Ronald K. Lamson, BBA ’70, of Marlin, TX, died Jan. 7 at age 77.
Ronald Keith Lamson was born August 23, 1940, to Newton Reed and Rosa Mae (Morgan) Lamson in Marlin, Texas. He passed away on January 7, 2018 at the age of 77 in hospice care at Providence Hospital. Services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin with burial following at Hillcrest Cemetery with Pastor Cameron Supak officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service.
He was a 1959 graduate of Marlin High School and graduated from Baylor University in 1970 and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. Mr. Lamson was a lifetime member of the First United Methodist Church, volunteered for several years at the Samaritan House and was on the Board of the Marlin Service Unit of the Salvation Army. He worked for 30 plus years for the State of Texas, retiring in 2004. In his younger days he enjoyed many activities including riding his BMW motorcycle, canoeing the local lakes and the Brazos River and collecting guns. After retirement, his favorite past time was playing his saxophone and guitar.
Preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Rowena Lamson Adams, nephew Russell Roberson and niece Gloria Fikes. He is survived by his sisters, Patricia Adams of Marlin, Texas, Lois Roberson of Richmond, Texas and Virginia Wetzel of Riesel, Texas, nieces, Susan Fitzpatrick of Richmond, Texas, Vickie Nunn of Riesel, Texas, Linda Wetzel of Riesel, Texas, Shelly Yvelvington of Kingsland, Texas and Rosalee Schraeder of Riesel, Texas, nephews, Robert Wetzel of Riesel, Texas and Rodney Adams of Conroe, Texas. Pallbearers are Glyn Schraeder, Mike Schraeder, Logan Fitzpatrick, Johnny Urive, Robert Wetzel and Steven Wetzel.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please make memorial donations to the First United Methodist Church of Marlin, Texas or the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 782, Marlin, Texas 76661.
Ronnie D. Marstaller, BBA ’70, of Robinson, TX, died Dec. 13 at age 70.
A Celebration of Life will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home Chapel, 3124 Robinson Dr. with Rev. Sharron Cox officiating. Following the service, a visitation will be held until 1 P.M, at the funeral home.
Mr. Marstaller was born April 5, 1947, in Waco, Texas, the son of the late Charlie H. and Gertrude (Kincannon) Marstaller. In 1965 he graduated from Richfield High School and earned a BBA in Marketing from Baylor University in 1970.Ronnie served as General Manager of Marstaller Motors for many decades and was an active member of the Texas Automobile Dealer Association. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling. A dog lover, he had many dogs including Cotton Tail and Big Bear through the years. He was a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church.
Survivors include Dorothy Marstaller; two sisters, Pat M. Hanna and husband Jeff, Pam Hughes and husband Mac; two nephews, three nieces, devoted friends, Stan Brown and Gloria Walker and dozens of cousins in the Marstaller, Gummelt and Kincannon families. For those desiring, the family has suggested Central Texas Humane Society or the Salvation Army for memorials. Condolences may be offered at www.pecangrovefuneral.com.
(Pecan Grove Funeral Home)
Carolyn McCullough McShan, BM ’70, BMEd ’71, of Oklahoma City, OK, died Nov. 12 at age 70.
On November 12, 2017, the family and many friends of Carolyn Ann McCullough McShan mourned her passing after a brief illness. Carolyn was born on February 10, 1947 in Longview, Texas to James Elbert and Mildred Nell McCullough. She graduated from Longview High School in 1965 and attended Baylor University, graduating with degrees in Music and Music Education. She then attended Westminster Choir College and Rice University, earning a Master's of Music degree in 1986. Carolyn was active as a professional musician for many years in Houston and Oklahoma City, providing leadership in a number of churches as well as teaching music in public schools and voice at several colleges in both cities. She later became certified to teach English as a Second Language and taught English to adults through Even Start of Oklahoma.
She is survived by William Michael McShan, her husband of 42 years; her daughter, Katharine and son-in-law Thad Danner of Olympia, WA; brother, William D. and sister-in-law Karinne McCullough of Houston; and uncle Johnny and aunt Betty McCracken of Hallsville, TX. A memorial service will be at First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City on Friday, November 17, at 3 PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Chancel Choir of the First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, the Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma, or the charity of your choice.
(Published in The Oklahoman)
Ruth E. Nordyke, BBA ’70, of Tyler, TX, died Nov. 11 at age 68.
Among her survivors are her husband of 47 years, David H. “Danny” Nordyke, BBA ’70; their children David H. Nordyke, Jr., BBA ’02, and his wife Lindsay, BS ’04, and Kathryn N. Rowan, BSEd ’97, and her husband Matt, BA ’98, JD ’01; sister-in-law Carolyn N. Whitney, BA ’66, and four grandchildren. For 34 years the Nordykes lived in Shreveport, LA, where they were members of Broadmoor Baptist Church. In 2004, they relocated to Tyler and were members of Green Acres Baptist Church. Ruth worked with the City of Shreveport Finance Department before becoming a full-time mom/homemaker.
Cheryl June Brewer Vincent, BA ’70, died Jan. 13 at age 70.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, January 20, 2018, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home, 3124 Robinson Dr., with Pastor Gary Westbrook officiating. Cheryl June (Brewer) Vincent was born on August 5, 1947, in Waco, to James and Vivian (Westbrook) Brewer. She was the middle of five kids. She grew up in Waco where she attended University High school where she graduated in 1965. She attended Hill College and Baylor University where she studied Education. She married Robert Vincent on April 10, 1971. She was an educator at several schools in Central Texas including Connally and Chilton. She retired from teaching in 2005 to take care of her granddaughter Hanna after school. She loved her some Elvis and the Beatles, collecting dolls with Hanna, cooking, watching cooking shows, mysteries and old movies.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Bob; brother Jimmy; and sister, Marie. She is survived by daughter, Kathleen of Waco; son, James and wife Ashley, of Burleson; granddaughter, Hanna; brothers, Gary Brewer and wife Janie, of Mart, and Paul Brewer of Waco; several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers Donations can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500, Rosecrans, Avenue, Suite 200 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, or Fuzzy Friends, 6321 Airport Rd, Waco, TX 76708. Online guestbook at www.pecangrovefuneral.com.
Randall Kite Cooper, BBA ’71, of Prairie Village, KS, died Jan. 1 at age 69.
