The Elkins High School class of 1959 recently celebrated a milestone 50th anniversary. There were 75 classmates and 48 guests, now living coast-to-coast, in attendance for the three-day celebration on July 17-19.
The weekend began late Friday afternoon with 1950s music as the backdrop of an indoor picnic at the Elks Country Club, where classmates renewed acquaintances and reminisced of times passed.
Saturday's events started with a spirited afternoon performance at the American Mountain Theater. Former cheerleader Susan Campbell Shortridge took center stage to open the show and lead the group in singing the traditional EHS fight song.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS — Attending the Elkins High School class of 1959 reunion are, from left, front row, Meredith Kump Beaver, Joyce Rohr Lilie, Margaret Halterman Cook, Janice White Bain-Kerr, Marylin Williams Alkire, Pat Phares Shreve, Mary Emily Moyer Anger, Betty Workman Hohman, Dena Smith Griffin, Bobbie Bosworth Thompson, Carolyn MacComber Bruffy, Virginia McCauley Valentine, Roberta Kisner Kalar, Mary Ann Casto Flynn and Lunada Holland Stuart; second row, Carol Rice Armentrout, Sharon Lemons Semmler, Sandra Erickson Sanders, Janice Carr Teets, Patty Jo Moore Dillon, Barbara Butcher Mahoney, Patty Pritt Shalap, Barbara Renner Armour, Martha Raines Talbott, Jeannie Martin Bolt, Johnnie Sue Thompson Armentrout, Linda Smith Daniels, Linda Hosey, Judy Weese Schuh, Ruth Lynn Sommerville Schoonover, Judy Corrick Manning, Sue Skidmore Corrick, Oliva Lewis Martin, Susan Campbell Shortridge, Cecelia Lothes Cacace, Louise Hartman Corbett, Mary Howell Fox, Anita Davis Guire, Emma Lou Vanscoy Teets, Cora Corley Nucilli, Brenda Burner Ericsson and Patty Phares Hayden; third row, David McLaughlin, James Simons, Robert O’Brien, Ray Corcoran, John Phillips, Darl Cross, Richard Simmons, Cecil Hurst, Tom Stalnaler. Bill Phillips, William “Pud” Jones, Lealden Teter, Rollin Bard and Berry Taylor; fourth row, Robert “Arab” Miller, Jim Stalnaker, David Goddin, Ronald Kuhl, Shirley Canfield, Burton Hare, David Harrold, Homer Hamrick, Donald “Bud” Bender, Russell Shreve, John Talbott, Pete Joseph, Mike Metheny and Tom Sanders. Also attending, but not pictured, were William Foster, Neil Chenoweth and Harriet Stout Noel.
Dinner followed at the Country Club with Arab Miller serving as the evening's master of ceremonies. He narrated a "Down Memory Lane" program and Janice Teets presented a memorial tribute and service for the 47 deceased classmates.
The weekend wrapped up with a Sunday farewell breakfast at the Elks Club.
"We were thrilled to have such a great turnout at our 50th reunion," said Johnnie Sue Armentrout, reunion committee president. "We had a wonderful time sharing life accomplishments and recalling school memories of a half century ago."