Wednesday, October 7, 2009

......LHS News......
Originally sent September 28

Several new names have been added to receive the 'news'. Welcome and hope you enjoy! Remember, previously sent news, pictures, links, reunion news, archived at:

Sometimes there are just a lot of losses to report and I am saddened that this newsletter is one of those times.

I am so sorry to report that '59 classmate Keith LaWayne "Buck" Garrison passed on Sunday, September 27. He had been fighting cancer for some time. His wife, Loreta June (Sweany), died in 1992. Keith is survived by three daughters, Alisa, Lynetta, and Teresa and their spouses; seven grandchildren; two sisters.
There will be grave side service only, at 2:30pm this Friday, October 2 at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Helen (Brewer) Overall, 83, of Lawton. Helen passed September 25. Helen is a LHS grad but I am not sure of the year? She is survived by husband Coy; daughters Pam and Debbie; son Coy Neal Overall.
Services will be at 11:30am, Tuesday Sept. 29, at Whinery-Huddleston Chapel. Interment will be at the Fort Sill National Cemetery.
An extended obit and guest book are available at:

Also passing, Joyce Y. (Hamm) Riggs, 67, of Puyallup, WA. Joyce passed on September 23. Joyce attended Lincoln Elementary, Central, and LHS, although not sure when she graduated? She is survived by a daughter Christina and a son Tommy; a brother Wesley. Her husband, Jim Riggs, preceded her in passing.
Services will be at 10:00am, Wednesday Sept. 30, Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery.
Extended obit and guest book at:

I received word over the week-end of the passing of Ivan 'Herky' Price, 73, of Frederick, OK. Ivan passed Sept. 12 at his home following a sudden illness (apparently a massive heart attack).He was a '53 grad of LHS, received a degree in Education from Midwestern in Wichita Falls. He taught and coached football and golf in Wichita Falls, Vernon, and Lawton. Ivan was a two year starting guard for LHS football, playing his senior year beside Junior guard Doyle Jennings and teammates Bill Stratton, Chad Bledsoe, Woody Wolverton, Joe James, Don Wheatly, and Jim Reynolds. He is survived by wife Jo Ann (Hunt).
Per family wishes, Ivan was cremated and there will be a private family burial at a later date.
There was no obit in the Lawton paper and I appreciate Jimmy Reynolds and Ed Harp for passing this info to me.

I had opportunity last week to visit with Carolyn Swinney, class '58. She was in Lawton from her home in Nashville for the dedication of a new marquee at BC Swinney Grade School. Some funding for the marquee was provided by Carolyn nad the Swinney family in memory of Carolyn's sister - La Velle (Swinney) Boyd. La Velle was LHS class '49 and passed in November of 2008.
Carolyn and La Velles mom taught at LHS and their dad - BC Swinney - was Superintendent of LPS from 1928 - 1946. (pix above w/Carolyn)

Bill and I attended his class reunion this past Saturday night for classes '49 ~ '52. There were grads from 1946 - 1959 (me). Good crowd, lot from out of town. These classes get together every September to visit and share stories. It was a little humorous and so true, when the person giving the blessing stated that he was thankful to 'wake up in the morning with nothing new hurting.'
There were some good looking cowboy/cowgirl outfits in the crowd and a lot of 'catchin-up visitin'!
It was nice to see Mrs. Silk in attendance and other than loss of eye sight, she was doing great! She has a lot of friends who make sure she gets wherever she wants to go. Will have some pictures posted soon.

Someone has asked about classmates - Lynn Studebaker and Marion Watson. Think maybe class '49? If anyone has any information, I would appreciate it.

Class of 1959.....this is IT! Counting down to the 50th Reunion beginning with a reception/get re-acquainted mixer this Friday night. Looking forward to seeing a lot of our classmates!Some coming in early plan to attend the homecoming assembly on Friday morn; the pep rally at 1:30pm; then after the reception, catch the homecoming game: Wolverines vs Mustang! Going to be a busy and FUN week-end!


Welcoming our '59 grads back to the 'home town'....see you Friday! Georgia

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