|Welcome to the twelfth edition of Dale’s Tales.
Although it has been three months since Homecoming
we are still reminiscing about the great time, the fun and the wonderful
fellowship we all had at our reunion. Thanks to all of you who have
shared your pictures and memories on site with us. If there is anyone
else who has Homecoming pictures to share and does not have a scanner,
please send them to Susan or myself and we will post and return to you.
Susan and I have some more Homecoming pictures yet to post.
We have added several new members since Homecoming.
Please join me in welcoming back into our family the following:
Linda Jane Davis Ledbetter ’56
Naida Dees Tanner ’56
Mable Hopper Gregory ’59
Jeanne Flanagan Van Scoten ’57
Marcelle Clackum Jones ’57
Pat Miller Winsett ’56
Tina Williams Morgan '58
Richard Melvin '59
Rev. Jeff Reynolds (Pastor, RGNS Chapel)
And we can’t forget our youngsters, those kids from
Larry Kelly ’60
Harold Thurmond ’60
Welcome, all of you, to our “Circle of Love”.
We hope you have enjoyed the RGNS site, walking down
Memory Lane and renewing friendships with fellow schoolmates.
I would be remiss in my duties if I did not take time
to say thank you to Harold for all the beautiful poetry he has shared with
us on site. Through his poetry we have all been able to look back
and remember the days that we now find to be among our happiest.
Thank you, Harold. You are our official "poet laureate". We look forward
to your sharing more of your poems with us in the future.
And, to my friend Beverly: Thank you for the wonderful
profile of your life. We all enjoyed reading about you and your family.
You did a beautiful presentation. I know the courage it took to be
the first member to do a profile. Thank you again for paving the
way. We will be presenting another profile in the near future.
Randy, my dear “cousin”, I can never thank you enough.
Without you we wouldn’t have web pages for Dale’s Tales, Harold’s poems,
Beverly’s profile and all the other wonderful features you have on the
Main Menu. We are very fortunate that you share your talent to create these
beautiful web pages.
RABUN COUNTY – GOD’S COUNTRY
It’s been six weeks since Homecoming and we can’t stay
away any longer. Susan, Beverly and myself returned for a visit.
Saturday, July 28, 2001
We had rented the “Girls Dorm” for our stay this weekend.
The three of us arrived within one hour of each other.
After getting settled we headed to Carolyn’s for lunch.
When we arrived we found Carolyn in the kitchen frying squash cakes.
As you can see, Susan and I couldn’t wait to dig in.
As usual, Carolyn had a feast prepared for us.
The menu was fried wild turkey cutlets (something new to us – but very
good), green beans and silver queen corn on the cob, tomatoes, cucumbers
(all from Dick’s garden – yum yum), squash cakes (like hush puppies but
with squash added – more yum yum), fresh wild blackberry cobbler and sweet
We had a wonderful lunch and visit with Carolyn.
Dick is so nice to put up with us “girls”. We also were able to meet
two of their grandchildren who were visiting from Texas, Anthony and Natalie,
teenagers we found to be delightful as well as polite. Carolyn, we love
you and thank you for taking us to “raise” every time we come to Rabun
County. This was Beverly’s first visit to Carolyn’s, but you can
be sure it won’t be her last now that she has experienced Carolyn’s “fixings”
After we had eaten Carolyn out of house and home we
left to visit with Miss Frances Fabrick, our former mentor at RGNS, at
her “Hilltop” home in Tallulah Falls. As we entered the long driveway
to Miss Fabrick’s house there was a sign that read “Please Blow Horn”.
And Susan did. As the car approached the house Miss Fabrick and her
travel companion, Florence, were at the front door to meet us.
It was wonderful seeing and visiting with Miss Fabrick.
Her mind is fantastic and filled with many memories
of her years at RGNS. (And yes, she is still very opinionated about
certain things.) She told us about her life after leaving RGNS and
mentioned several inspiring book titles for us to investigate. After
being treated to a bowl of ice cream served with fresh blueberries from
Miss Fabrick’s blueberry bushes, Susan decided to pick a bucket full.
While Susan picked berries Beverly was taking pictures.
Isn’t this picture of the berries a prize-winning photo?
We presented Miss Fabrick with a small gift to show
our love and appreciation of her dedication to us as a teacher both then
and now. She continues to let others know that if you put faith in
the Lord, He will watch over you and that all things are possible through
We ended our visit with prayers. This was a visit
that we would not soon forget.
