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Gleason High School: Class of 1975

40th Class Reunion

 

The Class of 1975 is having its 40th class reunion on Saturday , Sept. 5th,at 6:00. The reunion will
be held at the Fellowship Hall of the First Baptist Church in Gleason.  For additional information you can
contact Cil Weddington at 731-514-9007. 
 

Gleason High School: Class of 1965

50th Year Reunion

 

The Gleason class of 1965 will celebrate their 50th year reunion on September 5, 2015.  After the parade we will meet at the gazebo inside the gazelle grounds. Anyone who would like please stop by and visit with us. Also, to anyone interested there is a home football game on Friday night, September 4th.

 

Gleason High School: Class of 1960

55th Class Reunion

The 55th reunion for the Gleason High School for the Class of 1960 will be held at "Not" Higgs, in McKenzie on Saturday September the 5th, beginning at 6:00. There will be no program, but just an opportunity to eat and share with old classmates. Please respond by 8/22/15 to either Rubye or Jerry at rip@gmail.com or jdsille@charter.net to let them know if you will attend or not - or with questions.

GLEASON HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES 28

 

 

Gleason High School graduated 28 students during the Friday, May 15 ceremonies in the gymnasium.

 

The Students marched twoby-two into the gymnasium. GHS Principal Trish Price, Assistant Principal Lee Lawrence, and School Board Member Lindell Roney were seated on the elevated platform, where he graduate received his or her diploma.

 

Class President Keaton Collins welcomed everyone to the ceremony. His address was followed by a video presentation of each of the graduates showing their baby photos and their graduation photos.

 

Following the video, Hannah Lokey, salutatorian and Spencer Stewart, valedictorian, presented their speeches.

 

Mrs. Price announced individual awards for the students and their future plans just prior to the presentation of diplomas.

 

One senior, Cody Williams was unable to attend because he is still recuperating from a mid-school year car accident. Another classmate was remembered. Samuel Colt Stafford died in a house fire several years ago.

 

Graduates include: Jesse Dixon Adams, Keaton Thomas Collins, Christopher William Copeland, Hunter Allen Corum, Mercedes LaDawn Eaton, Haley Brianna Edmiston, Jacob Hartford Gatewood, Holly Martina Gurley, Jacob Harrison Horn, Ian Brooks Legens, Hannah Elizabeth Lokey, Mia Taryn McCain, Timothy Mark McKenzie, Jasmine Nicole McKinney, Moriah Marie Mize, James Rance Morris, Harrison Claude Radford, Atlanta Reannea MorganSmothers, Spencer Cale Stewart, Marcus Hunter Summers, Courtney Nicole Taylor, Jasmine Nichole Taylor-McHaney, Justin Ray Todd, Samantha Marie Veliz, Hunter Chase Walker, Heather Grace Whitworth, Robert Cody Williams, and William Alec Zills. (Source: Story from the McKenzie Banner.)

 

      

Ayers Makes Difficult Decision to Leave Gleason

for Dyersburg

 

By Kenneth Coker

Sports Editor

 

Everything fell into place for Joel Ayers. As a result, Gleason is out a girls’ basketball coach.

 

Ayers – the Lady Bulldogs’ hoops skipper the past six years and a coach in some capacity or another at the school for the past 11 years – resigned the post on Friday to become the head girls’ basketball coach at Dyersburg High School.

 

“It was the most difficult decision I have ever made,” said Ayers, who is departing Gleason along with his wife and assistant coach, Ashley (McElhiney). “We weren’t seeking a change, but when this job came open, it was something that made us think. The dominoes just started to fall our way in the past couple of weeks. There is a position for Ashley down there, as well, and it just fits our family right now. Still, it has been so tough to accept we are leaving this community. The support we have received from parents and the administration during the years we’ve been here has been phenomenal. They say pound-for-pound so-and-so is the best fighter. Well, pound-for-pound I believe Gleason is the most supportive basketball community I have been part of.

 

“On top of that, we’re leaving a great group of girls that will be juniors this coming season. These girls are talented basketball players, but have even better character. That’s a big part of why it was such a difficult decision. The next coach at Gleason will be successful. These young ladies have a huge upside. They have made unbelievable strides on the court. At the end of the day and regardless of which decision we made, I felt like we were in a win-win situation because both programs are so great with awesome people supporting them.”

