Waco Town Crier – April 2019

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on March 30, 2019.

I want to begin with a beautiful link that SuEllen Golden Wilson sent. It is all about our America, the Beautiful. We are indeed blessed that America is our home and that we grew up in the best of times. Now, sit back and enjoy some pretty sights. Thank you, SuEllen, for sharing with us!!!

The pictures reflect a 4 minute-road trip around America by Charlie Daniels. Monologue begins about 30 seconds into the presentation.


Bev Murphy Wells spends every summer in Florida. She wants to warn us of the scam on seniors that she has learned about while being in Sun City Center, Florida. Below is the scam:

FedEx Scam
Two men (maybe women too) perpetrate as FedEx artists are victimizing seniors. They convince seniors to turn over their credit cards and then take their credit cards and purchase hundreds of dollars in gift cards. The scam starts over the phone with Crook number 1 calling to tell his potential victim that his or her credit may have been compromised. A $6000 purchase has been made and if it wasn’t the resident, the bank will need to verify his or her possession of the card to ensure no fraud was committed on their part. If the resident is unable to do so, an offer is made to send a FedEx courier to the home to pick up the card and take it to the bank for them. Crook number 2 then arrives at the home, dressed as a FedEx employee, wearing an official-looking shirt and badge and carrying FedEx envelopes. The victim places the credit card in envelope and goes through a transaction making the process seem legitimate. The courier even convinced a couple of victims to put additional cards in the envelope by telling them “if one card is compromised, others probably were.”
Sun City Center in Florida was targeted 25 times because the crooks knew it was a target-rich environment. So many older people here cannot get out on their own.
In addition:
1. Do not send money grams or wire transfers.
2. Don’t answer calls from people you don’t know (let them leave a message). If you don’t know the caller, don’t call back.
3. Never “pay” for prizes, gifts, or lottery winnings.
4. If someone wants to pay you with a gift card, gift cards are not a legitimate form of payment. How do you know how much is on the card? Are you going to take the time to call the number on the back of the card? Most older people wouldn’t.
5. Get a second opinion.
And as you know, if it sounds too good to be true, it is.
Older people are major targets for crooks!
Be careful out there!

Feedback From Our Graduates

From Jeanell Buida Bolton:
“I was at that game when the “Beat the H– Out of Temple” sign was run across the stadium, and twenty later years later, I would tell my classes about it–and the punishment of the miscreants–as an example of how times had changed. They couldn’t believe anyone would get into trouble with a spirit sign. And, by the way, by then, MOTHERS were also making signs and some of them made BTHOofT look like a birthday party invitation.”

From Joe Riley:
“Thank you for a great edition of “Waco Town Crier.” It has been moving, funny, informative, touching, and celebratory.

All of the articles deserve praise and favorable comment, but I particularly focused on, and enjoyed reading, your feature on Linda Sue Shelby Lyons. I was there at SMU with Linda Sue,and I am relieved to learn that it was the advanced math that caused her to leave and go home to Waco and Baylor, and not my dancing. I did cause her to do a few fast turns around and perhaps even on the floor. She’s had occasion at our reunions to remind me of our dance-displays, more antics than graceful gliding, I’d say.

Linda Sue is one smart and accomplished lady and a credit to our WHS 1960 graduating class. Thanks for highlighting her and all the others whose stories bring us laughter, great memories, and even sometimes a tear for being “gone too soon.”
Sincerely, Joe Riley”

From Betty Barkley Flowers:
“I have just watched the Youtube video of “Don’t let the Old Man In”! and of course, just loved it!
What wise words for us all! “Don’t let the Old Woman in”, for us ladies!”

From Tommye Ruth Blair Toler:
“I enjoyed the newsy Town Crier. That song, Don’t Let the Old Man In, is a great song with a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. I also enjoyed the stories from Hal Johnson and Jim Monnig and the newspaper clipping from David Dibb. The video of the couple dancing is great and, I agree, it will be David and Janie McPhail in years to come. I laughed at the story of Richard Quick and his “pets”. I also liked Richard’s photos in last Crier. We have some really great artists in our class!
And speaking of our artists, your article on Linda Shelby Lyons was fantastic. She is very talented in several areas. The paintings and the stained glass are so beautiful. I particularly liked Johnathan Livingston Seagull.

My thoughts and prayers to everyone who is ill or struggling with issues that come with our ages.”

From Norma Cissell Smith:

From Cathey White Land:
“I loved the video and all the news. Keep ‘em coming, please!”

From Charlotte Suttle Kleibrink:
“It is so interesting to hear about everyone.”

From Clara Sue Griffis Arnsdorff: (on March 7)
“I am ‘snowed in’ again, so reread the Town Crier again—and enjoyed it—again. I especially liked the humor. The one about ice on the windows really hit home. I sell lots of ‘stuff’ on Ebay, and am constantly calling my husband in to help….I am getting better, and sometimes, in my defense, it is NOT my fault. Many other times it is. That joke made me laugh out loud. Thanks.

We have had more than our share of snow this winter, and I have tried to catch up on things in the house….but that’s really no fun. Right now we have a fresh 6 inches of snow, and the piles on each side of the driveway are about 4 feet high—the snow blower throws it there, and it stays until Spring—or maybe Summer. The schools will have to add snow days to compensate for the frequent closures. I remember very few weather cancellations in Waco during our school days, but I’m sure there were some.”

From Bev Murphy Wells:
“Loved the Clint and Toby youtube story/song! Really enjoy reading about everyone’s travels and talents! Great story on Linda Shelby Lyons. Wow, what talent! We have so many talented class mates. The article on depression was enlightening.”

From David Dibb:
David Dibb ran across this old Football program. This was dated October 9, 1959 price-15 cents. My, my,…. how times change.

Does it bring back memories?

Linda Shelby Lyons:
Linda has still been undergoing tests for her health issues. If you will recall, she has two types of cancer. She is currently receiving a monthly shot for the neuroendocrine cancer and has had no side effects, so far. They are not able to operate on it due to the location by the inferior vena cava. Her throat tumor which is a different cancer is very tricky due to its size and location. The tumor is very near her carotid artery which makes surgery very risky. As of present, doctors think it is lymphoma but still want more biopsies. Most likely it will be treated by radiation and/or chemo. It is also inoperable.

Phyllis Brooks:
On Monday, March 18, Phyllis had her first chemo treatment–two chemo drugs and one immunotherapy drug. She will have one treatment every three weeks for a total of four treatments. If she can tolerate the chemo, she will receive a medication to keep it from growing. Her cancer is incurable. She says to thank everyone for their prayers and postings. After the first treatment, Phyllis reports that she is tolerating the chemo. She has had a little nausea at times, she is eating 5 small meals a day, but says her taste buds have changed. Her second treatment is April 3rd.

Jeanne Holland Harman:
My only child, Curt, has just been diagnosed with DLBCL non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He starts chemo treatment March 29 at Baylor Medical in Dallas. He will have 6 treatments, three weeks apart. I ask that you put him on your prayer lists. I hope so much that these treatments can cure Curt and not be too difficult on his body in the process. We are not sure how he got this but he had the flu shot on November 2 and in the latter part of November the knot became apparent on his neck. Curt did not notice the knot at first but my granddaughter, Courtney, noticed it in December. At first, doctors like to tell you it is a salivary gland or other things… as this was the same thing doctors told Linda Shelby Lyons. Because of Linda’s experience, Curt decided to keep pushing for a more definite answer– and it is a very good thing that he did! So, if you have a knot to appear….by all means exhaust all avenues to find out exactly what it is. Sometimes these things are difficult to pinpoint and time is of the essence when cancer is involved.

April Birthdays

1 Edgar Gatlin
6 Pam Wilson McCanish
Nancy Guggloz Rogers





You can see from the different comments posted this month how much our graduates enjoy reading what others have done and what talents they have. It can be a talent of cooking, reading some good books, working in a garden, golf, traveling, even playing poker …..talents are limitless. You do not even have to have a talent—just tell us something about yourself. Please, won’t you share with us? The Town Crier is hungry— help feed it!


David and Janie McPhail recently completed a 7 day cruise in the Eastern Caribbean. They departed Ft. Lauderdale, FL and visited Grand Turk, San Juan, St. Thomas, Half Moon Cay. Each of the stops included guided tours via road or boat. Below are a few of their pictures from their trip.

Beverly Murphy Wells is at it again! (She travels as much, if not more, than David McPhail!)
Below is a picture of Bev in Key West, Florida at the zero mile marker of US Route 1, aka the International Highway. Bev and her son were tourists of this area in March. US Route 1 was America’s first interstate highway of the East Coast. The zero mile marker is the southernmost point of the United States. To make it here represents “reaching the end of the road”. Of course, if you start here you must travel 2,390 miles northward before arriving at the “beginning” in Fort Kent, Maine. In the 1950’s both Key West and Fort Kent took up the claim to be the beginning of the Route —so I guess it is up to you which is the beginning/end of the road. Whichever, it is one long drive from start to finish!
Do we have a graduate who has traveled from start to finish of the International Highway? Does anyone have it on their bucket list?

