Blog 70 Two More Obituaries and Some Lunch Pics

Blog 70

Two More Obituaries and Some Lunch Pics

Surprise Obituary: In recent weeks, I have been sorting through boxes of stuff and junk that I have not looked through in years. In a batch of letters my parents wrote to me while I was deployed was the obituary for T. Guy Rogers.

I did a bit of research and noted that T. Guy was married twice, with two children from his first wife, who died at age 34. His second wife, Edith Rogers, was my sixth grade school teacher at Travis Elementary. I recall her as an outstanding teacher as well as friend. Interestingly, she is not mentioned in the obituary, which I would assume was written by his children of the first wife. You will recognize some of the pallbearer names.

Here it is.

T. Guy ROGERS

T. Guy Rogers, age 91, died Friday, December 24, 1976.
He was a member of Jefferson United Methodist Church; member of San Antonio Independent School District for over 50 years; principal of Collins Gardens Elementary School, Main Ave. High School, and as first principal of Thomas Jefferson High School serving over 25 years; past president of Downtown Lions Club, Phi Delta Kappa, San Antonio Retired Teachers’ Association; and also
a member of Texas Lodge No. 8 AF&AM. Survivors: Daughter, Miss Enna Fay Rogers, San Antonio; sisters, Mrs. Sam G. Bratton, Albuquerque, N.M., Mrs. Berry Orr, Hereford, Tex.; grandson, Thomas B. Rogers will lie in state at the church Monday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Service Monday at 1 0’clock at Jefferson United Methodist Church, Dr. J. Garfield Owens, the Rev. Albert Clayton, and the Rev. Sterling Wheeler officiating. Pallbearers: Leon Taliaferro, Bill Lafferty, Terrell F. Gates, A. W. Norton, Dr. S. W. Allen. Roland L. House. Honorary pallbearers: J. H. Barnes, Thomas B. Portwood, Oscar Miller, Enos Gary, Bailey Peyton, Louis Rodriguez, J. Andrew Smith, L. W. Fox, Claude Kellam, Carl Hemmi, Claude B. Aniol, Robert G. Chambers, Clyde Gott. Interment in Mission Burial Park.

Arrangements With

Porter Loring

Below is a newspaper article announcing the funeral.

Rogers’ funeral Monday

Funeral services will be at I p.m. Monday at Jefferson United Methodist Church for T. Guy Rogers, the first principal of Thomas Jefferson High School.

Rogers, 91, died Friday.

Rogers has also been past president of the Downtown Lions Club, Phi Delta Kappa and San Antonio Retired Teachers’ Assn.

He had also been past principal of Collins Gardens Elementary School and Main Avenue High School as well as a member of Jefferson United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Mission Burial Park.

Survivors include a daughter, Enna Fay Rogers of San Antonio, two sisters, a grandson and two great-grandchildren.

Classmate Obituaries:
In recent weeks, various classmates have informed of several deaths. Last time I posted the most recent obituary, that of Betty Ann Canfield Penick. Today I will do a couple more.

First, though, a smile or two, based on memories of Betty Ann. At our thirtieth reunion, there were the usual selection of attendees—most changed, least changed, most children/grandchildren, etc. At that reunion, Betty Ann came as a total blonde and won the most changed “girl” hands down. Incidentally, Pat Trimble Bryant won the least changed “girl.”

Second recall of Betty Ann is the blurb she sent in for the class history booklet published a couple of years ago. Recalling from memory, all Betty Ann said was “I was a straight A student until Miss George gave me a B in history, and I am still upset.”

By including these smiles, my hope is to encourage others to share memories on this blog about our dearly departed classmates. Send me some by replying on the blog itself.

Barbara Hattan Stokes


Barbara Jean Hattan Stokes, 80, of San Antonio passed on January 24, 2017. Born in San Antonio, Texas on September 25, 1936 to Colonel Roy Eugene Hattan, US Army and Ruth Langley Phifer Hattan. She was married to the late Maj. Perry George Stokes, US Army. 

Barbara is proceeded by her husband Maj. Perry G. Stokes, her oldest Son Edward Roy Stokes, her parents Col. Roy E. Hattan & Ruth Phifer Hattan, her brother Captain Robert L. Hattan, US Navy and her Great-Grandson Aaron Joseph Loudon, as well as many very dear Friends.

Barbara’s energetic personality and gracious demeanor made her a much sought after business professional. Her attention to detail, speed and near flawless administrative efficiency allowed her to contribute her energies and talents to many fine companies for nearly 50-years.

Barbara enjoyed reading, crochet to gift to her family, Broadway plays and musicals; next to her Family, her greatest love was Genealogy. Her strong love for the family tree stimulated her interest in genealogy. Near the end of her life; Barbara contributed several filing cabinets full of extensive and detailed genealogical records to the Texas Genealogical Society. All this while raising children and supporting her husband in his military career across several continents.

Her commitment at the following companies during her career as a professional executive administrator included but not limited to:
Swearingen Aviation for Mr. Ed Swearingen – An internationally known Aeronautical Engineer
Southwest Craft Center
American Institute for Character Education for Mr. Jay Mulkey

Her involvement in many organizations, societies and associations at a Local, State and National levels, are remarkable, but are not limited to the following:
Army Residence Community: Barbara initiated the Wii Bowling & Wii Bingo Games. Games and activities: Mexican Train (game)
The Preservation of Historic Ft Sam Houston {Active Board Member}
Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) {Member}
The Society of Sons and Daughters of WW II {Member}
Daughters of the United States Army {Board Member}
The San Antonio Genealogical Society and Library {Member}
National Museum of the Pacific War, Home of Admiral Nimitz Museum {Member}

Barbara, beloved Mother, is survived by:
Her children: Linda S. Loudon, Michael E. Stokes, Katie S. Horn, Barry Stokes, Shelley S. Francis, and Patrice S. Harvey
Her Grandchildren: Katrina Marie Ghiouli, Kourtney Marie Loudon, Clifford Albert Loudon, Madison Rae Stokes and Grace Elizabeth Stokes
Her Great-Grandchildren: Colton Blake Harper, Freya Marie Ghiouli, Alyssia Michelle

Next time, Mary Lee Tiller Dunn and Doug Steubing

More lunch photos from April 7, 2017

  Mary Helen Bass Bell

Bob Tate and Carolyn Edgerton Stafford


Dan Scraiffa, Servando de la Garza, Jim McNeel

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