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Classes of  1955, 56 & 57
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Some were friends, some were acquaintances, some we hardly knew.  But they were all special and we miss them. They shared a special time in our lives when we were trying to figure out who we were and where we were going. It was a special time for everyone and they were a part of it. 

AKERS, CHARLES

ALLEN, JOANNA 

ANGLIN, PAUL EDWARD Class of 55

BOHMER, GEORGE

BOOTHE, LARRY

BUDDEMEYER, RALPH  Class of 57

BULLOCK, GAYNE
Passed away in 1999

Claude Ross Byrne (January (56)
Passed away in 1986

CARROLL, RON (57)  July 2002

Brad:   Found your address on one of the E-mails Ron forwarded to me from you.   Don't know if you've heard yet, but Ron passed away.  It looked like he had finished mowing, & was putting the mower under the shed, and from the autopsy, they said he'd either had a stroke or heart attack right there.  He wished no funeral or memorial service, and wanted to be cremated.     He's been a good friend for many years, and I know you & I will both miss him.    Sincerely,   Joann Rice Coffey (Ron & I dated long ago, back when he was known as "King Carroll").  Take care of you.

CHAMPION, WENDELL

CHURCH, EDDIE

CODAY, CHARLES

Collier, Peggy Jo Knox

July 2004

COUCH, SUSIE

CRECILIUS, LINDA

Credille (Forrester), Nancy Class of 55

Nancy passed away Dec 23, 2002. Nancy was a member of First Baptist Church, Dallas for many years and later was a member of Colonial Hills Baptist Church where she met Robert Forrester.  They were married Feb 18, 1994.  Nancy worked at the First National Bank which had several name changes before she retired in 1998. Nancy was affectionately called "Sarge" and at her retirement party was presented with Sarge Stripes.

CROSLIN, JIM

Cullum, Gene Class of 57

Corky Dandridge Class of 55

After a gallant fight and three weeks in ICU Corkey went to be with Lord at approximately 2 p.m. today, Thursday, 30 January 2003.  Our prayers and condolences are with his family during this time of grief.   A memorial service is planned for Saturday February 1,2003 at 1 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, 716 Main Street, Garland, TX. 

DEGENHART, PAUL Class of 57

DOOLEY, LLOYD

                 Driggers, Peggy Ann Weiss class of 56
We unfortunately have lost another classmate and fellow Golden Deb, Peggy
Ann Weiss Driggers, class of 1956. Peggy passed away January 29 in Garland after a brief illness. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 8:30 PM on Friday, February 1, 2002 at Restland Funeral Home.  Services will be held at 1:30 PM Saturday, February 2, 2002 at Restland Wildwood Chapel, interment to follow at 4:00 PM at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Wolfe City, TX. Peggy retired after more than 20 years with Chase Bank and spent her time traveling and enjoying her grandchildren.  Her husband and father preceded her in death.  She is survived by two sons, one daughter and their families, her mother, and two brothers, Mark and Jim & their families. We will miss Peggy and her lovely smile, especially at the reunions. Ruby Slaughter(57)

DYESS, GEORGE

EMERSON, GEORGE

Evans, Sandra Lou Johnson

This is the first time I had seen years 55 56 57 on classmates. My sister who was voted best all around for the first graduating mid term class. She was killed in a car wreck in 1963. She was in the Navy after graduation for a short time. Married and Mother of 3 children. I remember a few names from her classmates. Larry (Bo) Earnest, Shirley Adcock.  Please add her name to the list of gone but not forgotten. Any of her classmates that would like to can reach me may do so at cassduncans@aol.com my name is Ruth Ann Johnson (Duncan) Thank you, Ruth Ann

FERRELL, JACKIE

                      Kenneth "Butch" Flournoy (57)
                              March 2002
We lost another beloved classmate on March 4 with the passing of 1957 graduate Kenneth "Butch" Flournoy.  He was bravely fighting cancer and after a month in the hospital, he could not overcome the complications that followed surgery.  Ken was an excellent golfer for SOC and received a golf scholarship to North Texas where he graduated.  He received a second degree later in life from Miami Dade Jr. College.  After several years as International Catering Manager for Braniff, Ken continued his love of golf,  playing, teaching, tournaments and selling equipment.  He was always upbeat, friendly and a fun guy and especially loved to attend the reunions.  We will surely miss him. Submitted by Ruby Slaughter

                            GAUGL, JOHNNY

                       GRANT, IMES Class of 57
Graduate of West Point.  See his eulogy at http://www.aog.usma.edu/Class/1961/61Grant.htm  
Information from Ruby Slaughter,he graduated in 1957, was class president, I think, or maybe VP, played football, and was one of the nicest, smartest, classiest people I've ever known.  He entered West Point and passed away entirely too young.  Bradley Hartwyk '57, and he were close friends in high school, and remained in touch for years.   Imes married a former Miss Kentucky, and he passed away of a massive heart attack after she left for work one day.  She found him when she returned home.

