Memories of Lueders, Texas
Pirate Chat Line Chatter for 4th Quarter of 2010
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:........


October 5, 2010
Pirates,

I just received word that Bobbie Ruth Underwood Shott, class of 56, who underwent C-spine surgery about a week ago is doing well and convalescing at her daughter Belinda's home in Houston.

Bobbie is hoping that she'll be doing well enough to join the class October 16th in Fredericksburg.

Regards,

Don Latimer - Class of 56


October 8, 2010
Pirates,

I recently heard something about one of the original seven astronaus attempting to rob the bank at Lueders.

I don't recall ever hearing anything like that. I don't even recall ANY bank robbery attempt at Lueders. Does anyone?

Don Latimer - Class of 56


October 8, 2010

The only thing I remember was that early in the 60's a bank robber gang was arrested in Corpus Christi.

Their next job was to be the Farmers State Bank, Lueders. I think Oneal Parker was President. They had already done their surveilance work knowing what time each employee left and what route they took home at lunch and evening. We were told they had a torch that good burn through thick metal in a matter of seconds.

This account was passed on to us from law enforcement. They suggested that we use alternate routes occasionally when going home.

This is a practice I have kept up for many years. I served as Cashier for several years and was on the Board of Directors for several more years after moving from Lueders.

This is the only thing I ever heard about a bank robber and was not told it had anything to do with an astronaut.

Marlin Felts, Class of 57


October 13, 2010

Note of interest regarding a Lueders Pirate that became a Baylor Bear;

Rex Garvin (class of 1961) will be inducted into the Baylor University Athletic Hall of Fame on October 22, 2010.

Following Rex's outstanding athletic performance in all sports as a Lueders Pirate, and following his graduation in 1961, he received a track scholarship from Baylor.

Rex served as captain of the Baylor track team his Junior and Senior year and excelled in leading the team to many achivements during his stay in Waco.

Highlights of his career there include winning the Southwest Conference 880 yard run title two times, and he anchored the Sprint Medley Relay at the Drake Relays in 1965 that set a new national record of 3:17:0.

Rex was selected as Baylor's . Most Outstanding Track Athlete his senior year.

Our congratulations to Rex in achieving this honor.

B. A. Honey, class of 61


October 13, 2010
Marvelous !

Carol Felts, Class of 53


October 13, 2010

I sent your message to Brian Keating at KTXS and he said he would use it, he was really impressed.

Danny "Pete" Zips, Class of 62


October 13, 2010

Dear former students, friends and family,

The Pirate, Raider and Mustang E-Mail Chat Lines will be discontinued on October 25, 2010.

Due to the lack of interest in the Chat Lines and the Lueders-Avoca Independent School District's web site is no longer at laisd.com, I will not renew the web hosting for laisd.com that host our chat lines.

The School District's web site has moved to, www.laisd.esc14.net.

It has been my pleasure over the years to supply you with the option of email chat lines and the luedersavoca.com website.

It's my hopes one of these days, that another former student with take interest and start another Former Student web site for all 3 schools.

I want to especially thank Ray Smyth!!!

We all owe Ray big time for all the enjoyment he brought to us over the internet pertaining to the Lueders High School area at luedersavoca.com and the Pirates Chat line. Plus, the treasured memories he has on so many other web sites of his now!

Ray, thanks for all your time, over 10 years that you have put into the designing pages, scanning photos, keeping records, helping me more than anyone knows, and so much more! Putting up with me up with me too! Ha!

Ray: Before the Chat Line goes offline, I look forward to you posting your websites on the chat line so the former students can view your wonderful web sites.

Cheers, Carlene Burkman Black, Class of 72


October 13, 2010

Thanks SOOOOOOOOOO much for you and E Ray doing so much to keep us communicating with one another. It has been fun.

Carol Felts, Class of 53


October 13, 2010

My husband Wes was a football and track trainer at Baylor in 1965, so we have been glad he knew Rex at Baylor then.

Congratulations to Rex!

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 14, 2010

I have enjoyed so much hearing from all the former Pirates on the chat line. Of being able to add to some of the things that were talked about, all the old memories and friends that I found on the chat line. Most of the time I just enjoyed the facts and old times that were brought back to mind. It will be missed.

THANK YOU so much for the enjoyment of remembering the Lueders of old

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 at WF


October 14, 2010

Carlene, Thank you and Ray for the years of enjoyment of the chat line. I know we all will miss hearing from each other.

Edith Atkison, Class of 53


October 14, 2010

The Pirates chat line was a welcome to me since I live over a 1000 miles from where I grew up.

Being separated from your roots, for the bulk of your life, makes your past more distant and out of reach.

The Lueders website and the chat line brought part of that back into my life. As we near the climax of our lives we realize that the only thing really important in life is GOD and PEOPLE.

That is especially true concerning the people we grew up with as youngsters. I want to thank my brother, E. Ray, Carlene and the others who made that possible.

Donnie Smyth, Class of 60


October 14, 2010

What a task well done for many years !!!

As we expect there to be less contact it would be great to have an up to date contact list for everyone. Mine is missing some items.

I will begin with mine and if Everett Ray has a recent one please forward to me. My home is now in Dallas.

We also have a ranch Home at Caddo Texas, 12 miles east of Breckenridge. We also have 9 grandkids ranging in age from 25 to 12.

Gayle and I are healthy and still at it 53 years later.

Best wishes to all and thanks for the many unsung tasks.

Max Dillard, Class of 53


October 14, 2010

Sorry to see the Chat Line go. It has been a special friend.

Thank you to Carlene, Ray, and all who have contributed and participated in keeping the chat line

D. W. Weeks, Class of ??


October 14, 2010

I am so sorry that this is ending. It has been very interesting and informative. I know we all have enjoyed it and appreciate the time that Carlene and Ray put into it.

Thank you both.

Greta Olson Corbitt, Class of 52


October 14, 2010

Thank you so much for all your hard and diligent work these past years. You deserve a rest!

Sandra Martz, Class of 63


October 15, 2010

I want to thank all that has been envolved in this being a great website. Thanks for your expence and time you spent on this. I enjoyed it.

Mary Lou Odell Bavousett, Class of 51


October 15, 2010
Hi Carlene,

I remember when you had this idea for a chatline at homecoming one year. I remember your enthusiasm and energy and interest in taking pictures. That seemed not so long ago..yet the years have gone by. We will always remember your gift to us and I know I am not alone in saying how much I appreciate you!

Thank you so much.

Stephen Vinson, Class of ??


October 17, 2010

Thanks for providing us with an opportunity to connect with Lueders folks. All your investments of time, knowledge, and money are appreciated greatly.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 1965


October 17, 2010
To All Pirates,

I don't need to thank Carlene for the Chat Line as she knows my feelings since we have enjoyed many phone conversations over the past 11 years the alumni web site and the chat line have been in existence.

As we all know, the web site itself was shut down last July 1st and up to now I have had some very personal reason for not saying anything but, there has been in existence since June 18th the domain name of:...  www.luederspirates.com   which goes with a complete and totally rebuilt new alumni web site.

Each and every page of the old site was redone and a lot of it's formating was changed. But, other then the overhaul to make all pages consistent and the updating you will find it pretty much looks the same as before.

So, go to:...  www.luederspirates.com  and visit your new web site and please keep in mind that it is in fact YOUR web site.

AND let me now also inform you that Carlene just this weekend helped me set up a new chat line using the new web site's system and over the next few days. I will be testing it with a few of my classmates entered into the database.

Once it is working to my satisfaction, I will up load all 90 of the current e-mail addresses into the system and you should receive a message welcoming you to the new chat line.

Once you receive the welcome message you will then know the new chat line is in full operation.

AND, I will have the new Chat Line working prior to the shutting down of the old on the 25th.

The welcome message will tell you the new address for emailing chat line messages to all 90 members is allpirates@luederspirates.com --- I used the name ALLpirates because that is to show it goes to all pirates registered for the chat line.

Keep in mind the NEW Chat Line works exactly same as the old but, uses a different mailing address.

Cheers to all, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53 ---- PS: Thanks Carlene for helping setup the new chat line.


October 17, 2010
Glad someone is picking this up.

Thank you,

Bill Barnes, Class of ??


October 17, 2010

Thank you both for carrying through with the website and chat line. This has been a wonderful connection for me, since I had lost touch for all these years until I found out about the webs.

Jim Fitzgerald, Class of 54 - Abilene High


October 21, 2010
Pirates,

I plan later today or maybe tonight to install all 90 addresses of the current members of the Pirate Chat Line into the database of the NEW Chat Line.

When I do that the system will automatically generate a message and send it out welcoming each of you to the NEW Pirate Chat Line.

This automatic message will be as shown by the image below:..................

Please pay attention to the addresses in the address box of the Chat Line messages you receive because I will first notify you about an hour before by using the old chat line at pirates@laisd.com then I will cause the automatic message to be sent and it will be as shown by the above image.

Once activated, I will immediately follow that with a TEST Message using the NEW Chat Line to verify the system is working the way it is programmed to do.

Once you receive the TEST Message, Feel free to reply back on the Chat Line letting us know you are receiving the NEW messages.

Cheers, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 21, 2010
Pirates,

According to the Database and the 91 messages I received as Administrator of the Chat Line the NEW Pirate Chat Line has been activated and is in operation with 90 old members and one new one for a total of 91.

All 91 of you would be wise to reply to this message because you will get a copy of your own message back and prove to yourself that the Chat Line is working. You need not say anything except "I got it"

Address all new messages to:.. allpirates@luederspirates.com

AND Please Please sign your normal name that everyone knows you by and add your class year similar to this:... " E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53 " --- Your doing the signing this way does 3 things.

