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"Only Two Weeks Left before the 45th Reunion" – from Becky (Hellmers) Serio - 05.19.13

Okay, classmates, we are down to 2 weeks — then our 45th class reunion. Hope all that plan to come have sent their money and let Judy or me know. We need a head count by Monday of next week (June 17th), and you can pay at the door. Just let me know you are coming. So get out your 60's outfits, ladies, for the luncheon Saturday at Sherman's. Everything is Delta casual!!! Really, come and have a good time and visit with classmates.

"Link to Rick Anderson Painting on 45th Reunion Page" – from Becky (Hellmers) Serio - 05.19.13

This web site is awesome. Thank you Lonnie. More than you will ever know.

"See You at the 45th Reunion" – from Rita (Reed) Jones - 05.19.13

My goodness ... I haven't been on this site in so long. I have been keeping up with many of you on Facebook since the last reunion. With our 45th coming up I decided to check in on our GHS website. Where have the years gone? I want to thank all of you who are working to make this the best reunion yet! That includes Becky Helmers Serio, Judy Berry Ross, Gayton Cascio, Valerie Freudenberg Lee, Cathy Leach Reynolds, Sally Polson, and Charlotte Oliver! I hope I have not left anyone out. You guys always do a fantastic job. I am looking forward to seeing everyone. It was so much fun five years ago, and it has been wonderful keeping in touch with so many of you since then. See you soon!! – Rita Reed Jones

"Our 45th Reunion Coming Up" – from Becky (Hellmers) Serio - 04.09.13

Hi Classmates! Judy (Berry) Ross and I are working on a great class reunion for GHS and St. Jo! Lonnie Looper is helping along with Gayton Cascio, Valerie (Freudenberg) Lee, Cathy (Leach) Reynolds and Sally Polson. Hope to see everyone. We have a lot planned, so get your 60's outfits ready! Dates are June 21st - 22nd, 2013.

"You are Invited" – from Charlotte Oliver - 07.26.12

The Greenville High School Class of 1967 is having its 45-year reunion on August 24-25, 2012. We would like to invite the Class of 1968 to participate. If you would like to attend, please contact Charlotte Oliver at 662-822-1993 or by email at crd.oliver@live.com.

"Hello" – from Paula (Toler) Long - 05.20.12

Hi, This is Paula (Toler) Long. I recently talked to Marcia Fleming Hammett through e-mail. It was great to read this blog. I remember Ginger and Gerri Hunter, maybe you remember me. I would like to hear from any of you, I was unable to graduate in 1968, I did the following year in Savannah, GA, but I feel more attached to the class of 1968. I remember Lonnie Peacock, you were my neighbor on Causey Dr. Would love to hear from any of you. Thanks for the memories. It was great reading how everyone is doing.

"Bill Abdo – In Memorium" – from Fred Barnes - 03.15.12

Bill Abdo died in his sleep Tuesday night, March 13, 2012. Visitation is Friday from 5 to 7 at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland Ms. and at 10 AM Saturday at St. Francis Catholic Church, Ridgeland MS. The service will be at 11:00 at the church, Saturday, March 16. Burial will be immediatley following at Wright and Ferguson, Ridgeland. "Toose" was well loved by all who had the priviledge of knowing him.

"Hello" – from Patsy Seid - 02.04.12

Ha! Oh goodness. I found myself reading this blog after many clicks which started with clicking on an ad that caught my eye (1968 class reunion) while surfing amazon.com. I remember many names. Dog gone it ... Herbert Wong is practically a neighbor in California. My sister, Barbara, keeps in touch with his family much better than myself. Guilty of being too busy to stay in touch. I did not graduate with you all ... moved and spent my senior year at two high schools ... Homestead High School (Steve Wozniak was my classmate ... lab partner in physiology ... wanted to kill him after a blood typing incident) then graduating from Berkeley High School.

A few months at each of the high schools didn't leave me with any graduating class ties. My ties were stronger with GHS actually ... I should have made it a point to at least return for visits. Looking at Bill Beckman's photo of the kindergarden class of 1955-56 lit the fire to write. I remember going to kindergarden at the church with my cousin Florence Seid, however I'm not sure I see myself or Florence in the picture ... two gals with black hair and asian eyes blocked by hats?... hahaha ... I have got to get Florence to have a look. Thanks for all the posting and my condolences for those that have passed.

"The Evening the Cemetery Comes to Life" – a Walking Tour – from Jennifer Jones - 10.10.11

October 29, 2011 - Monuments on Main Street, "The Evening the Cemetery Comes to Life", a walking tour of the Greenville Cemetery at 1000 South Main Street.Tours Begin @ 5:00 p.m., leaving every 10-15 minutes from St. James Episcopal Church. Joint fundraiser: the Greenville Cemetery, the Animal Relief and Rescue Fellowship (ARRF), and the Animal Welfare League (AWL). Tickets: $20 per person. Tickets on sale: Montage Marketplace, McCormick Book Inn, and by calling 662-931-0887. No tickets sold onsite. Interested volunteers or sponsors, contact Kathy Davis Day at 662-379-6022.

