Glade Springs Resort in Daniels, WV, has been the site for the last three 1956 Mullens High School class reunions. The class celebrated its 45th, 50th, and 55th reunions there with each one being better than the last
After a day of relaxing, visiting with classmates, going to the pool, playing golf, going to the spa for a massage, or zip lining (YES, this was the choice of some), the banquet was held in the Bright Ballroom where Willie "W.D." Akers, class president served as emcee. Willie welcomed class members and introduced Rev. John J. Rinehart who gave the invocation. Joette Brooks Greene and Betty Cook Shumate, former MHS cheerleaders, led the group singing the Rebel fight song, "On Ye Rebels!"
After enjoying a three course plated dinner, Janice Williams conducted a memorial service for deceased class members. A Memorial Board, designed by Phyllis Browning Worley, was displayed depicting a photo of Mullens High School surrounded by each deceased classmate's photo placed on a gold star. The caption for the board read: "The Class of 1956 Remembers." As names of the deceased were read aloud by Janice, a small white candle was lighted by each classmate in their honor. Deceased classmates are: Delano Bishop, Gaylord Bower, Dwayne Canada, David Christian, Doug Cook, James Lee Cook, Mark Cook, Pauline Cox Blankenship, Georgia Easterling Shumate, Anna Ruth Elkins Francis, Robert Green, James Greene, Barbara Hall Russo, Stanley Harvey, Tennis Hash, Creola Hood Cantrell, Basil Johnson, Robert Lipscomb, Imogene Logsdon, Joyce McGlothlin Wyatt, Linda Newsome Field, James Redden, Harry Reid, Sharon Rinehart Canada, Patsy Shrader Yates, Hershel Shrewsbury, Richard Shrewsbury, Phyllis Sizemore Lambert, Jennings "Bubby" Skidmore, Judith Smith Marsh, Roger Smith, Jannie Snyder Garbarino, Roy Stone, Mary Jane Taylor, James Thomas, Ray Winfrey, Harold Yates, and Richard Yates.
A video of previous class reunions was prepared and presented by Janice Williams. Each class member was given a copy of the video. Barbara Caldwell gave special recognition to Charles McKinney for having the most grandchildren (19), to Phyllis Browning Worley for being married the longest (56) years, to Wesley Burnett for traveling the greatest distance, (Okmulgee, OK), and to Betty Cook Shumate for being the first to respond to the class reunion invitation.
Chairperson for the class reunion is Barbara Lane Caldwell. A big thank you goes to Barbara for her time and effort communicating with Glade Springs to make this a memorable event for everyone. The program was designed and printed by Janice Williams, who also provided the DVD and written communication regarding the class reunion.....thank you, Janice.
Class members and their spouses in attendance were: W. D. ("Willie" and Linda) Akers, Logan, WV, Charles ("Whitey" and Rose) Allen, Richmond, VA, Maurice (Barbara) Anderson, Virginia Beach, VA, Lynelle (Gordon) Bailey Brooks, Virginia Beach, VA, Dr. Michael (Dee) Barnard, Greenville, SC, Pat Bateman Davidson, Salem, VA, James (Sharon) Bench, St. Petersburg, FL, Wilburn (Judy) Belankenship, Huber Heights, OH, Virigina Boninsegna Little, Broadview Heights, OH, Ernestine (Jim) Brooks Prentice, Crab Orchard, WV, Joette Brooks Greene, Leesburg, VA, Phyllis (David) Browning Worley, Mullens, WV, Wesley (Barbara) Burnett, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Connie and Gene Chenoweth, Mt. Juliet, TN, Wallace Compton, Lady Lake, FL, Betty Cook Shumate, Roncevert, WV, Faye (Jim) Cox Hash, Marion, VA, Curtis Crotty, Evanston, IL, Bna Flaimrad (Kathy) Dishner, Fayetteville, GA, Jonna Flaim Frey, Vineland, NJ, Phoebe (John) Floyd Cartos, Norfolk, VA, Alice Jo (Shelvey) Frank, Oak Hill, WV, Edna Halsey Sieber, Jeffersonton,VA, Jack Harless, Durham, NC, Elbert (Doris) Humphrey, Stafford, VA, Pete (Rachael) Hypes, Mullens, WV, Barbara Lane Caldwell, Salem, VA, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McKinney, Callahan, FL, John "Skip" (Emily) McClure, Catawba, VA, Charlotte Moorefield Trent, MacArthur, WV, Carol Murphy McQuain, Beckley, WV, Ronnie (Lillian) Phillips, Bluefield, WV, James (Pat) Powell, Lindside, WV, Betty Radford Sheriff, Palmette, FL, Peggy Reed Payne, Beckley, WV, John J. (Sheila) Rinehart, Roanoke, VA, David (Connie) Robertson, Glen Allen, VA, Dr. Sherrill (Kay) Stewart, Hernando, MS, Rosemary (Benny) Tolliver Whittemore, Janice William (and friend, Wayne) Bristol, TN, and Roy (Mary Lou) Young, St. Petersburg, FL, . We are looking forward to seeing everyone again in 2016!!
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