Now is the Hour
Words & Music by Maewa Kaihau, Clement Scott & Dorothy Stewart
As you can see, we need other pictures of graduating classes from Rison School. So far, these are the only ones that we have. This page will not be complete without your class' picture.
Before Mrs. Louise Fain, a former teacher at Rison, died this year at the age of 93, one of our Association members stayed in touch with her. Mrs. Fain was very curious about "her" Rison students so she was told about various people - some she remembered (and some she didn't!). Later, she was sent a list of the known occupations of many of the Rison students and she was asked to try to match the occupation with a student's name. Well, if she finished the little test we don't know.
We thought that you might like to see this list of occupations and maybe even take the same little test given to Mrs. Fain. If we have overlooked some occupations, please let us know and we'll add them.
Front row, left to right: ??, ??, Conrad Certain, Leon Ivey, ??,??,??
Second row, left to right: ??,??,??,??, Kathleen Majors, ??,??,??,??, Ruby Harbin
Third row, left to right: Herlan Clark, (?)Potter, ??, ?? (?)Denton, ??,??, Tommy Melton, ??, ??, ??, ??, Lillian Adcock, Gaylord Hunt
Fourth row, left to right: ??, Leron Allen, ??,??,??, Jack Luna, ??, Ed Franklin, ??, ??, ??, Glenn Hymer,??
Fifth row, left to right:Charles Esslinger, J.D. Pettie, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??
Back row: Miss Ruth Esslinger, Teacher
Rison High School Graduates
Here's a listing of the graduates at Rison. The class sizes ranged from 3 (all female) in 1930, to 47 (23 of which were male) in 1943. Can you imagine why there were so few in 1930 and so many in 1943?
In some cases, all those named did not, in fact, graduate as explained below.
If we think back as to what was happening in the world during those years, we know that there was a depression in 1930 and that WWII had started in December 1941.
In the case of the class of 1930, could it be that the families needed their male children to work during the depression?
As for the class of 1943, according to graduates Marguerite Lockmiller Parker and Bill Rice, all of those named in that class below did not graduate - some dropped out to go to work and others either joined the military or were probably drafted. Click here to see a picture of the graduating Class of 1943.
If there are other names that should be on this list or there are errors, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Class of 1928 (9)
Class of 1929 (7)
Class of 1930 (3)
Class of 1931 (5)
Class of 1932 (8)
Class of 1933 (15)
Class of 1934 (20)
Class of 1935 (22)
Class of 1936 (13)
Class of 1937 (6)
Class of 1938 (14)
Class of 1939 (14)
Class of 1940 (20)
Class of 1941 (28)
Class of 1942 (20)
Class of 1943 (47)
Class of 1944 (17)
Class of 1945 (21)
Class 1946 (19)
Class of 1947 (19)
Class of 1948 (16)
Class of 1949 (30)
Class of 1950 (21)
Class of 1951 (24)
The graduating class of 1929: Photograph not available.
The graduating class of 1930: Photograph not available.
The graduating class of 1931: Photograph not available.
The graduating class of 1932: Photograph not available.
The graduating class of 1933: Photograph not available.
