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March 26, 2016

George Edward Hatch
1/21/1924 – 3/26/2016

Sad to learn we lost our Bonny Oaks brother, George Hatch, on Saturday, March 26, 2016.  If you didn’t already know, George was on the Bonny Oaks Reunions Committee heading up the printing of the Bonny Oaks t-shirts for our 2002 and 2011 reunions.  He arranged for all of the printing through a company in his hometown, Little Rock, Arkansas.  He truly loved Bonny Oaks and his generosity in absorbing a lot of the costs of the t-shirts helped offset the costs of getting the library scrapbooks you find on our website today.  If you purchased his autobiography at the 2002 reunion, I hope you will pull it out and read again.  George Hatch loved God, Family, Fishing and Bonny Oaks.  He and wife, Connie, lost two of their three sons to a drunk driver.  George fought in Arkansas for DWI laws, was appointed by then Gov. Bill Clinton to be on the Highway Safety Advisory Council.  In 1985 George received an award for his work with DWI Victims and every year since 1985 the award has been named the “George Hatch Award”.  Here is an excerpt from his autobiography of his Bonny Oaks days, http://bonnyoaks.org/george_hatch_autobiography.htm
November 29,2015
Clarence Sumner's obituary from Rudder Funeral Home
December 7, 2015
Cheryl Brady passed away March 6, 2013 in Piggott AR at the age of 61. Just found out through Jimmy Evett but I could only locate her on Social Security Death Index, no obituary or funeral home listed. Rest in Peace our Bonny Oaks sister. Brothers Lonnie, Tommy and Farrell Brady.
After learning there would be no memorial service for Clarence (his wishes), Harry Jackson commented that we could gather around the Bonny Oaks statue of children and have one of our own. We've lost so many in 2015 and previous years, it would be nice to meet and have a quiet get-together at the statue to reflect and honor our own. Maybe once a year, say in April, around the time of the statue's dedication date? Nothing formal, no media, no stage, just word of mouth. What ...do you think?
"On the last Saturday of every April"
First Annual "Gather at the Statue" date to remember the ones we've lost and reflect is Saturday, April 30, 2016.
I live in Pennsylvania and want to visit the statue at least once or twice a year, this is a great way to plan a visit when I know others will be there too. Whether it's one of us or one hundred, see you there! Bring your chair, food/snacks, drinks and hopefully the April showers will hold off on our special remembrance day.

August 24, 2015

July 26, 2015

Sheila Bowman Morgan submitted her email address change, it's sheilamorgan649@gmail.com .  Send your new email address in too so we can write you.
July 12, 2015 Our Bonny Oaks brother, Robert-Bobby Smith, went to be with our Lord in Heaven today.  Bonny Oaks October 1959 to May 1964, I remember the day Bobby came out to Bonny Oaks, he had the happiest, coolest grin and he carried his own guitar.  We were thrilled to learn he could sing so good and that he could really play the guitar.  The days Bobby entertained us in our little impromptu talent shows are some of my best memories of him.  He and his band played for us at our 2011 reunion.  Rest in Peace, Bobby, our brother in Heaven.  Bobby's family will let us know arrangements and they will be posted as soon as the website gets them.

Robert Eugene Smith 12/28/1949 - 07/12/2015
(Picture submitted by Daisy Hawk)

May 31, 2015
Memorial Arrangements for Wendell are as follows:
Companion Funeral Home
2417 Georgetown Rd NW
Cleveland, TN 37311
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Visitation from 1:00-3:00pm
Memorial Service at 3:00pm
Please feel free to share with others
Received email from Harry Jackson today that Wendell Cate passed away yesterday 5/30/2015 after heart surgery. Wendell was at Bonny Oaks 1951-1955 and was active on this FB page and supported the efforts of our website and statue. Our prayers and thoughts are with Wendell's family. Rest in Peace, Wendell.
May 20, 2015 Email from Harry Jackson (thanks Harry!)  Many of you know Wendell Cate.  He has been in the hospital for several days. He has a severe heart condition. He will have a couple stints installed in the morning. This is a delicate procedure considering his previous problems. This will be at least his third procedure of this kind to go with open heart surgery.  Please pray for he, Kathy and family.
April 22, 2015 My name is Vickie Strunk (Lively).  My sister, Betty Jean Smith (Lively), passed away last year and we forgot to post it.  Can you assist me please?  Her date of birth was 01/13/1959 and she passed away at home after a long illness on 01/14/14.  She was only 55.  She is survived by her spouse James Melvin Smith and 3 children, James, Brandy and Brittany.  I would also like to know how I can get my "records" for my time there.  Vickie
April 18, 2015
Would like to know if anyone remembers Claudia and Tommy Trimby. The were at Bonny Oaks during 1954-55-and 56. They are my brother and sister and both are now deceased. I never had the chance to meet Tommy. If anyone remembers them or has any photos I would greatly appreciate seeing them and hearing from you. My e-mail is tomwooten74@gmail.com.
Thank You
November 18, 2014 Ed Pickett
Bonny Oaks 1940 to 1947
Message:  Submitted by Donna Pickett, daughter-in-law.
Hello, Thank you very much for all the work you do to maintain the bonnyoaks.org website. I would like to submit the following paragraph to be added to the Alumni page of the website.   "I am writing on behalf of my Father-in-Law, Ed Pickett.  Ed and his three sisters entered Bonny Oaks in 1940.  Their names and ages (at the time of admission) are as follows:  Ed (age 4), Ruby (age 6), Belle (age 8) and Nora (age 10).  All had the last name Pickett.  Ed left Bonny Oaks around 1947.  Ed went on to marry, raise two sons, and retire from the military.  Ed is doing very well and is about to celebrate his 81st birthday.  Ed currently lives in Pennsylvania.  He would like to correspond with anyone who would remember him or his sisters.  He is especially looking for information about  Annise Whittemore.  If anyone would like to correspond, please e-mail pickettline@juno.com and I will make sure that Ed receives your correspondence.  Sadly, Ed is the only remaining sibling in his family.  Ed loves reading, playing games on his computer and can spend hours looking over the bonnyoaks.org website.  We have even found several "possible" pictures of him as a young child. He has many memories of his 10 years spent at Bonny Oaks.  Thank you,  Donna Pickett (on behalf of Ed)".  If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.  Thank you for posting this.  Donna Pickett

OCTOBER 13, 2014

From Pauline Presley, Christine we just saw in the paper that another brother from Bonny Oaks has died. He name is Frank Skiles. Jesse remembers him, thanks Pauline. Frank was at Bonny Oaks from 1956 to 1962.
Frank William Skiles, 71, of Chickamauga, Georgia passed away Monday, October 13, 2014. He was born in Hendon, Tennessee to the late Frank William and Ruby S. Harvey on January 4, 1943. He was of the Baptist faith and retired from Cargill Milling with 33 years of dedicated service. He was also preceded in death by his Brothers, Clay Skiles and Gene Harvey;Sisters, Carolyn, Shirley and Faye Smith.  Survivors include his Wife, Denise Estelle Skiles of Chickamauga; Son, Charles Skiles of Chickamauga, two Daughters, Tammy Persinger of Chickamauga and Tasha Grace of Texas; Daughter-in-law, Lea Skiles of Chickamauga, Son-in-law, Tim Persinger of Chickamauga, Siblings, Barney Skiles, Frank Skiles Jr., Sister Skiles, James Shorty Harvey, Dorothy Harvey and Juanita Smith, six Grandchildren, Dustin Skiles, Jace Skiles, Jesse Moody, Katie Moody, Chasitdy Persinger and Warren Drew, one Great Grandchild, Zayden Irvin.  The family will receive friends after 1:00 PM Wednesday with a funeral service to follow at 3:00 PM in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Old Antioch Cemetery. Online register book available at  www.wilsonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Homes – LaFayette Chapel (706)638-1122

We could turn it into a Bonny Oaks Museum and bring all the Bonny Oaks memorabilia spread about Chattanooga home to roost.

Dent house is a property of Historical significance in Chattanooga and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Greek Revival Historic Southern Home built in 1854.
The Historic Dent House has the perfect southern charm which includes: a lovely tree-shaded lawn (antebellum plantation)
with an adjacent park providing the perfect outdoor grounds, original hardwood floors and multi-paned windows.

During its existence the Dent House has been a plantation House, a Civil War Field Hospital, an orphanage, a school and a church building.

Ranked 51st of 68 tourist attractions listed in Chattanooga.

Located near Hamilton County Annex adjacent to Bonny Oaks Industrial Park.

Highway access: Highway 153, I-75, Bonny Oaks Drive

April 14, 2014 Email from Mrs. Adamson today, she sends her love and well wishes for Dedication Day:
Dear Christine and Jerry,
I talked to Pauline yesterday and she told me that they were digging the hole for installation.  I knew everyone is very excited and I know Christine that you are pleased to have Jerry to help you.  I would like to congratulate every one who took part in this endeavor and it will not only be a blessing to you but also to the Community.  I had wanted very badly to come but health prevents me from doing so.  I have some leg problems and as a result I am not traveling very well.  But I wanted you to know that I will be there in spirit and hope I get lots of pictures.  The invitations are beautiful and I was especially happy that James Ellis has a part.  I hope you will express my love to all and I hope you can continue to meet together even in small groups because I think you have a love for each other which is different.  I think Mr. Adamson would have me say that we both were so happy  to know  you.  God's  richest blessings to each.
Mrs. A

January 21, 2014

10-06-2013 Danny Harley Lusk 10/14/1951 - 10/06/2013

We lost our Bonny Oaks brother, Danny Lusk, today.  He passed away at 8:00am.  Danny was an exemplary and exceptional person. It is so sad to hear the sad news, RIP Danny. Prayers to Danny's family.


Click here to read Danny's obituary.
Danny-Lusk-obit 10-6-2013.pdf

Bonny Oaks Family
Can we do this?
We are in the final phase of the campaign to raise the necessary funds in order to erect a statue in honor of one of the most recognized child care facilities in Tennessee and the world. It is possible that not all of us feel the same about our experiences at Bonny Oaks, but every Bonny Oaks kid
i know had a quiet confidence that they would make it.
The legacy of Bonny Oaks School helping young boys and girls succeed is the reason
i am asking that each one of you show your support by donating to this noble cause.
The Statue will say to all who view her that yes we were at Bonny Oaks School and we helped make the world a better place.
Donate to the Statue fund if you can.
Jesse Presley
9/26/2013 Harry Jackson is being honored at work, the VA is going to make a 24" x 36" poster of this picture with the following titled "I AM A VETERAN".  Congratulations on such a wonderful recognition of a great guy, our Bonny Oaks brother Harry! 
Click on picture to enlarge

     Harry R. Jackson, DMin, LPC, CCFC
Where:  Chattanooga Vet Center
Has worked at the Chattanooga Vet Center since March of 1990 - 23 1/2 years.
Military History:
Drafted into U.S. Army - September of 1966
Basic Training:  Ft. Campbell, KY
MOS Training:   Ft. Sill, OK   (Artillery)
Vietnam:       July of 1967 to July of 1968
                    'C' Btry - 1/84 Arty - 9th Infantry Division
                    Honorable Discharge
                    SGT E-5
Medals:    Bronze Star
                Army Commendation Medal w/V Device
                Army Good Conduct Medal
                Vietnam Service Medal
                Vietnam Campaign Medal w/60 Device
                National Defense Medal
                Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
                Vietnamese Civic Action Medal
                US Presidential Unit Citation
                Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation
Got an email from Mrs. Adamson this morning, thought you would like to see how she is doing in her 90's:
"I am doing quite well--do not use cane, walker or wheel chair. The reason I tell you that is that many of my friends here do. I really do not get out very often, but still go to Church on Sunday morning. I do have some aches and pains but am very thankful that thus far they are bearable and I constantly see people who are worse than I. I was so very happy to know George Frazer was helping you with the Statue and I hope it will not be as long as it has been before it is finished. Like I said, "Don't give up." My family is doing well.. Marion and Stuart visited on Labor Day--they come as frequently as they can and
Steffie, younger Granddaughter and her husband live in Hillsborough, North Carolina, so I don't see them too often. I recently heard from David Yell, and several nice communications from Jim Holloway. I hope you will have time to write me a long newsy letter. Much love and best wishes, Mrs. A".
I've already written her, hope you will too! Christine
9/19/2013 Please pray for our Bonny Oaks brother, Danny Lusk, he is in Hospice. Danny is an inspiration to all of us, his kindness and thoughtfulness exceeds no bounds and he's been a blessing to many others, please pray for him.
9/16/2013 Bonny Oaks' Jesse Presley's on the "Photos" page.  Check out his run in  the 2013 Senior Olympics 5K Bike race.  Jesse came in 3rd Place even after having to stop and put his chain back on when it broke.
9/12/2013 Bonny Oaks' Jimmy Evett sent his 2013 Senior Olympic Games pictures, they are on the "Photos" page, look at one of our own, great job Jimmy and Team!
9/12/2013 If you're not on Facebook, you may not have heard that our Bonny Oaks brother, Danny Lusk, just came home from the hospital.  He was sent home to Hospice.  Please remember Danny and his family in your prayers.
August/September 2013 Have you received the letter from George Frazer about raising funds for the Bonny Oaks children's statue? If you haven't, please click on the new page above called "STATUE FUND" and contact George to give him your support. Please, everyone, let's get behind George and thank him for volunteering to take on the responsibilities of Donations Phase 2. We are half-way to our goal!  "Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow!"


Paul Hugh Watts, Bonny Oaks 1955-1956, is on the Alumni page now, Welcome Paul!  His brother, Fred Watts, also a Bonny Oaks kid, sadly, drowned as a child and is on the In Memory of.. page.
May 29, 2013

Harry Jackson's brother, Albert, passed away yesterday. Our deepest condolences to Harry and his family from his Bonny Oaks family.

  MSGT Albert E. Jackson
(September 26, 1929 - May 29, 2013)

U.S. Veteran On Wednesday, May 29, 2013, MSGT Albert E. Jackson slipped through the vale to meet his beloved Saviour and as Scripture promises, "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord" 2 Corinthians 5:8

As a twenty two year USAF veteran, Mr. Jackson loved and served his country proudly. After retirement, he and his wife, Mae, lived in Saudi Arabia for several years and took the opportunity while there to travel to India, Kenya and other exotic places. Later he journeyed solo through Europe on his "European Odyssey" before returning home.

Well-read and widely traveled, Mr. Jackson collected a plethora of fascinating and entertaining tales from his experiences which he loved to share. He had an insatiable curiosity of the world around him. He loved classical music, astronomy, gardening and above all, reading. A favorite quote he carried with him summed up his passion for reading and exploration: “The most pragmatic reason for improving one's mind is that this is the place where one increasingly lives as one grows older. As external pleasures diminish with age, a sparsely furnished mind becomes a prison cell when it should be a lounge, a library and a balcony upon the world”--unknown

He will be deeply missed by his wife of 58 years Ella Mae; his daughter, Ginger Concepcion (Tom); sister, BJ Long; brother, Harry Jackson; and countless nieces, nephews and friends.

“There are better things ahead than any we leave behind” —C.S.Lewis

Tu Quoque Viator

Funeral services will be held at 3:00PM Friday, May 31, 2013 at the chapel of Hart’s at the Cupola, 6324 Peake Road, with the Reverend Norman Carter officiating. Private burial will be at The Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Milledgeville. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256, or USO (United Service Organizations) http://www.uso.org/, or Operation Gratitude (sending care packages to US Military) http://www.operationgratitude.com./.
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April 22, 2013

Here is a real treat for the website.

Click on underlined link below to read Roy's writings about the Children's Home

Roy Lee Dunn grew up at the Children's Home on Gillespie Road in Brainerd, Chattanooga 1951 - 1965.  He has written some of his memories for us.  It's a great insight into his childhood in a children's home, in Roy Lee's own words.  Please take the time to read and you'll see how important it is to write your memories, some of Roy Lee's memories were some of mine too at the Children's Home...the Christmas' efforts of the home for the children, and even when the maintenance man passed away in his room at the home....I had been there maybe a few months when Otis died and I remember it still.  Thank you Roy Lee, I hope others will be moved to send in their memories of the Children's Home and Bonny Oaks too!  Christine Haven

Click here to read Roy Lee Dunn's "Memories" of his days at the Children's Home (Vine Street) Orphanage 1951 - 1965 


January 22, 2013
Mary Jo Bolt
September 24, 1942 - January 22, 2013
(Bonny Oaks 1953 to 1960)
Picture of Mary Jo Bolt on the Washington trip with other Bonny Oaks friends around her age group. 

Our Bonny Oaks sister, Mary Jo Bolt, passed away today 1/22/2013.  Mary lived in Dallas Texas with her sister Helen.  They came to the 2012 Reunion and we were blessed to see and talk to her last there.  Our thoughts and prayers to Mary's family, especially our other two Bonny Oaks sisters Helen and Jeanette.

January 21, 2013
Today, 1/21/13, is Mrs. Adamson's 91st birthday and we just talked on the phone, she is happy and bubbly as ever and was thrilled to learn we were saying Happy Birthday to her on Facebook. She would love to hear from everyone and wants all of us to know how much she loves us. Her email address is george.adamson89 @ gmail . com and she also wants her phone number on here if anyone can call her. I'm coding her number so the "spammers" can't read it, you can call her at area code eight - six - four and her phone number is 2 4 6--.1 2 7.2
December 5, 2012 Hello, My name is Raymond Frost, brother of Charles and Jerry Frost. I don't think you remember me. I used to go with Helen Bolt, but only for a little while. I carved mine and her initials on the small tree in front of the big boys building. I used to hang out with Floyd Jinkens, mostly at ball field until I got into trouble, and they told me never to return again to the school. Anyway Charles and Jerry have passed away in late 1990's. I would like to go back there to Bonny Oaks some day because I buried something there. I live in Dallas, Texas
Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year!
September 1, 2012

Click on the picture to see more pictures of everyone.

Thank you, Jim & Connie Evett, for a great get-together.


August 29, 2012

Mrs. George Adamson

by Pete Hale

If Readers Digest still published "One of My Most Unforgettable Characters", this would be my article.

One of my favorite persons has always been Mrs. Adamson. As an 11 year old 6th grader arriving at the Bonny Oaks School I needed someone safe. There was Mrs. Adamson with the biggest and friendliest smile you could hope for. I remember that she never lost that smile and always had a word for me.

I remember running up to the office as a student many times to tell Mr. Adamson about some earth shattering event that he really needed to know. If Mrs. Adamson were around I would get to tell the same story again and maybe add more details and for sure get a bigger smile in return. I remember spending the night with her son Michael Adamson at her historic home. Of course I wished I had a mom like her.

I remember the many visits for over 30 years I would make back to Chattanooga with my family. Mr. & Mrs. Adamson would welcome us in to their home and treat all of my children as if they were their grandchildren. It was like our homecoming every time.

Mrs. Adamson has always been a special person in my life. She provided a vision for me of what a Christian Lady, Wife, and Mother would be.        Pete Hale 1961-1967

July 21, 2012 Today I wore my Bonny Oaks t-shirt to the YMCA and one of the ladies there told me she remembers teaching some of the Bonny Oaks girls in Home Economics at Tyner Jr High (1961-1966).  The main thing she remembered about the girls were that they were so well-mannered.  That's the good Bonny Oaks guidance we got from our housemother, Mrs. George (Sally) Turner!  The lady's name back then was Carolyn Hixon.  Do you remember her?  I got her picture, just click on it to enlarge.  Christine Haven
Carolyn Hixon taught Home Ec at Tyner Jr. High
June 20, 2012
Charles Lee Randolph
Bonny Oaks 8/29/1955 - 5/31/1957

Charles Lee Randolph, 71, passed away Monday, June 18, 2012, in a local hospital. Charles was a graduate of the Cleveland State with a degree in Criminal Justice; was a Marine Corp veteran; retired as a Sergeant with the Chattanooga Police Department after 28 years of service; was a manager for Southeastern Salvage; was of the Baptist faith. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and brother. Charles is survived by his wife of 47 years, Doris Francisco Randolph; daughter, Drema Randolph Walls; son, Christopher Lee Randolph; brother, David Randolph; sister, Vivian Barker; grandson, Justin Lee Walls; "adopted daughters, Kimberly Watson and Vicki Whaley; and a host of loving extended family and friends. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2012, in the Chapel with the Rev ODell Broadway and the Rev. Terry Davis officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, June 20, 2012, at the funeral home. Professional arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Advantage Funeral Cremation Services Franklin-Strickland-Pinkard-Bryan-Smith Funeral Directors, 1724 McCallie Ave. 423-265-4414.

June 17, 2012  
Email from daughter of Bonny Oaks' Stephen L Houser:  "My Darling Daddy was Stephen Louis Houser...I lost him to our heavenly Father on July 6, 2011. I spoke a lot with my Mother, as both she and he grew up in childrens homes. I was hoping to obtain at least my Daddys records and hopefully my Uncles as well. I have a copy of his death certificate and will. It would be nice for you to remember him on your memorial page you can find his obit online. He passed at home in Soddy Daisy on July 6, 2011 at the age of 68. I mourn his loss deeply every moment I breath and this is a part of his life that I want to know about and I am hoping you have records and perhaps photos. Let me know if I can be of further help to you or what you need from me.  Thank you Kindly, Davisa Dawn Houser Shepherd

Obituary for Stephen Louis Houser (Bonny Oaks 1954-1955) posted on "In Memory of..." page, submitted by daughter, Davisa.  Stephen passed away July 6, 2011.  His brother, Tyrone, is very ill with throat cancer.  You can contact Davisa at isnthatlovely5@gmail.com

June 17, 2012
Obituary for Andrew Preston “Andy” Rich, 64, formerly of the Lakeview Community of Rossville, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Andy Rich
Bonny Oaks 1958-1966

Arrangements by the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home & Crematory, located at the end of historic Missionary Ridge, Rossville.
JUN 19 Visitation 04:00PM - 08:00PM
JUN 20 Services 12:30PM
Lane Funeral Home and Crematory-South Crest
833 Chickamauga Ave
Rossville, GA, US, 30741
Cemetery Details
Chattanooga National Cemetery
1200 Bailey Avenue
Chattanooga, TN, 37404

June 12, 2012

Doris' obituary has not been printed in the paper but James Ellis (brother) telephoned the following for us:

Doris Price Rankin
12/7/1953 - 6/11/2012
(Bonny Oaks 1962-1971)
Doris Elizabeth Rankin, 58, died on Monday, June 11, 2012, at local hospital. She was a compassionate care giver to the elderly in the Chattanooga and North Georgia Area, and was of Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl Price, of Michigan and Jewel Westbrook, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; daughter, Jamie Marie Rankin. She is survived by her sons, Charles "Chuck" Rankin Jr., Michael Rankin; daughters, Michelle Rankin, Elizabeth Reyna, Misty (Marcus) Tudors, Christy (John)
Moosa; sister, Donna Mahan; brother, James Ellis; and grandchildren, who loved her dearly. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today, in the funeral home chapel with (there will be no prior viewing) Brother Billy Rankin officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Advantage Funeral Cremation Services Franklin Strickland Pinkard Bryan Smith Funeral Directors 1724 McCallie Avenue, 423-265-4414
April 14, 2012 Mary Chambers Ellis spotted an obituary of a former Bonny Oaks girl, Marcella Shell.  Thank you Mary for letting the website know.  Here is Marcella's obituary that was in the Times Free Press on April 11, 2012.


Catherine "Marcella" Kirk

June 3rd, 1947 - April 9th, 2012

Catherine “Marcella' Kirk, 64 of Ringgold died Monday, April 9, 2012 at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of the Chattanooga area and was a member of The Spring Creek Road Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband: Farrell Kirk, and is survived by a son: Mal O. (Julie) Brockett, III, Soddy Daisy; a daughter: Elizabeth “Lisa” (Joey) Holland, East Ridge, and a brother: Fred Shell, Rome, GA; grandchildren: Amber Brockett, Danielle Holland, Katelyn Guy, Joseph Brockett, Shawn Williams, Mayson Guy, Mallory Holland, Michelle Holland, David Brockett and Sheyenne Williams, and several nieces and nephews. Visit www.heritagefh.com to share condolences with the family and view the memorial tribute. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 PM Thursday, April 12 at Heritage Funeral Home with Pastor James Julian Officiating. Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Spring Creek Road Baptist Church, 1312 Spring Creek Rd., East Ridge, TN 37412. The family will receive friends from 4-8 PM Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

Spring Creek Road Baptist Church, 1312 Spring Creek Rd., East Ridge, TN 37412

4:00PM to 8:00PM on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory - Ft. Oglethorpe (map/driving directions)

12:30PM at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel - Ft. Oglethorpe on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 (map/driving directions)

Chattanooga National Cemetery
1200 Bailey Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404
(map/driving directions)



April 12, 2012 I'm sad to let you know that we lost another Bonny Oaks brother yesterday.  We learned today that Harold Evitt passed away in the hospital on Wednesday, April 11, 2011 at the age of 60.  The memorial arrangements will be posted as soon as we receive them.  Harold and his sister, Norma, were at Bonny Oaks in the 1960's.

Harold and sister, Norma 2011



Harold Evitt
Hamilton County

Harold Evitt, 60, a lifelong resident of Chattanooga went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.He was the son of the late James and Florence Evitt. Harold attended Tyner and Ooltewah High School and received an associate degree in heating and air conditioning from Chattanooga State. He retired from the Heating and Air Conditioning Industry. Harold enjoyed restoring cars and he was a NASCAR enthusiast. He loved his grandchildren. Preceded in death by sister, Pat Dingus.Survived by loving wife of 38 years, Rhonda Evitt; two daughters, Lavonda (John) Hackney and Nikki (Ladd) Ledford, all of Rossville; two grandsons, Gray Hackney and Hayden Ledford; granddaughter, Addie Ledford; two sisters, Norma Johnson, of Chattanooga, and Sue Dingus, of Ohio; three brothers, David Evitt and Steve Evitt, both of Dalton, Georgia and Ricky Evitt, of Michigan; several nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Lookout Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Burns officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Lookout Baptist Church, 8645 Highway 193, Chickamauga, GA 30707. Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com. Arrangements are by the Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, Chattanooga, TN 37412

February 13, 2012

Bonny Oaks 1960's
(Seems like yesterday)
Be sure to wish James a "Happy Birthday!" or "Belated Happy Birthday!"
James email address is je21349@

January 21, 2012

Will post Mrs. Adamson's birthday pictures when we get them real soon!
Mrs. Adamson now lives in Greenville SC and has a new email address, it's
She keeps in touch with the website and wants you to know how much she misses the Bonny Oaks kids dropping by her home as she loved the visits and hopes you will write to her.


Pictured left to right:  Pete Hale, James Ellis, ?, Steve Williams and Jesse Presley

Jesse Presley
My Coach, My Mentor, My Friend
by Pete Hale (Bonny Oaks 1961-1967)

How do you thank someone enough for a long and continuing influence on your life?

I remember the many nights of encouragement and hard work as we learned the fine art of trying to punch someone's lights out. Jesse would run with us, hit the heavy bag, jump rope, run around the ring hitting us from every angle until we understood boxing. He told us about Mickey Walker, about his twin brother Jerry and how they confused the crowds, about the many Bonny Oaks boys who fought with everything they had. He inspired us.

Then he drove us down to Memorial Auditorium where thousands of people cheered us as we took on the best Chattanooga had to offer. We were well prepared because of Jesse Presley.  We became Golden Glove Champions. I remember Jesse's leadership on the Bonny Oaks Fast pitch Team.  I remember how Jesse played with wild abandonment at shortstop. He was loose, flexible, quick, and had a rocket arm to first. He sprayed hits in every direction all over the field and ran like a rabbit. He looked like he was having fun all the time. I wanted to be like Jesse. He inspired us to always work hard and improve our skills.

Finally I played side by side with Jesse on the Bonny Oaks Fast Pitch team. We won the Chattanooga City Series. We became Champions.  I remember the many..many..pick up basketball games in the new Bonny Oaks gym. Rev Radford would bring over a team and lots of cheerleaders and we would play for hours and hours. Jesse had a nice smooth jump shot and played like the ever-ready Bunny non stop. He showed us how much fun all sports were. He helped me develop and play on the Tyner High School Basketball team.

Did I mention that Jesse talked to me about how important college would be. He helped me attend Berry Academy with the plan to transfer over to Berry College. Jesse and Pauline Presley have been family friends for over 40 years.

Jesse Presley was my Coach, My Mentor, and My Friend.

I know that he was a huge positive influence on many of the Bonny Oaks family.

Thank You Jesse and Pauline.
Pete Hale 1961-1967
Click here to read or print in pdf format

50th Wedding Anniversary Yes!  How the years fly by...Jesse and Pauline Presley are celebrating their
50th Wedding Anniversary this week!

Pauline & Jesse Wedding at Bonny Oaks Chapel 1962
Send congratulations to them at
January 16, 2012 Representing Bonny Oaks at Billy Fry's funeral today.  Photo sent to website by Jim Evett and Harry Jackson.
Click on picture to enlarge
Left to right:  James Strickland, Jim
Evett, Mary Chambers Ellis, Harry Jackson, Danny Lusk, James Ellis
Click here to view Memorial pictures taken at Chattanooga National Cemetery submitted by Dr. Harry R. Jackson.
Email from Jim Evett:  "It was nice to see all the veterans that came out to Billy's funeral today. He would of been proud to know that his fellow comrades in arms were there as they have been in the past for him. He was also represented by his Bonny Oaks Family as well. I understand that his death was sudden after getting a stint placed in his heart. Time is short and we are not getting any younger. If you keep putting that vacation off or waiting to see family later, you just might not every make it. Live for today, Thank the Lord for letting us live another day and Treat people the way you want to be treated. Have a great 2012 and take care, Jim."
Email from Pete Hale:  "What a great picture.. Thanks to each of you for representing those that could not be there for Billy."
Jan 10, 2012

Our Bonny Oaks brother, William (Billy) Fry, passed away this morning in the ICU at Erlanger Hospital, Chattanooga.  His sister will let us know arrangements for a memorial service as soon as they are available. Billy loved his Bonny Oaks' family very much and he will be missed by all of us.  Please pray for Billy and his family.

William "Billy" Fry
Fort Polk, Louisiana
1966 - Vietnam Vet
13 1/2 Years in Army
Three tours of Vietnam
Click here to view Memorial pictures taken at Chattanooga National Cemetery submitted by Dr. Harry R. Jackson.

Obituary sent by Dr. Harry R. Jackson
Fry, William Oliver
Obit posted January 11, 2012

William Oliver Fry, 63, of Soddy Daisy, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.
He was born in Floyd County, Georgia, son of the late Silas Franklin and Annie Roberson Fry.
He was retired from the U.S. Army, having served in the Vietnam War. He was a charter member, life member and past president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203. He was also past president of the Tennessee State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America.
He was the recipient of the Charles H. Coolidge Award (veteran of the year) from the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council in 1985 and was a member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 6.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jimmy Fry.
Survivors are a sister, Martha Sue (Ellsworth) Mines of Chattanooga; brothers, Ricky (
Charlette) Fry and Dicky Fry all of Bryant, Ala.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 16, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with Chaplain Phil Minton officiating. Full military honors will be performed by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203.
Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home Crematory and Florist, North Chapel,
5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tn. 37343.

Full military honors Memorial Service pictures on "In Memory of..." page.

Times Free Press Article
Walnut St. Bridge
Chattanooga TN
December 10, 2011
Bonny Oaks meant a lot of things to a lot of people and today we can humbly say that it continues to shine on with pride thanks to our own Bonny Oaks brother, DR. HARRY R. JACKSON! 

Caption: Harry Jackson receives a hug from Becky Coleman while his family stands around his new plaque on the Walnut
Steet Bridge after a ceremony.

   Click on picture for a closer look at Harry's beautiful plaque!
Harry was honored by the City of Chattanooga on December 10, 2011 with a plaque on the Walnut Street Bridge.  Harry has been a friend, a confidante, a rock to many in his life and now a plaque for all to know his name.  The newspaper article posted here does not even come close to listing Harry's
accomplishments and good deeds that we Bonny Oaks kids have known in him.  Not mentioned in the article is all his voluntary time, energy and expense, not to mention love, that he has put into our Bonny Oaks website.  Harry has been the Treasurer since it's inception 11 years ago and served on both the 2002 and 2011 Reunion Committee.  You will never meet a more private, humble man than Harry.  Please join together in congratulating Harry on this outstanding award.  He is a true American and prime example of a "Bonny Oaks boy" and an inspiration to us all!
Click here to read the Times Free Press article on Harry's Award Day.

December 25, 2011
Christmas Day
Bonny Oaks' own James Strickland was "Santa" on Christmas Day 2011 for the homeless and hungry - Click here to see the video that Channel 3 had on their News program.  Watch for James, he's shown hugging a little child and giving a present to someone, listen close, he says "God Bless..." to her, that's our James!
Email change Mrs. Adamson now lives in Greenville SC and has a new email address, it's george.adamson89@gmail.com
She has written the website to let us know how much she misses the Bonny Oaks kids dropping by her home as she loved the visits and hopes you will write to her.  Mrs. Adamson's 90th birthday is this month, January 21st!
August 14, 2011 Email from Marcus Morgan, "I am now living in a small German town named Hauptstuhl, it is about 10 miles from Ramstein AFB.  I turned 78 on April 6, 2011.  I will be on vacation in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in November.  Wishing all well!  Marcus' email address is marcnathan9@googlemail.com
June 25, 2011 Prayer Request from Paul Rowell, husband to our Bonny Oaks sister, Joyce Stover Rowell:
"Joyce had the
transcranial doppler tests done this week at the Heart Center in Gainesville.  Tests showed that the hole in her heart is relatively small - about a 3 on a scale 1-5.  Surgery will not be necessary at this point.  She still has an irregular heart beat so they will try to shock her heart to get it back in rhythm on Tuesday, 6/28/2011.  We thank you for your continued prayers.  Blessings to all, Paul"
June 19, 2011 Taken from Bonny Oaks Chattanooga Facebook page:

Julie Burton-Boggie, daughter of Bonny Oaks' Jim Burton - "These are some early pics of my dad Jim Burton. He was at Bonny Oaks in 1936 - 1937.  If anyone recognizes him or knows anything of him, please get in contact w me via Facebook.  My brothers and I would greatly appreciate any info or photos. He was between ages of 9-11 when he was there. Thxs"


June 13, 2011

Bonny Oaks Update 6/11/2011 - Cassidy Neighbors (Bonny Oaks 1949-1955) and Christine Haven (Bonny Oaks 1959-1966) will be on cable's UCTV "Sound Off" program, hosted by Mr. Earl Freudenberg, on Tuesday, June 14th at 11:00 a.m.  Earl has been generous to offer us a spot on the cable program to help us get the word out about the July 16th Bonny Oaks reunion!  We're not sure if it will be for 15 minutes or the whole hour but tune in if you can.  We need your prayers to ask God to help us reach as many of the Bonny Oaks kids as we can for the Reunion.

