Memories of Lueders, Texas
Pirate Chat Line Chatter for 2nd 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........

April 3, 2009

In a Chat Line message dated November 13, 2007, I told you I had just returned from homecoming and had taken 1,662 pictures while in Texas and 85 of them had just been posted on the school web site.

I did not know it would take so long to do something with the others but, please remember I came home to a mother who required all my time for several months until July last year and since then I been settling her estate and trying to catch up.

Of the 1,662 pictures close to 1000 of them were in the Lueders area and I wanted to also share them with the general public so I did something I been thinking about doing for several years.

About five months ago, I purchased the Domain Name of and since then have been in the process of creating a Lueders, Texas web site so others could enjoy the new pictures of 2007 and Don Latimers "A Little History of Lueders, Texas" along with some of our older pictures as well.

The Lueders, Texas Web Site mainly consist of Don Latimers history and the pictures which are broken into 12 different section or areas on the main menu.

The Lueders Depot has been a subject of the Chat Line on more then one occasion and their are 48 new 2007 and 2008 year pictures of it posted in the "Train Depot History" Section

I was sort of thrilled to learn the depot had been moved to the Ben Richey Boys Ranch in Abilene because once up on a time a bunch of Lueders kids played around the depot area and today the depot is once again providing fun time for young boys.

So, don't miss the Depot History section because I think you will be surprised to learn of the Depot Travels since leaving Lueders and how it looks in it's new location.

Another section I think you will be interested in is the Bethel Cemetery at Funston. I did not know so many people from Lueders were buried there until I visited the grave of my classmate Alma Lou Wills while there for Homecoming 2007.

Once I noticed the head stones for all the Lueders people I decided to take picture as I searched for Lous grave. So, there are 48 pictures of the cemetery which is listed in the "Former and Surrounding Communities of Lueders, Texas" Section.

In the "2007 Photographs" Section I created six (6) different areas because there are 337 pictures of, in and around Lueders.

In all there are 435 new pictures which I took in October/November 2007 and 188 old ones for a total of 625 pictures for you to review.

No Web Site is ever finished but, as of now I call ready to visit and start enjoying.

I have not as yet taken the time nor do I know that I will to crop and edit the 132 photos of the houses. I did crop and edit the 99 photos of Main Street and those of the churches.

As the web site states, I created it so all Pirates and others could take a nostalgic trip down memory lane for those privileged few who once lived in Lueders, Texas and experienced life in another time.

So, go enjoy the trip at:............

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

April 4, 2009

With all the talk about the Fifties Reunion Don Latimer has suggested, Sandra Reves sent me a cute thing about Class Reunions and suggested we put it on the chat line.

Well,!! -- I had some trouble doing that because it had 14 embedded images with-in the body of the message.

So, I decided I could probably turn the e-mail and the images into a web page and that has now been done.

If you want to learn about Class Reunions and what Don has suggested then go to the main Pirate Menu and right at the top where the class links start is a new link in a red background and it states "Read about the Fifties Reunion of 2009, HERE

Have Fun, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

April 5, 2009
Bless you again, Everett Ray,

The little restaurant next to John Scott's Barber shop was owned by Ernest Smart in 1947. That was the year my father died and Mother had to sell out everything she could and move to town. After getting settled in the 'city' she leased the cafe from Ernest Smart. Since she was a great cook, that was her choice to try her hand at a cafe. And she succeded big time, even tho' hamburgers only sold for a quarter.

But it put me through High School.

l never knew of a Mr. Grifits obviously the previously owner, so that was another interest.

Still enjoy all that you and Don Latimer do to keep our past on the map!

Sincerely, Reba "Meil" Davis, Class of 49

April 5, 2009

Let's ask Don Latimer and others to jump in here and provide some memories of who ran the cafe at that location because when I identified the Main Street pictures I took in 2007, I used the same identification we had put on the pictures Jerry Latimer took in 2004.

And as I recall Don and perhaps Jerry helped me identify the cafe because in all honesty I myself don't recall it being the Griffits cafe.

However, like you. I do recall Ernest Smart running the cafe because he cooked a good steak and there for a period he let my Dad go next door to the grocery store and pick out a steak and then he would cook it for my Dad.

AND like you, I recall this had to be in the period of the late 40s because it had to be after the period Ernest and my father owned the grocery store together which was in 1944 and was in the building that later became the Winkles Locker Plant.

So Don and others help us out here and tell us who you remember operating a cafe at that location and best you can recall the years.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

April 5, 2009

I'm to blame for E. Ray getting the cafe identified as Mrs. Griffith's.

