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Paw Creek class of '45 celebrates reunion

The Paw Creek High School Class of 1945 held its 63rd class reunion on June 18 at Trinity United Methodist Church on Beatties Ford Road.

The church has a hot dog lunch each Wednesday to raise money. A variety of sandwiches, desserts and drinks are served. The church began having this event 11 years ago as a fundraiser to build a Family Life Center and contribute to needy causes. The late C.W. Kidd, former Mecklenburg County sheriff, and his wife, Helen, played a large part in starting this. It has been a huge success.

Allen Plummer, a member of our Paw Creek class, was one of the dedicated workers for the hot dog lunch. He was at the church every Wednesday doing what needed to be done.

Allen died in February, and the class dedicated this reunion to Allen. Allen loved attending his class reunions. Each time he saw a classmate he asked, “When are we going to have another class reunion?”

We know Allen is having a great reunion now in Heaven with 21 of his classmates who pre-deceased him.

Dr. Rick Auten, minister of Trinity United Methodist Church, shared with Allen's classmates how much Allen meant to his church and how much the church meant to Allen. Dr. Auten sang some inspirational songs and played the guitar for the class.

Allen's wife, Charlotte Plummer, told the class how much Allen enjoyed the class reunions and the love he felt for each one of them.

There were 45 members in the graduating class. Seventeen members attended the reunion, along with 10 family members.

Special guest was Lee Lake Buff, teacher and sponsor of the class. She came to Paw Creek High School in the fall of 1944. She is now 86 years old, lives in Monroe, and has never missed a reunion. Two of her daughters, Sara and Judy Buff, attended with her.

The next class reunion is planned for the fall of 2009.