Dennis Thompson Franklin, BBA ’80, of San Antonio, TX, died on Dec. 31 at age 61.
Dennis Thompson Franklin, BBA ’80, of San Antonio, TX, died unexpectedly on Dec. 31 at age 61. He was born on January 2, 1956 in Gatesville, Texas. He graduated from Gatesville High School in 1974 and received a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Baylor University in 1980. He is preceded in death by his parents Mary Blackwell and Jimmie Thompson as well as his beloved sister Mary Ann Durfee. He is survived by his sons Christopher Travis Thompson and wife Lindsey, and Mark Aaron Thompson and wife Marissa. He was a doting grandfather to Madeline, Connor, Katelyn and Olivia. He is loved and remembered by his siblings Martha Russell, Sonny Garman and wife Melissa, Keith Thompson and wife Beth, Chris Thompson, Debbie Rhudy and husband Tim, and LaDonna Pederson and husband Shane, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dennis was extremely proud of both of his sons' accomplishments and wasn't afraid to tell you about them. He really enjoyed being around his grandchildren and there were often shouts of "Papaw's here!" whenever he arrived. His joy was evident whenever he was around his grandbabies, sons and family and his laughter with them will never be forgotten.
A private family service will be held in Gatesville, Texas to honor his passing. A Celebration of Life is set for Thursday, January 11th at River Crossing Country Club in Spring Branch, Texas starting at 11am. We ask that in lieu of flowers please donate to the 100 Club of San Antonio in his name. www.100clubsa.org.
(Porter Loring Funeral Home)
Alton Allen Jones, BS ’80, of Shreveport, LA, died Nov. 22 at age 60.
Alton Allen Jones loving husband, proud father, loyal son and quality friend, was called home by his Lord on November 22, 2017 after complications from recent chemotherapy. Al twice survived cancer in his twenties.
Visitation with the family will be held from 4:00 until 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, on Marshall St. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Broadmoor Methodist Church in Shreveport. Officiating will be Rev. Juan Huertas.
Al was a proud citizen of Shreveport, Louisiana since 1982 when he moved from Dallas to expand his successful career in the oil and gas industry. All who knew him recognized him as a man of integrity, professional competency and aspirational vision. His immediate family and friends knew him as a one-of-a-kind loving personality, a great sense of humor and valued member of the family and the extended families of his friends. His inquisitive mind made him a renaissance man in many topics, but it was his firm grasp of the things that really mattered to him: family and friends and his professional responsibilities to his partners, that distinguished his life.
After growing up in Dallas through his high school days at Sunset High School, Al attended Baylor University, where he played baseball for the Bears from 1975-1976, joined the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and met his future wife, Melinda Dowd, who he married in 1984. She was the love of his life for 33 years. Al excelled in his academics, earning a Bachelor of Science in Geology and completed all the course work for a Master of Science degree in geology. He started his career at Texas Oil and Gas, where he honed his expertise from 1982-1984, generating prospects for exploration in the upper gulf coast region of Texas and Mississippi. The opportunity for him to advance came in 1984 with the offer from Palmer Oil and Gas, in Shreveport, to serve as their Exploration Manager. After success at Palmer, he reached a lifelong dream of having his own company and co-founded JM Exploration along with partner, David Meadows, in 2000. There he developed a base of investors to whom he exhibited an uncompromising loyalty, professionalism and responsibility. In addition to numerous oil reservoir discoveries, Al gave back to his profession through board service in industry centric professional boards and associations: Shreveport Geological Society and Shreveport Map Association, in both instances rising to the office of president, Shreveport Petroleum Data Association, Gulf Coast Geologic Convention as vice chairman, Baylor University Geology Advisory Board and was a Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He was the consummate professional at his craft.
Success to Al was more than his noteworthy career accomplishments, it revolved around his family and faith. His loyalty to his one love, Melinda, and pride in his sons, Dalton and Blake, along with his love of the Lord were always his driving forces. His sons, born in 1990 and 1995 respectively, were the lucky recipients of his life lessons, sport coaching, athletic genetics and fatherly devotion. He was a good golfer (in his own mind) and avid tennis player, a sporting activity he and Melinda enjoyed together and in which he excelled, playing in USTA finals in 1998 and 2007. He promoted his love of sports with service on Boards of the Oilman's Tournament and Pierremont Oaks Tennis Club and most importantly to him, teaching the fundamentals of baseball to local kids and participating in Shreveport's C.E. Byrd Booster Club activities. Al's commitment to his Lord was well known and his faith was solid. He was a member of Grace Community United Methodist Church. He served as a Stephen Minister and as a Stephen Ministry leader and the coordinator of Stephen Ministry referrals at Grace. As he left this life, Al was confident as to his destination.