Randy was a faithful man of God who joyfully and unselfishly served his family, friends, church and community with an unconditional love and loyalty that reflected his Savior, Jesus Christ. Born September 17, 1948 to Victor and Donnie Cooper, Randy grew up in the Waco and Dallas areas of Texas. Randy was president of his high school class (the ‘67 Woodrow Wilson Wildcats) and was an accomplished athlete. He set the Dallas city record for the shot put in track and field and was honored as an all-state football player in high school. He went on to play football at Baylor University, where he met the love of his life, Carla Cooper. Randy and Carla were happily married for 41 years and made their home in the Kansas City area for almost 35 years until Carla’s passing in 2011. Randy was blessed with amazing creativity and artistic talents and enjoyed sharing those abilities with his friends and family through original birthday cards, elaborate themed birthday cakes, drawings, hand painted crafts, and the occasional wall mural. He exemplified loyalty, selflessness, and a caring heart to all who knew him, especially to his family and church fellowship at Leawood Baptist Church.
Randy is survived by his three children, Corrie Cooper of New York, NY; Callie Miller and her husband Glenn of Madison, MS; Collin Cooper and his wife Meredith of Westwood Hills, Kansas, and his two grandchildren, Claire and Henry Cooper of Westwood Hills, Kansas. Other survivors include his 100 year old mother, Donnie Cooper, his sisters Marilyn Eichelberger and her family, Sarah Cooper and her family, and his brother Kenny Cooper and his family, all of whom live in Texas. Randy was predeceased by his wife Carla Sue Cooper and his father Victor Cooper.
The Celebration of Life Service will be conducted by Pastor Adam Carter beginning at 2:00pm on Sunday, January 14th at Leawood Baptist Church, 83rd & State Line Road.
Rex Eugene Allen, BA ’72, MA ’74, died Nov. 25 at age 67.
His life started in McAllen Texas October 10th, 1950 the son of Geri and Ralph Allen and brother to Gary. Rex is survived by his husband Vince Healy, the extended family (the Allens, Garrisons, Healys....) mother Geri, Gary and Rachel Allen, nieces Julie Matthews and Susan Raff, and Toby the Coonhound. Many knew him growing up in Dallas, at Baylor University, in his Seattle theater work, volunteering in Shanti, and for the last 25 years, in his care for the bereaved at Hospice of Tacoma and Providence Hospice. Rex served with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization for ten years and locally as a trainer, presenter, and a maker of healing ritual. Musicals, pies, reading, and football were joys. We grieve our loss of his compassion, sensitive listening, quiet speaking, and his ability to see the better qualities in us and others (that we may have not known were there). When he saw and coaxed those qualities to come forward, they became unexpected blessings.
A celebration of Rex's life, and a time to share a wee bit our loss and joys of Rex, will be at Daybreak Star Cultural Center at Discovery Park in Seattle 1/6/2018 at 1:30pm. Remembrances can be given to The Providence Hospice of Seattle Foundation or to any act of charity that calls your heart.
(Published in The Seattle Times)
Billy Mack Dagley, BA’72, MBA ’74, of Richmond, TX, died Dec. 22 at age 67.
A celebration of his life will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 29, at Grand Parkway Baptist Church, 12000 FM 1464, Richmond, TX. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 28, at Sugar Land Mortuary, 1818 Eldridge, Sugar Land, Texas.
Bill was born in Waco on August 8, 1950, and was a graduate of Richfield High School; he received his bachelors and masters degrees from Baylor University. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Dagley. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Donna Dagley; sons, Geof Dagley and wife, Kelly, Greg Dagley and wife, Amber, and Jason Dagley; brother, Larry J. Dagley and wife, Norma; mother, La Verne Dagley; and nine grandchildren.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the American Heart Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
Jack Kelly Dillard, BBA ’72, JD ’73, of Austin died Dec. 16 at age 69.
Born April 19, 1948, in Waco, Texas, Mr. Dillard grew up in Austin. He attended Highland Park Elementary, Lamar Junior High and graduated from McCallum High School in 1966. He received his BBA and his JD from Baylor University. After graduation from Baylor Law School in 1973, Jack first worked for the Texas Secretary of State's Office, then in the Governmental Affairs Division of Tenneco in Houston, Texas. In 1989, he began work for Altria Client Services (formerly Phillip Morris) as District Director of State Governmental Affairs. He initially worked in Overland Park, Kansas, but transferred to Austin in 1991, where he remained until he retired. From an early age, Jack loved politics, the governmental process and history. He was an avid reader and was always up to date on current affairs. Jack, a former debater, was also an excellent and persuasive public speaker. He had a keen mind and a virtually unfailing memory. For example, he could recite every Texas governor and U.S. President in order and provide an interesting story about each one. He was a studied observer of legislation and elections and had a highly accurate ability to predict their outcomes. Since his jobs at both Tenneco and Altria involved legislation and politics, he was one of the rare lucky individuals whose work focused on his favorite interests.
When you think of Jack Dillard, you think of his love for Baylor University. He was a long time football and basketball season ticket holder and member of the Baylor Bear Foundation. In 1988, he was proud to serve as the President of the Baylor Alumni Association. He received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1988, and the W. R. White Meritorious Service Award in1997. More recently, when the Baylor Alumni Association became the Baylor Line Foundation, Jack served on its Board of Directors. His support of Baylor and its traditions were a major part of his life. Jack was also very involved in DeMolay and Freemasonry. As a young man, Jack was a member of Stephen F. Austin Chapter of the Order of DeMolay. He served as Master Councilor and later served as the State Master Councilor of Texas DeMolay. As an adult, "Dad Dillard" served as District Governor and as an advisor to Reagan Chapter and Houston Priory. Jack's DeMolay honors included the Degree of Chevalier, Cross of Honor, and the Legion of Honor. Jack also served as the State Grand Commander of Texas Chevaliers. While attending college, Jack received the three degrees of Freemasonry from Baylor Lodge No. 1235 in Waco, Texas. When he moved to Houston, he affiliated with Jacques DeMolay Lodge No. 1390 where he served as Worshipful Master from 1983 to 1984. He was a member of the York Rite Bodies, as well as the Shrine and the Grotto. Jack was a member of both the Houston and Austin Valleys of the Scottish Rite, and was invested as Knight Commander of the Court of Honour in 1983. In 2005, Jack received the Scottish Rite's honorary Thirty-third Degree for his outstanding service to Masonry and the community. One of Jack's passions was serving on the Board of Directors and financially supporting the Houston Scottish Rite Learning Center for Children.
