Calvin Ashley, JD ’50, of Wichita Falls, TX, died Jan. 13 at age 92.
Calvin Ashley, 92, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Wichita Falls.
Funeral service will be at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018, in the chapel of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at a visitation following the service. Interment will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018, at Crestview Memorial Park under the direction of Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home.
The second of nine children, he was born on February 3, 1925, in Wichita Falls to Alvie Raymond and Zoda Pearl Ashley. Calvin was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Kathryn and son, Roger.
A lifelong resident of Wichita Falls, he attended San Jacinto and Austin Elementary schools, Reagan Junior High and graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1942. While attending Hardin Junior College, he was drafted into the Army in 1943. He served in the Army Air Corp until 1945. Returning home, he graduated from Hardin Junior College in 1947 and enrolled in Baylor School of Law. On December 29, 1947, Calvin married Mary Kathryn Morgan. They moved to Waco where he graduated from Baylor School of Law in 1950.
Calvin started practicing law in Wichita Falls and was in private practice throughout his early career but spent most of his career in public service. He served at City Judge, Assistant District Attorney, and was elected County Judge in 1962. He served as County Judge until being appointed District Judge in 1962. He served as County Judge until being appointed District Judge in 1977 and served there until retiring in 1989. After one year, he returned to work as a visiting judge until retiring for good in 1995.
Calvin is survived by his son Jack Brady Ashley and wife, Robbie of Montague; son Allan Ashley and wife, Becky of Lewisville; sister, Dorothy Sternadel and husband, James of Wichita Falls; sister, Betty Laroe of Amarillo; brother, Alvie Ashley of Austin; brother-in-law Fred Morgan Jr. of Wichita Falls, Texas; grandchildren, Zachary Ashley and wife, Christen of League City; Cy Ashley and wife, Kayce of Henrietta; Mindy Ashley of Dallas; Monica Huchton and husband, Jason of Muenster; Paige Martinez and husband, Roberto of McKinney; Lucas Ashley and wife, Kristine of Little Elm; Dustin Ashley of Snyder, OK; and Morgan Ashley of Stillwater, OK; and 17 great-grandchildren. (Published by Lunn’s Colonial Funeral Home)
Rev. Dr. Jack Carroll Bush Sr., BA ’50, of Boerne, TX, died Dec. 26 at age 88.
For the Rev. Dr. Jack Carroll Bush, Sr., his work here is done. As with all Methodist clergy, he has received a new appointment and at long last, his final appointment has arrived. He was known by many as simply, “Rev” and was born in Waco, Texas on June 18, 1929, to Richard C. Bush Sr. and Vivien Evelyn Harris Bush. He married the love of his life, Ruth Louise Kline, in 1950 after graduating from Baylor University. His first job was as the band director for Kerens High School in Kerens, Texas. Soon he found himself in the ministry with his first appointment as an associate minister at First United Methodist Church in Temple, Texas. After two years, his second appointment took him to the First Methodist Church of Maypearl, Texas where he also attended the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. The First Methodist Church of Arlington, Texas was his next appointment and while there, he graduated from Perkins at SMU.
The Rio Grande Valley was the next stop on his appointment list, where he established the St. Stephen Larger Parish. This combined the First Methodist Churches of Combes, Texas and Santa Rosa, Texas. After four years in the Valley, Cokesbury United Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas became the fifth appointment followed by St. Matthews United Methodist Church for nine-years also in San Antonio. The next appointment was at Alamo Heights United Methodist Church. From there he served as a hospital chaplain at Santa Rosa Hospital and as the Director of Chaplains at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio for more than 15 years. While serving this appointment, he received his doctorate in pastoral care from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California. After 15 plus years in his chaplaincy appointment, he was appointed to the First Methodist Church of Fashing, Texas where he retired after thirteen years.
Jack loved music. He played trumpet in the Baylor University band. He arranged music not only for band and orchestra but also for choral. Music was always a large part of his churches and ministry. Many of his youth choirs traveled the country performing. He volunteered at Bradley Middle School in San Antonio helping and teaching band and music. His love of performing had him participating in many, many bands from Big Bands to German bands. Rev. Dr. Bush was also a theological scholar, often seen with a theology book, highlighters, and many colored pens to make his copious notes.
Rev. Dr. Bush is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth. They have five children. Jack Bush, Jr., his wife Southern, Vivien Smith and her husband Bohn, Chris Bush and his wife Shannon, Dr. Janis K. Bush and her husband Dr. John Kaulfus, and Mollie Shannon Lamont. Their seven grandchildren include Nick Bush and his wife Elise Aliberti, Matthew Bush and his wife Tricia, Eleanor and Bennett Bush, Ashleigh Davis and her husband Justin, Taylor Lamont and his wife Michelle, and Caitlin Lamont. His five great-grandchildren are Louise Bush, Ashtin, Coltin and Austin Davis, and Landon Lamont. Rev. Dr. Bush was preceded in death by his mother and father and two brothers Rev. Dr. Richard C. Bush, Jr., and Robert C. Bush. We will remember his smile, his warmth, his energy, his love for life, family, friends, and music but also his parishioners, colleagues, students, and fellow musicians for whom many became lifelong friends. He worked very hard all his life and made a difference in the lives of so many.
We invite you to join us and celebrate his life and last appointment. Honorary Pall Bearers are Nick Bush, Matt Bush, Taylor Lamont, Bennett Bush, Justin Davis, Coltin Davis, and Landon Lamont. The family wants to thank the people of Care Choice of Boerne for the care and love shown to Rev. Bush. In lieu of flowers, Jack Sr. hoped that you might make a contribution to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of San Antonio or do an unexpected and unsolicited act of kindness for the less fortunate in his name. (Published by Porter Loring Mortuaries)
Robert Dalton Christian, BA ’50, of Gallatin, TN, died Dec. 18 at age 90.
Robert Dalton Christian was born March 19, 1927 to John Robert Christian and Elizabeth Smartt Christian in Birmingham, Alabama. He died December 18, 2017 in Gallatin, TN. He is preceded in death by his parents, sisters Bonnie Gaither and Allie Butler, and brother Bill Christian. Bob attended Hueytown High. He enlisted in the Navy in 1945 and was sent to Guam and Iwo Jima. Bob returned home in July 1946 and attended Baylor University. Afterwards he attended New Orleans Seminary receiving a Masters of Divinity Degree. He preached at First Baptist Donaldsonville, LA; Bridgedale Baptist in Jefferson Parish, New Orleans; and Bellview Baptist in Sandusky, Alabama. After joining the National Guard as Chaplain he served in Incirlik Air Force Base as well as in Turkey, Greenland, and Thailand. He stayed at Dyess Air Force in Abilene, Texas for nine years.
Bob received his Doctorate from San Francisco Theological Seminary. Bob lacks 800 miles in traveling around the world. Climbed Mt. Ararat twice. Led devotions at the Garden Tomb. He served as Kiwanis President many times. He was a member of First Baptist Church Decatur for 10 years. While visiting his sister, Allie Butler, he met and married Ann DeMoss. Happily married for 13 years.
Survived by: wife, Ann DeMoss Christian - Gallatin TN; Son, Robert Dalton Christian Jr. (Shirley) John and Julia, Huntsville, AL. Four step children. Coleman DeMoss (Debbie) Aaron and Nicole, Atlanta, GA; Bob DeMoss (Julie) Nick DeMoss Bentonville, AR; Nancy DeMoss Moon (Steve) Lance Pate and Adam Pate, Tallahassee, FL; Susan DeMoss Hampton (Lance) Bryant Holt and Peyton Holt, Gallatin, TN; Great grandchildren- Max, Jack and Lucy Pate, Trussville, AL; Sister, Jessie Word, Pelham AL. Bob left a lasting impression on people with his love for his church, his family, and his Lord. He will be remembered and missed. (Published by Hartselle Heritage Funeral Home)
Dr. Thomas O. Eller, BS ’50, MD ’54, of Plano, TX, died Jan. 8 at age 91.
Dr. Thomas O. Eller, MD, a longtime Plano physician, died Monday, January 8, 2018. Dr. Eller was born March 29, 1926 to Ethel and Jacob Eller in Clovis, New Mexico. He was a graduate of Clovis High School and attended Eastern New Mexico University. He held a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Baylor University College of Medicine in Houston. After 42 years of service to his community, he retired from the practice of family medicine in 1996.
During his years of practice, Dr. Eller was active in the Collin County Medical Society of the Texas Medical Association. He served several terms as president and as secretary treasurer of the association. He was accorded Honorary Membership in the Texas Medical Association in 1996.
He was also active in the Red River Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He served that organization several times as president and as secretary treasurer. Dr. Eller became a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians in 1972 and became a Life Member in 1996. He was a charter member of the medical staff of Plano General Hospital (now Medical City of Plano), and served as Chief of the Medical Staff there in 1977. He served on the development committee for Rehab South Hospital. Dr. Eller proudly served in the United State Navy during World War II and later briefly served as a medical officer.
Dr. Eller was a devoted husband and father. When his children were at home, he enjoyed taking them on trips for vacation and other family activities such as swimming and hiking.
He is (survived by his wife of 65 years, Shirley Frank Eller, whom he met while both were students at Baylor, and by two sons, Dr. Thomas O. Eller, II and wife, Carlette, and Dr. Richard Eller and wife, Michele. He is survived by 9 grandchildren: Andrew, William, Kathleen, Jacob and Arianna Eller, William Lyons III, and Mallory, Kami, and Michael Cavenee. The family suggests that memorials may be made to The First Christian Church, 813 East 15th Street, Plano, TX. (Published by Ted Dickey Funeral Home)
Anita Gillis Harvey, BBA ’50, of Houston died Feb. 3 at age 89.
Rev. Wayne A. Heinze, BA ’50, of Buffalo Gap, TX, died Dec. 31 at age 88.
Reverend Wayne Allan Heinze, 88 entered into Heaven Sunday, December 31, 2017.
