Tommy G. McWilliams Jr., BBA ’40, of Waco died Feb. 17 at age 99. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., March 10, 2018, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church, with visitation to follow. Tommy was born to Tommy G. McWilliams and Jewel Buice McWilliams in McGregor, Texas, on November 11, 1918. The family moved to Waco in 1925 where Tommy attended Waco schools through his graduation from Waco High School in 1936. His greatest memory of high school was playing football for the legendary coach Paul Tyson. After graduating from high school, he attended Baylor University, where he graduated in 1940. Shortly after his graduation from Baylor, Tommy was appointed a Special Agent for the F.B.I., for which he served 28 distinguished years. After retiring from the F.B.I., he accepted a position as Chief of the McLennan County Adult Probation Dept., eventually retiring from the county in 1981. While Chief of the department he established the first halfway house for probationers in the state of Texas.
Despite having a career with the FBI that took Tommy out of town quite often, he was still active in his church and the community. He was a deacon at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church for 65 years, coached at Lake Air Little League, was a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts, and was active in The March of Dimes, Waco Humane Society, McLennan County Council on Alcoholism and the American Red Cross. He was preceded in death by his parents; and daughter, Betty A. McWilliams. Tommy is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth; sons, Lloyd R. McWilliams and wife, Nancy, Gary L. McWilliams and wife, Janice; sister, Dorothy Laux; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. The family would like to especially thank Right At Home Health Care and Angie, and Providence Hospice for their loving care and assistance. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Frank Wilson Sunday School Class of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the building fund at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church or to the Baylor University Endowed Scholarship Fund, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97050, Waco, Texas 76798-7050. Published in Waco-Tribune Herald
Dorotha Wolfe Loveless, ’44, of Waxahachie, TX, died Dec. 17, 2017, at age 94. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. The Funeral Service and Celebration of Life for Dorotha is scheduled for Wednesday, December 20, at 2:00pm at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Bloomfield officiating. Interment will follow at Waxahachie City Cemetery in Waxahachie. The family will receive visitors at 5pm on Tuesday, December 19, at Wayne Boze Funeral Home in Waxahachie. Dorotha was one of seven children born to Martha and A. H. Wolfe on November 9, 1923, in Sweetwater, TN. The family moved to Waco, TX, when Dorotha was three years old. She attended Waco High School and graduated in 1941 as one of the top 10 graduates of her class of over 500 students. She completed her freshman year at Baylor University and soon after, like many students in those days, had to drop out of college and go to work. She began working at American Bankers in Waco and worked there until her marriage. Many years later, her grandson, Matthew, submitted an application which was approved for his Grandmother to become a Baylor Alumni by Choice. She considered this a very special honor as she loved Baylor University.
A friend arranged a blind date for her with a young farmer from Hillsboro, Melvin Loveless. She knew nothing of farming life and he knew little of city life. They were married on December 18, 1948. They moved to Brandon, TX, and, in 1956, moved to Reagor Springs. They joined First United Methodist Church that year and both remained active members of the church and the Fidelis Class until health issues prevented them from attending. Married almost 65 years, they were a wonderful example of a loving, enduring partnership to their children and grandchildren.
Dorotha had the gift of hospitality and was a consummate hostess. She enjoyed nothing more than gathering together family and friends in her home where she loved to cook and serve others. Dorotha was active in the United Methodist Women and Century Club and held positions of leadership in both. Dorotha was a dearly loved mother to Leigh Ann and husband, Mike Richards of Irving and Clif and wife, Judy Loveless of Waxahachie. She had seven grandchildren, Amanda and husband, Adam Martin of Waxahachie; Matthew and wife, Amy Richards of Dallas; Andrew and wife, Brie Richards, of Grapevine; Sarah and husband, Matt Tomaszewski of Pompano Beach, FL; Erika Johnson of Waxahachie, Hannah Loveless and fiancé, Austin Weatherford of Waxahachie and Lauren Johnson of Waxahachie and son-in-law Tim Johnson. Dorotha had six great grandchildren, Easton Brashear, Boone and Caroline Richards, Bostyn and Carter Martin and Wyatt Johnson; also, sweet friends, Linda Spencer and daughter ZuZu. She was predeceased by her husband, Melvin, and daughter, Joan Johnson.
The family is especially grateful for the kind and compassionate care that Dorotha received from her caregivers, Virginia Chapa, Tammy Phillips and Sandra Jones. Special thank you also to the kind and attentive staff at Bristol Hospice and caring friends at Covenant Place in Waxahachie. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to FUMC or the charity of your choice.
Catherine Burge Wilson, ’44, of Dallas died April 1 at age 95. Kitty Wilson is a true treasure. She is a wonderful mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and friend. She was born eighty years ago but no one would know looking at her. She is a fourth generation Texas which makes her grandchildren sixth generation Texan.
I would like to tell you a few things about Kitty which you may not know. Her parents, Kemp and Martha Burge were some of the most elegant, kind folks anyone ever met. Her father taught flying in World War I and went back to Italy in World War II. Her mother was in the first class at SMU when there was only Dallas hall.
Her great-grandparents were early Texas pioneers. Col WL Williams moved to Texas following the Civil War. His bride, Lucinda Beckley was the daughter of a Baptist minister. Together they started the First Baptist Church of Dallas, which is now the largest Baptist church in the world. The Austin record indicates that Col Williams rode a horse to Waxahachie and charged 10 cents for two day’s work. Lucinda Smith wrote a book called the Golden Years about the life and times of early Dallas after the civil war. Although Col Williams was an attorney, initially there was no legal work in this part of Texas for an attorney.
