Graduates at the 50th Birthday Bash and All White Party. From Left-to-Right:
1st ROW (sitting on floor): Lavesta Boneparte
2nd ROW (sitting): Carolyn Thompson, Shondelle Hart, Angela Robinson, Tereasa Dantzler, Karen Cannon, Cynthia Watson, Arline Bethea
3rd ROW: Machelle Coleman, Janice Smoak, Cynthia Williams, Bruce Douglas, Rosalind Keller, Pamala Jackson, Rev. John Wolfe, Michelle Rockward, Eugenia Parham, Windy Nicholson, Thaddeus Miles
4th ROW: Adrian Johnson, Theophilus Gardner, Michael Gidron, Paul Hart, Daniel Smoak, Kenneth Mitchell, Dr. Lawrence Floyd, Sylvester Connors, Joseph Keller
Twenty-seven of the one hundred thirty-six members of the 1985 graduating class from Calhoun County High School gathered in Atlanta, GA on June 23-25 to celebrate turning 50 years old in 2017. Including spouses and friends there were fifty people in attendance.
The weekend began on Friday, June 23rd, with a Meet and Greet at the Fairfield Inn in Lithonia, GA. Reconnecting with classmates was the highlight of the evening and each graduate received a bag of “goodies” that included a 50th Birthday Bash t-shirt.
Saturday, June 24th, was a full day visiting the Martin Luther King Center and the birth home of the civil rights icon for which the center is named. All this followed by lunch at The Varsity, a landmark restaurant in Atlanta. Although the plans changed from the intended hike/railcar ride to the top of Stone Mountain due to rains, a great time was had by all.
Saturday evening was the 50th Birthday Bash and All White Party at the home of classmate Windy Keller Nicholson in Johns Creek, GA. All of the graduates were dressed in white and the ladies wore tiaras; an impressive group of stylishly dressed individuals! The group shared great conversation over dinner with dancing afterward. Again, a very fun time!
Sunday offered up a brunch buffet and worship service at the home of classmate Machelle Harden Coleman who now lives in Snellville, GA. The worship service was conducted by Dr. Lawrence Floyd of Albany, GA. The uplifting and encouraging message as well as the delicious brunch sent the graduates back home with sweet memories.
Classmates gathered from North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington. Seattle, Washington is the home of the graduate who traveled the greatest distance.
The Party Committee consisted of Lavesta Boneparte, Chesapeake, VA; Machelle Harden Coleman, Snellville, GA; Shondelle McCray Hart, St. Matthews, SC; Windy Keller Nicholson, Johns Creek, GA; and Janice Bunn Smoak, Waldorf, MD. Pamala Jackson is making a commemorative book about the bash for the group.
The Calhoun County High School (CCHS) Class of 1985 awards a scholarship annually to a CCHS graduating senior.