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THS in 1935

The oldest living THS graduates

By Michael Butler

The Tallassee High School Alumni Association has been on a quest - to find the oldest living THS graduate.

Tallassee school board chairman and THS Alumni Association member Don Bryant submitted a request in recent weeks regarding the task of compiling a complete list of all Tallassee High graduates.

"From the board office files, we have graduation programs for the years 1937 to the present (except for 1938), and have entered those in a database," Bryant noted. "We need lists for the missing years (1938, and anything prior to 1937)."

Tallassee historian, THS Alumni Association board member and THS Hall of Pride inductee Bill Goss added a caveat to the list of alumni - to find the oldest living grad.

"Who is the oldest living Tallassee High School graduate," Goss asked on Facebook, identifying six (so far) in their 90s:

  • James Bowles, 96, of Montgomery, Class of 1943
  • Melva Coleman Schnell, 96, of Lewisville, Texas, Class of 1943
  • Adna Earle Meadows Scroggins, 96, of Montgomery, Class of 1943
  • Dr. Reuben Jackson Plant, Jr., 96, of St. Augustine, Fla., Class of 1943
  • Clinton Guy, 94, of Tallassee, Class of 1945
  • Sybil Frances Roye Stroud, 93, of Tallassee, Class of 1946

Bryant still requests that information on any graduates be sent to him. Call at 334-315-1859, or email

The THS Class of 45 and the reunion photo