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Tennessee High School Class Of 1971

Updated 08-22-16

Latest reunion list is shown below. Going forward this list will be updated weekly leading up to the Wednesday before the big event. If you are planning to attend be sure to register before Saturday, August 20 as we need a head count in order to determine the quantity of food to order. 


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 08-04-16

Attention classmates. Last night we held our next to last committee meeting before the big event on Saturday, August 27th. Currently there are 18 Class of 1971 classmates officially registered and 27 Class of 1970 classmates officially registered. Just a reminder that the deadline for registration is Saturday, August 20th. Also for those of you who are attending the reunion remember that each class is holding its own individual get together on Friday, August 26th. For the Class of 1971 Nancy Godsey Butterworth will be hosting the activity at her home beginning at 7:00 PM. For the Class of 1970 Beth Lane Russum will be hosting the activity at her home beginning at 7:00 PM. Consequently we will need a head count in order to plan for light refreshments. If you are planning to attend for the Class of 1971 please contact Jim Flannagan at 423.963.8221/ or Nancy Godsey Butterworth at 423.341.3734/ and for the Class of 1970 please contact Steve Darnell at 423.652.1397/ or Leigh Neal at 423.341.0088/ if you plan to attend. Full details for both Friday night activities can be found by clicking on the 45th Reunion link on the main navigation page. 


Your Reunion Committee  


Updated 06-05-16

Reunion details are now available. Click on the 45th Reunion link which is the last link under the Classmate Profiles section on the main navigation page of the website located in the upper left corner.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 04-27-16

Attention Classmates. The Reunion Committee met tonight and are pleased to notify you that our 45th High School reunion has been scheduled for Saturday, August 27th and we have confirmed that the State Line Bar & Grill located in downtown Bristol has been selected as the venue to host our event. More details to come so watch this website and your E-mail box for updates.  


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 04-13-16

Attention Classmates, SAVE THE DATE important announcement. The Reunion Committee met tonight and have tentatively selected Saturday, August 27 as the date for our 45th reunion pending confirmation from the venue that will be hosting the event. Stay tuned for more details.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 04-11-16

Attention Classmates. After several months of procrastination on my part, seems like I am busier than I ever was now that I am retired from the Corporate world, the reunion committee is getting fired back up to begin planning our 45th reunion. Stay tuned for some important information to be announced toward the end of this week. 


Jimmy Flannagan


Updated 04-10-16

We regret to inform the Class that Pete Wedel passed away on Wednesday, March 2.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 11-24-15

We regret to inform the Class that Vickie Carrier passed away on Monday, November 23.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 08-09-15

We have received an invitation from Leigh Neal, Class of 1970 which is celebrating their 45 class reunion, that a little get together lunch on Saturday, August 15th at noon with the time and specific place in downtown Bristol still to be determined, for THS Classes of 1969-1971. If you are interested in participating please reply back to as soon as possible so Leigh can get a definite haedcount and reserve the venue.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 07-09-15 

We have received numerous inquiries concerning when the next reunion might be held. As you know next year will mark our 45th so the our hope is to start planning the reunion in the fall. Watch for a survey that will be sent out requesting your feedback on when to have it as well as other pertinent details.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 07-07-15

We regret to inform the Class that David Adams passed away on Tuesday, July 7.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 10-27-14

We regret to inform the Class that Brennan Dougherty passed away on Monday, October 27 after a lengthy illness.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 08-20-14

We regret to inform the Class that Bob Jessee passed away on Wednesday, August 20 after a brief illness.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 11-21-13

We regret to inform the Class that Jack "Sonny" Hagy passed away on Tuesday, November 19 after a lengthy illness.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 10-28-13

We regret to inform the Class that Karen Owens passed away on Friday, October 25.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 10-24-13

Karen is still on the respirator but has been taken off all medications.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 10-23-13

We have received word that Karen Owens went into cardiac arrest yesterday on the way to the Doctor's office. They are keeping her body temperature low so that her organs do not require as much oxygen. They will start warming her tomorrow. She is in a coma at the present. Please pray for her and her family. 


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 09-09-13

We regret to inform the Class that we have received word that Brennan Dougherty is in stage 4 pancreatic cancer. No other details are available at this time. 


