Mrs. Cora Mitchell (front) with members of the DeKalb High School Class of 1956: left to right, Ruth Harbour, Margaret Key Hunt, Ben Vick, Frances Ross Brown and James Key.

Photo by Mike Robertson
Mrs. Cora Mitchell (front) with members of the DeKalb High School Class of 1956: left to right, Ruth Harbour, Margaret Key Hunt, Ben Vick, Frances Ross Brown and James Key. Photo by Mike Robertson
By Mike Robertson

Kemper County Messenger



Early last week several members of the DeKalb High School Class of 1956 gathered at the home of their former sponsor, Mrs. Cora Mitchell, to plant a tree in honor and memory of Mitchell’s son, Lance, who passed away earlier this year.

Class members Ruth Harbour, Margaret Key Hunt, Ben Vick, Frances Ross Brown and James Key were on hand.

Willie Griffin, who does yard work for Mitchell, expertly wielded the post-hole diggers and planted a miniature ‘Little Gem Magnolia’ in easy view of the back door. The hole was dug to exactly the right depth, and the tree was carefully straightened, to be sure that everything was just right.

Mitchell, who is 91 years old, said, “It’s wonderful. It just means so much.” Mitchell taught at DeKalb High School for 20 years, and another 20 years at EMCC, and stated that the Class of ’56 was a special group of people. She has never missed one of their annual class reunions.

The classmates spoke of how Mitchell had touched not only their lives, but so many others during her years as an educator. And they spoke of their love and appreciation for all that she had done for them.

The camaraderie in the group was on open display, and it was obvious that they all greatly enjoyed the brief gathering, the chance to greet one another, and the opportunity to make a lasting gift to one for whom they have such deep respect.