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October 7, 2019

Fauquier High Class of ’69 enjoys festive, 50th reunion

Fauquier High 1969 classmates who attended the tour are (from left), front row holding the reunion banner: Dink Godfrey, Dwight Coffman and Royce Heddings; second row: Sharon Bannister Rutherford, Patricia Wince Layer, Linda Griffith Kelley, Pattie Sturtridge French and Judy Tolley; third row: George Beavers, Sandra Burton Colvin, Bonnie Wines Bower, Ruth Thoroman Fugee, John Green, Wanda Legard Lilly, Carol Bowie Kuhnley, Cathy Melton Brown, and last row: Jim Ward, Kenny Embrey, Skip Fletcher, Cathy Allison Roberts, Annette Markland Storey, Mike Robinson, Carain O’Byrne Labbe, Mary Robinson who is Mike’s wife, Anne Timberlake, Stuart Brown, Linda Scott Hutchings and Sandra Hackley Grover.
Members of the Fauquier High School Class of 1969 came together Saturday, Sept. 28, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation.

The day began with a tour of the renovated FHS campus. The tour, led by Principal Kraig Kelican, assisted by current students, was greatly appreciated by the 27 classmates who attended the 11 a.m. event. The FHS Cheerleading Squad gave the Class of ’69 a special welcome cheer in the school gym.

At 5 p.m., 89 classmates — from a class of 247 — one former teacher and 58 guests gathered at the Black Horse Inn near Warrenton for a buffet dinner that included shrimp, crab and oysters.

SoundNation, a nine-piece band, provided the music.

Everyone entered the venue through a portal of red, white and gray balloons, representing the Fauquier High School colors. Each table, covered with a gray linen table cloth, was accentuated with a red rose, red carnation and assorted flowers table arrangement which itself was set aglow with individual direct lighting. Soft lighting set the subtle tone for the dance floor. Every place setting included an engraved Fauquier High School, Class of 1969, 50th Reunion glass filled with red and gray foiled Hershey’s Kisses.

The evening began with the playing of the school fight song, “Across the Field” in order to get everyone’s attention. Attendees were asked to take a seat at one of the 17 tables set for the evening’s festivities.

The class’s own Rev. Mike Robinson led the gathering in prayer. Classmates were then welcomed to the reunion and thanks was given to all who worked to make the evening a success. Very special thanks were given to an anonymous benefactor whose generous contribution to the event made this memorable 50th reunion possible. Then names of the 43 known classmates who have passed away were read aloud to those in attendance.

Two large video screens projected scrolling images of all the members of the FHS Class of ’69, along with images from yearbooks, including one of the favorite teen hangouts of the 1960s, the “Kwik Shake” on Broadview Avenue.

Members of the class reconnected with old friends and swapped stories about their lives during these last 50 years. Many danced until the music ended at 11 p.m.

As classmates filed from the reunion that evening, a reoccurring sentiment emanated from those leaving, “awesome.”
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