MASON, W.Va. — Over 175 alumni and guests gathered at Wahama High School for the 56th annual alumni banquet.
Classes graduating in years ending in “6” celebrated reunions. The Class of 1966 was the honored guest celebrating 50 years.
Alumni were greeted and registered by Mary Artis, Judy Duncan McWhorter, Beverly Carson Knapp and Mary Foster Hendricks. Members of the Wahama National Honor Society provided tours of the school.
Rex Howard, president of the alumni association, welcomed everyone to the alumni banquet. The invocation was given by John Bumgarner, Class of 1970. The meal was prepared by the Lutheran Church of New Haven and served by the Sassafras 4-H Club.
Following the meal, Chloris Machir McQuaid recognized veterans by announcing the name and branch of the military. Each veteran was given a flag. Rex Howard recognized a special graduate of the Class of 1937. Clara Rollins Capehart who is 100 years old was given flowers, a tiara and a jar of Smuckers jelly with her picture attached.
Edward Maxfield Brown of Waco, Texas and a member of the Class of 1966 was the guest speaker. His program was reminiscent of 1966 their graduation year, 1991 their 25 year reunion at which Mr. Brown was the speaker and 2016 their 50 year reunion. He interjected keys for success drawing from two personal experiences. The Class of 1966 was introduced. Bonnie Blake Crabtree announced each deceased classmate. A representative of the class lit a candle and accepted a flower in honor of each. Alumni Association officers introduced the remaining classes in attendance.
Wahama Alumni Association Scholarship Committee consisting of Alumni Officers and Carol Browning, retired Wahama educator, presented over $7,500 in scholarships to the following members of the Class of 2016: Kristin DeVault, Molly Fisher, Mason Hicks, Nolan Pierce, Jaclyn Plants, Faith Stewart and Ryan Thomas sponsored by the Wahama Alumni Association; Debra Leming, Faith Stewart and Ryan Thomas sponsored by the Class of 1965; Clayton Sines and Kyle Sines sponsored by an anonymous alumnus; Logan Bissell, Austin Juelfs and Billy Joe McDermitt sponsored by the Class of 1973 in memory of classmate Donnie Machir; Kristin DeVault sponsored by the Carson Family in memory of Joyce Carson Class of 1945.
This year, the Alumni Association set up a special fund for contributions for scholarships. This fund enabled the Association to award five additional scholarships. Alumni who are unable to attend the banquet are encouraged to pay dues and make donations to the scholarship fund.
A short business meeting was conducted and officers were elected for 2017. New officers are: President: Rex Howard; Co-President: Jim Stewart; Vice President: Chloris Machir McQuaid; Co-Vice President: Sonya Yonker Roush; Treasurer: Mary Artis; Secretary: Beverly Carson Knapp; Historian: Susan Zuspan Winebrenner; and Committee Members: Judy Duncan McWhorter and Mary Foster Hendricks.
Gifts were given to attending members of the Classes of 1937 – 1949. Attendees at the alumni banquet came from 18 different states. Six alumni traveled over 1,000 miles to attend the banquet. Leah Ann Miller Clarke, Class of 1966 from Shelton, Washington received a gift for traveling the farthest. Door prizes were given from Bob Evans, Bob’s Market, City National Bank, Cornfeds, Farmer’s Bank, Fast 4 U, Foxy Locks, Gino’s Pizza, Health Aid Pharmacy, Traveltime Tours, New Haven 3 Marathon, Oopsa Daisy, Becky’s Kitchen, Millie’s Restaurant and Thompson’s Hardware. Additional door prizes were donated by Wahama alumni.
Those attending were: Class of 1937 – Clara Rollins Capehart, Letart; Class of 1943 – Gale (Betty and Cindy) Berry, South Charleston; Annabelle Grimm Hudnall, New Haven; Class of 1944 – Lawrence (Rae) Foreman, Middleport, Ohio; Ralph Sayre, New Haven; Class of 1945 – Harry “Chub” Pickens, New Haven; Class of 1946 – Thomas (Lois) Bumgarner, West Columbia; Pete and Betty Roush Burris, New Haven; Peggy Lieving Harbrecht, Point Pleasant; Sally Roush Clark, West Columbia; Orpha Weaver Fields, New Haven; Class of 1947 – Sarah Kelly Gibbs, New Haven; Enid Layne Adams, New Haven; Class of 1948 – Kathleen Grinstead Roush, New Haven; Barbara Lieving Zerkle, New Haven; Danny Yonker, Mason; Class of 1953 – Betty (Lawrence) Hoschar Davidson, Groveport, Ohio; Doris Litton Harrah, Little Hocking, Ohio; Susannah Roush Lewis, Letart; Class of 1954 – Martha Henry Coleman, Pataskala, Ohio; Ruth Lieving Roush, Letart; John Pete Roush, Gallipolis, Ohio; James Stewart, Chester; Mary Stewart Fowler, Point Pleasant.
