Memories of Lueders, Texas
Pirate Chat Line Chatter for 1st Quarter of 2009
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 12, 2009

Sandy (1972 graduate of Lueders-Avoca) is the son of Reba Meil Davis.

Sandy Davis will be appearing on the new competition chef show, "Chopped," premiering Tuesday night, January 13th at 9 p.m. CST.....on the Food Network. As the saying goes, please everyone check your local listings for the food channel to be sure you have the right time.

Sandy(in a message to Betty Wood) said that if you like what you see, you can email the PR rep at the food network:

So come on everybody, let's support Sandy as he takes the challenge on Tuesday night on Chopped.

Reba, you may want to respond and fill us in on the facts!

Sandra Reves

January 13, 2009

In case you were not able to watch "Chopped" on the Food Network TV tonight, Sandy Davis (Reba Meil Davis's son) won the competition. The award was $10,000. Now, I have questions. Does he compete next week? Is that the end of Chef Sandy on the show? Does he come back and compete against the weekly winners? Stay tuned--maybe Reba will reply to this message, and we will all know what to expect next. Who knows, maybe he could cater Homecoming from the L-A Cafeteria!!! HA! HA! Reba and Sandy, I just had to get that one in.


Sandra Reves

January 15, 2009

Taken from Tuesday's Abilene Reporter-News

ACU alumnus to appear on Food Network show ‘Chopped’ today

Reporter-News Staff Report

Abilene Christian Universi­ty alumnus John “Sandy” Davis will be featured in the Food Net­work’s newest food competition, “Chopped,” where each week four up-and-coming chefs turn a selec­tion of everyday ingredients into extraordinary three-course meals for a chance to win $10,000.

Davis will be on the series’ pre­miere today as one of the first chefs taking part in “Chopped,” according to an ACU news release. The show airs at 9 p.m. (CST) on the Food Network, which is broad­cast locally on Channel 65 (Sud­denLink), 110 (Dish Network) and 231 (DirecTV).

Davis graduated from ACU in 1977 with a bachelor’s in English. He also earned a master of sci­ence in organizational and human resource development from ACU. He is the chef at Union Theo­logical Seminary in New York City, where he has catered for Liza Minnelli, Barack Obama and others.

Sandra Reves

February 5, 2009

I had a call this evening (Thursday) from Bob Culver, class of 56, with an update on his sister Rose. Rose is being sent home from from the hospital tormorrow (Friday) with the word that there's nothing further that they can do for her cancer.

Bob says that Rose will be under the care of Hospice when she gets home and he's guessing that she has a week or two to live.. Rose lives in Emporia, KS.

Bob said that he would keep me updated on Rosie's condition.

Rose Marie Culver was in the Lueders class of 58.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

February 9, 2009

Don, Do you have Bobby's e-mail address? If so could give it to me?

David Edgar, Class of ??

February 14, 2009

I spoke with Bob Culver Thursday evening and he said that he was over to visit Rose on Wednesday and he was amazed at how good she looks and acts.He said there was a world of difference between how she looked in the hospital and how she's looking now.

Bob said he checked with Rose's husband Richard before he visited with Rose to make sure she was up to it.

Bob said that it may be only a temporary thing but he was impressed at how good she's doing. Maybe stopping the cancer treatments was a good thing for her.

Rose mentioned that she had notes from several Pirates.

Bob said he would keep us updated.

Don Latimer - Class of 56

February 25, 2009

Several Pirates have recently lost family members.

Mike Latimer, class of 55, wife, Sandra Battles Latimer, 67, died 17 Feb 2009.

Elmon Higgs, class of 56, wife, Shirley Webb Higgs, 69, died 17 Feb 2009.

James Ray Cox, class of 54, and Glenda Walls Cox, class of 55, son, Matthew Neal Cox, 32, died 21 Feb 2009.

Don Latimer, class of 56

March 2, 2009

God Bless America---may the spirit of truth be with you

Jackie Cox, Class of ??

March 6, 2009
John Mccown
Holden-Mccauley funeral home
Thursday, March 05, 2009

John Robert McCown
Knox City

John Robert McCown, 81 years old, died Monday, March 2, 2009 in a Wichita Falls hospital. A Graveside Service will be held 2:00 pm, Friday, March 6, 2009 at Highland Cemetery in Stamford, under the direction of Mansell-Smith Funeral Home, Knox City. A visitation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00pm, Thursday evening at the funeral home in Knox City.

John was born on April 7, 1927 to the late George Claude and Verona Wright McCown on their farm north of Lueders. He attended school at Berryhill and graduated from Lueders. John married Nadine Suter in Old Glory on May 2, 1950. They bought a farm and made a home North of Lueders until moving to Knox City in 1957, where John worked in the oil field and farmed.

