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BI class fo 1960 has reunion
Members of Bradwell Institute’s class of 1960 pose for a group photo during their reunion last month. - photo by Photo provided.
Bradwell Institute’s class of 1960 had its 50-year class reunion Oct. 23 at the Dorchester Shooting Preserve in Midway. The celebration began with a social hour as classmates renewed old friendships and made new acquaintances. Mr. and Ms. Lamar Cook of Hinesville and their son Ryan provided the entertainment.
Attendees enjoyed a buffet-style meal catered by the Preserve and BI graduate George Martin blessed the food.
After dinner, former senior class president and master of ceremonies Buddy DeLoach began the evening’s program, introducing special guests Mr. Ed Edwards, former BI principal, and Mr. and Ms. Hokey Jackson. Hokey Jackson is a Georgia state championship-winning former BI football coach.
Committee members who spent months planning and organizing the event were recognized.
Peggy Williamson and Cullen Barnes put together the floral arrangements using vases provided by The Frame Gallery and Joy Marie’s Shop in Hinesville. Greenery, seashells and candles were furnished by Linda Barnes of the New and Not Shop. Classic Photography created a collage of deceased former Bradwell students using their senior portraits from the 1960 yearbook. Of the 48-member graduating class of 1960, six are deceased: Bobby Branch, Bobby Brodie, Donald Browning, Kenny Lee, Ed Rogers and Wendell Williams. The families of the deceased students provided more recent photographs.
One class member set up a memorabilia table filled with photographs, yearbooks, souvenirs, school newspapers and other articles from her scrapbook. Easels for the display were provided by Michael Smiley, owner of The Frame Gallery.
Former senior class vice president Sanford Carter called Judy Mobley to the front of the crowd to read a poem by an anonymous author titled “The Class Reunion.”
Next, the former students were invited to take the stage where they introduced themselves and spoke about their families and their accomplishments since high school.  
At the end of the evening, attendees received goody bags filled with items solicited and collected by a few former students. Bradwell Institute, Century 21-Action Realty, Coastal Bank, Coastal EMC, First Citizens Bank, Geo-Vista Credit Union, The Heritage Bank, International Greetings USA, Liberty County Chamber of Commerce, Liberty County Development Authority, South Georgia Bank and VIP Office Furniture and Supply all donated items. The bags also included copies of “A Love Poem,” which was written by the class of 1960 in Ms. Faye Darsey’s English class, the class prophecy, the last will and testament and biographies submitted by the students. Copies of the biographies have been mailed to those who were unable to attend the reunion.

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