By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Two things most of us take away from elementary school are life lessons and lifelong friends.
At least that has been the case for the Grammar School Gang, who celebrated their 10-year anniversary at the Chop House in Lebanon on Wednesday.
The group is made up of almost 30 alumni from McClain School and Highland Heights in Lebanon both of which are no longer in existence who continue to reside in the Middle Tennessee area. Judge Haywood Barry, who attended Highland Heights, said the monthly luncheons are a good excuse to fellowship and catch up with his former schoolmates.
Barry remembered Highland Heights, which was located on High Street near where the Wilson County Jail is now. It was a first through eighth grade school next to the old Lebanon High School. There was a gymnasium in between, he said.
We all started the first grade together back in the 1940s. They are all great folks and all have stories to tell. We have a lot in common because we are the same age, he said.
Mary Ruth Osborne Trumphour, of Springfield, said the group began at the funeral of a mutual friend. We hadnt seen each other in so long and were all talking. We decided that we needed to get together and meet and eat, she said. It just took off from there.
I didnt join the group for the first six months, but it has been good, Barry added. We have fun luncheons and usually a Christmas dinner.