UHS Alumni News


Gary Heyen  (May 16, 2012)
The Class of '59 is going to have a 55th year reunion in 2014. The reunion committee is in the process of selecting the date and planning the reunion. If you have a date choice please send that to Gary Heyen at jheyen@stx.rr.com . We plan to have a reunion celebration you won't want to miss.

Carol McClintock Roberts  (February 5, 2010)
My Dad, Ed Haby, passed away Tuesday, February 2nd. His viewing is today (Friday) and Sat. a.m. followed by the services at the Rushing-Estes-Knowles funeral home Saturday at 1:00 p.m. After the gravesite services there will be a reception at the Methodist Church.

Marcy Stirman  (November 23, 2009)
Hello friends, A sad note from here. After a long and difficult illness Dave passed away early Wednesday morning at 4:40 AM. He was noticeably weaker on Friday and struggled through the weekend to be awake to respond to us. He went to sleep Sunday night and did not waken on Monday. He was breathing, but not responding to touch or voice or light. He never wakened, breathing weakly. On Wednesday he stopped breathing. It gave us time to notify the kids. Carole and her daughter, Ashley, came here from Houston. Jon and his family of 4 were here to stay with us. Gary arrived in the afternoon of Wednesday. It has been such a help to have them here as we make plans for his memorial service on Monday, November 23, at 1:00 pm. The service is to be at Glen Abbey Memorial Park, 3838 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 92019. He was very weary of being bed-fast and wished to go in peace. That prayer was answered. We have assurance that he is in a better place. Marcy

Gary Heyen  (June 25, 2009)

Gay Swint Memorial

A memorial will be held for Gay Swint, Class of 1953, on August 1st at 5:00pm in Uvalde to celebrate Gay's life and to remember all of the good times we had with him. His passing was sad but that is not what he wanted us to remember. So think back to all of the good times you spent with Gay and come share them. All of Gay's many friends are invited. The location is:

Quality Inn Ballroom
920 East Main Street
Uvalde, TX, 78801
(830) 278-4511

Lola Nell Bailey Hill  (March 7, 2009)
ROMAN A. CHACON JR.Roman Acosta Chacon Jr., 68, died Feb. 19, 2009, at Texoma Medical Center in Denison.Chacon was born May 12, 1940, in Fredericksburg to Roman Sr. and Librada Acosta Chacon.Chacon grew up in Uvalde and attended Uvalde High School from 1955 to 1959. He also played varsity football his junior and senior year.He married Connie Alvarado.Chacon worked for Texas Instruments and retired after 28 years from Raytheon.According to the family, he loved the outdoors, especially fishing, but most of all he loved his family. His grandchildren were the joy of his life and they affectionately called him Grandpa.He is survived by his wife; two sons, David Chacon and wife, Theresa, of Garland and Benito Chacon and wife, Silvia, of Rockville, Md.; one daughter, Lily Lopez and husband, Leo, of Denison; nine grandchildren, Daniel Chacon and wife, Skye, of Rockville, Md., Hollye Chacon of Carrolton, Nicholas Chacon and wife, Rebekah, of Rockwall, Hannah Chacon of Garland, Jade Lopez, Silvia Adi Chacon and Savannah Chacon, all of Denison, Nichole Holloway of Savoy and Seth Ybarra of Bonham; three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Zion and Isaac Chacon; two brothers, Carlos Chuck Chacon and Ramon Chacon; and one sister, Eulalia LaLa Samarripa of Uvalde.He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Juan Chacon; and one sister, Angelia Lopez.Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Chapel in Denison with Deacon Gary Vogel officiating.Following the service, Chacon was cremated according to his wishes.Family visitation was held Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fisher Funeral Home.Condolences may be left online at www. fisherfh.com.

Lola Nell Bailey Hill  (March 5, 2009)
Delton Burrel passed away on March 3rd in Houston. He had CANCER and it finally took him. I believe he graduated in 1961 or 62. He was married to Laura Ridgeway from Uvalde. His brother is Marcus Burrel who lives in Uvalde.

Gary Heyen  (February 28, 2009)
The Class of '59 will be celebrating their 50th Reunion on Homecoming weekend this year. We will be sending out formal invitations/announcements when the exact date (we think in Oct.)becomes available from UCISD.

lnhill25@gmail.com  (February 10, 2009)
Classmate, Betty Foshee(1959), lost her husaband, Ray Peebles (class of 1956) on February 2, 2009. Betty and Ray lived in New Braunfels, Texas. They have three childern Ray and Mike of Spring, Texas and Donna of San Antonio.

Gary Heyen  (November 7, 2008)
I would just like to compliment the class of 1958 on their 50th reunion. The Class Website is great!

