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MCHS Class of 1966 gathers for 50th reunion

By Linda Waggener

Fifty years have passed since the MCHS Class of 1966 accomplished a milestone that would bring us all back together this year -- we earned our high school diplomas from Metcalfe County High School.

We acknowledged each other every day as we walked the halls from one class to the next, observed and studied together, laughed together, fussed together, always checking the clocks on the walls to see if it might yet be time to head out and find our futures. We labored under the guidance of Mr. and Mrs. Ennis, Mrs. Yokley, Mrs. Cassady, Miss Bartley, Miss Sartin, Mr. Gilley, Ms. Chambers and other dedicated teachers.


1966 seems like yesterday sometimes, and at other moments it seems like high school happened in another lifetime -- like the five decades it has been.

We are Baby Boomers, born after 1946, in that sweet peace after World War II ended. We have family members who helped win that war and return to Edmonton, Sulphur Well, Center, Savoyard, Summer Shade, Good Luck, Cave Ridge, Wisdom and points in between, to make life better for the babies they were going to make -- us.

Ours was the first generation to grow up with television and some of the early shows we watched included Captain Kangaroo, Howdy Doody, The Mickey Mouse Club, the Brady Bunch, The Twilight Zone, Gilligan’s Island, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in, The Ed Sullivan Show.

We came to young adulthood in the Vietnam War era. We have, or know, families who lost members in that war. We grieved and were scarred by their losses and feared the results of the war.

We hear our dreams and concerns put to music -- many of us went to sleep each night listening to WLS-Chicago -- in songs like Ben E King’s Stand by me, California Dreamin by the Mamas & Papas, The Doors’ Light my Fire, Ticket to Ride by the Beatles who would give their last concert tour the year we’d graduate, The Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, House of the Rising Sun by the Animals, Aretha Franklin’s R.E.P.E.C.T., Roy Orbison’s Cryin’, The Wanderer and Run Around Sue by Dion, The Monkees’ I’m a Believer, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Proud Mary, Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding, When a Man loves a Woman by Percy Sledge, Mr. Tambourine Man by the Byrds, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ by the Righteous Brothers and Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

World events in addition to the Vietnam War that impacted us included: the Cold War, The Cuban Missile Crisis, assassinations of JFK, Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., the walk on the moon, anti-war protests, sexual freedom, drug experimentation, civil rights, and environmental movements, the women’s movement, protests and riots and Woodstock.

Key characteristics of the Baby Boomers: experimental, individualism, free spirited and social cause oriented.

Graduates in attendance included: Kathy Ball Nasan, Richard Barrett, Patty Bitner Hurt, Billy Blaydes, Carolyn Bowles Sorrell, Connie Bowles Goodman, Wayne Gassaway, Danny Gibson, Roger Gibson, Yvonne Hamilton Hamby, Stan Harlow, Rebeccca Hayes England, Doris Hiser Devore, Patricia Holley Cummins, Gary Jolly, Faye Lambirth Morrison, Brenda Lawson, Janice Lester, Judy London Doyle, Linda Marcum Waggener, Diane Martin Burks, Kenny Miller, James Moss, Joe Ed McDonald, Peggy McIntyre McCoy, Ella Lee Oliver Wilson, Jackie Parson Coffey, Gary Payne, Teddy Pedigo, Michael Perkins, Sandra Jean Pickett Abbott, Glenda Pierce Eaton, Elaine Pruitt Wilson, Sharon Reece Wells, Sue Ann Thomas Chapman, Dotty Thompson Nagel and Forrest Wilson. Many brought spouses and/or guests.


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Metcalfe County High School Class of 1966 reunion



2016-10-22 - Leftwich Hall in Bowling Park, 1608 West Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY. - Photo by Ed Waggener.
Members of Metcalfe County High School Class of 1966 enjoyed getting together at it's 50th year Reunion Saturday, October 22, 2016 at Bowling Park in Edmonton, KY. Included in the photo are (not in order): Kathy Ball Nasan, Richard Barrett, Patty Bitner Hurt, Billy Blaydes, Carolyn Bowles Sorrell, Connie Bowles Goodman, Wayne Gassaway, Danny Gibson, Roger Gibson, Yvonne Hamilton Hamby, Stan Harlow, Rebeccca Hayes England, Doris Hiser Devore, Patricia Holley Cummins, Gary Jolly, Faye Lambirth Morrison, Brenda Lawson, Janice Lester, Judy London Doyle, Linda Marcum Waggener, Diane Martin Burks, Kenny Miller, James Moss, Joe Ed McDonald, Peggy McIntyre McCoy, Ella Lee Oliver Wilson, Jackie Parson Coffey, Gary Payne, Teddy Pedigo, Michael Perkins, Sandra Jean Pickett Abbott, Glenda Pierce Eaton, Elaine Pruitt Wilson, Sharon Reece Wells, Sue Ann Thomas Chapman, Dotty Thompson Nagel and Forrest Wilson. - LW

