Web guy's note: We had "lost" our classmate, Louise. Thanks to one of our persistent reunion committee members, she has been found!!!
Louise H-L just emailed us and said, "Thank you for the invitation to the 50-year reunion. The website is most impressive! I will not be able to attend because I live in Mexico with my three cats and two dogs and seldom travel. I have been in CA this month having cataract/lens implant surgery and will return to Mexico this weekend. I am sure the reunion will be fun and hope it is well attended. All the best." firstname.lastname@example.org
Our classmate Myra H-A says, "After RHS I attended and graduated from Elon with a degree in elementary education. Then I taught in Moore County for 3 years and in Rockingham County for 27 years. I retired in 1997 with 30 years of service. My husband and I built a home in the country but he passed away in 2008. Now I spend time knitting sweaters for Guidepost Kids though my church, which I love doing for those children in need."
Doris W-M worked in the dye lab at UNIFI and at Annie Penn until retiring four years ago. "My time now includes church at Eastside Baptist, our local Community Watch, playing bingo at Bojangles, being with my children and grandchildren and helping rescue cats. My oldest daughter has no children and works as an estimator for a company. She recently completed her degree at Forsyth Tech and intends to pursue a BA at ECU. My other girls, the twins, each have children. Pam's son is 13 and has joined the Sea Cadets. His mom works for United Health Care. Patricia has a 3 year old daughter who takes dance. She lives in Charlotte, has her real estate license and enjoys travel with her husband."
Mike H. reports, "Kay and I have two sons. I retired from Nissan Textile in Charlotte and moved back to Wentworth in 1999. We have two grandchildren Kaleb 10 and Sophia 2 months. I stay busy cutting grass and wood and doing a little hunting."
Our classmate, Mike L., lives in Reidsville and will be at the reunion with his wife, Fran. Mike is retired from propane delivery and dispatch for NC Gas Service and part time at Radio Shack. He says, "I joined the Navy for four years and met Fran in 1960. We were married in 1964. We have two children, three grandchildren and a great grand child due Nov. 24th. My hobbies are fishing and ham radio." email@example.com
Phyllis B-C Greensboro is retired from nursing. "I am divorced, have no children and have been retired since 2007. I lived in Atlanta for 22 years. While there I worked as a social worker, schoolteacher and fundraiser. In 1991 I moved to Greensboro, went to nursing school and worked as a nurse for 10 years. Since retiring, I do volunteer work and spend 3-4 months a year at the beach. I will be taking a trip to China just prior to our reunion." firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn S. lives near Greensboro, is still employed (real estate, residential development and apartment rentals) and will attend the reunion with his wife, Melissa. "After RHS I attended Danville Tech Institute and had a 12-year career with IBM at RTP. I then returned to Greensboro and was vice-president of operations for Omni-American. In 1983 co-founded North American Computer Services, Inc and owned and managed it until 2005, when it was sold. In February 1995, my lucky day, I met Melissa and over a period of 2 years our friendship grew to the point of marriage in 1997.We have 3 adult children, 2 girls, Jami and Tricia and a son, Charlie. All are doing well and we are proud of their accomplishments. We enjoy horses and live on a small farm in northern Guilford County with 4 dogs, 2 cats and 4 horses. I am still involved in real estate and Melissa is administrator for a group of medical specialists. Yet, we do get away frequently for R and R. The north western US is our favorite destination." email@example.com
Mary Anne K-P lives in MO near St. Louis and is retired. "I traveled to MS to find the love of my life. I met fun-loving, intelligent Bill P. in the saxophone section of the Ole Miss Band. After we graduated from Ole Miss, Bill went to law school, and I obtained a master's degree in library science. We married in 1966, and in 1968, we moved to Pascagoula, where Bill went into law practice with his dad, and I accepted a job as a librarian at the Gulf Coast Community College. Together, we created a lovely daughter named Lyn and survived three major hurricanes. Sadly, Bill passed away in 1988. I retired in 1998, after 30 years of community college service. I now live near Lyn, Doug, and their two daughters, Amy and Leslie. My hobbies are playing Bridge, reading novels, and watching football games on TV." firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol C-K has been married for 48 years to Brison and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. Carol says, "I am a member of Lawson Rd. Baptist Church where I sing in the choir, sing specials at church and funerals and help with nursery during Sunday School. I am also a member of the Ladies Sunshine Club. I have many medical problems but God is in control. I'm still Blessed."