UHSAA Annual meeting in 2007  (August 9, 2007)
Despite a deluge on July 21, the Uvalde High School Alumni Association held its annual meeting. The meeting took place in the McNelly Room at First State Bank of Uvalde. Association Chairman Terry Harrison reported on the Association's “Pockets of Refuge” program, an afternoon tutoring program initiated earlier this spring from students in grades one through four, and the plans for expanding the program to students in all grades at the beginning of the school year. He expressed the Association's gratitude to the volunteer tutors and to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for the use of their space. He further stated that various other groups around Uvalde had invited the program to use space offered by them, including the bowling alley and the El Progreso Library. Additional volunteers will be needed, however, and interested persons should contact him at 278-3130. Additionally, Harrison reported that the school district has hired an “at-risk coordinator” whose responsibilities will focus on students at risk of failing. Moreover, he reported that he has joined a new committee by the Uvalde Area Chamber of Commerce, which will focus on involving area businesses in the education of children. The committee will also act as volunteer generators for other organizations assisting in the education of children. In a related area, the chairman said that the newly hired high school principal is eager to work with the Association. Members decided that the Association should participate in the Homecoming activities this year and have some participation in Uvalde's Halloween festival, as well. Board members whose term expired in July were Terry Harrison, Carmen Iruegas and Bill Carman. Unexpired terms were filled by David Beard, Kay Jungerman, Barbara Elrod and Milton (Speck) Nelson. There was one vacancy created by the resignation of a previous board member. In addition, another vacancy existed with one year remaining in its term. Harrison, Iruegas and Carman were re-elected, while Ann Molloy was elected to fill the vacant term and Nathalie Patton was elected to fill the remainder of the other term. It was decided that the board will hold one of its two annual face-to-face meetings in connection with Homecoming this fall. The UHS Alumni Association website can be accessed at www.uhsalumni.com. Alumnus can become a yearly or lifetime member of the association. The web site features a calendar of upcoming events, pictures of many UHS classes starting with the class of 1914, a guest book, chat rooms and links to individual class sites.

UHSAA Member  (June 15, 2007)
I'm wondering what UHSAA's plans are for 2007-2008? What are the long and short term membership plans? Do we plan to have a fund raiser event this year? Are we going to start having a free mini-reunion in Uvalde every year? Is there a plan to provide membership incentives, like tickets to a Spurs game, meals at local Uvalde resturants, tickets to coyote football games, etc., etc.? I think the UHSAA Board needs to address these questions and suggestions at the next UHSAA annual meeting in July.

Gary Heyen  (June 5, 2007)
Here is news from Mel Glauberg.

Wow, there is POWER in PRAYER!!! My surgeon initially told me I would be in the hospital for 11-14 days, but was sent home after only 4 days. I knew something was up when I woke up in recovery and was told I was going directly to a room and not to intensive care. There is some good news/bad news associated with this and I will explain. First the really good news, all my biopsies came back negative and benign. The bad news is that there is still a tumor there and it is inoperable. The tumor is close to or attached to a major blood vessel and the pancreas, and he cannot remove it. The good news is that they are going to treat it with chemo and/or radiation and should be able to shrink it or eliminate it. I will have to go back into the hospital one more time to have a temporary stent removed and a permanent one installed. That is just an overnight thing and really no big deal. All of this should really wreck my summer, though. Gary, thank you again and many thanks to the UHSAA board and to Ray and everyone involved. Your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated by me and my family.

Nathalie Patton  (May 29, 2007)
Uvalde Baseball team qualified for Regional this afternoon at Wolfe Stadium, San Antonio, by beating Alamo Heights by the score of 8-1. The Coyotes will be playing Corpus Christi Moody next week in the best 2 out of three. If they were to win next week then it is on to State in Austin the next week. The Coyotes have one pitcher that is sign with the Texas A&M Aggies and have several others who can get the job done. Today Danny Alejandro's son, who is a Sophomore, pitched the whole game. Uvalde's defense had no errors.Joe Ray and I went to the game today, mainly because JR's Cousin has a Grandson playing and we were tired of staying in the house while it rained. It turned out to be a beautiful evening in San Antonio. I was sitting on the top row and just happen to look down two rows and there was another sixty graduate, Jay Young. As we were standing up to leave I looked over to say something to Jay and Milton (Hardy) Hobbs stood up. They live in Seguin area. There was really a great crowd there cheering on the Coyotes. So for those of you that live in the San Antonio area or Corpus area come on out and cheer the Coyotes. It was really a lot of fun. As I understand they will play in San Antonio back at Wolfe Stadium and then game two will be in Corpus on Saturday along with game three if needed. Watch the San Antonio Express High School sports page for complete information about the games. Also there will be information on SA Sports. I have no idea about CC Moody but I think they are ranked #1 in the state.

