Smith Sally (Searcy), 1/10/1/41 - 7/13/2015
Note of Interest
  • Sally was a beautician and operator of Sally's Beauty Shop. 
  • She was a member of Oak Springs Baptist Church
  • a former Sunday School Teacher in both the Adult and Youth Departments 
  • was a youth leader devoted to helping young people. 

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Barbara Throckmorton - Deceased
Other Info. Uk
  • Note of interest: 
  • Girls Basketball 
  • Future Homemakers Club
  • Journalism Cub
  • Tornado" New Paper
Bill Avant - Deceased 
Dec 31, 1939  - Jan 15, 2007
Burial: Parklawn Memorial Park
Winston-Salem, NC
Wife: Betty Nadine Avant DOB: Apr 1, 1940 DOD:Jun 15, 2016
Children: Constance Lynne Avant DOB: 1958 DOD: 2014
Billy Jenkins - Deceased 
Other Info. Uk
David Price - Deceased 
 ?  - 6/14/1996    
Other Info. Uk
Fay Bailey - Deceased 
Other Info. Uk
  • Note of interest:
  •  Glee Club
Frances Adair - Deceased 
 ?  -  3/16/2006 
Other Info. Uk
Frances Hendley - Deceased
Other Info. Uk
Hazel Davis - Deceased
Other Info. Uk
James Shehan
???- 10-4-1983
Other Info. UK

Burial: UK
  • Note of interest: 
  • Basketball
Lawing, Verlie (Underworrd)
  July 21st, 1941 - March 13th, 2020
Burial: Mountain View Memorial Park
Verlie had to move our Senior year to Marion due to her fathers work.
Verlie Lawing Leatherwood of Black Mountain, died March 13, 2020. She was born in Forest City, NC, the daughter of Claude Manson and Eva Lackey Lawing; and attended Forest City Elementary and Cool Springs High Schools in Rutherford County before moving to Marion, NC where she graduated from Marion High School. Following graduation from Mars Hill College, she was employed by First Baptist Church, Black Mountain as Church and Financial Secretary and served for twenty-six years before accepting a position with the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove as Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director. She became Manager of Human Resources at BGTC in 1996 and served in that capacity until she retired in 2012. 
Jerry Bright -  Deceased
DOD: Feb/??/2020
Linda Kay Alley, (Ford), Deceased 
 ? - 9/23/1992​
COD: Cancer
Burial:  UK
  • Note of interest: 
  • Future Homemakers of America Club
  • Jr. Varsity Basket Ball
Lonnie Hutchins - Deceased 
? - 3/4/1995
Other Info. Uk
Norman McCelann -Deceased 
u/k -DOD; uk/ 2018
Richard Zeb Fergerson - Deceased 
1/30/40 -10/5/2005
COD: Heart Attack 
Burial: Cool Spring Cemetery
  • Note of Interest: 
  • Football 1956-58 - 
  • Most Improved Player 
  • Monogram Club
Sally Smith-Searcy - Deceased
1/10/1941 - 7/13/2015
COD: UK - Passed away at her home.
Services: Main Street Baptist Church Spindale NC
Burial: UK
  • Note of Interest"
  • Sally was a beautician and operator of Sally's Beauty Shop. 
  • •She was a member of Oak Springs Baptist Church
  • •a former Sunday School Teacher in both the Adult and Youth Departments 
  • •was a youth leader devoted to helping young people. 
Sandra James - Deceased 
DOB ? - 10/5/1983 
Other Interest Uk
Charles "Smittie" Smith -Deceased
Other Info. Uk
Steve Hardin - Deceased 
4/21/39 - 8/3/2006
COD: From a Bee Sting
Service: Crestview Baptist 
Burial: Cool Springs Cemetery.
  • Notes of interest: 
  • Track team - 1956
  •  Football - #87 - 1956
  • Became a Pastor
  • Went to Gardner-Web, Fruitland Baptist Bible College and Wake Forest. Did a lot of  mission wotk  in West Virgina, Myrtle Beach and other places.   
  • Served as Pastor at Pea Ridge Baptist Church, Polk County, NC 
Philbeck, Thomas F. "Tommy" - Deceased 10/30/39 -10/25/10
Burial:Cool Springs Cemetery
  • Note of interest: 
  • nicknamed "Fatback" 
  • was known for his skill in billiards  
  • and his knowledge of both the Atlanta Braves and the UNC  Tarheels
  • always glad to see you.
Phillip Carver - Deceased
May 17, 1940 =July 21, 2019
Burial: Private 
Memorial Service at First United Methodist Church of Rutherfordton 
Note of Interest:
a Master Mason and member of Perry Masonic Lodge No. 458 F&AM in Marysville, Pennsylvania. He was also a United States Army veteran and had worked for the United States Government at the Naval Depot in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. He was also a block mason by trade.
Rebecca Dale - Deceased
September 10, 1940 ~ December 14, 2015
Burrial: Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery
Note of interest:
Rebecca worked for many years at Metrolina Plastics in the Quality Assurance Department. Following her retirement, Rebecca enjoyed being a caretaker sitting with elderly patients in their homes. She was also a graduate of Cool Springs High School and attended Bethel Memorial Baptist Church at Grassy Pond.
Sherill Matheny - Deceased- 2007
Wayne King Corn - Deceased 
2/19/1940 - 4/14/ 1976
Burial: Cooper Gap Baptist Church, Polk Co. NC
William “Bill” Wescot Waters
 July 18, 1941 - December 29, 2021
Burrial:  Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery in Forest City, NC
 * Note of Interest
  •  Started at CSHS but In 1957, the family relocated to Charlotte and started Waters Construction Company. Over the course of the next half century, Bill would go on to build thousands of homes in the Charlotte region.
  •  Bill also served on the Board of Directors for First Charter National Bank for several years which lead up to the bank’s merger with Fifth Third Bank. 
  • Bill always said Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church was his church home. When in Charlotte he would attend Myers Park United Methodist Church and while in Juno Beach he attended Oceanview United Methodist Church.
  •  He never forgot his roots and attended the CSHS  class reunions. renewing old friendships and often paying for everyone's lunch.

