Pat Metheny, a 1972 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School and a multiple Grammy Award winner, passed through Barcelona, Spain, and gave a performance of his music in a standing-room-only crowd packing the municipal sports arena. Jan Graves Romeu, a Lee’s Summit High School graduate and daughter of Frank and Mary Graves of Lee’s Summit, lives in Spain, where her husband works. They attended the concert.
Tavia Shackles and Clark Hunt of Dallas, Texas, are planning to be married in October. She is the daughter of David and Ramona Shackles of Lee’s Summit. The 1989 graduate of Lee’s Summit High School has a degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is the reigning Miss Kansas-USA. He is the son of Lamar and Norma Hunt of Dallas. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University.
Lee’s Summit R-7 School District retiring employees were honored at the districts’ retirement reception. They were Barbara Moore, Kay Ford, Jake Reynolds, Toni Ortiz, Anita VanBlarcum, Virginia Skelton, Cathy Smith and Winston Conkling.
The Cole Younger Days festivities were held in Lee’s Summit on June 25, 26 and 27. Cole was Lee’s Summit’s most famous native son who rode with Jesse and Frank James but ended his life as a born-again Christian. Cole joined the Lee’s Summit Christian Church during revival services in August 1913. Cole stayed a respected member of the church until March 16, 1916, when he died in the upstairs bedroom of the home on Market Street. He was buried in Lee’s Summit Cemetery, where his tombstone may still be seen. He died at 72 years of age. He had been wounded 24 times.
Compiled from the files of the Journal by Jim Carpenter