Mel Glauberg  (May 25, 2007)
Hey! I need some good Coyote prayers. I will be having major surgery May 30. Possible cancer of the pancreas. Doc says 11-14 days in hospital followed by long recuperation. I will let ya'll know more when I get home from hospital.

Gary Heyen  (May 4, 2007)
The class ring that was found (see Eduardo Alvarado entry below) has been returned to its owner. This was due to action taken by UHSAA member, Kay Scott, who knew the mother of the owner's ring. The mother was contacted by Kay and she then contacted Eduardo and he returned it to her. We want to thank Eduardo Alvarado and Kay Scott for making this possible. Great work!

Unknown  (January 31, 2007)
Uvalde PD has a website www.uvaldepd.com or www.uvaldepd.org

Eduardo Alvarado   (January 19, 2007)
I have a class ring from your high school, class of 1983. It is a girl's ring with the name Kristina M Farley engraved on the inside. Could you tell me how I might return it to the owner or her family? My sister found this ring as she was looking through her deceased son's things and thought the owner might want it back.
Here is my address information:

Eduardo A. Alvarado, RN, MSN, CB
International Kitchen and Bakery
14307 Ben Brush
San Antonio, TX 78248

Email address:althern@sbcglobal.net

Marvin Buttler  (August 11, 2006)
The class of 1947 is planning their 60th Class Reunion in the spring of 2007.Please send your current address to: Jane (Alexander) Knapik,1005 Louise,Marble Falls,Tx 78651...Best Regards to All, Marvin Buttler(830-232-5752)

Mike Cruzcosa  (July 15, 2006)
Says I forgot to type my input. Mike, contact us at Coyotes@uhsalumni.com and we will try to help you.

Barbara Lowe  (May 24, 2006)
The Uvalde Police Department is planning a Law Enforcement Exhibit at El Progresso Library in November, 2006. If you have photographs, old uniforms, badges, etc. please contact me at blo4upd@yahoo.com. If you know anyone who might have anything they would be willing to loan for this exhibit, ask them to contact me at the email or at UPD 830-278-9147. We have some newspaper articles (such as the capture of a Brackettville bank robbery suspect) and photos of the Chief at West Main School with some of the student crossing guards (yep, the barefooted one is Ira), a bulletproof vest that was new about 18 years ago and similar items. If you have memories of an encounter with deputies, police, highway patrol, game wardens or other law enforcement officers, we would like to receive them as well. A memory that brings a good chuckle now might not have been funny at the time it happened. Thanks in advance, Officer Barbara Hale Lowe (Class of '67)

Joe Templer  (April 21, 2006)
This is not an announcement, per se, but a "well done" for the UHSAlumni board of directors and volunteers. They have done an outstanding job of promoting and growing the organization. An example of volunteerism at its very best.

Guest  (January 13, 2006)
Our friend David Beard just had major surgery in Austin and from all we have heard it was successful. We wish David the best and a quick recovery.

Bob Blackstone '55  (January 9, 2006)
In late September, I called Janice Smith Prickett '55 (whom I had seen briefly once in the last fifty years), about our 50th reunion. I am proud to say she became my wife on New Year's Day.

diana g mata  (December 2, 2005)
Hello class of 85 just wanted to know who went to the class reunion and if anybody has changed or look the same. keep me posted

ray jones  (July 19, 2005)
Hey everybody janey found her phone book!

Gary and Beverly Heyen  (January 19, 2005)
Hi Everyone. Just wanted to spread the word about the Reunion in 2005 for all UHS Alums on June 10-12. This is going to be fun and allow all of us to get back together again. We have some great events planned for you and plenty of things to keep you entertained and active. Hope all of you will be there and enjoy the Reunion.

Joe Templer  (November 17, 2004)
Nancy Barber (class of 1956) is scheduled to have multiple heart bypass surgery on Wednesday, 11-17-2004, at the Texas Heart Hospital in San Antonio, Texas.

Normand Fryar  (October 6, 2004)
This year marks the 60 year anniversary of the Uvalde FFA Chapter. We are trying to find information about Teachers, Officer Teams, Contest Winners, etc. If you have any information that will assist us in trying to preserve our history as one of the best youth organizations in Uvalde please forward it to us. You may also check out our web site (under construction) at www.uvaldeffa.org. R. Norman Fryar A.S.T. American Meat Goat Certified Judge, OSHA Trainer, PDAS Certified “Success is the progressive attainment of an intelligent goal.

