ROSES & THORNS

2009

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From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past' column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, December 29, 1949, Henry Frnka will speak at the Twin Cities Banquet honoring Sherman and Denison schoolboy football teams in the Sherman Municipal Building. Frnka, head football coach of the powerful Tulane University Green Wave, told David Brown, Sherman Pigskin Club president that he will also bring movies of some Tulane football games of the past season. Frnka attended Austin College where he was an outstanding athlete and an All-Texas Conference guard. Extra note-Judy Brown's father was a long time Sherman attorney and also a retired state district judge, he passed away in 1991. 12/29/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, December 27, 1959, Wednesday will be Sam Rayburn Day in Sherman. Several hundred club members and other friends of "Mr. Sam" will attend a joint luncheon of eight service clubs at noon at the Municipal Ballroom. Extra note-David Hall's dad organized and hosted a night time party and the next day luncheon honoring Speaker of the House of Representatives Sam Rayburn for all he had done for the people of his home district. A plaque presented to him at that luncheon is in the Sam Rayburn Library in Bonham, Texas. 12/27/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, December 24, 1949, Bill Bell proved to be a favorite Santa Claus for Pre-Christmas festivities, but the gentleman was perplexed by Princess Poole's description of the doll baby she expected him to bring her. Bell played Santa for the Woodlawn Club Christmas tree. Extra note-Anne (Bell) Langworth's dad was an Air Force veteran and was in the boating business for many years, he was one of the founders of the Dallas Boat Show. Bill passed away in 1986, Anne now lives in Dallas. 12/24/09

From Glenn Hailey's 2009 Christmas letter, it's easy to see he hasn't forgotten Texas. At the end of the letter, Glenn quotes famous Tennessean Davy Crockett who once said "You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas."     

Gail (Hipple) Bates also sent a very interesting Christmas newsletter which caught us up on some of the activities in the Bates' household. Gail and her husband David attended our reunion in 2003, we hope that they will soon return as well as Glen and Marie for one of our mini-reunion or regular reunion activities. 12/21/09

James Mulkey's father, James Howard Mulkey, Sr. passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2009. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home. James served in WWII as a member of the US Army Air Force. He was a member of the Army of Occupation in Japan and in the Phillipines. He was a long time member of Key Memorial Methodist Church and formerly worked at Anderson Clayton and Quaker Oats. He is survived by: a daughter, Linda Dicoskey and husband Jack of Carrollton, Texas; a son, James H. Mulkey, Jr. and wife Vicki of Aubrey, Texas; two grandchildren, James Garrett Mulkey and his wife Kim of Weatherford, Texas and Amy Nicholson and her husband John of Little Elm, Texas; and four great grandchildren, Avery and James Beckett Mulkey and Remy and Tate Nicholson. 12/18/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, December 15, 1949, Two Sherman seven-year olds, Shelley Davis and Mary Ann Dryden, will make their first appearance on television appearing in the Mary Parker Playtime in Fort Worth. The young actresses are second graders at St. Joseph's Academy. Extra note-Bob Davis' sister Shelley Davis O'Connor, now lives in Dallas, Texas. Bob passed away in 1992. John (Buddy) Dryden's sister, Mary Ann Dryden Fyfe, now lives near Denton, Texas on the Robson Ranch. John has lived in Dallas, Texas for many years.

Twenty Years Ago, December 15, 1989, Family, athletics, and academics have all been a big part of Dr. John Ellis' life. The long time Sherman physician and civic leader was honored with an "Outstanding Graduate Award" by Sherman trustees. Extra note-Johnny Ellis' dad, Dr. John Ellis, also received a similar award a few years later from the Sherman Ex-Students Association. He was well respected in the medical field and is still missed by family, friends, and former patients, he passed away in 2000. Johnny Ellis is also mentioned in the 9/25/09 entry in this section of our website, he is an attorney and lives in Sherman. Johnny's cousin, Dr. Richard Steadman, was interviewed recently on the syndicated Charlie Rose television show. Richard now lives in Vail, Colorado and is the leading knee specialist surgeon in the United States, he treats many world famous sports figures. It's easy to see the Ellis family resemblance after watching that video, he looks very similar to Johnny's dad. 12/15/09

Billy Warren's mother, Genevieve "G.G." Triplett Niendorf, passed away on Sunday, December, 13, 2009 in Richardson, Texas. Graveside services directed by Dannel Funeral Home will be held at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 with Pastor Leland Samuelson officiating. Genevieve was a long time resident of Sherman and a very accomplished artist. Wendell Williams (Bill) Warren, Jr. and his wife Freya survive her, they live in Richardson, Texas. 12/15/09

Pam (Wajdowicz) Votaw retired on September 30, 2009 from her job as a medical clerk in the Grayson County Jail. Although she no longer is there full time, she is now working there again on a part time basis two or three days a week. The extra time off she now has allows her to pursue some home fixing up and remodeling projects she has planned. 12/14/09

We just learned that Jimmy Wayne Nelson passed away on February 1, 1999, he lived in Pottsboro, Texas at the time. Jimmy is pictured on our website in the "Old Class Pictures" section that shows Mrs. Layne's first grade class at Crockett School. Among his survivors are two brothers and a sister. 12/13/09

Robbie (Aycock) Coleman's mother, Mozelle Aycock, passed away in Denison, Texas on Thursday, December 10, 2009. Graveside services directed by Waldo Funeral Home will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 14, 2009 at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman with Rev. Neill Morgan of Covenant Presbyterian Church officiating. Mozelle was a retired sales clerk and buyer, having worked many years at both Taylor Vaughn's and Gibson's Discount Center in Sherman. She is survived by: two daughters, Becky Stephens of Denison and Robbie Coleman of Sherman; one son, Ron Aycock of Sherman; nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. 12/13/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, December 10, 1959, Sissy Higginbotham has been named Miss FHA of Sherman Junior High School, Earl Wiggins was elected FHA Sweetheart. Extra note-For more about Sissy, go to the 11/24/09 and 6/2/09 entries in this section of our website. More about Earl can be found by going to the 9/14/09 entry also in this section of our website. 12/10/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, December 8, 1969, J. M. Romain was named Sherman Fireman of the Year at the weekly Jaycee meeting. He has been with the Sherman Fire Department for 22 years and has been a dispatcher for the last eight years. Extra note-Johnnie Romain, Jerry Romains' dad, retired later as a lieutenant with The Sherman Fire Department after 34 years of service. He passed away in 1992, Jerry's mom Lena passed away in 2005. Jerry has lived in Garland, Texas for many years. 12/8/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, December 7, 2009, Installed officers of the Sherman Assembly, Order of the Rainbow for Girls, are: Kay Barker, Judy Barrett, Laurie Coker, Melalee Dederick, Judy Elliott, Jane Fowler, Katherine Green, Margaret Green, Barbara Kolb, Ginger Lilly, Barbara McKinney, Ruth Ellen Peacock, Gayle Pettit, Barbara Jean Pond, Shirley Jo Pond, Sylvia Pond, Barbara Sanders, Judy Schwartz, Judy Snowden, and Doris Woolsey. Extra note-Barbara (Pond) LeCroy now lives in North Charleston, South Carolina, her twin sister Shirley (Pond) Sawyer now lives in Columbia, South Carolina. The Sylvia Pond that is mentioned is their older sister who graduated in 1961. 12/7/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, December 4, 2009, Jimmy Robinson, an eighth grader, was the winner of the Sherman High School Handicap Golf Tournament at Woodlawn Country Club. Bobby Hullett took runner-up honors while Sidney Randolph and Pat Fant tied for consolation honors. Extra note-Woodlawn Country Club was the one of the activity locations during our 2003 and 2008 reunions. Pat Fant who now lives in Dallas is Beverly (Fant) Whiddon's uncle, she was able to visit with him on her recent trip to Texas. For more recent news about Beverly, go to the 9/25/09, 9/10/09, and 7/7/09 entries in this section of our website. She is also pictured in a couple of the pictures in the "Old Class Pictures" section of this website. 12/4/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Twenty Years Ago, December 1, 1989, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Woody Gilliland, son of Arnold and Janice Gilliland of Sherman, will be aboard the USS Belknap during the Summit between President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Extra note-Jean (Gilliland) Ross' brother, Woody is retired from the Marines and now lives in Abilene, Texas where he heads the West Texas Rehabilitation Center and their many worthwhile projects including the annual auction/telethon which will be taking place January 16, 2010.  12/1/09

Remembering his day's in the military, our cowboy cartoonist Daryl Talbot has just published his first book of military cartoons titled "Laughing In Cadence," the recently published book is available on www.amazon.com. The book will be especially enjoyed by anyone who has served in our nation's military, Daryl is most likely our only classmate who served in all four branches of our nation's military. We appreciate the artwork he has provided for some of our reunions and also on this website, just look for Daryl in our links section. To read about Daryl's military service as well as that of some of our other classmates who served in the military, go to the Veterans section of this website. For other news about Daryl, scroll down to the 7/28/09, 8/14/08, and 2/13/08 entries in this section of our website.  11/24/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, November 24, 1959, Sherman High School's four returning basketball lettermen are Joe Graves, Robert Higginbotham, Mike Nelson, and Bobby Roper. Extra note-Sissy (Higginbotham) Williams' brother, Robert, is a 1960 SHS graduate and now lives in Bartlett, Tennessee. He and Glenn Hailey who also lives in Bartlett both attend the same church. Sissy and her husband Larry (SHS '61) live in Mansfield, Texas.   11/24/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, November 22, 1959, J.C. Admire, manager of the repair shop for Lloyd Home Appliances, is a TV trouble shooter par excellence, the result of top training and long experience. Extra note-Sandra and Sharon Admire's dad worked in Downtown Sherman when many of our local businesses were still home owned, before the days of malls and shopping centers which are mainly occupied by restaurants and stores that are a part of national chains. This trend continues today not only in Sherman but in many cities and towns throughout our nation. The Herald Democrat's popular "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column is compiled by Ann Schuster Lowry (SHS '61), our area nostalgia radio station KJIM 1500 AM often features the column which they refer to as "Memory Makers." Another write up concerning Sandra (Admire) Savering is the 11/16/09 entry in this section of our website. 11/22/09

Jack Griffin competed in the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation's annual "Single Lift World Championships" in Norfolk, Virginia on November 8th, 2009. He placed first in the Master Division (ages 60-64) with a lift of 321.4 pounds. 100% Raw means that no competitors are allowed that have used steroids or any other illegal substances to enhance their weightlifting abilities. 150 weightlifters from across America and a couple from foreign countries competed at the two day event. Congratulations go to our "Honorary Bearcat" for his win. Jack and his wife Terry also managed to get some sightseeing in while they were on this trip, they spent three days in Washington D.C. and then toured Elvis Presley's Graceland as they came back through Memphis, Tennessee on the journey home. To read more about Jack Griffin, go to the 10/1/09 and 7/9/08 entries in this section of our website. 11/21/09

Christopher Ryan (Chris) Norris and Amanda Leigh (Manry) Deturck were married on November 14, 2009 in Grapevine, Texas at the Delaney Gardens Winery. The very attractive 8,000 square foot winery is reminiscent of a French chateau and provided the perfect setting for the wedding, it is the largest vineyard and winery in the DFW Metroplex. Chris is the son of Harold (Butch) Norris and Jeanean (Jennie Johnson) Norris of Wichita Falls, Texas. Chris is an attorney in Richardson and Mandy is a financial advisor in Dallas. David Norris and Michael Norris, Chris's brothers served as Groomsmen. Mandy was attended by her sister Jamie Deturck and Hollie Griffin and her parents David and Diane Deturck. Others attending the wedding included Chris's grandmother, Ann Norris of Sherman and his aunts Martha Norris Reed (SHS '59) and Nancy Norris Cox (SHS '65).  11/17/09

From the "A Look Though Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Twenty Years Ago, November 16, 2009, Graduates from the Texoma Regional Police Academy's 39th Basic Police Training School are George Robinson of Ector, Larry Bryant of Denison, Jerry Brown of Pottsboro, Edgar Brewer of Denison, Jeff McCrery of Gainesville, Dan Coffey of the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, Mark Taylor of Bonham, Sandra (Admire) Savering of the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, Brent Reedie of Collinsville, Kim Dillard of Farmersville, John Cunningham of the Grayson County Sheriff's Department, Calvin Smith of Sherman, and Pam Palmisano of the Grayson County Sheriff's Department. Extra note-In addition to appearing in several local television ads, Danny Coffey had a brief career in law enforcement as a jailer for Grayson County. He passed away in 2004. Sandra (Admire) Savering served many years with the Sheriff's Department and also as a Grayson County Constable in Precinct Two which includes Denison where she now lives. 11/16/09

Just because Gary Park has semi-retired does not mean he just sits around, he still manages to keep busy. As a twelve year member of the Sherman Noon Lion's Club, he recently helped with their White Cane fundraiser and the same day took part in another fundraiser which benefitted Girls, Inc. in Sherman as well as his local Lion's Club. He was one of several members of the Red River Valley Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association as well as the local chapter of the Vietnam Veteran's Association that attended a special Veteran's Day program at Veteran's Field in Fairview Park. The program began at the traditional time for honoring our U.S. Veterans which is the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, several area dignitaries spoke as well as some veterans. Gary said one of the best parts of the day was the appreciation shown by the schoolchildren at Fairview School when their convoy of military vehicles passed by the school. Gary was also interviewed on the local television news about some of the area's Veteran's Day activities, after all that he still managed to attend a special Veteran's Day observance in Gainesville that night. Gary also will be donating his time in December for activities again involving his military veteran's organizations, the Sherman Noon Lions Club, and Trinity Baptist Church where he is a long time member. Gary is to be truly commended for his unselfishness in helping others.   11/14/09

Joe Fitzsimmons graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of North Texas at Denton in August with his Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, quite an accomplishment for someone that has been out of school so long. Joe deserves a pat on the back not only for earning the advanced degree but also for his determination. He is now working as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Joe and Martha (Crawford) Fitzsimmons observed their 31st wedding anniversary in October. 11/10/09

Gwynn (Crowson) Getto and her family, along with her sister Charlotte (Crowson) Bailey (SHS' 61), were in Ruston, Louisiana recently for their annual Crowson family reunion. The beautiful grounds of the Louisiana Methodist Children's Home provided just the right setting for the approximately seventy five family members who attended. The states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas were represented with all family members having a good time and already looking forward to next year's reunion. 11/7/09

Ronnie Adams' wife, Jennie (Walker) Adams of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Saturday, October 17, 2009. She was a Registered Nurse for many years and had worked for Drs. Baur & Kahn as well as Medical Plaza Hospital and Wilson N. Jones Medical Center, she and Ronnie were married on January 14, 1971. A private graveside memorial service was held on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 at Georgetown Cemetery north of Pottsboro, the service was under the direction of Meador Funeral Home and officiated by Rev. Danny Wood of West Sherman Baptist Church. 11/4/09

From the "A Look Through our Area's past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, November 1, 1949, the ground breaking ceremony for the new school building at St. Joseph Academy took place Sunday afternoon. Among those participating were Rev. Frances Lynn, Rev. Edward McCullough, Rev. James Rucek, Rev. G. Warren, and many members of the parish, the youngest ones being John Dryden and Richard Duval who are both four years of age.