Clara Sue Griffis Arnsdorff:
“We have finally lost most of our snow cover—but now flooding is a major problem in Eastern Nebraska….hopefully the warm sun and lack of rain will help to dry us out. Here are the pictures of our front and back yards during the major snowfall.”


Waco Town Crier – March 2019

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on February 28, 2019.

I want to begin with something I found to be very moving- especially because of our current age. Thanks to Crozier Brown and Bob Easter for sharing. I think we all can relate. I hope you will enjoy it as much as we three did.
Clint Eastwood and Toby Keith video

From Our Graduates

“I really appreciate everyone’s thoughts, prayers, and cards. Thank you.”
– Linda Shelby Lyons


“The passing of Gene Carson reminded me of a couple interesting things we accomplished while attending WHS. The fall of ’59 with the upcoming football game against Temple we thought of a brilliant sign to display during halftime. Myself, Gene C, Barton Z, Bob Willingham and some others I have forgotten made a sign out sheets sewn together that read Beat the Living H_ _ _ out of Temple. We purposely left out the “ell” thinking this would eliminate any repercussions. Wrong. The following Monday all of us were called to Mr. Ware’s office (what a stuffed shirt). He explained that he was appalled at this conduct and it brought embarrassment to WHS and the entire city. We all laughed. I stated ” I guess if we had won we would not be standing here” His final statement was “all of you are expelled for 2 days”.  As we were leaving Gene stated “let’s go get some beer.”

Carson, Willingham, Zachary, myself, and even Martin (1 time) would travel to Perry TX and purchase adult beverages to be sold in the parking lot of the bowling alley on Franklin Ave. The only time Martin went he was wearing spirit ribbon (remember those) and the owner of the store asked him to leave.

My apologizes to those who might have participated in these accomplishments and were not mentioned. I can only remember so much.

It was all in fun. I mean why in the hell were we teenagers for anyway?”
– Hal Johnson


“Mimi and I took a trip to Los Angeles, recently. I went and worked out at the Wild Card Boxing Club and had the experience of meeting Freddie Roach. Those who follow boxing know him as a famous trainer who trains Manny Paquiao and has trained other world champions. Mr. Roach took a shine to Mimi and took us on a tour of his private gym. We met some of his pros and had a really good time.

Christmas we went up to Denver and visited with some of the kids. We saw a really great performance of the Nutcracker by the Denver ballet. Afterward, filled with Christmas spirit, I was singing to Mimi a little Christmas tune. She is cleverly disguising her pain. We returned from L.A. to San Antonio on the train. Our “room” was as big as a closet; everyone needs to experience this kind of travel…..once.

I hope everyone else will send in some stories and pictures as it is really fun for me to hear what people are doing. I hope everyone has a good year.”
– Jim & Mimi Monnig


“My news for March is that I have to have torn meniscus repaired in same knee which had torn meniscus in 2011…. Looks as if I would learn not to shove heavy antique furniture with my legs!! Never thought of myself as a slow learner!!” -Bonnie Burson


While digging through some old yellowed scrapbooks, David Dibb ran across this picture that was in the Waco paper on November 8, 1957 (just a “few” years ago). David said he was in Boy Scouts and Explorer Scouts with Richard Quick, Crozier Brown and Jerry Causey. This is a picture of David and Richard getting ready to receive their Eagle Scout awards. The Eagle Scout Award is the highest achievement in Boy Scouts and only about 4-7% of Scouts will pass all requirements for this honor. David is in the center with Richard being on the right.
David says: “I don’t remember if there was a Reptile merit badge, probably just one for Zoology, but I’m sure Richard earned any of the animal-related ones.”
– David Dibb




March Birthdays


1- Karen Shinault Jackson (our youngest graduate)
2- Phyllis Brooks
7- Glenn Hurta
8- Lynette Muchow Baugh
11- Charles Ray Miles
14- Clara Sue Griffis Arnsdorff
16- Jeannie Dickerson
17- Jane Berry Neece
19- David Dibb
23- Mickey Lade Perkins
26- Sandra Wooten Overholser
28- Douglas Crook
31- Stan Lennard and Malachi Kelly


Ralph Klatt said his truck is better looking than he is so here are some pictures of his truck and his new abode in North Carolina. They had 22 inches of snow the week before Christmas. This looks like a winter wonderland!! Hmmm, a warm fire, a fluffy lap throw, a good book/movie, lots of food in the house, maybe a glass of wine or cup of hot chocolate or hot toddy…. Nice!

Linda Shelby Lyons

This month features Linda Sue Shelby Lyons. I first met Linda in the second grade at Dean Highland. She also attended Crestview Elementary, West Junior, and Waco High. She is a very soft spoken individual with the kindest heart I have ever known. About the only thing she will kill is an insect or spider, and she does that with reluctance. She would not think of killing a mouse or a rat, but her cats usually take care of those. One time she killed a snake that got into her house, but she said she regretted it and never planned to kill another. All the stray cats around her area have gotten the word out that Linda will feed them and give them a home. Currently she has two cats- Jet and Dusty. Since about 1980, Linda has lived and homesteaded 8 acres in Crawford, TX. She tends to this acreage all by herself and feeds all the wild animals that roam near her dwelling- deer, raccoons, possums, foxes— you name it!

After graduation from Waco High, Linda attended SMU for about 1½ years. She dreamed of being a scientist or astronaut but after taking advanced math classes at SMU, she decided she was not smart enough to tackle all the requirements for that profession; therefore, she changed her mind and major. Linda’s mother made her seek a teaching certificate so she would have “something to fall back on”. When Linda’s roommate at SMU married, Linda decided to leave SMU and return to Waco. She enrolled in Baylor University and in 1966 obtained her BA degree in Education with majors in French, English and German.

Linda moved back to Dallas after Baylor graduation and taught high school French and English. She decided that was “not her bag” so once again she returned to Waco in approximately 1968/69. She taught Special Education at Midway and at some point in this time-period, she decided she wanted to be an Educational Diagnostician. In 1975 she earned her MS degree from Baylor and was hired by McLennan County Department of Education. Later this company changed its name to Rio Brazos Education Co Op. Rio Brazos included several rural schools in McLennan County. Linda semi-retired from Rio Brazos Co Op in 2004 when she went on half-time retirement and in 2006 she took full retirement.

Regarding Linda’s talents, they are very varied. She first started painting when she was 10 years old after taking some private lessons. The two larger paintings shown below were done in about 1960. The little paintings of the children were done in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. She has painted some other things but gave them away to a friend.

Linda first became interested in stained glass after she saw an advertisement for classes at a junior college in Dallas in the late 1960’s. Once a week she drove to Dallas for these classes. Her first piece was “Johnathan Livingston Seagull” because she loved the book, the movie, and Neil Diamond’s musical score for the movie. Later, she took classes at Stanton Glass Studio in downtown Waco. Over the years, Stanton Glass has become very famous in the state of Texas. In addition to her classes at Stanton Glass, Linda also took a few classes from an individual lady who lived in West, Texas. When this lady decided to close her business, Linda purchased a lot of the lady’s inventory of glass. Linda said she got her inspiration for her stained glass pieces mainly from her own imagination. However, the heart that is pictured was made after she saw a picture in a magazine. Linda learned both methods of lead came and copper foil. In the process of creating her stained glass, Linda found the cutting of the glass to be the hardest thing to do.

Linda is divorced and has one daughter, Diana Waggoner, who is married to Mark Waggoner. Mark was made famous in Waco as the athletic director/coach at Reicher High School for 20 years and led his teams to 4 State Championships in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009. Mark is now Athletic Director/head football coach for Hamshire-Fannett near Beaumont, Tx. Linda has two grandsons, Blake and Blaine.

Linda says she does not have a proper workshop in which she can currently create stained glass so she no longer practices this type of art. Plus, she said she is no longer motivated to paint. From personal experience, I can attest that Linda very much likes to visit quilt shows and quilt shops as she is my “running buddy” for those. She has a stash of fabrics and patterns for lots of projects. We will just have to wait and see what her imagination will inspire her to do next.

Waco Town Crier – February 2019

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on January 31, 2019.

First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you who have helped to contribute to the Town Crier. Without input from you and your sharing with us, there would be no Town Crier. To those who have not yet contributed anything—it is not too late. As was said in The Price is Right game show—“Come on down”. Our graduates enjoy so much hearing from everyone and we want to hear from you!

February is the month of love. Show some love to someone—be it friend, family, or stranger. Our world seems to be filled with so much hatred right now, we can do a little part to improve things by giving someone a smile to lighten their heart. Everyone wants and needs love.