R.L. MONTGOMERY III  (August 12, 2004)
Just like to announce that Kathy and I are expecting our first child, due to make an appearance in mid April 2005. This is an OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom) baby and is a reminder of what we are just fighting for, our families and way of life. Hopefully I will be here for the birth, however, the chances that I will be deployed again is great. Please keep all our military families in your thoughts and prayers, they whom pay the price of freedom.

Paul Smith '59  (July 4, 2004)
Gwen and Paul Smith have retired to the Hill Country north of Boerne near Welfare/Waring. Paul is into archeology as a participant in the Texas Archeological Society's summer field school at Menard in 03 and 04. He was elected President of the Hill Country Archeological Asssociation for 04 in Kerrville. He has been selected by National Boy Scouts to be an archeology merit badge counselor(1 of 8)at the National Jamboree in Virginia in 05. Gwen is landscaping with wild flowers and getting Paul to build more flower beds with all the loose limestone.

Juli Rodrigues Alvarado  (April 21, 2004)
Have you heard? Our fellow classmate, Amanda L. Gonzales (98), has successfully opened a bussiness of her own. Amanda's Gifts, 441 South Getty, Uvalde, opened it's doors in August 2003. She has a wide variety of sterling jewelry, handbags, wallets and more. She is also enrolled with The University of Phoniex Online where she is working towards her Bacherlors of Bussiness Management. She also is employed as the manager of Rent A Storage, Self Storage Facility in Uvalde. To say the least she has her plate full. When you're in Uvalde, stop by a have a look for yourself.

BOB RYLAND 61  (March 16, 2004)
I went to Uvalde this past weekend and was taken on a tour of the new West Main Library/museum/archives building. Although its still under construction I was totally awed by the scope of it. This is going to be a really unique facility with not only books, tapes records etc but also a museum and archives devoted to southwest Texas history etc. There is no other facility like it in Texas or any place else for that matter. I would like to urge all UHS alumni to send in your contributions if you haven't already done so. The adress is on this web site. Just remember every little bit helps.

Lynda Langford  (March 12, 2004)
UHS Class of '64 is planning a reunion this year. We are now collecting addresses. Please send your addresses to Lynda Langford. lynda@hctc.net or Lynda Langford 1670 CR 421 Uvalde, Texas 78801

Homer Anderson ('60)   (March 4, 2004)
I have just received an email with an update on Erney Anderson ('60), from his wife, Kay. Her message was as follows: "Yes we got 14" of snow at our house on last Thursday and Friday. It was great. I was on my way to work and the roads started getting slippery. I turned into the grocery store, got 2 days worth of groceries and went home. I had my computer from work with me so I was able to do some work from home. It was great being home with Erney. Speaking of Erney, he is doing really well at the moment. We are so greatful for each day. He is 3 months past the time the urologist and neurosurgeon had given him. The oncologist is just amazed. They all say he's still terminal and the cancer is growing on his lungs. We just pray for one more good day and God in his wisdom is granting it. Old Ern's sense of humor is still in tact even if his memory is sort of slipping. That is one thing the doctor was right on target about. When they took the tumor out of his brain, his memory did start to fade. His past memory is really good. His short term is terrible. But he uses that as an excuse for everything. He's very funny some times." In talking with Erney, he has always been very positive and upbeat, and I had no idea how dire his condition appears to be. In a follow-up message, Kay said that she takes all the emails we send to her address, home and reads them to Erney. She said he really enjoys hearing from everyone, but his vision is very poor so he has trouble reading or seeing a computer screen. I know this is not the prayer board, but for those who may chose not to look there, I think Erney would benefit from our prayers.

BOB RYLAND 61   (March 3, 2004)

Homer Anderson ('60)   (January 15, 2004)
I talked to Erney and Kay Anderson today. He is still hangin' in there - they both sounded very upbeat still. He went in yesterday for another CT scan, but won't know any results till next Tuesday. He said it is OK to share this info with the UHS group. What they did the CT scan for, was to see if there has been any change in any of the "hot spots" left over from the removal of the primary tumor in his kidney. They had found these numerous isolated areas where the cancer had metastasized(?), but had not started growing in the new areas yet - they are looking to see whether they are still dormant. If they still look the same, they won't need to do anything for now.Erney said that if the spots show any changes, the treatment is to go thru major chemotherapy - and he feels he does not want to go thru that for the potential 2-3% possibility of improving his situation. He feels he will just put his trust in God at that point.