Garry S. still lives in Richmond, and is attending with his wife, Karolyn. He is retired from work as a mechanical engineer with American Tobacco. "Following graduation from State, I married Karolyn, of Yanceyville, and we moved to Richmond, where we remain after 46 years. Karolyn has a degree in social service and worked in that field until retirement. We have two sons. Blake (name stolen from Joyce H.) lives in Austin,TX and Ted here in Richmond. Both are married but regrettably without children. We are both active in our neighborhood Methodist Church. We also volunteer at a local elementary school. We serve with the Chesterfield County Christmas Mother Program where Karolyn again runs the show while I use my technical background to sort canned food. ;-) I think the secret to a long, long, long marriage is to not be around each other too much. To that end, Karolyn is a fanatic about tennis and loves talking to anyone and everyone on the phone. Gardening and golf keep me busy. Interests we share are eating out with various groups of friends ... about four days a week (since our oven 'died' in 1986) and traveling. We go anywhere as long as it's with friends. Special trips include cruises to Alaska, the Caribbean, and the Mediterranean and a European river cruise. European and American land vacations were also enjoyed. It's hard to believe that 50 years ago going to Myrtle Beach was my wildest dream. Where have the years gone?" email@example.com
Sandra G-P lives in Charlotte and will attend the BIG 50 reunion November 6th in Reidsville. She reports, "Soon after graduation, I married Charles whom I had met on a blind date at the beginning of my senior year. We both spent several years in educational settings finishing degrees: mine in English Education and his in Theology. In 1968 he began his first pastorate and I became a pastor's wife....I assure you that was never my plan. Even though we kept a full schedule, I always found time to long distance run and completed the Huntsville, AL Rocket City Marathon. Although I no longer run, I walk daily and attend exercise classes. Charles and I had the wonderful experience of parenting two sons: David who lives in Madison, WI and Robbie who lives (thankfully) closer to me. There are five absolutely terrific grandsons ranging in ages from 20 to 13 weeks. What a great opportunity our Reunion Committee is providing for us in November...many thanks and see you then." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Grant K. and his wife, Nancy, suffered the loss of a son recently. Understandably, he isn't sure they will be up to attending the reunion. He says, "I left Reidsville in the fall of 1960 and from there it was 4 yrs. of school in Tennessee, preaching 10 years in Illinois, then 25 yrs. in Virginia, and finally Nancy and I have been 11yrs. in Raleigh where I am a LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor). It's overwhelming that 26 of our classmates are deceased. I wasn't expecting that number. It is sad." email@example.com
Webmaster's note: Grant's website that his talented daughter did for him is http://grantkoontzlpc.com.
Thank you Sandra and John M. for telling us, "It certainly does not seem that 50 years ago we were leaving our high school friends and beginning our new journeys into the future. John and I are now sharing our 45th year of marriage and have had many great times. We feel fortunate to have both sets of parents. Our two daughters have been so lucky to have their grandparents all of this time and now their children have had the wonderful experiences they share with them. John and I enjoy our families and all our family times. Trips to the NC coast and mountains are so filled with many wonderful memories. Retirement has been full of good times and happy memories. We are most proud of our three precious grandchildren. They have brought us so much joy. We are looking forward to seeing our classmates at this most important class reunion and making new memories. We thank the committee for all the work it has done. We are looking forward to seeing you on the 6th of November."
Joanne M-O still lives in Winston-Salem. "But I moved to a more convenient home after Gene passed away 22 years ago. It took me 3 years to decide to move ... so many memories associated with the home where we raised 2 sons and a daughter. My children are well and each has 2 children. I am 'Nana' to them and very much enjoy them and my life retired. Besides family, Wake Forest ball games and other things, I go to the "Y" and also participate in a group that sings and dances in nursing homes. Gives me a great feeling to see the faces of older folks light up when we're singing a song they recognize. I plan to be at the reunion early and hope to see all of you there." firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee M. retired from Zarn Plastic where he worked for 42 years. He now does lots of fishing and some painting on the side for other people. He and his wife, Peggy, have been married 47 years, Oct. 12. They have two grandsons, Connor Blaine (2 yrs.) and Jason Brice (7mos), who are the sons of Ryan and his wife, Jennifer. Lee also works with the Boy Scouts at Lowe's Methodist Church.
