Saturday, August 20, 2011

......LHS News......
Originally sent August 19

Fireworks guru Mike Gill, '71, just returned from Fargo, ND where he attended the Annual Summer Blast of Pyrotechnics International. Fabulous firework shows all week. All the latest in items that light up the night sky! Final night, a single bundle of 1,000's of firecrackers was lighted!!! (pix of Mike & firecrackers).
Yes, one of my brothers.

'59 classmate Ed Adams and wife Diane (Daniels), ' have just returned from a trip around the great northwest! Flew from OK to Seattle; ferry to Victoria; ferry to Vancover; train to Kamloops and Banff; flight home from Calgary. Ed says Butchert Gardens was a favorite of the trip. (see pix at Gardens)

Congrats to Chris Wehner - son of '64 grad Francis (Fran Jacks) Wehner - who recently won the Ron Howard Imagin8tion Project sponsored by Canon. Not sure what all is involved but suffice to say, GREAT honor to have ones work chosen from 1,000's of photos. Quite an accomplishment and more can be seen and 'heard' at:

REMINDER: reunions galore:

Class 1947 - 64th reunion set for August 26-27. Lawton Country Club. For local [Lawton] info/details contact Jeneanne Lawson at (580) 510-0516 or Jack Bost at (618) 397-1217; or (618) 530-0096.

Class 1961 - 50 year reunion is September 2-3-4. For info contact Sue (Otis) Wigington at (580) 536-2344 or email Info also posted at

Classes '49 ~ '52 Annual reunion. September 23-24. Friday night set aside for individual classes to have get together; Saturday night - all at Lawton Country Club. Tommye Hobbs at:
NOTES: Class '49 Party: Friday night 6:00 PM at the Leister-Bridges home, 3304 Baltimore, Lawton.
Class '52: Friday night 6:00pm, get together/social, back room at Furrs Cafeteria; dutch treat.
For all: Meet and Greet: Saturday morning 10:00 AM, atrium (west side) of the 'real' Lawton High School. Coffee and sweet rolls will be provided.
Farewell Breakfast: Sunday morning 9:00 AM, Golden Corral, 2632 NW Cache Road. No host; pay as you enter. Tommye says....."sorry about the conflict with the OU-Missouri game. At the time the reunion was scheduled, OU had an open date. They didn’t even try to accommodate us!" haha!
Please help spread the word.

Class 1971 - 40 reunion October 14-15th! Friday and Saturday event(s) planned. Deadline for reservations, Friday October 1. Details posted on FaceBook. Contact is Alicia (Mathews) Steer, 308 Cotswold Dr., Norman, OK 73072.Email:

Reunion info also posted on the WolverNet blog. (right here - to the left)

We realize some don't know till last minute, but if you know you are coming to any of these reunions, try to send money and reservations as early as possible. Makes it easier for those making the plans and accommodations as they have to have head counts etc. Thanks.


Once again we have lost classmates and friends.......

Shirley (Faulkner) O'Dell Legum, 70, of Atlanta passed on August 13. Shirley was LHS class 1958. She is survived by her husband Kenneth Legum; a daughter Catherine Legum; two sisters, Beth Garrett and Judy Drake, both of Lawton and LHS grads; extended family.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date in Apache, OK.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Also, Napolean 'Charles' Parks, 69, of Lawrence, KS. Charles passed on August 12. He was LHS class 1959 and went on to receive several degrees from Wichita State before beginning a career in education. He is survived by his wife Ella (Myers); a daughter; two sons; a sister; extended family.
The family will receive friends 6:00 - 8:00pm on Friday August 19 at the Warren - McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Services will be at 10:00am, Saturday August 20, First Presbyterian church in Lawrence, KS.
Extended obit and guest book at:

And, sorry to report the passing of Connie Lyn (Zumwalt) Mathis, 59, of Milford, TX. Connie passed on August 13 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Connie was LHS class of 1977 and daughter of LHS grad Janet (Tague) Copeland and Carrell Gene Zumwalt.
Connie is survived by her husband, Johnny Mathis; her step-son Alan and wife Angela Mathis; step-grandchildren, Peyton and Troy Mathis; her father, Carrell Zumwalt; her mother and step-father, Janet and Eugene Copeland of Kingfisher, OK; a sister Valerie Tubbs, OKC; a brother Douglas Zumwalt, Lawton; extended family.
Connie graciously donated her body to science.
There will be a memorial service on Saturday, August 20, at 2:00pm in the Trails to the Cross Cowboy Church, 226 Stadium Road, P.O. Box 658, Hillsboro, TX 76645.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Note: A lot of the obits I send are in the Lawton paper. You can access them by going to: Click on obits link at top of page.

Our thoughts and prayers are with these families who have lost loved ones.


Regards to all from the home town ~ have a good week-end! Georgia

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