Debbie Mitchell

The Mortimer Jordan High School class of 1968 celebrated it’s 50th reunion on Saturday August 4th at the school.

The reunion was organized by Gene Cary, Class President. Nancy Bagwell Perry Hodges, Class Treasurer, Lee Houlditch, Stan Mosely, Ken Laney, Brenda Vann Kennedy, Carol Faucett Sullivan, and Debbie Drain Welch Smith.

The welcome was extended by Gene Cary. Ken Laney recognized alumni veterans and read the names of the eighteen deceased classmated. Lee Houlditch played the guitar and performed an original song about the senior class. The invocation was given by Gene Cary.

The committee ladies prepared the buffet, decorations, and the alumni tumblers with the MJHS logo that was given to each graduate. A cake with ‘Class of 1968 MJHS’ was served as dessert. Flowers for the memorial table was designed by Nana’s Florist.

As a service project to give back to the school, a wooden ice chest made by the Agriculture Department was raffled off. $200.00 was raised for this project.

It was decided the remainder of the reunion funds would be used for an alumni veteran’s memorial. This project will be spearheaded by Ken Laney, coordinating with Principal Craig Kanaday. The alumni committee will be in charge of locating Veterans and deciding on an appropriate memorial concept.

Plans are in the works for future alumni get togethers. Attending a Blue Devil football game is definitely being planned.

Sixty one people were in attendance including thirty one alumni and two teachers, Mrs. Vogel and Coach Adams.

Congratulations to Mayor Stan Hogeland who turned sixty July 30!!!

The music of renowned County Music artist Tim McDonald was celebrated at a party hosted by David and Brenda Mitchell of Morris on July 29th.

McDonald is nominated for Album of the Year, “Life Worth Livin’” and Song of the Year “Livin’ Worth Livin’” at the 2018 Josie Awards, and has appeared on the hit series, “Nashville’ seasons 2,3,4 and 5.

The guests in attendance enjoyed wonderful barbeque, smoked to perfection by Brittain Mitchell of Kimberly.

Gardendale High School Class of 1969 is hard at work already planning their 50th year reunion! The date was originally, April 27,2019, but has been rescheduled for May 4, 2019. The event will be held at the Gardendale Civic Center. It will be here before you know it, so save the date! I will keep you updated with any news of this event!

A love story to share: In 1958 Auburn Slaten of Birmingham was visiting his grandparents along with a cousin in Decatur, AL. He saw a picture of a beautiful girl being given the Good Citizenship Award from Austinville High School where she was a senior. He mentioned to his cousin that he would like to meet the girl in the photograph. His cousin said Reba Miller was a friend and could make a blind date happen. More than a blind date happened that day, the couple saw for the first time the person they would love for a lifetime!

On August 5, 1958 Auburn and Reba were married.

The couple have three children, Steve (Dawna) of Morris, Gary (Julie) of Hoover, and Angie (Tom) Leggett of Bibb County. They are also the proud grandparents of eight grandchildren Kelly, Brian, Amy, Allison, Carrie, Ashley, Brooke and Tyler.

Auburn and Reba celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary attending church at East Gardendale Baptist church and having dinner at Golden Corral in Cullman. Later in the month they will vacation in Foley, AL.

*I would love to share a love story anniversary in every column. If you or someone you know and love are celebrating an anniversary and have a sweet story, please share with us! Everybody loves a love story! I look forward to sharing yours!

Debbie Mitchell writes a social column for The North Jefferson News covering Gardendale, Mt. Olive, Morris, Kimberly and Corner. Please
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