Gary Heyen   (December 19, 2003)
 Nearly 100 people gathered Tuesday afternoon to celebrate Victoria Zamarripa Day at Uvalde City Hall. Mayor George Garza proclaimed the day in honor of the U.S. Air Force colonel. Zamarripa, a Uvalde native, began life in a migrant family and, through education and perseverance, reached top leadership positions and touched many lives. She plans to retire from the military in January. “I’ve known Vickie for many, many years,” Garza said last week, explaining why he suggested the ceremony. “I’ve always admired her stick-to-it-iveness. She’s proved that you can attain anything you want if you just stick to it.” Garza said that he hopes other people will look at Zamarripa and try to follow her example. “She is truly a role model for all young people,” he said. Zamarripa, the seventh of 10 children, spent the first 15 years of her life traveling to California and Minnesota for the summer harvest months. She said she learned the value of education at an early age. “My mother made it clear that we had a choice,” she said. “We could work 13 hours a day for the rest of our lives or go to school and change our lives.” Zamarripa chose the latter course. She graduated from Uvalde High School in 1974, then attended Southwest Texas Junior College to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Her first nursing job was at Uvalde Memorial Hospital, where she said she learned a lot of her technical nursing skills. After six and half years at UMH, Zamarripa began attending The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she earned her bachelor of science in nursing degree in 1981. After her graduation she joined the Air Force as a second lieutenant. She has since earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from Webster’s University and holds triple certification in trauma, critical care and nursing administration. Throughout her military career, Zamarripa has touched thousands of lives, across all boundaries. Her impact on people was evident in the audience at Tuesday’s reception. Former supervisors, employees, friends, family and those who just wanted to help honor her crowded the council room at City Hall. Military uniforms, including Army and Navy, along with Air Force, abounded. Retired U.S.A.F. colonel Jane Waller, who served as Zamarripa’s supervising officer in Washington, D.C., summed up the feelings of many there. “Vickie has such a real knack for engendering a sense of community wherever she is in the world,” Waller said. “There are people in Peru and so many other countries who still feel that she is part of their community because of the way she touched their lives.” A major portion of Zamarripa’s nursing career was spent, through her own request, at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio. “No one wants to go there, because that’s where the most critical-need patients are,” she said. “But that’s where they need nurses most.” While at Wilford Hall, Zamarripa became friends with Dr. P.K. Carlton, who later was appointed Surgeon General of the Air Force. At the time they met, Carlton was the director of Wilford Hall and Zamarripa was squadron commander for the Intensive Care Units. Even though each was in a management position, they both believed in the importance of continuing to provide hands-on care to patients. They met while attending rounds. Through her friendship and professional relationship with Carlton, Zamarripa became involved in his pet project – developing a disaster-preparedness plan for other nations. She co-founded the course that has since been taught in 32 countries. In 2001, Zamarripa was in Washington, D.C., helping to refine the course when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has since undergone chemotherapy, surgery and radiation. This past August, Zamarripa was promoted to the rank of colonel. She currently is the deputy director of the Defense Institute for Medical Operations, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at Brooks Air Force Base in San Antonio. She will retire from that position on Jan. 9, 2004. Having cancer has changed Zamarripa’s perspective on life, she said. “When I became extensively ill on Aug. 18, one of my doctors told my mother I only had 18 hours to live,” she said. Another doctor told her that it wasn’t up to men to make those predictions; it was only up to God.“I learned that when you have so little hope, you can’t give up,” she said, wiping her eyes. “We just have to take each day, every day one day at a time.” She thanked everyone who helped arrange and who attended the ceremony. “I have been most blessed to see the support of you all. I am profoundly grateful, and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

Marjorie Cochran   (December 13, 2003)
Services were held today for our 1957 Classmate Sam Raney of Kerrville.

Nathalie C. Patton   (December 6, 2003)
We had word this morning of Sam Raney, class of 57’s, passing. No other information is available at this time.

Gary Heyen - Class of '59  (September 5, 2003)


READY TO RUMBLE – One of our great former teachers, Uvaldean Wave Thompson, the oldest living and longest tenured member of the El Progreso Club, will be a special guest in the "An Extravaganza In Old Uvalde" parade Saturday. The event is the primary fundraiser for the West Main Project and benefits the construction of the new library, archive and area history museum