 

In six years as the Lady Bulldogs’ coach, Ayers compiled a 114-58 record while leading the team to a trio of district championships, one regional crown and a sectional berth.

 

Prior to becoming the Gleason girls’ basketball coach, Ayers served as an assistant on both the boys’ and girls’ bench and also as the school’s head softball and golf coach.

 

 “Gleason has done so much for Ashley and I in terms of our development as coaches,” Ayers said. “We were given opportunities to lead, but were also given the right mentors to show us how to lead. If you are thrown into a coaching job and not ready for it, it can turn out bad. At Gleason, there have been other coaches and administrators that pointed us in the right direction not only on the floor, but off.”

 

At Dyersburg, Ayers will only wear the hat of high school girls’ coach while also serving as a business teacher.

 

During his tenure with the Lady Bulldogs’ program, Ayers has also been the head coach of the junior high team.

 

“There are going to be differences between the two jobs,” Ayers said. “I’m sure of that, but at the end of the day, basketball is basketball. Yeah, there are a lot more players to choose from at Dyersburg. If they don’t work hard and have the right schemes, though, it doesn’t matter if you have 10 players or 100.

 

“My hope is we can take what we’ve done at Gleason and transfer it to Dyersburg with the same amount of success.”

 

While wishing the now-former Lady Bulldog mentor well, Gleason athletic director/assistant principal Lee Lawrence applauded the job of both Ayers.

 

“Joel took over for Coach (Randy) Frazier and our girls’ program hasn’t skipped a beat,” Lawrence said. “Our winning tradition has continued. Joel and Ashley have been a big part of that.

 

“They are leaving the program in an upswing after weathering one lean year (9-19 in 2013-14 with mainly eighth graders and freshmen carrying the load). I believe the next Gleason girls’ coach will be in good shape to continue the success of years past.”

 

The latest Lady Bulldog squad showed marked improvement under Ayers despite being a team made up mostly of freshmen and sophomores.

 

Gleason finished the 2014-15 campaign with a 19-9 record and as the third-place team in District 13A. The Lady Bulldogs return almost all the players on its roster with the community bustling that this group could be the next to make a trip to Murfreesboro.

 

Lawrence told he would like to have a new coach in place sooner than later, but will not rush the hiring process to do so.

 

“We would like to have a coach within a few weeks, but we want to make sure we put the right person or people in position,” Lawrence said. “The record of our program speaks for itself. In the last 25 years, we have three state championships. I believe this job will attract some talented coaches.”

 

For now, assistant coach Luke Hughes and former Gleason standout Kara (Sanders) Atkins are in charge of getting the Lady Bulldogs through the camps already on the summer slate.

 

Though gone from the Lady Bulldogs’ program, Ayers will still visit Weakley County on at least one occasion each season as the Lady Trojans play in District 13AA alongside Westview.

 

Ayers graduated from W’view in 1994 and UT Martin 2001. Source: Dresden Enterprise.

 

Gleason High School News

By Alec Zills

Seniors and their parents met with financial aid representatives from UTM last Wednesday after school. Those in attendance were able to complete the FAFSA in order to be eligible for scholarships, loans and grants to help finance their education following graduation from high school.

The sophomores met last week to discuss next year’s prom. There was also a junior class meeting Monday night to discuss the upcoming prom and remaining fund raisers.

Last Friday, both our boys’ and girls’ basketball teams played against Clarksburg and on Tuesday, January 13th, our Bulldogs went up against rival West Carroll at West Carroll. Gleason will host Greenfield on Thursday night, January 15th and Big Sandy on Friday night. Game time is 6 p.m. The Bulldogs will play at McKenzie on Tuesday January 20th and will host Dresden on Friday January 23rd. Student tickets will be available for the Dresden-Gleason game.

On Thursday, January 15th, there will be a blood drive here at school from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. Students who are at least 17 years old and want to give blood must have a signature from a parent or guardian to do so. These permission forms are available in the office and students who choose to donate must do so between the hours of 3 and 5 p.m.

There will be no school on Monday January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King Day.

GHS 50-year Class Reunion - Class of 1964

 

The Gleason High School Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th class reunion during Tater Town festivities on August 30, 2014. The reunion was held at Mallards Restaurant in Huntingdon, with classmates having additional time to catch up on old times friends at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon.

