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By Orabeth Maxey White
The Garza County Trailblazers building was the scene of the 63rd year class reunion of the Post High School Class of 1957.
The group met at 5 p.m. on Saturday for registration and visitation. Some of the class attended the Post High School homecoming football game against Abernathy on Friday night.
Class Vice President, Troy Cartmill of Lubbock, led the invocation which was followed by a catered meal by Kylene Wheeler and crew from The Wagon BBQ located on North Broadway. The meal consisted of barbequed brisket, chicken breast, sausage, beans, potato salad, all the trimmings, a hot roll, peach cobbler and tea. An anonymous donor paid for all of the meal.
Serving as master of ceremony was Ronnie Morris. Class President Ray Gary was unable to attend as he lost his eldest son on Wednesday prior to the reunion.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by Cathy Jewell Boles Long, a 1988 graduate of Post High School and owner of KSSL Radio Station in Slaton. Cathy was recently voted Texas Female Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists and was County Music Awards’ Top Female Recording Artist of Texas in 2019. Cathy Jewell was introduced by Orabeth Maxey White in memory of her late husband and 1957 class member, Noel White, who loved music.
Following the entertainment, Morris asked each classmate present to introduce themselves and their guest followed by their current residence and favorite memory of Post High School.
Don Beard of Ingram lit a candle in memory of all the class deceased and read the names of the 46 who have passed away since the class were freshmen.
Class of 1957 coasters, that were donated by Judy Bush in memory of her brother, Jerry Don McCampbell, were passed out.
Traveling the longest distance was Jackie Carpenter of Azle. Tied for the most great grandkids with seven each were Oneita Jones Gunn and Marie Howard Davis Epley.
Thank you gifts from the class were presented to Kylene Wheeler, Cathy Jewell and Judy Bush. Morris donated a wooden bowl he had made, with the drawing winner being Betsy Painter of Lubbock, daughter of Daymon Ethridge.
The class decided to have the next reunion in two years, 2022, which will be the 65th year. It was also decided to have it during the day with a noon meal.
Leading the evening benediction was Graydon Howell.
Special guests for the evening were Linda Livingston Runkles, Levelland; Janice Tucker Drake, Mike, Betsy and Miles Painter, Donna Ammons Jones and Rock and Cathy Jewell Long all of Lubbock; Tim Carpenter, Azle; and Tommy and Ruth Ann Young
Classmates and spouses attending were Corky Ammons, Daymon Ethridge, Graydon and Peggy Howell, Troy Cartmill of Lubbock, Ronnie and Sallie Morris of Clovis, New Mexico, Jackie Carpenter of Azle, Ted and Barbara Stone Tatum, Jack and Jean Morris, Oneita Jones Gunn, Jerry and Marie Howard Davis Epley, Orabeth Maxey White, Don and Betty Beard of Ingram and Bobby and Gloria Lofton Witchers of Lubbock.
Those sending their regrets for being unable to attend the reunion were Louise Gerner, Dallas; Shirley Watson Manley, Stephenville; Connie Marie King Augustine, Alexandria, Louisinana; Dixie Davis Miller, San Augustine; Howard Jones, Cherry Hill, New Jersey; Leslie Nichols McBride, Burnet; Ray Gary, Bullshead, Arizona; Ronnie Kennedy, Slaton; Bill Stephens, Amarilllo; Glenda Peirce McDonough, Crosbyton; Roxene Welch Pennell, Mineola; Don Long, Ozona; and Janice Barrow Grape, Marble Falls.
Pictures, annuals and memorabilia were displayed. The dining tables were covered with black cloths and alternate tables were centered with a silk mum and fall leaf arrangements with “PHS” and “57” sings made from black and gold pipe cleaners. The other tables featured a fall leaf garland, pumpkins and a picture of the old Post High School
More visiting and clean-up closed out the event.