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The June 24th Luncheon Cancelled. Stay tuned for updates on the July Luncheon.

Blue Angels visit the Area (2020-05-06)

Thanks to Jeff McRaney for the photo

Blue Angels and Thunderbirds over NYC video: Click Here - From Bobby Gambrell

Blue Angels Photos a Video from Richardson Methodist: Click Here - From Phil Ziegelbaum

Raytheon to Raytheon Technologies Conversion Rate (2020-04-05)

Each outstanding share of Raytheon Company will be converted into 2.3348 shares of Raytheon Technologies Corporation. For more information: Click Here

Thanks to Ken Terry for researching this

Submit your Stories and Photos NOW! (2020-04-02)

Click the "My Story" button below and submit your story our New Stories page.

  Submit your Garland ESY/Raytheon stories now!!


By Eileen Wahlstrom

April 29, 2020


Stay home, if you must go out please continue to practice social distancing of six feet and personal hygiene measures. Check in on your family, friends and neighbors, especially those who are elderly. Support local restaurants and food establishments by ordering delivery or curbside service. Follow the Library and Parks and Rec Facebook pages for fun stuff to do virtually.

Stay away from the virus of 2020

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I am so relieved to say we have no reported virus cases in our group. Let’s keep it that way and take this seriously! If you feel sick, please isolate until you know what’s wrong. If you need anything, and that goes for everyone, reach out through email, Facebook, phone. We are in this together.

Chris Reynolds: Had her hip replacement surgery March 16th. Here is her latest update from Facebook dated April 18.

“Doing pretty good - zero hip pain, but knee replacements will have to be done at some point. At least I can walk again - still very cautious about walking on uneven surfaces and going up and down curbs, etc. Not sure that's going to improve much until knees are done! Thrilled with hip replacement, though.”

George Carlsness: Update on George from Joanne’s Facebook post:

I want to thank you all so much for your thoughts and concern and especially your prayers. George has had a very tough week but turned a corner on Friday and started feeling a lot better on Saturday and today he sounds more like himself. It takes time for all the organs to wake up after such a lengthy surgery and to start performing as they need to. Meanwhile there’s lots of difficult issues that he has to deal with. Most of the tubes and the catheter were removed on Friday afternoon and he was able to rest better after that. He is much better now and hopefully will get to come home by Tuesday. We are so grateful to God for his healing power that has brought George this far.

We learned on Friday that the type of cancer he has is Ampullary carcinoma, the origin of the cancer. The ampullarf is the very end of the bile duct where it goes into the duodenum. The tumor was approximately 1 inch. It was removed of course when he had the other organs removed at the same time. They did discover that the cancer cells had traveled to two lymph nodes. This means that he will require chemotherapy and possibly radiation when he has healed enough, possibly 4 to 6 weeks from now. We would’ve loved, of course, to have heard otherwise but we trust that God is with us every step of the way as he has been. And we know he will provide all that we need. Please pray for continued healing and strength for the next few months as George begins chemotherapy. being apart during this very difficult surgery has been probably the hardest part for both of us. I look so forward to him coming home./p>

He sends his gratitude to everyone for your prayers and for your well wishes.

Dear friends and family: update on George since leaving the hospital:

George came home on Saturday and he is doing very well. He is eating well and seems to be digesting everything well. He gets tired easily but with rest he comes back and is ready to be up again. We went to the doctor today and got a good report. He said that he is doing about how he should be doing at this stage of recovery. He was able to get one drain tube removed. Still waiting for the second one. We meet with the doctor again next week and on the same day we will meet with the medical oncologist regarding chemotherapy. We are so thankful for the progress he is making. We know God is answering many prayers. Thank you so very much for your prayers and your love and support

Bobby Gambrell: Carolyn had heart surgery recently and Bobby has been taking care of her. He says they are doing fine.

Pat Bryner: Stroke March 12th. Is rehabbing with her daughters up north. You can send Pat a card at this address: 10845 Kingston Ave., Huntington Woods, MI 48070


Ellen R. Suchey

January 1953 – April 2020

SUCHEY, Ellen R. 1953 - 2020 Most loving mother, died at age 67 on April 9th 2020, survived by son Michael. Ellen worked in the Security department. Graveside service at Wylie Cemetery, Monday, April 13th at 2pm.

