Sunday, May 10, 2009

55th Worth the wait!!

So, we had to wait 55 years for this event, but it was well worth it!!

(Be sure to click on Letty Nance's photo above to enlarge and see our beautiful faces! ALSO......scroll down to see video of the event!)

Almost 125 of us gathered at the Davie Park facility in Charlotte on Saturday evening (May 8th) to celebrate the Class of 54's 55th reunion.

The weather was beautiful, the barbeque tasty, the entertainment was good, and the hugging was overwhelming! (the official count was 30 hugs per person, on average.)

Our reunion chairman, Obie Oakley welcomed the group and "almost" thanked everyone for coming, then realized how unnecessary it was to thank us for attending, when we all were

having such a good time and so happy to be there!

Obie then introduced Don Nance who eloquently presented an award to our Van Goghs of the spreadsheet, Jerry Gaudet and his wife Pat. The honor for Jerry and Pat being such competent and untiring coordinators of our class records etc...was the latest electronic

reading device called............a Kindle!

Ed Myers, your thin, handsome, award winning , and modest webmaster, was also honored.

The other honorees were the reunion committee members, Charlie Willis, Marie Psomadakis,

Marlene Rich, Johnny Culp, Jackie Hart, Jane Thornhill, Mitzi Minor, and Shirley McClannahan (who wasn't able to attend because of unexpected surgery).

But, the highlight of the evening was seeing Nancy Gibson Tomlinson!...who has been an untiring "well of encouragement" for all of our classmates with medical problems.

Nancy and her husband came all the way up from

Florida (with a car full of oxygen tanks)!

Nancy, you are our HERO!!

More to come......about our 55th as our folks start sending in the pictures that they took...

Email us!

See the Video!

The CHS54 "shakey, fashionably orange, slightly out of focus" award winning remote camera crew was there!


More pictures from Jerry Gaudet

Jerry's 55th Reunion FINAL STATS

CHS'54 55th Anniversary, List of Registrants

FirstName LastName MarriedName GuestFN GuestLN

Buck Anderson Peggy Anderson

Mike Andrews Anne Andrews

Sylvia Arnold Regehr Jim Regehr

Darrell Avery

Gill Balance, Teacher

Mary Sue Banks Burnett Clyde Burnett

Betty Barnes Walpole

Gayle Barrier Austin Don Austin

Marie Beatty Robinson

Earl Beckham Becky Beckham

Peggy Bedsol Gandy

Carole Bennett Gilland

Jeanette Berryhill Bryant

Gaither Blackwelder Linda Blackwelder

Vic Brawley Sylvia Brawley

Karol Broadwell Welch Bob Welch

Don Bryan

Betty Cunningham, Staff

Diana Carpenter White Ivan White

Jim Cook Joan Cook

Harold Cullingford Carolyn Cullingford

John Culp Pat Culp

Sylvia Dunn Cross Shane Cross

Max Evans

Linsy Farris

Sylvia Farris Nickel

Ed Nickel

Linda Garmon Huggins Ross Huggins

Jerry Gaudet Pat Gaudet

Nancy Gibson Tomlinson Howard Tomlinson

Jo Graham Lammonds

Beverly Harkey Kearns Von Kearns

Jackie Hart Lookabill Gene Lookabill

Martin Hill Patsy Hill

Bonson Hobson

Miriam Holder Barrett Daniel Barrett

Betty Hull Nixon

Tom Hurt Kay Hurt

Carolyn Keziah Hudspeth Jack Hudspeth

Sophie Leventis Trakas

Thomas Lindsay Linda Lindsay

Sandra Lineberger Patterson Shelton Patterson

Margie Malone Broome

Carolyn McCall

Shirley McClanahan Maynor

Shirlene McGill Yeargins Ellis Yeargins

Jennie Meador Forehand Bill Forehand

Mitzi Minor Roper John Roper

Ann-Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth (Betsy) Monahan Papousek

Ed Myers Linda Shephard

Don Nance Letty Nance

Glenn Nanney, CHS'52

Mary Norton Kratt

Obie Oakley Frances Oakley

Paul Patton Sue Patton

Mary Psomadakis Renfroe

Ronnie Rallis Pourlos Jimmie Pourlos

June Reid Helsabeck Mack Helsabeck

Ann Rich Hobson

Marlene Ritch Beaty Thomas Beaty

Bill Robinson Annette Robinson

Bob Seagraves Gloria Seagraves

Al Selby Nancy Selby

Beverly Smith Garmon

Warren Sparrow Becky Sparrow

Jo Ann Stone King Joe King

Richard Stowe Janice McRorie

Carolyn Taylor Powell

Betty Rose Templeton Palomba Lou Palomba

Larry Thames, CHS'53

Jane Thornhill Cobb Hobby Cobb

Betsy Villas White

Tommy West Janice West

Charlie Willis Jean Willis

Bob Yandle Jeanette Yandle

67 116 49

Classmates Total registered Spouse/Guest


(Feel Free to add your comments to our message board.)

Don Nance opens the conversation with this note:

It is hard to believe that it has been 55 years since we graduated from CHS. It was great being with my classmates and friends Friday night and Saturday morning.

I was sad when I saw the pictures of our classmates who had died. I was happy when I remembered all the great things they did in life and the many happy times we as classmates had together. Those happy times will remain with us forever.

Friday night was such a great tribute to Jerry and Pat. They are the glue that keeps us together. Their care for our parents of those of us who live away from Charlotte is such a blessing. The response I received for the gift to them was greater than I ever expected. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

A special “Thank You” to Ed for reminding our class through pictures, words, and music of our wonderful times at Central and our getting together now at reunions and lunch.

I am proud to be a member of the class of CHS ‘54.

Don Nance