Monday, January 30, 2012

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

Originally sent January 22

David Craig, '57, sent a note....
"I had the pleasure of taking my bride of 50 Years, Trudy, to Hawaii to celebrate our 50th Anniversary which occurred on December 14, 2011. We spent 10 days on the big island where the lava still flows and the sunsets are still as beautiful as we remember."
Major congrats guys! (see photo)

I'm sure in times past many of you went to Springlake Amusement Park in OKC. If so, you will enjoy the 'visit' via the link below. Lots good memories. Appreciate '59 classmate Stephen Parker, for sending it along.

Another walk down 'memory lane'.....Etta James died this week. Early blues type singer. Many of you will remember her biggie - a pretty song - 'At Last', popular back in '50's. Complications of leukemia, she was 73.

I appreciate Charles M. Gilbert for sending me a copy of a new brochure [color]on the geology of the Wichita Mountains just published by the Oklahoma Geological Survey. It's a lovely brochure, it's free, and will be available this spring at the Visitors Center out in the Wichita Mtns.
Charles added these notes....
"I want to encourage those interested in the Wichitas to have a look and get the straight story direct from an LHS alum.
I was [class] 1954, last class at the old building. Went on the first Mexico trips that Ada Knight generated. Helped, along with others, Miss Stafford move her classroom stuff over to the new building at the end of the 53-54 school year.
I am a geologist---BS and MS from OU, and PhD from UCLA. Taught at Virginia Tech for 15 years, Texas A&M for 7, and OU, since 1990, for 17. Retired in 2007, but still have an office at School of Geology & Geophysics at OU. As perhaps you can tell, the Wichita Mountains area is my main research area now."

As I said, lovely & informative brochure and the Visitors Center is also something to see. Don't miss it this spring! Thank you Charles.


Unfortunately we have lost several classmates:

So sorry to report the loss of classmate Kenneth Ray Vickers, 78, of Howe, TX. Kenneth passed on January 12 and services were held in Howe on January 17. Kenneth was LHS class 1952, but left just before graduation to join the Air Force, along with his classmate & friend, John R. Woody.
Kenneth is survived by wife Ruth; 2 daughters; a son; numerous grand and great grandchildren; a brother Alva Jay Vickers of Lawton. He was preceded in death by brother Jimmy Vickers.
Extended obit and guestbook at:

Also passing Barry Wayne Cousins, 64, of Lawton. Barry passed on January 13 after a lengthy illness with Alzheimers. Originally from Kentucky, Barry & his family moved to Lawton-Ft Sill and Barry graduated LHS class 1965. Services were January 18. He is survived by a son and 3 sisters.
Extended obit and guest book at:

We also lost Franklin Glen Countryman, Jr., 75, of Ok City. Frank passed January 15 and grave side services were January 20 in Lawton.
There will be a Memorial service at 10:00am on Monday January 23 at Metropolitan Baptist church in OKC. Frank was LHS class 1954.
He is survived by two sons; a sister; numerous grandchildren and nieces and nephews. His wife, Nancy Ann (Yeiral) preceded him in death as did a sister, Sharon Foster.
Extended obit and guestbook at:

Also passing, Richard Lee 'Dick' Shelton, 71, of Ada. Dick passed on January 17. Services were January 21 in Ada with full Military honors. Dick attended school in Lawton and Duncan and believe he may have graduated from Duncan. He is survived by wife Terrie; sons Blake and Terrell; daughters Endy and Phileshia; a sister Linda; numerous grandchildren and extended family.
Extended obit and guest book at:

And, Ola Lewis, 94, of Lawton passed on January 18. There will be no funeral service, but a celebration of life memorial will be held at a later date. Ola is mom of classmates Marilyn (Lewis) Smith; Stan Lewis; Diana (Lewis) Gross; and Cindy (Lewis) Hernandez.
Extended obit and guest book at:

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


We are experiencing a 'mild' winter in the home town which is great relief after snow & ice of 2010 and 2011. Regards to all.....Georgia

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