The Fuquay-Varina High School Class of 1971 gathered at the American Legion Post 115 for their 41st class reunion. The following teachers attended: Bobby Hamilton, Bill Watkins, Graham Myrick, Iris Brown, Shirley Simmons, Henry Kirby, Carter Williams, Wayman Byrd and Donald Cotton along with 100 classmates and soul mates. The planning committee spent hours searching for classmates that for various reasons graduated from a different stage. They were part of the story of being “a first Bengal” we wanted them with us on this night. The first graduating class as “Bengal Tigers” marked in history change for Fuquay-Varina as a community.
The merger of Fuquay-Varina Consolidated High School colors burgundy, gold and white with Fuquay High School colors green, gold and white occurred in 1970 September.. the emerging seniors walked the stage in June of 1971.. On each table was note to each classmate…this is our story.
The candles on the tables represent a merger of two schools…
Green and burgundy ribbons woven together…..
We were thrust into the future of change…
The first to emerge as one….
Classmates each took the floor and talked about their life. The teachers that attended were often filled with laughter as the classmates awarded them with a significant part of their life successes and “tears of laughter” at some of the light hearted fun that occurred in their class rooms.
A moment of remembrance to the 22 classmates that are no longer with us..each one was spoken of fondly by an attending classmate during the individual presentations.
So many stories of lives touched, Fuquay-Varina HS stood proud in the hearts and mind of the classmates attending.
Class 1971 has a Facebook site. If you were a classmate for any reason we were unable to contact you or you are a family member of a classmates that is no longer able to attend and or contact us please contact us by social media or e-mail. Friend on Facebook Darlene Mize and she will connect you to this amazing group of people. You can enter our world in 1971 through pictures and documents that have been posted by classmates over the last six months. There you will see the details of the reunion who attended and the joy expressed in comments afterwards. Contact Gail Amos Woolard by phone 919-779-1357 she will add you to our e-mail list.
Reunion Base Committee Gail Amos Woolard and Darlene E. Mize would like to give the following a special thanks:
George Lewter Class of ’71 and the “3rd degree band” (Hank and Hank); David West for being the emcee; Cathy Milstead Tolar for handling the finances; Denise Flowers Harr, Robin Chappell Fish, Brenda Wells for the decorations and program; Emma McKoy for taking phone calls and unexpected visit to her work; All the classmates that filtered information concerning people we had lost touch over the years.
45th Reunion will be 2016 stay in touch.