WELCOME GHS ALUMNI to the official website for the Gladewater Former Students. Our Association is dedicated to all former students of Gladewater High School, Gladewater, TX.
LOCATION: The Former Students' Building is located at 2509 Hendricks, Gladewater, TX 75647. Click here to view our location map.
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Membership dues are important and help cover the cost of our newsletter and other building expenses. If your dues are past due, please consider renewing them. If you are not a member of the GFSA, consider joining the association! Just visit the Membership tab at the top of this page and choose "How Do I Join or Renew Dues" to pay by credit card via PayPal. Or, if you prefer to pay by check, then choose the link on this same page to the Membership form, print out, complete the form and mail to GFSA, P.O. Box 5878, Gladewater, TX ;75647.
WE DON'T WANT TO LOSE YOU, SO JOIN OR RENEW TODAY!
David Holcombe, Class of '62, has provided his services free of charge to GFSA for many years. We are grateful for David's donation of his time and talent as he does an excellent job each year in capturing the memories of our reunion gatherings. To view the past reunion photo galleries, visit Holcombe House of Photos. THANK YOU, DAVID!
ATTENTION ALL GLADEWATER FORMER STUDENTS...The CLASS OF ’66 is SEARCHING for FORMER GHS STUDENTS who want to visit with classmates, enjoy a great meal, and welcome the newest Outstanding Alumni! The reunion will be a one-day event on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 at the Gladewater Former Students’ Association Building, 2509 Hendricks Street, Gladewater, TX. Lots of fun events have been planned including a reception at the Gladewater Museum on Saturday at 2:00 P.M. The deadline for registering for reunion events is FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016. Registration forms were mailed to GFSA members early August. You do not have to be a member of GFSA to attend the annual All-School Reunion. All GHS Former Students are invited to attend the annual reunion. Just visit the linkS below for more information about registering for the reunion.
DON’T FORGET THAT YOU MUST BE PRE-REGISTERED TO ATTEND THE 2016 REUNION SO MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS TO ATTEND ONE OR BOTH EVENTS ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 AND JOIN IN THE FUN.
|2016 REUNION EVENT SCHEDULE/NEWSLETTER|
|2016 ALL SCHOOL REUNION REGISTRATION|
NOTE FROM THE REUNION HOST CLASS OF ’66: The theme for this year’s reunion, “The Spy”, was taken from the ’66 yearbook. The Reunion Committee has been really working hard to make this an enjoyable day to visit with classmates, attend the Forever Orange and Black Luncheon, and then to return for an evening of dinner and dancing. This year, two men will receive the OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD at the luncheon -Jimmy Rowe, Class of ’48, and Dr. Ronald McRay, Class of ’53. In January, outgoing GFSA President John Paul Tallent was awarded the first GRIZZLY AWARD for his love and dedication to the Gladewater Former Students’ Association. During the luncheon, two additional members Leon Watson, Class of ’59, and Roy T. Van Houten, Class of ’60, will be honored with this award.
The Gladewater Former Students’ Association Board of Directors is honored to announce two Outstanding Alumni who will be recognized at the All-School Reunion on Saturday, September 24, 2016. Make your reservations now for the Forever Orange and Black Luncheon and join the GFSA in honoring Outstanding Alumni Dr. Ronald McRay, Class of 1953 and Mr. Jimmy Rowe, Class of 1948. Read more ....
GFSA is pleased to announce the success of the 2nd Annual Clay Shoot Fundraiser. Lots of fun was had by all the participants and lots of $$$ raised to benefit the GFSA Scholarship, Veterans Memorial, and General Building Funds. Many thanks to the committee chairs Lois Reed and Steve Scurlock and to all the sponsors and participants. Congratulations to the winners listed below! (Visit the Photo Gallery for more photos of this event).
1st Flight Winners
First Place: Reeves Oil Company Team - Kyle Reeves,Mike Johnson, Wesley Grey, and Rickey Lewis
Second Place: Gladewater National Bank Team - David Hughes, Larry Carlisle, Scott Brown, and David Randolph
2nd Flight Winners
First Place: Chuck Reed Team - Chuck Reed, Hank Elrod, Steve Elrod, and Ryan Coker
Second Place: BEAR Fans Team - Camm Eddy, Steve Walston, David Price Jr., and Bill Phillips.
Overall Best Shooter: Rickey Lewis with a 95.
Raffle Ticket Winners:
Boots donated by Cavendars - Brian Freeman
Mossburg 12 gauge pump action shotgun - Steve Randall
A Night in the Tuscany cottage at Los Pinos Winery with dinner included - Bill Phillips
Ipad - Bubba Mohon
Varmit Target - Barbara Mackey
Red Hot Grilling Apron created by Lana Rogers - Cory Ellis
Tractor Seat Bench created by Johnny Mears - Pam Hobbs
Thanks to the following Station Sponsors: Austin Bank, Bodacious Bar-B-Q, Brown, Cook, and Taylor Insurance, Class of 68, Bob & Bretta Conaway, Rex Copeland Consulting LLC, Croley's Funeral Home, First Bank & Trust of East Texas, GEDCO-Robert Johnson, Gladewater Independent School District, Gladewater National Bank, Edward Jones Financial Planning, McKaig's Chevrolet & Buick, Jack Phillips Oil, Chuck & Lois Reed, Reeves Oil Company, Re/Max-Lana Rogers, Republic Services, Danny & Charla Strickland, Bruce Welborn, and Shirley & Garland Willett.
