President Phyllis Sattler (Girouard)
Vice President Linda Lee Burran (Taliaferro)
Secretary Carolyn Mays (Worsham)
Treasurer Jo Ann Howard (Rienstra)
Parliamentarian Gene Owen McCollum
Class Flower:  Gladiola
Colors:  Lavender and Silver
Motto:  We carry the torch that lights the way.
Class Yell:  If we can't do it, it can't be done:  Senior Class of '61!

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Illogene (Gene) Angle Akers, PO Box 1208, Alpine, TX 79831
e-mail address:
Phone number: 915-364-2498
Occupation: Retired

Elizabeth (Beth) Apperson Votaw, 7245 Wilford Rd., Beaumont, TX 77705
e-mail address:
Phone number: 409-794-2131
Occupation: Marketing Specialist, Southwestern Bell
Dennis Votaw, husband, married in '76. Son, Britt L. Sutton, 12-21-63. Granddaughter, Tabitha M. Sutton, 8-24-96. I am very interested in holistic nutrition and plan to go back to college to get my degree in nutrition. I also collect teapots, sew for Tabitha, and am growing herbs and vegetables organically. Life is just beginning, and is wonderful.

Ryther ("Poodle") Barbin, 24 N. Church St., Suite 407, Wailuku, HI 96793
e-mail address:
Occupation:  Lawyer
I am in private law practice on the island of Maui in Hawaii.  I have been in Hawaii since 1976.  I am married (Marla) with 3 children.  Nate (Engineer in Arizona), Gabe (Student @ Colorado State University), and Jordan (8th grade).  I also work as Field Representative for Hawaii's Senior U.S.Senator, Daniel Inouye.  I am now serving as Chairman of the Democratic Party on Maui. 

Richard L. Briggs, 900 Southwind, Port Arthur, TX 77640
e-mail address:
Phone number:  409-982-9146
Occupation: Retired high school principal
Shara Briggs McClure (4/28/68); Lee Briggs (3/5/72)
Updated: 4/26/11

Carolyn Brown Clark, LaBelle, TX
Occupation:  Housewife 
Married to Frank Clark for 35 yrs. We have one daughter, Tammie (PN-G'86). She is married to Mike Arnaud (PNG '85). We have a sweet grandson, Mason (08/17/98). I care for him while Tammie works.  

Jerry K. Bryan, 3 Bayou Drive, Conroe, TX 77304
e-mail address:
Phone number: 832-797-5158
Occupation: Director of Continuous Improvement, Baker Hughes Centrilift.
I moved to Conroe in March of 2009. I live in West Fork Estates where I belong to the golf club. Loving it!
Updated: 3/30/09

Wanda Burchfield Guidry
e-mail address:
Occupation:  Retired Southwestern Bell employee
I enjoy participating in family events, cake decorating, and working in my yard.  I'm very active in my church activities at "Shady Chapel Methodist Church" in Zavalla, TX.  I currently reside at Sam Rayburn and absolutely enjoy it.

 Donita Burkett O' Neal (PNG Class of ' 61) passed away on April 26, 2006.

Linda Burran Taliaferro, 2305 Merriman, Port Neches, TX 77651
e-mail address: 
Phone number: 409-722-3707
Occupation:   Teach little Indians in Port Neches.
Married to Jimmy for 37 years! Son JD and family live in Tulsa, OK. Daughter Kerrie and family live in Port Neches. Have three wonderful grandsons! Josh (12-18-88), Wesley (1-22-91), and Jacob (1-21-91). 

Ronnie M. Carlin, 6383 Madison, Groves, TX 77619
e-mail address:
Phone number: 409-962-4122
Occupation: Instructor-Lamar State College-Pt. Arthur, Certified Public Accountant
Married Donna Peveto (Class of '62). Kids - Denise Carline Eicher (Class of '84) & Julie Carlin Sanders (Class of '87). Two granddaughters--Lauren 12/17/92 & Olivia 12/12/95. I closed my accounting practice in December, 1998.   

Bette Davis Spencer, 5031 Griffing Court, Groves, TX 77619
e-mail address: 
Occupation:  Retired Executive Secretary, DuPont/DuPont Dow Elastomers, Beaumont Works
Married 39 years to Jimmy. One son--Jim2 is a lawyer in Groves.  Raise cattle/flowers on farm in Tyler County. Husband plans to retire later this year.

