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Class of 1961 celebrates 55th Class Reunion


The Union High School Class of 1961 Celebrates their 55th Class Reunion

Union High School Class of 1961

Front row left:  Nancy Lynch Lightner, Noah Carter, Linda Boyce Moore, Linda Elmore Cohernour, Betty Sue Leach Moore.    Middle row left:  David Sizemore, Virginia Elmore Helmondollar, Drucella Bare Feamster, Jerry Brown, Clark Perkins, Lewis Scott.   Back row left:  Sonny Bell, Bill Porterfield, Elwyn Weikle, Jerry Boggs. Rhonda Wiley Hylton was there but not in the picture.(Click on picture for a larger view)


The UHS Class of 1961 met on September 24, 2016, at the Korner Kafe on Main Street, Union, West Virginia to celebrate their 55th Class Reunion. The dinner was prepared by the owner, Betty Lemons.  The Korner Kafe has been cited as the best place to eat in the town of Union.

“A big “Thank You” to Nancy Lynch Lightner for doing all the legwork to insure this event came off without a hitch. Thanks, also, to Linda Elmore Cohernour for all she does to keep the Class of ’61 memories alive. I’m sure I can speak for everyone when I say, “Well,  It was a fun night back in town”.  Seeing old friends, sharing good food, reliving old memories…..it is part of what makes life great. As much as we all enjoyed the evening, we equally missed all of you who couldn’t attend.  But, we keep you in our memories and hope you can get back to Union for some future event.”……Sonny Bell

Nancy Lightner presided over the class reunion remembering the nine deceased class members: Dorothy Dunbar Bennett, Barbara Beckner Dalton, Robert McClary, Bill Beasley, Roy Saylor, Paul Hill, Larry Dransfield, Jerry Lowe and Dale Hinkle.

Also, a big thanks to an anonymous benefactor….you know who you are….for the part you played in making our 55th year get-together a success.  Your generosity was much appreciated by all.  Thank You!…from the Class of ’61.

Attending the reunion:  Lewis Scott (Sinks Grove), Sonny Bell (Stafford, Va.), Clark Perkins  and wife Linda (Pence Springs, WV), Betty Sue Leach Moore and husband Charlie (Athens, Ohio), Jerry Brown (Union), Bill Porterfield and wife Mickey (Sinks Grove), Virginia Elmore Helmondollar and husband Curtis (Rock, WV), Elwyn Weikle (Union), Drucella Bare Feamster and husband Henry (Lindside, WV), David Sizemore (Sinks Grove) and friend Becky Dunbar, Jerry Boggs (Sinks Grove), Linda Boyce Moore and husband Kermit (Lewisburg, WV),  Linda Elmore Cohernour and husband Bob (Lynchburg, Va),  Nancy Lynch Lightner and husband Ron (Peterstown, WV), Rhonda Wiley Hylton and son James (White Sulphur Springs, WV), and Noah Carter (Alderson, WV).

Below are individual pictures of the class members attending the reunion:


Virginia Elmore Helmondollar


Betty Sue Leach Moore


Drucella "Dru" Bare Feamster


Linda Elmore Cohernour


Linda Boyce Moore


Nancy Lynch Lightner


Rhonda Wiley Hylton


Sonny Bell


Noah Carter


Lewis Scott


Jerry Brown


Jerry Boggs


David Sizemore


Clark Perkins


Bill Porterfield


Elwyn Weikle


Virginia and Curtis Helmondollar


Ron and Nancy Lightner


Rhonda Hylton and son James Hylton


Kermit and Linda Moore


David Sizemore and Becky Dunbar


Henry and Drucella Feamster


Linda and Bob Cohernour


Linda and Clark Perkins


Bill and Mickey Porterfield


Betty Sue and Charlie Moore


A special “Thanks” to Betty and Gary Lemons for the good food and hospitality.

Korner Kafe


Betty and Gary Lemons - owners of the Korner Kafe


More comments from classmates:

Betty Sue Leach Moore….Thanks so much for adding the pictures of our class reunion and a huge thanks to Nancy Lightner for planning the event and encouraging everyone to attend.  To the “Anonymous doner” ….what a wonderful gesture and my personal thanks to you for your kindness and generosity.  For those who didn’t make it, I have enjoyed your responses and hope we can all get together at a later time.  To those who attended, it was great to see you!

John Kidd….Sorry that I was not able to attend, but it looks like you had a good time and good food!  Linda, thank you for your work and keeping everyone informed on things.

Camella Bostic Stephens….I enjoyed seeing so many classmates, everyone looks great!  Life sure has zoomed by (55) years. ..wow!

Margaret Glover Jones….It was so good to see the classmates from our High School years.  Sorry I was unable to attend.  I know I would have been blessed by seeing everyone!

Julia Dillon Kanatzar….So much fun seeing everyone’s picture.  You all look great!  Please stay in touch.  When I can make a trip there (from Texas), I hope we can all get together for lunch.

Bob Pruitt…..Enjoyed the pictures…the background of each pic is like a tour of Korner Kafe.  I am happily settled in a retirement community near interesting downtown, Dallas!

David Sizemore….Nancy, thank you for putting this together for us!! I had a great time and thanks to “All” for making Becky feel quite at home. Her first time at Betty’s Korner Kafe,  and  definitely wants to go back.