June 10, 2011 ‎6-10-2011 Bonny Oaks Update: Chattanooga's Online Newspaper, chattanoogan.com, printed an article on the Bonny Oaks Reunion and Memorial today. Thank you, Mr. John Wilson, for helping us get the word out about the reunion through your online publications. Here's the link:
May 29, 2011 If you're able to view media files, here's some pictures from our mini-reunion with Douglas Hawk at the Golden Corral in Fort Oglethorpe.  It was great to see all the friends and family!

douglas hawk minireunion 5282011/Douglas Hawk mini reunion 5-28-2011.wmv

Douglas Hawk visiting with Mrs. Adamson 5-31-2011

To all Bonny Oaks Alumni: Gene Hill's visitation has been set for Tuesday, 5/31/2011, at Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Funeral Service is Wednesday, 6/01/2011, at 3:00 pm in Lane's Chapel.

You may or may not know that Gene Hill came to Harry Jackson a few months ago and asked him to do his funeral. Harry will be honoring our Bonny Oaks brother by wearing a Bonny Oaks t-shirt. Gene is wearing his BO t-shirt in the picture.  Harry is asking everyone to wear their Bonny Oaks t-shirt to Gene's funeral.

May 27, 2011 May 27, 2011 - We lost a Bonny Oaks brother this morning. Eugene (Gene) Hill passed away in Chattanooga TN. Arrangements will be posted when we get them. Gene was at Bonny Oaks from March 1953 to November 1957. He owned a printing company and did our printings for the 2002 Reunion. He loved Bonny Oaks very much and had the good/bad memories of it like we all did.  Our deepest condolences go out to Gene's family.
4/21/2011 Cassidy Neighbors has a new email address, it's CassandAudreyNeighbors@epbfi.com .  Cassidy, his wife Audrey, James Ellis and I went to Suzie's Home Cooking Restaurant tonight in Hixson, on Hwy 153, and enjoyed a wonderful meal and listened to Mary Ann Neighbors-Poe sing with her band and group.  Mary Ann has a beautiful, rich voice and really brings the gospel hymns to life again.  We had the best time!  Thanks Mary Ann!  Christine Haven

April 18, 2011

The Bonny Oaks Circle's Flag Pole has fallen!  When the pine tree fell week before last in the Circle, it took our flag pole with it.  I spoke to the Hamilton County Parks Department and they've already ordered a new flag pole!  I'm waiting to hear if we can become the new proud owners of our fallen Flag Pole!  I'm hoping they will consent and that we can make some kind of memorial out of the metal.  If you have any ideas or have any connections to transforming the Flag Pole, don't hesitate to contact us and let's get a Bonny Oaks School memorial in place before the July 16th Reunion.  Christine Haven at texasbonny@yahoo.com


Surgery for Joyce (Stover) Rowell - Hi Everyone, Could you please pass on the following information about Joyce? We saw Dr. Schultz, the Neurosurgeon today. Because Joyce's condition has not gotten much better, the decision was made for her to have back surgery on Monday, April 18, at NE Georgia Medical Center, Gainesville. She will have a pre-op tomorrow (Thursday) at 3.30 at NE Georgia Medical Center. We appreciate all of your continuing prayers, and especially on Monday. Not sure what time the surgery will be, but the nurse said probably around 7:00 a.m. Will keep you posted. Joyce said that if any of the prayer warriors, or other friends wanted to come by Sunday afternoon and pray over her that she would appreciate it. Love and Blessings, Paul

March 25, 2011

Received email from David Burnett:  "My Father, Willard Burnett was at Bonny Oaks from approx. 1936-1938....I would love to know if there is anybody out there that remembers him or knew him.  Pictures of him would be great!!".
(I've asked David for permission to post his work email address so until he authorizes, you can send me an email and I will let him know you've written to him for him to answer.  Christine Haven, at
texasbonny@yahoo.com )


  My Friend, Steve Williams
by Pete Hale
(Pictured front l-r Steve Williams, Pete Hale, behind l-r Norma Evitt, Hilda Harris, right side James Ellis)

I remember the 1st day we met. He was short, big glasses, and confident. It wasn’t long before he had a group of us discussing baseball players. Steve dominated the trivia-pursuit game of Who plays 2nd base for the Yankees. What is a specific player’s batting average or ERA. Many years later he admitted when he didn’t know the answer he would make it up.
Steve and I spent quality time together for many years, talking, playing sports, and planning for the future.  We also would talk about the Bonny Oaks girls, Christine Haven, Betty Chambers, Norma Evitt, Elizabeth Pickett, Judy Anderson, and many more.
Steve was blessed with a high IQ, but he was a very hard worker and took his life goals very serious.  I enjoyed his friendship and the time we spent together.
We can all be proud of how he overcame many obstacles and disadvantages and was recognized for his achievements:
Class Officer in High School, Honor Roll, Class Officer at University of Chattanooga, a leader in the ROTC program in college, Graduated with Honors from Law School, Officer in the Military.
He also was recognized for his skill in avoiding the cows that might kick you at the Bonny Oaks dairy.
If there was a “Hall of Fame” at Bonny Oaks, Steve Williams would be a member.

March 18, 2011

Ralph Pennington
Hamilton County

Submitted by Harry Jackson
For those that remember Mr. Pennington

Ralph S. Pennington, 95, of Chattanooga, passed away on Wednesday, March 15, 2011. He was born Aug. 12, 1915, in Columbia, Tn. Mr. Pennington and Margaret, his wife of 72 years, made their home in the Tyner community where over a period of 60 years he served in many leadership positions in their home church, Tyner United Methodist.  They moved to Chattanooga in 1938 where he initially worked as an electrician for several local businesses. He recently was honored with a special award as the oldest living member of IBEW 175. In 1940 he became an instructor at Kirkman Technical High School where he served his entire professional career. Mr. Pennington received his Masters Degree from the University of Tennessee at age 53 and retired as Principal in 1977. He was exceedingly proud of the institution and its graduates, many of whom he maintained relationships with until his death. In his lengthy retirement, Mr. Pennington enjoyed many rounds of golf, travel, and camping trips with friends and family.  Mr. Pennington is survived by his wife, Margaret; daughters, Peggy Michaels, of Lookout Mountain, Penny (Bobby) Vaughan, of Nashville; son, Steve (Sharyn) Pennington, of Dalton, Ga.; six grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.  Services will be held noon Saturday at Tyner United Methodist Church with Dr. Robert Haskins and Dr. Curtis Schofield officiating.  Interment will be in Hamilton Memorial Gardens.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Tyner United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Mens Prayer Breakfast.  The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the Church.  Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 East Brainerd Road.

March 15, 2011

From Harry Jackson:  "I received a call today from Mrs. Pogue's son, Charles.  He lives in Dayton, TN.  He wanted to tell me that on Saturday, March 26th, his church in Dayton is going to celebrate what would be his mother's 100th birthday.  He would like to invite everyone to attend.  It will be held at the Mountain View Church in Dayton, TN, on the 26th at 5:00 p.m. EST.  If you cannot attend, he asked that you send a message to:  Hollis Green - 345 Barton Road - Dayton, TN 37321.  The message would be about how Mrs. Pogue touched your life.  He stated that your message can be emailed to:  marksgreen@aol.com.  I remember her very well as I'm sure many of you do."

March 5, 2011

Mary Ann Pitts
Longtime House Parent At Vine Street Orphanage

Mary Ann Pitts, 98, widow of Charles Allen Pitts and beloved mother of Evelyn Pitts King (Eve), died peacefully on Friday, March 4 at New London Nursing Home in Snellville, Ga.  Mary Ann was born on March 22nd, 1912, in Spring City, Tn., to her father, Arch Clayton Mitchell and mother, Marchie Bledsoe Mitchell.  Mrs. Pitts was a positive influence on hundreds of young lives as a house parent and dietician for over 15 years at the Vine Street Orphanage/children’s home located in Brainerd, where she met and adopted her only child Evelyn (Eve) at the age of five.  She was preceded by her brothers; Walter Mitchell of Spring City, George Mitchell of Ooltewah, Burch Mitchell of Chattanooga, Arch Mitchell of Athens, Ga., and sisters, Ada Crawley and Bessie May.  She is survived by her brothers, Jack Mitchell, of Hixson, Paul and Neute Mitchell of Red Bank, daughter, Evelyn Pitts King, Milledgeville, Ga., grandchildren, Lauren King, Candice Rosenberg, and Keith King, and granddaughters, Georgia and Kinsley.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 8, at 11:30 a.m. in the North Chapel.  The family will receive friends on Monday, March 7, from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home.  Arrangements are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tn.  Please share your thoughts and memories at

March 5, 2011

Hi, I was in Bonny Oaks for a short time along with my sister.
My name is Jerri Denise Church, I went by Denise.  My sister's name is Dorothy Christine Vienott, her maiden name was Church and she went by Chris.  I have so many memories of Bonny Oaks.
Even though we were supposedly being punished for running away, it was the closest to a real family that we ever had.  I don't remember the exact years but it was around 1982.  I remember a few other girls there that made life just a little sweeter.  I doubt that I can make it to the reunion.
February 24, 2011 Email:  I'm looking for information on four children at Bonny Oaks; Nathaniel, Paul, Blanche and John Lane.  I believe these children were siblings and the youngest four children of my cousin Sanford Isaac Lane.  Do you know how I could find further information?  Chanda Keith ckeith@usit.net
February 17, 2011 Here's how Bobby Smith (BO 1959-1965) looks when he rides his motorcycle around Chattanooga in case you spot him.  Looks great Bobby, love the tribute to Bonny Oaks on your helmet!
   Click on picture to enlarge.
February 2, 2011 Email from Nancy Sue Durham, Bonny Oaks 1980
Living today in Athens, Tennessee
"I still remember the time I spent at Bonny Oaks as one of the few positive times I had in my childhood. I was 13 when I was there and I ran away. I wish I had stayed there because the world I ran to would have consumed me without the strength I gained spiritually at Bonny Oaks. Now I just wanted to say thank you."
January 28, 2011 Email from Geneva Ellen (Mason) Curtis, Bonny Oaks 1939-1941
Searching for Earl Page or Louise Page or someone that remembers me.
Message:  "Hello to all Bonny Oaks Alumni.....I hope everyone is well and happy these days.  It has been a long time, about 70 years, since I have been to Bonny Oaks and I do have fond memories.  I hope I will be able to come to the reunion of 2011 and I pray that you can be there also.  I hope that someone will remember me.  Sincerely, Geneva Ellen (Mason) Curtis"
Living today in Athens, Tennessee
January 21, 2011 Happy Birthday to Mrs. Adamson today, 89 years young and it would make her very happy to hear from her Bonny Oaks kids!  Or, send birthday wishes to her email, it's george.adamson89@gmail.com   She remembers us all very well!

Dr. Harry Jackson

"I can remember one birthday in particular.  I was in the little boy's building and must have been around 11 years old.  I was excited that it was my birthday and knew that someone from the Civitan Club of Chattanooga was going to bring a gift and a birthday cake.  It started getting late in the day, but they finally came and brought a beautiful shirt and a birthday cake.  That made my day!  It's a wonderful memory for me!  Thanks, Civitan Club for your kindness to all of us kids at the Bonny Oaks School! "

David Yell
(Grabbed David's answer off Facebook, responding to Harry Jackson's birthday greeting)

Yes, Harry I sure do, I remember watching and waiting for that car to pull up in front of the building, watching for someone carrying a gift. What a great childhood, many fond memories. Thanks Harry!

Christine Haven

Having a November birthday, I usually got a sweater but was always happy to get it. One year when I was in the 7th grade, the Civitan man gave me a pleated wool skirt. It was so heavy to wear and I had to do 2 waist rolls on it because it was soooo long.  Then I would pull my sweater down over the waist.....I wore it all winter school year though! Yes, great memories!

and, if you want to add yours, send to
the website at



Updates to the 2011 Bonny Oaks Reunion will be posted on Facebook also.
You can join, make comments, add pictures, make reunion suggestions - We Need You!


James Ivan Whittemore, of Soddy-Daisy, passed away Friday, Nov. 5, 2010. Born January 1937, James was retired from Roadway Express and was a U.S. Army Veteran. He was a very proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved to play golf. Survivors include his daughter, Jamie C. (Ronnie) Fletcher, of East Ridge; son, Bruce I. (Cynthia) Whittemore, of Soddy-Daisy; sister, Allene Holsomback, of Ringgold; brothers, Julius Whittemore, of Chattanooga and Edward Whittemore, of Ohio; grandchildren, Eric Turner, Amber Fletcher, Candice Fletcher, Jenifer Whittemore, Richard (Ashley) Whittemore and Byron Whittemore; greatgrandchildren, Audrey Miles and Elliott Whittemore; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday in the Funeral Home Chapel on Ashland Terrace with the Rev. Kelton Williams officiating. Interment will be in Chattanooga Memorial Park.Visitation will be 2-7 p.m. today at Lane Funeral Home, 601 Ashland Terrace. Condolences may be sent to www.lanefh.com

6/16/2010 Email from Patricia Ann Allen, Bonny Oaks 1946-1952.  Living today in Leb TN.  "I will never forget Bonny Oaks, Mr. Adamson and Mrs. Fred Seepe, who was my teacher.  My sister, Bettye Sue Allen and brother Frank (Bobby) Allen, was also there.  I was only six years old when I was put in Bonny Oaks.  Mother's name, Ruby Pearl Allen, Father was Oren D. Allen."  kidsrus31240@aol.com

Hello Bonny Oaks/Vine Street:  We have been searching for our uncle Thomas Odel TUCKER born March 1919 in Muhlenburg, KY.  He is found in the 1920 Lauderdale County, TN census with his Maternal Aunt "PARKER" & Uncle "DURHAM" sometime in the 1920's he and two girl cousins (PARKER) were taken to the "Vine Street Orphanage".  The girls went back to live with family, but "Odel" stayed and was adopted.  Can you help us trace the life of Odel TUCKER?  Mary in AZ
lmawakr@aol.com or imawakr@aol.com


Lewis Glen Maxwell, Bonny Oaks 1940-1943
Looking for Dad's brother J.D. Jefferson Davis Maxwell.  He used to call my Dad "Lewy".
If anyone remembers them, please let me know.  Pictures would be helpful too.  God bless.
Caroline S. Maxwell Shimer in Lower Salem Ohio, carolineshimer1934@verizon.net


I am Teri Nichols (Tolbert) .. Pam was my sister, and our Father and Mother were Nick and Gloria Nichols ...
Mother and Dad have been gone for a number of years now .. BUT, Pam passed away from a short illness on March 8, 2010.  I will miss my sisser ... Some of the BOS students from those years may remember me (Teri) and Pam.  (Our dad, Nick, was the maintenance man for over 30 yrs.)  terisart@yahoo.com 

5/01/2010 Samuel Kane Lusk
11/03/1949 - 5/01/2010


Samuel Kane Lusk, 60, of Rossville, died Saturday, May 1, 2010 at his home. Sammy was of the Baptist faith and was a son of the late Harley & Nellie Lusk and was also preceded in death by a sister, Ann. He was a past member of Steamfitters Local #43 and Viet Nam Vets Chapter # 203. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in Viet Nam. Survivors include his wife, Vicki E. Lusk, two sons, Robert Lee (Shannon) Lusk, Raleigh, NC; Samuel Eddie (Vicki) Lusk, Soddy-Daisy, TN; brother, Danny (Dian) Lusk, Ringgold; three sisters, Linda Lusk, Gale ( Chip) Samples and Dale Lusk, all of Chattanooga; five grandchildren, Victoria LeeAnn Lusk, Springfield, MO; Jackson Lee Lusk, Raleigh, NC; Kane Lusk, Ethan Lusk and Noah Lusk, all of Soddy-Daisy, TN; several nieces and nephews. Private graveside services will he held in National Cemetery with Danny Lusk officiating. Visit www.heritagefh.com to share words of comfort to the family. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 E. Brainerd Road, Chattanooga TN

Chattanooga National Cemetery
1200 Bailey Avenue
Chattanooga TN 37404

4/30/2010 On April 17th, the Disabled American Veterans had a golf tournament and we guys were involved:

Left to right:  Bill Culpepper, my good friend who lives up at Montlake where the golf tournament was held
Michael Bearden, Vet Center Team Leader, Me, and Tim Chambers, Vet Center Office Manager

You can see more pictures if you go to the link below, then click on Photos at left, and scroll to the bottom where it says Montlake Golf Tournament:



April 22, 2010 Email from Helen Bolt -
"Hi Christine, It is so nice to hear from you again.  My sister, Mary, and I are certainly going to be there. 
We've already been saving our $$ for the trip!!  We want to try to stay at least 4 days in Chattanooga then go up to Nashville to visit a couple of her friends.  I also passed this on to Jimmy Ireland (he was in Bonny Oaks in 1959) and he will pass it on to a couple of the boys that he's still in contact with.  Let's make it a HUGE event.  I saw on the website that you're calling it the Twilight Reunion or something like that.  I like that concept.  Keep in touch.
Helen (Bolt) Veneziale
April 22, 2010 Join us on Facebook and read comments like this one from Alumnus' Daisy Hawk's daughter, Cambria Silva de Jesus

Cambria Silva de Jesus

Even though I never attended Bonny Oaks, it is my history, just as much as anyone's!! Thank you Bonny Oaks for taking such good care of my mama!! And we wouldn't miss it for the world!!
All I ever hear is Bonny Oaks this and that... So I better go with mom to see the legendary BONNY OAKS!! Road trip here we come!!


Claudia Chambers Reed Layne, Bonny Oaks 1977-1978
Huntsville, AL
No message.


Yes, I remember Jean Lingerfelt, here is Barbara Durham's email barbaraelvis@att.net but have no clue about Rosa Stiner but her sister Glenda was killed in an automobile accident a few years back.  Margaret Humphries email address is on the website under her daughter's name on the Memory page.  I would love to hear from Jean.  Keep me posted.  Mary Ann Neighbors


I am looking for Rosie Steiner, Mary Ann Neighbors, Barbara Durham and Margaret Humphries.
I learned of this website from a cousin.  We hardly knew each other although her mother and mine were great friends.  My cousin also didn't know about Bonny Oaks, and when I mentioned our stay there, she looked it up on the web.  Anyway, I was a new resident after my eighth birthday, just before Christmas in 1948, and left July 4, during the baseball game, in 1953.  I was just plain Jean Lingerfelt, and changed the spelling to Jeanne many years later.  Would love to hear from long-ago friends; quick before the memory is totally shot!
Jeanne Lingerfelt-Erickson, Bonny Oaks 1948-1953


I was a friend of Pat Jackson.  I met her at Tyner High School.  We graduated in 1960.  I have thought of Pat over the years and was sad to hear of her passing.  She was a very good friend to me.
Vernada Chandler Frederick grangy@juno.com - Tyner High School 1956-1960


My father was James H. Burton, aka Jim.  He died in 1970 in an auto accident.  I am trying to find out anything about my father's time at Bonny Oaks and would enjoy hearing from anyone who may have known him.  Thanks, Julie Boggie

James Herman Burton (1933, 1937, 1940)


Barbara Brown
I am looking for Barbara Brown, born 1917 (located on 1930 Census) and Frankie Brown, born 1924 (1930 Census).  Looking for information on my father whom is deceased and his sister, whom I also believe to be deceased.


Walter McCarty - I was married for thirty one years [my wife passed away eleven years ago] and was I feeling rather down when I ran across your webpage. What a pleasant surprise.  I lived in Chattanooga [1952-1961] and have fond memories of Bonny Oaks and Vine street kids. You were some great people and you will always have a very special place in my heart. I wish you all the very best life has to offer and remember this, you will never know how many lives you have touched. I have a son and twin daughters and soon to be nine grandchildren. I learned so much about family and friends by just being around you. It sure made me a better Dad and husband. 
Jesse, Jerry, Pauline and Linda, I'll always love y'all.........Walter
P.S. The Boyd Buchanan connection is very special to me...Brother Paul Buchanan baptized me in North Chattanooga fifty two years ago. Where does time go?

2/11/2010 -  I lived near the Children's Home all those years ago and my brother, Larry, and I were friends with so many of the kids there.  We seemed to be more attracted to them than the other kids in more conventional homes.  I have often wondered why that was and concluded that it was because of how special all of you were.  How strong and loving, independent and yet, cohesive.  Over the years, I've told many people of our friendship with the kids at the Children's Home and Bonny Oaks. They would, invariably, ask about the homes and most would comment as to how sad it must have been for the kids. For some, I guess, there was a great deal of sadness. We never felt sorry for the kids because we saw a spirit, in fact an indomitable spirit, that would, and did, overcome any obstacle. It was, in fact, as if life was just a little more precious around you kids.  I have often thought about all of the things the parents missed out on.  The day to day interaction, the laughter, the normal ups and downs of life.  I do feel sadness for them.  When we think about it though, we're all just a few ticks away from being in the same situation as they were.  Bless their hearts.  "There, but for the grace of God, go I".  I joined the Navy and my parents moved away from Chattanooga so I pretty much lost touch with everyone.  I missed all of my friends and I kept up with everyone over the years as best I could.  I was around Jesse and Jerry a few times.  I remember once I went by and they were working on an old car. All you could see were their butts and legs sticking out from under the hood. They were determined to fix that thing. I believe those two could have fixed anything.  I found the Bonny Oaks site shortly after you created it and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I tried to post a message a few times but, I did something wrong. The last time I tried it, I decided to send it by e-mail. The note that you received was actually written a year ago. A couple of weeks ago, I was checking something on my computer at work and a message popped up that said "you have unsent mail" , I clicked on it and sent it again. I'm so glad I did!  Thanks to you and Pauline I take great comfort in knowing that Jesse, Pauline, Jerry, Joe and Linda are as o.k. as we can be at our age. I am very gratified to know that they are happy, they deserve it. I remember when Linda's husband, Max, joined the Marines. All of the guys in the neighborhood sure respected him for that. Max is a real patriot. A boy named Johnny Shoemaker and I tried to join the Marines but when they found out we had lied about our ages, they turned us down. The Navy scooped us up!

I live in Central Alabama ( country ) and am a retired  United Mineworker officer. I was also a restaurant owner and chef de cusine for a number of years. I now cook for pleasure and therapy. Where else can you cut, dice, chop, pound (paillard), and burn things, and not get into trouble?  I was married to a wonderful woman for 31 years and had as perfect a marriage as one could have.  I have a son who is a paramedic and twin daughters. One of the twins is a Trauma Nurse in the E.R. at the only Level One Trauma Center in Alabama. The other has the most demanding job there is, she is the mother of four.  I have to go now but, I can't stress enough how much I admire Jesse, Pauline, and Jerry for their leadership and guidance to so many children over the years. And the website for keeping everything together for so many true brothers and sisters.  Walter McCarty

1/18/2010 Sandra Jean Duck-Nunley

I am looking for Johnny Pardon-Hibbs.  I was born in 1957.  I was told that I was in this home prior to being adopted by my maternal grandmother, Sally Hibbs Nunley.  I am unsure if this information is accurate.  My grandmother passed away when I was 12 and at that time I was sent to live with my father.  I have also been told that my brother was also placed in this home where he was later adopted by someone in the Chattanooga area.  If you have any information that would help me find him, I would be greatly appreciative.  I believe that his birth name was Johnny Pardon-Hibbs.  Our mother's name was Pearl Hibbs.

1/12/2010 Tina Williams, Chattanooga, Bonny Oaks 1980-1981 wildthg99@yahoo.com - No message.
December 7, 2009 Brenda Joyce Breedlove - sweetgranny06@yahoo.com

Bonny Oaks 1958 - I remember being in the little girls dorm at Bonny Oaks.  My two brothers were in the boys dorm.  I remember one girl there named Brenda Snyder and I remember Miss Costello, the housemother, we called matrons back then.  I also remember the school, chapel, and mostly the swimming pool.  On Sundays was visiting day, Miss Costello, I remember her reading bedtime stories to us girls and some of the girls would brush Miss Costello's hair.  I remember Miss Costello telling me when my mother signed me and my brothers out that she was going to miss me but she was also happy for me.  The last I heard from her is when I was thirteen and on my birthday I got a card and neck scarves from her and all the kids signed it.  I forgot all the girls names but Brenda Snyder.  I think she had a sister named Mary.  I remember the piano that me and the other girls would pretend we could play it.  


November 17, 2009 Elby Carpenter
Bonny Oaks 1978-1980
submitted by Donna Carpenter

My brother and best friend (Elby Carpenter) passed away on May 31st 2008 after a long fight with cancer with his family by his side. He was a wonderful man with such a compassionate heart. He has been missed so much. He had a long journey throughout his life; however after being diagnosed, his journey became much easier. I (Donna Carpenter Cisco) miss him daily and wish he were here with me.  He will always forever be in my heart as well as those that were touched by him as well.  Sleep in Peace my brother and some day we will see each other again.

November 16, 2009 Sad news, just in from Mary Ann Neighbors about brother, Tommy:
Email:  "Wanted to let you know my brother, Tommy Neighbors (Bonny Oaks 1949-1954), passed away this morning here at Soddy Daisy Nursing Home.  He was 72 years of age and had prostate cancer.  Tommy went home to be with the Lord at 5:15 am 11/16/2009.
Visitation will be Tuesday 11/17/2009 from 3pm to 9pm.
Funeral arranged for Wednesday 11/18/2009 at
Williamson & Son's Funeral Home
Soddy Daisy, TN
Brother Cassidy Neighbors, Sisters Mary Ann and Eva Jane Neighbors
Keep us in your prayers.  He leaves a son and wife behind."
You can write to Mary Ann at thesingingnone@aol.com
November 14, 2009
Mary Elizabeth Mills-Whitcomb
Bonny Oaks 1930's

Submitted by Anita Whitcomb, Gadsden Alabama

Mary Mills Whitcomb died October 31, 2009 in Gadsden Alabama.  She lived at Bonny Oaks for a few years,
graduated from Tyner High School.  She met and married Charles Whitcomb.  He was a Marine so she lived everywhere.

November 12, 2009 Thomas Trimby

My father, Thomas Trimby, was at Bonny Oaks in the 1950’s and we are trying to collect information about his stay.  However, He passed away in 2002.  The website for Bonny Oaks only allows you to get information on yourself.  I am trying to figure out what steps I need to take in order to register my father in the Alumni and collect information about his stay.  Can you please point me in the right direction?

Please send any information on this matter to me at my personal e-mail address:

Thank you, Jamie Brown


Michael Filyaw

DAYTON — Michael Wayne Filyaw, 54, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, in Chattanooga.

Born in Knoxville, Tenn., he was the son of the late Virgil Dean Filyaw and Pauline Baiels Penley. Michael lived in Harrison, before moving to the Rhea County community in 2005. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from the U.S. Navy as a Swift Boat Coxswain.

Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Filyaw-Lopez, Chattanooga; stepmother, Betty Filyaw, Chattanooga, brothers, Ed (Evelyn) Hatfield, Dayton, Carl (Patty) Filyaw, Clifton, Tenn., and Alan Filyaw, Spring City; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors will be held Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Porter-Ward Cemetery in Spring City with the Rev. Paul Forgey officiating.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vaughn Funeral Home.

Vaughn Funeral Home, Spring City, is in charge of arrangements.


10/25/2009 Mrs. Adamson left a message telling the website that she had read an obituary today for Michael "Mike" Filyaw (Information above).
When I called her back, I learned she was in great spirits!  She got the last stitches out of her hand (two carpal tunnel hand surgeries) and she's happy to have the surgeries over with even though they are still tender, she says.  Mrs. Adamson loves hearing from everyone.  When asked if she wanted to say anything to the kids on the Bulletin Board, she said "Yes, you know so many now have cell phones and when I call their home phones they've changed or disconnected them.  I would love to somehow get everyone's new numbers".  Mrs. Adamson would love to hear from you, she has an amazing memory!  You can write her at malgeo@webtv.net
10/13/2009 Hi Everybody!  Mickey Walker has a new email address, drop him a line at jwalkeraz@q.com


William "Billy" Fry wants to wish everyone a Happy Autumn!


I spoke to Mrs. Adamson today.  She was in good spirits and her same sweet self but learned she is scheduled for surgery on her hand tomorrow 9/10/2009.  It's to take care of her carpal tunnel and then in two weeks the doctor will operate on her other hand for the same reason.  Please include her in your prayers and if you're lucky enough to live close I'm sure she would love a visit.  Take care of yourself Mrs. Adamson, we all love you!  Christine Haven

9/02/2009 Connie and I will be visiting Houston on the 10th or 11th of October. As I recall we have several people living in Houston that lived in Bonny Oaks. Do you know if they were there with me from 1959 - 1969?  It would be nice to have dinner one evening with someone that was there with me. Just a thought!  Take care, Jim

Email from John B. Sutton family:
"Wanted to let you know my father was at Bonny Oaks for several years.  We know that he was there in 1957 and that when he joined the Navy in 1962-1963, he was still there at age 17 and had to have his papers signed by the Superintendent so he could join.  My dad left there and joined the Navy, stationed in California where he met our mother in 1965.  They married after two months.  He told her, "I got $2.00 in my pocket, want to get married? They were married until he died.  Daddy died in March 2003 from a long battle with cancer.  A childhood friend that was at Bonny Oaks with Daddy came to the funeral.  We always stayed in the surrounding area and just recently our mother passed also.  She went to join him on the 21st of August this year.  My niece found pictures of Daddy when he was there in 1957, there were some we hadn't seen before.  Bobby Yarbrough came and we can remember when we were young, going to his house and to Clarence Sumner's house.  He never mentioned a lot of names from that time but we did know Bobby and Clarence.  It's odd, now my nephew is at the same union that held the 1957 Christmas party for Bonny Oaks.  We would like to hear any stories that is remembered about him in his time there".  Jennifer Burnette and Michelle Evers jenburnette@peoplepc.com


My Mother Fran Holden (Bonny Oaks 1944) passed away 1-22-05 from cancer. I miss her dearly and she had told me about Bonny Oaks...She loved everyone and would do anything for anybody...I have only one regret...and that is I wish she could have been here to see my son born....she and Maxine and Roseine and Ed Holden are playing together in heaven....and I will see her again!  Kevin Holden, Etoile Texas

8/13/2009 PAUL & JOYCE ROWELL's

August 8, 1959

August 8, 2009


Joyce & Paul and their Beautiful Children:  Lisa, Sharon and Gwen

The Family!
Back row:  Sharon Nelson (behind Gwen) and husband John Zabasky, Bob Andersen (Gwen's husband, he's the tallest:-)
Gwen Anderson (purple blouse), Brigitte Nelson (Sharon's daughter), Colby Nelson (Sharon's son)
Front row:  Little guy is A.J. Zabasky (Sharon's son), Justin Evans (Lisa's son), Joyce
Behind Joyce is Dale Higgins (Lisa's son), Lisa, Paul, Dennis Evans (Lisa's husband).
Far right:  Julie Strickland and husband, Art Strickland (Paul's Best Man, wearing hat)

Gwen and Bob Andersen

50th Anniversary Printed Napkin (Beautiful!)

Joyce, Paul, Julie & Art Strickland (Best Man at their wedding)

...and The 50th Anniversary Cake and Punch brought by Julie Strickland
Julie presented them Joyce with reproductions of Berry College. Paul wrote that Joyce was so excited to have them.

Email from Paul & Joyce (Stover) Rowell:  "We thought you might like to see a few of the pics we took at our big celebration Aug 8.  We had all the children and grandchildren but our oldest grandson (Gwen) could not make it.  We had a great time.  We had not all been together at once since Christmas 1998.  It's ok if you want to post on BOS website so all the Bonny Oaks kids can see.  We are happy that we made it to 50.  My best man Art Strickland and his wife Julie was also able to be with us.  Trust you are doing ok.  Love and God Bless, Paul and Joyce

8/09/2009 Here's Goes that Jim Evett Again!

(Jim is standing, second from right)

We're so proud of you!!!
Send your "Congrats" to him at


Received email from Charles Reels, Bonny Oaks 1949-1952.  Message to follow.  You can write Charles at snglmom1s566@gmail.com


George and Connie Hatch
65th Wedding Anniversary
Poppie (George) asked me to scan their 65th anniversary photo and give you a quick update. Memmie and Poppie (George and Connie) just celebrated their 65th year together. They are both in good health. I'm spending the summer here (their youngest grand daughter, Mary Beth). They plan on making a trip to Chattanooga sometime in the fall if anyone wants to get together. Thanks and blessings!


"Christine, I just got your email....I don't know Priscilla but my sister Joyce did. She sent her an email. Joyce was so happy to hear from her. I was already gone and married by that time. Thanks for sending it....I fell last Monday and broke both of my legs. I am out of the hospital now and Jesse is taking care of me completely. I can't put my legs on the floor. I go to the doctor on July 14th to see if they have healed. I have to sleep with these real heavy boots on my legs. We aren't getting much sleep. Jesse has been so wonderful  throughout this ordeal. If he takes the leg connections off of the wheelchair I can get to the room where the computer is and stay there for a few minutes before i have to put my legs back up in the air........Trevor is playing ball every day and Pam is taking him. I am missing watching him play. He is playing on the allstar team. We had already scheduled to go to Miss to the World Series in July but we will have to cancel our part....Well, I am getting tired so will close now."

Pauline, what a terrible ordeal, hope you can get more rest.......guys, write Pauline at JPres13@aol.com


Hello Priscilla, as I read your email, I tried to visualize if Bonny Oaks was on the right of the highway, from which direction, and then you mentioned Lorene Greene and I knew exactly that you were at the Baptist Childrens Home.  Lorene was my best friend in the 7th grade at Tyner.  I am sorry to tell you that she passed away from cancer about six years ago.  She had married (and divorced) a Bonny Oaks boy, Pete Hale, and they had three children.  Pete lives in the Seattle Washington area today, you may have known him from school too.

