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Kitts Hill School reunion brings back memories

KITTS HILL  — One hundred and nine alumni attended the annual Kitts Hill School Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Mamre Baptist Church Annex.

A buffet-dinner was catered by Helen Harper McIntyre.

Entertainment was provided by the Sweet Sounds of Sugar Creek and the annual alumni auction. Tables were decorated in the school colors of purple and white/grey.

Former students from classes who attended Kitts Hill School, but graduated from various area schools as well, from the 1930s through the 1970s, were in attendance. Classes were recognized by year as the attendees stood while their graduation year was announced.

Sophia Dickess Wilson, 95, received a pot of Mums for being the oldest alumna present. Clyde Lees, from Billings, Mont., received a box of alumnus stationery for traveling the farthest and Hazel Harper Olenych received a box of alumna stationery for making the first reservation for the event.

Numerous attendees received door prizes and friends enjoyed bidding in the auction against one another to raise money toward the expenses of next year’s gathering.

Two display tables were viewed by all: one held photos that took those present on a long walk down memory lane; and the other held numerous donated items for the auction.

Frank Berry served as announcer and read a humorous poem about school reunions throughout a lifetime. Clifford Gore led the group in prayer, the pledge to the flag, and in a moment of silence in memory of graduates who have passed since last year’s gala. Don Craft, grandson of alumna Enola Cade, served as auctioneer.

It was interesting to observe the relatives within the attendees. The Harper family female cousins out numbered the Dilley family by a few.

On behalf of all alumni, the reunion committee (Wilma Harper Moore, Brenda Moore Spears, Don Murnahan, Marcella Dickess Delong, Glenna Harper, and Marilyn Thornton Schraff) thanks the following businesses for their generous donations: Pick ‘n’ Save, Bartram’s Grocery, Pizza Hut, Giovanni’s Pizza of Coal Grove, Giovanni’s of Ironton, Created by Marilyn Schraff, Gillenwater’s Green House, Strobel Mini Mart, Central Hardware, Touch of Class Florist, and the Texas Roadhouse.

Anyone who ever attended Kitts Hill Schools is invited to attend next year on the last Saturday in September at 6:30 p.m. at the Mamre Church Annex. Any committee member can be contacted regarding reservations.