Diane and I are both from the Jefferson County community of Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP), Kentucky where we met while attending PRP High School. We married in 1968 and LORD willing, will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this year (Aug. 2018). We have two children and four grandchildren. We reside in Shelbyville, Shelby Co., KY where we are Bible believing members of Shelbyville First Baptist Church.
My wife and I are both retired educators. Diane was a church preschool/kindergarten director for 17 years and prior to that was a daycare director. Though the years have been busy ones for her, she has always managed to find the time to be a good Christian wife, mother and grandmother.
After graduating from PRP in 1965, I attended Lees Junior College in Jackson, KY for one year. I then transferred to Kentucky Southern College (KSC) in Louisville, KY, graduating in 1969.
At both schools I was fortunate to be a scholarship member of the basketball team. Consequently, I was truly blessed to have my college education paid for while being provided with the opportunity to play a game that I loved.
The high school and college basketball coaches that I had for eight years (1961-69), Bill Waddell (PRP), Gary Schaffer (PRP), Edgar Raleigh (Lees) and Gippy Graham (KSC), had a profound effect upon my educational career. I will always be thankful to each of them. I am also thankful for the wonderful teammates I had during those years.
Coach Waddell (HS freshman) gave me some much needed basketball encouragement and the opportunity to be on the team during my first year in high school. Coach Schaffer (JV & Varsity) did likewise and showed unwavering faith in me during the three years that I played for him (grades 10-12).
Coach Raleigh offered me a basketball scholarship to Lees JC and the chance to play college ball in Kentucky to which I will always be grateful. He is now in his mid 80s and we are still good friends. Coach Graham at KSC was like a second father to me during my last three years in college. A former state legislator and former Mayor of Frankfort, he is now 88. Again, we are good friends and see each other several times a year.
I am also thankful for the teammates that I had during those years. Unfortunately, I have lost contact with some of them and some have even passed on. However, I still have the opportunity to meet with several former teammates each year.
Most of my graduate study was done at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, the school from which I earned my Masters Degree (MS), later my Rank I and administration certification. I also attended graduate classes at Western Kentucky University and Georgetown College in obtaining certification in counseling and as a Director of Pupil Personnel.
Following graduation from college I was privileged to serve 40 years as a teacher and administrator in the public schools, 36 of those years in the Anderson County School System in Lawrenceburg, KY. During that 40 year period I was blessed with the opportunity to work with many wonderful fellow educators and many thousands of students.
My career in education started at Butler High School in Louisville, KY as a special education teacher. I was also an assistant basketball coach for three years at Butler working with head coach, Lonnie Willoughby. Lonnie was not only my basketball coaching mentor but was also a good friend.
At age 25, Diane and I moved to Charleston, SC where I was an assistant basketball coach at Charleston Southern University. It took only one year to realize that I did not care for being on the road most of the time, scouting and recruiting, while also coaching the freshman team and assisting with the varsity. While that experience was definitely beneficial it helped me realize that I was an incurable homebody and that Diane and I both missed Kentucky.
At age 26, I returned to Kentucky, accepting the head coaching position for boys basketball at Anderson Co. High School (ACHS), where I taught Health & Physical Education. To everyone's surprise, we won the both the district and regional tournaments that first year, going to the KY State Tournament. At age 27, I became an assistant principal at ACHS while still coaching a team ranked in the top 15 during most of the season. At age 28, I gave up my head coaching position and accepted the position of head principal at ACHS.
After four years as a high school principal I switched to the principal's position at Anderson Middle School, a position that I held for 12 years. I then moved to the Board of Education as Director of Pupil Personnel (DPP) for 14 years, working for Ronald Sonny Fentress, one of the all-time great school superintendents in the state of Kentucky and I might add, another good friend. During that time I started coaching again, assisting with the girls basketball program at both the middle school and the high school (FR, JV & Varsity).
After retiring in 2005 at age 58, I worked part-time in the Anderson School System as a substitute teacher, primarily at the high school and the alternative school. I filled in (full time) as DPP for Anderson County twice and even once for a year in the Woodford Co. School System in Versailles, KY.
Though officially retired I continued to coach basketball, helping ACHS's highly successful head coach, Tony Kays, with the girls HS basketball team. We were blessed to win 20+ games (34-2 one year!) eight years in a row and went to the State Tournament three times. When Tony gave up coaching in 2014, I did likewise.
My wife, Diane, finally retired from her church preschool position in 2010. We are now both 71 years of age. One of our hobbies is our family history/genealogy. Consequently, most of the memorials we have created and/or maintain on Find-a-Grave are family.
We are always glad to get corrections and/or additional information in regard to members of both our families who came before us.