Tuesday, June 19, 2012

......LHS News......
Originally sent June 17

Louis Boyce, class of 1950, will be celebrating his 80th birthday June 30th at his home in Edmond. His wife, Betty (Wood) Boyce, '55, is inviting friends, neighbors, and family to come by and visit a while if possible. Anytime after 2:00pm on the 30th, which is a Saturday. If you can't stop by personally, I know a card or note would be greatly enjoyed and appreciated. 626 Timber Lane, Edmond, OK 73034. Betty says....."NO GIFTS PLEASE!"

"Seeing Ron Jones description of his trip to Israel caused my competitive juices to flow. I'll see his trip and raise him a family trip to Greece, Greek Islands, and Turkey. Our two kids, spouses, my wife and I boarded a ship/boat/yacht (four sails plus a jib, 144 passengers, 93 crew) in Athens, visited several islands and southern Turkey places and wound up spending a few days in Istanbul."
 John Waller, '55

Page 8-A of the Lawton Constitution (June 5) has a great article on Steve Southerland. Steve has just completed a very large metal sculpture of a fish entitled 'Bye, Bye Miss American Pie'. (see pix). The sculpture is Steves homage to Rock 'n Roll & features several old musical instruments. It's quite a 'big catch' at approx 10' long. Steve says he began using a torch about age 7 - Steves dad was Buryl Southerland, class '52, who was quite an artist and sculptor in his day. Buryl is deceased.
 btw....Bill & I went by to see the fish 'in person'. GREAT! Hes gone to Texas for a new home!

On another item, Steve's brother Paul has just had surgery for a rare form of stomach cancer. At this writing he is doing well. Paul lives in OKC & is a photographer for the Oklahoman. He is a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. He is LHS class 1974. Both are sons of Marcille (Burns) Southerland Covey, '52 and Buryl.

Caught Kelli O'Hara on 'The Talk' few days ago. Kelli previously starred in South Pacific and The Pajama Game on Broadway, among other productions. She is currently starring as Billie Bendex opposite Matthew Broderick in 'Nice Work if you Can Get It'. She has had four TONY nominations! It has just been announced that she will join several other stars as well as US Olympic athletes as headliners for this years 4th July celebration on the National Mall in DC. Why am I mentioning this? Kelli is native Oklahoman (Elk City) and cousin of '59 classmate Bill Scott.

Allison Louise Drewry is a teacher in the Garland, TX ISD. She has just been awarded Teacher of the Year for 2012. Allison is LHS class 1994 and went on to graduate OSU and receive a Masters from SMU!

 Beverly (Gaston), '59, and hubby Edd Shelton, '57, just celebrated their 53rd anniversary! And they said it wouldn't last! haha! Bev says obviously they "haven't shot each other yet" and 'more in love than when they got married'. Takes work folks! Congratulations guys!

Reunion Re-cap:
 "Our 50th reunion was a big success. We had over 150 there. I think everyone had a good time. Thanks to all the helpers decorating the L.C.C. for Friday night and McCasland Ballroom on Sat. I couldn't have done without all of the hard working classmates. Also thanks to those who donated some fantastic art and items that made our silent auction a huge success . I especially want to thank all of my wonderful classmates for the generous gifts they gave me. You went way beyond generosity. I wish for every class who has a reunion coming up to have a fun-filled and successful one too."
Kaye Lee (Thompson) McCarley, '62
I believe Kay has added some reunion photos to Facebook. I don't do Facebook, so, on your own!

"The Class of 62 Reunion was great thanks to the hard work of Kaye Thompson McCarley class of 62 and her husband. The reunion was a three day event starting with an informal get together Friday June 1 at the Lawton Country Club, a dinner dance Saturday at Cameron's McCasland ballroom and a buffet breakfast Sunday at the Lawton Country Club. Over 160 people attended the dinner dance Saturday night. The evening was filled with lot's of laughs provided by classmates Bill Fargo, Johnny Mackey, Kirk Rothell and many others."
Glenn Nolan, '62
Glenn sent some pictures that I hope to have on the blog soon.

"Tom and Bill Bullock were older but Dick and I were pals from Whittier through LHS and OSU. I do, however, have a clear image of Tom stretched out on his bed upstairs on Elm Street with the LHS relay track team baton hanging by a string over his bed. Not a bad image of a really nice guy."
Don Yancey

 I know I will overlook people but, sing Happy June Birthday to classmates: Barbara (Patton) James; Bussie Wyatt; Mike Gill; Babs (Yarmuk) Givens; Diana (Lewis) Gross; Janey (Johnston) Scott; Louis Boyce.


