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Game of life: Weldon Drew spent 12 seasons as Langston basketball coach

Former men's basketball coach died from injuries sustained in an auto accident at the age of 77.
by Scott Munn Published: December 3, 2012

A farewell to people with Oklahoma sports ties:

Former Langston University men's basketball coach Weldon Drew died from injuries sustained in an auto accident. The car in which Drew, 77, was riding swerved to avoid hitting a deer in the road; the car hit a ditch and rolled twice. Coach Drew was taken to a Stillwater hospital, where he died. Drew spent 12 seasons — 1987-1999 — as the Lions' coach. Langston had a 153-169 record under Drew, who also served as head coach at New Mexico State and an assistant Oklahoma State. Before starting a college coaching career, Drew guided prep teams in his native Houston to a 485-135 record.

*Gilbert Lambert left high school early to help support his family. Hard work persevered as Lambert would own two businesses — a Kerr-McGee station and auto parts shop, both in Del City. The Oklahoma City native loved motor sports, which spilled over to his children and grandchildren. Gilbert built and owned dirt race cars dating back to the 1950s. Lambert's cars raced at Taft Stadium, State Fair Speedway and several other tracks in the state. Son David Lambert was a championship-contending sprint car driver at State Fair Speedway, driving car No. 66 or No. 12s. Gilbert's grandson, David Lee Lambert, has become one of the top sprint car drivers in the region, also piloting a No. 66. Gilbert Lambert, who retired as a railroad engineer, died recently at age 77 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

*Bebe DeBolt was devoted to local women's golf. The Classen High graduate, who died three days short of her 80th birthday, served as president of the Quail Creek Ladies 18 Hole Association and The Greens Ladies Golf Association. DeBolt was a volunteer for the Oklahoma City Junior Golf Program, and she helped organize activities during PGA Tour events held in the city area.

*Bobby James of Midwest City had a knack for restoring classic cars. He died at age 80.

*Alonzo Gaubert was an avid fan of the Piedmont Wildcats and Oklahoma Sooners. One of his other loves was making go-carts for his grandsons. The retired farmer died at age 96.

*Kimberly Begay, who played soccer at Claremore High School and Oklahoma City University, died of leukemia. Begay helped Claremore finish as Class 4A runner-up in 2004 and 2005. She played for OCU's national power — only after coach Brian Harvey saw the youngster playing intramural soccer. Begay played 21 games for Oklahoma City U., helping the Stars to a 44-15-2 record, a Sooner Athletic Conference championship and NAIA Tournament appearance. She was diagnosed with leukemia on April 2, 2011 and ran in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon's 5-kilometer race 28 days later. Begay earned a mathematics education degree and was teaching at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City.

*Moore resident Billy Massey raised hunting dogs. An outdoorsman who hunted quail and fished for bass and crappie. Massey died at age 75.

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by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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Birthday club

*Former Oklahoma City 89ers first baseman/outfielder Barbaro Garbey turns 56 on Tuesday.

*Former Oklahoma City Cavalry forward Jerome Lane turns 46 on Tuesday.

*Three former Oklahoma City Blazers forwards celebrate birthdays on Tuesday: Mario Chinelli (33), Mike Lucci (34) and Darcy Pengelly (38).

*Current Oklahoma City Barons forward Curtis Hamilton celebrates birthday No. 21 on Tuesday.


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