PIONEER m THE PIONEER OF 1955 Published Bu The Oenior Class Of NEBO HIGH SCHOOL Ncbo, North Carolina The Annual Staff has in these few pages tried to capture some parts of the work, the play, the seriousness and the gaiety which have made our high school days a magic time. We hope that as you turn through the pages of the PIONEER in years to come.it will bring the joy of rem- iniscence to all who remember the Class of 1955. We would like to thank all the merchants for their co-operation in making this annual possible. The association we have had with them has been a real pleasure. To our beloved teachers we say, " Thanks for your patience with the staff and for your gracious attitude toward making our PIONEER a success. ' ' McDowell County Public Library 90 West Court Street Marion, NC 28752 TO OUR PARENTS- - OUR GUIDING LIGHT To you who have been faithful and sympathetic; to you who have encouraged and stood by us when we needed a help- ing hand; to you whom we cherish, love and honor, we, the Seniors, gratefully dedicate to you, our Parents, the 1955 volume of the PIONEER. HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY Miss Rose Stacy- Senior Advisor French and English Mr. Z. V. Science and K. Dickson Advisor Mathematics Mr. Otto Gross Freshman Boys ' Advisor Social Studies, Science and Typing Miss Elizabeth Seagle Freshman Girls ' Advisor Social Studies, English and Health Mrs. Max Robinson Sophomore Advisor Vocational Home Economic PRINCIPAL ' S MESSAGE TO THE SENIORS In climaxing twelve years of training for improved citizenship to aid society, it is only fitting that this senior class recall past events leading to this period of young adult- hood. Having now attained, through trials and tribulations, what many have never been able to obtain, it is now time for consideration for renewed efforts of future undertakings. Your teachers .parents , and friends are always interested in your improved welfare. This should be an encouraging factor for you to determine what phase of society you can best serve. In judging and being judged by our fellowmen it is pertinent that all facts are available; therefore, the senior class of 1955 as individuals should attempt to balance within their thinking the realization that they now are ready to climb to another road of intrinsic values. This road should lead to a livelihood of happiness, which in turn is a true reward for training, effort, and sometimes strenuous circumstances. I trust you find this road to travel. ELEMENTARY TEACHERS Seated: Mr. Lawrence Atchely, Mrs. Faye Lawing Mode, Mrs. Faye D. Proctor, Miss Joyce Maxine Wellborn, Mrs. Lona G. Laughridge, Mrs. Pearl S. Austin, Mis s Helen Plant. Standing: Mr. Stuart R.Triplett, Miss Delia Tipton, Mr. Thomas W. Stacy, Mrs. Margaret W. Hartley, Mrs. Margaret E. Barker, Mrs. Mary Lee Martin, Mrs. Cecil Dobson (Substi- tute), Mrs. Jessie Snead. Not Pictured: Margaret Edwards. SENIORS GLENDA CROUCH " G. C. " Basketball 2,3,4; Beta Club 2,3,4; F.H.A. 1,2; 4-H Club l,2,3,4;Glee Club 1, 2, 3, 4; Chief Marshal 3; Editor-in-Chief Annual Staff 4; Future Teachers ' Club 4; French Club 3,4; Junior Play 3. SYBIL FARR " Squibble " 4-H Club 1; F.H.A. Club 1,2; Class Secretary and Treasurer 2; Class Treasurer 3; Basketball 3,4; Glee Club 2,3,4; Beta Club 2,3,4; Mar- shal 3; Annual Staff 4; Editor Highlights 4; Softball 3,4; French Club 3,4. ARVELLA FENDER " Dib " 4-H Club 1; F.H.A. Club 2; Glee Club 1 ,2,4; Annual Staff 4; Softball 3,4; French Club 3,4; Class Re - porter 