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Aycock reunion honors Class of '59, Williams

Class of 1959 honorees (from left) Laura (Smith) Locklin, Booker T. Turner, Welton Holsome, Barbara (Sansom) Holsome, Geneva Mahalia (Page) Gipson, Agnes McKee Molden (hidden), James Wayne Molden, Fred Wilhite. Class of 1959 honorees (from left) Laura (Smith) Locklin, Booker T. Turner, Welton Holsome, Barbara (Sansom) Holsome, Geneva Mahalia (Page) Gipson, Agnes McKee Molden (hidden), James Wayne Molden, Fred Wilhite. "Believe in yourself."

"A good listener makes a successful learner."

"When you dream, dream big."

Those were just some of the quotations that greeted students from the blackboard as Aycock High School students filed into the classroom of Susie Sansom- Piper.

About 40 former students of Rockdale's former school for African-American children, their family members and friends at tended t he Aycock School reunion on Saturday at the Patterson Civic Center.

Honored was the talented Class of 1959, the only Aycock class to produce its own school annual. That year, the Aycock School band was also a state finalist in the Prairie View competition.

Marie Moore Thompson, who has worked with the Texas Department of Transportation for over 25 years, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. She did so in the absence of Lee Alcorn, alumni association president, who was unable to attend due to illness.

Descendants of Aycock grads got in on the act as well. Flower Gipson, daughter of Geneva Page-Gipson, performed "He Meant It For My Good." Descendants of Aycock grads got in on the act as well. Flower Gipson, daughter of Geneva Page-Gipson, performed "He Meant It For My Good." Though their numbers dwindle a bit each year — City Councilman Willie Phillips was in the last class to attend kindergarten at Aycock — the pride in their school and the accomplishments of its members will never fade.

Academic class

The Class of '59 boasted 13 of its 28 members on the honor roll, and produced academic finalists in all levels of the UIL competitions.

The class produced two music educators, other teachers, military servicemen, a postal worker, ministers, nurses and caretakers, among many other careers.

Their achievements are also kept alive by their former teacher, who put together a special program with a photocopy of the 1959 graduation program, and by committee members, former students, and many descendants of Aycock students.

High school sweethearts from the honor class, James and Agnes Molden are still together today after careers in Austin.

Where you came from

Susie Sansom-Piper gave a speech, asking each person to "just think where you came from:

"The little orange school at the top of the hill, from hand-medown books to fresh, new books, from cotton fields to corporate fields."

Doris Robertson Phillips, class of '65, presented special awards.

Lon Williams, Class of '64 valedictorian, was honored as Aycock Alumni of the Year. Williams and wife Barbara returned to Rockdale after a career in the banking business.

Sansom-Piper's words from her poem "Together Again" seemed to sum up the feeling of those attending:

We found our tomorrows, Still we're together again Midst happiness and sorrows Yet, we're together again.


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