Reunion of HHS Classes of ’75 and ‘76
By Pat Huff
Special to the News and Press
It was a high school reunion to be remembered and cherished forever.
The classes of ’75 and ’76 of Hartsville High School held a joint reunion March 11th and 12th.
Months of planning, preparation and hard work paid off as the two groups enjoyed an eventful two-day affair.
Beginning on Friday the group gathered at Lakeview Country Club, which was decorated throughout in the red, black and white school colors.
Amidst hugs and happiness at seeing each other, classmates enjoyed an array of hors d’oeuvres, looking at yearbooks and displays of family pictures, music of their era provided by a disc jockey, dancing and a silent auction of items they had brought and others donated by the Hartsville community.
A memorial service was held Saturday morning in Burry Park during which deceased classmates were remembered. Jay Lucas, class of ’75, delivered a moving tribute after which names of the deceased were read and special memories shared.
After lunch downtown and a visit to the high school, class members relaxed and returned that night to the club for a barbecue-shrimp-wings supper. A table had been set with china, silver, a red rose and a white candle symbolizing that their deceased classmates were there in spirit.
Members had completed questionnaires as they registered and superlatives were determined from their answers. Much laughter and applause accompanied winning answers, some serious, others humorous.
Raffle tickets had been sold for a Yeti cooler and a live auction conducted for the five highest-bid-on items of the silent auction.
It takes dedication and lots of volunteers to bring about such a memorable event. Spearheading this entire reunion was Nick Grantham, class of ’75, and along with former cheerleaders surrounding him and all those present singing Hartsville High School’s fight song, Nick was thanked for making the reunion the success that it was.