He left behind his wife of 63 years Sue (Doucette) Heinze who served faithfully by his side. He was born in Houston on February 28, 1929, the son of Dan and Lois Heinze, he was the fourth child of the five children.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Dan Heinze, Don Heinze, and Lon Heinze and sister Elaine Berry.
Wayne prepared for his 69 years of ministry at Baylor University, preaching every chance he had in country churches. After graduation from Baylor in 1949, he taught school for 25 years at Washington Middle School and Stephen F Austin High School in Houston. While teaching school, he served in churches as Youth, Children, Music, Education Minister, Evangelist Minister, and he started many Bus Ministries.
Wayne’s passion in life was to serve his Lord and Savior and he did that from his teens until he departed. He was not just a preacher, but he was a friend at the time of need. You could find him under a house fixing pipes, building a fence, or any service that was needed in the community that he was serving. He lived by the scripture of Matthew 25:40, And the King answered and said unto them, Inasmuch as you have done it unto the least of these my brethren you have done it unto me.
Wayne and Sue came to Buffalo Gap, Texas when he retired from teaching to live the country life. They began to serve at First Baptist Church Buffalo Gap as Music and later as Pastor. He started a Bus Ministry that reached many people for the Lord. He also served for a time at First Baptist Church of Tuscola starting a Bus Ministry for that church as well. A need for a church off Highway 89 became apparent, Wayne was called to come help build and Pastor Elm Creek Baptist Church where he served as Pastor for fourteen years before retiring.
Wayne had a full life of many accomplishments, but he would tell you his greatest was adding souls to the Kingdom of God.
His life will be celebrated Saturday, January 6, 2017, at First Baptist Church of Buffalo Gap, at 1:30PM. Officiating will be his nephews Harold Heinze, great nephew Nathan Heinze and Chuck Gillian, pastor of First Baptist Church of Buffalo Gap. Burial will follow at Buffalo Gap Cemetery, directed by Fry~Smith Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, evening January 5, from 5:00 to 7:00 at Fry-Smith Funeral Home, 502 Kent Avenue Tuscola,
Family has requested in lieu of flowers please donate to St. Jude Hospital, 501 St Jude Place,
Memphis, TN 38105.
(Published in Abilene Reporter-News)
Billie Wedgeworth Ives, BA ’50, of Houston died Nov. 28 at age 89.
Billie Wedgeworth Ives, BS ‘50, of Waco, TX, formerly of Houston, TX, died Nov. 28, 2017 at the age of 89. A graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, TX, she began her family’s Baylor tradition when she enrolled in 1946. At Baylor, Billie was a member of Beta Beta Beta. While in Mrs. Sendon’s Spanish class, she met Bob Ives, BA ‘50, a World War II veteran. The two married and began their life together in Baytown before settling in Houston. Billie worked as a medical technologist.
She was an active member of Tallowood Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and participated in mission trips to Mexico. Billie was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and an avid traveler. She was a member of the Golden Bear Circle of Baylor’s Endowed Scholarship Society, a Lifetime Member of the 1845 Society, and a Lifetime Member of the Baylor Line Foundation. Her son Robert preceded her in death. Among her survivors are her husband of 66 years, Bob, BA ‘50, children Laurie Ives Graham, att. ‘72-’74, Karen Ives Baldwin, BA ‘82, four grandchildren including Matthew Graham, BA ‘08, Sarah Baldwin, Baylor senior, three great-grandchildren, and brother, R.M. Wedgeworth, ‘52. (submitted)
David Earl Narramore Sr., BBA ’50, of Greenville, TX, died Nov. 27 at age 90.
David Earl “Toby” Narramore, Sr., 90 of Greenville, passed away on Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Greenville. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Coker-Mathews Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Roy Youngblood and Pastor Carlos Mendoza, officiating. Burial will be in Memoryland Memorial Park. Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. David was born on May 8, 1927, in Greenville, Texas to William Oscar Narramore, Sr. and Blanche Alice Narramore. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, in Germany. He graduated from Baylor University and married Frances Marie Youngblood (also a Baylor graduate) in August of 1950. Together they taught public school in Brownsville, Texas. Eventually, he was the business owner and operator of Memoryland Memorial Park and DEN-CO Memorials Monument Company. His work there started with drawing for the monument artwork and sales, for what was then Youngblood Memorial Company.
David Earl was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon for many years. David’s artistic talent, Christian faith, and connections with school children (as a teacher in Brownsville) led him to create a little book called “Adventures of Jose’—Stories about an Imaginary Little Boy Who Loves Jesus”. The Jose’ book was used in the children’s ministry of a First Baptist Church mission which eventually became New Life at Lakeside/Nueva Vida Church. David Narramore continued to delight in giving away many copies of this book to families with children, wherever he encountered them to the end of his life.
He is survived by his son, David Narramore, Jr., and wife, Diane of Fairview; daughters, Rebecca Kobylecky and husband, Steve of Greenville; Jaynie Ringman and husband, Philip of Wichita Falls; Cathleen Narramore and husband, George J. Martinez of Euless; brother, James Narramore and wife, Grace of Greenville; grandchildren, Alicia Kobylecky of Waco, Laura Kobylecky of San Marcos, Heather Ringman of Houston, Matthew Ringman and wife, Melanie of Denton, Jonathan and Tyler Narramore of Fairview; and great-grandchildren, Elijah and Joshua Ringman of Denton. He is preceded in death by his wife, Frances, in 2015 after 64 years of marriage; parents, W. O. and Blanche Narramore; and brother, Bill Narramore. Pallbearers will be Matthew Ringman, Jonathan Narramore, Tyler Narramore, Jimmy Narramore, Steven Scott, Jorge Mendoza, and Joshua Mendoza. (Published in Greenville Extra)
Dr. G. Gene Pitman, BS ’50, of Pleasant Hill, CA, died Jan. 3 at age 90.
Dr. G. Gene Pitman, 90, formerly of Waco, passed away on January 3, 2018, in Pleasant Hill, California. He was a physician in Waco from 1968 to 1996, at one time Chief of Surgery at Hillcrest Hospital and chief of the medical unit at Waco VA Hospital.
Gene was born in Ibex, Texas, in 1927, but grew up in Bettie, Texas. He was drafted into the Navy in 1944 and served two years in the South Pacific. Upon discharge, he attended Baylor University and graduated with a double major in pre-med and mathematics in 1950. He married his childhood sweetheart, Virginia Ann Dodson, a BSN ‘52 graduate and recipient of the Abner V. McCall Humanitarian Award.
After a year at Southwestern Seminary in Ft. Worth, the Pitman’s moved to Nigeria, West Africa, as Southern Baptist medical missionaries.
In 1968, Dr. Pitman settled his family in Waco, where he went into surgical practice. Gene was a kind, generous man and loved by all. Besides his work as a physician, Gene and Ann were active members at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, in Baylor University, and their community.
Gene is survived by Ann, his wife of 65 years, three daughters, Laurie Pitman (‘77), Sherie Ellington, and Julie Pitman of Dallas; as well as four grandchildren Ian Farmer, Clifford Lusk (‘02, ‘06), Elyce Ellington, and Alex Ellington. (Submitted)
Gladys Graham Walker, BS ’50, of Arlington, TX, died Nov. 6 at age 88.
Gladys Graham Walker, 88, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, with her loving family by her side. MEMORIAL SERVICE: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at First Baptist Church, Arlington, Texas. Gladys was born March 24, 1929, in Dallas, Texas, to Edgar Ford Graham and Clara Brooks Graham. Gladys grew up as an only child in Shreveport, La., and Marshall, Texas, where music and dance were part of her early life. She attended Baylor University where she met the love of her life, George Goodman Walker. She graduated in 1951 with a degree in home economics. She put her skills to good use over the decades, cooking, sewing, doing crafts, and slaying crossword puzzles until her death at 88.
On Dec. 8, 1951, Gladys and George married and moved to Arlington, Texas, where they began their 64 years together, until George’s death in March 2016. They quickly found a home at First Baptist Church, where Gladys was an active member for the rest of her life. There she helped found International Friends in 1972, a church-sponsored program to welcome new, international residents to the country and help them adjust to life in the United States. She contributed to International Friends in many roles until her death, finding it an opportunity to learn about other cultures and dream about the places she wanted to visit. Instead of traveling, the world came to her in the form of lifelong friends from across the globe and gifts, cards, letters, and food from them for decades. She participated in several women’s groups, including the American Association of University Women, Women’s Missionary Union, and the Arlington Women’s Club.
Her calling was to be the best wife, mother, and homemaker she could be. She never missed the important moments - baseball games, recitals, award ceremonies, late-night homework sessions - in constant, loving support of her children. Her loving example and gentle graciousness flowed not only to her children and grandchildren but also to her great-grandchildren and extended family.
SURVIVORS: Daughter, Nancy Kress and husband, Steve; son, David Walker and wife, Michelle; son, Richard Walker and wife, Lori; grandchildren, Robyn Kress Schimmels and husband, Jon, Brian Kress and his wife, Danna; Bailey Walker Young and her husband, Austin, Graham Walker and wife, Bridget, Brooks Walker, Claren Walker, and Natalie Walker; and great-grandchildren, Samantha, Henry, and Scarlett Schimmels. (Published in Star-Telegram)
Dr. Sharon Seybert Storey, ’50, of San Diego, CA, died Nov. 10 at age 88.
Sharon “Ron” Sebert Storey, Jr., M.D., returned to his heavenly home on November 10, 2017. His devotion to medicine and his firm belief in God supported him throughout his life and ultimately gave him peace.
Ron was born to the late Sharon S. Storey, Sr. and Maude Alice Storey, an ophthalmologist and a homemaker respectively, in Edinburg, TX on October 13, 1929. He received his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He went on to graduate from Baylor College of Medicine obtaining his medical doctorate degree. He served honorably in the United States Air Force medical core during the Korean War and was stationed at Travis AFB, CA. In 1958, he moved to Houston, Texas to complete his residency in Anesthesiology.