                       David Graves Class of 55
I am sorry to announce that David Graves class of 55' passed away on Thursday in San Francisco, CA. His mother Helen Graves called to inform me this morning, Sunday, January 27,2002. David requested that there be no service. David was a special friend. We shared many great moments together. We were failures in the game of basketball and had a ball being cheerleaders together. I kept in touch with David for the past several years. He came to the last reunion and that is all he talked about. He had a great time. He was due next week for a visit with his mom on his birthday. Gary Earnest, 55'

Dear Joe, I am David Graves' partner and want to inform the class about his loss. Here is the obituary that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. Sincerely, Erica Fielder

On Saturday, January 27, David Graves, 64, died of a heart attack that occurred while returning from jogging in his beloved McLaren Park. David was deeply passionate about preserving the wild in the City. He believed that we couldnıt be fully human without close proximity to nature in all aspects of our lives.

He was especially devoted to the students and staff of Visitacion Valley, Gloria R. Davis Academic, and Luther Burbank Middle Schools where he conducted his program, Kids In Parks. Students hiking and exploring with David became acquainted with the birds and insects, the mammals and plants in their local parks. Not only did the kids behold the transformation of
butterflies from egg, to pupa, to winged adult, but also they learned to work with tools and natural materials to buffer and protect the banks of the parkıs streams and trails from erosion. Whether outdoors or in the classroom, David spiced his lessons with tales of the wily coyote, drawnfrom Native American wisdom about the quirkiness of humans and our relationship with nature. We will miss you Mr. Coyote!

In response to news of Davidıs sudden malady, teachers from his schools arrived with armloads of letters and posters made by the children, expressing their love and appreciation for his lessons, and sorrow at his passing. He wanted the children to know he received your messages.

David drew his inspiration and perseverance from his muse and long time companion, naturalist-artist Erica Fielder of Fort Bragg, CA. Authors Barry Lopez, Gary Snyder, Terry Tempest Williams, and Carolyn Merchant provided the words and philosophy that formed his life commitment to a healthier world.

He died leaving many projects undone. To name a few: a wildlife corridor between McLaren Park and San Bruno Mt. which would allow for gray fox access between wild places; educational programs for the Institute For Deep Ecology; and a city-wide environmental education curriculum for San Francisco schools.

Donations to Kids In Parks, which will be continued by Davidıs four trained interns, may be made in his name to the non-profit Neighborhood Parks Council, 783 Buena Vista West, San Francisco, 94117.

David is survived by his partner, Erica, and his 90 year old stepmother of Dallas. A Memorial Celebration of his life will be held at the Roundhouse in McLaren Park on Sunday, February 3rd at noon. If weather permits we will hold the ceremony outdoors. Bring something to sit on, warm clothes, sun protection and a memento or flowers for the alter. To get to the Roundhouse, take Silver west from 101, go ten blocks. Turn left on University, go six blocks to the entrance to the park at Woolsey.


                           Dale Harris (56)
Passed away July 15 2003-Submitted by Evelyn Cronkhite Wright

                             JANIE HAYDEN

HAYNES, JIMMY DON

HILBURN, BEN (56)

HILL, JERRY Class of 57

Howard, Don Class o f55

Don Humphries (55)

I was helping Richard Clifton locate some old football team members and learned that Don Humphries ('55) passed away in November 2002.  Please add him to the list.  Thanks Ruby

Jesse "Don" Ivey Class of 56

Jones, Jo Von Class of 55
Jo-Von (Jones) Tucker passed away on December 17, 2003 from complications from diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)."  She had lived in NY and Cape Cod for many years, wrote several books, was "Marketing Women of the Year in NY" and traveled around the world as a catalog consultant.  She received over 200 awards in advertising.  For the last 13 years of her life she lived in Cape Cod and owned "Clambake Celebrations."    

                      JONES, TERRY Class of 57

JOHNSTON, ROBER Class of 57

KENNETH KEY

Rebecca Kirby King Class of 57

LOSS, TEDDY

LUNSFORD, DONNIE JOE

MADDING, DOUG

MARCHANT, VERNON Class of 55

McDONALD, FRED Class of 55

McGOWAN, ALFORD Class of 55

MEACHAM, GUY

MORGAN, MIKE

MORRIS, BILL

NEW, DONALD Class of 56

Ruby, I saw in today's obits that Donald New died. He was a tall, lanky member of the '56 class. A really good guy. Bill

NICHOLS, JOE TED
Passed away in 2000

NICHOLS, WALLACE Class of 56
I suspect that he was the very first from the class of 56 to die as it occurred within weeks of graduation. He was helping to install some flooring and in those days they used gasoline filled blow torches to heat the tile or linoleum. I would even guess that the mastic or other materials may have been flammable as well. Anyway, there was a fire that burned him seriously enough that he only survived a few days. Submitted by Hugo Elmore

NULISH, BENNY CARL, JR.