1. It lets people PAST - PRESENT & FUTURE know who did the writing
2. It saves me countless hours when archiving the old messages.
3 It provides a consistent format for those reading the archives.

And for all -- Don't forget it is your Chat Line so don't be shy or bashful, jump in and use it.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 24, 2010

Carlene and I want say thanks to all who participated in the OLD Chat Line at "pirates@laisd.com" and say Welcome to ALL of you on the NEW Chat Line at "allpirates@luederspirates.com"

This is NEXT to the Last Message on the Old -- Carlene will say Bye and then all of you will receive another message that you have been unsubscribed from the OLD at pirates@laisd.com

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53.


October 24, 2010

Former students, classmates, friends and family,

I wanted to say goodbye to this chat line.

Thanks to each of you for making this chat line, pirates@laisd.com a success!

Cheers,

Carlene Burkman Black, Class of 72


And thus ended the Old Chat Line and the New Began on October 24, 2010

When we activated the NEW on October 21, 2010 and invited Pirates to let us know if the NEW system was working, we received many replies back with just a YES or a I Got It! and the following message sort of closed out the Start Up process for the NEW Pirate Chat Line


October 22, 2010

Wow! I can't believe how many folks responded. Thanks so much for your good work on this.

Sandra "Martz" Gregory, Class of 63


The New Chat Line got off to a fast paced start when
Stephen Vinson used it first and told the following story


October 24, 2010

Thought I might start off the chatline by chatting, right? I am very good at it ..so here goes:

Who could have foreseen that we would be chatting on computers with each other back when electronic communication in Lueders consisted of the early 20th century phone...no dialing the number...you just picked up the receiver then told Mrs. Lambert the number you wanted. The number to my dad's dry goods store consisted of one digit: the number 7.

I wish I still had the phone from the store..it was a classic...one with a horn that extended from the wooden box and you spoke into it. Our home phone was a little different...it had a receiver somewhat like a dial phone ..except no dial on it...and a box which hung on the wall..with a crank.

It was on this phone in the early morning ...I think it was falltime..in 1957 that my dad got a call ..oh around 6am. Some folks wanted to know if he could come open the store up and sell them some clothes which seemed, at the time, an odd request. The plot thickened....the previous night the river had begun to rise and ended up flooding the Baptist Encampment...as we knew it then. Robert Sanders had managed to get a boat in at the Douthit place and rescued the Littleton's from their riverside cabin and it was they who wanted dry clothing to wear. This flood was similar to the 1932 flood.

I remember also, party lines. Everyone on our side of the street...My Aunt Lottie Herrick, my grandparents(Putnams), us (Vinsons) and on down Evelyn Lundstrom and Bennetts...all of us shared a party line. Well we thought it was fun to "listen in" on conversations. Not nice! Evelyn had an advantage the rest of us did not have...she could speak Swedish ..so, when she suspected someone was listening in...she switched to Swedish and no one could tell what she was saying to the other party.

One thing I must confess I did. I called up an anonymous phone number...and then popped the kid question: Is your refridgerator running? Better go catch it. In this way I struck up a year long friendship with Mrs. Annie Crawford..of Nugent. We chatted from that day on...weekly on the phone. Later I found out she was ill and most always layed on a couch in her store there. Is this like developing an online friend in today's world??

Anyone else have some "phone" stories from the old school? bet ya do.

Stephen Vinson...still here in Lueders. 2010... oh I just turned 62...imagine that..time passes

Stephen Vinson, Class of 65 - Abilene High


October 24, 2010

Thanks for this Stephen.

I did not know Evelyn could speak Swedish and she lived right beside us ...amazing.

Jim McGary, Class of ??


October 24, 2010

Stephen, I haven't heard anybody mention Annie Crawford, at the Nugent store, in a long time. I used to go in there just to visit with her, something that young people seldom do these days. Annie Crawford was my friend also. To hear you chatted weekly with her on the phone makes me smile.

Mayberry RFD didn't have anything on the Lueders, Avoca, and Nugent community.

I wouldn't take anything for the memories. The Smyth phone number was phone 8.

If you recall, Mr Lambert would use dynamite occasionally when setting telephone poles (or at least I think that's the purpose for which he used it). One July the 4th Norman and I wanted to outdo everyone on the fireworks and so he brought over some of his dad's sticks of dynamite.

We set several sticks off in the field north of the Smyth place. Our house shook, the Newsom's house shook.....every house in the neighborhood got a good jolt- ha! Needless to say, we were in serious trouble. Stephen, thanks for your story.

Don Smyth, Class of 60


October 24, 2010

Just last week I was remembering Mrs. Crawford resting on her couch when we bought a loaf of bread from her. A lady at the assisted living facility where I play hymns on the piano for them to sing along is named Crawford and I was wondering if they could be related.

Did Mrs. Crawford take care of the post office in Nugent also?

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 25, 2010
Hi! Pirates!

Thanks, Stephen, for stirring up some wonderful memories of our nine year ministry in Lueders.

Carolyn, I only remember Jack Jones as post master, but I'm sure there were many who preceeded and followed his time.

The Baptist pastor's home was across the street from Lambert's phone operation.

We were keep well informed about circumstances and conditions of the phone system and of Mr. Lamberts maintenance of the phone line.

If you knew, Johnnie and Betty had a menagerie of domestic and wild animals on the property. Our daughter Cherie enjoyed visits from Mrs. Lambert and a skunk kitten. We received a half dozen laying hens on our arrival at the parsonage.

My favorite story? --- I asked for 59.

Mrs. Lambert said, "She's not home." I spoke another number. Mrs. Lambert said, "He's at the lumber yard."

So, not only did we get another party, but if the party wasn't available we'd get a commentary about their activities, destinations and general health if we asked for it.

We loved knowing and sharing with Lueders people whether Catholic, Methodist, Church of Christ, Lutheran or Baptist (what did I omit).

Whether wedding, funeral, girl's basket ball, six man football, auto accidents, school events or church and family outings, they were the best.

When we moved from Lueders in 1965, Lamberts gave me a dial phone which I still have and which still works if you can find one of those four hole recepticals in which to install the phone plug.

Lewis Markwood in Des Moines, Iowa. --- Fifth grade teacher 1957-1958 and Baptist minister 1955-1965.


October 25, 2010

I have several telephone stories. My most memorable one is about when Donnie Odell was so serously injured in the car wreck not long after she married. We were on the same line as the Odells and there were serveral others too but I don't remember who.

Our telephone number was 54m I think the 54 was the number and the letter indicated which house hold . we all had different rings.

Any way Donnie was so well loved in Lueders everyone always wanted to know how she was even after she came home to Mr/Mrs Odells.

Every one on that party line knew the Odell's ring and when we heard it we would all run to the telephone to hear how Donnie was and the Odell's were not bothered with numerous calls.

The other one that I remember is how all the people on one party line could converse with one another without going through Mrs Lambert.

My Grandmother Tonroy lived out east of town and her party line had 9 parties on I think. Her number was 904f3. The rest were 903f4, 903f5 etc. all you had to do to get someone on your party line was know their ring and turn the crank for that number. The rings were like 2 shorts and 1 long or 2 longs and 3 short etc.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


October 25, 2010

Mr. Markwood I remember you as pastor of the Baptist church even though we were already in Wichita Falls by then.

I am Mrs Tonroy's grand daughter and Les Tonroy's neice.

When we came to visit on the weekend it was always UNDERSTOOD that we went to church with Grandmother.

Remember she and her Sunday school class had their seats they always sat in and woe be to anyone who sat in them.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


October 25, 2010

Thought I would let myself unsubscribe because only "recent" grads seem active.

But hearing about Mrs Lambert brought back memories. I was telephone operator in Stamford in 47 and 48. And she dId know where everyone was located!

I also enjoyed the piece Ray did about my brother Dave Reves. I could have teased him about the plane strafing him when he was plowing! -- I Forwarded it to his daughter.

Grace Reves, Class of 1945


October 25, 2010
To All Pirates,

Will try one more time as I am having a time getting my E mail to go through on the new Chat line.

One E Mail was very interesting about Mrs. Lambert.

I do remember the old telephones on the wall very well. The main thing I remember was my Uncle was visiting us and he asked if I knew I could call and ask about the time.

So I called and asked what time it was and I remember very well Mrs. Lambert asking me IF THAT WAS THE ONLY REASON I WAS CALLING as it was about 9:30 at night. She was not very happy with me but she told me. And I sure wasn't very happy with my Uncle as he laughed when I told him what she said. Lesson learned as I never called for the time anymore.

It is good to hear about the kids I went to school with and their Memories.

Rena McAlister Potter, Class of 50


October 25, 2010

Mother Margret Mullins told us Les and Ollie Tonroy prayed for us every day we were in Germany with the military. Fourteen and one-half years is a real prayer commitment.

What a blessing to know they did!

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 25, 2010
More telephone stories:

When my brother Russell, our cousins Cynthia and Randall Reves, and I had chicken pox, our parents went to the donkey ballgame at the gym in Lueders. We children stayed with Granddaddy and Grandmother Mullins. When our parents called to check on all of us, that was my first time to talk on the phone. I was four years old.