Jack grew up at Highland Park Baptist Church. He watched the workers build the church while riding his bicycle to and from elementary school, and was the first in the family to attend Highland Park. It is the church where he was baptized and the church where all important Dillard Family events have taken place. He was a member of the congregation throughout his life and supported it with his prayers and resources. Jack was a leader in many professional, charitable and political organizations. Of all his endeavors, Jack was particularly proud of being a co-founder of the Texas Lyceum, the state's preeminent, non-profit, non-partisan leadership organization. Jack served as a member of the Texas Lyceum's Advisory Council at the time of his death. Jack Dillard was a true Texas gentleman. A benevolent man, Jack gave to numerous charities, as well as, family and friends, and will be remembered for his generosity and kindness.
Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Jack H. Dillard and Dorothy Kelly Dillard, both long time Austin residents. He is survived by his siblings, D. Diane Dillard (and her husband Judge Andrew S. Hanen), and Donald S. Dillard (and his wife Rebecca Patterson Dillard), his niece Kelly E. Hanen and nephews Philip C. Prasek (and his wife Kayla Hart Prasek, and their sons Silas and Declan), and Derek W. Dillard, as well as a large extended family and many dear friends. On December 20, 2017, Jack's family laid him to rest, alongside his parents, at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, Texas.
A memorial service celebrating Jack's life will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 11:00 am at Highland Park Baptist Church. (5206 Balcones Drive, Austin, TX 78731) Those wishing to make a memorial gift are encouraged to consider giving to Highland Park Baptist Church, the Baylor Line Foundation (P.O. Box 2089, Waco, TX 76703), the Texas Lyceum (texaslyceum.org) or the American Diabetes Association (P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215).
(Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home)
Joseph Harold O’Bryan, BA ’72, JD ’73, of Cabot, AR, died Dec. 6 at age 68.
Joseph Harold O'Bryan, (JD 1973): I first met Joe in January of 1970. My mother, Lora Barnett, and Joe's Aunt Elizabeth (White) were good friends through church (Second Baptist Church in Little Rock) so when Elizabeth found out that I was going to enroll as a freshman at Baylor University, she informed my mom that her nephew, Joe, was already a junior at BU. Elizabeth and my mom arranged for Joe to take me as a passenger in his car from Little Rock back to Waco after Christmas break, 1970. He arrived at my mom's house, and we set off on the eight hour trip back to BU. The amazing thing was that usually there is a large group of persons who are traveling together in one car, both to and from Baylor for the holidays. However, this time, almost like "destiny", there were only Joe and me in the car, so we had the whole eight hours to talk and get to know each other. After Joe dropped me off at my dorm, I hadn't been in my room more than five minutes when the phone rang and it was Joe. He asked me for a date, to go to a BU Basketball game with him the next night. I was thrilled to say yes! We had that date and got along splendidly. We continued to date steadily for the next year and a half, and then we set May 21, 1971, as a date to be married.
We married at Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, with his father, Rev Harold O'Bryan (from Cabot's First Baptist Church) officiating. Well, I finished my BA and taught school for one semester in Gatesville, TX while waiting for Joe to completer his studies at Baylor School of Law in 1973. At that point, we moved back to Joe's hometown of Cabot, AR, where he began to work as a young lawyer with the firm of Thompson and Thompson (Edgar and John R. Thompson.) I got a job teaching at Sylvan Hills High School in NLR, and so we spent the next several years in those endeavors. However, when a job opened up within the Cabot School District, I took it and remained with that school system until 2007. Joe continued to practice law in Cabot and eventually was elected as Juvenile Judge, and later Municipal, then District Judge, for Cabot, Austin, and Ward, AR. He remained as an attorney and judge until his retirement. Joe was a long time member of Hope Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder on Session. Several years ago, he became a member of Jacksonville First Presbyterian Church. Joe had graduated from Cabot High School in 1967.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Rev Harold O'Bryan and Mary Jo O'Bryan, as well as by our son Eric O'Bryan. He is survived by his wife, Sandy Barnett O'Bryan of Cabot, our twin daughters Jessica O'Bryan Wallace of Little Rock, and Stephanie O'Bryan of Apple Valley, CA; his sister Judy Springfield of Schererville, Ind; his brother Jon O'Bryan, of Cabot; his brother Jeff O' Bryan, of Jacksonville, AR; grandchildren Ian and Mia Wallace of Little Rock; and several nieces and cousins. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's memory may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Arkansas, #1 Lile Ct, Set 201, Little Rock, 72202-6242, or to First Presbyterian Church, 1208 West Mail, Jacksonville, AR, 72076. Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec 16, at First Jacksonville Presbyterian Church. Burial followed at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Cabot, under the direction of Moore's Cabot Funeral Home. Please take the time to sign the guestbook at www.moorescabotfuneralhome.com. (submitted)
Randall C. “Randy” Staudt, BA ’72, died Jan. 16 at age 68.
Born in Dallas, Texas November 1, 1949 to Ruben and Cordelia Staudt, Randy graduated Baylor University with a degree in Sociology. He also earned his certification as an emergency medical technician. He obtained his pilot’s license and his certification as a scuba diver instructor. He lived and taught scuba diving in Grand Cayman. He worked as an electrical engineer and retired from Teco Westinghouse Electric as a General Manager. Randy surrendered his life to Jesus Christ in 1980. He worked tirelessly and diligently to save babies from abortion, serving as an educator, rescuer, and debater in the ProLife Movement. As chairman of the Williamson County Christian Coalition, he strived to elect those who would uphold Godly values. His desire was to serve his community and his country. He served 7 years as a Leander City Council Member. He was elected as a Republican Senate District Committeeman and served 8 years. He used his construction skills to build his home, Trinity Church, and Cornerstone Christian School.
Randy was a man whom you never forgot when you met him. His humor and wit entertained and encouraged those he encountered, young and old. He enjoyed telling stories and making people laugh. He would visit with everyone he came in contact with - in the store, at the hotel, or in the parking lot. He loved talking with people in the many doctor waiting rooms he had to visit. It seemed it was a challenge to see if they would engage. Randy’s passion was music. He played all kinds of strings: steel guitar, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, and mandolin. He also learned the harmonica. From his childhood Randy played guitar and entertained with a band. He played for years with Common Thread Band of the Journey Church, later managing his own band, the Randy Staudt Band. He and Edna played together at the Williamson County Cowboy Church every Sunday in the Worship Band. He enjoyed playing music and singing with his wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren, or anyone else who would grab a microphone.
