Saturday, April 28, 2012

......LHS News......
Originally sent April 28

Bruce Knowles, '62, writes from his home in AK that he is sure spring is on the way as the 8-9 FOOT snow drifts around his 'cabin' are now just 6-7 FEET! btw...Bruce is headed to the lower 48 to attend his 50th reunion here in Lawton, America in June! We hope to see Bruce at the local watering hole of Biancos. A fav of Bruce &  others!

Reminder: Class 1962 - 50th Reunion - June 1-2. Kaye Lee (Thompson) McCarley is asking.....please send in those reservations NOW. Contact Kaye at You can also catch Kaye on Facebook.

Need to make a correction. Don Hertzog who recently passed was LHS class 1962, not '63 as previously stated.

 Email: "This is Tommy Newman who lived on the corner Taylor & 13th Streets. Carol Allison and I have 44 years of marriage and now live in the Kansas City area."

Gale McCray writes that '60's classmates Johnny Parrish, Jerry Hurst, Jack Hunsucker, and Preston Holsinger and his wife Sandy attended his performance of One Man Looks at Baseball at the 4th Annual Duncan Storytelling Festival in March. Gale also just wrapped up a run in Damn Yankees with Bedford Theater in Bedford, TX. Gale says...."Doing all this performing keeps me out of pool halls, honky tonks, and away from loose women. ..... I loved Ramey's Pool Hall."
You can catch Gale on UTube by typing in his name.

Also emails with kind words and other 'info' from: Peggy (Stockton) Cravens; Ed Adams; Larry Fanning; Dorothy DeMoro; Phil Wilder; Richard Densley; Frankie (Ingraham) Kinderman; Charles Darling; Wayne Kniffin; Paul Anderson; Mike Lehew; Delores (Warner) Mueller;LaRue (Locke) Hogate; Jerry Morgan.


 Remembrances continue - obviously Miss Stafford made an impression, one way or other:
"I got tears in my eyes reading about Lilly Stafford. I thought I was the only one."
 James Fullerton

 "My sister and brother maxed Lilly Stafford's classes....I made a D in her easiest (ha) class...geology....even with a D I still remember some facts! Lilly was quite a lady...[btw].. Just spent a week in Capitol Reef, Utah...and I is all sandstone!"
Vreda Schieman, class of 51

.... "I never had her for a teacher but was very familiar with her ways and personallity. In 1955 and 56, I was a paper boy for the Lawton Constitition and Morning Press. Miss Stafford was one of my customers. In those days, the paper had to be porched and she was very perticular as to where on the porch. If it was not exactly where she wanted it, she would call the paper and complain. We also had to collect the money for the papers we delivered. Collections were always on or near the first of the month. She would never pay on my first attempt but would say in a very gruff way, "come back later I'm busy right now". She eventually paid but was very cantankerous about it. A few years later and no longer delivering papers, [I was] with my Dad and ran into her. My Dad had been one of her students at the old LHS. She told my Dad, I was the best paper boy she ever had. Go figure."
Glenn Nolan, '62

"Koehler Thomas says "Half of his chemistry workbook was eaten by acid in Miss Stafford's 1949 Chemistry Class and that he received a D, lucky at that."
Sue Thomas

 "I read with amusement about all the guys who flunked Miss Stafford's class! Fortunately, I never had to take it, as I KNOW I would have gotten an F. Thanks, Doris Joyner"

 "I am one of Miss Stafford's suffering souls. I took both Physics and Chemistry from her. The worst grade that I received was from the fifth six week period where I received a 62 (an F) from her. However, I recovered and passed the semester. The good news was that the Physics courses I took at OU were a cinch and I aced them. She was great and I wish we had more like her."
Al Dayton, Class of 1952

 "Miss Lily was demanding but undoubtedly the best teacher I had at LHS. Testimony to her influence on students who went on to study science and medicine: she was given a new Chevy in 1949 by grateful former students. She proudly drove that car the rest of her life."
Jan (Rice) Grogan, '54

"Any who can remember me in high school will tell you I was not very high on getting an education. Somehow I ended up taking chemistry from Miss Stafford. How I got out of her class with a D is a mystery, for it was not from hard work and perseverance. One day she was late coming to class. I was at her desk and saw the magnifying glass she used to read small print. I took the glass out and screwed the lens holder back in place. I put the glass in my sock. Sometime later in class she picked up her magnifier to read something, tried to focus and got nowhere. She poked her finger through the opening and no lens. She was not a happy camper. The lens in my sock got hotter and hotter. But no one squealed on me. I have only told this to my closest friends, but now I guess it is safe for it to become public knowledge. I am amazed at the number of students that got low grades in her class to went on to become scientists. I am a retired Insurance Claims Adjuster and Paramedic, now living in Heeney, Colorado, high in the Rockies at 8000 feet in a log cabin next to Green Mountain Reservoir. The Gore Range is to my west and the Williams Fork Range to my east. Spring is happening steady by jerks. The snow is melting and the lake will soon be full."
 Stanton Young, '54


Sadly, we continue to lose classmates:
Ann J. (Server) Harrouff, 89, of Lawton passed on April 25. Ann was LHS class 1941. She is survived by a son Gregg and his family; 2 granddaughters and extended family. Special visitation will be Sunday April 29, 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Ritter Gray Funeral Home. Services will be 10:00am, Monday April 30, Centenary United Methodist church with burial following at Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Karen Michelle Kriz, 51, of Lawton passed on April 25. Services were April 28. Karen was LHS class 1979. She is survived by her mother Betty (Lewis) Kriz; a brother Stephen; numerous nieces and nephews. Extended obit and guest book at:

James F. Freeman, 79, of Lawton passed on April 21. Jim was LHS class 1950. Services were April 26. He is survived by wife Karen Sue (Duncan); 4 sons; a daughter; numerous step-children; grandchildren and extended family. Extended obit and guest book at:

John Henry Pipes, 87, of Lawton passed on April 19. Services were April 24. John was grad of LHS early '40's. Not sure of the year. He was married to Barbara 'Babs' Ruth (Hutchins) - Babs passed in June of 2011. She was LHS class 1946. He is survived by a daughter Kathy; son Kevin; several grandchildren and extended family. He was also preceded in death by a son David Pipes.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Dr. Patrick Robert Pitchford, 69, of Tulsa, passed on April 15. Pat was LHS class 1960. He also graduated OU in 1964 and Baylor School of Dentistry in 1968. Pat is survived by wife Marciana 'Marci'; six children, numerous grand children; brothers Harry Pitchford of Lawton and Pat and Holley Pitchford. Extended obit and guest book at:

J. Susan (Hackner) Novak, 60, of Lawton passed on March 25. Services were March 30. Susan was LHS class 1969. She is survived by a son; a daughter; sister Linda Doolin and Paulette Canfield; several grandchildren and extended family. Extended obit and guest book at:


 Have lots more news and some pictures but will have to wait for future 'newsletter'......regards for now...Georgia

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