John Battle Class of 1974 Reunion

Note: For additional pictures, as well as those included below, go to the red tab up above that says “JSB Class of 1974.”

On Saturday, July 26, 2014, John Battle’s Class gathered for our 40th Reunion!     Most of us are in the picture below but there will be more pictures from others that are more complete.   Our reunion was at the Greenway Party House in Abingdon, Virginia.  It could not have been better weather.  Warm but not hot and humid.  There was  a nice breeze.

Group Picture 1

Doris put this thing together!

Doris Clendenen

The Mendota girls (Lisa Benfield and me) helped…but only a little. Doris did the heavy lifting.

Mendota Girls

There are lots of pictures, and I don’t have all of the names. I’m hoping that you will email me at and let me know the names. Here we go!!

Here’s Alice Roop and Betty Campbell…

Alice Roop and Betty Campbell

Denver Raines and Dennis Salyer…

Denver Raines Dennis Salyer

Diane Duty (all the way from Seattle) and Doris (all the way from Abingdon)…

Diane and Doris

Help! I need names for these four!!

FOur Men

Frankie Smith and his wife…

Frankie Smith

Janet Hilliard…

Janet Hillliard

Left to right: Tim Tabor, Karen Stine, Alice Roop and need your help on the last name.

Karen Tim and Alice

Trinka Hensley…Trinka also got “most children” (5) and “most grandchildren” of anyone present.


Linda Godfrey….(on the right)

Linda Godfrey

Linda Owens…

Linda Owens

Lisa Benfield and Millie Cather…

Lisa and Millie

I need your help on this one…

Man 1

Marsha Lawson…

Marsha Lawson

Lola “Bunny” Davis and Karen Stine…

Pix 1

Dennis Salyer, Mark Tolley, Cathy Hawkins, Linda Owens and Trina Barlow…

Pix 2

I need your help on this one.

Pix 4

I’m going to stop putting names on these for this evening. I’ll go back and update in a day or so.

Pix 5

Pix 11

Raymond and Doris…

Raymond and Doris

Raymond Wilson Married Longest

Raymond Wilson


Rita Sheffey Trina Barlow

Sherri Freeman Burroughs and Linda Godfrey

Shirley Malone and Duty

Shirley Malone…

Shirley Malone

Three men

Typing Class 2


The “Typing Girls”   (A S D F J K L ; )

Typing Class

Tim Tabor…


Trina Barlow and Susan Wilson

Trinka Hensley


Front Porch Flowers That Can Handle the Heat!

Whoa baby…it’s been a busy weekend with our class reunion, and I’m getting set for a busy week ahead.

We’re expecting company in two weeks, and I am using this as an opportunity to get my house cleaned up.  Really cleaned.    I’m going to say it here so it’s like a promise or something–our loft will be clean, the baseboard painted in the kitchen and the rest of the house cleaned by this time next week.    I’ve got to get it all done because there is the possible Jury Duty lingering next week.

It seems lame blogging about my front porch flowers when there is so much violence it the world.  I can’t stand to hear one more bad thing.  Do you ever feel that way?  

Saturday, just to feel like I got something accomplished, and make a positive contribute to my personal area of the universe,  I worked on the grapecart that we keep on the front porch.  Here’s how sweet it looked last fall…

Fall Grape Cart LP With Sam

Here’s how sweet it looked early this spring…

Grape Cart R

And then, as I mentioned last week…it started to go in a shameful direction…

Garden thing

But after a visit to my True Love’s, it’s all sweet again.    I removed the old petunia and replaced it with something that can handle the heat a little more without as much attention.     Ta da!  Enter moss roses and hen and chicks (sempervivum).     If you like hen and chicks and live in Mendota, don’t buy them!  See me!  I’ve already given them to several neighbors and still have some!

Succulent on Front Porch

Thank you for reading RiverCliff Cottage.   Hope you have a wonderful week.


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