As we left "Hilltop" to return to the Girls Dorm we
decided to take the old road towards Clayton, around Tallulah Lake.
The drive was as beautiful as we had remembered it so many years before
while traveling to and from the school on the Trailways Bus. Each
of us had fond memories to share about some of those bus trips. We
stopped along the way and Susan and Beverly took pictures. The following
pictures will show some of the beauty we saw along the Tallulah River.
We arrived back at the girl’s dorm late that day.
None of us were hungry so we changed into our pj’s and sat in the living
room and talked about our wonderful day. We read each other’s yearbooks
(for the umpteenth time), looked at some old pictures that Beverly had
brought, and planned our itinerary. We made the decision to attend church
services the following day at the Presbyterian Church.
Sunday, July 29th
When we arrived at church several people greeted us.
As we were seated waiting for services to begin we spotted Billy Joe Stiles
entering the sanctuary. After we said hello to Billy Joe he wanted
us to say hello to someone else. Much to our surprise his sister,
Lane Stiles Londo ’59, was home from Florida visiting for the week.
Her daughter and grandchildren from Washington State were also visiting.
While Beverly was capturing this beautiful picture
of a Sunflower that was growing in back of the church, Lane and I
were making plans to get together that evening for dinner.
Susan left right after Church service to visit with
her daughter-in-law and three grandsons who had arrived from New Orleans
to visit family in Mountain City.
Beverly and I decided to go look around campus.
Hodgson Hall was locked but we did manage to gain access to the Morris
Brown Building that houses the labs.
Does this look like any of the chemistry labs we
had in our days at the Gap?
And how about this GREAT (!) new building about
to be dedicated in October?
Arts and Technology Building
Then we went to Bellingrath Hall, which is now a boys
dorm. The dorm was in the process of being renovated, which
it badly needed. Of course we couldn’t go to the dorm and not take a picture
out on the balcony, so……….
Beverly and I had lunch and later met Susan at Jimmy’s
for ice cream. After our ice cream treat at Spring Ridge Creamery
Beverly had to return home. Susan and I had planned to stay one more
night. We went back to the dorm and tried to catch our breaths!
Later Sunday night Susan and I met Lane in Clayton
for dinner. What a pleasant surprise it was to find Doyle Smith ’59
As we were driving home Susan and I decided to take
a drive to the top of Black Rock Mountain. (Remember when the ol’ bus would
make it almost to the top, had to pull over, and we walked the rest of
the way?) We were losing daylight and weren’t sure if we would be able
to see anything once we got to the top. Susan’s pictures proved otherwise.
Susan and I returned to the dorm, sorry that Beverly
had had to leave earlier that day and did not get to share in dinner and
Black Rock Mountain with us. Again, we sat in our pj’s and girl-talked,
refreshing ourselves for the next day.
Monday, July 30th
Susan and I met Carolyn for breakfast at the Dillard
house, as usual. After breakfast Susan and I visited the campus.
In all the years Susan has been back to RGNS she had never gone back to
see the girls’ dorm. And, you guessed it! Pictures had to be
taken on the balcony. This time we bravely sat on the wall.
With goodbye hugs Susan headed north to Philadelphia,
and I headed south to Marietta. However, I had one more stop to make,
and then my trip to Rabun County would be complete. LaVerne had prepared
a wonderful lunch for us and we visited for several hours. She took
me out to Wolffork and drove me around the Valley. We stopped by
their Wolffork property and found Ronald working in his vegetable garden.
I became loaded down with corn and potatoes. My trip was now complete.
Hugging each other and saying goodbye till next time, I headed home sad,
but happy, for I knew I would be back soon.
As most of you know Susan is planning a move to Otto,
NC, from Fayetteville, NC. While we were in the Rabun/Macon County
area in July, Susan rented a very lovely house. It’s just “up the
mountain” a bit from the “girls dorm” in Otto. Beverly and I will
be going up on September 16th to help her move in. (I told you I would
be back soon.)
38 Brooks Lane, Otto, NC 28763
Susan is very happy to be ‘coming home’. Even
though she won’t be living in Rabun County, she’ll be just a few miles
away. Her heart will always be in Rabun County, as mine will be,
and yours, too, I’m sure.
Rabun County – God’s Country
Our memories of that time in our lives when we were
so young, so innocent, and so happy and close to one another lives on in
our RGNS 50’s Alumni Site. We have created a “Circle of Love”…….may
our circle be unbroken.
That’s all the news that is news for this edition
of Dale’s Tales.