58th Reunion

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.

Reunion Photos

Thanks to Tim (Lasseter) Latta, Gwen (Ewing) Hodges, Gayla (Miller) Webb, and Janie McPhail for sharing their photos with us.

Note: Click on a photo to see the larger (full) version. Once you click on a photo, there is an arrow at the top right than will take you from full picture to full picture.

Robert “Little Red” Wilson’s take on the reunion- (his AMEN)

Thanks to everyone who helped put our reunion together. I thought it was great. Everyone seemed to have a really good time visiting and sharing with each other.
Two things that I heard several times:
1. I need to get my things in order. (wills, insurance and such)
2. I hope that I am going to heaven. How can I know for sure?

Now I am not a lawyer so I cannot help with number one.
But I can help with number two. I am glad you ask.
Let me ask you a couple of questions. Do you want to go to heaven? If you were standing before God and He were to say to you, why should I let you into my heaven? What would you say?
The Bible says, there is only one way to heaven.
In John 14:6 Jesus is speaking, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by Me.”
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
Jesus loves you and wants you to be in heaven with Him. He died for you, that is how much He loves you.
Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
That means that every one of us has sinned, done things wrong. Would you agree that you have sinned?
Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death, (but He did not stop there) but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
We deserve death and hell but we can have eternity with Jesus in heaven. What a promise He left us.
Romans 10:9,13 says, “That if thou shall confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shall believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.(vs13) “For whosoever shall call upon the Lord shall be saved.”
So if you believe that Jesus died for your sins, that He was buried, that He rose again and is at the right hand of God praying for you. You will go to heaven when you die. I John 5:13 says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life…”
If you want to go to heaven then you must pray and ask Jesus into your heart.
You could pray a prayer like this, Dear Jesus I know that I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive me of my sins (name them as many as come to your mind) and come into my heart and live with me. Jesus help me to be more like You. Thank you Jesus for saving me and giving me a place in heaven with you one day. In the Name and upon the blood of Jesus I pray amen!
Now the Bible says you will go to heaven and nothing, or no one can ever take that from you. Isn’t that great? Now the hard part starts, trying to live for Jesus. It will not be easy but He will help you.
I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There is no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that which you are able: but will with the temptation also make a way of escape.”
If you prayed that prayer and meant it in your heart then you will go to heaven just like Jesus said! AMEN!
If you have any questions Please feel free to ask me.
Robert Wilson (210) 287-9490. Have a great day!