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Ex-Student News: Life of an Indian in 1977

 

By Jo Ann Anderson
Beken Class of 1971

The time is fast approaching for our annual scholarship meeting! We will meet our senior applicants on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Board Room of Groveton ISD. It is an exciting time and I am looking forward to meeting our GHS seniors on this day. In this article, I will review the Tomahawk of 1977. What first comes to mind is how 40 years could have passed since 1977? How did that happen? Where did the time go? In 1977, Jimmy Carter was sworn in as President. One of his first actions was to pardon Vietnam War draft evaders. Apple Computer was incorporated, "Roots" began its success on ABC, the rings of Uranus were discovered, Elvis died in Graceland, women were integrated into the regular Marine Corps, Bing Crosby died, Reggie Jackson hit 3 homeruns to lead the Yankees to win the World Series, and "The Nutcracker" was televised on CBS. In Groveton ISD in 1977, Mr. Coker was the superintendent and the principals were John Reynolds, Dan Dominey, and A. B. McBride. School Board members were W. B. Due, V. B. Woods, Joe Fortenberry, Billy Avery, Jimmy Thornton, James McCoy, and L. C. Hester, Jr. The 1977 Tomahawk was dedicated to Mrs. Alice Williams who was a special education teacher. The dedication reads in part, "She sees each of us an individual with our own talents, strengths, and weaknesses, and seeks to help us meet our individual needs She is a lovely teacher, senior class sponsor, and friend." The editor of the yearbook was Susan Abshier. The staff included Deidra Dial, Leatha Taylor, Angela McQueen, Clarence Bennett, Mark Fails, Jane Creasy, Brenda Davis, Anice Joyner, Nancy Hutson, Beulah Lewis, Charlotte Lamb, Debra Fry, Ethelrene Thomas, Billy Goodin, Rick Hudman, and Lena Scurlock. Of course, Mrs. Terry was their sponsor. Thirty-six professional staff were pictured serving the GISD students. Twenty-one additional staff consisting of paraprofessionals, secretaries, food service workers, one custodial, and one maintenance staff were pictured. There were 44 seniors pictured in their caps and gowns. They were Susan Abshier, Marilyn Anderson, Clarence Bennett, James Bolden, Gerald Brooks, Carolyn Calvin, Jane Creasy, Brenda David, Deidra Dial, Kathy Dunaway Jessie Eleby, Lois Eleby, Mark Fails, Debra Fry, Billy Goodin, Ezra Hamilton, Clinton Horace, Harvey Horace, Ricky Hudman, Nancy Hutson, Stanley James, Anice Joyner, Wayland Kennedy, Charlotte Lamb, Patsy Lee, Beaulah Lewis, Cathey McCool, Angela Mc- Queen, Raymond Massie, Suzanne Mitchell, Tim Mochman, Charles Owens, Gina Parker Twyla Ronbinson, Lena Scurlock, Archie Smith, Carl Strong, Leatha Taylor, Ethelrene Thomas, Patricia Tipton, Annie Tucker, Sharon Williams, Mark Woods, and Donald Wright. Senior class officers were Archie Smith, president, Jane Creasy, vice-president, Leatha Taylor, secretary, Deidra Dial, reporter. Senior Superlatives were, Best All Around, Leatha Taylor and Mark Woods, Most Likely to Succeed, Susan Abshier and Clarence Bennett, Most Courteous, Suzanne Mitchell and Mark Fails, Most Cooperative, Sharon Williams and Billy Goodin, Personality Plus, Anice Joyner and Wayland Kennedy, Cutest Couple, Nancy Hutson and Rick Hudman, Most Athletic, Sharon Williams, and Clarence Bennett, and Best Dressed, Lena Scurlock and Harvey Horace. Featured were Halloween Queen, Virginia Hamilton and King, Grover Worsham. The homecoming queen pictured was Ginger McCollum and Football Sweetheart, Leatha Taylor, Band Sweetheart, Gina Parker, Auto Mechanics Sweetheart, Debbie Brooks, Building Trades Sweetheart, Twyla Robinson, Cosmetology Co-Sweethearts, Wayland Kennedy and Willie Horace. FFA Co-Sweethearts were Lisa Lee and Gwen Thornton, FHA Co-Sweethearts were Clarence Bennett and Mark Fails. Class Favorites were Seniors, Deidra Dial and Rick Hudman, Juniors, Pam Magee and Marshall Conarroe, Sophomores, Marlena Wooley and David Cathey, and Freshmen, Mary Lou Burleson and Gene Freeman. Who's Who in GHS were seniors, Mark Woods and Susan Abshier, Juniors, Bobby Hester and Pam Conarroe, Sophomores, Elwood Drinkard and Gwen Thornton, and Freshmen, Lamar Thornton and Judy Stubblefield. Organizations featured were Future Homemakers of America, Future Farmers of America, Vocational Industrial Clubs of America, Beta Club, Student Senate, Spanish Club, and Band. Mr. Robert Taylor was the band director. Twirlers were Nancy Hutson, Sami Walters, Drum Major, Lisa Lee, Head Twirler, Susan Abshier, Virginia Hamilton, and Bonnie Phillips. There was a Pep Squad and the cheerleaders were Gwen Thornton, Tammy Davis, Leatha Taylor, Jane Creasy, Sharon Williams, and Marilyn Anderson. Sports included football in which it was noted that we were district champions. Coaches were Chuck Caskey and Norman Cobb. Senior letterman were Clarence Bennett, Willie Horace, Mark Fails, Mark Woods, Rick Hudman, Clint Horace, and Wayland Kennedy. Girls' basketball and volleyball were pictured with basketball lettermen Jane Creasy, Leatha Taylor, Marilyn Anderson, Sharon Williams, Angela McQueen, Jim mie West, and Renee White. Local advertisers included Groveton Insurance Agency, Thrift Food Market, Groveton Butane, Farm Bureau, One-Stop Grocery and Market, First Bank in Groveton, City Café, Freeman Hardware and Lumber, McCoy's Cleaners, Home Florist and Gift Shop, Pennywise Petroleum, Groveton Hardware Company, Barrington and Son's Auto Parts, The Flowering Vine Florist, The Pot Plant House, Groveton Post Office, Clark Food Center, Tullos Mobil Service, Trinity County Abstract Company, Oak Motel, Hutson Abstract Company, Paul's Pharmacy, Delk and Sons Auto Service, Cartwright Funeral Home, Sew-and Sew, Baskin's Department Store, Arnold Brother's Gin, DeLafosse Beauty Shop, Ruth's Beauty Shop, Groveton Mill and Supply, McDonald's Chevrolet, The Groveton News, Groveton Chiropractic, J & S Printing, M. W. Thompson Exxon Station, Tommy's Bar-B-Que, Kennedy Plumbing Company, Groveton Barber Shop, Archer Construction Co.,Bailey Radio*Television Service, Groveton Hospital and Nursing Home, and Roberts Woodworking. I hope you enjoyed this review of the 1977 yearbook. Next month, I will review the Tomahawk of 1987. By that time, another GHS class will have graduated and they will be pursuing their dreams and goals. We are so grateful for your support of the Groveton Ex-Student's Association and we look forward to sending off another successful graduating class!

 

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