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08/30/19 09:40 AM #2314    


Hilda Carol Smith (Godell)

Garden Oaks theater now a church. Bar-b-que Inn still going strong. Steak place locked up and surrounded by a foreboding chain link fence. Doyle's being sold. No 7-Elevens in existence. So, one out of five hanging in there. Sounds a lot like the aging process we're all living through!!

08/30/19 06:49 PM #2315    


Linda Marmion (Linder)

Stephen, your pictures provide wonderful memories. Growing up in Garden Oaks was the best!  I feel like I’m turning into my father when I tell my grandkids about going to the Garden Oaks Fun Club on Saturday morning for $.25,  I remember the Barbecue Inn before it was brick. It was a dark green color.  Does anyone have a picture of Plantation Oaks?  It disappeared shortly after elementary school. They had the best French fries ever!

08/30/19 09:13 PM #2316    


Tom Britton

BBQ Inn before brick...I remember their juke box and the sawdust floors. They still have some of the best Chicken-Fried Steak and fried shrimp around. Not to mention their yummy pies.

08/31/19 06:35 AM #2317    

Susan (Suzi) Smith (McMillian)

So glad someone else remembers Plantation Oaks (on Shepherd across the street from and just north of St. Matthews UMC).  Just imagining driving into that shell circular driveway between those whitewashed tree trunks  makes my mouth water.  I believe those wonderful French fries were lightly battered (like onion rings), something I have never seen anywhere else.  Yum! 

09/14/19 05:46 PM #2318    


Jennie Anderson (Dylan)

Leah Favela, one of our classmates, who still celebrates with us, class of ‘65, is asking for prayers and thoughts as she faces surgery for lung cancer on 9/23/2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital.  

09/15/19 12:55 PM #2319    


Linda Marmion (Linder)

Thank you for letting us know; my prayers will certainly be with her. Please keep us informed. 

09/15/19 07:46 PM #2320    


Dorothy Fowler (Montgomery)

Praying for Leah’s successful surgery and quit recovery.

09/16/19 08:44 PM #2321    


Roger Felton

St. Luke's is one of the best so Leah, you are in the best hands on earth.  And with all of your classmates who love you and are praying for you now, you are in the best hands in Heaven, too.  Relax and worry not.

09/19/19 07:23 AM #2322    


Stephen Ray Puckett

Pat Bissonet and I recently had fun tracking down the words to the school song of Oak Forest Elementary, written by the school secretary:

We’re from Oak Forest the best school of all.

We’ve got the pep even though we are small.

We love to sing so the whole world can hear,

our song of praise for the school we love so dear.

From kindergarten on up through each grade,

we’re mighty proud of the record we made.

So here’s to Oak Forest where we learn each day,

to be better boys and girls in every way!

-Hattie Belle Pugh


By the way, here is the one for Stevens:

No photo description available.

09/20/19 12:20 PM #2323    


Roger Felton

There were quite a few of us who went to Cooley Elementary.  Named after the Cooley doctor dynasty, I believe.  The limestone monstrosity was built as a prototype for the Alamo before the floorplan got changed.  Couldn't find the school song but, as Stephen always says when you get stumped, "Before you kick the bucket, be sure to ask Puckett", lol.  But, I think I remember some snippets of the song....

"Hail to Cooley, Hail to Cooley, better every day

If we ever get electricy, to class we'll find our way

It's dark and gloomy, damp and always creaky

Toilets don't flush and the roof is always leaky

Our teachers are great, though sometimes an ogre

But we love the days when they show up sober"


That's all I can recall but, hey, that was over 65 years ago!  

09/20/19 09:27 PM #2324    


Joyce Barta (Bayersdorfer)

I went to Cooley and don't remember that song. :)


09/21/19 12:50 PM #2325    


Sandy Spears (Koslosky-Siddall)

I agree with Joyce - and I was in the choir. But then again you guys always remember more than I do. I only enjoyed Cooley for 6th grade.  My brother, Dusty, would have attended for 2 years, so he might remember. My father attended there and they lived across the street, if I remember his stories correctly. Dusty had a teacher that daddy had! 

See you guys on the 17th. :-)


09/22/19 09:37 PM #2326    


Roger Felton

Oooops!   I can see I should have added a comment that that Cooley song was something I made up even though it fit that "old dungeon" of a school.  Ya'll excuse, just me losing my mind.  I tend to do that soon after a Sept.flood, LOL.

