Here are pictures from the Ryan Homecoming Parade:
The Ryan Senior girls were honored recently at recent home game. The community expressed their gratitude for their commitment and hard work….
The following is a picture of the seniors and their parents.
She has been practicing medicine for thirty-four years. Twenty-seven of those years were spent at the Ryan Health Clinic now known as Ryan Family Care clinic.
Friends and family gathered at the Ryan Family Care clinic Friday afternoon to wish her a happy retirement.
Jefferson County Hospital Administrator presented her with a framed picture of Duncan Regional Hospital that also featured service medals for her many years of dedication.
Brenda reminisced about the early days when Dr. Stout would come by the hospital where she and her sister were working just to give them instructions in how to stitch up a patient.
She will be sorely missed.
You might expect when a sports writer is asked to write a tribute to someone the focus would be on that person’s accomplishments as a coach or player.
But, this article will be focused more on the person than his accomplishments.
Last week a large crowd gathered at Ryan’s First Baptist Church to say goodbye to legendary Ryan coach and principal, Raymon West.
Most anyone that has been under the instruction of Mr. West would probably choose to focus on the man because
his contribution to the lives of people went far beyond the football field, basketball court or baseball diamond if they were tasked with writing a tribute.
As Bro. Mark Kunkel, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Terral, said numerous times while conducting the service, everyone was mostly there to honor the man Mr. West and not Coach West.
However, well over half the crowd identified themselves at one point in the service as having been coached by Coach West.
And certainly his coaching ability is not to be overlooked, but each person who has come under the influence of Mr. West would probably be quick to agree with Bro. Kunkel and this writer that his greatest achievements were what he poured into our lives.
You see the goal of Mr. West was not really to produce great athletes – although that did happen. His goal was to prepare high school students for life.
And, for the most part he was a master at teaching life lessons.
Mr. West was tough. He was a disciplinarian. However, he correctly knew that making life a bit difficult in the athletic arena would serve each person well when they began to tackle life as a young adult.
And, some of those lessons not only served us well as young adults, but throughout our life time.
As was noted in the funeral service, Mr. West cared deeply for people. He endeared himself to most every athlete he ever coached and those he taught.
The compassion Mr. West had for people carried over to his retirement years as he served people through his church and was frequently present when a need had to be met in the community.
Everything Mr. West did was with great passion – his family, ranching, teaching and coaching.
Mr. West’s accomplishments in the coaching profession should not go without mention. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988. Most everyone knows he coached the 1965 Cowgirl squad that won the Class B state championship – the only state title in school history. He coached the Cowgirls for a total of 13 seasons.
He coached the Cowboy basketball team for 15 seasons and took the 1962 squad to the state tournament – one of only two boys’ teams to advance into the state tournament.
Mr. West’s contributions to the football program are more notable than most people might think. He coached football on three different occasions – in 1958, 1962-1963 and 1977-1980. The 1962 squad just missed out on a district title and finished 8-2 which tied the 1929 football team for the second most wins in a season up to that time.
It is likely that one of the key decisions made by Mr. West while serving as principal and head football coach at Ryan was moving from 11-man football to eight-man football following the 1977 season. The decision probably saved the football program and he coached the Cowboys to the playoffs in the first year of eight-man football.
Mr. West also coached baseball in the early years at Ryan.
In the four sports coached by Mr. West, he led squads to 14 conference championships, three county championships, seven bi-county championships, 10 district titles, three regional crowns and one state championship.
No tribute, however, would be complete without personal stories because Mr. West had a profound impact on my life.
Late during my eighth-grade year and Mr. West’s first year back at Ryan after having coached at Burkburnett, Texas and Duncan, he noticed right away that my athletic genes were just about non-existent.
Mr. West came to me and asked me if I would be interested in being the student trainer, which I did after football season that year. He sent me that following summer by bus to Baylor University to attend the National Athletic Trainers Association annual convention.
