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A website for the Houston High School Class of 1959

Home of the 59 Tigers

Site Established: Oct 10, 2014

March 8, 2021


Oscar L. (Sonny) Smith, age 80, son of Oscar and Emma (Myers) Smith, was born June 25, 1940 in Bucyrus, MO. He passed away March 6, 2021 at Cox South in Springfield, MO.

    Sonny grew up in Bucyrus, working with his family’s business, farm and sawmill. He hauled pine logs for years. He attended Plum Valley School then High School in Houston.

    Sonny was preceded in death by his wife, Linda (Hill) Smith, both his parents, and three sisters, Adra Donavon, Imogene Winders and Carnita Keller.

    He is survived by his daughter, Beverly Wallace and fiancé John Doris of Port Vincent, LA. His son Lester Smith and wife Lorette’ and one granddaughter Pheadra Kay Smith, all of Bucyrus, MO; several nieces and nephews. Sonny was loved dearly by all his family.

    Sonny married Linda January 22, 1960 and was married for 30 years until her death in January 1990. To this union a son and daughter were born.

    After marriage, Sonny and Linda moved to Kansas City, MO where Sonny worked as an iron worker on high risers. They moved back to Houston after a few years where he went back to hauling logs.

    Sonny started working at Rust Utility Shop in 1968 as an electrician and heating and cooling. He worked there 42 years until his retirement in 2010. It can be said that there is not a home in Texas County he hasn’t been in.

    Sonny was baptized at the Boone Creek Church when he was an adult. He enjoyed being a part of the church and was even the Youth Group Leader for several years at Boone Creek.

    His other enjoyments were hunting (anything that walked he liked to hunt!) He enjoyed fishing and especially loved crappie fishing with Frank Miller. Sonny loved going to car shows and one of his greatest loves was building his 1935 Plymouth with his son Lester.

    Sonny loved spending time with his family and friends. He was always there to lend a hand to anyone in need and will be missed by all that knew and loved him.

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25 made it to the 60th Class Reunion















 Photo by Brad Gentry of the Houston Herald.

Do you remember the Bandy's Snack Shack that was next to the High School? It was moved when they built the new gym. It is now a home near where Jessie Neal lives. We had a lot of good lunches (burgers & fries with a soda) there rather than eat in the cafeteria. Lots of good memories there.  It was discussed in detail at our 60th Class Reunion.







Photo of our 55th Class Reunion













Paul's Video Jukebox

Music Videos from the 50s & 60s

Links You Might Like

City of Houston
The Houston Herald
Houston R-1 Sch. Dist.
Texas County Hospital
Texas County Library
HHS Alumni Website
HHS Senior Pictures 


I would like to thank Carrie Westfall Pierce, Site Administrator for the HHS Class of 1964 for the inspiration for our new site.  On Sept 30th when we lost access to after using it for 13 years, the class of 1959 lost all of our information.  I did not know of any other HHS Class websites until Carrie received the MVP Award at the Alumni Mixer on Oct 4th.  Since 1964 was my youngest brother's class I ask him about it and he showed me the site.  After viewing the source code of their site and finding out that it was created using ClassCreator I had our Class website up and online on Oct 10, 2014, with our first classmate joining on October 20, 2014.  It is still a work in progress.  

Tigger the Tiger (Franklin Wells), Site Administrator for this website.

Last Updated January 16, 2021