Bradley High School Class of 1970 40th Anniversary Reunion

This past Saturday, June 12, 2010, the Bradley High School Class of 1970 gathered for a class reunion on the 40th anniversary of their graduation.  Below is a photo of those present.

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Faces in the above photo are obviously difficult to discern, so here are two zoomed-in photos of the participants. Somehow Jerry Pickett and Odis Weems, the two gentlemen at the right of the group photo above, got left out of the close-up photos below.

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Shown in the above photo are, left to right:  Rodney Burton, Bobby Brackman, Velinda Potts Hanson, Nancy Adkins Kees (in rear), Margaret Spence Cannon, Charanda Pratt Pool, and Carl Stephens.

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Shown in the above photo are, left to right:  Carl Stephens, David Thompson, Gary Burton, Marion Cochran Morgan, Carl Wayne Adams, Kay Baker Weems, Janis Stone Kirwin (partially obscured in rear), and Glenda Allen Ray.

Bradley High School Ultimate Reunion, March 27, 2010 (Part 2 of 2)

As mentioned in the last post, approximately 200 people attended the B. H. S. Ultimate Reunion.  Some left before their class had its picture taken and some classes never assembled for pictures at all.  The four classes who did have their pictures taken were the classes of 1960, 1963, 1964, 1965.

Below are each of those four classes, shown first as a group, and then with either two or three closer-up photos.  While I know the names of most of the people in the photos, there are a few whom I cannot presently identify.  Married names of the ladies present posed another problem.  A blank space in the captions below indicates that I cannot identify a particular person, or that lady’s married name.  Any help that readers can provide by leaving a comment as to correct identity or correct spelling of name(s) would be greatly appreciated.

As mentioned in previous posts, each caption refers to the photo or photos under that caption.

The class of 1960 is observing the 50th anniversary of its graduation this year.  Sixteen of the 20 living graduates attended the reunion.  Two others are deceased.  Below are, left-to-right:  Jerry Wilson, Jay Cheney, Mary Harrist Crabtree, Gene Smith, Melba Cox Cheney, Carroll Nations, Judie Williams Carey, Marie Russ, Jerrell Caskey, Charles Lane, Jimmy Thompson, Della Keith ________.





Shown below are some members of the class of 1963.  Left-to-right:  Pat Givens Calhoun, Eddie Adkins Stout, John Dinkins, Donna Vickers Jackson, Buck Williams, Diane Higdon Fletcher, Marvin Cross, Betty Weems Bourg, Doris Taylor Caswell, Joyce Dinkins Caskey.




Shown below are some members of the class of 1964.  Seated, left-to-right:  Ronnie Odom, Averial Redmon.  Standing, left-to-right:  Jimmy Gildon, Carl Pauley, Ronald Jim Byrd, Jerry Clary, Dickie Bishop, Patsy Collier Vines, Henry Maness, Johnny Umphries.




Shown below are some members of the class of 1965.  Left-to-right:  Bill Lee, Linda Nolte Umphries, Wayne Sparks, Linda Kay Bussey Pickler, Margie Duke Odom, Jerry Dyer, Cheryl Cason Taylor, Mitchie Jones (mostly obscured), Charlotte Hinds Brumley, Bruce Lee.




Let’s do this again sometime!

Bradley High School Ultimate Reunion, March 27, 2010 (Part 1 of 2)

An added feature during the Governor Conway Days celebration this year was the Bradley High School Ultimate Reunion, which took place in the fellowship hall of the Bradley Baptist Church beginning at 3:00 P. M. on Saturday, March 27, 2010.  The reunion featured all the classes from 1960 to 1970 and was attended by approximately 200 people.  Each of the classes had a table set up for it, some with memorabilia and old photos.

Below are some of the photos taken that afternoon.  As with previous posts, the caption refers to the photo under the caption.

The Givens brothers, Bill (William) and Oscar, both class of 1967.


The Adkins sisters, Nancy Adkins Kees (‘70) and Eddie Adkins Stout (‘63).


Glenda Knott Givens (‘69), David Byrd (‘67), and LaDonna Collier McLain (‘67).


Mary Harrist Crabtree (‘60) and Marie Russ (‘60).


Sister and brother Betty Jackson Cook (‘66) and Buddy Ray Jackson (‘65).


James Drake (‘62) and Gene Smith (‘60).


Linda Kay Bussey Pickler (‘65) and Patsy Collier Vines (‘64).


Marvin Cross (‘63) and John Dinkins (‘63).


Former Bradley High School faculty member Don McLaurin and his wife, Marion.


Earl Vickers (‘69) and Billy Bynum (‘69).


Cheryl Cason Taylor (‘65) and Patsy Collier Vines (‘64).


Susie Cochran Hargis (‘69), John Bishop (‘69), Vickie Powell Paige (‘69), Clyde Stephens (‘62) and Dolores Maness Grimes (‘69).


Next:  Group photos of some of the members of the classes of 1960, 1963, 1964, and 1965 who attended the reunion. 


Gov. Conway Days, March 27, 2010 (Part 2 of 2)

The Saturday parade was the largest in many years.  For the sake of neutrality, no politicians appear in the following photos, but they were present in abundance.

As with the previous post, all captions refer to the picture under that caption.

Mayor J. C. Williams once again invoked his perogative to drive the first vehicle in the parade.


