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Bernard Armour

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From Ina Smith on September 14th, 2011
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Bernard was one of the kindest souls I have ever met.  Not only was he a terrific artist, but he had poetic abilities as well.  Over the past 45 years, during rough times I have read what he wrote in my yearbook and the words inspired me to keep going.  I will never forget his kind gentle spirit.  May God bless his soul.

Ina Williams Smith

 
From Kay Beverly Gwin on September 21st, 2011
I will always remember Bernard at our 10 Yr Class Reunion.  Every time I saw a picture of Ronald McDonald, I was reminded of Bernard.  He just fit the description.  So I asked him if he was Ronald McDonald and he just laughed.  Apparently a lot of other people thought the same thing.  Bernard was that kind of fun loving, caring guy.  He will be missed very much!
 
From Judy Thibodeaux on September 25th, 2011
Image Bernard was a wonderful friend who always found humor in things and made my world a happy place.  We had some good, crazy times, and I have thought fondly of him over the years.
 
From George Smith on October 20th, 2011
I first met Bernard, or "Nardie" as he was called then, in 1954 at age six when my family moved from Benton to Bossier. He was the first kid I met in Bossier as he lived right next door. We later found out that he and I were in the same room at what is now Willis Knighton when we were born, me on June 2 and he on June 11. Remember, moms and kids stayed in the hospital a lot longer back then. He was the only kid I ever saw who could run full speed, turn a flip in the air, and keep on running. He also, at about 7 years old, could do a spot on immitation of Marilyn Monroe, his favorite actress.

I didn't see much of him after elementary school as we mover to New York and New Orleans for a few years before returning to Bossier. We ran in different circles in high school so I only saw him then in the hallways of Airline. But he always had a smile and a kind word for everyone. My mother and his were best friends and I believe he died at about 45 years of age.
 
From Sheryl Barker Honeycutt on October 22nd, 2011
Bernard was such a kind and sweet guy. He always had a smile for everyone and I never heard him say a harsh or hurtful thing about or to anyone.  What a loss!
 

Dennis Black

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From Joanne Fayard on September 24th, 2011
Just a note to remind everyone that Dennis gave his life in service to our country during the Viet Nam war on May 17, 1968.  He was a Specialist Sergeant in the Army and earned a Bronze Star, Viet Nam Service Medal, U.N. Ribbon, Viet Nam Distinguished Military Merit Medal and Merit Cross with Palm.  I am sure none of us thought our generation would live through two major wars and other conflicts.
 
From John Kipp on October 11th, 2011

Dennis would come on Base to play weekend football with us (those who couldn't make the real team) and we would have a great time. I have touched his name on the Vietnam Wall in D.C. and shed a tear.

 

Sandra Branch

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From Theresa McGowen Ball on September 8th, 2011

As many may remember Sandra Branch Aldy was my BESTest friend since 5th grade; we lived across the street on Broadway from each other.  Sandra passed away in February 2003 due to cancer.  She moved to MS and married and had 2 lovely daughters.  She had a very good life there on a cotton farm.

 
From Joanne Fayard on September 21st, 2011
I remember Sandra very fondly as always smiling and happy and very kind to everyone.   She was a joy to know!
 
From Judy Thibodeaux on September 25th, 2011
I knew Sandra and I were going to be friends the minute I met her in Mr. Grigsby's science class.  She was always such fun to be with, and I hate that we lost touch after high school.  She was always beautiful inside and out.
 
From Sandra Jackson Williams on September 26th, 2011
Sandra and I both lived on Broadway Drive, except at the opposite ends of the street.  I lost contact with Sandra after graduation, but will never forget her sweet personality and smile.
 

Delane "Bubba" Calkins (Leer)

August 19th, 1946 - December 5th, 2012

Delane was a career railroad man retiring from Kansas City Southern RR with 39 years of service.  Married to Ina. Served in the USAF.  Loved his family, coaching little league and hunting and fishing.  Son Jamie and daughter Teresa.  All of Vidor, Tx 

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Marilyn Chewning

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Donald Drier

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Larry Emmons

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From Kay Beverly Gwin on September 21st, 2011
I enjoyed knowing Larry throughout high school.  I remember him as a fun loving person.  You will be missed Larry!
 
From Joanne Fayard on September 24th, 2011
Some of you may remember that Larry's family was in the landscaping and nursery business.  For our ten year reunion, Larry and his family donated their services for many of the floral decorations. Larry had a BA degree in Sociology. Larry died in 2003.
 
From Betty Lantrip on October 19th, 2011
Larry was one of the funniest, kindest guys I knew.  We had some really great times in the Viking band - I still see him in his uniform holding the trumpet.  Great guy.
 
From Sheryl Barker Honeycutt on October 22nd, 2011
This guy was nutz!! What a beautiful smile and sweet nature. He will be missed.
 

