ROSES & THORNS

2007

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Yu Xia "Sarah" Liu of Beijing, China and James Robert Jackson of Sherman were married September 29, 2007 in Urumqui, China. The bride is the daughter of Jing Quan and Hou Gui Rong of Liao Cheng, China. Sarah is a graduate of Xinjiang University of Finance & Economics and is a financial recruiting consultant for Lloyd Morgan's Beijing office. The groom is the son of James Russell Jackson and Peggy (Lyons) Jackson of Sherman, Texas. James is a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University and Southern Methodist University's Cox School of Business/Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship, he is a rehabilitation counselor at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Bonham, Texas. After a three week honeymoon tour of China, the couple now make their home in Sherman. 12/17/07

David Scott's mother, Ruth E. Scott, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2007 at Crawford Street Place in Denison, Texas. Graveside services will be held at West Hill Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. on December 5, 2007, Bill Mayes of Woods Street Church of Christ will officiate. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Doris Carson of Sherman; sons, Leslie Scott of Lakeside, Arizona and David Scott of Alpharetta, Georgia; sister, Sarah Dakin of Lake Worth, Florida; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. 12/5/07

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and husband John returned home this past Sunday night from a week long Thanksgiving Holiday visit with John's mother and other family members in John's hometown of Alexandria Bay, New York. John refers to his hometown area as "God's Country", it's easy to see why he thinks that way after seeing pictures of some of the beautiful scenery in upstate New York. Many of us tend to think of New York as just New York City but there's really a lot more to the state than that. Dianne and John's visit contained many highlights but Dianne said an especially memorable one was seeing the beauty of large snowflakes coming down on the historic over one hundred years old Boldt Castle which is located on Heart Island on the St. Lawrence River. 11/30/07

Armistice Day is named for the temporary cease fire that took place on November 11, 1918 at the end of World War I until the "Treaty of Versailles" could be signed bringing an end to what many called the "Great War." President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first observance of Armistice Day on November 11, 1919 with these words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in our country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the council of the nations...." With additional war casualties from World War II and the Korean War, President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation on June 1, 1954 changing the legal name of the federal holiday from Armistice Day to Veteran's Day. This past weekend was a very busy one for Gary Park due to many Veteran's Day related activities in the area. Gary's first such activity was this past Friday, November 9th, in Bonham where approximately 900 school kids turned out at the high school football field for a salute to the area veteran's. Gary and the MVPA Red River Valley Chapter furnished several military vehicles for the kids to see, there was also a B-52 Bomber fly-over. Fort Sill Army Base provided an equestrian unit as well as a 75mm cannon that fired a salute. Saturday, November 10th marked the second annual Veteran's Day Parade in downtown Sherman with several of the MVPA members in attendance as well as Texas State Representative Larry Phillips and several Grayson County officials. Vietnam Veteran Lynn Bagley provided an equestrian entry for the parade. Sunday, November 11th, there was another salute to area veteran's in Gainesville, Texas with display vehicles as well as fireworks, again the military vehicles were provided by the MVPA's Red River Valley Chapter. Monday, November 12th, was the official federal holiday and a short service was held at the Veteran's Memorial located in Fairview Park in Sherman. Several local service organizations were in attendance as well as city, county, and state officials. Gary Park transported local WWII Veteran 87 year old Russell Jordan to and from the event in his WWII 1945 Willys MB Jeep, Russell was a B-17 tailgunner in World War II and attends as many of the veteran's observances as he can. A wreath was placed at the memorial on which the names of the Grayson County Veteran's that died in WWI, WWII, Korean War, and the Vietnam War are listed. Billy Watson, our classmate who lost his life in Vietnam, is among the names on that Veteran's Memorial. 11/14/07

Reba (Thompson) Franklin's sister, Christine Evelyn Newsome, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2007 at Hilltop Haven Nursing Home in Gunter, Texas. Graveside services officiated by Alan Luker and under the direction of Flesher Funeral Home in Van Alstyne will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at Friendship Cemetery in Sherman. Surviving are her daughters, Janetta Hightower of Sherman, Joyce Reed of Gunter, and Patricia Dozier of Sherman; son, Jerry Anderson of Howe; sisters, Reba Franklin and Mae Clement, both of Elm Grove, Louisiana; brothers, Leonard Thompson of Garland, Texas and William Thompson of Dodd City, Texas; eight grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, five step grandchildren, and five step great-grandchildren. 11/13/07

Suzanne (Young) Welch was in Bethesda, Maryland recently attending the Marriott Corporation's annual Occupational Health Conference. Suzanne was a co-presenter of a report on the national imaging project to the regional managers, nurse care managers, and nurse review specialists. She got to tour Marriott's headquarters in Bethesda and was able to take a moonlight tour of some of the monuments in Washington, D.C. A tour of the White House was hoped for but did not happen due to lack of free time, she hopes to be able to take that tour on a return visit. 10/29/07

Mike Nurre's mother, Jerre Nurre, will be one of forty seven area authors honored as part of the "Telling Our Stories" special book introduction program at the Sherman Hall Auditorium on the Austin College campus on Sunday, November 4, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. This sixth and latest book in the series is titled "First-Born, Middle Child, Caboose; Stories about Birth Order and Family Relationships." Copies will be available for sale at the special Sunday presentation and beginning November 6th at both the Sherman and Denison offices of the Herald-Democrat, Jerre's story in the book is titled "Grandma's Gifts." Jerre enjoys writing and from time to time contributes special columns for the Herald-Democrat. Both Mike's parents, Jerre and Ted, are great assets to Sherman as they are still serving our community in many ways. The "Telling Our Stories" writer's workshops, which began in January, 1990, are headed by Austin College staff members Dr. Jerry Lincecum and Dr. Peggy Redshaw. 10/29/07

Jerry Lee Carter and Martha (Carter) Willis' sister, Margaret Ann Sisemore of Pottsboro, passed away Saturday, October 27, 2007. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 30, 2007 in Bratcher Funeral Home Chapel in Denison. Reverend Hugh Davis will officiate, burial will follow at Preston Bend Cemetery. Ann graduated from Sherman High School in 1957 and was a member of Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro. Ann's survivors are her husband, Charlie Sisemore of Pottsboro; sons, Jimmy Floyd Sisemore of Sherman and Michael Boyd Sisemore and wife Tina of Denison; brothers, William Lowell Carter, Jr. of Wilson, North Carolina and Jerry Lee Carter of Harrison, Arkansas; sister, Martha "DeeDee" Carter Willis of Millington, Tennessee; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 10/29/07

David Hall's father, Levis Hall, was mentioned in the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald-Democrat:
Thirty Years Ago-October 26, 1977-Three long time Sherman residents will be among alumni and college supporters honored in a special Charter Week Homecoming awards luncheon in the Sid Richardson Center on the Austin College campus. They are Dr. Bob Mason, Levis Hall, and Miss Nina Ferrell. 10/26/07

Ray Lewis (Santanelli) lives in San Bernardino, California and says that he and his family lost their home four years ago yesterday in the big fires of 2003 so these latest rounds of treacherous Southern California fires are definitely on his mind. Ray says, except for a lot of smoke in the air, he and his family are safe and they would like very much to stay that way. We hope and pray that he and our other classmates and their families who now live in Southern California will continue to be safe and that the fires will end soon.
Off the subject just a little but still an interesting bit of trivia is that San Bernardino County is the largest county in the 48 contiguous states, it contains a land mass there greater than any two of our nation's nine smallest states. Another bit of San Bernardino trivia is that the world's largest fast food chain, McDonald's, first began there in 1940 as a single hamburger stand owned by brothers Dick and Mac McDonald. 10/25/07

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton is very much on the go these days, she seems to be traveling more than ever as she is now with a different company helping hospitals set up new electronic medical records systems. In just the last six weeks she has made two trips to Placentia, California, two to San Ramon, California, one to St. Louis, Missouri, one to Austin, Texas, and one to Hickory, North Carolina where she is this week. Stellagene says that she is earning frequent flyer miles and hotel points at an amazing rate if she could only find some time off to use them. 10/24/07

Sam Mullins and his wife Bettye, welcomed their first grandchild on Wednesday 17 October 2007. Henry James Mullins was born at Centennial Medical Center in Frisco. Henry weighed in at 6 lbs. 13 oz. and was 20 inches long. Parents are Patrick and Darla Mullins of The Colony. 10/18/07

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald-Democrat:
Fifty Years Ago-October 18, 1957-Mrs. Al Norrell of Sherman was elected vice president of the Texas Society for Crippled Children and Adults during the state organization's annual Easter Seal Organization Convention in Galveston. Many of us remember Bobby Norrell's mother Hazel for her wonderful dedication and longtime service as the director of the Grayson County Society for Crippled Children and Adults, Hazel passed away in 1996. Known for a long time as simply The Crippled Children's Center, there have been several name changes through the years and the official name now is The Rehabilitation Center-Therapeutic Solutions for Children and Adults. 10/18/07

From the "A Look Though Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald-Democrat:
Forty Years Ago-October 16, 1967-John S. Dryden and Randall W. Rowland of Sherman have graduated from eight weeks of circuit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at San Diego, California. 10/16/07

Ron & Patsy (Landmon) Speed are celebrating their 42nd wedding anniversary today, they moved back to this area a few years ago after living in Plano for several years. Ron says he is semi-retired from the advertising/marketing business while Patsy, besides being a wonderful wife and mother and grandmother, has been a dedicated nurse for many years. Ron says his love for Patsy grows stronger with each passing year and that he wouldn't change a thing as he is most thankful for all the years they have spent together. 10/15/07

