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07/08/10 02:48 PM #6    


Beverly Kay Sutton (Young)

haven't heard any more on Sue Powell, still waiting from one person that might know something..

07/12/10 08:49 AM #7    


Bill Holly (NHS 1960)

I may be mistaken but I think Sue's brother lives behind my mother's next door neighbor in Natchitocdhes.  I'll go by there this weekend and check.  The last time I spoke with him, as I remember it, Sue and her husband were stranded in some European country, but that was years ago.

10/28/10 11:14 AM #8    

Donald Stephens

Remember: "Take out the trash 0n November 2nd"

10/30/10 11:22 PM #9    


Bill Holly (NHS 1960)

"Bien Dicho, Donald!"  I think we will complement each other on our ballots.

Larry sent me several disks with about 1800 photos of y'all's 40 Year Reunion in 2001.  I've been trying to eliminate all, hopefully,  the duplicates, reducing it to just over 600.  I will attempt to create a slide show for the website.

Just two more days and then the night vigil begins.............

11/12/10 11:38 AM #10    

Robert Poole "Bob" Dixon

Don and Bill

Part of the trash was taken out on Tuesday and the balance needs to go in 2 years.

11/27/10 08:08 PM #11    


Bill Holly (NHS 1960)

Let's do it, Bob!  :)  In 2012!

05/23/11 07:31 PM #12    

Martha Kay Sandlin (Smiley)

WHO:  Members of the NHS Class of 1961 at any time from 1957 to 1961                             

WHAT:  50 Year High School Reunion for the NHS Class of 1961

WHEN:  15th and 16th, July 2011


Friday, July 15:  6 p.m. - 9 p.m. "Re-meet and greet" at Antoon's Riverfront Restaurant

                            805 Washington (back patio and back room)  - hors d'oeuvres with cash

                             bar.   Casual Dress.

Saturday, July 16:   10 a.m. - Assembly at the Louisiana School for Math, Science,

                                  and the Arts in the Auditorium.  (Please, come in the front door)

                                  6 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Natchitoches Events Center (750 Second Street)

                                  Buffet with non-alcololic beverages but a cash bar will be available.

                                  Music with dancing.  Casual Dress (no shorts please).


Here's a list of a few of the motels/hotels in Natchitoches.

The Church Street Inn (downtown in the old People Bank Building and across from Merci Beau Coup) phone # 238-8888

Best Western Inn (5131 University Pkwy) - 352-6655 or 352-8201

Hampton Inn  354-0010  University Parkway

Quality Inn 352-7500   University Parkway

Holiday Inn Express - 354-9911 or 352-0757

Comfort Suites - use 1-800 #


Cost per peson:  $60 (Checks payable to NHS Class of 1961)

Mail checks:  Martha Kay Smiley       (318)352-5696

                      494 Kayla Drive

                       Natchitoches, LA 71457




07/20/11 11:32 PM #13    

Delores Ann Mayeaux (Nail)

I have posted all the names of the classmates on my profile instead of the Photo Gallery for those who are interested in knowing the person in the pictures.  Thanks, Delores

09/25/14 09:57 AM #14    

Don Pearce

I just received this link to a website called "the vietnam wall" and it includes the names of state and city.....who died in this conflict:

Here are those listed for Natchitoches:



08/07/16 10:38 AM #15    


James Larry Holly, M. D.

A Note From A Friend

August 7, 2016

Doc and Mrs. Holly

I picked up my daughter's copy of "To Kill a Mockingbird" the other day, one that I read many times. But I had not remembered the following conversation between Miss Maudie (The Finches' slightly crazy elderly neighbor and Jem Finch, the young son of Atticus). After Atticus predictably lost his trial, Miss Maudie and Jen had the following conversation:

Miss Maudie: I simply want to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father’s one of them.”

“Oh,” said Jem. “Well.”

“Don’t you oh well me, sir,” Miss Maudie replied, recognizing Jem’s fatalistic noises, “you are not old enough to appreciate what I said.”

