ROSES & THORNS

2014

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Pat Bohrer Means is another of our classmates who got hooked on cruising when she took that first cruise back in 1988 as part of our 25 year reunion activities, Willies Ballou and his wife Cathye are our champion cruisers but Pat definitely enjoys it too. So far Pat has been to Alaska, the Bahamas, Belize, Costa Maya, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Playa Del Carmen, and Roatan Honduras. All her twelve cruises have been memorable but probably the most rewarding cruises are the eight she has been on when she was one of a group of ladies that travel to areas in the Caribbean helping some of the needy people there. Her last cruise of that type was a seven night cruise to Belize, Cozumel, and Roatan Honduras, that cruise was somewhat more difficult than the others as Customs seems to be getting more and more picky. While there they delivered backpacks, clothing, and school supplies to a group called the Friends of Cozumel. SAIL (Solid Assurance in the Lord) is the group Pat is part of, SAIL is a division of the Friends of Cozumel. Congratulations to Pat for her very unselfish efforts in helping others, for more about this check out this section's 8/8/12 and 2/14/08 entries.  7/8/2014
In today's Herald Democrat there is a picture of  Milton McAllister and his wife Gail on their wedding day back in 1964, the story that accompanied the picture told of some of the highlights of their fifty years of happiness. Milton and Gail renewed their wedding vows on Friday, June 27, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church in Sherman, they had said their original vows on June 27, 1964. A very special celebration to mark the happy occasion was held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Wildwood Ranch in Whitesboro. Milton's mother Dorothy attended, as well as many other family members, and a joyous time was had by all. Milton and Gail are to be commended for the many foreign exchange students they have hosted in their home throughout the years. During the first twenty years of their marriage they lived in Sherman and Dallas, however for the last thirty years they have lived in Denison.  7/6/2014
Parade Magazine is a weekly magazine that is included in Sunday's edition of many newspapers around the country, today's issue announced the 16 finalists for cities named for their "America's Best Main Street Award." One of those finalists is Georgetown, Texas, at least four of our classmates live in Georgetown. In fact several of our classmates are now living in the growing and popular area around Austin, those we know of currently living in Georgetown are Mike Ledbetter, David Seaver, Linda Sloan McCrary, and Bobbie Westbrook Lagow.  6/29/2014
Mike Ritchie and his wife Gay were pictured in today's Sunday morning edition of the Herald Democrat, their monumental 50th wedding anniversary just happens to be today. A special family celebration yesterday was hosted by their son and daughter, Kathleen Pearson and Robert Ritchie, both of Pottsboro. Gay Orrison Ritchie (SHS Class of '62) is retired from Sears and Mike is retired from TXU, they have two grandchildren and one great grandchild.  6/23/2014
The North Texas Regional Airport - Perrin Field are hosting the Lone Star Aerobatics Championships again, they have hosted this event since 1997. It has been said that watching the planes at this particular show is like watching a gymnastics meet in the air. The problem with events like these is that there does not seem to be enough local promotion about the event, either in the newspaper or on television. It probably would be enjoyed by a lot more local people if a schedule of the events would be published for instance, for those who have seen some of these shows it is pretty amazing what these pilots and their planes can do.  6/22/2014
Every year since 2000, Vicki Wilson Mulkey has donated a handmade quilt to the silent auction held by Operation Kindness, a no-kill animal shelter in Carrollton, Texas. Her 13 quilts have earned more than $6,000 for the shelter. Vicki volunteers at the shelter every Monday, her talent and her unselfish generosity earned Vicki a special place in an article in July's issue of Woman's Day magazine about women that use their crafting talents to help others. Many of the animals at the shelter have special needs, Vicki says one of the real joys she receives is seeing people walk out happy because they found just the right animal.  6/21/2014
We usually try to make note of our classmates when they observe a monumental wedding anniversary, however we need to know about them first. A couple of monumental anniversaries that occurred this year are Mike McDonald and his wife Dee's twenty fifth anniversary on February 25th and Sherry Murphey Brooks and her husband Larry's fiftieth was on June 13th. Mike and Dee live in Sherman, Sherry and Larry live in Denison. 6/20/2014
Alvin Gray and his wife Robbie celebrated their monumental 25th wedding anniversary on June 15th, a special family celebration was hosted by their children. The happy couple actually married on June 17th, 1989 in a very unique but memorable ceremony, an old fashioned outdoor country pasture wedding in a peaceful setting in Kentuckytown between Tom Bean and Whitewright. That sounds like it may have been part of an episode of "The Waltons" television show, simpler times and just good old fashioned values. As we get older many of us seem to appreciate those days gone by more and more. Alvin is retired from Grayson County's Road and Bridge crew, Robbie is retired from Texas Instruments. The  anniversary couple has three daughters and three sons and twelve grandchildren, naturally they get to do a lot of babysitting. While some of us think a lot of babysitting would be a real challenge, it's something they both enjoy very much.  6/18/2014
Dianne Keesee Williams and her husband John live in Bedford, Texas but make an annual trip back to John's hometown which is located in upstate New York in the Thousand Islands area, John refers to that as "God's Country." Some of us have kidded John about that comment, evidently he's not the only person to think that. In a recent issue of USA Today the winners of their 10 Best Readers' Choice Awards for "America's Best Boat Ride" were listed, the Thousand Islands of New York State and Ontario came in first. A lot of people just think of New York City when they hear the word New York, the Thousand Islands area is truly one of the most beautiful and scenic parts of our great country. I guess some of us will have to give John a little more credit when he says something, he's now lived in Texas longer than he lived in New York so he's a Texan now.   6/16/2014
In today's Herald Democrat there is a very interesting story about a man and his tamale cart being a fixture on Bonham's town square for many years, most of the story could just as well have been written about downtown Sherman. Many of our classmates will remember how good the tamales were from the man that sold them from his cart downtown on our square, they were usually sold by the dozen and the man would then wrap them up in newspapers before giving them to his customer. It's been said that at one time there were two men in downtown Sherman competing for that business, one of them was Manuel Morales. Manuel passed away in May of 1969 at age 90, he had sold tamales downtown for more than forty years before he was forced to retire because of ill health. Tamales today are still good but somehow they just don't taste quite the same as those tamales of years ago.  6/16/2014
