Steven Woodfin - Class of '71
Benton, IL
Posted 10/25/06

I've thought about Clarke many times but never took the time to look for a website until now. I attended in '69, '70, & '71 then moved back to Illinois to complete my degree at Southern Illinios University, Carbondale, IL.

I married in late '72 and have two daughters who have given us a grandson each...32 months and 5 months.

I retired in June 2006 from U S Bank after a 34 year career in banking of which the last 12 I was president of the Benton, IL location.

My wife is in her 12th year as principal of our high school and will retire in June 2007. We have traveled a lot over the past 10 years and look forward to doing more beginning next year. I can't believe how long it has been since Clarke. I have many good memories.

Mailing Address:

223 Eakin Grove Rd
Benton, IL 62812


Phone:(H): 618-439-6297


Jimmy Blanton -Class of '72
Columbus, GA
Posted 4/23/01

Jimmy Blanton here, attended in '72 with a bunch of great folks who loved the Lord Jesus. Man, the memories that came rushing back to me as I began to look over the web site for Clarke College.

 But the main memory is not of friends, teaches, fellowships, or was an experience in the Fine Arts building. I remember sitting toward the back in a chapel service and the Spirit of God spoke to my heart and the Lord told me that one day I would be serving in Associational Missions. 

His Word came to reality about six years ago when I became DOM in Columbus, GA. I love being in the center of God's will and doing His work His way. As I think of that great experience I remember so many more with such dear friends. If any of you remember me out there write me and let us catch up on what has happened in our lives. I would love to hear from you.

In His Love, By His Grace,

Jimmy Blanton


Ron Bolen- Class of '72?
Senatobia, MS
Posted 12/4/01

I did not even know that this existed. What a wonderful idea. Clarke holds so many wonderful memories for so many people. I just hate that I missed the reunion. I do not remember ever hearing about it. Hope we can have another one? Maybe? Hopefully?

If any of my former classmates see this and wish to email me, please do. I would absolutely LOVE to hear from you.

Ron Bolen

'71-'72, I think.



Graham Boutwell - Class of '72
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
Posted 8/16/05

I had a great year at Clarke. I started in the summer of 71 and we did not have enough students to open the cafeteria. We went to a resturant downtown. We sure did miss that resturant when the cafeteria opened. I think there were only 8 boys in the boys dorm and 7 or 8 girls. We rode together in the college van to eat our meals together.

I am a principal of a school for developmentally delayed students. I have been in the education field for 27 years. I was married for 26 years and have been single for 4 years. I have 2 sons Justin 25 and Brandon 22. Justin lives in Washington DC and works for a Real Estate Trust organization and Brandon is living at home and works for a computer company. I have been leading the music at churches for 30 years. I have been interium at most churches when they lost someone full-time and were looking for someone else. Most recently I was at the First Baptist Church of Ft Walton Beach, FL. With church and school I have been real busy.

When I was at Clarke I sang with the Trailsmen and we were pretty busy every weekend.

Jimmy Knight, Ronnie Cottingham, Benny Still (Piano) Rocky Crocker and myself had some great times together.

My Dad Rev. J.R. Boutwell (1908-1980)graduated from Clarke in 1953.

Would love to hear from some folks who were there during that time 71-72.

Mailing Address:

962 Don Dr.
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547


Graham Boutwell


Nelda Hall Cole-Class of '72
Collierville, TN
Posted 8/14/13

I am now a retired school teacher. Steve continues working as a Project Engineer at Fedex. We have two married daughters. Heather and Mike live in Holly Springs and have three daughters ages 13, 11, and 8. Heather is a stay @ home Mom, and Mike is a manager for ADT Security Systems. Hannah and David live in Memphis and have a 3 week old baby girl. Hannah returns to teaching on Oct. 1 st at a charter school in Memphis. David finished a five year program for heating and air in May. If you come through Memphis, give me a call. I stay at home most of the time, except on Friday and Saturday mornings. Then, this old lady goes shopping at Garage Sales!

Mailing Address:
352 Black Wolf Dr.
Collierville, TN. 38017


Phone(C): 901-497-4602

Nelda Hall Cole


Julie Waddell Currie- Class of '72
Anniston, Alabama
Posted 9/10/04

Hello to all. I have been married to Phil Currie from Jacksonville, AL. for 27 years and have 3 children - 22 year old son, Zach, and daughters Liana who is 17 and Lauren who is 15. Phil (Oral Roberts University Theology graduate) and I are ministers of music at Open Door Church in Birmingham and we also own a funeral home and cemetery in Hoover (suburb of Birmingham), Currie-Jefferson Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens. I would love to hear from others who attended Clarke when I was there.

Mailing Address:

152 Water Oak Drive
Trussville, AL  35173


Phone: (205) 661-9664

Fax: (205) 988-0708


Julie Waddell Currie


Michael Davis - Class of '72
Brandon, MS

No Message

Phone Work: none
Phone Home: 6015066844

Mailing Address:
617 Lakewood Cove
Brandon, MS 39042



Becky Wise Doss - Class of ' 72
Mathiston, MS
Posted 4/24/09

Well, where on earth have I been? I just learned of this site from my daughter, Courtney, who teaches at Byram Middle School, Byram, MS, with Wanda Purvis Myers. I was thrilled to see familiar names....wish I could see the faces! I'd love to hear from some of my old friends.

Mailing Address:
490 North Natchez Trace Road
Mathiston, MS 39752


Becky Wise Doss


Reba ( Campbell) Edwards- Class of '72
Elgin, Illinois
Posted 3/3/07

It is always great to read about everyone from Clarke College. I have many wonderful memories of my days there. I've been married 31 years to a Lyndell, a wonderful Christian man, and we have a daughter, Ramae (20 year old). I'm Academic Administrator of a Christian School and teach one session of Kindergarten daily. I do love it. God has blessed us in many ways in our life.

We enjoy camping in the summer months and look forward to the time when we can travel.

I would love to hear from others.

Mailing Address:

Reba Edwards
1050 Harvard Lane
Elgin, Illinois 60123-6922


Phone: (H): 847-742-1072

Phone:(W): 847-741-5530

Reba Edwards


Madelon Reed Gruich -- Class of '72
Biloxi, Mississippi
Posted 3/7/03

I am delighted to find Clarke's website. It seems that only yesterday we were walking on campus and dreaming of our tomorrows. I'd love to hear from you.



Madelon Reed Gruich


Sherry (Dearing) Guttery Attended:’71-‘72
Newton, MS
Posted 04/01/05

When I attended Clarke College in the years 1971-1972 my name was Sherry Dearing. I got married in 1972 so now I am Sherry Guttery.

Please send any emails to

Mailing Address:

Sherry Guttery
2412 C St.
Meridian, MS 39301


Phone: 601-482-4534