John R. Hawkins Alumni and Friends, Inc., holds 40th reunion

Oct. 27, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

John R. Hawkins Alumni and Friends, Inc., recently celebrated its 40th reunion.

The celebration began on Friday, Aug. 30, with a fish fry at the Soul City Rural Fire Department in Manson. There was music and an opportunity to talk with friends. Alumni were able to purchase lapel pins with a picture of the original high school building. The event was hosted by Roger Waller and other members of the alumni association.

A banquet was held on Saturday evening, Aug. 31, at the Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center.

Viola Watson Bullock and Willie B. Mayfield Flythe reflected on their elementary and high school years at the banquet.

John Fitts gave greetings and presented the organization with a $1,500 check for its scholarship fund.

Gwendetta H. Tunstall, vice president, was the mistress of ceremonies.

Jennie A. Johnson Franklin, president, also brought greetings.

Richard P. Ayscue Jr., chaplain, gave the invocation and grace.

Barbara R. Rowlett, chairperson of the scholarship committee, presented $1,000 in awards to Tiona Shanel Boyd, Melissa JoAnn Hunter, Patrick Omar Minor and Taylor Brooke Sikes, all of whom are enrolled in North Carolina colleges and universities.

Sylvia J. Ransom Fletcher led the necrology litany.

William Crews, class of 1963, called the roll of classes between 1929 and 1969.

William Crews, class of 1969, provided music.

Jessie K. Boyd, assistant secretary, presented the Ernest A. Turner Citizen of the Year Award to Constance A. Davis. Her daughter, Kendra A. Davis, accepted the plaque on her behalf.

Rowlett received the Melvin D. Tunstall Alumna of the Year Award. Mattie Tunstall Boyd, daughter of Melvin D. Tunstille, made the presentation.

The John R. Hawkins High School classes of 1967, 1968 and 1969 also jointly hosted a Sunday afternoon event at the Lake Gaston Lions Club in Henrico. Persons who were contacts in planning the afternoon included Gloria Sandra Davis, class of 1967, Tyrone Johnson, class of 1968, and William Crews and Doris Jones Towns, class of 1969.