BSHS Class of 1968 (L-R): Brenda Still McWilliams, Don Snow, Judy Jones Maynard, Libby Gage Jones, Billy Allen, Linda Lucas Wilson, Sherry Willis Johnson, and Bennie Chalk Pentecost. Not pictured: Joe Hill. Photo by Linda Baggett

When Big Sandy ex-students purchase their new calendars at the beginning of each year, they immediately turn to August and save the first Saturday for the All-School Reunion. This past Saturday was the 28th celebration and did not disappoint. Yearbooks and pictures were on display in the Student Center. Friends were visiting, catching up – some who only see one another at the reunion and some who see each other daily at the post office. 

After lunch from Big Sandy ex-students, Mike and Stephanie Hill and their Longhorn Smokehouse, the festivities began. The Class of 1968, celebrating their 50th year since graduation, was recognized. Those attending were Billy Allen, Bennie Chalk Pentecost, Libby Gage Jones, Joe Hill, Judy Jones Maynard, Linda Lucas Wilson, Don Snow, Brenda Still McWilliams, and Sherry Willis Johnson.

In a somber moment, Patti Roberts Rozell, read the list of classmates, teachers, and staff lost since last year’s reunion: Delores Bell, Larry Cuba, Tom Davis, George Robert DeWeese, Nell Roberts Dunnavant, Billy Eitel, Mayme Lou Bradley Fleet, Dan Holloway, Betty Davis Vinson Johnson, Doug Jones, Cherish Kelley, Walter Killian, Tony Pinson, Carolyn Poor, Tony Schmidt, Wilburn Trammel, and Connie White.

Traveling the farthest distance were Frank Haynes from Kentucky and Mary Whitlock Reeder from Washington State. “Most Senior” among the classmates were Billy Blackstone at 90 years and Alma Fitzgerald, who celebrated her 100th birthday this year. As always, everyone enjoyed the door prize drawings for gift cards.

Plans for an ex-student reception after the Homecoming game were announced. BSHS Homecoming is scheduled for Friday, October 26th with the Wildcats facing Hwy 80 rivals, the Hawkins Hawks. The reception will be held in the cafeteria.

Thank you isn’t enough for all the planning that goes into this event. For Mary Lynn Gorman, Mary Gorman Lingle, Cathey Moreland, Sarah and Michael Wilson, and Christine Jones, it’s not just a get-together…it’s a labor of love for all their friends and classmates. And we love them back!