Jem was staring at his half-eaten cake. “It’s like bein’ a caterpillar in a cocoon, that’s what it is,” he said. “Like somethin’ asleep wrapped up in a warm place. I always thought Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world, least that’s what they seemed like.”

“We’re the safest folks in the world,” said Miss Maudie. “We’re so rarely called on to be Christians, but when we are, we’ve got men like Atticus to go for us.”

Both of you have done the hard things for so long.

Doc, you have voiced the unpopular opinions, when it would have been so easy to remain silent. And Mrs. Holly, you faithfully stood beside him weathering the repercussions. Both of you did ministry along Liberty Street, 35 years ago, when it was racially polarizing and socially costly to do so, even in the confines of church life. I saw you open your home and love when it was controversial to do so-- those headed to jail, those dying of HIV, victims of spousal cruelty and abuse, members of different races and politically unpopular religions.

And most recently, and personally, you both became involved in the painful situation of telling your longtime friend that she needed to move out of her home into a safer place--when you could have easily, and understandably, demurred

I am grateful for the 51 years he has given you together, and for the 51 years that you have been called on to be the Christians, to do the hard things, when it would have been pleasant to stay in your cocoons and be among the "safest folks".

Happy Anniversary you love birds. We love you.

08/07/16 02:01 PM #16    


George Elliott Scott

Larry:  very interesting point and may you and your little wife have another 50 together!  My life's complaint is that  "when one gets to the green pasture he is to old to climb the fence". Life passes to fast and it is great to have a family so that life lives on and you see yourself.  If only we knew 50 years ago what we know now how we could have changed things, that's what makes life and living worth while.  Have a great year and being a republician lets turn the moral  decaying country around and vote for TRUMP !!!!  George E. Scott in little Yoakum, Texas

08/07/16 02:35 PM #17    


James Larry Holly, M. D.

Delighted to hear from you. I have referenced you and your success often. Hope all is well. Hope to see you in the next year.  


09/29/16 10:44 PM #18    

Beth Deason (Dart)

Hi Everyone!

This is from Beth Deason Dart. Up until this year, I was very busy taking care of my husband, Tom, who died last year of Parkinson's Disease and Dementia. I am now trying to reconstruct my life Asa widow, and am also free to visit Natchitoches soon. I very much appreciate Benny Nolley and Billy Holley help me get on the webpage. Please let me know everything that is happening.


09/30/16 06:59 AM #19    


James Larry Holly, M. D.

Beth, I am sorry to hear of your husband's illness and death. My father-in-law suffered from Parkinson''s for many years before his death. I have some first hand knowledge of what you endure. Compounded by dementia, I can only imagine what you experienced.  Delighted to hear that you are "rebuilding" your life. I do understand what that means.  There is going to be a gathering in November in Natchitoches.  Look forward to seeing you.  Larry Holly. 

09/30/16 08:48 AM #20    


George Elliott Scott

Hello Beth ,  sorry to read of your loss.  It always seems that the golden years have a lot of unhappy moments.  It will take some time if ever to "get back to normal".  I wish you the best and send a lot good luck your way!    As long as you have good health and the kids are all ok you are on the road to a good "new  life" and starting over can be exciting and very interesting.  Changing  daily habits and routine will do it.  Hoping to visit with you in November at the class reunion in Natch.    Have a great week and heads up!  George Scott 

09/30/16 01:18 PM #21    

John Swafford

Hi, Beth.  Sorry for your loss and best wishes as you move on with your life.  I also have some acquaintance with supporting a family member through dementia--my mother had it for several years and my siblings and I took turns caring for her.  By the way, do you remember a certain chemistry book?  John 

10/02/16 09:02 PM #22    

Kathleen Corley (Massey)

Hi Beth,

It's good to hear from you.  You have surely had a challenging life.  It will be good to catch up again.