Her grandfather, W.J.J. Smith was one of the first judges in North Texas. He was in the first class at the University of Texas Law School. Kitty, formerly known as Catherine Burge Wilson attended Fannin Elementary and Woodrow Wilson High School. She started Hockaday Junior College at the age of 17. She attended Baylor University from 1941-1942, transferred to SMU her third year, She changed her major her senior year and still graduated in three years,
Kitty flew for Braniff from 1943-1946. She took the Braniff inaugural flight to Topeka Kansas. When she left Braniff, she helped start the Clipped B’s, an association of former flight attendants. Braniff is long gone but the Clipped B’s are still around. On July 12, 1946, Kitty married Arthur Philip Wilson Jr, a former military hero who called her from Manila to propose. They were married to former Mayor and Mrs. Woodall Rogers’ home.
Kitty worked in an orthodontist office when she first married. The orthodontist helped develop the mandible operation and also designed artificial eyes. Kitty also worked at Titches before she retired to raise children. She returned to corporate life at Braniff later in life. She remained in Dallas her whole life but traveled the world more than Columbus. We all know that behind every great man there is a great woman. Kitty’s husband was a lawyer in Dallas who was president of the Dallas Bar association, served on the board of SMU and was on the board of Southwest Legal Foundation.
Her birthday club has met for over fifty years. Kitty was involved in the Dallas Lawyer’s Wives Club, Canterbury Book Club, Chi Omega, The Dallas Woman’s Club, The Dallas, Garden Club, and the First Baptist Church of Dallas. She loves Presbyterian Village and has more social activities than her family can count. Being surrounded by wonderful friend and of course, her canine companion, Tiger is her dream. We are delighted to honor Kitty today and will all plan to meet again in ten years for her ninetieth birthday party. I have known Kitty for fifteen years. She has always tried to make me feel comfortable in her home and make me feel part of her life. A true Southern Belle and gracious lady, Kitty Wilson we are proud to honor you today. Dallas, Texas Services for Kitty will be at 10:30 AM on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Presbyterian Village, 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas Texas, 75243. The family will receive friends immediately following the burial will take place at Restland Cemetery
Carolyn Bellamy, ’45, of San Antonio died Feb. 25 at age 94. Known to many as "Tinky," Carolyn passed away Sunday, February 25th. Carolyn was born December 10, 1923 to Blanche Neigher and Mark Jackson Wright. She was a lifelong resident of San Antonio. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, and was a proud member of the Lassos. Carolyn attended Baylor University, and returned to San Antonio, working at Ft. Sam Houston during WWII. She met and married an Air Force pilot and the love of her life, Lt. William (Bill) Bellamy.
After the war, Bill began his newspaper career at the San Antonio Express and News, and later at The Light Publishing. Carolyn was devoted to her family, which included William Bellamy III, Linda Bellamy Marquis, and Russell Bellamy. She adored her seven grandsons: Adam Bellamy (Amber), Jason Bellamy, Jeremy Bellamy (Jackie), Andrew Marquis (Caroline), Matthew Marquis, Ben Bellamy (Jessica), and William Bellamy IV. She is survived by her five great grandchildren and her daughters-in-law Karla Bellamy, Charlotte Bellamy and son-in-law Bryan Marquis. She was predeceased by her sister, Dorothy Leske, her brother, Mark Wright, her beloved husband, Bill and son, Russell. In past days you could find Carolyn playing on the SACC golf course or Thursdays at the Duplicate Bridge table. She was an excellent cook, gardener and seamstress. Dancing to Big Band music and humming the songs of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Frank Sinatra will be a treasured memory! In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alamo Heights United Methodist Church at 825 E Basse Road, San Antonio, TX 78209. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. at Mission Park Funeral Chapels South. Interment will follow at Mission Burial Park South. For personal acknowledgement, you may sign the online guestbook at www.missionparks.com in the obituary section. Published in Express-News
Anne Elizabeth Whitney Lockett, BA ’45, of San Marcos, TX, died April 3 at age 93. She was born on April 8, 1924 in Tyler, Texas to Raymond and Mamie Whitney. She was a loving mother, adored grandmother, and devoted wife. She attended John Tyler High School and then graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor's in arts degree. She married the love of her life, Vernon Lockett, on June 26, 1948 at the First Baptist Church in Tyler. She was involved in many bridge and social clubs and loved to entertain. Anne was an avid reader and always had a copy of the newest NYT best seller book. From the time she was a child, she was captivated by movies and enjoyed going to the theater to watch the latest film and movie stars on screen. Anne was a member of Tallowood Baptist Church from 1967 until she moved to San Marcos in July of 2007. Anne was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond and Mamie Whitney, and her husband of 62 years, Albert Vernon Lockett. She is survived by her two daughters, Linda Lockett of Austin and Carolyn McCrocklin and husband John of San Marcos; three grandchildren, Clint McCrocklin and wife Heather of New Braunfels, Julie Gray and husband Daniel of San Marcos and Courtney Hodge and husband Clay of Tyler, six great-grandchildren and brother Raymond Lee Whitney, Jr. and wife, Jane of Tyler, nephew Dr. Clayton Whitney, wife Beth of Tyler and their three children. The family is forever grateful to all the incredible caregivers and staff at Gruene Senior Living for taking such wonderful care of Anne and for always bestowing upon her love and kindness. She was a wonderful woman and phenomenal wife, mother, and grandmother and will be dearly missed. A funeral service will be conducted at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, 77079, on Friday, April 6, 2018, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in Memorial Oaks Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Special Olympics of Texas, 7715 Chevy Chase Drive, Suite 120, Austin, 78752. Services are under the direction of Memorial Oaks Funeral Home of Houston. Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph
Paul Rundell Cole, BBA ’47, of Bellaire, TX, died March 5 at age 76. The youngest of four sons, he was born November 2, 1924 in Morgan, TX to William H. and Ada Rundell Cole. He graduated with honors from Waco High School in 1942 and enrolled at Baylor University. When he was 18, Paul enlisted in the Army Air Corps. During WW II he flew 50 combat missions as a B-24 pilot in Italy. Upon discharge after the end of the War, he re-enrolled at Baylor and graduated with a BBA in 1947. He then earned an MBA from Northwestern University in 1948.