When we lived north of Nugent, we were on the same line with the Mack and Ann Doty Family. Phillip Newsom and I talked on the phone 45 minutes as teenagers at least once. He later married my cousin Cynthia. They have the Grasshopper Ranch now.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 25, 2010

Carolyn and Sharon. This exchange of reminiscences may never stop. Grandma Mrs. Meta Tonroy was one of the bright spots in my life. When no one else would dare get out of the house to come to church because of stormy weather, Grandma Tonroy would walk the 2.5 blocks from her house to Church. I didn't dare NOT show up, I didn't want to be scolded by Mrs. Tonroy. Les and Ollie Tonroy lived across the street from Grandma. They were so faithful. She was quite crippled but would be there. She prayed for her husband Les for many years before he became a believer in Jesus Christ.

Somewhere I have the story she wrote telling about her travails in prayer for her husband.... and Yes, Sharon, you dare not sit in someone else's seat in Sunday School class or in auditorium. It was such that I learned to pray for people. I would go to the auditorium every Saturday night in the dark, stand at the pulpit and know exactly where each person sat and would pray for them.

I especially remember Theo Smith (his dad Elvie ran the Smith Variety next to the bank) who sat on the back row on the west side. When I went to Lueders while attending Hardin-Simmons, I would wear bow ties with my suit. It wasn't long before Theo was also wearing bow ties. He was so small at the time that he would stand on the seat so he could see the front of the room. Then he learned to also wave his hand helping me direct the congregational singing.

Lewis Markwood, --- Fifth grade teacher 1957-1958 and Baptist minister 1955-1965.


October 25, 2010
Re: Mrs Lambert...

I remember her "pet" skunks. She brought them to school one time.. they were crawling around her neck!!

I also heard a story, whether it's true or not is a matter of conjecture. I heard that once Mrs. Lambert was feeding the skunks and there was one that was a wild one..but she could not tell the difference......wonder how that turned out??

Stephen Vinson, Class of 67 - Abilene High


October 25, 2010

Steven if you never went to Annie's store you missed a treat. She and John had grocery store at one time in the early 40's next door to their home, which served as post office, switch board for the Nugent area.

After John died she would open her home to all the kids in the Nugent area for a place to hang out. She would bake pound cakes on the special nights when all the boys gathered to play forty two. I think it was her way of keeping the memory of her son alive or just to cope with the pain. She lost her husband John and son John very close to gather best I remember.

Chuck (Doug) Thomas, Class of 60


October 26, 2010

One of the highlights of Lueders school days for me was "Pet Day" in fifth grade when Mr. Markwood was our teacher. At the beach this past summer, our second granddaughter wanted me to tell her a bedtime story. It was the story of how a farm girl couldn't take a farm dog to town. We didn't need leashes. The farm cats had their jobs on the farm and could not attend school for a day either. The hens had to lay their eggs, so Daddy bought a donkey from Mr. Cox. As we were taking the $25 purchase home to the farm, Daddy Carroll Mullins asked what I was going to call this pet. I asked Daddy what he thought would be a good name. He said, "Remember that song, 'I've Got a Hotrod Ford and a Two Dollar Bill', you could name him Hotrod since you don't have a car." So our granddaughter heard the story of Hotrod.

This morning, I was trying to recall what other pets came to school for pet day. I think Stacey Vinson and Phillip Newsom may have brought their horses.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 26, 2010

Thanks for filling in the blanks I did not know, Chuck.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 26, 2010

Great story, Carolyn. All these stories remind us of the wonderful childhood life in small town USA.

Myra Bennett Moreau, Class of 71


October 26, 2010

Doug is John the John Ed Crawford who was killed in a motorcycle accident near Anson? If he is the one I'm thinking about he was the most careful motorcycle operator I ever knew. I think he had mechanical trouble with his bike.

Carol Felts, Class of 53


October 26, 2010

Carolyn, When you were just a baby sitting in your highchaiir, Margaret and Carroll Wayne lived across the field from grandmother Tonroy and I would walk across the field to see you. They didn't live there long and we moved to Wichita Falls pretty soon after that.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


October 26, 2010

Most all the time you knew when Mrs. Lambert was listening to your conversation but if you didn't have a telephone and needed someone in Lueders all you had to do was call the switchboard and ask for the person and she would send Mr Lambert after them or call a neighbor who had a telephone with the message that the person was needed on the telephone.

Doesn't happen now!! Edna Backus Sides worked the switchboard for Mrs Lambert before we were all transferred to Wichita Falls when the refinery sold. Before Mr Sharbutt sold the service to the Lamberts my mother worked the switchboard for him.

Keep the memories flowing

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


October 26, 2010

One of my memories of the Lamberts was my first bike.

Mrs. Lambert called late one Christmas eve and told Dad that Santa had made a stop at the parsonage and left a bike.

She was sure it was mine.

This was when Melvin Byrd was pastor and he and dad were best friends. So I knew it was a setup between those 2. We drove over in dad's truck and I rode my brand new bike home in the dark.

Carol Felts, Class of 53


October 26, 2010

Sharon, you are correct. We moved from the Herrington farm southeast of Lueders when I was four to the farm two miles north of Nugent where Bea Moore, Estelle Reves, and Margaret Ann Winkles dad had lived with their family while they were growing up the generation before.

I can't remember their other siblings, but their dad dug the cistern that furnished water for our house.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 26, 2010

One snowy Sunday morning, Mrs. Lambert tied plastic bread bags over her shoes to keep them dry as she walked across the intersection to First Baptist Church. We all thought that was a good lesson to remember to keep your shoes dry.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 26, 2010

One Christmas Eve, a red wagon was up on the shelf above the front doors in Elvie and Lela Mae Smith's Variety store. I'd never known there was a shelf up there before that.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 26, 2010

This was a great idea. We, Foy and Donna Petty, have enjoyed reading all the updates. Looking forward to Homecoming next year.

Donna Blackstock Petty, Class of 66 and Foy Petty, Class of 64


October 27, 2010

Steven, your really kick started a lot of stories and I have enjoyed them all. Also found it interesting your Dads store had Phone # 7 - The Smyth house was # 8

Speaking of telephones, a little unknown story is the "Smyth Telephone Company" -- I say that with tongue in check.

The real story is that in 1937 my Dad purchased the Rod and Tubing Machine while we were living on the J. P. Vickers oil lease half a mile east of the Post Oak School House which was 3 miles east of Lueders.

In those days there was no electricity and no telephones in the Post Oak area and the Lueders telephone wires didn't run much past the refinery going east towards Albany.

Being in the Old Well Service business required some means for the lease pumpers to contact my Dad so they could get their oil wells repaired.

At the time, My Dad was trading with Cap and Myrtle at their Gulf Station so he used the Gas Station phone number as his business telephone.

The Oil Well Lease Pumpers would phone in and Myrtle would take the message and write down who it was.

That that afternoon my Dad would come in from the oil fields and have to call the pumper back to get the details and tell him when he could get out to service their well.

I also recall when not out in the oil fields my Dad would lots of times leave the Rod and Tubing machine parked along side the station on the east side.

This was a pretty inconvenient way to run a business both for my Dad and for the the customers.

And, I don't think this lasted too long probable less then a year and then my Dad built a telephone line that ran from Jeff Vickers house which was east of the lease house where we lived and the line then went west to the corner where the Post Oak School sit and then north to the road that went down to the Albany highway where the bridge is.

The phone line was only one wire and it was mounted on cedar post about 10 feet tall that ran along next to the farms fence line.

When the line reached the bottom of the hill where the Albany bridge is located my Dad concreted a 7 inch joint of oil well casing in the ground to make the turn north and ran the line on the north side of the highway on into town and all the way to the Lambert's house.

I expect when he reached the poles that belonged to Mr. Lambert, he used Lambert's poles to run the line on in to the switch board.

My Dad had either 7 or 9 customers because everyone along the road where the line ran got a telephone and became a customer. I specifically remember Thomas Latimer being one to get a telephone and we were all on this one line.

If my memory is serving me correctly I think the monthly bill for each phone customer was something like 3 or 4 dollars.

The reason I know the Lambert system didn't go much east of the refinery was because the Newberry Service Station was one of my Dads customers and I distinctly recall that because shortly after WWII Claude Webb was moving a number of army barracks into Lueders and on 2 or 3 different occasions he tore down the phone line running across the highway to connect to the Newberry Station.

As I recall the first time or two it happened my Dad just restrung the wire himself with the Rod and Tubing crew but, either on the 2nd or 3rd time Claude tore it down, my Dad went to Claude and told him it was his turn to restring the line. I know this because I was with my Dad when he went over to talk to Claude. Of course there was no problem and Claude sent Derwood over to help my Dad's crew restring the line.

We moved into town in 1943 and then the Post Oak school was closed and as the customer base dwindled my Dad sold the line to Mr. Lambert sometime in the late forties for the humongous sum of $100.00.

AND that was the end of the "Smyth Phone Company" If I recall correctly our ring was two longs and a short.

There is one small piece of the Smyth phone equipment remaining.

Down through the years when back home, I always looked for that 7 inch pipe sticking up out of the ground on the south side of the river about 400 feet east of the bridge and across the road north of where the Bailey's had their cafe and station

In recent years the trees have grown so thick I no longer can locate the pipe and I tried real hard in 2007 and again in 2009. I hope no one has taken a torch and cut it down.

My Tale is Told -- E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


October 27, 2010
ATTENTION all Pirates,

There are 4 messages hung up in the system because you can not send copies of chat line messages to others. In other words no Cc: and no Bc: copies or the message will be rejected. Messages must be addressed to the Chat Line only.

A couple of messages are hung up because the Sender is not using the same send address that is used in the database. If you have more then one e-mail address you must send messages using the one address you have chosen to use for the Chat Line.

