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Wendy N. McDougal

Members of Decatur High School Class of 1957 gathered for several 50-year reunion events June 1 and 2 (see details in Chatterbox). In the front center at Delano Park is Jim Ryan; in the front row behind him are, from left, Mary Alice Williams Johnson, Sara Scott Hinson, Jerry Singleton Hamilton, Nancy Johnson Groover, Mary Sue Chapman Wilkerson, Lora Mae Asherbranner Vinson, Liz Norris Gay, Betty Cudabac Burgess, Mary Jo Trotman Nelson, Kay Davis Miggenburg, Jim Ryan, Linda Mize Little, Jane Veazey Thomas, Patsy Pitt Julich, Elaine Wood Francis, Sarah Frances Sherard Johnson, Betty Lou Beavers Belovsky, Carol Stone Stickney, Geraldine Pugh Hartzog, Alice Jones Ryan, Suzie Halbrooks Jett and Peggy Snoddy Johnson. In the second row are Sarah Jones Key, Peggy Spain Thigpen, Judy Tuck Richardson, Angie Munn Laughmiller, Bob Pace, Martha Livingston Crowe, Patsy Harvey Howard and Ann Parker Kitchens. In the back row are Jim King, Tom White, Dwight Eddins, Hershel Moore, Harold Garner, Joe Sims, Gary Nichols, Steve Davies, Mervyn Michael, Bobby Jones, Edward Anderson, Bert Pippen, Rod Richardson, Fred Boseck, Larry Flack, Jim Francis, Tom King and Phyllis Cardoza. Also attending, but not pictured, were Hugh McClellan, Ronald Dillashaw, Noel Harris Shinn, Lynda Lee Ornstein, Gwen Dillard Gunn, Gene Wallace and Ed Hiserodt.
Daily photo by John Godbey
Members of Decatur High School Class of 1957 gathered for several 50-year reunion events June 1 and 2 (see details in Chatterbox). In the front center at Delano Park is Jim Ryan; in the front row behind him are, from left, Mary Alice Williams Johnson, Sara Scott Hinson, Jerry Singleton Hamilton, Nancy Johnson Groover, Mary Sue Chapman Wilkerson, Lora Mae Asherbranner Vinson, Liz Norris Gay, Betty Cudabac Burgess, Mary Jo Trotman Nelson, Kay Davis Miggenburg, Jim Ryan, Linda Mize Little, Jane Veazey Thomas, Patsy Pitt Julich, Elaine Wood Francis, Sarah Frances Sherard Johnson, Betty Lou Beavers Belovsky, Carol Stone Stickney, Geraldine Pugh Hartzog, Alice Jones Ryan, Suzie Halbrooks Jett and Peggy Snoddy Johnson. In the second row are Sarah Jones Key, Peggy Spain Thigpen, Judy Tuck Richardson, Angie Munn Laughmiller, Bob Pace, Martha Livingston Crowe, Patsy Harvey Howard and Ann Parker Kitchens. In the back row are Jim King, Tom White, Dwight Eddins, Hershel Moore, Harold Garner, Joe Sims, Gary Nichols, Steve Davies, Mervyn Michael, Bobby Jones, Edward Anderson, Bert Pippen, Rod Richardson, Fred Boseck, Larry Flack, Jim Francis, Tom King and Phyllis Cardoza. Also attending, but not pictured, were Hugh McClellan, Ronald Dillashaw, Noel Harris Shinn, Lynda Lee Ornstein, Gwen Dillard Gunn, Gene Wallace and Ed Hiserodt.

Class of ’57 gathers to remember Decatur High days

Wendy’s word

“Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.” Absolutely not! How sweet the showers have been, long overdue and greatly needed. I love the sound, and I love the drops as they fall on the rooftop. I don’t think the plants, trees and grass are complaining either.

Rain or shine, drought or abundance, God is so good and will always send what we need at just the right time. Nature is a beautiful thing and the perfect picture of how we should all live our lives in his time. Whether wet or dry, make it a beautiful day.

Now let’s see what the “chatter” is for today ...

50th reunion

Everyone enjoyed good food and entertainment but especially getting together with old friends when members of the Decatur High School Class of 1957 gathered June 1-2 for several 50-year reunion events.

