After meeting only twice in the 50 years since their graduation, the Newton High School class of 1957 decided regular get-togethers were in order. So those class members still living in the area made the promise to meet once a season for a nice breakfast.
On Saturday, the class of 1957 met at the Oak's Golf Course for their second breakfast meeting. The event organizer, Jeff Dial, said the group previously met at the Café on the Square, but that there initial location could not fit all those in attendance.
About 45 people, or almost half the surviving members of the class of 1957, were in attendance for Saturday's catered breakfast. The graduating class included 127 people, 17 of whom have since passed away, Dial said.
"This is what it is all about," said Freddy Greer. "Nothing is more important than friends. They go along with God, family and your health."
Quntiss Johnson, who received a $500 Kiwanis Club Scholarship and a $200 Honor Scholarship to Tift College in 1957, believes the bonds between herself and her classmates will last forever.
"We formed with these people," Johnson said. "Many of us don't ever remember not knowing each other. We just like to get together and have a really good time."
Greer agreed with Johnson's sentiments.
"When you form bonds early, they stay with you for life," Greer said.
Along with being an avenue to swap old stories and pictures of grandchildren, Greer said the breakfasts serve an even more important role.
"These things help keep the community a community," Greer said.
The class of 1957 featured several now prominent members of the Covington community including former Covington mayor Sam Ramsey.
"We've got the best group of people ever," said Byron Bohannon. "The class of 1957 can't be beat."
All classmate and friends are urged to call Dial for information about the next scheduled breakfast.