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April 04, 2008


Sheila Steele Howard

How sad to hear the news of Pat Bain. My fondest memories are of our times together in Girl Scouts. Prayers and thoughts to her family and friends.

Ann Herman Beatty

I remember Pat well through Park Place Elementary, Jr. High and High School. I particularly remember her through Girl
Scouts and Brownies. Her mother was our leader and Janellen's mother was assistant. I remember Karla Lofgren, Peggy O'Neal, Grace Moore, Beth Pohler, Kit Cook, Linda Robinson and Kay Lively in that group. There were probably others but things I had saved did not make it through my parents' moves. I recall her as being rather quiet and reserved but caring, concerned and loving towards others. As we are aging I am sure we will see more added to the In Memoriam list. I don't mean to be maudlin, but think it was Mark Twain who said "Live each day as if it were your last and someday you will be right". I feel sad for her family and others who loved her. Ann

Charlotte Vann Casselberry

I was talking to Gladys Payne Bohac the other day about the class losses and said that I would like to write something about our dear friend, Zynda Carson. She died so long ago at such a young age. I was fortunate to be "in her family" from birth. Our mothers were Milby classmates and Zynda was born on April 5th, I was born on April 8th. Mother and "Aunt Anna" spent many hours together and on those visits, Zynda and I were in the same crib. She was a funny little ugly duckling as a child, but blossomed into a beautiful young woman and had 2 precious little girls before tragically contracting an unknown and lethal blood disorder. She loved her family and friends with her entire being. She gave 100% of herself to whatever she did, from working at Weingartens on Broadway, helping Papa Sporn out in the shoe shop, to babysitting with her many young cousins. She didn't make the best grades, but her uncanny common sense and incredible wit put us to shame. Once I was trying to tutor her for a test and was very frustrated, when she said, "don't worry, I'm in the same grade that you are, and I'm going to graduate with you. You'll be on the front row, I'll be on the back." I remember her smile most of all, the way her face lit up and her eyes danced. I miss her...

Deady Teacher Remembered

Laura McNeil Burns sent this link to a Houston Chronicle article about Beulah Harwood Berry who was a teacher at Deady when we were there.


Charles Simmons

It was so sad to read Ray's announcement of Kenneth Hammett's passing away. I remember being in class with him at Southmayd. Always a likable, funny guy, he entertained us with his antics. I remember him being so strong and massive for his age. Consequently, I wasn't surprised at his athletic abilities at Deady and Milby. I saw him last at the 20th reunion. His greeting to me was, "There's an old Pecan Park boy!" I'll miss Kenneth being one of us.

John Echoff

#20 (Ken's football number) will be missed. He was always glad to see ya, or at least seemed to be. My favorite memory of Ken was the snapshot of him tossing pizza dough at one of the school Halloween Carnival's. Unfortunately the list continues to grow and we lose more old friends as time goes by. Hopefully we will see them again at a bigger reunion-God Bless them all.

Frank Heide

In Memory of Kenneth Hammett

Ken and I met, I guess, in the 8th grade at Deady when I decided to play football in the 9th grade. Sandy Sanderson said we could be a good combination with Ken at fullback and me at tailback with Paul Schrader and/or Guy Mason at blocking back.

You know, you either loved this guy or had no opinion about him. But I have to tell you, he and his mother were the best friends I had when my parents split in 1958. It was a quick split and I had to have a place to stay and continue to go to school. My brother, Billy, called Ken's mom and asked if I could stay awhile while things worked themselves out. Of course, she said yes and I lived with them for several months.

For those of you who don't remember, Ken had a customized Ford (1956?)which was blue, with naugahyde tuck/roll seats, white headliner, and was just a real hot rod.

I don't know much about Ken's later life but I understand he became a wrestler and had some ups and downs. I regret now that I didn't keep in touch with him because he and his mom were so good to me.

Carolyn Niday

I just wanted to say that my husband, Ronnie D. Niday, passed away on May 15, 2008 from Lung Cancer - he also never smoked.


Carolyn Niday

[I believe Ronnie was in the Milby Class of 1962, and I remember him well - his picture in the yearbook matches the mental image I got when I read his name here. Thanks, Carolyn, for sharing your sad news with us. Were you a Milby grad also? KD]

Linda Strickland

Carolyn, sorry to read of your loss. As time goes by may your grief be less; I know your memories are holding you together. You are in our prayers.

Remembering Donna Byrd Broussard

I received an e-mail message from Donna Byrd Broussard's daughter on Saturday, 09/27/08. She wrote: "Mom peacefully passed away Friday, September 26th."

