September 28, 2018: The Dallas Baker Family will be honored at the Nacogdoches High School Homecoming on October 5, 2018. Here is the Daily Sentinal Article that appeared in the newspaper. You may click on the article to enlarge and you will be able to read it. The following entry is the completion of the article in the Sentinal. Congratulations to our own Kathy Baker McGough and the entire Baker Family. 

April 9, 2012: Our former classmate and friend from the past, Wilson Tilman Corley, Jr., passed away on March 14, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. Please remember Wilson's family and friends as they continue through life without this wonderful man and good friend to many.

Wilson Tilman Corley Jr. 

Wilson Tilman Corley Jr. of Christoval, Texas, was born October 20, 1949, at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, and passed away March 14, 2012, at Rainbow House, San Antonio, Texas, as the result of a horse accident brain injury sustained in 2005. Wilson is survived by his father, Wayne Crawford of Wimberley, Texas; his brother and sister-in-law, Bruce and Connie Lindsey of Wimberley; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews and his last horse, Boon. He was preceded in death by his mother, Laverne Crawford of Wimberley. Wilson enjoyed countless friends spread across numerous states, but his first love was horses and cowboying. Wilson loved his Mother, AA, swimming holes, Blue Bell, puppies and other peoples’ children. Wilson’s last audible prayer was for “God to give him a good horse and a home on the range.” A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. April 14, 2012, at First United Methodist Church, 4517 McKee, Christoval, Texas 76935. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Rainbow House, 8915 New World Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78239.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on April 8, 2012
“If In The End You Have not Chosen Jesus Christ, It will not matter What You Have Chosen.”


April 7, 2012: Just learned today of the recent passing of classmate Joy Deason Bailey's mother. The NHS Class of '68 extends our thoughts and preayers to Joy and her family in the loss.

Mary Duderstadt Deason

Mary ""Mimi"" Duderstadt Deason died peacefully at home surrounded by her family January 28, 2012, in Victoria, Texas. She was born October 27, 1924, at home in Cabeza, Texas, to Louis and Myrtle (Brown) Duderstadt. Mary was a strong Christian and a sixth-generation Texan. Mary was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Jesse James Deason; her brother, Warren Duderstadt; her sister, Hazel Dean Herrick; and her sister, Mina Mae Morris . She is survived by her brother, Wilmer Duderstadt and his wife, Peggy, of San Antonio. Mary leaves behind a very large family to cherish her memory; her son, Jay Deason and wife, Cathy Schmidt Deason, of Austin,Colorado; their daughter Haley, and husband, Freddie Castillo, of Victoria; their children, Warren, Ashley, Delano, Freddie, Dominique and David Joe; her daughter Joy Deason Bailey and husband, Bill Bailey, of Houston and Milam; their daughter, Maribet and son, Geoff; her son, Jeff Deason and his wife, Linda Lopez Deason, of Austin and Nacogdoches; their daughter, Leah and her husband, Christopher, 'Tink' Pinkard, their son Ben, and daughter, Madalyn; her daughter Jane Deason Allred and her husband, Jim Allred, of Austin; their sons, Jacob and James Andrew, along with daughter, Melanie. Mary attended Hot Wells High School in San Antonio. She worked for Braniff Airlines and was an administrative assistant for the director of flight training for pilots at Fort Sam Houston during World War II. She pursued extensive hours and training to obtain her pilots license until her beloved brother Warren, an advanced experimental test pilot, died in an accident. She married her love, Jesse Deason, April 27, 1946, in San Antonio. Jesse served in the United States Air Force as chief master sergeant which afforded them the opportunity to live and travel abroad, an experience they and their family enjoyed immensely. Mary continued to travel later in life; among her favorite destinations were Greece and Machu Picchu, Peru. She annually hosted a ""cousins reunion"" for just her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at Port Aransas every spring. Mary donned a bathing suit and basked in the Texas Gulf, explored Mustang Island and boiled crawfish with her adored progeny over a luxurious, extended weekend. Mary spent years extensively researching family genealogy, with the assistance of cousins on the maternal side of her family. She was a member of the Old Three Hundred of Texas, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Colonial Dames of America, the Mayflower Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and a direct descendant of William Bradford. After retirement, she and Jesse lived in Nacogdoches, Texas, for many years. After Jesse's death, she lived in Brady and Austin, Texas. Viewing and family visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 31, at Mission Park South, 1700 S.E. Military Drive, San Antonio, Texas. (210) 924-4242. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Pallbearers will be Mary's grandsons, James Andrew Allred, Ben Deason, Jacob Allred and Geoff Mole; and great-grandsons, Warren Nelson and Delano Castillo. In lieu of customary remembrances, Mary requested memorial contributions to First Baptist Church Brady Food Ministry, Parkinson's Research or Alzheimer's Research. For personal acknowledgement you may sign the guest book at in the obituary section. Mission Park Funeral Chapels South, San Antonio
Published in The Daily Sentinel on January 31, 2012

March 2, 2012: The NHS Class of 1968 extends our thoughts and prayers to classmate Weda Stringer Upchurch and her family following the recent loss of their beloved.

In Memory of

Ima Watson Stringer

February 21, 1920 - February 18, 2012



Services for Ima Watson Stringer, age 91, of Nacogdoches will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel, 5400 North Street, Nacogdoches, with Bro. Milton Poindexter officiating. Interment will follow at Attoyac Cemetery in San Augustine County.

Mrs. Stringer passed away Saturday, February 18, 2012, in Nacogdoches.

Born in the Norwood community of San Augustine County, on February 21, 1920, she was the daughter of the late E.O. Watson and Etha Wise Galloway. She was married to John E. Stringer in 1937 and they were married for 60 years. He preceded her in death. She was a member of Goyens Hill Baptist Church, the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century, and Order of the Eastern Star, Nacogdoches Chapter #428. She also loved genealogy and reading books.

Survivors include her son, M.L. Stringer of Corsicana; daughter, Susan Williams and husband Roy Jon of Nacogdoches; daughter, Weda Upchurch and husband Fred of Nacogdoches; granddaughters, Cindy Stringer Belew and husband David of Corsicana, Misty Stringer Sapp and husband Leroy of Clifton, Texas, and Michele Pierce Simpson and husband Preston of Nacogdoches; grandsons, Stony Pierce and wife Jennifer and Jody Pierce and wife Cassie, all of Nacogdoches; great-grandchildren, Stormy Jones, Zachary Rogers, Tristin Belew, Austin Stewart, Tyler and Marshal Halls, Hali and Coby Simpson, and Arin, Chase, and Ryder Pierce; and a sister-in-law, Lovenner (Sis) Watson.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Stringer was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Dionne Smith Stringer; and three brothers, W.L. Watson, A.L. Watson, and Pat Galloway.

Visitation will be held Monday, February 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Cason Monk-Metcalf.

Arrangements are under the direction of Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors, at 5400 North Street in Nacogdoches. Online condolences and memories may be ofered at


October 31, 2011:  Everyone has told me that there is nothing like a grandchild. Well, my day has come with the birth of Aubrey Lynn on 10-18-11. Just had to share a photo with my classmates.
October 31, 2011: Our thoughts and prayers are extended to NHS Class of '68 classmate Johnny Weaver and his family in the recent loss of their beloved:

Joseph Cline Weaver

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Funeral service for Mr. Joseph Cline Weaver, 87, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2011, at Laird Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Reed and Rev. John Withem officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mr. Weaver was born January 18, 1924, in the Shady Grove Community in Nacogdoches, Texas, on the family farm (which had been in the family since 1861) to the late Samuel Claiborn and Mary Ella Humphreys Weaver. He and his wife still resided on this farm. He passed away peacefully October 27, 2011, in Nacogdoches. He and Maedelle Huckaby were married August 30, 1946, in Austin, Texas, while he was in the service to his country. They were married 65 blessed years. He was a graduate of SFA Demonstration School and Stephen F. Austin State University. He taught school for several years at Cleveland and Martinsville. He was an ordained deacon in the Baptist church, with current membership at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches. Cline is survived by his loving wife, Maedelle Huckaby Weaver; two sons, Johnny Weaver and wife, Sue, and Joseph "Joe" Weaver and fiance, Deborah Cuthbertson, all of Nacogdoches; one son-in-law, Keith Matthews and wife, Pat, of Portland, Texas; two brothers, Loy Weaver of Grand Saline, Texas, and W.T. Weaver of Nacogdoches; one sister, Juanita Tomassini of Suisun, California; six grandchildren, Shelley Weaver Sears and husband, John, Casey Weaver of Katy, Christopher Matthews and wife, Cassi, of Fort Worth, Randy Weaver of Houston, Clay Matthews and wife, Danielle, of Walland, Tennessee, and Lucas Weaver of Nacogdoches; five great-grandchildren, Gavin Parker and Austin Sears of Katy, Brooklyn and Kennedi Matthews of Fort Worth and Cruze Matthews of Walland, Tennessee. Cline was preceded in death by his parents, Claiborn and Ella Weaver and his daughter, Patricia Weaver Matthews. Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, October 28, 2011, at Laird Funeral Home. To offer condolence or to sign an online register book please log onto Laird Funeral Home.

October 21, 2011: A monument honoring the commitment and dedication of NHS High School Coaches Gean Hale and L. H. Matthews was revealed at Dragon Stadium today. Approximately 150 people attended the ceremony. Everyone is encouraged to visit the stadium when you are in 'Doches and view the monument. It is situated just inside the South Gate of the Stadium.

