Sunday, December 18, 2011

......LHS News......
Originally sent December 6

Bruce Knowles wrote that temp around Thanksgiving - at his home in Alaska - was 17! Brrrrrr.....Hard to thaw a turkey!!!!

Major congrats to Jackie Yoast and his wife Priscilla Marie (Robertson) who recently celebrated their Golden 50th!

The news item on the English family brought numerous emails......I learned that Nancy (English) King passed in 2011. She attended Washington Elementary school & later went east to private school, but had she remained she would have been LHS class 1952.

This nice note from Dunnie "Moad" Anthony, class1960......

"I read with much interest your article regarding Nancy King. I volunteer for the Assistance League of Tulsa, and was orientation co-chair for 2 years. The Rev. Nancy English King was in the 2011 orientation class as a new member. When we found out that we were both from Lawton, we had much to talk about. Nancy was a very gracious and special lady...I enjoyed her company, and am sorry that I did not meet her sooner."

This from Jan (Rice) Grogan......

"She and I doubled dated a lot after she returned from Bryn Mawr. I lost touch with her around 1970. She was a kind and intelligent woman. I am not surprised that she became an Episcopal deacon."

And it seems the English swimming pool was place of interest in 'our' formative years....

" Nancy English was in my class at Washington Elementary so she would have been an LHS grad in 1952. At Washington we had a swimming party every year at Exall's house!"
Dick Neptune, '52

"We were best friends growing up and would see each other during the summers , since she went away to a private school. We had so much fun....her parents had a swimming pool so that was a real treat for me to be invited to her home."
Sameera (Hamra) Murad, '52

"......reading about Exall English, reminded me about the time Bob Ledford, Bill Baird and myself climbed that brick fence, and went skinny dipping in their pool one dark nite, summer of '56."
Luther (Lou) Green

Mercy! I know same thing happened at the Shepler pool was right across the street! I have names! Nope can't tell that story yet! Girls still hiding out! ahahhahahhahahha
Not to mention a (girls) skinny dip at Ft. Sill pool I've got to write a book!

On a personal note, we had an upstairs bath that faced Ft Sill blvd & we could get up there & see across the street to the swimming pool area of the English house. We only took peeks when parties were going on! haha!
I guess I can tell this now, my brother George - who most remember as quite incorrigible - raided the party sites a time or two after the fact & brought home 'bottles' for his 'collection'. They were empty! Or they were when he got home???!!!

Sam Joyner - lives in Tulsa - also attended the English auction and scooped up some great Lawton mementos: early pictures of Doe Doe Park, Old South Cafeteria, Easter pageant, first frame bldg in Lawton, the flood of 1904, couple other yearbooks. Also, a 'neat' letter that I will share soon.

Again, Herb Jacobs revisits the Lawton sports scene in days gone by. His Sunday column - 'Where Are They Now' - of November 27 - page 6-C, looks at years 1960 and 1961.
Many familiar names including: Preston Holsinger, Ron Hartline, Pat Hennessee, Craig Hadley,Hartwell Menefee, Larry Ferguson, Richard Chapman, Jim McCracken, Mike Morgan, Mike Metzner, Jim Hamilton, Ted Owens, Jimmy Dean, Mary Ann Ashlock, Lexa Carden. Others.

The #1 story for 1960....Camerons football team returning to Oklahoma Juco Conference and receiving an invite to Junior Rose Bowl.
And #1 story for 1961 - again, Leroy Montgomerys Cameron Aggies as they finished an undefeated season, beating out Bakersville, CA to win the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the National title.
Good read and recap of Lawton sports history if you can get it.

Glen Thompson sent this link to a look at Lawton in 1964.
Lawton, Oklahoma - Downtown - Circa 1964 Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Remember....if you are a former Camp Fire Girl, you need to contact Connie (Conway) Martinez about a possible reunion in Spring of 2012.
1416 NW Lake Ave. Apt. A, Lawton, OK 73507; (580) 574-6601;

OK.....class 1962....your 50th reunion coming up - June 1-2-3 - and you need to get your info IN, plus, help is needed to locate 'lost' grads.
Please send names and e-mail or regular addresses to: Kaye (Thompson) McCarley;


Again, numerous losses.....

We have lost Sally K. (Hough) Cotner, 75, of Lawton. Sally passed December 3, she was LHS class 1954. She is survived by husband Daniel; a daughter and many extended family members.
Services are 2:00pm, Wednesday December 7, Blessed Sacrament church, burial at Highland.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Also, Joyce Elaine (Jones) Selman, 65, of Lawton. Joyce passed on December 2, she was LHS class 1964. She is survived by husband Mohamed; a son Robert; extended family. Services are 2:00pm, Wednesday December 7, Lawton Ritter Gray Funeral Home Chapel.
Extended obit and guestbook at:

And, Deanna Kaye (Roof) Hendricks, 71, of Fletcher. Deanna passed on November 23 and services were November 28. She was LHS class 1958.
She is survived by two sons; two daughters; numerous grand and great-grand children.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Also passing, Joan (Yarmuk) Power, 85, of Lawton. Joan passed on November 24 and services were November 29. Joan was LHS class 1944. She is survived by a son; a daughter; numerous grand and great-grand children; brother Jimmie Yarmuk. She was aunt of classmates Babs Yarmuk Givens and Teresa Yarmuk Adair.
Extended obit and guest book at:

And another of our Golden Wolverines, Raymond Maurice Meyer, 99, of Lawton. Maurice passed on November 27 and services were November 30.
Maurice was LHS class 1930 and a longtime businessman in Lawton. He and his dad owned & operated the Lincoln Grocery. He was preceded in death by wife Edna (Allen) and a son Eddie.
Extended and interesting obit and guest book at:

Also, F. Orlena (Elliott) Hanes Sexton, 101, of Lawton. She passed on November 25 and grave side services were November 28. She was the mom of classmates Janettte Hanes and Janice Poston; also daughter Mary Frances (Hanes) Hammons; a son James Hanes, who is deceased; a step-son Archie Sexton; numerous grand, great grand, and great, great, grand children.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Note: Mary Frances used to baby sit me....long time ago. So sorry for the loss to the Hanes family.

Also, hate to report the passing of Jeff (Ash) Wyant, son of classmate, Mike Wyant. Ash, who lived in Torrance, CA, passed on November 20 after a lifetime illness. He is survived by a wife Rebecca; two daughters Luminera 5, Petra 2. Services were in CA.

We also lost one of our local educators. James Roberts, 83, of Lawton passed on November 24 and service was November 28. James taught at Garfield, Principal at John Adams and Geronimo Road.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Our sympathies and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones.


Yours truly is home from a week in Boston where we celebrated Thanksgiving with daughter Leslie and hubby Randy, 4 dogs, several guests. Great time, good food, always a joy to be with family.

Hope all well with you and yours....regards......Georgia

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