Published On: Thu, Nov 7th, 2013

Rainelle Class of 1953 holds 60th Class Reunion

Front Row: Shirley Bobbitt Blankenship (left), Ruby Corron Fleshman, Judy Wills Hanger, Shirley Bottomly Wickline, Lillian Gillespie Kincaid and Elda Uterback Montgomery; Middle Row: Fred Gilkeson (left), Denny Hylton, Peg Crusse Nestor, Fred Pack, Dorothy Osborne Cox, Mary Lou Thompson Osborne and Joyce Harrah Partain; Back Row: Emory Daff, Jr. (left); Joan McQuain Cobanli and Estel Sevy.

Front Row: Shirley Bobbitt Blankenship (left), Ruby Corron Fleshman, Judy Wills Hanger, Shirley Bottomly Wickline, Lillian Gillespie Kincaid and Elda Uterback Montgomery; Middle Row: Fred Gilkeson (left), Denny Hylton, Peg Crusse Nestor, Fred Pack, Dorothy Osborne Cox, Mary Lou Thompson Osborne and Joyce Harrah Partain; Back Row: Emory Daff, Jr. (left); Joan McQuain Cobanli and Estel Sevy.

The Rainelle High School Class of 1953 held their 60 year class reunion on Sept. 21 at The Greenbrier Hills Golf Course and Club House.
In spite of heavy rains and some flooding classmates were able to come and renew friendships during the social hour.
Ruby Corron Fleshman opened the reunion with a beautiful prayer. Classmembers sang the the school fight song “It’s Rainelle High School” followed by our school song “In the Hills of West Virginia.” A delicious meal followed thanks to the J and S Restaurant.
Some of the classmates toured the new elementary school.
Door prizes were given including a beautiful flower arrangement donated by Shirley Bottomly Wickline. Bricks from old school were made available to classmates as we as other memorabilia by Lee Partain.
Many thanks to Emory Daff for the fresh shelled pecans given to classsmembers; Terry McClung, manager of the Golf course for his hospitality; and last but not least, for Lee Partains’ help in setting up the room.
We closed with prayer and singing “Blessed Be the Tide That Binds.”
Those attending were: Ruby Corron Fleshman (Bob), Stanton, VA; Peg Crusse Nestor (Don), Longwood, FL; Fred Pack, Lady Lake, FL; Lillian Gillispie Kincaid, Perrysburg, OH; Denny Hylton, Leesburg, VA; Joan McQuain Cobanli, Alsancak, Izmir, Turkey; Dorothy Osborne Cox, Mechanicsville, VA; Emory Daff, Jr., Orangeburg, SC; Estel Sevy (Gail), Belprey, OH; Mary Lou Thompson Osborne (Don), Waterford, MI; Elda Uterback Montgomery, Livermore, CA; Shirley Bottomly Wickline (L.C.), Covington, VA; Judy Wills Hanger, Hinton; Fred Gilkeson, Joyce Harrah Partain and Shirley Bobbitt Blankenship (Paul) all of Rainelle; and Debbie Evans and Susie Harlan, daughters of Margaret Ann Shuck, Scottsdale, GA.