We carry the memory of these classmates with us. If you would like to leave a tribute to any of the friends listed below or tell us about other deceased classmates, scroll all the way down past the names to the tribute section and tell us your thoughts. We have tried to provide obituaries if they were available.
 
Nick Aguirre
Ricky Akard
Tommy Albright
Hal Bashore
Sandra Dycus Bledsoe
Judy McSpadden Bounds
Jerry Brasuel
Roy Brillon
John Broome
Lloyd Brown
Lois Tarbox Brunjes
William Bunting
James Carson
Clarence Casey
Carl Cathey
Carley Clark
Richard Cordell
Phillip Crane
Bonar Crump
Julie Brummel Curlee
Mike Damron
Belvely Johnson Davidson
Marsha Neunaber Diers
Ronald Downing
Elata Ely
Johnny Ford
Lamar Forrest
Buddy Fulgham
Paul Gleghorn
Mike Goldwater
John Guest
Wayne Haigood
William Hamilton
Don Henry
Sharon Oldham Hobgood
William Hoffman
Janice Blankenship Hollingsworth
Paul Holloman
Jerry Holt
James C. Howell
Johnny Howsley
Mary Cruz Jaime
Dick King
Joyce Murphrey Lambert
John Law
Kimble Cox Lawson
Jerry Lee
Gary Lenamon
Jeanette Laxson Lester
Ross Lindly
Jerry Mankins
Ann Mantooth
Bennie M. Mathis
Blake McFadden
David McNelly
Ronald Medlock
Winfred Medlock
Monika Beuscher Michaels
Timmy Mild
Theresa Estes Modisette
Ronnie Morton
John Mount
Mitch Mount
Frank Niblack
Norvell O'Brien
Billy Payne
Kenneth Payne
Howard Frank Peterson
Meg Morgan Pfluger
Anna Sue Poe Vickless
Don Prince
Dale Ratheal
Teddy Redding
Truett Reeves
John D Robertson
Ken Robinson
Carollyn Hillin Routon
John Rule
Rob Rushing
Warner Salisbury
Rojelio Sanchez
Harold Sparkman
Ken Sylvester
David Tabor
Dave Tarrance
Bobby Terrell
Dianne Thompson
Tim Thompson
Dee Thurman
John Tipps
Sandra Nelson Trumble
Don Tucker
Jay Watts
Mike Westbrook
Jerry Witt
Billy Woillard
Robert Wright
 

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John Tipps

August 13th, 1946 - July 29th, 2019

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John Grady Tipps age 72 of Saline County was born August 13, 1946 to John J and Fay Tipps. He went to be with God on July 29, 2019. John was preceded in death by his parents John J. and Fay Tipps, of Lubbock,TX and brother Don E Tipps, of Lubbock, TX. 

 

He leaves behind his wife Connie Marshall Tipps(HSV) his brother Jack (Lu) Tipps of Albuquerque, NM and sister Kathy (Joe) of Hot Springs Village, Three sons, Bent (Kimberly) Tipps of Keller TX, Don (Kristi) Tipps of Amarillo TX, Ty (Kristen) Tittle of Benton AR and daughter Christina (Kevin) Burchfield of Bauxite AR, fourteen  grandchildren Mikayla (Ryce) Garren, Megan (Taylor) Fuller, Merrick Tipps, Marcus Tipps, Graydon Tipps, Berkley Tipps, Madison Tittle, Aiden Tittle, Marcus Tittle, Gabby Loquet, Katie Loquet, Katlyn Burchfield, Payton Burchfield and Gray Burchfield.

 

John spent 58 years in the dry cleaning sales and service industry where he was loved for his honesty and friendship. In his later years he grew a passion and love for photography which he practiced for the past 10 years.

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From Martin Lucas on August 3rd, 2019
I knew John most of my school years and went to Lubbock High School with him. He was a great and caring person and will be greatly missed. I am thankful that I got to see him at the 50th Reunion in 2014. Farewell to you John. May you rest in peace. It was an honor to know you and call you friend.
 

Sandra Bledsoe (Dycus)

May 16th, 1946 - March 6th, 2019

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Sandra Ruth (Dycus) Bledsoe, 72, of Round Rock, Texas, passed away on March 6, 2019.  She was born on May 16, 1946, in Lubbock, Texas, to Eugene Collins Dycus and Ida Nell Fulbright Dycus.

Mrs. Bledsoe is survived by her husband Robert “Bob” H. Bledsoe, III of Round Rock; mother, Nell Dycus of Lubbock; daughters, Sheri Jacobsen and husband Zach Jacobsen of Birmingham, Alabama; Kim Palk and husband Stan Palk of Round Rock; grandchildren, Tyler and wife Hollie, Kara, Carter, and Will; sister, Becky Thompson and husband Dale Thompson of Lubbock; and nephew, Clayton Thompson.

 A celebration of life and faith will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at Westside Church of Christ, Round Rock, Texas.

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From Leslie Ince on March 23rd, 2019
After looking through the obituaries and coming to Warner Sailsbury I was reminded of the fun times I had with Warner through O. L. Slaton into LHS. He was such a great friend and spent many days at my house through junior high visiting with mom and all of his friends spent many days at his home visiting with his mom and family. Many might not know that Warner was VERY intelligent and an inventor! He lived out his life in Roaring Springs and left us, as many classmates have done,  too young. This photo is a perfect picture of Warner...a little bit of a mischievous sparkle in the eyes but a handsome guy! So happy I knew him.
 
