will be a recognition program, and I will send additional info if and when I get more.
The Blue and Gray is to be printed and mailed out soon. Hopefully it will be received in time to allow EHS Alumni to make plans to attend and send their checks..This is just an additional heads up so that we can contact our classmates..
           Again , sorry for the lateness in letting all of you know. We would love to have your help with the Welcome Committee. Let us know.


2017 Hall of Fame Class Inducted

Friday, August 11th, 2017 | Uncategorized | No Comments

On Saturday, August 5, ten graduates of East were inducted into the Knoxville East High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame. They are:


Carolyn Ellis Cottrell – Class of 1953

After a high school career that included choir, National Honor Society, Student Librarian, Masquers, Blue and Gray Editor, Senior Class Secretary, and winner of the DAR Award, Carolyn graduated from the University of Tennessee before going to work in the collection division of the Internal Revenue Service.

In 1967 she became a tax examiner with emphasis on the newly developed Taxpayer Service Department, assisting the public with their tax returns. Continuing with “in house” education opportunities, Carolyn became the second female in Tennessee to become a field revenue officer and had advanced to senior revenue officer by the time of her retirement in 1990.

While serving in the collection division, she taught classes in Atlanta, Knoxville and Greensboro to newly hired revenue officers. When the IRS began the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), she was instrumental in setting up the program for the Knoxville area. During her career with the IRS she received several awards for performance excellence.

Carolyn’s musical ability has been put to good use at local hospitals, nursing homes and senior groups, where she volunteers her services. She has served as church pianist at several Knoxville churches and has organized reunions of the EHS class of 1953. Her class recently donated $900 to KEHSAA in her honor.

Carolyn and husband Clarence (Bud) have been married for 59 years and have two married children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Frank M. (Bob) Bostick – Class of 1954

After a high school stint that included the Key Club and the science and Latin clubs, Bob was voted Most Likely to Succeed by his classmates before going on to the University of Tennessee.

He received a bachelor of science degree in education, then went on to Emory University’s Candler School of Theology where he received a master of divinity degree in 1961. Her then served churches in Sevierville, Fairhaven, Johnson City, Knoxville, and Athens. He was president of the Holston United Methodist Home for Children in Greeneville, district superintendent of the Wytheville and Maryville districts, and director of youth work of the United Methodist Church Conference in Johnson City. He was also trustee for Emory and Henry College in Virginia.

He led 10 mission trips to Haiti and participated in a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and accompanied another KEHSAA Hall of Famer, Darris Doyle, on other mission trips.

He is a member of the Kiwanis Club in Greeneville and Athens, and he and wife Phyllis Myers Bostick have been married for 56 years.


Al Billips – Class of 1955

Three years of band at East may have been the inspiration for Al’s contribution to UT’s Pride of the Southland band, where he played trumpet. A member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Al graduated from the pre-med program with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a minor in zoology.

He then enrolled in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, graduating with a master of divinity in 1962. After he and Bennie Kay Murphy were married, Al enrolled in a graduate program in guidance counseling at the University of Georgia. He then pastored Bogart Methodist Church in McMinn County, Tennessee. After completing the master in education program, he continued in the doctoral program in guidance and counseling. During this time he and his wife welcomed two daughters, Patricia Kay and Linda Gayle, into their lives. He worked in the counseling center at the University of Georgia.

Al accepted the position of dean of student affairs at Glenville State College in West Virginia, a position he held for 34 years. He also taught classes in psychology and early childhood and served as secretary of the Gilmer County Medical Center and was active in the Glenville Lions Club and the Gilmer County Jaycees. He also served with the Student Personnel Administrators of West Virginia Colleges and Universities.

In April 1970, his son Alan was born; as Alan became older, Al became involved in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, working with those organizations for more than 30 years. He has served as Order of the Arrow section advisor and holds scouting’s Silver Beaver Award.

He is active in Glenville’s Trinity United Methodist Church, and, on occasion, preaches.