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MCHS Class of 1966 Reunion: Never-to-be-forgotten members



2016-10-23 - Leftwich Hall in Bowling Park, 1608 West Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY. - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Metcalfe County High School Class of 1966 paid tribute to the 16 class members who were lost along the way with the tribute above facing the entrance to Leftwich Hall. In alphabetical order, they are: Gary Acree (1948-1997), Zola Mae Crenshaw (1944-2004), Rachel Lollar Cross (1948-2014), Emogene Thompson Flowers (1948-1984), Dwight Forrest (1947-2016), David Harbison (1950-2016), Roy McKinney (1949-2000), Bruce Nunn (1948-2012), Donald Pedigo (1948-1995), David South (1948-2009), Gary Spear (1948-1967, Jackie Trowbridge (1948-2009), Jerry Van Zant (1948-1981), Jeanette Wisdom Gibson (1947-2007) and Vietnam War Casualty Billy Smith (1947-2007). Information from Metcalfe County High School Class of 1966 50th Class Reunion, October 22, 2016. - LW

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Metcalfe County HS Class of 1966 Reunion: Danny Gibson



2016-10-23 - Leftwich Hall in Bowling Park, 1608 West Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY. - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
In real life, he is today the CEO of Bailey Gibson Buick GMC in Glasgow, KY, the Buick, GMC, Nissan, and Chevrolet dealership in Glasgow, KY. Last night, Danny Gibson, was the emcee of the 2016 50th year class reunion the Metcalfe County High School Class of 1966 reunion. His classmate, Yvonne Hamilton Hamby, from Murray, KY, sits in front of him. In real life, Danny is now planning the biggest business move of his life, moving the highly successful dealership from its Happy Valley Road roots to a new 13 acre campus on KY 31-E, formerly occupied by the Glasgow Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Last night, he was back in Metcalfe County High School in the world of Edmonton, Ole Met, senior pranks, and cherished moments, reliving the glory days of those treasured, but terrifying, and eventful JFK/Vietnam/Civil Rights, rock 'n rolls day which did so much to shape America of today. - EW

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Ella Lee Oliver Wilson reads poem at MCHS Class of 66 Reunion



2016-10-23 - Leftwich Hall in Bowling Park, 1608 West Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY. - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com (c).
Betraying the huge jump she had on the rest of the MCHS Class of 1966, having been launched into the world of Academia at the Keltnertown School, Ella Lee Oliver Wilson enthralled fellow high school class members with a Class Reunion poem. Mrs. Wilson, the wife of class member Forrest Wilson, is the mother of Metcalfe County Judge Greg Wilson. She's also one of Metcalfe County's most gifted story tellers. (See: The Scary Animals at Keltner: A childhood school days memory). For some gathered, reading a poem out loud reminded them of classmate Donald Pedigo (1948-1995), who loved to read poems aloud in small gatherings and was particularly fond of reading Robert Frost's Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening in front of a wood burning fireplace when snow in Kentucky would be deep outside. He would have loved to have been in Leftwich Hall to have heard his classmates poetry, and even more, to have heard his good and true friend Joe Ed McDonald stand and share the trouble they got into as devilish classmates. - EW

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MCHS Class of 1966 Reunion memento



2016-10-28 - Leftwich Hall in Bowling Park, 1608 West Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY. - Photo by Elaine Pruitt Wilson, event organizer.
For years Adair County Primary Principal Patty Jones, a graduate of Metcalfe County High School assumed that the man on the right, Ed Waggener, also completed his real education at that great institution. There was never any real reason to tell her otherwise. Actually, better than graduating, he discovered Linda Reid Marcum, his first (and only) wife there. He was editor of the Edmonton Herald-News, and she was the paper's most popular columnist, producing a funny and informative column, "School Scraps." The photo was taken at the Class of 1966 Class reunion, Saturday, October 22, 2016. -- EW

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