ROSES & THORNS

2013

 

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Most all of us have or certainly should have a great deal of family pride, Glenn Hailey'sfamily pride overflows and that's in no way a bad thing. Every Christmas Glenn sends out very interesting narratives of the year's summary of life's happenings in the Hailey household to family members and friends, the same recipients are treated at other times during the year to more detailed reports of some of the events of Glenn's family and friends. At one time Glenn worked for the Sherman Democrat, that experience must have helped him sharpen his writing skills because his narratives are anything but dull. A low point in Glenn's life during 2013 occurred in July when his mother Ruth passed away at age 91, that was a big loss for Glenn but he wrote that he truly felt blessed to have had his mom as many years as he did.   12/23/2013
Joanne Harrison Heatley's brother, Dwight David Harrison of Bells, Texas, passed away on  Saturday, September 28, 2013. Graveside memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013 at Virginia Point Cemetery northeast of Bells. Rev. Jeremy Myers of St. Mary's Catholic Parish will officiate under the direction of Mullican Little Funeral Home of Bells. Dwight graduated from Bells High School and also attended Grayson College and the University of North Texas in Denton, he served in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Germany as well as South Dakota. His survivors are three sisters: Deborah Thorman, Dianne Patterson, and Joanne Heatley.  12/15/2013
Gail Hipple Bates who lives in Maryland and her friend Nancy Stocksdale were in Dallas last week for a work related conference, she came in early since she wanted to do some sightseeing. She drove up to Sherman on Wednesday and drove around the area before meeting a few former classmates for dinner, some good conversation and good food was enjoyed at Cheddar's by the small group at the very spur of the moment mini-reunion. Although Gail left Sherman during her Sophomore year she has fond memories of Sherman and enjoys coming back for our reunions and at other times when she can, it's classmates like Gail who make all our efforts put forth in locating our non-graduate classmates worthwhile. 11/21/2013
Jeana Ellis Pethel, Gary Odom, and Don and Beverly Fant Whiddon spent 4 days on a sailboat off the west coast of Florida in October and had a wonderful time. The adventurous foursome enjoyed sailing the waters off the Gulf Coast and spending each night in a different marina. They sailed out of St. Petersburg and spent nights in Bradenton, Sarasota and Gulfport, Florida before heading back to St. Pete. When the sailing trip was over, Jeana and Gary joined Beverly and Don for a night at their home in Tallahassee and two nights at their weekend getaway home in Callaway Gardens, Georgia. Beverly said the sailing trip was lots of fun, but the best part was catching up on more than fifty years of friendship with Jeana.11/15/2013
Gary Park was driving one of the ten military vehicles in Denison's recent Veteran's Day parade, the Denison High School Marching Band played several patriotic tunes. Denison seems an especially fitting place to host a Veteran's Day parade since President Eisenhower was born there, he declared Veteran's Day a national holiday in 1954. Parades like this across the country should make everyone who attends more aware of the sacrifices the members of our nation's military make for all of us everyday. 11/14/2013
Carolyn Howell Burchett of Tioga, Texas passed away on Monday, November 11, 2013. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a. m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013 in Tioga Cemetery with Rev. Luther Slay officiating, arrangements are by Slay Memorial Funeral Home in Aubrey, Texas. Carolyn's survivors are: one daughter, Melinda Wilkins of Collinsville, Texas; two sons, Bill Wilkins of McKinney, Texas and Boyd Hunsaker of Gunter, Texas; and five grandchildren, Adam Wilkins, Brandon Hunsaker, Greg Hunsaker, Hunter Walthall, and Jeremy Wilkins. 11/12/2013
One of our most generous with his spare time classmates as far as veteran related activities is Gary Park, if it's a military related activity in this area chances are good that Gary will be there. This morning on KXII television's very early morning news program Gary was interviewed about just what all Veteran's Day means, after that he headed off to the first of several scheduled Veteran's Day activities. It's easy to think of our soldiers on Veteran's Day and other military related special observances throughout the year, however we need to think of them every day. Our country is much better off because of the many sacrifices that all members of our nation's military service, both past and present, have done in the past and continue to do today for ALL of us. The Sherman Ex-Students Association's Museum has a very nice area honoring Sherman students who served or are currently serving in our nation's military, we also have a special "Veteran's" section on this website so check them both out when you can. Don't forget our nation's soldiers, they don't forget us 11/11/2013
From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, November 1, 1963, Deanna Kaye Nadeau of Sherman has been chosen to serve as a dormitory counselor in Katie Rogers Hall for the Fall semester at Lubbock Christian College. The Freshman student is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Jack Nadeau. Extra note-Being chosen to be a dormitory counselor in your first semester of college is quite an honor. Deanna passed away in April of 2004, she was living in Germany at the time. 11/1/2013
An article in today's Herald Democrat tells appropriately that the economic impact to the area from the recent FAI World Aerobatic Championships proved to be sky high, with all the people involved in that event staying at the local area motels and eating at the many area restaurants it just had to be a plus for the area's economy. The recent championships were the first for this exact event for our area, hopefully it won't be the last 10/29/2013
Billy Robertson's father, Billy Ray Robertson, Sr. of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Thursday, October 25, 2012. Services will be at 10:00 a. m. on Monday, October 28, 2012 at Waldo Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Mike Flanagan, burial will follow at Cedarlawn  Billy, Sr. served in the United States Army during world War II and later retired from GTE after thirty five years of service. Survivors are: a daughter, Linda Detro and her husband Mike of Sherman; one son, Billy Robertson, Jr. and his wife Marsha of Whitesboro; a daughter in law, Jackie Robertson of Durant, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren, and one great great granddaughter. 10/26/2013
David Hall's aunt, Alice Humphries Hall of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, a memorial service will be held at 12:30 p. m. on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Sherman with Reverend Chris Dowd officiating. A private burial will be held at West Hill Cemetery, arrangements are under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home. Alice was a very active volunteer in many local organizations including the Camp Fire Girls, the Sherman Service League, and the United Way. Some of the social clubs she was active in included the Current Review, the Friday Bridge Club, the Hors D' oeuvres Club, the Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club, and the Tuesday Study Club. Her survivors include: her husband, Jack of Sherman; her three daughters, Carol Hare and her husband Robert of Aledo, Texas; Lisa Hall of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Susan Stancil and her husband Jim of Fayetteville, Arkansas; four grandchildren;  one sister in law, Sarah Kay Humphries of Little Rock, Arkansas and her children and grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 10/23/2013
A front page article in today's Herald Democrat told about yesterday's first History Comes Alive tour of some interesting parts of West Hill Cemetery, the museum fund raiser was a sell out so more than likely a similar event will be planned in the near future. It is natural that Duane Heatley played a part in this event, he is a wealth of information on Sherman history. 10/20/2013
