The class of 1962 from A. E. Beach High School celebrated their 50th reunion on December 21-23, 2012 at the Marriott Riverfront Hotel. The celebration began with a pre-reunion “fish fry” at the home of Evalena and Father Hoskins.
On Friday the activities began with a get acquainted night, remembering the good ole days and music from the sixties was enjoyed by all. Saturday night a banquet and dance was held. All class members were dressed in formal attire.
The banquet participants included Beatrice Campbell, presiding; Rev. Collins Arkwright gave the invocation; Mayor Edna Jackson gave the welcome and greetings; Judge Perry Little presented the occasion; Rev. Larry Stell performed a memorial tribute with a beautiful wreath and candle lighting ceremony by the families of the deceased class members. Special music was by the Smalls family. Rev. Reginal Coles blessed the food and a slide show of the past fifty years was shown during dinner.
The speaker, Theresa Brewster took the class on a stroll down memory lane. President Earlyn Simmons gave closing remarks, reflecting on the theme “Today We Launch, Where Will We Anchor?” mentioning the different areas where they did “anchor”.
The banquet closed out with the class singing the Alma Mater. On Sunday, the class worshiped at First Tabernacle Baptist Church. The day ended with a brunch at the DeSoto Hilton.
Before the class departed, they vowed to continue to pray for and support each other as they have for the last fifty years.