Leachville Class of 1964 holds reunion

Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Leachville Class of 1964 attending the 2008 reunion are, from left: Back -- Danny Kennett, Butch Boyd, Dennis Shaver, Wilma Roberts Milligan, Danny Phillips, James Green, Darrell Barnes, Don Covey. Middle -- Cloyce Puckett, Dennis Short, Brenda Murphy Laffoon, Shelia Bearden Fortenberry, Darlene Blocker Hetler, Ronnie McFarland, Betty Broughton Steele, Dianne Gibson Owens. Front -- Deloris Baumgardner Cornish, Joyce James, Frances McPherson Phillips, Danny Brown, Larry (Friday Joe) Garrison, Jeweldean Low, Donna Crouse Bocanegra. (photo provided)

The Leachville Class of 1964 recently held their 44 year reunion at the Lazy J Restaurant at Arbyrd with 23 class members attending.

James Green of Waco, Texas, was recognized for traveling the farthest.

After 44 years when old friends were seeing each other again comments included, "Now who are you; so good to see you again; and I have thought of you often."

Shelia Bearden Fortenberry put a lot of effort and time making a lot of telephone calls making the reunion come together and making 44 years seem like yesterday.

The reunion was captured on film as disposable cameras were placed on the tables for everyone to use. Fortenberry took the cameras, had a CD of all the pictures made to send to all the classmates.

"We had a wonderful time," Brenda Laffoon said. "The food was great at the Lazy J and they provided 1950s music for us."

Another reunion is being planned for next year by Danny Brown and Don Covey. Everyone said they are looking forward to seeing more people at the 45th reunion.

Classmates attending included Danny Kennett of Little Rock; Butch Boyd of Jackson, Tenn.; Dennis Shaver of Hot Springs; Wilma Roberts Milligan of Newark; Danny Phillips of Gardner, Ill.; Darrell Barnes of Tulsa, Okla.; James Green of Waco, Texas; Don Covey of Jonesboro; Cloyce Puckett of St. John, Mo.; Dennis Short of Leachville; Brenda Murphy Laffoon of Leachville; Shelia Bearden Fortenberry of Mountain Home; Darlene Blocker Hetler of Leachville; Ronnie McFarland of Leachville; Betty Broughton Steele of Monette; Dianne Gibson Owens of Cave City; Deloris Baumgardner Cornish of Jonesboro; Joyce James of Marble Hill, Mo.; Frances McPherson Phillips of Gardner, Ill.; Danny Brown of Piggott; Larry (Friday Joe) Garrison of Jonesboro; Jeweldean Low of Kennett, Mo.; and Donna Crouse Bocanegra of Bono.

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  • My brother and I went to school with you guys while we lived in Leachville, our dad was military and we stayed with our grandparents (Mr. and Mrs. Ira Dortch) while our day was overseas.

    My name is Sandra McCullough and My brother's was Lynn McCullough. (I graduated in 1965) was really good to see your pictures in the paper! The best to you all.

    -- Posted by sandie on Tue, Jul 29, 2008, at 10:33 PM
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