Ranger Exes Memorial - TX 1949 RHS yearbook RHS Class of 1949  49 Bulldog

SENIOR CLASS (RHS-1949 YEARBOOK): 57 Louvern Alexander.........Mesquite TX, m. Billy Bell (decd) Evelyn Blackwell..........Cisco TX, m. Barney Wheat (decd) June Briden...............decd, m. Eli Douglas Charlie Campbell..........decd Willeta Coates............decd, m. name Stone Ralph Cooper..............Houston TX, m. Sue June Drinkard.............Ranger TX, m. Billie Davis, 60th Owen Falls................Springtown TX, m. Patsy Ruth Camilla Gordon............decd, m. H.G. Adams (RHS-1943) Emilee Gordon.............Bokchito OK, m. J.T. Blackwell (RHS-1944) Gloria Graham.............Midland City AL, m. Bill Carter Harold Green..............Abilene TX, m. Glenna Moody (RHS-1950) Joyce Harbin..............Houston TX, m. Lloyd Hejtmancik Jane Hardy................decd, m. Gayle Blacklock (RHS-1944), 58th in 2011 Joy Harper................decd, m. John Gilbert Dortha Hightower..........Cleburne TX, m. Ben Blitch Hudson Hightower..........Whitney TX Louise Hill...............decd, m. name Herrington Betty Jane Hilliard.......Dallas TX Jimmy Ice.................Abilene TX, m. Berle June Blackwell (RHS-1950) Douglas Jacoby............decd Allen DockÔ Keener........decd Jean Kenney...............decd, m. name Hewitt Joan Kenney...............decd, m. Keith Munnerlyn (RHS-1949) Lusby Kirk................Memphis TN, m. Patsy Maxine Landtroop..........decd, m. Perry Morris Alvin Langley.............Kermit TX Tony Lewis................decd Richard Martin............decd Robert Martin.............decd James Martinez............decd Wanda McKinney............Hull TX, m. F.W. Cousins R.L. Miller...............decd, m. Nettie (decd) June Ann Morton...........decd, m. Boyce Bryan Keith Munnerlyn...........Albany TX, m. Joan Kenney (RHS-1949) Donald Needham............decd Jerry Page................decd Beth Pearson..............Odessa TX, m. James Cosper Billy Jack Perrin.........decd Nancy Phillips............decd, m. name Bridge Betty Reuwer..............Louisville KY, m. J.W. Cook George Robinson...........decd, m. Shirley Baker Dee Ann Sanders...........decd, m. name Fultz Clara Jean Sharp..........decd, m. James Houx Meredith Sides............Lewisville TX, m. Dora Anne R.C. Smith................decd, m. Pat Henderson Mary Lou Townzen..........Austin TX, m. Jimmie Samford, 63rd in 2014 Sue Vaughn................decd, m. name Wilkerson Jack Bob Waddington.......decd Jean Watson...............decd Charles Wheat.............decd Betty Jo Williams.........Buffalo Gap TX, m. Lee Ligon (decd) Pauline Williams..........decd, m. James Wright Jerry Wilson..............Ft. Worth TX Marvin Wilson.............decd Jean Woods................Chubbuck ID, m. Wayne Nugent (decd) Rita Wynn.................decd, m. name Martin OTHER CLASSMATES: Nick Bachis...............decd J.M. Bush.................Puerto Rico Billy J. Eakin............Reno NV Dovie Ellis...............Rocklin CA, m. Denver Whitley (decd), graduated Monahans High School Pat Ellis.................decd, m. Milton Alexander (RHS-1946) Leslie Udell Hale.........decd Richard Charles Hodges....decd Max Judy..................decd Byrellene Parkes..........Ft. Worth TX, aka, Bobbi Kai Pansy Anne Seymour........decd, m. name Colston Grady Shook...............decd Helen Wheeler.............Archer City TX, m. name Surrett Tommy Wilson..............decd (listed in RHS-1950) GRADUATION: 1949 VALEDICTORIAN: Dortha Hightower SALUTATORIAN: William Anthony Lewis, III HONOR STUDENTS: Betty Reuwer, Joan Kenney, Wanda McKinney, Gloria Graham, Marvin Wilson and Ralph Cooper PRESIDENT: Marvin Wilson VICE-PRESIDENT: Keith Munnerlyn SECRETARY: Wanda McKinney TREASURER: Meredith Sides REPORTER: Billy Jack Perrin SERGEANT-AT-ARMS: June Ann Morton SENIOR FAVORITES: R.C. Smith and Rita Wynn MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED: Tony Lewis MOST REPRESENTATIVE: Jimmy Ice BAND SWEETHEART: Joan Kenney STUDENT COUNCIL: PRESIDENT: Tony Lewis VICE-PRESIDENT: Wanda McKinney SECRETARY: June Ann Morton TREASURER: Rita Wynn REPRESENTATIVES: Marvin Wilson and Jack Waddington FACULTY: John A. Winder (Principal), Sam Ails, Mary Bourdeau, Lilla Jean Brown, Cylde Coke, Lillian Eastland, Dutch Ervin, Will R. Faifer, Mrs. L.H. Hagaman, Jennye Ruth Hooper, Margaret Meacham, George Munnerlyn, Mrs. W.D.R. Owens, Jo Oyler, Mrs. A.L. Rainwater, Mrs. George Robinson, Lillian B. Strain, R.B. Thomas, Onis Warden, Mary Joy Wilson, & Boone Yarbrough. RHS-1949 as Juniors in 1948 yearbook Jean Alexander, Louvern Alexander, Juanice Bishop, Evelyn Blackwell, June Briden, Charlie Campbell, Willeta Coates, Ralph Cooper, Dovie Ellis, Camilla Gordon, Emilee Gordon, Gloria Graham, Harold Green, Jane Hardy, Joy Harper, Dortha Hightower, Hudson Hightower, Richard Hodges, Jimmy Ice, Joanne Jackson, Douglas Jacoby, Allen Keener, Jean Kenney, Joan Kenney, Lusby Kirk, Maxine Landtroop, Tony Lewis, James Martinez, Wanda McKinney, Aaron Meadors, R.L. Miller, June Ann Morton, Keith Munnerlyn, Juanett Offield, Jerry Page, Byrellene Parkes, Beth Pearson, Billy Jack Perrin, Nancy Phillips, Betty Reuwer, Meredith Sides, R.C. Smith, Joe Max Stiles, Mary Lou Townzen, Dorothy Tuttle, Sue Vaughn, Jack Bob Waddington, Charles Wheat, Betty Jo Williams, Pauline Williams, Jerry Wilson, Marvin Wilson, Jean Woods, Rita Wynn. RHS-1949 as Sophomores in 1947 yearbook Louvern Alexander, Nick Bachis, Juanice Bishop, Evelyn Blackwell, June Briden, J.M. Bush, Charlie Campbell, Willeta Coates, Ralph Cooper, June Drinkard, Dovie Ellis, Owen Falls, Elizabeth Flores, Della Faye Galloway, Kaye George, Camilla Gordon, Emilee Gordon, Gloria Graham, Harold Green, Jane Hardy, Joy Harper, Dortha Hightower, Hudson Hightower, Richard Hodges, Jimmy Ice, Joanne Jackson, Max Judy, Allen Keener, Jean Kenney, Joan Kenney, Lusby Kirk, Maxine Landtroop, Paul Lewis, Tony Lewis, James Martinez, Aaron Meador, R.L. Miller, June Ann Morton, Keith Munnerlyn, Wanda McKinney, Juanett Offield, Jerry Page, Byrellene Parks, Beth Pearson, Billy Jack Perrin, Nancy Phillips, Betty Reuwer, Pansy Seymour, Grady Shook, Meredith Sides, R.C. Smith, Mary Lou Townzen, Sue Vaughn, Jack Bob Waddington, Charles Wheat, Helen Wheeler, Betty Jo Williams, Pauline Williams, Ronald Dean Williams, Jerry Wilson, Marvin Wilson, Jean Woods, Rita Wynn. RHS-1949 as Freshmen in 1946 yearbook Louvern Alexander, Juanice Bishop, Evelyn Blackwell, June Briden, Charles Campbell, Ralph Cooper, Gerald Cox, Melva Dodd, June Drinkard, Dovie Ellis, Owen Falls, Kaye George, Camilla Gordon, Emilee Gordon, Gloria Graham, Harold Green, Jane Hardy, Joy Harper, Dortha Hightower, Hudson Hightower, Richard Hodges, Mable Huckaby, Jimmy Ice, Max Judy, Allen Keener, Lusby Kirk, Alvin Langley, Tony Lewis, James Martinez, June Ann Morton, Keith Munnerlyn, Wanda McKinney, David McMinn, Evelyn Obel, Juanett Offield, Jerry Page, Byrellene, Parkes, Beth Pearson, Hazel Lee Penninger, Billy Jack Perrin, Nancy Phillips, Betty Jean Reuwer, Billy Joe Russell, Dee Anne Sanders, Pansy Seymour, Grady Shook, Meredith Sides, R.C. Smith, Clinton Strickler, Floyd Taylor, Peggy Tully, Sue Vaughn, Jack Bob Waddington, Charles Wheat, Ronald Williams, Jerry Wilson, Marvin Wilson, Tommy Wilson, Jean Woods, Rita Wynn. RHS-1949 as 8th graders in 1945 yearbook - NA RHS-1949 as 7th graders in 1944 yearbook - NA The Ranger High School Class of 1949, the 49ers (nothing to do with California, San Francisco or the NFL football team except being a class of "solid gold"), were "Depression babies" born in and around the year of 1932, and entered Ranger High School in the fall of 1945. Too young for WWII military service, we became "of age" for Korea. The year 1945 was a great year. The War wound down and was finally over and the celebration in Ranger was just as jubilant as it was in New York city or anywhere else in the U.S.A. Fighting in the trenches of France did not loom ahead of us and we were free and clear of the bondage of Young, Cooper, Hodges Oak Park and St. Rita's and more than ready to tackle the wonderful world of "high