Class of 1956 – Carolyn Bennett Allensworth, Mason; Mary Board Roush, Letart; Doris (Mike) Donohue Martin, Letart; Julia Edwards Willoughby, Letart; Alice Hall (Peggy, Jessica, Cheyenne) Norman, Montgomery, Ala.; Betty Jones Rawlings, Mason; Ron (Carolyn) McGlothlin, Franklinton, La.; James W. Roush, Gallipolis; Braunda Ballou, E. Douglas, Ma.; Sandra Roush (Fred) Pomeroy, Los Lunas, N.M.; Thomas (Janice) Vance, Point Pleasant; Class of 1958 – Linda Brinker Meadows, Letart; Orville Bush, Letart; Marshall McMillan, Middleport; Class of 1959 – Bruce Staats, Mason; Class of 1960 – Larry Hill, West Columbia; Class of 1961 – Jackie Capehart Sisson, Mason; Joan Carroll (Don) Cornell, Frederick MD; Sharon Foreman Taylor, Letart; Judy Fry Reiber, Reedsville, Ohio; Irma Grinstead Dodson, Hartford; Vernon Harrah Jr., Lake Wales FL; James (Gert) Hill, Columbus, Ohio; Ann Howard VanMeter, Mason; Sharon McDaniel (Carl) Archer, Mooresville N.C.; Beverly Roush (Richard) Plymale, Bucyrus, Ohio; Sheldon (Karen) Roush, Mableton, Ga.; Arawana Smith (William) Tye, Mt. Sterling, Ohio; Karen Stewart Werry, Racine, Ohio; Johnny Taylor Jr., Letart; Robert (Kathy Bayless) Tripp, Reedsville, Ohio; Donald VanMeter, Mason; Albert Lee (Marie) Weaver, New Haven; Emma Jane Weaver Harrah, Lake Wales FL; Susan Zuspan (Gordon) Winebrenner, Syracuse, Ohio.
Class of 1962 – Okey (Linda) Capehart, Columbus, Ohio; Class of 1963 – Nick Howard, Richmond, Ind.; Chloris Machir McQuaid, Pomeroy; Dewey (Nicolyn) Smith Jr., Bidwell, Ohio; Class of 1965 – Mary Artis, Point Pleasant; Judy Duncan McWhorter, Point Pleasant; Roy Dale Grimm Jr., New Haven; Mary Foster Hendricks, Mason; Class of 1966 – William Barton, Williamstown, W.Va.; Bonnie Blake (Gary) Crabtree, Parkersburg; Edward Maxfield (Dottie, Ted, Deanna) Brown, Waco, Texas; Jean Bumgarner (William) Blaine, Columbus, Ohio; June Bumgarner (Ron) Devrick, Danville, Ky.; Stephan (Virginia) Cadle, Leon; Vance Dawson, Hudson Oaks Texas; Janie Dodson (Larry) Moore, Mason; Sharry Flesher (Jim) Rossi, Point Pleasant; Angelia Goodnite Young, Lufkin, Texas; Judith Hall Wise, New Haven; Connie Hickel Knapp, Holdenwald Tenn.; Judy Hoffman (John Boon) Montgomery, Bumpass Va.; Susan Johnson Yeager, Mason; Jody Lish Noble, Mason; Leah Ann Miller Clarke, Shelton, Wash.; Nancy Proffitt, Mason; Chester Pyatt, Eustes, Fla.; George (Helen) Randolph, Point Pleasant; Betty Scarberry Holden, Kalamazoo Mich.; Joy Faye Thabet, Tyrone Okla.; Jo Thompson Turley, Letart; Sue VanMatre Mora, Racine; Ray (Garnet) Varian, Mason; Susie Warner (Butch) Newsome, Point Pleasant.
Class of 1967 – Connie (Fred Wells) Carpenter, Milton; Class of 1968 – Philip Burgess, Syracuse, Ohio; Gary (Penny) Green, Wellston; Sandra Greer (James) Shell, New Haven; Kathy Ingels Farr, Mason; Karen Staats Hindel, New Haven; Sonya Yonker Roush, Letart; Class of 1970 – John (Frankie) Bumgarner, Point Pleasant; Beverly Carson Knapp, West Columbia; Terry (Jane) Foreman, Colonial Beach, Va.; Gail Miller Davenport, Middleport, Ohio; Pam Roush Simpkins, Mason; Class of 1972 – Trecia Morris Barton, Williamstown W.Va.; Class of 1974 – Marty Yeager, Mason; Class of 1975 – Rex (Helen) Howard, New Haven.
Class of 1979 – Richard Sines, New Haven; Class of 1982 – Anna Grinstead Sines, New Haven; Randy Pierce, Mason; Class of 1986 – Suzette Paugh Hicks, Letart; Class of 1987 – Troy Stewart, Hartford; Class of 1988 – Pam Fry Fisher, Letart; Class of 1989 – Rick Kearns, Mason; Class of 1999 – Eve Hendricks Miller, Oak Ridge, N.C. Class of 2016 – Logan Bissell, New Haven; Kristin (Teresa) DeVault, Leon; Molly Fisher, Letart; Mason (Scott) Hicks, Letart; Austin Juelfs, West Columbia; Ricky Kearns, Mason; Nolan (Beth, Lora Pullins) Pierce, Mason; Clayton Sines, New Haven; Kyle Sines, New Haven; Faith (Lisa) Stewart, Hartford; Ryan Thomas, New Haven.