Dr. Paul Borisuk, MS ’60, of died Jan. 5 at age 82. Dr. Paul Borisuk, 83, of Unicoi, TN, passed away January 5, 2018.
He was the son of the late Andrew and Susannah Borisuk. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Rebecca Terrell Borisuk; one son, Bobby Terrell; one sister, Nina Borisuk Hecht; one half-sister, Natalia Jesionovskaya. He is survived by his wife, Dottie Hughes Borisuk; three daughters, Jeanne Terrell Alexander (Byron) of Kingsport, TN; Kathy Terrell Clouse (Brian) of Flag Pond, TN; Denise Hughes Bain (Paul) of Lexington, NC; three sons, Jim Terrell (Carol) of Seymour, TN; Bill Terrell (Karen) of Knoxville, TN; Dan Borisuk (Beth) of Nashville, IN; seventeen grandchildren, and fifteen great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two brothers, Ben Borisuk (Betty) of Middlesex, NY; Andy Borisuk (Sheila) of Vernon, NJ; and one brother-in-law, David Hecht of Far Hills, NJ.
Dr. Borisuk was a graduate of Houghton College, Baylor University, and University of TX. He practiced medicine at Parkland Hospital and Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, TX; VA Hospital in Canandaigua, NY; and VA Hospital, Johnson City, TN “Dr. Paul,” as he was known to many, was a physician in his professional life, serving veterans for many years as a VA physician. He loved farming and traveling, preferring travel by car or camper to visit every part of this country. Paul dearly loved and cared for his family, gave of himself to his many friends and acquaintances, and could carry on a conversation with anyone he met. Paul was a serious student of the Bible and loved to talk about its truth and God’s love for us. He was a Sunday School teacher, a deacon, a Gideon, choir member, and served on many mission trips, caring for medical needs but most of all, sharing the love of Christ for His people all over the world. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan’s Purse Medical Missions Fund or to the Gideons. There will be a private graveside service. Horne Funeral Home, Christiansburg VA, is in charge of arrangements. (Johnson City Press)
Kent Harvey Keeth, BA ’60, of Waco died Dec. 29 at age 79.
Kent Keeth, who directed The Texas Collection at Baylor University from 1973 until 2003, died last week in his Waco home. He was 79. During his 30 years as director, Keeth expanded the size and range of The Texas Collection, and also extended its prominence throughout Texas and beyond. The Texas Collection was established in 1923, and serves as a special library, archival research center and the University Archive that collects, preserves and provides access to materials documenting the history, heritage and culture of Texas for the Baylor community and the public.
Keeth enriched the Baylor Libraries’ collection of Texana, focusing on collecting not only historic artifacts but also printed pieces, from postcards to cookbooks, representative of contemporary Texas culture. He believed that future generations looking back at Texas history would require a wide array of materials to understand the complex subtleties of the lives of modern Texans.
Keeth remained active with American and Texas historical societies, often presenting papers and public talks on U.S. and Texas history. He also was a certified archivist and presented papers focused on his work at The Texas Collection at national and regional meetings. In 1981, Texas Gov. Bill Clements appointed Keeth to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board.
Keeth may be best known to the Baylor community through his regular contributions to the Baylor Line magazine about the University’s rich history. For more than a decade, he provided glimpses into Baylor’s history rooted in materials he had at his disposal at The Texas Collection.
Beyond Baylor, Keeth was instrumental — along with his wife, Lucy — in establishing the Sanger Heights Neighborhood Association in 1984. Through their leadership within the association, they worked with the city of Waco to preserve historic homes in the north Waco area and make other substantial civic improvements.
“Kent was a scholar, superb teacher and gifted writer,” said John Wilson, interim dean of the Baylor Libraries and current director of The Texas Collection. “He had a brilliant mind and a witty sense of humor. I always enjoyed reading his contributions to the Baylor Line. He packed more into those reflections on Baylor history than I thought possible. He will be deeply missed by The Texas Collection, Baylor University and the citizens of Waco.”
Keeth was born Aug. 25, 1938, in Marshall, Texas. He attended Baylor University and graduated in 1960 with a B.A. in history with minors in English, Spanish, philosophy and economics. He earned an M.A. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1961 and a master’s degree in library science from the University of California-Berkeley the following year. From 1962 to 1964, Keeth organized and began operations of a new library at the Malaysian Teachers College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
From 1965 to 1968, Keeth worked as a reference librarian for the Legislative Reference Service of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. His duties included reference and research services for members of Congress, congressional committees and their staffs. He then returned home to Texas, serving as an archivist for the Eugene C. Barker Texas History Center at the University of Texas at Austin and, on June 1, 1973, at the request of Baylor President Abner V. McCall, returning to his alma mater as director of The Texas Collection.
Keeth was preceded in death by his wife in 1999. She also was a librarian who served Southwestern University, The University of Texas at Austin and Baylor University.
Sharon Smith Robertson, BA ’60, of Livingston, TX, died Dec. 29 at age 79.
