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We learned today (3/7/16) of the passing of James Ray (Max) Maxey. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Debbie Drake informed us today of the passing of Tony Williams on October 23, 2015 from cancer. Our sympathy to his family and friends.
Our sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Melvin Ervin who passed away in OKC on September 29, 2015.
News came today (9/10/15) that Greg Mathews passed away a couple of years ago. Condolences to his family and friends.
Good to hear today (9/3/15) via email from Cecil Bearden: I retired from the Oklahoma Water Resources Board in 2007 after 30 years as the Engineer in Charge of the safety of the 4600 dams and reservoirs in Oklahoma. I now operate my consulting service, That Dam Engineer LLC, with my website www.thatdamengineer.com. I still live on the farm with my wife of 35 years, Rhonda, We raise some cows, a flock of sheep, a couple of worthless horses, cats, and a very spoiled Cowboy the Wonder Dog.... (pictured below)
The 8/24/15 Daily Oklahoman carries the obituary for Gary Scott Rickell on 8/22/15 in OKC. He had lived in Texas but after illness forced his retirement he moved back home to be near family. Our sympathy to his family and friends.
We have learned of the death of Kelly Malchi Ricks in 2012. Condolences to her family and friends.
Word came today from his sister-in-law that James Haley passed away in 2012 after many years of poor health. Condolences to his family and friends. Our last known address for him was in Houston.
We've learned of the passing of Cathy McCarthy Smith in 2014. Condolences to her family and friends.
Our sympathy is extended to the friends and family of Jonetta Huffaker Holt who passed away on July 4, 2014.
Thanks to Stewart Odell for informing us of the passing of our classmate, Dr. James E. (Jim) Duncan, neurologist who lived in Norman on June 25, 2014. Our condolences to his family and friends.
Our sympathy is extended to the family and friends of our classmate, Jim Smiley, who passed away in OKC on December 24, 2013.
Thanks to Betty Ann Pearson for notifying us of the passing of Robert Michael Tengram on Oct. 6, 2013. The funeral will be Wed. morning at Trinity Presbyterian Church in McKinney, TX with burial in Allen. The funeral home is Turrentine Jackson and Morrow in Frisco. Our sympathy is extended to Mike's wife, Paula, and their family.
Thanks to John Priddy for sending information about the passing of our classmate, Gordon Shryock, on August 15, 2013 in Oklahoma City. Our sympathy is extended to his family and friends.
Pirate baseball players from '70-'72 had a golf outing on June 15, 2013. Below are pics of some of our classmates who attended.
1) ?, John Welker, David Morton, Mike Drake. 2) Randy Smith, Billy Sanders, Rodney Rader, James Dunham. 3) Greg Ward, James Dunham, Tom Haynes '71, ?. 4) Rodney Rader. 5) Tom Wright, James Dunham, Craig Richards. 6) Greg Ward, Tom Wright, James Dunham. 7) James Dunham, Steve Largent '72. 8) Organizer and chief Pirate, Craig Richards.
Thanks to Stewart Odell for informing the webmaster of the recent passing of two classmates: Marilyn Marcis and Bruce Eagle. Our sympathy is extended to their families and friends. 6/19/13
Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of our classmate, Fred Odom, who died on February 11, 2013 in Oklahoma City.
It with great sadness that we report the deaths of three classmates: Jack Nosan on April 9, 2012; Mark Anderson on June 6, 2012; and Nancy Hotchkiss Morton on December 29, 2012. Our condolences to their families and friends, especially Nancy's husband, our classmate, David Morton.
December 8, 2011 - Our classmate, Tom Andrews, and his son, Matthew, were injured in a car accident in El Paso. Tom was t-boned by a lady with two kids in her car on a residential street. He has a fractured pelvis but they will not do surgery. He'll be coming home from the hospital on Dec. 9 and will be on a walker for 2-3 months. Matthew's injuries were not as severe. Please keep Tom, Gail (Rhoades) and Matthew in your thoughts and prayers.
Demetra George singing the national anthem of Turkey on the island of Cyprus for the visit of the Turkish Prime Minister on July 20, 2011..
Janet George Herald visited Debbie Giannopoulos Mustafoglu in California. Janet was in SoCal to attend the Rose Bowl and cheer for her TCU Horned Frogs!!
Check out www.youtube.com and search for Demetra George Soprano to hear some of Debbie Giannopoulos Mustafoglu's recent performances in the L.A. area.
