Wednesday, August 5, 2009

......LHS News......

Originally sent August 2

Sorry to report the passing of Billy Charles 'Bill' Hankins, 81, of Redlands, CA. Bill passed July 30 and private interment services will be held in California. Bill was a 1946 grad of LHS.
He was a 20 year veteran in the US Navy, serving in Korea and Vietnam, later working civil service at the San Diego Naval Station Supply Depot until retirement in 1980. He is survived by two sisters, Dorris and Evelyn and a brother Wayne.

And, more 'new parts'....'59 classmate Jack Atkins had a shoulder replace/repair recently. He is doing the PT and mending nicely. Isn't modern medicine wonderful! Think how much pain we would have if couldn't get new parts!!!

As Lawton celebrates it's 108 birthday.....this 'invite' from Doyce:
'We' are going to be in Lawton, America Friday, July 31 and stay until August 9 to attend the Lawton Rangers Rodeo, celebrating Lawton's Birthday. We will be set up on the east side of the arena, so if anyone comes out, just tell them you are with the "BEN-ORA GROUP" in the back. We will be riding in the parade and Grand Entries.
We will have anything you want to drink as long as it is KEYSTONE LIGHT, maybe some ice water for the ones that don't touch the hard stuff! Looking forward to seeing all my relatives and hoodlum friends. We started this for "Lawton Centennial in 2001", had so much fun we kept having it. The Bands lined up,and if they get tired, I'll have the Jukebox on ready so let the fun began. Everyone welcome!!!!! The Rodeo is August 4-5-6-7-8. I plan to be at the Lake the other days. Your friend, Doyce Grayson BE THERE-----BE THERE-----BE THERE

The wild blue yonder just got wilder! '59 classmate Larry Ray is taking flying lessons! Wife Suzanne sent the pix (below) of Larry (in forefront) and friend Bob Horton. Buckle up and pass the parachutes!

A friend sent a link to a blog belonging to 1961 LHS grad Doug Loudenback. Loudenback, living in OKC area, has a lot of info on the Wichita Mtns, Medicine Park, Craterville, etc. Worth a look at: It will link to another site or:

Clink the 'ME' link at top for more on Doug. Great sites!

FYI: On Thursday, Johnna Parks and I visited the current exhibit at the Comanche National Museum. Most enjoyable. Beautiful art work in various medium by artists of Comanche heritage. Some names we recognized: Barthell Little Chief, Rance Hood, Doc Tate, and others not as familiar, but all very nice work. If you have interest, this exhibit runs through August 31. Museum is directly behind McMahan Auditorium here in Lawton.

For all you fisherpersons out there, thought you would appreciate this info.
Recently caught at the Ft. Cobb Reservoir, flathead catfish, state record - 66 pounds - caught on a jug line! And,
record crappie for Keystone Lake in June - 3.7 pounds. State record is 4 lbs 15 oz from a farm pond in Kingfisher County in 1991.
If you don't know your fish very well...those are BIG crappie! Unfortunately, Bill didn't catch either of these!

LHS class 1979 will celebrate their 30th reunion with events scheduled for August 7-9. They will also celebrate with classes of 1979 from MacArthur and Eisenhower. For information, check this link:

If you would like info on the class 1959 - 50 year reunion, email and I can send it to you via email.

Regards to all........Georgia

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