Henry Taylor Updike Jr.

JULY 16, 1944 – APRIL 7, 2020

Henry Taylor Updike, Jr., age 75, passed away in Culpeper, VA, April 7, 2020. Born in Front Royal, VA, July 16, 1944 to Henry Taylor Updike, Sr. and Dora Nethers Updike, Taylor grew up in Rappahannock County. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and later worked as an electronics engineer for Raytheon Technologies. Taylor received a Master’s Degree in Business Management through National-Louis University. Taylor enjoyed the outdoors, working on home projects, and most of all spending time with his children and grandchildren. Surviving Taylor are his children; Brian Updike and his wife Pam of Fredericksburg, VA and Kellie Updike Baker and her husband Kevin of Culpeper, VA and five grandchildren; Griffin Baker, Raegan Baker, Grayson Updike, Anna Updike and Spencer Updike. Taylor is also survived by two sisters; Anne Martin of Culpeper and Gail Newland of Nokesville

In addition to his parents, his wife, Susie Updike precedes him in death. A private interment will be held on Friday, April 17, 2020 in Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, VA

Contributions may be made in his honor to the Parkinson’s Foundation, https://www.parkinson.org/.

Fond memories and condolences of Mr. Updike may be shared with the Updike family through clore-english.com. The Updike family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.

Obituary: Click here

Mr. Johnie H Bynum

October 24, 1926 - April 13, 2020

Johnie Horace Bynum was born October 24, 1926 in Emerson Arkansas near the border of Louisiana to the parents of Cherry and John Henry Bynum. He was the third child of eight children. He confessed his love of Christ at an early age. He graduated from Walker High School (1945) and immediately joined the US Navy. Following his tour of duty he enrolled in Arkansas A &M where he met and married Susie Smart in 1949. To this marriage three children were born. He moved to Dallas in 1950 where he was employed by Ling-Temco-Volt which is currently Raytheon and remained there for 45 years. He retired in 1995 as a Maintenance Foreman. During his time with Raytheon he owned a successful lawn service which he continued well into retirement. In 2008 he met Elmyra M. Harlan and they were and married in 2009. His passions in life were travelling (favorite places; Alaska, California, Hawaii) and studying the bible in preparation for Sunday School.

His faith walk was nurtured by; Laymen Chapel CME, Christian Chapel CME, Porter’s Temple CME all in Dallas, TX.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father Cherry and John Henry Bynum, granddaughter Stephanie Dawn Smith, brothers; Frank, William and Eddie Bynum(Dorothy), sisters; Abitha Doss (Curtis), Virginia Cooks, Willie Mae Kimmons (Murry Sr.), Naliza Burton (Joe Gene). He is survived to cherish his memories wife Elmyra Bynum, son Johnie C. Bynum, daughters; Deborah Smith (Archie), Wanda Bynum-Wilson, special step-daughter Wanda Harlan, grandson Shun Aric Smith (Allison), brother-in-law Cecil Cook, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Obituary: Click here


Darrell Lancaster proposed an idea to create a repository for retirees’ experiences and funny/interesting stories that later can be compiled into a collection and available for all to enjoy. We don’t want to lose these memories. Be looking for a place to submit your own stories soon.

Historical Marker Update:

Jim Gray told me he has made a connection, Mitch Bates – Asst. City Manager, that could open doors for our marker. Stay tuned for more info!

I have name tags for the following people. One line tags are $4.00 and two line tags are $5.00. If anyone needs a name tag, please send your name (as you would like it on the name tag) to me, emmawahlstrom@aol.com or text it to me at 469-475-4884. A second line is optional if you want to include your service dates.

  • Gene Carlton
  • Sam Wilson
  • Chris Berry
  • Rick Lowe
  • Rich Marks

Mark your calendars! The next meeting will be on May 27th if the COVID-19 is contained.

I’m still collecting eye glasses for donation to the Lion’s Club. Thank you all who have donated.

Eileen Wahlstrom

Note: We are an independent group of Garland E-Systems/Raytheon retirees and not affiliated with the Raytheon Corporation in any way.