~ Unaccounted for as of 2021~
No Information
Listed in order of first name
 If anyone has any Info. on any of the following:
Alive - Deceased - DOB - DD - COD, Place Buried or a note of interest, or know a family member I could call, please let me know.
Some are listed Deceased but not confirmed with any information.

Ann King - No Info.
Carolyn Walker - No Info
Charles Minnish - No Info
Clyde Harris - No Info
Coleen Grant - No Info
Creola Harris - No Info
Don Wall - No Info
Doris Greene - No Info
Emma Jean Hall - No Info
  • Note of Interest: 
  • Basketball-Jr. Varsity '56
  • Future Homemakers of America
Garland Hendrix -No Info.
Gloria Coffee - No Info
  • Note of Interest: 
  • Jr. Varsity #8 - '56
Harvey Wells - No Info
Hoyte Bailey - No Info.
Jean Bailey - No Info
Joyce McGunis (Jones-Heavner)
Linda Sue Tate - No Info.
Margaret Baynard - No Info.
Martha Stacey - Living-No Info.
Nancy Ledford- No Info.
Patsy Rumfelt - No info.
  • Note of Interest: 
  • Future Homemakers of America
  • Glee Club
Rachell Cantrell - No Info.
Ray Shehan - Deceased-
No Info
Troy Blanton - No Info.
Troy Wall - No Inf____

Mr. Paul Harril's Homeroom

Adrain Summey
Alfred Dobbins
Beverly Shehan
Bill Avant
Bill Waters
Carolyn Walker
Charles Smith
Doyle Medford
Ernest Sprous
G.L. Poteteat
Gail Hudgins
Garland Hendrix
Harold Owens
Jackie Butler
Jean Bailey
Jenny Sue Johnston
Jimmy Andrews
Judy Hardin
Margaret Hill 
Mary Ann Crowder
Melba Willis
Norman Marks
Paul Tim Jones
Phillip Carver
Phyllis Greene
Pricilla Haulk
Richard Ferguson
Sally Mosley 
Sally Smith
Sandran James
Scott Graham
Shirley Godfrey
Tim White
Verlie Lawing

Mr Bill Cordell's Homeroom

Alice Matheny
Annette Wilkerson
Linda Kay Alley
Barbara Throckmorton
Billy Jenkins
Bobby Marshall
Boyd Radford
Charles Minnish
Creola Harris
Dalton Smart
Don Wall
Donald Epley
Doris Green
Evelyn Rollins
Frances Hendley
George Avant
Hoyte Bailey
J. L. Coffee
Jackie Bright
Jean Ann Long
Jerry Baynard
Kenneth Fortune
Larry Harrill
Marion Hollan
Martha Stacey
Mary Jane McFarland
Melvin Waters
Peggy Carver
Phyllis Goode
Rachell Cantrell
Ralph Haynes
Sherill Matheny
Steve Hardin
Troy Wall
Wayne Corn