Sue Helveston   (July 19, 2003)
This was copied from the Leader News and is about UHS Alumni Max Burleson, Class of 1949. RETIREE SPENDS TIME CATALOGING NAMES FROM AREA GRAVEYARDS.BY CATHERINE AUSTIN,Staff writer - A retiree with a 50-year interest in genealogy has adopted an intriguing and valuable new career – cemetery detective. Max Burleson, a former resident of Uvalde, has catalogued all the names of the people buried in area cemeteries and complied the information into several volumes, one for each cemetery. Additionally, Burleson pays for the printing and binding of 50 books, which he donates to the cemetery’s community for re-printing the books and to help with maintenance of the cemeteries. “Since genealogy involves visiting cemeteries, I found I was looking at a lot of them and I also discovered that most of them had no available record of who was buried in them,” Burleson said Thursday while visiting an old friend, City Manager John Harrell. “I started out looking at cemeteries around Leakey,” he continued, adding that the first ones that he compiled into a book were the cemeteries in Hackberry, Vance and Camp Wood. “Then, since I had lived in Uvalde, I started working on the cemeteries here.” Burleson has completed a volume on the Old Uvalde Cemetery, the Hillcrest Cemetery, the Uvalde Catholic Cemetery, the Uvalde Pioneer Cemetery and the Fort Inge Cemetery. “No one is really still buried at Fort Inge,” he noted. “When they closed the fort, the 30 people who were buried there were taken to a cemetery in Bracketville.” His research has garnered him a wealth of historical information in addition to that he has lived himself. Burleson moved to Uvalde when he was in the seventh grade and he graduated from Uvalde High School in 1949. “I worked in the old candy store when I was in high school,” he recalled. “And we lived right across the alley from John Nance Garner. I used to watch him take his daily walks.” He joined the Air Force in Feb. 1951, “right before I was about to be drafted,” he said. Then, he served a few months in Europe and was shipped to Korea only 30 days after he had gotten married. After he left the Air Force, Burleson attended and graduated from the University of Houston and then went into the retail oil business. Before his retirement, he had built a chain of convenience stores in the San Antonio area. His prior military service led him to add any military records inscribed on the headstones of the deceased. Burleson also catalogued epitaphs or verses that he found on the gravestones. The cemetery detective plans to dig into Knippa’s history as his next project. “I don’t know where I’ll go after I finish in Knippa,” he said. “But I’m sure I’ll find another cemetery that needs a census done.” The books on the Uvalde cemeteries are currently available for sale at El Progreso Memorial Library. Proceeds from the sale of these volumes will benefit the library’s West Main Project.

Homer Anderson ('60)   (July 18, 2003)
I spoke with Kay Anderson - Erney's ('60) wife earlier this week, only to learn that the day before, he had major surgery to remove a brain tumor that had attached to the optic nerve. Apparently the surgery went well, as Erney was able to go home on Thursday. Kay told me this all started about a year ago when Erney began having kidney problems. After a couple of mis-diagnoses, and a vision exam because his vision was also deteriorating, about a month ago a new doctor had Erney do an MRI. That is when they learned that he had this tumor in his brain - and also a tumor on one kidney. When I talked to Kay again last night, she said ole' Ern is in pretty bad shape. I told her I would post this on the web site so his old friends would know. She asked that I not give out their phone number, but their mailing address is: 203 Michael Dominick Drive / Belmont, NC 28012-8654. (haander@austin.rr.com)

Gary Heyen  (May 29, 2003)
We extend our sympathy to UHS Alumni,Sue V. Finley and Sarah E. Decker ,upon the death of their father, ALBERT R. FINLEY of Uvalde. Albert is also survived by his wife Sue Finley. We had many great times at the Finley household my senior year at UHS. His obituary appears in the Obituary section of this website.

David Beard   (May 27, 2003)
To All: Nathalie Campbell Patton has taken over the job of Treasurer now. Those of you who are not yet members of the Association are requested to mail your check for $20 to Nathalie. Her mailing address is:

Uvalde High School Alumni Association
%Nathalie C. Patton
PO Box 509
Uvalde, Texas 78802

Thanks, David

David Beard   (May 26, 2003)
All Classes: I went to Uvalde on Wednesday, May 21, primarily to conduct "Association business." Had a good trip and want to report on it. My agenda was (1) to try to convince a certain person to be our treasurer; that flopped; (2) to meet with Nick Fohn whose son-in-law is a member of the school board in order to ask Nick to use his clout to get me on the agenda of one of the Board's future meetings; (3). To go by the high school to (a) see if there is a recording of "Loyal and True" and if not to request that one be made for us to put on the website, and (b) to determine if there are back copies of yearbooks; and (4) to go by the Library to ask for a copy of the mailing lists they used a while back in trying to get donations for the West Main project....and further, as opportunities arose to tell other graduates about the association and the website.Results: The meeting with Nick went very well and it was very good to see him after all these years.I had a marvelous meeting with Hal Harrell, the principal of UHS (and son of graduates John and Phyllis Collier Harrell) and a graduate himself. He didn't know off hand if there was a recording of "Loyal and True" but promised that he would find out and if there's not he would ask either the band or choir to make one for us before school is out next Thursday. He promised to check on availability of back copies of the yearbooks. He will e-mail me. He's a very nice young man and is enthusiastic about both the association and the website.The Library was perfectly willing to provide us with a copy of that mailing list. She is to e-mail it to me. As a "thank-you" I gave them more money toward the construction of the West Main building whose construction has already begun. They'd gladly accept more donations, however, if you are feeling especially flush.Finally, I did, in fact, run into a bunch of folks I know to be ex-students and grads and I informed them of the association and the website.I also bumped into Willie Edwards to whom I'd sent a press release some time ago for publication in the Leader-News. It never got published. Upon meeting with Willie he said he'd lost the press release and if I would re-send it to him it WOULD be published. So, that's been done.Anyway, wanted to keep each of you posted.David Beard

