2010 Reunion Weekend
50th Reunion by Roberta Walker Butler
for publication in the local newspaper
The Hamlet High School, Class of 1960, held its 50th
class reunion at The Ballroom in Hamlet on July 23 and July 24, 2010, at
6:00 pm. The class released 50 red and black balloons outside to
celebrate the passing of 50 years.
On July 23, Dr. William (Bill) Stubbs gave the Welcoming Address "Lost
in the Fifties" accompanied by Ronnie Milsap's "Lost in the Fifties
Tonight". Mrs. Roberta Walker Butler recognized all the classmates in
attendance, and Mr. Bert Russ gave the Invocation.
After dinner, Doug and Diana Holland Faust entertained the class
with a Salsa dance to the music "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens (1958).
Mrs. Butler presented them with red roses. "Out of Bounds", a Barbershop
Quartet, performed. Mr. David Millson, who is one of the group and a
member of the Class of 1960, was presented with a donation.
After closing remarks by Mrs. Butler, music of the fifties was
played during the evening by DJ, Mr. Roy Childress of Lexington, NC..
The theme for the evening was a Sock Hop. The class dressed in the
attire of the fifties, complete with poodle shirts. Dancing was enjoyed by all.
On July 24, brunch was held at the First United Methodist Church in
Hamlet, NC. Catering for the reunion events was by Simply Elegant
Catering of Rockingham, NC. Guests included Mrs. Evelyn Monroe, mother
of Mr. Carroll Garner, and Mrs. Florence Walker, mother of Mrs. Roberta
Saturday brunch pictures
On July 24, after the group class picture was made, Mrs. Linda Liles
Bendell gave the Welcoming Address "Hamlet High Friends." Mrs. Butler recognized honored guests, and the Reverend Vance Mann gave the
After dinner, Mr. William Land led the Memorial Moments. A picture of
each of the 16 deceased members with a red rose was displayed in their
memory on a special table. Afterwards, Mrs. Shirley Morse Guthrie sang
"The Lord's Prayer". Mrs. Butler presented Mrs. Guthrie with a red rose.
Mrs. Butler recognized her reunion committee: Mr. Bert Russ, Mrs. Diana
Holland Faust, Mrs. Brenda Harte Holt, and Mrs. Yvonne Wilson Graham.
She presented each of them with a Boston fern.
Then she recognized the cancer survivors and gave each a red rose. The
survivors were Mrs. Nanette Atkinson King, Mrs. Phyllis Smith Hendrick,
Mrs. Bonnie Anderson, Mr. David Millson, and Mr. William Land. She also
gave a red rose to Mrs. Shirley Lassiter, spouse of deceased member Mr.
Richard Lassiter. She then recognized the class members who went the
extra mile to attend the reunion: Mr. Allyn Cortright, Mrs. Jeanne Long
Tew, and Mr. Wilson Hayes, spouse of class member Loleata Brooks Hayes.
After closing remarks by Mrs. Butler, Mr. Mike Helms of Fort Mills, SC,
the "Big E" who is an Elvis impersonator, performed during the evening.
The theme for the evening prom was "Time in a Bottle". The class danced
to music by Elvis Presley. The attendees had been mailed a souvenir
bottle which contained sand, a flower, and an invitation to these
During the evening events, the reunion committee led by Dr. William
Stubbs, presented Mrs. Butler a dozen red roses. He thanked her for
keeping the class together all these years and for organizing this
reunion. He also gave credit to her husband for all the dinners he missed!
A photographer, Mrs. Jackie Greene of Lebanon, VA, was on hand both
nights taking candid shots and special requests under a white arch with
a red background. The decorations were red and black balloons on the
tables, and arches of balloons outlined the perimeter of the dance
floor. All other decorations were in the theme of the fifties and Elvis.
Decorations were provided by Party Poopers of Rockingham, NC.
Forty-five class members, out of 85, attended the reunion. A total of 78
class members and guests enjoyed the reunion events. In a few weeks, the attendees will receive a
class group picture and a Class Directory as a special memento.
Since we started this fund last year, we have had donations from the
Bill Bowen, Mickey Hancock Nowell, Diana Holland Faust,
Martha Jacobs Lair, Bill Land, Hoda Levine Blau, Frankie
and Nancy Nowlan, Homer Smith, Lynn Steen, and Bill Stubbs.
Memorials have been sent in honor of the following classmates in 2010:
Total dispersed: $200.00
Balance remaining in fund as of July 26, 2010: $220.00
Balance as of July 2009 was $330.38
Collection of $7,725.00
On hand $8,055.38
Dispersements: $6974.65 SEE BELOW
Balance as of July 26, 2010 is $1,080.73 minus $220.00 Memorial
Fund = $860.73
Balance as of August 13, 2010 is $1,307.13 minus Memorial Fund =
$1,087.13 - book expenses (to be determined)
Party Poopers, decorators $792.77
Jackie Greene, photographer $500.00
Simply Elegant Catering $2465.00
2 sheet cakes/3 tier cake $150.00
First Methodist Church donation $50.00
The Ballroom $750.00
Joe's Florist, 16 roses $86.20
Dorsett Printing, 2 sets/programs $215.50
U.S. Postal Service $44.00
Mike Helms, Elvis Impersonator $480.00
Pens Express $103.15
Roy Childress, dj $420.00
Dorsett Printing, 2sets/donation cards $102.36
"Out of Bounds" quartet donation $50.00
U.S. Postal Service $44.00
Internet domain and hosting $100.00
U.S. Postal Service, stamps, bottles $62.40
Walmart (labels, ink) $61.32
Walmart (scrapbook) $11.50
U.S. Postal Service (stamps, envelopes) $38.34
Dorsett Printing $53.87
Walmart, ink, refill pages-$57.04
|Judy Altman Hair
Frank Wilson Andrews
Nanette Atkinson King
Nelta Crump Jones
Ilene Gunter Brainard
Mickey Hancock Nowell
Brenda Harte Holt
Diana Holland Faust
Martha Jacobs Lair
Hoda Levine Blau
Linda Liles Bendell
Jeanne Long Tew
James David Maples
Linda Monroe Utter
|Shirley Morse Guthrie
Ora Pait Tarlton
Janice Parks Ward
Nancy Jane Polk Nowlan
Phyllis Smith Hendrick
Virginia Steen Miller
Roberta Walker Butler
Yvonne Wilson Graham
*The background song on this page is "The Seaboard Line" by J. Morgan Ruppe from Clover, South
Carolina. It was provided by Nancy Jo Wilson Pollard, Yvonne Wilson's