Monday, October 27, 2008

Get Ready for the 2009 Reunion!! On Deck for sure is a great short Cruise put together by Gayle and her Travel Agent, Donna. Plans for a celebration in Corpus are also under consideration! You know how much fun the other Reunions have been! and if you missed 2004, here is a link to remind you of some of the fun: 2004 Reunion

Don't miss out this time! Carnival Ecstasy, 4-Day Western Caribbean Cruise from Galveston, TX, Depart Thursday, October 22, 2009. More details coming soon! Reservations and $150 Deposit due in by November 15th 2008! If you need a copy of the flyer, please let us know. Sign up Today!

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Our Principal, UD Henslee

Sadly, our Dear Principal, Mr. U.D. Henslee has passed away. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest love and gratitude go to his Family at this difficult time. Thank you to Joy Knaffle Harrell for sending us the information: 
Mr. Henslee was 94, and attended our 2004 Reunion. The funeral services will be conducted at 10:00 in the morning on Monday February 16, 2009 at the Seaside Funeral Home Chapel, interment to follow at the Seaside Cemetery.

From: Jane Callahan <>
Subject: RE: GOOD NEWS EMAIL /// UD Henslee Birthday #94 on June 13

Hello, My sister forwarded me this e-mail from one of her '65 Ray High classmates, Joe McComb, who still lives in Corpus Christi. There is an update about Mr. Henslee, the first principal we had when we were all at Ray.


Subject: UD Henslee Birthday #94 on June 13

UD Henslee (Principal at W.B.Ray and longtime administrator for CCISD)
ishaving his 94th birthday on June 13. He has fallen multiple times in
the last 12 months breaking a leg on one occasion. He cannot walk and is in
a wheelchair during the day. He is at a nursing home now. His dementia
is so bad he does not remember that he cannot walk and has fallengetting
out of the wheel chair and out of his bed. Fortunately, he can stillfeed
himself and still has that wonderful, friendly, I never met a stranger
I think it would be great if the class of 1965 and any one else who knew
him could see to it that U.D. receives at least 94 birthday cards on
thisbirthday to let him know that people from Corpus Christi remember him.
Could you spread the word, please?
Ask people to send the cards to his daughter Ann Henslee Mabry. She can
take them to the nursing home and enjoy them with him.
Mr. U.D. Henslee
c/o Ms. Ann Mabry
511 Hidden Harbor
Houston, TX 77079

Thank you for all you do to keep us informed of what is happening with
our fellow classmates.
Mardi Schultz Mayerhoff

Thursday, May 29, 2008

New Passings

Our thoughts & sympathies go to the Family and Friends of:

Rudy B
eltran, to Becky & Family on the loss of Rudy May 21, 2010:
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother who will be sadly missed by his family. He graduated from W.B. Ray High School in 1964 and then joined the U.S. Marine Corp at the age of 18, where he served eight years in the Marine Corp Reserves.

Chico Lipstreu & Family
on the loss of his father, Howard Lipstreu in July:

Jay Wakefield
, who lost his Beloved Wife, Andrea in April.

Susan Rhodes & The Charles Clark Family on the loss of her mother, Joyce Clark, wife of Dr. Clark Senior, Chuck's Father.

Mrs. Helen Toinette (Tono) Malins, who passed away after a long illness Feb. 5. She was an Educator who taught English and Latin. Her husband, Chester W. (Chet) Malins was WB Ray's Band Director and he wrote The Fight Song. They wed without a single date!

Joan Manshiem Whitmire on the loss of her husband, Professor Ray Edward Whitmire, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Educator and WB Ray '57 -

Michael D. Crawford & Family on the loss of his mother, Jule Beth Judy Crawford. long-time Educator and wife of WB Ray Coach Henry Hank Crawford -

Dr. Crighton “Buddy” Newsom ’68, of Hebron, Ky., passed away Sept. 19 of cancer at his home. Buddy was a psychologist with the state of Ohio, working as chief psychologist at the Southwest Ohio Development Center for 15 years. He was also a member of the Greater Cincinnati Autism Society, was an accomplished scholar, and a gentle, caring clinician. A national leader in the field of autism, he did his Ph.D. work under the direction of Dr. Ivar Lovaas, the first person to show that autistic children can be taught to modify their behavior. Buddy was a lecturer and consultant to the Autism Society. Buddy was born in Galveston, Tex., on Oct. 27, 1945, to Don and Scotty Newsom. He was the second of their two sons and a football star at W.B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi, Tex. As a psychology student at Davidson, where he attended on a football scholarship, he saw a video on autistic children and was hooked.