I am copying Pauline Presley on this email, she was the Baptist Home during your time there I believe.  Pauline married a Bonny Oaks boy too, Jesse Presley.  I hope you two will reconnect and let me know how it goes.  Please keep in touch, we are hoping to have a BO reunion next year.  God Bless You and your family, thank you so much for writing.  Christine Haven


Name:            Priscilla Parker
email:           bjprisca@sbcglobal.net
years:           1962 or 1963
livingtoday:     Florissant, Missouri 63034

I'm not sure this is the correct Childrens home.  All I can remember is that as you are coming into Chattanooga, it was right off the highway to the right.
I remember our cooks were Mr & Mrs Blackwell  they had a son and we had a house mother by the name of Miss Chastine
I remember that there was a girl by th name of Lorne Greene and 2 boys by the name of Terry and I believe Jerry Brandon
I was there with my 4 sisters Monica, Cynthia,Sabrina, Diana.  Non of us were adopted we went back to our parents( who have since passed)
I attend Tyler Junior High( I remember that because we were in choir the day President Kennedy was assassinated
Any help you can give me would be appreciated

Priscilla Niehaus(nee Parker)


Hi, my name is Glenda Friddell.  I wanted to see if anyone knows the sisters.  They sing gospel and lived on Billy Goat Hill growing up, thanks!  Email Glenda at

4/19/2009 Jeffrey E. Ellis
12/5/1967 - 4/19/2007
2nd Anniversary

Loved and deeply missed by your Mother, Father, Sister and the rest or your family. You will always be remembered for your loving, caring, kindness and helpful ways. We thank you O-lord for the time you let us have with him.


James Ellis and sister, Doris Price, visited with Mrs. Adamson at her home on Saturday 3/14/2009.  James sent pictures for the website, saying they had a great visit with Mrs. Adamson and she is looking as beautiful as ever.  Mrs. Adamson loved having them and would love to hear from you too!
Mrs. Adamson and Doris

  Mrs. Adamson and James


Email from Cassidy Neighbors:  Years at Bonny Oaks 1949-1955.
I came to Bonny Oaks Nov. 1949 and was there until Dec. 1955.  Since then I have married a girl from New York state, Audrey Taylor.  We have three children, two girls and a boy, Karen, Melinda and Jim.  I worked at Clements Antiques in Chattanooga for 50 years, retired January 31, 2008.  We now have 5 granddaughters.  The Lord has truly blessed us.  We are members of Calvary Baptist Church in Red Bank, TN, where I serve on the Deacon board.
You can email Cassidy at cassidyneighbors@att.net


Helen Bolt (Bonny Oaks 1952 - 1960)
Hello to all my Bonny Oaks alumni.  I was in Bonny Oaks with my sisters, Mary and Jeanette.  I live in Dallas and Mary will be moving here from Nashville in April.  Jeanette lives in Des Moines with one of her grandchildren.  Both Mary and Jeanette are great-grandmothers (time flies doesn't it?).  Mary has one son, George, who lives near Chicago.  Jeanette had two daughters, Laura and Kendra, but Laura passed away about 10 years ago.  I have no children, but live in Dallas with my five cats (one of those eccentric cat ladies you read about).  I moved here to Dallas in 1993 with my late husband.  He passed away six years ago.  I would love to hear from any of you who were there with me.  Currently I do not have internet access at home, however, I plan to do that soon and will update my email address at that time.  The current email address is at work.  Hoping to hear from someone soon.  Helen (Bolt) Veneziale
Helen's email address is helen.veneziale@sjmneuro.com


Email from Billie Tucker's (BOS 1953-1956) daughter, Pamela:  "To whom it may concern:  My mother's maiden name is Billie Elizabeth Tucker.  Her brothers are James and Micky.  One was nicknamed 'Chipmonk'.   I am very interested in pictures of her when she lived at Bonny Oaks.   I believe she was there in 1953-54 until a teen ager.   She said she remembered going to Washington, having broke arms, and the older girls bleaching her hair. haha   Moma is still alive and resides in Ringgold, Ga.   Her email address is billi itani @ yahoo.com.   She told me her friend saw some pictures on the internet while on a computer in Chattanooga library.   I am Pamela, Billie's oldest daughter.   I would love to see my Moma's pictures in a place with the people she has always spoke of.   She knows I'm doing this, and that I'm giving you her email address.   She gets on her computer very little, says it gives her a headache.   I read a lot off the bonnyoaks.com bulletin board to her on the phone. She remembered a lot of names, especially the Presley twins, and someone's child that drowned in the pond.   I miss her dearly, although I did go visit Christmas 2008.  Thank you so very much for the time spent, and hope you can make my happy new year!  Pamela B. can be contacted at  cherokeeroaming@yahoo.com 

1-25-2009 We lost Mrs. Kelly Camp on September 8, 2008 and when her son, Charles (Charley) came across her collection of Bonny Oaks pictures, he immediately contacted the website to get them to us.  They have also been posted on the "Photo Albums" page under Charley's section

Please click here to see Mrs. Camp's pictures from her days at Bonny Oaks.

Thank you Charley and Mary Ann for letting us post her collection.


Christine:  Ann Lusk died this past Wednesday.  Below is her obituary.  We have lost another of our own.    Harry

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Myrtle "Ann" Lusk

December 20th, 1946 - October 22nd, 2008

Lusk, Myrtle “Ann” 61, of Chattanooga, went home to be with the Lord October 22, 2008. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to the late Harley E. and Nellie K. Lusk. A longtime resident of Chattanooga, she was a member of Silverdale Baptist Church and a graduate of Tyner High School. Ann was formerly employed by Roper Corp. for over 20 years and currently working with Walmart on Brainerd Rd. and Walden Security. She was an avid Softball player in the Chattanooga area and a big U.T. football fan. Surviving relatives; brothers, Danny (Dian) Lusk of Ringgold, Ga. Sammy Lusk of Rossville, Ga. Sisters, Gale (Chip) Sample of Ringgold,Ga. Linda Lusk and Dale Lusk of Harrison,Tn. Longtime friend, Kay Wilcox and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held 11 A.M. Saturday October 25, 2008 at Heritage Chapel with Rev. Tony Walliser officiating. The interment will follow at Red Hill Cemetery in Whitwell, Tn. for family and friends with Ann’s brother Danny officiating. Visit www.heritagefh.com to view the Memorial Tribute and share condolences. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to: Silverdale Baptist Academy Athletic Dept. 7236 Bonny Oaks Dr. Chattanooga, Tn 37421. The family will receive friends 4-8 P.M. Friday at Heritage Funeral Home 7454 E. Brainerd Rd.

4:00PM to 8:00PM on Friday, October 24th, 2008 at Heritage Funeral Home & Crematory - Chattanooga (map/driving directions)

11:00AM at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel - Chattanooga on Saturday, October 25th, 2008 (map/driving directions)

Red Hill Cemetery
Whitwell, TN 37397 (map/driving directions)

Video Tribute:



Email from Beth Hatch:  "Out of curiosity, when are the Bonny Oaks reunions? Do you do them more than once a year?" maryelizabethhatch@gmail.com 

Website's Answer:  As far as I am aware, there's been the official 2002 reunion since the closing of Bonny Oaks in 1985.    Other alumni have had mini-reunions in Chattanooga that they've arranged and I've always posted those on the Reunions page if they sent in their pictures, etc. to the website (thanks guys!).  It would be great to have a reunion every year but, for myself, living over 800 miles away in Houston Texas, it's very difficult to coordinate one while maintaining a full time job, having a large family and commuting 3 hours a day.  The noise level alone at my house these days would not allow for the 3 month continuous dedication that the 2002 reunion took even though we had a large reunion committee putting their all into it, plus I wasn't working at the time before the 2002 reunion.  All things aside I would make the effort because I loved Bonny Oaks of course but I have one goal that has to be accomplished before I personally would have the time to take obligation for another reunion and that is to complete the scanning of the Bonny Oaks scrapbooks at the downtown library in Chattanooga.  The original access restraints to the scrapbooks by the library have been lifted and it's just a matter of working out the arrangements to get there on my part considering work and family responsibilities and finances.  During my visit to the library last year we were surprised to learn that the photo studio commissioned to scan the scrapbooks had not finished half the job before we suspended their services for basically their lack of interest in the project and their enormous charges to do the work.  Completing the Bonny Oaks scrapbook project is my constant worry and hopefully I will be in the position to travel to Chattanooga again soon to finish the work.  Respectfully, Christine Haven, webmaster www.bonnyoaks.com  texasbonny@yahoo.com 
P.S.  This is not saying that I am the only one to coordinate an official reunion, far from it.  I am just explaining why it is so difficult for me to head it up at this time.  The website stands ready and willing to offer itself to anyone that desires to undertake the responsibility of coordinating an official reunion or a mini-reunion.


Mrs. Kelly Camp's Funeral Arrangements

Email from son, Charles Camp:
Mother's Maiden Name:  Kelly Holice Miller
Date of Birth:  May 1, 1912
Death:  September 8, 2008 (early evening)
Obit will read:  Kelly M. Camp

Click here to read Mrs. Camp's Obituary

Chattanooga Funeral Home / East Chapel 
404 Moore Road
East Ridge, TN 37412
VISITATION:  THURSDAY, SEPT 11, 2008 - 6:00PM to 8:00 PM
Burial:  Greenwood Cemetery in Chattanooga, TN
Several Bonny Oaks Alumni will serve as active Pallbearers - all others from Bonny Oaks will be honorary. 

Mother died peacefully at Chattanooga's NHC (National Healthcare Corp.) several days earlier than expected.
Blessings, Charles & Marie and Mary Ann
Thanks for everything!


Email from Valerie Joyce Mitcham:  "I am an Alumnus of the Bonny Oaks School .  I have tried to register but I keep getting an error on front page message when I hit the submit button.  Please help!  I would love to be able to get in touch with others.  I have one sister that was at Bonny Oaks with me and her name is Rachelle D. Mitcham.  She has been trying to get on the website also but has been unsuccessful.  Her email address is rmitcham2005@comcast.net.  My message is “I miss and love you all and can’t wait to hear from you.  My home email address is skelt4@aol.com.   We will always be Oakaknights forever!!!!  Thanks for all of your help! (Bonny Oaks 1970-1977).  Valerie M. Skelton"


Hello, my name is Wanda Parker Richie and I'm looking for Mary Alice Shelton Cantrell.........the e-mail address on the bonny oaks site is not working so if you have an updated address I would like to have it ..my e-mail is.... richie075@comcast.net thank you, Wanda


Hello, I am a very good friend of Clara Castleberry of Old Fort, TN.  We lost contact over 18 years ago.  I found her name on a web search linking her to Bonny Oaks.  Anyway, if you have any contact information I would appreciate if you would forward her my email address, texas100grand@yahoo.com  or phone number.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you, Clint Hackney
(Clara, please write texasbonny@yahoo.com and I will forward his phone number to you)


Update on Mrs. Camp from son, Charles:  "Although Mother is comfortably situated now at NHC/National Healthcare Corp. near Memorial Hospital (Glenwood) in Chattanooga, there's little chance she will survive all that has happened the past three weeks.  If she were much younger, one could reasonably expect her to pull through this recent episode with minimal difficulty.  When transferred from Memorial several days ago to the NHC (Rehab./Nursing Home facility), we started seeing tiny bits of wakeful alertness, along with an improved ability to speak in sentences rather than "yes" or "no".   Four serious infections, i.e. shingles, urinary tract, facia cellulite, etc. have finally responded satisfactorily to antibiotics.  At the outset, her immune system was so suppressed that medications weren't working according to attending physicians.   Mother isn't able to stand/walk, but assigned Rehab. specialists are working diligently to "get her moving again".  From my perspective, it will take a miracle for her to ever walk again on her own.  That said, I believe "medical miracles" happen somewhere every day.  Maybe Mother gets a miracle soon.  We'll see.   
Our "Bonny Oaks Family" is more than welcome to visit when it's convenient to do so.  Too, folks from Oakwood Baptist Church and Central Presbyterian Church are welcome.  Mother thoroughly enjoyed her many, many years working as a dietitian at Bonny Oaks.  Also, the ten years or so she functioned as Church Hostess for Central Pres.  Visits will need to be brief until Mother is up and about and taking nourishment normally.   While I missed seeing Harold Stewart the other day, I did see the beautiful bouquet he brought from his flower garden.  Sadly, when we left Mother's bedside Thursday evening, she still wasn't able to see and enjoy the several Get Well cards and flowers.  I  was present once when Charles Calloway, Sr. visited Mother.  He shared a few yarns about working in the Storeroom with Mother and being assigned to clean the Chapel each week.  Such memories are appreciated now in a way we could never have imagined during the growing-up years.    Granted, being at Bonny Oaks wasn't always eaye for different ones of the children.  And here's where Supt. Malcolm M. Adamson made the BIG and lasting difference for several hundred deserving boys and girls!  I'm hopeful everyone finds occasion these days to thank the good Lord for such a capable and devoted gentleman.  Reasonably certain others will want to drop-by once news makes the rounds, just know that Mary Ann and I deeply appreciate your interest and concern.  Bonny Oaks children allowed Mother to re-claim personal dignity and purpose while giving unconditionally to meeting basic needs for God's "little ones".  And now to close:  Mickey Walker telephoned from his home in Phoenix, AZ yesterday afternoon just as we pulled into our Dothan, AL driveway and started unloading the car.  To be sure, I enjoyed visiting and chatting with Mickey.  Years ago we agreed that he would be my "chosen little Bro."!   What a pleasure it was to visit in Phoenix with him and Donna some few months ago!  The young'un has done good!  He is a CREDIT to Bonny Oaks today and always.  OK, Gang, that's it.  With our blessings, feel free to visit Mother when time allows.  Mary Ann, my wife, Marie, and Yours Truly remain grateful for every kind word spoken, every kindness extended, and every pleasant memory shared!  Blessings, Charley

July 29, 2008

Mrs. Camp is in the hospital!

Just a note to let everyone know that Mrs. Camp is very ill.  She is at NHC Hospital in Room 315, across from Memorial Hospital on Gleenwood Drive.  She became ill on 07/17/08.  We had went to church on Wednesday night and Thursday morning she called me to come to her.  I found her on the floor in the living room.  I called the EMT's and they transported her to Memorial Hospital.  She has 4 infections and just cannot fight the infections very well.  Charles and Marie are here helping me with every thing that needs to be done.  Mom cannot stay by herself any more, doctor's orders.  She is in Rehab right now and then will go over to long term.  I am sure she would enjoy seeing any of her Bonny Oaks Boys that wanted to visit.  

Love to all, 

Mary Ann Camp Meyer


Picture taken on the Bonny Oaks campus, 1940's

July 27, 2008

Hi Everyone, I am writing to you to let everyone know that Mrs. Kelly H. Camp is in the nursing home at NHC of Chattanooga.  She needs your prayers!  I talked with Mary Ann and Charley on Saturday and Sunday.  I spent time with Mrs. Camp and she knew who I was while I sat and talked with her.  She is a sick lady but we know God can heal her at any time, day or night.  She had a fall on last Thursday night but she didn't break any bones, that was a good thing.  She hurt her face and arms but she is going to recover from all this.  She doesn't eat much but she will drink her water.  She still looks good for her age.  She is blessed to be 96 years old and still going.  I will keep you all updated about Mrs. Camp.  She is in Room 315 NHC across from Memorial Hospital.  Don't call her because she cannot get to the phone to talk to you.  Go by to see her, you never know when it will be her last time to see your face.  God is still in control of her life, and your life.  Please pray that God will heal her body.  We still talk about the good ole days at Bonny Oaks.  I worked for her for many years at the school.  We had some good days and some bad days, well, I had some bad days, she was the teacher and I was the child.  I had some good days with Mrs. Camp.  I told her I just loved her white hair, it looks so good on her.  Keep praying for Mary Ann and Charley, that the Lord will help them both and their family.  Charles Calloway, Sr.
I will bless the Lord at all times, I will look to the hill which cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord.  Amen

5/18/2008 Click here to read a tribute to Mr. Adamson by David Yell

Greetings All!  Just know that I remembered you with a grateful heart as I responded to Charles Calloway earlier this morning, Blessings, Charles (Camp):

"Good morning, Charles,
In addition to food, shelter, clothing, education, and medical/dental care, the great advantage for all Bonny Oaks Alumni is that we learned early-on to work and take care of ourselves.  Thanks for taking time to visit Mother yesterday!  Via telephone, Mary Ann told my wife, Marie, that necessary arrangements had been made and that a "reunion" was scheduled.  Others from Bonny Oaks who want to see Mother again are encouraged to act promptly.  Come May 1, Mother celebrates birthday number 96!  I will be in Chattanooga then to acknowledge that very special day.  I know Mother was thrilled to see you again after so many years.  Though she doesn't talk much anymore about different ones of the children, she still mentions you in casual conversation from time to time.  I want you to take that as a compliment, OK?  The years you assisted Mother in the Storeroom (weekly ordering, receiving, storage, and grocery distribution/delivery) apparently made a difference in your life.  Mother's mental capacity has remained sound these many years since retiring from Bonny Oaks, so it's no surprise she asked you about others with "a Bonny Oaks history".  And isn't it terrific that we can re-visit and remember while viewing the splendid BOS website now?!  Charles, take care to help others as you enjoy good health and pleasant memories.  One's life experience is meaningful and never-ending only when "others less fortunate" have been served unselfishly, accepted as an equal, respected as God's own creation, and loved as a brother, as family.
Best regards,


Hello to Everybody!

Visit to Mrs. Kelly Camp

I wanted to give everyone an update on Mrs. Kelly Camp, Charley and Mary Ann's mother.  I went by to spend some time with her and Mary Ann today.  I tell you, I haven't seen Mrs. Camp in over 35 years.  I worked for her while I was there in the School.  She is 95 years old and still looks good.  After 35 years she still knew who I was.  I tell you, I didn't want to leave her but I told her I would stay in touch with her from now on.  She can't hear as well as she would want to, she still has that beautiful smile.  I told her I miss seeing her and I hate that it took me 35 years to see her.  I love that lady so much.  I always ask Charley about her and he would tell me she is doing okay.  I saw it for myself and she is doing great for a 95 year old lady.  She asked me how was Mrs. Adamson doing and I told her I got an email from her on Tuesday and she was doing pretty good.  She was sorry about Mr. Adamson passing.  Then she asked about Mrs. Radford.  I told her that Mrs. Radford was doing great, she is eating, walking, talking, getting around, Mrs. Camp just smiled.  That made me feel real good to see that she still can remember people.  I was glad she knew who I was.  I told Mrs. Camp she will always be special to me in my heart.  She was the one who showed me how to work.  And I tell you, if you were at Bonny Oaks School and you had to do something for Mrs. Camp and you didn't know how, she told you how to do it and before you left that job, you would know how to do it.  She would keep you until you learned how to do what she wanted you to do and I thank her and Bonny Oaks for everything they have done for the kids at Bonny Oaks School.  I worked for her about 10 years.  I told her I would come back to see her again, she is so beautiful.  She is still going to church and Bible study on Wednesday nights with Mary Ann.  I told her before I left that I love her and she hugged me and gave me a kiss on my jaw!

Charles L. Calloway, Sr.


4/17/08 4/21/2008 Update:  Bobby is home now, taking his medicine and hoping to be better real soon.  He thanks everyone for their prayers and concern.
4/17/2008 Bobby Smith is in the hospital battling pneumonia.  He needs our support and prayers.  He's at Parkridge Hospital, Room 363, Phone 423-493-1363.   Please call or write to Bobby at penman49@comcast.net 

Dear Bonny Oaks Alumni,
As you know, the Bonny Oaks Kids sent a spray of flowers for Mr. Adamson's funeral.  Would you like to help defray the cost?  It was $100.00 and $20.00 has already been taken care of.  If you would like to contribute, please send a check of any amount made out to: "Harry R. Jackson for Mr. Adamson's Flowers", to me and it will be taken care of.  I will make sure it gets into the BonnyOaksdotCom funds, from which the bill will be paid.  Don't feel guilty if you can't send anything, I just thought I would give you an opportunity to be involved.  Thank you!
Harry R. Jackson - Treasurer
1778 Chadwick Court
Hixson, Tennessee 37343


We will get the farewell comments added in asap.

 Thank you for sending in your farewell's for the family and BOkids to read.

Farewell Mr. Adamson

Malcolm Monroe Adamson
July 25, 1921
April 8, 2008


Ken Clay, Houseparent (1970's) and
Last Bonny Oaks Superintendent 1981 - 1985
Cassidy Neighbors, Bonny Oaks 1949 -1955
Ronnie Yarbrough, Bonny Oaks 1952 - 1958
Jesse Presley, Bonny Oaks 1953 - 1958
Dr. Harry R. Jackson, Bonny Oaks 1953 - 1962
Clarence Sumner, Bonny Oaks 1955 - 1962
James Ellis, Bonny Oaks  1962 - 1966

Harry Jackson sent in this newspaper submittal that came out in The Chattanoogan today, Sunday 4/13/2008, written by the son of a Bonny Oaks boy, Cassidy Neighbors, about Mr. Adamson.

Click here to read Jim Neighbors, son of Cassidy Neighbors, newspaper article

What a tribute to Mr. Adamson from the child of a Bonny Oaks child.
Thank you, Jim!

Although everyone couldn't be at the funeral services today, our hearts went out to the Adamson's and the Bonny Oaks family.
Thank you, James Ellis & Paul (Joyce) Rowell, for sending these pictures to the website.

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Mrs. Adamson
"We Love You!"
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Program of Service
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The Adamson's
Click here to read Michael Adamson's email Naming the Family Members 
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Bonny Oaks Alumni
Click here to see the names
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Joyce Stover Rowell
Mrs. Adamson
Lisa (Joyce & Paul's daughter)
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Farewell Message from Joyce Stover Rowell
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David Yell
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James Ellis talking
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Joyce (Stover) & Paul Rowell's grandson (Lisa's son)
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Clarence Sumner
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Clarence Sumner and Allen Atcheson's wife and children
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David Yell
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Dr. Harry Jackson
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Dr. Harry Jackson
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Jesse Presley
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James Ellis, James Strickland, Lisa (husband and son)
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Ken Clay and Allen Atcheson
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Jerry Presley, Betty Chambers Cabeen, Mary Chambers Ellis and Jesse Presley (Joyce's back)
(left to right)
Times Free Press Article

Obituary sent in by Paul Rowell

Farewell by Charles Calloway

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James Ellis standing beside the Bonny Oaks sign and the Bonny Oaks Alumni's flowers spray for Mr. Adamson's funeral
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Mary Chambers Ellis and Betty Chambers Cabeen (sitting left to right), Virginia Walker's back
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Bonny Oaks' own, Bobby Smith, carrying the bonnyoaks.com flowers spray
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Bonny Oaks sign and flowers from Bonny Oaks kids.
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James Ellis standing next to Bonny Oaks sign
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Mr. Adamson's Resting Place
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Mr. Adamson's Resting Place
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Mr. Adamson's Resting Place
Pictures and Alumni Writings on Mr. Adamson's 7/25/2007 Birthday Dinner
(Plenty of room if you want to send yours in)

To honor Mr. Adamson - Please send yours in for Mr. Adamson to read
His 86th Birthday is Wednesday, July 25, 2007.

(Great t-shirt, Harry)

Send Writings to texasbonny@yahoo.com 

Click on each box to read the person's "Thank You, Mr. Adamson".

 Written by
Pete Hale

Written by
Judy Brooks
Written by
Clarence Sumner
Written by
Charles Calloway
Written by
Christine Haven

Written by
Pauline & Jesse

Written by
Teresa Brown
Written by
Allen Atcheson
Written by
Joyce Stover Rowell
Written by
Charley Camp
Written by
Susie McDonald
Written by
Dianne Williams
Written by
Pam Presley
Written by
James Ellis
Written by
Daisy Hawk
4/11/2008 Harry Jackson sent this 1960 postcard to the website.  He discovered it after going through some old paperwork.

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The postcard was addressed to "Big Boys, Bonny Oaks School" and was
from one of their own, James Evett.
The postcard was mailed to James after scanning and inclusion on the website.

If you come across any "treasures" like this one, we hope you will share with us too!

4/9/2008 Mr. Malcolm Monroe Adamson
Funeral Arrangements have been announced
 as follows:

Thursday 04/10/2008
From 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Chattanooga Funeral Home
North Chapel
On Highway 153

Funeral Service
Friday 04/11/2008
From 10:00am to 11:00am
Tyner United Methodist Church

Friday 04/11/2008
Hamilton Memorial Gardens
(Next to the Chattanooga Funeral Home
off Highway 153)
After the Funeral Service


Mrs. Adamson contacted the website this afternoon to let everyone know that Mr. Adamson was transferred to Memorial Hospice in Chattanooga TN today.  He was admitted to the hospital last Thursday 4/3/08 because of fluid building in his lungs.  When the fluid continued to build despite usual efforts, the doctors determined it was not feasible to go into his chest and put in a "spicket" to drain them saying "the procedure would make him too miserable".  Mr. Adamson has a Living Will and did not want the procedure.

The hospital transferred him to their Memorial Hospice where they are doing everything they can to make him comfortable.  Mrs. Adamson says the staff is wonderful to them.  When Mrs. Adamson was asked if visitors are allowed, her response was "Oh Yes!  He would love to have visitors and see EVERYONE!  He is very rational but just gets a little confused sometimes."
If at all possible, please try to go see Mr. & Mrs. Adamson as they would love it and your companionship would be a source of great comfort to Mrs. Adamson who has endured much herself and continues to love us all.

Please include Mr. and Mrs. Adamson in your thoughts and prayers.

I know life is busy and we all have our families and can't keep the website up on new email addresses all the time but these are the situations that bring home how important communications can be.  So if you are in contact with other Bonny Oaks kids and your siblings, please take the time to call them and let them know Mr. Adamson's hospice news (maybe drop a line to update the website on your new address, we want to keep in touch).  Christine Haven texasbonny@yahoo.com  


"A Need for Prayer"
Well, I have been through a rough weekend....Last Friday evening my ex-wife and my two grandchildren had a bad wreck!  My grandson 25 mos. and granddaughter 9 mos. were air lifted to T.C. Thompson Children's Hospital.  My two daughters, their mothers, had to come with their husbands from Knoxville.  The baby girl, her name is Adisyn, may get to come home tomorrow!  But my Little Buddy, his name is Ethan, is having it rough.  The doctors say there is some spinal cord damage but we know The Great Physician! and He can do what doctors can't!  Please keep them and their grandmother in your prayers...Thanks and God Bless...
Bobby Smith penman49@comcast.net 


"Death of a Brother"  Hello, This is Katie, former Katie Rogers.  I am writing to let you know of Kenny's death that occurred 4 years ago. He died in his sleep very peacefully they say. I found him and he was smiling.  Kenny had a lot of friends there and he would want them to know , I suppose?  He passed away on Feb. 15, 2004.  I have recently stumbled upon this wonderful website and feel compelled to write to you.  All of my mother's children were at Bonny Oaks.  I have a sister named Mary Elizabeth Mills who graduated from there I am told, she is sibling #1.  I have never met her and am told that she graduated a nurse.  Can you shed some light on this.  My sister Norma Games was there with brothers Bobby & Billy Games.  Twins like Kenny & I.  A middle sister Johnny Carolyn who died when she was 9.  The albums have given me such JOY.  Patsy, Johnny and Susie were there before Kenny & I, I think.  Johnny was killed in Vietnam while I was in Nashville at TPS.  Thank God for the Good Judge (Judge A. Britt) who saw fit to see that I got a good education and graduated in 1970.  I have been married to Rick Woolfolk for 30 some odd years.  We have two children.  A boy named Eason and a girl named Kathleen.  They are always asking about our childhood and now I can show them some of mine.  I have 5 beautiful granddaughters , who happen to think I hung the moon.  Go figure.  Who would have thought that my life would be so blessed . God gives us children to Love and Grandchildren to love us back.  Times in the beginning were rather fearful for All of us and I give Thanks EVERYDAY for all the blessing God has given my wonderful family.  Good roots.  From small acorns grow mighty oaks.  I will always remember that.
Take care and God Bless You.
Katie Rogers Woolfolk

3/17/2008 Tom Page (Bonny Oaks 1957)
Funeral Arrangements

The doctors took Tommy off the respirator on Saturday after his son and daughter got here.  The intensive care doctors let his son stay with him all that day.  He is in a suite now with his family all being there for him.  We have been friends with Tommy for many years, Jesse considers him as a best friend.  As I am writing this to you, Jesse called and said Tommy died this morning at 12:07.  Jeanie, his wife, is making the arrangements now.  I will let you know more later today.

We just heard from Jeanie and the arrangements are that he is going to be at the Chattanooga Funeral Home on South Seminole in East Ridge, TN tomorrow, March 18, 2008, visitation from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.  The burial service will be on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, in Tracy City.  We will not be able to attend the burial because Jesse has his retirement dinner on that Wednesday.  We'll keep in touch with you.

Pauline Presley JPres13@aol.com 


Well hello again' it's been about 4 years since we've chatted. Christine, I just got my first computer 8 days ago. it will take awhile to learn to type, but I'll get it.  I was looking last night at such a wonderful job all you guys have done. I will stay in touch as much as possible. May God Bless and keep you and yours.    I spoke with Harry about  a year ago, on his job . then I run in to Billy Frye sometimes at the V.A. clinic.  Well tell everyone hello from me. Love to all ...Bobby Smith  59-65
email address is penman49@comcast.net 


I was viewing the wonderful BOS website tonight and it always brings back pleasant memories of days gone by.  Thank you for maintaining the site for all to enjoy, your talents are greatly appreciated!  Over the years I have tried many times to contact Bob Bramlett through the E-mail address listed on the website but have never had success.  Do you have any idea how to contact him?  Does the website have  a "lost and found" section?  I have lost Bob and would love to find him.  My son David Jr and his wife Rhonda just presented us with our first grandson, his name is Mahlon Edward Yell.  Both names were given to honor both of their grandfather's.  We were beginning to wonder if we would have a grandson to carry the Yell name into the future. Dave and Rhonda had three daughters before Mahlon came along.  I am hoping to visit Tennessee very soon, this Michigan winter gets old real fast.  Take care and once again, thanks for all you do for us BOS kids.  David Yell  dnlyell@yahoo.com 


Many of you may remember when Mr. Adamson would have one of the big boys lead some of our chapel services.  Harry Jackson was one of those boys and just had a wonderful find today, here's his email (and yes, I was there, I was 11 years old then).  Hope you enjoy reading this too:
"Christine, Attached is a 'speech' that I gave during the Bonny Oaks Chapel Service on March 23, 1962.  I was 17 1/2 years old at the time.  Perhaps you were there.  Someone found my original notes in some files at Bonny Oaks.  :)  Harry"

Here are links to the three pages of Harry Jackson's original hand-written copy of his sermon notes - Way back in 1962, Harry wrote out the phrase for his sermon "What Would Jesus Do" (sound familiar, way to go Harry!).

Chapel Service Notes - Page 1

Chapel Service Notes - Page 2

Chapel Service Notes - Page 3

Also, "Click here to read the transcribed "Christian Life in a Sinful Society" notes by Harry Jackson"


I would like to update my email address.  I still live in Washington but I do spend some time in AZ helping out with the homeless problem there.  I now do Chaplain on the street service in Phoenix AZ part of the time as you no doubt know I am retired.  However I don't like just sitting around doing nothing so I do Vol work.  Tnx for fast reply..  FrankPierce_1999@yahoo.com

February 14th
Valentines Day

I will Bless the Lord at all times.  I will look to the hill which cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord.  To all my friends I want to say Happy Valentines Day to all of you, with all my love to each and every one of you.  You guys are so special to me.  Charles Calloway

2/3/2008 Bonny Oaks School and this website was included on the Historical Marker Data Base's website
Click here to see the article

Thank you to www.hmdb.org for including Bonny Oaks information on their website.


What a great find when I googled Bonny Oaks and found your website. My great great grandparents, John Coleman Kalleen and his wife, Louisa Mae Laing were first superintendent and she Matron at Bonny Oaks. My great grandmother, Victoria Kalleen was a teacher there as was her sister, Ina Kalleen that married Rev. Claude Sprague. They married in the front parlor (Ina and Claude). The Kalleen's kept their residence at Eveningside in Ferber Place, in Chattanooga. John had it built early 1900's. He was called to a Boy's Home in Washington, D.C. so they packed up and moved but never gave up the house. In 1904 he again was asked to take Superintendent job in Jamesburg, NJ and again they accepted. They were there until 1915 when they retired (supposedly) and returned to Chattanooga. Seems they took about a year off when they were asked to return to Washington, D.C., which they  accepted again according to newspapers, returned to the Capitol 1 Dec 1916. Grandpa Kalleen passed away 23 Dec 1928 in Chattanooga at the home of Ina and Claude on Oak St. Grandma passed away two months later, 26 Feb 1929 at Grandma Vic's home in Birmingham, AL. I visited their burial place in Forest Hills Cemetery in Chattanooga. I also visited Bonny Oaks along with Ina's daughter, Mary Sprague Moore who is now 95 years young, but has much knowledge about her Mom's days at Bonny Oaks.  Strange that I tried to contact NJ for records but they could not provide me with anything except newspaper articles, yet your website shows only good things and nice that wards can get together, have reunions and happy memories. Good job!  Mary Gordon Smith


Thank you so much for the photograph! This is the first photograph that we have ever seen of Mr. Kalleen and his wife! The wife's name I believe is Louisa M. Laing. And a picture of his daughter, Mrs. Claude Sprague, too! Her maiden name was Ina Kalleen. I have a lot more information on them, but maybe it is easier to visit one of my fellow family researcher's website: http://ebcal.com/family/genealogy/bg-ped/2381.htm . Mrs. Mary Gordon Smith created the website and is also the source of my information on the newspaper articles. I believe she has copies of the originals, but I have not seen them yet. Transcribed copies of the articles are also available on her website. Again, thank you so very much for the photographs. Let me know if you would like any further information from our end. Sincerely, Erin Hess-Kalleen


My name is Erin Hess-Kalleen and I am helping my husband research his family genealogy. We believe that my husband's Great Great Grandfather, Mr. John Coleman Kalleen, is the same J. C. Kalleen mentioned as the first Superintendent of the Bonny Oaks School on the Bonny Oaks School sign that I found on your website. In Mr. Kalleen's 1928 obituary it is mentioned that he was Superintendent of a Bonny Oaks, and in a 1915 newspaper article, Mr. Kalleen is mentioned as having acted as Superintendent of a new school in Tennessee. This supports our belief that these Kalleens are, in fact, the same person. Please let me know if you know where I might find more information about Mr. Kalleen's time at the Bonny Oaks School.  Thank you very much for any information you can give me.  Sincerely, Erin Hess-Kalleen

Here's the picture sent to Erin from the Bonny Oaks website:
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1/19/2008 Paul & Joyce (Stover) Rowell sending pictures of

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Indian Mound

Thanks for the pictures Paul & Joyce!

Send your snow pictures to the website too!


