Last year, the Bradley High School class of 1959 assembled for its 50th reunion. Thanks to LaVerne Keahey for the following article and photo.
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“The Bradley Bears Class of ‘59 returned to their High School den recently for their Fiftieth Reunion. Eighteen of their class of twenty-seven and one faculty member were reunited at the Bradley Baptist Church Family Life Center on May 16, 2009, for an afternoon of activities and a Fish Fry prepared on site. A slide show from pictures submitted by classmates covering the last fifty years helped share stories of families, careers, homes, pets and hobbies. Four members were memorialized. Several gag awards added fun to the event, which was highlighted by the female classmates naming “The Best Looking Old Man.” The warm greeting and hugs paid tribute to Bradley High and to the closeness they had treasured as a class.
The room was decorated in a purple and gold reunion theme with sand buckets holding a branch with classmates’ names on Bear cutouts on each table. The snack table held a Teddy Bear fishing in a goldfish bowl. An eight-by-ten picture of each classmate was presented with their picture, classmate names on a bookmark, a magnet showing all the buildings in which they had been schooled, and a directory of classmates from Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Mississippi as mementos.
Seated, L-R: Cheroyl Owens Taylor, Ann Copeland Dickson, Wanda Spruell Hays, Nellie Givens Nichols, Carolyn Kilgore Lamar, and Kathleen Spruell Malone.
Standing, L-R: Bette Barnett Davis, Ralph Hamner, Martha Williams Mueller, Cecil Smith, Linda Fay Burns Givens, B. J. Powell, Charles Ambrose, Patsy Powell Burkett, Dianne Barker Rogers, Derial Whitehead, David Umphries, and LaVerne Burks Keahey.”
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The four deceased members of the class are Bobby Collier, Charles Hamm, Rayford Lee and John Wynne.
The other members of the class who did not attend the reunion are Glenda Colvin Null, Gloria Pickett McCoy, Mary Wilson, Jimmy Redmon and Lawrence Shaver.