Wednesday, April 27, 2011

......LHS News......

Originally sent April 21

Going to try different 'format' of the news. Will try listing the bad/sad news at end, that way any who would like can skip!!?? Had that suggestion but not sure whether to end with sad or happier? We'll try it!

From the eMail bag:

'59 classmate Jerry (Sasser) Childs is one of 'us' gals celebrating our XX bday this year. Jerry celebrated her day April 1 - no joke - in Niger Republic of Africa where she remains doing missionary work. Some 31+ years now. (pix above of Jerry and husband Ron Childs).

Ran into Richard (Dick) '52 and Carole Neptune at Bianco's....they were celebrating their 27th anniversary! Congrats guys!

Also had a nice visit with Damon Doye '52 and his wife Georgia (Hoskins) '54. They are lovely people and doing great. They used to have acres of wonderful asparagus. Love asparagus and they let my Bill & I go out & cut to our hearts content. Ends up not being the 'heart' but the 'back' that figures in the equation. Georgia said since all their kids grown and gone, no one to maintain patch, so no more!

And, visited with Shirley (Ray) Blowers, '53, (big sister of Larry) and her hubby Bob at Burgess's Grill! She was doing well, just in Lawton for short visit.

Hey! Things are a hoppin' in the home town - especially at the eateries!

LHS classmate Howard Council - saddle maker to the stars - received the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award last Saturday night at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Awards banquet and reception in Oklahoma City. The awards also celebrated their 50th Anniversary. The prestigious award is named for the museums founder and honors people who have helped perpetuate the ideals, history, and heritage of the American West.
A packed house of some 1,200 people attended including celebs Patrick Wayne (son of the late John Wayne); Stuart Whitman; Ed Harris; Rex Linn; Ernest Borgnine; Barry Corbin; Red Stegall; Michael Martin Murphey and many others!
What an honor for our LHS classmate Howard Council - class 1945.
(photo below taken at awards with Howard on left, Roy "The Super Looper" Cooper on right. Looper is greatest roper of all time, a long time friend of Howards, and presented the award to Howard along with Red Stegall).

I appreciate Ed Jones and others who sent information on the last (?) of the sale of Roy Rogers items from Roy's museum which closed some years ago in Bransom. Actually, my brother George Gill '63, was in San Antonio for the auction (April 10-12th) and brought me a 'program'. He said as per usual, items brought much more than estimated. George also attended the 'Roy' auction that was held in Denver last year.
btw....George bought a full body mounted coyote - although not from Roys' items! (photo above shows brother George and wife Chris clopping across the SA, TX country side in a buckboard!)

Class 1961 is planning their 50th reunion. Dates are September 2-3-4. Classmates can contact Sue (Otis) Wigington at: or call (580) 536-2344. The planners need names, address, contacts, etc. Also go to for additional information.

Joint reunion of classes '49, '50, '51, '52 will celebrate on Friday and Saturday evening September 23 - 24. Saturday night will be at the Lawton Country Club ~ 'happy hour', dinner, etc. Also, probably Saturday morn, coffee/donuts at 'old' High School; golf? Friday night is set-aside for individual classes to have get together if want to....but someone from each class will have to make plans and arrangements. Volunteers/help is needed to update and keep class rosters current. Tommye Hobbs is retiring from that 'job'.

If you can help in any capacity or want more info, contact: Jo Riley (jomama632@sbcglobal (580)574-8150; Willie Martinez ( (580)536-3367; or me Tommye Hobbs ( (559) -718-6735. Let Tommye know if you are willing to help with the [individual] Friday night events or the roster/mailing.

A LHS class ring was found in California and trying to return to rightful owner. It is class 1978, has initials JFF. Was told could possibly belong to James Flory? If anyone has contact for James or knows who the ring might belong to, please contact Karen Beavers at LHS:

'59 classmate Ella (Price) Hunter suggested it might be fun some year to 'visit' the LHS Senior prom!!! Won't believe it, but I still have my prom dress! Yes! And, with a flounce, a gusset, and 2-3 yards would still fit!??!!

Appreciate emails from Jack Atkins; Ken Gross; Bert Click; David Davis; Ed Jones; Ed Adams; Claudia (Looney) Davis; Norma (Abbott) Ray; Phil Wilder. Numerous have sent email address changes! Appreciate it ~ only way you can continue to receive the 'news'!!! I can't always pass along all the info I receive, but good to know classmates are out there!

'59 classmate Larry Joe Thompson says that a cousin and good friend of his - Daymon Sims - is having a "tough time" with liver cancer. Daymon graduated at Geronimo but ran around with a lot of Lawton kids. Daymon and his wife Maxine have been living in Carrollton, TX for many years. He is in good spirits but would be happy to hear from old friends. You can email Daymon at:

And, '59 classmate LaRue (Locke) Hogate continues radiation treatment for breast cancer. She is doing well but will have a surgery on May 4 for removal of tumor. She will also be moving this next week to Meridan, TX. Certainly wish her the best on all.

