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Latexo Coming Home Event Draws Alumni
Houston County Courier - January 2009
By Sharron Randall
A format change set by the Latexo Alumni Association at the annual Latexo Coming Home event on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Latexo High School had the desired effect; former students, faculty and board members showed up to visit with many whom they had not seen since last year.
Those arriving before 10 a.m. partook of the coffee, juice and pastries while visiting and viewing the annuals and yearbooks strewn on the circular tables dating from the 1930s to last year, 2008. Class photographs of former students and other memorabilia also dotted the tables, which added to the reunion atmosphere.
Visitors stayed through the business meeting, recognition of the classes ending in "9"--1939-2009, recognition of the oldest and youngest graduate, alumnae traveling the farthest, and past and present board members attending.
Alumni President David Goolsby introduced the guest speaker, Jennifer Crow Patton, class of 1986. She is a nurse by profession and has served on the school board for the past nine years. She reminisced about her school career since 4th grade in Latexo Independent School District and summed up her school and community service with "Awesome!"
When it came time to announce the identification of the 2009 Alumni of the Year and present the plaque, and after a shaky start, Mary Lois Neal said, "Oh I don't know any way to do this…Jennifer, come up here."
And so it was that Mrs. Patton, who came from Germany, became a student at Latexo in 4th grade, graduated, went to college, married Keith Patton, had two children and "loves y'all," accepted the plaque.
Guests were encouraged to visit and then trek over to the Latexo Voluntary Fire Department station house for a bowl of chili prepared and served by fire fighters of LVFD. Accompanying the meal was homemade desserts, cornbread, crackers, and iced tea or coffee.
A silent auction was ongoing and tickets sold for $1 for the opportunity to win a cedar porch swing.
Latexo Mayor Debbie Bruner recognized Irene Welch, citizen of Latexo, a retired long-time educator and administrator in LISD, who recently donated 2-acres of land across the highway from the fire department for the purpose of building, first, a new community center, and in phase two, a new fire station.