The Class  NEWSLETTER                                                                         02/25/19
         
   

 

 

Dear Friends,

It has been awhile since I have sent a newsletter for a website update.  Several reasons....my mind has been elsewhere, Murphy and I went on vacation and also no one has written.  Because you classmates have been so financially supportive of our website, I feel some guilt on not holding up my end of the bargain, so here goes!

 

MAIL CALL

  no mail

 

MARDI GRAS in PA

February 28 – March 3, 2019

2/28/19 Thursday  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

3/1/19   Friday      6:00 pm -  12:00 pm

3/2/19   Saturday 12:00 pm – 1:00 am

3/3/19   Sunday   12:00 pm -  8:00 pm

More information can be found online at Mardi Gras Southeast Texas

The Hussars will march in the parade Saturday night.

 

MUSEUM of SE TEXAS

Classmate, Clifford Antone was inducted into the Museum Hall of Fame recently.  There was a very large attendance.  Part of a video was shown during the plaque presentation that showed clips of Clifford being interviewed and also about him growing up in Port Arthur.  It may be purchased at the museum. 

 

CRUSING THE PANAMA CANAL

Murphy and I just returned from taking a 16 day cruise through the Panama Canal.  We left on January 30 from Hobby Airport to fly to Ft. Lauderdale to spend the night.  On January 31 we embarqued on our journey.  This was top of Murphy's bucket list.  His dad joined the Merchant Marines at the age of 17 in 1937.  He was able to see the Panama Canal and hoped to return there someday.  Since that didn't happen, Murphy did it for him.  It was a great, educational adventure.  It is amazing that someone came up with the idea for the locks to work as they do.  We went to talks on the cruise about the history.  We purchased a couple of books on it.  We watched films.  All very amazing.  Our ports of call on our voyage on the Coral Princess was in Cartagena, Columbia, a nine hour voyage through the Panama Canal and the 3 locks, Fuerte Amador, Panama, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico before landing in San Francisco.  Since we had already toured the San Francisco area and Napa Valley on a previous vacation we continued our trek back to southeast Texas and home to Lumberton!  We learned while meeting fellow passengers that January is definitely the time when all the snowbirds are heading south....really south.  Like Central America south!!!  Everyone we met was from Canada, the East coast or the UK.  The temperature at all the stops were in the upper 80's and mid 90's with humidity.  We were the only fools that left Texas to be in Texas weather, it seemed. That's a check off the bucket list.  Maybe next vacation will be a place off MY bucket list!  Fingers crossed.

 

NEWS FROM THE HOMEFRONT

While on the cruise, I celebrated my 39th survivor anniversary since my throat cancer in 1980, Groundhog's Day, Super Bowl, Lincoln's birthday, Valentine's day and my oldest granddaughter's 16th birthday!!!!  What a fun month.  It has been better than January when we had news of ten deaths. 

 

My sister has recently been placed on hospice.  She lives in Humble at the Estia Care Private Assisted Living.  Murphy is recuperating now from his gallbladder surgery that was performed 6 days after we returned from the cruise.  My 14 year old youngest granddaughter is having her Winter Show for her middle school drill team. She is a lieutenant and loves working with the team.  She is trying out next week for the high school drill team.  Please pray for her because she is being tested to see if her kidney issues have reoccured.  She had kidney surgery when she was 4 years old the week of Hurrricane Ike.  She has had to continue with blood pressure medicine since then.  On a good note, my oldest granddaughter scored the only soccer goal in a 1-0 win against Bridge City HS last night.  We told her that was in honor of her 16th birthday she celebrated a week ago. 

 

SUPPORT

Jack Etheredge – glioblastoma

(a note from his daughter, Brittany)

Dec. 28

My Daddy’s MRI showed significant REGRESSION!!! I had to squint to see any markings! This is sooo AMAZING and we owe it all to GOD and all of you that are prayer warriors for him!!! The plan is to continue with the chemo that he’s on and she called this a chronic condition now. Please please continue to pray for him and his COMPLETE HEALING!!! Thank you all so much for the prayers and continued prayers!!!

450 Gilmer

Bridge City,TX 77611

thejet68@hotmail.com

 

from Joyce Marceaux

Jan. 26

I am feeling so much better today. I will give you an update on what has been going on in my life health wise. For the last 2 months or so, my doctors have been trying to figure out why I am dizzy and falling a lot. Finally my cardiologist sent me to an electrical cardiologist to help find out what is going on. He found that I have electrical problems with my heart. That’s why I had to have a heart Cath yesterday to make sure that I had no blockage. Then on Feb. 1, I go to my doctor in Houston to check out my spasms in my throat. Probably need a laparoscopy. After that and I get the all clear, I will have another heart cath to fix my electrical problems. This is not critical ,and I am at peace with everything now. I was kind of freaking out for a while, but with prayer and talking more with the doctors, I am a peace. Thanks for all of your prayers and concerns. Extra prayers won’t hurt. When I finally get everything fixed by the end of February, I will update everyone and give y’all the good news. Thanks again for all of your support. Love you all.

6305 Marble Falls Dr.

Lumberton, TX 77657

abate.joyce@yahoo.com

 

Ricky Bradley had hand surgery.

Feb. 8

(a note from Gloria Phillips Bradley)

THANK YOU ALL FOR PRAYERS!! Its been a long but Blessed day!! Sugar Baby is home and doing well. Surgeon Dr. Margaret Porembski said the nodule on his thumb was growing in and around the nerve, it took more digging and cutting but successful. The other finger did well. Thank y'all again & Thankful for God's love & care all the time God is Good!!!