Jim Jouvenat's mother, Eloise H. Jouvenat of Sherman, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2007 at the age of 99. Funeral services were held at Waldo Funeral Home on Tuesday, October 16, 2007. Eloise was a legal secretary for many years, was a faithful member of North Park Baptist Church for sixty years, and was a longtime member as well as a past president of the Sherman Business & Professional Women's Club. A truly outstanding accomplishment of Eloise's was that, as a very dedicated member of the Wilson N. Jones Hospital Auxiliary, she served as one of the hospital's "pink ladies" until she "retired" at the age of 94. Her thirty one years of service at the hospital were an inspiration and a joy to the entire hospital staff, the hospital patients, their families, and their friends. Eloise is survived by her son James William Jouvenat and wife, Gail, one grandson, J. Paul Jouvenat, and wife, Brittany, all of Dallas; special nephews, Robert Hale and wife, Nelwyn, of Fort Worth, Texas and John Hale and wife, Melba, of Palmer, Texas; as well as several great nephews, nieces, and a host of friends. 10/15/07

Barbara (Scholl) Stevens tells us that she has a new granddaughter born on May 4th, 2007 at Presbyterian Hospital in Plano, Isabella Frances Henderson was 18 1/2" long at birth and weighed 6 lbs. and 13 oz. Barbara's daughter Susie and husband Jamie are the proud parents, they make their home in Rowlett. Isabella will be called Bella, she got her middle name is in honor of Barbara's mother Frances who passed away in July of last year. 10/15/07

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and husband John recently returned from an eleven day combination business and pleasure trip to Hawaii, the first part of the trip was attending a convention where John received his CPCU designation. John is in the insurance business and CPCU means Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter, a CPCU designation is attained by fewer than 3% of the insurance agents throughout the United States so this was quite an honor for John. The convention, held at the Honolulu Convention Center, was attended by approximately 7,000 people from the insurance industry. John and Dianne were able to see the famous volcanic crater Diamond Head plus the home of Jim Nabors, tour Pearl Harbor, and visit Waikiki Beach while on the main island. We all remember Jim Nabors from his Gomer Pyle days as a resident of Mayberry and as a very good singer, many people do not know that he is now a permanent resident of Hawaii and spends much of his time while there as a macadamia nut farmer and tropical flower grower. After all the convention work was done, John and Dianne flew to the very scenic northern island of Kauai where they enjoyed a few relaxing days before returning home. 10/5/07

David Van Hooser was in today's Herald Democrat's "A Look At Our Area's Past" column from fifty years ago as being one of the carrier-salesman winners that were provided a chartered bus to Dallas and tickets to the Texas State Fair courtesy of a contest sponsored by the Sherman Democrat. Many of the twenty nine other names mentioned were very recognizable including Loyd Delaney, Jr. Although stricken with cerebral palsy as an infant, Loyd was a very admired and recognizable figure as he sold newspapers downtown for over thirty five years. He was a long time member and also a very faithful usher at the First Methodist Church on Sunday mornings, his funeral was held there on October 1, 1975. From forty years ago, A&M Drive-In was mentioned as having 1/4 fried chicken, thick toast, cole slaw, and cherry cobbler all for eighty cents. A&M Drive-In and those prices are long gone now as are Gordon's Old Fashioned Freeze, McCraw's Restaurant, and Patio Drive-In but they all remain good memories for many of us. 10/4/07

Suzanne (Young) Welch was in Atlanta, Georgia last week on business to listen to some presentations on items related to her medical field. While there she was also able to take in an Atlanta Braves/Philadelphia Phillies baseball game, tour the famous "Underground Atlanta", and sample the various cuisines of some of Atlanta's distinctive restaurants before returning to her home in Plano. She said the Key Lime Pie, a Southern favorite of many people, was the best food she tasted while in Atlanta. 9/14/07

Ronnie Adams' stepfather, Glen Elmer Moore, passed away on September 11, 2007. Services were held at Waldo Funeral Home Chapel Friday, September 14, 2007, Rev. Danny Wood of West Sherman Baptist Church conducted the services with burial to follow at Akers Cemetery. Glen was a Sherman native and served in the United States Air Force, he worked for the City of Sherman for 36 years before retiring as head of the Street Department. Glen is survived by his wife, Oleta Adams Moore of Sherman; son, Alan Moore of Sherman; mother, Nolene Morphew of Sherman; and stepson, Ronnie Adams and wife Jennie (Walker) Adams of Sherman. 9/14/07

Janet (Wright) Brown's father, J. P. Wright, passed away Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at Clyde Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham, Texas. Services conducted by Rev. David Petrash, Chaplain for Home Hospice of Grayson County, were held on Saturday, September 15, 2007 at Waldo Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Friendship Cemetery.  An honor guard from the Naval Funeral Honor Burial Detail in Fort Worth, Texas conducted military graveside honors. He and his wife Laura just recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary, she survives him along with three children. They are Mark Wright and his wife Beverly of Tom Bean, Texas, Janet Wright Brown and her husband John of Reno, Nevada, and Becci Wright Mead and her husband Rick of Rogue River, Oregon. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. 9/13/07

Ven Hammonds was featured in today's Sherman newspaper in the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column, this daily column features an item that appeared in either the Denison Herald, Sherman Democrat, or Herald Democrat from ten, twenty, thirty, forty, or fifty years ago. Ven's mention was in the fifty years ago section and it should have been in the forty years ago section, we don't need for time to go by any faster than it seems to be going. It tells that Ven was undergoing Air Force pilot training at Williams Air Force Base which was located just ten miles east of Chandler, Arizona. Williams Air Force Base was one of the United States Air Force's leading pilot training facilities for many years, like our Perrin Air Force Base it is now a part of the past as it was closed in 1993. 1993 was also the year for Ven's retirement from the Air Force, more about Ven's and other classmate's military careers can be found in the Veteran's Section of this website. We thank Ven and all our other classmates who served our country through their military service. 9/11/07

Sylvia (Taylor) Finch is back home in Phoenix, Arizona after a three week vacation visiting her daughter and family in Schiedam, Holland which is just outside Rotterdam, this was her twelfth overseas trip to visit her daughter and family. She got there just in time to help granddaughter Sierra Mallory celebrate her fifth birthday, an especially big event in any child's life. After being in Holland for approximately two weeks, the entire family drove through Belgium before heading into France for a camping vacation in the quaint little French village of Ste. Catherine de Fierbois. While in France they even saw the 15th Century Castle which overlooks the very scenic Indre Valley and was the inspiration in 1697 for Charles Perrault to write his fairy tale classic "Sleeping Beauty."  Although the castle shown in the Disney "Sleeping Beauty" movie is actually in Germany, the Castle of Usse' in France will always be known as the "Sleeping Beauty Castle." Sylvia is planning a return visit to Holland next year and we hope she will also set aside time next July to make her third reunion trip to Sherman. 9/2/07

Mike Connolly was just north of Detroit in Troy, Michigan recently where he attended the 25th annual Saab Owners Convention, almost 2,400 Saab enthusiasts from all over the world were there along with 937 Saabs of all years. For those of you that don't know, Saab is a Swedish automobile built by a company that first began in 1937 as a high performance aircraft company before selling their first production cars to waiting customers on January 16, 1950. The 10,000th Saab automobile was manufactured just a little over four years later on March 6, 1954. The event was hosted by the Great Lakes Saab Club and co-hosted by General Motors who is now a co-owner of Saab, having purchased 49% of the company in 1990. Mike said one of the special highlights was seeing The Heritage Collection Center which is not open to the general public, this is where a variety of regular production cars and rare prototypes from all General Motors Divisions as well as all years are housed. As chairman of the Crisman Brothers Award Committee, Mike made the presentation of this year's awards to three young Saab enthusiasts. The three awards are awarded to Saab enthusiasts under the age of 21 and encourages the use of automotive science, pride, and safety in Saab ownership. The Crisman brothers, Kyle and Tim, were young Saab enthusiasts from New Hampshire who tragically lost their lives in an accident November 3, 2002. Mike and a former co-worker from Delaware made the drive to Michigan, they both enjoyed stopping in Cleveland on the way to see "The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum." Mike said there is a radio station there that broadcasts on Sirius Radio, he asked the deejay to play a request of the "Bristol Stomp" by The Dovells and dedicate it to the "1963 Sherman Bearcats" because that is one of his favorite old songs as it brings back fond memories of his days living in Sherman. Mike has been unable to attend any of our previous reunions but says he is looking forward to returning to Sherman for next July's "Happy Days-Part Two" reunion. 9/01/07

Suzanne (Young) Welch, a long time Elvis fan, braved the 90 degree heat and high humidity in Dallas recently to be one of the 853 participants in this year's "Elvis Run" held at Reverchon Park which benefited the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Greater DFW. UCP Dallas' mission is to advance the independence and productivity of those people with Cerebral Palsy, click on www.ucpdallas.org to find out more about the organization and how you can help. If you want to see more about this year's run including pictures or you might want to sign up for next year, www.upcelvisrun.com is the website to check out. Suzanne did manage to finish the 5K in less than an hour which was a good showing, especially considering those weather conditions. Two of the many other events were a one mile walk and a wheelchair roll, Elvis music was heard on loudspeakers throughout the course, Elvis impersonators could also be seen all over as participants and spectators alike were asked to dress in a style honoring Elvis or in any style of the 50's. Elvis t-shirts could be seen everywhere on children as well as adults, there were many contests and prizes and even a special contest for pets as they also joined in the Elvis festivities. This year's "Elvis Run", held on August 18, 2007, was the same time as many "Elvis Week" events were wrapping up in Memphis commemorating Elvis' death there in 1977. Many other cities that also had Elvis connections were having special observances due to August 16, 2007 being the thirty year anniversary of his death. Suzanne is to be congratulated for her participation in this and other worthwhile charity events, this is her eighth charity run this year. 8/28/07