Mrs Elizabet Ducket's Homeroom

Ann Holifield
Arlen Walker
Barabara Bartee
Barara Kennedy
Boyd Bennett
Clyde Harris
Ellen Shepard
Emily Mayse
Fay Bailey
Gail Harrill
Gene Shires
Gloria Coffee
Harvey Wells
Hazel Davis
Henry Hooper
Howard Steet
Hugh Mills
Jimmy Reepe
Joe Causby
Joyce Greene
Joyce McGinnis
Kenneth Hardin
Linda Sue Tate
Lonnie Hutchins
Lorena Richards
Margaret Baynard
Mike williams
Mozelle Upton
Norman McClennan
Patsy Rumfelt
Peggie Goforth
Peggy Harrill
Sallie Laughrun
Tommy Philbeck
Troy Blanton
Wayne Epley
Mr. Bob Ellitott's Homeroom

A.V. Guffey
Ann King
Betty Champion
Betty Shires
Bobby Jean Harris
Bobby Womick
Coleen Grant
David Price
Dorothy Jones
Emma Jean Hall
Fred Toms
George Watkns
Coleen Grant
Jackie Morrow
Jerry Bright
Jimmy Daniel
Jimmy Hill
Johnny Lail
Joyce Walker
Libby Philbeck
Lynda Randall
Maxine Brooks
Melita Paberzs
Nancy Ledford
Patricia Blanton
Polly Hoover
Ray Shehan
Rebecca Dale
Robert Wells
Roger Ayers
Sammy Francis
Starlyn Sisk
Steve Camby

CSHS Class of '59 
HISTORY Information Below.    
Aldridge, Kenneth Raymond 
11/12/39 - 02/22/2020
Note of interest:
graduate of Cool Springs High School, a veteran of the United States Army, and had worked for PPG Industries for 42 years prior to his retirement. Known to his family and friends as “Sarge” or “Hiem”, he was a faithful member of the Concord Baptist Church having served as a Deacon, sang in the church choir and was also a member of the Foothills Choir. Ken was a member of the Forest City Masonic Lodge #381 AF, served on the Board of the Concord Community Water System, a member of the Single Action Shooting Society and a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, shooting and loved being an outdoorsman.

Andrews, James Melton "Jimmy"
10/15/40 - 5/6/2013 
Burial: Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, Bostic, NC
  • Note of Interest:
  • Attended Western Carolina University
  • Worked with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Soil Conservation Technician for over 30 years.
  • Future Farmers of America
  • Was a North Carolina Horseshoe pitching champion and competed in regional and national competitions.
Ayers, Roger
5/20/41 - 5/20/1993
Burial: Rutherford County Cemetery

Baynard, Jerry Lee 
10/03/39 - 6/9/2001
] (Section P Lot 27)
Burial: Bethel Cemetery, Cheyenne, WY.
​MST 56 Air Force- Vietnam

Bennet, Boyd
BD: Uk - DD: Uk
COD: Heartattach
Burial: UK
  • Note of interest
  • Word has it that Boyd was a contractor in Spartanburg S.C.
  •  Football 1956-57 - #48 - 
  • Best Blocker Award 
Member of Future Farmers Of America
Camby, Steve 
2/09/1941 - 2/12/1967  
COD: Killed in Action.from an undetermined explosion. 
His body was recovered
Burial: Cool Spring Cemetery, Forest City, NC 
  • Note of Interest:
  • He served with Bravo Company, 3rd Anti-Tank Battalion, 
  • 3rd Marine Division, 3rd MAF
  • Awarded: 
  •   The Combat Action Ribbon(CAR), 
  •   The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds,  
  •   The Vietnam Service Medal, 
  •   The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, 
  •   The National Defense Service Medal.
CPT Camby is on panel 15E, line 018 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall  in Washington D.C  

  • Note of High School Interest: 
  • Track team 1957-'59 
  • Nomination for Air Force Academy'
  • Selection for Competition for Coast Gard Academy
Goforth.Peggy Ann, (Holtzclaw) 
12/5/1940 - 3/22/2015
Burial: Polkvillle Baptist Church Cemetery
Services: Polkville Methodist Church 
  • Note of Interest:
  • Libary Club
  • Glee Club
  • Owned and operated Peggie's Crafts of Shelby
  • A member of Polkville Ruritans Club.​

Green, Peggy Ann (Ballard)
4/24/1040 -2/9/2020
COD: Extended Illness
Burrial: Fellowship Baptist Church cemetery. 

