Memories of Lueders, Texas
Pirate Chat Line Chatter for 1st Quarter of 2008
The foregoing messages are displayed in sequences as recieved and without editing. However, when not provided, the author's name and class year were added........

January 24, 2008

I normally would not post anything on the chat line from someone else with out their permission. However, due to the circumstances and the fact this is about a classmate of mine - Plus the wording of the message, I am taking the liberty to post this with out permission and I think you will see why.

I received this message from Kim Pittcock who is the daughter of Rayleen "King" Pittcock, my classmate from the Class of 53.

I did edit out Kim's phone number because I didn't want to distributor that without her permission. Anyone with a need to contact her, please contact me and I will make it available with some discretion.

However, You can tell that she took her mothers e-mail address book and is notifying everyone in it.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53
Dear All,

I am sending out a message to contacts on Rayleenís email account. Some of you I know very well and others I have heard many things about. I am Kim Pittcock, Rayleen middle daughter. I wanted to contact as many of you as I could about her situation.

Mother has not been feeling well for about 2 months or so, with sinus problems, bladder infection and such. She got over these but just never felt better and became really tired. She has successfully recovered from 2 cataract surgeries in the past month and one-half. She visited the Dr on Monday and her white blood cell count was over 100X what it was in July. She was hospitalized on Monday night. After many tests, she was diagnosed with acute leukemia on Tuesday. This is one of the most aggressive types of leukemia with someone her age. Not much can be done. By Tuesday, she had lost at least 50% of her abilities to effectively communicate and could no longer get out of bed. She is now just being made comfortable and is not in any pain. As of this evening, Wednesday, she can only speak a little bit. You can see her frustration at not being able to get the words out. We are trying to keep her comfortable and alive until my older sister, LuAnn and her two children can arrive from TX on Friday afternoon.

This has happened so quickly, we are all in a state of shock. She had shopped at the grocery store this past weekend and drove to the Dr on Monday! My sister Sheri, is now staying with me and will permanently reside with me.

Mother is in St. Bernardís Hospital in Jonesboro, Arkansas. My cell phone number is ???-???-????, (Removed by Ray) if anyone needs to contact me. I will update everyone and keep you informed by email as the situation dictates.

When the time comes, we will be having the service for her in Seymour, TX. Please keep Rayleen and our family in your prayers.

Kim Pittcock

January 24, 2008

I was saddened to learn of Rayleen's situation.

A few years ago, when I was doing some biographies on some of the class of 56, I asked Rayleen to do that of her sister Jane's, who had been in the class of 56.

Here is what she wrote about her sister, Jane.

Jane was ill and confined to her bed for several months and in and out of hospitals, but through all this, she was never discouraged and always maintained a positive attitude. The type of Leukemia Jane suffered was hereditary - her mother, aunt, and several cousins died of this disease. In the early fifties, genetic research on Janeís cancer, and other affected family, was the first documented study proving cancer was an inheritable trait within families. Extensive research has been done on this strain of Leukemia and great advances have been made in treatment. We are very grateful that no new cases in our family have diagnosed in the last twenty years. Jane suffered greatly from this horrible disease and went through constant painful testing - we hope her valiant struggle with this disease helped to discover new methods and develop drugs to enable others to live a healthy life.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

January 25, 2008
Good News Pirates,

I received the following from Rayleen "King" Pittcock's daughter, Kim and thought I should follow up my previous message by posting Kim's good news on the chat line

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53
Thanks to all for the good thoughts and prayers. Mother has improved greatly in the last 2 days. Her white cell count has been reduced by over 100,000 Ė still not near normal, but so much better. She is now able to get up some and the majority of the time able to effectively communicate. She has also started eating again. We are waiting on more test results to see if they can do something more. There may be the possibility of coming home if she can continue to improve.

It has been a dramatic change since Wednesday and Dr did not think she would make it through the night to now. Thanks to the ones who have responded. We appreciate all the good things that have been said.