Janet (Wright) Brown's parents, J. P. and Laura Wright, celebrated their seventieth wedding anniversary with a family gathering on Sunday, August 5, 2007. They were married on August 1, 1937 in Durant, Oklahoma. A surprise celebration was also given for the couple by the staff and residents of the Clyde Cosper Texas State Veterans Home in Bonham where the Wrights now reside. J. P. is a World War II Navy Veteran and served on the USS Detroit. He later worked at Quaker Oats, was a civilian employee at Perrin Air Force Base, and owned Wright's Moving & Storage. Laura is an artist, owned Laurie's Lively Lights, also owned an art and framing business, once worked for Hannah's Florist, and is a homemaker. The Wright's children and their spouses are Mark and Beverly Wright of Tom Bean, Texas, Janet and John Brown of Reno, Nevada, and Becci and Rick Mead of Rogue River, Oregon. There are nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. We wish Janet's parents congratulations on reaching a very special milestone. 8/24/07

Freddie LaFoy's mother, Ethel Bell Railsback LaFoy, passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at Sherman Healthcare Center. Services conducted by Dr. Eddy Johnson of Grayson Bible Baptist Church will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 25, 2007 at Dannel Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. She is survived by her daughter, Pat Rodriguez and her husband, Jesse of Sherman; son, Freddie Lee LaFoy of Sherman; three grandchildren and six grandchildren. A sister, Charlene Doherty of New London, Texas also survives her along with several nieces and nephews. 8/24/07

Barbara (Pond) LeCroy's husband, Robert LeCroy, passed away on April 26, 2007 in Charleston, South Carolina. Services were held on April 30, 2007 at the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Funeral Home-West Ashley Chapel in Charleston. Robert was retired from the Charleston Police Department and also from the United States Air Force. His survivors include wife Barbara of North Charleston, South Carolina, his mother, three daughters, three sons, thirteen grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 8/24/07

Jerry & Sue Ruffin recently attended a Ruffin Family Reunion which was held in Fredonia, Arizona for the first time after being held for many years in Howe, Texas. They saw the Grand Canyon while in Arizona, Jerry says there was a lot of fog in the air the day they were there but the view was still spectacular. Jerry and Sue also visited New Mexico, Las Vegas, and parts of Utah before returning home from their almost 3,000 mile trip. 8/18/07

Today is the fiftieth anniversary of a monumental change in the phone system in Sherman, that of the transition from rotary phones to dial phones. No longer did you hear an operator say "Number please", being on a party line was another annoyance that disappeared with advances in phone technology and our home phone numbers changed also. We couldn't have imagined back then that fifty years later we would be able to carry our telephones with us, we knew about Dick Tracy's wrist radio but that was only in the comics. Many of us still remember those changes and the fact that Sherman's TW prefix actually stood for Twinbrook, Denison's HO prefix stood for Homestead, and Pottsboro's ST prefix stood for Stillwell. Linda (Copley) Sneed spent many years in a variety of positions with our local phone company before taking early retirement, she has seen the previously mentioned changes and a whole bunch more. It seems Linda will always have an association with phones, she is now the switchboard operator at the Sherman ISD Administration Building on King Street which a lot of us remember as our old junior high school. Neither the interior of that old building nor Linda have changed much over the years, she is very easy to recognize when you go up those big front steps and make a right turn to her office. 8/17/07

A special CD release party was held last Saturday night in Denison at the Main Street Showcase (our area home for live weekend music shows-formerly the Rialto Theatre) for Jerry Hunter's brand new CD which is titled "The Texas Twister". Jerry worked on this project for over two years and wrote or co-wrote every one of the fourteen songs on this CD, many are danceable and slow genuine country songs that deal with the ups and downs of everyday life. To add a little variety, "Bubba Louise" and "Calling Dr. Phil" are two comedy songs on the CD and similar to what Roger Miller or Ray Stevens might have written. Professional musician Donald Fuller provides the very good vocals for Jerry on this latest CD. Jerry has been writing songs for many years, he even wrote an Elvis tribute song once which would certainly be appropriate now since today is the thirty year anniversary of the death of the King of Rock & Roll. We are fortunate to have grown up in the era to have witnessed the entire career of Elvis Presley, there will never be another entertainer quite like Elvis. We wish our classmate Jerry much success with this latest project. 8/16/07

Willies Ballou was in charge of the Dorchester Community Reunion which was held July 22nd at the Dorchester Baptist Church. There were fifty-four people in attendance including current and former residents and their family members and guests, seven different school classes were represented. Entertainment was provided and special recognition was given in several categories including recognizing those in attendance who were relatives of former teachers. Willies is the current president and has agreed to serve another term, the next Dorchester Community Reunion will be held July 4, 2008. 8/13/07

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and husband John recently celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary by spending a long weekend at a resort on Orange Beach on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Orange Beach is home to the largest charter fishing fleet on the Gulf of Mexico and a favorite vacation spot for many people. John and Dianne flew to New Orleans where they rented a car for the drive over to the coast, they were also able to have an enjoyable visit with some long time friends that live in the picturesque town of Fair Hope, Alabama near Mobile. Eating some of the area's great seafood and swimming in the Gulf were other highlights of their very special weekend. 8/10/07

Gail (Hipple) Bates' father, George J. I. Hipple, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2007. Services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday July 30, 2007 at the First Baptist Church of Laurel, Maryland, burial followed at Meadowridge Memorial Park in Elkridge, Maryland. His wife, Anita L. Hipple, survives him. George's other survivors include daughters Gail Hipple Bates and Cheryl Jean Hipple, son George John Hipple, sister Mary Helen O'Day, four grandsons, and one great-grandson. He was predeceased by a son, Stephen George Hipple. 8/2/07

Mike Ledbetter's mother, Cecelia Fleta Emily (Powers) Ledbetter, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2007. The family will receive guests for a time of visitation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at the Heritage Baptist Church in Georgetown, Texas with the funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. Interment will be at later date in Clovis, California. Mrs. Ledbetter is survived by a brother, Leslie Leigh Powers and his wife Katie of Hillsboro, a sister, Clara Jewel Roberts and her husband Carl of Kingwood, Texas, and her baby sister Benita Ann Gibson and her husband Tommie of Midland, Texas. Her surviving immediate family members are Donald and Bettye Ledbetter of Georgetown, Jo and Bill Hough of Dallas, Linda and Terry Sears of Bakersfield, California, Mike Ledbetter of Georgetown, Otis and Gail Ledbetter of Clovis, California, Johnnye Ledbetter of Fresno, California, and Teri and Dave White of Georgetown. Her Grandchildren are Michelle Oldaker, Steve Ledbetter, Leigh Anne Lockerbie, Stacy Hughes, Pam Sears, Scott Hough, Susan Sears, Matthew Ledbetter, Kasey Kline, Becky Davis, Jon Ledbetter, Erin Gerrard, Leah Henderson, Joleigh White, Adriana White, McKenna White, and Braeden White. Besides the grandchildren, there are 21 great grandchildren and one great great-grandchild, and a host of friends. Mrs. Ledbetter was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lloyd, her older sister, Dorothy Fern, her younger sister Manilla Turner, younger brothers James (Jake) Powers, and David Ewel Powers, and last of all, her grandsons Chris Ledbetter and C. J. White. 8/2/07

Larry Hodge, Chief of the Round Rock, Texas Fire Department, recently qualified as a new member in the Institution of Fire Engineers. The IFE, with headquarters in the United Kingdom and a branch in the United States, has more than 10,000 members worldwide in 23 countries who promote the development and study of the fire engineering discipline. There are six levels of membership with each one denoting a higher degree of qualification, Larry qualified at the Member (MIFireE) level which is the next to the top level.  Members interact with their peers from around the world through conferences, e-mails, an internet website, and professional seminars to improve their competencies, knowledge, skills, and their personal and professional stature. It is this global aspect that makes membership in the IFE a unique experience. Congratulations to Larry for his membership into this prestigious and very worthwhile organization. 8/2/07

Shirley (Mitchell) Lowrie's father, Harold B. Mitchell, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Funeral services will be held at Waldo Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2007, burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. Harold, a graduate of the Sherman High School Class of 1932, served his country in the United States Air Force during World War II. A life-long member of the Church of Christ, he retired from the Sherman Post Office in August of 1979 as a Supervisor of Mail and Delivery after working there for forty three years. Shirley's mother, Edna Mae Capps Mitchell, preceded Harold in death on January 16, 1993 just twenty one days before their fifty-third wedding anniversary. Surviving Harold are daughters Shirley Lowrie of The Woodlands, Texas, Nancy McComb of Euless, Texas, and Phyllis Rice of Spring, Texas. His present wife, Hazel Caraway Mitchell, also survives him along with her daughter, Sue McBee of Garland, Texas. Harold's other survivors include one brother, four grandchildren, a great-granddaughter, and numerous nieces and nephews. 7/26/07

Shane and Kelley Carroll of Pottsboro welcomed the birth of their son on June 20, 2007, Sky Henson Carroll weighed 8 pounds and two ounces at birth. Johnny Foster of Sherman is Kelley's father and Sky's proud new grandfather. Sky's other proud new grandfather is Shane's father Ferrell Carroll, also a resident of Sherman and a member of the SHS Class of '61. 7/23/07

Dallas area television viewers might have seen Alton Bowman this past weekend in a feature story on the Channel 5 news telling about Lady Bird Johnson's visit to Flower Mound, Texas a few years ago. He told of how much she enjoyed seeing the twelve and a half acre mound of various wildflowers that are responsible for giving the town its unusual name. The Texas native and former First Lady passed away at her home in the scenic Texas Hill Country last Wednesday July 11, 2007 at the age of 94. Lady Bird will always be remembered for her love of her home state, her love of wildflowers, and for her beautification efforts in not only Texas but throughout the entire United States. The "Hill Country Theme" was sung by another native Texan Willie Nelson and was the long time theme of Bob Phillips' popular "Four Country Reporter" show. The unique travel show, currently in its thirty-fifth year, is now seen in all areas of Texas and has been renamed "Texas Country Reporter". To learn more about how Alton Bowman became a spokesman for Flower Mound, Texas, scroll down to our May 29, 2007 "Roses & Thorns" entry. 7/17/07

