ROOM OFFICERS ELECTED IN HIGH SCHOOL
room officers were elected during activity period
on Wednesday September 8. Each class is divided into
two home rooms; each homeroom elected officers, including
a president, vice-president, secretary, and two student
The Freshman class is sponsored by Wendell
Boozer and Louise Cagle. Officers for Mr. Boozer’s
homeroom are President, Jimmy Langford, vice-president,
Jan Nelson, secretary, Suzanne Lingold, and student
council representatives, Jennie James and Buddy Sledge.
for Mrs. Cagle’s homeroom are; Carolyn Corbett, president,
Dianne Dewees, vice-president, Ann Furrh, secretary,
Robert Hindman and Karon Conn, student council representatives.
The Sophmore class is sponsored by John Brown
and Sarah Strawn. Officers for Mr. Brown’s homeroom
are; Tom Castleberry, president, Margy Furrh, vice-resident,
Vicki Bridges, secretary, Kirk Evans and Ann Hollandsworth,
student council representatives.
for Mrs. Strawn’s homeroom are; president, Danny Teel,
vice-president, Mickey Blake Robertson, secretary,
Willene Woolverton, student council representatives,
Sandra Owens and Jerry Lawrence.
The Junior class is sponsored by Mrs. Jack
Riley and Dewayne Carter. Officers for Mrs. Riley’s
homeroom are; Joe Dempsey, president, Snookie Curtis,
vice-president, Brenda Hodge, secretary, Angela Coates
and Gary Kinney, student council representatives.
for Mr. Carter’s homeroom are; president, Steve Roberts,
vice-president, C. W. Wilson, secretary, Sandy Lay,
student council representatives, Dan Smith and Danny
Senior sponsors are Troy Roberts and Mrs. Alta
for Mr. Roberts homeroom are; president, Ronnie Travis,
vice-president, Tim Sockwell, secretary, Barbara Shelby,
student council representatives, Mary Woodruff and
David Laney. Officers for Mrs. Harris’ homeroom are,
Jerry Barnett, president, Richard Davis, vice-president,
Dianne Deen, secretary, Linda Gunter and Charles Cannefax
student council representatives.
Please Paula – I have a terrible problem. It’s
about this green jumper I have. I’ve received many
compliments on it, but it always leaves me in a very
embarrassing situation. When I move my arms, the straps
fall. I’m always scared the rest of the jumper may
fall with them. What can I do? Please help me!
Yours truly, Embarrassed.
Dear Embarrassed: You do have a terrible problem.
I’ve thought about your problem very much. The final
conclusion I’ve brought myself to is a choice between
three things; (1) pin the straps to your blouse; (2)
cross the straps; or (3) don’t wear the jumper anymore.
This is your best bet.
Best wishes – Please Paula
did you and Charles find a new route to school Wednesday?
Does anyone know why Mike Smith is first on
the gym floor every morning?
Dianne, what was the big rush on the football
field Friday night?
Nelda types so fast she throws her carriage
off the machine.
Janet Baker says she has had a lot of fun at
school lately doing ‘nothing.’
Nelda Hornbeck is a very individualistic person.
She has a completely different routine from the rest
of the band.
Lost One Slip, Owner, Sandy Lay, Last seen lying in
Linda Flanagan, do you make it a habit of missing
your chair in civics class?
It isn’t every Junior High team who comes out
of the huddle with five men in the backfield and six
men on the line.
Libby, how much is $17.50 divided by 5?
Dale, did you try to pick up a hitch-hiker
bigger than you could handle?
Carolyn Ferguson and Paula Furrh what’s this
about you two having Tommy and Wayne on the ‘Rocks’?
Joyce did you step all over them?
Looks like this week the Action Girls really
had a club house. At the hospital with Donnie and
Joyce was it the thought of the game or Jimmy
coming home that made you so nervous in the pep rally
Mrs. Strawn, did you know you look like Kim
John Allen, why so many trips to Edgewood lately?
What four senior girls in the fourth period
P.E. tried to make their walk around the football
field short by cutting across?
Tim Sockwell asked Coach Davis to rerun the
end of the game film but not to check his mistakes.
He wanted to see Dianne walking him off the field.
Steve, did you and Karen think Paula and Wayne
were the police Saturday night?
asked the question, “Where did your name originate?”
these were the responses.
Shelia Barnes – Because Shelia means “musical” and
I am not. Editor’s note: “No lie.”
