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Updated: 05/10/2018 08:30:02AM

APHS class of 1960 holds reunion

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The Avon Park High School class of 1960 reunion.

Special to Highlands Sun

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The 1960 graduating class of Avon Park High School held their 58th class reunion Saturday, April 28 at The Jacaranda Hotel in Avon Park. Food was provided by Sonny’s BBQ, music by Robert Howard, classmate, and many fond memories shared during the lunch and afternoon. Many gathered the following afternoon at Kenny and Freda Long’s home for an additional time to share memories.

Classmates attending were Bob Alwood, Barbara Chadwick Capps, James Cothran, Sherman Drawdy, Norman Elliott, Clara Penny Grice, Danny Holcombe, Robert Howard, Billy Johnson, Kathleen Kinyon Keifling, Phil Landress, Kenny Long, Claire Maxwell McGraw, Zona Rae Maddox Parrish, Glenn Peters, Jack Somerstein, Sharon VanGorden Smith, Larry Spurlock, Leroy Starling, James Strenth, Hazel Sasser Whitehurst, Cindy Williams, Martha Elder Williams, and Glenda Barfield Yancey. Mary Jean Reddick, one of their teachers also attended. Attending from out of state were James Cothran, Phil Landress, Billy Johnson and Zona Rae Mattox Parrish.

Sherman Drawdy reminded the group that it was 70 years ago in 1948 that they started first grade together. That group attending this reunion were Glenda Barfield Yancey, Barbara Chadwick Capps, Sherman Drawdy, Norman Elliott, James Cothran, Phil Landress, Kenny Long, Danny Holcombe, Billy Johnson, Claire Maxwell McGraw, Zona Rae Mattox Parrish, Larry Spurlock, James Strenth, Martha Elder Williams, Glenn Peters and Leroy Starling.

The class graduated 67. They remembered the 22 classmates who have died and key teachers who have attended past reunions with the class — John Crittenden, Lucy Derkman, P.O. Goff, Vi Moseley, Earl Varnes, and Ellis Watson, who was the class sponsor.

The class officers were President Claire Maxwell, Vice President Barbara Lewis, Secretary Priscilla Easterlin and Treasurer Joy McLemore.

The class plans to have its next reunion in 2020 celebrating 60 years. Classmates are encouraged to keep in contact with Claire Maxwell McGraw as they plan towards the next reunion. She may be contacted at or 863-439-4839.