Jeffersontown HS


Jeffersontown High School

Alumni Association Email

September 10, 2012

Summer News



JHS Alumni, there have been numerous events in the last few months, 2011-2012 JHS Hall of Fame Induction & JHS Marching Chargers Band Reunion which are included in this update. 


Plus, several reunions that will be happening in the very near future.  Those we have lost in recent history.  Plus Thank You to all of our dues paying members.  Check out the details below.




By Myra Boblitt Fugate


On April 27 at the Oxmoor Country Club, six new members were inducted into the Jeffersontown High School Alumni Association's Hall of Fame. Our newest members join two previous groups of inductees who have exhibited outstanding qualities in their chosen fields, civic leadership, or humanitarian efforts. The Jeffersontown High School Alumni Association is proud to celebrate the achievements of these graduates.

 2012 Hall of Fame Audience 


 Kathie Cunningham Hill Receives her JHS 2012 Hall of Fame Award  

Kathie Cunningham Hill

Class of 1972

composer of children's Christian musicals;

winner of the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award 






Mike Akers receives his JHS 2012 Hall of Fame Award

Dr. Michael Akers

Class of 1973

department chair  in accounting at Marquette University;

author and expert in financial literacy and earnings management






Photographer Karen Ballard - JHS 2012 Hall of Fame

Karen Ballard

Class of 1987

honored and respected photojournalist

and unit photography editor for

numerous motion pictures and news magazines






Dwight Robinson receives his JHS 2012 Hall of Fame Award

Dwight Robinson

Class of 1979

chief financial officer for Kindred Healthcare;

manager of financial operations for multiple hospitals and therapy clinics






Mike Biddle - JHS 2012 Hall of Fame Award recipient

Dr. Mike Biddle

Class of 1974

president and founder of MBA Polymers;

winner of the first Thomas Alva Edison Award for Innovation







Lamar Richardson

Faculty member from 1966-1979 and 1983-1995

longtime JHS band director;

adjudicator for marching band competitions in Kentucky





Our alumni association wishes to thank the many graduates who donated services, time, and talent to the production of this evening.

  • Dr. Charles Tritle, Class of 1972 and President of the JHS Alumni Association-Master of Ceremonies
  • Susan Reynolds Thurman, Class of 1973 - Hall of Fame documentation and correspondence
  • Jay Bailey, Class of 1978 - web page design and maintenance of the alumni web site
  • Regan Thomas (2Thomases Video Production), Class of 1978 - production of video montage
  • Debbie Blakeman Robbins, Class of 1979 - event entertainment
  • Jason Malone (Awards Center), Class of 1998 - Inductee awards
  • Traci Roederer Tyler, Class of 1984 - event supervisor and table decorations
  • Michelle Harwell Krebs, Class of 1994 - program printing
  • Stephanie Harms Carmony, Class of 1994 - program design
  • Karen Brumley - Special bagpipes performance
  • Dale Crawford (Tower View Farms), Class of 1976 - donation of gift certificate
  • Roni Witosky Strohman (Country Inn & Suites), Class of 1986 - donation of gift certificate  

The alumni association welcomes nominations for the annual induction.

Contact Myra Fugate at for more information.



JHS Marching Chargers Reunion - April 2012

By Jay Bailey

JHS Marching Chargers Reunion

 JHS Marching Chargers Reunion Decorations

On April 28th, 2012 roughly 100 alumni of the Jeffersontown High School Marching Chargers from 1966-1995 seasons gathered for a reunion in the beer garden of T.K.'s Pub in the Spanish Cove Shopping Center on Bardstown Rd.  Also in attendance were  our very special guests, JHS Hall of Fame inductee Lamar "Rich" Richardson, our beloved band director for the years 1966-79 / 1983-95 & his wife Judi Richardson.  Everyone got to speak with Rich & Judi.


Rhonda Hellinger  Mike Smither - Tina MattinglyWow, what a wonderful evening, the decorations of a tabletop football field with little Marching Chargers, Krispy Kreme Donuts, Crates of Oranges & table decorations, were thanks to Paula Meeller '77 & Marilyn Proctor Newman '77.  The uniforms, trophies, photo albums, videos & other memorabilia were thanks to Judi Richardson, Myra Boblitt Fugate,  Sharon Derby Wesley, Karen Maddox Speer & a few others I unfortunately cannot



We had members from nearly every graduating class; numerous of smiling faces, lots of hugs, all telling stories of band camp, trips, contests, practices, plus stage band, orchestra & pep bands.  Laughter was heard through out the night with memories of Murfreesboro, Canada, Hawaii, School musicals like   South Pacific, playing for the Louisville Colonels ABA basketball  games  & many more.


