By Kyle Lovern
CHATTAROY – There was plenty of orange and black apparel this past weekend as the annual Chattaroy Junior High School reunion was held.
The two-night event was held at the Chattaroy Church of God picnic shelter and putt-putt golf course.
Good crowds attended both the Friday and Saturday night outings and enjoyed socializing, rehashing old stories and feasting on good food. A barbecue picnic-style dinner was served on Friday, while an Italian dinner was prepared on Saturday night.
Several special awards were given on the second night of the event.
Former teacher and coach Curt Fletcher was presented the William “Bill” Hill Community Service Award. He was bestowed the plaque by former player Okey Smith and reunion chairwoman LisaKae (Cundiff) Smith. This will be an annual award given each summer.
The Mr. and Mrs. CJHS awards were given to Geanine Fluty and Frank Smith Sr. Fluty traveled all the way from Louisiana to attend the reunion.
The Outstanding Teacher and Mentor awards were given to three deceased educators, Bill Hill, Molly Long and Patsy Loftis.
Several were inducted into the CJHS Hall of Fame. They were Ray Curry, the late Bob Meade, Bobby Teeters, Jimmy Barker, Kenny Schwartz, Rod Jackson, Paul Layne, Tim Booth, Alvena Allen Elliot, Pam Sword Crum, Rhoda Smith Diamond and Lisa Watson Altizer. Unfortunately, many of those inducted were unable to attend the reunion to accept their plaque in person.
“On behalf of the CJHS Reunion Committee we felt this was the best and most successful event we have held thus far,” CJHS Reunion Coordinator Lisa Smith said. “We are very appreciative to Pastor Mike Bostic, his wife, Patty, and the entire congregation of Chattaroy Church of God for allowing us to utilize their beautiful facility. This paved the way to bring the CJHS Reunion back to our beloved Chattaroy community, where it truly belonged.
“We had many people who traveled through several states to be here for the reunion, which helped our local economy throughout the Tug Valley area. We had people to attend from ages 8 to 80, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves with good food, fun and fellowship,” Smith added.
“Chattaroy has long been a tight-knit community and its residents have helped each other through the good times and the rough times. We always welcome anyone who attended Chattaroy, may have lived in Chattaroy or just “drove by” and wished they had gone to Chattaroy to join us,” Smith said.
Smith said that Doug Howard, Donald Copley and his wife, Eunice, former residents of Chattaroy who now live in North Carolina, along with Marge and Curt Fletcher, were the ones who laid the foundation for the reunion.
There is no charge for the reunion, but donations are accepted. Sponsors help pay for the dinner, rental and other expenses.
To learn more about the CJHS Reunion, you may visit the site on Facebook, ”CJHS Reunion,” which receives “friend requests” on a daily basis. It keeps visitors informed on what is being planned, updates people on area news, has pictures from reunions and also allows members to vote on various elements in regard to the reunion. This site is the “voice” of the reunion, Smith said.
Next year’s event is already scheduled for the weekend of July 10-11 at the same location.
“Make plans to bring your family and come home to Chattaroy,” Smith said. “We would love to see you.”
Kyle Lovern is sports editor of the Daily News. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33, or on Twitter @KyleLovern.