Westerner Call to Loyalty

"Westerners, put on your chaps,

Buckle on your spurs,

Loosen up the reins of our old fighting Westerners.

Sportsmanship, then victory is the motto of our high,

Come along, you brave old Westerners, we will do or die.

We will gallop over all the sweeping prairie land,

We will fight for black and gold, true Westerner brand.

Lubbock High in golden letters, we will glorify,

Come along, you brave old Westerners; we will do or die"









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James Butler

Santa Maria, Ca

24 Apr 2011

Found ur web site while on Google looking for info about Lubbock when I lived there in the late 40's and early 50's. Moved to El Paso in early 1952. Never made it to LHS. Found some pixs of old friends. Did check out the 55 year book on Classmates. You have a really good web site. Better than the 55 of Austin (El Paso) high. I think maybe the web site is gone but will send comments anyway.


Vicky Billington Pickering
Houston, TX
27 Jan 2011

The Buddy Holly album "Buddy Holly Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings and More" has been nominated for the Best Historical Album for the 53rd Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011. My husband, John of The Picks is singing backup vocals with Buddy on 9 of the songs.

Don Meador
5411 70th Pl
01 Sep 2010

We have a new e-mail address so I thought I would update it this way. What a great class to be a part of.

Joann Pollard Schoen

Georgetown, Texas 78633

01 Jun 2010

The reunion was fabulous from start to finish. My thanks to those who worked hard to make it so. Our vote is 3 years. My hubby enjoyed it almost as much as I did, and he is five years older than most of us. Blessings on all who attended, and I truly encourage any classmates who could not be there to try to attend the next one. Joann Pollard Schoen

Joann Pollard Schoen

Georgetown, Texas

01 Jun 2010

My husband and I had more fun at this reunion that any of the last ones. I thought the "visitation times" were great; more important to us than programs in the past. My vote is another in 3 years. Blessings to all those in attendance, and we missed those who were not with us. Cheers, Joann

Jimmie D. Oglesby
rowlett, texas
16 May 2009

good to hear from old classmates

Jay Vaughn
St. Bart's, FWI

This is a wonderful site. Wish you could do one for Monterey (Lubbock) Class of '56. The internet is the ONLY U.S.A. news source on this French island. Julia and I will be sailing south to Trinidad, W.I. next week to get out of the coming summer hurricane zone.

Clarence Brown
5506-65th Lubbock, Texas 79424
10 Feb 2009

Phyllis Morris
3939 Teasley Lane #375, Denton, Tx 76210
24 Jun 2008

I just have to brag about the class of '55. It is so wonderful in these later years to be able to retrace the childhood experiences we all remember. Our luncheons are spectacular. Those who miss them, just don't know what a blessing they are missing. From what I can hear, there are very few classes anywhere that make the effort to continue those relationships. I am so very thankful for those who worked diligently to make this happen. (you know who you are). Our newsletters are really something I look forward to. If you haven't joined a group yet, please do so. You will be glad you did.

Jimmie Dean Johnson
Rowlett, TX.
04 Jun 2008

Enjoyed looking at the pictures and doing a lot of memory work. Looking forward to the next reunion, as Joni said everyone thought I was deceased. Nancy McNutt and I have been married for 50 years, so I am still alive, working and enjoying life! Great job on the web page!

Jim Johnson

Joni Wimberley McIlvain
Bethesda MD
10 Apr 2008

Calling all Girl Scouts! The Lubbock Girl Scouts are planning a reunion for 2008 summer. I have been asked for names & addresses of former Girl Scouts. If you or your sister or your cousins were Girl Scouts in Lubbock, or you attended camp at Las Leonitas/ Buffalo Lake, please contact me. Mary "Skeet" Anderson will be honored, & is excited about attending & seeing everyone.

Thanks to Gene, for your terrific website!

Joni Wimberley McIlvain ('55)


Robert and Jacquenet (Sims) Boyd
Hale Center, Tx
08 Mar 2008

Thought I might need to update our e-mail address. Jacquenet and I are doing great. We hadn't looked at the website in a while and enjoyed seeing what every one was doing.

Mel Barham
Guntersville, AL
17 Feb 2008

February 17, 2008 Last evening Joni Wimberley made contact to inform me of the website. I am most appreciative for her research. Between my Junior and Senior years, my family moved to Milwaukee, WI. I graduated from West Allis Central in 1955. My life in Lubbock were some very good years. Entering the 6th grade at J.T.Hutchinson Jr. High and attending LHS through 1954 resulted in my knowing some very fine people and having some good times. Being a member of both Hutchinson and LHS Bands brought some interesting events including marching at the New Years Day Cotton Bowl. It is sad to learn of those classmates who have passed on. I met my lovely wife Betty in Milwaukee at Church. She was originally from Alabama. We will be celebrating our 50th Anniversity in August. We have three children and six grandchildren. This is an outstanding website. I hope to make contact with past acquaintances.