For Greenville locals or those willing to travel, this is a big event. The tour covers the history of Greenville leaders, heros and citizens key to Greenville's past. It will finally explain the odd tombstones and why they were created by the bereaved families. It will explain why the roads are the way they are in the cemetery. You will hear the sad stories of loved ones lost and be touched by the special spirits of those who have gone on before us. It is totally fascinating! Buy your tickets ahead of time, none will be sold on the site or the evening of the event. It is all for good causes! See you there!

Doug Dodd, In Memorium, – from Becky (Hellmers) Serio - 07.19.11

Lost a very talented classmate this weekend after a long battle with cancer, Doug Dodd an orginal Krackerjack. Pray for his family and friends. He will be missed!!! Rest in peace.

Awesome Event in Greenville – from Charlie Johnson - 05.19.10

Sorry I couldn't be there --- Brenda (my X) told me it was a great party --- band was great also --- rock on Johnny Avent!

Awesome Event in Greenville – from Valerie (Freudenberg) Lee - 05.19.10

Thanks, Rita for the kind comments. We did have an awesome event in Greenville this past weekend. I want to thank so many of you that were able to attend. To the ones who were not able ... we will do it again! Betty Lynn Cameron, Director of Main Street Greenville, was gracious to offer the Wetherbee House for our luncheon and some entertainment there. Thanks to the Washington County Convention & Visitors Bureau (Wesley Smith and Lisa Winters) for grant money to help me with the cost of the luncheon. They also had museums opened for us to tour. Some of the Walnut Street owners offered to have a Block Party the same night as our Reunion but had to cancel because of the rain. Benny Howse and Bob Wilson stepped in and we had Johnny play a little longer. Duff was able to join later also. Thanks to them and thanks to all that came to Greenville, MS!

Awesome Greenville Party! – from Rita (Reed) Jones - 05.17.10

Many Greenvillians (former and current) just experienced the most wonderful reunion party in Greenville, Ms. this past weekend. I am in awe of those who thought of this unique idea and labored to produce such a fabulous event! It was for all Greenvillians (not class specific) who had reconnected on facebook. I hope I do not leave anyone out when I send my praises to Bob Wilson, Benny House, Fred Barnes, Valerie Freudenberg Lee, Cathy Anne Leach Reynolds, Doe's Restaurant, the Yacht Club, Greenville Country Club and the Weatherbee House for all their assistance in making this a fun filled memorable weekend.

I cannot express enough the gratitude and admiration I feel for my special friends who were able to make this happen. How the Committee was able to produce all of this at such a minimal expense for each person is amazing! You guys are awesome! Even when the block party got rained out Saturday night ... what a beautiful back up plan to extend the Yacht Club event where we could all continue such an enjoyable party inside out of the rain. You are all geniuses and I love you guys!! Fred .. thank you for having the foresight to post the event on our GHS68 website to get the word out. We missed all of you who could not attend, but we are planning to make this an annual event. – Rita Reed Jones

Hi Everyone – from Curtis Pace - 04.20.10

Hi everyone, I have been out of touch; probably my fault. Did not know anything about our 40th Reunion, did not know about the passing of some of our classmates. It is like everything hits you at one time when you read the class blog and the passing of friends. Larry Davidison called me and told me about the class blog and asked me some questions. I live in Lumberton, Texas, married with 4 boys, ages 25, 23, 17, and 14. My e/mail address is CurtisPace@sbcglobal.net – cell number 409-673-3090.

Bud Cockrell – from Roger Woods - 03.27.10

James Ray [Bud] Cockrell passed away March 6, 2010. Services were held 3-11-10 in Greenville.

Bud Cockrell – from Charles Vickers - 03.27.10

Another 1968 classmate and friend has passed away. James (Bud) Cockrell was a very talented musican.

Hello Classmates – from Pat (Patricia Colburn) Browning - 03.19.10

Well, time takes us all, doesn' it? You all may not recall me. I hope some will (Shirley Minchew, Quint McCall, Doug Dodd, Patricia Sweeney and others in my group). I did nothing special or earth-shattering while at GHS ... nothing to ignite a memory in many of you, but I remember many of you. And I have been neglectful of my classmates of 68. Just too wrapped up in my own life to keep in touch, I guess.

You see, I never really thought my classmates cared to know about me or my life ... I always thought that reunions were nothing more than a competition (who made it BIG, who was successful, what you accomplished vs. what someone else accomplished and I did not want to be a part of that scene. BUT now that I have found this website and read all the blogs from you all, I have had some re-evaluating to do. I can see, at age 60, that there is not much more I will accomplish EXCEPT to continure to love my family, to support my family, and to be a friend to those deserving of my time, thoughts and care.

I hope you will forgive me for not being a part of your lives via the reunions and memories. Yes, I still have memories of the great times with my group of friends, of the troublesome times also (Vietman draft and protests, social unrest, civil right marches, peace marches, JFK & MLK assinations, the emergence of drugs in America, and the social differences that all people encounter in life from grade school thru high school & beyond. If only we could all just have a better understanding that we are all the same inside ... all vunerable, all human, and all seeking love and acceptance ... what a wonderful world it might be. I have enjoyed reading the blogs, the pictures and comments, etc. I hope that Doug Dodd recovers (he was 'special' in my young life, but we were young) and that all of you continue to be healthy & prosper. I live in Clinton, MS with my husband of 40+ years and have two sons and one VERY SPECIAL GRANDDAUGHTER, AGE 5. What more could I ask for?

