Originally sent August 4
A big 'news day' and sadly this news is once again about classmates who have passed, wanted to get out in timely manner, just in todays Lawton paper:
So sorry to report the passing of 1959 classmate James Ray York, 68, of Lawton. James passed on August 2. James has had serious health issues for several years. He married Susie (Whaler) in 1972. She survives James as does four sons; two daughters; 17 grandchildren' 8 great-grandchildren' a sister Joyce Cooper of Marlow.
There will be a prayer service at 7:00pm Wednesday (today) at the Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow.
Services will be 10:00am Thursday August 5 at the funeral home with burial at the Marlow Cemetery.Extended obit and guest book at: www.callawaysmith-cobb.com
Also passing, Col. (rtrd) Robert N. "Speed" Hulley, 81 of Lawton. Speed passed August 2. He graduated LHS in 1946, joined Air Force in 1947, has a long distinguished record of service. He married another LHS grad, Earlene (Corwin) Ketchum in 1977. He is survived by Earlene; 3 sons; 2 daughters; 2 step-children; numerous grad children.
The family will receive friends Wednesday evening (today), 6:00-8:00pm, at Becker Funeral Home.
Services will be 2:00pm Thursday August 5, Centenary United Methodist church in Lawton. Private family burial will follow at Flower Mound Cemetery.
Extended obit and guest book at: www.beckerfuneral.com
And, Arnold L. Heath, 89, of Norman, formerly Lawton. Mr Arnold passed on July 27 and services were July 31 in Lawton. Mr. Health is father of '62 classmate Darlene; sons Ronald and Rick; he is also survived by his wife Virginia. Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.beckerfuneral.com/sitemaker/sites/becker0/obit.cgi?user=233220Heath>
Not an LHS grad but the passing of another person who very visible in Lawton during the '60's, many of you may remember him. Gary Smith who was a KSWO AM disc jockey. Gary was born & grew up in Durant, but worked all over the country spinning rock-n-roll records and promoting professional band appearances in Lawton. Gary passed in Durant, OK on July 16 at age 68. He was good friends of Charles Darling, '64, and I appreciate Charles for sending this info along with a personal note about Gary:
" ...Met him while working at channel seven. He was a very energetic fellow, had a great sense of humor and a lot of professional drive. He launched his DJ career at 15 in Midland-Odessa, moved to Lawton, then on to New Orleans, Napa and Chico, California. Spoke with him two weeks before he passed and he recalled some of our family visits in Colorado, the Pacific Northwest and California. He was a long-time friend and will be a long-time missed."
There is an extended obit on Gary posted at: www.coffeymurray.com
I am getting quite a few LHS News returns!!! Remember, IF you change your email address and want to continue to receive the news.....have to send me NEW email address! Obviously those whose emails are coming back will not get this. sigh!
Regards to all............Georgia