Franklin High Class of 1951 reunites

Published 10:00 am Saturday, March 30, 2024

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On Feb. 22, a group of 90-year-old people met at the Village at Woods Edge for a luncheon and reunion of the 1951 Franklin High School graduating class. The event was called and supervised by one of the class’s most faithful, hardworking members, Gaynelle Edwards Riddick. Forty-two high school seniors walked to the stage in June 1951 and received diplomas. Today, only twelve remain. Three e were unable to attend for various reasons. Also enjoying the event were those who, unselfishly took their time to transport some of the members to the event. These were the devoted children of the class members who had decided to no longer drive themselves.

Attendees enjoyed a meal together and had an unbelievably fun social time. Everyone in attendance said they were happy to see one another. 

Attendee Jimmy Howell expressed his pride in being part of that 1951 class.

“I am so proud to have been with this class all eleven years of school days and learning experiences,” Howell said. “We remembered all the wonderful teachers and reserved a time of silence, in respect and love, for those class members who had gone on to their Reward. For the most part we all are still in remarkably good shape. Some limps and sight and hearing problems, but really still very much alive. It will probably be the Angel, Gabriel, who will call us together for our next reunion. The wonderful hope is that all forty-two will be in attendance.”