BHS class of 1953 hosts reunion

Submitted photo Members of the Belington High School class of 1953 attending the 65th reunion include, from left, first row, Catherine Booth Knight, Shirley Wildman Campbell, Marvin Ware, Alberta Bosley Bonner and Betty Hymes Carpenter; second row, Janet Corley Bradley, Lawrence Bibey, Eleanor Skidmore Bibey, Patricia McClintic Boyles, Sharon Marteny McClelland, Juanita George Kyle, Charlotte Phillips Canfield, Joan Brown Lemmon, Louella Phillips Cross and Ruth Ware Phillips; and third row, Howard Hill, Tommy Ramsey, Ray Row, Fax Hillyard, Gene Bonner and Mildred Price Spencer.

The 1953 class of Belington High School hosted its 65th reunion Aug. 18 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Philippi.

The evening began with a 5 p.m. social hour renewing old friendships and memories. The class picture was taken by Zachary Brown of Belington followed by dinner. Mildred Spencer gave the invocation.

Marvin Ware served as master of ceremonies and gave a warm welcome. He remembered deceased classmates in a brief memorial with a moment of silence. A candle remained lit throughout the evening.

Tommy Ramsey received a prize for sending the first reservation, and Janet Bradley for the last one received. Other door prizes were won by Howard Hill, Juanita Kyle, Marvin Ware, Gene Bonner and Pat Boyles for the memorial center piece. Each class member was presented with a honey bear jar of honey from Barbour County beekeeper Joyce Frey.

Attending were: Gene and Alberta Bosley Bonner, Betty Hymes Carpenter and son, Janet Corley Bradley and guest, Sharon Marteney McClelland and husband, Charlotte Phillips Canfield, Fax Hillyard and Mildred Price Spencer and guest, all of Ohio; Lawrence and Eleanor Skidmore Bibey of Florida; Joan Brown Lemmon and son of Virginia; Mr. and Mrs. Howard Hill of South Carolina; Marvin Ware of Morgantown; Mr. and Mrs. Ray Row of Martinsburg; Randy and Juanita George Kyle of Elkins; Louella Phillips Cross and son of Philippi; and Jimmy and Catherine Booth Knight, Shirley Wildman Campbell and guest, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Ramsey, Robert and Ruth Ware Phillips and Bill and Patricia McClintic Boyles, all of Belington.

Arrangements for this final reunion were made by Patricia Boyles, Ruth Phillips and Shirley Campbell.

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