ROSES & THORNS

2006

 

Joyce (Smith) White's parents, Morris J. and Beth, observed their 65th wedding anniversary on December 24th. Morris attended schools in Tom Bean and retired from Anderson Clayton after forty one years, Beth attended schools in Denison and worked in retail sales for many years retiring from Beall's after fifteen years with them. Joyce and husband Burl live in Glen Rose and have one son. Joyce's brother, John David, and wife Debbie live in Seagoville and have three grandsons. 12/26/06

Nobody has to tell Gary Park that the Holiday Season is here as he has been very busy lately with Christmas parties. Some of the usual ones were at his church, ones with family and friends, a Lion's Club party, and a work party. He also was involved in the set up of Christmas parties for the local chapter of the Vietnam Veteran's Association and one for the Red River Military Vehicle Preservation Association. Christmas is almost here, we hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas and also a safe one as lots of people will be traveling to be with family. 12/22/06

Suzanne (Young) Welch is planning on getting 2007 off to a good start as she has already signed up for the Rotary Resolution Run to be held on January 6th which will benefit "Angel Flight." Her participation in different runs this year benefited six Dallas area charities and also helped keep her in good health. Suzanne's first run this year was in June and benefited the "Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation." Other runs she participated in benefited "Clothe The Children", "The Diabetes Foundation", and "The Children's Miracle Network." Being a true Elvis Fan, in October she also participated in The Elvis Run which helped "The Cerebral Palsy Foundation." Her last run, held on December 2nd, was appropriately named the Reindeer Run for the "Toys For Tots" organization. 12/22/06

After some uncertainty, Stellagene (Teague) Shelton will be spending this Christmas at home with her family. Due to the snowstorm that has closed the Denver Airport and left many travelers stranded, Stellagene (our long distance commuter) was able to get a flight out of Grand Junction Thursday. The only problem was that she had to fly to Salt Lake City first before catching another flight, this time headed in the right direction towards DFW Airport. Stellagene said some of her co-workers had to rent cars and drive to Las Vegas first before catching flights to their holiday destinations so it could've been worse. 12/22/06

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and husband John recently returned from a trip to Alexandria Bay, New York where they celebrated John's mother's 85th birthday. The special event was attended by approximately eighty friends and family members, a trip into Canada was also included as a part of their enjoyable week. 12/22/06

Daryl Talbot's mother, Betty Jo Talbot passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2006 in Shawnee, OK. Funeral services were held Saturday December, 2, 2006 at Cooper Funeral Chapel in Tecumseh, OK. It was her desire to be cremated and her cremains placed with her late husband, T. J. Talbot, at Cedarlawn Cemetery in Sherman, TX at a special ceremony to be scheduled in the Spring. Mrs. Talbot is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Daryl and Theresa Talbot of Shawnee, OK and Jerrell and Jennifer Talbot of Round Rock, TX; one sister, Mattie Hickman of McAlester; four grandsons and six great-grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her husband, her parents, four sisters and two brothers. 12/4/06

The Sherman Ex-Student's Association has received a donation to be used for their museum fund in memory of Tommy Skipworth. This much appreciated gift was given by Mary Joe Clarkston and Denise Clarkston, Mary Joe was Tommy's mother-in-law and Denise was his sister-in-law. A donation to the Sherman Ex-Student's Association in memory of a "Fallen Bearcat" is a nice way to honor a deceased classmate while helping others at the same time. 11/15/06

Members of the Red River Military Vehicle Preservation Association, as well as the local chapter of the Vietnam Veteran's Association and other interested citizens, observed Veteran's Day this past Saturday with a variety of activities. They first gathered at Veterans' Field in Fairview Park at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, several people spoke on what Veteran's Day means to them. They then gathered in the afternoon for the first Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Sherman followed by a military vehicle display on the parking lot at Crockett and Houston, all involved hope this will be the first of many annual local Veteran's Day observances to come honoring our country's many military servicemen and servicewomen. Veteran Gary Park pulled the switch at sunset lighting the trees on the Grayson County Courthouse square. Gary stated "We had our first annual Veteran's Day Parade in Sherman today and this lighting ceremony is a fitting end to a special day." The trees shall remain lit nightly year around, helping beautify the courthouse for anyone in that area after sunset. 11/13/06

