The 46th annual Parsons High School Alumni Banquet was held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Tucker Valley Elementary Middle School. During registration, entertainment was provided by Dennis Filler with early American Music in the gymnasium that was enjoyed by those in attendance.
The program was opened by Marvin “Bud” Parsons, president by welcoming those in attendance. He began by introducing the cooks, Nancy Dotson and crew; the servers: Liz Lancaster with “Our House Youth Ministries” group; J. R. and Tammy Helmick and Cathy Hebb
The invocation was given by the Rev. Neil Parsons followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Ellen Miller led the group in singing the National Anthem followed by the Parsons High School Pep song.
The memorial service was given by Evelyn Moore, Candy Sommerville and Rev. Neil Parsons to honor all classmates that had gone on before us.
Bud Parsons introduced the only World War II veteran in attendance, Robert Hedrick of the class of 1940 who spoke briefly. Other veterans were introduced and stood as Ronnie Shaffer played music from each prospective branch of service.
Following dinner, the classes being honored were introduced and a spokesperson from each class was introduced. Betty Sue Arbogast McGrew, class of 1959, gave some “Interesting episodes” from her class. Anne Kee Munford and Randy Moore, Class of 1969 also spoke on behalf of their class.
Carol Gwinn, from the Tucker Community Foundation, introduced the foundation’s Parsons High School scholarship recipients as Zane Myers and Anna DiBacco. Sue Ann Silk introduced the Parsons High School Scholarship recipients as: Corrick Ambrose, Riley Evans, Kelcee James, Aliyah Plum and Jeffrey Snyder. Also the Hendricks Ruritan Scholarship recipient was Lauren McCrum.
The Parsons High School Hall of Fame awards were announced by William Jack Miller.
Door prizes were then awarded by Sue Ann Silk, Bud and Jane Parsons and distributed by Danny Carr and Jeanette Bishoff. The 50/50 drawing was held with William Miller as the winner and he later donated it back to the Parsons High School Scholarship Fund. The 50/50 tickets were given by Jeanie Ledden and Jeanette Bishoff.
The benediction was given by the Rev Neil Parsons.
The results of the silent auction were given out in the gymnasium by Sharon Daniels, Jean Morrison, Carol Weinstein and Evelyn Moore with additional socializing held by many attending. Much enjoyment was had by those in attendance.
Members and guests that attended the 46th Parsons High School Alumni Banquet on May 25, 2019 were: Keith & Janet Woods Carr, class of ’61; Debby Phillips Gower, class of ’68; Nick Nine, class of 62; Delores Nine, class of ’69; Sharon Daniels, class of ’66; Jack W Miller, class of ’56; Bernice Ketterman Hymes, class of ’54; Danny Carr, class of ’58; Phyllis Warner Carr, class of ’59’ Jeanette Bishoff, class of ;56; Bonnie Hebb Knotts, class of ’65; Bonnie & Frank Nestor, class of ’59; Judy Barr Fairbanks, class of ’57; Jim & Meg Buddingh, class of ’60; Thelma Kochenderfer, class of ’59; Carol Sherman, class of ’59; Carl Sherman, class of ’58; Marilyn & Jim Felton, class of ’50; Vickie Felton, Linda Poling Sherman, class of ’59; Carolyn & Guy Hansford, class of ’51.