He is survived by his wife, Edna, children: Amy Allen, Casey Staudt, Joshua Staudt, Otto Staudt, Caleb Staudt, and Ashley LaPierre, grandchildren, four sisters, cousins, and many, many friends. In lieu of flowers you can send donations or memorials to the Agape Pregnancy Resource Center, Austin Pregnancy Resource Center or the Charity of your choice.
Walter Dean Davis III, BBA ’73, of Houston died Nov. 20 at age 66.
Visitation will be held on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM. Both services will be held at South Union Missionary Baptist Church, 3550 Lydia St., Houston, Texas 77004, Rev. Michael V. Smith, Pastor, Min. Hiawatha Johnson, Jr., officiating. The interment will be held at Paradise Cemetery, Leona, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Baylor Black Alumni Network Scholarship, One Bear Place 97170, Waco, TX 76798-7170.
(Published in Houston Chronicle)
Mary Lacy Clifton Chase, BSEd ’74, MSEd ’75, of Waco died Jan. 17 at age 67.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, January 22, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey, and a celebration of Mary Lacy's life will be held at 5 p.m., Tuesday, January 23, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Chapel.
Mary Lacy was born December 24, 1950, to Patricia Reiley Clifton and William Lacy Clifton of Waco. She attended Waco schools and St. Stephens' Preparatory School in Austin. At Baylor University, she received a Bachelor's and Master's in Education and Counseling.
Mary Lacy taught third grade at Viking Hills Elementary prior to marriage. She married the love of her life, Jim Chase, in October, 1983. They had one son, Jamey, for whom she had the honor and privilege of officiating his wedding ceremony to the beautiful Katie.
Mary's motivation in life was helping others. For more than 30 years she volunteered weekly at the Bill Logue Juvenile Justice Center's boot camp program for juvenile offenders. During that time she developed a unique Yoga and counseling program for the young men incarcerated there. She taught yoga poses, breathing techniques, life skills, and how to still the mind. She was particularly excited when they learned headstands, which many did.
She was always thrilled when graduates approached her to say they were doing well, and she grieved for the ones who didn't make it. Prior to her illness, Mary Lacy had begun plans for a halfway house for the graduates of the Juvenile Center. Her hope was to create a self- sustaining place where the young men could transition to a life of freedom. Her family is tasked with continuing the project to honor her legacy.
Mary Lacy is survived by her husband, Jim; and son, Jamey and wife, Katie, of Vail, Colorado; and many furry kids. She will be remembered as a woman who adored her family, loved serving the community, and had a passion for yoga.
Special thanks go to Dr. James Hodges, Mary's niece, Gracie Chase, nurse, Cindy Murphey, and Chaplain Sarah Miller, all who provided loving and kind care during her illness. Also, special friends and caregivers, Cristal and Diego Marroquin, Natalia Alvarado, and Flavio Martinez.
In honor of Mary's life, a fund has been established at Waco Foundation (1227 N Valley Mills Dr #235, Waco TX 76710) to further the halfway house project. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to this special project. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Dr. Marsha Lane McFarland, BA ’74, of Ada, OK, died Jan. 17 at age 66.
Services are 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel, Revs. Harold Ware and Ken Cox will officiate. A Committal Service will be 4:00 p.m. Tuesday at Ringwood Cemetery at New Boston, TX.
Dr. McFarland passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at her home. She was born January 12, 1952 in Bryan, TX to Frank Eugene and Trudy Lively McFarland. She graduated from Stillwater High School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Baylor University, a Master’s Degree from Oklahoma State University and received a PhD. from the University of Georgia. Dr. McFarland was a former Assistant Professor of Counseling at East Central University in Ada. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Ada. Survivors include her nephews, Brooks Cox, Texarkana, AR and Casey Cox, Dallas, TX; her nieces, Amanda Fabish, Midlothian, TX, Rachel Gallardo, Dallas, TX and Clara Cullen, New York, NY; great-nieces, Emma, Anna, and Olivia Fabish, Midlothian, TX, and Mary Lynne Gallardo, Dallas, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a twin sister, Lynne McFarland Cox. (Criswell Funeral Home)
William E. Mendoza, BS ’74, of Orange Grove, TX, died Jan. 9 at age 66.
William was born in Houston, Texas on December 30, 1951 to Guadalupe and Florentino Mendoza, Jr. He enjoyed traveling and fishing as well as watching the Dallas Cowboys, the Baylor Bears, and the Michigan Wolverines. He graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Biology in 1974 and graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1980. He practiced anesthesiology in the San Antonio Medical Center.
William is survived by his father, Florentino Mendoza, Jr., his aunt, Lydia Mendoza, his sister, Gloria (Luis) Ramirez and two brothers, Mike (Lourdes) Mendoza and Patrick (Cookie) Mendoza, all of San Antonio, Texas, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Dr. Schnitzler for his care of William during his illness.
A Holy Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. on Thursday, January 11, 2018 at Holmgreen Mortuary Chapel in Alice, Texas. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018 at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Orange Grove, Texas with Father Prince Kuruvila celebrant. Interment will follow at St. John of the Cross Cemetery in Orange Grove, Texas. Arrangements are entrusted to Holmgreen Mortuary, 2061 E. Main St., Alice, Texas. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.holmgreenmortuaryinc.com and shared via Holmgreen Mortuary Facebook. (Published in Alice Echo News-Journal)
Jay Charles Bobbitt, JD ’75, of Dallas died Nov. 12 at age 68. He was born June 12, 1949, in Birmingham, Alabama to Dorsey Brown and Genevieve (Smith) Bobbitt. Jay graduated from W.T. White High School in Dallas, where he was an all-state champion debater. After graduation, Jay entered the University of Texas in Austin, where he graduated in three years; he was also on the debate team and president of his fraternity, Delta Upsilon. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree from UT, he moved to Waco, Texas, where he entered the Baylor University Law School and graduated with his degree in 1975.
While in Waco he worked as a disc jockey at radio station WACO. He then moved to Dallas, where he worked at KLIF and was a youth minister at Walnut Hill Methodist Church. In 1976 he joined his brother’s company, Bob Bobbitt Custom Homes and soon was placed in charge of construction, where he remained until his retirement in 2015. Jay loved to travel during the past twenty years; he enjoyed several trips to Europe each year. His favorite destination was Prague in the Czech Republic. He was a Texas Longhorn football fan and attended all games, home and away, until last year when his health kept him sidelined. Jay spent all holidays with Bob and Shirley at their home along with Lance, Julie and Jaxson. He will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his brother, Bob Bobbitt and wife Shirley of Frisco, Texas; nephew, Lance Bobbitt and wife Julie of Frisco, Texas; and great-nephew, Jaxon Bobbitt. Jay is preceded in death by his parents, Dorsey and Gene Bobbitt.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway N., Allen, Texas 75013. Memorial donations in Jay's honor may be made to the American Cancer Society.