Pam Bilger and her life companion recently returned from a ten day visit to Mexico City and the area that accompanies it known as DF (Distrito Federal). Some cousins, by the name of Cardoso who are native to the DF, helped give them a tour through this interesting area that contains over 8 million people. Pam states that she loves this part of Mexico with its interesting sites and unique foods and is anxious to return. After a few weeks of rest back in San Antonio, they will be traveling to Florida for Thanksgiving. 11/8/06

Betsy (Marshall) Wiley's mother, Elizabeth H. Turner of Sherman, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2006. Services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at the First United Methodist Church where she was a longtime member. Dr. Tom Peel officiated and interment followed at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. She was a private piano teacher for 50 years and served both her church and the community in many ways, being in  a multitude of organizations. She is survived by her husband, Charles; daughter-in-law, Barbara Marshall of Aurora, Colorado; Neal and Wandeen Turner of Driftwood, Texas; daughters Betsy and husband Jeffry Wiley of Missouri City, Texas, Lynn and husband, Ken Hartman of San Antonio, Texas and Patricia and husband, Benten Poole of Rockwall, Texas. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, four great-grandsons, and one great-granddaughter 11/2/06

More than likely Willies Ballou is still our most traveling classmate, however Ven and Dianne Hammonds have also been many interesting places in the last few months. In June they were in Boston and Atlanta, in August they toured London and also Paris as well as Edinburgh, Scotland, in September they visited New York City and Washington, D.C., and they were in Sacramento on business and also visiting grandchildren the first part of October. They are now in Houston where they are keeping a set of twins and their big sister while the parents are on an anniversary trip. Maybe they'll be back home soon where they can catch up on their rest before deciding where to go next.  10/31/06

Lynda Uphouse's mother, Martha Uphouse, passed away Saturday, October 21 at her home at the age of 96.  Services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 24 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park, Rev. Tom Hoffman of the Central Christian Church will officiate. Martha is survived by her daughter, Lynda Uphouse of Aubrey, Texas, as well as several nieces and nephews. 10/23/06

Terry Green's mother, Wynnona Green, passed away on October 19, 2006. Services were held on Monday, October 23  at West Sherman Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Wood officiating, the burial followed at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. She is survived by three sons and daughter-in-laws, Jerry Glenn Green and wife Brenda of Holly Lake, Terry Lynn Green and wife Pam of Sherman, and Rick Dale Green and wife Beverly also of Sherman. Her other survivors include sister Wilma Jo Hamons of Tyler, brother Glendell Wayne Ellis of Greenville, six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.  10/22/06

Dennis Bachman's father, Clifford Bachman, passed away October 17th at Mission Oaks Nursing Home in Sherman. Funeral services were held Friday October 20th at Bratcher Funeral Home in Denison, burial followed at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. Clifford is survived by his wife of 62 years, Melva Bachman; son Dennis Bachman, daughters Wanda Nicholas and Kathie Sarton, all of Denison. He is also survived by a brother Lloyd Bachman of Virginia, Minnesota; sisters Catherine Crandall of Bemidji, Minnesota and Donna Olean of Carton, Minnesota; ten grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 10/18/06

Mike Nurre's mother, Jerre, was recently honored as the Red River Historical Museum's "Volunteer Of The Year 2006." The award was presented by Museum Board President Mike Mitchell, SHS '57 graduate, who many of us remember as a salesman in the men and boy's clothing department at Price's Department Store. Sherman is very lucky to have Jerre and husband Ted as residents as they are both very active and support their community in many ways too numerous to mention them all here. They are both long time board members and supporters of the Red River Museum and are also long time very active members of the First United Methodist Church. Jerre is sometimes a special guest columnist for the Herald-Democrat and Ted is very involved with the Perrin Air Force Base reunions as well as the Perrin Museum. The Red River Historical Museum, a Carnegie Building which once housed the Sherman Public Library, is located at 301 S. Walnut. We are grateful to Museum Director Marcia Rolbiecki, for our reunion in 2003 she set up a special area with a display relating to Sherman as we knew it in 1963. 10/13/06

