Class of ’48 holds 70th reunion


By Bill Colvard - [email protected]



Seated left to right are Clarence Hines, James Kemp, Dr. Paul Webster and James Hiatt. Standing behind them are Eleanor Greenwood Powell-Hines, Betty Shackelford Brown, Sue Mae Flinchum Sutphin, Rocelle Speight Hart, Juanita McGee Daber and Ruth Human Ayers.


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James Hiatt (left) models the 70-year-old suit he wore to graduation in 1948. Juanita McGee Daber (right) checks the store label to confirm the suit’s authenticity.


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Ten alumni from the Mount Airy High School Class of 1948 recently attended their 70th reunion, one of whom was sporting his original wardrobe from graduation.

The group celebrated with lunch at Libby Hill Seafood Restaurant. Their class consisted of about 100 students who graduated in a ceremony at what was then the Rockford Street Auditorium and is now the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

Among the graduates was long-time News lifestyles editor Eleanor Powell-Hines, known by Greenwood in those days.

Class member James Hiatt attended the celebration wearing the same suit he had worn to the long-ago graduation and modeled it for his high school friends, telling them the suit had been purchased at the J.C. Penny store and presented to him by his parents.

Juanita McGee Daber, reunion chairman, checked out the store label inside Hiatt’s jacket lapel to determine its provenance. Finding it to be authentic, she commended him for keeping the suit in such excellent shape and offered Hiatt the highest of compliments.

”It still fits after all these years.”

Seated left to right are Clarence Hines, James Kemp, Dr. Paul Webster and James Hiatt. Standing behind them are Eleanor Greenwood Powell-Hines, Betty Shackelford Brown, Sue Mae Flinchum Sutphin, Rocelle Speight Hart, Juanita McGee Daber and Ruth Human Ayers.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_1.jpgSeated left to right are Clarence Hines, James Kemp, Dr. Paul Webster and James Hiatt. Standing behind them are Eleanor Greenwood Powell-Hines, Betty Shackelford Brown, Sue Mae Flinchum Sutphin, Rocelle Speight Hart, Juanita McGee Daber and Ruth Human Ayers. Submitted photos

James Hiatt (left) models the 70-year-old suit he wore to graduation in 1948. Juanita McGee Daber (right) checks the store label to confirm the suit’s authenticity.
https://www.mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_2.jpgJames Hiatt (left) models the 70-year-old suit he wore to graduation in 1948. Juanita McGee Daber (right) checks the store label to confirm the suit’s authenticity. Submitted photos

By Bill Colvard

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Reach Bill Colvard at 336-415-4699.

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