Front L-R: Rosemary Jorge, Suzette Edmonston, Martha Boone, Brenda Pickler, Judy Mansfield, Karen Dellinger, Sonja Godwn;

Back L-R: George Sawyers, Ronnie Dilday, Iva May Lowery, Wanda Maddox, Betty Bradberry, Sandra Tilley, Martha Brewer, Carol Sue Delinger, Mrs. Floyd and Mr. Floyd (Class Sponsor), John Bradberry (Note - maiden names used for ladies).

Gleason High School Class of 1962:

Follow-up to their 50th Reunion

 

The Gleason High School Class of 1962 celebrated their second annual follow up to their  50th class reunion during Tater Town festivities on August 30, 2014.

 

Barbara Clement White, Ronnie Parks, Ferrellin Webb Cassidy, Coy Segraves, Curtis Mayo, Linda Ray Bevis, Sammy Tilley, Joyce Holland Straughn, John Ozment, Joyce Stewart Jones, Bobby Langley, Linda Elinor Boone, Kenneth Doster, Linda Travillian Langford, Terry Bunnell

 

Source: Dresden Enterprise

Click on the Above Link for all 50-year Reunion Pages

GHS 50-year Class Reunion - Class of 1963

The class of 1963 had their 50 year class reunion on Saturday, August 31, 2013.  Members of the class participated in the Tater Town Special parade by riding on  a "Class of 1963 ~ 50-year Reunion trailer. A member of the Class of  '63, the former Sandra Taylor who was the 1963 Miss. Gleason rode in a red 1963 Chevrolet Corvette owned and driven by Dale Nunnery, also a member of the Class of 63.

The 50-year reunion was held at the First Baptist Church on Saturday evening. The festivities were also attended by several well wishers from other Gleason High School Classes from the early to mid 1960's. A good time was  had by all!

Below is a picture of those members of the Class who were in attendance.

Class members attending included, pictured from left to right are: Front Row: Carol (Tucker) Dycus, Delois (Boane) Shaw, Kaye (Billington) Owens, Sandra (Taylor) Johnson, Wanda (Hodges) Pritchett, Patricia (Reed) Segraves Back Row: Robert Smyth, Pat Dewberry, Bobbie Lou (Williams) Chandler, Janis (Hodges) Featherstone, Jean (Burrows) Cunningham, Dale Nunnery, LeRoy Segraves.

 

Click on the Above Link for More Class of '62 Pictures

 

Gleason High School Class of 1962:

Follow-up to their 50th Reunion - 2013

Members of the Class of 1962 followed up on their last year's 2012 Tater Town 50-year reunion by having a get together on Saturday, August 31st at at Hig's Restaurant in McKenzie. All members of the Class of 1962 and other friends were invited.

As can be seen from the picture below, the turn out for this follow-up was great, with 16 Class of 62 members attending and having a good time interacting with old classmates and other friends from Gleason School.

Members of the Class of 1962 attending included, FRONT ROW: Joyce (Stewart) Jones, Ferrelin (Webb) Cassidy, Linda (Elinor) Boone, Joyce (Holland) Straughn, Linda (Ray) Bevis, Lynda (Travillian) Lankford, Barbara (Clement) White. BACK ROW: Terry Burnell, Curtis Mayo, Bobby Langly, Ronnie Parks, Coy Segraves, Pert Pritchitt, John Ozment, Jim Lawrence, Sammy Tilley. (Picture compliments of Linda Bevis).

 

Click on the Above Graphics to go to the Reunion Web Pages

Click Below for Multiple Class of 1963 Reunion WebPages

 

Click on the Above Link for all Class of '63 50-year Reunion Pages

 

Gleason HS Class of 1962 Celebrates 50th

GLEASON (September 1) Gleason High School Class of 1962 celebrated their 50th reunion during Tater Town festivities on September 1, 2012. Class members attending included, pictured from left: (front row) Barbara Clement White, Lynda Travillian Lankford, Kitty Wray Oliver, Lynda Elinor Boone, Joyce Stewart Jones, Linda Ray Bevins, Joyce Holland Straughan, Ferrellin Webb Cassidy and Wanda Dilday; (back row) John Ozment, Pert Pritchett, Curtis Mayo, Jim Lawrence, Coy Segraves, Terry Bunnell, Bobby Langley, Sam Tilley and Ronnie Parks.

 

 

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