In today's Herald Democrat there is an interesting feature article on fossil hunting in this area, it tells of Ed Swiatovy who is originally from New York but came down here several years ago to work for General Cable in Bonham. A job transfer took him to Kentucky in 1985 but when he retired he came back to this area because of his fossil hunting hobby. Gwynn Crowson Getto is one of our classmates who really digs the fossil hunting hobby, you can see more about Gwynn and why our area is getting to be known for fossil hunting in the 5/30/11 entry in this section of our website. 10/20/2013
From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past Column" in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, October 15, 1973, Norma Milton (Jack's mother) of Wyatt's Cafeteria has been selected the winner of the Most Courteous Employee Contest at Sher-Den Mall for the month of September. Norma has been employed as head cashier at Wyatt's since their opening in 1970. Mrs. Milton's three children are Cindy, Jack, and Tim, she is a member of the First Baptist Church in Sherman. Extra note-Jack Milton has lived in Denison for many years, his mother lives in Sherman. One of the most popular items at Wyatt's Cafeteria used to be their terriyaki chicken. Sher-Den Mall was replaced by Midway Mall which is still in operation on Texoma Parkway (our old Highway 75), many of Sherman's retail businesses are now located in the Town North Shopping Center which is just north of Wal-Mart near the intersection of Highways 75 and 82. At one time Furr's, Luby's, and Wyatt's Cafeterias were all located in Sherman but they are all gone now, however Sherman does have a wide variety of restaurants and just not cafeterias. 10/15/2013
Last weekend the 6th annual "I Like Ike Fun Run and Birthday Celebration" was held in Denison, this is another celebration that just seems to get bigger each year. At the Eisenhower Birthplace there were tours as well as World War II reenactments plus birthday cake, a special program was held at  the Eisenhower statue on Highway 75, and President Eisenhower was also honored at the Perrin Air Force Base Museum. It's a pretty safe bet that Gary Park was at one or more of those events with one of his miltary vehicles. Gary is a military veteran who does quite a bit to honor our nation's military whenever and wherever he can, he and others like him are to be commended for all they do. America is much stronger because of all the sacrifices the brave men and women members of our nation's military make today or have made in the past to keep us ALL safe. When we think of them we are reminded that freedom is never really free, if you see a soldier of today or a veteran be sure to thank them for their service because they definitely deserve it. Where would we be without them? 10/12/2013
Willies Ballou's wife Cathye won the door prize at the October 8th meeting of the Dorchester, Texas Women's Club, she tries to attend every one of the monthly meetings she can if she and Willies are not cruising which they do quite often. 10/10/2013
The 2013 FAI World Aerobatic Championships begins this week at North Texas Regional Airport - Perrin Field, to the aerobatic pilots this is their Super Bowl or World Series. A story on the front page of today's Herald Democrat tells about Mary Westman Day who took a flight in the "Sentimental Journey" B-17, one of only fourteen still airworthy B-17s left in the world. Mary is one of the volunteers who works at the Perrin Air Force Base Museum, she dedicated her fight to the memory of Bernard Kuse and Ted Nurre who both flew in B-17s during World War II and who also both recently passed away. Mike Nurre's dad is one of the many dedicated volunteers who were very instrumental in making the Perrin Museum what it is today, Ted was very giving with his time and efforts to make Sherman a better place to live so he left a void many places and not just at the Perrin Museum. This World Aerobatic Championships are being held in Texas for the first time in its 27 year history, more than 60 pilots will perform from 17 different countries. 10/10/2013
 In Today's USA Today newspaper there is an article about a resurgence in drive in movies, it tells about ten new ones around the country with one of them being the Coyote Drive In in Fort Worth, Texas, this one plays up the Texas setting with a riverbank hitching post for anyone arriving on horseback from the nearby Fort Worth Stockyards. We have another more local interest write up about drive ins in the 6/20/09 entry in this section of our website, remember carload nights? 9/27/2013
The 32nd annual Sherman Arts Fest was held this weekend on the grounds on the Sherman Municipal Building, the always popular event seems to get bigger every year. This year more than eighty local businesses and non profit organizations were represented as well as quite a few local artists and craftsmen. 9/22/2013
 Joanne Cole Slaven's mother, Nola Daugherty Cole of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, September 4, 2013. Services are scheduled for 2:00 p. m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Dannel Funeral Chapel, Roland Ouellette will officiate with burial to follow at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Nola was a 1936 graduate of Sherman High School and had worked at Hardwicke Etter, Pool Manufacturing, Sherman Community Hospital as a supervisor in the Dietary Department, and then was in the same position at Medical Plaza Hospital until she retired in 1980. She received her Certificate of Food Management from Grayson County College, she was also a long time member of East Sherman Baptist Church and the Ruth Naomi Sunday School Class. Her survvors are: two daughters, Joann Slaven of Prosper, Texas and Juanita Reese and her husband Steve of Colbert, Oklahoma; one son, Walter Cole of Sherman, Texas; eight grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.. 9/6/2013
Jerry McAlister and his wife Karen now live in McAllen, Texas, playing tennis and car shows are two hobbies that they both enjoy very much. To those of us that have never been to that part of Texas it seems pretty remote but both say they really enjoy their new life and they have made lots of friends, another big plus is that there should be lots of places to eat some authentic Mexican food. Jerry is now in the process of restoring and customizing a '57 Chevy, his last project of that type or so he says. Jerry started out rebuilding Cushman scooters many years ago and since has rebuilt many motorcycles and a wide variety of cars. Jerry and Karen travel to car shows and swap meets in many parts of Texas and all over the United States, in fact about thirty each year. Jerry says the car shows range from small local shows with not very many cars up to some of the National Car Shows where there may be 14,000 or more cars registered and more just driven in by the spectators wanting to see what all is there. He sees friends along the way that he has met at some of the shows plus he gets to hear a lot of good music, a pretty enjoyable hobby. We grew up in an era that is still very popular, some of the most popular cars at these shows are the ones from the mid 50's to the mid 60's and people of all ages seem to never get tired of hearing that old time rock and roll. 9/5/2013
Carol Mitchell Kettlehut's brother, Terry Gaines Mitchell, passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2013. Graveside services will take place at 11:00 a. m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman, Rev. John Matey will officiate under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. Terry's survivors are: his wife, Vicki Mitchell; two sons, Craig Mitchell and his wife Kathy of Sherman and Chad Mitchell and his wife Laura of Denton; one daughter, Jennifer Mitchell and her husband Wylie of Southmayd; one sister, Carol Mitchell Kettlehut and her husband Bob of Richardson, Texas; one brother, William Henry Mitchell, Jr. and his wife Kathy of Denison and Ronnie Mitchell and his wife Caroline of Howe, Texas; and eight grandchildren. 9/2/2013

