Originally sent May 12
Classmates, again, lots more news and again, some not good. Happier news at bottom.
So sorry to report that Royce Crosby, 74, of Lawton passed Monday morning, May 10. Royce is LHS class '53. Royce had extensive heart surgery some months back and a series of problems. There will be a memorial service next Sunday, May 16, at 3:00pm, Whinnery Huddleston Funeral Home Chapel.Guest book at: http://www.whineryhuddleston.com/
Also passing, Naomi F. (Reinwand) Tillman, 66, of Owasso, OK. Naomi passed on May 4 at her home after a lengthy illness. Services were May 7 in Owasso. Naomi was LHS class '62 and wife of our '59 classmate Ray Tillman. Naomi is survived by Ray; a son and a daughter; several grandchildren.Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.memorialsolutions.com/sitemaker/sites/NickRe1/obit.cgi?user=203362Tillman
Ronald Ray Forgy, 70, of Elgin. Ron passed May 6 and services were May 10 in Lawton. I had received and sent some weeks back that Ron had serious health problems, but was stabilized for a brief time. He is survived by his wife, Louise (Monzingo); three children; numerous grandchildren; brothers Dana Forgy and Kenneth Forgy; sister Doris Newsom. I think Ron may have left school before graduation as he joined the Navy in 1957.
And, Irwin Glen Johnson, 69, of Lawton. Irwin passed on April 29 in Lawton and a private family service was held May 8. He attended Lawton schools and graduated LHS although I cannot find him on any class info I have. He is survived by a daughter; numerous grandchildren.
Extended obit and guest book at: www.grayfuneral.com
I just received word that Dallas L. Ramsey, 77, passed on Jan. 31, 2010, after a lengthy illness. Dallas moved to Lawton at age 6, as his family owned and operated the Ramsey Hotel in downtown Lawton. Dallas lettered in track and pole vault at LHS, graduating in 1951. He attended Cameron, OU, graduated SW OKlahoma College of Pharmacy. Married Gale (Miller) in June 1952 (Gale is class '52). They moved to Floydada, Tx in 1963 where they owned and operated the Ramsey Pharmacy.He was a member of First Baptist Church Floydada, Floydada Lions Club, Floydada Chamber of Commerce and served as president on the Caprock Hospital Board of Directors. He was also a member of the Texas and Oklahoma Pharmaceutical Associations. Gale will continue to live in Floydada. This information was sent to me by Gales brother, David Miller.
And, our '59 classmate Stephanie (Lester) Beatty is gravely ill and in the hospital in NYC where she lives. She has been fighting breast cancer several years now and it has spread. The prognosis is not good. Her husband Ed also has some serious medical problems, but her two daughters are with her. I know she would appreciate your prayers and if you would care to send a note or card, I am sure her daughters will get it to her. Stephanie Beatty, 145 E. 16th St., NYC, NY 10003.
Had mentioned some weeks back that Perry Martin, '57, was ill. He has liver cancer & is having difficulty tolerating the chemo treatments. He lives in Lufkin, TX and is being treated there. I know all these would appreciate your remembrance of them in prayers.
From the eMail bag:
"Ron Sheffield is absolutely correct. Get thee to the nearest IMAX theatre. NASA's 3-D IMAX presentation of the Hubble telescope story is a transformational experience that will leave you breathless more than once. Hyperbole fails me in this rare instance. "Powerful, beautiful and moving" will have to do for now. Grandson and I screened it at the California Science Center three weeks ago and can't get over the seamless blend of science and visual awe that distinguish this film from previous documentary subjects. In one memorable sequence, the theatre sound system literally shook us right down to our boots. (Actually running shoes)"
Charles Darling, '64
"Hello Georgia Girl, Speaking of reunions, the Class of 1956 is planning ours on the weekend of June 9,10,11,12, 2011. Just one short year away, so everyone can start planning. It will be back at the Best Western [Lawton] again. Yvonne [Anderson] Coombs has the ball rolling so everyone can get busy now and start finding all classmates to make this a successful 55 YEAR REUNION!! Who wouldn't want to say they did that. Just think, if you were a senior in 1956 and someone had their 55 year reunion they would have graduated in 1901 and born in 1883, makes one feel old doesn't it? But also makes you feel fortunate and lucky to be alive. As Mr. Tommy Wells always says, It is a great life!!! "
Also....eMails from: Mike Wyant; Susan (Hankins) Ellington; Ken and Gloria (Owsley) Wright; Sue Anna (Lewis) O'Hara; Sherry Wiley; Sue Williams (she loves 'Hubble' too); Frankie Kinderman; Paul Soper.
Durvis "Red" Hulen, '54, gave my Bill a great picture of a 'ball team'. See if you recognize any of them before peeking at the names. Ron Jones, '55 - who is in the picture - says its the Whittier Cardinals at Whitter School. About 1947- 48 - 49?Some fifth graders and some sixth graders. Ron says Myron 'Pete' Burton transferred from Washington School and was great addition to the team, but not in this picture. Chad Bledsoe - also in the picture - says it's the Whittier Browns, taken at Taft School field in 1948 or 1949. So.......we're close here on who and where! All future LHS'ers!
Tornadoes danced and landed all over Oklahoma Tuesday evening. Sadly, five persons were killed - three of those in Tecumseh. Wide-spread destruction of personal property/businesses. Fortunately, it went well east of Lawton. If you are in Oklahoma you know, if not, all over national news. Mick Cornett, Mayor of OKC, was on FOX News earlier today.The tornado was within 2 miles of '59 classmates Kay and Jerry Otis and I am sure other LHS'ers may have had close encounters with the storm.
Regards to all.........Georgia
Team picture - above.
First row, l-r: Coach Frances McFarland (Donnie and Alan's dad), Ronnie Jones, Wayne (Don?) Teague, Jim Ballard, Jim Cargill.
Second row, l-r: Wayne Dell Martin, Durvis Hulen, Carol Dugalosh, Billy ?, Donnie McFarland, Chad Bledsoe.
Third row, l-r; Leon Broyles, Glen Barnes, Curtis Redeker, Don Williams, Bill Stratton, Jerry Long