Then and now: Class of ‘52 celebrates 60 years since graduation

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18 classmates attend reunion, gather for 11th time since graduating

Eighteen members of the Taylorsville High School Class of 1952 celebrated their 60th anniversary since graduating high school by gathering on June 9 at the Spencer Coutny-Taylorsville Chamber of Commerce building.


This was the 11th reunion the class has held.
Those present included Harold (Eli) Summers, Tom Kirsch, Scott Carr, Ardia Edwards Herndon, Rena Pollett Baird, Jane Winchester Carr, Joyce Goodlett, Frances Satterly Ockerman, Irene Goodlett Hall, Pauline McGaughey McClain, Betty June Walker Harp, Esther Brumley Davenport, Nellie Cook Nation, Annie Ruth King Smith, Marilyn Miller Rowlett, Mary Cook Leathers, Bonnie Cox Bodine, and Lunett Ingram Powell.
Eight spouses, Marlyn Baird, Jack Hall, Rudolph Leathers, Gene Ockerman, Alice Kirsch, Truman McClain, Bill Rowlett and Doyle Smith, as well as former classmates and their spouses, Harold Glen and Jo Goodlett and  Stanley and Charlotte Wakefield, joined in the celebration.
Fifteen classmates, Hallie Smith Burgin, Martha Burns, Daphne Burgin Cubert, Wilford Day, Geraldine Crowe Goodwin, Peggy Harp King, Pat Thomas Lacy, Jimmy Oder, Ann Carlisle Randell, Joan Skaggs Amis Russell, Frank Shields, Pauline Thomas Smith, Donnie Sutherland, Bobby Travis  and Arvilla McClain Ware are now deceased.  Moments of silence were held and a candle lit by Tom Kirsch in their memory.  Marilyn Miller Rowlett offered the blessing for the meal.
During roll call, each class member shared events in his/her life since the 10th reunion held for the class’ 58th anniversary. Frances and Gene Ockerman and Pauline and Truman McClain were recognized for reaching their 60th wedding anniversary.
Several members now have great-grandchildren, and Bonnie Cox Bodine’s granddaughter had just received a full four-year scholarship to play basketball at the University of Maine. Class memorabilia was on display, and Frances Satterly Ockerman presented each classmate a keepsake favor.
Class members appreciate all the planning and hard work that Frances Satterly Ockerman and Mary Cook Leathers gave to arranging this “Diamond Jubilee” time of fun and fellowship.