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Latimers, Kirklands host classmates

Latimers, Kirklands host classmates

Posted: Wednesday, November 2, 2011 8:02 pm

The 1956 graduating class of Union City High School met recently on a weekend for their 55th anniversary.
On Friday evening, Bill and Carol Latimer invited the classmates and their spouses to their lovely home for dinner.
Large potted ferns were on either side of the front entrance. Guests were directed to the patio and pool area, where huge potted purple and gold mums surrounded the entire patio.
A memorial to the deceased class members was read by classmate Rita Wiley Winter. She sang “Amazing Grace” acapella. Those members include Nancy Bailey, Alec Bond, Charles Davis, Buddy Parker, Joe Baird “Jr.” Covington, George Palmer, Ruth Caldwell Wright, Dale Williams, Dorothy Hayes Critopolus, Jane Schleifer Hogan, Tommy Wallace, Jon Nash and Frances Roberts Gibbs. Kay Blackley Mays gave an update on Frances McAnulty McBride, a class member who has been ill.
Hors d’ oeuvres were served from a beautifully decorated table.
With the ringing of a bell, guests were seated at cloth-covered tables, centered with clear, glass hurricane globes which held large purple pillar candles and bright purple flowers.
An elegant dinner with dessert and coffee was served to the guests. Weather was perfect and the setting amazing with the gentle falling of water from the pool waterfall. After dessert, guests were entertained in the music room by Mrs. Winter, with piano music and singing by all.
On Saturday, the ladies met for a Dutch treat lunch at Sassafraz Restaurant in Union City. After lunch, classmates and their spouses met at the Hampton Inn to begin the first official tour of Discovery Park of America.
Class member Robert E. Kirkland and his wife, Jenny D. Kirkland, are the founders of this outstanding project.
Two passenger vans were used to drive everyone around the site and other locations.
Jim Rippy narrated on one van and Hugh Wade and Polly Brasher narrated on the second one. The tour was enjoyed by all.
That evening, Mr. and Mrs. Kirkland greeted and invited the classmates and guests into their beautiful home. A very large arrangement of purple and gold flowers was centered on a round table just inside the entry way. Hors d’oeuvres were served before dinner. Guests were seated at cloth-covered, wrought-iron tables placed around the water fountain that is centered in the large inside courtyard. Helium-filled purple and gold balloons with ribbons and flowers graced each table. A delicious dinner was served to the guests. Dessert and coffee followed.
Kirkland, president of the class, officially welcomed all to the weekend activities. He had several humorous stories to share. James Logan Payne read the Top Ten reasons to go to your class reunion. Winona Tune Wade played a guessing game with the class.
Special guests at both evening events were Dr. Raymond “Buddy” Boston and his wife, Ann, of Humboldt. Dr. Boston was a member of this class before his family moved from Union City.
Rippy asked the class to meet again in 2013 to help celebrate the grand opening of Discovery Park of America. All voted a unanimous “yes” to attend.

Published in The Messenger 11.2.11

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