"Buzz" Slatton, 16
a trumpet player and member of the school's marching
band, aspired to be the Govenor of Georgia and had
been chosen as "Clerk of The House" at the
Georgia Youth Assembly they were to attend the morning
after the fire.
Wilkes Keith, 15
was the Circulation Manager of the Rome High School
newspaper and Senior Class Historian and served as
reporter for the Assembly. He also held offices in
the Commercial and Radio clubs and, like the other
boys, was considered to have a very bright future.
"Billy" Walden, 16
was a star athlete for the Rome High School Football
team, President of the Hi-Y Club (which was sponsoring
the Assembly), president of the Youth Fellowship and
his church's Sunday School. He also served as secretary
of the French Club.
Lamar Brown, Jr, 16
was a champion badminton player and avid stamp collector.
He had called his parent hours before the fire and
was told, as a precaution, to pin his money into the
inside of his pajamas. It was the discovery of this
money in his pocket that helped identify his body.