David Charles Van Hooser of Dallas, Texas passed away on Monday, June 2, 2014. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p. m. on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at Casa View Christian Church in Dallas, Dr. Lesly F. Massey will officiate. Arrangements are by Sparkman-Crane Funeral Home of Dallas, burial will follow at 1:00 p. m. on Monday, June 9, 2014 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Paul's Valley, Oklahoma. David served in the United States Marines and after his honorable discharge he worked for Merrill Lynch and also for Southwest Securities. David's survivors are: his wife, Sue Ann and her children Becky and Bobby; two sisters, Carol Mitchell and her husband Emmett of Lecompton, Kansas and Doris Dyer and her husband Mack of Krum, Texas; two brothers, James Van Hooser and his wife D'Ann of Davison, Michigan and Terry Van Hooser and his wife Donna of Sherman, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.  6/5/2014
HOPE which stands for "Helping Others Pursue Education" awarded their first scholarships to eleven deserving graduates from the Sherman High School Class of 2014, eight of the eleven award recipients were pictured in an article in today's Herald Democrat. More about this unique and very worthwhile Sherman Ex-Student's Association sponsored program that helps otherwise qualified but financially unable SHS graduates a chance to attend college or a trade school can be found in a special new section on this website.  6/1/2014
Jimmie Carol Williams Chafin's sister, Martha Lavelle Williams McNeely of Fort Worth, Texas, passed away on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 30, 2014 in the University Baptist Church in Fort Worth, burial will be at Elliott Cemetery in Gunter, Texas. Lavelle was a 1946 graduate of Sherman High School, attended Austin College and was a graduate of the Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman's University) in Denton.  She taught English in Sherman and after moving served many years as an English and Spanish teacher in the Fort Worth Independent School District, was a long time member of University Baptist Church, and was a class leader of Bible Study Fellowship at her church. Her survivors are: two daughters, Karen Zecy and her husband Mark of Leawood, Kansas and Susan Cothern and her husband Donald of Tyler, Texas; one son, Norman and his wife Tracey McNeely of Wichita, Kansas; one sister, Carol Chafin of Round Rock, Texas; six grandchildren and one niece and one nephew.  5/24/2014
In today's Herald Democrat: Duane Heatley and his wife Joanne Harrison Heatley will be two of the hosts at next Tuesday's meeting of the Grayson County Historical Society, the meetings are held monthly at Frontier Village which is located inside Loy Lake Park. This month's program with tell of the works of Morris Britton and Neilson Rogers, two Grayson County Historians who each compiled and wrote some interesting stories about our county and its history. Duane is vice president of the Grayson County Historical Society, Gordon Duke and Gary Park are usually part of the audience at the monthly meetings.  5/8/2014
Gordon Duke and his wife Darlene were in San Antonio recently to see the 2014 edition of the San Antonio Fiesta's famous "Battle of Flowers" parade, that is one of the highlights of April's Fiesta Week. The always popular celebration seems to grow every year and has over 100 different events this year, the parade is now the second largest in the country and is only surpassed by Pasadena's Rose Bowl Parade.  5/1/2014
Tommy Skipworth was the subject of a feature article in a recent edition of the Howe Enterprise newspaper. He served Howe as a coach, counselor, teacher, and principal for thirty six years, he was very well thought of in Howe because of some of the unique ways he taught and the devotion he had for his students. He loved those kids and they loved him, the fact that his birthday fell on Valentine's Day might have helped play a part in all that love and devotion. Tommy will be inducted into Austin College's Hall of Honor in July, while there he lettered in both baseball and basketball. Tommy passed away in November of 2005 but people that knew him still talk about his amazing athletic abilities in both high school and college, he is known at Austin College as being one of only eighteen basketball players to score 1,000 points while playing for the Kangaroos.  4/25/2014
An article in today's Herald Democrat tells about a recent event held at Austin College honoring the Texas Health Presbyterian - WNJ Hospital volunteers, Doyle Reynolds' son Vance is CEO and presented several of the awards handed out at the annual banquet. Margie Wilhelm's sister, Virgie Carter, was one of three people receiving a special certificate for fifteen years of volunteer service to the hospital and its patients. Jim Jouvenat's mother Eloise was one of the hospital's longest serving volunteers, she is still missed by many and remembered for her thirty one years of unselfish dedication and kindness.  4/20/2014
Gary Park is featured in a full page artice in today's Herald Democrat telling about the inhumane way our American soldiers were treated during the Vietnam War Era as opposed to how they are treated now, finally those brave men and women are getting some of the respect back that they truly deserve. Gary owns "Grandpa's Footlocker" downtown which is a treasure for anyone searching for military memorabilia, he is a member of two military associations and also attends many military related events in the area. For anything military related Gary has become Sherman's "go to" guy, if he doesn't have the answer he can most likely find it out for you. 4/13/2014
James Ray (Bucky) Bell of Maricopa, Arizona passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014, no memorial service is scheduled other than a private service at a later date with family members. Jim as he came to be known graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in Mathematics and he later received a Master's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Dallas, he formerly owned a computer software company for many years. For ten years before he retired Jim was a Senior Systems Analyst at the Wal-Mart home office in Bentonville, Arkansas, in his spare time two hobbies he really enjoyed were dancing and fishing. His survivors are: his wife, Leah of Maricopa, Arizona; one daughter, Jodie Bell; one son, Mike Bell; one step daughter, Sandy Marsh; one step son, Thomas Rodriguez; three grandchildren; one sister, Terri Ann Johnson of Sherman, Texas; one brother, Mike Bell of Sherman, Texas; one niece, Kim Goff; and three nephews, Bryan Michael Bell, Chad Johnson, and Wesley Johnson.  4/2/2014