Vicky Billington Pickering
Houston, TX
26 Nov 2007

My husband, John, was inducted into the 2007 New Mexico Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Albuquerque, NM on November 10, 2007 for vocal work he and his trio, "The Picks" did at the Norman Petty Recording Studios in Clovis, NM in 1957 for Buddy Holly and The Crickets. They did 9 songs with Buddy on "The Chirping Crickets" album. They also did songs with Niki Sullivan and various other artists before we moved to Corpus Christi, Texas for John to go to work as a geologist. We enjoyed driving through Lubbock on the way to and from Albuquerque. We moved away from Lubbock in 1957.

Barbara Sudduth Newsom
Lewisville Tx.
10 Nov 2007

I've enjoyed the DFW luncheons when I've been able to attend. I would love to receive e-mails from former classmates. Thanks for the website and the ones who keep it updated.

Hershell White
618 cr 274 Tuscola Texas 79562
20 Oct 2007

Kenneth Stevenson
31 Jul 2007

Great website

M. Tom (Tommy) Davis
11012 Rhonda Way, Dunlap, IL 61525
18 Jul 2007

Man oh man, you guys aren't just special for doing this. You are so very, very talented!! And you will NEVER understand how much you are appreciated because none of us are as good with words as we would like to be. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Carroll Caddel
Plano, Tx
15 Jul 2007

My older son and his wife are so jealous of our site that they can just spit nails. You have done a wonderful job. I know someone has spent lots of long hours building this site and maintaining it. You keep our memories fresh. Thanks to everyone involved.

United States, Honolulu CDP
25 May 2007

Your site was so interesting and informative I had to call a friend to tell her about it. Great work

Barbara Sue Halford Bailey
Richardson, Tx 75080
10 Apr 2007

Great web page. This is a new e-mail address, although, I have been getting the updates from the luncheons through my old Comcast address. Thanks to each of you for all of your time and effort in keeping everyone informed. Thanks, Sue Bailey

Jimmy Cope
San Antonio
27 Mar 2007

I have a new e-mail address....


mike langran
ben wheeler, tx
13 Mar 2007

I went to Arlington State College with Regan Garrett in 1955-1957 and would like to get in touch with him. If anyone out there know how to get his email or phone number please let me know. Phone is 972-580-5138, 972-709-1503, 469-766-4829, thanks

renee escareno
fort stockton
04 Feb 2007

I went to lubbock high and graduated in 2003. I went by Renee Parker. I will always remember the good times.

Sandra Sherrill Hammitt
2700 Glen Forest Lane, Plano, TX 75023
21 Nov 2006

Thank you to everyone who knew and loved my Mom, Mary Lou Sherrill. You know we appreciated all the prayers and encouraging cards, phone calls and wonderful words about Mom, that reminded us what my parents meant to lots of you. Mom went to be with Jesus on Oct 28 and we had her "Celebration of Life" on Oct. 31--We have a new reason for halloween-we claim it for us. Infact, the kids all went out and trick and treated that night. Mom would have wanted it and loved it. Life goes on and we must live each day to the fullest-to be ready ourselves. We were blessed to have Mom for 92 years(Aug.) May we all be blessed to b! e part og our childrens' and friends lives as long. May God Bless Each One of You. Love in Christ, Sandra Sherrill Hammitt

Wayne James
Arlington, Texas
20 Nov 2006

I have heard about this Web site for several years and finally looked at it today. It is great and should help keep your Class Members together. Who ever put it together did a great job. I did not go to LHS but saw a number of friends on it from my days at Texas Tech. Thanks to Carolyn (Tapp) Ford for giving me the address.

Charles J. Clark
725 W. Mockingbird Ln. Durant, Oklahoma
07 Nov 2006

Joni, You are doing a great job of keeping all of the class of '55 informed about so many things. I am looking forward to our 55th Reunion. Thanks for letting everyone know about Joe Cox. I remember Joe playing linebacker against Amarillo in '54. We ran a special "Stunt" and Joe recovered the blocked fieldgoal. We lost, but it was a great game. Lets all let him know how much we think of him.

