Joe Novotny’s Passing

Unfortunate news from Marshall Sharpe:

Just to let you know…Joe passed away in March 2021 in Florida.  I have not received any other details yet but he had a lot of medical issues for years.   I don’t know how to post on the ’57 site or who else may be interested to know.  Joe, Steve Govia and I have stayed in touch with each other and communicate every couple of months. 

This is all the information we have.

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Edmond LeBouf Funeral

Edmond R. LeBouf (Ed), 80, passed away on January 22, 2019 in Pearland, Texas.

Edmond is preceded in death by his parents, Ruby and Hickory LeBouf and nephew Kevin Moore.  He is survived by his son Ray LeBouf and his wife Jamye; daughters Debra Hebert and her husband Bart and Michele Marion; grandchildren Jared LeBouf and his wife Ashley, Chad LeBouf and his fiancé Lindsey Templeton, Elaine Marion and Hailey Marion; great-grandchildren Beckett and Parker LeBouf; sisters Janell Moore and her husband Donnie and Charlene Stover and her husband Billy; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ed was born on December 6, 1938 in Orangefield, TX. He graduated from The University of Houston in 1962 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.  He moved to Pearland with his family in 1966 and has been a resident of Pearland since that time.  He was passionate about sports of all kinds but especially Little League Baseball where he coached for many years and could still name most of the players on his teams.

The memorial service will be held at 5:00pm Sunday, January 27, 2019, at Niday Funeral Home, with visitation one hour prior to the service.  In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a contribution to a charity of your choice.

Edmond’s children are (left to right) Michele, Ray, Debbie.

The Niday Funeral Home web site is here.

The address is:
12440 Beamer Road
Houston, Texas 77089

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Arthur (Art) Charles Oswald Jr. Visitation and Funeral

Dear friend and committee member Art Oswald passed away on New Year’s day.

A visitation will be held at Forest Park East at 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster TX 77598. The family will be greeting friends and relatives at 5:00 – 8:00 pm on Friday, January 5.

A funeral service will be held at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church at 1511 El Dorado Blvd., Houston TX 77062 on Saturday, January 6 at 11:30. Burial will follow at Forest Park East at 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster TX 77598.

From obituary:

Arthur Charles Oswald Jr., age 79 passed away on January 1, 2018 at Bay Area Regional Medical Center in Webster TX surrounded by family after a short illness. Art was born on December 25, 1938 to Doris Canon Branch and Arthur C. Oswald, Sr. in St. Louis, MO. He grew up in Houston and raised his family in Pasadena TX where he was avid in community organizations, Rotary Club, Friends of the Library, Bay Area Aggies Club, Jaycees, Masonic Lodge, 1155 and his church; Clear Lake Presbyterian.

Full obituary can be found here.

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James Norman Flagg, Sr Passes

We are very sad to have to report another passing so soon after the others and in the face of the tragic flooding of Southeast Texas. James (Jimmy) Flagg passed away on Sunday after falling ill in July. There will be a visitation on Monday, September 4th. (details are below).

James attended Garden Villas 46 – 51, Jackson 52 – 54, and Austin 55 – 57. (From Hugo)

James Norman Flagg, Sr.

James (Jim) Flagg, Sr., 79, of Sugar Land, Texas died Sunday, August 27, 2017. He married the love of his life Judith Ann (Owen), and recently celebrated their 59th anniversary. A key word for his life is service. He spent his entire life helping and serving others: family, friends, community and country. He served as an Army Reservist, a Houston Police Officer, Director of Major Crimes Task Force for Fort Bend and Assistant Chief of Police for Richmond, Texas. Concurrent with these positions, Jim also was a licensed insurance agent and ran his own agency.

Visitation, Monday, September 4th from 5-7pm at Sugar Land Mortuary.
A Celebration of Life will be Tuesday, September 5th, 10am at First United Methodist in Sugar Land with burial to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to FUMC Sugar Land’s We Care ministry.

Published in Houston Chronicle from Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, 2017

View the online obituary here.

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Diane Gilmore Webb Passes

From Kathleen Williams and Gene Uzzle:

For those of you who remember her, Diane Gilmore Webb Class of ’57 passed away last Sunday Aug 20, 2017.

The family will have a Memorial Service:
2 pm Sunday Sept 9, 2017 at
Niday Funeral Home 
12440 Beamer Rd. Houston, TX 77089

Diane Gilmore and Donald Uzzle were 1st cousins.


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Hudson Powell Lee Passes

Thanks to Kathleen for sharing this – we just found out.

Here is an excerpt from the obituary:

Hudson Powell Lee entered into rest August 13, 2017. He was born in Seminole, Oklahoma on July 20, 1938 to parents Joseph and Vera Lee.

