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Harman High School class of 1959 celebrates 50th reunion

June 13, 2009
The Inter-Mountain

The Harman High School class of 1959 gathered over Mother's Day weekend, May 8 and 9, for a time of memories and renewal of friendship.

Twenty-four classmates, faculty, staff and family participated in the celebration of their 50th class reunion.

The reunion began on Rich Mountain Farms. Jessie and Carolyn Snyder Dolly hosted the evening in their home.

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HHS CLASS OF 1959 — Attending the Harman High School class of 1959 reunion are, from left, front row, Forrest Pennington, Patty Fox Pennington and adviser Margaret Isner Meadows; second row, Nancy Cooper Pennington, vo-ag., math, science and photography teacher Bayard Swecker, Linda Wolford Waybright, Thelma Tingler, bus driver Lewis Tingler, Freddie Armentrout and Molly Hedrick Armentrout; third row, Leo Pennington, Troy White and Phil Waybright; fourth row, Carolyn J. Snyder Dolly, Tommie Bennett and Don Brotemarkle; fifth row, Jessie Dolly, James Lambert and Shannon Huffman Lambert.

They handed out tin badges featuring class pictures for the graduates. The Ink Spot in Elkins provided the badges along with copies of booklets of memories made by Carolyn Dolly and carrying out the school colors.

White linen cloths adorned the tables arranged throughout their home. Floral arrangements by JoJo's Floral represented the class colors with red Gerbera daisies in clay burgundy pots with black and white polka-dot ribbon. A large linen-covered table was the centerpiece and was decorated with white lilies and red miniature carnations in fish bowls, also arranged by JoJo's Floral.

The Oldies 1950s music was provided by the Dollys' grandson, Cooper Irons.

The catered sit-down dinner was provided and served by the Dollys' daughter, Dedie Dolly Irons, son-in-law, Tim Irons, and grandson, Cooper Irons, of Pittsburgh.

Class pictures were taken by Brent Kepner of Foto I.

Bayard Swecker of Swecker Photography favored the group with a walk down memory lane. Pictures he had processed for television were of younger days at HHS and older folks in the community during his teaching years.

The weekend culminated on the evening of May 9 at the Harman School Alumni Dinner.

The class of 1959 was again honored with a sit-down dinner catered by the ladies of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Those in attendance were from 1934-2009.

The HHS class of 1934 celebrated its 75th reunion. Special ladies in attendance were Nina Blizzard Smith and Yvonne Cooper Webster.

The oldest in attendance was 94-year-old Anna Myers Harman, a former teacher of English, drama, physical education and Board of Education member. She was accompanied by her eldest son, Dr. John Simon Harman of Burlington, N.C., and guest Becky Hole, and her youngest daughter, Judy Ann Harman, a teacher at Harman School. The Harman School Alumni Association officers estimated 250 in attendance.



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