Carey F. McWilliams – Class of 1955

After a high school career featuring dramatics and sports (football, wrestling, track, and cheer-leading), Carey continued his education at the University of Omaha and then the U.S. Air Force. After pilot training, he flew the B-727, the BDC-10, the B-747, and the T38-5. His total flight hours were 2,800.

He achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel, Vietnam Command, and is an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer.

Carey and his wife live in Boerne, Texas, where he is a member of the New Braunfels Rotary Club and has served on the school board for six years. He is a lifetime member of the Military Officers Association of America.


Sue Meador Campbell – Class of 1956

After graduating from East, Sue attended the University of Tennessee before entering the School of Radiology at Baptist Hospital in Knoxville. During the summer of 1957, she met Jack Campbell, a teacher at Tyson Junior High School; they were married in 1959.

After passing the Radiographic Technical Registry in X-Ray in 1962, Sue began working at Fort Sanders Hospital. Later, she taught at the hospital’s X-Ray school.

After Sue and Jack became parents of their first son, she stayed home as a full-time mother, active in PTA and church. Two other sons quickly followed. Jack worked each summer as a law-enforcement ranger for the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and the family would live in the park, sometimes without electricity or telephone service. They later spent 16 summers in a park service cabin at the Balsam Mountain campground, again without electricity or telephone service. Their sons grew up with access to hiking trails and creeks, learning the lore of the woods.

In the late 1970s, Sue obtained a real estate license and opened here own office around 1980, maintaining the company until the late 1990s.

Sue became active in helping persons involved in adoption, joining ROOTS (Rights of Origin – Tennesseans in Search). They joined with other groups throughout the state to lobby legislators to make adoption records more accessible. They were successful and a law making access legal was passed and signed.

Sue is a member of Independent Search Consultants (ISC), a national group that works with adoptees, birth parents, and adoptive parents in locating birth relatives. She is licensed as a private investigator and has worked many adoption, insurance and lost-love investigations.


Zafer Roback – Class of 1959

After graduating from East, where he played football, Zafer joined the United States Army, stationed at Fort Halibert in Baltimore, training in Army intelligence. Later, he was sent to Japan, Okinawa, and South Korea, where he discovered karate and judo.

After his Army service, he enrolled at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where he began teaching karate and judo, taking his students to the Olympics twice. Known as the Father of Judo at the school, Zafer is in the Cumberland College Hall of Fame.

Following his graduation from Cumberland in 1965, Zafer came to the University of Tennessee, with Johnny Majors as his sponsor. There, he taught and coached judo and karate for 11 years. His teams were undefeated.

He began working in real estate, and has now been active in that field for 35 years. He is a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner and has worked with the Special Olympics. He has been a member of the First Baptist Church of Concord for 48 years.

His travels with judo have taken him around the world, leading to meetings with King Hussein of Jordan, Princess Diana of England, and Prince Mohammad Al Sabah of Kuwait. He coached basketball with Congressman Jimmy Duncan at First Baptist Church of Concord. He has been married to Ann Faulkner Roback for 51 years and says she was his college Richard sweetheart and “still is.”


Richard Hillard – Class of 1963

Richard Hillard, a native of Burlington, attended Fair Garden Elementary and Park Junior High before moving on to East. He played trumpet in school bands at all three schools and served on the safety patrol at Fair Garden.

In the fall of 1963, after graduating from East, he joined the U.S. Navy, serving on the U.S.S. Champlain, eventually gaining at Top Secret Clearance before attending the Nuclear Weapons School in Norfolk, Virginia. While serving on the Champlain, he took part in the recovery of the Gemini V space capsule and its astronauts. He then served aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid while it was deployed off the coast of Vietnam.

On January 1, 1965, Richard and his high school sweetheart, Judy Carpenter were married. They have two children and three grandchildren.

After military service, Richard was employed as a surveyor for the state department of transportation before entering the retail business. Eventually he opened a NAPA auto parts store in east Knox County. In 1997, after adding Hillard Antique Auto Parts and a mini-warehouse facility, he leased office space to three other businesses.