1st row, left to right: Joy Fanning (Daniel), Vera Hudgins, Vernon Davenport, Icie Renegar (Snipes), Commodore (Pont) Pinion, Grace Holloway (Walker), Burton Case, Kitty Primm
2nd row, left to right: Mary Worley, Leonard Williams, Jesse Faulkenberry, Clara Mae Brazelton (Brooks), Walter Cullom, Otis Waddings, William Slayton, Erlene Reese, Fred Prosser, Christine Day (Styles), Lois Corum
Front row, left to right:Joy Fanning, William Slayton, Kitty Primm, Otis Waddings, Mary Ealy, Leonard Williams, Mary Worley
Middle row, left to right: Vernon Davenport, Clara Mae Brazelton, Jesse Falkenberry, Icie Renegar, Commodore (Pont) Pinion, Erlene Reese
Back row, left to right: Christine Day, Walter Cullom, Vera Hudgins, Lois Corum, Grace Holloway, Fred Prosser
Back row, left to right: Johnnie Cooper, Myrtice Steger Brown, Imogene Daughton, Clezelle Schrimsher Tolen, Lockie Blount, Wilbia Lee Starr Howard, Kathleen Holliway Primm, Mable Sue Curry Arnett, Doris Stewart, Flora Parker
Front row, left to right: Elmore Hudgins, Joe Ward, Roy Hale, Sanford Smith, Walker O'Neal, J.D. Primm, James Routt, Howard Reed
Front row, left to right: Arnold Brown, Margaret Staggs, Helen Nutley, Louise Martin, Doris Bowden, Irene Mullins, Clarine Staggs
Back row, left to right: Viola Ellett, Dorothy Berryhill, ??, Methra Carroll, Virginia Curnutt, Marion Walters, Mae Ricketts, Gilbert Wallace
Do you know the missing name?
Left to right: Grace Tolen, ??, Buford Carroll, Grady Cope, ??, Virginia Brazelton, ??
Do you know the missing names?
Front row, left to right: ??, Clayta McBride, Elizabeth Primm, ??, Louise Curry, Joan Elizabeth Reese, ??, Louella McBride
Back row, left to right: ??, John Elery Gunn, Jr., Herman Hunt, ??, Roy Wallace, ??
Do you know the missing names?
Front row, left to right: Louise Stephens, Katherine Green, Louise Owens Payne, Frances Burgess, Lucille Mullins, Edith Luna, Ruth Falkenberry, Vivian Baucom
Second row, left to right: Dorothy Cantrell, J.T. Corder, Buel Case, Doyle Ealy, Frank Falkenberry, Vernon Wilkinson, Mildred Trapp Banks, Doris Etheridge
Back row, left to right: Harley Hope, John Williams, Albert Hudgins
Editor's note: Do you have a picture of the Graduating Class of 1942? If so, please scan a copy to email@example.com so that it can be added to this website.
First row, left to right: Nannie Denton, Geneva Lee, Frances Adcock, Juanita Swindell, Delia McBride, Lourene Patton, Regina Blount
Second row, left to right: Geneva Wakefield, Mildred Reese, Juanita Corum, Bessie Hunt, Dorothy Falkenberry, Marguerite Lockmiller, Mamie Lee Carroll, Lucy Mae Fisher
Third row, left to right: Q.T. Cates, J. D. Carroll, William Rice, Phillip Certain, Billy Adcock Hess
Back row, left to right: Violet McBride, William Etheridge, Katherine Swaim, Dot Reese, Howard Lee, Frances Rousseau
Front row, left to right:Helen Acuff, Lois Davis, Maurine Hayes, Zettie Allen, Katherine Harbin, Alice Schrimsher
Front row, left to right: Norma Griffith, Lillian "Sis" Adcock, Lois Johnson, Louise Gault, Madge Lewis, Mazola Thomas
Back row, left to right: Anna Ruth Routt, Dalton "Mouse" Gaines, James Patton, J.D. Pettie, Conrad Certain, Hettie Jean Cates
Front Row, seated, left to right: Louise Alverson, Faye Pitman, Alline Frazier, James Herlan Clark, Sara Ann Certain, Beulah Corum, Ruth Atnip, Bettie Jane Dunham
Back Row, standing, left to right: Hilda Edmison, Jeanette Potter, Clara Mae Jones, Carl Wingo, John Williams, Marjorie Ruth Cullom, Helen Ruth Case, Edna Crowl
Not shown in this picture are Roland Case and Glenn Hymer who were away in military service.