Cathy & Marvin Mattingly brought a memories book for all to write in for Rich, talking about how the band or music was still in their lives & their favorite memories.  The night went on for hours; everyone had  a  wonderful time, many wondering when we are going to do this again.  We

even had a tremendous show put on by Mother Nature; as it brought a thunderstorm with rain, lightening & hail. 


We would also like to give a very special thank you to Todd King of T.K.'s Pub for the use of the room for our event & the food they donated.  Consider having your  event with him as well. 


Thanks also go out to:

Laura Flaherty Schulte for her organizational skills, working on the contact lists & collaborating with the others.


Cathy & Marvin Mattingly, Jan Mullinix & all the others that... worked on choosing the venue & plus thanks to Jan & TK's for donating the food.


Shane Russell & Todd Westphal for spearheading contacting the 1980's & 1990's members.


There are others that joined us for numerous planning meetings & contacted people, that I am overlooking, I'm sorry, but thank you for your support.


JHS CLASS OF 1972 / 2nd - 20th REUNION (= 40th Reunion)


WHEN:             October 12 & 13, 2012



Night:             October 13th, 7:00 p.m. until 1 a.m.


Location:         J'Town Eagles Club

                      3501 College Drive

                      Jeffersontown, KY 40299


COST:             $35.00 singles - $60.00 couples


You are invited to reacquaint with your classmates from the Jeffersontown High School Class of 1972 for your "2nd twenty- year" reunion.


*           Casual Dress

*           Cash Bar

*           Hors d'oeuvre's by Karem's Grill & Pub

*           Music by Sean Goebel


Reserve your spot for a night of great memories!

Please send your check payable to Susan Potter Fowler, by the September 15th deadline.


Mail to:

Susan Potter Fowler

3114 Auburn Circle

Louisville, KY 40299


BONUS NIGHT:  October 12th

Alumni night at the JHS Homecoming Game, Cheer the Chargers to victory at JHS homecoming game Friday, October 12th. Join your fellow classmates at Hughes Field in the Alumni Tent. After the game an afterparty at Tommy Pass's Passtime Fishhouse located at 10801 Locust Road, off of Watterson Trail in Jtown across from Skyview Park.


Contact for more information






October 12 and 13, 2012


 Reunion Festivities

The class of 1982 is looking forward to celebrating its 30 year reunion.

Cheer the Chargers to victory by meeting fellow classmates at J-town's Homecoming game against Grayson County on October 12th. The J-town Alumni Association will have a tent set up for Alumni coming to watch J-town play Grayson County and see the halftime festivities. Game time will be announced later.


The fun continues on the 13th. Time and location to be determined based on attendance. Please help us out by making your reservations as early as possible so that we can select the location and plan for refreshments.


Cost for singles is $40, couples are $60


CLICK HERE to make your reservations.

In Memoriam

The Class of 1982 would like to remember fellow classmates who have passed away.  They include Jerry Cusick, Mary Zeller Graham, Sara Isham, Christy Isley, and Mark McCarthy.  Our sympathies go out to friends and families with a reminder that they have not been forgotten.


Unable to Attend?

If you are unable to come, you may wish to make a monetary donation to fund the location, refreshments, and supplies. Any funds not used to cover the cost of the reunion will be used to commemorate classmates who have passed away. Bricks for the football field will be purchased in the name of each deceased classmate.


If you wish to make a monetary donation, please click on the link below to select a value for your donation. IMPORTANT please indicate in the special instructions box, during checkout that this donation is for the CLASS OF 1982.  



Spread the Word

Your help is needed to spread the word to all our classmates!  If you are a Facebook user, click here to see the Jeffersontown High School Class of 1982 group.


If you don't use Facebook but wish to connect with fellow classmates or load some photos, go to the click on our Flickr site at


Check out this link, , to see if you know the whereabouts of anyone listed. Have them come to the Class of 1982 webpage for information about the reunion or the Facebook group, Jeffersontown High School class of 1982.


You may also send contact information to so that someone on the committee can reach out to our classmate with a personal invitation to come to the reunion. If you are the missing classmate, please don't be left out! 

Be sure to visit this page again to check for updates as we get more details.

If you have any questions, send them to   







CLASS OF 2002 



AWAITING DETAILS of your reunions






We appreciate those Chargers who continue to support our JHS Alumni Association

through their payment of dues. 










Thanks also to Ruth Miller Roque for her offer of a prize

to anyone in her class who paid his or her dues.




