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Created on: 07/06/09 05:22 PM Views: 5029 Replies: 10
In Memory ....
Posted Monday, July 6, 2009 12:22 PM

Hey I really appreciate the work that is being done by the reunion committee.  I know this is a lot of work, only wish I was there to help in some small way. 


I wanted to post this note to the FORUM to see if anyone can fill in the blanks on those that passed away.  I knew most of them, obviously some better than others.  However, I've been away from Arkansas and Ft. Smith for a long time so this is the first time I've really gotten information.


Any help would be greatly appreciated.




Robert Cawthorn

RE: In Memory ....
Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2009 03:28 PM

I know that Rebecca Needham died as a result of the OKC bombing.  She was onsite volunteering as a nurse and was hit in the head by a falling piece of concrete from the debris.  Very sad.  I knew her since Ramsey.


Cindy Moore Spicer

RE: In Memory ....
Posted Tuesday, July 7, 2009 06:59 PM

Gary Casey died of a heart attck several years ago. He had really turned his life around and his death was very unexpected. Earl Wald died in an automobile accident in the Atlanta area I believe. Two guys I had spent a lot of time with most my life and both are deeply missed.

RE: In Memory ....
Posted Sunday, July 12, 2009 02:35 PM

Thanks I really appreciate your update on Gary and Earl, both of whom I know well both from Ramsey Jr. High and SHS....



RE: In Memory ....
Posted Saturday, July 25, 2009 09:43 AM

Hi Robert, I hear you and my wonderful husband Chris have been in touch.

I am surprised you haven't received more answers to your ?.  I've been away for a long time, but here is the little I know:  I think that Elise Bedwell either had an aneurism or fainted and hit her head while visiting the hospital when Kirby Lockhart passed away. It seems that I remember Diane Smith was killed in a car wreck not too many years out of high school. And I believe Mark Randall died of a heart attack. Hopefully if I am in error, it will be corrected.

Chris and I look forward to seeing you next summer.

RE: In Memory ....
Posted Saturday, November 7, 2009 01:11 AM



   Seems I remember hearing that Gary Lewis died in some sort of Boating/Drowning accident in the summer of '75. Does anyone know more?


Danny Uerling


RE: In Memory ....
Posted Sunday, November 8, 2009 07:16 PM

I didn't know it, but David King thought he died in a boating accident, too.

RE: In Memory ....
Posted Tuesday, November 10, 2009 08:26 AM

Yes, Gary Lewis drowned at Lake Tenkiller the summer of 75

RE: In Memory ....
Posted Wednesday, November 18, 2009 04:41 PM

Hi everyone.  

I love the respect being demonstrated for our dear friends and former classmates.  Thanks for allowing me to participate with you.

Mark Randall - He attend Tulane University while I was at Loyola, both in New Orleans.  An English Lit major if I remember correctly.  I am fairly certain that Mark died of stomach cancer which was detected late.

Diane Smith - What a sweetheart she was. I believe she was a teacher and married to a football coach at the time of her fatal automobile accident.

I'll reconfirm all of this.


RE: In Memory ....
Posted Saturday, December 26, 2009 06:41 PM

Thanks to everyone who has commented or updated the classmates...



RE: In Memory ....
Posted Thursday, February 4, 2010 06:19 PM


Mark Randall had brain cancer.    I hadn't seen Mark but a few times since High School, but remained very good friends with his brother, Brad.  Brad had told me of Mark's condition, then it seems like no time had passed and he was gone.  I had known Mark since we were 6 or 7 years old and even though we lost touch, I'll always feel I lost a good friend.

I did not know, until I got on this website, that Elise Bedwell had died.  Elise and I went through most of our years of school together, from 1st grade in Bonneville through Graduation at Southside.  I moved to Rogers for all but the Sr. year of HS, but when I returned, my old friends took me right back in the fold.  I'm kind of looking forward to this reunion... will be nice to see if everyone changed as much as I did! *S*


Bob Nunley