He is preceded in death by his father, James Robert Jones. Al is survived by wife Melinda and son Dalton and wife Kati, future grandson and son Blake, his mother Ada Jones Goodwin, his sister, Lori Clopton and husband James, her children, Steven Humphrey, Nicholas Humphrey, and Victoria Humphrey, and his in-laws, Virginia and Edward Dowd. He is also survived by numerous other family and friends.Serving as honorary pallbearers will be David Burch, Larry Dowd, Marshall Jones, Jimmy Marston, David Meadows, Ken Miller, Barron O'Neal, and Gary Wood.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Carolina Escobar M.D., Ron Mehaffy RN, and the physicians and nurses of the Baylor Pickens Cancer Hospital for their compassionate care and dedication to Al.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Grace Community United Methodist Church, (Restore Grace Fund) 9400 Ellerbe Rd. Shreveport, LA 71106 or Baylor Pickens Cancer Hospital, 3535 Worth St. Dallas, TX 75246.
(Published in Shreveport Times)
Melbin “Dean” Priddy, BS ’82, of Eddy, TX, died Dec. 23 at age 82.
Funeral Service: 1p.m. Wednesday, December 27, at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will follow at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Dean was born July 20, 1935 in Itasca to William Jasper Priddy and Sudie Mildred Parker Priddy. Growing up quickly during tough economic times, Dean let little time go by before leaving Itasca to join the Air Force to see the world. Among the many places he was assigned, French Morocco was his favorite. He bought a Norton motorcycle and stirred up a great deal of North African dust. He also wasted no time pursuing the love of his life, Sue, to marry and start a family. After eight years in the service, Dean answered his true calling to serve others through a life in law enforcement. With stints at the Waco Police Department, U.S. Marshal’s Service, McLennan County Sheriff’s Office and Lorena Police Department, his proudest achievement was being appointed Chief of Police which closed the chapter on a 40 year career to a profession he loved so much. Always seeking knowledge, Dean received his Associates’ Degree at McLennan Community College and later his Bachelor of Sciences degree in Criminal Justice, all the while serving the community. Dean was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a Sunday school teacher, an ordained deacon at the First Baptist Church in Whitney and his final place of worship at Bruceville Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings; and his grandson, Kenneth Wagner. Dean is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sue Priddy of Eddy; daughter, Beverly Wagner of Eddy; sons, Mickey Priddy and wife, Cilia and Wesley Priddy and wife, Erika all of Cedar Park; grandchildren, Audrey, Jared, Erin, Hannah, Rebekah, Mason and Marcelina; four great-grandchildren, Felix, Owen, Ciara and Ashley; and a host of other relatives. The family would like to acknowledge a special thank you to the Waco Police Association, Providence Hospice and Westview Manor. Memorial contributions s may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation at www.alzfdn.org. Thoughts and memories may be shared at www.LakeShoreFH.com.
(Lake Shore Funeral Home)
Y. Preston Rowan, BBA ’82, of College Station, TX, died Nov. 14 at age 57.
Young Preston Rowan, husband to Lisa Young Rowan; father to Forrest and Sybil; son of Thomas “Doc” and Nannette Stewart Rowan; brother to Woodson, Nan, Margaret and Vivian; cousin, uncle and friend to many. His passing was sudden, but he was doing what he loved the most—riding his bicycle. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00p.m. on Friday, November 17 at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home – Bryan. Memorial services will be at 11:00a.m. on Saturday, November 18 at First Baptist Church – College Station. Preston summarized his life simply, “Born…Trusted Christ…Got Married…Children…Everything Else…” and his simple life was filled with everything he could grasp. Preston was born on June 8, 1960 in Temple, Texas and resided in College Station since 1993. “Everything else” was a life filled with joy, laughter, sorrow, and tears, but always with a smile and recognition that life is good and God is in control. Preston was a child of God whose life rested on the hope that he now enjoys in God’s glory with his father, Doc; nephew, Matthew; and the countless friends and family he touched who were waiting for him there.Preston graduated from Temple High School in 1978, where he excelled in football, Student Body President and relationships.
Preston attended Baylor University and earned a degree in Economics from Hankamer School of Business in 1982. A proud member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and a staunch Bears fan whose hope for Baylor football was unending even during a winless season (The future’s so bright, I gotta wear shades. #Sicem). Preston’s indomitable impression upon his world continued uninterrupted and always with his laughing smile and genuine desire to know who you are. One of his favorite quotes, “What? Me Worry?” by Alfred E. Newman, summed up Preston’s approach to life, after Sybil graduated from high school.
