Originally sent May 19
Received email from '59 classmate Richard Densley that his companion of 34 years passed May 14 after a lengthy illness. Donna Ann (Muckelroy) Geisller, 62, was originally from Laredo, TX, attended college in Houston, and enjoyed a career for many years in journalism, radio, and TV. There were no services per Donnas request. Richard is living in Washington state.
I know our sympathies are with Richard & the family.
Our classmates are in the news.....Great stories in Sunday Lawton Constitution (May 17), about '55 classmate Dee Givens & his exemplary career as a track star - back in the day - and what he is doing now. Including great commentary on our '59 classmate Babs (Yarmuk) Givens, his wife, and her winning career in tennis and golf. Dee won many races and honors over his career as did Babs. I knew Babs better as we were friends before first grade. I still remember her - in grade school - hitting tennis balls against the garage door there on Arlington. Paid off - State Champ! Sports section page 10-C.
Same paper, another good story on '58 Ron Sheffield and his involvement over 20 years with the Hubble mission. His story is page 3-A.
btw....have some really great photos of the shuttle launch courtesy of Ron. Hope to have those linked to the Wolvernet blog....soon!
Janey Scott & I had a lovely lunch & visit with Duffy (Hankins) Gilbert on Monday. Duffy was doing well and we enjoyed some time out in the beautiful Oklahoma sunshine. It was such a joy to be with her. Duffy has had numerous ups and downs battling cancer for several years now. Yet, she is so sweet, so positive, & just a wonderful person to be around. Because of her problems she has just moved to an assisted living facility here in Lawton. Duffy said she would love to hear from you if you would like to visit, via phone, note, or out to lunch! She does not have her computer hooked up yet.She is c/o Brookridge Retirement Center, 7802 NW Quannah Parker, Lawton, OK 73505.
Oklahoma news items I thought would be of interest:
DeWayne Beggs: The former Cleveland County (Norman) Sheriff died this (past) week at age 65. Beggs began his law enforcement career after leading "DeWayne And The Beldettas", a rhythm and blues band that hit the Top 10 in the 1960's with its recording of 'Tennessee Stud.'
Loss of basketball great Wayman Tisdale, 44, (cancer) ....news comments: Expect an uplifting, inspirational movie about his life. Loved his basketball skills, admired his tenacity, enjoyed his music, and today, mourn his passing.
And.......Former Carolina Panthers star safety Mike Minter is considering running for Congress against Rep. Larry Kissell (D-N.C.), according to a Republican operative. Minter was in Washington earlier this week and spoke with the National Republican Congressional Committee to discuss a possible GOP campaign. He still is a long way off from making a decision, but has begun to consider a career in politics. Minter played for the Panthers from 1997-2006, and was one of the top defensive players in the league. Since his playing days, he has been active in the Charlotte-area evangelical community, and has been in touch with former GOP Rep. Robin Hayes.
The reason for this item......I was told Minter grew up in Lawton & attended LHS! Does anyone know if true and year? Just curious!
Class 1959: hope you are working to help locate 'lost' classmates and also getting your bio info/pictures out to Beverly (Spradlin)
Extending Congratulations to the LHS Class of 2009! Seems like only yesterday it was....1959! Time does indeed fly!
Gorgeous weather right now...hope all is sunny where you are! Regards.....Georgia