 

Ross Lindly

- - November 5th, 2016

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John (Johnny) Broome

- - August 22nd, 2016

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Look to the west, as this day's sun sets.
Imagine me there floating in air.
See golden rays and dark heavens rising.
See me in the stars beyond your horizon.
Imagine the earth spinning in space.
See my lone star set its place.
Then reach out to hold me through miles of such space
and always imagine it's our special place.
(Written by John Broome)

John Broome was like no other man; he left his mark on all he touched. You would know him by his Signature Black turtleneck, jeans and tennis shoes. He was this handsome guy from England with the piercing green eyes and long curly hair, the man who would write from his heart for so many. John had a hug for everyone. We will miss your beautiful face, your eloquent speech, your writings, and we will miss holding your hand and walking by your side on this earth, but most of all, we will count our blessings knowing we will see you again John. You stepped out of your earth suit Monday evening, Aug. 22, to adorn yourself in your heavenly suit, and were greeted by heavenly arms of welcome, as your wife, brother Jim and friends were there for your last breath. John was preceded in death by his father, Jim Broome, and mother, Anna Broome. He leaves behind his wife, Marcelle; two sons, Ryan of San Marcus, Texas, and Jordon of San Francisco, Calif.; and a stepdaughter, Brooke Miller of Anthem, Ariz.; two brothers, Jim Broome of Lubbock, Mark Broome of Beaumont; and a sister, Mary Michaud of Aurora, Colo.; and many nieces, nephews and family. Several may remember John from Crossed Keys, where he worked side by side with his Dad Jim for over 40 years. He was very generous, not only giving from his heart, but also to many organizations, donating at every opportunity. John served his community on many boards, including the Symphony board and was a former Chairman of the Cattle Barons board to name a few. John was proud of his heritage. His father brought the family to America from England October, 1955, with a promise to see that his children would have their education. John received his long anticipated American citizenship at the age of 18 and was very proud to be called an American. He graduated from Lubbock High school, where many remember his talented acting career. He remained close to his class of '64 throughout the years. He attended Texas Tech, then joined the Marines, always saying, once a Marine, always a Marine and was so very proud to serve his country for six years. He and his wife, Marcelle lived in the Houston area up till July of this year when they returned to Lubbock, where both call home. John Broome left his mark and will be missed.

Light your candles this good night, all of them to see the light within the flame.
In that golden glow you'll see my love begin to flow.
Place them down around the room, see the aura that lights the gloom and then wish upon a star to know I'm there, and not so far and say a prayer amid the gleams of light and stars and shadows seen.
Just whisper now, and all to me, to tell me all the things you see.
Just never let the candles light go out on any single night.
Keep the flame my darling dear, hold my light so you can hear.
(Written by John Broome)
 

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From Mike Horton on June 1st, 2017
Johnny, as he was known to us, was truly "one of a kind!" John always came to help us work on the reunions, and "made a hand". He was a friend to all, and a Marine "Brother-in-arms", for me, as we both wore similar colored uniforms, in Sout East Asia... Johnny, will be forever missed, by us all,

just mike, proud to be his friend!
 
 

Jerry Holt

February 12th, 1946 - August 21st, 2016

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Jerry Doyle Holt passed away on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. He was born to Alvis and Nell Holt on Feb. 12, 1946, in Brownfield, Texas. Jerry was a graduate of Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a 32 Mason. Jerry was retired from West Palm Beach Fire Department and TSA. Jerry is survived by his wife, Claudia; and children, Lainey and Tyler; his mother, Nell; and brother, Sammy.
 

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Jerry Holt

February 12th, 1946 - August 12th, 2016

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Jerry Doyle Holt passed away on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. He was born to Alvis and Nell Holt on Feb. 12, 1946, in Brownfield, Texas. Jerry was a graduate of Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University. He was a veteran of the US Navy and a 32 Mason. Jerry was retired from West Palm Beach Fire Department and TSA. Jerry is survived by his wife, Claudia; and children, Lainey and Tyler; his mother, Nell; and brother, Sammy. No formal service is planned at this time. You can honor Jerry with memory donations to Meals on Wheels.

Jerry Doyle Holt passed away on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. He was born to Alvis and Nell Holt on Feb. 12, 1946, in Brownfield, Texas. Jerry was a graduate of Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University. He was a veteran of the US Navy and a 32 Mason. Jerry was retired from West Palm Beach Fire Department and TSA. Jerry is survived by his wife, Claudia; and children, Lainey and Tyler; his mother, Nell; and brother, Sammy. No formal service is planned at this time. You can honor Jerry with memory donations to Meals on Wheels. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lubbockonline/obituary.aspx?pid=181196987#sthash.vMbNRqYb.dpuf
Jerry Doyle Holt passed away on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. He was born to Alvis and Nell Holt on Feb. 12, 1946, in Brownfield, Texas. Jerry was a graduate of Lubbock High School and Texas Tech University. He was a veteran of the US Navy and a 32 Mason. Jerry was retired from West Palm Beach Fire Department and TSA. Jerry is survived by his wife, Claudia; and children, Lainey and Tyler; his mother, Nell; and brother, Sammy. No formal service is planned at this time. You can honor Jerry with memory donations to Meals on Wheels. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/lubbockonline/obituary.aspx?pid=181196987#sthash.vMbNRqYb.dpuf

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Rob Rushing

June 6th, 1945 - May 31st, 2016

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Rob Rushing was born June 6, 1945, in Lubbock, Texas, to Barney and Dorothy Rushing. He died on May 31, 2016, in Brownwood, Texas. He is survived by his sweetheart, Janie, and his companion, Sabby. Our journey was cut short, my darling, but I know you're in God's loving arms. Our memories asre now my treasures. We will miss you and love you always.