Paul married Mary Kathryn Rucker in 1945 and they had four children, Carlyn, Mitchell, David and Karen. After 53 happy years together, Mary died in 1998. Paul married Sarah Lee in 2000.
After completing his education, Paul worked for Arthur Andersen & Co., Austral Oil Company and American Exploration Company, from which he retired in 1989. He served as a Trustee/Director of The Memorial Hermann Hospital System from 1968 until 1999 and thereafter as Trustee Emeritus. Paul has been a member of South Main Baptist Church since 1949. Over the years he has served the church in countless ways, including as a Sunday School teacher and Superintendent, Yokeman, Deacon & Chair of the Diaconate, Chair of the Audit, Finance and Personnel Committees and as a founding member of the South Main Foundation. Paul and his boat were also fixtures at church youth camp for many years. His faith was the foundation of his life making him a man of high character, conviction and integrity. Likewise, his humble and generous nature, as well as his love for his family, made Paul the husband, father, grandpa and friend that all admired and loved. Preceding him in death were his first wife, Mary, his daughter Carlyn Sweetman and his 3 brothers, John, Carl and Harold. Surviving him are his wife, Sarah Cole; three children, Mitchell Cole, David Cole (Paula) and Karen Skinner (Bobby); son-in-law Karl Sweetman (Brenda); grandchildren, Lauren Buchanan (Jim), Jennifer Gerl (Norbert), Kim Sinkov (Nikolai), David Cole Jr. (Kala), Matthew Cole (Julie), Chris Cole (Heather), Katy Welch (Taylor), Sarah Ockwood (Matt) and Cole Skinner; 21 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Also surviving are his wife Sarah's family, whom he loved and accepted as his own. A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 at South Main Baptist Church, 4100 South Main, Houston, TX 77002 with Dr. Steve Wells officiating. Memorials may be made to the Paul Cole Endowed Scholarship at Baylor University, One Bear Place #97050, Waco, TX 76798-7026; The Mission Outreach at South Main Baptist Church; or the charity of your choice. Dettling Funeral Home
Dr. William E. Hailey, BA ’47, JD ’49, of San Antonio died April 9 at age 95. William Edward "Bill" Hailey – team captain of the 1946 Baylor Basketball SW Conference Champions, who later graduated from Baylor Law School, was a longtime San Antonio attorney, war veteran and former college basketball star. He was a quintessential product of an American era that's been described as the greatest generation.
Hailey, who moved to San Antonio to open his first law practice in the early 1950s, died Monday in the city that he loved and called home for almost seven decades. He was 95.
Bill was born and raised in Houston as the son of William Henry and Katherine Hailey. He attended San Jacinto High School where he was an all-city basketball player and a starting running back on the football team as well. Bill had learned the importance of overcoming challenge in the face of adversity when his family had been forced to relocate to a poorer neighborhood during the Great Depression when he was a child. He had a passion for life, a strong and unwavering religious faith and a steadfast belief that everyone should be treated with an equal amount of kindness, compassion and respect. Bill lived his life by the Golden Rule – and he had a penchant for bringing out the best in the people whose lives he touched and made happier in a multitude of ways.
Bill was a loving husband, devoted father and loyal friend who led by example. He was a world-class competitor and survivor as well – having been the last living member of a World War II bomber jet crew that had the first of many annual reunions in the 1980s. Bill had been in the midst of his junior year in college when he enlisted in the military immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor at the age of 19. He rose quickly through the ranks of the U.S. Army Air Corps as a commissioned officer and pilot who flew 26 missions in the European theater in a B-24 bomber from an air base near London where he was stationed. More than 26,000 fellow Eighth Air Force members died in the war – and Bill lived the rest of his life as though he'd been dedicating it to the Americans who fought in the war and never returned home to tell about it. Bill had accepted God as his savior at the age of six – and he considered life to be a gift that he would always treasure and never take for granted.
Bill had decided to attend Baylor University at the advice of his father after receiving athletic scholarship offers from several major institutions of higher education in Texas and the southeast. He led the Bears to the Southwest Conference championship in 1946 as the captain of a team that featured three war veterans and two freshmen in the starting lineup. Bill was named to several all-SWC conference teams that year. The league crown that Baylor claimed in Bill's senior year was the first of four conference titles for the Bears during a five-year period that included an appearance in the national championship game in 1948. Bill remained close friends until he died with college teammate Jack Robinson – an all-American and Olympic gold medal winner who served for many years as the preacher at the First Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. Baylor's legendary basketball coach "Mister Bill" Henderson persuaded Bill to coach the freshman team during his first year in law school. Henderson encouraged the law student to remain in coaching as the coach's assistant before Bill decided to focus full-time on his studies.
Bill entered the legal profession as an attorney in Amarillo where he met a church pianist named Eleanor Mansfield. Bill and Eleanor fell in love and were married in 1951 before they relocated to her hometown of San Antonio where she'd attended Jefferson High School. Eleanor had graduated from Baylor as well before Bill had introduced himself to her in the Panhandle. Eleanor gave birth to their first son Michael in 1952 before Joel was born three years later. Bill and Eleanor were wonderful parents whose love was always rich and unconditional.
