BSHS CLASS OF ‘65
DOES IT AGAIN!!
Warm and fuzzy….can’t
get the smiles off our faces….hugs to last until next time….special memories
recalled and laughed about….wonderful new memories made….where we’ve been
and where we are….knowing that it doesn’t matter if we’re “fluffier” or
have less hair or more wrinkles….they still saw the smile in our eyes!
It came and went so quickly
-- our 35th Big Spring High School class reunion. For most of us
it was one of the most wonderful, memorable, fun, laughing, crying, happy,
sad, hugging and kissing times we’ve had in 35 years. It was magical.
We pulled together - again. We were there for each other - for our “Ely”
and for Karla and for their children.
And now we will be there for
Ronnie and Robbie and their children….the class that prays
together - stays together. Ronnie Baird worked with
all his heart for weeks to help put together the benefit
cookout to help Karla and Ely Clanton. Ronnie worked
tirelessly to make sure the cookout was a success—and
it was. More than $3,000 was raised to add to the
“Friends of Ely Trust Fund.” At the end of the cookout,
Ronnie took food and supplies back to those who had helped,
but at the end of that day, he didn’t show up for the
party. Ronnie was in ICU at the Veterans Hospital ..he
had a massive heart attack and spent the rest of our glorious
weekend in the hospital. Prayers DO help. God was and
is watching over Ronnie and Robbie and their children
because HE IS HOME! Ronnie was flown to the Albuquerque
VA Hospital (one of the best!) where he went through “rotor
rooter” surgery...he’s resting comfortably at home and
would love to hear from friends.
Our parade float
on Friday afternoon proudly displayed Ronnie Baird’s replica of Al’s Drive-In.
Friday night’s football game with Abilene Wylie proved to be one
of those occasions when some were heard to say, ”But wasn’t the BAND GREAT!!”
We proudly wore our black and gold T-shirts designed by our own “Nancy
T” with our class ring prominently displayed with the words “Kept Us All
as One” -- which we learned means more than we knew. The gathering at the
Country Club after the game was full of fun and chatter. They actually
had to blink the lights to get rid of us at closing time!
Judi Forshee Atkins chaired
our reunion committee - she’s our glue - she’s the one that keeps us together.
Nancy Thomas Allen in a unanimous decision was declared our class angel,
and she received a “halloed” T-shirt in loving tribute from the class.
Doug Rountree was declared “Chef Extraordinaire” and was given a stain-free
apron in honor of his tireless work pulling everything together for the
cookout on Saturday. Cheryl Wilbanks and Jim Cahill were cheered for their
37 years of married bliss! I think their smiles were even bigger this year!
Steffi Clark Payne traveled like a trouper from GERMANY! Hope it was worth
the miles, Steffi!! The most children award goes to Dennis Collins - 7
little angels!! The most grandchildren winner is Sandra Conner Pegan with
10!!! Joe Aulds had the youngest child – can you imagine an 8-year-old?
And, Ann Coyle Gould had the oldest grandchild!
want to remind everyone of our outstanding web site at
Web Master, Ray Anderson, was honored at our Saturday
night bash. The site has won a bunch of awards (posted
on the site) and the compliments are pouring in. The pictures
of the reunion are being posted as we speak! It’s a great
way for the class to keep in touch!
Our BSHS Class of ’65
Memorial Scholarship is doing well according to Ann (Howard) Duncan. We
have helped four outstanding young people who all have family ties
to our class. Kristi Hooser, Cori Wilbanks, Blake Proffitt, and Amanda
Heffington have received scholarship funds over the past several years
and are continuing to pursue their educational goals and dreams. We selected
Fred Morales for the 2000-2001 award year and we hope Fred will be able
to attend in the spring semester.
The memorial list of classmates
must be maintained and updated as needed -- especially with the addresses
of family members who can be notified when memorial contributions are received
to help “grow” our scholarship fund. If you have any information for the
memorial list, please forward it to Judi by email or snail mail.
PLEASE KEEP IN TOUCH!!
IF YOU CHANGE ADDRESSES, LET JUDI KNOW. IT IS REALLY DIFFICULT TO FIND
YOU WHEN YOU’RE LOST!! WE HOPE TO HAVE 200 CLASSMATES AT OUR 40TH!! HOPE
TO SEE YOU THERE!!!