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Belvely Davidson (Johnson)

June 23rd, 1946 - May 11th, 2016

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Belvely F. Johnson Davidson was born on June 23, 1946 to Frank and Oleta Johnson in Lubbock. Bev passed away peacefully on May 11, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Bev was the second daughter born to Frank and Oleta. She and her sister, Jean were always close, carefully maintaining their loving, funny, thoughtful relationship throughout the years. Bev graduated from Lubbock High School in 1965. She soon met a handsome young man, William Don Davidson who stole her heart. They married in 1966 and celebrated their 50th anniversary earlier this year. Bev adored family life and gave her heart to making a wonderful home for Don and their four children, Teresa, Donnie, Doneise and Donna Kay. Bev was very active in every aspect of her family's life, from serving with the Lubbock Police Department Auxiliary in support of Don's career, to sewing for the girls, faithfully attending school and sporting events for each one of the children, to planning the best birthday parties ever. She was truly the heart of her family. Bev worked outside the home as a switchboard operator at Reese Airforce Base where she made lifelong friends. For 30 years she was the office manager and sometime dental assistant for Dr. Jack Shropshire and, after his retirement, Dr. Tracy Henson-McBee. Bev's generous and loving spirit permeated everything she did, and that included her job. She knew each and every patient of the dental practice personally and loved their stories, while sharing their joys and sorrows. Bev was a wonderful hostess and enjoyed cooking and entertaining. Every holiday and birthday was celebrated royally at the Davidson home. One of Bev's special gifts was making memories. Each of her children, grandchildren and friends has a treasure trove of wonderful moments they experienced, all orchestrated by Bev's desire to make the most of the time God had given her. She put together a scrapbook for each child. She always had a camera with her, ready to record whatever was going on in the Davidson family. Bev's faith was something she lived every day of her life and it overflowed into everything she did. Memories of Bev are filled with smiles, hugs, good advice, good food and happy times. In addition to cooking and entertaining, Bev loved camping with the family, crocheting afghans for children, grandchildren, friends, new babies at UMC, reading, and spending time with friends and relatives. Bev was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Oleta Johnson; her in-laws, Stella and William Grant Davidson; and a grandson, Christopher. She is survived by her husband, Don; sister, Jean and husband, Bob of Houston, and their three daughters, spouses and children; and her four children: Teresa Miller (Mark), Donnie Davidson (Aimee), Doneise Scott (Walter) and Donna Kay Valladao (Kelly). Bev and Don have been blessed with 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins, including her special niece Lori DiMattia. Like all of us, Bev did not know when her life would end, but she did know that each moment is precious and she didn't want to waste a single one of them. Her legacy of love and caring has been passed on to her son, daughters and their families. An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels. She does good and not evil all the days of her life. Her children rise up and bless her, her husband also. Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31: 10, 12, 28, 30. Her family wishes to thank all of the wonderful staff at Accolade Home Care and Hospice who cared for her, Dr. Oblender and the staff at the Covenant Palliative Care Center. The family will receive friends and relatives on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Resthaven Funeral Home. Funeral Service for Bev were held on Monday, May 16, in Resthaven's Abbey Chapel, conducted by her grandson, Pastor John Mark Miller.
 
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on May 14, 2016
 

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Ken Robinson

- - January 2nd, 2016

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From art carroll on March 23rd, 2017
Ken was always my best friend from the time we met in school at Carroll Thompson ( old LHS) along with Larry Wilson which progressed to a lot more friends once we reached high school some still here others have been promoted as Sue says. Larry and I both saw him separately before he passed and had a wonderful memorable visit. We will all see one another one day but for now RIP my brother. Your ashes are scattered across the Gulf of Mexico just where you loved to be.
 

Roy Brillon

May 16th, 1945 - June 1st, 2015

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Roy Sonny Brillon, 70, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015, in Lubbock. He was born May 16, 1945, in Hondo, Texas, to Edmond and Alice Brillon. He graduated from Lubbock High School in 1964 and married his wife of 50 years on July 24, 1964. Sonny was a paint contractor for over 40 years. He is cured of his illness and gone to be with his Lord. Sonny is survived by his wife, Helen of Lubbock; sons, Todd and wife, Kristina of Phoenix, Toby and wife, Susan of Lubbock and Tony of Lubbock; brother, Don Bewley of Lubbock; sisters, Doris Armes of Fredricksburg, Texas, and Coletta Walker of Homer, Alaska; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 3, 2015, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Resthaven Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday, June 4, in Quaker Avenue Church of God with burial to follow in Resthaven Memorial Park.
 

