Three students graduated from Rockport High School in 1945. The above picture was taken at The Mammoth Cave National Park during the Junior/Senior Class Trip when they were seniors. The Three Seniors Of 1945 were Durwood Maple, Thomas O'Brien and Margaret Wilson. This was one of the smallest classes to ever graduate from Rockport.
Thanks to Juanita Park for providing the Mamouth Cave picture.
Picture by jrd at the 2008 Rockport Days Festivities.
Durwood Maple, like a lot of his fellow classmates, entered the Army soon after graduation. After a stint in the Army of two years, Durwood returned to Rockport. He was undecided about his career and placed his job application in to the IC Railroad. He had worked with the railroad while in high school and was again hired, but this time, his work location was the IC Railroad Roundhouse in Central City. In the meantime, Durwood had married Robbye Nell Hert. With two daughters, Durwood was trying to discover his ideal job and finally settled on being a Construction Millwright. For the next thirty years, Durwood followed his construction trade and retired in 1987.
Durwood married his present wife in 1967 and they have lived in Rockport for almost forty years. Pat Maple was a 1955 graduate of Drakesboro High School. A son was born from this marriage and Durwood has two daughters from a previous marriage and Pat had two daughters from a previous marriage. From this family, there are six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Above picture of Durwood and his wife Pat was taken at the 2008 Rockport Days Festivities.
To view Durwood's Soldier Page, click on the following link.
Obituary from the Tucker Funeral Home Web Site.
Durwood H. Maple, 82, of Rockport, Ky., died at 4 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 22, 1926, in Ohio, was a construction millwright worker with Local 1080 in Owensboro, was of the Baptist faith and was a veteran of the Army. He was proceeded in death by a son, Durwood Maple II; and two stepdaughters, Tammy Travis and Stacey Flener.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Vincent Maple of Rockport, two daughters, Vicky Perry and Pam Ortex, both of Louisville; six grandchildren; Destiny Maple, Jonothan Flener, Sammy Flener, Collin Perry, Jason Willoughby and Jeremy Willoughby; three great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Neal Maple of Beaver Dam, and Glen Maple of Louisville.
Services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at Tucker Funeral Home, Central City, with the Rev. Jewell Legrand officiating and the Rev. Charles Brownd assisting. Burial in Rose Hill Cemetery, Central City. Visitation after 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made at www.tuckerfuneralhomes.com.
Thomas O'Brien was a 1945 Rockport High School Graduate and I think that he was drafted into the Army after graduation. After serving his tour of duty, Thomas returned to the Rockport area. Thomas was the son of a "Railroad Man" and he worked for the IC Railroad when he was still in high school. After returning from the Army, after his services to his country, Thomas was reemployed by the IC Railroad. In the late forties until the early fifties, Thomas would return to Rockport for family visits and I would see him on occasions. After the early fifties, I think that he moved to Louisville and I don't remember seeing him again. I am doing a lot of guessing on what I have written, thus help is needed. If you can help me with this write-up on Thomas, I would be appreciative of your efforts.
Help is needed on the write-up of Margaret Wilson. About all that I know about her was that she graduated from RHS in 1945. Would appreciate your input is you have any knowledge of Margaret.