Originally sent August 21
I am sorry I could not get this out sooner, but, TOMORROW - Wednesday August 22 - classmate Dr. Charles Gilbert will be the guest speaker at the Workers and Travelers of Mt. Scott Community Building. Charles will have a slide presentation on 'What Makes the Wichitas Special'. The group will meet at 12:00 noon, Mt. Scott School building (on McClung Rd about a mile north of Meers/Porter Hill Rd.) A light lunch will be served. Guests are most welcome. If you need information or directions, please call (580) 919 - 9150.
Charles is well respected for his geology research and knowledge of the Wichita Mtns.
Glenda (Doan), '55, and hubby Jimmy Stanton, '56, just celebrated their Golden 50th!
Also making it to the big 5-0, '59 classmates Wynona (McDonald) and Jerry Nottingham.
And close behind, my brother George Gill, '63, and wife Christine (Parr), a glorious 46 years! It takes a lot of work to make for a marriage to arrive at these 'high numbers'. Congratulations to all!
Speaking of George, he said he had a great visit with Frank of the American Pickers TV show while in Sturgis. George said he was very friendly and talkative and added..."he's shorter than I am!" Now...we're talking munchkin! hahahahhaa!
Ben Melton is NOT helping things writing to tell us it's 46 in Southfork, CO. He's planning to stay a while longer till heat retreats down this way!
'59 classmate Peggy (Stockton) Cravens of Austin escaped the heat by spending some time at her brothers home in Ruidoso, NM....not only cool, but beautiful mountains!
Ed Jones sent a lovely 'travel log' of the area where he lives in Baja! Waves lapping up on beautiful sandy beaches. sigh! I think we should all go visit!
Herb Jacobs writes once again about the sports scene in Lawton long ago. Not really about LHS this time but interesting none the less as he viewed old microfilm from 1962. A lot of names you will know. Sunday Constitution, August 12, page 6-C.
Had opportunity to visit with JoLynn (Ansley) Kramer, '55. She is doing much better after months of rehab and recuperation from a fall. It was good to see her looking and doing so well.
Sharon (Hartline) Stamps fell and broke both ankles! She is obviously immobile but recovering.
Jerry Strickland, '57, is just home from MD Anderson in Houston where he had surgery to remove a tumor pressing on his brain. So happy to report, the tumor was benign and after some rehab, Jerry is home & doing well.
'59 classmate Joel Boyd has written that he will have a kidney removal surgery on August 28. He says its a 'stage 1' tumor and confined with no traces of problems anywhere else. Joel is in Florida and I know we all wish him the best! He says he hopes to get at least 20 years out of the other one!
I understand Alvis Kennedy, '57, is quite ill (cancer). Have no details.
Please keep my sister-in-law in your prayers. Terri (Stowe) is married to my brother Tim Gill, '70. She is battling ovarian cancer and currently has a lot of problems.
So very sorry to report the loss of yet more classmates:
Alton E. Cox, 80, of Lawton passed on August 12. Alton was LHS class 1949. Alton was very active in FFA and horses all his life. His dad owned Oscar Cox Pontiac in downtown Lawton back in the day. Alton is survived by his wife Gwen (Braddy); a son Brad; two brothers, Wayne and Larry; a sister Sharon Glover; brother-in-law Buddy Braddy; numerous grandchildren, extended family. He was preceded in death by a son A. Blake Cox and a brother Weldon. A Memorial services was held August 16.
Extended obit and guest book at: <www.beckerfuneral.com>
Billie Ruth (Bish) Fargo, 69, of the Woodlands, TX, passed on August 12 after a short battle with cancer. Billie Ruth was LHS class 1961. She was daughter of our former Superintendent Hugh Bish and wife Marion (both deceased). Billie is survived by her husband of 50 years, Bill Fargo, '62; daughters Beth and Allison; son David. Numerous grandchildren. There was a memorial service on August 20. Bill wrote a beautiful obituary for her. Read extended obit at:
Lois Viola (Harrison) Boice, 89, of Lawton passed on August 11. She attended school in Lawton but do not know the year she graduated. She married Louie Boice in 1939. He passed in 2008. Survivors include a son; three daughters; large extended family. Services were held August 15 in Lawton.
Extended obit and gust book at: <www.grayfuneral.com>
'59 classmate Beverly (Spradlin) Riley lost her husband Richard on August 13. He had been fighting Alzheimers for several years! There was a memorial service August 19.
Beverly was in Lawton briefly last week at her daughters home. She was doing well considering her loss and the fact she recently had 2 surgeries.
Our prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and those who are undergoing treatment and surgeries.
The heat wave has broken and tonight as I send this...74, with cool breeze. Feels sooooooo good!
Regards to all..............Georgia