Our overlapping-classmate, Howard Spencer Hoover, Jr., died this past Monday, November 5, in Houston "after a brief yet valiant battle with esophageal cancer" (https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=howard-hoover&pid=190682235&fhid=6290). At Lamar Howard was a member of Irari, including being Vice President his senior year. Post-Lamar he received his BBA from SMU and his JD from the UT School of Law. He put that JD to good use in a long and distinguished legal, business, and civic career, including more than a quarter-century with Brown-Ferris [solid waste] Industries and being a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. A memorial service will be held for Howard in a few hours (1:00 PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2018) at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston, followed by a reception in adjoining Bagby Parish Hall.Stay healthy, please, classmates.
Jo Anne Cowden Harris (Lamar '59) died on or before October 22, 2018. (Her obituary in The Courier of Montgomery County, https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/jo-harris-obituary?pid=190541401, doesn't list a date or place of death, but does list her as a resident of Willis, TX and indicates that October 22 was the date on which the obituary first appeared in the Courier.) Jo Anne is survived by her husband, Kennedy Harris, Jr., who is also a member of the Lamar Class of 1959. At Lamar Jo Anne sang with the Lamar-O-Liers (and Kennedy was a track letterman).
Funeral services for Jo Anne will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 27th at the First United Methodist Church, 200 N Thomason St. in Willis, TX (about 9 miles north of Conroe).
I'm sorry to report that our overlapping-classmate John Brent (Lamar '60) died " peacefully in his sleep on Friday, March 16, 2018, following a long battle with cancer and recent complication from a stroke" (obituary and guestbook at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=john-brent&pid=188473927&fhid=6290).
As a sophomore (i.e., our senior year) John was a member of the golf team. By the time his senior year rolled around, the '60 Orenda recounts that he had been involved in National Honor Society; Student Council; Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Cabinets; "A" Team Golf, lettering all 3 years; and Irari, serving as Social Chairman his junior and senior years. After Lamar he earned a Mathematics degree from UT-Austin and then had a long career as a real estate developer and was "an avid sportsman", combining the two in transforming an overgrown ranch into an award-winning (e.g., Texas Wildlife Society's Land Stewardship Award) "premier South Texas Hunting Property".
A memorial mass will be held for John at 2 PM TUESDAY, MARCH 20 at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2140 Westheimer Road in Houston, with interment (in a family-only gathering) at Glenwood Cemetery.
Barbara Kay Ekblad Patterson (Lamar '57) passed away December 27, 2017. (Obituary and guest book at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=barbara-kay-patterson&pid=187684017&fhid=5470 .) At Lamar Barbara was a member of the National Honor Society, Quill and Scroll, Kachina, and CSU. She was also Assistant News Editor for the Lancer, Red Cross Representative, Lab Assistant, Office Assistant, and Library Assistant. Post-Lamar she attended UT and subsequently managed a hospital gift shop for many years before retiring at age 70. A memorial service will be held for Barbara at Lakewood United Methodist Church, 111330 Louetta Road in Houston January 12, 2018.
Carol Vincent Smelley (Lamar '57; known as Lynn Smelley at Lamar) "went home to be with the Lord on December 21, 2017.” (Obituary and guest book at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=187618957 .)
At Lamar Lynn was a member of the Sophomore Cabinet, president of Niwuana, secretary of Kachina, secretary-treasurer of the Cartoonists Association, Girls' Sports Editor of the Lancer, and a member of CSU, the National Thespian Society (including being a member of the team that won State in the one-act-play competition), and Quill and Scroll. Her obituary also mentions that she was a Duchess in the May Fete. Plenty of opportunities for Lamar '58 classmates to have known and/or been mentored by her. Subsequent to Lamar, Carol majored in Journalism at Baylor, where she also was VP of her sorority and was on the editorial board of the Baylor newspaper. A visitation and a celebration of her life were held in Houston on December 27 and 28, respectively.
I'm sorry to have to relate that our overlapping-classmate, Richard Dana Steigerwald (Lamar '57) "passed away from natural causes at Solera of West Houston on November 22, 2017" (http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=richard-steigerwald&pid=187474018&fhid=16975). Those of you who ran track or were on the "B" and/or "A" football teams or were members of Pow Wow are especially likely to have known and/or to have been mentored by Dana. As his obituary informs us, after Lamar Dana attended the University of the South in Tennessee on a football scholarship and graduated from Sam Houston State (Huntsville). He maintained a private practice as a CPA in Houston for 27 years.
A memorial service will be held for Dana at 11 AM this coming Friday, December 15 at Katy Funeral Home, 23350 Kingsland Blvd. in Katy, TX.
died Friday 28 July at St. David's Georgetown (TX) Hospital. (Houston Chronicle obituary and guest book here.) At Lamar, Arlane was active in Rodeo Club. Her son, Jeffrey Scot Wright, reports that a memorial service was held for Arlane Saturday, August 5 at Forest Park Lawndale in Houston.
A Celebration of Life will be held for James Shull Hall (Lamar '57) Saturday, June 10th, at 10 am at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 4525 Bissonnet St. in Bellaire. (Obituary and guest book at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=james-hall&pid=185738119&fhid=10885.) At Lamar, James was a member of the band. Subsequently he attended Hardin-Simmons and UT and worked for Storage Warehouse Services for 35 years. He was also active as an adult leader in Boy Scouts and in the Houston and West University Place Rotary Clubs.
"After a prolonged illness, Tracy Triece Word, III [Lamar '56] passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on May 29, 2017. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 17, at 11:00 am at Grace Community Church in Bartlesville, followed by inurnment at White Rose Mausoleum, also in Bartlesville" (http://www.legacy.com/funeral-homes/oklahoma/bartlesville/arnold-moore--neekamp-funeral-home/fh-8813). At Lamar Tracy was a member of Arrowhead, Ramal, Hi-Y, and National Honor Society; served as Sophomore Class Treasurer; lettered in swimming, and was named Most Valuable Swimmer in '54. He subsequently attended UT on a full swimming scholarship, earning a BS in Chemical Engineering, and then earned an MS in Chemical Engineering at UC-Berkeley. He spent 25 years in the petroleum industry and another 24 as a financial advisor.
'58 classmate Don Hanna reports that our overlapping-classmate Neal Yarborough Pickett (Lamar '57) died Tuesday, May 30, 2017, in Brookshire, Texas at the age of 78. (Obituary and guest book at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/houstonchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=neal-pickett&pid=185667875&fhid=12927.)
As the obituary mentions, Neal was a Vietnam War veteran (Captain, US Army), as well as a graduate of Lamar University (Beaumont) and of the University of Houston Law Center.
A visitation and funeral service were held in the East Avenue Chapel of the Schmidt Funeral Home in Katy, TX (where Neal lived his last seven years) Saturday, Jun. 3, followed by a graveside service that same day at the Brazoria Cemetery in Brazoria, TX.
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