A group of Melissa alumni returned to old stomping grounds for their annual class reunion earlier this month at the Melissa Schools Home Office. The gathering welcomed former students from the graduating classes of 1959 through 1964.
The reunion was held at what is now the Home Office, and years ago was the district’s main school building when grade levels only went up to 10th grade.
Melissa alum Roy Jones, known by his classmates as “Roy Lee”, organized the group’s first class reunion in 2010 where 108 people were in attendance. It has since become an annual event, and this was the fourth year that the reunion took place at the Home Office.
The classmates enjoyed dinner and visiting with each other, while a nostalgic mix of music from the 1950s filled the renovated Home Office Board Room, which was once their school gym. The Glory Rider Cowboy Church Band also performed.
Jones spoke fondly of Sherman Taylor, who was the principal when Jones was in school at Melissa. Taylor’s daughter joined the class reunion this year.
Originally from Fort Worth, Jones’ family moved to Melissa when he was in elementary school.
“I didn’t know how my life would change,” Jones said of his time as a Melissa student. “I made some lifelong friends.”
Jones gives credit to his classmate, alum Annette Gilreath Escamilla, for assisting him with organizing the dinner. Reunion photos were shared by alum Carolyn Boone.
Edited to add, Oct. 20: Jones would like to thank James and Dana Miller, who hosted the first reunion at their barn, and who help notify alumni regarding the reunions. Jones also thanks Eddie Grigg and Larry Chilton, who assist with setup and clean-up.
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