From the "A Look through Our Area's Past" column in today's Herald Democrat: Sixty Years Ago, March 30, 1954, Several pictures are shown from the Jaycee Follies of 1954: A chorus line of local ladies are shown performing a high-kick routine: The limber ladies are Betty Jo Casler, Mrs. Forrest Copeland, Mrs. John Ellis, Mrs. Joe Fields, Mrs. Jimmy Hughes, Mrs. James W. Scolman, and Mrs. Joe Sidney Thompson. "A Girl named Marilyn" (Patty Proffitt) lands in the arms of Wayne Hopson, Jimmy Hughes, Bob Sommer, and Ronald Wood. Also in the picture are Charlie Campbell, Greg DeArman, Dr. Creighton Reid, and Rogers Santa. Joe Kaufmann and Bill Pennington go over an arrangement with pianist Mrs. Owen Livesay. Among the other acts are song and dance routines worked out for the cast of almost 100 people. Extra note-Mrs. John Ellis (Ruth) was Johnny Ellis' mother, she passed away in January of 1977. Mrs. Jimmy Hughes (Nadyne) is Skee Hughes' mother and she still lives in Sherman. The name Rogers Santa was checked and verified, a man with such a name did live in Sherman at one time. He probably would not have been too hard to track down for his class reunion, that is not exactly a common name.  3/30/2014

