(Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)
The Monette High School Class of 1957 celebrated a 50-year reunion on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the First Baptist Church family life center in Monette.
The reunion planning committee included John Maynard, Dolores Price Miller, Sandra Baird Nall, Alvis Snider, Opal Brown LaFarlette, Virginia Horton Turnage, and Thomas Spikes.
Registration and visitation was held from 2-5 p.m. Tours of the Buffalo Island Central High School and the Mustang Athletic Complex took place during the afternoon. Tables were set up with class memorabilia and photos. The Monette High School colors were green and white and the school mascot was the buffalo.
The informal program began at 5 p.m. with a memorial candle lighting ceremony directed by 1957 Class President John Paul Maynard and Jim Nettles. The 14 deceased classmates included, Patsy Martin Bridges. Ralph Cornish, Wayne Reynolds Dowdy, Anita Butts Fisher, Marvin Fisher, Eddie Lyle Henry, Charles Kelly, Robert Masner, Charles McFarlin, Leland McKinney, Billy Nettles, Rex Pace, Claren Taylor and Jessie Corter Yates.
Dolores Price Miller presented a reading of special class memories and fun events that happened at Monette High School.
Sandra Baird Nall located winners of two contests, which included classmates who had traveled the farthest Willie Guiltner Holbrook from Mesquite, Nev., and James Lang or Greenville, Ill., and classmates that had changed the least Virginia Horton Turnage, of Bartlett, Tenn., and Floyd Cloninger, or Crystal City, Mo. The travelers were presented with 1957 license plates, and changed the least were given wooden Buffaloes.
Maynard presented the two classroom mothers Louise McFarlin and Thelma Price with wooden buffalo statuettes
Class sponsor and Monette High School Principal Edna Mae Freeman was honored by the class with a special donation to the BIC scholarship named in her honor.
Maynard presented Dolores Miller and Sandra Nall with miniature pink and red Corvette convertibles, to show appreciation for their work on the reunion.
The class voted to hold another reunion in 2009, with the date to be announced later. The Monette High School all-class reunion is held every five years, with the next reunion scheduled for the Saturday after Thanksgiving in 2010.