Ron specialized in Cardiovascular Anesthesiology. He was renowned for being the anesthesiologist for Michael DeBakey, M.D., the world-famous cardiovascular surgeon who performed the world’s first artificial heart transplant and pioneered such now-common procedures as bypass surgery and invented a host of devices to help heart patients.
In 1986, Ron was recruited to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine as the Founding Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. He retired from medicine in 1990; however, he continued to volunteer, support and serve the healing arts until his passing.
In 2002, Ron was appointed by Queen Elizabeth as a Serving Brother to the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of Saint John of Jerusalem.
Ron was blessed with loving family and friends. He was a healer and educator at heart. He loved the theater, traveling and reading. He is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at peace with his creator.
Ron is survived by his life partner Theodore “Ted” Milby; his former spouse Florence Marie Storey; his daughters Sharon Marie Storey, Carol Michele Storey-Desroches, and Allison Leigh Jones; and his grandsons Jarrett Jones and Trevor Jones. He is preceded in death by his parents.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in San Diego, CA on December 4, 2017. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group at https://www.saintjohn.org/donate.
(Published in Houston Chronicle)
Erbest August Zimbelman, BA ’50, died Jan. 28 at age 91.
Sioux Falls - Ernest (Ernie) Zimbelman, 91, died Sunday, January 28, 2018. He was born on November 30, 1926, near Anamoose, ND, the 8th son of Carl and Katie (Kessler) Zimbelman. He became a Christian at age 11, was baptized in Brush Lake, North Dakota and joined the McClusky (ND) Baptist Church. After early education in rural one-room schools, he graduated from McClusky High School in 1944. He taught in a rural school (at age 17) following graduation, then saw military service in Japan as part of the American Occupation Forces. On his return he started college in North Dakota and completed his BA at Baylor College in Waco, TX. At a Christian summer camp in 1948 he met Dorothy Wolitarsky and they were married in Turtle Lake, ND on September 1, 1949. Eventually moving to California, Ernie and Dorothy settled in the San Francisco Bay Area where Ernie completed a master’s degree at UC Berkeley and then taught junior high school.
A call to the North American Baptist mission field in 1959 allowed Ernie and Dorothy (along with their sons) to serve Christ in educational ministry in Cameroon, West Africa. Teaching, administration, and financial oversight of a teachers’ training college and church growth work kept them busy for the decade of the 1960s, with a couple of years back in the US where Ernie completed a Doctorate in Education (with Honors) at the University of Oregon.
On returning from the mission field, Ernie shifted careers to counseling psychology and worked for the Narramore Christian Foundation; as a Clinical Supervisor for the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena; and as an Assistant Professor at the newly established Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology (now affiliated with Biola University). With a colleague he then established an independent counseling psychology practice in Southern California.
The call of teaching and Christian ministry in higher education brought Ernie back to Sioux Falls and the North American Baptist Seminary (NABS), where he founded a Master of Arts in Counseling program. Since 1974 that program produced numerous graduates who went on to serve in churches, prisons, hospitals, schools, clinics, and in private practice. Ernie served as Acting President of Morality in Media in South Dakota; was a Board Member and Board Chair of Carroll Institute, a substance abuse treatment program. He authored the text Human Sexuality and Evangelical Christians. He was a licensed psychologist in South Dakota and California, a member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and a member of the American Psychological Association. He taught counseling at a seminary near Amsterdam, Holland, and was a keynote speaker and facilitator at pastoral conferences and workshops in Japan and Cameroon.
On his retirement from NABS (now Sioux Falls Seminary), Ernie was awarded the citation Distinguished Professor of Counseling Emeritus. We remember him for his faithful service to Christ and His church, to his students, and to those who benefitted from his skills as a therapist.
He is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 68 years; his sons Joel (Linda) of Chico, CA; Kirk (Cyndy) of Yankton, SD; Peter (Judy) of Sioux Falls; five grandchildren (Lexie [Rhys], Lauren, Oliver, Olivia, and Jonah); a brother Wally and two sisters--Adeline Kopf and Vera Wahl; as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Zimbelman Stewardship endowment at Sioux Falls Seminary, N.A.B. Heritage Commission or a charity of your choice.
Funeral services for Ernie will take place on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Trinity Baptist Church. Visitation will take place the night prior, at Heritage Funeral Home on Friday, February 2, 2018 with family present from 5:00-7:00pm.
www.heritagesfsd.com (Published in The Argus Leader)
Margaret Weedon Boles, BA ’51, of Hawkins, TX, died Jan. 1 at age 87.
Early on January 1, 2018, Margaret Boles celebrated the New Year by reuniting with her husband Joe, a host of friends and family, and most importantly her Savior Jesus Christ. She was born on March 27, 1930 to Hardy and Carrie Weedon in Bryan, Texas. After three sons, Margaret was celebrated by her mother and clothed in lace and curls which often clashed with her tomboy nature. While attending Baylor University, she caught the eye of a lanky pre-law major, Joe Boles, who recently had answered God’s call to become a pastor. One Sunday Joe was visiting Margaret’s home church in Bryan with a friend. The friend told Joe, “I’m gonna take her out on a date.” Not to be out done, Joe stated, “Really? I’m gonna marry her,” which he did in 1951. Margaret embraced the role of a pastor’s wife which included being under the constant watchful eye of critics, a home that was always open, a life filled with service in every church program, and being a prayer warrior in defense and support of her husband. She helped support Joe as a school teacher while he received his degrees and moved from church to church. She served with Joe as a missionary to the Bahamas and never stopped talking about that experience. After unsuccessfully trying to have children, they adopted three children over a five year span; Jeffrey, Carrie and Cindy. Surprisingly, after 18 years of marriage Margaret got pregnant at the age of 39 and gave birth to Gregory in 1970.
In 1977, while pastoring a thriving First Baptist Church of Bellaire, Joe passed away suddenly, leaving Margaret with four children at home. Fueled by an unwavering faith, she watched God provide for her family in many miraculous ways. She soon returned to teaching and later retired from Condit Elementary in Bellaire as a loving kindergarten teacher. Her home was always open, welcoming visitors of all ages and backgrounds. The holidays would always include others that needed a loving place and at Christmas she made sure everyone had a gift. She was known by many names depending on your relationship with her - Mrs. Boles, Margaret Ann, Momma Boles, Mom and Nana.
As her health declined and limited her mobility, she maintained a vibrant prayer and counseling ministry from her recliner. As a testament to her faith, her African grey parrot, Caesar learned to say, “Praise the Lord” and “Jesus” from overhearing her prayers.
Margaret is predeceased by her parents, her brothers Donald, Lynn, and Travis, and her husband of a short 26 years Dr. Joe Boles. She is survived by her four children, Jeff, Carrie, Cindy and Greg, her 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
We would like to thank the loving staff of Clarewood House especially Blanca Ras, Anna Samuel, Deante Sigears, and Pat Papiannia for their tender care for our mother over the last few years.
Services will be at Earthman Bellaire Funeral Home, 4525 Bissonnet St. Bellaire, Texas. Visitation will be on Thursday January 4th from 6-8 PM. The Funeral service will be Friday January 5th at 10:00 AM with Pastor George Phifer officiating. Interment will be at Steep Hollow Cemetery, Steep Hollow Rd., Bryan, Texas at 2:00 PM.
Condolences may be offered at www.earthmanbellaire.com
(Published in Houston Chronicle)
Alma Outlaw Boone, BS ’51, of San Antonio died Dec. 15 at age 88.
Alma Louise Boone, born on November 12, 1929 in Carlsbad, NM passed away on December 15, 2017 at the age of 88 years. She is preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived by her sons Stephen Austin Boone III & family and Nigle Boone. She will be laid to rest in Resthaven memorial Park in Midland, TX on Friday, December 22, 2017. (Published by Dignity Memorial)
Patricia Stallworth Everett, BA ’51, died Nov. 22 in Frisco, TX. She was 87.
Patricia Curry Stallworth Everett, 87, peacefully passed away on November 22 in Frisco, Texas. “Patsy” was born in Marlin, Texas on December 21, 1929, to Fleta May Curry Stallworth and George Alexander Stallworth. Patsy was the Valedictorian of the 1947 graduating class of Levelland High School. She attended the University of Texas, Columbia University and Baylor University, where she graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Baylor she was an active member and President of the Athenean Club, and later became a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma when it became a national sorority.
In 1951, Patsy married the love of her life, Charles Edward Everett. After 21 years of service, she retired from teaching English, Speech and Drama in the Houston and Alief school districts. She was a faithful member of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Deacon and an Elder. She was a member and President of Coterie of Houston, a study club, and enjoyed bridge, gardening, theatre and volunteer work.
Patsy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband “Chuck,” of 64 years. She is survived by three devoted daughters: Suzanne Everett Fox and husband Bill; Elaine Everett Atchison and husband David; Amy Everett Rose and husband Kyle; She was “Gammy” to eight adored grandchildren; Christopher Everett Fox and wife Stephanie; Bradley Clark Fox and wife Amanda; David Blake Atchison; Joel Matthew Atchison; Amanda Atchison Hanks and husband Jeremy; Emily Rose Dushman and husband Daniel; Kyle Andrew Rose and wife Madison and Charles David Rose. She leaves two great grandsons, David Rainor Atchison and Kamden Cooper Fox, along with other dear nieces, nephews and cousins.
Patsy was a loving and kind mother, wife and friend. She was a true southern lady, and spending time with loved ones was her greatest joy. The family would like to thank our St. Andrew’s friends for their prayers and ministry over six decades, and the Cottages at Chapel Creek and THPC for their dedicated caregiving and hospice care. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church on December 16 at two o’clock. A private family burial will follow in Marlin, Texas. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church Missions or The Alzheimer’s Association.
(Published in Houston Chronicle)
Thomas M. Sewell, BA ’51, of Blooming Grove, TX, died Jan. 27 at age 85.
