Jody Bugg

John, thank you for sharing your trip with us. You've had a remarkable life, yourself. Success is in the eye of the beholder, and I know you've enjoyed (overall ... maybe not the scary times) what you've been doing, or you would have gotten out when retirement knocked on your door. Anyway, your pride in your accomplishments is, by my definition at any rate, success, and you can't beat that. I believe your successes have been quite stellar. Law enforcement is a dicey profession. I'm so happy that you made it through all those years still in one piece and with a strong sense of self. I've been retired for six years now, and I highly recommend it. Take care, Jody

Clyde ( Sonny ) Jones

Hey John,

What a great photo of you in camo uniform. If I were a female, even an elderly one, I'd wanna send you some kinda risque text message or somethin'. Kidding aside, can I just say that for all the junk that the media spits out everytime there's a bad cop, I'm sure you know that the majority of us respect and revere our policemen as much as we do our service men and women. Thank you for spending your life in law enforcement and protecting others. At the end of the day, when it's all said-and-done, knowing that you "gave" instead of "took" leaves your woodpile a little higher!

The first Cushman Eagle I ever coveted was Sidney Jones's. I believe I was 12 or 13. My parents wouldn't allow me to ride, so I spent my time on a Schwinn Roadmaster instead. I can still remember the sound of Sidney comin' down the street as I would find somewhere to go off and wallow in self-pity, vowing someday to ride off with the wind-in-my-hair. I got my first motorcycle three years ago, and may I say that the wind has a much easier time getting through now...still a terrific way to spend spare time and save money...who could've known about $4 gas. Keep in touch...that there writin' of yours sparks my 'membrance.

Your pal,

Jody Bugg

I've been bull riding in the Mesquite Rodeo. No, seriously, I've been practicing my high wire act for Ringling Bros. No, seriously, I missed the bottom step coming down the stairs. Two of these are out and out lies. I'll let your detective skills figure out the truthful one.

John Echoff

Well, since Ringling Bros. will be in town next week, that answer has a smidgen of believability. Mesquite Rodeo, well, not knowing how long you've been living out in the boonies-possible. Falling down the stairs-naah, I'll stick with the dance lessons...

Get well soon and quit listening to disco.

Glenda Burns Minniece

Hey John,

Sounds like you had a stellar career to me. One anyone would be proud of. In my opinion, law enforcement officers and our military deserve our highest respect and appreciation - and you were in both! . You really do put your lives on the line for us. May I express my thanks for the job you've done these many years.

It was always fun knowing you. Always a smile and a hello. Your positive attitude has served you well.

Blessings, Glenda

Glenda Burns Minniece

That march home!!! Who could forget it. And we'd marched in a parade that day, too. Bless Sheila Steele for having pictures of it. I only recently got my mother to understand that we walked all the way from downtown to Milby because the bus didn't come for us. She was so mad at me for being late, she wouldn't listen to my attempts to explain. She thought I was just out fooling around. Imagine that. :) I remember Henry Flores (I think it was Henry; might have been Donald) trying to call the newspapers to report our adventure.

Karla Lofgren Davis

Hey! John Glenda, Sheila... how about trying to get the other three ladies on that trek (Merle, Sue, and Melba) involved in the blog. I have watched for their voices from the beginning and sent them several nagging e-mails, but so far they have not responded or submitted a comment. I'd LOVE to get their voices here. If you need their e-mail addresses, e-mail me and I'll respond. I LOVE ALL THIS CHATTER AND ACTIVITY ON THE BLOG!!! This has been one of the highest volumn days since its inception. I am enjoying your company immensely!!! Karla

Sheila Steele Howard

OK ladies, let's all add our two cents about that long march so many years ago. It really was a kick even though we griped about the buses not coming to get us. Glenda, I think we did make the news. Somewhere in the fog I remember a report on the radio about our progress down the access road. Don't think I could do it again. Would have to wait for the bus.

Linda Strickland


I know what you mean about the get to gethers. In my hometown in Louisiana they are still hiding horses from the Yankees. Each State has its own history. La. has a colorful history. Interesting that Lee and Sherman both attended the same Military School in La., Lee was ask to lead the Northern Army but chose to serve his homeland in the South. Alexandria, La. was burned by the Yankees, in history books it is described as a terible sight, women,old folks, children standing on the levee while the fires behind them reached the sky with the smell of chicken feathers and tears of the children were blotted by holding on to the skirts of their mothers, all left to starve just like in other parts of the South. One thing did occur in La. I do feel the Colfax Riot was a deciding factor in getting the carpet baggers out and the foot of the North off the necks of the Southern people. I think the North realized if they did not give the Southern people back their rights that another War would start.