Richard and his family became members of Macedonia Methodist Church in 1985, where he sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. He has served on the church’s board of trustees and as board chairman. He was asked to serve as chairman of the cemetery committee in 2005. The cemetery was founded in 1809 and Richard has spent hours searching archives and setting up an information station in an effort to discover graves and stones that have been lost to history.

In addition, his wife notes, Richard is quick to help those in need. If a person’s car broke down and they needed to get it fixed to get to a job, no matter the hour, he opened his store to find the correct part. Typical, she says, was the two hours he worked one cold night helping a man repair his forklift so he could get his fragile landscape inventory inside.

The good deeds are only natural – when he was a young Boy Scout, Richard earned the rank of Eagle.


John B. Foster – Class of 1967 (posthumous)

John was on the basketball team, the football team and track team while at East, a strong background , for his later activities coaching sports.

After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree, he received his master’s and educational specialist degrees from Lincoln Memorial University before returning to East for a position as assistant football coach. In addition, from 1971 through 1981, he was assistant basketball coach at Austin-East, with his teams winning four district championships. In 1981, he became head basketball coach, leading the teams of 1985 and 1987 to state championships and the teams of 1982 and 1986 to runner-up finishes. He also taught science classes at the school and at Farragut High for more than 40 years.

After retirement, John coached one season in 2005 at Knoxville College. He was named District and State Class AA Coach of the Year for several years and was inducted into the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

John was a true sportsman, active in fishing, hunting, golfing, basketball, tennis, pool, and building and flying model airplanes, trains and remote-control autos. The Foster home was a mini-zoo with dogs, fish, hermit crabs, an iguana, tarantulas, gerbils, guinea pigs and hamsters.

John was known as “Coach” to all, and was a father figure to many of his players and students. He bought supplies, coats and shoes for students as well as providing them with money when they were running short.

John was married for 46 years to Mamosa Bewely, whom he met when they were students at East. They had two sons, John B. III and Charles A.B., and a daughter, Shaunna, who followed in their footsteps as an educator.


Sherry Wright Nelson – Class of 1963

At East, Sherry was involved in student council, Anchor Club, National Honor Society, the Beacon newspaper, choir, cheer-leading, Teen Board, and Thespians. As a senior, she was voted Most Talented.

After graduation, Sherry attended the University of Tennessee, earning a bachelor of science degree in home economics, then earned a master’s in early-childhood education from the University of South Alabama. Her years of teaching include 14 years of middle school in St. Petersburg, Florida, which she says was her most challenging, a year in Environmental education in Lake Wylie, South Carolina, which she describes as her most fascinating and mind-altering job, and 20 years teaching early-childhood, which she says was her most enjoyable position.

Sherry loves professional challenges, having worked in nine different public schools. She set up an ESA program in Mobile, Alabama, where 12 kindergarten teachers worked in an ancient building with economically deprived children. There was no running water in the facility. She set up the first pre-K classes in two schools in the Lake Wylie area.

She and husband Jay (East High sweetheart) have moved five times, living in Pennsylvania, Alabama, Florida and South Carolina (Columbia and Lake Wylie). In addition they have traveled to Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Europe, and Great Britain.

Sherry is the oldest of four children. Her sister Patti lives in Greeneville, Tennessee, her brother David in Dungannon, Virginia, and brother Phillip in Knoxville. Her brother Robert, who lived in Huntsville, Alabama, died in 2016.

Sherry and Jay are church-focused, and helping local folks through mission work is her passion. She enjoys small, local, grass-roots endeavors where she can engage people and clients. She favors working collectively rather than alone, and enjoys the camaraderie found when good and generous people focus on helping others.

Her personal interests range from clay sculpting, painting water colors and pastels, sewing, quilting, racquetball, running, pickleball, gardening, and cooking. In addition, she says she enjoys feeding and fostering the birds around their home.