Sometimes we learn of a classmate or a classmate's relative passing away and we don't know much else, the three people that follow are examples of that happening. Joyce Smith Sonnamaker's husband Clint (SHS '61) passed away August 23, 2010 while living in Oklahoma, Poinsett Nowell (Pudge) Littlefield, Jr. passed away March 5, 2013 while living in Florida, and Gloria Sasser Myatt's brother Virgil Wayne Sasser passed away recently while in an assisted living facility in Denison, Texas. One of the highlights of our reunion in December of '82 was Pudge being there, for years several people had said he had been killed in a car wreck. He told us that he came to show his classmates that he was still around, similar to when Mark Twain was reported to have said "the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated."  3/13/2014

Jimmy Jack Beale is pictured in an article in today's Herald Democrat telling about his idea for the new HOPE scholarship progam, HOPE stands for "Helping Students Pursue Education." The unique and very worthwhile program is designed to help SHS graduates continue their education, these are students who will not receive other scholarships and want to attend college and are otherwise qualified but are unable to do so because of lack of finances. More details about this will follow as the Sherman Ex-Students Association sponsored program develops, Jerry Dan Miller was the first person to donate a scholarship which will be named in honor of former Sherman Police Chief J. D. Pickens who recently passed away.  3/6/2014

Jimmy Dan Powell of Royse City, Texas passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p. m. on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Ingram Funeral Home in Quinlan, Texas, burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Honey Grove. Jimmy Dan served in the United States Army, he was presented with an honorable discharge as a Sergeant after six years of service. He retired after working many years as a machinist at Varo Industries in Garland. Jimmy Dan was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, another hobby he enjoyed was caring for the cows and horses he owned. Jimmy Dan's survivors are: four sisters, Carole Thompson and her husband Lou of Sherman, Eddy Coppedge and her husband Clay of Garland, Judy Bell and her husband Alan of Greenville, and Mona Busby of Quinlan; one brother, Wayne Powell of Honey Grove; one stepson, Mike Crawford; and numerous nieces and nephews.  2/26/2014