Bill married one of their oldest friends – Ann Wharton - after Eleanor died in 2001. Ann was an extremely devoted and loving wife for the final 16 years of Bill's life. Ann made it possible for Bill to remain in an independent living setting by taking care of him day and night as he grew older and more dependent on others during the past several years. Ann was more than just a wife. She was Bill's best friend as well. Many people had been proud to have Bill as one of their closest friends including those whose paths had crossed at Trinity Baptist Church where Bill was elected deacon in 1959 and where he had been a member for 60 years up until the time he died. Eleanor had been the pianist at Trinity for several decades – and Ann and her late husband Jim had been two of Bill and Eleanor's closest friends since the couples' early days at Trinity Baptist. Bill's two sons knew that their mother would have been glad that he and Ann would be so happy together after Eleanor's death.
One of Bill's best friends had been the legendary pastor Buckner Fanning, who had become the minister at Trinity shortly after the Haileys had joined the church. One of Bill's favorite memories had been the time that he and Buckner and another Baptist preacher who'd been a good friend played a round of golf at Pecan Valley with Billy Graham in 1968 when he'd been in San Antonio for a revival that summer. A recent San Antonio Express-News article on Buckner described how Billy Graham had declared at the time that Bill had been the best putter whom he had ever seen. Bill had gone to work in the 1950s as the lawyer for a family business that his uncle had founded and his cousin E.J. "Jimmy" Burke was running at the time. Bill fondly recalled during his final years the meetings that he and Jimmy often attended in downtown San Antonio as members of John Connally's local advisory committee when he was still the Texas governor. Bill became a Democrat after he returned from the war and was proud of his party affiliation despite the fact that many of his friends had been Republicans.
Bill was a true believer in equality and equal opportunity – and after going into the homebuilding business with his father in the 1960s – he sold the first home to a black person in the area in the southeast part of the city that they had developed. That home buyer was Clarence "Cito" Gaston – a San Antonio native who'd been an all-star major league baseball player before leading the Toronto Blue Jays to two World Series championships as the first African-American to ever lead a team to a title. Bill eventually returned to his original profession on a full-time basis -and he and his beloved son Joel shared a law office for many years before Bill retired in his early 80s. He was equally proud of Michael as an award-winning political writer who served as an advisor to Bob Bullock in the Texas lieutenant governor's office before returning to journalism eventually. In 2013 the Texas Senate honored Bill in a resolution for his 90th birthday.
Bill is survived by his wife Ann; his sons Michael and Joel; his step-children Thomas Wharton (wife Diane), Laurie Nowak, Susan Gay (husband Eric), and six step-grandchildren.
Patsy Marie Pippin McCollum, BA ’47, of Waco died April 4 at age 91. A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 20, at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, with a reception at the church following the service. Senior Pastor Tim Jarrell will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery for immediate family members only. Patsy Pippin McCollum was born in Waco, Texas, on July 17, 1926. She graduated from Waco High School and Baylor University. Patsy married Ross Brown McCollum on June 7, 1947. She said, "after her first dance with Brown, she knew that she had met her Partner for Life". She always talked about their honeymoon in Havana, Cuba. She was a loving wife and a dedicated mother to all four of her children. And after raising her children, she took up tennis where she played both Singles & Doubles tennis at Ridgewood County Club and the Waco Tennis Center. Patsy loved playing Mah Jongg with many of her best friends two to three times a week and up to the actual week of her passing (sometimes making a few small wagers). She also loved music and was an accomplished pianist and could play music by ear. She dearly loved her church, Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, where she was a loyal member for over 70 years. She attended Sunday church services on a regular basis, including the recent Easter Sunday service. Patsy strongly supported her Church, the Historic Waco Foundation, the Texas Ranger Museum, Waco Zoo, and a host of other such worthy groups. She was a longtime member of The Junior League of Waco and active in the Hedonia Club where she was presented as a debutante. She was also a long time participating member of Waco Cotton Palace. Patsy oversaw the renovation and restoration project of her family's Pippin Grocery Store's delivery wagon and then donated the historic wagon to the Historic Waco Foundation. Today it is still displayed out on the lawn of the historic Kinnard House. She loved to travel the world, seeing many different places abroad over her lifetime. But two of her most favorite places were Jackson Hole & San Francisco.
We will all deeply remember Patsy's kind, positive and caring nature as our Mother, Wife, Grandmother and Friend. Patsy was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Brown McCollum Sr.; and by her parents, Mr. Duard Belmont Pippin, aka "Buck", and Mrs. Katherine Rose Hancock Pippin. Survivors include her daughter, Kay McCollum Jones; sons, Ross Brown McCollum Jr., David Pippin McCollum and wife, Aliese, and Robert Dorsey McCollum and wife, Sonya; and five grandchildren, Amanda Kay McCollum, Andrew Wade McCollum, Haley Brown McCollum, Meghan Amanda McCollum, and Robert Walker McCollum. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Patsy to: Austin Avenue United Methodist Church, Waco Texas, http://www.austinavenueumc.org/, 1300 Austin Avenue, Waco, TX 76701, (254) 754-4685, or to the Historic Waco Foundation, http://www.historicwaco.org/, Hoffmann House, 810 S 4th St., Waco, TX 76706, (254) 753-5166.The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.
