Top row, (left to right) Sam Huggins, Jim Berry, 1st grade teacher Jackie (Williams)Maxwell, Glen Dee Berry, Arthur Henson; seated, (left to right) Margaret (Smith) Earnhart, Lora (Hensley) Loge, LaDonna (Eoff) Bennett, and Donna (Ward) Norman
Fifty years ago, May 8, 1964, was the graduation day for 15 Shirley High School Students. Saturday, May 10, 2014 was the day set aside for celebrating their 50th class reunion. The reunion was held at the Shirley Community Center Saturday at noon with 8 of the remaining 13 members attending. Those present were: Lora (Hensley) Loge from Fayetteville, Donna (Ward) Norman from Little Rock, Arthur Henson of Little Rock, Sam Huggins of Clinton, Dee Berry, Jim Berry, LaDonna (Eoff) Bennett and Margaret (Smith) Earnhart all from Shirley. Also attending was Ms. Jackie (Williams) Maxwell, first grade teacher in 1952-1953, who is now living in Little Rock. Ms. Jackie’s First Grade Class started with 33 students. Over the next twelve years, many moved away leaving the remaining 15 to graduate. Spouses of the graduates who attended included: Charles Norman, Dana Henson, Edna Huggins, Don Bennett and Ray Earnhart. Other guests included: J B Myers of Las Vegas, Jim Bradley of Oklahoma, Bob Bradley of Searcy, Clifton Bolden and Thelma Murray of Shirley. The other graduating members who were unable to attend are: Martha (Barnum) Kopec of Maryland, Nancy (Ham) Selvidge of Illinois, Dennis Huggins of Missouri, Weldon Thomas of Dennard and James Little of Shirley. Deceased are: Johnny Clark and Donna (Miller) Kester. This day a MILESTONE was reached. Many stories, laughs and renewing of old times were enjoyed by all.