Carolyn Ferguson – They couldn’t find anything else
to describe me. Editor’s note: “No lie.”
Jo Ann Shelby -- I think someone saw a shell and said
“I’ll be.” And it became Shelby.
Libby Craft -- From a tomato juice can!
Sundy Mayfield—Sundy originated by my daddy because
it was so unlike other names and he wanted to be different,
Janie Langley -- Janie was given to me because they
thought I was a little witch, and witches are evil.
Dian Hughes -- No one else had such a name so mother
wanted me to be different.
Robert Dickerson—They named me Robert after my daddy’s
brother’s cousin’s uncle’s grandfather.
Linda Rusk—It was a common name.
80 Fund Drive Incomplete;
Success In Sight
preliminary report that was made on the Highway 80
Group drive for funds at a meeting Wednesday afternoon
was encouraging, Odie Chitty, president of the group
indicated Thursday. Several committees reported in
with their drive completed with the exception of a
few calls yet to make. A boost was given to the drive
by a check received from Mrs. John E. Owens of Dallas
for $100. Mrs. Owens is a former Wills Pointer, who
has shown much interest in the program of the community,
and who has contributed generously “to her old hometown.”
Others who may not be contacted may participate
in the drive by seeing any of the workers or mailing
their checks to Wills Point Highway 80 Group, Arthur
Lamar, Secretary, Wills Point.
Mr. Chitty stated that a few of the committees
are still working and urged that the members of these
committees complete their work as early as possible
and report their collections to Mr. Lamar.
The funds from this drive will be a part of
the $22,000 budget of the Highway 80 Association to
promote the highway and strive to hold as much traffic
on this vital artery as possible. The Highway 80 Association
is an organization of communities on Highway 80 from
Terrell to Marshall.
Highway 80 through Wills Point is a layer of bricks
just like the ones that pave the downtown streets.
This picture of the paving crew was taken facing west
in front of Jamieson’s Parts Service.
Catching up with...
week we're catching up with Chuck Allen, graduating
class of 1966 is our tiger of the week. When I dropped
by to interview him, he informed me that he did not
know about this new part of the Tiger Cat. It seems
that he’s been watching every week, but not scrolling
down after the old articles. So he was surprised to
hear that it was his turn to ‘tell it all’.
After graduation Chuck went to Henderson
County Junior College for a short time but then decided
to serve his country. He joined the Navy in 1968 and
was stationed in California. Not long after he arrived,
he met a sweet young lady named Joan and in 1969 they
were married. They lived there until his service time
was over and in 1972, they moved back to the lone
star state and Wills Point.
When Chuck first came back home, he went
to work at Hollandsworth Engineering and worked there
for five years. Then in 1977 he went to work at the
Garland Fire Department and he remained there for
the next 25 years. He retired in June, 2002.
Not long after they moved to Wills Point,
Joan and Chuck welcomed their first son, Charles in
1973. Three years later in 1976, son John was born
and then in 1978 Amanda joined the family. All three
children are graduates of Wills Point High School.
Charles is the emergency management coordinator for
Van Zandt County and also the public information officer
for the Wills Point Fire Department. John is the projectionist
at the Majestic Theater. He plans to attend school
to become a chef someday. Amanda is a stay at home
mom but does some part time work at the Baptist Church
Learning Center with her mom, Joan. Amanda’s son,
Colin, is the ‘apple of his grandpa’s eye.’ He is
Chuck’s only grandson but he and Joan look forward
to many more grandchildren in the future!
In 2003 Chuck had a major stroke that
has left him limited as to ‘some’ things that he can
do. He’s at home a lot and doesn’t drive anymore but
loves talking on the phone with friends and ‘piddling
around the house’. His favorite things to do are crossword
puzzles and surfing the web. He’s proudest of his
family and the 25 years that he spent in the fire
protection profession. Chuck regrets not continuing
with college. His life in five words or less.... Rewarding!
Memories of WPHS...
How do you remember WPHS? High school was one of
the best times in my life.
2) What was a fun Saturday night with you back then?
Cruising and going to the show.
3) What is a fun Saturday night for you now? Usually
going out to eat.
4) The funniest thing that you remember about WPHS?