His faith in God was strong and his love for his family infinite. Preston met Lisa in Temple, Texas and they were married on December 26, 1986. Preston would say that Lisa was the love of his life and he proved that to his last day by his deep affection and commitment to her and their marriage of 30 years. On many cool fall evenings Preston would start a fire in their backyard chimenea and invite Lisa to just sit and enjoy it together or drive his 4-wheeler thousands of miles over rough, South Texas terrain so she could photograph just the right wildflowers in season. Preston loved riding one of his bicycles almost every day of his life. Not content with ordinary commuter cycling, Preston always challenged himself and anyone fit enough to keep up with him to go a little further, a little steeper or just slow enough to get to know his riding partner better. Preston was a cyclist’s cyclist, ever ready to clip in and go, stop to help change a flat, or enjoy retelling the latest biking adventure wherever the ride that day ended. One of his sayings was, “Fast cyclists make slower ones look better. You’re welcome.” He was indeed fast to greet you warmly when you first clipped into your pedals and to hug you tightly after a long day on the saddle together. He was always ready for the next ride and next relationship. One look into Preston’s eyes and a firm handshake told you that he truly wanted to know you for who you were. He was the best there was.
The Rowans Roost in South Texas was Preston’s home away from home. Purchased in 1970 by his beloved father, Doc, the Roost captivated Preston in a way only some can truly understand. Whether tracking his beloved hunting dogs, Kate and Missy, in search of the next covey of quail; smoking a pork shoulder for 9 hours over mesquite wood from Woodson’s fire pit; capturing the beauty of the Spring wildflowers with Lisa; or just sitting on the back porch watching the spectacular sunsets from his four-wheeler, Preston loved that place he had always known but could never get enough of and his family and numerous friends who were always invited to come, stay and experience a unique sense of peace not easily found. Unless you did something stupid to deserve a dreaded “LT” (Last Trip), like shooting a trophy buck reserved for Doc. The Roost was wild, untamed and fit the adventurer’s side of Preston for 47 years, where he joyfully taught his own son, Forrest, the ways of the land. Preston was missed from the moment he left us and our hearts will always be filled with his presence.
Preston is survived by wife, Lisa; son and daughter-in-law, Forrest Rowan and Ashby; daughter, Sybil; mother, Nannette Stewart Rowan; Siblings, Woodson Rowan (Sherry) of Lubbock, Nan Gunter (John) of Dallas, Margaret Davis (Phil) of Fort Worth, Vivian Norment (Russell) of Fort Worth; and more family and friends than can easily be counted. Contributions can be made to the Preston Rowan fund at Prosperity Bank.
(Callaway-Jones Funeral Home)
W. Marshall Campbell, BBA ’83, of Bonham, TX, died Jan. 6 at age 56.
A Memorial Service for William Marshall Campbell, 56 of Bonham, TX will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Bonham with Rev. Chase Hinson officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, prior to the service at First Baptist Church – Bonham.
Marshall attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas, graduating in 1979. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Baylor University, graduating in 1983. He was a Certified Public Accountant and licensed Minister. He was employed at Texas A&M Commerce as the Budget Director for Student and Academics Affairs. Prior to this, he served as a Bonham High School Math Teacher from 2009-2010. From 2001 – 2009, he was the Treasurer for the Southern Baptist Missions in South America. He held numerous accounting positions from 1983- 2000.
Marshall loved to fish in the lakes of Colorado. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bonham, TX where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He also served on the Board of Directors at Morning Star Academy. He was a dedicated family man and husband and enjoyed spending time with his kids. He loved to joke with everyone and was proficient at quoting movie lines! His main goal in life was to share the love of the Lord with people, and to make sure everyone he encountered knew our heavenly Savior.
Marshall was preceded in death by his father, Richard Wesley Campbell of Bonham, TX who passed away on January 1, 2018. Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Susan Elizabeth McIlvain Campbell of Bonham, TX, son, Jarrett Campbell and wife Cassie of Williston, ND, daughter, Rebecca Hicks and husband Isaac of Euless, TX, daughter, Rachel Campbell of Bonham, TX, son, Jacob Campbell, Bonham, TX, daughter, Rayen Campbell, Bonham, TX, daughter, Roxanna Campbell, Bonham, TX, mother, Frances Sexton Campbell of Bonham, TX, brother Carter Campbell and wife Mara, New Florence, MO; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Memorials in lieu of flowers: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, International Mission Board of SBC, First Baptist Church, Bonham.
Michael Emile Greig, BS ’84, of Plano, TX, died Nov. 18 at age 55.
Michael Emile Greig was born March 5, 1962 in Miami, Florida to parents Abboud and Ruth Greig. He graduated Baylor University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Geology and the University of Texas at Arlington in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. In 1993, Michael and his friend and long-time business partner Doug Brower, founded Bombay Properties. Today, their business has grown to include multiple companies that encompass all facets of real estate including a realty brokerage firm, home construction and property management.
He was a born leader who loved to take care of people. He was a true first born and took the responsibility of being the rock of the family very seriously. He was always available to help with either actions or words. He loved his family and was involved in all aspects of his children’s life. He coached baseball, soccer, basketball, and volunteered for anything that was needed to help all the kids on the team succeed. He served many years as a board member for PSA youth baseball. He was so proud of the young man and young woman that his children were becoming. He was a loyal friend and once you became his friend you became his family and there was nothing that he wouldn’t do for you. Laura and Michael were both avid scuba divers. They would also share this love with their children.
