Washington column for July 4

Class of ’53, reunited

Class reunions can be nerve-wracking but usually end up exhilarating – renewing friendships, sharing memories of the the days when we were “young and innocent.” It’s like coming home.

The Class of 1953 poses at their 60th reunion, which was held at the Washington fire hall June 22. (For the names of those in the photo, see the story.) Photo by Kim Novak.
The Class of 1953 poses at their 60th reunion, which was held at the Washington fire hall June 22. (For the names of those in the photo, see the story.) Photo by Kim Novak.

The 60th reunion of the Rappahannock County High School Class of 1953 was held June 22 at the Washington fire hall. Reunion organizers Louise Dawson and Elna Beahm both put in long hours to get this reunion together and had the fire hall beautiful decorated. “A job well done,” said Bessie Norman of Woodville.

Fifteen of 29 graduates shared memories and caught up on years that have gone by so fast over a meal catered by the Country Cafe. Franklin Payne gave the blessing and, according to Bessie, the food was delicious and well-prepared. The highlight involved each graduate standing to give a brief personal history since graduating. Many reunion-goers suggested having another one in five years.

Yes, structures, landscapes and people change; but special friendships and memories are never destroyed. Some of the class of 1953 no longer live in Rappahannock County, but there will always be that one precious moment when they can go home again, because home is where the heart is.

Classmates posing in the photo above are (back row, from left) Dorothy Hitt Scott, Daniel Keyser, Winfrey Thornhill, Louise Deal Dawson, Arthur Pullen, Franklin Payne, Franklin Hawkins, Catherine Lillard Hawkins, Wilbert Pullen and (front row, from left) Bessie Hawkins Norman, Barbara Griffin Reid, Ann Lynn Atkins Sisk, Alice Coughlin Butler, Annie Mary Williams and Elna Cornell Beahm.

Happy 237th birthday

As we celebrate Independence Day, we are celebrating the 237th birthday of the United States of America. Independence Day is regarded as the birthday of the U.S. as a free and independent nation. On July 4, 1776, we proclaimed our independence from Britain and the American democracy was born. Our American flag is a symbol of our freedom and we should fly it proudly.

As we celebrate our nation’s birth and heritage, many of our thoughts will turn to enjoying the day, whether it’s at home with family, with neighbors or taking to the road to be with distant relatives or friends.

I wish all our readers a happy and safe Fourth of July.

Thank you

Let’s not forget to thank Richie Burke, Gary Settle, Mike Leake and Greg Williams and the other organizers of Rappahannock County’s July 4th Celebration – for their long hours of work. And thanks should also go to Bill Fletcher, for the use of his Thornton Hill Hounds course. Our county is really lucky to have people like this who work together to provide such enjoyable times for the rest of us.

Gid Brown revival

Revival services are being held at Gid Brown Bible Baptist Church in Washington at 7:30 p.m. on July 15-16. The guest speaker is Dr. Bobby Roberson from Walkertown, N.C, and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 540-937-4944.