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Lois Brunjes (Tarbox)

February 5th, 1946 - May 21st, 2014

Lois Tarbox was the kind of friend you did not have to know for very long to love and respect. She was fun, kind and always a great listener! Lois and her family moved back to Lubbock after TCU and we renewed our friendship with boys the same age and lots of catching up to do. She battled her illness for a number of years, always with dignity, grace and faith. Lois Tarbox was a special friend and will be missed by her family and her "family" of friends. I am blessed to be one of those.

Leslie Duckworth Ince

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Lois Tarbox Brunjes, 68, of Lubbock went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, following a courageous 12 year battle with cancer. Her graciousness, elegance, and charm brightened every life she touched. Lois was born in Lubbock on Feb. 5, 1946, daughter of the late Elmer and Maxine Tarbox. She graduated from Lubbock High School in 1964 and attended Texas Christian University where she was chosen Freshman Favorite. She was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. Lois graduated with a degree in Education in 1968. Lois touched many lives as a devoted educator for 14 years. She also served her community through her membership of PEO and the Junior League of Lubbock. She was a faithful member of St. John's United Methodist Church, and she deeply enjoyed her Sunday school lessons and the friendships she developed at First Baptist Church. Lois was very devoted to her family and friends. She enjoyed cooking and baking, especially her renowned pies. She also loved doting on her beloved children and grandchildren. The grandchildren remember their Lolo as a woman who was gorgeous, strong and generous. Lois was so giving and her passion in life was showing love to everyone she came in contact with. She will forever be cherished by her devoted husband, Jim Brunjes; her sons and daughter-in-laws, Todd and Crysty Johnston and Greg and Emily Johnston; her stepdaughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Scott Belfanti; and her treasured grandchildren, Laura, Ben and William Johnston. Lois is also survived by her Aunt Catherine and Uncle Delayne Crawford, Aunt Josie and Uncle Keith Hubbard; and brothers and sisters-in-laws, Max and Carol Tarbox, Bill and Karol Tarbox, and Lee and Ruthann Tarbox; as well as many loved nieces and nephews.

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From Leslie Ince on July 24th, 2014
Lois Tarbox was the kind of friend you did not have to know for very long to love and respect. She was fun, kind and always a great listener! Lois and her family moved back to Lubbock after TCU and we renewed our friendship with boys the same age and lots of catching up to do. She battled her illness for a number of years, always with dignity, grace and faith. Lois Tarbox was a special friend and will be missed by her family and her "family" of friends. I am blessed to be one of those.
 

Monika Michaels (Beuscher)

November 29th, 1945 - January 5th, 2014

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<span style="&quot;font-family:" arial,helvetica,sans-serif;"="">Monika Lina Michaels, age 68 of Plattsmouth, Neb., and formerly of Oskaloosa, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at her residence.

She was born on Nov. 29, 1945, to Johann Franz and Amalie Anna (Eberle) Beuscher in Mannheim-Sandhofen, West Germany. In 1958, when Monika was 12 years old, she moved to Lubbock, Texas, with her family. She attended and graduated from Lubbock High School with the class of 1964. After high school, she attended Texas Tech and she worked at a bank and then for a utility company. She met Richard “Mike” Michaels and they were later married at Reese Air Force Base near Lubbock. Besides Oskaloosa and Lubbock, Monika and Mike also lived in West Lafayette, Ind.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Omaha, Neb.; Liberty, Mo.; and in 1988 they moved to Plattsmouth, Neb. Monika was a wife, homemaker, and mother. She was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit and the P.C.C.W. in Plattsmouth for 26 years. She managed My Neighbor’s Closet Thrift Shop for a quarter of a century at Church of the Holy Spirit. She also volunteered at the Golden Living Center in Plattsmouth.

She is survived by her husband: Richard “Mike” Michaels, of Plattsmouth, Neb., daughter: Wendy (Bryan) Morrison, of Papillion, Neb., son: Eric Michaels, of Sioux Falls, S.D., five grandchildren, sister: Ilse Bessent, of Lubbock, Texas, three nephews, numerous cousins, and many friends.

Monika is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers: Egon Beuscher and Heinrich Beuscher, and parents-in-law: Dick and Mary Michaels, of Oskaloosa.

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From Jim Edwards on June 9th, 2015
  Monika and I met when we were Juniors in High School.  We dated most of that year, until my family moved to New Mexico.   She was kind, thoughtful, and a wonderful singer. I am blessed to have known her.  So sorry to hear of her passing.  
 

Marsha Diers (Neunaber)

February 19th, 1946 - October 30th, 2012

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Marsha Neunaber Diers was born on Feb. 19, 1946, to Rev. Elmer G. and Shirley (Schulz) Neunaber at Wadena, Minnesota. Moving to Lubbock in junior high, Marsha graduated from Lubbock High School in 1964. She received her master’s degree in Education from Texas Tech University and taught elementary school for Lubbock ISD for 33 years.

On Jan. 22, 1966, Marsha married James H. Diers in Lubbock. Marsha was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and active in the Chancel Choir. She was always active in the community, including being a member of Lubbock Area Republican Women and the Texas Retired Teachers Association where she served as hospitality chairman. She also held several offices in the local and South Plains zone of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML).