I've ask that you sign all messages with your normal name and add your graduating year even if from another school. Please comply with this request on every single message because it is necessary for doing the archiving.

When the Chat Line protocol is not followed it makes my job much harder. ----- Thanks,

AND another Thanks for all the great chatter that has been going back and forth. I've enjoyed each and every message .

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53 <--------- Please sign all messages like this.


October 28, 2010

I thought you might be interested the newspaper report for John Alton Crawford's accident.

Don Latimer - Class of 56

Nugent Youth Fatally Hurt On Motorcycle

Anson, Dec 4 (RNS) - John Crawford, 17, grandson of Mrs. J. H. Crawford of Nugent died Friday at about 2 a.m. in Anson General Hospital of injuries received in a motorcycle accident Thursday.

He suffered three skull fractures when his motorcycle flipped nine-tenths of a mile east of Anson on Highway 180, hospial attendants reported.

Appartently the back wheel of the motorcycle had locked, Highway Patrolman Kenneth Decker said. The youth was carried about 150 yards by the skidding vehicle.

Crawford was born at Nugent on May 5, 1935. His mother died when he was six months old. He was reared by his grandparents, Mrs. J. H. Crawford and the late Mr. Crawford, who died last April.

The youth attended schools at Nugent and Lueders. He was employed on an oil lease near Nugent.

His grandmother is his only survivor.

Funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the First Methodist Church at Nugent. The Rev. E. L. Yates, Methodist pastor from Roby will officiate,.

The body will lie in state at Lawrence Funeral Home of Anson until an hour before services.Burial will be in Fort Phanntom Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Don Fulgham, Kenneth Scott, Buford Scott Jr., Ed Fitzgeral, Jack Mandly and H. D. Oden


October 29, 2010
Pirates,

I inadvertently left the heading off the newspaper article on John's accident.

It should have read:

The Abilene Reporter News Friday Evening Dec 4, 1953

Also, if my math is correct, the article had a mistake in it. John would have been 18 when he died, not 17. He was born May 5, 1935 and died Dec 4, 1953.

Don Latimer, Class of 56


October 30, 2010
Lueders, October 30, 2010

Got up today to a cool morning. Made a small fire in the wood stove. The first of the season. Later, rode my mountain bike to town to pick up the mail and to go to the small convenience store for a paper. Good to visit with Maxine Wyatt on Saturdays...she runs the store on the weekends.

I no longer live on South McHarg Street! The City Council voted to honor my Aunt, Mary Putnam Vandeventer with a street named in her honor...

SO...Now I live on 442 Vandeventer Street! This should present a challenge to all those who had a hard enuf time pronouncing McHarg. Most people couldn't get that...they would say Mack Charge etc.etc. They should have named the street Mrs. V. Street...woulda been easier to pronounce! ha!

AND finally many of the streets in Lueders have crushed Lueders Limestone on them! After they get all settled down, these streets should last for a while..hopefully. Minor inconvenience is the dust..white limestone dust and until the gravel settles in...can be treacherous riding on a bicycle.

The China Berry trees and Mulberry trees are starting to change to yellow/gold....Noticing houses that have been kept up now...The house where the Davidson's lived, across from the lumberyard looks in great shape as does the "T. Webb" house.. Something to counter the usual degradation usually found in the old houses. Swede Seamon's house is kept well as the Guy Price house, although Sally and Russell Mullins have moved to their home at Ft. Phantom Lake.

We had to replace the stone column supports on the house I live in. Over time the old columns began to sink and lean due to time and drought etc. Also the porch was supported only by one by eight boards that had been nailed together to form a column and these were dry rotting. With the advent of modern materials, we replaced that with strong PVC/Plastic blend columns from Lowes. Cody Wollcott and his helper did all the work..and it was a pretty big job...taking out all the old stone and concrete work and replacing the concrete base. I watched them do the project and I can say we still have good craftsmen among us, today. I am thankful to have that project over with. Porch will stay put another 70 years hopefully. By the way Bozo Walls did the work on that porch in 1941. Mr. Delwaide, Alice's dad built the house proper in 1936.

Well that's it for this fall day...Take care everyone...Stephen Vinson, Class of 67


October 30, 2010

Stephen forgot to mention that today at the Lueders campus is the annual Fall Festival. The activity will begin at 5:30 p.m. and booths will close at 8:30 p.m. After all the drawings and the counting of the money, the coronation will begin (usually around 9 p.m.). This is the major undertaking of the entire school system. If you are close enough to drive, come participate.

Sandra Reves, Current Staff - L-A ISD


October 30, 2010

Opps, re: Fall Festival, how could I forget that event???

Ok yall time for a "memory" check....how many can remember the "Fall Festivals"???? and the king/queen contest???

I was the one chosen in my class a couple of times to have to dress up and be the escort for: Paula Owens (first time 6th Grade) and second time (8th Grade) was with Brenda Foster.

Stephen Vinson, Class of 67- Abilene High


October 31, 2010

Here it is the day "after" the "Fall Festival" 2010 and since no one had any "memories" I went looking and............ta da. I found a 1959 Annual hmm. so here goes:

Holloween Representatives from 1959 were:

Freshmen: LaNell Gray and Stanley Oman

Sophomores: Shirley Harris and Rex Garvin

Juniors: Nancy Lassitter and Doug Thomas

High School King and Queen: Sharon Newsome and Tommie Barron Grade School King and Queen: Sherry Zips and A. G. Robertson

"Court Attendants" Laurie Beal and Rex Foster

Homecoming earlier had a good bonfire...in the picture it looks HUGE... Erna Smart was the Alumnus Homecoming Queen.

Charlie Helmer and Mr. Burton were the custodians. Mrs Moorehead and Mrs. Lawerence worked the kitchen. Looks like in ag they had a lot of sheep that won...in the pictures you can tell the guys worked hard to get them groomed. Milton Wills is in the picture along with Carol Felts Mr. Richards, and Tommy Fulgam.

The annual that year was dedicated to Mr. Shipp. Fred Shelton High School Principal L. W. Sheppard Grade School Principal

Football team was doing really well! Janice Higgs was football sweetheart. Mary Ann Moore was the Future Farmers Chapter Sweetheart.

Something interesting in a picture of the Future Homemakers of America. Here's all these ladies and Rex Garvin is the only guy front and center !! Musta been popular huh? Acutally HE was the Future Homemakers Sweeheart pic of that year

41 years ago...

Stephen Vinson, Class of 67 - Abilene High


October 31, 2010

Thank you so very much for sharing the article with us. Her lifestyle makes sense now.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 31, 2010
Thanks, Stephen.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 31, 2010

Mother Margret Arrington Mullins said her family lived on the corner where you and your siblings grew up later, Stephen. Do you know when they lived there? It's good to know you are still there.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


October 31, 2010

I remember the Fall Festival.

When I was a fourth grader, Barry Ham and I were the representatives for our class. My Aunt Tine baked over a hundred pies that we sold for $1.00 each to make money which counted as votes. She always said afterwards that she never wanted to make another pie! Not only did she make pies, she made my dress too.

I think maybe Pearl Ham gave me the permanent wave and hair cut! My daddy Buddy Felts paid for all the supplies and beauty treatment. We placed boxes (cigar boxes) that were decorated in the stores to collect votes. Cakes were auctioned just before the coronation.

Barry and I won and we were the king and queen for elementary. What a thrill for a little girl!

Does anyone remember working for senior class trip money? How about all those car washes?

Vickie Felts Buller, Class of 66


November 1, 2010

I remember many of our class members pulling cotton one year to make money for our senior trip. Ramona Mullins had asthma and suffered tremendously the night after. I think that was our only cotton pulling fundraiser.

Carole Ann "Felts" Petty, Class of 54


November 2, 2010

Help my memory. When Cynthia Reves Newsom, Jerry Doty, and Stanley Harvey were five or six, we were privileged to be in the gym for the coronation. I don't know if the boy cousins were pages, but I do know cousin Cynthia and I were flower girls. Someone had us practice going down the aisle with our flowers in our baskets and we were told, explicitly, "Do not throw your flowers out of your baskets, LEAVE the flowers in the baskets!" Well, when the time came for us to go down the aisle for real, we left the flowers in the basket again. Only after the coronation, did we really throw our flowers on the aisle, because they were still in our baskets, and after all, we were flower girls who were to throw flowers from our basket!

The next year, our huge first grade class for Mrs. Vinson voted for Phillip Newsom and I to be class representatives. As I recall, in those days, we decorated boxes with Valentine's and set them in stores, the bank, and other places of business downtown. What a blessing it was to have high school young men help me get on the stage after walking as far up those steps as my long dress would allow in the new auditorium. We didn't know I needed to hold my dress up a little to not step on the hem going up stairs! Phillip was a good escort, he marched right on up those stairs escorting me properly all the way, but one can only take so many stairs improperly in a long dress until one can no longer step on the inside of a skirt!!!

The next year our second grade class voted for our second grade teacher's son Ronnie Nail and I to representatives. My four-year old Granddaughter Anna Caroline just asked, "What did your dress look like?" Does anyone have pictures? I don't.

In third grade, when the vote started the same direction, a halt was called during the vote for the teachers to make a decision that a person could only represent their class two years, and no more. Those were fond memories. There are so many more, a book MUST be written some day! I have 28 ideas for books now!

Keep those memories sharing, folks. Mrs. Vinson called her class "Little Folks." Isn't that precious!?!