Always sorry to reports losses:

Barbara (Odom) Smith, '56, let me know that her sister Patricia (Odom) Sheffield, '54, passed on Tuesday April 19 (heart attack). Pat was living in Aurora, CO. She is survived by two sons - Peter and Michael. A daughter, Judith, passed 2 years ago. No service is planned at this time.

Karen Sue (Soper) Solenburg, 60, of Lawton passed on April 11. Karen was LHS class 1969. She is survived by a sons and a daughter and their families.
Services were Saturday April 16.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Also passing, William 'Doc' Parker, 76, of Lawton. Doc passed on April 12. He attended Central Jr. High and Lawton High School, but not sure he graduated? He is survived by his wife Theresa (Pittman); 2 sons and 2 daughters and families. Grave side services were held Saturday April 16.

I know our thoughts and prayers are with these having health problems and also with those who have lost loved ones.

Remember, previously sent news, reunion info, photos, more, archived at the blog. I am having trouble with the 'spacing' on the blog and from reading 'help' so are a lot of others. So....may have to tax your brain a little to read it!

Happy Easter ~ Happy Spring! Georgia

Saturday, April 16, 2011

......LHS News...... Originally sent April 12

Well, spring/summer has 'sprung' and yours truly has been really busy with house painters outside, yard work, tree trimming, closet-cleaning! So, been a while since I collected and sent 'news'. Here goes....... Very sorry to again have losses.

Helen (Roberson) Houser, 76, of Lawton passed on Monday April 11. Helen was LHS class 1952. She is survived by husband Bob - 'BJ'; 3 daughters; 6 grandchildren. There will be a reception for friends and family at 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Thursday April 14; services will be 10:00am, Friday April 15 at Whinery Huddleston Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Lawton. Obit and guest book at:

Also, Alta (Dorn) Petty Olsen, 92, of Lawton. Alta passed on April 9 in Texas. She is mom of Barbara (Petty) Green - Luther Green, '57; a son, Ronald Petty. A memorial service was held in Beaumont, TX on April 11. I was told there would be a grave side service Wednesday morning in Lawton, but no time or place was given. Extended obit and guest book at:

Kathryn Elaine (Rogers) Beall, 89, of Lawton passed on April 5. Kathryn was LHS class 1939. Her dad J.T. Rogers - owned Rogers dairy and Rogers Lane (east/west highway on south border Ft. Sill) is named after him. Her husband, Rex Beall, died in 2003. We knew the Bealls fairly well. Rex repaired and collected old watches and their daughter, Diane, worked for Bill at the drugstore. Lovely people. Services were April 9 in Lawton. Extended obit and guest book at:

Betty J. (Wood) Cherry, 76, of Lawton, passed on March 30. Betty was LHS class 1951. Services were held on April 2. Betty was preceded in death by her husband Elton O. Cherry. Extended obit and guest book at:

Received this Sunday afternoon (April 10) from Jodi Baird who says Ashley gave her permission to notify friends. Kathy has been fighting cancer for some time now. "I talked with Ashley Cagle (LHS class of '64) yesterday. His wife, Kathy, is now on hospice at their home and, sadly, the prognosis is not good. Kathy's on only pain medication at this point and no further medical treatment is expected. Ashley said their faith was greatly restored and spirits lifted after Richard and Marilyn Hogue and 2 of their pastors drove to Lawton Friday evening and held a prayer session for/with Kathy. Please add your prayers for Kathy, and for Ashley and the Cagle family."

Address: 1908 SW 41st Street, Lawton 73505 Ashley's Cell Phone: (can receive text messages): (580) 704-5059 Emails: Kathy: Ashley:

I know our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and with those who are ill.

From the eMail bag:

Jimmie (Gentry) Lehew, '70, wife of Mike Lehew, sent info on the Class 1971 - 40th Reunion that is posted on Facebook. Check Facebook for more details. Reunion set for October 14 & 15, 2011, events Friday and Saturday nights. Deadline for reservations is October 1. Please make your reservation now by sending your check for $45.00 per person to: Alicia Mathews Steer, 308 Cotswold Drive , Norman OK 73072. They also want a short one page bio for a memory book and send your email address and mailing address to:

The girls of '59, who live in close proximity to the home-town, got together recently and sang Happy Birthday to each other as they all turned XX this year! (can't bring myself to say the number!!). Johnna (Gordon) Parks hosted the event in her beautiful new home and even made a delicious lunch for all the girls who could be there. Lot of laughter, visiting, and remembering the good 'ol days! Actually, 'these' days ain't too bad - all considered! It was FUN! So, to all us '59 gals near and far......Happy Birthday this year and hope we can do it again when we all turn XXX!!!!!!!

Stir some memories guys and gals....... LHS Senior prom was this past Saturday night. My niece Tara Gill - LHS class 2011 - was there. Haven't seen the pictures yet! My guess - Facebook has them!

I saw numerous whirling around town in limousines, long dresses, fancy hair-dos, nails done, out dining before the prom.

Regards to all. Georgia