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Class of ’85 reunites

More than a hundred Farragut High School Class of 1985 alumni gathered last weekend for their 25-year reunion.

The events began at classmate Cliff Kirk’s home off Fox Road, Friday night, June 18. Alumni enjoyed a lakeside party catered by Ott’s BarBQ and were serenaded by local musician David Landeo.

Now in their 40s, the former classmates picked up where they left off, sharing memories and learning what the years have brought each other.

Susan Walker said, “We keep in touch via facebook. That’s really how this reunion was put together. We’re surprised to see each other after all these years.”

Saturday, the group toured FHS, enjoyed a picnic and golfed in the afternoon before heading to Fox Den Country Club for a slideshow of photos from 1985.

Saturday night at the kick-off event, two former FHS football players talked football.

David “Ozzie” Osbourne said, “What wasn’t funny about playing football? We all got to play as sophomores because the seniors were kicked off the team.”

Then semi-rival Bearden was an easier defeat than today.

“We used to kill ’em,” Kevin Winslett said.

“And then we’d hang out at Downtown West and go to Mr. Gattis pizza, Swinson’s Ice Cream, Brunswick Billiards or the movie theater, even though we were told to stay away over there because the Bearden football players would go there.”

With BHS aside, Oak Ridge put up a winning fight against Farragut.

“Oak Ridge was our rival. They won three out of four games,” Winslett said.

And then there was Rhea County.

Winslett said, “I remember senior year we were playing against Rhea County; Andy Kelly was quarterback for them. It was third down and Kelly rolls out and David [Osbourne] intercepted the ball and ran 103 yards for a touchdown to ice the game. By the time he gets down, he’s leaning forward more and more and basically falls in the end zone.

“That’s still the record in Farragut High School’s history,” Winslett added.

Osbourne is on the Wall of Fame at FHS for that interception, Winslett said.

Osbourne said, “That was a fun day.”

Susan Walker remembers spending most of her time outside of class at friends’ homes in Ashley Oaks, Belmont West, Gulf Park, Fox Den and Village Green.

A happy memory for Walker was being named Sweetheart Queen her senior year.

A favorite teacher of the class was English teacher Gail Duncan.

Duncan’s daughter, Marci, graduated with the class. Though she was not directly taught by her mother, she said, “All my best friend’s loved her. She was very strict and I always had to watch my English grade.”


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