Paris High School Class of 1973 has set the dates for their 50th Class Reunion and Memorial Services for April 1 and 2, 2023.
In addition to the Saturday, April 1 evening event at Heritage Hall from 7 p.m.-11 p.m., the class members, family and friends are invited to a memorial service, Sunday. April 2, at 11 a.m. at DeShong Chapel on the campus of Paris Junior College to remember those classmates who have passed away over the last 50 years.
Cost for the event is $80 per couple or $45 single and will feature a full meal catered by Crawford’s Hole in the Wall Restaurant. Dessert will be Crawford’s signature ‘bread pudding’. The restaurant is owned and operated by Drew and Angela Crawford, son and daughter-in-law of one of the Class of 1973 sponsors, Coach Johnny Crawford, always a favorite among students.
Reservations may be made by downloading the reservation form from the Class Facebook page, Paris High School Class of 1973, or emailand we will email the form to you. Deadline for reservations is Saturday, March 17. If anyone is unable to attend but would like to support the weekend’s event, you may make a donation to: 1973 Class Reunion, 2501 Simpson Street, Paris, TX 75460. All former PHS faculty members who taught at PHS between Fall 1970-May 1973 are also invited to join in the celebrations.
For the benefit of out of town guests, hotel rooms have been reserved at Comfort Inn and Suites, 903-785-0089 or through the Choice Hotels website: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/KM93K7
During the Sunday memorial, each deceased class member will be remembered during the service. Dr. Pat Ford will give the message with special music planned by Mark and Debbie Moseley. The memorial display is being coordinated by Carolyn Bridges Lockett. All PHS alumni and friends with connections to the Class of 1973 are invited to join in the memorial service.
Out of the 289 original members of the class, a known fifty classmates have passed away. In addition, the Reunion Committee continues to try and locate the following classmates who they have lost contact with over time. If you have any information that would assist the Committee—emails, mailing addresses, phone numbers, other family members, please email the committee and they will do the follow-up in hopes of re-connecting.
Those who are missing are: Frank Bartlett, Benny Boyd, Stephen Bradshaw, Bob Breit, Delores Burns, Estelle Chisum, Mary Dunkins, Jerry Fields, Sandra Fletcher, Mary Minor Flowers, Nita Forthman, Curtis Fuller, Ronald Graves, Bonita Hanks, Loretta Hendricks, and James Keane. Other names with no address or contact information include Aaron King, Cathy McAllister, Paul McDonald, Cindy Meyer, Vanessa Mickens, Wilma Mims, Billy Mitchell, Elz Moore, Deborah Nance Blackwell, Carolyn Owens, Daniel Presley, Shirley Sanford, Christiana Stapp, Charlie Ray Wallace, Vivian Watson, Terry Womack and Kenny Young.
Any information would be welcomed and can be emailed to:or mailed to PHS Class of 1973 Reunion, 2501 Simpson Street, Paris, TX 754560. Co-chairs of the reunion are Cleonne Holmes Drake and Derald Bulls.