“Me, Mike Smith and John Conn got run out of Oklahoma
one weekend. We were up there to see some girls that
John knew and some big cowboys decided that we didn’t
need to be there. We had been drinking a ‘little’
and when we got just outside of Edgewood we got stopped
by the highway patrol. Mike begged the patrolman to
call B.W.Ward and he said ‘no way I’m gonna wake him
up in the middle of the night!’ so he followed us
to Wills Point, at the city limits the WPPD were there
and escorted us home. What a night! It wasn’t that
funny back then, but I laugh about it now!”
5) Your proudest moment in high school? When I
6) A secret that we never knew? No secrets.
7) Who did you have a crush on and they never knew
it? Paula Furrh.
8) Ever cheat on a test? Yep.
9) Who was your best friend? Glen Holt.
10) What’s the craziest thing that you two ever did
together? One night I was going out to Glen’s house.
I was way out on highway 751 and my car broke down.
I hitched a ride to his house and we came back to
town to Steve Steadham’s house. We took the part that
was like the broken part on my car off of his Steve’s
car. We went back out to Glen’s and he fixed the part
off of my car by looking at the part that we took
off of Steve’s car. We fixed my car and went back
to town and put the part back on Steve’s car and then
we went up town and messed around. I don’t know if
Steve ever knew what we did.
11) Who was your favorite teacher? Mrs. Strawn.
12) What did she teach you that wasn’t in a book?
The importance of friendship.
13) What is your biggest regret about school? My
big regret is not playing football my junior and senior
years. I really loved sports and I played my freshman
and sophomore years. I regret not continuing football.
14) Your very ‘best’ moment in high school? Being
asked to escort Joyce McFarland at homecoming and
her being chosen ‘homecoming queen’. It was a real
15) If you could go back for a day, what would you
do different? I would apply myself more and take
the learning part a little more seriously.
went to see the Tigers play the Lions a couple of
weeks ago and guess who was sitting on the row right
behind me? Jackie Deen Ragland, class of ’67 and
her husband Keith, class of 1964! I prepared to
take her picture and she said ‘oh no!’ ... and I
don’t know why. She’s just as pretty as she has
ever been. Then I looked down the row and cousin
Roy Deen, class of ’66 and his wife, Kelly were
sitting with them! It was a ‘Deen Scene’! Hey there
every day you’ll see this smiling face at the Brookshire’s
grocery store in Wills Point. That’s because Jeff
Oldacre, class of 1980, is the store assistant manager!
He was busy at work but stopped long enough to visit
and let me take his picture. His link to our year?
Well, his dad used to be my insurance man, Peggy
Vinson, class of ’66! (Yep, I can make a connection
of ‘some’ type to everybody if I set my mind to
it!) He’s a great WP young man! Hydi Ho, Jeff!
few weeks ago I went by the flower shop to get a
balloon and had a nice long visit with Sharon DuBose
Evans, wife of Kirk class of ’68. Sharon grew up
in Grand Prairie and graduated from high school
there in 1968. She met Kirk one night while cruising
the bricks in Wills Point and they’ve been together
ever since. They’ve got two fine sons who both look
just like their dad and a brand new daughter in
law. She is one of the friendliest and nicest gals
that I know. Kirk, you did good! She has owned Wills
Point Floral for 20 years and I love calling her
my friend! Hello, Sharon!
out and about and looking at the gorgeous goodies
at Bruce & Human, Pat and I ran into WP schoolmate
Linda Kennemer Leath, class of ’69. She lives here
in Wills Point, she’s retired but helps take care
of Mom and the grandkids so she stays pretty busy.
We asked about brother Silas class of ’67 who has
been sick. She says that he’s home and feeling better.
We visited for several minutes until hubby, Gene
came in to see ‘what was the deal?’ She looked great!
Good to see you Linda!
Where Are You?
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in all the classes. When you register, you become
a part of our database and we'll be able to contact
you for upcoming reunions and events. It's really
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If you need help, just call Pat at
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phone. Your friends would love to see you again!
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Wills Point Tigers suffered a painful defeat when
the Mount Vernon Tigers inched by them 40 to 34
in double overtime Thursday night. They were tied
34 to 34 at the end of the fourth quarter and it
was a hard fought game but Mount Vernon managed
to get by them for the win.
How many of you remember this place? Can you guess
where and what this is? It’s the old T & P Lake
Spillway! Yes, it’s still there! It looks a lot
different but just being there made me want to
‘have a party’! The tree line is gone and all
of the graffiti has been washed away but if you
look real close, you’ll see that it’s still the
same, just fenced off and privately owned. My
name was there once, was yours? What a great place
and what great memories!
Bit of Trivia...