Twenty Years Ago, November 1, 1989, Amid rumors of citizen unrest in Sherman, Mayor Joel Apel said the city has begun taking steps toward a revision of the city's charter. Extra note-To read this, it seems as if people were rioting in the streets back then but it was not that way at all. The accompanying article told about how the council is required to review the city charter every ten years, the so called unrest was merely talk of a possible realignment of Sherman's voting districts for better equalization on the council for all citizens of Sherman. Jim Apel's father served several years on the city council and as deputy mayor before becoming Sherman's mayor in 1989, he served as mayor until 1991. For more about Jim Apel and his dad, go to the 3/2/09 and 2/8/09 entries in this section of our website.   11/1/09

Mike Nurre's term as President of the Austin College Alumni Board will officially end on June 30, 2010, the duties of that office are keeping him pretty busy until then. Mike welcomed the largest Freshman class ever when he spoke at Austin College's Opening Convocation on August 31, 2009, on October 16th, 2009 he presented the Distinguished Alumni Awards at the annual awards dinner. Mike and three other alumni board members will represent the alumni in the ceremony for the inauguration of the 15th president and first female president of Austin College next Thursday, November 5th, 2009. For more news about Mike, go to the 6/14/09, 11/25/08, 9/4/08, 7/28/08, 6/9/08, 5/21/08, 4/11/08, 3/11/08, and 2/14/08 entries in this section of our website.  10/28/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, October 26, 1959, Hustling Harold Williams, Sherman tackle, would like nothing better than to flatten Highland Park's All-State halfback candidate Billy Gannon when the Bearcats travel to Dallas. Williams is the only sophomore in the Sherman lineup. Extra note-For many years, the Highland Park Scotties as well as the Garland Owls were two very big rivals for the Sherman Bearcats football team, that is not the case anymore as the districts are now realigned every two years. In our Senior Year although Harold Williams had already graduated the year before, Sherman's "Skinny Twenty" beat Garland by a score of 22 to 12 and the next week went on to beat Highland Park 12 to 6 before capturing the District 7-AAAA Championship. Sharlynne Brown and Harold Williams married in 1963, they live in Wylie, Texas and have three daughters and eight grandchildren.   10/26/09

Our classes "Most Traveled Couple" Willies Ballou and his wife Cathye just recently returned from another cruise, actually three back to back cruises amounting to twenty nine days on the water. Cruising can be habit forming as their first cruise was our "Senior Trip" cruise back in 1988, this latest one was number 60 for them. Some of the places they visited on just the first cruise of their three recent back to back cruises were London, England, Copenhagen, Denmark, Stockholm, Sweden, Helsinki, Finland, St. Petersburg, Russia, Tallini, Estonia, and Oslo, Norway. The second cruise they visited several locations in France including the Normandy Battlefield and Ireland as well as Iceland and Nova Scotia, they also saw four places that will be forever associated with the tragic voyage of the Titanic. Harwich was where the ship was built, Cherbourg and Cobv were ports visited on the voyage, and Halifax, Nova Scotia is where many of the victims are buried. The last cruise was spent sailing to Boston. Once back in the United States, they toured some in Massachusetts as well as in Maine before the flight back to DFW. Just prior to attending our upcoming "Fall Get Together" at "Loose Wheels, Texas," Willies and Cathye will be spending several days in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The Myrtle Beach area has 102 golf courses plus almost 50 miniature golf courses, it could probably be called "America's Golf Capital." This account of Willies and Cathey's latest adventure was edited down to save space from a much better version written by Willies, anyone desiring to read the longer and more interesting version will be e-mailed a copy upon request. For some other recent news about Willies and Cathye, go to the 7/29/09, 6/8/09, 4/7/09, and 2/2/09 entries in this section of our website.   10/25/09

Gordon Duke and his son David were in Midland, Texas earlier this month to attend the annual Commemorative Air Force (formerly Confederate Air Force) Fly-In and Air Show. The CAF's mission is to acquire, restore, and preserve in flying condition a complete collection of combat aircraft which were flown by all branches of our nation's military and selected aircraft of other nations for the purpose of the education and enjoyment of present and future generations of Americans. Gordon is one of 74 members still living out of the original first 1,000 members of the organization, many photos taken by Gordon through the years were displayed at the always well attended event. The CAF has almost 160 restored planes in its fleet, many of which were seen at the recent show in Midland. To find out more about the CAF and the Midland Air Show, go to www.commemorativeairforce.org. 10/21/09

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and her husband John are now back home in Bedford, Texas after their annual trip to upstate New York or "God's Country" as John calls it. John's mother, two of his five brothers, and his sister live there. Along with family visits, John and Dianne also made stops in Gloucester, Massachusetts and Medfield, Massachusetts. Gloucester is the home of the Gorton Fisherman in the well known ads and the movie "The Perfect Storm" which starred George Clooney told of a fishing expedition and storm which actually took place in Gloucester. Walt Disney used to visit his friend Justin Whitlock Dart who lived in Medfield, the fictitious Medfield College in some of Walt's movies including the "Absent Minded Professor" and "Son of Flubber" was so named as a tribute to his friend. John and Dianne also visited Salem, Massachusetts and toured the Salem Witch's Museum which is dedicated to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. They also visited Stowe, Vermont which is one of America's most picturesque towns in the Winter. For those of you that don't remember Dianne, her dad was with Anderson Clayton and she attended Jefferson and Fairview Elementary Schools while living here before moving to Garland, Texas. She is in one of the pictures from Fairview School in our "Old Class Pictures" section of this website.  10/18/09

Today's date of October 15th marks the 44th wedding anniversary for Ronnie (Ron) Speed and Patsy (Landmon) Speed, they are planning on celebrating the occasion next Summer with an extended tour of Europe. Ron is a semi-retired advertising and marketing CEO, Patsy is close to retirement after 46 years of working as an OB/GYN nurse. Ron and Patsy have a daughter, a son, and five grandchildren. Ron has said that if he had it to do all over, he would marry Patsy again as she is truly his best friend and partner for life. With more and more of today's marriages ending in divorce, nowadays it's nice to know feelings like that still exist and especially after forty four years. To read more about Ron, go to the 7/4/09 entry in this section of our website.  10/15/09

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton's son-in-law, Garrett Patton, was featured on Channel 12's "First News Forum" show this morning. Garrett is a hairstylist and has his own style shop in downtown Sherman. He told about how on October 24th he and members of his staff will be cutting long hair free from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the hair cut during this time will then be donated to the "Locks of Love" organization. "Locks of Love" began in 1997 and is based in West Palm Beach, Florida, they provide human hair wigs for children under the age of 18 who have suffered extreme hair loss due to a major illness. By having a very natural human hair wig, children can avoid teasing and restore confidence to their young lives. To learn more about this very worthwhile organization, check out www.locksoflove.org. We congratulate Garrett on his generosity in helping this very worthwhile cause, he has even donated his own hair to "Locks of Love" four different times. Garrett's son is Major Patton, we call him Stellagene's "Miracle Grandson." Major weighed one pound and fourteen ounces at birth but is doing fine now, you can read more about him in the 5/26/07 and 12/1/05 entries of this section of our website. Major has come with Stellagene to some of our mini-reunions, he is a very well behaved little boy and a joy to have around.  10/11/09

From the third page of the sports section in today's Herald Democrat: Van Alstyne sophomore Rebecca Ulrich ran in the 73rd Annual Oklahoma State Jamboree this past Saturday. Running against 201 girls from five different states in the Class 6A Division, Ulrich placed 10th in her first cross country race of the season, crossing the finish line with a time of 11:46. She was the second girl from Texas to place and was the fifth Texan out of all the divisions to complete the course. Extra note - This information about Joe (Joey) Ulrich's grandaughter was accompanied by a picture of Rebecca at the track meet, the Van Alstyne High School Sophomore is the daughter of Joe and Janelle's son Van and his wife Wendy.  10/6/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, October 5, 1959, A large oak tree which has stood on the site of the new Grayson State Bank Building an estimated 200 years gives its name to the informal coffee lounge, one of two public rooms in the new bank home. The tree grows through the roof, protected by a rubber grommet. There are holes in the masonry floor through which the tree is watered and fed. Extra note-The Oak Room was the site for our classes "Athenian" signing party when we were Seniors, sadly both the Oak Room and the tree are now gone. Also no longer used is the "Founder's Room" which was a meeting room at the then M&P National Bank, that room was the site of some of the planning meetings for our first class reunion. That reunion was held in 1973 at the Ramada Inn located on Highway 75 next to the then fairly new home of the Sherman Democrat.  10/5/09

Jack Griffin, our classes "Honorary Bearcat," competed again this year in the Texas Police Olympics held this past June in Conroe, Texas. Jack took home the gold in the Power lifting's Elite Division with a lift of 380 pounds, this bested his last year's lift by forty pounds. His friend and former Highway Patrolman partner, Gary Paddock, earned gold in the Golden Grand Master Division with a lift of 300 pounds. Jack also competed in the Southwest Regional's Powerlifting Championship, this was held in July in Prescott Valley, Arizona and was sponsored by the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation. A distinct difference from the other event is that the 100% Raw events are open to all power lifters and not just current or former law enforcement officers, 100% Raw means they are very strict about participants not having used any drugs or steroids to enhance their weightlifting abilities. To read more about Jack Griffin, go to the 7/9/08 entry in this section of our website.  10/1/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, September 25, 1949, Back from Summer trips in Europe, a group of Sherman travelers all report "wonderful times." But Fred Moore, who made his second European tour, says he had rather have a popcorn business in this country than anything abroad. Extra note-Sally Stowers' grandfather probably expressed the sentiment of many American citizens who have been fortunate enough to visit foreign countries, it's interesting to see the many sites our world has to offer but there's a great deal of truth in the old saying "there's no place like home." Mr. Moore was able to make another trip to Europe before he passed away in 1954, he was an executive with Fant Milling Company (Gladiola). In 1921, Beverly Fant's grandfather purchased the Gladney Milling Company and began its operation as Fant Milling Company. Sam Gladney was the husband of Edna Gladney who, though childless herself, began her lifelong work with underprivileged children while living in Sherman. She later went on to establish the Edna Gladney Home in Fort Worth, her story is told in the 1941 movie "Blossoms in the Dust" starring Greer Garson. The Gladneys lived at 517 W. Birge in Sherman, the two story house there on the corner of Birge Street and the west access road of Highway 75 is where Johnny Ellis lived growing up.   9/25/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Twenty Years Ago, September 21, 1989, Sherman High School homecoming queen nominees are Erica Brakebill, Penny Clark, Nancy Crosthwaite, Ashlynn Russey, and Alexis Turner. Extra note-A few of Nancy's many other activities while at Sherman High School were being a class officer, being in the National Honor Society, being a member of the Spirit Committee, and being a four year member of both TAFE (Texas Association of Future Educators) and the Varsity Tennis Team. Susannah (Aston) Crosthwaite and her husband Trey have many good reasons to be proud of their very accomplished oldest daughter, Nancy is now married and living in Austin, Texas.   9/21/09

Donna (Cook) Hannah and her husband Jim were married on August 9, 1969. They celebrated their recent milestone anniversary in a big way by taking a tour of Alaska. The cruise part of their tour was on the Island Princess Cruise Ship.  Their first Alaskan Cruise was eight years ago but this was the first time they added many interesting places that could be seen only by land. Some of the fun things they did while touring were panning for gold in the Eldorado Gold Mine, seeing a section of the Alaskan Pipeline, taking a riverboat ride along the Chena River, visiting an Athabacan Indian Village, and touring the town of North Pole. They got to see Santa Claus while there, even sitting on his lap and visiting with him. In Denali Park where Mt. McKinley is located they were very fortunate to get a good partial view of the famous mountain, only 11% of the visitors get to see it since most of the time it is usually cloud covered. Donna and Jim also saw many kinds of wildlife and got to visit an Iditarod Dog Sled Kennel. They even got to meet Libby Riddles, who in 1985 was the first female to win the almost 1,100 mile Iditarod Dog Sled Race. Other cities toured on their fabulous trip were Juneau, Ketchikan, and Skagway. Donna says that Alaska is unlike any of our other forty-nine states in that it has indescribable splendor throughout the awesome and rugged 656,425 square miles. In fact, Texas, California, Montana, and about one-half of New Mexico can fit inside the boundaries of Alaska. To put it another way, Alaska is almost 425 times the size of Rhode Island. Like Willies and Cathye Ballou, Jim and Donna really enjoy taking cruises. Some places they have visited while cruising are the Baltic States, the British Isles, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, the Mediterranean Countries, and the Mexican Riviera. (Explanation-This was edited down from the very complete and interesting information Donna sent about her trip. Anyone considering visiting Alaska should read Donna's complete account of their special trip, please let us know and we will send what Donna wrote in its entirety. There is lots more including their arrival in Fairbanks, a train trip, the Sea Crab Fisherman's Tour, and a mention of the beautiful city of Vancouver, British Columbia. Another write up about Donna and Jim can be found in the 4/28/09 entry in this section of our website. Many interesting facts about our nation's forty-ninth state can be found at www.alaskaheritage.com.   9/18/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, September 14, 1959, Carrying most of the offensive load for the Sherman freshmen this season will be David Duke, Terry Green, Sparky Greer, and Earl Wiggins. Extra note-All the football players mentioned here still live in Sherman. Clarke Heironimus was the head coach of our junior high football team which was known back then as the Kittens. When we got to high school, there was a lot of turnover of the coaching staff as we had a new head coach every year. The head football coach our Sophomore year was Keith Harshbarger, Warren Harper took over our Junior year, and in our Senior year Dave Smith was head coach. For recent information about Dave Smith, go to the 9/8/09 entry in this section of our website.  9/14/09

Bennie (Bowen) Stoy and her husband Hubert are now back home in Sherman after a trip to League City, Texas where they visited with their son Kent, his wife Cheryl, and Hannah Corrine Stoy who is the newest member of the Stoy family. Bennie and Hubert were both able to offer quality babysitting assistance while Kent was tending to his law enforcement duties and Cheryl was working, Cheryl is a Navigation Mission Engineer for NASA. The NME's job involves overseeing all the many details involved in the navigation flight process from design through execution and postflight wrap-up for assigned flights. Cheryl was serving as the NME for the 37th flight of Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-128) which launched on August 28, 2009, this mission assisted in crew rotation for the International Space Station and also took more supplies to the ISS. After traveling 5.7 million miles on an almost fourteen day trip, the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-128) Mission was deemed a success after touching down at Edwards Air Force Base in California on September 11, 2009. Cheryl can now rest easy about that mission while she prepares for another one. Bennie said she couldn't ask for a better daughter-in-law than Cheryl, sounds like she's not only nice but very smart too. For some other news about Bennie and her family, go to the 6/5/09, 3/24/09, 10/13/08, and 8/12/08 entries in this section of our website.  9/12/09

Beverly (Fant) Whiddon and her husband Don recently returned home to Tallahassee, Florida after an enjoyable three week vacation. Their first destination in Texas was Dallas where they visited with Beverly's cousin Pat Fant. She hadn't seen Pat in over fifty years, there was lots of catching up to do after all that time. From there, they then spent some time in Denton and also Sherman where they visited with friends. They left Texas and headed north to Wichita, Kansas, this time visiting with some friends who used to be their neighbors in Florida. Beverly and Don then spent several days in Kansas City, Missouri where they visited with Eloise Munger and Mary (Sicks) Hotalling, they even sampled some of that famous Kansas City barbecue. Branson, Missouri was another stop, that was especially enjoyable because the height of their tourist season had just ended so it wasn't near as crowded there as it can be. A few days were spent in Pine Mountain, Georgia before it was time to head back to Tallahassee. Beverly said the three week trip was one of the best vacations they have ever taken. She also said that, even though she has been a Florida resident a long time, Sherman and the friends she made while living here will always be very special to her. Beverly is another of our classmates that just needs to visit here more often.  9/10/09

