The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

August 5, 2010

Upcoming local reunions

Minden Reunion — The 30th anniversary of the Minden Reunion will be observed Saturday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 6. A Saturday get-together on Sept. 4 from 3 to 6 p.m. is planned for early arrivals to socialize with friends, at Minden Community Meeting Center, Inc. in Minden. “Coal miner” beans and corn bread, plus desserts, will be available at no charge. On Sunday morning, Sept. 5, a worship service will be held at 10 a.m. at the Minden Community Meeting Center, Inc. in Minden. Scheduled this year is the Rev. Jack Barker, pastor of the Minden Missionary Baptist Church. At 11 a.m. on Sunday, Minden friends will join together at the Lewis Community Foundation’s Christian Community Center (old National Guard Armory), 469 Central Avenue, Oak Hill, for a buffet dinner at 1 p.m. The charge is $15 per person. Please stop at the information table to sign in and pick up your tickets. On Sept. 6, if you plan to walk on the Minden-to-Thurmond Walk along the Mary Ingles Trail, please meet at 9 a.m. at the Lewis Center. There will be a $5 charge per person, which includes a picnic lunch in Thurmond. The deadline for reservations is Aug. 26. If you need additional information, please contact Christina Shieler Law, president, at 304-469-3437 (home) or Sharon Watkins Conner, treasurer, PO Box 418, Minden, WV 25879-0418; 304-465-0279 (home) or 304-465-1879 (work).

Comer Reunion — The Comer Reunion will be held Aug. 15 beginning at 12 p.m. with a covered dish dinner at the home of Janice Comer and the late Sam Comer on Nickelville Road, Fayetteville. For more information, call 304-574-2039. Everyone is welcome.

Taylor-Bryant — The Taylor-Bryant Reunion will be held Saturday, Aug. 28 beginning at noon at Shelter #1, Fayette County Park, Beckwith. Please bring a covered dish and drink of your choice. For more information, call Leah at 304-663-4677.

CHS Class of 1960 — The Collins High School Class of 1960 will hold its 50-year class reunion  on Sept. 3-4, Friday night at the Scout Cabin and Saturday night at the Lewis Community Foundation’s Christian Community Center. Addresses are needed for the following classmates:  Charles Akers, Jessie Barrett, Ann Blevins, Patty Boardwine, Jerry Bowyer, Judy Burgess, William Craft, David Douglas, Oscar Epperly, Barbara Farmer, Linda Garrett, Ellen Harvey, Dorothy Johnson, Carol Jones, Johnny Kees, Kathleen Kees, Sherry Morris, Barbara Painter, Norma Rose, Jackie Sizemore, and Ann Klapp. If you have any information on these people, please contact one of the following: Denny Cole at 304-469-3068, Jerry Wickline at 304-465-0798, Dorothy Pauley Hall at 304-469-6343, Judy Miller Rodes at 304-469-3816, or Ruby Adkins Garrett at 304-465-3733. The cutoff date for registration forms and money is Aug. 1.

FHS Class of 1965 — The Fayetteville High School Class of 1965 will have its 45-year class reunion on Aug. 13-14. On Friday, Aug. 13, a free casual gathering will be held at the Fayetteville American Legion Hall from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be light refreshment available, and classmates may come and go as they like. Saturday, Aug. 14 will be the buffet dinner and business meeting at the Lewis Community Foundation’s Christian Community Center in Oak Hill. Time for this event is 6 to 11 p.m., with dinner at 7:30. Class business will be after dinner, followed by doo-wop music.  The cost of dinner and entertainment will be $28. Your reservation will be needed no later than Aug. 5. If you started the 7th grade at FHS in 1959 (Class of '65) or attended FHS at any time with us during your high school days, you are still considered a member of our class and are cordially invited to either event. For more info or to reserve yourself a spot, please contact  one of the following: Carl Feazell at 276-728-9484 or e-mail, or Barbara Grose Ennis at 540-473-3266 or e-mail

OHHS Class of 1990 — The Oak Hill High School Class of 1990 will hold its 20-year reunion Sept. 3 through Sept. 5. On Friday, Sept. 3, there will be a meet and greet at Smokey’s on the Gorge from 6 until 7 p.m. followed by dinner and group pictures. Dress is casual. A cash bar is located in the restaurant. Dinner and DJ service will be on the lower deck. Class members wishing to take part in the Oak Leaf Festival parade on Saturday, Sept. 4 should meet at High Lawn Cemetery no later than 10 a.m. on Saturday. Children are welcome. The parade is set for 11 a.m., and class members are invited for family fun at Collins Park behind Collins Middle School following the parade for pizza and refreshments. On Sunday, Sept. 5, there will be a service at Life Bridge Church at 10:30 a.m. The church is located across from King Coal Chevrolet. Golf Day at Bridge Haven is planned for Sunday, as well as fireworks at 8:30 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce with Red Devil cake and pnch. Live music will be performed at Oak Hill High School from 1 to 4 p.m., and the Chili Cookoff is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fayette Institute of Technology (Vo-Tech). Cost for class members is $50 which includes dinner, a 20-year reunion T-shirt for the OHHS Class of 1990, a class photo and a memory booklet. Cost for each additional dinner guest is $20. Also, add an additional $10 for an extra T-shirt, or $13 for an extra XXL shirt. Please make checks or money orders payable to OHHS Class of 1990, and RSVP to OHHS Class of 1990, c/o Bobby Atha, PO Box 445, Oak Hill, WV 25901 before Aug. 6. Those who do not RSVP and still wish to attend will not receive a gift packet and will have to pay the non-discounted price for dinner at the door.