Greetings to classmates from Bill Bayer who was unable to attend the reunion due to a work commitment. He sent along a picture of him and his wife, Elaine, taken in the Cayman Islands last year.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Bill Treece who passed away on May 13, 2010. Click here to read his obituary.
Janet George Herald, Craig Richards, Jacki Kyle Richards (PCW'70) and Gary Miller '69 met for lunch on May 16 in Arlington, TX. The Richards were in town for the wedding of Ed Graul's daughter in Dallas.
Longtime Putnam City Schools principal and superintendent, Leo Mayfield, passed away on December 25, 2009, at the age of 96. Click here for his obituary and online guest book.
Our sympathy is extended to Debbie Giannopoulos Mustafoglu in the death of her brother, Jeff, (PCHS '74) in Houston on December 17, 2009. His service will be in Houston on December 28.
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of our classmate, Joe Hester, on October 28, 2009, of a stroke. Joe was engaged to our classmate, Jane Lockridge White. Our deepest sympathy is extended to Jane, to Joe's children, Tiffany and Joseph, and all other family members. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1 at Mercer-Adams Funeral Home in Bethany (www.mercer-adams.com) and the memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 at the funeral home. This is a picture of Joe from our 2005 reunion.
We (the class of PCHS1970) lost a very dear friend Friday night, September 18, 2009. Gene Matthews was killed in a car accident. He was a great person, generous, a great friend to many and how he loved the game of Golf. Condolences to his 2 sons, Mason his grandson, and to his 3 brothers. Geno we love you & will miss you forever. Jonetta Huffaker
Click here to see Gene's obituary.
Gene in center back at Reunion 2005 with Jerry Johnston, Stephanie Smay, Janie Campbell, Sarah Ogg and Larry Ishmael.
Our sympathy is extended to Becky Medcalf Vascellaro on the passing of her husband, George, on August 2, 2009.
Sympathy is extended to the family of Margaret Haggard, long-time choral music teacher in the Putnam City district, who passed away on July 16 due to complications from Parkinson's disease. Many of us had her at Central Jr. High before she moved to Hefner when it opened. She was a wonderful teacher who had a positive impact on all of her students.
Congratulations to Tom Andrews who retired from Xerox
after 32 years and will now become the head of Goodwill Industries of El Paso.
He and Gail (Andrews) moved to OKC just a year ago and will now be headed back
to El Paso. "EL PASO --
Goodwill Industries of El Paso has a new CEO. Tom Andrews, who previously lived in El Paso and was on
Goodwill's board during 2002-2007, has left his job as regional manager of
technical service for Xerox in Edmond, Okla., to take the El Paso position,
Goodwill reported. Andrews worked 32 years for Xerox and covered Oklahoma,
Kansas, western Missouri, and northwestern Arkansas in his last job for the
"EL PASO -- Goodwill Industries of El Paso has a new CEO.
Tom Andrews, who previously lived in El Paso and was on Goodwill's board during 2002-2007, has left his job as regional manager of technical service for Xerox in Edmond, Okla., to take the El Paso position, Goodwill reported. Andrews worked 32 years for Xerox and covered Oklahoma, Kansas, western Missouri, and northwestern Arkansas in his last job for the company."
Dr. Demetra George Mustafoglu (aka Debbie
Giannopoulos Mustafoglu) sang the
national anthems for the 4th of July (2009) celebration once again in
Istanbul, Turkey and was asked by the US Consul General and US Ambassador to be
the formal and full-time anthem singer in all of Turkey for the US Embassy from
this year forward. It was a true honor and privilege for the girl from
Oklahoma to offer her talents and next year a full opera and Broadway concert
will be included for the pleasure of the guests in Istanbul and Ankara.
Ann Cheney Thayer writes that she "received her degree from The University of Oklahoma and taught school until 2006. She and her husband, David, have lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina for the last 15 years. They have three grown children. Ann enjoys singing with a church "praise and worship" band and choir, teaching 4 year olds in Sunday School, painting, and making pottery. You can contact Ann at email@example.com.
Norman Johnston reports the passing of Mrs. Tacy Pearson, long time biology teacher at PCHS, on April 24, 2009.
Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Fred Hibbert who passed away on March 2, 2009, in Oklahoma City.
I was very sorry to hear tonight (2/17/09) from Gerald Rasp of the passing of our classmate, Katie Black Jordan, who was killed in an automobile accident. Below is her obituary from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
|Jordan, Katie Black||
Black Jordan, 57, passed away Monday, Feb. 16, 2009.
