Family, friends and neighbors gather for 13th reunion
Friends, family, and neighbors of the Lost Cane School and Community, Little River, Whistleville, and Roseland, gathered at the Manila Community Center for the 13th annual reunion held Sept. 29.
Boyd Estes, chairman for the annual event, welcomed everyone and accepted a vote of those attending to plan the reunion next year at the same time and the same place. Estes also recognized two former Lost Cane school teachers present.
The reunion was established in memory of James Lloyd Mathes, long time educator at Lost Cane. This year's reunion was in memory of Pat Owens Davis. Mrs. Davis passed away in December 2011. Friend Dale Blaylock spoke about Pat and how she will be missed.
"Pat played an active role in organizing the reunion," he said. "I know many of you knew her much longer than the 45 years I knew her. She was a special person and I feel it was an honor to be called her friend."
Her husband, Ben, daughter, Toshya, granddaughter, Amiee, and great-granddaughters, Addisen and Kinley, attended the reunion.
Estes presented Revis Blaylock with an original painting by Rebecca Williams of Bay. Lee Wigginton conducted a drawing for door prizes.
A potluck luncheon was served at noon.
Many guests gathered at the memory tables filled with memorabilia of old school pictures, school papers, and pictures of friends and neighbors.
Estes said the reunion brings family and neighbors together who were fortunate to live in the best place in the world around the best people in the world.
"We had some of the best ball players, farmers, skilled workers, teachers and friends anywhere," Estes said.