Sunday, December 30, 2012

......LHS News......
Originally sent Dec. 30-31

So sorry I made Ed Jones older than he really is....I had said class '49...but hes a youngster in class of '51!!!

FYI: Update:
For those who would like a copy of Larry Angus' book, you can email Larry directly at: <> or it is available through
'The Hidden Message of Jesus.' From the eMail bag and other....."Thank you for keeping us up to date with LHS 52-53.  Ed and I live in Pollock Pines, CA  in the tall trees.  He graduated in '50 and both of are in relatively good health.  Our home is at 4000 feet elevation and at the moment we have snow.  It makes for a pretty scene for Christmas."Billie Glenn, '52

Jim Andrews, '58.
reports that and wife Susan have moved from the snow and colder region of Utah into the St. George  area.

...."Between my brother, Mike '59 and myself '56, I see lots of names I recognize.[in the news].  Merry Christmas from New Mexico."
Mary Thompson

Phil Carson
has moved to new digs, still in Edmond area.  He reports that after several life changing events and high stress levels, he is doing well.  He does have all new contact info so hopefully he has sent it to keeper of his years graduation roster.
Be sure YOU send any new contact info if you want to keep receiving the LHS News and/or info on your class reunion, etc. My Bill and I joined good friends Jim Powers, '55, and bride LuAnn (Cobb) to celebrate their 53rd Anniversary on December 28!   LuAnn is originally from S. Dakota and they met while students at OU.  Major congrats guys!

Christmas emails from Bill Newman, '55 in Modesto, CA;  Ron Hagler, who has the cutest card featuring his dog 'Sugar'; from Mike Wyant, a lovely Christmas poem he penned in 1962 - 'Home for Christmas'. The poem was recorded by a name label with a spiritual song on the reverse.

Also appreciate emails from
Bill Melton;  Karen (Wright) Dean; Roby (Browers) Park; Phil & Coralyn Wilder; Ed Adams; Belva (Hollingshead) Williams; Jack Rhodes. *******************

There has certainly been an over abundance of losses among our family and friends.

Suzanne (Silcott) Glover, 73, of Lawton, passed on December 28.  Suzanne was LHS class 1956.   Suzanne married Earl Glover in 1959 and worked at Lawton Stockyards, later helping with her husbands auction service. She is survived by Earl; a son; a daughter; 6 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
A grave side service will be held 11:00am on Wednesday January 2, Highland Cemetery in Lawton.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Tommy Ray Nyrop, 72, of Lawton, passed December 24 after long battle with kidney disease. Tom attended St. Marys but believe he also may have attended LHS? Tom is survived by one son, Scott Mills and wife Brandy and three granddaughters, all of Marion, TX. Several step brothers and sisters; extended family and numerous friends.  A memorial service at a later date is pending.

Kaye McCarley emailed to let us know that Richard Chapman died of heart failure on December 17 in Pauls Valley, OK. Services were December 20.  Richard was LHS class 1962. He is survived by sons Michael and Sam and several grandchildren.

Anna M. (Sparks) Taylor, 78, of Lawton passed on December 16.  Services were December 24. Anna was LHS class 1953.  She is survived by her husband John; 2 sons; a sister; four grandchildren and large extended family.
Extended obit and guest book at:

Lana Elaine (Hall) Meraz, 71, of Lawton, passed on December 26.  Services were December 29.  Lana was LHS class 1959.  I knew Lana personally and despite numerous medical problems over the years, she was always friendly and smiling. She is survived by her husband of 49 years Emmett Meraz; five sons and their families; her mom, Lawana Hall; 10 grandchildren.
Extended obit and guestbook at:

Charles 'Chuck' Allan Sasser, 57, of Dallas, passed on December 14 at his home in Dallas. Services were December 22 in Lawton.  He is survived by 2 sons; a brother Mark; his father Jack Sasser, '52; other extended family.
Extended obit and guest book at:


"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending."
Carl Bard ~ writer (1907-1978)

My fav rendition:  <>

Wishing all of you a happy and healthy New Year ~ 2013! Georgia
......LHS News......
Originally sent Dec. 21-22

I am sorry I was not able to get this item out before the fact of December 11.  Larry Angus, '58, has written a book - 'The Hidden Message of Jesus'.  Larry is a retired Presbyterian minister in Denver.  He held a book-signing in OKC on December 11.  I am not sure how one might obtain a copy of the book but if you have interest contact me and I will put you in touch with Larry.

