Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"The Visitor", 1950's Film About #Tryonnc

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Remembering Coach Neal #tryonnc

Elmo F. Neal
As most of you know by now, Coach Neal passed away early Wednesday morning. He had been in declining health for several years. It is hard to say what the impact he had on the youth of Tryon was, because the values he instilled will be helping children and grandchildren for many years to come. I made some brief comments in this piece from 2010 about the 1970 football team, but I cannot overstate what he has meant to Tryon High School.

Elmo F. Neal 

Spartanburg, SC- Elmo F. Neal, 87, husband of Toma Austin Neal, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at his home. Born in Summerville, SC, Elmo was a son of the late Peter J. and Mary Dunning Neal. He was a graduate of Summerville High School, received his Master’s Degree from Western Carolina University, and was a World War II Veteran serving in the Navy. Elmo was principal, head coach, and a teacher at Tryon High School, in Tryon, NC, and served the Polk County school district in various capacities for over 30 years. He also taught and coached at Hart County High School in Hartwell, Georgia. Elmo was also a member of the Catholic Church of Jesus Our Risen Savior in Spartanburg, SC. He will always be remembered for living his faith, loving his family, and his loyalty to his profession.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, DeWanda (David W.) Dyson, of Spartanburg, and D. Austin Neal of Austin, TX; grandsons, D. Andrew Dyson, and Jared A. Dyson of Spartanburg; a brother, George P. (Joann) Neal of Atlanta, Ga; sisters, Trudy Flannagan of Madison, Wisconsin, and Mary Thomas Neal of Charleston, SC; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ellen Harrelson.
Pall bearers are: Steve Massey, Bill Metcalf, Ken Sanford, Glenn Thompson, Lewis Crissone, Sonny Lankford, Bob Gregg, Anson Merrick, Newt Raff, and Bill Brock. All former players are asked to serve as Honorary Pall Bearers. His players want everyone to know that he was and will always be known as “Coach”.
The family will received friends on Saturday, February 1st, 10:30am, at Jesus Our Risen Savior Catholic Church.
A funeral mass will follow at 12:00noon in the sanctuary.
Burial will be held in Mountain View Cemetery, North Ave, Greer, SC 29651.
The family is at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Church of Jesus Our Risen Savior, 2575 Reidville Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29301; Covenant Baptist Church, 200 Evangel Road, Spartanburg, 29301, and Piedmont Hospice, 209 Riverside Ct, Greer, SC 29650.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Tryon Reunion Information #tryon #tryonnc

Welcome to the All Grades ~ All Classes  ~ All Teachers
Reunion of the Tryon City Schools

Open to everyone who had attend school between 1923 ~ Today are welcome !

This web site was last updated on 05/11/2013
Open to ALL students, faculty and staff of Tryon City Schools from 1923 through the present are hear by invited to attend the 2013 Tryon School Reunion to be held onSaturday, October 12, 2013, at the Log Cabin and surrounding area of Harmon Field in Tryon, North Carolina. This will be a massive TAILGATE party and get-together !
We welcome you to celebrate all of your memories with us, starting from around 1:00pm and going until 10:00pm. Bring your tailgate picnic dinner, folding chairs, canopies, photos, memorabilia and more with you. Do mix and mingle with all of your classmates and former teachers in an alcohol-free, family-friendly atmosphere.  And there is a playground for the smaller kids to keep them preoccupied.
The Log Cabin at the river will open at around 8:00am providing coffee and pastries, plus there will be staff available for assistance and information concerning all of the activities for the day. The Reunion Committee members will be available in the cabin to take donations toward future events and to provide information about future reunions. Also you will be able to purchase brick pavers (see below for more info) here anytime of the day or evening.
After you have enjoyed your dinner, there will be desserts and coffee available which will be furnished in the Log Cabin from 5:00pm until 9:00pm for your enjoyment. The committee members will be making the goodies so be sure to tell them how good their cooking is now !

All musicians are invited to bring their instruments for an informal jam session in the long shed next to the Log Cabin anytime throughout this event. Please bring your lawn chairs for people that wish to just sit and listen as seating inside the shed is limited.  There is a concrete floor in the shed which will be available for dancing if you desire.

The Willows
Planned events & activities
More will be added as time moves on.
Tryon Elementary School will be open on Saturday, October 12, from 10:00am until Noon with staff and/or faculty present on site to allow visitors to tour the school and answer any and all questions that you might have about the "new" school.

Downtown Tryon merchants will be displaying photos and memorabilia from Tryon Schools in their shop windows – feel free to take a leisurely walking tour of downtown … see if you can remember what shops were downtown when you were in school ! This might pose a challenge !
A memorial wall will be available to view in the Log Cabin with the opportunity to leave messages for the families of those who have passed away recently. These photos and other memorials will be presented to the family members after the event.

Paver Bricks for the School Courtyard
All attendees will have the opportunity to purchase personalized brick pavers to be included in the remodeling of the courtyard at Tryon Elementary School. Details will be provided at the Log Cabin or you can contact Andrea Webber at 828-859-6584 for more information.
 There will be on line information and an application on line shortly.  But in the meantime, feel free to call the school and if Andrea is not available to the phone then leave a message that you want to purchase a brick and need to have the application mailed to you.

