The 1970 graduating class of Coushatta High held its 50 year class reunion on April 24, 2021, at the event center at Grand Bayou Resort. The reunion was originally scheduled for 2020 and postponed twice due to COVID.
Thirty-nine classmates graduated in 1970. Seventeen attended the reunion in person and four others enjoyed taking part by Zoom meeting. Coushatta residents who attended with their spouses were William (Buster) Bailey and wife Fay, Jim Bethard and wife Florence, Joy Cox Cannon and husband Jerry, Lynette Kelone Giddings and husband Red, David McCoy and wife Barbara, and Faerie Lafield Sledge and husband Sammy. Janet Bierden Rogers from Coushatta also attended.
Out of state residents enjoying the event were Deborah Ettredge Wells and husband Wayne from Franklin, TN, and Henry McCurdy and wife Deana from Houston, TX. Shreveport residents attending were Donna Morgan Branch, and Claude Bundrick and wife Bethia.
Also present were Becky Robinson Trammel from Haughton, Ellen Gaddis Howell from Natchitoches, and Pat Ingram Brumley from Converse. Ginger Coleman Barker and husband Len came from Greenwood, LA.
St. Francisville and Baton Rouge resident, Susan Stephens Lambert and husband Pal attended as well as Greg Bolan from Roswell, GA, and Jupiter, FL.
Taking part by Zoom meeting were Kenny Anderson from Shreveport, Claire Lester Bausch from Frisco, TX, Julie Nelson (Dooley) from Milton, FL, and Becky Leysath Gourlay from Burns Lake, British Columbia, Canada, who coordinated the Zoom meeting.
Graduates who did not attend were Helen Barbo, Carol Bohannon Miciotto, Edgar Cason, Terry Cox, Danny Hester, Pam Jones Prothro, Linda Ebey Layfield, Dora Lester Herrington, Kendall Martin, Vernon Morgan, Jeanette Price Dupree, John Roberson, Eddie Smith, Kathy Tomme Young, and Sue Whatley Humphreys.
Five deceased class members were honored at the event with a “memorial” table. They were Cecil Almond, William Almond, Billy Joe Gray, Leslie Rachall, and Joe Tune. The class was pleased to have William Almond’s wife Becky from Coushatta and their daughter Laura Almond from Shreveport at the reunion, too. Fay Bailey who attended is the sister of Joe Tune.
Matt Huddleston (Hudd’s Grill) catered the event, serving fried fish and shrimp with all the trimmings. The class holds reunions every 10 years.
Article and Photo credit Faerie Sledge:
Back row (men): William (Buster) Bailey, Claude Bundrick, Greg Bolan, Jim Bethard, David McCoy, and Henry McCurdy
Middle row (ladies): Ellen Gaddis Howell, Lynette Kelone Giddings, Pat Ingram Brumley, Donna Morgan Branch, Becky Robinson Trammel, Ginger Coleman Barker, Deborah Ettredge Wells, and Susan Stephens Lambert
Front row: Joy Cox Cannon, Janet Bierden Rogers, Faerie Lafield Sledge