January 27, 2011: The NHS Class of '68 extends our thoughts and prayers to classmate Kathy Baker McGough and her family in their recent loss:

Dallas Olen Baker

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Dallas Olen Baker, 89, the youngest of five children, born to Emma Covington Baker and Amaziah Eugene Baker November 30, 1921, in Chireno, Texas, died Sunday, January 23, 2011, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel with Bill Sherrill of North Street Church of Christ officiating. Interment will follow at the Lower Chireno Cemetery with full Army honor rites from Fort Hood Army Base and the local VFW Post 3893. The Patriot Guard Riders will stand tall and silent as they honor Mr. Baker with a flag line, both at the funeral home and at the cemetery. Dallas attended school in Chireno through the eighth grade, and then in order to work out for football started attending school in Nacogdoches, where he eventually became captain of the football team and president of the Nacogdoches High School senior class in 1939. Dallas attended Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College, until the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Upon hearing that his country was at war, Dallas never went back to class. On the 13th of December he boarded a train to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, thus beginning his military career, which lasted 27 years. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served as radio operator on B-17 and B-24 aircraft in 1942. From 1943 to 1945, after commission at officer candidate school, he served as platoon leader and company commander in engineer combat battalions in England, France, Germany and the Philippines, until the end of World War ll. In direct contact with the enemy in the Philippines in World War II, and with the North Koreans and Chinese in 1952-1953, Dallas relied on the Holy Spirit to guide his path and resolved to live in a way that would help his children and grandchildren to find salvation. After evaluation of his performance of duties on a one-year competitive tour, Dallas was selected for a regular Army career and served as company commander and battalion commander in the Korean War. He held command and staff positions in the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and was on the contingency planning staff of the XVlll Airborne Corps from 1950 to 1963. His children had their fondest military memories of their years spent in Fontainebleu, France, from 1956-1960. Dallas was awarded two Bronze Stars for Meritorious Service in Korea and for Cold War Service. During his stay in France, he received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland in Germany with a major in military history of the United States and in military command management. From 1963 to 1967, he served as assistant professor of military science and taught military history and tactics in the ROTC department at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. From 1967 to 1978, he was second basic training battalion commander at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Dallas retired from the United States Army as lieutenant colonel of infantry in 1968, when he finally came home to Nacogdoches, Texas. During his years in the U.S. Army he received the following medals and commendations: Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze Star Attachment, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal and Japan Clasp, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star Attachment, Korean Service Medal, Expert Infantryman (Rifleman) Badge, Philippine Liberation Service Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button World War II, Glider Badge, Parachutist Badge -- Master. Dallas loved making parachute jumps, especially on tactical exercises when hundreds of chutes could be in the air at the same time. He was taught to fly an airplane while stationed in Fontainebleu, France, by French and German pilots who did not speak English. He later bought and flew three single-engine aircraft, including a new Mooney 201. He traveled on business and pleasure for sixteen years and qualified for multi-engine rating and as an instrument instructor. He flew jump aircraft for the Sky Divers Club at Oklahoma State University and served as a commercial pilot with airport operators in Oklahoma and Texas. From 1968 to 1970, Dallas was personnel director for Lone Star Products in Nacogdoches, and from 1971 to 1982, he was a real estate broker and an oil and gas landman with his son-in-law, Byron McGough. During the period 1984 to 1992, Dallas wrote articles published in newspapers in Pittsburg, Mount Pleasant, Longview, Gilmer and Winnsboro which were comments on local, national and world affairs. He also produced and served in a 30-minute weekly cable television program at 7:30 p.m., just before Monday Night Football. This program called "Pittsburg Notebook," was made up of local and visiting leaders being interviewed to discuss local and world events. Dallas met Betty Jean Savage of Collinsville, Illinois, April 9, 1942, while he was stationed at Jefferson Barracks in Scotfield, Illinois. They were married 37 days later and shared the next 37 years, until her death May 30, 1979. They had two children: Tommy Joe Baker and Kathleen Mary Baker. Kathleen married Byron McGough, and they have two children: Lori and Adam. Lori is married to Chris Harkness, and they have three children: Christopher, Chandler, and Hannah. Adam married Lacy McGough, and they have two children: Noah and Cooper. Tommy married Judy Baker, and they had three children: Dallas Joe, Dana and Jessica. Dallas is married to Kara Baker. Dana married Kyle Ezer, and they have one daughter, Reagan. Jessica married Craig Hughes, and they have one son, Eric. Tommy died in 1991, and Judy remarried Monte Geddie. In June 1981, Dallas married Charlotte Spencer of Pittsburg, Texas, and they worked together in her antique furniture business, traveling to England many times before finally settling in Tyler, Texas. Dallas took care of Charlotte as she learned to deal with her blindness that occurred in 1994. She survives him. Dallas was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Eugene Baker and Thomas Lee Baker; and two sisters, Imogene Clarice Baker Williamson and Lois Comal Baker Gee. Dallas loved his four nieces, Emily Hester Morrison, Susan Crawford, Lois Lacy and Jeanne Williamson, and his four nephews, John Olen Baker, Dan Williamson, Charles Gee and Bill Gee. When asked about what should be said in his obituary, he once replied, "He was here, and now he's gone." In keeping with his military background, his tombstone in the Lower Chireno Cemetery has the words "At Ease" inscribed at the top. He will be buried next to his first wife, Betty Jean. Dallas was a good husband and father, a courageous soldier in battle, a fierce yet compassionate leader of his own troops, a dedicated teacher, a true gentleman and a devout Christian who went down on his knees at his bedside for prayer every night of his life. He was an accomplished writer, a talented speaker, a gifted poet and a songwriter. He was always the life of every party, with his quick wit. He loved to sing and to dance, and he was the No. 1 fan of his daughter and her singing. Memorial donations can be made to the Lower Chireno Perpetual Care Fund, P.O. Box 62, Chireno, Texas 75937. Friends and guests can attend visitation from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 25, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors at 5400 North Street Nacogdoches, Texas. Online condolences can be offered at Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

October 29, 2010: The NHS Class of '68 extends our thoughts and sympathy to classmate Marion Foshee McCoy and her family in the recent loss of their beloved:

Helen Ann Foshee

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Services for Helen Ann Bice Foshee, 80, of Nacogdoches, Texas, will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, October 30, 2010, at Laird Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Sevar officiating. Interment will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Gladewater Memorial Park in Gladewater, Texas. Mrs. Foshee was born April 16, 1930, in Fort Worth, Texas, to the late John Lankford Bice and Blanche Hamm Bice. She passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 27, 2010, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Helen's early schooling was in Maceio, Brazil, in a school built by her missionary parents. One of Helen's favorite early memories was sailing into New York Harbor, holding her father's hand, and seeing the Statue of Liberty while her family was on furlough from Brazil. She graduated in 1946 from the Baptist academy in San Marcos, Texas. She went on to study music at North Texas University. It was at the university that she met the love of her life, Robert "Bob" Phillips Foshee, and they were married November 20, 1949. She and Bob started their family and moved to the Nacogdoches/Garrison area, where they lived the remainder of their lives. Helen was a homemaker and lovingly tended to her husband, her children and her home. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and enjoyed playing the piano and singing for other area churches and her family. Helen and Bob were pine timber growers, along with other Foshee family members, and all were proud of the fact that they were good stewards of the land. Helen and Bob worked side by side in the oil and gas industry until they retired and were original business partners in Nacogdoches Trade Days. In 1975, she became interested in genealogy and spoke to many groups and wrote several articles to help others begin the exploration of their own ancestry. Helen loved to travel and could spend hours exploring places in the pages of her travel magazines. Over the years, she traveled to wonderful places in the United States and Mexico, went on cruises and was able to share some of those trips with her children, grandchildren and friends. For her 74th birthday, Helen returned to Brazil. She found the home in which she had lived in until the age of fifteen, when she moved back to America. She also was able to reunite with the woman who baby-sat for her, when she was a child. Helen lived a bucolic life or, as we should say "the ideal rural life." She loved fishing and rescued and nursed orphaned animals. She had a love for animals, even as a young child in Brazil, where she had exotic pets including a bat, several monkeys, a parrot, a sloth and a tortoise. In her final years, even after multiple strokes, Helen was blessed to be able to stay in her home, being cared for by a blessed group of friends who became extended family to her and her children. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and love for those who so patiently cared for her: Ruby Holt, Felicia Robertson, Thelma Peacock, Brenda Shepherd, Sherri Tindall and Katherine Bell. Helen is survived by three daughters, Marion McCoy and husband, Jim, of Dallas; Donna Campanello and husband, Lawrence, of Nacogdoches; and Virginia Foshee, of Wichita, Kansas; one son, Phillip Foshee and wife, Linda Pleasant Foshee, of Nacogdoches; twelve grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; as well as other extended family and good friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Foshee; two brothers, John A. Bice and Robert Bice; and a grandson, Robert L. Foshee. Visitation with the family will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. Friday, October 29, 2010, at Laird Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Matthew James McCoy, Mark Robert McCoy, Derrick Bice Foshee, Robert Russell Smith, Aaron Nicholas Boland and Lawrence J. Campanello Jr. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Genealogical Society of Nacogdoches, 1936 North St., Nacogdoches, Texas 75962 or Calvary Baptist Church Mission Fund, 3732 N.E. Stallings Drive, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965 or the International Mission Board, Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, 3806 Monument Ave., P.O. Box 6767, Richmond, Va. 23230-0767. To offer condolence or sign an online register book please log onto Laird Funeral Home.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on October 29, 2010


March 25, 2010: The NHS Class of '68 is saddened by the passing of Charles Edison Paulk, beloved father of classmate Brenda Paulk Wison. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Brenda and her family during this time.

