ROSES & THORNS

2012

 

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For 95 years Lions Clubs International and its 1.35 million members have been improving the communities in which they are located, they are now the world's largest service organization. Longtime local Lions Clubs member Gary Park is pictured on the front page of today's Herald Democrat as he helps prepare bags of food and toys for needy families in our county, local Lions Clubs members will then deliver the approximately 200 boxes around the Texoma area. The Lions Clubs are mostly known for their work with vision projects enabling many needy people to see a better tomorrow, however they do much more than that as is shown by this front page story. Besides being a long time Lions Clubs member, Gary is also very active in his local church as well as some local chapters of national military associations. He is to be commended for his unselfishness in providing many hours of public service, communities around the world are better off because of people like Gary. One of John Kennedy's most famous quotes is "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.," Gary is a prime example of just what that quote means.    12/23/2012
There is a feature story on the front page of today's sport's section of the Herald Democrat about our senior year's Sherman Bearcats "Skinny Twenty" Football Team, that team provided Sherman with its first championship in Class 4A. David Duke and Terry Green were both quoted in the article, Dick Ellis and Johnny Griffin were also mentioned as important members of the backfield of the team. Noted for its small size, an also amazing fact mentioned in the story was that the team members put together their championship season in spite of having three head coaches in just as many years. One of the important highlights that the players remember is that they beat arch rival Highland Park twice, first 21-20 in 1960 and then 12-6 in 1962 helping seal that championship. David Duke today operates the score board for the Sherman Bearcat's home football games, he said that he hasn't missed a Sherman game since 1980. The phrase Hometown Pride is in our class logo on the home page of this website, hometown pride is something sure exhibited and still remembered by those players known as Sherman's "Skinny Twenty."     12/23/2012
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Richard Hopson's brother, Charles Hopson of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Monday, December 17, 2012.  In keeping with Charles' request, no services will be held, arrangements are under the drection of Dannel Funeral Home. Charles was a member of the Sherman High School Class of 1965 and for many years was the owner of Hopson Tax Service in downtown Sherman. An avid runner, he could often be seen running in Fairview Park as he usually tried to run 6 to 7 miles daily. His survivors are: his wife, Linda of Sherman; four brothers, Larry Hopson, Richard Hopson, Roy Hopson, and Stanley Hopson; four sisters, Beverly Hopson, Donna Brown, Pam Hurley, and Reba Hopson; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.    12/18/2012
From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past' column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, December 9,1962, Five Sherman Bearcat football players were selected to the coaches' 7-AAAA All-District team in a meeting Wednesday afternoon in Richardson. An offensive and defensive team were picked with Sherman's Joel Brame,David Duke, Dick Ellis, Terry Green, and Mike McSwain being selected. Denison dominated the all-district teams placing four players on each squad with John Bengal, John Freeman, and Ronnie Mathews being named to both teams. Fullback Mike Jordan was a unanimous selection on the offensive team and tackle Dewayne Worthington made the defensive team. Extra note-David Duke and Terry Green still live in Sherman, Dick Ellis now lives in Tyler, Texas, and Mike McSwain passed away in 1967.     12/9/2012
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David Duke's father in law, Edgar Ray Dees, of Duncanville, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, November, 21, 2012. Services will be held at 12:00 p. m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at the Laurel Land Memorial Chapel at 6000 South R. L. Thornton Freeway in Dallas, Texas, burial will follow at Laurel Land Memorial Park. He served in the Merchant Marines during World War II, was a retired detective for the Dallas Police Department, and a retired deputy for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department. Edgar was a longtime member and deacon of the Wynnewood Baptist Church, being an avid golfer he lived to shoot his age. His survivors are: his wife, Janice; two daughters, Beverly Duke and her husband David and Nancy Slaughter and her husband Travis; one son, Gary Dees; one stepdaughter, Donna Hamilton and her husband Ted; two stepsons, Daryl Mullin and his wife Lynn and Dwain Mullin and his wife Chris; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, six step grandchildren, and one step great granddaughter. 11/26/2012
From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Four boys were awarded Bobcat pins and initiated into Cub Scout Pack 8, sponsored by Jefferson School. Cubs who joined the pack were Ronald Downs, Jimmy Gilliam, Woody Gilliland, and Vick Gotcher. Advancement awards were presented to Bob Cobb, Jimmy Dunn, Bill Flaccus, Austin Harris, Richard Maddox, Robert Quinten, Andrew Rambin, and Boyd Thompson. Extra note-Jimmy Gilliam lives in Palestine, Texas, Vick Gotcher in Plano, Texas, and Boyd Thompson passed away in 1995.   11/23/2012
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Stellagene Teague Shelton's dad, Clifton Eugene (Gene) Teague of Frisco, Texas, passed away on Monday, November 19, 2012, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Saturday, November 22, 2012 at Ted Dickey West Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas. Reverend Dr. Clayton Oliphint of the First United Methodist Church in Richardson Texas will officiate, burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman, Texas. Gene attended high school in San Augustine, Texas and later joined the Navy during WWII, he received several service medals and was discharged December, 7, 1945. Gene lived many years in Sherman and then many in Richardson, Texas, wherever Gene happened to live was made better because of him being there. Gene started successful businesses in both Sherman and Richardson, was very involved in both Chambers of Commerce as well as many civic organizations of both cities. He was a long time member and had served on the board of Sherman's First United Methodist Church, another one of his many local accomplishments was he helped form and served on the first board of directors of Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show which is held annually at Loy Lake Park. Gene's survivors are: two daughters, Dianna Curtis and her husband Richard of Plano, Texas and Stellagene Shelton of Sherman, Texas; two sons, Mike Teague and his wife Kathi of Plano, Texas and Pat Teague and his wife Debbie of Frisco, Texas; fourteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren;  sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bobbie and Orville Todd of Henderson, Texas; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. .   11/20/2012
Marvin Fulenchek welcomed a new grandson at 5:50 p. m. on November 12th, Brock Aiden Curry weighed 9 pounds and 2 ounces and is the son of Marvin's daughter Ashlyn and her husband Steve. Marvin and his wife Betty live in Denison. This announcement was in a recent edition of the Herald Democrat, years ago when our paper was still locally owned it wasn't unusual to see many small human interest local items in the paper but it's not that way today. This is not just limited to Sherman, newspapers are changing all over the country and several are even giving up their old fashioned "hold in the hand" papers and converting to online only. Even though it's not what it once was, maybe the Sherman Democrat will continue their print edition for a long time to come because many people still like to read their newspapers the old fashioned way.   11/15/2012

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Freddie Lee Lafoy of Sherman, Texas passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ in Sherman, his only survivor is a sister Pat Rodriquez. Arrangements were handled by Dannel Funeral Home, however there will be no services at this time. In searching for our classmate's current addresses, we sometimes learn of those who have passed away that no longer have family in the Sherman area. Four we recently found out about are Juanette Helm Yates who passed away in September of 2009, Jerry Bob Johnson who passed away in August of 2008, Nelda Judkins McCall who passed away in September of 2009. Jerry Bob lived in Irving, Texas, Juanette lived in Gardner, Kansas, and Nelda lived in Lancaster, Texas. Johnny Gerald Johnson who was in Crockett School with some of our classmates passed away in November of 1969. 11/18/2012

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Edward Charles Babraitis of  Redding California passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2012, graveside services will be at 2:00 p. m. on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Veteran's Cemetery in Igo, California under the direction of Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel of Redding. Ed graduated from Johnson High School just outside Yokota, Japan, being the son of an Air Force pilot he lived many places growing up and that continued into his adult life. Ed attended college in Florida before joining the Air Force. his main duty was in intelligence in Thailand and then upon discharge he had attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. Ed was retired from the Shasta County Information Technology department where he worked for 27 years as the Computer Operation Supervisor. His survivors include: his wife, June of Redding, California; his brother, John and his wife Kathi of Burlington, Washington; two brothers in law, one sister in law, three stepchildren, ten grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. 10/22/2012
 At the end of September Stellagene Teague Shelton and longtime friend Connie Carpenter spent a few days enjoying some of the interesting scenery and sites around the Boston and Vermont areas. During the trip, they enjoyed many good meals but a very special one was at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in the scenic town of Stowe, Vermont. A couple of Revolutionary War historic battlefields and forts were visited on the trip, they also enjoyed a boat cruise on Lake Champlain. Connie and Stellagene even drove over to Montreal and spent one day seeing that interesting city, all in all it was a very memorable trip for the two longtime friends. 10/12/2012

