PINEVILLE -- The Pineville All School Reunion was held at Pineville Christian Church (PCC) on Oct. 2. The event welcomed 99 registered students, with each attendee receiving a meal consisting of salad, chicken noodle soup, homemade bread, and homemade cinnamon rolls by Kenny and Kathy Underwood, alongside PCC volunteers.
Event coordinators included Galeon Smith, who acted as an emcee at the event, and Shirley "Sam" Alps. Both Smith and Alps recognized classmates who had passed prior to the reunion.
Reunion attendees participated in a silent auction, with goods from the auction spread about the PCC gym.
Don Underwood was recognized at the reunion, being the eldest student present, graduating in 1947. When recognized, Alps noted Underwood as a friend and fellow dog-lover.
"The student that graduated in 1947, a dear friend, and always kept my dogs alive because he gave me dog bones, is Don Underwood," Alps said.
The reunion attendee who was recognized for traveling the longest distance to attend the event was Eddie Rickman, who traveled 324.4 miles.
PCC volunteers, including some members from the PCC youth group, assisted in preparing food, serving food, and cleaning following the meal for reunion attendees. PCC youth volunteers included students Alexus Rock, Will Bennett, Della Demartini, Deena Demartini and Harper Gawthrop.
Reunion coordinators who assisted with the event and event planning included Sam Alps, Faye Bonebrake, Ann Kresyman, Rita Stephens and Marilyn Smythia. Sue Speck donated a large, white mum for the event.
The gym, which was decorated in black and white décor, alongside white pumpkins, was filled with reminiscing, smiling faces, and enough cinnamon rolls to go around. The next reunion is set to take place in 2023, with committee members for the upcoming reunion already chosen.