4; Class Treasurer 4; Beta Club 2, 3, 4; Dramatics Club 4; Junior Play 3. DEVON FENDER " Avon " Glee Club 1; 4-H Club 1,2; Vice- President 3; F.H.A. Club 1,2,4; Vice-President F. H. A. 4; Beta Club 2,3; French Club 3,4; Dra- matics 4; Junior Play 3; Softball 2,3; Basketball 3,4; Class Queen DEAN FINLEY " Fonzo " Beta Club 2,3,4; Key Club 2,3,4; Basketball 2,3,4; Baseball 2; Vice-President Class 4; Annual Staff 4; Glee Club 1 ; 4-H Club 1 ,2; J.V. Basketball 1; Key Club Re- porter 2; Junior Play 3; Key Club EDITH FINLEY " Red " 4-H Club 1; F.H.A. 1,2; Glee Club 1,4; Softball 2,3; Beta Club 2,3,4; French Club 3,4; Dramatics Club 4; Junior Play 3. SENIORS FRANCES SMITH " Fran " H.A. 1,2; Treasurer F.H.A. 1; 1 H Club l;Glee Club 2,3,4; Sec- tary Glee Club 3; Basketball 2, 4; Highlights Staff 4; Annual iff 4; Softball 3,4; Beta Club 2, I; Marshal 3; French Club 3,4; nior Play 3. JO-ANN STACY " Jo " H.A. 1,2; 4-H Club 1,2; Cheer- tder 1; Glee Club 1, 2, 3; Beta lb 2, 3, 4; Beta Club Secretary 1 Class Secretary 4; Junior Play 1 Marshal 3; Annual Staff 4; 1 ench Club 3,4. I V 2 J DAVE TERRELL " Dave " Basketball 1,2,3,4; Baseball 2 Key Club 4; Annual Staff 4; Gl Club 2. JOAN WELLS " Jo " 4-H Club 1; F.H.A. Club 2; Ba ketball 1,2,3,4; Beta Club 2,3 Softball 2,4; Annual Staff 4; Dr matics Club 4. RAYMOND WITHROW " Slim " H. Club 1; Key Club 3,4; Sub- 1 tute Bus Driver 3; Annual Staff 1 Junior Play 3. GERRY WISE " Gerry ' ' :e Club 1,2,3,4; 4-H Club 1,2,3; amatics Club 1,2,4; Dramatics ib President 4; Basketball 3,4; tball 3,4; French Club 3,4; g iss Queen 3. High School: Bonnie Presnell and Nolan Peter: CLASS HISTORY It is hard to believe that only four years ago we were freshmen. It didn ' t take us long to become recognized as individuals. Slowly we re- alized that the upper classmen loved us and our teachers were to help us get on the right path. Fifty students enrolled in our freshman year. We recall having very much fun with these fifty on hay rides and parties. We were happy to learn that Lloyd Moody, David Terrell and Joan Wells received suits for the basketball team, with Jo-Ann Stacy and Hugh Munday helping out by cheering. After a short vacation, we returned with only thirty-six students enrolled for our sophomore year. We looked forward to participating in the many school activities. Much to our surprise Joan Wells, Devon Fender, Ruth Cooper, Bobby Church, Delores Ledford, Arvella Fender, Sybil Farr, Frances Smith, Edith Finley, Jo-Ann Stacy, Glenda Crouch and Dean Finley were invited to join the Beta Club. Receiving suits for basketball were Glenda Crouch, Frances Smith, Lawrence Barlow, Jack Buff , Max Browning and Dean Finley. Baseball suits were issued to Jack Buff, Donald Peters, Bobby Church, Jimmy Gibbs, J. B. Fowler and Dean Finley. Next came our junior year. Much to our regret the class of the fifty students now enrolled only twenty-five. These new ones joined us in the eleventh: Geraldine Wise from Glen Alpine; Marvin Byas from Swan- nanoa; and Ruby Gilliand from Nebo, The main highlight in our junior year was the giving of the junior-senior banquet, consisting of a Japanese theme complete with Japanese waitresses , lanterns , fans and umbrellas. The excitement really began when we started to plan for our three one- act plays: " Ten Percent Tommy, " " Who Gets the Car Tonight, " and " Oh Doctor. " Added to the long list of basketball players for our third year were Ruby Gilliand, Geraldine Wise, Sybil Farr and Bobby Church. After three years of hard