Monday, November 23, 2009

......LHS News......
Originally sent Nov. 23

A message I received from 'LHS'........
I don't know how many of you noticed the ad in the paper from U.S. Cellular this weekend but they have launched a contest that they held last year too. The top 10 schools that receive the most votes will receive $100,000! I think if we all find ways to advertise this to our e-mail contacts, Facebook contacts, and alumni we could make this happen!
Here is what you must do to vote for Lawton High School:
You must be 18 to vote. You must personally go into the U.S. Cellular Office [in Lawton - 1203 NW Sheridan] and pick up a voting card. Each card has a different voting code and only one vote per e-mail account. The voting started on November 13 and ends at Midnight on January 15, 2010. Please let all of our students know about this. If they aren't 18 and have an e-mail account, their parents can vote. You can watch the progress of the top 20 schools on the U.S. Cellular Website each day. As of last night, the top school had only 75 votes, so we could get in first place today! You can get a few [cards] each time you visit and hand them to students that can't visit the store.

Note: I was told, LHS plans to use any monies 'won' to replace seats in LHS auditorium.

Sorry to report loss of classmates......
Linda 'Nana' (Porter) Foster, 61, of Lawton. Linda passed November 19. She attended Taft Elementary, Tomlinson Jr High, and LHS. Do not know year she graduated. Linda is survived by husband Dennis; two daughters; two sons; brother Joe.
Services will be 10:30am, Monday November 23, Becker Funeral Home Chapel with burial at the Cache Cemetery.
Extended obit and guest book:

Also the passing of Ronald V. Cole, 72, of West Plains, MO. Ron passed on November 13 and a memorial service was held on November 18 in West Plains. Ron grew up in Lawton, was owner of Cole's Magnavox, and served 36 years as sound engineer for the annual Easter Pageant.
He is survived by wife Beverly (Bandy); three children; two step-sons; sister '59 classmate Karelin (Cole) Seitz.
Arrangements were by Robertson-Drago Funeral Home in West Plains.

From the eMail bag:
H-E-L-P! Marcille (Burns) Covey has been meeting with the LHS Historicial Committee and they need help! When did LHS adopt the WOLVERINE as the school mascot? Anyone with info.....greatly appreciate.

Just wanted to let you know my two latest novels are now available. By clicking the link below, you can see excerpts and video previews of all 5 of my books from Vanilla Heart Publishing. I'm also working on another novel, to be released this spring; I believe it's also included in the videos.
Also will be focused on re-writing my two non-fiction books, one about military brats and one about lupus.
But first, I'm taking time out to go to CA for Thanksgiving at Terri and Mike's new house in Los Gatos. Haven't seen them since this time last year.
Best, Marilyn [Morris], class '56
If you have trouble with this link, email Marilyn and request *free download*

...."I moved in my house here in Frisco Lakes, TX, Nov 9. I really like it here. So many people from all over the country have decided to settle here. Sunday there was a block party for the ladies and there were not 2 people from the same state! I am wading thru the boxes in the garage and little by little getting things in their place, either in the house or on the side of the garage for consignment store. I thought I down sized, but not enough. I bought a neat Club Car golf cart (it is between Crimson and Orange in color so I guess I am politically correct) and have been all over the development. It is just beautiful at sunset on the golf course and around the lake."
Mary Ann (Goode) Pursley

Several great emails (remembrances) from Verna Le (Brammer) Zeiders:
How I enjoy the e-mails. I am going to tell my Aunt Billie, class'44 about the April reunion. I've been bringing her and husband, Bob R. Williams (Pee Wee) to Lawton the past 3 yrs on or about Memorial Day to all the cemeteries. She and her sister, Bettie Foster Sanders were cheerleaders for 2 yrs during their high school yrs, in same class due to diphtheria with Billie. How I adored them, they were like older sisters to me as they are only 8 and 9 yrs older.
Bob was a coach for many,many yrs and retired as head of the Coaches Ass. in Ok, and they are now 84 and 85 yrs, still going strong. Aunt Billie works in the yard for hours during the spring and summer. Surely, they will want to come to that reunion. I'd probably spend the night with them and leave from the Shawnee area on the 10th. T.P. Brammer was my Dads' cousin, 2 of many Brammer cousins at the time, they are spread all over now. I'm thinking they were pretty ornery from the stories they told at the family reunions. Thanks for the mails.
Verna Le Zeiders.