It was sad to hear old Cooley burned down.  Lotsa memories there.

10/15/19 02:30 PM #2327    


Anita Marbury (Marbury)

Hey out there!

I'm hoping to see you on Thursday at the  October get together.

I flew down from Colorado  to see you.

Where are the Houston an area kids?

I am so sorry to miss you on this trip. 




10/17/19 03:32 PM #2328    


Donald Hampton-Jones

Hi Sweeetie, Not making the Ram Jam but am trying to get out to gaathering at Suzi (Jones's) Cant spell hubbies name for the get together there.  Hope to see you there.  Give me a call when you have a chance.  Don

10/18/19 06:23 AM #2329    

Susan (Suzi) Smith (McMillian)

Ah, Don, Suzi Smith McMillian (not Jones, although that would be a compliment, she looks fab). Hope you can make it down to the bayou tomorrow  (again),  The weather looks great.  Anyone else is welcome too,  We love a crowd.  Just message me if anyone else is interested and I will send you details. 

11/04/19 07:13 PM #2330    


Jeanne Spencer (Adams)

Is anyone in the Houston are interested in a unique part time position working for World Pet Travel?  My husband has been working here with them for a few months and loves it.  It is an international company but the owner lives in Rockwall.  If you would like any further information, please let me know.  -Jeanne Adams 

11/08/19 09:25 AM #2331    


Dorothy Fowler (Montgomery)

Jeanne Spencer, I have a friend interested in a part time position, Please send me the information on the Pet Travel Company. My e-mail is

12/01/19 07:45 AM #2332    


Stephen Ray Puckett

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.   Here we are that day, surrounded by a couple of dozen relatives and friends.  We are in the mountains of Southwest VA, a few miles south of our house, in a public museum/picnic area maintained by our family.  I'm in the green buffalo plaid jacket, eating a bowl of wonderful pozole, and Lil is to my right in the image in her purple jacket.  It was a might bit cool that day, about 50 F, so we hung up some tarps to block the breezes.  We also had a big campfire on which we roasted oysters and shrimp.  I like the shrimp but never cared much for oysters on the half shell,   Folks brought tons of food so we ate, Visited, ate, etc.  

I was stuffed but contented!

12/21/19 11:23 AM #2333    


Stephen Ray Puckett

Yuletide Blessings!

01/16/20 11:27 AM #2334    


Richard Meek

Good morning all. I want to let you all know that we're holding an Estate Sale at my parent's home tomorrow and Saturday from 9:00 - 5:00. There are treasures to behold that youwill want to take home for For Sure!. You might ask why Paige and I don't take them all home. That would have required buying a new house. Which didn't seem the prudent thing to do. So put it on your calendar to go to 1707 Cheshire Lane. tomorrow (to get the best selection) or Saturday and take some of those treasures to yur house. Heck take them all to your house if you want to!

Looking for ward to seeing everyone tomorrow and at our next get together at Cottonwood.I hope your new year is off to a great start!

01/28/20 09:35 AM #2335    


Jan Barnes (Nimtz)

Jan Barnes Nimtz - Waltrip Class of 1965 has posted on Facebook
With a hole in our hearts today Ed Nimtz & I are sharing the sudden loss of our firstborn son, Brian S. Nimtz, age 52 on Monday, January 20th. Obit and service information can be found on the website of Cypress Fairbanks Funeral Home, 9926 Jones Rd. Houston; also included is a video photo presentation of Brian and our family that I would be pleased for you to view.

01/31/20 09:32 AM #2336    


Ann Robin Trimble (Haney)

Oh Jan, my heart aches for you and Ed and your family. Words are just inadequate. I will pray that our Lord gives you strength to get through the hard days ahead. Wishing I was near so I could hug you...


02/15/20 10:31 PM #2337    


Hilda Carol Smith (Godell)

I didn't really know you in school, but wanted to offer my condolences on the loss of your son. Our oldest boy passed away almost three years ago, at age 42, so I have a sense of this time in your life. I read Brian's obituary in The Chronicle, not realizing who he was. But it seemed he was a unique man and I'm sure he was a treasure in your life. Time does not necessarily heal the loss of a child, but it does allow for reflection and contemplation of the life of someone you love. My wish is that you find joy each day in the memory of your son.

02/16/20 09:07 AM #2338    


Jan Barnes (Nimtz)

Thank you both, Robin & Hilda for your kind words and acknowledgement of the loss of our son.

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