Sheri Lewis
Van Alstyne, TX
31 Oct 2006

My father is Sam H. Scroggins, Jr. He passed away on October 23, 2006. My father spoke of many friends that he remembered from his highschool days. In his last days, so many from the Class of 55 called him and sent cards to cheer him up. Thank you so much for your support and thoughtfulness. There is a Memorial Fund set up through Wells Fargo Bank in Lubbock to help pay for funeral arrangements. Any contribution to this fund would be greatly appreciated by the family. Thank you... Sheri Scroggins Lewis P.O. Box 923 Van Alstyne, TX 75495 972-369-9400

Don Meador
29 Jul 2006

Sorry to say that I just looked at the web site for the first time today and it's GREAT! Thanks to all who have put it together. Brought back lots of good memories. The picture of us in the reunion pics of 2000 - Row 58 - picture 1 is misidentified - it should read Julia Knox (57) and Don Meador

Baxter Laymance
Graham, Texas
16 Mar 2006

I think The Web-Site is Great! Love to hear from Anyone..........

John P. King
Box 1427, Alamogordo, N.M.
01 Jul 2005

Wonderful web site, good to see everyone from the 1st grade on. I take my grandkids to this web site so they can see my class mates and they will look foreward to seeing their friends 50 years from now. Keep up the good work

Nelson Starr
Highland Village,Tx
24 Jun 2005

Looks Great

john (sonny) dunn
16 May 2005

after 50 years ------- it don"t seem a day over 49 but i am finaly goint to get to get to attend a reunion, i thank sarajim very much for all her help. i have recently talked with lew starr and red lacewell and the only change i could detect was we have all just got a bit older,to jack tipps at the reunion i have a story that concerns you, glen boswell and roy hensley. i wonder if you will remember it. i know the person that was driving that 40 ford coupe will. i hope to see each and every one from the class of 55 sonny dunn

Ronnie Dale Robertson
2714-59th St. Lubbock, Texas 79413
06 May 2005

Vicky Billington Pickering
Houston, Texas
30 Apr 2005

Excellent web site. Thanks for keeping us all connected to friends and memories of the past. I am looking forward to the reunion in 2005. I hope to see a lot of the George R. Bean and O.L. Slaton friends as well as the LHS ones. I lived in Corpus Christi for 11 years and have been in Houston 38 years. It's always good to hear news from home. John and I are still doing some work with 2 Internet web sites: and Look for John on the soon-to-be-released (June, 2005) worldwide DVD and CD out of London "The Music of Buddy Holly and The Crickets - The Definitive Story."

Joni Wimberley McIlvain
Bethesda, Maryland
13 Jan 2005

Terrific website, Gene! Really appreciate all the hard work you (& Sarjim, too) do to keep this updated. TX is a long way off, so it is great fun to visit longtime friends this way. Love the photos! Look forward to reunion in June 05!

Patricia Davis Coursey
5914 88th Place, Lubbock, TX 79424
05 Jan 2005

I'm glad to learn about this. My husband, Clay Coursey, and I moved back to Lubbock to retire in July 2002 and are feeling very much at home. We served as foreign missionaries for the Southern Baptist Convention for 32 years in the country of Kenya. Looking forward to seeing some of you (and hope we can recognize each other) at the reunion this summer.

ann pendley roberts
po box 189 townsend,tn.37882
26 Nov 2004

I am so happy to have contact,and i will be there in june.

Gene Mathis
12 Nov 2004

Your website is looking great!

Garland Crockett
Houston, TX
29 Oct 2004

Gene Medley
30 Aug 2004

Nelson Starr
Highland Village,Tx
28 Aug 2004

Emory Cassell
2 Tuckahoe Court,  Columbia, SC 29209
08 Jul 2004

I am still a cotton merchant, have 6 children an 16 grandkids, wife Joyce and moved to SC from Lubbock 4yrs ago. Still play golf, have 2 children and 6 grands that live in Lubbock. Love the LORD and glad to still be alive and well. Looking forward to next summers reunion.

Sue Halford Bailey
601Nantucket Circle, Richardson, Texas 75080
04 Jul 2004

Very nice website. Thanks to those of you who keep it current and interesting. I haven't made any reunions in the past, but will mark my calendar for the 50th.

Sondra Wilk Rose
Sugar Land Texas
01 Jul 2004

Wonderful website. You can tell that it took a great deal of time, thoughtfulness, and effort for the project.

Sally Chance Buck
16611 Abbott Springs Ln, Florence, TX 76527-3950
28 Jun 2004

This is a great website. Thanks for all your hard work. Johnny and I attended his LHS 50th Reunion the 11th & 12th. It was so good to see everyone. We are really looking forward to the Class of '55 Reunion next June.

