Monday, March 7, 2011

......LHS News......
Originally sent March 4

So sorry to report the passing of Barbara (Barclay) Stapleton, 75, of Lawton. Barbara passed March 1. Barbara was LHS class 1954.
Services will be at 3:00pm, Saturday March 5, at Cameron Baptist church, Lawton. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband Melvin, also class '54; a son; a daughter; 2 grandsons.
Extended obit and guestbook at:

I received these comments from her friend and '54 classmate
Ed Harp:
"Barbara has been a valued friend for over sixty years. Our Senior year at Lawton High she was FHA President, the Jr. High Editor on the Tatler staff, a member of the Student Council, and in the Senior Play. She has been in charge of our class list since 2003 and I have enjoyed helping her with that. She has shared a lot of emails over the years and I always enjoyed hearing from her. In recent years she and Melvin invited classmates to their home when we had reunions and Carole and I enjoyed that a lot. She has been a pillar of her church, and certainly one of the pillars of our class."

Also passing, Glen Baxter Clanton, 64, of Moore who passed on March 1. Glen is LHS class 1965. He was brother to '57 classmate Cary Clanton, who is also deceased. Visitation was held on Thursday and Friday. I could not find time of services. Glen is survived by wife Lori; son Rick, LHS '88; step sons.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Received a phone call from Barbara (Ferguson) Perry, '50 to let me know that Lawrence Fannings wife Lee had passed on February 27. Barbara lives in Huntsville, AL as does Lawrence. Lawrence is LHS class of....?
So sorry to hear of his loss. An extended obit and guest book are at:

Other than the sad news of Lees passing, Barbara & I had a great visit. She stays in touch with the old home-town via the news but also friends who still live here.
Barbara said she also has occasion to visit with another LHS'er living in Huntsville, Claudia (Looney) Davis, '59.

Just received information of another loss....
Bonnie Paine died last October, just 3 weeks shy of her 100th birthday. She was the wife of Gordon Paine, long time Dean of Students at Cameron, and herself a long time Lawton school teacher and later, a speech therapist in the Lawton schools. She was mom of son, David Paine, '57; daughter, Elizabeth Paine Davis, '60. She died in the Nashville, TN area, where Liz lives, and is buried beside her husband in Oklahoma.
This info from David Paines wife, Elaine (Stark) Paine, 1958

Our sympathies are with those who have loss of family.

From the email bag:

Several responded about Sue (Grimes) Ott, '56. Sue is very ill with cancer and is currently living at Monta Vista Center in Lawton. 7604 Quanah Parker Trailway and main number there is (580) 536-2866.

Great email from '59 classmate, and one of the infamous Goofus Dancers, Ella (Price)
Ella passed along that twin sister Stella Naifeh and her husband are back in the Philippines. They are no longer with the Peace Corps, Ella says they just living there and working with the orphanage. Their permanent home remains in Dallas. Ella also shared some memories....
....."the picture of the 'goofus dancers' really brought back the memories. It was a fun thing to do but a little smelly in the bags and hot.
A fond memory of Lawton is when I went to Bianco's for pizza. I had my first bite of pizza there. My students cannot believe I am older than pizza, or television, or dial phones or acrylic nails,. The list goes on and on."

Allan Dayton, class '52, send this travel note......
"... on a cruise with wife and friends from Singapore to Bangkok, through Vietnam, ending in Hong Kong. Saw the famous "Hanoi Hilton" where our pilots were imprisoned and tortured during Vietnam War. Singapore is very nice but expensive."

A new children's book - 'Adelia's Last Name' - has just been released! The great news is that it is the work of Marilyn Davis of Bethany. Marilyn is married to '59 classmate
Weldon Davis.
She asks that everyone buy at least 100 copies to help sales off to a good start! Kidding aside, what a great event and we certainly wish Marilyn all the best with her book. Visit Marilyn and 'see' the book at:
The site also links to a blog and you can leave comments!
Note: I got to know Marilyn back in late '60's as she taught my son James (Dink) at Pecan Grove School in Lawton. They remained good friends over the years. She's a great gal with lots of outgoing personality. Go Marilyn!

Regards to all.............Georgia

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