DHS74 WebArchive 2004

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Thanks to all who attended the 30-Year Reunion Labor Day weekend, 2004  ---  Saturday, Sept. 4th and Sunday, the 5th.....


November 25, 2004

I have been receiving trickling requests for directories, and we're not out of them yet, but if you want one,  get your check in to me.  I begin a 2nd part-time job soon, and will be having less free time (?) to spare.

October 28, 2004

Received a card from David Seymour about another Bible Study meeting at the Wheeler Basin Library on November 1.  I need to recheck the card again, but I believe the time is 6:30pm.

September 22, 2004


I feel the same, and thank you for your kind words, so I'm just gonna post it 'as is'......



Hello!  I have loved all the updating on the web site.
 I still have not come down out of the clouds about
our reunion.  What an emotional pick-me-up.  I do feel
as though I can conquer the world and that anything is

Thanks again for all you do for all of us to keep us
together and in touch.

Now!!!  New news to add to the web site immediately:

The Bible Study will begin on October 4, 2004, at the
Wheeler Basin Library at promptly 6:30 P.M.

Please in your own beautiful words let our classmates
know that the library has been reserved and David will
begin a Bible study for any who want to attend on the
first Monday of each month beginning October 4, 2004.
This Bible study is open to anyone that wants to come
and be blessed.  David will share his knowledge and
faith with us.

Let everyone know that all are welcome and invite
family, friends, co-workers, enemies (HA! HA!) anyone
who has an interest in studying and learning about
God's word.  I have listened to many of David's tapes
and heard him teach (preach)  I promise you we will
all be blessed more than we can ever imagine.

Call me if you need to.  I miss talking to you on a
regular basis.  I am going to call soon.

Take care and I'll look forward to seeing what you put
on the web site.

Your friend,

Lee Johnson Lott




September 21, 2004

The 30th Reunion pictures appeared in today's edition of The Decatur Daily.  Surprisingly, you could make out most everyone in the two photos.  Again, contact the paper directly on their website for ordering copies of the prints.

September 17, 2004

The pictures taken at the 30th Reunion by The Decatur Daily may be in this Sunday's paper.  I returned them with the names during the early onset of hurricane Ivan on Thursday afternoon.  They've changed deadline times due to the recent rescheduling of the paper, but I was told the pictures might possibly make it in.  After they are published, anyone who wishes either of the pictures may order them directly from their website.  I believe a 5x7 is $10.90, but don't hold me to it.

I also ran into Martha Zills Kelly, who has worked there for 17 years.  She was unable to attend the reunion, but we got a chance to talk briefly.  Oh, and Vicki Robison McCullough, your directory was mailed out today!

September 13, 2004

There were a total of ten from the committee who met this evening to wrap up some items of cost, and to share comments regarding the 'official' and 'unofficial' gatherings of last weekend.

Toni said we had 148 at Saturday evening's event, and Lee reported 63 for Sunday.  All the comments from attendees and committee members alike have been positive.  Everyone is very pleased with the way things went, and we hope everyone had a good time.

Another item discussed tonight; the pictures from The Decatur Daily have been reviewed for placement of names, and I will get them back soon to be published.  We will also try to find out what they will cost if purchased from the paper.

David Seymour has informed Lee that he is very interested in forming a Bible study group in Decatur to meet on the first Monday of every month, and is willing to drive down from Chattanooga to make it happen.  He asks that we have at least 8 participants, and they do not have to be class members to be included.  You mail e-mail him, Lee or myself to let us know of your interest.  As we know more about it, additional information will be posted here.

For those of you who did not attend, or forgot to pick up a directory, we will have to charge $9.00 to break even on mailing them: $5.00 for basic directory cost + $3.85 for postage + $0.15 for envelope/label.  I informed the other committee members of those amounts this evening.  As the P.O. Box will be going away the end of this month, you may send funds to my home address:

Jim Dykes     1103 7th Avenue S.E.     Decatur, AL 35601

Please make checks payable to the DHS Class of 1974, as Melissa will continue to maintain that account on our behalf for the foreseeable future toward the "next" reunion.

More changes to the site are coming soon!  Maybe even a few more pictures.   ;-)

September 5, 2004

Our 30th reunion turned out to be a wonderful event!  The ones of us on the reunion committee were extremely pleased with the turnout.  At least 130 persons attended Saturday night at the Decatur Country Club, and about 60 were present for the devotional service in the DHS auditorium this morning.  It was really a pleasure to see everyone.  I want to thank Lee Johnson Lott for arranging the opening of the school, and Jeanne Duke Payne for the "unofficial" tour.  As well as Don Richter and David Seymour for their inspirational messages in our gathering this morning.