Marsha was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Elmer G. Neunaber. Survivors include her husband, James; two sons, Michael Diers of Midland and Jerrod Diers of Lubbock; her mother, Shirley Neunaber of Lubbock; three sisters, Marilyn Murfee and Michele Rogers, both of Lubbock, and Melissa Swanson and husband Paul of Spokane, WA; numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

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David Hamby

May 9th, 1946 - August 31st, 2010

David was my friend through high school and for all the years after until his untimely death in 2010.  
David and I went to Tech for a couple of  years after high school but we were both too immature to know what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives.  He went west to work with his dad, a building contractor in California, and I went east to work with a manufacturing company in Georgia.  
Even when we were separated by a thousand miles we stayed in touch, kept up on each others lives and remained friends.  David remained in the west working construction from Arizona to California and raising a family.
David was involved in a very bad accident around 1974 that left him with injuries that affected him for the rest of his life.  While he was recuperating he came to Sweetwater to spend some time with me and my wife and though it had been several years, it seemed like it had only been a couple of days since we had last seen each other.
David fought off the effects of the accident for the rest of his life.  I never heard him complain about what happened but I know that he got frustrated by not being able to do the physical things that previously were easy.  He went back to work for another 20+ years fighting off the effects of the accident.
His kidneys finally failed him in August 2010.
David Hamby was my friend and I miss him very much.

Rick Richardson

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Carl Cathey

August 5th, 1946 - October 3rd, 2007

  The morning after our LHS graduation. Carl and I got on the train for Portland, Oregon. We met Lanny Sigler there to start our pre-college adventure but soon learned that our summer jobs as forest rangers were not going to happen because we were just 17.  We pumped gas at night and worked  on log rafts in the Colombia River during the day. Rent for the three of us was $35.00 a month. Man, what a cool summer.  It would have made a great movie (comedy). 
   Carl got his BS in geology from Tech and then joined the Marines. After his time in the service, Carl  returned to Tech to work on his Master's Degree.  Working with the National Science Foundation, he continued his study while spending several months in Antarctica.  I guess he loved to study because as soon as he got his Master's he went after his PhD.
Carl taught college classes at Centenary College for awhile and then worked on his doctorate in Ohio and later at Tulane.
  For several years Carl worked as a dispatcher for the Air Force Reserves in Tucson and was transfered to New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, it wiped out Carl's home and his job. He moved to Colorado to be closer to his sisters and rebuilt his life. The morning of October 3, 2007, while on his way to work, Carl died of a heart attack.
  Every once in awhile I find some old pictures of our high school years and once again we are all young, happy and carefree. That is the way I remember my friend Carl.

Joe Cathey
 

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From Lanny Sigler on September 15th, 2014
Joe Cathey's tribute really says a lot about his cousin Carl.  Carl was a wonderful, unselfish person, a friend you could always count on.  Carl, Joe, and I had some great times together, especially that summer in Oregon after graduation.
  One other vignette about Carl comes to mind.  Carl had a Corvair when we were seniors.  It wasn't fancy, like the Corvair Spyder I remember one of our cheerleaders had, but it was a fun car and much newer than my '55 Chevy or Joe's even older early 50's ride (Chevy? Olds?).
   One night the three of us decided to take a few shotguns and rifles out to Joe's family farm near O'Donnell and diminish the West Texas population of rabbits and coyotes.  We convinced Carl that his was the perfect vehicle for a night of arroyo hopping across the prairie.  In 1963 few people had four-wheel drives (but I do remember Lamar Forest later had an International Scout).
  Anyway, the night was great fun. We did shoot a few critters, although the game was really pretty safe.  I think we shot about three boxes of shells for every rabbit, and zero coyotes.  The story really ends pretty tame, none of us shot each other, Carl's Corvair did survive, also without any holes, and we all got back to Lubbock about daylight the next morning.  As always, Carl made the night a lot of fun.

Lanny Sigler
 

Harold Sparkman

November 3rd, 1945 - March 19th, 2001

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Graveside services for Harold Sparkman, 55, of Lubbock will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Englewood Cemetery with the Rev. Merle Fulmer officiating. Services are under the direction of Englunds Funeral Service. He died Monday, March 19, 2001, in Lubbock.

Sparkman was born Nov. 3, 1945, in Granbury. He moved to Lubbock at an early age and graduated from Lubbock High School in 1964. He attended West Texas State on a football scholarship and also attended Texas Tech. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the US Army. He was an independent contractor in the building/remodeling construction business.

He married Patsy Marie Armstrong on Feb. 26, 1977, in Slaton. He lived in Clovis, N.M., Post, Colorado City and Slaton before returning to Lubbock in 1998.

He was an active supporter and coach for Little League and the Slaton Athletic Booster Club and was a player/coach for the Dusty Diamond League Texas Lawn Dogs softball team that qualified for the 1999 USSSA Division `D` World Championship Softball Tournament in Salem, Ore.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Justin of Lubbock; two daughters, Jini Kelly of Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and Lea Anne Sparkman of Lubbock; his mother, Margaret of Slaton; a sister, Rita Haut of Maricopa, Ariz.; and two grandchildren.
 

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Lamar Forrest

1946 - August 10th, 1996

Lamar was the perfect gentleman, even in high school.  We dated for years, although he had other girlfriends at the same time.  I always thought he was "the knight in shining amour".  My first love.  And the asbolute best friend, and date in the world.  I always felt like a princess, with him.  He had beautiful manners, and a loving soul.

