Welcome former students, administration, coaches, teachers and friends of Ackerman High School!

Mark you calendars for Saturday, April 28, 2018, 2:00 p.m., and join us for the next Ackerman School Reunion. We will meet at the Ty Cobb complex on the Choctaw County High School Campus (formerly AHS campus). Registration opens at 12 noon.

Last year the Marion & Joan Smith / Ackerman Reunion Scholarship Fund provided four $500 scholarships to graduating seniors from planning to further his or her education in an academic or vocational field. With your support, we plan to award four additional scholarships for this year. Please consider supporting the Scholarship Fund with a small donation to Ackerman School Reunion in memory or honor of a classmate, teacher, coach or administrator. We will send an acknowledgement of your gift if requested. Our treasurer, Buddy Smith (69) buddy@buddysmith.com will gladly assist you with your memorials/honorariums. He can be reached at 126 RD 1063, Plantersville, MS 38862.

We are hosting a silent auction at this year’s reunion from 12 p.m. (Noon) until 2:00 p.m. to raise funds for our 2018 scholarships. We request that you submit items of real value as opposed to something you might offer at a yard sale. Please arrive early enough this year in order to register for the reunion and browse the items offered for bidding in the silent auction. Winners of the silent auction will be announced during the reunion event and all proceeds will go directly to the Ackerman Reunion Scholarship Fund. Remember, our registration and silent auction opens at 12 p.m. and closes at 2 p.m.

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2008 Reunion

On Saturday, April 26, 2008, 180 former students, faculty, and friends of Ackerman School gathered at the Ty Cobb Complex for a time of renewing friendships and reconnecting with the current needs and goals of the School.

Alumni returned to the AHS campus from 9 states; Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Florida, Virginia and Arkansas.

The class with the highest attendance this year was the class of 1958 with 29 members present. The class of 1953 came in second place with 19 members present.

The eldest man present was Cecil Commander from the class of 1936. Everyone missed Banks Weaver who had just returned home from the hospital and was not able to attend. The eldest lady in attendance was Mrs. Louise Staples of the class of 1931 with a close second going to Mrs. Ella Bright Staples of the class of 1932. Mrs. Nora Dell McCulloch was present representing the class of 1928.

Former students, faculty and friends were welcomed by AHS 1962 graduate and Ackerman Reunion president Bruce Erwin. The invocation was offered by Rev. Buddy Smith from the class of 1969.

The Ackerman School Reunion group enjoyed a beautiful vocal rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by students from the AHS Choral Department accompanied by their director, Mrs. Ricki Prewitt. The posting of the colors was presented by representatives from the local National Guard.

Ackerman High School Principal (Interim) Terry Bellew welcomed former students and faculty to campus and thanked them for their continued interest and involvement in the school. Mr. Bellew expressed his special appreciation to the reunion group for establishing the Ackerman Reunion Scholarship Fund.

Choctaw County Superintendent of Education Donna Nail welcomed the crowd and gave an abbreviated education update. She expressed her appreciation for the ongoing interest and support from former students and faculty of AHS.

AHS Choral Director Ricki Prewitt addressed the alumni with a glowing report of continuing success of the choral music department followed by musical selections that were wonderfully performed by two student groups.

Ackerman Mayor Dick Cain welcomed the group to town and gave an abbreviated update on his progress since taking office. He also stressed the importance of a good education.

One highlight of the day was a return visit from Rev. Charles and Louise Stokes who taught band and music at AHS from 1957-1960 (Read More). Rev. Stokes told the story of how he was asked to write the AHS Alma Mater. Joan Smith made copies of the AHS Alma Mater lyrics for the reunion group members for singing. Charles Stokes then led the group in singing the Alma Mater and was accompanied by Mrs. Prewitt. View a video clip of the story and song below.

Following the vote to establish the scholarship, a total of $300.00 was donated in the form of honorariums and memorials to start the fund.

Buddy Smith reported on the successful establishment of the Ackerman Reunion Scholarship Fund. Four 2008 graduating AHS seniors will each be awarded a $500 educational scholarship to the academic or vocational school of their choosing. The scholarship recipients for this year are as follows; James Bishop, Michael Bishop, Matt Harris and Craig Shell. These students were selected by AHS faculty based upon criteria established by the Ackerman School Reunion Group.

The reunion group acknowledged the outstanding work of Ackerman Reunion co-founder Marion Smith for collecting over $1700 for the 2008 scholarships from donations in exchange for his hand-made wood products from his shop, Poppas Country.

One meaningful way to honor or remember your Ackerman School classmate, teacher, administrator or coach is through a donation to the Ackerman School Reunion Fund in memory or honor of that person. We will gladly send an acknowledgement of your gift (if desired) when we are provided with contact information. In addition, we will post this information on the Ackerman Reunion Website if desired. Our treasurer, Mrs. Drexel McClure (48), will gladly assist you with memorials/honorariums and can be contacted at 2540 Bywy Rd., Ackerman, MS, 39735.

Officers of the coming year were confirmed by the Reunion Group: Hazel Garrett – President; Dick Burney – Vice President; and Drexell McClure – Secretary/Treasurer.

The Reunion Group elected three members to serve on the Executive Steering Committee: Jack Bowie – 2009; Barbara Nelson – 2010 and Mancel Fulce - 2011.

Reunion President Hazel Garrett encouraged those interested in helping with a fundraising project for the scholarship fund to contact her. Hazel also wishes to invite all students and faculty to mark their calendars for Saturday, April 25, 2009 which will be the date for the next Ackerman School Reunion.

The Ackerman School Reunion group would like to acknowledge outstanding backing of The Choctaw Plaindealer and The Choctaw Chronicle in support of our annual reunion event.