Hello, What memories I have of my time at Tennessee Temple back in 1967 when I used to come out there with some other girls for a Bible Club on Saturdays.  I went back and found the diary I kept as far as what I did and I see where I started going on Nov. 1966 and went until Oct. 1967.  I have on May 27th where we took the kids to Cloudland Canyon for the day.  This was when my husband now but boyfriend at the time, helped drive the kids that day.  I have the only 2 pictures I could find of our time there and wondered if you know these people.  I think one name was Darlene Dotson.  The one picture has a girl from Temple on the left and a girl from Bonny Oaks that I want to think her name was Betty.  Maybe not.  Let me know if you know these people.  Thanks, Jackie Edwards, email is www.wingsgo.org 

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Jackie and the Edwards family today




Christine, Jesse wanted me to put this on the website about Tommy Page. Tommy was at Bonny Oaks from 1953-57.   Tommy was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease about a year ago. He is fighting it every day but he needs everyone's prayers.  He recently had a trach put in.  He just retired and is living with his wife, Jeanie, and they live in East Ridge, TN.  His mailing address is 4118 Stump St., Chattanooga TN 37412.  If anyone knows anything about the disease knows there is no cure at this time.  He needs everyone's prayers.  He doesn't have a computer but we will keep you updated on his condition.  Pauline & Jesse Presley

1/12/2008 Jesse & Pauline Presley

1/12/2008  Christine, you can put Jesse's health problem on the website.  We went to the doctor yesterday to get the stitches out and thought that was the last time we would be seeing that doctor but we were shocked to hear he didn't get all of the cancer.  The doctor told us he would have a pathologist in the room with him and that would save another operation.  The big pathology report came back and said it wasn't all out.  We have another appointment with him in February and will decide on what is the next step.  Jesse is planning on retiring the last day of February.  He continues to ride his bike and walk every day.  Got to go and check on the boys, they are too quiet......  Pauline

1/11/2008  Jesse went today to have his stitches removed from his eye and the doctor informed us that he didn't get out all of the cancer from Jesse's eye.  He goes back in a month to see the doctor and learn what he has decided about having more surgery to remove the remainder of the cancer.  He is needing everyone's prayers also..... Pauline

Little Greg Presley is a Grandfather!  Hey, that makes Jesse & Pauline Presley great-grandparents!!!  Greg and Dana Presley's oldest daughter had a baby girl on 12/18/2007.  Congratulations!

1/1/2008 Hope you are having a good new year.  I have heard whatever you do on the first day of the year is what you will be doing all year long.  Things haven't changed for me, cooking all day, watching grandkids and football games..........
Jesse is going tomorrow for surgery on his eye, he has cancer of the eyelid.  He has basil cell which is suppose to not spread but it is sitting on his tear duct.  We don't know how extensive it is going to be until the doctor gets in there to see, he doesn't want this to go on the website until it is over.  Pray for us tonight that things will go right for us....Pauline Presley


Dear Bonny Oaks Family,
One can't be sure how serious this latest situation may be with Mr. Adamson but we need to be aware that he isn't doing so well right now.  Let's keep the Adamson's in prayer the next several days.

1/4/2008 A New Years Goal from
Robert "Pete" Hale
to YOU!
As the year ends….I received good news after my 9/27/07 prostate surgery. My blood test (PSA)
results indicate no trace of Cancer…Of course I have been through a rough 3 or 4 months. Physicals,
blood tests, and a biopsy led to a decision to treat my prostate cancer with surgery.  I join Rudy
Guiliani, Fred Thompson, John Kerry and lots of others who have had to deal with prostate cancer.
So please all you men over 50….
Make sure you get PSA testing …
Early detection ….Is the Goal !!! 

Merry Christmas to Everyone
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Robert "Pete" Hale
and beautiful family,
Gabrielle 16
Max 14
Raquelle 12

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New Years Eve

Greetings to all our friends.

This is the last day of this year and a good time to think about and count your blessings of the year 2007.  Connie and I have had a good year.  We have enjoyed the company of our friends and loved ones.  We made it through the year without a cold or a major illness.  
January 21st, 2007, was 83 years since my mother said "Isn't he a cute little bugger?".
February 9th, we drove to Tyler Texas and brought Juanita home for a week.
March 8th, Hannah (No. 2 granddaughter) came for 10 days.  No. 1 granddaughter Haley and No. 1 great-grandson Caleb came on the 16th, Rudy came on the 18th.
March 26th we celebrated 63 years of being husband and wife, mom and dad, and Memmie and Poppie.
April and May was mostly doctors for about everything that can wear out in these old bodies.
May 30th we started our trip driving to Corning, New York for No. 3 granddaughter's birthday and high school graduation.  Had a good trip and drove back home on June 15th.
June 21st we drove to Sand Mountain in northeast Alabama for a school reunion.  Met with L.B. and Odean Robison, my foster brother and his wife.
July 27th we drove to Houston Texas to visit Marshall, Lee and Debra.  Had a good visit and lunch with Christine Haven a special friend and sister from Bonny Oaks School.
August 1st we drove over to Shreveport Louisiana from Tyler Texas.  Had a good visit with some good friends Raymond "Gabby" Johnson, went by the I.B.E.W. Lo. Union Hall and found out when their retirees club meeting was held and then came home.
September 24th we drove to Shreveport to attend retirees meeting and lunch.  This just about made my summer.  How good it was to see old work buddies and renew a special friendship with Glenn Pickett and his wife.  I plan on going back next Spring.
October 7th Connie like to have caught up with me, we celebrated her 81st birthday at Murry's Dinner Theatre.
November 22nd Connie and I spent Thanksgiving Day at home.
November 23rd Haley and Caleb came and spent the day with us.
December 18th we flew to New York for Christmas with Ron, Mary and the girls and two Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs 100+ lbs.
December 28th we came home.
So much for our travels!
In-between all of this I go to rehab at the hospital three days a week and do as much fishing as I can, which is not a lot.

We wish each of you a
Healthy, Happy and Prosperous
New Year!

George and Connie Hatch 

New Years Eve
Charles L. Calloway
If you haven't looked at the Reunions Page, we have two new ones on there.
Charley Camp and Mickey Walker in Arizona
Mary Ann Neighbors Poe and Barbara Durham
(including their Cassidy Neighbors, Jesse & Jerry Presley visit
with the Adamsons in Chattanooga Tennessee)


Now here's a little Elf that you will want to see, just click on the link above
and see how Harry Jackson was "elf'd"!
(At the end of Harry's, you can "elf" yourself and family and please send it to the website!)



            If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, neighbors and friends, I’m just another decorator.

            If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, neighbors and friends, I’m just another cook.

            If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, neighbors and friends, it profits me nothing.

            If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir’s cantata, but do not focus on CHRIST, I have missed the point.

            Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

            Love sets aside decorating to kiss the spouse.

            Love is kind, though harried and tired.

            Love doesn’t envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

            Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

            Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

            Love bears all things, believes in all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

            Love never fails.

            Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust.

            But giving the gift of love will endure.

May the Lord continue to bless us one and all!

Merry Christmas and a great New Year!

Submitted to the website by Clarence (Boola) Sumner

12/25/2007 Here's a picture of Gene Hill on the 1957 Washington Trip.  It's also been placed on the Scrapbooks page under the Washington trips and with Harry Jackson's section on the Photo Albums page.
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Thanks Gene!
Please send your Bonny Oaks days pictures to the website too, we would all love to see them!


Remember, school is back in session, watch those school zones

Quin's on his way to Kindergarten!
Hard to believe he's five years old now!  We've got pictures of him on the website since birth
(the first Bonny Oak's descendent born after the website started).

11/6/2007 Christine, I just talked to Mrs. Adamson and she wanted me to write you and let you know Mr. Adamson is back in the hospital. He is in Memorial. He has been there since last Thursday and may get to go home in a couple of days. She stays there with him the whole time.  I will close so you can get this message out to the students.  Pauline Presley
This space will stay at the top for Mr. Adamson's birthday

To honor Mr. Adamson - Please send yours in for Mr. Adamson to read
His birthday is Wednesday, July 25th.

(Great Bonny Oaks t-shirt, Harry)

Send Writings to texasbonny@yahoo.com 

Click on each box to read the person's "Thank You, Mr. Adamson".

 Written by
Pete Hale

Written by
Judy Brooks
Written by
Clarence Sumner
Written by
Charles Calloway
Written by
Christine Haven

Written by
Pauline & Jesse

Written by
Teresa Brown
Written by
Allen Atcheson
Written by
Joyce Stover Rowell
Written by
Charley Camp
Written by
Susie McDonald
Written by
Dianne Williams
Written by
Pam Presley
Written by
James Ellis
Written by
Daisy Hawk
Email from
Mr. Adamson 7/27/2007


Email from Mrs. Adamson
"And a great big HELLO to you. You have afforded us great excitement. It really is making his Birthday wonderful. We have started printing the comments but are unable to print Pete's. I think it is because of the e-mail. If we are unable to get it would you make a copy and send to him? We have paid a visit to the Dr.'s office today but only had a medicine change. This hasn't been one of his best days but has had some good ones recently. Mike and Marion and families spent the weekend here celebrating his Birthday. Thanks again and we will keep checking! Much love, Mrs. A."

from Charles Calloway

I am so sorry that I didn't get to make it to Mr. Clay's retirement party.  I will make it up to him.  Mr. Clay is a great guy.  I thank God for him and his family.  I got to spend some time with Mr. Clay a few weeks ago.  I went down to his office and sat down with him.  We talked about the good ole days at Bonny Oaks.  Mr. Clay has a way of making a person feel real good about himself.  I remember a time at Bonny Oaks that I wanted to play football and I was scared to play for the school.  I had an older brother who played football for Tyner High School.  Mr. Clay told me, "Just look at your brother, look at the job he did for his school.  If he can do it, you can too!".  You know, he didn't have to take the time out and talk with me but he did.  Mr. Clay is a God sent man to help those who cannot do for themselves.  I love him and his wife with all my heart.  They are special people and God sent them both to Bonny Oaks for a reason.  When I see Mr. Clay, I don't see color, I see a man who loves all races.  I cannot say that about everybody but I can say it from my heart.  Mr. Clay is a man of Love, Friendship, Happiness!  That is what I see in him and his wife, Mrs. Amber, and their kids.  I can go and talk with Mr. Clay about anything.  He always has time for the Bonny Oaks kids, I don't care how old he gets.  He and I both love Alabama Roll Tides.  One thing I can say about Mr. Clay, he will always give you a story about that old cow, Buddy - Number 15.  By the way, he still has Buddy's tag in his office.

Mr. Ken Clay, I want to wish you the best in life and remember what God has for you, it is for you, nobody or no one can take the gift you have.  You are special and I love you so much.  I will stay in touch with you because you don't have anything but time on your hand now :-)  


Charles Calloway, Sr.



Hello, my name is Dana Chumbler and I have been Ken Clay’s assistant here at the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults (formerly known as Family and Children’s Services of Chattanooga, Inc.) for almost 15 years!  Along with so many others, I am sad, but happy for Ken as he will be retired as of September 14, 2007.  We are having a Retirement Party for him on Tuesday, September 11 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at 1800 McCallie Avenue in the Caldwell Gathering Room.  We will be celebrating his 23 years of dedicated service to us.  Yet another marvelous aspect of his life, he and his wife, Amber, gave 11 valuable years to the Bonny Oaks School from 1973-1984 as house parents.  During that time, in 1981, Ken became the Director of the Bonny Oaks School as I’m sure you know!  In particular, these are forever precious memories to Ken.  Would you be so kind as to post this on the Bulletin Board of the Bonny Oaks website for us?  Anyone and everyone who reads this is invited to attend.  The above mentioned address was the old Chattanooga Funeral Home and it is located next to Strickland Funeral Home.  A good landmark to mention would be that it’s about 3 blocks up from Wally’s Restaurant (heading away from downtown) and on the same side of the street as Wally’s.  It’s a two-story brick building with ample parking and there’s a sign out front – Partnership Family Services Center.  I appreciate your help with this and hope to meet you at Ken’s retirement party! 

Dana C. Chumbler
Administrative Assistant
Property Management & Purchasing
Partnership for Families
Children and Adults
300 East 8th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403

8/3/2007 Email from Charley Camp to Harry Jackson:
"Take a bow, Son!  What you've accomplished in the Classroom is absolutely outstanding, so I delight in offering personal and professional CONGRATULATIONS.  Great job!
Via recent emails, Mickey Walker and I have had occasion to re-live some of that wonderful 1957 Smokey Mts. camping adventure for exemplary teenage boys!  Of course I remember that you were among the 14 or so who made the trip.  And who of us could ever forget all the fun we had with Nick, the camp Cook?! 

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Harry, you remain an inspiration for all Bonny Oaks Alumni.  Thank You for being the Christian gentleman so many in Chattanooga have grown to admire and trust!
Blessings, Charley


Darlene Calloway - Bonny Oaks 1970's

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 Congratulations to my wife, Darlene H. Calloway, for her Bachelors Degree in Ministry on July 27th, 2007.  Darlene marched with Dr. Harry R. Jackson last Friday night at Covington Theological Seminary.  

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Also, I talked to Mr. Adamson by email today.  I was happy to email him.  Take care, my friend, Charles"




Christine:  Greetings from the Great State of Tennessee!  Hope you are doing okay.  I just wanted to let you know that I will be receiving my degree on Friday, July 27th.   I told you some time ago that I didn't want you to put it on the website until I received it.  Here's what I will be receiving:    DMin.  -- which is a Doctorate in Ministry and mine is specifically in Christian Counseling.  I never dreamed that I would receive my doctorate and surely not having the title of Dr. Harry R. Jackson.   

Graduation Pictures (Click on picture to enlarge):

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Dr. & Mrs. Harry R. Jackson

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Standing Outside

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Receiving Degree

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"Dr. Bob McFarland.  He is the Dean of Extension Students.  He and I have been friends for many, many years.  We worked together at Bethel Bible Village for many years and he became the Director there later on, Harry"

7/24/2007 Email from Susie McDonald, "Friends:  Hey, what has happened to Pat Cole and Ann Smith.  I remember Pat from Vine St and Bonny Oaks. When the state took us from my mom and they put us at vine street, I had no shoes at all. I remember this one girl had her bed full of dolls and a lot of shoes under her bed, me being just six years old wondered how in the world did she sleep in that bed full of dolls until I saw her having to take every one of them off her bed and that is how she went to bed with those dolls. She had so many shoes and I did not have any, but here came Mrs. Jessie to the rescue and she had a talk with Pat who had too many shoes, would you believe Pat came over and had me try on a little pair of white sandals.  It was as if those were meant for me, they fit perfectly. I was really proud of those shoes and I really want to thank her for them shoes.  I remember Ann at Bonny Oaks.  Well better get off of here talk later, Susie"
7/18/2007 Email update from Pete Hale (1960's)

Wanted to update info.....Divorced.....Spent a year in Florida with kids (updated picture, Gabrielle, Max, Raquelle)
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Moved back to same area in Federal Way, Washington....now a single dad with custody....still doing real estate/mortgages....coached Rocky's fast-pitch little league team, just ended
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Gaby and Rocky are both pitching on softball teams....yes that keeps me on the move....
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Thanks again for all your hard work and commitment to the Bonny Oaks website.....May God bless all the alumni and their families.....  Pete

I spoke to Mr. Adamson a couple of weeks ago....It struck me that if he passed away, we would all be sending in memories.....maybe we could send them in now so he could enjoy them.....just a thought.

Your family and friends miss you, Jeff!
6/28/2007 Email from Susie (McDonald) Buckner:
"Hi, how is it going. I was going through the obit list and came across Joyce Marshall. I don't know to much about her except she really like to joke around alot. I do remember coming down the stairs and she was going down but I passed by her and she said that she was going to tell Mrs Turner about something that I had done, but what. I asked her what did I do. So I told her to go tell because it seemed like I was in dutch for something or another all the time. After I said that she told me that she was just joking around but she sure sounded really serious. I do remember something about Mrs Turner.  She had her own way to discipline naughty girls and I am talking about myself and maybe a few others if they can remember. This happened on a Sunday night, me and a few others sneaked out the far end room windows because the roof garden doors were locked. We sneaked out to meet a few of the boys that had sneaked out of their building. Needless to say the girls that went to church that night ratted us out and I got a smack on the back side and grounded for thirty days. I was all the time getting grounded for something but can not remember them all. One thing that I remember about Christmas time was the socks that I got on the foot of my bed and the Christmas party at the phone company which I got a little red riding hood doll.  Susie"

"The Five Schoenfelds"

Hi, My name is Mary Ann and I am sending this picture to see if anybody remembers "The Schoenfelds", Carl, Paul, Fred, Mary Ann, and little Joe. I was there for a short time but would like to tell everybody hello!   I was there the early part of 1971.   Would like to talk to some of the old bonnie oaks people that can remember us.  Thanks, Mary

6/18/2007  shirley_jos_smith.jpg (20963 bytes) I am the daughter of one of your Alumni and I have tried to register my mother, Shirley Josephine Smith, as part of your alumni and have yet to see her info on the "What's New" or "Bulletin" page.  She was a child at Bonny Oaks School from about 1955-57 and left in 1957 to be fostered by the Evans family.  Currently she is living in Covington Kentucky.  Since leaving Bonny Oaks, she's graduated high school; married my father in January 1962; had 3 sons and myself; and lost my father in July 1970 to juvenile diabetes, TB and stomach cancer.  We lived in Palmer, TN before my father passed and once he passed, mom picked up and decided to move up north to Cleveland, OH, where my father's sister lived.  Mom soon met her 2nd husband and remarried in November, 1972; had a son & daughter by this man; divorced in 1975.  Since then mom has pretty much raised 6 children alone working 2 jobs to provide for all of us.  She was an only child but she has produced 7 children (6 living and 1 stillborn); has 14 grandchildren; and 2 and three-quarters great-grandchildren (3rd due any day now).  She has made up for having no siblings, hasn't she?  Ever since I was a little girl, mom always talked about Bonny Oaks and when I found your website, I called her right away and we have had fun going thru old pictures on the site.  I have found a lot of her for someone that was supposed to be so shy.  If anyone remembers her and would like to contact her, please feel free to email me for her information.  I can only remember one name of someone that went to Bonny Oaks that mom has mentioned and it was Jesse Presley.
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  Browsing through your website, we see that he seems to be doing well and we are very happy for him.  So, in ending this looonnnggg email, I would like someone to either email me and let me know how to go about getting her registered again on your website.
Please click here to email Shirley Josephine Smith dallen4@fuse.net 
6/18/2007 Hello Christine, Long time no hear, hope everything is going ok with you and yours.  I just read the bulletin board this morning and saw where Charlie Camp wanted my new E-mail address, so I will write him a note and give it to him, but in the mean time would you please make the necessary change for me on the web site?  Thanks, I appreciate the hard work you do on behalf of all our friends from Bonny Oaks.  Mickey Walker

Hey Mickey,  I'm really happy to make the changes.  Sure wish others would keep in touch and up to date too!  I know Charles appreciates getting your new address so quickly.  Always, Christine

Mickey's new email address is jwalkeraz@peoplepc.com 

(Reply) 6/18/2007 Just catching up with the bulletin board and was glad to see Jesse keeping up the pace. I'm only doing basketball this year. I've joined with the Chattanooga 55+ Team and heading to the National's next week in Louisville, Ky.   Attached is a picture where we went down to Atlanta, Ga. to get some practice in and walked away with the District Gold Medal.

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Our team won the Chattanooga District Gold Medal last month.

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The picture on the left is me standing in front of the painted wall at work with the M&M characters. Take care and hello to everyone. Oh Ya! I've got five more months to retire and looking forward to it. Jimmy Evett

6/15/2007 This Is To My Father, Rev. John Lewis Radford:
Dad, I would like to say Happy Father's Day to you.  Thank you for being a good father and a great grandfather to us.  We know you are not here with us in body but you are here in our hearts.  We know the Lord called you home on May 24, 2007 but He let us keep you here in our minds and hearts.  I wanted you to know we miss you so much.  Mother is doing the best she can.  Faith and John is keeping all of us together.  Faith is a wonderful sister, mother, wife and grandmother.  When I look at this picture, you are the reason for all of this.  Father's Day is a special day set aside just for you, Dad.  We want to let you know you are still here with us and we all wanted to tell you Happy Father's Day!  We are so glad you are not in any pain anymore.  You don't have to worry about anything or anybody.  You can just do whatever you feel like doing now.  I can still talk to you whenever I want to.  I can still see your smile.  I can still hear you talking to God.  All of these things mean a lot to me.  When I talk to Henry, I feel I am talking to you.  Dad, you were my Friend, my Father, my Leader, my Hero.  You did a good job teaching me how to take care of my family, how to be a man, how to put God first in everything that we do.  I remember when I was 9 years old at Bonny Oaks School and you sat down and told some of us that one day we were going to grow up and become young men and that we may not understand things right now but we will in the by-and-by and we have to learn to put our trust in God and not in Man.  This world is only going to get harder.  We have to learn to lean on God.  I would always hear you talk about God but didn't understand at that time but when I got older I did understand what you were trying to tell us.  Those are some of the good old days I had with you, Dad.  Like I said before, you are very special to me and you will always be with me in my heart.  So I want to say to my father who's in Heaven now, Happy Father's Day to you Daddy!  I love you very much.  From your son, Charles L. Calloway, Jr.
6/13/2007 Looking for Patsy or Terry Miolen:
Does anyone knows how I can get in touch with Patsy or Terry Miolen from Bonny Oaks, please let me know..  In the late 1950 & early 60's our family, the Grindstaff's visited Terry & Mike and supported their boxing matches.  Patsy lived with our family for a while during her high school years and I would love to locate them,  I would appreciate them or anyone knowing them to e-mail me: rgrindy@aol.com 
Best Regards,  Rhonda Grindstaff, NC
6/8/2007 Hello, hello, hello ---
Dear Christine, please check to see if you have another email address for Mickey Walker.  If so, let me know when it is convenient for you.  OK?
Until this morning, it's been months since I spent any time at all checking out the Bonny Oaks website.  Moral to my story is this:  W
all need HOME from time to time, and age has nothing to do with it."  Thank You for such a splendid performance on our behalf --- you are a one in a million!
PS:  1.  Son Chris has been in Istanbul, Turkey two years now teaching English as a second language.  Of course we miss him, but he is content doing his thing there for an appreciative, respectful people.  How could we object?
2.  Mother is fading fast now --- she turned 95 years old on May 1!  And, yes, she still insists of living alone in her 2 bedroom apartment, 3 dwellings from Mary Ann.  We keep close tabs on her --- as best we can anyhow.
Blessings, Charley and Marie Camp
6/1/2007 billy_and_clarence_2.jpg (44354 bytes)  Bill Fry and Clarence Sumner - April 2007

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Thanks to Harry Jackson for mailing these pictures to the website.  You can mail any pictures to be scanned too and then returned to you.  Send to: Christine Haven P.O.Box 840124, Houston Texas 77284


To Rev. John L. Radford
My "Dad"

How does a child tell his Hero goodbye?
How do you tell him, "Don't go"?

I found out later in life that when the Lord gets ready for you,
you have to go and do what He wants you to do.
This is a friend, a father, and a hero that I will never forget as long as I live.
Yes, I hate to see him go.  I feel that my best friend is gone and just left me here by myself.
But that is not the case.  When I see mother (Mrs. Margaret Radford) and Faith and Henry,
I will see my daddy.  So it's like he is here with me.
I will miss going to the nursing home, sitting down, and asking him, "How was church today, did anyone get saved today, did you preach hard?"

He loved it when I would sit down and talk with him about church.
That's all he knew, church!
He would tell me, "Boy, you're not supposed to leave without your Bible in your hands."
Where are we going today, dad?
"Oh, we might go over there, then over here....wherever I want you to take me."
I would tell him, okay, you are the BOSS.
He would tell me, "No, God is in control, He's the BOSS!"
He would always tell me, "You know I love you boy!"
I would say, "Yes Dad, I know, I love you too!".

The past two and a half years have been some of the best times I got to spend with my father.  I just want to say, "Dad, you are gone from this Earth but you will never be forgotten."  I don't want to say goodbye but I must and you can go on and take your rest from us down here.  Daddy, I love you so much, go now and rest in peace.

I will remember the good ole days when I had a chance to spend them with you and Moma.  Love is in the heart, my heart, for you.  I thank you for my beautiful sister, Faith.  She will be here to keep me in line.  And, there is Mother.  I can call her any time day or night.  She is just a phone call away and I can talk to Henry so I will be alright.
I know you are here with me in my heart so I still have you here with me, Dad.

Charles L. Calloway, Sr.


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Reverend John Lewis Radford
May 2, 1931 - May 24, 2007

Services scheduled:

Franklin-Strickland Funeral Home
1724 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga Tennessee
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Funeral Service:  
Orchard Knob Baptist Church
East 3rd Street
Chattanooga Tennessee
Thursday, May 31, 2007
12:00 PM (Noon)

"He was a good man, a good Dad and a good friend.  When I was a little boy I didn't understand the things he tried to teach me.  The things that I know now.  When I was young he tried to teach me about the world, how it would be.  I still didn't understand at that time how to treat a young lady, how to go to church - I wasn't getting the picture.  So when I became a young man and went to work, I began to understand what he was talking about.  I got married, started having children and it kicked in what he was trying to tell me.  When you are a child you don't understand what your mother and father want you to know about some things.  We have to learn on our own.  Daddy showed me how to be a man.  I am what he put inside of me.  I always told him I loved him so much and I would tell him all the time, "Dad, thank you for being my friend and for teaching me about the Lord Jesus Christ."  I told him and mother they are the best thing that could have come out of Bonny Oaks School.
   I believe dad, Rev. John Lewis Radford, lived what he preached.  Even when he was in a nursing home he would still talk about the Lord.  I would go in and ask him, "Who did you preach to today?" and he would say, "Whoever would listen!".  I would go in to see him some time and he would be there just talking to the Lord and he would say to me, "Come on, let's go to church, go get Faith and Moma, they want to go too."  I can see him smiling right now at me.  He would always ask me what had I been doing that took me a long time to come and see him.  He told me that he comes before me.  That is the kind of man he was.  On May 2, 2007, he turned 76 years old.  Faith and I had a party for him.  I took him outside and he was so happy to be there.  He loved the sunshine.  He had a great time on his birthday.  He wanted me to talk to him all day long.  He was enjoying his party that we had given him.  So on May 5, 2007, I asked him how was the party and he said it was too short.
   I thank God for him.  I will always have good memories of the good ole days with him.  There are a lot of young men who are doing great because Rev. Radford taught them all how to be men.  Somebody had to teach us and God gave him the gift to do just what he did.  I still love going to church.  I still help other people out.  I have been married for 27 years to a beautiful young lady who came out of Bonny Oaks School too, Darlene (Ross) Calloway.  We have two children and eight grandchildren (6 girls and 2 boys).  All that came from their teaching of getting married first and then have children.  That is what I've done and I can't speak for everyone else but for myself.  Rev. Radford will be missed but never, never forgotten because he is in my heart.  I know I was in his heart.  He would always tell me, "I love you so much".  I had a chance to shave him for the last time before he passed away.  I had a chance to cut his hair.  I will never forget that he wouldn't let anyone do that but me.  He would tell them, "I will wait on my son to come to cut my hair and shave me".  He made me feel so special because he was so special to me.  I want the world to know that I loved this man so much.  The good thing about this is that I had told him this for three years while he was in his right mind.  So he did know how I felt about him.
Dad, go on and rest in peace, take your rest, I will see you on the other side.  I will always love you, Daddy!
Charles Calloway, your son"

5/25/2007 Email from Charles Calloway:  

"How are you doing today?  Let me tell you about Rev. Radford.  He had a birthday on May 2nd, turned 76 years old.  Dad was a good person.  His funeral will be Thursday, May 31, 2007.  I will get back with you on the time and place.  Thanks for your email.  Faith and I was with him on Wednesday all day and he passed on Thursday morning about 10:15 a.m.  He was in SICU for about 3 weeks at Memorial Hospital.  The last three years were some of the best times I got to spend with him.  He was my father and my friend.  I will always miss and care about Rev. John Lewis Radford.

Mrs. Radford is doing great for now.  She is still in good health, in good spirits and is a great mother and friend.  She is living with Faith (Radford) Edward and her son-in-law.  She is still getting around like a young person.  She is 74 years old and she still looks beautiful to me.  I wish you guys could see her.  She lost her husband, Rev. John Lewis Radford on Thursday, May 24, 2007.  They were married for 49 years and still in love with one another. 

Rev. Radford's funeral will be Thursday, May 31, 2007 at the Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church on East 3rd Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Please put it on the "In Memory of..." page, with others that have gone on to be with the Lord.  I will send all the details next week before the funeral.  Please keep the Radford family in your prayers.  Mrs. Radford need your prayers too."  


5/25/2007 Email from Ken Clay: "Reverend Radford passed away yesterday, don't have all the info yet.  Will try to let you know more.  Ken"
5/14/2007 Just a note to say Jesse came in first place on his 100-200-400m run.  He met his goals he set out to do and that was to come in first place, beat his time from last year and beat the guy that beat him out of first place.  We were so proud of him.  He is going to State in July 2007.  See you soon, Pauline (Presley)


(Jesse's in his 60's - WOW, go get'em!)
Bonny Oaks' Mary Chambers and James Ellis' son passed away

Our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the family


Jeffrey E. "Jeff" Ellis
Played Semi-Pro Football With Chattanooga Blues
posted April 20, 2007

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Jeffrey E. Ellis “Jeff," 39, of Rossville, died on Thursday, April 19, 2007 at his home.

Jeff was a native of Chattanooga and had lived in Rossville for the past 36 years where he had attended Rossville High School and was of the Baptist faith. He played semi–pro football for the Chattanooga Blues, was affiliated with the Chattanooga Steam and most recently with the women’s professional football team, The Chattanooga Locomotion.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Guy Chambers and Bertha Kay; paternal grandparents, James W. Ellis, Sr. and Jewell Jeanette Westbrook.   He is survived by his parents, James W. Ellis, Jr. of Chattanooga and Mary E. Chambers Ellis of Rossville; sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer E. Ellis Lively and Bill Lively, Jr. of Rossville; two nieces, Emily and Savannah Lively of Rossville; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, and special cats, Tigger and Pepper.

Condolences may be sent to www.lane-southcrestchapel.com.

Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the South Crest Chapel with Reverend Mark Cabeen officiating. Burial will follow in the Tennessee-Georgia Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Saturday after 10 a.m. at the South Crest Chapel of Lane Funeral Home and Crematory, Rossville

Please Click Here to View Services, Guestbook and Memories

4/11/2007 Email from Daisy Hawk:
"Our first Easter together in 20 yrs. Miss you, Daisy
Come check me out on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/tennesseelady "

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4/09/2007 Email from Ira "Tim" Davis:  Bonny Oaks 1969 to Closing, living in Chattanooga today.
Message:  I'm the grandson of John L. and Margaret Radford, son of Faith Ellen Radford Davis, nephew of Henry L. Radford, and brother of Jason Davis.  If you know any of these names, please contact me, it would be great to hear from you!  Email address:  irad007@bellsouth.net 
2/4/2007 Here is a memorial photo of my husband, James Carl Poe, who passed away on November 7, 2006.  We were married 48 years.  Thanks, Mary Ann Neighbors Poe

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2/1/2007 New pictures of Dianne William's daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, Zoe.  A day at the zoo with Mom and Dad.

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2/1/2007 Here's Paul and Joyce Stover Rowell's morning surprise in Bakers Fiord!
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New Year Resolution? Make it to be at the reunion!   WHAT?  IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER REUNION???



Christmas at the Adamsons

Mr. & Mrs. Adamson and James Ellis
December 2006

1/1/2007 Sent to the website by Paul & Joyce (Stover) Rowell this New Years Day:

Thought for the day:
In case we find ourselves starting to believe all the anti-American
sentiment and negativity, we should remember England's Prime Minister Tony
Blair's words during a recent interview. When asked by one of his
Parliament members why he believes so much in America, he said:
"A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want
in ... And how many want out."

Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you:
#1 Jesus Christ
#2 The American G. I.
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

12/30/2006 Our own Pam Presley drew these pictures....way to go Pam!  THANKS!

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12/25/2006 Christmas Day Email from Charles Calloway:
Hi Ms. C,
It has been a while.  Here is an update on Rev. and Mrs. Radford.
Rev. Radford is doing great, he looks real good and wanted to tell everybody Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.  The same from Mrs. Radford.  Rev. Radford is eating much better and picking up a little weight.  He's still talking about the Lord, still able to walk and talk.  He even knows who I am.  He knew who my wife was too.  Remember, his mind comes and goes at times.  But right now he is in his right mind, he still knows who the Lord is and he wants everybody to keep him in your prayers.
Mrs. Margaret Radford wants to say Merry Christmas to all the people who prayed for her during the time she was sick.  She wants to thank all the Bonny Oaks kids who have been asking about her from time to time.  She is doing so great.  She is still living with her daughter, Fay Edwards.  Fay is doing a great job taking care of her mother and father.  I go every day and see Rev. Radford and make sure he is up and eating right.  I wish you all could see Rev. Radford and Mrs. Radford.  They look so good for their ages.  Mrs. Radford is 74 years young and Rev. Radford is 77 years young.  They both look like they are in their 50's but they both are doing great.  
So now you have an update on both of them.  You can email me at charlescalloway@aol.com  
You all go have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Calloway's and the Radford's!
11/7/2006 Email from Mary Ann Neighbors Poe:
"I wanted to let you know that Carl went home to be with the Lord this morning at 6:30 a.m. today after a long illness.  Carl was husband to Mary Ann for 48 years.  Keep my family in your prayers.  Thank you, Mary Ann" 
11/7/2006 Harry Jackson sent this link to the website and feel everyone should be aware of this puyblic information.  This is pretty disturbing..
It is www.familywatchdog.us

When you visit this site you can enter your address and a map will pop up with your house as the small icon of a house and red, blue, green, dots surrounding your entire neighborhood. When you click on these dots a picture of a person will appear with an address and the description of the crime he or she had committed.
  The best thing is that you can show your children pictures and see how close these people live to your home or school.    This site was developed by John Walsh from Americas Most Wanted. Another tool to help us keep our kids safe
10/23/2006 Everyone, as you may know, Joyce & Paul Rowell's family just went through a cancer scare with one of their daughters.  Paul has sent this to the website and I believe it is something we should all take heed:

Cancer update: Johns Hopkins = Cancer News from Johns Hopkins:

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This
information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.

Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our! bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Dr.. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us.

He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body.

Instead, he recommends using glass, Corning Ware or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc.

He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that Saran wrap is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food.

Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article I believe you should forward to your family and friends--
anyone who is
important in your life

10/20/2006 Connie Hatch - and you thought only George, her husband, went fishing???
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10/4/2006 Email from Patricia:
Patricia Ann (Bryson) Lomineck
email: lomineckp@bellsouth.net
years: 1950-1956, now in Gallatin, Tn
9/30/2006 Two of Harry Jackson's grandchildren, they are so precious!
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9/30/2006 I'm Ray Thompson's wife Dianne. We live in Edgewater FL. Ray is in remarkable health according to our family physician. We praise the Lord every day for his good health. I have some health issues but do the best I can with what I have and praise the Lord for what I can do instead of grumbling about what I can't do. Take care and be safe.  Dianne Thompson  dthomp201@mindspring.com 
9/28/2006 Ed Hale's new email address:  "Hello Everyone, My sbcglobal account expires soon. Could you please update your addresses with my new email address, it's ehalesr@yahoo.com
9/26/06 Hi, I was in the Vine Street Home with my two brothers and sister in the 50's.  My name at that time was Alvin Talley.  My younger brother Tommy and I were adopted  by Dr. George Gibson, his picture is in one of your scrapbooks. I was hoping to find pictures of all of us as kids, found one of my older brother Leon Talley on the website but no others.  Is there someone I could contact to find more information and pictures.  I saw several pictures of kids I remembered Charlie Armstrong, Pete Hale, Ricky Henry, Leroy Partain and Larry Dunn.  Any help would be appreciated.  Thank you, Alvin Gibson alvingibson2003@yahoo.com 
9/17/2006 Who knew? U.S. has pizza team? and that it would have a Bonny Oaks connection!!!

As many of you may know, we just spent the last week and a half in Florida for vacation, which began with Chris's tryouts for the US Pizza team. I am so happy and proud to report that Chris came in first place in the acrobatics category winning himself a spot on the US team and a free trip to Italy next March to compete internationally. Needless to say we are super excited! In case you were wondering, we also had a great time at the beach.... :) Just below is an article that appeared in the Orlando newspaper and a picture of Chris just after he won.  Harry Jackson
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This link is a real treat, it's a video of Chris in action:


Newspaper Article:
Flipping, spinning and baking, the best pizza chefs and dough toss'ers gather at the Orange County Convention Center.
Erin Ailworth - Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted September 10, 2006
When trying out for the U.S. Pizza team, the recipe for success is simple:  Be one with the dough.
That's how Chris Balthrop, 31, wowed the judges at the dough-tossing tryouts for the 2007 team, which are taking place this weekend at the Florida restaurant & Lodging Show at the Orange County Convention Center.  It's all in the flick of the wrist, Balthrop said Saturday as he practiced with a rubber round of faux dough before taking the stage for a demonstration with his new teammates.  They will travel to the World Pizza Championship in Italy later this year to show off their skills - a mix of break dancing and juggling with flour y dough.
"The main trick is called the whip:  Throw it [the dough] up and catch it underneath it", said Balthrop, who works at Lupi's Pizza Pies in Chattanooga, Tenn. "That's where it all starts."
For pizza chef Jason Samosky, the secret to his first-place finish was in the spices.
Judges sampling pie slices during the backin competition called Samosky's use of cheese, avocados, artichokes and grape tomatoes a "tidal wave" of flavor.
"This stuff cost me $35 an ounce," the chef from Valley City, Ohio, joked of the basil-oregano mix he sprinkled on his "heartocado" pizza.
"He was on OBT and he picked it up cheap," said competitor Eric Lippman of Cypress, Texas, his tongue firmly in cheek.  "I wanted to win", Samosky quipped.
The competitions were sponsored by PMQ Pizza Magazine, a trade publication from Oxford, Miss.  Co-publisher Linda Green laughed as she described most people's reactions to finding out about the U.S. Pizza team.
"They scratch their heads," she said.  But most quickly catch the fan fever.  "Pizza is a universal food," Green said.  "Pizza is like a blank canvas and you have so many artists that do different things."  Self-described "well-known pizza guy" Ed Zimmerman agreed.  But he still prefers his pizza naked.  "Pizza is really personal," said Zimmerman, the president of Success Foods Marketing in Novato, CA.  "You have to look at pizza plain...toppings really mask the flavors of crust and cheese and sauce -- the real guts of the pizza.  "Knowing a good pizza isn't just about the taste, however.  PMQ culinary editor and baking-competition judge, Evelyne Slomon, said she also looks at the crispness of the crust and the gooeyness of the cheese."  "It hits all the buttons - just ding, ding, ding,"  Slomon said of knowing when you've tasted an exceptional pie.  Added fellow judge Ed LaDou, owner of Caioti Pizza Cafre in Lost Angeles:  "It's like fireworks in your mouth.  It just feels right.  And oh, how Eric Lippman's steak-and-potato pizza felt right to Norma Amalia Fernandez de Miccio, a spectator, who owns a gelato business in Sarasota.  "Very rich, the pizza," she said in Spanish, sighing and closing her eyes as she went in for a bite.  Another convention-goer, Rebecca Gessner, was just as excited.  This looks much better than the pizza I used to make at Chuck E. Cheese's," said Gessner, 27, a former chef from Clearwater.   Not all the dough at the pizza competitions was edible, however.  During the pizza-stretching portion of the day, competitors spread their dough as wide and round as they could across the stage floor.  "When you're competing, you're in your own little world," said competitor Roger McColly of Upper Sandusky , Ohio . "It's just you and the dough."

9/14/2006 Chris, this is Mrs. Betty Seepe and her husband, Fred.  Betty taught school at Bonny Oaks in the early 1950's.  She taught 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades.  I ran into them today at the WalMart and we talked for several minutes.  I asked her about putting her picture our web and she yes it would be wonderful.  Have a great day Chris.  Mary Ann Poe (Neighbors)

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9/12/2006 Email and photos from James Ellis' visit to see the Adamson's.
"Well, seeing is believing, he's okay right now, a little sore but healing fine.  He didn't talk that much but Mrs. Adamson talked mine and Morgan's ear off, ha!  Hope pics are okay for website, James"

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8/21/2006 Update email from Harry Jackson: "I talked with Mr. & Mrs. Adamson on Saturday and here's what they had to say.  Mr. Adamson had a CAT Scan done and his head looks okay.  His right eye was swollen shut and his clavical had a clean break and his doctor told him that it should heal within six weeks provided he wasn't too active.  Mrs. Adamson ... that's a tall order for him to abide by.  Mr. Adamson mentioned again how much the birthday party meant to him. I told him that a lot of people loved him and are praying for him.  Harry"
8/16/2006 Email from Harry Jackson:  "I talked with Mr. Adamson tonight and he isn't doing well.  He fell off of his front porch on yesterday (I think) and spent the night in the hospital but was back home.  He broke his left clavicle and has a bump on his head -- to quote him:  "The bump on my head is as big as my head."  He was sedated and wasn't feeling well tonight.  Please let everyone know on the website that we need to be praying for him at this time.  Also, please pray for Mrs. Adamson as she has a great deal of responsibility caring for him.  Thanks...  :) Harry"
8/15/2006 GOOD NEWS ABOUT GWEN!  We just spoke with Gwen after she visited the Oncologist today. The lymph nodes are fine - she won't have to take chemo but she will undergo radiation treatments which I understand is standard procedure when one has a Lumpectomy(?). Thanks to everyone who lifted up prayers on her behalf. We did not doubt for a moment that God was there all the time. We will keep you posted on her progress. Love to all, Paul and Joyce
8/11/2006 Hi Everyone,  I spoke with Gwen today and she is feeling relatively good.  She updated us on everything that happened. Now if I could remember it all.  Suffice to say that everything went well and she is resting at home - yes, at home.  She will know in a day or two the results of the tests performed to determine if all the cancer tissue was removed with the tumor.  From hearing the explanation from Gwen, the technology we have today is amazing.  Thanks to all of you for your prayers - because we know that God hears them and will work a miracle.  We will keep you posted on her progress.  Paul and Joyce
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Zoe is Dianne (Williams) and husband Tom's 8 month old granddaughter and she's a happy, beautiful baby!!!

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8/5/2006 Update on our daughter, Gwen Andersen:  "We just spoke with Gwen.  She seems to be in relatively good spirits. She is scheduled for surgery Thurs. 8/10/06.   Please keep her and her surgeon in your prayers.  We will keep you posted as to her progress after the cancer surgery.  Thank you all for your concern and your prayers.  In Christ.  Paul & Joyce Rowell
8/3/2006 Prayer Request for our daughter Gwen Andersen.
Hi Everyone, Many of you know our oldest daughter Gwen Andersen who lives in Loveland, CO.  She called today with the results of her recent breast biopsy.  It was malignant.  Her doctors are already working toward performing the surgery at the hospital where she works in Fort Collins, CO. She is a charge nurse there.  She should know Friday or Monday when the surgery will be performed.  Please keep Gwen in your daily prayers because we know the Power of Prayer.  Thank all of you so much for doing this and we will keep you informed of her progress.  In Christ.  Paul and Joyce (Stover) Rowell
7/30/2006 Email from Mary Ann Neighbors Poe:  "Please keep Carl in your prayers, he goes in the hospital on Thursday, August 3, 2006, for surgery.  The doctor is having to take off more of his leg.  Will keep you updated."  You can email Mary Ann at thesingingnone@aol.com 
7/29/2006 Here's a picture of my grandson, Simon, intently working on puzzles on my computer (the date on the picture is wrong, it was taken July 2006).  Simon is my daughter Carrie's son.
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Bonny Oaks', Johnnie Holloway-Hashburger, sent me a link to one of her favorite online websites of puzzles, calsgallery.com - Simon is 3 yrs and 10 months.  He completes 100 pc zigsaw puzzles by hand in about 20 minutes but he prefers the computer where he selects and downloads each puzzle he wants to work.  He also figured out where to click on the "solve" button to make the pieces jump into place when he doesn't want to click and drag them the old fashioned way.  Simon doesn't talk very much yet but he can sure work those puzzles and tell his Granny (that's me) when she "no match" the pieces.    Christine Haven
7/23/2006 Some pictures of the Birthday Dinner and Get-together for Mr. Adamson have come in already...see them on the "REUNIONS" page.  Please send the pictures or videos that you took so we can all enjoy them.
It's been four years since our 2002 Reunion which most of us feel is way too long since seeing each other.  And, Mr. Adamson's birthday is July 25th, he'll turn 85 years old.  .This email is to let you know we want to combine the two and have a Get-Together/Birthday-Dinner!!!  When Mr. Adamson was asked if he was up to a birthday dinner, he sent the email at the bottom of the page.  You can see by the email he typed that he would love nothing better than to see his Bonny Oaks kids again.  Mrs. Adamson thinks it will be good for him to be in the middle of the "kids" again too.   Please try your best, it's short notice, but if at all possible, please come to see Mr. Adamson and have a great time visiting with your Bonny Oaks brothers and sisters over a wonderful dinner and singing entertainment from some of our own, to be announced.  Harry Jackson has agreed to head up the planning and details of the arrangements with the steakhouse

The Times Free Press may run a newspaper article in an effort to reach more people that maybe aren't on the Internet and if you know of others please let them know too.  Because there is no way of being able to let the restaurant know how many will attend, 15 or 300, unless we have some way of accounting beforehand, you're being asked to send an email to Harry and let him know if you're coming.  You can send your money for the dinner to him or if you want to pay at the restaurant that day, he's asking that you make sure to send an email anyway to help in a head count.  Since we only have a few days, please send your dinner money today if possible.  Here are the details:

Where:  Ryan's Family Steakhouse
             5104 Hixson Pike
             Hixson, TN

When:  SATURDAY, JULY 22nd (It's the Saturday before Mr. Adamson's birthday)

Time:   4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Mgr. stated they have a group in that room that starts at 2:00 p.m. but should be finished by 4:00)

Cost:  15% gratuity (tip) + $11.60 for buffet and drink.  So ... about $13.35 per person.

I would like a commitment from those who are going to come.  If they could send me an email to let me know, send to BonnyOaks44@comcast.net

Also...if people want to pay me there (preferably by check) or send it to me that's okay too.  :) Harry


Mr. Adamson's email confirming he felt well enough for a
birthday dinner:

"Malcolm Adamson" <malgeo@webtv.net>
Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2006 08:28:23 -0400
To: texasbonny@yahoo.com
Subject: Re: Happy Birthday!
Ending note:  Please, everyone, none of us knows the future, Mr. Adamson did so much
to make sure the children had everything possible, let's be there for him.  Also, if people
want to continue the visit, let's send in suggestions of meeting
places for afterwards.  God Bless and Be Safe on Your Trip!


6/27/2006 Name:  Willard Burnett
Email Address:
Year at Bonny Oaks:  1932-1938 +/-
Submitted by:  Adam Burnett, Willard's grandson

Willard's obituary:
Willard "Mr. B" Burnett, 81, a longtime resident of Rossville, died on Friday, June 23, 2006.
He was a World War II veteran, retired from Shaw Industries and was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church in Chickamauga, GA.  He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mildred Burnett, of Rossville; sons, Dwayne Burnett, of East Brainerd, and David Burnett, of Chickamauga; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

George E Hatch and Lester B Robison came to the visitation on Sunday, June 25, 2006.  Unfortunately, the family was not there.  However, George was able to come back later that day and visit with the family.  What a blessing it was to hear stories of Bonny Oaks and Sand Mountain.  Thank you again George.

6/24/2006 Email from Paul & Joyce Stover Rowell:
Hi Everyone, Attached are some recent pics of our garden and flowers.  Even tho we haven't had much rain this year it seems that the tomatoes, grape arbor and the Sharon Rose bushes are doing well.  We are really enjoying the tomatoes and have gotten 1 bell pepper.  The grapes are in abundance - can't wait till they are ready.  The Fruit Cocktail tree which is planted among the Sharon Rose bushes has small fruit in abundance.  It is supposed to bear plums, apricots, peaches and 1 other fruit.  We think of all of you often.  Have a great 4th coming soon.  Love, Paul and Joyce
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6/17/2006 Hello, Through a roundabout route, I decided to Google the name "Bob Brandy" not really expecting to find the cowboy show star who graced the Black & White screen in my part of the country in the 50's.  Lo and behold, the fellow who disappeared from my TV screen in eastern Alabama (out of Columbus, GA) had become a star in Chattanooga while I grew up, got married and began growing old myself.  What a surprise!  Anyway, I was hoping to see some pictures (for nostalgia's sake), but the pictures don't seem to be showing up on the website (in Foxfire or Internet Explorer).  I can remember when Bob Brandy and his troupe came to perform at the theater in our little hometown, we kids were all abuzz, and I was one of those who went to see him.  What's funniest, I suppose, is how I came to search for him today.  I was watching the movie "Remains of the Day," and the theme song he used was played on a Victorola (with a soprano singing it) in that movie.  Is there something I might be able to do to bring the pictures on his site into view?  I realize it is listed as an obituary and I understand that he passed away only a few years ago but would just like to see the photos of him as the cowboy star.  Thank you, MCW GrandMoo43@bellsouth.net 

Answer:  GrandMoo, The links and pictures of Bob Brandy have been updated, there was a problem with the links, sorry.  This was originally posted on the Bulletin Board, August 13, 2004, which is why it's being brought back up to the top of this page in order to post your email.

Here's the link to The Chattanoogan newspaper article on Bob Brandy www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_33175.asp   The article on Channel 9's website is to expire on August 14th.  If you can't see the article on the link above, click here to see the two of Mr. Brandy's obituaries, (providing the obituaries to the Bonny Oaks website is our effort to honor Bob Brandy, but if this is copyrighted, please let me know).

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Daisy, thanks from all of us for sending the information.  Many of us fondly remember The Bob Brandy Show in Chattanooga.  If anyone has memories they would like to put on here about Bob Brandy, please send them to the website.

6/10/2006 Pauline Presley has sent in "The Boxing Club" as Jesse calls them.
Mickey Walker, George Frazier, Harold Stewart, Jesse Presley and Jerry Presley.
6/10/2006 I am sending my most recent pictures for you to enjoy, Daisy (Hawk) Murray.
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Daisy_chaz_newspaper.jpg (45178 bytes)Newspaper print of our company, Community Transit's, first open house - with my granddaughter, Chazmin, me and grandson in the background. We took a ride through the bus wash.
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Daisy_chaz.jpg (48809 bytes)My granddaughter, Chazmin, with the umbrella.
Daisy_Lyric-2.jpg (47858 bytes)My granddaughter, Lyric, in the fairy dress.
Daisy_-Delma-Dana-2005.jpg (43466 bytes)Twin sister, Delma (Dana) Hawk in Arizona
6/3/2006 Here's another testament to Bonny Oaks, children who get to know a good, kind grandfather and that is our Harry Jackson:
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6/3/2006 Email from Charles Calloway:  "It's been awhile, how are you doing?  I am doing great.  Here is a little update on the Radford's.  Rev. Radford is still in Life Care of Chattanooga.  He is still doing great.  He is still getting around and still losing a little weight, still reading the Bible.  He's enjoying meeting new people that come over to Life Care.  Always a smile on his face.  He's always asking do I get to see anybody from Bonny Oaks.  I told him not too many people I get to see or hear from.  He still asks about going to church, I told him when the weather gets better I will take him where ever he wants to go.
Now on Mrs. Radford.  She is doing pretty good for herself.  She is no longer at NHC Health Care.  She is back home with Faith.  She had some work done on her eyes but other than that, she is doing good.  I told her that my wife and I have adopted a 12 year old boy from Family Childrens Service.  We have had this young boy for 3 years.  She was so happy for Darlene and I.  His name is Mariuce Tirrell Calloway.  We are so happy about this child.  This all comes from what we learned at Bonny Oaks School.  We both want to say to Rev. and Mrs. Radford, "Thanks Guys for all you have done in our life. You have done a great job in our life".  Mrs. Radford looks so good I wish you all could really see how she is doing.  So now you all have the update from the Calloway's.  Love is in our heart for Rev. John L. Radford and Mrs. Margaret Radford.  Please keep them and us in your prayers please.  Thanks.  Love always, Charles and Darlene Calloway."
6/2/2006 Bonny Oaks' own Mary Ann Neighbors singing in Soddy Daisy.  
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  Church in Soddy May 27, 2006
6/02/2006 Our Bonny Oaks Trip:
Thank you so very much Christine for all the wonderful information you gave me regarding the Bonny Oaks School, where my father and his sisters grew up in the 1930's.  I was able to visit the site and had a wonderful tour and history lesson while on our recent trip to Tennessee.  We will be returning next year and hope to meet with some of his ex-classmates at the next reunion.  I was very impressed with the documentation, the photos, the grounds.  It gave me a wonderful feeling to walk the grounds where my father walked when he was a young boy. 
The state has maintained the buildings very nicely.  It was great fun to share my old photos with someone else and to see their photos.  I would like to send you some copies if you are interested.  Please let me know.   Our email address if anyone would like to contact me is Prevys@msn.com.  My father was Barton Brooks Smith, his sisters were Eleanor and Anita.
5/30/2006 Joyce Stover-Rowell and husband Paul visit with Mr. and Mrs. Adamson in Chattanooga.
Email:  Lost Half-Sisters  
"I got
your email address on the Bonny Oaks web site.  I have found out that my half sisters were at Bonny Oaks.  I think they were there from about 1937 to about 1944, when they were picked up by my father and brought to live with us, his second family, in Oklahoma City , Oklahoma .  They lived with us for several years and attended high school there.  I was small when they moved on and have lost touch with them.
Is it possible for you to give me any hints as to how I might get hold of them?  I know your list of former residents must be private, but I thought you might be able to let me know of any further steps I might take.  Or maybe you could give them my information and they could get in touch if they chose to do so.  Thank you for any help you can give me.  I just adored my big sisters - they were so sweet to me.
Nancy Sue Walker
Email address:  NanSue@cox.net "
5/19/2006 Here's little Zoe and daddy, Josh (Dianne Williams-Donley & Tom Donley's little granddaughter from daughter, Sarah)
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May 2006 Gideon-H..jpg (39179 bytes)  Gideon's calling Zoe (Gideon is Christine Haven's 11 month old grandson by daughter, Carrie)
   5/02/2006 Our own, Jesse Presley, 60-something (we won't tell), is running in this Chattanooga race that was held April 2006.  Now he's training for the Senior Olympics.  Here's some pictures his wife, Pauline, sent to the website (click on pictures to enlarge).
Jesse-Presley-race-2.jpg (72088 bytes) ...and they're off....Jesse is second row, second from left wearing the sunglasses -   GO JESSE!!!
Jesse-Presley-race.jpg (69003 bytes)  ...Jesse holding his 3rd place trophy...standing next to 2nd place and 1st place winner on the right - WAY TO GO JESSE!!!  Coming in 3rd after training only a couple of months - SENIOR OLYMPICS get ready for Jesse!
Jesse-Presley-race-3.jpg (61493 bytes)  WE'RE SO PROUD OF YOU, JESSE!!!  YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN A WINNER WITH US!!!
5/02/2006 Just received this email from Joyce (Stover) Rowell about a Tyner Reunion, please read:
"I received a letter from Louise Moore Picklesimer that there will be a 2006 Tyner Reunion Saturday, May 27, 10:00 am – 10:00pm at Chester Frost Park, 2318 Gold Point Circle, Hixson, TN.  A BBQ lunch/dinner will be served at 2:00 pm.  There are many Bonny Oaks Alumni who went to Tyner. We would like to see everyone there that can attend.  Reservations deadline is May 19.  Checks should be made payable to Tyner High Reunion for $12.00 per attendee and sent to Louise.  Further info can be obtained by calling her at 423-842-0177.  Could you please put this on the Bulletin Board?  Thanks.  Joyce Stover Rowell"
Joyce's email address is pnrowell@alltel.net 
4/21/2006 Tom and Lynda (Dianne Williams) Donley's granddaughter, Zoe.
Zoe's parents are Tom and Lynda's daughter, Sarah, and husband, Josh.
Zoe_G_4-6-06.jpg (31145 bytes)  Zoe (4 months)  Zoe_4-6-06.jpg (42690 bytes)  Isn't she precious!!!
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Happy Easter Now THAT's an Easter Bunny!
Bunny_Giant.jpg (37467 bytes)  Happy Easter Everyone! (Photo sent by Harry Jackson)
This empty row is for what you want to say, write to the website Bulletin Board at texasbonny@yahoo.com 
4/15/2006 Hi to Everybody!  Here is an update on Mrs. Margaret Radford.  She is now at NHC Health Care, across from Memorial Hospital.  She is still doing pretty good.  She is still picking up some weight.  She is still smiling a lot and wanted me to ask you all to keep praying for her.  She talks a lot about working for Family and Children's Service and the good ole days at Bonny Oaks.  You know I think about the time I was out there at Bonny Oaks, how they tried to teach us how to be young men and how they taught us to love the Lord Jesus Christ.  I sit and talk with her a lot and just tell her "thank you" for all you have done for the children you helped.  When I see Mrs. Radford, I see a strong lady who never said anything to hurt anyone at any time.  Mrs. Radford is a woman who knows what it takes to make it in this world, she knows what it takes to keep a job for a long time.  These are some things you have to put inside of me and my wife.  My brothers and sisters who were out there with Mrs. Radford.  Those are what I call the good ole days.  I would love to take this time out to say to Mrs. Margaret Radford, Thank you for all you have done, if it had not been for you, I don't know where I would be today but because of you, I love you!  Charles and Darlene Calloway
4/13/06 Could you please post this on your website! Thanks so very much
My name is Connie (Smith) Prevallet. My father was Barton Brooks Smith. He and his sisters, Eleanor and Anita all were at Bonny Oaks in the 1930's and 1940's. My mother, Betty Ann Smith had attended the Bonny Oaks reunion in 2002. She spoke of what a wonderful time she had and about the amazing people she met. I will be visiting Bonny Oaks at the end of April, so if you know my father or his siblings, please contact me. I would love to hear from everyone. My email address is Prevys@juno.com. I am meeting Harry Jackson to tour Bonny Oaks and I have some wonderful photos to share with him. I also would like to be notified of any upcoming reunions or events that I may attend in memory of my father. My father credited Bonny Oaks with his honesty, integrity and sense of pride. He was a wonderful man, husband and father to his family and to everyone who knew him. We will also be visiting with other relatives and some friends that knew my father and mother and we are looking forward to this experience. Thanks to all of you and to the people who have set up and maintained this wonderful website. Connie
4/8/2006 Happy Spring from Harry Jackson!
Granddaughter, Sileas (11 mos)

Grandson, Quin (4)
4/08/2006 Jesse Presley's race, email from Pauline "Yes, I took some pictures of the race and the three winners.  I will send them to you.  He is working now on the Senior Olympics.  He has his races in May.  I will keep you posted.  He is in so much better shape.  I would like to run with him, it would probably strenghthen my back once I got over the pain that would come with it.  We are so proud of him.  He works out every day, walking and running.  He also lifts 25 lbs weights every day.  I will get you some pictures.  Love, Pauline"
4/08/2006 Email from Pauline Presley (Congratulations JESSE PRESLEY!!!).
"Did I tell you that Jesse had entered a race for his age group?  He has been walking every day for the past year and found a race in his age group for a mile race which he had only been walking.  He found this race which consisted in running a mile and signed up and started running two weeks ago.  He finished third place today in the race.  The guys that beat him have been running for a long time.  I am so proud of him.  The guys were so surprised that this was his first race and came in third place.  So the guys that beat him today better watch out because I know what Jesse can do.  He is so competitive he will come out a winner.  He will be waiting for his next race.  He is so enjoying this walking and his ability to compete at his age.  I am so proud of him.  The family is so proud of him.  I had Alec and Trevor there with me and they just rooted for their Papaw to reach the line.  They were so excited for him to get a trophy.
4/3/2006 Christine, Here's a picture of LaWanda's new grandson --- my stepgrandson  :) ---  He is about a month old here.  His name is Owen Wayne _ and, as you can see, his Daddy is an Auburn Fan big time.  Harry Jackson
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4/3/2006 Email from Charles Calloway:
3/11/2006 These items came in the U.S. Mail from Martha Dwyer, daughter of Charles "Alvin" Prater.
Message from Martha, "My dad, Dr. Charles Alvin Prater, died January 2, 2006 - 89 years old.  I was thrilled to find out through a family friend who resides in Chattanooga about your website.  My dad had wonderful memories of the care and nurturing and encouragement he received there.  Here is information about him.  Martha Dwyer".

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3/10/2006 Hello, my name is Michael Prater, grandson of Raymond Prater who was a Bonny Oaks boy. I have been to the website and I think it is great. I was wondering if there was a way for me to get in touch with some of my grandfathers old friends. I never got to meet him because he died so young but I am trying to learn more about him. I was also wondering if you had any updated news on a 2006 reunion? Thanks for your time, Michael Prater
(Michael's email address is mprater2@utk.edu)
March 2006 Emails from Charles Calloway with updates on Mr. and Mrs. Radford:
3/10/2006:  I am emailing you to let you all know Mom is back in the hospital, Erlanger.  She is doing good
Mrs_Margaret_Radford.jpg (26603 bytes)today.  I just wanted to give you an update on Mrs. Radford.  Please keep on praying for her and her husband, Rev. John L. Radford.  He is still doing pretty good for now.

3/6/2006:  "Hello to everybody,  Here is an update on my Father and Mother, Rev. & Mrs. John L. Radford.  Let's talk about Mom.  I talked with her yesterday.  She was doing pretty good.  She still doesn't like to eat very much but she eats just to get by.  We sat down and began to talk about the kids from Bonny Oaks.  She started to look sad sometimes because she can't get in touch with some of the kids from Bonny Oaks.  I tell her, 'Mom, you done all you can do for the kids that were out there.  If they don't contact you or call you, it's not on you...it's on them. 
Rev_and_Mrs_Margaret_Radford.jpg (24180 bytes)So when they were at Bonny Oaks you did what you could for them.  Now that they are on their own you can't do anything about it.'  She said, "Charles, you know what, you turned out to be a nice young man'.  I told her I owe it all to her and her husband for teaching me all that I know.  I still go to church, I still love the Lord, and that came from the teachings of the Radford's and nobody else.  How they took the time out with us.  How do you think I found my beautiful wife, Darlene (Ross) Calloway.  I told Mrs. Radford that we've been married for 26 years.  Mrs. Radford told me that was a blessing from God.  Mrs. Radford goes walking every morning or tries to anyway.  She wants you all to know she thanks all of you for praying for her.
Rev_Radford.jpg (26455 bytes) Now on Rev. John L. Radford:  I go to see him every day.  He is still in a nursing home (Life Care of Chattanooga).  He is doing pretty good.  He still has good days and bad days but he still knows who I am.  I went by today and gave him a shave and cut his hair.  He told me he didn't want anybody touching him but me.  He made me feel like I was somebody.  This man raised me for 12 years.  When I was a little boy, I didn't understand why they were so hard on me but today I understand.  That's why I am the man I am today.  I take him for walks, look at T.V. with him, watch him eat, just being in his presence makes me feel good.  Just to look at this man who brought me up from a child to a young man, I thank God for being in these people's lives.  I tell you, it's a blessing to know them.  Rev. Radford is always talking about the Bible to somebody.  Please remember Rev. and Mrs. Radford in your prayers.  Faith (Radford) Edwards is doing an outstanding job with her mother and father.  Faith needs your prayers to keep her going, she is a good woman.  A woman who loves her mother and father.  Faith also loves me, her little brother.  Thank you all so much and may God bless each and every one of you.
Love, Charles and Darlene".
Charles & Darlene's email address is chalescalloway@aol.com , he would love to hear from you and will be glad to pass on any messages to the Radford's.  Charles mailed pictures of the Radford's and they will be on here as soon as they come in the mail.
3/4/2006 Email from Charles Calloway and update on Mr. & Mrs. Radford:  "Hi Ms. C., How are you today.  I talked to Mom today, she is doing great.  She told me to tell you hello.  I sent you the picture of Dad on March 1, you should have received it by now.  How are you doing these days?  Did you find anything out about the things I told you about that I had won at Bonny Oaks.  See if you can find anything about the Black side.  That's what it was called when I was out there, White side, Black side.  I know it doesn't sound right but they done it.  I didn't understand it then, I don't understand it now.  Please check into it for all the Black kids that were out there.  A lot of them are dead and gone but some of us is still here.  Will give you an update on Mom and Dad next week, okay, see you.  Love is in the Heart, My Heart for you.  Charles L. Calloway"
3/01/2006 Email from Marilyn Jones-Koshinski, daughter of Bonny Oaks Alumnus Maymie DeLong-Jones.
"Thank you for your condolences.  We have not had services for Maymie's internment yet.  Maymie was cremated and I will be taking her ashes to Ocala FL the end of this month. The story is a little lengthy, but stay with me and it will explain why I am taking Maymie to Ocala for burial. Remember a few years ago when I took Maymie back to Chattanooga to walk the past?
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Maymie and Marilyn at Bonny Oaks on the porch of the Dent House.
...not only did we visit Bonny Oaks and Clara Mae, we also located the cemeteries where her Mother and Sister were interned.  You see, Maymie was never allowed to say a final good-bye to her parents or her sister before they passed away. All three of them had passed within a year of each other [1927-1928].  Her Mother and Sister were buried in Chattanooga, but have unmarked graves.  We were unable to locate their exact plots but left flowers at each cemetery.  After returning from Chattanooga I requested the death certificate for Maymie's Father.  Turns out that his family had moved to Ocala Fl.  They drove to Chattanooga and took his body to Ocala to be buried.  Maymie knew there had been family on her father's side living in Ocala in the 1930s but knew nothing more about them.  With that information I took a chance that perhaps there still could be family members living in the Ocala area.  Eureka!  Maymie has first cousins still living there!  In 2004 Maymie and I had our first DeLong family reunion in Ocala, Fl., and on this occasion, the family showed us where her father and grandfather are buried.  I'm taking Maymie to be with her family.  She will be interned next to her father and grandfather on March 31st.
Sincerely,  Marilyn Jones-Koshinski"
2/26/2006 Sad news:  "I'm sorry I have taken so long to inform you of my mother's passing.  Maymie DeLong-Jones passed away on December 15, 2005 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She passed at the age of 86.  Services will be held in Ocala Florida on March 31st, 2006.  Maymie was so thrilled when you created her a page on the Bonny Oaks website.  I can't thank you enough for doing that for her.  I miss her so.  Sincerely,  Marilyn Jones-Koshinski."
(For condolences, Marilyn's email address is MarGail73@aol.com)  
2/20/2006 The website can't believe they are this big either.......seems only yesterday......:-) 

Quin will be five years old and Sileas will be 10 months old, both in March 2006.  It's hard to believe they are getting this old.  They are a true joy to us!  