Jim Hogan
Lubbock, TX
23 Jun 2004

Wonderful memories of a wonderful time of life. The fifties was one of the most dynamic decades of the century. Wish I could go back for a while. Thanks to all who made this site possible.

Sara Goad Nabours
El Paso, Texas
15 Jun 2004

Good Job. Thanks to all who have given their time and labor for the enjoyment of those of us who are too far away to help

Sandra Sherrill Hammitt
2700 Glen Forest Lane, Plano,TX 75023
06 Jun 2004

Love the website-but couldn't get latest news. Will be happy to do whatever I can for the Reunion next summer. Have 9 grandchildren,now. 2-19-wow!!!!! 3 of our kiddoes still live here in Dallas area-with their mates and 4 granddaughters. One's in Corpus with two sons and one in Penn. with her daughter. Her two boys are away from home. Mom's still living by herself and driving. Be 90 this Aug. Still a lovely lady. Slowed down a lot, but still goes most everyday to lunch or dinner. Gets in 3 exercise classes-both Tu. and Thurs. Still keeps up with lots of ya'll by your parents or her friends. Hope we have something to bring moms to or we can plan something on the side. Anxious to see everyone-Love you all!!!!! Sandra

Marie Sparks Chambers
Bedford, TX
23 May 2004

Thanks to those who work so hard on a super website. I am looking forward to the reunion next year.

Jack Tipps
Albuquerque, N. M.
17 May 2004

I don't know who put this web site together, but what a great job! I certainly appreciate all the work that had to go into this and the thought behind it. Thanks a million! I'll be seeing you at the reunion, God willing.

Shirley Bedford Gist
Spring, TX
15 May 2004

I love the website! I visit it often and look forward to Reunion 2005.

Jerry (Don) Hopkins
Jacksonville, TX 75766
14 May 2004

Great Website - I like the new look. Thanks to all who have keep us up to date. Looking forward to the reunion.

W L McAfee Jr
Conroe, Texas
14 May 2004

Nostalgic. Enjoyed it. Look forward to 50th reunion.

Wanda Evelyn Wossum
10443 Lanshire Drive, Dallas, TX/ 75238
14 May 2004

The 50th reunion will be the best yet. I can hardly wait to see all of you, again!

Karen Sue (Dickson) Diffee
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
14 May 2004

Great new web page! I haven't gotten to all of it, but am looking forward to reading the rest of it! If you need any help in getting the reunion together, please contact me. 970-731-1305 or email me

Janice Evans Chappelle
Ajijic, Mexico
12 Apr 2004

What a wonderful website!! It is great being able to keep up with friends, but it does bring a tear when reading the memorials. Looking forward to 2005.

Wayne Pendergrass
Layton, Utah
28 Mar 2004

Charles J. Clark
725 NW Mockingbird Ln  Durant, OK 74701
09 Mar 2004

The website is great!!! Thanks to all of you that helped put it together. The class is a quality class of people that have proven themselves in great careers that followed graduation. I count all of you as special friends and look forward with anticipation to the reunion of 2005.

Carolyn Andrews Cooper
29711 Fairway Bluff Drive, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX 78015
16 Nov 2003

Jim McLaughlin
1016 Remschel--Kerrville, Texas 78028
08 Nov 2003

I am continually blown away by the quality of the people who grew up and graduated from Lubbock High School in the mid-50's. It comes as no surprise to me that we would also have this fantastic website. Being the only failure to graduate from LHS in 1955, and I enjoy all this vicariously. Jim

Rickey Woody
07 Oct 2003

Please feel free to use the alumni forum on!

robert welch
20 Sep 2003

what did i look like in '55 no pics? couldn't be my computor. maaybe my abilities.

Nelda Turner
4713-27th Street, Lubbock, TX 79410
27 Jul 2003

What a great website. We are so lucky to have such talent in our midst to put this together.

Fun to read the others comments too.

Toni Manning Chambers
28 Jun 2003

A great site! Thank you!

Chuck Key
Lubbock, Texas
25 Jun 2003

As my grand kids would say "Awesome"! Thanks to those who are giving their time and funds to let the rest of us enjoy. Can we help?

George Baker
Round Rock, Tx 78681
24 Jun 2003

A very good looking web site!

Mack Rankin in picture r 58 is misidentified

Tom Davis
Peoria, Illinois
17 Jun 2003

This is super! I thank each of those involved for the excellent effort you've made. I enjoyed every page. And I was amazed at the Memorial section --- it seems like just yesterday and suddenly no Sides, no Sandra, Laverne or Barbara, no Cecil, I promise you those names bring the tears to my eyes. Thank you for the memories.

