Thursday, July 9, 2009

......LHS News......
Originally sent July 3

Once again we have several who will be new to LHS News. WELCOME! To let you know, previous 'news' is archived at blog with other LHS items of interest + pictures! Enjoy!

So sorry to report the passing of several LHS grads.....

Harold Leon Rodrick, 57, of Paradise Valley Community. Mr. Rodrick passed June 24 and services were held June 29 at Apache. Harold is a '70 grad of LHS, attended Cameron, with degrees in business, math, & PE. He taught and coached in several towns and several schools including Tomlinson and LHS in Lawton.He is survived by his wife Janis (Buttram) and three daughters.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Coy Wilton Suttle, Jr., 84, of Altus. Coy passed June 30. He was born in Guthrie but graduated LHS in 1943, served in the Navy, married in Lawton, & moved to Altus in 1948. He is survived by his wife Oma Marie (Gentry); two daughters; brother Lester.
Services were held July 2 in Altus.Online obit and guestbook at:

Also Passing, Vivian Garnette (Wilcoxson) Waller, 103 of Lawton. Mrs. Waller died June 27. Mrs Waller moved to Lawton about 1935. She taught in the Lawton school system many years starting at Emerson Grade School & later she taught 8th grade English. She was 1923 High School Girls Doubles Tennis Champion for Purcell High School. She had a very interesting life and a lot of accomplishments. I would encourage you to take a minute to read her extended obit. I did not have Mrs. Waller as a teacher but I do remember her. She is survived by a son John of Norman.
Services will be Tuesday July 7 at First Baptist church, 2:00pm. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery.
Obit and online guest book at

Stona and Bobby Spradlin's son Matt has just released a comic book - "Bad Kids Go To Hell". Bobby says....."It's a horror comic based in an exclusive private school. The art is spectacular. It's being shopped now as basisfor a movie. The signing was a madhouse . The books went like wildfire. He's taking it to the national show, Comic Com in San Diego in a couple of weeks. Distribution is set up with several hundred stores."
Bob says Matt owns the book, wrote the book, but did have help with the art work!
I tried to mooch a copy but Bobby said even he didn't have guess I'll have to wait for the movie. Bummer!
Bobby is class '55. (see pix above).

Bobby also sent this great bit of info:

"I not only remember Bill's nickname, I remember Donnie Ramos who said he remembered it. I use to strike Donnie out every time he came to bat in little league baseball. He may remember that differently.

Another thing, Mitch Braley said that he thought Dick Bullock was the coolest guy on the OSU campus. Now, I will admit that Dick was and probably still is a pretty nifty guy. But, Pete Burton,Bill Drewry, Preston Holsinger, Bill Irwin, Paul Tate, Jerry Babbitt, Tom Ashmore, Phil Ashmore,and I were all ensconced at the Sigma Nu house during that time. Talk about cool. Well, kinda cool. O K , maybe Dick was the coolest guy on campus .
None of us had a full length raccoon coat.

'59 classmate Bob Winstead in visiting with his sister Debbie over Altus way, had opportunity for a stay at the Quartz Mtn. Lodge. Bob says the Lodge is a "nice, cool place" and he recommends!
I have attended some functions there and I agree with Bob! If you haven't seen it, check it out sometime. Beautiful area, fantastic facility!

Jim Reynolds sent a PS......
"Hearing about the Lawton Giants baseball and the guys who worked the concession stand and sold "ice cold soda water" and hot dogs in the stands, brought back many memories. My brother Bobby and myself did that for several years and the next morning I would pick up all the coke bottles in the stands and under the stands sort them by brand. ALSO, the grandstands and press box were built by my father, Robert H. Reynolds. He would never let Sonya work there. Jim."

Wise man Mr. Reynolds......hahaha!!!!

'59 classmate and dear friend Johnna Parks had successful hip replace on Wednesday. And, my dear little brother George had successful knee replace Thursday. At this writing, both still in hospital in OKC. Just a few doors from each other. Doing well so far, but both having 'pain'. Both should be home by Saturday. Now comes re-hab!!!! They should be able to kick some major LHS hinnie soon! haha!

I had opportunity a few days ago to visit with Duffy (Hankins) Gilbert. She was back from Houston after a check-up. They have discontinued her chemo but she is taking radiation once again. She was her same sweet, thoughtful, self. Always a smile on her face and she is very excited about a new grand baby due end of July!

FYI: Bill caught 24 more 'cats' last week. 5 in a short evening fish and 19 next morning. Lawtonka! I didn't take a picture of these....seen one...all look same! hahahahhaaaa

A friend of mine found a picture in a box of 'stuff' and we decided to play....."who is it"?? A classmate and grad of LHS. Do you know? On the back of the picture he wrote his name in pencil with the words...."the one and only". Love it!

I hope you will join me in keeping those who have lost loved ones and those with health problems in your prayers and also pray for our Nation.
Wishing you all a fun but safe 4th! American Tradition! God Bless America!

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