Leachville High School Class of 1960 celebrates the Big 50th

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Leachville Class of 1960, from left: Front -- Carolyn Lloyd Moffatt, Patricia Barnes Bowman, Doris Powers Harris, Barbara Garrison DePriest, Norma Hall Mankawich, Ruth Ann Wilson Prater. Standing, first row -- Bettye Dee Keith Hyle, Erma Wilborn Walter, Martha Jo Howard Smith, Ernestine Thweatt Rhama, Wanda Shannon Belonie, Barbara Hargrove Lloyd, Jan Weinberg. Back row -- R.C. Alexander, R.W. Lyerly, Calvin Towell, Butch McHaney, Jackie Cude, Marvine Stone Wooten, Lynn Bearden, Norman Maynard, Lloyd Thomas, Terry Parnell, John A. Johnson. Present but not pictured, Barbara Rose Keating, Joy Spence White, John E. Jackson, Patsy Kirksey Ross, Geneva Fears, David Fletcher, Larry Hueter and Frances Motley Hueter. (photo provided)

(Special to the Town Crier submitted by Barbara Hargrove Lloyd)

Thirty-two classmates of the Leachville High School Class of 1960 were in attendance Friday, Sept. 3, at the Community Center in Leachville.

Many started arriving at 1 p.m. anxious to see who all would make it to the 50th class reunion. A lot of hugging and laughing could be seen and heard as classmates saw one another again -- some for the first time in 50 years.

Banner welcomes back Class of 1960.

Popcorn was enjoyed as everyone watched the home movie of their senior trip. Bursts of laugher could be heard as they looked back on some of the things they did. Time was spent visiting with classmates and family members who attended along with friends from other classes who stopped by to visit. Everyone enjoyed the scrapbooks of reunions past.

They enjoyed a show and tell time with classmates showing items such as senior rings with something of interest to tell about their rings; yearbooks, old math and English books; a prom formal, cheerleading uniforms; old pictures; and a FFA jacket.

A delicious catered barbecue meal from Big Butt's in Leachville was served at 5:30 p.m. Calvin Towell asked the blessing.

John A. Johnson showed his FFA jacket and told a funny story about the things he found in the pockets after all these years. He found a pair of sunglasses, a pack of cigarettes, and told a tale about his senior ring. It was lost for years and then found. He talked of the history of Leachville, the school, and some of the people who once lived in the town. Several classmates joined in by remembering old times past.

The memory table was in honor of the deceased classmates of 1960 -- Tommy Adams, Louise Barlow, Mac Boyd, Stanley Brock, Judy Brown, Donnie Byrd, Don Shatley, Nelson Henry, Carroll Lane, Dennis Metheny, and Buie Ray.

They remembered classmates who are now deceased and those who were unable to attend.

As classmates began saying goodbye they each received their diploma and a maroon tassel which were taken from the white decorated tree topped with a maroon graduation cap. A gift of a keepsake photo album was given to each classmate. The diplomas were copies of a poem entitled 50th Class Reunion and was written with "A Christmas Carol" theme.

Some classmates left to go back to their homes while others stayed to attend the school reunion Saturday. Many expressions of "so good seeing you again," had a great time," and "let's have another reunion soon," were heard.

These 1960 classmates still remain friends after 50 years.

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