Reflections from Joe Turner (RIP)

Written By Joe Turner (before his passing)

Think about these at MHS 

Mr. Hudson’s chair somehow is tied under his desk and is not moveable he goes to pull it out as class is preparing to start and hand slips off the chair and he almost fall but catches himself on the blackboard and then tries to jerk it out with two hands and repeats his fall against the blackboard. Not sure how that happened. 

Billy Wayne Godwin and Susan Harston are lab partners in Mr. Billy Gilbreath’s (spelling not sure about even though he was one my favorite instructors ) class are preparing to dissect a fetal pig, Susan makes the first incision and WG faints and has to go to the nurses office. 

Addendum in response to above by Rev Buck Naked (WG)
Hell no, I sent a reply. I was around pigs all the time, two legged and four legged. Joe told me he wrote that. I was with him in Hospice in Richardson when he shot craps,   He was not aware of anything. Ain’t Right (Andrew J) and I were at his funeral. I spoke a few words, ( yes a few, just about two hours worth. HA  Bill Godwin

John Payne pours running water on top of hydrochloric acid and some type of nitrate and the class room has to be evacuated but we all went to lunch early.

I ask Judy Glass for a date and she tells me she has to think about going out with a junior.

 It is lunch time and RH (Bruce Carter), The Toe (John Payne, known for football kicking expertise, Jay Strap (Jack Tyson) and couple more from the cross country and track team are having lunch and I make the statement “I feel like smashing a chili dog in someone’s face” Jack said he was buying. He bought a hot dog loaded with chili onions etc., put it in my hand and I smashed it someone’s face. Not sure who it was but he was a loud mouth until then.

Got in major trouble with Jay the YC mgr., along with Coach Nixon and a few others. Study hall in the cafeteria one morning where Jack, Bruce, John myself and other cross country members plus the basketball and baseball team sat. Eddie Shirley walks up puts hands on Benny Smith’s head and hollors “ O God Heal, O God Heal”. Nixon’s Algebra class (could have been Coach Hopkins class) late in the day, but we have a substitute an older instructor that everyone abused a little bit.

Don Cauthen pulls a seizure attack James Dunn, Dr. John, Lee Helis and myself assist Don and I believe James and John take to the nurse’s office, but they never returned.

 It is night time at the “Ranch House” after dates and Jack Tyson and John Payne invent the term “F & A” Mr. Gilbreath was there and asked what are you boys drinking. 

The bus is leaving for Abilene for the game the notables were Lee and Barbara Attaway, Susan and I as the four double dated a lot, Bruce and ?, and Jack and ?, but he has a cane flask that assisted in the ride. This is a little scratchy but still 80%. 

Either Jack, John or Bruce C invent the term “Squeak It On” in honor of a squeaking fan belt, it squeaked at 80 MPH.  

John Franklin are in my father’s car and I am driving a little crazy and blow the transmission. He told this story at the 30th reunion and how I pulled the wool over pop’s eyes at times. 

That is all for today I may have to repeat the fruit stealing one 


5th Grade Memory as Written by Joe Turner (RIP)

From: Joe Turner []
Sent: Friday, October 25, 2013 1:25 PM

Subject: A few memories for Friday.

It is the 5th Grade at Davy Crockett and the teacher is Mr. Geiss. He assigns the eternally beautiful Daviann Monroe to interview each student to obtain all info including place of birth and we are seated alphabetically. Dean Soper is seated in front of me and overhear all the questions. She moves to me and all the questions are going OK and see get to “Place of Birth”, my answer “A Hospital” her answer to that a “Right Handed Slap to The Left Side of My Face”. Mr. Geiss ask what happen and she tells him. I have to go stand outside. If someone has her email please send to her.

Summer after a hard sophomore year and I have just returned to Midland from school. Jimmy Brown and Gus are waiting for me at my parent’s house on Storey in Jimmy’s car with the engine running. As my turns on to Storey from Big Spring St. a cop fly’s by us almost cutting my father off and pops is cussing at the cop. The is flying down Storey and pulls in front of Jimmy’s dark green Oldsmobile and approaches the car and ask what they are doing and one of them answer waiting for the guy who lives here. The cop then ask “What Are Your Names”, Jimmy reply’s my name is Jimmy Brown and he is Johnny Jones. The cops response RIGHT you two get out of the car. My father arrive about the same time and the cops recognizes my father and ask “Mr. Turner Do Know These Boys” his reply yes that is Jimmy Brown and he is Johnny Jones. Cop ask are you sure pops says yes, cop tells Jimmy don’t park like this again and leaves.

Jay Strap AKA Jack Tyson are at Lee Helis house checking on him after the infamous Go-Cart race that was told at the reunion. Lee still has somewhat of a head ache to go along with all the stitches in the back of his head. His mother was always really nice and was proceeds to thank us for checking on Lee and she ask us to stay for dinner. Jack ask her what is for dinner and she tells him cube steak, his answer “No it might have started out as Tube Steak” Lee told us to get out. We leave and go give a injury update to Shell and Dianne. A few days later we are back racing go carts, however the track has been reversed and we are so careful it is not much fun. 

That is it for today. 


Nearly Busted

Written by Johnny Jones

Jimmy Brown and I were parked across the street from Joe Turner‘s house when a suspicious policeman decided to check up on us. He sauntered over and asked our names. The immediate reply was Jimmy Brown and Johnny Jones. As doubt crept into his eyes and the sneer started across his face, we thought we were in trouble. Thank goodness Mr. Turner arrived at that time. The policeman asked if he knew us and he said sure “That’s Jimmy Brown and Johnny Jones”