Do not forget our wonderful website: www.whs60.org Our directory is on-line so if you ever wonder where someone is, be sure to click on the directory for an address or phone number. Elizabeth Bentley is doing a fantastic job of keeping our site current, Pat Payne continues to bless our class with the finances to keep it up and going, Janet Hurta keeps up with all the changes of our very mobile class, and Bob Easter has helped to locate most of us. We will never know the hours that each of these folks gives to our class. It takes a village! Drop them a line and show your appreciation.
Elizabeth Bentley- lizzieb@designwiz.com
Pat Payne- patpayne64@comcast.net
Janet Hurta- hurtagj@aol.com
Bob Easter- Bob@easterandeaster.com
Again, thank you so much for all your contributions to the Crier. Keep me posted!

What We’re Doing

The quarterly luncheon that was held on January 29th was a great success! We had about 33 people in attendance. It was so good to see JoAnn Carson and Charles Ray/Jan Miles who came from Arlington! Ken and Scoot Baker came from Georgetown, David and Janie McPhail from Cleburne. Robert (Little Red) Wilson came from San Antonio, Malissa Ruth Starnes Baugh from Temple, Betty Luedeker Gatlin from Liberty Hill. Also Tim Lasseter Latta came from Ft. Worth and Sissie Blair Shandalow came from Rockwall. Our mystery graduate who recently moved back to Waco as of only a week ago is DICK TOOKER and he attended. Dick said he is thrilled to be back in Waco and thinks it has changed so much. Dick said he was 35 years old when he left. The rest of the group was from Waco or parts really close to Waco. I do not think any pictures were taken—if you took some, please send to me and I will post in the next Town Crier. And, if you came from out of town and I overlooked mentioning you, please forgive. I did not take notes and my memory is probably not as good as it used to be.

Ken Baker wants everyone to start thinking about a 60th reunion. Someone is going to have to step up to the plate to organize this. If you are interested in having a 60th reunion, we need to hear some feedback. ESPECIALLY if you are interested in chairing it, let us know. You can contact our fearless leader of our last reunion. This does not have to be anything fancy….no decorations are needed….just a place for all to meet, visit, eat/drink, and enjoy memories and the fact that we are still alive and able to do all this.
So, let us hear from you. I will post the responses in the March Town Crier.
1. Do you want to have a 60th reunion
2. Do you want to chair it?
3. Are you willing to help work with a 60th reunion?
4. What ideas do you have for a 60th reunion?

Contact: Tim (Lasseter) Latta: tldesigngroup@sbcglobal.net
Jeanne Harman: bjharman@hot.rr.com

From Our Graduates

“What a wonderful article from David Dibb. Thanks so much for sharing.”
— Susan (Harkness) Hill

“Thank you, Jeanne, for this wonderful Town Crier. I especially appreciated the history of Waco composed by David Dibb. My father worked at Home Abstract and Title Company and shared much of the history of our town with me through the years. David captured it in superlative fashion. Though I have never attended a reunion, your Town Criers have always made me feel “connected” to my youth there, to the town and my friends. Our class has done extremely well!”
— Stan Lennard

“So sorry to hear about Gene Carson, another dear loss! Enjoyed reading about David Dibb’s too! We have so many talented class members!”
–Bev (Murphy) Wells

“I always enjoy catching up on our classmates. It was great seeing everyone that attended the last reunion.
I hope we will have another one soon.”
— Steve Brown

SO COLD here in Nebraska—no school for today (Jan. 23)—and none last Friday—we haven’t had weather this cold and snowy for several years. Hopefully we will warm up soon. Winters here were like this during the 1980’s when our kids were in school. The climate gradually changed with fewer winter storms. Guess it’s shifting back.
— Clara Sue (Griffis) Arnsdorff


Richard Tooker Exciting news! Dick Tooker has moved to Waco! Another graduate has returned “home”!!!! Yeah!

Ralph Klatt has a new address. He said he and Linda have moved to the mountains in North Carolina and marked off another goal on their bucket list. Be sure to make the correction in your directory. His new community is located about 15 miles from Boone, NC which is in a most beautiful part of the United States, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. No wonder Ralph had it on his bucket list! Ralph said right before Christmas they had over 20 inches of snow. Winter Wonderland!

Stan Lennard: “Earlier I had a book published, Nerve Endings of the Soul: Interaction Between the Mind of God and the Mind of Man Through Neural Synaptic Networks. It was the culmination of 18 years of apologetics research. It can be found at www.estanlennard.com .

I have completed a second book which segues off the first one and is in the final draft form. I’m making my final edits and will next work to identify a publisher. This can be an arduous task! The title of the second book is The Boundless Love of God: Redemption of Man at the Cost of His Son. Though including scientific technical details, it has a much more evangelical focus. I endeavor to show the concordance between Scripture and science as they apply to the topic. I’ll keep you informed.

If anyone of our classmates should ever read my book or books, I hope they will give me feedback and/or post their review on Amazon.”

(FYI: info on Stan -as seen on Amazon.com):
Doctor E. Stan Lennard is a retired general surgeon and certified Christian apologist. His Doctor of Medicine degree was awarded at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in 1968, and he received a Doctor of Science in Surgery degree through the University of Cincinnati School of Medicine, defending his thesis in 1976. The first half of his career was at the University of Washington in Seattle where he completed his Chief Surgical Residency in 1977 and joined the fulltime academic faculty with a subspecialty in surgical infectious disease. He entered fulltime private practice at Evergreen Healthcare in Kirkland, Washington in 1987 and retired from clinical practice in 2001. Since his retirement he has continued his affiliation since 1987 with the international, interdenominational Reasons To Believe ministry. He served on the Board of Directors for four and a half years, for four serving as its Chairman. For eleven years he served as an online instructor with Reasons Institute, the educational arm of the ministry, while conducting research that has extended over 18 years. Articles from his research have been posted on the ministry’s website, and this book summarizes his research findings. Now fully retired he resumes his lifelong hobby of art, now focusing on oil painting. He is married with two grown children.

Medical Report

Several graduates are currently undergoing cancer treatment. I feel certain these folks would appreciate a card or two from you. Having health issues and treatment is not easy. It is always good and lifts one’s spirits to know others care and are thinking of you.

David Peeples is currently undergoing treatment for leukemia in Waco at Hillcrest Baylor Scott and White Oncology.

Linda (Shelby) Lyons has been undergoing tests for two types of cancer. She has a rare Neuroendocrine Carcinoma that originated in her GI tract. She is having another biopsy on a knot in her neck to determine its type of cancer which the doctor says most likely will be treated with chemo.

Phyllis Brooks has just found out that she has metastatic adenocarcinoma lung cancer. She is waiting on paperwork and tests to find out what part of her lung is involved. She will be able to have tests and chemo treatments at Texas Oncology in Duncanville which is only about 8-10 miles from her home. It is always so much better when treatments can be done close to home.

February Birthdays

1- Don McClellan
4- Al Ctvrtlik
5- Russ Keeling
10- Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler
16- Kay (Phillips) Sparks
18- Norma (Cissell) Smith
25- Jeanne (Holland) Harman
27- David Peeples

Richard Quick – Photographer

I do not have to introduce any of you to Richard Quick. He has taken many, many pictures of each of us at several of our reunions. You have enjoyed seeing yourselves and your fellow graduates but now I want you to enjoy some of the work that Richard does for others. Richard lives in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. That alone gives him a wonderful backdrop for his work and pleasure.

Richard’s Bio
After graduation from WHS, Richard continued his education at Baylor receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in the spring of 1964. While attending Baylor, because of his fascination with snakes and other reptiles, he worked in Baylor’s Natural History Museum and also as a lab assistant for a senior class majoring in biology-Natural History of Vertebrates. The summer after Baylor graduation, Richard participated in a program through Baylor’s Psychology Department in the Aerospace Research division in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Richard helped train and handle chimpanzees that were being used as involuntary astronauts. This project had utilized “Ham”, who was famous at the time for being the first chimpanzee shot into space in a rocket.

In the fall of 1964, Richard returned to Texas and entered the University of Texas in Austin where he began working on a master’s degree in zoology. However, after a year, he realized he was not compatible with the procedures of the program so he left graduate school, soon married and moved to Houston. He got a job in Houston with the zoological park in the Small Mammal Building. This involved caring for a variety of small animals, many of which he had never seen or even heard of before this time.

After three years at the zoo he was promoted to the newly created position of Curator of Mammals. His new responsibility was the entire mammal collection of 150 species including elephants, giraffes, tigers, sea lions, and gorillas. He still maintained his strong interest in reptiles although the care of captive mammals became his profession. He also went on several collecting expeditions for snakes or vampire bats in Mexico. The years from 1965-1980 were most definitely an interesting time in Richard’s life. While at the zoo, in the mid 1970’s, a friend let Richard borrow his 35mm camera- a Minolta SLR.I. Richard said he was “stunned” by the clarity and size of the image he saw as he had been accustomed to using an instamatic or Polaroid camera. As soon as he could, Richard purchased the same Minolta type camera and became hooked on photography for life.

