Saturday, July 25, 2009
Originally sent July 20
Sorry to report the passing of LaDoyce 'Dockey' Killian, 56, of Lawton. LaDoyce passed July 14 and grave side services were held July 17 in Lawton. LaDoyce was a 1970 grad of LHS.Survivors include a son Eric and a daughter Rachel.
Extended obit and guest book at: www.beckerfuneral.com
Two really good stories in Lawton paper by Herb Jacobs who writes 'Where are They Now' in the sports section: Sunday Constitution July 12 (page 7 C) features a story by Herb on the Pepsis: a Lawton based semi-professional baseball program formed in 1966. Lot of names you will recognize. One that jumped out..".....Oscar Pickering, a Lawton High grad who was drafted by the New York Yankees. Pickering was also a cornerback on Cameron's 1961 Rose Bowl Championship Team."
I had opportunity to visit with Oscars daughter a few months back. She commented that 'people' had contacted her in regard to her dad with plans for news articles/stories. Cute girl with Oscars big brown eyes!
Oscar was '59 classmate and sadly is deceased.
And in Sunday Constitution July 19 (page 6 C), great story on '59 classmate Babs (Yarmuk) Givens and her outstanding career in tennis and golf. I really enjoyed the article and a lot I didn't know. Jacobs summed up my good friend very succinctly: "Shes still competitive and still hard to beat."
While at clinic in OKC recently, visiting with those getting 'bionic' parts, a casual conversation with a nursing assistant led to mention of 'Lawton'. Turns out, the young lady is Beth (Pike) Jackson, '77 grad of LHS. Had a nice visit about people we knew in common. Small world dept!
This note from '59 classmate Rex Givens:
The Museum [of the Great Plains] and a committee called the Historical Lawton High Committee has formed a group to work on a "small museum" in the original Lawton High/Junior High building [Central]. They are looking for items relating to the years 1911 through 1954. They mainly need photos of the interior, a varsity letter jacket, combination locks for lockers or any other unusual item. They have plenty of yearbooks. The items can be brought to the Museum by contacting Jim Whiteley or Debbie Baroff at (580)581-3460. If you could put this blurb in one or more of your newsletters/emails, we would appreciate it.
PS They are also looking for donations to help with the cost of doing the room.
Also good story on this very 'project' in Sunday Constitution July 19.
While they seem to have plenty of yearbooks, I still have people ask from time to time for old yearbooks. So, please re-cycle if you have yearbooks you don't want! Don't toss - Let me know!
Plans for the Class of 1959 - 50th year reunion are on track and going to be fun this Oct. 2-3. 'We' want to cordially invite any of you from 'other' years to be with us if you would like - love to have you! Just let me know and I will get the info to you as to time, location, cost, etc. Hope to see you!!!!
A group of LHS gals got together for a lunch/visit on June 5 out at the Old Plantation at Medicine Park. I appreciate Glenda (Doan) Stanton for sending pictures of the event. And especially for putting the names on them!!
I am posting two (above). Others Glenda sent will be on the blog soon.
First pix, l-r: Claudette (Taylor) Burch; Barbara (Newman) Hamilton; JoLynn (Ansley) Kramer; Glenda; Margie (John) McMahan; Mary Lynn (Marler) Winham; Patsy (Cox) Butemeyer; Pat (Mitchell) Burnett.
Second pix, l-r: seated: Frances (Tafolla) Ballard; Rae Ann (Best) McDonald; Jean (Edgemon) Contway; standing: Patsy (Cox) Butemeyer.
Regards to all......Georgia