Kim Pittcock

January 29, 2008
Hi Pirates,

You can't teach an old dog new tricks is simple not true in this computer world we now live in.

I have now been using a personal computer for over 20 years and every day it amazes me to learn how much I haven't learned.

Just a few days ago I stumbled across the fact that when viewing web pages on the internet, you can hold down the CTRL key and tap the PLUS (+) key to make the print larger and if the print is too large you can hold down the CTRL key and tap the MINUS (-) key to make is smaller.

You can do the same thing in e-mail providing you use Thunderbird, Seamonkey, Netscape or Mozilla for e-mail. Outlook Express does not provide this capability. Other e-mail programs might but, these are the only 5 I am familiar with.

In my old age I found this to be very handy since my eye sight is not what it used to be.

I might remind our Pirates, we have what is called the "Dunce's Corner" on the school web site which I and others have contributed too which explains how to use certain features of your computer.

I recently redid this section and added a couple of items under the link "Tricks and Other Neat Stuff".

Some of you might not be aware of the "Dunce's Corner". --- The link to it is located on the Main Screen right after signing in to the web site.

Check it out and if you know of any Neat Computer Tricks let us know.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

March 16, 2008
Hi Pirates,

You been quite lately so I'll give you something to go look at.

I think everybody likes to see model train layouts and just over 10 years ago my wife read of a Train Show over at the Orlando Fair Grounds and suggested I take our 8 year old grand son to the train show because he really loved trains.

Well the wife made a terrible mistake because we went and I got to picking up all the trains stuff I could never have as a kid.

Came home with a bunch of toys and had so much fun dickering with the old guys selling the stuff that me and grandson went back the next day and came home with some more.

I made a decision that day Sunday, September 7, 1997 to build a large model train layout and a family museum which I had on my mind to do for several years but, up to then had been to conservative to spend the money.

2 weeks later there was a train show in Daytona Beach and me and grandson went to that one and several more over the next few years.

We also found some property and by the end of 2000 we had us a new building and train table built.

Things moved along slowly until last summer when due to a labor strike at KSC my son was able to help me wire up the train accessories and finish the landscaping I had started.

There is still two mountains to construct in one corner of the layout and a subway to install under the table but, currently there are 9 trains in operation on 6 different tracks.

You can see the layout by clicking:...   HERE   and then click on the link that says "Ray's Play Room"

AND, if you click on "Museum - Inside" you will see my 1953 LHS football jacket and a display with all my Lueders High School memorabilia in it which includes my baseball glove used all during high school because I got the glove when I was in the 8th grade.

I suppose each of us have our things to do in retirement and mine ended up being model trains and did so all because the wife opened her mouth.

But, after 10 years of time and effort I have something to keep me busy. AND No! it is not open to the public. It is for the family and our friends private use only.

Hope you like the model trains -- E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

March 16, 2008
Fellow Pirates,

I am taking the liberty to post a message I received from Kim Pittcock, daughter of Rayleen "King" Pittcock, Class of 53

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53
Dear All,

Thanks for all the continued prayers and well wishes for Mother. Mother and our family really appreciated the support from everyone.

Mother passed away this morning 3/16/08 around 10:00 am. She put up a big fight and her leukemia had gone into remission due to the chemo. Unfortunately her liver and kidney began to fail and she began to experience a great deal of pain. We kept her comfortable for the last 2 days and she peacefully passed away this morning.

We will be traveling back to Seymour today and tomorrow. The funeral service will be at the Seymour Church of Christ and burial at the Rockdale Cemetery in Haskell County TX. We think the funeral will be Wednesday, but will not know until Monday afternoon.

I will be shutting down Motherís email when we return to Arkansas, but my email is if anyone wants a contact.

Thanks again for your support . Kim Pittcock

March 16, 2008

FYI Pirates: I received a donation from Maxine Vaughn Payne for postage at homecoming. It was very welcome. That was a big expense last year and will be more next time.