Bob [and Stona] Spradlins' son Matthew wrote a graphic novel that turned out to be a best seller in 2009 - 'Bad Kids Go to Hell'. Matthew has turned it into an independent film of the same title which he directed. He had a red carpet showing at the Angelica Theater in Dallas in October 2011. He then had the North American Premiere at ComicCon in San Diego this past July. ComicCon attracts over 200,000 people. It is scheduled for a release in Studio Movie Grill Theaters among others this coming December 7th.

Some of the stars are:  Judd Nelson, from "The Breakfast Club" , Ben Browder from the "Stargate T V Series", and Ali Faulkner from the "Twilight Movie Saga".  You can Google the title and see film clips on the Internet. (Photo shows Bob and Stona on left, son Matthew and their daughter Sydney on right at the Red Carpet showing.)

Herb Jacobs has great article in his weekly spot - Lawton Constitution (December 2 - page 7-C).  Story is about Buck Jones - dad of LHS classmates Ronnie Jones, '55 and Eddy Jones, '49.  Buck lost his right arm when he was 9 years old, crushed when he was thrown from a horse.  Didn't slow Buck down one bit. Many of you knew and will remember Buck.  Some recollections of Ronnie and Eddy as well. Buck died at age 87 in 2001. Great read!


'59 classmate Dan Glascock is out of the hospital after suffering a heart attack and a stroke.  He is in rehab, doing better, and very possibly home in time to greet Santa!

Bob Shanklin is also home following a stroke. His daughter Kelly says he is 'better'.

Folks, we have lost a lot of classmates and friends recently.

Evelyn Phyllean (Nolan) Hook,
81, of Hurst, TX  passed on December 13 and services were December 19.   Think most called her Phyllean and she was LHS class 1948.  She married Bobby Hook of Lawton who preceded her in death. 
She is survived by daughters Beverly McCord and Marsha Campbell; a brother Robert Nolan and wife Jean; a cousin Glenn Nolan, '62; 8 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren and extended family.
Extended obit at:   <>

Jo Ann 'Joey' (Johnston) Wall Wilkerson, 77, of Yukon, passed on December 13.  Joey was LHS class 1953. Joey is survived by a daughter Laurie; a son, Butch; a sister Janey (Johnston) Scott, '59; 2 grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, and extended family.  Services for Joey were held December 18 in Lawton.
Extended obit and guestbook at:  <>

Ellen (Hittle) D'Aura, 78, of Lawton, passed on December 8 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Ellen was LHS class 1953.  She is survived by her husband Richard Rick); a son; 2 daughters; a grandson and a great grand daughter and extended family.  Private services were held, a Memorial service may be held at a later date.
Extended obit and guest book at:  <>

James E. Gilliam, 97, of Lawton passed on November 27.  Service and burial was held with full military honors. James was father of classmate Ivalou (Gilliam) Zimmerman, '58; also Bill Gilliam, '57.  Mr. Gilliam had an extensive career in the military with service to his country. He is also survived by numerous grand and great grand children and extended family.
Extended obit and guest book at:  <>

Randy Maples, 63, of Indiahoma, passed on December 9.  Services were December 13. Randy attended Wilson Elementary, Tomlinson, and graduated LHS in 1967. He had a distinguished career in the military and later was on the Lawton police force. He is survived by wife Jody; four children and extended family.
Extended obit and guest book at:  <>

Not a student or graduate but I think numerous of you in the LPS knew and will remember David Fraser who was employed by LPS and worked in the Shoemaker Center.  David, 57, passed on December 16 in Edmond and services were December 21.
Extended obit at:  <>

I always hate to report losses but even more so when they hit close to home.  My sister-in-law Terri Jo (Stowe) Gill, 60, passed on December 4 after battling ovarian cancer about 2 years.  Terri is originally from the Altus area and married to my brother Tim who is LHS class '70.  Services were December 7 in Lawton.  In addition to my brother, Terri is survived by a son Tyler, a daughter Tara; her folks and a sister, bro-in-law, and nephew.
Extended obit and guest book at:  <>

I know all these who have lost loved ones or have illness in their family would appreciate your prayers.


I want to wish each of you a very Merry Christmas

  and a happy and healthy New Year ! Sittin' in the hometown, waitin' on Santa!   Georgia