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09/24/09 07:53 PM #1    

Darrel Doré

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09/29/09 11:36 AM #2    

Darrel Doré

From: The Robesonian - Lumberton, NC - News, Sports, Classifieds, Businesses, Events, Robeson County [mailto:customercare@matchbin.com]
Sent: Friday, September 25, 2009 6:53 PM
To: Roberts, Hilda
Subject: friend recommendation from The Robesonian - Lumberton, NC - News, Sports, Classifieds, Businesses, Events, Robeson County



mike (mtyson@nc..rr.com) wanted to share this with you

Here is an article that recently ran in our local paper regarding Leonard. Might be something other classmates would like to see.


Thompson reaches milestone

by Joe Myers



RALEIGH — Most golfers dream of playing in just one PGA Tour event, much less have the chance to make a living at playing the game.

However, Laurinburg native and former Lumberton resident Leonard Thompson has not only had the chance to be a professional golfer, he's about to play in his 1,000th tournament between the PGA and Champions Tours.

Thompson, 62, is in the field for the Champions Tour's SAS Championship in Cary, which gets under way today, and he will join an elite group of nine other golfers who have played in 1,000 tournaments between the two tours — Miller Barber, Dave Eichelberger, Charl es Coody, Arnold Palmer, Dale Douglass, J.C. Snead, Gay Brewer, Gene Littler and Jim Colbert.

He's played all over the country for the past 37 years and said making it to his 1,000th tournament has come from a combination of several things going his way.

"You don't set out to (make it to 1,000 tournaments)," Thompson said. "But to do it, I think there's four or five things that have to happen. You have to have good health not have any major injuries. You also have to have a family that's willing to put up with you being gone. You have to have organizations that produce tournaments and you just have to be kind of hard-headed. It’s hard to say exactly what you have to do to make it to 1,000.

"I didn't even know I was close to 1,000 tournaments until somebody showed it to me last year. It's an achievement."

Even with all those things going his way, Thompson didn't have anything to handed to him. He had to earn the right to stay on t he PGA Tour and Champions Tour and Thompson takes pride in the fact he's been on Tour for so long.

"(Playing golf professionally) was something I've always wanted to do as a kid," said Thompson. "I got out here and liked it and I've been able to play well enough to stay out here for close to 40 years. They don't let you keep playing unless you do something to earn it."

Thompson's 999 tournaments consists of 651 PGA Tour tournaments — where he won three times and recorded 168 top-25 finishes en route to over $1.8 million in earnings — and 348 Champions Tour events.

He's had even more success on the Champions Tour than he did on the PGA Tour, placing in the top-25 116 times — a rate of once out of every three events. Thompson has been in the top-10 44 times, won three Champions Tour titles and earned more than $5.7 million in winnings.

Add it all up, and he's got six tournament championships, 26 top-three finishes, 113 top-10s and 284 top-25s. He's earned $7,520,797 over the span of his career and the numbers don't include the 17 Nationwide Tour events he's competed in as well.

Thompson — who officially retired from the Champions Tour prior to this year and is limited to 11 events per year — said the decision to cut back on his schedule wasn't a tough one.

"It wasn't hard," said Thompson, who lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. "One of my goals when I started to compete on the Champions Tour was to be able to leave on my own terms. I didn't want to run out of exemptions. I just wanted to be able to say I can still do it."

Thompson's first tournament came back in 1971 and fittingly enough, the tournament was in North Carolina. He debuted at the Azalea Open in Wilmington.

Other highlights include making a 50-foot birdie putt to knock off fellow Wake Forest alum Curtis Strange to win the Pensacola Open, firing a 29 on the back nine of Pinehurst No. 2 at t he Colgate Hall of Fame tournament and shooting a 61 at the Canadian Open.

As he prepares to compete in his 1,000th tournament, Thompson said he plans to keep on playing Champions Tour events as long as he can be competitive.

"I'm playing OK right now," said Thompson. "But I took my retirement, so it's harder to stay sharp.

"This isn't my last year, though. I'm going to play up to 11 tournaments a year as long as I can. If I can't be respectable, I'm not going to do it. I finished 15th in Austin earlier this year and that's not bad for a 62-year-old man. I just don't want to be a hindrance and hold up people."

11/07/10 09:59 PM #3    

Dianne Dunn (Kolb)

I was not able to go to the reunion because of illness in the family.  Did anyone take pictures at the reunion?  Maybe they can be posted on Face Book.

Dianne Dunn Kolb


08/11/11 07:27 PM #4    

 

Dianne Gibson (Mitchum)

Hi classmates, so glad i found this website, courtesy of my friend Diane Graham..so sorry that i did not make the reunion due to illness, sure hope there is another one soon..would love to re-connect with dear friends ((HUGS)) Dianne Gibson Mitchum


02/25/15 08:51 AM #5    

Joel Lea

Mike,

Thanks for thinking of me at birthday time. I can't go now as I'm still working, unfortunately! Retirement is coming some day, so I would love to go to Spring Training then.

 

 


07/17/15 08:04 PM #6    

Archie Paul

Linda Strider White

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LAURINBURG — Linda Strider White, age 68 of Laurinburg passed away at her home on July 17, 2015.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel with burial following in Laurinburg Memorial Park.