A small group of us also met at Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q following the devotional service and had a great time.

For those of you who could not attend either event, you were greatly missed, but were part of our thoughts and conversations.  To the ones who voiced their appreciation for the committee's efforts, we thank you, and are glad you enjoyed yourselves.  We do plan on doing it again in 10 (maybe 5?) years.  I took several (okay, over 120) pictures last night and today; hope to post some of them on the site soon.

To the Reunion Committee:  A follow-up meeting is set for Sept. 13th, at 7:00PM at Kin's office.

My regards to all of you,

Jim (Jimmy) Dykes

September 2, 2004

I picked up 90 copies of the directories this afternoon and delivered them with folders to Lee this evening for binding.  While there, she informed me a change had been made to Sunday's gathering after speaking with David Seymour.  Open house access to Decatur High (through the Main Entrance only) with no specific "tour" is still set for 10:00 AM until 10:25 AM.  However. . .


At 10:30 AM, we will have a devotional in the DHS auditorium, during which time we shall also remember our classmates who have passed.

It was decided that since this venue was now available, we should utilize it.  In addition to being more comfortable, we do have a small possibility of some advance weather related to hurricane Frances, but that is not really expected until Monday or Tuesday, as the current projections indicate.

-- Jim

August 30, 2004

We had ten members of the Reunion Committee meet at Kin Copeland's office tonight to discuss the last remaining items in preparation for the events this weekend.  Over 125 persons are expected to attend the evening function at the Decatur Country Club on Saturday night.  Of these, about 80 are classmates.  Who knows who will show up at the last minute?  If it is anything like the 'bio' forms, it could be quite a surprise.  

Speaking of the biographies, if you can get yours to me in email (slimbamaguy@bellsouth.net) by 4:00 PM Central Time, or fax it by that time to my attention at work (256-725-4811), then you will just make it in time.  They go to be reproduced tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday, 8/31/04), as we simply cannot delay on this any longer.

Lee announced tonight that she has arranged to have the high school open (main entrance only) on Sunday morning at 10:00 AM for those who wish to see how it has been re-worked (too bad we didn't have it like that in the 70's!).  She says the new gymnasium rivals the appearance of those found in some colleges, with nice seating and the Raider image painted on the floor.  Please be sure to return to the pavilion at Delano Park by 10:30 AM for the beginning of the memorial service.

We are all looking forward to seeing everyone for both events, and our sorrow if you are unable to attend.  This is something of a milestone in our lives, and we hope to share it with those who were a part of our "formative years".

Safe journey to those of you traveling, and we hope you enjoy the weekend we've put together.

For the Reunion Committee,

Jimmy Dykes

August 28, 2004

Well folks, we are one week away, and trying to tie all the last items together.  I am taking the all bio forms I have this week  (probably Tuesday) to be copied, and work toward binding the directories in time for the reunion.  I've spoken with Melissa Carrell Craig on this, and feel we have no choice but to charge a small fee of $5 per directory to cover document and processing costs.  If you live away, are not attending and want one, please also consider postage charges.  Thanks - Jim.

From Lee Johnson Lott early on the 27th, regarding the activity of September 5th (all are invited):

"The pavilion at Delano is reserved and the service should start at 10:30 A.M.

As discussed David Seymour is going to do the service.  He and I have talked and I think he will teach this
time as a devotional.  I think at the beginning of the service he will call out all the names of the class
members who have passed.  He says that the service should last 30 to 45 minutes."

Also, in an email from Melissa on the afternoon of the 26th:

"I just spoke with Lynne (Russell) Mitchum who had talked with Kin Copeland. A final meeting has been scheduled at his office for Monday, Aug 30th at 7:00 to go over final plans. It shouldn't be a long meeting. Hope to see you there!     Melissa"

August 26, 2004

Here is the latest info received in email Aug. 25th from Lee regarding the Sept. 5th gathering at the Delano Park pavilion:

"Also, I have talked to David Seymour today and things
are going well with our Sunday service.  He is going
to teach in a devotional style and thinks it will last
about 45 minutes.  I think we will need to make sure
we start NO later than 10:45 - in the interest of
those traveling."

August 24, 2004

Six of us met at Lynne's to try and finalize some plans.  Kathy Harland joined us tonight; however, Lee was unable to make it, but we understand from her that the Point Mallard Prayer Chapel is not available on the 5th, so the Sunday morning gathering will be at the pavilion in Delano Park instead.  I promise more details on that as soon as I have them.