Charles Edison Paulk    
Charles Edison Paulk went to be with his beloved wife Elizabeth on March 16, 2010. He was born in Cloverdale, Alabama on October 7, 1923. He married Elizabeth Smith on November 7, 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army from May 18, 1943 to April 28, 1947. He fought on D-Day, the Battle of Normandy and June 6-25, 1944. He was a very proud WWII veteran that served his country well. He loved the Lord and read the bible several times. In 1948, he and Elizabeth moved to Midland, Texas and owned the Cosden Station on Florida Street. Later he became a construction superintendent. His accomplishments were hospitals in Midland, Odessa, Ft. Stockton, Mineral Wells, Ennis and Uvalde. Other projects include Lee High School, Jane Long Elementary, the recreational center at Ft. Hood, the Science building and dorms at Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, TX, Clay Desta and Dinero Plaza. He also helped many get jobs. When he retired he ran a small engine business and loved doing woodwork, gardening and coin collecting. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Smith Paulk, his sisters, Ina Abramson, Iris Simmons, Inez Sharp and two brothers, Ellis and Edward Paulk. He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Ann Paulk Wilson, grandson, Ryan Christopher Wilson and sister, Ioma Jaukkuri of Brighton, Michigan. A memorial service will take place Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 2:00 pm at St. Stephens Catholic Church. Funeral services are under the direction of Lewallen-Garcia-Pipkin Funeral Home. Family messages and condolences may be emailed to:

February 14, 2010: The Nacogdoches High School Class of '68 extends our thoughts and prayers to classmate Jeff Hale and the entire Hale family in their recent loss. Coach Hale will always be in our memories.

 Mr Gean Burnett Hale

Mr. Gean Burnett Hale, 89, of Nacogdoches, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2010 in Nacogdoches, Texas. He was born October 20, 1920 in Crockett, Texas, the son of Oscar Burnett and Nova Rebecca (Goodwin) Hale. Funeral services are planned for 10 AM, Saturday, February 20, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches, with Dr. Bill Gandin officiating and burial to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches. Visitation is planned for 5 until 7 PM, Friday, February 19, 2010 at Laird Funeral Home.

January 7, 2010: Happy New Year everyone. Now that the winter holiday season is over, here is hoping that 2010 is a prosperous and joyous year for the NHS Class of '68. Our plans for informal gatherings has gotten off to a slow start; just a handfull of classmates attended the first two attempts. But those committed to these events will push forward during the upcoming months to promote gatherings (cause we like to party; even now) that you can hopefully attend; for this is our quest, to follow that star--no matter how hopeless, no matter how far. To those who have not joined us, you missed some delightful discussions. For those that were so in favor of such gatherings and have not held true to your commitment to attend, we still "luv ya".
November 19, 2009: Although Ron Raines feels he needs to join a gym, his voice and talent still amazes and provides enjoyment to his fans. Just so everybody knows, Ron is still singing. A youtube link recently provided by Ron is included below. Enjoy seeing and hearing Ron doing what he loves.

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October 20, 2009:

Mary Evelyn Johnson

Mrs. Mary Evelyn Johnson, 82, of Nacogdoches, passed away Saturday, October 17, 2009, in Nacogdoches. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 22, 2009, at the Laird Funeral Home chapel in Nacogdoches with the Rev. Don Ansohn officiating, and burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Mary was born on March 30, 1927, in Salmon Switch, Texas, the daughter of the late John Roland and Mary Bell Kilgo Dickey. She was a self-employed business woman and owner of the Youth Shop, in Nacogdoches, a member of First Christian Church and a member of Eastern Star. She and A. L. Johnson were childhood sweethearts; they met when Mary was in fifth grade, he was in the seventh and after he was out of the military January 19, 1946, they were married. In addition to her husband of 63 years, A.L.; Mary is survived by a daughter, Patsy McNew and husband, Ron, of Fort Worth, Texas; a son, Dickey Johnson and wife, Gladney Flatt Johnson, of Dallas, Texas; four grandchildren, Rachel Johnson and Megan Johnson of Nacogdoches, Clif Johnson of New York City, New York, and Breckin Loggins and wife, Shara, of College Station, Texas. Also surviving is special cousin, Hila Sue Wilkerson and husband, Wyman of Lumberton, North Carolina, as well as other relatives and friends. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 21, 2009, at Laird Funeral Home. To those wishing to convey condolences or sign the online guest register, please visit Laird Funeral Home.
October 19, 2009: We received news from Nacogdoches today that Patsy Johnson McNew's mother passed away yesterday. She had been ill for a while. Visitation is Wednesday, October 20th from 6:00 pm -8:00 pm. Funeral Services are scheduled for Thursday, October 21st at 2:00 pm. at Laird's Funeral Home in Nacogdoches. The NHS Class of '68 extends our condolences to our classmate and her entire family in this time of sorrow.

August 28, 2009:

Rhonda K. Barnes

Mrs. Barnes died Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at her home in Longview, Texas. She was born on March 9, 1950, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Vester Don "Bob" Bobo and Jennie Erleta Flowers. As a member of Mobberly Baptist Church, Longview, for her entire adult life she served on the Finance Committee and as a Care Group Leader. She was the Community Involvement Coordinator for Pine Tree ISD for 17 years. There she served on numerous committees through Partners in Prevention as well as the United Way. She was also actively involved in Adopt-A-School and Forever Friends Mentoring Program. She was a very loving and compassionate person who always sought to serve others first. She enjoyed life and one of the greatest joys in her life was being Andrew's mother and Steve's wife. She touched countless lives through her service to God, church, family, community and friends. She never met a stranger as she befriended all. The past year, while filled with many ups and downs, taught many, including herself, how to persevere through adversity and disappointment. Her faith never faltered and her trust in God remained steadfast through it all. Those who walked the long journey with her this year will always remember her as their new hero. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vester Don "Bob" Bobo and Jennie Erleta Flowers. Survivors are her husband, Steve Barnes of Longview, Texas; son, Andrew Barnes of Carrollton, Texas; sisters, Donnie Chumley Jenkins and husband Jack of Diboll, Texas, and Linda Alexander and husband Donald of Nacogdoches, Texas.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 29, 2009, at Mobberly Baptist Church with the Rev. John McGuire and Dr. Glynn Stone officiating. Burial will follow in Rosewood Park under the direction of Rader Funeral Home of Longview.

August 27, 2009: The class of '68 learned today of the passing of our friend and classmate Rhonda Bobo Barnes. Rhonda fought a battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma over the past year; she lost this battle on August 26, 2009 and moved into her heavenly home to be with our lord. She will be greatly missed and forever hold a place in our hearts and minds. She is now free of pain, disappointment, a broken hip that never had the chance to heal properly, and treatments that only worked for a time. Our thoughts and prayers are now extended to Steve, Anthony and the entire family in their time of grief and sadness.

July 1, 2009: It has been some time now since I just simply did a non-sensical announcement on the website; so forgive me for not having anything important to say. Since the reunion, we had a night out at Harlon's BBQ in Nacogdoches that convinced the male planners of the event that we struggle in organizing social events. It was painfully obvious to us that we are better at the leg work and need assistance from the "girls" in publicity. Like the song says; "Put a girl in it". So now we are faced with having an invitation to the upcoming Class of '69 reunion and making Friday night plans for a gathering of classmates who decide to accept their invitation. So, come on "gals", take the lead and we will follow.

Here is hoping that everyone is coping with the long, hot, lazy days of summer. For those still visiting the website, if you have any news or just want to post information on the website, please forward the information to me and I will publish it.

My best regards to the class of '68. Be careful out there!!!

June 7, 2009: The NHS Class of '68 extends our thoughts and prayers to classsmate John Wallace and his family in their recent loss of their loved one.

Anne Katherine Yerkovich Wallace

Anne Katherine Yerkovich Wallace died June 5, 2009 at home in Nacogdoches, Texas. She was born November 26, 1912 in Lackawanna, NY, to Cyril and Amelia Yerkovich, immigrants from Croatia and Serbia. Anne attended public schools in Lackawanna and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1934. During the pre-war years, she was employed professionally as a buyer of women¹s clothing for department stores in Buffalo, NY. In World War II, Anne proudly served in the United States Navy (WAVES) as an officer in the Supply Corps, attaining the rank of Lieutenant (junior grade) USNR. It was during that service that she met and married Dr. Curtis O. Wallace, Commander USNR, Dental Corps. At the conclusion of the war, they made their home in Nacogdoches, where they raised a family of four children and where Dr. Wallace practiced dentistry. Upon Dr. Wallace¹s death in 1960, Anne completed her M.Ed. at Stephen F. Austin State University and taught as an elementary teacher in the Nacogdoches public schools until her retirement in 1977. She was a parishioner of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Anne K. Wallace is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her sisters May, Kay, Martha, Eve, and Helen, and her brothers Steve, Tony and Luke. She is survived by children Stephen and wife Kristine, Jesse and wife Kathy, John and wife Fran, and Millicent and husband Joe DiCicco, and grandchildren LeeAnn Thill and Andrew, Margaret, Sarah, Jonathan, David, Stephen, Anne, Christopher, Bradford and Jennifer Wallace. She is also survived by sister-in-law Charlotte Yerkovich and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to express its appreciation for years of attentive and loving care of Anne by Pearlia King, Henrietta Rison, Sherryl Johnson, Billie Edwards, Wanda Edwards, Valencia LaBrada, and by the nurses at L&C Nursing Services, among others. There will be a visitation from 5-7 p.m. Monday, June 8, at the Cason-Monk Metcalf Funeral Home, followed by a recitation of the rosary. A funeral mass will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by interment at Oak Grove Cemetery, followed then by a reception in the parish hall. Those desiring to offer memorials are requested to do so either to the Anne K. Wallace Award for Excellence in Teaching c/o Nacogdoches ISD, P.O. Box 1521, Nacogdoches, Texas 75963, Attn. Linda Engle; or to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church; or to the Alzheimer¹s Association; or to a charity of choice. Funeral arrangements are being conducted by Cason-Monk Metcalf Funeral Directors, Nacogdoches, Texas.


Published in The Daily Sentinel on 6/7/2009
April 25, 2009: The NHS Class of '68 extends our thoughts and prayers to classmate Buddy Parrott and his family in the loss of their loved one.

