Joyce Spencer: Community news for Friday, May 3
REUNION: Three members of the Barboursville High School class of 1962 - William “Bill” Courtney of Washington, D. C., Jim Ward of Columbia, South Carolina, and Roger Adkins of Huntington - recently enjoyed a mini reunion in Huntington. Courtney, a 28-year career diplomat as ambassador to two former Russian republics - Kazakhstan and Georgia - was visiting his sister Mary V. Courtney-Collins, a 1964 BHS graduate and a retired Marshall University faculty member. Ward is a retired professor of sociology at the University of South Carolina and Adkins is a retired dean and department chairman of the College of Business at Marshall University. Ward’s wife, Marsha, and Adkins’ wife, Libby, joined the group.
BOOK SIGNING: Newly published author Renee Eller will have a drop-in book signing on Saturday, May 4, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Sweet and Sassy Bakery, 1112 Main St., Barboursville. The cost of the book, “Her Heart on Paper,” is $15 and is available on a cash-only basis.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: On Saturday, May 4, at 2 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center, the Marshall University Department of Biomedical Science will have a memorial service for the human gift registry to honor those who have donated their bodies to the advancement of medical science. Dr. Earl Lynn Nelson will be one of those honored and his family and widow, Ann Hash Nelson of Barboursville, will be remembered.
CABELL MIDLAND BEST OF THE CLASS: As you watch Channel 3 WSAZ TV announce the Best of Class students, look for Cabell Midland High School’s top students who represent their school: Belin Zerie, daughter of Kifle Gebregzabhere and Senait Teklehaimanot of Huntington; Sydney Clem, daughter of Jeremy and Stacie Clem of Barboursville; Caroline Kinder, daughter of Steven and Angela Kinder of Barboursville; and Rebecca Hall, daughter of Tim and Michelle Hall of Ona.
INTERNATIONAL HONORS: Congratulations to Rhonda Smalley, retired Cabell Midland High School band director and 40-year music educator for Cabell County Schools, who was installed as a patron of the Delta Kappa Chapter of Delta Omicron, international music honors fraternity. Fellow honorees are Dr. David Castleberry, Dr. Steve Lawson, and Joe Hardin. Chapter president, Bobby May, conducted the ceremony on April 13 at Marshall University.
SPRING FLING: Harmony United Methodist Church, 3800 Riverside Drive, Huntington (Altizer), has its spring fling on Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Breakfast will be offered at 8 a.m. with sausage gravy, biscuits, pastries and baked items available. Vendors will have arts and crafts and gift items from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The lunch menu will be hot dogs, chicken and dumplings, and desserts.
COMMITTEE MEETING: The next Cabell County Democratic Executive Committee meeting will be on May 6 at 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers of the Cabell County Courthouse, 750 5th Ave., Huntington.
LAST CHANCE BAND: Almost 100 people enjoyed the Last Chance Band performing oldies rock music last Saturday at the Barboursville Senior Center. They will perform again at the center, 721 Central Ave., on May 11 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Members of the band are Rocky Nash, vocalist; Greg Hesson, bass; Chris Altizer, drummer, Ben Wall, lead guitar, and Joe Caudill, pianist. Admission is $6. The band will perform at the Milton Fire Department on May 18 and June 1.
BIRTHDAYS: Happy birthday this week to Kieran Mael, Rachel Pickett, Sarah Howard, Mollie Bannister, Debi Canady, David Stooke, Gwen Williams, Ashley Misner, Alan Pannell, Donna Pinkerman, Emily Simpkins, Karen Douglas, Alice Taylor, Wanda Vance, Nancy Carter, Dale Poynter, Sarah Kahlich, Elizabeth Nance, Jean Dague, Val Erwin, Dennie Cremeans, Chriss Gress, Chuck Clark, Vickie Adkins Hill, Lindsey Hill, Keri Daniels, Connie Holley, Raneigh Watts, Cathy Delossantos, Kathryn Knodel, Whitney Koenig, Ricky Byrd, Lindsey Powers, Greg Niece, Aikeis Markham, and Jenna Fields.
Special birthday wishes Brynle Barnett who blew out 4 candles Monday; to Destiny Harless who was 9 years old Monday; to Kimberlea Byrd Poston whose 59th birthday was Monday; to Mona Arthur who celebrated her 94th birthday Thursday; to Marlene Sheets who celebrates her birthday today; and to Tieler Cremeans who will be 12 years old Sunday.
ANNINVERSARIES: Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Charlie and Glenna Racer, Ken and Betty Blevins, Leland and Kim Steele, and Coral and Bob Mallory of Proctorville who will celebrate their 64th anniversary on May 6.
Send items for this column to Joyce Spencer, 817 Main St., Barboursville, WV 25504, or fax 304-736-4522. Her email address is jcspencer@MSN.com.