Sharon Smith Robertson went to be with the Lord Friday, December 29. She was a great mom, wife, grandmother, sister, and friend. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 12, 1938, Sharon later moved with her family to Ft. Stockton, Texas, where she attended her early school years. Then the family moved to Houston, where she graduated from Lamar High School. During those years, Sharon was very active in the South Main Baptist Church youth group. She graduated from Baylor University, where she was President of her sorority, Pi Phi, and an officer in the Baylor Student Council. As an Education major, she went on to teach middle school classes for 35+ years, in California, Colorado, Seattle, and Katy. She loved teaching. Numerous students have written that she was their favorite teacher.
Sharon was a committed Christian. She and her husband, Jim, were members of Tallowood Baptist Church, where they were active in the Praisers Sunday School Department. They made many friends there. They also loved to entertain at their home on Lake Livingston. Sharon and Jim also went on numerous cruises, all over the world. Sharon was predeceased by her daughter, Tammy Adamson. She is survived by her husband (Jim), her son and his family (Rob and Eva Adamson and daughters Katherine and Jordan), her sister (Susan Smith Bateman and husband, Clint), and her nieces (Stacie Bateman Crowson and daughter Hailey; Dr. Robyn Bateman Driskell and husband Will, and children Blake and Rachel; and Kara Bateman McDuffie and husband Michael, and sons Marshall and Matthew.) She is also survived by a number of cousins.
Memorial service will be at Tallowood Baptist Church, 555 Tallowood Drive, Houston, Texas, on Friday, January 5, 2018, at 11:00 AM. Contributions in memory of Sharon can be made to Tallowood Baptist Church. (Published in Houston Chronicle)
Hellen A. Yarber, BA ’60, MS ’68, of Hewitt, TX, died Jan. 17 at age 94.
Hellen Arlene Mallory Yarber, 94, was welcomed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center. Hellen’s life will be celebrated 11:30 a.m., Monday, January 22, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home with Pastor Randy Scrivener officiating. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, January 21, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.
Mrs. Yarber was born in Waco, Texas, to Richard Franklin and Myrtis Mallory. She grew up with 6 siblings and family was extremely important to her. When she was 16 she met and married D.M. Yarber on December 9, 1939, and they had 3 children. She received her Master of Science in Education from Baylor University, which was the beginning of her passion for education. She taught at St. Albans, Waco ISD and Valley Mills ISD for over 50 years. She often would be approached by former students when she was out shopping. She was one of the first teachers in Waco to receive the “Teacher of the Year” award in 1984. She taught Bible school for many years and tutored numerous children, as well as family members. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society of Educators and a lifetime member of the Texas Retired Teachers Assn. She also worked at Western Union and Veterans Affairs Hospital prior to becoming an educator. She attended the Hewitt First United Methodist Church.
Hellen was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 48 years, D.M.; daughter, Sharon Ann Yarber; granddaughter, Shannon Yarber; sisters, Lucille Bonner, Jessie Lease and Louise Mallory; and brothers, Clyde Mallory and Cecil Mallory.
Hellen is survived by her sons, Lawrence R. Yarber and Claudette, and Charles F. Yarber and Judy; sister, Kathryn Holder and John; sister-in-law, Eva Mallory; grandchildren, Christen Kimmitt and Jonathan, Lindsey Martin and Daniel, Chas Yarber, Matt Strahan and Jennifer, Cory Ironside and James A. Strahan; great grandchildren, Breanna and Haley Cotton, Kylie and Anna Kimmitt, Colton and Landon Yarber, Reece, Dane and Danni Martin, and Hayden Strahan; and great-great grandchild, Kayden Warren. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and wonderful friends. Special thanks and love to nieces, Donna Benton and Sue Clark. Pallbearers will be Chas Yarber, Colton Yarber, Reece Martin, Landon Yarber, Matt Strahan and James A. Strahan. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com.
Rev. Dr. Benjamin T. Griffin, BA ’61, of Annapolis, MD, died Dec. 3 at age 77.
He is survived by his wife, Gail VanOrmer; their six children (and spouses), Lynne (Ken), Michael (Mary), Geoffrey, Jeremy (Marie), Brian (Alicia), Jennifer (Chad); and their twelve grandchildren.
Born in Africa on September 27, 1940 to Baptist missionaries, Bennie, Jr., along with his brother, Byron, was raised and schooled by their mother, Alice, in the Calvert School curriculum while their father presided over the affairs of the Baptist Boys' School in Abeokuta, Nigeria. Nigeria was an English colony, the world was at war, and Ben was a minority "white" boy in a foreign land. These were his earliest memories. In the 1950s, Ben returned to the Griffin family's native Texas to finish his education. Schools were segregated; "blacks" were now the minority. Ben was then raised by his Grandmother Griffin. He said that next to his parents, no one helped or loved him more than did she. Such is the role of a grandparent. He considered it among his greatest honors to give her eulogy.
In 1961, he graduated from Baylor University, in Waco, TX, just as his father had done, as well as other Griffins. Like his father before him, Ben was "called" to the ministry. He attended Andover Newton Theological School near Boston, Massachusetts. The 60's were a turbulent time, and faith-based leaders were active in racial justice. Seminary students were no exception, Ben joined his classmates marching in Selma, AL.
