Class of ’69 celebrates 50-year reunion

by | June 28, 2019 12:30 pm

Last Updated: June 26, 2019 at 4:05 pm

Swainsboro High School Class of 1969 held its 50th reunion Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Cadle Barn in Swainsboro. Class members and guests enjoyed a seafood buffet prepared by Off the Hook with special desserts prepared by class members.

Attending were 46 class members: Mary Frances Allen, Mary Alice Applegate, Cal Avery, Jeanie Cadle Bradshaw, Buddy Breedlove, Rhunette McKenzie Brinson, Patricia Bellamy Brown, Ann Chapman Buxton, Michael Buxton, Jerry Cadle, Linda Pruitt Carstarphen, Gail Keen Carter, Gary Cavanah, Lynn Derriso, Tom Edenfield, Danny Faircloth, Joanne Riner Fritz, Mike Gray, Mary Alice Scott Greenway, Jerry Hall, Donell Hodges, Seab Hughes, Barbara Chance Jones, Bertha Jones, Connie Cowart Jukes, Sharon Coleman Lewis, Ted Logan, Jimmy McNure, Joann Moore, Geneva Oglesby, Ralph Page, Wayne Patrick, Laverne Payne, Randall Ray, Bill Rogers, Kenny Shields, Carolyn Woods Stevens, Patsy Curry Sutton, Mike Tapley, Courtney Terwilliger, Judy Price Smith Trevathan, Gail Martin Ware, Jerry Way, Lynn Thompson Wright, Emmalene Rountree Youmans, and P.O. Youmans.

The six attending teachers were: Mary Ann Beecher, Jimmy Harper, Buddy Lawson, Dennis Parsons, Harmon Scott, and Barbara Stokes.

The highlight of the evening was the Highway 56 Drive-In sign, which is being restored by the Emanuel County Historic Preservation Society. Patricia Bellamy Brown’s family owned and operated the Highway 56 Drive-In Theater for many years.

A projected show of past reunion pictures and yearbook pictures offered opportunities for reminiscing and lively commentary.

P.O. Youmans served as master of ceremonies, Derriso and Hall led the pledge to the American flag and honored those who have served in the armed forces, and Rogers introduced faculty members attending and reminisced about important happenings in their daily lives during 1969, including landing on the moon, the Vietnam War, and The Age of Aquarius, to name just a few.

A candlelight memorial honoring those 20 class members who have passed was displayed throughout the evening. Bishop Bertha Jones honored those who have died with words of remembrance and encouragement to foster friendships and service to others. Class members also shared stories and memories from their days at Swainsboro High School.

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