Michael is survived by his wife of 31 years, Laura Greig, children Ryan and Carly Greig, mother Ruth Greig, sister Mona Hinze, brother Steven Greig and wife Theresa, sister Tina Kardaras and husband Larry, mother-in-law Janet Swiertz, sister-in-law Liane Boon and husband Taylor, sister-in-law Michelle Swiertz and many loving nieces and nephews – Christopher, Alex, Trey, Jessica, Lauryn, Ashley-Cate, Courtney, Jacob, Victoria, Meredith and Elizabeth. He was preceded in death by father Abboud Greig and father-in-law Norbert Swiertz. A memorial service to celebrate Michael’s life will be held Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 3:00 pm at LifePoint Church, 4501 Hedgcoxe Rd, Plano TX 75024 with Senior Pastor George Feiser officiating. Michael’s ashes will be spread in the waters of Cozumel Mexico, in San Luis de la paz Guanajuato (Posada family land) in Mexico the home town of his devoted employees as well as along side his father in Greenwood Cemetery in Fort Worth.
There will not be a reception following the service. If desired, contributions to Ryan and Carly’s college fund may be made at https://www.gofundme.com/greigfamily4 in lieu of flowers.
(Allen Family Funeral Home)
Robert Mark McDonald, BS ’84, of Fort Worth died Dec. 26 at age 55.
SERVICE: 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Hope Church in Fort Worth. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Hope Church (reference: Mission Trips) either online or by check to Hope Church, 1750 Beach St., Fort Worth, TX, 76103.
Mark graduated from Southwest High School, Baylor University, and SMU Business School. Mark started his career serving in the Navy as a nuclear submarine officer. He most recently worked as a performance improvement independent consultant. He was an involved member of Hope Church and loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo McDonald. Survivors: His wife; Tess; children, Rachel and Chase; his father, Robert Sandy McDonald and wife, Pat; and brother, Brent McDonald. (Thompson Harveson & Cole Funeral Homes)
Vicky Lynn Hunt, BBA ’87, of Waco died Nov. 14 at the age of 68.
Vicky Lynn Hunt, BBA ’87, of Waco died Nov. 14 at St. Catherine’s Hospice with her husband, Russ, and her sisters, Marci and Jayne, by her side. She was 68. Memorial service: Saturday, December 2, at 11:00 am at Lake Shore Baptist Church, 5801 Bishop Drive in Waco, with a reception following. Born Vicky Lynn Davis to Homer and Jean Davis in San Antonio, Vicky moved with her family to Laredo when she was ten. She met the love of her life, Russ Hunt, while he was stationed at Laredo AFB. He spied her in the church choir and finagled a way to go to her house for Sunday dinner. They married after Vicky graduated from high school and enjoyed 50 years of love and devotion.
The USAF took them from Biloxi, MS, to Germany - first Wurzburg, Bavaria, and later Hahn AFB, where Russ, Jr. was born. Vicky’s love of travel developed early, and they took every opportunity to explore most of central Europe before moving to Waco, returning to Europe often.
Vicky began her career in education working for Waco ISD, running the Special Education Resources Center. Even though she wasn’t yet a certified teacher, she had extensive knowledge about which materials would support learning for students with specific disabilities. Vicky always did her “homework,” studying curricula and doing research in the days before Google.
Because of her love of children and heart for those with disabilities, Vicky moved to Kirk Wilson as school secretary where she could have daily contact with students. She stayed until the campus closed and then pursued her dream of going to college.
After graduating from Baylor and earning Special Education certification through Tarleton, Vicky began teaching at Waco High. Always the curious learner, she simultaneously commuted to UT and earned an MS in Early Childhood Education. She later served as a “Helping Teacher,” where her gifts of enthusiasm, versatility, tenacity, and knowledge of methodology and materials benefitted WISD Special Ed teachers and their students.
Vicky will be remembered for her kindness, generosity, graciousness and empathy. She always thought of others. It was not unusual for any of her friends to be surprised with a gift of something Vicky noticed you needed or that she made for you. Sharing her love of travel with friends, she happily planned trips anywhere. You never got lost if Vicky was along. She was the best tour guide and knew about the history, art, culture and food of everywhere she’d been or planned to go. She was a voracious reader, a gourmet cook, and so very smart. If you had a question about almost anything, you could count on Vicky to find the answer.
