Wednesday, December 22, 2010

......LHS News......
Originally sent December 19

Never a good time but so sorry here at the holidays we have more losses:

Inez (Pannell) Bridwell, 95, of Grove, OK passed on December 17. Inez is the mother of classmate Karen (Bridwell) Parsons Richmond; and (I believe) aunt of classmate Deloris (Pannell) Mansell.
Services will be at 10:00 in Lawton on Monday December 20 at First Baptist church Memorial Chapel, burial will follow at Highland cemetery.
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Alma Lee (Fisher) Pahdoco Parks, 91, of Lawton, passed on December 16. Alma is mom of 3 daughters (LHS classmates) Jo Vickers; Linda Elzie; Wanda McDaniel; a son Lt. Col. James Albert Pahdoco.
Services will be 2:00pm, Wednesday December 22, Becker Funeral Home Chapel
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Margaret Jean (Inman) Turner, 78, Lexington, KY passed on December 12. She was LHS class 1949. Services were December 16 in Lexington.
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CW4 (Retired) Billy R. Mathis, 83, Lawton, passed on December 12 & services with full military honors and burial at Ft. Sill National Cemetery were held on December 15. Billy was LHS class 1949, where he played various sports. He married Billye Ann (Strain) in 1951. He had a very distinguished career in the US Military. He was an original inductee when the Parachute Riggers Hall of Fame was established at the Airborne Department of the Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Virginia. He is survived by his wife; a daughter; 2 sons; many grand and great grandchildren.
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Also passing, Doris Christine (Moore) Bone, 80, El Paso. Doris passed December 10 and services were December 16 in El Paso. Doris was LHS class 1948. She married Fred A. Bone in 1951. She is survived by 2 daughters and extended family members.
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We also lost a couple of teachers that some of you may have had.....
Pauline (Kirklen) Vanis Herner, 96, of Lawton. She passed on Dec. 15 and grave side services were held December 16.
She graduated Fletcher High School but she taught for many years in Lawton at BC Swinney elementary before retiring in 1976.
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And, Gussie Marie (Blasdel) Barnett, 85, Grandfield, passed on December 5 in Wichita Falls at a care center where she had been since breaking a hip back in the summer. Services were December 8. Susan (Hankins) Ellington wrote me with this information and said that Mrs. Barnett taught shorthand for a brief time (2-3 years) at LHS in mid 50's.
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Our thoughts are always with those who have lost loved ones.

From the eMail bag:

I appreciate Karol Zea for letting me know Gen. Randy Rigby is class '64 NOT '63 as I had written.

Question from Bruce Justice, '59, wanting to know if any remember when these belt buckles were made? (photo above). Anyone?

Frances Sue (Jacks) Wehner, '64, was recently elected State President of the Professional Photographers of Oklahoma (PPO), an organization of several hundred working photographers. She plans to host the organization's spring convention in Lawton in March 2011. This convention will bring up to 200 professional photographers from across Oklahoma to our city for the first time. Fran has been a professional photographer for almost 20 years and had a portrait studio on the Medicine Park highway for many years.

Lawton native, Leon Russell, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next March 14 in NYC. I believe Leon went to LHS?

May not be any more news before Santa comes calling so I want to wish each and every one of my classmates and friends who receive the 'news'....all my best to you for a very Merry Christmas with family and friends and a healthy and peaceful New Year! Georgia

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