Saturday, October 10, 2009

......LHS News......
Originally sent October 8

The LHS class 1959 - 50 year reunion was one for the Memory Books! A great turn-out of over 200 (both nights) produced a lot of reminiscing with old friends/classmates and picture taking! Wolverines from 19 states - PLUS Oklahoma - and one classmate from Germany (Charles Brooks) came 'home' to join the party! 29 grads from Texas, 38 from Oklahoma (not Lawton) and 35 from Lawton! If YOU weren't there.....kick yourself! REAL hard! More later + pictures!

Sorry this 'news' contains a lot of losses. Some are older but just now known. But, some good news on down....

I noted the passing of one of my Washington Grade School teachers, Justine Swinford, 92, of Duncan. She passed on October 4. Miss Swinford was my sixth grade teacher. She began her teaching career in a one room school in Stephens County. She moved to Lawton in 1952 and taught at Washington and Woodrow Wilson schools. She retired in 1979.Graveside services were held in Walters on October 7.
An extended obit and guest book at: <>

So sorry to report the passing of John 'Johnny' Colson Austin, 73, of Edmond. John passed on September 29. He was a '53 grad of LHS, graduated from OSU with degree in animal husbandry and nutritional science. He raised polled Herefords, farmed wheat and alfalfa. He is survived by wife Vickie; 4 daughters; one son; sister - Billie Carol.Services were in Lawton on October 2.

Need to do a little catch-up and sorry it's more sad news. Several losses of classmates that apparently were not in local papers and were not known at the time and I was asked to pass this information along for those who would want to know as well as those who keep class records. I have no details on any of these.
Perry McWhorter, class '52, passed sometime in 2008. His wife, Shirley (Wood) McWhorter, class '54, just recently passed in OKC.

Orba 'Junior or Stan' Standridge, class '51, also passed sometime in 2008.

Brucilla (Montague), class '50, passed last June (2009). Brucilla was living in Texas and is sister of Dr. Chesley Montague, class '52. Grave side services for her were held last week at Highland Cemetery here in Lawton.

From the eMail bag:......
"Like Murdock [Matthew], I am a 1949 graduate, but left Lawton to join the Air Force within three weeks of graduation. Right after I joined, Dan Inglis, Gene Yates, and one other whose name I cannot recall, joined also. I never returned to Lawton other than an occasional visit. If you post any comments, please leave my email address and I'd love to hear from other LHS graduates.
Best regards, Bert Click

I received word today that triple bypass (heart) surgery for Richard Lassetter, class '54, on Wednesday was successful & he is currently in CCU at Norman Regional Hospital. He will be home soon and if you would like to send a note of condolence or just say 'hi' to Richard, you can email him or wife Karen at:

The only get together/reunion I am currently aware of is (any of) class of '54 who are meeting in Sedona, AZ on October 13-14-15. All welcome! For information call or email: Janice (Hanes) Brummett:
Janiceposton1623@aol.comHome: (623)566-9094 or Cell: (623)326-9184 or Carroll (Hankins) Pokorny: Home: (703)491-7213 or Cell: (703)216-8813.

I received an email recently from Bobby Newton. He sent a great picture taken at Whittier School of those who would eventually be the LHS class of 1960. (see above).Note: Bobbys mom (Wynona Newton) was my fourth grade teacher at Washington. She was one of my favs. I learned multiplication tables in her class & Babs & I used to go to her house after school and bake cookies. Bill & I enjoyed having her for a Holiday dinner at our house back in early 90's.

btw.....class of '60 will celebrate their golden 50th next year! I understand 'discussions' are already under way!

Several people took pictures at the '59 reunion & we are in the process of getting them ready for a slide show on the WolverNet blog.

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

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