On June 11, 2007 Mike Connolly was appointed to a third two year term on the West Virginia Motor Sports Council by Governor Joe Manchin of West Virginia. This is an Advisory Council made up of citizens who are now or have been involved in motor sports, they advise the Governor and Legislature on all types of issues regarding motor sports in West Virginia. Safety of those participating in all types of motor sports as well as the safety of the spectators are two of the main concerns of council members. Mike's past experience as a former Driver/Engineer for Ford Performance Division in NHRA, AHRA, SCCA, as well as his experience doing consulting work for Saab Motors and Volvo Motors led to Mike's first council appointment by West Virginia's Former Governor Bob Wise. 7/16/07

Marilyn (Miller) Alexander of Achille, Oklahoma was involved in a tragic auto accident on State Highway 91 one mile west of Achille on Tuesday afternoon July 3, 2007. Christy Michelle Head, 36, and 7 year old Haley Denise Hicks, both of Achille were pronounced dead at the scene. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Scott King said that, due to unsafe speed and a wet roadway, Ms. Head's car possibly hydroplaned then she overcorrected and went into the oncoming lane striking Marilyn's pickup. It was reported that Marilyn was not transported from the scene and chose to seek medical treatment on her own. 7/5/07

Donna (Webb) Shaw returned to Sherman recently and visited with some classmates as they got together and ate at Logan's Roadhouse in Sherman's new Town North Shopping Center. Donna spent one night in Howe at the home of Leon and Joan Thornhill who are longtime friends, she then drove over near Fort Worth to spend some time with her sister. Her sister Norma is a '56 graduate of Sherman High and moved to Boyd, Texas a couple of years ago after living in Detroit Michigan for several years. Since Donna has recently retired, she will be more able to take trips so we hope it won't be too long before she's back in Sherman for another visit. 7/4/07

Shane and Kelley Carroll of Pottsboro welcomed the birth of their son on June 20, 2007, Sky Henson Carroll weighed 8 pounds and two ounces at birth. Johnny Foster of Sherman is Kelley's father and Sky's proud new grandfather. Sky's other proud new grandfather is Shane's father Ferrell Carroll, also a resident of Sherman and a member of the SHS Class of '61. 7/03/07

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton spent last weekend in Tahlequah, Oklahoma with a long time friend from North Carolina who was there visiting her brother and sister-in-law who are both retired educators. They spent two somewhat rainy days at their cabin on the Illinois River watching the river rafters come around the bend, fishing (Stellagene caught a four pound Drum fish), and going on canoe rides. The group then traveled to Tulsa to the Gilbreth Museum where they had brunch and got to see an Andrew Wyeth watercolor exhibit which was on loan from a gallery in Japan. After the visit was over, Stellagene's friend flew back to North Carolina and Stellagene drove back to work in Dallas where she encountered more rain. 6/30/07

Jim Jouvenat's son Paul and Brittany Taylor were married on Saturday. June 16, 2007 at the Waterview Church of Christ in Richardson, Texas. Their first night as a newlywed couple was spent at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine before they flew to San Juan, Puerto Rico the next morning. There they boarded the Royal Caribbean's "Adventure of the Seas" ship for a seven day and seven port cruise. The wedding was small but a larger reception, to welcome the newlywed couple back home, will be held tomorrow afternoon June 30, 2007 at the Waterview Church of Christ. Brittany is an elementary school teacher in the Richardson ISD, Paul works with his dad in the family business at Texas Cartage. 6/29/07

Gordon Lee Eatherly, Jr. passed away on Monday, June 25, 2007 at his home in Pegram, Tennessee after an extended illness. Gordon first worked as a disc jockey at KDSX Radio in Sherman, Texas, he had a great love for music whether he was playing the records or making the music himself as the leader of one of his early bands. He was also a registered nurse for twenty six years but his love of songwriting was what caused him to move to the Nashville area in 1987. In 1990 the Nashville Songwriter's Association acknowledged his song "A Ring Where A Ring Used To Be" for superior creativity in both words and music. The late country singer Chris Ledoux, who once attended school in Denison, recorded Gordon's song "Dallas Days and Fort Worth Nights" which can be heard on Chris' "20 Greatest Hits" CD. Gordon is survived by his wife Sherrill and their two children, Sarah Ellen Eatherly and John Eric Eatherly. He is also survived by two sisters, Janice Miller and Linda Nigreville. A memorial service is scheduled for Friday, June 29, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. at the Nashville Center for Spiritual Living in Nashville, Tennessee. Following the service, there will be a celebration of his life at the family home in Pegram.  6/29/07

This should be a fun and interesting weekend for Daryl Talbot and his wife Theresa as they attend the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribe's Annual Festival which will take place this Friday June 29th through Sunday July 1st in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Theresa is a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribe which consists of the descendants of forty nine families who moved to Indian Territory from the Kansas Reservation between the 1850 through 1895 time frame. Traditionally, Powwow is the time when tribal members come together to conduct Tribal business and hold their family reunion. This year's event is expecting between 5,000 and 10,000 members to enjoy eating, dancing, and catching up on news about families. 6/28/07

Earl Wiggins' youngest daughter, Rebecca Ann Wiggins, just last week received her MA Degree in Government with Honors from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She holds undergraduate degrees in International Studies (BA) and Photojournalism (BS) from the University of North Texas in Denton. Rebecca graduated from high school in Tom Bean, Texas in 1995 and was Valedictorian of her class. When you learn of Rebecca's many accomplishments, it's easy to see why Earl is a proud dad. 6/27/07

Mike Connolly and his sister Marsha, along with their dad Fred, recently celebrated Fred's 85th birthday with a special "Texas Style" barbecue dinner in the family home in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Fred and son Mike have been bothered with heart problems lately but they both seem to be doing better now. The Connolly family often all remark how they miss those "good old days" living on Burton Street in Sherman. Marsha Connolly Blanchard, eleven years younger than Mike, now makes her home in Bel Air, Maryland along with her husband Vince. 6/26/07

Barbara (Scholl) Stevens recently spent Memorial Day Weekend with her daughter Elizabeth at Barbara's vacation home in Destin, Florida. Late last September, she also got to spend three weeks there and spent quite a bit of the time deep sea fishing. At the end of October, she was in Houston helping celebrate her grandson Ryan's sixth birthday. It turned out to be quite an extravaganza as both the activities and decorations combined the birthday and Halloween themes. In October, for a delayed 60th birthday celebration, her daughter Susie took her to Las Vegas where they stayed at "The Paris" and also got to see some entertaining shows. Their plans to attend a Celine Dion Concert were not to be as Celine's show had to be cancelled because of her illness. Barbara's Christmas was spent in Daytona Beach, Florida where she enjoyed celebrating Christmas with her oldest son Alan and his family. The day after Christmas, Barbara drove to Tampa, Florida where she spent the rest of the Christmas Holidays visiting her longtime friend Carolyn and also attending her goddaughter's wedding on December 30th. Barbara returned to Tampa on January 26th to help celebrate "Gasparilla" which is Tampa's equivalent of Mardi Gras. Like some of our other classmates, Barbara enjoys traveling and is probably already planning another trip. 6/25/07

Beverly (Fant) Whiddon reports that daughter Shelley and one of her former bosses from the public relations field have embarked on an unusual venture, that of developing and marketing foreign language programs for young children in the Washington, D.C. area. Surprisingly, this had not been tried before in that area and the venture is now doing amazingly well. They have several native speaking teachers and currently offer classes in French, Mandarin, and Spanish with plans to add Arabic and Italian in the Fall. With seventy students in one site and opening a second site in September, hopes of eventually franchising their business may someday become a reality. 6/24/07

Bennie (Bowen) Stoy's oldest son Jeff just began a new career as a travel nurse, his first assignment is with a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee where he will be assigned for the next three months. His next location, also for three months, will be at a hospital in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Jeff chose this line of work because he enjoys being in the medical field plus traveling and meeting different people, while at the same time being able to help those in need. Bennie says it's been a very eye opening experience for Jeff to be able to see first hand how life can sometimes be in our nation's big cities. Bennie and husband Hubert hope to be able to travel some to visit Jeff at various locations as he travels around the country, the upcoming assignment in the DFW area should pose no problem in accomplishing that. 6/23/07

Ven and Dianne (Brodhead) Hammonds recently took a three week European trip to celebrate their fortieth wedding anniversary, Ven and Dianne were married on June 10, 1967. They toured the cities of Paris and Rome and also Provence which is a former Roman province and is now a region of southeastern France located on the beautiful Mediterranean Sea adjacent to the Italian border. Touring some of the spectacular areas by car was one of the highlights of this very special trip. Dianne says since they're now back at home and Ven has recently retired, they are able to enjoy visiting their own children and their five grandchildren any time they want. 6/22/07

After living in the Dallas area for over thirty years and retiring from his job as Comptroller at Airflow Systems, Bobby Dean Roach is now a Grayson County resident once again. He and his wife Cheryl closed on the purchase of their home in Denison on June 11th, this step finalized the move back north that Bobby has wanted to make for a long time. A relaxing retirement is looking pretty good to him right now but he should be able to stay busy for quite a while with unpacking, finding just the right spot to put everything, and all the other items on the "to-do" lists that go along with any move to a new place to live. Also, our area has received a tremendous amount of rain lately so it shouldn't be too long before that grass will need to be mowed. His twin brother, Billy Gene, is now also a Denison resident so he will be nearby to help. 6/21/07