Anna D-S lives in Nags Head and will be at our reunion with her husband, "Still on the OBX for 42 years now. It's great living here. And still selling real estate for 26 years, and yes, still in politics after 11 years with 3 more to go ... currently Bd of Comm for Nags Head. We love fishing, clamming and just being on or near the water. Husband of 42 years, 'Budgie,' and I enjoy boating and being with grandson Nathan who is 8. Two grown sons, John in Ft. Lauderdale and Jason now split between the OBX and Ky with wife Mindy who is a nurse. Hope to see all at the 50th. Never thought we all would be doing this (use to read about others having a 50th when younger). Just sad, so many of us who did not make it to this date. Best," email@example.com
Mary Ann S-C remains in Reidsville. She is attending with Preston. Now retired, she worked at Jefferson Pilot/Lincoln for 40 years in the LifeComp Department as Accounting Manager. "Preston and I have been married 50 years. We have two daughters: Mitzi, husband Tim and they have three children, Karson, Kayla and Karrie and Jennifer and husband Josh. They live in Pilot Mountain and have one son, Jackson 3, and expecting a little girl Jillian in October. Between our grandchildren and my 93 year old mother, we stay very busy." firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne F-H says, "Ken and I live in Meadows of Dan on 63 acres of beautiful land here in the mountains. Our son, Vann, lives in Wilmington. After being in the Reidsville City Schools through the 8th grade, I graduated from Salem Academy where I was a student in grades 9 - 12. I am a retired high school Spanish teacher. Reading, playing bridge, doing cross word puzzles and cross stitch are favorite past times. The reunion will be fun to attend."
John Franklin B. stayed in Reidsville. and is attending with Sandra, his wife. Unlike most of us, he still earns a living and as President of Reidsville Heating &Air Conditioning, Inc. "Married for 47 years, 2 children: a daughter Cindy lives in Pittsburgh and a son, Chris, who lives in Reidsville and works with me. He has a little girl, Sarah Katherine, 15 months. I have been to Europe, South America, and several places in the USA. Opened Reidsville HVAC in 1974." email@example.com
Isa Lee S-P lives in Lynn Haven, Florida. Regrettably she will be vacationing in Hawaii instead of attending the reunion. Isa Lee is retired from nursing and says, "My husband Richard, our 3 children (now grown) and I have lived in Florida since 1981. Since retirement in 2008, we are enjoying spending more time with our grandchildren and one great granddaughter (Ava). We are traveling ... our most recent adventure was an Alaskan cruise in July 2010. Our passports remain current for future travel. My passion is taking care of my flowers and plants." firstname.lastname@example.org
LaVerne S-B now lives in Spring Lake, NC and will attend the reunion with her husband, Weldon. "I am semi-retired ... employed at Sam's Club and working 2 to 4 days a week. After graduation I married Norman F. from Eden. We were married 20 years and had 2 children, a girl, Chris and Darrel our son. I went to work for Zarn in the office and was there 12 or 13 years. During that time Norman and I went our separate ways. I left Zarn and went to Equity Meats. I worked there until Weldon and I married in 1998. We have lived in Spring Lake since. My hobbies are doing crosswords, selling Avon and taking care of Weldon. We have 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild with another on the way." email@example.com
Libby Y-S lives in Richmond Hill, GA and isn't yet sure she and Bob will be able to attend. She retired as a hospital med tech at St Joe's Hospital in Savannah. She writes, "Bob and I have just returned from a trip to Italy with 2 of our children Mary and Mike. I volunteer at St. Joe's gift shop. We have 2 grandchildren from our other daughter, Kathryn. They are Sara and Grace. We love being grandparents, and have seen every kids movie, especially 3-D ones, for I don't know how many years. We lived in Richmond for about 15 years, then MD for 4 years and now in the Savannah area for about 20 years. Bob and I have been married for 43 years and although not in the best of health are still trucking on!" firstname.lastname@example.org
Margaret W-S lives in Fern Park, FL and is pleased to report, "I'm retired and loving it. Have been married to my husband, Frank, for 50 years. We have three great kids, Duane, Lisa, Teri, and have 5 beautiful granddaughters ages 10 to 17. I was a manager for an orthodontist for 21 years and did some traveling for my job and for fun. I have not been abroad but plan to go to France on a Christmas cruise in 2011. My hobby is creating miniatures and this year acting as chair person for our local club fundraiser. I look forward to seeing everyone and remembering old times." email@example.com
