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Boy’s Ranch to hold reunion Sept. 8

Published 2:02pm Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The North Alabama Boys Ranch will be holding a reunion Sun., Sept. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited, especially all of the boys who lived there through the years.

Linda Smith Clemons of Neel served on the Morgan County Class of 1963 50th reunion committee. Sue Williams of the Pleasant View community was the chairwoman.

The committee spent many hours planning and organizing the program and lunch for Sat., Aug. 10, which was held at the Tabernacle in Hartselle. Class members, spouses, friends and teachers gathered at 10 a.m. and enjoyed visiting and looking at the memorabilia provided.

A special item was “Peggy Sue,” a mannequin dressed in a poodle skirt with a MCHS letter sweater, saddle oxfords and ponytail with a red scarf.

At noon, Sue Williams presided over the program, which began with singing the alma mater. Charles Penn, a classmate and former MCHS teacher, led the singing. John Ward, a retired minister, gave the invocation and spoke about the classmates who are deceased.

A memorial table was set with a red and white floral arrangement and 27 candles. Members of the group lit the candles as Sue called the names of deceased classmates.

Paul Summerford, a retired Methodist minister, was the last classmate to pass away. He was well known for his promotion of school spirit and his special cheer “M-C-H-S, A Little Louder” as he led everyone in team spirit.

Teachers attending were Hollis James, band director, Mary Rodgers, gymnastics, cheerleaders and drill team, Kay Farrer, American history and Spanish and Norris Turney, history, P.E. and football coach.

John Ward blessed the food and a delicious lunch was served. Most of the food was prepared by class members and sponsors. Tresa McGhee, who is a Hartselle Alumni Association representative, gave directions to the new Hartselle High School and led a group tour of the facility in the afternoon.

Ninety-five people enjoyed the reunion.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary Dutton of Penn’s community who is now at Summerford Nursing Home, also for her husband, Louie Dutton, who has been at the Nursing Home for sometime. Their family includes Barry Dutton, also of Penn’s community and Teresa Abercrombie of Massey and the Late Roger Dutton and Chris Dutton.

Special belated happy birthday wishes go out this week to Cissy Locklear and Leslie McAbee on Aug. 20. Happy birthday wishes go out this week to Emily Lacy and Aubrey McLamb on Aug. 21, Tommy Parker on Aug. 23, Jim Doherty and Ty Kerby on Aug. 24 and Jennifer Penn, Christa Campbell and Melissa Griffin on Aug. 25.

Wonderful happy wedding anniversary wishes go out this week to Greg and Heather Roden as they celebrate their 17th wedding anniversary on Sat., Aug. 24.

On Sun., Aug. 11, the Mennonite Church sing-ers from Massey presented an invocation and song service at Summerford Nursing Home in the activities room at 2 p.m. Lowell Brenneman is their leader and his children are part of the choral group.

Many know Lowell and his sister, Ellen Brenneman, from the Dutch Oven Bakery at Evergreen. The Mennonite Singers sing at Summerford Nursing Home on the second Sunday of each month.

The John Andrew Hardin family reunion will be Sun., Aug. 25, at the Massey Community Center/Fire Station on Evergreen Road. The descendants and families will meet for visiting and lunch. The Hardin home place is located on Huckaby Bridge Road, near Round Top and Fairview.

The annual Corinth West Methodist gospel all-day singing will be Sun., Aug. 25. The morning singing begins at 10 a.m. and lunch will be in the fellowship hall at noon with an afternoon singing from 1 to 3 p.m. The chairman of this event is Darrell Maddox of West Point.

Singers come from Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia. Besides two pianos, mandolin, guitar, fiddle and banjo music add to the entertainment.

The singing is known as the Doyle Walker Memorial and Doyle’s family and singers sing some of his favorites. He was chairman for many years as well as pastor of the church.

Kathryn Walker Maddox, Jacky Walker, Linda Walker, Joyce Blackwell and several of the grandchildren participate. After the final song, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” the benediction is given and everyone enjoys snacks, soft drinks and water served from Bud Wood’s truck by the church porch. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Roy and Judy Tanner Watts celebrated their 50th anniversary on Sun., Aug. 11, at the Massey Community Center/Fire Station from 2 to 4 p.m. Many relatives and friends came by to enjoy the event with them.

Their family includes a daughter, Tina Summerford and family of Falkville and a son, Tony Watts and family of Massey and Roy’s mother, Annie Watts of Summerford Nursing Home.

Congratulations and best wishes for more happy years.


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