Sunday, March 20, 2011

......LHS News......
Originally sent March 17

I have received emails asking....if there going to be an All Class Reunion this spring? I know those who started the [fun] reunion had asked for someone to 'take-it-over'. In past, was set for first Saturday after Easter. Easter is way late this year but so far I have heard nothing about a reunion. Anyone?

So very sorry to receive news that Ralph Purvis passed on Sunday, March 13, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Ralph was LHS class 1952. Ralph's request was to be cremated so there will be a Memorial service at a later date.
An obit is planned for the Lawton paper.

Sorry to learn that, once again, some of our 'upper' classmates have passed. This information on Barbara & Jimmy from a nephew - Larry Joe Thompson, '59...........
"Barbara Jane (Langston) Sims, 80, passed on July 10, 2010. Barbara was LHS class 1948.
She was only child of "Red" and Peggy Langston, who lived near the 900 block of SW Lee Blvd, north side. Peggy cut a 78 rpm record of the gospel song 'Whispering Hope' in the early 50's. (They were not related to Jerry Langston, also LHS grad, who drove a Willys 'woody' jeepster in the 50's.)
Barbara's only marriage was to James "Jimmy" Carl Sims, LHS football player and 1946 grad. He also graduated from Cameron College, and attended OU. I think they wed in the early 50's. He died of cancer in 1982, a few days before his 55th birthday, at treatment center in Lakeland, FL. Barbara and he lived in Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral, FL, for many years from around 1965. Jim was Chief Engineer for General Dynamics at the Space Program Launch Center. He was an Army SFC in the Korean war, and later got his BS-Engineering degree from NMSU in Las Cruces, NM, and an MS-Engineering later, I think. Although he was cremated in FL, a memorial plaque exists beside his parents' (James Colombus and Martha Amanda Parker Sims) graves in Flower Mound Cemetery, Lawton, OK."

"I would like to request all who read the LHS News to pray for my husband and me. Bobby is on dialysis and we are doing it at home which means four times a day every day of the week. He has accepted it well but is looking forward to maybe being able to be on the machine which would automatically do his transfers during the night and leave his days free. God has been good to give us the strength and attitude needed to take care of this bump in the road of life. If anyone has had experience with dialysis I would love to here from you about any suggestions or advice you might have to offer. Take care of your health,"
Wanda Gayle (Smith) Sunderland

Dr. Ronnie Cagle, '50?, had neck surgery [discs] few weeks back & my Bill talked with him a few days ago. Surgery went well & he is improving.

'59 classmate Marilyn (Lewis) Smiths' son Fielding lives in Japan. Thankfully he was some distance from the worst of the quake but it does unsettle parents when their child is in harms way....even if they are grown! The quake also cancelled Marilyn & Richards plans to visit Fielding this month.

Anyone know whereabouts of Lynne Miller, class '62 or Kay (Tompkins) MacCarley? If any info please forward to me. Thanks!

In last news mentioned that Lawrence Fannings wife Lee had passed. Couldn't locate Lawrence on any info I had & Marcille (Burns) Covey, '52, sent this info.... "Lawrence Fanning was a LHS 1951 grad. He played Wolverine football and was president of the 'L' club his senior year. His football picture in the '51 yearbook says that he played center and was All District and All State."

Did have some corned beef and cabbage tonight along with some yummy home fries! I am part Irish on me paternal grandmothers side! Wishing four-leafed clovers to all my classmates on this glorious St. Paddy's Day!

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