Two dreams for the Surry Central High School Class of ‘67 were fulfilled on Saturday, Nov. 18 as their 50th class reunion was held with great attendance.
The celebration was held at The Depot Restaurant Banquet Hall with a complimentary dinner hosted by owner and classmate Freddy Snow. Approximately 140 classmates, guests, teachers and coaches attend. Honorary guests included Coach Howard Hayes, Coach Gary York, Coach Charles Williard, Coach Gene Everette, Margaret Bates, James McPherson, Linda Brown and Gene Wagoner.
When the doors opened at 5 p.m. and classmates were finding their way to the horderves, the sounds of reminiscing and laughter along with hugs and smiles were evident that a big evening was ahead. As the guests made their way to their tables, they found a special “senior class picture” placemat, an Ipen with imprint and a Goody Bag which held a special article about Mr. Ralph O. Lanier, their principal, who was unable to attend.
Freddy Snow welcomed everyone to Cody Creek and shared some thoughts of his high school days which brought laughter from the crowd. Susan Norman Flynt, Class President, also welcomed the classmates with some thoughts of how things have changed during the past 50 years. Shirley McCraw Mustin shared a reading which contained much humor with chuckling in the background as she read. Reverend Wayne Draughn, known as “Little Wayne” in school, had the invocation.
A delicious dinner was enjoyed by all with many stories being shared. After dinner classmates gathered on stage for a class picture with photographer Shelia Riddle.
The program continued as 24 deceased classmates remembered with a special screen presentation preceded with a poem read by Dennis Atkins. Entertainment followed with a poster parade as DJ Brack Lewellyn played marching music while classmates parading around the hall taking everyone back 50 years with a reflection of the many activities they had the opportunity to participate in.
Special thoughts were shared as they took their turn on stage to share their special activity. Then, classmates and teachers took to the stage ready to twist: Libby White Hamlin with Gene Everette, Philip White with Linda Brown and Jerry Kidd with Linda Davis. Mr. Everette was the star of the stage as he showed the audience how he could “twist all the way down and !hen back up.”
To finish the entertainment for the evening a dance/skit was performed by Kathy Atkins Robertson, Linda Fowler Davis, Judy Dezern Creasy, and Jan Atkinson McKinney. The program continued with recognition of the 1967 classmates who were a part of the 1965 state football championship and who had been inducted into the Surry County Sports Ring of Honor since the last reunion.
Freddy Snow was recognized with a gift of appreciation from classmates for his generosity and hospitality which was presented by Kathy Robertson. The ‘67 SCHS staff were honored with a monetary donation to the Surry Central High School Student Assistance Fund which was a 50th Anniversary project.
To close the recognitions for the evening, Janice Sidden Deal, recognized the Class of 1967 veterans, They approached the stage in front of the American flag as music from their respective branch of service was played. Janice read a special poem and then presented each with a copy.
The highlight of the evening was when special guest, Jonathan Bledsoe, entered the stage and sang a powerful version of Lee Greenwood’s, “Proud To Be An American” for the veterans which brought the audience to their feet and some with tears. Michael Church then shared an inspirational reading prior to Mr. Wagoner leading everyone in the “Alma Mata.” Mike Gillespie, class vice president, shared some closing thoughts.
Numerous door prizes were donated by various businesses especially for the 50th Class Reunion and the classmates and guests enjoyed winning them. The evening continued as special music from the 60s was enjoyed by all.