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AHS '54 News


24 Mar 2008

Gene Crecelius passed March 24, Service March 27, 10am, Boxwell Brothers. I do not know his family but do know that his wife died around 9 years ago. You may remember him as Corky.


9 Feb 2008

Sarita Sue Hatcher Harrington passed February 6. Memorial Services today at 11am, in lamo Heights Christian Church. San Antonio.
Send online condolences at www.mem.com


29 Dec 2007

Jack Westerfield passed this morning December 29. Services pending with Porter Loring Funeral Home, San Antonio.

Many of you have been aware that Jack has been in a battle with esophagial cancer for the last few months. Both Jack and Kay continue to be remembered with our prayers.

Kay Westerfield
12818 Castle George
San Antonio, TX 78230-2807

Charles Stafford
, 73, of Amarillo died Tuesday, May 8, 2007, Services will be at 11 am. Saturday in Hillside Christian Church, Burial well be in Llano cemetery, Cox-LaGorone Furneral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.

Linda Jonas Walton
has volunteered to become the class scribe. Please add this e-mail address for communicating with Linda:


Please keep Linda in the loop and informed with information about our classmates.

A big thank you to Linda for taking over -to keep the flow of information reaching out to everyone.

Love, hugs, and kisses to all of you, Janelle

PS Thursday Dinner continues: the last Thursday each month, 6PM, Plaza, 34th and Bell

Classmate Wayne Bates: Passed January 27, 2007.
Service :10:30 am Tuesday in Boxwell Brothers Funeral directors.
2800 Paramount Blvd.
Survived by wife Lillian and two sons.
Spent 20 years in Alaska as aircraft controller.

Today is yet another sad day for our Class. Billy Max has been taken by cancer. As a class we have embraced one another, and continue to embrace each other with the love that has grown from our childhood. This love is extended to Karen and any other classmate in need of the unified strength of AHS'54.

Karen Hale
4711 Lookout Mountain Cove
Austin, Texas 78731

Service: Monday
Private burial, followed by Service
Weed Corley Chapel
3125 N. Lamar

William Max Hale Bill Hale was one of those rare people who was willing to, in the words of Robert F. Kennedy, "commit their every resource of mind and body to the education and improvement and help of their fellow man." A passionate civil rights advocate, Bill devoted his life to the pursuit of justice, equality and dignity for all.

He died on Friday, March 17, 2006. He was 70 years old. In a career in public service that spanned more than 40 years, Bill used his considerable intellect, leadership and creativity to fight discrimination and support equal protection under the law. A highlight of his early career was his tenure as a director and area coordinator for the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity's VISTA program.

He served as executive director of the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission for more than eight years. He was instrumental in securing the passage of the Texas Fair Housing Act and the Texas Commission on Human Rights Act by the Texas Legislature. Subsequently, he was the first executive director of the Texas Human Rights Commission, a position he held for 17 years. He was widely recognized for his strategies for addressing hate crimes, having secured the first successful enforcement of fair housing law against the Ku Klux Klan.

Bill received numerous national and international awards for his work in civil rights, and was honored by both the Texas Senate and House of Representatives for his contributions to the State of Texas. He also served as president of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies. After his retirement from public service in 2001,

Bill operated a successful consulting practice and served as the chairman of the Austin Human Rights Commission. Bill is survived by his wife, Karen. He is also survived by son, Mathis; daughter-in-law, Donna and grandson, Britton Mathis; daughter, Lisa Coody, son-in-law Jesse, granddaughter, Paige and grandson, Jace; one sister; and two brothers. Bill will be sorely missed by his extended family and wide circle of friends and colleagues, who will remember him for his integrity, humor and charismatic personality; his devotion to his family, and his love of Texas.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2006, at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 3125 N. Lamar, Austin, (512) 452-8811. Obituary and guestbook on line at http://wcfish.com In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bill's memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

"For a few precious moments ... I'm back in Old Texas, under a high sky, where all things are again possible and the wind blows free."
 - Larry L. King

Published in the Austin American-Statesman on 3/19/2006.

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Today's Austin American-Statesman obituaries and death notices

If Billy Max is not already in the AHS Hall of Fame, I'd like to nominate him.  Lera, who would I get in touch with about this?.... Mary Jeanne
Mary Gray Rust
2623 Alcott Lane
Austin, TX 78748
512-619-9876 (cell)


04 Apr 2005
From: Jan Bassett Harrison
e-mail: janinwimberley@webtv.net

This is a news flash! Joe has decided to
have his sad--sad knees replaced. He heard of a new process that is less
Invasive and quicker recovery. They make about a 4" incision and push
the kneecap aside and the muscle is manipulated out of the way
rather than cut. Less pain, quicker recovery appealed to him. So here
we go in Tuesday in San Antonio at the Santa Rose downtown. They
predict 3-4 days in the hospital.
I have been slow getting this memo out. We were out of town for Pop's
birthday then I had a virus that was terrible. We hope Joe won't get
Just keep prayers for Joe to have good results. Jan
22 Feb 2005

Sid had surgery yesterday and is going to be great. He will be in the hospital until the weekend. Linda is greatly relieved and right by his side. We all send Sid our warmest Aloha's (LOVE).  Sid and Linda Walton, 1014 N. Sycamore Street, Palestine, TX 75801

This from Jack Wilkinson: Can we ever forget?