Patsy Farley

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Services for Lamar Forrest, 50, of Lubbock will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Resthaven Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Paul Jantzen officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park. He died Saturday, Aug. 10, 1996, at University Medical Center.

He was born in Lamesa and had lived in Lubbock most of his life. He married Susan Evans on Aug. 12, 1967, in Lubbock. Lamar graduated from Lubbock High School in 1964 and majored in biology at Texas Tech. He was the founding president of the Lubbock Volkswagen Club, and he assisted in the organization of the Texas Boys' Ranch, serving on the first board of directors.

Lamar served on the finance committee and board of elders at Trinity Church, and he was a charter member of the Metropolitan Lubbock Rotary Club. He was a board member of the Lubbock Council of Campfire Girls, and he was an associate member of the Lubbock Apartment Association. He also was a member of the 4166 U.S. Army Reserve Force.

Lamar worked in farming and ranching real estate, and he was in the carpet cleaning business. He also worked with Manley's Chem Dry and was a pilot.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Cathey Colwell of Cleburne and Laurie Forrest of Boston, Mass.; a son, David Lamar of Lubbock; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Forrest of Lubbock; and two sisters, Jean McNeely of Slaton and Celia Forrest of Seattle, Wash.

Memorials are suggested to the Texas Boys' Ranch or the Southwest Cancer Center at UMC.

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From Sue Hancock Jones on May 28th, 2017
Words of Lamar Forrest, 1996, submitted by his widow, Susan Evans (’65):

We can’t begrudge God for anything that has ever happened to us. The sum of all of our experiences makes up our Life message. I need to benefit from your life experiences, and you need to benefit from mine.  Don’t waste them by being bitter or resentful.  Who knows what will happen when we finally get our attitude right toward adversity.

Advantages of having cancer:
  1. Quality time with family. Susan and I have had such a wonderful year and a half of quality time together.  We are rich because of that.
  2. Quality time with God.  The desire to know God is God’s gift to us.
  3. Quality time with friends. You find out who your friends really are.
  4. Quality time with yourself.
Encouragers and Discouragers:

Encouragers see the strengths in a person and nourish them.
Discouragers see the vulnerabilities in others and exploit them.
 
Encouragers see Christ in their brothers.
Discouragers see the flesh everywhere.
 
Encouragers lift up.
Discouragers drag down.
 
Encouragers build upon past victories no matter how small.
Discouragers tear down any victory no matter how significant.
 
It doesn’t cost any more to be an encourager. God make me an encourager! Identify the encouragers in your life and cherish every moment with them.  Identify the discouragers and flee from them.
 
 
From Joe Cathey on August 14th, 2014
My friend Lamar had to be one of the kindest souls ever put on this earth. I do not remember anytime he spoke a bad word about anyone or anything. When I learned that he had cancer, I assumed that because he was young, never smoked or drank as far as I know, he would beat it. I lived 400 miles away so I would call him or send some flying vidoes to keep him busy while he recovered -- but he didn't. When his wife Susan told me he wouldn't live much longer, I was on the other side of the country so I called just to let him know he was in my thoughts and prayers. Not one word of complaint or pity, just the same gentle friend.

Joe Cathey
 
From Mike Horton on August 13th, 2014
I met Lamar in the LHS cafeteria removing tables and chairs to prepare the room for a school dance. Lamar had a pick-up truck, and I had a little time. Lamar gave me my 1st ride in his Dad's yellow Porsche, and we were forever linked in that common interest. His Mom was a German teacher at Tech, and when they went to Germany for her to attend seminars, his Dad would take factory delivery of a new VW, or Porsche, to use as transportation while there, ship it back to TX as a used car, and sell it for a premium after getting it home. One of his sisters had a VW convertible, the other a Karman Ghia, and I thought they must be cool. Lamar and I instigated car rallies and took our sports cars on picnics at any chance. Often, those times included Joe Cathy, Lanny Sigler, and their dates. With those old sports cars, there was never a dull monent. Remind me to tell you about the time we went out to Lamar's Dad's ranch after a Tech game, in the winter, and got the keys locked in my old '57 Porsche...with the doors locked, windows rolled up, no one inside, and the lights burning, and yes, the engine running, typical of our adventures. We also told each other that perennial lie, that after we finished LHS, and had more time, after Tech, when we had more time, etc. We worked on a lot of projects together. When we found that time, it was in various hospital rooms after he was diagnosed with the same cancer as Jackie Onasis. I relieved his wife, Susan Evans Forrest (LHS '65) in the evenings on my way home from work so she could go home to take care of her son David, now a PHD Tech professor in the Music Dept. He had just started TTU. I'm one of about 19 people who claim to have introduced them in the halls of LHS. I am the Godfather for their oldest daughter, Kathy, another terrific story. The middle daughter is Laurie. I've come to know that God gave Lamar and me those common interests and those experiences we had with those cars so we could have great stories to reminisce about late at night during his chemo treatment stays. All Patsy said is true and perhaps an understatement. Take it from me, he was a true friend indeed, and great friends are hard to replace. I do miss him so...