school" that was offered to us in that beautiful three-story edifice known as Ranger High School. Going to that same high school that was already inhabited by Worth Carlin, Howard Frasier, Betty Jean Jones, Kenneth and T.K. Hardy, Dorothy Imholz, Anne Matthews, and many, many other Ranger "celebrities" was, indeed an honor. Some of us carried our lunches, some ate at Mrs. Higdon's, some at Mrs. Masters boarding house, others, here and there. We thought Ranger was a "boomtown" still. We had the teen canteen, the Rec hall, the football field, main street, the Arcadia Theater and the local drug store fountains, the Porky Pig Drive-In and life was "coming up roses." There was not a thought of fast-forwarding to the year 2000, the new millennium, the Y2K problems or "OLD AGE." While we were in school, Coach Stubby Warden came to RHS and Ranger and found a lifetime home and now our old Bulldog Stadium is the O.C. Warden Stadium. The Bulldogs had some highs under Coach Warden and then some lows and highs and, wow, in 1999, an undefeated at-home season, a division championship and a game in the play-offs. Our innocence and inexperience as a class was soon to change as we were "jerked" into reality by the tragic death of a classmate, Max Judy, toward the end of our Sophomore year. The death of Leo Miller, one class ahead, during our junior year taught us to expect the unexpected and to appreciate the gift of life. Just a year after graduation, our Class President, Marvin Wilson was fatally injured in a drilling rig accident. By the time those of us who had survived to get one of those Social Security checks at 65, a dozen of our classmates had journeyed on to the life beyond and now our losses stand at 25. Max Judy and Marvin Wilson have been joined by Willeta Coates, Louise Hill, Jean Watson, Jerry Page, Donald Needham, Charles Wheat, Rita Wynn, Dee Ann Sanders, Douglas Jacoby, Tony Lewis Richard, & Robert Martin, Jeanne Kenney, Allan "Dock" Keener, James Martinez, Nancy Phillips, Richard Hodges, Joy Harper, George Robinson, Grady Shook, Clara Jean Sharp, Leslie Hale, and Pauline Williams. And, of course, with our aging, those rare and wonderful teachers and administrators who worked so diligently to mold us into good citizens who could make our own way in the world, were lost, one by one. Mrs. Helen Hagaman, Mrs. Lillie Robinson, Mrs. Gladys Hunter, Mrs. Jo Oyler Patterson, Miss Anne McEver, Dr. Grover C. Boswell, Mr. Rush to name a few, will long dwell as a part of us. Those attributes and teachings that they passed on to us, we have passed on to our children and grandchildren. During our four magical years at RHS, we lost some friends and classmates who had to move with their parents to another town but we were joined by new classmates who had moved to Ranger with their parents. Every member of the class has always known that the Class of `49 was the last great class of that era and, in fact, was the `best darn class ever,' though members of some other classes will try to dispute that distinction. The Class of `49 is unanimous in regretting that our wonderful RHS building was destroyed and demolished at some time, without our permission or knowledge, after the school system was moved to the new buildings out at the eastern edge of town. All of our memories, trials and tribulations, successes and failures, happiness and disappointments of high school took place in those corridors that, alas, are no more. Only the memories remain. The Class has not let those memories die and has held periodic class reunions and attended many Exes Homecoming in groups. Our 40th and 50th Anniversary Reunions were attended by a significant number of classmates and spouses and guests. We recently voted to have get-together at all future RHS Exes Homecomings and, who knows, maybe a big 60th shindig in 2009! To paraphrase a poet, "Oh, to be in Ranger and it were fall of `45 all over again!" Jack Waddington Senior Class Senior Trip Class Reunions Reunion & Dinner in 2002 60th Anniversary Reunion in 2009 (archived)