I was definitely way out of my league (can you imagine a kid who just completed eighth grade going on a trip like that alone?), but I learned a few things and spent the rest of my high school days helping with all sports. Mr. West saw potential in me that I did not see in myself and giving me that responsibility helped me stay connected to sports.
As you can imagine we spent a lot of time together during basketball practices. During that time I learned a lot about basketball, but did not fail to pick up one or two life lessons along the way.
One of those came one afternoon after Ryan had suffered a loss in a game that was not well-officiated. And, as I have a tendency to do even today, I was griping about how poorly the officials called the game the night before.
I suppose Mr. West had heard enough and he looked at me and said, “You worry about the things you have control over. We have no control over the officiating.”
That little tidbit has remained with me through the years and has been invaluable in my life’s journey.
In the years following whenever I would make my way to Ryan I would try to make sure I came in contact with Mr. West.
A side note – most anyone coached by Mr. West were all afraid to ever call him anything but Mr. West or Coach West. It was always difficult to address him as “Raymon.” But, that is the kind of respect he commanded and deserved.
Many others and in particular his family could share similar stories about how Mr. West impacted their lives. I am just fortunate I had the opportunity to be the one to write this article.
I believe it is pretty easy to come to one conclusion – there will never be another Raymon West.
Of the many items discussed Tuesday evening at the Ryan Town Council meeting, none were more interesting than the discussion about the possibility of a full-time police officer in Ryan.
The question was asked by David Winfield because of his concern for the safety of citizens and local businesses.
He was also concerned about people speeding around the school.
Mayor Terry Grantham said that for the past three years nobody has applied for the position. Prior to that the candidates that they did interview all wanted to live in towns other than Ryan.
Grantham said that the last officer to work for the Ryan quit because he could never get any time off. People would call his house all hours of the night and day.
It did come up in the meeting that the town does set aside $25,000 in the budget for a police officer.
City Attorney, Kenzie Wheeler, said that $25,000 would not pay for one full-time officer. Besides the salary, there would also have to be money allocated for taxes and benefits that she said would possibly raise the cost for one officer to around $60,000 or more per year.
Wingfield asked if there was a grant that would pay for an officer. City Attorney said that she believed that the grants available were for equipment. Wingfield said that he had read somewhere that in 2017 there was a “Safe Oklahoma” grant that distributed large sums of money to law enforcement in Oklahoma communities.
Other members of the council said that the Chickasaw Lighthorse Brigade and the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department patrolled through the community regularly.
One of the concerns of the council is the lack of sources of revenue. A rate increase on utilities, it was said, would possibly not be popular. (It was said in the meeting that electricity rates have not increased since 1987).
Grantham said there was a rumor that the Town of Ryan passed a tax in 1977 to pay for a city officer. According to Grantham, no record had been found to verify that. He said they had even checked with the election board and could not find a record of an election held in Ryan for that purpose.
Council members asked Wingfield if he and his neighbors would be willing to work together to form a neighborhood watch.
Mayor Grantham said that the council would revisit the idea at the next council meeting.
Grantham said he appreciated Wingfield bringing his concerns to the council.
Next, the trustees discussed the issue of the cooperative agreement between the Town of Ryan and the Jefferson County Sheriff (payment for dispatch services). It was brought up again that the trustees have a problem with only three towns paying for the dispatch for the whole county. That was one of the reasons for Ryan pulling out of the agreement.
Grantham and the trustees assured everyone in attendance that although Ryan is no longer paying the dispatch fee, the services (such as fire and city services) are still being promptly addressed when needed.
Cody Rodriguez was added to the Ryan Volunteer Fire Department.
Wingfield reported later in the meeting that the Ryan Community Beautification Group was selling T-Shirts at Chunky Charms to help raise funds to help further the effort in improving the appearance of Ryan.
Under New Business, Michel Delaney asked if the city could turn on the water running to his property south of Ryan. Delaney thought the city may have cut the line to his property. He was assured that was not the case. The city agreed to turn on the water for Delaney and he will see if the line is working properly.
The Ryan Public Utilities Authority meeting followed the regular meeting.
