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Grayson High School class celebrates 55th reunion

Fifty-five years after graduating from high school together, 11 classmates gathered May 16 to reminisce about their days at the old Grayson High School.

The class of 1954 has held a reunion every five years since graduation. This year's event was at the Grayson Senior Center, where the 11 classmates and their guests enjoyed a catered meal.

"We shared family stories, photographs, memorabilia and remembered our deceased classmates," said Loganville resident Margie Knight McBryar, who has attended every reunion except one, as she arrived home from a hospital after undergoing open heart surgery the day of that reunion.

Four of those who attended the class reunion - Kathleen Rogers Harding, Leona McCart Lackey, McBryar and Rebecca Mason Page - are residents of Gwinnett County. Jean Brownlee Farmer, Arthur Long, Beverly Cooper Manning and Howell Palmer are residents of Walton County, while Elizabeth Kilgroe Long lives in Barrow and Rillie May Bowman Kennedy is a DeKalb County resident.

James Watson, a Waco resident, drove about 100 miles to attend the May 16 reunion.

"Our class has always been extremely close," McBryar said. "Even the teachers and faculty always said we were the closest group of any class they'd ever taught."

The Grayson High School Class of 1954 plans to celebrate its next reunion in 2012, three years from now instead of five.

"It's because of our advanced ages," McBryar laughed.