Rhea Buckner Leslie's brother, James "Jay" Washington Buckner of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2013.  Services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Monday September 2, 2013 at Faith Church in Sherman, Charles Glass will officiate under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. Jay was a longtime member of Faith Church of Sherman where he was treasurer and also a Sunday School teacher, Jay was also an old car enthusiast and owned a restored 1955 Studebaker. Her was an Austin College graduate and began his career as an art teacher at Sherman High School where he taught until 1973, after that he began a forty year career as an agent for State Farm Insurance. His survivors are: his wife, Virginia of Sherman; one daughter, Jennifer Kay Carney and her husband Ben of Sherman; one son, Jeffrey Jay Buckner and his wife Jill of Gunter, Texas; five grandchildren; three sisters, Floretta Tysver and her husband Dave of Vacaville, California, Mary Reeves and her husband Jerry of Plano, Texas, and Rhea Leslie and her husband Reid of Celina, Texas; and three brothers, Lonnie Buckner and his wife Betty of Colbert, Oklahoma, Marce Buckner and his wife Arnita of Colbert, Oklahoma, and Walter Buckner and his wife Barbara of Sherman, Texas. 9/1/2013
Mike Nurre's mother, Jerre Nurre of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2013. Services will be held at 3:00 p. m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Sherman, Chris Dowd and Joe Ed Goolsby will officiate under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. Jerre was very active in her church and community as well as being a long time member of the "Telling Our Stories" writing workshops at Austin College. Her survivors are: three daughters, Becky, Sara, and Susan; three sons, Mike, Pat, and Richard; and twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.    8/20/2013
Stellagene Teague Shelton recently took a trip to New Orleans with her sister Dianna where they met up with other family members to attend a wedding of a daughter of one of their first cousins, a trip to New Orleans wouldn't be quite complete without a few side trips. While in New Orleans Stellagene and Dianna toured the Civil War Museum as well as the World War II Museum and of course the French Quarter, just outside of New Orleans they toured the 157 year old San Francisco Plantation which is said to be one of the finest examples of an old plantation home in the United States. On the way home they spent one night at a bed and breakfast in Natchitoches, the final stop on the return trip was in Shreveport to check out the new Jimmy Buffett Casino which is naturally named "Margaritaville." A lot was crammed into the  four days but knowing how Stellagene likes to travel she's probably ready to go again.   8/14/2013