The bills, claims and invoices were paid.
The trustees approved the purchase of a switch for the reclosure area for a price not to exceed $5000.00.
Grantham said that they have recently had a problem of citizens turning utility meters on that the town has turned off. Some will turn water on at night in order to take showers, cook, etc after the town has turned it off for non-payment. Other instances of utilities being stolen have occurred within the town limits. Three of these thefts occurred this past week.
In order to remedy this the trustees passed a motion to have the city attorney to write ordinance(s) that will enable the town to fine those who tamper or steal city services (water/electricity) or tamper with the meters in any way.
There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.
It’s been a great week, but, this is the first week that we’ve not been blessed with a bit of rain. Maybe this week, we will have a better opportunity for some, if the Lord is willing. The days are now nearly constant for highs in the 90s. I try to get any outdoor work that needs to be taken care of done early in the mornings. It doesn’t take long for our seasons to pass, anymore.
This past week has been a busy week for most folks around Ryan. Brionna and I went up to Waurika to Doc’s Place to eat dinner Thursday evening. Brionna had fried shrimp and I had a grilled pork chop with peach chutney. It was a very good meal.
Saturday evening, we attended the Ryan graduation ceremony/ I was surprised that they didn’t have a guest speaker, but, they don’t always have 2 Valedictorians and 2 Salutatorians either. Take Kimbro and McKenzie Lewis shared the spots for the Valedictorian of the class, and Dawson Tomberlin and Cara Williams, shared the spots for the Salutatorian. Each one of them gave a speech. Cara Williams, along with her speech, played her guitar and sang a song. She is very talented young lady. Congratulations to all of the Ryan graduates. Good luck to all of you and God be with you all.
Sunday was Mother’s Day and Brionna and I made it to church. Edna had commented in Sunday School, that she hoped someone from her family would be there at church with her. She did indeed have both Natalie and Leslie with her husband, David. After church, I decided not to go home to cook for use, but, instead, headed to eat out at Bill’s. It seemed like we had to park about a half mile away from the restaurant, but, they were packed. We stood outside for a while, then went inside the entryway and stood for another while. I saw Ramona Bryant and got to talk to her for a little while. She is living in Duncan at an independent living facility that is only about a year old. She really does like it where she is. We also ran into Joyce and Lynn Plant while we were standing outside. They had their kids and some of their families there, too. We finally got to sit on the benches and visit for a little bit. I told Joyce that you have to be really hungry for Bill’s fish to have to wait for as long as we did. Our final wait was about an hour and a half. It was all worth it, though. The fish and hush puppies and the cole slaw, were all delicious. Then, to top off our meal, they brought all the mothers out a chocolate covered strawberry for dessert. I imagine most restaurants were pretty crowded with families, trying to get Moms out of the kitchens.
We didn’t get over to see Mom as I had originally planned. I had a cold and didn’t want to get around Mom or the other residents in the home. I called her and wished her a Happy Mother’s Day, though. My brother, Mel, took her out to eat there in Nocona at Del Rios. He said she really enjoyed her outing.
Our kids will be having their last day of school this Friday. Ya’ll have a great summer!
Kim’s news for this week:
This week I was not alone, my friend, Brionna, was home. She went with Foxy and me to see Ruffy Tuffy. That wasn’t all–me, Foxy, and her played ball.
Ruffy Tuffy got hurt in his stall, but, he’ll be okay after all.
Everyone have a blessed week. Pray for rain and for each other.
It’s been a very hot and dry week around our little town. We are getting ready to have our temperatures climb up above 100 this week. We are in great need of rain. Maryland is flooding and Florida is about to have a visit from Hurricane Albert. We have a lot to be thankful for even in the midst of the hot and dry weather.
I’ve had Brionna home with me since Thursday evening. We went to Henrietta Saturday afternoon to see the wedding of Morgan and Jim Roberts. It was a very nice wedding. Brionna caught the bridal bouquet. Nolan Brown caught the groom’s garter. After all that excitement, we went to Nocona to see Mom for a little while.