After a recent sudden scare involving a "blurring" in his left eye, Glenn Hailey was found to have a detached retina. Having undergone recent cataract surgery in both eyes, he thought this might be related to that but found out that it was not. Two surgeries were required to remedy this problem. We are glad to hear that, except for a few minor inconveniences, Glenn is doing fine and is on his way to a full recovery. 10/13/06

Mike MacDonald has recently bought a home on Patricia Street in Sherman after having lived in LaPorte, Texas for many years and Joe Ulrich has built a new home in Van Alstyne after living just down the highway in Plano for many years. As the old saying goes, "there's no place like home." We are glad to have these two classmates calling Grayson County home once again. 10/6/06

Ron & Patsy (Landmon) Speed will celebrate their 41st anniversary on Oct. 15, 2006. Since leaving the workforce as a marketing and advertising professional, he has had two heart surgeries and says that's enough for so-called retirement! He has joined his son's busy marketing agency 'SPEED 360.' Please check him out at www.speed360.com 10/3/06

Shirley (Mitchell) Lowrie's father, Harold Mitchell, had successful carotid artery surgery this morning. He will stay the night in the hospital and go home tomorrow.  10/2/06

George M. Cox and wife Debby spent their 33rd wedding anniversary at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, they were married on September 1, 1973. The hotel and shows were terrific but the casino dealers made sure that what came to Las Vegas---Stayed in Las Vegas. They have already welcomed him back ASAP.  9/13/06

Mike Nurre has left Treadstone Partners, an investment firm, and formed his own company which will be appropriately named Michael T. Nurre & Co. LLC. As he has for the past eighteen years, Mike is going to offer comprehensive banking services focused on the financial needs of small to medium sized businesses. His associate at Treadstone, Trent Parkinson, will be joining Mike is his new firm. We wish Mike much success in his new business venture. 9/7/06

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton has been assigned to Saint Mary's Hospital and Medical Center in Grand Junction, Colorado, for 4 months as a consultant for Healthlink/IBM. She will be responsible as the project manager for coordinating their change management process in preparation for installing a new electronic medical record - nursing and physician documentation and order entry. Stellagene will fly into Grand Junction each week returning to Sherman for the weekends.  9/6/06

Nina (Davis) Doggett and husband Buddy announce the arrival of a new grandson, Ryan Wayne Doggett born on August 10th at 8:44 p.m. Ryan Wayne weighed 7 lbs.5.2 oz at birth and was 20 inches in length, he has a 6 year old sister named Elizabeth Grace and his proud parents are Eddie & Shannon Doggett of Sherman. Ryan's middle name, Wayne, was chosen to honor the memory of Nina's late brother Arthur Wayne who was also very close to proud dad Eddie. 9/6/06

Ron Speed recently underwent a 6 hour surgery at the Tom Landry Heart Center in the Baylor Hospital in Dallas. The successful operation repaired weakened heart muscles and restored normal rhythm damaged by heart failure.  8/31/06

Marilyn (Fulenwider) Smith and her boyfriend, Kurtis Hobbs, are now engaged however a wedding date has not yet been set. Kurtis is a manufacturing engineer at Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth8/11/06

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and husband John recently returned from a twelve day trip to upstate New York where they attended John's Alexandria Central High School Class Reunion. While in the area, they visited with family members and also toured parts of Eastern Canada including LaMalbaie and Quebec City as well as some noteworthy places in Vermont including the capitol building in Montpelier, the scenic town of Stowe, and even the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory in Waterbury. As hot as it's been all around the country lately, that tour of Ben & Jerry's may have been one of the trip's highlights. Another highlight was a whale watching  boat excursion on the Saint Lawrence River in the area of the Saguenay Fjord. This fjord is unique in that its freshwater is blended with the saltwater of the Atlantic Ocean resulting in both freshwater and saltwater in one body of water.  8/11/06