(Turrentine Jackson Morrow)
Mark Alan Boyd, BBA ’75, of Waco died Dec. 28 at age 64.
Mark passed away unexpectedly on December 28, 2017. Services will be January 3, 2018 at 10 a.m. at OakCrest Funeral Home with the Rev. Kip Osborne officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be January 2, 2018 from 6 to 8 at OakCrest.
Mark Alan Boyd was born August 11, 1953 in Waco, Texas to Brownilee and Walter Boyd. He attended Baylor University as a Citizens National Bank Scholarship Recipient and went to work for Citizens National Bank upon his graduation. He spent 33 years of his career in that building through numerous name changes until retiring from Bank of America in 2004. He then went to work for Community Bank and Trust where he worked until his passing. He enjoyed being actively involved in the Waco community and served in leadership roles for many organizations, including the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, Waco Business League, United Way, Waco Industrial Foundation, Waco Performing Arts Co., Cameron Park Zoo, Baylor Waco Foundation, the City of Waco Transportation Committee, Waco Founders Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Waco, and Central Texas Lighthouse for the Blind. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Mark is survived by his wife of 42 years, Cindy Veselka Boyd; his son, Alan Scott Boyd and wife Karen; daughter, Alison Boyd Kutschera and husband Timothy, and daughter, Amanda Boyd Bonovitch; grandchildren, Katelyn, Jacob, and Zachary Kutschera and Nicholas Bonovitch. Also surviving are brothers, Parker Boyd and Brett Boyd and sister-in-law Debby Boyd. Mark loved his family, Waco, and Baylor University. He was passionate about his work and had a smile and a kind word for everyone he met. He was the ultimate professional. He enjoyed spoiling his grandkids, hunting with his family, and golfing with his friends, especially his yearly Rancho trips. He hosted amazing backyard barbecues and loved his yearly fall festival trips with his grandchildren in Pennsylvania.
Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, the Cameron Park Zoo, or the organization of your choice.
Dr. Marcus Aubre Burch, BS ’75, of Greer, SC, died Feb. 6 at age 65.
As the New Year began his strength rapidly declined and Jesus quickly called him home. Marcus fought a good fight, finished his course, and kept the faith. He was born in Yorktown, Texas, on November 18, 1952 to Daniel Aubre and Bobbie Sue (Williams) Burch, both of whom preceded him in death. Marcus graduated from W. B. Ray High School in Corpus Christi in 1971, from Baylor University (BS) in 1975, and from Baylor School of Dentistry (DDS) in 1978. He enjoyed practicing dentistry in Texas for over 40 years.
Marcus is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan Harris (Shepherd) Burch; two children, Jessica Lee (Francis Ryan) Bobbie of Rochester Hills, MI, and Daniel Paul (Heather Dianne Griffin) Burch of Spring; five grandchildren, Contessa Reagan Bobbie, David Taylor Burch, Hunter Bryce Burch, Jackson Ryan Bobbie, and Jonathan Walter Burch; sister, Dana Adrienne Burch of Katy; and uncle, Joe Tom (Candace Elaine Lovell) Burch of Spring Branch.
He was a doting husband to his college sweetheart and a dedicated Daddy and Gampa, who relished each moment spent with his children and grandchildren. Family was his passion and that could certainly be felt by those whose lives he touched. His family is blessed with the peace of God which passes all understanding, knowing Marcus lived his life to the fullest and has passed on his best virtues and steadfast faith in Christ. The family wishes to express their gratitude to all who have provided care and compassion during this difficult time.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution to the ministry or charity of your choice. Per his wishes his body is to be cremated with interment taking place at a later date.
Published online on Feb. 9, 2018 courtesy of aCremation.
Francis E. “Frank” Coffen, MHA ’75, of Mt. Union, IA, formerly of Fort Madison, died Jan. 25 at age 74.
Celebration of Life Service will be 1:00 PM Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Mt. Union United Methodist Church. The Reverend Randy Moser will officiate. Committal service will precede at 12 PM at Trinity Cemetery, rural Mt. Union, with military rites conducted by the Iowa Military Funeral Honors and the Henry County Honor Guard. Memorials are to Frank’s wife, Tammi Coffen, c/o the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641, for a Genetics charity to be named at a later date. Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com. Francis Eli “Frank” Coffen was born September 9, 1943 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Frank and Helen (Nader) Coffen. He graduated from high school in Pennsylvania.
Frank was first married to Joyce Naylor. Joyce preceded Frank in death. On March 9, 2010 at the First Christian Church in Burlington, IA, Frank married Tamara Suzanne Morgan. After high school, Frank enlisted in the United States Army. While serving his country at Fort Sam Houston, TX, he was trained to be a Medical Laboratory Technician. Helping others through medical care would become a lifelong career for Frank. While enlisted in the Army, he also received a degree from Baylor University in 1975. Following his honorable discharge, Frank returned to school. He earned his BA degree from Augusta College, GA in 1983. He furthered his education with a BS degree in Biology from (then) Iowa Wesleyan College in Mt. Pleasant in 1994. In 2009, Frank earned his MBA from St. Ambrose University. In civilian life, Frank was a Medical Technologist in hospital laboratories including McDuffie County Hospital in GA, Ft. Madison Community Hospital, Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua, Great River Medical Center. He completed his career at Jefferson County Health Center in Fairfield, from which he retired. Frank received many awards during his career, including one from the University of Iowa for his method of improving laboratory organization. Frank was a member of Mt. Union United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Tammi, of Mt. Union; 7 children – Sherry Naylor, Charlie Naylor, Kristopher Bowen, Cristi Bieri, Ami Bieri, Cori Bieri and Mandi Bieri; a sister, Patty; 5 grandchildren – Quisetin, Landon, Noah, Graham and Emily and 2 great grandchildren. His parents, his first wife, Joyce and a daughter April precede Frank in death.