Joel Davis (Dave) Smith, Jr. of Granbury, Texas passed away on Friday, August 28, 2009. Dave Smith will be remembered as the Sherman Bearcats head football coach who coached the "Skinny Twenty" to their 7 4-A District Championship in the Fall of 1962. Dave coached at both the high school and college levels and he was also an offensive coordinator for both Toronto and Winnipeg in the Canadian Football League. His greatest joy in coaching may have come in his later years as he was a PE teacher for physically handicapped kids in the DeSoto and Lancaster School Systems. Terry Green attended a special celebration of Dave's life on Friday, September 4, 2009 at McKinney Memorial Bible Church in Fort Worth, Texas. Terry said "very impressive" was the feeling he got attending the service, around 300 people were there including two whole pews of SMU Alumni whom Dave had coached. Five of the SMU Alumni spoke on just what Dave's influence meant in their life, some even went on to play in the NFL and three are now Methodist preachers. Terry took his framed team picture of the "Skinny Twenty" to the service, at the bottom of Terry's team picture are the words "It's not how big the dog is in the fight, it's how big the fight is in the dog." Terry said even though he just got to play for Dave one year, he feels very fortunate to have had him as a coach. Dave's survivors are: his father, Joel Davis Smith, Sr.; his wife, Judy Smith; his daughter, Ann. K. Smith; his son, Greg Smith; his four grandchildren, Amy, Blake, Mary Beth, and Stephen Smith; a half-brother, Jody Smith; and two half-sisters, Lisa King and Judi Sisk. 9/8/09

Sylvia (Taylor) Finch is now back in Phoenix, Arizona after a too short two day combination business/pleasure trip to Sherman, this was her just her fifth visit back since moving west in 1960. While in Sherman, she got to visit with a few friends including former neighbor Polly Nance who is the widow of longtime Sherman attorney Murray Nance. Sylvia was born at the Perrin Field Hospital so she especially enjoyed seeing the Perrin Field Museum, she even got to visit "Loose Wheels, Texas" where some of our mini-reunion get-togethers are held. She was also able to help Stellagene (Teague) Shelton observe her birthday, they celebrated the occasion by trying out one of our area's new steak restaurants. Sylvia says that no matter how long she lives in Phoenix, Sherman will always be home to her. We're glad that she feels that way and we will always be glad to welcome her back home anytime she can get here.  9/5/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Thirty Years Ago, August 24, 1979, Carl R. Adams and Harold B. Mitchell retired from the Sherman Post Office, their combined service totals 80 years. Extra note-Carl Adams may be remembered by some of you, he operated the post office sub-station window just inside the entrance to the M&P Bank for many years after his retirement from Sherman's main post office. Harold Mitchell, Shirley (Mitchell) Lowrie's father, worked at the Sherman Post Office for forty three years which was approximately six years longer than Carl. Those two men did not see as many changes in postal rates during their careers as we are seeing these days. To send a letter today, a first class stamp will cost you $.44. When Carl and Harold retired, a first class stamp was just $.15 and we can remember it being just $.05 in 1963. 1963 was also the year for the introduction of the now widely accepted practice of adding ZIP Codes (ZIP-Zone Improvement Plan) to mailing addresses, the newer ZIP+4 system began twenty years later in 1983. Those air mail stamps we remember from when we were young are a thing of the past now, penny post cards used to be pretty common too. Now we know how our parents must have felt when they referred to the "good old days."  8/24/09

Ronnie Giles' brother, Jimmy Dwight Giles of Mesquite, Texas, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2009. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2009 at Restland Wildwood Chapel in Dallas, Texas under the direction of Restland Funeral Home. Jimmy served in the United States Army, his burial will follow at DFW National Cemetery. Jimmy is survived by: his wife, Patricia; his daughter, Jamie Harris and her husband Aaron; his two sons, Dennis McCartney and Tommy Giles; his brother, Ronnie and his wife Mary; and seven grandchildren.  8/19/09

Brooks Highfill who graduated in the Class of '61 and is now living back in Sherman wrote a very well done guest commentary column recently in the Herald Democrat telling about four students he knew from Sherman who each made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in Vietnam. One of those he told about was Billy Watson, our classes only casualty in that war. The other three in the article were Monte Dykes (SHS '67), Wayne Fielden (SHS '61), and Donald Roe (SHS '65). Brooks closed by telling about how he often thinks of all veterans, past and present, but especially those four Sherman boys and how he was proud to have served with all of them. Veterans truly deserve our respect and our thanks, where would we be without them? You can go to the "Veterans" section of this website to read about some of our classmates who served in our nation's military, also included in that section are some links to interesting websites that tell about the Vietnam Wall. We also have in the "Links" section of this website links to the Red River Valley MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation Association) website, the Vietnam Veteran's Association website, and a link to a website telling about Perrin Field and the Perrin Field Museum which is definitely worth a visit.  8/19/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, August 18, 1959, Ninth grade Sherman cheerleaders are Jeana Ellis, Beverly Hall, Becky Johnston, Karen McCall, Lynda Uphouse, and Vicki Wilson. Extra note-None of the Sherman cheerleaders mentioned still live in Sherman, however four still live in Texas and two are living out of state. Jeana Ellis Pethel lives in Coppell, Karen McCall Penrod lives in Missouri City, Lynda Uphouse lives in Aubrey, and Vicki Wilson Mulkey also lives in Aubrey. The two out of staters are Beverly Hall Poet of Ponca City, Oklahoma and Rebecca Johnston Donnell of Roseville, California. For additional information on Lynda Uphouse go to the 4/28/09 entry of this section, for additional information on Vicki Wilson Mulkey go to the 7/25/09 entry. Rebecca Johnston Donnell is mentioned in an entry dated 6/2/09.  8/18/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, August 9, 1969, Jerry Pritchett of Sherman was promoted to first lieutenant in the United States Army at his post with the First Infantry Division in Vietnam. Extra note-After twenty years in the Army, Jerry retired as a major and he and his family now live in the scenic town of Pottsville, Pennsylvania which is approximately one hundred miles northwest of Philadelphia. Pottsville is famous for being the gateway to the Anthracite Coal Region, since 1829 it has also been home to D.F. Yeungling & Son, Inc. which is America's oldest brewery. To read more about Jerry's military service as well as our other classmates that we know of who have served in our nation's military, check out the "Veterans" section of this website.  8/9/09

Cole Richard Alexander, Don Alexander's son, passed away on Saturday, August 1, 2009 in Fallbrook, California. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 9, 2009 at Oakwood Cemetery in Whitesboro, Texas, officiating will be Mr. T.J. Wasden under the direction of American Funeral Service of Denison, Texas. Cole was a 2003 graduate of Denison High School, in 2005 he entered the United States Marine Corps where he achieved the rank of Lance Corporal. Cole courageously served his country in Iraq in 2008. His survivors are: parents, Don Richard Alexander and his wife, Gina Estelle Alexander of Denison, Texas; brother, Ryan Alexander of Denison, Texas; niece, Gracie Alexander of Denison, Texas; and grandmother, Imogene Gilliam of Denison, Texas.  8/7/09

Gwynn (Crowson) Getto and her husband Jim are now back at home in Mesquite, Texas having just returned from a two week combination family reunion/vacation in and around Denver, Colorado where Jim's dad lives. The Getto family reunion is held about every five years, approximately 125 family members were in attendance this time. Some of the states represented at the reunion were California, Colorado, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Horseback riding in the scenic mountains of Colorado was just one of the many highlights of the reunion, eating lots of great food and good fellowship among family members are a couple of the other things that everyone in attendance will remember for years to come. Several family members have said that they're already looking forward to the next family reunion. 8/6/09

Dennis Loyd Stephens passed away Thursday, July 30, 2009 at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman, Texas. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2009 at Dannel Funeral Home, officiating will be Pastor Leland Samuelson of the Sherman House of Praise. The burial will follow at Akers Cemetery. Although a lifelong victim of cerebral palsy and a resident of Texoma Healthcare Center in Sherman for many years, Dennis was an inspiration to lots of people for his always cheerful attitude. Classmates will remember him as the boy in the wheelchair in high school that Mike Hudnall used to push to his classes. Tragically, Mike was killed back in February of 1979 as a result of a traffic accident at the intersection of Highways 691 and 1417 while he was driving a school bus for Grayson County Junior College. Dennis earned his college degree in psychology at Texas A&M University at Commerce, then East Texas State University. He is survived by two cousins, Linda Blunt Ross of Dallas, Texas and Alan Roy Tillman of Austin, Texas.  8/5/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, August 4, 1959, The crew of mechanics at Johnson Motor Company are W.S. Hart, G.O. Craft, V.L. Sasser, Leon Bloomer, and J.D. Hullett. Extra note-When this was originally in the Sherman Democrat, it was most likely accompanied by a picture of the men. Gloria (Sasser) Myatt's father, Virgil L. Sasser, was a long time Buick mechanic having worked at Johnson Motor Company, Roy Gladen Buick, and Grayson Motors before he retired. Before becoming a mechanic, Virgil worked on the construction of the Denison Dam. He passed away in January of 1998. Johnson Motor Company for over forty years was the Buick dealership located downtown at the southeast corner of Crockett and Wall, diagonally across the street was Young Motor Company which was the Cadillac and Oldsmobile dealer. Sherman's car dealerships back then were located downtown like in many other towns across the country, now automobile manufacturers require their dealers to have any new dealerships located near a highway. It's easy to recall just how big an event it used to be when the new car models came out each September, now we hardly even know when the new car models are introduced. 8/4/09

Dudley Norris Jackson passed away July 30, 2008 in Denver, Colorado, he had lived there for many years. Dudley had served in the United States Army, he was divorced and had one daughter who lives in Oklahoma. We just recently found out about this classmate's death and this is all the information we have at this time.  8/2/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, July 30, 1959, Glenn Hailey is the new correspondent for the Sherman Democrat for the military housing community at Perrin Air Force Base. Extra note-It was through Glenn's friendship with Dana Blocker who was the Sherman Democrat's editor at the time that he got this position, Dana was then an elder at the Wood Street Church of Christ where Glenn attended. Glenn says he still remembers those good lunches at the old Grayson Hotel that Dana used to treat him to while both of them went over his upcoming stories, the two of them developed quite a friendship through the years. Thirty five of Dana's over fifty years in journalism were spent at the Sherman Democrat before he retired in 1980, he passed away in 2005 at the age of 89. Glenn now lives in Memphis, he has sent us several items we have used on our website including the "25 Things That Have or Might Become Extinct in America" list which was in last month's "Points To Ponder" section. Wherry Housing, where some of our classmates lived at Perrin, was named for Nebraska Senator Kenneth S. Wherry. He introduced a bill in Congress that was designed to help alleviate the problem of many military bases that were being closed due to the lack of adequate base housing, that bill was signed into law on August 8, 1949 by then President Harry S. Truman. Several of our classmates who were once part of the Perrin Field Community have told us they are glad to have been located and welcomed back at any of our reunion and mini-reunion activities even though they may have moved away before graduation. The Perrin Air Force Base Museum which was a big success as one of our last year's reunion activities would be enjoyed by anyone that takes the time to go through it, the dedicated retired Air Force personnel that volunteer there really deserve our thanks as they do an outstanding job. There is a link to the Perrin Air Force Base Museum in the links section of this website. For more news about Glenn, scroll down to the 5/10 and 4/12 entries in this section. 7/30/09

The Dorchester, Texas Baptist Church was the location for this past Sunday's Dorchester Community Reunion, Willies Ballou as President of the Dorchester Association presided over the activities. This reunion is held every two years and is for all current and former residents and faculty and students of the old Dorchester School which closed in 1949. 34 current and former Dorchester residents from the local area attended this year's reunion, down from two years ago when 54 came including some from as far away as Amarillo and Houston. A short business meeting was held following the luncheon and new officers were elected, these new officers will serve a two year term. Willies said he really enjoyed his term as president but now he and Cathye will have more time to devote to getting back to sea for more cruising. For more news about Willies and Cathye, scroll down to the 6/8/09 and 4/9/09 entries in this section. 7/29/09

Daryl Talbot and his wife Theresa recently attended a Talbot family reunion at Robber's Cave State Park just north of Wilburton, Oklahoma. Robber's Cave State Park contains 8,246 acres and is located in the scenic, hilly woodlands of the San Bois Mountains in southeastern Oklahoma, the unusual name comes from the fact that it really was once a notorious hideout for outlaws. The Talbot family has been having these reunions there for several years. Saturday is always the main day, after lunch they each tell about what has been going on in their lives and they also pause to remember those family members who are no longer with them. There is a lot to do as some of the members go on hay rides, some hike, some go on horseback rides, some play golf, and some just spend time relaxing and enjoying the beauty of the area. There is a lot of showing off of kids and grandkids, Daryl says it is amazing to see how some of the young ones seem to change through the years but the older ones don't. The thoughts on just how true a statement that is seem to vary depending on your what your age may be. We haven't changed through the years, have we? 7/28/09

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and her husband John, Sandra Keesee Holcombe and her husband Gary, and Craig Keesee and his wife Kathy treated their parents, Harold and Wanda Keesee, to a 65th wedding anniversary celebration yesterday afternoon, July 26th, 2009. The very special event was held in the Community Room of the Gatewood Senior Community Apartments on Ridgecrest Road in North Dallas where the couple has lived since moving from their home in Garland. Harold is a retired Anderson Clayton Foods Division Vice President of Research & Development. Approximately one hundred family members and friends were on hand to help in the celebration, several mementos from throughout Harold and Wanda's long and happy marriage were displayed for all to see. Harold and Wanda were married in Frederick, Oklahoma, Dianne was born in Frederick and Sandra and Craig were born in Sherman when the Keesee family lived here. We congratulate Harold and Wanda on this very special milestone anniversary. 7/27/09

James Mulkey and his wife Vicki (Wilson) Mulkey are proud new grandparents for the fourth time, James Beckett Mulkey was born on July 17, 2009 at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. His birth weight was 8 pounds and 12 ounces and he was 21 1/2" in length, his big sister is Avery. The proud parents are James Garrett Mulkey and his wife Kim, the happy family lives in Weatherford, Texas. James and Vicki's daughter is Amy Nicholson, she and her husband John who live in Little Elm, Texas have a daughter named Remy and a son named Tate. Both of James and Vicki's kids will have upcoming wedding anniversaries in August, James Garrett and Kim will be celebrating 8 years on the 11th and Amy and John will be celebrating 14 years on the 26th. James and Vicki love horses so it's not unusual that they live in Aubrey, Texas which is right in the heart of an area known as "Horse Country, USA." Aubrey, which was founded in 1881, is actually the second name chosen for the town. The original name was Onega which proved to be unpopular and the name Aubrey was actually drawn from names in a hat submitted to replace the unpopular original name. James is a dentist with his office in Plano and Vicki is a former teacher. 7/25/09

From the "A Look At Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, July 24, 1969, H.B. Onley, assistant principal of Sherman High School, has been named principal of Piner Junior High replacing Dr. Tony W. Fillman. Extra note- Mr. Onley, our assistant principal at Sherman High School, was Patricia (Pat) Onley's father. After over thirty five years of service to the Sherman Independent School District, he retired in 1984 and passed away in 2006 at the age of 85. After living in Richardson for many years, Pat now lives in McKinney, Texas. Bill McClure, another long time Sherman educator and one of our class sponsors along with Gene Loop, was a very welcome addition to a get together we had this past April at "Loose Wheels, Texas." He will certainly be invited back when we do it again there this Fall. There is a saying in one of the display cases at Grayson College that says "Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions," it definitely makes you think. We do seem to appreciate our teachers more and more as we get older, educating young people is a very honorable and often underappreciated profession. 7/24/09

Robert Lyle (Bobby) Norrell, of Sherman, Texas, passed away at his home on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. Graveside services under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 24, 2009 at Akers Cemetery, officiating will be Reverend Kenneth Dacus of Victory Missionary Baptist Church assisted by Chaplain Carol Hobson of Home Hospice of Grayson County. Bobby served in the United States Army and was a member of the "101st Airborne Division" AKA the "Screaming Eagles" while in Vietnam, he worked at Texas Instruments for many years and also at Sherman Wire. Bobby's survivors are: his wife of thirty-seven years, Judy (Coffman) Norrell; two aunts, Willie Claunch of Gainesville, Texas and Lota Lee Norrell of Sherman, Texas; mother-in-law, Peggy Coffman of Sherman; brother-in-law, David Coffman of Sherman; and several cousins. 7/23/09