Ben D. and Mary Ewing welcomed their first grandchild into the world on July 29, 2006, Emily Addison Roach was born in Durant, OK and weighed 6 pounds and 3.5 ounces, she was 20 inches long. The proud parents are Louann and Kevin Roach of Caney. 7/30/06

Family and friends of Tommy Lockhart's parents, Ellis and Mary Elizabeth Lockhart, have established an Austin College endowed scholarship in their honor. Ellis, who served Austin College as business manager, personnel officer, and treasurer retired in 1978 and passed away in 1997. He was best known for his enthusiastic support of Austin College athletics. Following his fourth receipt of the Athletic Department's Spirit Award, it was renamed the T. Ellis Lockhart Spirit Award. He was named an honorary member of the Austin College Athletic Hall of Honor in 1991. His wife, Mary Elizabeth who celebrated her 90th birthday May 6th, was often at his side along the sports sidelines. 7/27/06

Barbara (Scholl) Stevens' mother, Frances Virginia Sandlin Scholl, passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2006, peacefully with her family at her side. Interment was Saturday, July 8, 2006 at Forest Park Cemetery on Lawndale in Houston officiated by Deacon Larry Sandlin. She is survived by one daughter Barbara Stevens Scholl of Dallas; grandchildren, Alan Stevens and wife, Rayya, of Ormond Beach FL, John Stevens and his wife, Tara, of  Houston, Elizabeth Stevens of Dallas, and Susie Henderson and husband, Jamie, of Dallas. Fran is also survived by great-grandchildren, Dennis, Bedr, Nour, Ryan and Kate; niece, Virginia Creasy and husband, Ed, of Charlottesville, VA, James Peden and wife, Jackie, Patricia Peden, and Margaret Higginbotham, all of Houston. Fran was preceded in death by her husband Louis A. Scholl III who passed away in March of 2002. 7/13/06

Marilyn (Fulenwider) Smith and boyfriend Kurtis Hobbs traveled last weekend to Burnet and Marble Falls and all the historic and scenic sites that are in and around this unique area of Texas. They toured the Longhorn Caverns in Burnet which was said to be a hideout for the legendary Texas outlaw Sam Bass, a hiking expedition and much more sightseeing was also included on this fun trip. They returned to North Richland Hills on July 4th. 7/8/06

On May 31st, Jimmy and Linda Kay Hall celebrated their ten year wedding anniversary. Jimmy took early retirement from Texas Power & Light and Linda used to work at CDT Supply, they live in Sherman. 7/7/06

Sylvia (Taylor) Finch and husband Bill will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on July 16th, they have two children and five grandchildren. Their son Danny's children are Jason 23, Jenna 17, and Amber 16. Their daughter Shannon lives in Schiedam, Holland and her children are Aaron who is 7 and Sierra who will be 4 next month. 7/7/06

Gail (Hipple) Bates along with husband David and son Robert recently returned to their Maryland home from a trip to Winston Salem, North Carolina for the end of the year banquet for the Otolaryngology Department at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. Gail and David's youngest son, Dwight, just ended his fifth year of residency there and will now be going into private practice in Greensboro, North Carolina. For the second year in a row, Dwight was awarded a cash prize for his skills as a surgeon at the banquet. 7/5/06

Jerry Ruffin's stepmother, Pearl Ruffin Pittman, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2006 at Missions Oaks Care Center in Sherman. Services were held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at the Bethel Baptist Church in Howe with Rev. Weldon Hutson and Rev. Ron Gann officiating. She is survived by six children, Debra Tilley and her husband, John of Howe, Bobbie Gilreath and her husband, Sam of Chapin, South Carolina, Joyce Hamilton and her husband, Ricky of Tom Bean, Mark Ruffin of Sadler, Vickie Reynolds and her husband, Steven of Cartwright, Okla. and Kelvin Ruffin and his wife, Mariluz of North Richland Hills, Texas. She is also survived by three brothers, Bobby Ham and his wife, Rosie of Whitewright J.W. and his wife, Francis of Dorchester, Altus Ham and his wife, Ginger of Dorchester; two sisters, Imogene Henshaw and her husband, Wilburn of Arlington, Texas and Patsy Goldston and her husband, Loy of Sadler; 25 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are three stepchildren, Jerry Ruffin and his wife, Sue of Grand Prairie, Barbara Clibbens and her husband, Jim of Denton and Clifton Ruffin of Missouri. 7/4/06