Judy L. McShan Robison Parrott 

Funeral service for Mrs. Judy L. McShan Robison Parrott, 58, of Nacogdoches will be hel d at 10 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2009, at New Hope Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Brian Tyre, Bro. Ned Chipley and Bro. Gary York officiating. Interment will be at Sunset Memorial Park. Woodmen of the World rites will be observed at the graveside. Mrs. Parrott died April 21, 2009, at her home in Nacogdoches. Judy was born September 27, 1950, in Nacogdoches, Texas, the daughter of the late Jim A. and Valrie Johnson McShan. Mrs. Parrott was a member of New Hope Congregational Methodist Church and had worked as a field representative for Woodmen of the World. She was a member of WOW Lodge 210, Deep East Texas Region Antique Automobile Club of America and the Nacogdoches Alumni Association. Judy is survived by her husband, Alvin Buddy Parrott; two sons, Rodney E. Robison and wife, Tammy, of Garrison and Randy L. Robison and wife, Jessica, of Nacogdoches; two sisters, Norma Parker and husband, Welton, of Lufkin and Helen Hutto of Longview; two brothers, Ralph McShan and wife, Sara, and Jimmy McShan and wife, Betty, all of Nacogdoches; five grandchildren, Jeremy, Joshua and Jacob Robison of Garrison and Dawson and Lyla Robison of Nacogdoches. Judy is preceded by her parents; one brother, Billy McShan; and her first husband, Larry Robison. Pallbearers will be Mike Clifton, Brad Downs, Dwight Phillips, Arnie Olsen, Robert Holloway and Bob Barton. The family asks that memorial donations be made to the Judy Parrott Memorial Fund c/o Citizens 1st Bank, 3010 North University Drive, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961. Visitatio n will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2009, at New Hope Congregational Methodist Church. Laird Funeral Home.
March 24, 2009: The NHS Class of 1974 has extended an invitation to their 35th Reunion Activites in June 2009. For more information contact Jan Barton at or visit their website. A link to their class website is posted on the Favorite Links page.
March 19, 2009: The NHS Class of '69 is currently planning reunion activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of their graduation. For more information and to take a look at their new website, please visit the favorite links page. A hyperlink to the website is available there. And by the way, several individuals from our class are planning to crash their party if we don't get an invitation. More to come on the Class of '68 plans for attending their reunion activities. 
March 18, 2009: The NHS Class of '68 is saddened by the passing of James E. Mistead, father of classmate Jim Milstead. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Jim and his family.

James E. Milstead    
A celebration of life for James E. Milstead, 80, of the Oak Flat Community in Rusk County will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Mr. Milstead's residence. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home. Mr. Milstead was born August 28, 1928, in Carthage, Texas, to the late Julia Elizabeth Whitaker and James Ernest Milstead Sr., and died Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at his residence. Mr. Milstead had resided in the Oak Flat Community for 24 years. He graduated from Nacogdoches High School in the class of 1945. Mr. Milstead served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State Teachers' College with a bachelor's degree and master's degree in administrative education. He served as superintendent for Laneville ISD for 12 years. Mr. Milstead loved coaching basketball. Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth M. Milstead of the Oak Flat Community; son and daughter-in-law, James Milstead III and Brenda of Carthage; daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne Mayes and David of Nacogdoches; stepson and wife, Bob Speegle and Tracy of Cypress; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother and sister-in-law, Randall and Judy Milstead of Tyler. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the James E. Milstead Scholarship Fund, c/o Citizens National Bank, 110 West Rusk Street, Mount Enterprise, Texas 75681, Odyssey Health Care, 112 East Line Street Suite 100, Tyler, Texas 75702, or a charity of your choice. Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home, Lufkin, directors.
March 8, 2009: Betty Twomey, Dianne Amerine, Dorothy Scheehle, Edsel West, Glenn Cooper, Johnny Weaver, Kathy McGough, and Roger Davis gathered at Harlon's Bar-B-Que on Saturday, March 7, 2009. Although the group was small and we missed not seeing you there, a good time was had by all. The gathering at Harlon's culminated a fun day of golf at the Piney Woods Country Club by Glenn, Johnny and Edsel. Hope to see you next time. 
March 6, 2009: Information regarding the passing of our classmate, Howard Gene Garner waas received today. The NHS Class of '68 extends our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

Funeral for Howard Gene Garner, 59, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009, at Zion Hill First Baptist with the Rev. A.D. Mills, pastor of Little Zion Baptist Church, and the Rev. Wesley Benton, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery. Mr. Garner died Feb. 21, 2009, in Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital. Born Jan. 20, 1950, in Nacogdoches, he was the son of Dossie Leroy Garner and Addie Mae Warren Garner. He was self-employed in lawn care, and he was affiliated with Oak Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Lisa Garner of Nacogdoches; daughters, Kimberly Garner and Nicky Garner, both of Nacogdoches; brother, Elmer Ray Garner of Nacogdoches; and two grandchildren. Visitation will be from 1 until 7 p.m. followed by a wake from 7 until 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. Sadler Funeral Service.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on 2/27/2009
February 13, 2009: Just a reminder of the upcoming gathering of classmates on Saturday, March 7th, at Harlon's Bar-B-Que. This will be the first opportunity since our reunion to continue rejoicing in lifelong friendships. Here is hoping to see everyone there. Oh, by the way, PLEASE BE MY VALENTINE!!! Happy V-day to everyone.

February 5, 2009: The NHS Class of '68 extends our thoughts and prayers to Mary Jo Henry Belmont and the Belmont family in the loss of their loved one:

Jack A Belmont Sr.

1925 – 2009


Jack Allen Belmont Sr., 84, died February 5, 2009 in Olympia, WA at the home of his son, Jack Belmont. He was born January 12, 1925 in Niagara Falls, New York to Mary and William Belmont. He is survived by his 2 sons and daughter-in-laws, Jack and Mary Jo Belmont of Olympia, WA and Mark and Debbie Belmont of Niagara Falls, NY, a daughter and son-in-law Pam and Bobby Ayres of Floral City, FL, 3 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers, Donald Belmont of Fullerton, CA, William Belmont, Niagara Falls, NY, 1 sister, Valara Opalka of CLearwater, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 child, Bonnie Belmont, 1 brother, Roy Belmont and 1 sister, Jennette Bell. He worked for Hooker Chemical Company in Niagara Falls NY for 43 years until he retired and moved to Forestville, NY. In 1992, he purchased a home in Floral City, FL where he lived during the winter and then visited in the summers with his son, Jack, first in Centralia, WA and then in Olympia, WA. A memorial service will be held at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 5930 Mullen Road SE, Lacey, WA on Saturday, February 7, 2009 at 2:00pm. In place of flowers, the family requests that donations be made payable to Hospice, 3432 South Bay Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506 in Memory of Jack Belmont Sr.


February 4, 2009: Update: Rhonda Bobo Barnes

The information was provided by Andrew, Rhonda's son.

My mom was discharged from the hospital this morning based on her ability to show her doctors that she could walk with her walker and manage basic walking skills at home. This week has been the week we have been praying for and my mom has been working so diligently toward. Her once distant goal of being ready to come to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas to meet with her new doctor this Friday is now going to be a reality all because of mom's perseverance and most importantly everyone's heartfelt prayers. However, the work is far from over as she must be accepted as a candidate for the bone marrow transplant first. I ask that you continue to pray for my mom without seizing and spread this wonderful news!

Andrew Barnes

Febrauary 1, 2009: As most of you have heard by now, Rhonda Bobo Barnes is in a struggle to combate cancer. She went through several rounds of chemo with good success and then she was discovered to have cancer in her bones. Shortly after our reunion, Rhonda fell and broke her hip. It was discovered during this hospitalization that she had a new "lump" in her neck and another type of cancer was found. She began another aggressive round of chemo, along with rehab for her hip. The chemo took a heavy toll on her body and as a result she got a blood infection and had 104 fever and this round of chemo had to be stopped. The doctors have told her that her best chance of overcoming the cancers is to have a bone marrow transplant at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas. It is reported that Rhonda is gaining strength each day she gets away from chemotherapy. Her family is hopeful that she will be strong enough to be discharged from Longview Regional hospital at the beginning to middle of this week.  If this happens, she will go to Dallas and meet with the doctor who will evaluate her condition and determine if she is a candidate for a bone marrow transplant at Baylor. The family has asked for your prayers as they hope and  pray whole-heartedly that she is accepted for the transplant. The NHS Class of 1968 is planning to establsih a fund raiser to help Rhonda and her family offset the medical cost related to her recovery. Anyone having thoughts regarding fund raising activites or interested in helping out, please contact us. Please keep Rhonda and her family in your thoughts and prayers. As more information and updates on Rhonda's condition are provided, we will post them here. 
November 24, 2008:
Anthony Loren Chaviers
Service for Mr. Anthony Loren Chaviers, 59, of Nacogdoches, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2008, at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Gary E. Hill and Wanda Cuniff officiating. Graveside services will be held at Matagorda Cemetery in Matagorda, Texas on Wednesday, November 26, 2008, at noon with Lawrence P. "Hoss" Gwin officiating. Mr. Chaviers passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2008, at his residence. Anthony was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, on December 17, 1948, the son of the late Aubrey Eugene Chaviers and Veda (Hoover) Chaviers. Mr. Chaviers had worked as a mechanical engineering salesman at Letsos Company in Houston. Anthony was an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt. He also loved his Harley and enjoyed riding it. He was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Nacogdoches. Anthony is survived by his wife, Barbara Chaviers of Nacogdoches; son, John Chaviers of Houston; brother, Autrey Chaviers and wife Carol of Stephenville, Texas; sister, Sandi Barts and husband Mark of Mt. Enterprise; mother, Veda Hoover Chaviers of Woden. Pallbearers, Nolen Moss, Rhett Kirk, James Beard, Kyle Alders, Robert "Buddy" Tauterhahn and Jessie Ballow. He is preceded by his father, Aubrey Eugene Chaviers. Visitation was held on Monday, November 24, 2008, at Laird Funeral Home. Laird Funeral Home.
November 8, 2008: The 40th Reunion Planning Committee enjoyed lunch in Nacogdoches today for a reunion debriefing. The committee decided to keep the remaining funds collected during registration in escrow for planning of the 45th Reunion or other events for our classmates. Due to the amount of interest from our classmates in scheduling activities between reunions, the committee has scheduled another social gathering at Harlon's Barbeque on March 7, 2009; and will make plans for more activities throughout the year. It was the suggestion of the old people in the room and it is our intent to have 2-3 such gatherings every year.