Funeral: 11:30 a.m. Friday in Greenwood Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood Funeral Home.
Katie was born Jan. 29, 1952, in Stillwater, Okla. She received a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University and a master's degree in international marketing. She lived in Watauga for 17 years and operated Watauga Flowers for 15 years. The last three years, Katie lived in Hico. She operated Hico Handrail for the last year. She was a member of the Hico Chamber of Commerce and many other charitable causes and events.
Katie married Wendell Jordan III on April 16, 1989, at the Botanical Garden in Fort Worth.
Survivors: Husband of 20 years, Wendell Jordan III; parents, R.D. and Cathryn Black of Oklahoma City, Okla.; brother, Jerry Black; sister, Cindy Gray and husband, Gene; nephews, Shawn and Ben Gray; stepdaughter, Shannon J. Meriwether and husband, Dr. Chad Meriwether; and grandchildren, Megan and Morgan Meriwether.
|Published in the Star-Telegram on 2/18/2009|
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Thanks to Rodney Rader for sharing the news of the passing of Scott Manley on January 9, 2009. Many of you will remember Scott as our Young Life leader our junior and senior years. I know that many of us will remember him fondly and are grateful for the positive influence he had on us as teenagers. Click here to read the obituary from the Daily Oklahoman.
Message: "Greetings to all Pirates from the Class of 1970 from Venus Mc Coy Holland. In July of 2008, I became the Superintendent of Lexington School District Two in West Columbia, SC. My husband Reid and I will celebrate our 35th wedding anniversary this year. We divide our time between our home in West Columbia and our condo in Hilton Head. Happy 2009 to all of you. Venus"
Debbie Giannopoulos Mustafoglu (aka Demetra George) performed in a concert "A Night at the Movies" on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 at OCU benefiting the Ambassadors' Choir of which Barbara Hardin is a member. See the Photo Album for some pics of classmates who attended.
Condolences to the family of our classmate, Yvonne Story Graham, who passed away on November 6, 2008.
|Yvonne Graham, 56, passed away after a short illness Nov. 6, 2008. She was born Jan. 1, 1952 to Vaughan and Anna (Loudder) Story. She gave her life to the Lord at an early age and trusted Him with her salvation. Yvonne graduated from Putnam City HS in 1970 and continued her education at the University of Oklahoma where she received a degree in Business Education and worked many years in the oil and gas industry. She was an avid sports fan, enjoying all OU football and basketball games as well as loving the Dallas Cowboys. Yvonne was blessed with a wonderful, fun, giving group of friends who will really miss her friendship and love of life. She was preceded in death by her father, and brother, Robert Story. She was a loving daughter, mother, sister and aunt and is survived by her mother daughter Terra Lynn Graham and her fiance J. Mays sons Clint, Kellen and Kyle Graham sister Janet Poland and husband Greg brother Glenn Story and wife Jenny and 6 nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be Sat., Nov. 8, 10:30am at Cherokee Hills Church of Christ.|
On August 16, Rodney Rader hosted a party while Gray Theus was visiting from Maui, HI. where he has lived for many years. Gray has flown to the mainland, purchased a Harley and is undertaking a 2-3 month long trip across the USA. Photos from the event are posted in the Photo Album. Rodney also reports that Travis Miller has recently married.
Check the Photo Album for pictures from June 21, 2008 when some classmates went to Coach's Restaurant in Bricktown to watch the Redhawks game and enjoy fun and fellowship.
Check the Photo Album for some pictures from June 14, 2008 when some classmates got together for golf at Rose Creek in n. OKC.
Larry Ishmael is a candidate for Congress from the 1st District of Washington state. Visit his website at http://www.larryishmael.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzDsiKJlmjU.
Debbie Giannopoulos Mustafoglu will be doing a concert in late June as Guest Artist and tbe first American singer to perform with the Baku (Azerbaijan) Philharmonic Opera doing a Broadway concert. She was recently honored by the Azerbaijan consul as their esteemed Anthem Singer. (see photo.) Additionally, Debbie has been invited to perform for the Joint Armed Services, Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines and their families including those wounded in Iraq in an American Idols-American Composers Concert in Honolulu, Hawaii in August.
Oklahoma City University will confer Demetra George Mustafoglu (aka Debbie Giannopoulos) with an Honorary Doctor of Music degree at their winter commencement on December 14, 2007. To read more about Debbie's accomplishments, click here. She lives in Beverly Hills with her husband, Mike, and two daughters. Congratulations to Debbie on this wonderful honor from her alma mater.