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Joe Clyde Millender III, BA ’75, of Houston died Nov. 29 at age 65. Funeral services for Joe Clyde Millender, III, were held on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at 11:00a.m. at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague. Bro. Scott Matthews officiated. Interment followed the services at Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Millender passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at his lake house at Teague Club Lake. He was born in Teague on October 17, 1952, grew up in Teague, and graduated from Teague High School with the class of 1971. He earned a B.A. degree in Accounting from Baylor University and moved to Houston where he worked as a C.P.A. for TXU for thirty-two years. He was presently working for Lonestar Prestress in Houston. Mr. Millender enjoyed his work very much. In his spare time, he loved to go shopping and study family genealogy.
He is survived by his father, Joe Millender, Jr.; one brother, Randy Millender both of Teague; one aunt, Billie Touma of Tyler; one niece, Misti Wortham & husband Ruel of Waco; one great-niece, Katlin Keaton; one great-nephew, Landen Wortham; and cousins, Denny Reese, Chester Kwiat, Jr., Oliver Kwiat, Ernie Kwiat, Rickey Shannon, Kevin Norris, Vivian Midgley, Janice Shilling, Marilyn Synder, Sheila Vasquez, Kristine Baugh, Robbin McKinney, Traci Cook, and Stephanie Able. Mr. Millender was preceded in death by his mother, Jackie “G.G.” Norris Millender.
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Dr. Lewis Sobhi Sidarous, PhD ’75, of San Antonio died Dec. 29 at age 72.
Dr. Lewis Sobhi Sidarous, our beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin went to heaven Friday, December 29, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Gay Yankie Sidarous and their 3 children.
Dr. Sidarous was born April 2, 1945 in Cairo Egypt. His father was Sobhi Sidarous and his mother Lucette Iskander Boutros.
When his father was transferred from Barclay's Bank of London to the Alexandria, Egypt branch, his family moved and Alexandria was where Lewis grew up, next to the Mediterranean Sea where he loved to swim. The family lived in a villa surrounded by fruit trees, especially mangos which he loved. He was very close to his siblings: Miranda Sidarous (George Naguib, deceased), Camilia Sidarous, deceased (Nabil Gabriel), Aida Gabriel Ishak (Baghat, deceased) & Hani Sobhi Sidarous (Nancy Yankie Sidarous) and will be deeply missed by many nieces and nephews.
Dr. Sidarous graduated from the University of Alexandria with a degree in chemistry. At Baylor his dedication, curiosity and talent were noticed and mentored by Dr. John S. Belew & Dr. Thomas C. Franklin, Dr. David E. and Pennington. After a brief stint as a chemist with Black Sands of Egypt, he moved to Waco, Texas where he entered graduate school at Baylor University with a full scholarship in chemistry. There he met Gay Yankie, also in graduate school. They were introduced by Lewis' brother Hani and Gay's sister Nancy, who also later married. After finishing his Ph.D., Lewis worked at Florida State University and the Health Science Center in San Antonio. He later bought a deli and called it Pirelli's Deli. He loved the creative work of building a business, developing a menu and welcoming people in to share food and community more than any work he had ever done.
But what he loved most was our three children: Monica Lucette Sidarous Ford (Thomas), Natalie Danielle Sidarous McCannell (Jason) and Jared Lewis Sidarous. Our marriage was good; we had fun together and loved working together, but our union was established for all time by our deep, boundless love for our children. We never needed a vacation from them because the most fun we ever had was with them. The word "love" could never contain the adoration we will always hold in our hearts for this man.
Much kindness & care given to our family. We wish to extend special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Glazier, Dr. Mary Hull and also to providers Jimmy & Vanessa Lopez, Ms. Esmeralda Zapata and especially Ms. Leticia Harrison.
Services will be held at St. Anthony's Coptic Church by Father Antonios Girgis on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 10:00 am with burial in the Yankie Family plot at China Spring Cemetery.
Contributions may be pledged to China Spring Cemetery, Texas 254-749-0832
(Published in Express-News)
Galen Robert “Bob” Alderman Jr., BS ’76, JD ’79, of Lufkin, TX, died Nov. 4 at age 62.
Galen Robert Alderman Jr. (he would not answer to that, he is just Bob) was, and always will be, my soul mate. He was my partner. He was the kindest, most generous and loving father to his four children, Amber Williams Trickey, Robby Alderman, Katie Alderman Salazar and Cole Alderman. Although the children are grown, we still practice “helicopter parenting” at full throttle, and they have come to accept it. As they age, they even seem to appreciate it. Their weddings were breathtaking. I hope some of you were able to attend. We welcomed Jon Trickey, Rachel Alderman, Fabian Salazar and Robin Alderman as their partners into our family. Multiple grandchildren have blessed our lives including Gage (8), Kimber (5) and Rowan (5 weeks); all are happy and healthy. We were able to share precious moments with our family in places all over the world. We have been so blessed.
His parents predeceased him, Galen Robert Alderman Sr. (also known as Bob) and Eleanor Alderman. He is survived by his brother Frank and his wife Wanda of San Antonio, along with many nieces and nephews.
Bob went to Churchill High School in San Antonio (1972), Baylor undergrad (1976), and Baylor Law School (1979). He graduated from law school at just 23 years of age and came to Lufkin to join the Zeleskey Law Firm, where he practiced for 35 years before forming a partnership with Bob Cain and Erika Neill in downtown Lufkin in 2014. He was as passionate about his practice as he was about his family – a strong oak, with flexibility and strength combined. He left no detail unfinished for his clients and law partners, and for the most part, he did it all on a legal pad. He believed in paper, not digital information – something tangible and tactile that could not be deleted. His passion was Barefoot Ranch, his horses and the work he loved to do there. I always struggled with that part. I wanted to go to the ranch for leisure, he wanted to do the work – the mowing, repairing fence, preparing the hay meadows, caring for the horses.
He found purpose in the completion of a task, done the “right way”. He explained that his work as a lawyer was never finished, never truly completed, it was an ongoing calling and service to his clients. In contrast, when he mowed a pasture, and finished, he could see the fruit of his labor and felt fulfilled. He served this community in many ways. He was active in the Volunteer Services Council, Noon Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Angelina County Bar Association, Texas Associate of Defense Counsel, State Bar Foundation, coaching of Youth Baseball and Soccer, Leadership Lufkin, YoungLife, Baylor University Alumni Association, Crown Colony Country Club Tennis Association and First Christian Church. Please join our family in honoring him – a great man who touched so many people. I pray his spirit stays with us, as God will allow him, but that he spends eternity on a ranch prepared just for him… somewhere on the outskirts of heaven. – His loving wife of 32 years, Kaye.
