The West Point High School class of l964 kicked off their reunion tonight at Old Waverly Country Club. I felt like a fly on the wall since I didn’t belong to this class. I roamed around, eaves-dropping on the memories, and a few of the confessions.
At first they thought I was crashing the party, but I was legit. I had a date with the cute one on the right with Kakki pants and navy shirt. I wonder why I let him slip away 45 years ago.
There was no live entertainment unless you consider the duo of Jimmy Wood and Mack Portera, the two chancellors in the class. Portera is chancellor of the Alabama University System and Wood is Chancellor of everything else.
I noticed all the women were passing around their I-phones proudly showing adorable photos of children and grandchildren. Where were the men?
How sweet, I thought. Then I learned he was showing pictures of his catch during a recent fishing trip.
My girls – meaning those of us who tagged along with the Class of 64 – as in, dated or married them, held our own little micro-reunion. Below you can see Jane McHaney, bless her heart; Kathy Wood, Really Bless her Heart; Barbara Bryan, PLEASE bless her heart; and Susan Chandler. Susan’s husband, Kyle, was given a lot of credit for planning the reunion, but we all know who actually delivered. Right?
Alan Flowers, Beth Parker, Brenda Cordle and Husband, and Olivia Portera caught up on the last 45 years since departing ole West Point High.
Mack, Jimmy and Conley shared a few memories while I clicked away. There’s more tomorrow when we “Do the Ritz,” then on Sunday when the First Baptist Church will turn over the service to the Class of 64. Eddie Gandy will preach, and several other class members will provide the music. I hope the Baptists are prepared for this.
Above picture includes from left, Larry McHaney, Leon Hicks and Tommy Bryan.
This class was tight. When Melvin Byrd had a grave illness and couldn’t work, the class raised more than $5,000 to pay his house note during those hard times. He told many other stories of the generosity of his classmates.
Yeah, these guys and girls are like family. I got a lump in my throat watching them interact. The fun continues tomorrow.
I took away a choice quote – forgot who said it. “The good thing is we’re all too old to die young.” Tommy Bryan added – “only the good die young, you know.”