Sorry to report the passing of Effie Lee Williams, 96, of Lawton. Lee passed Monday February 7. She is mom of classmates Paula (Williams) Johnson, '55 of Lawton and Ronald Jim Williams, '63, of Marlow.
Services will be 10:00am, Friday, February 11 at the Western Hills church of Christ in Lawton with burial at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.beckerfuneral.com/
Personal note: I have known Effie Lee (Lee in later years) my whole life. Attended church with her & her hubby Paul (deceased) & Paula & Ronald Jim for many years. Very gracious and pleasant lady. Talent in so many areas, an excellent cook. I have many a great recipe Lee was happy to share.
Also passing, classmate Martin Sanchez, 73, of Lawton. Martin passed February 1after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was LHS class 1958. Services with full military honors were held February 5. Martin is survived by a daughter Gayla; sister Denise Castro; many nieces and nephews.
Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.beckerfuneral.com/
'64 classmate and friend Sue (Chalk) Briggs will have a cancer related surgery next week at Mayo Clinic. She would appreciate your prayers in her behalf.
Doyce Grayson is now at home after lengthy stay in hospital and the loss of a toe due to diabetes. Wishing him a speedy recovery.
I hope you will join me in remembering all these in our prayers!
And speaking of Doyce....."I Hope Doyce Grayson is doing well. He's about the last living guy that I used to strike out all the time in little league baseball. Or, maybe I never struck him out . I can't remember for sure. Anyway, I hope everything goes well for him."
Bob Spradlin, '55
I have a feeling Doyces recollection will be different!!
In other news......
The [Daily] Oklahoman featured a front page color picture and great article on Howard Council, Lawton - expert saddle maker - in Sunday January 30 issue. Howard's saddles are owned by George Strait; numerous world champion rodeo celebs including 8 time world champ Roy Cooper. Howard will receive the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award during the 50th Anniversary Western Heritage Awards on April 16 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in OKC.
The article and additional pictures (maybe video?) available at:
Howard is LHS class 1945 and married since 1949 to '52 classmate Genevieve (Thomas) Council.
Photos above, show Howard recently; blk/wht shows Howard in 1950 in his first shop.
Once again Herb Jacobs Sunday column - 'Where Are They Now' - in Lawton Constitution (Feb. 6), features really great story on '54 classmate Buddy Braddy. A good read if you can get a copy.
OK '59 er's....."A new question. One of our assembly programs that I remember had a skit titled "The Goofus Dance" which to me was hilarious. I don't remember the names of the dancers (must have been four or five) and I could never figure out how their costumes were made. They seemed like large bags with faces painted on them, the bag covered the dancer's head and came down to knee level as I recall. Who were the dancers and what would be a better description of the costume?"
'50's trivia: Gladys Horton who sang with the Marvelettes on hits including 'Mr. Sandman', died in Los Angeles at age 66. Who can forget that..."bom, bom, bom, bom, bom, bom, bom.......bom, bom, bom, bom, bom....Mr. Sandman...." (sing with tune).....haha!
I have posted the pictures that I took at the September 2010 Reunion - classes '49 ~ '52, on the blog. Will work to get those Jo Riley gave me posted soon also. Go to blog:
Wednesday night it was -2 (two BELOW) in Lawton, America! Cannot remember it ever being that cold! Only good thing, wind hasn't blown for couple of days! Chilly regards from the home town. Georgia