EHS Class of 1961 memorializes classmate with donation to Veterans War Memorial

   Members of the Elizabethton High School (EHS) Class of 1961 have raised $1,595 thus far, for the Elizabethton/Carter County Veterans War Memorial in memory of a classmate, Thomas Charles Treadway Jr., killed in combat in the Vietnam conflict.
   Ron McCloud and other members of the EHS Reunion Class of 1961, who helped organize the fund drive, presented the donation Wednesday, April 3, to Sam Shipley, Elizabethton mayor pro tem, Vietnam veteran, and member of the Veterans War Memorial Committee. Other committee members attending were Deacon Bowers, Roy Merryman, David Ornduff and Bob Robinson, also a member of the EHS Class of 1961.
   McCloud said donations are still coming in from the 226 members of the EHS Class of 1961, who now reside throughout the United States. Twenty-seven members of the EHS Class of 1961 are now deceased. McCloud challenged other EHS graduating classes to contribute to the Veterans War Memorial to honor Carter Countians who paid the supreme sacrifice for their country.
   Shipley said he appreciated the support from classmates of Tommy Treadway, whose name, along with more than 200 other Carter Countians killed in combat in all wars, will be inscribed on granite stones in the memorial to be built at the corner of Pine Street and Elk Avenue in downtown Elizabethton.
   Bowers said the donation from the EHS Class of 1961 was the largest individual donation received by the Veterans War Memorial committee to date. "I applaud the support from the EHS Class of 1961 in constructing the memorial," Bowers added.
   Among EHS Class of 1961 donors, thus far, are Carolyn Hart Meloon, Jack Phillips, Barbara Ritchie Carlock, Judith Higdon Salo, Ann Moody Gouge, Sandra Russell Crow, Jean Elliott Peters, Frank Goodwin, Brenda Ryan, Karen Grim Stokes, Beverly Ward Bailey, Calvin Nicholson, Nancy Nelson Friar, Marian West Taylor, Anne Pike Marty, Roger Lumsden, Glenn McQueen, Skip and Claudia Banner, Suzanne Mock Miller, Carolyn Luther Lynn, Doug Sweet, Benjamin Dugger, Jerry Bowers, Johnny Holder, J. Harold Ray, Judy Head Robinson, Bob Robinson, Ron McCloud, Jan Thompson Chapple and H.P. Anderson.
   Groundbreaking for the war memorial is set for this summer. The committee hopes to raise $125,000 in private donations and in-kind contributions for the project. The Elizabethton City Council has given the committee permission to rehabilitate the city park at the corner of E. Elk Avenue and Pine Street for the war memorial, which calls for granite stones inscribed with the names of the 186 Carter County residents who have been killed in battle since 1917 to be placed in the park.
   Tax-deductible donations should be made payable to the City of Elizabethton Veterans War Memorial Fund and mailed or delivered to Office of Finance Director, Elizabethton City Hall, 136 S. Sycamore St., Elizabethton, TN 37643.