Rough River Dam SRP’s Conference Center was the scene of a gathering of Leitchfield High School (1909-1974) alumni for their 58th annual banquet on Saturday, June 25. The gathering attracted almost 140 alumni and guests for an evening of nostalgia and renewing friendships. The graduating classes of 1946, 1956 and 1966 were specifically honored as the 70th, 60th and 50th year classes. David Green Hatfield welcomed everyone.
President Rick Embry welcomed attendees and mentioned the alumni banquet would be at Rough River Dam SRP next year on June 24 but the alumni association directors will consider the possibility of moving the banquet to The Centre in Leitchfield and have the event catered. There has been an increase in price at the state park. Directors will compare both positives and negatives of each location before making a decision.
This year’s banquet’s time was advanced by an hour to avoid a late evening driving home.
Director David Hayes proposed the association might consider sponsoring a state historical marker to be placed at an appropriate location which will explain what Leitchfield High School was for future generations. The association maintains a display case of LHS memorabilia which contains items such as programs, yearbooks, Bulldog sports, uniforms and pictures.
Janet Haynes Buster gave out special awards. Awards given were to the person who traveled the longest distance whom was Gary Watkins, Class of 1966, Laguna Beach, CA.; graduates of the earliest class present, Wilma Probus Tilford, Mildred McClure Hubbard and Leonard Myers all of the Class of 1948; the longest married couple present, Charles and Mary Louise Hack (Class of 1956) of Louisville, they have been married 57 years.
The main speaker for the evening was Beverly Earles Thomson, Hopkinsville, a member of the Class of 1966. She recalled some of her favorite times during her high school years.
Two scholarship recipients were present and thanked the alumni for a $1,000 scholarship from the alumni association, one was Noah Lane Carter, and a letter was read from the other recipient, Lauren E. Lester. The winner of the Elwanda Joiner Scholarship for a person who plans to major in elementary education, Chelsey Davis.
Jerry Joiner, the son of retired Leitchfield District teacher, Leon Joiner, filled in for his father who is recuperating from an ATV accident, calling the class roll this year.
Karen Smith Hatfield gave some reflections on the Class of 1946 which included the fact the military requisitioned all the typewriters from the school, and Clay Carter of the Class of 1956 recalled his class by mentioning the names of all the graduates that year.
Mickey Sisk read the names of LHS students who passed away during the past year. Listed were the following: Marvin Junior Childress, John Raymond Pearl, Sue Ann Jobe Miller, Sandra Lynn Shaw Weber, Dr. Robert Thomas Clagett, Opal R. Boone, Mary Martha Horn Collard, Rebecca Embry Shain, James Leon Whitely, Johnny Walter Parrigan, Charles T. Henderson, Jessie Mildred Willis Faulkner, Betty Jo Brown Stocker, Anna Meredith Willis, Shelby Bruce Woosley, Elizabeth Ann Renfrow Rose, Dianne Boone Scott, Albert L. Ramsey, Polly Cannon Schlotman, Cecil Higdon, Michaud, Roma Stanton, Billy Holland and teachers Lewis Smith and Morris Craig.
The alumni association officers and directors will meet to plan the 2017 banquet (June 24) on February 16, 2017, to plan next year’s banquet in the private dining room of the TLRMC’s cafeteria at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact President Rick Embry at LeitchfieldHigh@yahoo.com. The graduating classes of 1947, 1957 and 1967 will be honored next year.
You can visit the Leitchfield High School Alumni Association Facebook page, and there is a display of LHS memorabilia in the lobby of Grayson County Middle School.