Hazel Grace Bunn Mills, BS ’47, MA ’48, of Waco died Feb. 26 at age 90. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 2 at 10 am at OakCrest Funeral Home with burial to follow at Rosemound Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, March 1 from 6 to 8 pm at the funeral home. Hazel was born August 15, 1927 in Waco to Simon Milford Bunn, Sr. and Ethel Alexander Bunn. She was a graduate of Waco High School, Class of '44, graduated with a B.S. degree from Baylor University in 1947 and a Master of Arts from Baylor in 1948. Hazel enjoyed teaching and made that her career path, teaching English at Waco High School for 30 years. She also enjoyed sewing, gardening, knitting, backpacking, genealogy, square dancing, and researching the history of Waco High. Hazel married William Lee Mills, in Waco, on May 22, 1948 and they were together 57 years until his passing in 2005.Hazel was very active in her community. She was a member of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church for more than 60 years where she also taught Sunday School and the "International Neighbors" class for over 25 years. She was active in the "Friends of Waco High School" where she spent years conducting extensive research on the History of Waco High School, and working to prevent destruction of the old school building. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Strecker Museum Associates, a Charter Member of the Epsilon Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a member of Historic Waco Foundation and Keep Waco Beautiful. Hazel was also a Charter Member of the Huaco Outing Club, Huaco Bowmen's Association, and a member of several Square Dance and Round Dance clubs. Hazel was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Wanda Mosley. She is survived by her daughter, Judith Mills Butler of Kountze; brother, Dr. Simon Milford Bunn, Jr. and wife, Martha of Waco; sister, Shirley Cunningham and husband, Bob; brother-in-law, Bob Mosley of Carrolton; grandchildren, Christian Butler and wife, Amanda of Waco, Stewart Butler and wife, Paige of Kountze, Baylor Butler and wife, Hannah of Silsbee, and Laurel Butler of Beaumont; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend special thanks to the physicians and nursing staff of The Brazos of Waco and also to Hazel's friends at Stillwell Retirement Residence. In lieu of flowers please donate to Columbus Avenue Baptist Church - Neighbors International or your favorite charity. You may sign the online guestbook at www.oakcrestwaco.com. Published in Waco Tribune-Herald
Weldon Betts Hicks, BBA ’48, of Tyler, TX, died Feb. 9 at age 93.Hicks was born to his late parents, Rev. and Mrs. O.C. Hicks, in Paragould, Arkansas, on February 12, 1925. He passed into the presence of his Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, February 9, 2018 after a battle with brain cancer. Weldon graduated from high school in Rienzi, MS, and attended Baylor University where he played on the basketball team with his brother Marlon. He met his beloved wife Nona in freshman English class, when she was 16 and he was 17. Weldon put his Baylor education on hold when World War II began, enlisting in the United States Navy and graduating from Midshipman’s School at Columbia University in December 1944. He volunteered to be part of the underwater demolition team, serving as a Frogman in World War II. This division of the Navy later became known as the SEALS, and he would go on to spend 22 years in the Naval Reserves.He married his Baylor sweetheart, Nona Hunt Hicks, while on a short leave from the Navy on May 4, 1945. He returned to her when the war ended later that year, finished his Baylor degree in business, and moved to Houston. While in Houston, he began a career with Exxon that spanned nearly four decades, most recently working as a Landman. In 1968 he moved to Tyler, where he and Nona joined Green Acres Baptist church. During his life, he served in many positions in his church, including deacon, deacon emeritus, nursery coordinator, visitation coordinator, Sunday School director, and Training Union director. He was dedicated volunteer, helping deliver Meals on Wheels and clothes to others in need, and working at the local soup kitchen. He was a 32nd degree Mason, Scottish Rite. Weldon loved Jesus, his family, and Baylor. He was the most honorable, generous, and kind man we have ever known. He enjoyed a great story, had an infectious laugh, and truly lived his life verse (Matthew 6:33). He walked with the Lord for his entire life, and we are thankful that he is now reunited with his Savior.Weldon was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Nona Hicks, his parents, his two brothers, and his two sisters. He is survived by daughters, Camilla Schneider and husband, Bill of Fort Worth, Lynne Moore and husband, Buddy of LaPorte and Cynthia Carter of Tyler; half-sister Margaret Frances Hicks Prisock, sister-in-law Patricia Hutchison and her husband John D, sister-in-law Camilla Cole and her husband Jimmie, eight grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A service to celebrate Weldon's life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Green Acres Baptist Church with Pastor David O. Dykes officiating, under direction of Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Home. He will be laid to rest at Tyler Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Jackson's Burks Walker Tippit on Monday from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nona Hunt Hicks Endowed Scholarship Fund, Baylor University, One Bear Place # 97050, Waco, Texas 76798-7050.
Elaine Elizabeth Giltner Joiner, BA ’48, of Bryan, TX, died Feb. 26 at age 90. She was born in San Antonio, Texas, on August 7, 1927, the third of four children. She is survived by her sister, Edwina Giltner Robinette; four children, Judy (married to Dr. Rafael Cardenas), Larry (married to Dr. Helen Lee Joiner), Donna (married to Rev. Jim Sliger), Kathy (married to Rev. Todd Rogers); nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius X-Ray Giltner and Rosa McDade Giltner; and two of her siblings, Kenneth Giltner and Thomas Giltner. Elaine Joiner's life was characterized by one of continual service to the Lord here in the United States and abroad. She was always grateful that her grandmother took her to Calvary Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. There she attended Girl's in Action and Acteens where she learned about missions and missionaries. At a young age she felt called to the mission field. After graduating from Baylor University she married Garreth Elbert Joiner on June 24, 1948, and entered Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where she received a Master's of Religious Education Degree. Elaine and Garreth felt the call for full-time missionary work after Garreth served in the pastorate in a couple of churches in Texas. They then presented themselves for appointment as missionaries to Ecuador by the Baptist Foreign Mission Board in 1950. For almost 40 years Elaine and her husband, Rev. Joiner, evangelized, planted congregations, and built churches. They also started schools and Bible institutes all the way from the Andes to the Pacific coast and finally in the Amazon River Basin of Ecuador. All four of their children were born in Ecuador. Elaine became very fluent in Spanish and knowledgeable of the Ecuadorian culture. She was well-respected by her missionary colleagues and loved by the people of Ecuador whom she also grew to love deeply. In 1989, they retired from full-time service in Ecuador but continued to use their time to enable other missionaries to take furloughs so as not to leave the work unattended. They filled in for them on various occasions in Ecuador, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. In her late 70's Elaine and Rev. Joiner traveled twice to Chengdu, China, to teach English in the university during a summer program which opened the doors for further friendships that led people to a saving knowledge of Christ. Life for Elaine Joiner not only involved teaching young ladies at a reform school, actively training women in missions in the local churches, teaching Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, piano lessons, and playing the piano at church, but also spending time with family on beach outings, and reading bedtime stories to her children. She spent time providing an inviting home for her family and guests. She taught her daughters to make cookies and to sew and knit. The Joiner family would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at Crestview Retirement Community in Bryan, and specifically those in the skilled nursing ward for their attentiveness and loving care. The family will receive friends from 5 – 8 PM, Friday, March 2nd at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A funeral service to celebrate Elaine's life is scheduled for 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 3rd at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. Interment will follow at College Station Cemetery. Published in The Eagle
Doris Mae McCubbin, MM ’48, of Tennessee died March 14 at age 94. Doriswas born on July 22, 1923 and passed away on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. She attended Southwest Baptist College and graduated from Baylor University with bachelor's and master's degrees. SERVICES: A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, March 17, 2018 at Calvary Baptist Church, with Rev. Grant Gaines and Rev. Ricky Clarkofficiating. Burial will follow in Ridgecrest Cemetery with Mrs. Clark's grandsons and grandsons-in-law serving as pallbearers.The family is requesting in lieu of flowers that memorials be directed to Calvary Baptist Church, 119 Oil Well Road, Jackson, TN 38305. Published by tributes.com.
