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HHS Alumni News — TIGER TALES July 2008

2008 Alumni Homecoming October 3 and 4 “A Time For Us”


Dawna Epperson Scheuermann, class of 1979, died January 25, 2008, at St. John(s Hospital in Springfield. She traveled with her father during his time in the Air Force. She worked at Houston House after high school.

Glenn Robert Anderson, class of 1978, died February 20, 2008, at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Wayne Murlin Baty, class of 1943, died February 23, 2008, after a battle with cancer. He served in World War II and was awarded two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. After completing a Ph.D. he taught at colleges in Arizona and Kansas.

Ellen Irene McKee Kern, class of 1979, died March 2, 2008, at her home at Bucyrus. She was a clerk at Town & Country and Corner Express for many years.

Shirley Daniels Cole, class of 1951, died March 5, 2008, at her home in Neosho, Missouri. She attended Missouri University at Columbia. She was an elementary teacher in Neosho until her retirement. She remained active in her church in both the music and education departments.

Randall Leon “Marty” Martin, class of 1950, died March 15, 2008, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He served in the Air Force for 20 years and retired as a G13 in Civil Service.

Roger Lee Blankenship, class of 1951, died March 21, 2008, at Cox Medical Center in Springfield. He served in the Army for 2 years and was a construction engineer in Massachusetts and California.

Carolyn Sue Douglas Bequette, class of 1961, died March 22, 2008, at St. John(s Hospital in St. Louis. She was a devoted housewife and member of First Christian Church at Florissant.

Gerald E. Elmore, class of 1945, died March 21, 2008, at Ozarks Medical Center in West Plains. He attended the University of Missouri, Columbia, and served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard for 30 years retiring with the rank of sergeant major. He served as city administrator in Houston from 1984-88 and West Plains from 1988-1996.

Emma Jean Zeck Smallwood, class of 1938, died April 1, 2008, at the home of her daughter in Rolla. She was an aide at Phelps County Regional Medical Center in Rolla in the '50s and '60s and a private duty nurse for many years.

Charles Geren, class of 1957, died April 6, 2008, at Texas County County Memorial Hospital. He worked in construction in the area and enjoying hunting and fishing.

Dewain C. Adkison, class of 1957, died May 5, 2008 at Texas County Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He received a B.S. degree in animal husbandry from University of Missouri, Columbia. He worked for Farmers Production Credit Association and was an investment and insurance professional.

Nathan Thomas Sawyer, class of 1985, died May 14, 2008, at his home in Houston. He graduated as an LPN January 2004 from South Central Career Center at West Plains. He traveled within the U.S. and recently visited the Philippines and Dubai.

Velma Olive Fourt, class of 1931, died May 23, 2008, at Houston House Nursing Center. She received a B.S. degree in education from MSU in Springfield. She taught elementary students in Texas County, Springfield, and St. Louis for a total of 44 years retiring in 1976.

James David Lemons, class of 1961, died June 2, 2008, at Stormont Vail Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, after a long battle with emphysema and heart problems. He worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber for more than 33 years and attended business college.

Larry Wayne Davenport, class of 1971, died June 4, 2008, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. He worked for Waterloo Industries for 29 years.

Perry A. Mansfield, class of 1979, died June 11, 2008, at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

Short Tales


Erma Burch Bacon, class of 1957, is featured in the May issue of “Good Old Days.” The story highlights the construction of a Solo outhouse at the 160-acre farm. Another of her stories is set to be published in the magazine in October.


Pat Haney Gentry, class of 1961, retired after 20˝ years with The Texas County Family Support and Children(s Division. Roxie Nelson Sponsler, class of 1979, is director of the Texas County office.

Bill Nichols, class of 1961, retired as emergency preparedness director for the city. His association with the city-first as a fireman and later as overseeing civil defense matters-spans 47 years.

Roger Holder, class of 1962, retired after 42 years in education-35 years at Houston and 7 years in Arizona.

Eddie Watson, class of 1963, was recognized by the American Hereford Association for producing one cow named to the “Dams of Distinction” list. These are the most efficient cows in the Hereford breed.

Larry Dablemont, class of 1965, was the keynote speaker at the young authors festival sponsored by the Tri-County chapter of the International Reading Association. The festival was held in Mtn. Grove.

Charles Ferguson, class of 1965, was honored with a reception in Macomb, Illinois, for 19 years of service to the Campus Ministry at Western Illinois University. He will begin a new pastorate in August at Monroe, Illinois.

