Lakeview High School Class of ’58 re­union

The Catoosa County News - - EDITORIALS & OPINION - By Ta­mara Wolk Cor­re­spon­dent

‘I wanted to stay away from for­mal­i­ties for this re­union. Noth­ing about who the class of­fi­cers were or who was best at this or that, just old friends get­ting to­gether to rem­i­nisce and talk about fam­ily and life.’ Don Hays one of the re­union or­ga­niz­ers

On Nov. 2, for­mer stu­dents of Lakeview High School, Class of 1958, gathered at Park Place Restau­rant in Fort Oglethorpe to cel­e­brate 60 years since grad­u­at­ing.

A to­tal of 19 grad­u­ates and many of their spouses, as well as one for­mer teacher, were able to make it to the re­union. At least nine oth­ers were un­able to at­tend for var­i­ous rea­sons.

As one of the re­union or­ga­niz­ers and grad­u­ates, Don Hays, was ar­rang­ing ev­ery­one for a pho­to­graph, one lady com­mented in jest, “Have you for­got­ten how old we are? We can’t stand here for­ever.”

Hays and co-or­ga­nizer and fel­low­grad­u­ate Margie Wil­liams started brain­storm­ing on the re­union af­ter Hays’ wife’s Notre Dame re­union in Au­gust. It had been 10 years since the last time the Lakeview grad­u­ates had got­ten to­gether.

“I wanted to stay away from for­mal­i­ties for this re­union,” says Hays. “Noth­ing about who the class of­fi­cers were or who was best at this or that, just old friends get­ting to­gether to rem­i­nisce and talk about fam­ily and life.”

At­ten­dees dis­cussed their old school days, their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, and their ca­reers, which ranged from teach­ing to in­dus­try, govern­ment, the mil­i­tary and other things. Grad­u­ates came from as far away as Fayet­teville, Ten­nessee, and Knoxville, but many had re­mained lo­cal over the years or had re­turned to the area af­ter work and life had taken them other places.

“We just spent a lot of time jib­ber jab­ber­ing and get­ting reac­quainted,” says Hays.

An in­for­mal dis­cus­sion about the next re­union con­cluded that 2023 would be a good time to unite again.

/ Adam Cook

Ca­toosa County Cit­i­zens for Lit­er­acy Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Shirley Smith gives an up­date on the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s re­cent ac­com­plish­ments and pro­grams dur­ing an Oct. City Coun­cil meet­ing in Fort Oglethorpe.

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