The Thomson High School Class of 1949 enjoyed its 61st reunion on September 17 in the Georgia Room at White Columns Best Western Motel. There were 33 classmates and guests attending. An evening of reminiscing and getting re-acquainted followed while everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner at White Columns.
The Reunion Committee welcomed classmates and guests as the group assembled. The program began with Joyce Story Brunson leading the group in singing the Thomson High School Alma Mater accompanied by Julianne Shields Dixon as pianist. Welcome and opening remarks were presented by Julie Watson Keiser, after which Ned Guillebeau had a solemn remembrance of the sixteen deceased classmates. Betty Guillebeau Parish led the group in prayer before dinner.
Betty Cason Baker introduced her guest Julianne Shields Dixon. Julianne treated the group with beautiful piano music during the evening.
Following dinner other guests were welcomed and introduced Virginia McCommons Beale's daughter, Gina Hankins and Betty Guillebeau Parish's daughter Sonya Kitchens. Honorary classmate Gene Gunby and wife Bunny Gunby were also welcomed. Julie
Watson Keiser gave special thanks to the Reunion Committee which consisted of Betty Cason Baker, Alora Wade bridges, Joyce Story Brunson, Ned Guillebeau, Dorothy Landrum Marsh, Inez Denham Nicols, Betty Guillebeau Parish, and Doris Brooks Rooks for their outstanding planning and work.
Those attending enjoyed entertainment by Joyce Story Bunson, Ned Guillebeau, and Emory May, who was a skit written by Ned titled "Back to School -- a May Morning in 1949." Classmates were then invited to share high school memories before the program closed.
Those attending the reunion were Wallace Averette, Joe and Betty Anne Cason Baker with guest Julianne Shields Dixon, Virginia McCommons Beale with guest Gina Hankins, Alora Wade Bridges, Sam and Joyce Story Brunson, Charlie and Sally Cameron, Lawrence and Ann Cheely, Marion and Jenna Young Greene, Ned and Joy Guillebeau, Gene and Bunny Gunby, Ed and Julie Watson Keiser, Dorothy Landrum Marsh, Emory and Betty May, Bobby McGahee, Waldon and Jane Neal, Buddy and Betty Guillebeau Parish with guest Sonya Kitchens, Doris Brooks Rooks, Ann Oster Rooney, and Keitha Culepper Sasser.
Unable to attend were Warren and Betty Crowley Evans, Sara Rabun Fast, Carolyn Ashley Johnson, Barbara Johnson Kellum, Bunyan and Mary Langham, Pat Evans Wall Missar, Inez Denham Nichols, and Allen and Annette Pannell.
Two special invited guests who were unable to attend were Mrs. Juanita Culpepper, one of the senior class grade mothers and Mae Whitehead Snelling, dedicated teacher and mentor. The 1949 yearbook "The Archive" was dedicated to Mae Whitehead and Sara Betty Martin.
The following deceased classmates were in the prayers and thoughts of all attending -- Virginia Young Cepull, Minnie B. Seago Hawkins Durham, Miriam Hunt Edmund, Ted Guillebeau, Diane Baker Gunn, Ted Hammock, Louise Lloyd Johnson, Billy Jones, Billy Wayne Jones, Arthur Mathews, Janie Teston McDonald, Betty Jean Johnson Odom, Jean Williams Pressley, Dorothy Walden Shaw, Betty Henslee Simons and Lloyd Watson.
After the dinner and program, the remainder of the evening was spent talking, laughing and recalling memories of 61 plus years ago.
There exists an unbroken bond that has held the group together for 61 years as dear and unforgettable friends from the Thomson High School Class of 1949.