Sunday afternoon, my in-laws came over from Denison. We went out to the cemetery and buried Reid’s urn from his cremation. There were a few folks out at the cemetery that were taking care of their loved ones grave sites. I took some flowers out to our grave site on Memorial Day. The cemetery really looks good. It is freshly mowed.
This Friday, we will be having our sidewalk sales, starting at 8:30. I am not sure what time Tina or Dennis will be starting their sales.
This next Tuesday our city council will meet at 6:00pm.
This past week, several folks from our local communities have passed away. Sandy Farris from Ryan, passed away this past week. Prayers to her family and friends during their loss. Cecilia Harnois’ husband, Robert, passed away the same day. Prayers to Cecilia and her family and friends during their loss, also.
Ryan is losing one of our families that has been part of our community for over 30 years. Larry Ninman and his family are in the process of selling their home and moving closer to Larry’s mom. They still plan on making trips back to Ryan on occasions. Good luck to them during this transition.
Kim’s news for this week:
Thanks for all the knowledge from the Cowboy College. Lots of education like Dustan’s Indian fire starter demonstration.
Brionna was back in town, we love having her around.
Everyone have a blessed week. Pray for rain and for each other.
What a week we have had around Ryan in regards to our weather. We’ve had some really beautiful weather. We’ve had some great days to get outside and work on the yard, or whatever pleasurable things are to get us outside because it was so pleasant. Well, after Friday afternoon was upon us, all of that changed. The winds turned around and began blowing from the north, and they were really hard winds. The kind of winds that, if you were sitting in your home, you could hear the shingles flapping around just a few feet above your head. If the wind wasn’t enough, then, on Saturday morning, it was 30 degrees until around noon. There was a bit of precipitation that turned to ice for a little while. Sunday it was a bit warmer. It made it up to around 60 degrees. That was our heat wave for the weekend. Today, the sun has been shining and it is very pleasant again. I got on Facebook after I had received a message from a friend and the season we are in is being referred to is now Sprinter. We don’t know if it is spring or winter, so, this catches whatever the condition is at the time. We are still going to receive some pretty cool temperatures this coming weekend. Our mesquite trees are even bearing leaves now, so, they think it is Spring.
Our high school kids had their junior-senior prom this past weekend. It was certainly cold that evening.
We have a few folks in our community that needed to be lifted up in our prayers. Joe Turner is still in Duncan Regional and is having some more surgery. Please keep him and Fern in your prayers. David Wingfield had surgery last week and prayers for him and his family that he will be restored to good health soon. Please remember Carlie Southard in our prayers. Pat Bussey made it back home last week and she is going to Tulsa to the Cancer Center to get their opinion on what approach she needs to take in regards to the cancer she has. Prayers for her and her family during this time.
Terri and Chuck Sheffield will be making a trip to London, England this week. Terri has been very successful in her insurance business and Farm Bureau is paying for their trip. Prayers for them that they have safe travels there and back. They will spend 9 hours on the plane before they get to their destination.
Kim’s news for this week:
Before I got to the big flashing sign by the bridge, I look over my shoulder cause it sounded like I was getting pulled over.
In Shelton’s parking lot I ran over my foot with a shopping cart..
Sunday afternoon, it was all I was hoping, me and Ruffy Tuffy turning back at the Cowboy Church roping.
Everyone have a blessed week. Prayers for rain and for each other.