Jeff David Swindle, Jr., 88, of Lawton passed on June 9. Services with full military honors were held June 13. Many will remember Mr. Swindle as he taught mechanical drawing at LHS for several years. He is survived by wife Virginia (Priest); 3 daughters, numerous grandchildren and extended family. Extended obit and guest book at:

Everett Alfred Mietchen, 88, of Lawton passed on June 5. Services were June 8. Alfred was LHS grad but not sure of year. He was a member of the LHS marching band. He is survived by his wife of 65 years Marion (Anderson); 3 sons, a daughter; numerous grandchildren and extended family.
 Extened obit and guest book at:

Emily Kay (Phariss) Bengfort, 53, of Lawton, passed on May 27. She was LHS class 1977. She is survived by a daughter Sharon and a son Edward. Several siblings and extended family.
Extended obit and guest book at:
Our thoughts and prayers are always with those who have lost loved ones or incurring health problems.


Hope all you dads had a great day! Regards to all.........Georgia

Thursday, June 7, 2012

......LHS News......
Originally sent June 4

So....how was the class 1962 - 50th reunion held this past week-end?

I had opportunity to visit with James Bassel - 'Jim' to his friends. Jim was here for the '62 reunion and said so far, it was GREAT! Jim lives in CA and was also able to visit with his sister, '59 classmate Sally (Bassel) Wiseman while here. They were both dining on Burgess burgers Saturday. Jim is retired from the US Forest Service.

 Ron Jones, '55, is recently back from an extended trip to Israel and the Holy Land. He says it is fantastic and is a 'must do trip/pilgrimage'.

 '55 classmate Paul Massad has been busy around Norman. Paul recently was seen at luncheon honoring the new dean at OU's College of Education dept. (see photo - Paul on left).

Lawton is happy to welcome home '59 classmate Patsy 'Pat' (Sheppard) Holcomb. After several decades of living 'away', Pat is moving back this month. Packers and movers already hard at work and Pat will be settling in around 10th of June.

Sing Happy Anniversary to '58 classmate Ellen (Ewing) and hubby Ken Jahnke who celebrated their Golden 50th this past Sunday. A reception hosted by family and friends was held at the Kemp Center in Wichita Falls. Ellens brother Leigh Ewing, class '56, was also there to celebrate! Major congrats you two!!!!


Sadly more losses.......
So sorry to report the passing of Col. (rtd) Tom Bullock, 79, of Lawton. Tom passed on May 31 after battling cancer for some time. Tom was LHS class 1950. Tom is survived by wife Barbara; 2 daughters Kathryn and Pixie and their families; a son Vic and his family; brother Richard; numerous grandchildren and extended family. Services will be 2:00pm, Tuesday June 5, First Baptist church. Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.beckerfuneral.com/

Tom was such a nice person. He had an exemplary and extensive military career & was very involved in his community. He always had a friendly hello and something complementary to say. He will be remembered and missed by many.

 Jimmie N. Hinson, Jr., 91, of Lawton passed on May 30. Services were June 2 in Lawton. Jimmie attended McKinley grade school and was LHS class 1939. He was married to '39 classmate Dorothy Jean (Kemp) for 55 years until she passed. He is survived by two sons, Mike and John and their families.
 Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.grayfuneral.com/

Carroll L. (Williams) Peck, 69, of Norman passed on May 26. Carroll is wife of '55 classmate Jim Peck. Services were May 29 in Indiahoma. She is survived by Jim; daughter Charlotte and extended family. Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.beckerfuneral.com/

Mary L. (Lawson) Bull Pattee, 88, of Lawton passed on May 25. Mary was LHS class 1941. She is survived by 2 daughters Judy and Tammy; numerous grandchildren and extended family. Services were May 30 in Lawton.
Extended obit and guestbook at: http://www.grayfuneral.com/

David Wayne Winham, 77, of Edmond passed on May 20 and services were May 24 in Edmond. Wayne was LHS class 1953. He is survived by wife Sandra; sons Terry, John, & amp; Dan and their families; step-children and extended family. Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.matthewsfuneralhone.com/

Mary L. (Camp) Hagler, 69, of Lawton passed on May 20 and services were May 24 in Lawton. Mary was LHS class 1959. She is survived by daughter Serita and Belinda; son Joey; numerous grandchildren and extended family. Mary was preceded in death by husband Donnie Hagler, LHS class '58.
Extended obit and guest book at: http://www.beckerfuneral.com/

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


I hope you won't mind my using this informal means to thank so many who sent cards, notes, emails, and/or made calls to me and my family in the recent loss of my mom. Each and every one were greatly appreciated. Regards to all............Georgia

Congratulations to the LHS graduating class - 2012!
'Once a Wolverine......always a Wolverine'