DHS class of 1956 honors special classmate

By Staff
Staff Reports, Hartselle Enquirer
The Danville High School class of 1956 held its 50-year reunion June 3. Class president, John Stephenson, was not able to attend the reunion as he was not feeling well. Stephenson has muscular dystrophy and was not expected to live beyond the age of 21.
The reunion committee published a memory book and the following editor's comments summarized Stephenson's life:
"John represents the epitome of proving that a lifetime is not defined by how many miles you can run, how many races you have won or how many hills you have climbed, but how much you can achieve by remaining strong and faithful in the face of adversity.
"His constant battle with muscular dystrophy for more than 50 years is a proven fact that determination, faith and a never-ending, cheerful attitude can carry you through a life span far beyond what was predicted for him in the early 1950s.
"Each day John adds another lead lap on the competition. His demeanor has been an inspiration to those who have known him all these years. His ability to deliver laughter can only be exceeded by his ability to remember events of many years ago.
"John keeps abreast of the members of his graduating class and relates those experiences to those who visit him. Each visitor comes away with a blessing and renewed inspiration to return. John's epitaph should some day read, 'He stood tall in all the aspects of life that really mattered.'"
The DHS class of 1956 had 31 graduates, seven of whom are now deceased. Their families were invited to attend the reunion as a memorial honoring Clinton Ray Lake, Richard Doyle Hogan, Hilda Kirby Anders, Arthur Leigh McCord, Lyle Reid Holladay, James Franklin Garner and Betty Lanier Dobbins.
A DVD of class pictures was made and shown to the music of 1955 and 1956.

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