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Homecoming draws 150 to Patterson Center

Family letters dating to 1874 were gift Sunday


From left, Judy Slusher, homecoming association president, and Wenda Dyer, secretary, honor Mary Helen (Masiel) Henry of Princeton, British Columbia (Canada), who traveled the greatest distance. From left, Judy Slusher, homecoming association president, and Wenda Dyer, secretary, honor Mary Helen (Masiel) Henry of Princeton, British Columbia (Canada), who traveled the greatest distance. A ll 150 in attendance at Sunday’s 78th annual Rockdale Homecoming made some “re-connections” but for one family it was even more special.

Bill Dessens was presented original letters, dating back to 1877.

Local historian Vickie Pounders Everhart had purchased the letters online and had been corresponding with the family for some time.

Awards were as follows:

Oldest present, Robert Hirt, 94; youngest, Jesus Andrew Gomez, 6; traveled greatest distance, Mary Helen (Masiel) Henry, Princeton, British Columbia (Canada).

Door prize baskets, made by Barbara Gross, were won by J. T. Talley and Becky Gifford.

Judy Slusher, homecoming association president, was mistress of ceremonies. Attending from 50-year honors class of 1962: Front (L-R) Joyce Beverly Griggs, Dianna (Whiteley) Sousares, Barbara (Yarbrough) Bayless (former counselor), Mary Helen (Masiel) Henry, Harry Valek, John Franklin, Barbara (Jones) Manbeck, Barbara (Allen) Ormsby, Mary Helen (Garza) Ortega, Shirley (Dockall) Lindsey, David Chapman, Kathy (Arrington) Lane; back row, Collier Perry, Barbara McKinnon, Linda Williams, John Stanislaw; second row, Joyce (Chapman (Greenwood) Wright, Donnie Laurence, Dan Scurlock, Ann (Kyle)


Vickie Everhart presented Dessens family letters from an online auction to Bill Dessens during homecoming. Vickie Everhart presented Dessens family letters from an online auction to Bill Dessens during homecoming. ) Kirk, Bennie Pounders, Patricia (Guthrie) Poland; third row, Johnson, L. K. McNiel, Leon Wenzel, Bennie Ray Starr.



Six members of RHS Class of 1947 observed the 65th anniversary of their graduation. Seated (L-R), J. T. Talley, Billie (Springer) Gambrell, Lola Pevehouse; standing, Bill Dessens, Betty (Gest) Backhaus, Joy (Addison) Kornegay. Six members of RHS Class of 1947 observed the 65th anniversary of their graduation. Seated (L-R), J. T. Talley, Billie (Springer) Gambrell, Lola Pevehouse; standing, Bill Dessens, Betty (Gest) Backhaus, Joy (Addison) Kornegay.

Robert Hirt, 94, was oldest person in attendance, Jesus Andres Gomez was the youngest. Both were recognized. 
Homecoming photos courtesyDr. Lucile Estell Robert Hirt, 94, was oldest person in attendance, Jesus Andres Gomez was the youngest. Both were recognized. Homecoming photos courtesyDr. Lucile Estell

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