Funeral services for Bob Alderman, 62, of Lufkin will be held Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at First Christian Church Lufkin. Interment will follow in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park. A celebration of his life will be held from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Crown Colony Country Club. Mr. Alderman was born November 6, 1954 in Richmond, Virginia, and died Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Dallas.
In lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of Bob Alderman to the Lufkin State Supported Living Center, Volunteer Services Council, 374 Circle Drive, Pollok, Texas 75969. Memories and condolences may be added at www.carrowayfuneralhome.com. (Carroway Funeral Home)
Robert “Bob” Gerard O’Bierne, BS ’76, MBA ’78, of Waco died Dec. 23 at age 63.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 29, at St. Jerome Catholic Church, 9820 Chapel Rd, Woodway TX 76712. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m., with a Rosary Vigil to be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 28, in the Chapel at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home, 6101 Bosque Blvd, Waco 76710. Bob was born on April 20, 1954, in Jamaica, Queens, New York, to Robert Pond and Mary Ann O'Beirne. He spent most of his early years in El Paso, Texas, where he graduated from Eastwood High School in 1972. He attended Baylor University in Waco, where he was active within the Kappa Nu and Kappa Sigma Fraternities. Bob graduated with a B.S. in Biology in 1976 and his M.B.A. in 1978.
After his time at Baylor, Bob spent approximately 39 years with Olmsted-Kirk Paper Co. in Waco, as Vice President and General Manager. In Waco, he married Martha McConnell, his cherished wife of almost 36 years. He was active in numerous organizations, civic affairs, and community activities within the cities of Waco and Woodway. He served on the Board of Directors and as President of both the Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute and the Rotary Club of Waco. Bob enjoyed umpiring high school baseball and served as a board member and head coach within the La Vega and Midway Little League organizations. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and active in numerous ministries as a founding member of St. Jerome Catholic Church. He was an avid Baylor Bear fan and loved his family dearly.
Bob is preceded in death by his father, Robert Pond O'Beirne; brothers, Robert Charles and William Francis O'Beirne; and sisters, Virginia O'Beirne and Mary Maggard.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Martha; daughter, Ashley O'Beirne Mejia and husband, Vince; son, Robert O'Beirne, Jr., and wife, Ashley; son, Stephen O'Beirne and fiancé, Rachel Urbanczyk; daughter, Kelly O'Beirne; and grandchildren, Madison and Vincent Mejia. He is also survived by his mother, Mary Ann O'Beirne; brothers, Patrick, John, Peter, Edward, and Colin O'Beirne; sisters, Carolyn O'Beirne and Jeanne Soucy; and mother-in-law, Ophelia McConnell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to support The Choice Wine and That Man is You! programs, hosted by Paradisus Dei (http://paradisusdei.org) and St. Jerome Catholic Church (https://stjeromewaco.org). The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at our website, www.WHBfamily.com. (Waco Tribune-Herald)
Lt. Col. Lewis Maloy Jones, MHA ’76, of Austin died Dec. 27 at age 76.
Lewis was born on August 11, 1941 in Jones County, Texas to Woodrow Wilson and Clariss Lillian Jones. He grew up in and around Haskell along with his five siblings. He was the first person in his family to earn a college degree. Lewis first met the love of his life, Gail, in high school, although she would tell you she picked him out in the second grade. They were married on December 22, 1962 in Haskell. He was a distinguished military graduate from West Texas State University with a degree in Mathematics where he was President of his Kappa Alpha fraternity chapter. Upon graduation, Lewis accepted his commission in the United States Army. Lewis served two tours in Vietnam as a Med-Evac pilot flying UH-1H helicopters (Huey’s).
Among his honors, he earned the Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross for Heroism while participating in Aerial Flight and was a Bronze Star Medal Recipient. After returning home from Vietnam, Lewis completed his Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from Baylor University. He finished his 20 year Army career working as a Health Care Administrator at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at Brooke Army Medical Center.
After military retirement, Lewis completed his teacher certification and was a high school math teacher at Somerset ISD and later East Central ISD. Lewis loved to fish. He was known to fish at the lake but his heart was in Port Aransas. Early mornings were a coveted time to meet the sunrise and enjoy time in the shallows fishing for speckled trout and redfish. He also loved to fish off the piers and jetties in Port Aransas for flounder, pompano and the occasional hammerhead shark. Ever patient, he taught his children to fish, digging out many a swallowed hook, rebaiting the lines and retying the tackle. Lewis was also an accomplished handyman who was willing to try to fix anything. He always entertained Gail’s latest “vision” for their home and worked hard to accomplish the task to her high expectations. He was always available to family and friends for painting, wallpapering, restoration and building projects. Highlights include refinishing and restoring all of the antiques in their home, laying thousands of square feet of Saltillo tile, planting 1,000 baby pine trees on their Floresville property and building a garage with an upstairs apartment.
Lewis is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gail Ratliff Jones; three children, Leigh Cox and her husband Dale of Austin, Jay Jones and his wife Karen of Port Aransas, Jeff Jones and his wife Wendy of Houston; and Gail’s dog Scout . He is also survived by the smartest and most talented grandchildren ever, Tyler and his wife Danielle, Allison, Amy, Kyle, Haley, Colby, Clay, Wade and Angela. A Military Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 10:45 am at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio. A luncheon for family and friends will be held immediately afterwards.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lewy-Body Dementia Association (lbda.org) or the Wounded Warrior Project (woundedwarriorproject.org) in Lewis’s honor.
Dad - we look forward to seeing you again. Know that we’ll be sure to “shut the door!” because we weren’t “born in a barn.” Also know that we’ll take good care of mom for you. You are so loved and will be missed but never forgotten.
Jo Ann Pressley Robinson, BSN ’76, of Roxton, TX, died Jan. 9 at age 65.