Wane Woods will be greatly missed – from Kenny Page - 03.08.10

So sorry to hear about Wayne's battle with cancer and his recent death. Libby I will be thinking of you and family and praying for you. A very GOOD man and family man. Hard worker and man of intergrity. You will be missed GREATLY by your family and friends!! Rest in peace.

Wane Woods Memorial – from Jennifer Jones - 02.24.10

Memorial services for Wayne Woods, 59, of Madison, and formerly of Greenville, were held Tuesday at Smith Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Feb. 20, 2010, at his home in Madison. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Greenville.

Wayne was born Sept. 6, 1950, in Greenville, MS to Victor and Alberta Woods. He was a life long resident of Greenville where he grew up and attended school and graduated from Greenville High School in 1968. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was owner of Wayne Woods Inc. He moved to Madison in March 2009.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Alberta Woods; and his brother, Marvin "Tinker" Woods. He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Libby Childs Woods of Madison; his daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Brad Johnston of Brandon; two sons and daughters-in-law, Brent and Wendy Woods of Canton, and Lee and Melanie Woods of Starkville; his brother, Melvin Woods of Leland; two sisters, Loyce Long of Greenville and Charlotte Wright of Kosciusko; six grandchildren, Bailey Woods, Landre Woods, Marybrenton Woods, Emily Woods, Colt Woods and Anna Lauren Johnston; and several nieces and nephews. The Rev. Cecil Rhodes will officiate.

FYI to the classmates of 1968 – from Charles Vickers - 02.21.10

Class of 1968, Greenville High School - Memorial services for Wayne Woods, 59, of Madison will be held Tuesday at 2:00 pm at Smith Funeral Home in Greenville. He died Feb. 20, 2010 at his home surrounded by family after a long hard battle with cancer.

FYI to the classmates of 1968 – from Jennifer Jones - 11.15.09

Class of 1968, St. Jo - Memorial services for Mary Melanie Kimble Ray, 60, of Leland will be Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville. She died Nov. 10, 2009, surrounded by her family, at her home. Melanie was the third of eight children born to Raymond VanTuyle Kimble Jr. and Doris Brown Kimble of Greenville, Miss. She married Kenneth Ray in 1971 in Hollandale, Miss. She was educated at St. Joseph High, Sienna College and Mississippi Delta Community College. Melanie was a registered nurse and worked for many years at the Leland Hospital. After Leland Hospital closed, she was a home health nurse until her retirement ten years ago.

Melanie was an accomplished horsewoman. For 35 years, she and her friend, Dee Montigue, rode all over their Delta land in search of water and height. Most recently, Melanie built a pottery barn in her backyard, where she produced entirely original designs. Melanie loved her people and her workouts at the YMCA; she even mastered line dancing. Mel was the net that drew her extended family together, the clay that accepted all forms. Her laugh, in the words of a niece, filled the room and ran about like a bug infecting everyone with laughter. In a few words, she summarized ancient wisdom and modern tenderness. Generous, witty, gritty, fun-loving and loyal, she lived a life of few regrets.

She was the caretaker of her parents and of anyone in the family who needed attention and comfort. She also traveled widely with her husband, her mother and sister. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bill; and her nephew, Vernon Kimble. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Ray of Leland; five brothers, Raymond Kimble and Harvey Kimble, both of Jackson, Jack Kimble and Dan Kimble, both of Ormond Beach, FL., and Emmet Kimble of Memphis, TN.; a sister Ann Kimble Loux of Salt Lake City, UT; and 13 nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial be made to the YMCA in Greenville, MS.

Wane Woods Address – from Charles Haik - 09.22.09

If anyone would like to send Wayne Woods a card his address is 108 Wendy Lane, Madison MS 39110 --- Thanks, Charles Haik

Thank You All Again– from Lonnie Looper - 09.22.09

Freida is home now and continues to improve. After her follow-up procedure she should be 100%. Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes, which are too numerous to post.

Hi All – from Lonny Peacock - 09.22.09

Hi all, this is Lonny Peacock. Kinda like Ronnie Sweet and Kenny Ware, I didn't make it through the 12 grade with everyone, but did finish in Dec. of 68. As everyone knows that's our age, being classed 1A was not a good sign. I spent 3 plus years with Uncle Sam, and not always at locations of my choice, haha, but made it back to civilazation ok.

I have had several jobs after my tour with Uncle Sam. I just retired with Round Rock Police Dept. in 2008 as a K-9 handler. This was the best job anyone could ever hope for. Our Chief came to me the day I retired and ask me to stay on as a LOGISTICS OFFICER, which I said I would do for a while. My Wife Joyce, whom I have been married to for the last 26 years loves to travel , so we have an RV that we use every chance we get. We live in Austin TX and love it here.

Lonnie, you have done a wonderful job on this web site. There is not a page I haven't seen. I want you to know that our prayers are with you and Freida. I would love to hear from any and all, my e-mail is lonnyp@yahoo.com and phone is 512-520-6112. My address is 1706 Red Rock Cove, Round Rock, TX. Love to all.

