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07/04/16 11:46 PM #112    


Donna Elliott (Walker)

Happy Birthday to all celebrating birthdays this month!  Wynell, I had forgotten yours is the day after mine.  Hope you have a wonderful day - it's hard to believe that we this old!  In 1964, I doubt we even thought about being 70!  smiley

07/05/16 07:14 PM #113    


Sandra Harrison (Boynton)

Hope your birthday today was a wonderful day. 

07/06/16 10:09 AM #114    

Wynell Cox (Hosch)

You are so right, Donna!  What we thought about in '74 was everything other than turning '70. (I just found your message.)  Happy Birthday to you!


07/06/16 03:33 PM #115    

Mary Downing

Hi Everyone.,

Almost no one has booked the cruise..  As long as space available.  You can still Book.  If you need information to do so please post or send me a question. to   Sure hope more sign up.

07/12/16 06:45 PM #116    

Stephanie Smith (Tishler)

For those of you who may be wondering---- within the Carnival Cruise booklet specifically states that a traveler on a US cruise line does not need a passport to visit as a tourist and on the cruise line.  Having the passport is not absolutely necessary; however, showing your passport makes your checkin a lot faster.  

There is plenty to do on the cruise and excursions while in Cozumel and Progreso.  We can enjoy each other while on the trip.  I think that it is time for adventure.  Some of us may be running out of time. Why not use your time well. 

Blessings to each of you turned or turning 70,  Never thought I would make it to this age.  Since I am not done living, I shall continue with adventures.  Please join me!   

Stephanie Smith

12/03/16 11:19 AM #117    


Bill Barrow

Dear Classmates,

I found a copy of the SH Rider first edition newspaper; before it had a name.  The date was Oct 31, 1961. Our Mother had saved it. You will notice her handwriting in the upper left hand corner of the first page.  I had to post  it as 10 separate jpeg images and they are in the Reunion Pictures section of this website. If they are not clear please let me know and I will try to post again in another format. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I have.  Here's wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  May God Bless you all and your families during this holiday season.

Best regards,

Bill and Esther Barrow

12/03/16 01:47 PM #118    


Ronnie (Ron) Granberry

Thanks Bill,

Nice piece of history.

Ron Granberry

12/04/16 03:04 PM #119    

Joyce Rowe (Thompson)

Thank you for sharing Bill.  Nice memories!  Joyce Rowe Thompson




12/05/16 02:21 PM #120    

Butch Adcock

Thanks for sharing Bill, I known it brings back a lot of memories to  a lot of class members! Seasons Greeting to you and your family from SC!


10/19/20 02:59 PM #121    


Donna Elliott (Walker)

Just became aware of Sue Ann McMurray's passing. 

10/20/20 11:26 AM #122    


Shirley Bates (Griffin)

What can I say about Sue Ann Harper McMurray?  She was delightful, incredible, funny, a joy to be around and anyone that met her fell in love with her. To say she will be missed, is an understatement. Rest in Peace our precious, sweet friend......Shirley Kay

10/20/20 01:34 PM #123    

Wynell Cox (Hosch)

So sorry to learn learn about the death of Sue Ann Harper McMurrey.  Her life brought a lot of happiness to many people.


10/20/20 07:56 PM #124    

Steven Boyd


It was sad to hear about the passing of Sue Ann Harper McMurray.  She was a special friend that I got to know at Rider .  My prayers to the family    regards Steven Boyd



10/24/20 08:07 AM #125    

Julia Jackson (Morton)

Our Gabfest luncheon group which meets regularly (before COVID) in Plano will truly miss sweet SueAnn. She was our forever friend, sweet, funny, and kind. She rarely missed driving from WF to join us to share fond memories of our childhood. You will truly be missed!💕

10/25/20 09:59 AM #126    


Carol Horky (Cox)

So glad SueAnn got to make it to our gabfests. We will all miss her sparkling smile and wonderful personality when we are able to gather together again. Sleep well dear friend. 

10/25/20 09:27 PM #127    

Martha Edsell (Joyner)

I was so sad to hear of Sue Ann's passing... What a sweet, kind fun and  funny  girl she always was. So many of us did Ben Milam (before it was Cunningham) then Cunningham, Barwise and Rider together. Does anyone else remember that Sue Ann had a signature "scent"....WHITE SHOULDERS. She always smelled beautiful..I wonder if she still wore it as an adult. . I actually have only been able to come to one of the WF GABFESTS and the first person I ran into was Sue Ann.. and she recognized me...after 50 years and it was as though time stood still!  She was recovering from a surgery, but did not skip a beat in enjoying herself. My heart and prayers are with her family! 

10/26/20 11:24 AM #128    


Shirley Bates (Griffin)

Martha, yes, I remember the White Shoulders scent and the unforgettable yellow suede heels she wore to a party.  She looked incredible, as always. What a special person she was and will always be remembered for so many wonderful qualities.  ~Shirley Bates Griffin


10/27/20 12:17 PM #129    


Mike Wagoner

I know that Sue Ann was special - a good friend and definitely a part of a group of Junior High and High School girls that knew how to enjoy life to the fullest.  She was always someone you could count on.  She will truly be missed.

11/29/20 11:24 AM #130    

Rick Pirog

Fellow Classmates, I am a late arrival to this website. Being technologically challenged. Been hunkering down in Vail Colorado for the past 44 years , I am coming out of my technological shell😎Greetings to you all. We are all quite luckey to still be communicating😀 Will try to get a photo posted.Special greeting to my old track buddies Bill and Bob Barrow. 🏃‍♂️

11/30/20 11:10 AM #131    


Ronnie (Ron) Davidson

Welcome to the 2010's Rick.  I remember Vail and the Highlands from years past during days when my legs would carry me down the slopes on Riva Ridge, High Noon, or China Bowl....those are the only ones I remember.  I'm only a watcher these days with a hot toddy in the hands at the bottom.