On a slightly different note, our classmate Ron Raines will be performing in Dallas next month and in Houston during April 2009. More information regarding the social and Ron's performances are listed on the Scheduled Events Page.
October 16, 2008: The 2008 Reunion Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Saturday, November 8th for a reunion debriefing and social gathering at the Szechuan Chinese Restaurant, located at 3308 North Street in Nacogdoches.
October 8, 2008: For those returning to the NHS Class of '68 website, you will find a transitional phase related to supporting and maintaining the website into the future. The subsciption fees related to hosting the website have already been renewed and there are plans to continue the website; well, for as long as possible. At this time, we have reached about 60% of our photo up-load capacity. As we near the maximum capacity of the photo albums, we will obviously need to remove pictures from the website in order to continue to allow additional uploads. In order to preserve images related to our past, photos removed from the website will be archieved in files that can be used for promotion of events and presentation at future gatherings. Your understanding in this regard is appreciated. As always, please feel free to send your thoughts, suggestions and comments to the webmaster. 
October 6, 2008: The road trip home yesterday provided an opportunity to reflect back on the events and activities leading up to the reunion finale on Saturday night and looking forward to our next gathering. A special thanks to the reunion planning committee for their outstanding work and dedication; to the Guv'Nors for honoring us with their musical talents, and Ronnie Raines, Kathy McGough, and Gray Gregson for contributing to a wonderful and fun filled night at the Piney Woods Country Club. You guys were great and the talent each of you displayed returned us to a time in yesteryear when life was much simplier and a whole lot less hectic. But most of all, to our classmates attending the reunion, the time spent in planning and organizing this reunion culminated in an unforgetable weekend that would not have been possible without you. Even as we cleared the PWCC early Sunday morning, the wheels were already turning in our minds with plans and ideas for future gatherings. Each of you are encouraged to give us your thoughts and/or suggestions for future events. Those classmates who have not registered on the website are encouraged to do so. The annual subscription fees for the website have been renewed and we will continue to maintain the site long into the future. While we struggled to locate some of our classmates based on the list provided by the NHS Alumni Association, the development of the website provided us with an opportunity to establish a data set for contact information that you can update when you move, change addresses and/or change email addresses. Approximately 325 photos have been added to the photo albums from the 2008 reunion activities. More will be added during the next few days and don't hesitate to upload any pictures you have from the reunion.
September 29, 2008: In just 72 hours the celebration begins with our social gathering at Harlon's. Then it is on to a guided tour of our old high school building (which now serves as an elementary school within the Nacogdoches ISD), a friendly round of golf at the PWCC course and the grand reunion finale at the PWCC on Saturday. For some, an early rise on Sunday; for others an attempt to block the morning sun from coming through the window and searching for a bottle of aspirin to aide in the recovery process. Now most of you are thinking that I am referring to those individuals recovering from the large quantity of alcohol consumption on both Friday and Saturday nights; but in reality, I am referring to everyone that pushes their 50 something body beyond the realm of our daily exercises by staying up late, standing, walking, swinging a golf club and dancing the weekend away. And oh yeh!!!! All that alcohol we consume! Whatever the reason, there will be new memories and new stories as we disperse back into our normal routines. Although the planning committee hoped for a larger than large turnout, we are satisfied that everyone will receive their monies worth with the activities throughout the weekend. Those of us who have spent the past 10 months in organizing and planning your 40th Reunion want to say thanks and we truly hope you enjoy the Reunion Activities. We will see most on Friday night at Harlon's, others on Saturday. Again, for our classmates who are unable to attend, check the photos section throughout the weekend and beyond for action shots of the celebration. 
September 22, 2008: With our Reunion now only 12 days away; we will be providing the PWCC with a final count of attendees later this week. As the order for food and refreshments is dependant on the number of attendees, it is very important for you (if you will be attending) to contact Glenn Cooper as soon as possible. Glenn also needs to have a fairly complete list of attendees for the printing of name tags. And just as a reminder for those late registering, the cost for Saturday night is now $40.00 per person, payable at the door. For those already committed and for those late procrastinators, we will see you there.

John Wallace has announced for those registered to play golf on Saturday morning that we will be gathering at the PWCC for tee times and groupings. Please make plans to be there for beginning tee times at 9 AM.
September 15, 2008: With only 19 days left until our reunion and just another 5 days before the cost of registration is increased to $ 40.00, our thoughts are with those classmates inpacted by Hurricane IKE and our hope that everyone is okay. There are still those without electricity, having difficulty locating fuel and other essentials that we depend on for our daily activites. While the recovery is now in full swing, the total effect on the State of Texas will not be known for several weeks. The good news is that we will have tales and stories to communicate at the Reunion. Again, to those in the impact area, we hope this finds you safe and coping well. For those in the hardest hit areas, please let us know if you need anything or if we can help.

September 8, 2008: There have been several uploads to the photo albums of our past reunion activities. Other photos will be added as I get the opportunity to scan and upload them. Coming soon are photos of the production of the musical "Oklahoma". I would like to thank Kathy Baker McGough and Cathy Schmidt Deason for the loan of their precious photos for this project. If anyone else has photographs that you want to submit, but don't have the ability to scan into digital format, I will be more than happy to place them on the website if you trust me with them during the scanning process. You may use the Contact Us Link from the webpage or my telephone number and email address is listed on the class roster distributed to everyone.   Edsel

September 6, 2008: When you logged into the website you probably noticed a new addition_Music. Our senior class song "The Impossible Dream" as performed by our classmate Ronnie Raines in a London production of Man of LaMancha. The file is courtesy of Jan Dobbs Barton, NHS Class of '74, from a CD Ronnie provided to her. It is a wonderful addition to our website and I hope you enjoy it.

The music is set to start automatically, but if it doesn't, scroll to the bottom of the homepage and click on music.

September 4, 2008: Two score and some three months ago, a group of young people walked, one by one, across an auditorium stage in acknowledgement of academic achievement and left the friendly confines of childhood to enter the unknown. Most of us have lost contact over the years with friends and classmates that we vowed to stay in touch with. Many of us wonder what ever happened to _______ (you can fill in the blank for yourself)! In just thirty days, this same group celebrates another milestone of achievement, survival of the once unknown; now parents, grandparents, and maybe even some being great grandparents, our upcoming reunion affords everyone the opportunity to renew friendships, hear the tails of yesteryear, and maybe even show how young and foolish we still are. While the "Who's Coming" webpage includes the names of a large number of our classmates, it is obvious that there are names not listed that we have fond memories of. Without doubt, there are people who for one reason or another will not make our reunion this year. Please remember that you will be missed and don't be surprised if sometime, somewhere, someone sees you and says "You should have heard the stories people told about you at the 40th Reunion". If you want the opportunity to rebuff these stories, make plans to attend. See you soon!!  

August 21, 2008: REMINDER!! There are just thirty (30) days left before we increase the reunion registration to $ 40.00 per person. If you have not placed your check in the mail, don't procrastinate too much longer. As of this posting, there are 67 people from the Class of '68 who have confirmed their attendance at the reunion through Glenn. You will find that Glenn has posted "THE GUV'NORS as Class of '67 attendees and Homer Tindall posted a message on the Guest webpage. The GUV'NORS will be there to entertain us with their continued musical expertise. Don't miss out on the fun and fellowship, REGISTER TODAY!

August 12, 2008: With the assistance of Dena Haney Giddens of the NHS Alumni Association, the Nacogdoches Independent School District has graciously accepted our request to tour our High School Building. The tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 4th at 10:00 AM. Further details will be posted and dissiminated by email as it becomes available.  
August 13, 2008: Additional information has just been received from Ms. Giddens regarding the High School Building Tour. The tour has been confirmed and is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Saturday, October 4, 2008. Either Ms. Giddens, another NHSAA Board Member, or a NISD Board Member will be there to greet everyone and conduct the tour. If you have plans to take this journey back in time (along with a few upgrades over the years), please arrange your schedule so as to be there promptly at 10:00 AM.
August 3, 2008: The Reunion Planning Committee had a very productive meeting at the PWCC yesterday. At this time we are pretty confident that all is on track for the celebration. An invitation to the Classes of '67 and '69 have been extended and we began accepting registrations from both classes as of August 1st. With the start of the new school year just aroung the corner, the planning for the tour of our high school building will soon be finalized. If you are interested in taking this trip through time, please use the RSVP webpage to sign up. 

Glenn Cooper, John Wallace, Johnny Weaver and Edsel West enjoyed a round of golf at the PWCC following the planning meeting. The 101 degree temperature resulted in everyone maintaining good hydration (Gatorade and Water was the beverage of the Day) and our final round scores closely matched the temperature. If our analogy is correct, this should correlate to a final round score in the mid-seventies when we play in October.