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and her family had three special reasons to celebrate this year, both her parents turned ninety years of age and their 68th wedding anniversary was on June 26th. Her dad Harold turned ninety on January 2nd, Wanda turned ninety on June 9th. Both birthdays resulted in special celebrations with several family members present. On the occasion of Harold's birthday, granddaughter Brooke told Harold she had a gift for him but he would have to wait nine months to receive it. Harold figured out very quickly that a new grandchild would soon be arriving, a precious gift indeed. The Keesees are very special people who have attended two of our mini-reunion events. They live in a special senior community named The Gatewood which is in Dallas near North Park Shopping Center, an indication of how well they're liked there is that they were recently voted by the residents the title of Mr. and Mrs. Gatewood.    9/30/2012

Denison's second annual "Bark and Paws" dog show and contest was recently held at Heritage Park in Downtown Denison, Joe Fitzsimmons and his dog Madigan won first place in two categories last year but Madigan was unable to compete this year due to being sick on the day of competition. Madigan (which means little dog in Scottish) is a Shetland Sheep Dog or Sheltie as they are affectionately known, last year he won Best Trick as he talks to you almost like a human and he also won Most Obedient because of his obedience to hand and voice commands. Madigan's wins in two categories was made more impressive by the fact that over 200 dogs were entered in the competition. Some dogs are a lot smarter than people often give them credit for, anyone that has had an exceptionally smart four legged member of the family knows this is true. Congratulations to Joe and Madigan for their win at the first annual "Bark and Paws," hopefully Madigan will be feeling fine next year so he can compete again and add another win or two to his record. When he is not home teaching Madigan another trick or two, Joe teaches Drug and Alcohol Counseling at Grayson College to students that desire to obtain a degree in counseling and specifically addiction counseling.    9/29/2012

Chuck Parham may have the youngest child out of all our classmates, his eighteen year old son Josh is a new member of the Freshman Class at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Chuck also has a daughter who is 42 and a son who is 44, another unusual fact is that Josh is an uncle to six older nieces and nephews. Josh is far away from the Parham home in Kenner, Louisiana but his girlfriend is a student at Harvard so she's nearby, Josh is very interested in acting and hopes to settle into some acting related field when he graduates from college. The famous actor Robert Stack was a Bridgewater State alumni, Robert is probably best remembered for his role in "The Untouchables" television series. Chuck says that Hurricane Katrina in 2005 hit his family the hardest and the latest hurricane knocked out their electricity for two days but everything is fine now, he thanks God that their damage wasn't near as bad as it could've been.    9/27/2012

Bennie (Bowen) Stoy and her husband Hubert recently returned from a seven day Alaskan Cruise, their son Jeff who lives in Richmond, Virginia accompanied them so that made their trip even more enjoyable. The seven day "Voyage of the Glaciers" cruise was on the Coral Princess ship which is part of the Princess Cruise Lines. Many interesting sites were visited including Anchorage, Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, and also Victoria, British Columbia. Bennie says that she has always heard that Alaska is one of God's most spectacular creations, now that she has seen just how beautiful it really is she totally agrees. Upon returning to Sherman late one afternoon, they left that very next morning for a short visit with their other son Kent and his family who live near Houston. Now back home in Sherman, Bennie and Hubert have some more good memories but are probably now trying to decide where they want to go next.    9/25/2012

The 2012 United States National Aerobatic Championships at North Texas Regional Airport/Perrin Field begins today and will continue through noon Friday. Friday morning is said to be the best time for spectators as the planes then will be flying at a lower altitude. The competition which tests a pilot's flying capabilities at several different skill levels is to select the best aerobatic pilots in the air, pilots will be compete in one of two classes and there will be nine categories total in those two classes. The winners from this competition will become a member of the United States Team which will compete in the 2013 World Aerobatic Championships. It's interesting to not only see the actual competition but to see all the unusual planes, some with very bright colors. To see information and pictures from last years competition which was also held at Perrin Field, go to www.iacusa.org/Nationals.    9/23/2012

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and her husband John left from DFW this morning for their annual trip to visit John's mom in upstate New York, this year's visit will be even more special because John's aunt who lives in Florida will be there. The trip usually includes visiting with lots of family members and some shopping and sightseeing trips into Canada, the annual visits provide a lot of fun times and good memories for the future. Last year's trip was made even more special by the fact that it was John's mother Lillian's 90th birthday, Dianne's parents also made that trip for the big event. Many people only think of New York City when they think of New York, however John grew up in upstate New York and says that area is one of the most beautiful parts of our country. Check out either http://www.1000islands.com/ or http://www.thousandislands.com/, you will see that there is a lot of truth in John's statement.    9/22/2012

Since retirement Joanne (Harrison) Heatley and her husband Duane are again living fulltime on their farm near Bells, for many years they lived in Cleburne during the week and drove home on the weekends. Joanne was the food service director for the Burleson ISD while Duane taught English and Social Studies in nearby Cleburne. A longtime interest in hypnotherapy caused Joanne to go back to school to study the specialized field, she is now a licensed hypnotherapist with an office in Denison. Hypnotherapy, although often misunderstood, goes back many years and is used to help with pain management, smoking addiction, weight loss, and much more.    9/21/2012

Gary Park and five of his fellow members from the Red River Valley Military Vehicle Preservation Association, along with their restored military vehicles, were part of the 30th annual edition of the Sherman Art's Festival on the grounds of the Sherman Municipal Building this past weekend. The always popular annual event features an arts show, children's activities, craft booths and demonstrations, musical entertainment, a pancake breakfast, and much more. The last event of the festival was an 7:30 p. m. concert by well known country swing band "Asleep at the Wheel," it was held in the Kidd Key Auditorium in the Municipal Building.    9/17/2012

Beverly (Hall) Poet's brother in law, Billy Joe Poet of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p. m. to 5:00 p. m. on Sunday, September 16, 2012 at Waldo Funeral Home in Sherman, a private memorial service will be held at a later date. Billy's survivors are: his wife, Terri of Sherman; daughter, Jasara Russell and her husband Cody of Sherman; two grandchildren, Cade and Gabby Russell; brother, John Clifton Poet, Jr. and his wife Beverly of Ponca City, Oklahoma; sister, Linda McKibban of Sherman; brother in law, Kenneth McKibban of Sherman; sister in law, Melinda Clay and her husband Gene of Howe; mother in law and father in law, Jack and Dottie Rollins of Sherman; and several nieces and nephews.    9/13/2012

Gary Park's brother, Jerry Park of Howe, will be the guest speaker at tomorrow night's meeting of the Grayson County Historical Society. The society meets the second Tuesday of every month at Frontier Village at Loy Lake Park. Jerry graduated from Sherman High School in 1958 and retired from the Sherman Post Office after thirty four years, he is a long time member of the Howe Volunteer Fire Department and is very active in the Howe community. One of Jerry's hobbies is the history of Sherman, Jerry and Duane Heatley are two of the most knowledgeable people around when it comes to a question about the Sherman of many years ago. At this month's meeting Jerry will be discussing some of the old buildings in Sherman along with showing photographs of many of the buildings. Gordon Duke, Duane Heatley, Joanne (Harrison) Heatley, and Gary Park are four of our classmates that attend the historical society meetings on a regular basis.    9/10/2012

Since retiring from Southwestern Bell a few years ago after thirty seven years, Butch Ewing has now retired again. With a combined total between them of thirty seven years in the ministry, Butch and Mary are now both recently retired and have relocated to Geary, Oklahoma. Butch says now they should have more time to devote to kids and grandkids, hopefully they should also be able to attend more of our events. He commented that his wife, although growing up in Oklahoma, has made many friends among our classmates and enjoys very much attending all of our events whenever she can.    9/6/2012

