Leachville Bicentennial Graduating Class enjoys 40th reunion

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
The Leachville Class of 1976 celebrated their 40th reunion on Friday, May 6. Pictured are, from left: Kneeling -- JoAnn Brooks Guge, Sherry Cole Buckley, Elaine Roger McClain, Mary Thomas Ellis. Middle -- Rhonda Ladd Morris, Shelby Lucas Vanoven, Tina Atkinson Craft, Pamela Kisner Lyerly, Ronnie Cox, Danita Cashion Johnson, Julia Maynard Holmes, Lisa Baldridge, David Miller, Doris Blackwell Willyerd, Renny Max James. Back -- Monty Montgomery, Mike Burrier, Danny Lester, Steve Haigwood, Dwight Mangrum, Kenny Jackson, Donnie Crum, Jim Kennett, Brady Davis, Tony McCoy, Bert Puckett.

The Leachville Class of 1976, known as the Bicentennial Graduating Class, celebrated their 40th reunion Friday, May 6. The reunion was held 40 years to the night when 36 Leachville High School seniors received their diplomas. They took more than the diplomas with them. They left LHS with wonderful memories to last a lifetime.

Twenty-six classmates and guests gathered to share a few of those memories. The reunion was held at the Leachville Community Center. The red, white and blue decorations reminded the group of their senior year where they were named the Bicentennial Graduating Class in the Leachville Lion 1976 yearbook.

"We have remained close through the years," classmate Lisa Baldridge said. "We talked our superintendent, Mr. Marshall, into letting us make a change in the senior ring to match the year."

A quilt featuring all of the names of the 1976 Leachville senior class was made by Julie Ledford's mother, Duxie Statler. Classmates enjoyed finding their names on the quilt. Pictured is Brady Davis, Mr. LHS Class of 1976. Brady is a cousin to Julie.

On display at the reunion was a Class of 1976 quilt made by classmate Julie Ledford's mother, Duxie Statler. The beautiful handmade quilt features all of the names of the senior class along with the class song, "The Way We Were." The quilt was one of the memorabilia items displayed for the class to enjoy.

Tina Atkinson Craft received the award for traveling the farthest from Gulfport, Miss. Shelby Lucas Vanoven and husband, Jim, received the award for being married the longest, 40 years.

Baldridge said out of the 36 class members they have one deceased member, Ronald Hale.

The LHS Class of 1976 chose the carnation as their class flower. Keeping with the bicentennial theme, they selected red, white and blue for their colors. The class motto was "United we Stand -- Divided we Fall." The class song was "The Way We Were."

Officers serving their senior class included Dwight Mangrum, president; Sammi Lee Johnson, vice president; Melinda Rauls, treasurer; Brady Davis, student council representative; Lisa Baldridge, historian; Shawnie Miner, reporter; Elaine Rogers, secretary.

Classmates attending the 40 year reunion were JoAnn Brooks Guge, Sherry Cole Buckley, Elaine Rogers McClain, Mary Thomas Ellis, Rhonda Ladd Morris, Shelby Lucas Vanoven, Tina Atkinson Craft, Pamela Kisner Lyerly, Ronnie Cox, Danita Cashion Johnson, Julia Maynard Holmes, Lisa Baldridge, David Miller, Doris Blackwell Willyerd, Renny Max James, Monty Montgomery, Mike Burrier, Danny Lester, Steve Haigwood, Dwight Mangrum, Kenny Jackson, Donnie Crum, Jim Kennett, Brady Davis, Tony McCoy and Bert Puckett.

The 1976 class favorites were Sammi Johnson and Monty Montgomery. Doris Blackwell was named Miss LHS and Brady Davis was named Mr. LHS.

It was a good reunion for the Leachville Lions of 1976.

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