Kneeling in front: Betty Dunham
Second row, left to right: Claxton Warren, Louise Alverson, Hilda Edmison, Helen Ruth Case, Faye Pitman, Carl Wingo, Jeanette Potter, Marjorie Ruth Cullom, Herlan Clark, Sara Ann Certain, Ruth Atnip, Beulah Corum, James Worley, Clara Mae Jones
Third Row, left to right: Edna Crowl, ??, ??
Left to right: Mrs. Elna Reese Cullom, Mrs. Pitman, Mrs. Wingo, Mrs. Aldie Reese Certain
(The class in 7th grade in 1940-1941)
Front row, left to right: Mildred Koonce, Avis Potter, Coretha Schrimsher, Ruby Vest, Kathleen Majors, Marjorie Rousseau, Hilda Edmison, (?)Finley, Pearline Thigpen, Ruth Atnip
Second row, left to right: ??, ??, Maureen Mullican, Louise Alverson, Helen Ruth Case, Marjorie Ruth Cullom, Sara Ann Certain, Margaret Worley, Merle Frasier, Beulah Corum, ??, ??, Katherine Roan, Jewel Payne, Estelle Pockrus, ??, Alline Frazier, ??, Ruth Curry, Hilda Edmison, Dorothy Payne, Hettie Jean Cates.??, ??
Third row, left to right: Katherine Roan, Jewel Payne, Estelle Pockrus, ??, Alline Frazier, ??, Ruth Curry, Lera Wright, Dorothy Payne, Hettie Jean Cates.??, ??
Fourth row, left to right: Tommy Melton, ??, Bruce ??, Chapman Rousseau, Earnest Short, Ed Franklin, ??, ??
Fifth row, left to right: Pug Ramsey, Donald Martin, James Barrett, Ezell Hardin, T. Casey, Carl Wingo, E.N. Jean, Glenn Hymer, Buford Casey
Seated, left to right: Faye Pitman Hanvey, Alline Frazier Allen, Glenn Hymer, Sara Ann Certain Hymer, Beulah Corum Ramsey, Ruth Atnip Falkenberry, Bettie Jane Dunham Ealy
Standing, left to right: Carl Wingo, Clara Mae Jones Worley, Jeanette Potter, Roland Case, Marjorie Ruth Cullom Snell, Helen Ruth Case King, Edna Crowl Holman, John Williams
Front row, left to right: Clara Mae Jones Worley, Majorie Ruth Cullom Snell, Roland Case
Second row, left to right: Louise Alverson Warren, Sara Ann Certain Hymer, John L. Williams, Helen Ruth Case King
Third row, left to right: Edna Crowl Holman, Bettie Jane Dunham Ealy, Glenn M. Hymer, Ruth Atnip Falkenberry
Fourth row: Carl Wingo
Left to right: John Williams, Glenn Hymer, Sally Certain Hymer, Helen Ruth Case , Marjorie Ruth Cullom Snell, Alline Frazier Allen
And this photo includes the other two members of the Class of 1946 at the August 5, 2006, reunion
Front row, left to right: Geneva Neal, Margaret Campbell, Annie Finley, Hazel Williams, Thurman Frasier, Eunice McNeal, Leron Allen, Elizabeth Wilson, Loretta Chisholm
Back row, left to right: Werden Hurd, Eugene Potts, Melvin Neal, L.C. Keel, Herman McKenzie, Gene Falkenberry, Donald Martin, Herman Schrimsher, Buddy Curry
1st row seated: Mary Jo Gray, Aline Vining, Virginia Brown, C. E. Morrison, Mona King, Doris Johnson, James Osborne
2nd row: Peggy Baucom, Buster Acuff, Evelyn Payne, Lorene Bishop, Howard Edgemon, Frances Johnson, Opal Philyaw, Ernest Crowell
3rd row: Ellen Certain, John Owens, Virginia Goosby, Betty Seaton, Elizabeth Eaton, Betty Schrimsher, Ozelle Johnson, Annie Sue Dunham
4th row: Virgil Medlen, Billy Lee, Bill Schrimsher, Billy Bowden and Eugene Worley.
