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 The B. T. W. Gazette newsletter # 57
                 THE B.T.W. GAZETTE

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                           Home of the BTW Dragons      

                                and the Dragonettes

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VOLUME NO. 57                                                               AUGUST 2014

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                                Borger's Booker T. Washington school

                          Historical Marker Dedicated on June 14, 2013

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                                              Mr. Nathaniel Robinson

                                                     August 27, 2014

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I was informed this morning by Mrs. Virginia L. Jones of Borger, Texas that Borger's BTW Alumnus, Mr. Nathaniel Robinson passed away this week. She said she think it may have been this past Monday. I will post additional information in this newsletter as soon as I receive it.

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The thought and prayers of the Borger BTW Alumni and community go out to Nathaniel's family.

FLC

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                                                 September 1, 2014

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                                                     August 15, 2014     

                         Message from Mrs. Georgia Hughes concerning

                                  the 2015 Borger BTW School Reunion

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From: stephanie hughes

                     

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                                                       August 7, 2014

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The Borger BTW School reunion is on for next June so make sure you attend; because "it won't be the same without U.

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Mrs. Georgia Hughes informed me yesterday that there will be a B. T. W. School reunion and Juneteenth celebration in Borger, Texas next June 2015. She said that she’ll get back with me concerning the exact dates.  

We have about 10 months to get ready; the time will be upon us before we know it. Let’s make this one of the best reunions ever.

Let’s come out and celebrate Borger’s B. T. W. School, its teachers, its students and Juneteenth as never before.

We thank the B. T. W. School Reunion Committee in advance for making this happen. We know that it is hard work planning, organizing and presenting events such as this and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. So let’s be sure to show up and show our appreciation to the committee for its hard work.

FLC    

 

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                         38 Reasons to Attend your

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1. Because You Still Can!

(Life is short...Each day and milestone should be celebrated!)

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2. Because you're never too cool for your school friends.

(and you'll be missed if you do not show up!)

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3.Your family is tired of hearing your stories and you want to relive them with someone who actually cares

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4. Ummm…who else is gonna fill in the blanks to your slipping memory? Thank goodness for name tags!

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5. If we get a good turnout, we're gonna take a group picture in the form of an 86! That's how long ago it was that Borger's BTW school came on the scene.

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6. You can share a drink with your friends without having to sneak into the bars.

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7. Because you still think you have a crush on..(umm, wait, don't think anyone can remember!)

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8. If you don't show up, we'll assume you still have big/long or even no hair. But, no one really cares about your hair! They want to see you!

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9. You know you really want to. (it just might be fun!)

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10. Hey…Who cares if we don't fit into our old bellbottoms? Ya gotta stay huggable! Friends just want to see you!

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11. Network! Network! Network! (it's a small world and you will be surprised at how many "coincidences" life really holds!)

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12. Because you're still upset that you were only voted runner-up for something. (but we really can't remember!)

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13. Enjoy an evening out without the Grandkids.(don't worry, you might even be home before the news comes on...)

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14.You've always wondered what happened to (um,can't remember!)

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15. Show off your pictures (of your family,kids,grandkids, hot date,pets,car, vacations, etc!)

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16. Renew old friendships. There's really nothin' like an"old"old friend!

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18. Renew not so old friendships, meet new friends!

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19. Get the latest gossip, as well as can be remembered.

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20. Because if you don't show up, you might be the subject of that gossip (if anyone can remember!)

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21. See and be seen. (because we might not remember, but it's fun to people watch!)

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22. See if that old crush is still what you thought they were, or as you thought you remembered! (the more some things change, the more some things stay the same...and the fun is in trying to figure out the difference!)

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23. Because you're curious and you HAVE to know what everyone has been doing for the last 2 years or more if you've never attended a reunion or didn't attend the last one.

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24.Did we mention there would be lots of FUN??

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25.You love reunions!

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26.You have nothing better to do.Sitting or napping on the couch doesn't count...)

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27. Because you want to go where everyone knows your name..(they just can't always remember!!!)

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28.To talk about the "good ol’ days"! When we were "young", carefree and life seemed so simple...(What we can remember!)

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29. You’ll laugh, cry and reminisce with some of your oldest friends.

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30. We're going to play music that you "remember" (bring on the real music!) and maybe even understand, and that you can actually dance to!

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31. Even if you didn't even like school, don't fret about it, you'll most likely find something to laugh about now after all these years.

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32. Because you know you really want to!

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33.You don't have to lie about your age.
(well you can try, but some will catch on...) (Even if we did officially turn into our parents!)

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34. Did we mention there would be lots of fun??

