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HHS Alumni News — Posted 2007 July 31


Howard T. Noe, class of 1944, passed away October 6, 2006, at Biloxi, Miss., where he lived following his retirement from 43 years of federal service. He was a veteran of WWII, the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. A quote from his obituary “As a gentleman, and a man who had a zest for life, Mr. Noe will be sadly missed by his family and many others who knew him.” In a note from his wife Mary, she writes “My husband loved your newsletter, it was one way he could keep up with the people he left so many years ago.”

Leonoar Craig, class of 1941, passed away May 17, 2007, at Atlanta, Ga. She was a faithful attendant at Alumni activities in the fall, hardly missing a single year. She will surely be missed.

Donald Stricklin, class of 1954, passed away November 10, 2006, at Lawrenceville, Ga. He was a truck driver for several years and currently owned and operated a masonry business.

James Allen Jones, Jr., class of 1942, passed away January 11, 2005, at Ulysses, Ks. In notifying us of his father’s death, his son, Bradley Jones writes “He talked a lot about his time in Missouri and how he enjoyed it. He looked forward to receiving your newsletter and would read it from front to back.”

Zealous Collins, class of 1949, passed away April 1, 2007, at Rockford Memorial Hospital. He served in the Korean War and came home with the following medals: The Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal and two Purple Hearts. He retired in January 1998 after 41 years as office manager for Eller & Willy Block Co.

Robert Lewis Boster, class of 1957, died October 19, 2006, of an apparent heart attack. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, serving in South Korea & Japan. From 1958 until retiring in 1988, he worked at John Deer at Waterloo Iowa

David Boster, class of 1977, passed away at his home in Elk Creek. He served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer. He was stationed in Korea and Puerto Rico. He also served in the National Guard. He loved to play and write music. He was an avid guitar player.

Alice Faye Fourt Crawford, class of 1934, passed away March 22, 2007, at Texas County Memorial Hospital. She and her husband, Elam Crawford, were married 58 years. After high school graduation, she prepared herself to become a teacher. She took her graduate work at Drury and University of Missouri at Columbia. She taught five years at Rocky Branch School, eight years at Cabool and 23 years at the Houston Junior High, a total of 42 years in the teaching profession. She devoted herself to trying to make a difference in the lives of boys and girls. She endeared herself to the majority of her students and she is remembered as having a keen sense of humor, a sense of compassion and positive outlook on life.

Gerald L. Flowers, class of 1951, passed away March 8, 2007, at Texas County Memorial Hospital. For a number of years he worked at aircraft factories in Wichita. The family moved back to Houston in 1956 where he went to work at Cabool Shoe Co. In 1974 he became a licensed private pilot. He began driving a bus for the Houston Schools, continuing until January of this year. The family farm was located in the Bado Community where he enjoyed his cattle and the outdoors.

James Gentry Brown, class of 1939, passed away Noveber 27, 2006, at North Kansas City Hospital. He graduated from Missouri State Teachers College in Springfield. He attended Columbia University in New York. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. He taught music at Bakersfield, Forsyth, and Willow Springs. He later joined his father in business at Brown Motor Co., the Chevrolet/Oldsmobile dealership in Houston. He was involved in the community, serving as president of several civic organizations. As a lover of music, he was director of the choir at the United Methodist Church in Houston. He was also a lover of outdoors and his native Ozarks.

Robert Edgar Price, class of 1953, passed away February 5, 2007. After graduation he served with the U.S. Army 319th Airborne Division during the Korean War.

Marilyn Louise Ferguson Mitchell, class of 1967, passed away February 25, 2007, at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach following a heart attack. She attended the University of Missouri-Rolla and Drury College. For several years she worked as secretary for various persons at Houston Schools from the late 70’s to the late ‘90’s. She became involved with the activities of her sons and was known as a wonderful wife and mother.

M. Pauline Haney Sullivan, class of 1932, passed away September 3, 2006. While working at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. she met and married a young Air Force mechanic. As they traveled the world, they raised a family of four children. In 1993 she moved to Springfield and to Austin in 2004 to be near her family. She passed away at Austin.