Below are three more photographs from the class of 1949. Click on any of the three photographs to see a larger version.
This first photo shows the class in the 4th Grade (1940-1941).
Back row, left to right: Eugene Worley, Howard Culver, J.W. Cagle, James Rousseau, Goodrich Hanvey, Otis Bates, Charles Chisam, Melvin Reese Second row, left to right: Allen Rhodes, Billy Lee, Buster Acuff, ??, Howard Camel, Leon Harbin(?), ??, Billy Bowden Third row, left to right: Lois Williams, Gracie Flippo, Marilyn Adcock, Betty Ray Seaton, Colline Jones, Dora Nash, Helen Mullican, Evelyn Ricketts, Joyce Anderton, Ruth Koonce, Virginia Ricketts, Joyce Ann Primm Bottom row, left to right: Kathleen Spray, Sonny Edgemon, Roy Gray, Patricia King, (?)Gaines, Jack Luna, Billy Ray Schrimsher, Bobbie Murphy, Larry Davis, Ellen Certain, Mary Jo Gray, Sara Lee Wallace, Miss Ruby Smithey (teacher)
This second photo is from a picnic when the class was in the 8th Grade (1944-45). The 8th grade boys were in a separate photo but Billy Bowden and Larry Davis managed to peep over at the girls (back left).
This next photograph is from the Rison Junior-Senior Banquet, Class of 1948, May 22, 1948.
Front row, left to right: ??, Ailene Cagle, ??, Norma Headrick, Dot Gates, Dot Tidwell, Ethel McElroy, Geneva Grayson, Margie McVay, Jimmy Vann
Back row, left to right: Barney Henson, Bobby McCulley, Ed Bridges, ??, Marvin Brewer, ??, Johnny Worley, Percy Gwathney, ??
Do you know the missing names?
(in front of school)
Left to right: Ann Schrimsher, Jerry Potter, June Fitch
(This was the last class to graduate from Rison School. The Rison junior class of 1951 was in the first graduating class in 1952 at the new Butler High School.)
Front row, left to right: Jerry Pridmore, Ann Schrimsher Franklin, Joyce Magness, Bud McGinnis, Fannie Mae Johnson Falkenberry,Peggy Worley, Connie Fisher, James Brewer
Back row, left to right:Mr. Cecil Fain (Principal), Lillian Jones, Muriel Case, Lois Allen Lewis, Thomas Blount, Opal Payne, Jerry Potter (uniform underneath graduation gown; home on leave from military), Faye Speck, Corrine Sharp, Bill King, Mrs. Velma Hanvey (Teacher/Class Sponsor).
Not shown in this picture is Charles Lloyd Chisam who was away in the Air Force in 1951, Dewitt Fairbanks who was in the Army in Korea, and Elton Adcock who was also away in the military. Although Jimmy Falkenberry was in the Air Force and was not available when this picture was made, he walked down the aisle in his uniform at the graduation exercises.
Top left: James Brewer & Thomas Blount;
Top right: Opal Payne & Muriel Case
Bottom left: Fannie Mae Johnson Falkenberry & Faye Speck;
Bottom right: Billy King, Lillian Jones & James Brewer
(This reunion was held before the Rison-Dallas Association reunions began.)
Front row, left to right: Velma Hanvey (teacher), Charles Chisam, Corrine Sharp, Fannie Mae Johnson Falkenberry
Back row, left to right: Ann Schrimsher Franklin, Joyce Magness Bryant, Faye Speck Reese, Opal Payne Parker
Nicknames in the Rison-Dallas Community
One of our friends thought that it would be fun to see how many nicknames we could remember that we heard in and around Dallas Village. Do you remember them?
Please take a few minutes to look back and reminisce. It's just possible that you may have given a few of the nicknames to these our "unsuspecting" friends; and it could be that you might think, "Now why did I do that?" Looking back will most likely bring smiles to your faces.