Kesler/Kessler Reunion — The descendants of Peter Kesler, originally from Germany, will be meeting for the 62nd annual Kesler/Kessler Reunion at the Kesler Memorial Presbyterian Church at Clifty on Sunday Road, Hico, on Sunday, Aug. 8. All Keslers and Kesslers are to be reunited beginning at a 10 a.m. Sunday school service and then the 11 a.m. morning worship service. There will be a picnic luncheon at the noon hour with special singing by the Fisherman Quartet from Ohio, starting at 1 p.m. Paperware, silverware and drinks are provided. For more information, contact president Bill Kesler at 304-438-9158 or secretary Gerriann Kesler Fair at 304-658-5144.

OHHS Class of 1980 — The Oak Hill High School Class of 1980 will hold its 30-year high school reunion on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 6 and 7. You can download a registration form off the group’s Facebook friends Web page, Oak Hill High School ‘80, or go to You can also contact Tonja Copley at 304-465-0479 or Sherri Thomas at 304-731-5532.

Stewart Reunion — The children of the late Fred and Dessie Mae Parrish Stewart will hold their annual family reunion on Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Collins Park, behind Collins Middle School, starting at 11:30 a.m. All siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and distant relatives are encouraged to attend. This is a covered dish meal, so plan to bring your favorite dishes. Organizers look forward to seeing everyone.

Myles School — An attempt is being made to locate former students at Myles School for a possible reunion in late September. Any information as to phone numbers and/or addresses will be greatly appreciated. Contact Thelma Tincher Tolbert at 304-252-6979 or Mary Olenick Johns at 304-465-5081.

FHS Class of 1990 — The Fayetteville High School Class of 1990 is planning a 20-year class reunion for Aug. 7. This will consist of a picnic at the Fayetteville Town Park from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and a dinner event at Three Gables Restaurant from 5 until 10 p.m. Addresses still are needed for the following classmates: Wendi Cadle, Jeni Crouse Davis, Randy Hall, Chris Sapp, Joe Sizemore, Brett Skaggs, Michelle Smith and Tony Tingler. If you have any of these addresses, please e-mail them to Dawn Clay Murphy at, or call 304-574-4159.

Cannelton Reunion — The Cannelton Reunion will be held Aug. 21 at Shelter #6 at the Fayette County Park in Beckwith. Bring your family’s old photos. For information, call Randy or Earl Danbery at 304-442-9395, Lillian Goodson at 304-442-4784 or Bob Mulligan at 304-574-2546.

Morris Creek — The Morris Creek Watershed Association is hosting its bi-annual Morris Drive Reunion on Aug. 14 and 15. Festivities kick off at noon on Aug. 14. Participants can enjoy free food, an assortment of kids’ games, and musical entertainment by Brandon Green and the Judah’s Lyons. A $5 cover charge is requested for the concert. The music is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. On Aug. 15, gospel music will be provided by the Martin Luther King Choir. A covered dish dinner will be provided for participants. The watershed group is requesting for a donation of $25 for those who attend the two-day event. For more information, call 304-442-4581 or visit

OHHS Class of 1990 — The Oak Hill High School Class of 1990 is preparing for its upcoming 20-year class reunion and organizers are in need of addresses or contact information for classmates. You can forward your information to the following: or visit our Facebook page at OHHS Class of 1990 20 Year Reunion. You can also send information in the mail to Bud Fox’s Body Shop and Towing in care of Class Reunion, 100 Valentine Rd., Glen Jean, WV 25846.

GBHS Class of 1952 — The Gauley Bridge Class of 1952 will meet again in 2011. Plans will be printed as they become available.

WWHS Class of 1969 — The WWHS Class of 1969 is planning a reunion for Aug. 7. The reunion dinner will take place in the ballroom at the new Moose Lodge on New River Drive. A buffet dinner will be served, a cash bar, and a band will play 1960s-era music. If you are interested in attending, please contact one of the following: Carol Prather Bolen at 304-222-21123, Delores Goode Vaughan at 304-253-5900, Kathy Humphrey at 303-255-2312, Terri Beckelhimer at 304-877-5524 or Becky Dunbar at 304-646-1602. Wayne Blevins will be the treasurer for the reunion; cost of the event will be given to you when you call. If you would like to respond by e-mail, write to for more information.

MHS Class of 1950 — The Montgomery High School Class of 1950 will hold its 60-year class reunion on Aug. 27-28 at the Charleston House Holiday Inn in Charleston. For more information, call Barbara Brown Chaffins at 304-442-9123 or Betty Jo Walker Whittington at 304-442-4954

GBHS Class of 1980 — The Gauley Bridge High School Class of 1980 will stage its 30-year reunion on Friday, Sept. 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Glen Ferris Inn. For more, visit the reunion’s Facebook page for GBHS Class of 1980 30 Year Reunion.

VHS Class of 1990 — The Valley High School Class of 1990 is in the process of planning the 20-year reunion. E-mail your address to, or For more information, call 304-553-6686.

VHS Class of 2000 — The Valley High School Class of 2000 is planning a 10-year class reunion for Saturday, Aug. 7. Please provide Christy Elliott-McGinnis ( or Krista Hopkins-Johnson ( with your contact information. You may also call 304-346-3133 for information or suggestions. Additional details will be forthcoming, but please hold the date for an event that’s sure to be a blast.