Roger Maxwell, class of 1968, retired after a 22-year career with the South Central District of Missouri Department of Transportation. During that time he served as a computer draftsman, construction technician, instrument operator with the survey crew. and land survey supervisor.


Carla Hart Frey, class of 1970, area specialist with the USDA Rural Development office in Houston, was recently recognized for completion of 20 years of service as a federal employee.

Dean Campbell, class of 1972, was one of more than 250 former University of Arkansas football players who honored outgoing athletic director Frank Broyles at the Arkansas-South Carolina game. Dean played four years at Arkansas for coach Jimmy Johnson.

Bill Bates, class of 1972, and his wife Brenda were selected as parade marshals for the Christmas Parade. Bill is the former Houston city administrator and Brenda is director of the Texas County Library system.

Scott Barton, class of 1975, holds an associate degree in design drafting technology from Linn Technical College. He is a member of the Houston R-1 Citizens for Education and the technology committee. He is also youth and children(s minister for Ozark Baptist Church.

Tonya Lay Foster, class of 1976, was hired as city clerk for Houston. She has been a management employee with Wal-Mart since 1995 and was the Sears catalog merchant in Houston before going to Wal-Mart.

Dana Gale McGuire, class of 1977, received the mentoring award at the Family Nutrition Program and 4-H Youth Development Conference in Columbia for her work as a University Extension Nutrition Program Associate.

Sgt. Marty Elmore, class of 1977, represents the Missouri State Highway patrol in giving assemblies for area high school groups on the dangers of drinking and driving.

Tom Dunn, class of 1977, worked 9 years as director of veterinary services with the St. Louis Veterinary Emergency Group. He has been the owner of Houston Veterinary Hospital for 10 years and served on the Houston School board for 3 years and is currently president.

Kathy Lee French, class of 1977, won $800,000 on her Missouri Powerball ticket for the April 9 drawing.

Steve Pounds, class of 1979, and Doug Castleman, class of 1980, represented the Houston School District as school board members and LeAnn McKinney Edington, class of 1975, as elementary principal when the district received the “Distinction in Performance Award” from the state of Missouri.

Martin Fisher, class of 1979, was named volunteer of the year by the Texas County Medical Reserve Corps.


Nick Boren, PhD., class of 1981, is chief operation officer of Columbia Public Schools. Before moving to Columbia, he spent 21 years in the South Calloway County School, as teacher, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. He and his wife, Cindy Brown Boren, class of 1981, and their 3 children live in Fulton, Missouri.

Darrell Scheets, class of 1984, has been employed with MFA Inc., for the last 23 years. He currently holds the position of manager for the Houston store. He also serves on the Houston board of education.

Chris Smith, class of 1985, a Drury graduate, officer and board member of The Bank of Houston, is also owner of T & T Farm Products Inc., and manager of Smith Family Farms.

Steve Harrah, class of 1988, is the newest cast member of Trick My Truck, the hit Country Music Television program that takes the rigs of lucky truck drivers and customizes them into dream machines. He has built more than 250 variously styled drag cars in 21 years.


Nathan Holder, class of 1993, and Patty Huff Street, class of 1967, represented the Raymondville School district in receiving a “Distinction in Performance.” Raymondville was one of 35 south central Missouri schools to receive the honor.

Codi Fowler Freeman, class of 1993, resides in Holden and is an elementary instructional coach in the Excelsior Springs School District. She recently provided a professional development workshop for the teachers at Wellspring Christian School.

Jim Moore, class of 1993, girls( basketball coach at Fair Grove, and Jim Flora, class of 1996, coach at Pleasant Hope met each other at a recent district tournament. Among those refereeing the tournament was former Houston coach and guidance counselor, Gary Breedlove.

Kevin Reed, class of 1994, graduated from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy with an associates degree from Mineral Area College in 1999. In 2005 he transferred to the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control.

Capt. Richard Bratton III, class of 1994, passed on command of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment in a ceremony in Iraq. He will be assuming a position as the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team(s engineer planner.

Renae Odle Hinkle, class of 1994, a Houston elementary teacher, recently had her fifth grade student, Samantha Jo Garrett win her third state handwriting contest sponsored by Zaner-Bloser. Samantha also won as a first grader and in third and fourth grade.

Cory Stricklin, class of 1996, received his MBA degree at Kansas University. He resides in Olate, Kansas, where he is employed by Garmin Industries.

Tiffany Rouse Kauffman, class of 1998, was named an honorary state FFA degree recipient at the Missouri FFA convention. She is an agricultural education teacher at Clever High School, where the FFA chapter has had several state officers and awards.


