The Norman Transcript

Features

November 4, 2012

Band performs for the love of music

NORMAN — “You are My Sunshine” is a musical favorite that always draws applause for members of the Golden Okies Band.

Band members Don and Alleen Chesser, Roy and Loretta Wilkerson and Nadine Followwill volunteer their time and talent to entertain at the Norman Veterans Center, churches and retirements homes.

Don Chesser is 84, a retired pastor who brings words of encouragement as well as music to people he meets. He said he remembers clearly the day that music came into his life to stay.

“My first love of music came the day I won a prize at Jefferson School when I was in the fourth grade,” he said. “I played the harmonica at the school talent show and I won first place. I played ‘Red Wing,’ and my prize was to play on WKY Radio in Oklahoma City with Dixie Boy Jordan.”

Jordan was one of the Wiggins Hollow folks at WKY Radio, and the opportunity for a nine-year-old boy to play with them was an amazing prize.

The day finally arrived, and the boy and his harmonica were ready to go to the radio station. Suddenly, everything changed when dark clouds began to form.

“My dad said I couldn’t go,” Don Chesser said, noting that the deep disappointment he felt decades ago is still a clear memory.

He said his dad had been through a tornado in Beaumont years before, and his house was blown off the foundation. The experience stayed with him, and he refused to give in to his young son’s pleas to go to Oklahoma City.

His music stayed with him, though he never became famous.

Alleen Chesser, 89, said she organized The Golden Okies many years ago, and she played off and on through the years. At times, some of the band members played with the Cleveland County Entertainers.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Features
  • Just say no to 12-year-old’s Mohawk

    A mom recently asked me what I would say to my son if he was 12 years old and wanted a Mohawk haircut for the summer. I told her I’d say no. “But is it really that big a deal?” she said....

    August 1, 2014

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Jam set

    Norman residents will serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the homeless from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Andrew’s Park, 201 W. Daws St. A pop-up store also will distribute donations of new and gently used books, clothing, shoes, ...

    August 1, 2014

  • CCFI announces play therapy course

    Center for Children and Families will present the course Fundamentals of Non-Directive Play Therapy from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 8 at Sarkeys Foundation, 520 E. Main St....

    August 1, 2014

  • Recent weather has been surprising

    Earlier this July, a dense cold front slipped into the central section of the Southwest — including Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and bordering states — dropping daytime temperature highs into the upper 60s and 70s, which I believe is an ...

    August 1, 2014

  • Are you a puppet or a prince?

    Names have power. This cautionary statement is frequently found in fantasy novels populated by magical beings. The implication being that you should choose your friends and enemies wisely....

    August 1, 2014

  • Crafter’s emporium planned Saturday

    Members of the Opal District Crafter’s Emporium, plus other local artists, will have an art show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St. in Norman. It will be hosted concurrently with the ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Williams book signing event set

    Jared Williams, a resident of Moore, will sign copies of his book “Cerebral” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hastings, 2300 W. Main St. Norman....

    July 31, 2014

  • Home dedication set Sunday

    Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity will host a dedication of the Ruvalcaba family home from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 618 E. Apache St. Those attending are asked to bring a pantry item to help the family begin life in their new home. ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Two territorial littermate cats are asserting social dominance

    Dear Dr. Fox: When we decided to get a cat 10 years ago, I thought getting a couple of littermates would work well. They got along during the first couple of years, often sleeping together and grooming each other. As they matured, though, ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Board welcomes new member

    In its June meeting, the members of the Mary Abbott Children’s House board of directors elected Barbara Henderson to serve the remaining term of Anne Ederington, who resigned from the board in May due to moving from Norman. Henderson and ...

    July 30, 2014