Thank You All – from Lonnie Looper - 09.14.09

Thank you all for your prayers and concern. Freida is doing much better. She is out of Intensive Care, and may get to come home soon before returning for the second part of this procedure. She is still having to be medicated for headaches, which the surgeon told us to expect.

It occurs to me that these prayer requests will only grow more numerous. If anyone would like to be notified via email when one is posted or updated, I can compile a group mailing list, which would allow you to share your concern without having to constantly check the class blog. If you would like to be included in this mailing list, please notify me directly at info@cwreplicas.com.

Unfortunately I have received no further updates concerning Wayne or Doug.

Wane Woods Prayer Request, – from Charles Haik - 09.10.09

Our classmate Wayne Woods is fighting for his life. Please pray for him and his family. Thanks.

Sorry to hear about Freida, – from Becky (Hellmers) Serio - 09.10.09

I am so sorry to read about Freida. Lonnie, keep us all posted on her health, and if there is anything I can do, email me. Looks like prayers are needed more as we grow older. Will say a special one just for her.

Yet another prayer request, closer to my home. – from Lonnie Looper - 09.03.09

Tuesday night my own wife, Freida had to be airlifted to University Hospital in Jackson with a severe cerebral hemmorhrage. It can happen to anyone at any age, but appears to be more common as age advances. She seems to be doing well (but not out-of-the-woods yet), but only because I was present, when the blood vessel burst, and I was able to call good ole 911 in time. Please put her in your thoughts and prayers as you have been in ours.

Re: Prayer Request for Doug Dodd – from Peggy Shirley Criswell - 08.26.09

Any update on Doug?

Re: Prayer Request for Doug Dodd – from Peggy Shirley Criswell - 08.12.09

Doug, I will be praying for a good report --- prayer is powerful and God is awsome! Does anyone know how classmate, Wayne Woods is doing??

Prayer Request for Doug Dodd – from Jennifer Jones - 08.12.09

A recent note from your fellow classmate, Doug Dodd, was shared with me, and I felt you all would want to know as well. Doug Dodd is the piano player with the Kracherjacks. From Doug: Again, I'm calling on each of you for prayer. The CT last Thurs. showed an enlarged lymph node in my neck. I don't know yet when they'll biopsy it, probably in a week or so. Please say a prayer for me, regardless of your beliefs, as our LORD hears all prayers. I'm a firm believer in the power of prayer. Just ask GOD to give me a good report, and for healing. GOD bless each of you, and as always, I love you all .... Doug

Phil Vazzana's House Burned – from Jennifer Jones - 08.11.09

Long time Greenville resident - Phil Vazzana - famous for being a pain in the City Council's side as well as a well known local architect, lost his home to fire tonight, from an apparent fire in the attic. The home was well over 100 years old and years and years of collected antiques and memorabilia were lost. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and Phil made it out in time to be okay too. Phil is nearly 80 years old - hard enough to lose your home at any age, but even more so at his age.

To Don and the Class of '68 – from Celia Goodman Leventhal - 07.26.08

Don ... I was so sad to hear the news that Terry had died. What a sweetheart of a guy! Please give my condolences to the rest of the family. I know you'll miss him. Classmates, so sorry to have missed the "best ever" reunion, but I had a long-time prior commitment here in Chicago where I've lived for 29 years. I'm working on a profile to send, but in the meantime, I can be reached by at 312 207-1002 or email at celiagleventhal@gmail.com. The website is such a pleasure to explore --- thank you, old pal Lonnie. And thanks to you organizers, bloggers, photographers, and other volunteers.

Thank you Don and Sandra – from Rita (Reed) Jones - 07.26.08

Don .. Thank you for the clarification and update. My prayers and condolences go out to you and Terry's entire family. I remember Terry very well .. He was such a sweet person, and I can see him right now sitting in English Class. God Bless all of you in this difficult time. AND .. to Sandra Elizabeth Riley Weaver ... Your comments so well said. And we have all grown up now ... Wa-a-a-ay too grown LOL!! Anyway, I believe we will all have a fondness for each other throughout our lives ... regardless of who was best friends with whom ... We went through it together ... and it is our history. I love you girl!! Thanks for writing that ... Rita Reed Jones

Thank You – from Don Day - 07.17.09

This is Don Day. For all who want to know about my brother, Terry’s death, here is the story. Terrry had heart problems at birth and this affected him until 12 years of age. He was the first child in Mississippi to have a successful open-heart surgery. Terry has been healthy for 48 years until 07-02-09 at which time he had a massive heart attack by probable blood clot. Patricia Kinman Day (his wife), his children and his grandchildren thank you for your prayers and concerns. – Don N. Day and the Day family

Enjoyed the Reunion – from Sandra Weaver - 07.16.09

I'm a little late sending this but I was like everyone else, I enjoyed the reunion so much. You know we graduated with so many, but each and every one made our class a very special class. Even though we weren't all best friends, everyone touched us all in some special way. We have a connection that will last throughout our lives. As years go by, we might not know what happened five minutes ago, but we'll remember our school years and all our geat friends. See you at the next AARP Convention (Ha).

But when things get bad for us we remember " We never stagger, we never fall......."