Approximately 107 attendees and growing.  We are hoping for a nice turnout, and plan to have a Decatur Daily photographer at the country club early Saturday night for some brief pictures.  Remember, it is casual, but no jeans or shorts.  Thanks.

We have reviewed costs, and are hopefully on budget.  It depends on how much you want us to spend for decorations (LOL).

The Sunday article reached a few folks.  Don Dougherty called me today to indicate his desire to attend, and to update his mailing information.

Another meeting we feel is needed before the reunion, but no definite date, time or place has been set at this moment.  Will post it when something is known.

August 22, 2004

Once again, our reunion plans have made news in today's Sunday edition of The Decatur Daily.  Cathy D. Wahl commented on our final preparations, and listed those we have yet to find in the "Chatterbox" area of the Living Today section.  The article is also available online at: http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/livingtoday/chatterbox/040822.shtml

August 16, 2004

Five of us met at Lynne's tonight.  I gave Lee about 170 envelopes printed with the names of those uncommitted at this point.  If you have not replied to us ("yea" or "nay"), then expect to receive this second mailing.  We need to finalize knowing how many are coming in these last two weeks.  Mailing addresses are as current as we have been given, and we have tried for months to get as many as possible!

About 102 attendance confirmations received so far, with folks coming from all over...  California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, North & South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Maryland, Missouri, Tennessee, and Alabama.

The gathering on Sunday morning at the Point Mallard Prayer Chapel is being finalized.  We do want to take time to remember some of our friends who are no longer with us.  It was shocking to hear of Randy Byars' death last week, right here before the reunion.  We are all special people in our own way, but none of us are outright immortal.  Plus, we ARE getting older you know!

We're looking to copy the bio forms you've sent in and make them into a directory/journal.  Get yours in to us now to be included.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 24th, 7:00pm, at Lynne Russell Mitchum's on Pinehurst.

August 5, 2004

Unexpected events caused only six of us to attend a brief meeting in Dr. Kin's parking lot, but several things were determined:


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The next scheduled committee meeting is Monday, August 16th, 7:00pm, at Lynne Russell Mitchum's on Pinehurst.

July 24, 2004

A Saturday morning 'wake-up' call from Don Richter ( ) in follow-up to an e-mail earlier in the week has prompted me to post the original letter mailed out around June 1st.  Don could not recall receiving the invitational letter.  Should you wish to view it, it is posted here: DHS Class of 1974 - 30th Reunion Invitational Letter.

July 21, 2004

My web hosting provider suffered DoS attacks, and the site was down a couple of days.  I am glad the inconvenience was short-lived, and hope that no more interruptions occur.  But I will say that HostSave has been an extremely efficient and economical provider in the eight months of my domain's existence.

July 12, 2004

Again, seven of the committee met at Kin's office tonight.  (I hadn't seen Lee Johnson Lott in years!)  Toni was home sick, as we found out when we called her to see how all of you are responding.  She indicated that the replies are coming in surges... a trickle, then a bunch, etc.  Want to remind everyone that responses after August 1st carry a $5 surcharge per person, so what are you waiting for?  Send it in now!

Visual concepts for remembering old times were tossed about, provided we can get the right gear together.  Also, a casual gathering on the morning of the 5th was briefly discussed - more on that as it develops.

The key here is making sure as many know about it as we can.  Very few of our mail-outs have been returned as undeliverable, but we still have many persons who remain to be contacted.  A second mail-out "may" be done in early August; but we hope to avoid it, if possible.

The next committee meeting is Thursday, August 5th, 7:00pm, at Kin's office if you wish to attend.

June 20, 2004

Toni Garrison Robert has informed me that some of the invitational letters are being returned due to improper, old, or outdated addresses.  As they are identified to me, I will place them back on the "Missing" list with "Returned Mail" notices.  If anyone can locate these individuals, we ask that you please do so, or pass on to us where you think they can be contacted.  Thanks!

May 24, 2004

Once again, seven members of the reunion committee met at this evening to discuss a review of subcommittees, the impending mail-out, possible decorations, and answers for completing the bio form.

 (Online version: here - you can copy and paste to e-mail it to me, or print it out and mail it in).  

The letter, bio form, and envelopes have been printed, and should be enroute to your homes within a few days.  We anticipate hearing back from you quickly, and that many of you will be able to come.

Next open committee meeting is July 12th at Kin's.