Don Alexander's daughter in law is one of the police officers pictured on the front page of today's Herald Democrat, Allison is a police officer at Grayson College. The campus emergency preparedness drill held on the campus of Grayson College was attended by officers from the Collin County Sheriff's Department, Denison Fire Department, Grayson College Police Department, Sherman Police Department, the Texas Highway Patrol, as well as other agencies. Allison has also been featured in local television news stories from time to time concerning various activities of the Grayson College Police Department..  2/23/2014

Vick Gotcher's father, John (Jay) Gotcher of Sherman, Texas, passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2014, services will be at 1:00 p. m. on Saturday, February 5, 2014 at Dannel Funeral Chapel in Sherman, Texas. Reverend Leland Samuelson will conduct the services, burial will follow at Georgetown just north of Pottsboro, Texas. Jay served his country during World War II in the United States Navy, owned Economy Motors in Sherman until 1973, and spent his retirement years doing woodworking and restoration. His survivors are: two daughters, Gloria Brooks and her husband Keith of Sherman and Leslie Walsh and her husband Neil of Lewisville, Texas; two sons, John Gotcher and his wife Holly of Greenville, Texas and Vick Lynn Gotcher of Plano, Texas; four grandchildren and five great grandchildren; brother in law, Ben Riddle of Whitesboro, Texas; and sister in law, Julia Knox of Grand Prairie, Texas..  2/1/2014

Becca Hutt Williams and Sissy Higginbotham Williams are two of our classmates that became related through marrying SHS Class of '61 brothers, the family association has really worked out and just seems to continue to improve through the years. Becca married Don Williams on January 5, 1962 and they live in Fort Worth, Texas and Sissy married Larry Williams on June 2, 1963 and they live nearby in Mansfield, Texas. The two Williams families get together whenever they can, however their most meaningful combined family celebrations occur at Thanksgiving and at Christmas. The Williams' family count including Don's sisters family is soon to be 37, with that many family members there's always a good reason to celebrate. Congratulations to both Becca and Sissy for each having over fifty years of marriage.  1/12/2014
Gail Hipple Bates had a busy year as usual, work related trips to Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Louisville, and Washington, D. C. kept her on the road quite a bit. A highlight for us was having Gail and her husband David attend our class reunion back in July, because of being in Dallas on business she even got to make a second trip back to Sherman in November. Gail made lifelong friendships with several of us even though she moved away before graduation, Gail and others like her are one of the reasons we try to find all our former classmates we can. Friendships are made all through our school years regardless of whether the classmate actually graduated with us or not.   1/10/2014
 In today's Herald Democrat there is a five generation picture of Marvin Fulenchek's family,Stellagene Teague Shelton was also in a five generation picture back several years ago. In this picture were Marvin's mother Maxine, Marvin, Marvin's daughter Kerry Robinson, Marvin's granddaughter Ashlyn Curry, and Marvin's one year old grandson Brock Curry.  1/7/2014
Debbie Larkin Roberts' sister, Stephanie Jean Larkin of Fayetteville, Arkansas, passed away on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014 at Beard's Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville. She worked as a customer service representative at the headquarters of Tyson Foods in Springdale, Arkansas, before that she worked many years in the travel industry. Her survivors are: one daughter, Didi Smith and her husband Bud of Wapanucka, Oklahoma; four sisters, Becky Jackson and her husband Bill of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Debbie Roberts of Sherman, Texas, Lisa Whaley and her husband Chuck of Sherman, Texas, and Rhonda Byler of Farmington, Arkansas.   1/7/2014

 A total of ten family members witnessed the recent December 30, 2013 marriage of classmates Jim Ross and Joyce Hartwig Murter, the newly married couple will make their home in Grand Prairie, Texas where Jim has lived for thirty two years. Jim's brother Joe and Jean Gilliland Ross live in nearby Keller and this December 30, 2013 date just happens to be their 49th wedding anniversary, all four have been regular attendees at many of our activities and we sure hope this will continue. Congratulations to the newlyweds, we expect to see all four of the Rosses at our next mini-reunion which will be June 14th.       1/6/2014