Alton Bowman and his wife Sweety were married twenty five years ago today in the small but well known ski resort town of Aspen, Colorado. The very scenic Maroon Bells just southwest of Aspen near where Alton and Sweety were married are actually two mountain peaks in the Elk Mountains and they are known as the most photographed peaks in all of America, Alton said it was a very beautiful and memorable place for such a joyous occasion. Aspen has long been a favorite getaway for many celebrities including the late popular singer John Denver who wrote several songs about the town and the area around it. Many people probably don't realize that John Denver was known as Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. when he graduated from Arlington Heights High School in Arlington, Texas in 1961. Alton and Sweety will be having their special twenty fifth wedding anniversary celebration when they attend the upcoming Paul McCartney Concert on August 19th at the new Dallas Cowboys Football Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Alton is a furniture conservator which means that he builds and restores fine furniture, you can read more about Alton by scrolling down to the 3/5/09 and 4/16/09 entries in this section of our website. 7/22/09

Karen (Christie) Parker and her husband Robert have just returned from an enjoyable week long trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, at an elevation of 7,000 feet it is the highest state capital in the United States. Santa Fe, like several of the cities of our 47th state, is very scenic as well as unique. The San Miguel Chapel there is said to be the oldest standing church structure in the United States, the adobe walls were constructed around 1610. Karen had always wanted to visit Santa Fe but never had, this trip will be easily remembered because this was the first trip they've taken since moving into their new home on the North Shore of Lake Travis near Austin, Texas in July of last year. Karen and Robert were unsure about leaving both their dog and their new home but both seemed to be fine when they returned so it may not be long before the Parkers will be as Willie Nelson would say "On the road again." 7/16/09

Skee Hughes' father, James Harvey (Jimmy) Hughes of Sherman, Texas, passed away Monday, July 13, 2009 at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman. Services under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 17th, 2009 at Sherman's First Baptist Church's Memorial Chapel. A brief graveside service will follow at West Hill Cemetery. Jimmy worked in the family business at Knight Furniture Company for forty four years until his retirement in 1989, he was very civic minded and gave many years of service to the citizens of Sherman through his work with various organizations in our community. He served his country with distinction throughout World War II as a member of the United States Naval Air Corps and he was also a long time member of Sherman's First Baptist Church. Jimmy's survivors are: his wife, Nadyne; two daughters, Sterling Hughes and Tracy Hughes; one son, Skee Hughes; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 7/15/09

After living in Laguna Niguel, California for over thirty years, Bill Harris and his wife Micki have relocated to the small but well known town of Cody, Wyoming which for many years has been known as a symbol of the old American West. They have had a second home there for the past six years so they are very familiar with the area, three of their five children live in Cody and two are still in Laguna Niguel. Bill and Micki now live very near to the east gate of Yellowstone National Park so their neighborhood view must be spectacular, Yellowstone National Park was established in 1872 and has the distinction of being America's first national park. Bill enjoys fly fishing and hunting, there are lots of opportunities for those interests around Cody. Cody is actually named for William Frederick (Buffalo Bill) Cody who was instrumental in the founding of the town, the Cody Stampede Rodeo which is one of our nation's largest rodeos celebrates it's 90th year in 2009. Bill has been a licensed civil engineer for many years and is now the Civil Engineering Department Manager for a well established engineering firm in Cody. 7/14/09

From the "A Look At Our Area's Past" in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, July 10, 1959: Dick Clark, emcee for the American Bandstand TV show, is a new member of the Sherman Chamber of Commerce. Carol Connelly, Sherman teenager, enrolled the rock 'n roll star and presented him with a membership recently when she was a guest in Philadelphia, Pa. Extra note-While we all associate Dick Clark with rock and roll, the newspaper maybe should have used the term popular television host rather than rock 'n roll star which most people would associate with a singer. Dick Clark for a long time was referred to as "America's Oldest Teenager" because of his eternally youthful appearance, he just never seemed to age. Since those early days on Bandstand, he has developed, hosted, and owned several other television shows making him one of the most successful people in the entertainment business. Dick Clark also owns or has owned several "American Bandstand Grill" theme restaurants around the country, the closest to us was once located at the Grapevine Mills Mall not too far from the DFW Airport. A stroke in December of 2004 slowed him down somewhat but it didn't fully stop him as he still can be seen annually on his "New Year's Rocking' Eve" television special. 7/10/09

After working for over forty years, Joanne (Cole) Slaven has recently retired. She worked for many years in the communication industry working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, AT&T, EDS, and MCI before going in an entirely different direction. From 2004 until her recent retirement, she worked in Addison, Texas as a receptionist for Fogo De Chao Churrascaria. For those of you who don't know just what that is and that's probably most of us, Fogo De Chao is a very upscale Southern Brazilian Steakhouse. The Addison location was the chain's first restaurant in the United States, one is scheduled to open this Summer in Denver and another in San Antonio giving the chain 16 locations in the United States. Joanne enjoys traveling and feels very fortunate to have visited Canada, England, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, and many parts of the United States including Hawaii, she has been blessed with three children (Eddie, Jeri Ann, and Matthew) and four granddaughters. When Joanne is not busy camping or playing computer games with the grandkids, genealogy is her favorite past time. She said she really enjoys researching and finding out about the past generations and their way of life, especially if there may be any Civil War connections. 7/8/09

Beverly (Fant) Whiddon and her husband Don celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary back in March by traveling from their home in Tallahassee, Florida to New Orleans, Louisiana where they spent a few days with friends. Beverly said that the location of the hotel where they stayed was ideal for enjoying many of the unique things of one of our nation's most visited cities. Some of the people that have been to New Orleans recently say it's not quite yet what it was before Hurricane Katrina but it's definitely improved and on the way back. The National World War II Museum is one of New Orleans's newer and very interesting attractions, Gary Park and his wife Donna were there for the museum's grand opening on D-Day, June 6, 2000. Milton McAllister and his wife Gail just observed their forty fifth wedding anniversary on June 27, 2009. For more about Milton and Gail read our 6/25 /09 entry in this section of this website. Margaret (Madden) Alverson and her husband Gerald observed their fortieth wedding anniversary March 20, 2009. Margaret and Gerald live in Denison where they have had an air conditioning/heating service business for many years. Tommy Lee (Tom) Perry and his wife Jane observed their 30th wedding anniversary on January 20, 2009, they live in Plano, Texas. Tom is a social worker at a dialysis center in Carrollton, his wife Jane is a chiropractor. Being avid baseball fans, Tom and Jane waited until baseball season to celebrate their special anniversary, they traveled to San Francisco where they could take in many of the sites there plus see a baseball game in AT&T Park home of the San Francisco Giants. In 2000 AT&T Park replaced historic Candlestick Park where fan favorite Willie Mays played for many years. These may be just some of our classmates who will be having special wedding anniversaries this year, please contact us if you know of any other classmates that will be having or have had a special (ending in 5 or 0 such as 10 year, 15 year, etc.) wedding anniversary in 2009.  7/7/09

Gary Park may be semi-retired but he still manages to keep busy, especially on the weekends. On Saturday, June 27th, Gary and his brother Jerry (SHS '58) participated in the Howe, Texas Volunteer Fire Department Car/Truck Show. Gary's 1944 Dodge Command Car placed first in the Military Vehicle Category out of a total of four military vehicles shown. All proceeds from the car/truck show went to benefit the Howe VFD, Jerry Park has been a Howe volunteer firefighter for many years. The following Saturday, July 4th Gary and several members of the Red River Valley Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association plus some members from the Piney Woods Chapter participated in the Independence Day Parade at Paris Texas. Ten military vehicles were in the parade including four WWII vintage jeeps, two WWII Dodge 3/4 ton trucks, a WWII White Scout Car, a Ford Armored M20 scout vehicle towing a 105mm howitzer, a Swedish Unimog, and a M35 Vietnam era 2-1/2-ton Troop carrier. Lots of kids with flags and smiles lined both sides of the approximately two mile parade route as it looped through downtown Paris. Following the parade, all the participants from the two area chapters of the MVPA convoyed out to one of the members homes for a "plenty to eat" barbecue cookout. A very appropriate way to celebrate our nation's 233rd birthday, it was an enjoyable and memorable event for all who participated. 7/5/09

Requested by SEDCO (Sherman Economic Development Corporation), Ron Speed and his son Ron just completed a coffee table type book about the history of industry in Sherman from it's inception in 1846 thru 2008. The book highlights twenty one Sherman industries from the 1800's, fifty nine from the 1900's, and four from these first few years of the 21st Century. Ron D. researched, wrote, and illustrated the book and son Ron H. designed, photographed and produced it. The book, which took over 8 months to produce, will be used primarily in marketing efforts for SEDCO to draw attention to our fair city and it's multitude of opportunities for new manufacturing and retail businesses that may be considering a move to Sherman. Unlike many books of this type probably would be, Ron has managed to tell the stories in a very interesting and readable way rather than just being a list of facts and figures. SEDCO was so pleased with the way the book turned out that a second printing has already been ordered. A companion follow up project, still in development, is a video that highlights the history of Sherman with emphasis on the lifestyle in the city many of us are proud to call home. 7/4/09

The saying that it's better late than never certainly applies here as we are glad to learn about Butch Ewing and his wife Mary's 2008 trip to Europe. The main part of their European trip centered around visiting with their friend Gasper Hribersek who was an exchange student they sponsored when they lived in Duncan, Oklahoma. Gasper is studying to be a lawyer and lives in the capital city of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a very old country in central Europe. Many of Slovenia's cities still have cobblestone streets and much of the architecture there goes back several centuries, it is also a very picturesque country with beautiful castles and some of the most beautiful mountains seen anywhere. Some of the world famous Lipizzaner Stallions have their home in the south of Slovenia where Butch and Mary enjoyed seeing them perform. They also got to take a side trip to Venice, the city many people associate with water and gondolas. While there, they got to visit a World War I and II Museum that was housed in an old church. Another highlight was driving over the very scenic Alps into Austria. While in Austria, Butch and Mary were able to buy a few things at an IKEA store. IKEA is an international home furnishings retailer that began in Sweden in 1943 but in the last few years has become very well known in the United States. They were also able to visit a leaded crystal plant and see beautiful art objects being made. The only problem with the Ewing's European visit was that the three weeks they were there seemed to go by much too quickly. 7/3/09

Dickie Nelson's father, Leonard Nelson, was recently elected treasurer of the Adult Social Club, a Sherman social organization that since 1957 has been sponsored by the Sherman Service League. Leonard has been active in the group for several years and is also a former president of the organization, they meet twice monthly at the Finley Cultural Center (AKA "The Little Theater") which is located directly north of the Sherman Municipal Building. The Finley Cultural Center was built in 1963 largely through the efforts of the Sherman Service League. A couple of the league's other early projects were opening the first gift shop at Wilson N. Jones Hospital back in 1958 and somewhere around that time they also opened the "Thrift Shop" which was located downtown. The "Thrift Shop" was a second hand store operated by service league members, it provided a service to the community as well as a means of raising money to help finance some of the league's many service projects each year. Another recent story in the Herald-Democrat concerning the "Sherman Service League" told about a special luncheon that four of our classmate's mothers attended back in 1979. The classmates whose mothers were at that luncheon were David Hall, Skee Hughes, Bill King, and Judy Southerland. David Hall's mother, Nell Hall, was one of the founders when the Sherman Service League was first organized back in 1954. John (Buddy) Dryden's mother was mentioned in another club related article as attending one of the meetings of the Sherman Junior Shakespeare Club in the home of Mrs. John Vaughan who many classmates will remember as the wife of the owner of Vaughan's clothing store at the corner of Houston and Travis. Sylvia (Taylor) Finch's father, Lewis B. Taylor, was co-owner back when the popular Sherman store's complete name was Taylor-Vaughan's. Even after the change in ownership and the store became just Vaughan's, many people still continued to refer to it as Taylor-Vaughan's. The original Sherman Shakespeare Club is one of Texas' oldest service and social clubs as it was organized back in 1894, around the turn of the century the club sponsored Sherman's first free library. 7/1/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, June 30, 1969, Lt. Veneble Hammonds of Sherman received the Distinguished Flying Cross from his squadron commander in Vietnam for heroic action that saved the lives of 150 combat men. Extra note-The Distinguished Flying Cross is a medal awarded to any officer or enlisted member of any branch of the United States Military who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations through "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial fight." Some of the others who have received the DFC award include former President George H. W. Bush, actor Clark Gable, famous aviator Charles Lindbergh (DFC #1), Arizona Senator John McCain, retired South Dakota Senator George McGovern, actor and retired Brigadier General Jimmy Stewart, and retired Brigadier General Chuck Yeager. To see more about Ven, read our 6/11/09 entry in this section or go to the "Veterans" section of this website where there is more about Ven as well as some of our other classmates who have served in our nation's military. Please contact us if you know of a classmate who served in the military but is not listed in our "Veterans" section, we would like to add them to our list. 6/30/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Twenty Years Ago, June 29, 1989, Catherine Spurlock Southerland of Sherman remembers Kidd-Key well. The Sherman woman's father, E.L. Spurlock, served as the school's president from 1923 to 1928. During that period, enrollment reached its record levels of 600 girls per year. Extra note-Through the late 1890's and the turn of the century, Sherman was promoted as the "Athens of Texas" because of its many colleges and cultural centers located here. Judy Southerland's mother and her father, Dr. W. I. Southerland, were long time donors to and supporters of the Sherman Public Library. Dr. Southerland was a well known Sherman family physician and surgeon back when most doctors still made house calls, at the time of his death in 1995 he was the only living medical doctor that had practiced medicine in Sherman before World War II. Catherine passed away in 2005, almost exactly ten years to the day after her husband's death. 6/29/09

From the "A Look at our Area's Past' column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, June 28, 1949, John Perry, Sherman banker, is going after baseball in a big way. Perry is securing a diamond, furnishing equipment, and is ready to help build a baseball team of 8 to 15 year old Shermanites. He will furnish the bats, balls, and catcher's gear. Perry and George Cox will coach the players and teach them the rules. Extra note-The George Cox mentioned here is George M. Cox's father, he was once a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox. After leaving baseball, he was in the savings and loan business for many years. Many people will remember George M's mother, Dorothy Cox, as she was on radio at KRRV for many years prior to hosting "Woman's World" on KXII-TV for 19 years. Dorothy passed away in 1994 and George passed away exactly eighteen months later in December of 1995. 6/28/09

Gordon Duke was busy this weekend with the Amateur Radio Relay League's Annual Field Day, a nationwide event for amateur radio enthusiasts. The local Field Day event was held at Sherman's Municipal Airport on Dewey Street, a location that brings back many fond memories for Stewart Crane. For more about Stewart, go to the 4/11/09 entry in this section of our website. In an interview this past week on the KXII-TV news, Gordon told about the observance of Amateur Radio Week all across the nation and just what all that means. For many years Gordon has been a member of Grayson County's Amateur Radio Club's group of weather watchers, these dedicated individuals are helping to make a difference by providing adequate warning and keeping everyone safe in the event of severe weather. 6/28/09

On Monday 25 May 2009 (Memorial Day) George M. Cox, Congressman Sam Johnson, Congressman Ralph Hall, United States Air Force Pilot Capt Scott O'Grady (shot down over Bosnia in his F-16 and survived on bugs for six days until picked up by the United States Marines), the Mayor of Plano and veterans of WWII, Korea and Viet Nam, were guests of honor at the Plano Memorial Day Celebration. The celebration was attended by over 1000 people from around Collin County as well as a detachment of every arm of the United States Military. George was a speaker and presenter of awards given to the best oratorical awards to the young men and women who had written an historical accounting of America's most courageous military heroes. 6/27/09

