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Salute

To

50th Planning Committee

Class of '59

The bricks and mortar of our 50th Reunion start with our wonderful and devoted planning committee. They have met monthly for over a year and will continue until the big day in 2009. 

 

They have located classmates that were lost for

50 years or more.  They have secured contact information from most classmates through numerous telephone calls, letters and email.  They have raised money for the 2009 event. 

 

    They have interviewed many people for a sampling of Gideon's past.  Their work has been tireless, without

compensation and performed with true love for their

classmates, GHS, and our little town of Gideon. 

 

The planning committee meetings are open to

all classmates .  If you are too far away to make the

meetings you can still participate through email and

correspondence.  We still have a lot of work to do.  

 

A special thank you to the ones participating  and

we salute you for your wonderful work. 

 

Meetings and Breakfast  2003 - 2005

(click to enlarge photos)

 

 

 

 

March 7, 2007 Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

May 2, 2007 Meeting

 

 

 

June 6, 2007 Meeting

 

 

 

July 11, 2007

 

Art Cole~Rose Mary "Barber" Berry~Nancy "Walker" Wilkerson~Doyne Baker

Linda "Ramage" Cohen~Geraldine "Carter" Ashbranner~Donald Blackwood

Judy Blackwood~Norma "Orton" Smith~Flo "Hasty" Hutto~Doris "Shafer" Aycock

 

 

August 1, 2007

 

Rose Mary Berry~Norma Smith~Linda Cohen~Geraldine Ashabranner~Jan Cowart~Doyne Baker

~ Dannie Woods~Monty Adams~Don Blackwood~Doris Aycock

Jesse LeCroy~Art Cole~Nancy Wilkerson  

 

December, 2007

 

 

 

January 9, 2008

 

 

Present: Alvin Garner, Linda Johnson (Gail's wife)~Geraldine Carter Ashabranner

Rose Mary Barber (Berry)~ Mo~ty Adams~ Norma Orton (Smith)~ Donald Blackwood.

Setting left to right: Linda Ramage (Cohan)~ Art Cole~ Doris Shafer (Aycock)

Doyne Baker~ Nancy Walker (Wilkerson).

 

 

February 6, 2008


Rose Mary Berry~Norma Smith~Doyne Baker
Linda Cohen~Art Cole~Nancy Wilkerson
Doris Aycock~Monte Adams
Geraldine Ashabranner

 

April 2, 2008

 


 

 

"LIFE IS LIKE A MOUNTAIN RAILROAD"

Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson

 

 

LIFE'S RAILWAY TO HEAVEN

Life is like a mountain railroad, with an engineer that’s brave;
We must make the run successful, from the cradle to the grave;
Watch the curves, the fills, the tunnels; never falter, never quail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle, and your eye upon the rail.

Bless'd Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach that blissful shore;
Where the angels wait to join us
In Thy praise forevermore.

You will roll up grades of trial; you will cross the bridge of strife;
See that Christ is your Conductor on this lightning train of life;
Always mindful of obstruction, do your duty, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle, and your eye upon the rail.

Bless'd Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach that blissful shore;
Where the angels wait to join us
In Thy praise forevermore.

You will often find obstructions; look for storms of wind and rain;
On a fill, or curve, or trestle, they will almost ditch your train;
Put your trust alone in Jesus; never falter, never fail;
Keep your hand upon the throttle, and your eye upon the rail.

Bless'd Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach that blissful shore;
Where the angels wait to join us
In Thy praise forevermore.

As you roll across the trestle, spanning Jordan’s swelling tide,
You behold the Union Depot into which your train will glide;
There you’ll meet the Superintendent, God the Father, God the Son,
With the hearty, joyous, plaudit, “Weary pilgrim, welcome home!”

Bless'd Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach that blissful shore;
Where the angels wait to join us
In Thy praise forevermore.


 

Eliza R. Snow (1804-1887) may have written the original lyrics,

with M. E. Abbey (a Baptist minister in Georgia in the 1890s) supplying

the chorus.  Abbey and Tillman copyrighted “Life’s Railway to Heaven” in 1890.