By Ralphine Major
They were first cousins, all linked together by the “Loy” name. I knew some of them by their married names. This black and white photo captured a special moment in the young lives of these Loy cousins. What a great memory it gives their family and friends to have a snapshot of their life so many years ago during a time when pictures were rare.
Betty Sharp, retired Gibbs Elementary School teacher, is married to Clayton Sharp, a WWII veteran. My brother and I went to school with their sons, Rancy and Monty. Fay is deceased, and I never met her. But, her name brings to mind her son, Les Spitzer. Les appeared in a series of Focus columns as a senior standout of the 1964-65 Gibbs High School basketball team that is still remembered for their winning season. The late Inis Smelser was a sister to Betty. Their father, Professor (Prof) H. G. Loy, was a long-time educator and was featured earlier this year in the Focus 2-8-16. Georgia Wright was married to W. P. Wright. The Wrights’ 70th Anniversary celebration appeared on the front page of the Focus 9-4-12. Last year, I wrote on Georgia’s 91st birthday with her three sons: Knox County Commissioner Dave Wright, Richard Wright, and Charles Wright. Georgia passed away earlier this year. Connie McNeill is also a former teacher. On the day I spoke to her, she was doing volunteer work by playing the piano at the hospital. Not pictured are the late Helen Calfee, long-time Home Economics teacher at Gibbs High School, one of Prof Loy’s four daughters, and sister to Betty and Inis; and Opal Thompson, who is married to James Thompson and sister to Fay and Georgia. We also went to school with the three Thompson sons—Calvin, Jimmy, and Edward.