Thomas Monette Sewell, Jr., 87, of Blooming Grove passed away Jan. 27, 2018 after a short illness. His companion of 40 years, Carol Gaines, of Houston, was with him. Other family members were close by. Tom was born in Blooming Grove Aug. 18, 1930 to Beulah and Thomas Monette Sewell, Sr. He graduated from Baylor University and University of Texas School of Law. He practiced law in Houston for 30 years at the prestigious firm of Fulbright & Jaworski. After retiring, Tom moved back to Blooming Grove to operate a cattle business on his parents’ land. He built his home there as well.
During their years together, Tom and Carol enjoyed square dancing, music, movies and traveling. They made many trips to National Parks in the western United States and to various destinations in Europe. Tom was an accomplished artist working primarily in watercolors. Favorite subjects were his beloved cattle and dogs, and amazing scenes from his widespread travels.
He was preceded in death by his parents Beulah and Net Sewell, his sister Mollie Sewell Smith and his brother Bill Sewell. He is survived by seven nieces and nephews, Lynn Pearson of Waco, Susan and Charlie Hoffmeyer of New Ulm, Gayl Newton of San Antonio, Griff Smith of Caldwell, Bilray and Chely Sewell of Charlotte, North Carolina, Ivette and Jack Conway of St. Louis, Missouri, and Kari Sewell and husband Joe Morales of Ashville, North Carolina. He also is survived by his much-loved companion Carol Gaines, many great nieces and great nephews and his precious dogs Chula, Cody and Giada.
The family greatly appreciates the help and love given to Tom by neighbors Paula and Trae Southard and Baldo Ferrer.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, in the pavilion at Rose Hill Cemetery in Blooming Grove. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Tom’s memory to your favorite charity. An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com
(Published by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home)
Jack P. Sharp, BM ’51, of Port Ludlow, WA, died Jan. 12 at age 87.
Jack Paul Sharp May 11th, 1930 - January 12th, 2018 Passed away January 12th, 2018. Jack was born in Dallas Texas to Arlie and Winnie Kate Sharp. After Graduating from Baylor University he began his teaching career that spanned most of his life. Starting as a music teacher he moved on to elementary school then junior high. He worked for Dixie school district for many years and was a favorite teacher with the parents who were always asking for “Mr. Sharp”.
On June 23rd, 1954 Jack married his best friend and love of his life Lou Etta Morgan. They produced three sons Monte, Christopher and Alex. Monte was born in Dallas, Texas and both Chris and Alex were born in Kenya, East Africa where Dad was working. He taught at Kagumo College in Nyeri, Kenya and later at Kenyatta College in Nairobi, Kenya. He also had a stint teaching college on Yap Island in Micronesia before returning to the US. At the end of and after his teaching career he went into the travel business starting Sharp Safaris. Jack took 80 picture taking safaris to Africa and numerous trips around the rest of the world. He could tell you how to get to some obscure restaurant in Cairo, Paris, Hong Kong or just about any other place. Jack was gifted with an indomitable sense of adventure. Whether bouncing around the bush in Land Rovers, flying over migrating herds or facing off with a silver backed gorilla he lived life with an incredible “what’s next” gusto.
Survived by his wife Lou, sons, Alex and Monte. Their wives Viv and Traci, sister Dorothy Nell Robin, grandchildren Sidney, Krista, Skyler, and baby Asaya, Great grandchild Paige, and many others in his large extended family. Jack will join his son Christopher who passed away a year ago almost to the day in the hands of his loving God. A memorial will be held on Saturday, January 27th at 11:00AM at the Port Ludlow Community Church in Port Ludlow Washington. (Published in Marin Independent Journal)
Betty Beene Smith, ’51, of Shreveport, LA, died Nov. 29 at age 89.
Betty was born on October 10, 1928 and passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Betty was a resident of Shreveport, Louisiana at the time of passing. After graduating from Byrd High School, she continued her education at Stephens College, Baylor University, and Centenary College. Visitation will be December 4, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. till 6:00 p.m. A service honoring her life will be held at Osborne Funeral home, 3631 Southern Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Volunteers of America Shreveport, First United Methodist Church, Shreveport and The Shreveport Symphony, or the charity of your choice. Monday, December 04, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Osborn Funeral Home 3631 Southern Avenue Shreveport, LA 71104 Funeral Service at FH Tuesday, December 05, 2017 11:00 AM Osborn Chapel 3631 Southern Ave Shreveport, LA 71104.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Volunteers of America Shreveport, First United Methodist Church, Shreveport and The Shreveport Symphony, or the charity of your choice. Monday, December 04, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Osborn Funeral Home 3631 Southern Avenue Shreveport, LA 71104 Funeral Service at FH Tuesday, December 05, 2017 11:00 AM Osborn Chapel 3631 Southern Ave Shreveport, LA. (Published by tributes.com)
Walter Price Smith, BA ’51, of Mars Hill, NC, died Oct. 17, 2017, at age 87.
Walter Price Smith, 87, retired former vice president of Mars Hill College (University), died Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at Madison Health and Rehabilitation in Mars Hill, NC.
A 1949 junior college graduate of the Baptist school, he joined the administrative staff in August 1954 and spent 42 years as writer, editor and photographer in the Office of Public Information. For more than 30 years he edited the college catalog and the alumni magazine and taught journalism in the English Department as associate professor before retiring in June 1996.
Mr. Smith grew up in Pensacola, FL, where he attended public schools and was graduated from Pensacola High School in 1947. Following his studies at Mars Hill, he transferred to Baylor University in Waco, TX, where he majored in journalism and English.
During the summer between his junior and senior years he did an internship under the auspices of the Texas Daily Newspaper Association. He was a reporter on the afternoon daily at Wichita Falls, TX. During his senior year at Baylor he edited the school’s daily student newspaper; was president of Sigma Delta Chi, professional journalism fraternity; and was named to the national publication “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.”
A month after graduation he joined the Air Force and was sent to Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, for basic training. After brief assignments as a reporter on base newspapers at Lackland and at McConnell AFB in Wichita, KS, he was admitted to Officer Candidate School at Lackland. Upon graduation he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned to communications intelligence schools in Denver, CO, and at Brooks AFB in San Antonio.
Although the Korean War was winding down at the time (1953), Lt. Smith was deployed to an Air Force intelligence gathering unit in Japan as a cryptographer and intelligence analyst. When the armistice was signed ending the war, he returned to the U.S. and was released from active duty.
He immediately joined the staff of the morning daily newspaper in his hometown, Pensacola, as a general assignments reporter. The following year he joined the staff of Mars Hill College (University) as a public information specialist, writing news and feature stories for release to area newspapers and magazines and doing related photography. In December he was married in San Antonio to Pat Janicke, whom he had met during his third Air Force assignment in the Alamo City.
During the 1956-57 school year he took a leave of absence from his duties at Mars Hill and earned a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin. When he returned to his duties at Mars Hill he assumed added responsibilities for college publications. Mrs. Smith worked at the college before their three children were born, then was a stay-at-home mother for 10 years before returning to work at the college when their youngest child entered first grade.
Over the years Mr. Smith was active in Mars Hill Baptist Church, serving several terms as chairman of the board of deacons and on various committees. For 8 years he was chairman of the board of elections for the town of Mars Hill. In 1991 the college trustees named him Vice President for Publications; and in 1994, on his 40th anniversary at the school, he was presented a
Distinguished Service Award. By the time they retired in 1996 the Smiths had served 71 years at the college; he for 42 and she for 29. Even after retiring the Smiths remained active in the community and with Mars Hill College (University) serving as founding members and officers of the Retired Personnel Organization. In 2006, as part of the sesquicentennial celebration, Walter, Robert Chapman and Darryl Norton published a photographic reminiscence of Mars Hill College (1856-2006) entitled Through the Long Years.
Mr. Smith’s immediate family survivors include his devoted wife of 63 years, Pat; a son, Travis and his fiancée, Jenny Bowyer and his three children, Austin and Alexis of Asheville, NC, and Alyssa, of Hickory, NC; a daughter and son-in-law, Kellye and Michael Ratcliff of Greenville, SC; and a daughter, Karen Marie Smith, MD, of Winston-Salem, NC. The extended family includes a step granddaughter, Treva (Lacy) Cross, and their children Kaley and Mitchell; a step grandson, Jason Ratcliff and his sons Justin and Carter; and step grandson, Joshua Ratcliff (Sarah) and sons, William and Thomas.
Other survivors include aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, nieces, and in-laws in Florida, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and California.
The family will receive friends Sunday, October 22 from 2 pm - 4 pm at Blue Ridge Funeral Service (7626 Highway 213) in Mars Hill. Interment will be in Mars Hill Baptist Church cemetery (private service).
A service celebrating Walter’s life will be held on Saturday, October 28 at 11 am at Mars Hill Baptist Church (67 North Main Street). The family will receive friends at a reception immediately follow the service in the church fellowship hall. The Reverend Tommy Justus will officiate.
The family would like to thank Dr. James Hoer and Camilla Olson of Carolina Internal Medicine and the staff of Madison Health and Rehabilitation for the loving care of their husband and father.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Pat J. and Walter P. Smith Scholarship Fund at Mars Hill University, Advancement Office, PO Box 6792, Mars Hill, NC 28754 (www.mhu.edu) or to Mars Hill Baptist Church, PO Box 218, Mars Hill, NC 28754 (www.marshillbc.org).
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.blueridgefuneralservice.org
(Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times)
Dr. James Vardaman, BA ’51, of Waco died Jan. 31 at age 89.
Dr. James Vardaman, BA ’51, Professor Emeritus of History and Master Teacher James W. Vardaman, Ph.D., who died Jan. 31 in Waco. He was 89.
Dr. James W. Vardaman was born on Nov. 26, 1928, in Dallas, Texas, where he grew up as the youngest of five children of Daisy and Ephraim Jeremiah Vardaman. In 1945, at 16 years of age, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served in the Philippines as well as on board the Pasadena. His military service provided him an introduction to the wider world, to war and the aftermath of war, to typhoons, to sergeants and their disciplinary techniques, and to fellow enlisted men in the Marines with whom he lived and served. His lifelong regard for friendships made during those years was always specific to the individual. He spoke of fellow Marines warmly by name, state, hometown and pithy remarks that were as fresh in his mind at 89 as they had been when he was 20.
