TJ Class of '68     NEWSLETTER                                                           12/31/10


It is New Year's Eve as I am writing this.  I am glad that 2010 is coming to a close.  I think I need a fresh start.  Here's hoping for a new beginning and keeping my eyes on some goals I am setting for myself.


from Beth Anne Sutherlin Coakley in Bedford, TX
I teach in a high school with 70-80 % Hispanic/disadvantaged....those kids are at our school, also!  I'm retiring in 30 months. 

from Cherlyn Hebert in Houston
My cruise last month on the Allure of the Seas was fantastic even if it was only a 2-night cruise to nowhere.  This is a fabulous ship.  I heartily recommend it; and (here comes the shameless plug), I would love to book a cruise for any of you, of course.  There's absolutely something for everyone.  Lots of open space, even on a ship.  Miniature golf, a carousel (even that adults can ride), a bar that moves up and down 3 floors, and they actually have a zipline!  I would guesstimate that the length of the zipline is about the length of a football field.  But for now, I can cross off zip line from my bucket list.  Maybe there is enough room for world peace after all. 

from Dwight Wagner '69 in Port Arthur
I am not a member of the TJ class of '68, but I just want to commend you and Mike on the very professional manner in which this website is produced.  God bless you in all your efforts, and may you enjoy the merriest and most blessed Christmas ever.

(Dwight is the principal at Dowling Elementary in the Port Acres area.) 

from Paula Iles Restrepo '69 in Dallas area
I missed the NEWSLETTER not being on the website update two weeks ago.  I do indeed look forward to the McFadden/Lawson bi-monthly news updates.  Our family has spread around the world, and John and I have no family here in Dallas.  We are looking forward to driving with our daughter Victoria, 15, to Kansas to spend with John's family which includes 93 year mother-in-law who acts more like 73, lives alone, drives to church and to work for Source of Light Christian ministry during the week, works out at the community rec center twice a week, and corresponds to many friends around the world, and she is bi-lingual to boot.  She was a missionary teacher in Columbia where she met her husband in the 40's. 

from Gary Hammond in Plano
I wanted to wish you and Mike, along with all my TJ '68 classmates, a very Merry Christmas.  Speaking for the class, we appreciate all ya'll do to keep us together. 

from David Salter in Oklahoma City, OK
Thanks to you and Mike for doing a great job with the website of keeping tabs on our classmates.  I always look forward to receiving the updates every two weeks.  As for us here in OKC, this year ends for our family with excitement and anticipation as we await the birth in early March of Anna, who will be our first granddaughter.  This is my son, Windell and Kristen's first child.  Our little Anna will have some seasoned mentors in cousins, A.J. (3 1/2+) and Brogan (2 1/2), our daughter Erica & Dan's boys.  Lana and I are so blessed in that, our kids and grandkids all are located within a half mile of our house!   

In addition to working as financial secretary/treasurer of our church, Lana keeps the boys on weekdays.  I am still in the oil business with Mustang Fuel and , as of yet, have no plans to retire soon.  Work is still fun, and we get to travel as the school schedule allows.  We and our kids are big fans of the OKC Thurnder basketball, watching many of the games on TV together and attending several games each year.  Best wishes to my TJ classmate family for a most blessed 2011! 

from Rhonda Carleton Richey '70 (wife of Bill Richey)
(taken from Face Book)
What a great Christmas with family, especially the little ones.  Happy New Year to all.  We are staying home for New Year's Eve while Bill's foot/ankle heals.  So sorry to miss out on our after-Christmas hill country travels.  The doctor said he is too old to jump out of the duck boat onto the concrete!!! 

excerpts taken from Allen & Wanda Baldridge's Christmas Newsletter
In Hideaway, TX Allen continues to enjoy playing golf and watching FOX News.  And the fall here has been glorious; in the four years we've lived here we've never seen it quite so beautiful.  Ballooning was once again part of our late summer and early fall travel.  Reno and Albuquerque are still our favorite ballooning trips.  We invite you to give us a call and come visit.  We are grateful for our health, our family, and our dear friends.



It has been pretty quiet here.  We had a low-key Thanksgiving (still mourning my mom) and wanted it to be quiet.  Christmas is more for the kiddoes and I felt more in the holiday spirit (not my usual, though).  My sister has been down with upper respiatory infection and dad was showing the beginnings of the same.  Well, he was out of his dementia medicine (lost in the mail after being sent from the mail order station) and obviously his congestion medicine combined with his LACK of Dementia medicine drove him into a hallucinogentic state.  He was "crazy" for 2 1/2 days.  This is so unlike him.  I obviously got a glimse of what someone acts like with Alzheimers.  I sure didn't like what I saw.  It was very dangerous for him and us, too.  He seems to be feeling back to his "normal" self.   

I wanted to again share with you my home address in Lumberton.  We received some Christmas mail at our OLD evacuation address at our daughter's home.   