The paint job on Whit Oziers house continues to receive comments:

I always thought Whit Ozier's polka dot house was the coolest thing about Lawton. I still tell people about it.
Gale McCray

I can attest to Whit Ozier's polka-dot house - it was grey with chartreuse polka-dots and the polka-dots were various sizes. When we first moved to Lawton in 1950, we lived at 1705 Cherry and Whit and Mary Virginia and their boys lived on the east side of 17th street where it intersects with Cherry street. All the kids in the neighborhood were just dumbfounded (and probably the adults were, too!) when he painted it. Tex and Irene Harris and their boys (Ken Harris is their son - I think he is a judge now) lived at 1702 Cherry and Tex asked Whit why he painted it that way and Whit said , "well, I've just always wondered what it would be like to live in a polka-dot house." We moved out to 2205 Cheyenne in 1952 and I honestly can't remember if the house was still polka-dot when we moved or if he had already "redecorated" by then.
Carlana (Fitch) Murray

Note: Yes, Ken Harris is a Judge now but his early career started as a delivery boy working for my Bill at Earl Drug. Great kid! Well, guess not kid anymore!

"Also, would add for defense of Whit Ozier that he had a serious side, also. When I was in LHS, I baby sit for the Ozier's....really nice family. Also, Whit was our high school Sunday School teacher at Centenary while I was in high school...excellent teacher. Thanks."
Pat (Banks) White, class '52

I baby sat for the boys. Whit's house was gun metal gray with great big chartreuse circles all over it. You can just imagine being there late at night the boys were asleep and a car would pull up in the drive way and turn on their bright lights to see the spots house. Scary.
Carrol (Anderson) McDevitt

I was thinking of Whit Ozier also. He was a great gimmick man and was an active supporter of youth functions. I remember him having his house painted polka-dotted.... I think pink with blue dots but not sure. Must have been in the 1953 - 1955 era since I rode the 16th Street bus home from LJHS and the route took me past his home. Warm days with cool nights and clear blue skies on the Mississippi Gulf Coast!
Joe Scott

'59 classmate Ed Coulson sent me a picture that he found in going through 'old' boxes of treasures his mom had kept. GREAT fun picture of those who would become the class of 1959. Date indicates probably fifth/sixth grade? Sadly, classmates Bobby Snow and Bobby Newman are deceased. Really appreciate Ed for sharing. (see above).

I doubt additional 'news' will go out before, I will take this opportunity to wish each of you a wonderful day of family and love. Georgia

Saturday, November 21, 2009

......LHS News......
Originally sent Nov. 15

Sorry to report the passing of Edwin Merle Stinnett, 91, of OK City. Mr. Stinnett passed on November 9. He was a grad of LHS class 1935. He is survived by a son Edwin; daughters Marilyn Frazier and Kimberly Woodson.
Services were Thursday Nov. 12, burial with military honors.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Some consensus from David Leister, Dan Glascock, and others that it was in deed Whit Ozier eating the looonnngggg sandwich in Hardy Suggs window!!!

And, some had asked, yes, Whit is deceased. Joe Scott and Mike Wyant both remembered that Whit Ozier painted his house with polka-dots! On purpose!

Speaking of '59 classmate Dan Glascock....he is off for several weeks in Rio, Santiago, and Buenos Aries.For any who flunked geography...that's South America!!! Ole~!

From the eMail bag:
This invitation to all from '59 classmate Karen (Choney) Culloty:
"All friends and classmates of Errol Choney are invited to join the family at for a memorial reception scheduled for Errol on Friday November 27, 1:00pm -5:00pm at the Comanche Elder Center, 1107 SW 'H' Avenue in Lawton.
The memorial is in keeping with our tradition of honoring our loved one a year after their passing. We will be serving refreshments and coffee for those already tired of turkey. It is also a time for us to gather and remember Choney and share stories, anecdotes of his life. He was so loved by so many." Karen

Errol was Karens brother and LHS class '57.

"Thank you so much for putting this together for all of us that had lost touch with LHS classmates and teachers. I saw the name Dick Neptune and oh so many memories came rushing in. He was a great influence in my late husbands life. He sparked an interest in photography that led him, Gary Fults, to become a success at Eastman Kodak Company. We met in the photography class and Camera Club. We married in 1960, had 2 great sons and all of this began in Mr. Neptune's class. Thank you, Mr. Dick Neptune, for all you did to help us improve our lives.
Sandra (Cooper) Fults
Note: Sandra is class 1961 and Gary Fults was class 1960. They retired to Center City, FL in 1999. Sadly Gary passed in 2002.