Mike Horton
 

John (Johnny) Ford

1946 - 1993

In the 1980s I worked for the USDA and made a business trip to Washington, DC. By then I had discovered that Johnny Ford was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, which was no small accomplishment. Unannounced, I visited his office -- his very large, impressive office. We had a great visit and reunion. He was as warm and friendly as ever. Johnny was the USDA's "go to" man regarding congressional relations and Farm Bill activity. In the world of agriculture, that's an important position. Johnny was very active in progressive causes and made significant contributions in a short amount of time.

Sue Hancock Jones

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John Edward Ford died at the age of 47 in 1993 at his Santa Fe, N.M., residence. He was a native of Lubbock and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas Law School in 1972 and was a member of the State Bar of Texas.

Ford served in the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., from 1973 until 1980. In March 1981 he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and served as Director of Congressional Relations for the USDA during work on the 1985 Farm Bill. He resigned from the Reagan Administration in 1986 ro found Ford Communication Associates, a Washington environmental and agricultural public relations firm. In 1990 the firm opened a branch in Santa Fe to deal with provisions of the federal Clean Air Act.

At the time of his resignation from the Reagan Administration, Ford became active in progressive causes and was a founding member of a nationwide charitable organization dedicated to rural hospice care. He was active in the Human Rights Campaign Fund and in a number of rural American and family farm advocacy groups. He was director of congressional relations for the American Corn Growers Foundation, which honored him with its Heroes of American Agriculture Award in a Kansas City, Mo., ceremony.

Ford's survivors include his mother, Lucille Davis Ford of Lubbock; a sister, Dr. Susan Ford Wiltshire of Nashville, Tenn.; and two brothers, Dr. Davis L. Ford of Austin and J. Frank Ford Jr. of Hereford.

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From C. Richard Edwards on August 27th, 2014
When Johnny Ford was Assistant Secretary of Agriculture in the Reagan Administration, we met on numerous occasions in DC in his “big” office at USDA with the Texas flag and the pictures of the family ranch and private railcar proudly displayed. He helped me get several research projects funded and even said “we’ll call Reagan, if need be”. He would have, and could have gotten through! There was a big picture of “The Gipper” and Johnny on his desk. We had several dinners together during those trips and it was always at a “fine” dinning place and there was always loud talking when we entered and slapping politicians and dignitaries on the back and living the exciting, Washington life. He never changed! Always outgoing and a pretty good actor to boot!  Miss you John Ford!

Richard Edwards
 
 
From John Broome on August 23rd, 2014
 I remember Johnny Ford as an immaculate man, perfect in his appearance and demeanor....While I was just a rag tag high school dude, Johnny seemed to have figured it all out...and was planning his future, while we were all figuring out whether to go to the White Pig, or the Hi-D-Ho...or go paper someone's house or syphon gas......to cruise the Arrowhead.....cool guy, and a wonderful Westerner for sure....
 
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From Sue Hancock Jones on August 13th, 2014
In the 1980s I worked for the USDA and made a business trip to Washington, DC. By then I had discovered that Johnny Ford was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, which was no small accomplishment. Unannounced, I visited his office -- his very large, impressive office. We had a great visit and reunion. He was as warm and friendly as ever. Johnny was the USDA's "go to" man regarding congressional relations and Farm Bill activity. In the world of agriculture, that's an important position. Johnny was very active in progressive causes and made significant contributions in a short amount of time.

Sue Hancock Jones
 

Don Henry

1946 - 1993

Don Henry and I were in the third grade when our friendship began. In the 7th grade we went to his piano recital together and called it our first date. We shared many "firsts" at Dupre, O.L. Slaton, and LHS. Don had a sensitive, spiritual nature. He was never an athlete, but he was an orator and chose well when he decided to be a lawyer. The last time I saw him was in the early 1990's in California after the accident in Hawaii when an undertow pulled him into a pitch-black underwater cave. He thought he was going to die. That's when the heart trouble began. My tribute to Don and to our friendship is that I still tear up when I think about him.
 
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Services for Don C. Henry, 47, of San Francisco were held April 14 in Ford Memorial Chapel of First Baptist Church in Lubbock. Burial was in the City of Lubbock Cemetery. Henry died in California Pacific Hospital after a sudden illness.

He was born in Lubbock and graduated from Texas Tech University, where he was a member of the Baptist Student Union and Saddle Tramps. He attended the George Washington School of Law in Washington, DC. He was an aide to U.S. Rep. George H. Mahon until joining the Department of the Interior in 1972. Henry was a regional personnel director with the National Park Service and moved to San Francisco in 1974.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Mary Catherine and Earl Dietering of Lubbock; a brother, Alan Henry of Lubbock; a stepbrother, Earl Dietering Jr. of Memphis, Tenn.; and a stepsister, Sylvia Adams of Memphis.

Pallbearers were Sam Henry, Barry McNeil, Mike James, Ryan Henry, Earl Dietering Jr., Boib Adams, and Joe Cargile.

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From Beverly Bigbie Pugh on June 27th, 2014
Don and I first met our soph.year in Student Councel...he and I both loved to laugh..no matter what was going on we could find humor in it.As Sue mentioned,Don's gentle manner,kind heart and fun humor are the marks he left on me and all who got to know him...
 