Ordained a minister into the United Church of Christ, Ben began serving parishes in Pennsylvania, first in Mt. Pleasant, then in Orwigsburg, and finally in York. During those years, Ben was active in community service, led parishioners in worship, baptized babies, officiated at weddings, eulogized the faithful, and counseled many. Along the way, he earned his Doctor of Ministry and published writings, including his dissertation on the "Pastoral Care of Children in Crisis," a book, "The Americanization of a Congregation", and others. After more than twenty years serving as a parish minister, Ben move to New Brighton, MN, with his wife, Gail, and their youngest daughter, Jennifer, to become the President and Professor of Liturgies at the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. After eight years, Ben returned to his beloved Andover Newton Theological Seminary to become its President and Professor of Liturgies. There on "the hill," as the school was called by those who loved it, Ben's theological life came full circle. Ben retired from Andover Newton in 2004 and moved with Gail to a home in Annapolis to be nearer their grandchildren who live in the area.
Most knew Ben for his years of theological, denominational, ecumenical, or community service. But, in retirement, freed from those responsibilities, Ben spent the remainder of his life dedicated to what had always given him the most joy and fulfillment, beloved husband, father and grandfather. Those who knew him best, his family, can appreciate the appropriateness of his final sermon, "Grace Abounding." Grace: the unmerited favor of God. Ben was steadfast in his love for his wife and his unconditional support for their children who were the recipient of so much grace. For him, faith and family first and forever.
A public Memorial Service will be held at Trinity UCC Church, York, on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 2 p.m. (Published in York Daily Record & York Dispatch)
Carol Vincent Smelley, BA ’61, of Houston died Dec. 21 at age 79.
Carol Vincent Smelley went home to be with the Lord on December 21, 2017. She was born at St. Joseph Hospital, December 20, 1938. She has always been a happy girl who enjoyed people and loved being the center of attention. Carol grew up in West University attending Pershing Jr. High and Lamar High School. She was always a leader: at West University Baptist Youth Group, President of Niwauna Social Club at Lamar where she was also Duchess in the May Fete. Carol was part of the Lamar Drama Club which won State in One Act Play Competition. She attended Baylor University where she was Vice President of her sorority, Pi Phi. She was on the Editorial Board of the Baylor Newspaper serving as Reporter. She majored in Journalism at Baylor.
Her hobbies included bridge, leisure learning, needle point sewing, oil painting, tennis at Houston Racquet Club where her calendars were always full, and golf at Lakeside. Following a quadruple Bogie she said, "Can't wait till we are poor so we can drop this Country Club. Then I can quit this stupid game." Most importantly Carol is a committed Christian, she loved Bible Study and taught for many years in Baptist Sunday schools. "We must travel while we are young." So Carol traveled all over the world. Travel, travel, travel. Just a little short-term memory loss. Diagnosed with Alzheimers twenty years ago… Just another opportunity to make New Friends.
Carol was preceded in death by her parents William and Frances Gage Vincent. She is survived by her loving husband Dr. James Smelley, her two wonderful daughters, Kim Cremer and husband Frank, and Laura Visage and husband Tony, and her three loving grandchildren, Paul Cremer and wife Bella, Joey Cremer, and Abbye Cremer.
A visitation will be held at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77079, on December 27, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. A Memorial Celebration of Carol's Life will be held 1:00 pm, December 28, 2017. The service will be held at Second Baptist Church in the Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Star of Hope, 4848 Loop Central Drive Suite 500, Houston, Texas 77081, or Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Drive, Houston, Texas 77057.
(Published in Houston Chronicle)
George C. Stokes, BA ’61, of Bastrop, TX, died Nov. 17 at age 79.
George Clay Stokes, age 79, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 17, 2017 at his home with his wife by his side. He was born on February 6, 1938 to George C. and Fannie P. Stokes in Miami, Oklahoma. His sense of humor will be sorely missed by both his family and friends.
He attended Miami Oklahoma schools and then went on to Baylor University and received his BA. George pursued his great love of theater performance throughout high school and college years. He met the love of his life, Sandra, on a blind date while attending Baylor University. On January 2, 1962 they married and have since celebrated 55 joyful years of marriage. George was employed by KPRC and KRTS radio stations as General Sales Manager. He was honored to receive many distinguished awards in the radio industry.
After retiring to the countryside, he worked on his home, entertained family and friends, and enjoyed fellowship at Lost Pines Bible Church in Bastrop, Texas. George loved reading, traveling, swimming and fishing. He took great pride in his Native American heritage as a member of the Peoria Indian Tribe.
He was preceded in death by his parents George C. and Fannie P. Stokes. He is survived by his wife Sandra; daughter, Catherine Lisa; son-in-law, Ken Eckart; son, George Daniel; daughter-in-law, Consuelo; Grandchildren, George T., Hastings and Christopher.
A Memorial Service was held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 25, 2017 at Bastrop Providence Funeral Home, 2079 Hwy 71 E., Bastrop, Texas, 78602. Interment will be held 2:30 P.M. Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Stokes Family Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made in honor of George C. Stokes to Wounded Warriors Project and Lost Pines Bible Church. (Published in Houston Chronicle)
Lt. Col. James S. Turner, BS ’61, of San Antonio died Jan. 27 at age 80.