John's true love was riding, training, trading horses, and dancing to good western swing music. He could be found weekly at a horse sale and dance. He found great enjoyment in trading cattle and horses.

He was preceded in death by his wife Nadine in 1979, brothers WC, Wayne, AK and Bill McCown, sisters Katherine Locke, Hazel Thomas and Juanita Hughes.

Survivors include children Judy and husband Mike Wyatt, Johnny and wife Debbie, Jerry and wife Fran, four grandchildren Jennifer and husband Walter Baumgarten, Adam McCown, Cole McCown, Jordan McCown, and Zach Tinnin, one great granddaughter Ella Baumgarten, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Knox County Aging Center,PO Box 306 Knox City, TX 79521; O'Brien Baptist Church, Box 88 O'Brien, TX 79539;or Knox County Recreational Association, 3213 CR 4430 Knox City, TX 79529.

Chuck (Doug) Thomas, Class of 60

March 14, 2009
50's Pirates,

Homecoming is still about seven months away but I was thinking we should have a special get together for all the classes of 1950 thru 1959. 2009 marks the 50th anniversary for the class of 59 and all the 50s classes have been out for 50 something years so this would be an ideal time to do it.

We could maybe get together for a meal on Friday evening prior to Homecoming and reminisce about the 50s and the good old days.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the subject? Should we do it?

Don Latimer, Class of 56

March 14, 2009
I think its a great idea.

Ernestine "Segerstrom" Heller, Class of 53

March 14, 2009
When is the reunion?

Jim Fitzgerald, Class of 54

March 14, 2009
50s Pirates,

We would hold our get together in conjunction with Homecoming. Homecoming won't be set for sometime. They usually wait until they have a football schedule. Sometimes it's late summer before it's set. The last several Homecomings have been in October.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

March 14, 2009
50s Pirates,

OK. Let me know when you find out. I want to try to make it this year.

Jim Fitzgerald, Class of 54

March 16, 2009

Boyd Newell Graham, Class of 39 recently died. His obituary is below. He told me once that he was born in the old Commons house, about six miles southwest of Lueders.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

Boyd Newell Graham
Abilene, Texas

Boyd Newell Graham, 87, died Monday, March 9, 2009, in a local nursing center.

Services are Thursday, March 12, at 2:00 pm at St. Paul United Methodist Church, with Reverend Laird Cross officiating. Burial will follow in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories. Visitation is 6 to 8 pm Wednesday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory.

Boyd was born April 21, 1921 on a farm near Lueders, Texas. His parents were Clyde Graham and Florence Ford Graham. He graduated from Lueders High School in 1939 and joined the Civilian Conservation Corps. He worked on various parks, including Brownwood State Park. He then left for a job in California at Consolidated Aircraft Corporation. Pearl Harbor occurred and he joined the Navy. He eventually attained the rank of Petty Officer Second Class in the U.S. Naval Aviation. After World War II he went to art school in Dallas. He left the Big D for Abilene and worked at the Abilene Reporter News in the art department. While working for the Reporter News, he met the love of his life, Miss Edna Travis and has been married for 61 years. He then moved on to Thornton's Department Store, and in 1960 started his own businesses, Advertising Art and Alley Arts, until 1992 when he retired. He wrote and illustrated a book about glass engraving, entitled Engraving Glass, a Beginner's Guide.

He is survived by his wife, Edna Earle Graham and children, Philip Graham of Phoenix, AZ and Steven & wife Anne Graham of Georgetown, TX; three grandchildren, Christopher & wife Kristin, Olivia, and Andrea Graham; and four great-grandchildren, Joey, Shelby, Cash, and Tessa Graham.

March 17, 2009

Good idea Don. But where? Anson or Stamford?

Aaron Petty, Class of ??

March 17, 2009

What is the date for the homecoming??

Carol Felts, Class of 53

March 17, 2009
50s Pirates,

We've had a little response, all favorable.

We won't know when Homecoming is for sometime. Recently it's been in October.

I mentioned having a get together on Friday night before Homecoming but if the Homecoming game is on Friday night instead of Saturday night and sometimes it is, we could have the get together on Saturday night after Homemcoming. We don't need to decide on a location yet. I was thinking maybe Anson or Stamford. One of the things we'll need to do is set up a co-ordinator for each class in order to promote it.

We'll know more after the date is set for Homecoming and the whether the football game is on a Friday or Saturday. We can be planning other aspects of the 50's Reunion before then.

