Just Among Friends
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 1:00 AM
The Philadelphia High School Class of 1988 waited 25 years to have its first class reunion, but never again would they wait so long.
This past weekend was so much fun that they are already planning their 30th reunion.
"I've had classmates, who didn't come, calling me to say they'll never miss another one," John King, of the class of '88, told me.
The weekend began when classmates met at Harpole Stadium Friday evening to cheer as the Philadelphia Tornadoes defeated Kemper County's football team.
They were excited and honored to be recognized during the game as an attending group of alumni.
Saturday morning Kelly Penson, public relations co-ordinator at PHS, along with two student-body ambassadors, conducted a tour of the school for the Class of 1988.
Saturday evening it was all informal fun and games when class members and spouses gathered at Philadelphia's Warehouse on Walnut.
Now "full grown adults," with no parental orders to "be home by ten o'clock," the evening of fun lasted way past "the witchin' hour."
Enjoying their freedom as adults with their spouses and friends were Randall Breedlove, Cory McCormick Johns, Patrick Mooney, David Smith, Wendy Hutchinson Spears, Laurie Rose Lorio, Brad Huddleson, Dean Reid, Tammy Houston Wells, John King, Melanie Hunter McNair, Tiffany Houston, Mark Majure, Joe Rush, Heath Stribling, Kevin Vaughn, Curt Wallace, Wendy Gray Smith, Kim Bridges Neal, Elizabeth Kron Adkins, Greg Griffin, Chuck Lea, Mignel Triplett, Monica Woods Ward, Kelvin Young and Kim Croswell Long.
What's going on at Mississippi State?
The Greek Society at MSU recently participated in a fun raiser for the "Make A Wish" Foundation.
The Chi Omega sorority sponsored a "Limelight Night," a night of "mini- Broadway" musical dance skits.
Most of the fraternities and sororities on campus participated in this endeavor which raised several thousand dollars to help make two very special girl's dreams come true.
One battling a traumatic brain injury, the other with a kidney transplant, will realize their different dreams.
The first one's dream is to visit Disney World, the other to tour Turks and Caocos.
The following Philadelphians, students at MSU, contributed toward making these girls dreams come true: John Carr Bates, son of Jimmy and Susan Bates, Peyton Clark, son of Barry and Melissa Clark, Joel Whitney, son of Mark and Tammy Whitney, and Tanner Rhodes, son of Derrick and Celeste Rhodes, all members of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and Ty Stewart, son of Granville and Laura Stewart, and Colby McLain, son of Kent and Deena McLain, members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.
Quoting Susan Bates, who attended the show, "It was a great presentation, and very much appreciated by the two girls' families.
"They expressed their appreciation to the students on the scene at Humphrey Stadium. I had no idea those boys had all those moves, including acrobatic and basket tosses!
"It was fun to watch, knowing the money raised was going for such a worthwhile cause."
The Contemporary Christian Group "Altar'd" met in concert "at the foot of the cross" Sunday evening, Sept. 29, at Crossway Community Church.
The group includes Patrick Eakes, Joe Rush, Scott Lewis, Grant Morris, Luke Howell, Bridget Fulton, Chad Allgood and Ben Hardy.
They played to the Glory of God and for the benefit of God's Closet.
God's Closet, located in the Valley View Shopping Center, is a ministry adopted by the United Methodist Women at First United Methodist Church, Philadelphia, in an effort to assist needy school children in Neshoba County with school clothing and supplies.
In talking with Brenda Vowell at God's Closet, she says their primary aim right now, with cold weather approaching, is to provide the children with warm clothing, such as coats, scarves, toboggans and gloves.
Should you have such items that you would like to donate, you may contact Brenda at 601-663-5300.
The stories that have come out of this project, will "warm"your heart.
The "slightly" Mature & "very" Moderns met "joyfully" for their monthly potluck luncheon in Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The theme of the meeting was "Joy."
President Janice Williamson called the meeting to order and led in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
A "joyful" washboard band, Patt Fiedler, Laura Bryan and Joey Gray, led the group in singing, "Joy in My Heart." Sara Gibson, Minister of the Word of God, brought the message on "Joy to be found in the Lord."
Almond "Joy" candy bars marked places at the tables for everyone, including guests, JoAnn Breland, Nancy and Johnie Harris, Pamela Boler, Lynn Adams, Tommie Banks, Melissa Brown, and Joey Gray.
Members in attendance included Janice Williamson, Jo Lynn Parker, Susan Powell, Betty Mooney, Jan Williamson, Sara Hutcheson, Glenda Green, Rachel Evans, Mary and R. B. Marshall, Bobbie Holley, Yvonne Smith, Dot McNeil, Hazel Allen, Patt Fiedler, Laura Bryan, Babs Kirkland, June Mitchell, Brenda Matthews and Ricky Bengs.
Babs and June served as hostesses for the luncheon.
Sara Hutcheson and her friend, Linda Towe of Denver, attended the 100th anniversary of The United Methodist Church in Geiger, Ala., held Sunday, Sept. 22.
Alabama Bishop Paul Leland conducted the service. United Methodist in Geiger is the home church of Sara's late husband, Pete Hutcheson's family, some of whom who still attend the church.