Judy Randall Nicholas of Hendrix, Oklahoma, passed away on Sunday, August 4, 2013. Services will held at 10 a. m. on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Waldo Funeral Home Chapel in Sherman, Rev. Joe Smith will officiate and burial will follow at Aker's Cemetery in Sherman. Judy was an RN and had worked at Wilson N. Jones Hospital in Sherman for 23 years. Her survivors are: her husband, Pete Nicholas of Hendrix, Oklahoma; one daughter, Becky McCammack and her husband Del of Denison, Texas; one son, Randy Nicholas and his wife Tommie of Durant, Oklahoma; six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren; and numerous brother in laws, sister in laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews.   8/5/2013

 If you happen to see Gary Park the chances are good that he has either just been involved in some type of military tribute activity or soon will be, a similar thing can be said about Gordon Duke and his two hobbies of ham radios and World War II vintage airplanes AKA "Warbirds." Gordon (N5TPO to his ham friends) has had his ham radio license since 1991 and he estimates that he has been to around 70 ham radio conventions (hamfests) and at least 250 air shows around the country. A good hobby keeps people active, Gary and Gordon are two classmates that definitely stay active.    8/1/2013
Don Alexander's mother in law, Estella Gilliam of Denison, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Denison and a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She had worked for Levi Strauss as a seamstress and loved to crochet for family and friends. A graveside service will be at 10 a. m. on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at Cedarlawn Cemetery in Sherman, her nephew T. J. Wasden will officiate under the direction of American Funeral Services of Denison. Her survivors are: two daughters, Debra Doty and her husband J. C. of Denison, Gina Alexander and her husband Don of Denison, and Sherri Tussing and her husband Duff of McKinney, Texas; seven grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, and six great-great grandchildren; a brother, Jerry Don Henderson and his wife Gwen of Denison; two sisters, Lucille Boren of Plano, Texas and Ruth Wasden and her husband Tom of Plano, Texas.    8/1/2013
In today's Herald Democrat an article tells about the newly formed History Comes Alive Committee of the Sherman Museum, the focus is on making the history of Sherman and North Texas more interesting to the community, help the museum with fund raising efforts, and to support the museum's efforts to preserve history. Guided tours of West Hill Cemetery and a special program have been planned for October 19th, different people will be involved in telling the story of eight individuals whose lives impacted Sherman. Duane Heatley is on that committee and will also be one of the speakers for the October 19th event.   7/31/2013
Glenn Hailey's mother, Mary Ruth Hailey of Newburn, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Services are set for 10:00 a. m. on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Dyersberg Funeral Home, her brother Parks Thurmon will officiate and burial will follow in Dyer County Memorial Gardens. Ruth was a longtime member of the West Dyersberg Church of Christ, she taught children's and ladies' Bible classes there for over 60 years. Her survivors are: two sons, Glenn Hailey of Memphis, Tennessee and Dr. Mel Hailey of Abilene, Texas; five grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; two brothers, Parks Thurmon and Roy Thurmon both of Dyersberg, Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews.  7/13/2013
Stewart Crane lives in Reno, Nevada and recently attended a very moving celebration at the Reno Airport, about 1,000 people were on hand to welcome back 33 World War II veterans that were just back from their escorted trip to Washington, D.C. to see their WWII Memorial and other sights. He said it was very moving  to see those dedicated and heroic veterans, many in wheelchairs, and most everyone in the crowd getting teary eyed just thinking of ALL those brave soldiers did and the sacrifices they made to keep our country safe. We should never forget everything that the American Soldiers of the past did for ALL of us, nor what the members of our nation's military continue to do today to keep America strong and ALL of us safe.   7/11/2013
Gordon Duke and his wife Darlene just returned from a special trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, the memorable trip was in observance of their fortieth wedding anniversary which occurred on July 4th. Forty years ago Gordon and Darlene honeymooned in the historic city and a lot of the places they visited and the things they saw were repeats of that honeymoon trip in 1973, they even stayed at the same hotel as before. Several things have changed since 1973 but many of the attractions people associate with New Orleans are still there, it had been thought that after Hurricane Katrina the Crescent City would never be the same but it seems to have recovered and after a lot of rebuilding in some ways it may even be better.  7/11/2013
In today's Herald Democrat there is a story about how members of the local chapter 973 of the Vietnam Veteran's Association were involved in helping honor four veterans from Whitewright who lost their lives, O H Hubbard is a '63 Fred Douglass graduate who came up with the idea of the monument which is located in a very special place of honor in one of Whitewright's parks. O H is very giving with both his time and money in helping honor area veterans, he is the man to see if anyone knows of an area veteran that may buried without a headstone. O H does much more than people realize and not for any personal recognition, he just feels inspired to honor veterans this way and we commend him for doing so. Charles Carter and Gary Park were both in attendance at the monument dedication, all three are active members of local chapter 973 of the Vietnam Veteran's Association. A link to the association is on this website.   7/4/2013
Sam Mullins and his wife Bettye celebrated their monumental forty-fifth wedding anniversary just four days ago, they are parents to two sons and the proud grandparents to three grandsons. Patrick and his wife Darla live in Little Elm, Texas, their son's names are Henry, Jace, and Samuel. Josh and his wife Megan live in Durant, Oklahoma. Sam is retired from Texas Instruments, Bettye is still teaching and just completed her 43rd year with thirty three of them being in Howe and the last ten in Sherman. Most of us have a lot more appreciation and respect for our teachers and all we put them through now than when we were kids. We weren't really bad back then, however a few of us might have been quite a challenge. Both Sam and Bettye enjoy very much being grandparents, they are active in their grandson's activities whenever they get a chance. Many miles are put on their vehicles between Sherman and Little Elm going to the grandkid's sporting events, trips they don't mind making at all.  6/25/2013
  Lon Kurtzman and his wife Linda recently returned from their third trip to Brazil, this time Lon and Linda were accompanied by their daughter Brandy and her husband Dax. While in the area they took a side trip to Argentina, in Brazil the family also got to visit with their friend Rafa who was the Kurtzman's foreign exchange student while their daughters were in high school. They did quite a bit of sightseeing in Rio De Janeiro and Curitiba which is Rafa's hometown. Lon and Linda are planning on joining us next month for our milestone reunion, it's been quite a while since we've seen them as he says they can just attend every twenty five years.   6/19/2013