Last October Donna (Milby 1962) had logged onto the blog and offered her thoughts to Melanie Winkler Morrison, as follows:

“To Melanie Winkler Morrison,
Melanie, I just read your biography and was so sorry to hear about your bout with cancer. MDA is the best place in the world if you have to go. I have been there 13 years and will be going back on October 29 for carcinoma of the kidney. I am confident the doctor will take care of it and I will be up and about within a short period of time. The prayers of our classmates are so very, very special and keep me in state of peace that I cannot explain or understand, but certainly I thank the Good Lord for giving me the faith to face my life struggles. I will always remember you in my prayers now that I know. Please take care! Donna”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Donna's family during this time of loss. Karla Lofgren Davis

Loss of a Beloved Brother

I recently learned of the death of Wayne Kirby, the brother of our classmate Shirley Kirby Joiner. I requested, and she responded with, some remarks about him that I could put on the blog.

The following is her response, condensed remarks from his memorial service. (Karla)

Shirley wrote:

"Wayne and his family lived across the street from me and my family in Bryan, Texas for over twenty years. Our children grew up together. I was fortunate to have such a wonderful brother and I will never stop missing him.

On Sunday, June 8, 2008, Charles Wayne Kirby gave his life serving his community and fellow man. In the early morning hours of June 8, his life was taken suddenly while operating a life flight mission. Also killed in the crash were Flight Nurse Jana Bishop, Flight Paramedic Stephanie Watters, and patient David Disman.

Wayne's life of service was one filled with serving in a variety of ways and places. His most recent call to service began in January 2007 when he became one of four PHI Air Med pilots on the Air Med 12 Unit Team based out of Coulter Field in Bryan. His 32-year employment with PHI began in January 1976. During his tenure with PHI, he served the company in many locations along the Gulf Coast in support of the oil and gas industries. Prior to joining PHI's Air Medical Unit here in Bryan, he was a pilot for PHI's operation in Cabinda, Angola, for 12 years.

Wayne was born in Houston, Texas to Mamie and C. L. Kirby on September 10, 1944. He was a member of Broadway Baptist Church for many years until he recently moved his membership to First Baptist Church in Bryan. He graduated from Charles H. Milby High School in 1963.

After graduation, Wayne became a full time student at Sam Houston State in Huntsville, Texas, and later was a student at the University of Houston. While a student at the University of Houston, he married Sally Jean Vinson on November 27, 1965. After his tour of duty in the military, Wayne completed a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Maryland.

Given his life of service, it seems only fitting that Wayne gave nine years of his life in the U.S. Army serving his country. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant as a field artillery officer. However, he soon fell in love with flying and later went to fight school, graduating in February 1968. After graduation, he served two aviation tours in Vietnam; one with the Air Cavalry at Tay Ninh and one with the 20th Engineering Brigade at Bien Hoa. He was honorably discharged from the Army in November 1975 after completing a tour with the 25th Aviation Brigade in Mainz, Germany. During his time in Vietnam, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medals, and a Broken Wing Award.

Until the present accident, as a civilian pilot, he completed 32 years of accident-free flying service. Wayne's hobbies outside of work included motorcycle riding. He was the proud owner of two Harley Davidson motorcycles and was a member of the local Brazos de Dios Motorcycle Club. He had a love for all kinds of hunting, especially hunting deer.

But no hobby or love of hobby was greater than his love for his grandchildren, Tyler, Hannah, Sarah, and Seth. The day before his death, he spent the entire day with his grandchildren, including a workshop where all four grandchildren made toy sailboats.

As an "after note", on September 11, 2008, Wayne received a Star of Texas Award as an "Emergency Medical First Responder who was Killed in the Line of Duty."

Wayne's wife Sally battled colon cancer for 11 years. Wayne transferred back from Angola to Texas so that he could spend more time caring for and being with Sally. After Wayne's death, Sally gave up her fight and she died three months later on September 15, 2008. Cherish your loved ones!"

Shirley Kirby Joiner, Class of 1960

Glenda Burns Minniece

Shirley - Thank you for letting us get to know your heroic brother. You wrote such a loving tribute to him. I'm glad your sister-in-law lived to see the Star of Texas Award bestowed. Condolences to his children, you and your family. I know you will miss him sorely.

Passing of a 1962 Friend


Karla, your group may or may not remember Juanita Walker in our '62 class. We just got word that she passed away yesterday in Baton Rouge.

Juanita never married and retired just a few short years ago from HISD. She lived and cared for her mother her whole life. After her mother passed away, she decided to sell the house that she grew up in near Milby and move to Baton Rouge to be near family (cousins) since she had no one else in Houston.

She bought a home there and was having it renovated when I talk to her about 6 months ago. At that time, she had been diagnosed with liver cancer but was very optimistic and continued with her plans to move.