Mrs. Jeanette Griffith was running the small cafe in the summer of 1953 when I was working at Cap Terry's. I had lunch there every day during the week. Mrs. Griffith was an elderly woman at the time. I usually had the lunch special. I don't recall the exact cost, but it wasn't much. I was making 50 cents an hour working at Cap Terry's. I then went across the street to the drug store and had a 25 cent milk shake. I also had another milk shake in the late afternoon before I went home. I recall that I didn't put a pound on all summer.

I don't know what Jeanette's maiden name was but I think there was some connection with a Higgs family that moved to Lueders in the early 50s.

I don't know when Jeanette started running running the cafe or when she stopped.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

April 8, 2009

I kinda hate replying to my own e-mail but here's what I now have on cafes in Lueders as is in my "A Little History of Lueders". If anyone has corrections or additions, now's the time to speak up.

For your dining pleasure, you could try the Campus Cafe, school hours only, and run by Otis and Vesta Davidson. Otis was known as “Ode” and Vesta was “Mama Ode.” They had the Campus Cafe from the late 30s to the early 50s. Ode also operated an oil field casing crew.

Later, Mary Zips had the Campus Cafe. Mary was Marilyn and Bill Zips’ mother. There was City Cafe, located on the south side of Main Street. Bill Bailey made a great bowl of chili! Bill and Erma Bailey’s children were: Betty, Shirley, and Larry. The Baileys had a country store just across the river, on the left, before moving into Lueders and opening the City Cafe about 1946.

The Baileys lived in and managed Winkles’ Hotel/Boarding House. The boarders took their meals at the City Cafe. The Baileys moved from Lueders to Big Spring in 1956. Their old space on Main Street has remained vacant to this day.

Mrs. Meil’s Cafe was on the north side of Main Street right next to John Scott’s Barber Shop. Delphia Meil was Reba Gayle’s mother and had the café from 1943 to 1949. In 1953 it was Mrs. Jeanette Griffith’s Cafe.

Mrs. Velean Harrell had the café either right before or right after Mrs. Griffith. Still later there was Shirley’s Cafe. It was on the north side of Main Street, across from the post office. Shirley was Mrs. Evetts, and Shirley’s had a juke box! Oscar Diggs’ wife, Linda, opened Diggs’ Cafe next to the barber shop.

You could always run over to Stamford for a hot dog or hamburger and milkshake at the Super Dog, go on down the road to Tom’s, or go on into the square to Nat’s Cafe.

Before this, in the late 1930s and ‘40s, there was Hub Brown’s Hamburgers. Hub’s was located first in a small space just east of the bank on Main Street. There were only five or six stools at the counter. Hub was soon famous for his hamburgers and moved to a larger location across the street just west of Fred Sides’ in what was once a variety store. Hub would have his hamburgers cooked, stacked, and ready to serve to his lunch-time crowd. Hub was ahead of his time with fast food! Hub and Cora Cook Brown’s children were Mary Ann Brown (class of 42), who went on to work in the Lueders post office, and J. D. (Onion) Brown (class of 45) who after graduating from Lueders, went on to make “Little All-American” at ACC playing football. Later, West Texas Utilities was in the same location. Herbert L. (Hub) Brown died in 1973.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

April 8, 2009

I think the variety store was owned by Elvie Smith, or he worked there, before it became Hub's. After Hub had the cafe there, a Tom Tipton had it. I washed dishes there and so did Betty Winkles. Later on when I was in High School, I waited tables at the little Cafe next to the Barber Shop, I think there or just right in that area. I can not remember the owners name. we remember him calling a variety store a the 10, 15 and a nickle store. We always got a chuckle out of that. I think they had lived in Lueders for a long time, but moved away in the '50's.

I was thinking that the Davidson's cafe was called Campus Club. I think I was in it when I heard President F. D. Roosevelt died.

Someone correct me, on these if I am wrong.

Mary Lou "Odell" Bavousett. Class of 51

April 8, 2009

I remember the campus cafe, mid 50's to early 60's, My big brother Wayne wouldn't let me go there, but he himself went, I never could figure out what it was all about, what with jones county being dry and all, thank the good lord for that, so many of the lueders residents of that era were of indian mixed descent, the first time I drank ethanol.

I discovered I had an alergic reaction to its effects, spent 3 days in sick bay with acute gastritus, The doctor said that ethanol outright kills 1 1/2 % of native americans, My mom was a native american from the osage indian territories in oklahoma and my day was 1/16 th indian.

I am thankful to have grown up in such a wonderful community as lueders where respect was assumed, with few exceptions. And my mom Odessa worked at shirleys cafe for a while after my dad died, I went into the United States Navy when I was 17, when I found I couldn't run track that year, 1962, My brother George had went into the military 3 months before, I thought he joined the navy and I could find him, but he joined the Army. While I was in Bootcamp Clois Patton visited me, It was he that had joined the navy, Then I knew what was going on, I didn't see George again until much later, he had gone to California , near disneyland to live.

The next time I visited lueders was around 40 years later, Time changes all things. Its fun to read about the olden times from the people I grew up with, I can still remember what they looked like back then, I went to a couple of the homecomings in the early 90's, and the were a lot smaller than i remembered them to be. But they were all, so very nice, whats left of them.

Jackie Cox, Class of ??

April 9, 2009

Don I remember the first time I went to the Dallas Fair and burgers were $1.00. Several of us observed this is the death of the burger because Hub still charges .25 cents for them. They will never sell for $1.00 each!

Carol Felts, Class of 53

April 9, 2009

Re: Cafes in Lueders. During my time in Lueders 1950's thru 1965 I can recall several cafes. The Campus Cafe comes to mind because it was so close to the school and we could go there for a hamburger or cokes/candy.

The first owners that I remember were the Davidson's, I remember that at one time LE and Jimmy Wilhite ran it as well as the Zipps.

There was a cafe between the variety store and Red Felt's Grocery...I can't remember the family name but I remember some of the family had red hair.

I remember Diggs cafe, down the street from Erna Smart's Drug Store. You could get breakfast there as well as lunch AND Mrs. Diggs had the first snow cone machine in Lueders which we kids loved during the summers.

On the other side of the street, I do remember Mrs. Griffith's cafe next to John Scott's barbershop. As I remember Mrs. Griffith was a no-nonsense kind of person with a sharp wit and a sense of humor.

She was related to the Mullins family by marriage I believe. She made great coconut cream pies!!! and served simple, good west Texas food.

I got to eat there on Sunday's sometime with my grandmother Putnam, as payment for helping her with yardwork the previous Saturday. Later a woman by the name of Verlene or Valene Harrell ran the cafe.

Then, who could forget Shirley Evett's cafe. In my time her's were THE hamburgers. You could call it the finest example of a greasy spoon cafe for its day. She made great beef stew also, yes, swimming in fat...the stuff that makes it good!!

One sidebar about Mrs. Griffith: The story went around that someone, another woman, came into the cafe and told Mrs. Griffith she was gonna pray for her for some reason or other. Mrs. Griffith came back with: well lets just do it right now and got down on her knees in the cafe telling the other woman to get down there too. Mrs. Harrell dated and finally married a local cowboy and lived for a time in Lueders before closing the cafe.

Stephen Vinson, Student at Lueders 1956-1965

April 10, 2009

I sent my Aunt Maxine Vaughn Payne some of the cafe news and she responded to me with:

Terry, if you are talking about Earnest Smarts cafe which was on the same side of street as Shipp's drug, I was a waitress there for Ernie for a while.

Yes he was a good cook! I remembered his good chili.About 1943, I think is when I worked for him.

Fred Sides got me a job working at the Stamford Flying School, and I saved my money to pay my way to Scoggins Beauty Academy in Abilene.

In 1945 when I opened the little Beauty Shop in one side of the Fox metal building, I remember going to the cafe which used to be Earnest Smart's Cafe, and Cora and Hubb Brown were running it, and Cora would bring me a hamburger when I didn't have time to go get one. So contact Mary Ann and I'm sure she can tell you more.

I will read your questions again, when I close this, to see if I may be able to answer something else.

Maxine "Vaughn" Payne, Class of ??

April 11, 2009

We all enjoyed your memories of the Lueders cafes. I believe that the woman who was praying for Mrs. Griffith was Eargle White's wife, Irene. I believe the Whites lived kinda behind Smart's Drug store.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

April 11, 2009

Another memory I have of Mrs. Griffith was when she started using coffee mugs. Until that time all coffee was served in a cup sitting in a saucer.

The coffee drinkers would pour some coffee in the saucer, blow it and drink from the saucer. Which of course made a ring on the counter. When she got the mugs she would slam them down in front of the men as if to say "there dammit, let's see you drink that!"

Carol Felts, Class of 53

April 12, 2009

You have been discussing your memories about the Cafes in Lueders which has prompted Don Latimer, Mary Lou Odell and myself to have an off line discussion about the cafes in Stamford.

When we were teenagers and running around in Stamford, Texas we can recall 5 places to eat. Be it a cafe, restaurant or whatever.

After a few mind joggler's back and forth we think we now have the names. but, I thought it might be fun to see what other names and memories of the Stamford eating places the rest of you Pirates came up with.

1. I think we all remember the Super Dog Stand which was located on the out skirts of Stamford on the Lueders Highway.

2. Going on into Stamford from Lueders there was a place on the North SIde of the highway just before you went under the rail road underpass.

3. Next location or place was on the South side of the Square and down a few doors east of the Grand Movie theater.

4. Next was on the Northwest corner of the square where the Haskel and Anson highway turned the corner.

5. Then a few blocks off the square on the Anson Highway beside the Ice House was a place which was quite popular with the teenagers.

Now besides the Super Dog, who can name the four remaining places????????????

AND remember the Cliff House on the Haskel highway is of another time.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

April 12, 2009

I remember that the City Pig was the cafe before you went under the railroad underpass.

The cafe dowm from the Grand theater was Nat's Cafe next door to to May's jeweler's where Billy got my wedding rings.

The cafe on the square cornering the Anson and Haskel highways was The Coffee Shop.

The cafe next to the Ice House was Tom's Cafe & and Bus Depot.

Wanda Shott Beil, Class of 61

April 13, 2009

As I remember, Bill Longley had a place just off of the square. I never ate there but remember his small food stand.

Marlin Felts, Class of 57

April 13, 2009
#2 Was Son's Dixie pig or Dixie Dog

#3 was Nat's Cafe

#4 was Cliff Granthams's Cliff House

#5 was Tom's Ice Cream Parlor

The Cliff House still belonged to Cliff, he just move out of town from the square, belongs to Randy Denson now.

Carol Felts, Class of 53

April 13, 2009

Marlin, Bill had an old dining car set up there but it was a very small grocery store. When I worked for Barron I cut the lock off that building several times because Bill was always losing his key. It had a hasp and lock and I always carried bold cutters on my job.

Carol Felts, Class of 53

April 13, 2009

I just received word that Lessie Blackerby Garvin, 98 years of age and mother of all those Lueders Garvin grads, passed away this morning. She was born in Parker County in 1911 and was the widow of Leon Garvin.

Visitation will be Tuesday evening with funeral services at the Potosi Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

April 13, 2009

I remember Bill Longley had a parrot. We went in there a lot to try to talk to it.

Greta Olson Corbitt, Class of 52

April 13, 2009

In a message dated 4/13/2009 7:38:51 PM Central Daylight Time, writes:

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Hi all,

ln the listings of the Stamford cafes #2. l believe is a reference to Son's City Pig. The Son of Sons' was none other than Son Helmer, one of Charlie Helmer's boys. Born and raised in Lueders.

Reba "Meil" Davis, Class of 49

April 13, 2009

I think it was called City Pig and then when Son bought it, the name was changed to Son's City Pig.

I was thinking it was something Pig and didn't think it was Dixie Pig as there was one in Abilene and didn't think it was the same name.

It has been a few years since I have eaten at the Dixie Pig. But did a bit in the 50's. We got the answers.

Mary Lou "Odell" Bavousett. Class of 51

April 14, 2009
Pirates and Don,

So far as I know, Mrs. Garvin was the last one of the living parents of the Class of 53.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

April 15, 2009

You all did amazingly well. Your memory is much better than mine.

Son's City Pig was called just "City Pig" when it was built in 1945. It was owned & operated by Chester Burson along with his brother-in-law, J. Roy Johnson. Mr. Burson advertised it for sale in June of 1951. I don't know if it sold then. By about 1954 Edwin Lafayette Helmer was operating it and it had a great big neon sign that said "Son's City Pig" and also advertised Hamburgers and Steaks. Son was Edwin Helmer's nickname and was Charlie Helmer's oldest child by his second wife. Son, at so some point, also owned Tom's Restaurant and an ice cream parlor near the Grand Theater.

"Son's City Pig" is mentioned in Valerie Harms' book, "Tryin' To Get To You" about early Elvis. In 1954, Elvis appeared at the Roundup Hall in Stamford. Elvis had appeared the previous day in Abilene at the Fair Park Auditorium where he was introduced by Slim Willet. Valerie is a 1960 graduate of Stamford and has written nine books. Back in those days, Elvis was driving his pink Cadillac between shows and supposedly drove it thought Lueders the day after his Stamford show.

Chester Burson was a good friend of Son Helmer but I don't know if there was another owner of the City Pig in between them.

Everyone got everthing right about Nat 's.

Shirley Grantham Wheatley relayed the following story as to how her father, Mark Grantham and her uncle, Cliff Grantham, came to own the Stamford Coffee Shop. About 1941, Shirley, then a child of about six or seven, along with her parents would go up just about every Saturday evening and have dinner at the Stamford Coffee Shop. One Saturday night, the owner came over to their table (Shirley thinks his name may have been Ferguson) and was telling them how he was trying to sell the coffee shop. Well, Mark Grantham ends the evening buying the Stamford Coffee Shop. On their way lback home, the Granthams got into a big argument over the purchase. Mrs. Grantham was very upset and said that no way was she running a coffee shop, she already too busy. Mr.Grantham came up with the idea that he could get his brother, Cliff, who was living in Abilene and working in the oilfield to quit his job and run it. The next day, they all went over to Abilene to talk Cliff into running the coffee shop, which he finally agreed to. Cliff's wife never moved to Stamford, she thought it wouldn't last.

Eventully Cliff became the sole owner and then later opened "The Cliff House Restaurant" north of town. The Cliff House burned down at least once, I believe about 1963.

This is probably more than you wanted to know.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

April 16, 2009

I received this from Pat (Culpepper) Roberts, Class of 1961
Was afraid I would send this wrong to chat line. Let you do it/nice obit.

Pat (Culpepper) Roberts/1961

Lessie Garvin
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Mrs. Leon Garvin
Abilene, Texas

Lessie Garvin, 98, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at an Abilene nursing center.

Lessie was born on January 29, 1911, in Parker County, Texas to the late Thomas Marion and Ora Jane (Dodson) Blackerby. She moved to Jones County as a teenager and married Leon Robert Garvin in Anson, Texas on January 17, 1931. They later moved to Lueders, Texas. Lessie was a member of the First Baptist Church and a Sunday School teacher for 45 years. She moved next to her daughter at Potosi, Texas in 1988, and for the last five years lived with her south of Abilene.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leon Robert Garvin; son, Carrol Garvin; grandson, Clayton Garvin; great-grandson, Isaiah Alexander Murray; four brothers, Ira Blackerby, Kyle Blackerby, Clarence Blackerby and Lester Blackerby; and three sisters, Laura Stough, Clemmie Garvin and Connie Graves.

Survivors include her children, Fred Garvin and wife, Arleen, of Clyde, Thomas Garvin and wife, Jo Evelyn, of Cisco, Robbie Cason and husband, Clyde, of Ventura, California, Harry Garvin and wife, Doris Evelyn, of Cisco, Rex Garvin and wife, Nan, of McKinney, Leon Robert Garvin, Jr. and wife, Sue, of Princeton, West Virginia, Rose Krupa and husband, Kirby, of Abilene and Beccy Garvin of Oklahoma City, OK; a daughter-in-law, Jeanie Garvin of Anson; 25 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Potosi Baptist Church with Rev. Harry Garvin and Rev. Donny Harbers officiating. Interment will follow in Potosi Cemetery directed by The Hamil Family Funeral Home, 6449 Buffalo Gap Road in Abilene, Texas. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.

The family requests that memorials be made to Potosi Baptist Church, 2826 Potosi Rd., Abilene, TX 79602.

Lessie Garvin was a great prayer warrior for her family, friends and church. She loved her Lord Jesus, her family and friends, and her church. She ministered to numerous people through a phone ministry and mailing cards and letters, as well as in person. She was never bashful or embarrassed about proclaiming the love of Jesus Christ.

Obituary and online condolences at:....

Abilene Reporter News-04-14-09

Don Latimer, Class of 56

April 17, 2009
Hi Don Latimer,

You may not remember me, I am Jackie Cox, I was wondering if you could ask Pat Culpepper how I could get in touch with her little brother Jackie Culpepper,

My phone number is 608 630 2790---Thank You for Your consideration

Jackie Cox, Class of ??

April 18, 2009

I passed along some information that was off a little bit a few days ago.

Elvis didn't make an appearance close to Lueders until 1955. It was Feb 15, 1955 which he first appeared at the Fair Park Auditorium in Abilene and was introduced by Slim Willet. His next appearance locally was April 13, 55 when he did a show in Breckenrlidge at the High School Auditorium. Then on April 15, 55 he did two shows in Stamford, At 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium and then at 9:00 p.m. at the Roundup Hall. He played Dallas on April 16, so he could have driven through Lueders then.

On the 10th of June 55, he again played Breckenridge, at the American Legion Hall. Then again he put on two shows in Stamford, at the high school auditorium and the Roundup Hall on June 17, 55.

His final appearance in our area was on Oct 11, 55 he did another show in Abilene at the Fair Park Auditorium.

I found a web site that listed all of his appearances.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

April 21, 2009

Shortly after homecoming in 2007, I posted the photograph shown Here:..... Guess Who

And ask if any one wanted to take a guess at who it was, thinking the person of who it is would know and respond. No one did. I did have a couple of Pirates take a guess. But, they missed.

The photo comes from the collection of Fredrick Lieb, Class of 51 --- Fredrick provided me with 23 very items and photos some of which are duplicates of the same pictures Mary Alice Putman has provided us.

One of the interesting items was World War II rationing stamps. So he and I spent one evening scanning in the items and I have now created a "From the Collection of Fredrick Lieb, Class of 51" and it is in the Lueders History Section under the link named "Memories in Snap Shot of Lueders Texas"

Fredrick's link is the last one, Photo-20.

An interesting photo to me was the railroad bridge because I know of no other. If anyone has any additional pictures of the Rail Road Bridge I sure would like to have copies.

Not exactly the norm but, I took the liberty of posting a couple of pictures of Fredrick's 1956 Ford Sedan because I recall when he purchased the vehicle while we both lived in Abilene and were working together roughnecking and I rode in the car on many occasions going and coming from the drilling rigs.

When it became necessary to get a newer car Fredrick parked the 56 Ford in front of his parents house in Lueders and there it sit for over 30 years. In recent years, he has restored the car and enjoys it once again by taking it to week end car shows. Having now owned it over 50 years it holds many memories for him and even a few for me.

So, go enjoy a few memories yourself in the "Memories in Snap Shot section."

AND by the way you will discover who the child in the dress is.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

April 23, 2009

Obituary for Bobbie Jane Webb Lovett was in this morning's Abilene Reporter News. Bobbie was in the class of 47.

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Bobbie Jane Lovett

Bobbie Jane Lovett, 78, passed away Wednesday, April 21, 2009, in a local medical center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Friday at Elliott-Hamil Chapel of Faith, with Terry Brown officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 10 am until service time Friday at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 South.

Bobbie Jane Lovett was born August 26, 1930, in Lueders, Texas, the daughter of Claude and Mary (Newsom) Webb. She had lived in the area most of her life and was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ since 1968. She was a member of the Ora Negro Chapter of American Business Women's Association. Bobbie was the owner of Lovett Electrolysis. Mostly she enjoyed spending time with her family and was an avid bridge player.

She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Guy Donald Lovett, and a son, Roy Webb Lovett. Survivors include her son, Robert and his wife, Linda Lovett of Lueders; two daughters, Claudia Lovett of Abilene, and Donna and her husband, Ed Jones of Topeka, Kansas; brother, Durward and his wife, Mary Webb of Gorman, Texas; sister-in-law, Thorne Rosa and her husband, Tom King; grandchildren, Laura and Dana Cook, John Van Winkle, Leah Lovett, Zach and Tara Jones, Donnie and Meghen Jones, Robbie Lovett, and Chris Lovett; and great-grandchildren, Rikki, Jaimi, Kenny Smith, Alix Cook, and Callie Jones.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

April 24, 2009

I thought you might enjoy this article from the Abilene Reporter News archives.

Abilene Reporter News - Tuesday Morning, April 3, 1951

Parade and Contests Mark Annual Lueders ‘Play Day’

Lueders April 2 (RNS) All Lueders turned out Monday for the 16th annual Play Day, sponsored by the Lueders Parent - Teacher Association.

The annual affair got underway Monday morning at 9:30 o’clock with a downtown parade.

The Youth Center float took first place in the parade; Lueders High School senior class was second and the American Legion won third.

Other contests were held during the day. In the afternoon, a boys softball team from Lueders beat a team from Stamford. The Lueders girls’ volley ball team also defeated a Stamford high school team.

Kenneth Vaughn, K. B. Carroll and Carl Frazier won various divisions in the pet parade.

Albert Aycock won the horse shoe pitching for contestants under 40 years of age. Alfred Shurley took first place for men above 40 then teamed up with D. C. Moore to win the doubles event.

Aycock was the victor in the shot put contest and was first among the adults in the football throw contest.

Kenneth Lowe was the champion football thrower among the younger gents.

Sandra Hargrove was declared the winner ot the tot parade for youngsters one to three years of age. Danny Aycock took first in the 4-to-6-year old tot parade contest.

Betty Armstrong won first place tin the student typing contests, and Mrs. J. B. Harvey took first for the adults.

Gary Berryhill, Donald Davis, and Wayne Walsh won first place in races held for various age group boys.

Rose Marie Culver and Doris Shott won the girls’ three-legged race.

Rayleen King and Robbie Garvin took top honors in the softball throw for girls and women.

The egg race was won by Rose Marie Culver and Doris Shott took first in the sack race.

A. L. Mullins and Francis Thomas walked off with honors in the pancake race.

Gayle Hicks’ ranch scene exhibit was voted tops among student exhibits for the day.

Rayford Kelly and Emma Lou Newton won their divisions in the bicycle race.

Jerry Reves and Kenneth Edgar took first in the egg-pitching contest.

In the piggy-back race, Rodney Phillips and Rex Garvin were declared winners in their division. Kenneth Edgar and Jerry Reves won the other division.

Jane King, Rose Marie Culver, and Sharon Counts were winners in the Junior Girls 4-H Club exhibits.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

April 24, 2009

I have wondered when they stopped having Play Day on April 1.

It was a BIG deal to us and looked forward to it. Wonder if the School would start having it again, at Lueders?

We had all kinds of races and educational exhibits. I have thought about those many times, and I enjoyed participating in different events.

Mary Lou Odell Bavousett '51

April 25, 2009

The following was posted on Rosie's Journal page this morning by her daughter.

Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:13 AM, CDT

It is with very mixed emotions that I write the journal today. Mom died very peacefully this morning at 4 a.m. While we are all so very sad to lose mom, we are truly grateful that she was never in pain and died at home with all of us here.

Thank you so very much for all of your continued love and prayers. I will post soon when we know the details of the service.

Don Latimer - Class of 56

April 26, 2009

In response to the "Play Day" discussion:

The Lueders-Avoca ISD does still have a "Play Day" only it is now called "Field Day." The Pre-K through 8th grades will participate on May 22. There are many activities for all the children. The students begin the day by receiving a "Field Day T-Shirt" provided by area businesses and individuals. The t-shirt lists the name of every student in the entire school system. After changing into the appropriate attire (Field Day T-Shirt), the games begin. The games are designed for age-groups, and all students receive participation ribbons.The winners also receive awards. Most of the activity takes place at the football field.

The high school students have a half-day field day. There are games, tournaments, and refreshments under the direction of the student body. There are many activities this time of the year such as TAKS tests, banquets, UIL, etc. so the date has not yet been chosen for the high school. The students do enjoy the afternoon activity.

Sandra Reves

April 28, 2009

Rose Marie Culver was in the Class of 58. Her obituary is below.

Rose Marie Rosie Bennett

EMPORIA- Rose Marie Rosie Bennett, 69, of Emporia, KS passed away April 25, 2009 at her home. She was born on November 17, 1939, the daughter of Horace Fuzz and Anna Mary (Coffman) Culver. They preceded her in death.

Rosie was raised in Lueders, TX, north of Abilene, TX, graduating from Lueders High in 1958.

She graduated from North Texas State, now the University of North Texas in 1961 with a Bachelors Degree in Education.

She married Richard Lewis Bennett at Madison, KS on June 11, 1961. He survives.

Other survivors include: sons, Brenton Lewis Bennett of Emporia, and Brandon Wayne Bennett of Atlanta, GA; a daughter, Margann Marie Bennett White of Lawrence; brothers, Robert Culver of Centerville and Bill Culver of Perry; 2 grandsons, and 6 granddaughters.

Rosie served as an elementary school teacher in Kansas City, Kansas District for 3 years before she married.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church, Reach to Recovery for 14 years, Newmans Hospital Auxiliary, Emporia Recreation Commission for 10 years, United Methodist Women, and PEO Chapter DI. She was an avid golfer, becoming a Kansas Womens Golf Assn. member and won KWGA 9 hole tournament two times- state champion, and also won City and Emporia County Club Championships numerous times. She was also a former member of Fortune Study Club.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at First United Methodist Church, Emporia, KS. There will be inurnment at Blakely Cemetery Madison, KS. Visitation will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at Roberts-Blue-Barnett Funeral Home, Emporia.

Memorial contributions may be sent to American Cancer Society or ESU Lady Hornet Basketball Program in care of the funeral home.

Don Latimer - Class of 56

April 29, 2009

Just wanted to let you know that the annual Lueders Fish Day is on May 5 at the American Legion Hall in Lueders. Bring a dish, if you can, and come join the crowd.

Greta Olson Corbitt, Class of 1952

April 29, 2009
When is the serving time?

Mary Lou Odell Bavousett, Class of 51

June 17, 2009

This is a test to make sure the chatline area is working, due to the web hosting site having to transfer our domain to another server. This does not affect's website.

Cheers, Carlene, L-A - Class of 72

June 17, 2009
Worked fine here. Thanks,

Jim Fitzgerald

June 17, 2009

Thank you for keeping us informed and for your caring.

Wanda Shott Beil. Class of 61

June 18, 2009

Thanks for your trouble chatline works fine.

Sharon Hines Hudson, WF High - Class of 57

June 18, 2009

Thanks for the query. Has the Homecoming football game and Homecoming been scheduled yet? If so, what the date(s)?

Thanks, Ron Latimer, Class of 1965

June 18, 2009

Thanks to all that responded! Glad to see I don't have to manually add all the chatline subscribers email addresses in again.

I have not heard if the date of homecoming has been set yet. As soon as I do, I'll let you know. I believe it's not set until after the summer break and school starts back up.

It's vacation time, leaving to visit family and headed to Seattle to visit my daughter today. You all have a wonderful summer and stay cool!

Cheers, Carlene Burkman Black. Class of 72

June 18, 2009
Carlene, have a great vacation.

Edith Atkison, Class of 53

June 19, 2009
Hello Pirates,

I just received the following e-mail from George Cox's daughter, Patti.

Don Latimer - Class of 56

Hello All!!