In her note she said that because of her husband's Macular Degeneration they needed to sell their farm and car and have moved to an assisted-living apartment in Wichita Falls. She was in the class of 1941. I hesitate to send her address out over the chat line, but will be glad to send it to anyone individually. I know she would love to hear from some of her friends and classmates.

She said that her brother, Orlan Vaughn, is in very poor health requiring oxygen at all times.

You know, it occurred to me last year at homecoming that we all are an endangered species--the Lueders High School graduates. Well it was a great beginning for most of us--an innocent time!! As Tiny Tim would say, "God Bless us every one!"

Greta "Olson" Corbitt, Class of 52

March 16, 2008

I do not know her but I would appreciate having her address. Since I'm right here almost in WF I might go, introduce myself and visit with her. We may know a lot of the same people.

I sort of remember Orlan Vaughn. He must have been a Jr. or Sr when I was a Freshman. Who did he marry?

It was good seeing you today.

I just received email that Rayleen (King) Pitcock died this morning. Her funeral will be at the Church of Christ in Seymour but they are not sure what day. She will be buried out at the Rockdale cemerty. She and I also went to country school out at Swenson School together.

Love - Ernestine "Segerstrom" Heller, Class of 53

March 16, 2008

A former teacher at Lueders-Avoca ISD and her husband (Kathy and Ronnie Teichelman) are in a bit of a dilemma.

Ronnie is to begin radiation treatments at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston on Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. Kathy said that they have exhausted all possibilities of some place to stay because of the Houston Stock Show and Rodeo.

Do any of you have any ideas or connections so that we can help them out. They are leaving Sagerton on Tuesday after school (Kathy is now teaching at Rule) to drive to Houston for the treatments.

Kathy said they are trusting God will provide a place to stay.

If you know of anyone or a place or an RV that would be hopefully close to M. D. Anderson, please respond quickly.

Sandra Reves

March 16, 2008

Try the Jessie H Jones Rotary House which is next door to MD Anderson and is for that very thing.

Jim Fitzgerald, Class of

March 17, 2008

I have received several responses ffom the call for help. Kathy and Ronnie are at the bottom of the waiting lists for the services to medical patients.

This treatment was ordered this past Thursday (Mar 13), and the treatment begins on Wednesday (Mar19).

They are on the waiting lists for the housing associated with M.D. Anderson, so we need to think past that at this point.

Ronnie is scheduled for treatment until April 22. Keep your thoughts coming though.

Sandra Reves

March 17, 2008

Just read E Ray's e-mail so guess we will send him the money.

Carolyn Stamford, wife of Kenneth, Class of 53

March 17, 2008

Which Carolyn is this and what money is being sent to E Ray for what reason?

Carolyn "Mullins" Pearson, Class of 65

March 17, 2008

With the recent reminder of Cancer to our classmates, sometimes help and compassion is available to assist.

I just wanted you guys to know something I thought I had discussed before. In Houston there is a group called the Lifeline Chaplaincy ministry that works hard at helping care for the needs of people coming to Houston for cancer treatment.

They are over the top in how much that they can help.

They call on the patients in the hospital, they meet their kin at the airport and take them to the hospital, they provide money through Compassion Touch for parking, assistance in lodging and other things.

The medical center here is made up of about 12 hospitals although M.D. Anderson is the best Known. I set on this board of directors and I can help introduce you if you have these needs.

In additional to that ministry, my wife Gayle, and her group have an apartment ministry that provides apartments fully furnished and television cable and everything in place to walk right in to full food stocked kitchens for people who are here in Houston for outpatient treatment for Cancer etc.

They have 6 nice apartments near the hospital that allows the patients to catch a shuttle to the hospital for their chemo treatments etc. they even have people to go with them to their treatments.

This is for people who are away from home that cannot afford the funds to live in a hotel or bear the high cost of care. Contact The Bammel Road Church of Christ for the apartments or Gayle or me. Church is 281-440-1910

Although we are becoming a smaller team, we are all team mates forever.