The Ackerman School Reunion group would like to acknowledge the outstanding backing of The Choctaw Plaindealer and The Choctaw Chronicle in support of our annual reunion event.

For more photos of the Ackerman School Reunion 2008, please visit www.AckermanReunion.com.
Teachers and Coaches in attendance:

  • Betty Sue Adams
  • Madeline Wood
  • Everette Adams
  •   Martha Kilpatrick Stark
  • Mancel Fulce
  • Ty Cobb
  • Clara Williams
  • Charles Stokes
  • Louise Stokes   

Roll call of class and number present:

1928 - Nora Dell McCulloch
1931 - Louise Staples
1932 - Ella Staples
1936 - Cecil Commander
1939 - Herbert Blanton
1944 - Maxie Bruce
1944 - Frank Reid
1945 - Everette Adams
1945 - Betty Sue Adams
1945 - Ann Melton Hand
1946 - Billy McClure
1946 - Sarah McGee Long
1946 - Mary C. Henderson McGee
1947 - Elaine Hodges Patterson
1947 - Joan Smith
1947 - Norma Blanton Shaw
1947 - Alvin Coleman
1948 - Roy Bruce
1948 - Drexel Bright McClure
1948 - James McClure
1948 - Bobby Cooper
1948 - Marion Smith
1948 - Byron Stephenson
1949 - Harold Stephenson
1949 - William Barron
1949 - Billy Power
1949 - Carlton "Bo" Reid
1949 - Della Thompson
1949 - Mary Lou Cooper
1949 - Hazel Hunt
1949 - Charlie Hunt
1950 - Roy Blanton
1950 - Winnice Hunt Spencer
1950 - Bobbye L. Shaw
1950 - Billy Kemp
1951 - Ruby Weeks Smith
1951 - Ralph Bowie
1951 - Billy Orr
1951 - Stanley Phillips
1951 - Shirley McHan Kemp
1952 - James McCulloch
1952 - Doyle Spears
1952 - Johnny Faye Long Spears
1952 - Lillie Blanton Timothy
1952 - Elizabeth "Libby" Hamric Owen
1953 - Jack Bowie
1953 - Kenneth Phillips
1953 - Billy Garner
1953 - Sammie B. Oswalt
1953 - Vera Tennyson Worrell
1953 - Glendal Reid
1953 - Geneva Guess
1953 - Fredna Dent
1953 - Billy Fulgham
1953 - Thomas A. Black
1953 - Billy McDowell
1953 - Bobby Prewitt
1953 - Bobby Staples
1953 - Randall Sullivan
1953 - Carroll Harpole
1954 - Bobby Black
1954 - Kenneth Smith
1954 - Nan Sullivan
1954 - Curtis Guess
1954 - Ruth Nowlin
1955 - Joan B. Graves
1955 - James Finger
1955 - Don Porter
1955 - Blanche Gammill
1955 - Edwin Blake
1955 - Jannie Fondren Tindall
1955 - John Liddell
1956 - Pat Wood Bowie
1956 - Eddie Lou Staples Finger
1956 - Joann Hunt Johnston
1956 - Martha Kilpatrick Stark
1957 - Mancel Fulce
1957 - Ina Montgomery Graff
1957 - Sylvia Moreland
1957 - Ruth Love Black
1957 - Janis McDowell
1957 - Kenneth Jackson
1958 - Hartford "Sonny" Ellis
1958 - Dick Burney
1958 - Billy Childerss
1958 - Martha Jo Cutts Phillipps
1958 - D. Glenn Pennington
1958 - Lynne Pennington Howie
1958 - Johnny Barron
1958 - Ruby Butler
1958 - Carolyn Evans
1958 - Tom Staples
1958 - Jack Bowman
1958 - Charlotte Vickers
1958 - Paul Ray
1958 - Donna Sexton
1958 - Charles M. Fondren
1958 - Dan Wise
1958 - Martha Jane Wood Horton
1958 - Jeanette Whitehead
1958 - Windom Tyler
1958 - Billy Smith
1958 - Jo Quinn Worrell Smith
1958 - Marjore Murphy Hunt
1959 - Charlotte Reid
1959 - Brenda Wise
1959 - Johnnie McClure
1959 - Charlsie McAdams Bowie
1959 - Janice Tyler
1960 - Walker (Brother) Wood
1960 - Betty Kilpatrick Davis
1960 - Gene McClure
1960 - Bennett Moore
1961 - Rhodena (Moss) Lang
1961 - Ben Tharp
1961 - Linda (McClure) Tharp
1961 - Etoyle Bowman
1961 - Betty Dobbs (Murphy)
1961 - Roy Dobbs
1961 - Tommy Love
1961 - Leonard Blanton
1962 - Ty Cobb
1962 - Bruce Erwin
1962 - James Wells
1962 - Johnny Robinson
1962 - Carolyn Vowell
1962 - Nita McClure Connell
1962 - Robert Prewitt
1962 - Betty Jo Crenshaw Leahy
1962 - Winky McAdams
1962 - Judy Taylor
1962 - Glynda Chaney Fulce
1962 - Faye Henson
1962 - Jerry Orr
1963 - Mary Reed
1964 - Hazel Crenshaw Garrett
1964 - Rose Mary Porter
1964 - Susan Moore Clark
1965 - Jane M. Crowder
1965 - Sue Ann Hall
1965 - Rebecca (Becky) Orr
1966 - Jerry L. Black
1966 - Kay Taylor (Staples)
1967 - Joyce Erwin Vaughn
1967 - Joe Cobb
1969 - Buddy Smith
1969 - Jimmy H. Murphy
1971 - Carol Erwin Smith
1971 - Nicky Keeton
1979 - Dale D. Reid
1980 - Lynn Wise

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