There are also several local events going on the weekend of October 12 for those who are interested:
1. Tryon Arts and Crafts Fall Festival is on October 12 from 10:00am until 5:00pm and October 13 from 11:00am until 5:00pm at Tryon Arts and Crafts in the former Tryon High School buildings on the other side of the football field for those who graduated before it was built.
2. A Horseshow will be held in the show ring at Harmon Field during the day on October 12. This will be on the left side as you enter through the stone pillars or main gate of Harmon Field.
3. Tryon's "Gallery Trot" in downtown Tryon is also being held on October 12 from 5:00pm until 8:00pm. This is a walking tour that will allow you to have a guided tour of the various art, painting and craft peoples work being displayed in the many gallery's in Tryon.

Oak Hall Hotel
We ask that you RSVP with this form below - weather or not you are planning to attend this reunion.  If you plan to be here, please let us know so that we are able to plan for your participation. If you are unable to attend, we would appreciate you still sending the completed form so that we can contact you about events in the future.
Registration / Information Form

If you wish to contact us direct, then please use this email
Someone from the committee will get back with you as soon as possible.

 If you would like to make a donation to this year’s reunion or to increase the fund for the next event, please send a check or money order made out to : Tryon School Reunion, c/o Joyce Kimpton , 188 Whitney Avenue, Tryon NC 28782. Please use the form below which is a PDF and print it out and fill it in then remember to mail it! We do not have a paypal account, sorry but that cost money !
We hope to see everyone in October!  If you know of someone who attended Tryon City Schools between 1923 through the present, please make sure they know about the reunion and direct them to this website or have them send a request to Wendy Kimpton on the  Facebook page. You will need to ask to be included on this group page. Remember to be able to log into the Facebook page requires you to provide your school first and last name and years attending school. We would like to make contact with as many classmates as possible and would love to keep in touch with everyone!
Remember that the Facebook page is kept updated all the time by Wendy Kimpton.  This web page will be updated on a as needed basis or when we get a batch of pictures in for posting here. So for the most current information on the reunion please check both locations.  There is a date at the top of the page stating when this page was lasted updated.

Ballengers Department Store
There will be a large number of special class photos from all the different years available for your personal purchase. These have been chosen by the reunion staff. These photos will range from 4 X 6" to Poster size. We also will be taking pictures of as many of you as we can find and then will be making a photo cd or photo dvd depending on the number of photos we can amass.  So if you wander around and take a lot of photos - please share them with us for inclusion into this project.  The cost of the disks will be approx. $5.00 for the CD and $10.00 for the DVD versions.

We need your help
If you want to send in some photos / pictures, please submit you scanned photos. They MUST be in TIF format at 300 dpi.  Or, should you have more than a few photos from back then, consider putting them on a CD. You may choose to mail your photos to this mailing address:  Tryon School Reunion, PO Box 1016, Tryon NC 28782.  or bring them to the reunion and give them to one of the committee members.
If you wish to have these photos returned to you, then they will be waiting for you at the check in area on the day of the reunion or you may request them to be mailed back to you. Please be sure to use a Sharpie Marker and place you name and address on the back of each photo or if you choose to – you may use a small printer label with this same information stuck to the back of the photos. 
PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO EMAIL PHOTOS. They will be sized to small to be usable if they go through the email servers. Remember that we need them to be in the TIF format at 300 dpi. All TIF photos in digital format at very large files. 
Here is some of what we are looking for. Pictures of the ROCK GRILL, WILLOWS, DRIVE IN MOVIE, and any other Tryon area landmarks that are now gone.  These photos should be original photos or negatives - NOT - photocopied and be at least 5X7" in size - NOT hobby size (3.5X3.5") and scanned as requested above. Please follow the above directions. Should they be smaller then try to scan them at double size rather than 1:1 and at 600 dpi in TIF format.

Lanier Grocery and Service Station

Remember that the CD or DVD of pictures of all of the days activities will be available.
Pleases check back here after a month or there-abouts to give us time to compile it and
set it up for burning to disc. This disc will contain all of the pictures from the event and a computer based slide show. A DVD playable on any DVD player for playback on a TV
along with all of the pictures that are in the show. A reasonable cost will be determined later and will be posted here on the link setup below. 
Non active link for the PDF Picture DVD/CD Order Form. 

Free counters!

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07
Susan (Rutledge) Bowman and Bruce Heckler

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07
Mike Marshall

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07
Mark Kerhulas

1971 Garthering - 10/13/07

1971 Garthering - 10/13/07
Stuart Williams Flying the flag (after UNC Game)

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07
Mark Henry

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07
Jim Vining and Mary (Powell) Kirk

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07
Stuart, Debra (Foster) Joel, Judy (Hutcherson) Lankford, Paula Henson

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07
Mary and Tim Ballew

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07
Mike "Burnsboy" Burns

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07
Keith Henson

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07

1971 Gathering - 10/13/07