Vicky’s grandson, Patrick, was the light of her life, and she took every opportunity to be with him until her illness limited her. She especially enjoyed having him as a traveling companion. Vicky enjoyed cruising, having a special affinity for Germany and even repeated the “Christmas Markets” cruise twice so she could share it with with family and friends. Vicky’s happy place was Kauai, HI, where she and Russ celebrated their anniversary every summer, always enjoying a family vacation with Patrick and his folks. For nearly three years, Vicky courageously fought Multiple Myeloma. She never complained. When her chemo yielded good results, her response was, “It’s a God thing.” When her body betrayed her with enormous pain, she would say,” It is what it is.” Her faith grounded her. She was an example of strength, grace, and trust in God.
Vicky is survived by her husband Russ, their son, Russ Jr, his wife Leslie, and son Patrick; her sisters, Marci Hall and Jayne Mitchell, and their children: Marci's son, Bryan, and grandson, TJ; Jayne's daughter, Whitney, and daughters, Kaylee and Emory Grace, and a host of cherished and lifelong friends. Memorials honoring Vicky’s life may be made to The ARC of McLennan County, P. O. Box 3367, Waco, 76707 or Lake Shore Baptist Church Missions, 5801 Bishop Drive, Waco, 76710. (Oak Crest Funeral Home)
John Stumpf, MS ’89, of Hewitt, TX, died Jan. 31 at age 64.
John was born on February 13, 1953 and passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. John was a resident of Hewitt, Texas at the time of passing. John attended University of Illinois where he earned a BS in Agriculture in 1978 and went to work for Monsanto. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 5, at The First Baptist Church of Waco. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, February 4, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made to The First Baptist Church of Waco or to the donor's choice. (Published by Tributes.com)
Diederik M. Fikkert, BA ’90, of League City, TX, died Jan. 4 at age 50.
Diederik M. Fikkert, BA ’90, of League City, TX, died Jan. 4 at age 50, after a 10-month battle with brain cancer. He met his wife (Melody Peck Fikkert BS '92) at Baylor and they were married almost 24 years. They were both members of Circle K International. He earned a pharmacy degree from University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and spent his entire career practicing as a nuclear pharmacist in the DFW and Houston areas.
D was a huge Baylor football fan. He and Melody attended every Homecoming together between 1990 and 2008, not missing one! Going to Baylor games every season and meeting up with old Baylor friends was always a highlight of the year. D had a love for Jesus and was known for his inspiring Facebook posts while battling cancer. He is survived by his father, wife, 3 children, brother (Arnold Fikkert BS '91, MA '93) and sister in law (Chimene Willis Fikkert BS ’93).
Jan Lee Skrabanek, BSEd ’92, of Riesel, TX, died Jan. 3 at age 47.
Funeral services will be 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 6, 2017 at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin, with the Reverends Andy Kilpatrick and David Harlow officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM prior to the service. Ms. Skrabanek was born on December 26, 1970 in Waco to Gary and Margaret (Drews) Skrabanek.She received her Master’s degree from Texas Women’s University and her Bachelor’s from Baylor University. Ms. Skrabanek started her teaching career in Marlin ISD in 1998, she worked there until 2008 and then taught one year at Waco ISD – Brazos Middle School. She went to La Vega in 2009 and was hired as an English Teacher and later taught Speech Communication. Ms. Skrabanek completed her 9th year and was the High School Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017, as voted by her peers. As of this year, Jan was the yearbook sponsor and teacher of computer touch data classes, along with banking and finance.
The most important things in her life were her students and her family. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ben and Frieda Skrabanek and Albert and Emma Drews and her mother, Margaret Skrabanek. Survivors include her father, Gary Skrabanek; brother, Ron Skrabanek and his wife, Anne, of Marlin; sister, June Haptonstall and her husband, Marcus of Azle; nieces and nephews, Sarah, Ben and Rebecca Skrabanek, Laura Miller and her husband, Matthew, and Rachel Neal and her husband, Andrew; great nephews, Ethan and Elijah Miller, and numerous cousins and dear friends.
Kenton “Paul” Smith, MBA ’92, MA ’93, of Vestavia Hills, AL, died May 3, 2017, at age 59.
He was born February 26, 1958 in Lawrence, KS. He lived in Vestavia Hills, AL with his wife, Sue Ann, and his four teen-aged children. Paul was a devoted father who loved his children above all else. He was a life member of the Safari Club International and the NRA. He held two Masters Degrees and was a Senior Director at Alvarez and Marsal in Birmingham, AL.
Paul is survived by his wife, Sue Ann Smith; one daughter, Bailey Smith; three sons, William Smith, Reid Smith, and Samuel Smith; mother, Gwenn Smith; one sister, Pam Dittmer (Jim); one brother, David Smith (Laurie); nephew and niece, Bret Smith and Sienna Smith; father-in-law, Kinney Harley (Sandy); sister-in-law, Wendy Harley (Paul Earnhart); and brother-in-law, Kinney Harley, Jr.A Memorial Celebration of Paul Smith's Life will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017 at Ridout's Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, AL. Immediately following the service, the family will greet friends at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made to the Children of Paul Smith College Fund at Wells Fargo Bank.