Linda was born March 12, 1947 in Scotland County, daughter of the late John D. and Katie Dickens Strider. She was the loving and devoted wife to the late William T. White Jr. She formerly worked with Eaton Corporation and she was a devoted homemaker. She enjoyed attending Charity Outreach Ministries and loved playing her piano, listening to Elvis and dancing. Linda especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her three sons, William Thomas White, III, Warren Tirrell White and Heath White.

Linda is survived by her sisters, Betty Clark of Lumberton, Ruth Beers of Laurinburg; grandchildren Kristin Schneider, Taryn White, Hayley White, Ty White, Brayden White and great-grandchildren, Hunter, Alanna, Gavin, Madilyn, Caleb and Rylon.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Richard Boles Funeral Service.


07/18/15 01:47 PM #7    

 

Mary Lou McCormick (Hughes)

My very soul is weeping right now.  Linda was such a beautiful person and loyal friend.  Linda may you rest forever in the arms of Jesus.  There is a void on earth right now but I'm sure heaven is rejoicing.

Your friend for eternity

 


11/17/15 08:29 AM #8    

Archie Paul

Enjoyed the 50th reunion and was glad to see so many attending. I saw some I hadn't seen in 50 years.
I told Jane Marie that I hope we can do it again in 25 years.
Some folks never seem to change, which isn't a bad thing. GOD Bless you all.
 


11/17/15 01:50 PM #9    

Larry Morgan

Well said, Archie!  I posted a message under Jane Ivey (Adams') comments; was probably not the best place, but I did want to thank the committee.  I sure hope we can do another one before too many years pass.  Has anyone got an update on Milton?


11/18/15 09:55 AM #10    

Dan Dean

 

Larry,

I heard from Melanie, Milton's wife, yesterday. She said that Milton is still in the hospital, but they hope to move him to a long term care hospital soon for further recovery.

She also said that they had received Larry Horne's shadowbox/collage (that Janice Liles, the winner of the drawing, graciously mailed to Milton), and that Milton has very much enjoyed looking at it. They were very grateful for Janice's kindness.

Melanie also said that she was planning to post something on the class website to let everyone know how Milton is doing. 

That is all that I know for now.

Thanks again to all of you who came for the reunion!  We had a wonderful time. In fact, we think it was one of the best ever, if not the best!!

By the way, we ended up with some extra copies of the picture of the Scotsman and the shadowbox/collage. If anyone who was here forgot to pick up their copy, and would like to have one, let me know and I will mail it to them when I mail the group picture to everyone.

Early Happy Thanksgiving greetings to everyone!

Go Scots! (They were victorious last Friday in the first round of the state playoffs)

Dan (and Ellen) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


11/18/15 01:23 PM #11    

Larry Morgan

Dan,

Thanks very much for your update!  Again, thanks to Ellen, you, and the committee for all your efforts!!


11/18/15 04:13 PM #12    

Nan McDonald (Turner)

I am so sorry that I missed this reunion. I am in Central Asia for six weeks visiting my son and his family. This is the first one that I have missed. I know everyone had a good time. Loved seeing the class picture.


11/19/15 07:46 PM #13    

Don Harvell

Sorry I missed the 50th class reunion. It's a long way from Riverside, Ca. to Laurinburg, N.C. and with my wife, Barbara, still teaching it was just not feasible to make the trip for the weekend......However, the good news....Barbara is retiring in June so as we have future reunions it will be much easier to attend. Really looking forward to renewing old friendships and finding out what everyone has been doing. Warm regards.


12/09/15 09:15 PM #14    

Sandra Meares (Ray)

Hi to everyone!

The pictures from the reunion are great and make me so sad that I couldn't be there to see all of you.  Moving to Mississippi to be near our son was one obstacle, but looking after my mom was the main reason I couldn't make the trip.  I hope that more pictures will be sent to Darrel to post.  Till next time, my sweet friends. I miss you. 

Love to you,
Sandra


01/04/16 03:25 PM #15    

Larry Morgan

Condolences go to Milt's family.  He will be remembered as a positive influence to anyone around him!!  The only time I saw him "negative" was when he would get pissed off because he couldn't master the pool table like he did the baseball diamond!!  :)   We used to kid with him about having a "screw loose" when he would run thru the line with his head down (when we were playing sandlot football against St. Andrews!!!).  RIP, Miltie!!!


12/24/16 10:41 AM #16    

Archie Paul

Has anyone heard from J.C. Holding. I lost his number and between myself and Diane W. Graham we have tried every number for him and his son Greg we can find to no avail.
If anybody has a number or address, I'd appreciate it.
Archie


12/25/16 04:31 PM #17    

Don Harvell

I too have lost contact with J.C. I hope someone has some information. I'm sure most people don't know, but J.C. and I were born the same day in the same hospital in Bennettsville, S.C.  A few hours after we were born the nurses got us mixed up.....I was taken to J.C.s moms room and he was taken to my moms room. The dads had no clue , but I remember the moms used to talk about they knew right away. So we shared birthday parties for a number of years....a times close to the same girlfriends.....even both ended up retiring from the USAF. Oh the memories abound.

Merry Christmas to everyone and a healthy, joyous New Year. God Bless.

Don


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