9221 SW 99th St.

Mustang, OK 73064

rbradley73064@yahoo.com

 

Diane Barker Foreman's sister, Patricia Barker Koziuk '74 is in need of prayers. 

(a note from Diane)

I retired.  I am spending most of my time now taking care of my sister. Her cancer has metastasized to her brain and lower spine. She's unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair. She needs someone with her at all times. My middle sister and I trade off every 3 days to help her husband.

 

It is a labor of love. She has such strong faith and a wonderful attitude.

5541 Garfield

Groves, TX 77619

dianeforeman@gmail.com

(*This is a new e-mail address for Diane.  She has retired from her job at Lamar University.)

 

Pat Trahan

Jan. 30

Ray and I made a quick trip to Fondren Clinic yesterday. I finally have an answer about my hand after 25 months. First, some nerves respond well, but the ulnar nerve (my problem) is not one of them. The two specialists did everything they could, but it didn't work. On February 11, I will have surgery at Fondren where they will put screws in each middle knuckle....the ring finger and the pinkie. Those fingers will not bend, but it may give me a slight amount of more function. It will be outpatient surgery which I'm glad for. I thank everyone who has praying for me.........each one was felt. At least I will know what can be done and what can't be done. That in itself is a relief.

 

Update:

Feb. 11

Well, the day of my final (I hope) hand surgery is here. It will be outpatient at Fondren in Houston. By this evening, I will have exhausted all efforts to gain mobility in my right hand. The Dr. will insert a screw in the knuckle of my right ring finger and right pinky. The fingers will no longer bend at the knuckles and they will not be straight, but we're hoping it will help with holding objects and general light usage. It's been a long 26 months, but I know I have the best doctor, Dr. Bennett. The ulnar nerve is the most difficult to work with. I'll appreciate your thinking of me today. Thank you!

 

OOPSIE

Feb. 13

Surgery is over, but won't see my hand until March 5 when they remove the bandage. I have pictures of the screws through the ring finger and pinkie knuckles. They will not move, but I hope to stop dropping things. Through YouTube, I have discovered Jeanne Robertson who is a comedian that looks only for the humor in everything. Yesterday, I would have given her an incident for her speaking engagements. I sit in the garage alot when the 4 walls get boring. It had been raining for two days; unbeknownce to me, Ray had put a bathroom rug at the back door to keep us from tracking gunk in the house. Bathtub rugs are quit puffy and with flip-flops on, down I went. I alternate the ice between my knee and my hand. Folks, I guess I need to install a camera! Thank you all for your prayers!

 

(a note from Linda DeCuir McFadden)

Feb. 20

Murphy had his gallbladder removed today.  He found out his diagnosis about three weeks before the cruise was planned.  Nah, we'll wait until the cruise is over! 

He is doing good.

7699 Boardwalk

Lumberton, TX 77657

murphyjmcfadden@yahoo.com

ALSO

Drew Boullion – Our youngest granddaughter is being tested for kidney issues

Prayers for good test results.

11930 Audubon Dr.

Lumberton, TX 77657

 

CONDOLENCES

Coach Ned Cole

teacher and coach at Woodrow Wilson Jr. High

1929 – Dec. 15, 2018

 

Dorothy Day

Hussar Sponsor and Girls PE teacher at TJHS

Aug. 10, 1927 – Jan. 27, 2019

 

Katherine “Katie” Gaspard

(death of her brother, Lonie Gaspard)

April 27, 1944 – Feb. 16, 2019

 

925 Parson Dr.

Beaumont, TX 77706

kag-op@gt.rr.com

 

Kay Campbell Netherland

(death of her brother, Jimmy Campbell '64)

Sept. 8, 1945 – Jan.12, 2019

(a note from his Jimmy's wife, Kate)

Clay, Allison and I would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the life of my husband, Jim Campbell on March 16th from 6pm-8pm. We are having an informal gathering at Levingston Funeral home (2001 Nall St, Port Neches TX 77651) and would love to celebrate him with as many of our friends and family as are able to attend.  Thank you for all your cards, texts and calls. 

Kay (Campbell) and Dale Netherland

198 Tall Timbers

Burkeville, TX 75932

dale.netherland@sbcglobal.net

 

Jimmy Schexnayder

(death of his brother, FJ Schexnayder)

July 29, 1946 – Feb. 1, 2019

 

8129 Honeywood Trail    Apt. 1403

Port Arthur, TX 77642

jimgolf111@gmail.com

 

Christi Kirkland Havens

(death of her husband, Louis Havens)

Jeanette Havens McCormac

(death of her brother, Louis Havens)

Nov. 8, 1947 – Feb. 1, 2019

 

Christi Kirkland Havens

811 S. 5th St.

Nederland, TX 77627

ckhavens@gt.rr.com

 

Jeanette Haven McCormac

9204 Lakehurst Ave.

Rowlett, TX 75089

j_mccormac@comcast.net

 

You may view the OBITUARIES on the front page of the website.

 

I have to get MOST of my information off of FB.  I do not check it everyday and also was on vacation for an extended period of time.  Therefore, I am quite sure that I have missed some important (good and sad) postings about family members.  Please contact me anytime you have any kind of news that I could include in the next update.

 

                              Stay in touch and contact a clasmate,

                              Linda DeCuir McFadden

                              lindadmcfadden@yahoo.com

                              www.tjhs1968.com