Gary Park's calendar has been full lately with activities related to his interest in the military, military related events, and military related vehicles. He and some of his Red River Valley Military Vehicle Preservation Association chapter members were in attendance on May 18th, 2007 as part of "Heroes Day" which took place at Dillingham Middle School. On May 20th, 2007, Gary attended and participated in the "Battle For The Western Wall" which was a very authentic World War II re-enactment event held near Waco in Bellmead, Texas. On June 9, 2007, the Red River Valley Chapter of the MVPA took first place, second place, and third place in the Military Vehicle Division at a car show in Howe benefiting the Howe Volunteer Fire Department. This past weekend, Gary attended the Fort Worth Militaria Show at one of the Amon Carter exhibit halls. He said there were over one hundred vendor tables there with a wide variety of military items for sale with prices ranging from 50 cents all the way up to $5,000. There were also many military vehicles to be seen, some for sale and some for show. 6/20/07

Suzanne (Young) Welch, her boyfriend Mike, and Mike's dad all competed in "Dadfest 2007" which was held in Frisco, Texas this past Father's Day weekend. "Dadfest" is a charity run/walk which helps promote public awareness related to prostate problems, one out of ten men will develop prostate cancer during his lifetime. More than 130,000 new cases of prostate cancer are discovered in the United States each year, most can be cured if caught early enough so the importance of early detection can not be over-emphasized.  Funds raised from "Dadfest" benefit the Urology Research & Education Foundation (UREF) which is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Mike and his eighty year old dad, who has prostate cancer and was participating in his first charity race, finished third (even in the heavy rain) in the Father & Son Division-age 26 and up. Suzanne, Mike, and his dad should all be congratulated for a job well done on behalf of a worthy cause. 06/19/07

Both Mike Connolly and Barbara (Scholl) Stevens have said since their fathers were in the Air Force they lived in many places and attended many different schools, yet they still felt more at home in Sherman than any other place they have lived. It is nice to hear those comments, we want every classmate to feel just as welcome regardless of whether they were able to stay through graduation or not. Mike now lives in Bridgeport, West Virginia and says that, even though he's quite a distance away, he is definitely looking forward to making the trip to attend our "Happy Days-Part Two" reunion in July of '08. Barbara now lives in Dallas and while she was unable to attend our last big reunion in '03, she does plan on being here for next Summer's reunion. In fact since that reunion in '03, Barbara has enjoyed attending several of our area get-togethers. Many classmates, especially all those whose fathers were stationed at Perrin, should enjoy visiting the Perrin Air Force Base Museum which will be one of our new activities at next Summer's reunion. 6/18/07

Bennie (Bowen) Stoy and husband Hubert recently returned from two fun trips, the first to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. Upon arriving in Hawaii, they boarded a cruise ship that allowed them to tour a different island each day before returning to the ship each night. They enjoyed the beauty of all the flowers they got to see while there, another highlight was attending a traditional luau. All in all, Bennie says it was a very relaxing vacation and one they are glad they took. After being back home for a week, they headed to Durango, Colorado where they enjoyed the beauty of the mountains. Another highlight of that trip was the train ride to Silverton, the Durango to Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway was completed in July of 1882 and soon began hauling passengers and freight. In the late 1960's, the Durango-Silverton had the distinction of being named a National Historic Landmark as well as a National Historical Civil Engineering Landmark. While on their Colorado vacation, they also enjoyed seeing the play "Texas" in the Palo Duro Canyon just south of Amarillo. Palo Duro Canyon State Park is a spectacular sight itself, having long been known as the "Grand Canyon of Texas." 6/17/07

Marilyn (Miller) Alexander's father, Charles A. Miller of Sherman, passed away on Friday, June 15, 2007. Services conducted by Joe Ed Furr were held Monday, June 18, 2007 in the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel, burial followed at West Hill Cemetery. After retiring from Mobil Oil Corporation in 1960, Charles established Miller's Auto Parts, Inc. in Sherman. He later purchased and operated cattle ranches in Oklahoma where he spent much of his retirement time. Charles was a member of the Central Christian Church where he served as an elder, a member of the Hella Temple in Dallas, a 32-degree Mason, and a United States Air Force Veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents; all of his siblings; his first wife Virginia in 1981; and his son, Charles Kyle Miller in 2001. Charles is survived by his wife Glenda of Sherman; daughter, Marilyn Miller Alexander of Achille, Oklahoma; stepchildren, David Light, Janette Norton, Joanna Reiter, and Shannon Cox; four grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and one step-great grandchild. 6/16/07

Beverly (Fant) Whiddon says that since retiring, she and husband Don are spending a lot more time on the road these days driving to Pine Mountain, Georgia where they are building a vacation home in Callaway Gardens located at the southernmost foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Pine Mountain, located just an hour's drive southwest of Atlanta, captures all the charm of a small southern town with its quaint shops, history, and Southern cooking. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's vacation home, known as the "Little White House", is located just east of Pine Mountain in Warm Springs, Georgia. She says they really enjoy the very scenic area where they spend time bike riding, bird watching, golfing, hiking, and just generally enjoying nature. The beautiful two and a half mile drive that opened up in Callaway Gardens in 2000 should make anyone more aware of some of the wonders of God's Creation. 6/16/07

Billy Gene Roach just returned from an enjoyable and scenic trip to Seattle to visit his son Terry and youngest daughter Rebecca. He knows flying that great distance would have been easier, but he grew tired of airplanes and airports as he flew extensively in his job while he was working. He drove the long trip up in two days, averaging 1100 miles a day from Denison where he has made his home the last five years. He said the trip tired him out and while flying would be easier and quicker, he will probably drive again the next time he goes back. 6/15/07

Ven Hammonds recently retired a second time, his first was from the United States Air Force on July 1, 1993 where he served twenty six years before retiring with the rank of Colonel. The second retirement was from his position as Executive Director of Texoma Area Paratransit System (TAPS), a job he has held since December 1, 1993. Under Ven's leadership, TAPS has grown from an operating budget of $975,000 annually to one of just under $3,4000,000 annually. The transit system used to include just Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson counties but has now expanded to also cover Clay, Jack, Montague, and Wise counties for a total service area of more than 6,600 square miles. TAPS provided nearly 400,000 passenger trips last year making them the fourth largest rural transit system in Texas. Congratulations go to Ven for a job well done, that should be two jobs well done. 6/14/07

When they are home from one of their many cruises, Willies and Cathye Ballou are very involved in their community of Dorchester as well as other worthwhile projects in this area. Willies is president of the Dorchester Community Reunion Group and is busy preparing for their reunion to be held July 22, Cathye is a member of the Dorchester Women's Club which meets monthly. As director of Key Memorial Methodist's "Key Care Mission" in Sherman, Cathye also works with the food bank in Dallas. The "Key Care Mission" is a food and clothing house for Sherman people in need, their biggest need at this time is for cash donations or for non-perishable food items. Willies and Cathye are both to be congratulated for helping with these worthwhile community projects. 6/13/07

Jim Apel let us know that he and his wife Linda enjoyed an Al Nelson Concert when Al performed in Sweetwater, Texas recently. Linda is a '65 graduate from Sweetwater High School, Jim and Linda made a mini-reunion out of the event as several of Linda's classmates were also with them listening to music of the 50's & 60's. This was Jim's first time seeing Al perform, he said he hopes it won't be his last. Like many people who have seen Al before, Jim said one of his favorite parts of the show was listening to how great Al sounded when he sang some of the songs of Roy Orbison. Al first performed for many '63 Sherman classmates back in 1988 at our twenty five year reunion which was held at the Municipal Building in Sherman. Several members of the '63 group still enjoy getting together from time to time to see Al's show at various locations around the DFW Metroplex, many good memories and great friendships have been made at these mini-reunions. 06/12/07

Hazel Louise (Mathis) Eldredge of Garland passed away Saturday, June 9, 2007. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 13 at Vittitoe Cemetery in Kentuckytown between Tom Bean and Whitewright officiated by Rev. John Hall of the First Baptist Church in Tom Bean. Surviving are her daughter, Holly Hurst of Allen; sisters, Frankie Mathis and Dorotha Sue Hagenswold of Whitewright; brothers, Bob Mathis of Whitewright and Larry Mathis of Tom Bean. 6/11/07

Glenn Hailey had out-patient eye surgery this past Thursday at Delta Medical Hospital in Memphis, there was a membrane growth in his left eye which made this latest  surgery necessary. The growth was in an area that was difficult to reach, three incisions had to be made into the eye during the two hour procedure. This makes Glenn's sixth eye surgery since October '06, so hopefully this one will be the last. Glenn is a die-hard Memphis Grizzlies Fan as were his three doctors and one male operating room nurse so that made everything a little easier to take as they all talked basketball for quite a bit of the time. All in all, he was in the hospital for five hours before being driven back home for a four to six week recovery period. In fact, the recovery period will be quicker than Glenn first thought because he was able to receive an air injection in his eye instead of the previously planned gas injection. Glenn said that he praises God for today's modern technology because he might have lost the vision in that eye had this occurred a few years ago, now he expects to have normal vision in that eye again soon. 6/11/07

Mike Connolly let us know that, due to some damaged arteries in his heart, he had been scheduled to undergo a new heart procedure that would have created new arteries. However, the new medicine regiment that the doctors now have him on seems to be working and has greatly slowed the progression of his heart disease making the new procedure unnecessary at this time. Mike's father Fred has heart disease and his late mother Nina also had heart disease so much of his heart problem was more than likely due to heredity, stress from five and a half years in the Marines and twenty four years as a New York City firefighter also were probably contributing factors to Mike's heart condition. Mike is very thankful that so much progress has been made the last few years in fighting heart disease, a once almost certain killer. 6/10/07