One of the things I think we should have is a complete list of those 50s class members that are no longer with us. I've got a partial list which I'll post and we can update it.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

March 17, 2009

Sounds like a good idea to me, however, I believe that a gathering of that size (hopefully, large) will need to be in Abilene. I'll put the date out as soon as I know.

Greta "Olson" Corbitt, Class of 52

March 17, 2009
Don & others:

I do a little web work and would be happy to set up an interactive Internet registration and Reunion-information website just for this event. Let me know what you would like to do and I might be able to help. I like to do things like that and it keeps me occupied.

Jim Fitzgerald, Class of 54

March 17, 2009

Sounds like a good idea to me. However I believe that a gathering of that size (large, hopefully) will have to be held in Abilene. In 2001, the classes of 1951 and 1952 had a 50th anniversary get-together at a motel in Abilene. We had a meal and it was nice.

I will send out the info on the date for homecoming as soon as I know.

Greta "Olson" Corbitt, Class of 52

March 17, 2009

What about the encampment? If it is still open would it be suitable for this sort of shindig? I am not recommending it just curious. Half the fun would be touring the metropolis visiting our old hangouts and digs.

Jim Fitzgerald, Class of 54

March 17, 2009

The 50's get-together sounds like a great idea. In 2001, the classes of 1951 and 1952 had a 50 year get-together at a motel restaurant/meeting room in Abilene and it was nice. Had a meal and time to visit. I believe that we would need to have this in a larger setting than Stamford or Anson. I definitely don't want to be involved in bringing food, etc. at that busy time!!!

I'll send out the date just as soon as I know it.

Greta "Olson" Corbitt, Class of 52

March 17, 2009

For us out of town guys and girls, Abilene works because the motels in Stamford are really bad. Unless you like curry of course.

Max Dillard, Class of 53

March 20, 2009

Below is a list of those members of the classes of 50, 51 & 52 that I know are deceased. Any additions or corrections are appreciated.

Going to a full screen will display the list better.

Muffet Crow McKeever is the only member of the class of 52 that I know is deceased.
Don Latimer, Class of 56

March 20, 2009

We have volunteers for the following 50's classes to be the representive/co-ordinator for the 50's Reunion. We need a person for the other seven classes. If you would like to serve in that position or all ready the class person in charge of class reunions just speak up. We can, of course, have more than one person per class.

1954 - Ramona Mullins Hamilton

1956 - Don Latimer

1957 - Marlin Felts

Don Latimer, Class of 56

March 21, 2009

Don, From the Class of 53, you can add:........................

Harold Backus -------------- Feb 16, 1935 to Aug 10, 2001
Judy "Smart" Caskey ------- Jul 12, 1935 to Aug 1, 2004
Alma Lou "Wills" Sims ------ Jan 17, 1935 to Jan 11, 2007
Rayleen "King" Pittcock ---- Oct 6, 1934 to Mar 16, 2008

Novella Edwards has also passed but, I don't have any dates on her and although a dear friend and former classmate she did not she did not graduate with us having left Lueders around our freshman or Sophomore year.

Frankly, I think you have to draw a line someplace and former classmates such as Novella should not be forgotten but, probably should be placed on another list some place.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

March 21, 2009

Thanks for the input. Below is a listing for the classes of 53, 54 & 55. Use a full screen and the list show better.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

March 22, 2009

Below is the next installment of the 50's class members that we know are deceased. Again the list shows up better with a full screen and any correction or additions are appreciated.
Don Latimer, Class of 56

March 30, 2009

With my mother being in and out of hospitals and nursing homes for a 10 month period, plus two trips to Texas and other things keeping me occupied I got way behind keeping the Chat Line messages archived.

Frankly, I was 18 months behind as they had only been archived through the 3rd quarter of 2007 which incidentally was the quarter I was in Texas attending homecoming. So, I had those 3 months, all of 2008 and this 1st quarter of 2009.

Although it often seems the Chat Line is not real busy, you averaged 10 messages a month as there were 181 messages to be archived which meant there were 181 messages to copy one at a time from the mail program to the little Notepad program and then add the HTML coding to turn the text file into a HTML file for your browser to read.

Although copying and pasting 181 times gets monotonous, there is pleasure in reviewing the messages again except for the obituaries of course.

At any rate I am happy to report that all Chat Line Messages for the past 18 months have now been archived and are available for you to re-read and enjoy all over again.

For any new members and you senile ones, you get to the archived messages by going to the Main Pirate Menu and Click on "Lueders History" at the Lueders History Window, Click on "Archive of Pirate Chat Line Messages" and enjoy.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

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