Remember me when I am gone away,
away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by
half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by
me of our future that you planned:
remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or
Yet if you should forget me for a
afterwards remember, do not
the darkness and corruption leave
of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget
Than that you
should remember and be
....by Christina Georgina
Otis Macklin, Jr.
Donald J. Reppert
Betty J. Aiken
Lawrence L. Porter
Mary Ann Clark
Marjorie A. Smith
Juanita J. Crabill
In his book "Champions
Forever" Coach Floyd Eby
describes the 1949 Coldwater State
Basketball Champions in terms of how
they turned out later in life. Amongst
our Remembered Classmates are two
state champs, a war hero, a minister,
several veterans, mothers and fathers,
grandmothers and grandfathers,
husbands and wives, a business
executive and business owners and now
we remember them all as
Many of us, their classmates,
remember them when they were young and
full of life, sort of as we see them
in the pictures above. Others of us
knew them throughout their shortened
lives and remember the good times and
the painful times. The following poem
may strike some up beat notes -
|ON GETTING TO HEAVEN AND
If I had my life to live over,
To make more mistakes next time. I
Relax, I would limber up, I would
Than I've been on this trip. I
Few things I'd take seriously any
I would take more chances, I would
Trips, I would scale more
I would swim more rivers, and I
Watch more sunsets. I would eat
Ice cream and fewer beans.
I would have more actual troubles
And fewer imaginary ones. You
Prophylactically and sensibly and
Hour after hour and day after day.
Oh, I've had my moments
And if I had it to do all over
Again, I'd have many more of them.
In fact, I'd try not to have
Else, just moments, one after
Instead of living so many
Years ahead of my day. I've been
One of those people who never went
A thermometer, a hot water bottle,
a gargle, a
Raincoat and a parachute (and if
she had traveled with Bobbie, a
tape recorder, an iron and a hair
If I had it to do all over again,
I'd travel lighter, much lighter,
Than I have.
I would start barefoot earlier
In the spring, and I'd stay that
Later in the fall. And I would
Ride more merry-go-rounds, and
Catch more gold rings, and greet
More people, and pick more
And dance more often. If I had it
To do all over again.
But you see,
|...from the book "Peace,
Love and Healing" by Bernie
S. Siegel, M.D.
KENT A. McKNIGHT
LCDR Kent A. McKnight, (US Navy
Ret.), highly decorated Naval Aviator, age 78, of Jackson’s Gap, Alabama
and formerly of Pensacola, Florida, passed away on Friday, September 18,
He was born March 26, 1931 in Flint,
Michigan to Harold J. McKnight and Carol Valentine McKnight. As a
youngster he moved with his family to Coldwater, Michigan and graduated
with "The Class of Champions" in 1949.
He was a proud 1954 graduate of the
United States Naval Academy. Kent served his country in the U.S. Navy
for 24 years ultimately being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant
Commander. He was awarded several medals and commendations for his
service to the country as a Naval Aviator and a veteran of Vietnam.
spent much of his Naval career at both stateside bases and in the
Pacific Theater. He was Patrol Plane Commander in the P2V-7
aircraft deployed to NAS Kodiak, Alaska, and Marine Corp Air Station at
Iwakuni, Japan. NAS North Island, Coronado, CA. Antisubmarine Nuclear Weapons Delivery Instructor.
Airborne Early Warning Squadron One NAS at Agana, Guam.
He was the Aircraft Commander on the E121K aircraft (Super Connie) Typhoon Tracking and Airborne Early Warning
Missions deployed to the Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong, Hawaii and other Pacific Islands.
It was in Vietnam that he earned:
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palms
Medal with 3 Campaign Stars Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation
(Civil Action Medal, First Class Color with Palm) Navy/Marine
Corps Commendation Medal with Combat V
Combat Action Ribbon Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
In addition: Air
Medal with 2 Stars.
National Defense Service Medal with 1 star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Expert Rifle He was highly praised by his fellow pilots as
"One of the Navy's best".
He was also an educator, having taught
in the public schools in Florida and at Santa Fe Junior College in
Gainesville, Florida. Following retirement, he enjoyed volunteering at
the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Martha H.