He grew up in Portland, Oregon and Washington State before settling in Houston. Hudson attended Edison Junior High, Stephen F. Austin High School, joined U.S. army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division from 1958 to 1964 in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Mainz, Germany where he was on the U.S. Army Rifle Competition Team.

He met and married his high school sweetheart, Merlene Richards Lee prior to being deployed to Germany. They shared 58 plus years of adventure and happiness with never a dull moment.

The full obituary can be found here.

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Happy 60th Reunion!

Cheers to the Class of ’57 today on your 60 year reunion!

I think of how my dad loved you every time I hear this song and feel it would’ve been his homage to you. I appreciate now, more than ever, how true it is, and dedicate it to you on this special occasion. Celebrate the history you share and every connection that has endured the tests of time, because

“ … You can’t make old friends
Can’t make old friends
And you and me, will be young again
You can’t make old friends
You and me, will be together again
‘Cause we both know, we will still be old friends
You can’t make old friends
Not the way we have always been”

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60th Reunion



There will be a buffet lunch, cash bar, and plenty of time for visiting and catching up with old classmates. We are working with a restaurant in the West Houston area and anticipate a cost of $30- $35 per person. Official registration forms and information will be mailed at a later date to all who express an interest in attending.

We are making every effort to contact all classmates. Emails and addresses have changed for some since we gathered information for the 55th reunion. If you are in contact with any former classmates, please, please pass this information on.

If interested in attending, please submit your correct email, home address, and phone number below.

If you are not interested or cannot come, please give us a call or send an email and let us know what is going on in your life.

(contact information removed)

The full announcement can be seen below:

60th Reunion

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Janet Isbell Buell

So sad to report that JANET ISBELL BUELL passed away Saturday, July 16 in Ft. Worth.
Janet was so precious, to so many, and our hearts and prayers go out to Don and all her family. – L. Shannon Keith Phillips

2016-07-16 Janet Isbell Buell Obit Photo

Cypress Bible Church (in the Chapel)
11711 Cypress North Houston Rd.

The family has requested no flowers but donations can be made in Janet’s name to:
Youth Reach Houston (
Houston Christian Aid Ministries (

Thank you to Suzanne, for your getting the info to us and for your note, “Janet basically kept this class together all these years and we will certainly miss this good friend.”

See the full obituary here:
*See the location map and other tools on left hand side of the page.

Add memories and condolences to the guest book on here so the family will see them:

Update 7/20 9:15 pm PST:
A memorial website page for Janet can be found here where there is some biographical story and also a guestbook that can be signed with condolences:





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Dr. William Crittenden, Teacher, Passes

Below is the obituary of Dr. William Crittenden who was a teacher at Austin HS. Among academics he also taught swimming.

Dr. William J. B. Crittenden, 89, passed peacefully at home and entered the presence of our Lord, Sept. 11, 2014. Burial was held in the family cemetery in McComb, MS, Sept. 14. Bill is survived by his wife of 61 years, Janette, daughters Patricia and Sandra and husbands, 6 grandchildren and spouses,8 great-grandchildren with 1 more on the way, a daughter-in-law, three sisters-in-law and many beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by son, Richard, his parents, and four brothers. Bill was born in McComb, MS, August 5, 1925. He moved to Houston, TX, after he married in 1953. Bill earned an Eagle Scout with Silver Palm, the Order of the Arrow, and was a troop leader. He enlisted in the Navy at age 17 and served as a Radioman in the Pacific during WWII. Dr. Crittenden was a Minister of the Gospel, a Deacon and always active in church. He was a HS public school mathematics teacher, Educational Consultant, Curriculum Expert, Principal of Second Baptist School where he added the 9th grade, Headmaster of First Baptist Church’s school, Northwest Academy (which tripled in size under his leadership) and Dean of Education and Behavioral Studies at HBU, where he led in the development of graduate work, designing the Master’s degree and securing accreditation. Dr. Crittenden was the faculty representative for athletics to the NCAA. He served on the Texas Board of Examiners for Texas Colleges and was President of Texas Deans of Education. He enjoyed his retirement writing over 1,000 sonnets and several books, reading, fishing, and playing golf and dominoes. Dr. Crittenden taught Bible classes until two years before his passing. His love was unconditional. He was a gentle man of noble character, highly intelligent, wise, dependable, forgiving, wise counselor, encouraging and willing to help anyone in need. Until we meet again…

“To live is Christ, to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

A Memorial Service is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 8,in the Jersey Village Baptist Church Chapel, 16518 Jersey Dr., Dr. John Bisagno, presiding. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Service 10:15 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, Bill requested that contributions be made to:

Topeka Baptist Church Building Fund, 807 China Grove Road, Jayess, Mississippi 39641 – See more at:

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