July 31, 2008: Registration opens tommorrow for fellow NHS Alumni from the Class of '67 and '69. In reviewing the website tonight, we have over 4,000 hits recorded and paid registration for 44 attendees. With only 65 days left to the reunion, I am very happy to see that there are people coming to our reunion this year that I have not seen since our graduation. The 30th Year Reunion was my first following graduation. Don't ask me why, but I just didn't take the time or feel the need to attend. After attending my first reunion, I began to anxiously await the next one. As my hair has turned white and turned loose, my waist size has increased and my cholesteral level has sky rocketed, I have not lost the memory of the treasured moments spent in the Nacogdoches Public School System and the friendships of my younger years. Once again, I encourage those that are still procrastinating over whether or not to attend, please join with us in celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Graduation. Trust me when I say, you will not regret your decision. Hope to see you there.
July 26, 2008: The Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association will be hosting the 9th Annual NHSAA / Buck Fausett Golf Tournament during NHS Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 18, 2008. The proceeds from the tournament go to the funding of scholorships presented by the NHSAA. The tournament format consists of two-man teams and the cost is $250.00 per Team. Cash Prizes will be Awarded. If you are interested in playing in the tournament or have questions about this activity, please contact Dena Haney Giddens, NHSAA Executive Assistant, at or by telephone at (936) 462-1403. Additional information and an entry form is also available at the following link:
July 15, 2008: The NHS Class of 1968 extends our thoughts and prayers to our classmate, Cathy Schmidt Deason, and her family.

Schmidt, John Louis  
Funeral service for John Louis Schmidt will be held 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel with Dr. Don Gregory of Westminster Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. John Louis Schmidt was born in Nacogdoches on April 28, 1925, the son of Henry P. and Bertha S. Schmidt. He died July 4, 2008 in Nacogdoches. Schmidt¹s father came to Nacogdoches from Germany in 1893 by invitation from his uncle, John Schmidt. The Schmidt family has been living in Nacogdoches since John Schmidt immigrated to the United States in 1875 and arrived in Texas in 1878. The Schmidt family home stood where the North Street Kroger grocery store is located today. Schmidt attended Nacogdoches High School and graduated in 1942. He then went to Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College and then transferred to Texas A & M University for one year. Upon his arrival back from active duty to Nacogdoches, he graduated from SFA and married Catherine Evans in 1947. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in September, 2007. While in the U.S. Army from July 1943-1946, he trained at Fort Lee, Virginia before being shipped overseas. He traveled via North Africa to New Delhi, India to serve in the China-Burma-India Theatre from 1944-1946. Schmidt was assigned to the Signal Corps and specifically with the 3147 Signal Intelligence Section as a Cryptographic Technician and Traffic Analyst. He was Honorable Discharged in 1946 as Technician Fourth Class. Schmidt worked with his father and brother in Schmidt¹s Ladies Apparel until the time of his father¹s death in 1950 and with his brother, Henry, until his death in 1986. In all, John Louis Schmidt co-owned and was a partner in Schmidt¹s for 61 years and was President of Schmidt¹s Inc. from 1986-1993 until his retirement. Schmidt was a Chairman of the Downtown Retail Merchants Association. He was a member of the Nacogdoches Junior Chamber of Commerce today known as the Nacogdoches Jaycees, for nine years. He was an active member of the Nacogdoches Kiwanis Club and had been for 40 years with a perfect attendance record of 32 years. In 1998, he was presented with the George F. Hixson Fellowship Medal in recognition of his community efforts. Schmidt was selected an Honorary Member of the Nacogdoches Key Club in May 1990 and he attended meetings. He was a Life Member of the SFA Alumni Association and a member of the Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association. John Schmidt is survived by his wife Catherine and three children; Cathy S. Deason and her husband Jay of Austin, Colorado, Dena S. Johnson and her husband Richard of Nacogdoches, and John L Schmidt, Jr. and his wife Debbie of Baton Rouge, Louisiana . He is also survived by seven grandchildren- Richard D. Johnson, Jr., Haley D. Castillo and husband Freddie, Jana J. Kimbrough and husband Jared, Jennifer Johnson, Melanie DelPercio, Jordan Schmidt and Harrison Schmidt, six great-grandchildren, Shelby Griffin, Hannah Kimbrough, Mallory Kimbrough, Warren Nelson, Ashley Nelson, and DeLono Castillo; two nieces Susan S. Poston and husband Paul; and Marty S. Taylor. John Schmidt is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sr. and Bertha S. Schmidt and brother Henry P. Schmidt, Jr. and his wife Mildred Stone Schmidt. A special thank yo to Dr. B. W. Henderson, Dr. Richard Mau, and Dr. Dyanesh Ravindran for their special care for many years. Pallbearers will be Richard Johnson, Richard Johnson, Jr., Jay Deason, Harrison Schmidt, Vyrne Shofner and James Eddings. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2008. Memorials may be made to the SFA Alumni Association, P O Box 6096, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-6096 or Nacogdoches High School Alumni Association. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.
Published in The Daily Sentinel from 7/6/2008 - 7/7/2008

July 8, 2008: Here is hoping everyone had a safe 4th of July. The Homepage count down to our Reunion tells the story; Only 87 days left 'till we party. And just as a reminder, we will begin accepting registrations from members of the Classes of '67 and '69 beginning August 1st and the cost of registration for the party at the PWCC increases to $40.00 per person after September 20th. Rumor has it that Glenn Cooper is taking golf lessons in preparation for the Golf Classic on Saturday; his golfing skills were demonstrated in an outing at Woodland Hills Golf Course following our last planning meeting. Lets just say, Tiger doesn't have anything to worry about. Now he's trying to team up with John "Shoot Around Corners" Wallace for a planned outing in August. Please, everyone forward your best wishes to him. In closing, please remember the reunion want be the same without YOU, so submit your registration now!

June 24, 2008: The memory page has been updated with the date of death for most of our lost classmates. We would like to thank Jonnie and Lynn Laird for providing this information for the website. If you have additional information or orbituary information that can be added to this site, please forward the information to us.
June 23, 2008: As everyone probably knows from review of the website and as listed on the 40th Reunion webpage, the planning committee has made tentative arrangements for a tour of the old High School Building (now an elementary school) during our reunion weekend. At this time we have received RSVP's from just two or three people indicating a desire to tour the building. We will need at least 12-15 people to sign up in order to schedule the tour, and as time is running out, a deadline of September 1, 2008 has been established to have reached this number or we will abandon the planning and scheduling of the tour. This deadline will only give us a short four weeks to get everything arranged with the Nacogdoches Independent School District. If you or someone you know is planning to take the guided tour, please go to the RSVP webpage and send us your RSVP for the tour. If we receive confirmations in the number needed before the deadline, the committee will make the final arrangements with the school district and information regarding the tour will be updated on the Reunion webpage. Your prompt attention to this matter is truly appreciated.  
June 18, 2008: I really did not think of myself as old until Weda Stringer Pierce sent me an email with the information included below. After reading and thinking about it, I decided to share the feeling of getting old with my classmates. Welcome to Nostalgia.

Long ago  and far away, in a land that time forgot,
Before the days of Dylan, or the dawn of Camelot.
There lived a race of  innocents, and they were you and me,
For Ike was  in the White House in that land where we were born,
Where navels were for oranges, and Peyton Place was porn.
We learned to gut a muffler, we washed our hair at dawn,
We spread our crinolines to dry in circles on the lawn.
We longed for love and  romance, and waited for our Prince,
And Eddie Fisher married Liz, and no one's seen him since.
We  danced to 'Little Darlin,' and sang to 'Stagger Lee' 
And  cried for Buddy Holly in the Land That Made Me Me.
Only girls wore earrings then, and 3 was one too many,
And only boys wore flat-top cuts, except for Jean McKinney.
And only in our wildest dreams did we expect to see
a boy named George with Lipstick,
in the Land That Made Me Me.
We fell for Frankie Avalon, Annette was oh, so nice,
And when they made a movie, they never made it twice.
We didn't have a Star Trek Five, or Psycho Two and Three,
Or Rocky-Rambo Twenty in the Land That Made Me Me.
Miss Kitty had a heart of gold, and Chester had a limp,
And Reagan was a Democrat whose co-star was a  chimp.
We had a Mr. Wizard, but not a Mr. T  ,
And Oprah couldn't talk, yet, in the Land That Made Me Me.
We had our share of heroes, we ne ver thought they'd go,
At least not Bobby Darin, or Marilyn Monroe.
For youth was still eternal, and life was yet to be,
And Elvis was forever in the Land That Made Me Me.
We'd never seen the rock band that was Grateful to be Dead,
And Airplanes weren't named Jefferson , and Zeppelins were not Led.
And Beatles lived in gardens then, and Monkees lived in trees,
Madonna was a virgin in the Land That Made Me Me.
We'd never heard of microwaves, or telephones in cars,
And babies might be bottle-fed, but they weren't grown in jars.
And pumping iron got wrinkles out, and  'gay' meant fancy-free,
And dorms were never coed in the Land That Made Me Me.

We hadn't seen enough of jets to talk about the lag, 
and microchips were what was left at the bottom of the bag.
And Hardware was a box of nails, and bytes came from a flea,
And rocket ships were  fiction in the Land That Made Me Me.
Buicks came with portholes, and side shows came with freaks, 
And bathing suits came big enough to cover both your cheeks.
And Coke came just in bottles, and skirts below the knee,
And Castro came to power near the Land That Made Me Me.
We had no Crest with Fluoride, we had no Hill Street Blues,
We had no patterned pantyhose or Lipton herbal tea,
Or prime-time ads for condoms in the Land That Made Me Me.
There  were no golden arches, no Perrier to chill,
And fish were not called Wanda, and cats were not called Bill.
And middle-aged was 35 and old was forty-three,
And ancient were our parents in the Land That  Made Me Me.
But all things have a season, or so we've heard them say,
And now instead of Maybelline we swear by Retin-A.
Now they send us invitations to join AARP,
We've come a long way, baby, from the Land That Made Me Me.
So now we face a brave new world in slightly larger jeans,
And wonder why they're using smaller print in magazines.
And we tell our children's children of the way it used to be,
Long ago and far away in the Land That Made Me Me.

June 8, 2008: The following message was extracted from an email sent by Kathy McGough on 6-7-08.

