Clearspring alumni gather for reunion


Tribune staff reports

The annual Clearspring School reunion was Aug. 26 at Brownstown Elementary School with 86 people, including former teachers and coaches, in attendance.

President Darrell Branaman welcomed the group, and the Rev. Lawrence Goen gave the invocation for the pitch-in dinner.

Special recognition was given to the veterans present, and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

The meeting was called to order, and a special thank-you was given to all who volunteered with setting up, decorating and helping serve the food and drinks.

Secretary-treasurer Rose Wray read the minutes and gave the treasurer’s report.

The floor was opened for nominations for officers to be elected for the coming year. The present officers all were nominated to serve another year, and each accepted.

A candle was lit by Wray, and Jim Cooper and Dennis Campbell played soft music as the memorial roll of 28 names of students and teachers who had passed away this past year was read.

Special recognition was given to the 1968 graduating class, which is celebrating its 50th year. Class members present were Louise Cobb Bowling, Wayne and Janet Edwards, Ernie Estes, Lonnie and Wilma Goen, Daryl L. Lucas, Jeanette Yeary Sitterding, Ronald and Karen Cummings Terrell, Brenda Weddell and Jim Wilson.

Past cheerleaders who were present, Sue Curry Isaacs, Patty Lawson Johnson and Karen Cummings Terrell, led the group in the school song.

Baskets were then passed around for donations to cover expenses, and an announcement was made about the Houston Fall Festival on Oct. 13.

Gene Pearson, who graduated in 1944, received a potted plant for being the oldest present. Ray Jones from Wisconsin received a potted plant for traveling the farthest distance. Mary Jane Fleetwood, with Joan Fleetwood, received the grand door prize.

Jim Cooper and Dennis Campbell entertained the group with special music.

The meeting was adjourned by all singing “God Be with You Until We Meet Again.”

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