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09/12/22 01:53 PM #29    

Rick Evans

This was the best reunion ever!  As John said - perfect in every way. Thank you, thank you, thank you Committee for your perseverance and attention to every detail, and to Mike Horton for your moving tribute to those who have passed on before us.  

09/12/22 02:50 PM #30    

Robert M. Kirk

 Amazing time, my first CHS Reunion. I was so thankful to be able to reconnect with friends and teammates as well as meet many new friends. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to make it happen! I pray Father will watch over and bless the class of 1970!!! Blessings, Robert Kirk Zephaniah 3:17 NIV




09/12/22 05:22 PM #31    

Terry Mac Springer

I would like to echo what several have said before, but I thought the Reunion was fantastic and I throughly enjoyed seeing everyone!  Thanks to the Reunion Committe for their hard work in planning and executing the Reunion + 2!  Those that missed the Reunion should make a promise to themselves, that they will do whatever they can to be at the next reunion.

All the Best, Terry Springer    

09/12/22 07:38 PM #32    

Randall (Randy) Rudd

As class reunions go, I feel certain that this one exceeded all expectations. What a marvelous gift you gave us all, being in the presence of so many who contributed to our lives. I have never experienced so much love and warmth among people as that which I experienced during the reunion. God bless the committee for all the hard work. We are all indebted. Thanks from the bottom of my heart, guys.

Randy Rudd

09/12/22 07:48 PM #33    

Diana Fry (Morrell)

This reunion was so beautifully orchestrated, delightful in every way, and I had such fun! It was wonderful  getting to visit with so many classmates... I'm grateful to all who worked so hard to make it happen, and aware some of you had to keep working while the rest of us were enjoying the fruit of your labor! Thank you for your service - Lynn Ingram, Susan Livingston McKeever, Janet Cox Ardoyno, Jean Jensen Eckert, Patty Crockett Esposito, Kathy Shackelford, Patty Reed Knight.....  if I forgot anyone, someone correct me.... and I so appreciate Mike Horton for his work on the extraordinary Memorial Video... 


09/12/22 10:56 PM #34    

Kathy Tubbs (Hoefer)

I don't think anything related to our reunion weekend could have been better.  Thank you to all our wonderful classmates for organizing a spectacular reunion.....three times!  What a joy catching up with childhood friends! A heartfelt thank you to Mike Horton for the touching tribute video to classmates no longer with us....  Prayers for you and your family .  Thank you to Eddie Elmore for organizing the lovely Sunday morning worship gathering. Ricky Evans, Robert Kirk and Lynn Moore were inspiring, and I hope we continue this tradition.  I'm looking forward to our next cougar get together .


09/13/22 08:06 AM #35    

Philip Temple

To my great disappointment, I was not able to attend the reunion after anticipating it for more than two years, but the scheduling conflict was beyond my control. After reading these comments, I am exponentially sorry I missed it. If any of you took pictures, those of us who weren't there would appreciate it if you would post them. Also, is it possible to post Mike's memorial video? Mike, I have been and will continue to pray for you and Pam. Maybe it's an old age thing, but many of you have been on my mind a lot lately, and I would like to have seen you. Maybe someday.

09/13/22 08:07 AM #36    

Philip Temple

Maybe it's an old age thing, but apparently I hit the submit button twice. sorry.

09/13/22 09:27 AM #37    

Holly Thomason (Hays)


What a wonderful time we all had this past weekend!  Thank you to everyone who made this reunion happen!  I am so grateful everyone hung in through postponements to make this is so much fun!  The weekend was just perfect!  To Mike Horton, thank you for your tribute to our classmates who have gone on.  Out prayers are with you and Pam.  Let's all keep in contact with those we reconnected with this weekend.  Friends are precious gems!



09/13/22 11:42 AM #38    

Dana Kinerd

After reading all the comments I am so glad everything turned out so well.  Kim and I were so excited excited about coming and then things happen that kept us from attending.  Hopefully we will be able to attend another if there is one.  Kudos to all who put it together 

09/13/22 11:51 AM #39    

Sara Fincher (Simpson)

I totally agree with the others who couldn't attend the reunion.  I'll be sad forever that I couldn't make it, but love to all who were there and to those who, like me, had to miss it.  To thee, CHS...