From the "A Look at our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, June 25, 1959, Garth McAllister was named "Optimist of the Year" at the annual Optimist officer installation dinner and dance at the Grayson Hotel. Extra note-Milton McAllister's dad owned McAllister Vending, Food Service, and Catering for fifty years, for most of those years he was the longest independent operator of vending machines in the state of Texas. After leaving Sherman, Garth and Dorothy moved to Lake Kiowa, Texas near Gainesville where Garth loved playing golf. He passed away in December of 1999, Dorothy still lives at Lake Kiowa. Milton and his wife Gail Ford McAllister (SHS '64) have hosted nine different Sherman High School foreign exchange students in their home through the years, they have since been able to visit some of them in their home country and they still keep in touch with them. Besides their work with the foreign exchange students, Gail has placed 87 students through her former position as an area representative for Youth for Understanding. YFU International Exchange is a non-profit educational organization which offers opportunities for young people from around the world to spend a semester, a Summer, or a year with a host family in another culture. We congratulate Gail and Milton for their unselfish efforts in their work with young people. 6/25/09

Dianne (Brodhead) Hammonds' mother, Dorothy Jane Brodhead Davis of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2009. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at Waldo Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Danny Wood, pastor of West Sherman Baptist Church.  Dorothy was a long time civilian employee of the United States Air Force, first at Perrin Field and later at Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was also a life member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) and a faithful member of West Sherman Baptist Church. Dorothy's survivors are: two daughters, Dianne Hammonds and her husband Ven and Marilyn Brewster and her husband Don, all of Sherman; two granddaughters; two grandsons; five great-great grandchildren; one sister in law; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. 6/24/09

Ralph J. (RJ) Hagood, Jr. and Patricia (Patsy Lillie) Hagood of Denison, Texas observed their fortieth wedding anniversary last month on May 17, 2009. RJ is an attorney, he and Patsy have two daughters (Lauren and Paige) and they have lived in Denison for many years. 6/17/09

Marilyn (Miller) Alexander and her husband Gil (SHS '62) will be celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary on Friday, June 19, 2007. Joining them in the celebration will be their daughter Merrilee Kick and son-in-law Tim and their sons Alex and Andrew. Alex just graduated from Plano West Senior High School where his mom teaches Entrepreneurship, International Business Law, and Marketing. Congratulations to Tim and his son Andrew for their first place showing in a father & son golf tournament in Plano last Sunday. Gil and Marilyn's son, Cecil Alexander who lives in New Zealand, just called and told his parents that for the next three weeks he will be fishing for sailfish in the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands are located in the South Pacific and because of their breathtaking natural beauty have been referred to the as the "Hidden Paradise of the South Pacific." For anyone that just might want to know, there are supposed to actually be 992 islands in the Solomons. Gil and Marilyn moved back to this area in 2005 after both of them taught for several years in Montana, they're now living in Achille, Oklahoma. To read more about Marilyn and Gil, go to our 3/26/07 entry in this section of our website. 6/16/09

Gary Park and some other members from the Red River Valley Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association were at the Texoma Regional Blood Center this past Saturday urging passers by to stop in and celebrate Sunday's Flag Day a little early by donating a pint of blood or the "gift of life" as it is sometimes known. The MVPA had a display of restored military vehicles out front to catch people's attention and fire trucks and police cars were also on display. Members of the military and fire and police personnel are fully aware of an often critical need for blood as they deal with it every day. According to the blood center's director, the need for blood is usually greater in the Summer months since more accidents occur then as kids are out of school and many families are on vacation. Proof of just how true that statement can be was shown by the fact that the helicopter ambulance which was also supposed to be on display Saturday was not able to be there as it was in use all day. As the event ended, it was deemed a success as over forty people had stopped in during the day and donated blood. 6/15/09

Mike Nurre, a member of Austin College's Class of '67 and also president of their Alumni Association Board, recently emceed the Distinguished Alumni awards dinner at the college. Four very deserving alumni and a couple who are the parents of an AC graduate received awards at the event. Mike was also one of those who represented the approximately 14,000 AC alumni last year on the college's search commitee as they searched for a new president. Dr. Marjorie Hass, the college's 15th president and the first female in that position, will assume her new duties when she takes over July 1, 2009. For more about the search for AC's new president, go to our 11/25/08 entry in this website section. A lot of you probably don't realize that Austin College is the oldest institution of higher learning in Texas still operating under their original charter and name. 6/14/09

Congratulations to Stanley (Stan) Blythe and his wife Diane for the times they have assisted with the rebuilding efforts at various locations along the Gulf Coast that have encountered devastation from recent hurricanes. Their involvement began through Diane's son, Eric Forth, who owns a catering company that is in the business of feeding the many people involved whenever and wherever disaster relief is needed. While in Galveston assisting volunteers with relief efforts for Hurricane Ike, Eric fell off a platform and broke his arm so for a while Stan and Diane had to help out in a little greater capacity than first thought. In various locations many times from a few hundred to over 3,000 tree trimmers and other relief  workers had to be fed three meals a day. While in Galveston, Stan and Diane received a certificate of appreciation from the United States Coast Guard for their work. Eric's company used to be notified through FEMA, now the Coast Guard handles this and they call Eric as his is the first catering company to be notified when disaster relief is needed. Hurricane Ike is the third most destructive hurricane ever to make landfall in the United States while Hurricane Katrina has been the costliest. From what we've been told, it seems like that work in Galveston was especially tough as Stan and Diane had to have special documentation just to get on the island and no gas cans were available so they had to be sure to keep plenty of gas in their vehicles. It was also dangerous there as snakes were everywhere and dealing with the many birds, flies, and mosquitoes wasn't easy either. Just thinking about those extra dangers gives us a much deeper appreciation for just what all Stan and Diane had to endure. Eric's "Out of the Pan" mobile catering business also provides catering for music concert performers and workers, everyone involved in the making of music videos and television commercials, and he has also worked on many movie sets including the very popular "Driving Miss Daisy" and National Lampoon's latest movie "Van Wilder 3." Eric's is an interesting business and one which most of us haven't known or thought too much about before, I know Eric is glad he can count on Stan and Diane to help whenever and wherever he may need them. 6/13/09

After thirty seven years in the real estate business, John (Buddy) Dryden is not fully retiring but scaling back his involvement in his real estate company and turning over the day to day operations to his daughter Suzanna Dryden Jensen. Suzanna is a graduate of Stanford University and has quite a bit of experience in the real estate leasing and sales business so the company will still be in very capable hands. To celebrate the changing of the guard, John and his wife Judy recently took Suzanna and her husband Erik on a very special cruise. The two week Eastern Mediterranean cruise began in Istanbul, Turkey and ended in the city of Venice, Italy. John will still be at the office approximately three days a week allowing him more time for some other interests including ranching, continuing education at SMU, and traveling. The traveling part no doubt will include some visits to New York City where his son Searcy, daughter-in-law Lesley, and very special 19 month old granddaughter Madeline Dryden live. 6/12/09

David McCrary's wife, Dela Marie McCrary of Clovis, California, passed away Thursday, April 9, 2009 in Fresno, California. A memorial service was held Friday, April 24, 2009 at Tinker Funeral Home in Fresno, California. Dela's other survivors include her daughter, Dela Deanna McCrary, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Because of dealing with his wife's illness and death, David was unable to return to Sherman for his mother's funeral who passed away shortly after his wife. To read our notice about David's mother's death, see the 4/19/09 entry in this website section. 6/11/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, June 11, 1959, Armed Forces Day visitors at Perrin Air Force Base on Saturday will witness how short a time elapses after an alarm is sounded until our jet fighters are airborne and ready to engage an enemy intruder. An Interceptor scramble will be on. Extra note-Some good memories for many of us were those Armed Forces Days at Perrin where you could even go out on the runway and see some of the planes up close. Dick Ellis and Ven Hammonds must have really enjoyed those days, after high school they both attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado and both later retired from the United States Air Force as Colonels. Dick Ellis received a Distinguished Ex-Student Award from the Sherman Ex-Students Association in 1994, Ven Hammonds then received that same award in 2000. The Perrin Air Force Base Museum will bring back a lot of memories and is definitely worth a visit, there is a link to it on this website. A probably forgotten fact is that Grayson County was in strong contention back in the fifties as a possible site for the new Air Force Academy before the Colorado Springs, Colorado site was finally selected. David Hall tells that his father, Levis Hall, as the immediate past president of the Sherman School Board at the time was chosen for the honor of driving Charles Lindbergh around Sherman, Perrin Field, and Lake Texoma. The famous pilot was an influential member of a committee chosen to visit sites around the United States where the Air Force Academy could possibly locate. Because of our proximity to Dallas and Lake Texoma and the fact that Perrin Field was nearby, Lindbergh really liked the area but Colorado Springs was eventually chosen over Sherman and Grayson County. It was most likely because there had been talk of concerns related to upcoming school integration across our nation and Sherman had yet to make any move in that direction. Integration in the Sherman schools was finally begun in 1963, initially on a stair step basis beginning with the first grade, on a motion made by Jack Hall who is David's uncle and was school board president at that time. 6/11/09

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and her husband John were in San Antonio this past week for a combination business and pleasure trip, the part of the week that wasn't tied up with attending an insurance convention was spent enjoying some of the many things to do in Texas' most visited city. The very popular River Walk was a must see, another interesting site they visited was the Historic Market Square which is a unique shopping area with a very Mexican flair. The recent two mile addition to the River Walk is part of a very extensive multi-year restoration and improvement project that should be complete in 2014 and extend the River Walk to 13 miles. John and Dianne stayed at the Hilton Palacio del Rio which was constructed in a very unique way for HemisFair '68, the first official world's fair held in the Southwestern United States. Dianne and John were able to stop in Austin on their way back to Bedford and visit with their son Glen who is in the process of purchasing a new home there. A Belated Happy Birthday to Dianne's mother, Wanda Keesee, who celebrated her 88th birthday yesterday. We are fortunate to have had Dianne's parents, Harold and Wanda, attend two of our Metroplex get togethers. They are welcome back any time they are able to join us. 6/10/09

Barbara (Scholl) Stevens just returned from a very interesting week in Paris, France where she got to see Paris from a new perspective as a long time friend that she knew when she attended Yamato High School at Tachikawa AFB, Japan gave her a much different tour than tourists usually receive. She saw some interesting things that were off the "beaten path" such as eating at wonderful but little known restaurants, seeing lovely gardens, and visiting small but very interesting museums. A special part of Barbara's trip was being able to visit in the homes of friends who actually live in Paris, of course she got to enjoy quite a bit of that wonderful French food. Barbara also got to attend a concert of classical music at the famous Sainte Chapelle. The English translation of Sainte Chapelle is holy chapel, the beautiful stained glass windows there are said to be the most magnificent in the world. Barbara said being able to see Paris the way she was able to gave her a very different insight into the glamorous city. 6/9/09

Willies Ballou and his wife Cathye started volunteering over ten years ago to assist in the operations of the Key Care Mission, a Food & Clothing Bank that assists the needy people of Sherman and Grayson County. The headquarters are located in Sherman on East Houston Street next to the Key Memorial Methodist Church but volunteers are from several area churches and donations of clothing, food, and money come from all over Grayson County. Nearly all of the food given out is purchased through the North Texas Food Bank of Dallas which oversees strict guidelines and regulations to insure proper handling of the food, last month 3500 pounds of food were given out by the Key Care Mission. Due to the vast number of people requesting assistance and the limited amount of food and clothing available, needy recipients can only be served once every three months for a maximum of 18 times. Cathye was Director of the Key Care Mission for over four years. Unfortunately, the job of director has increased to the point that any lengthy absence causes other volunteers to increase their duties to keep things going. With Willies and Cathye being away from home so often, last month Cathye resigned as director but she and Willies will continue to volunteer whenever they are available. We congratulate Willies and Cathye for their involvement with this very worthwhile project. 6/8/09

The annual Spring Convoy of the Red River Valley Chapter of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association was especially meaningful this year as it was held on the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, a very important turning point in World History. Gary Park and several other MVPA chapter members traveled from Gary's shop in Sherman a total of 97 miles in five vintage WW2 jeeps, two vintage WW2 Dodge trucks, and one Viet Nam era Dodge truck first east to Bonham and then north into Oklahoma and west at Yuba, Oklahoma then back into Texas across the one lane and very rickety Carpenter's Bluff Bridge. They were able to go back through Denison just as the "Hometown Heroes" D-Day 65th Anniversary Tribute was wrapping up, Denison native and 1969 DHS graduate Captain Chesley B. (Sully) Sullenberger was the featured speaker and guest of honor at the special event. For more about Sully, read our "Roses & Thorns" website entry for 4/11/09. 6/7/09

Bennie (Bowen) Stoy and her husband Hubert recently took a very interesting eleven day trip which included stops in Illinois, Michigan, and Missouri. They visited Springfield, Illinois which is the state capital and also was Abraham Lincoln's home until he left to go to Washington to become our nation's 16th president. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum plus several other sites associated with Lincoln are there including his final resting place.  Also visited was the distinctive town of Holland Michigan which was founded by Dutch Americans, it is home to the annual Tulip Festival where visitors can see more than 5,000,000 tulips. Another interesting thing Bennie and Hubert did while there was a visit to a factory where wooden shoes are made. Mackinac Island, Michigan was another stop, this quaint Victorian Island is known as America's "All Natural Theme Park" because the traffic there is limited to pedestrians and people on bicycles or traveling by horse and buggy. They also saw Frankenmuth, "Michigan's Little Bavaria," which is home to the largest Christmas store in the United States "Bronner's CHRISTMAS WONDERLAND." Like many of us, Bronner's has been around since 1945. The Alpine design building is the size of 5 1/2 football fields and sits on 27 acres. Two days were then spent in Chicago which is one of America's most interesting cities, there never is a shortage of things to do in Chicago. Hubert said the view was spectacular from the observation deck atop the Sears Tower, at 1,450 feet and 110 stories tall it is America's tallest building. A great deal of activity in Chicago centers around Lake Michigan which is the only one of the five Great Lakes that is entirely within the United States. Bennie and Hubert's final overnight stop before they returned home to Sherman was made in Rolla, Missouri, a lot of very interesting things were done and seen on this memorable journey. Bennie is now in League City, Texas for a week or two visiting that first grandchild who was born in March to son Kent and his wife Cheryl Stoy. 6/5/09

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton has made a recent job change and is no longer in the long distance traveling part of the medical field, she is now working for a local home health agency as a RN Case Manager for the Denton, Frisco, and Gainesville areas. Stellagene said that not having all the hassles associated with going back and forth to the DFW Airport every week to catch a flight plus being able to spend more time with her family and being able to sleep in her own bed every night help assure her that she made the right decision. 6/4/09

All from the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald-Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, June 2,1949, Construction has begun on a $60,000 drive-in motion picture theater a quarter of a mile east of Sherman on Highway 82, according to an announcement by H. E. Hardgrave, manager of the Plaza, Ritz, and Texas Theaters in Sherman. Extra note-For those of you that might not know it, the neon sign which hung in front of our Texas Theater is permanently displayed in the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas. Another theater which was in Sherman when the Campus Drive In was being constructed was the State Theater on Travis Street, the Perrin Field Drive In Theater on Highway 75 came along a few years later. The Twin City Drive-In was also on Highway 75, just inside the Denison City Limits. Rickey Ritchie's parents managed the Twin City for many years, does anyone remember $.50 a carload night and those good hamburgers you could get at the snack bar? For some interesting trivia about drive in movies as well as walk in movie theaters, check out www.driveinmovie.comwww.driveintheater.com, and www.cinematreasures.org.

 
Fifty Years Ago, June 2, 1959, Kathy Smith, retiring president of the Future Homemakers of Sherman Junior High School, turned her gavel and other office duties over to Sissy Higginbotham, president-elect for 1959-60. Other officers are Bennie Bowen, Pat Onley, Karol Kolb, Rebecca Johnston, Donna Webb, Janaan Ivie, vice presidents; Linda Able, secretary; Ginger Smith, treasurer; Janice Spears, historian; Beverly Fant, parliamentarian; and Janet Wright, sergeant-at-arms.