Guffey, A.V. - UK
DOB- Uk - DD: Uk
Burial: Uk
  • Note of Interest: 
  • Contest Winner of:
  • World Peace Speaking 
  • 2nd place Americanism -'58
  • 2nd place Newspaper Essay 
  • 2nd place Foresic Declamation 
  • Winner Lions Club Declamation 
  • High Sales in Senior Sales Candy Sales​
​Hollifield  Ann King, (Hall) 
1/11 1941 - 1/24/ 2016
Burial: Wood Memorial Park in Duncan S.C.
  • Note of interest
  • An active member of Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church of Greer, SC.taught school, later became director of kindergarten at Fairview Baptist Church,retired in 2001 as Senior Underwriter for the State of Georgia after completing fifteen years’ service with State Auto Insurance at their Greer, SC facilities.
Hudgins, Gail,  (Dotson)
?/?/1941 - 3/28/2009
Burial: Cool Spring Cemetery
Services: First Baptist Church Forest City, NC'
A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a member of First United Methodist Church, Forest City and a retired Social Worker for Cleveland County Department of Social Services. 
  • Note of Interest: 
  •  Salutatorian of the Class Of 1959 
  • President of Senior Class
​ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Medford, Doyle 
9/17/ 1939 - 4/12/2004
COD: passed at home.
Burial: Corinth Baptist Church, Ellenboro.Rutherford County NC
  • Note of interest:
  • Baseball
  • Basketball 
  • Monogram Club

Melton, Leonard 
?/?/? - ?/?/?
COC: unknown
Burial: unknown

Harriss, Mickey 
9/1/41 - 3/22/16
COD: Unknown
Burial: Unknown
  • Note Of Interest:
  •  Mickey worked in the elevator industry in South Florida and Northern Virginia for more than 30 years. 
  • He loved to spend time with his family and friends, deeply adored his grandchildren, and loved his travel companion Pepe, his dog.
  •  He was an avid boater and fisherman, and in retirement enjoyed repairing mechanics and electronics. 
​Reepe, James "Jimmy"
Dob: ? - 8/27/14
Burial: UK
Services Held: First United Methodist Church, Forest City, NC.
He was a graduate of Cool Springs High School and attended Brevard College. Jim honorably served his country in the US Army Reserves for six years. A member of First United Methodist Church.
  • Note of interest:  
  • Senior Superlative- Wittiest
  • Baseball 1958
  • Owner and operator of Jim Reepe Auto Sales 
Richards, Lorena, (Fowler)
?/?/1941 - 2/.5/,2016
COD: Heart attack
Burial: Interment of the urn was a private.service
  • Note of Interest:
  •  Lorena was a Charter member of Fellowship Baptist Church

Radford, William Boyd 
8/ 23/ 1940 -8/6/2006  
COD: Heartattack
Burial: UK
Note of interest:
 Basketball #22 - 1957 -58

Shires, Betty, (Hoyle)
1/21/42 - 6/16/2009
Services: Florence Baptist Church, Forest City, NC
Buried: Alexander Cemetery. Forest City NC
  • Note of interest: 
  •  Glee Club
  • retired customer service representative with AGI, Incorporated; homemaker  
  • a member of Florence Baptist Church 
  • The Helping Hands Sunday school class.
Shires, Gene J.
3/31/42 i?/?/42 - 5/ 30/ 2016
COD: Heart and other problems
Burial: Eternal Hills Memorial Park, Rutherford Co.
Note of Interest
  • Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War
  • Gene worked for Duke Energy for thirty years 
  • was a member of Goode's Creek Baptist Church
  • enjoyed working with electronics and fixing cars.
  • Later years: wrote some songs that were looked at in 
  • Nashville but never published.
Smart, Dalton
4/19,/41 ~ 11/1, 2020 
COD:  ​Parkinson’s
Burial:: UK
Note of interest:
  • After high school, he graduated from 
  • Gardner- Webb College with an Associate in Arts in 1965, 
  • Berea College in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, then proudly obtained his Master’s degree in Hospital Administration from Medical College of Virginia in 1970 before its transition to Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • His long career included positions as Administrator at Appalachian Regional Hospitals of Kentucky and West Virginia, South Charleston Community Hospital of West Virginia, Decatur County Memorial Hospital, Hoosier Health System Heritage House, and Jennings Community Hospital in Indiana.
  • He was both beloved by and devoted to his community and served as President of the Rotary Club of Greensburg, the Board of Directors of Chamber of Commerce, a Trustee of the Kentucky Hospital Association and Indiana Hospital and Healthcare Association, a Diplomat with the American College of Healthcare of Hospital Executives, and a Kentucky Colonel. He was also a member of the Greensburg United Methodist Church (GUMC) since he moved to the area in 1988.