Phyllis Jean (pj) Morris
625 Glen Vista, Keller, Tx  76248
17 Jun 2003

This website has been wonderful. So many memories of our 2000 reunion. Thanks for a job well done.

Jan Higinbotham Austin
Austin, TX
17 Jun 2003

Handsome website!

T. A. Pool
Lubbock, Texas
16 Jun 2003

Looking good. Keep up the good work.

Sammy J. Sparks Jones
5203-40th Street, Lubbock, TX 794l4
16 Jun 2003

Looks really, really good. Pictures are really great - sorry I wasn't able to be there. I'll make the next one.

Wallace L McAfee Jr
719 Trevino Lane  Conroe, TX  77302
16 Jun 2003

Glad to see the site.

    Marcia  DeMuro
    Walden, NY - USA
    24 Mar 2003

    Super, super site. Very well done indeed!! Great job!!


    Charles Lawrence
    Sugar Land, TX
    06 May 2002

    Good job!! Jackie and I have had a great time looking at the photos and remembering times past. Looking forward to more.

    Ray Moore
    Little Rock, AR
    20 Apr 2002

    A great idea and a good look! Thanks for taking the time and effort to do this!

    It is distracting, however, to have to scroll left and right in order to read a complete line of text due to the "LHS 1955" information that is permanently set on the left side of the screen. Do I need to do something to get rid of it, or minimize it so I can read all of the text in one swoop?

    Sarjim Holcomb Howe
    Lubbock, TX
    08 Apr 2002

    I like the new format and have heard nothing but positive comments.

    John Bunton
    Georgetown TX
    03 Apr 2002

    really cool website. a lot of hard work and a lot of data entry. thanks for doing this.

    Margaret Apperson
    Houston, Texas (for now)
    03 Apr 2002

    Really like the new page.

    Charles Gallimore
    Amarillo, TX
    02 Apr 2002

    I love the new web site. So great to see a picture and then look underneath to see the names. Congratulations to whomever is responsible

    Baxter Laymance
    Graham, TX
    30 Mar 2002

    See you at the luncheon in April. Web site looks great, really like the music.

    Roy E. Day
    Huntsville, Alabama
    30 Mar 2002

    Gene, The new LHS Web Pages look great. It's a treat living in Alabama where we don't often see LHS friends & being able to see & read of friends via the Web Pages.

    Thanks a million for the treat.


    Steve Noble
    Johnston, IA
    29 Mar 2002

    Great job on the website! Thanks to the whole gang who keeps us together!

    Jack House
    Beaumont, Tx
    29 Mar 2002

    You are doing a great job. Just wish I could make it back to Lubbock for the monthly meetings. I really miss Lubbock and so many friends. Guess I will never see Lubbock again. Anyone going to be in Beaumont, Texas give me a call. Jack House

    Margaret Condray Thomas
    29 Mar 2002

    PS I have spent entirely too much time looking at pictures.

    Sharla Pepper Echols
    Lamesa Texas
    28 Mar 2002

    I love it!!! Especially the addition of the names to the pictures. What fun to look at the pictures and remember what a GRAND time we had. Can hardly wait until 2005. Thanks for all of your hard work.

    Margaret Condray Thomas
    Fort Worth, TX 76133
    28 Mar 2002

    Looks great to me.

    Carolyn Tapp
    28 Mar 2002

    I love the new music - very upbeat! Thank you for the new design.

    Bill Nolan
    Kerrville, Texas
    28 Mar 2002

    2000 pictures abd format look great! Will continue to see the rest. All's well in central Texas.

    Carole Powell Passmore
    Sugar Land, TX
    28 Mar 2002

    Great job on updating the web page! The fun page and other stuff was very impressive. Looking forward to checking the news more often. Thanks!

    T. A. Pool
    Lubbock, TX
    28 Mar 2002

    What I am seeing looks great. On the suggestion to have a 2 1/2 year get together for a picnic or cruise; I suppose that some of the classmates have been very successful, but I feel that many would fit into my catagory as for the cruise. There is no way that I could afford it.

    Jack Tipps
    28 Mar 2002

    Thanks a million for all your work on this site. It is a pleasure to review our past and discuss our future. Keep up the good work.

    Jack Tipps

    Jerry Don Hopkins
    Jacksonville, TX
    28 Mar 2002

    Great job. I too am impressed. Tex Ray was great on the fun page very good picture. This is very easy to ues for us old guys that are not so up on the computer. Thanks for all the work and keeping us informed.

    Note: My business phone # is incorrect should be 903-586-0065

    Bill Murray
    07 Mar 2002

    Wow! I'm impressed, you guys really know how to throw a party out there!



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