In Alexandria, the water on the Red River was too low for the ships to float down south. A commander named Bailey had the soldiers throw all the heavy machinery in the river to make it rise, ex. syrup mills, saw mills etc. thus more hardship and starvation to the people. Bailys' Dam is a part of Louisiana history. Oh, John I get carried away, history comes to life when I read of the struggle of the family. Linda

Linda McKnight Thomason

Hi John!

You are one of my heroes! I admire and respect you for all of your achievements... and there have been many. Don't hang it up just yet...I hear there is a war going on and it may move closer our way any day. If something like that should ever happen, we will need wonderful, brave, experienced men and women like you to keep our homeland safe right where we live!(Our soldiers have been sent elsewhere to keep the peace!) Why on earth would you say your life thus far has not been a "steller" success? Of course it has! Anyone who has put his life on the line every waking moment for 38+ year protecting the lives of his fellow human beings and meeting the needs of our country in military service, is worthy of recognition in the gradest terms! Not to mention you have been a teacher too! Then, on a more personal note, you must be an excellent husband and dad (I don't use the word "step"). To Linn: It's so wonderful that you and John found each other to be lifemates! It must be so much fun to enjoy the same things as your husband, and to enjoy doing them together! I can only imagine riding a motorcycle and shooting guns! You are blessed John, and I pray that you know it! It was a privilege to get to go to school with you and know you to be an honorable and nice guy way back then. You are a "steller" success as a person John Ecoff and your life speaks volumns!

Kay Burg Moseley

All I can say after Linda's comments is AMEN and God bless.

John Echoff

My heartfelt thanks, now if I can just get the tears of pride out of my eyes, I'd like to say God Bless both of you, and hope you have a memorable and wonderful Christmas and the Happiest of New Year...

Karla Lofgren Davis

John has sent a couple of e-mails lately that tell about the tragedy and sadness he is experiencing right now. With his permission I have copied and pasted those messages at the top of this page. If you know John at all you know that he is a very caring, compassionate guy, and that he appreciates the support of his friends immensely.

Please scroll to the top and read this info above, and then leave a comment here or send him an e-mail. I am certain he will appreciate hearing from you! Karla

Laura Burns

John, I wish things were better -- hope they'll get better.

Gladys Payne Bohac

From Gladys Payne Bohac

John, I just read your bio and writings that you have so graciously shared with everyone. I am so proud to say I know you from way back as our fellow classmate. You and Linn have really gone through so much in your lives together. I am so sorry to read about your daughter-in-law and your precious granddaughter. What a sad time for your family. I know with the Lords help you and Linn will guide your precious little girl through her life by giving her good examples and being good role models. Your life has really been an exciting one and a good example what life is all about, helping your fellow man.

May God richly bless you and Linn during this sad time and guide you through the months ahead.

Your sister sounds like a fine lady also. Your family really are a blessing to everyone that you come in contact with.

Gladys Payne Bohac

Additional comment added here:
Charlotte Vann Dew posted this comment in another section of the blog. In order to be sure it is read along with these other loving thoughts for John, I am copying it here as well. Karla

From Charlotte:
In response to John's loss, let me say how sorry I am. I can certainly understand the concerns about his grand-daughter. My son Kyle died when Austin was just 5 and it was devestating. But with God's help and guidance, we all have moved forward. Austin is a pretty normal kid full of energy and very much like his dad. I tell him all the time how he reminds me of his dad. We talk a lot about his dad and he loves to hear of the tales when his dad and uncles were little. It's so much fun to hear his giggles at some of his dad's antics. I will pray for your family that life will soon find some normalcy again. It just takes time, and trust in our merciful God. Charlotte

John's Appreciation for Condolences

Dear Karla,

Please post a thank you for those who have taken the time to reach out to my family in this trying time. We will gather at Matt's place in Willis on Saturday for a get together and a memorial service for Laura.

Please pass our heartfelt gratitude to all of our friends...

John & Linn

Gladys Payne Bohac

Hey John, Happy Belated Birthday. Hope you had a real special day. Sounds like your fellows officers made sure you celebrated in a big way.

It was good seeing you and Lynn at the reunion. Now we can anticipate the 55th, YEA!!!!

Gladys Payne Bohac

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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 "" 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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