The weekend of June 29-July 1, more than 275 former students and educators from Liberty County High School classes of 1953-1972 gathered for a biennial reunion.
It began with a meet-and-greet Friday night at Club Stewart, where The Conquest Band from Fort Valley performed. Old relationships were rekindled and new ones established. Some of us had not seen each other in years. The evening was truly magical. We enjoyed the night with much laughter, hugs and dancing.
Saturday morning we attended a business meeting and discussed fundraising ideas to continue the support of the Historic Dorchester Center and provide scholarships. Additionally, we are soliciting funds from our alumni and well-wishers associated with LCHS’ classes of 1953-1972 so we can establish a museum at the old school site and become a stop on the Historic Liberty Trail.
Saturday brought an evening of expectation and enjoyment for the classes of 1961-62.
Ms. Carolyn Smith Carter, class of ‘61, and retired Col. Warren Riles, class of ‘62, offered moments of reflection. To commemorate the class’ 50-year graduation anniversary, approximately 50 golden diplomas were awarded — the obvious highlight of the evening. The golden diplomas were signed by Liberty County School System Superintendent Dr. Judy Scherer.
Later, Ms. Rose Mullice gave a PowerPoint presentation in memory of our deceased schoolmates. We memorialized their passing and cherish their memories.
Sunday morning began with a worship service at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church where we graciously were welcomed by the Rev. Alvin Jackson and his congregation. The word was dynamic and enjoyed by us all. We had a wonderful spiritual experience. Thank God for the word!
Reunion participants gathered Sunday evening at Dorchester for a farewell picnic that consisted of a Lowcountry boil and fried fish. It was an awesome way to say farewell with good food and games. In attendance were schoolmates from as far away as California and Connecticut.
One of our favorite teachers spoke later, saying, “When I reflect on the 2012 class reunion, I can only recall the multiplicity of events that made our presence enjoyable. The reunion itself was a priceless treasure. It slipped by so rapidly, but it was certainly a special time for me to renew my friendship with my former students.”
Many accolades were given throughout the course of the weekend’s events and we all eagerly await 2014.
— Charles Frasier
President, LCHS Alumni Association (1953-1972)