If you can recall other nicknames please tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Please notice that this picture was made in the school's auditorium; also notice that the trophy case has been emptied and the trophies placed on the stage at the foot of the seated girls in the foreground. Notice too the piano in the foreground left, and how nice the curtains look. Most notable are the flags displayed in the rear, signifying that patriotism was alive and well!)
First row, left to right: Carolyn Corder, Joyce McGehee, Friedeke Pauli, Charlene Brooks, Martha Meeler, Wilma Perry, Bessie Faye Hunt, Linda Byrd, Helga Teschenkel, Hattie Marie Webb, Barbara Chisholm, Betty Worley, Mary Steele, Frances Gates, Linda Adcock, Juanita Luna, Suzanne Hunt
Back row, left to right: Wilburn Lester, Jr., Doyle Thornberry, Donald Smith, Eberhard Ball, John Thomas Greer, Mary Pierce, Jimmy Hatfield, Dorothy Williamson, Eddie Myhand, Mrs. Ruth Graves (Teacher), Charles Chambers, Frankie White, Sam Chisam, Donald Parsons, Robert George Staggs, Richard Knight, Dennis Conners, Lester Gates, Kenneth Adkins
And here's the 9th Grade graduating class of 1956 "At play one day"
Second row, left to right: Robert George Staggs, Lester Gates, Mary Steele, Carolyn Corder, Wilma Perry, Bessie Faye Hunt, Eddie Myhand, Linda Byrd, Martha Jo Meeler, Dorothy Williamson, Mary Pierce, Frederike Pauli, Juanita Luna, Betty Worley
Back row, left to right: Wilburn Laster, Jr., Donald Smith, Kenneth Adkins (on Richard Knight’s shoulders), Eberhard Ball (on Charles Chambers’ shoulders), Doyle Throneberry (on Jimmy Hatfield’s shoulders)
(Hattie Marie Webb took the photo.)
Front row, left to right: ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, Brenda Lones
Second row, left to right: ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, ??, Brenda Faye Robertson
Third row, left to right: ??, ??, ??, Alice and Aileen Carroll, Darla Gentry, ??, ??, ??, Tim Gates, ??, ??, Judy Fedrowisch
Back: Mrs. H.C. Kennamer, teacher
(Please notice that this picture was made in the school's auditorium; also notice the trophy case in the foreground.)
Second row, left to right: Ann Guerin, Patricia Stephens, Cecelia Ann Seymore, Ann Key, Alene Johnson, ??, James Cornelison, Kenneth Robinson, George Towery
Third row, left to right: Bernadette Beckman, ??, Harve Mossawir, ??, Teddy Goosby, Max Thompson, Winston Cleveland, Ernest Moyers, Randall Kerley, Billy Berry
Fourth row, left to right: Frances Burkett, ??, Linda Gaines, Elaine Gault, Ronald Kemp, Larry Brown, Benny Fiske, Brady Ratliff, Gary Crabb
Fifth row, left to right: George Humphrey, Jimmy Fanning, ??, Melba Michael, Gail Dodson, Linda Dunham, Donna West, ??, Randy Priddy, Roland McKenzie, Billy Wayne Williamson, ??
(First Identified as 9th Grade Graduation(?) - Year unknown)
First row, seated: Sarah Boggs, Joyce Parham, Margaret Whitt, Imogene Gault, Bonnie Farrow, Brigitte Ball, Marlene Burkett, Helen Thigpen, Faye Rozell, June Mullican, Jackie Mitzner, Lorene Tielkings, Janet Bridges, (?)Pogue
Back row, standing: Jerry Williamson, Bobby Morrison, Ray Sadler, A.E. Rozell, Jessie Luna, Ed Worley, Phillip Allen, Billy Joe Berry, Wayne Lee, Junior Luna, Bobby Schrimsher, ??, Clyde Atnip(?)
Do you know the missing names?