Nelda Woods' sister, Viola "Vi" Wilkerson of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a. m. on Monday, June 17, 2013, Hospice Chaplain Jerry Wallace will officiate under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. Vi had worked as a night clerk at several convenience stores in Sherman for twenty years, she enjoyed spending time with her family and bowling. Vi's survivors are: her son, James Wilkerson of Sherman, Texas; her sister, Nelda Woods of Sherman; her brother, Henry Woods of Newport News, Virginia; and several cousins..    6/16/2013

 One of Suzanne Young Welch's hobbies is participating in charity runs/walks, this is her 8th year of a hobby that is good healthwise and at the same time raises money for various charities. She and her longtime friend Candace started the year out with the Hot Chocolate Run in February, in March they were in the Firefly Run which is done at night and benefits the Children's Medical Center, and another event they participated in was the Lymphoma Walk at Fair Park. Suzanne usually is in the Lung Cancer Walk but had to miss that event because of being sick, a new event for her this year was the Peace and Love 5K Run which raises money for the homeless of Dallas. The Peace  and Love Run really sounds like something that would have been held back in the late '60s around the  time of Woodstock, however if you think about it peace and love are good traits anytime. When some people think of our class being part of the 60's they might think of the hippie generation, however the music we associate more with would be a lot of that from around the mid 50's to the mid 60's.   6/14/2013

Melvin Leon Shilling, of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Graveside services will be at 10:00 a. m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. Three of Melvin's passions were being a father, being outdoors, and watching the Boston Red Sox play baseball. His survivors are: his son, Marvin Leon Shilling and his wife Amy of Sherman; his sister, Ann Scally of Sherman; his brother, Steve Shilling of Sherman; three granddaughters, Caitlin Phipps of Sherman, Jacey Phipps of Sherman, and Sara Mason of Santa Barbara, California; one grandson, Noah Mason of Santa Barbara, California; and a great granddaughter, Reyce Phipps of Sherman.   6/10/2013

A column by Jerry Lincecum in today's Herald Democrat tells of a funny story sent to him byMargaret Madden Alverson, it is an old family tale about the preacher and a special Sunday dinner in the Madden household many years ago. "Don't leave food on your plate. Think of all the starving people in the world, it's a sin to waste food" is something we've all heard, that quote is mentioned and then also pear preserves are part of the story which is told in a humorous way. Reading the story can make you think of some Sunday dinners at home years ago, or of one similar to a Sunday dinner that might be a part of one of the good old black and white movies that are often shown on the Turner Classic Movies cable television channel. There is an e-mail that goes around from time to time titled "Life was Better in Black and White," in some ways that may be true.   6/2/2013
An article in today's Herald Democrat tells about upcoming Memorial Day services, it's a pretty safe bet that Gary Park will be involved in as many of the activities as he can. The  article showed a picture of the traveling Vietnam Wall, it was in Denison in July of 2005. Gary, a very involved member of two military associations, is extremely giving of his time in helping recognize the efforts of our nation's military members both past and present.  5/19/2013
In today's Herald Democrat: Texas Health Presbyterian/WNJ Hospital CEO Vance Reynolds, Doyle Reynoldsson, gave the program at a recent meeting of the Grayson County Rotary Club. He told of how WNJ will celebrate 100 years of service in 2014, it has recently been named the first certified Primary Stroke Center in Grayson County. In 2012  the longtime Sherman medical institution treated almost 7,000 patients, almost 30,000 in the emergency room, delivered around 500 babies, and performed over 4,400 surgical procedures.  5/19/2013
From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, May 19, 1953, Byron Davis, principal of Sherman High School since 1937 and associated with Sherman High since 1931, will guide the system after July 1st. Davis will become superintendent on that date succeeding C. D. Landolt who resigned to become superintendent of the Clear Creek School District. Extra note-Byron Davis was still superintendent when we graduated, he passed away in April of 1984. C. D. Landolt was  father to Katherine Landolt, a classmate of some of our class that attended Bryant School. An unusual thing some of our classmates may not know is that Walter Carpenter was principal for a few of our class members during all twelve years, he was at Washington Elementary then moved with our class to Sherman Junior High and then when we were entering tenth grade he became principal of Sherman High School. Mr. Carpenter passed away in December of 1971.  5/19/2013

