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Kindergarten graduation class of Spring 1956
Photo provided by Sherry McFarland Hartz

Those pictured:  L to R - Brenda Hollaway,  u/k boy Renee Freeman, Steve Harrison, u/k boy, Phyllis Owsley Lucus, Wilma Tisdale Beasley, u/k boy, Derek Davis, Betty Tucker, Sherry McFarland Hartz, Ronnie Freeman
Adults on back row:  Deera Townsend, Miss Johnson and Miss Leland Cooper.

The following images were provided by David Pope.

7th Grade Class of 1957

This is a 1952 7th grade picture of the Class of 57. The Homeroom teacher was R. M. Conner.  David only attended Opelika schools for 7th, 8th & half of 9th grade.  He graduated Beauregard in 1957.

Attended 1st - 6th grade at Pepperell  Village School. Before that at the Pepperell Village Kindergarten.

Mr. R. M. Conner is at the right. Mr. Conner left Opelika to coach at Beauregard in 1953. 

David's family moved to the Beauregard area for a couple of years.  David went to Opelika to play in the Band and then football for the 8th/9th grade year.  Transferred to Beauregard after the Christmas break and played basketball there 4 years.

Back row:  Woody Woodrow, Warren "Deak" Edge, Wilbur Standridge, Pete Lawler, Lamar Lankford,  UK, David Pope, Jimmy Evans.  Middle row:  Donald Arwood, Fred______, K.P. Hayes, Cricket Evans, UK, Gerald Ray, Robert Lawler, UK, Johnny Johnson.
Front row: Maxine Quinton, UK, UK, Kay Ann Carthon, Nicky Bell, Delores Saylor, Joanne Bing, Elizabeth Wooddy, Rose Holmes, Margaret Prescott.



Above image is David Pope's mom (Mamye Lois Pope) and a Victory Garden picture and caption. (picture provided by Henry Stern)

You can see the old house, coal shed and smoke stack. The Pope family lived on the corner, right across from the baseball field behind Pepperell School.

Pepperell Girls 1936 Basketball Team

Left to Right:
Dora Jolly, Gladys Golden, Helen Van Patten, Sally Truitt,  Una Van Patten, Mamye Golden, Annie Ruth Golden. Coach in Background: Mr. Wally Beck. Coach -  Boy: Wally Beck (son of Mr. Beck, Electrical Shop Supervisor)

David's mom was Mamye Lois Golden Pope, (she married Clarence Earl  "Bill" Pope, pitcher for the Pepperell Dragons Baseball Team.)  Her sister was Gladys Lucille Golden, (she married Harold Yancey, forward on the Pepperell Boy's Basketball Team.)

John Abner Stewart played on the Pepperell Boy's Basketball Team and  married another sister, Nelle Madge Golden. All were recruited to work at Pepperell to play for the athletic teams.  Mr. "John A" also had a son, Jim Stewart who played professional baseball after high school for many years.   

Women's 1938 Basketball team

From Left to Right:
1- Annie Ruth Young

2- Mamye Pope (Was Golden, Married Bill Pope-Baseball team))

3- Gladys Yancey (Was Golden, married Harold Yancey-Basketball team)

4- ____UK
5- Una Mae Van Patten (Didn't marry until 1940-Chester Lewis Plott)

6- ____UK

7- Helen Van Patten (Didn't marry until 1950-Lawrence O. Stroud)

4th Grade Pepperell School

Left to Right:

Top Row:

1- Merlene Winslett

2- ??

3- Maxine Johnson

4- Robert Guinn

5- Helen Howard

6- Bobby (Tack) McCoy (1936-1995) Addition by: Arlee (Lovelady) McCoy

7- Laverne Smallwood

8- Willie Lauderdale

9- Sheila Thomas

2nd Row:

1- David Pope

2- Janet Lauderdale

3- Tommy Sasser

4- Joe Royal

5- Rosa Mae Benefield

6- Bobby Lee Taunton

3rd Row:

1- Patsy Potts

2- Earl Carroll

3- Wynelle Hale

4- Tommy Gunn

5- ??

6- Bobbie Jean Armstrong

7- Carlton Patterson

8- Rebecca Morman

4th Row:

1- Harold Crabtree

2- Frances Canady

3- ??

4- Grace Miles

5- Bobby Johnson

6- Marcel Lacy

7- Charles Winslet

8- Mary Herrelson

9- Randall Rosser

5th Row:

1- Billie Cooper

2- Ted Worthington

3- ??

4- Clara Mae Miles

5- Pinkie Lunsford

6- Florence Jones

7- William Lackey

8- Dan Young

9- K.P. Hayes