Rather than saying he was a true Texan, it is probably more accurate to say he was a true American. Lt. Col (Ret.) James S. Turner passed away peacefully on 27 Jan 2018, just five days after his 80th birthday. He was born to parents Seal and Maud Turner in Pleasanton, Texas, where he learned to hunt, work cattle, and love the Lord. In short, he was a true Texan. A superb athlete (and one of the "Big Five"), he excelled in high school athletics and met his future bride Mary Ann, there in Pleasanton. After graduating from Baylor University with a degree in mathematics, Jim entered the United States Air Force where he proudly served for 27 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Don Turner.
He is survived by his high school sweetheart and beloved wife of 58 years, Mary Ann Turner; two sons, M. Scott Turner and his wife, D'Lisa of Virginia; Todd A. Turner and his wife, Tricia of San Antonio; and grandchildren Ranger, Nikki, Cayla and Ali Turner.
Jim was a man whose words matched his actions, whether regarding his faith, his family, or his work. He was a great example to everyone, especially his sons; he modeled authentic Christian character. He graciously served in numerous capacities at several churches, wherever the Air Force sent him. Whether as a deacon, youth leader or choir member, he was a faithful ambassador for Christ. In the Air Force he flew over 100 combat missions over Vietnam and his B-52 aircrew was twice honored as the best in the Air Force. He was later a lead figure in the research and development of several key combat aircraft enhancements. After his Air Force retirement, Jim worked successfully as a defense contractor and a financial planner. He loved his family and repeatedly put them first over his own career advancement. There was also no doubt he was a Patriot, flying the American flag at his house every day for over 35 years and standing up for the values that make our country great. Rather than saying he was a true Texan, it is probably more accurate to say he was a true American.
There will be a visitation at Porter Loring Mortuary North from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 8, 2018. Interment will be at Ft. Sam Houston Cemetery earlier in the morning.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Castle Hills Baptist Church or Parkhills Baptist Church.
Tom Evans Gandy, BA ’62, of Fairway, TX, died Nov. 27 at age 77, after a 5-year battle with Alzheimer's.
He is survived by his wife, Dottie Bruce Gandy, BA ’62, and his son Brad Gandy. (submitted)
Wilton A. Lanning, BA ’62, of Waco died Jan. 10 at age 81.
Wilton Lanning, Jr., 81, passed away January 10, 2018, with his family by his side. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 14, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church with Reverend Ron Durham and Reverend Josh Vaughan officiating. A private burial service will be held Saturday, January 13. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 13, at the Dr Pepper Museum.
Wilton was born June 12, 1936, in Waco, the son of Wilton, Sr., and Ethel Lanning. He graduated from Waco High School and Baylor University, where he met his wife of 57 years, LaNell “Lee” Lanning. Wilton loved “all things Waco” and his Dr Pepper. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and telling others about the history of Waco. He also loved to hunt, making many memories with his family and friends at the deer lease.
Wilton was well-known as the former president & CEO of Waco’s oldest business, Tom Padgitt, Inc., serving in this capacity for 40 years. He was also highly involved in Waco community development. He served as the Executive Director of the Waco Business League, was the 70th President of the Rotary Club of Waco, the Chairman of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Baylor-Waco Foundation. Wilton served on several boards including the Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, the Waco Industrial Foundation, and the Waco Mammoth Foundation. He was also the co-founder and first president of the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute.
During his career, Wilton was recognized for his dedication to the Waco community, receiving awards such as the James H. Lockwood Masonic Lodge 1343, A.F. & A.M. “Community Builder Award,” the National Philanthropy, “Lifetime Achievement Award”, and the Waco Business League “Lifetime Achievement Award.” He was an Eagle Scout, and the Boy Scouts of America honored him with the “Silver Eagle Award.”
Wilton is preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Kelly; and his parents, Wilton Sr. and Ethel Lanning.
He is survived by his wife, Lee Lanning; son, Bill Lanning and wife, Jessica, and grandchildren, Mary, Lili, Karina and Lorena Castillo; son, Robert Lanning and wife, Beth, and grandchildren Caitlin and Austin Lanning; and many other family and friends.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Providence Hospital for their compassionate care and support. In lieu of flowers, his family asks you to donate to your favorite charity or to Baylor University, Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, or the Dr. Pepper Museum. The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our “Tribute Wall” at www.WHBfamily.com. (Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey)
Billy Mack Patteson, BBA ’62, died Dec. 21 at age 82.
Billy Mack Patteson, age 82, of South Bosque County, passed away late Thursday night, December 21, 2017 at The Brazos of Waco.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Leah Hidde-Gregory and Rev. Howard Kenyon officiating. A reception will follow at the First United Methodist Church in West.