Steven Paul Langham, class of 1973, passed away September 27, 2006, at Texas County Memorial Hospital after battling cancer. He loved being a truck driver and talking to all his friends on the CB and cell phone.

Florence Irene Beck Morrison, class of 1943, passed away March 11, 2007, in St. Louis. She will be remembered as a cheerleader in 1941-42. She has lived her lifetime in the St. Louis area..

Wesley Ray Tate, class of 1942 passed away January 21, 2006. He served with the 397th A.A.A. Battalion during World War II, surviving the Normandy Invasion. He retired in October 1990 from Bendix after 39 years.

Robert Edward (Robbie) Flowers, class of 1975, died March 2, 2007, at St. Frances Hospital in Tulsa, Okla., from injuries sustained in an auto accident February 10 at Supulpa. He was a rural mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service.

Hazel Neugebauer Wilson, class of 1967, passed away November 6, 2006, in Springfield after a bout with cancer. She enjoyed going to the lake, swimming and spending time with family. She sold Home Interior for ten years and enjoyed helping people decorate their homes.

Vera Blankenship Nowak, class of 1939, died at Lafayette, Co. on July 30, 2006. They had lived most of their married life in and around Denver. She was a charter member of the Bridgeport VFW Auxiliary and a member of First Baptist Church. They enjoyed square dancing. She is survived by two daughters.

Hubert Dean Wright, class of 1957, passed away June 2, 2007, at Texas County Memorial Hospital. He served in the U.S.Army during the Korean war. He enjoyed hunting, gardening, music, and dancing.

Robert “Bob” Kirby Hart, class of 1947, passed away June 19, 2007, at Texas County Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He owned and operated Hart Farms until the late 90’s when he sold due to his failing health. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and keeping up on world events. He is survived by his wife, the former Peggy Atkisson, and their four children.

William L. “Bill” Christie, class of 1932, died July 5, 2007, at Houston House. Over the years he operated Christie Dairy, deliverying milk to Houston homes until 1966. He served on the city council, was mayor, and became the first city supervisor in 1965. He also worked for the Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service in the ‘50s and raised beef cattle until the ‘90s.

Short Tales




Imogene Baty Porter, class of 1945, informs us of the 90th birthday celebration for Bonnie Baty Maxwell, class of 1934. Many will remember her teaching career which included nine years teaching 4th grade in Houston Schools. She later taught 19 years at Mtn. Grove.

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Wilburn Elmore, class of 1946, and his wife Imogene received the Lifetime Achievement Award during the recent Houston Area Chamber of Commerce banquet. They are long time business owners in downtown Houston.

Edgar and Margie Flowers Rust, class of 1944, were this year’s Parade Marshals for Emmett Kelly Clown Days parade. They have owned and operated Rust Utility Shop in downtown Houston for 50 years.


Jack Watson, class of 1959, recently retired after working 27 ½ years as Area Supervisor of CenturyTel. His career spanned several changes in this area’s telephone service.

Ed Baker, class of 1954, won reserve champion in the senior citizens class at the 48th World Champion Missouri Foxtrot Show and Celebration at Ava.


Lois Farley Waters, class of 1961, as an accomplished photographer has been asked to show her photos at several museums in this area.

Roy Daniel, class of 1963, was recognized recently with a two-million-mile safety award. He has driven for the JB Hunt company since 1985.

Dr. Howell Burkhead, class of 1969, begins his Pastorate at First Baptist Church in Houston. He has pastored churches across the country and had this to say about this recent move, “During my years of ranging everywhere else, this is where my heart wants to be.”


Mary Lilly Smith, class of 1975, director of economic development for the City of Springfield, was named recently by Springfield Business Journal to their list of “Twenty Most Influential Women.”

Reggie Cole, class of 1976, a Texas County Memorial Hospital employee for 28 years, was named “employee of the month” recently. He is a technologist in the radiology department. He was nominated for the award by his supervisor, Ann Odle Hamilton, class of 1977, who had several kind comments to say concerning his work ethics..

Tammy McKinney Cantrell, class of 1978, and Texas County Collector-Treasurer, had the honor of polishing the brass ball atop the flagpole above the courthouse.


