Chattanooga Central High School 
Class of 1961

55th Reunion
Saturday August 20, 2016
At The
Chattanooga Choo Choo 
Roosevelt Room
Social 6:00 PM, Dinner 7:00 PM
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70th Birthday Party
Saturday, July 27, 2013
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The Renaissance Center
Mack Smith Road - East Ridge, TN
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Deceased Since Our 2011 50th Reunion

DOBBS, WILLIAM PARKS - Aug 25, 2016  - Obituary

WILBURN, KENNETH - Mar 10, 2016 - Obituary

BOWEN, MACK - Feb. 2016 - Obituary

FERRISS, JUDY (Dr)  - Feb 5, 2016  -  Obituary

HORNER, BETTY (Dillard) - Aug 15, 2015 - Obituary

WATKINS, MARVIN EUGENE( Gene) ( 72) - Dec 18, 2015 - Obituary

McRAE, BARBARA LORAINE ( Cox) - May 14, 2015 - Obituary

FRYAR, SAMMIE (Edmondson) - Feb 28, 2015 - Obituary

DEAL, DWIGHT  - Feb 27, 2014 - Obituary

JUMP, JAMES EDWARD (71) - Dec 11, 2014 - Obituary

 ELMORE, MARTIN - Leukemia - June 27, 2014 - Obituary

JUMP, JAMES EDWARD - Dec 11, 2014 - Obituary

BENNINGTON, LOWELL  - Dec 26, 2014 - Obituary

PARSON, THOMAS - Jan 29, 2013 - heart attack - Obituary

LASATER, JOHNNY (HOGGY) - Jan 6, 2012

DIXON, WILEY DUANE - March 8, 2012 - Obituary

HETZLER, JOY (Varner) - August 17, 2012 - Maryville, TN - Obituary

JUMP, MILTON LEWIS (69) - AUG 31, 2011 - cancer - Obituary

YARBROUGH, PORTER (68) - Oct 30, 2011 - Obituary

 

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50th Reunion Was Held - June 3 & 4, 2011
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Chattanooga Central High Class of 1961
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Remembering Kenny Parker
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Mark Scherer Letter to Class, June 2011
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Byron Black Letter to Class, July 2011

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Chattanooga Central High School Sports

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Red Etter Football Records
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OBITUARY

 

Martin Vernon Elmore

... born on May 13, 1943 in Chattanooga, Tn  to Vernon and Jessie Elmore.  Surrounded by his family, he died on June 27, 2014 at his home in Denver, Co  after a courageous battle against acute leukemia.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Doris,  his two daughters and 4 grandchildren. Older daughter, Holly Seth, resides in Houston,Tx  with her husband, Sandeep, and their children Hasanthi and Vikram.  His younger daughter, Dr. Amy  Strachan,  resides in San Luis Obispo, Ca  with her husband, Gary, and their sons,  Buck and Cal.
 
Martin graduated from Central High School in Chattanooga in 1961 and from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC) in 1973 with a degree in geology.  Before attending UTC, he worked for many years as an electrician at Combustion Engineering in Chattanooga.  Upon graduating from UTC, he and Doris moved to Denver, Co where he spent the bulk of his career working for various geophysical and oil exploration companies. Often, when offered  a promotion, he would decline the opportunity if it meant leaving his beloved  Colorado.  In the early 1990s, his job sent him (and Doris)  to Galena  Alaska (just South of the Arctic Circle)  for a 2 year assignment involving environmental remediation at an Air Force base on the Yukon River.  He and Doris thoroughly enjoyed their time in Alaska making friends with the native Athabaskin peoples and co-workers on the base.  They were able to enjoy moose hunts,  riding snowmobiles, attending native "potlatches",  regularly seeing the aurora borealis and experiencing  extreme temperatures of -60*.   It was a magical time for them both.  
 
As this assignment was coming to a close in the mid 1990s, he was offered a job with Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) at corporate headquarters in  Atlanta, Ga. as the manager of environmental affairs where he would be responsible for the bottling plants in No. America and Canada.  After enjoying  2 wonderful years in Alaska, he was  hesitant to return to  the "lower 48"....moving from Alaska to Atlanta would be a big change. He worked for CCE until retirement in 2004, and at that point, he and Doris returned to their beloved Colorado.

 
Martin had a tremendous amount of intellectual curiosity and loved traveling, reading,  and experiencing new things and  exploring new ideas.  Due to his high level of curiosity and love of reading, he could speak knowledgably on a wide variety of subjects.  He had a broad range of interests including fly fishing, gourmet cooking, camping, guns, woodworking, discussing politics, motorcycles, and visiting over 35 National Parks, as well as numerous foreign countries.  His love of travel allowed him to visit all 50 states by age 50.  In his retirement years, he developed a strong interest in opera,  and he and Doris often attended the famous Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico.  He was the ultimate "Renaissance Man".
 
Martin was not a religious man and  his idea of "heaven" was to be fly fishing on the banks of  the Yellowstone River in  Montana with his beloved sheltie, Sierra, at his side and sipping  Glenfiddich,  his favorite scotch.   Of all the locations in the U.S. and around the world where he had fished,  the Yellowstone River was his favorite.  His request to me was to visit Montana and spread some of his ashes there,  as well as in some of his favorite rivers in Colorado. 
 
He was an extremely kind, caring, loving, thoughtful, patient, understanding and generous man, as well as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.  Martin strongly felt that it was our responsibility and duty to help those less fortunate.  He gave of his time, talents, and money to his favorite charities.  He was an avid supporter of social equality and equal rights for all Americans, regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation.   
 
He was looking forward to many, many more years of retirement spent traveling, reading, learning, fly fishing and spending time with his family. Regardless of where he lived or traveled in his lifetime, he made many dear friends,  and he will be sorely missed.  He touched the lives and  hearts of many. 
 
Donations in his memory can be made to Rocky Mountain PBS,  Denver Dumb Friends League (animal shelter),  Habitat for Humanity,  Heifer International,  Food Bank of the Rockies, or Denver Rescue Mission.
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A TRIBUTE....
 
On the evening of July 6, 2014, a "Memorial  Service"  was held at our home and 5 acre "ranch'  that Martin, years ago,  had aptly named, "Rocky Top".   Our family and many longtime friends spoke of Martin and of the wonderful  times they had shared with him.  Our daughters both eloquently spoke about the wonderful Father, mentor, teacher, advisor, confident and soccer coach  that he had been for them and remembered  his devotion and dedication to them as children, teenagers, and adults.....always teaching them the importance of  higher education, hard work,  do the 'right thing", and to  "follow their dreams".  Vikram and Hasanthi (ages 16 and 19)  told of their love for their "Nana", the great times they shared with him and how much they will miss him.  During the service, our 5 year old grandson, Buck, announced that "Nana" was his grandpa.   With only knowing his  "Nana" for 5 yrs., I guess that's all he could think of to say, but that said it all.  At age 3,  I'm sure Cal was in agreement with Buck...."Nana" was his grandpa, too.
 
With an unobstructed view of  the Rocky  Mountains from "Rocky Top",  we had enjoyed thousands of beautiful sunsets together there over the years. His service was held outside, and it was a beautiful evening and an unusually  beautiful sunset.   Martin would have loved that......
 

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