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


November 2, 2010

Thanks for sharing, Carole Ann. We little girls looked up to you grown girls so very much. Thanks for being our examples, and giving us attention.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


November 2, 2010

Vicki, I think your Aunt Tine must be the champion in terms of making homemade food for the festival activities!!

Carole (then Lankford) and I had several afternoons of making pop-corn balls ..the molasses kind...and going out to sell them for the fall festival one year.

The class of 1965 Queen and King of the Festival was Delores Hernandez and Stanley Harvey ..

Stephen Vinson , Class of 1967 - Abilene High


November 2, 2010
Dear former students and friends,

I am letting you now that you can now reach me at this email address, ecarleneb@gmail.com

My email addresses, support@luedersavoca.com and laocb@luedersavoca.com are being deleted, effective immediately.

Regards, Carlene Burkman Black, Class of 72


November 3, 2010

Seems to me the only thing that has changed is the name. When we were in grade school it was the halloween carnival. With ali the booths and the queen and king cantidates sat in their evening dresses and suits to get votes. One vote was a penny. Jars were out all over town for the public to cast their votrs. There was a grade school king and Queen and a high school king and queen. There was no trick ot treating then in Lueders.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


November 4, 2010

I only attended the school in Lueders from 1st through the middle of the 4th grade (1951 through 1954). During that time I lived with my grandparents, Clark and Anna Archer. (My biological grandfather was Collie Walls who passed away long before I was born.) My birth name was Sandra Kay Gregory. I've seldom heard from or about anyone from my class so would appreciate if anyone knows what happened to some of the folks I knew back then. A few of the names that I remember are Charlotte Cowan, Linda Caffee, Johnny Lambert, and Bobby Reves.

Sandra Martz, Class of 63


November 4, 2010

I think Johnny Lambert died of stomach cancer. Bobby Reves married Sandra who teaches at Lueders-Avoca.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


November 4, 2010

Hello everyone, especially the class of 1962. This is Jan Blackstock Angel. Donna just told me about the site and I thought I would check it out.

Jan "Blackstock" Angel, Class of 62


November 5, 2010

Well, thanks Stephen! I think my aunts were the best. They sure watched out for me. Do you ever hear anything from the Hernandez family – Dolores, Luis, Rita? Hope my Lueders friends are well and blessed! I miss my town and my friends. I keep up with some because of this chat line. What fun to read your stories.

Vickie "Felts" Buller, Class of 66


November 5, 2010

Johnny was my younger brother. He passed away in September 1997. He is buried at Rockdale Cemetery in Haskell County.

He married Karen Glasgow and they had one son, Jay. Karen and Jay live in Abilene, Texas.

Betty Lambert Walker, Class of 60


November 5, 2010

Johnny had multiple myeloma, cancer of plasma cells. The disease targets many organs of the body.

Betty Lambert Walker, Class of 60


For the record on November 12, 2010, E. Ray posted a screen print image of the Chat Line Datebase and several messages were passed back and forth correcting typo & other errors but, those messages are not displayed to keep from showing e-mail addresses.


November 12, 2010

I would like for all Pirates to pray for Thurman Thomas recovering from bypass surgery. He is at home and doing a lot better.

Also pray for Carl "Pete" Moore who also had bypass surgery today, relatives reported the doctors like the results. Tks

Danny "Pete" Zips, Class of 62


November 13, 2010
Hello to Jan Blackstock!

Bill Barnes, Class of 62


November 14, 2010
Lori reminded us 4 days ago that her father, Dewitt Wilhite will be 89 years old today, November 14, 2010

While it may still be the 13th in Texas, the 14th arrived in Florida about 10 seconds ago.

So, Happy Birthday, Dewitt and please visit the link:..   HERE  as we have prepared you a little Birthday Cheer.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


November 15, 2010

Everette Ray , are there two Jerry Hams? the one I know is class of '57 not '47

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 WF High


November 15, 2010

Well, Don't know really. But, I used a list of names from Carlene and another list from Don Latimer and both those list had a Jerry Ham in the Class of 47 and none in the Class of 57

Neither of those list had a Jerry Ham in 1957 -- However, on Don's list there was a Larry Ham in the Class of 57

Jerry Ham is on the Chat Line so maybe he will jump in here and tells us which class and tell us about the other Jerry Ham if in fact there are two.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


November 15, 2010

Larry Ham would have graduated from Lueders in 1957 if he had not moved to California with his family.

Jerry lives in Ft. Stockton and is the older brother of Larry. Jerry married Gaynelle Petty many years ago.

Not sure what year he graduated but it may very well have been 1947. I have his address if any one wants to write him. The last I knew was that he had no email address as of the last two years.

Marlin Felts, Class of ??


November 15, 2010

Ok the light comes on now, The guy in the class of 57 was Larry. Guess its my "old timers" just kicked in

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


November 15, 2010

There was only one Jerry Ham that graduated from Lueders. That would be me in 1947.

I was going to say I came back in 57 to play basket ball, but Marlin, put a stop to that.

Yes, Larry is my youngest brother and I took back to California to rejoin mother & dad and to save Lueders from him.

Jerry Ham, Class of 47


November 16, 2010

Posted by Clifton Billy Barnes, Class of 62

Photo is unbelievable… it’s a Western Diamondback rattler from West Texas… western Diamondbacks are noticeably smaller than the Eastern Diamondback… I’d hate to see the Eastern version of this guy!

Ya'll need to forget about those itty, bitty snake-proof boots and find yourself a full snake-proof SUIT.., AND HAT!!!

The ranch where this big rattler was killed is outside the city of Coleman which is located in ( West Texas) near Abilene. Oh, for reference, the guy stands 6'-2". Seems there's been a boom in the snake population there.

My fellow friends and family,

We have killed 57 rattlesnakes on two separate ranches this year. 24 @South bend & 33 @ Murray , since mid May.

Not one has buzzed! We provoked one fair sized boy with a stick and he coiled & struck at the stick a couple of times before he buzzed up and rattled.

The purpose of this explanation is that I have been hearing the same from fellow ranchers and hunters in regards to the lack of warning with rattlesnakes.

I had lunch with a friend today and he offered a theory about the fact that these bugs aren't rattling anymore.

He raised pigs for years and reported that when he would hear a rattlesnake buzzing in the sow pen, the sows would bee line to it and fight over the snake. For the uninformed, pigs love to eat rattlesnakes. Therefore, the theory is they are ceasing to rattle to avoid detection, since there are plenty of pigs roaming the countryside. I have a neighbor ranching lady who was bitten 3 weeks ago 2 times by the same snake without any warning....she spent 5 days in ICU, after 22 vials of anti-venom she is back at the ranch and still may lose her foot or worse yet her lower leg.

The days of perceived warning are over. Keep your boots on and use a light when out and about. As you all know, one can pop up just about anywhere! You may wish to forward this to anyone that would be interested.

Sincerely,

Norman D. Stovall, III
Agri-Ventures Corp.
Managing Partner
Sid Palmour
Texas Energy & Equipment LLP


November 16, 2010
Pirates,

We would like to do a mass update of all the Chat Line Records because it has been in use several years and the Contact Info is rather old and out dated. We kind of proved that when I showed everyone the summary list of who is on the chat line and found there were several errors.

Additional reasons for collecting and maintaining the info is as follows:....................

Don Latimer, Class of 56 has become our Alumni Historian and Head Researcher when questions come up relative to a Pirate or other Lueders happenings.

Don is knowledgeable because one of his passions is genealogy and history. In addition to family, Don has a genealogy file with over 40,000 Jones and Shackelford County residents listed.

Don even has a listing of all of Lueders former Students that shows their birthday and who their parents were.

Every week Don, checks the area newspapers to obtain the Jones and Shackelford County Obituaries so he can up date his 40,000+ records.

It can be said, Don's Golf Game is maintaining his genealogy records and keeping track of his collection of nearly 1000 music CDs.

AND, don't forget Don wrote the history of Lueders, Texas that took a lot of research and effort.

Meanwhile, it so happens I do the web site and while maintaining the Chat Line, I have collected a considerable number of Alumni Obituaries due to archiving the messages and I saved the old web site obituary section that Carlene had complied over the years.

As time permits, I plan to rebuild and update the Obituary Section and in that regard Don and I are working together to make sure the obituary records are complete and accurate as possible.

Also, we have about 50 Pirates with e-mail addresses that are not on the Chat Line and I would like to get them as well as other Pirates involved in the Chat Line and the only way to do that is contact them by phone or other means.

Homecoming President, Danny Zips wants to make it more personal by phoning individuals and making a personal invitation to attend the next Pirate homecoming.

The personal phone calls are to build enthusiasm and will not be a substitute for the written invitation containing the program schedule but, Danny also wants to make an effort to save postage by e-mailing as many invitation as possible and we already know at least a hundred dollars could be saved based on approximately 150 e-mail addresses we currently have and those we expect to obtain..

This combination of a web site obituary section, Don's historical records and Danny's personal contact about homecoming has prompted us to make an effort to come up with an updated Contact List of as many ex-Pirates as feasible.

In that regard, Carlene had a list of 108 Pirates and Don had a list with 177 Pirates.

We have now combined the two list into one and took out the duplication and ended up with addresses and phone numbers of 230 ex Pirates. However, both list are old and need updating. which Don and I are doing and the first steps to that was getting the Chat Line records accurate.

The info is in an Excel Spreadsheet and an example of how is appears in the S/S is shown by this image which you will have to scroll right to see it all.

It sure would be nice to have the list of addresses the homecoming committee uses and we are wondering if any one has a copy they could let us have so we can marry it with this current database and spreadsheet listing of 230.