James M. (Jay) Nelson – Class of 1963

At East, Jay moved with ease from Thespians, band, glee club to Key Club, Beacon staff, student council (president), National Honor Society, to track, where he was all-KIL.

At the University of Tennessee, he received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering and went on to work in the pulp and paper industry. A week after graduation from UT, he and high school sweetheart Sherry Wright were married.

From 1970 until 2009, he was in capital-equipment sales, which included paper-machine components by both U.S. and Scandinavian manufacturers, traveling extensively. He spent time in more than 20 countries, including most of Europe, China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and Brazil.

Based on friendships developed while traveling, associates from several countries have visited Jay and Sherry during trips to the U.S. The daughter of a colleague in China started high school in the U.S. in 2008 and went on to graduate from Northwestern University in 2015, spending school breaks with Jay and Sherry.

Jay’s personal interests include fishing and music (listening, not playing). After retiring, Jay became a nationally certified emergency medical technician and works several 12-hour shifts per week with a Lake Wylie EMS unit.

Other interests include volunteering with the Catawba Lands Conservancy, taking inventory of salamanders in a protected wetlands area, working with the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, and jogging (before he was betrayed by his body). He is a church trustee and is on the EMS board of directors.

As a couple, Jay and Sherry are church-focused and have worked extensively with young people.

And, for “what it’s worth”, Jay says that the two-mile relay team he was a part of in ’62-’63 still holds the school record.



Officers for 2017-2018 Are Elected

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Hello to all who proudly became Mountaineers, those who attended and graduated from East High School from 1952 until 1968, and remain true to the Blue and Gray.

Upon my return to Knoxville after forty-six years in Middle Tennessee, I noticed the dramatic changes in Knoxville. Thankfully, I was greeted by friends and acquaintances as though I had never been away. For sure, my heart never left. But I was surprised to then be considered for a leadership role by my fellow Mountaineers. Those who served before me, who have given so much of their time, talents, wisdom, and guidance, deserve our appreciation and continued commitment to KEHSAA. I accept the trust you have shown and will give my all to carry the mission forward.

I ask for your ideas and help in moving toward common goals in our cooperative venture so we can together revel in the rich history of our school, creating a future of love, laughter, respect and support for our East High School sisters and brothers. Thanks, Mountaineers, one and all.

— Clint Brewer, Class of ’63


The slate of officers nominated for 2017-2018 were elected by acclimation at the January board meeting. The other officers elected are:

Vice President: Loretta Smith Crowder, Class of ’62

Recording Secretary: Helen Heap Mills, Class of ’55

Assistant Recording Secretary: Jane Moulton Ray, Class of ’58

Corresponding Secretary: Sylvia Moulton Sproul, Class of ’55

Treasurer: Jack Sherrod, Class of ’63

Assistant Treasurer: Carolyn Ellis Cottrell, Class of ’53


Appointed to the 2017-2018 Board:

Benevolence: Tommy Green, Class of ’60

Education: Margie Humphrey LeCoultre, Class of ’55

Legal Counsel: Larry Leibowitz, Class of ’63

Sergeant of Arms: Vincent Kanipe, Class of ’63

Liaison to the Board: Gail Mynatt Ingram, Class of ’62

Public Relations: David Lawson, Class of ’60

Communications: Chris Wohlwend, Class of ’62

Ways and Means: Joe P. Atkins, Class of ’62



To My Fellow East High School Hall of Famers

I was very honored and proud to have been elected into our East High School Hall of Fame and I assume that you were also. I am writing to you today to encourage you to become more active in our East High School Alumni Association (KEHSAA).

KEHSAA was founded in 2010 and has allowed us to renew old friendships and relive old memories. KEHSAA does many good works such as 1) trying to find every individual who ever attended EHS, 2) sending our classmate news and photographs via our quarterly Blue and Grey newspaper, 3) awarding several scholarships, 4) donating to the Smoky Strong Relief Fund through the Dollywood Foundation, 5) remembering our Hall of Honor Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice, and 6) inducting and celebrating Hall of Fame recipients.

