By Dottie Dewberry
For the WPT
It was beautiful fall day for the 30th reunion of the Maben High School classes 1942-70 at West Oktibbeha County High School, formerly known as Maben High School, on Oct. 5.
After a welcome by Mrs. Sandra Bishop, Class of 1959, attendees signed in with Mrs. Nellie Blade, who officially gets this gathering together each year. Brother James Bryant led the group in prayer as an official opening.
Class of 1965 member James “Jimmy” White spoke in place of Brother Gene O’Brian, who was unavoidably absent. Jimmy thanked all who were responsible for the decorations (Sandra Bishop), invitations (Nellie Blade) and other tedious tasks that go with arranging an event to happen without bloopers.
He told us that he was telling some of his friends about his reunion, and they were impressed that his class had a reunion each year. Well, it wasn’t his class that had the reunion; it was the whole school.
Mr. Wyman Bishop was thanked for the initial instigation of this event thirty years ago.
Each year a few people are recognized: one who is the oldest graduate of MHS that is present — Ms. Wyman Bishop, Class of 1942; and the person that had traveled the farthest — Mrs. Jenny Wax Taylor, from Houston, Texas. The story is that she attended up through the fifth grade and then moved away. Thanks to FB she reconnected with a classmate and asked if she could come. Wow! That is love reaching out. Welcome home! Jenny.
Each year some graduates come faithfully, some graduates come periodically and some come (maybe) for the first time: Mannon Douglas, Class of 1966, like a true Southern gentleman, charming from ear to ear, courtly kissed all the ladies once, twice, “three times a lady.” It was good to see him home again from Pensacola, Fla.
It was also good to see Monroe Dewberry at home for the summer in Maben. Soon he will be heading back to Tucson, Ariz., for the winter.
The Class of 1963 celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. The class had seven members present: Donald O’Brian, John Byars, Sandra Harpole Middleton, Lynda Turner Dorman, Howard Fulgham, Larry Oswalt and Calvin Adams.
The Class of 1966 celebrated its 47th anniversary with a gala at Mrs. Ann Golden Walls’s home the previous night before the official reunion on Saturday. Members attending were Ann Golden Walls, Brenda Raines O’Brian, John O’Bannon, Mannon Douglas, Jenny Wax Taylor, DeeAnn Lewis Newman, Roger Smith, Al Tuck, Nancy Bishop Smith, Larry Vaughn, Curtis Johnson, Carey Yeatman Harrison and Molly Dewberry Kinard. Spouses were also in attendance.
Three members of the Class of 1945 were present: James A. Fulgham, Joy Douglas Dodd and Louise Logan Bland. This means they graduated 68 years ago. That is marvelous!
One graduate finished school at the age of 16, and then he enlisted into the service. This was Louis W. “Red” Williams.
Glenn Norwood served in the military and then returned and finished high school in 1946.
Group pictures were made for those that could round up their classmates in one spot long enough to take a picture. Pictures from last year were handed out to those who lived away. Those that did not come will have them mailed, thanks to Nellie Blade.
Larry’s of Eupora restaurant served the noon meal: fried catfish, hush puppies, Cole slaw, fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, tea, water and cake. YUM! YUM!
Each year the Maben High School Reunion is held the first Saturday in October at the WOCHS building, formerly the home of the Mighty Blue Devils. “Go Big Blue!”