William Vaughn's brother, Jerry Clinton Vaughn, passed away on Tuesday, August 28, 2012. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p. m. on Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 at the Woodland West Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas. Jerry was a Sherman graduate and attended the University of Texas in Arlington. He worked twenty three years at Bell Helicopter/Textron as a financial analyst. His survivors are: his wife, Robin Vaughn of Arlington; one son, Eric Vaughn and his wife Marla of Arlington; one granddaughter, Kaylin Vaughn; his mother, Lallie Killough of Sherman; three brothers, Eddie Bowman of Sherman, Roger Vaughn and his wife Janny of Fairfield, California, and William Vaughn and his wife Peggy of Sherman; two sisters, Betty Marshall of Sherman and Brenda Kanz and her husband Don of Farmers Branch, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.  8/31/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, August 29, 1972, The king of the ice cream cone in the Red River Valley is Bill Ashburn, a third generation ice cream maker. There are several branches of the Ashburn family in the ice cream business in Denison, Fort Worth, and Sherman. When Bill Ashburn's father went into the ice cream business in Denison, ice cream was only a nickel a cone and that was for a double dip. Today, a single dip is 15 cents. The one thing that hasn't changed is that vanilla is still their best seller. Ashburn says "We make almost as much vanilla as our next two most popular flavors." Extra note-Some of the flavors many of us remember are Butter Brickle, Hawaiian Delight, and Pecan Crisp. A back issue of Texoma Living Magazine contains a very interesting story and pictures about the 77 year history of Ashburn Ice Cream. Ed Southerland, a Bonham High School 1963 graduate, who wrote the story tells that he receives more comment and questions about that story than any he wrote for the magazine. Texoma Living contained many interesting stories about our area but it is no longer published, however to read the story in its entirety go to http://www.texomaliving.com/ and type Ashburn's in the search box. Frank Ashburn who managed the Sherman location was Bill Ashburn's uncle, in their retirement years Frank and former Sherman High School English teacher Clara Joe Brown were often dance partners at the Senior Dances in Sherman.    8/29/2012

Dianne (Keesee) Williams and her husband John recently took a trip to the West Coast, the special vacation was in celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary which occurred on July 31st. They live in Bedford, Texas and flew from DFW Airport to Reno, Nevada where they rented a car and toured parts of California, Oregon, Washington, and other parts of Nevada excluding Las Vegas. The most time they spent was in California where they visited Big Sur, Carmel, the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and the beautiful seventeen mile drive in that area, the giant Sequoia trees in the northern part of the state, and San Francisco which is where they celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary. The 17 Mile Drive is recognized as one of the most beautiful and scenic drives in the world, Dianne says that description is very accurate.    8/19/2012

Joanne (Cole) Slaven's son Matthew recently began post graduate studies in the field of molecular biology, he graduated from UT Dallas last year but his continuing studies are at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas. Matt is training to work in a hospital lab and is hoping to complete his additional studies in December of 2013   8/17/2012

Gordon Duke and his wife Darlene just returned home from a nine day trip to the West Coast. One of Gordon's hobbies is aviation and especially World War II (Warbird) airplanes, the destination Gordon most wanted to see was the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon. They saw many airplanes on display there including Howard Hughes' famous Spruce Goose which was in Long Beach, California for many years before the move to Oregon. Gordon and Darlene saw so many picturesque sites on the trip that it would be hard to name them all, they especially enjoyed seeing some of the many beautiful large natural rock formations in Utah. After approximately 4,500 miles in nine days of driving and seeing part of eight states, they were glad to be back home but they now have a lot of good memories from that trip.    8/15/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat, Fifty Years Ago, August 12, 1962, Tuesday TV Log-4:00 p.m. "American Bandstand; 4:30 p. m. Our Miss Brooks; 5 p. m. Highway Patrol; 5:30 p. m. The Lone Ranger; 6:30 p. m. Art Linkletter and Kids; 6:30 p. m. Laramie or Marshall Dillon; 7 p. m. Bachelor Father or Password; 7:30 p. m. Alfred Hitchcock or Dobie Gillis; 8 p. m. Wanted Dead or Alive or Wyatt Earp; 8:30 p. m. Peter Gunn or Yours for a Song; and 9 p. m. Cain's Hundred. Extra note-With all the channels now on cable and satellite TV we sure have a lot of shows to choose from, however there are many of the old shows we still miss.    8/12/2012

Dennis Hill's mother in law, Rosie Jane Dickerson of Denison, Texas, passed away at Texoma Medical Center in Denison on Friday, August 10, 2012. Services will be held at 10:30 a. m. on Monday, August 13, 2012 at Southside Baptist Church in Denison with Pastor Keith Taylor officiating, burial will follow at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman. Jane was a graduate of Dodd City High School in Fannin County, she was employed by Texoma Medical Center in the business office before her retirement and had assisted her husband in the office while he owned B&B Paint and Body Shop. One of her hobbies was gardening, she was especially fond of the pink rosebush given to her by her daughter Ann and her husband Dennis. Fishing and hunting in Colorado with her husband was another thing she loved to do, in fact she even taught her grandchildren how to fish. Of all the things that gave her pleasure, most likely spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren was at the top of the list. Her survivors are: her husband, Richard A. Dickerson of Denison; one daughter, Ann Hill and her husband Dennis of Denison; three grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one brother, J. D. McVay of Irving, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.  8/12/2012

Pat (Bohrer) Means grew fond of cruising on her first cruise which was to the Grand Cayman Islands, that cruise was in 1988 and was just one part of our twenty five year class reunion activities. Pat's most recent cruise was a 7 night cruise on Royal Caribbean's "Mariner of the Seas," it was as much a goodwill cruise as well as a pleasure cruise. This time Pat and her eleven traveling companions visited Belize City, Belize, Cozumel, Mexico, and Roatan, Honduras. Some of the ladies in Pat's group have accompanied her on these special goodwill cruises before where they collect clothes, food, school supplies, and other items to distribute to help underprivileged people of the areas they are visiting. This time Pat and her group bought and distributed food, clothing, and school supplies plus visited a day care center and an orphanage, sometimes just seeing the plight of others can make us more appreciative than ever of all our blessings that God has bestowed upon us. Congratulations to Pat for her unselfishness in this very worthwhile endeavor, more about what all this involves can be found in the 2/14/08 entry in this section of our website.    8/8/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, August 1, 1952, A&P Supermarket-this week's special in the bakery department. Large angel food cake made from our famous Jane Parker 13-egg recipe, regularly 59 cents-now only 49 cents. Eight-O-Clock coffee, one pound bag 77 cents. The August issue of Woman's Day Magazine only 7 cents. 1101 N. Travis Extra note-A&P, Piggly Wiggly, and Safeway are no longer represented in Sherman, however all used to have stores in or near downtown.    8/1/2012

Cecil Dale Radican's sister, Kathy Elaine Felmet of Bells, Texas, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2012. Services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Sunday, July 29, 2012 in the Mullican Little Funeral Home Chapel in Bells, services will be conducted by Rev. Bill Neal, Jr. with burial to follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Bells. Kathy worked for thirty years in the Claims Department of Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Her survivors are: her mother, Connie Radican of Bells; one son, Lynn Felmet of McKinney, Texas; three brothers, Dale Radican and his wife Linda of Garland, Texas, James Radican and his wife Gayle of Denison, Texas, and Michael Radican and his wife Annette of Rowlett; one sister, Marie Lowry of Garland, Texas; and several aunts, nieces, and nephews.  7/28/2012

Alton Bowman's daughter Ariel will be going to Palm Beach, Florida in September as a paid intern at The Armory Art Center, a well respected ceramic school. Ariel is very accomplished in the field of art, last year she went to Berlin, Germany, Dresden, Germany, and Paris, France on a Summer trip where she studied the works of some of the world's great artists. Artistic talent seems to run throughout the Bowman household. For more about Ariel, check out the 4/16/09 entry in this section of our website.    7/28/2012

Cathy (Hamilton) Bradburry's mother, Clara Hamilton of DeBary, Florida, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2012. Services will be held at 12:00 p. m. on Monday, July 30th at the Dannel Funeral Home Chapel in Sherman, Texas, officiating will be Rev. Raymond England with burial to follow at Georgetown Cemetery just north of Pottsboro. Clara worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Wonder Bread while living in Sherman, she later moved to Houston, Texas and worked for Schlumberger Industries before retiring. Her survivors are: her daughter, Cathy Bradburry and her husband Bill of DeBary, Florida; two grandsons, David Bradburry and his wife Jennifer of Dallas, Texas and Chris Bradburry and his wife Rachel of Amarillo, Texas; four grandchildren, Parker, Rachel, Reese, and Ryan; two sisters, Beatrice Harbison of Sherman, Texas and Joyce Carr and her husband Bill of Whitesboro, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.  7/28/2012