09/13/22 01:44 PM #40    

Charles Ramsay

I too want to express my appreciation to the reunion committee for a job extremely well done.  All the work done provided for a wonderful time for all who attended.  For those who couldn't or didn't attend you certainly missed an enjoyable time.  The opportunity to see and catch up with classmates and old friends was better than I could have imagined.  Thank you again for all the hard work and long hours given to the success of the events.  May God continue to bless your lives.

Charlie  (AKA: Chicklet)


09/13/22 03:32 PM #41    

Vicki Lynne Dublin (Goodwin)

I loved the reunion so much. Seeing so many who were so special to me when we were in high school was such a gift. And having the chance to talk with others who I didn't know as well was also special. We all shared the same school and time. And it is just amazing to know that was 50 + 2 years ago (and then some). Thanks to all of you who kept this going through the pandemic until we finally made it. It was really a wonderful time and I am so grateful.

09/13/22 04:22 PM #42    

Michael Lee Holt

I'm a little late with my comments, but what a great time...and my wife and I only made the Friday evening event. Seeing everyone again after all this time was one of the great joys of my life. Thanks to everyone who had a part planning and emplenting. It was superb! 

09/13/22 05:25 PM #43    

Alice M. Rutledge (Burns)

Many many thanks to you, the Reunion Committee, for organizing and executing such an amazing reunion! What a fun event and definitely worth the wait!  As the microphone was passed around the room and I heard my classmates' names, it struck me how fortunate we all were to have grown up in Abilene, Texas, during that period of time, with such quality and accomplished individuals. Our history together is long. Our feelings of deep friendship strong. I'll never forget that night. Much love and God bless each of you.  Alice Rutledge (Burns)

09/13/22 10:36 PM #44    

Carol Bloomer (Nelson)

Cheers and congratulations to the Cooper host committee for an outstanding 50+2 Reunion! Everything was so well organized and you pulled off an excellent set of venues and events! It was a treat to see friends from elementary school through high school. It's amazing to realize the impact on our lives for the few years we were together. Thank you to everyone who attended! This Reunion was definitely a milestone in our lives!!

09/14/22 03:35 PM #45    

William Menzie

It was wonderful to see you all again after sooooooo long. I had a great time catching up with old friends and acquaintances.My only regret is that Bill Core couldn't be there. It is because of him that I was able to join this site and ultimately attend the reunion. My heartfelt thanks to the entire class of 1970. See you guys in another 50 years!!!

09/14/22 04:06 PM #46    

Paula McCoy (Meyer)

The 50+ 2 reunion was very well organized and planned. I attended  both Friday & Saturday. It was a fun time to see classmates and spouses .... catch up, laugh and renew friendships!  The slide/PowerPoint presentation and narration made us all laugh, shake our heads... agree and reminisce about things that are wonderful memories.  The presentation of Classmates gone was very moving and Mike did a wonderful job.

I heard someone say "picture time" was like hearding  CATS!" 😂🤣Yes.... I agree. It was nice to be reminded who we attended elementary and jr high with. Thanks to all who made that effort to travel, plan and attend the events.  We should try to improve on our reaching out to the LOST list as I'm sure we can all get a hold of a few of those people in the list. 
Thanks again,
Paula McCoy Meyer

09/14/22 04:42 PM #47    

Suzanne Arvin (Rogers)

Ditto, ditto, ditto. Thank you to everyone involved for all three years for making this happen. I have a coffee mug that says good friends are like stars. You can't always see them, but you know they are there. This reunion was an opportunity to star gaze. What fun!   May the LORD bless and keep you all so we can do it again.