Earl Wiggins, of Bells, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Memorial services are being planned for a later date under the direction of Dannel Funeral Home. While in high school Earl was a member of the Bearcat's football team, he laterserved in the United States Army and saw duty in Vietnam and later  worked at Oscar Mayer's in Sherman. Earl's survivors are three daughters: Amanda Brogdon and her Husband John of Tom Bean, Texas; Rebecca Reinhard and her husband Jesse of Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Shannon Bull and her husband John of Wichita, Kansas; eight grandchildren, Ameryss, Ashton, Camden, Devon, Hudsen, Keatynn, Meagan, Rheylen, and William; his sister, Brenda Ferris of Nacogdoches, Texas; and his niece Stephanie Y'Barbo and nephew Steven Smith.    5/13/2013

Mike Nurre's father, Bernard "Ted" Nurre of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Services will be held at 2:00 p. m. on Friday, May 10, 2013 at the First United Methodist Church in Sherman. Ted was a 1941 graduate of Forest Avenue High School in Dallas, Texas and also a graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. Ted had a distinguished military career in the Air Force for thirty one years, he was a tailgunner on a B-17 Bomber flying 30 missions over Germany during World War II and he also served in Vietnam. Following his retirement for the Air Force Ted taught ROTC at Sherman High School for three years and then he worked for the Grayson Housing Authority where he retired as Executive Director in 1989. Ted also served Sherman in many ways including working with the Boy Scouts program for over twenty five years, helping set up and being a long time volunteer at the Perrin Air Force Base Museum, and he was a long time active member of the First United Methodist Church. His survivors are: his wife, Jerre; three daughters, Becky, Sara, and Susan; three sons, Mike, Pat, and Richard; and twelve grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.     5/7/2013
 From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, May 1, 1963, The Air Force notified Congressman Ray Roberts today that Veneble Lee Hammonds, Jr. of Sherman has qualified for the Air Force Academy. Ven is the son of M-Sgt. (retired) and Mrs. V. L. Hammonds of Sherman, his father retired from the Air Force about three years ago and is now a civilian employee at Perrin Air Force Base. Ven is a member of the Sherman High School Class of 1963 where he is president of the student body.  5/1/2013
 Gary Park recently participated again in Gainesville's annual tribute to our nation's Medal of Honor recipients, both this year and last in the MOH Parade Gary was the driver for honoree Army 1st Lt. Harold L. Fritz. This was Gary's ninth year to particpate in the week long tribute events, for more about this event you can read the 7/28/12 entry in this section of our website. You can also check out http://www.homeofheroes.com/ and/orhttp://www.medalofhonorhostcity.com/.  4/23/2013
 An article in today's Herald Democrat tells about the recent program at the monthly meeting of the Grayson County Historical Society, Margaret Madden Alverson was one of two women who gave a program and portrayed ladies that were very much a part of Sherman's history. Margaret portrayed Olive Ann Oatman Fairchild and Carolyn Dexheimer portrayed Sophia Porter, in a computer search much can be found out about these two very interesting women. Margaret and Carolyn will also be telling the stories again in a special program at Sherman's First United Methodist Church and also the upcoming "History Comes Alive" event to be held at West Hill Cemetery in October. The walking tour will tell the stories of some people who played a prominent part in Sherman's past, proceeds from that event will benefit the Sherman Museum. The Sherman Museum is on Walnut Street in the building that housed the Sherman Public Library when we were in school, that library was one of 2,509 libraries built worldwide between 1883 and 1929 with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie.  4/14/2013
 From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, April 14, 1963, the Grayson County town of Bells was once known as Gospel Ridge because of its many churches. Those church bells rang so loudly that it was decided to change the community's name to Bells, this was in 1873 around the time of the arrival of the T&P Railroad in 1873. Extra note-Duane Heatley is probably one of a handful of our classmates that knew that fact, Duane has a very interesting wealth of knowledge on the history of our area and especially old time Sherman.  4/14/2013
There was a feature article in today's Herald Democrat that told of the success of this year's Texoma Exposition and Livestock Show, the always popular annual event is centered around today's youth and their love for animals. Leroy Griswold is a lifetime director of  this event and this year was one of two show superintendents, he has been a part of the livestock show for all but three of its fifty seven  years. 3/29/2013
From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past' column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, March 29, 1953, The SHS Band is sponsoring the Bearcats Spring Intrasquad Game at 8:00. Monday night. Tickets will be $.25 for students and $.50 for adults, proceeds from this game will help the band buy new majorette uniforms. The twirlers pictured are Helen Aleman, Rachel Boatman, LuBrownie Ellis, Shirley Petty, Jean Tolbert, and Monna Williams. Extra note-LuBrownie Ellis Mackie is Jeana Ellis' sister, she now lives in Montgomery, Texas. 3/29/2013
  Twenty Years Ago, March 29, 1993, Nancy Croshwaite was recently inducted as Vice President of Public Relations of 1993 for the Epsilon Eplison Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta at Baylor University in Waco. Nancy is the daughter of Trey and Susannah Aston Crosthwaite of Sherman. Extra note-Although Kappa Alpha Theta has just been a part of the Baylor Campus for just over thirty five years, it is the oldest Greek letter fraternity for women in the nation having held their first meeting on January 27, 1870. 3/29/2013
From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, March 29, 1953, The Sherman High School Band is sponsoring the Bearcats' Spring  intersquad basketball game at 8:00 p. m. Monday night. Tickets will be on sale at the gate and are 25 cents for students and 50 cents for adults, proceeds will go towards replacing the majorette uniforms which are now six years old. The twirlers are Helen Aleman, Rachel Boatman, Lu Brownie Ellis, Shirley Petty, Jean Tolbert, and Monna Williams. Extra note-Lu Brownie Ellis Mackie now lives in Montgomery, Texas, she is Jeana Ellis' sister. 3/29/2013