work and fun, we now realize the impor- tance that rightly belongs to a senior. With the faithful work of our president, Lawrence Barlow; vice-president, Dean Finley; secretary, Jo-Ann Stacy; and treasurer, Arvella Fender, our fourth year seems to be the best of our high school days. We are looking forward to our senior play and an interesting trip to Florida. With the help and guidance of our teachers, Mr. Brown, Miss Stacy, Mr. Dickson and Mr. Gross, we hope to attain our goal, which is gradu- ation. We feel that our school days have been successful, but we realize that even a greater task lies ahead. So as we leave our school it is not with regret that we say " Good-By " ; but we wish to express our gratitude for its affording us the four happiest years of our life. Jo-Ann Stacy Frances Smith Historians CLASS PROPHECY After being married for eight years, my husband and I decided to buy a new house. I had heard that Glenda Crouch was working in St. Louis, Missouri, as an interior decorator. I called Reid Crawley, the vice-president of Queen City Bus Com- pany, to make my bus arrangements. When I boarded the bus in Asheville several days later, I was sur- prised to meet Jack Buff, who was on a business trip to Washington, D. C. During our conversation, Jack told me that Lawrence Barlow was prin- cipal of the Hickory Junior High School; and that Max Browning had opened a very popular resort on Lake James. I was really amazed when he began telling about Jimmy Gibbs and his wife living in Ohio, where Jimmy was a dealer for the Cadillac Company; and that he had seen Marvin Byas in Washington, D. C, on one of his recent trips; it seemed that Marvin had an important job with the government. Also on the same trip he saw Devon Fender, who was working as the supervisor of the White House Staff. I was even more amazed when I learned that Bobby Church was a pilot for Pan America n Air Lines. It seemed that Bobby had flown Cecil Sisk, a producer for MGM Studios to Europe on several of his assignments there. I was very sorry to leave Jack, because he had enlightened me so much about my former classmates. During the several days I stayed with Glenda, we discussed other members of our class. She knew about several of our classmates; for example, Sybil Farr was a telephone operator in Illinois, and Frances Smith was nursing in one of the hospitals in Georgia. She had seen Edith Finley, who was working as a model in the Lana Lobell dress shop in Chicago; and after Edith had finished work, they had gone to Clarence Pyatt ' s swank restaurant for dinner. Only a month before, Jo-Ann Stacy, who was on her honeymoon, had stopped by to see Glenda. Jo -Ann had given up her nursing career and married a doctor. I left a few days early in order to stop in Memphis, Tennessee, to see Delores Ledford, who had become a housekeeper and school teacher. Glenda and I decided to spend our vacations at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our rates would be reasonable because we could stay at Dean Finley ' s resort, the one his father-in-law gave him for a wedding pres- ent. I arrived home with the knowledge of where all my classmates were. I already knew that Joan Wells was girls ' basketball coach at Nebo High School; David Terrell was an engineer; Lloyd Moody, a teller in the First National Bank of Marion; Raymond Withrow, a vacuum cleaner salesman; Arvella Fender lived in Kentucky, where she raised horses; and Geraldine Wise well, I see her every Saturday night on the " Jackie