We certainly had a good time celebrating our 58th class reunion. We missed all of you who were not able to make it.
A big, big thanks to Tim Lasseter Latta (our fearless leader), Malissa Starnes Baugh (our co-leader and one who continues to bless us with her organizational skills- name tags, keeping up with registration, all the money and our head-count, paying all the bills, ordering the cakes, napkins, etc.), Howard Dudgeon (furnishing us with the Memorial Books of our dearly departed graduates) and Janet Hurta (our adopted graduate and wife of Glen Hurta who has kept our directory for more years than I can remember). Special Thanks goes to Gayla Miller Webb and Linda Phelps McKee (who both have been responsible for our decorations for what must be every single reunion we have ever had and to David McPhail, Karen Shinault and all those who were on the telephone committee: you did an awesome job!! Without each of these folks, our reunion would not be what I have heard some folks say: the “best reunion we have ever had”. It takes a village….and unless you have ever worked on the reunion, you have no idea just how demanding it is.
A cold front came through Waco with rain….a lot or rain…. so much rain that golf was rained out. Although the weather was cold and damp outside, inside the Phoenix room our graduates were wrapped in the warmth of love and friendship, reliving times when all of us were young and carefree. Folks came as far away as from Buffalo NY, Florence SC, Paris TN, New Mexico (5 different graduates from NM), Louisiana, and Indiana.
The food was wonderful, Ralph Sparks (class of WHS 59) entertained us with oldies on his keyboard, and the camaraderie of all was unsurpassed. I could not believe that so many 76 year-olds could get out on the dancefloor and “cut a rug” as they did. Ralph was supposed to play for about 15 minutes or so….but popular demand turned that into one hour. In our hearts it was like we were once again enjoying our teen-aged classmates at a sock hop. Sweet memories.
There are several who want a 60th reunion—especially since we are the class of ’60. However, there is no leader so if you want a final reunion, someone is going to have to step up to the plate and organize it. Otherwise, the 58th was our final hoorah.
Again, so glad to have seen everyone and so sorry we missed you if you were unable to make it. Robert “Little Red” Wilson, has his take on the reunion which is in the comments sections. Robert has always been so great to bless us and our food each and every time we meet. It is only fitting for him to close this special edition with his AMEN.