Carol Ann (Sampson) Ray

What song most reminds you of your school days?
Songs by Johnny Mathis like the Twelfth of Never and Wonderful, Wonderful.  And True Love Ways and Raining in My Heart by Buddy Holly.
What teacher most influenced you?  
Ms. Haskins
Which reunions have you attended?
30th, 40th

Fondest memories of your days at Central:
Meeting friends at the rotunda, my first love Ricky, dances, parties, my best friend Linda, Twix Teen slumber parties, my second love Marshall, pep rallies, football games, working on the Digest, friendships that we thought would never end.

My life since graduation:  
It's not easy to briefly sum up the past 40 years.  I've enjoyed life, still do, and look forward to the next 40 years.  I'm a wife, mom, grandma, friend, secretary, golfer and Sunday school teacher.  I've spent most of the last 40 years in Texas.  I have a wonderful husband named Troy, a son and daughter from my first marriage, two step daughters, and 10 - yes TEN grandchildren!  My son is pastor of First Baptist Church in Anson, Texas.

I have been a legal secretary most of my life and currently work for a large law firm in downtown Dallas.  Troy is a home builder.  We live in a wonderful community called Cedar Creek Country Club at Cedar Creek Lake (about 50 miles from Dallas).  We both play golf and enjoy riding our SeaDoos and ATVs when we have time.  We have a motor home and can hardly wait until we can retire and take off in it.  Our goal for retirement is 12/31/06.  Our friends tell us we could retire sooner if we would quit buying so many toys!

I'm very much looking forward to the reunion.  We plan to travel the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail through Alabama on our way to the reunion.  My brother and sister still live in Chattanooga.  Mom and Dad have gone to be with the Lord.  Life is good!  When I look at myself in the mirror, I don't like the wrinkles and I hate the sags and rolls that I never, ever thought I would have, and yet, I have been truly blessed; life has been good.  We have lived in a truly wonderful time, and I am so excited about seeing everyone at our 40th reunion (our 50th too!).  I would love to hear from anyone that remembers me.