Jack Estepp

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From Joanne Fayard on September 24th, 2011
Who could forget big Jack Estepp??  Jack died in 1989 while living in the Houston, Texas area.
 

Mickey Fahey

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From Betty Lantrip on October 19th, 2011
So sorry to hear of Mickey's passing.  Very sweet, quiet person with a big smile and big heart.
 

Ray Forcier

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From Carol Calkins on September 8th, 2011
Ray Forcier was my friend and neighbor.  He lived catty corner to me on Wakefield.  He was a confidant and counselor.  And a protector.  One night, when my parents, were away on vacation and I was working for the telephone company in Shreveport, I came home and the door was unlocked.  I was terrified as I was staying by myself.  Ray got a baseball bat and went creeping through the house to make sure no one there.  He checked every closet and under every bed!  I remember staying up all night until the sun came up locked in my pink bathroom with a kitchen knife.  Not sure who would have gotten the better end of the deal with that bat but I sure loved him for it.  I am sad that he will only be with us in spirit at this reunion. 
 
From Joanne Fayard on September 21st, 2011
Ray lived down the street from me.  Many of you may not know that Ray went on to become very involved in agriculture and among other things, gave the daily ag report on good old KWKH for years. He was involved in state fair ag and farming and animal showing and judging, etc. and Bossier Parish has an annual "Ray Forcier Memorial Rodeo" each year.  It was held in Benton where there is a small rodeo arena just a few weeks ago.
 
From Joanne Fayard on September 24th, 2011
Raymond Van Ray ForcierFound this photo in Ray's obit. He died in 2010.
 

Robert Helmka

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Martha Irby

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From Ina Williams Smith on September 14th, 2011
Image      This is dedicated to my dear friend, Ann Irby.  Ann, Sheryl Barker and I were like the three Musketeers.  I am ashamed that over the years, I lost contact with both of them.  Ann was so tenderhearted and a really good friend.  I am so sad that her life was cut so short.
 
From Kay Beverly Gwin on September 21st, 2011
Ann and I lived in the same neighborhood & enjoyed attending the same neighborhood parties.  She was always a lot of fun and a very sweet, caring person.  I have fond memories of her.
 
From Pat Rogers on October 1st, 2011
Ann & I shared many things in the time that I knew her.  She was a good friend, a source of many many laughs, and she enjoyed her life.  I know her husband, Jay, and her kids miss her.  Shortly after we had that gathering in Texas I received the sad news from Mike, Ann's brother, that she had passed away.  I have many fond memories & some that are best kept between me & Ann (ya'll know what I mean).
She would have been right there in the thick of things for this reunion.
 
From Linda Miller on September 30th, 2011
Image In 2002 Ann, Pat, Sharon, Mike Irby and I all met at Pat's daughter's home.  Ann was a RN and died of an autoimmune disease.
 
From Sheryl Barker Honeycutt on October 22nd, 2011
Image I broke down and cried when I heard that my friend had passed away. The last time Ann and I spoke was in 1999.  It's so sad to lose touch.  Ann was always good to go in the laughing dept. and oh so tender-hearted!  She and Ina were my best buds. Altho, there were several hot on their heels when it came to friends. I know Jay, their children and the rest of the family miss her still.  Wish you could be with us for the reunion, sweet Doll!
 

Charles Warner Johnson IV

July 21st, 1948 - March 10th, 1977

Buried in Monocasy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD  

 

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John Kozlowski

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From Pat Rogers on October 1st, 2011
I was living in Marshall, Texas & happened to be reading the paper one day - John's obituary was in the paper.  He lived in Carthage, Texas & was killed in an automobile accident.  That must have been in 1987 or 1988.  It's always a shock to pick up the paper & read someone's name in it that is a part of your past.  John was always a lot of fun in high school - we dated a few times.  He would probably have been excited about this reunion.
 

Shane Maddox (Smith )

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From Joanne Harvill Fayard on June 22nd, 2016
I spoke with Shane several times in preparation for our 45th reunion and it was her plan to attend.  I never learned what happened that she did not join us but wondered if it was failing health as the time approached.  I rememer her well and counted her as a friend!
 

Harold Mayhugh

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From Betty Lantrip on October 19th, 2011
Most of the time, Harold could be seen in the background of most events.  Quiet and unassuming kind of guy.  I mostly remember him from the roller skating rink on Brownlee Rd.  He was a good skater and always polite and courteous to others.
 

Wade Patterson

- - January 8th, 2016

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From Charles Coody on June 8th, 2016
I was surprised to find out that William Wade Patterson had passed away. I didn't know Wade very well at all. He was a quite unassuming person that impressed me very much. I can't even remember him being in any of my classes. I do remember him being on the track team, 1965-1966.