Digital Equipment Corporation, or
DEC, introduces the PDP-8 (Programmed Data Processor),
the first minicomputer, which, compared with the
mainframe computer, is simple to operate and low
cost ($18,000). It has 4K of ferrite core memory.
The introduction of minicomputers
is the beginning of widespread computerization
of business and education. That year, the owner
of DEC issued one of his famous challenges, stating
that he foresaw the day when a software compatible
computer should be able to fit on a desktop and
cost less than $10,000. The result of that challenge
was the PDP-8 minicomputer.
Links on the Net
are some helpful websites!
- Is it a hoax or not? Find out here before you
send it to everyone.
- Surprise your family with great holiday recipes!
- Crafts, decorating, and more
- The best 'how-to' on the net. This one has instructions
and photos for every project or home repair.
to the World!
Parker, Class of 1968 Proud Grandma! In case you
missed this little trick or treater last week
we want to give you a more formal announcement.
Please meet, new little brother Jacob. He was
born October 26, 2005 at 1:21 PM and weighed 7
lbs and 13 oz. Big sister, Chelsey and big bro'
Justin couldn't be happier! Proud grandparents
are Pam and Jerry Smith.
a picture of Raymond McEnturff, hubby of Sharon (Warner),
as he umpired a baseball game between the First Baptist
Church players and the players of the Cowboy Baptist
Church. It was a great game and very close but the
First Baptist boys inched by the Cowboys to win 15
to 13. These young men play every Thursday night and
I would suggest to anyone who loves baseball to go
out and watch. The games start at 7pm.
of the Week...
After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother
changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded
to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting
more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin.
At last she threw a towel around her head and stormed
into their room, putting them back to bed with stern
warnings. As she left the room, she heard the three-year-old
say with a trembling voice, "Who was THAT?"
five-year-old grandson couldn't wait to tell his father
about the movie we had watched on television, "20,000
Leagues Under the Sea." The scenes with the submarine
and the giant octopus had kept him wide-eyed. In the
middle of the telling, his daddy interrupted Mark,
"What caused the submarine to sink?" With a look of
incredulity Mark replied, "Dad, it was the 20,000
Child's Logic: "Give me a sentence about a public
servant," said a teacher. The small boy wrote: "The
fireman came down the ladder pregnant." The teacher
took the lad aside to correct him. "Don't you know
what pregnant means?" she asked. Sure," said the young
boy confidently. "It means carrying a child."
grandmother was surprised by her 7 year old grandson
one morning. He had made her coffee. She drank what
was the worst cup of coffee in her life. When she
got to the bottom, there were three of those little
green army men in the cup. She said, "Honey, what
are these army men doing in my coffee?" Her grandson
said, "Grandma, it says on TV, "The best part of waking
up is soldiers in your cup!"
SEASON OF 1937
Coach Hooks, at the start of the football
season, was faced with a task of forming a team
out of six lettermen. After giving them fundamentals
during spring practice and during two weeks before
school, a well rounded team was formed. It looked
as though there might be a longed-for district championship.
The line was heavy and experienced while the backfield
was fast and shifty.
The first game was with the visiting Crandall
squad. The Tigers easily ran up a 25 to 0 score
which might have been more if numerous substitutions
had not been made. Coach Hooks got a good idea of
his strength, both of regulars and reserves.
Emory eleven paid a visit to the Tigers for the
second engagement of the year and went home after
a 30 to 0 trouncing from a team composed mostly
of Tiger second-stringers. This game showed that
the starters would have to hustle if they intended
to keep their jobs.
The team next journeyed over to Kaufman to
contest the Lions, under the lights. They played
a great game and emerged victorious 12 to 0. Led
by Green and Livesay, the Blue and White were exceptionally
good on the defense. Hargroves was the fireworks
of the offense.
The next game was played under the lights
at Mineola. The Tigers went into this game with
a determination to avenge a last year’s defeat.
During the first half they played the best offensive
game of the year, running up 18 points. They let
down in the third quarter and Mineola managed to
score 13 points. Hargrove and Livesay were the stars.
The Canton Eagles came to Wills Point October 30
with a determination to break the jinx the Tigers
held over them. It looked in the first quarter as
if they might be able to do it, but the Tigers rallied
and ran up a total of 31 to the Eagles 6 points.
Green, Livesay, Hargrove, and Peace stood out.
The Tigers looked forward all year to tangling
with their nearby rivals, the Edgewood Bulldogs.
