Class of 1962 celebrates its 50th reunion at Hickory Knob
As the 59 members began arriving at 4:30 they were entertained with a video of photos from the 1962 Panarama and the 1962 Junior- Senior Prom. Also, the lobby held a long table with enlarged group photos of the 1962 graduates. As they registered, class members were given a card with the title “My Favorite Memory of All” and asked to record their own special memory of LHS. Classmates were also presented a confetti/candy filled cup with the Red Devil Diamond logo as a party favor.
After enjoying punch and getting re-acquainted, Cornelia Tyner Davis offered the blessing.
Dinner was served in the Beaudeaux Room of the restaurant. Tables were adorned with hurricane lamps, red and white ribbons and confetti. Class member Bernice Bentley Cox surprised her husband and classmate Ed Cox by having Eugenia Reese Enlow bake him a birthday cake to share with his former classmates. After singing Happy Birthday to Ed, guests enjoyed the cake with coffee.
After the meal, Linda Walker Anthony welcomed everyone and recognized special guests, Mrs. Jonell ( Folds) Kirby- Cash, her husband, Tom and her daughter, Sylvia and Mrs. Mickey Norman and her husband, Murray. Mrs. Kirby-Cash and Mrs. Norman were faculty members. Mrs. Kirby-Cash recently published her first novel “A Ring, A Dance, A Second Chance” and she graciously donated two of her books as door prizes. Other door prizes included a vase of “Red Devil” red and white roses donated by class member Hank Ashmore and friend, Debby Arnesen and an orchid container garden made by Elizabeth Arthur and donated by Cornelia Davis.
For the program Jane Guillebeau Mattison “played teacher” and called the roll in alphabetical order. Instead of answering Here or Present, class members were told to answer the roll with their favorite memory. This resulted in many tales, some never before told, and produced tears of laughter and lots of reminiscing.
A special table held framed senior pictures of the seventeen deceased class members. As Hank Ashmore read each name Cornelia Tyner Davis lit a candle in their memory. Deceased members are: Joann Poss Bradford, Roger Dale McCurry, Maureen Banks Savage, Barry Mims, Gary Tankersley, Gary Cox, Mary Fortson Lehocky, Tim Murray, Nelson Brown, Glenda Myers Session, Minnie Freeland Clark, Shirley Fain Bentley, J. W. Ivey, Paulette Mims Langham, Wootsie York, Linda Hall Bales and Barney Bentley.
During the short business meeting, Sandra Power Goldman discussed plans for the next reunion. Also, it was decided that the Class of 1962 would donate outdoor benches to the new high school campus in honor and in memory of the Lincolnton High School Class of 1962.
The reunion committee consisted of Linda Walker Anthony, Hank Ashmore Jimmy Bryant, Cornelia Tyner Davis, Sandra Power Goldman, Jane Guillebeau Mattison and Deanne Niemann Thompson.
Those attending were Jane Arnett Rowland and James, Hank Ashmore and Debby Arnesen, Leon Aycock and Linda, Bernice Bentley Cox and Ed Cox, Gail Bohler Bird and Kurt, Terry Bradford and Mary Lou, Jimmy Bryant, Bunkie Burke Rivkin and Larry, Jimmy Cliatt, Carol Dawkins Pennington and Weems Pennington, Mary Kay Drew Hall and Curtis, Linda Edmunds Arrowood, Bobbie Ann Evans Griffin, William Evans, Buddy Freeman and Ellen, Jane Guillebeau Mattison and Butch, Joan Holloway Gardner and Buddy, Sandra Maxwell Edwards and Jim, Marianne Myers Adams and Bobby, Deanne Niemann Thompson and Stan, Sandra Power Goldman and Billy Joe, Eugenia Reese Enlow and Chester, Johnny Shelton and Linda, Sara Teasley Close and Bob, Cornelia Tyner Davis and Gerald, Charles Walker and Jolene, Linda Walker Anthony and Gene, Donna Wells Mixon and Reesie Wright Ludwig and John.
The committee and the entire class wishes to thank Garnett Wallace for the video, the picture displays and for being our reunion photographer for this fun-filled occasion.