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The East Spencer High School reunion for classes from 1944 through 1958 was held No. 18 at Spencer Moose Lodge. “Memories” was the theme for the 125 guests.

After a buffet meal, attendees sang the school song, led by Charles Huffman, with Julia Nannie Thompson as pianist.

Ann Loflin Spandel gave a nostalgic presentation, “Memories of School Days.”

Classes were recognized by co-chairman Elbert M. Kluttz. A candle lighting memorial ceremony was held for deceased classmates. Jimmy L. Julian honored the teachers.

Officers for the 2008 ESHS reunion meeting elected include Elbert L. Kluttz and L. Snider Goodman, co-chairmen; Ann Loflin Spandel, secretary; Betty Gheen Herion and Phoebe Taylor Nunn, co-treasurers.

Mailvis provided entertainment. The reunion ended with everyone singing “God Be With You Until We Meet Again.”

Granite Quarry reunion

Granite Quarry High School class of 1947 held its 59th year reunion Nov. 25 at Faith Lutheran Church’s Family Life Center. Twenty-nine people, including 16 class members, were present. Faith Lutheran Church Youth Group served a delicious three-course dinner.

The Rev. Bill Johnson welcomed the group and gave the invocation. A candle was lit and Johnson recognized the class member who had died since the previous year, Carl Andrew Holshouser.

Classmates shared comments and gave information about those unable to attend.

Red roses, the class flower, were centerpieces in honor of deceased class members. Each class member received a rose.

Out-of-town attendees were Jim Cooke and wife Trisha of Winston-Salem and Max and Aleine Fulk Webb of Madison.

Local attendees were Mary Fisher and husband Cecil, Arlene Basinger Haynes and husband Howard, Wentworth Beck and wife Hilda, Bill Johnson and wife Madeline, Betty Madures Lingle and husband Erwin, Ruby Ritchie Green and husband Hugh, Bob Rogers and wife Helen, Betty Oddie Cauble, LaVerne Shaw McKinney and husband PH, Clara Livengood Messick and husband Allan, Bonnie Heilig Herrin and husband Gerald, David Fraley and wife Pat, Frances Cauble Leazer and guest Orville.

Planning committee members were Arlene Basinger Haynes, Bill Johnson, Arnold Peeler, Bob Rogers and Mary Barringer Fisher. This group will plan the next reunion, which will be Nov. 10, 2007.

East Rowan reunion

East Rowan High School class of 1961 held its 45th year class reunion on Nov. 24 at the Holiday Inn in Salisbury. A social hour was held at 6 p.m., and a buffet meal was served at 7 p.m. Eighty-three people, including 44 class members, were present.

The Rev. Gene Bruce gave the invocation. Dale Basinger, chairman of the reunion committee, welcomed the classmates, spouses and other invited guests. Linda Hartley held the memorial service for the deceased class members. As each deceased classmate’s name was called, a candle was lighted by a classmate in the group. Deceased classmates are Myrtle Trexler, Van Lane Brown, Edith Holshouser Ritchie, Martha Elaine Trexler, Julia Elizabeth Bell, Rev. Hollis Allen Miller, Gary Wilson Hall, Larry Haynes Rogers, Walter Aaron (Ronnie) Hopkins, Nancy Louvinia Roseman Morgan, William Junior Morgan, Donald Wayne Parks; and those since the last reunion in 2001: Barbara Wise Drew, Brenda Lyerly Davis, Bonnie Stilley Loflin, Douglas Ray Sifford and Wayne Nelson Cline.

Class members and guests attending from Salisbury were: Iris Barger Shipton, Tony R. Brown and Connie, Lillie Cauble Timberman, Brenda C. Earnhardt Anderson and Robert, Joan Elium Kerns and Tommy, Linda Fraley Fink and Alfred, Shirley Frye Trexler and Jim, Lonnie Goodman and Donna, Melvia Hall Hutchinson and Cecil, Linda M. Hartley, Claude B. Lingle Sr. and Dollie, Johnsie Stafford Taylor and Wayne, Marie Trexler Roseman and Jerry and John C. Wyatt and Fay.

Attending from Rockwell were: Dale B. Basinger and Margaret, Brenda Brooks Sellers, Linda Sue Linker Black and Bobby and Joyce Rummage Misenheimer.