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Quin and little sister, Sileas 
Grandchildren of
Proud "Poppy" (Harry Jackson) and "Nonnie" (LaWanda Jackson)

2/20/2006 "I have been searching ever since the last reunion for someone.  I have phoned numerous people with the same name from doing Internet searches and no one has panned out.  I would love to find Jerry's childhood friend that is in the attached picture.  He has talked often about this person and it would make me very happy to put him in touch with him.  All I know is Jerry called him Eddie Seay......I have searched Edward Seay, E. Seay, etc......have talked to many nice people but no one knows him or anything about him.  I thought I might at least come across a relative that could give me some information, but nothing.  Jerry doesn't know I am writing this email.  I would love to be able to complete this mission as a labor of love for him and surprise him by finding this old friend.  Please post this somewhere on the website and maybe we will get some results.
Thanks for any help,
Martha Harris"
Here's the picture, Martha, good luck!
1957_62_035.jpg (15683 bytes) Click on picture to enlarge it.  If anyone knows how to locate Eddie Seay, please write to Martha at Clmkadiddl@comcast.net 
2/18/2006 Email from Charles Calloway and wife, Darlene:  "Praise the Lord to everybody!  This is an update on Mr. & Mrs. Radford.  Mrs. Radford is back home with Faith.  She is doing pretty good, she gets tired a lot and short of breath but she is still asking for everyone to keep her in their prayers because that is where her help comes from.  She will be getting in touch with everyone as soon as she can.  I talked with her on Friday, she is so glad that you out there still have love for her.  I told Mrs. Radford that is what life is about, all she done was smile.  Now, on Rev. Radford, he is still in Life Care of Chattanooga.  He is doing pretty good.  He always asks me do I remember the good times we had at Bonny Oaks.  I tell him, yes how can I forget the good times.  He is up in age now.  I believe he is 76 years old.  He looks good and I tell him every day that he looks good for a young man.  You know when my wife and I see Mr. & Mrs. Radford, we tell them all the time Thanks for all they did for the children of Bonny Oaks.  If it were not for them, where would be be?  You know, not one of us knows where death is but we thank the Lord for letting us be part of their lives today.  I go to take care of Rev. Radford every day.  My wife, Darlene, helps take care of Mrs. Radford.  It's a blessing to be able to help people who raise you up from a child.  Man, I thank God for them to be able to see them at their age, it's good, I tell you!  Rev. Radford has lost a lot of weight but he looks real good.  So if you would like to see Rev. John L. Radford, he is at Life Care of Chattanooga, off of East 3rd Street, right across from the school behind Healthsouth.  Please go by and see him in Room 129.  You will have to tell him who you are.  He may remember you and he may not.  Please don't get upset if he doesn't remember who you are.  I will get Faith's address and put it in an email so you can get in touch with Mrs. Radford.  She will be glad to hear from you.  She worked for 49 years taking care of other people's children.  Let's show her how much we care for the job she and her husband did for the kids out at Bonny Oaks School.  Remember to keep them in your prayers and also my family as well because we all stand in the need of prayer.  Mrs. Radford wants you all to know she loves each and everyone of you.  This is the words from Mrs. Margaret Radford."
This is why I call it a "jealousy shot", it's warm here in Houston and we want some snow!  Daisy Hawk Murray sent the following picture and email to the website:

Well we woke up this morning with a Happy Valentine's Day surprise.  Our first snow hehe.  Sending you a picture of my dog Ceasar enjoying the snow out on the patio. The schools here were delayed for 2 hours and buses are on snow routes.  We are suppose to be getting more for a few days.
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Come check out on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/tennesseelady
2/10/06 Okay all you Tennesseans at heart!  Here's a jealousy shot from Joyce Stover Rowell and husband, Paul Rowell - they woke up this morning to this beautiful picture out their front door, "SNOW AT BAKERS FIORD":
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Email from Paul:  "
Hi Everyone,  This is what we woke up to see this morning (Saturday, 2/11/06 at Bakers Fiord.  I think there was more North of us in Rabun County."
2/5/06 Email from Jimmie Mikel: "I have spoken to you before about my grandmother, Annie Matney, who was at Bonny Oaks in the early 1900's.  She left there in 1909 at the age of 16 years.  I know this is way out of bounds for your time, but I was wondering if you knew how I could find info about a house fire that killed the parents and left the children.  I had a lady on email tell me about such a story in the Chattanooga Free Press in the early 1900's and she seems to think it might be the story I am looking for.  If you could please tell me how to trace this I would greatly appreciate it.  I can send and receive emails but am not a computer whiz!! ha!  Thanks, Jimmie Mikel  email address is Swt Brandy@aol.com ".
Answer:  "Hi Jimmie, If you live in Chattanooga, I would start at the downtown library by checking the newspaper articles on microfiche that they maintain.  If you don't live in Chattanooga, I have someone who was at Bonny Oaks and may be able to research it for you.  I know we've checked for your grandmother but it's been a while and I can't remember the outcome.  I know Bonny Oaks didn't start keeping informational type records on the children until late 1920's.  The Hamilton County juvenile court would be a good place to start if she was sent to Bonny Oaks by the court.  Instructions for those records are on the "Register" page of the website bonnyoaks.com .  Hope this helps, please keep in touch and if there's anything I can do for you let me know.  Always, Christine Haven
2/5/06 Email from MaryMojica@aol.com  "I am searching for a young man who was at one time in my custody.  Ricky Robbins lived with me around 1976 (not positive about the year, but that's close).  He lived at Bonny Oaks before he came to me.  If there's any way to get current information on him, I'd love to make contact.  thanks -- dotgailer@yahoo.com "
2/4/06 Letter from Lynda Dianne Williams-Donley:  "Hello to Everyone!  Hope you are all well - doing fine!"  Her daughter Sarah & husband, Josh, had their first baby, a little girl named "Zoe", born December 1, 2005.  Here are some pictures of Dianne's beautiful granddaughter!
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2/4/06 Hi everyone, just wanted to show off my "Granny-babies".  Send yours in too!  Christine Haven
Bree_Ana.jpg (26247 bytes)  Bree Ana H., born January 4, 2006 - weighed 10 lbs 1 oz, she's gorgeous!
Bree_Ana_and_Daddy.jpg (37963 bytes)  Bree Ana H. and proud daddy, my son Jesse H.

Bree_little_red_wagon.jpg (376977 bytes)  Bree Ana's first Christmas 2006 in her little red wagon.

james-and-boys-Oct-2005.jpg (93967 bytes)   My oldest son, James (white t-shirt) and his boys, Brent (holding Reba, my chihuahua) 17 years old, Trevor 13 years old (right, black shirt), in front - Riley 7 years old (left) and Jared 5 years old (right).  
Carrie-and-boys-Dec-2005.jpg (43697 bytes)  My daughter, Carrie, and her boys - Simon 3 years old and Gideon Haven H. 6 months old, in his walker.
simon_and_gideon_Jan_2006.jpg (28872 bytes)  Simon Jay H., 3 years old, and baby brother, Gideon Haven H., six months old.

simon_birthday.jpg (56092 bytes)  Simon, me (Granny) and Reba (Chihuahua) at Simon's 3 yr old birthday party - September 22, 2005.  We're wearing our Shrek ears!

2/3/06 Hello, my name is Bill Lively.  My mother, Maxine Duncan and aunt, Aldene Duncan, stayed at Bonny Oaks in their early childhood.  I would like to get any information on them while they stayed there.  I saw one picture of my mother in a dentist chair.  She never talked about her stay there.  I was able to attend the reunion held.  Thanks, Bill Lively.  Email address is blively@xgsi.com 
2/3/06 CHRIS,...just a note to let you know I am now making some progress after an extended stay in the hospital...having had a heart problem. "twas AN EXCITING EXPERIENCE ...ONE THAT GAVE US SOME CONCERN BUT GOD WILLING I AM DOING QUITE WELL NOW...AFTER MUCH CAREFUL ATTENTION OF ALL CONCERNED...ESPECIALLY MY DEAR WIFE.><><HOPE YOU AND YOURS ARE WELL AND HAPPY. MALCOLM ADAMSON
2/01/06 Wednesday - February 1, 2006 - Just wanted to let you know that I received a call from Mrs. Adamson a few minutes ago and she stated that Mr. Adamson has been in the hospital for a few days because of his heart. His heart had been racing and they did several tests to get it back in rhythm. I told her that I would let you know so you could put it on the website and also told her that we certainly would be praying for him. We also need to pray for Mrs. Adamson as well because of the responsibility to care for him. I think it would be nice if folks would send Mr. Adamson a get well card. His address is:
Malcolm M. Adamson 
910 Brynwood Terrace 
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37415 
Thanks! :) Harry
1/25/06 Christine:  Could you put an announcement on the website?  Charley Camp is coming to Chattanooga this weekend (January 27th)...not sure how long he will be here...but he would like to go on a walk-about with others who grew up at Bonny Oaks.  If any are interested in doing this with Charley, please tell them to contact me at my email address!  Thanks ... wish you could be here to go around with us!  :) Harry
Harry:  Wish I could be there too, would love to hear all the Bonny Oaks stories from you guys!  Christine
Harry's email address is BonnyOaks44@comcast.net 
1/15/06 Email from Danette Beach-Everett:  "First I want to thank you for keeping the website going.  I have not looked at it in a few years and found myself with some valuable spare time on the computer.  I noticed on the memories page that Lester Bailey passed away.  It looked like an obituary was going to be added but I did not see one.  You would not know when or how he passed would you?  He was certainly someone that we all looked up to.  Also, I noticed on the message boards that Pauline Presley had a cancer scare, is she OK?  I could not find anything else.  I appreciate your reply.  Danette"
1/14/06 Email from Danette Beach-Everett: " I wanted to re-register since my email address has changed.  I would love to hear from anyone that would like to contact me.  I love the website and am thankful that we have it.  Hello to everyone!"
Danette's new email address is donutt22@comcast.net 
1/9/06 Hello, my name is John Thibodeau.  My mom was Nancy Driggins.  She was at Bonny Oaks for many years.  My mom passed away in August 2000.  My father passed away 4 months before my mom.  My dad never liked computers so they never had one.  Right after my dad died, I bought my mom a computer and she was really getting into talking to people on it but she only had less than 4 months to enjoy it before she died.  
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Click on picture to enlarge it.  Shortly after my mom died, Gordon Driggins ran into a person who knew my mom well, a Fran, and was asking about her.  Gordon told me about this website and gave Fran my email address and she shared some wonderful stories and pictures with us.  We also met Mary Ann and she has been in contact with us ever since.  We even met her on a trip to Pigeon Forge a few years ago.  I was wondering if anyone remembers stories about my mom or has some pictures of her.  We never talked about her days at Bonny Oaks as we lived in Wisconsin but I would like to learn more about those days.  Thanks for your help.  My email is journey366@aol.com.  Thanks again.  John Thibodeau.
12/30/05 Email from Daisy Hawk-Murray: " I have a new website which you probably have heard of it, www.myspace.com/tennesseelady .  Anyway, you can post interesting things there which I posted about being in Bonny Oaks.  Karen Graham left me a message there on my site and she told me that her father was the assistant superintendent at Bonny Oaks in the late 50's and 70's.  Karen lives in Virginia and is a United Methodist Pastor.  Gee was I surprised or what!  Check out my site, perhaps you can join too and be my friend there.  Have a Happy New Year!  Love, Daisy"
12/29/05 "I would like to inform those of you who knew my mother, Betty Smith from Edmonds Washington, that she passed away on October 17, of this year 2005.  She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend and will be sorely missed by all of us.  She attended the last reunion at Bonny Oaks and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of you whom she met.  My brother and I will be visiting Bonny Oaks the first week of March 2005 if anyone would like to contact us who perhaps knew our father, Bart Smith.  Carol Crowley, daughter."
Note:  If you met Mrs. Smith at the 2002 Bonny Oaks reunion, you will remember that she traveled to the reunion in honor of her husband, Bart Smith, who grew up at Bonny Oaks.  She wanted us to know what a fine man and example of Bonny Oaks that he was and she knew he would have made the trip to the reunion if he were alive.  Bart Smith credited Bonny Oaks for his solid foundation and character in life.  Please write to Carol if you knew her father and please try to arrange to meet her and her brother when they come to Chattanooga.  Her email address is carolcrowley1@msn.com 
HOME PHONE  755-8858
CELL PHONE 760-1157
12/27/05 Hi there.  My name is Charles Calloway.  I am emailing you guys to give an update on Mrs. Margaret Radford, she is back in the hospital and Rev. John L. Radford, her husband, is back in the hospital.  I want everybody who knows the power of prayer to reach out and pray for the Radford family, that God would do his great work on the both of them.  The Radford's were my mother and father from 1964 through 1978.  They have been a blessing in my life and my wife's life (she was also in Bonny Oaks).  I go and see Rev. Radford every day.  He is in good spirits and Mrs. Radford as well.  They both are in their 70th, that is a blessing within itself.  They have been married 56 years.  We need to tell the Lord thank you for bringing them into our lives.  I am the man that I am today because of them and I just want to let everybody know that I thank Mr. & Mrs. Radford for everything they have done in my life.  They have shown us their love and now it's time for us to do the same thing for them.  Keep them both in your prayers, call their name out before the Lord because he is the only one who can heal their body and their mind.  Remember, we all have to love if we want to see Jesus Christ!  Love to the Radford Family.  Charles L. Calloway and Darlene H. (Ross) Calloway, email address is chalescalloway@aol.com 
12/26/05 Email from David Lowe:  "Re:  Bonny Oaks site.  If you have a Paypal, I would love to donate to you.  Thanks for all you do.  I think you should put up a link so all of the Bonny Oaks kids can donate to help you keep this site on the net.  dl1155@hotmail.com or  david.lowe01@comcast.net 
Answer:  David, thank you for wanting to donate to keep the website online.  The annual fee for hosting the website comes due each December so your email comes at a very needed time.  No, we don't have a Paypal account but all donations are sent to Harry Jackson in Chattanooga Tennessee.  Harry's email address is BonnyOaks44@comcast.net  The website owes a great deal of gratitude to Harry for being our Treasurer and he's doing fantastic work and service on behalf of all the Bonny Oaks students.  
12/24/05 Email from Marcus Morgan:  "I have returned to the U.S.  I live in Dover, Pennsylvania and have a new screen name.  It is Marknathanmorgan@aol.com  It is a comfort knowing you are there.  Thanks a Million, Marc
12/8/05 Like Daisy, I want to wish all our Bonny Oaks brothers and sisters a Very Merry Christmas too!  I watched an Andy Williams Christmas special on PBS last night.  A young Andy and his brothers, plus a young Osmond family with all the Christmas song favorites from the 1960's brought a flood of my own Christmas memories to me.  Looking back, some of my early childhood memories seemed magical, thanks to Bonny Oaks and the community.  I want to write some of them down for this website and if you have special Christmas memories please send them to the website and I will post them on here too.  You can write me at texasbonny@yahoo.com Thank you, Christine Haven
12/8/05 Email from Daisy Hawk Murray:
"A sad note regarding my Aunt Nancy (pictured below 10/4).  She went to be with the Lord Jesus on Dec 3rd in Knoxville hospital.  I am so thankful that I DID get to be part of her life for at least a year and I am glad I made that trip to Knoxville in September and took many pictures to remember her.
I want to wish all my brothers and sisters of Bonny Oaks and The Adamson's a Very Merry Christmas.  Do you remember Christmas at Bonny Oaks?  Well, we started Christmas I think the first weekend of December, going to parties, also Christmas dinner and then the evening dinner was fun too because we didn't have much to clean up, hehe.  Love to all, Daisy"
Do you remember Christmas at Bonny Oaks? Well we started Christmas I think the first weekend of December, going to parties. also Christmas dinner and then the evening dinner was fun too because we didn't have much to clean up hehe.Love to all, Daisy
12/6/05 The Chattanooga Times Free Press announced the death of Billie Artman.  Mrs. Artman was the beloved houseparent of many Bonny Oaks students.  She continued to work for Mr. Ken Clay at the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults department after Bonny Oaks closed.  More will be added to the website when the information comes in.  The following was sent to us by Harry Jackson:

"Willie Humbard "Billie" Artman, 84, of Hixson, died Sunday, December 4, 2005, at her residence." "Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Gary Welch officiating.  Mrs. Artman's wishes were to be cremated following the service. The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today (Dec. 6) at Lane Funeral Home, Coulter Chapel, 601 Ashland Terrace, 423-877-3524".
12/6/05 Christine, Mrs. Artman died yesterday. I will send you the obituary that is in today's newspaper. She was  84years old. That takes us back. Jesse and I will be going to the funeral home tomorrow afternoon. She goes way back to the Bonny Oaks  program. (Pauline Presley)
11/28/05 Email from Art, answering Ed Hale's 11/24/05 letter.  "Thanks for the info on Ed Hale.  I didn't give up ever locating him again but almost!  I'll copy the website on our attempts at remember when.  Here's a copy of my note back to him last nite, Sunday Nov 27, 2005."
  "Well hello at last, Ed.  Been trying to catch up with you.  Weren't you in Platoon 640 with me at Parris Island Boot Camp?  I went to Key West Florida for guard duty from there and then to Camp LeJeune from there a year later.  Joined the 22nd Marines and fought on Guam and on Okinawa then went to China at the end of the war and shipped back to Newe River NC for discharge about Christmas of 1945...Just about 60 years ago by the way!!  I had completely lost track of you and it's good to hear from you at last.  Let's stay in touch and try to get caught up.  Okay?  I've got to go for now but I'll write in more detail later and you do the same.  More later.  Art"     Email address is artp@iwaynet.net 
11/24/05 I am trying very hard to get in touch with an Arthur Prichard that was at Bonny Oaks when I was there.  We both joined the Marines at the same time in 1942 from Bonny Oaks.  I was known by Lloyd Hale.  I now use the name of Edwin Hale.  I have tried the email addresses that I came across somewhere but I don't get a reply.  Can you help or know of someone who can?  Would appreciate any help.  Email address is  edhale28@sbcglobal.net 
11/23/05 Email from James Ellis:  Sad News on this Holiday:  Bonny Oaks girl, Stephanie Boyd's, husband was murdered when he was delivering pizza to a customer's home.  His name is Doyle Stier.  I will get back to you with more information.  James.
Link to news story is http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_76321.asp  Please remember our Bonny Oaks sister, Stephanie, and the Stier family in your prayers.
11/23/05 Harry Jackson's home from Camp Shelby:
"I returned home from Camp Shelby, MS, last Friday afternoon. There were a Team of four of us who helped process the soldiers of the 278th Regimental Combat Team, returning from Iraq. The 278th RCT is composed of several National Guard Units from Tennessee, so it was good to introduce myself as one from TN.  Our Team consisted of 1 from Texas, 1 from Mississippi and 2 from Tennessee. After driving for six hours to lower MS, I arrived in the afternoon and met up with the other Team Members.  We were given our sheets and a place to stay.  Wow!  What an adjustment we had to make. Four to a room in a barracks-type cinder block building, with concrete floors and the shower and bathroom were about 50 yards away. The showers were an open bay with eight showerheads.  Reveille sounded at 6:00 o'clock each morning, but we were up by 4:30 a.m. ... got our showers ... dressed and on to the mess hall by 6:00 a.m.  We were at our work stations by 7:00 a.m. and the processing begun soon afterwards. For the first four or five days we worked from about 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  But, it was well worth it as we were able to talk with the soldiers and encourage them to get involved with their closest Vet Center.  (Note: One of the ones I referred from this area came in to the Vet Center on yesterday while I was away at the VA Medical Center in Murfreesboro!) After I got over the initial shock and readjusted my thinking, I must say that it was all well worth it!  I saw a lot of young soldiers preparing to go to Iraq, so please pray for them.  Thanks so much for your prayers!"
11/13/05 I'm writing from Camp Shelby.  I am able to use the Chaplain's computer. When they say "Camp" Shelby, I now understand why they say "Camp".  We are up every morning at 5:00 a.m.  Reveille is at 6:00 am.  It has been rewarding.  Long days talking with a lot of troops coming in from Iraq ... and most of them from Tennessee.  Please continue to pray for us here!  Love Ya, Harry
11/8/05 Email from Harry Jackson:
"Dear Friends ... I just learned today that I have been 'deployed' to Camp Shelby, MS (near Hattiesburg), to help process the troops that are returning from Iraq. The 278th Combat Support Group has been away for a year. Most of the 'National Guard Unit', which is the 278th, are from Tennessee. I will be leaving this Thursday morning (driving down) and will return on Friday, November 18th. The team will be living in the barracks ... eating military food, etc. Sounds like I'm going back into the Army! I would appreciate your prayers for me that I would have a safe journey and a productive time there. These troops are very deserving of our help. This is something that we didn't receive upon our return from Vietnam ... and, looking back, it was very much needed. So ... these folks will get it. The Department of Defense has asked the Department of Veterans Affairs to work hand-in-hand with them. This is a first in history! So, please keep in mind that I will be away from my computer and will not be able to check my email for over a week starting Thursday morning. :) Harry P.S. Also, please pray for LaWanda as she will be here with The Fance"
10/20/05 Email from Ron Hatch, son of George Hatch.  George is a great believer in our website for the Bonny Oaks kids.  You will remember that George and his wife, Connie, totally made the Bonny Oaks T-shirts and Hats available for us at the 2002 Reunion.  Please write and send him your well-wishes.

Email:  "Christine, Dad asked me to send you a note.  He had bypass surgery last week and came home from the hospital yesterday.  They had to bypass five arteries (three majors and two branches) and repaired a ventricular aneurysm.  He is uncomfortable, but recovering well.  As you might expect, we are talking a lot about fishing and family.  Sometimes I think he is more related to the catfish than he is the rest of us.  Mom is doing well and we arranged for home therapy and a home health nurse to help for the next few weeks.  Shortly thereafter, I fully expect him to go catch a few fish to help with the recovery.  Mary and I were able to be here for the surgery and initial recovery.  Mary went back to New York Monday and I will return Saturday afternoon.  Take care, Ron Hatch."  You can write to George at GEORGE_HATCH@msn.com 

10/4/05 Just to let you know I haven't forgotten about you.  I was so glad to hear that Hurricane Rita didn't affect you, I was saying a prayer for you.  I have been doing research on my family roots.  As you know, growing up without your family around to tell you stories sometimes you have to get info from other resources.  It started about 2 years ago perhaps after my visit from the B.O. reunion, I found out that on my mother's side there was a website I could go to called www.self-family.com  On this website I found my grandparents "Self"s tombstone and it started from there.  I flew to Tennessee on September 18th for a Self family reunion.  I met the last sibling on my mom's side, my Aunt Nancy.  I was able to copy some pictures of my aunt and uncle's to complete my genealogy.  However, I don't have much info regarding my dad's side.  Through searching names, I found Tennessee's 1910-1920 census which had my aunt's and uncle's names, grandparents too but I have not managed to find out my great-grandparent's name so I am at a standstill on dad's side.  I am making this genealogy record to leave for my grandkids so they won't have to go through what I did.  Anyway, I hope you are doing well and miss our visits.  I have attached a picture of my aunt and me on my visit to Tennessee.  Love, your sis, Daisy
Daisy-Hawk-and-Aunt-in-TN.jpg (50098 bytes)  Daisy and her Aunt Nancy in Tennessee 2005 
Update 9/27/05
Hurricane Rita Update:  My family and I came through the hurricane just fine.  Hurricane Rita went on land Fri 9/23/05 at Sabine Pass, TX instead of the Houston/Galveston area as previously predicted.  Because Houston was on the "clean" side of the hurricane, we received little wind and rain here on the extreme west side of Houston.  Thank you for the many emails of concern and for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. Christine
Note from your Webmaster:  Hi everyone, if you write to me you will see that I have set my email address on "automatic response" so you will know that my family and I, here in Houston Texas, are expecting Hurricane Rita on Fri 9/23/05.  I operate the Bonny Oaks website from my job's computer and our office is closing early today 9/21/05 to prepare for the hurricane.  I may not be able to answer emails if we lose electricity and phone lines.  My family and I  live about 10 miles due west of downtown Houston, off I-10 & Eldridge.  Thank you for understanding and I will answer you as soon as possible.  Please pray for all of us going through the hurricane.  Love and God Bless, Christine Haven
9/18/05 I need to replace my old email with my new email address.  I put it up on the Memory page under Thelma West.  My name is Jackie Evitt and my new email address is evittjk@comcast.net 
9/8/05 Christine, the granddaughter of Nancy Driggins who was in Bonny Oaks was in ICU but is coming home today.  She will be staying with John and Lesa and he will appreciate all of our prayers.  Thank you and God bless, Mary Ann.  P.S.  You can put on the website that every Thursday night here in Soddy Daisy, I host Southern Gospel Music at 7:00 PM at our local Hardees Restaurant.  Everyone is invited to come out!!  Mary Ann Neighbor Poe's  email is thesingingnone@aol.com 
8/27/05 "It has been a long time since I last communicated with you.  A lot of things have happened in the last few years.  I was off work on disability for a year with a severe foot problem as a result of diabetes.  The Lord has blessed me and I am now back to work and doing well.  Sorry to hear about Jerry Presley and I can sure understand what he is going through.  Also, I wanted to let you know about my brothers and sisters who were at Bonny Oaks.  Doug Cate is living in Florida, Larry Cate is living in Chattanooga, Barbara Cate Harrell is living in Chattanooga and Marilyn Cate Bevers is living in the Seattle, Washington area.  My new email address is wcate@charter.net  Best Regards, Wendell Cate"
8/26/05 Hey Christine, Jerry is doing a little better.  Jesse gets him and they walk at the Eastgate Mall.  He is taking little steps but that is important for him to do that.  He doesn't want to use his cane.  He has his sugar level at 150 now.  It was over 300 and that is an improvement with him.  He is working real hard to come back where he was with the walking.  I would love to see another alumni meeting.  If we wait much longer the ones who really enjoyed it may not be around or have a memory loss.  That seems to be my problem, I can't find anything I put away anymore.  Jesse is calling outside so better go.  Love you, Pauline - email  JPres13@aol.com 
8/21/05 Hello, My good friend, Billy Fry, is interested in getting a copy of the Strawberry Festival photo of him on the float.  He thinks it was in 1962 or 1963.  If you could email us a copy of this photo we will see that he gets a printout.  Thank you so much for any help you can provide.  Tina & Myron Stephens, email address is bearwtheglwng@hotmail.com 
Note:  My sister and brother were also on the float in this photograph but it was missing from the albums when we checked them at the library.  If you have a copy of the float that year that carried the Bonny Oaks children please send it or a copy of it to the website for all to enjoy and remember.  I know that it is one of very few pictures of my sister taken during her years at Bonny Oaks.  Thank you, Christine Haven texasbonny@yahoo.com 
8/17/05 Email:  "I just want you to know Jerry (Presley) has had a stroke.  He is a diabetic 2.  He is doing better.  Jesse (Presley) is watching over him.  He is trying to get his sugar level to do what it is supposed to do.  Jesse is trying to work with him and walk with him a little at a time.  It affected his left side.  He has problems walking on his left side.  He was so lucky.  He is trying to change his diet and his routine.  He is going to make it with the Good Lord's help.  He is going slow but he is going to recover from this.  He just felt like it happens to everyone except him but he found out what happens when you push your body.  Thanks, Pauline (Presley)."  You can email Jerry, Jesse and Pauline at JPres13@aol.com 
8/10/05 Email from Joyce (Stover) Rowell to Barbara (Pierce) Burhans but it could have been written to all Mrs. Turner's "girls", which is why it has been entered on the Bulletin Board.  Please let the website hear from all of you!:

"Hi Barbara,
Hope you are doing ok.  I really missed seeing you at the Tyner Reunion.  We stayed with M/M Adamson that weekend also, and went to church with them.  We were discussing the fact that there was very little written about Mom Turner on the website and he suggested that we girls who loved her so much should put something together about our experiences in the "big girls" building and Mom Turner, and ask Christine if she would add it under the info which is already on the website (which is not much). She was such an important part of our lives while at Bonny Oaks so I wanted to get input from you and others who were there while Mom Turner was our House Mother.  Could you do this, perhaps by Thanksgiving and we could try to put it all together, edit it, and submit to Christine?  I know Mr/Mrs. Adamson would be so thrilled because we all felt really bad that so very little has been said about her on the website.  Please let me know what your thoughts are?  Love, Joyce Stover Rowell"


Message:  "Hi, I'm Bonnie Jean Bools (Hagan).  I'm now 66 years old. (I AM?).  I live in Joplin, MO.  I've just been on the Bonny Oaks site, clicked on Vine Street site and read the email from Mary Alyce Adams.  I was at Vine Street from 1944 til 1952.  I don't remember Mary Alyce, but she may remember some of the girls I remember.  I would LOVE to hear from some of them like Nancy Goins, Melinda Williams, Patricia Shell and others.  
     I was also at Bonny Oaks and remember how nice Mr. Adamson was.  Unfortunately, I got put in with an older roommate who was planning to run away.  She did so almost a year later with 3 other girls, taking me with them insured my silence.  My life has been pretty good-not too much to complain about!  I was just thinking about my life, and that last statement is just too hilarious!!  But, I have fun!  Send this on, if you please, thanks, Bonnie."
Bonnie Jean Bools
Bonny Oaks 1952
Vine Street 1944-1952
You can email Bonnie at bugbarns@cableone.net

7/26/05 As you may have read below, Our Bonny Oaks sister, Doris Price's, daughter Jamie Young died yesterday from injuries sustained in a car wreck on July 14, 2005.  Doris would like the following poem put on the website:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there, I do not sleep
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints on the snow
I am the sunlight on rippled grain
I am the gentle autumn's rain
When you awaken in the mornings hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft star that shines at night
Do Not Stand At My Grave and Cry
I am not there, I did not die
The End

We all send our deepest sympathies to Doris Price, Jamie's mother,
and Jamie's uncle, James Ellis.

7/25/05 Hi folks.  This is Connie with tomatoes from my garden.  George Hatch

hatch-tomatoes.jpg (80941 bytes)   Click on picture to see tomatoes bigger than grapefruits, impressive George!  If you're ever in Little Rock, Arkansas, George and Connie invite you to stop by!

7/24/05 I am writing again because I have a new email address and am still very interested in locating Judy Clinton.  She came to live with us as my foster sister, I believe around 1975 or so.  I'm also interested in any of the kids that were there and graduated from Tyner in 1982, especially Johnny Vickers.  Kerri Beaver LaViola, email address is kelav@charter.net 
7/20/05 Joyce (Stover) Rowell and her husband, Paul, have a new email address, it's pnrowell@hemc.net - please change your address for them.  If you have a new email address, please send it in so anyone trying to reach you can do so from the website. 
7/16/05 7/25/05 Update:  I'm sorry to say Jamie Young did not make it, she died today.  James Ellis, her Uncle.

Our prayers are needed for Jamie Young, age 28. She is the daughter of Bonny Oaks Alumni Doris Price and the niece of BOA, James Ellis.  Jamie was in a car wreck on Thursday, July 14, 2005 in Dunlap, Tennessee and is in critical condition at Erlanger Hospital, Trauma Unit, Chattanooga, TN.  You can email Doris and James at je21349@yahoo.com or call them at 706-937-3197.
7/10/05 Email from Linda (Purdy) Livingston: "My son John has given his mom a great present, my first grandson. Peyton Tyler Livingston, born July 4, 2005.  We will let the Tennessee Vols fans decide where the name came from."
peyton-tyler-livingston-7-4.jpg (55359 bytes)  Peyton Tyler, Jacksonville Florida - 4th of July Baby
You can write to Linda at livlin41@yahoo.com
7/10/05 My father Richard Eugene McKeel who was in Bonny Oaks School from 1953-1956 has recovered from a stroke he had back in July of 2004. Thank you all for praying for him and I am sorry that I have not got back with you been busy taking care of him and working on toward my degree in which I will have finished by December 2006. If all goes according to God's will. God Bless and May he bless you everyday.  Alex - email address: richardamckeel@bellsouth.net 
7/9/05 Lester Lawson has a new email address, it's  fishman992@yahoo.com 
7/8/05 Good Morning, Christine: I talked with Mr. Adamson by phone yesterday and he sounded pretty weak and stated he was having a rough go of it but slowly progressing. All of us need to certainly remember him in our prayers!  :) Your Bonny Oaks Brother, Harry
7/7/05 Mr. Adamson has had his surgery and is home.  Here is an update from Mrs. Adamson (thank you for keeping us informed):
"Dear Christine, You will never know how thrilled we were to get your call and the messages. I asked Tim Brown to call Harry and ask him to tell you that the surgery would be on Friday and learned later that he couldn't get Harry. We were in the Hospital a total of l2 nights with Drs. doing all sorts of tests. When they decided to remove the Gall Bladder on Friday it went quite well.  However,there were some problems with medications and we were able to get home late Monday. We think he is slowly improving each day but is very frail and weak. I will try to keep you informed--you know he does most of the e-mails! Thanks for your call and we love you all. Lovingly, Mrs.Adamson"

The Adamson's would love to hear from you.  Their email address is malgeo@webtv.net

7/4/05 Just wanted to say hi! to any and all old friends that may like to hear from me. I am living in Landstuhl, Germany. I have been here since March 2004. This is a beautiful place to be especially during this time of the year.  I was 72 on April 6, 2005.  I am living good and feel great. I walk thru the Mountains with my Wife for 3-4 hours every day that the weather allows. We found a great swimming hole at the foot of one of these Mountains and go there also as weather permits. I wish all of you a wonderful life...God knows how deserving the children of Bonny Oaks are.  As Ever, Marcus N. Morgan
Marcus' email address is Klugeralsvoher@aol.com

These pictures are of my newest granddaughter, here showing up the competition in the beauty contest " Strawberry Festival" @ Dayton Tennessee 2005. Her name is Kaliegh.  Thanks, Marcus

marcus_morgan_granddaughter_strawberry_queen.jpg (98980 bytes) Click on picture to enlarge.

6/29/05 Email from Harry Jackson: "Just wanted to let you know that Mr. Adamson is in Memorial Hospital and may need surgery."
Note from Christine Haven:  I just spoke to Mr. and Mrs. Adamson in his hospital room.  Mrs. Adamson said the doctors are doing a "battery" of tests on Mr. Adamson's overall health condition to determine if and when they can do surgery.  Mr. Adamson is suffering from gallstones and is understandably tired of being confined to the hospital.  Please include the Adamson's in your prayers.  We pray that he will have a speedy recovery and be home soon and back to his usual vibrant self.  Mr. Adamson is at Memorial Hospital, 2525 de Sales Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404, in Room #175.
6/23/05 Hi Everyone!  Just wanted to let you know that my daughter, Carrie, gave birth to her second son on Thursday, June 23, 2005.  His name is Gideon Haven Hale and he is beautiful!  He weighed 7 lbs 14 oz, 18 1/2" long and my daughter had him "natural".  It was rough and I am still traumatized over it, she says there won't be any more, lol.  Gideon is my sixth grandson and I also have one granddaughter.  I hope to have pictures of them all very soon for the website.  Christine Haven
6/11/05 Harry Jackson wrote this email to family and friends, but I thought you would want to see what "our Harry" is up to, he's a great Bonny Oaks Acorn:

"Folks, I just wanted to share something with you.  I will be flying to Branson, MO., tomorrow, June 12th, to be involved in a special Vietnam veteran celebration.  I have been chosen as one of thirteen VA - Vet Center - Readjustment Counseling employees nationwide, to be involved in the "Welcome Home" celebration in Branson this coming week.  They are expecting around 100,000 Vietnam Vets to be involved.  It is a huge undertaking and I will be working a lot of hours at the moving Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.  I would appreciate your prayers as I travel and as I am involved in the celebrations.  If you would like to know more about what I'm talking about you can go to:
www.operationhomecomingusa.com "

6/7/05 Email from Michael Devlin wanting to locate Mrs. Gore.  Michael's email address is zandevlin@aol.com if you can put him in touch with Mrs. Gore, please write to him.
5/30/05 Happy Memorial Day! Harry Jackson is a new Grand-Poppy!
Harry's Email: "

We are pleased to announce that we have a new grandbaby.  Reed Sileas - a baby girl.  She has Harry's middle name as her first name.  She is a beautiful little girl and so healthy!  PRAISE GOD!  She weighed in at 7 pounds and 8 ounces and 20 1/2 inches long.  (Quin was born at 7 pounds 10 ounces and was 21 inches long).  Thanks so much for your prayers! Love Ya, Harry

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Reed Sileas 

5/29/05 Harry and LaWanda Jackson with the Grandbabies (Click on the picture to enlarge it):

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Email:  "Hello, I am looking for information on my Mother's brothers and sister who were at Bonny Oaks between 1927 - possibly 1935.  They were William Maxwell, James Paris Maxwell, Lois Annette Maxwell.  They have shared so many amazing stories about being there and would love to talk to anyone who remembers them.  Thank you, Laura"  Please write to Laura at lhustoles@cfl.rr.com 
3/8/05 Email from Ted Pruitt (Bonny Oaks 1932-1939), "Also looking for anyone who might remember my sister, Pearl".
3/8/05 Email:  "My name is Jimmie Mikel, I am the granddaughter of Annie Matney.  I am desperately seeking information on her and her side of the family.  She was raised in Bonny Oaks Orphanage.  She left there in 1909.  She was born Dec. 15th, 1893, I don't know her parents names but she had 2 sisters, Tennessee Matilda Matney and Bertie Matney.  I believe Tennessee Matilda to be the older one. I know Annie married James Eaks Duffey on Dec. 29, 1909, I have their Marriage Certificate (#19138).  On the marriage certificate her name is spelled Anna and his last name is spelled Duffy (James E.) As she raised me, I know she spelled her name Annie.  After she married they built a home at 2011 Windsor St. Chattanooga, Tennessee and they raised all 8 of their children there. James passed away in 1938.  I have searched and searched, but as I live in Texas, it is hard for me to find out anything.  If you could please search the information for me, or tell me what to do.  I am getting desperate, I don't know what else to do.  I know the original Bonny Oaks burnt down, but do they still have records?  Please email me back and let me know what I can do.  I  greatly appreciate any and all help you may be able to give me concerning this matter.  Thank you".  If you can help Jimmie, her email address is SwtBrandy@aol.com 
2/28/05 Email from J.K.N. Fausset, son of Betty J. Burchard (Townson).  
His email is fausset_1@insightbb.com

Betty J. Burchard (Townson) was in Bonny Oaks in the early 1950's and I am interested in finding people who knew her and could tell me a little about her.  You see, she is my mother and is having a rough time with Parkinson's right now and I want to help her remember her past.  
Searching for Bonny Bools, she used to hang out with my mother in the early 1950's.  If anyone can help me out with this, I would greatly appreciate it, Thanks.

