PHS Majorette Alumni Reunion – October 9–10


By Carol Jo May - For The Floyd County Times



First row: Phyllis Hall Burchett, George Lockwood. Second row: Sarah Lynn Young Chaney, Susie Wright Gayheart, Boots Adams. Third row: Rebecca Warrix Lerman, Haroletta Baldridge Potter, Mable Holbrook Brown. Fourth row: Jerry Bryan Lafferty, Carol Jo Clark May, and Virginia Ann Adams Campbell.


Seated: Juanita “Boot” Adams, George Lockwood. Standing: Rebecca Warrix Lerman, Phyllis Hall Burchett, Sarah Lynn Young Chaney, Jerry Bryan Lafferty, Susie Wright Gayheart, Carol Jo Clark May and Haroletta Baldridge Potter.


PRESTONSBURG – October 10–11, 2014 marked the 4th Annual Prestonsburg High School Majorette Alumni Reunion, a celebration of 60 years of marching and baton-twirling at PHS. There were majorettes, drum majors, head majorettes, and field commanders from 1946-2006 in attendance. Those of us who attended the event feel that the reunions “just get better every year!”

Now, we’re about to celebrate our 5th reunion and we want to get the word out so everyone can attend! The reunion is October 9 – 10, 2015, during the Jenny Wiley Pioneer Festival, in Prestonsburg. Invitation letters are in the mail and we hope to have the largest group ever!

The majorette alumni was formed in 2011 when a hard-working planning committee took on the task of searching through yearbooks for the names and years of those who twirled or led PHS bands. An even harder task of finding the alumni was next. Thanks to the help of families and social media, nearly all the alumni have been found and are invited to the reunions annually.

That first reunion in October 2011 was a success with nearly 50 alumni participating! The group performed at the PHS Friday night football game and in the Jenny Wiley Festival Parade on Saturday. It was after that reunion that the decision was made by the alumni majority to continue the reunions annually. The group plans to do so as long as there is an interest. It is the hope and mission of the alumni to keep the memory of twirling and marching alive at PHS as well as to contribute to the Elizabeth Frazier Memorial Scholarship. For the past 4 years, the alumni has strived to do that.

Alumni attendees to the 2014 reunion were happy to see George Lockwood, Drum Major from 1950–1952, in attendance for the first time! George and his wife, Rita, now live in Williamstown and made the trip on Saturday in time for breakfast and float-decorating. George and Rita enjoyed a ride on the float through the parade and attended the banquet that evening.

Other attendees, their years of service and current addresses were: Mable Holbrook Brown – 1945 – 1947 of Prestonsburg, Virginia Ann Adams Campbell – 1959 – 1963 of Allen, Jerry Bryan Lafferty – 1961 – 1965 of Prestonsburg, Phyllis Hall Burchett – 1962 – 1966 of Louisville, Sarah Lynn Young Chaney – 1963 – 1966 of Lewis Center, OH, Susie Wright Gayheart – 1965 – 1967 of Eastern, Haroletta Baldridge Potter – 1966 – 1969 of Prestonsburg, Carol Jo Clark May – 1968 – 1972 of Allen, and Rebecca Warrix Lerman – 1977 – 1980 of Fayetteville, NY.

Deceased alumni were remembered during the Saturday evening banquet and those names and their years of service are as follows: Barry Lockwood, Drum Major – 1945–1947; Sharon Bradley Ellis – 1947-1948; Ruth Helen Hall, Drum Major – 1948–1949; Nadine Spradlin Booth – 1949–1950; Joyce Parker – 1953–1954; Barbara Maynard – 1955–1956; Peggy Bussey – 1952–1953; Elizabeth Frazier, Mascot 1952–1954, Majorette 1961–1964; Jane Carol Ford – 1955–1957; Clara Jean Hager Baldridge, Drum Major – 1955–1957; Loretta Cooley – 1958–1959; Patricia Rose Cooley – 1958–1959; Arnita Clark – 1959-1961; Cathy George Walker, Head Majorette – 1973–1976; Kim Marcum, Assistant Head Majorette – 1975–1978; Julie Osborne Lester – 1977–1980.

Alumni whose addresses have not yet been found and their years of service are as follows: Emma Lee Rice – 1952–1953; Paul Clifton, Drum Major – 1955–1956; Shirley Preston – 1957–1958; Patty Smith – 1958–1959; Brenda Kay Hicks – 1959–1961; Carleen Sue Patton – 1966–1968; Debby Burchett – 1967–1969; Lisa Johnson – 1978–1980; Malesa Hicks – 1981–1982; Jennifer Gilbert – 1981–1982; Beth Horn – 1986–1987; Amy Lewis – 1991-1992; Clyde Preston Lewis, Field Commander – 1989–1992; Rachel Rae Justice – 1995 – 1998; Angel Stephens – 1996–1998; Tonya Estep – 1996 – 1998; Bethany Smith Briscoe – 1997–1999; Stephanie Hicks Figg – 1998–2000; Valerie Ratliff – 1999–2001; Cynthia Fitzpatrick Bohon, Field Commander – 2000–2001;

Robbie Risner, Field Commander – 2001–2004; Jessica Shepherd Goble – 2000–2001.

Please help us locate these alumni so that we may invite them to the 2015 reunion! Of 177 living alumni, these are all who remain “unfound” and we need the help of the community to locate them. Please contact the alumni at 606-226-2565, caroljo@mikrotec.com, or on our Facebook group page with any information.

In closing, the alumni would like to stress that the reunions are more fun every year, especially for those of us who perform, but, performance IS NOT a requirement for any alumni to attend our reunions! An itinerary listing all reunion activities accompanies our invitations. Alumni are encouraged to attend any and all events possible, especially those where group pictures are taken, such as the football games, parades, and banquets. Alumni are encouraged to bring memorabilia to the banquet to be displayed for all to see and enjoy.

We hope to see everyone there! March on, PHS!

First row: Phyllis Hall Burchett, George Lockwood. Second row: Sarah Lynn Young Chaney, Susie Wright Gayheart, Boots Adams. Third row: Rebecca Warrix Lerman, Haroletta Baldridge Potter, Mable Holbrook Brown. Fourth row: Jerry Bryan Lafferty, Carol Jo Clark May, and Virginia Ann Adams Campbell.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_7-31-Majorette-1.jpgFirst row: Phyllis Hall Burchett, George Lockwood. Second row: Sarah Lynn Young Chaney, Susie Wright Gayheart, Boots Adams. Third row: Rebecca Warrix Lerman, Haroletta Baldridge Potter, Mable Holbrook Brown. Fourth row: Jerry Bryan Lafferty, Carol Jo Clark May, and Virginia Ann Adams Campbell.

Seated: Juanita “Boot” Adams, George Lockwood. Standing: Rebecca Warrix Lerman, Phyllis Hall Burchett, Sarah Lynn Young Chaney, Jerry Bryan Lafferty, Susie Wright Gayheart, Carol Jo Clark May and Haroletta Baldridge Potter.
http://floydcountytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_7-31-Majorette-2.jpgSeated: Juanita “Boot” Adams, George Lockwood. Standing: Rebecca Warrix Lerman, Phyllis Hall Burchett, Sarah Lynn Young Chaney, Jerry Bryan Lafferty, Susie Wright Gayheart, Carol Jo Clark May and Haroletta Baldridge Potter.

By Carol Jo May

For The Floyd County Times

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