Rockwell High School Class of ’47 reunion

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 28, 2017

Submitted by Barbara Matthews

FAITH — The Rockwell High School Class of ’47 celebrated its 70th graduation anniversary with a luncheon at Faith Soda Shop on May 15. The reunion was celebrated on the actual graduation date from 70 years ago. The original class was comprised of 39 students.

Six students attended the reunion: Millie Barringer, Margaret Brady, William Matthews, Ray Peeler, Gilbert Sides and Juanita Walters.

Also attending was their much-loved teacher, Jean McCombs, and two other guests, Roselyn Misenheimer and Barbara Matthews (wife of William Matthews).

Four of the students — Millie Barringer, William Matthews, Ray Peeler and Juanita Walters — started in the first grade together 82 years ago.

There was a lot of catching up to do as everyone gathered around the blue and white checkered table with a centerpiece of three floral arrangements in red and white carnations, the class colors.

Following the luncheon, students and guests under the supervision of their teacher went on a field trip to Autumn Care Nursing Home for a delightful visit with two classmates, Peggy Cassidy and J. C. Morgan, who are presently residing there.

A red and white carnation floral arrangement from the luncheon was presented to each of them. One of the arrangements was also given to their highly revered teacher, Jean McCombs.

The Faith Soda Shop has been a favorite gathering place for many years and the class agrees to meet next year, same time, same place!

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