Hello Everybody!  We had a good meeting/lunch today making plans for our 40th Class Reunion!  It's just SO much fun just to get to sit and be with our old classmates!  And it's just a teaser for how much fun we'll all have at our reunion!  We'd love help and input from all of you!  We're just a group of about a dozen who are making plans, but each and every one of you are welcome to help.  Remember the dates of October 3 and 4!!  Friday night will just be informal fun out at Harlon's Barbeque place - some of you have never been there - it's great!  Then we'll be decorating out at Piney Woods Country Club on Saturday morning (while the guys are puttering around on the golf course).  Come by to just visit or hang around!  Bring old mementos, pictures -  anything that reminds you of our NHS days.  Also - we'd like to have a Silent Auction set up to help raise some money for our Class - so if you have access to a/an item/service/donation/gift please bring it and we'll display it on our "Silent Auction" table!  In the meantime - help us find our lost classmates!  We really want as many of us to come as possible!  The more the merrier!  Emails are an absolute necessity!  And send in your money - $35 per person - so your place can be reserved!  Don't miss this Reunion!  We're getting OLD - and we need to hang on to our old buddies!  Take care - and let us hear from YOU!!

Kathy Baker McGough   
June 4, 2008: Okay, I know you thought I had abandoned the website; but just when you felt a little relief, I'M BACK. The truth is that I had to take a few days to ponder and come up with something interesting. As you can see from this message, it did not work. The good news is the Planning Committee will meet again this weekend to tie up some loose ends. From the responses to Glenn's email it appears that we should have planned luncheons more often; looks like just about everybody will be there and even a few new members. Johnny Weaver has joined the committee and plans to make the June meeting. This will also be the first meeting for Cathy Schmidt Deason and Rhonda Bobo Barnes. Thanks you guys for making the commitment to help. Here is to a safe and fun filled summer for everyone. Remember, there are only 122 days till the Reunion.
May 12, 2008: Patricia Kathleen "Kathy" McLaughlin
Patricia Kathleen Pollock McLaughlin died May 5, 2008, in Lewisville, Texas. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. followed by rosary Sunday, May 11, 2008, at Laird Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 am. Monday, May 12, 2008, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nacogdoches, Texas. Patricia Kathleen Pollock was born January 29, 1948, in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, to Charles Richard Pollock and Patricia Patton Pollock. Reared in Sweeny, Texas, and then in Nacogdoches, Texas, she graduated from Nacogdoches High School, class of 1966. She attended Stephen F. Austin and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from The Dominican College of Houston. Kathy was married in January 1972 to David J. McLaughlin. They made their home in Nacogdoches where David managed Continental Liquor and then owned and operated Nacogdoches Cleaning Services. Kathy was reared in the Catholic Church, attending Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 1963 to the present. She was active in the youth groups and the Ladies Altar Society of Sacred Heart. Kathy worked as a social worker opening and running "The Maple House" in Nacogdoches from 1975 to 1980. Kathy is survived by her husband, David J. McLaughlin of Lewisville, Texas; her son, Christopher J. McLaughlin of Lewisville, Texas; her daughter, Edith Teresa "Resa" McLaughlin Todd, and her husband, John E. Todd; and their two children, John "Jack" A. Todd and Sarah C. Todd of Coppell, Texas. Also surviving are her two brothers and a sister, Dr. Larry Pollock of Houston, Texas, C. William Pollock of Austin, Texas, and Koko Pollock Stelson and husband, William Stelson, of Nacogdoches. She is also survived by brother-in-law, Robert C. McLaughlin of Humble, Texas, and sister-in-law, Mariam Shaw, and her husband, Bud Sha! w, of Me mphis, Tennessee; as well as four nephews; ten nieces; and two aunts, Lois Patton Olzawski and husband, Tom Olzawski, and Florene Pollock, all of Tulsa, Oklahoma; not to mention numerous friends and family whom Kathy adored. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Richard "Dick" Pollock and Patricia Patton Pollock; her aunt, Rhetta Short Culver; and her uncle, Jack Pollock. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Casa Hogar, Cabo San Lucas, a boys orphanage, c/o Dr. Larry Pollock, 1776 Yorktown, No. 620, Houston, Texas 77056 or to Sacred Heart Catholic Church building fund of Nacogdoches. Active pall bearers will be John White, Henry Middlebrook, Hyman Boozer, Owen Roark, Mark Johnson and Dan Whatley. Honorary pall bearers will be Wayne Davis, Mike Winthrop, Mike Perry, David Cox, Leonard Devall and Terry Todd. Laird Funeral Home.

May 7, 2008: Want to know who will be attending the reunion activities? You will find a new page has been added to the website. The Who's Coming? page will provide a list of paid registrants for the Reunion, those indicating participation in Friday Night Social Activities, and the Name(s) of attending Guest. Glenn will update this list as registrations are received. Just as a reminder, the cost of attending the Reunion increases from $35.00 to $ 40.00 after September 20, 2008.

May 6, 2008: We recieved more sad news today with notification that Kathy Pollock McLaughlin, sister of classmate Bill Pollock, passed away on May 5, 2008 in Dallas, Texas. We again extend our sincere thoughts and prayers to Bill and his family in this time of sorrow. As more details become available, we will pass the information along.  
May 3, 2008: The Reunion Planning Committee is taking a break from planning activities this month and will resume in full force on June 7th. The meeting will convene at 11:30 AM at the Szechuan Chinese Restaurant, located at 3308 North Street. All committee members and interested individuals are encouraged to attend. Planning activites will focus on finalizing the food menu, raffle and auction details, and registration/invitation for the reunion. 

April 28, 2008: The NHS Class of 1968 extends our thoughts and prayers to Classmate Jeff Hale, Our Beloved Coach Gean Hale, and his Family.

Julian Elizabeth "Judy" Hale    
Funeral services for Mrs. Judy Elizabeth Hale, 86, of Nacogdoches will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bill Gardin officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Judy was born in Beaumont, Texas on November 21, 1921, the daughter of the late Jefferson O¹Malie and Helen (Burnett) Lyle, and passed away peacefully on Friday April 25, 2008. In celebrating the life of Judy Hale, we want to remember the happy times. Judy was always among the first to get involved in whatever was wholesome and beneficial. Judy is a graduate of Kilgore College and while there she also obtained her pilot¹s license. This came about because our nation was in a depression and our Air Force was obsolete. Our Congress devised a program to interest young college men in aviation. Twenty boys could take the course and two girls. Judy, of course, was one of these girls. The reason this is noteworthy is because Gean also took the course to be one of the twenty boys and because Judy was his girlfriend. When our nation got involved in WWII, Gean, because of his college flying experience (influenced by Judy) entered the Air Force as a cadet. Gean received his Air Force wings, his commission and his wife, Judy, all in one package. Judy was the first captain of the Kilgore College Rangerettes and an officer in the Rangerettes Forever Alumni Association. This organization has raised enough funds that every Rangerette, present and future, will have a scholarship. Rangerettes Forever have performed with the Rangerettes on three different occasions. First, in 1988, the Rangerettes Forever performed at the East West Shriners football game in Palo Alto, Calif. Later, they marched in the Macy¹s Thanksgiving Day parade. In 2000, they also performed at halftime of the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Judy loved Nacogdoches, and was active in the Nacogdoches Historical Society. Their purpose was to preserve the history of historic Nacogdoches. Judy was instrumental in the creation of the Eugenia Sterne Park on East Main Street. During this project, she worked with Red Suspenders, a group of men from all walks of life who met annually to construct things as in the past. Thus, the gazebo in the Eugenia Sterne Park was one of their projects. Judy also bought and restored the Anna Raguet home. The Raguet family is a prominent Nacogdoches family, as a street was named after them. Anna Raguet was the girlfriend of Sam Houston, who called on her each time he visited Nacogdoches. Judy was also instrumental in the preservation of the Durst Taylor house. Judy¹s mark on our community as well as our hearts will not be forgotten. She led a remarkable life full of many endeavors and Judy touched the lives of all she came to know. We celebrate her life and accomplishments with the fervent hope that we can also have such an impact. Judy is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Gean Hale; a daughter, Rebecca Crosson and husband, Richard of Mullica Hill, NJ; and a son, Jeff Hale and wife, Sabrina of Nacogdoches, Texas. She is also survived by three grandchildren; Andrew Crosson and wife, Julie of Ashville, North Carolina, Clayton Hale, of Nacogdoches, Texas; and Samiel Hale of Huntsville, Texas; and one great-grandchild, Adelina Gean Crosson. Judy is preceded in death by her parents; her sister. Patricia Harrison; brother-in-law, Paul Harrison; and nephew, Lyle Harrison. Pallbearers: Andrew Crosson, Clayton Hale, Sam Hale, Patric Harrison, Ed Cole and Paul Drawhorn. Honorary pallbearers: members of the open door class at the First United Methodist Church. Friends and family are invited to visitation from 5-7 p.m. Monday April 28, 2008 at Laird Funeral Home. Laird Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

