Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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

Originally sent Jan. 10, 2010

DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE! I have been told that due to space and availability, the 2nd Annual ALL LHS classes reunion has been bumped up to Saturday March 27. Also, instead of the Old Plantation, will be held at the Music Hall (old skating rink) at Medicine Park. ALL LHS graduates invited...regardless of year! Mark your calendar! Details soon.
Well, our New Year is just a few days old and sadly, we have losses to report.

I am sorry I did not get these out sooner......

Steve Hankins, 50, of Lawton, was killed on Christmas eve. Steve is the son of '56 grad Don Hankins and wife Rhonda (Goodbar) of Lawton. Rhonda taught English many years at Eisenhower Jr. High. Steve was helping a stranded motorist on the highway between here and Duncan on Christmas eve, during the terrible white-out blizzard we had. Visibility was just zero and another passing motorist struck Steve and he was killed. Tragic accident.Steve is survived by his parents; his wife Beth; two children of the home, Cody and Abby. Services were Dec. 28 in Lawton. I was told approx 500 people in attendance. Steve was very well thought of in the Lawton community.
Extended obit and guest book at: www.beckerfuneral.com

Also passing, Lilith Margie (Pokorny) Baird, 96, of Lawton. Mrs. Baird passed on Dec. 30. She was raised in Lawton and attended St. Marys school. She is mother of LHS classmates, Bob Baird; Brad Baird; and Bill Baird, who is deceased. Services were Jan. 4 in Lawton with burial in Highland Cemetery.Extended obit and guest book at: www.beckerfuneral.com

Another recent loss of one of our school teachers. Lucretia (Snelling) Umphers, 97, of Lawton. Mrs. Umphries passed on Dec. 26. She received her teaching certificate from Cameron and began teaching at Lincoln Elementary in 1932. She later taught at BC Swinney school until her retirement in 1976. She was preceded in death by her husband Audie T. Umphers. Services were Dec. 28.
Extended obit and guest book at: www.beckerfuneral.com
Please remember all these who have lost loved ones.

Once again Herb Jacobs Sunday Constitution column (Jan 3.) high lights an LHS 'er......'Shift in Career changed Holsingers Life'. Jacobs talks about LHS class '60, Preston Holsinger - All State quarter-back and one of the best pole vaulters in the state! His change from coach to oil company executive! If you get a chance, good read, page 6-C.
And in todays paper, Jan. 10, Herb writes about the sports scene in 1979, mentioning all Lawton schools as well as Cameron. He did write that Lawton High [Wolverines] under coach John Tyree, class '57, were the most impressive of the three city schools in their scrimmages on August 31. Page 3-C.

Just FYI: Katherine Hunt has a new collection of nearly 40 photographs of area wildlife on display at the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center. She works for Treasure Lake Job Corp and is secretary for Friends of the Wichitas. Photos on display through February. Center hours are 8:00am - 4:30pm daily.

I wasn't able to travel to Memphis Friday to celebrate the 'Kings' birthday! But I did try to listen to a few Elvis songs that permeated the airwaves.....all day long! If you just gotta have a little Elvis jolt, you can invoke memories by checking out the Elvis link right here (on the left) on the WolverNet blog! 'El' would have been 75.

All I can say is...YES! It's been COLD! Single digits in Lawton, America! I can't stay warm in a blanket pile! And if that isn't bad enough, I get an email from Marilyn (Thompson) Seely, class '60, from her home in Hawaii with a picture of her daughter Tisa's December 28 wedding....in the back yard!!! sigh! Beautiful! Wish I was there! (see above).
Wedding pix, l-r: Kahu Silva, Marilyn, Mark Helpenstell, Tisa Seely, John Seely.
Aloha and stay warm...... Georgia

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