McKnight of Jackson’s Gap, Alabama; daughters, Janet McKnight Chernoff
(Louis) of Tallahassee, Florida and Karen McKnight Lynn (Tom) of
Raleigh, North Carolina; sons, Tony Allen Dorriety (Shannon) of
Collierville, Tennessee and Michael Wayne Dorriety (Cathy Lee) of
Oakfield, Georgia; grandchildren, Sean Hayes, Kevin Lynn and Ashlee
Lynn, all of Raleigh, North Carolina, Michael Wayne Dorriety, currently
serving in Iraq, Jesse Dorriety, Ashleigh Dorriety, Kelly Dorriety,
Presley Dorriety and Grayson Dorriety, all of Collierville, Tennessee;
great grandchildren, Michael Wayne Dorriety, III of Albany, Georgia and
Maximus Alexander Dorriety of El Paso, Texas; and sister, Judy Clavel
(James) of Yonkers, New York He was preceded in death by his parents and
grandson, Chris Hayes.
Funeral service with full military
honors, provided by the United States Navy, will be held Friday, October
9th at 9am at Barrancas National Cemetery, located at the Naval Air
Station in Pensacola, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be given to the National Naval Aviation Museum, 1750
Radford Blvd., Suite B, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida 32508.
Martha McKnight's address is:
Jacksons Gap, AL 36861
COACH FLOYD EBY
community legend, Coach Eby passes
roland stoy-Staff Writer
-- As a coach, Floyd Eby revolutionized the game of
basketball, but his winning percentage in service to
God far outshines anything he achieved between the
that is saying a lot.
Sonet Goodwin said on Saturday that Eby was hired
right out of Michigan State University to coach the
Williamston (Mich.) High School basketball team, and
having to follow an enormously popular predecessor,
met the challenge by winning the state championship.
He went on to do the same with the 1949 Coldwater
High School Cardinals, introducing innovations that
other successful coaches would copy.
who passed on last Thursday after having been in the
grip of Alzheimer's disease for some time, has been
credited by numerous sources with introducing and
popularizing the fast break, the full-court press,
the box-and-one zone defense and the one-handed jump
also coached the football team that year to a Twin
Valley Conference co-championship.
the Cardinal basketball team helped launch a whole
new dimension to basketball, it was the lifelong
lessons of athletic discipline that helped the 1949
Cardinals lead successful lives. The team produced
two dentists, an ordained minister, a teacher and
coach, two high-ranking Army officers, a pharmacist,
a university science professor, two high-ranking
business executives and three successful
businessmen," said an article by Detroit
free-lance writer Tom Lang in 1999.
of the dentists, Gene Fry, recently retired
from practice in Grosse Pointe and now resides in
a great loss, a wonderful man," said Fry, a
guard on the championship team. "He was a great
coach and a great inspiration to all of us."
said the spiritual nature of Eby was always evident.
didn't force it on anyone. He led by example,"
he said. "It was something to be
and team captain Gene Sowles said, "He
was a man all to himself. He would stop at nothing
to help you."
Rosenberg was a center on the 1949 team.
easy for a young person to go in the wrong
direction. But if you wanted to be on Coach Eby's
team, you walked the straight and narrow, even if
you were a star," Rosenberg said. "You
can't describe Coach Eby in a few words. He was a
mentor, a role model, a dynamic individual. He was a
big influence on my life. Mine and many
influence extended far beyond the basketball courts
as the World War II veteran, land developer, founder
of the Good News Bible Church, member of Gideons
International, author and pilot conducted both
weekly Bible studies at his Coldwater home and flew
or sent out Bibles and his books to points all over
the country and the world.
basement walls where the weekly meetings were held
on Cardinal Court are covered with snapshots.
probably a thousand pictures of people he helped
come to know the Lord," Goodwin said.
"There's another couple hundred in boxes. He
remembered all their names and he prayed for
books, "Calling God's Tower,"
"Champions Forever" and "Miracles of
Love," written in the 1970s, have been
reprinted numerous times.
just got through another 2,000 copies of
'Miracle,'" said Goodwin, recalling that in
2002 they ordered the 13th printing of
"Champions." She figured that at 5,000
copies a printing, there were 65,000 altogether at
was always so proud of him," Goodwin said.
"He was someone I could look up to. We were
very lucky to be raised by good parents."
Frankhouser of Coldwater was among those who knew
Coach Eby for many years, attended the Thursday
night meetings at his house and among those Eby
helped come to accept Christianity and a personal
relationship with Jesus Christ.
was an absolute legend," said Frankhouser.
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