Some of us have only attended our annual KEHSAA Banquet and Celebration when we were inducted. Some of our honored group have not even joined our own Alumni Association.

Remembering our wonderful days at EHS and appreciating the great start our alma mater gave to our lives should encourage us to join and support our Alumni Association. As you would imagine, there are expenses associated with maintaining KEHSAA. Your $ 25 annual dues will help our Ole’ Alma Mater to continue bringing you news of our school, classmates, and memories.

You are cordially invited to our next Hall of Fame Banquet and Celebration this coming August 5 at The Lighthouse Restaurant (6800 Baum Drive, Knoxville).

There you can visit with friends (old and new) and be able to thank those who honored us with this unique membership.

Thank you ahead of time for your consideration and generosity.

David Lawson – Class of ’60


Larry Leibowitz Opens Holocaust Day of Remembrance

Tennessee Holocaust Commission Chair Larry Leibowitz opened Tennessee’s State Holocaust Day of Remembrance Tuesday, March 7, 2017 in the House Chamber of the Tennessee State Capitol. This year’s theme, Generations of Memory: Heeding the Call to Action, examined the work that Tennessee’s students are doing in an effort to combat human-rights violations and build awareness of current genocide in the world.

During the ceremony, the winners and finalists for the Betz-Lipman Holocaust Educator of the Year Award were recognized for their outstanding work in the field of Holocaust education. Governor Bill Haslam, speaker Beth Harwell, Senator Becky Massey, and Representative Roger Kane, along with several other members of the legislature provided personal reflections on the day. The governor praised chairman Leibowitz for his work in assuring the ongoing viability of the Commission. Under Mr. Leibowitz’s leadership, the organization’s reach has expanded throughout the state.

This school year, the Commission hosted more than 300 speaking engagements and professional-development workshops reaching more than 4,000 educators, 80,000 students, and 11,000 community members in 15 colleges and universities, 60 public-school districts, and 60 private schools. Mr. Leibowitz stated that, “Remembrance obligates us not only to memorialize those that were killed but also to reflect on what could have been done to save them.” He believes strongly that “the antidote for anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry is education, and that working together, we can fulfill the promise of ‘Never Again’.”


Blue & Gray Vol. 2 January 2013

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Edd Poore, Class of 1962, Honored

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Edd Poore, Class of 1962, was inducted into the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame on July, 28, 2011. While not the first person from Knoxville East High School  to be inducted, he is the first to be honored by his classmates since the Alumni Association has been formed.

On July 29, 2011 Edd was honored and roasted by former EHS classmates and friends. He was presented with a plaque for his athletic and professional career accomplishments by the Knoxville East High School Alumni Association  President  Larry Everette and  a proclamation from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett congratulating him and naming July 30. 2011 as Edd Poore Day.

Photos by M. Crowder

Knoxville East High School Alumni Association Formed

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 | Uncategorized | No Comments

The State Chartered Association was officially voted into being by the General Membership in February of 2011. Larry Everette, Class of 1960, was voted to lead as the first President of the Association.

1952-1968 All Classes Reunion

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 | Uncategorized | No Comments

On September 4, 2010 an event long overdue occurred. All the classes of Knoxville East High School gathered together at the original site ( now known as Austin-East High School) for a reunion  that brought over six hundred classmates together again! Many of the students had not been at the school since their year of graduation.

Cheerleaders from almost every class cheered, local television  provided news coverage, the State Senator, the county mayor and local commission representatives were present, entertainment was provided by the school’s dance company, food was prepared by the high school culinary department, student diplomats guided tours throughout the facility and Austin –East principal Benny Perry welcomed all present. It was quite a day…one to remember.

Photos by M. Crowder

Knoxville East High School Alumni Association

P.O. Box 51763

Knoxville, TN 37950-1763


P.O. Box 51763

Knoxville, TN 37950-1763

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