A Friday night reception at the Oklahoma State Capitol, formally opened the exhibit, 'Fingers and Brushes: Improvisational Landscapes', an art exhibit by Lawton artist Jack Bryan, former head of the Cameron Art Dept. Dr. Bryans exhibit is displayed in the East Gallery of the Capitol and will hang through January 3, 2010. The East Gallery is open daily M-F and there is no admission charge. Jack is married to Judy (Warkentin), LHS class '63.

Major congrats to '59 classmate Roberta (Wheeler) Hadley and hubby Craig who were recently honored by their children with a reception and 50's themed dance as they celebrated their Golden 50th. The Hadleys married November 2, 1959. They have one son, two daughters, 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Craig is LHS class '60.

If you would help.....the newly formed Historical Lawton High Preservation Committee continues in their efforts to collect memorabilia for the archive room (under construction) in the Old High School (Central). This room will be used to display the 'history' of LHS and the students who attended. If you have memorabilia or a much needed (ca$h) donation....please contact the Museum of the Great Plains (580) 581- 3460.
And, if you would like to be a part of this committee, they meet at noon on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, at the Museum. Call!

Photo Gallery Update: I have just added the pictures that I took at the classes '49-'52 reunion this past September. I did not take many, so if others have photos they would share, please send them to me. And, I do apologize as I do not have names on some of them as I am not sure who they if you can help in that dept...would appreciate.
Also, have added (at the end) a few more pictures to the class '59 reunion pictures courtesy Bevery (Spradlin) Raley. Good pictures! I still have a LOT of '59 pictures to get on the blog. Patience please!

Regards from the 'home town'. Georgia

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

......LHS News......
Originally sent Nov. 5

Very sorry to report the passing of Joe Loyd Prestage, 61, of Lawton. Joe passed on November 3. Joe battled cancer off and on for many, many years. He was an LHS grad but not sure of year. He is survived by sister Carole (Prestage) Burke; he was nephew of '56 grad Vida Jo (Cable), deceased; and cousin of '59 grad Pat (Dunn) Doughty.
Services will be Friday November 6 at the University church of Christ, 2:00pm. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery.
Extended obit and guest book at: <>

From the eMail bag:
'59 classmate Ann (Sherratt) Theobald & hubby are off on a tour of the Panama Canal and area.

Dick Neptune sent me a great message on getting OLD. Not sure why he sent it to moi....well, he was gonna send but he couldn't remember what it was...ahhahahhahahahha...that's the joke! I'm worried!

"My husband and I just returned from a trip to Tennessee to see the fall foliage.To our surprise as we were driving from Missouri into Northeastern Oklahoma we saw some of the most beautiful colors, prettier than Tennessee. Next year we will just travel to our home state."
Kay (Bennett) Ray, Class of 62.

Also emails from Mike Wyant; Frankie Kinderman; Kay & Jerry Otis - Kay has been fighting some kind of 'flu'; Jerry (Sasser) Childs is currently visiting in the states but she is also fighting some cold/flu symptoms. Hope all well soon!

btw....Mike Wyant and Otis Bowles thought the DJ in Hardy Suggs window might have been Whit Ozier????

'55 classmate, Dr. Sam Hamra, well known plastic surgeon (Dallas), has just published a new book - 'The Facelift Letdown: When Results Don't Meet Expectations.' Great 'review' and wonderful picture of Sam at: <>
The New York Times also picked up on the book:<> I plan to read it! Never know when might need something propped up, lifted up, most anytime! And Sam's an expert!

btw....just reminiscing...we grew up together in the old neighborhood....Sam and his sister 'Sissie' lived directly across the alley from me....on Arlington, Nancy Joyner lived next door to Sam on the east & Babs Yarmuk and Marilyn Lewis lived directly across the street (north). That's when Sam, by his own account, "took aim" and shot Marilyn in the b**t with his BB gun! Who knew that one day he would be able to 'fix that divit'. Come a long way since those great days!

The LHS Class of 1960 will hold their 50th reunion next October 8 and 9, 2010. They are trying to locate as many classmates as possible to be able to keep them updated as plans are finalized. Jim Whisnand has graciously volunteered to keep a master list of contact information for the Class of '60. Classmates who have not been receiving emails from Jim should contact him at and give him your e-mail address, postal address and phone number.

And, don't forget the ALL class LHS reunion already set for Saturday April 10, 2010, (first Saturday after Easter), same location (Old Plantation) at Medicine Park. It was a great success and FUN this past April.
Will keep all posted on these and other events!

Still beautiful weather and fall colors continue! ....... Georgia

Thursday, November 5, 2009

......LHS News......
Originally sent Nov. 3

Yours truly has been on a few days 'sabbatical' as various 'chores' had piled up and needed closure. Now, getting back to 'news' and other similar type endeavors! Hope to have additional pictures posted on the blog....soon!