Richard’s personal life began to take a change during these years in Houston, so he and his wife decided to go their separate directions. A few months later Richard met the love of his life, Pamela, on a blind date set up by Richard’s sister. Pam also owned a Minolta. This initiated a humorous line that they were meant for one another because they “had interchangeable lenses.” Richard and Pamela were married two years later and this past December, they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Richard and Pam decided to search for a simpler lifestyle outside the hustle and bustle of Houston and were directed to Eureka Springs. Eureka is a thriving art community in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas. They immediately fell in love with the scenic Victorian town and two and a half months later, they left their chosen professions in Houston and moved to Eureka Springs. They started their new life there on a frosty mid-February day in 1980. They became very active in the town’s art scene, Richard did some pencil art, they engaged in some organic gardening, and they remodeled several old houses. They opened their own art gallery, Quicksilver, the Nature Gallery where they started selling Richard’s drawings, Pam’s handcrafted jewelry, and consignment pieces from several of their local artist friends. After a few years they were able to purchase an old downtown building which they remodeled and the Quicksilver Gallery was reopened in an ideal, highly visible location on the main street of Eureka Springs. Location, Location, Location!

Richard reconnected with photography during this time. After the purchase of his first computer, Richard realized that with digital photography, he could take a photo, process it, print it, package or frame it, and sell it—all himself from start to finish. Over the years he steadily learned more about photography and upgraded to cameras with better capabilities. He had success in selling his images at their gallery and he began to do consignment work. He also participated in local art shows.

In 2002, the Quicks sold their gallery and building. The new owners continue to sell Richard’s photographic images to this day. Richard and Pam are both mostly retired now but Richard is still fully engaged with the camera. Facebook has become his public photography “showroom”. Since the latter part of 2009, Richard has accumulated over 500 photo albums on his album pages. He said he is fortunate to live in Eureka Springs which is a small but highly artistic town. Eureka Springs is located in a most beautiful setting with many parades and festivals –all of which provide great photo opportunities.

Richard and Pam travel to Mexico frequently where there are always interesting images to capture. Their favorite location in Mexico is San Miguel de Allende. The albums in his digital gallery include colorful people and events in Eureka Springs as well as images taken during visits to Mexico, Europe, and the American southwest. Richard hopes to start work on a photo book in 2019 and plans to continue recording the color and life that he and Pam encounter at home and on their travels.

Richard has two sisters who live in Waco. Both of his daughters live near Houston so he still has a strong connection to Texas. His daughter, Sheryl, lives in Seabrook with her husband, Paul Duport, and grandsons, Makai and Shae. Jennifer and her husband, Randy Mills, live in Cypress with grandson, Tevai, and Richard’s first granddaughter, Ren, who is only seven months old.

Samples of Richard’s Work
“Here is a link to my gallery of albums on Facebook. These particular albums are available to see if you are on Facebook. Each album is represented by a single image so as you scroll down through the cover photos you can select any image that looks interesting. This will take you to that album. Each album contains a selection of images taken at one event or a series of connected subjects. The albums appear in sequence with the most recent appearing first. If you open the album in a new window (Control click or right click) you won’t lose your place on the album page.”
(This is available for all to see- whether on Facebook or not.)


“This is a sample album from San Miguel de Allende showing Aztec dancers in action:”

The dancers began a full day of dancing the morning of March 3rd in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. At least eight…

Posted by Richard Quick on Wednesday, March 14, 2018

“These are two sample albums from Eureka Springs, one from a parade and the other showing the local seasonal color:”

Back on the first Saturday in May the participants started lining up for the Artrageous Parade which always sets the…

Posted by Richard Quick on Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pam and I live in Eureka Springs, a small Victorian village in northwestern Arkansas, population 2275 or so. The little…

Posted by Richard Quick on Sunday, October 25, 2009


Beverly (Murphy) Wells:
Bev Wells and her children, David Wells and Darla Wells, traveled to St Thomas, St Maarten, Antigua, Aruba, Curaçao and Bonaire for the holidays. They saw some beautiful islands and Bev said all the people were warm and friendly. She reports: “The beaches are as beautiful as you see on TV commercials. The colors of the waters are breath taking! Happy New Year to all!”

When it comes to traveling, Bev is letting no grass grow under her feet!

Waco Town Crier – January 2019

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on January 2, 2019.

Memories of Gene Carson

June 20, 1960 – On their first day as Marines, these boys were getting ready to board a bus to the Marine Corp recruiting office in Dallas, Texas.

Pictured are: (l-r) probably the bus driver, Rodney Cross, Edward Hernandez, Gene Carson, Vince Tusa, and Jack Miles.(Gene said Edward Hernandez was a year younger than the rest of them) Gene got out of the Marines four years later on June 19, 1964.


(Below)Some pictures of Gene through the years enjoying time with our graduates. Gene was always there, whenever possible.


Please remember the following graduates who are facing health issues. Forgive me if I have overlooked you so please let me know if you need to be included in the list. Scott Horne, David Peeples, Linda Shelby Lyons, Bob Easter, Betty Vaughan Willis

January Birthdays

4- Malissa Starnes Baugh
5- Dick Tooker
8- Beth Freeman Holiday
10- Betty Luedeker Gatlin
12- Nanci Stiteler Felice
16- Vince Tusa
17- Ken Lipscombe
25- Bernie Regian, Pat Gabler Kemper
26- Don Clyde Blackburn




This month features David Dibb, who says he enjoys writing. For the past 5 years David has written a monthly column for a local Seniors’ newspaper, Golden Life, in Florence, SC. The first 3 years the columns were of a Biblical perspective on seasonal themes or events of current interest. David said after saying all he could think of after four December columns, the columns are now often about what strikes his fancy or in his reading. His column is still called “In Due Season”. (see Proverbs 15:23) For the last 3 years, David has also been writing a front-page article which highlights a local senior in his area.

After our recent WHS reunion in October, David decided to share a bit of Waco’s history with his readers. He sent me a copy of the newspaper with the article. I thought all of you might also be interested in reading about Waco’s past, and I asked David if I could feature him for our SHOW and TELL this month. David was gracious enough to agree and also agreed to share a little of his bio with us. David and his wife, Anita, like to travel and have been doing so for quite some time. At the end of his article, I have included a few of the photos of them on some of their trips. Thanks for sharing with us, David. I guess you can fill in for me when I need help.

Brief Bio on David
After graduating from WHS in 1960, David attended Texas Tech where he earned a B.S. in Textile Technology. While working on that degree, he had a summer job in Pensacola, FL at a Monsanto nylon plant. While living in Pensacola, he attended a small Baptist church where he discovered his need for a Savior ….and also “discovered” Anita. They were married in that very church in 1966 and then both of them returned to Lubbock where he obtained his M.B.A. from Tech. Upon completion of his Masters, David said he then got a “real” job with Monsanto back in Pensacola and for the next 35 years (except for a 4 year stint in the USAF), worked as a process engineer in nylon and polyester fiber manufacturing. He never left Monsanto to work for another company; however, because the textile business underwent a lot of mergers and changes in ownership as it struggled against the economics of overseas competition, he worked for Monsanto, Celanese, Hoechst, and Fiber Industries, in Florida and North Carolina, and finally, Wellman, Inc. in Florence, SC. David retired in 2002.

David and Anita have 3 children. Their daughter, Whitney, is a free-lance management trainer in Germany; their oldest son, Kevin, is an IT specialist with home office in Fayetteville; and their youngest son Brian, after 12 years in the USMC, now works as a project engineer on oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico but calls home to Shenandoah, VA. David and Anita are blessed with 8 grandchildren.

David and Anita have always liked to travel. They have spent time in Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam with their daughter. They have been on mission trips to Costa Rica and Mexico. They have time-shared in England and Scotland. Recently, David was brave enough to drive a right-hand Fiat around Ireland after a bus tour of the Scottish Highlands. They have driven up the West Coast of the USA, through New England to Prince Edward Island and Halifax, Nova Scotia. This year they joined some friends for a tour of China, where they climbed the Great Wall, entered the tomb of the Terra-Cotta soldiers, visited the Panda breeding center, and cruised the Yangtze River. They often visit the Smoky Mountains National Park (especially in the fall) since it is so near their home in Florence, SC.

For about 35 years, David has been a Bible teacher. Both he and Anita work in several areas of their church but David said that teaching and ministering to a class of about 20 couples is a rewarding use of his time that is provided by retirement.

