HHS Class of ’59 holds 50th reunion

Published 4:51 pm Friday, June 5, 2009

On Friday, May 22, 20 classmates of the HHS Class of 1959 and 19 guests gathered at It Don’t Matter Restaurant in Highland Home for a buffet luncheon and reunion.

The reunion, organized and hosted by Fannie Smith Cannon and Brenda DePriest Layton, began with a “getting re-acquainted” session and followed by lunch. A candle-lighting ceremony was held remembering deceased classmates Delma Ruth Baker, Lamar Evans, Jimmy Holland, Ronny Landers, Dorothy Schmitt Lisenby, Jesse Taylor and Thanna Walker Grayson. Each classmate present gave a brief synopsis of his/her life over the past fifty years.

After adjournment, a number of the reunion party drove to the Highland Home School for a tour of the facilities by Principal Joe Eiland.

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Classmates (and spouses) present were: Dee (Eileen) Bennett, Terry Gregory, Alford (Emily) White, all of Highland Home area; Linda Bowden Thierfelder, Charles (Ellen) Massey, James (Margaret) Reeves all of Honoraville; Charles (Paulette) Beasley, Brenda DePriest Layton, Fannie Smith (William) Cannon, Danny (Jean) Thomas all of Montgomery; Ella Sue Davis (Fred) Mims of Florence, SC; Ann Duncan (Gordon) Lacy of Bremen, KY; Syble Eggers DeFee and Linda Rhodes Mitchell both of Prattville; Ronny (Charlotte) Hoffman of Atmore; Sue McKenzie Collins and Frances Owens Jordan both of Greenville; Betty Turner (William) Leverette of Luverne; William (Farrell) Wilkerson of Newnan, GA; and Eleanor Wolfe Hoomes of Roopville, GA.

The only surviving instructor, vocational ed teacher Robert (Helen) Bugg of Wadley, was the recipient of much praise and admiration.