Mr. Josephus Lovelace’s Memories of Parker-Gray High School – Class of 1948

Joe Lovelace’s Retirement 1978

Mr. Josephus (Joe) Lovelace and his mother moved to Alexandria, Virginia from Halifax, Virginia after the death of his father, Andrew Lovelace in 1943. He first attended Lyles-Crouch Elementary School for two and half months before entering Parker-Gray High School in September 1943. His family first lived on 325 North Fayette Street, then on 611 North West Street, and then they moved back to 325 North Fayette Street.

He has several fond memories of Parker-Gray. One time he was throwing snowballs when Mr. Pitts, the principal walked up behind him and he elbowed Mr. Pitts in the stomach. That action got him into trouble. Other memories were about his favorite teachers, Mrs. Dorothy Key, the Librarian and Mrs. Edith W. Casey, the Social Studies and English teacher. Both of those teachers were his homeroom teachers.

Mr. Lovelace loved horsing around and chasing the girls in school. His friends in school were John Herring (Johnnie Cake), Herbert McGreer, Willie Daniels, Robert Burless, Lloyd Diggs (Class of 1949), Louise Gaskins, Suzanne Gaskins, Theresa Bentley, Katherine Lomax and Phyllis Roy.

He gives credit to his favorite teacher, Mrs. Casey who insulted him by saying, “Do You know what the letter ‘D’ stands for?” She continued to say ‘D’ stands for “Dumb”, like you. In addition, she told him in his senior year in school, that he will not graduate unless he recited “To Be or Not to Be.”

Joe Lovelace’s Military Group Picture

He graduated from Parker-Gray in 1948 and joined the Army weeks later. He kept Mrs. Casey’s comment in mind, which helped him to excel in everything he did. Mr. Lovelace had 30-years of combined service in the Army and the Air Force. He worked for 15-years with the United States Postal Service while attending College and obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice. Mr. Lovelace was 48-years old when he started his undergraduate program; he completed his degree in three years. After retiring from the postal service, he worked for the police department as a counselor. At the age of 82, Mr. Lovelace volunteers at the Police Department in Colorado. His military career took him to foreign countries like Germany, Korea, England, France and Japan. He had lived in Germany, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Utah, and finally settled in Denver. The negative comment that Mrs. Casey made about Mr. Lovelace was the fuel he needed to accomplish all the things he achieved. Even today, he says that Mrs. Casey was his best teacher.

1948 Parker-Gray High School Teachers and Graduating Class

1948 Alexandria, VA Teacher’s List

The Parker-Gray High School year of 1947 – 1948 had one principal and twenty-four teachers.

William H. Pitts, Sr. – Principal
Mary Tunstall Adams – Social Studies
A.W. Adkins – English, Math
Susie E. Anderson – English, Biology
Arthur W. Bracey – Shop
Janie R. Browne – Third, Fourth
Edith W. Casey – English
Flora W. Chase – Typing, Shorthand
Helen L. Day – Seventh Grade
Laura M. Dorsey – Fourth Grade
Thelma M. Dorsey – Second Grade
Lauretta H. Hall – Art, Social Studies
Ferris Holland – Science
Earleen L. Hughes – English, French
Louis R. W. Johnson – Physical Education
Rubye Johnson – Physical Education
Dorothy P. Key – Librarian
Alma P. Murray – First Grade
Edward L. Patterson – Music
Bernice J. Perry – Seventh Grade
Julia E. Pritchett – Seventh Grade
Lucile Smith – Third Grade
Mabel Lee Smith – Math, Science
Ruby E. Smith – Home Economics
Geraldine Stevenson – Seventh Grade

There was forty-three students in the Class of 1948.

Carmeen Powell Adams
Aaron Anderson
Claudine Evans Belk
Samuel Brice
Edward Bumbroy
Robert Burless
Katherine Lomax Daniels
Willie Daniels
Barbara Scott Diggs
Doris Jennings Duncan
Alma Horn Gayton
Margaret Shepherd Grimes
Theresa Bentley Hamilton
Carrir McCollugh Hanson
John Harris
Valeria Stanton Henderson
John Herring
Ralph Holland
Christine Howard
Neal Jackson
William Jackson
Herman Lewis
Joseph(us) Lovelace
Lula Martin
Shirley Miller
Francis McGee
Herbert McGreer
Kolan Newman
Jean Butler Patton
Louis Gaskins Pope
Nellie Brooks Quander
Janet Slaughter Revis
Herbert Spears
Suzanne Gaskins Stein
Phyllis Roy Tate
Clayton Thompson
Thomas Turner
Bernice William Vaughn
Clifton Wanzer
Lloyd Wanzer
Carton Willis
Georgia Hollinger Wilson
Henry Wilson

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