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
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
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
Dale Ratheal
Teddy Redding
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
Sandra Nelson Trumble
Don Tucker
Jay Watts
Mike Westbrook
Jerry Witt
Billy Woillard
Robert Wright
 

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Monika Beuscher (Michaels)

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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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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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!
 
 

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
 

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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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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Sandra Dycus (Bledsoe)

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.

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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Belvely Johnson (Davidson)

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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Ross Lindly

- - November 5th, 2016

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Ann Mantooth

September 17th, 1946 - February 7th, 2018

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Graveside services for Lavilla Ann Mantooth, 71, of Lubbock will be held at 1pm on February 7, 2018, at Resthaven Memorial Park. Ann passed away peacefully on February 3, 2018, in Lubbock. Ann was born on September 17, 1946, in Grand Prairie, Texas, to Dr. Walter and Arniece Mantooth. She was raised in Lubbock, graduated Lubbock High School and attended LSU. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Interior Design. Ann designed interiors in commercial buildings for several years and then returned to the University of Texas and obtained her master's degree in Professional Accounting and BBA. She worked for Apple, Inc in Austin until her retirement in 2012. She loved animals, cooking, gardening and Snicker's candy bars!

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Dub Mantooth, sister-in-law Melinda Mantooth and stepsister Carolyn Jones.

She is survived by her brother, John "Tommy" Mantooth, his wife Mandy and their son, Kevin, all of Lubbock. She is also survived by stepsister Debbie Teesdale (Chris) of Dallas and their three daughters. The Mantooth family is especially appreciative of the caring staff at Brookdale Monterey in Lubbock.
 

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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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Mitch Mount

November 1st, 1945 - January 30th, 2017

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Mitchell William Mount, Jr., 71, of Sanger passed away on Jan. 30, 2017, in Denton, Texas. The son of Mitchell William Mount, Sr., and Margaret (Matrisciano) Mount, he was born on Nov. 1, 1945, in Lubbock, Texas. On Sept. 28, 1968, he married the love of his life Patricia Melton in Lubbock. Mitch went on to service his county in the United States Army. He attended college and obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree. Mitch chose to make a career in law enforcement for the Lubbock Police Department where he had earned the rank of Sergeant. He retired after 35 years of service. After retirement, Mitch and Patty moved to Sanger, Texas, to be near Patty's workplace and raise horses. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary Mount. He is survived by his wife, Patty of Sanger, one daughter, Michelle Rene Mount of Lubbock and son, Sean Anthony Mount of Odessa. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in the Sanger Cemetery in Sanger, Texas.
 

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Marsha Neunaber (Diers)

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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Dale Ratheal

September 9th, 1946 - 2017

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Melvin Dale (Dale) Ratheal, 70, was born on Sept. 9, 1946, in Lubbock, Texas, to Clarence Melvin (C.M.) and Doris Huddleston Ratheal. Dale graduated from Lubbock High School and attended Houston Baptist University (HBU), receiving his bachelor's degree in English Literature. Dale enlisted in the Navy shortly after his graduation from HBU and was later nominated to attend Officer Candidate School. He attained the rank of Lieutenant and served for approximately 12 years in military recruitment and advertising. Dale continued his advertising career after receiving an honorable discharge from military service in 1979. He attended Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, and graduated in 1984 with a Masters Degree of Divinity. He served multiple Presbyterian churches in Oklahoma during his ministry, also earning a Certificate in Pastoral Psychotherapy from the Samaritan Center for Counseling and Psychotherapy, Inc. Dale moved to Scottsdale, AZ, in 1996 and taught at Estrella Mountain Community College and Glendale Community College for over 15 years until his retirement in 2014. Dale then moved to Tulsa, OK, to be near his son, Dale Jonathan (D.J.) Ratheal, and resided there until his death. Dale is survived by his only child, D.J. Ratheal, of Tulsa, OK; his brother, Ray Lynn Ratheal of Bristol, TN, and numerous nephews and nieces. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family requests that donations be made in Dale's name to Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. (Published in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on March 19, 2017)
 

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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!

Richard Edwards
 

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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.
 

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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Warner Salisbury

February 7th, 1945 - November 13th, 2016

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Lowell Warner Salisbury was born on February 2, 1945, and passed away on November 13, 2016. He was a resident of Crosbyton, Texas, at the time of his passing.

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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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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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Lois Tarbox (Brunjes)

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.
 

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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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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