Gary Park stays busy with a lot of military related activities, he recently participated again in the recent annual Medal of Honor ceremonies and parade in Gainesville, Texas. Gary had the honor of driving U. S. Army Sp4c Michael John Fitzmaurice in his WC 58 Dodge 3/4 ton Command Recon. Truck. MOH winner Fitzmaurice earned his Medal of Honor because of his brave heroic actions in the Vietnam War, out of eighty one MOH winners still alive there were fourteen MOH winners so honored in Gainesville this year. Gainesville is the only city in our nation that has special annual celebrations honoring our nation's Medal of Honor winners, check out the 6/4/11, 4/17/10, and 4/17/09 entries in this section of our website for more on these special MOH Celebrations. A well deserved honor for Gainesville is that Gainesville was recently selected as the "Most Patriotic City in America" by the Rand McNally Corporation, they were selected not only for their special celebrations to honor our nation's MOH award winners but also for their restored late 19th century downtown area. Congratulations to our neighboring city to the west, The story about Gainesville's honor was in many national publications including the July 20, 2012 issue of USA Today. To learn more about our nation's Medal of Honor program, their website is http://www.cmohs.org/. Don't forget that we also have links to the Perrin Museum and Gary's military organizations in the links section of our website plus we have a special "Veterans" section honoring our classmates who served in the military. Contact us if you served in the military and are not among those names who are listed.    7/28/2012

Jimmy Cummings' mother, Dorothy A. Cummings, passed away on Sunday, July 22, 2012. Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Thursday, July 26, 2012 in the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel. Charles Morris will be officiating, burial service will follow at Cedar Cemetery in Ida, Texas. Dorothy was a member of the Ida Baptist Church and had worked for Burlington Industries for eight years before going to work for Johnson and Johnson where she worked for twenty five years. Dorothy's survivors are: two sons, Jimmy Cummings and his wife Julie of Sherman and John Cummings and his wife Cynthia, also of Sherman; three grandchildren, Clayton Cummings of Tom Bean, Texas, Jennifer Gann of Princeton, Texas, and Lee Ann Sayani of Denison, Texas; two great grandchildren, Brad Gann of Sherman, Texas and Lindsey Gann of Princeton, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.  7/24/2012

Susannah (Aston) Crosthwaite's husband, George E. (Trey) Crosthwaite, III, was one of six 2012 Austin College Athletic Hall of Honor Honorees at this past weekend's "Legend's Weekend" events held at the college. Friday night's Reunion of Champions was held in the Wright Campus Center, Saturday night's dinner and awards presentation was held in the Mason Athletic and Recreation Complex in the Sid Richardson Center. Trey played both baseball and basketball at Austin College, he received this award not only for his accomplishments in sports while a student but also for his many years of support for Austin College and its athletic program since his graduation. No matter what the sport may be, Trey can often be seen in the spectator crowd supporting his Kangaroos. Trey and Susannah live in Sherman, they will celebrate their forty-fifth wedding anniversary on June 22, 2013.    7/18/2012

Len (Gallup) Crombie's mother, Eva Jean Rule Gallup of Germantown, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at the Helen Morgan Health Care Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the First Baptist Church in Hemphill, Texas, burial will follow in Hemphill Cemetery under the direction of Starr Funeral Home of Hemphill. Jean was a graduate of Hemphill, Texas High School, a longtime military wife, and later in life she graduated with honors from St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas plus in 1978 she earned her Master's Degree from Our Lady of the Lake College also in San Antonio. Her survivors are: a daughter, Len Gallup Crombie and her husband Fritz of Germantown, Tennessee; a son, Jere R. Gallup and his wife Nan of Miami, Florida; a granddaughter, Sally Len Hostetter and her husband William Taylor Hostetter, Jr. of Lawrenceville, Georgia; three grandchildren, Alex Hostetter, Jelena Hostetter, and Michael Hostetter all of Lawrenceville, Georgia; two sisters in law, Ava Rule and Oleta Rule; and several nieces and nephews.  7/17/2012

Joey (Joe) Ulrich's granddaughter, Rebecca Ulrich of Melissa, Texas, recently was awarded three $500 athletic scholarships to be used at the University of Southern Mississippi. The additional funds will certainly help with extra expenses not covered by the four year scholarship she received in February. To say Joey is a proud grandpa would be an understatement, more about Rebecca and her recent accomplishments can be found in the 2/16/12 and 5/13/12 entries in this section of our website.    6/25/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, June 24, 1952, Mrs. Robert Rowland of Sherman has won a 13 day Caribbean cruise for two in a national contest sponsored by the Aunt Jemima Division of the Quaker Oats Company. Mrs. Rowland and her husband are the parents of three children. Mrs. Rowland is one of ten winners in the national contest who all won their trip by describing in twenty five words or less which of four Caribbean pancake recipes they thought they would like. The cruise will visit Haiti, Jamaica, the Netherland West Indies, Port-au-Prince, and Fort Lauderdale or New York depending on the winner's port of embarkation. Extra note-Randy Rowland still lives in Sherman and Bobby (Bob) Rowland lives in Denison, Ricky passed away in July of 2002.    6/24/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Twenty Years Ago, June 20, 1992, Dr. Richard "Dick" Ellis was recently named assistant athletic director at Baylor University. Ellis came to Baylor from Clemson where he spent two years as assistant athletic director for football operations. He also has been an administrator and coached at Texas A&M, the Air Force Academy, and the University of Arkansas. Ellis is a 1963 graduate of Sherman High School where he played on the "Skinny Twenty" district championship football team in 1992. Extra note-After several moves around the country because of his career, Dick is now retired and living in Tyler, Texas. After this was in our local paper Dick sent a much better and more detailed account of some of his moves around the country while in the field of coaching. Cutting the interesting account down and publishing here could not be done without leaving out some interesting information, anyone that wants to receive Dick's more detailed account of his career in coaching will be e-mailed a copy upon request.    6/20/2012

If there is a special activity in the area related to the military and/or military vehicles, chances are good that Gary Park will be there. In a recent D-Day anniversary observance at the Eisenhower birthplace in Denison, Gary had the honor of driving the guest of honor around in his restored Jeep. The special guest of honor was Bruce Hoff, a historian who portrays Eisenhower at various events around the country. Although Bruce Hoff is somewhat shorter than Eisenhower was, in his military uniform he looks very much like the Ike we remember. General Eisenhower, as he was called at the event, answered questions from the audience and gave everyone some interesting facts about Ike and the military part of his career. Three veterans who were at Normandy that fateful day also told their heroic stories to the interested spectators, these men seemed like old friends although they had just met and didn't know each other on that memorable day of June 6, 1944.    6/15/2012

Duane Heatley will be guest speaker at tomorrow night's meeting of the Grayson County Historical Society. Duane's topic will be about the Grayson County community of Ambrose near Bells. Duane and his wife Joanne (Harrison) Heatley still live there on the farm owned by one of her ancestors. Ambrose Bible, the town's founder, came to this area in 1883 where he purchased land and then donated or sold some of it encouraging others to stay and help develop the area. The once prosperous community of Ambrose reached its peak in 1919 before a bank failure and railroad decline caused the community to change forever. As someone who has a longtime interest in and a lot of knowledge about the history of our area, Duane's talk should be very interesting.    6/11/2012

James Cooper's sister, Dolores Cooper Douglas of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Thursday, June 7, 2012 in Frisco, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at Bethany Cemetery in Sherman, Rev. Larry Flenniken will be officiating under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home. Dolores was a member of the SHS Class of '55, later she was a property manager in Dallas for over thirty years. Her survivors are: her sister; Linda Cooper of McKinney, Texas; her brother, James Cooper of Pottsboro, Texas; her daughter-in-law, Melanie Gee; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  6/8/2012

One of our busiest working classmates seems to be Alton Bowman, he always has several projects going. One of his Summer projects for this year will be restoring the frame to a $23,000,000 Nicolas Poussin painting acquired by Fort Worth's Kimbell Museum, while the painting was completed in 1633 the frame was not added until 1787. Another Summer project will be restoring the original entry doors to the Municipal Building in Denton, Texas, these doors were designed by the famous architect O'Neil Ford and were carved by his brother. When completed the magnificent doors will be installed in Denton's new Municipal Building. Alton also just finished restoring a special row of seating from the House of Representatives in Washington, D. C., the row of seats had been given to Speaker Sam Rayburn on his retirement and will be installed in the Sam Rayburn Library in Bonham, Texas in the Fall.    6/7/2012

Bennie (Bowen) Stoy and her husband Hubert recently took a memorable eight day "Islands of New England" tour, those eight days produced lots to see and many good memories. Some of the places they visited were Boston, Cape Cod, Hyannis, Martha's Vineyard, Newport, Plymouth Rock, and Providence. Seven of the eleven mansions in the Newport and Providence area have been designated as National Historical Landmarks, many began life in the 1800's as "Summer Cottages." Bennie and Hubert even got to dine aboard the Cape Cod Dinner Train, it has been featured on the PBS program "Great Scenic Railroad Journeys" as well as the TV Food Network's "Dining on the Train" special.    6/4/2012

Dale Ray Williams passed away at his home in Calera, Oklahoma on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, a private burial service conducted by Waldo Funeral Home was held on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman. Dale worked many years for Riley Williams & Son which was the family construction business, he later worked for the City of Denison. His survivors are his daughter Jennifer Elizabeth Wesson of Fort Worth, Texas and his granddaughter Finley Wesson, also of Fort Worth.  6/1/2012

Gary Park was and will be very busy this past holiday weekend, even if you didn't already know it all you had to do to find out was check out today's Herald Democrat or watch any of several newscasts on KXII Channel 12. One of the lead stories on Saturday's Channel 12 newscast told about how Gary and some other veterans from the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America Association placed flags on the 72 World War II monuments at Ely Park, this was their fifth year of this worthwhile Memorial Day Weekend project. Gary was interviewed for this newspaper story and then he will be out at the television station early tomorrow morning for another interview about the Ely Park monuments before going on to two more events to honor our nation's fallen soldiers. Gary says that he is speaking for others in the VVA by saying that their participation in these Memorial Day events is out of honor and tribute to the memory of those soldiers who gave their lives for all of us.

