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RHS Class of ‘72 celebrates 50th anniversary
RHS Class of 1972
Front row (l to r): Richard Clark, Jeanne DeLoach Shelor, Karen Jarriel Paradice, Mae Jo Hughes Jeffers, Helen Costen McKinnon, Barbara Smith Johnson, and Leigh Alexander Keith. Middle row: Ronnie Spikes, William Collins, Cleotha Pough, Clay Anderson, Jessie Hall Sapp, and Ronnie McLeod. Back row: Max Sikes, Beverly Kennedy Hodges, J. Kathy Durrence Wilkes, Kathy C. Durrence Heath, Ronnie Thomas, John Kennedy, Clegg Bazemore, Artis Carswell, and James Mobley.

The Reidsville High School (RHS) graduating Class of 1972 gathered Saturday, May 7, 2022, to celebrate its 50th Anniversary Reunion.  

The group is not the unruly crowd of ne’er-do-well, scofflaw, hoodlums they were 50 years ago, but they managed to put a serious dent in the excellent seafood buffet put on by the good folks at Chatters in Lyons without having to get law enforcement involved.

Back in 1972, 104 class members walked across that stage in the Billy Bland Memorial Gym and were graduated from RHS with lofty dreams and high expectations.   On Saturday night, 22 of those classmates were in attendance for an evening of fellowship, reminiscing, and renewed friendships, without forgetting to call out and honor the 20 classmates and one senior class sponsor that they have lost in those intervening decades.

Over the years, the reunion conversations have shifted from discussion of husband, wife, kids, mortgage, and ball practice to after-action surgery reports, less conspicuous progressive lenses, more effective laxatives, less invasive orthopedics, and the latest in Bluetooth connected hearing aids.  Very few of their lofty dreams and high expectations have been realized, but you’d never know it by the smiles and camaraderie on full display Saturday night.   And, yes, they’ll do it again in 2027.