 

Forty Years Ago June 2, 1959, Mrs. Vera Vaden is now serving as president of the Sherman Altrusa Club which was organized in 1942 with 15 members. Dr. Lois Norman served as the club's first president. Extra note - Mrs. Vaden was a lifelong Grayson County resident and was well known at Sherman High School where she served as Dean of Girls and a class counselor for 36 years before retiring in 1966, she passed away October 16, 1986. 6/2/09

Armstrong Elementary School, located in Sachse, Texas but part of the Garland ISD, was featured this morning on NBC's "Today Show." The school is very unusual in that it contains eight sets of twin girls, six sets of twin boys, and five sets of fraternal twins for a total of nineteen sets of twins which is a Garland school record. The most sets of twins at Armstrong Elementary are in Pre-K, the third grade, and the fourth grade with four sets each. Our SHS 1963 Class is very unusual in that through the years we have had ten sets of twins which could be a Sherman record, twin brothers Billy and Bobby Roach are our only classmate twins currently living in Grayson County. They are both retired and living in Denison and attend our reunions and mini-reunions whenever they can. For more about twins including something very unusual, go to the "Twin Talk" section of this website and read the part about Dianne (Keesee) Williams' husband John and his twin brother Bob. 6/2/09

James Cooper and Beverly (Raley) Fleming are one of the many couples pictured in the latest issue of "Texoma Living" magazine, they are pictured at the sixth annual Texoma Red Cross "Red Hot & Ready-Red Tie Affair" fund raiser dinner and auction which was held March 28, 2009 in the Sherman Municipal Building Ballroom. There are also two interesting stories that some of us might like to read in the magazine's latest issue, the first tells about some of the barbecue joints that are or used to be around this area including PO Sam's Barbecue which used to be in Colbert, Oklahoma. It would be nice if the people at the magazine would put together a similar story about some other places to eat that many of us remember such as A&M Steakhouse, B&B Cafeteria, The Chefette, Cosgrove's Barbecue, Gordon's Old Fashioned Freeze, Grayson Hotel, M&M Cafe, McCraw's Restaurant, Patio Drive-In, Salad Bowl, Sooner Truck Stop, Travis Lunch Room, Underwood's Barbecue, and The Village Inn. Back then, nearly all our drugstores also had soda fountains where you could get a pretty good lunch. Ember's Restaurant in Denison used to have some of the best hamburgers around, they also had very good shrimp and the thick "Texas Toast" like Gordon's used to have. Bill Russell, the Ember's owner, was nice enough to loan us one of their drive up menu boards complete with the speaker and a stand for display at our "Trip Down Memory Lane"  twenty five year reunion back in 1988. You can find some interesting things about drive in restaurants by clicking on www.jazzkeyboard.com/jill/drivein/index.html, some of the links you will find are no longer active but there are several on there which do work that will bring back a lot of memories. The other interesting article is about Woodlake, the many things to do there made it quite a popular recreation spot many years ago. The old interurban rail line which once carried passengers as far south as Waco had a stop at Woodlake. Woodlake is located north of Woodlawn Country Club and was most likely used by many of our parents. From some of the pictures taken at Woodlake, it seems to have looked similar to Burger's Lake which is a still operating old fashioned thirty acre park with a one acre spring fed lake for swimming in northwest Fort Worth. 5/30/09

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton's grandson, Dylan Jensen, was listed in today's Herald-Democrat as one of this year's Scholarship Winners at Tuesday night's Sherman High School Awards Ceremony. Dylan's scholarship is from the Carter and Daniels Law Firm, he will be able to use this when he travels to Daytona Beach, Florida to attend WyoTech. His award, selected by a vote of the teachers, was for being the outstanding student in his Senior English Class. Joahanna Bradfield, who is a Sherman High School Class of '81 graduate and is also Stellagene's daughter, is Dylan's mom and she and Stellagene are both very pleased with the honor Dylan received. 5/28/09

Barbara (Fuller) Hope's mother-in-law, Roberta Halliburton Hope of Bonham, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 in the chapel at Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home in Bonham, Texas.  Roberta, a former owner of Bonham Concrete, was a Camp Fire Leader for 11 years and an active member of Calvary Baptist Church as well as a very good cook and an accomplished grower of roses. Another great passion of hers was researching family history, she had completed the book "The Hope Family and It's Allied Families" and was working on "The Fergusons and Their Allied Families" at the time of her death. Roberta's survivors are: her three daughters, Barbara Lathum of Sherman and Debbie Morris and Vickie Spencer, both of Bonham, Texas; her two sons, Gerald Hope and his wife Linda of Sherman and Tommy Hope and his wife Barbara of Bonham; twelve grandchildren; twenty four great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. 5/26/09

Gary Park was very busy this past weekend with Memorial Day related activities. On Friday, May 22nd, Gary and members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 973 placed United State Flags on the World War II Veteran Markers which are located at Ely Park on South Rusk Street in Sherman. The markers at that park represent local veterans that were killed in World War II, a few of those killed are related to some of our classmates. Gary and members of the Red River Valley MVPA participated in Monday's Memorial Day Parade which was held in downtown Denison, twelve military vehicles carried some Purple Heart Recipients and some Vietnam Veterans. The Purple Heart was established February 2, 1932 as a revival of the Badge of Military Merit which was originally created by General George Washington in 1782. Gary had the pleasure of having Purple Heart Recipients U.S. Army Sgt. J.W. Hooper who was a POW in S.E. Asia and Sgt. Leonard Riley with the 82nd Airborne Division riding in his restored WC58 Dodge Command Reconnaissance Truck. One of the ways you can learn more about the Purple Heart is by going to www.thepurpleheart.com, more can be found out about the two military organizations that Gary belongs to by clicking on links located in the listing of sections on the homepage of this website. 5/26/09

Willie "Bill" Edward Sheren passed away at his home in Sherman, Texas on Friday, May 22, 2009. A memorial service, handled by Dannel Funeral Home, will be held at a later date. Bill's survivors are: his wife, June; his two daughters, Allison Renae Sheren and Amy Sue Bailey; his three sons, Dwayne E. Sheren, Steve D. Sheren, and Willie D. Sheren; his brother, Robert Sheren; his two sisters, Juanita Coleman and May Davis; and seventeen grandchildren. 5/24/09

Sylvia (Taylor) Finch and her husband Bill who live in Phoenix, Arizona enjoyed a three week visit recently from their daughter Shannon and her family who live in the Netherlands. A trip back home is something that now takes quite a bit of planning; it is a round trip of approximately 10,000 miles. Shannon has made eight return visits to the U.S. since moving to the Netherlands in 1995. This time the group spent three days visiting in Las Vegas and grandson Aaron who is 10 and granddaughter Sierra who is 6 really enjoyed seeing the circus acts and playing some of the games on the Midway, they also enjoyed taking in the Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The Shark Reef is North America's only predator based aquarium where more than 2,000 sea creatures reside in 1.6 million gallons of seawater. The group also made the trip to Old Tucson which is an area of Tucson, Arizona where many commercials, magazine advertisements, movies, and music videos have been produced. Some of the movies that were filmed in their entirety there or at least partially filmed there are "El Dorado," "McLintock," "The Outlaw Josie Wales," "Rio Bravo," and "Rio Lobo." It's easy to understand why Old Tucson is often referred to as the "Hollywood of the Desert," movies have been made there since 1939 so this is Old Tucson's 70th Anniversary Year. Back in Phoenix, the group went to a couple of Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games as well as a couple of Arizona State University baseball and softball games. ASU is Shannon's alma mater so she also got to visit with some old friends while back home. Some trips to nearby Bartlett Lake were also enjoyed by the family, the three weeks seemed to end all too quickly as Shannon and her family had to return home. 5/20/09

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton was one of 22,00 people from the medical field who attended the 2009 Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Convention held last month in Chicago, Illinois' massive and very impressive McCormick Place Convention Center. This is the major convention for hospital representatives, medical consultants, physicians, and software vendors to obtain information on the latest news in education and technology related to the optimal use of healthcare information and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Two of the keynote speakers were our nation's former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and actor Dennis Quaid. Alan Greenspan spoke on reducing healthcare costs, a subject in which everyone has an interest. Dennis Quaid spoke on how improvements in automation need to be made to help reduce errors in the dispensing of medicine, each year in the United States there are one and a half million errors made this way largely because of mistakes in labeling and packaging. In November of 2007 Dennis' newborn twins were given near fatal doses of the anti-coagulant drug Heparin. A nurse gave the twins 10,000 units each of the drug when they should have received 10 units. Miraculously the twins have made a full recovery and no after effects of the medical error are anticipated. Stellagene also got to make connections with a friend she knew in Chicago when she used to work there, all in all Stellagene says it was a fun and very informative five days. 5/12/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" in today's Herald-Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, May 12, 1949, Most frequent remark in Sherman last week: The roses are prettier this year than they have ever been. A new beauty spot: The entrance way to the new home of Mr. and Mrs. Levis Hall, Jr. on Leslie. Extra note-David Hall still remembers the beauty and the pleasant fragrance of his parent's rose garden. The words of the Mac Davis hit song "Stop and Smell the Roses" reminds everyone to remember to look at the bright side of things. "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," a hit for Bing Crosby in 1945, was another popular song with essentially the same message. David, his sister Sharon (SHS '56,) and his brother Stephen (SHS '75) all have very fond memories of growing up in that home on Leslie. 5/12/09

Patricia (Pate) Bruce's mother, Fannie Naomi Pate, passed away Friday, May 8, 2009 at Texoma Healthcare in Sherman, Texas. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman with burial to follow at Friendship Cemetery. Naomi worked at Texas Instruments for many years. Her survivors are: three daughters, Brenda Watkins of Sherman, Texas, Patricia Bruce of Denison, Texas, and Suzanne Raines of Kingwood, Texas; two sons, John David Pate of McKinney, Texas and Morris John Pate, Jr. of Sherman, Texas; one sister, Alice Talley of Alamogordo, New Mexico; ten grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.  5/11/09

We like to use the "Roses" section of this website for good news about our classmates and/or their families whenever we find out about it, sometimes we are unable to obtain additional information so we just have to go with what we have. Some of our classmates have taken very nice trips, you can contact them for the details. The ones we have heard about are Mike Boyd's trip to France a few years back, Butch Ewing's more recent trip to Europe, Johnny Griffin's trip to Europe, and Mike Nurre's trip to Peru. On one of Willies Ballou's many cruises he and Cathye were surprised to see Stanley Blythe and his wife Diane who happened to be on that same ship. Probably several of our other classmates have also taken some special trips, we just don't know about them. Please send us any good news you may have that we don't know about. These items can be news about yourself or a family member such as a recent retirement, special honors, special wedding anniversaries (those ending in a 5 or a 0 such as 25th, 30th, and so on,) vacations (all types, whether a short trip or one of those once in a lifetime ones,) or any other news you might like to share. Please limit news to yourself, spouses, children, parents, and siblings. Don't forget to also let us know about anything for the "Thorns" section of our website, we just always hope to have a lot more roses than thorns. 5/11/09

Larry Watwood's mother, Katherine J. Watwood, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2009 in Garland, Texas. Graveside services were held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Texas. Katherine's survivors are: one daughter, Barbara Simmons; two sons, Don Watwood and his wife Margaret and Larry Gene Watwood and his wife Gayla; and three grandchildren, Donna Ecker and her husband Danny, Kim Watwood, and Larry Don Watwood and his wife Teresa. 5/11/09

Glenn Hailey and his wife Marie enjoy being able to leave their home in Memphis from time to time to "get away from it all" at their weekend cabin in Heber Springs, Arkansas. They were there recently for the area's annual Spring Fest, a good old fashioned family type event complete with arts and crafts, good entertainment, and lots of good food. In July Heber Springs will host the Cardboard Boat Races, this very unusual activity will even be featured on ESPN. Locals claim this to one of the big events of the year for the area. That makes sense, you can't find a good cardboard boat race just anywhere. 5/10/09

Joquetta (Downey) McLaney's father, Joe Urf Downey, passed away Thursday, May 7, 2009 at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2009 at the Van Alstyne Cemetery under the direction of Flesher Funeral Home with Gary Gibbs officiating. Joe is survived by: his wife, Martha Sue Downey of Westminster, Texas; his daughter, Joquetta Downey McLaney and her husband Ronald of Pottsboro, Texas; two grandchildren, Joe McCurdy of Pottsboro, Texas and Marquetta Masson and her husband Stan also of Pottsboro; two great-grandchildren. James Masson and Brittany of Sherman and Stephen Spisak of Farmersville, Texas; and one great-great-grandchild, Bailey Masson of Sherman, Texas. 5/9/09

Texas Woman's University Professor Dr. Lynda Uphouse is one of the AC alumni featured in the most recent issue of the Austin College magazine, the story complete with her picture tells of Lynda's honor of being named a 2008 Piper Professor. We have more regarding this on our entry of May 13, 2008 in this section of our website. Lynda developed the Multi-Ethnic Biomedical Research Program (MBRS) at TWU in 1989 which supports up to twenty research students and twenty freshman/sophomore students in an introduction to scientific research. Lynda is very dedicated to her job and her students, she said that she receives a great deal of joy from knowing that she may have been a positive influence on a student's life. Back in school many of us really didn't think that much about it, however as we all get older we learn to appreciate those educators who may have also made a difference in our lives. TWU is very fortunate to have as conscientious and dedicated an employee as Lynda. 4/28/09

Donna (Cook) Hannah says that she has been blessed at different times, through her church, to go on mission trips to Germany, Guyana, Romania, and Russia. Since his retirement, her husband Jim has been able to go with Donna on the last two. Their most recent trip was last year when they visited St. Petersburg, Russia for three weeks, Donna and Jim stayed in the apartment of a non-Christian couple named Larissa and Sergei who spoke very little English. Although Donna and Jim knew only a few Russian phrases, the two couples managed to communicate very well and became special friends. Larissa and Sergei have very little as far as material things but they were very giving and were eager to share anything they had with their new American friends. Donna and Jim helped anyone hoping to learn some conversational English as they read together and discussed a simplified version of the book of Luke. Included in the people wanting to learn were lawyers, professors, students, a construction worker, and a librarian. There were on the average around twenty people that came several times a week to read and visit. Donna and Jim experienced life in Russia while their new friends were told about life in America, it was a wonderful experience for everyone involved. Donna and Jim continue to correspond with some of the people they met and are hoping to someday return to the city of St. Petersburg and read with people there again. 4/28/09

Joanne (Cole) Slaven's mother, Nola Margaret Daugherty Cole, celebrated her ninety first birthday on Sunday, April 19, 2009. Nola was born in Sherman and has lived in Sherman all her life, she now resides at Texoma Health Care. Joanne lives in Prosper, Texas and returns to Sherman to visit her mother as often as she can. We congratulate Nola on this important milestone. 4/27/09

Mike Connolly's father, Frederick J. Connolly, passed away at his home in Bridgeport, West Virginia on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. Graveside services, with Military Funeral Honors, will be held at West Virginia Military Cemetery in Pruntytown, West Virginia, at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 under the direction of Burnside Funeral Home. Fred was lovingly known by some of his family and friends as "The Ole Lion." He entered the United States Navy on November 5, 1940 and was discharged as a Chief Petty Officer in December of 1946. He then enlisted in the United States Army Air Force on July 1, 1947 and transferred to the United States Air Force in November of 1949. He retired with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant and as NCOIC of the 509th Bomber Wing with 25 years of service and then served in Inactive Reserve until 1972. Fred's survivors are: his son, Alan Michael Connolly of Bridgeport, West Virginia; his daughter, Marsha Ann Blanchard and her husband Vincent of Abingdon, Maryland; three grandchildren, Aaron F. Clermont and his wife Sarah of Hartsdale, New York, Jason J. Clermont of Revere, Massachusetts, and Michael Sean Connolly of Concord, New Hampshire; and a cousin, Abby Werther of Long Island, New York. 4/27/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past in today's Herald-Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, April 26, 1959, Sharon Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Levis Hall, Jr., represented Sherman at the coronation of the queen of fiesta at the Fiesta de San Jacinto at San Antonio. Extra note-David Hall's sister, Sharon Hall-a 1956 SHS graduate, has lived in San Angelo, Texas since her marriage to Phillip Templeton on December 2nd, 1960. The beautiful gown Sharon wore in that 1959 Fiesta was donated to the Witte Museum in San Antonio, they display some of the gowns from previous Fiestas on a rotating basis. 1959 was also the first year for the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, a non-profit self-supporting volunteer commission that now oversees all aspects of the Fiesta. Fiesta began in 1891 as a way to honor the heroes from the battles at the Alamo and at San Jacinto, today it is also a way to celebrate San Antonio's rich and diverse cultures. Fiesta has grown into a very spectacular celebration, this year the 3,500,000 people in attendance for the eleven days and 107 different Fiesta events will bring $284 million dollars into the San Antonio economy. Two of the most spectacular of the Fiesta events are the Battle of Flowers Parade and the Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo. The Miss San Antonio Scholarship Pageant which begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight is the closing event for this year's 2009 Fiesta. You can learn more about Fiesta and San Antonio by visiting www.fiesta-sa.orgwww.visitsanantonio.com, or www.sanantonio.gov. Tourists travel to San Antonio for a variety of reasons but all those many people coming from across our nation and even overseas for Fiesta sure help in earning San Antonio it's title of the "Most Visited City" in Texas. 4/26/09