Jennifer Lynn Maxwell, BSN ’94, of North Richland Hills, TX, died Jan. 16 at age 45, following a year-long battle with cancer. She fought valiantly and trusted deeply.
She was born in Dallas, Texas, on August 8, 1972, and grew up in Euless and Bedford, Texas, graduating from Lake Country Christian School where fellow students remember her thoughtfulness and caring nature.
Jennifer attended Baylor University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor School of Nursing. After graduation, she worked in the Neonatal ICU at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. Following her work at Baylor, she worked as a school nurse at Boles Junior High School in Arlington ISD, and later taught at Hillwood Middle School, Trinity Springs Middle School, and Timber Creek High School in Keller ISD. Parents in the NICU and students in her classes saw the same caring heart that had been recognized in her high school years. In order to have more time with her children, Jennifer invested the last several years doing on-line teaching out of her home.
The three dates that were closest to Jennifer’s heart were October 3, 2009, when she married the love of her life, Troy Maxwell; January 5, 2011, when she gave birth to their son, Jett Ryan; and September 26, 2012, when their daughter, Jillian Joy was born. Oh, how she treasured those three dates!
Jennifer’s heart of compassion and love of serving others, accompanied by her deep devotion to her husband Troy and her two children stand as the hallmarks of her life.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Mina Hefler.
Jennifer is survived by her loving husband, Troy; children, Jett Maxwell and Jillian Maxwell; her father, Harold Hefler; siblings, Nancy Calvin and husband Jim; and Joseph Hefler; and a host of family and friends.
(Lucas Funeral Homes)
Jeffrey Lee Starnes, BA ’94, of Sunnyvale, TX, died Nov. 24 at age 49.
Jeff was born in Birmingham, AL on August 5, 1968. He attended Clear Creek High School, graduating in 1987. He attended Baylor University, where he earned Bachelor of Music in 1994. Jeff was a strong man of faith who loved his family. Jeff is survived by his beloved wife of 24 years, Shaira Newsome Starnes and his five beautiful children: Kelton, Cason, Cambelle, Karis and Kinsley.
Jeff is also survived by his parents, Bob and Marilyn Starnes; sister, Michelle Starnes Eichler and her husband Milt and their children Morgan and Mason. His parents-in-law, Reg and Jan Newsome, also survive him along with their children and grandchildren: Shawn and Jami Newsome and daughters Lydia and Naomi; Shaynor and Heather Newsome and children Jonathan and Violet; Shanda and Nick Sloan and children Jackson, Katelynn, Megan and Lauren; and Shaelyn Newsome.
A memorial service for Jeff will be Tuesday, November 28 at 10:00 a.m. at Calvary First Baptist Church, Mesquite, TX. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Starnes Memorial Fund: https://www.paypal.com/pools/c/7ZDXT8c19L.
(New Hope Funeral Home)
Jeffrey Jerrod Creecy, BA ’00, died Jan. 10 in Fort Worth at age 39.
Jeff was born on July 22, 1978. He was adopted into the home of Kent and Mary Creecy at the age of three. Jeff was a proud graduate of Kemp High School Class of 1996. He attended Baylor University where he received a Bachelor of Social Work in 2001. While in Waco, he was an active member of the Antioch Community Church International Missions Team. In his professional life, Jeff worked as a social worker in a variety of fields including hospice, long-term care and at-risk youth. He is remembered by friends as a great listener and advisor.
Jeff is preceded in death by his father, Kent Creecy. He is survived by his mother Mary Creecy of Kaufman, sister Trona Jurden and husband Jerry of Wylie, sister Melinda Polk and husband Jimmy of Kaufman, brother Ken and wife Thuy of Allen, nephews Cameron and Micah, nieces Kara, Kaylee, Ellie, Hannah, Lizzy, Molly and Emma. In lieu of gifts or flowers the family would be grateful if you would honor Jeff’s memory with a gift to the Kemp Education Foundation at www.kempeducationfoundation.org or P.O. Box 296, Kemp, TX 75143.
(Parker Ashworth Funeral Home)
Dr. Richard Alan Young, PhD ’01, of Chattanooga, TN, died Jan. 20 at age 73.
Richard Alan Young, 73, passed away unexpectedly on January 20, 2018. He was born in Rochester, NY, on Aug. 17, 1944. Richard was a U.S. Navy veteran and served during the Vietnam era. He has a PhD from Baylor University in Theology. He was preceded in death by his parents, Geraldine Rodell Young and Kenneth Murchison Young.
Richard is survived by his wife, Laura Dozier Young, and two brothers, Kenneth Young of California and Lawrence Young of Arizona. He will be buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, Va., and a memorial service may be at a later date.
