FHHS Class of 1962 celebrates 50th anniversary

Nov. 25, 2012 @ 07:43 AM

The Forest Hills High School Class of 1962 celebrated its 50th anniversary since graduation on Saturday evening, Oct. 20, 2012 at Union County Agricultural Center. The Class of 1962 was the second graduating class of Forest Hills High School.

Out of a class of 104, 38 classmates attended with spouses, guests, and faculty members boosting the total number to 68.

Teachers attending included Alice Birmingham, Carolyn Lowder and Pat Turner.

Name tags designed by Sherry Sanders Thomas, sported a replica of the person from their senior yearbook picture and a fighting yellow jacket.

Those in attendance enjoyed a slide show from the yearbook of their senior year. Photos were displayed of the 2007 reunion. Veterans were recognized.

A memorial table was set up to show respect to those faculty members and classmates who have passed on. Twenty classmates are deceased: Beverly Bednego Hudson, Jackie Foster, Tommy Giles, Larry Haigler, Ronnie Hargett, Jerry Hartis, Aundrea Turnage Hendley, Charlotte Holmes Parker, Pearlie Jordan Cordell, Don Knight, Collene McManus Sanders, Henry Moore, Betty Moser Watkins, Lynda Nance Efird, Larry Parker, Fannie Pierce, Eddie Presson, Crendell Smith, Douglas Smith, and Judy Williams Carswell. A moment of silence was observed in their memory.

Neal Tarleton served as emcee for the event. He recognized those who came from the farthest distance, those who had been married the longest and those who had the most grandchildren.

A special guest was Butch Varnadore who attended school with the Marshville classmates from the time he was in the fifth through ninth grades. Butch has become an accomplished writer, among other endeavors, and now resides on Pawley's Island, South Carolina, with his wife Lachina Wang. He read a poem he has written about the fondness he holds for Marshville. A copy of the poem is displayed in the Marshville Museum and Cultural Center.

Members of the planning committee included Neal Tarlton, Linda Deese Thomas, Sylvia Austin Wylie, Diana Griffin Sweezy, Sherry Sanders Thomas, and Brenda Thomas Lee. Judy Pressley Hinson assisted with the table decorations. The group plans to meet again in five years and is still looking for missing classmate, James Boyce Thomas.