JHS class of ’53 gathers for 55th annual class reunion

Pictured from left, front row, Betty Haws Ousley, Joan Spivey Boothe, Bobbye Cotton Cooper, Vivian Blevins Nichols, Lafayette Morrison Thompson, Eugenia Hearne Wharton, Peggy Regan Pike, Mary Ann Conner Grant, Linda Spence Diekmann, Nancy Way Goleman, Gloria Faye Taylor Allen and Glenda Spence McMakin; second row, Shirley Tinsley Dement, Bowyna Chapman Brewer, JoAnn Anderson Pierce, Norma Haws Elliott, Patty Sue Herrington Cook, James Murphy, Gladys Goodwin Parker, Nina Jean McLemore Kellner, Margaret Etheridge Tankserley, Willie Wofford and Tony Murray; third row, Bobby Doggett, George Trezise, Shelley Cleaver, Kenneth Slawson, Dan George, Roy Ross, Carle Swinney, Gene Meador, Lawrence Smith, Neal Earle, Jimmy Tankersley, Jim Lewis Walker, Russell Oden John Croft, Harles Cone and Marlin Anthony.

The 1953 graduating class of Jacksonville High School celebrated its 55th anniversary at the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church-Jacksonville on Sept. 27.

The class held its first reunion in 1971 and has met on a regular basis over the years.

Although their lives have taken them down many different roads, memories of friends and home have kept the class closely connected.

As members arrived and registered, light refreshments were served and classmates caught up on what had been happening in their lives and news of those who could not attend were discussed. Then a group picture was made and Lawrence Smith said a short prayer of thanksgiving for those who weren’t there and those who were.

After a catered meal was served, Jimmy Tankersley read the names of classmates, friends and teachers who have passed away.

He gave updates on teachers and classmates who had sent notes because they were unable to attend. Jimmy mentioned how, as children of “the Greatest Genera-tion,” they had seen so many advances in the world and in their lives.

As has become the custom, those attending were asked for suggestions regarding future reunions.

Members enjoyed this year’s location and being able to visit in the smaller, warm, friendly atmosphere of the Life Center.

Attendance was good. Of the 102 who graduated, 65 attended this year’s reunion, 22 had passed away, and others had retired or relocated and it was inconvenient to drive a long distance. Marlin Anthony, his wife and two daughters traveled the furthest, from Riverside, Calif.

Reunion Committee members were Glenda Spence McMakin, Jimmy Tankersley, Margaret Etheridge Tankersley, Gene Meador, Joan Spivey Boothe, JoAnn Anderson Pierce and Vivian Blevins Nichols.

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