STAFFORD BRANDON passed away in November, 2011. He came to JHS in 1972 as an art teacher and remained until his retirement. In addition to his painting and drawing classes, he developed the photography program at J'town.


MICHAEL H. BURKS, class of 1970, died in January, 2012. He was a retired employee at Ford Motor Company and an Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his brother, Richard Burks.


BRIAN CATLETT, class of 1992, died in July, 2012 in a car accident. He was on the JROTC rifle team and the speech team. He is survived by his cousins, Carson Ledford, class of 1987, and Marilyn Proctor Newman, class of 1977.


DYLAN FIRST, class of 2012, died in a motor cross accident in December, 2011. He was in the engineering and robotics programs, president of the National Honor Society, and an Eagle Scout.


GARRY WAYNE GRANT, class of 1976,54, passed away in Bloomfield in May, 2012. He was an employee of Lowe's of Bardstown. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ollie and Helen Ernspiker Grant. He is survived by a daughter, a son, and four sisters: Sonnie Waggoner, Judy Bryant, Patsy Johnson, and Debbie Grant.


AGNES MARIE HODAPP, class of 1937 in the original JHS, passed away in May, 2012. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Hodapp and her son-in-law, Russell Judkins.


MARK JAGGERS, M.D., class of 1983, died in July, 2012. Mark was an ophthalmologist with the Eye Care Institute following a career with the Air Force. He flew C5s during the Gulf War and for the Humanitarian Efforts in Somalia. He is survived by his wife Rebecca Schmitt, class of 1983; his children, Meredith and Colin; and his brother, Kevin Jaggers, class of 1987.


TODD MITTLER, class of 1980, passed away in June, 2012. He was a member of the football and track teams. He served in the Navy and graduated from Volunteer State. He is survived by his parents, Jack and Betty Mittler; siblings Jackie, class of 1977; Sharon, class of 1981; Scott, class of 1985; and Casey, class of 1986.


TONY PANTOJA, class of 1976, passed away in December, 2011. He was very involved in the music classes and productions, including starring roles in South Pacific and Camelot. His latest JHS performance was at the dedication of the new JHS auditorium. He is survived by his sisters Lisa, class of 1973 ; Carman, class of 1979; Julie, class of 1985; and Jennifer.


ADRIAN KEITH PATTERSON, class of 1970, died in Dec., 2011. He was a retired greens keeper for Metro Parks. He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel Patterson. He is survived by his mother, Lois Patterson; four sisters: Bonnie Myers, Brenda McClary, Sharon Foree, Teresa Gail Patterson; and a brother, James Terry Patterson.


LOUIS KIRK REID, class of 1975, passed away in July, 2012. After graduating from JHS, he attended Eastern Kentucky University. His career with Kroger Company spanned 36 years. Preceding him in death were his father, Judge Collis Reid, Jr. and a brother, Joseph Glenn Reid. He is survived by his mother, Mary Elizabeth Reid; brother, John Reid; and sister, Mary Ann Underhill.


DANIEL LOUIS SAUER, died in June, 2012 at his residence in Tampa, Florida. He was elected the historian and the Most School Spirited by his 1979 JHS classmates. He is survived by his parents; brothers Jim, class of 1974; Paul, class of 1977; and Bert.


PHILLIP KURT SHIPP, class of 1983, passed away in December, 2011. Phillip played football and was a state champion in wrestling. He was a member of the National and Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers, "Bad to the Bone" Motorcycle Club, and various quartet singing groups.


BETTY SMITHER died in February, 2012. She taught English in 1970 at J'town and continued her career at Jefferson Community College. She is survived by Bobby, class of 1972; Mike, class of 1974; and Bill, class of 1979


ROBERT BRUCE TABB, formerly of Palm Springs, California, passed away in November, 2011, at his home in Lexington, Kentucky. He was a member of the JHS class of 1981. He is survived by his sister, Sallie Dalton Tabb, class of 1975.


BRISTOL THACKER passed away in June, 2012. Mr. Thacker came to J'town in 1993 as a teacher in the new technology department. He retired in 2002.


JACKIE CAUDILL, class of 1978, passed away in August 2012 in his brother's home.  Jackie was well known for his basketball career. His career in life was a Business Sales Executive. Jackie served our country for four years in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany for two years. He was known in his Ft. Thomas neighborhood as the "Protector", and will be greatly missed.  He was preceded in death by his two younger brothers; Kevin Caudill, class of 1983 and Dennis Caudill, class of 1979.  He is survived by his brother Gary Caudill, class of 1976.




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