Linda W-J and Roger J live in Midlothian and will attend the reunion. Roger is retired and Linda still works. After RHS graduation, Roger went to NCSU where he earned his Ph.D. in engineering and was employed by AT&T for 24 years as a Senior Development Engineer. He retired in 1995 and discovered that there is life after academic and corporate life. After RHS graduation, Linda went to UNC-G and its School of Medical Record Library Science. She has been self-employed for the past 36 years as a Health Information Management Consultant primarily in long term care facilities. "As for the really important news -- having briefly dated in high school and college, we were reunited when Roger was pursuing his doctorate and Linda was working in Durham. Roger 'popped the question' and we married in 1971 and have been life partners for 39.5 years! We lived in Greensboro for almost three years before moving to Richmond in 1974 and to Midlothian (near Richmond) in 1999. It has been our privilege to enjoy traveling the world and from our many experiences we know that we live in the greatest country on earth. We continue to have an abiding faith in our country and the character and strength of our fellow citizens. A favorite quote of ours seems appropriate as we look forward to celebrating our 50-year high school reunion: 'Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, “WOW…What a ride!’” firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim "Jimmy" S lives in Fort Mill, isn't retired and is attending the reunion with his wife, Kevie. "Out of high school, I joined the Air Force and served over 20 years until retirement. During that time I was stationed in Texas, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Delaware, California, Georgia, and Arizona. I spent four years in Germany, and one year in Vietnam and Thailand. I was an Airborne Avionics Systems Technician, which means that I repaired navigational equipment in cargo and fighter aircraft. I met my wife, Kevie, while in Massachusetts and married her 45 years ago. We have three children, 2 sons and a daughter ... five grand kids who live in the Charlotte area. There are four girls (including triplets) and a boy. We have lived in the Charlotte area 30 years. I worked in banking equipment for many years and now work as a Realtor/ Broker with the Allen Tate Company. Kevie has worked many years in the administrative field, and now works at the City of Charlotte Real Estate Division. We both enjoy traveling, reading, and golf (me) tennis (her)." JimShropshire@comporium.net
Marvin B lives in Reidsville and is retired. Marvin says he plans to attend with his wife, Sarah. email@example.com
Philip "Phil" W didn't stay in our class past the 10 th grade because he didn't care for school. He did graduate in '61 and goes to their reunions. Phil says he is pleased to be invited to be with us and plans to attend our reunion. Our classmate who recently spoke to Phil and knows him better says, "He is a really great guy with a true radio voice." Phil still lives in Danville and isn't yet retired from his work at WBTM/WAKG. He wrote to us saying, "I've been working in radio in Danville since 1962 and am looking forward to retirement. I love to travel, but thus far have been fairly limited. Have visited Hawaii 3 times, and went to Tahiti once. Looking forward to a Mediterranean Cruise next year. I have a passion for anything Egyptian, and look forward to visiting Cairo, the pyramids, etc." firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce D-S lives in Reidsville and says, "I will be attending with my husband, Jack. We will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary next May. We have been blessed with 5 wonderful children and 14 beautiful grandchildren. Jack and I have retired from our family-owned electrical contracting business of over 45 years. We have always enjoyed spending most of our time with our family and serving in our church. There is no greater joy for us than to be with our children and their families."
Linda G-H writes, "There isn't a lot of interesting information about the ol' girl. Completed Reidsville High School and married Tommy; followed him to Germany and enjoyed those two years; had a daughter, Tracey, in Germany and son, Brad, 18 months later; started UNC-G and graduated in 3 1/2 yrs; first teaching job was in Eden, Morehead High School; moved to North Myrtle Beach without a permanent job; so helped as first mate on Captain Harold's boat ... my husband; we charter fished and pulled gill nets for three years (my arms reach to my ankles); got a teaching job at West Brunswick in Shallotte until I retired; have been retired for six years and now want to write Webster to get the definition of "retired revamped lies." Anxious to see you all; will have on my nametag, 'Linda left the building!'" email@example.com
Sonyual "Sue" H-C says, " I enjoy my family and love to travel. I have been married twice though both husbands are deceased. My family consists of four wonderful sons, twelve grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. To celebrate my 50-year class reunion I will be leaving on a cruise sailing on the largest ship in the world!"
