Greenville Academy Class of ’78 holds reunion

Published 10:06 am Thursday, November 8, 2018

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The Greenville Academy Class of 1978 held its 40th class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 27, at The Lodge at Sherling Lake. Ellen Saxon Morgan organized the reunion, along with Kenny Perdue.

The cool, crisp air and the beautiful views of the golf course, woods and lake made the venue the perfect setting for the reunion.

The classmates snacked on hors d’oeuvres and received booklets and goody bags filled with a DVD of past and present photos, GA 1978 koozies and GA-themed chocolates.  Cindy Davis Faulk compiled the booklets and Becky Autrey Philpot created the koozies. Nancy Tansey-Gillis’ husband, Charlie Gillis, created the DVD.

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A memorabilia table was on the back patio with fun mementos of high school such as a cheerleader megaphone, Tornado jacket and a drum major hat, among other things.

Keith Morgan, husband of Ellen Saxon-Morgan, built a nice fire in the patio fireplace. Gorgeous flower arrangements were placed in various locations around the venue.  Perdue’s wife, Sheryl, created them. She used yellow roses in some of the arrangements; unknown to her at the time was the fact that the yellow rose is the GA Class of 1978 flower.

Wesley Miller, president of the class, confirmed why he was voted as president.  He gave the most heartfelt welcome and honored our only classmate who has passed away, Donnie Seale.  A touching memorial table with a poem, pictures and candles honored our classmate, Donnie.

Perdue, vice president of the class, said a unique and lovely blessing for our food and friends. A delicious buffet, catered by Rebecca Duncan, consisted of green salad, roast beef and fried chicken, potato casserole, green bean bundles, rolls and an assortment of delicious desserts.

The fun began with Saxon-Morgan opening the program by having each classmate introduce their spouse and recalling their fondest memory of GA.  Susan Brooks Dotson and Tansey-Gillis, Class Historians, read the class history just as they did in 1978.

Cindy Davis Faulk and Autrey-Philpot read the Last Will and Testament from our 1978 Class Night. Saxon-Morgan and Kenny read various trivia questions throughout the night for classmates to guess the answers with candy being the “prizes.”

A “Who am I?” game was played where classmates wrote a random unknown fact about themselves and classmates read and guessed who the classmate was. One that stood out was George Goodwin whose fact was that he cooked pancakes with country music superstar Tim McGraw at a school function.

Near the end of the program, Lisa Black-Thompson informed the ladies that they will have a quarterly luncheon, so that they can stay in touch more often. Perdue closed the evening by thanking everyone for attending.

The reunion committee was composed of Saxon-Morgan, Perdue, Wesley Miller, Davis-Faulk, Autrey-Philpot and Tansey-Gillis.