FYI to the classmates of 1968 – from Jennifer Jones - 07.04.09

GHS Classmate of 1968, Terry Day of Ruston, LA, brother to Don (Jena, LA) and Dennis Day (Greenville, MS) died late Thursday evening, 7-2-09. I don't have details, but it is well known that Terry had a hole in his heart at birth and has had issues with his heart all of his life. I suspect that his death is connected to these heart issues, but it is only a guess. Stay tuned.

Just saying hello – from Kenny Ware - 07.04.09

I would have been with you guys Pete McKee, Lonnie Looper, and all the rest of my friends i had in the class of 1968, but I quit school in the 11th grade, but I came back and it put me in the class of 1969. I am still as Ronnie Sweet said, "Rockin' and Rollin', playing drums, with Ronnie Sweet. we have played together all our lives. I went to the 1969 class reunion and had a ball. I sit with an old high school love, Brenda Connelly and that felt strange but good at the same time. I just thought I would say hello to all my 68 friends, because I should have been there. Love ya Kenny Ware

Just saying hello – from Ronnie Sweet - 03.15.09

Well, even though I jumped ship six months before graduation, I still went through most of my school life with a lot of you. So, I just wanted to say "Hell-o". I spent a couple of years in the army after school, and still married to the Ella. Still playing bass guitar, rockin' and rollin' on the weekends, wherever we can get somebody to gives us money! I think seeing the names of the ones that have passed on brings back so many long lost memories, yet it's hard to be happy and sad at the same time. I guess they live on through us, as we will hopefully live on through our friends and family. Anyway, just wanted to chime in, hope you don't mind. Peace!

Best reunion yet – from Joy (Rodney) Roberson - 10.30.08

I, too had a wonderful time. It was the best reunion yet. I hate that I left before Fred and Jan did their dances. Are there any pictures? Thank you Judy, Becky, Lonnie and all the committee members. I can't imagine how many hours you worked. You are very much appreciated. It was so much fun seeing everyone.

Sorry about the Gator thing, but it was great – from Rita (Reed) Jones - 10.24.08

Wow! Marilyn and I seem to have "ruffled some feathers" referring to those who danced the "Gator." Didn't mean to offend anyone. I'm sure Marilyn didn't mean to either. I just enjoyed watching everyone dance ... whatever they were doing HA! It's really nice to take a break from work and responsibilities and just get together with fun loving people and all have a good time with no worries! It was great!

It was an absolute blast! – from Brenda (Pittman) Hughes - 10.24.08

Well, there are not enough words to say how much fun I had (even though this was the first reunion I have been to). It was an absolute blast - I thoroughly enjoyed seeing everyone - it seems like most of us just picked up like it was 1968 again - and not that 40 years have gone by. Thanks so much to the "Committee" for EVERYTHING that they did. Also, thanks so much to Lonnie for this website. It is really great to just pull this up and still be able to catch up with others lives.The band was FANTASTIC. It was also great seeing Johnny Avent again - and remembering every afternoon after I got off the bus, to walk down to his house and listen to the BAND practice. Those really were the GOOD OLE DAYS!!!!!!!

What a GREAT time I had! – from Becky (Hellmers) Serio - 10.23.08

I think David out did himself with all that "James Brown" dancing on stage, I would loved to have been a fly on the wall when David got up Sunday. He had to ache all over!!! I know I used muscles that I did not know I had. It took me 2 days to feel human again, but oh, what a GREAT time I had with friends, and YES, we will do it again in 5 yrs. Many thanks to everyone that came home to make this the best one yet. Please keep in touch thru the web page. It will be active and keep checking for reunion pictures. Love ya, Becky Hellmers Serio

GREAT reunion – from Nancy Maddox - 10.21.08

Just wanted to say what a GREAT reunion & how much I enjoyed seeing you all. I think it was our best reunion yet. Many, many thanks to Judy, Becky, and all of our great planners. Lonnie has done a superb job & this web-site has been the BEST! Thanks again & I look forward to seeing everyone again next time!

It was the "Monkey" – from Jennifer (spouse Roy) Jones - 10.20.08

I understand from David's wife, Cheryl, it was only Jan doing the Gator. David has always been a "James Brown" kinda dancer. He likes to slip and slide and drop down low, so I can see where the mistake could be made. No one loves to dance more than David. I have seen him on many, many occasions over the many years and 'gator' is NOT one of the many demonstrations of his dance ability. If there is a name for it, I am not sure what it would be other than the hurly-gurly, twist, slip and slide, how-low-can-you-go combo.

I am spouse to Roy Jones and, here to say, we had a great time too. Took me a while, but I finally got Roy on the floor, and after that we stayed until exhausted and time to go home! Thanks to all for their hard work. Being the Chairman for my Class of 1972 reunions, I can attest to the many hours that have to be invested to pull one of these together. I will definitely remember the band, Earth Angels, when ours comes back around in 2012. They were more than a band, they were show people! They were great!

It was the "Monkey" – from Rita (Reed) Jones - 10.19.08

I think what Fred was doing actually has a name ... I believe it was called, "The Monkey" way back then ... He does it quite well!

It was wonderful – from Susannah Sanders - 10.19.08

I wasn't a member of the class, just a spouse! Didn't know my husband was such a wild thing!! Had a ball! Going to high school in Leland I knew many of you. Thanks for everything! It was wonderful!