David McCrary's mother, Syble Watwood McCrary, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2009 at Saint Agnus Hospital in Fresno, California. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2009 in the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel in Sherman, Texas. Pastor F. M. Small of Weatherford, Texas, Syble's brother-in-law, will officiate with the burial to follow at West Hill Cemetery. A long time resident of Sherman before becoming ill and moving to California several years ago, Syble was employed at Whopper Stopper Company and then Burlington Cotton Mill before retiring. She is survived by: four sons, David McCrary and Gary McCrary, both of Clovis, California, Jerry McCrary and wife Linda Sloan McCrary of Georgetown, Texas, Randy McCrary and wife Julie Jobes McCrary of Bonham, Texas; two sisters, Ellen Watwood Copley of Sherman, Texas and Thelma Garner of Dallas, Texas; eight grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. 4/19/09

Gary Park, our military aficionado, recently attended the Medal of Honor activities in Gainesville, Texas. This very special event honored some of our nation's true heroes and allowed area residents the opportunity to meet, shake hands with, and hear stories from these definitely deserving award winners. Twelve of our nation's brave and most respected MOH recipients were in attendance and honored at the Friday night banquet. The Saturday morning parade containing Veterans groups, Color Guards, floats, marching bands and more was a fitting tribute to these brave soldiers. Local dignitaries, firefighters, police officers, and all the MOH recipients were also included in the parade. Gary was honored to have MOH Recipient Herschel "Woody" Williams ride in his restored WC58 Dodge Command Car. Marine Sgt. Williams received his Medal of Honor in World War II while serving in the Pacific Theater in Guam and Iwo Jima. After the parade, everyone enjoyed seeing the many restored military vehicles on display. As of right now, Gainesville in the only city in our nation with a Medal of Honor Host City Program. 4/17/09

Alton Bowman won a $1,200 prize in the "Art Furniture" category at the Texas State Furniture Show, the annual event showcases works by some of our state's best furniture craftsmen. The show is held in the small town of Kerrville which is in the heart of the picturesque Texas Hill Country. In the year 2000 several Kerrville artists and patrons purchased the 16,000 square foot Art Deco building that once housed the town's post office. After six years of work and much renovation, it is now a very nice art gallery complete with fantastic lighting and great display areas. The completely remodeled building even has classrooms and studios in the basement. Alton's daughter Ariel is another artistic Bowman, she is a student at Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. Ariel recently completed a large 600 pound glazed ceramic sculpture she named "Mother Earth," the sculpture was purchased and donated to the Kansas City Public Library where it will be displayed in the children's section. Congratulations to Alton and Ariel for their recent artistic accomplishments. 4/16/09

An annual Grayson County tradition that goes back more than half a century ended earlier this month with the 53rd year of the Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show at Loy Lake Park, the always popular event centers around the county's 4-H and Future Farmers of America Members who are part of the backbone of our nation's future in agriculture. Leroy Griswold was honored at this year's exposition for his fifty years of service to the association. He was still a student when he first showed cattle at the show, he did that through high school and then went on to serve in many other capacities throughout his years with the association. Leroy has been general grounds superintendent for the last seven years and for several years now has been on the Lifetime Board of Directors. Judy Brown's father, David Brown, and Stellagene Teague's father, Gene Teague, served on that first Board of Directors. Herman Stoner was the Ag teacher when we were in high school, he is also on the Lifetime Board of Directors and last year was honored for his fifty years of service to the association. 4/14/09

Carolyn (Clark) Seeber's mother, Frances E. "Betty" Clark, passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2009 in Brenham, Texas. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 13, 2009 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman. Rev. Danny Wood of West Sherman Baptist Church will officiate, arrangements are provided by Dannel Funeral Home. Betty was retired form Bank One in Sherman. Her survivors are: her daughter, Carolyn Clark Seeber of Brenham, Texas; her son, Mark Clark of Richardson, Texas; seven grandchildren, Ashley Patterson, Chris Clark, Cynthia Kubeczka, Jeff Clark, Melissa McCarty, Paige Whitton, and Troy Clark; numerous great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild. 4/12/09

Since his daughter wasn't able to be home in Memphis this past Christmas, Glenn Hailey and his wife Marie recently returned from a visit to Massachusetts where they visited Lisa and her family. First they made a stop in Smithville, Tennessee where they enjoyed visiting with some of Marie's family including two new nieces. Country singer John Anderson is a resident of Smithville, Alan Jackson used to live there, and Aaron Tippin lives in nearby Dowellville. Glenn and Marie then flew from Nashville into Rhode Island (because of a sizeable dollar saving) rather than Boston where they then spent some time visiting Lisa and her family in both Norfolk, Massachusetts and Foxborough, Massachusetts. Gillette Stadium which is the home of the "New England Patriots" is in Foxborough as is a very unique fish and chips restaurant named "The British Beer Company." Glenn says that the British Beer Company is so authentic you would think you were "across the pond." Before returning home to Memphis, Glenn and Marie also toured Boston which is referred to by many New Englanders as "Beantown." Two highlights while in "Beantown" were visits to the JFK Presidential Library and as the "Bostonians" say getting to eat some chowdah and lobstah. 4/12/09

Stewart Crane said when he found out about heroic pilot Chesley B. (Sully) Sullenberger III being from Grayson County it brought back thoughts of L. T. Cook's Flying Service in Sherman, oddly enough this is the same business where Sully first took flying lessons. Stewart's dad, Pappy Crane, kept his antique Staggerwing Beech biplane at the Sherman Municipal Airport which was owned by L. T. Cook at the time. Stewart said that some of his fondest memories in life are of his time in Sherman and Grayson County duck hunting, fishing, and especially flying all over the countryside with his dad in that bright red Staggerwing. Stewart is a retired Army Colonel and now lives in Reno, Nevada in the shadows of Lake Tahoe. Anyone should recognize the name of Sully Sullenberger, he is the US Airways Flight 1549 pilot who avoided a true catastrophe that cold day this past January by crash landing in New York's Hudson River with 155 people on board and without any fatalities. Sully was the one in control but everyone involved should be considered a hero because they all performed just as they were asked to and without panic. This is true for the other crew members, passengers, and rescuers alike. Sully is a 1969 graduate of Denison High School, his admirers will be many when he is the featured speaker at the soon to be Denison High School Class of 2009 Graduation Ceremonies. Sully has now become one of the most sought after speakers in the country, none of us knew this Denison graduate before but we sure know of him now and we're proud to say he is a Grayson County Native. In spite of all his accomplishments, one of his best qualities may be that he remains a down to earth very humble human being. Like the Sherman Ex-Students Association, the DHS Alumni Association also honors "Distinguished Alumni" so it should be a pretty safe bet that it won't be too long until Chesley B. (Sully) Sullenberger III is so honored. We may not can claim Sully as a Sherman graduate, at least he first learned to fly here. 4/11/09

Terry Green gave his grandson a most unusual high school graduation gift and one which Taylor will remember forever. Thursday, April 2nd, Terry and grandson Taylor Hardin flew to Las Vegas spending one night at the Hooter's Hotel/Casino before getting up the next morning and driving to Hoover Dam where they spent two days and nights kayaking in and camping alongside the Colorado River near the base of the dam. Saturday night they returned to Las Vegas and saw more of the sights of one of our countries most popular vacation destinations. Terry and Taylor got up on Sunday morning and drove approximately 120 miles to tour "The Skywalk" which is the Grand Canyon's newest attraction. It is a big glass horseshoe shaped observation center that extends out over a western edge of the Grand Canyon where the view straight down is 4,000 feet. The walls and floor of "The Skywalk" are made of 4" thick glass, it gives those people brave enough to venture out on the observation deck a tremendous view of the canyon floor below. Completed just two years ago, this spectacular achievement was built by the Hualapai Indian Tribe at a cost of $31,000,000. There are further plans to develop "Grand Canyon West" which when completed hopefully will include a gift shop, a movie theater, a museum, several restaurants and possibly a hotel. Terry said he felt like a kid again and loved his adventure but when he told Pam about it, he did not think she shared his enthusiasm. Terry and Pam have three granddaughters and he is planning to give them graduation trips as well when that time comes, will Terry be as adventuresome with girls as with boys? Also, what will Pam think when Terry does come up with that next big graduation trip idea? 4/10/09

Milton McAllister and his black and white 1956 Chevrolet Bel-Air convertible were featured in a recent issue of "Texoma Living" magazine, the story told of and pictured four area car lovers and their vintage automobiles. Milton's car is not souped up as many mid 50's Chevys are but is very clean and all original called by many a "daily driver," Milton purchased the car several years ago in Fort Worth. While he has never put it in a car show, he has driven it in several Sherman High School homecoming parades and is constantly answering questions from people who remember those days we call the "good old days." 4/10/09

Also from "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald-Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, April 9, 1959, The Sherman School Board authorized the construction of a $700,000 junior high school on Loy Lake Road in Sherman. Extra note-This is significant to us because our graduating Class of 1963 was the last class to attend all three years at the old junior high on King Street, when the Class of 1964 became ninth graders they attended the then new Dillingham Junior High School. Whether it's good or bad, the old junior high-senior high system has not been used in Sherman now for many years. The original Dillingham on Loy Lake Road is mostly gone now, today's Dillingham Middle School is now on Gallagher Drive just west of Texoma Parkway (our old Hwy. 75) near where the old Sher-Den Twin Drive-In once stood. There is talk of the offices of the Sherman ISD maybe being moved to the old Dillingham site along with maybe the Ex-Student's Museum and possibly the school buses. At the same time, the Dillingham plans were announced back in 1959, the news was made of a renovation of our then junior high school along with a new wing being built to the building that would soon be our Sherman High School plus improvements to some other Sherman schools. Nancy Bell's mother, also named Nancy Bell, had just been reelected to a second two year term on this school board when all these changes and improvements were announced. 4/9/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald-Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, April 9,1949, Odell Webb of Sherman, many times a winner in bulldogging and bareback bronc riding contests in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, will appear in the rodeo to be held in conjunction with the Red River Valley Livestock Exposition that opens at Old Settlers Park. Extra note-Odell Webb, Donna Webb's father is, as far as we know, our only classmate that we know of whose dad was a professional cowboy. In the book "Grayson County, Where The West Began" written by longtime local attorney and area historian Neilson Rogers, he tells of Odell Webb being a nice guy that left longtime Sherman cattleman Pete Hudgins to become a professional cowboy. For a long time, Pete conducted many of his cattle and ranching dealings from the front porch of the old Grayson Hotel. A picture from Neilson Roger's book shows Pete and U. S. House of Representatives Speaker Sam (Mr. Sam) Rayburn on horseback riding north on Crockett Street right beside the building that used to be Hall Furniture Company. Many long time Sherman citizens remember the old Grayson Hotel for their good food, especially at lunch on Sundays in the "King Cotton Room" where Mrs. Lessie Tinsley played the piano. One of our graduation activities was held at the old Grayson Hotel, it was torn down too soon as people today would most likely still be enjoying that landmark building if it was still around. 4/9/09

Willies Ballou and his wife Cathye are right now somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean on another cruise, why does that not surprise anyone? From DFW Airport they flew into Sao Paolo, Brazil spending a couple of days where on March 30th they boarded Royal Caribbean's "Splendour of the Seas" cruise ship for a two week Atlantic Crossing. The ports they are visiting are: Salvador De Bahia, Brazil; Recife, Brazil; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Agadir, Morocco; Casablanca, Morocco; Seville, Spain; and Lisbon, Portugal. In Lisbon, they will board a return flight planning to be back home late on Monday, April 13th. If we are correct, this is Willies' and Cathye's 52nd cruise. When they took that first "Senior Trip" cruise back in 1988 as part of our 25 year reunion activities, they should've been warned that cruising could be habit forming. It wouldn't surprise any of us that when space travel becomes available to the general population that Willies and Cathye might be among the first to sign up. When the Ballou's arrive home from this latest trip, they both promise to stay in town long enough so they can join us at "Loose Wheels, Texas" for our Spring Saturday Get-Together on April 25th. Willies and Cathye are already signed up to be our "Cruise Specialists" when our rescheduled "Senior Trip-Part Two" sets sail on January 31, 2010. 4/7/09

Dickie Nelson's mother, Fern Nelson Swank of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2009. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home with interment to follow at a later date. Fern was a long time member of North Park Baptist Church and for twenty eight years served Wilson N. Jones Hospital faithfully as a switchboard operator. Fern's survivors are: her brother, Ernie Faulk of Olympia, Washington; three sons, Keith Ellis Nelson and wife Anna of Sherman, Richard Edward "Dickie" Nelson and wife Charlene of Mansfield, Texas, and Stanley Howard Nelson and wife Mary of Sherman; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 4/6/09

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald-Democrat: Fifty Years ago, April 2, 1959, This Week at the Huddle-Pool sharks for the week were Bill Christian, Eddie Claunch, Billy Bob Mize, and Mike Wible. Favorite song was "I Told You Baby" by Jimmy Reed. Most graceful dancers were Toni Hardy and Steve Riley. Extra note-Bob Christian's brother Bill now lives in New Braunfels, Texas, Donna Claunch's brother Eddie now lives in Boulder, Colorado, Tony Hardy Seaver who is now David Seaver's sister-in-law lives in Sadler, Texas, and Pat Riley's brother Steve now lives in Richardson, Texas. It's a shame that nothing like "The Huddle" exists here for kids today, some classmates will barely remember it as it was closed somewhere during our high school years or shortly after. "The Huddle" was on Lincoln Street which was the west side of our high school and it was near another old landmark most of us vividly remember and that one was the Sherman Municipal Pool. The Sherman Youth Center was supposed to be bigger and better but it never quite caught on like that old "Huddle" which had Mr. and Mrs. Klein as managers. 4/2/09

Gail (Hipple) Bates was one of five honorees just inducted into the Howard County Women's Hall of Fame in her home area of West Friendship, Maryland, this is a very prestigious honor which Gail truly deserves. The award is for service to the county and its residents in the fields of education and public service, Gail's name will be added to the names already on the Women's Hall of Fame plaque which hangs in the county office building. Gail said she learned the important lesson of public service from great role models, her parents. She added that serving others is something she just loves to do but it was very much an honor to be recognized for it. Gail is a graduate of the Howard County Leadership Class of 1990 and since 2002 has been a very active member of the Maryland House of Delegates. Just one of the many ways in which she has served her community was by helping develop and securing volunteers for the "Christmas in April" program which helps disabled, elderly, or low-income residents make much needed improvements to their homes. Gail has also had leadership roles in several Howard County organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, the Farm Bureau, the Red Cross, the Tourism Council, and the Christian Jail Ministry. She and her husband David have lived in Howard County for over thirty years. She is a certified public accountant, former teacher, and top aide to former county executive Charles Ecker. We congratulate Gail on this most deserving award. 3/25/09