Sue Helveston   (May 1, 2003)
We all extend our sympathy to UHS Alumni,Cathleen Caddell Klein and Geraldine Caddell Stutte,upon the death of their Mother, Ora May Caddell of Uvalde. Mrs. Caddell was a teacher in the Uvalde Schools for many years. Her obituary appears in the Obituary section of this website.

Sue Helveston   (April 25, 2003)
Emma Heard Nelson died April 23, 2003 at her home in Reagan Wells. Emma was 91 years of age. She was a graduate of Uvalde High School and was the mother of UHS Alumni, Ann Nelson, Glynis Nelson Peterson, and George Nelson. Emma is also survived by her husband Jack Nelson. We send our sympathy to the Nelson Family.

Mel Glauberg   (April 22, 2003)
Hello and welcome! Simply because you are reading this indicates an interest in this site. For the newcomers, allow me to give you a brief history. Gary Heyen and I started the site earlier this year with just the class of '59. In just four short months, it has grown to include the classes of '56 through '60. Plans are in the making to convert it to a true alumni site that will someday include all of the graduating classes. The growth so far has come from just "word-of-mouth" and the networking it generated. Having said that I need to ask two things from readers of this entry. First, please read and sign the guest book. You may find an entry from a long lost friend, or by adding your entry, provide the means for an old friend to find you. Secondly, please tell all the Uvaldeans you know about the site and urge them to visit. We are very glad that you found the site and hope that you enjoy it and will return often. Thanks and ENJOY!

Quin McWhirter - Class of '58  (April 22, 2003)


Our classmate and class president, Terry Templer has come into his own as an artist and his works are being featured and displayed at El Progresso Memorial Library. There was a great article with photos about Terry and his art in the Uvalde Leader News on April 19, 2003 and you can click HERE to see it.

Lewis Ross passed away in February. Over the years he had a lot of moles removed and some time back, one was a melanoma. The doctors wanted him to have chemotherapy after it was removed, but Lewis didn't want to. Apparently he had been feeling worse and worse, and went in for some tests. They found cancer in all of his internal organs, and then he only lived another few days. He was cremated, and his ashes were sprinkled on his fathers grave at Barksdale.

Glenda Roe Seamons   (April 11, 2003)
Checking in from Albuquerque to express my thanks and appreciation to all of the hard working alumni putting together another reunion for us in 2003. I will be returning home from NZ after 6 months stay with my only 2 grandbabies and their parents. Glad I can be back in time to attend. I just completed 6 months of chemo, being one of several in nation for study for new drug. I came down with relapsed lymphoma (non-hodgkins), after 9 years of remission from round 1. I'm now feeling great and hope to have another long remission. Looking forward to seeing all in December; my bio is a saga and will spare any unless you ask and are interested! 40 years if living is too much to catch up on with everyone! Guess that's why we play the game, "Remember When" which covers only the high school years when we reunite! Take care and see you in December. Cheers! Glenda

Mel Glauberg   (April 10, 2003)
Through some great detective work done for me by Ray Nave ('60) and Don Harp ('59), I was able to get in contact with one of my closest childhood friends, Sharon Swift ('60). She is suffering from kidney failure and is on dialysis 3 times a week. She has gone through some tough times with it, but currently is doing well. She is on the national donor's list, but because of rare antibodies in her blood, it will be very difficult to find a suitable donor. I would like to ask all of our classmates to join me in praying for her so that she may get through this and regain her health.

Gary Heyen - Class of '59   (April 3, 2003)
Lewis Gilbert Ross, 62, of Austin, formerly of Uvalde, died Feb. 23, 2003, at Christopher House hospice in Austin. He was born at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio Sept. 25, 1940, to Lee Garth Ross of Rocksprings and Vera Lowrance Ross of Uvalde. Ross graduated from Uvalde High School in 1958. His obituary appears in the Obituary section of this website.

Sue Helveston - Class of '60  (April 2, 2003)
We send condolences to Charles Everett, member of the class of 60, whose father, Fred Everett passed away Saturday night March 29th, 2003. Fred was 85 years old and living in San Antonio, Texas.