Gleason I enjoyed my trip very much, just finding where the seniors of 1955 were in this year 1963. In fact, in all the excitement I completely forgot the purpose of my trip. Ruby Gilliand Prophet LAST WILL ID TESTAMENT State of North Carolina County of McDowell Town of Nebo Article I We, the graduating class of 1955, of Nebo High School, bequeath to. out teachers our lasting affection and thanks for the capable manner in which they stood at the helm during our voyage through school. Article II We leave to the Juniors the responsibility of becoming Seniors, being leaders in the school and carrying on the work of the senior class. Article III To the Sophomores and Freshmen we will our capacity for fun and our ability to giggle. Article IV Personal Bequests; I, Marvin Byas, will my love for girls to Tommy Carter. I, Lawrence Barlowe, leave my ability to get something for nothing to anyone who might be interested. I, Max Browning, leave my ability to get along with everybody to Benny Potter. I, Jack Buff, leave my hot rodding ability and Montgomery to Vincent Revis. I, Glenda Crouch, will to Margaret Pyatt my success in meeting foreign guys and the key to my dormitory. I, Bobby Church, leave my ingenuity to get into things that are hard to get out of to Benny Potter. I, Dean Finley, leave my big feet to Ambers Barlowe. I, Edith Finley, leave my ability to sit on the front steps and talk to the boys to Shirley Moody. Just don ' t get caught, Shirley. I, Sybil Farr, leave my good judgment about whom I date to Mary Ann Browning. I, Devon Fender, will my job of dusting mops in the Home Economics Department to Patsy Church. Make good use of the dust mop, Patsy. I, Arvella Fender, leave my ability to catch a " B obby " to Jean Hemphill. I, Ruby Gilli and, leave to Doris Ward my superlative, " Most Popular Girl. " I, Jim Gibbs, leave to Jack Jaynes my ability to get out of things that I ' ve gotten into. I, Delores Ledford, leave one marine, two sailors and one army guy to Nancy Pyatt. Take care of them, Nancy, for they like blondes. I, Lloyd Moody, leave to Jack Wilson my ability to get along with girls. I, Clarence Pyatt, hope to leave Nebo High School. I, Cecil Sisk, leave my helpful ways to Clinton Walker. I, Frances Smith, leave my ability to have a good time, especially with Marion High guys, to Jeanie Thomason. I, Jo -Ann Stacy, will my ability to catch a college boy to Fannie Lou Craig. Always keep your dictionary handy. I, David Terrell, regretfully leave Nebo and position on the Annual Staff to next class artist. I, Geraldine Wise, leave to Barbara Ann Hicks my reputation as " Love them and leave them. " Make good use of it, Barbara. I, Raymond Withrow, leave to Von Farr my ability to get along with Mr. Brown. Take heed, Von. I, Reid Crawley, leave my ability to drive a school bus to James Crawley. I, Joan Wells, leave my superlative, " Best All Around, " to anyone who deserves it more than I. CLASS POEM OUR DAYS AT NEBO HI We can never re-capture The wonderful days gone by, And the tenderness and rapture We have found at Nebo Hi. Our hearts will turn with longing To the good times we did enjoy; We ' ll always have a sense of belonging, That will come to each girl and boy. Now we know what must be done; We must look to the future without fear. If we work hard enough, it will be fun; And we shall grow stronger year by year. So we leave with you, our Alma Mater, Love, and heart-warming cheef , And hope these fond memories Will guide all youth throughout the