Oh, what a night.
Late October 2009.
What a very special time for us,
'Cause we remember what a night.
'Cause we remember what a night.
The Winnsboro High School Class of 1969 gathered for a "Woodstock at Crossroads" Saturday night. We had good food, great entertainment by Stan Narramore, a video slide show prepared by Ken Collins, an impromtu concert by the Shadows and a sing-a-long led by Mike Gunn performing some of the class' favorite songs from the 1960s.
The evening was one of those moments in time that will be forever etched on everyone's heart. If we could figure out a way to harness all the joy and laughter in that room, we could solve the world's problems and put an end to all the world's wars. There was that much love floating around.
For several in the group, it was their first time to attend a reunion. Man, was it great to see faces light up with recognition when greeting old friends and remembering all the good times.
Like Dale Perritt said during a prayer to remember the loved ones we've lost since graduating: "We love our new friends, but old friends are the best."
As always, one of the highlights of my reunion experience is getting to dance to "My Girl" with Dennis Ross.
You see, during our high school years 1964-1969, it wasn't appropriate for us to dance together. We didn't integrate until my freshman year, and although it went without a hitch and we never had any issues that I can remember, the world as we knew it would not abide our dancing together.
Dennis had the smoothest moves I had ever seen. He did the Temptation Walk,The Four Corners and The Sweet Walk. He made James Brown look like he was born with two left feet. The boy was amazing. At our dances, I made my date get as as close to Dennis and his date as we could, trying in vain to copy what they did on the floor.
My first reunion was our 25th, right after I moved home in 1994. On the way out to the country club that evening, I told Mr. Mathews that I didn't care if it hair-lipped the governor, I was going to finally get my dance with Dennis.
So when the band took a break, I grabbed the microphone and called Dennis up to the stage.
I said, "I've been waiting 25 years to dance to 'My Girl' with Dennis Ross, so the rest of you get out of my way!" After the song was over, Dennis didn't sit down the rest of the night. Every girl in our class got to twirl around the floor with him.
I'm so glad times have changed for the better - at least in our corner of the world.
1965 graduate Mary Ann Hellman Canell came with my husband and me and played photographer all night.
1967 graduate Cindy Tennison came all the way from Mississippi to join us - and to see her brother Donny, who flew in from Southern California to be with his classmates.
1967 graduates Jimmy Moyers and Troy Whitworth dropped by for a visit, too.
1967 graduate Syrup Morris provided the barbecue. Yum-o.
1972 graduate Mitzi Rhodes Perritt attended the event with her husband, Dale.
1970 Rose Mary Richey Gunn was there with Mike (one of the original Shadows). Her sister, Beverly, who graduated with us, could not be there due to illness, so Mike made sure to video a get-well message from everyone in the crowd!
In all the excitement, I forgot to make a pitch for donations to the Gladys Burkham Memorial Scholarship. After Miss Burkham died last summer, Sue Craddock Hamm and I decided it would be appropriate to create a scholarship to honor our legenday teacher.
Miss Burkham was a Hopkins County native who graduated from Sulphur Bluff High School. Sue and I had the pleasure of meeting one of her old flames and one of her classmates during the graveside service in Sulphur Bluff. Evidently, she was always a force to be reckoned with, as they both spoke in hushed, reverential tones about her.
The Gladys Burkham Memorial Scholarship is given to a WHS senior who (1) plans to major in education and wants to teach and (2) who minors in English (optional, but preferred).
So far, we've raised about $900.
Sue oversees the Louise Reid Foundation Scholarship, and she is familiar with students who apply for scholarships each Spring.
This year, we gave $500 this year to Joy Smedley, a 2008 WHS graduate who plans to major in education and wants to serve as a missionary.
If you'd like to donate to next year's scholarship, please send a check made out to the Gladys Burkham Memorial Scholarship Fund - 208 E. Myrtle, Winnsboro, 75494. I'll collect them and make a deposit in the name of the Class of 1969.
Kudos to Debbie Quattlebaum Cowser, Ken Collins, Linda Patterson Henry, Beckie Burnett Cannon, Mary White-Scharf and especially Pam Swanner for making it such a warm and lovely evening. Way to go!
See you all in five years!
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