West Rowan class of 1971 reunites

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 23, 2011

The West Rowan High School class of 1971 celebrated its 40th reunion the weekend of Sept. 16-17, beginning with the home game at West Friday night. Approximately 40 classmates and guests attended the game. Classmates then gathered at College BBQ to hang out as they did some 40 years ago. Owner Jay Owen allowed the class to recreate some of the atmosphere they recalled at the restaurant. Bob Moffitt, local jukebox dealer, placed a jukebox full of ëoldiesí in the restaurant.
Saturday morning, classmates played golf at Foxwood Golf Club and that evening all gathered at the Holiday Inn to eat and reminisce. Deejay Lee Noland provided music.
Terry Osborne was master of ceremonies for the evening. Marvin VonCanon and Rene Steele Atwell had a memorial time for deceased classmates Janet Cline, Bonnie Rary, Faye Patterson, Dickie Feamster, Dennis Hildebrand, Billy Cohen, Larry Hosch, Ronald Simmons, Fred Bailey, Kathy Messick, David Cuthbertson, Gail Rankin and Carolyn Royal.
Pam Garrison Kluttz, Kathy Karriker Holt and Susan Bradshaw Owen awarded door prizes. A ěsenior powerî banner made by classmates Lane Pethel and John Whaley and displayed at basketball games in 1971 was on display with other memorabilia.
Jerry Roney was recognized for coming the farthest (Chicago). Senior class president Bob Pinkston addressed the group. Former teachers attending the event were Ms. Lovonia Corry, Mr. Garry Watkins and Gracie and Mel Denton.
Serving on the reunion planning committee were Martha Hoffman Jones, Martha Richardson, Ellen Mowery Shoaf, Kathy Karriker Holt, Susan Bradshaw Owen, Rene Steele Atwell, Terry Osborne, Marvin VonCanon, Jack Christie, Michael Owen, Pam Garrison Kluttz and Cathy Hillard Faucette.
Classmates attending were Brenda Baker Carter, Lexington; Anne Belk Thompson, Dunn; David Barber, Hampton, GA.; Vickie Cowart Ritchie, Charlotte; Susan Bradshaw Owen, Salisbury; Jack Christie, Salisbury; Sarah Coble Stephans, Cleveland; Liz Faison Kershaw, Nashville, Tenn.; Joyce Fletcher Johnson, Greensboro; Dickie Fraley, Cleveland; Keith Freeman, Salisbury; Pam Garrison Kluttz, Salisbury; Judy Graham Behrooz, Salisbury; Stanley Hawkins, Floyd, Va; Martha Hoffman Jones, Salisbury; Cathy Hillard Faucette, Salisbury; Kathy Karriker Holt, Mt Ulla; Judy Laws Brown, Salisbury; Dana Lowder Owen, Huntersville; Kevin McDaniel, Salisbury; Ellen Mowery Shoaf, Salisbury; Terry Osborne, Salisbury; Michael Owen, Salisbury; Beverly Owen Killian, Claremont; Bob Pinkston, Waynesville; Martha Richardson, Salisbury; Sue Richardson Moore, Cleveland; Inita Robinson Gaither, Mocksville; Diane Seamon Williams, Statesville; Doris Simmerson Steele, Cleveland; Malvia Simmons Houpe, Cleveland; Rene Steele Atwell, Woodleaf; Rachel Steele Hunter, Salisbury; Marvin VonCanon, China Grove; Jackie Webb, Salisbury; John Whaley, Rockwell; June Wilhelm Harkey, Salisbury; William Wooten, Cleveland; Myron Michael, Salisbury; Paula Shaver Rigsbee, Cary; Sandra Overcash Daniel, China Grove; Jerry Roney, Chicago, Ill.; Sherry Turman Towell, Salisbury; Cynthia Waller Blackburn, Hickory; Martha Waller Graham, Salisbury; Gail West, Mt Ulla; Yvonne Wood Fisher, Advance; Donald Campbell, Stone Mountain, Ga.; Patsy Plyler Moore, Woodleaf; Keith Holloway, Cleveland; Bruce Jones, Lake Wylie, S.C.; Vanessa Knox Chunn, Salisbury; David Casner, Salisbury; Ruth Williams Brown, Salisbury; David Wrights, China Grove.