Catherine May Smith Morgan, BA ’48, of Waco died April 16 at age 90. She was born in Shreveport, LA, October, 23, 1927, to James M. Smith and Frances Elizabeth (Mahon) Smith. She graduated from Byrd High School and then went on to Baylor University where she received a BA in medical technology. She worked in this field for 2 to 3 years. She was married to Robert James Morgan on July 2, 1949 until his death on July 26, 2005. She had a great love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and she loved to tell others. She is survived by her son, Alan J. Morgan (wife Lynn); daughter, Johanna Boley (husband John); six grandchildren, Paul Boley, Andrew Boley, Eric Boley, Hannah Allen (husband Caleb), Nathan Morgan, and Benjamin Morgan (wife Olivia); three great-grandchildren, Tobias Allen, Everett Allen, and Viviana Morgan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert James Morgan; daughter, Saralyn Murphy; sister, Betty Siegel; and brothers, Jim and George Smith. She was extremely proud of her six grandchildren and she always said to make sure they knew that she loved them. She reminded her family that she prayed for them daily. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Republic and a long time member of Columbus Ave. Baptist Church in Waco, Texas. She had a wonderful smile and used it frequently to the pleasure of those around her. She enjoyed finding ways to compliment others. She had a good sense of humor, even in the last two days of her life. She was always interested in other people. She loved gardening, playing bridge, sewing, cooking and traveling with her husband. One of her favorite sayings was, "When I stop learning it's time to give up my spot." She often would make comments to perfect strangers if she liked. She might comment on their hair or shoes if she found them attractive or interesting. She was always very grateful to her husband for how hard he worked to save enough for her to live well in her later years. She was always up for an adventure. Her final act was to donate her body to medical research. A memorial is planned for May 6 in The Woodlands, Texas. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Liver Foundation. An online memorial has been set up for others to share sentiments and memories with the family at: https://healgrief.org/catherine-morgan-2/.
Hornor Newton Shelton, BA ’48, LLB ’49, of Waco died March 23 at age 93. The memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 26, at Columbus Avenue Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, March 25, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home.Hornor was born September 30, 1924, to Perry Wayne and Mary Morrow Shelton in Ft. Worth, Texas. He grew up in the Waco area, attending LaVega ISD schools where his father was the school district superintendent. An athletic youth, Hornor played school sports including baseball, football, and tennis.His attendance at Baylor University was interrupted by military service. As a Marine during WWII, he was stationed in Japan. Returning to Baylor after the war, Hornor received his BA in 1948, and JD in 1949. A fortuitous blind date to a Baylor football game brought Hornor and Melba Brown together and they were married June 30, 1949. Being called back into military service in 1951, for the Korean War, he served as a legal officer in Korea and was honorably discharged as a Captain in 1955.Hornor began his long and successful career as a real estate and title insurance attorney with Stewart Title Company in 1950. Over the next 42 years he managed offices in Ft. Worth, El Paso and Houston. He was highly respected in the industry for his attention to detail and closed many of the largest commercial real estate transactions in the Houston area. Hornor ended his career with Charter Title Company having received numerous awards and citations during his career. In 1992, at its annual convention, the Texas Land Title Association bestowed on Hornor its prestigious Member for Sustained Meritorious Service Award.His love of Baylor was apparent to all. He only missed a handful of Baylor Homecomings during his entire life. Holding Baylor football season tickets for nearly 50 years, Hornor added men's and women's basketball season tickets after his retirement to Waco.He was proud that all of his children and grandchildren graduated from Baylor. In 2005, the Baylor Alumni Association honored the Perry and Mary Shelton Family with its First Families of Baylor Award, having four generations of Baylor graduates.Hornor had a constant love for his family which he demonstrated in many ways, both large and small. Quality time spent with his wife, children and grandchildren was the highlight of his retirement years.Most importantly Hornor's love of God and faith in Christ were the primary influences in his life and directed every important decision he