Robert (Bobby) Wright

December 29th, 1945 - September 5th, 1968

Bobby and I attended Arnett Elementary, R.W. Matthews Jr. High, LHS, and though in different majors, TT"College". Bobby was a small man, calm, and with a retreating and humble demeaner. He was a great kind of friend to have. Bobby was drafted into the Army right after attending Tech and died in South Viet Nam after just 24 days of his tour of duty. He may have been the first of our classmates on the Viet Nam Veteran's Wall Memorial. If you ever get a chance to view either the permanent "Wall" in Washington, or the travelling Wall, be sure to look him up, he is there... Thanks, Bobby.

Mike Horton
 

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Ronnie Morton

Ronnie Morton was another of those who went to Sam C. Arnett Elementary, R.W. Matthews, and on to LHS. Ronnie was the guy who taught me a really valuable life lesson. Simply put, after my last ever schoolyard fight, he taught me that I'd need to get smarter, to get older. Who knew he would become a golden gloves boxing champ? After that, as guys do, we were friends all through our school days, all around, another good guy... and I did get smarter. I learned how to avoid those fights. What were we fighting about? Who knows?... then, he was gone

Mike Horton

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Bonar Crump

Like Bobby Wright, I attended Arnett Elementary, R.W. Matthews Jr. High, and LHS with Bonar. For those of you who knew Bonar, he was a great guy, if you were his friend, he was loyal to a fault, and a good man to know. Bonar spent two tours in Viet Nam, as a "Tunnel Rat", one of those guys small enough in stature, to go into the caves and holes after the also small in stature Viet Namese, who proved to be among our enemies. His activities in that "police action", our war, for those of us who had "boots on the ground" there, for two tours, I repeat, were troubling for him, but he hid that pretty well, as soldiers called to that purpose do. Bonar was taken from us early, in a tragic accident, in his Jeep, on North University, after returning home. After his experiences in Southeast Asia, being home, seemed like the safest place to be...

Mike Horton

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Ken Sylvester

I knew Ken as a fellow student because we had common friends. Where I really learned to appreciate him was later in life. He was a volunter deputy sheriif when he was not working for TxDot. What I was most impressed with, was while at TxDot he started the "Safety Rodeo" competition. Trucks were being damaged at work and employees were being injured. He saw this as a challenge to help make the Department safer and better, thus he devised the "Safety Rodeo" where drivers would compete in each of the 25 districts for safest and best driver. The winner would get to go to Austin with their spouse to compete against the other 24 drivers. The winner and runners up would receive recognition state wide and trophy's to boot. There is no telling how many millions of dollars and injuries he prevented by this program. As an employer and a tax payer I cannot tell you how important his contribution was to TxDot and to Texas citizens.

Fred Underwood

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Carley Clark

I ran into Carley Clark at R.W. Matthews. Like Robin Williams, Carley navigated through life as a funny man, always on the bubble, immensely talented. You all saw his talent on stage at various LHS performances. I lost track of Carley, and years later my friend Lamar Forrest stumbled onto Carley...living in a VW bus on the side of someone's house....typical of Carley. We talked him into coming to one of the reunions, and there I made him the subject of a humorous letter, supposedly from (a fictitious) "Play Girl" magazine, asking him to be their monthly centerfold model. Not long after that, I learned that he too, way too young, was gone...

Mike Horton
 

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From John Broome on August 19th, 2014
Carley was a Comet streaking across the Lubbock sky. A talent gone too soon of course, a persona with gifts of being able to see into the third dimension as he would riff on most any subject.

A spontaneous soul,  unfettered by any convention, and always willing to take the lead speaking to most any issue, regardless of the consequences. A renaissance  man of the first order, now cruising the universe in search of more cosmic followers.   
 
Oh, he'll be there at the 50th for sure...No one with his presence and gloriously unconventional ways would miss it. As he would probably say:
 "It's good we can get together every half century or so..my don't
 you look great...and you are...?"
 
God Speed Carley

 John Broome




 
 

Phillp Crane

Phillp lived next door to Sue Watson and I lived a block away.  We spent a lot of time together riding bikes in grade school, swimming, and just goofing off.  He was a good friend and I remember he was very strong, I was always glad to be with me because I was so skinny and weak I knew he would take up for me.

This tribute is for all of those on this list, some were good friends, some were friends and many were people I wished that I had been their friend.  It brought tears to my eyes as I went down the list and remembered them.  Like many of you growing up in Lubbock were the best years of my life.  How much fun we had, how safe it was, and how we all had things to do without electronics and it is sad to think of those that have gone before us..  

My prayers are with these people and their friends and families, and for each of you for a safe trip to Lubbock and back home.  I miss Lubbock and I miss you all.

John Tipps

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John D. Robertson

John D Robertson graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Chicago in the early 70’s. Too many stories to tell here, but most of you would not be surprised to know that John D departed Chicago with a glove box full of parking tickets. To pay to park was not on John D’s list of priorities! One time when we were with him in Chicago he just parked in the middle of a street and placed an old parking ticket on the windshield and we went off to eat! Doesn’t that sound like John D! We miss him and his fun spirit!

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Tim Thompson

We were friends the first day we met in 9th grade and best friends till the day he died. In Junior High a teacher called us Tonto and the Lone Ranger. I am not sure which one of us was which, but we were always together. He was the brother I never had.He was the kind of friend that would always make you smile and you could always depend on him. We were god parents to each others children. A not a week goes by that I do not think of something we did or something he said. He was one of those people short in height, but long in character and faithful to his loved ones and friends.

Fred Underwood

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