He also maintained lifelong regard for those military and government leaders whose values and vision enabled them to conduct themselves by admirable and lofty standards.
Most importantly at that juncture in his life, military service in World War II gave Dr. Vardaman the door through which he walked into higher education – the G.I. Bill. He was grateful forever. Being decommissioned at one minute after midnight on March 18, 1949, at a base in Oklahoma, he then drove all night to Waco, Texas, where he enrolled that day, the last day of registration for the spring quarter at Baylor University. As a distinguished scholar and historian later in life, he reflected on occasion that the most significant moment in his life was seeing his name and grade posted on a small piece of paper by a professor’s door in the summer of 1949. He had passed a university course – and was going to be able to become a college student at Baylor.
His intensity for learning and maximizing every day of higher education had begun. Beginning with gratitude for his sister, Ann Miller, who tutored him at Baylor, his love of all things literary and historical grew with each year of extraordinary courses and undergraduate studies. The fine history faculty, particularly Dr. Bruce Thompson, affirmed their student’s aptitudes and encouraged him to consider a career as an historian because it would be a perfect fit. It was. He completed Baylor in two years, taking overloads each term. He earned his master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1952 and his Ph.D. in British History at Vanderbilt in 1957.
His teaching career included winning the top teaching award at TCU, then earning a special place in the lore of Virginia Military Institute for five years as well as taking wide-ranging opportunities for summer teaching and fellowships, including University of Virginia and University of North Carolina. However, in 1967, when several Baylor professors and Judge McCall contacted him regarding an open position in the history department, there was no question what would be his next step in academe: He was coming “home” to his alma mater. Here he thrived and received many teaching honors. He was named a Master Teacher in 1993 and elected to Phi Beta Kappa, as an alumnus.
He chaired the Beall-Russell Lectures in the Humanities for nine years, bringing to campus distinguished national and international giants, such as Nobel Prize recipient Czeslaw Milosz; the Very Reverend Michael Mayne, dean of Westminster Abbey; A. S. Byatt; Edward Said; Bill Moyers; Robert Haas and many others. He taught in and then directed many international programs for the University, including teaching in Baylor in Vienna and Baylor in London before becoming director of Baylor in the British Isles, a program housed for nearly 20 years within the confines of Westminster Abbey at Westminster School. His international teaching included serving an exchange professor to the Yunnan Nationalities University in Kunming, PRC, in 1984-85 and was followed by a memorable trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway across Russia. He began the semester-long program for Baylor in Maastricht, The Netherlands, in 1995, a program that continues to be a proud feature of Baylor’s international programs and draws students and faculty from across the University. In the 1990s and early 2000s, Dr. Vardaman also led many alumni trips across Europe, to South America, and most notably, of course, back to the British Isles and Ireland. His relationship with former students was a great treasure to him, as were his friends and family. Dr. Vardaman concluded his tenured years at Baylor in 2000 after 33 years of teaching and inspiring students to ground their worldviews within the vast narrative of humankind.
At retirement, Dr. Vardaman built a library to contain about 5,000 of his favorite books. He could be found there many hours a day for the past almost two decades. Drawing on his vast knowledge, he was the perfect reader of the great tomes across all times and spaces, countries and civilizations. He often offered up sober details about historical events and personages to his family and close friends, insights that the most learned scholars could possibly have profited from knowing. (One point among many to remember: the Magna Carta was “sealed,” not “signed” by King John at Runnymede.)
In 2017, a professorship in the history department was established in Dr. Vardaman’s name. As additional tributes have been lifted to Dr. Vardaman’s memory and legacy this week, Michael Livingstone, a former student, has described him as “my earthquake.” Another, Dr. Scott Harper, reflected on his professor in terms of the Dylan Thomas poem “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and speaks for many when he says: “I have never known anyone like Dr. Vardaman who more raged against the dying of the light: the light of enlightenment and education, the light of justice for wrongs committed at every level of society and culture, the light of friendship and love, the light of his own life. He did not go gentle into anything.” Dr. Vardaman was preceded in death by his daughter, Kirsten Vardaman Turner, in August of 2014, and his brother-in-law and sister, Dr. Robert T. Miller and Ann V. Miller. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Elizabeth (Betsy) Vardaman, senior lecturer and associate dean for engaged learning in the College of Arts & Sciences; his daughters, Bridget Ashmore and Page Cupper; three grandchildren; and many beloved nieces and nephews. A Service of Remembrance at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Seventh & James Baptist Church, 602 James Ave. in Waco. A memorial gathering will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the President’s Suite at McLane Stadium, where friends and family are welcome to visit and remember Dr. Vardaman. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be directed to the James Vardaman Endowed Professorship or Dr. James W. Vardaman Endowed Scholarship Fund at Baylor University. Gifts can be mailed to One Bear Place #97050, Waco, Texas 76798-7050 or made online by going to www.baylor.edu/giving/memorialfunds.
Alex Rice Federwisch, BBA ’52, of Robinson, TX, died Jan. at age 97.
While resting peacefully at his new home away from home in Waxahachie, Alex Rice Federwisch of Robinson, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on January 23, 2018. He was 97 years old. A Memorial Service honoring his long life will be held 3 p.m., Tuesday, January 30, at the First United Methodist Church in Waco. Wayne Williams officiating. A visitation will follow at the church.
Alex was born October 29, 1920 to Richard and Gerda Federwisch in Otto, Texas. He grew up on the family farm and attended Mart schools. From an early age he learned the importance of hard work and the ways of a farmer. Although his family had little financial means, they survived the depression better than most, by raising their own food and living off of the land by selling vegetables, firewood and eggs. After graduating from Mart High School in 1939, Alex enrolled in Texas Univ. in Austin. A month after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Alex felt the call to serve his country, so he enlisted in the Marine Corps where he was trained as a field telephone operator. He was stationed in the command post in the following Pacific theaters: American and British Samoa, the Marshall, Gilbert and Mariana Islands. Alex retired from the service at the end of WWII, achieving the rank of Master Technical Sergeant.
Upon the completion of the war, Alex returned to Waco and worked at the General Tire Plant and eventually at Citizens National Bank. While working at the bank he attended Baylor University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Alex worked at Citizens Bank for 37 and half years until his retirement. Alex met the love of his life, Leta Reeves at St. John’s Methodist Church. The two were married on January 18, 1947. Leta and Alex had two wonderful children; daughter, Judy born in April 1948, and son, Ric born in February 1955. In 1956, Alex felt the desire to live and work on a farm again, so he moved the family from Waco, to a farm in Robinson, which would come to be known as the Sleepy Hollow farm. Alex loved his family and was always eager to participate in things they did, and he was always eager to serve the community. Alex’s interest in helping the small Robinson Schools separate from the Rosenthal schools began, and he was elected to the Robinson School board in the mid 1960’s and served as President for fourteen years during which time they added grades 9-12 and built a new high school and football field. Most importantly though, was the family’s deeply embedded faith in God, and their desire to be involved at church.
Alex and Leta served as members of St John’s Methodist church, where he taught Sunday school and served on the Board and eventually served as Chairman. In 1972, Alex and Leta transferred their membership to First United Methodist Church of Waco, so they could be with their children and grandchildren. They became members of the Odell Dudley Sunday school class, where they met many lifelong friends. The Sleepy Hollow farm was the site of numerous church picnics, hayrides and BBQs. For over 50 years the annual Federwisch Easter Egg hunt brought from 50-70 family members and friends to the farm to enjoy the great outdoors and country hospitality. Many of the family’s best memories took place on the farm.
Preceding Alex in death were his parents, Richard and Gerda; his wife of 62 years Leta; his sister, Alice Hanath; and his daughter, Judy Holze.
Remaining to remember his life and legacy are his son, Ric Federwisch and wife, Heather of Waxahachie; his son-in-law, Larry Holze; grandchildren, Chris Holze and wife, Christine, Michelle Holze Wilson and husband, Ken, Tiffany Holze Cherry, Megan Grace Federwisch Tillman and husband, Ryan, Tyler Federwisch, Kyle Klansek, Megan Ryan Bordelon and husband, Brian; and eight great-grandchildren, Peyton Fisher, Taylor Wilson, Madison Wilson, MacKenzie Cherry, Camille Cherry, Landon Holze, Lincoln Tillman, and Knox Tillman.
In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made to the Children’s Ministry of First United Methodist Church Waco. (Published in Waco Tribune-Herald)
Jerry Ray Moore, BBA ’52, of Brentwood, TN, died Dec. 29 at age 86.
Jerry Ray Moore, age 87, of Brentwood, TN, and formerly of Birmingham, AL, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017. He was a devoted husband and family man, as well as a devoted patron for care of orphans, others with special needs, and patriotic causes. Mr. Moore was born in Tyler, TX on March 29, 1931. He attended John Tyler High School, Kemper Military Academy in Booneville, MO, and Baylor University in Waco, TX. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as Major, and was a recipient of the Air Medal. After retirement, he resided in Birmingham, Burnsville, NC, and Nashville, TN. Mr. Moore was predeceased by his parents, Reagan Travis Moore and Mary Butler Moore of Tyler, TX. Survivors include Mr. Moore’s wife of 66 years, Betty Watson Moore; daughter, Lynn Lavezo (Steve); sons, Thomas Moore (Jamie Lee), John Reagan Moore (Sherrie), and Jim Moore (Paige); grandchildren, Christopher Lavezo, Jonathan Lavezo, M.D. (Camille), John Reagan Moore, Jr. (Emma), Reilly Schilling Moore, Jackson Lee Moore, Campbell Lawrence Moore, Lauren Brooke Moore, and Landen Travis Moore (Brooke); and great-grandchildren, Daphne Moore and Kollins Moore. The funeral service was at 12 noon on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL, followed by the burial at Southern Heritage Cemetery, Pelham. Dr. Benjamin Littlejohn officiated. (Published in The Birmingham News)
Mamie Lou Ann Paul, BA ’52, of Chanute, KS, died Jan. 29 at age 86.
