Immediately following graduation, I sought employment looking for that job that would make me instantly wealthy.  Well, I found that the job did not exist, while working at a aircraft parts warehouse, and later the Atlanta Ford Assembly plant in Hapeville, Georgia.  During this period, I was attending college at night working toward graduation and a tour of duty with the United States Army.

Prior to reporting for Army duty, I married Carolyn Ochiltree, a local girl, not from Russell High but from Hapeville High.  I traveled to a number of exotic places, courtesy of the United States Army.  During my entire military career, the only classmate seen was Chuck Robinson at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.

After my military duty was over, I decided to return to school.  At that time, I decided to enter the political arena by running for the East Point City Council.  I had the pleasure of serving eight years in this position.  I might add that this is “Not the way to make friends and influence people”.  Later I ran for a local state representative in my district but was unsuccessful. 

Before retiring, my thirty years of employment were very diverse.  This included Human Resources, Distribution Management, Loss Prevention, and Food Manufacturing.

I have three wonderful daughters, Amanda Cruse Reed, teaches in Fayette school system, Karen Cruse, teaches in Clemson, S.C., and Kellie Cruse Brown, a nurse and five terrific grandchildren.

In September ’04, I was re-married to Jeannette Freeman of Buford, Georgia, where we reside, when not spending time at our Lake Jackson home with our children.


Vernard  Newton Cruse

home of the wildcats

Daughters - Amanda Cruse Reed, Karen Cruse, Kellie Cruse Brown

Current address: 3350 Old Thompson Mill RD, NE, Buford, GA 30519
Telephone: 770-932-9498
Spouse: Jeannette