As Published in The Daily Sentinel on 4/27/2008.
April 17, 2008: John Wallace has completed the prelimanary arrangements for a round of Golf at the Piney Woods Country Club on Saturday, October 4, 2008. We can begin scheduling Tee times as early as 7:00 AM. There will be PWCC member groups beginning around noon that prohibit us from scheduling tee times that would conflict with them. As Tee times are limited, we must have confirmation of your plans to join our golfing group by August 1, 2008. Individual cost for Green Fees and Cart is $40.00 + tax. These fees will be payable upon arrival at the course; however, we ask that should you advice us of plans to join the group and something happen to alter your plans that you let us know as soon as possible. More details are published on the Details of Events webpage. 
April 15, 2008: Happy Tax Day everyone. This communication is for shedding a little light on the monumental task facing the Reunion Planning Committee in obtaining the current mailing address for the classmates of the NHS Class of 1968. The most current list of addresses that we have for the purpose of mailing invitations to the 40th Reunion came from the NHS Alumni Association. As one might expect, a large number of the addresses and telephone numbers of our classmates have changed since the last update to the NHS Alumni Association. Through the "www" dot com, one of today's most technological advancements in communication, and the infinite capabilities of conducting reverse lookup of telephone numbers and in utilizing people locators, I have been trying to confirm addresses and current telephone numbers. I have been amazed at the number of people in our age group with the same first and last names of some of our classmates. As the purpose of conducting a reunion is to have an opportunity to see and visit old friends, the communication of planned events and giving everyone the opportunity to make an independent decision as to their attendence is paramount. Obviously, the development and publishing of information on this website is one form of communicating our reunion plans; however, in order to ensure that all of our classmates know of the upcoming reunion, it is imperative that we have current mailing addresses for as many of our classmates as possible in order that formal invitations to the reunion can be mailed. It seems at times that the reunion is a long way off, but in reality it is now only a matter of a few months. Just think about how fast the past 40 years have come and gone! Please help in dissiminating information about this website and the 40th Reunion to the classmates you have maintained contact with and encourage them to register in our classmates section. The address, email and telephone numbers collected during the registration process are not available for public view, and will only be used to assist in getting invitations out for the reunion. Please register today and help spread the word about the reunion. If you prefer, you can provide updated contact information to me or any other committee member directly by email. There are email hyperlinks attached to individual committee members that can be activated by simply clicking on the name or you can activate a hyperlink to my email address by clicking on WEBMASTER on the welcome page. Hoping to see you in October!
April 5, 2008: The Reunion Planning Committee convened at the Nacogdoches Comfort Inn today to continue with plans for our 40th Reunion activities. After tallying the total cost for the Reunion on October 4th, we agreed on a cost per person figure which is reflected in communications on the Details of Events page of this website. The committee is requesting that you use the RSVP page to confirm your interest and/or participation in each of the planned activities in order that we can begin to tabulate attendance numbers and interest in touring the old High School Building and playing a round of golf at the Country Club. We also ask that you send us an RSVP from the site when you mail your registration fees to Glenn. We will be able to send you a confirmation directly from the website when we receive your check. The next meeting is planned for May 2008.
March 26, 2008: The Reunion Planning Committee welcomes Rhonda Bobo Barnes to our ranks. Rhonda currently lives in Longview, TX and has contacted us regarding her interest in helping with planning activities. There is still a lot of work related to the planning, organization and preparing for the 'big' event that has yet to be completed; so if you want to join in the activities, it is not to late.  

March 26, 2008: The Reunion Planning Committee will hold it's next meeting on Saturday, April 5, 2008 beginning at 10:00 AM. The meeting location will be announced as soon as possible. Anyone having ideas or suggestions related to the planning activities or events in conjunction with our 40th reunion can use the Contact Us page or contact one of the Reunion Committee Members directly to have your thoughts presented at the next meeting.

March 17, 2008: Just a few months ago, back in November 2007, Glenn Cooper made the first announcement that this website had been established. As I logged in tonight, I find that we just had our 1300th visitor to the site. The number of classmates registering and sharing information about their experiences and travels over the past 40 years continues to grow, and I also concur with the comments from others that it is terrific to read and see that the NHS Class of '68 is truly making it's mark on the world. Keep it coming and if you are one of our many classmates who haven't taken the few minutes it takes to register, please do so.

March 5, 2008: Congratulations to Classmate Roger Dudley for his successful re-election as Nacogdoches County Precinct 3 Constable. Roger has no challengers in the November election, therefore he will continue to serve as Constable for another four years. He has held his position as Precinct 3 Constable for the past 12 years. Again, Congratulations Roger and Best of Luck. Stay Safe Out There!!!
The NHS Class of 1968 extends our thoughts and prayers to classmate Joel Turner and his Family.
Joel Turner, 89, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2008, in Nacogdoches, Texas. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 1, 2008, at Cason Monk-Metcalf Sunset Chapel. Bro. John Horner of Corinth Primitive Baptist Church will be officiating, assisted by Bro. Zane Coquat. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mr. Turner was born April 7, 1918, in Gary, Texas, to Ezekiel Turner and Dora Hall Turner. Mr. Turner was a member of the Corinth Primitive Baptist Church in Appleby, Texas, and had retired from the Texas Forest Service as the Area 3 education officer. After retirement, he enjoyed working on his farm and taking care of his cattle. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and an excellent marksman. He achieved his 50-year pin from the Masonic Lodge, where he enjoyed being a member. Mr. Turner retired at the rank of captain from the U.S. Army, having serving 22 years. He saw combat during both World War II and the Korean War, received his battlefield commission from master sergeant to second lieutenant, and was involved in 17 campaigns. He was also awarded the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. Mr. Turner married Virginia Avent Turner of San Antonio, Texas, September 5, 1942, and she survives him. Also surviving Mr. Turner are his sons, Joel L. Turner Jr. of Nacogdoches and John R. Turner and wife, Cheryl, of Las Cruses, N.M.; daughter, Connie Sue Sherbert and husband, Robert, of Cypress, Texas; brothers, John Turner of Henderson and James Turner of Marshall; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ezekiel and Dora Turner; sisters, Dorothy F. Pike and Marjorie Jones; and brother, Robert C. Turner. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29. Memorial donations can be made to Corinth Primitive Baptist Church at 129 Quail Run, Nacogdoches, Texas 75965. Cason Monk-Metcalf Funeral Directors.

As published in the Daily Sentinel on 2/29/2008.
March 1, 2008: The Organizing Committee met today at the Piney Woods Country Club to continue the planning activities for our 40th Class Reunion. Those in attendance were greeted by staff from the Country Club and given the opportunity to tour the facility during our meeting. We extend our appreciation to the hospitality and grace of our hosts in allowing us to hold our meeting at the facility. Decisions were made today to host an evening of social activities on Friday, October 3, 2008 at Harlon's Bar B Que; to explore arrangements for a Tour of the Old High School Building ; and also to arrange for a round of Golf at the Country Club on Saturday. The Reunion Commitee is pleased to announce that the GUV'NORS have been booked to provide music at the reunion on October 4, 2008. Please see the Details of Events page for more information.

February 17, 2008: The Reunion Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that Judy (Watson) Graves has agreed to join the committee in planning activities. The next planning meeting is scheduled for 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the Piney Woods Country Club. The committee will be visiting with representatives from the Country Club and touring the facility to aide in making preparations of the grand event. Anyone wishing to join the committee is encouraged to Contact Us; as there is still lots of work to do before the reunion, everyone is welcome to participate.

February 5, 2008: The Reunion Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the 40th Class Reunion will be held on October 3 -4 , 2008. Planning activities for Friday, October 3rd are still in committee and information related to the evenings entertainment and activities will be announced as soon as possible. Reunion activities for Saturday, October 4th will be held at the Piney Woods Country Club from 6 PM - 12 PM. This will be a business casual affair again filled with a great evening of fun and entertainment for everyone. As more details are finalized, the information will be published to this site. So please, mark your calenders now. We all hope to see you at our 40th Class Reunion.
January 28, 2008: We have received requests for publication of a Class Roster on this website. As the site is available to anyone surfing the World Wide Web network, concerns regarding the protection of the privacy of our classmates eliminates the potential of such postings at this time. Efforts to identify a means to link a class roster to the unique user-ID of our classmates is being explored and may eventually be possible. Until then, any classmate wanting a copy of our class roster may use the Contact Us page to send your requests to us. A copy will then be forwarded to you within a few days. At this time, classmate registration on this website is minimal. Therefore, the most recent copy of the roster is the one Glenn Cooper received from the NHS Alumni Association. As we obtain updated information from our classmates, it will be our mission to maintain and provide current contact information to the NHS Class of 1968. Your understanding in this regard is appreciated.
Janaury 27, 2008: Just a reminder to the Reunion Organizing Committee and to All interested, the next meeting will be held on February 2, 2008. John has arranged to host the meeting at Hotel Fredonia. The meeting will start at 10:00 AM; We have the Nacogdoches Club Room for approximately 1 1/2 hours, so please be prompt.
The next scheduled meeting of the Organizational Committee is tentatively planned for February 2, 2008. Please check back later for an update on the time and location of the next meeting.

The Class of 1968 extends our thoughts and prayers to classmate Bill Pollock and his Family.


Patricia Estelle Pollock


Funeral for Patsy Pollock, 87, of Nacogdoches will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Monsignor James Young officiating. Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Mrs. Pollock died Jan. 1, 2008, in Nacogdoches. Born Jan. 18, 1920, in Drumwright, Okla., she was the daughter of the late Bryant Grady and Edith Montgomery Patton. She had owned and operated the Continental Inn in Nacogdoches. She was married to Charles Richard "Dick" Pollock, and he preceded her in death. Survivors include sons, Dr. Larry Pollock of Charlottesville, Va., and Bill Pollock of Austin; daughters, Koko Stelson of Nacogdoches and Kathy McLaughlin of Lewisville; sister, Lois Olzawski; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday with a rosary at 7 p.m. Laird Funeral Home.


As Published in The Daily Sentinel on 1/3/2008.

The Organizing Committee held it's first meeting on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at the Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center (Nacogdoches Club) in Nacogdoches. An open discussion of thoughts and ideas resulted in the formation of sub-committee workgroups that will focus on accomplishing the task and responsibilities of that specific workgroup. The committee workgroups and workgroup chairperson is listed below. Anyone interested in being a member of the Organizing Committee or serving as a member on one or more of the workgroups, please go to the Contact Us  page and let us know or you can simply click on any committee members name to send an email directly to the chairman of that committee. 

October 11 was an arbitrary date picked just to have something to work with in planning for the 40th Reunion. Please check for updates and new announcements as often as you like. Every effort will be made to update this site in a timely manner in order to keep everyone informed.