William J. DeValcourt, P.O. Box 57305, North Pole, Alaska 99705
e-mail address:
Phone number: 907-490-2680
Occupation:  Retired Correctional Officer
Updated: 12/4/09

Reginald P. Ferrell, 5017 Dawnwood Court, Arlington, TX 76017
e-mail address:
Phone number: 817-478-9816
Occupation:  Vice President-Training Solutions ePartners Inc.
Remain married to Marianne Walker Ferrell my bride of thirty-five years. She is an English teacher at Boles Jr. High in Arlington. We have two daughters, Falicia Elizabeth 10/26/67 and Amberley Erryn 8/13/71. We have one grand child, Katherine, issued 9/1/93.
Updated: 6/16/06

Shirley Foxworth Dougher, 4406 Stevewood, Port Arthur, TX 77642
e-mail address: 
Phone number: 409-724-2923
Occupation:  Secretary - DuPont, Beaumont
My husband, John, and I are celebrating two great years of married life! (Like my son said as he performed the marriage ceremony, "Mom, I think this time you got it right.") Between the two of us, we have four adult children. Of course, at our age, they best be adults! My son, Michael (12/7/68) is married and the father of my two glorious grandchildren. Alexandra, or Alex to most of us, (7/20/94) is wowing 'em at Highland Park Elem. in Nederland, and brother Logan (10/30/95) is the residing heartthrob at Little Wooden Shoes Daycare! Michael is a draftsman working at Mobil Oil. Son # 2 is Lance (5/24/72). He's still single at this time and is an ordained minister, working with Church on the Rock in Nederland. He's my everyday blessing!! Stepson John Jr. (10/16/70) is a single parent of another beautiful granddaughter, Zaley (11/16/94). The last of our kiddos, Sherry (1/2/77) is a single parent of the cutest little toddler ever - Tori (12/12/98). Both stepkids live in the Clear Lake area. After teaching school for 8 years in Nederland and then selling real estate in the area, I plan on retiring in 2-3 years from DuPont with 20+ years. My husband and I love to work in our yard, read, travel a bit, and sample the area restaurants! I'm trying to maintain a degree of fitness by walking and dancing. John is a weight lifter, but after trying it myself for 6 months, I astutely realized that I really hated it!! Life is good..... and although my street address reflects Port Arthur, I'm in a new addition in the PNG School District. Always tell people that I live in Port Neches. Even though my two grandchildren live in Nederland, I've made sure that purple is their favorite color!

David L. Girouard, 6001 Van Buren, Groves, TX 77619
Phone number:  409-962-3286
Occupation:  Instrument Foreman at Motiva

Robbie G. Goodwin, 1851 Country Village, Humble, TX 77338
e-mail address:
Phone number:  281-540-0107
Occupation:  Lucent Tech

Leah Anne Guidry Lister, 3160 Mariannwood Drive, Port Neches, TX 77651
e-mail address: 
Occupation:  Counseling Therapist 

J. N. Hare, 189 Kona Lane, Bastrop, TX 78602-4637
e-mail address: 
Phone number: 512-332-2892
Occupation:  Retired USAF 26 years. Employed 11 years with USPS in Austin.
Married to Mary Anne Roth of Cocoa Beach, Fla for 27 years. Two sons, Craig 8/17/76 and Brian 11/19/80.

Karen Janssens Wells, 403 Avenue E., Nederland, TX 77627
e-mail address:
Phone number:  409-727-0309
Occupation:  I am retired from Lamar University since 1-31-2004

Judy Jeter Sutton, 405 Landry Drive, Port Neches, TX 77651
e-mail address:
Phone number: 409-722-8806
Occupation:  Retired
Updated: 5/23/08

Holton C. Johnson, Rt. 1 Box 591-G, Burkeville, TX 75932
e-mail address:
Phone number:  409-565-4667
Occupation:  Retired from U.S. Army Corps of Engs.
Wife (Louetta Breaux Johnson) is deceased. V.P. Burkeville Board of Trustees.

Carl G. Lacobie, 104 Oak Leaf Street, Glasgow, KY 42141
e-mail address:
Phone number: 270-678-1944

Gwyn LeBeouf Reynolds, 706 South Village Creek Pkwy., Lumberton, TX 77657
e-mail address: 
Phone number:  409-755-3362
Occupation:  Retired Bank Teller
Married to Norman Reynolds 1959..children, Norman, Jr., Larry, and Melissa Fisher...2 grandchildren, Reid and Mauri Reynolds...We have resided in Lumberton, TX for the past 15 years...We have enjoyed watching Lumberton grow and develop into a wonderful place to live.