Dewey Gene Wilson, BBA ’52, of Columbia, SC, died Jan. 16 at age 90.
Dewey Gene Wilson, 90, of Columbia, died peacefully Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Born April 13, 1927 in Electra, TX, he was a son of the late Robert Clark Wilson and Maude Meador Wilson. He was a graduate of Baylor University and served in the US Navy at the end of WWII. Mr. Wilson was a longtime member of First Baptist Church of Columbia where he taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. He was owner of Gene Wilson State Farm Insurance Company in the St. Andrews area. His zest for life was unmatched, working out 3 times a week until he was 85, and volunteering with Meals on Wheels in the community he so dearly loved. Survivors include his daughter, Kelly Wilson White (William) of Manassas, VA; sons, John Clark Wilson and Kirk Everett Wilson, both of Columbia; grandchildren, Christopher Pertl (Jenna), Ryan Pertl and Kaitln Pertl. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wilson was preceded in death by sisters, Lela Lee Wilson, US Navy (Ret.), and Robbie Lee Wilson; a brother, Patrick Wilson. Mr. Wilson will be laid to rest at Remembrance Gardens at Riverbend in Austin, TX. A visitation will be held from 12 until 2 o’clock, Friday, January 19th, at Shives Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, 5202 Colonial Drive, Columbia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harvest Hope Food Bank, Meals On Wheels or to The Oliver Gospel Mission. Memories and condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com.
James B. Wolfe, BA ’52, of Lubbock, TX, died Jan. 12 at age 92.
James Wolfe of Lubbock, TX took his final breaths of life at home; just the way he wanted. He was born on February 8, 1925 in Dallas, TX to Greene W.B. Wolfe, and Emma Leona (Walsh) Wolfe. While still in high school, he met the love of his life, Verda Nell Hamiter. Upon his return from WWII, they continued their romance and married on May 3, 1947. To this union were born 3 sons - James Gordon, William Gregory, and Charles Gary Wolfe, 8 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
When he became of age, in 1943, he enlisted in the Army and served a tour in Europe from 1943-1946. For his services, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and several other medals. Following his discharge, he and Verda attended Baylor University where he was involved with ROTC and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Education in 1952. He was then commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1953 working his way up through the ranks and served until his retirement in 1970 as a Major. Upon his military retirement, he joined the Texas Department of Health for whom he worked until retiring in 1983. After this, he and Verda enjoyed traveling and being grandparents.
A man of unwavering faith, he was an active member of the Baptist church and served whenever and wherever he was able. He was ordained as a Deacon and truly loved serving his church. He and Verda are long time members of Oakwood Baptist Church where they were actively involved with Sunday School, VBS, and choir. He is survived by his wife, Verda; sons Gordon Wolfe; Greg Wolfe and his wife, Cynthia; and Gary Wolfe and his wife Leila; Grandchildren DeShaun, Kristina, Benjamin, Joshua, Daniel, Breckron, and Dashayla; and great-grandchildren Nikolaus, Elizabella, Sophia and Olivia. Preceding him in death are his parents; two sisters, Anna Pearl Fletcher and Lorazell Elizabeth Anderson; and granddaughter, Shemaiah Wolfe. His family would like to thank Kindred Hospice for making his final days special and comfortable. You are invited to attend a memorial viewing on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Combest Family Funeral Homes Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Resthaven Memorial Park. www.combestfamilyfuneralhomes.com.
Doris Nola Cundiff, MA ’53, of Kirksville, MO, died Nov. 26 at age 93.
Doris N. Cundiff, 93 of Kirksville passed away on November 26, 2017 at the Northeast Regional Medical Center.
She was born on April 8, 1924, the daughter of Ray P. Gardner and Alma Lee Humphrey Gardner, in Marceline, Missouri. The family soon moved to Kirksville, Missouri where she spent her childhood.
On June 18, 1960 she was married to William V. Cundiff who preceded her in death. Surviving are sons, Barry V. Cundiff and Kirby R. Cundiff, of Kirksville, MO; daughters-in-law, Audrey and Katlin; grandson, Brody; step-granddaughter Jasmine; sister-in-law, Nancy Boren of Centralia, MO; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sisters Evonne Mills, Carol Collier, Justine Stewart, brother-in-law, Chester Boren; and her parents.
Doris graduated from Kirksville High School in 1942 and attended Northeast Missouri State Teachers College from which she received a B.S. in Business Education and Music in 1945. She received a Master of Arts in General Business from Baylor University, Waco TX in 1953.
During her life Doris was a dedicated Piano Teacher in Kirksville, MO, a regular substitute teacher in the Kirksville Public Schools, and a volunteer at the A. T. Still University Museum of Osteopathic Medicine. She also taught at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, at the high school in Bowling Green, Missouri, and at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, VA.
Doris was a member of: Kirksville First Baptist Church, General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Daughters of the American Revolution, Order of the Eastern Star Kirksville Chapter #184, and for a number of years she was a volunteer leader for Recovery, Inc., a mental health self-help organization.
Doris also frequently attended the First Christian Church in Kirksville, Missouri. Later in life, she regularly attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Kirksville, MO.
Visitation Friday, December 15, 2017 Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home
2100 E. Shepherd Avenue Kirksville, Missouri 63501
Memorial Service Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:00 PM
Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home Memorials are suggested to the Shriners Children’s Hospital or the Masonic Home of Missouri and may be left at or sent to the Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, 2100 E. Shepherd Ave., Kirksville, MO 63501.
Patricia Avera Dyer, BA ’53, of Cove, TX, died Jan. 19 at age 85.
Patricia Avera Dyer 85, of Cove, Texas, passed away on Friday, January 19, 2018 at her home surrounded by loving family. A daughter of James Avera and wife Gladys Icet, she was born March 19, 1932. She was a great granddaughter of pioneer Cove shipbuilders and Confederate blockade runner, Capt. William Icet. Mrs. Dyer attended Barbers Hill school and Baylor University. She was a member of Old River Baptist Church, where she taught a ladies’ class for thirty years. Mrs. Dyer was an administrator for Chambers County Programs of The Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation for over 20 years. Mrs. Dyer was proceeded in death by her husband, Stanley Dyer; and son, Stanley Powell Dyer. Survivors include daughter, Dawn Diane Dyer of Cove; sister Sylvia Robbins of Houston; niece Cindy Robbins of Houston; granddaughters Alisa Dyer and sons Stanley and Adrian of Michigan and Jennifer Dyer of New York City. Friends are invited to visit with the family beginning at 1pm on Saturday, January 27, 2018 in the chapel of Sterling Funeral Home, 602 N. Main Street in Dayton. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. following the visitation with Brother Danny Biddy officiating. A graveside service and committal will immediately follow in Palms Memorial Park Cemetery in Dayton. Condolences can be shared with the family by visiting www.SterlingFuneralHome.com. (Published in The Anahuac Progress)
Rev. Arlis R. Fuller, BA ’53, MA ’68, of Houston died Dec. 10 at age 93.
Arlis joined his Lord Jesus Christ Sunday morning, December 10th. His son Randal and his grandson Daniel were at his bedside. Arlis was ordained as a Southern Baptist Minister at Magnolia Temple Baptist Church of Houston, Texas in 1950. He went on to earn his B.A. from Baylor in 1953 and a B.Div. from Southwestern Seminary soon after. He earned his M.A. from Baylor in 1967.
Arlis pastored Southern Baptist churches in Houston, Waco, Rosebud, and Grand Prairie over the years. After his retirement in 1994, he was a substitute school teacher and interim pastor.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Hazel, his son Randal and daughter-in-law Holli, and grandchildren Sara Elizabeth and Daniel Joseph.
Visitation will be Saturday December 16, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at McKnight Church in Cushing, Texas. Service will be at 12:00 PM.
(Published in Houston Chronicle)
Frances Thomason Ingraham, BA ’53, of Franklin, TN, died Nov. 4 at age 85.
Ingraham, Frances Rose, age 85, of Franklin, TN passed away peacefully Saturday, November 4, 2017 after a long struggle with dementia. Visitation: Tuesday, November 7, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the parlor at Tap Root Farm, 4099 Clovercroft Road, Franklin, TN. Celebration of Life: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 11 in the chapel at Church of The City, 828 Murfreesboro Road, Franklin, TN., with private family burial prior to service.
Frances was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Francis and Minnie Riddlehover Thomason. She attended Corpus Christi High School and Baylor University, graduating in 1953 with a degree in education. She married Frank Calvin Ingraham June 5, 1953. During the Korean conflict the couple was stationed at the Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Cheyenne, Wyoming where Frank was a US Air Force Judge Advocate Officer- JAG (attorney) and Frances taught grade school. They moved to Nashville in 1955 and to Franklin in 1962. Frances quickly became a value to the community, originating the Candy Striper Program at Williamson County Hospital and serving as its first director. She reached out to young people with the good news that God loved them, serving as director of the intermediate-age Sunday School department at Belmont Heights Baptist Church and, later, as an adult department director at First Baptist Church Franklin.
In the late ‘80s through early ‘90s she was active in continuing the Women’s Ministry at First Baptist Church, Franklin, now Church of The City. In 1974 after losing her 17-year-old son, Hal, Frances experienced deep grief, finding comfort in God’s word and presence. This experience became her ministry; she, authored articles and spoke privately and publicly, loving others through encouraging words and sharing of her faith. Frances was a scintillating communicator of the written word. She converted an upstairs bedroom into the place where she retreated to study and write — sometimes by hand and other times with her Smith Corona. She leaves her family a rich collection of her organized and well-written talks, devotions and articles. Frances loved to play the piano and enjoyed listening to her vast music library. She opened her home to dear friends and acquaintances, treating them like family and sharing heartfelt joy with true southern hospitality — something she laughingly called “feller-ship.” Her cellar was always full of fresh, canned vegetables and she kept a place set at the table and a spare bedroom ready for guests and friends passing through. Her home was a favorite retreat to many people through the years. She loved others well and the Lord flowed from her heart.
