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From: Allen Pote
Date: Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 1:52 PM
Subject: Pensacola
To:

Hi Peggy,
First of all, thanks so much for all your efforts on behalf of our class. I know everyone appreciates how you keep us all in touch. I'd like to tell you what's happening in my life for the next month or so. I wrote the score to a Broadway-style musical about 20 years ago. It was performed 57 times-- here, in Hammondsport, NY and twice at the Kennedy Center. We are producing it again in Pensacola in August, this time with four Broadway stars. It's about a huge seaplane, (at our Naval Aviation Museum) which was the first one across the Atlantic in 1919. It's about the events surrounding that, about building dreams, and of course there is a love story. We're hoping to turn it into an annual tourist attraction here because of its connection with our "Cradle of Naval Aviation". You asked me one time what it was I did, and well....this is what I'm doing now!!!
Be sure to check the website:   http://www.seaplanethemusical.com/
And by the way, we were recently in New York with our high school kids (we even attended the Tony's) and Susan and I had a 2 hour lunch with Arthur Bartow! He's had an amazing career and we had such fun talking shop and reminiscing. At any rate, thanks again for all you do.
All the best,
Allen (or Maurice)

Allen Pote, Composer

A nationally known composer of choral music and musicals, Mr. Pote travels extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad as a conductor for festivals and workshops. He has received numerous commissions and has published over 300 choral works, including 20 musicals for youth and children. With his wife Susan he is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Pensacola Children's Chorus. A former member of the National Board of Choristers Guild, Mr. Pote is a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and is a three-time winner of the Arts Council of Northwest Florida's Muriel Shugart Award recognizing outstanding accomplishments in music.

Memories of Cleo... Gone Fishin'

 CLICK ON THE PICTURE BELOW FOR THE STORY:

CHS 1963 WHOPPIN' FISH STORIES - 5/23/2009
Cleo Johnson (7/6/2014), Stan Witte,
Gary Harmon & Jim Pugh (1/27/2014)

Welcome to the Official CHS Class of 1963 Website!


CHS 1922 - 1976

CHS JANUARY 1984
PHOTO CREDIT
LaVeta Myrick-Randall


1922 CHS Coat of Arms
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DEDICATED 5/29/2010

CHS Class of 1963
Story Writing Project

Write your story!
The topics range from military to humorous and everything
in between. If you don’t want
to write it yourself, let me know.
We feature Alumni stories on our website each month and each contributor has his/her own
web page!
Submitted stories
may be edited. Some stories
may not be accepted.

FEATURE STORY SCHEDULE
In the lower left-hand corner of
each page with music, pause and play controls are provided for
your viewing pleasure.


JAY DANIEL - CHS 1961:
"Moonlighting Strangers"


SPECIAL LINKS:
Cushing Chamber of Commerce
Cushing Citizen
DORA HOBBS MEMORIAL WALL
DORA'S KIDS LINK
KUSH RADIO 1600
FAYE O'DELL MEMORIAL LINK

DID YOU KNOW THAT 4 MEMBERS OF THE 1963 CLASS HAVE BEEN INDUCTED INTO THE CHS HALL OF FAME? OUR CLASS
HAS MORE INDUCTEES THAN
ANY OTHER CLASS!


This Day in History

 

2012 & 2013 CHS Yearbooks

Thank you, Carmel & Chrissy!

"Our 2012 theme is about staying connected, and our cover is a laptop. The book will open up like a laptop and the pages will be turned sideways," Nancy Miller, CHS Yearbook Sponsor.
Because of Nancy's efforts, Cushing High School donated yearbooks for the following years: 1984, 2004, 2008 & 2009. Kudos to CHS! Nancy expressed her wish that other volumes from our wish list had been available to donate. Nancy continues to be a friend to the Alumni Association. When you see Nancy, remember to say thank your for her over and above efforts!

2012 CHS Yearbook purchased & donated by Carmel Miller-Pinkerton CHS 1966. Chrissy Larie' Cooper-Whitten CHS 1997 pledged to purchase & donate the 2013 Vivacity. THANK YOU, CARMEL & CHRISSY!

2010 yearbook was purchased and donated by Harry Escott CHS 1966 (Escott's Foods) & 2011 yearbook was purchased and donated by Jim Pugh CHS 1963 and his wife Dayle.

If you are interested in purchasing a 2012 or 2013 Vivacity for yourself or for a CHS student, contact Nancy Miller, CHS Yearbook Sponsor.

CHS alumni are the best!

 2012 Yearbook
front cover

2012 Yearbook
back cover

Cleo Johnson 6/30/1945 - 7/6/2014

Cleo Allen Johnson 6/30/1945 - 7/6/2014
For more information, click on the link below

DAVIS FUNERAL HOME

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Cushing High School Alumni Association, Building/Roofing Fund, P.O. Box 642, Cushing OK 74023, in his memory.

 
 

CLICK on picture above & read "Tall Cotton," by Cleo Johnson 8/2008  

OBITUARY:

Cleo Allen Johnson, retired plumber/building contractor, passed away Sunday evening, July 6, 2014, at his home, at the age of 69 years. 

The son of the late Johnny Johnson and Elsie LeaDean Craig Johnson, Cleo was born on June 30, 1945 in Yale, Oklahoma, and was raised and educated in the Cushing Schools, graduating from Cushing High School with the class of 1963.

 

Following his high school graduation, he served his Country in the United States Army.

