Memories of Lueders, Texas
Pirate Chat Line Chatter for 3rd 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........


July 11, 2008

The wife of Wayne Cox passed away. The funeral will be at Bethel Baptist Church, Eastland at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 12th.

Burial will be at the Lueders Cemetery at 3 p.m. Refer to the Abilene Reporter news obituary section.

Marlin Felts, Class of 57


July 17, 2008

Bessie M. Stuart
Abilene, Texas

Bessie Marie Clevenger -Sanders - Stuart, 65, of Abilene, died Sunday, July 13, 2008, in a local hospital.

Services will be at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, July 17, 2008 in North's Memorial Chapel with Jesse Morton officiating. Burial to follow in Hamby Cemetery under direction of North's Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6:00 - 7:30 PM at North's Memorial Chapel, 242 Orange St.

Bessie was born November 18, 1942 in Leuders, Texas to Jack and Laura Clevenger. Moved to Abilene in 1967. Where she worked for AISD in school cafeterias at College Heights elementary, Jefferson Middle school, and Mann Middle school. She was currently employed by Walmart on Hwy 351. She was active in the Walk with Emmanus programs.

She was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Laura Clevenger her first husband William Roy sanders, Daughter Shelly Marie Sanders, Two brothers Johnny and J.W. Clevenger one sister Rita Green and son in law Mac Rains.

She is survived by her husband Tommie Jack Stuart, two sons, Jerry Sanders and wife Julie of Eldorado Oklahoma, Jackie Sanders and wife Toni of Knox City, Texas. Three stepdaughters: Belinda Rains of Rotan, Texas, Debbie Welch and husband Gene of Madisonville Texas and Sharon Carrillo and husband Tim of Sweet water, Texas. Four brothers: Wayne and Steve Clevenger of Abilene, Texas and Donald and Tommy Clevenger of Larkin Texas. Two Sisters: Rosie Derick of Lovington New Mexico and Geneva Fulton of Abilene Texas 5 grandchildren 6 step grandchildren 6 step great grandchildren 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. And special friends Larry and Carol. Another special little friend Jacob Brenem.

Sandra Reves


July 17, 2008

Annabel Coleman Still
Balmorhea, Texas

Annabel Coleman Still, 65, of Balmorhea, TX passed away on Friday, July 11, 2008 in Canyon, TX.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Ericksdahl with Rev. Pete Weist officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Lutheran Cemetery under the direction of Tankersley Funeral Home of Stamford.

Annabel was born September 26, 1942 in Lueders, TX to Bruce and Selma Swenson Taylor. She attended elementary school in Lueders and graduated high school in Dimmitt, TX in 1961, and attended Amarillo College. She married Berle Hyatt in 1966 and had her only daughter, Lisa. She married Sonny Coleman in 1976, he died in 1981. She later married Bill Still in 1988, he died in 2005. Annabel moved to Balmorhea in 1988 and remained there until her death. She was a former member of the Stamford Junior Sheriff's Posse.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Robinson and husband Garre of Canyon, TX, 1 brother, John William "Butch" Taylor and wife Kathleen of Hayden, Colorado, 2 sisters, Martha Nell Richards and husband Mark of Texarkana, Camilla "Cissy" Quirk of Amarillo, 2 grandchildren, Sydney and Taylor Robinson, 2 nieces, 4 nephews, and 2 great nephews.

The family asks that memorials be sent to the Stamford Junior Sheriff's Posse - c/o Tommi Jensen - 12829 St. Hwy 6, Avoca, Texas 79503.

Sandra Reves


August 5, 2008

Dodgen, Sam

Sam Dodgen, 57, of Granbury, a former ranch manager and hunting guide, died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, in Fort Worth.

Service: 2 p.m. Friday in Lacy Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation will follow.

Survivors: His wife, Laurie Jane Dodgen; five sons; one brother; six sisters; and one grandchild.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 8/1/2008

Sandra Reves


August 7, 2008
Hi Pirates,

You Pirates been awful quite lately.

I think most of you know I been building a model train layout in my retirement years and one of the things a layout needs to make it complete is the normal motor vehicles i.e "Cars and Trucks"

For scale, my O gage layout is based on a 1:48 scale size and several different companies make these little cars and trucks in 1:48 or 1:43 scale size.

