Class of '65 - 40th Reunion

The most active class from Lyons High School, the Class of '65, held their 40th Class Reunion on November 26, 2005 at the Historic Railroad Depot in Lyons. An outstanding turnout for the reunion made it a wonderful time for everyone to catch up on what everyone was doing. We've got lots of pictures from the event, so enjoy!

The gang gets together again the the historic Railroad Depot in Lyons.

Many of the classmates could remember bales of cotton sitting on the Historic Train Depot in  Lyons when they were in school. Now it serves as a community center which made it ideal for    the 40th Class Reunion of the Class of '65.

The rustic original wood floors made a great setting for the get together.

The ladies of the Class of '65 are a very close knit bunch and enjoy keeping in touch with each other even when it doesn't have anything to do with the class reunions.

"Sue, you never told jokes like that in high school!" Marijon Meadows reacts.

Wayne Campbell and Van Page swap yarns.

Classmate Larry Wooten was sporting a nice goatee for the reunion.

Buddy Dismuke and Barbara Stanley made their high school romance permanent and have been inseparable every since.

Marilyn Smith and Kathleen carry on a lively discussion while Margie Hadden reminisces at the photo table.

Chip Matheson sports a very nice hankie that makes a nice accompaniment to his stylish vest. Wayne is impressed, but Betty Carol Mimbs has her keys in hand and looks like she's ready to make a quick getaway.

"I'm not sure who that is, what do you ladies think?" Johnny Griggers enlists the aid of Linda and Evelle to figure out the identity of a new arrival at the reunion.

Does the reunion planning committee go all out or what? Great cake.

Betty Hall is still looking good! She was a class beauty in High School and those blue eyes are still captivating 40 years later.

"No Johnny, I do not put color on my hair!" Jimmy Youmans lets Johnny Griggers know his displeasure at the implication that he is resisting the natural aging process.

Johnny tells a riveting story to some of his classmates. Jerry Davis is particularly captivated!

Ok, we were teasing about it being the 40th Class Reunion, Audry Rollison and Grace Collins can't be a day over 39!

The loading doors are plainly visible in the background. I have sat for many an hour listening to the telegraph machine tapping out messages and watching the freight come and go. My dad's Studebaker dealership was next door and Billy Yarbrough and I had been run off by the station master many times for playing on the cotton bales loaded on the dock ready for shipment.

Classmate Sue Rustin and her husband Rick Grisham.

Kathleen Jarrell is always smiling when reunited with her school chums.

Let's see, Wayne Campbell on one side and Wayne Pittman on the other. Talk about some tall tales!

Classmate Larry Powell and wife Arlene wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas.

Hey, Evelle! We are very glad to see you too! One of the most popular classmates flashes that big smile that continues to make her popular 40 years later.

Watch out, Audrey, it looks like Grace is getting ready to spit behind you! (Grace is going to kill me!)

C. M. Youmans and wife Frances have missed the last few reunions and everyone was glad to see them at the 40th.

 All the classmates were excited about seeing Chris McRae at the reunion and doing well after his very serious illness earlier in the year.

See what you missed by not attending the reunion? The Class of '65 feeds good! Evelle Gibbs' younger sister, Mary Ellen, catered the event and did a wonderful job.

Ronnie Stewart, Marilyn and Barbara are having too much fun. They have to be cooking up some mischief.

Sorry, Billy, this was the only picture I had of you other than one where you were picking your nose!

"No, Don Thompson doesn't look anything like Mr. Magoo. He has more hair!" Lloyd Stewart notes how time has changed his classmate.

Looks like these ladies are cooking up a scheme to have one of the guys climb up on the water tower tonight and paint "Class of '65 Rules!"

Everyone had a great time and were looking forward to the next class reunion.

Wayne won the competition for "Most handsome after 40 years." Ronnie and Lloyd were very disappointed when they were X'd out early in the balloting. Ronnie called for a recount, but the results were confirmed. He was heard to say as he left, "I'm not coming next year." Come on Ronnie, it's was just a game.