Billy Mack was born July 7, 1935 in Meridian, the son of Daniel F. and Annie Mae (Hughett) Patteson. He attended Waco Schools prior to receiving a Business and Economics Degree from Baylor University. Billy Mack then attended Southern Methodist University and received a degree from Texas Christian University's Brite Divinity School. On November 22, 1966 he was united in marriage to Katherine "Kathy" Duncan in Hurst. Billy Mack worked as a Pastor and social worker for the United Methodist Church in the Waco area during his 46 years in the ministry. He was appointed to Inner City Ministry in 1966, now Central Texas Senior Ministry. Billy Mack also served at the Baylor Wesley Foundation for 25 years until retiring in 2001. He was the Interim Pastor of several area church including Wesley Chapel UMC, Lorena UMC, West UMC, Clifton UMC, Aquilla UMC, Lebanon UMC and Bosqueville UMC. Billy Mack enjoyed square dancing, teaching Sunday School, traveling and pondering World issues while mowing. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandsons.
Billy Mack is preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jay Duncan Patteson; and brothers, Dan and James Patteson. Survivors include his beloved wife of 51 years, Kathy Patteson; a daughter and son-in-law, Liesl Patteson and Jeff Jewesson; twin grandsons, Henry and Matthew Jewesson; a sister, Barbara Bivona; many foster children including, Bill Decker and Maureen Collins; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Central Texas Senior Ministry in Waco. (Aderhold Funeral Home)
JoAnn Godec Potter, BM ’62, of Big Spring, TX, died Aug. 25 at age 78.
JoAnn Godec Potter, BM'62. A native of Hurley, New Mexico born January 28, 1939, she passed away August 25, 2017 at the Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Big Spring, Texas. She was diagnosed with MS in her mid 20's but lived life to the fullest, as much as her condition allowed, teaching private piano lessons and writing newsletters for the care home facilities where she has been a resident for the past 30+ years. She is survived by a son Thomas Furrh, a granddaughter Jessica Furrh, and two brothers. She was a member of Mu Phi Epsilon at Baylor and a composition student of Mr. Gibson as an undergraduate. (submitted)
Dean Thomas Blair, BS ’63, of Bend, OR, died Jan. 5 at age 81.
Dean was born in Pasco, Washington, and grew up in Kahlotus, Washington, in wheat and cattle country. He was very good at football and loved playing. He was the star of his high school team and went on to play in the Air Force while he was stationed in the Philippines. When he returned to the U.S., he received a full scholarship to play football as a running back at Baylor University. In 1960, he was blessed with his first daughter, Kristie Kay. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1963 and then went on to play professional football. He was a defensive halfback for the Dallas Texans and then continued with them when the team moved and became the Kansas City Chiefs. He played for six years and retired after a major knee injury. After recovering, he pursued his interest in rodeo. He tried his hand at roping, bareback, and bull riding.
He met the love of his life, Reba, at a rodeo event. They dated for a year, and were married on February 1, 1972, in Las Vegas. Their son, Beaumont Branton Blair, was born later that year. In 1975, Dean partnered with two close friends to form a wood stove manufacturing company, which became Sunrise Industries. The business moved to Bend in 1977. Dean and Reba bought a house in Redmond and enjoyed landscaping and learning to snow ski together. In December 1978, their beloved Beaumont passed away suddenly. In October, 1979, Dean and Reba adopted a baby girl whom they named Kara De’An. As a family, they continued snow skiing and learned how to water ski in the late 1980s. With several close friends, Dean enjoyed going on houseboat vacations at Lake Shasta in the summers and visiting various ski resorts around the Pacific Northwest in the winters.
In the mid-1990s, Dean closed Sunrise Industries, became a Realtor for a few years, and then became a courier for 12 years. Dean and Reba moved to Bend in 1998 and bought a new house in Bend in 2001. They learned how to golf together and enjoyed perfecting their new yard. After fully retiring in 2010, Dean began to encounter more health issues and spent a lot of time with his new best friend, Remi, his black miniature poodle. Together, they did all kinds of daily errands, watched football and the news, and spent time in the beautiful backyard. Dean loved being outdoors and took great joy in his new Traeger smoker and grill and the retractable awning over his back deck. He also enjoyed weekly dinners with his two grandchildren, Liam and Alsa. At the end of 2017, Dean started to have more problems with his heart and kidney functions. In January, with Reba, Remi, and Kara by his side, he stopped receiving all medications and passed away very quickly. His wish was to be cremated, and to have his ashes scattered at Mt. Bachelor and Lake Shasta. He didn’t want people to be sad on his behalf, so he requested to not have a funeral. The family is grateful for the wonderful team of doctors and nurses who worked with Dean during his final days.
Dean will be remembered for his ever-present sense of humor, his mischievous, always-up-to-something smile, and his love of sports and family. He left a positive imprint wherever he went and his spark for life will be missed. (Bend Bulletin)
Barbara Karen “Kay” Corwin, BBA ’63, of Waco died Dec. 25 at age 76.
Barbara Karen "Kay" Corwin died December 25, 2017, in Waco, Texas, after years of valiantly battling Multiple Sclerosis. A memorial service will be 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 9, 2018, in the Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mark Failing and Reverend Scott Robbins officiating. A visitation with the family will be 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, January 8, in the Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Garden Room.