Mark E. Mason - deceased 12-15-04

Carolyn Mays Worsham, 906 South Wind, Port Arthur, TX 77640
e-mail address:
Phone number: 409-985-9652
Occupation: Retired
Married to Bill Worsham (PN-G '61). Children: Bill (PN-G '82), Brad (PN-G '84), and Kim (PN-G '88)

Linda McDonald Harrison, 702 Baker Avenue, Port Neches, TX 77651
e-mail address:
Phone number:  409-722-3135
Occupation: Teacher, PN-G ISD, Retiring May 28, 1999 

Clay Mills, PO Box 3024, Humble, TX 77347
e-mail address: 
Phone number: 281-441-3261

Donald R. Moon, 8 Apple Creek Dr., Nacogdoches, TX 75961
e-mail address:
Phone number:  409-568-9853
Occupation:  Realtor
Married to Carol Ann Scott (Class of 64, we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary 5/30/99).  Retired from National Semiconductor after 25 years in 1995.  We have 2 children, Deborah (11/20/69) our Michael (10/25/76).

Roy W. Nowlin, Jr., 7222 Lumber Jack, Houston, TX 77040
e-mail address:
Phone number:  713-849-5301
Occupation:  Chase Bank of Texas
Married to a beautiful lady from the Phillipines, and have a wonderful, beautiful, 2 year-old daughter, born 9/23/97 and an 8-year old stepson, born 10/31/90.

Dick Phelps, 325 Woodvale Drive, Venice, FL 34293
email address:
Phone number: 941-408-0888 (home); 716-713-0924 (cell)
Occupation: Programmer Analyst
Married 20 years to marcia. Two children: Richard and Angela. Four grandchildren: Brandon and Tylor (R) Jason and Jesica (A)
Updated: 3/26/11

Nancy Prevost Sowell, 12715 Labelle Lane, Houston, TX 77015 
e-mail address: NANS1121@AOL.COM 
Phone number: 713-451-9752
Occupation:  Artist/Set Designer
I have been married 40 years this July...Wow...Have 3 children--Michael, 38; Tammy, 36; Tiffany, 23...have 4 grandsons...have worked at many different occupations, but have been an artist for over 30 years now...found the job of my dreams only 5 months ago and am having a great lots of hours but enjoying every minute of it....I design sets for a floral design company that coordinates large events and galas...I have been out of touch with most of my classmates, but would love to hear from any of you. 

Gayle Pringle Cramer, 6620 Winged Foot Way, Plano, TX 75093
e-mail address: ir
Phone number: 972-662-2908
Married Rick Cramer in 1964 and just celebrated our 37th anniversary! Three children, David '69, Jeff '71, and Kristin '74. We had two weddings last summer, one in June (our son David) and one in August (our daughter Kristin). Our third wedding is coming up in April 2002 (son Jeff). I am teaching 6th grade science at The Episopal School of Dallas and love it. Rick is at Nortel Networks here in Dallas. We love being back in Texas after being away so many years. Life is great!

Judy Pruett Lyons, 5234-32nd Street, Groves, TX 77619
e-mail address: 
Phone number: 409-962-5136
Occupation:  Bank Teller
I still live in Groves and work as a teller at Southtrust Bank on Hwy 69 by the airport. I have been single/divorced since 1991. My son Howard (3-1-70) and his wife Rossa have my three grandchildren, Haley, Miriam, and Andrew. They reside in Port Arthur and Howard is working at Conn's in Nederland. Amy (9-20-72) is single and living in Houston. She is a Senior Financial Representative for Coastal Banc on San Felipe & Voss. At the present time, I am active in the choir and the singles at First Baptist Church in Nederland. Since 1974 I have been collecting thimbles and have approximately 650. Traveling, antiquing and doing crafts are my favorite pasttimes. There is always time to visit with old friends over a cup of coffee, so feel free to visit if you are in the neighborhood.

Karen Purkey McMillan, Houston, TX
Karen is living in Houston and has one grandson, Evan, 2/22/96 

Janice Rachal Comstock, 2334 Merriman, Port Neches, TX 77651
e-mail address:  
Phone number: 409-724-2085
Occupation:  Editor/proofreader
Married to Howard Comstock. I have four daughters - Kelly '63, Jill '65, Christy '67, Lanie '69 - and three granddaughters and three grandsons.  