I know that this isn't probably where this should be, however I pulled up Dad's computer and this is what I could find to get the word out the way Daddy wants.

This is Patti Lynn (Cox) Nisbet, George's daughter, and Daddy wanted to let everyone know what was going on. May 22nd we took Daddy to the VA Hospital in Amarillo for a biopsy he something under his right arm. We went for the results on June 5th and he has been diagnosed with Mantle Cell non-Hodgkin's lymphona.

It is a very aggressive cancer and the treatments should be very aggressive as well. We thought that we were going to be able to start treatments this week and he got the first stage that lasted 15 hours and his kidneys just aren't reacting to the treatments that they are trying to get his kidneys in the right shape for the chemo.

They tried the first couple of days to flush his kidneys but they just wouldn’t respond. So we were faced with the decision if Daddy wanted to go ahead and try the treatments with a high risk of dialysis and a high risk of staph infection and with the chemotherapy breaking down his immune system Daddy didn’t want to take that risk and be more miserable. So what we have done is decided to call in hospice and Daddy doesn’t really want to go home so he will be here for the rest of his time.

He wanted all of his good friends to know what was going on with him. We are at Covenant Lakeside Women's and Children's Hospital as this is where the oncology dept is on the 5th floor. He is in room 515 for now and we will probably be moving to another room here on the same floor later this afternoon.

If you guys want to call and visit with Daddy please feel free to give him a call (806)725-7515 is his room number for now and the unit phone number here is (806)725-6294

Don Latimer - Class of 56.

June 30, 2009

I just got home here in San Diego Monday evening after a visit to Texas.

I learned on the trip back that fellow 56 classmate, George Cox passed away Sunday afternoon, June 28 in Lubbock. I had no luck finding his obit so I decided to post George's bio sheet that he filled out a few years back.

Don Latimer, Class of 56.

Biographic Sheet
Date: July 2001
Commonly Used Name: George
Address: P.O. Box 16 (310 E. Second Street)
Whiteface, TX 79379

Date Of Birth: July 31, 1938 In Erath County, TX, Johnsville Area, North Side of Hwy 67 on Chalk Mountain.

Family: My parents were James Alvin “Red” & Odessa (White) Cox. Red died in 1960 and my mother, Odessa, died in June 2001. I have brothers, James, Wayne & Jack. My wife’s name is Pat. Our children are Jimmy, Eddie and Patti Cox .Our grandchild is Brandon James Michial Cox.

Church Affiliation: Church of Christ

Military Service: U.S. Army three years active duty.

Schools attended: I started the first grade in a one room school in Hastings which consolidated with the first grade in Lueders one month later. University of Maryland in the Army, Antelope Valley Community College in California. A&M in Texas.

Occupation: Maintenance mechanic, Peace Officer, Security Officer, salesman, farmer/rancher, oilfield worker, truck driver and some electronic repair.

Places I Lived: Lueders, Lubbock, Anson, Childress, Whiteface and Morton, TX; Fort Ord, CA; Verdun & Bardeou, France; Fort Knox, KY; Lancastor, Saugus, Fullerton, Placentia, Bakersfield and Oildale, CA.

Hobbies or Favorite Pastimes: Horses, horse driving, wildlife, repair of all kinds - mechanical, appliance, electronic, hydraulic, auto & guns, Also I read a lot and enjoy meeting new people. I like fishing and hunting.

Travels: Europe while in the Army, Old Mexico and Southern & Western united States.

A Little History of My Life: After high school, I worked at the stone quarry, church camp, oilfield and wheat harvest. I joined the Army in 1961 along with Bob Culver. Went to Fort Ord, Fort Dix, Verdun and Bardeou, France. Was TDY all over Europe as mechanic and M.P. I drove a race car at Riems and Lamons, France and wrecked it. My last months in the Army were at Fort Knox. I went to Lancastor, CA where I had visited in the Army and met my wife, Pat Wall at Church. - married her four years later.. During that time, I sailed the Pacific, worked at explosives, worked security at movie studios & Edwards Air Force Base. We left California and came to Texas where our last child was born. We raised our children at Anson, Childress & Whiteface. I worked at sales in Abilene; Policeman, rancher/farmer and sale in Childress; deputy in Whiteface. At present I am permanently disabled with chronic asthma and bad disc in back.

Special Accomplishments: I served as Deacon in the Church of Christ at Lancastor, CA

June 30, 2009

I found the death notice in the Lubbock Avalanche. Said that Funeral services would be Thursday 10:00 in Whiteface Church of Christ.

Ray Kelly

June 30, 2009
Thanks Ray,

My understanding is that George is to be cremated, then there will be the memorial service in Whiteface and then at some point later there will be a graveside service in the Lueders Cemetery.

Don Latimer, Class of 56

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