Missed the "Gator" – from Diane (Rogers) Ryan - 10.19.08

We missed Jan and David doing the Gator??!!! MAN!! And, Fred, what were you doing?

Hello Class of '68 – from Herbert Wong - 10.17.08

Hello Classmates, now that I'm back at the salt mines, I wanted to send a note before I get too involved in the daily routine. Like everyone else, I had a terrific time at the reunion. I have to admit, after arriving at the country club, I thought I had entered the wrong room and stumbled into an AARP convention. Then I realized I was part of it! Sometimes it took me a second to recognize folks since no one was wearing hip huggers, paisley shirts, or mini-skirts like we did in '68. But everyone did look terrific, hale and hearty. Kudos to Judy, Becky, Lonnie, and the organizing committee. Y'all did a grand job and the reunion was a smashing success. Good Luck to everybody, and see y'all in Greenville ... at the next AARP convention!

Hello Class of '68 – from Rita (Reed) Jones - 10.16.08

Like Jerry Bowen says, "DITTO!" I just can't express enough how much fun I had the entire weekend!! I had debated on whether or not to attend because I had So-o-o-o far to come. I had to leave my work assignment in Chico CA in order to be there. It would have been so much easier if I had been between work assignments and coming from my home in Mobile AL. I have to tell you, though, I am thrilled that I made the effort and took the time off from work. I haven't had that much fun in a long time.

I was one of those who did make it to the end to see David Henry and Jan Sanders do the, "Gator." I wouldn't have wanted to miss that! Ha! And whatever that was that Fred Barnes was doing was fun to watch too!! Ha! The most important thing though is to thank the committee from the bottom of my heart for all the diligent work. Becky and Valerie it was so obvious how hard you worked!! You spent most of Friday night at the greeting table ... not to mention all the many hours behind the scenes for weeks before the event!! I am certain that none of us will ever know the actual number of hours all of you on the Committee spent putting the weekend together!

Judy Berry, as usual you are always right there dedicating yourself to these Reunions .... Thank God for all of you ... including the hard working St. Joseph group and the entire GHS Committee. You are all more appreciated than you will ever know!! We must do a better job of staying in touch! We are getting too old to wait 5 to 10 years between Reunions so we have to think of doing something again soon!! It was great to see all of you again ... brought back a lot of pleasant memories ... I look forward to the next one!! Love to all of you and God Bless the Class of '68!!!

Hello Class of '68 – from John Earl Thornton - 10.15.08

WHAT A FABULOUS TIME WE HAD! I have not had that much fun in years. The classmates, friends, the band and all of the food and drink helped to make it an awesome time for everyone. My sincere thanks to the committee for all of their hard work. Those of you who could not attend were missed.

The "class of 68" made more memories at the 40 year reunion, and I regret that the time went by so quickly. To all of you that attended, it was great to see you again. The Earth Angels last song of the night summed up about how I feel about all of you who were there,"Your Love Is Still Lifting Me Higher". God bless all of you and let's do it again in 2013!

Great Class Reunion – from Gerri (Hunter) Armstrong - 10.15.08

Go GHS68 !! I must say this was a great Class Reunion. Oh my, what happened to all the years. Once we arrived at the Friday Nite Event it all started coming back to me. Yes, there is a GHS68 and yes, I do remember my classmates. Many thanks to the Reunion Committee members that worked up this great event.

Sorry we missed the Saturday events. I had already promised my family to help with the Youth BBQ competition in Cleveland on Saturday. Happy to report they won Grand Championship and 1st place in all divisions. The next day, Sunday, was our Family Farm Day. We went out on the farm to check the new forest growth and did some target practice. I must say, WATCH OUT, if you see Ginger with a handgun! She had never shot before and she hit that target every time! I have to believe her Pogo Games has her aim right on target. "Way to Go" Ginger! Did I hear someone say there would be another Class Reunion in 5 years? As soon as the date is confirmed please let me know. Let's not be strangers, keep in touch. – Gerri Hunter Armstrong

DITTO – from Jerry Bowen - 10.15.08

All I can say is DITTO of everything else posted about the reunion. WOW what a great time.Thank you all for making my wife feel very welcome. Maybe in 5 years I will be slimmer and able to dance more than two fast dances between resting. Thanks to the committee and other reunion helpers/providers and to Lonnie Looper for a great website.

What a great time – from Gayton C. Cascio - 10.14.08

What a great time had by all present. Everyone I've talked with said they had a wonderful time. All went off with a blast and the breakfast was delicious. I think we all haven't felt like that since high school.

Sorry I could't make it – from Meloney (Green) Bramlett - 10.14.08

I am so sorry I couldn't be there! I know everyone had a GREAT time. I had to meet the tile men and painters to pick out all of my colors for our house here in Destin. Timing just didn't work out right for me. I really hate I missed seeing everyone. I hope everyone sends in pictures. Judy, do you think you can get me a copy of the group picture? Maybe I will see ya'll in 5 years at the next reunion. I will be here for about two more weeks so e-mail me at sambramlett@pscstaffing.com or call me at 901-351-8381. Hope to here from you. – Meloney B.