Clay D. Reed, 3929 Redbud, Port Arthur, TX 77642
e-mail address: 
Phone number:  409-962-8805
Occupation:  Asst. Operator at Motiva, Port Arthur
Married to Peggy Leininger, Class of '64.  I have 2 daughters:  Wendy Jarrell 4/24/67 and Susan Briggs 3/11/70, both graduated from PN-G.  I have 4 grandchildren:  Klacy Jarrell 5/23/89, Joshua Briggs 1/27/90, Christin Briggs 1/6/93, and Kline Jarrell 3/11/97.  We love to travel and spend time with our children and grandchildren.  We also have a great dog, Angel Baby, which is a yellow lab.

Helen Richey Bielecki, P.O. Box 1053, Groves, TX 77619
Phone number:  409-722-1924
Occupation:  Beaumont County Court House-Child Support Division
Kimberly 8/12/61, Jeanna 2/7/65 

Elaine Schofield Balzersen, 3448 Fifth Street, Port Arthur, TX 77642
e-mail address: LanseyB@AOL.COM 
Phone number: 409-983-1410
Occupation:  English Teacher/Thomas Jefferson PA
Married to Cecil in 1964. Have two girls Janis 5/19/67-a teacher in Brazosport ISD, Nan-an RN at Herman in Beaumont. Have four very handsome and smart (can you believe) grandsons: Dailon 2/24/93 and Dashiell 7/6/97 who live in Nederland; Joshua 9/4/95 and Jacob 9/26/98 who live in Lake Jackson. Enjoy traveling, reading, and being with grandsons. Cecil and I are members of the United Methodist Temple in PA where I teach an adult SS class. We are also members of the Houston Symphony Pops Concert Series. Cecil will be president of the Port Arthur Rotary Club-2000/01 and the club will host the Rotary District 5910 Convention in PA in April 2001. Needless to say, I will be busy! I enjoy teaching the many cultures at TJ; it is a tough job, but very rewarding. I have just enrolled 26 jr. and sr. for a new camping club. We will make our first overnight camping trip Nov. 99-we will go to Waluta. I am also the advisor of the National Honor Society at TJ. I have a BS in English and history from Lamar and a MS in English and history from Baylor. Would love to hear from you.  

Nina Simmons Fodell, 2323 Augusta #33, Houston, TX 77057
Phone number: 713-781-7707
Occupation:  "Road Hospice" LOL - Investor
What have I been up to??? you ask?? Well, here goes..... I have been retired 8 years from the airline business. My husband passed away 8 years ago, so I fill my time with caring of others and investing. I love to travel and spend time with my family which is quite extensive. I have around 90 great nieces and nephews, so many I lost count!!!!! LOL 

Lester Sturrock, 845 3rd Ave. So., Tierra Verde, FL 33715
e-mail address: 
Phone number: 727-864-4099
Occupation:  Retired From Mobil Oil after 30 years
Married to Gloria for 33 years, have 2 children-Michelle(07/14/68) and Todd (06/16/71). We have two beautiful grandkids, Taylor Jakelis, now 4 yrs old and Connor Jakelis born this past August. We lived in Houston area for 22 years, the last 5 in April Sound on Lake Conroe. We moved to Florida in '98 to be near the grandkids. Our home is on an island south of St. Petersburg--the weather is great and the beach is only a short bike ride away. Spend most days playing golf, beach-combing, fishing, dabbling in the stock market and trying to get enough "mad money" to buy that always dreamed of Corvette, maybe 2000 will be the year.

Helen Vaughan Keprta, #1 Bash Place, Houston, TX 77027
e-mail address: 
Phone number: 713-993-9697
Occupation: Insurance Coordinator w/Solvay America
Starting my 21st year with Solvay America, Inc in the Human Resource Dept., I have one daughter Dovie Marisa 1-21-75, the light of my life. She works for Enron Broadban Services - Houston, is very good to her loving Mom. I thank God everyday for giving this one to me. I do not want to retire so I hope they let me stay after 2004.:):):) I have lived in Houston since 1962 and loved every day. This town never sleeps. Would love to hear from you.

Gerald E. Waldo, 39901 Suncrest Circle, Groves, TX 77619
e-mail address:
Phone number:  409-963-1835
Occupation:  I am an operator, employed with Clark Refining
I married Donnie Keen in 1965.  We have two wonderful children.  Gerry Waldo (12/21/65) who is an '84 PN-G grad and Jennifer Waldo (6/22/71) who is an '89 PN-G grad.   We also have one precious grandchild:  Cameron Bailey Waldo (10/23/88).