She is responsible for discovering the 10-room 1929 Victorian house and land which became Tap Root Farm. On a drive one afternoon, with her three children in tow, Frances came upon an antebellum house surrounded by farmland. She drove down the long driveway, knocked on the door and met the owner. “Is this house for sale?” said Frances. “Oh honey,” said the owner, “You don’t want this old house, it’s country.” The next day she took Frank and they decided it was perfect. Since then, Frances has made her home an extension of her personality and warm hospitality. She hosted an annual Christmas open house for her church and the Clovercroft Community and her home was included in the annual Franklin Heritage Tour of Homes.
In any circumstance the devoted wife, mother, church leader and civic volunteer behaved with dependable equanimity. She was named Williamson County’s “Mother of The Year” in 1969 and was active in the PTAs of Franklin Elementary and Junior High School. She taught her three children core-values through family farm life. She organized her family around wholesome activities such as 4-H, cattle-shows, and the family garden. She even taught farm-to-table economics by helping her children sell produce from their farm stand on Clovercroft Road. Most of all, she prayed with her children at the very moment of need, whether a disappointment, a lost item, or a victory to celebrate. She did not “table” her prayer life — many prayer journals express her commitment to family and precious dear friends. She was one-in-a-million and even more, an incredible example to all who knew her.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Harold (Hal) Eric Ingraham; and her brother, John Henry (Johnny) Thomason. SURVIVORS: Frances, or as her grandchildren call her “Rosey,” is survived by her husband, Frank; daughters Susan Rose Ingraham and Marianna Wilson and husband Jim; grandchildren Erica Anne Hopkins and husband, Ronnie; Kurt Calvin Ingraham; Carmen Rose Evans and husband, Sean; Meredith Ley Wilson; Lucia Genevieve Wilson; and one great granddaughter, Ashlyn Rose. Memorials may be made to the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home. WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 615 794-2289. www.williamsonmemorial.com
Conway Hale Sawyers, BA ’53, of Burleson, TX, died Sept. 29 at age 89.
Sawyers served 10 years as Arkansas Baptist State Missions Director and 17 years as director of missions of Liberty Baptist Association in El Dorado. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University and a Master’s Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is survived by his wife of 66 years Marceille of Burleson; daughter Kathy Weatherly and husband Bill; son Larry Sawyers; two sisters, Willene Austin and Vera Breeding; 2 grandchildren; 3 nieces and 2 nephews. Funeral services were held Oct. 5 at Laurel Land Funeral Home in Fort Worth. (Submitted)
Eris Yvonne Wood, nee LeComte, BA ’53, passed away in Round Rock, Texas on January 31, 2018 at 87 years of age, after a long struggle with dementia.
She is survived by her daughters, Sherrie Nutt and her husband Randall Nutt; and Michelle Keen and her husband Scott Keen and their children, David, Hannah, and Samuel. She is preceded in death by her husband of fifty years, Leslie David Wood. Yvonne, as she preferred to be called, was born in Houston, Texas on December 2, 1930 to Franklin Rudolph and Flora Lee LeComte. In 1953, she graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Biology. Then, she was hired by Humble Oil to do geological and geophysical drafting, due to her talent in art. In 1958, she married Leslie Wood. Eight years later, she gave birth to their first daughter and became a homemaker. Yvonne’s first love was the arts, primarily visual arts and dance. She took dance all through school in Houston and performed on stage in many shows. She also was a gifted visual artist. Her free time was spent in her yard tending her flowers. Yvonne also volunteered tutoring children in reading. She was an active member of Westbury Baptist Church in Houston prior to her illness. A graveside service is scheduled for Saturday February 3, 2018 at Cook-Walden Capital Parks in Pflugerville at 3:30 pm. Clint Neighbors will officiate the ceremony. In lieu of flowers please send donations to watchandprayministries.org or bnaizion.org. The family would like to extend great thanks to the staff at Trinity Care Center in Round Rock, Texas for their diligent and loving care for the last five years of Yvonne’s life. (dignitymemorial.com)
Erlene Guess Dunn, BS ’54, of Oakwood, TX, died Jan. 16 at age 84.
Earlene Dunn, 84, of Oakwood, died Tuesday, January 16, 2018 in Fairfield. Mrs. Dunn was born February 21, 1933 in Oakwood to parents Paul Edward and Berneice Givens Guess. Erlene was a 1950 graduate of Oakwood High School. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a Master’s degree in Education from Sam Houston State University. She met and married Leon Palmer Dunn of Shreveport, LA in 1956. He was a coach and science teacher. She taught Home Economics for almost 30 years. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her only brother, Paul Edward Guess, Jr. of San Antonio and her husband of 27 years, Leon P. Dunn, Sr. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Leon P. Dunn, Jr. and wife Terry of Houston; Charles E. Dunn and wife Staci of Oakwood; Elizabeth R. Whitt and husband John of Oakwood; eight grandchildren, numerous step-grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the Oakwood Memorial Baptist Church at 210 Love St. Oakwood, TX 75855 (Published by Capps Chapel)
Thomas T. Garner, BBA ’54, of Dallas died Jan. 10 at age 88.
Thomas Tucker Garner, 88, of Dallas, TX went to be with the Lord on January 10, 2018. Tom was born on February 27, 1929 in Winfield, Texas. Tom served in the US Air Force when he met and married Ruth Struss on April 19, 1953. Tom graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in 1954. He was a charter member of Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church, and was an active deacon for many years. Tom was lifelong Rotarian and served as President of Fair Park Rotary Club. Tom was a self-employed Certified Public Accountant for over 60 years in public practice. Tom enjoyed serving his clients and community. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Judson Garner and Zelda Tucker, and his wife of 64 years, Ruth Garner. Tom is survived by his daughter, Susan Garner of Dallas and son Dan Garner of Mexia, TX, 5 grand children, 3 grand stepchildren, 7 great grand children, 5 great grand stepchildren, and a host of beloved friends. Services will be held on Saturday, January 13th at Grove Hill Funeral Home, 3920 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, Texas 75228. Visitation at 1:00pm, funeral services at 2:00pm, and welcome reception following. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church Building Fund. (Published in Dallas Morning News)
Bill B. Glover, BA ’54, of The Hills, TX, died Nov. 1 at age 86.
Dr. Bill Glover was born in Tucumcari, New Mexico to Frank Glover and Ruby Reed on November 18, 1930. He went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 11, 2017. He is survived by his dear wife of 37 years, Barbara Glover. He is also survived by his children, Brad and Wendy Glover, Justin and Karen Glover, Steve Robisheaux, Randy and Lori Robisheaux, Kelly and Gary Miller, and Trey Robisheaux. He was always Papaw to his grandchildren; Josh, Laurel, and Julianne Glover, Ellie Mae and Jake Glover, Rachel Robisheaux, Heather, Amber, Ryan, Andrea, and Trent Robisheaux, Danny and Tammy Davis, Cambri and Keith Kubosh, Caleb Davis, Tye and Savanna Miller, along with eight great-grandchildren. He adored them all.
While his family moved several times during his childhood, he graduated from Albuquerque High School, and then moved to Waco and attended Baylor University for his undergraduate degree, beginning what became a lifelong passion for his beloved Baylor Bears. He went on to receive his doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft Worth.
Bill moved to Austin and became the Professor of Bible at the University of Texas and also became the Director of the Baptist Student Union (BSU). While continuing to teach at UT, he became the Associate Pastor at University Baptist Church and eventually became the Senior Pastor.
Bill lived an adventurous and varied life. After stepping down from University Baptist Church, he went to work for the Texas Agriculture Commission, owned several small businesses, including a tune up shop, and he worked for many years at Cook Walden where he won every sales award given. Throughout his life, no matter what his vocation, his calling remained clear. He spent a summer teaching at the Baptist Seminary in Arusha, Tanzania. He wrote Sunday School lessons for the Southern Baptist convention, and he traveled extensively to teach at conferences. He felt the Lord call him back to the pulpit, and he accepted the role of pastor at River Road Baptist Church.
It was during his time at River Road, while teaching at a singles conference in Glorieta, New Mexico, that he met Barbara Robisheaux, who one year later became his wife. Bill and Barbara eventually joined Hyde Park Baptist Church, and then later moved to Austin Baptist Church.
God, people, and family were the building blocks of Bill’s life. He never missed an opportunity to encourage someone, tell a joke, or laugh out loud. He loved his God with a relentless passion, and whether preaching or having a cup of coffee with friends, he was quick to bring the conversation around to knowing the Lord as savior. He was a prayer warrior, a lifelong student of the bible, and always looked for ways to inspire others.
While we will miss him here, he leaves with us a lasting legacy of love, faithfulness, and devotion to the Lord that inspires everyone who knew him.
Visitation will be held Friday evening November 17th from 5 to 7 PM at Cook Walden located at 6100 N Lamar, Austin, Texas 78752. A Memorial service will be held Saturday November 18th at 3 PM at Austin Baptist Church located at 7016 Ribelin Ranch Dr in Austin, Texas 78750. Donations can be made in Bill’s honor to: Austin Baptist Church at http://www.austinbaptistchurch.com/online-giving.
To share condolences with the family, please visit www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.
(Published by Cook-Walden Funeral Home)
Joe Mac Gresham, BS ’54, of Austin died Feb. 2 at age 86.
Joe Mac Gresham of Austin, passed away on February 2, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by the love of his life he first met at the age of fourteen, Dianne, his wife of 66 years. He adored his three children Joe Mac, Jr.(Marybeth), Pat Gresham and Kelly Bond (Pat), six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Joe Mac was preceded in death by his parents James S. and Ida Gresham, brother Jim Gresham, and one grandson Mike Gresham. Born in Waco on January 30, 1932, he was a member of the 1948 Waco High School state football championship team, then received an athletic scholarship to play baseball at Baylor University. Following graduation, Joe Mac served in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Bergstrom AFB. He joined Prudential Life Insurance company in 1957 where he spent his entire career. They attended River Bend Church in Austin. He was an avid golfer and a member of The Hills of Lakeway. Services will be held at 12:00PM, Wednesday, February 7, in the Smith Chapel, Riverbend Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to luckylabrescue.com
(Published in Austin American-Statesman)
William Bryan Hightower, BBA ’54, of Houston died Nov. 14 at age 85.