David Van Hooser and Sue Ann Cline, a former resident of Denison, were married on May 20th at David's sister's house near Krum, Texas. David is a Day Trader Credit Specialist with Southwest Securities in downtown Dallas and Sue is settling into her new role as a housewife.  6/29/06

Larry and Ellen LaFoy welcomed a new granddaughter into the world on May 30th, Lily Grace LaFoy was born at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman and weighed six pounds fifteen ounces. The proud parents are Wayne and Jody LaFoy of Sherman. 6/13/06

George M. Cox recently graduated from the American Bankers Association Commercial Lending School at the Cox School  of Business at Southern Methodist University. George M. is Vice President of commercial lending at the corporate headquarters office of 1st International Bank in Plano. 6/12/06

Harold Norris' son, Michael Todd Norris married Ashley Elizabeth Callaway Saturday, June 3, 2006 in Wichita Falls, TX. The bride is a sales consultant for Patterson Auto Group and the groom is a golf professional for Wichita Falls Country Club. After a wedding trip to the Dominican Republic, the couple will make their home in Wichita Falls. 6/9/06

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton's son-in-law, Gary Dale Jensen passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at his home in Sherman. Family night will be 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, June 9, 2006 at Dannel Funeral Home. Memorial Services will be held Saturday, June 10, 2006, 2:00 p.m. at Dannel Funeral Home. Gary is survived by his wife, Joahanna, of the home; daughters and sons in law, Lauren Jensen and Jason Echols of Sherman and Lisa and Shawn Albertson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and sons and daughter in law, Dylan Jensen of Sherman and David and Melissa Jensen of Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandchildren, Austin Krueger, Kylee Fruen, Seth Echols, Kaitlyn Jensen, Karissa Jensen and Garrett Albertson. He is also survived by sisters and brothers in law Valerie Christine Dyer of McCall, Idaho, Teresa and Randy Hess of Lindsey, Lori and Kevin Cleveland of Gainesville, and Austin Beard of Sherman. Sisters in law and brothers in law Suzanne and Jimmy Cookston and Janetta and Garrett Patton of Sherman. Uncle Max Hickson of Florida, Mother in Law, Stellagene Shelton of Sherman along with nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Gregory Douglas Jensen; sister Sandra Lunelle Switzer, and father in law, Joe Max Shelton. 6/8/06

Gary Park has just finished his stint as program chairman for the Sherman Noon Lion's Club for the month of May. Since Gary first joined the Lion's Club eleven years ago, he has completed a wide variety of tasks and held several offices including a one year term as president. 5/31/06

Jerry & Sue Ruffin recently returned home from a five day trip to Grand Junction, Colorado where they attended the high school graduation ceremonies of their fifth grandchild, Seth Remington Ruffin. Seth is the youngest child of their son Donnie, he graduated from Fruita Monument High School in nearby Fruita, Colorado. 5/30/06

The Red River Valley chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association won first place in this year's Denison Memorial Day Parade which honors all our servicemen and servicewomen who have given their lives for their country. Our classmate Gary Park was one of the key people involved in the formation of this local chapter of a very worthwhile national organization. 5/30/06

Ronald Glen Wood passed away Thursday, May 25, 2006 in Veterans Hospital Dallas, TX Service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Cedarlawn Memorial Park with Military Honors accorded at graveside. Surviving are his wife, Betty of Sherman; son, Tracy Wood of Pottsboro; daughter, Rhonda Wood of Sherman and five grandchildren.  5/28/06

