Homecoming is truly something special in Geneva, Alabama. It’s been this way since the “new school” opened in 1949, since the first Homecoming Queen, Joyce Beasley Penuel, was crowned by the class of ’49 Class President Fred Lacy, (both now age 90) Mrs. Penuel later served many years as Mulkey Elementary School Librarian.
The Panthers once went ten years without losing a Homecoming game. “I know this because my Senior class lost our Homecoming game in 1971, 14-10 to Andalusia, fumbling a seemingly certain victory away in the shadow of the Bulldogs’ goalpost with under two minutes to play, ending the Homecoming win streak,” shared Charlie Fleming, Jr.
Homecomings at GHS are like that, they offer a little bit of everything. Old friends., current friends, a flood of memories, of wins and losses, familiar faces, laughter and tears, a true celebration of life, of where we came from, where we’ve been, who we are and who we once were… GHS HOMECOMING, ain’t nothin’ like it nowhere!
The ALL-CLASS party will be on Friday from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, featuring Birmingham-Atlanta group, The Emerald Empire Band. Tickets to the ALL-CLASS party can be purchased for $25 (all proceeds from ticket sales are going to the GHS Scholarship Fund) at the law office Charlie Fleming at 607 S. Commerce Street in Geneva Monday through Thursday from 7-12 and 1-4, or at Faye’s Cut and Style Inn located at 411 N. Pridgen Street in Geneva.
No tickets are required for the Welcome Home Alumni gathering, weather permitting, which will be from 7:30 to 11:00 p.m. on Thursday and will feature Sundown, a group with Geneva roots, featuring George Helms, Charles Andre, Gene Smith, Gary McGowan, Jim Messer and Mike Shirah.