Billy Roach and Bobby Roach were listed in today's birthday listings on the front page of the Herald Democrat, Billy has been our only classmate to be on the front page of a Sunday Herald Democrat for two Sundays in a row. One of the unusual things about our class is that we have had ten sets of twins, however not all our twins were actual graduates but classmates at one time or another. Lehman High School in Kyle, Texas should soon set some kind of record involving twins, on June 1, 2012 their graduating class of 397 Seniors will include nine sets of twins. The names of our classmates who are twins can be found in the Twin Talk section of our class website, also a very unusual bit of trivia about Dianne (Keesee) Williams' husband John can be found in that same section.    5/27/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, May 27, 1962, Some of the shows listed from that Thursday's television schedule were "Amos and Andy," "Donna Reed," "Have Gun Will Travel," "Hazel," "My Three Sons," "Ozzie and Harriet," "Sea Hunt," "Sing Along With Mitch," "The Real McCoy's," and "You Bet Your Life" starring Groucho Marx. Extra note-Although we have many more television channels to choose from now still missing are the good family comedies, the old fashioned variety shows, the westerns, and some other shows we once enjoyed.    5/27/2012

Billy Roach was pictured on the front page of today's Herald Democrat as he was checking out the cockpit of a Cessna T-37 fighter plane, the occasion was yesterday's Armed Force's Day observances at the Perrin Air Force Base Museum. The Grayson County Amateur Radio Club and the Red River Valley Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) were just two of several groups having special displays there. Besides Billy some of our other classmates who were at Perrin on Saturday were Charles Carter, Gordon Duke, David Hall, Ven Hammonds, Sam Mullins, Gary Park, and Daryl Talbot. Since Perrin Field closed in 1971 Armed Forces Day at Perrin will never again be like the ones we remember, however it still brings back lots of memories when we can go out there and show appreciation for our nation's military. We have a link to the Perrin Air Force Museum's website on our website along with a link to local chapters of two military related associations, there is also a special section for our classmates who are veterans. If you served in the military and are not listed, please send us your information so you can also be in our veteran's section.    5/20/2012

Butch Ewing's sister, Shirley Ewing Darnell, and her husband Bobby are one of the couples featured in an article in the most recent Sherman Ex-Student's Association Bearcat Bulletin newsletter. The article tells about some of the people selected as SHS Kings and Queens, this tradition faded away after 1960. Bobby and Shirley are graduates of the SHS Class of 1952 and were selected as SHS King and Queen that year, they have lived in Oklahoma City since college and will be celebrating their fifty ninth wedding anniversary in just a little over a month. Both are very active with their high school class reunion activities and are also active lifetime members and supporters of the Sherman Ex-Student's Association and its activities. For more about Bobby and Shirley, check out the 3/11/12 entry in this section of our website.    5/19/2012

Joey (Joe) Ulrich's granddaughter, Rebecca Ulrich, came in first in the 2012 Texas UIL State Track Meet held last Friday in Austin. She and her teammate and competitor Ashley New were both pictured in the sport's section of today's Herald Democrat. Rebecca ran in the 2-A division representing Melissa High School in the 3,200 meter run AKA two mile run, she had a time of 11:15.08 beating out Luling's Carley Glass by a little over four seconds and her Melissa High School classmate Ashley New by almost six seconds. Congratulations to Rebecca for her accomplishment, you can see more news about Rebecca by checking out the 2/16/12 entry in this section of our website.    5/13/2012

Tommy Cox and his wife Lila welcomed their first grandchild on May 11, 2012, the proud parents are Derek and April Kloer of Sherman, Texas. Brooklyn Maurine Kloer was born at 1:30 p. m. at Centennial Medical Center in Frisco, Texas, she weighed five pounds and four ounces and was nineteen inches in length. Tommy and Lila's lives will be changed from now on, being grandparents seems to do that to people.    5/12/2012

Glen Hailey's granddaughter, Hailey Clowney, has won two cheerleading competitions this year. Besides just the excitement of winning, one of the competitions was in the very unique city of New Orleans and Glenn and Marie and other family members traveled there by train. Eating breakfast and lunch in the dining car, checking out the observation car, and just enjoying the ride through Louisiana's Cajun Country made the win that much more memorable. Hailey has really made Glenn a "Proud Grandpa" with her cheerleading competitions through the years, check out the 3/3/07 entry in this section of our website to read about one of their trips to see Hailey bring home the gold.    5/10/2012

Vick Gotcher's mother, Lois Gotcher of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Texas Health Presbyterian/WNJ Hospital in Sherman. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a. m. on Monday, May 7, 2012 at Georgetown Cemetery in Pottsboro, Leland Samuelson will conduct the services under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home. Besides being known for her wonderful cooking, Lois was a member of the International Porcelain Artists' Society. She was a lifelong Baptist and enjoyed being able to lift the human spirit through her works of art. While her husband served in the Navy During World War II, she worked as a true "Rosie the Riveter" assembling aircraft. Her survivors are: her husband, John (Jay) Gotcher of Sherman, Texas; two daughters, Gloria Brooks and her husband Keith of Sherman, Texas and Leslie Walsh and her husband Keith of Lewisville, Texas; two sons, John Gotcher and his wife Holly of Greenville, Texas and Vick Lynn Gotcher and his companion Jan Porter of Carrollton, Texas; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Gladys Brooks of Sherman, Texas and Julia Knox of Grand Prairie, Texas; and one brother, Ben Riddle of Whitesboro, Texas.  5/6/2012

Gil Alexander, Marilyn (Miller) Alexander's husband, was one of those in attendance back in March at a special meeting of concerned citizens, area government officials, and representatives from three area Chambers of Commerce as they discussed the effect blue green algae has on Lake Texoma. The meeting was held at "Loose Wheels, Texas" in Denison, Gil is a certified limnologist which is an expert on fresh water systems and their effect on the environment. Because of his expertise on the situation, Gil was interviewed by one of the local television stations as there were quite a few differing opinions on the blue algae situation. Subsequent meetings were held on the controversial topic. The lake ban that was in place much of last year was recently lifted as the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers gave the "all clear" signal, algae in high concentration can cause illness and health problems through skin contact and ingestion. Many dollars that are usually pumped into the economy from businesses around Lake Texoma were lost last year due to the scare of blue green algae, this lifting of the ban undoubtedly will please area lake enthusiasts and those people who have businesses around the lake.    5/1/2012

Bennie (Bowen) Stoy and her husband Hubert both feel very fortunate as they recently got to spend two different visits with their two granddaughters, the first visit was in mid March as they were in League City, Texas for granddaughter Hannah's third birthday. Their son Kent and his wife Cheryl are the proud parents of Hannah and her baby sister Leah who is eighteen months old. Bennie got to enjoy a visit with longtime friend and classmate Ginger Smith Cook while she was on this trip. The second weekend of April Cheryl was busy with her job at NASA and Kent had a few days off so he traveled north for the weekend and brought the two girls to Plano to visit Cheryl's mother Mary and on to Sherman to visit Bennie and Hubert. Babysitting two young children can be quite trying at times but Bennie says she enjoys doing it anytime she gets the opportunity, another trip to League City is already being planned for sometime in the next few months.    4/22/2012

