Reunion planned for ECHS grads

Published 8:05 am Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Although the temperature doesn’t show it, fall is just around the corner. With fall comes football, Williams Station Day, homecoming and class reunions.

One of those reunions this year will take place on the same weekend as Williams Station Day, and Homecoming at Escambia County High School, so attendees will find plenty of reasons to return to Atmore.

Members of the Classes of 1964 through 1970 are planning a big reunion for Oct. 22, 2011 and will meet at The Club, located at 1927 Alabama 21 north of Atmore. The event will be casual dress and will be catered by “What’s Cookin.” Music of the 50s and 60s will be played by a disc jockey.

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“It’s always a lot of fun to get back together with old friends again,” said class member Bonnie Latino, class of 1966. “I have been back to several reunions. I even came back from Greece and Hawaii to attend a couple.”

The idea of combining classes is not a new one. It has been done many times.”

Ann Gordon, another member of the class of 1966, said in a small town like Atmore, everybody knows everybody else. She, and most of the others mentioned here, were members of the Class of 1966, which consisted of 141 members.

“Some of the girls in my class married upper class men, while some of the boys married younger girls,” Gordon said. “Even covering several years, everybody knows each other. We decided to combine several classes to make it even more fun.

“When you get a little older, you always want to go home again and that is what we try to do at the reunion,” she added. “By seeing all of the old classmates, we can all ‘go home again’ in a way. This reunion will be on the same day at Williams Station and on the same weekend as the reunion at Escambia County High School, so many classmates who live out of town who are coming back to attend those will be here at that time.”

Gordon said she thought her class was a little unique and there will be people coming that have done very well for themselves and represent various occupations. There’s Jerry Hatfield, who was an aircraft pilot during the Vietnam War and was later very active within the state on behalf of aviation. Emilie Mims is now the probate judge for Escambia County. William Grissett is owner of Escambia County Lawn Center.

Jean Chisholm Anton, another classmate, said some of the former students began about three years ago going on a cruise to be have some fun together.

“Some of us attended school together the whole 12 years,” Anton said. “We plan on going on another cruise in September and I am sure we will have additional plans about that at the reunion. This will be the 45th reunion for the my class, which is the class of 1966”

For additional information, call Ann Gordon at Atmore Realty.