In Italy

Great Wall of China

Bar Harbor, Maine

In Due Season – December 2018

This is the article that David Dibbs wrote about Waco.
What do outsiders know about your hometown? Around here, Blenheim is known for its ginger ale, and Florence was known for its railroad history and dental services. A few weeks back, I returned to Waco, Texas, for my 58th high school reunion. Having lived at least 1000 miles from Waco for the last 58 years, this was only my second reunion. The dramatic changes in the city since my last visit (our 50th, just 8 years ago) caused me to reflect on what gives a city its personality and reputation.
Waco’s early history is rich with Texas Longhorn cattle drives, Texas Ranger law enforcement, and Indian lore. On an 1850’s map of Mexico to Kansas, the state of Texas is covered with cattle trails that converge on Texas’ northern border at the Chisholm Trail, just below Indian Territory (sometimes called Oklahoma). The objective of the cattle drive was to get the cattle from Texas (or even Mexico), where they were worth about $4 a head, to Kansas, then by rail, back East, where they were worth about $40 a head.
Waco was established in 1849 near a Texas Ranger fort, shortly after the Republic of Texas became our 28th state. It was named for the Hueco Indians, who had a nearby village. One of the main trails on the Chisholm route paralleled the Brazos River until it reached a spot at Waco where the river was shallow enough to drive cattle across. In 1870, a suspension bridge was built across the Brazos, channeling even more traffic, business, and cattle through Waco. Designed by Thomas Griffith, who had completed the first bridge across the Mississippi, and built with materials from the same company that helped construct the Brooklyn Bridge, the Waco Suspension Bridge was so successful that the tolls (5 cents per head of cattle, plus tolls on other traffic) quickly paid off the $141,000 construction cost.
In the 1880’s, Baylor University moved to Waco, and a local pharmacist developed the formulation for Dr. Pepper, capitalizing on the artesian water recently discovered under the city. The next time Waco made national news was May 1953, when one of the deadliest tornadoes in US history hit the area. Cutting a path 1/3 of a mile wide, and with winds of 260mph, the tornado that struck Waco killed 114 people and demolished 1600 homes and other structures.
But in 1993, there was a surreal event that re-defined Waco to many Americans. A religious cult calling themselves the “Branch Davidians” who had been living in a compound outside Waco since 1962, came under FBI scrutiny due to their reported weapons collection and the number of women and children possibly held against their will. Their leader, David Koresh, who claimed to be a Messianic prophet, refused to allow the FBI to enter the compound, and several weeks of “negotiation” ensued. Then the well-armed ATF Hostage Rescue Team got involved, and on April 19, impatient and embarrassed by the drawn-out lack of results, they attacked the compound with tanks and tear gas. Fires and gunshots broke out inside the compound, all captured on national TV, and in the end at least 80 died, including 25 children and 4 ATF agents. From that moment, many Americans pronounced Waco, “Wack-o”.
Then in 2013, the national TV exposure that had helped bring Waco’s image down became instrumental in building it back up. Chip and Joanna Gaines launched their Fixer-Upper series on HGTV in May 2013, and America (and the world) fell in love with this quirky, talented, loving, and driven couple. Over 5 years, their 79 episodes have not only changed solid old houses into beautiful new homes, it has shown off the down-to-earth honesty, unselfish family values, and productive work ethic that I know to be typical in Texas. Their retail complex in the Waco historical district, near the old suspension bridge and the Dr. Pepper Museum, includes The Silos, which sells clothing and Joanna-style home décor, a restaurant, and a bakery. And like the bridge 145 years ago, it’s bringing more commerce and travelers to this popular crossroads on the Brazos River.
In her book, The Magnolia Story, Joanna says she has listened to God’s guidance for many of her life-changing and business-changing decisions. Their “all in” approach to any project reminds me of this Biblical admonition: “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” Col 3:23

Pictures of Graduates

Betty Barkley Flowers and Tom Flowers
at Sweet Sounds, benefiting Meals on Wheels
Photo by Joy Pruitt

Glenn Hurta and Janet Hurta at Waco Symphony Concert with Chris Botti
Photo by Michael Bancale

Waco Town Crier – December 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on November 30, 2018.

Important Information on the California Fire known as ‘Camp Fire’

As of 11-25-2018: The rains have come…the fire is contained….but the current numbers of deaths and missing:
85 dead, 475 still missing and more than 13,000 homes destroyed

From Dick Tooker who lives in Chico, CA near the ‘Camp Fire’ (as of November 11th):
SHORT VERSION: We’re OK. Fire never got into Chico Proper where we live, and other than the God-awful smoke and long gas lines, no effect on us.

THE LONG VERSION: Somewhat more complicated.

When we moved here 13 years ago, we bought a house in the Sierra foothills, about ten miles from, and 1,500 feet higher than Chico. It was the place in the country I always wanted. Five acres, a great home, and a spectacular view that looked over a huge vineyard, then the lights of Chico at night, and forty miles further, the snow-capped coastal mountain range that separates the northern California valley from the Pacific ocean. Two years ago, we decided to leave my dream home and move into town, mostly because I simply couldn’t keep up with five partially-landscaped acres any more, and we needed to be nearer healthcare resources. Sad, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Well, that turned out to be a really good idea. The Camp Fire (way too benignly-named for such a Hell-on-earth phenomenon) turned that house into a smoldering pile of rubble, along with the homes of many of our old neighbors who are still friends. Our previous next door neighbors, who are still our best friends in California, lost their home as well. They’re on vacation in Australia. We’re keeping their dog, and Victoria is now busy clearing out a couple of rooms for them when they get back next weekend. They have no place to stay in Chico.

I should note that our new neighborhood is filling up with refugees from Paradise, CA. The folks directly across the street have taken in 4 people who are suddenly homeless. There are RVs parked everywhere. I can’t describe how bad I feel for all those folks.

It is the worst fire in California history. If you’ve been watching it on television, it’s way worse than it looks from a distance. Paradise, a great little town of 30,000 people, is about 25 miles from here as the crow flies. Fully 90% of the homes in that town have been completely destroyed, and many of the few that are left are badly damaged. 120 businesses burned to the ground, along with both hospitals and all the schools. Some of the dead were trapped and burned alive in their cars trying to escape. For all practical purposes, the town has been wiped off the map. I don’t see how it will be possible for all those people to rebuild.

Pray for California.
Richard N. Tooker

Aubrey Stringer was featured on the front page of the local section of Waco’s newspaper on  November 18, 2018, regarding his sawmill in Valley Mills, Texas. As you know, Chip and JoAnna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” have made Aubrey a familiar name all over the USA.  So….all credits of this month’s Show and Tell go to the Waco Tribune Herald article by Mike Copeland.  Read the article.

December Birthdays

9 & 10-  Sondi Nelson Pace
13-  Jerry Causey
14-  Peggy Wake Thyfault
16-  Chinky Johnson
24-  Howell Johnson
26-  Howard Dudgeon & Joan Beaty Settle
28-  Gayla Miller Webb
31-  Elizabeth Bentley & Gwen Ewing Hodges


Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler recently returned from a trip to Taos, NM.Here are some of the changing colors in that area.

Blast From The Past

Finally …

Here’s wishing everyone peace, good health and contentment in this Christmas Season.  Enjoy the holidays to the fullest w with your loved ones. Stay safe and healthy, and make some happy memories.

SPECIAL EDITION – 58th Class Reunion

We certainly had a good time celebrating our 58th class reunion.  We missed all of you who were not able to make it.

A big, big thanks to Tim Lasseter Latta (our fearless leader), Malissa Starnes Baugh (our co-leader and one who continues to bless us with her organizational skills- name tags, keeping up with registration, all the money and our head-count, paying all the bills, ordering the cakes, napkins, etc.),  Howard Dudgeon (furnishing us with the Memorial Books of our dearly departed graduates) and Janet Hurta (our adopted graduate and wife of Glen Hurta who has kept our directory for more years than I can remember).  Special Thanks goes to Gayla Miller Webb and Linda Phelps McKee (who both have been responsible for our decorations for what must be every single reunion we have ever had and to David McPhail, Karen Shinault and all those who were on the telephone committee:  you did an awesome job!!  Without each of these folks, our reunion would not be what I have heard some folks say:  the “best reunion we have ever had”.  It takes a village….and unless you have ever worked on the reunion, you have no idea just how demanding it is.

A cold front came through Waco with rain….a lot or rain…. so much rain that golf was rained out.  Although the weather was cold and damp outside, inside the Phoenix room our graduates were wrapped in the warmth of love and friendship, reliving times when all of us were young and carefree.   Folks came as far away as from Buffalo NY,  Florence SC, Paris TN, New Mexico (5 different graduates from NM), Louisiana, and Indiana.

The food was wonderful, Ralph Sparks (class of WHS 59) entertained us with oldies on his keyboard, and the camaraderie of all was unsurpassed.  I could not believe that so many 76 year-olds could get out on the dancefloor and “cut a rug” as they did.  Ralph was supposed to play for about 15 minutes or so….but popular demand turned that into one hour.  In our hearts it was like we were once again enjoying our teen-aged classmates at a sock hop.  Sweet memories.