Kathleen Corley Massey

10/12/16 02:23 PM #23    

Benny Nolley

I spoke with Coach Dan Carr and Coach Tynes Hildebrand today.  and both seemed real excited about the reunion and will try to register and attend..  Coach Carr is still living in Natchitoches and Coach Hildebrand is in the process of moving to Shreveport.  We should all be excited that they maybe able to attend.

Benny Nolley




10/31/16 08:06 AM #24    


James Larry Holly, M. D.

How Should I Feel at 73?

By James L. Holly, MD

Your Life Y our Health

The Examiner

November 3, 2016

When this article appears in print, it will be one day before my 73rd birthday.  I think I am supposed to be an old man and that I am supposed to act like one.  I know that I tire more easily than I once did but I still find life amazing and often amusing.  Everywhere I turn, to the chagrin of my family, I find humor and amusement.  I have been accused of “hebephrenia,” which is a psychosis form of Schizophrenia, often characterized by inappropriate laughter.  There it goes again, as I write this I smile and chuckle.  The Scriptures says, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”  Obviously, in medicine, there are many serious and even solemn circumstances where humor and/or laughter would be inappropriate, but in general life benefits from joy, laughter, humor and happiness.

I learned the power of humor from my father.  When I was ten years old, my mother’s oldest sister died.   At Aunt Josie’s funeral, her daughter, my cousin, who is now also deceased, fainted every time she walked up to the casket at the funeral.  She was very large and my father and three other men could only ease her to the floor as they could not hold her up.  Everyone feared that she would faint at the grave site and possibly be injured.

On the way from the little, white, framed church building in central Louisiana to the grave yard beside the church, my father walked with my cousin and I walked behind them.  As we walked, my father said, “Virginia, will you do me a favor?”  Virginia answered, “I love you, Uncle Billy, I’ll do anything for you,” she sobbed through her tears.  My father said, “When you die will you not ask me to be a pallbearer; it would break my back to pick you up.”   Virginia started laughing and she didn’t faint again.  Now, I understand the depth of relationship required to use humor like that.  No one else could have gotten away with that, but I saw the power of laughter and merriment even in serious circumstances. 

At 73, I still have that boyish delight in life.  When my wife and I met, I was 18 and she was 19 (get the point, she is older; oops, there I go again).  She reminisces that when we met she thought, “He will do anything to make someone laugh,” and I would.   I often see humor where others don’t.  Not infrequently, I will say to someone, “I have to explain to you why I smiled just now.”  It’s not fair for others not to know what it was that amused you.  When my son was young, he understood humor also.  Often, as we sat in church, at the most inappropriate moment, he would lean over and whisper a humorous  comment to me.  He would then enjoy my discomfiture as I tried not to laugh out loud in the middle of the service.   I often thought about “beating” him for that but I couldn’t stop laughing long enough.

Surely, at some time or at some age, you will feel old, or different, or whatever it is that you are supposed to feel in your eighth decade of life.  No, that’s not a mistake.  Your first decade in life is from birth to 9 and the second is 10-19.  Do the math.  Your seventies are the eighth decade of life.  This past summer, Carolyn and I decided to drive to Colorado.  As is our habit, we took off early in the morning and 750 miles later, we stopped in Dalhart, Texas.  Our longest drive in our marriage in one day was from Grand Junction in Yellowstone National Park to Dalhart, Texas (1050 mile -- 5 AM one day to 1 AM the next day).  We suspect that some day we will have to stop that, but for twenty-year-olds (that’s our mental age) it is not big deal. 

There are recognizable changes in Carolyn and me.  One of the principle ones is that we don’t enjoy shopping as much as we once did.  We still love to give but a day spent in Houston is rarer and the results are sparser than once they were.   It was always difficult to buy my mother and father gifts as there was nothing they really wanted and nothing they needed.  I used to lament that but now I understand it.  Give me an afternoon to sit and talk with one or more of my family and I am animated but “things” don’t have as much interest as they once did.  There is one exception and that is in relationship to the “things” Carolyn and I have enjoyed and treasured through the years.  We do wonder if they will be as treasured by the next generation.  Probably not but I hope some of them will find a prominent place in new homes and be the focus of memories of where they came from.

