May 28, 2008 Edition

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250 attend Hoxie alumni reunion



Connie Kissee, class of 1969, (from left), Melba Sawyers Crumpler, class of 1968, Phil Kissee, class of 1968, and Garry Suenkel, class of 1967, visit during the Hoxie Alumni Banquet Saturday evening at the Hoxie Service Center. Additional coverage of the event, which is held every three years, can be found on pages 8 and 9B of this issue.
TD Photo ~ Leslie Ginn
By Katie Smith

Approximately 250 graduates, classmates, teachers and staff members of Hoxie High School and guests from 13 states enjoyed the 2008 alumni banquet and reunion held Saturday evening at the Hoxie Service Center.

The reunion is held every three years on the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The classes of 1956, 1957 and 1958 were the honored classes this year for their 50th year since the last banquet and reunion. "At the Hop" was the banquet theme.

The guests met at 5 p.m. and enjoyed an hour of visiting prior to the meal. Warner Allen gave the invocation, and guests enjoyed a catered catfish and chicken dinner.

President Pam Allen gave the welcome and introduced officers, who included: Pam, president; Glenna (Mason) Whitlow, vice president; James Tinker, corresponding secretary; and Kendell Snedeker, treasurer.

Pam then led the roll call of the classes, which included classes between 1922 through 2008. The class of 1932 and 1934 were the earliest who had members that attended, and the class of 2007 was the latest class that had a member in attendance.

Pam recognized faculty and staff (past and present) at the reunion. She also paid tribute to the alumni who died since the last reunion.

During the recognition of the honored classes, guests enjoyed a video tribute featuring the graduation pictures of each class member as well as other pictures of their senior year.

As part of the business meeting, conducted by President Allen, those in attendance elected the new slate of officers for the 2009-2011 term. They include Doug Austin, president; Helen (Lewis) Dodd and Pat (Thorton) McManners, co vice presidents; James Tinker, corresponding secretary; and Kendell Snedeker, treasurer. Following the election, the guests enjoyed a drawing for door prizes.

Pam gave recognition to her officers, those who helped prepare for the banquet, the decorating committee, Pizza Den, Black River Beads and Hoxie School.

Doug Austin, newly elected president, addressed the group and encouraged them to register early for the next reunion. The guests sang the alma mater and enjoyed more visiting before "DJ Sound Extreme" provided music for the dance.

Out-of-county alumni from Arkansas who attended included: Betty (Cargill) Wiley, Janette (Burns) Phipps, Patricia (Schmidt) Sheets, Pat (Carr) McGregor, Alice (Guntharp) Phipps, Norma (Smith) Shields, Pat (Thornton) McManners, Mona (Dobbs) Kay, James R. Doyle, Joe and Vivian (Floyd) Smith, Lonnie and Judy (Robins) Parker, Stephen and Barbara (Palmer) Schmidt, Elbert and Jean (Diggs) Little and Doug Gleghorn, all of Jonesboro; Pat (Riggs) Busbea, Alice (Steed) Brasselton, John Penny, Maurice Webb and Nancy (Doyle) Oldham of the North Little Rock~Little Rock area; Terry Myers of Searcy; Alta (Lawson) Hilt of Morrilton; Charlene (Lawson) Clark of Dover; Dr. Linda Heard of Hot Springs; Glenna (Mason) Whitlow and Linda (Lawson) Carter of Paragould; Sandra (Suenkel) House and Margaret (Diggs) Sharp of Austin; Dennis Myers of Springfield; Bonnie (Wyatt) Elders of Mountain Home; David and Sue (Smithee) Fallis of Radcliff; Bob Helms of Marion; Avalene (Lawson) Mitts of Swifton; Shelby (Dobbs) Fix of Cabot; Kathleen (Lawson) Lampton of Newport; Keith Richardson and Dale Lewallen of Pocahontas; Doris (O'Connor) Gill of Cherokee Village; Roy Meadows of Heber Springs; Charles and Margaret (Lawson) Broadway of Higdon.

Other alumni from out of state were Helen (Diggs) Gullett of Springfield, Mo.; Vondaline (Bonds) Ferguson of Sedalia, Mo.; Doug Austin of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Shelby (Dobbs) Fix of Edwards, Mo.; Billy D. and Louise (Manning) Thornton of Butler, Mo.; Thomas Diggs of St. Louis, Mo.; Sarah (Dodd) Cox of San Antonio; Peggy (Dodd) McCarty of Schertz Texas; Hand and Diane (Prentice) Suenkel of Richmond, Texas; Randy Lawson of Joshua, Texas; Barbara (Ingram) Killgore of Brownwood, Texas; Dorothy (Graves) Terrell of Dripping Springs, Texas.

Also, Barbara (Bruce) Cabatis and Charlsie (Bruce) Little of Albany, Ga.; Edward Hibbard of Flowery Beach, Ga.; Norris Watson of Tucson, Ariz.; Dortha (Dobbs) Vaughn of Tulsa, Okla.; Patricia (Robins) Reed of Sapula, Okla.; Garry Suenkel of Knoxville, Tenn.; Rosemary (Thornton) Peace of Bradford, Tenn.; Joyce (Hendrix) Franks of Moscow, Tenn.; Freda (Smithee) Wall of St. Augustine, Fla.

Also, Bill Buster of Union City, Ohio; Elmo Albright of Jackson, Miss.; Ardell (Smith) Flannigan of Horn Lake, Miss.; John Oldham of Corinth, Miss.; Jesse Baker of Vicksburg, Miss.; Linda (Spargo) Graham, Larry and Patty (Spargo) Brown of Rockford, Ill.; Alfred Simms of Rock Falls, Ill.; Sandra (Turner) Hutsell of Sterling, Ill.; V. Kay (Dulaney) McManes of Machesney Park, Ill.; Bill Steed of San Jose, Calif.; and Rick Lawrence of Indianapolis and many others from the local area.

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