We finally had a storm to blow in this morning around 3:30am. Boy, did it blow. I stayed awake after hearing the wind woke me up. There’s not anything you can do but just ride it out. We all made it through the night, anyway. We thought we were going to get in on some rain Thursday, but that didn’t happen, then again on Saturday evening, but, that didn’t happen either. I was outside yesterday afternoon behind the store, cutting some branches off of the trees in the alley way. At about 3:30pm, the wind really began blowing from the north, and boy, it got cooler in a hurry. I thought that these conditions might bring about some hail, but thank goodness, that didn’t happen. I was hauling a bunch of branches in the back of my truck, and noticed about half way up the hill, heading north on 81, that I couldn’t see my branches on either side of my truck. I looked back in the distance, and my pile of limbs were in the northbound lane of the highway. I hurried up and unloaded what was left in the bed of my truck and got back to where they had blown out and Emilio Cabrera had beat me to them. He said cars were going around the pile, but, he was getting them off the highway. He helped me load them back in the bed of my truck and he got in there with them and smashed them down by walking on them. The second trip, they got where I wanted them to go. We still need a lot more rain, so, prayerfully our time will come some day. I’ve seen quite a few grasshoppers now this summer.
This coming Tuesday will be the evening for the Ryan City Council meeting at 6:00. More citizens need to attend these meetings. This past meeting was the most folks I’ve seen attend for a long time.
This next week, on the 4th of July, a number of our businesses will be closed for the holiday. Both clinics, the post office, the drug store, the banks, and City Hall, will all be closed that day.
Next Friday, July 6th, there will be a fireworks display just off the highway behind Jamie and Richard Kimbro’s house. They had quite an exhibit last year, it was fantastic. Get your lawn chairs and water bottles and join in their festivities Friday evening as soon as the sun goes down. I bet they would welcome more fireworks, if folks would like to bring them so that a lot of folks can enjoy them. It will be a fun time.
Ryan will be having another sidewalk sale on Friday, July the 6th. We will have our merchandise out around 7:00am if folks want to get out and shop early before it gets too hot. Our 3 local businesses will all have merchandise set outside on our sidewalks. We also welcome folks from the community to set up someplace on our sidewalks, if others would like to get in on it, too.
Some of our local kids and parents are gone to church camps this week. Prayers to all of them that they have a safe trip and a good time together.
Kim’s news for this week:
I want to thank Shelton’s & Dustan with all my heart, for the delivery of the shopping cart.
Saturday, Foxy didn’t even know she was the star of the Cowboy Church house show, riding with Jessie on Shaddow in her straw hat, being a show-off dog is where it’s at.
Everyone have a blessed week and a safe 4th of July. Please pray for rain and for each other.
This past week has been a very eventful week around here. It was homecoming week for our Ryan School.
On Wednesday, if you were on Washington Street, at about 9:15am, here came a little crew from the school. It was Heidi Townsend and TJ Dewbre, and 8 little preschoolers, walking to the drug store to get a tasty treat of an ice cream cone. They each one held onto a rope and walked in an orderly fashion, nearly a mile, to get to town. There were some dressed in a costume to go along with the week’s event.
It seemed like they all had a really good time. We had a table and chairs fixed up for them when they came.
On Friday, there was a good crowd to attend the homecoming football game. There was a special half time honoring Phil Elerick and the 1988 Ryan football team. Most of the men on the team from that time period were there for this. We had a parade downtown before the game and saw some very good looking floats. Our Cowboys won that game 30 to 14. Holland Carter was crowned Homecoming Queen at the game.
Saturday, Macie and Austin exchanged their wedding vows. It was a very pretty setting for their wedding. They were married just up north and east of Duncan at Kendall’s View venue.
Sunday, there was the Indian Taco dinner to raise money for the Ryan Beautification Group. It was a very good meal. I hope they raised a good bit of money so that it can be used in different ways to benefit the community.
I have not yet been able to find a buyer for the pharmacy. I keep extending my date of closure, thinking that something good will happen and the store will be able to stay open.
Tuesday afternoon, Robin told us that Ricky’s mom had passed away. Prayers to Ricky and his family during their time of loss.
This coming Saturday is the 4th Saturday of the month and the food commodities will be distributed at the Ryan Food Bank.
Kim’s news for this week:
On Sunday, once again, Dustan gave Ruffy Tuffy a trim and Penny was with him. On Monday, I was glad, I had lunch at Circle Dee’s with my dad. Foxy couldn’t go, she was sad.
Everyone have a blessed week. Pray for rain and each other, please.