The 45th reunion of the West Point High School Class of 65 has come and gone, and no doubt our readers are pretty sick of hearing about it. This is the last word, I promise. Many new memories were made including the return of Tinker Lautar’s original guitar. He sold it back in the 60s and regretted it. After 40 years, Jimmy Henley was able to reclaim it and return it to its rightful owner at the reunion last light.
Tinker and our high school dance band included Bob and Susie Marshall, Eugene Bailey, Gary Florreich, and Scott Murrah providing the music for the reunion. They were great!
We almost made history when Bucky Kellogg attempted to reconcile a four decade feud with Gertrude Jasper. Ooops, Gert wasn’t ready. Maybe next time.
I love this photo of Carolyn and Benny Bentley (below) who were married shortly after we graduated from high school. The marriage didn’t last but their friendship did, and they came to the reunion together even though both have moved on. They even take vacations together with their new families. Maybe the rest of the world should take some lessons from the Bentleys. They are still a cute couple.
We were thrilled that Donna and George Abbott of Memphis and Ronnie Herring of Durango, Colorado, attended (above) along with Larry and Brenda Moore(below). Is that whiskey on the table?– Nah, couldn’t be. Not the Class of 65. And best of all, my old friends and neighbors Martha McHaney, Phil Dickerson, Ronnie Tiffin, Eugene Caruthers and Nancy Felder made the event even though we weren’t sure they could. The old woman in the middle is me – I broke my hip trying to do the Alligator toward the end of the reunion and they are holding me up. I’ll be in traction for only a few months.
Great time, guys. Now we can begin planning the 50th. Many thanks to Ruthie Stafford Weathers, Norma Clark Atkins and Jimmy Henley for all the hard work. Special thanks to the Torquays for the great music. You guys are the best! Now, that’s all I have to say about that!