Ann Stoner Carlan attended from Spencer with friend Clarence Bostian. Attending from China Grove were Kay Brown Ritchie and Ray, Peggy Cozart Whicker and Steve, Alice Goss Ross, and Jimmie L. Lentz.

From Kannapolis were Everette Frick and Phyllis. From Concord were Gayle Arey Furr and Richard.

Attending from Raleigh were Don Huffman and Betty, Glenna Safrit Sears and Dan, Kent Earnhardt, Bruce Jones and Glenda.

Also attending were Rev. Gene Bruce and Pat, Statesville; Nancy Shue Sebastian and Walt of Thomasville; Sue Fink Washam and Mack, Charlotte; Joyce Jones Faulkner and Ernie, and Lavon Page and Jo, all of Cary.

From Winston-Salem were Brenda McCanless Maready and Bill, Judy Stiller Shaw and Dick and their guest, Patsy Smith Davis.

Beverly Lingle Mullen and Al attended from Lincolnton, James (Jimmy) T. McCombs came from Ocean Isle, Floyd A. Ritchie Jr. and Pam from Rock Hill, S.C., Tina Rose Stoner and Robert from Roebuck, S.C., James N. Beaver and Debbie from Jackson, Ga., Judy Yates Basinger and Jim from Peachtree, Ga.

Phyllis Roseman Taylor and Ron attended from Littleton, Colo., Dixie Bonds ZumBrunnen and Thomas from Manassas, Va., and Ann Brown Deal and Edmond from Butte, Mont.

A DVD, made by Lavon Page, of memories from school years 1949-1961 was presented by Page, and each member received a copy. Class pictures were made for classmates who attended the following elementary schools: Faith, Granite Quarry, Morgan, and Rockwell. A Class picture was made of all attending the reunion from East Rowan High School class of 1961.

Door prizes were given at various times during the evening. Music was provided by deejay Cecil R. Hutchinson.

The reunion committee consists of Dale Basinger, chairman, Linda Hartley, treasurer, Melvia Hall Hutchinson, secretary, Brenda Brooks Sellers, the Rev. Gene Bruce, Joan Elium Kerns, Linda Fraley Fink, Sue Linker Black, Lavon Page and John Wyatt.

The next reunion will be in 2011, with the Rev. Gene Bruce and Linda Fraley Fink serving as co-chairmen.

Rowan Museum

Rowan Museum held its 53rd annual meeting on Nov. 28 in the Messinger Room of the Museum at 202 N. Main St. The meeting was hosted by the museum’s board of directors.

Members enjoyed tours and desserts. Edward Norvell, board president, welcomed guests. George Kluttz, treasurer, shared the financial statement. Executive Director Kaye Brown Hirst spoke of museum highlights of the past year.

Rosalie Laughlin, chair of the nominating committee, thanked retiring board members — Anne Scott Clement, Eva Bernhardt Bingham, Trudy Thompson, Dr. Phyllis Galloway — with gifts from the board. Raemi Evans, Meredith Reamer, Susan Cloninger and Betty Dan Spencer were elected as new board members. Returning board members elected were Edward Norvell, George Kluttz, Lillian Gascoigne, Meg Kluttz Dees and Carol Palmer.

Wayne Whitman, coordinator of the History Club, reported on upcoming programs. The History Club meets the second Tuesday of each month at the museum.

Thompson reported on the 53rd annual antiques show, sponsored by the museum, which was held in November. Dees reported on the success of the silent auction held in conjunction with the antiques show.

A program was presented by Hirst and Tricia Denton Creel, education coordinator for the Museum, “Bringing History to Life,” a visual presentation on the eight years of summer history camps implemented by the museum.

Silver Queen Strollers

The Silver Queen Strollers participated in Livingstone College’s homecoming parade Oct. 28. On Oct. 31, they were guests of Annie Rivers and Fannie Butler at a luncheon at Wendy’s on Jake Alexander Blvd. for their birthdays. In November, the group was entertained at the Golden Corral in Concord by Marion Logan and Carrie Boler. Each birthday person received a gift from members.

Historic Red Hats

The Historic Salisbury Red Hat Society attended the Embers Christmas Show in Asheboro on Dec. 3. Queen mother Bea Hall hosted the event.

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