Lohn community mourns loss of a ‘favorite native son’

Last week was a sad time for this community as we lost one of our favorite native sons, Klein Reed, who died May 29 at his home in Waldrip. The only child of George and Laura Horne Reed, Klein was a little more privileged than many of his contemperaries born in the 1930s. His grandfather, William J. Reed, owned a general store. His father was a partner in the business and also the postmaster from 1929 until 1944. Many remember W.J. Reed as a kind and generous man. Klein followed in his footsteps. The 103rd Psalm reminds us of the brevity of life’that our days are few and brief, like the grass and the flowers of the field blown by the wind and gone forever. Klein lived his life in light of that verse, a life of kindness to others, a smile on his face. He, along with his wife, Celeta, went quietly about helping those in need, working in the community and their church. The death of a loved one is always a time of pain and sorrow for the family; a sudden death such as Klein`s is devastating for the family, as well as the entire community. As one person remarked, “His death leaves a hole in our community.” He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Celeta and her family have been greatly comforted by the overwhelming love and concern shown to them at this time, and words are inadequate to express how they feel. The food, flowers and other expressions of love and sympathy shown to them have touched them deeply. Only a person who lives in a small town can truly understand that our neighbors are like family; we share their pain and sorrow and mourn with them. Klein graduated in 1951. There were 10 in the class: four girls, Frances Fowler, Alyce Hall, Willene Neyland and Iris Moore; and six boys, Klein, Wayne Amarine, Wayne Bissett, Don Hall, Ray Don Turner and Kenneth Hemphill. The four ladies and Kenneth are the surviving members. All were at his funeral except Willene. Nadine Browning returned home Monday from Temple where she had been for medical treatment for a seriously painful back problem. Doctors at Scott & White Hospital seem to have alleviated the problem. Dale and Barbara Young are staying with her this week to help out and also to attend the Browning Reunion at the Tabernacle Saturday, June 9. The Frost Kinfolks will be here June 15 and 16, and the Lohn, Fullagar, Wade reunion will be June 23. A recent letter received from a former teacher in regard to the May article on the 56-57-58 class reunion should prove interesting to that group. Betty Lindsey Gilmore, wrote to say that she had been subscribing to the Brady Standard- Herald for about three years to keep in touch with her former Brady High classmates from the 1944 class and was pleasantly surprised to read in the Lohn News about her former students. “My husband, Raymond (Red) and I,” she wrote, “taught at Lohn one year 1951-52; those Lohnites at the class reunion were Red`s seventh graders and my sixth graders. Let me tell you a couple of tales. “My sixth graders were studying Scandanavia in their geography class and the capitol cities of those countries. When I pronounced Helsinki for the class, Phillip Bloomer and Buddy Bloomer got tickled, very tickled. I guess they heard the one word as a sentence. Anyway they couldn`t stop laughing and the entire classroom both fifth and sixth grades joined in. “Teaching came to an abrupt halt. I separated the Bloomer boys, kept them in at recess, that did not help. I kept them after school, giving them 10 puny licks. “Years later, when I was teaching in Llano, Phillip stopped by my house to visit on the way to A&M and asked if I had learned to count yet. Seems I had shorted him on the licks. We laughed and I was glad he thought it was funny and that I had not scarred him for life. I was pleased to have him stop to visit me. “At Easter that year, it fell to my class to provide the program for the PTA meeting. We opted to pantomime the lyrics to ‘The Easter Parade.’ The girls decorated hats with flowers and ribbons, and everyone dressed up in their Sunday clothes and walked across the stage to the song. I planned to play a record for the music, but Ann Fullagar volunteered to play the piano, a better idea. “Just before show time, she confessed that she was a beginning piano student and had not been able to learn the piece in time. She then volunteered her sister, Shirley, an eighth grader, for the job, and all went well. I was proud of my students, especially Ann and Shirley. “Our Lohn students were exceptional; the community was great and that year’my second year of teaching’was one of the best of a 34-year career. Thanks for awakening the memories.” Mrs. Gilmore lives in Springtown. A big Lohn welcome awaits her if she ever has the opportunity to return. In the recent article on the triple class reunion, I failed to mention Shirley Hodges Frost who would have graduated with the ’57 class, had she remained in school. Shirley married very young and did not return to school. Shirley is deceased. The excellent book compiled by Wynette Russell was dedicated to the two deceased members, Shirley and Jannette Solsbery Jones. Scott and Diane Kronstedt have purchased a home in Brady and will be moving from Pear Valley in mid-June. The former Ovon Horne house has been home to Diane for several years. She and Scott have enjoyed the peaceful surroundings, being entertained by the antics of Ernie and Kathy Johnstone`s goats and listening for the crowing of Paul Smith’s rooster. Their grandson, Isaiah, will continue to attend school at Lohn. After closing on the house in Brady, they were surprised to learn that it had once stood about one mile east of Lohn. Moved to Brady in 1959, the house was the former home of Henry and Lena Land. ‘Diane was ordained on Mother’s Day at her church in Brady. Her best friend, Al Thompson, an ordained minister, her brother, Jimmie Fore, an ordained minister, along with Pastor Ben Aquire, participated in the ceremony. She is unsure of which area she plans to focus her attention; however, she has always had a special love for the infirmed and the elderly and possibly will organize a group of volunteers to attend to the needs of the homebound.

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