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Our friend and classmate, Jack Etheredge, has passed away

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, on August 17, 1950, he was the son of Jack Walker Etheredge, Sr. and Eva (Blackwell) Etheredge. Jack served his country in the National Guard and worked many years as an operator for Total. Jack enjoyed spending time on the golf course, watching westerns-especially Gun Smoke and anything with John Wayne, reading, and going to see blues music played live. He loved the beach and would spend as much time as he could at their family beach house in Crystal Beach.

We have lost another classmate, Catherine Elizabeth Jones, has passed away

Catherine Jones Kasper, 69, died on May 21, 2019, after a courageous battle with breast cancer and its complications. Her life was filled with love, adventure, and compassion and she will deeply be missed by her friends and family.
Cathy was born to the late William P. and Donna Jones on November 19, 1949 in Port Arthur, Texas. She grew up surrounded by family and could often be found playing outdoors with her brother, Billy Jones and cousins, Elizabeth and Robert Jones who lived next door.

Classmate, Robert Earl Teufel, passed away

Robert Teufel was born on October 17, 1950 in Port Arthur to Earl Lambert and Cora Mildred Teufel.
Robert passed away on May 13, 2019.
There is no obituary at this time.



Celebrate Father's Day on Sunday the 16th

By Richard Cantenal

Americans celebrate Father’s Day on the third Sunday of every June. This holiday celebrates fathers and fatherhood in general, including father figures such as guardians and grandfathers. The occasion is marked by giving a gift to one’s father or spending time with him. It is a time set aside to value a father’s role in one’s life and to reflect upon paternal bonding.
Fathers are usually given gifts in the realm of home improvement, electronics, and outdoor tools. There are no official ways to celebrate Father’s Day, but many children also celebrate with a phone call, meal out, or a family gathering honoring all fathers within an extended family. This day is a busy one for restaurants. In the U.S., some wear a red rose to honor their father, but a white rose if he has passed away.
Some churches hold Father’s Day services or integrate the theme of fatherhood into the Sunday service. One of the first religious Father’s Day services was held in 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia. Grace Golden Clayton, a member of the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, had recently lost her father in a mining accident, which killed 250 fathers total, resulting in about 1000 children without fathers. Clayton made a suggestion to hold a service in remembrance of these fathers. Some churches’ Father’s Day service revolves around the idea of God as a father.

Remembering Jack Etheredge

By Mike Lawson

The class of 1968 has lost a wonderful classmate and friend. Jack was friendly, helpful, never a chip on his shoulder and a hard guy to dislike. He didn’t have a problem gaining friends. No matter where he was, he found someone he knew.
I met Jack in the seventh grade at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High. He was fun to be around and always had a smile. I do have more memories of him in high school, though. He was really active being in the Repertoire Players, Slide Rule club and a staff member of the Pilot newspaper as a sports editor. He was chosen as one of the eight TEXANS that were honored to raise “Big Buzz” at the football games and pep rallies. He was also a Walzer for the Senior Prom. After serving in the military, Jack was still involved with our class serving on the reunion committees.
After high school, I ran into Jack while helping classmates clean up at Linda (DeCuir) and Murphy McFadden’s home in Bridge City after the Hurricane Ike disaster. Jack was his normal self, visiting with classmates while his own home has also received damage from the storm a few blocks away. Jack will be in our hearts for a long time.
Remembering Jack Etheredge, how could you forget that kid smile and an excited look on his face? You could always count on Jack being himself. It will be quite different when the 55th reunion rolls around. We will hoist a toast to you, friend.

R. C. Slocum, Texas A&M Head Coach

by Wikipedia

In December 1988, R.C. Slocum was named head coach at Texas A&M. During his 14 years as head coach, Slocum led the Aggies to a record of 123–47–2, making him the winningest coach in Texas A&M history. During his career, Slocum never had a losing season and won four conference championships, including the Big 12 title in 1998 and two Big 12 South Championships in 1997 and 1998. Additionally, he led the Aggies to become the first school in the Southwest Conference history to post three consecutive perfect conference seasons and actually went four consecutive seasons without a conference loss. Slocum reached 100 wins faster than any other active coach.

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The Texas Company strike of 1950
Classmates having fun. Chrissy Dupuis, Skippy Cole and Sharon Lewis

Pat Trahan Knox sent in a website donation

By Linda McFadden

Pat Trahan Knox sent a donation to the website in memory of Jack Etheredge, Linda DeCuir's sister, Jerry and her dad, Dan.

Shark attack victim bitten off the coast of Boca Grande

By Vanessa Bein

Janice Jones' husband, Paul Kelly, was bitten by a shark off the coast of Boca Grande.

Notre Dame's Gargoyles

By Akshay Pai

The fire that broke out at the historic 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, ripped through the building and caused significant structural damage.

More photos were added

Gayle Wilson sent in several photos of the 50th Class Runion held last August. Also, more photos of the Mini Reunion, held last month, has been added.