Max M. Dillard, Class of 53

March 17, 2008

For Carolyn "Mullins" Pearson, The message your asking about was from Carolyn Stanford, wife of Kenneth Stanford, Class of 53.

Apparently, Mrs. Stanford intended to respond to one of the private messages currently being passed back and forth between members of the Class of 53.

For many years, the Class of 53 has had a policy of sending a flower arrangement when a class member or a class member's spouse passes away.

Has been our habit to always put a gold ribbon with black letters on it that simple says "Class of 53". Black and Gold being the Pirates school colors.

Someone in the class will take care of buying the arrangement and then each of us shares in the cost.

In this case with the passing of Rayleen "King" Pittcock we have passed messages back and forth to see who was going to take care of buying the flower arrangement and then who was going to let everyone know how much and who to send the money too.

It was one of these messages which Mrs. Stanford was replying to.

Let me remind all Pirates that when you reply to a Pirate Chat Line message, the reply is going out to something like 90 alumni. So, your reply should not contain anything of too personal a nature.

For what it's worth, this time Ernestine is buying the arrangement and she will send me the amount and I will notify each member of their fair share simply because I have all class members current addresses and phone numbers and then the funds can be sent directly to Ernestine.

For whatever reason the Class of 53 has always remained close and when we experienced the first death which happened to be the spouse of one of our members we started this policy.

Now that you know, perhaps other classes will consider doing the same.

One reason we hung close all these years is because the entire class was nearly hung together for stealing junk iron which we collected and sold to raise money for the Halloween Queen contest and take our senior trip.

Appears a farmers horse drawn plow was junk to us but, a treasure to the farmer and George Newell came to the school to arrest us all. But, we got off by paying the farmer $35.00 for his horse drawn plow.

There is a whole complete story behind the junk iron escapade and it contains many elements of wonderful memories which was all a part of growing up and going to school in Lueders.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

March 17, 2008

Sorry, I thought I was sending message to Evert Ray. I hope appologizes will be accepted.

Kenneth Stanford, Class of 53

March 18, 2008

I owe Alice Backus an apologia she sent this to me 2 days ago and I overlooked getting it promptly posted. But, here is her request. ------------------ E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

Dear Ray,

Will you post this on the LA internet.I'm not good at that.But I need everyone to pray for Chuck's daughter.She is in very critical condition.Blood clots in her lungs and legs.They are giving her wrong medication,got her name mixed up and a lot of crazy things.I'm not what hospital she is in.I will let you know what I know when I know anything different.

Thanks Alice Backus

March 18, 2008

Thank you to all who have responded. Ronnie and Kathy have been provided with a place to stay for 10 days thanks to an Avoca Mustang.

Currently, a Lueders Pirate is trying to help them secure an apartment for the month of April.

Kathy and Ronnie are just overwhelmed at the generosity of those who have been contacted.

Now I know that the hearts of the Mustangs, Pirates, and Raiders are filled with love and concern for those in need.

I will try to keep you updated to the progress of Ronnie. Please keep the Teichelmans in your hearts and prayers.

From my standpoint, I thank each and everyone of you who have called or e-mailed. I felt the e-mail was a promising effort, and it has certainly opened my eyes to each one's concern and caring.

Thank you so much, Sandra Reves.

March 18, 2008

Ernestine "Segerstrom" Heller, Class of 53 told me of Rayleen "King" Pittcock's Obituary being on the web site at:...

Accordingly, it is provide here and I will be placing it in the Class of 53 section on the school web site. but, please allow me a couple days to get it posted.

Ernestine has also informed us that the funeral will be tomorrow Wednesday, March 19, 2008 at the Church of Christ in Seymour, Texas

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

March 19, 2008

This was posted in The Abilene Reporter-News on Wednesday, March 19, 2008.

