I checked my Gmail on Thursday morning and discovered a photo of some beautiful ladies and handsome fellows. I’m talking about the Crossville High School class of 1984, who is still the best forevermore.

Thirty-five classmates gathered at Hammer’s Hall in Albertville on Aug. 17 to celebrate our 35-year reunion. Our vice president, Steve Scott, and his wonderful wife and best friend, Lashanne, assembled us for a group photo before some had to leave for work or other reasons.

Lashanne snapped the official photo, which I think we will cherish in years to come as we remember that special night in our lives.

Steve went above and beyond the call of duty to contact classmates and invite them to the reunion, our first since our 20-year event in September 2004. Our attendance wouldn’t have been as good without Steve’s efforts.

Kim Bearden Miller handled all the arrangements with Local Joe’s, who catered our delicious meal. Kim also provided a scrumptious cake that featured black and gold icing.

Lisa Calhoun Willoughby made sure every classmate received a name tag. I didn’t need name tags to help me remember everyone, but some of my classmates found them helpful.

It was a night filled with smiles, laughter, handshakes, hugs and reminiscing. It was wonderful to see everyone and be together with the folks who have known me the longest, besides my family.

Some of us have changed more than others, and a few of the guys who had lots of hair in high school have little or no hair now. I’m thankful mine is still red and hanging on, at least for now.

I served as class president, and I delivered a few remarks before our meal. I told my friends I loved them and I was thankful to be their classmate. Nothing can ever break that bond we share.

My only regret is I didn’t get to spend as much time with everyone as I would’ve liked. We rented Hammer’s Hall for three hours, and it seemed like a brief three hours. We thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company, because it had been too long since we’d gathered as a class.

My prayer is the Lord will bless us, keep us and make His face shine on us until we meet again. We committed to conducting a reunion every five years from now on, and I’m already looking forward to our 40th.

Shannon J. Allen is sports editor for The Reporter. He can be reached at shannon.allen@sandmountainreporter.com.

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