I know that this dance was before your time, so you might have to ask Scotty about it.

With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very special person that went almost unnoticed last week.  Larry La Prise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at age 93. 

The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin.  They put his left leg in.  And then the trouble started. 

Jack W.

Our prayers and warm thoughts go to: Jerri Lewis Curtis, for the loss of her mother( Edith Green Lewis Williams, 89) during the holidays, and Robert Dupriest, for the loss of his mother (Mabel Dupriest,94) during the holidays
Good news!! Barbara and Reid Leachman plan to be with us for Thursday Dinner this week. They will be coming from Alburqurque.
The sweetest girl of '54 (at least this is what Sue thinks) was missed in the Birthdays.
22 Aug Sue Stambaugh Gunnels

Our class has a great deal of romance going on between old classmates.
A few years ago Rosemary Quinn and Duane Miller married after a class reunion.

Virginia Pfeiffer and Bobby Brady married after getting acquainted over the Thursday dinner.

Today is the one year anniversary for Linda Jonas and Sidney Walton, who got together because of our new published e-mail addresses.

May 31, 2003, Barbara Hale and Reid Leachman were married in Santa Fe.

I suppose that you could consider our class forever young and romantic. Aloha, Janelle
Happy Anniversary to Kay and Jack Westerfield, 45years
Lois Ann Pace, died Wednesday, April 23, 2003
Wife of Charles Pace, 1409 S Lincoln, Amarillo, 806 373-4711
Mary Ellen Oneal, died Tuesday, April ww, 2003
Mother of Mary Catherine "Kay" Oneal Henderson, 7900 W. 81st Ave. #74, Amarillo, 806 353-3575, emmit-kay@juno.com
"I Believe In Miracles," Jack Cain and Rita Poole Tyler now have E-MAIL. For all, who have been waiting to get them up to date with the latest life experiences, now is the time.

jrcinokc@hotmail.com  and rtyler@arn.net

Also as a curiosity I wonder how many bionic classmates we have? It seem that knee replacement is at top of the list. Another miracle, that one does not need to suffer for years with worn joints. Elizabeth Rathbun is one of the most recent and we send her our wish for speedy recovery.

Normally I do not forward jokes, but this one is from Jack Wilkinson.

Dear AHS Friends,

Thank you for your advise!!!  I received over 25 E mails from our classmates who were praying for me and advising me to come home ... immediately!!!    :)

I took your advise to heart and returned home safely from Sofia, Bulgaria yesterday.
So I want you to know how much I appreciated your concern and taking the time to let me know.  You guys are the BEST!

                                           My Love,    Wick
From Wick Alexander  wickortho@cs.com

Greetings from Sofia, Bulgaria! I am over here trying to teach these Eastern Europeans how to straighten teeth.  Great timing, huh?
Pray  for peace ... and pray for me until i get home.   Wick

Classmate: Dorothy Roberson O'Neal passed away March 14. Memorial services 10:30 am, Monday in St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church
Virginia Pfeiffer Brady lost her mother March 7. Services will be: Blackburn Shaw, 2 PM, March 12, Wedensday, Sanborn Baptist Church, 609 S. Osage
message from  BILL OAKLEY
Incidentaly we have set our Date for the Annual Dance Honoring the Shrine Potentate and his Lady, as well as Lady Barbara and Myself for May 31st if any of you are going to be in this area at that time. This one will be Pop Music,  A little Country, and some Rock & Roll by an excellent Live Band. RSVP in advance $ 25.00 a couple-BYOB- Setups available at ARABIA SHRINE CENTER- 2900 NORTH BRAESWOOD, HOUSTON, TEXAS.  (This is about a mile from the new Reliant Sports Center that has replaced the Houston Dome.). If anyone is interested in this -please let us know! Would love to see some of you make it if possible. Don't know at this time what will be going on as far as other activities- the info is available- I just haven't taken the time to see what else is happening. I know the Astro's will be Playing Base-Ball for sure.
Wanted to let you and others know that I moved out of
my apartment yesterday. First, I will be going down to
Brazil for 90 days of healing and then on my way to
Hawaii to where I am moving my residence. I'll let you
know when I get settled in. You can keep in touch by
this same email address. Take care of yourselves.
Wishing you the best. 