Butch Ewing reports that his wife Mary is very much improved after a head on collision which totaled her car near their home in Muskogee, Oklahoma last Saturday night. Because the accident was in town and the speed not excessive, her injuries were very minor and just involved a little soreness. The lady that was driving the extended cab pickup that hit Mary's car was trying to control a small child in the back seat at the same time she was drifting into Mary's lane of travel, the inattentive lady received three different traffic citations. Mary was not able to preach the next day but will be back in the pulpit tomorrow. In 2004, while still living in Tishomingo, Mary had a more serious one vehicle accident. She was in quite a bit of pain and had to have a follow-up surgery as a result of that accident but it looks like no surgery will be needed as a result of this one. 6/9/07

Dr. Lynda Uphouse recently completed another school year at Texas Woman's University in Denton, this Fall she will begin her twenty fifth year at this well known institute of higher learning. Since she came to TWU in 1983, Lynda has authored or co-authored several publications in her related field and since 1990 has been Professor of Biology as well as Director of the Multi-Ethnic Biomedical Research Support Program. She is responsible for obtaining many of the grants that keep this important program funded. Lynda received her B.A. degree at Austin College, her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Colorado in Boulder, and has done post graduate studies in Molecular Biology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. 6/8/07

Beverly (Fant) Whiddon retired in January after 33 years working for the state of Florida, first teaching Sociology in the University System and then spending 28 years as a Staff Director for the Florida Senate. Beverly says that, after working in the Legislature for so long, politics got in her blood and she still misses it.  Beverly had a staff of analysts and attorneys, and together they wrote, analyzed, helped negotiate, and advised the Senators on all legislation relating to social issues before the Legislature.  One of the main things she now enjoys is having a lot of free time to do just what she wants including spending more time with husband Don. 6/7/07

Suzanne (Young) Welch is about to pass her last year's record of six charity runs/walks, in 2006 she participated in six events and she has just signed up for number seven for 2007 to be held in Frisco on June 16th. The "Dad Fest" will raise money for prostate cancer research, she and boyfriend Mike Kupka will be participating in that one along with Mike's dad who is eighty and is battling prostate cancer. The other runs/walks she has made so far this year which have benefited various charities were the "Rotary Resolution Run" in January, "Captain Hope's Kids" in February, the "St. Paddy's Day Dash" in March, the "Kidney Walk" in April, the "Wildflower Run" in May, and the "Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure" which was held last weekend. Suzanne is to be congratulated for her participation in these worthwhile events. 6/6/07

Robert Owen (Bob) Murphey, Sherry (Murphey) Brooks' father, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2007 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison. Services conducted by Rev. Luke Holmes were held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 6 at Fisher Funeral Chapel in Denison, a private burial service followed at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Bob, a World War II Army Veteran, was owner of Muphey's Trim Shop and Murphey's Interiors in Sherman. Sherry's mother, Nadine, preceded Bob in death. Bob is survived by his daughter, Sherry Brooks and husband, Larry of Denison; his grandson, Rodney Brooks of Carrollton, Texas; three sisters-in-law, three nieces, four nephews, several cousins, and his current wife, Patricia Kay Murphey of Denison. 6/6/07

A two year project is about to come to be this week with the release of Jerry Hunter's third CD which will be on the Honky Tonk Blue Collar Redneck Records label. "Texas Twister" will be the name of the CD as well as one of the fourteen songs along with "Bubba Louise", "Calling Dr. Phil", and "When My Heart Is Ready" and ten more. All the original songs were either written or co-written by Jerry, Donald Fuller will be providing the vocals on this CD. 6/5/07

John Brown (Johnny) Lewis III of Farmers Branch, Texas passed away June 2, 2007 at RHD Medical Center in Farmers Branch after a long illness. Johnny served in the United States Marine Corps and was a Mason. He is survived by two sons, five grandchildren, aunts, and cousins. His family will be forever grateful for the loving care he received the past three years from his cousin Mark Case who was like a brother to him. Services were held June 5th in Sweetwater, Texas. In keeping with his wishes, Johnny will be buried next to his father in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. 6/5/07

Bertha Stanley's brother, Franklin Eldredge (Frank) Stanley of Bonham, Texas, passed away Saturday June 2, 2007 at Red River Regional Hospital in Bonham Services conducted by Rev. Gene Owen, were held Thursday, June 7, 2007 in the Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Bonham. The burial followed at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman. Frank, a member of the Central Baptist Church in Bonham, attended schools in Sherman and was a United States Air Force veteran. He was a cabinet maker and contractor. Frank is survived by one daughter, four sons, four brothers, three sisters including Bertha Stanley of Amarillo, fifteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. 6/5/07

Sylvia (Taylor) Finch is extremely proud to announce the graduation of her granddaughter Jenna Lynn Luckett on May 30, 2007 from Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Arizona.  Jenna, who is Bill & Sylvia's son Danny's daughter, has been accepted to the University of Arizona (in Tucson) for the fall semester. She wants to do something in the medical research field or be a surgeon. Sylvia says "We are very proud of Jenna and no matter what field she goes into, we're behind whatever her final choice will be. 6/4/07

Tommy & Lila (Bruton) Cox recently celebrated their 30 year wedding anniversary, having married on March 26th, 1977. Many people who were here then will remember that as the day of Sherman's big flood, many apartments and homes on Archer Drive were flooded along with several duplexes located on Regency Circle right off the 1000 block of West Washington. A nursing home and a few businesses located on Highway 75 South also received considerable flooding. Tommy is retired from TXU and is now a teacher's aide in the Physical Education Department at Tom Bean High School, Lila is an administrative assistant for the Engineering Group at Texas Instruments where she has been employed for thirty four years. They have two children, April who is 25 and Clay who is 19.  6/3/07

Donna (Webb) Shaw retired effective May 31st after thirty years with the IBM Corporation, the last five working out of her home near Austin providing application support reporting information into a group located in Poughkeepsie, New York. She has held a variety of jobs while with IBM, one of her favorites being part of a team that traveled throughout the United States providing classes to upper management. Once a month these classes were taught not at an IBM Facility but at various resort type areas, one of her favorite locations was the picturesque city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California where Clint Eastwood (also known as Dirty Harry from his famous movie role) served a two year term as mayor after being elected in 1986. Some other memorable trips were to Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and New York. Donna says she is looking forward to doing just what she wants to do each day and getting to spend more time with her mom who left Sherman and moved nearby a few years ago. 6/2/07

Several more of our classmates were mentioned in today's "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column from 1957 in the Herald Democrat. These students had Mrs. Robert Brice as their first grade teacher at Fairview School when it was opened in 1951 and they went through all six grades in the same building, O.E. Giles was their principal for all six years. Those students who went to Fairview School will remember Mr. Giles' Summer vacation trips to Red River, New Mexico and then having the kids square dance in the cafeteria after school started in the Fall. The classmates who went all six years at Fairview were Sam Beckett, Sandra Graham, Terry Green, Sparky Greer, Ven Hammonds, Lyndall Hobbs, Bill King, Karol Kolb, Patricia Onley, Nelda Phipps, Jerry Pritchett, Marcus Pritchett, Judy Southerland, and Bobbie Westbrook. 6/1/07

Ten of our classmates were mentioned in today's Herald Democrat's "A Look Through Our  Area's Past" column from this date in 1967 as receiving degrees at Austin College's recent Spring Commencement exercises. These are Susannah Aston, Michael Lee Boyd, Judith Anne Brown, Joe Marvin Fulenchek, David Walden Hall, Thomas Ellis Lockhart, Michael Theodore Nurre, Richard Elliott Rowland, Thomas Edward Skipworth, and Vicki Ann Wilson. These classmates, along with others from our class who were later Austin College graduates, are named on bronze plaques on a wall of the Honors Court near the Collins Fountain. The plaques there recognize all Austin College graduates, members of the Board of Trustees, recipients of the Founder's Medal, and important benefactors of the college. The Honors Court has become the traditional location for the college's Easter Sunrise worship service. Several campus improvements are now underway at the college, these should be complete by the time of our reunion there in July of 2008. 5/31/07

Gary Park and some members of the Red River Valley Military Vehicle Preservation Association group participated in this past Monday's Memorial Day Parade in Denison, special guests that rode in the group's vehicles were Purple Heart Recipients and some of our area's Vietnam Veterans. A variety of military vehicles was represented including a British armored scout car, two Dodge 3/4 ton Dodge trucks, one REO 2 1/2 ton truck, two jeeps, and two military ambulances. The Red River Chapter won this year's best in vehicle class award. 05/30/07

Flower Mound, Texas, along with a picture of Alton Bowman, was featured in a Home Center I front page story in Sunday's Dallas Morning News. The article deals with the recent growth and planned development in that city and Alton, head of the Mound Foundation, is quoted as saying "Flower Mound has grown so fast that the wildflower strewn mound the city was named for has faced dangers from road projects and a now urban environment." In 2004, Alton wrote a book that tells of how the city of Flower Mound got its name and some unique aspects of the place he has called home for the last twenty three years. Alton is also a woodworker and furniture refinisher, his most unusual project to date is a pair of 8,000 pound solid mahogany hand carved doors that each stand 18' high and 16' wide at the entrance to Vineyard Bay Estates on Lake Travis near Austin. 5/29/07

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton's son-in-law and grandson are featured in the premiere issue of a new area magazine appropriately named "Texoma Living." Garrett Patton, who is married to Stellagene's daughter Janetta, is a hairstylist downtown and his shop is located in a unique setting on West Houston just across from where Kreager's Feed Store used to be. The four page story tells of how Garrett came to be in the hairstyling business and some interesting aspects of his chosen profession. Garrett and Janetta's son Major was born premature and was a subject of "Roses & Thorns" back in December of 2005, he is now doing fine and was recently with some '63 classmates as we met at Johnny Carino's for lunch. 5/26/07