Linda DeCuir McFadden
7699 Boardwalk
Lumberton, TX 77657



(sent in by Linda Blakeley Rindlishbacher)

1)Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.

2)With a 5 lb. potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can.  Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

3)Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.  After a couple of weeks, move up to 10 lb. potato bags. 

4)After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag!!!



Mike and I were pleased and happily surprised to receive a check in the mail for a donation to help pay for the class website.  Thank you to Cynthia Marshall Devlin in Zavalla, TX.



Rachel Burton Wheeler
Ronnie Hollier
Arthur Eugene Hufstetler
Tim Kennedy
Myra McConathy Schexnayder



(written by Regina Brett, 90, of Cleveland, OH and sent in by Janice Hebert Boudreaux)

 1)Life isn't fair but it's still good.

 2)When in doubt, just take the next small step.

 3)Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

 4)Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends and parents will.  Stay in touch.

 5)Pay off your credit cards every month.

 6)You don't have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.

 7)Cry with someone.  It's more healing than crying alone.

 8)It's OK to get angry with God.  He can take it.

 9)Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10)When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11)Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12)It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13)Don't compare your life to others.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14)If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15)Everything can change in the blink of an eye.  But don't worry; God never blinks.

16)Take a deep breath.  It calms the mind.

17)Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18)Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19)It's never too late to have a happy childhood.  But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20)When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21)Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.  Don't save it for a special occasion.  Today is special.

22)Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23)Be eccentric now.  Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24)The most important sex organ is the brain.

25)No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26)Frame every so-called disaster with these words, "In five years, will this matter?"

27)Always choose life.

28)Forgive everyone everything.

29)What other people think of you is none of your business.

30)Time heals almost everything.  Give time time.

31)However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32)Don't take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.

33)Believe in miracles.

34)God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35)Don't audit life.  Show up and make the most of it now.

36)Growing old beats the alternative--dying young.

37)Your children get only one childhood.

38)All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39)Get outside every day.  Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40)If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's. we'd grab ours back.

41)Envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.

42)The best is yet to come.

43)No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.


45)Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.



Ernie Castaneda Bullion's in-laws are both in poor health after falls and age-related illnesses. Mrs. Bullion will be undergoing surgery soon. 

(Janette Light Norton sent me the following note on Dec. 19th)
Just a note to tell you that I am in the hospital with a small pulmonary embolism.  A month ago I had a heart cath because I had severe chest pains.  Nothing showed and the determination was stress.  And the pain went away.  Friday morning the pain returned and did not go away.  I thought I was being a big baby; I wouldn't let Richard bring me to the hospital until late that evening.  Lord willing we have discovered the clot soon enough.  Just pray for me and my family.  (I just procrastinated too long for my shopping so it looks like they won't be getting Christmas presents!  "-)



Carla Castro Hass
(death of her mother)
1106 Sun Ave.
Port Neches, TX 77651 

(Taken off of Face Book on Wed., Dec. 29)

My MOM had the most beautiful funeral today.  Everything but the rain was wonderful.  But, the rain means she went straight to Heaven.  She was so beautiful.   

Janette Light Norton
(death of her mother)
20219 Sweetgum Way
Cypress, TX 77433 

(Taken off of Face Book Wed., Jan. 28)

Tonight my momma is singing with the angels.  My daddy and Charlie are sitting on either side of her--and she is smiling! No pain, no sorrow.  Thank you God for your gift to our family. 

The worst part of losing my mom just now is that, after loving her for 60 years, I can't tell her goodbye.  Last week the Drs. found a small blood clot in my left lung and I can't travel to the little country cemetery in NE TX.  I'm feeling sorry for myself.  I've been with her almost every day.   

Jeanne Painton Cain
(death of her mother)
15975 County Rd 30
Delores, CO 81323 

Bart Darby
(death of his mother)
5207 High Glen Ct.
Kingwood, TX 77345 

Grammier Oberle Funeral Home
4841 39th St.
Port Arthur, TX 77642 

Visitation: Monday, January 3 from 4-8 pm

Funeral Service: Tuesday, January 4, 10 am at the funeral home 

(Sent to me by Laura Meece Darby)
We spent Christmas day with Bart's mom and she was so happy to see all of us.  Even though she was getting weaker and weaker, she really fought hard to be here...especially for his dad.  Bart left to go see his mom this morning (Friday, New Year's Eve) and was able to be with her for a little time before she passed away.  God listened to my prayers.  She had suffered enough.  The family suffered watching her this way.  His dad, who is also in very poor health, is devastated.  Thanks to all who have been supporting us these last two years.  We are blessed with good friends.


 Goodbye 2010.  I had some good times (vacations in Alaska and Boston) and bad times (Mom passing away).  Here's hoping that my classmates will have a healthy, safe, and fun-filled NEW YEAR. 


                                              Love to you all,
                                              Linda DeCuir McFadden





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