Terry Sapp - 1963
I was born and grew up south of the Columbia near the Easley Cave. I had three brothers and four sisters. I went to a one room school for the first 6 years; then Rockbridge Elementary for 7th and 8th, Jefferson Junior for 9th, and finished up 10th, 11th, and 12th at Hickman.
I finished up 12 years of school and started my future. I remember walking out of the All-Night Party, it was just turning daylight, I remember telling myself you’ve got the rest of your life ahead of you. My Dad always said, “You get out of life what you put in it.”
After graduation, I worked for the University about 9 months. In March of ’64, I started laying brick. By August, 1965, I had started my own masonry business. I was 19 years old. I have been making payroll every Friday since.
Yes, I’m still working and frankly I wouldn’t have it any other way. My Dad had always said, “Get your work done and then you can play.”
Well, I still don’t have my work done. I still get my high from my accomplishments. My 42 year old son says he’s gonna retire when I do, so I gotta keep him goin’. I have very good health to be as old as I am and that helps me.
Yes, I’m still married to my best friend ever. She was a sophomore when I was a senior. We got married in 1965 and I am still married to her 47 years later. Her name was Glenda Glass. She was an only child and I came from a family of eight. We had a few ups & downs but once again I remembered what my Dad said, “Son, there will always be more bitter than sweet. Remember the sweet, forget the bitter and never go to sleep before you make up.” I guess it worked because every time I think of her, it makes my mouth water.
We have two children: a daughter named Denise born in 1968, and a son named Nathan born in 1971. We have three grandchildren: the oldest born in 1996, then 1998, and the last one born in 2007.
I have many things I would like to get done, but my goal in life has always been to do for others, and try to make a difference in as many lives as I could. It’s always been much more rewarding to give than to receive. I would much rather suffer myself than see someone else suffer. I feel we have way too much greed.
No, I’m not a Veteran. I was classified 1A and took my physical during the Vietnam War but was not called.
My best memory from Hickman was the night that Pam Charlton and Cheryl Curtis went coon hunting with me and my brother Gary. I thought Pam was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. Well, that was the first and last date I had with her, but that was her loss, not mine. J
The worst memory was when I caught my girlfriend Glenda talking to another boy as I went into the school from getting off the school bus. When he saw me, he ran. THE CHICKEN
My favorite place to go was the drive-in theater on my once-a-week date with my sweetie. Otherwise I was home on the farm working.
My favorite teacher was Mrs. Macklerath. I think I had her class my junior year. She was the only teacher that ever took the time to walk back to my desk, and ask if I needed help. She was so pretty. I’ve never forgotten her thoughtfulness. Wonder where she’s at now?
Charlie, believe it or not, I probably see and talk to you more than anybody from class.
The thing I tell my kids and grandkids is how much more we learned in school than they did. Now they have this “No one left behind.” I told them in my days of school you would get left behind if you didn’t work hard and do what you were supposed to do. And the Principal could still spank you.
My earliest memories of Columbia was when we went to town once a month to get groceries. We went to Temple Stephens down on 8th and Walnut and Gem Drug was across the street. Once is a while we got a malt at the drug store.
My biggest accomplishment while at Hickman was to get my priorities straight for the rest of my life, to let people inspire me in good ways, and how to set goals and reach them….no matter how difficult.
My biggest accomplishment since I graduated is to understand how and why it is so important that we do what we can for one another, and how important it is for the fortunate to help the unfortunate.
My classmates will remember me most as that mostly shy farm boy that went to that big town school. I would have liked to try out for football or baseball but it was impossible. I couldn’t participate in the after school functions because I didn’t have a ride home afterwards.
There were several teachers that inspired me. Coach Roark said, “It’s the work you do after you’re tired that does you good.” Mrs Crawford that was so cold and harsh, that told me I didn’t want to be like her. Coach Faurot that gave me passes out of study hall so I could eat lunch with my sweetie. Jerry Teter that sat on her desk with her legs crossed made me pay more attention to the girls.
All in all, I wouldn’t take anything for the three years at Hickman. It surely helped shape the rest of my life, and many of my fellow students inspired me as I walked down life’s path to hereafter.
I will always remember you.
Terry Lynn Sapp
Terry is babe in arms to top left, he must have been a beautiful baby,
boy, cause look at him now!
Terry & Glenda Glass Sapp ('65 Kewpie)