Carolyn (Washington) Todd's brother Jack,  a '65 SHS graduate, recently was a special speaker at ceremonies in Denison as Texoma Medical Center was named a Leadership Circle Hospital by UT Southwestern Medical Center for the third straight year. Jack is a double-cornea transplant recipient, he shared his story of how his first cornea transplant was a special donation given by the family of an eight year old child. He has now made it his mission to share the life-altering experience that occurs when a family chooses to give the gift of life and sight through tissue donation, this is a very worthwhile endeavor for which Jack deserves much praise. 5/25/07

After recently completing her job assignment in Colorado, Stellagene (Teague) Shelton has a new assignment working with hospitals through Tenet Corporation which has their headquarters in Dallas near the Galleria. As a result of this job change, she gets to spend more time at home but she must now fight the daily traffic driving into Dallas plus she will still be earning those "Frequent Flyer" miles from time to time. She recently was in St. Louis as part of her new job and will also be visiting a hospital in El Paso, one in Houston, and three in California before the end of 2007. 5/22/07

Jim and Gail Jouvenat have announced the upcoming wedding of their son Paul to Brittany Taylor, daughter of Robert and Vickie Taylor of Richardson. The June 16, 2007 wedding will be at the Waterview Church of Christ in Richardson. 5/22/07

Mickey McCollum's mother and Carol (Springfield) McCollum's mother-in-law, Gladys Marie Nelson, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2007. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2007 at Dannel Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Sadler, Texas. She was preceded in death by her son, Dennis McCollum; three great-grandsons and her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Carney of Sherman. Gladys is survived by her children, Ronald McCollum and wife, Carol of Sherman, Mickey McCollum and wife, Bobby of Sherman, Patricia Williams and husband, Tony of Sherman, Darrell Nelson of Howe, Sharron Howse and husband, Bubba of Hondo, Texas and Jackie Wayne Nelson of Van Alstyne; 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; brother, Roy Carney Jr. and wife of Sherman; sisters, Kathy Merrill of Sherman, Betty Bridges of Van Alstyne and Peggy Harmon and husband, Jackie of Sherman; and numerous nieces and nephews. 5/17/07

Glenn Murley's stepfather, Wylie Neal Jennings, passed away Monday, May 7, 2007 at Stonebrook in Denison, TX. Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at West Hill Cemetery. He is survived by his wife Lois Brown Jennings; sister Martha Ethel Waldrip of Abilene, Texas; stepchildren, Jack Murley and wife Lou of Farmers Branch, Texas, Wayne Murley and wife Jacque of Greenville, Texas, Doris Carmichael and Jack Cannaday of Sherman, Texas, Pat Koon and Buck Mitchell of Sherman, Glen Murley and wife Debbie of Pottsboro, Texas; 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; and four brothers. 5/9/07

A Memorial Service was held April 14, 2007 in Grandview Baptist Church, Beavercreek, Oregon for Mary Kathryn (Wicks) Rhodes who died April 8, 2007. Mary was preceded in death by her mother and father, Ben and Hazel Wicks and brother Ben D. Wicks, Jr. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Rod Brinkman of Milwaukie, Ore., son Judd Davis of Odessa, Texas., sister Carolyn Wilson of Tom Bean, brother Joe Wicks of Garland, and five grandchildren. 4/22/07

Jimmy Holcemback's mother, Mary Katherine Holcemback, passed away in Bowie, Texas on Thursday February 8, 2007. Graveside services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday February 10, 2007 at Luella Cemetery in Luella. Her husband James Oliver Holcemback Jr. preceded her in death on March 20, 1989. Among her survivors are her son James Edward Holcemback and wife Janice of Bowie, Texas, grandson James Michael Holcemback of Sherman and a niece Marilyn Malcolm Yancey of Graham, Texas.  4/19/07

Alexis (Tocquigny) Dedeyan's mother, Pearl Marzelle Tocquigny passed away on Monday, April 16, 2007 at the Sherman Healthcare Center. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2007 at the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Eddy Johnson of Grayson Bible Baptist Church officiating. She is survived by her two sons, Arden Tocquigny of Sherman, Texas, Michael Tocquigny and wife, Mary Margaret of Sanger, Texas; one daughter, Alexis Dedeyan of Champigny, France and cousin, John Long of Weatherford, Texas; nine grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Albert Glenn Tocquigny; and her sister, Juanell Ersch.  4/18/07

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton's sister, Connie Sharon (Teague) Borg, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2007 in New Hope, TX. Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2007 at Dannel Funeral Home. She is survived by her husband, Keith of New Hope; her sons, Jeffrey Harrison and wife, Carroll of Columbia, S.C. and Phillip Harrison of Glendale, Ariz.; stepsons, Benjamin Harrison and Phedra of the U.S. Marine Corps, Michael Harrison of San Jose, Calif., Sam Borg and wife, Angie of Denison; stepdaughter, Lori Rice and husband, Kevin of Denison; her father, Gene Teague of McKinney; brothers, Mike Teague and Kathi of Plano, Pat Teague and Debbie of Frisco; sisters, Stellagene Shelton of Sherman and Dianna Curtis and Richard of Plano; seven grandchildren; aunt and uncle, Bobbie and Orville Todd of Henderson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by her son, Matthew Gene Harrison; mother, Stella Hargis Teague; grandparents, John and Vera Hargis and Clifton and Jo Teague; and brother-in-law, Joe Max Shelton. 4/13/07

Marilyn (Miller) Alexander and husband Gil (SHS '62) have returned to this area to take over the family ranch near Colbert, Oklahoma.  They spent 38 years in Montana, where they had very successful and rewarding teaching careers at the two high schools in Helena, Montana.  Marilyn was awarded a Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, she and Gil were the first couple in the nation to both receive Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching, and they have individually and jointly received many other awards in education.  The high school student research travel award for the Montana Academy of Sciences is named in their honor.  Gil received a 2005 Distinguished Ex-Student Award from the Sherman Ex-Students Association. Together in 1984, they founded the Montana Science Institute to provide science research opportunities for high school students, continuing education opportunities for teachers, and science thematic studies for younger students.  Their high school students were recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of their research.  The institute is now being operated as the Montana Learning Center. Now in retirement, Marilyn and Gil enjoy caring for their cattle as well as visits from their children and grandchildren. Maintaining her interest in education, Marilyn is the current president of the Durant, Oklahoma Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an organization of women educators. 3/26/07

Glenn Hailey let us know that while in Florida on his recent family vacation, the trip was partially interrupted by two emergency eye surgeries resulting from tears to the retina of his left eye. Glenn had detached retina surgery on the same eye in October, sometimes a follow up surgery is required and it just happened to be Glenn's turn. After the two surgeries by a very competent retinal specialist, Glenn reports that he is once again feeling fine and that the doctor anticipates no more eye problems as a result of this. His wife Marie had been fighting bronchitis which developed into pneumonia, fortunately she is also much improved and both she and Glenn are now back home and will soon be back to normal. One unusual aspect to their trip is that at the same time Glenn and his family were vacationing at Disneyworld in Florida, his bother Mel and his family were vacationing at Disneyland in California. His mother said that she would've told her friends that but they might have thought that a little hard to believe. 3/17/07

Cathy (Hamilton) Bradburry reports that husband Bill has been working on building a two seat homemade Lancair Legacy plane, it has a 66 gallon fuel tank and will be able to fly 200 mph in all types of weather with a range of 1,200 miles. The engine and prop are now operational with the avionics, interior, and the fiberglass still to finish. It sounds like a very tedious but fun project, Cathy will be able to fly in the plane once it has logged forty hours. We hope to hear more about this after the inaugural flight which should take place within the next twelve months. 3/14/07

Geneva (Mayo) Buchanan and husband Jesse will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary Sunday March 11th with a dinner at Geneva's favorite restaurant, Gerardo's Bistro in Midland where they have lived for almost twenty seven years. Geneva retired as a secretary in a bookkeeping and tax office, Jesse retired after working many years as an oil field truck driver. Their daughter Elizabeth Branch and husband Donald, who live next door, have blessed them with two grandsons and two great-granddaughters. 3/9/07

Like Willie Nelson, the Hailey family is on the road again. Glenn and Marie recently returned from a trip to Boston where despite some bitterly cold temperatures, they still managed to have a great time visiting family and seeing some interesting sites before returning to their home in Memphis. This weekend they are heading for the warmer weather of Florida and Disneyworld where granddaughter Hailey will soon be competing in a National Cheerleading Competition, several family members are also making the trip to the "Sunshine State" in support of Hailey. Some of the group will be staying in Glenn's RV at Disneyworld's "Fort Wilderness" Resort & Campground while Hailey and her family are flying down and will be staying at one of the Disneyworld Hotels. Glenn is such an avid "Memphis Grizzlies" fan that with his satellite receiver in his RV, he still is able to enjoy the basketball games on TV while he's away from home. Glenn even serves on the Grizzlies "Fan Advisory Board" and says he will be back home in time for the March 13th FAB Meeting. 3/3/07

Cathy (Hamilton) Bradburry and husband Bill now live in DeBary, Florida which was hard hit by the recent tornadoes, luckily their home was spared as the closest damage was three miles away and the closest loss of life was about twelve miles away. Debary is about twenty five miles north of Orlando and about forty miles from the east coast. Cathy says, in spite of occasional weather problems, they love living in Florida as there is a lot to do and they can see the spacecraft launches from their back yard. Cathy and Bill occasionally travel to the coast for a really spectacular view of the launches as they did for Discovery, they say the night launches are really awesome. 3/3/07