Andrew Jackson Reves
Rockdale Community

Andrew Jackson Reves, 86, of Rockdale, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2008, at a Dallas hospital.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2008 at the Tankersley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bill Trice officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 until 7 p.m.

Andy was born September 11, 1921, in Shackelford County to John Henry and Jewel Reves. He was raised in Shackelford county and graduated from Lueders High School where he was the quarterback for the football team. After graduation he enlisted in the Army and served as a medic in the European Theater. He landed on the beaches of Normandy the day after D-Day. While in Germany he was captured and served nine months as a prisoner of war. After the war he returned home and enrolled at Hardin Simmons College in Abilene and played on the basketball team. He married Geneva Maxine Jones in 1953. She preceded him in death in 1968. Andy worked for General Dynamics in Fort Worth during the week and farmed on the weekends in Shackelford County for 19 years. He then returned to Shackelford county and farmed full time until 3 years ago.

He is survived by: 1 daughter, Willa Tozier and husband, Scott of Midlothian, TX; 2 grandchildren, Misti Dawn Garrison and husband, David of Wimberley, TX, and Cody Andrew Lindsey of Midlothian; 3 great grand children, Lauren Garrison, Jacob Garrison, and Samantha Garrison; 4 nieces, Edith Cole and husband, John of Graham, TX, Peggy Laird of Abilene, Laurie Goolsby and husband, Jerry of Hughes Springs, TX, and Barbara Brending of Waxahachie, TX; numerous cousins and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 1 brother, Duard H. Reves, and 1 sister, Joyce Brending.

Sandra Reves

March 19, 2008

Maxine Vaughn Payne (Aunt Dackie to her nieces and nephews) is one of a set of twins.

Her twin sister was Corinne Vaughn Cox, who passed away in 1999 I believe. Time flies and my memory fails and I'm ashamed of this memory lapse, as she was Aunt Wene to her nieces and nephews .

The twins are sisters to my mother, Odessa Vaughn Johnson who passed away in 2004.

As I write this email the 19th of March, it is the twins birthday and I plan to call my Aunt Dackie. She and my Uncle Bo (Orlan Vaughn) are the only surviving siblings of my Mom's. Uncle Bo married Marzelle Burkman, but they now are married to different people.

Terry Johnson Blackburn, Class of 66 at Abilene High

March 20, 2008

I previously posted Rayleen "King" Pittcock's Obituary on the Pirate Chat Line.

Then yesterday Wayne Verble provided a picture, taken at the funeral, of the Class of 53 flowers.

For those interested, this is to advise that I have now added both of these to the Class of 53 section on the School Web Site under the link "In Memoriam"

While at it, I revised all the pages on the Class of 53 and updated the pages to a new format I have adopted for the bottom of the pages and a navigational bar to make maneuvering around the site easier.

I hold the opinion, that the Internet is a wonderful place to go park stories, pictures and memories for your grand children because once assembled on a web site they are there for all to see and should be around for retrieval a long long time.

It is very easy to save a complete web site or a portion of a web site to your own computer and once there the family can always have it providing they choose to do so.

To save a web page simply go to that page on the Internet and click on "File" - "Save Page As" - You then have the choice to save just the "One Page" or to "Save Page Complete" -- If you select "Save Page Complete" then all the images and sub folders for that page will be saved, same as saving most anything.

You can then take the browser and click on "File" - "Open" and select the page you saved and it will show on the screen same as if you were on line viewing the web site.

I will caution those not familiar to first try saving a simple web page prior to saving a complex web site.

Also be reminded that different browsers have different nomenclatures for saving things,

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

March 22, 2008

I received the following from Alice Backus and this is being posted with her permission.

A. J. Is Chuck Thomas Step Daughter and you will recall a previous posting regarding her health.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53
Hi Ray,

Just wanted to update you on A.J.'s progress. She came home yesterday afternoon. The Dr's said her body was not producing enough protein.They put her on cummidian.

Thanks for all of the prayers and A. J. said the same.

God Bless Alice Backus

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