Kay was born in Waco, on July 9, 1941, to Barbara Maris Smith and Truett King Smith. She and her younger sister, Jan, grew up attending Columbus Avenue Baptist Church and Waco schools. After graduating from Waco High School in 1959, Kay attended the University of Houston for a year and then returned to Waco to attend Baylor University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1963.That summer, she met Grady Giles Wilson, a Second Lieutenant going through Navigator Training School at James Connally Air Force Base. The two married January 31, 1964, and soon after moved to Merced, California. After three months in Merced, they moved to Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where Kay gave birth to their first daughter, Robin, on May 7, 1965. The family moved one more time before returning to Waco, where Kay gave birth to another daughter, Lesley, on March 10, 1968. Kay was very involved in her daughters' lives, actively participating in the Mountainview Elementary PTA and serving as both a manager and a coach for their Lake Air Little League teams.
When both girls were old enough, Kay decided to return to work, and she spent several years as a nursing home inspector with the Department of Health and Human Services. In 1977, Kay and Grady divorced. After a few years as a single mom, Kay reconnected with Henry Michael "Mike" Corwin, an old friend from high school. The couple had originally met as six-year-olds at Columbus Baptist Avenue Church. They married in 1982, and Kay and her daughters moved in with Mike and his two children, Laura and Casey. After Mike and Kay were married, Kay retired from the DHHS, but she still wanted to give back to the community. She participated in the Junior League of Waco, actively supported the Waco Performing Arts Company, served on the board of the Waco Hippodrome Guild, and worked tirelessly as a docent at East Terrace, which she called her other home. In her spare time, she loved to travel. In addition to frequent trips to numerous destinations across the U.S. (often following their beloved Baylor Bears!), Kay and Mike made extended visits to several countries, including Austria, China, England, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Mexico.Although the couple were very happy together, life was not without its hardships. In 1986, Kay was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and it affected her ability to walk or use her left hand. Then, in 1992, she and Mike suffered a devastating loss when Casey was killed in a car wreck. But no matter what challenge life threw at her, Kay persevered. When it became harder to travel, she found joy in a new role - that of grandmother. Over the years, she and Mike were blessed with five grandchildren. Laura and her husband, Chris Talley, had three children – Michael, Megan and Caroline. Lesley and her husband, Brad Mullen, had two – Madison and Connor. Both Kay and Mike enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren. Kay found her family to be one of her greatest comforts after Mike's death in 2010.
In addition to her children and grandchildren, Kay is survived by her sister, Jan Lapierre; Jan's husband, Billings; and their daughter, Rachel Tees, her husband, Mike, and their son, Michael.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the outstanding nursing and care staff at Bluebonnet Home Care, Bluebonnet Hospice, Home Care Assistance, and Home Instead, and to the many other people who have worked with Kay over the past two years. Special thanks go to Margot and Mandy for the one-on-one care and companionship they provided.
Memorials may be made to The Historic Waco Foundation, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Alzheimer's Association, The Freedom Alliance, USO, The Wounded Warriors Project, or any military cause of your choosing.
The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com. (Waco Tribune-Herald)
Dr. Luiz Natalicio, BA ’63, MS ’65, of El Paso died Nov. 14 at age 76.
Dr. Luiz Natalicio passed away peacefully with his wife Nancy and stepdaughter Diana Patrick at his side. Born in Brazil, he finished high school in Porto Alegre and attended Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he earned a B.A. and M.S. in psychology. In 1967 he completed a Ph.D. in Brazil and a post-doctoral residency in clinical psychology in San Antonio.
Luiz began a 20-year teaching career at the University of Texas-Austin. A gifted teacher, counselor, and writer, he won three teaching awards there. Over the years he authored and co-authored dozens of books and articles, and served as President of the Interamerican Society of Psychology. He continued his career at the University of Texas-El Paso, retiring in 1987 as Professor of Educational Psychology to devote full time to a private practice in clinical and forensic psychology. Luiz was often called as an expert witness in both civil and criminal cases, an experience he valued. He also served many organizations as consultant or supervisor, including El Paso Mental Health-Mental Retardation, Columbia Behavioral Health Center, Texas Tech Regional Health Science Center, Sun Valley Psychiatric Hospital, and Providence Memorial Hospital. Noted for his good taste and many interests, his love of all kinds of music was well known and shared with friends.
He worked his way through Baylor as leader of the King's Quartet, introducing Brazilian music to central Texas towns. He played bass, saxophone, piano, guitar and bongos, and joined Los Paisanos on arriving in El Paso. Luiz was well known for his remarkable generosity. He spoke often of his gratitude for opportunities he'd been given in the States, and gave back in time, talent, money and kindness. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Family members include niece Claudia Lima, nephew Alverne Natalicio; stepdaughter Diana Patrick, husband Jonas, grandsons Brennan and Brady; in-laws David and Marianne Book (Shelley, John), Norman and Melinda Rogers (Phillip, Stephen, Stephanie). A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, December 4, at University Presbyterian Church, 244 N. Resler. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Humane Society of El Paso, 4991 Fred Wilson, El Paso 79906, or Doctors Without Borders, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), PO Box 5022, Hagerstown MD 21741-5022. Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-West. Please visit our online registry at www.sunsetfuneralhomes.net. (Published in El Paso Times)
Donna Lynn Fry, BBA ’64, died Dec. 9 at age 74.