Please share your memories of Richard with the family at www.chattanoogaeastchapel.com. Arrangement are by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, East Chapel, 404 S. Moore Road, East Ridge, Tn. 37412.
Francine Hemphill Lumbard, MFA ’03, of Waco died Dec. 27 at age 67.
Francine Lumbard died of natural causes on December 27, 2017. A native of Seattle, WA, Fran lived a full life surrounded by her children, theatre, music and laughter. She was a true educator and humanitarian—who believed in the power of education and action to influence positive change in the world. Fran founded the Legal Assistance Project, which sought to improve the lives of our community’s disenfranchised children. She wrote scripts and directed plays—including well-received local productions of Fences, Three Sisters and I Do! I Do! She was also an active member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.
Fran was a highly-educated adventurer who moved from coast to coast across her lifetime. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Baylor University. Fran lived in Waco, TX and Silvana, WA for 17 years respectively. She also loved living in Austin, where she attended The University of Texas.
Fran is survived by her daughters Ariel Lucia Lumbard and Corinna Marie Lumbard, son Neil Dellacray Lumbard, sister Christine Lidvall, and brothers Peter Hemphill, Frank Hemphill, John Hemphill and James Hemphill. She was predeceased by her husband Keith Lumbard, brother Bill Hemphill and sister Maria Hemphill. A memorial service will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018 at Connally-Compton Funeral Home at 4400 W. Waco Drive in Waco, TX. A second memorial service will be held in February in Silvana, WA. The family has asked for donations to the ACLU or American Diabetic Association in lieu of flowers.
Chameka Nicole Venelle Scott, BA ’06, of Houston died Jan. 21 at age 33. What made Chameka Scott special wasn’t her basketball career, her national championship, or her stint in the WNBA.
It wasn’t the time she spent working as a performance coach, or the impact she made on roughnecks of all kinds while working on oil rigs, or the successful company she founded and built from the ground up.
It wasn’t her fearless nature, her love of travel, her voracious appetite, her ability to be good at literally everything she did, or her unparalleled napping skills.
It was her smile. Her hugs. Her positivity. Her desire to leave everyone she met in life better off than she found them.
What made Chameka Scott so special was her drive to leave everyone she met -- and every situation she encountered -- better off than they were when she found them.
Chameka Nicole Venelle Scott was born in Houston, Texas on May 9, 1984 to Mario Sr. and Charmaine Scott. She grew up in Friendswood, Texas where she attended schools in the Clear Creek Independent School District (Landolt Elementary, Brookside Intermediate and Clear Brook High School).
Through her school years, Chameka excelled both academically and athletically receiving many awards in various sports such as volleyball, tennis, track and field and basketball. Although Chameka was a talented athlete, basketball effortlessly became her first love. Her love and dedication to the game of basketball would open doors beyond imagination and eventually lay a successful foundation for her professional career. During high school, Chameka received many basketball honors, including MVP of her district. In 2002, Chameka earned a basketball scholarship to Baylor University. At Baylor University, Chameka served as co-captain of the Lady Bears 2005 NCAA National Championship team. Chameka graduated from Baylor University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Media Studies. Upon graduation, Chameka would continue her basketball career playing professionally for the WNBA’s Sacramento Monarchs and overseas in the countries of Greece, Turkey and Bulgaria.
Diagnosed with colon cancer July 2015, Chameka refused to wallow in sadness and pity. While most would wonder “why me”, Chameka bravely asked “why not me?” Despite countless surgeries, a partial colon removal, trips to the emergency room, extended hospital stays, radiation and chemotherapy treatments, Chameka’s spirit remained unbroken and positive. She was determined not to let cancer or her health veer her off course. During this time, Chameka worked offshore as professional performance coach for Equilibria and Chevron. And when her disease attempted to sideline her again, Chameka refused and powered ahead forming her own company, Praos Performance, LLC. As CEO of Praos Performance, Chameka worked with top star clients Hilton Hotels, Pacific Drilling, Maersk Training and the NFL’s Super Bowl LI. Cancer would not slow Chameka down. Chameka faced her illness with her positive attitude being more concerned with others than herself. This is one reason she will be missed so much. She had such an impact on the lives of all around her, both before and after she fell ill, that many of you are probably wondering how you will be able to go on without her in your life? The answer to that question is evident in Chameka’s attitude towards life, and even towards death, during her illness. One of her favorite words was the word “faith.” It was her faith and attitude that led her to fight without worry not two and a half months, but two and a half years of beating back her disease three times. And that attitude rubbed off onto others around her. On her last visit to the oncologist she accepted the results of the CT scan with faith and courage stating, “I have accepted my situation. I have made peace with God. I know where I am going and I have nothing to fear.” Chameka went to be with the Lord peacefully on January 21, 2018. (Dignity Memorial)