From an article in today's Herald Democrat: The Texas Health Presbyterian/WNJ Hospital Auxiliary Awards Banquet and installation of officers was held this past Thursday at the Wright Center on the Austin College Campus. Margie Wilhelm's sister, Virgie Carter, is the incoming president for the auxiliary organization. Doyle Reynolds' son, Vance Reynolds who is the hospital's CEO, accepted a $20,000 check from the organization and this generous donation will be used to renovate the hospital's front lobby. You can find more about Doyle's son becoming CEO of Texas Health Presbyterian/WNJ Hospital in the 11/23/10 entry in this section of our website.    4/22/2012

The entries in this section of our website have always dealt with news about classmates and/or relatives of classmates, however this entry is about a member of our extended family who passed away today in Southern California. Richard Wagstaff (Dick) Clark was one of the most successful television personalities the world has ever known, his live from Philadelphia "American Bandstand" television show went national on August 5, 1957 just about a month before most of us were made the transition from elementary school to junior high. If you ask nearly anyone that grew up in the mid fifties to early sixties to name two television shows that they watched regularly when they got home from school, the two shows most likely named would be the "Mickey Mouse Club" and the always youthful looking Dick Clark's "American Bandstand." Many of the singers we remember from our "good old days" owe their success to their first appearance on "American Bandstand." Dick accomplished so many things in the entertainment field that it would be nearly impossible to know them all much less list them here, one of the best things that can be said about him is that he was just a genuine nice person who treated everyone the same. Those people fortunate enough to have met him quickly learned that the nice guy you saw on television was the same nice guy in person. In one of his many interviews he said that some of his greatest pleasures in life still came from going to the malls and eating hamburgers and hot dogs and just doing ordinary things. Some people in the entertainment field who are called legends may not truly deserve that title, Dick Clark is one who does. He will definitely be missed. His survivors are his wife Keri, a daughter, and two sons.  4/18/2012

Don Alexander's son, Don Ryan Alexander, and Allison Leigh Bratcher were married on Saturday, March 17,2012 in Waples Memorial United Methodist Church in Denison, Texas, officiating was Rev. Bob Stevens. Allison is the daughter of Bob Bratcher of Denison and Andrea Bratcher of McKinney. She is a 2011 graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice, Allison is employed with the Grayson College Police Department. Don and Gina Alexander of Denison, Texas are Don Ryan's parents, he is a 2000 graduate of Denison High School and is general manager of Custom Containers, Inc. The newlyweds now reside in Denison.    4/16/2012

Butch (Ben) Ewing has set May 28th as his retirement date as well as his wife Mary's, both are Methodist ministers in Muskogee, Oklahoma and each of them will give their last sermons on that date. They will soon be moving to Geary, Oklahoma, they are not sure exactly what all retirement will bring but just moving to a new house in a new area should keep them busy for a while.    4/15/2012

Karol (McAfee) Hughes' mother, Doris McAfee of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at Carrus Specialty Hospital in Sherman, Texas. Services will be held at 11:00 a. m. on Friday, April 13, 2012 at Fairview Baptist Church in Sherman. Rev. James Moore and Rev. Bill Whitehead of Fairview Baptist Church will officiate assisted by Rusty Waller of the Gordonville Baptist Church, burial will follow at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home. Doris was educated in the Van Alstyne Schools, a longtime member of Fairview Baptist Church she taught Sunday School until she was in her 70s. Her survivors are: two daughters, Karol Hughes and her husband Keith of Gordonville, Texas and Kay Laboon of Sherman; one sister, Mary Keller of Enchanted Oaks, Texas; sister in law, Minetta Cotten; three grandchildren, Brandon Hughes of Sherman, Jennifer Hughes of Gordonville, and Art LaBoon of Sherman; and several nieces and nephews.  4/12/2012

The 57th edition of the annual week long Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show at Loy Lake Park recently ended, the always popular event centers around youth and their work in the very essential field of agriculture. Leroy Griswold has been involved in the show for all but three of its fifty seven years. He is a lifetime association member as well as a member of the Board of Directors, he served again this year as general grounds superintendent. For more about recent past livestock shows including which two of our classmate's fathers were in on the beginning of this annual event, check out the 4/23/11, the 4/3/10, and the 4/14/09 entries in this section of our website.    4/11/2012

Georgia (Rasor) Elk's mother in law, Martha Jo Elk of Savoy, Texas, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2012 at The Homestead of Sherman. Services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Mullican-Little Funeral Home in Bells, Texas, Reverend James Siegler will officiate with burial to follow at Sunnyside Cemetery in Savoy. Martha was a lifelong resident of Fannin County, a graduate of Savoy High School, a cook at the Sam Rayburn Veteran's Hospital in Bonham, Texas before she retired, and also a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Savoy. Her survivors are: two daughters, Lera Brinson of Daingerfield, Texas and Becky Woodson and her husband John of Savoy; one son, Oscar Ray Elk and his wife Georgia of Savoy; and five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  4/11/2012

We just discovered that there is a very nice feature article on Alton Bowman and some of the highlights from his distinguished career as a furniture conservator in the September/October 2011 issue of Woodworker West magazine, highlights from the article can be read at http://inlay-arts.com/2011/10/discovering-a-profile-of-alton-bowman.html. Congratulations to Alton for his accomplishments which earned him a feature article in this very distinguished publication about his chosen profession. Alton was recently named one of Sherman's Outstanding Ex-Students by the Sherman Ex-Student's Association, more about that and some of Alton's other accomplishments are in various entries in this section of our website.    4/10/2012

Joe Fitzsimmons' mother, Mary L. Fitzsimmons of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2012 at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital-WNJ in Sherman. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a. m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at the Chapel on the Hill at Cedarlawn Cemetery in Sherman, James Crawford of Cornerstone Baptist Church will officiate under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home. Mary was a 1942 graduate of Sherman High School and later attended Ivy Business College, she worked at Quaker Oats for nearly twenty years and later worked in the City of Sherman's Tax Office for fifteen years becoming a registered Texas Tax Collector while there. Her survivors are: one son, Joel M. Fitzsimmons and his wife Martha of Sherman; one grandson, Joel M. Fitzsimmons of Sherman; three nieces, Paula Gilmore of Washoe Valley, Nevada, Elaine Myers of Dallas, Texas, and Ann Wertz of Royse City, Texas.  4/10/2012

Jim Ross has been very involved with an airplane with an unusual name, the restored World War II airplane is known as the "Flying Pancake." The one of a kind experimental test aircraft was manufactured just prior to the start of World War II, Jim and about two dozen other volunteers from the Vought Aircraft Heritage Foundation spent just over eight years in restoring the prized aircraft. One of the requirements was that all the materials used in the restoration had to be correct to the period of manufacture meaning, among other things, any fabric covering had to be unmercerized cotton instead of Dacron which is used today. On the morning of March 27, 2012 the restored plane was delivered to the Frontiers of Flight Museum on the east side of Love Field and will be on display there for approximately ten years. Early that morning, a pancake breakfast was held at the museum for the volunteers involved in the plane's restoration and the many media personnel who were there covering the historic event.    4/9/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, April 1, 1952, Cub Pack 7, sponsored by the Bryant School Parent Teacher Association, held its annual Blue and Gold Banquet in the basement of the Travis Street United Methodist Church. Advancement awards were presented to: Larry Jeffcoats and Johnathon Sewell, Wolf; Dan Barker, Webelo; and Larry Alexander, Louis Belknap, Neil Dunn, and Ronnie Kaiser, arrow points. Bob Claunch is cubmaster and Mrs. L. A. Belknap, Mrs. John Buccy, Mrs. Robert Claunch, Mrs. W. E. Murrin, and Mrs. C. P. Newton are Den Mothers. Extra note-Mrs. Robert Claunch (Thelma) was Donna Claunch's mother, she passed away in October of 1990. Several of our classmates began first grade in Bryant School which was located at 515 N. Wood St., the way the school districts were divided changed just before the start of our fourth grade and some students at Bryant made the move to Fairview School. Some of our classmates are pictured in a sixth grade class picture from Bryant School that is in the "Old Class Pictures" section of this website. Texas Star Bank now stands where Bryant School was once located, it's on the west side of Highway 75 directly across from Bearcat Stadium.    4/1/2012

