Levi Fuller busy, successful in last decade

Sandra and Eldon Fuller’s son, Levi Fuller, received one of our Alumni Association Scholarships and we always like to hear how they are doing.  Here is some of what he has accomplished since he graduated from Lufkin in 2004 — enlisted in the Nat’l Guard his senior year; started Texas A&M in January 2005 as a Corps of Cadet; was activated and deployed for one tour in support of Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo, after one semester which required almost 18 months delay from school. He returned to Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets in January 2007; and he was promoted to sergeant in the Army National Guard before contracting and commissioning with the Army upon graduation from A&M in December 2009. While at A&M, he was a member of the Texas A&M Ross Volunteers; 2007 A&M ROTC Ranger Challenge Competition Team (they won that year); served as Texas A&M Rudder’s Ranger Company Operations Officer; served as Battalion Executive Officer in the Texas A&M Army ROTC Warrior Training Battalion; and tutored underclassmen as a member of the O.R. Simpson Honor Society, among other extracurricular activities and community projects.  He also acquired his Airborne and Air Assault Badge and served as his Company Commander for Corps of Cadets Delta Company during his senior year at A&M.
He graduated from Texas A&M December 2009 and worked as an administrative assistant in the Corps of Cadets Commandant’s Office until time to move to Houston to start law school at South Texas College of Law.  While attending law school he clerked for Zimmermann, Lavine, Zimmermann, & Sampson P.C. He graduated from South Texas in May 2013, took the bar exam late July 2013. He moved back to Lufkin and began working as a law clerk with Haglund Law Firm P.C. and has received the results that he passed the bar and is now a licensed attorney. Haglund Law Firm P.C. has announced that he will be working as an associate attorney until entering the Army JAG Corps in September 2014.
He has been a busy young man.
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Another one of “my kids” from the Alumni Association is Ryan Emmons, son of Shanda and Mark Emmons.  Ryan graduated from Texas A&M in May and works for Shower Doors of Houston as their business office administrator.  He returns to College Station for all of the Aggie football games and travels to the out-of-town games with others for the road trip.  Ryan is an Aggie through and through and loves it!
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Shanda had her mother, Nelda Poskey, at the last home football game to see granddaughter Katie Emmons in the Panther Pride Drill Team.  Also with them were Betty and Robert Poskey, who had a son, Kenneth, in the band.
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Sally Alvis had friends, “since forever from Episcopal High School,” Wendy Ter Haar from Baton Rouge, La., (Elisabeth Alvis’ godmother) and Darcy Morrissette from Houston, at the final Lufkin Panther home football game.  They came to see Elisabeth dance with the Panther Pride Drill Team.  Max Alvis had to miss the last game to be in Austin with Anna Catherine for Delta Gamma Sorority Dad’s weekend.
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Tommy Hopson and daughter Regina Gresham sat in front of us so Regina could see her son, Trace, play in the eighth-grade band during the last home football game.  Dorothy Owen was there with Jean and Michael East to see granddaughter Allie in the Panther Pride Drill Team.
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I saw Carol Bradley at the Hello Holiday event and found out that after having 25 years as a dietitian, she returned to SFA to work for her PhD in School Psychology.  Others receiving their PhD with her were Melanie Kellam, counselor at Hudson Peavy Primary, and Stevie Malner Higt.  Carol did an internship at the State Supported Living Center and after graduation she will have to serve a second internship.  She is working on exams to become a board certified behavior analyst.  This will take a year and then she will also be a licensed psychologist.
She is also president of the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and attended the National Convention held in Houston.
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The LHS Class of 1958 held their 55th reunion starting with a fish fry at the home of Ardie and Guesna Dixon on Friday night.  Then on Saturday they met at Kurth Lake for their picnic.  There were about 60 classmates attending in the 85 people that attended.  Ardie said that they almost set a record by staying up until 8 p.m.  All went home at 7:30 p.m.  I first heard about the weekend from Georgia Williams Bradberry and Sadie Williford Allison.  The planning committee was Ardie Dixon, Syll Lockhart Holt and Nina Miller Stambaugh. Guesna had help from daughters Erika Smith and Whitney Friesen serving on Friday night.
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Sadie Allison said that her siblings had all celebrated their 50th anniversaries.  Bo and Peggy Williford have celebrated 57 years, Laura Ann (Williford) and Bobby Allison celebrated 58 years and Sadie (Williford) and Jimmy Allison celebrated 50 years.  Not many families can make it that many years.  Congratulations to all of you.  Jimmy Allison is busy putting up Christmas lights.
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Happy Birthday:   Laverne Ferguson, Neta LeSassier, Elizabeth Jenkins, Sam Slaydon, Charles Arnold, Dane Elbel, Jim Brasse, Hester Eddins, Jeanetta Stewart, C. B. Burris, Jeanne Burris, Dubby Perry, Hayley Eason, Addyson Arnold, Ed Mount.
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Happy Anniversary:   Pam and David Bowley, Atha and Don Martin.
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Hello Holidays had Abram’s full of shoppers.   I had a Sarah Stevens chicken salad croissant with Virginia and Bob Knibb.  I saw Sandra Hough from a distance.  Visited with a friend of Nancy Mize of Holiday Travel Agency who had come from California with her jewelry.   Samie Montes and daughter were shopping with Suzy Childers.
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We had 5 ½ inches of rain and were lucky that none came into the house. We have had trouble in the past.
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Sallyanne Cornelius and husband John Harris hosted s’mores around the fire pit for Janet (Taylor) and Jim Chase, Julie (Jumper) and Rocky Morris, Sharon (Brock) Metteauer and a couple Dianne and John that were friends of Sallyanne and John.
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Billie Willmon was in Tyler to meet daughter Andra and husband Johan Teburgh’s family from South Africa.  She took them one of the Diboll Pilot Club Bon Appetite cookbooks.  I asked how Andra and Johan met and Billie said at Kiepersol Estates Winery B&B.
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See you Saturday, Nov. 9, at Honor America Night at the LHS Cafeteria for hot dogs and apple pie between 4 and 6 p.m. Tickets are $5.  Then at 7 p.m. the LISD Bands will take to John Outlaw Field to march and perform for the crowd to honor all of the military and veterans.   Fireworks will follow!!!!
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See you someplace during the week.  Catch you around town.

Contact Janice Ann Rowe at
roweja@suddenlink.net.