Hopefully, she was able to enjoy her "new" home there before she lost her battle. We have lost too many Milby friends so we cherish the ones we still have. Hug a Buffalo today!

Marinell Roberts Mendoza

Karla Lofgren Davis

Marinell Roberts Mendoza has sent information about the passing of Connell Pitts - brother of Drew and Susie. Another fallen Milbyite....Brenda, Susie and Drew Pitts' brother, Connell (Butch).
A beautiful and comforting message from his daughter follows:

"Friends - Many of you are aware that my father passed on to be with the Lord this Thursday. My brother and I sent this to some people last night and I am forwarding to others in hopes that you can pass it on to people who knew my father and our family. My dad was full of life and joy on Wednesday evening when I left him at home and he passed quickly from an arrhythmia late that evening. We had a full day at Methodist planned the next day along with his weekly support group meeting and dad said he was going to visit the ICU and rehab and many others to say “thanks and give his support”. Guess the Lord had bigger plans for him that day! I am happy to say that from the autopsy his new liver and kidneys were functioning perfectly and it gave him 3 glorious months to really live life and give back – which he did!!!! I’m certain his only regret is that we didn’t discover his passing until the morning and didn’t get a chance to “pass on his organs”. We are forever grateful for those 3 months and I know he is too. It was his time and it is well! Be well too and rejoice - he is home with his Maker and Father. Thank you for the outpouring of support. Julie Pitts Mount"

Karla Lofgren Davis

At the end of this comment is the e-mail message that Ray sent to all of us this week, telling of the Sept 27 death of Pat Roberson. I also put a link on the blog this week for a service for Connell (“Butch”) Pitts. Then today I attended the funeral for a 1960 high school graduate here in Waco. She was not a Milby 1960 graduate. In fact, she was a graduate of the high school in the school district where I teach. Her “baby sister” is a dear friend with whom I work.

After the traditional religious ceremony, the eulogy was delivered by the lifelong friend of the deceased. She did a beautiful job of reviewing her entire life, citing their shared activities. Of course, much of what she said parallels our lives – as they grew up in the same decades in which we came of age and went out into the world. She mentioned their class motto, “On third base – it’s time to score.”

I listened, I smiled and nodded, I laughed when appropriate, and I cried. I cried for my friend who had lost her sibling. I cried for the husband, children, and grandchildren, and for the friend who lost her companion of 6 plus decades. I cried for the losses I have experienced . . . and will experience.

The eulogist closed by saying, “Many of our classmates are here today. You know, we have been busy planning our 50th high school reunion for the spring of 2010. I am sorry that she will not be with us in person, but know that she will be with us in spirit.”

Naturally, when she said that I thought of all of you. I do hope we will all be together soon, dear friends. Take very good care of yourselves, and make every arrangement necessary to join us next April. I want to hug your neck and hold your hand, and visit with you – the friends of my youth!

In case you missed it, here is Ray’s e-mail message re a recently departed Milby 1960 friend. Perhaps you would like to leave a comment here in remembrance of Pat or others of our departed classmates.

"Pat Roberson died on Sunday September 27. I talked to her son today and he told me his mother had been sick for some time but her body just suddenly started to crater. All of her major organs started failing in succession and finally it was too much for her to fight against. I should have her picture and statistics posted on the In Memoriam page on our website soon.

Without counting again, I think this is number 68 of our class that we have lost. We have about 40 classmates who are missing and I fear some of them may be dead." Pat Roberson died on Sunday September 27. I talked to her son today and he told me his mother had been sick for some time but her body just suddenly started to crater. All of her major organs started failing in succession and finally it was too much for her to fight against. I should have her picture and statistics posted on the In Memoriam page on our website soon.“

John Echoff

Father Time marches on, God selects those whom he wishes to have serve him in his kingdom, while the rest of us prepare for the great journey.

May God Bless Us and Keep Us from harm.

Looking forward to seeing most of y'all at the 50th, if not before... John

[Note: Milby classmates received an e-mail from Ray yesterday, informing us that Charlotte REYNOLDS died on September 23 this year. Her daughter contacted Ray and said that her mother was diagnosed with cancer just a few months ago and she died very quickly.

He also mentioned that her name and information will join Charlene Casas and Pat Roberson, who have just been placed on the IN MEMORIAM page of our Milby 1960 website.