made. He held leadership positions in each Baptist church where he was a member. Now Hornor leaves behind a legacy of faith and family. He was preceded in death by his parents and twin grandsons, Landon and Bryant Wayman. Hornor is survived by his wife of 68 years, Melba; his daughters, Shelba Jones and husband, Larry and Jean Wayman and husband, Larry; his son, Russell Shelton and wife, Susan; grandchildren, Cara Holloway, Browning Wayman and wife, Taylor, Larson Wayman and wife, Emily, Hayley and Mallory Shelton, Lauren Reasor and husband, Mark and Kristin Nichols and husband, James; great-grandchildren, Ellie and John Holloway and Boone, Bennett and Hattie Blake Wayman; sister, Virginia Blakely; brothers, John Shelton and wife, Doris and Robert Shelton and wife, Dixie; and numerous nieces and nephews.The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Elizabeth Place, Right At Home Health Care and Carroll Dodd for their loving care and assistance.Honorary Pallbearers will be the Frank Wilson Sunday School Class of Columbus Avenue Baptist Church and the Men's Bible Study Group.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Columbus Avenue Baptist Church,P.O. Box 345, Waco, Texas 76703 or The Melba and Hornor Shelton George W. Truett Theological Seminary Endowed Scholarship Fund, Office of University Development, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97050, Waco, Texas 76798-7050.The family invites you to leave a message or memory on our "Tribute Wall" at www.WHBfamily.com.Sign the Guest Book at www.wacotrib.com. Published in Waco Tribune-Herald
Dr. Fannie Scott Tapper, BA ’48, of Houston died March 31 at age 91. Fannie Louise Scott was born on September 6, 1926, in Temple, Texas and died on March 31, 2018, in Houston, Texas at the age of 91. Fannie grew up in Granger, Texas with her parents, Mary Stephenson Scott (Baylor ’24) and John William Scott, Sr. (Baylor ’22), and her brother John. Fannie married Baylor classmate John Phillip Howard in 1945 and earned her B.A. in English from Baylor University in 1948. Phil’s and Fannie’s four children were born in Waco and the family moved to Houston in 1957. In the early 1960s, Fannie taught English at St. John’s School and studied French language and literature at universities in Houston, Quebec, and Paris. After receiving the Danforth Foundation Graduate Fellowship for Women, Fannie earned her Ph.D. in French literature from Rice University in 1970. Fannie taught French at the University of Houston for 23 years, receiving tenure in 1975, and established the French department’s Academic Year in Strasbourg, France. Fannie was past President of the Alliance Française de Houston and was named a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government. In 1983 Fannie married Wilfred Tapper, with whom she spent many years sailing in Galveston Bay, in the Gulf of Mexico, and along the Eastern seaboard. She and Wif made an extraordinary couple, constantly learning about and exploring new interests and passions, and traveling extensively in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Wif was Fannie’s biggest supporter in every endeavor she undertook. After retiring from the University of Houston, Fannie developed her creative gifts in the field of photography. Her works comprised more than 20 one-woman shows, were part of five Fotofests and numerous other group exhibitions, and can be found in public and private collections in the United States and Europe, including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. During her seventies Fannie combined her loves of language, education, travel, and photography by serving as interpreter on St. John the Divine mission trips to Haiti, photographing the people and landscapes there, and sponsoring Haitian students in their academic pursuits. As a student, a teacher, an artist, an adventurer, and a role model for so many, Fannie lived a full and fascinating life. But none of her many accomplishments ever came close to surpassing the pride, joy, and unqualified love she felt for her family. Fannie was preceded in death by her husband Wilfred Bonno Tapper, her son Andrew John Howard, her great-grandson John James Eastland, and her dear friend Howard Lewis Patton. She is survived by her brother John W. Scott, Jr. of Granger, her children Scott P. Howard and Elizabeth H. Crowell of Houston and Marietta H. King of Greenville, S.C., her six grandchildren Alexandre N. MacClenahan, Jason A. Howard, Hinds S. Howard, Mary Elizabeth Eastland, Christian A. Triantaphyllis and Alexander S. Triantaphyllis, and thirteen great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, 2450 River Oaks Blvd., Houston, Texas, The Reverend Reagan W. Cocke officiating. Donations may be made in Fannie’s memory to St. John the Divine Episcopal Church for the benefit of the Episcopal University of Haiti.