Love, Shirley Settle
Our Classmate Sue Stambaugh Gunnels lost her Granddaughter Amber Taylor, Jan 28. Amber was 20 and mother of three children. Service: Friday, January 31, 10am, Paramount Terrace Christian Church, Schooler Funeral Home.
Judy Elsey Westerfield"s husband Stan has undergone brain surgery to remove a malignancy. The prognosis is good, however he will need radiation therapy. Judy and Stan have our prayers and warm thoughts during this time. Aloha, Janelle
Thursday dinner is this next Thursday 6PM, Furr's Western Plaza, Oct. 31. Should we Trick or Treat? Bill Oakley plans to be with us

November, Thursday Dinner is on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. I plan to be there even if you do not to eat another bite for that day

27 Sep 2002
From: Bill Oakley

I had some time on my hands and thanks to you for including Mike Gholston information and especially his phone number. I decided to call him today and did- I received a recording and started to leave a message, but his caller ID picked up on who it was and he picked up the phone and talked with me. It was nice to visit with him and here is an update on him: # 1. They diagnosed his cancer very early on and as a result he has not had to have any cancer operation # 2. The growth was identified to be small in size =; but located on his voice box and he talks about like I did a couple of years ago when they suspected the same thing (I was lucky- it turned out to be something else); however # 3. Mike tells me that he is already taking Radiation treatment for this condition and the prognosis is very good at this time. # 4 He also tells me that he will be at the 50th Class Reunion in 2004.

27 Sep 2002

David Kent will be inducted in the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame this weekend. The honor comes from his 18 years of coaching tennis at Texas A&M.   It starts with a big banquet on Friday night and then he will be honored at half-time during the football game on Saturday.  All of our family will be here to celebrate. 

26 Sep 2002

Mike Powell has informed us that Mike Gholston has been diagnosed with larynx cancer. Mike Gholston, 120 West Madison St., Franklin, IN 46131, 317/736-7768

26 Sep 2002

Charlotte and Kay Anderson are on a cruise to Alaska-stopped by Seattle to visit Joan Bates Wilson

26 Sep 2002

Ray Myers, has a new book on the shelves. "ONCE YER DED, ASPRIN DON'T HELP NONE." At present 1st Books Library (1stBooks.com) is handling the purchase and distribution in paperback via the Internet. Last of October should be avail in hardcover by special order through Borders Bookstores, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.com.It's a mystery of sorts, yes, but written with bits and pieces of down-home humor tossed in to add some flavor. Good for Ray. Now we have a classmate published. 

26 Sep 2002

Walter Hayden Goodnight has provided the address of: Mrs. N.M. (Billie) Wharton, who was a favorite elementary teacher for many of you. He still corresponds with her and thinks she would enjoy hearing from any of you. In her class: Ronnie Smith, Tennessee Morris, Patsy Saunders, Betsy Pettyjohn, Nancy Bivins, Gary Ray, Shirley Broome, Ronnie Rogers, Glen Askew, and Helen Marie Fossahge.Address:1104 Palmwood Place, Apt 8, Denton, Tx76209

26 Sep 2002

Linda and Sid Walton are happy as can be. Love being together. I previously mentioned that they were the first of our classmates to get married due to our new communications with each other---not true. Bob Brady and Virginia Pfeiffer are the 1st!! They got together because of our Thursday Dinner and have married--and HAPPY. Aloha, Janelle

15 Aug 2002

Betsy Pettyjohn Singleton, was honored this evening for the tremendous success her talents have brought to The Opportunity School. Many of us have tried to make a lasting difference in the lives of others. Betsy has succeeded. 

Her focus and dedication  to insure the gift of hope and self determination through education, has reached Amarillo's at risk children for 33 years. Another classmate, who is outstanding. Thank you Betsy.

13 Aug 2002

Darwyn Chilton died Monday, August 12, 2002. Service will be at 10 am, Wednesday at Schooler Funeral Home, Brentwood Chapel.

11 Aug 2002

Wilbur F Williams, Margaret Williams Wilkinson's father died at 5:30am on August 9, 2002 after a brief stay in the hospital.

The services will be at 2:00pm, Friday, August 16th at the Chapel at Memory Garden on I27.

Jack Wilkinson

6 Aug 2002

Linda Jonas Milton and Sid Walton were married Sunday, August 4, at 2 PM, in Palestine, Texas. Address: 1014 N. Sycamore St., Palestine, Tx 75801.

Janelle has done such a great job of keeping us together.

Reading today in the Polk Street United Methodist Paper I realized that another one of our classmates has lost a parent.

On June 22, 2002, Pat Martin Boles mother, Alyene Cochran Martin died in Chattanooga. Pat and her family were always in church with my family and provided very positive memories for our family, church and community.

Mrs Martin was always especially caring and ready with smiles to visit about my family and Pat's. Blessings abound with lives such as hers and I know her family is continuing in her love. 

God bless each of you with extra blessings to Pat and her family.


19 Jul 2002

Jackie Cain's mother passed away July 18. Service for Helen Manser Cain, 11 am Monday in Polk Street United Methodist Church.



We have a new website to compliment our existing site on MyFamily.net. We hope to make it a little easier for some of our lost classmates to find us and also indulge everyone's help in locating all of our lost friends.

Let us know what you think of the Website and make some suggestions on improving it, or just request something you would like to see.

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