We are assuming the list is available in some sort of computer program be it a database, spreadsheet or mail labels and if anyone has a copy or knows of anyone that does we would appreciate it being e-mailed to either Don, myself or Danny Zips.

In Addition, there is now a form on the web site which can be reached by Clicking:... HERE and we ask everyone to complete and submit the form so we can verify the existing info we have on you is accurate and up to date.

91 of you will receive this message and we hope all 91 will respond and send us the form, excluding those of you who have already submitted the form due to recent corrections and e-mailings on this subject

Thanks and I look forward to your helping Don and I compile the list.

This is important -- If you are a former student who has married a Lueders Classmate we need each one of you to fill out a form so we can combine and sort information by class year. This is not a duplication, it is a matter of having data that can be manipulated between programs in the computer and provide an accurate count in the number of ex-students.

Thanks, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


November 18, 2010
Pirates, Just for the Record:............................

When we official put the New Pirate Chat Line in Service on October 21, 2010 we had 90 members.

We have since added Jan "Blackstock" Angel, Class of 62

AND just today we added Jeanne "Buntin" Cours, Class of 66 to the member list.

So, The Pirate Chat Line says WELCOME to both new members.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


November 18, 2010
Pirates,

We can WELCOME two New Members to the Chat Line:...................

Class of 66 - Pam "McCown" Vance - who may be contacted personally at:.. ??????@?????? .com

Class of 64 - Carolyn Hester" Hickman - does not have e-mail but, she may be contacted personally by sending e-mail to her classmate/friend, Pam Vance at:. ???? ??@??????.com or phone her at:.. 940-???-????


November 18, 2010
Pirates,

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

I received the following information from Alice Thomas Backus on her brothers:

Don Latimer - Class of 56

Buddy is doing a little better and starting ReHab tomorrow.Our brother Chuck(Doug)Thomas has an aneurysm on his aorta.It is very large and he will see the surgeon on monday.

Please pray for both of my brothers.I have already lost both of my sisters to cancer.

Thanks Alice Thomas Backus--1956


November 19, 2010

I am very excited to be part of the Lueders chat line. I would love to hear from some other former pirates. Where has all the time gone?

Sincerely, Jeanne Buntin Cours, Class of 66


November 20, 2010
Ray,

Is there a web site to go to for "chatting"? I am not sure how this works?

Jeanne Buntin Cours, Class of 66


November 20, 2010
Jeanne,

What we call the Chat Line is a private mail system we have setup on the host computer in Orlando, Florida where all my web sites are located along with www.luederspirates.com which is the Pirates Alumni Web Site.

You need do nothing except send a normal e-mail message addressed to:. allpirates@luederspirates.com and It works exactly the same as all other e-mail with the exceptions as explained below.

The system i.e. software on the computer in Orlando, Florida will make copies of your message and send your message to every one whose e-mail address has been inserted into the mail system in Orlando.

Currently that is 94 old ex-Pirates your message will be sent to.

The system will only accept messages from those people whose email address is in the system.

Also you can not copy others when sending mail to the system. The email must be addressed to allpirates@luederspirates.com and no one else.

Attaching of pictures or images is allowed up to a certain size.

You must send your e-mail message from the same e-mail address you have provided for use in the system.

When you REPLY to a message on the Chat Line the same thing happens, it is sent to the system and the system makes 94 copies and sends your reply to the 94 Pirates whose address is in the system.

That means your question to me just now also went to 93 others with 1 copy back to yourself.

When you do reply you should leave all the previous messages on the reply but, delete the footer the system itself puts on the bottom of each e-mail message.

It might interest you to know that my 1953 Class Mate, Edith "Raughton" Atkinson gave us the name "Chat Line" when in the early days she sent out a message and said she was really enjoying all the chatter on the chat line.

Carlene "Burkman" Black, Class of 72 started the Mail System back in 2004 and for a period we really didn't have a name for it and it was sort of difficult to call it "The Mail System" and when Edith sent out her message we all picked up on that and it became the "Pirate Chat Line" and now when you use "Chat Line" everyone knows what your talking about but, it is in fact a built in Mail System provided by the web site hosting company.

Bottom Line, write your message and send it to:.. allpirates@luederspirates.com and 94 people will get your message. When someone replies to your message, you and 93 others will get the reply.

You will find that, we may go weeks or months and longer when nothing is on the Chat Line and then someone will tell a story or mention something and then the chatter will get cranked up and we will have several messages each day for a week or more and then it will die off again.

Sadly, the messages also include notices of illnesses and obituaries. But, that is also one of the benefits of being on the Chat Line as it let's us know the status of old friends.

You might like to know that all the Chat Line messages beginning in 2004 with their wonderful stories of days long past have all been archived.

However, this past June when Carlene was shutting down the original web site started in 1999 with the domain name of www.luedersavoca.com , I got way behind because I totally rebuilt the Pirate section which Carlene had allowed me to create and maintain since the beginning in 1999 and I purchased the domain name of www.luederspirates.com and installed the new Pirate web site where my other web sites are being hosted in Orlando, Florida.

As a result of the rebuild, I have been forced to suspend viewing of the archived messages because it is a very very time consuming and boring task which I don't enjoy doing. However, I have been working on the archives and expect they will be rebuilt and up to date in a few weeks.

To explain further the original Chat Line Carlene started in 2004 was shut down just last month in October and with Carlene's help we relocated it too the same server all my web sites are on as is the Pirates web site.

Hope this is an adequate explanation. There is additional Chat Line info available at:... http://www.luederspirates.com/5-clform/z-rules.html

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


November 20, 2010
Hi, Jeane......

you probably don't remember me but you lived right next door to my grandparents. Mr Barnes who was the barber in lueders. Their house burned to the ground one night. I believe you are the neice of a lady, I believe her name was Linda, who married my college roommate Ronnie Rice.

Do you ever hear from them?

Bill Barnes, Class of 62


November 21, 2010
Hi Bill,

I do remember all that, it was so scarey and sad when your grandparents house burned.

I did not know that Ronny Rice was your roommate. He is such a great person. He is still married to my Aunt Linda and they live in Andrews, TX and he just retired. I do see them fairly often. They have grandchildren in Katy, TX that they go see quite often and they stop by here.

My aunt and I are so close in age that we have been more like cousins than aunt and niece which has been nice.

My parents moved from Lueders when I was a sophmore at Hardin Simmons Univ in Abilene so I never really came back that often except to see my grandparents who lived in Stamford. I went on to become a teacher for 31 years and retired 5 years ago. I miss it sometimes but I am working out at Concordia University now and loving that.

I have 2 sons, Cody and Toby, and the oldest is married and has given me 2 precious grand daughters.

How about you? You must have been a senior when I was a freshman? I will have to try to find old year books but I sure would hate for anyone to see my picture, my goodness where did that hairdo come from!!!! HA!

Jeanne Buntin Cours, Class of 66


November 21, 2010
Hello everybody;

Dad has had another stroke, he became ill saturday afternoon and was admitted to levelland hosp last night. he was taken for a CT this morning and we are waiting for the Dr to come by and give us the report. at this time he is unable to speak or swallow, but he has full use of his arms and legs and is aware of everything that is going on, where he is and what has happened.

He is in room 136 and we are able to connect to the internet so he can recieve emails.

I have no idea how long we will be here right now, but will try and keep eveybody informed when we know more.

We appreciate all your thoughts and prayers

Lori


November 22, 2010
Pirates,

With the addition of the following NEW members, The Chat Line now has a total of exactly 100 members.

Welcome Aboard Folks

Fredrick Lieb - Class of 51
Craig Tonroy - Class of 54
Marilou "Douthit" Cason - Class of 54
Gloria Verble - Spouse of Class of 53, Wayne Verble
Robbie "Garvin" Cason - Class of 53 --- AND it was Robbie who was # 100th

These are NEW members never before on the Pirate Chat Line

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


November 25, 2010

I just received word this afternoon that my aunt, Maxine Vaughn Payne has had a stroke. Sad smile emoticon I can never remember when she graduated from Lueders...think it was '42 or '43 when she and her twin Corinne Vaughn Cox graduated. They were in Henry Burkman's class...I remember this much. Please put her on your prayer list that she has 100% recovery and it is pain free. I love her so much!

Terry Johnson Blackburn, Class of 66 - Abilene High


November 25, 2010

Terry, We will join you in prayer for your Aunt Maxine.

Lewis and Janel Markwood in Des Moines, Iowa


November 26, 2010

I had posted that my aunt Maxine Vaughn Payne had a stroke and requested prayer for her. Below, is the latest update from her daughter:

Terry Johnson Blackburn, Class of 66 - Abilene High

They think she had a small stroke, but the speech reversed and there are no other effects, except a little difficulty finding the words she wants to say. They will adjust her blood thinner tomorrow, which is all ...they can do for her. I am so thankful and praising God that this was not any worse.


November 26, 2010

Sandra, I so remember you. We played together many times. You cut your leg on our trailer and I think we took you to the hospital. Im not sure. Where are you living now? I remember you had the cutiest fairy dress or ballet dress I can't remember but I liked it. Your hair was so long and pretty. I dont know where Charlotte lives. But Johnny passed some years back. Bobby still lives in Lueders. We live in Abilene.

Have been here for 46 years. Hope to hear from you.

Linda Evetts Fulgham, Class of 63


November 27, 2010

Terry, Glad to learn your Aunt appears to be improving. God is apparently listening.

