• Posted: Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, July 14, 2013 12:11 a.m.
LTC Benjamin F. Cureton
LTC Benjamin F. Cureton

Final Dunbar graduates gather to relive senior prom

Members of the four graduating classes of Dunbar High School, dubbed “The Fabulous 4,” recently relived their senior prom at the Salisbury Civic Center with the theme “The Motown Generation.”

“The classes of 1966 through 1969 were afforded the opportunity to see and fraternize with old school friends and acquaintances,” co-organizer Carol Lewis said.


Co-organizer Patricia Long Campbell said the prom was indicative of the love, unity and pride that the group feels for the school and each other.

“Dunbar produced a lot of talented young adults who now, as senior citizens, reflect on the strong, caring and motivated faculty and staff that helped to make our accomplishments possible,” she said.

Robert Hemphill, valedictorian of the class of 1968, was most impressed by the royal court picked during the senior prom.

“Watching the selected kings and queens from each class promenade so gracefully to the stage was, for me, the most touching aspect of the event,” he said.

Eulester Williams of the class of 1966 said the prom was “truly the most wonderful and memorable event of the decade.”

Harold B. Jarrett Post No. 342 holds joint installation

Harold B. Jarrett American Legion Post No. 342 held its joint installation of officers June 17 at the post home. A cocktail social and meal was provided prior to the installations.

National Committeeman Jerry Hedrick of Lexington was the installing officer for both the post and auxiliary.

Legion officers for the year 2013-2014 are Commander Dennis Milbrandt, First Vice Commander Milton Iossi, Second Vice Commander Bob Price, Adjutant Harry Garwood, Assistant Adjutant Harry Agner, Sgt. at Arms J. P. “Pinky” Trexler, Assistant Sgt. at Arms Hercules Shannon, Finance Officer Bill Anderson, Historian Mike McGowan, Chaplain Harold Andrews, Assistant Chaplain Garey Gulledge, Member at Large Frank Waller, Immediate Past Commander Mark Cauble, Past Commander Wayne Kennerly, Service Officer J. C. Miller and Judge Advocate Gaither Keener.

Auxiliary officers for the year 2013-2014 are President Julie Smith, First Vice President Peggy McDaniel, Second Vice President Daisy Beaver, Recording Secretary Kim Kincaid, Corresponding Secretary Lynn Coughenour, Treasurer Mary Williams, Historian Emilee Sidelinker, Sgt. at Arms Minnie Grabowski, and Chaplain Phyllis Richardson.

Cureton inducted

LTC Benjamin F. Cureton, son of Benjamin F. Cureton Jr. and Ruth Neely Williams, was inducted into the Berks County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame at its 38th annual banquet earlier this year in Reading, Pa.

Cureton was an outstanding football player and sprinter for Governor Mifflin Senior High School, setting Berks County records in the 100 meter (10.42 seconds) and 200 meter (21.56 seconds) in the early 1980s. His 100 time remains the country mark.

He went to West Virginia University on a football scholarship, lettering as a defensive back as a senior. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management.

He had much more success in track, where he was the team captain and MVP and an All-American. He set a school record of 46.10 seconds in the 400 meter and ranked first in the nation in the 200 meter at 20.9 seconds.

A graduate of Fort Leavenworth War College, where he earned a master’s degree in administration, Cureton is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army who has served in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

In May 2013, he was deployed to Saudi Arabia as the senior advisor to the Saudi Arabian National Guard.

‘Changing the Face of Aging’

“Changing the Face of Aging” is the Home Instead Senior Care July Speaker’s forum to be held on Tuesday, July 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at 1839 Jake Alexander Blvd W. This forum discusses subjects important to quality of life as we age. The topic for this month is alternatives to the traditional Long Term Care policies by presenter Danny Steelman, LUTCF, Financial Services Representative, Registered Representative-Met Life.

The forum is free. For more information or to reserve a seat please call Robin Scharding at 704-636-2010.


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