Jackie B. Bowden passed away Sunday, May 21, 2006 in Denison, TX. Graveside services were held Wednesday, May 24, 2006 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. Jackie was preceded in death by his grandparents and father, Billy Bowden. An only child, he is survived by his loving mother, Adaline Bowden of Denison. He is also survived by two aunts, Mollie Holland of Sherman and Elva Banks of Roanoke, TX. Jackie leaves behind numerous cousins and his best friend Tommy Green of Euless. 5/23/06

A Sherman area chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. was formed in February and Texas V.V.A. State Chapter #973 received its charter last month. Our classmate and military aficionado, Gary Park, was elected to serve as 1st Chair on the Board of Directors. Currently 52 members assist local Vietnam Veterans and their families in many ways, assist local charities, award college scholarships, and decorate local cemeteries and veterans memorials. www.vva.org was founded in 1979, state councils were added in 1981, and they are getting close to having 1,000 chapters nationwide. Their motto of "Welcome Home" is a fitting tribute to all those brave servicemen and servicewomen who served during those tumultuous times. 5/19/06

Willies Ballou just earned another two year term as a city council member in the city of Dorchester, actually last week's election was cancelled. Rather than saying the election was cancelled due to lack of opposition, we feel that Willies did such a good job in his previous term that no one chose to oppose him. 5/18/06

On April 29th Jerry and Sue Ruffin celebrated their forty fifth wedding anniversary, they were married in Pampa, Texas and have now lived for many years in Grand Prairie. Jerry is a scheduler for Goss International located in Kennedale, Texas and Sue is a housewife. Goss is a global leader in newspaper and commercial press printing systems and has sixteen locations worldwide. Their son Donnie (44) lives in Oklahoma City, daughter Antonia Michaels (42) lives in Arlington, Texas, and son Timothy (34) lives in Grand Prairie. A son, Jerry Jr., passed away in 1992 at age 27 as a result of an accidental drowning.  5/15/06

Our classes' most frequent traveler, Willies Ballou and wife Cathye, just returned from a 16 day vacation trip to Lisbon, Portugal where they toured Lisbon with it's many castles and other historic sites. The way they got there was the most unusual aspect of the trip, sailing on Royal Caribbean's ship Splendour of the Seas all the way from Galveston. Along the way, they made stops in Key West, Florida, the Bahamas, and the scenic Azore Islands where our classmate Ven Hammonds was once an Air Force Base Commander. Willies commented that the Azores reminded him very much of Switzerland in the summertime with the scenic hills and many dairy cattle grazing. In Lisbon, he and Cathye stayed in a quaint hotel that was converted from an old movie theater, the restaurant/bar on top made an excellent spot for viewing old downtown Lisbon. They flew back from Lisbon to Houston and then drove home where they will be preparing for their next cruise. 5/15/06

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton is back at work in Kansas City after a weeklong vacation in and around our nation's capital. Some of the highlights from her trip were tours of Monticello, Mount Vernon, two of the Smithsonian Museums, and a boat tour of the Potomac River. She and friend Connie Carpenter from North Carolina were also able to explore some of the sights of Alexandria, Virginia as well as Baltimore, Maryland before ending this memory filled vacation. 5/15/06

Ronnie Giles' mother, Dorothy Marie Horton passed away Thursday, May 4, 2006 at Legacy House in Sherman. Graveside services were held Saturday, May 6, 2006 at Van Alstyne Cemetery in Van Alstyne with Scott Jones officiating. Mrs. Horton is survived by her special friend, Bill Robertson of Sherman; two sons, Ronnie Jack Giles of Chandler, TX and Jimmy Giles of Mesquite, TX; brother, Bill Joe Hood of Fort Worth; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  5/5/06

Jim and Sue Ross' son-n-law, Dr. Mark Thompson, has accepted a position with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  He will be working in the Economics department,  conducting economic models for the University, as well as for the Governor's office of Arkansas.  Their daughter, Jennifer and granddaughter, Erin will join Mark in Arkansas. 4/16/06

