West End High's Class Of '59 Holds 50th Reunion
West End High School's Class of 1959 celebrated its 50th class reunion, Saturday, June 6, at the Eagle Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.
The welcome was extended by Carolyn Thomas Allen and the invocation was given by Floyd Thomas.
A moment of silent prayer was given in memory of two deceased class members, Carol Faith Blake (Pusser) and Norma Jean Hill (Lawson). Dorothy Furr Melton read a poem, "Remembering Our Friends." Pictures of the two classmates were displayed on a table covered in purple and gold tablecloths, the school colors through the 11th grade.
The tables were decorated with class colors of light blue and white and a vase of red and white carnations, the class flowers, was used as a center piece. The dessert table was decorated in red and white, the school colors in senior year.
"Our thanks to Larry and Dayle Pusser, who served our delicious meal of grilled chicken breast, roast beef and gravy, mashed potatoes, string beans, apples, slaw, baked beans, coconut cake, lemon pound cake, lemon and pecan pies and drinks," says a spokesman.
Picture taking was the order of the evening as flashes went off and cameras zoomed in on everyone. A video, made by Carolyn Thomas Allen, titled "Memories of West End High School Class of 1959 -- Celebrating 50 Years," played as members mingled. All class members, grade parents and teachers were given copies of the video.
A picture of the West End High School, drawn by Cathy McKenzie, was on display. Joyce Martin Savage brought pictures of old school days, which were enjoyed by everyone.
Those attending locally were: Sarah Black Harris and guest, Jack Hartsell; Cecil Brewer and wife, Sylvia; Dot Furr Melton and husband, Jimmy; Cassie Gibson Lehr and husband, Jay; Lou Ellen Hall Hinson and husband, Ernest; Bobby Jones and wife, Vivian; Clifton Southard and wife, Edna; Carolyn Thomas Allen and husband, Bill; their son, Chan Shaver; Nellie Dunn and Irene Thomas, class grade parents; Sarah Ruth Thompson, 11th-grade English teacher.
Those attending from outside of the area: Jimmy Blakely and wife, Helen, of Charlotte; Glenn Boone and guest, Glenda, from Clemmons; Eugene Dunn, of Phoenix, Ariz.; Joyce Martin Savage, from Warner Robins, Ga.; Pat Shaver Duncan and husband, Jim, of Staley; Floyd Thomas and guest, Frances, of Morganton; Joe Hanford Thomas and wife, Annette, of High Point; Sherrie Upole O'Connor and husband, Mike, of Mooresville.
Regrets were read from Mary Frances Freeman Thomsen, of Ferron, Utah; Lois Godfrey Hodges, Greensboro; Harry and Larry Graham, from Pinehurst; Sarah Joyce, of Jefferson, and Joann Thompson Greene ,of Biscoe.
Plans are under way for the next reunion, to be held in two years.
The fun and fellowship ended by singing the school song, "Over Peach Over Pine," led by Floyd Thomas.
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