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Classmates catch up, share memories during 50th reunion

Staff Reports
The Lancaster High School Class of 1962 held its 50th reunion April 27 and 28.
The event began with a drop-in at Craig Farm House on April 27. The catered event was hosted by Eddie Craig and Johannes Tromp. Music was provided by The Don Murray Blue Grass Players.
Saturday morning there was a brunch at Covenant Baptist Church and that evening a dinner at Sun City Carolina Lakes. The class enjoyed recorded music from the 1960s and 1970s, as well as a stellar shag demonstration by classmate Ned McAteer and his wife, Anna.
Blue Hurricane table sculptures by Bob Doster were presented to Wayne Henry, student body president and chairman of the reunion planning committee, and John “Eddie” Craig for providing his home and hosting the Friday event at Craig Farm House. More than 130 people attended the weekend events.
Those responsible for planning the reunion include: Bob Collins, Connie Harper Parker, Dwight Marshall, Jane Fleming Jeffcoat, Paulette Antley Dutton, Sandra Antley Johnson, Claudia Culp Bailey, Joe Hegler, Lou C. Mangum Thomas, Ned McAteer, Rebecca Huggins Hammond, Richard Plyler, Tommy and Mary Lee Barton and Wayne Henry.
Classmates talked about families, interests and hobbies, fond memories and significant events in their lives. Football, baseball, basketball, band, military experiences, Springs Mills, Springmaid Beach, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were other topics of discussion.
A streaming slideshow presentation of pictures provided continuous entertainment during the Saturday night event. Pictures were included from school days, photos submitted by classmates of their families and special memorabilia of life in Lancaster during the 1960s. There was also a display and memories of deceased classmates.
“We enjoyed renewing old friendships and catching up with our classmates so much that plans for mini-reunions are already being considered, beginning next year,” said Sallye Estridge. “Old friends are best friends.”
Computers were new in 1962, but they were instrumental in planning and executing the reunion. Most members of the LHS Class of 1962 were informed and updated about reunion plans via the Internet.
Documentation of all activities and attendees can be found at www.lshs64.com (Class of '62 link). A DVD and music CD were produced and sent to all those who attended, as well  as some who could not attend.
Estridge said the best way to sum up the reunion was through Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes’ recording, “(I’ve had) The Time of My Life.”