William Bryan Hightower departed this life and entered into the loving arms of the Lord on November 14, 2017. A memorial service will be held Thursday, November 16, at 2:00 p.m., at Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage, Houston Texas 77056. A graveside service will be held Friday, November 17, at 11:00 a.m., at Oakwood Cemetery, 2124 South 5th Street, Waco, Texas 76706. Bill was born in Waco to Bryan Jennings and Emma Pfaeffle Hightower on September 26, 1932. He attended Waco High School, where he excelled at golf and played football. Upon graduation, Bill spent two years as a member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University in College Station. He was gratified when his father permitted him to return to Waco to attend Baylor University, where he became a lifelong Baylor Bear fan. It was at Baylor that Bill met the love of his life, Dorothy Covington, and they were married on July 17, 1954.
Following graduation from Baylor, Bill joined the United States Air Force as a Second Lieutenant and was stationed in Mobile, Alabama, where their first son, Richard, was born. It was there that Bill developed a love for planes and flying. He always said the most beautiful part of flying was the final approach.
Bill then joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in management positions in Midland and Fort Worth. He later joined his father-in-law, Tom Covington, in the family casket manufacturing and distribution business, Dixie Casket Company, where he remained until his retirement in 1997.
Bill was an active member of the Executives Association, which met on Tuesday mornings at River Oaks Country Club, where many life-long friendships were formed.
One of Bill’s greatest joys was driving up to “Benny’s Fence Line” at his Hill Country hunting lease, “Cherokee Creek,” with his brother Jack, and the other members. Cherokee Creek was a place to get away with dear friends, children and grandchildren to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation and develop deep and meaningful relationships. Bill also loved the game of golf and spent many hours on the course with his friends and family.
Bill was predeceased by his parents; wife, Dorothy; and brother, Jack. He is survived by his son, Richard Wesley Hightower of Houston and his wife, Gayle Coolidge Hightower, and their children, Jennifer Hightower Monteleone and her husband, William Attaway Monteleone III, and their children, William Attaway IV and Addie Coolidge, and Richard Wesley Hightower, Jr., and his wife, Emily Songy Hightower, and their new child, Bryan Bullock; his daughter, Gayle Hightower Durie and her husband, John Pate Durie of Houston and their children, John Pate Durie II, Laura Elizabeth Durie and William Thomas Durie; and his son, Kenneth William Hightower of Austin and his partner, Melinda Montgomery.
The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com. (Published by Wikirson-Hatch-Bailey)
Elizatbeth Ruth Killion, BA ’54, of Waco died Nov. 28 at age 85.
Elizabeth Ruth “Betty Ruth” Wolfe Killion passed away in Waco, Texas, on November 28, 2017. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 30, at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco. The Reverend Sharron Cox and The Reverend Ray Waldon will officiate.
Betty Ruth was born in Waco on September 24, 1932, to George Edward Wolfe and Ruth Lewis Wolfe. She attended and received diplomas from Waco High School, Christian College and Baylor University.
Preceding her in death were her parents, George Edward Wolfe and Ruth Lewis Wolfe; brother, George Edward Wolfe, Jr.; her son, James Reese Killion, Jr.; and her daughter, Reesa Elizabeth Killion and her son, James Reese Killion, Jr.
She is survived by family, including her husband of 64 years, James Reese Killion; daughter, Ruth Killion Miller and husband, Jeff; grandson, Jeffrey Reese Miller and his wife, Amy; grandson, Tyler Davis Miller and his wife, Jennifer; and great grandchildren, Jackson Robert Miller, James Tate Miller and Coralie Elizabeth Miller.
The family is thankful for Jacque Harris, Becky Lupu, Uni Murphy and the staff of Lake Ridge Healthy Living, for the love and excellent care that she received from them during her lengthy illness. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com. (Published by Wilkerson-Hatch-Bailey)
Dr. Martha McFarling Mead, BA ’54, of San Antonio died Nov. 30 at age 83.
Martha Lee McFarling Mead passed away peacefully on Thursday November 30, 2017. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Lt. Col. Donald F. Mead (Ret.); their daughters, Leslie Ann Cardinal (Joseph), and Dr. Melissa Jane Clough (Fred); her sister, Ida Gwen Kujawski (Bruce); three grandchildren, Calvin, Maggie, and Molly; as well as numerous loving relatives and friends.
Martha was born in Tulia, Texas and raised in Odessa, Texas. She graduated from Baylor University, married Don soon after, and began life as an Air Force wife. She enjoyed being a full-time mother while her children were young.
Martha then began her professional career by teaching elementary school in Albuquerque and on Fort Buchanan in Puerto Rico. She was very excited when she had the opportunity to return to school for her Masters degree in School Guidance and Counseling at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
When her husband was transferred to San Antonio, Martha accepted a position as a school counselor at Harlandale High School and then moved to a counseling position at John Jay High School. From there, she was promoted to lead the Vocational Education Program at John Jay High School. While working full time, she pursued her lifelong dream of earning a doctoral degree, completing her Ed.D. in Adult and Community Education from Texas A&M University.
Martha was always known for being a caring leader and a great team builder. She was persistent and passionate in pursuing her belief in lifelong learning. She was also admired for her friendly nature and ready smile.
Dr. Mead launched the first Community Education program in San Antonio, under the sponsorship of Northside Independent School District. She and her team grew the program into a large and successful program that continues to this day. It serves many people throughout the San Antonio Area with a GED program, an English as a Second Language Program, as well as many career-focused and fun-based classes. While leading this pioneering program, Martha also spearheaded many groundbreaking programs, including education programs and childcare programs for school-aged parents so that teen parents could complete their high school education while raising their young children.
After retiring from Northside ISD, a beautiful new elementary school, Dr. Martha Mead Elementary, was built and named in her honor. Martha was also very active in launching the NISD Museum project.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Gwen Sprawls McFarling Braly; her father, Benjamin Hayden McFarling; and her stepfather Bill Braly. The family would like to thank the staff at The Mission at Blue Skies of Texas, as well as Blue Skies Hospice for their care for Martha. In lieu of flowers, friends wanting to honor Martha may make donations to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Dr. Martha Mead Elementary School Fund, 3803 Midhorizon Rd., San Antonio, Texas 78229. Martha will be dearly missed and never forgotten. A memorial service followed by a reception will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Community Room at the Mission, at Blue Skies of Texas, 4917 Ravenswood Drive, San Antonio.
(Published in Express-News)
Veda Nicholson Nichols, BSN ’54, of Houston died Feb. 8 at age 85.
Veda Rhea Nicholson Nichols died February 8 in Houston, Texas. Born September 4, 1932, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of Neva Rowsey Nicholson and Cline Lowell Nicholson. She is survived by her best friend and husband of 64 years, Buford Nichols, Jr.; her daughters and their spouses, Elizabeth Nichols-Kelloff and Mitchell Kelloff of Lansing, Kansas; Susan Pryor and Robert Pryor of Galax, Virginia, and Carol Thomas and H. Victor Thomas of Houston, Texas. Her surviving grandchildren are Neva Shoemaker, Nick Kelloff, Christopher Pryor, Shannon Pryor, Timothy Pryor, Jason Thomas, and Kelly Thomas. She is also survived by her sister Ann Smith of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Veda graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Texas. She was instrumental in establishing the USDA Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. Veda’s research while at the Center led to decreased mortality in malnourished infants.
Veda enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved traveling, reading, and spending summers in Colorado. The family extends their gratitude to Veda’s caregivers, Gloria Rodriguez and Magdalena Cano, as well as the workers at Brazos Towers.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, February 12, at Willow Meadows Baptist Church, 4300 W. Bellfort Blvd., Houston, TX. Memorials may be designated to Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine, or to
Willow Meadows Baptist Church World Missions.
(Published in Houston Chronicle)
Dr. Robert T. Radford, BA ’54, MA ’59, of Dallas died Jan. 26 at age 85.
Robert Radford was born on August 8, 1932 and died at home on January 26, 2018. A memorial service will be held 2pm on February 10 at Northaven United Methodist Church. Robert was preceded in death by Nevalee Jones Radford, his wife of 42 years, and his daughter Patricia Radford. Bob is survived by his companion, Janice Murray, his son Robert G. Adams, and his daughter Louise Payne of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Other survivors include cousins, grandchildren, and many loyal friends.
Bob was a mentor to many of us as he never quit teaching and helping us sort out life›s challenges. Friends say that knowing Bob was a gift. After receiving his bachelor and master’s degrees at Baylor, he began his teaching career at an elementary school in Indiana. From there he taught at Caney Junior College in Kentucky. After that he continued his own education at The University of Texas at Austin and received a PhD in Philosophy. Bob spent the rest of his career as a member of the Philosophy Department at Oklahoma State University. He taught courses called Business Ethics, Engineering Ethics, and Philosophies of Life.
Bob graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas in1950 and moved back to Dallas about ten years ago. During these ten years he particularly enjoyed solving the problems of the world with his colleagues at the Town North Y, teaching Bible classes at the Stewpot, and creating groups at Northaven to discuss theology and religious practices. He will be missed by many.
For those who would like to honor Bob, contributions may be made to the Stewpot (1835 Young Street, Dallas, TX 75201), Northaven United Methodist Church, or to another charity of your choice. (Submitted)
Donna Jean Richardson, BS ’54, died Dec. 24 at age 84.
Donna Jean “Dee” Richardson, 84, of Rogers, AR, formerly of Stillwater, OK, passed away December 24, 2017 at her home. She was born February 15, 1933 in Perry, Oklahoma to Marty Lester and Georgia Bell Stephens McQuain. Dee was loved dearly and will be missed by all who knew her. She is survived by her three daughters, Michelle Richardson of Rogers, CeCe Spedding of Denver, CO and Debbie Barnes of Cushing, OK. (Published by Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services)