09/14/22 09:20 PM #48    

Marilyn Armstrong (Spence)

A  giant  TEXAS  thank you to each and everyone of you who labored  3  years to produce  our  50+2 Reunion.  I wasn't  sure if we were able to make it,  but we  are  so grateful we  were there! Truly a major  highlight of  mine over these  last  years of  Covid.  Mike and Pam, we are so sorry you are  dealiing  with such difficult  medical issues, but we  will pray Pam's  treatments  will be  100% successful.  Mike the  tribute to our  fellow Cougar graduates who have  gone to Glory was  so deeply touching, and seeing their  faces brings  back so many memories.  Thank you so much for working so hard on the video. It  reminds us of how  valuable  our friendships are.  I so loved  seeing so many wonderful friends, and the  fantastic  video Jay Moore  put together. Jay is a creative genius and a  brilliant  writer.  Just viewing all those events, places, and  people from so many years  ago was truly unbelievable!  I wanted to see more.  It really brings  back so many joy's of  growing up in Abilene and attending Cooper with the greatest  classmates ever.

Thank you all again for  making  this reunion  the  very best  ever! We  missed so many and hope those who could not attend will make  the effort to attend in the near  future!!  We loved  every minute!!  Marilyn

09/15/22 02:43 PM #49    

Mike Mayes

“The better part of one’s life consists of their friendships.” Abraham Lincoln


          At our Reunion I relished in the memories and soaked in the sounds of the voices of friends that I made as a child and teenager. As it happened, I found myself totally unprepared for the emotions that swept through me.

Seeing all of you, hugging many of you, hearing your stories, listening to your thoughts about yesteryear, watching the videos, remembering our youth ... what a weekend!  It was overwhelming.

         And when it ended, I was at a loss for words to describe it. It was so much more important than what I expected. It wasn't only about the individual memories and feelings that each of us revisited that made our weekend so special. It was about our friendships being rekindled and our youthful joys being reignited in a way that soothed our very souls and brought laughter and smiles to our aged faces. I had no idea ... but now I do.

       What else could we have hoped for?

       What more could we have wanted? 


        It was exactly what it should have been... it was what made us who we are and who we want to be... friends forever bound by our mutual experiences. 


"Friendship is the only cement that will ever hold the world together." Woodrow Wilson


       And as we go forward from here…my prayer is for all of you and yours: 

“May the LORD bless you and keep you; 

May the LORD cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 

May the LORD lift up His countenance toward you and give you peace.”

Numbers 6: 24-26


Your friend forever,

Mike Mayes 



09/15/22 03:20 PM #50    

Paula Wheeler (Schanbacher)

I can tell from all the comments that the Reunion was amazing.  So sorry I was not able to attend and see everyone and catch up again.  Hopefully our paths will cross again someday. Hope you are all doing well.  Paula




09/22/22 07:53 PM #51    

Susan Livingston (McKeever)

Hey CHS Class of 1970!!  If you are on Facebook, look at the COOPER HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1970 group Facebook page for pictures from our 50+2 Reunion!  With some very expert help, I was able to get those pictures posted.  Patty Reed Knight, Jean Jensen Eckert, and Randy Rudd contributed the pictures.  The Memorial Video is also posted there.  Mike Horton did a beautiful job of honoring our deceased classmates in that video.

Do ANY OF YOU have pictures that you took at any of the 3 events?  We have only two from Saturday night!  If you would like to share some photos to the group Facebook page, please email the pictures to me:  We will do our best to get them posted!

It was a magical time of JOY for all who attended, and we missed those who weren't able to attend!

Susan Livingston McKeever

09/23/22 12:31 PM #52    

Katanna Wright (Zachry)

It sounds love ke the reunion was a rousing success! I wish I could gave made it! Were any of our wise and patient former teachets there? Bill Overton lives in Haskell,  but I'm not sure about any of the others. Katanna Wright Zachry

09/24/22 09:14 AM #53    

Brenda Crawford (Gerard)

I just can't thank everyone enough! The committee just did a fabulous job. What an awesome thing to be able to see and enjoy each and every attendee. Life is so precious and so fragile. I kept looking around that room and thinking, we will never have this exact moment again. It was so wonderful to visit with everyone. I just needed more time. I am sad for those who were unable to attend. 
Michael and Pam, our hearts are with you. The memorial tribute was amazing and meant so much to each of us! Thank you again!! 

Brenda Crawford Gerard 

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