Joseph Connor Redfearn, BSEd ’08, of Mt. Pleasant, TX, died Dec. 5 at age 32. He was born on January 14, 1985 in Mount Pleasant, TX to Joe Redfearn & Pam (Criscoe) Hollingsworth. He was a member of the Mission Church in Mount Pleasant and served as a missionary in Asia as well as Belize. His football career started in High School with the Mount Pleasant Tigers and then he played for Ole Miss University, Santa Monica College and Baylor University. Connor was an integral part of Legacy Pipe, his father-in-law’s company, and was assisting in the move of the pipe yard from Houston to the Mount Pleasant area. He is survived by his loving wife and precious daughter, Katherine & Ruby Redfearn; father, Joe Redfearn; mother, Pam Hollingsworth; grandfather, James B. Criscoe; father-in-law & mother-in-law, Bill & Cheryl Walker; brother & sister-in-law, Garret & Codie Redfearn; sister & brother-in-law, Catherine & Tom Vanden Berge; niece, Isabella Redfearn, nephew, Carson Vanden Berge; brother-in-law & spouse, Jeff & Traci Spann; niece & nephew, Nolan & Lydia Spann. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Sylvia Criscoe and grandparents, Noble & Syble Redfearn. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to:The Ranch PO Box 2167 Mount Pleasant, TX 75456 or accepted at The Mission Church and designated for the Ranch. “Putting God back into the hearts of men and men back into their families”. A visitation will be held from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Friday at the Trinity Baptist Church with services to follow at 11:00 AM. Interment will be in the Concord Cemetery in Morris County. (Btes Cooper Sloan Funeral Home)
William Henry Lowrance, of Waco, died Jan. 4 at age 23. A former Baylor student, William Lowrance passed away on Thursday, January 4th, 2018, after battling T-cell Lymphoma. William had completed his Junior year at Baylor in the Spring of 2017. January 4, 2018, God took William home to be with his father, David Trent Lowrance, Jr. and his grandmother, Mary Fentress Makovy. William Henry Lowrance graduated from Prosper High School in 2012 as one of the top 10 graduates in his class. He received the Presidential Gold Scholarship from Baylor University and began his lifelong dream as a proud Baylor Bear. During the summer of 2014, William was diagnosed with Stage IV T-cell Lymphoma. He received an allogenic stem cell transplant three days after his 21st birthday. Despite complications from his transplant, he returned to Baylor and completed his Junior year. Even though he was taken too soon, he will always be a Baylor Bear. Left to honor and cherish his memories are his mother, Regina Makovy Lowrance; grandparents, Henry Makovy and David and Elizabeth Lowrance; aunts, Melissa Makovy, Elizabeth Makovy and Lynn Murtha and her husband, Patrick Murtha; his cousins, Brittany Cortez and her husband, Stephen, Alessia Burch, Austen Clemons and his wife, Christina, Lindsey Scott and Laney Scott, Jack Murtha, Anne Murtha and Clayton Murtha. A Celebration of Life to honor William will be held Saturday, January 13th, 2018, at 2:00 pm, at the Lake Shore Funeral Home, located at 5201 Steinbeck Bend Drive in Waco, Texas. (Lake Shore Funeral Home)
Dylan A. Salas, 19, of Fort Collins, CO, died Jan. 28. He was 19. died Sunday night. A 2016 graduate of Rocky Mountain High School, Dylan was born and raised in Fort Collins. In school and in life, he was an athlete, a leader, and a friend. Dylan was a two-year letterman in Golf at RMHS. He also enjoyed playing soccer for both RMHS and Arsenal as well as basketball with Rocky Mountain Fever. Besides his athletic achievements, Dylan was also part of leadership programs, DECA (Distribute Education Clubs of America) and FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) in high school. He was in Boy Scout Troop 90 and loved going camping with his fellow scouts and dad. He loved people and being around others. Dylan genuinely liked and cared for everyone, with a big heart and without judgement. Dylan was a student and proud fan of Baylor University. He planned to return to Waco in the fall. He loved to attend Bears sporting events and enjoyed the warm Texas weather. Dylan loved to play golf especially enjoying sunsets at the course with his dad and papa Max. Those who knew Dylan can remember him each time they tee up, and every time they admire a beautiful sunset as if playing a round with Dylan. Dylan is survived by his parents, Ron and Christina Salas; sister, Emma Salas; paternal grandparents, Max Salas, Maricela Vasquez, Pam Salas, and Vickie Salas; maternal grandparents, John and Shirley Rael; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Visitation and viewing from 5-7 pm Thursday, February 1st and 4-6 pm Friday, February 2nd at Goes Funeral Care in Fort Collins; Memorial Service at 10 am Saturday, February 3rd at Timberline Church in Fort Collins, a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make checks out to Christina and Ron Salas which will be deposited to The Dylan Salas Memorial Golf Scholarship Fund. Please visit www.goesfuneralcare.com to share memories and condolences.
(Published in The Coloradoan)