Pilot Mountain class of ‘55 has reunion


Pilot Mountain High School Class of 1955 class members attending their 2017 reunion are pictured here. Bottom row: Camille Gordon Flippin, Julia Simmons Peele, Nancy Patton Hall, Margaret Ann Reid. Second row: Mildred O’Neal Adams, Gail Parker Johnson, Sara Chilton Stone, Elaine Hill Harbour, Claudine Wall Payne, Mary Jo Brinkley Southerland. Third row/back: Mondell Bryant, Ralph Gwyn, Gray Peele, Kenneth Flippin, Ray Von Cook, Earl Harding, Dr. Roger Jackson, Bobby Joe Needham, Shirley Joyce Brinkley and Melvin Riddle.


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Guest Glenda Cook, left, is shown with former teacher, Audrey Kirby.


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The 1955 graduating class of Pilot Mountain High School held its 62-year class reunion on Aug. 12, 2017, at Mountain View Restaurant in Pilot Mountain. Their last reunion was in July 2005.

Twenty members and nine guests were present for the occasion. Out of the 43 original class members, 13 are deceased: Dr. John Wayne Nixon, Bonnie Midkiff Wall, Betty Chilton Jessup, Carol Jessup Campbell, Betty Bell Lynch, Faye Arrington Secrist, Glenda Stone, Earl Jones, Jean Jessup Coakley, Barbara Francis, Rex Flinchum, Ed East and Robert Chilton.

Dr. Roger Jackson welcomed the group. After comments from Ray Von Cook, including a moment of silence for the deceased members, the group enjoyed a delicious meal. During the afternoon members and spouses reminisced and enjoyed hearing stories of their past school days. Most of the class members started in the first grade and continued through 12 grades together, creating a close relationship. The group was delighted to have Ms. Audrey Kirby, one on their teachers, to join them.

Nancy Patton Hall, Elaine Hill Harbour, Ray Von Cook and Dr. Roger Jackson organized the event. A special table was used to display names of the 13 deceased members. Upon departing Elaine Harbour gave each person a miniature box of candy. A good time was had by all and the group agreed they should plan another reunion next year.

Pilot Mountain High School Class of 1955 class members attending their 2017 reunion are pictured here. Bottom row: Camille Gordon Flippin, Julia Simmons Peele, Nancy Patton Hall, Margaret Ann Reid. Second row: Mildred O’Neal Adams, Gail Parker Johnson, Sara Chilton Stone, Elaine Hill Harbour, Claudine Wall Payne, Mary Jo Brinkley Southerland. Third row/back: Mondell Bryant, Ralph Gwyn, Gray Peele, Kenneth Flippin, Ray Von Cook, Earl Harding, Dr. Roger Jackson, Bobby Joe Needham, Shirley Joyce Brinkley and Melvin Riddle.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Class-of-55-reunion-2017.jpgPilot Mountain High School Class of 1955 class members attending their 2017 reunion are pictured here. Bottom row: Camille Gordon Flippin, Julia Simmons Peele, Nancy Patton Hall, Margaret Ann Reid. Second row: Mildred O’Neal Adams, Gail Parker Johnson, Sara Chilton Stone, Elaine Hill Harbour, Claudine Wall Payne, Mary Jo Brinkley Southerland. Third row/back: Mondell Bryant, Ralph Gwyn, Gray Peele, Kenneth Flippin, Ray Von Cook, Earl Harding, Dr. Roger Jackson, Bobby Joe Needham, Shirley Joyce Brinkley and Melvin Riddle. Submitted photos

Guest Glenda Cook, left, is shown with former teacher, Audrey Kirby.
http://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Class-of-55-reunion-with-Audrey-Kirby-and-Glenda-Cook..jpgGuest Glenda Cook, left, is shown with former teacher, Audrey Kirby. Submitted photos
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