Ray concluded this e-mail, "The reminder of Charlotte’s death is a good reason to make plans to come to the reunion next April." Link: http://www.milbyclassof1960.org/memoriam.shtml]

John Echoff

Since the recent passing of two more of our classmates, I thought this quote might give a little comfort to those in need:

"What is time? The shadow on the dial, the striking of the clock, the running of the sand, day & night, summer & winter, months, years, centuries-these are but arbitary and outside signs, the measure of time, not time itself. Time is the life of the soul." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Remembering Mrs. Lay

Donald Williamson sent the following information to me today [KD]:

Mrs. Elizabeth Lay passed away on Friday, April 9th. I think during our time as students at Milby that she taught English to the mid-term students. I could be mistaken about this but some of the June students that I know did not have her as a teacher.

She came to the picnic for our 45th reunion and really seemed to enjoy herself. I was in contact with her daughter (Mary Lay Kesterson) about a month ago and was told that Mrs. Lay was in poor health and couldn't attend the current reunion.

Dear Mary,

I am so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, please express my condolences to your family for me. Your mother had such a positive influence on so many students that certainly it had to help them in real-life situations for years to come.

As far as I am concerned, teaching is one of the most important careers that one can enter and your mother was the best teacher I ever had. She always had control of her class and made learning fun. I still can remember passages of poetry that she had us recite, and how to diagram a sentence. I think these are now lost on the current generation.

Your mother will be fondly remembered by so many people and I know that will give you comfort.
Our prayers are with you and your family.

Laura Burns

Thank you for letting us know about this, Donald. I think that anyone who was ever in one of her classes remembers Mrs. Lay with great affection.

Laura Burns

Here is the link to Mrs. Lay's obituary in the Houston Chronicle:

[Karla here: I am so grateful to Laura for giving us this link. It is a beautiful testament to a teacher, and whether or not she was ever YOUR teacher I believe you will be blessed by reading it. Written in the poetic style I am sure Ms. Lay would have loved, it is a reminder of the fine ladies and gentlemen who influenced our lives in our formative years. I am grateful to God for our Deady and Milby years, and for the beloved teachers who challenged us to learn and grow. Karla]

Karla Lofgren Davis

Today we all received an e-mail from Ray, telling us of the passing of another classmate - Ronald Malone. I immediately pictured Ronnie's wonderful smile and only checked his photo in the yearbook to confirm my recollection. Although I have not seen Ronald in 50 years, I was not surprised to read the glowing obituary comments which were linked from Ray's e-mail. It seems that the promises of the youth were fulfilled in the man. Much love to his family, and to all of you. Karla

Karla Lofgren Davis

Yesterday, August 30, we lost another classmate ~ Elizabeth Ann Russ Huggins. I sat and visited with Liz at the last 3 reunions, and did a little e-mail chatter with her from time to time. Each time I felt such a kinship with her - as though we never lost touch between visits. She was beautiful to look at, but even more beautiful to know ~ such a sweet and loving spirit. I am glad she was able to attend our 50th reunion ~ so vibrant and joyful. I will carry the memory of her that weekend with me always. Karla

Liz's bio link:

Billie's Loss

John Echoff sent this information:
I am very sad to report the death of Milbyite Lanny Young. As many of you know he was married to our classmate Billie Jean Trombatore ('60). Lanny had suffered health problems the last couple of years and finally succumbed around 4:20am today. His memorial service is planned for 11am, Saturday 12/18/10, at the First Assembly of God on Main St in Marble Falls. Billie Jean ask that if you wish to make a donation in Lanny's name, she would like for the church to have it for their missionary work.

Please support our friend and classmate in her time of need.

Thank you,
John Echoff

Later on the 15th he forwarded this from Billie

Dear Ones,

Lanny's Memorial Service will be this Saturday 11:00 a.m. at the First Assy. of God 96 Main St. in Marble Falls. It's on the corner of Main & 1st St. (2 blocks parallel with 281) near Lake Marble Falls bridge. You can see the church from 281. We decided the chapel at the funeral home wouldn't be big enough. There will be a time for anyone wanting to share a short story or experience, if you like.

Instead of flowers, if you would like to send a memorial gift, they have an awesome Missions Program at the church.

Thank you again for being so precious & dear to our hearts.

Billie Young

Karla Lofgren Davis

Ray sent an e-mail today (3/13/11), notifying us of the passing of our classmate James Verlander. I went through Park Place Elementary with James, and of course knew him at Deady and Milby too. Although I haven't seen James since we graduated from Milby, I cherish good memories of those early school days. And I can still see his smile after all these years. May God bless the family and friends who are grieving his passing.

mike roberts

As another passes I will take a moment TODAY and say a prayer for all those alumni mentioned here in passing and for those not mentioned here, whether passed of not, because they and you have been aquaintances of mine. In some cases very close friends, in others not so close, but in ALL cases MY PEERS FROM THE DAY ! Each name brings memories of a childs face which I can recognize. Names have not changed but the faces have aged and many, though familiar, are hardly recognizable, but the memories are still there.