Your probable wondering what this has to do with a Pirate conversation but, I belong to a model train club that meets on the first Wednesday of each month.

Tonight was our meet night and we hold our meetings in a model train store in Daytona Beach which is about 45 minutes north of Titusville.

We run trains, swap/sell and hold a raffle each month but, mostly we shoot the bull and tell lies. ---------- Ha!

Our club is mostly made up of a bunch of old codgers and tonight, myself and a couple of others were looking over a new display of these little scale model cars and trucks of which one was a 1948 Ford Pickup just like the one Jack Felts had back in the fifties.

I think Jack's was in fact a 1950 Ford Pickup but, basically the 48 and 50 models were very much alike.

At any rate my memory flashed back and I had to tell the story of Jack Felts who ran a Gas Station in my little home town of Lueders, Texas.

My memory recalls a light tan or creme colored pickup which was usually parked parallel to the street out in front of the station.

The jest of my story is that the pickup was probably driven more miles by other people then it ever was by Jack because everybody in town borrowed that truck.

In those days the keys were seldom removed from a vehicle and it was nothing to go up to the station and holler at Jack and say "Hey I need to use your truck a little while and will be back drictly" and with that jump in the truck and take off.

If I recall correctly, me and Max Dillard helped Mr. Denham move a piano one time using the truck.

We also moved things for the school. Seems like it was the FFA class that was always moving things.

Bottom Line, Jack Felts probably came close to owning the first and only public transportation in Lueders, Texas and I don't think anyone every considered putting gas in the truck because after all Jack owned a gas station. -- Ha!

Compare that to today, leaving keys in your car, insurance, law suits, price of gasoline etc. etc.

It just wouldn't happen and that to me is exactly why my memories of growing up in Lueders are such memorable ones.

Cheers, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


August 7, 2008

I remember Red Felts for the excellant selection of bananas at his grocery store and the cheese, when I was a little boy once I drank some spoiled whole milk, it took me years before I could drink milk again.

The Felts family were/are a selfless family of devout christians, the likes of I haven't met for years.

that's what Lueders was like mostly. Time has passed this way of life, abandoning nature, replacing it with fashion and law, money and the courtroom clout it buys rules this world right now, but the children will change it with one book where a child can discover anything they want, all the children are good. as will the world one day be, hopefully, if truth prevails

Jackie Cox, Class of ??


August 7, 2008

Everett, as I remember it was a 1950 model.

Dad liked to have a fireworks display occasionally. One year someone placed a cherry bomb or something similar on the hood of the pickup blowing a hole in the hood.

This was the pickup in which I learned to drive. Dad owned some pasture land the other side of Alton Mullins. I would drive back and do fine until I come to the hill just north of the creek. This is where I had to shift gears.

These were fun days except for the dry weather, which brings to mind Walter Graham's rain machine.

Marlin Felts, Class of 57


August 7, 2008

Marlin, in about 1960 or 61, I bought that 1950 truck from Jack. And we call it Jack the whole time we had it. We moved to Dimmitt, Tx in about 1962 so I parked the truck down at Dad's and he sold it to one of the Chambers. I paid Jack $50.00 for the truck.

Kenneth Stanford, Class of 53


August 7, 2008

Yea! " -------- The Rain Machine" ------ I recall it sitting outside on the East side of his shop and it looked something like a backyard barbecue of today and he would fire that thing up every time there was dark clouds in the sky.

Seems like there was some sort of charcoal or something that was suppose to heat up and give off a chemical that would seed the clouds.

I recall being there one time when he fired it up and he explained to my Dad and me how the thing was suppose to work.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


August 8, 2008

(For What It is Worth) People just laughed at how crazy it sounded that anyone could make it rain from a machine. As I remember, every time a cloud was in site Walter was to fire up the machine. It appeared the clouds would just move away. It became a serious matter. Some people began to blame Walter for no rain. One day the machine dissappeared. I heard later after the Clear Fork had almost gone dry that the machine was found in the river bottom.

