On April 14, 2012, former employees of Man Hospital held their first reunion since the closure of the hospital in June 2000.
Guests were welcomed by Betty Imes, Brenda Hoosier, and Misty Collins and given a special keepsake keychain that was designed Terry Fekete. The speaker, Freda Napier, kept the night in order and everyone informed.
A brief memorial service was held for all of the deceased former employees. A poem was read by Brenda Hoosier, followed by the reading of the names of the 150 deceased employees. A memory table displayed names and photographs of the deceased and a memory book made by Carlene Mounts and Kathy Morrison. A special prayer given by Walter Hawkins closed the memorial ceremony.
Random old photos, projected on a large screen throughout the night, brought much laughter, many questions, and even a few tears. Rhonetta Adams, Carlene Mounts, and Kathy Morrison organized all the photos. Missy McCoy photographed the entire group and took departmental photos as well.
A “Thanksgiving-style” dinner was prepared by Beulah Lusk and a huge assortment of pies, candies, and the traditional Nu Era cake adorned the dessert tables. During dinner, Ralph Hudson, Jenny Frazier, and Janis Murphy told about their experiences while working at the hospital which led up to the special entertainment provided by Dr. Bofill (aka Elvis), and his bodyguards (Dr. Vigo, Terry Sims, John Staten, and Eddie Morgan). Music was provided by Kevin Washington.
Those attending were Rhonetta, Jordan and Kaitlyn Adams; Pam Albright; Judd and Judy Alford; Bertha Allen; Sharon Bailey; Larry and Benita Barnett; Angie Bassham; Jenny Bazzio; Richard and Cheryl Belcher; L.C. Blankenship and Gaye; Virginia Blankenship; Dr. Rano Bofill and Judy; Teresa Bradford; Barbara Brown; Doris Browning; Carl and Joyce Browning; Paul and Sharon Browning; Nancy Bryant and Suzie Burgess.
Adele Carter; Frank and Kim Casey; Betty Cline; Joan Cline; Misty and Emily Collins; Pat Cook; Andrea Copley; Jim and Judy Curry; Carl and Cheryl Damron; Deloris Daniels; Orval Lee and Jennifer Davis; Nancy Davis; Patricia Doczi; Eleanor Dugan; Dennie and Anita Duncan; Rick and Pam Egnor; Connie Elliott; Eddie Ellis; Betty Evans; Patricia Evans; Terry Fekete; Jo Flowers; Jenny Frazier; Sherry Frye; Arminda Gibson; Brenda Goodman; Helen Griffin; Irene Griffith; Rocky Grimmett; Pam Harvey; Terry Harvey; Walter Hawkins; Brenda Hobbs; Brenda Hoosier; Ralph Hudson; Ann Donna Hughes; Betty Imes; Brenda Isaacs; Maxine Justice; Sylvia and Dorothy Justice; Fred and Patty Lamb; Aleli Lamyaithong and Alicia Ramiscal.
Janie Linville; Diana Loveless; Tim and Edy Martin; Eddie Morgan; Kathy Morrison; Charlie and Carlene Mounts; Janis Murphy; Raymond and Freda Napier; Sherlyn Neblett; Kelly and Ramona Poston; Lisa Ramey; Ralph and Doris Reedy; Fern Ruiz; Avonelle Runyon; Louella Severt; Terry Sims; John and Mary Staten; Brenda Terry; Sherri Thomas; Danny and Marsha Thompson; Loretta Toler; Ruth Tomblin; Linda Traylor; Jo Trent; Pam Vest; Dr. Tomas Vigo and Sharon; Kevin Washington; Darlene Waybright; Juanita West; Jimmy and Sharlene Williams and Tami Wintz.
The Man Hospital Reunion Committee extends their appreciation to each individual that attended as well as everyone who volunteered, donated, or contributed in any way to make the reunion a success. A reunion is being planned for next year. If you were an employee of Man Hospital and you were not contacted, if your address changes, or if you have old photos of employees you would like to submit, contact the Man Hospital Reunion Committee at 304-583-7392.