Merrick-Moore School class of 1968 celebrates 45th

Dec. 07, 2013 @ 10:28 AM

Thanksgiving Day weekend, the 1968 high school graduating class of Merrick-Moore School culminated a memorable 45th-year celebration that swept well beyond the usual hugs and tears of joy.  It was a gathering of fine, age-old friendship.

Serving as the backdrop and headquarters was  Durham’s Doubletree Suites, where Saturday’s banquet was held.  Mayor Bill Bell delivered greetings on behalf of the city and expressed how Merrick-Moore has played a significant and important role in Durham’s history and growth. 

That observation was later on display as several class members were honored during the program’s “45th Star Recognition” segment.  Among the recipients were Gayle M. Harris and Nellie T. Jones. 

Harris, director of Durham County Public Health Department, was cited for her leadership and service of some 40 years.  Jones, a longtime champion of community advancement, started the Durham chapter of “Parents Of Murdered Children,” an advocacy group to suppress violence. 

Reunion chair Melvin Carver joined Bell to present the awards.  Also during the night, there was special recognition for armed forces veterans and classmates who are deceased.       

The theme for this 45th reunion was “The Eye Of The Tiger…Still Roaring”.  It seemed to be quite appropriate as the Merrick-Moore Tigers’ tale continues to grow.