May 3, 2004

Seven members of the reunion committee met at this evening to review a rough draft of the invitational letter and make changes as needed.  We also shared a little more info on located classmates, talked about an open invitation to former teachers, and agreed to add a short "bio" form to the mail-out, which we would like people to complete even if they are not planning to attend the reunion.  This will permit a possible future directory to be compiled, should enough persons be interested.  This form may be available online at some point.

The letter, which is being sent out around June 1st, is expected to be our ONLY mailed announcement.  This is an effort to conserve funds for the event.  Additional mailings will be done if deemed absolutely necessary.  For the most part, updates and general information should be available here on the website.  If you can't find what you are looking for, email me.

We are working a budget with an estimated cash flow, and the cost has been factored around that.  Please note that the cost will be $5 more per person if payment is received after the deadline of August 1, or at the door.

The hors d'oeuvres planned to be served at the country club include:

Baked crabmeat spread with toast points
Chicken fingers with sauce
Spring rolls w/ spicy mustard sauce
Stuffed jalapeno poppers
Cold meat tray of roast beef, ham and turkey with rolls and condiments
Fruit, vegetable, and cheese trays
Chicken salad in phyllo cups
Deluxe miniature pick-up desserts

Please, Please, Please  . . .  Check the "missing" classmates page for anyone you think you have information on, or can get in contact with regarding their current mailing address.

Also, if anyone knows about the registry that was being signed during the DHS 50th Anniversary, please let us hear from you.

The next meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Monday, May 24th at Kin's office.  Again, anyone who wants to attend is free to do so.  Hopefully, the letters and envelopes will all be printed by then, with only a few others possibly needed for last-minute addressees.

April 20, 2004

Nine of the classmates met at Kin's office tonight to discuss menu options, details on the cash bar, establish a "mail-out" timeframe (around June 1st), and collect any more addresses received.  Those still "missing" are listed here.  If you know an address, phone number or email, GET IT TO US!

Our next meeting will again be at Kin's office at 7pm on Monday, May 3rd.

April 18, 2004

Our reunion plans are announced to the world in today's Sunday edition of The Decatur Daily.  Cathy D. Wahl (DHS Class of 1970) noted our intentions in the "Chatterbox" area of the Living Today section.  The article is also available online at: http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/livingtoday/chatterbox/040418.shtml.

March 29, 2004

A meeting of one and a half hours between ten of us at Kin's office resulted in a discussion of various topics:






Jim Dykes   ( slimbamaguy@bellsouth.net ) or ( jim@dycom.us )

March 4, 2004

Another meeting of 5 or 6 of the Reunion Committee took place at Kin's office with more discussion on event and participant costs and the possibility of printing a directory (ANY COMMENTS?  Would you want to be included?   Send replies to slimbamaguy@bellsouth.net).  More details to be available after the next meeting scheduled for March 29th.  As for information gathering, we currently have about 100 names with mailing and/or email addresses available.  We want to find as many of you as we can!

January 29, 2004

Ten* of us met this evening at the Wheeler Basin Regional Library to discuss who had been found, who was still to be located, possible leads, event ideas, committees needed, and methods of contact.  If you are a member of the Class of 1974 of Decatur High School and have not been contacted by the Reunion Committee, or someone who has inquired on their behalf, please let us know who you are, along with full contact information, including e-mail.  Send info to slimbamaguy@bellsouth.net with 'Subject' as "Class of 74".  We are planning a mail-out near the first of March.  Some info will also be provided here, as it is made possible.  You can check back for updates at anytime.

*Jeanne, Kathy, BeBe, Lee, Toni, Pam, Fred, Kin, Garry, Jimmy         (did I get everyone?)

January 27, 2004

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by Jeanne (Duke) Payne to aid in the coordination of a class reunion.  Although I was unable to attend, I believe nine persons attended the first meeting around the end of December, 2003.

Now, a committee has been formed and begun the process of organizing, and locating as many as of the graduates of the Decatur High School Class of 1974 as is humanly possible.  If you are, or know of someone who may be a member of this group, please send e-mail to dyke2776@bellsouth.net with as much information as you can provide.

As more information becomes available through time, discovery, and further meetings, additional notices will be posted here.  This site, depending on the opinion of the Reunion Committee, may be used as a primary means for notification.  While this domain is my personal one, I am willing to allow such space as needed to assist the committee in this endeavor (within limits to my account, of course!)

Hope to see many of you at the reunion.


Jimmy Dykes


*Old* Mailing address - (NO LONGER ACTIVE):
                                                                  PO Box 574          (get it?  May of '74 -- Thanks Toni!)
 Somerville, AL 35670

^^^ This P.O. Box address not active after September 30, 2004 ^^^