Southeast High School Class of 1966 hosts birthday gala


PJ’s Event Center was the venue recently for the 60-plus Birthday Dinner Party, hosted by the Southeast High School Class of 1966. The owner, Perry Johnson, a 1964 graduate, allowed the gala affair to be held at the center.

The affair was planned by Jonell Smith, Arbedellla Taylor, Vivian Owens, Alvene Davis, Josephine Gardner, Charlie Cannon, John Rice, Othell Lee, Phyllis Newman, Mary Dickerson, Marilyn Reynolds, and Earnestine McLaughlin, all members of the class of 1966.

The room was decorated with orange and black balloons and satin rosette tablecloths. Gladiolas, birds of paradise, white hydrangeas and orange carnations graced the tables as centerpieces.

As guests made their red carpet entrance, they were greeted by Dickerson, Lee and Roosevelt Lowe. Joe Ann Howell was the red carpet commentator, and Mattie Collins served as toastmistress for the evening.

The meet-and-greet hour was the beginning of an evening with light hors d’ oeuvres, nuts and lemonade. The dinner was scrumptious and perfect for the evening, according to a spokesman.

Guests attending were from Illinois, Missouri, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Texas, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama. The surprise guests included Bonnie Pridgett Rhodes from Jacksonville, Fla., Kathryn Hall and Arnold Trujillo from Albuquerque, N.M., and Patricia Bryant McEwen from St. Louis, Mo.

Each class gave a toast of well wishes. The famous cheer, “Old Lady Lucy” was led by Sue Jiner.

TJ the DJ’s music was a time for reminiscing as the big monitors scrolled pictures from the past and Stevie Wonder’s famous “Happy Birthday” song was a hit as the crowd sang along.

The party was attended by guests from Townsend Park, Merrill and Coleman schools.