We were sorry to learn of the death of our classmate, Pamela (Pame) Sue Follett Duggan who passed away at her home on June 18, 2004. (10/9/06)
A group of classmates got together on 6/14/06 - see the photo album for pics sent by Tom Wright.
Debbie Giannopoulos Mustafoglu writes that her husband, Mike Mustafoglu has been appointed Honorary Consul General from N. Cyprus to the U.S. At right is a picture of them at a diplomatic event. On May 27 Debbie will be sharing the stage with a classical guitarist at Merkin Hall in NYC for a show entitled "A Mediterranean Journey." (3/21/06)
Debbie (aka Demetra George) has a newly released 2 CD collection titled "By George, She's Got It" filled with live performances of opera and Pops performances. You can find information on ordering this or other CD's at www.demetrageorge.net.
Richard Forshee wrote today (2/6/06):
"Our classmate Linda (Rice) Patterson died this morning, February 6, in
Wichita, Kansas, after a short-term illness. I understand that she had been
suffering from the flu or flu-like symptoms that developed into pneumonia. At
this point, I do not know the exact cause of death (other than pneumonia) or the
arrangements for services.
I have known Linda since we were 4-year olds in Sunday School. She was married to my good friend and fraternity brother Bryan Patterson for more than 30 years. Linda was a school teacher. She and Bryan resided in Manchester, Oklahoma, and Anthony, Kansas, since they were married, raised two children and ran a wheat farm and cattle operation."
Our sympathy is extended to Linda's family and friends.
Judy Johnson Coffman writes:
Cynthia Fleming St. John has just moved back to Denver from the Los Angeles area. Her web site: www.cynthiastjohn.com.
Thanks to Larry Ishmael for sharing this story about Pam Westerman Bryan from the Seattle Times: (7/29/05)
Jim Allen reports that he retired from the Navy after completing just over 30 years. He has taken a new job in Ottumwa, IA with Alliant Energy as the Maintenance Manager at the Ottumwa Generating Station. (7/2/05)
Cargill Best invites you to visit her web site at
There you can learn all about a wonderful and well-priced cruise to the Mexican Riviera on January 7-14, 2006, where Christy and her colleague will offer seminars on how to "unclutter" your life in between stops in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.
Stewart Odell reports on 5/12/05 that our classmate, Marlin Butcher, musician in Oklahoma's premiere cover band Harvey and the Wallbangers, has sustained a broken vertebrae as the result of an accident last week. He is recovering at Norman Regional Hospital. All us music geeks (and friends as well) wish him a speedy convalescence so he can return to performing as well as his job at the Noble Museum of Natural History in Norman as well as his admirable involvement in the Boy Scouts for the State of Oklahoma, an activity in which he has participated for many years.
Stewart also reports that he and classmate James Allen, who retired from the Navy with the rank of Commander just last month, recently traveled to London to attend the reunion concert of the 60s supergroup Cream at the Royal Albert Hall. This is noteworthy only because they both survived, as did London, and had a most enjoyable time. Jim is now moving from his home in Georgia to Iowa, where he has just accepted a managerial position with a nuclear power generating plant there.
Barbie Arthur Parry reports the passing of her mother, Jean Arthur, on April 9,
2005. Mrs. Arthur was a long time math teacher at Hefner Junior High. Barbie
would also encourage anyone who has a fond memory of her classroom to sign the
guest book. "She sooooooooooo loved teaching."
We learned this week of the passing of Fern Friedlander, long-time chorus teacher at PCHS, on October 22, 2004. Click here to read her obituary.
The link to the PCHS all-school web site is: www.pchs4allyears.com.
If you were in the band - or would like the hear the Pirate Fight Song one more time, check out this link to the PCHS Band web site: www.pchsbands.com
We extend our sympathy to Joan Arnold Chism on the death of her sister, Vicki, PCHS '71, on February 1, 2004.
Our sympathy is extended to Debbie Giannopoulos Mustafolgu and her family in the death of her mother, Kris, on June 8, 2004, in Florida.
Our classmate, Mike McCormick, wrote today (2/22/04) of the death of his mother who was a teacher at Hefner Junior High. He writes:
"Grace McCormick, long time Hefner Junior High Speech Teacher passed away in her sleep on February 22, 2004. In her later years she lived a quiet life in Muskogee, Oklahoma and was fond of retelling stories of student escapades and achievements. A private family service is planned with interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Oklahoma City. A memorial fund has been established at Hefner Middle School to benefit the Drama Department. Anyone interested in contributing to this fund can write to the school at the following address:
I'm sure many of you remember Mrs. McCormick. Our sympathy is extended to Mike and his family.