2/8/05 Email from friend of Bonny Oaks, Gary Pickett:  "I just happened upon this site and remembered my childhood days. I lived very close to Bonny Oaks and my bus picked up kids there every morning. I went to elementary school at Lakeside & then Tyner (1st grade 1963). Seeing the pictures brought back so many memories b/c now most of the site is an industrial park. I went through most of the pictures and recognized a few names but it seems like most of the alumni are from earlier years. I think that it is wonderful that so many of the alumni can get together and share pictures and emails. I love this site and it brings back so many memories. Gary Pickett (Tyner 1975").  Gary's email address is GaryP@mail.HamiltonTN.gov and he wants to hear from you.

Bonny Oaks' own, Harry Jackson, wrote an article about the day baseball great, Bob Feller, visited the boys and gave them some pointers.  The History Channel Magazine has published his article and we're proud to have it available on the website. 

Click here to see the article.

12/25/04 Dearest Friends
As with all previous Holy Seasons, we have much to be thankful for this year.  Topping the list are Health, Home/Family, Purpose, great Friends, and daily Assurance of Christ's redemptive love, grace and eternal presence for all who believe.
May the Purpose, Joy, Wonder, Beauty, Power and Love revealed within the Christmas story resonate anew within your heart.  And may those you hold most dear, be mindful always that Christ is forever present and concerned as Father, Creator and Redeemer.
Marie joins me in extending warm greetings this Christmas day.  May you and yours be together in Peace, Joy and Love today and always.
Marie and Charles
Dothan, AL
Dec. 25, 2004
12/1/04 Ms. Coulter would love to hear from everyone, you may write to Ann at her email address ann_coulter@comcast.net
12/1/04 Ann Coulter running for Mayor of Chattanooga!  Email from Pauline Presley, 
"Christine, we have a former girl that worked with the kids in the summer time at Bonny Oaks back in the 70's. She is running for mayor of Chattanooga. She wasn't a student but she worked there in her teens every summer. Her name is Ann Coulter. She came to the reunion. We are going to support her in every way we can. If you could put her name and what she is doing on the website I would appreciate it. She worked at Bonny Oaks during her high school and college summers. I know there are a lot of people from Bonny Oaks that remember her. She is registered on the website under "Staff". She worked for several summers at Bonny Oaks. I talked with her today and I told her I would email you to put her name on the site that she is running for mayor here in Chattanooga. She said she would send you the writing that is in this card we got from her. She mentioned Bonny Oaks. She said Mr and Mrs Adamson sent her some money for her campaign. Jesse and I are going to help also. Jesse is going to put a sign in our front yard and he is going to write something for the editor page.  Thanks Pauline".
11/24/04 We wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day. Joyce and I will be having dinner with Lisa and her family in Sugar Hill.  Stay in touch. Take care. Paul & Joyce (Stover) Rowell
11/23/04 Email from Dianne:  "......Happy Turkey Day! Hello to your families.  Lots of love, Dianne Williams Donley"

Christine:  Just wanted to wish you, Mr. & Mrs. Adamson, and all our Bonny Oaks’ brothers and sisters a very Happy Thanksgiving.  All of you are in my daily prayers.  With Love, Barbara Pierce Burhans

10/23/04 Email from Charles Camp:  "Good morning, The piece that follows was written specifically for Carson-Newman College friends.  After the fact, however, it occurred to me that some of you may be in on the know, i.e. Personal Reference source, etc.  At any rate, I happily share the good news.  This event affords me another opportunity to let you know how much your personal/professional "connection" continues to mean to me and mine.  Friendship is vital to ones Healthy, Happy and Effective day-to-day living experiences.  Thank you eversomuch for being among my friends.  It is and has always been my JOY to know and care about you.  Blessings, Charles
"Dear Ones,  Some of you may know more about the process, etc. than I do at the moment.  However, I must report the GOOD NEWS received in yesterday's mail in the event you are unaware.  Following is Paragraph 1 from a letter dated Nov 1, 2004:
"Dear Mr. Camp:  On behalf of Carson-Newman College, I am pleased to extend congratulations to you for your achievements and to notify you of your being named Distinguished Alumnus for 2004-05."
Paragraph 4:  "Our Alumni Awards celebration will occur on the Carson-Newman campus, Monday and Tuesday, March 14-15, 2005, at which time we look forward to presenting your award and congratulating you personally.  Very soon, the Office of Alumni relations will contact you with further details of this event."
So, dear Carson-Newman friends of mine, there it is -- the Announcement alone is sufficient for me!  Who would have ever imagined such a wonderful thing happening for one such as I?  I'm thrilled beyond words as Carson-Newman did, in fact, make the difference for me.  Other than immediate family, no one is more appreciated, respected, trusted, and loved than my host of friends from Carson-Newman College.  Each of you remain in my heart to this very day.  I thank God for your witness, your numerous good works, and for your friendship of encouragement, equal acceptance, example, inspiration, and loyalty.  The CNC class ring I've worn now for 44 years was a gift from Kent Blazier's mother, Mrs. Ray Moss, Sr. of Chattanooga, TN and Mr. Albert Sloan, CN's Vice President for Finance signed off on appropriate loan agreements my Sophomore year, thus paving the way for me to remain in school.  Blessings to each of you and to all whom you love.  To God be the glory.  Love and good wishes, Charley
PS:  Though not there yet, I am well on my way to a complete recovery following quadruple bypass surgery the early morning of February 16!  Rehab is a daily must -- diet restrictions are vital -- and my three remaining medications are a life-time requirement.
10/08/04 10/08/04 Update:  "I'm looking for anyone from the time I was at Bonny Oaks. I was at Bonny Oaks from 1975-1979. I really had some good times at the school. I am still in the military awaiting deployment to Iraq so please pray for me.  Hello everyone."
Click here to email Carl at carl.w.bowman@u.s.army.mil
9/19/04 Email from George Frazer:  Bonny Oaks 1954-1957, living in Knoxville today.
Message:  Searching for Jesse Presley and Tom Page.  Email address: georgefrazer@comcast.net
9/16/04 Email from Pam Presley:  "...Things have been so busy for me lately it seems.  The boys are growing up fast, almost too fast for me.  Drew is in 2nd grade and Alec started kindergarten this year.  I am going back to school to finish my cosmetology license.  As I am sure you have heard, Mom's health is going to be ok it seems, thank God!!!!!  I couldn't even think about life without her!...  My new email address is pebbles37421@yahoo.com 
9/15/04 Email from Ira 'Tim' Davis: Bonny Oaks 1969 to Close, living in Chattanooga today.
Message: I'm the grandson of John L. and Margaret Radford, son of Faith Ellen Radford Davis, nephew of Henry L. Radford, and brother of Jason Davis.  If you know any of these names, please contact me, it would be great to hear from you!  Email address: irad007@bellsouth.net
9/1/04 (1) Email excerpts from Mr. Adamson to Harry Jackson:  "Harry, Bobby Yarbrough is very ill...critical...in my opinion.  He has advanced Parkinson's plus internal gastric problems.  He is at home right now but goes to doctor about daily...I am keeping up with him...He appreciates visitors, can sit up part time.  I see him regularly, pray with him and talk to him.  He and his wife, Olivia, live at 2523 Allegheny Drive, Chattanooga, TN 37421, Telephone 423-892-1547.  Would appreciate your prayers and concern. M.ADAMSON".
(2) Email from Harry:  "Christine:...Also ... it would probably be okay to call Bobby now.  I just arrived home so you probably sent this email a little while ago.  It is now 6:05 p.m. here right now.  I thought it might be good too ... to put Bobby's address on the "Bulletin Board" so people can send him a card.  What do you think?  :) Harry"
(3) Email from Chris Haven:  Hi Harry, I just talked to Bobby and he was very weak but he let his wife know that he wanted to talk to me.  I told him a lot of his Bonny Oaks brothers and sisters were praying for him.  He wants his address posted on the website.  His voice was strong as he made a concentrated effort to talk. Thank you again for letting us all know...".  Please include Bobby in your prayers.
8/26/04 Email from Harry Jackson:  "You may have already heard about the death of Wayne Bozza but I thought I would send you this information from the paper today (08-26-04): "Wayne Bozza, Sr., 66, died Monday, August 23, 2004, in a local hospital - Please see Wayne's obituary on "In Memory of..." page.
8/16/04 Email from Mr. Adamson:  "Years are moving along...seemingly faster and faster.  We think of you often and deeply appreciate your great effort to keep BOS alive and functioning.  A word that is of interest to many: two of our former students are in very grave health condition. Bobby Yarbrough...after a very successful building profession is now in critical condition...apparently with very limited time! and David Lee..also a very successful business life is also in critical condition with terminal condition.  He has inoperable cancer (according to Vanderbilt) but was taken to Univ of AL Hospital in B'ham today as a hopeful resort.    GOD MOVES IN MYSTICAL WAYS AND WE ARE IN CONCERNED PRAYER WITH CONCERN FOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES.  Geo and I are still plugging along...somewhat slowly but still hopeful of tomorrow. Great greetings and blessings to you and yours.  M. Adamson"
Click here to email Mr. Adamson
8/13/04 Here's the link to Channel 9's memorial to Bob Brandy, Chattanooga, Tennessee, www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_33175.asp   The article on Channel 9's website is to expire on August 14th.  If you can't see the article on the link above, click here to see the two of Mr. Brandy's obituaries, (providing the article to the Bonny Oaks website is our effort to honor Bob Brandy, but if this is copyrighted, please let me know).

News-Channel-9-Bob-Brandys.jpg (108074 bytes)  Here's a picture Daisy sent in that Channel 9 would like to know the names of the scout troop members.  Do you recognize any of them?

Daisy, thanks from all of us for sending the information.  Many of us fondly remember The Bob Brandy Show in Chattanooga.  If anyone has memories they would like to put on here about Bob Brandy, please send them to the website at texasbonny@yahoo.com 

8/13/04 Email from Daisy:  "Oh my gosh, I recognized two boys from these pictures, Ricky Henry (under Palm Tree) top of picture and Stanley Wofford second boy on left from Bob.  Hope you check this out. Daisy"
8/13/04 Email from Daisy Hawk:  "You'll never guess what I ran across? Well , did you ever go with our group from Vine Street to The Bob Brandy Show? If you go to Life In Legacy.com you will find Bob Brandy's pic and obituary there. Say's he died just last year Feb 28th. Thought maybe you would be interested in this since  it was a past experience from Vine Street.  Also I found on the web The Bob Brandy Show 1958-1978 click on Channel 9.  They are asking about a group of Cub scouts to identify, sure looks like Vine Street kids!  Daisy"
7/24/04 I am writing again because I have a new email address and am still very interested in locating Judy Clinton. She came to live with us as my foster sister, I believe, around 1975 or so. I'm also interested in any of the kids that were there and graduated from Tyner in 1982, especially Johnny Vickers. -- Kerri Beaver LaViola
Email:  kelav@charter.net 
7/13/04 Bonny, Enclosed is a picture of me while I was at Bonny Oaks.  I would really appreciate if steve_johnson.jpg (89443 bytes)you would post it wherever you feel is most appropriate.  Also, I have been trying to contact David Stoker, unfortunately the e-mail address that was posted is no longer valid. If you have any further information on how I may reach him it would be greatly appreciated.  As I look back through all of the old pictures, a lot of old faces like David Stoker, Alvin Coffee, Debbie Lee Evitt, and many others are just the way I remember them. Unfortunately I have lost contact and so far have not found any way to reach them all. If there is any way possible I would appreciate you posting a message on the bulletin board stating I am trying to get in touch with people that were there from '67 til '69. If you could do that for me it would be great!  Thanks again, Steve Johnson
7/12/04 Email from Pauline - Great News!  She writes:  "We went to the doctor today and he thinks I am ok. He has ordered a sonogram for me tomorrow to be on the safe side. I go back to him on Monday to follow up but he thinks it is ok. Our prayers have been answered. We were so thrilled with this outcome that I feel so worthy of everyone's prayers. I thank everyone that had a prayer for us. Now I can take care of my grandchildren that mean so much to me. They are so used to me saying I have to go to work when they want to spend the night now I don't have that excuse. I just love them so much. I want to spend all my time with everyone of them. I am much older now but they don't know that. Thank everyone for their prayers for making me healthy. Pauline"

Pauline, you certainly are worthy of all our prayers and they were prayed out of love.  You have given so much to so many children throughout the years!  God Bless You and Your Family! Please keep the website posted, okay?  Christine

7/12/04 Email from Robert (Bobby) Smith, who just found the website:  Hello, It just blessed my heart to hear from you and I want you guys to know how long I have wanted to hear from all my brothers and sisters at the school. I want to know so much about everybody. I have one BIG problem, and that is I don't know how to type and nothing about computers.  It took me twenty minutes just to type this much, plus errors.   As soon as I can get the hang of this, I will send some pictures and stuff.  I had to stop a lot of things after my breathing got to the point of becoming C.O.P.D. plus some other problems that comes with age...But the LORD has taken good care of me..  I hope to be able to get a computer and be able to get online, but right now the library will have to do.. I'm not exactly sure of the dates, I was at Bonny Oaks. Just now it took some time to bother the librarian to show me I had more typing space, live and learn (ha! ha!).  Well I'm going to the V.A. clinic next door.  Love to you and yours, until then, your friend Always,  Bobby Smith.
7/11/04 Email from Dianne Williams:  "My heart goes out to Pauline. I hope she gets good news on July 12th. I'll be thinking about her. Also, I read the letter from David Ray. See how the website helps people? I still think there is a real higher power somewhere that helps us. You have the last name Haven which I think is so appropriate. We can all come to this website like a safe place to reach out. Some people may find the answers to their questions. Some feel so grateful after they find a friend or a family member. I think you are rewarded in the spirit. I will always be grateful to you. Thanks for our memories.  We need to get together to make some more.
Lots of love to you from me. Dianne ox's"
7/7/04 Email from Ronald Ray's son, David, after I asked how he found the website:  "Christine, It's a peculiar story, really. I live in Los Angeles, where I work sometimes as an actor, sometimes as a musician, and sometimes as a writer.  Sometimes I have money.  Currently, I'm working as a production coordinator on a show that flies me around the country.  In the blur of hotels and faces, I wound up at the Radisson in Tucker, GA, just north of Atlanta. There was a brochure in the local attractions rack for Lake Winnepesauka, where my family had lived until I was three.   My father was born in Chattanooga, and had told my sister and I often that he'd spent time in Bonny Oaks, and at Tyner High.  His memories were mostly bitter.  He drank a lot and always seemed to be simultaneously groping for and pushing away a sense of family. He became gentle in his last decade and went softly into that good night, as the poem says. We have no photos of Dad from his childhood. There's a tiny faded one, taken when he was 32, and I was a newborn.
Anyway, I was bored yesterday afternoon, looking up every manner of autobiographical thing on Google, just to get some thrill while I overstuffed myself on Doritos and kettle corn. Your Bonny Oaks website sprang up and I amused myself looking at everyone's memories (I love old photographs). I got to Barbara Allen Pierce's album and my heart skipped a beat when I came across a nearly-pristine photo of my father. It's now only the second picture of him I've ever seen where he doesn't have a beard.  Man, he was a good-looking kid! He was a handsome old man too, much like Sean Connery.  I quickly cell-phoned my sister, who lives in Vancouver, Washington. We, like my father, constantly grope for and reject a sense of family.  I told her about the photo and we both got incredibly hyperactive about it.  I'm printing us each a copy.
I'm open to anybody's memories of my father, even bad ones. He was a self-proclaimed bully, but he was also a cowboy wallflower, a redneck rogue, and a charmer.  If there are alumni with recollections of Ron, I'd love to hear about them.
Thanks for making my day.  David
6/28/04 ...Our 60th anniversary was the 26th of March.  We had first planned to go on a cruise but talked ourselves out of going and decided to just go to the dinner theater instead. About the 2nd week in March, I came down with a cold ( I thought). Connie tried to get me to go to the DR on Friday but I didn't think I felt that bad. I told her I would call the DR  if I didn't feel better by Monday (that was a mistake).  I awoke Sunday morning about 1:30 am and couldn't get my breath.  Connie rushed me to the hospital and found out I had pneumonia. I told the nurses our anniversary was Friday and if they didn't let me go home by then we were going to have a party in my room.  I didn't get to go home so the nurses gave us a party with a beautiful place blooms and a big piece of cake that I couldn't eat.  The good news is we are both well now and able to keep the garden and yard in good shape...  George and Connie Hatch
Please see George and Connie's reunion with Art and Mary Prichard picture from the same email on the "Reunions" page.
Glad to see you are up and running, George!
6/28/04 Hello!  I'm so sorry to hear about Pauline. Hope all is going ok. I haven't looked at the Bulletin since last week. She is in all our thoughts and prayers. So many of us acorns know her and love her. Keep us posted!  Dianne Williams
6/23/04 Chris...thanks for the email.  We were not aware of Pauline's problem.  We will try to contact her...and trust that "the lump" is not a cancer.  You know, of course, that all lumps are not cancer...but we are concerned as I am sure Pauline is.  Good to hear from you. Malcolm and George Adamson.
6/22/04 Christine, I don't care if you want to put this on the website.  I need all the prayers I can get.  Thanks, Pauline


Hey Christine, Do you believe 6-30-04 is my last day of work. I have turned in my notice. I have been working for so long, like 42 years. I have also quit smoking. I haven't had a cigarette in over a month. I thought things were looking up for me when i went to the doctor last Friday for my physical but the doctor found a lump in my breast. I have to go to a doctor that specializes in cancer. The hardest thing about this is I just had a mammogram the week before and I just got a letter with a big happy face on it that said everything looked good. Can you believe that? We are scared to death. Pam tries to reassure me that God doesn't put any more on you than you can stand. It just seemed like he told me it was time to quit work because he had another path for me to follow. Please pray for us Christine. We don't know . The doctor's office is suppose to call me tomorrow for an appointment. I will keep you posted. Well it is about to storm here so I am going to get off.  Pauline Presley
6/14/04 Prayer Request Email from Harry Jackson:
I would appreciate your prayers for my older sister ... I think she is 
about 71 y/o.  Her name is Betty and she lives in Michigan.  Her 
husband went to be with the Lord several years ago.  Her blood count was down 
and her doctor wants to do some further tests.  Please pray that God 
would give her peace through this time of trouble.  I will keep you 
updated as I know something.
Love in Christ,
6/14/04 Hi, We are trying to find  Mary Linda Henderson and her brothers Charles and Ricky Henderson. They are the siblings of  Wanda Sue Henderson who is married and lives here in NC now. The children including Wanda Sue were removed from their parents Joe Henry Henderson and Monten Gribble Henderson and placed at Bonny Oaks in the 1950's.  Wanda Sue would like to know where her siblings  were sent from there and if they were adopted who  adopted them. She was transferred to the Tullahoma detention center for trying to run away and did not see her siblings anymore.  Mary Linda and the boys were younger than Wanda Sue and she was born in 1944, so we think they were born in 1946, 1948 and maybe 1950.  Joe Henry Henderson and his wife Monten both died in a house fire in Feb 1960 in Chattanooga TN.  Thanks, Blanche
Please give us any direction you can to help locate them.  Email Blanche at Surrett77@aol.com
6/8/04 Christine, here's a picture of us at last Sunday's dedication at church.  That's me (Poppy), my wife LaWanda, LaWanda's adopted Korean daughter, Brandy, and our granddaughter, Olivia Abigail.  :) Harry Jackson 
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5/24/04 My dad, Richard Eugene McKeel's (Bonny Oaks Alumnae), new e-mail address is richardamckeel@bellsouth.net .  Also, can you remember him in your prayers, he is not well.  He has been in the hospital twice in the last three months.  Thank you, Alex McKeel
5/15/04 Hope you will take the time to go to the website --- www.discoverarts.com   --- and take a look at my niece, Ginger Concepcion's art work!  :) Harry Jackson
5/12/04 Ms. Haven, Thank you for answering my message.  Yes, indeed, you have my permission to add the names of my mother and my Aunt Sara to the "In Memory" listing.  I will jump at the chance to contact Eva Gassaway.  I believe I  can recall my mother mentioning Eva Gassaway's name as one of the friends she had at Bonny Oaks.  I'm not sure about it; her name rings a bell with me, though.  It might interest you to know that when I lived in Chattanooga I worked as a journalist/reporter for WTVC-TV, the ABC affiliate.  I went to work there in 1959 and stayed until 1976.  On a Sunday afternoon in 1971, I was sitting at home when the phone rang.  The caller was a Sheriff's Department detective named "Red" Locke.  He asked if he and a friend could come by for a quick visit.  I said "sure".  When they arrived and I opened the front door, "Red" Locke introduced his friend as Alvin Prater.  Mr. Prater then told me that his brother, Raymond, a Chattanooga attorney, was on a private plane that was overdue on a flight from West Virginia and he feared the airplane had crashed.  He also told me that one of the other passengers on that plane was Audie Murphy the actor.  I thought, "yeah, sure".  Alvin Prater said his family needed my help in generating news coverage about the missing plane that would get the attention of the FAA and other agencies in order to begin a search operation.   Up to this point, he said, no one in authority was taking him seriously that the plane might have crashed.  Well, I began to do some inquiries on my own and in the course of checking information I contacted t Press in Nashville and shared with the AP what I knew about the disappearance of the airplane and the names of people who were thought to be on board.  The story made the AP's national  wire and produced the results that Alvin Prater had hoped for.  The plane was found that same night.  Audie Murphy was one of the passengers along with Alvin Prater's brother.  The Associated Press gave me a national reporting award for helping develop the story.  When I was first browsing the Bonny Oaks website I was surprised to learn that both Alvin and Raymond Prater were students at Bonny Oaks during the time my mother and Aunt Sara were there.  In fact, when my mother's older sister, Sammie, died in 1994, Alvin Prater came by the funeral home, saw my mother, and they spent several minutes visiting with each other.  However, I didn't know how they were connected until I logged onto your website.  Mother and Alvin had gone their separate ways after leaving Bonny Oaks.  Alvin stayed in Chattanooga and my mother moved to Knoxville in the mid-1930's.  If he is still living, Alvin Prater might be a good source of information for me about life at Bonny Oaks when he and mother were living there.  I may follow up on that possibility.  I hope you'll forgive me for a long message full of trivia. I guess it shows that Bonny Oaks lives on in the lives of people who never even spent a day at the school and know it only by reputation.  It will always be a very special place!  Gil Lusk
5/11/04 Dear Mr. Lusk, I am so pleased and happy that you found the website but so sorry to hear Anna and Sara are no longer with us.  Please accept my heartfelt condolences.  It is always so sad to hear the kid's are gone from us before we could make contact.  I will add them to the "In Memory of..." page if you will give permission.  I've checked my records and do not have your mother or her sister, Sara, on the list which indicate there are records on file for them. They may be listed on the US Census for 1930, I will check when I get those records.  Mr. Lusk, the good news is that sometimes I recognize some of the kid's names and remembered Sara's so I checked the website and found Eva Gasaway's section on the "Alumni" page.  She mentioned that she would love to hear from Sara, they were friends.  Maybe you could write to Eva or I could send your email address to her.  She would have memories of your mother and Sara.  Here's is Eva's email address, I am sure she would love to hear from you, it's puffin1940@aol.com  The digitization project is going well.  I have a few more CD's to resize for the website and hope to have them on there soon.  I can't say for sure that the remaining albums will be from the 70's and 80's as expected because I have seen albums dated in the 40's that had odd and ends from other decades in them.  I will be on the lookout for pictures and let you know if I come across some of your mother and Sara.
5/11/04 My mother was a student at Bonny Oaks School.  I'm guessing that she lived at Bonny Oaks from, maybe, 1928 to 1933 or 1934.  Her name was Anna Mae Glover.  She died on Easter Sunday, 2004. Although she didn't talk much about those years, I know that Bonny Oaks represented a significant chapter in her life story.  After the death of her father in the mid-1920's, I suppose Dr. William S. Keese was the primary male role model for her during her teen-age years.   Following her death this year I stumbled onto the Bonny Oaks website.  I've canvassed the pictures available of students who would be her contemporaries and I've failed to find any photographs of my mother.  However, I was pleased to see two pictures of my mother's younger sister, Sara Glover, who was also a Bonny Oaks alumnae.   These are images I had never before seen.  Sara died about 15 years ago.  Dr. Keese officiated at her wedding in 1958.  I'm going through all this rambling in an effort to establish my credentials and the indirect connection I have with Bonny Oaks.  Upon reading the exchange of letters with the staff at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library I reasoned that there may be other pictures of Bonny Oaks students which have not yet found their way onto your website. program now stands?  Oddly enough, I lived in Chattanooga for almost 30 years and it never occurred to me to visit the library and examine its files on Bonny Oaks.  That was a serious "missed opportunity". Anyway, I write also to compliment you on the website.  It's an important source of historical information which I hope will continue to grow.  Gil Lusk, Knoxville Tennessee, son of Anna Mae Glover
5/07/04 Email from Mary Ann (Neighbors) Poe:  "Chris,  I wanted to let you know that Barbara Durham's mother passed away in Jacksonville Florida this week.  Mary Ann
Email from James Ellis:  Virginia Walker called last night and said her mother had passed 
away.  Her name is Elizabeth Virginia Russell.  Keep her in your prayers and 
the rest of the family, God Bless.  Please pass this along to all you can.  James
5/03/04 Email from Ken Clay, Director of Partnership for Families in Chattanooga and the last Superintendent of Bonny Oaks.  A great friend to all the Bonny Oaks children!  Ken's office has the records of Bonny Oaks students and has been providing copies of them. He writes to let us know of changes that affect the way we will obtain our Bonny Oaks records:

"Dear Christine, We have changed our name to the " Partnership for Families, Children and Adults "  My assistant will mail you a new form so you can make the change.  In the past I just charged what ever the cost was for this to the old programs that came over to our agency from Bonny Oaks.  I am sorry but we are now going to have to charge what ever they cost plus mailing.  My staff and I will continue to provide our labor to continue to handle the old files.  Please inform those requesting files that we have no way of knowing how many pages or if there isn't any information until we send them out to a company to print them off  the old microfilm.  Also , our budgets have been cut and we are struggling to keep things going.  We had 6 group homes and lost one last year and it looks like we will lose another one at the end of  June.

We are facing another problem or two.
1.  We only have a microfilm reader and it is on it's last leg and the microfilm is getting old.
2.  We need to get all the old film on cd's but don't have any funds avaiable to do so.

I will be trying to find a way to solve our problems but keep us in your thoughts till we do

Your friend ,

Ken Clay
Director of  Property Management
And Purchasing
Partnership for Families,
Children and Adults
300 East 8th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: 423-755-2849
Fax: 423-755-2897
Email: kclay@patnershipfca.com

4/25/04 Email from Marcus Morgan: "Hello again, I have moved to Landstuhl, Germany...my new email address is Klugeralsvoher@aol.com
4/16/04 Email from Teresa Daughtery, daughter of Anniece Whittemore (Bonny Oaks 1940's/1950's) letting the website know about Charles Whittemore's death (In Memory of...page):

"Anniece is my mother and Charles sister, Allene is my aunt and Charles sister and Ivan is my uncle and Charles brother.  All three of them are still alive.  All of these were at Bonny oaks at the same time. I am Charles niece Teresa Daugherty and my mom wanted to summit about his death. The whole web site brought back many memories for her and she truly enjoyed seeing pictures of herself on the site.  Thank you so much, Teresa Daugherty, Cleveland, Tennessee
You may contact the Whittemore family through Teresa's email, treedontfork@yahoo.com

4/15/04 Email from Lisa Morrison Richardson, "My dad, William (Billy) Morrison was brought to the orphanage in 1930, he was about 8.  He had an older brother, Tommie, who was with him.  I am just looking to find any pictures of Billy and would be grateful for any information about Billy's life at the orphanage.  Thanks, Lisa."
Click here to email Billy through his daughter at WayRich14@aol.com

Second email from Lisa:  "hanks for the information about my dad Billy Morrison.  Did you happen to have a card on his brother Tommy Morrison and his sister Betty Sue Morrison.  I think he had a brother named Robert Morrison and another sister named Dorothy Morrison.  Also I think there is an older sister named Mary.  Any way, as far as I know my dad Billy is the only surviving member of his family.  He is alive and well in Orlando Florida.  I will show him the web site this weekend.  You mentioned how difficult it was for kids in the 1930's at the orphanage can you elaborate or maybe direct me to someone who can?  I really appreciate all you have done for me!  Thanks!!  Lisa Morrison Richard
Note:  If you have any information for Lisa, please contact her at WayRich14@aol.com

4/14/04 Email from Carl Bowman, "Hello, I am doing okay and will be leaving for Iraq soon.  Not sure how soon, they are not telling us anything yet but I will email before I leave.  Hello to all Acorns, I was there in 1975-1979 and want to hear from everyone.  Please pray for me.  I was on the home page looking thru pictures, I really miss those days.  If something were to happen to me, please post it so anyone wanting to attend the funeral can do so, please do so.
You can email Carl at Ca7Bowm@aol.com
4/05/04 Dear Ones,
My physician-sanctioned plan for returning to work is as follows:  1.  starting tomorrow/20 hrs wk for 2 weeks.  2.  3rd and 4th wk in April/30 hrs wk for 2 wks.  3.  in May/advance to full-time. Thankfully, my prognosis points to a full recovery over a period of six months or so. I will of course have diet and exercise matters to address daily. Having been through open heart (4 by-passes) surgery February l6, I'm committed to doing as instructed. Thanks to many of you, I have been encouraged regularly with messages of hope and appreciation. Without question, I'm blessed to count you among my friends.  Your unexpected kindnesses have been up-lifting and reassuring.  Even now my heart overflows with joy as I think about a steady stream of prayers, cards, personal notes, telephone calls, relayed messages, e-mail, flowers, food items, and offers to provide help if needed.  No wonder I feel confident and ready to be productive again! In closing, I am mindful of several among you who are concerned about serious health issues.  Be sure that I care as always, and will continue to pray for you and yours.  Have a blessed day,  Charles and Marie    
3/27/04 Wendell Cate has sent in his new email address on the Alumni page.  Please send in your new email address if we have your old one on the website.
2/29/04 George Hatch searching for all his friends, to name a few: Carl Sandlin, Virgil Sandlin and Virginia O'Neil (nickname:  Squeakie).
2/17/04 Charles Camp's family has sent the following email to the website.  Our Bonny Oaks brother, Charley, has always been very supportive and active on the website.  Please send your prayers and well wishes to him and his family for his full recovery from bi-pass surgery yesterday 2/16/04:

Dear Family, Unconditional Love. Two words, Charley Camp. Nothing else. 
As per his consideration, at his family’s request, we are attempting to inform everyone of his current Post-Surgery Status. 
To-Date: 02/16/04 4:30pm: Standard Operating Procedure / No Complications Sleeping in Private Room, Recovering Perfectly Procedure: Full Bi-Pass, 2nd Day Post-Op We encourage each recipient of this email to inform others freely. On-schedule discharge from the hospital is expected Friday, 02/20/04 Highest Regards, Chris Camp Thank You Postmark: Charley Camp 1112 Deer Path Rd Dothan, AL 36303

2-9-03 If you've read the Bulletin Board for very long, you know that Mary Ann Neighbors (Poe) was trying to find her longtime, Barbara Lea Durham.  We're happy to let you know that they have found each other and their reunion pictures are on the Reunion's page.
12-25-03 Just to let you know I have a new granddaughter  born December 24th {Christmas Eve } her name is Lyric Noelle` Dunithan. She weighed: 6 lbs.11.  19 1/2 inches long and her arrival came at 11:16 pm and I was home in time to celebrate Christmas with the family . Cassie, Shane and Chazmin are real excited about new baby. Cassie was released from the hospital Christmas day and celebrated Christmas with us. Cassie was only in labor for 3 hrs until Lyric entered into our world. As soon as I get pictures I will send you one. You may post the news on the Bulletin Board for everyone to see. I hope your Christmas was a blessed one and 2004 will be a prosperous one for us All. I miss talking to you, Love your sis at Bonny Oaks, Daisy Hawk
11/5/03 You're invited to the Barbara Durham and Mary Ann Neighbors Poe Mini Reunion

Friday night November 14th at 5:00 PM
Ryan's Steak House, 5104 Hixson Pike just past Northgate Mall.
Each person pays for their own meal at the cashier's as you come in the restaurant.  Just ask the cashier to direct you to the Durham-Poe Reunion private room.

If you can make it please let me know asap by email to THESINGINGNONE@aol.com

Will need to know how many plan to be there.