They went down to Edgewood to win; defeat was never
on their minds. The final score was 31 to 0 in favor
of Wills Point. It was their best game of the year
and every man who played was a star.
The annual Armistice game with Terrell was
next on the program. During the first half, the
game was all Terrell, but the Tigers managed to
keep them from scoring. In the intermission Mr.
Hooks rallied the boys and during the second half
the Tigers went to town. They came home with a 12
to 0 victory.
Wills Point, up to this time, had a perfect slate.
But hard luck befell them. A man was proved ineligible
and the Tigers were ruled out of the district race.
This dampened the spirits of the Tigers but more
hard luck came to them; as the saying goes, “Misfortunes
come not in single spies, but in battalions.” Harley
Peace, star fullback, was injured in practice on
the eve of the Van battle. The Tigers were badly
off and the Van Vandals trounced them 26 to 0.
All of this was a bad pill to take but the
Tigers came back on Turkey Day to hand the Grand
Saline Indians a setback to the tune of 31 to 6.
All of the seniors got to play as this was their
last game, and they finished their high school career
in a blaze of glory. This game let down the curtain
on one of the best seasons in Tiger history. The
record was nine wins and one loss. A great majority
of this credit is due Mr. Hooks who made a fine
team out of the material.
Wills Point scored 190 points to the opponents
51, averaging 21.1 to the opposition’s 6. The leading
scorer for the Tigers was Hargroves who made 78
points followed by Chester Sockwell with a total
of 30 points.
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Do you remember some of the movies and music from '65
What was your favorite movie? The Majestic
was the place to go on Saturday night to meet friends!
All the movies from
'65 and '66 are available on DVD today so now we can really
watch the movies we told our parents that we saw 40 years
Remember cruising? We'd make a few circles downtown ...
go around the monument down to the end of main street, make
a u-turn, do that three of four times ... then cross the
tracks take a left at the light and head out to the Dairy
Maiden 'or' Cowboys .... (according to who your talking
to and what they called it) .... then you head back downtown
... or you stopped at Cowboys if you saw someone that you
knew ... you left your car there if you were 'getting in'
and 'riding around' with somebody else ..... ahhhh, those
were the days!
Hey, gas was 31 cents a gallon in those days and there
were plenty of cool cars. We were a real American Graffiti
We partied with our
friends, played ingenious pranks on each other like pushing
a car several blocks away, baby goats in the back seat,
flashing emergency lights behind couples who were trying
to park, and more that we can't list here.
We have a place for your stories! Just log in
to Passing Notes and post them there. Cruise through and see stories
others have posted.
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Activities, Organizations and Memories!
Although our football team was the biggest part of our history
that year, a lot of us were taking part in other activities and school
organizations. And just to bring back more memories, we included
some of the movies and music from our great year.
Mr. Troy Roberts, sponsor
Roy Deen, President and
David Teel, Vice President
Dianne Deen, Secretary
Sarah Strawn, sponsor
Joyce McFarland, Head Cheerleader
Nelda Penny, Senior
Kathy Martin, Junior
Janet Geddie, Sophomore
Dianne Dewees, Freshman
Marsha Coomer, Mascot
Candy Flowers, Drum Major
Sandy Lay, Junior
Jackie Deen, Junior
Sandra Owens, Sophomore
Melissa Hallman, Sophomore
Suzanne Lingold, Freshman
Karen Conn, Freshman
"Presenting the 1965-66
Tiger Band!" Seventy-two members led by John Brown received
honors such as a Division Two rating in the UIL contest; Division
Three rating in concert; Division One rating in sight reading.
The band performed at parades and community functions as well.
S.P.Q.R. Wills Point Chapter
Mrs. J. W. Simmons, Sponsor
Jerry Lawrence, President
John Holt, Vice President
Kathy Martin, Secretary
Mrs, Linnie Foster, sponsor
Steve Roberts, President
Kirk Evans, Vice President
Melissa Hallman, Secretary
Mrs. Glenn Roberts, Advisor
Willene Woolverton, President
Roy Deen, F.H.A Beau
J. T. Wiggs, Advisor
Glen Holt, President
Peggy Vinson, Sweetheart
Sarah Strawn, Advisor
Dianne Deen, Editor in Chief
Alana Wilson, Assistant Editor
Ginger Roberts, Classes Editor
Chuck Allen, Sports Editor
Joyce McFarland, Organizations Editor