Donald R. Ware, Port Neches, TX 77651
e-mail address: 
Phone number: 409-722-0083
Occupation:  Operations - ATOFINA
Married to Kathleen Branham Ware (NISD 64) 37 years. 2 Children, Donna Kay Ware 3/1/66 (PNG 84) and James D. Ware 9/24/69 (PNG 88). Both Lamar-University Graduates and Donna also graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Have 2 lovely grandchildren (1 each). Kathy and I enjoy our grandchildren, camping, and riding our Harley (2000 Ultra Classic).

Jo Merrily Watkins Parker, 10719 Oasis Drive, Houston, TX 77096
e-mail address:
Phone number: 713-723-4093
Divorced 1991. Although I taught art classes in Dallas public schools for four years before I had children, I am now a legal assistant. I am currently working at Phillips Petroleum in Bellaire. I have two sons Jeff (12/13/69) and Joel (5/31/74). (Both boys got their mom's red hair.) Joel is getting married this year. I will be an instant grandmother to bright-eyed, five-year old, Katy, his fiancee, Shana's daughter. I am delighted. I still enjoy singing in my church choir. I also like good books, interesting places in this wide, wonderful world, good music, keeping up with friends, movies that have satisfying endings, and all kinds of creative, artistic works from the Sistine Chapel to the Beer Can House! I thoroughly have enjoyed our class reunions and visiting with classmates. Mel Dailey is talking of getting a Houston PNG Class of '61 group together soon. I'll be glad to help! Sounds like fun!

Barbara Webb Humphrey, 6440 Monroe, Groves, TX 77619
e-mail address: 
Phone number: 409-963-0415
Occupation: Assistant Principal
Four Children: Jay Humphrey-Class of '86 (10/14/67); Jana Humphrey Vines-Class of '87 (3/19/69); Jeffery Humphrey- Class of '91 (5/4/73);
Jill Humphrey-Class of '94 (5/10/76).  Three Grandchildren:  Brytni Humphrey (4/12/89); Alexandra Humphrey (9/22/93); Joshua Humphrey (6/15/96) 

Nelda Williams Columbo, 4440 Rolling Rock Dr, Port Arthur, TX 77642
e-mail address:
Phone number: 409-727-1864
Married to Joe (TJ '59) since 1973. I retired from Entergy 1995 and Joe retired from Texaco Research in 1998. My hobbies are genealogy, arts, and crafts, especially Christmas things. I have 3 children, Joseph, Angela, and Jane, and 5 grandchildren from 20 years old to 3 years old.

Kent Wilson, 8042 Sugar Hill Ct, Port Arthur, TX 77642
e-mail address: 
Phone number: (409) 729-8641
Occupation: Merrill Lynch - Beaumont Financial Consultant, CFM
Retired Gulf/Chevron March 31,'96 (30 yrs, Human Resources Supervisor, Benefits & Annuitant Affairs) joined Merrill Lynch the next day, April 1, to pursue very carefully planned career change. Will celebrate 11th Anniversary to Marsha Maxwell (NISD '63) Dec 10, '99. Still on "Honeymoon". Son, Van (12/12/67) and daughter Sherry (3/17/71) both grads of NISD and Lamar U. Both married last year ('98), Van in August and Sherry in November. I got a real fair shake on Daughter and Son-in-law. Van is Director of Human Resources w/ start-up and fast-growing computer systems integration firm (CDI) in Houston, and Sherry is Human Resources, Recruiter at Methodist Hospital Houston. Neither seems anxious to make me Pa Pa. I have direct 800 Ph # here at Merrill and would like to hear from you, (800) 678-6489 (Poodle loves to call toll-free from Hawaii) Hobbies, 1)Marsha 2)Yard 3)Golf  

Bill Worsham, 906 South Wind, Port Arthur, TX 77640
e-mail address:
Phone number: 409-985-9652
Director of Athletics, Lamar State College - Port Arthur
Married to Carolyn Mays (PNG '61). Children: Bill (PNG '82), Brad (PNG '84), Kim (PNG '88). Grandchildren: Alyssa and Haley (by Brad); Max (by Kim); Margaret (by Bill). Enjoy sailboat racing.

George M. Yarborough, 20757 East Ida Circle, Aurora, CO 80015
e-mail address:
Phone number:  303-690-5354
Occupation:  Computer Analyst
Married to Patricia Ann Frederick, 1969.  Two boys:  Paul (1970) and Brian (1972).  Retired from Texaco in 1969 (31 years), now work for IBM.