The 45th Reunion of the Class of 1966 was a grand success in every way. Both venues were good, and classmates had plenty of opportunity to mingle and socialize with each other throughout both nights, though things did get quieter and more subdued during the most important part of each night when the meals were served. Our crowd was somewhat smaller this time around, as it will probably continue to be in future years, but we saw some new faces that had not been at previous reunions, and that made it even more special. Now, it is time to start thinking about number 50, because if we wait too long, then we may not remember that we need to plan it.
Planning is now under way for the 50th Reunion in 2016, so if you want to get involved in making this event happen, then please contact Bob McComas at email@example.com (469-387-0877), or Pam Hare Bazet at firstname.lastname@example.org (817-329-8280.)
The Class of 1966 now has a travel club offering special rates on various air, land and ocean cruise trips. The Kimball Travel Club allows classmates to travel together to some exciting destinations as part of a class event. For details on available trips visit Kimball Travel Club, or else click the link on the lower navigation bar (the link is now active on all the main header pages on the navigation bars, but it will be awhile before it is active on the more than 1,400 other pages of our website.)
Tunney Ray Loydpassed away after a heart attack on February 27, 2018. He is survived by wife Norma Schell Loyd (our classmate), daughters Kellie Loyd and Debra Strickland, sons Jacob Loyd and his wife Crystal, Joel Loyd and his wife Chasity, grandchildren Andrew, Joel, Dylan, MaKenzie, Brittany, Lauren, Jeremy, Tristan, Jacy, Emma, Austin and Collin, great-grandchildren Brylen, Ryder, Wyatt, Carter, Kendall, Amelia and one in the oven, brother Gary Loyd and his wife Jeannie, numerous other family and his precious four legged babies Cateaux and Cousteaux. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at 2:00 PM at Lakepointe Church-Firewheel located at 1201 E. Campbell Rd. in Garland, TX 75044.
Janet St. John passed away from cancer sometime in January or early February, 2018. No other details are known at this time.
Paula Nell Tims Thomas passed away on January 11, 2018 following a period of bad health. Paula's death was sudden and unexpected. No other details are available. If you would like to send condolences to Paula's daughter Leslie Morgan, then she may still be monitoring Paula's e-mail address, email@example.com.
Donna Cheryl Everett Teter passed away on October 25, 2017. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 1:00 PM at Preston Hollow United Methodist Church located at 6315 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75230 with burial to follow at Restland Cemetery.
Harold Lee "Butch" Baker has passed away from complications due to a stroke on May 24, 2017. A memorial service was held on August 26, at Trinity Bible Church in Richardson, Texas.
Jerry Wayne Bloyed passed away on August 17, 2017, from unkown causes, and was buried on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at Royse City Cemetery in Royse City, Texas.
Donald Glenn Darnell passed away on or about August 2, 2017, from what is suspected to be congestive heart failure following a diagnosis of that problem several months ago. No other information is currently available, but details will be sent as they become known to us.
James Michael Dumas passed away on June 3, 2017 from undisclosed causes. Mike will be inturned privately at Sparkman Hillcrest & additional life details can be found on the Funeral Home website. Donations to Meals on Wheels, Collin County 600 N. Tennessee St. McKinney, TX 75069 would be joyfully welcomed. Additional information can be found HERE.
John H.P. "Rusty" Conway, Jr. passed away on May 16, 2017, from undisclosed causes. Memorials in Rusty's name may be made to Tri City Animal Shelter in Cedar Hill, Texas.
A new section has been added to our Classmates Personal Webpages section seeking to locate nearly 100 classmates who are still unaccounted for as of June, 2010. Links to the two pages, one for classmates whose last names (maiden names for women) begin with the letters "A" through "L", and a second page for "M" through "Z". We would like to make a special effort to locate any and all missing classmates in time for the 2011 45th Reunion of our class, so if you can help, then please send information to Gary Spurlock or Danny Hammontree, whose e-mail addresses are linked on the two new pages.
Everyone our age has been exposed to old time gospel music during their lifetime. From Rock of Ages, Amazing Grace, The Old Rugged Cross, to How Great Thou Art, Old Friends, When We Ring Those Golden Bells, I'd Rather Have Jesus, Than Silver or Gold, etc. I have been blessed with the opportunity to help promote the gospel thru country music by way of the Internet (www.kbec.com) or in the southern part of Dallas, Ellis, Navarro, Johnson and Hill counties thru KBEC 1390 am. My show is produced and broadcast on Sunday nights from 6:00 - 10:00 pm (CST) from Waxahachie, Texas.
The format brings together three distinct, yet similar types of country gospel music. In the first hour I try to highlight country gospel music from around the USA., with stars like Porter Waggoner, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Randy Travis, and the Statler Brothers, just to name a few. In the second and third hour, I play two solid hours of just Gaither music with Bill, Gloria, and all their homecoming friends. In the last hour of my show, I highlight local artist from Texas, like Fletcher Jowers, Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Rimes, and His Harmony.
Not having any training in radio, KBEC and I have combined to put forth a worthwhile show and garner a vast listening audience. Never in all my wildest dreams in high school, did I ever see myself as a radio personality, producing a radio show that goes out to the public. I couldn’t even carry a tune in a bucket and now I put tunes together for broadcast.
To sum it all up, get your dose of good old country gospel music, every Sunday evening, for this is "just what the doctor ordered".
Ol' Doc (Phil Veltman)
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