I received a call today from Barbara Kirkpatrick, class '53, as she wanted to inform me of the passing of her sister Linda (Kirkpatrick) Patterson. Linda (class 1968) and her husband Charles (Pat), were both killed in a trailer fire in Lawton this past Friday, October 30. I had read of the tragedy in the Lawton paper but did not realize it was a classmate lost in the fire. Pat was not from Lawton. Barbara said at this time no services are planned, she just wanted classmates to know of the loss.
I know our heartfelt sympathies are with Barbara and 4 other siblings and family during this terrible tragedy.

Sorry to report the passing of Mavis (Koontz) Allen, 91, of Lawton. Mrs. Allen passed on October 23. She is mom of '59 classmate Diane (Herder) Lewis Lastinger and also daughter Kay Herder. Services were October 28 in Lawton.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Murdoch Matthew had been trying to find classmate Joan R. (Pace) Hanna. Otis Bowles researched and discovered that Joan had been living in Colorado but sadly, he also discovered she just recently passed on October 8 at the Colorado State Veterans Center. I believe Joan was class '49.
A memorial service to honor and celebrate her life was held Saturday, Oct. 11, at the Emmanuel Chapel in South Fork.
Survivors include by her husband, Robert Hanna of Homelake; sons, Greg (Barbara) Emminizer of Benicia Calif., Guy L. (Heidi) Freeman of Glendale Ariz., Tunis Hanna of Del Norte and Edward O. Hanna of Justin, Texas. Strohmayer's Funeral Home was in charge of services.
Extended obit at:

From the eMail bag:
David Dom asked about a 10 foot sandwich being eaten in Hardy Suggs Music store are some responses to that question:

In response to the question David Dom asked about the guy eating a 10 foot long sandwich in the window of Hardy Suggs music store; I remember that he was a disc jockey for KSWO I'm pretty sure, and it was either a bet or a dare for him to do it. I don't remember his name but I do remember he ate it all ! Hope this helps Davids mystery.
Roy House

The sandwich thing... if memory serves me, was a kswo radio contest of some sort. The loser was a disc jockey who had to eat all of the 10 ft. sandwich.
Steve Parker

I think that the man eating the sandwich was Ron Kirby ( I'm not positive) who was a disc jockey for KSWO radio at that time. However I do remember that about that time there was some kind of promotion or contest on KSWO radio and it culminated with the sandwich eating.
Ron Snyder

I (georgia), called Ron Kirby and asked if he knew anything about the 'sandwich' incident. Ron, a longtime DJ/newsperson for KSWO, said he did not arrive in Lawton until about 1962. And while he had 'heard' of the incident, it was not him eating the sandwich. We talked and wondered if it might have been CJ McDonald? The mystery continues.

Marcille (Burns) Sutherland Covey, class '52, told a great story in remembering TP Brammer...I asked her to write it down so I could share......thank you Marcille:
" My parents, Dorothy & Raymond Burns, and Alma & T.P. Brammer were members of the Builders Sunday School Class at Centenary Methodist. When Buryl & I were to be married in 1953 Mother took me out to Ft. Sill where T.P. had his photography studio to have pictures made of me in my wedding dress which Mother had made. The skirt of the dress was a complete circle which impressed T.P. He told us that he had always wanted to take a picture of someone wearing a circular dress that could be spread out all around them and he asked if I would let him take that picture...which I agreed to pose for. Even though it is black& white that 8x10 picture was "special".
In 1957 T.P. opened his photography and camera shop in Lawton on C a part of his grand opening celebration he sponsored a jingle contest. (I think that the first two lines were provided and the remaining lines were to be provided by the contestants.)
Anyway, I was a very excited person when I received the call that I had won the contest. The prize was a Bell & Howell movie camera and I put it to good use taking movies of my three sons as they were growing up. That old film was converted to VHS tape years later....and now it is time to get it converted to DVD!!!
At T.P.'s funeral this afternoon we were reminded that T.P. & Alma took great pride in their annual Christmas cards that featured pictures of their family. The cards were put in the mail the day after Thanksgiving so that they would be the first Christmas cards their friends received each year!!! I remember that my parents looked forward to those cards...and each year that card would be the first of the season."

Appreciate '59 classmate Ed Adams for sending these pictures (above) from his home area over Poteau way. (Eastern Oklahoma).

It has been a beautiful (colorful) fall. The past few days have been just gorgeous. All Hallows Eve was PERFECT! Hope you got lots of treats!