Monday, November 21, 2011

......LHS News......
Originally sent November 18

Had opportunity to watch the DVD, "Memories of Old Lawton High". It is being shown on the local educational channel. Very well done & enjoyable. [So far] Has interviews with former LHS grads, Dr. Charles Graybill and his wife Betty, Wayne & Mary Jo Smith, Ken Bridges, Bob Hillis, Peggy (Elledge) Long, Minnette (Zak) Page. Good stories of the 'old' days and some quite humorous.

You can order a copy of the DVD by contacting:
They are $12. each IF you pick them up. If ordering to be mailed, add $5. - total $17.
They are continuing work on the interviews and at some point, you will be able to watch in the 'Memory Room' at the Old High School.

Also, a Christmas ornament is being sold by the Lawton Heritage Association and is now available at the Museum and Massads Gifts. It features a 'picture' of the Old High School. (see photo). Lovely and is nicely 'packaged'. It is metal and around 'border' that says Lawton High School, it is 'gold tone' while the school itself is 'silver tone'. Like they say on eBay - "much prettier in person".! And is IS!
Also includes a card with photograph of the school & brief history. It is the Second Edition - last year was First - and featured the old Mattie Beal Home. A few of those remain available. Very nicely done, good remembering of Lawton/school history and if Santa ain't leavin a diamond bauble in yer stocking.....this would make a good stuffer for that fav LHS grad!!!!

In 2009, Matthew Spradlin, son of '55 grad Bobby Spradlin and wife Stona, co-wrote a graphic novel called "Bad Kids Go to Hell". There are a total of four issues which turned out to be the best selling graphic novel of 2009.
Matthew is now in post production of a movie by the same name, which he is directing . It was filmed at Spiderwood Studios in Utley, Tx outside of Austin and various locations around Dallas. You can google that title and see a trailer.***
It stars among others: Cameron Deane Stuart of the " iCarley " TV series: Ben Browder of the " Stargate SG-1" TV; Judd Nelson from " The Breakfast Club" and "St. Elmo's Fire"; also Ali Faulkner and Marc Donato.
Depending on the distributors schedule, they hope for release sometime in 2012.

btw.... Bobby is taking ME to the Academy Awards, so don't ask!

LHS grads Wayne Cox, '51, and Clinton Herring, have just been inducted into the Texhoma Racers Hall of Fame along with a friend and another driver for Clinton, Joe Farley. Clinton raced (actually drove the cars) for a few years and then turned the driving task over to Wayne Cox and eventually Farley joined them. Herring stayed active as car 'owner' and worked in the pit crew. He says he is still out at the Lawton Speedway every week-end (during racing season) with his son Greg. They are currently running an "open wheel car". Good read in Sunday Constitution, November 13, page 8-C.
Always heard those guys were 'fast' but I didn't know they were talking about cars! ahahha Congrats guys!
Photo from Lawton paper: Wayne on left - Clinton right.

In same paper, page 5-C, Herb Jacobs continues with headline stories from Lawton sports in 1958 and 1959. So many names you will recognize....Larry Waller, Larry
Ray, Stuart Tonemah (deceased), Babs Yarmuk, Ted Owens, Richard Killian, Julie Ashlock.

The #1 TOP story of 1959
- "The LHS baseball team made history by earning the schools first State Championship." Goes on to say...."The Wolverines landed six players on the 12 man all conference team - pitchers - Jerry Boucher, David Hillis; shortstop Oscar Pickering (deceased); 2nd base Billy Dayton (deceased); catcher Ray Tillman; outfielder
Gale McCray."
MY year, MY classmates - way to hustle guys! (little sports lingo there).


Help me sing Happy Birthday to a BIG turkey...hhahahhahaha. My bother George Gill was born on Thanksgiving Day and every few years it lands on T-Day again. This is the year (24th). Also Dee (Vanderpool) Glass shares her special day with my brother! Sorry, Dee.!!!!
Kidding, love them both. Happy Birthday guys!


'59 classmate Jerry Boucher let me know that his wife Mary Ann (Martin), '61, has been diagnosed with a blood disorder and has gone to MD Anderson in Houston for tests. This was on the 11th. I have not had an update.

So sorry to report the passing of J.B. Ridgeway, 77, of Carlsbad, NM. JB passed on November 6 in Lubbock, TX and a Memorial Service was held on November 9 in Carlsbad.
JB was LHS class 1952. He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Lowry); two sons; a daughter; a sister Janell Jones of Lawton. Numerous grandchildren and extended family.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Also passing, William A. Lee, 55, of Lawton. William passed on November 9 and services were November 16. William graduated "with honors" with LHS class 1974.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Please join me in keeping classmates in your prayers - those with illness and those who have lost loved ones.


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

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