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IPHS CLASS OF 1979\'S TRIBUTE

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For those that we lost too soon and that we will never forget

For those that we lost too soon and that we will never forget


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  • 1. JOHNNY CLAY ABERNATHY Born: February 4, 1960 Died: April 22, 1972
  • 2. Johnny was born February 4, 1960. He died in a motorcycle accident while he was still in Elementary school on April 22, 1972 . His loss is still felt to this day by all who love and knew him.
  • 3. TINA MARIE BRADY Born: July 26, 1961 Died: August 24, 1974
  • 4. Tina was born on July 26, 1961. She left a memory of a very sweet and kind girl by those who still remember her after all these years. She died as a result of a traffic accident in Oklahoma on August 24, 1974 Tina
  • 5. JOHN SALVATOR YORK, JR.
    • Born: June 6, 1961
    • Died: May 9, 1975
  • 6. John was born June 6, 1961. During a cross-country run in P.E. class, he and several others went swimming. He accidentally drowned on May 9, 1975. He is fondly remember by many of his former classmates and all that loved him.
  • 7. John
  • 8. DARREL EDWARD CALDWELL Born: April 29, 1960 Died: September 30, 1986
  • 9. Darrel was born on April 29, 1960. It isn’t hard to find Darrel in these pictures. He was a gentle and funny guy to be around. One of his former classmates shared this memory with me: “ When we were in junior high, I'm not saying WHO, but somebody MIGHT have taken a magazine of the adult variety and hid it in their football locker, and after Darrel and this unnamed person looked at it and had a good laugh, Darrel threatened this person with telling the coaches, and this unnamed person was terrified of getting caught, but I ain't saying who it was.......... “ After high school Darrel suffered with many maladies that forced him to sleep in a recliner. It was during a time of sleep that Darrel grew sick to his stomach which caused him to lose his life. Darrel was the first of our graduating class members that we lost and he is truly missed. Darrel
  • 10. BILLY ALLEN SHIPMAN Born: April 14, 1960 Died: January 22, 1993
  • 11. Senior Picture Band Picture 1982 Early 90’s Sister Treva’s graduation-1985
  • 12. Billy Allen Shipman was born on April 14, 1960. He is currently survived by his sisters, Robin and Treva. His parents have since passed away also. Allen participated in Band and Cosmetology during his school years. It was his love and talent for Cosmetology that allowed him to obtain a position with Regis Hairstyles until his death. Allen loved being given the opportunity to use his talent to help others and often participated in events that raised funds for various causes. After high school, Allen lived in Dallas and in Houston where he continued to improve his talent and was highly sought after. He had a very large clientele that to this day cannot seem to find anyone who can make their hair do the things that Allen could. I, myself, included. When I learned of Allen’s death on January 22, 1993; I was deeply saddened. I was told by his sisters that when they were going through his personal things after his death, they found a copy of my wedding announcement tucked away in his wallet. I was truly moved, for from the time I arrived at Iowa Park High School, he always made me feel welcome and was a true friend. To those of you who knew him; a truly fine individual was once in our midst and we are all better for it.
  • 13. Allen at a fundraiser for Leukemia Doing what he loved!
  • 14. MARK ALLEN SWANSON Born: August 24, 1960 Died: September 3, 1994
  • 15. Mark was a very talented artist. Brad Wynn told me that there wasn’t anything he couldn’t do. Like many talented artist, Mark suffered from mental illness that often made him behave in manners that were not only dangerous to himself but to others. This lead to his death by the Iowa Park Police Department on .September 4, 1994. During a domestic violence call at Mark’s residence, an officer thought that Mark had a gun and was going to shoot him and therefore, he shot Mark. However, Mark did not have a gun on him. A true talent was gone but we all pray that he gained the peace that he could not attain here on Earth.
  • 16. DAVID WILLIAM KERR Born: August 20, 1961 Died: April 2, 1997
  • 17. David was born August 20, 1961. He was a kind of quite guy until you got to know him or better yet; he got to know you. He lived in Iowa Park all of his life. He and his Father worked side by side doing all types of construction work and David owned his own roofing company. He married Michelle Hillard (David’s little sister) and together they had 3 daughters, Misty, Katie, and Gracie. David died in a car accident on April 2, 1997. He had told his family that he wanted Neil McCoy’s “Tell Me You’ll Love Me For A Million Years” played at his funeral. He also told his daughters that when he died, that during his funeral he would let them know that he was there. While the song was being played, lightening cracked outside. David continues to live on through his daughters and his 5 grandchildren. He is truly missed by all of his classmates as well as his family.
  • 18. David
  • 19. David in 1989
  • 20. CRAIG ALAN RAINES Born: October 14, 1960 Died: October 29, 2000
  • 21. VICKI DIANNE SHIRLEY Born: June 7, 1961 Died: October 22, 2001
  • 22. Vicki was born on June 7, 1961. She was very active and popular in high school. After graduation she worked successfully in the pharmaceutical sales industry. She suffered from Juvenile Diabetes and it along with complications from surgery, contributed to her untimely death on October 22, 2001. Vicki
  • 23. JOHN STEPHEN PHILLIPS Born: April 28, 1961 Died: October 22, 2002
  • 24. OWEN RANDALL LEITNER Born: May 10, 1961 Died: April 26, 2005
  • 25. Senior Picture Owen & Danny 1993 In his work clothes early 90’s Taken at a visit to Everett’s Hanging out at Everett’s
  • 26. Owen was born May 10, 1961 in Wichita Falls and he died April 26, 2005 of a heart attack at Waco. He was 43 years 11 ½ months old. He was buried at Sunset Cemetery in Sunset, Texas. After graduation he lived in Oklahoma for 8 years. Then he moved to Elm Mott, Texas in 1987 and lived there until his death. He worked in auto parts sales all of his adult life, mostly for Ford and Mercury dealerships. He developed a bad back and had several back surgeries as well as heart problems. These left him disabled the last 3 years of his life. He married Ronda in Norman, OK in 1981 and they had a son, Danny who was born on April 12, 1985. They divorced in 1988. He then married June in 1991 but they divorced in 1998. When Danny was in the 7 th grade, he moved to Texas to live with his dad until Owen’s death. Danny married Jennifer Moore on May 26, 2007 and on the 12 th of June, 2008; she gave birth to Owen’s grandson; Kai Alexander Leitner. Owen and Everett Ware were friends who remained close even after high school. I was fortunate enough to reconnect with him in 2001 and his death took me by surprise to say the least. You just never know when that friend won’t be there anymore to share memories with.
  • 27. Taken April 2004 Owen’s son, Danny & his wife Jennifer Owen’s grandson, Kai with his sister, Cathy.