Buddy received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Davidson, a master’s from UNC Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in psychology at UCLA. He began his career treating autistic and developmentally disabled patients at Camarillo State Mental Hospital in California. He edited and contributed to books on autism and served as associate editor of many professional journals including Applied Behavioral Analysis. He worked as a staff psychologist at the Developmental Disabilities Institute in Smithtown and Stony Brook, N.Y., was director of education at The May Institute in Chatham, Mass., director of psychology and clinical services at Muscatatuck State Development Center in Indiana, and an adjunct professor at Xavier University’s psychology department from 1999 until his death. Survivors include his wife, Dr. Christine A. Hovanitz, 2219 Kyle Dr., Hebron, KY 41048; a son, Philip Newsom.

Larry Laws, Class of'65, who 'Helped Fuel South Texas Surf Craze":
It is with profound sadness that we say farewell to our Classmate,
Judith Beynon Ovard, who passed away from cancer, Monday December 8, 2008. She was an avid Sailer, Diver, Distinguished Banker, Successful Realtor and beloved Mother, Grandmother, Lady! Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with
Jay Eichhorn & Family for the loss of his mother, who passed away on Saturday, Dec. 6 . There will be a memorial service at Seaside on Saturday, Dec 13 at 2 p.m., mostly for immediate family and friends. His mother was a wonderful person. I have known them as neighbors and friends. His mother had a stroke and then passed away.
I will go to the service. You might let our other classmates know as they may want to extend their sympathy to Jay.

Our Deepest Sympathies go to Ray Horak & Family for the loss of his younger sister Dawn to cancer. Here are the links to Dawn’s obituaries: Corpus Christi Caller-Times:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Diane Davidson Olivo and her family on the loss of her father, Sam N. Davidson.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Friday, August 29, 2008 at Seaside Funeral Home. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 30, 2008 at the Seaside Funeral Home Chapel with interment to follow at Seaside Memorial Park.

In this morning's Caller-Times, there are two articles about Mrs. Aurelia Scoggin's passing away. One is a small article on page 4-B. Obits, June 12,'08 and the other is on the next page 5-B, same date. There is a nice picture and article of her.She was the choir director at Ray when we were there. The visitation will be at Seaside Funeral Home from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. tonight, Thursday. June12. The funeral---"A musical Celebration of her life" will be at First United Methodist Church, Friday, June 13, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. She wasa wonderful person.She had many nice programs in which the choir sang. She was a musician, teachre, and composer. She died Tuesday, June 10, 2008. She was born in 1923 in Austin & she was the Choir Director at Ray High School for 31 years. Thank you to Joy Knaffle Harrell and Cytnhia Duran Herin for letting us know. Out thoughts and prayers are with her family and beloved students and friends at this difficult time.

Sadly, Arnold Villarreal passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Thank you to Rudy Beltrans, Sonia Mellinger and Cynthia Herin for letting us know. Arnold's services are Saturday. May 31st at 10AM, with visitation on Friday 3-9PM at Seaside Funeral Home, 4357 Ocean Dr. Phone: 361-992-9411. An Air Force Veteran, His Internment will be with Military Honors.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Mrs. McCoy

Subject: Mrs. Dorothy McCoy, Teacher
 I  saw in the newspaper where Dorothy McCoy passed away on May 7,2008.  She was 91 years old.  There will be a memorial service at the First United Methodist Church here in CC on May 13, at 10:00a.m. There is an article in the Caller today Sunday May 11,2008 on page 12-B. Bob, who was in our class at Ray, passed away. She had another son Roy, as I remember who was a few years older than we were.  Maybe some of our classmates know where Roy is. Mrs. McCoy was my English teacher at Hamlin. I would visit with her at AAUW meetings, here in CC. She was a wonderful person.  She wrote an article in our reunion booklet about her son Bob.You might let our other classmates know. Some may have taken French from her at Hamlin or Ray.
(Sent by Cynthia H.)
This is in the CC Caller-Times:

Dorothy E. McCoy

Dorothy Eloise Morgan McCoy died May 7, 2008. She was 91.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. May 13 at First United Methodist Church.

Cage-Mills Funeral Directors

A Memorial Service will be conducted at First United Methodist Church, 900 South Shoreline, on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to South Texas Botanical Gardens or the Library Fund at First United Methodist Church.