We received word today (8/1/03) of the death of our counselor, Nona Cowan, a dear friend to many students over the years. Her service will be on Monday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Mercer-Adams Funeral Home in Bethany.
Our classmate, Mike Anderson, passed away in June, 2003. Our sympathy to his mother, Barbara Anderson, who taught English at PCHS.
Venus McCoy Holland writes: "I am the Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Student Services in Lexington District Two in Columbia, SC. My husband Reid (whom I met at OSU) and I will be celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary this weekend...my how time flies. Best wishes to you and all the class of 1970."
Susan McGuire (PC '72), a neighbor of Roxanne Daniel growing up, reports that Roxanne passed away several years ago. We were sorry to get this sad news.
We were saddened to learn of the death of Earl D. "Skip" Geiger on December 18, 2002.
Marcia Lamb Meade sent a report today about an important legal case she has been involved with for the past six years. Click here to read her story. Congratulations, Marcia!!
Cheryl Shockley Helton reports:
Thanks, Cheryl, for the update and condolences to Margaret's family.
Check out Stephanie Smay Boosahda's web site: www.stephanieboo.com. Stephanie lives in Tulsa.
I am sad to report the passing of our classmate, Jill Meyers Kyle, on March 5, 2002. The service celebrating Jill's life was held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8 at the First Baptist Church in Piedmont. Additional surviving family members besides those listed in the obituary include Jacki Kyle Richards (PCW '70) and her husband, Craig, our classmate. About 15 classmates attended Jill's funeral.
The July 29, 2001 Daily Oklahoman carried a story about Jim Blalock and his position as medical director of the new Lung Cancer Detection Center at St. Anthony Hospital.
See a few pictures from the June 23, 2001 event in the Photo Album!
On Saturday, June 23, 2001, about 30 classmates got together for a golf tournament at Hefner Golf Course followed by BBQ dinner at the home of Mark Hall. A great time was had by all! Golfers were: Jeff Bergman, Jim Blalock, Danny Crain, Mike Drake, James Dunham, Richard Forshee, Janet George Herald, Ross Gray, Mark Hall, Norman Johnston, Jay Lea, Gene Matthews, Chuck Penrod, Rodney Rader, Craig Richards, Bill Sanders, Bill Schuman, Randy Smith, Bill Stone, Mike Stovall, Gene Whitehead and Tom Wright. Joining the group for dinner were Jan Blevins, Mary Cieminski Stovall, Debbie Smith Drake, David Pierce, Greg Ward, Gerald Rasp and Dave Schumann. Also playing golf were Bob Schuman ('71) and Ron Boyer ('71). Former PC baseball coach, Larry Guerkink, made a surprise visit to the golf course and had a great time visiting with many of his former players. Thanks to Randy Smith for organizing the event!
David Morton is the new principal of Bishop McGuinness High School. He has coached champion cross-country teams for many years at the school and served as assistant principal. David is married to our classmate, Nancy Hotchkiss. Congratulations, David!
More bad news. Larry Johannes notified me of the death of Mark Fleming on Sunday, April 1, 2001.
Our classmate, Bobby Witten, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2001. Thanks to Tom Wright for notifying me. Bobby had just spent time with a group of "the guys" who spent last Saturday at Craig Richards' house. We will miss him.
I also had word from Cindy Gudell Pearson that she saw the notice of Courtney Grussendorf's death on Wednesday, March 14, 2001, in the Daily Oklahoman. At this point we have no further information.
We are expecting a group photo from the outing last Saturday at Craig Richards' home with a group of 12-15 guys who traded really obnoxious jock and other stories. It will be posted as soon as it is available.
I am sad to report the death of Miss Ivine Paris, longtime PCHS teacher, on Friday, February 23. Many of you will remember Miss Paris from P.E. class. I know that those of us who were in Girls Sports remember "Paris", as we called her, very fondly as a wonderful teacher and great human being and friend. She was the sister of Speech Teacher, Mrs. Juanita Woods.
Debbie Giannopoulos Mustafoglu (aka Demetra George) has an opera CD titled "Demetra George Sings Love Arias" that has been nominated for a Grammy! Congratulations Debbie! No wonder you were voted "Most Likely to Succeed!" It's a wonderful CD that is highly recommended by the webmaster.