years. CLASS MOTTO " To seek, to strive, to find, but not to yield. " CLASS PRESIDENT , LAWRENCE BARLOWE CLASS COLORS Red and White CLASS FLOWER We looked at home even on the Capitol lawn. SENIOR FEATURES If Those smiles seem to say that the Japanese Banquet is really entertaining. Some Juniors sat at one table--just a little shy of the Seniors. Dave had fun at the Japanese Banquet- -he had a girl ! Here are the dignitaries for whom the ban- quet was planned. She isn ' t afraid- -she ' s nervous because she has to sing a solo. Sponsor, Mr. Gross Director, Miss Plant (Not pictured) ULLL ULUU Pianist, Mrs. Robinson (Not pictured) H CLUB Sponsors, Miss Stacy, Mr. Gross HIGHLIGHTS STAFF Editor-in-Chief, Sybil J I Iff LAKERS Charlie Gibbs, Jack Early, Bob Church, Tommy Carter, Harold Byrd, Vincent Revis, David Terrell, Jack Buff, Dean Finley, Jack Wilson, Lawrence Barlowe , James Crawley, Howard Revis, Jim Gibbs and Mr. Triplett, Coach. BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Boys Opponent N. C. S. D 59 44 Mt. Vernon N. C. S. D 52 62 North Cove Oak Hill 51 49 North Cove Salem 80 55 Glenwood Morganton 55 48 Pleasant Gardens Tri High 65 66 Old Fort Oak Hill 70 49 Glenwood Old Fort 52 51 Mt. Vernon Salem 57 49 Tri High Coach, Mr. Triplett Pleasant Gardens 57 50 Co-Captains, Dean Finley and Jim Gibbs i I LAKERETTS Fannie Lou Craig, Devon Fender, Mary Ann Browning, Glenda Crouch, Shirley Moody, Grace Revis, Sylvia Gunter, Geraldine Wise, Joan Wells, Peggy Queen, Cecil Dobson, Sybil Farr, Frances Smith, Zelda Fender, Margaret Pyatt and Mr. Stacy, Coach. Coach, Mr. Stacy Captain, Frances Smith BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Girls Opponent N. C. S. D 52 37 N. C. S. D Oak Hill 62 54 Salem 56 69 Morganton 42 53 Tri High 70 64 Oak Hill 47 36 Old Fort 33 53 Salem 44 56 Pleasant Gardens 22 61 Mt. Vernon North Cove North Cove Glenwood Pleasant Garde Old Fort Glenwood Mt. Vernon Tri High kAv fWatulotiom JsZ , to the GRADUATES of 1955 BURKE-McDOWELL CO-OP DAIRY Morganton North Carolina CLINCH FIELD MANUFACTURING CO. WIDE CLOTH PRINT 0, qW 1 ' Marion p North Carolina LOVEN FURNITURE CO. Complete Line Home Furnishing Marion North Carolina 3- -WUNJtH FLORIST 28 S. Main St. Dial 4201 Marion, N. C. ijk) ) Quality COCA-COLA i means so much BOTTLING COMPANY DREXEtffURNITURE CO. sv A North Carolina J- J WW L BROYHILL FURNITURE CO. i MANUFACTURERS I) £ BEDRpOMjfrURNI URE J| f Marion J S, « North Carolina ' IwESTERN AUTCV 1 ' ( ASSOC TE STO ' North Carolina orth Carolina WBRM BARGAIN STORE " For All Types of School and Weather Needs " North Carolina SARAH ' S BEAUTY NOOK 1 12 State Street Marion North Carolina J 4h i0 SUPPLY " MARION BUICK COMPANY BUICK North Carolina STELENS SELLS FOR LESS OUR POLICY To give you the newest and the latest styles at the lowest possible prices. :ion North Carolina ROBERT W. PROCTOR AND E. P. DAMERON Merchandise of High Quality North Carolina North Carolina LAKE WOOD RESORT On Beautiful Lake James. North Carolina SOMER ' S GROCERY North Carolina PYATT GARAGE General Auto Repairs Body and Fender Repairs 5 Miles East of Marion Nebo North Carolina BUILDERS SUPPLY 4391 S. Garden St. Marion North Carolina WILLARD ' S FOODLAND MEATS . VEGETABLES North Carolina ASHEVILLE SHOWCASE FIXTURE CO. North Carolina Congratulations From MARION MACHINE COMPANY F. D. GLENN SON Bulldozer Work Grading Road Building Dial 8441 Marion North Carolina GORDONS FURNITURE COMPANY Dial 7411 15 South Main St. North Carolina YOUNG ' S SHOE STORE North Carolina