Thursday, October 16, 2008

......LHS News......
Originally sent Oct. 9

I am so very sorry and saddened to report the passing of Marie Margaret (Smith)Yarmuk, 87, of Lawton. Marie passed at a local hospital on Wednesday Oct. 8.
Marie is the mom of '59 classmate and my dear friend Babs (Yarmuk) Givens (Dee) and her sister Teresa (Yarmuk) Adair (John).
I have many fond memories of Marie and Louis as they were close friends of my folks when we kids were growing up! Took trips together, cooked out in the mountains (Mt Scott campground, Quanah Parker), played canasta, all those fun things most people don't do anymore.
Marie was a lovely person and I always thought she was so pretty. She was also a grad of LHS but I am not sure of the year.
Louis & Marie would have been married 70 years this Dec. 23. Babs' dad Louis is a resident at the VA Center here in Lawton. I hope you will join me in keeping Babs and Teresa and their families in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Services for Marie will be at the First Christian church in Lawton, this Saturday morning, Oct. 11, at 9:30am. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
An on line guest book is at: <>

LHS Homecoming is this week-end. LHS takes on Del City at Cameron Stadium Friday night and dance/party is Saturday night at Fairgrounds coliseum. I have two nieces that will be going to game and festivities!!!!

Lawton class '59 met last week and continued discussion for 50th Reunion coming up next Oct. 2-3, 2009. We are still looking at possible locations and events. Nothing in concrete as yet. Decided to meet again on Monday Nov. 17 and would encourage any '59 grad(s) to come help with reunion planning.
Help spread the news as not all have a computer.We did 'assign' pages from yearbook to various persons to start with classmate locating. IF you have your '59 yearbook and would like to help with that, email & I can give you couple of pages that are still unassigned.
And, if you know where-a-bouts of a '59 grad.....let me know!

Weather is gorgeous! Regards to all.....Georgia


Saturday, October 4, 2008

......LHS News......
Originally sent Sept. 25

I am so sorry to report the passing of John Lewis Richardson, Jr., on Sept. 16 in Watauga, TX. John was class '62 and brother of our '59 classmate Judy (Richardson) Lee. John married Sherry (Tremain) also class '62.
John and Sherry were married 45 years, had 3 daughters, and lived most of their married life in Ft. Worth area. I know our sympathies are with Sherry and Judy and the family at this difficult time.

Also passing, a former LHS teacher. Kenneth S. Colvin, Sr., 82, of Cache, passed away on Sept. 18. Services were Monday Sept. 22 at Antioch Baptist church in Geronimo with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens Veteran's Field of Honor. Mr. Colvin was born in Frederick, graduated Cache High School, attended Cameron, SEastern State Teacher's College in Durant, a scholarship at OU in geology. He taught science at LHS from 1964 until his retirement in 1985. He is survived by wife Martha, one son, and three daughters.
An on line guest book is at: <>

Great picture of the sixth grade at Howell School. Many went on to become our fellow '59 classmates and grads! See if you can identify any of them??** With thanks to Ed Adams for sharing the picture. Well, theres a clue....Ed is in there somewhere!

Heard from several including Wade Harrison and Frankie (Ingraham) Kinderman.....the Orpheum is NOT same as Ritz Theater as Ritz was located farther east, probably at 208 - 206 C Street! Guess Orpheum Theater was its own building and not there long? Maybe 'talkies' put it out of business?

LHS class of 1963 is having a two-day reunion.....Friday October 3, 6:30pm at Best Western in Lawton; Saturday Oct. 4, 6:30pm at Mikes Sport's Grill in Lawton. For details contact Janet (Burt) Terry at: (580) 529-3208 or (580) 678-1719.

And class 1959 - Meeting for 50th reunion planning - Monday Oct. 6. Milo-Gordon Honda, 7:00pm. YOU are needed.

**Howell School ~Left - right:Back row: Wallace Bradford, Ed Adams, Barbara Roberson; Jerry Bryant; Bill Taylor; Weldon Davis, teacher -Mrs Sexton.Third row: Evelyn Gilpin; Frankie Ledbetter, Patricia (Carahard?), Kay Roberson, Patsy June Henson, Rose Mitchell, Jody Allen, Emma Lake, (?). Second row: Donald Hiatt, Larry Lee, John Ward, (not sure about two guys in middle in striped shirts?), Ronald Clevenger, Carl Redding.First row: Gary McNaughton, David Riley, Sandra Carter, Jozzelle Lyle, Jim Booth, John Lansdon, Robert Pillow.

I recognized John Lansdon and Frankie Ledbetter! They changed very little from Howell to LHS. Sadly Frankie passed away several years ago. John is in Tejas!

All for now.......Georgia
......LHS News......
Originally sent Sept. 19

There have been almost a dozen new persons ask to receive the news this past month. I just want to say welcome and hope you will enjoy the sporadic (as news happens). A reminder that past news, as well as pictures, are archived at
<> Again, welcome and hope you enjoy!

I am sorry that I overlooked the passing of one of our '59 classmates. Myrna LaDaune (Baughman) Ostrom, 67, of Marlow passed on Sept. 7 and services were in Marlow on Sept. 10. Myrna had been living in Marlow the past 35 years. She is survived by husband Donald E. Ostrom, a daughter Stacy Marine and a brother, Jimmy Baughman of Lawton.
There is currently an on line guest book at: <>

Had an email from '59 classmate Phil Wilder up Colorado way. Phil asked us to remember his son in prayers. His son Tim was due for 'retirement' from the Air Force very soon but when asked to return to Iraq, he re-enlisted for two more years! I know my prayers will be with Tim and with friends we have serving along with all the brave men and women we have fighting for us around the globe.

Phil also sent along this email from classmate Randy Parker who lives in Friendswood, TX, a suburb of Houston.Randy wrote ..
"We are ok. no power, but all safe. No damage to home. Lost some trees. All children ok too. Can't buy gas, little food or ice. Must stand in long lines to get. Thanks for checking. Randy & Gloria"

Big tree lost in yard at home of Johnna (Gordon) & Wayne Parks just south of Houston. They are back home in Lawton since July but still have home in Sugarland.

My Bill's sister, Lugene - class '54 - lives in high-rise condo in River Oaks area and had to evacuate because of power loss. Also nephew in same area with flooded basement, tree loss, power off. That area still without power and looks like at least another week. I know many had family members and friends in the storm area. Fortunately, I have not heard of any injuries.

There was some discussion some emails back about buildings, etc., that used to be downtown. One mentioned was the Orpheum Theater and the only ones who really could recall it were LHS grads of 30's - 40's.

I appreciate Yvonne (Anderson) Coombs, class '56, sending me the picture at bottom. (only in original email). It is an ad from the Lawton Constitution in 1920 and according to phone book the Orpheum was indeed a theater and located at 216 'C' Avenue. ('deep C' as it came to be called). Was this possibly what became the Ritz in later years?
Don't know actress Priscilla Dean .......but apparently a 'vixen'! Also, Yvonne says bottom of ad states "orchestra evenings" so assume these were silent films and there was a 'live' orchestra!

Recently we ran a picture asking 'guess who'...? Handsome guy, all dressed up in white tux and ready to go. Several actually guessed, others missed. Sam Joyner thought it was Buddy Holley and you know, it does look a lot like BH! But for IS....'59 classmate Ed Adams!

The dates of October 2-3 , 2009 (next year) have been chosen for LHS Class 1959 - 50th Reunion! '59'ers, mark your calendar NOW and start making plans to be here for this very special occasion! Guests are also welcome!

Regards to all from the home town where the weather is GORGEOUS! Georgia