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Some of the most rare and unusual World War II-era bombers and fighter jets remaining were seen recently at North Texas Regional Airport - Perrin Field for what is known as the "Wings of Freedom" tour. Warbirds on display were a B-17, a B24J Liberator, a Huey helicopter, a replica of an Me 262 German fighter jet, and a P51 Mustang. Gary Park Park and some friends from the Red River Chapter of the Military Vehicles Preservation Association were on hand with some of their military vehicles to display alongside the aircraft. Gordon Duke knows quite a bit about the Warbird airplanes so he enjoyed the show very much, Larry Russell is one of our classmates he remembers seeing there. 3/23/2013

North Texas Regional Airport - Perrin Field on Saturday plays host to the 7th annual Texoma 100 Air Race. All the planes are propeller driven, some factory manufactured and some home built, they will compete in three categories and 58 sub classes. It seems like the Perrin Airport is hosting more and more of these type competitions, they are nothing like the old Armed Forces Day shows many of us remember but it's good that the airport is being used in a positive way. 3/23/2013

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Fifty Years Ago, March 22, 1963, The third annual Miss Sherman Pageant will be held in Sherman on Saturday evening with nine girls seeeking the title. The contest will be held at the Sherman Municipal Building Auditorium beginning at 8:00 p.m. Seeking the title are Annis Anderson of Gunter, Glenda Blakey of Sherman, Linda Casey of Sherman, Doris Freeman of Dorchester, Len Gallup of Sherman, Paula Geers of Whitewright, Charla McCoy of Denison, Merrinell Phillips of Dallas, Judy Fae Reagan of Greenville, Doretha Sutton of Grand Saline, and Lynda Uphouse of Sherman. Last year's winner was Carolyn Clark of Sherman, she also went on to win the talent division of the Miss Texas contest. Television star Bruce Yarnell will be the master of ceremonies. Extra note-Bruce Yarnell became known primarily as a singer in many Broadway musicals and operas, the Hollywood High School graduate was killed in the crash of his private plane in November of 1973. Alan Ladd, Ricky Nelson, John Ritter, Mickey Rooney, and Tuesday Weld are five more of the many other famous alumni from Hollywood High. Actor, comedian, and musician Steve Martin is a Texas native and also a 1963 high school graduate, although from Garden Grove High School in Southern California and not Hollywood High. Glenda Blakey Wester passed away in October of 1971, Len Gallup Crombie has lived in Germantown, Tennessee for many years, and Lynda Uphouse is a professor at TWU in Denton and has lived in Aubrey, Texas for many years. 3/22/2013

Jerry Dale Bentley passed away on Monday, March 4, 2013 in Sherman, Texas, Services will be held in the Chapel on the Hill at Cedarlawn Memorial Park with Pastor David Murphy of North Park Baptist Church officiating under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. Funeral honors will be provided by the Fort Hood Honor Guard from Killeen, Texas. Jerry spent almost three years in The United States Army with the majority of his time being in Germany, he was honorably discharged in November of 1966, he later retired from Anderson Clayton/Kraft after twenty nine years of employment. Jerry enjoyed working in his garden and just being outdoors, even more enjoyment was provided him by the  time he could spend with his family especially his grandchildren. Jerry's survivors are: his wife, Carol Skipworth Bentley of Sherman; two daughters, Jennie Rolen and Tammie Owens both of Sherman; one son, Steven Bentley of Carrollton, Texas; seven grandchildren; five great grandchildren; his mother, Alma Bentley of Sherman; three brothers, Bill Bentley of McKinney, Mike Bentley of Whitesboro, and Richard Bentley of Austin; and several nieces and nephews.  3/6/2013
From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Forty Years Ago, February 20, 1973, serving others is an everyday experience for the volunteer "Pink Ladies" of the Hospital Auxiliary at Wilson N. Jones Hospital.The 92-member auxiliary, established in 1965, retains its image as a service organization devoted to helping others. Mrs. G. M. Henderson, the executive housekeeper for the hospital, organized the all volunteer group. Although now retired from the hospital, she became the oganization's first president and is still active. The January edition of the Pink Link says a lot about the auxiliary's high ideals in their motto for 1973: "I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything but I can do something." Extra note-Jim Jouvenat's mother Eloise was one of the most active of the pink ladies at the hospital for many years, she passed away in October of 2007 at the age of 99. Thirty one of her ninety nine years were spent as a hospital volunteer, the hospital stays of many people were made more pleasant because of Eloise's dedication and kind nature. Today Margie Wilhelm's sister, Virgie Carter, is a very active member of the hospital auxiliary having been a volunteer for fifteen years.   2/20/2013

