2018-06-13 / Campus

Washington High School Class of ‘58 holds 60th class reunion


Pictured above are Columbus March, Robert Wright Jr., Clara Fields, Bertha Mosely O’Neal, Ann Kirk, Ella Brown Black, Rose Hutchins Griffin, Beauty Smith, Earlie Steele, Betty Mills, Willie Vera Hunter, Beatrice Epps and Gertrude T. Alexander. Pictured above are Columbus March, Robert Wright Jr., Clara Fields, Bertha Mosely O’Neal, Ann Kirk, Ella Brown Black, Rose Hutchins Griffin, Beauty Smith, Earlie Steele, Betty Mills, Willie Vera Hunter, Beatrice Epps and Gertrude T. Alexander. Members of the Washington High School Class of 1958 held their 60th class reunion June 1, June 2 and June 3.

Diamond Jubilee

Schedule

Friday June 1: Get reacquainted at Wesley Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church with games, videos and food provided by Funny Girl.

Saturday June 2: Classmates visited in the nursing home and any others who were sick and shut-in.

A gift package (souvenir bag) was given to members Doris Stringer Dixon and Annie Willie Hutchins. One souvenir bag was sent to classmate Helen Turner Smith who lives in Florida. Others toured the city and visited with family and friends who still live in Blakely.


Several classmates took the opportunity Saturday to visit with nursing home residents and others who were sick and shut-in. Several classmates took the opportunity Saturday to visit with nursing home residents and others who were sick and shut-in. Saturday night, a banquet/program at the Blakely Civic Center began with devotion and prayer by classmates Robert Wright Jr. and Columbus March. The welcome was given by Beatrice Epps and the introduction of classmates and guests by Betty Mills. The class poem was read by Bertha Mosely O’Neal who wrote this poem for the class in 1958. A historical perspective was given by Beauty Lewis Smith entitled “Remember When.”

The class motto is “Conquer We Must, In God We Trust.” A video was shown by George Brown of all past reunions.

Dr. Earlie Biddings Steele awarded each classmate with an original diploma – with the principal’s original signature – Curtis E. Stanley. She also gave each member a homemade bar of candy with a picture of the school on one side and 60th Class Reunion on the other side. Dr. Steele dressed in cap and gown representing the professor, as she is.

Special awards and presentations made by Clara Fields Barnes and Gertrude Tolbert Alexander included bags containing a statue of each graduate, souvenir booklet, a pair of flip flops with class ‘58 on them and other goodies.

A Necrology Service was presented by Annie Wynds Kirk and Willie Vera Brown Hunter. Candles were lit and each deceased members’ name was called. Each classmate was given a balloon, and then the class went outside in the night and let the balloons go up in the night in memory of deceased classmates and teachers.

Classmates in attendance were Dr. Earlie Biddings Steele, Ella Mae Brown Black, Beatrice Epps, Rosa Mae Hutchins Griffin, Beauty Lewis Smith, Christopher Columbus March, Betty Jo Mills, Gertrude Tolbert Alexander, Bertha Mosely O’Neal, Robert Wright Jr., Vera Brown Hunter, Clara Fields Barnes and Ann Kirk.

Special gifts were presented to Ella Brown Black, who traveled the farthest to attend (970 miles); Ann Kirk, for being married the most number of years (59); Willie Vera Hunter and Columbus March, for having the most children (six each); and Clara Fields Barnes, for the most grandchildren and great-grandchildren (28).

Beauty Smith was chairperson of the class reunion. Others who worked on the committee included Beatrice Epps, Betty Mills, Gertrude Tolbert Alexander, Bertha O’Neal, Barbara Lindsey and Annie Kirk.

On Sunday, members attended the church of their choice and afterward the group met and ate lunch at Magnolia Main.

The Class of 1958 would like to thank Wesley Chapel for the use of their church; George Brown for videos; Delores Jones for decorating the center; Veronica Forbes for a great and tasty meal; Funny Girl and Heather Allred for the sandwiches for Friday night; Bertha O’Neal for the programs; Earlie Steele for the souvenir booklets; Shandrea Thorne who decorated the flip flops; and all the guests who attended.

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