Reunion was wonderful! – from Marcia (Fleming) Hammett - 10.14.08

Our reunion was wonderful from start to finish! Thank you to all who planned it!!! I still feel very grateful to have grown up with all of you. I love you for every kind word, hug, dance, kiss on the cheek, and smile. I cannot wait to see you again. Give me a call if you come my way. May God richly bless you – Marcia

Thanks to all! – from Rosalie (Pruitt) Thurman - 10.14.08

2.Email:: rosalie.thurman@regions.com comments: Marilyn(Miers)Sutterfiled said it all and there is not much for me to add. I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who made our reunion unforgetable. It was a blast. To you, Mr.Lonnie Looper, a BIG thank-you. It will probaby take me days to catch up on sleep but it was worth it. Again, thanks too all.

A Wonderful Time – from Diane (Rogers) Ryan - 10.13.08

We had a wonderful time at the reunion. I send thanks to everyone on the committee for putting together such an awesome weekend. I hope that once we are back in our own homes and are recuperated from all the fun that we'll stay in touch with one another. For those of you who were unable to attend, we really missed you. God bless you all – Diane

Thanks to Everyone – from Peggy (Tucker) Weems - 10.13.08

Thanks to everyone who came back "home" for a great weekend and especially to the committee for all of their hard work. It was a wonderful weekend.

WOW!!!!! What a Reunion!!!!! – from Marilyn (Miers) Sutterfield - 10.13.08

What a wonderful, fun, partying weekend!!! The committee went over and above in providing for us to have a terrific time. Thank you committee!!!!!! .. from the emails, research to find as many as possible, the decorations at Italian Club, our ladies luncheon which was fantastic - complete with vintage style show, and the Country Club which was beautifully decorated, great food, etc. etc., but the best part was seeing everyone and re-igniting the old friendships. I am so glad that my husband and I went (those of you who could not make it, we missed you!) My only regret is not being able to "hang in there" on Sat. night late enough to see Jan Sanders and David Henry do the Gator! All the best to each of you ... Hope to see you at the next one!

Thanks to all! – from Becky (Hellmers) Serio - 10.09.08

I want to thank all the committee members that worked with me to make this reunion the very best one ever!!! They have put in many hours and put up with my emails and phone calls!!! I know I can be "bossy" and a special thanks to Lonnie Looper, who made all our lives easier with this wonderful web site. I have rekindled old friendships and made new ones these last few months !!! Love ya, – Becky Hellmers Serio

Are you in this photo? – from Bill Beckman - 10.08.08

First Baptist Church Kindergarten – 1955 - 1956 – I am going to bring copies for any interested folks.

See You Friday! – from Marcia (Fleming) Hammett - 10.08.08

I am so excited about our reunion! I will see you Friday night! Love to all, Marcia

It is time! – from Becky (Hellmers) Serio - 10.06.08

Everybody, the time is here! So search your closets for something to wear, check the weather for that weekend, pack your bags and come home for a great time! We can renew old friendships and share our memories and help each other with the changing times! Something happened over the past few years, when I look in the mirrow I see my mother!!! When did that happen!!! See everyone soon !!!! – Becky Hellmers Serio

Rings and Things – from David Jewell - 10.05.08

Rings & Things - OK, I will be the first to tell on myself. After GHS I went to college at Delta State. I had a girlfriend from Greenville who went to St. Jo, and then I started dating a girl from DSU, and then a co-worker introduced me to a girl in Charleston, MS. In June, 1969 I wanted to go steady with the girl from Charleston, but my girlfriend from Greenville had my ring. I broke up with the girl in Greenville (still dating the girl at DSU and gave my ring to the girl from Charleston (I know this is getting complicated, but there is an ending). Anyway, my to be steady girlfriend from Charleston asked me where I found my ring, and not being the one to lie, I unfortunately told her the truth. The ring was heaved into the woods never to be found again. Oh yeah, this was my first wife I married, and I had to break up with my girlfriend from DSU when we went back to school in August, letting her know I was then married.

Rings and Things – from Gerri (Hunter) Armstrong - 10.05.08

OK, Classmates, time is almost here for the 40th Reunion. How could it be? Seems just a few years ago we all went our separate ways to explore adulthood. Did we find it?? Only if we kept part of the "kid" inside of us to safe guard against taking life too serious. I was thinking back about just what did most of us have in common when we walked off the field Graduation Night, May 29, 1968. Two common factors were our Class Ring and Senior Portraits! Does anyone have an interesting story about the "where abouts" of either of these items?

I heard stories over the years about different class rings that ended up in the bottom of lakes. As for my class ring, I will have to look in that dusty jewelry box that has not been opened in years. I remember my daughter wearing the ring when she was young. I just can't remember if the ring made it back to me. Now for those LARGE Senior Pictures. What were we thinking?? Yes, it made our parents proud. Years down the road, what do you do with them? I'm thinking mine, along with 5 siblings pictures landed in my sister, Ginger's upstairs closet. The pictures must be collecting dust and warding off all evil spirits that might pass her way.

