This Week in Wills Point History Friday, Aug. 19, 1960

Twenty-one boys including 12 lettermen reported to their new coach this week for football practice of the A squad. Edsel Nix, head coach, stated this week that the boys are looking good on the field and are shaping up nicely, and they are catching on quickly to the new offensive and defensive plays.

Miss Teena Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Wilson, was crowned Farm Bureau Queen of Van Zandt County for the second straight year at the annual contest and talent show held in the Edgewood High School auditorium Saturday night. Runner-up was Miss Cathie Mullin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Joe Mullin. Other contestants were Miss Sue Pittman, Miss Loretta Dover, of Canton and Miss Sue Deen. Miss Wilson was, crowned by Jack Lester, chairman of the queen’s committee and Haskell Miracle farm bureau president. Elgen Sanders, of Edgewood served as master of ceremonies. Miss Wilson will go to Mount Pleasant on Sept. 2 to compete for district honors.

Mark A. Wells,  joined the Wills Point High School faculty this week as teacher of history and Spanish. Mr. Wells has taught for the past six years in the Forney schools and completed his master’s degree at East Texas State College this summer. He and his family plan to move back here soon from Martins Mill where Mrs. Wells, a former teacher in the Wills Point schools is a faculty member

Eight Wills Point girls returned home today from Dallas where they attended twirlers school and cheerleading school on the SMU campus for a week. Five of the girls attended the twirlers school under the direction of Miss Gussie Nell Davis director of the Kilgore Junior College Rangerettes. They were Keita Sockwell, Joanice Cotton, Elaine Malone, Martha Nell Provence and Sharon Nash. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Miss Elcie Lasater, daughter of Mrs. Jewell Lasater, will receive her diploma from Navarro Junior College and Terrell State Hospital at Commencement exercises Friday night, Aug. 26. Miss Lasater, one of 13 who will graduate will receive her diploma upon completion of a two-year psychiatric nurse technicians study. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Mrs. Glenn McNeill, Jr., of Wills Point, is one of 454 seniors who have applied for bachelor’s degrees at North Texas State College this summer. Mrs. McNeill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Campbell is a candidate for the bachelor of business administration degree.

Cradle Roll: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Fletcher are the parents of a daughter, Jan, born Aug. 12. A son Tracy Steven, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Lynn Ebarb Aug. 14. Mr. and Mrs. Wofford Tarrant of Dallas announce the arrival of a son, Michael Wilson. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Wilson. Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Paul of Dallas announce the arrival of a son Garry Michael, who came to live with them on Aug. 16. He was born July 27. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Page.

Personals: Mr. and Mrs. Russell Laney returned today from New Orleans, La., where Mrs. Laney attended a cosmetics convention. Mr. and Mrs. Mickey Robertson and children, Mickey, and Ellis, spent Saturday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. H.S. Key in Trinity where they attended a reunion of the Campbell family. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Weeks and Oran Weeks visited last week in Plainview with T.H. Weeks and family and in Amarillo with relatives. Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Bruster and son, Billy, and Miss Dorothy Allen of Dallas spent the week-end in Eureka Springs and Roaring River, Mo. Mrs. Pearl Hall and son, Dale Hall of Winchester, Ky. are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Hall. Dale plans to remain here to make his home. Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Hooks returned home Sunday from a 10 day vacation trip to Pennsylvania, New York and Alabama where they visited friends. Mrs. G.E. Lehman of Kerrville visited her mother, Mrs. C.L. Brigance, and Mr. and Mrs. Lester Stewart last week. Arthur Lynn Williams from Austin is returning home over the week-end after a two weeks visit with his grandmother, Mrs. A.D. Williams.  Mr. and Mrs. Stewart McLeod and Kathy spent Monday with Mr. and Mrs. Roy Swinney of Lancaster. Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gabbert attended the funeral services for Mrs. Eula Fry in Jacksonville Sunday.

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Drye of Flagstaff, Ariz., Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Pollock and grandson, Scotty of Winslow, Ariz., and Edwin Teague of Abilene spent Monday and Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Teague and family. Mrs. Drye and Mrs. Pollock are sisters of Mr. Teague.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Lamar announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jean, to Merlin F. Westbrook, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Westbrook of Quemado.

Miss Lamar is a 1959 graduate of Wills Point High School. Mr. Westbrook is a 1955 graduate of Eagle Pass High School. Both attended Abilene Christian College. The wedding will be Sept. 23, at the East Side Church of Christ. All friends and relatives of the couple are invited.

Men And Women In Service: West Coast (FHTMC)-Johnny W. Parkerson, aviation electrician’s mate third class, USN, son of Mrs. Velma Blackstock of Wills Point, serving with patrol Squadron 28 and Billy E. Lasater, signalman second class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.S. Lasater of Wills Point, serving aboard the destroyer USS Ingersoll, took part in a joint Canadian American anti-submarine warfare exercise from July 21 through August 3 off the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada.

Funeral services for Paul E. Lackey were held Saturday, Aug 13, at Eubank and Co. Funeral Chapel. Interment was in White Rose Cemetery. Mr. Lackey died Thursday in Lisbon Veterans Hospital, Dallas. He and his family made their home in De Ridder, La. He was born June 10, 1924, in Oklahoma and on Oct. 14, 1944, he was married to Miss Hazel Chitty in De Ridder. Survivors include his wife, and three children who are making their home here now. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Lackey, reside in Okmulgee, Okla.” (See newspaper for complete obituary and names of other survivors.)

Note: This issue also contains an obituary for Howard Richardson of Fort Worth who died Wednesday evening. Mr. Richardson, 25, attended Wills Point high school graduating in 1953.

These articles have been extracted from original copies of the Wills Point Chronicle and may be viewed on microfilm at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton.