The Hampton High School Class of 1956 celebrated their 55th reunion on Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Rittertown Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The day began with a gathering from 9 to 11 a.m. Light refreshments were served.
Classmates and their guests met at 5 p.m. also at the church fellowship hall for the evening event. Pictures were taken and 22 balloons were released in memory of the 22 deceased classmates. Faye Oaks Perry served as master of ceremonies and welcomed everyone. A dinner buffet was catered by Nanny’s Country Kitchen.
A memorial service for the deceased classmates and teachers with the lighting of a candle was led by Richard Miller and Shirley Taylor Rumley. Vera Miller sang “Amazing Grace.” All veterans were recognized followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “America.” Classmate football coach J.C. Campbell was honored for his coaching of the HHS team and his induction into the Hall of Fame.
The speaker of the evening was classmate Rev. Dean Smith, who spoke on then and now, which brought back lots of remembrance of past years. Jay Helton and Ruth Carden Kendall traveled the farthest to attend the reunion.
Classmates attending, front row, from left: Ruth E. Carden Kendall, Shirley Smith Whitehead, Barbara Teague Helbert, Darlene McDaniel McEwen, June Nave Snavely, Ruth Irick Dugger and Marie Odom Jones. Second row: Shirley Taylor Rumley, Betty L. Hazelwood Stevens and Mona Holtsclaw Phillips. Third row: Richard Miller, J.C. Campbell, Dean Smith, Faye Oaks Perry, Charlotte Babb Laws and Emma Ward Rastall. Fourth row: Max White, Luther Deloach, William Grafton Green, John D. Snyder and Jay Helton.