Stories of past adventures and laughs were shared during the reception held recently for Jerry Lingo, retiring school superintendent for the Purdy R-2 District.
Lingo served in the Purdy district for 10 years, two as elementary principal before becoming superintendent.
Lingo's wife, Janet, and his two sons were on hand for the occasion. Cake and punch were served. Susan Funkhouser served as master of ceremonies.
Former superintendent Joe Layton, who went to school with Lingo in Cleora, Okla., in a class of around eight students, set the tone of the occasion, sharing stories about past experiences and golfing with Lingo.
One of the gifts presented was a hockey stick to improve Lingo's golf game. Mike Payne, who coached junior high basketball, recalled how Layton volunteered to help him. One of Lingo's sterling points of advice to the players, Payne said, was, "Boys, if it feels like leather, shoot it."
Among the other speakers was Jim Rowe, pretending to be an Arkansas cousin, with musical memories, like Lingo's courting song to Janet, "Take Me Out to the Corn Field, Honey, and I'll Kiss You Between The Ears." Former school board president Curtis Schallert recounted the process of renovating the preschool building.
Barb Payne, the middle school secretary, described different faces Lingo displayed in certain situations.
"I hope your life will always have the Friday face," Payne said.
Lingo received a number of genuine gifts, including a recliner that came wrapped like a giant Christmas present, and a bronze eagle, presented by Principal Bob Vice.