Joyous reunion

By Ann Dawson Kaker | Published Saturday, May 4, 2019
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The classmates of Decatur High School 1959 had a joyous celebration at their 60th class reunion at the Decatur Conference Center on April 27.

Reg Hill was chairman of the committee of Phil Luker, Bob Carter, Dusty Patton, Mike Elmore, Shirley Jo Watson, Patt Spoede, Joy Litton, Olen Morris and Ann Troxell, and their plans were a great success.

Name tags were given as everyone gathered, not really because we had changed so much that one was needed, but it helped to keep account of who was there. To begin the fun, different ones recalled their favorite memory of school. Just to cite a few, one was of the book stacking in the hall, or of the time someone put a dehydrated frog from the science room into the pot of soup in the lunchroom or for having to apologize before the student body for skipping class.

Following a delicious lunch, Shirley Watson introduced Ron Cole who sang songs of the ’50s and captured the spirit of the day with a variety of hit songs that everyone could sing along with or dance. The highlight of the day was honoring Betty Carson, a beloved teacher. Joy Litton presented her with a silver engraved charm necklace and also a charm featuring a picture of her and J.E. Ann Kaker was recognized as being the “glue that holds the class together.” Present also was Lisa Gavin, Sandra Stone’s niece, who took the group outside for picture taking time.

A very special walk down memory lane had been arranged with Dr. Judi Whitis, superintendent of Decatur schools, to allow the group to tour what was their old high school and gymnasium.

Dr. Whitis and her assistant, Terrie Pryor, and Sally Rodgers, director of communications, were kind enough to point out the functions of the various parts of the building as it is used today.

Some in the group could even envision where their lockers once were and the number given it, where classrooms once were located. And to see the auditorium in its restored beauty was greatly admired.

The hospitality and prepared refreshment for these former students was very special indeed for them.

To cap the day was a delicious dinner prepared and served by the center and the fellowship that followed was a fitting tribute to the hard work of the committee.

Thank you,
Ann Dawson Kaker

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