Connie T lives in Greensboro, NC and is attending with Revonda, his wife. He is retired as a detective with the police department. "I am enjoying retirement especially my time in the woods hunting, fishing, and playing with my grandchildren. We have one son, two grandchildren - Sydney 5 and Zachery 20 months." Connie has email but probably hasn't actually checked it in years. So please send your email to Revonda. firstname.lastname@example.org
Kay H-L is in Reidsville and is attending with her husband, Jim. "After high school I graduated from nursing school as a Registered Nurse. I worked for 3 years at Annie Penn before moving to and working in Alexandria, VA. I married Jim in 1968 and we had 2 sons, Jason and Jonathan. We enjoyed the D.C area. Jim worked as a software developer. After the boys graduated high school we moved back to Reidsville and I went to work for LeBauer Endoscopy Center. I retired in 1998 to help take care of the grandchildren. Jim retired in 2005. We keep busy trying to keep up with our 4 grandchildren, ages 17, 12, 6 and 3. Our favorite trips have been to Manitoulin Island, Canada, Ottawa, Canada and Bar Harbor Maine. We are trying to work out a sight-seeing trip/golf trip to Ireland and Scotland in the near future. We look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion." email@example.com
James "Barney" B now lives in Lexington with his wife. Because of a significant health issue in his family, he is unlikely to be at the reunion. If inclined to, classmates say a prayer. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Ken B is in Roanoke and is attending with his wife, Betty. He isn't yet completely retired, "Since 1971, we have provided filing systems (color-coded folders, etc) to doctors, hospitals, banks, insurance companies in SW Virginia. After Davidson College, I met Betty while serving in the Army in Illinois. She is the best thing in my life. We were married in 1966 and after 5 years in Greensboro, we moved to Roanoke. We have been blessed with two children, both college professors, and two grandsons. Betty and I are 'working less', and enjoy living in the 'Star City' surrounded by these beautiful mountains. Our thanks to the reunion planning committee for all the great work!" email@example.com
Ted L lives in Holmes Beach, Anna Maria Island, Fl and is retired from the USMC and Sealand/CSX. “After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill, I married Marydine from Spartanburg. I joined the Air wing of the Marine Corps, flew in F4's and served in Vietnam. Following my tour, I was medically retired as a result of a flight accident. I then worked for a containerized steamship company and lived in Charleston, S.C., Chicago, Ponce (Puerto Rico), Atlanta and Tampa. Marydine and I have 2 children, Kelly and Scott, and 5 grandchildren. Following retirement, we moved to Anna Maria Is. and recently renovated a house in Western N.C. so we could spend some time with fellow Tar-Heels. Hope to make the next reunion!" firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn C-C lives in Soldotna, Alaska and is retired from elementary and preschool education 1965-1985; the last 10 years, cook for preschoolers. She still does some work as a grower for Central Kenai Peninsula Farmer's Market. “Graduate of Gardner Webb University; Graduate: Elon University, 1-2 grade teacher(5yrs), Vass NC; married: Gerald N. Chapman (USAF); Teacher: Parkland Elementary, Tacoma, WA (2 years); Anchorage, AK (5 years); Soldotna, AK (33 yrs); 3 children: N .Beth C Jackson, AL; Carrie C. Meyer, AK; Sarah C. Fillman, AK; 3 grandchildren(girls); Husband Jerry retired from Local # 97 Insulator Union. Active Member of the Ladies of Soldotn Elks 6 years; Current Board Member(Hospitality Chair) for Early Childhood Foundation; Currently producing the CKP Farmer's Market Cookbook for marketing in 2011 and planning a garden for next year. I will miss seeing all of you, due to the birth of our 3rd granddaughter any time now. Tell Steven that my husband, CCT/USAF likey spoke v/radio while in Vietnam. He retired after 12 1/2 years of service.” email@example.com
Mary Sue M-P lives in North Wilkesboro and is attending with her husband, Dayton. She retired as a Latin teacher. “Other than Reidsville, I have lived in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Falls Church (Virginia), and North Wilkesboro, where I have lived since 1990. My husband, Dayton, is a retired Systems Analyst from Lowe's. I enjoy movies, good TV, music, reading, art, gardening, and cooking. I enjoy activities at our small mountain Episcopal church, art gallery, library, YMCA, and neighborhood. I love caring for Buttons, our seven year-old male white poodle mix.” firstname.lastname@example.org