Mel Glauberg   (April 1, 2003)
I am sure that we all join Helen Davis Hutto, class of 59, in mourning the loss of her mother, Norma Gardner Davis. Mrs. Davis passed away March 26th, 2003 at Amistead Nursing Home. The family suggests memorials be sent to the Dan E. Davis Memorial Scholarshio Fund, c/o First State Bank, 200 E. Nopal, Uvalde TX 78801

Natalie (Campbell) Patton - Class of '60 (March 28, 2003)

I never read the paper until it is two weeks old. I rarely know of events that take place until they have happened. Such an event took place tonight that made me proud to live in Uvalde, which is kind of a rare event in itself.

Tonight was Joe Ray's night to cook so we went out. Traveling back home we got to the Leona Bridge and looked over to the park. We noticed a lot of cars parked around and two EMS vehicles. We decided to go around the back by the Golf Course and see if we could figure out what was taking place. There were so many cars that it was impossible. So I walked over to the park from the HEB parking lot.

You know that rock thing that has the steps that we all played on when we were kids? At the top there was a large sign, "PRAY FOR OUR TROOPS." The park was packed. If I had read the paper I would have known that a Prayer Meeting for our Troops was taking place. I just cannot believe the number of people that came in support of this event. To bad this will not make the news.

We continued on home around by the town square and there someone had put Yellow Bows around all of the trees in our square.

You would have been proud of Uvalde tonight.

Mel Glauberg - class of '59   (March 25, 2003)
I would like to ask all classmates to join me in praying for Felix and Edna Hernandez as Felix battles lynphoma.

Sally (Speir) White - Class of '58 (February 17, 2001)

Just got an E-mail from David Beard about classes joining together to contribute to the West Main Project. I think this is a great idea!! I have already earmarked all my memorials to the library to go to this fund and purchased a bunch of bricks also. It might be good for you to put something on the reunion page asking each class to contribute and specify their class so that we will each have a tile.

David Beard - Class of '57 (December 13, 2000)

Charles Baylor had major neck and back surgery back in November and a couple of days later sustained a heart attack. It was determined he needed by-pass surgery but they couldn't do it for the longest because he kept having infections. They finally got it done on Monday, December 11th, 4 bypasses and he came through it just fine, better than his doctor expected. (2/14/01 update) Following his release from Presbyterian Hospital of Plano (Texas), he and Margie are staying with her son, Greg, in the metroplex area because Charles cannot negotiate the steps up into their motor home (yet). He can walk anywhere he wants with his walker. He will return to the hospital regularly for continued physical therapy...outpatient. Margie's cell phone number is 813-505-2511 if anyone wants to call her.

Many of us have wondered over the years about Virginia (Ginger) Denmark who left UHS after our freshman year. I received a call from her a couple of weeks ago. She's in Channelview, near Houston. Her last name is Martin and she is listed as Ginger Martin in the phone book for anyone who would like to contact her. She's got 4 grown kids and I think she said 9 grandkids..

Pat McCrea Pope gave me Loralee Crockett Brunelle's e-mail address; They both graduated with us in 1957. Pat is still in Uvalde and Loralee is in California. Loralee's e-mail address is Llbkitty1@aol.com.

Several of us have wondered about Charlene Gray; no one has seen nor heard from her for years and years. I have asked the Leader-News for info on how to put in an article asking any reader if they know where she is and how to reach her. I will do that when I hear back from them.

Here's news from Chuck (Charles) Simpson received January 26, 2001, with some before and after photos. The first is Chuck with Barbara Black and Mary Louise Fitch and the second is a current one of Chuck and an interesting lady.


Alice Toombs Hicks and Lamar now have e-mail. Their address is ahicks@mymailstation.com

Barbara Arthur Lowrance's mailing address is 5777 Indian Springs, Livingston, TX 77351.

Hazel Stitts Baylor tells me there's a big fund-raiser going on at Uvalde to build a replica of the ole West Main School. If you would like to support the project, send your donation to El Progresso Memorial Museum and Library, 129 W. Nopal, Uvalde, 78801. Make checks payable to West Main Project. You can also contact Nancy Horner Feely, Co-Chair, at 129 W. Nopal St., Uvalde 78801. The original property has been donated by Sue and Louie Capt. The Ross Doughtys very generously donated $200,000 and the Briscoes have given a significant amount in Janey's honor. Total cost is anticipated to be $5 million. Click HERE to see a photo of it.

Dick and Sharon Smith have just told us about the birth of their new grandson, Christopher Blair Herrod, weighing in at 11 pounds and doing well. Dick also said that he, his sister and brother, are going to donate to the West Main Project in their dad's name since he served on the school board for many years.