Sidney Jack Stem, BS ’48, MA ’49, of Marlin, TX, died Feb. 25 at age 94. Stem was born July 10, 1923, in Waco, to Det. Capt. Wiley W. Stem and Ada Rowe Stem. He attended Waco schools and graduated in 1941. That fall he attended Baylor University on an scholarship for swimming. He joined the College Reserve Corps and was called to active duty in the US Army during WW 2. He was stationed on the islands of Saipan and Tinian in the South Pacific. He was awarded the Purple Heart, South Pacific Victory Medal, Marianas Islands Campaign Medal, Infantry Field Badge, and many others. He returned in 1945, and re-enrolled in Baylor, lettering in swimming. In 1947 he received his B.S. Ed degree and his Masters in Education in 1948. At Baylor, he met Virginia Johnson and they married in 1947. He accepted a teaching/coaching job in Ben Hur for one year until accepting the job of Dir. of Volunteer Services at the new VA Hospital in Marlin in 1951. He retired from the VA in 1989 after 38 years of service. Jack declined numerous promotions within the VA to stay in Marlin the rest of his life. Marlin always held a special place in his heart. Jack and Virginia had Wiley Montgomery (Monty) in 1951 and Laura Lee in 1965. Jack visited every state in the US, as well as many countries in Europe. Jack was a member of the Marlin First Baptist for over 70 years, and served as Deacon, Jr. Boys Sunday School teacher, Chairman of the Deacons, Pulpit Committee member, among other positions. He spent many summers as a sponsor at Latham Springs church camp, as well as with Bible Memory Association and Scripture Memory Fellowship. He was a member of the Lions Club and Masonic Lodge. He was Pres. of the Falls County Red Cross, Pres. of the Lion’s Club, Pres. of the Tomlinson Hill Veterans/Old Settler’s Assoc. He served on the Board of Directors of organizations such as the Marlin Main Street Project, Marlin Civic Center, Men’s Golf Association, Samaritan House, Waco-Marlin Credit Union, and Scripture Memory Fellowship. He was awarded the William M. Parrish/Hazel Falconer Goddard Service Award as Outstanding Citizen from the Marlin Chamber Commerce. He was also a proud supporter of the Falls County Youth Fair. He taught Red Cross Swimming lessons to countless children and adults. He was a Boy Scout leader for 35 years, helping many young men attain the honor of Eagle Scout Award, including his son, Monty. He received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award given by the Boy Scouts. The highlight of his career as a Boy Scout leader was taking 25 scouts to the Natl Jamboree in Valley Forge. They attended the World’s Fair in NY City and a NY Yankees baseball game, where they saw Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris play. Another year he took his troop for two weeks hiking and camping in the mountains of Camp Philmont, NM, where they encountered rain, snow, and bears. Every summer he took his Troop 557 to Camp Tahuaya, near Belton. Two years after Virginia’s death in 1990, he married Jo Childs, and they recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. He always enjoyed saying, "Jo was the only lady he wanted to date and certainly the only one he wanted to marry." He felt one of the best things about their marriage was how the two families blended so well. Jack and Jo continued to serve the Marlin community until he moved to the William R. Courtney State Veteran’s Home in Temple. Jack was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, and golf. He had a lifelong love for the Baylor Bears. He enjoyed bridge, duplicate, and dominoes. Jack is survived by his wife, Jo Childs Stem, daughter Laura Lee Stem Pirtle and husband Glen, and Jo’s children, Sandy Tusa and husband Frank, Mark Childs and wife Dru, Brian Childs and wife Ferrisa, grandchildren Wendy Stem Gaspard, Matthew Stem, Jennilee Pirtle, Victoria Pirtle, Sydney Pirtle, Jacob Tusa, Jared Tusa, Amy Metcalf, Colton Childs, Chandler Childs, Brianna Childs, eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Jack is preceded in death by wife Virginia Stem and son, Monty, his parents, brothers, and sister. Funeral service is 12:00 noon on Friday, March 2, at First Baptist Marlin. Graveside service will follow at Waco Memorial Cemetery in Waco. Visitation is Thursday, March 1, from 6-8 pm at Adams Funeral Home in Marlin. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials sent to Scripture Memory Fellowship (PO Box 550232, Dallas, TX 75355), First Baptist Church (309 Coleman, Marlin, TX 76661), or South Tx Children’s Home Ministries (P.O. Box 759, Beeville, TX 78104.) Published by Dignity Memorial
Rosemary Barnett Stone, BA ’48, born on January 30, 1928 in Dallas, Texas, to the late Marshall David Barnett and the late Eunice Hicks Barnett, passed away at age 90 on March 25, 2018 in Sarasota, Florida, where she resided with her daughter. Rosemary graduated from Baylor university in 1947. She was a secretary at Pac Med, in Seattle, until retiring in 1998 and the business owner of Mailbox Etc. until retiring in 2001. Her job as "Mom" was her favorite, and she was a mother to many. Rosemary was married to the late Richard Bowles Stone. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Susan Stone; brothers, Marshall David Barnett Jr, and Robert Barnett; and sister, Beverly Ann Barnett. Rosemary is survived by her son, Richard Brian Stone; daughter, Sharon Ruth Stone; brother, Fred Barnett; sister, Jerrisue Hash; and grandchildren, Michael Stone, Brian Stone, and Dylan Stone. Some of Rosemary's hobbies were bridge and playing with her grandchildren. She was active in Westminster Chapel in Bellevue for years. Donations in Rosemary's name to World Vision - Use source code #310037101 and call 888-511-6519 are welcome and appreciated. We will forever remember Rosemary Stone as a wonderful Mother, Sister, Wife, Daughter, Grandmother. Friends and family members may attend the visitation on Friday, April 6 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Sunset Hills Memorial Funeral Home, 1215 145th Place SE, Bellevue, Washington, 98007. Following that, there will be a graveside service, officiated by Pastor Gary, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at Kirkland Cemetery, 123 5th Ave., Kirkland, Washington, 98033. Published in Herald Tribune
Dorothy M. Busby, ’49, was born November 12, 1921; and Departed this life April 17, 2018. She was a member of Park Cities Baptist Church Dallas, Texas, and member of Keystone Church Keller, Texas. Graduated High School, Business School, Attended Baylor University, Waco, Texas, Class of 1949. She was a life member of Baylor Alumni Association and Member of Baylor Heritage Society. Veteran of U.S. Naval Reserve (W.A.V.E.S.) WW II. Charter Member of "WIMSA" (Women in Military Service For America"). Retired from Texas Instruments Dallas, Texas in 1985; Member of TIAA (Texas Instruments Alumni Association). Grew up during the Great Depression, and she was proud to be part of "The Greatest Generation." Preceded in death by Husband James (Jim) Busby, and daughter Betty Ann Busby. Survived by daughter Donna Marie and Husband Dr. Roger Bohannan, Three Grand-Children, Ten Great-Grandchildren, and her family. Visitation at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home. Colleyville, Texas on April 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Graveside Service and Burial at Restland of Dallas, Greenville Ave at Restland Road on April 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside to be conducted by Dr. Brandon Thomas. If desired, Memorial contributions may be made to: WIMSA (Women in Military Service For America) Foundation Dept. 560 Washington. D.C. 20042-560. Published by Dignity Memorial
Hazel Lankford George, BSN ’49, of Ormond Beach, FL, died April 1, 2017, at age 88.