Claude Ray “Dogie” Giles, BS ’64, LLB ’68, of Crawford, TX, died Jan. 11 at age 75.
Claude Ray "Dogie" Giles, age 75, passed away January 11, 2018, at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center-Hillcrest in Waco, Texas. A memorial celebration service will be 2:00PM, Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Wilkirson Hatch Bailey Funeral Home, located at 6101 Bosque Boulevard, Waco.
Dogie was born January 21, 1942, in Abilene, Texas, to Wylie Stell Ledger Giles and Lewis Elvin Giles. He grew up in Abilene and attended Abilene High School. After graduation, he attended McMurry University, where he was vice president of the student body and President of Kiva Social Club. He graduated in 1964 with a double major in history and English and received a scholarship to attend Baylor Law School, where he was a member of the Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity. Dogie graduated from law school in 1968 and began his career at Edwards & Faulkner Law Firm. In 1970, he was made a junior partner. In 1972, he was elected into the membership of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. In 1977, Dogie left the firm and opened Giles & Makowsky with his good friend, the late Dan Makowsky. They practiced together until 1993, when Dan retired. Dogie continued his practice and his son, Lewis, joined the firm in 2008. In 2009, Lewis was made partner and the firm became Giles and Giles. During his career, Dogie served on the local Grievance Committee, the Heart of Texas Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and was a member of the McLennan County Bar Association and the McLennan County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. He was repeatedly recognized as a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas for contributions to the delivery of legal services to low-income Texans. Dogie loved to help people and enjoyed the relationships he built with his clients, many times representing families for multiple generations.
During his life Dogie was known as a generous, friendly, witty man with a heart of gold who never met a stranger. He enjoyed poker with his friends, driving his Model A, listening to music, watching movies, traveling, and attending his grandchildren's activities. He was active in the AA community and a frequent speaker at meetings around town. He helped many people with their sobriety and celebrated his own AA forty-year birthday last April.
Dogie was preceded in death by his parents, Stell and Lewis Giles; and his sister, Patsy Giles.
Survivors include his brother, Lewis Giles, and wife, Barbara, of Garland,; his sister, Gwyn Kozma and husband, Dick, of Newnan, Georgia; and his children, Elizabeth Green of Belton, Catherine Cook and husband, Jack, of Crawford, Lewis Giles and wife, Cindy, of Waco, Shelley Giles of Waco, Michael Giles and wife, Angi, of Crawford, Greg Giles of Waco, Lori Evans of Birmingham, Alabama, Toby Scott of Helena, Alabama, and Jennifer Scott of Arlington. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren, Tara Frymark, Cooper Green, Cori Burkett, Curtis Cook, Edgar Giles, Brittany Jimenez, Macie Barber, Hollie Kent, Cierra Barber, Kristen Ratliff, Kori Giles, Korbin Giles, Ashton Giles, Kate Reid, Derek DeBandi ; and five great-grandchildren, Carson, Kenley, and Grayson Engelhardt and Isaiah and Cha'Leigh Jimenez.
Memorials may be made to Greater Waco Legal Services, P.O. Box 689, Waco, TX 76703-0689.
The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com. (Published in Abilene Reporter-News)
John Dalton Hoffman, BBA ’64, of Houston died Dec. 30 at age 76. Memorial Service Thursday, January 4, 2018.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: Westbury Baptist Church 10425 Hillcroft St. Houston, TX. 77096 or Alzheimer's Foundation of America 322 8th. Ave. #700 New York, N.Y. 10001
Betty Jane Pinter, BBA ’64, of Amarillo, TX, died Nov. 2 at age 81.
Betty was born on October 17, 1936 and passed away on Thursday, November 2, 2017. Betty was a resident of Amarillo, Texas at the time of passing. She graduated from Abbott High School in 1955, Navarro Junior College in 1958 and Baylor University in 1964 with a BBA/Secondary Education degree
Patsy Lou Steward, MS ’64, of Munday, TX, died Dec. 19 at age 75.
Patsy “Pat” Lou Steward, 75, passed away December 19, 2017 at the Munday Nursing Center in Munday, TX. A celebration of life followed by a visitation with family will be held Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 2:00p.m., at the Haskell Church of Christ annex. A private graveside service will be held at the Goree Cemetery in Goree, TX. Arrangements are under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Homes of Haskell, TX.
Pat was born on May 24, 1942 in Wichita Falls, TX to James Byron “Jack” and Berniece Ruth (Hudson) Steward. She was the oldest of three children and grew up in Goree, TX. She attended Goree schools and graduated in 1960. She continued her education receiving a bachelor’s degree from Abilene Christian College and a master’s degree from Baylor University.She began her coaching and teaching career at Eastland High School. She enjoyed many years of coaching and teaching in various school districts in the area as well as at Ranger Junior College before ultimately combining her passion for sports with her dream of entrepreneurship. In 1984, she opened Playoff Sports in Eastland, TX which she successfully owned and operated until her retirement in 2014. During this thirty-year endeavor, she supplied countless little league, high school, and collegiate athletes, teams, and coaches with uniforms, trophies, shoes, and equipment. Throughout the course of her career she also organized and officiated numerous local high school track and field meets and instructed driver’s education courses.
