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Mammoth Spring classes of 1940-'53 holds reunion

Thursday, June 26, 2003

One teacher, class members and guests made up the total of 81 registering and picking up name tags at the Mammoth Spring School cafeteria June 7. Nine states were represented. Two other class members dropped by for a short visit during the afternoon.

Scrapbooks and numerous pictures were enjoyed by everyone. You could hear many conversations starting with "Do you remember...?"

A patriotic theme was used throughout the reunion, including printed programs and table decorations. The decorations were loaned to the reunion committee by the Missouri Street Church of Christ in West Memphis, Ark.

At 4:30 p.m., the program opened with emcee Bob Simers welcoming the group. This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and Darlene Wallace Vincent leading the singing of "God Bless America." All veterans were asked to stand to be recognized and applauded. Bob introduced the special speaker, Marvin Thompson. Thompson warmed up the crowd with some of his expected funny stories. He then told about his World War II service time and of being on Iwo Jima when the American flag was raised. He related his feelings of awe and great pride when he saw the flag flying high. His speech made everyone stop and reflect on the great debt this country owes to all veterans.

Thompson was given a Fred's Fish House gift certificate and, on a lighter note, was presented with a small framed certificate that congratulated him on being adopted by Mammoth Spring classes. Thompson is married to Imogene Bonds Thompson, a 1949 graduate, and has worked diligently on all of the reunions.

Classes of 1949 and 1953 were honored and the members seated, along with their guests, at special tables. Juanita Humphrey Botts provided special name tags for her 1949 class, and Darlene Wallace Vincent did the same for her class of 1953.

Attending from the 1949 class were Juanita Humphrey Botts, Imogene Bonds Thompson, Richard Paxton, E.J. "Corky" Carter and Betty Jo Johnson Allmon. At one end of their table, pictures were displayed of deceased class members Eloise Scudder Hill, Lena Wheatley Burns and Charles Todd.

Seated at the 1953 table were Pearl Arwood Blice, Ann Short Shaver, Joe Brown, Fern Grooms Maguffee and Tom Frey.

The members of these classes stood and gave a short recap of their lives since high school and told about their families.

After a prayer by Elmo Hall, 1948 graduate, the meal was served by Fred's Fish House of Mammoth Spring.

After the meal, a roll call of other attending classes was read by Simers. The class of 1940 was represented by Wiley June Murrell. A corsage was presented to Earline Callahan Bryan, 1941 graduate. The two honored classes had special patriotic arrangements that were won by a member from each class. Juanita Humphrey Botts, 1949 class, won one, and Joe Brown from the 1953 class won the other. An arrangement on the registration table was won by Jim Golden. The program concluded with a vote to have the next reunion in 2006.

The reunion committee extended a note of appreciation to school employees for their help in preparing the cafeteria for the reunion. Neal Rogers, Jerry Hardin and summer employees unfolded tables and carried in decorations. Tommy Massey set up the sound system. The committee also expresses thanks to Mr. Davis and Mrs. Rogers for their help.

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