By DOTTIE DEWBERRY
For Starkville Daily News
â€śDo you rememberâ€ť was the catch phrase of the day for the classmates in the Class of 1961 of Maben High School as they celebrated their 50th anniversary of their graduation from high school on Oct. 1 at Larryâ€™s of Maben.
Of the 28 graduates, there were 12 in attendance. Of these 28, there are only six who have passed away.
The group readily remembered that Mr. L. M. Hamberlin was the principal and Mrs. Sara Harpole was their sponsor. They could only remember their officers as Sandra Crowley Dalton, president, and Johnny Tenhet, vice-president. The valedictorian was Sandra Dalton and the salutatorian was Marjorie Tenhet.
After some finger counting, they figured out that the oldest in the class was Jimmy Holland and the youngest was Sherry Moody.
Wayne Eiland traveled the greatest distance from Waxahachie, Texas.
Terry Harpole probably traveled the shortest distance at only a couple of blocks.
Several others of the class have not moved far from home, including Ray Pinnix, Majorie H. Tenhet, Johnny Tenhet, Carolyn C. Sansing, JoAnn Y. Dewberry, and Willie Thompson.
After some discussion, they recalled that Sherry Lewis was the homecoming queen that year, and her escort was captain of the football team, Donald Crowley.
Carolyn Sansing has the most children; Samuel Whitt has the most grandchildren (15); Wayne Eiland has the most great-grand children; and Junior Thompson has the youngest grandchild at 31 days old.
Of the six who have passed away, the class recalled their names: Jackie Moody, Bernice Atkins, Donald Crowley, Mary Jane Holland, James Turner, and Joe Clardy. On the display table at the MHS Reunion, there were six red roses placed in their memory with a plaque listing their names and which read â€śGone but not forgotten.â€ť
Lists were perused as they checked addresses and phone numbers trying to find those that had not shown up for this momentous occasion. Once again, everyone was talking, but all were listening as they remembered funny stories of their youth.