Cpl. Terry Sanders, class of 1980, was recently awarded a 20-year service citation. He graduated from the Water Patrol Academy in May 1986. He has worked the Stone/Taney County area for 20 years.

Terry Barton Driesel, class of 1981, works as a physical therapist at the Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Leasa Howerton, class of 1980, was honored recently at Crowder College, where she received “employee of the year award” in the faculty category. Recipients were nominated by their peers and/or students. She also received the Gold Star Teacher of the Year award.

Charlie Malam, class of 1981, has accepted the position of Willow Springs Middle School principal. He began his teaching career at Houston in 1986, where he has been a teacher, head boys’ basketball coach, athletic director and middle school principal.

Roger Haney, class of 1981, was promoted to Captain with the Potter County sheriff’s office in Amarillo, Texas. He has been employed with the sheriff’s office for the past 25 years, and received his Bachelor’s degree from Wayland Baptist University.

Wesley Brown, class of 1989, is a manager for Pepsi Co. out of Springfield, Mo.

Shane, Mitchell, class of 1989, is married to Katrina Fisher Mitchell, class of 1990, and lives in Olathe, Kan. He is employed with an engineering consulting firm in Kansas City. He and Katrina are expecting their first child in August.

Michael Brown, class of 1985, is stationed at Lakenheath Air Force Base in England. He recently returned from a tour in Quetar and Afghanistan. After taking a three-week sabbatical in Missouri, he will report to duty in Valdosta, Georgia, in August this year.

Brent Kell, class of 1981, and girl’s basketball coach, was recently recognized for his 300-career victories with the Lady Tigers.


Quentin Fronterhouse, class of 1995, was awarded the 2006 Midwestern Officer of the Year Award from the Association of Midwest Fish and Game Law Enforcement Officers. He and his wife live at Branson where he is stationed. His brother Colby was featured in an earlier issue or Tiger Tales when we spotlighted former scholarship winners.

Annette Brown Bradley, class of 1993, and another of our Scholarship winners, reports to us of her family. She and her husband recently took a company transfer with Monsanto to Nebraska where she is a stay-at-home mother for their four children, the last of which was Caden Lloyd born July 5, 2006.

Katrina Fisher Mitchell, class of 1990, recently returned from Bologna, Italy, where she conducted dissertation research. She is a doctoral candidate in musicology at the University of Kansas. She is married to Shane Mitchell, class of 1989.


Anniversaries Ray, class of 1955, and Lavonne Pursifull Grose celebrated their 50th anniversary on April 18 with a reception at the Raymondville Community building. They were married by Ray’s great aunt, Sadie Miles.

Walter, class of 1940, and Laveda Randall Douglas, class of 1947, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a reception at the Oak Hill Christian Church. They were married November 25, 1948.

Charles “Dean,” class of 1956, and Carolee Ann Cole Roberts, class of 1956, celebrated their 50th anniversary recently. Their family will host a reception at their home in September.

Thomas “Junior” and Donna Hebblethwaite Blair, class of 1956, celebrated their 50th anniversary March 20, 1957.

Billy Joe, class of 1956, and Beverly Daugherty Driesel , class of 1957, observed their 50th anniversary May 31 with a family celebration. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Ernie and Betty Shelton McKee, class of 1955, celebrated their 50th Anniversary May 19 with a reception hosted by their children. They were married May 25, 1957.

Sterling, class of 1954, and Millideen Bates Huff, class of 1955, celebrated their 50th anniversary with a reception held at the Pentecostal Holiness Church at Licking.

Clifford and Erma Tate Campbell, class of 1956 celebrated with a reception hosted by their children and held at Hopewell Free Will Baptist Church on September 17, 2006.

Edgar, class of 1945, and Margie Flowers Rust, class of 1945, celebrated their 60th anniversary with a reception held at the Rural Fire Association Community building. They were married December 24, 1946, and have owned Rust Utility Shop in Houston for 50 years.

Chuck and Dolores McComber Brennan, class of 1955, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 1, 2006. They reside in Jesup, Georgia.

Correspondence Received

Letters of encouragement and thanks have been received from Joy Curtis Conrad, class of 1945, Ethel Stark Hill, class of 1944, and also Imogene Garrett Sutton, class of 1951.

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