Services are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14th, at Bright-Holland Funeral Home with Rev. Rocky Burrow & Rev. Jerry Clements officiating. Burial will follow in Restland Cemetery at Roxton. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 5 – 7 p.m. Jo Ann, the daughter of Clyde & Fleeda McMinn Pressley, was born Dec. 20, 1952, in Dallas. She married Windell Carey Robinson on June 19, 1976. Together they had five beautiful children. She devoted her life to the people she loved and did so selflessly and with unconditional love. She graduated from Baylor University in 1976, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She was a faithful steward to the community, church and most of all her family. Jo Ann was a dedicated pastor’s wife who loved many and was loved by many. Proverbs 31: 25-31
Survivors include her husband, Windell Carey Robinson, son; Jeremy Robinson & wife Stephanie, daughter; Kerri Whitley & husband Jason and their son, Jaxon Whitley, daughter; Mary Taylor & husband Jeremy and their children, Xavier Fountain, Quentin Fountain, Jeremy Taylor and Serenity Taylor, son; Jonathan Robinson and son; Timothy Robinson, sister; Sue Gilbert & husband Earl, brother; Tommy Pressley & wife Evelyn and sister; Margaret Knox & husband Donnie along with many nieces & nephews and a host of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde & Fleeda Pressley, and two sisters, Macklin Jones and Rose Mary Weiler. Casket bearers will be: Justin Vickers, Nick McEntyre, Randall Patterson, J. R. Nix, Craig Vaughn, Stephen Morris & Matt McEntyre. (Dignity Memorial)
Dr. Joe Holbert Mayes, MSD ’77, of Lubbock, TX, died Dec. 10 at age 73. Mayes was born on August 19, 1944 to Billy Woods Mayes and Anna Faye Mayes at Florence Nightingale Hospital (now Baylor) in Dallas, TX. Raised in Crane Texas with his brother, Billy Woods Mayes II. Dr. Mayes graduated Crane High School in 1962. He graduated Texas Tech in 1970, after time in the US Army; he then received his DDS at Baylor College of Dentistry in 1974 and his MSD in Orthodontics in1977.
Dr. Mayes practiced orthodontics in Lubbock, Texas, for 40 years. He was an adjunct professor for Baylor College of Dentistry for orthodontic students. During that time, he also shared over 200 lectures around the world on topics of new treatments and appliances that he developed. He lived life to the fullest, and did not wait until he retired to enjoy all the opportunities available to him.
He is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl Lee Mayes, children Joe Mayes II, Stephanie Prentice, Anthony Jones, along with seven grandchildren.
He passed peacefully on December 10, 2017, at Covenant Hospital in Lubbock, Texas, after battling a long-term illness. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 73 years on Friday, December 15, 2017, at 10 a.m., at Lake Ridge Chapel. A tribute of Joe's life may be found at www.memorialdesigners.net, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
In lieu of flowers, his family suggests memorial contribution be given to the Morris Safe House Foundation, 3240 Nightingale Rd, Lubbock, TX 79407, https://www.facebook.com/morrissafehouse; or Joe Arrington Cancer Center, 4101 22nd Pl, Lubbock, TX 79410, https://www.covenanthealth.org/covenant-health-foundation/donate-now/.
John Sylvester Oliver, BSEd ’77, of Hewitt, TX, died Jan. 15 at age 63. J
John Sylvester Oliver 63, peacefully entered into eternal rest on January 15, 2018. He was born in Houston, Texas on January 28, 1954 to the late, Charles M. Oliver, Sr. and the late Evelyn Hamilton Oliver. He was the second born of eight children.
Mr. John Oliver was the beloved husband of Wanda Johnson Oliver for over 40 years.
John was a graduate of M.B. Smiley High School in Houston, Texas. He was also a graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas where he played football under Coach Grant Teaff, from 1972-1974. They were Southwest Cotton Bowl Conference Champions in 1974. During his career he coached at University High, Bosqueville High and Milford High School. He was the Principal of Eagle Charter School in Waco, Texas. He also officiated basketball and football games for the SBOA Official Association.
He was a graduate of SSOTFB and a faith and dedicated member of the Banner Ministry.
John was an avid Fisherman and because he loved to fish his wife had to learn how to as well.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Melvin Oliver.
Left to cherish fond and loving memories are, his devoted and loving wife, Wanda Faye Oliver; his daughter Arianna Ross; brothers: Anthony Oliver, Charles Oliver, Jerry Oliver and Robert Oliver (Maria); sisters: Shelia Higgs and Cassandra Perry (James); a dedicated daughter: Tomeka Womack; special friends: Mr. and Mrs. Reggie Potter and family; Nurse “Lisa” and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Val J. Bateman, MHA ’78, of Saint George, UT, died Nov. 13 at age 75.
Val passed away peacefully surrounded by his adoring family in St. George after a valiant 17-year fight against cancer.
Born to Bertha Selma Bergquist and John Leland Bateman, Val graduated from South Cache High School, Utah State University, Chapman University and Baylor University.
Val married the love of his life, Bonnie Joyce Tidwell in the Logan LDS Temple on 14 August 1964. They filled their 53 years of marriage together with love, family and adventures.
Val had a 21-year Air Force career as a Hospital Administrator that included assignments in many parts of the world. He worked for the Dept. of Health and the Utah Medical Assoc.
Val was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in many callings and honored the priesthood throughout his life by blessing those around him through his righteous example of love and service.Survived by his loving wife, Bonnie, and their children, David (Robert), Amy Cox (Jordan), Wendy Woodland (Scot), Holly Little (Chad) and Brian, 15 grandchildren, 2 great grandsons and his sister, Ann Day. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Ted.
Viewing and funeral services will be held 15 November, at Larkin Mortuary located at 2350 E. 1300 S. in SLC. Family and friends are welcome to visit starting at 9:45 with funeral services starting at 11:00. Interment will follow the service. The family wishes to express appreciation to many doctors and nurses that have helped to extend Val's life, especially Dr. LeGrand Belnap and Dr. Lincoln Nadauld.
(Published in Deseret News)
Scott Andrew Whiteaker, ’78, of Burleson, TX, died Nov. 30 at age 59.Scott was born December 4, 1957 in Detroit, MI., but was a longtime resident of Arlington. He was the owner of All Ports Travel, a huge sports enthusiast and avid motorcycle rider (Harley Davidson’s), He loved to travel, play golf, his Baylor Bears and his chihuahuas. Scott was preceded in death by his parents, David G. Whiteaker and Patricia A. Whiteaker. He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years Dezorea (Dezi) Whiteaker; daughter, Amy Grenfell and her husband, Jeremy; son, Christopher Evans and his wife, Jamie, Uncle William Glass Jr. and wife, Carol; granddaughter Savannah Grenfell; grandson Brett Grenfell and Ronan Evans; and a host of loving friends, family, and clients. A visitation for Scott will be held Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Moore Funeral Home, 1219 North Davis Drive, Arlington, Texas. A funeral service will occur Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 2:00 PM, 1219 North Davis Drive, Arlington, Texas. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Scott's memory may be made to SPCA of Texas, www.spca.org/memorialgiving. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.moore-funeralhome.com for the Whiteaker family.