There are several who want a 60th reunion—especially since we are the class of ’60.  However, there is no leader so if you want a final reunion, someone is going to have to step up to the plate and organize it.  Otherwise, the 58th was our final hoorah.

Again, so glad to have seen everyone and so sorry we missed you if you were unable to make it.  Robert “Little Red” Wilson, has his take on the reunion which is in the comments sections.  Robert has always been so great to bless us and our food each and every time we meet.  It is only fitting for him to close this special edition with his AMEN.

Waco Town Crier – November 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on October 30, 2018.

From Our Fearless Leader

What a fabulous time we all had at the 58th Reunion, even spouses who may have been pressured to attend. We had approximately 120 in attendance with some cancelling due to illness and some didn’t want to brave the less than perfect driving conditions.

The first night we met at The Phoenix Ballroom for delicious hors d’oeuvres and wonderful cookies collected by our resident cookie lady, Linda Phelps McKee. The table centerpieces were models of classic cars from our high school days filled with bright papers and candy. Malissa Starnes Baugh made sure there were WHS napkins and Spirit of Waco song sheets at every place. Pat Malone led us in our school song and Robert “Little Red” Wilson blessed us and our dinner. He gave thanks for us being there and prayed for our ill classmates. One of them, Aubrey Stringer, who had never missed a reunion, was in the hospital having surgery. Thankfully, the outcome is good.

The caterer, Danny at TCP catering, prepared some delicious food including shrimp and outstanding pork loin sandwiches. Lots of visiting, catching up and picture taking going on. Thanks very much to all the people who acted as greeters and registrars. We had a better reunion because of you.

Golf the next day was cancelled as Cottonwood Creek Golf Course was under water. Not really, but close.
Brunch was fun and delicious. More visiting and more picture taking. A couple of people came for the brunch only, Karon Shinault being one of them. Karon was a part of David McPhail‘s calling team, a huge part. She went above and beyond with her calling duties, and we are all grateful to her. The calling team, led by David, was directly responsible for the attendance we enjoyed. He took up the challenge started by Bob Easter and ran with it. David was a wonderful and hardworking phone chairman. We owe David and his callers a debt of gratitude for their hours on the phone.

Wednesday evening brought some new faces to the reunion. Our caterer, Danny of TCP Catering, came through for us again. The buffet dinner was delicious, and the cakes that Malissa Starnes Baugh designed for us were scrumptious. A part of the program had Howard Dudgeon reading the names of classmates we miss because they have passed on. Howard is so faithful to keep albums of our deceased classmates, many of whom left us way too soon. Tim Lasseter Latta who headed up the reunion thanked several people, the most important of whom was Malissa Starnes Baugh, the CEO, without whom the reunion would have been so lame. We thank her over and over. Gayla Miller and Linda McKee did a stellar job on the decorations, including changing them between Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. We thank them so much. Linda McKee was the Cookie Lady again this year. Yum!! Robert “Little Red” Wilson led the prayers on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Billy Markham was kind enough to bless the brunch, and Pat Malone with the beautiful voice led us in Spirit of Waco at all three gatherings. Everyone sang!

And now comes Janet Hurta, wife of Glenn, not even an actual member of our class, who year after year, kept up with us all and provided the information for the directory. She is certainly an honorary member, and we thank her for all of her great work over the years. Ralph Sparks, Class of ’59, husband of our own Kay Phillips Sparks, set up his keyboard and played oldies for our dancing pleasure, and dance we did. David and Janie McPhail are still in great form, Ken and Scoot Baker floated across the floor along with many more people dancing than we expected. Bob and Carolyn Easter and Little Red along with quite a few others, could not resist Ralph’s dulcet tones and nimble fingers on the keyboard.

Mostly, we want to thank everyone who attended, many from over a thousand miles away. It was so good to see Vince Tulsa and his wife from Paris, Tennessee; James Coone and his wife from Williamsville, NY; David Dibb and his wife from Florence, SC; Beverly Murphy Wells from Camby, IN; Rod Sommer and wife from Covington, LA; and from New Mexico: Steve Brown (Alto), Susan Harkness Hill (Edgewood), Jim Maxwell (Santa Fe), Babz Wester Muster (Ruidoso), and Sandra Wooten Overholser (Albuquerque.).

What a wonderful group of people we have in our class. For those of you who could not come, you were sorely missed. Here’s hoping we have a 60th.

Show and Tell – Janice (Player) Howell

This month features Janice (Player) Howell, another great! As you know, Janice is one of the “Player twins” (Janice and Joyce). Janice has had exhibits in Santa Fe, Dallas, Plano, Richardson, Albuquerque, and Denison. She has done many commissions, plus she teaches art in Colorado in the summer. Janice said that she has been painting for about 20 years. When she wanted to renew her creative side, the yen first began as a hobby after taking a college class course at night while she was still a State Farm agent during the day. Several classes later, Janice started hanging her paintings in her office and clients would ask if she sold them. Well, she decided to do so … and an artist was born.  She commenced to take many other painting classes in interesting places such as Spain, France, Italy and Mexico. She painted what she “felt” about the places she visited.

One of Janice’s teachers encouraged her to enter her works in competitions. Janice said it was only then that she discovered she had talent as she received over 20 awards in these competitions. Janice had a friend take her portfolio to Santa Fe, NM and the gallery owner there was so impressed with her work that she called Janice the next day. This became the beginning of what evolved into “one person shows” for the next 12 years at the Santa Fe gallery. She has been published in many magazines: Southwest Art, Watercolor Magic, Inside Santa Fe, Focus Santa Fe, and she made the cover of the DFW Art magazine. Janice said she chooses her subjects from things that give her joy…–travel, flowers, music,– in other words, the beauty of her surroundings and whatever her artistic eye sees. Her paintings are abstract impression in style. Janice’s summation of her talent: “It has been a fun exciting journey that I was fortunate to have.”

The photos below are some examples of Janice’s work. The first two pictures hang in her twin sister’s house. The other pictures are of Janice’s cityscapes, a musician, flowers, Aspen trees, and an elk. Also new is a photo of a ceramic angel she did.

November Birthdays

3- Jim Monnig,
Sissie (Blair) Shandalow
6- Barbara (Brunett) Hunt
Gary Roberts
7- Gene Carson
12- Carolyn (Wolf) Lloyd
18- Bob Easter
27- Nena (Hunt) Wallace


Bev (Murphy) Wells has just returned from a trip of a lifetime! For her 76th birthday, her son merely told her to “pack a bag”. He made all the arrangements for this trip to Paris, Belgium, Amsterdam, Cologne Germany, Prague Czech, Vienna Austria and Munich Germany (for Octoberfest). She only returned home to Indiana on October 9th and then turned right around and headed to Waco for the reunion.
In the two pictures below, she reports: “Bonjour” and “Goede Dag.”

Paris, France Belgium

Steve Martin and Marty Short recently performed at WinStar Casino in Oklahoma. If you remember, Jack Martin was a first cousin to Steve. When Jack was alive, he and I had gotten tickets to attend.  Jack was with us ‘in spirit’, but after the show the first cousins and I got to visit with Steve backstage. It was a wonderful show and I encourage you to see it should you get the chance. I still miss watching Steve on Saturday Night Live playing the “wild and crazy guy.”

Steve Martin and Jeanne Harman The first cousins – Brenda Martin Jantz, Steve Martin, John Martin (Class of WHS 1962 and brother to Jack Martin)

If you were wondering why Russell Keeling was not at the reunion, here is the reason: Russ and his wife, Lloy, decided to celebrate their anniversary with an Alaskan cruise. Russ said he missed seeing all the graduates but this trip was one they did not want to pass up.

Eating crab in Ketchikan Glacier Bay (brrr) Formal Night

Waco Town Crier – October 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on September 26, 2018.

From Our Fearless Leader

“Greetings to all of our WHS Class of 60 classmates. The countdown has begun. In less than a month, we will gather at the mothership (aka The Phoenix Ballroom) for our 58th class reunion. The excitement is building and the plans are final. There is still time to register, but it’s running out. If you still need a registration form, please let me know by phone or text (817-600-4734) and you do text, don’t you? Email Malissa Starnes Baugh or call (254-217-2918).

Malissa has been working so hard on name badges so that we will be able to identify each other! This is a huge group endeavor. Please join us for fun, news of friends and a stroll down memory lane.

Looking so forward to seeing each and every one of you.”
Tim Lasseter Latta

From Our Graduates

“It was wonderful to hear from Asa. She’s had a full and rewarding life. I admire all that she’s done.

It was great to hear from some of our classmates. Sondi, you are very talented. Thanks for sharing about your talent with us. Maybe you could share more with us if you sent a video or recording. How about it? I’d love to hear you play.