35. It gives you a chance to humor those who have tried to plan these things...deluded die-hards that have hope that somewhere, some how it is going to make a difference...
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36. Because some of us want an excuse to go back "Home"....if only for a weekend!

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37. Because we really want to see you!!! Who knows when there might be another reunion!!?

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38. And finally, studies have shown that those who were initially hesitant about attending their reunions, discover it was the event that they wouldn't have missed!

LIFE Happens..Get up, Get dressed, Show up...

Betchya you'll be glad you did!!!! (and so will everyone else!)

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What happened to reason # 17 and what was it?? I can't remember!!

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                                           Mr. Bobby Dale Sheppard

                                         May 28, 1933 - July 23, 2014

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Reflections:

Mr. Bobby Dale Sheppard was born to the late Mr. Petti and Mrs. Mazie Bell Punch Sheppard. He was born May 28, 1933 in Rusk, County Texas. He moved to Borger at the age of 18 where he met and married Shirley Nobles. He was employed with South Western Bell Telephone Company for over forty years.

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He took pride in keeping his cars clean and in immaculate condition. He had an infectious smile that would light up a room. Bobby was a very friendly, loving and outgoing kind of guy. Some may have known him as Sambo, Shep, or Good Shep, his family knew him as dad who loved life to the fullest. We are so blessed and thankful to have had Bobby Dale Sheppard as our father.

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Survivors include:

Cherry Lynn "Ann" (William) Johnson, of Kent, Wa, Barry Lynn Sheppard, of Kent, Wa, Bobbie (John) Ribera of Maple Valley, Wa.

Eight grandchildren:

Alice Lynn Johnson, of Federal Way, Wa, Tobias Lynn Noble Sheppard Houser, of Renton, Wa, Olivia Lynn Ribera, Joseph Lynn Tucker, Tamarp John Ribera, Connor Lynn Ribera all of whom are from Maple Valley, Wa, Miracle Lynn Noble Sheppard of Kent, Wa.

Three Great Grand Children:

Kalicia Lynn Williams of Federal Way, Wa, Synia Lynn Williams of Federal Way, Wa, Braylen Lynn Williams of Federal Way, Wa.

Five Sisters:

Mrs. Genell and Mr. Odell (deceased) Burkley of San Angelo, Texas, Nrs. Vernell Willis of Oakland, Ca., Mrs. Fannie and Mr. J. P. (deceased) Tillman of Borger, Texas, Mrs. Nettie and Mr. James Elmore of Seattle, Wa, Mrs. Lerlene and Mr. Cooper of Henderson, Texas.

Six Brothers:

Mr. Willinette and Mrs. Neomi Sheppard (deceased) of Segoville, Tx, Mr. Petti Jean and Mrs. Patricia Sheppard of Norman, Ok, Mr. L. M. and Mrs. Ernestine Sheppard of Amarillo, Tx, Mr. William and Mrs. Lanette Sheppard of Henderson, Tx, Mr. Harold and Mrs. Helen Sheppard of Reklaw, TX and Mr. Nathaniel (deceased0 and Mrs Joann Sheppard of Borger, TX.

 

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                                                       July 29, 2014

                                          Mr. Bobby Dale Sheppard

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Borger's BTW School Alumnus Mrs. Ann Johnson (Sheppard) of Seattle, Washington informed me this morning that he father Mr. Bobby Dale Sheppard passed away on July 23, 2014. She stated that his furnal will take place on August 9, 2014 at 11:am at Chady Cremation and Funeral in Kent, Washington, 8418 S 222nd Street, Kent, Washington 98031   (253) 872-8888. 

FLC

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                                                       July 24, 2014

                                          Mr. Bobby Dale Sheppard

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Borger's BTW School Alumnus Mr. Michael Burnley informed me today that Mr. Bobby Dale Sheppard of Seattle, Washington passed away within the last day or so. Michael said that he will provide me with additional information when he receives it.

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Mr. Bobby Dale Sheppard was married to BTW Alumnus Mrs. Shirley Jean Sheppard (Nobles) also of Seattle, Washington.

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The thoughts and prayers of the Borger BTW School Alumni go out to the Sheppard and Noble family.

FLC  

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                                                                        Prayer List

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7/5/2014: I just finished takling with Ms. Rosetta Williams (Bailey); she said that Frankie is doing well and that she's been home now for two months. Let's keep our prayers going.

FLC

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I received the following message today June 19, 2014 from Ms. Mozetta Bailey:

To Forrest L. Craig

Today at 10:33 AM
I am just writng to tell you guy what a wonderful jobs you guy are doing and to let you no about the pray that we got for Frankie from all of you was a blessing so thanks a lot and she is doing great.

