In Memory

Gus Gouvista - Class Of 1966

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07/30/09 10:24 PM #1    

Tom Brightwell (1965)

Gus went out for football at CHS as a kicker. He had soccer player legs, but when he got in the middle of contact drills, that was it. He was a good guy and it is a shame that the good always die young.

10/08/10 02:50 PM #2    

Jane Molloy (Hundley) (1967)

I remember Gus having a lot of energy, personality and compassion in high school.  I was fortunate to know him for a while as an adult and to be with his children.  Of course, they were very cute and he loved them so much!  It was soon after we connected that he passed.  He is missed by a lot of people.

05/23/12 12:32 AM #3    

John D. Hitch (1966)

I played basketball w/ Gus and hung out w/ him some throughout school. We were good friend in school, but lost contact w/ him after.  His name was spelled Gouvitsa.

03/04/14 10:45 PM #4    

Jarrod Ownby (1966)

I went to Signal Mountain Junior High with Gus. I didn't know him very well because I was too shy to know anyone, but he was voted Most Handsome Boy in our graudating class. 

03/06/14 12:41 AM #5    

Sally Gross (Martin) (1967)

When Gus first came to America, they put him in 6th grade, though he was older than most of the other students.  But he didn't speak English at all, so they wanted him to have time to catch up.  They put him in my mother's classroom.  The same year, she had Don Hooks in her class.  He was from the back of the mountain, and was completely deaf.  Momma had an exciting year that year.  Gus loved to play with the basketball, and would try to get to it first at recess, then refused to share it.  But Don wanted that ball, too.  Gus could say "Ball!"  Don, (who was about 16), couldn't hear Gus, but could read lips exceptionally well.  And Don could say "Ball," although not so clearly as Gus did.  Every recess, my mother had a battle to deal with.  She would come home and say, "Why did they give me BOTH of them?"  We would laugh and say, "They always give you the challenges!"  

Gus was just as good on the inside as he was good-looking on the outside. Mother loved him so much, and was so proud of all that he became as he acclimated to American culture. And I'm so glad she was able to keep Don from killing him, because Lord knows he wanted to, and probably could have!  

Gus, you left us way too soon.  I'm glad I was able to know you, even if only a little, in the time you were here with us.


Please change his name to Gouvitsa.

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