Take HEART my friends and know that we are all part of a whole, something bigger than each of us alone but diminished only by the passing of each part ! As I reflect back, the love I feel for each part of this memory brings a satisfaction that we will ALL be remembered by any who visit this BLOG in the WAKE of THE MILBY CLASS OF 1960.

Oh so proud to be your friend, Mike

Gladys Payne Bohac

Mike, such a sweet tribute. Yes, old friends are so special to all of us. Old aquaintances are special at the time we meet them. Thank God that we still have sweet memories of our past friends and aquaintances. It is hard for me to realize that I too am getting older and time passes quickly. We all need to make the best of each day. Thanks for the sweet memories to everyone that touched my life.


Karla Lofgren Davis

Here is Jimmy's obituary - what a life he had!!!

James Milton Verlander, Jr., PHD, PA.
Aug. 17, 1942 -March 13, 2011

James Milton Verlander, Jr. left this earth March 13, 2011.

Jim graduated from Texas A&M in 1964 with a BS in Biology and was a member of the Texas A&M Corps. of Cadets, Squadron No.13. He earned a master’s degree from Texas A&M in 1966 in Radiation Biology.

Jim began his professional life with the Northrup Space program in 1966 and was assigned to the Gemini program. In 1967 he was transferred with Northrup to NASA in Houston, Texas to begin his work on the Apollo Missions & Skylab program and contributed to the Astronaut Biomedical Harness Monitoring System for the Apollo space flights until 1973.

In 1975 Jim graduated from the University of Houston with his PhD in Hyperbaric and Diving Physiology. Shortly there after he began teaching Biology and conducting research at Texas A&M.

In 1981 Jim graduated from UTMB Physician Assistant program and practiced for several years until 1989 when he rejoined NASA as a biologist on the Space Station program.

He then returned to medicine in 1995 and retired April 2009. He authored 2 science fiction books and was in the process of writing a screenplay.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James M. and Genevieve O. Verlander, Sr. and brother Ralph Verlander.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Adami-Verlander; daughters, Shelly, Gina, Amy and Heather Verlander; sons, Micah and James Verlander; granddaughter, Alaura M. Verlander, great-granddaughter, Emma Rose Verlander; former wife Brenda K. Abbott; sister, Yvonne Marrou; nephews, Trent and Blake Marrou and Ralph Verlander; nieces, Vickie Province, Kim Rush, and Tanya Verlander; as well as a lifetime of friends and acquaintances.

The family would like to sincerely thank the nursing staff of St. Luke’s and Triumph Clear Lake Hospital and Dr. Efrain Soto as well as the other physicians that treated him.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the James Verlander ‘64 Memorial by mailing to, The Association of Former Students, 505 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840. Please make payable to The Association of Former Students, or friends and family may donate online at www.tx.ag/memorial

Addison Funeral Home

Published March 19, 2011

Melissa's Passing Memorialized

At the top of this post you will see a photo of our classmate Melissa Ann Gray Sepulveda-Grant and a link to her obituary in the Houston Chronicle. What a beautiful summary of her life! A scroll through the other comments on this post will bring remembrance of others we have loved and lost. Be sure to leave your comment, too.

Remembering Donna Sanford Phillips

Another of our classmates has departed this earth ~ Donna Sanford Phillips. Please see a photo of Donna at the top of this page, click on the link to her Obituary (printed in the Houston Chronicle on Oct 30, 2011) and then leave your remembrances of Donna here as well via a comment.

Gladys Payne Bohac

Bo & I just got home from the visitation of Donna Sanford Phillips this afternoon. What a joy to hear all of the wonderful things about Donna. She was a wonderful Christian woman that loved the Lord and served Him all the time. I remember Donna in school as being a quite, sweet, caring young lady to everyone. Always with a sweet smile to everyone that she came in contact with and made that person feel special. Donna was very active in her and her husband Gerald's church. Such a nice man. Her daughters were so beautiful and I know they will miss Donna, but oh so happy that she will not suffer anymore and that she is with the Lord now. They told me that their mother really was ready to go to her Heavenly home. She is now at the feet of the Lord and praising Him and smiling down from Heaven. Maybe someday we will all be up in Heaven with Donna and singing Charlie Buffalo. Praise God for Donna and her witness here on earth to the very end.

Gladys Payne Bohac

I remember Melissa as being a kind hearted sweet lady with a big smile. The last time I saw Melissa was a one of our first Milby Lady's Luncheon. We had a great time visiting and sharing our lives with each other. I had no clue that she had cancer at that time. You would have never known. Her life was full and blessed with everything she accomplished. I know her family will miss that sweet spirit and big smile of hers. May you Rest in Peace sweet lady and someday I will see you in Heaven and hopefully all of our classmates will be there to harmonize Charlie Buffalo. I know you are smiling down on all of your classmates now.