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 09-10-11

Reunion festivities are all set to kick off in five days and there are currently 36 classmates officially registered. If you haven't registered and are planning to come please do so in the next few days as we need to give our food vendors a head count. Also as a reminder Dennis Pierce's Thursday night gathering on Boone Lake is a covered dish and so far the following items are being provided:

Nancy Godsey - Peanuts, chips & spinach dip

Jimmy Flannagan - Cheese tray and soft drinks

Debbie Foster - Desert

Theda Rutherford - Shrimp & cocktail sauce

Clare Snyder -  Desert

Lisa Gray - Pizza bites

Also a few other details:

Dress code: Friday - casual, Saturday - dress casual

Friday cash bar - Beer & wine

Saturday - Full cash bar

And finally to those classmates driving in from out of town please have a safe trip.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 09-03-11

Just a little under two weeks to go till the reunion with only 29 classmates officially registered. We were hoping to at least equal our 2003 reunion count which was 40. If you know you are coming to one of the events but just haven't taken the time to do so please do so in the next few days. Below are the driving  directions to the Saturday banquet to be held at the Virginian. Also remember to send an E-mail to with 2 or 3 requests of your favorite songs from our school days that you would like to hear played on the computer juke box that will be setup at all three events. 

From the Bristol Country Club on Old Jonesboro Road travel northeast approximately 1 mile till you come to a slight left hand turn at Goose Pimple Junction and the Tennessee/Virginia state line which becomes Route 649. Travel approximately .4 mile till you come to a stop sign. Make a right on King Mill Pike/Route 647. Travel approximately 1.5 miles and you will see the entrance to The Virginian on the left and turn left onto Virginia Trail. Proceed past the guard shack approximately .6 mile turning left onto Clubhouse Ridge which will take you to the main entrance.


Your Reunion Committee  


Updated 08-27-11

The "Big Event" is only 19 days away and so far only 24 classmates have registered for the reunion. We have talked to several of you recently who have indicated that your decision to come may have to be made at the last minute. Consequently we have decided that in order to ensure the opportunity for maximum participation the deadline to register has been moved to Wednesday, September 14 which means that you can bring your payment when you "walk in". One thing to remember with this new deadline is that the block of rooms that we have reserved at the local motels with the reduced rates will have expired by then so you will be on your own for reservations.   


 Your Reunion Committee  


Updated 08-11-11

The agenda has been updated. The Dennis Pierce Boone Lake Gathering will be a covered dish and spouses/significant others are optional. Also spouses/significant others are optional for the Classmate's Friday Social.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 08-08-11

On line registration for the reunion is now available. Details can be found under the 40 Year Reunion info link on the Main Navigation Pane to the left of the web page, second link just under the picture of JFK. Two important dates to keep in mind are September 2 which is the last day to receive payment and September 13 which is the last day to cancel and receive a refund if you have already paid and it turns out you won't be able to attend. If you have contact with classmates please help us spread the word about the reunion so we can have a good turn out.  


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 07-17-11

The Reunion Committee is pleased to announce the following information for our upcoming reunion Final details on registration and methods of payment will be announced next week. Also all three nights will feature background music from our high school days to be selected by you our classmates.Send your request for 2 or 3 of your favorite tunes to    




  • On Thursday, September 15, Dennis Pierce will be hosting a covered dish get together at his home on Boone Lake, 380 Crussell Road, Piney Flats, Tennessee beginning at 6:00 P.M. for local classmates as well as any out of town classmates (spouses/significant others optional) that may be arriving early.
  • On Friday September 16 a classmate’s (spouses/significant others optional) social will be held at the Southeast Culinary & Hospitality College located in the former Bristol Virginia Post Office at 100 Piedmont Avenue in Bristol, Virginia 24201 beginning at 6:00 P.M.
  • On Saturday September 17 the Reunion Banquet will be held at The Virginian located at 22512 Clubhouse Ridge in Bristol, Virginia 24202 with registration and welcoming cocktail reception hour beginning at 6:00 P.M. with the banquet dinner to follow.




  • Thursday Night Pierce covered dish gathering on Boone Lake – No charge.
  • Friday Classmates Social – No charge if attending the Saturday night Banquet otherwise $10 per classmate/guest.
  • Saturday Reunion Banquet - $35 per person also includes the Friday Classmate's social.

