By JUDY MOODY
For Starkville Daily News
From May 16-23 the Starkville High School class of 1961 gathered to celebrate 50 years of friendship with their classmates. This marks the fourth consecutive reunion for this class. The guests included visitors from Connecticut, Oregon, Utah, Washington state, from neighboring states of Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, and South Carolina as well as many Mississippi residents. The president of the class is Pastor Ken Smith of Florida. Kay Montgomery McReynolds of Starkville is the class secretary. Activities for the weekend were planned by Mrs. McReynolds and Margaret Ann Wood.
The Wednesday evening meeting was a buffet dinner at the home of Margaret Ann and Barry Wood on Old West Point Road. Guests enjoyed appetizers from the Little Dooey and desserts from class members. On Thursday evening guests attended a buffet dinner at the home of John and Kay McReynolds in Sherwood Forrest. The hosts were assisted by their daughter-in-laws Sonjia and Lynda McReynolds.
On Friday afternoon a much larger group gathered back at the Woods for a fish fry. Decorations for the evening were supplied by Kay Verrell and Judy Moody and decorated by Virginia Boyd, Dot Ousley, and Jeane Paris who were guests of Mrs. Wood. The theme of the party was the yellowjacket mascot of SHS. The tables were decorated in black and gold using baskets of yellow daisies, candle holders, and balloons. Lucy Barwick of Vicksburg handed out nametags which were decorated with the senior annual pictures. Other decorations included individual class pictures, news articles, and other class memorabilia. Souvenir fans with the cap and gown picture made on our graduation night in front of the old Starkville High School on Greensboro Street were distributed to the guests. Activities included a game of identifying the most exciting event in our lives. A memorial board of obituaries honored seventeen deceased members. Music was supplied by “deejay” John Capen of Sarasota, Fla.
On Saturday morning class members toured downtown Starkville and the museum with Jimmy Cole as a guide, the Octoc community with William Self as a guide, and the Noxubee Refuge. Many discoveries and facts were made about our home town.
On Saturday evening the party was at the Little Dooey. A special toast for the evening was offered by George Tullos. A highlight of the evening was the visitation of our former principal and basketball coach Dr. Clyde Muse. This was the first time the state championship team of “sixty-oners” Barry Wood, Lewis Mallory, Carse Smith, Ken Smith, Larry Nix, and Jackie Wofford had seen their trophy on loan from SHS and visited with their former coach in many years. Dr. Muse spoke to the class, which was his first senior class as principal, about their outstanding academic and athletic records. The valedictorian Harriette Mastin and two of the three salutatorians Larry Nix and Lewis Mallory were present. Other faculty attending were Coach Jim Craig, Mrs. Cattie Taylor and Mrs Roxanne Atkinson. A feature of the evening was the music supplied by class members Larry Nix, Gaddis Hunt, Teddy Mayden and John Capen who had played together in high school.
Todd Hunt played the drums and Glenda Clark provided the vocals. The weekend ended with the class attending morning services at the First Baptist Church where Ken Smith was the speaker.
After the service the class had breakfast together at the Starkville Cafe. Special thanks for making the weekend go to Sean McDonnell, Joy Dill, and Greg Carter of Starkville High School, Jimmy Cole, Albert Clark, the First Baptist Church, and the staff of the Little Dooey.
The next reunion will be held next May. We have hopes to have more people attending next year because the event has become an important time of bonding.