 

After completing his plumber and contractor licenses, he owned and operated the Lincoln County Plumbing Company in Chandler, and in 1999, he moved to Cushing and started the C & S Plumbing Company here, retiring from the company in 2000.

 

 Cleo had lived in Carney for over 25 years and was very active in the Carney community.  He served on the City Council, serving several terms as Mayor; he had served as the Fire Chief and also on the Carney School Board.  He was an avid fisherman, loving to spend time outside, working on the yard, gardening, feeding the fish, or just hanging out on the front porch.

 

His grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the pride of his life and he enjoyed spending time with them. He was a big sports fan, always rooting for O.U., the Dallas Cowboys and the Thunder.  He also enjoyed bowling and for many years bowled on a league.

 

Surviving include his wife Dawna of the home; four sons, Jon Eric Johnson of Cushing, Jay Johnson of Carney, Terry Hancock and Shawn Hancock both of Perkins; four daughters, Tonya McCalla, Lori Aakre, Laura Johnson all of Stillwater and LaDawn Mueggenborg and her husband Bobby of Oklahoma City; his step-mother, Ada Lea “Mickey” Johnson of Cushing; three sisters, Marilyn McFarlin of Tulsa, Leora Barrows of Cushing and Beverly Sneed and her husband Richard of Tampa, Florida; one brother Terry Johnson of Newcastle, Oklahoma; 25 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son Keith Hancock.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the Cushing High School Alumni Association, Building/Roofing Fund, P.O. Box 642, Cushing OK 74023, in his memory.

HONOR FLIGHT - JIM PUGH CHS 1963

JIM PUGH pictured on the left
5/24/2009

Prior to his recent death, a WWII Veteran made provisions in his WILL for the anonymous funding of an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., in honor of his son who was killed in Viet Nam. Jim Pugh had applied for one of the regular 4 Honor Flights that originate each year from Toledo to D.C. The majority of the flights are for WWII and/or Korean Veterans. 2012 is different because of this fifth flight for Viet Nam Veterans only. Jim received the phone call this morning (9/30/2012) at 9:00 Eastern Time. At that time, he was informed that he had been chosen for the Honor Flight. AND of course, he accepted, and will make the trip. Jim says each Vet will receive an Honor Flight T-Shirt and Cap. LET’S HEAR IT FOR OUR FRIEND, CHS ALUMNI, AND LOYAL AMERICAN GI, JIM PUGH CHS 1963! 

The chartered flight will take place on October 23, 2012, and 150 Viet Nam Veterans will be on board. The Vets are to be at the Toledo, Ohio airport between 6:00 and 6:15 A.M. where they will enjoy a catered breakfast. The flight is scheduled for departure between 7:30 & 8:00 A.M. Activities in D.C. will include their viewing the Viet Nam Wall and other monuments, if time allows. The Veterans will be met at the airport in D.C. by motor coaches, and bussed to the Memorial areas where volunteers will conduct the tours. Wheelchairs will be provided for Veterans who are unable to walk long distances. 

Exact itinerary for the remainder of the day is not yet known, but they will return to Toledo airport at 8:30 P.M., where dinner will be served in their honor. Each Vet is allowed to invite up to 5 people to join him/her for dinner. Guests of the Veterans will arrive early at the Toledo airport to honor and welcome them home! 

Each state in the Union provides yearly Honor Flights for veterans from their major cities to the Nation’s Capital. They are funded by a variety of groups and charities. HONOR FLIGHT is a national organization. 

In Honor of Our Veterans: http://www.honorflight.org/ 

“HONOR FLIGHT Network is our way of paying a small tribute to those who gave so much — a memorable, safe, and rewarding TOUR of HONOR!!!” 

“We can’t all be heroes. Some of us have to stand on the curb and clap as they go by,” Will Rogers. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012:

Honor Flight NWO (OH)
Honor Flight Chicago (IL)
Honor Flight Arizona (AZ)
Honor Flight Greater St. Louis (MO)
Honor Flight Chicago (IL)

Do you recognize these men?

Kelly Burden - Cushing Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductee for 2011

CLICK ON LINK:
TRIBUTE TO KELLY BURDEN
Tribute to
Kelly Burden CHS 1956

The boy, The boxer,
The man 1953-present
by Peggy Randall-Martin
AND
Ross Funkhouser CHS 1958

Yearbook photos compliments of
Norman Rubenstein
CHS 1957


CLICK ON LINK:
THE FACE OF A CHAMP

Johnny Baker found ... The Journey isn't over

John Richard Baker
The Journey isn’t over …
Written by Peggy Randall-Martin

John's Funeral Services were February 12, 2011 in Cushing, Oklahoma. At 10:00 A.M. a graveside service was held at Fairlawn Cemetery north of town with aproximately 125 people in attendance. A memorial service followed at 11:00 at First Freewill Baptist Church. Associate Pastor Josh Greer, family relative, officiated at both services. It is my understanding that the sanctuary's capacity is 275 people. The church pews were filled, folding chairs brought in and it was still standing room only. An estimated 300 people were in attendance.

Tulsa County Sherriff's Department needs and asks for your help. If you have information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who committed this heinous crime, you should contact: Detective Bobby Harris: 918-596-8676. Odds are that one of the people involved has spilled his guts by now to a neighbor or friend. If you’ve heard anything or know something that will help bring these people to justice, make the call.

CUSHING, OK PIPELINE CROSSROADS OF THE WORLD

 

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