Another of our traveling classmates is Martha Jane (Carter) Willis, now living in Millington, Tennessee. She used to work for a group of Ophthalmic Surgeons and was able to go on several medical mission trips assisting the surgeons who taught new procedures and also performed surgeries. She made four working trips to China, three to the Dominican Republic, one to Mexico, and also was fortunate to go on some side trips traveling to parts of Europe as well as Japan. She once had the adventure of being lost in China with a van driver who spoke no English and could not read maps, fortunately it was a beautiful day and after about six hours they finally found the town and the hospital where Martha needed to be. Back in Tennessee, she and a partner started an overseas rental shipping container business which she co-owned for about eight years and just recently sold. She says one of her fond memories of living in Sherman is playing tennis with Vicki Wilson. 3/2/07

Services for Nancy (Bell) Mayo's mother, Nancy Harris Bell, who passed away February 28, 2007 were held Saturday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman with Reverend Neill Morgan officiating. Burial was at IOOF Cemetery in Denton. Surviving are her sons, Judd Harris Bell of Sherman and David Garrison Bell of Conyers, Georgia; daughter, Nancy Bell Mayo of Tyler; brother, Dr. Robert B. Harris of Kerrville; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 3/2/07

Shirley (Mitchell) Lowrie has a new granddaughter. Avery Elizabeth Lowrie was born Monday, February 12, 2007 in Houston, TX. Avery Elizabeth weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz.. Proud parents are Sean and Holly Lowrie.  2/26/07

We heard from Lynne (Ellis) Glover the other day who says she retired last July with the title of Journeyman Die maker at Delphi Corporation (a subsidiary of General Motors) but that she is staying super busy with many projects including remodeling her house and also helping her mom with some projects as she lives nearby. Since Lynne lives in Michigan, some projects now are bigger chores than in Texas since you have to schedule the outside work to avoid some bitterly cold weather. Lynne's two daughters, Cheryl and Christie, have presented her with four grandchildren. Two of the grandchildren are 19 year old twin boys, next is a 15 year old boy, and the youngest is an eight year old girl. She reports also that she had a heart attack in January, 2006 but after having a stent put in, she is again feeling fine and hopes to make it to next year's reunion. 2/26/07

Since our "Senior Trip" Cruise in July of 1988, it would be safe to say that Willies Ballou and his wife Cathye are now hooked on cruising. We're not too far into 2007 and they have already been on five cruises this year with five more scheduled for the remainder of 2007. They even spotted Stanley and Diane Blythe on one of their recent cruises while heading towards the dining room. Willies and Cathye have sailed on Carnival Cruise Lines and Norwegian Cruise Lines but their cruise line of choice is Royal Caribbean, they have been on RC's "Splendour of The Seas" Ship more than any other. They now know so many of the crew on the "Splendour of the Seas" that they are part of the ship's extended family. Royal Caribbean is soon changing home ports of some of their ships, Willies and Cathye will begin now traveling on the "Voyager of the Seas" and will probably become part of that extended family as well. Willies says cruising is a great way to see many beautiful, historical, and interesting places at a reasonable cost because everything including Great food and even entertainment is all included in the price. Willies would be glad to give any classmate tips on cruising, that is if you can just catch him at home long enough to talk with him. 2/26/07

We just received word that Robert Wayne (Bobby) Anderson of Denton passed away Sunday December 3,2006. He is survived by his son, Rob Cozby of Denton, Texas; mother, Thurma Burke of Roanoke, Virginia; sister, Betty J. Burke of Roanoke, Virginia; and grandson, Rob Cozby, Jr. of Denton, Texas. Bobby was preceded in death by his father, William W. Anderson and by his stepfather, Henry A. Burke. A memorial service was held in Roanoke, VA. 2/22/07 

Kari Lynn McGinnis of Denison and Warren Keith Worsham of Allen have set their wedding date for May 5th at Willowood Ranch Chapel in Bells. Kari is the daughter of Kimberly Hopkins in Bonham and is employed with the Denton Independent School District. Warren is the son of Wanda (Francis) Worsham and the late Keith Worsham of Allen, he is a graduate student of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. 2/20/07

Gary Park has officially retired, however it seems to be more of a semi-retirement as he still stays pretty busy. Scaling back in his tool repair business, he will now have more time to devote to his military related hobbies. Gary restores and displays military vehicles and has a constantly expanding collection of other military related items such as books, medals, memorabilia, and uniforms plus he is very active with the Red River Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the Vietnam Veterans Association. Gary does a lot of work to show the many contributions our nation's military has made and continues to make each day, we can all take a little more pride in America and it's military through Gary's efforts. 2/20/07

In the Maryland Legislature, Gail (Hipple) Bates has recently been elected Ranking Member (for the Republicans) of the Appropriations Committee. She will be coordinating with other committee members and the Republican Caucus on issues dealing with Maryland's budget, developing strategy, and coordinating floor debate. Gail says she is eager to take on this big job, we wish her the best of luck with this new challenge. 2/2/07

Ronald Haker, since 2004, has been very involved in missionary work as a result of a meeting held in Arlington by our classmate Deanna Nadeau and her husband Bill who were performing missionary work in Germany. Deanna unfortunately passed away just two weeks before Ronald's first trip to Cologne, Germany where he learned first hand about missionary life abroad. After many hours of intensive training, Ronald saw the benefits in this work and this Summer will be making his fourth trip to Germany. The main premise of the "Let's Start Talking" missionary work uses the Bible as a study text to people who use English as a second language. Ronald has also performed missionary work in Mbale, Ugnda in East Africa where he said that he has met some very poor, but very proud and gracious people. Ronald should be commended for the work he does in these very worthwhile endeavors. 1/29/07

Gail (Hipple) Bates and husband David announce the arrival of a handsome new grandson, Jonathon Gibson Bates who arrived on January 13th at 8:50 p.m. weighing 7 lbs. and 4 oz. and measuring 20 1/4 inches in length. Gail is a very happy grandmother and says it is easy to see why they are called "Grand" children. The proud parents are Dwight and Stephanie Bates, they live in Greensboro, North Carolina. 1/29/07

Ralph W. (Buddy) Shipman II, passed away unexpectedly in a Fort Worth hospital Tuesday, January 23, 2007 following surgery. Services for Buddy were Monday, January 29, 2007, at St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Keller, TX.  Interment is in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, TX, with full military honors.  Buddy retired from the Navy in 1984 and from Honeywell in 2002. At the time of his death, he was very active in his grandchildren's lives and was once again active in Boy Scouts as well as teaching Christian Education classes at his church. Buddy is survived by his wife, Elaine of Keller; sister, Susan Shipman of Ardmore, OK; sons, Calvin Shipman of Carrollton, Michael Shipman of Houston and U.S. Navy AT2 Jonathan Shipman of Chesapeake, VA; and nine grandchildren. 1/26/07

Sylvia (Taylor) Finch recently sent Holiday Greetings to everyone and also let us know that she will be making a trip to Holland sometime this summer to visit her daughter Shannon and her family. Since 1995 she has either gone to Holland each year for her annual visit or Shannon has returned home to Phoenix for a visit. Having left the Motorola Corporation after 22 years, Sylvia is now an inventory analyst with Washington Inventory and enjoys her job traveling throughout the state of Arizona as well as occasional work in parts of Nevada including Las Vegas. Sylvia says she is looking forward to returning to Sherman in July of 2008 for our next reunion, she  is also considering going on our second Caribbean Cruise which will be another activity for 2008.  1/23/07

Ann Lowry, SHS '61, is once again putting together the popular daily column "A Look Through Our Area's Past" for the Herald Democrat (the Sherman Democrat, as we knew it). Today's column from fifty years ago featuring someone we all remember is as follows: "Johnny, 11, son of Dr. and Mrs. John W. Ellis of Sherman gave dearly to the March of Dimes Friday Morning. Gripping a glass jar containing $1 in change for the MOD, Johnny started off for school on his bicycle. He dropped the jar which broke. Stooping to pick up the money, Johnny fell on the broken glass cutting and bruising himself but his father patched him up and he went on to school as usual." 1/19/07

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton, our long distance commuter, has once again had weather related flight problems but made it home for the weekend. Her flight out of Grand Junction Thursday was delayed two hours making her miss the connecting flight out of Denver, she was fortunately able to get rebooked to Denver on the very last daily flight. Finally in Denver and after a very hurriedly half mile run to the gate with a heavy coat and a rolling briefcase, she was headed towards DFW. Unfortunately, her luggage did not make the flight but she says that she was still just glad to be safely home. Stellagene is to be admired as she has done this type traveling for almost four years. Enjoying traveling is one thing, but it's pretty safe to say that most of us wouldn't want to be a long distance commuter.  1/19/07

Butch Ewing and wife Mary, now residents of Muskogee, report that they are very glad to have electricity back on at their house after being without power for 78 hours as a result of the winter storm that is still effecting many parts of the country. Butch had two stents put in his heart last year and reports that a recent stress test showed him progressing along as he should, Mary had replacement shoulder surgery three weeks ago and is also well on her way to recovery. They stopped and visited with friends in Sherman today on their way to DFW Airport to pick up their son Bryan. Bryan has spent the last six months in St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) Russia but will be back home in Muskogee for a while. 1/18/07

Marilyn Fulenwider is now Marilyn (Fulenwider) Hobbs as she and boyfriend Kurtis Hobbs exchanged wedding vows on September 15th. Kurtis is a manufacturing engineer with Bell Helicopter and Marilyn is a temporary office worker, they make their home in North Richland Hills, Texas. Marilyn says they stay pretty busy babysitting grandchildren and getting Kurtis' previous home ready to sell. 1/15/07

Daryl and Theresa Talbot recently celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary, having gotten married on December 28, 1971 in Okemah, Oklahoma. Daryl and Theresa are actually both natives of Oklahoma and have lived in Shawnee, Oklahoma since 1985. Daryl is a Cowboy Cartoonist whose interest in western life was inspired at an early age by times spent on his grandfather's primitive Oklahoma farm, more about Daryl and his artwork can be found at his link on our website, We are grateful to Daryl for the artwork he has provided us with for use in our class directory, our reunions, and our website. 1/04/07