I do know that he was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bossier and that he was very active in the church. I have no idea waht he passed away from, eveident,ly it came on suddenly. He will be missed. He is with God now, that's all that matters.

 
 
From Joanne Harvill Fayard on June 22nd, 2016
As many of you know, Wade was a home builder here in Bossier except for years here and there in other states when the market was soft.  I was in real estate sales and I just want our classmates to know that Wade was a top notch guy and a very well respected builder.  You hear lots of things about builders, their work ethic, their followthru, etc. In over 30 years of being in the business, I never heard a negative word about Wade or his work!!!
 

Ester Pitts

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From Kay Beverly Gwin on September 21st, 2011
Ester & I became good pals during our senior year while participating in "pep squad."  We had some great conversations about life and each other's future.  I've thought about her throughout the years.  Wondered where she was & what she was doing.  She was a very caring person & lots of fun.  Like so many of us, we did not keep in touch after graduation.  I'm sorry she is no longer with us to share this 45th year reunion.  I'll remember her always!
 
From Pat Rogers on October 1st, 2011
Ester & I were very good friends - we had always promised to stay in touch with each other & for a few years we did - but as happens a lot of times, we lost touch.  I saw her sister's name on Classmates.com and contacted Donna to ask about Ester.  She had lived in Mississippi & passed away from lung cancer- I believe Donna said about 10 years ago. 
 

Edward Preble

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Linda Pruitt

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From Joanne Fayard on September 21st, 2011
 "Lindy" as we called her, lived around the block from me and I remember a younger childhood birthday party at her house.  They had a SWIMMING POOL in the back yard and I was so impressed that they must be really rich!
 

Mike Quinn

September 24th, 1946 - January 3rd, 2012


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From Alan Wilson on May 3rd, 2012
Mike Quinn was one of the smaller guys on the football team.  But what he lacked in size he more than made up in heart.  You always knew he was going to give you 100%
More important was his character.  He was friends with everyone and treated everyone as he would want to be treated.
I moved from Bossier right after graduation and left Louisiana right fter finishing at Tech but
 

Duane Regan

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From Vance Renfroe on September 2nd, 2011
I am sad to learn that Duane is gone.  He was a good friend, especially during our senior year after my daddy left for Vietnam.  His house was not far from mine and he had access to a car.  We had a blast cruising The Bossier Strip, checking out the KoKoMo, and rollin' his girlfriend's house, along with other crazy teenage stunts that shall remain secret.  

In May 1966 Renfroe followed Regan across the stage at graduation and that was the last time I saw him.  It is a shame that we did not follow Garrison Keillor's sage advice to "keep in touch."   But, Duane, I'll never forget you.
 

John Scott

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From Betty Lantrip on October 19th, 2011

The first football jacket I ever wore was John's Greenacres jacket.  A super nice guy and a good friend.   I saw John very briefly in  about 1979 at the BC Police Department where he was working as an officer.  Lost track after that.  

 

Sharon Sellars

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From Joanne Fayard on September 21st, 2011
Oh how I loved Sharon!  She was always so much fun and laughing all the time.  We had great times together throughout school.
 
From Betty Lantrip on October 19th, 2011
Such a loss.  Sharon was always so upbeat and a really nice person to be around. 
 

Mike Spataro

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From Carol Calkins on September 14th, 2011
Mike was my first date in Louisiana as I moved to Bossier right before my senior year.  I will never forget that we stopped for gas at the old station on Benton road near the old KOKOMO at Shed road and Mike was so nervous that we drove off and the gasoline line was still in the tank. What a mess.  I know that Mike was one of the first people on Classmates to contact me years ago and I know how much he would have loved to be joining us that this reunion. 
Wish you could be here.   
 
From Joanne Fayard on September 21st, 2011
I saw Mike about 12-15 years ago when his mother passed away.  He was just as kind and gracious as ever.  We did some real estate business for him on his mother's house at that time.  Talked with him just a year or so before he died.  He was into photography and did repairs on cameras..... the old style expensive 35mm ones!   He was quite good at his trade and people mailed their cameras to him for repair from all over the states.  Even camera shops mailed their repairs to him. Gave me some advice on my daughter's camera.   If he was sick at the time, I did not know it.
 
From Joanne Fayard on September 24th, 2011
Mike died in January 2009.  He was still married to Carol and they had three daughters.
 
From Joanne Fayard on September 24th, 2011
I think Mike had a pony tail last time I saw him.  Anyone surprised?
 
From Pat Rogers on October 1st, 2011
Last time I saw Mike was in 1975 when the class of 1967 had their 10 yeaqr reunion and invited the class of 1966 - he was just as handsome as he was in high school.  And no I'm not surprised that he had a ponytail - he definitely was one of a kind!!
 

Albert Trahan

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