Sporting Clay Shootout Committee members included: Chairman Steve Scurlock, President Shirley Willett, and Treasurer Lois Reed. Other GFSA members who volunteered on June 11 included: Christian Allen, Larry Clemens, Barry Cook, Diane & Mike Formby, Nick Foster, Danny & Pam Hobbs, Sonja Hughes, Madelyn Kennedy, Dale Lange, Barbara Mackey, Cathy Johnson McHenry, Elane Osteen, Margaret Pevehouse, Lana Rogers, and Diana Wheat.
Danny Hobbs and Dick Tucker are co-chairs of the 2016 All-School Reunion. If you are a member of this class and would like to help, give them a call. If you would like to make a contribution to the Class of '66 50th Reunion Fund, click here.
"The 2015 All School Reunion is now a memory. But those of us who were there are basking in the memories of the great time we all had. From the time old classmates begin arriving, it was non-stop hugging and remembering our days at GHS. The Class of 1965 had the Former Student's Building decorated with everything from prom dresses to a lighted up goal post - not discounting the old High School and football field. It was just spectacular. From the moment you walked in, you were 18 again and back in your senior year at GHS. It was a time of reconnecting and reminiscing. The gray hair disappeared and you were just a kid again. Most conversations began with "Do you remember....?" and the building was filled with laughter throughout the day and night. When we arrived for the evening "party", it was more laughter, hugging, and remembering. There were some there that had not been there in the afternoon and we had to play "catch up" with the stories, but they were as funny the second time. Kudos go out to the Class of 1965 for the planning and hard work they put into the 2015 All School Reunion. It was a great success and anyone who missed it, missed a great one. Now the Spirit Stick has been passed to the Class of 1966 and we can hardly wait to see what's in store for Reunion 2016!"
~ contributed by Barbara Brooking Henderson, Class of '62
The GFSA Board approved a new award named the GRIZZLY AWARD at its January Board meeting and surprised outgoing President John Paul Tallent with the first GRIZZLY. In the future, the GFSA Grizzly Award will be given annually at the All School Reunion to an individual (or individuals) selected by the GFSA Board of Directors. The purpose of the GFSA Grizzly Award is to recognize an individual (or individuals) for notable leadership or important contribution made in recent years and that has assisted the Gladewater Former Students' in achieving its mission or had significant impact on the Gladewater Former Students' Association, the Gladewater ISD or Gladewater community.
John Paul Tallent was honored for his outstanding leadership, commitment and service to the GFSA in his role as President these past three years 2013-15. His energetic leadership led to contributions toward renovation of our building and resurfacing of the parking lot, an increase in KODIAK donations and through his efforts, the Veterans' Memorial now has an additional monument recognizing those who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. As President of the GFSA, John Paul promoted good decision-making by the board and this along with all his other accomplishments has resulted in greater recognition of the value of the former students within the Gladewater community. Congratulations, JPT, on a job well-done!
|The Gladewater Former Students Association met Monday, January 18th at 6:30 PM at the GFSA Building. Purpose of the meeting was to install officers and directors for 2016. There are twelve members serving on the board. Elected to serve the association for the 2016 term were:|
|OFFICERS & DIRECTORS:
Shirley Elliott Willett '68, President
Steve Scurlock '68, Vice President
Cheryl Moore Copeland '69, Recording Secretary
Lana Black Rogers '75, Corresponding Secretary/Newsletter
Lois Lindsey Reed '66, Treasurer
Danny Hobbs '66, Parliamentarian
Dale Lange '69, Building Manager
Mike Formby '64, Public Relations
Barbara Brooking Henderson '62
Paula Jones Smith '62
Larry Clemens '68
Tina Tuttle Frost '68
ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS appointed by the board are:
John Paul Tallent '62
Barbara Smith Mackey, '54
Betty J. Thomas Stegall, '62
Margaret Liddell Pevehouse '66
Cathy Phillips Shipp '65, Website
Leon Watson '59, Veterans' Memorial
DID YOU KNOW...that what you read on this website is only partial coverage of all the good things happening with the GFSA? The GFSA newsletter is published and mailed quarterly, so don't miss out. Anyone who has not paid dues within the last two years will be dropped from our newsletter and All-School Reunion Registration List. To get reinstated and to be able to keep up with the GFSA or to be able to vote for New Directors each year, simply send in your dues (or pay online now). We'll get you on the mailing list.
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS AND TO OUR OTHER MEMBERS WHO ARE CONSIDERING A DONATION TO THE GFSA! (Remember, donations are tax-deductible and all donations, no matter the amount, help and are greatly appreciated!)