On March 27, 2006 Melvin Phelps welcomed the arrival of his fourth grandchild, an 8 lb. 2 oz boy, twenty inches in length named Jordan Robert Smith. Jordan is the son of Melvin's daughter Patricia and her husband David, they live in Fort Worth. Melvin recently returned to his home in California after a weeklong visit with family members in the Metroplex. While in the area, he was also able to return to Sherman where he visited with his sister Ann Blackburn. 3/31/06

Patricia Onley's father, H. B. Onley, passed away Sunday, March 26, 2006 at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center. Services were Wednesday, March 29, 2006 in the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Leon Martin, retired Nazarene minister of Sherman, will officiate. Interment followed at the Sulphur Springs City Cemetery in Sulphur Springs, Texas. He served the Sherman Public School District for over 35 years, wearing many hats throughout the years as a teacher, an assistant principal at Sherman High School and then principal at Piner Middle School. He completed his career in central administration, retiring in 1984. He is survived by two daughters, Patricia Onley of Richardson and Kathy Onley of Sherman; granddaughter, Kate Onley and grandson, Josh Onley, all of Richardson, Texas. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Veneta Young. 3/28/06

Gordon Lee Eatherly, Jr. and Sherrill Anne Tucker also recently celebrated a noteworthy anniversary as they were married thirty years ago on February 28, 1976. They live in Pegram, Tennessee which is near Nashville where Gordon is in the music business. Gordon wrote the song "Dallas Days & Fort Worth Nights" that the late rodeo star and country music artist Chris LeDoux recorded. There is an interesting connection to this area, other than the song title, between Gordon and Chris. Moving around a lot as a child since his father was in the Air Force, Chris first tried his hand at being a rodeo cowboy at the age of 13 while living in Denison. He lived in Denison for several years before moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming home of Cheyenne Frontier Days which is the world's largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration. 3/25/06

One of our married couples who were also classmates recently celebrated a noteworthy anniversary, their thirty fifth. Ronald Jack Adams and Jennie Louise Walker were married thirty five years ago on January 14, 1971. Ronnie and Jennie still live in Sherman. 3/25/06

Lynda (Ferguson) Laws' mother, Earline Ferguson passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2006 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison. Services were held Friday, March 17 at Flesher Funeral Home Chapel in Van Alstyne with Brett Castle officiating. Burial was in the Van Alstyne Cemetery. Surviving are one son, W.D. Ferguson and wife, Maryann of Whitesboro, Texas; two daughters, Lynda Laws and husband, Kenneth Wayne of Sherman, Texas and Carolyn Sue Listvan and husband, Frank of Denison, Texas; one sister, Loreta Roberts and husband, Orville of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; one brother, Kenney Gracy and wife, Karen of McKinney, Texas; eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. 3/17/06

Pam Wajdowicz's mother, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2006 at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center. Graveside services were held Thursday, March 9, 2006 at Chapel on the Hill at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. Dr. Thomas R. Peel of First United Methodist Church officiated. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud in 1984; her brother-in-law, Earl Hopper Sr.; four brothers; and five sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Pam Votaw of Sherman; brother, Paul Martin and wife, Leta of Mena, Arkansas; sister, Helen Hopper of Sherman; two grandchildren, Richard Votaw of Sherman, Virginia Wakefield and husband, Michael of Carrollton, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Brett and Brittany Wakefield; nieces and nephews. 3/9/06

Rickey Ritchie's mother, Mrs. C.R. (Capitola) Ritchie, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2006 at Meadowbrook Care Center in Van Alstyne, Texas. Graveside services were held Monday, February 27, 2006 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. Dr. Mike Lawson of First Baptist Church in Sherman officiated.  Mrs. Ritchie is survived by three sons, Jerry Ritchie and his wife, Jean of Hallsville, Texas, Aubrey Ritchie and his wife, Nancy of Van Alstyne and Rick Ritchie and his wife, Leeanne of Portland, Oregon; one daughter, Cecilia Lundin of Sherman; fourteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters, Lela Mae, Gwendolyn and Geraldine. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters, one grandchildren, David Ritchie, and one great-grandchild, Christopher Cox.  2/26/06

