Bethel HS class of 1964 holds reunion

By Evelyn M. Coltman | Jul 14, 2014
Photos by: Coy Rigdon Bethel HS class of 1964; pictured kneeling, from left, are Lowell Grogan, Eugene Church, Harold Frizzell and Berry Rigdon; standing, from left, are  Ronnie West, David Reece, Bill Mease, Russell Wheeler, Denver Blaylock, Mark Hopkins, Wayne Woody, Eddie Morgan, Joyce Shuler Gunter, Jim Sloan, Ray Reece, J.D. Grant, Judy Grogan Heatherly, Catherine Mashburn Chambers, Evelyn Edwards Lanning, Darla Smith Mathis, Rita Holland Matthews, Frances Trull Mease, Evelyn McNeil Coltman, Gwen Trull Watts, Pam Satterfield Jolly, Linda Edwards Inman, DeEtta Dingledine Elberhart, David Wells, Christine Burnette Pless, Mary Grogan Wells, Brenda Able, Charles Matthews, Helena Rogers Smathers, Barbara Black Putnam, Gloria Burris Deaver, Judy Pressley Haynes and Ruth Hightower Pressley.

Classmates from Bethel High School’s class of 1964 celebrated a 50-year graduation reunion Saturday, May 31, at the Lake Logan Episcopal Center.  Thirty-six classmates who started school together in 1952 attended, along with eight teachers and 27 spouses and guests.

Judy Grogan Heatherly and Mary Grogan Wells welcomed the group.  As emcee, the Rev. J.D. Grant entertained attendees with humorous recollections. Darla Smith Mathis read her poignant remembrances of the '60s era.  Richard and Evelyn McNeil Coltman presented a humorous video production that paired classmate pictures from several years of annuals with 75 popular songs of the era. Catherine Mashburn Chambers and several ladies of the class decorated with white lilies and candles and also distributed memorabilia booklets to each class member. Evelyn McNeil Coltman and Pam Satterfield Jolly distributed door prizes, including hand-made clocks and a dulcimer made by Eugene Church.

Berry Rigdon was charged with taking pictures of all classmates and was assisted by Coy Rigdon and Madeline Ottinger.