Charles Cummins' mother, Elsie Cummins, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at the Frankie Lane Assisted Living Center in Lewisville, Texas. Services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Thursday , March 29, 2012 in the chapel at Dannel Funeral Home in Sherman, Texas, Pastor Albert Fisher of Key Memorial Methodist Church in Sherman will officiate with burial to follow at Cedarlawn Cemetery in Sherman. Elsie graduated from Bonham High School, was a member of Key Memorial Methodist Church for over sixty five years, belonged to the Key Bible Class, attended a Senior Citizen's Quilting Group, and loved to dance. Her survivors are: two daughters, Mary Fogle and her husband Robert of Lewisville, Texas and Mildred Gillespie and her husband Bob of Fultondale, Alabama; one son, Charles Luther Cummins of Prescott, Arizona; six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren; five sisters, Bobbie Lightfoot of Anthony, Florida, Janice Mumford of McAllen, Texas, Betty Sanford of Mulberry, Texas, Ella Mae Smith of Alice, Texas, and Neathia Young of Fredericksburg, Texas; and two brothers, Jack Hall of Ravenna, Texas and R. A. Hall, Jr. of Mesquite, Texas.  3/28/2012

Stellagene (Teague) Shelton, her daughter Janetta, son in law Garrett, and grandson Major just returned home to Sherman from a five day visit to San Antonio, Texas where they enjoyed many of the sights and sounds of the Alamo City. The Alamo, Landry's Seafood Restaurant, the Natural Bridge Caverns, Pat O' Brien's Restaurant, the River Walk, and Sea World were just some of the places visited on the enjoyable trip. Landry's Seafood Restaurant got its start as a family owned eatery in Lafayette, Louisiana back in 1947, today there are more than 250 Landry's located across the United States. For almost eighty years now another Louisiana original is the very famous Pat O' Brien's Restaurant in New Orleans, outside of New Orleans the only other Pat O' Brien's location besides the one in San Antonio is in Orlando, Florida. San Antonio, Texas may be ranked number two when it comes to population but it can claim number one as the most visited tourist destination in the Lone Star State. Stellagene has a special fondness for San Antonio because she used to live there when her late husband Joe Max Shelton (SHS Class of '62) was attending law school, this trip was especially meaningful because she was able to reconnect for lunch with two of the friends that she knew back then. Some rain encountered around Hillsboro plus a few traffic jams along the way due to some major wrecks made their trip south a little slower than usual, however the four travelers proclaimed the overall trip a success and they wouldn't need much persuasion to go again.    3/17/2012

In our research we have discovered some classmates who passed away some time back that we didn't know about before, the following people would have been part of our graduating class had they remained in our class until May of 1963. We are probably one of the few high school alumni classes that go back as far as we do in finding classmates, just because someone didn't graduate with us doesn't mean they should just be forgotten as many good friendships and memories were made all throughout our school years. Johnny Wayne Gann attended Jefferson School and passed away in April of 1972, Sandra Lee Graham attended Jefferson School and passed away in November of 2004, Chester Noblett was with us in junior high and passed away in August of 2011, Glena Scharnhorst attended Washington School and passed away in April of 1989, and Doretha Jane Williams attended Jefferson and/or Washington and passed away in June of 2005.  3/15/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column of today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, March 13, 1952, Latin Week is being observed at Sherman High School this week. The activities began with a tea in honor of Denison Latin students, former Latin students of Sherman High School, and those who plan to take Latin next year. Two one-act plays were presented as the afternoon program at the tea. The casts included Frances Ballinger, Maxine Blankenship, Tommy Brown, Richard Chase, Martha Claycomb, Bill Cook, Clinton Craven, LuBrownie Ellis, William Hamilton, Harry Hardgrave, Fred Kurrus, Frank McGraw, Garnett McGraw, Jimmie Robinson, Elaine Russell, Carolyn Sanders, and Jean Tolbert. Mrs. Stanley Hayes, Latin instructor, directed the two one-act plays. Extra note-Richard Chase who passed away in 1998 was Lesley Chase's brother, LuBrownie Ellis Mackie is Jeana Ellis' sister.    3/13/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, March 11, 1952, An audience of 1,200 saw Shirley Ewing and Bobby Darnell, Sherman High School Seniors, crowned "Queen and King" at the Senior Class Variety Show Friday evening at the Municipal Auditorium. Miss Ewing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Ewing of Sherman, was chosen the "Friendliest Girl" in the school in both her junior and senior years. Darnell, son of Mr. Mrs. J. B. Darnell of Sherman, was a star athlete and played basketball and football four years. The variety show entertainment included dance numbers, music, and a one-act comedy titled "Goodnight Please." Extra note-Shirley is Ben (Butch) Ewing's sister, she and Bobby married in June of 1953 and have lived in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for many years. Butch and his wife Mary now live in Muskogee, Oklahoma but will soon be moving to Geary, Oklahoma. For information about an earlier variety show Shirley was in as well as some trivia about the many clubs that used to be part of the extra curricular activities at Sherman High School, check out the 3/21/11 entry in this section of our website.    3/11/2012

Dale Williams' son, Eric Lee Williams of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Carrus Specialty Hospital in Sherman, Texas, a private burial was held at Bethany Cemetery in Sherman. His survivors are: his father, Dale Williams of Calera, Oklahoma; his mother, Sharon Williams Ball of Sherman, Texas; one sister, Jennifer Elizabeth Wesson of Fort Worth, Texas; three step-brothers, Adam Michael Ball of San Antonio, Texas, James Christopher Ball of Winchester, Tennessee, and Jeffrey Scott Ball of Melissa, Texas; and his grandmother, Janie Finley of Gainesville, Texas. A celebration of Eric's life will be held on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at A Christian Fellowship on Fellowship Lane in Luella.  3/4/2012

From the "A Look Back Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, February 29, 1962, Sherman High School tennis players will get their first taste of real competition when they compete in the annual high school invitational tournament in Wichita Falls. Playing in the boy's doubles will be Milton McAllister and Billy Warren; James Mulkey and Mike Ossiander; and Gus Hardy and Mike McKinney. On the girl's doubles team will be juniors Pat Onley and Vicki Wilson and sophomores Barbara Blaine and Sterling Hughes. Innette Sofey, a sophomore, will compete in girl's singles. Norman Bennett is the Bearcat tennis coach. Extra note-All our classmates mentioned in this article about the tennis team still live in our general area with the exception of Mike Ossiander, Mike passed away in July of 1978.    2/29/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, February 28, 1962, Sherman's newest retail shopping addition, combining Atherton's Music and Haring's Office Supply, has opened at 300 N. Travis in a building which once held the Sherman Opera House. Originally built by Gafford Construction Company in 1880, the three story opera house had a long and interesting history in the early days of Sherman. Extra note-Atherton's Music is now out of business and Haring's Office Supply is currently located in the building which once held Price's Department Store, it is now in the process of going out of business. Some other memories of the downtown Sherman we remember can be found in this section in the 6/20/11, 5/2/11, 4/28/11/, 4/16/11, 9/28/10, and 3/15/10 entries.  2/28/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, February 27, 1962, The trombone section of the Sherman High School Band will be featured in a band concert this Friday at the school auditorium, the trombonists are Ray Dyson, Jackie Harmon, Jerry Hainline, and Jim Jouvenat. The 1 1/2 hour concert will be open to the public, there is no charge for the special event. Some of the featured music will include songs from Bye Bye Birdie, Leoni's Trombonic Rhapsody, Overtures to a Wildcat, some modern descriptive music, and marches and classics. Extra note-Since his graduation from college Jim has lived in the Dallas Metroplex, he and his wife Gail Cary Jouvenat (SHS Class of '64) moved in to Dallas a few years ago after living in Richardson for many years.    2/27/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, February 26, 1962, Bobbie Westbrook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Westbrook of Sherman, was elected sweetheart of the Sherman District of the Future Farmers Monday night in the Municipal Auditorium. The pretty Sherman High School Junior competed against candidates from the eleven Future Farmers Chapters in Grayson County. Extra note-Bobbie lives in Georgetown, Texas and has lived in that area for many years.    2/21/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Twenty Years Ago, February 23, 1992, The Sherman Ex-Students Association will kick off its organizational meeting with a meeting Monday night in the Sherman Independent School District Administration Building. The association is open to graduates and former students of either Sherman High School or Fred Douglass High School. For more information call David Hall, Mary Lou Lueb, or Henry Sory. Extra note-Aton Bowman, Dick Ellis, Ven Hammonds, and Gail (Hipple) Bates have all been honored as "Outstanding Ex Students" by the Sherman Ex-Students Association.    2/23/2012

From the "A Look through our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifteen Years Ago, February 21, 1962, Fourteen fighters, representing the Sherman Optimist Club, will enter the Gainesville Optimist Invitational Boxing Tournament in Gainesville tonight at 8:00 p. m. Coached by Orvie Cantrell, the entries from Sherman include heavyweights Gary McCrary, light heavyweight Larry Washburn, middleweight Ronnie Langford, welterweight Billy Corbin, bantamweight Bill Washburn, lightweights Richard Creed, Roy Martin, David McCrary, and Jim Thompson, featherweight David Creed, paperweights John Hargett and Ken Mullins, and skeeterweight Jody Oliver. Extra note-David McCrary recently moved to Bonham, Texas after living many years in California.    2/21/2012