***Note - Any classmate who would like to attend the reunion but who is having trouble making ends meet please E-mail Nancy Godsey Butterworth at or call 423.652.2240.


Motel Accommodations - A block of 25 non-smoking rooms have been reserved at the following Bristol motels:


  • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites (25 Double bed rooms - $85 + taxes & fees) 305 Linden Drive, Bristol, Virginia 24202. Reservations must be made by midnight 08/26/2011 by calling 888.466.4141 and mention Tennessee High School Class of ’71 40th Reunion.


  • Courtyard By Marriott (25 King bed rooms - $119 + taxes & fees) 3169 Linden Drive, Bristol, Virginia 24202. Reservations must be made by 09/01/2011 by calling 276.591.4400 and mention Tennessee High School Class Reunion, Class of 1971.


  • Comfort Inn (25 Double bed rooms - $69 + taxes & fees) 2368 Lee Highway, Bristol, Virginia 24202. Reservations must be made by 08/31/2011 by calling 276.466.3881 and mention Tennessee High School Reunion.


  • Hampton Inn (19 Double & 6 King bed rooms - $99 + taxes & fees) 3299 West State Street, Bristol, Tennessee 37620. Reservations must be made by 09/01/2011 by calling 423.764.3600 and mention Tennessee High Class of ’71 confirmation #86147715.


  • LaQuinta Inn – 25 Double bed rooms - $63.90 + taxes & fees 1014 Old Airport Road, Bristol, Virginia 24201. Reservations must be made by 09/02/2011 by calling 276.669.9353 and mention Tennessee High Class of ’71.


  • Super 8 (25 Double bed rooms - $45.99 + taxes & fees) 2139 Lee Highway, Bristol, Virginia 24201. Reservations must be made by 09/02/2011 by calling 276.466.8800 and mention Tennessee High Class of ’71.


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 06-14-11

The Reunion Committee met tonite and we are pleased to report that based on classmate responses the majority of you have chosen the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion dates of September 16 & 17 so start making your plans to attend. In the coming weeks we will be finalizing the reunion details so check back often.    


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 02-23-11

The Reunion Committee (Debbie Foster, Nancy Godsey, Theda Rutherford, Clare Snyder and Jimmy Flannagan) began the initial planning for our 40th reunion tonite (thanks to Nancy Godsey for being such a good hostess and the brownies were delicious). Good progress was made as we were able to select four potential dates for the reunion. Consequently a Reunion Date Survey has been created on the main navigation pane which is located in the top left hand corner of the web page just beneath the Viking "T" logo. We are asking each classmate that is interested in attending to make the appropriate selections from the four dates in order of preference. This is very important as the results from this survey will determine which date is ultimately selected. Also note that the fourth date, September 16-17 coincides with the popular Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion musical festival which will add additional entertainment value to the reunion lasting from the early morning to late at night. Read more about this event here


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 01-25-11

Greetings Classmates. All names from lists of previous reunions have been added. If you know of a name that should be on the list please contact us on the link at the bottom of the classmates profile page. Also if you have current contact with any members who have not filled out their personal profiles feel free to help us spread the word of our new website. There is also a missing classmates list and if you have any knowledge of their whereabouts let us know or if you have contact with them be sure to tell them about our website.

The Reunion Committee will be getting together in the next couple of weeks to begin planning for our 40th class reunion. If you have any suggestions as to the time of year you would most likely attend be sure to let us know. Also let us know if you would like a one day, Saturday only, or a two day, Friday & Saturday reunion format. Stay tuned for new announcements as we move forward with this great event.  


Your Reunion Committee


Updated 03-18-10 

Welcome to the new Tennessee High Class Of 1971 website. Many of you are familiar with our old website which we have been using since 2003 when we held the THS Class of '71 turns 50 reunion. Unfortunately, the company which provided the hosting service has discontinued support for the site.

As a result we have selected as our new website hosting company and we think everyone will find the new site to be much more dynamic/feature rich and user friendly. We are still under construction as we familiarize ourselves with all the different features to determine what additional content to add but in the meantime we have setup the basics such as what you see now.

We are currently in the process of adding classmate names beginning with those who are currently members of the Tennessee High Class of '71 group on Facebook ( and who were in the graduating class. There are a total of about 240 classmates to be added so please be patient and check back often for further updates.


Your Reunion Committee