Numerous law enforcement vehicles followed on crowded 4th Street/Highway 160.


The City of Bradley’s fire trucks were next.  Two of them are shown below.



The Lafayette County elected officials decided on a minimalist theme for this year.


The antique cars followed, two of which can be seen below.



Among the next group of vehicles were representatives of the Cochran Museum and the 7 and 8 softball team.



This piece of Allis-Chalmers farm equipment was rather unique.


And that’s Dickie Bishop on a John Deere tractor.  Sadly, Dickie and his wife, Judy, recently moved from Bradley to the wilds (and grandkids) of north Arkansas.


Several fire departments from the area also sent trucks to the celebration.  Among those were the Northeast Bossier, Plain Dealing, River Bend, Lake Erling and Lewisville Fire Departments.


Many motorcycles and horses also appeared in the parade.



Gov. Conway Days, March 27, 2010 (Part 1 of 2)

Bradley celebrated its 26th annual Governor Conway Days on March 27, 2010.  A beautiful day (for a change) and an election year (meaning politicians everywhere) combined for an excellent crowd and the largest parade in years.

(All captions for the following photos refer to the photo under the caption.)

The local constabulary was present to keep order.


The antique tractor show took place just north of the Post Office.



It was judged by the eagle eyes of Benny Hayes and Dickie Bishop.


The antique car show was set up near the Willis-Knighton Clinic.



The Cochran Museum experienced an excellent crowd.  Among the visitors was the preeminent expert on Bradley history, Glynn McCalman of Mandeville, Louisiana.


Other Museum visitors were brother and sister David Byrd and Diana Byrd Bryant.


Also in the Museum were Larry Burnett and Margaret Spence Cannon.


Jerrell Caskey points to his senior picture in the 1960 Bradley High School Yearbook.


The award-winning contraption in the photo below makes ice cream.


Next:  Parade.

Bradley Chamber of Commerce Banquet, 3-6-10

The 26th annual Bradley Chamber of Commerce Banquet was held in the Bradley Elementary School cafeteria during the evening of March 6, 2010.  Attendance was excellent, as it always is during an election year, with many present seeking to be elected to or to retain political office.

The Community Service Award was given to Kala Traxler, shown below with Mollye McCalman.  Kala also arranged a slide show for the banquet.

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Travis Gore, whom Emcee Richard Estes, referred to as the “Sage” of the chamber, recognized State Senator Barbara Horn for her contributions to Bradley.  Senator Horn is in her last year of service in that position, and she made a few brief remarks.  Travis and Barbara can been seen in the following two photos.

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With so many politicians present, not just the usual one T-shirt, but instead two T-shirts were auctioned off.  The auctioneer was State Representative Bruce Maloch, seen below.  Bruce is in his last year of service in that position, and has served as auctioneer for several past Chamber banquets.

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Mollye McCalman holds up one of this year’s Conway Days T-shirts, below.

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And Joe Middlebrooks holds up the other T-shirt to be auctioned off, one he said meant “Who dat gonna win this election?”

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The Best Ad for Bradley went to Eugenia Collum, seen in the following two photos, the last of which with Emcee Richard Estes.

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No annual Chamber banquet would be possible without the assistance of the student servers, shown below.

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Governor Conway Days are held each year on the last weekend in March.  The primary date of celebration this year will be Saturday, March 27, 2010. 

Dedication of Travis S. Gore Park, 3-8-10

This past Monday afternoon, March 8, 2010, approximately a hundred people gathered at the Bradley High School building for a brief ceremony dedicating the school baseball and softball fields as “Travis S. Gore Park.”

For readers who have not been to Bradley in the last few years, the baseball field remains where it has been located since at least 1950.  The softball field is located in the north portion of what was once the football field, with home plate near what would have been the northeast corner of the north end zone of the football field.

Current Bradley Schools Superintendent Gammye Moore, in the purple jacket, below, began the ceremony by announcing its purpose and identifying the honoree, who, notwithstanding the presence of many members of his family, demurred that he was under the impression that he was coming to a ceremony honoring Bradley’s current basketball coach, Bennie Harris.


Those making brief remarks included former Bradley School Board President Andrew Whisenhunt, current basketball coach Bennie Harris, former Bradley Elementary School Principal John K. “Buddy” Black, former (early 1950’s)basketball coach Joe Langdon, Mollye McCalman, and former faculty member Richard Johnson.

Coach Bennie Harris, below, with Travis, told a humorous story of how he once was working as a law enforcement officer and realized that there was a vehicle behind him, following his every move.  Thinking this rather unusual, he stopped his patrol unit and the vehicle behind him also stopped.  It turned out to be Travis Gore, wanting to hire him as Bradley’s basketball coach.


Travis was presented with a plaque, which he is holding in the photo below.

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Below, left to right, are Coach Bennie Harris, John K. “Buddy” Black, and Travis Gore.


Below, left to right, are Coach Joe Langdon, Travis Gore, and Andrew Whisenhunt.  Coach Langdon was Travis’ coach when Travis was in Bradley High School.


Before refreshments were served, the ceremony adjourned to the newly-erected gate on the road going into the baseball and softball fields from Highway 160.  Travis and many members of his family gathered for a picture below the gate.

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For the curious, “S.” is for Sherman.