Reunion planned for members of 1969 PCHS football team

Published 3:00 am Saturday, August 26, 2017

Former members of the Pike County High School 1969 Lions Bowl Championship football team are looking other members to join a reunion dinner that will be held next month.

“This started four years ago when Bobby Drinkard and I got together and we missed our old friends,” said Paul Butler, a member of the 1969 team. “From there, it just started expanding. We wanted to have a reunion to get everybody back together and to honor coach Bob Booth. I wish we had done it before most of our teachers had passed.”

Butler said he has gotten  fairly good response so far with over 60 people getting back to him, but there are still some out there that have been hard to reach.

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“We’ve been having trouble reaching people,” Butler said. “Almost everybody’s parents, and some brothers and sisters, are dead. A number of people are very hard to contact and we don’t have a really good way to go about it. We haven’t seen a  lot of these people in 47 years.”

The reunion dinner will be held September 16 at Troy University’s Hall of Honor Building (also known as the Hawkins, Adams, Long Building) located on the Troy University campus. A reception will start at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6.

Butler said all PCHS team members and managers, cheerleaders, majorettes, color guard, honor guard, Pep Club members and others who supported the Bulldogs are invited to attend.

“We’d love to see all of the players,” said Ronnie Ingram, another former player. We were the ones playing the game, but everyone was a part of that whole year. We were just real close; I think our whole school was real close. The kids are all 64 to 66 years old now and we haven’t had a reunion in a long, long time.”

Pike County closed out the season with a 30-27 win over host Headland in the Lions Bowl game played at Headland’s Yarborough Stadium.

Those that would like to attend please contact Paul Butler via calling or texting 334-549-6449. Tickets are $25 each and will include the buffet dinner. Checks should be made payable to Paul Butler, 2643 Aimee Drive, Montgomery, AL 36106. The deadline to purchase tickets is September 6.

Plans are also underway for those interested to tour the new Pike County Fieldhouse located at the Bulldogs Stadium in Brundidge. Those interested in taking the tour can call or text Ronnie Ingram at 334-590-2232.