Class member Noel Harris Shinn and husband Bill Shinn invited the class to their home on the river to renew friendships Friday night. Another member, Tom Bowles, got a tape of the “Senior Scrambles” in mint condition so class members could take a look back at their singing and dancing talents of 50 years ago.

Mary Jo Trotman Nelson and Lora Mae Asherbranner Vinson reported that the reunion committee, headed by Mary Sue Chapman Wilkerson, planned two other events for Saturday. The chatter and fun took a back seat to the barbecue lunch at Delano Park.

That evening, a buffet dinner was held at the Elks Lodge. A few gag gifts were handed out, and each class member shared a bit about life since graduation. Some members added memories of those high-school days, and everyone enjoyed hearing how their classmates’ lives had evolved.

Later they danced to music by a local band and decided to meet once a year at a site chosen by a committee from suggestions turned in that night. They left in anticipation of getting together again in a year.

Class of ’87

This weekend marks my 20th high school reunion in Atlanta, but this is for all 1987 graduates of Decatur High School. Mark your calendars for the September reunion on the 21 and 22.

Activities will include Friday night tailgating, a class tent at Riverfest and a Saturday evening spectacular full of fun and reminiscing, a great time to catch up with old friends and stroll down memory lane.

Visit the reunion Web site at www.decaturhigh1987.classquest.com.

Telephone Pioneers

Members of the Telephone Pioneers-Decatur Council met recently at McCollum’s Restaurant in Decatur, with Mabel Smartt, Kathy Jones, Glendora James, Evelyn Howard, Margarette Russell, Frances Peek, Lillie Reding, Myrtle Tanksley, Barbara Stewart, Ruth Keenum, Bill Gray and guest Norman Stewart attending.

The group looks forward to selling Pioneer Cookbooks at the Apple Festival in Moulton and the Blue Grass Festival in Rogersville in July. They will also sponsor a child from the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree at Christmas. Smartt will explore possibilities for the lap blanket project for area nursing home residents.

The Telephone Pioneers, a national nonprofit organization, is made up of both active and retired employees of telephone companies such as BellSouth and AT&T. Monthly meetings are held the last Thursday of each month at McCollum’s Catfish Restaurant.

Pageant luncheon

Don and Marcilla Weems opened their Decatur home recently, welcoming the judges and special guests of the Miss Point Mallard Pageant.

Special guests included judges Roben Duncan, Leslie Bradley, Darrett Amyx, Andrew Willmon and Joe Hill. Others attending were Barry Sublett, director of Miss Point Mallard; Wendy McDougal, judges’ chairwoman; and auditor Carol Harbin.

Before the pageant orientation, everyone dined on chicken salad, ham, chicken fingers, strawberry pretzel salad, assorted salads, fruits and chips. Dessert was an array of pecan pie tarts, lemon squares and homemade ice cream.

Daughters

Members of the Joe Wheeler No. 291, United Daughters of the Confederacy of Decatur, recently attended the 84th annual Alabama Division Convention Children of the Confederacy at the Cook Family Farm in Pine Hill. Alabama Division President Kathryn Cook presided over the convention, which was hosted by the Sam Davis Chapter No. 726, CofC, and sponsored by Alabama Charter Chapter No. 36, UDC.

Members attending were Glendora James, Kay McCarley, Bettye Moore, Bettye Lovvorn and Judy Blackwell. Mary Katherine Miller, Rebecca Widowski and Morgan Harper greeted guests.

Brooks Lampkin, Alabama division chaplain, presided over the memorial service, followed by the placement of a wreath at the Confederate monument in the Camden Cemetery.

New Alabama Division officers were elected for 2007-08.

Following the proceedings, members and guests enjoyed a barbecue lunch, after which everyone enjoyed horseback riding and boat rides on the Alabama River.

That’s all for now. It’s been great “chattin” with ya! Let me know what is going on in your little corner of the world. If it’s special to you and features any of the great people who live in our community, then it will make a great Chatterbox item. Just e-mail me at ddchatterbox@yahoo.com, or call me at 350-5730. I look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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