I’m looking forward to our 58th reunion. It may just be the last time we are all together at our ages and with our disabilities. I am blessed to be in surprisingly good shape for an old woman! 😊 I pray for all of you who are struggling with hardships. May you each find healing, peace, comfort, and strength.”
Tommye Blair Toler

“Our daughter, Lana, could use some prayers. She was in a car wreck, not her fault, and broke her arm above the wrist and the air bag seems to have caused her hearing to sound like a tunnel. This could be temp or permanent. Please pray for healing and return her hearing. Her arm is healing after surgery. She will be off work 3 to 4 months.”
Sandra Wooten Overholser

“Mickey (Lade) Perkins is in HEB HOSPITAL Room 203 due to pain under rib cage since Thursday night. (Sept 20). They have not been told from what source or when she will be released to return home. She does need our prayers.”
Phyllis Brook

“I will not be attending this year due to some pre-scheduled tests and doctor appointments and am sorry I cannot come to visit everyone.. Hopefully will be able to attend for the next one.”
Jeannie Dickerson

Regarding Hurricane Florence

“We were stationed in Raleigh NC, and we never had anything like that while we were there. We visited most of those coastal areas while there—and they were beautiful, with amazing beaches.”
Clara Sue (Griffis) Arnsdorff

Update on Massey Foundation

Formed by Jan Massey’s family, in accordance with her wishes

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Show and Tell

It is my distinct honor to recognize Jim Woodson this month. I cannot begin to tell you the talent that this man possesses; therefore, I am going to let his website do the job for me.

After graduating from Waco High, Jim obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, 1965 with a major in painting. In 1967, earned a Master of Fine Arts degree, major in painting, from The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas. Currently, Jim is Professor Emeritus of Art, Texas Christian University after having taught there for 39 years. Jim spends a lot of his time in New Mexico where he gets a lot of his inspirations.

Jim’s resume is absolutely mind-boggling! Give yourself plenty of time to check out his website. One of the most interesting things I learned in doing my research on Jim was the fact that he was one of the three private instructors for President George Bush when the President decided to try his hand at painting. The whole interview with all three instructors is at this link. It is an hour-long interview but I found it to be most interesting and it explains the part that Jim played in Bush’s artistic growth.

Jim sent me a picture of a portrait which he painted from a photograph of President Bush. I have included it with a few examples of Jim’s work. Jim explains that he is not a portrait painter (landscapes are his forte) but just how many times have you seen that little grin on the face of George Bush? I think Jim nailed it, don’t you? Jim told me that President George Bush included this portrait in an exhibition that was held to introduce Bush’s portraits of wounded warriors.

A TCU magazine in 2013 had a very good article about Jim. It mentioned that Laura Bush owns a Jim Woodson painting. The article also mentioned some of Jim’s life in Waco and beyond. You can read the whole TCU article at this link.

In the Ft. Worth, Texas Magazine in 2016, an article on Jim states that he was appointed Texas State Artist of the Year (2D) by the Texas State Legislature and the Texas Commission on the Arts. This designation is the state’s highest recognition for excellence in the arts. That article can be read here.

Jim’s life has surely been diversified, rewarding, and interesting. Jim says that “his health has been pretty good and his life has also been good.” Just like all of us, Jim wonders, “where has the time gone?” Now, go grab yourself a cup of coffee or a coke, sit back for a bit or a long time, and absorb yourself in the talent of our very own WHS 1960 graduate.

6- Randy Farrar
7- Gregory Howell
9- Marvin Schutza
15- Betty Barkley Flowers
16- Charles Edward Wilson
17- LuAnn Hanna Lund
Beverly Summey Gritter
18- John Ferguson
David Walsworth
21- Ken Baker
26- Anitra Harrell Henrion
29- Tim Lasseter Latta


A “blast from the past” photograph. Tommye Ruth Blair Toler, on the right, recently found this picture taken in 1962 when she was a student nurse. You will recall she retired from nursing in 2005.




John and Tim Lasseter Latta have recently returned from vacationing in Big Bend. They visited the McDonald Observatory, hiked and were awed by the Chisos Mountains. Tim said they saw three bears up close (yikes!). They are already anxious to return. When they lived in California one of their favorite haunts was Yellowstone so I imagine they will become more and more familiar with Big Bend, but hopefully, not with the bears.

Waco Town Crier – September 2018

An adapted version of “The Town Crier” sent by Jeanne Harman on September 1, 2018.


In trying to locate different graduates for the reunion, the callers have learned that several in our class have health issues. Some are in nursing homes while others remain at home with somewhat disabling health issues. Also, the callers are finding out that many of our graduates’ spouses are ill with issues that hinder or make it impossible for them to attend the reunion. As I have said before: If you are able to get up each morning without too much pain, can dress yourself and tend to your daily needs, you possess the greatest of wealth- HEALTH. Count your blessings if you are one of the fortunate ones and remember those who are not so lucky.

If you are one of the fortunate ones…..please make your plans to attend our 58th reunion, October 16, 17th. It very well could be our last. Hopefully, we the class of 1960, will have a 60th reunion, but due to all the health issues mentioned in the first paragraph, this 58th reunion might be the end of the road for our class reunions. Therefore, make plans to come to Waco and help ‘turn the lights on’ with us and celebrate our long-ago friendships. There may be some in attendance with whom you did not know or did not know well in high school. If that is the case (because our class was large), remember that it is never too late to make new friendships! Our class has always remained especially close with one another and we always seem to astonish others with our closely-knit ties to each other. Do not let the class of WHS 1960 ‘turn the lights off’ without you! Click on the attached registration form and mail to Malissa. SEE YOU THERE!

It is important to be familiar with our Website: www.whs60.org Our directory is on the website so anytime you need an address for a graduate, you are able to go there for the information. Elizabeth Bentley is doing a fantastic job of keeping our site current. A big THANKS goes to Pat Payne for his financial support of the site and another big THANKS to Janet Hurta who keeps our directory current. We have the opportunity to contact a graduate from our on-line directory because of the information Janet maintains. Please read the following correspondence below to see just how far away our website is enjoyed—about 4,984 miles away!!!

From Our Graduates

From Åsa (Söderberg) Holmstrand:
“Hi, ya’ll,
This is an update from Sweden. I’ve followed this homepage for many years and am sad to find that so many of my friends from miss Mattie Bess Coffield’s debate class are gone. Jan Herring and Carlton Harrell, Mignon Furqueron Rodrigues, Hariadne Johnson. We had so much fun in class and on debate tournaments. Glad to see that others are still here like my team mate Betty Barkley. Also a special ‘hi’ to David Pettus, my prom date.
I am a graduate (history and English) of Uppsala university (founded 1477), Been married and have a son who also has been an exchange student in the US. Switched career after divorce and got a degree in physiotherapy. Miss Coffield’s Speech class contributed to that I became President of the Swedish Association of PTs and a member of the board of World Confederation for Physical therapy. I still consider the year I spent at WHS as the most influential in my life though I have worked or studied in France, Germany, Israel, Austria and Spain when I was young. I retired in 2004 but have remained an eternal student which is easy when living in a university town. All higher studies are free in Sweden.
I have been to the US on business (DC) but never made it back to Texas. Will see in 2020. Hope to see you then!
Åsa Holmstrand née Söderberg
PS Directory correction, please. Souad Khoury was not an exchange student from Sweden. She was from Syria and lived with her aunt in Waco. I hope she stayed in the US knowing the fate of her native country.”

From Rik Spencer on a recent tumble:
“I stumbled over the curb while on the way to get the morning papers, couldn’t keep my balance & took a header. Landed on my face & left side. Ended up with a concussion & bruised (subcapsular hematoma) kidney. Trauma surgeon told me I couldn’t do anything involving bending, twisting or lifting for 6 weeks, & now all I think about is playing golf! He thought my body would dissolve the clot over time. Still am weak, but at least Judy is letting me go to the mail box on my own again & get the papers & mail. Recovering slowly. Getting a little better & stronger every day, but don’t think we’ll be up for a long October drive. Will plan for ’20. Thanks for caring & God Bless!”