11/30/20 03:08 PM #132    

Bob Barrow

Hey Rick Pirog. If I can do it I know you can. Glad you're doing well. And Happy holidays to all

12/01/20 02:26 PM #133    


Bill Barrow

HI Rick. I just posted a comment on your page.

Glad to hear you are doing well. Thanks for the shout out, however, Bob was the track star. I do remember some of our golf games with the three of us at Weeks Park golf course. My problem was that I couldn't get that little ball to do what I wanted it to do. Hope you have a great Christmas, Stay safe and hang in there.


12/02/20 10:24 AM #134    

Chris Powe

Howdy Rick.  It's good to see you aren't just being stand-offish!

12/28/20 04:37 PM #135    


Donna Elliott (Walker)

Bruce Pope forwarded this to me on Ken Decker. 

Kenneth Lee Decker passed away from heart failure peacefully and surrounded by family, on December 13, 2020, at the age of 74.

Ken is survived by his friend, companion, partner, and wife of fifty years, Lorraine Decker; his children, Caryn McGriff of San Diego, CA and Cameron Decker of Houston, TX; his mother, Wanda Decker, age 103 of Atlanta, GA; and his sisters, Donna Cruce of Marrietta, GA and Kay Schoonover of Dallas, TX. Ken is preceded in death by his father Willis Decker of Atlanta, GA.

Ken was born on April 9, 1946, in Oklahoma City, OK, to Willis M. and Wanda V. Decker. He was the middle child and only son, born to a hard-working and extremely loving family. Before graduating from S.H. Rider High School in Wichita Falls, TX, Ken traveled to Argentina. That trip began a sixty-year, deep, close, and loving bond with four generations of his Argentinian family, who dearly miss him.

In 1969, Ken graduated from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Washington, DC, and returned to Austin, Texas, where he married Lorraine Ross in August of 1970. They then traveled to Bologna, Italy where he studied at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (‘71). Following a honeymoon year in Europe, they moved back to Austin, where Ken served as the International Trade Director for the Texas
Department of Agriculture and attended the University of Texas Graduate School of Business. In 1976, Ken and Lorraine moved to Houston, where he worked for Arthur Anderson, LLP, rising to Tax Manager. In 1981, Lorraine persuaded Ken to join Decker & Associates and launch Decker Financial, his international tax practice. They worked together, traveling to forty-eight countries, providing employer-sponsored financial workshops and personal counseling to thousands of families.

Following 9/11, the couple expanded their focus and co-founded two non-profits: Financial Mentors of America and Skills For Living. Both organizations are dedicated to teaching families how to plan and create amazing futures. Every summer, Ken would organize and emcee the Game of Real Life, a three week event held at Rice University, the University of Houston, and the George R. Brown Convention Center to help 1,200 underserved high school students visualize a dynamic future. Hundreds of volunteers joined Ken to play the Game. Later, as President of Decker & Associates, Ken published Real Life Financial Mathematics and partnered with 50+ Texas school districts to train teachers on the new curriculum. Since 2017, more than 12,000 Texas high school students have taken this one-year, critical-thinking, problem-solving, and life-changing financial planning course.

Ken was an active member of local, state, and national professional organizations and held credentials as a Certified Public Accountant, Personal Financial Specialist, and Certified Financial Planner. He was a life-long member of the Houston Committee on Foreign Relations, an officer and speaker at many Houston CPA Society events, and an award winner of the Profit Sharing and 401(k) Council of America. Other professional memberships included: Texas CPA Society, American CPA Society, Houston Estate and Financial Forum, and Financial Planners Association of Houston.

While working and traveling, Ken and Lorraine joyfully shared their lives with their two children, Caryn and Cameron. Ken’s children remember him as a loving father who encouraged them to pursue their goals and dreams, be kind and generous to others, make a difference in the world, and cherish family. He was a trusted friend, advisor, mentor, and confidant to his children. They will forever treasure their loving memories of their father and miss him always.

Ken’s life was lived with purpose, hope, and a belief he could and should make a difference. He sacrificed his “bucket list” to help others create their futures. He represented the goodness that can exist in the world -- a world he loved to explore and experience, especially his favorite places: Argentina, the Texas hill country, summers with family on the Gulf coast, and the Cayman Islands.

Ken was strong, determined, generous, and witty. His smile was contagious. He actively pursued knowledge by reading books and dozens of subscriptions, traveling the world, watching documentaries, and having thoughtful and cheery conversations with friends. Shopping at Costco, playing tennis, and listening to Andrea Bocelli, Journey, Wicked (Dancing Through Life), Meatloaf, and NPR all brought him joy. He loved watching Sherlock Holmes, Sharpe, Death in Paradise, and British TV mysteries. Spending time with his cats, Domino and Snow, and his granddog, Isabella, gave him great pleasure. Ken was a natural leader who valued family, friends, and our country. He touched the lives of thousands and made a positive impact on every person he met. We will miss him every day and pray he will guide and watch over us.

A celebration of Ken’s incredible life will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Financial Mentors of America (10655 Memorial Dr Houston TX, 77024 or and share your memories and photos of Ken on the digital memorial board.

04/12/21 12:34 PM #136    


Ronnie (Ron) Granberry

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