Celebrating 50 years of marriage Down Under
by Sally Litchfield
August 30, 2014 11:54 PM | 1286 views | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Aug. 16, Johnny and Lynda Gresham of east Cobb celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
On Aug. 16, Johnny and Lynda Gresham of east Cobb celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
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On Aug. 16, Johnny and Lynda Gresham of east Cobb celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They marked the occasion with a three-week trip to Australia and New Zealand — a trip they have always wanted to make.

Johnny and Lynda are both Georgia natives and grew up together in Washington, Ga. They graduated together from Washington Wilkes High School in 1961, where they had perfect attendance so that they could see each other everyday.

Johnny played on the 1961 State Championship football team and was the Georgia State Back of the Year. He went on to play for Coach Bobby Dodd at Georgia Tech. Lynda was a majorette and went University of Georgia and earned an education degree. In 1978, they moved to Cobb County from Atlanta.

The Greshams have two daughters Lynn and Rhonda and five granddaughters, Ashlyn Johns, Morgan Johns, Camryn Johns, Jaclyn Johns and Kaye Lynn Gresham. They reside on the same street as their daughters and their families. They are active in their lives and rarely miss a sporting event or activity.

Johnny who works in commercial real estate development served in the State House of Representatives and was chairman of the Georgia DOT. Lynda was the first PTA president at Mt. Bethel Elementary in east Cobb, where all her grandchildren attended. She also served on Georgia State PTA.

In 1980, Johnny and Lynda are founders of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church and currently attend Eastside Baptist Church. Congratulations Johnny and Lynda on 50 years together.

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The Robert L. Osborne High School Class of 1959 will hold its 55 year reunion Sept. 27 at the West Smyrna Swim and Tennis Club clubhouse in Smyrna. OHS is the oldest high school in Cobb County, initially established in 1881 as Olive Springs School and renamed Robert L. Osborne School in 1936 to honor Mr. Osborne, who had been principal for many years. The OHS facility that the Class of 1959 attended was on Joyner Avenue in Fair Oaks and is currently called Oakwood.

The reunion will feature a catered barbecue meal at no cost to the attendees. The class had 115 members and approximately 80 are still living. For more information, call Doug Pharr at (770) 435-1649.

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Fashion spotlight of the week: Seen in khaki slacks, black and white striped top, and black jacket — Sally Macaulay, executive director of Marietta Cobb Museum of Art — put together from head to toe.

Sally Litchfield is a longtime Marietta resident. She formerly practiced law in Marietta and now stays home to raise her two children. Send Sally news at sallylit@bellsouth.net. Call Sally at (770) 425-8106.
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August 31, 2014
The Greshams "founded" Johnson Ferry Baptist Church? All by themselves I assume! Tell all those other "founders".
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