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THE SHOOTOUT: Part Deaux (June 2009)

  • Ga - A Happy Bunch of Buffalo
    June 6, 2009 - Eight Milby Buffs and their spouses gathered at the home of Larry and Charlene Smith for a little target practice and a lot of eating and visiting. A great time was had by all!!! Click on title or thumbnails to view and read more.

Charleen's Beautiful Crazy Quilt (June 2009)

  • B - And Then the Quilts Came Out
    One of the REAL treats at "The SHOOTOUT, Part Deaux" was the viewing of Charleen's quilts. Click thumbnail or title to see photos. Once inside be sure to read the captions.

Echoffs in Colorado

  • C) Crossing the Continental Divide
    John and Linn Echoff recently had an exciting expedition northward into Colorado. Click on title or thumbnail to read the narrative and view the sights they saw.

Wilson's 50th Anniversary

  • A) Laura and Loyd in 1960
    Laura (Striegler) and Loyd Wilson recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Click on titles or thumbnails to view photos and read the narrative.

Ladies Luncheon July 27, 2010

  • A) The Gathering at the Black Lab
    Once again the invitation went out - and was answered by 17 of our classmates. Click on the title or thumbnail to view photos and read the captions.

Barker/Davis Reunion, 7/26/2010

  • A) Ed, Karla, Cathie, and Thurburn
    Enroute from their home in North Carolina to a conference in Colorado, Thurburn and Cathie Barker stop for a visit with Ed and Karla Davis in Waco, Texas. Click on title or thumbnail to view photos and read narrative of this reunion.

Charles and Dolly in Hawaii, May 2010

  • B) The Oahu Beaches
    Charles Crider wrote, "In mid-May, we departed Houston and flew to Honolulu for a duel celebration of Dolly’s birthday and our 45th anniversary." Click on the title or thumbnail to see enlarged photos and read the captions.

John Echoff's Retirement Celebration

  • B) The Echoffs - Looking Mighty Happy!
    May 15, 2010 was the date for a grand retirement celebration for John Echoff. Click on titles or photos to enlarge the photos and read the captions.

Ladies' Luncheon Held May 13, 2010

  • A) Millby Girls Gathered May 13
    Jody Bugg orchestrated the May 13, 2010 luncheon and wrote: “We had 19 attend the luncheon today. We had a great time.” Click on thumbnails or titles to enlarge the photos and read the captions - more narrative to follow.

50th Reunion Friday Night "Meet and Greet"

  • G) Milby 50th Reunion Friday Night 016
    Here are the First Photos of the Milby 1960 50th Reunion - much more to come, including captions!!! Click on photos to open and enlarge.

50th Reunion Saturday Lunch

  • Milby 50th Reunion Saturday Lunch  064
    The threat of inclement weather dictated a change of venue. However, that did not in any way change our enjoyment of the company. Click on photos to open and enlarge. (Captions will follow)

50th Reunion Saturday Night Dinner and Dance

  • Milby 50th Reunion Dinner Dance
    Glamorous duds and a four course meal were advertised for the Saturday evening gala, but laughter and love were the main attractions. Click on photos to open and view. (captions will follow)

50th Reunion Sunday Morning Brunch

  • Milby 50th Reunion Sunday Brunch 142
    It was difficult to say farewell on Sunday morning, but already there was talk of "the next time we get together..." Click on thumbnails to enlarge photos. (captions will follow)

Criders' Albino Bluebonnets

  • D) Rare Occurence
    Charles and Dolly Crider enjoy the flora near their Marble Falls cabin. Click on thumbnails to read captions and view enlarged photos of rare albino bluebonnets.

Click on Links to Pages and BIOGRAPHIES

Brenda Burnett's Elementary Photos

  • 7) Bob Neal - Park Place Elementary 1950
    Brenda Collins Burnett has sent the photos from her elementary years. She started school at Park Place Elementary (2 years) and finished at Southmayd Elementary. Can you find yourself in any of these photos? Perhaps you can help her fill in the gaps on her identification. Post your info via a comment under the post "Photo Albums". Now click on this thumbnail to open the album. and then click on each thumbnail inside to see the enlarged photos and descriptions.

The Kids in Our Lives

  • 1A) Charlene Hickman Family
    We all have them - whether sons and daughters, grandkids (or great grandkids), nieces and nephews, or the kids next door. And we all love them - especially when they are being their best selves and looking adorable. So how about sending some photos of the kids in your life!?!?! (Click on each photo to open.)