10/30/03 Email from Mary Ann:  We know Barbara is still around,  please ask anyone to email me if they hear from her, Mary Ann Neighbors at thesingingnone@aol.com

Pauline's email to Mary Ann:  Mary Ann, Barbara Durham's husband emailed us last night. He found the website. Have you heard from them yet? hope so. Pauline

10/24/03 Harry, check will be in the mail in the morning, $5.00 and raise ya $10.00
Your friend always, James Ellis
10/22/03 Hey Dear, Sadly, I've long since forgotten about this website financial need. I am very sorry.  Thanks for the reminder. As of a few minutes ago, my "fair share" check was written and same will be in the mail tomorrow. We Bonny Oaks Alumni can and will handle this load with grace and dignity. Come aboard Brothers and Sisters! This need is about all of us. And especially those of us who continue to love and cherish sweet memories from troubled childhoods. My gift is meant to HONOR the life and ministry of Rev. Dr. Malcolm M. Adamson. Night, night. Charles Camp
10/23/03 I just looked at a picture of the boy's and girl's in the Chapel. I knew every boy and girl whose names were printed on the Picture. I think that I am  the second boy on the second pew. It is not possible for me to describe my feelings. There are so many unnamed boy's and girls. I know many of the names that should be there ,but I can't remember  the faces that the names belong to. I wish to say how sad it was to hear of  the passing of a dear friend, Maxine Holden. Please post the following to the Bulletin Board. I am looking for Mary Ann, Ann, and Yvonne Reynolds. Help from anyone would be most appreciated. They were at Bonny Oaks in the years before 1949, I think 1945- 1949.
I wish to encourage all to ante up the $5.00, mine will be in the morning mail. This one last thought: not a single person, to my knowledge, has mention the "Goodson family" Ralph Goodson was also a  "Farm Manager", he had a son named Marsh who was a good friend of mine  and of another prolific contributor  to this effort in recalling and remembering ALL OF US. Marsh Goodson, Marcus Morgan, James Ellis, Eugene Ellis, Eugene Boyd, Jimmy Carden, Lester Lawson, and Billy Benton all played "Knothole Baseball" . Billy Miles was the fastest runner at Bonny Oaks in 1948. Harold Tyson, who was a friend of the prolific contributor, is also not mentioned. He played football at Tyner, and scored Three touchdowns in one game against Copperhill. I really do appreciate everyone's dedication to the creation and maintenance of this site. Thanks, Marcus N. Morgan

Hey Christine, just wanted to let you and others know we had to disband the chat room due to changes in the new MSN rules, hope to be able to start a new one on another network. Chuck........... havenrobertn@hotmail.com

10/21/03 Who would have thought ten, twenty, or thirty years ago, that a part of your life in pictures, would be on a device called The Internet. That the whole world could view? That has happened for all former Bonny Oaks School students and staff. Bonny Oaks School was a part of life for a lot of people. We have been challenged as a group to contribute $5.00 each to complete the cost of a wonderful project. Who cares? Well we do for two. We think that as a group we can handle this. A lot of us feel the same way. Is five dollars a lot? Well if you consider that at Central Park you can buy two Hamburgers and a bucket of fries for $4.89. Five dollars is a lot of money. Is this project worth Five Dollars to each one of us?. That answer my friends, lies within each one of us. May each of us have peace and prosperity and may the grace of God be with us always. Jesse and Pauline Presley
10/14/03 Searching for:  Brenda and Darlene Davis, younger sisters.
"While reading this page, I am awe struck to hear the happy memories evoked by Bonny Oaks. I unfortunately do not share the happy memories that so many of you do. My memory of the years at Bonny Oaks only holds feelings of abandonment, incredibly lonely days stretching into lonelier years. I am an adult with grandchildren and when my mind carelessly slips away to those years, I feel that I am that little orphaned girl again. Maybe you alumni can shed some light on how you managed to come away with happy memories, I can sure use some enlightening. While looking over the scrapbook pictures, I was reminded that even if there were a picture of me, I wouldn't recognize it. I have no pictures of my childhood, at least not from birth to age 9 or so. I want all to know that I did end up with an adopted family and in of all places, Buffalo, NY. I had a wonderful life with my family and it has only been recently that I have been reviewing my past for answers. I really do not recall any happy times at Bonny Oaks. Maybe someone can remember something about me. My two younger sisters were placed in a home for infants, (at least that is what I believed happened). If anyone can remember Brenda or Darlene Davis, I would appreciate that information also. It really does my heart good to see and hear all the wonderful smiles coming from each of you. Keep up the good work."
10/10/03 Father and Mother unknown but I am looking for aunts, uncles, step-siblings, and biological relatives.
Message:  I was born 06/23/59 and was placed at Vine Street Orphanage in 09/59, so I was only about 3 months old when I first arrived there (09/1959 to 01/1962).  My given name while I was there was Margaret Alice.  Last name is unknown.  The only information I have is that my Biological grandfather was a Baptist preacher and that he came to visit me often while I was there and that my biological mother had six siblings (mixture of brothers and sisters) and she was the 4th born of these.  I was also told that her oldest brother had died.  I read in the little bit of information that was in the adoption papers that my biological mother may have been a hairdresser's apprentice.  Rebecca McCracken was the caseworker for the adoptive parents.
If anyone has even the slightest memory of anything they feel may be related to, or of help, to me to the information I have stated here, PLEASE DON'T HESITATE TO CONTACT ME!  You can email me through Patricia at this address iluv2pla2@yahoo.com   ANYTHING you may have to say on this matter would be tremendously appreciated!  Sincerely, Margaret C.A. Shepherd 
10/09/03 Received this email from Carl Bowman this morning:  "Searching for all that were at Bonny Oaks when I was there.  Please pray for me, I am going to be deployed to Iraq in two months.  I will contact the site to let everyone know how things are going."  Carl's email address is ca7bowm@aol.com 
9/30/03 Received this email from Betty Smith's daughter, Carol.  You may have been fortunate enough to meet Betty, an extraordinary woman, at the Bonny Oaks Reunion 2002 - She is in her 80's and flew to Chattanooga from Seattle Washington for the reunion last year, by herself, to represent her husband, Bonny Oaks Alumnus, Barton Smith, deceased.  Barton moved to Seattle during World War II, married, became a successful businessman and raised a loving family.  Barton always gave Bonny Oaks credit for his success and morals in life.  

  "My mother, Betty Smith (widow of Barton Smith)  had a stroke yesterday morning. I just  found out this evening about 6:30 and went straight to the hospital. She cannot express her thoughts. The connections are scrambled. She keeps saying the name of her hometown and does not know why she is doing that. She has lost the use of her right hand now. You might want to keep her in your prayers. She has always been so independent. This is really hard on her as she doesn't understand what is going on. She hopes it will be better tomorrow. This is really hard on me as no one in my family has ever had a stroke like this. Hugs and love, Carol Smith Crowley"
Email: carolcrowley1@msn.com

Alumni Challenge
As treasurer of BonnyOaksdotCom, I was looking at our financial picture today regarding what we owe in order to pay off the amount due for The Bonny Oaks School scrapbooks.  Today, September 24, 2003, our records show that we owe $660.00 to Pro-Photo Imaging.  

Here’s the challenge:  I counted about 159 alumni who have registered on the website.  If each of us gave $5.00 we could zero the balance of the amount owed for the scrapbook CD’s.  I will give my $5.00 today and is now reflected on the balance sheet which can always be viewed via the website.  Would you meet this challenge with me today?  If so, please send your donation to me at the following address: 

Harry Jackson
1778 Chadwick Court
Hixson, Tennessee 37343
email:  bonnyoaks44@comcast.net

Make your check out as follows:  Harry Jackson

And in the area on your check “for”, please write:
BonnyOaksdotCom Scrapbook CD’s


9/9/03 Christine: I received in the mail yesterday, a check from M/M Paul N. Rowell for BonnyOaksdotCom. This gives us a balance of $174.16. Also, I received another statement from Pro-Photo Imaging (Winston Parham) in the amount of $760.00. I am going to deposit the $100.00 check tomorrow and send this amount to Winston, reducing the amount we have left to pay: $660.00. I'm sure he is getting anxious that we pay this off ... even though he has not said anything. I am hopeful folks will get behind this effort and get this amount paid off so we can begin building our balance so we can help you defer some of the costs I know the CD's are incurring. Hope all is well girl! :) Harry
8/30/2003 There's a wonderful book that is now on the market ... actually since 2002, that would be very enlightening to those of us who grew up at The Childrens Home and The Bonny Oaks School .... I certainly would recommend the book to anyone who is interested in understanding why they love, feel and act the way they do ... very eye opening! Here it is: "Attachments" - by Dr. Timothy Clinton & Dr. Gary Sibcy by Integrity Publishers I highly recommend it! :) Harry Jackson, M.Ed.,LPC,CCFC
Note:  I had better luck locating the book at the Christian book stores.
Average Price running $19.99 +/-.  Christine Haven
8/12/2003 Update on Mary:  Mary is now almost fully recovered and back living at home. For all of your notes, calls and prayers, THANK YOU ALL!!
Sincerely,  Art and Mary Pritchard
8/6/2003 Sammy Walker needs our prayers for him and his family.
His 19 year old daughter was in a bad car accident today, 8/6/03.
She has already lost one of her legs and is in the trauma unit at Erlanger Hospital.  Submitted by James Ellis
7/30/2003 I just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how awesome I think your website is! I am extremely lucky to get to work in the Agriculture Service Center building here on the former campus of the Bonny Oaks School and until this afternoon I really hadn't gotten a chance to "get lost" in the information. It gives me new meaning to "coming to work" to think about the true history of this land. I'm lucky enough to work in the field of agriculture, which I love dearly, but the agriculture history related to the Bonny Oaks School is simply amazing, besides learning about the individuals and students who once called this school home. Again, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Renita (Shorty) Beaty, Hamilton Co Soil Conservation District

From Karen Smith-Huffman - Tyner Friends from Bonny Oaks, Just discovered the web site and spent a lot of time just looking through it and remembering those days at Tyner Junior and High school and the kids at Bonny Oaks! I always thought of you all as very special people!  My daughter is on the committee for the Tyner High School 20th anniversary reunion of "1983" held this year(2003), in Mid-Aug. If you are interested in going, contact Jill Huffman Mull at jjmull1@cs.com.  Karen's complete email is on her name, also mentioning her siblings names, is on the Sponsors/Friends page.

6/27/2003 I am looking for Barbara Lea Durham.  She was at Bonny Oaks 1950-1955.  If anyone has any information about her, please email me.  Thanks, Mary Ann.  Email Mary at thesingingnone@aol.com
6/12/2003 My name is Rosemary Kyner.  I'm looking for any Black residents  that were at Bonny Oaks from 1949 to 1957.  (Rosemary, please write and give your email address, it wasn't on your sign-up page, thanks).
6/03/2003 I have a friend who is looking for Mary Jo Bolt. Could you put it on the bulletin board? Someone may know where she is. They can email me at JPres13@aol.com 
Pauline Presley
6/01/2003 (Excellent!  Many Bonny Oaks students are Veterans)
"I may have mentioned to you in the past but there's a movement across
the nation called "Veterans History Project", in which veterans can go
to a particular place (Channel 3 TV here in Chattanooga) and have a
maximum of two hours to tell their story. Most of the funds was
approved by Congress and the stories ... in video form ... will be
placed in the Library of Congress.   Harry Jackson"
5/18/2003 Searching for:  Joe Edward Ellis, James Ellis, Eugene Ellis and Bill (William) Ellis:  I am looking for information on the Ellis Brothers who were at Bonny Oaks in the late 30's and early 40's.  James passed away last year, Bill was last known to have lived in Birmingham, Alabama, and no one has any specific information on Eugene except that he moved to California long ago.  Any information would be appreciated.  I am the only child of Joe Ellis.  Joe passed away in 1965 in the Army in Germany.
Click here to email Joe's daughter, Theresa Annette Ellis Miller
5/17/2003 Hi Christine. I just read Harry’s answer to David Devlin’s letter on the Bulletin Board and was wondering if we could post that the T-shirts and caps are still for sale on the Board. I have the following t-shirts and caps available to mail right now: 20 small, 8 medium, 3 large, 12 X-large, 12 XX-large, 5 beige caps, and a bunch of my autobiography's if anyone wanted a copy. The prices and postage listed on the reunion page is about right.  I will take care of the handling.  George Hatch
5/14/2003 Hello, I'm doing genealogy research and am trying to locate information regarding my Grandfather, Harry Earl Thurston, Jr.  Thank you for your time, Stacie Easterling
Click here to email Stacie if you know or remember her grandfather.
4/30/2003 Hey Christine, here is a link to my chat community, SwappingChat.  If anyone from Bonny Oaks would like to join a clean and friendly Chat Community to meet up with or contact others, they are welcome to do so.  This room is open from 9:00 PM (Eastern) until the last one leaves...which is usually around 3 or 4 AM.  It's a clean chat room for over 30 yr olds.  My chat name is PUNMASTER.  All are welcome.  This is a fairly new room.  Daisy Hawk visited the other night.  Once you've clicked on the link below, it will take you to the chatboard for the room - on the left side of the page, click on "Chat".  You may be prompted to open a Net Passport account, this is MSN's chat requirements and then follow their steps, it's free.  Chuck Haven
Click here to join the room at http://www.msnusers.com/SWAPPINGCHAT/general.msnw 
Click on "Chat" and fill out the one-time sign up, It's worth the steps to get in there! 
4/28/2003 Judy Brooks is "searching for.....Awwwwwww....I want to find everyone!!!...Sorry, this is so great, thank you!"
4/22/2003 Tom Page's wife called me tonight and Tom had a heart attack this past Saturday. He is in the Intensive Care Unit at Memorial Hospital. He had triple bypass surgery. She said he was going to be alright. Do you remember him. He was at the reunion with his wife and grandchildren.  Pauline Presley
4/19/2003 I would like to know how I could get my records from the Vine Street Orphanage.  Thanks.  Frances Clift Maxwell.
Website AnswerClick here to go to the "To Register" page which gives the instructions. Also, Mr. Philip A. Acord is the Executive Director of Vine Street and his email address is ChcsCare@VEI.netPhone numbers are on the Vine Street page.
4/19/2003 If you brought items to the 7/27/2003 Reunion to be scanned, it is deeply unfortunate that they are not available to the website!  I strive to have every picture possible from Bonny Oaks on here because who knows which picture may contain the "only" one ever taken of someone during their childhood.  Click here to send an email so we can please arrange for re-scanning of your items.
4/19/2003 "I do have a question to ask you.  On the list of names that said they would be at the Reunion, there was a girl whose maiden name was Terry.  She was at Bonny Oaks in the 30's and she stated she had a brother there named William.  I'm wondering if he was the Bill Terry I mention in my book.  If so, I would like to get in touch with her.  George Hatch"
Answer:  The telephone number was forwarded to you today, George!  Please let us know how it goes.
George's 5/17/03 AnswerThe Bulletin board is wonderful.  I believe it will go over big.  I did get in touch with Miss Terry and it was her brother I mentioned in my autobiography.  We had a good visit on the phone and I sent her a copy of the autobiography to give her some idea what life was like on Sand Mountain in the 30s. This is where her brother was sent from Bonny Oaks.  Also, to let her know someone has fond memories of her brother after 65 yrs, but haven’t heard from her, hope to soon.  George
4/19/2003 Alumni, Robert Pierce, searching for Betty Parker and wondering how she is today.  Robert lives in Porter, Texas (next to Houston TX)
Click here to send an email to Robert if you have information on Betty.
4/19/2003 "My Mother went to Bonny Oaks School some of these years.  Her name was Ruby Louise Friddell.  My name is David Ferguson.  I live in the Chattanooga area.  I hope you can help me.  Thank you, David"
Click here to send an email to David if you have information on Ruby.
4/18/2003 My dad is Gene McKeel.  I saw a photo of him.  Do you have the scrapbooks, if you do could you make me a copy of it or are they in the downtown library.  Have you ever thought about burning the photos onto a CD and selling it as a Remembrance CD, thanks for letting me know.  Alex McKeel "son of Gene McKee, Bonny Oaks resident from 1953-1956".
Website Answer: After the scanning of the Bonny Oaks Collection (our Scrapbooks) is completed, we want to make the CD's available for sale in order to finish paying the photography studio in full.  Donations have been accepted toward this end but the photographer has informed us there are more albums to scan.  We realize other means must be considered in addition to donations as the cost of scanning is becoming unreal.  We just received the second set of CD's covering the some of the 50's, 60's and 70's.  They will be on here soon.  Please see Harry Jackson, Treasurer's, balance sheet on the Reunions page to see how fundraising is going.
4/19/2003 Thank you a lot.  My father wanted me to tell you when the CD is finished, he would love to buy a copy of it and I want to get a hat too.  I have met Mr. Adamson and he is a terrific guy.  I have one regret though, I wish they could have preserved the whole Bonny Oaks area.  My dad is sad to see what has happened out there in the last twenty years.  I agree with you, Bonny Oaks was a great place.  My dad went there and a few of my cousins Billie Tucker and her brothers did also.  Anyway, thanks for making such a cool website and it will help me because I am thinking as soon as I finish college to write a book on Bonny Oaks School.  Alex McKeel.
4/18/2003 Please email me your address for donations for posting photos of the late 60's and early 70's.  I was at Bonny Oaks from 1968 to 1971 and would love to see some pictures from that era.  Best regards, David Devlin
Harry's answer:  I believe we can raise the remaining funds to get all the Scrapbooks on the website, please remember to make your check out to me with the notation at the bottom: "For BonnyOaksdotCom Scrapbooks" as required by the Bank for posting.  I keep the Balance Sheet updated and after your donation is received you will be able to go to the Balance Sheet on the Reunions page and see that your donation has been accounted for and entered.  My address is:  Harry R. Jackson, Treasurer, 1778 Chadwick Court, Hixson, Tennessee 37343.   Email is BonnyOaks44@comcast.net .   Thanks! Harry"
4/18/2003 In the Vine Street fire photos:  Do you know the names of the children that are in the cribs?  One picture is of the children leaving the building, another was at the home of the Thompson's.  The couple who took many children into their home until other shelter could be provided.  During another time, around 1915 or so, my grandmother, Mollie Wise Jones, was there.  My father (Herbert) talked of her going to a business school.  She was considered quite an educated woman of her day.  He thought she also went back to teach or volunteer with typing classes and dedicated her life to this type of work for other youngsters.  Any information, notes or pictures would be a treasure.  Blessings, Cena Martin cenamartin@earthlink.net
4/18/2003 My name is Sandra Hodgson.  My maiden name was Sandra Jean Duck.  I was adopted by my maternal grandmother Sally Hibbs Nunley.  I was born in 1957 and believe I was placed in the home sometime between then and 1961.  I would appreciate any information you might be able to obtain.  I would also appreciate any advice you might have on finding my birth brother, Johnny Pardon/Hibbs.
4/18/2003 Tyner High School Reunion:  Tyner classes 1950 through 1959 are having a reunion on May 31, 2003 at 3:00 P.M. with dinner at 6:00 P.M.  They are trying to locate alumni, especially naming Peggy Marshall, hopefully she has seen the Bonny Oaks website.  For more information, contact Michael Mills at 706-965-2452.  Submitted by Barbara Pierce Burhans
4/18/2003 Tyner High School Class of 1953 Reunion (50th Reunion):  June 21, 2003 - Visiting starts at 4:00 P.M. with the dinner/banquet at 7:00 P.M.  Visiting afterwards also.  Searching for Bonny Oaks girls, Pat Phillips.  For more information, contact Gerry Toomey at her email address Flmimi99@aol.com
4/18/2003 Searching for Robert Allen Seay, born Jan 1, 1934 in Tennessee.  Robert was about 6 or 7 years old when he was taken from his mother in Chattanooa.  His sister is now old and very sick and would like to hear if her brother is still alive.  I am trying to find a starting place in my search for him.  Anita Smith Quarles  aquarles@catt.com

Please see 8/12/03 Update on Mary:
Email from Art Prichard:  I'm writing to let everyone know that Mary has been ill with a virus and then with Pneumonia since about mid March. She was moved to a Rehab unit here in Pickerington about a week-and-a-half ago, where she is now. They expect that she'll be there until about April 30-May 08 if all goes well. She was so weakened by the Flu Virus and the pneumonia that special diets and physical rehabilitation therapy has been necessary to get back the strength to return home. At her (our) age, flu and pneumonia can hit pretty hard! I am with her every day except for a little time for sleeping, laundry, housekeeping, and worrying!  She is at :

The Pickerington Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Rm 232-A
1300 Hill Road North
Pickerington, OH 43147
4/18/2003 Searching for Peggy Margaret Walker and her sister, Betty Jean Walker.  Please email Cindy at cindylib@hotmail.com


(Remember to Check the "Bulletin Board" for new emails coming in to the website almost daily)

-  Katie Rogers (Bonny Oaks 1964-1966) - Katie has found the website and her email is on the Alumni and Bulletin Board pages.  Sadly, she is submitting her brothers, Kenny and Johnny, to the "In Memory of..." page.
-  Funeral Services listed for Tom Page (Bonny Oaks 1957) - Bulletin Board
-  Obituary for Fred Edward (Eddy) Colquitt, Jr. (Bonny Oaks 1963) - "In Memory of..." page.
-  Obituary for John Coleman (J.C.) Kalleen, First Superintendent of Bonny Oaks 1897 - "In Memory of..." page.
-  Please send your New Year message to the Bulletin Board, see others there!
-  Mickey Walker and Charley Camp's Reunion in Arizona - "Reunions" page.
-  Mary Ann Neighbors Poe, Barbara Durham Reunion - "Reunions" page and their visit with other Bonny Oaks kids to see the Adamsons.
-  Darlene Calloway - Received her Bachelors Degree 7-27-07 - "Bulletin Board"
-  The "Hatch" brothers Mini-Reunion in Houston, Texas - July 29, 2007 - "Reunions Page"
-  IT'S GRADUATION DAY FOR DR. HARRY R. JACKSON - July 27, 2007 - Grad Pictures are on the "Bulletin Board"
-  Mr. Adamson's Birthday - July 25th - Write to him on the "Bulletin Board"
-  Don't forget to check the emails regarding Vine Street Orphanage - "Vine Street"
The Five Shoenfelds have found the website - Bulletin Board
Shirley Josephine Smith (Bonny Oaks 1955-1957) - Alumni and Bulletin Board pages
-  Rev. John Lewis Radford (Houseparent) passed away.  Funeral 5/31/2007 - Please see Bulletin Board
-  Bonny Oaks' Mary Chambers and James Ellis' son passed away - Jeff Ellis - Please see Bulletin Board
-  Dianne Williams mini-reunion with the Adamsons and Chattanooga - Reunions page
-  Prayer Request for Paul and Joyce (Stover) Rowell's daughter, Gwen Andersen - Bulletin Board
-  By ALL accounts, the birthday dinner for Mr. Adamson and get-together was a BIG SUCCESS!  Please see the pictures on the Reunions page.
-  Willard Burnett (Bonny Oaks 1932-1938) - In Memory of... page, submitted by grandson, Adam Burnett.
-  There's going to be a Tyner High 1950's reunion, read about it on the Bulletin Board.
-  Charles "Alvin" Prater (Bonny Oaks 1928-1934) - "In Memory of..." page.
Maymie DeLong (Bonny Oaks 1934 - 1938) - "In Memory of..." page.
-  Over 100 newspaper articles about Bonny Oaks are now on the "Reading" page.
-  Mr. & Mrs. Radford update with pictures from Charles Calloway - "Bulletin Board".
-  Charley Camp visited Chattanooga this month and he had a mini-reunion with Harry Jackson - Reunions Page.  Why not plan your own mini-reunions and post them on the Bulletin Board so others can come too.
-  Mr. Adamson is in the hospital, see Harry Jackson's email on the Bulletin Board.  He has listed their address if you can send well-wishes to the Adamson's.
-  There's going to be a walk-through at Bonny Oaks this January 27th weekend, Charley Camp along with Harry Jackson want you to come.  Please contact Harry Jackson if you can make it.  His email address is BonnyOaks44@comcast.net - Check it out on the Bulletin Board, lots of new entries.
-  Mr. & Mrs. Radford are both in the hospital, see Charles Calloway's email on the Bulletin Board.
Do you have special Christmas memories thanks to Bonny Oaks and the community?  Please send them to the website, texasbonny@yahoo.com  for posting on the Bulletin Board.  Remember, we post any pictures and/or news that you want to submit, because everyone loves to read about it on the Bulletin Board.
Mrs. Billie Artman (84) - Funeral service is on Wednesday, December 7, 2005 - Beloved houseparent to many Bonny Oaks students.  See Bulletin Board page emails.
Harry Jackson is back after being deployed to help our soldiers from Iraq at Camp Shelby - Please read on the "Bulletin Board".
George Hatch - Our Bonny Oaks brother and friend had major surgery - Please see the email from his son, Ron, on the Bulletin Board page.
Daisy Hawk Murray - Made a genealogy trek to Tennessee and met her Aunt Nancy - Their picture is on the "Bulletin Board" page.
Anothony R. Stevens (Bones) 1973-1978 - New listing on the "Alumni" page.
Mary Ann Neighbors Poe invites you to the Hardees in Soddy Daisy TN where she hosts the Southern Gospel Music every Thursday night - See "Bulletin Board" for the times.
Brenda S. Miller - Vine Street 1949-1955 on the "Vine Street" page.
-  A 2006 Bonny Oaks Reunion? - Please see the "Reunion and Bulletin Board" pages.
Roger "PeeWee" Cardin - Our 1960's PeeWee passed away.  Remember him holding the globe on the cover of the 1965 Acorns?  Please see his brothers submission on the "In Memory of.." page.
Billy Fry and others are searching for the 1962/1963? Strawberry Festival float picture that is missing from the albums.  Do you know it's whereabouts or do you have a copy of the photo, many want to see it again - "Bulletin Board" page.
-  Jerry Harris and Wendell Cate and others have sent in family news and updated their email addresses - Has your email address changed? Please write and let us know.
-  Email from Pauline Presley, re: "Jerry Presley had a stroke" - See on Bulletin Board
Were you one of Mrs. (Mom) Turner's girls?  If so, please read Joyce Stover Rowell's 8/10/05 email on the Bulletin Board!
Bonnie Jean Bools (Hagan) - Bonny Oaks and Vine Street 1944-1952:  "Alumni" and "Vine Street" pages.
-  Update 7/26/05: Jamie Young did not make it, she died today. Our condolences to family and friends.
-  James Ellis and Doris Price - Doris' daughter, Jamie Young 28 years old, is in critical condition and needs our prayers - "Bulletin Board" page.
-  Do you have a new email address?  If so, please send it to the website so people can reach you.  Send it today, don't forget!
-  Lindy (Purdy) Livingston - Her new 4th of July Grandson - "Bulletin Board" page.
-  Gene McKeel's son writes about his stroke - "Bulletin Board" page.
-  Mr. Adamson needs our prayers - Slowly progressing after gall bladder surgery.
-  Mr. Adamson's surgery - "Bulletin Board".  Thank you, Mrs. Adamson, for keeping us informed on his condition.  The Adamson's would love to hear from you.
-  Marcus Morgan - New email address and granddaughter's picture - "Bulletin Board".
Mr. Adamson is in the hospital - June 29, 2005 Email on the "Bulletin Board"
-  Paul & Joyce (Stover) Rowell visit with the Adamson's 6/26/05 - "Reunions" page.
Dianne Williams and Christine Haven - "1700 Mile Odyssey (Vacation) on the "Reunions" page.
Carl L. Filyaw - "Alumni" page.
Lester C. Bailey - May 17, 2005 Obituary on "In Memory of..." page.
Charlotte Hurst (Bonny Oaks 1978 or 1979) - "Alumni" page.
Maxwell Family - Did you know William, James Paris and Lois Annette Maxwell,
   Bonny Oaks 1927-1935?  Please see the daughter's message on Bulletin Board.
Mary Alyce Adams - Vine Street 1949-1951, her message is on the Vine Street page.
Barbara Ann Snyder (Bonny Oaks 1941-1951) - "Alumni" page. 
Ted Pruitt (Bonny Oaks 1932-1939) - "Alumni" page.
Jimmy Evett - Won Seven (7) 2004 Senior Olympics medals - Photo Albums page.  
Betty J. Burchard (Townson) (Bonny Oaks 1949-1952) - Alumni and Bulletin Board pages.
Gary Pickett
(Tyner 1975) - A friend of Bonny Oaks writes us, see Bulletin Board.
Ann Coulter is running for Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Do you remember Ann?  She worked at Bonny Oaks in the 1970's during her high school and college summers and is on our Staff page.  Please see Pauline's email on the Bulletin Board.
Harry Jackson - Please see his published article in The History Channel Magazine, January/February 2005 issue on the "Bulletin Board".
David Lowe - New message and email address on "Alumni" page.

Susie McDonald - Please read Mr. Adamson's email regarding Susie on "Bulletin Board".  Susie needs our prayers and cards of encouragement!
Charles Camp - His Announcement from Carson-Newman College naming him Distinguished Alumnus for 2004-05 - "Bulletin Board"
Ira "Tim" Davis - Mrs. Radford's grandson looking for relatives - "Bulletin Board".
George Frazer - George has a new email address - "Alumni" page.
Pam Presley - Pam has a new email address - Alumni" page..
Carl Bowman - Change to a military email address - He's going to Iraq - "Alumni" and "Bulletin Board" pages.
Bobby Yarbrough is in critical condition and needs your Prayers - "Bulletin Board".
Wayne Bozza - Submitted to "In Memory of..." page by Harry Jackson 8/26/04.
1930's brothers, George & Marshall Hatch - "Reunions" page.
Email from Mr. Malcolm M. Adamson - "Bulletin Board" page.  Two Bonny Oaks students in grave health condition and need your prayers!
The Bob Brandy Show - Local Chattanooga television program from 1958 to 1978.  Daisy Hawk sends information to the website about Mr. Brandy's passing and Channel 9's memorial to him, plus there are pictures that need names from the show and Daisy thinks some of them are Bonny Oaks and/or Vine Street kids.  Take a look and let us know if you recognize them. - "Bulletin Board" page.
Marshall Hatch - Updating his email address.  He lives in Texas today.
Kerri (Beaver) LaViola - Updating her email address.  If your email address has changed, let us know.  There may be others trying to reach you too!  "Bulletin Board" page, searching for Johnny Vickers, Judy Clinton and others from about 1975 through 1982.
Steve Johnson (Bonny Oaks 1967-1969) - "Bulletin Board" page.
Pauline Presley - Good News! Her email is on the "Bulletin Board" page.
Dianne Williams and Christine Haven's Two Mini-Reunions - "Reunions" page.
Robert E. (Bobby) Smith (Bonny Oaks 1959-1965) - "Alumni" page and Bobby's email on the "Bulletin Board".
Ronald (Ron) Gilbert Ray (Bonny Oaks 1944-1951) - "In Memory of..." page, submitted by his son, David Ray.  David is a writer, please read his email on the "Bulletin Board" and by his dad's name on the Memory page.  More than a few of the Bonny Oaks kids can identify with the "sense of family" he writes about to the website.
Steve Johnson (Bonny Oaks 1967-1969) - "Alumni" page.
-  The Hatch's & Prichard's Reunion on 6-15-04 - "Reunions" page.
-  Email Prayer Request from Pauline Presley - "Bulletin Board" page.
-  Email Prayer Request from Harry Jackson - "Bulletin Board" page.
-  Wanda Sue Henderson - Blanche is looking for Wanda's siblings 1950's.  "Bulletin Board" page.
-  Harry Jackson's email with picture - "Bulletin Board" page.
Ramona Blount (Bonny Oaks 1978-1980) - "Alumni" page.
Richard Eugene McKeel - New email address on "Alumni" and "Bulletin Board" pages.  He needs your prayers, please read his son's email on Bulletin Board.
Anna Mae Glover (Bonny Oaks 1930's) - "In Memory of..." page.
Sara Glover (Bonny Oaks 1930's) - "In Memory of..." page.
Anna Mae Glover's son, Gil Lusk, contacts website - His emails are posted on the "Bulletin Board" page, 5/11/04.
Harry Jackson's niece, Ginger Concepcion's artwork - "Bulletin Board".
Very important!  Please read the email received from Ken Clay, Director of  Property Management And Purchasing - Partnership for Families, Children and Adults in Chattanooga, TN.  Ken was also the last Superintendent of Bonny Oaks.  He is a great friend to all the Bonny Oaks children!  Ken's office has the records of Bonny Oaks students and has been providing copies of them to individual's requesting them. He writes to let us know of changes that affect the way we will obtain our Bonny Oaks records - Please see the email from Ken on the "To Register" page and the "Bulletin Board" page.
Charles H. Whittemore (Bonny Oaks 1940's/1950's) - "In Memory of..." page.
Whittemore Family (Bonny Oaks 1940's/1950's) - "Alumni" page.  Submitted by Teresa Daughtery, daughter of Anniece Whittemore.

Marcus Morgan (Bonny Oaks 1940's) - New email address in Germany.
William (Billy) Morrison (Bonny Oaks 1930's) - "Alumni" page and "Bulletin Board" page.
Carl Bowman email - Being sent to Iraq.  "Bulletin Board"
Charles Camp Progress Report  - "Bulletin Board".
Wendell Cate - Wendell has sent in his new email address - "Alumni" page.  If your email address on the website is outdated, please send in your new one so we can contact you. 
Glenda Stiner (Bonny Oaks 1950's) - "In Memory of..." page.
Ed Lloyd Hale (Bonny Oaks 1937/38 to 1943) - "Alumni" page.
Charley Camp's family - Our Bonny Oaks brother, Charley, has always been very supportive and active on the website.  Please send your prayers and well wishes to him and his family for his full recovery from bi-pass surgery yesterday 2/16/04 -  You can read his family's email update on the "Bulletin Board" (Update: Charley is home and doing well and would love to hear from you).
Mary Ann Neighbors and Barbara Lea Durham's Reunion - "Reunion" page.
Roland Rich (Bonny Oaks 1958-1966) - "Alumni" page.
Claude M. Chambers (Bonny Oaks 1974-1975) - "Alumni" page.
-  The "Bulletin Board" is updated with emails when they come in.
Dan Russell - Friend of Bonny Oaks and a 1965 Graduate of Tyner High School on "Friends/Sponsors" page.
Mary Catherine Davis (Bonny Oaks 1955-1958) - "Alumni" and "Bulletin Board" pages.  Mary Catherine is also searching for her two younger sisters, Brenda and Darlene Davis.
Margaret C.A. Shepherd - Vine Street 9/59 to 1/62:  Searching for relatives - "Bulletin Board and Vine Street" pages.  Placed at Vine Street when she was 3 months old.
Harry Jackson recommends a very enlightening book to those of us who grew up at The Childrens Home and The Bonny Oaks School ....  it will help to understand why we love, feel and act the way we do ... very eye opening! - It's on the "Bulletin Board".
Lester Lawson (1946-1948) - "Alumni" page.