Category Archives: Tributes

Linda Jo Bates – Tribute

Linda Jo Barnett was born in Lepanto, Arkansas on Christmas Eve, 1944. The fourth daughter of Bruce and Laura Ruth Barnett, she had three older sisters–Betty Jean, Peggy Jane, and Brenda Joan, the latter of which was born two years to the day earlier. They were born into a strong matriarchal construct of a family. Their mother Laura Ruth would have it no other way. Continue reading

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Stacy Murphy – A Tribute to a Life Well-Lived!

Stacy Murphy was an extraordinarily strong woman.  And she was oh so much more than that! Stacy was a bright, shining star!–a beacon of light for innumerable people.  She inspired us with her smarts and her sense and her ability to … Continue reading

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“Eclectic Wonder” Revisited

Its been about 20 years since my cousin Judi gave me “Eclectic Wonder” in the form of a cassette tape. It was a “mix” compilation of some of her favorite “right now” music. Judi has a great eye and ear for emerging local talent on the Red Dirt (Oklahoma & Texas) music scene. Over the years, she has introduced me to a number of artists that I proudly still call favorites. This article pays homage to Judi through remembering “Eclectic Wonder” and the legacy beyond. Continue reading

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Bryan Newstrom Tribute

Bryan Newstrom was born in May of 1963, the third son (after Steve and Jeff), of Chuck and Madaline Newstrom.   He grew up with a little sister too;  Jane Ann was born a few years later.  Bryan was my best … Continue reading

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