Street, Howard George
DOB: Uk - DD: Uk
COD: Heartatack around the late 190's.
Burial: Westbend, near Pineherts, NC
  • Note of interest:  
  • Future Farmers of America
  • Played in a local band

Vess, Roy Franklyn 
5/ 20/1939 - 1/ 13/ 2007
COD:Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS)
Services: Bratton Funeral Home Chapel, York, SC
Burial: Ashes spread on his favorite golf course  

​Watkins, George 
3/8/1941 - 9/16/1962
COD: Car Accident
Burial: Concord Baptist Church Cemetery- Rutherford Co NC
  • Note of interest:
  •  Future Farmers of America
  • Pulled Cars for Watkins Used Car
  • First Classmate we lost.
​White, Timothy Albert "Tim"  
6/11/41 - 3/15/13
Services: Padgett and King Chapel. 
Burial: Corinth Baptist Church Cementary, Ellenboro, NC 
  • Note of Interest:
  •  Member of Florence Baptist Church
  • Football 1959: Player of the year award
  •  Most Valuable player- Lion's Club Award
  • Co-Captain # 75
Monogram Club
Williams, James Mike
DOB: Uk - DD: Uk
Burial: UK
  • Note of interest: 
  • Music Club -  
  • Glee Club - 
  • Future Teachers Club 
  • Beta Club
  • Annual Staff
Womick, Bobby Gene 
3/20/41 - 10/23/1993
  Burial: UK 
  •   Note of interest: 
  • Thursday Morning Speaking Club

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Non-Graduating Classmates 
We were Freshmen 1956.
Listed in Red are the one's that did not graduate with us
for various reasons.
Norman P.  and Annette Wilkerson Marks 
Norman P. Marks Jr.   June 24, 1041 - March 4, 2003
COD: multiple myeloma and melanoma
Burial: Cool Spring Cemetery, Forest City, NC 
Note of interest: A member of Florence Baptist Church
                              Football: Norman Marks - #59
                              Retired First Sgt. USMC Served in Vietnam 

Annette Wilkerson Marks - Sept. 13, 1941 - Jan. 12, 2013
COD: Congestive Heart failure
Burial: Cool Spring Cemetery, Forest City, NC
Note of interest: Glee Club

   A member of Florence Baptist Church. She was a faithful marine wife and mother, traveling with her late husband, Retired First Sgt. Norman P. Marks, Jr., USMC, who died in 2003. Annette worked for many years as a sales associate for Roses at the Tri-City Mall. 

Both were in our class but neither got to walk across the stage to receive their Diploma with us. 

Annette graduate early (1958) as she had enough credits and was going into Nurses Training only to find out she was to young. Was to wait another year.

Norman went to summer school after our Junior year in 1958 and completed his education at Cool Springs Hight School  and received his diploma.  He then joined the military and was called to duty in Aug. of that same year.  

Norman and Annette were married when he came home on Furlough. 

Annette stayed with Norman as much as possible but when he was on his tour of duty in Vietnam she and the Children came back to Forest City, worked, did church activities and helped with our class Reunions.

After Norman retired from the Military and came back to Forest City.  They both worked very hard  on the Class Reunions and would go the extra mile to make it a success.  They both were friends to all. We were their class and they were ours.  Such dear friends and we miss them.
Picture not in Freshmen Class Year Book but graduated with us:
Mickey Harris-Picture shown '57 not in "58 but in '59 Annual.

Total in Freshman Class 1956..............139
Non Graduating in 1959............................54
Graduated 1959...........................................84
of  Class mates  Graduating 
from  this  Life's Journey.
Frederic "Fred" Toms - 
April 19, 1941 - August 17, 2021
COD: a rupture of a cranial AVM 
 University of North Carolina Law School graduate, Fred practiced law for 40 years in Wake County and was inducted into the NC Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame in 2011
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Total Graduating:........................................................84
 Deceased graduates accounted for..............27
Total remaining Graduates............................. 57