From David Pettus regarding the rains from Hurricane Lane on the big island of Hawaii:
“We are okay. Thanks for asking. Hurricane Lane is still hanging around our part of the Pacific; but the winds have never gotten too strong in our neck of the woods, although we have received a tremendous amount of rain. Fortunately, our house sits on a hilltop, so we are ‘high and dry.’ It has been an extremely wet year in our district, in fact. We have had more rainy days then sunny ones in 2018 so far. However, the island has so many different microclimates that it takes only a little while to drive to a sunny spot if we want to enjoy some blue skies and sunshine. So far, so good…
We send greetings to all the classmates. Might see you in 2020…”
In gratefulness,

From Dick Tooker regarding the fires in California:
“There were a few small (one-day) fires fairly close to where we live in Chico, CA, but the big ones were elsewhere. The nearest one was the Carr fire in Redding, 70 miles north of us. When we first moved here, we lived in the country outside of town, but we moved into town a couple of years ago. One of the reasons we moved was the fear of fire potential (another reason was rattlesnakes). Where we live now, the nearest tree line that could create a fire danger like they saw in Redding this year is a good 2-3 miles away. We’ve had smoke- lots and lots of smoke. There’s no fire here, but you can surely tell that northern California has been ablaze. Most days the sun looks blood red until it gets high in the sky.
So we’ll be OK. We’re out of the fire zone, and there are no earthquakes or mudslides in this part of California. Plus, we’re way too far inland to worry about hurricanes. We leave the tornados to Texas and Oklahoma – none of those here.
But of course, Mt. Lassen, a semi-dormant volcano only 60 miles away that historically explodes violently every 1,500 years, last blew up 1,600 years ago…..”
Richard N. Tooker

From Bob Easter who shared a dream with Malissa, David McPhail, Tim, and me:
“I had the most wonderful dream last night (8-27-2018) about our upcoming reunion and wanted to share it with you. It was a long, beautiful dream full of laughter, hugs, and fun. I was surprised at how large it was in attendance. Some of the conversations in the dream were memory making and I just wanted to hold on to the scenes this morning. We all have dreams we do not want to end while we are sleeping. This one stirred such great emotions and had me remembering treasures of memories from so long ago. I truly love to see and visit with classmates at reunions and this dream helped me once again realize how far we have traveled together. Sure, we are old, our health is defining, but our smiles, laughter, and memories are precious to each of us. I could care less about our shapes, walks, and looks today. It is the sound of voices, smiles and touches from an old friend that I want to take into any future tomorrows. I want to be with each person to let them know how they helped shaped me as a person by their words, deeds, and time and to let them know they are so important. Reunions are more, much more than remembering WHS days. Leaving a reunion is bitter sweet. We all know we may never see our friends again, but we know we get to carry home more treasured memories.”
May you be blessed today.

From Mickey Lavy:
This Month’s Riddle: TAFKAP What does this stand for?
Mickey said you can respond to him by email. Answer will be posted next month.

Aubrey Stringer
As you are aware, Aubrey does a lot of work for Chip and Joanna Gaines. An interesting article about Aubrey is featured in the Fall 2018 of Magnolia Journal which is on display until November 13th.






Our Quarterly Luncheon will be at 11:30 am on Thursday, September 13th at Casa de Castillo. Contact Sissy Blair.




Feedback on Sondi (Nelson) Pace’s Talent

“I enjoyed the newsletter so much—especially the piece on Sondi…..what a joy to know that her gift has been shared all these years. I wish I had continued my piano after my grandmother was unable to teach me….but, as with most kids, I didn’t want the bother of practice. Now I sit at the piano and can still play a bit—but just envy those who continue to study and learn music.”
Clara Sue (Griffis) Arnsdorff

“I never knew Sondi played the violin!”
Betty (Luedeker) Gatlin

“I wish we could hear Sondi play her violin. She looks great. Tell her to send us something to listen to.”
Linda (Shelby) Lyons

September Birthdays

3- George Compton
6- Shirley ‘Joy’ (Rogers) Keele
9- Mary Beth (Cash) McMahon,
Jenny (Easter) Miles
12- Linda (Shelby) Lyons
15- Bev (Murphy) Wells
26- Dana (Sauer) Keifer

Show and Tell – Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler

This month features Tommye Ruth (Blair) Toler. Tommye said she does not know if her “hobby” can be called a talent but for the last few years she has been painting clay pots and cement figures.

Tommye’s profession was that of a Registered Nurse. It was a most enjoyable and rewarding profession. Tommye explained that her desire to become a nurse was instilled in her back during West Junior High School days when she signed up for a Future Nurses Club at Providence Hospital. Members met every Saturday morning and were taught a few basic procedures and terminology before they started doing volunteer work after school– 2 or 3 afternoons a week. These members primarily ran errands and visited with patients. Tommye was assigned to Crippled Children’s Hospital which was a part of Providence Hospital at that time.

During Tommye’s years at Waco High School, she worked as a nurse’s aide at Hillcrest Hospital. She applied and was accepted to Providence Hospital School of Nursing; however, just after high school graduation, this school was closed. Tommye then visited Temple Scott and White Hospital nursing school and knew this was where she wanted to attend. Prior to her enrollment there she was required to take college courses in English, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, and Sociology. After completing these requirements at Baylor University, she enrolled at Scott and White Memorial Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in February 1963.

After graduation Tommye worked in several different areas of nursing until 1968 when she went to work at Providence Hospital in their operating room. Tommye said the OR room had always been her favorite while in nursing school. She was working at Providence in Waco when the first heart program began and when the first open-heart surgery was performed. She also helped with joint replacement surgery. All of this was an exciting time for Tommye. In 1982, she felt she needed a change, so she went to work for Neurosurgical Associates, the office of three neurosurgeons. She stayed there until 1995. Her next ten years were spent at Hillcrest Hospital in their day surgery unit, the Surgicenter. She retired in 2005.

In retirement Tommye still wanted to stay busy so she and her dog, Freckles, (an Australian Shepherd) went to Lake Waco/Lake Air Montessori regularly and visited with the special needs students. Tommye and Freckles also visited nursing/retirement facilities. Freckles died in 2014. Tommye volunteered at Caritas for a short time and did a lot of work for her church, Lake Shore United Methodist. Tommye has a daughter, Robin Shaw, who is a realtor in Waco. Robin and her husband live in Woodway. Tommye does not have any grandchildren but does have a grand dog. Tommye likes to travel and has visited four of the Hawaiian Islands, Alaska, and lots of places in the continental USA.

A few years ago Tommye had a friend who planned to give away some clay pots that were not looking too good. Because of Tommye’s interest in painting, she asked if she could paint them in hopes to refurbish them. That was the beginning of a new hobby. Since that time, Tommye has painted lots of clay pots and cement animals for her yard and for friends. Tommy said that clay, if not glazed, absorbs the acrylic paint well and also holds the color. I think you can see that Tommye lets no grass grow under her feet. I also believe that her “hobby”
shows a definite talent. See what you think. And Tommye….thanks for your dedication to your patients and your profession. We, as seniors, are finding out first-hand the importance of a great nurse!

List of Reunion Attendees

Ken and Scoot Baker
Lynette (Muchow) and Jarod Baugh
Malissa (Starnes) and Rex Baugh
Louann Hilton Brady
Jeanell (Buida) and Alexandra (daughter) Bolton
Crozier Brown
Rita (Coates) and Ed Burnett
Gene and JoAnn Carson
*Tom and Thylis Chambless (Tuesday evening only)
*George Compton (Tuesday evening only)
James and Gia Coone
David and Anita Dibb
Howard Dudgeon and guest
Bob and Carolyn Easter
*Janice Massengale Foster (Tuesday and Wednesday evenings)
Betty Luedeker Gatlin
Jeanne Holland Harman
*Anitra Harrell Henrion (Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
Kay Albright Hofer
*Sue (Welborn) and Bobby Hopper (Wednesday Brunch and evening)
*Karon Shinault Jackson (Brunch only)
*Hal Johnson (Tuesday evening and Wednesday Brunch)
George and Glenda Karahal
Charlotte Suttle Kleibrink
*Cathey White Land (Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
Tim Lasseter Latta
*Mickey and Melody Lavy (Wednesday Brunch and evening only)
Pat and Carol Malone
Bill and Jeanette Markum
Dorothy Bryan McCook
Linda (Phelps) and James McKee
Mary Beth (Cash) and Don McMahon
David and Janie McPhail
*Jim Monnig (Wednesday Brunch and evening only)
John (Moon) Mullen and Guest
Judith Hamff Murphy

*Frank Neel (Wednesday night and maybe Brunch)
Sandra (Wooten) and Don Overholser
David Peeples
Mickey (Lade) and John Perkins
*Terrell Reagan (Wednesday evening only)
*Joe Riley (Tuesday evening and Brunch only)
*Gary and Donna Roberts (Donna-Brunch only)
*David and Lesley Rosen (Tuesday evening only)
Christian Ruebeck
Carol Adams Scarborough
Suzann Bettencourt Scott (cousin of Carolyn Taylor, Class of ’61)
Rod and Cheri Sommer
Norma (Cissell) and Wayne Smith
Kay (Phillips) and Ralph Sparks
Carolyn Taylor (Rayburn)
Tommie Ruth (Blair) Toler
Vince and Betty Tusa
Nena (Hunt) and Bob Wallace
*Mary Ann (Shilling) Watt (Brunch only)
Bev Murphy Wells
*Charles and Apala Wilson (Wednesday evening only)
Robert (Little Red) Wilson
*SuEllen (Golden) and John Wilson (Wednesday evening only)