As evident through her choice of profession, Pat loved sports and enjoyed many sports-related activities and opportunities throughout her lifetime - Some of her favorites were traveling to the summer olympic games in Munich, Germany, hosting Dallas Cowboys fullback Robert Newhouse at her Playoff Sports grand opening, developing lasting friendships within the local sports and coaching communities, and watching her nephews and nieces compete in various athletic and academic events. She was an avid Texas Rangers fan.
She enjoyed attending family reunions, playing bocce ball and chicken foot dominoes, and adding to her impressive collection of John Deere memorabilia.
She was a long time resident of Ranger, TX and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, James Byron Steward, Jr.She is survived be her sister, Tonya Cypert and husband Buddy of Haskell; nephew, Cody Cypert and wife Breann of Lubbock; nieces, Jacy West and husband Brad of Haskell, Kristin Bishop and husband Russell of Abilene, and Jaryn Jackson of Lubbock; great nephews and nieces, Colby, Caden, and Carleigh West, Averie and Mason Cypert, and Jathan and Kerra Bishop; aunt Faye Lermuseaux of Bernalillo, New Mexico; and numerous cousins and friends.
The family wishes to express sincere thanks to the staff at The Woodlands Assisted Living, Hospice of Wichita Falls, and Munday Nursing Center for their compassionate care. They also wish to extend their gratitude to Molly Kennedy with Encompass Home Health of Eastland.In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,301 S Pioneer, Ste 105 Abilene, TX 79605. (Submitted)
Betty Buckler Thompson, BA ’64, of Fort Worth died Dec. 22 at age 75.
Elizabeth "Betty" Kay Buckler Thompson passed peacefully at home Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, after a lengthy battle with the complications of multiple sclerosis. Memorial Service: 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, chapel of First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth with a reception following at the church. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society North Central Texas Chapter or charity of choice.
Betty was born in Waco to William Harding and Cathryn Crisler Buckler. Betty grew up with three loving sisters, Margie Kerr, Sally Rust and Kathy Lau, in Waco, Texas. After graduating from Waco High School, Betty received her B.S. in Education from Baylor University where she was a Pi Beta Phi. Betty married Timothy E. Thompson on July 23, 1966, in Waco, then soon after moved to Fort Worth, where they began their life together. Betty was an active member of the Junior League of Fort Worth, the Junior Women's Club (Culinary Arts) and the Jewel Charity Ball. Betty enjoyed volunteering at Campfire, Child Study Center, and the All Church Home. She was an amazing cook and loved to entertain friends and family at home. She also taught elementary school and then was a buyer for a bridal registry for many years.
SURVIVORS: Betty is survived by her devoted husband of 51 years, Timothy E. Thompson; daughter, Tracey and Chris Shaw; son, Tim Jr. and Marmendy Thompson; son, Trent and Teri Thompson; grandchildren, Mathilda, Emma and Grant Thompson. The family would like to acknowledge and thank Betty's husband, Tim, for his ceaseless loving devotion to her care. And thank the staff of Community Hospice and Klarus Home Health Care. (Star-Telegram)
Harold Eugene West, BS ’64, of Friendswood, TX, died Sept. 7 at age 77.
Harold Eugene West was born in Bristow, Oklahoma, on March 18, 1940. He went to be with Jesus on September 7, 2017. He is preceded in death by his mother, Iris Peden West, and his father, Martin Omar West. He is survived by Judy, his wife of 52 years; his son Barry and wife Kristina, and their children Brynn, Anna Kate, Kenzie, and Miles; his daughter Katy and husband Brandon Burk, and their children Lexie and Emily; his brother Bob, and children Kristi and Mikal and their families; his sister LaDawn Weeks, and family; his brother Sam and wife Paula, and son Jordan; and his sister Susie Penny and husband Mike, and sons Chad and Chase – along with a host of extended family members.
Harold graduated from Baylor University in 1964 with a BSED, and the Bears had no greater fan. He was Outstanding Student for Baylor AFROTC and served his country for 4 ½ years in the Air Force as an instructor pilot in the T-38 at Vance AFB in Enid, OK, and continued to serve in the Reserves for 10 more years. He entered civilian life and began a 27 year career as a commercial airline pilot.
Harold was much loved and will be greatly missed by his family and a host of friends who knew him as a godly, quiet man of integrity and honesty, coupled with a quick wit. Harold’s family members and a host of friends grieve over his passing. But our grief is not without hope, because we know that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” As his wife, I mourn the loss of my beloved husband of 52 years. I will miss him for the rest of my life, but I am eternally thankful that he is now in a place where there is no sorrow, pain, suffering, or tears. He is in the “arms of Jesus,” and we know as Christians that we will see him again when our time here on earth is over. I thank all of you more than I can say for your love, support, compassion, and offers of help. Good-bye for now, my precious Harold.Judy Harold's wife, Judith Ableson, her twin, Linda, their son, Barry Martin, their daughter, Kathryn Lee, his 2 brothers, Robert O, Samuel E, & 2 sisters, Iris LaDawn & Mary O, are all Baylor grads, plus more. (submitted)