BTW, your Aunt was in the Class of 41 as indicated:..   HERE

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


November 27, 2010

More update on Maxine Vaughn Payne from her daughter, Penny....

My daughter stayed with my mom in the hospital last night. I will go for the rest of the day. May not be able to post anything new on her condition until tonight. I appreciate the prayers and concern. At one point yesterday, she couldn't talk at all, and now appears mostly fine. Still singing praises about this! My mom is doing well. Her heart kept stopping for 3 seconds at a time (atrial fibrillation) when she breathed through the mouth instead of oxygen tube while sleeping. Been dizzy, also. More tests done, results hopefully tomorrow. Her heart kicked into its normal rhythm this afternoon. This has been good, getting some things looked at and treated, for better quality of life when she returns home.

Thanks to all who have been praying for my Aunt! God is GOOD!!!

Terry Johnson Blackburn, Class of 66 - Abilene High


November 27, 2010

Thanks for the update. Mother Margret Arrington Mullins was a good friend of the Vaughn sisters. The last time I saw Maxine was in Mother's living room in Lueders as she and her husband had come to visit Mother between her two strokes. Mother also has atrial fibrillation due to a heart valve that had to be repaired because hers did not correct without surgery. You all are in our prayers.

Carolyn Mullins Pearson, Class of 65


November 30, 2010
Pirates,

I received the following message from my Class of 53 Classmate, Edith "Raughton" Atkinson --

Will provide more information when it becomes available.

Dewitt was one of our elder statesman having been in the Class of 39.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

Ray, thought I would let you know that DeWitt Wilhite passed away about 2:00 AM this morning. He had another little stroke a week or so ago and went down hill from there. Edith


November 30, 2010

Pirates, I was in Dewitt's Address book and therefore I and several others have been getting messages from his daughter Lori.

I am taking the liberty of posting this message from her on the Chat Line. - E. Ray Smyth Class of 53
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Hello everybody;

Dad died this morning about 2am. He was really bad there toward the end and although we will miss him so much, he is finally at peace.

I want to thank all of you so much for your thoughts and prayers. I communicated all of them to Dad and he was glad to know you were thinking of him, it really cheered him up.

The funeral will be Friday December 3rd, 10:30am at the George Price funeral home chapel in Levelland. Then we will take him to Stamford for burial and a graveside service that afternoon at 3:30pm.

Again, Thank all of you

Lori


December 1, 2010
Pirates,

Two weeks ago today we ask that you update your contact info and explained why.

Not mentioned was the fact that, The Pirate Chat Line is a wonderful little tool that allows us to relive the memories of our youth and yes it is where we learn of our sick or deceased friends and former classmates.

We have now added about 8 new members and I was pleased to be able to provide the contact info to some Classmates who had lost contact with each other and are now back in touch again.

We want to thank those 60 of you who updated and submitted the form as requested.

I now ask that the remaining 40 of you who have not submitted the form please do so in order for me to move ahead with work on the Pirate Web Site and efforts to make other Pirates aware of the Chat Line so they too can enjoy it's use as you now do.

So, please fill in and submit the form which is available:..   HERE

Thanks, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


December 1, 2010

This Obituary is at the George Price Funeral Home in Levelland, Texas

Dewitt Wilhite was a Pirate and member of the Class of 39

May God Bless the Wilhite Family

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


December 5, 2010
Hello everyone--

I am trying to locate a copy of a photo of my father, Alton Mullins, that Buster Winkles made--probably in the late 40's or early 50's. I'm not sure about the date. At any rate, Daddy is riding a bucking horse. I recall that Buster made his photos available to lots of people.

The only copy we had was destroyed when the house burned.

If any of you have a copy of that photo or know someone who might have it, I would appreciate it if you would let me know. My boys would love to have that picture of their grandfather.

Ramona Mullins Hamilton, Class of 54


December 5, 2010

I read that Patsy had the name Campbell, did Charles die and she married again?

Glenn Commons, Class of 54


December 5, 2010

Glen, you read that from a copy of a private e-mail I sent the Class of 54.

The relayed copies I sent were from Patsy "Gafford" Campbell the sister-in-law of Pasty "Cowan" Gafford.

Don Latimer and I have been attempting to track down your classmate, Pasty "Cowan" Gafford whose sister-in-law is Pasty "Gafford" Campbell.

So, NO Charles Gafford is not dead and he and his wife Patsy "Cowan" Gafford are both alive and living together in a nursing home in/or around Austin, Texas

It's a little confusing I know, but, go back and review your e-mails and the copies that came with them and you can figure out the picture of what was going on and how the info was conveyed to you.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


December 5, 2010

I'm the "other" Patsy, Charles's little sister and I married a Campbell, 52 long years ago. Just kidding they have been 52 great years....


December 7, 2010
Pirates,

Some time back, I received an e-mail with a lot of Pearl Harbor pictures attached which I considered worth keeping. I thought today December 7, 2010 was a good day to post them on a web page and they can be viewed at the link provided:...   HERE

The posting reminded me of Jackie and I visiting the Arizona Memorial in 2005 and the pictures I made then are worthy now to reflect back on this day that occurred 69 years ago, I turned those into a slide show 5 years ago and they may be viewed:...   HERE

Enjoy and be Thankful for those that kept you from speaking Japanese.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


December 7, 2010

This was really great.......you did a wonderful job of taking pictures and putting them together like this. Wish I had some of your 'smarts' and could put my Germany and Austria pictures together like this.

Ernestine "Segestrom" Heller, Class of 53


December 7, 2010
Ray,

I did locate Patsy Tonroy. She started first grade in Lueders and then the family moved to Lubbock. She was in the class of 59.She's buried in the Lueders Clearford Cemetery.

Patsy Ellen "Pat" Tonroy
Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Visitation for Patsy Ellen "Pat" Tonroy, 63, of Lubbock will be from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Sanders Funeral Home.

Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, at the funeral home with the Rev. John Ballard officiating. Additional services will follow at 4 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lueders. Burial will follow at the Lueders Cemetery.

She was born May 31, 1941 at Corpus Christi, the daughter of Raymond Horace Tonroy and Opal Lee Cox Tonroy of Lueders. She died Friday, May 20, in Lubbock at Covenant Lakeside Hospital. She was preceded in death by her mother, in April 2005, her father, and by her infant older sister, Shirlee Anne.

Surviving family includes sister, Peggy Martin of Lubbock; brothers, Jerry Tonroy of Columbia S.C., and Bernie Tonroy of Ellis County, Kan.; and six nephews, a niece and two grand-nephews.

She started school in Lueders. In 1948, the family moved to Lubbock. She was a member of the first four-year class at Monterey High School, starting in 1955 and graduating in 1959. She went to Wayland Baptist College, and Texas Technological College. She received her B.A. degree in Spanish from Texas Tech in 1965. While attending Tech, she was active in the Baptist Student Union and Primera Iglesia Bautista, serving as both secretary and pianist. After college, she taught Spanish at Lytle, Stamford and Goldthwaite high schools. As a youth, she was a very active member of Trinity Baptist Church in Lubbock. At the time of her death she was a member of First Baptist Church in Lubbock.

The family expresses their appreciation to the staff of VistaCare Hospice and in lieu of flowers, requests donations to them.

Don Latimer - Class of 56


December 8, 2010

I enjoyed those pictures of our countries history, Thank you for doing that. I'll never forget the day my husband I visited the Arizona Memorial and how moving standing on that memorial was- the quietness, solemnest of remembering those young men. It was quite spiritual that feeling of almost being able to sense the spirits of those young men who gave their lives that day. I will never forget that feeling. One of the young men on our tour that day was coming to visit because his grandfather was on the ship that went down. We all just cried a few tears with him that day.

Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Buntin Cours. Class of 66


December 8, 2010

Ray and Don ,Thanks for finding Patsy Ellen. Her father is the brother of Cora Mae Tonroy Hines and Les Tonroy. Her other grandparents were Mr and Mrs Elmer Cox.

I think he drove a school bus at Lueders for some time before moving to Stamford. They lived in the white house catty cornered from Uncle Les and across the street from Jimmy Vickers.Maybe behind Dean Hines station.

They moved to Lubbock in 1948 after the school year ended. She was in the same class as Arla Jean Walls Felts.Patsy and Larry and Gail Tonroy were the only other Tonroy's except Craig, Luckie, and me that went to school at Lueders.

Thanks Everette Ray for posting the dvds, maybe some one will find something interesting about Lueders in them. They were mostly of family reunions at Grandmother Tonroy's House.

Sharon Hines Hudson, Class of 57 - WF High


December 9, 2010
Dear Linda,

It's great to hear from you and to know you still remember me. And boy do I remember that accident. I've forgotten many things from the past but my recollection of that day is still very vivid. It seems we were just playing around, on the trailer and whatever else was out there. I jumped on the flatbed trailer from something else. My leg crashed through the wood. When I pulled my leg out I was horrified as there was a gash on my thigh that seemed to go all the way to the bone. I remember the ride to the hospital, with a towel your mom put over my leg.

The other thing I remember is being very sick from the anesthetic, probably ether back then, staying in the hospital for almost a week I think, then going home where I would have these very vivid dreams where I would watch things that had happened to me in real life on what seemed like watching a movie. I still have a long scar on my right thigh from the accident.

That fall, Grandmother Archer got sick and she and I went to Kansas City where my aunt lived for Grandmother to see a doctor. They diagnosed her with lung cancer and she went into the hospital after we came back to Lueders. She died in December and I ended up going to live with my father and step mother in West Texas. I missed my Grandmother and Granddaddy very much. Several times on our family trips to Ft. Worth they stopped in Lueders so I could see Granddaddy. It was on one of those visits that Johnny heard I was there and came over to say hello. I was a preteen and much too embarrassed to be polite :>) I've always wished I had apologized to him for being so silly.