Reunion Planning Committee

  • EA) A Quorum Assembled
    Click on thumbnails or titles to see photos from recent gatherings of the Milby 1960 Reunion Planning Committee. To return to the main post, click on the phrase "milby1960.typepad.com" at the top left of this album.

Beverly's Valentine's Day Concert (2010)

  • B) Milbyites in Attendance
    Beverly Frankinson Allison invited us all to attend her Amadeus Woodwind Quintet concert on Feb. 14. Click on thumbnails or titles to see photos of the event.

Feb First Lunch Bunch 2010

  • Conclusion
    Jody Bugg invited the Ladies of the Milby Class of 1960 to meet for lunch on Monday, February 1. Click on titles or thumbnails to see the photos of this occasion and read the narrative.

Milby Class of '59 Reunion

  • Zc
    October 16-18, 2009 was the weekend for the 50th Reunion of the Milby Class of 1959. These guys were our heroes - the "older" classes always are! Click on titles or thumbnail to see photos of that great group of Buffalo.

Current Photos of 1960 Milby Grads - Photo Album

  • Ac) Alton Couvillon
    Current photos of Milby grads and their friends and families (especially grandkids and great grandkids and/or other 2nd and 3rd generation youngsters). Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images. Send your photos and narrative to your blogmeister. ([email protected])

Milby's Jim Post in Concert, November 2009

  • S - Jim and Karla
    Going back in time to make a new set of memories, Ed and Karla joined Randy and Jeanine on a pleasant 2 hour drive in the country to the sleepy little town of Crockett. Click thumbnails or titles to see the photos and read the narrative.

John, Larry & Charles ~ Just Hanging Out, Oct 2009

  • F - Tasha
    Three Buffs and their brides had a great time hanging out at a campground "somewhere in East Texas". Click on titles or thumbnails to view and read.

Charlotte's Wedding Album (Oct. 2009)

  • J - God's Plans
    Remember the lovely Cinderella Story Charlotte shared with us a while back? Well, here's the beginning of the next chapter - HER Wedding!!!. Click on the titles or thumbnails for a larger view and narrative.

Sonny Jones & "American Boogie" ~ June 2009

  • D) The Pastels circa 1960
    A group of Milby Buffs gathered in Kemah to enjoy Sonny Jones and the band "American Boogie" perform. Click on titles or thumbnails to view photos and read captions. June 27, 2009

Karla's African Adventure in the 60's

  • Sb) Shopping with Masai Along the Road
    Check out the adventurous life Karla and Ed Davis lived in Africa in the 60's. Made memories to last a lifetime! Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read captions.

Kemah and Galveston After Ike, March '09

  • Zm) An Encouraging Symbol
    While there is still much devastation, and much more work to be done, the rebuilding efforts along the Gulf Coast are in full swing. Click on title or thumbnail to see photos and read narrative of the trip Karla and Ed Davis took to that area during Spring Break.

What I Did This Summer ~ 2009

  • Z) Charlotte, Bo, and Gladys at a Luau
    Do you remember this favorite topic teachers assigned for a first writing project when school started each fall? Let's revisit it through our classmates' photos and captions. Click photos to open/enlarge and to read narrative.

Holiday Gatherings, 2008

  • (Od) Icicles
    Click on each title or thumbnail to enter the album and see enlarged views. Then send us some photos of your Holiday Gatherings (folks and activities) so we can e-congregate with you! (send to Karla as e-mail attachments).

Favorite Fall Photos 2008

  • (Ace) - Sunrise in Marble Falls
    Click on titles or thumbnails to view enlarged images and read captions for these often gorgeous, sometimes humorous, and usually informative Favorite Fall Photos submitted by our classmates.

Bikers and Babes (2008)

  • B - Bikers and Babes
    Enjoy this report of a party hosted by Charlotte Vann Casselberry. Click on titles or thumbnails to view enlarged images.

Hurricane Ike Scenes

  • A - Kemah after Ike
    Click on the titles or thumbnails to show enlarged views of these photos of the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. September 13th, 2008

Sheila's Flora and Fauna ~ 2007

  • E - Honey Bees and Bumble Bees
    Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read comments about "the animals that visit us at our place in the country".

Larry's Nightly Visitors, '08 & '09

  • H - The Whole Gang Came Along
    Click on titles or thumbnails to enlarge photos and read comments about the Raccoons in Larry's world.

Larry's Incredible Century Plant, Spring 2009

  • N - All But the Top Four in Bloom - June 28, 09
    Throughout the Spring and into the Summer we have watched as Larry Smith's Century plant "does its thing"! Click on thumbnails or titles to see this incredible sight. Read captions for details.

