Thursday, June 17, 2010
Potts Camp School Reunion well attended
By Mary R. Minor
The annual Potts Camp School Reunion was well attended on Saturday, June 5, with 94 in attendance.
The Class of 1960 was honored for their 50th anniversary. Members in attendance were Joy Kimery Young and husband Lanier, Louis Sanders, Katherine Paton Duncan, Sheila Bates Coleman, Jack Clayton and Sidney Turnipseed.
Mitch Stone served as master of ceremonies and welcomed everyone to the 22nd annual school reunion and then called on superintendent of education Don Randolph to say a blessing for the food.
The meal was prepared by Joan Gurley, Lisa Goolsby Murphy and Doris Gurley Poole and consisted of hoagie ham, turkey and cheese sandwiches with tomato and lettuce, chips, strawberries, watermelon, canteloupe and an assortment of homemade desserts and soft drinks.
Following the delicious meal, Stone sang The National Anthem. The theme this year was “patriotism” and was carried out in the traditional red, white and blue decorations throughout the cafeteria.
Fresh hydrangeas and daylilies in beautiful colors were brought by several members from their gardens.
A moment of silence was held in memory of those we lost during the past year: Billy Bowen, Laverne Shaw Cupp, Jeanette Work Dunning, Ray Evans, Tom Hatcher, June Cooper Haynes, Mary L. Nelson Gurley, Linda Ash McAlexander, Susan D. Nelson (wife of John L. Nelson), and Linda Watson Theisen. A beautiful tribute, brought by Walt Theisen in memory of his wife, was read by Stone.
Members of the Class of ’55 were also recognized for their 55th reunion. Attending from that class were Betty Love Shaw and husband Knowlton, Jimmie and Margaret Hart, Shirley Bready and husband Tom, Joe McCallum and wife Jean, John and Betty Alderson Bowen.
Graduates from other classes were then recongnized beginning with Mrs. Annie Ruth Stone’s class of 1939 and continuing through the present. Members of the Potts Camp Basketball champs of 1961 were also recognized.
Several announcements were made.
A 90th birthday celebration will be held for Annie Ruth Stone by her family on Sunday, June 27, at the school cafeteria from 2-4 p.m. with everyone invited.
Several yearbooks from the estate of Sarah Ruth Godwin were donated by Sue Erwin. A fund is being established for the purchase of a display cabinet to be housed in the school library for these books. Annie Ruth Stone was designated as the treasurer of this account.
Graduation composites from 1939 through 1980 were displayed in the hallway of the high school for everyone to see. These brought back many good memories and everyone enjoyed getting to see them. Those in attendance enjoyed touring the school and viewing changes made since they graduated. Thanks to Leigh Ann Sanderson and school staff for this display.
Special thanks to those preparing the meal and to Jeanette Stone and Nancy Green for registering the guests. Thanks also to Stone for providing patriotic music and other musical selections throughout the meal. His musical gift is enjoyed each year by all in attendance.
Others in attendance were Annie Ruth Stone, Jim and Lorene Gandy Miller, O’Neal and Joanne Kimery, Charles Gurley, Danny and Janice Morris, Ladine Randolph, Mildred Bowen, Linda Hatcher, Mary Kimery,
Bobby and Katie Smithwick, Butone Mansel, Maxine Gholston Avent, Evelyn Sue Erwin, Lottie and Bob Whiting, Jim and Jean Lindsey, George Paton, Joan and Gene Smith, Fred and Mary Jo Whaley, Katie and Bill New,
Joann Gholston Cox, Richard and Alta Faye Lawrence, Lee Cox, Thelma Westmoreland, Vecelia Gadd, Earnest and Neva Dean Reece, Cary and Jo Ann Mayer, George and Margaret Greer, Tommy Howell,
Jimmie and Lurline Kimery, Norma Kirk Rooker, Ralph Clayton, James W. Gray, Elizabeth Gholston Hunsucker, Pat Hankins Cook, Martha Castleberry Hardy, May Wynn Wren, David and Kathy Barber,
Walt Theisen, Jack McCallum, Suzy Stilwell, John Nelson, Maxine Shands, Elaine M. Cox, Sam Kirk, Gale and Tommy Ann Goode, Jim and Wilma Rhea, Martha Day, Lela Hale, Francis Redding, Dewey Brownlee, and Ruby Brownlee Thompson.
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