Marlin Felts, Class of 57


August 10, 2008

Guys, thanks for the story of "Jack, The Little Truck That Could." My Mother loves to hear these stories so I print and mail to her as she does not use the compute.

Marie "Watkins" Fuller, Class of 57


September 22, 2008

Edith is scheduled to have surgery next Wednesday, Oct. 1. A cancer was found on one of her kidneys and the kidney will be removed then. There was no sign of cancer on the other kidney. I'm sure she would appreciate your prayers and concern.

Greta Olson Corbitt, Class of 52


September 22, 2008

I went in to visit with Donnie a week or so ago and she seemed thrilled to see me. It hurts me that I can't understand her very well, but I managed to get quite a bit. She told me about Orb and that he was gone and cried a little. If you can and know her, she would really love to see you.

Greta Olson Corbitt, Class of 52


September 22, 2008

For any of you that remember Nathan Patterson, he has passed away and funeral is tomorrow. He lived in Haskell. He was in my class of '51 for several years, but they moved and he graduated in Haskell.

For those that know my sister, Donnie Odell Lovvorn '46, her husband died in Aug. and she is now in the Nursing Home in Stamford. She enjoys company. You would have to tell her who you are, as her eyes are not good and we all have changed looks over the years.

Mary Lou "Odell" Bavousett, Class of 51


September 23, 2008

From time to time we all think of olden times. Not so long ago someone brought up the Lamberts and the telephone office.

I remember when Donnie was so severly injured that we weren't sure she would survive, Thankfully she did. There were several people on that party line including us. I remember when we would hear the Odells ring we would run pick up the receiver to hear how Donnie was. She has my simpathy on the loss of Orvie and I'm glad she is doing well.

Sharon Rose "Hines" Hudson, Class of 57 at Wichita Falls High


September 23, 2008

This picture and article were in the Abilene Reporter News on Tuesday, September 23.
Reporter-News Photo by Ronald W. Erdrich Reba Davis reads a poem about her "lucky hat" during the West Texas Book and Music Festival's West Texas Poetry Fest at the Abilene Public Library. The open-microphone event invited local poets to share their work during a brown-bag lunch.

Reporter-News Photo by Ronald W. Erdrich

Reba Davis reads a poem about her "lucky hat" during the West Texas Book and Music Festival's West Texas Poetry Fest at the Abilene Public Library. The open-microphone event invited local poets to share their work during a brown-bag lunch.

By Brian Righi

Special to the Reporter-News

Participants were an assorted cast of characters from retirees to English professors -- and even a veterinarian, Jim Wilson, who recited a poem about a fearless little crawfish titled "Braveheart the Crawfish."

The subject was poetry at the eighth annual West Texas Book and Music Festival, which on Monday kicked off its weeklong celebration of local authors and musicians with the West Texas Poetry Fest at the Abilene Public Library, 202 Cedar St.

The festival's first open-microphone poetry event began sharply at noon and encouraged participants to bring their own lunches while the library supplied drinks.

As many as nine local poets turned out to read their work before an expectant crowd of poetry enthusiasts, with each poet getting about five minutes before the microphone.

The poetry ranged from hilarious tongue-in-cheek pieces such as Barbara Darnall's "A Mother's Pride and Joy," which sent audience members bursting into laughter, to the more somber, thought-provoking themes of Abilene Christian University professor and writer-in-residence Al Haley's "Last Great American Novel."

"This was a fantastic event today," said Darnall, one of the poets and current president of the Abilene Writers Guild.

"We have a lot of talent in Abilene that goes unnoticed, and here today we just met nine new people that had something very important to say."

Darnall has lived in Abilene since 1975 and has been writing for almost 15 years with work appearing in "Silver Boomers," "Freckles to Wrinkles" and "The Noble Generation, Vol. 2."

Co-chairman of the festival and host of the event, Glenn Dromgoole, who also read his own poetry, said, "Events such as the open mic ... go a long way in giving exposure to local authors, promoting literacy in the community and giving Abilene a 'literary' presence."

As many as 2,000 people are expected to attend the weeklong series of events during the festival, which runs through Saturday. Some of the proceeds will go to help build the new branch of the library at 1214 N. Mockingbird Lane.

Sandra Reves


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