On October 25th, I wrote Carolyn to tell her what I wanted for my birthday, tomorrow.  I wrote:  “What I want for my birthday – I would like the two of us to leave at 6 AM drive to Pineville and visit Mother and Daddy’s grave site – then to Natchitoches – visit the St. Augustine Catholic Church at Melrose and Cane River Lake – have lunch and at some point head home.”  Increasingly, this is my “bucket list,” not new, novel and unusual experiences, but going back to our roots, visiting familiar and beloved places and people.  So tomorrow, November 4, 2016, that is what we are going to do.  I invited one of my high school teachers to join us for lunch but he is out of town.  Amazing that 55 years after graduation from high school, I have teaches who are still alive. 

As we make this day-journey, we will not create new memories and these old memories are still vividly part of our active memory.  Perhaps, those memories will be refreshed but perhaps, we shall only have the pleasure of reliving parts of our lives which gave us pleasure then and which give us satisfaction now.

I think this is a part of mental health, which is “remembering.”  And, even when memories are not pleasant, the years soften the edges of their sting and reliving them, at some point, brings more delight than depression.  I am looking forward to Friday while I am aware that anticipation is often more enjoyable that the experience itself.   I would leave at 4 AM – I love to start a drive in the dark and to watch the sun come up during the trip – but my beloved assures me that while I am welcome to leave that early, she will be available at 6 AM.   Again, I smile and chuckle, this is not a new discussion with us; we have had similar ones before.  I look forward to smiling at her, holding her hand and sharing this day, again.

10/31/16 02:26 PM #25    


George Elliott Scott

Very interesting and oh how true!   Please remember one thing and that is we are not "old"  but mature!!   Things get old and wear out, but we get wiser, mature, and so much like the wise old owl,    "There was a wise old owl who sit in the tree, the more he heard the less he spoke, the less he spoke the more he heard, it would be wise if there were more of us like the wise old OWL.   That applies to me and my family, I'm getting younger each and every's a full time  job tying to keep up with the kids.   Happy I am at the age of maturity.  What use to be important is no longer important and now  life is so much  more wonderful and it's great to be alive and doing what makes one happy.  Enjoy your trip and be safe and remember all the good times!!  See you at the reunion the 19th.

10/31/16 02:36 PM #26    


James Larry Holly, M. D.

I always am afraid to use the word "mature" for fear, that as I have often typed "pubic" for "public," I might type "manure" for "mature" and unfortunately others might not think of that as a mistake!!! smile


10/31/16 02:50 PM #27    


George Elliott Scott

Have a happy birthday and may you have many more to enjoy with your family.  Not getting older just more mature.....think about how happy your parents were 73 years ago....two boys happy they were and we have to give them a lot of credit for having you as now look at the wonderful family you have and the proud I am sure they are....very proud of you and all of your accomplishments in the past 73 safe and have many more.   GES.  Only disappointment is that they are not here to celebrate with you and your family.

11/01/16 10:24 AM #28    

James Kenneth Carroll

I was living in Baton Rouge in the late 90's and heard that Johnny passed.  It's has been several years.  

11/01/16 03:51 PM #29    


James Larry Holly, M. D.

How can it be so much fun to communicate with people you see every 5 to 20 years?  I don't know but it is.  Looking forward to the 19th; hope all can come.

11/01/16 07:57 PM #30    

Benny Nolley

Johnny Sullivan 02-05-44 to 03-04-02

Ken, since you posted the message on Johnny Sullivan, I have been doing a little research.  I have identified a John Edgar Sullivan born Feb 5, 1944 in Coushatta, La.  On Feb 9, 1996 he changed his name on his SS registration to John E. Sullivan,  In 1970 his address was on Patrick Road, Natchitoches.  His last address before his death on March 4, 2002 was in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, La.

He was buried in the Hawthorne cemetery out from Ashland, La.

He served in the US Navy.

I could not find an obit.

We can all remember Johnny as an easy-going, fun to be around classmate.


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