Destination Kenney (AKA Sheila's TAG SALE) 2008

  • G - A Gathering of the Herd
    The idea is conceived, the adventure ensues, the saga unfolds... On 5/9/2008, Sheila Steele Howard sent an e-mail to this blogmeister, inquiring about the possibility of advertising a TAG SALE that was to be held in the Ag Hall in Kenney, Texas on June 6 & 7. Click on this title or image to view more on this topic. Then click on the thumbnail of each photo to view the enlarged picture.

On the Road with John and Linn, June 2008

  • A - John and Linn, "Partners" on the Road
    John and Linn Echoff recently returned from a 3492 mile road trip, taking time to “smell the roses” throughout the heartland of America. Click on this title or image to view some of the sights they saw and to read John’s narrative. Then click on the thumbnail of each photo to view the enlarged picture.

Travel with Gladys

  • O - Versailles
    "Bo and I have been blessed to travel to a lot of different countries over the last 17 years. What a joy to see so many of the beautiful places in this world." Click on this title to see the places in the world that Gladys Payne Bohac has been privileged to visit. Once inside the album, click on each thumbnail for an enlarged view and the accompanying narrative.

"Holiday Expressions", Charlotte and Gladys (2007)

  • "Razzle Dazzle Red"
    Charlotte Vann Casselberry Dew and Gladys Payne Bohac create beautiful Christmas decorations and gifts and sell them through their business, "Holiday Expressions". Click on the title or thumbnail to open the album. Once in, click on each thumbnail to see an enlarged view of some of their creations and to read other information about their business.

Karla's Projects

  • AD - Kaleidoscope of Ryan
    My sense of personal fulfillment seems to be somewhat dependent on having a creative project in progress. My projects seldom conform to anything seen in hobby shops or magazines. They are, however, creative, and they are all mine! Double click on this title to open. Inside, double click on any thumbnail to see an enlarged image and read about the project. (Then - as always - send me your stuff so I can create a project photo album on the blog for YOU!)

Ken Corey - Our Man in Macedonia, 2008

  • 01 - Ken Corey on the "Boardwalk" in Macedonia
    Ken Corey and his wife Carole spent a few years in the beautiful city of Skopje, Macedonia while Ken managed a building project. Let's view this part of the world through their eyes and experiences! To open this album, click on the title or the photo. Once inside, be sure to click on thumbnails to view larger images and read narrative.

Paul Schrader's Gorilla Trek, July 2007

  • A Bit of Paul's Bio
    Paul Schrader and his wife, Carolyn, recently (July 2007) returned from a trip to Africa during which they were privileged to engage in a trek to view the mountain gorillas of Uganda . Click on this album title to view the pictures and read Paul's commentary. When viewing the photos, click on the thumbnails for an enlarged image.

Christmas 2007 Photo Album

  • P - Larry Smith Family, Christmas 2007
    Let's share the photos that we took at Thanksgiving or over the Christmas Holidays this year (2007). Click on this title or thumbnail to open this album. Then, as you look at each image, double click on the thumbnail for an enlarged view.

Elementary Class Photos

  • Immaculate Conception Catholic School
    These will take you WAY BACK! Here are photos from our elementary school classes. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) If you can supply more info or other photos, contact your blogmeister. ([email protected])

Photos from Deady Junior High

  • Deady Band - Our 8th Grade Year
    For most of us, this age was pretty awkward as we were continually changing in every way. But it was an exciting time too, as we met and made new friends from the other elementary schools that fed into Deady. See if you recognize the Milby 1960 graduates among these smiling faces. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Submit other photos or information to your blogmeister. [email protected]

Various Milby Era Photos (1957-60)

  • Austin 1961
    Our Milby Buffalo yearbooks contain many photographs that serve as the basis for memories of our days at Milby. Some of us have other photos of various activities and events during the years we were in high school that were not in the Buffalo. This album contains photos that fit in that category. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Send your photos and info to your blogmeister. [email protected]

1958 Carats Program

  • '58 Carats Program Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1958 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

1959 Carats Program

  • '59 Carats Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1959 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

1960 Carats Program

  • '60 Carats Show Cover
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos of the 1960 Carats Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.)

Milby Kaleidoscope Programs

  • Kaleidoscope Stars, 1959
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos from the Plainsman produced Kaleidoscope Program to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Please send any related photos that you have to add to this collection. [email protected]

Milby Drama Department Productions

  • "The Good Hope", Stage 59
    We all have memories of various plays and programs participated in or attended during our high school days. Here are some photos from various productions and activities related to the Milby Drama Department to embellish those memories. (Click on album title to open. Once inside the album, click on individual thumbnails to view larger images.) Please send any related photos that you have to add to this collection. [email protected]
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