                                                              ~o~

I received the following message today from Ms. Mozetta Bailey:

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On Thursday, May 29, 2014 7:48 AM, mozetta bailey <mozetta.bailey@hotmail.com> wrote:
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I am still asking for prayer for my sister Frankie everyday is a challenger but she is doing her best. Her progress is coming along good but slow. So all of my Christian family just continue to pray and may God bless all of you.

                                                              ~o~

3/19/2014: Please pray for Mr. James Martin Meekins for healing. He has poor blood circulation in his legs which has caused some serious problems. Since receiving his hospital bed at home he's doing better. 

                                                              ~o~

Please continue to pray for healing for Mr. Austine Embers.

                                                              ~o~

Please keep Mr. Marvin Branch in your prayers for healing.

                                                              ~o~

Please keep Mr. L. C. Stoker (Little Buddy) in your prayers. He has recently had problems with his pace maker. His daughter said that the doctors gave his pace maker a shock treatment and they are still monitoring him. Continue praying for him.

FLC

 

                                                THE WAY WE WERE

Let me remember the trees and laughter
On a day in Spring
I see a painted Canvas of loved one’s dancing
At Holiday’s so giving and caring
Wedding’s so gay and happy
Those were the way we were

I remember a voice so gentle
And a spirit with wonder so heartfelt and true
I can see with my eyes, brothers, sisters and a family too
I sat on the porch or firescape
Watching the rain or birds flying through
Those were the way we were

When the clouds look as though they are moving
And trees whisper in the breeze
God’s Art always follows me
As six hands play ring-around-the-rosey
And when we all fall down
This moment in time will stay with us
Into the twilight I look at the stars
They seem to go on forever, so very far
This is the way we were

Never forget how we once lived
God has taken the one’s who died
Always remember the happy times
And through them, we see ourselves
Then into butterflies we fly.

by Linda Ann Henry

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Click on The B.T.W. newsletter archives above to catch up on what you may have missed..                     

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                                               Where's the Music??

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If you enjoyed listening to music from Oldie 1s Playlists’ that were previously posted on this web site at the bottom of the page, you will enjoy hearing this news!

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Until I can return the Oldie 1s Play Stations to the bottom of the page, I have selected several You Tube oldie music videos for your listening pleasure. As you know, you can click on the title of the video at the top and it will appear as a separate page from the BTW web site. You will then be able to listen to the music while cruising around the BTW web site.  Try it!!

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Thanks for your patience!

FLC (Oldie1)

 

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Donate to build a gazebo at Cofield Park/Com Cntr. Contact Mr. Raymond Loftis at: lloft@sbcglobal.net or Ms. Estella Willis for information at: etgh41@yahoo.com Estella says that so far they have collected several hundred dollars and welcome additional donations. I would like to encourage every one to be ready to donate to the BTW scholarship fund that DeLana Cofield is working to establish. You'll hear more about this at a lated date. 

                                                                                     NOTICE

                                                           March 10, 2014

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Copy the following link (the familylobby link) and save it in case you are unable to enter the Borger BTW school website at the link listed at the bottom; we recommend the use of the familylobby link at all times: http://familylobby.com/bookertwashingtonschoolborgertexas

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The following link will not always take you to the BTW website; use the above link should that happen:

http://www.borgerbookertwashingtonschool.com/

Thanks,

FLC
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We're having a membership drive for this site! Place membership now, it's FREE!

                                                           

 

                       

 

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Dell Tunson - Aug 21, 2014
The 2014 Seattle Reunion photos are great!
Forrest Craig - Jun 29, 2014
Thanks Loretta. I'll post your message in the guestbook area of the BTW web site. I would love to have the photos of the 2013 reunion and any other photos that you have. This was a wonderful turnout of Borger folks; would loved to have been there. Please send the obituary to me at my home address.
Loretta Darden - Jun 29, 2014
Jun 28 at 3:57 PM

Just returning home from Mrs. Cofield's homegoing services. Reggie, DeLana and Vert look good and the Lord's hand is over them and the family. Dr. Bunn delivered a heartfelt memorial of Mrs (and Mr) Cofield and recognized others present who were from Borger. There were Wilsons, Tillmons and myself, about 5 or six total.

I have an extra program for you. Do you have a physical address to send it to you?
Also, I never forwarded pictures for the 2013 reunion. Would you like those also? I can send more 'snail mail' (old school disks!!) Blessings... Loretta D
Forrest - Jun 20, 2014
I agree Mary; Mrs. Cofield was a beautiful person who will be missed. Happy birthday to you and many more. Thanks for dropping by the site today.
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