From today's Herald Democrat: Joey (Joe) Ulrich's granddaughter Rebecca Ulrich of Melissa, Texas is pictured in the sports section as she signs a letter of intent to compete in cross country for the University of Southern Mississippi. In the picture, she is accompanied by her parents Van and Wendy Ulrich and members of her cross country team at Melissa High School. Extra note-Rebecca has won her division in many of the track meets she has entered, one of her most recent wins was at a track meet at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.    2/16/2012

Don Smith's and Gloria (Sasser) Myatt's mother in law, Mary Myatt Barker, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2012. Services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Friday, February 3, 2012 at Fairview Baptist Church in Sherman with pastor James Moore officiating, burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park. Mary was an LVN and had worked at Madonna Hospital in Denison and Medical Plaza and Community Hospitals in Sherman before her retirement, she was a charter member of Fairview Baptist Church in Sherman and also a member of the Adult Social Club. Her survivors are: two daughters, Lela Myatt Boen Luxen and her husband John of Richardson, Texas and Mary Jane Smith and her husband Don of Sherman; three sons, Earl D. Myatt and his wife Helen of Sherman, Keith Myatt and his wife Donna of McKinney, Texas, and Roy D. Myatt and his wife Gloria of Pottsboro, Texas; daughter in law, Juanita Myatt of Sherman; one sister, Polly Barker and her husband Waymon of Lubbock, Texas; one brother, Reuben Sullivan and his wife Billie of Albuquerque, New Mexico; fifteen grandchildren, twenty two great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren two stepchildren, and several nieces and nephews.  2/1/2012

From the " A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, January 22, 1962, pool sharks at The Huddle this week were Bob Christian and Terry Green, Ronnie Bostwick controlled the ping pong paddles, and the light on their feet dancers were Gary Gray and Sara Moseley. Extra note-Bob Christian has lived in San Angelo, Texas for many years and Terry Green still lives in Sherman.    1/22/2012

Samuel (Sam) Morris Beckett, of Sherman, Texas, passed away Saturday January 21, 2012 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison, Texas. Services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2102 in the Wood Street Church of Christ in Sherman, Bill Mayes of the church will officiate with burial following at Cedarlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. Sam attended Freed Hardeman University in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Sam was a lifetime member of the Wood Street Church of Christ and the Disabled American Veterans, he joined the United States Army in 1966 and received his basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana and his Advanced Training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia before serving in Germany and also in Vietnam. During his ten years of military service, Sam received many honors including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with Four Bronze Stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Marksman with the M14 Rifle, the Expert Marksman with the M16 Rifle, and the Good Conduct Medal. After he returned to Sherman, Sam had a lawn care business and he also was the caretaker for his mother for many years. His survivors are: his mother, Evelyn Inez Sanders Beckett of Sherman, Texas; two brothers, Billy Beckett of Sherman and Daniel Beckett and his wife Evelyn Jean of Pottsboro, Texas; two sisters, Judy Beckett of Sherman and Mary Pope and her husband Robert of Denison; two nephews, Daniel Bow Beckett, Jr. and his wife Gwena Of Van Alstyne, Texas and Brandon Beckett and his wife Jamie of Whitesboro, Texas; one niece, three great nieces, four great-nephews, and several cousins.  1/22/2012

If you happen to run into Willies Ballou and his wife Cathye somewhere, it may be easier to ask them where they haven't been rather than where they have been. Willies and Cathye spent ninety days on the water cruising in 2011, their first cruise was the one they took as part of our 25 year reunion activities but no one told them that taking cruises could be habit forming. Their cruise line of choice and the one they have taken almost all of their cruises on is Royal Caribbean, some of the places they saw on their cruises in 2011 were Alaska, the Bahamas, South America, and the Western Caribbean. In between cruising, Willies and Cathye try to visit their son and his family in San Antonio on a regular basis and they are sometimes at home in Dorchester.    1/21/2012

From the Texas & Neighbor's column in today's Dallas Morning News, January 15, 2012: The National Park Service has opened private areas on the ground floor of the Texas White House near Johnson City after restoring the rooms to their 1960's appearance. The house is part of the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park in the Texas Hill Country. President Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, donated the property to the park service in 1972 but the house was not open to the public when the former first lady was still alive. The restoration began after her death in 2007, a tour of the house now includes the bedroom suites of President and Mrs. Johnson as well as the kitchen. Extra note- Alton Bowman was a big part of the restoration project, he was chosen to restore the furnishings in the historic home. To read more about this, check out the 1/10/10 entry in this section of our website.    1/15/2012

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, January 13, 1962, the newest dance craze "The Twist" seems to have really caught on in Denison following the showing of "Twist Around The Clock" at the Rialto Theater last week. The rigorous dance, that is definitely for young people, has caused almost as much controversy as the beginning of rock and roll itself. Described by one doctor as being barbaric, the dance gives the impression of two dancers rubbing their backs with a towel while stomping bugs on the floor at the same time. Extra note: The Twist caught on not only in Denison but also in Sherman and throughout the United States, it as well as the hula hoop are two fads from our era that are relived every year at many class reunions across the country. Although Chubby Checker is the singer most associated with the popular dance, lots of people don't realize that it was Hank Ballard of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters who wrote and first recorded The Twist. Chubby whose real name is Ernest Evans was one of the many singers from Philadelphia who began their careers on Dick Clark's American Bandstand, some of the others were Danny and the Juniors, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, and Bobby Rydell. Although once known as "America's Oldest Living Teenager," Dick Clark looked very much the same for many years. Since suffering a stroke in December of 2004, he isn't seen as much on television as he once was but he and his American Bandstand are special memories for those of us who were fortunate enough to grow up in that era. The Rialto Theater in Denison has recently reopened and is now showing classic old movies on the weekends, you can see many of them at home on the TCM cable channel but old movies just seem to bring back more nostalgia on the big screen of a movie theater. A particular movie favorite of many members of our generation, "American Graffiti," will be showing at the Rialto on April 6th. Live music shows are sometimes part of weekend events at the Rialto, their website is http://www.rialtodenison.com/.    1/13/2012

Alton Bowman was quoted in today's Dallas Morning News telling about how a grass fire on half of the hill that gave Flower Mound, Texas its name on New Year's Eve might actually be beneficial, he said that the wildflowers which will grow there again will be much more of a show than ever before. Alton is chairman of the Mound Foundation, a nonprofit group that maintains the 13 acre preserve that rises 50 feet above the landscape in southern Flower Mound. Alton said fire is a natural part of grassland ecology and some fire can be beneficial because it germinates new seeds, nourishes the soil, destroys non native plants, and burns off built up layers of thatch. Today visitors are invited to explore the mound where arrowheads and pottery shards have been found and more than 150 species of wildflowers have been documented. A book Alton wrote tells much more about the mound that gives Flower Mound, Texas its unusual name, more about the book can be found in the 5/29/07 entry in this section of our website.    1/11/2012

Glenn Hailey's mother, Ruth Hailey of Dyersburg, Tennessee, had her 90th birthday on January 5th at the Maple Ridge Assisted Living Center in Dyersburg. A special early celebration led by grandaughter Jessica Clowney and great granddaughter Hailey "Bug" Clowney was held on Monday, January 2nd, the Monday date seemed to work better due to the many friends and family members who attended but would have to be back at work on the actual birthday date. It was very fitting that Jessica and Hailey prepare a special birthday cake for the milestone event, they are the owners of "Bug 'N Momma Bakery."    1/6/2012

Leroy Griswold's mother, Frances Lee Griswold, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at Hilltop Haven Christian Care Center in Gunter, Texas. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Friday, January 6, 2012 at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Rev. Lander Bethel of the Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church will officiate. Frances was a longtime employee of A. G. Edwards in Sherman, a member of the Sherman B&PW and Soroptomist, and a longtime member of the Grand Avenue Presbyterian Church. Her survivors are: a son, Victor Leroy Griswold and his wife Janice of Southmayd; two grandsons, Glenn Collins Griswold and his wife Amanda of Sadler, Texas and Victor Leroy Griswold III of Sherman; three great-grandchildren, Dylan, Katie, and Ty; a sister-in-law, Florence Griswold Cahan of Decatur, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.  1/5/2012