We were notified that Dorothy Poole (Pam's mother) made a contribution to the Sherman Ex-Student's Association's Scholarship Fund in memory of our classmates Tommy Skipworth and Andy Stuckey who recently passed away. This is most appreciated as it is a good way to honor the memory of our "Fallen Bearcats" while helping deserving students at the same time. 2/23/06

Butch and Mary Ewing are delighted to announce the marriage of their son Branson to Stacy Melinda Haigood on January 14, 2006. They were married at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Muskogee, OK. Following a honeymoon in Branson, Mo., they have settled in Muskogee. Stacy recently graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK. 2/17/06

Beverly Thetford's mother,  Jimmie Ellen Thetford passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2006. Funeral services were Saturday, February 18, 2006 in the Waldo Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at Old Hall Cemetery in Lewisville. Mrs. Thetford is survived by three daughters, Barbara Peters and her husband, Glynn of Spring, Dr. Beverly Thetford of Sugar Land and Becky Hall and her husband, Robert of Shreveport; one granddaughter, Katherine Buquoi of Spring; three grandsons, Stephen Peters of Conroe, Robert and Scott Hall of Shreveport; and numerous nieces and nephews. Her parents, husband, and 10 brothers and sisters preceded her in death. 2/17/06

Bobby Richardson's mother, Ruby Faye Richardson passed away Monday, January 30, 2006.  Graveside services were Wednesday in Akers  Cemetery. Dr. Eddy Johnson of Grayson Bible Baptist Church officiated. Surviving are her sons, Jerry Richardson of Sherman and Bobby Joe and wife, Shirley of Sherman; grandchildren, Dennis Richardson of Sherman, Tammy Kay Neyra of Quinlan, Tim Richardson, Danny Richardson of Denison and Cheryl Elder of Sherman; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe and sister, Patsy Ruth Epps of Fort Worth.  1/31/06

Diane Flusche's brother-in-law, Charles Edward Skipworth passed away Sunday, January 22, 2006 in Sherman. Services were Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at Flesher Funeral Home Chapel in Van Alstyne, TX. Interment was at Cedar Cemetery in Luella. Mr. Skipworth was survived by sisters, Betty Coker of Whitewright, Peggy Butts of Leonard and Mary Owens of Sherman; brothers John Skipworth of Denison and Billy Skipworth of Sherman.  1/27/06

Jan Avery's stepmother, Joe Bess “Joby” Avery, passed away gently January 11, 2006 at Wilson N. Jones Hospital. Memorial services were held Saturday, January 14 at the First United Methodist Church, Sherman, TX. Joby is survived by Kyle, daughter Kay Carter Courtade of Fairfield, Iowa, step-daughters Jan Avery of Dallas, Texas and Kay Avery of North Bethesda, Maryland. Her grandchildren are Alex Courtade of Austin, Texas, Claire Courtade of Atlanta, Georgia and Will Courtade of Fairfield, Iowa.  1/13/06

Larry Hodge's mother, Katherine Blair Hodge, passed away in Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, January 7, 2006. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at West Hill Cemetery. Rev. Albert Fisher of Key Memorial United Methodist Church officiated. Preceded in death are her parents, Mrs. Hodge is survived by her son, Larry Hodge and wife Lorraine of Round Rock, Texas; grandchildren, Nancy Third of Fort Worth, Cynthia Stephens of Comayagua, Honduras, and Dennis Hodge of Frankfort, Kentucky; great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Taylor Baker of Fort Worth, Katherine and Thomas Stephens of Comayagua, Honduras, Tyler and Shelby Hodge of Frankfort, Kentucky. 1/10/06

Stellagene Teague Shelton has accepted a position as a Senior Consultant with Health Link, a division of IBM. She will be working with hospitals in process redesigning along with the installation and design of the electronic medical records along with nursing and physician electronic documentation. She spent 27 years with Wilson N. Jones Medical Center before moving into the consulting field with First Consulting Group, the job she recently left to accept this new position. She will be based in Kansas City, Missouri but will maintain her residence in Sherman and will still get to be home most weekends. 1/7/06