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Our 35th Reunion Review
by Judy Gneisig

July 21 and 22, 2000, our 35th reunion, the number of attendees was low, but the ones who attended agreed that we had a good time. We had a lot of classmates call and say they were coming on Saturday night and then didn't show.

We had several faculty members to attend Saturday night, Don Cross and wife, Carl Sandifer and wife, Louise Beyers, Barbara Wesseling, Nell Johnson and her daughter, Lewis Adams, and Ira Welborn. We had a letter from Marjorie Dees-Patterson since she was not able to be with us. Glenn Ellison, after introducing the faculty members, asked if any of the guys present had to report to Mr. Cross's office, the majority of the guys indicated that they had visited Mr. Cross!

For our entertainment the reunion committee, with assistance from a few others, put on a skit titled "A typical Day at Paxon." We did this hoping to get a few laughs. We got more than a few laughs, especially the guys, errrr, I mean the girls. Yes, the guys put on skirts and wigs. However the "girls" were larger than the costume maker thought they would be so some of their wrap-around skirts didn’t quite wrap around! This made for a good laugh also. Our attempt to make everyone present laugh at us worked, so we feel that the skit was a success.

We had a few first-timers. In March 1999 when a group of us went to Chattanooga, we met Barbara Skeen-Madden and Diane Skinner-Russell. They both were here for the reunion, their first reunion. Marilyn Haddock-Williams and Gwen Barton-Murphy, who were best friends in school but had lost touch, located each other in time for the Multi-year reunion in June and then came to our reunion, also their first reunion.

Charlotte Wright-Thien and Marvin Thien were with us for the whole weekend (they had attended our 5th reunion in 1970 and became jaded toward reunions). Charlotte was a member of our committee and was in our skit. Jan Crews-Daniell, who moved away early in our senior year, joined us. She had attended an earlier reunion and remembered the good time she had and contacted friends to be sure that we had her new address. She has recently moved back to Jacksonville (home).

Pat Mathena-Oglesby had her son drive her down from Van Wyke, South Carolina for her first reunion. Got a card from her saying she had a great time.

Toby Russell-Cagel came from Memphis TN to be with us, her first reunion and contact with classmates. Clyde Israel, who also lives in Memphis, will try to keep in touch with Toby.

Sharon Stone-Gibson came all the way from Costa-Rica to be with us. She arrived several days early and joined us for our last meeting before the reunion. We really enjoyed visiting with her. We found out that she and her husband own a lodge in Costa Rica. If you are interested in vacationing in that area, we will be happy to put you in touch with Sharon.

It was good to see Jean Sailers and Frances Harrington-Conner. They both had missed our 30th reunion, so we had a lot of catching up with them. If you remember either one, you will remember that they are both full of laughs. We just didn’t have enough time with them. Another person who was back with us after missing the last reunion was Loretta Newcomer-Bledsoe. She had missed our last several events due to illness, but with her new kidney she is her beautiful, fun-loving self. She tells the best (funniest) real-life stores.

Luci Norrell-Criswell came from Iowa for our reunion. She stayed with Angela Glover-Boettcher for a few days then on Saturday night they stayed at the hotel along with Sandra Cooper-Wilson and Jan Crews-Daniell. They did this so that they could stay as long as they wanted to in the hospitality suite. This is where you really have the chance to visit with everyone.

Martha Crawford-Nolan was with us from Indiana. We enjoyed our talks late into the evening. She has a new grandchild (10 days old) that she was excited about seeing.

Clyde Israel made a real vacation out of our reunion. He and his wife (Charlotte) came a week early to visit, or was it to play golf everyday?

 

LET’S BREAK FROM REUNION NEWS FOR A MOMENT.

I want to make a point about reunions and making new friends. Just about all of us knew who Clyde Israel was in school. We were not friends (I’m not sure he knew who I was). With Clyde and Charlotte coming to the reunions and our annual get together each summer, we have become close friends. So close, in fact, that we vacationed together this spring.

Oh, yes, there is one other classmate whom I have to mention. Most of the Class of 1965 did not know him and our 25th reunion was his first time with us. He and his wife had a good time and have become one of our biggest supporters. How many of you remember Buddy Sweat? Not very many, right? Well, Buddy and his wife, Deborah, are the best friends anyone could ever wish for. And they are the third couple on the vacation this spring with Clyde & Charlotte Israel and me and my husband, Fred.

Clyde, Buddy and I agree that attending our reunions is what brought our friendship together. There are others who share this story about new friendships – people whom we did not associate with in school are becoming best friends. This is why we continue to plan and have reunions, to gain new friendships.

NOW, BACK TO THE REUNION. Our resident photographer, Marvin Green, was here from North Carolina with his cameras and lots of film. Marvin enjoys sitting around and taking pictures of people across the room. Be aware when Marvin is around! One other bit of information on Marvin, he brought flowers for our hospitality suite. Wasn’t he thoughtful!

