Thursday, November 25, 2021

Steven Mills, BHS '79, Passed Away November 21, 2021

John Sebastian posted this sad notice today along with these photos... 

We are sad to announce the passing of Steven Mills, class of 1979. I have been friends with the Mills brothers for 60 years and it’s like a hole has been opened in my heart since Steven passsed away on Sunday November 21st. 

He is survived by his wife, son and daughter. As well as his brothers Danny, Gary and Greg. We’ve had some amazing times together over the many years we have been friends. 

His memory will forever live on in our hearts.

RIP Steven.

Monday, November 22, 2021

Jerry Sutton, BHS '62 (1944-2021)

Jerry Ross Sutton, (November 28, 1944 to November 22, 2021), BHS ’62, passed away this morning at his sister (Peggy Sutton Jackson, BHS ’63) and brother in-law’s (Merrill Jay Jackson, BHS ’62) home in Kingman, Arizona, after battling with COPD and related illnesses for several years. 

Jerry and I were high school sweethearts and were married from 1965 until 1981. He was also married to Bobbi Reeser BHS ’61 (1982-her passing in 1994). 

He was a good, hardworking man who will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. 

Carole Wells BHS’63 

We send our deepest condolences to your Carole and all the family. 

RIP Jerry.

BHS 1974 'IN MEMORIAM' LIST

William Richard Bennett

Phyliss Benoit Owens 

Dean Buttress

Michael Carranza 

Mario Ceremano

Betty Marie Childress Gosselin

David Clack

Tom Cline

Kimberley Ann Copeland

Daniel Crawford 

Julie Grace Cushing

James Davis

Mark Baldwin Dubiel

Lorri Jeanne Ellis Hoehn

William Espinoza 

David Freemon

Brian Lee Fulton

JoAnne Lyn Furgeson

Debra Lynn Gordon Hartum

Christopher John Hays 

Lynnell Henderson

Terri Hill Perry

Rob Hordzwick

Thomas Hughes

Ernest Johnson

Robert 'Bob' Ashby Kling

David A. Landing 

Mary A. Leiker

Patricia Kilgore Malson

Bruce Allan Maurice

Anthony C. Moore 

Dee Dee Kay Morris Sincomb

Mark Nare

Scott Clough Nelson

Debbie Lynn Page

Glen R. Parrish

Jacqueline 'Jackie' Perez

Linda Marie Perez

Richard Albert Pike, Jr.

Nicole Spencer Rader

Jeffery Craig Roddick

Robert Roehl

Jaclyn Robin Selbin

Deborah 'Debbie' Karyl Smith

James Stevens  

Jana Stevens Doran

Keith James Stuart

David Thede 

Karen Vereuck

Greg Voss

Robert 'Bob' Craig Wallace

Stephen Reed Whatcott

George Wissmann

  
LINK TO BHS 1974 SENIOR PHOTOS

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Debra Lynn Gordon Hartum, BHS '74 (1956-2021)

Debra Lynn Gordon Hartrum 
1956-2021

“If you should ever leave me 
Though life would still go on, believe me 
The world could show nothing to me 
So what good would living do me 
God only knows what I'd be without you” 

The matriarch of the Hartrum family, Debra Lynn Hartrum, took her last breath in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 12th, 2021. She passed on to the next world peacefully, surrounded by her loving family while listening to her favorite album, Pet Sounds, with Sloop John B. bringing her home to rest. 

Debbie is survived by her best friend and husband Kerry Hartrum, sons Kris, Dustin, Adam, and Jameson Hartrum, grandsons Max and Woody Hartrum, sisters Pam Ryan, Sondra Cooper-Gullion, and Lynda Zivalich, and father Frank Cooper. She has fourteen nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death is her mother, Frances Cruise and her brothers Charles “Chip” Gordon and Frank Cooper Jr. 

Debbie was born September 9, 1956, in W├╝rzburg, Germany to Frank Cooper and Francis Bowers. She lived in Lima, Ohio until her family moved to Los Angeles, California. As a child, Debbie was a dancer, gymnast, and beauty queen. After graduating from Burbank High in 1974, she worked as a model and then as a flight attendant for PSA. 

She met her husband Kerry in a production of Grease at The Manatee Players in Bradenton, Florida in 1980. Kerry was Danny Zuko and Debbie was Cha Cha, the best dancer at St. Bernadette’s. The two fell in love and were quickly married on a beach at Anna Maria Island. After moving the family to Ohio, Debbie attended The College of Wooster, obtaining her BA in Religious Studies. She also received a Master's in Theology from Princeton University and a Master’s in Museum Studies from John Hopkins University. She was a lifelong academic and a voracious reader. She loved film, especially Gone with The Wind, West Side Story, White Christmas, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Graduate, and The Godfather. 

To say that Debbie’s life was dedicated to her family is an understatement. Everything else was insignificant by comparison. Her family’s well-being was her every waking thought. She raised and educated her four sons, and unofficially adopted many of their friends over the years. She built a meaningful cultural hub at her Marion Street Home in Shelby, North Carolina. For decades, she maintained an intimate meeting place full of food, friends, parties, and the sounds of Frank Sinatra & The Beach Boys. 

She was well-known for her Italian dinners which were passed on to her by her mother Frances through her Italian-American heritage. Vodka rigatoni, spicy meatballs with raisins, stuffed shells, and endless Christmas cookies filled the bellies of many through the years. Debbie loved to argue. If she didn’t like something, she told you. She was headstrong and outspoken and a powerful, rebellious woman. She didn’t have a poker face and she was as gullible as they come. Kerry’s jokes drove her up the wall, but you could tell she secretly liked them. 

Above all else, she was obsessed with her boys, grandsons, sisters, nephews and nieces, Christmas, and musicals. She truly loved her best friend and husband, Kerry. Debbie was the beating heart of the Hartrum family. The connective tissue that held us all together. She was our mama, our sister, and our Nonna. God only knows what we’ll be without you.

Sent to us by her sister, Pamela Gordon Ryan. 

RIP Debra.

Monday, November 15, 2021

June Harris Davenport, BHS '46 (1928-2016)


Yesterday we received this notice from Heidi Davenport:

My mother in law, June Juanita Harris-Davenport, passed October 2016. She was born June 1, 1928 and was a BHS alumni class of 1946. 

June was married to Paul Davenport from Lawrence Kansas and they had two children: Paula J Davenport and Joseph L Davenport along with two grandchildren: Scott and Casandra Davenport. 
 
Here is my mom in laws letter from her jacket.

RIP June and Paul.

Here is her Find a Grave link: 
 
Here is her husband Paul: 

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Kevin Davis, BHS '83 (1965-2015)


The Davis family told their former babysitter, Mrs. Gradvohl, of Kevin's 2015 death. She used to babysit him and his sister Karen. She was friends with his grandmother Margaret Davis who worked at Luther Burbank Junior High and with his parents, Frank and Joan.

RIP Kevin.