Dianne Keesee Williamsfather, Harold Keesee of Dallas, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. Services will be at 1:00 p. m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Monica Park Christian Church in Garland under the direction of Restland Funeral Home. Harold was a graduate of Frederick High School in Frederick, Oklahoma and a Chemical Engineeering Graduate of the University of Oklahoma, while living in Sherman he worked at Mrs. Tucker's, and later he was a VP over research and development for the W. L. Clayton Research Center in Richardson for many years. Harold and his wife Wanda were very active longtime members of Monica Park Christian Church in Garland, in May of 2011 they were both given the title of Elder Emeritus in the church at a special service in their honor. Harold's survivors are: his wife, Wanda Fanning Keesee; two daughters, Dianne Williams and her husband John of Bedford, Texas and Sandra Holcombe and her husband Gary of Garland, Texas; one son, Craig Keesee and his wife Kathy of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.   2/13/2013

From the "A Look Through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, Estimating that he has filled up cars to the tune of more than 16 million gallons, J. A. Scoggin is retiring this weekend in Denison as one of the country's longest serving service station operators. Scoggins is now 65 and has spent his entire career at two locations in Denison with Mobil Oil, formerly known as Magnolia. Motorists scarcely braked to a stop at Scoggin's station before they found out he was a fanatic on extra service. For starters he would clean the widshield, look under the hood, and check the tires. He would also clean all the windows and vacuum the interior if the customer had time enough to let him. Extra note-The Sherman equivalent of J. A. Scoggin was Bobbie Westbrook's father Frank, he also was a full service Mobil dealer for many years. Frank worked well past the age of 65, he passed away in February of 1998 at age 87. Back in the "good old days" the term service station really meant SERVICE, it's a shame it's not still that way today.    2/8/2013
David Seaver's father, Lt. Col. Albert L. Seaver of San Antonio, Texas, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013 in a San Antonio hospital. Services will be held at 11:00 a. m. on Friday, February 8, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio under the direction of Sunset Northwest Funeral home, private graveside services will follow at Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. Col. Seaver graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville, Florida, he was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He served in the Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1946 and was recalled into the United States Air Force in 1951. He served in the Air Defense Command, the Strategic Air Command, the Tactical Air Command, and the Training Command. He was shot down and was captured by the North Koreans and held in a prison camp for nine months, upon his release he continued his service in the Air Force until his retirement in 1969. After retirement, he attended the University of Texas at Dallas and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. While stationed at Perrin Air Force Base, Col. Seaver lived in Sherman for many years where he and his wife were members of the First Presbyterian Church until moving to San Antonio where they joined the First Presbyterian Church there. While in San Antonio, he was a volunteer for the San Antonio Metropolitan Ministries which served the homeless and he also particpated in Bible studies and the KEYS adult ministries of his church. Col. Seaver's survivors are: two sons, Albert L. Seaver, Jr. and his wife Toni of Whitesboro, Texas and David M. Seaver and his wife Reagon of Georgetown, Texas; six grandchildren; five great grandchildren; three nieces, one nephew, and one great nephew.   2/5/2013
  William Wayne Vaughn of Sherman, Texas passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013 at Texoma Medical Center in Denison. Servies will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Wednesday, January 30. 2013 at Parkview Church of Christ in Sherman, burial will follow at Cedarlawn Memorial Park under the direction of Waldo Funeral Home. William served in the United States Air Force, he was retired from Johnson & Johnson where he had worked thirty seven years. He was a very active member of both the Denison and Sherman Elks Lodges, he had served in many capacities in the lodges including the title of Exalted Ruler and was Exalted Ruler of the Year for the Northern District in 2007-2008. William's survivors are: his wife, Peggy R. Vaughn; his daughter, Kelley Fossee and her husband Joe of Mckinney, Texas; son, Jason Vaughn of Sherman; two grandaughters, Ella Fossee and Sloane Fossee; his mother, Lallie Vaughn Killough of Sherman; three brothers, Eddie Bowman of Sherman, Roger Vaughn and his wife Janny of Fairfield, California, and Thomas Vaughn and his wife Darlene of Sherman; two sisters, Betty Marshall of Sherman and Brenda Kanz and her husband Don of Dallas, Texas; sister in law, Robin Vaughn of Arlington, Texas; three aunts, Frances Duren Gaines of  Pennsylvania, Doris Duren Pierce of DeKalb, Texas, and Lois Vaughn White of Denison, Texas; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.  1/27/2013

Betsy Marshall Wiley, of Missouri City, Texas, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2013. Betsy graduated from the University of Houston where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha, she was retired after spending many years as a legal secretary. She was very active volunteer in her church, her community, and her school. Being a longtime avid Bridge player, she earned the rank of Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a. m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at First United Methodist Church in Missouri City, Texas under the direction of Settegast-Kopf Funeral Home of Sugar Land, Texas. Betsy's survivors are: her husband, Jeffrey John Wiley of Missouri City, Texas; one daughter, Jenny Wiley Legath of Moorestown, New Jersey; three grandchildren, Cole, Jack, and Wil also of Moorestown, New Jersey, one sister, Patti Poole and her husband Ben of Rockwall; and several nieces and nephews and other relatives.    1/7/2013