Did you see Sandra Bebee-Hill, one of our faithfuls, and Linda Mills, one of our new committee members, dancing? They certainly are limber, not to mention good dancers. Talk about dancing, Rob Bentley danced with just about every lady there. If you didn't dance with Rob it was because the evening ended before he got around to you.

Faye Lanier-McArthur was with us on Friday night. She has legal custody of a grandchild and had to go to a dance recital on Saturday night so couldn’t be come back to be with us. (By the way, Faye is not the only classmate who has custody of a grandchild.)

Jim (James) Price couldn’t be with us on the reunion dates, so he came to Jacksonville on Thursday to visit with a few of us. James and I admitted to those present that I used to chase him while at baseball games that our older brothers were playing in. Man, that was a long time ago. (Sorry, James, I just had to tell on us.)

Randy Barber still has his basketball form. After playing golf on Saturday morning the guys showed up at the school and played a little basketball. Then there were a few games of two-on-two. I think Randy was on all the winning teams. He just couldn't miss, or wouldn't miss a shot in order to give the other team a chance.

While some of us were trying to play basketball at the school, Larry Cohen was being his quiet self. Larry, Larry, you need to be louder or jump up and down so we will know you are there. No matter if you are quiet, we still enjoy you and are glad that you join in with us.

We could say the same about Mary Ann (Wilson) and Lloyd Ray. They are a very quiet couple who has attended all of our reunions. They had planned to be with us on Friday night and Saturday at the school, but their plans changed and they were able to be with us on Saturday night also. We appreciate your being loyal to the Class of 1965.

Doris Kedzior-LePrell was with us this year; she had missed the last couple of reunions. It was good to visit with Doris. She still has her pretty smile.

Another classmate who has a pretty smile is Myrtle Crawley-Hollis. She and her husband joined us on Saturday night.

Lyndee Shcultz-Wingate also joined us Saturday night. It was good to visit with Lyndee once again, but I forgot to ask her why she didn’t encourage your sister-in-law, and our classmate, Carol Wingate-Leininger to come with her.

Ted (Roland) Rondeau and his wife (Sue Todd, class of ’66) drove all the way from Louisiana in a rain storm on Saturday, so they arrived late Saturday night. Late or not, it was good to see Ted and Sue.

Jeanette Jackson-Burnsed is still just as quiet as she was in school. Jeanette usually supports us, and actually dropped by our first meeting on her way to work. She said she would like to help us, but she works from 7:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M. at the hospital and wouldn’t be able to be at all the meetings. She and Charlotte Wright-Thien work in the ICU section together.

Some other classmates who support our reunions are: Myra Altman-Scott, Harriette Sparkman-Joiner; Don Hubbard, Eddie Whitted, Lionel Varnadoe, Richard Overstreet, Lynnwood Whitfield, Jimmy Perdue, Larry Mapps, Darrell and Betty (Dyal) Boone, Gary Pajcic, Orbin Williams, Mary Scarborough-Bruno, Billy VanSickle and Ted Sills. If you didn’t attend our activities, then our labor of love would be for naught.

If some of our faithfuls were omitted, it was not intentional and we apologize. We have a good group of classmates and friends who support and attend our activities. We could use more of you, though. Please join us occasionally and you will see what we mean when we say we have a good time.

I personally want to thank our committee one more time for all the hours of work they put into our 35th reunion. For some this was their first time working on the committee, so an extra thank you to them. In no special order here is a list of dedicated workers:

Lynne Breese-McDonald, Charlotte Wright-Thien, Gerald Prescott, Ann Weeks-Martin, Larry Cohen, Linda Mills, Faye Keen-Lee, Richard Alford, Marvin Thien, Loretta

Newcomer-Bledsoe, Buddy Sweat, Rob Bentley, and Will Weathington. Everyone of you did an outstanding job on the tasks you volunteered for.

Volunteered for??! Glenn Ellison didn't volunteer, Larry Cohen volunteered him. Thank you, Glenn, for agreeing to MC for our program.

Even though our numbers were off for this reunion, everyone who attended asked that I convey to all that didn’t attend that a GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL IN ATTENDANCE. Hope to see more of you in 2005 at our 40th reunion.




Terry Wingate & Lyndee Schultz

Toby Russell Cagel

Lamar Joiner & Harriette Sparkman

Click the green button for more pictures from the reunion. They are not in any specific order and the names are not on the pictures, so I hope you know who you are. Each of the pages may be slow to load so be patient.


Judy Bryant Gneisig

Roland (Ted} & Sue Rondeau

Mary Ann Wilson & Lloyd Ray

Orbin Williams

Charlotte Wright & Marvin Thein

Myra Altman Scott & Gary Pajcic

Sheila & Glenn Ellison

Marvin Green

Luci Norrell Criswell

Larry Cohen

Sharon Stone Gibson

Lynnwood Whitfield

Myra & Richard Overstreet

Sandra Cooper Wilson

Angela Glover Boettcher

Darrell Boone

Billy VanSickle & date

Eddie & Brenda Whitted

Hazel & Will Weathington

Barbara Skeen Madden
Jeanette Jackson & Carl Burnsed

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