LHS Class of 1959 holds reunion

The Fifty-Fifth Reunion of the Louisville High School Class of 1959 was held Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Lake Tiak-O’Khata from 5 until 9 p.m.
The theme for the evening was Connecting with the Past… Understanding the Present …Embracing our Future.
The program opened with the Pledge of Allegiance led by class members who have served in the military. During the calling of the roll, memorial candles honored the following deceased members of the class: Thaniel Anthony, Shearer Baker Metts,
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The following reflections were shared prior to the buffet dinner:
As we reconnect this evening, we reflect on our entry into the 8th decade of our lives. Children of the 1940’s, we are the products of frugal and hardworking folks. We know that the “party line” is where we listened in on the conversations of others. We know that bathrooms were not always inside the house; lights were not always electric. Respect for adults, parents, teachers, and each other has made us the resilient people we are today.
We have watched as the world discovered and devoured Elvis; we remember our first bus and plane ride; we knew vacations to be visits to relatives. Unaware of the dangers of DDT, we left the supper table and ran after the fogging machine. We hitched rides on wagons headed to town on Saturday.
On the threshold of the 60’s we left LHS. Some to borrow money for college. Some to jobs. Some to places beyond Louisville. Some to the military. We have witnessed landings on the moon. We have nurtured children, grand children, and great grands.
We have lived our dreams, made our marks, lived through life’s ups and downs; and after 55 years, we come together to reconnect with our past, garnering insight, strength, and faith in our importance to each other as we embrace our future.
The Class of 1959 stood to honor classmate Joe Crowson for his efforts to keep the class connected over the years. Following Joe’s blessing of the meal, a traditional Tiak-O’Khata buffet was enjoyed.
In the business portion of the evening, the Class discussed the importance of the Winston County Library in its efforts to nurture literacy throughout Winston County. An outdoor bench commemorating the Class of 1959 is being purchased with the hope that future class reunions will also consider contributing to the work of Winston County’s Public Library. The business session concluded with the singing of the LHS Alma Mater and the taking of the 55th Reunion Photograph.
The following shared the 55th Reunion of Louisville High School’s Class of 1959:
Lamar Boyd and Jeanette, Maxine Charlton Palmer, Ralph Clark, William Clark and Patsy, LaNelle Cockrell McClure and Rodney, Joe Crowson and Dot, Billy Fryery and Naomi, Lance Greer, Allen Ray Hall, Ray Hemphill, Pat Hill Arnold, Callie Hooks Alexander and Jimmy, Faye Horton, Gayle Hunt Smith, Dell Johns Gillette, Doyce Johns and Carolyn, Jerry Kitchens, Marie Kinard Thompson and Tommy, Patricia Lovorn Eaves, John and John Arthur, Joe Lloyd and Ruby, Darlyne Livingston Culwell and Kathy, Patsy McCool Graham, Reba McCullouch Greer, Johnny McMillin and Sylvia, Bobby McWhirter, Bettye Majure Duncan and James, Duane Massingill and Earnestine, Glynda Ming Triplett and Bobby, Edward Prisock and Edna Joy, Ann Rogers Reynolds and Terry, Jean Sanders King and Billy, Kathleen Shaw Nowell, Mary Shaw, Johnny Frank Smith and Vickie, Cornelia Sullivan Hall, Mary Carolyn Tranum Mitchell, Louise Whitten White, Pat Wicker McWhirter, Marie Williams Shaw and John, Johnny Woodward and Barbara, Dannie Wright and Barbara, Jeanette Wylie Ryan and Billy, Edwin Young and Linda, and Patricia Young Eubanks.
Classmates travelled from Braxton, Canton, Clarksdale, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Madison, McCool, Oxford, Philadelphia, Ridgeland, Starkville, Sturgis, and Union in Mississippi. Others journeyed from Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
Former teacher Mrs. Jackie Tabor Doty and her daughter Sandra Gladney from Starkville joined the class for dinner.
The second Saturday in June has been established as the date for future reunions, with June 13, 2015 at the Lake set for the 56th Reunion for the Class of 1959.