Bennie (Bowen) Stoy and her husband Hubert are now visiting at their son's home near the Texas Gulf Coast this week, the arrival of their first grandchild is most likely the reason for this trip. Hannah Corrine Stoy was born on March 18, 2009, at birth she weighed 7 lbs. and 7 oz. and was 19 inches in length. The proud parents are Kent and Cheryl Stoy of League City, Texas, Kent is a police officer and Cheryl is a contract employee for NASA. Hannah's other grandparents are Ken Carter of Allen, Texas and Mary Carter of Plano, Texas. Bennie and Hubert will probably be making the trip from Sherman to Kent and Cheryl's a little more often now. 3/24/09

Pam (Wajdowicz) Votaw's son, Richard Lee Votaw of Sherman, and Tresca Lean Jackson of Denison were married on Monday, March 2, 2009 at Victory Life Church in Sherman, Texas. Officiating was Jeff Davis, church pastor. Tresca is the daughter of Melva Hobbs of Sherman. The newlywed couple will make their home in Sherman. 3/11/09

Barbara (Scholl) Stevens recently took a very special trip to Israel, Jordan, and Kuwait, accompanying her was longtime friend Carolyn Breeding Reed. Barbara lives in Dallas and Carolyn lives in Tampa but they were able to meet at JFK Airport in New York City before heading off on this adventure. They toured Amman, Jordan which is a huge city that mixes modern living with the ancient culture and they also visited the ancient city of Petra, they stayed there at the Movenpick Hotel. While in Petra, Barbara and Carolyn were able to get in some hiking as well as lots of sightseeing. Both also enjoyed seeing Wadi Rum which is a valley in Southwest Jordan where the epic motion picture "Lawrence of Arabia" was filmed. While there, they saw a 900 year old olive tree that amazingly still produces olives. A couple other of very special highlights were seeing the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized and seeing the Mount where Moses saw the Promised Land. Barbara says floating in the Dead Sea was quite an experience, her son Alan lives in Kuwait and she and Carolyn were also able to visit him there. Barbara is already thinking about a return visit, she is planning on taking a side trip to Dubai then. Alan goes there often and describes Dubai as like Las Vegas on steroids. To further illustrate what Alan means, the world's tallest building which is still under construction is the Burj Dubai. With a height of 2,682 feet, it is over 1,200 feet taller than the Empire State Building. Many of the areas Barbara and Carolyn visited seem to have found the right combination of blending in the modern improvements with the ancient cultures.  After returning to the states, Barbara visited in Houston and is now on a mini-vacation at her beach home in Destin, Florida. 3/9/09

From today's "A Look Through Our Area's Past" in today's Herald-Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, March 5, 1959, Three girls in the Sherman Junior High physical education department were winners for their grades in the posture contest. The winners were Joyce Campbell, Vicki Wilson, and Patsy Landmon. 3/5/09

Alton Bowman had an interesting vacation last year which combined parts of Canada and Alaska, his wife Sweety is
a potter was attending a seminar in Vancouver, British Columbia so he joined her there and then they took an inland passage cruise on to several ports in Alaska. Before leaving Vancouver, they were able to visit a very interesting museum of anthropology which contained several Indian artifacts and totems. In Alaska they wear able to go by helicopter to Mendenhall Glacier where they took a ride on a dog sled, take some canoe trips to other glaciers,
and they even took plane trips to some fjords. Their daughter Ariel is also a potter and is a sophomore at Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Missouri. Ariel and Sweety will be making a trip to Budapest, Hungary this Summer to study in a ceramic factory for four weeks. Alton and Sweety are another of our couples who celebrated a very special event last year, their 25th wedding anniversary was July 22, 2008. 3/5/09

From today's "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in the Herald-Democrat: Twenty Years Ago, March 2, 1989, Sherman Deputy Mayor Joel Apel, who served two years as president of the American Association of Retired Persons, was named Citizen of the Year by that organization. Extra note-Jim Apel's father had a very distinguished thirty year career in the United States Air Force, Joel was a veteran of three different wars and closed out his military career at Perrin Air Force Base where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Being genuinely interested in helping others, he and his wife Marceil chose to remain in Sherman where they both served our community in many ways before Joel passed away in 1998. Marceil passed away eighteen months later in Sweetwater, Texas where Jim and his wife Lynda now make their home. 3/2/09

The Golden Agers of North Park Baptist Church in Sherman met on February 25, 2009 to elect new officers for the year. Dickie Nelson's father, Leonard Nelson, is the new treasurer for the organization. Mike McDonald and his wife Dee were given special recognition, the monthly meeting just happened to fall on the same day as their 20th wedding anniversary. They were married in Lufkin, Texas on February 25, 1989 and have been living in Sherman for about four years now, Mike is retired from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. 2/27/09

Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America local chapter 973 have been busy lately attending several local gun shows in our area, Chapter Vice President Gary Park and other members have attended shows in Bonham, Dallas, and Greenville. Shows were also held in Fort Worth, Terrell, and in Durant, Oklahoma. A special highlight of the upcoming Memorial Day show to be held in Sherman on May 25th will be a drawing for an M1 Carbine Rifle which is being donated by a club member, other prizes will also be awarded. Local chapter 973 helps their community in many ways. They have helped furnish school supplies to students who are unable to buy their own, provided a college scholarship to a local student, and they also help veterans who may have emotional and physical needs. The Vietnam Veterans of America was established in 1979 and currently has over 600 chapters nationwide, their motto is "Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another." More information on this very worthwhile organization can be found on their website www.VVA.org. 2/27/09

Frank Melton Greer, Sally Jo (Greer) Cavanaugh's brother, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2009 at his home in Gordonville, Texas. No services are planned at this time. Frank is survived by his wife, Mary Greer of Gordonville; brothers, David Elliott, Dee Elliott, Joe Elliott, John Elliott, and Larry Elliott; sisters, Christie Benedict, Connie Hancock, Francis Patterson, and Sally Cavanaugh; children, Frank Christopher Greer, Frank Melton Greer, Jr., Jody Carver, Laura Mickler, Liz Johnson, and Susan Greer; seventeen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Sally will be remembered by some of you as one of our early classmates, she attended Jefferson Elementary School. 2/26/09

Ron Haker has had some very interesting trips lately, he can even go more places now that he and his wife Jan are both retired. For most all of 2007 up until the end of January 2008 Ron lived in England where he had a job assignment with Bell Helicopter, a company he was with for 38 years before retiring in March of 2008. Jan was there with him for part of his time in England, they were able to enjoy a lot of the scenery and sights of England and Scotland while there. He and Jan now go on mission trips as representatives of their church back home in Arlington, Texas, they help people learn the English language by reading and discussing selected books from the Bible. It's very rewarding work as they are able to help spread God's Word while at the same time seeing some of the World's different cultures and regions. Ron and Jan traveled to Qingdau, China for the month of April, 2008 and they went to Dakar, Senegal (West Africa) for six weeks beginning in September. Most likely, it won't be long before they will be off on another interesting and rewarding journey. 2/24/09

Glenn Hailey let us know that he and his family had another special family get together over the Christmas holidays except for the fact that his daughter and her family had to remain home in New England. His grandson Glenn became his first grandkid teenager when he turned 13 on November 6th, granddaughter Hailey was not left far behind as she turned 13 just this past week on Valentine's Day. We wrote about Hailey's cheerleading activities for this website section on March 3, 2007, she is still at it and just keeps improving. Glenn started a nice tradition a couple of Christmas' ago for his five grandchildren after a couple of them discovered a five gallon glass jar partially filled with loose change just inside his bedroom closet, he told them the money was for them if they could guess how much was in the jar. When the original guessing and counting was completed, Glenn thought of a new way to keep the grandkids intrigued about the money jar for years to come. Now each Christmas the kids recount all Glenn's loose change from his money jar and he writes each of them a check for one fifth of the jar's contents at the time. Good family traditions like that are memories that kids will appreciate and look back on fondly for the rest of their lives. 2/24/09

Janet (Wright) Brown's mother, Laura Fay Wright, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2009, at Hilltop Haven Christian Care Center in Gunter, Texas. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 22, 2009, at Waldo Funeral Chapel in Sherman. Allen Luker, chaplain for the Hilltop Haven Christian Care Center, will officiate with burial to follow at Friendship Cemetery. Laura attended Southmayd schools and lived in Sherman most of her life. She worked with her husband in their moving and storage business for many years, she also had a strong passion for painting and was a local artist and a member of the Sherman Arts League. At one time she owned and managed "Laurie's Lively Lights" which was a lamp and picture framing business. August 1, 2007 was Laura and O.K.'s 70th wedding anniversary, J.P. passed away on September 11, 2007. Laura's survivors are: two daughters, Becci Wright Mead and her husband Rick of Rogue River, Oregon and Janet Wright Brown and her husband John of Reno, Nevada; one son, Mark Wright and his wife Beverly of Tom Bean, Texas; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. 2/20/09

Gail (Hipple) Bates and her husband David celebrated their fortieth wedding anniversary on August 2, 2008. Gail is a longtime and very active member of the Maryland State Legislature and last year attended conferences of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Chicago, Hot Springs, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. Away from work, she is almost equally as involved in many civic activities in her home area of West Friendship, Maryland. David and Gail's only grandchild, Jonathon Gibson Bates, turns two years old today. Jonathon is the son of Gail and David's son Dwight and his wife Stephanie who live in Greensboro, North Carolina. 2/13/09

Clifford Trice was featured in a recent article in the "Herald Democrat," it told that he was the guest speaker at a meeting of the Grayson Rotary Club. Cliff, a former Phoenix, Arizona police officer now living in Sherman, told of his life today as a licensed private investigator. He spoke of some of the methods used in conducting investigations and how results from those investigations can be used in the court cases which often follow. Cliff primarily works on cases related to Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson Counties but his work can take him to other parts of Texas and even out of state if needed. 2/9/09

From today's "A Look Through Our Area's Past" in the Herald-Democrat: Twenty Years Ago, February 8, 1989, Deputy Mayor Joel Apel became the second man to announce his candidacy for mayor of Sherman. He has served two terms on Sherman's City Council. Extra note-Joel Apel, Jim Apel's father, was elected and served two years as Sherman's mayor. Jim and his wife Lynda celebrated their twenty fifth wedding anniversary on September 23, 2008, they have lived in Sweetwater, Texas for several years. 2/8/09

Charles Carter's sister, Genee (Carter) Demers Eubank, passed away on Saturday, January 31, 2009. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman, Texas Her grandson, Pastor Robert Montgomery of Victory Assembly at Carrollton, Texas, officiated at the services and the burial which followed at West Hill Cemetery. Genee was a 1952 Sherman High School graduate and was in the band while in school. She spent many years involved in her children's Camp Fire Organization, Cub Scouts, PTA, and was a dedicated member of the Sherman Ex-Students Association. While still raising her children, she decided to go to college and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Dallas in 1979. She worked for many years as an auditor for the IRS and the Department of Defense before retiring, she later moved to Chandler, Texas where she opened a CPA office. Genee is survived by her husband, H.K. "Pat" Eubank; children, Joey Demers and wife Tricia, Melinda Demers, and Theresa Trice, all of Sherman; Dan Eubank of Van Alstyne, Texas, Danielle Sutherland of Dallas, Texas, James Eubank and wife Gina of McKinney, Texas, and Tim Eubank of Palestine, Texas; eleven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one on the way. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Carter of Sherman, Texas. Her parents preceded her in death as did her bothers Lynn and Robert Carter. 2/3/09

Willies Ballou and his wife Cathye left yesterday on two back to back seven day cruises on Royal Caribbean's "Voyager of the Seas" cruise ship, they will visit at least seven different ports in the Western Caribbean while on their fourteen day voyage. The second part of Willies' and Cathye's journey was to have been our "Senior Trip-Part Two," we are rescheduling that cruise to early in 2010 and more details should be on our website soon. The cruise loving Ballou's will be celebrating their fortieth wedding anniversary on February 15, 2009 which will be the day their ship returns to Galveston, incidentally that second part of their back to back cruises will have been their fiftieth cruise. Their first cruise was one of our twenty five year reunion activities back in 1988, to say that got them hooked on cruising would be an understatement. Shortly after they return home, Willies and Cathye will be taking their son to Las Vegas, Nevada for a week long non-cruising vacation. 2/2/09

From today's "A Look Though Our Area's Past" column in the Herald-Democrat: Thirty Years Ago, January 28,1979, Joanne (Harrison) Heatley, food service director for the public schools, has been instructed by the Texas Education Agency to lower the reduced price lunches from twenty cents to ten cents. Extra note:  Joanne is now in the same job but in the Burleson, Texas school system, she and Duane stay in Burleson during the week but are able to return to their home in Bells most every weekend. 1/28/09

Suzanne (Bailey) Dougherty and her husband Jimmy are preparing for a wedding in the family as their daughter Jill Suzanne will be marrying Jason Cline of Shreveport, Louisiana on September 12, 2009. The wedding will take place at the Saint Gregory's Episcopal Church in Mansfield, Texas with the reception to follow at the Walnut Creek Country Club which is also in Mansfield, the newlywed couple will then make their home in Fort Worth. Jimmy and Suzanne will be celebrating their forty-fifth wedding anniversary on November 27, 2009, they have lived in Arlington, Texas for many years. 1/22/09

Bob Christian says that his recent trip to Colorado was great, the weather was good, and the charity run that he and wife Gini participated in was tough. Bob was second in his age group and Gini was first in hers. He said that the trout fishing was a little slow but he did catch his first trout of any size on a fly rod without ending up in Cebolla Creek. The ranch where Bob and Gini stay has three private lakes and they caught some Brown Trout up to 14" which were tasty. They also hiked up to one lake and spent most of the day there until the ice pellets forced them down, on another day they hiked up the Rio Grande to a beautiful area and just enjoyed being out. When their Colorado trip had ended and they got back to their home in San Angelo, Bob decided to buy a small bass boat where soon after Gini caught a 7.5 pound bass. Bob's fishing buddies who witnessed the catch said he should leave her at home. Bob had to live with that until late in December when he caught, weighed, and released a 12.1 pounder. Bob and Gini are frequent visitors to Colorado, they enjoy leaving the uncertain and unseasonably warm weather of Texas and waking up where the temperatures are usually around 40 in the mornings and in the 70s in the afternoons. Both Bob and Gini are already looking forward to their next return visit to the state which besides being known officially as the "Centennial State" is also known to many residents and visitors alike as "Colorful Colorado." 1/21/09

Cliff Trice's mother, Jane Viser Trice of Sherman, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2009. Her services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel, burial will follow at the Pilot Grove Cemetery southwest of Whitewright. Besides being a stay at home mom, she was a Sunday School teacher, a den mother to two generations of neighborhood kids, a blue-ribbon winner in the Sherman Garden Club, and a published writer. Jane is survived by two sons, Arthur Scott Trice and Clifford Leon Trice, Jr. both of Sherman. Her sister Betty Stripling of Sherman is also among her survivors as are five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 1/21/09

Gary Park was one of the eight 2008-09 Sherman Noon Lions Club officers pictured in today's "Herald Democrat," the accompanying feature story told of how the club's members and officers met to reflect on and toast eight decades of the club's community service and how they are looking forward to continuing that service to others as Lions Clubs begin their ninth decade. One of the highlights from the past year that several members commented on as being especially rewarding was taking food baskets around the community for the needy. Gary, a member for the past eleven years and a former club president, now serves as the Sherman Noon Lions Club's "Tail Twister" which is the name given to the person who is supposed to keep things jovial and in order at the weekly meetings. The Lion Clubs were founded to help fund eye exams and donate eye glasses for needy youths in the communities they serve but members everywhere are quick to point out that they now do much more than that. Today there are over 1,300,000 men and women who are Lions Club members in 205 countries.1/1/09