UCHS Class of 1954 gathers for reunion
Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 8:01 pm
The Union City High School Class of 1954 recently celebrated its 57th reunion. Class members came from as far west as California, as far east as Massachusetts and from Ohio, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The three-day occasion in early October was the class’ first reunion since 2004.
On that Friday evening, the class gathered at Poplar Meadows Country Club, decorated in the school colors of purple and gold. There were scrapbooks, photographs and memorabilia from their high school days displayed, which evoked many happy memories. Honorary class member Jere Baldridge catered the Tennessee barbecue dinner.
On that Saturday morning, the class and guests were invited to the lovely home of class president Dr. Robert Young and his wife, Cheryl, for brunch. Everyone enjoyed the delicious food and more time to visit. That evening, they returned to the country club for a catered steak dinner. A moment of silence was observed to remember departed classmates: Bill Burnett, Bettye Lou Fox Smith, Jerry Winfield Gibbs, Bobby G. Harrison, James H. Hunt, Bobby Jackson, Delores Jolley Garrison, Jerry McDaniel, Josephine Schmidt Yates, George Scates, Beverly T. Tull, Melvin Vaughn and Rodney Wingo. Notes were written to classmates who could not attend due to failing health.
Contacts of class members and preparations for the reunion were arranged by Linda Sue Bell Gartin, Carolyn Crenshaw Talley, Tom Robertson, Dan Cunningham, Frank Caldwell and Don Rogers. Shirley Wright Kaler, Patsy Cherry Roney and Fonciene Keene Giordano assisted in decorations and hors d’ oeuvres.
It was decided that another reunion would be held in 2013.
Classmates attending were Bill Anderson, Stockton Adkins, Linda Sue (Bell) Gartin, Lollie (Blakemore) Gray, Jimmy Burress, Frank Caldwell, Patsy (Cherry) Roney, Carolyn (Crenshaw) Talley, Dan Cunningham, Carolyn (Faulkner) Phillips, Cynthia (Isbell) Krueger, Fonciene (Keene) Giordano, Lavera (Lynn) Winters, Virginia (McRae) Stewart, Joe Matheny, Dr. Eric Naylor, Jim Talley, Nancy C. Todd, Tom Robertson, Don Rogers, David Strub, Shirley (Wright) Kaler and Dr. Bobby Young.
Guests present were Jere and Nancy Baldridge, Peggy Burnett, Marcella Burress, Melinda Cunningham, Billy Bob Kaler, Norman Krueger, Janice Matheny, Ron Phillips, Carol Robertson, Trixie Robertson Townsley, Richard Strub, Jimmy Winters and Cheryl Young.
Published in The Messenger 11.17.11