The Pepperell Class of 1965 celebrated their 50th class reunion on June 27. Of the 143 graduates, 65 were in attendance. The event was held at the Coosa Country Club.
Earl Robinson, class president, welcomed the graduates to the event, Rex Puckett offered the invocation before the 104 attendees enjoyed a wonderful meal. After dinner, Jane Knight Palmer presented each graduate with coffee mugs and cups marked with the red Pepperell Griffin/Dragon and “Pepperell High School — 1965-2015.” Each graduate also received a keepsake bag containing a 1965 quarter, a 2015 quarter and a 2015 Kennedy half dollar. Angelyn Kay Corpening then presented gift bags to the 16 graduates who came from out of state, and gifts were given to the first and last to register for the reunion.
Rose Marie McDonald Darby was recognized as the class valedictorian. Diane Poole Blair then presented “Remembrances” — taking the group back 50 years, when schools didn’t have air-conditioning and just a few families had televisions in their homes. It was mentioned to the group that Midway School had been permanently closed, so a picture was taken of the Pepperell graduates who attended Midway and McHenry. The group was honored to have two Pepperell staff members present, H.I. “Ish” Jones and Dot Holsomback.
Following the program, music was provided by deejay Bill Steiner, who played songs from the ’60s and also had the group participate in a trivia contest — a fun event enjoyed by all. There also was a Friday night gathering at The Village at Maplewood and, on Saturday, golf in the morning at Stonebridge Golf Club and a Girls’ Luncheon at O’Charley’s at noon.