Stacy Wise, class of 2001, works as a veterinary assistant at Northwest Wildlife Center in Bellingham, Washington. She graduated Western Washington University with a bachelor(s degree in biology and plans to go to vet school and become a wildlife/emergency veterinarian.

Doug Driesel Jr., class of 2001, was featured in a segment on the History Channel(s “History of the Joke.” He performs in the program as a standup comedian at the Westside Eclectic(s “Ed Galvez Punk House.”

Lucas Ragland, class of 2003, received a bachelor(s degree in computer science from College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri.

Nick Meizler, class of 2003, is an officer with the Licking Police Department. He has spent more than two years with the Nixa Police Department. He is the son of Mike Meizler, class of 1982, and Sherry Lewis Ellsworth, class of 1982.

Lacey Stallcup, class of 2004, received a bachelor(s degree in nursing from College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, Missouri. She is the daughter of Steve Stallcup, class of 1983, and LeAn Shelton Stallcup, class of 1985.


John Stallcup, class of 1934, and Thelma Campbell Stallcup, celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary on February 8, 2008, at their home.

Mace & Arlene Brown Reardon, class of 1946, celebrated this 60th anniversary on May 16, 2008 in Peoria, Illinois.

Don Shelton, class of 1954, and Frances Skouby Shelton, class of 1957, celebrated their 50th anniversary June 21 with a trip to Vail, Colorado.

Keith McBride, class of 1967, and Carol Bressie McBride, class of 1968, celebrated their 40th anniversity with a reception on June 29, 2008, at the Armstrong Baptist Church at Armstrong, Missouri.

Lisa Ashby Pursifull and Jerold Pursifull, class of 1970, celebrate their 25th anniversary with an open house on February 16, 2008, at their home in Houston.

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Campbell Family News

Joyce Pearcy Campbell, class of 52, worked at International Shoe Company until it closed. She then worked for the City of Houston 1965 - 1967. In May 1971 she opened the Chatterbox Café in Houston and operated it until October 1973. In 1974 she returned to the city office and worked until she retired in July 2004 as city clerk. Since retiring she volunteers at the Sheltered Workshop and has done some traveling. In April 2005, she became the first woman to be elected to the city council of Houston. She is also on the Texas County Food Pantry Board and the Chamber of Commerce Board.

She has 3 children who graduated from HHS:

Dean Campbell, class of 1972, is employed at Dairy Farmers of America in Cabool and does dry-wall installation as a 2nd job.

Sheila Campbell Walker, class of 1976, is employed with Wal-Mart

Sharon Campbell Tyger, class of 79, is manager of Opportunity Sheltered Industries.

She has 6 grandchildren who graduated from HHS:

Josh Campbell, Abby Campbell Gaither, Seth Walker, Shara Walker Gamble, Allen Tyger, and Sheena Tyger Postlewait

Class Reunions

Class of 1948 - October 4, 2008, in the Raymondville Bank Community Room from 10:00 a.m. to whenever with plans for lunch at 11:00. Lunch will be catered and the cost is $10.

If you have questions call: Margaret Owen 417-967-2842, Gail Lee 417-457-6464 or Norma Bridges 417-967-2629.

Class of 1953 - September 10-12 at Branson. October 4 for breakfast at Ozark Baptist Church Fellowship hall. Call Irene Willson at 417-963-4471 for further information.

Class of 1958 - October 4, 11:00 - 5:00 Lunch will be served at Loretto House. Call John Beeler at 967-3988 for further information.

Class of 1963 - October 4, 11:30 - 3:00 Lunch will be served at Horse Creek Inn. Call Sharon Holder at 636-724-1102 for further information.

Class of 1968 - Plans are pending at the present time. Call Steve Hutcheson at 967-4139 or 967-2822 for details. Letters will be sent out ASAP.

Class of 1973 - Jan Cole or Bob Bryson 457-6212

Class of 1978 - August 9, 2008, Golden Hills Resort at Raymondville, Meet at 2:00 - Dinner at 6:00. Call Brenda Barton at 967-2267 for further information.

Accommodations Available

Pond Trail Farm Guest House 417-967-8012
Horse Creek Inn 417-967-4117
Southern Inn 417-967-4591
Windstone Bed and Breakfast 417-967-2008
Haney RV and Trailer Park 417-967-2615

Golden Hills Trail Rides and Resort 417-457-6222

Scenic Rivers Inn 573-674-4809
Country Inn Motel 573-674-3466

Super 8 Motel 417-962-5888