NYCUM, JOANN Class of 57

PEARCY, DON

PERIGO, RICHARD Class of 55

Billy Phillips Class of 56
Submitted by Richard Biondi

PIRKLE, RICHARD

REAMES, HARLAN Class of 55
Passed away Friday August 18, 2000.   He was born December 22, 1936.  Harlan operated Reames Market, in Cash and Greenville for many years. Survivors include, wife Shirley and other family members

Reames, Shirley Haning
July 2004

Reynolds, Mary Lou
Passed away many years ago at the age of 23

RICHEY, J. C. Class of 55

ROSE, MORRIS DEE

Ruby, I learned from Ed Ward on Wednesday, 6/09/04, that Morris Rose died on 5/30/04.  He had recently undergone open-heart surgery in Florida and returned home and apparently had complications and died.  As you know, we have been trying to make contact with Morris for three or four months regarding the 50th anniversary of the City Championship Team of 1954.

Found his obituary in the Florida local newspaper and am forwarding it to you as info.  Richard Clifton     

Obituaries 06/04/04

Morris Dee Rose, 67, of Spruce Creek Preserve Florida

Morris Dee Rose, of Spruce Creek Preserve, died on Sunday, May 30, 2004, in Ocala. Born Nov. 4, 1936, in Jasper, Texas, son to Thomas W. and Mary Abbie (Gentry) Rose, he came here in 1999 from LaPort, Texas. He was 67.

Mr. Rose retired in 1998 after 25 years as a chemical (liquid) loader and unloader with Rohm and Haas Company, Deer Park, Texas. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing bingo at Spruce Creek Preserve Community Center and was past president, past member of the OCAW Local 4-367, Pasadena, Texas, Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers Union.

Survivors include his wife, Marion J.; daughter, Deanne Rochelle Dillon and husband Michael Roy of Round Rock, Texas; five stepsons, Carol Delane "Bo" Whitton and wife Carolyn of Cleveland, Texas, Michael Ears Whitton and wife Maggie of Shepherd, Texas, Ronald Paul Whitton of California, Winston Earl Byrd and wife Patty of Belle Glade, Fla., Kenin Keith Byrd and wife Sue of Palm Coast, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; brother, Bernie Rose and wife Dorothy of Dripping Springs, Texas.

SCOTT, LESTON

SEALS, CLIFFORD

SEHNERT, PAUL

SHELTON, ROBERT Class of 57

SMITH, DENA Class of 57

Smith, Richard Class of 57

Stanley, Edgar Wayne "Ed"
Passed away Jan 3, 2001. Employed with Ensearch Exploration for 43 years, Ed was a Master Mason, serving as Past Master of Cedar Creek Lake Lodge #1421.  Ed was also a proud Eagle Scout.  He is survived by his wife of 44 years Sylvia Hill Stanley who was also a graduate of SOC.

STEADMAN, BARBARA

STOVALL, WAYNE

TAYLOR, CHUCK Class of 56

THOMPSON DUANE Class of 55
Passed away in July 2001.  He had a sudden heart attack. Information was received by Evelyn Wright from his sister In November 2002

TRULL, RONNIE Class of 57

VAUGHN, PATSY Class of 57

Vess, Martha (Phillips) Class of 57

Ruby, I did not get to attend our last SOC reunion, nor have I attended any of them.   I do hope I am still alive when the next one comes up.   I
definately want to be there.

After looking over the list of those from 55-56-57 classes deceased, I'd
like to add my dear friend, who passed away in Jan 1991 of breast
cancer......Martha Vess (married name was Phillips), class of 57. 

Don't know if any other classes are represented but if so, her brother,
Bob J. Vess (class of 59) died in Sept 2003 of a sudden heart attack.  

These were special friends of mine thru the years, but did not know of
this site until recently.

Please let me know when & if future reunions are planned.

Thanks Bill Sparks Class of 57

WATSON, PEGGY Class of 55

WATSON, ZACK Class of 55
Zach was in Vietnam and in the military for some years.  He later worked for the Dallas Sheriff's office and would occasionally show up at my office at the Addison Police Department to visit with my then-lieutenant who had worked with him at DSO.  He died of cancer.  Information received from Ruby Slaughter.  Passed away in 1991

WEAVER, DONALD

WHITE, JO ANN (FRANKLIN)

WHITTINGHAM, DICK

WILLIAMS, CHARLOTTE Class of 57

WILLIAMS, WINDELL Class of 55

WILLINGHAM, BARBARA

WILSON, JUNE Class of 57

TRAVIS WOORLEY

David Zook (55)
JOE, Neal Coker (oldcoker3@aol.com) class of 57, got my monthly retirement paper from the City, and notice a death notice of David Zook, I beleive he was in the Class of 55, and was in the Police dept.If so, you can add him to the list.

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