Come on Classmates, share your stories! What happened to your "common collectibles"? If anyone still has their ring, I think it would be fun to wear the ring to the reunion. See you there, Gerri Hunter Armstrong

Thanks, everyone – from Diane (Rogers) Ryan - 10.05.08

Lonnie, Thanks to you and the reunion committee, I've made contacts with several people. Some of us having been rehashing old times and catching up on all the recent news. Personally, I've had fun playing games and chatting with several of you on Club Pogo. I wholeheartedly agree with John Thornton ... PLEASE update your profiles and let us know about your current lives. And now ... someone please give me directions to the Italian Club!

Diane, et al., click here for bird's-eye view of the location. – Lonnie

Hello Class of '68 – from Charles Haik - 10.03.08

I would like to thank Judy B. & Becky H. for their tireless forty-year effort and special thanks to Lonnie. He was always smarter than the rest of us. Two very vivid memories for myself were at E. E. Bass Jr. High. The day J.F.K. was killed and we were in Ms. Webb's Engish class. The next year (when H. W. Solomon Jr. High opened) we were split up and we were separated. I have always had abandonment issues since then. I will enjoy seeing everyone at the reunion.

Hello Class of '68 – from John Earl Thornton - 09.26.08

Hopefully most, if not all, of you know about this web site. This is a plea to my St. Joseph's High classmates and Greenville High friends who have NOT updated their personal information on this web site to please do so ASAP. We want to know about you, especially the basics, I.E. your address, phone numbers, e-mail address (if applicable) and the basics about your life and family, etc. Of course, we hope to socialize with you at the reunion. However, if that is not possible, at least update us on YOU using this web site.

Lonnie has done a tremendous job in developing this electronic communication site. Let's take advantage and use it to its fullest extent. I look forward to seeing you all in Greenville on October 10 and 11 and catching up on the past 40 years of our lives. I am excited and pumped up about this event, and I trust that you are too. I realize that this message sounds like a pep talk, and I guess that is what it is, but so what. See y'all soon!

Wish I could Be There! – from (Judy) Kate Betterton - 09.20.08

Hey, Y'all! I was hoping to get to the reunion, but commitments here prevent it. However, I'm coming down to the Delta for some book readings in November. I'll be at Square Books in Oxford Monday Nov. 10, TurnRow Books in Greenwood Tuesday, Nov. 11, Lemuria Books in Jackson Nov. 12, and good old McCormick Book Inn in Greenville, at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14. See my GHS68 profile for more details. I may also be doing a reading in Memphis, time and place to be determined. (For groovy book jacket photos, see my updated Classmates.com "profile" page.)

Tour details, with links to the bookstores' webpages, can be found on my website's "Events" page (just google kate betterton and it'll take you to my home page), or go to the Booktour site (just google booktour and then type in "kate betterton.") I'd love to see you in November -- come on out if you can. Have a great time meanwhile at the Reunion! Hope y'all post lots of photos for those of us who can't be there in person ... All the best, (Judy) Kate Betterton

Have Fun, Be Safe – from Gwen (Ray) Sullivan - 09.16.08

Well, I was looking forward to seeing if everyone had aged like me - I refuse to color the gray, as I have earned every gray hair in my head! My husband's latest surgery has been scheduled for 10/10, so I will look forward to seeing pictures of all of you attending the reunion. Many thanks to Lonnie and everybody else contributing to the web site. The long forgotten memories that come back to you by looking at the graduation pictures, then seeing where people are today, has been great. I'll be thinking about you that weekend.

Ada Lee Turner? – from Jerry Bowen - 09.12.08

I asked Lonnie Looper to post two pictures on the ghs68.com web site. He did the task and I thank him for his time and dedication to the web site. The site really looks good and is enjoyable to view. He doctored one of my pictures because it was fading and it is now much better.

One picture I sent that he posted was Ada Lee Turner's senior picture. For some reason her picture was left out of the 1968 year book. I remember her Dad was not happy. Anyway, her picture is now posted with all of the others, and that is great. If someone knows where she lives or how to contact her, could you let her know of the posted picture and encourage her to attend the reunion. Her brother was David Turner who graduated in 1967. I was told years later that her mother had moved away from Greenville and has passed away. My wife and I are looking forward to the reunion.

Greetings from The Earth Angels – from Johnny Avent - 08.20.08

Greetings GHS Class of 1968. The Fabulous Earth Angels are really looking forward to performing at the 40th Reunion Party on October 11th. We'll be playing all those favorite G'ville National Guard Armory dance tunes! Please check us out at www.theearthangels.net. For some reason, I just can't seem to put this old guitar down. Thanks to Becky Hellmers for making us part of this very special event.

Have Fun - Be Safe – from Charlie Lum - 08.14.08

I will miss this one because of work. Oct has a lot of homecomings and weddings. Hope all you have a good time and have a safe trip back home. Thank you for all the good years. Charlie Lum Photography - Lum's Optical, Inc - Sounds of the Times (mobile DJ service)

Delta Magazine Covering Our Dance – from Becky (Hellmers) Serio - 08.13.08

Great News !!! Delta Magazine is covering our Saturday night dance and buffet for their magazine. Delta magazine is doing several articles on class reunions in the Delta. So everyone smile big!!!

Calling All POGOers – from Gerri (Hunter) Armstrong - 08.10.08

I'm hearing there are a few "POGO" gamers in this class. I could be the least experienced one out there, I'm gerrisundance. Already, I know some that are top notch players! Could there be more? – gerri554@yahoo.com