J. R. STEPPE Marion North Carolina HOUSE MARION MORROW ' S JEWELERS, INC. Diamond Store of Marion 26 S. Main Phone 6211 Marion North Carolina THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK Member of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation North Carolina ALLISON ' S DUTCH GRILL The Home of the Finest Bar-B-Q in Western N. C. Steaks Chops and Chicken Curb Service One Mile West, Highway 70 Marion North Carolina Compliments of PHILLIPS MOTOR COMPANY MERCURY and PHILCO Sales - Service Phone 7321 414 E. Court St. [arion North Carolina EAST COURT MOTOR CO. North Carolina HALLS BARBER SHOP REACH FOR I € WALDENSIAtf BAKERIES, INC. BAKERS OF Sunbeam " Bread and Cake BRADLEYS FOOD STORE 200 Yancey Street Marion North Carolina " You are Cordially- Invited to Visit Our Home " McCALLS FUNERAL HOME C. R. McCall, Owner Mrs. C. R. McCall, Charles McCall, Assistants FUNERAL AND AMBULANCE SERVICE arion North Carolina MERCHANT AND PRODUCE Hickory North Carolina Mcdowell cement products co., inc. Ready Mixed Concrete Building Blocks North Carolina MARION MANUFACTURING COMPANY BALLEW MOTOR COMPANY, INC. 436 E„ Court Street Dial 2157 2158 Marion North Carolina Congratulations (tsso) Young ' s Esso Station NORTH MAIN STREET Phono 8341 (£sso) Marion North Carolina PROCTOR ' S FEED STORE Chesterfield Feeds Better Feeders Feed Chesterfield Dial 3421 Marion North Carolina WORKMANS STORE CUKLEE CLOTHES Marion North Carolina SMITH ' S FURNITURE COMPANY Marion North Carolina MARION DRY CLEANERS Quality Cleaning Courteous Service " If your clothes are not becoming to you They should Be Coming to us. " Marion North Carolina JIMESONS HARDWARE Marion North Carolina ROSELAND FLORIST Member of F. T. D. " We make Wives of Sweethearts and Sweethearts of Wives. " Marion North Carolina 1 V RDAhlEV CTODE DRY GOODS NOTIONS N. C. Highway 70 Phone 5123 Nebo No rth Carolina olina 113 West Henderson St. Dial 7261 Marion North Carolina MARSHALL LUMBER CO. OF MARION CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TROY ' S CAFE Grade " A " Cafe For that different taste in good food just like Mother used to cook. The best Coffee in Town. 36 S. Main St. Marion North Carolina Mcdowell insurance agency J. C. Neal, Jr., President North Carolina BETCHEL grocery CROSLEY APPLIANCES A Friendly Place to Trade bo North Carolina LENTZ LANDING TACKLE SHOP Boats and Motors for Rent Fishing Tackles and Out Board Motors for Sale do North Carolina Belk - Broome Company Your " HOME OF BETTER VALUES " in Marion Also the home of BETTY BARCLAY DRESSES Betty Barclay and Scores of Other Well Known Brands. North Carolina R.L JAMES SON Manufacturer s HOSIERY FOR MEN R. L. James - R. E. James Marion North Carolina Compli m e nts of Roses 5 10 Marion Motors, Inc. Schmidt Gro. May Day Landis Parker Gro. W. M. Gladden The Superette McCall and Burgin Beaman Lumber Co. Mary Lynn Sullivan ' s Gulf Service Marion Barber Shop Seagle Feed Seed Store Poteats Royal Tire Service Etta Paper Box Co. Betty Jean S. W. Service Center LaFevers Grocery Lake City Cabs Lake Tahoma Grill Branton ' s Cafe Walkers Florist SUBURBAN RULANE GAS CO. OF N.C. INC. Phone 2154 P. O. Box 648 WESTMORELAND - HAWKINS FUNERAL SERVICE S. J. Westmoreland, Manager Mrs. S. J. Westmoreland, Lady Assistant H. T. Hawkins and T. Walton Clapps, Jr., Embalmers Marion Ambulance Service North Carolina Clinchfield R. R. Underpass veil County Public Library 90 West Court Street Marion, NC 28752
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