I live in Hollister, California now (about 2 hours south of San Francisco), sharing a house and 5 acres with my son. I'm retired after about 10 years in elementary education. Before that, I had a publishing company for 15 years, and before that, worked in the aerospace industry down in the Los Angeles area.

Anyway, enough of this for now. I'd love to hear more about you and your family. I hope we stay in touch!

Best wishes, Sandra Kay


December 9, 2010

I'm so glad to hear from you. I often wondered where you were. It has been such along time. Sam and I have been married 46 years will be 47 in Jan.

We have lived in Abilene Tx for most of those years. We have 2 children Troy & Tracy and have 5 grandkids. So blessed. They live close by one in Abilene and the other in ClydeTx. All have graduated except the the youngest and she will graduate next year. All my family have passed away even my sister. I have 2 half brothers that I see some.

Time flys so fast these days. It seems like yesterday we were kids. I miss those times.

Sam retired from Lockheed after 30 years. I retired from Dillards and Lockheed about 10 years ago when I had to have a knee replaced. But I love staying home. Sam works partime at Dillards. He doesn't like not doing something.

We go camping and boating in the summer. We love any kind of football. We went to the Dallas stadium and watched my grandaughters High School play in the playoffs a couple of weeks ago. They got beat, but it was fun. We like to go to Nascar to. Went to my first horse races in Hobbs about a month ago. It was fun!!!

Theres so much we want to do. Hope we can get it all in some day.

I hope we can stay intouch to. Have a Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!!!!

Love Ya Linda!


December 10, 2010

E Ray, Many thanks and and much appreciation for all your work on the Chat Line. You have provided an opportunity for all to fill in the blanks after we went into the big world.

Would it be possible for you to update the list of all who are on the Chat Line now and remind the ladies to use maiden names and year of graduation?

Betty Lambert Walker, Class of 60


December 10, 2010

Regarding Betty "Lambert" Walkers request, I will send that in another message following this one so it is nice and clean with no other replies but, let me say this as an answer to Betty Lambert and all other Pirates relative to her request for an updated copy of the Chat Line Database.

What is kept in the Chat Line Database really don't amount too much. The Bible is kept in an Excel spreadsheet and the info appears in the spreadsheet as shown here with this sample:... Scroll Right to see it all:.......

Once each class has all their members updated it would be my intentions to provide each class with a Spreadsheet listing of all their members and if desired it could include the class before and the class after.

Fact is, the Class of 54 has been totally updated and I have already provided to each member an XLS Spreadsheet with just their classes info in it. AND since the Class of 53 was always close to the Class of 54 I provided all the 53 class with a copy of th e54 info. Once the 53 Class is totally updated I will provide both classes with an updated copies of both classes.

Quite frankly, if another Pirate wants the entire spreadsheet with all Pirate addresses, I see absolutely no reason why they can not have it. Rest assured, I would never allow any outsider to have it.

I realize people might not want everyones address but, more then likely they would like to have the addresses of all their class members and perhaps the class in front and behind and if so I plan to make it available.

I am finding a lot of Pirates are not aware of the Chat Line and Don Latimer and I have talked about how nice it would be to get the word out so we can have additional great stories to read on the chat line.

We do have phone numbers and address of a considerable number of other Pirates as well as a goodly number with e-mail that are not on the chat line.

It is planned that once the current chat line members are all updated an effort will be made to contact those Pirates and get them updated and involved in the chat line.

I had hoped to obtain a copy of the list of Pirates held by the homecoming committee but, thus far several request for a copy of that list have all been declined and I am not sure just why.

It was with some satisfaction that Don Latimer and I were able to get several Pirates back in the loop with their former classmates and other friends.

Thus far 83 People have updated their contact information and we are now up to 103 people on the chat line.

But, some of those are new people so we probably have about 30 people currently on the chat line that for some reason have not found the time to update their info.

The Chat Line Database will follow and a Merry Christmas to all.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


December 10, 2010
Pirates,

Here is an update of the Pirate Chat line as requested by Betty "Lambert" Walker, Class of 60.

Betty was lucky, I had just this morning pasted the screen prints together for my own use to compare it with what is in the spreadsheet database.

AND for Betty's info I had initially been using just the ladies maiden name because this database is mainly just for the keeper of the list to use. but, I changed my thinking on that after I started showing it to others which I only did so they could see a little something of how the chat line works..

To create what is attached I have to do about 8 screen prints and then paste them back together and while it don't take me too long it don't exactly jump together either.

Bottom Line, here is the Chat Line Database as of today 12-10-10.

Database not shown in archives for obvious reasons

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


December 10, 2010

E. Ray, Thank you very much. The jpg file is easier for me to use than the list I printed out.

Betty "Lambert" Walker, Class of 60


December 16, 2010
Pirates,

One month ago today, November 16, 2010, I ask all on the Chat Line to Update their Contact Info and I ask again two weeks ago on December 1, 2010

I use the requested information to contact Pirates so I can more easily maintain the Alumni Web Site and the Pirate Chat Line -- Don Latimer uses it to maintain his Jones and Shackleford Country Genealogy Database and do the research that all of us are constantly asking him to do when we want to know about a school related item or to find a long lost classmate.

Proof of that was when we were able to locate Patsy Gafford and Jerry Tonroy by going through other people and using the contact records of the Pirates we do have.

I had one person ask why they should update because nothing has changed when in fact none of that persons contact info was correct. So, please consider this not only an update but, also a validation of the info we do have.

Currently there remains about 20 members of the Chat Line who have not gone to the form located:..   HERE and filled in the boxes and submitted the info.

Failure of those to not update their Contact Info keeps me from moving on to other things such as getting all the chat line message archived or posting the Time Line to the Tonroy Movies that Jerry has now sent me.

So, I asks once more for those Pirates who have not Updated or Validated their Contact Info to do so now.

As of today counting the new members we have 88 Pirates who have updated their info and there are 104 currently on the Chat Line which means 14 new people have been added.

Frankly, these new ones got added because of the update effort and the work Don Latimer and I have been doing with some help from other Pirates.

Once we can get the update completed we want to start contacting other Pirates to get them involved in the Chat Line and attending homecoming.

Thanks, E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


December 19, 2010
Pirates,

I had a call this morning from one of James Gray's daughters. James died last night, Dec 18, 2010, from a massive heart attack. He was bringing groceries in and just knelled over.

James Garrett Gray, of Azle, TX, was born in Stephens County 29 Oct 1938 and graduated LHS with the class of '57. His parents were James Davis Gray and Gladys Lorena Franklin Gray. His siblings were Margaret Gray Butler; Cletus Gray, class of '51; Barbara Gray Roseberry, class of '53; Eva Gray Thetford, class of 59; Ruby (Nell) Gray Eoff, class of 62 and Wilbert (Bert) Gray, class of '64.

James was married to Joyce Tyson and they have two daughters and a son.

Don Latimer, Class of 56


December 19, 2010

Don, this is Barbara, James sister. I just read the posting, and we appreciate it, but Margarets last name was Richardson, It was Butler at one time but had been Richardson for probably 20 years. Thank you and God bless you


December 19, 2010
Thanks Barbara,

I think I knew that but just misread my information.

Don Latimer, Class of 56


December 19, 2010
Pirates,

I found the following message kind of unbelievable because James and I just passed several private e-mail message back and forth between us last week and now this message from Barbara arrived only minutes ago.

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Hi Ray, I just wanted to let you know so you can pass the word, that my brother, James Gray (class of 57) passed away last night around 11 oclock. I don't have any details at this moment, but I will post more information as I get it. All I know right now is that he died suddenly. We will miss him so much, he was a wonderful brother and loved everyone.

Barbara (Gray) Roseberry
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Don Latimer's posting about James arrived in my mail box as I typed this message.

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


December 19, 2010

I took the following from the web site of White's Funeral Home in Azle, Texas

Our Prayers are with the Gray Family -- E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53


December 24, 2010

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

December 24, 2010

Same to you and yours! - The Felts!


December 24, 2010

From the Petty family we wish all the chat line pirates a blessed Christmas. To the James Gray family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Foy & Donna Petty, Class of 64 & 66


December 24, 2010


December 24, 2010

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO THE SMYTH'S AND ALL THE ONLINE LUEDERS PIRATE'S!!!!!

Linda Evetts Fulgham, Class of 63


December 24, 2010

Just think we have seen 57 christmas's since high school class of "53" and I still think back to then and are thankful for every one. Merry Christmas all.

Max and Gayle LHS "53"


December 31, 2010

E. Ray Smyth, Class of 53

December 31, 2010

Happy New Year to all who are still aboard the Pirates ship

Don Smyth, Class of 60


December 31, 2010

And A Happy New Year 2011 from the Ham's In Ft. Stockton, Texas.

Jerry 1947 & Gaynell 1951


December 31, 2010

And a Happy New Year to you and yours.

Edith Raughton Atkison, Class of 53


December 31, 2010
Dear All pirates,

Jerry Latimer has sent you a Jacquie Lawson electronic greeting.

Please click:..  HERE

With best wishes from us all,

Jerry Latimer, Class of ??


December 31, 2010

Thanks Jerry, and a Happy, Healthy, and Blessed 2011 to you.

Dorene (McAlister) Allen -- Class 1955, and Phil


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